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ISSUE NO. 1481


Family of four hurt in crash A COUPLE, a baby and a child of four were injured when their vehicle overturned on the road between Bunyola and Santa Maria. All of them had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

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Hotels stay positive for the low season

Friendly thieves A MAN, 20, and a woman, 19, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a gang of pickpockets. The gang’s modus operandi was to use friendly females to target elderly victims whom they would shower with affection while stealing their belongings.

Caught at last POLICE OFFICERS have finally caught up with a man who had been sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his 14-year-old niece in Caceres in 2008, and was on the run from the authorities. He was arrested in Cala d’Or.

ALMOST 94 per cent of hotels in Palma City will remain open during the off-peak season. According to the Mallorca Hoteliers Federation, occupancy levels are expected to reach 50 per cent, similar to last year. However, last year, only 91 per cent of hotels remained open throughout the autumn and winter months. The federation reports that

there will also be 11 per cent more hotels open on Palma Beach than there were last year. The area has 40,000 of the 47,000 hotel beds available in Palma. This month, one in three hotels in the beach area remained open and December is expected to be the same. Meanwhile, the new president of Palma Port Authorities, Alberto Pons, said that the building which

formerly harboured the port administration offices would be the perfect place for a hotel. A study is being carried out to determine whether this would be possible and if it goes ahead, the project would be put out for public tender. Pons has contacted Palma City Hall which would need to grant permission for the building to be used for other purposes apart from offices.

German couple injured in explosion A GERMAN couple in their 70s were injured when a butane gas bottle exploded at their home in Llucmajor. The explosion occurred

at around 5.30pm in the Badia Gran area. It caused damage to an area of approximately four square metres, especially to the dining room and the

roof. Both people were burned by the flames, especially the man, who was taken to Son Llatzer Hospital with first and second degree burns.

Paramedics attended to the woman at the scene. Firefighters were called to attend, although the explosion did not set fire to the house.


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SCAM: The family transferred more than €28,000.


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Family falls for ‘Nigerian’ fraud

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A MALLORCAN family has been the victim of a fraud that cost them €28,000 believing that a relative, who died in 2008, had €18.2 million in a bank in Ghana. This scheme, commonly known as ‘The Nigerian Letters’ made the Mallorcan family one of their victims. The Guardia Civil and Interpol have opened legal procedures to investigate the matter. One of the members of the family, who received the letter, is the one who filed the complaint and prefers to remain anonymous. The letter stated that a man with the same last name who had

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passed away in Japan’s earthquake in 2008, had an account with $24.7 in Barclays Bank of Ghana. Nobody had claimed the money and he had no heir apparent, they told the victim. Then, the supposed bank started to ask for money for ‘transfers and authorisations’ in order to bribe the republic’s government. They started with €1,500 to hire a lawyer in Ghana, and carried on sending money until they had transferred more than €28,000. At that point, the family finally reported the matter to the authorities, when they began to suspect that they had fallen foul of a scam.

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NEWS Chimney fire TWO people had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a chimney fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. Sudden braking FIVE passengers on the local EMT bus were injured after their driver had to hit the brakes to avoid colliding with a car. Pro-life MORE than 30 people, including children, protested in front of the government delegation against a new abortion law approved by Central Government. Knife attack POLICE arrested a woman in Palma for allegedly injuring his boyfriend with a knife in an argument. The victim was taken to hospital and the woman will face charges. Expensive water THE Balearic Islands has the second most expensive water in Spain. It costs €2.19 per cubic metre, €0.73 more than the average. Drink-driving POLICE have arrested 15 drivers, caught drink-driving in Palma. They have also arrested 12 for driving without a licence. Green Xmas FELANITX COUNCIL has decided to use recycled plastic bottles to create their Christmas decorations. The town hall hopes to set an example about the importance of recycling and cut costs. Found dead A MAN, aged 80, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, has been found dead in s’Albufera days after he got lost on his way to visit his sister from his care home.

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‘Dwarf’ found guilty of murder A MAN known as ‘The Dwarf’ has been found guilty of the murder of a woman, who burned to death in the boot of her car. Palma Provincial Court heard how he stole the car of the 25-year-old victim and €500 she was carrying, which he used to buy heroin. He forced her into the boot of the car and, after driving around

Mallorca for 13 hours, stopped to buy five litres of petrol, set fire to the vehicle with Ana Niculai inside, still alive, tied and gagged. He is believed to have taken some of the heroin and injected her with the rest to keep her quiet. The vehicle was found on a property on the road from Muro to Can Picafort. He was arrested a week later.

The public prosecution is asking for 44 years and six months in prison, while the private accusation, brought by the victim’s family and her boyfriend, is asking for 47 years. At the time of the murder, ‘The Dwarf’ was on release from a social centre in Palma after serving a jail term for crimes including theft and sexual assault.

No to violence! Join the struggle against gender abuse


OVEMBER 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day aims to raise awareness of the fact that women are subject to rape, domestic abuse and other forms of violence. The date is based on the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, which was ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. In December 1999, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution. Events are held throughout many parts of the world on this day, including Spain, to express rejection of violence against women. In the past decade, more than 700 women have died in Spain at the hands of their partners or former partners, and according to the government, 600,000 women every year are the victims of domestic violence, although there are only 140,000 complaints on average every year against the abusers. There is not a unique profile for victims of gender violence. Amongst the 700 who have died, there were foreign women who had no family or friends in Spain, disabled women, and those with little education, but there were also those with university degrees, members of political

Quote of the Week

RUBALCABA has a problem: to decide whether or not he will run for the presidential elections’

Socialist Felipe Gonzalez, who was Prime Minister from 1982 to 1996, regarding the future of the Secretary General of the PSOE, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.



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Don’t open door GUARDIA CIVIL officers have advised older people not to open the door to strangers. People knocking at doors selling products or telling them how to reduce their gas bill are often frauds and take advantage of the elderly.

Equine auction A HORSE found lost in Alaro has been sold at auction by the major since no one had claimed it.

Be careful THE Balearic Islands have suffered up to 2,811 home assaults between January and September 2013, with an average of 10.4 assaults a day, the Ministry of Interior said.

Street fight A YOUNG man was stabbed in the leg during a street fight which took place in Inca. Several people were injured in the fracas.

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NOVEMBER 25: To raise awareness of violence.

parties, students and businesswomen. Only a fourth of women who are killed by their partners or former partners had ever reported them in the past. Already this year, more than 45 women have died at the hands of their partners, and approximately 40 children have been left without a mother. The government estimates that at least There is no 840,000 children suffer the effects of violence unique profileS_BUKLEY against mother, and more than 500,000 are / SHUTTERSTOCK.their COM for victims. abused by their fathers.

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per cent of Spaniards believe the whole of Spain should have a say in whether Cataluña becomes independent from the rest of the country and that a referendum should be held. Almost 94 per cent of Partido Popular supporters believe this should be the case.

THE first snowfalls have arrived in the high areas of the Serra Tramuntana. The gusty winter winds brought with them heavy rain and strong waves.

Fake officer A MAN has been arrested for impersonating a Guardia Civil officer and asking an elderly lady for €6,000 to ‘liberate her son from prison’. The woman’s son was not in jail and it was all part of a scam.

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Dijous Bo celebration in Inca THE rain made its presence felt during this year’s Dijous Bo, one of the most important events on the island of Mallorca. The 2013 edition of the so-called ‘fair of fairs,’ which was held last Thursday, didn’t see as many visitors as in previous occasions due to the weather. However, rain wasn’t an obstacle for many people who, holding an umbrella, decided to enjoy the fiesta.

During the Dijous Bo, which is traditionally held on the fourth Thursday after October 18, the streets of Inca become a street market with plenty of events for people to enjoy. On the Plaza del Bestiar, horses, sheep, birds and local ‘porcs negres’ (black pigs) were on display. A sinia or waterwheel propelled by a donkey symbolised the fair’s aim to honour old times. The mercat pages

DRUM BANDS: Made for people to have a good time despite the rain. (farmer’s market) offered seasonal products, drinks and tastings of local dishes at the stalls.

Children enjoyed rides at the fairground and drum bands livened up the fiesta.

New by-law bans begging and gambling BEGGING and gambling in the streets of Pollensa is history. A new municipal by-law expressly bans the practice of street begging that can be considered insistent, intrusive, aggressive or organised. The ordinance is especially inflexible with

those acts of begging in which, whether direct or indirectly, children or impaired people take part. The rule sets fines that range from €120 for minor infractions (blocking the pedestrians’ way when begging), to €3,000 when children or

impaired people are involved. The recently passed bylaw also bans gambling games from the streets. These are considered as a serious infraction and can be fined from €750 to €1,500. Shell game, also known as thimblerig, is especially

targeted by the ordinance. The practice of this game in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three small cups to fool the spectator guessing its location can bring fines of up to €3,000.


Old mopeds made legal THE Balearic General Management of Industry and Energy has opened a period for old mopeds on the islands to be registered. The owners of this type of vehicle have until May 19, 2014 to register their mopeds and thus obtain an ITV (the Spanish equivalent to MOT) card. This measure solves the irregular situation some 500 old mopeds were facing after their owners didn’t register them following the 1998 General Vehicle Regulation. Most of them kept driving their mopeds thinking everything was in order as they appeared in municipal records.

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Man is knifed for telling his house guest to leave A PAKISTANI man, aged 40, was arrested after trying to stab to death a fellow countryman he lived with during an argument in Palma. Apparently, the two men engaged in a fight when the victim told the aggressor, who he had put up in his home for over a month, that he had to leave. The argument continued in the streets, where the suspect allegedly attacked the victim

with a kitchen knife. He tried to knife the victim in his abdomen, but the victim managed to protect himself with his arm. The weapon broke and the blade got stuck in the man’s arm. The attacker tried to escape, but the police arrived in time and put him under arrest for attempted manslaughter while the victim was taken to hospital.




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Alcohol addicts A TOTAL of 1,918 citizens have been attended to and will have to be treated for alcohol addiction in the Balearic Islands this year. Alcohol abuse has increased in 2013.

Car accident FOUR people, two minors and two adults have been injured after their car turned over in Bunyola highway, next to Vall des Puig.

Kind gesture SUPERMARKET chain Carrefour is donating 38,000 kilos of products to the Mallorca Food Bank. The main goal is to help needy families .

Father facing trial for abuse of his children A MAN is facing 30 years in prison for allegedly raping his own three underage children on several occasions. According to the prosecutor, the suspect, who is divorced from the mother, used the parental visits as an excuse to sexually abuse

the children. The victims, who were then aged six, eight and 11, repeated what the father did to them between themselves, the prosecutor added. The Prosecutor’s Office found the man guilty of three crimes of

continued sexual abuse, and has asked for nine years of prison for each child, and several more for corruption of minors. In addition, they ask his parental authority to be removed for six years and the children to be compensated €5,000.

64,477 diabetics in the Balearics A STARTLING 64,477 people from the Balearic Islands suffer from diabetes in one of its forms, the regional government announced on World Diabetes Day. This figure, however, could increase to up to 120,000 people taking into account that more than a half of diabetes cases are not diagnosed, the government added. By islands, Mallorca has the most cases registered with 52,492 patients, followed by Ibiza (7,413) and Menorca (4,572).

DIABETES: Getting tested is essential. Of those, 266 that is 0.4 per cent, are under the age of 14.

Since 2011 the regional government has been actively fighting to prevent diabetes. It is carrying out the Balearic Islands Diabetes Plan, which comprises a series of actions until 2015. The plan aims at taking actions to improve the care and attention given to diabetes patients. Among others, the plan is currently working on therapies to prevent side effects from diabetes and to provide patients with more self-sufficiency.


