Page 1





ISSUE NO. 1478


Macael rally zooms in THE 38th Subida del Marmol Macael Car Rally takes place this weekend with two days of free motorsport with cars racing along the AL-840 road.

Great show TOYOMOTOR in Almeria City was a great success with 20,000 visitors. A total of 150 cars and 20 motorbikes were sold.

Sausage meet THE classic ‘festival of the sausage’ in Viator beat all records with 4,500 sausage sandwiches handed out in the Plaza de Constitution.

Surfin’ USA EL EJIDO windsurfer and former World Champion Víctor Fernandez is in Hawaii to take part in the JP Aloha Classic in Maui.

Poppy time MOJACAR branch of The Royal British Legion has begun distributing collection boxes for the annual Poppy Appeal.


Billposters to be prosecuted BUSINESSES have been given until the end of the year to remove ‘illegal’ billposts from Mojacar walls. After that they face the threat of town hall action against unauthorised publicity. It is part of a campaign started two years ago by Mojacar Town Hall to improve the aesthetics of the beach area, adopting among others, the measure to remove illegal or unauthorised posters. It said they gave a disorderly and chaotic appearance to the surroundings. Pavements, gardens and public spaces are some of the areas in which signs or posters cannot be put up.


PUBLICITY: Only legal advertising will be permitted.

BBC takes tapas in Almeria THE movie Exodus continues to feature in headlines around the world. This week a film crew from the BBC visited Almeria City where they were seen filming in one of the city’s most famous bars, Casa

Puga. The crew were filming the actors dining and sampling tapas in different establishments. Aaron Paul, one of the film’s main stars, was seen signing autographs and posing for photos with the people of Almeria.

Filming at the Macael quarries, which at times lasted all night with several fires being lit, has now finished. It has moved on to Tabernas, namely Benavides, where a town set has been built especially for the movie.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



EWN News 1 - 16

Finance 21 - 26

Letters 27

VENUE: Valle del Este resort in Vera.

Fathers and sons get in the swing... THE European leg of the prestigious Golf Tournament ‘Father & Son’ has arrived at Valle del Este resort in Vera. The global competition is popular not only among players, but also among the fans of the sport in the UK and Ireland. Its growing popularity is probably due to the fact that it counts among

its sponsors Sky Sports, which broadcasts its programmes not only in the UK, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. The event continues until Saturday with more than 60 pairs composed of fathers and sons, and grandparents and grandchildren, as they measure their skills.

Director of Valle del Este Hotel, Antonio Torralbo, said that bringing the prestigious tournament to the province of Almeria is very important, especially with such an attractive sport as golf. The fact that thousands of fans will see the good weather in Almeria will attract more tourists, he added.

Daily TV 28

Leapy Lee 30

Time out 40 - 41

Classifieds 62 - 65

Sport 71 - 72

NEWS On the trail A MAN was arrested in Almeria City after stealing items from a vehicle.The victim, who witnessed the crime, phoned the police and followed the man through the streets until police were able to catch up with him. Prime donation HORTICULTURAL company Primaflor has donated €65,000 to help football schools in Pulpi.

Film festival beats records INTERNATIONAL contest ‘Almeria en Corto’ has received one of the best responses in its history. The Short Film Festival will consist of 31 works, covering the five continents. Of the 31 films, 18 are from abroad and 13 are Spanish. In total, the films run for 430 minutes.

Roman legacy HUERCAL-OVERA THEATRE is currently hosting ’Artifex Roman engineering in Spain’, until December 23, Monday to Friday 10.30am to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 8pm. Top customers THE Cosentino Group based in Cantoria have hosted the ‘Dekton Gold Summit’ bringing 170 of its best customers from 20 European countries as well as Russia and Israel for a visit to their headquarters. Centre named THE new sports hall in Albox has been named after Francisco Torrecillas Sanchez, the director of the Martin Garcia Ramos institute where the sports hall is situated.

Five projects come from Almeria Province. From Tinseltown, Los Angeles, in the US, there has been a science fiction entry. Latin America, Japan and New Zealand have also submitted entries and there is a ‘hallucinogenic surrealist film’ from Ethiopia. The 31 selected projects include

genres for all tastes. This year broke all records for participation in the Short Film Festival, which will be held from December 3 to 7. There were 1,446 projects submitted, compared to 1,167 last year. This is a 23 per cent increase on the previous year and almost 300 more than in 2012.




ews watch

Horror show FRANKENSTEIN THE MUSICAL comes to Almeria for the first time on Friday night at the Maestro Padilla theatre in Almeria City.

Guitar winner

CHESTNUT FESTIVAL: Celebrated in some parts of Spain.

Bikers meet A GROUP of around 30 deaf motorcyclists met up for the second consecutive year to take a ride around the province visiting places like Calar Alto and Tabernas. Photo exhibition MOJACAR Arts Centre, Fuente de Mojacar, is holding a photo exhibition by members of Vera Photographic Club from Sunday until November 15. Tuesday-Friday 10.30am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 2pm.

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

MIRCEA-STEFAN GORGONCEA from Romania has won the 13th International Julian Arcas Classical Guitar Competition.


Never forgotten Families remember the dead


HILE Halloween has ballooned into a massive worldwide event, in Spain the more traditional celebrations fall on All Saints’ Day. November 1 is a national holiday and queues form at cemeteries as families remember the dead. Families buy flowers, visit the tombs of deceased relatives and spend the night praying for them. Sweetmeats known as ‘Saints’ Bones’ are made with marzipan filled with egg yolk. They are shaped in the form of a bone and can be found in most cake shops, along with ‘buñuelos’ which are fried dough balls with sweet toppings. Celebrating Halloween has become popular in Spain in recent years, with many stores selling foodstuffs and decorations, and schools holding costume parties. Some TV channels show horror films or Halloween Buñuelos and pumpkins

Quote of the Week THE search for Marta has cost too much already and it’s stupid to waste money’

Emilio de Llera, Head of the Andalucian Regional Department of Justice, regarding the search for the body of Sevilla teenager Marta del Castillo, murdered in January 2009.

themed episodes of shows, and both children and adults dress up and go to parties and even trick-ortreating, especially in large towns and cities. However, October 31 has been celebrated in many points of Spain for centuries, although paying more attention to chestnuts than pumpkins. In parts of Spain like Galicia, Cantabria, Cataluña, Aragon, Asturias, and parts of Leon, Zamora, Salamanca and Caceres, they have the ‘Chestnut Festival’ which has Celtic roots and is a time when families get together and remember the dead. It is common to cook sweet chestnuts on a wood fire and eat them. In some areas, people paint their faces with the soot and jump over the fires for good luck. They play games, tell stories and sing songs.

Number of the week


per cent of the population in Spain breathe air which is polluted beyond acceptable health levels, according to a 2012 study by Environmentalists in Action. This leads to 19,940 premature deaths every year, according to the study.

THE mayor of Sierro, Juan Rubio, cut the tape to officially open a new gymnasium in the town.

Cancer march AECC cancer group took part in a march in Cantoria on Sunday morning as part of the activities to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Wife jailed AN Argentinian woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after killing her husband by stabbing him twice during a row. The incident occured in Almeria City in 2008.

Opera night A NIGHT at the opera will be held at Huercal-Overa Theatre, with Verdi’s La Traviata taking place on November 5 at 8.30pm.

Sport takes off REGISTRATIONS for sports courses have beaten all records this year in HuercalOvera. Some activities have experienced double the number of participants compared to last year.

And finally... How many EWN logos the same as this one can you find in this week’s paper? Visit to enter your answer, for a chance to win €100! All correct answers will also go into a Christmas draw for a gift voucher to spend in local businesses.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Mojacar walk INSCRIPTIONS are now being taken for an 11 kilometre walk from Mojacar to Macenas Castle due to take place on November 10.

More jobs MERCADONA has opened a new distribution centre in Guadix which will supply 80 supermarkets in Almeria Province. The new centre has created 300 new jobs.


Spain in mourning for Manolo SPAIN has been mourning the loss of one its greatest entertainers, Almeriaborn Manolo Escobar, who has died age 82. The farewell was especially touching in Almeria, where he was born in El Ejido in1931. In a career that

spanned more than 50 years and 80 albums Manolo was not only an artist who succeeded in music, his record Y Viva España has sold more than 10 million copies, but also on celluloid with two of his 20 film credits among the top 10 most-watched in the history of Spanish cinema. After hearing the news, Francisco

MANOLO ESCOBAR: The famous singer had made Benidorm his home. Gongora, mayor of El Ejido, declared three days of official mourning for the town’s favourite son. The singer died in Benidorm, where he lived. Within two days around 8,000 people had visited the chapel installed in the city hall

of Benidorm to pay their respects. Tributes poured in from around the world as well as from the Spanish Royal Family. Manolo had requested in his will that his ashes

be scattered among the seas of Almeria, Badalona and Benidorm.

Investigation begins after fatal accident at quarry THE Marble industry in Macael suffered a blow with the death of another worker in a quarry. Manuel Rubio died when, for reasons that are yet to be clarified, he was run over by a large digger whilst it was reversing. He was the third worker in the marble industry to die this year in a work-related accident. The incident occurred at the

quarry known as Umbria del Pozo, owned by Gutierrez Mena last week. Although emergency services were called to the site, nothing could be done to help the worker, who lived in Macael. The local mayor, Raul Martinez, who visited the scene upon hearing the news, showed his dismay at the accident. “We have had two tough

years, because of the drop in activity due to the crisis, this type of tragic accident with a fatal outcome makes things worse. “The company complies with the safety measures and these are accidents that are due to human error unfortunately.” Guardia Civil officers and Works inspectors have launched an investigation into the accident.


Connexions celebrate 10 years of trading KEN and Gill of Connexions in Turre celebrated their 10th anniversary in business this week. The busy shop has a real sense of community and is a great success story. Connexions held a free raffle for a seven-inch tablet computer, as a thank you for all their customer support. The day started with Bucks Fizz and nibbles, and Chrissie and Ray from the Euro Weekly News office in Mojacar made the draw, with the winner being Paul Hardwicke. The shop sells computers, laptops, tablets and TVs as well as accessories like printers and inks. Ken offers a repair and upgrade service on computers and is more than happy to help customers with computer and phone problems.

Draw time at Connexions in Turre. Connexions also offers post boxes and a postal service. Ken has launched a new online site www.theoutlet offering a whole range of goods including

electrical items which come with a two-year guarantee. Items can be delivered anywhere in Spain and to the UK, ideal with christmas just around the corner!

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de AlmerĂ­a




E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Fatal accident on the A7 A MAN, aged 35, was killed during the early hours of Sunday morning and another of the same age seriously injured in a road

traffic accident. It happened on the A7, near to the Sorbas exit in the direction of Murcia. The dead man was a passenger in a vehicle which ran into the back of a lorry, which had broken down and was blocking one lane. Firefighters had to cut the injured man out of the vehicle. GUARDIA Civil officers in Albox have arrested a He was then transferred 60-year-old man on suspicion of theft. to Torrecardenas Hospital. Officers began the investigation following a It appears that the driver complaint filed in Albox by a couple who had rented of the car did not notice the out their property to another couple. Several pieces broken-down lorry blocking of jewellery, various household items as well as five the road. miniature models of ships valued at €1,800 had been taken from the property. Using information received, officers conducted preliminary investigations to locate the new address of the couple who had moved house for work THE olive oil processing reasons. plant in Huerta Nueva, Los Officers also inspected different shops buying and Gallardos, is now open. selling second-hand items, finding that the prime Pick your own olives, suspect had sold five model boats to one of them. take them to the ‘almazara’ Continuing the search for the couple, officers and they will be processed located them in Cantoria where a man was arrested. into your very own extra virgin olive oil.

Ex-tenant arrested for theft in Albox

Oil opportunity


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Mind your language THE college of lawyers in Almeria is offering Cambridge University language courses to lawyers. Languages include English, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Arabic.

Food aid TOMORROW (Friday) sees the start of the distribution of 600 tonnes of food to 66,000 deserving people in Almeria Province.

Cyclist hurt A YOUNG cyclist had to be taken to Torrecardenas Hospital in Almeria City when he was in collision with a car while on a zebra crossing on Avenida Mediterraneo.


Homes meeting off till November A MEETING organised to tackle the problem of illegal properties in the Almanzora Valley had to be postponed at the last minute. Now a new date has been set for November 11 at 12.30pm.

The date was agreed by the Association of Entrepreneurs and Professionals Albox (AEPA) to enable the attendance of the Junta de Andalucia Planning Officer in Almeria, Jose Manuel Ortiz. The initial meeting was to be attended by the 10 mayors whose municipalities are especially affected by this problem: Zurgena, Arboleas, Albox, Taberno, Cantoria, Fines, Partaloa, Albanchez, Líjar and Olula del Rio. It was called after two British-owned homes were demolished in Cantoria. Now the intention is to engage all 26 towns in the region. Also expected to attend is PP parliamentarian Michelangelo Castellón and there is even the possibility Mayor Fernandez helps prepare the dish. that the Secretary General of the PP for Almeria, Javier Aureliano Garcia, will be there. Members of The Association SENIOR CITIZENS in Huercal-Overa closed the Urban Abuses Almanzora No town’s feria with a traditional meal. Mayor Domingo Fernandez and other council (AUAN) also want to take part members of the government team shared the and believe the meeting should be more inclusive. day with a large group of guests.

Migas on the menu


Berja exhibition THE 14th edition of ExpoBerja-Alpujarra starts today (Thursday) with more than 50 stands exhibiting their products.

Desert tracks PULPI cycling team Bicilocura Primaflor Espabrok will take part in the Titan Desert 2014 event starting in the Sahara Desert on April 27. The 700 kilometre race ends in Madrid.

Terror night ALMERIA City is hosting a night of terror tonight (Thursday) in the historic quarter to celebrate Halloween.

Tourist board on a mission ALMERIA tourist board is set to visit London. The Vice President of the Provincial Council, Javier Aureliano Garcia, has confirmed the participation of the Tourist Board of Almeria at the World Travel Market in London in November. During the visit they will hold meetings with tour operators and airlines. It will also be an opportunity to clean up the image of Almeria after the demolition of two houses owned by British citizens in Las Terreras, Cantoria . “We have to clean up the image of Almeria, after policies being made by the Junta de Andalucia, especially with the British sector. Now more than ever we must try to prevent the British market from falling in our

province, despite the Junta,” Garcia said, in reference to the impact the demolition of the two houses has had. The Tourist Board intends to launch a major promotion, in addition to closing agreements with tour operators they will attend a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London. “We will be able to socialise with Spanish authorities and talk about the problems of Almeria to see if they can help us out from there,” said Garcia. At the World Travel Market, which is held between November 4 and 7, the tourist board will try to confirm deals with airlines and tour operators which were already sealed last year with the aim of maintaining them throughout 2014.

31 October - 6 November 2013 - Costa de Almería





New ambassador takes up his post

More than 1 in 3 out of work

E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

Feria fun begins THE Feria de los Santos gets under way today (Thursday) in Albox. Among the highlights is live music every day from Friday to Tuesday in the municipal tent, as well as music at the midday fair and in the evening from 10pm. There is a bird show from Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm in the indoor market area. On Saturday at 4pm is a horse show with Rosanna Porras followed by a horse ribbon race in the Rambla at 5pm. At 10am on Sunday is a bikers meet, with motorbikes passing through the streets before heading up to the Saliente Monastery to make a floral offering to the Virgen del Saliente. A Classic Car Show will take place on Monday in Plaza Nueva from 11am. The feria closes on Tuesday with a party for senior citizens at 9pm.

