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ISSUE NO. 1483


Happy holiday VERA will be celebrating Constitution Day tomorrow (Friday) with churros and chocolate at 10am followed by a concert by the Municipal Band in Plaza Mayor.

Youth fair MORE than 300 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 took part in the 15th Almeria Youth Fair FAJU 2013 held in Purchena.

Trees and roses ALMERIA GOVERNMENT’S sub-delegate Andres Garcia Lorca planted two trees and two rose bushes in the Nicolas Salmeron Park, Almeria City, in memory of the victims of violence.

Phillipines aid THE Red Cross in Almeria City aimed to raise funds for the Phillipines by selling 1,000 five-kilo boxes of horticultural products at €2 each, donated by local farmers.

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Getting set for winter THE road authorities are revving up for their winter safety campaign. A total of 160 workers, 42 machines and vehicles, including seven snow ploughs, and almost 450 tonnes of salt, make up the force to cope with winter weather. It will operate across the province’s 826,61 kilometres of roads, based at points under the jurisdiction of the Junta de Andalucia regional government, supported by the Guardia Civil Traffic Department and 112 emergency services. “In this way we can act in the shortest possible time to reestablish the road network,” said Junta delegate in Almeria, Encarna Caparros.

Almeria shows its solidarity for the needy THE province and people of Almeria showed their generosity over the weekend with the Great Food Bank Collection. Contributions large and small, which soon converted into tonnes, rapidly filled up the food collection boxes. More than 5,000 volunteers participated in the two days of solidarity, by collecting

food at the doors of 250 supermarkets in the province. Many were overwhelmed at the number and generosity of those people who wanted to lend their support. “There were times when the amount of donations we received was too much for the food boxes,” said one of the volunteers, but as

she explained: “The important thing was just to take the bags, then sort it all out later.” If Friday proved to be a successful day at Carrefour in Almeria, filling eight containers with 500 kilos of food, Saturday was even more so with one family donating €800 worth of food in a Dia supermarket.

This was just one of many generous gestures of solidarity throughout the province. A total of 400 tonnes of food was collected, double the expected figure. The Food Bank served 59,055 people in need in the province in 2012, a total which many believe is set to rise this year with more people in need.


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Finance 21 - 26

Letters 27 WHITE OUT: Snow on the hills in Las Menas above Seron.

Heavy snowfalls as winter hits... SNOW hit the north of Almeria Province forcing buses and trucks to stay in their depots as temperatures fell below zero. Although the first cold snap of winter a few weeks ago brought a light sprinkling of snow to the highest peaks in the province, this week the north of the province was converted into a veritable winter wonderland. Towns like Bacares, Laroya and Las Menas woke up to several centimetres of snow. A

cold wind throughout the area had many people searching out their hats and scarves in the towns of Almanzora with the mercury failing to rise above 12 degrees. As for the impact on the road network, several interior roads, due to the accumulation of snow or ice, were on red alert. The use of snow chains was necessary on several roads such as the AL5404 in Escullar which was closed to trucks and buses.

Daily TV 28 - 29

Leapy Lee 39

Time out 40 - 41

Classifieds 62 - 64

Sport 71 - 72

NEWS Play up HUERCAL ALMERIA Town Hall is to improve children’s facilities in three parks by providing new swings, seesaws and other equipment. Skates on THE Russian circus on ice visits the Blas Infante ,Vera, sports hall on Monday, December 23 at 7pm. Tickets available from the Convento de la Victoria in Plaza La Verja,Vera, €16.

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Virgin burglars hunt still on A MONTH after a religious brotherhood that plays a leading role in the Easter ‘virgin procession’ was victim of a €30,000 burglary police are still hunting for the perpetrators. The National Police believe the thieves who broke

into the Casa de la Hermandad de El Prendimiento in Almeria City are not unknown to them. They got away with jewellery and other valuable pieces with an estimated value of €30,000 after climbing the exterior of the building to enter via a balcony. After analysing the evidence collected at the crime scene

and interviewing several brotherhood members and eyewitnesses, the police believe the offenders knew exactly where the pieces were and what they were looking for. The investigation remains open and members of the brotherhood wait for news of the whereabouts of the missing pieces which formed a major part of the Easter procession.