Stabbing at bakery A MAN stabbed a shop assistant at the Tot-bo bakery of Ciutadella, at Plaza de Pins, according to sources within the National Government. The worker, a woman aged 46 was attended immediately in hospital suffering severe injuries to her neck and thorax. The woman underwent an operation, and remains stable but in serious condition. Apparently, the robber came into the shop around 6.30am ordering a loaf of bread. Once the clerk gave it to him, he slashed the knife aiming for her throat. “The police are quite shocked by the event, they don’t understand what happened,” stated the Island councillor, Javier Lopez-Ceron. At the time of going to press, the robber hasn’t been found.


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Magaluf ban for sex worker A COURT in Palma has banned a Nigerian prostitute from Magaluf for three months. The prostitute was convicted and fined in Magaluf for disorderly behaviour and assaulting a Calvia police officer. The events referred to

occurred on the night of June 17, 2011, when police tried to identify various sub-Saharan women after receiving a complaint from two tourists. They accused the women of trying to steal their money when they

Cyber citizens of the Balearics THREE QUARTERS of the Balearic Islands population regularly logs on to the internet. And 43 per cent of local citizens have purchased something online during 2013. Most of the people living on the islands are connected to the internet, with children and young people ahead of the rest of Spain in internet connection use, but below their compatriots in mobile telephones usage.

turned down the women’s ‘services.’ When approached by police the women rebuked the officers. One of the women started calling one officer names, spat in his face and physically assaulted him with punches and kicks. She managed to knock both officers to the ground. This altercation resulted in the officer suffering several injuries, and he had to be inoculated against several diseases as a precaution. The woman, even restrained and cuffed, continued to insult the agent and made death threats against him, before she was arrested and taken to the police station.


Friend rape claim NATIONAL POLICE arrested a man, aged 20, for allegedly raping a friend. He allegedly took advantage of her while she was sleeping after a party in Manacor. According to the girl, after all of her friends, including the accused, went to party they decided to stay at her place. While most of them went to different bedrooms, she fell asleep on the couch. When she woke up, she found that her

Seriously injured A MAN, aged 55, was seriously injured after he was involved in a traffic accident in Manacor. According to the 061 Emergency Services, the event took place on the Manacor cemetery road when a car and a lorry crashed. As a consequence, the victim was trapped in the car he was driving. He is still in hospital.

friend was penetrating her without her consent. She immediately jumped from the couch and asked his friend to leave. She later went and reported the events to the police. “She knew what we were doing and she was okay with it at the moment,” stated the man defending himself. “I don’t know why she is reacting like this.” The man was arrested and taken to the station for questioning.

Caring Christmas THE Salvation Army in Mallorca is working hard to make sure every child in Mallorca gets a present for Christmas. The charitable organisation is cooperating with Radio One Mallorca in their Help a Mallorca Child Christmas Toy Appeal. The charity campaign started on November 1 and will last until December 15. They count on the kind-hearted residents

of Mallorca to help them bring a smile to the face of needy children this Christmas. They are accepting donations of working toys (new or in good condition) in their shops in Palma, Palma Nova and Santa Ponsa. Additionally, they are accepting cash donations.

They can be made by calling their donation line on 971 701 110.

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Helping hand for tourists next year ONE HUNDRED Local Police officers will watch over the security of tourists on the beaches of 40 Balearic towns next year. The Public Administration department of the regional government, in collaboration with the Mallorca Hotel Federation, has launched the Attention to Tourist Police Service (SPAT). This initiative started last summer as a pilot project in Andratx and will now be extended to 40 towns in the Balearic Islands. The project aims at training Local Police officers so they can help tourists when lodging a complaint, when they lose their personal documents or in any

BALEARIC BEACHES: Police will help tourists. other situation they require the help of an officer. Andratx Mayor, Llorenç Suau, stated this project was a “positive experience” for his town and encouraged other towns on the island to embrace it. There are currently 100 local police officers from 40 different towns

in the Balearic Islands training to become tourist police. The Mallorca Hotel Federation manager, Inmaculada de Benito, has welcomed this initiative. According to Benito, safety has become a key factor that ranks third in the priority list tourists follow when choosing a holiday destination.


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No more refillable oil bottles BARS, restaurants, hotels and other catering services will no longer be able to offer clients refillable oil bottles from January 1, 2014. According to new rules approved by the Cabinet within Plan of Action in the EU Olive Oil Sector, oil given to clients must be in labelled packaging or bottles. The containers must have opening systems which are broken upon the first use as well as others to prevent them from being refilled. Oils which they have already purchased which do not comply with the new rules can be given

Bombers detained

OLIVE OIL: New rules. to clients until February 28, 2014. Similar rules, to guarantee the quality and authenticity of the oils served are already in


place in Italy and Portugal. They also aim to improve the image of the product while informing clients of its characteristics.

SEVEN people have been arrested for planting a bomb at the Paradise brothel, in La Jonquera, last year. The Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, searched five premises in Girona and Barcelona. The men were located thanks to a bottle of inflammable liquid they used to burn the vehicle in which they fled the scene. After analysing the barcode, police found the shop where it was bought and where the suspects had been caught on CCTV. Police believe they were hired to do the job although it is not yet known who by. They were armed and had their faces covered when they alerted the guard they had planted a bomb. The brothel and nearby businesses were evacuated for safety. La Jonquera, on the border with France and once a popular shopping destination, has become famous for prostitution. As well as roadside prostitutes, there are as many as 200 who work in Paradise, which opened in 2010 and has 90 rooms. The owner was convicted to three years in prison for illegally bringing women from Brazil. Many of the clients cross the border from France, where prostitution is illegal. The mayor, Sonia Martinez, has said for months she plans to close the brothel, especially since the bomb threats.


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Green discount PEOPLE who use renewable energy in their homes could get a 50 per cent reduction on their IBI property tax in Rincon de la Victoria, according to a motion filed by the Izquierda Unida party.

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Pimp jailed

Have a taste

TAKO, an Afghan hound owned by Almuñecar dog breeder Jose Antonio Joya, was named Spanish champion in the 30th International Dog Exhibition in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) last weekend.

Big spend MALAGA Provincial Government will spend €500,000 to turn Calle del Mar in Torre del Mar into a pedestrianised street.


Gold rush EL EJIDO rhythmic gymnastics club won three gold medals and a silver at the Andalucian championships held in Cordoba.

City run MORE than 1,300 people took part in the second fun run in Almeria City at the weekend.

Job contracts GARRUCHA TOWN HALL has formalised 27 work contracts for people at risk of social exclusion. The two-month contracts will see the workers carrying out maintenance work in the town.

Blood banked A RECORD total of 420 people gave blood at the University of Almeria following a two-day campaign. Almost half were new donors.

Name vote RESIDENTS of Alcolea are to vote on

AN out-of-control car ran into a traffic island in Calpe’s Avenida del Puerto and embedded itself in the central reservation. No-one was seriously hurt in the incident.

HIGH temperatures and little rain until mid-November have affected the quality of La Safor area’s navel orange crop. Yellow stains on the skins will lower their value, growers feared.

EL BORGE and the Red Cross have organised a charity toy collection. Anyone interested in participating can take their used toys to the town hall until December 27.

Top dog

Tight squeeze

Tainted fruit

Toy collection

THE 14th Grape-Juice and Chacina (cured pork meat) day is to be held in Colmenar on Sunday with free tastings and dance shows.


JAILED: Bates conned her friends out of tens of thousands of pounds.

Jail for female fraudster

A FRAUDSTER has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after many of her Costa Blanca victims lost their life savings in a €2million scam. Caryn Bates, 41, and her half-brother, Matthew Sullivan, 53, who was given seven years, were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, UK. They conned their friends in both the UK and the Costa Blanca into handing over thousands of pounds to their bogus company, World Trading, promising high returns on their investments. One such investor was Peter Harding. He met Caryn in 2005 when she was his neighbour in Aspe. A former bank manager, Bates spoke with Peter about a ‘fantastic investment scheme’ using the currency market. Peter said: “I made an investment and got 2.5-3 per cent back as she said I would, so I never once thought it was a scam.” Bates later left Aspe and moved to Catral. In the course of the next five years Peter believes he invested around €140,000 including his mother’s inheritance. However, whilst on holiday in Canada and trying to release funds, concerns began to arise: “They left me high and dry and that is when I knew something was wrong,” he added. whether to change the name of Calle Carretera to Avenida Alpujarra.


Teenager falls AN underage girl sustained serious injuries when she fell from a first floor apartment in Ronda onto a car. The incident reportedly followed a row with her family.

Official routes THE Ministry for Industry has given official certification as Spanish Wine Routes to routes in the Serrania de Ronda area.

Wanted woman A BRITISH woman, 27, who was wanted for fraud in New York, USA, has been arrested by National Police in Coin.

Brother sentenced

A ROMANIAN man has been convicted in Alicante of raping two girls aged 15 and 17 who were forced into prostitution after being promised work in Spain. He received a 26-year prison sentence.

Brrrr, it’s cold! THE first snow of the winter fell in Alcoy, Agres and other inland mountain areas. Ten roads were cut off and a fallen high tension cable affected Alcoy’s electricity supply.


Fine situation FOURTEEN people who urinated in San Vicente streets were fined €300 while 21 had to pay €100 for throwing away cigarette ends. One man was also fined €150 for spitting.

Domestic violence A MAN has appeared in court in Elche for allegedly throwing his girlfriend from the fourth floor into the inner courtyard of the building. The woman suffered a sprained ankle.

Managers charged

A MAN has been sentenced to eightand-a-half years in prison for sexually abusing his mentally disabled stepsister when she was 15, in 2011 in Ronda, when their parents were not at home.

THE two managers of a hostess club in Cartagena have been arrested and charged with prostitution crimes and exploitation of women.

Tajo ticket

The end

THE ‘Tajo’ (gorge) in Ronda featured on a lottery ticket for the National Organisation for the Blind in Spain, ONCE, this week.

A HUNDRED people have protested against the closure of the cinema at Ociopía shopping centre in Orihuela. Owners said they had been negotiating with the centre to lower the rent for months.


Pooper snoopers PLAINCLOTHES policemen are patrolling Valencia City streets, watching dog-owners. Those who fail to clean up after their pets or walk them without leads and muzzles risk €300 fines.

Brit drug arrests TWO Britons have been arrested in Torrevieja for possession of cocaine. They were found carrying almost 300 grammes of the drug hidden within their clothing.



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business & legal

SOUTH KOREA imported Spanish wine worth €7.6 million between January and September this year. This was 39.4 per cent more than during the same period in

Families throwing away produce

launched ‘Buen Aprovecho’ week, urging consumers to throw less away. Tips offered during the awareness campaign included packed lunches, ordering a ‘half-menu’ during the working day and doggy-bags. The 2.9 million tonnes of food that ends up in the rubbish bins is worth €11 billion, working out at around €250 per family, the ministry said.

Trains a strain Iberia losing out IBERIA was the third mostused airline in Spain in October, with 1.87 million passengers despite a 30 per cent drop in trade. This pushed Air Europa into fourth place although Iberia’s accumulated figure of 11.6 million passengers during the first 10 months of the year puts it down to fourth place overall. Low-cost airlines and the high speed train network were partially to blame for the 30 per cent drop in Iberia passengers between October 2012 and 2013, said airports’ operator AENA. The third factor was Iberia’s restructure since merging with BA in January 2011 to create IAG. Cost-

cutting measures have entailed a 15 per cent reduction in Iberian’s routes in a move to return the airline to profits. Adding Iberia Express and Air Nostrum passengers to the equation would increase Iberia’s October quota to 2.2 million and also put it ahead of IAG in second place. Although Ryanair lost 4 per cent of its passengers in October, it still remained in the top spot with almost 3.2 million passengers. The low-cost Irish airline has lost passengers throughout the year, AENA said, owing to its decision to reduce routes owing to higher airport charges.


usiness extra

Boxing clever TAX AUTHORITY Hacienda will seize 542 safety deposit boxes from 270 branches of 24 banks. They belong to 551 people with unpaid tax debts and no other known collateral.