BRITAIN has appointed a new ambassador to Spain. Simon Manley, CMG, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1990, has taken over from Giles Paxman as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra He said: “I am delighted to be here in Spain and look forward to strengthening our broad and deep bilateral relationship. Spain is a key ally within the European Union and NATO and is one of our most important trading partners.” Mr Manley, who is married with three young daughters, said he was eagerly awaiting meeting and working with companies in both Spain and the UK, whether established investors or new entrants keen to secure a foothold in their respective markets. He has served as the FCO’s Director Defence

and Strategic Threats (2008-2011), leading the government’s international counter-terrorist, counter-proliferation and counter-narcotics efforts, as head of Counter-Terrorism Policy (2006-2008) and as head of the EU Economic, Central Europe and Ireland Department (20022006). He has been posted to the UK’s Mission to the UN in New York (1993-1998), where he worked on Yugoslavia and UN reform, and has twice been seconded to the EU. Mr Manley was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2009 and a Commander of the Polish Order of Merit in 2004. He read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford and International Relations at Yale University Graduate School. Simon Manley, CMG

ALMERIA PROVINCE has closed the third quarter of the year with an unemployment rate of 38.7 per cent. And it is not even the worst rate in Andalucia. Both Jaen and Granada have worse ones. The total number of unemployed in Almeria Province stood at 135,800 people at the end of September. According to a Labour Force Survey by the National Statistics Institute, there were a total of 214,400 actively employed in the province. By province in Andalucia, Jaen leads in the number of unemployed, with a rate of 40.3 per cent, followed by Granada, with 38.8, Cordoba 37.6, Cadiz 37.4, Huelva 35.4, Malaga 34.3 and Sevilla with the lowest at 33.8 per cent . Nationally, unemployment fell by 72,800 people in the third quarter from the previous quarter, less than 1.22 per cent, bringing the total number of unemployed to 5,904,700 people. Thus, the national unemployment rate fell to the end of September to 25.98 per cent.


Huercal-Overa to feature on BBC HUERCAL-OVERA Feria was the focus of BBC cameras for the filming of a reality TV programme. The BBC and the Dutch channel YTVM have been recording in the town for

what will be prime-time programmes. In each case, a couple are spending time looking for a place in the sun. The aim of the programmes, apart from the property search, is to understand the culture, customs and lifestyle of the place where the couples are looking to settle. Prime-time audiences will see the Huercal-Overa Feria and also other areas of the province. MORE than a hundred different nationalities The film crew were greeted live in the province of Almeria. with a Sevillana dance class To protect the rights of citizens before the with live music, then took a courts, the Ministry of Justice and the Junta de walk through the feria ground Andalucia spent more than â‚Ź800,000 on a to capture the atmosphere, translation and interpretation service covering taking time to try some dozens of languages, allowing citizens to typical Spanish dishes communicate with a total guarantee of legality including migas and in court. meatballs. According to the Junta, during the year 2012 The film crew is said to more than 5,300 translation services in 36 have been thrilled with the languages were conducted in different courts of reception and treatment it the province. received and will return in the Arabic was the most requested language, coming weeks to record in with 61 per cent. Next was Romanian with 18 other areas including per cent, followed by English at 6 per cent. Huercal-Overa Castle.

A league of nations in Almeria Province

31 October - 6 November 2013 - Costa de AlmerĂ­a




E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

Lights set to go out in Mojacar FOR the second year in a row, as an energy-saving measure, Mojacar Town Hall is going to reduce the provision of lighting in the town’s streets. It will run from October

25 to March 31, 2014. The alternate turning off of street lights will apply in Avenida Andalucia, the road leading to the football ground, Paseo del Mediterraneo, Calle

Finisterre, Avenida de la Marina and Avenida del Palacio. The reduction in service will not affect the rest of municipal streets, as full lighting is guaranteed in residential areas.

Vote for Rob as Slimmer of Year CAMBRIDGE 800 has entered Robert Blyde, better known as Costa del Sol-based singer, Rob Stevens, into the

International Slimmer of the Year 2013 competition. He is Spain’s first entrant into the Cambridge Slimmer of the Year contest. Voting goes live on Monday, November, 4. Voting processes will be published on the Cambridge 800 Facebook page or read about it in the Euro Weekly News. A spokesman for Cambridge 800 EspañaSpain said: “We are proud to be helping people all over Spain to regain a

healthy weight and lifestyle and very proud of Rob to be representing Spain in this prestigious international competition. “People can vote for Robert from next Monday and get an opportunity to say something positive about Spain and how great it is. “Cambridge 800 would like to thank EWN for informing its readers about this great competition. “Go, Rob! win it for Cambridge 800… win it for Spain!”


Day trip FORTY youngsters from Purchena and Cuevas del Almanzora met up to spend a day together visiting attractions in the town of Cuevas, which was arranged by the Government of Almeria.

Fungi fine AGENTS confiscated 200 kilos of mushrooms picked illegally by seven people in the Sierra Nevada near Bayarcal. They now face a fine.

Big draw MORE than 8,500 children have taken part in the Classical Guitar Julian Arcas drawing competition, portraying their vision of the world of music and the classical guitar.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Stories making headlines in Europe




NORWAY - A man, aged 70, was seriously injured when an elk hunter missed his prey and the stray bullet went through the wooden wall of a country cabin hitting the victim in the body.

Hate crime DENMARK - A man, aged 21, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for a hate crime after he attacked a 48year-old transgender woman with a hammer.

Puppy ban NORWAY - The government has banned the importation of unvaccinated puppies and kittens less than three months old from the Netherlands after it lost its status of being a rabies-free country.

Jobs cut SWEDEN - Car manufacturer Volvo is cutting 2,000 white collar jobs in light of a 5 per cent drop in sales during the third quarter of the year.

Losing out DENMARK Copenhagen mayor, Frank Jensen, has proposed an initiative by which parents could lose their child allowance payments if their children engage in antisocial behaviour.

Chair fire NORWAY– A man, aged 85, died from severe burns after his wheelchair caught fire. It is reported to be the third wheelchair fire so far this year.

Jumped the gun

Strike a light

MANCHESTER POLICE said they had found “component parts for the UK’s first 3D gun seized” in a raid against organised crime. But the users said the plastic “trigger” and “magazine” were printer spares.

FIREFIGHTERS in England and Wales will continue to strike in the run-up to bonfire night in a row over pensions, according to the Fire Brigades Union.

Stand down SECURITY company SERCO’s boss Chris Hyman has resigned following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over claims it had overcharged the government by ‘tens of millions’ of pounds for electronic tags for criminals.

Economy boom THE country’s economic activity (GDP) is experiencing its fastest growth for three years. Official figures show that UK economic output rose by 0.8 per cent between July and September.

Court’s out THE OLD BAILEY was evacuated after a suspect package was found in a courtroom where Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn was being sentenced for murder and plotting to cause explosions.

Gaga in Germany LADY GAGA launched her third album Artpop with a party at Berlin’s famous Berghain nightclub and displayed another trademark bizarre outfit - this time wearing little more than a fake moustache.

Energy action FUEL poverty campaigners have appealed to the Prime Minister to take action over ‘woeful’ levels of heat lost from the nation’s homes and have demanded that party leaders invest in ‘super insulation’ to reduce energy bills.

Ash tree hope


Stray bullet

ASH trees on the Holnicote plantation site give hope that damage caused by the chalara fraxinea fungus may not lead to its extinction in Britain. Infection could be slowing with only 20 per cent of its 6,000 trees known to be affected. LADA GAGA: Partied in Berlin.

RUSSIAN PRESS Monkey chants

Underwater rifle

RACIST monkey chants from CSKA Moscow fans enraged Manchester City’s Ivorian international Yaya Toure and fellow players during the group stage Champions League football match at Khimki Arena.

RUSSIAN arms manufacturers have unveiled the world’s first assault rifle, named ADS, capable of shooting standard size cartridges both underwater and on land.

Not pirates RUSSIA has dropped charges of piracy against 30 Greenpeace activists arrested during a protest against Arctic drilling in September. But they’ll still be charged with hooliganism, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Murder sentence A MAN in the Ulyanovsk region has been jailed for 13 years for murder after he beat his son to death with a bottle for refusing to bring him a glass of water. FRANK JENSEN: Against antisocial children.

Assault film TWO former policemen in Russia’s Urals were fined for filming an attempted prison rape and publishing the video online. They stood by and filmed a local man detained for drunkenness attempting to sexually assault another male detainee.

Psychic fraud POLICE in Moscow have arrested a gang of fake psychics that earned around 200 million rubles (€4.5 million) by offering to solve people’s personal problems through magical senses.

Not linked THE Russian Navy has announced that the redeployment of its naval vessels in the Mediterranean Sea is part of a planned rotation and is not linked with the worsening situation in Syria.

Berlin ban A BAN on new hotels and hostels could soon come into effect in popular areas of Berlin after locals complained about the noise and mess caused by tourists.

Stand-off A MAN threatened to set fire to a fast-food outlet in southern Germany with 12 people inside in a 14-hour stand-off.

Not friends A MAN who won €500,000 in the lottery has been ordered to share his winnings with his ex-wife by a court. They had been separated for eight years when he won the money, but divorced two months after the win.

Drugged dogs DOGS in Berlin are getting high from drug-users’ excrement. Vets in the capital have warned about an increase in the number of pets falling ill and being unable to walk properly after eating faeces in the city’s parks.

Famous MP TELEVISION actor Charles M Huber has become a member of the German parliament. The actor made his name in the hit crime series Der Alte.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Bad neighbours THREE men have been arrested for allegedly throwing a petrol bomb at their neighbour’s house in Palma. They claimed they did as a punishment for their neighbour lodging several complaints against them.

News from our editions With six editions and read by more than half a million people, EWN is Spain’s largest free local English-language newspaper

Sweet prospect EXPORTS of Christmas sweetmeat turron grew by 5 per cent this year. The increase is due to new markets in Russia, China and Arab countries, said Jijona manufacturers.

TWO people, aged 39 and 48, were arrested at Son Sant Joan Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 253 grams of cocaine into Spain hidden in their luggage.

Raw deal ALICANTE CITY cabbies have complained that out-of-town taxi-drivers and unlicensed ‘pirates’ at stations and the ferry take away 10 per cent of their trade.

Vaccination campaign

Axe attack A MAN was arrested in Palma after trying to attack two Local Police officers with an axe. Police found €7,000 in cash in his pockets. He had previously smashed up six cars.

Father arrested A MAN of Moroccan origin has been arrested in Palma after he allegedly abused his daughter, aged 15, because she refused to wear a Muslim veil or hijab.


Block evacuated AN apartment block in Velez-Malaga had to be evacuated after a toddler accidentally started a fire that completely destroyed his house. No one was injured in the incident.

New logo ALMUÑECAR COUNCIL is to run a competition to find a new tourism logo for the town. The current one, which is 20 years old, is obsolete, according to Tourist Councillor Rafael Caballero.

Angry goalkeeper

which was hidden in a vehicle they stopped at a routine checkpoint. The driver claimed he had sold a heavy vehicle but had no proof.


Hidden stash

THE seasonal flu vaccination campaign has started in the Balearic Islands with 139,800 vaccines. It will last until December 5. For more information call 902 079 079.


SPECTACLE MILESTONE: Lions President Janette Bennett delivers to Emilio Moreno.

Lions spectacles hit new heights

THE Torrevieja Costa Lions Club passed another milestone this week when its President Janette Bennett delivered more than 1,000 pairs of used spectacles to the Centro de Reciclaje de Gafas ‘Melvin Jones’ in San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante. Emilio Moreno, the centre’s director, was delighted to receive the donation which brings the total provided by Torrevieja Lions to over 9,000 pairs in six years. This achievement is outstanding for the club and has been achieved with great support from the customers and staff of Specsavers in Torrevieja. The Lions have also agreed a collaboration with Francisco Jurado, Director of Specsavers in Guardamar del Segura. Nationally, Specsavers have launched an initiative in all their Spanish stores to collect used spectacles to donate to their local Lions Clubs for onward delivery to the recycling centre. The used spectacles are cleaned, graded and reframed at the recycling centre where they are then held awaiting orders from all round the world where eye care is not readily available.

Cottage industry POLICE dismantled a cocaine laboratory in a Petrel apartment whose 34-yearold tenant manufactured and distributed the drug. He was carrying 100 grammes of crack cocaine when arrested.

Kerb crawling A PASSENGER suffered minor injuries when a car drove into the window of a closed travel agency in Alicante City. The driver was over the drink-driving limit when breath-tested.

Keeping busy ALICANTE UNIVERSITY graduates applying for jobs at Disneyland in Paris were advised not to admit that they are out of work. It could make them look lazy, they were told.

Smugglers caught

Cheap homes


TWO men have been arrested at the port of Motril for allegedly trying to smuggle into Spain 3.5 kilograms of hashish hidden between shoe soles and sugar cubes.

THE SIMed property fair which will be held at the Malaga Trade Fair Centre from tomorrow (Friday) will be offering homes from €25,000.

RESIDENTS in Elche, opposite the area acquired for car parking for a new multi-sport zone, say they want to ensure that ‘quality of life’ is preserved for neighbours and ask for the parking to be moved to another, more suitable, area.


Unlicensed drivers

MALAGA Prosecutor’s Office has asked for two years and two months in prison for a goalkeeper who reportedly assaulted a referee during a football match in Nerja.

TWENTY-FIVE drivers have been reported this year for carrying out public transport services without a licence in Malaga.

Snatch foiled

Burial site

A MOROCCAN man has been remanded in custody for allegedly snatching a fouryear-old girl at a school playground in Motril while shouting: “Islam will be imposed in Al-Andalus.”

A MEDIEVAL necropolis which could date back as far as the 13th century has been found in Cartama during an archaeological dig.

Text threats A MAN, 19, was arrested in Malaga for sending up to 50 insulting and threatening text messages to his exgirlfriend every day.

Strong wind STRONG winds blew over a palm tree in Avenida Antonio Machado in Benalmadena, which hit a delivery lorry and trapped the driver inside.

€100,000 seized MIJAS Local Police seized €100,000

Parking dispute

18-year sentence A MAN, found guilty of beating his expartner to death at the bar in Pilar de la Horadada that they ran together, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Seal of approval TWENTY-FIVE establishments including hotels, museums and restaurants in the Orihuela municipality have been given the Tourist Quality hallmark.


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Bill of confidence

business & legal

Gates unquestionably acquired a bargain for his outlay of a little over €113 million, which also makes him FCC’s principal shareholder after the owner, Esther Koplowitz. He bought at €14.8 per share and although this is double last April’s price when it nosedived to €6.6, it was still a bargain compared with the pre-crisis €83.9.

Fruit policy was a big blunder... MERCADONA makes few blunders although owner Juan Roig recently admitted to one. The chain erred when it switched to pre-packaged fruit and vegetables in 2008. “People want a good aubergine picked yesterday and sold today,” he said. “You won’t see grocery stores in areas with a Mercadona, but you’ll find eight greengrocers,” he claimed. “Without going to Harvard, greengrocers were clever and went to Harvacete instead,” Roig said, combining the Spanish love of a pun with a reference to agricultural province Albacete. The supermarkets sell loose vegetables and fruit

once more, although customers now bag and weigh their own. Citing other policy changes, Roig pointed out that in 2009 Mercadona bought little Spanish fish but imported from all over the world. In contrast, the chain will buy 40,000 tons of Spanish fish next year, most of it directly from local fish markets. This policy will eventually extend to all food sections. He does not belong to the ‘buy Spanish’ school, Roig said. “You have to buy the best product at the best possible price. But by buying products in your own country, you generate wealth and obtain logistical advantages.”


usiness extra

Pesetas live SPANISH people still keep €1.67 billion in pesetas. In 2012, €16 million (the equivalent to 2.62 billion pesetas) were exchanged. Those who still have pesetas at home have until December 31, 2020, to exchange the currency.

Public tweet SOCIAL networking website Twitter seeks $1.4 billion (€1.04 billion) in what is expected to be the largest internet initial public offering since Facebook Inc made its debut. The San Francisco-based company intends to sell 70 million shares at $17 (€12.32) to $20 (€14.49) each.

Back to black for IBERIA, now merged with BA to form IAG, will return to profit in 2014. Spain’s flagship airline has been in crisis “but is well on the way to recovery,” claimed IAG chief, Willie Walsh. “It will make a profit next year, as British Airways and Vueling are already doing,” he insisted. The company has not been in the

black since 2008 when it made a profit of €5 million. Its results have been so disappointing that IAG reported a €501 million loss during the first half of this year, dragged down by Iberia’s own €35 million losses. IAG has cut 1,700 jobs at Iberia and aims to increase layoffs to 3,000 by 2014.


STAT OF WEEK THE price per square metre of housing fell 9.3 per cent during the third quarter of this year, accumulating a fall of 38.1 per cent since 2007.