Walk on THE town of Benahadux has two new rural walkways now paved with concrete at a cost of €58,535.

To infinity BUZZ LIGHTYEAR and Spongebob Squarepants will be making an appearance at a Christmas activity event in Mojacar’s multiple use centre tomorrow (Friday) at 6pm. Two arrested POLICE in Roquetas de Mar managed to arrest two men who were caught after allegedly breaking into an unoccupied house. The police were tipped off by a neighbour. Easy win ALMERIA wheelchair basketball team Cuideme Almeria had an easy win against BSR Marbella, winning 87-37 in the National first division clash.



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Constitution Day

TOMORROW (Friday) Spain celebrates the day the current constitution was endorsed in a referendum. Most shopping centres will be open, but banks and public offices will be closed.

Grants given

Seconds out THE Indalico boxing club of Almeria in conjunction with the Sports department are planning an evening of boxing with four bouts on December 15. Vera art A SELECTION of works from a ‘marathon’ open air painting event are to be displayed in the Convento de la Victoria in Vera starting today (Thursday) until December 23.


INTERNET SHOPPING: There are some items which are often easier to find online.

Fill your stockings Online shopping taking off


ITH Christmas approaching, although it’s great to get in the spirit with a look around the shops accompanied by carols and decorations, there are some items which it’s often easier to find online. In Spain, some 15.2 million people shop online and although it has taken the Spanish some time to get into the habit of doing so, this year there has reportedly been a boom in the amount of online purchases and that’s before most people have started Christmas shopping. Although Spain remains well behind other European countries for online shopping and not to mention the USA, confidence is increasing. On a worldwide ranking, the UK comes in third position, with an expenditure of €91.7 billion per year online, well behind the number one, the USA, at €289 billion per year. In Spain, the average profile of people who shop online is a man, aged between 25 and 54, with university studies and a steady job. They spend an average of more than €800 per year, and between them generate takings of €10.4

Quote of the Week

I knew she was the wife of the President of the regional government and of a former minister.’ Miquel Martorell, a witness in the trial against Jaume Matas for coercion, who says he hired her as a PR for a Palma hotel to attract clients and improve business.

billion for companies selling on the internet. The favourites are Ebay and Amazon, followed by online discount sites Groupon, Groupalia and Letbonus; hotel booking site; then El Corte Ingles; the site for buying tickets,; travel site; supermarket chain Carrefour; bookshop La Casa del Libro; Itunes, and in 10th place, fashion retailers Zara.

Number of the week


per cent is how much unemployment fell in November, compared to the previous month. This is the first time unemployment has dropped in November since 1996, with 2,475 people finding jobs and the total number of unemployed at 4,808,908 people.

SHOP ONLINE: There has been a boom in online purchases.

A TOTAL of 18 families from the towns of Paterna del Rio, Instincion and Terque, in the Alpujarras, have received grants to restore their properties. The grants run to a total of € 111,450.

New warehouse CARBONERAS Town Hall has voted in favour of the construction of a new warehouse to store cleaning equipment and machinery. It will also have changing rooms and toilets for the workers.

Sports boost THE town hall of Vicar is to share €136,000 between seven sports clubs and associations in the town to help in the development of different sports.

Project done DIVERS working on the Neptune grass project taking samples and measurements of the underwater ‘sea meadows’ along the coast finished their work on Saturday in Roquetas de Mar.

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


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Footballing youngsters on the long road to success SIX children who take part in the football academy of Huercal-Overa are to train with UD Almeria. In the coming weeks they will play in a friendly at the Campo de El Hornillo which will be attended by scouts of the club. A total of six children from various age groups have already trained with the Primera Liga side. This has been possible thanks to the agreement that the town hall signed earlier this season with UD Almeria through which the most outstanding players will go for trials. The sports department sends reports on the youngsters as requested by UD Almeria following

HUERCAL OVERA: Youngsters from the football academy. the trials in which the youngsters have participated.