Big purchase SWISS firm Novartis is selling its US-based blood transfusion test unit to the Catalan multinational, Grifols. The Barcelona pharmaceuticals company is paying €1.24 billion for the unit.

Saving for a rainy day YOUNG Spaniards do not save for retirement. Only 14 per cent of the 20-29 age group are habitual savers compared with 25 per cent worldwide, found a survey by Aegon. Sixty-five per cent said that saving for their retirement would be important ‘when the time came’ according to the multinational insurance group. Forty per cent intended to save for the future but did not yet

The young are not saving. consider it a priority, especially as their age group will not be able to retire until reaching 67, they said. Most did not save, they told Aegon, as they earned too little to set aside an amount each month.



€11bn food waste SPANISH families throw away 2.9 million tonnes of food each year. Forty-five per cent of this could have been used if consumers had bought more wisely and stored more adequately, the ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment said. Needing to meet EU targets to reduce waste by up to 50 per cent in 2020, the ministry


BINNED: Discarded food worth €250 per family.


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+0.05% +1.11% +0.77% +0.73% -0.02% +0.42% +0.80% +0.52% +2.20% +0.78% +0.74% +1.38% +0.55% +0.54% +0.50% +0.86% -0.66% +0.52% -0.47% +0.74% +0.63% +0.62% +0.02% +0.48% -0.09% +0.60% +0.08% +0.92%

2.4M 4.4M 17.7M 4.5M 4.7M 6.0M 85.5M 7.3M 18.4M 51.7M 2.7M 10.4M 22.9M 5.2M 7.1M 20.5M 7.1M 12.0M 50.6M 2.9M 24.4M 9.7M 12.0M 1.8M 3.0M 3.9M 9.1M 3.1M


-6.00 -3.40 -9.00 -7.00 -12.50 -9.00 -1.40 -12.00 -12.00 -29.00


-0.73 -0.90 -0.65 -0.47 -1.27 -0.40 -0.41 -0.68 -1.34 -1.82

NET VOLUME 275.39 1,156 17.48 53.48 682.08 12.04 968.34 8.68 275.66 127.22



$ 9.79 $ 7.88 $ 10.64 $ 24.49 $ 5.14 $ 3.90 $ 40.30 $ 21.84 $ 18.08 $ 14.50 $ 14.56 $ 41.31 $ 73.21

2.62 / +36.54% 2 / +34.01% 1.80 / +20.36% 4.07 / +19.93% 0.78 / +17.89% 0.55 / +16.42% 4.96 / +14.04% 2.58 / +13.40% 2.04 / +12.72% 1.55 / +11.97% 1.52 / +11.66% 4.15 / +11.17% 7.25 / +10.99%

$ 3.78 $ 4.90 $ 4.68 $ 5.03 $ 14.79 $ 3.51 $ 2.63 $ 2.74 $ 5.19

0.82 / -17.83% 0.89 / -15.37% 0.60 / -11.36% 0.54 / -9.69% 1.54 / -9.43% 0.34 / -8.83% 0.25 / -8.68% 0.25 / -8.36% 0.47 / - 8.30%

Most Advanced Synutra Internatinal Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. VisionChina Media, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. Dex Media, Inc. Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. United Financial Bancorp, Inc. Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc. Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. SPS Commerce, Inc.

Most Declined China Recycling Energy Corporation RMG Networks Holding Corporation Supertel Hospitality, Inc. Security National Financial Corporation Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. National American University Hold, Inc. NII Holdings, Inc. Sonus Networks, Inc. UBIC, Inc.

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Croda Interna PLC 2323.00 -41.00 Diageo PLC 1998.50 -13.00 easyJet PLC 1259.00 -6.00 Experian PLC 1200.50 3.00 Fresnillo PLC 923.00 -18.00 G4S PLC 254.30 -0.27 GKN PLC 367.90 0.20 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1607.75 -7.50 Glencore Xstrata PLC 325.25 1.15 Hammerson PLC 516.50 -4.00 Hargreaves La PLC 1174.00 -4.00 HSBC Holdings PLC 690.80 3.80 IMI PLC 1476.00 -14.50 Imperial T Group PLC 2420.50 -6.00 InterConti H Gro... 1844.50 -23.00 International Con ... 367.65 5.40 Intertek Group PLC 3155.00 0.50 ITV PLC 185.15 -1.30 Johnson Matthey PLC 2984.50 -29.00 Kingfisher PLC 385.90 -2.20 Land Securities GPLC 967.50 -10.00 Legal & G Group PLC 210.40 -2.50 Lloyds Banking Group PLC 76.07 0.67 London Stock Exchange G...1576.00 -4.00 Marks & Spencer G PLC 495.80 -2.78 Meggitt PLC 505.50 0.50 Melrose Industries PLC 300.10 -6.16 Mondi PLC 1012.00 -7.00 National Grid PLC 768.50 -5.00 Next PLC 5442.50 -50.97 Old Mutual PLC 197.20 -2.10 Pearson PLC 1320.50 -18.00 Persimmon PLC 1140.50 -20.00 Petrofac Ltd 1222.00 -216.25 Prudential PLC 1264.50 1.36 Randgold Resources Ltd 4544.50 -40.00 Reckitt Benc G PLC 4768.50 -50.00 Reed Elsevier PLC 877.25 -11.00 Resolution Ltd 346.70 -1.50 REXAM PLC 500.50 -4.00 Rio Tinto PLC 3245.00 -8.50 Rolls-Royce Hos PLC 1222.00 -2.00 Royal Bank of Scotland .. 331.75 1.70 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2182.50 -4.00 RSA Insurance Group PLC 104.35 -0.10 SABMiller PLC 3181.25 -16.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 345.40 -3.20 Sainsbury (J) PLC 406.60 -2.50 Schroders PLC 2478.50 -10.00 Severn Trent PLC 1818.00 -11.00 Shire PLC 2810.50 -20.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 803.50 -3.36 Smiths Group PLC 1421.00 -10.00 Sports Direct Int... 680.50 -6.00 SSE PLC 1393.50 -6.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1475.50 19.88 Standard Life PLC 336.10 -3.69 Tate & Lyle PLC 812.50 -2.50 Tesco PLC 353.53 -1.05 Travis Perkins PLC 1702.00 -17.78 TUI Travel PLC 386.15 -2.10 Tullow Oil PLC 892.75 -4.00 Unilever PLC 2457.00 -7.00 United Utilities Group PLC 687.50 -4.86 Vedanta Resources PLC 961.75 6.50 Vodafone Group PLC 231.28 -0.05 Weir Group PLC 2195.00 -7.00 Whitbread PLC 3368.50 -32.00 William Hill PLC 366.80 -0.61 Wm Morrison Suparkets PLC267.30 0.00 Wolseley PLC 3234.50 -28.00 WPP PLC 1346.00 -12.00

% C H G. -1.73 -0.65 -0.47 0.25 -1.91 -0.11 0.05 -0.46 0.35 -0.77 -0.34 0.55 -0.97 -0.25 -1.23 1.49 0.02 -0.70 -0.96 -0.57 -1.02 -1.17 0.89 -0.25 -0.56 0.10 -2.01 -0.69 -0.65 -0.93 -1.05 -1.35 -1.73 -15.03 0.11 -0.87 -1.04 -1.24 -0.43 -0.79 -0.26 -0.16 0.52 -0.18 -0.10 -0.52 -0.92 -0.61 -0.40 -0.60 -0.71 -0.42 -0.70 -0.87 -0.43 1.37 -1.09 -0.31 -0.30 -1.03 -0.54 -0.45 -0.28 -0.70 0.68 -0.02 -0.32 -0.94 -0.17 0.00 -0.86 -0.88

VOLUME 46.49 478.77 414.30 243.09 44.54 154.64 305.75 635.84 1,847.18 33.24 26.19 2,746.29 30.14 235.67 4.72 1,124.57 24.59 592.94 15.84 192.21 70.26 439.82 14,147.36 15.00 161.91 50.55 208.18 48.39 556.87 15.45 502.11 99.92 64.44 1,270.40 360.79 15.57 94.87 188.76 144.19 76.68 451.90 518.04 977.73 513.68 1,615.23 193.43 41.51 555.24 17.67 41.72 74.54 75.24 27.96 23.59 297.00 636.84 501.12 55.08 1,231.77 42.19 64.48 175.68 131.61 138.42 87.32 4,076.89 18.91 43.45 371.05 594.43 43.86 185.80


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Don’t call me Scrooge, but… Loose change

If you’re broke, you’re broke.

A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

IT feels like I’ve just cleansed the cobwebs off my face from Halloween, but as I strolled through the streets this week despite the warm sun there was a real feel of Christmas in the air. Shop assistants were busy decorating windows and putting up fairy lights, while adverts are

strategically putting ideas in our heads of presents we should buy.

“Oh no, ho ho ho!” is about as much festive spirit as I could muster up. After paying for the mortgage, various loans, the electricity, flights back to home for Christmas as well as an array of other unforeseen costs, my Christmas piggy bank savings are at an all time low. Right now - at the most expensive time of the year - I’m broke!

What if community has no legal existence? Q. We live in a community of 12 houses. In 1997 our community was registered by the original builder in a very simple way, providing for the maintenance of the common elements. This registration was handwritten, with an official book of the minutes of the meetings. This book was never used and has been lost. Statutes were never made and community rules now are limited to the use of the pool. Up to now we never had any problem. But recently some houses were sold and new owners of different You and the nationalities have moved in. So my Law in Spain question is: What is the legal status By David Searl of our community? G B (by e-mail) A. In strict terms, your community has no legal status at all and its decisions have no legal force. A handwritten piece of paper does not constitute registration. However, you do have statutes. If a Community of Property Owners does not make any special statutes, they are by law governed by the terms of the Law of Horizontal Property. Second, it is possible that your builder registered the community at your nearest Property Registry. Communities are registered in a special section here because they own property. Your pool, for example, is owned by the community. So, you may be registered without knowing it. In addition, Spanish courts have in many cases accepted the legal existence of such informal communities because of their continued functioning. Your best course of action is to instruct a lawyer experienced in Community

affairs to help form a legal Community with powers to compel payment of fees.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952-667090

Am I a total Scrooge if I suggest a ‘Cheap Christmas’ to my family? Or will they be thinking, ‘I like the idea of that, I’m smashed too!’ This is the thing about Christmas, while it is a fun time where all the family gets together and eats and drinks their hearts out, it’s also a time of the year that makes people feel really stressed and feel guilty too. If your brother gets you the latest iPhone, but you only get him socks, it’s mortifying. It’s a minefield deciding how much to spend on each other and no one wants to underspend, so that’s why we often spend more

than intended - for fear of looking cheap. But if you’re broke, you’re broke. That’s the reality of the situation and considering the financial mess the world is in right now, you can be guaranteed that many family members are feeling the same pinch. So go ahead - set down some ground rules to make Christmas more affordable this year. Try presents just for the kids, or a Secret Santa type of idea where 50 quid is spent on one nice present for one member of the family. As long as there are mince pies and a log fire a ‘Cheap Christmas’ sounds just perfect.