Gates makes €113m investment in Spain BILL GATES has acquired 6 per cent of the Spanish construction firm FCC. The company CEO Juan Bejar had a ready answer for those who questioned the wisdom of the Microsoft magnate’s acquisition. “Spain is attractive,” Bejar explained. Prices have fallen so sharply that it is crammed with bargains, he told a Cadena SER interviewer.


BARGAIN-HUNTER: Bill Gates buys stake in FCC.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 0.80 0.17 17.00 1.37 55.03 3.63 -7.00 -0.60 9.59 0.64 -2.59 -0.30 -2.50 -0.25 5.00 0.23 33.50 1.03 -1.20 -0.27 0.00 0.00 1.50 0.33 0.60 0.22 -10.72 -0.85 5.50 0.28 -0.95 -0.21 -5.50 -0.16 -0.36 -0.06

NET VOLUME 304.18 75.77 441.92 60.66 223.29 40.54 80.04 28.78 214.92 244.07 15.80 135.79 2,624.02 201.02 305.33 965.27 95.11 148.20



C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 460.00 Admiral Group PLC 1258.50 Aggreko PLC 1572.50 AMEC PLC 1157.00 Anglo American PLC 1514.00 Antofagasta PLC 873.00 ARM Holdings PLC 980.50 Associated British Foods 2139.00 AstraZeneca PLC 3282.25 Aviva PLC 437.30 Babcock Intrntnl Group 1248.50 BAE Systems PLC 453.25 Barclays PLC 268.47 BG Group PLC 1244.50 BHP Billiton PLC 1958.50 BP PLC 450.18 British Am Tobacco PLC 3409.25 British Land Co PLC 627.25


Units per €

United States $......................................................1.37986 Japan Yen ¥ ...........................................................134.723 Switzerland Francs................................................1.23380 Denmark Kroner ....................................................7.45942 Norway Kroner.......................................................8.12548



British Sky Broadcstng BT Group PLC Bunzl PLC Burberry Group PLC Capita PLC Carnival PLC Centrica PLC Coca-Cola HBC AG Compass Group PLC CRH PLC

933.25 360.55 1359.00 1532.50 969.50 2217.50 357.00 1827.00 909.00 1505.50





C O M PA N Y MMM 3M Co AXP American Express Co T AT&T Inc BA Boeing Co CAT Caterpillar Inc CVX Chevron Corp CSCO Cisco Systems Inc DD Dupont E I De Nemours & Co XOM Exxon Mobil Corp GE General Electric Co GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc HD Home Depot Inc INTC Intel Corp IBM International Business Machine... JNJ Johnson & Johnson JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co MCD McDonald's Corp MRK Merck & Co Inc MSFT Microsoft Corp NKE Nike Inc PFE Pfizer Inc PG Procter & Gamble Co KO The Coca-Cola Co TRV Travelers Companies Inc UTX United Technologies Corp UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc VZ Verizon Communications Inc V Visa Inc

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 124.42 82.61 35.19 131.19 84.77 120.59 22.46 61.90 87.97 25.88 162.09 76.25 24.24 176.85 92.09 52.77 94.78 46.54 35.73 75.70 30.61 80.00 39.03 86.63 107.52 67.62 50.71 203.06

+0.93 +1.71 +0.56 +2.21 +0.24 +0.03 +0.0805 +0.52 -0.45 -0.06 +2.13 -0.53 +0.455 -0.95 -0.26 +0.29 +0.10 +0.32 +2.01 +0.19 0.00 -0.61 +0.23 -0.40 +0.46 +0.01 +0.29 +0.15

+0.75% +2.11% +1.62% +1.71% +0.28% +0.02% +0.36% +0.85% -0.51% -0.23% +1.33% -0.69% +1.91% -0.53% -0.28% +0.55% +0.11% +0.69% +5.96% +0.25% 0.00% -0.76% +0.59% -0.46% +0.43% +0.01% +0.58% +0.07%

2.1M 6.3M 21.3M 5.5M 4.9M 4.3M 34.3M 8.8M 11.4M 27.4M 3.7M 5.9M 59.6M 4.8M 6.1M 20.9M 3.1M 17.9M 113.5M 3.4M 24.4M 9.6M 14.4M 1.8M 2.7M 6.9M 9.2M 2.8M


C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 4.50 1.42 1.00 -0.50 3.00 10.00 0.88 14.00 1.66 -4.00


0.48 0.40 0.07 -0.03 0.31 0.45 0.25 0.77 0.18 -0.26

NET VOLUME 101.29 445.94 8.15 30.97 23.66 11.36 469.03 6.50 69.40 39.47



$ 5.98 $ 3.04 $ 5.06 $ 69.97 $ 27.18 $ 32.29 $ 15.71 $ 12.29 $ 44.14 $ 7.23 $ 6.57

2.18 / +57.37% 0.80 / +35.71% 0.86 / +20.48% 11.87 / +20.43% 4.16 / +18.07% 4.70 / +17.04% 2.13 / +15.68% 1.51 / +14.01% 5.37 / +13.85% 0.70 / +10.72% 0.635 / +10.70%

Healthways, Inc. $ 11.41 Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. $ 25.58 Qlik Technologies Inc. $ 27.11 Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. $ 2.75 VisionChina Media, Inc. $ 7.99 Synaptics Incorporated $ 44.82 Renewable Energy Group, Inc. $ 11.34 ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. $ 7.59 Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. $ 4.40 China Mobile Games and Ent Group Lmtd $ 19 ATA Inc. $ 4.27

5.13 / -31.02% 6.03 / -19.08% 6.37 / -19.03% 0.63 / -18.64% 1.61 / -16.77% 8.22 / -15.50% 1.79 / -13.63% 1.02 / -11.85% 0.58 / -11.65% 2.50 / -11.63% 0.54 / -11.23%

Most Advanced Career Education Corporation Zogenix, Inc. Lattice Semiconductor Corporation Deckers Outdoor Corporation Constant Contact, Inc. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. Brightcove Inc. QLogic Corporation eHealth, Inc. Builders FirstSource, Inc. Hong Kong Television Network Limited

Most Declined

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Croda International PLC 2601.00 Diageo PLC 2019.25 easyJet PLC 1328.00 Experian PLC 1220.50 Fresnillo PLC 1027.00 G4S PLC 260.80 GKN PLC 368.95 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1613.50 Glencore Xstrata PLC 344.10 Hammerson PLC 536.75 Hargreaves Lansdown 1161.50 HSBC Holdings PLC 680.35 IMI PLC 1502.50 Imperial Tobacco PLC 2331.50 InterContinental Hotels 1834.00 International Consldtd ... 352.30 Intertek Group PLC 3288.50 ITV PLC 192.70 Johnson Matthey PLC 2973.50 Kingfisher PLC 371.40 Land Securities Grp PLC 995.50 Legal & General Grp PLC 212.95 Lloyds Banking Grp PLC 80.53 London Stock Exchange 1690.00 Marks & Spencer Group 475.95 Meggitt PLC 560.25 Melrose Industries PLC 313.30 Mondi PLC 1122.50 National Grid PLC 781.00 Next PLC 5220.00 Old Mutual PLC 204.40 Pearson PLC 1365.50 Persimmon PLC 1247.00 Petrofac Ltd 1472.50 Prudential PLC 1267.50 Randgold Resources 4708.50 Reckitt Benckiser PLC 4797.50 Reed Elsevier PLC 869.25 Resolution Ltd 348.85 REXAM PLC 512.25 Rio Tinto PLC 3228.50 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1168.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 371.45 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2230.75 RSA Insurance Gr PLC 126.05 SABMiller PLC 3252.75 Sage Group (The) PLC 334.95 Sainsbury (J) PLC 395.85 Schroders PLC 2699.50 Severn Trent PLC 1879.00 Shire PLC 2847.50 Smith & Nephew PLC 799.50 Smiths Group PLC 1410.50 Sports Direct Intrntnl 690.00 SSE PLC 1444.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1544.00 Standard Life PLC 365.00 Tate & Lyle PLC 792.50 Tesco PLC 370.60 Travis Perkins PLC 1798.00 TUI Travel PLC 386.35 Tullow Oil PLC 963.75 Unilever PLC 2488.00 United Utilities Gr PLC 719.75 Vedanta Resources PLC 1071.50 Vodafone Group PLC 226.20 Weir Group PLC 2314.50 Whitbread PLC 3374.50 William Hill PLC 392.65 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 281.95 Wolseley PLC 3288.00 WPP PLC 1339.00

CHANGE 4.00 2.00 -1.00 -1.00 -10.00 2.30 -3.20 9.40 1.65 0.00 6.00 0.25 -4.00 -10.33 -31.00 2.70 -21.00 0.80 16.00 1.30 4.00 -0.02 0.16 9.00 0.20 -0.95 -1.60 7.00 -0.58 15.00 -0.20 0.00 5.01 2.00 -2.59 67.00 16.00 3.00 0.70 1.50 6.00 -2.00 3.18 -6.95 -0.80 3.00 3.10 -0.99 14.00 -1.00 73.00 1.19 -5.02 1.66 4.75 18.50 -1.60 1.00 0.40 -4.64 1.15 -14.94 -5.00 1.00 5.00 -0.55 -2.00 1.90 1.30 0.00 -11.48 -5.00

% C H G. 0.15 0.10 -0.08 -0.08 -0.96 0.89 -0.86 0.59 0.48 0.00 0.52 0.04 -0.27 -0.44 -1.66 0.77 -0.63 0.42 0.54 0.35 0.40 -0.01 0.20 0.54 0.04 -0.17 -0.51 0.63 -0.07 0.29 -0.10 0.00 0.40 0.14 -0.20 1.44 0.33 0.35 0.20 0.29 0.19 -0.17 0.86 -0.31 -0.63 0.09 0.93 -0.25 0.52 -0.05 2.63 0.15 -0.35 0.24 0.33 1.21 -0.44 0.13 0.11 -0.26 0.30 -1.53 -0.20 0.14 0.47 -0.24 -0.09 0.06 0.33 0.00 -0.35 -0.37

VOLUME 10.01 72.60 19.61 66.01 42.26 2,108.83 287.63 281.61 2,841.19 59.25 12.98 1,385.77 11.82 137.50 71.39 465.99 20.30 243.06 28.73 277.14 33.48 188.50 19,000.20 41.55 91.73 22.90 18.59 64.68 249.25 6.26 185.33 77.02 45.15 64.33 45.65 42.85 39.19 20.75 207.98 24.88 108.97 116.58 1,401.38 184.68 649.53 22.83 348.39 119.79 4.31 26.74 603.59 91.63 17.18 18.80 87.81 634.30 231.90 14.83 694.48 10.51 46.14 127.75 115.34 68.97 23.08 2,951.55 13.68 12.69 98.25 130.05 11.37 219.31


Gas rise UTILITY company Enagas had net profits of €303.5m during the first nine months of the year. This was 7.9 per cent more than in 2012.

Stress tests SPAIN’S BBVA, Santander and Banco de Sabadell are amongst 128 banks to be examined by the Central European Bank. All will be asked for an 8 per cent capital buffer.

Hard work TWO-THIRDS of Spanish employees are not satisfied with their salaries. A further 12 per cent said their working hours were too long, found market research company Edenred e Ipsos.

LHR deal FERROVIAL sold 8.65 per cent of its Heathrow stake to the Universities Superannuation Scheme for €460 million. Ferrovial will remain a major shareholder in Heathrow Airport Holding.

EUROPEAN PRESS 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Ways to get noticed for the wrong reasons, as CV bloomers exposed Loose change A look at finance for females Jane Plunkett

WE’RE all different, us humans, that’s what makes us unique. So obviously, when it comes to applying for a job, we have our own way of going about writing a CV or prepping for an interview. And according to the confessions of a recruitment consultant, who wishes to remain anonymous, some job seekers are that little bit quirkier than others. For example, if you didn’t get a call back for a job it could have been the questionable photo attached to your CV that let you down. According to our recruitment source, some jobseekers just don’t seem to realise that an application for a job isn’t the same posting on a

Facebook page. Rather than the professional head and shoulders shot normally required, apparently recruitment agencies spend half their day bent over in laughter looking at the ridiculous pictures jobseekers send in. Like what? Well, how about a CV, where the first page is an A4 size photo of a woman wearing little hot pants and reclining on a tree. Or another classic mistake

that is - a photo on a CV of a girl wearing a Santa hat, who is clearly inebriated at a party. Recruitment agencies even get sent family photos where the jobseeker writes something like: “I’m the one in the blue shirt.” Some people have been known to send entire cover letters in capital letters too, while others write CVs in Romanesque-style fonts that look like calligraphy, or use

THINK: Sort of photo not to put on a CV.

fluorescent colours. “No, no, no,” say recruitment experts. When it comes to CV writing the more normal and classic the style the better. And it doesn’t massively matter if your CV is longer than two pages as long as it contains interesting content, spelt correctly. Although the trend at the moment among many young graduate CVs is to send one page with really small font, which some recruitment experts like. And finally, nowadays with the internet everything moves at a fast pace, so as a jobseeker there is no time to be sitting around twiddling fingers. New jobs arriving to recruitment agencies are apparently posted online almost instantly, and recruiters begin to receive CVs within seconds. These CVs are sent on to the client within one or two hours, so it’s vital to be fast if you want to be interviewed.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Spain inching its way to recovery... THE jobless queues in Spain shrank more than expected to below 26 per cent in September. Although still amongst the highest levels in Europe, it was good news at the same time that Spain officially exited recession

for the first time in 27 months. It raises hopes that Spain may have finally turned the corner in its fight for economic recovery. The unemployment rate stood at 25.98 per cent, down from 26.26 per cent and

beating a predicted rate of 26.1 per cent. According to the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the number of jobless is now at its lowest level since June 2007. Unemployment fell by 72,800 to 5.904 million in the third quarter of the year, still

well above the 5.778 million, or 25.02 per cent a year ago. Private businesses were the driving factor in the increase in jobs. While 12,600 jobs were lost in the public sector, 52,000 were created in the private sector, according to the INE National Institute of Statistics. On top of that there has been a migration back to their homelands of the weakest. These did not include thousands of immigrants Santander, Sabadell and Bankinter, unable to find work. Meanwhile, the Bank of all of which sold assets or raised capital from private investors to Spain released figures that meet tougher new guidelines on Spain edged its way into economic growth with a capital reserves. Santander said net interest rise of 0.1 per cent in income was €19.7 billion or 14 per Gross Domestic Product cent lower than a year ago. And its (GDP) in the third quarter. net profit in Brazil plunged nearly That was the first quarter 24 per cent year on year in the nine of growth following nine months to September, to €1.3 quarters of decline in GDP. And the International billion. Overall Santander showed a Fund has profit of €1.06 billion in September, Monetary up from €122 million a year ago. changed its forecast for contraction, That made a nine-month profit of Spanish saying the economy will €3.31 billion, up 77 per cent. At Sabadell, nine-month profit contract 1.3 per cent this doubled to €186 million as did year before showing Bankinter, which also doubled modest growth of 0.2 per cent in 2014. profits to €156 million.

THE eurozone’s biggest bank, Santander, has posted a big rise in profits as it put aside less money to cover bad debt in Spain. Banco Santander’s chairman, Emilio Botín, said: “After several years of high levels of write-offs and reinforcement of capital, Banco Santander is prepared for a new period of increased profitability.” Santander was not alone as Bankinter and Sabadell also had bigger profits in September, despite net income at all three falling. Net income is what banks take in from interest on loans less deposit costs. Spanish banks have seen income fall but profits rise mainly because they have had to put aside less cash to cover bad debt, particulary on property deals,


Profits up at banking giant Santander

EMILIO BOTIN: Prepared for increased profitability. than they did in 2012. Last year they were forced to make huge provisions against bad loans by the Spanish Government.