Chess open

Theatre date

THE sixth Winter chess open of Vicar takes place on Sunday in the Palacio de los Deportes.

AN artistic and cultural group founded by Federico Garcia Lorca, La Barraca, will visit Lucainena de las Torres on Sunday providing diverse activities of theatre and literature.

Sports day THE Government of Almeria held a sports day in Gador to promote the ball game of Fronton, with schools taking part in the different forms of the sport.

Day trippers A GROUP of senior citizens from Gador enjoyed a day out in the province, visiting the towns of Cuevas del Almanzora and Garrucha.

Arrangements are being made to hold friendly matches between Huercal-Overa CF and UD Almeria

in junior categories, although no date has been decided yet. The scouts of UD Almeria will be casting an eye over the youngsters at the games. The agreement was promoted by the town hall of Huercal-Overa through the sports department, in an example of the work being done in recent seasons to raise the level of the football academy of the town and unify everyone to work in the same direction. The agreement has an initial term of two years which will benefit the children of HuercalOvera Football Club. HuercalOvera is the only town in the Levante area of Almeria which has an agreement with UD Almeria.

Farewell gift from Macael for Sir Ridley Scott MEMBERS of Macael Town Hall visited Sir Ridley Scott in the town of Rodalquilar on the last day of filming of Exodus to present him with a personalised mortar and pestle made from Macael marble. Raul Martinez, mayor of Macael said: “He loved the gift, and told me personally that he loved working in Macael in a fabulous natural setting and it had been very easy. He was surprised by both the natural environment as

well as our marble.” Martinez also commented that “the meeting was very pleasant and the intention of the government team was to thank him for counting on our landscapes for part of the shooting of the movie. It contributed to the employment of people and the economy of the town. “The film will show the world the beauty of the quarries of Macael, which portrayed ancient Egypt.”

NEWS Foreign marriages arranged THE National Police have arrested and charged two Spanish people and implicated eight others accused of arranging sham marriages between foreigners and Spanish citizens. The Spaniards, members of the same family, charged €6,000 to make the foreigners’ situation legal in Spain. Four family members married Moroccans and arranged a fifth marriage between a Moroccan and a Dutch lady. The foreigners paid €3,000 for the fake marriage and another €3,000 at the time of obtaining residence and a work permit, police have reported. After the wedding the couples did not live together and divorced a year later. Officers noticed several applications for residence permits in the civil records of El Ejido Almeria, Balerma and Berja. Following an investigation they discovered the Spanish family who were dedicated to arranging sham marriages for Moroccans.


Old woman robbed by her fake friends A WOMAN, aged 34, from Baza has been arrested by police in Olula del Rio charged with robbing a 77-yearold woman. The Guardia Civil investigation began in mid July, after a complaint was filed at Olula del Rio police station. The robbery occurred when two women entered the house of the pensioner who lived alone. Pretending to be known to the victim, they managed to steal assorted gold jewellery and a purse containing â‚Ź250. One of the women began talking to the victim presenting herself as a daughter of a friend, sitting herself down on the couch and

asking the victim about her health and even if she had taken her medical treatment. Meanwhile the second woman went through the house managing to find the jewellery and money which was stolen. The Guardia Civil focused their attention on a woman who had been seen repeatedly asking for money at the town’s market.

After trying to locate her several times at her home in the town of Baza, agents finally caught her in Olula del Rio where she was arrested. The woman was known to police having several other convictions to her name. Agents have not ruled out further arrests connected to the robbery.

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Spoil yourself with the Royal British Legion THE Albox Branch of the Royal British Legion is holding a Christmas

Bazaar tomorrow (Friday). It’s also a Red Day Holiday so it will be

one of the few places where you can do your Christmas shopping.