Eating habits are changing SPAIN’S ready-meals segment is expected to grow by 3.4 per cent a year in value terms between 2012 and 2017, making it the third-fastest growing category among food sectors. The forecast was made in a new report issued by UKbased consumer market research company Canadean. The expected rise has been attributed to a change in the eating habits of Spanish consumers, who are shifting to prepared meals instead of eating out. The report also noted that Spain has been reeling under the impact of challenging economic conditions, with uncertainties surrounding the euro having further affected consumer spending.

Extra fizz

DIJSSELBLOEM: Welcomed decision.

Spain’s clean exit from bank bailout

FINANCE ministers from Eurozone countries have given their vote of confidence to Spain after it elected to make a ‘clean break’ from a bank bailout programme. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the EU’s Eurogroup, welcomed Spain’s decision to exit the aid programme in January 2014. Spain will be joining Ireland in making a clean break. Spain dipped into the bailout fund to the tune of €41bn in 2012 to recapitalise banks after the property market crashed. Speaking after a meeting of the group of finance ministers Mr Dijsselbloem said: “Both countries have always shown strong commitment towards the implementation of their programmes. “This has shown results, as the recent developments on the financial markets have shown. The Irish and Spanish people have gone through a difficult period, but I am now confident that their efforts will pay off in the coming years. Now these economies are back on the road to recovery. “We fully support Spain’s decision to exit the programme. Spanish banks are now stronger, more resilient and supervision and regulation have been tightened.

SPANISH drinks producer Torres has announced plans to release a new cava in 2015 as it looks to launch a range of wines in the next five years, reports the UK’s Drinks Business Review. The company’s move is aimed at producing a niche, premium cava with initial output of less than 5,000 cases per year. Torres said the new wine, a blend of international and local grape varieties, will be targeted towards the Chinese market.

Dia success THE Iberian peninsula has been one of the worst affected eurozone markets, with headline retail sales dropping month after month. But there has been one genuine success story over the past two years - Dia, a hard discounter that became an independent company in 2011 after being spun off by Carrefour.


Reputation as probably the worst company in Spain! TELEFONICA/MOVISTAR must surely be living up to their reputation as probably the worst company in Spain - yes worse than power company Sevillana/Endesa! Their incompetence and that of their operators is world breakingly above others. The new automatic answering system has taken a turn for the worse, if that was possible. If you don’t press the right button or say the right word it just cuts out on you. If you are lucky you may eventually get to speak to an equally confusing non electric person! I reported a fault on my business phone number. We could not receive or make calls, yet if someone phoned in they could hear the phone ringing. The fault was reported but nothing was done, so I called again. This time what appeared to be an intelligent person took details of my fault - again. When I asked if they could divert incoming calls to my mobile she gave me a code - to put in to my failed phone. I did explain that as the phone was not working it would seem to be a pointless and useless exercise. Could you not do it from the central exchange I asked? No. Why not? Because I am unable to. Can I speak to your superior? No. I had the same argument the following morning having had no contact from the technical department. Later the same day I phoned yet again - this time a very helpful lady arranged the divert in three minutes. No wonder they keep all their operators in Chile or South America. It wouldn’t be safe for them to walk the streets of Madrid. Gary Waite (by email)

Three cheers! THREE cheers for the Mayor of Mijas, Angel Nozel, for

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I took a photo of this stunning seascape at Aqua Amargo. By Robyn Boutilier, Turre (Almeria) considering a dog tax (Costa del Sol Issue 1479). There is an easy and fair way of doing this. Nationwide licences. If licences were to be introduced here the revenue from them would more than pay for the employment of dog wardens and possibly pay for dogs homes rather than be dependent on charity. Maybe the rest of us would not have to suffer the incessant barking of so many dogs. If owners can not afford a licence, how can they afford the expensive food these animals must have? Mrs J Hollowell, Arroyo de la Miel (Malaga)

Harsh mistress THE recent storms we have had in Mallorca caused a lot of damage, but it is a sobering thought to compare them to the typhoon disaster in the Phillipines. We had floods and trees came crashing down, and it was

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a scary situation. But multiply that by 100 and we can get an idea of what those people went through. Mother Nature can indeed be a harsh mistress. My prayers are with the people in the Pacific. Mrs Joan Clinton, Palma (Mallorca)

Silly rules RE the story about communities of residents in Mijas (Costa del Sol, Issue 1480) wanting to raise a petition against the enforcement of swimming pool

legislation on older properties. The communities do have a point. These regulations at times lack common sense. On my community the shallow toddlers’ paddling pool was filled in as it was ‘too near’ the main swimming pool. As a result there is nowhere for the toddlers to splash around in except the main pool, which is of course much deeper, and as a result much more dangerous. So the ‘safety’ regulations have resulted in an increased danger for young children. The law of unintended consequences in operation, with no common sense applied. Madeline Montague, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Turkey vote INTERESTING to read Emilio Botin (president of Santander bank) saying banks should be allowed to fail (Finance, Issue 1480). I beg your pardon? A banker saying banks shouldn’t be



bailed out by the taxpayer? Well it is nearly the festive season. I expect turkeys have already started casting their votes for Christmas! Steve Morris, Altea (Alicante)

No right... IT certainly seems that the issue over green waste has taken on a degree of momentum. It is positive that CLARO has taken up the issue supported by the Popular Party. The responses of the mayor to the legitimate concerns of Orihuela Costa residents who are forced to live in a dirty, poorly maintained area were insulting to every person living on the coast. There are no recycling services provided on the coast. There is no site where green waste can be deposited by the residents of the coast. To blame the inhabitants for a blatant lack of a garden waste disposal system by a councillor from the Green Party is beyond believe. The reaction of the councillors sitting 30 kilometres away in Orihuela to the disgusting state of Orihuela Costa just proves that these people have no right to have any control over the coast. The sooner Orihuela Costa gains its rightful independence the better! Liz Page (by email)

Lunch date In reply to the letter (EWN Issue 1480 ), sorry Olivia Qualtrough, but in reality you are the person who is ‘naive and ignorant.’ I have been a practising naturist for more than 20 years and I have never, ever, sat naked on any restaurant seat nor have I ever seen any other naturist do so. The etiquette is to always to take a towel and use it. The same goes for beach beds, sauna seats, etc. In fact, just so you can be more informed in future, I invite you to join me for lunch at a chiringuito (beach bar) on the naturist beach here at Vera Playa. No dress code - just a towel! Chris Thomas, Vera Playa (Almeria)

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T seldom occurs to career politicians that figures who convince inside the party do not necessarily cut it with the public. Neither do they grasp that elections are easier to win if party favourites are family favourites. Even committed PSOE supporters and those owing him their jobs agree that Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba should not lead the party into the 2015 general elections. The man who took the PSOE to two crushing defeats in 2011 is therefore unlikely to put himself through the coconut-shy of primaries despite a rapturous reception at the PSOE’s recent Political Conference. Brave new policies and a brave new PSOE were euphorically applauded, encouraging Rubalcaba and party grandees to delay naming the evil day, a.k.a. the primaries, as long as possible. They are talking about summer 2014 or even autumn, waiting to evaluate the party’s showing in next May’s European elections. If the party wants to see itself in phoenix-mode it needs primaries as soon as possible. Rubalcaba

Cassandra Nash

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

might have ‘the best political head’ in the party as former president Felipe Gonzalez said recently, but he has the poorest image.

Speaking volumes WAS it a deliberate snub? There was a governmentshaped hole at the recent presentation of Jose Maria Aznar’s second volume of memoirs. It was very different at the first volume’s launch attended by Rajoy and several ministers a year ago. Their absence is unsurprising. Relations between the government and Aznar tensed last May when the ex-president criticised the economic policies of the man he appointed as his successor. He has ‘taken note’ of the latest absences, Aznar remarked.


Of primary concern as shot. EN: When JFK w NEVER FORGOTT

Rajoy has enough to worry about without Aznar breathing down his neck and no longer needs to pay court to him. Nor does he risk losing PP voters still enamoured of the ex-president as there is no far-right wing party for them to decamp to.

Unlearnt lessons UNLOVED education minister Jose Ignacio Wert is another with nothing to lose because he never sought a political career, insiders claim. This is fortunate, because his decision – now reversed - to terminate Erasmus students’

RUBALCABA: Best political hea d, but the poorest image.

allowances to study abroad in mid-course brought down government wrath on his head. He was one of Rajoy’s most trusted assessors, which recalls the saying about “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” In Wert’s case those who can’t, assess. And they make an unholy mess when they try putting what they preach into practice.

Still remembered “I LEFT the Fine Arts School in Calle de Alcala 13 and everybody was talking about it outside. Someone had a transistor and we stopped to listen.” It’s neither myth nor cliché. Everyone, like the Madrid art student now aged 71, remembers where they were on November 22 1963 when John Kennedy was shot.


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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 Caught on Camera 11:00pm Fresh Meat

ITV2/ 6:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm Ocean's Thirteen





4:10pm Pressure Pad 4:55pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Last Tango in Halifax 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News

4:10pm Pressure Pad 4:55pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Nigel and Adam's Farm Kitchen 10:00pm New Tricks 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm A Question of Sport

BBC2/ 4:20pm Cagney and Lacey 5:05pm Are You Being Served? 5:35pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:00pm Africa's Magnificent Beasts 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Strange Days - Cold War Britain

ITV/ 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Show Me the Telly 6:00pm The Paul O'Grady Show 7:00pm ITV News London 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 The Sound of Musicals 11:00pm Masters of Sex

ITV2/ 4:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:05pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 6:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 10:00pm The Vampire Diaries 11:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now!

BBC2/ 4:20pm Cagney and Lacey 5:05pm Are You Being Served? 5:35pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:00pm Natural World 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Tudor Monastery Farm 11:00pm The Culture Show 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV/ 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Show Me the Telly 6:00pm The Paul O'Grady Show 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Mystery Map 10:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:30pm ITV News and Weather

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 Location, Location, Location 10:00pm 24 Hours in A and E 11:00pm Gogglebox

ITV2/ 4:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:05pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 6:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:45pm The Perfect Storm 11:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now!


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A true deep Royal romance... LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT






BIT of a ‘told you so’ blurb this week. Normally I hate trumpet blowers, but I’m not averse to a little input on occasions. Firstly, some years ago, during the vilification of Prince Charles over his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, I predicted one day their affair could turn out to be one of the great Royal love affairs in British history. I think the couple, who are obviously deeply in love, have come through the whole saga with dignity and a new, thoroughly deserved respect. Camilla is far more suited to him than Diana, who, with all due respect, was nothing more than a somewhat flaky, manipulative star-struck clothes horse; one who Charles was bundled into marrying merely to produce an heir to the throne. Camilla not only ‘looks right’ at his side, but with her somewhat zany views and slightly off the wall projects, totally fits in with Charles ‘talking to

plants’ and environmental attitudes. I wish them both all the very best and a large dose of happiness in their life journey together. The second ‘trumpet call’ hits a somewhat sourer note. I’ve actually lost count of the times over the past 15 years or so I’ve taken a leaf from Enoch Powell’s book and predicted this whole immigration fiasco would finally lead to rioting and bloodshed on the streets. The latest statement from David Blunkett does, I think, finally exonerate me from all who accused me of

‘ranting’ and ‘scaremongering.’ Mr Blunkett’s comments, that the influx of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans, with their poor living standards and alien cultures, could lead to violence on the streets of Britain, is no doubt a welcome and sane observation, but too late. Even now there has been a deafening silence from most other leading politicians on the subject. It’s no good waiting for many British suburbs to resemble Syria or Beirut before they clamour to air their views on the nation’s media. In less than two months hoards of these people will pour into an already beleaguered Britain. They will have nowhere to live. No money and no jobs. What on earth is Britain Camilla and going to do with them all? Charles - one of Don’t ask me, I’m only an old the great Royal hack, one hit wonder from way love affairs. back. I’ll tell you something mind, Britain had better gird her loins for an unprecedented rise in crime rates, hoards of beggars littering the streets, a capitulation of the NHS and benefits infrastructure and unparalleled rioting on the streets of Britain, and all down to incompetent politicians that have well and truly shafted the British public. Keep the faith. Love Leapy.