The prolonged property market crash had left many of the country’s banks short of capital, and Spain turned to Europe for funds to help


Time for a rethink on sex trade HARDLY a week goes by without another report of women being ‘freed’ having been forced to work as prostitutes. Whilst I am sure this is a problem in many countries, surely the ‘turn a blind eye’ attitude many people in Spain seem to have to prostitution is one of the main causes of the abuse of these women. The way forward is to tightly control the ‘trade’. At the moment it seems to exist in a legal grey area, with rules differing from place to place. Prostitution should be expressly permitted in law, but only by licensed operators in licensed premises, subject to inspection and control by the police and health authorities. Coupled with a total ban on street prostitution, it would go a long way to solving the problems of criminal gangs intimidating women into becoming ‘sex slaves’. Anthony Jones, Mazarron (Alicante)

Take notice IT’S amazing how the accumulation of rubbish in the streets has woken the coastal residents up to the fact that they are always short-changed by the administration in Orihuela. The minority government is struggling to make the money go round, and we on the coast are the losers. They are spending the money on projects in Orihuela and the surrounding villages in the hope that they will get reelected. There is no need for the government to take the coast into consideration, as we have no representation. That is in part the fault of residents not bothering to vote in the local elections, and the Press not even bothering to have someone present when the plenary meetings are being held. People on the coast are not aware what gets decided in

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Letters for Your Say should be emailed to, posted to Euro Weekly News, C/Moscatel 10, P-62, Polígono Industrial, Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Benalmadena, Málaga, Spain or faxed to 0034 952 440 887

Photographs for possible publication should be sent by email with a full caption to:

THE Lord’s own yacht? Walking along the promenade in Fuengirola I saw this magnificent sailing boat. Later that evening, I managed to capture this picture of the vessel at anchor. I would imagine that boat and crew are on a Christian mission.

By Colin Smyth, Torreblanca (Malaga)

Orihuela. Is it not about time that we get going and take notice as it affects all our lives from young to old? A coastal resident (By email) Editor’s note: The EWN reported (Issue 1476) that garden refuse was being left uncollected for weeks at a time in the streets of Orihuela Costa.

WHEN YOU WRITE All letters, whether by email or post, should carry the writer’s postal address, NIE and contact number though only the name and town will be published. Letters may also be edited. Readers who have missed earlier correspondence can see all letters posted on:

Well done! WHAT a lovely story about the AECC and the Pink Ladies! As someone who had a cancer scare (thankfully now having had the all-clear) I think it is wonderful what these ladies are doing for no reward. The goodness of so many people in the expatriate community is really heartwarming. I urge everyone to support all those people determined to make a difference by giving up their free time, and often their money, too. Well done, ladies! J G, Torrevieja (Alicante) Editor’s note: AECC Torrevieja raised €4,163.50

from the sale of pink balloons and donations on International Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Bloomin’ disaster RE ‘Red tide disaster’ (Axarquia, Issue 1477) where fishing boats have had to remain tied up for months as the shellfish beds have been closed due to an algal ‘bloom’. This is the inevitable consequence of pollution. Nitrates from fertilisers plus sewage swept to sea feed the algae. Combined with warmer temperatures, these toxic

blooms will become more and more common, causing huge economic loss to the fishing industry and untold damage to the environment. It is in the best interests of everyone to have stricter controls of what we put into the environment. Mankind cannot continue to poison the land and sea with impunity forever more. Janice Lacalle, Almuñecar (Granada)

Trade issues PERHAPS someone could explain why the world’s major manufacturing industries are concentrated in China, leaving the European workforce depleted of work opportunities. There appears to be a considerable number of contradictory, two-faced UK and European politicians who are quite willing to carbon tax our own homegrown industries into oblivion, but yet trade heavily with countries which pollute not only themselves but also the world. Bearing in mind that the minimum wage and health and



safety issues fought for in Europe are also ignored. G Smith (By email)

Britons first IN 1993, I went to Egypt, stayed at a hotel near Aswan. We chatted with Betani, a lovely Egyptian lad. He had not heard of Elvis or The Beatles, but he did say that he wanted to marry a nice English girl because “I can live in England and the Government will give me money!” It is no wonder the hardworking people of the UK are angry. Another occasion a guy in Calais, France, had been caught trying to enter the UK. The customs officer said: “Why don’t you stay in France?” He replied: “No, I want to go to England because I will be given money.” The UK has been a global joke for many years with respect to its benefits system. I know these people are having a bad time, but we should give preference to our own, because they are, too! Sue Metcalfe, Formentera del Segura (Alicante)

Their problem I READ the letter by D Blanchette (Issue 1476) about overpopulation in Third World countries and wondered how the women even get pregnant and carry through to birth if they are so emaciated. Anorexia usually stops a woman from having periods and therefore pregnancy. It takes two non-starved people to create a pregnancy. So are we being conned? Old people in England have to starve and freeze whilst hospitals, etc, are underfunded, so let these countries fend for themselves. Janet Hayden (By email)

That’s rich I THOUGHT I had seen it all. A British Prime minister feeling proud that the French are going to build a nuclear power plant with Chinese money to sell overpriced electricity to the long-suffering British public. Clive Graham (By email)

The views expressed and opinions given in Letters are not necessarily those of the EWN publishers. They accept no responsibility for accuracy of information, errors, omissions or statements, and reject claims arising out of any action that a company or individual may take on the basis of information contained therein.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa Blanca Nor th

Thursday BBC1/ 4:15pm Perfection 5:00pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Waterloo Road 10:00pm Truckers 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Question Time

BBC2/ 4:45pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 5:20pm Cagney and Lacey 6:10pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm The Great British Bake Off Masterclass 9:00pm Autumnwatch 10:00pm World's Busiest Maternity Ward 11:00pm Mock the Week...Again 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV/ 4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm Britain's Secret Treasures 10:00pm Breathless 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Jonathan Ross Show

CH4/ 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 10:00pm Bedlam 11:00pm Up All Night

ITV2/ 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm Big Rich Texas 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 10:00pm Tricked 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm Release the Hounds



BBC1/ 5:00pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Room 101 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Citizen Khan 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show

BBC2/ 5:10pm Cagney and Lacey 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm The Great British Bake Off Masterclass 9:00pm Gardeners' World 9:30pm Autumnwatch 10:30pm Autumnwatch Unsprung 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV/ 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Off the Beaten Track 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Closer to the Edge

CH4/ 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm 9:00pm Embarrassing Bodies 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 10:30pm Man Down 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man

ITV2/ 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm Big Rich Texas 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 10:00pm Paranormal Activity 11:50pm House of Wax

1:30pm Wednesday •Keira Knightley •Matthew Macfadyen •Aaron TaylorJohnson •Jude Law

Saturday BBC1/ 6:10pm F1 the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights 7:15pm BBC News 7:25pm Regional News 7:28pm Weather 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:15pm Atlantis 10:05pm The National Lottery Live 10:15pm Casualty 11:05pm BBC News 11:20pm Weather

BBC2/ 6:30pm The House That £100k Built 7:30pm Flog It! 8:30pm Natural World 9:30pm Dad's Army 10:00pm Live From the the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

ITV/ 6:35pm Local News and Weather 6:45pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm Fool Britannia 8:00pm The Chase: Celebrity Special 9:00pm The X Factor 10:50pm The Jonathan Ross Show 11:55pm ITV News at Ten and Weather

CH4/ 5:55pm Come Dine with Me Proud Russian Yana 6:25pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Double Your House for Half the Money 9:00pm Grand Designs 10:00pm The Eagle

ITV2/ 5:45pm You've Been Framed! 6:15pm Casper 7:15pm FYI Daily 7:20pm Casper 8:10pm The Perfect Storm 9:10pm FYI Daily 9:15pm The Perfect Storm 10:50pm The Xtra Factor Live 11:50pm Celebrity Juice



Anna Karenina (Film, 2012) St Petersburg beauty Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is married to government official Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), but despite their enviable standing in late-19th century society, she feels no passion for her stuffy, older husband. When Anna travels to Moscow to persuade the wife (Kelly Macdonald) of her cheating brother (Matthew Macfadyen) to forgive him, she catches the eye of dashing young Count Alexei Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Sharing a fiery chemistry, the pair begin a passionate love affair, but one that is doomed to tragedy.

Sunday BBC1/ 5:30pm F1 the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Highlights 7:00pm BBC News 7:10pm Regional News 7:18pm Weather 7:20pm Countryfile 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm The Paradise 10:00pm Richard Hammond Builds a Planet 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Regional News

BBC2/ 6:30pm Inspire: The Olympic Journey 7:00pm Flog It! 7:30pm The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek 8:00pm How to Build...A Jumbo Jet Engine 9:00pm Countdown to the Rains 10:00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys 11:00pm The Wrong Mans

ITV/ 6:00pm You've Been Framed! 6:30pm Prize Island 7:35pm Local News and Weather 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Surprise Surprise 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Downton Abbey 11:05pm ITV News at Ten and Weather

CH4/ 6:25pm Channel 4 News 6:50pm Grease 9:00pm Bigfoot Files 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Was it Something I Said? 11:25pm Toast of London 11:50pm No Fire Zone

ITV2/ 5:15pm The Borrowers 5:55pm Rumour Has It... 6:55pm FYI Daily 7:00pm Rumour Has It... 7:55pm Dragonheart 8:55pm FYI Daily 9:00pm Dragonheart 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm The Only Way is Essex


Monday BBC1/ 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Caught Red Handed 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm Ripper Street 11:00pm BBC News

BBC2/ 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Choir: Sing While You Work

ITV/ 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm A Mother's Son 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather

CH4/ 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Health Freaks 10:00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? 11:00pm Fresh Meat

ITV2/ 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm You've Been Framed and Famous! 10:00pm Peter Andre: My Life

4:00pm Pressure Pad 4:45pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Escape Artist 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Imagine...

BBC2/ 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Iceland Foods: Life in the Freezer Cabinet 11:00pm Later Live... with Jools Holland 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV/ 4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm UEFA Champions League 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm UEFA Champions League

CH4/ 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 10:00pm Embarrassing Bodies 11:00pm Masters of Sex

ITV2/ 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm Big Rich Texas 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Peter Andre: My Life 10:00pm The Vampire Diaries 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm Tricked

Wednesday BBC1/ 4:00pm Pressure Pad 4:45pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Watchdog 10:00pm Britain on the Fiddle 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm A Question of Sport

BBC2/ 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Ambassadors 11:00pm The Culture Show 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV/ 4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Agatha Christie's Poirot 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Newsflash - Stories That Stopped the World

CH4/ 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm River Cottage to the Core 10:00pm Grand Designs 11:00pm Gogglebox 11:45pm The Cruel Cut

ITV2/ 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm Big Rich Texas 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Rumour Has It... 10:00pm FYI Daily 10:05pm Rumour Has It... 11:00pm The Only Way is Essex 11:50pm Paranormal Activity


EUROPEAN PRESS 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



UK Taxman Targets Rental Income s tax authorities everywhere look to increase tax revenue, rental income is coming under closer scrutiny. If you own and rent out property, whether in Spain, the UK or elsewhere, you need to be sure that you are paying tax correctly. It is quite easy to make mistakes, especially if the property is located in one country and you are resident in another. In the UK, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) calculates that it loses up to £500 million a year from underpaid tax on rental income. It has launched a ‘Let Property Campaign’ to encourage landlords to regularise their position, whether they have made genuine errors or deliberately not declared income. It is open to UK resident landlords and covers holiday lettings, including properties owned abroad in countries like Spain. A press release from HMRC warned: “HMRC will use information it holds about property rental in the UK and abroad, along


By Neil Jenkins, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks with information already held on HMRC’s digital intelligence system Connect, to identify people who have not paid what they owe. For those that fail to come forward, higher penalties - or even criminal prosecution - could follow.” With increasing exchange of information between countries, you can expect the UK authorities to find out about Spain property and vice versa. Where necessary, the UK and Spanish tax

authorities can help each other collect tax. What are your tax obligations if you are a UK resident owning property in Spain? If you own property in Spain but are a UK resident, you need to comply with both the UK and Spanish regulations. As a UK taxpayer, you need to declare the rent on your annual UK tax return. Expenses can be deducted. Any gains on sale need to be declared and taxed in the UK. Overseas property must also be declared as part of your estate for UK inheritance tax purposes. Here in Spain, rental income from the property owned by nonresidents is taxed at 24.75% (on net income after allowable expenses for EU residents). If you do not rent out the property, or when it is unlet, a notional income is deemed to arise and tax is due on this. When you sell the property you

will pay tax on the capital gain under the savings income regime, at rates of between 21% and 27%. The net equity value of the property is currently liable to wealth tax if valued at over the individual allowance of €700,000 for individuals and €1,400,000 for couples owning in joint names. A mortgage can reduce its taxable value. The property will be subject to succession tax, which can be expensive for non-residents. Spain and the UK apply their own tax rules so the taxable amount is different in each country. You do not however have to pay tax twice. You can offset the Spanish tax paid against the UK liability to avoid double taxation. If the UK tax is higher, further tax will be due in the UK. If the UK tax is lower, you do not get a refund for the difference. This article looks at Spanish

rental income and gains for UK residents, but you will have similar tax considerations if you are resident in Spain and own UK property. It can be hard enough getting tax planning right in one country; getting it right when it involves two countries is even more complicated. Seek professional advice from an adviser who specialises in both Spanish and UK taxation and how the two interact. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Not comparing like with like... LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT


DON’T often follow up on mail I receive, mainly because I think you can get too bogged down with a single subject. Frankly, with a short blurb such as mine, there simply isn’t enough space for such columnist luxury. I will, however, make an exception with regard to last week’s published missive, which likened the British expat community in Spain to the immigrants now threatening to swamp the UK. I agree many of the British are inclined to stick to their own, both socially and abodewise. It is, I suppose a tribal and comfort zone situation, and in many cases (not mine, I hasten to add) perfectly understandable. But there are one or two glaring differences. We don’t strut around with posters insulting and indeed openly threatening our Spanish hosts. We don’t try to change their customs and laws and we don’t insist that Spanish women should be classed as second-class citizens and clad in shrouds. In fact, as another correspondent observed, apart from the concerns now being raised by their ever increasing illegal numbers, the British had no

BRITS IN SPAIN: Not like immigrants in UK. particular trouble encompassing the West Indian and Asian immigrants, many of whom have integrated and brought a very welcome diversity to us notoriously staid Brits. It is only since the influx of the Muslim extremists that all the real troubles have reared up. It is a large section of the Islamic followers who have caused most of the unrest and bitterness. A situation that is now finally

being openly discussed by disgruntled British inhabitants and indeed many politicians. If a whole section of people from another religion and culture make every effort to disrupt and change the society that has taken them in, who can blame its locals for getting annoyed? You can’t really get more ungrateful than that! To compare British expats to these people is not only ridiculous, but to my mind also quite insulting. I think most of us are extremely grateful that we can live freely in the sunshine with our colourful and generally laid-back hosts. OK, so perhaps many could make more effort with the language, and I agree there are those who moan too much. Mind you, these are mainly people that moan about just about anything anyway! But heaven forbid we should try and change their culture, religion or laws. If I personally didn’t agree with the way our hosts lived, I would simply ‘up the roots’ and move to a country I did find ‘acceptable’. It’s a pity the same decision is not being made by many of those who are not satisfied with the British culture and way of life! As a final note I couldn’t make head nor tail of last week’s missive likening me to Sean Connery. Was it complimentary or insulting? Don’t ask me, I only scribble here!


Totally agree I FULLY agree with Leapy, like thousands do. We thank him for giving us a voice, and I hope he ‘keeps up the good work’. Tony Dodd (By email)

Sick of it I USED to enjoy reading your free newspaper, especially the intelligent, political comments by a couple of contributors. They would highlight the real criminals, those people who gambled in the banking institutions. The banks the people of Europe have bailed out and now are facing the consequences of austerity with lost jobs, homes and much more. All we get now are the rantings of Leapy Lee. He couldn’t fail to have a go at immigrants even when writing an article about the elderly. Sick of it! J Bowen (By email)


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Granted soon as asked Wikipedia_Duffy2032

Grants are not merely loans, but funded by the taxpayer Cassandra Nash

A weekly look and not entirely impartial reaction - to the Spanish political scene


ICK CLEGG is not everyone’s favourite, even - or particularly amongst Lib-Dems. Joking apart, his remark that “Parents don’t want ideology to get in the way of their children’s education” will raise a hollow laugh in Spain. Education minister Jose Ignacio Wert’s ideology is now stamped all over the Spanish system, but in one respect he cannot be faulted. Students must obtain at least 5.5 in access exams to obtain a university grant although the cut-off mark is 5. This is patently unfair, say Wert’s critics, but the unloved minister pointed out that grants are not loans but funded by the taxpayer. “A greater effort is asked,” he claimed. There are many motives for criticising Wert but they should not include his policies on grants.