Muslim allies IT is very wrong of ‘Leapy Lee’ to ridicule the Burka as a way of dress. Although I agree there are situations where it is totally inappropriate, this is the fault of incompetent politicians and there is no reason why it should cause offence in normal everyday multicultural life. He is additionally very wrong to comment as to why one does not see remembrance poppies worn on a Burka. Many of those Muslim women must carry, in their hearts, memories of their loved ones - the older ones their husbands and brothers, the younger ones their grandfathers who died fighting in WW2, alongside British soldiers in the Western Desert, Burma and Italy. So, please Leapy, do try to be more objective. Brian Nicholls (by email)


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Drug offences leave hundreds of Britons behind bars overseas HUNDREDS of British nationals are currently locked up in prisons across the globe for drug-related offences. Some are detained for months without trial and face distressing living conditions. In Spain, consular staff dealt with more than 100 drug-related arrests last year alone and drug offences account for approximately three-quarters of the 172 Britons currently on remand or serving sentences in Spain. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in conjunction with the charity Prisoners Abroad, is launching a campaign to highlight the consequences of the use, possession and smuggling of drugs around the world. In Spain offenders may, in some circumstances, be held on remand for over a year before trial. Even if released on bail, they will be unable to leave the country. Offences that may carry cautions in the UK are often penalised with long prison sentences overseas. Some drug crimes can lead to even more

severe penalties - 33 countries or territories enforce death sentences for drug offences. In Spain, sentences can be as long as 20 years’ imprisonment in the case of hard drugs and up to six years and nine months for soft drugs, with fines of up to six times the value of the drugs. Prisoners Abroad is currently supporting 84 Britons between the ages of 18 and 30 who are being held in foreign

countries for drugs offences - 62 are yet to face a trial. Terry Daniels was accused of smuggling a million pounds worth of cocaine from Brazil to Spain in 1997. She had been working in Brazil with her boss, a nightclub manager, and they were travelling back to Spain when he was caught with the drugs in his suitcase. Terry maintains she had no idea that he was carrying the drugs. But a Spanish court prosecuted her on the basis of guilt by association. She served six days in prison before being granted bail, LIFE-CHANGING: Terry Daniels (right), with her mother, now works for charity after her ordeal.

when she returned to the UK. While living in Ireland in 2002, a police check revealed that she was still wanted in Spain. She had been prosecuted in her absence and her 10-year sentence was still outstanding. In June 2003, she was arrested on an international extradition warrant, flown back to Spain and imprisoned in Topas Prison, near Salamanca, where she stayed for 19 months. She was then given permission to serve the remainder of her reduced sentence in the UK. Terry said: “I will always love Spain and know that holidaymakers and expats alike have a great time there. But I would urge people not to get involved in drugs - not even recreational drug use which many may see as harmless. I got involved with drugs at a young age and paid the consequences - I ended up in prison and everything in my life changed - it is not worth the risk.” She now undertakes charity work on behalf of Fair Trials International and Prisoners Abroad and has recently published a book, ‘Passport to Hell.’

THE Gunilla, a beautiful and distinguished threemasted sailing boat with 73 years of navigation under its keel, visited Palma’s seaport. This is a training vessel where 44 students from the Swedish high school of Ökerö sail for three months, receiving nautical lessons as well as regular high school studies. The vessel was built in Oskarshamn, Sweden, in 1940. Due to the Second World War, the ship was out of service until 1945.


A nautical jewel visits Palma port

ANNUAL REGATTA: European vessels will meet in Palma. TRAINING VESSEL: The Gunilla visited Palma. Initially, the vessel was designed to transport dry cargos, especially cereals, sailing through the Baltic and the Danish straits. In 1954 the boat had a makeover, was lengthened eight metres and turned into a motor vessel. It continued sailing until 1997, when it was bought by the Swedish association MBV from Öckerö, which refitted and transformed it into the training vessel it is today.

63rd Ciutat de Palma annual regatta to be held in December THE Ciutat de Palma competition will gather 449 vessels and 478 sailors from 14 countries. The 63th edition of one of the oldest Balearic sports tournaments will take place between December 5 and 8 organised by the Royal Nautical Club of Palma (RCNP). “Numbers define again Ciutat de Palma as one of the continent’s most important regattas, with an equivalent level of an Optimist European class tournament,” said Manuel Fraga, technical director of the RCNP.

Fraga pointed out that the secret of Ciutat de Palma lies in the massive migration of sailors from the north of Europe during the winter to the Mediterranean Sea. “The bay of Palma remains an attraction for the Danish, Swiss and German teams, who establish their winter training camps on the island,” he explained. The RCNP highlights the presence of the Italian Club Fraglia Vela Riva, which has never participated before, holding a

Guinness record for celebrating the biggest light vessel regatta of its history. Spain, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Holland and Belgium are the countries participating in the tournament this year. The competition will have its opening and registration on December 4 and 5 and the regatta will mark its beginning on December 6.


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Taking off - or flying by the seat of their pants 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 -johnson


WO bastions of British life were in the news recently. Both with their backs up against the wall in increasingly tough economic times. Will both survive and flourish? Let’s take a closer look. First up, Ryanair. The

airline’s been on a massive charm offensive of late, desperately trying to improve its badlytarnished image. It’s going to improve its website, slash charges for not printing boarding cards, even allow you to reserve seats. As CEO Michael O’Leary, who did the round of TV interviews, put it: “I want to be loved by my customers as much as I love them. Boy, are we listening and responding.” Good grief! It was as if, say, John Lewis were changing its slogan from “Never knowingly undersold” to “Always out to fleece you.” What an MICHAEL O’LEARY: Chairman and chief executive officer of Ryanair.

utter U-turn! Next, M&S. When the company announced its clothing sales were down by 1.3 per cent, it blamed everything from rival shops to the warm late summer. But it’s not the wrong sort of weather that’s undermining M&S but the wrong sort of clothes - and management. I have advice for M&S. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Cut your losses and just stick to chic good quality knitwear and underwear. No more elasticated trousers, peasant-style tent tops or frills, please! But it’s those Leibovitz advertising posters that shock me most: a bevy of super-successful women including Helen Mirren seemingly dragooned together at gun-point. The backdrop of the City, the world of the glass ceiling, is meant to ‘showcase’

RYANAIR: Wants to improve its image.

female success while they’re cooped up in a barge where nobody even wants to acknowledge the other. Some sisterhood! This lot look as if they’ve been corralled to the stern of a booze-free ‘booze cruise’ and are considering going for broke and swimming for it. Who authorised such misjudged advertising? Finally, Ryanair may

never be ‘lovable,’ but it’ll be no more annoying than its rivals. And M&S? This used to be known for good quality basics at affordable prices. Now it too often stands for overpriced dowdiness. It can bring in all the stars it likes but it still can’t beat its rivals for on-trend, well-priced clothing. It’s talking the talk all right, but the walk’s more

of a stagger on life support. Matron, pass the meds! Quick!

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re you a mother with a supersatisfying power job, which earns you praise and cash in equal measure? And do you still find time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for the kids you drop and collect at school every day, never forgetting or missing any important event in their lives and finding time to help them with their homework as well as a nighttime story? Oh, and your home is an oasis of cleanliness and calm. No staff required. If this is you, then congratulations. You may be the only person in the world to ‘have it all.’ Before having children, I was convinced this would be me, which must have amused mother nature no end. As Oprah Winfrey says: “You can have it all, just not at the same time.” Being an expat mother makes getting even a remote semblance of having it all even more unlikely, without a support network of family to rely on and with fulfilling work opportunities limited. So, it was with some disappointment I saw the Hollywood version of an excellent book on the subject, ‘I don’t know how she does it?’ written by English journalist and writer, Alison Pearson. In the book, the working mother faces all the trials and tribulations this brings feeling inadequate both at home and at work, never able to give 100 per cent you are bound to fall short. The novel is funny, truthful and gritty, ending in the-less-than saintlike main character making a choice between work

Catch 22 of having it all HOW good are you at juggling? Ulrica Marshall

Expat Strife

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 go to

and family. The US-produced film, while entertaining, perpetuates that you can and should have it all, despite the book’s original message. Real life is not so simple. ‘Have it all’ and you will scarcely see the kids, who will be largely raised by nannies (since stay at home daddies are still a rarity), or opt to become ‘just mum’ despite the years of studying and pre-kids work as doctor,

SUPER POWERS: Are you a mother with a supersatisfying power job which earns you praise and money? banker or engineer. By the time your nest is empty, and you could dedicate yourself fully to a career again, you will probably be past your employ-by date and your skills antiquated. At this stage, you may be left with feelings of sadness, loneliness and uselessness. If you had chosen career, this junction would be of little consequence,

FEATURE but for those who stayed with the family it can be a fraught time. Psychologists urge so-called ‘emptynesters’ to reconnect with life again - by learning a new skill, taking a course in something that really interests you and travelling now that there is no one left to cook for, mentor and guide (other than your husband, who can either join you or fend for himself for a while). Travelling alone is not as difficult as it sounds - there are many alternatives these days - from yoga retreats to educational tours of China or cooking trips to Italy. One friend who found herself in this situation retrained as a psychotherapist, having already practiced by counselling the children all those years. Or why not follow through on a business idea you’ve been considering? Now could be the time to set up that boutique, restaurant or take up day trading on the stock exchange from home. If you still can’t face that empty nest, take advice from that wise woman Dorothy Parker, who once suggested that, “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tyres.”


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Is it ‘adios’ America? American dream has turned into a nightmare Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


HEN a friend spent a month touring the United States, I could appreciate his being impressed. It is easy to be seduced by panoramic grandeur and the colour of new cultures vastly different from one’s own. Had his itinerary taken him to the hundreds of tent cities, to bankrupt metropolis like Detroit that now resemble Berlin 1945, he might have been less impressed. Country music icon Merle Haggard must have had psychic powers when in 1982 he penned the ballad ‘Are the Good Times Really over for Good?’ The country song’s poignant lyrics hark back to Paradise Lost, a countrified America of domestic bliss, of values that have since disappeared. It was ‘a time before Elvis, before the Vietnam War came along.’ Change means that Haggard’s longed for America can now be found only in a few remote towns. Saturday Evening Post

illustrator, Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978), depicted the lost America evoked by the wistful melody. A flick through his illustrations will tell you more about ordinary life in the United States 1921 - 1960 than any number of history books. In Haggard’s country music hit, he describes the United States as now ‘rolling down hill like a snowball rolling to hell.’ Today, the country’s leading politicians and its best journalists repentantly contemplate the abyss. The American dream has turned into the American nightmare. If the US was United States Inc. it would be declared insolvent. The directors would likely be jailed for embezzlement, counterfeit money printing, corruption, share dealing, lying to the receivers; barred from holding office. You do not believe me. Google ‘List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes.’ You will be forgiven for thinking that you mistyped and found San Quentin Penitentiary by mistake. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now engaged in a massive, covert military build-up. An Associated Press

MERLE HAGGARD: Penned the ballad ‘Are the Good Times Really over for Good?’, did he have psychic powers? article in February confirmed a purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. That is enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over 20 years. DHS also acquired heavily armoured tanks, since seen roaming the streets. Evidently, somebody in government is expecting some serious civil unrest. If the social and economic fabric of the United States shreds, if it collapses into bankruptcy and the dollar ceases as a trading currency, what then for Europe? American isolationism could leave the anti-Russia debt-riddled EU isolated too. It would be easy to fall back on the words of the great American writer, Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Who is right, the nation’s writer laureate or a country music singer? Interesting times lie ahead.

CREDIT Gloomy Sunday

Mike Walsh


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‘Time to find solution to illegal homes’ H

ELPING expatriates facing the threat of having their properties demolished is at the top of the agenda of Britain’s new ambassador to Spain. But Simon Manley, a 46-year-old father of three daughters, admitted the embassy is essentially powerless to stop the bulldozers. “It is not in our power to change decisions, but we can talk to people who do have that power.” He added that he has already spoken to representatives of the Junta de Andalucia regional government and the mayor of Malaga about the situation in which many innocent home-owners have found themselves. Several ‘illegal’ homes in the region have already been demolished, the latest two owned by British couples who had bought the homes in good faith. Many homes have been declared illegal by the Junta de Andalucia despite them having planning

permission granted by the local town halls. Mr Manley said: “Many of the stories are heart-rending. The Spanish property market is starting to show a recovery. If the authorities want to build on that then they have to address uncertainty. They have to be aware of the uncertainty people have when they hear of these awful things happening and people losing their homes.” He added that there are solutions to the problems: “I hope they (the Spanish authorities) grab them.” Speaking of his role as ambassador, the Oxford and Yale educated diplomat said his biggest challenge was to help boost British businesses in the country, as well as to work with the Spanish authorities on security issues. “We have already had success with the latest ‘Unlucky 13’ Crimestoppers appeal that within hours of its announcement resulted in the capture of one man.”

He added that his background as Director Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and before that in counter terrorism will stand him in good stead. He said Britain and Spain had shared experiences in combating both domestic and Islamist terrorism, with the two worst Islamist terror attacks in Europe hitting the two countries. And on top of that Spain and Britain are hugely important to each other economically, with Spain being Britain’s eighth largest export market. Spain is also the sixth largest inward investor. “These two issues (security and economic factors) are areas in which we can work with Spain. hugely are They important,” concluded Mr Manley.

Mr Simon Manley, CMG, Ambassador to Spain.


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HEALTHY HAIR: Care using natural products.

GET lustrous locks and give hair the care it needs by using items you have at home, here’s how. Look after your head - having a healthy scalp is just as important as healthy hair. Reduce excess oil by applying a little witch hazel and rinse with cold water. And fight a flaky scalp by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo to act as a booster. Add volume - mix egg yolk and half a cup of honey with olive oil and two ripe avocados. Apply generously and leave until hard, then wash and rinse and enjoy the results. Shine - use olive oil or jojoba oil masks, begin at the roots and brush through dry hair and leave for an hour or two, use a hair dryer to heat the hair and allow it to further absorb the oils. Preserve colour - mix a quarter cup of white vinegar with a half cup of water and pour it over the hair, then rinse with cold water, to make sure your hair retains its colour for longer.

Five ways to help hide those tired eyes LONG weekends or late night parties are sometimes difficult to hide on Monday mornings. But even if you don’t feel particularly good you can still look good with these easy beauty tips that focus on the least forgiving facial feature - the eyes. • Pale eyeliner Apply a pale liner just below the bottom lash line, as close to the eye as possible, this will reflect the light and open up

those tired eyes. • Curl lashes Curling your eyelashes before applying mascara will dramatically open the eyes, adding a lift to droopy lids. • Define for divine eyes Adding a little definition goes a long way. Smudge some eye-liner at the outer half of your top lash line for a smoky effect that will extend the shape of your eye and cover up a

lack of sleep. • Mascara boost Mascara helps to widen the eyes, curve the brush of your mascara to get closer to the roots and give lashes a little boost to looking bigger and fuller. • Illuminate Use an illuminator or highlighter and apply to the outer corner of the eyes to reflect the light and widen the face, giving the illusion of bigger beautiful eyes.


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Monsters University Ever since monster Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he has dreamed of going to Monsters University (MU) and become a Scarer. But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with James P. Sullivan, 'Sulley.' The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realise they will have to work together if they ever hope to make things right.












Starring John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren. Directed by Dan Scanlon. Runtime 110 minutes. Rated U.







Important things are signalled by the stars. There are gains to be made in many different areas. Just keep believing things will work out for the best for you and they will.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) It's a better week for travel with less likelihood of delays. Should you be feeling a little lethargic and sorry about recent events, just count your blessings.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Satisfaction with your love life

7-Star Quiz 1. What was former US president Lyndon Johnson’s middle name? 2. By what name was the American soldier, bison hunter and showman. William Frederick Cody better known? 3. Built in 1903-6 on the site of Newgate Prison, how is the Central Criminal Court in London much better known? 4. Which US film director/producer had the middle name Blount? 5. What was writer George Orwell’s real name? 6. Which famous English novelist and dramatist’s middle name was Klapka? 7. According to Alexandre Dumas’s 1844, novel, what were the names of the Three Musketeers?

Arturo Perez-Reverte is a Spanish journalist and writer. Born in Cartagena, Murcia, Perez-Reverte worked as a war correspondent for 21 years. He has been a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, where he holds the T letter-labelled seat since 2003. Perez-Reverte is most known for being the author of the Captain Alatriste series of novels. A movie based on the novels starring American actor Vigo Mortensen was released in 2006. to be working. As you have helped others in the past, make it clear that you expect a bit of co-operation.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Being very much in demand for your talents this week means less time to spend socially, so it's important to make time for loved ones at the weekend. are going to take anyway. .

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A conversation with a colleague brings insights into how others live and it is quite an eye-opener. Friendships are particularly important this week.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) This is a week when progress is fast and plans run ahead. Try new ideas and seek information to hone your knowledge. An organisation that is new to you offers insight and social involvement.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) There may be some opposition to your ideas as Pluto turns this week. Perhaps your natural charm just doesn't seem

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) There is something in you that needs a creative outlet. Perhaps you would like to write a

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Although you have perhaps been looking to money-making ideas to progress finances, think also of alternatives. Perhaps there are areas of your lifestyle where money could be saved.


LIBRA (September 24 October 23) Having suffered a bit of a setback last week, you may be feeling less confident. Revving up your social life will certainly help to bring spirits up again. Be with people who liven or inspire you in some way.

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.


SCORPIO (October 24 November 22) Thoughts come to you, perhaps in dreams, that are creative and energy boosting. Someone who recently moved out of your sphere is sadly missed but is in some ways still a part of you.




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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 N) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.


Average: 7

Very good: 21

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Alicante TODAY:


book: memoirs, for instance, take up a craft or paint.

is paramount this week, and the opinion of others seems important to you. Perhaps you are looking for an excuse to make a change.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Spirituality seeps right through the week. As you are feeling particularly sensuous, invite someone special to dinner or on a trip. Visit garden centres and plan ahead.


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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 December 21) A strong and exciting romantic feeling flows through the week, which is fitting as Valentine's Day comes round again next month. Someone returning from a trip makes you smile and boosts your spirit.





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Across 1 What thief might do, and how thief ends in awful peril (6) 4 Poem for a sailor to remind him of home (5) 8 Crime is the result when clergyman loses his head (5) 9 Theyʼre biters, children! (7) 10 Instruct little Albert to do the gardening, using no hands (7) 11 Bluff king has circle, surely not this one! (4) 12 A tree in gospel music (3) 14 Painter is in Muhammad Aliʼs corner (4) 15 Keen part a go-go dancer has (4) 18 Flipping ban results in arrest (3) 21 Young creature with about fifty feet (4) 23 Greed makes woman take food (7) 25 Shredding damaged granite (7) 26 Phil has a liquid container (5) 27 Messages transmitted about a mile (5) 28 Worry about show of hesitation for search (6) Down 1 Communist newspaper very into Italian fashion label (6) 2 Slag Ana off for the food (7) 3 One German saint, one German theorist (8) 4 The snakes are venomous and arsenicʼs extremely poisonous (4) 5 Last letter or letters from some

gangsters (5) 6 School admitting us, somewhere in London (6) 7 Approach the early English settler (5) 13 Plant organised my appeal (3,5) 16 Musical includes current and former actor (7)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 7 represents P and 24 represents X, so fill in P every time the figure 7 appears and X every time the figure 24 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.

17 Grass-cutting tool making one chesty somehow (6) 19 Shove canal boat (5) 20 Farmer loth to consume wine (6) 22 Animal going round a shopping precinct (5) 24 Face being laid up (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Sacking, 4 Cuban, 7 Leaps, 9 Invalid, 10 Centaur, 11 Rhone, 12 Danish, 14 Parsec, 18 Comic, 20 Auction, 22 Everest, 23 Trade, 24 Poser, 25 Red rose. Down: 1 Spliced, 2 Chain, 3 Goitre, 4 Cover, 5 Bellows, 6 Nudge, 8 Stays, 13 Numbers, 15 Ascot, 16 Concede, 17 Gaiter, 18 Cheap, 19 Clear, 21 Idaho. QUICK Across: 1 Chosen, 4 Signet, 7 Quickstep, 9 Taut, 10 Wage, 11 Bagel, 13 Endear, 14 Softly, 15 Couple, 17 Helium, 19 Steer, 20 Ages, 22 Ogre, 23 Departure, 24 Scythe, 25 Colony. Down: 1 Cattle, 2 Shut, 3 Nectar, 4 Sashes, 5 Grew, 6 Timely, 7 Quadruped, 8 Partridge, 11 Balls, 12 Lover, 15 Ceases, 16 Ethane, 17 Hectic, 18 Meekly, 21 Sect, 22 Oral.



ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Guijarros, 5 Magic, 7 Sobre, 9 Thunderclap, 10 Bison, 11 Among, 13 Castor oil. Down: 1 Gum, 2 Accidents, 3 Resfriado, 4 Cheap, 6 Gruas, 8 Bolso, 9 Table, 12 Gol.

Play on Words

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Elbow (4) 3 Vía (ferrocarril) (5) 8 Alga (7) 9 Coche (automóvil) (3) 10 Opaque (5) 11 Platform (rail) (5) 12 Comer (3) 13 Theories (7) 14 Usarios (5) 15 Población (lugar habitado, ciudad) (4) Down 1 Cliente (de tienda, bar, restaurante, banco) (8) 2 Diamonds (jewellery) (9) 4 Radiador (8) 5 Crocodile (9) 6 Periodista (8) 7 Nieto (8)

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 (POSTAL) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues. ALMOND



















Unscramble the name of a famous former professional English darts player: SCRIBE OR WIT


Answers: Arm in arm, Alter ego

Unscramble the name of a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC (three words): PACK GENUINE APE PAPERS

Across 1 Clearance events (5) 3 Forgive (6) 6 Stir up (7) 8 Despise deeply (5) 10 Consume (3) 11 No longer existing (7) 12 Disinterested (5) 13 Abides by (5) 18 Inactivity (7) 20 Possess (3) 21 Egyptian water lily (5) 22 Good-humoured (7) 23 Evaluate (6) 24 Underground parts of plants (5) Down 1 Frightened (6) 2 Surprise (7) 3 Favour (6) 4 Respond (5) 5 Thin soup (5) 7 Shy person (9) 9 Structure made by bees (9) 14 Obstruction (7) 15 Foolish (5) 16 Pester persistently (6) 17 If not (6) 19 Flavour (5)


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Salver, 2 Needed, 3 Wilder, 4 Dwells, 5 Advise, 6 Shrank, 7 Weasel, 8 Wheels, 9 Welled, 10 Seldom, 11 Merest, 12 Lemons, 13 Render, 14 Severe, 15 Racoon, 16 Barely, 17 Fences, 18 Treats, 19 Neatly



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Where were you fifty years ago on November 22, 1963? Peter Fieldman London-born journalist and author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ available on Amazon or


HIS November 22 will be the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy. I was 20 years old, and seven days earlier had boarded a transatlantic liner in Southampton. JFK had become an icon in Europe since his election in 1960 and had transformed the image of America. The President and his family were a sophisticated civilised, cultural elite who acted and spoke in a way Europeans could understand. They had become the Royal family of America and, like so many young people, I was enticed by the American dream.