CLEGG: Not everyone’s favourite.

Strasbourg steps in TO the Spanish government’s intense frustration, the Strasbourg court of Human Rights has backed ETA terrorist Ines del Rio. Del Rio was already in prison when remission through work was removed from Spain’s Penal Code in 1995.

Responsible for 23 deaths, she received a 3,823-year prison term but under existing Spanish law would serve only 30 years. With remission she should have left prison in 2008. Instead, the authorities applied the same formula used with Etarra Henri Parot in 2006, deducting good behaviour allowances from each count and not the 30-year maximum. Applying the Parot Doctrine retrospectively is illegal, Strasbourg has said. Initially this ruling affects only Ines del Rio, although other Etarras will walk free. But they and Del Rio return to a different Spain from the one they left - one where there is no place for ETA which declared a permanent ceasefire two years ago. Furthermore, critics forget the Parot Doctrine still applies to Etarras or anyone else with sentences imposed after 1995.

Number One is first DOLORES DE COSPEDAL, secretary general of the national PP party, brought a lawsuit against the party’s ex-treasurer, Luis Barcenas. She was defending “her personal

honour” following his allegations of illegal funding and salary top-ups. Barcenas attended the hearing via video link as he is on remand for fraud and money-laundering. Unrepentantly contradicting De Cospedal he told the court he personally had handed her envelopes of black money. The party’s groan was audible all over Spain. Everyone had stopped talking about Barcenas and De Cospedal has stirred things up again. She gives the strong impression she is out to look after herself. This is common amongst politicians but usually they make a better job of concealing it.

Only here for beer WITH little money around and European elections looming, politicians fear they will not be sufficiently in the public eye. Inaugurations, openings and closings are thin on the ground and they will be seen at fewer politically-expedient functions. If they but knew it, they harvest votes only from those with invites. And they are only interested in the lunch or dinner after.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Van Gogh’s ear for music Amusing statements that may or may not deserve applause Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


NUMBER of amusing statements have been attributed to Winston Churchill. These have earned him applause but the handclapping is often undeserved. When confronted by Bessie Braddock MP who admonished the wartime leader for being drunk he replied, “and you are ugly but I will be sober in the morning and you will still be ugly.” Churchill was copying an English quip of some lineage. It was old when WC Fields used the jibe in the 1930s movie It’s a Gift. This one-liner has been around for 130 years. Public life has always been WINSTON CHURCHILL: Copied a famous one-liner. a rich source of colourful

language. Lord Sandwich spoke plainly when he addressed the editor of The North Briton. “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of the pox.” The journalist swiftly replied. “That depends, sir, on whether I embrace your politics or your mistress.” This exchange has wrongly been attributed to Gladstone and Disraeli. Insults must include Clarence

Keep one’s mouth shut’ said Lincoln

Darrow’s: “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” One wretched author received a memo from Moses Hadas. “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I’ll waste no time reading it.” Then as now, people loved the sound of their own voice. The quick-witted US President Abraham Lincoln during a debate remarked: “It is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a

fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” Fellow American, Mark Twain, once wrote: “I didn’t attend the funeral but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw detested Winston Churchill. Knowing the politician had more toadies than friends he wrote. “I enclose two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend, if you have one.” Churchill replied: “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second, if there is one.” Those in a poor relationship may take heart from Stephen Bishop’s remark: “I feel so miserable without you. It is almost like having you here.” Equally mocking the opinion of Irvin S Cobb: “I have just heard about his illness. Let us hope it is nothing trivial.” This brings us to the subject of the afterlife. This prompted Jack E Leonard to surmise: “There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” A young violinist after trying to impress George Bernard Shaw asked the playwright what he should play next. “Dominoes” was the curt reply. The American filmmaker Billy Wilder spoke for many who despair at modern music. “He has van Gogh’s ear for music.”


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Scare stories galore for Halloween The silly season for health scares and end-of-world scenarios Nora Johnson

Breaking Views A Costa del Sol resident for a number of years, Nora is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to


T’S the silly season - you know, the time of year when Government party leaders disappear on their summer hols and the papers are plastered with silly stories - still with us and merging with Halloween? Especially about health scares and end-ofthe-world scenarios. For instance, earlier this month, astronomers at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in the Ukraine discovered an asteroid that doomsday headlines warn could hit the Earth in 2032. Well, could it hurry up a bit: Bruce Willis mightn’t be around any more to save us come 2032. Meanwhile, should we await Government advice about the importance of sheltering under a sturdy dining room table with a warm, fleecy blanket, a torch, a bottle of mineral water and checking our life insurance policies?

NATURAL RESOURCES: Mankind biggest threat.

Red wine is good for us ... one a day’

Now, calm down, people! Realistically, the asteroid has a 99.998 per cent chance of missing Earth. We should be more concerned about what’s happening to the environment and the potential depletion of

the world’s natural resources. Mankind’s the biggest threat to life on Earth. The other misleading headline concerned ‘research’ conducted at Glasgow University into the dietary risk factors of having a stroke from eating deep-fried Mars bars. Result of this ‘research’: findings below the normal scientific threshold for statistical significance. In other words, pointless.

Next week Glasgow University gets a £5 million (€5.86 million) government grant to figure out if water is wet. After that, a study of Scotland’s other favourite tipple: Sanatogen tonic wine. Followed by a major project to pin down the date of Easter. Which makes me wonder if all these health stories that are regularly trotted out aren’t belated April Fool jokes. Hardly a week goes by without the latest revelation that this or that is good/bad for us - take your pick. You know what I mean. Red wine is good for us - full of polyphenols and stuff - but only if we drink one unit a day. Or was it five or six... Maybe science reporters are getting hard pressed to come up with eye-catching headlines. One thing’s for sure, though. Health stories are getting more and more weird. Fact: short, dark-haired women are more likely to develop early menopause. I made this last bit up but you get the drift. Deep-fried cheesecake, anyone? Nora Johnson’s thrillers Retribution, Soul Stealer, The De Clerambault Code ( available from Amazon and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería




Almería weather

Sir Alex Ferguson’s controversial Book..


for next 7 days

World War Z Based on the 2006 novel with the same name, World War Z tells the story of Gerry Lane, a former United Nations employee who is forced to leave his family behind in order to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie pandemic. In a race against time and fate, Lane travels the world to find the origins of the plague, which is key to developing a vaccine that would save the world.






Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox. Directed by Marc Forster. Runtime 114 minutes. Rated 15.




SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 - Dec 21) Sometimes, you find it hard to do things just for the pure enjoyment of it. Realise that not everything has to have a purpose or a profit. Look round this week and seek out something that will bring a smile to your lips.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) An exciting invitation may set tongues wagging and make a loved one jealous. You, meanwhile, are quite bemused by the whole thing. What comes out of this week is that you are of considerable value to others.

5-Star Quiz 1. A bat is the logo of which large, family-owned spirits company? 2. In which republic in south-eastern Europe is the region of Transylvania located? 3. Often used as a mystic and magical symbol, which five-pointed star is formed by drawing a continuous line in five straight segments? 4. The name of which supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as making loud noises and throwing objects about, is derived from the German for ‘to make noise’ and ‘ghost’? 5. The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. In which century did they take place?


GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) An urge to get moving must mean that the new year is round the corner. Certainly, you are questioning where you want to be in the months ahead. A move may be on your mind.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) An interest in technology is not something new to you. What is great, though, is that the penny has suddenly dropped. This week sees you understanding more and wanting to know more.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Be aware not everyone is willing to work as hard as you. When approached by some-one wanting you to trust them, be sure of their motives. Do what you feel is right. LEO (Jul 24 - Aug 23) Social demands are made, but try to shuffle them to the weekend. Be diplomatic or someone close could become irritated. Suddenly, at the weekend, you are thrust into the limelight.

Sudoku Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

VIRGO (Aug 24 - Sept 23) Be aware leopards do not change their spots, they merely hide them. Those who demand your trust need a cool checking out and don't be afraid to say ʻno.ʼ


LIBRA (September 24 October 23) Career and home are in disharmony but a bit of compromise soon sorts things out. You donʼt like playing the ʻbad guy,ʼ but honesty is also important to you. Speaking your mind can be liberating although you may see it embarrassing.





Saturday October 26

Saturday October 26

Saturday October 26

Friday October 25














15 17

16 36












Fri Sat Sun -


3 31

10 38





Saturday October 25

Sunday October 27










24 41

Fri Sat Sun -


Fri Sat Sun -



Fri Sat Sun -

Mon - 21 13 C Tues - 21 13 C Wed - 22 14 S

MAX 21C, MIN 11C




Fri Sat Sun -

Mon - 22 14 C Tues - 21 13 C Wed - 22 13 C



Mon - 24 14 C Tues - 24 14 C Wed - 24 14 Cl

21 12 C 23 16 C 24 13 C S Sun,

19 7 C 19 11 C 17 7 C


Mon - 16 8 Sh Tues - 18 6 Cl Wed - 18 7 S



Fri Sat Sun -



SUNNY 21 11 S 23 14 S 23 14 C


23 13 C 27 15 S 27 14 C


Malaga Fri Sat Sun -


Mon - 22 14 C Tues - 22 15 C Wed - 22 16 C



MAX 21C, MIN 11C

22 13 C 23 15 C 22 13 C


21 14 S 21 14 S 22 16 Cl

MAX 20C, MIN 13C


Barcelona TODAY:


Mon - 24 14 Cl Tues - 23 14 C Wed - 23 14 Cl

22 12 C 26 14 S 27 14 Cl



Cl Clear,


Mon - 23 13 C Tues - 21 12 Sh Wed - 22 13 C

Fri Sat Sun Fog,

Sn Snow,


21 19 S 24 11 S 22 11 C

Mon - 19 11 C Tues - 19 10 S Wed - 19 11 C

C Cloud,

Sh Showers,

Th Thunder

Nonagram How many English words of four letters or more can you make from the nine letters in our Nonagram puzzle? Each letter may be used only once (unless the letter appears twice). Each word MUST CONTAIN THE CENTRE LETTER (in this case M) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.


Average: 11

Very good: 20

Good: 14

Excellent: 25

cent, cite, coin, cone, conn, cote, icon, nice, once, otic, cento, conte, octet, tinct, tonic, noetic, notice, content, innocent, CONTINENT

Word Ladder KEEP

39 48





ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Being asked to take on a new and demanding task this week may see you wishing that you had been less visible.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) This being a family oriented month, much of it may be spent getting together with relatives and going over old times.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 20) Contact with a less than ideal situation makes you realise just how lucky you are. It has been clear that the weeks are changeable and your situation at the moment far from settled. Pity those whose life is predictable.


Y our S tars

November 2: Madrid-born Juan Ramon Lucas is a Spanish journalist and TV presenter. Of Asturian parents, Lucas started his career in 1979 and has ever since worked on the main TV and radio channels of Spain, including Telecinco, Antena 3 and Cadena SER. Although mainly a news presenter, Juan Ramon Lucas has also hosted talk and reality shows.


Move from the start word (KEEP) to the end word (BACK) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time.


IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: This will be a super month for romance in all its guises. Physical relationships can be important to you and this month is all about getting a balance.



SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Someone with a largerthan-life imagination makes you smile but that was not their intention. Try to be diplomatic and steer them in a different direction. Some feelings of loneliness will not be assuaged by working more.


1. BACARDI, 2. ROMANIA, 3. PENTAGRAM (sometimes known as a PENTALPHA, PENTANGLE or a STAR PENTAGON), 4. POLTERGEIST, 5. 17TH (between February 1692 and May 1693)



31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería




For more information about the sponsor go to



Across 1 Looked after tabby, as it is disoriented (7) 5 Company business, a hot drink maybe (5) 8 Peter is about to have time off (7) 9 What was a performance to be precise (5) 10 Badly stain the material? (5) 11 Rest of school is out in the woods (7) 12 Moderate sermon is heard (6) 14 Son is in need of casual trousers (6) 17 Adult group entertains disheartened women (5-2) 19 Be losing track? (5) 22 Tapestry is in an embarrassing position (5) 23 Fierce tirade about article by Metropolitan Police (7) 24 Nudes wandering around sand hills (5) 25 Rob sets off for desserts (7) Down 1 Incinerates Scottish poet (5) 2 Get placed in position and attacked on all sides (5) 3 Many nieces reconsidered area of study (7) 4 Chew toffee when you start to drive (3,3) 5 Egg on toast (5)

6 Study group in charge of a great literary work (7) 7 ʻDire Straitsʼ musicians (7) 12 Fat around a horse will result in a dawdler (7) 13 Hardly what a Scotsman would wear under the kilt (7)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 2 represents C and 4 represents F, so fill in C every time the figure 2 appears and F every time the figure 4 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

15 The French kept a watch on an English cleric (7) 16 Wears it at the games (6) 18 Sent son around to birdsʼ homes (5) 20 Saw a daughter get mature (5) 21 Louts destroyed a plant (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 7 Domain, 8 Uneven, 9 Inca, 10 Opera hat, 11 Likened, 13 Vatic, 15 Flock, 17 Softens, 20 Camomile, 21 Anna, 23 Desire, 24 Oberon. Down: 1 Down, 2 Palate, 3 Snooper, 4 Cured, 5 Nevada, 6 Relation, 12 Ill-fated, 14 Boredom, 16 Chopin, 18 Thanet, 19 Hives, 22 Nook. QUICK Across: 1 Walrus, 5 Strict, 8 Boss, 9 Indolent, 10 Landau, 11 Horrid, 12 Ache, 14 All, 15 Seek, 16 Fumble, 18 Threat, 20 Damascus, 22 Neat, 23 Better, 24 Skewer. Down: 2 Aroma, 3 Residue, 4 Stimulate, 5 Sad, 6 Ruler, 7 Concise, 11 Halitosis, 13 Courage, 15 Strange, 17 Boast, 19 Aware, 21 Cur.


ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Debil, 3 Beret, 7 Sphere, 9 Type, 10 Rastrillo, 13 Util, 14 Apoyar, 16 Syrup, 17 Batas. Down: 1 Dust, 2 Ice, 4 Royalty, 5 Tree, 6 Teorias, 8 Heavier, 11 Guns, 12 Gris, 15 Oca.

Unscramble the name of a British magazine-style television programme that first aired in July 1988 (one word): CEYLON FRUIT Unscramble the name of a famous British weekly music newspaper, founded in 1926: ME OR MY DALEK

Play on Words

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 To open (5) 3 Skirt (5) 5 Enfermo (3) 7 Quality (standard) (7) 9 Eneldo (4) 10 Aquí (en el espacio) (4) 13 Lettuce (7) 14 More (3) 15 Sectas (5) 16 Almas (espíritus) (5) Down 1 Tonsils (9) 2 Arroz (4) 3 Caída (accidente) (4) 4 Direcciones (9) 6 Lila (5) 8 Sueño (5) 11 Encías (4) 12 Country (nation) (4)

Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (DUGOUT) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues. AROUSE (10)




















Answers: Bite into (Bite in two), Back axle


Across 1 Debate (7) 5 Garden buildings (5) 8 Hard cheese from Somerset (7) 9 Once more (5) 10 Valuable quality (5) 11 Woman's sleeveless undergarment (7) 12 Stop doing something (6) 14 Laugh nervously (6) 17 Type of onion (7) 19 Settees (5) 22 Later in time than (5) 23 Teaching, instruction (7) 24 Depleted of strength or energy (5) 25 Make clean or pure (7) Down 1 Russian country house (5) 2 Appears to be (5) 3 Makes more current (7) 4 Hit (6) 5 Extra (5) 6 Dodging (7) 7 Open and genuine (7) 12 Far away (7) 13 Smash to smithereens (7) 15 Fill with enthusiasm (7) 16 Lacking movement (6) 18 Glaringly vivid and graphic (5) 20 Pretend (5) 21 From that time (5)



1 Demean, 2 Indeed, 3 Petrel, 4 Verify, 5 Around, 6 Fetter, 7 Render, 8 Forgot, 9 Birdie, 10 Dugout, 11 Debtor, 12 Detest, 13 Assort, 14 Dither, 15 Usable, 16 Abrupt, 17 Slough, 18 Yeasty, 19 Strobe



E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Better times ahead... or not? THE good news keeps on coming. The Spanish economy has finally come out of recession. After 27 months of contraction the third quarter of the year saw growth in the economy. Tourism figures for Spain are up, with many regions recording record levels of visitors.