On November 22, the ship was one day out from New York. Clocks and watches had already been set to Eastern time and everybody on board was thinking about the final night’s gala dinner. At about 1pm I was making my way up the main staircase for lunch when I noticed a large blackboard on which was scrawled ‘President Kennedy dead, RIP.’ Why would somebody write something so stupid, I remarked. On reaching the main promenade deck I noticed groups of people clustered around radio sets. It soon sunk in that the notice had not been written as a silly gesture, the president had indeed been shot and was in hospital. When the news came through that the president had died no passenger was able to hold back tears. The gala dinner was cancelled and a memorial service was held in its place. Early the following morning the ship entered New York harbour passing the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, shrouded in mist, and into the Hudson river to dock at the city’s passenger port. After passing through immigration, far simpler than today, I set foot for the first time on American soil. A taxi took me to a small west-side hotel. After unpacking I ventured out into deserted streets. It was cold and overcast with newspapers blowing across the street in the icy wind. It reminded me of the final scene in the movie ‘On the Beach.’ With food and drinks purchased from corner stores, I spent three days glued to the old TV set in the hotel bedroom. Lyndon Johnson had immediately been sworn in as president on Airforce One and the police had apprehended the

supposed assassin. But events turned to incredulity when Jack Ruby shot Oswald dead as he was leaving the Dallas police station, live on TV. Then the funeral took place in Washington with the president’s family and world leaders in the cortege slowly following the horse drawn carriage on its way to Arlington cemetery. After travelling around the country, I worked in New York until June when I booked a passage on a transatlantic liner taking advantage of the summer weather and groups of American college students travelling to Europe. It was a perfect ending to a great adventure, which had begun so tragically. I had seen enough of America to understand why JFK was killed and was a fully, fledged conspiracy theorist long before Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK. While the West and East coast were more sophisticated, cosmopolitan centres, the rest of the country remained backward and insular. Gun ownership was an intrinsic part of society. I had witnessed run down city centres and a great deal of poverty across the country as well as racism and a strong North-South divide which still seemed to be a legacy of the Civil War, contrasting with pockets of immense wealth. When I learnt that three university students from New York had been murdered in Mississippi by opponents of

the civil rights movement at about the same time I was passing through the State with a New Jersey registered car, I thought how close I had come to danger. Four years later in 1968 I was living in Paris. It was a dramatic year: as well as the student revolution in Paris, the Tet offensive had started in Vietnam, Russian tanks rolled into Prague, Martin Luther King had been gunned down and Robert Kennedy was assassinated. He was perhaps a greater loss than his brother. Acclaimed by young and old, rich and poor, white and black, across the country, he was clearly on his way to the White House. Thousands lined the tracks on the final train journey to Washington carrying his coffin on an open carriage. A few years ago, after a visit to the Gettysburg battle site, I went to Arlington cemetery to see their burial place. There was another young president in the White House idolised by millions of people. But Barack Obama has not been able to fulfil his promises either and America is more divided than ever. The American Dream was an illusion. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, shot and killed on November 22, 1963.


Nowadays a life without electronic devices is hard to imagine. From washing machines and TVs to smartphones and tablet PCs they have become part of every day life. But which electronic device couldn’t you live without? And why? THERAPIST Ana Ivars, aged 39, from Benissa, considers that only a few decades ago people lived perfectly with no washing machine, no electric iron and she can always use old systems. “My mobile phone is not necessary either.” She adds: “The only electronic device I cannot live without is Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner (MRI) because in my profession it is very important to detect health problems to treat them correctly.” Aiden Finney, a 40-year-old sales executive from Altea, has a totally different opinion: “I could

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Life’s electronic essentials…



Ariele Lara.

ANA IVARS could live without her phone and most electrical items.

STREET TALK not do without my fridge, because it keeps my beer cold and I hate warm beer!” Gordon and Angela Southall, both retired who live in Arboleas (Almeria) are up to date. “We couldn’t live without our iPad. You have to keep up with modern technology. “We use it for Face Time, it is really good for speaking to family and best of all it is free.” And Carole Whittle, who is also retired and lives in Arboleas agreed modern technology is good for keeping in touch. “I couldn’t live without my laptop. I speak to all my friends on Skype, I use it for banking and also for Googling information to prove my husband wrong!” Ariele Lara, a 23-year-old, law student from Malaga couldn’t live without his smartphone. “I enjoy being connected to everyone I love and now thanks to the advancements in technology you can send messages and chat with your friends on different apps for free. “Taking pictures and uploading them to any of

your social networks, synchronizing your calendar activities so you can organise everything you have to do… The possibilities are endless and I just couldn’t imagine being without it even though we have only had this technology for about five years.” Celia Perez - 31, a therapist from Fuengirola (Malaga) loves her iPad. “I use it daily to manage my bank accounts and also for editing pictures for the website I own. I find it easier to carry than a regular laptop, I can take it anywhere with me in my purse and I don’t even notice it’s there. Since it has 3G wireless connection, it allows me to log on to the internet at any time and any place. Everything is easy. Celia Perez.


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A shortage of nuts ALMOND shortages in America and across Europe are affecting chocoholics as some retailers report a shortage of almond chocolate bars. Retailers say they have seen the demand for Green & Black's Organic Chocolate and Almond bar outstrip supply in recent weeks. UK supermarket chain Waitrose has already sold out. California grows around 80 per cent of the world’s almonds and the harvest has suffered due to a prolonged drought.


Chocolate chip cookies, a world known snack is delicious accident CHOCOLATE chip cookies are a delicious and world known snack, but not everyone knows they were originally a culinary accident. American Ruth Graves Wakefield is said to have accidentally made the first-ever chocolate chip cookies in her restaurant, The Toll House Inn in Massachusetts. In the 1930s, after running out of baker’s chocolate while making chocolate

CHOCOLATE CHIP: Discovered by accident cookies, Wakefield decided to use pieces from a Nestle chocolate bar. But instead of melting, the chocolate maintained its shape, giving birth to the popular biscuit. Wakefield published the recipe in her cookbook Toll House Tried and True Recipes, and it rapidly became a baking favourite.


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A restaurant where robots serve opens in China A RESTAURANT in China has replaced its waiters with robots that cook, serve and attend to customers. Robot Restaurant, in the city of Harbin, has a workforce of 20 robots that tirelessly work for five hours. After that they need two

hours to recharge their batteries. But they seem to be very efficient as they make noodles, fry or steam dumplings and bring the food to the tables running along tracks on the floor. They’re even said to sing when the diners hold their

chopsticks. The only humans in the restaurant, apart the customers, are the kitchen supervisors. The restaurant opened in the summer of 2012 and ever since has attracted customers willing to be served by machines. Robot chefs are not new to

Order your pizza by just pressing a button AMERICAN tech company iStrategyLabs is developing the ultimate food appliance: an emergency pizza button. PiePal can memorise up to five different pizza combinations that can be ordered with just one push. For the time being, it can only place orders to Domino’s Pizza. This is so because the website of the international pizza chain reportedly offers the best ordering structure available. As it’s still in development, PiePal is not ready yet to be launched on the market. The company offers anyone to become a beta ‘taster’ of the device by signing up on their website. Unfortunately, this is only available in the US.

PIZZA: You can have by just pressing a button

Chinese people. Catering businessman Cui Runguan is known for selling noodle-making robots. These peculiar cooks, named Cui Runguan, are sold for €1,600 per unit, certainly a lot less than what a human chef would earn per year.




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In the herb garden... Dick Handscombe

Gardening Corner By Spain’s best known expatriate gardening author living in Spain for 25 years.


O inland or coastal garden in Spain should be without herbs, whether you are a resident or absentee gardener. They have so many uses and they can be successfully planted in the garden, in containers, in window boxes or in terracotta herb barrels. Apartment as well as villa dwellers can

The health benefits of gardening

GARDENING can be a healthy hobby for anyone. Here are some top tips. Exercise: Gardening involves some minimal exercise and being out in the fresh air can boost your vitamin D levels. Healthy eating: Growing fruit and vegetables will mean you have your own organic produce on hand; the healthiest food you can eat. It will be also be healthier on your bank balance. Better mental health: In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables and after three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms.

therefore easily grow and benefit from a collection of herbs. The possibilities are as follows: The perennials such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives, bay, sage etc., (there are more than 800 varieties of sage!) are naturalised Spanish plants and are therefore fairly easily established. Most importantly they are among the most frost and draught resistant plants. Many annual herbs such as basil, parsley and dill can be raised from seed or purchased as small plants each spring. They are reasonably easy to

care for in semi shaded positions. Wherever planted, they can be regularly trimmed

Herbs have so many different uses for using in salads, cooked dishes and for healthy infusions. Lamb chops or shanks coated with garlic and freshly chopped rosemary; or fresh basil with pasta and oregano, chopped over slices of freshly harvested tomatoes soaked in virgin

olive oil can’t be beaten for taste. Nor can a fresh mint tea made from freshly harvested leaves. Planted along paths, within mixed flower beds, on a rockery or in a dedicated herb garden their leaves and flowers add perfume to the garden, which in turn attract many species of butterflies. Planted as an interesting underlay in the areas between pine trees where the sun filters through. Herbs can be harvested for hanging in bunches or mixing into potpourris to provide natural

Go native when planting SPAIN’S natural landscape and native plants vary with the country’s different climates; warmer in the south and cooler in the north, so when planting choose according to your region. Here are some native plants to Spain you may, or may not, have heard of. Anthora: also known as healing wolfsbane and yellow monkshood, anthora (Aconitum anthora) is native to Spain, Europe and northern Asia. The plant grows to three feet in height and thrives in partial shade to full-sun conditions and moderately moist soil. Ornamental Onion: a member of the Alliaceae family, ornamental onion (Allium senescens) grows throughout Europe. It grows to an average two

BRIGHTEN YOUR GARDEN: Native Spanish plants. feet in height and thrives in partial shade to full-sun conditions and is tolerant to drought as well as thriving in moist soil. Bee Orchid: is a versatile perennial orchid that grows in a variety of landscapes in Spain and is named as its blossom resembles the

form of a bee. Grey-Leaved Cistus: is also known as sun rose and rock rose and continuously produces one-day pink, lilac or purple flowers that have yellow centres. The evergreen plant grows up to three feet in height and thrives in full sun.