Our reporters went out onto the street and asked: ‘Is the feel-good factor coming back to Spain?’ BOB COWAN and Sandy Tucker, who live in Partaloa and are both retired, remain downbeat about the economy. “There is not a feel-good factor in our opinion.The demolition of the houses in Cantoria is a big blow. (Editor’s note: Two ‘illegal’ homes in the town owned by expatriates were demolished. Hundreds of other cases are unresolved.) “Spain needs to get things in order. People want to pay their bills like IBI but are not able to. People have lost their savings investing in Spain. The cost of living is much higher now even on basic things like vegetables.” Johnny Slade, a DJ living in Arboleas, agreed. He said: “The Spanish Government can’t see in front of its nose. I don’t think there is a feel-good factor. Everything is complicated in Spain. “The banks Bob and Sandy have not seen a feel-good factor.


Torrevieja, isn’t so sure about the government’s austerity measures: “All you seem to hear and read about is how many cutbacks the government is making, but cutting education services and hospital staff isn’t the way forward, especially when there seems to be a fiesta every other week.”

frighten British people away; it is even hard to buy a car or get a bank loan. Having said all that, I still love life in Spain.” But Alison McLeary, 29, a restaurant worker from Marbella, is more positive about the future. “I have been in Spain for a few years now, and the restaurant trade in Puerto Banus has definitely picked up this summer. There was a real buzz about the place, and trade is still holding up, well into autumn. I really do think that we have turned the corner, but it has been a long time coming.” “I think we have ridden out the storm,” said John Wilkie, a driving instructor from near Wigan. His partner Jan Ratings agreed and thinks the economy is on the up, and has seen changes during visits to their holiday home on the Orihuela Costa: “I’ve noticed new buildings going up, and places being upgraded and I think the government is trying to help to get things going.” John and Jan believe things Retired Clive Barnes, 61, who lives in are on the up.

Johnny Slade not impressed.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Advertising feature

Some facts about longsightedness With Doctor Gomez Reolid of Veravision Eye Clinic PRESBYOPIA or longsightedness is the physiological loss of the eye’s capacity to focus which occurs with age. It causes difficulties with close up vision. In order to see nearby objects well the eye makes use of a focusing system called accommodation. This mechanism causes a change in the shape of the crystalline lens thereby bringing the image closer to the retina so that it can be seen more clearly. In young people this crystalline lens is soft and flexible which, with the help of some small muscles attached to it, changes its shape depending on the distance of the object, enabling it to be in focus on the retina. In adults this capability gradually deteriorates owing to rigidity of the crystalline lens and

CLOSE UP VISION: The ability to focus can change with age. its cilliary muscles. The common symptom is difficulty when carrying out visual activities at less than 33 cms such

as reading, using the computer or doing close work. Another accompanying symptom is usually ocular fatigue or even

severe headache. The symptoms are more acute in low light and at the end of the day. Longsightedness affects everyone in the same way even people who have never needed glasses before. Some people, at the age of longsightedness, read correctly in spite of the fact that it shouldn’t be so. This is because people with shortsightedness or myopic astigmatism, by having the focal point at a lesser distance and at rest, need to accomodate the crystalline lens less. This advantage can allow them, up to a certain point, to see more or less well close up. The most common treatment is to correct the sight with glasses, although there are three other types of solutions which could apply to each patient.

There are advantages and disadvantages to all treatments:Glasses: Suitable for all patients. There are three types, bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses. Contact lenses: These require a minimum of skill for handling but have the added aggravation of not being able to see well close up for their insertion. Refractive surgery: At the moment this is still being perfected and is fundamentally by laser. Intraocular surgery: This is the implantation of multifocal lenses or accomodative lenses. It is commonly used when associated with cataracts. Veravision Eye Clinic Calle del Mar 55, Vera. 950 391 321

HEALTH & BEAUTY OBESITY is one of the major health hazards facing people around the world today, and it is also a major expenditure for the health service in obesity and overweight related diseases and medical conditions. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing various medical conditions including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes to mention but a few. If your weight is of concern to you and you have tried lots of different diets, only to regain more weight than when you started, then maybe it’s the right time to consider CAMBRIDGE 800, the weight management solution, available in Spain and part of the highly successful range of Cambridge Weight Plan group of companies, formally known as the Cambridge Diet, manufactured in the UK. Rather than being a diet, CAMBRIDGE 800 is a weight management solution for long-term weight loss, stabilisation and maintenance, which has helped millions of people around the world successfully losing weight and, more importantly, keeping it off, using CAMBRIDGE as their supportive friend!

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Advertising feature

Cambridge 800 Your weight plan, your way

Together with your Accredited CAMBRIDGE 800 Consultant, you will set achievable objectives to help you reach your personal goals. Your consultant will support you throughout your journey into long-term maintenance, or as we prefer to call it, ‘My Life.’

abide by our code of conduct before embarking on their consultancy route. So should you experience any problems or have any questions your consultant can give you the answers you need at your regular one to one meetings. Losing weight may seem like an uphill struggle needing lots of willpower but with CAMBRIDGE 800, we won’t say it’s a ‘breeze,’ it is a proven method, developed by doctors. It has been available for more than 25 years and is probably one of the most clinically researched programmes. What it is not, is a fad diet! We understand that to venture on a new weight loss programme takes some deliberation and you want to be sure it’s the safest step for you in achieving your goals. LOSE WEIGHT: The Cambridge way. All consultants have experienced the plan themselves and are fully trained and accredited by the company and

Take the first step now by calling 952 586 324, visit our web site: or email: for the name of your nearest consultant.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de AlmerĂ­a


Eating your way to a stress free life DID you know that some foods can play a significant part in reducing stress levels in the brain? According to research published in health journals and encouraged by national health schemes, the nutrients in an array of foods can help combat feeling under pressure, under the weather or simply exhausted as a result of stress.



The monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that one of the best ways to lower blood pressure is to consume enough potassium.

AVOCADO: Can help lower blood pressure.


Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feelgood brain chemical. This is the reason why many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.

A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well-known for boosting your immune system. Salmon Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease. A study from Diabetes & Metabolism found that omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking.

ORANGE: Helps to reduce stress.

SALMON : High in omega-3 fatty acid protects against heart disease.

FASHION SHOW: Previewing the range of everyday clothes and evening wear.

The Dressing Room A NEW ladies fashion store opened its doors on Tuesday in Turre. The Dressing Room will be selling quality, fashionable, everyday clothes for ladies of all ages and sizes. Ranges have been sourced from all over the globe including the UK, Italy and Scandinavia and all are at affordable prices. Prior to the opening a fashion show took place at the Greg and Co bar in Turre on Saturday. A sell out audience was treated to a preview of the range of clothing available in the store with seven local girls volunteering to be models.

There was also a surprise guest with a hunky bare chested male model. The girls showed off a variety of clothing from casual everyday wear to elegant evening dresses. The Dressing Room will also be selling a small range of menswear, as well as a range of skincare products for both men and women. A special mention must be made to Michelle Byfleet who did hair and make-up for the models and also to Greg and Co bar for their hospitality. The Dressing room is on the main street in Turre. Telephone 950 468 204.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

Food Rare yuzu Costa de Almeria’s best guide to local sport

Almería’s best guide to local restaurants


Trendy tea. To read more turn to page 50


fruit in takeover THE rare and costly Yuzu fruit from Japan is predicted to take the world by storm next year. It tastes like a cross between a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit and is already widely stocked in Asia. And now the popularity of this fruit is growing in Western cuisine and it’s being used to flavour everything from beer and chewing gum to vinegar and cocktails. Perhaps one of the reasons the fruit is becoming so popular is the fact that it has three times more vitamin C than a lemon, making it super-healthy. The fruit has already had some media exposure. Jamie Oliver has a recipe for home-made yuzu mayo which he drizzles over grilled scallops,

while Nigel Slater makes a yuzu dressing for his crab and apple slaw. The worldwide chain Yo! Sushi is also adding a sashimi dish to its menu at the end of November featuring thinly sliced salmon with a tart salsa made of yuzu. As well as this, the East India Company has sourced yuzu direct from Japan to use in a new range of fruit-infused chocolates. And chocolatier William Curley uses fresh yuzu in his couture chocolate and cooks a yuzu and praline tart.

Burger museum is one of a kind

ONE fast food fanatic has transformed his home into a museum dedicated to hamburgers. American ‘Hamburger Harry’ as he is known, has spent 23 years collecting burger memorabilia and has created the world’s only museum dedicated to

YUZU: Rare and costly fruit set to take the world by storm.

BURGERS: In various shapes and sizes.

hamburgers at his home in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 57-year-old’s collection includes a bed in the form of a cheeseburger, a burger mobile phone, hamburger money banks, biscuit jars, clocks, and even a hamburger Harley Davidson motorbike.


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



SNAKE VENOM: Drinkers beware. EXCELLENT VALUE: All your favourite Chinese food.

DINING AREA: Spacious and comfortable.

Advertising feature

World’s strongest beer A SCOTTISH brewery claims it has created the strongest beer in the world. Brewmeister’s latest creation, Snake Venom, reaches a 67.5 per cent of alcohol by volume (ABV). This massive figure was achieved after a nine month development process in which both beer and Champagne yeast were used. Contrary to what it may seem, the Scottish beverage tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. Or so claim its creators, who describe its flavour as “malty and very pleasant.” The brew is presented with a yellow label warning drinkers to beware. Snake Venom can be bought online for £50 (€58.68) per bottle, a price that certainly matches its alcohol content. This is not the first time Brewmeister has released a beer to challenge people’s alcohol tolerance. Last year they launched Armageddon, a beer with ‘just’ 65 per cent ABV.

Dragon 11 Chinese Restaurant

THE Dragon 11 Chinese Restaurant situated in Las Buganvillas, Vera Playa is a big favourite with expatriates and it is easy to see why. The dining area is spacious and comfortable and can cater for everyone from couples to large family groups. The Dragon 11 Restaurant offers an excellent value for money midday Menu del dia which is available from Monday to Friday, for just €6.80 the menu offers three dishes, a drink and a dessert.

All your favourite Chinese food can be found on the main menu which caters for everybody from vegetarians to meat and fish lovers. There is an excellent choice with generous portions and very quick and polite service from the friendly staff. There is also a special menu with a set price for diners from two to seven people offering a variety of favourite dishes such as beef in oyster sauce and sweet and sour pork and is a great way to share and try

different types of Chinese food. The Dragon 11 Restaurant is also available for private functions and tables can be booked for events such as birthdays, weddings, baptisms, communions and business meetings. If you fancy a night off from cooking, the Dragon 11 Restaurant also offers a free home delivery service for orders of €10 or more for people who live in Las Buganvillas or Garrucha. All take away orders come with free prawn crackers,

bigger value orders also have further offers up to €30 where the restaurant will give you a free bottle of house wine with your order. The restaurant is open everyday from 11.30am to 4.30pm and 6.30pm till midnight and is just off the roundabout at Las Buganvillas in Vera Playa, on the left as you take the Garrucha Road.

For reservations and take away orders please phone 950 133 226.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Starbucks makes cup of tea the next big trend STARBUCKS is starting a new venture to make tea the next big trend in hot drinks, and has opened its first ‘tea bar’ in New York City. The world renowned Seattle-based company says its new franchise will be known as the Teavana Tea Bar and will

promote a healthy environment to enjoy its selection of Teavana Fine Teas, with unique blends including Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea, a Pineaple Kona Pop or Blueberry Bliss iced tea. The Tea Bars will also serve small plates of healthy option food

including flatbreads and salads. Starbucks opened a similar tea shop last year near its headquarters under its Tazo brand and the company has said that next month, it will also be converted into a Teavana tea bar.

NO SUGAR: New drink is just 60 calories a glass.

Sugar free Champagne launched for the calorie-conscious A LOW calorie Champagne has been launched. Champagne generally contains around 100 calories per glass. Sugar is added at the end of fermentation to ‘finish’ the Champagne with 12 - 17 per cent sugar being standard.

Now, Champagne maker Alexandre Penet has created the no sugar Brut Nature Cuvée Grand Cru, which contains just 60 calories a glass. The Champagne is available via Thomson and Scott website for £49 (€55) per bottle.

Starbucks bought the Teavana chain of about 300 tea shops last year, primarily in shopping malls.

‘Rubbish’ restaurant opens in Copenhagen A NEW restaurant has taken the phrase ‘waste not, want not’ to new levels as it offers customers a menu made entirely from waste food. Rub and Stub in Copenhagen (Denmark) creates dishes using food which supermarkets and farmers would usually throw away. The menu changes daily and is dependent upon what surplus food has been donated that day. It is a non-profit venture, run and operated entirely by volunteers and caters for 60 guests every evening.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


High society friends Last week I recounted how I took wealthy Philip Miller to Sevilla to see renowned Spanish bullfighter El Cordobes in action. The story continues… Ric Polansky

ESSENTIAL: Caping the bull before the ritual sacrifice.

Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.


E talked as best friends should. Philip was inquisitive and wanted to know everything about the bulls - history, myths and just what made El Cordobes so famous? Oh, and how much money does he make? And who is his tax consultant? It all was a bit too convivial and friendly considering I hadn’t as yet secured tickets.

w seats. SANCTIFIED: Front-ro

Yet, that one phrase careened between the crevices of my ears, ‘money is no object’. Maybe money was the solution and the escape? Then, the fault would be his. I parked close to the legendary plaza - the

Maenstraza as we had a full two hours before the corrida. “Philip, you know who Cordobes is, the greatest, most popular torero since Manolete. He hunts with Franco and fishes with cardinals. These

entradas are difficult to get, even for me. I’m gonna need about $1,000 to get us in.” He didn’t bat an eye and reached into his wallet and snapped out 10 crisp ‘C notes’ and off I sprinted praying to the gods of Sevilla. Buying bullfight tickets is an art form to combat the established cheats. I waited for the fools in line before me, all asking for the impossible and being rejected. I didn’t ask for tickets. I asked his name. “Paco, this is your lucky day. I am the bodyguard of an important Russian personage whose name I cannot divulge to you. BUT the CIA, the FBI and the United States embassy want this man to attend the corrida today. “For two tickets in the barrera (front row) I am willing to pay you $800 and a further $100 (propina) gift tax to you for those entrance tickets. Your failure to comply will result in an international incident.” He slammed them on the counter before I had finished speaking and I slid him most of the ‘C notes’ like it was an everyday transaction. Then back I raced to collect my client to whisk him off to the nearest bar

wherein I insisted we need finish at least one bottle of Jerez, “to please the Gods,” before admittance. Philip was slurring his words when I asked for la cuenta and made him leave a super exorbitant tip. We entered the plaza and

Sitting on my right was Deborah Kerr’

gradually worked our way down to the heralded and sanctified seats of the front row. There sitting on my right was none other than movie star Deborah Kerr and next to her Kennedy’s ex-press secretary Pierre Salinger, unmistakable with his large Havana cigar. I should have expected as much and plonked down my significant self without muttering a word of greeting and immediately waving for the beer guy. Rank has its privileges. I chugged a beer for Milwaukee courage then stood up and introduced myself as the ‘Indalo man’ guiding none other than Sir Phillip Miller, American Russian advisor to the Spanish Government. “More I regret I cannot divulge,” and with a toothy grin, bowed and further

proclaimed: “Señora Kerr, I believe we have met before, in Tijuana.” (Hemingway’s impact on the stars of celluloid was so dramatic that there never was a corrida held in T town that didn’t have the barrera packed by Hollywood’s elite during the 50s and 60s. But of course she thought she remembered me. I smiled that best condescending smirk I had and sat down and stared directly ahead, longing for the sound of the trumpets to announce the first bull. It happened just as I wished, that most beautiful of pronouncements: clear, invocative and curt. The first passes are ‘testing’. Just like a person is righthanded, bulls too favour one horn over the other. The peones (helpers) caped the bull just enough to allow the matador to study his adversary. Unimportant to the less knowledgeable, yet key to the ritual sacrifice. My brain flopped into an inconsequential pleasant lull when suddenly Philip bolted to his feet and screamed: “They’re tormenting that animal!” I couldn’t even blink, my mind frozen. What the hell would happen to him when the picadors arrived and he saw blood? “Come on, Rickey, we must go,” he exclaimed, but it felt upon deaf ears. “Philip, I have done what I promised, brought you here. You’ll have to wait for me outside, I cannot leave my friends Debbie and Pete.” Continued next week


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



950 478 935 – 687 489 146 info@ www.mojacar

e ur at fe

Mojacar Estates

Pr o Br op ou f t gh he er tt oy t ou W y by ee Mo ja k c ng isi rt ve Ad


PACIOUS townhouse (97m² and 31m² terraces) ideal for living all year round, south facing, in the centre of the village with easy access to all amenities. You enter the house via a large terrace into the entrance hall, on the ground floor you have a lounge-diner with open fireplace, separate fully fitted kitchen with access to a utility area with washing machine and storage area, shower room, on the upper floor you have three double bedrooms and a bathroom. The property has double glazing, shutters, fly blinds, comes fully furnished as per inventory and is ideal for all year round living, also only a 10 minute drive to the coast of Mojacar. Viewing highly recommended.