HOMES & GARDEN aromatherapy effects on the terrace or in the house. Co-planted on the vegetable plot they can be useful attractors of beneficial insects (rosemary and lavender), in attracting pests away from crops (sage, dill, fennel and coriander), the basis of natural insecticides (garlic) and fungicides (horsetail) and the basis of valuable natural fertilisers (comfrey, borage and nettle). If we sprain a muscle mountain walking or gardening, we find that a rue infusion is a quick acting gardener’s remedy, as is a comfrey poultice. What other type of garden plants can be of so much benefit for a relatively little outlay! If you have inherited a mountainside or woodland full of naturally growing herbs you have a head start on others! Part Four of our book ‘Your Garden in Spain’ describes and illustrates the most popular 25 herb

plants. Many can be easily propagated at almost any time of the year to increase your number of plants inexpensively or as gifts for friends. Success only requires fertile, free draining, gritty, non-clayey soils and potting composts, with regular watering of perennials until established and daily summer watering of herbs in containers, and a regular short back and sides to stop them becoming leggy and woody. Some herbs such as mint and the wonderful scarlet flowered pineapple sage can spread quickly, so either plant them where you are

happy for them to expand or plant in large containers sunk into the ground or added to your collection of annual and perennial herbs on the terrace. If you would like to become a herb enthusiast, it’s worth sending off for the Chiltern Seeds catalogue ( uk ) which lists many varieties of herbs not normally found in garden centres in Spain . © Dick Handscombe November 2013

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NATURAL HERBS: Easily grown and full of beneficial properties.

FRESH LAVENDER: A hardy perennial herb.


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Estate agents give shopping incentive to property buyers to help boost sales


SOME estate agents are trying to boost property sales before the end of the year by offering gift vouchers for buyers. The Casaktua website is offering €500 worth of El

Corte Ingles store vouchers for property completions made before December 31 on selected homes they have for sale in 122 small municipalities with less than

10,000 inhabitants, across the country. Amongst the deals up for grabs and included in the promotion is a two-bedroom home in Catral, Alicante, on

sale for €35,000, a threebedroom apartment in Malaga being sold for €49,000 and a three-bedroom apartment in the Barcelona area for sale at €35,000.

Wanted: Room-mates who are respectful, clean and sociable THE most requested qualities of a room-mate are to be respectful, clean and sociable. According to a study by Easypiso, a website dedicated to house share and rooms for rent, these are what most people are looking for when searching for an ideal room-mate, with 72 per cent of respondents saying that these features vary depending on whether you are still a student or already working. The main problems in house shares are cleaning issues with 61 per cent saying that accumulating dirt and rubbish in the shared, communal areas is a big problem, followed by privacy (40 per cent) and relationships (29 per cent). However, house sharing does have some benefits, 40 per cent said they became more organised and tidy as a result of sharing. Throughout 2013 the average cost of rent in Spain for shared apartments reached its peak in April and May at €275 per month. This fell to €250 during August and September when there was a greater supply than demand and in October it reached an average €260 per month. The most in demand cities according to Easypiso are Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Alicante and Malaga.

ROOM-MATES: Main problem tends to be cleaning issues.


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An alternative to tobacco


CIGARETTES are becoming a popular option for smokers. Known as vaping, the user inhales vapourised nicotine instead of drawing in smoke in a traditional cigarette. And that means, according to manufacturers, that many of the health problems suffered by smokers are avoided, whilst the user still gets the ‘hit’ and enjoyment of a cigarette. As there is no burning of tobacco, many of the substances normally inhaled are not consumed. That means no tar and no carbon monoxide either, and far fewer cancer-giving carcinogens. Electronic cigarettes mainly contain food flavourings, water and nicotine. It feels like smoking, it looks like smoking and it tastes like smoking! They can help ease withdrawal symptoms as part of a gradual weaning-off tobacco. Many retailers offer ‘stop smoking’ packages where the strength of the nicotine is gradually reduced before

RANGE: Also for the cigar and pipe smoker.

ECIGARETTES: Now a popular option for smokers. finally giving up. There are five strengths available. It just takes a little patience and experimentation until you get it right. You can also get the nicotine hit while

enjoying the flavours of strawberry, blueberry and many other flavours. And the big advantage is that they do not run foul of Spanish antismoking legislation. They are

perfectly legal to use in restaurants and bars where smoking is banned. Think of the advantages, ‘smoke’ anywhere, no lighters or matches. No ashtrays and a sweeter breath as well. To give e-cigarettes a try visit who have a great range for you to choose from, catering not only for the cigarette smoker but for the cigar and pipe smoker as well. The range has grown enormously recently in a bid to satisfy all tastes and all preferences. There are referral discounts available and also quantity discounts for shops, bars, restaurants and for just those that want to sell to friends and acquaintances.

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GLOBELINK INTERNATIONAL Insurance correspondent


EW people question the need for having decent home insurance. Ironically, when it comes to travel insurance, it’s often a different story. Far too many Brits still travel abroad without taking out travel cover, oblivious to the eye-watering costs they could face if things go wrong. Having to cut your trip short for a family funeral, or ending up in a foreign hospital due to illness are just some of the misfortunes that can happen on holiday. Travel insurance is there to protect you against these, and a host of other holiday mishaps. But what can you do to protect your home while you’re away on your travels? It is a worry, especially around Christmas, when burglars are on the look-out for soft targets. By taking a few straightforward steps, however, you can minimise the risk of a break-in, leaving you to get on with

PROTECT YOUR HOME: Make sure you take all necessary precautions. enjoying your travels. Start by cancelling any regular deliveries, and arranging for the post office to hold onto your mail until you get back from holiday. Be discreet when you’re discussing your travel plans. Don’t mention details or dates where other people are likely to overhear the conversation. Don’t close the curtains in an attempt to make your home seem less tempting: if anything, it’s likely

to do the opposite. Instead, move any desirables (car keys, for instance) out of sight, and fit timer switches on lights and radios. It’s not rocket science but it will send out ‘at home’ signals to casual observers and help deter opportunists. Don’t leave a spare key in that crafty cache that only you know about - for reasons that should be pretty obvious! If you can, leave a key with a neighbour or

a friend, someone who can clear away tell-tale piles of junk mail and perhaps even park their car out front. Your neighbours may keep themselves to themselves, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your departure and return dates with them. Far from feeling you’re imposing, they’ll probably appreciate the chance to be helpful - and no one’s more likely to spot suspicious goings-on in your absence. With identity theft on the rise, it’s wise to leave important documents with friends, or in a bank safe if you have one. And, finally, why not take snapshots of any items of special value, preferably in their normal surroundings; it could be useful, if you are unlucky enough to fall victim to burglary. For an instant travel insurance quote and to arrange cover securely visit, or call (UK) +44 1353 699 082 or our Spanish link lines on 966 2650 00 or 951 242 434. Globelink are the leading providers of Travel Insurance for people living in EU countries and we will shortly be launching a bespoke Home, Buildings and Contents Insurance with special discounts for our travel insurance policyholders. Please email for priority information.


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Ashes series starts down under, and Germany beat England at Wembley 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.

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THE first Ashes Tests between England and Australia started in Brisbane today... F1 champion Sebastian Vettel is going for a record-equalling 13th victory of 2013 and his ninth in succession in Brazil on Sunday, having registering his eighth, in some style, in the USA last Sunday... England (34-6 victors over France) play New Zealand and Australia (62-0 winners against USA) meet Fiji in Saturday’s RL World Cup semi-finals, both at Wembley with 2pm and 4.30pm kick-offs... And in football this weekend,

it’s Everton-Liverpool and West Ham-Chelsea in PL derbies, Manchester City v Spurs, Cardiff v Manchester United and leaders Arsenal v Southampton while on Monday, it’s WBA v Aston Villa... The big Championship game is Nottingham Forest (5th) v Burnley (top); Swindon (6th) play Leyton Orient (2nd) and Wolves (1st) meet Brentford (5th) in FL1... the top five in FL2, Oxford, Chesterfield, Rochdale, Fleetwood and Southend, all play at home... And in Spain, UD Almeria welcome Real Madrid (Saturday, 8pm) with a crowd of 20,000 expected. Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s international friendly matches, England were beaten 10 by Germany, Scotland overcame Norway 1-0, the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with

Poland and South Africa beat world champions Spain 1-0. CRICKET - It was over and out for the world’s greatest-ever batsman Sachin Tendulkar who retired last Saturday after playing in his 200th and final

Test match for India who beat the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs. RUGBY UNION - In last weekend’s inter-nationals, Gethin Jenkins won his 100th cap in Wales’ 40 points to six victory over Argentina; England lost 30-22 to New Zealand; Ireland 32-15 to Australia and Scotland 28-0 LAST week, Japanese South athlete Kenichi Ito to set a World record by Africa. After clocking 16.8 seconds for the 100 seven matches, metres on ALL Saracens, FOURS. Watch it Northampton on YOUTUBE; and Bath stand 1it’s amazing! 2-3 in the Premiership. MOTOR SPORT - Indy-car driver Dario Franchitti (40) has retired following his recent 100 mile-an-hour crash in Houston. RECORD-BREAKER: Kenichi Ito. The Scot won the Indianopolis


500 three times. GOLF - Henrik Stenson won the Race of Dubai title with GB’s Ian Poulter second, six shots behind. Stenson is the first man to win in Dubai and clinch the Red-Dex Cup in the same year. HORSE RACING - Johns Spirit, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, won the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last Saturday; Hurricane Fly set a world record with his 17th Grade One victory and unbeaten Treve, winner of five races, is the 2013 ‘Racehorse of the Year.’ ROUND-UP - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong could have his lifetime ban reduced to eight years... GB boxer James DeGale beat American Dyah Davis in his latest super middleweight fight... Usain Bolt pipped Mo Farah to become 2013 ‘World Athlete of the Year’... And in tennis, Serbia lost out to the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final.


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EVEN though the weekend saw wet, cold and windy weather all rugby fixtures arranged carried on regardless. Three of the island’s Senior teams continued their run of wins; RC Ponent beat Santboiana B in the National League and in the Balearics League El Toro RC beat Truc Menorca

and Bahia RC had a relatively easy win over Dimonis RFC. The National League match between RC Ponent and Santboiana B RC took place on an extremely waterlogged pitch in Principes de España, Palma where the hosts scored two tries by half time. The visitors couldn’t make any headway against a strong Ponent team and only scored from a penalty kick. The Mallorquins, this time, didn’t add a bonus point to their tally as they only managed three tries to make the score 25 - 3 by the final whistle. The win however keeps them on top of the table with a match against unknown


Rain does not stop rugby By Lynda Demangeat

IT’S MINE: The wet weather didn’t stop play. newcomers Egea de los Caballeros from Zaragoza coming up next weekend. In the local league, El Toro RC had a wet trip to Menorca to meet Truc Menorca although the rain held off during the match. This was a tough encounter with the locals dominating


the game during the first half but the strong El Toro defence deprived the home team of any points. It was El Toro RC who managed to score partly due to some imprecise ball handling from the Menorquins and thanks to a superior scrum which

helped them reach the try line. Final score was 0 - 15. In a cold and wet Manacor on Sunday Bahia defeated Dimonis RC by 37 points to 5. Bahia RC dominated from the beginning although it took them a while to put any points on the score board. In the other regional league matches Ibiza RFC were much too strong for Corsaris RFC. The home side committed errors and showed uncertainty which gave Ibiza RC an easy victory by 43 points to 0. Newcomers to the league Pollensa RC were hosts to RC Ponent who scored an emphatic win with 70 points on the score board to 0 for Pollensa RC.

Youngsters rugby day... The 3rd Rugby Day in the U8, U10 and U12 categories was the first opportunity for the newly formed Mallorca Bocs RFC to play host for the third in this series of rugby days. Teams for Agora Portals, El Toro RC and RC Ponent turned out to participate. The support of the parents and friends who stayed to support the hundred or so youngsters in the cold and wet was greatly appreciated. Category winners were Agora Portals in the U12 group with RC Ponent victorious in the other two leagues.

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