Townhouse in the village of Turre - €89.000 CMEDH5713

Madrid property bargains FIFTEEN housing and estate agencies attended a property convention held at the Casa de Campo Convention Hall in Madrid. On display were more than 15,000 new and resale flats in the Madrid community with discounts of up to 50 per cent. “People are looking more for price than areas. There is demand but the client is waiting for the property to meet new prices,” said the director of Basico Homes, Maria Jose Yague. She added: “In Madrid there are many resale properties under €100,000 that have attracted the interest of many people.” Between 60 and 70 per cent of buyers are foreign.


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería






Advertising feature

Martinez de la Casa: Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) service MARTINEZ DE LA CASA Architects is a practice, providing a wide range of services throughout Spain and with a large portfolio of innovative public infrastructure, highly protected restoration and residential project management. The office is based in Aguilas and also offers: Antiquity (Legalisation) Certificates (swimming

EFFICIENT: Martinez de la Casa Architects provide a wide range of services.

pool 250€*, buildings/ extensions 353€*, GPS plot/land measurements for catastro, reports for courts and official evaluations for litigation/ mortgage. (*please add IVA) The practice runs one of the most efficient EPC services in the region, for 121€, including property assessment done by an

Architect and Building Engineer, EPC Certificate (completed in 24/48 hours), registration (72 hours), registration taxes and IVA. TESTIMONIAL: “I would not hesitate to recommend Antonio and his colleagues to anyone who wants a first-class service undertaken by a truly professional team. Not only they are very polite and helpful in explaining the survey but they were also punctual, something of a rarity these days. “Thank you, Antonio, Ana and Oscar for a job

well done and at the cheapest price I have come across.” Mr Warburtun, Santopetar, Taberno For more information and client testimonials visit: www.martinezdela To book your EPC, please call (ALMERIA) 678 347 125 or (MURCIA/ALICANTE) 665 810 411 Martinez de la Casa was awarded the Cross of Merit of Calabardina; his work has been included in several exhibitions and as an indicator of the quality of the firm’s work has an impressive client list, including the Bishop of Cartagena, Murcia Regional Government and Águilas Town Hall. Martinez de la Casa projects have meant working closely with national and international public bodies including the European Union, the Ministry of Industry and the Spanish Institute for Tourism. The firm also has more than 400 private clients to its credit.



ALLOWEEN is traditionally the most fearful of days: some of the costumes available in the shops should probably be rated 18 years or older and if your house is on the trick-or-treat circuit, there is always the ultimate fear that the visitor will deliver an unwanted trick, unsatisfied with the sweet offerings. Or worse, it may be an opportunistic tax inspector lurking in your neighbourhood. One segment of society, however, is surely beating the voodoo drum of joy at this increasingly popular tradition: the retailers. Last year in the US, Halloween expenditure amounted to a record $8 billion (€5.8 billion), while Brits spirited away some £300 million (€351 million) on all things orange and ghoulish, up from a mere £12 million (€14.06 million) only a decade ago, according to The Independent. But if Halloween, or ‘La noche de brujas’ as some call it here, is not your cup of witches’ brew, you should not lay the blame solely on the Americans, who have admittedly assimilated this season with such gusto and finesse.

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Afraid of Halloween?

Just remember it’s best not to open the door ... Ulrica Marshall

Expat Strife

Lock the doors and watch a scary movie

Swedish-born Ulrica is a freelance journalist living in Mallorca with her family. Her debut novel $Expat Wives is available on Amazon and iBooks. To comment on any of the issues raised in Ulrica’s column, go to

Look no further than our forefathers from Scotland and Ireland who brought this predominantly Celtic tradition to the US centuries ago. It was not until the 1930’s, however, that the ‘trick or treat’ term was coined in relation to ritualised begging on Halloween and it did not become the ‘wholesome’ family pursuit it is seen as today until much later, only reaching most of Europe in the late 20th Century. Personally I am surprised it took so long; what with the immense money-making opportunity and our seeming fascination with all things occult, scary and morbid. In the US, Halloween lags only Christmas in

financial terms and accounts for a quarter of all sweets sold during the year. Yet come November 1, sugar highs have to be curtailed and any festivity-lag buried to head off to work or school. Not so in Spain - and much of Europe where All Saints Day is observed;

a day to visit the graves of family members, departed from this world. Halloween is also about the notion of life and death, yin and yang, or good versus evil something all humans tend to dwell on, regardless of religion,

race or background. So like it or not, this rather recent tradition is likely to go from strength to strength. If you still haven't the inclination or nerve to participate in these eerie festivities, may I recommend locking the doors, closing the curtains and turning off the lights to instead enjoy a good movie by candlelight. Some of my all-time favourites, for this particular occasion are The Blair Witch Project, Final Destination (there are four sequels, too, in case sleep eludes you) and The Sixth Sense. None are suitable for the kids, but then they will probably be out trick or treating with their friends. If this level of entertainment is not scary enough for you, then may I suggest opening a recent letter from the Hacienda or the Inland Revenue - an experience sure to send goosebumps down the spine of every living human being. Just remember not to open the door, should someone call...


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

Advertising feature

T:Factor - Sing to Win!


ALLING everyone between the ages of 12 and 18! Telitec are launching T:Factor in the hunt for original singing and performance talent. Can you take a tune and make it your own? Have you got that extra something to be a true artist? The winner will enjoy a recording session in a top London studio where you can lay down your track with professional recording engineers. This is a competition so get competitive and give it your best! All you need is to be able to upload a video of you doing your stuff to

YouTube, and send in the link to T:Factor, who will make it available for your family and friends to vote, and keep on voting. There are three rounds in the competition: the initial round is for anyone to enter; the second round will include those who received enough votes, and again for the final round. You’ll need to tell everyone about it to get enough votes and stay in the competition.

How to get started Choose a song from the

list (right). You can cover it in any way you wish: instrumental, acapella, band or karaoke style, it’s up to you! Record your video and upload it to YouTube (you’ll need a YouTube account). Then fill out the entry form which tells T:Factor about you, and includes a link to your video. T:Factor will then start loading on the voting page and send you a link of where to find it. You’ll need to send the link to as many people as possible to stay in the competition. First round voting October 21 to November 24, Second round voting November 25 to December 8.

If you have any questions email T:Factor at

Boy Boy becomes aggressive David THE Dogman Listen to David on TRE every Saturday 10am to 11am Costa del Sol (Gibraltar/Sotogrande) 98.7fm (San Roque to Calahonda) 91.9fm (Calahonda to Motril) 88.9, Costa Calida 92.7fm Costa Blanca (Torrevieja to Elche) 105.1fm (Elche to Calpe) 88.2fm, (Calpe to Gandia & Ibiza) 104.6fm, (Denia to Valencia) 95.3fm Mallorca 103.9fm

AFTER my radio show on Saturday, I had a chat with Nazil from the Pointer Clinic as I had a major problem with Boy Boy (BB). Having spent 10 weeks at Cat and Dog World, requiring an emergency operation for stomach torsion and coming into a new home with boxes everywhere, I can understand any animal, including myself, suffering stress. My daughter Sarah came

over and whilst relaxing in a chair was lightly scratching his hindquarters when BB jumped up at her. I stopped him with my voice and told him he was a good boy. Now, before you think I am out of my mind, it is important to remember that we are dealing with a ‘dog’ and the last instruction was ‘No’ at which he stopped so I told him rightly that he was a good boy. That is how we train dogs and never punish them for any reason whatsoever. Sarah had a small bite but had pain in her wrist for a few days. I was very upset at the thought that he could not be trusted and that Susan was now scared of him. I decided to discuss this with Susan, who confirmed she was afraid of him. We

STRESS: Dogs suffer.

chatted about moving home, his insecurity and what was to be his future and at this stage we agreed to give him more time. I made it clear I could not and would not give him to another home or have him put down. This was clearly

a worrying and stressful situation for everyone concerned. Next week I will tell you more about my conversation with Nazil. For your local radio frequency log onto



Songs Snow Patrol - Run or Chasing Cars James Blunt - You’re Beautiful Goo Goo Dolls - Iris Jason Mraz - I Won’t Give Up Labrinth - Earthquake One Direction - Little Things Rhianna - We Found Love Etta James - At Last Alicia Keys - Falling Justin Bieber - If I Was Your Boyfriend Pitbull & Christina Aguilera - Feel This Moment Naughty Boy - LaLaLa Passenger - Let Her Go Olly Murs - Dear Darling Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can’t Hold Us Foals - My Number Daft Punk - Get Lucky Katy Perry - Roar Lorde - Royals


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería



Advertising feature

Beat the winter blues with state of the art Neater Heaters

ITH winter now upon us many people will be deciding how best to keep their homes warm. The choices seem endless, confusing, and contradictory. There is no simple answer, or single best solution. Tony and Richard at Neater Heater have, however, got one solution that deserves serious consideration. There are many reasons to choose electricity as your heating option. It is clean, requires no effort to maintain, and has a comparatively small installation cost. In fact, Tony and Richard claim to be able to install a five-to-seven heater system for the same price that many people pay just to have a gas bottle casita built. But once you have decided on electricity then you have even

AFFORDABLE: Easy to install and economical to run. more choices to contend with. The Neater Heater team sympathise with you, because that is exactly where they were four years ago. After discarding the unhealthy gas estuffas, and deciding to ‘heat electric’, they tried various options - as customers - and

realised one thing. There were no affordable, good electric heaters on the market. Electric heaters tended to fall into one of the following categories: • Very expensive (€400€800) but make a virtue of being economical

• Cheap to buy (but horrendously expensive to run) oil-filled heaters • Economical to run (but inefficient) panel heaters. With a great stroke of luck, it was while actively looking for a heater for his son’s room that Tony came across, and installed, some Norwegian BEHA convector heaters. That decision was life-changing. Discovering just how good these heaters were, Tony saw a business opportunity and approached his friend Richard Winter and between them they started Neater Heater. As Richard explains: “The beauty about Neater Heaters is that they are simple but built to the highest quality. It also helps that they look good. They use modern, state of the art technology, including extruded aluminium for the element, and a highly

Advertising feature

The Good Care Group’s perfect combination W


E know that many British expatriates who live in Spain are finding it hard to be able to financially support themselves and build a future due to the local economic climate which has seen the decline of job opportunities. However, many would still like to retain their lifestyle in Spain but need some additional income to support their dream of living abroad. The Good Care Group knows that many expatriates living in Spain have either a professional background in care or have cared for a loved one. These individuals would like to combine their passion to care with an opportunity to work back in the UK to allow them to continue to live in a country that they now call home. This has proved successful for many carers in the home care market. What we offer at The Good Care Group We offer a rota pattern of two weeks on and two weeks off, which works perfectly for those living abroad. As we employ our carers, recruit to meet our business needs and efficiently manage our client placements, they are able to plan ahead to ensure best deals on flights back to the UK. We passionately believe that finding quality, professional careers with a real desire to care for

others drives the success of our business. Our approach to recruiting and training PERFECT only the best carers and truly COMBINATION: understanding their skills, experience, capabilities, personalities, culture and Caring in the UK values ensures we are able to best and continuing to match them to our clients’ needs, live in Spain. which ultimately provides continuity of care. We place great emphasis on getting the match right from the start – carers are able to create wonderful bonds with their clients and often become part of their family. The perfect combination Many people who are living in Spain feel that being able to have two weeks in a country they love and then two weeks caring for their client makes for a perfect work/life balance – something we actively promote at The Good Care Group. They are well rested, very motivated and able to put all of their attention into providing their clients with the highest quality care.

For more information please contact Anne on 965 713 746 or 628 343 240 or email

NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: ALMERIA BALSICAS/ SAN JAVIER: Sierra Golf - Tel 968 018 257 SAN JAVIER: DFS Spain - Tel 968 334 194 MAZARRON Camposol B: La Red Solutions. (Mapfre) - Tel 968 199 025 ANTAS: Iron Art Factory Outlet Tel 637 259 033 sensitive thermostat. This produces an affordable nononsense heater that works efficiently and economically to keep your home warm through the long, cold winter nights.”

For more information Email: Web: Tel: 634 312 171


Help fight the demolitions By Stephen Lear THE demolition of the two houses in Cantoria has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the British community and beyond. Organisation Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No (AUAN) has seen a marked increase of interest in its activities and has arranged a recruitment drive for people wanting to join up. On Friday, Mike Challinor, the association secretary and Derek Brown, a committee member, were outside Colin the Card shop on the Longo Industrial Estate just outside Albox to meet people. Mike said: “Recruitment is slow but very promising. People are realising that the only way forward is through AUAN. All the information we give out is true, to the point and ‘kosher’.” Derek added: “The illegal housing

situation not only affects the Almanzora Valley but the whole of Andalucia.” AUAN’S next meeting is on Saturday, November 16, at the Parilla Hotel in Albox at 11am. More recruitment days are planned and it is also possible to sign up online at The joining fee is €30 with a €50 annual fee which will cover the whole of 2014 for people who join up between now and the end of the year.

31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería




E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


lassifieds C







DAMP PROOFING. Tel 958 656 560/619 666 363 email: / (216458)

FOR SALE Huge range of vegetarian food including big selection of frozen foods HSH Turre (216732) ‘Ecover’ environmentally friendly cleaning products, we stock the whole range HSH 950 479 487 (216732)

DOG GROOMER ELITE DOG GROOMING. All dogs clipped, bathed & beautifully groomed. Tel 617 313 587 (216344)

HSH Turre for all your Christmas cards, Christmas paper, accessories, calendars, diaries etc (216732)


Christmas trees, lights, decorations, party products, crackers etc HSH Turre (216732) Small selection of reasonable priced gifts for him & her HSH Turre (216732) Electric blankets and hot water bottles now in stock HSH Turre (216732) Duvets, duvet covers, sheets, pillows, mattress protectors HSH Turre (216732)


BOATS HSH Turre for all your Christmas confectionery, all famous brands at great prices Tel 950 479 487 (216372) HSH Turre for all your Christmas baking needs, award-winning flours (over 50 types), dried fruits, mincemeat, icing marzipan etc. (On main road in Turre next to Maxcoop) (216732) Boxes and Tins of Christmas biscuits from just 4.99€ to 16.99€ HSH Turre (216732) The best of Chinese and Indian foods for miles, also Moroccan, Japanese & Thai specialties HSH Turre (216732)


BUY & SELL POOL TABLES, Snooker Tables, Table Tennis Tables, Darts Tel: 666 933 726 (218571)


Over 150 different teas stocked, black, green, herbal, fruit, caffeine free. Yorkshire tea 480 bags 14.99€ Twining everyday 240 bags 7.99€ HSH Turre (216732)

HSH Turre for electrical gift ideas, hairdryers, curling tongs, straighteners, shavers, hair trimmers etc (216732) We still have stock of English light bulbs, regular and long life HSH Turre (216732) ‘Yale’ Home Safe-secure your valuables! HSH Turre (216732) Small selection of D.I.Y goods plus large selection of paints & painting accessories HSH Turre (216732)

FRIENDSHIP FIND LOVE IN THE SUN w w w. i w a n t 2 m e e t y o u . c o m . Browse for free Spain’s No. 1 online dating site. Bringing expats together. (219566)


A few rugs and TV units still available HSH Turre (216732) HSH Turre for all your Christmas baking utensils, we’ve got the lot!! (216732) Saucepans, frying pans, poachers all types, all qualities HSH Turre (216732) China sets, mugs, teapots, tableware, glassware, we’ve got the best selection HSH Turre Big selection of household plastics, clothes airers, ironing boards, rotary lines, pegs etc HSH Turre (216732)


Shower mats, bath mats, bathroom scales, towels in 15 different colours HSH Turre (216732) Big range of Hoovers, upright and cylinder, plus carpet washers, steam mops from 59.99€ ash vacs etc HSH Turre 950 479 487 (216732)

Over 100 different herbs & spices in big value packs HSH Turre (216732)

Hand Blenders & mixers, food processors, jug blenders, Kenwood mixers etc HSH Turre (216732)

Special diet foods, gluten free, lactose free, no sugar etc, try us first, we have a great selection HSH Turre (216732)

Slow cookers, halogen ovens, fat free grills, steamers, deep fryers, electric mincers, HSH Turre (216732)


Kettles, toasters, irons and lots of other small electricals HSH Turre (216732)

AQUAEROBICS.... Its back! Monday, Wednesday, Friday at Oasis Tropical Hotel at 10am, Call Alison on 666 273 168 for info (93402) ZUMBA in Mojacar with Alison … Tuesday 9.30am at The New Kimrick and Thursday 9.30am at Jovasport gym… For more info call Alison 666 273 168 (93402)


For daily news visit

SECOND HAND Furniture and bric a brac wanted. 699 483 438 (216335)

For daily news visit

Price per word: 0,42€ + IVA minimum 15 words - Discount: Book 10 weeks, get 2 weeks free - Deadline: 4pm Mondays Contact: Phone (0034) 950 472 109 • Fax (0034) 950 478 789 • email •


MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now!


AUTOFRIO A/C services. 950 104 488 / 600 827 517 MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now! CAR & HOME INSURANCE. See our main advert on page 12 (216379)

MOBILE HOMES WE BUY, Sell, remove all types of mobile homes. We pay CASH and cover all of Spain. More details call Suzi Caley 616 250 727 / 951 063 059 or email suzica (207499)

MOBILITY INSURANCE INSURE your mobility scooter for just €105 per year, fully comprehensive inc 1,000.000 public liability cover, underwritten by Lloyds of London, dare you risk not to have it? / / tel: 952 663 131 / 633 127 901 (219688)


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería PET INSURANCE PROTECTAPET. Spain’s leading pet insurance. 965 756 371. (216721)

PET TRANSPORT INTERPAWS: 20 years’ licensed pet transportation. Competitive rates. Difficult dog? Effective behavioural training in your home., 689 742 289 (218076)

PROPERTY TO LET MOJACAR beach home flat to rent. Minimum 3 months Oct March for 2 persons. 300€ per month plus utilities. Other dates, please ask. 950 475 410 email



EUROPEAN removals and transport with scheduled UK routes. UK Company, fully legal, taking loads from 5kg to 24,000kg. Lowest prices and the best service. 952 816 582 or (201300)


PLASTERER BRITISH Plasterer, all work guaranteed. Tel Paul 634 327 201 (216447)


PETS PET-COURIERS.COM – If you love your pet try us first – we are the best. Door to door service throughout Europe. Specialised vehicles – bespoke service. Full legal service including documentation if required for further information call or email us: Tel: (0034) 651 033 670 or (0034) 637 066 227. Email: in or (200622)

KNOWLES PLUMBING. No 1 for plumbing! Central heating, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197or 606 807 797 (216417)


PROPERTY FOR SALE RUIN FOR SALE, Oria, €8,000. Tel 699 483 438 (216335) 2 BED BUNGALOW, Oria, €55,000. Tel 699 483 438 (216335)


THE FIVE BONE HOTEL TURRE: prices cats 5 euros, little dogs 5.75, med dogs 6.50, large dogs 7.25. Vaccinations a must, discounts for long stays or large families, we are ministry approved and fully legal, trading for over ten years not ten minutes. Tel: 630 234 556.





E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de AlmerĂ­a




CLASSIFIEDS VETS CENTRO Vetinariaro ABC La Alfoquia. Traditional veterinary medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, open Mon-Fri 10-2, plus emergency cover Tel 617 516 115 (216177)


STAFF urgently required for the Pink House, must be reliable, hard working & good sales person. Tel 679 207 545 (218299)

SOLAR ENERGY LOWEST PRICES IN SPAIN. ELECTRICITY from solar and wind. Best equipment, best price. Established in Spain over 12 years info@sunergyalme - www.sunergyalme Tel 636 261 240. (216947)

SWIMMING POOLS GENECO Pool construction. Tel 950 478 086 for no obligation quote (93401)

TILING FLOOR AND WALL TILING SPECIALIST Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman on 697 678 708 (216334)



E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería




Advertising feature

Glad Rags Albox’s new owner Jenni Rock

any of you will be familiar with the ever popular clothes shop GLAD RAGS, in Calle Malaga, Albox. It is currently owned by well known and respected local couple Margaret and Derek Norman. Derek and Margaret have decided to retire on 31st October as they want to spend more time visiting the UK as they have a new grandchild due early next year and want to have the freedom to take off and visit some of the beautiful cities of Spain. I am the lucky lady that has been offered the opportunity to take over ownership of the shop and subsequently fulfil a lifelong dream. What shopaholic and fashionista wouldn’t want this? Those of you that know me already will know this is a match made in heaven!!! Margaret has worked hard for seven years to build a fantastic business with an excellent reputation and I am so excited to be taking over the helm and

growing such a well-established clothing shop. I will continue to stock the high quality brands that Margaret’s loyal customers are used to seeing and are exclusive to GLAD RAGS. I will also be adding my own style and flair with my new range of clothing and accessories. The shop will be closed from 1st November for a mini make-over and will reopen on Thursday 7th November, when you are all invited to my opening day. So why not come along and join me for a glass of Cava and petits fours whilst browsing my new stock as well as all the brands that you are familiar with at GLAD RAGS. I look forward to meeting customers old and new. New opening hours will be 10am-4pm Monday-Wednesday Late night opening on Thursday and Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am2pm. Tel: 634 313 071

LIFELONG DREAM: Jenni is excited to be taking over the helm and growing such a wellestablished clothing shop.

Customers old and new are invited to join Jenni for a glass of Cava and petits fours on her opening day on Thursday, 7th November.

Advertising feature

Voss Homes, your friendly, family run estate agent in Huercal-Overa VOSS HOMES is a British, family-run estate agency with its office in the thriving market town of Huércal-Overa. This still traditionally Spanish area is famous for its awardwinning hospital, Monday and Thursday markets, many public events, numerous shops, restaurants, sporting and leisure facilities. Other benefits are its quick access to the safe and sandy beaches at San Juan de Los Terreros and the A7 & AP7 motorways. The Voss Homes office is just 1km off exit 553 of the A7 motorway, 100m past the Lidl supermarket. Voss Homes prefer a more ‘honesty is the best policy’, straight-forward, no gimmicks, professional and friendly style of selling and pride themselves on their after-sales service.

FAMILY UNIT: Jess, Anna and Andy Voss.

Andy and Anna Voss and their daughter Jess have lived in the area for nine years. Anna and Jess joined the company nearly two years ago to help expand into the neighbouring Taberno, Zurgena and San Juan de Los Terreros areas. By focusing on

a smaller area they can give a better service to their buyers and sellers. Andy, Jess and Anna speak Spanish so have many Spanish-owned properties and clients. They also have colleagues who speak Dutch, Flemish, French, German and Russian.

As well as extensive newspaper and magazine advertising they have their own website and advertise on major portal websites like Right Move and Kyero to attract more buyers from all over the world. They also work with a number of other trusted agencies to

make sure their properties get maximum exposure. Sellers - Voss Homes offer very competitive commission rates, free property paperwork checks, no up-front charges, no sole agency lock-ins and give viewing feedback, market updates and advice on how to get their properties sold. Buyers - To arrange an appointment to discuss your property requirements and to see why so many people are buying properties with Voss Homes, please contact them now. Voss Homes Estate Agents, 155a Carretera Estacion, Huércal-Overa, 04600, Almeria Office Tel: 0034 950 616 827 Mobile: 0034 678 002 006 or 667 891 741


31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería




SPONSORED BY For best rates in motor insurance call: 952 89 33 80

Lamborghini celebrates its 50th anniversary with Veneno Roadster AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI is presenting the Veneno Roadster racing prototype to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Italian manufacturer has created a super sports car focusing on design, performance

and exclusiveness.Not more than nine units will be built during the course of 2014, which will be sold at a price of €3.3 million each. The design of the Veneno Roadster brings aerodynamics and stability together through an

open roof with a rollover bar that ensures safety. The visual division of the rear bumpers from the car body is a reference from the manufacturer to the world of racing cars and optimises the aerodynamic flow. An adjustable wing has been

put at the rear of the car to ensure optimum airflow when interacting with the rear diffuser. The lightweight design of the Veneno Roadster shows on the scales. With a dry weight of 1,490 kilograms, the car benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of 1.99kg/hp. The sports car is driven by a 12-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 litres and is equipped with the fastshifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis

with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. With a maximum output of 552 kW/750hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355km/h. The interior of the Veneno Roadster is dominated by carbon fibre in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle. The carbon fibre monocoque is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented forged composite.

VENENO ROADSTER: From 0 to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds.

RACING CAR: Fully road legal.

RE-PLATE MATE Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the law! Take the hassle out of re-registering your vehicle onto Spanish plates We endeavour to better any genuine quotation 490 Euro + Road Tax + CO2 emission tax if applicable

Alan 662 249 159


E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de AlmerĂ­a



31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería

Vettel joins the greats with 4th F1 title in a row Tony Matthews

International Sports A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

Costa de Almeria

FIRST and foremost I congratulate Sebastian Vettel, F1 champion for the fourth year running. Last Sunday, the German won

Badgers Captain’s Day THE Badgers Golf Society played its Captain’s Day at Desert Springs on Wednesday, October 23. Top points scorer on the day was Tony Rowbottom with 34 followed by Phil Fellows (33) in second and Wilfred Deverill (32) in third. Nearest the pins went to Tony Rowbottom, Les Corner, Alan Thomas and Rick Bird and the only two went to visiting lady Viv Parker. The society’s Saturday roll-up at Macenas was won by Dave Wright (36), followed by Jan Page (35) and John Conely (33) in third. The Badgers Golf Society forthcoming fixtures are: Wednesday November 6 at Macenas, and Wednesday November 13 at Valle del Este. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Please book in at Badgers. The society welcomes guests and members to play in both Wednesday and Saturday competitions. To do so book in at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 478 525/ 686 0388 259.

his third successive India UI Grand Prix to claim his SEG MR 10th race victory of the season, finishing 29.83 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg with Romain Grosjean third. Only two other men have The claimed four German successive F1 driver is F1 titles - Juan champion for the Manuel Fangio fourth year running (1954-57) and after victory in the Michael Sebastian Vettel India Grand Prix. Schumacher (five• The Battle of the in-a-row: 2000-04). • Luis Fangio won five titles Suarez bagged Belgians (Benteke v overall, Schumacher seven his first-ever Anfield hat- Lukaku) ended Aston Villa and Alain Prost four. Vettel trick, Daniel Sturridge 0 Everton 2. • Championship leaders - fined £21,000 (€24,500) chipped in a beauty and for celebrating - is now Steven Gerrard made his Burnley defeated QPR seeking to equal Alberto 450th PL appearance in (now third) 2-0; Leyton Ascari’s record of nine Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Orient top FL1, Oxford FL2 and Celtic, Hamilton, consecutive F1 race WBA. victories: 1952-53. • Wayne Rooney’s Rangers and East Stirling four Scottish * It’s the Malaysian majestic header the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on helped Manchester divisions. Sunday. United end their worst There have been seven top-flight start for 24 4th round League Cup-ties years with a 3-2 this week, and this victory over Stoke, weekend, it’s Arsenal- who haven’t beaten Liverpool, Fulham- the Reds since 1993. (Highlight from Back Manchester United, Page) Newcastle-Chelsea, • The Tyne-Wear derby Everton-Spurs and the first-ever PL game ended Sunderland 2 between Cardiff and Newcastle 1 - Gus Poyet’s Swansea, plus many more first win • Chelsea, with a late intriguing contests north bizarre Fernando Torres and south of the border. goal, beat Manchester Football round-up • PL leaders Arsenal had City 2-1 and Spurs, to Roberto penalty scorer Mikel Arteta thanks penalty, sent-off in their 2-0 win at Soldado’s defeated Hull 1-0. Crystal Palace.

FA celebrates 150 years The Football Association was formed at a meeting at The Freemason’s Tavern, Great Queen Street, London on October 26, 1863. Eleven clubs from around London - Barnes, Blackheath, Charterhouse, Percival House (Blackheath), Kensington School, the War Office, Crystal Palace, Blackheath Proprietary School, The Crusaders, Forest (Epping Forest) and No Names (Kilburn) - sent representatives. A 12th, Harrow, did not. Rules were drawn up and matches took place later in the year. By 1870, the FA had 39 members with Clapham Rovers, Civil Service, Milford College, Sheffield FC, Upton Park, Wanderers, Westminster School and West Brompton among the new clubs.




E W N 31 October - 6 November 2013 / Costa de Almería


Costa de Almeria’s best guide to local sport

Costa de Almería’s best guide to local sport

19th Hole Golf Monthly Medal THE 19th Hole Golf Society played a Monthly Medal round at Aguilon. The Men’s Division was won by Mark Danson with a net score of 74 points, followed by Pete Dow (74) in second and Bob Tagg (75) in third place. The Ladies’ Division winner was Christine

Dow (76) followed by second place Zeta Denyer (89). The only two went to Michael Craswell and the nearest the pins went to Mark Danson, Ray Wicking, Dave Denyer. The 19th Hole Golf Society would like to thank all of their members and guests for their support. The society would like to announce it is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area and that they play their home course Aguilon on a fortnightly basis.


Rooney’s majestic header To read more turn to Page 71 TO READ MORE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.EUROWEEKLYNEWS.COM

Indalo win Kings Cup INDALO BC took on Quesada as they hosted the finals of the prestigious Kings Cup. Eleven players from each team took part and the format was men’s and ladies’ singles, pairs, triples and rinks. In the men’s singles Derek Webb (Indalo) won 21-14 against Pete Bonsor (Quesada), while Deidre Leeming (Quesada) won 21-17 against Ann Reynolds (Indalo) in the ladies’ singles. Alan DeBoer/ Jan Dando (Indalo) won 23-13 against Veronica and Derek Sale (Quesada) in the pairs, with Debbie Colquhoun/Mo DeBoer/John Colquhoun (Indalo) winning 23-11 against Ruth Birch/Derek Tozer/Nick Birch (Quesada) in the triples. In the rinks, William Holtham/Pearl Houghton/John Muldoon/Bill Pain (Quesada) won

WINNERS: John Colquhoun, Keith Harvey, Brian White (Scottsdale representative) John Coates and Tony McKenna. 20-12 against Babs Davies/David Ebdon/Roy Burns/Colin Thomas. Indalo won the final by six points to four. The 2013 Indalo Invitation Rinks, sponsored by Scottsdale Overseas, saw 128 bowlers from across Spain and the UK take part in the four-day competition. Reaching the final were the

Indalo team of Farah Mehmet, Chris Ivin, Derek Peach and Myles Micklefield against the Indalo/Javea team of Mick Johnson - replaced by John Colquhoun - Tony McKenna, John Coates and Keith Harvey. Mick’s team fought back from 8-1 down and scored 10 points in the remaining eight ends to win the final 11-10.

Euro Weekly News - Costa de Almeria 31 October - 6 November 2013 Issue 1478  

Newspaper in Spain with the best local news in English from the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axa...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you