Tapas route a big success THE third edition of the Ruta de la Tapa in Huercal-Overa has resulted in over 35,000 tapas being served. The figure is similar to last year but this time the event was one week shorter. Mayor, Domingo Fernandez, speaking at the awards ceremony at the town hall, said: “People have responded positively. This route has been an excuse to enjoy good company and, of course, our rich

gastronomy.” In total 23 establishments took part and the prizes for the most popular tapa and the best service went to the Theatre Cafe. The prize for the most innovative tapa was presented to Nomads Taperia and the best traditional tapa to Pizzeria La Artesa. The prize of a weekend trip to Mallorca, courtesy of the participating establishments, was won by Noelia Garcia Perez.

There will be many and various stalls, including the Poppy Stall, at the event. If you wish to run one of these stalls for only €5 please contact the Social Secretary Bob Cowan on 608 049 490 or email him at The Tombola stall still welcomes donations from members and nonmembers alike, new goods only, as the decision has been made not to approach local businesses this year. Please bring your donations on the day or contact any member of the committee beforehand who will take them from you. New items only, homemade produce will be welcomed. All profits go to the Poppy Appeal.


An afternoon quiz TURRE is hosting an afternoon quiz with Tony Matthews: Spectrum Radio/EWN. The quiz will take place at Greg & Co. Bar diner in Turre on Monday December 16 starting at 5pm.

Entry is just €2 euros per person. Teams of two, three or four members; the winning team will name the charity to which the prize will be donated. Come along... it will be fun!

Getting into the Xmas spirit MULLED WINE and mince pies will be served in Turre after the traditional Christmas carol service on Friday, December 20. The service will be held in English at the Turre Evangelical church at 7.30pm and people of all nationalities are welcome. Last year’s service saw the church full of regulars and visitors. They listened to readings by children and adults and sang traditional carols by candlelight. The church is on the way out of Turre from Mojacar and Garrucha.

WENDY: Lucky winner of the husky dog.

Well done Wendy WENDY is the lucky winner of the husky dog at the APSA charity shop in Albox. She successfully chose Luke in the ‘name the dog’ competition. APSA would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, all the money goes to support the many dogs in the care of the charity.

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False notes lead to prison THREE men from El Ejido have been sent to prison for two years after admitting to forging 500 bank notes.

Not here THE Almeria Health department has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in health and education centres.

Helping out CHILDREN from the Casita de la Vega School in Almeria City took part in a market to collect food and other items to be donated to the Red Cross.

Partaloa trek NINETY walkers from the Almanzora Valley joined a walk around the area of Partaloa.


Good work by local police recognised by town hall LOCAL POLICE in Olula del Rio have been recognised for their good work.

The Mayor of Olula del Rio, Antonio MartĂ­nez, and the Security councillor, Francisco Navarro, took

part in an act recognising the good work carried out by the Local Police. In two recent incidents

police arrested two people who had broken into a house to commit a robbery. The officers, after being alerted by the owners, began an investigation and managed to track down the offenders who were driving a vehicle. During the inspection of the car, they located tools used in the burglary and the culprits were brought to justice. Agents were also thanked for their extraordinary work in a second incident when two young girls went missing from their homes for more than three hours. They were eventually found on a road close to Macael. The girls said they had accompanied a friend home and upon returning they NEW STORE: Hundreds crowded into the store for the opening. got lost. Oliva, toured the shop floor with In another group, the product The search by Local Police the Iberian general director of manager, Mar Moron, escorted a after families raised the alarm Primark, Jose Luis Martinez de large group of fashion bloggers who had a happy ending and the Larramendi. had been invited by Primark. children were returned home.

Queues form for Primark opening IRISH retailer Primark has opened its new store in Roquetas del Mar. The group says that it offers a great shopping experience, and that is what it wants its customers to feel when buying its products. It certainly showed at the opening of the new store in the Gran Plaza Shopping Centre. Hundreds of people crowded into the store for its opening, which featured balloons, sweets, staff in pyjamas with animal motifs and a big cake prepared by the Gaby Restaurant. The Mayor of Roquetas, Gabriel Amat, members of the corporation and the manager of the shopping centre, Tomas


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Defence class ALMOST 100 women attended a selfdefence class held in Carboneras promoted by the Government of Almeria.

New club FORMER Real Madrid player Pepe Salguero officially opened the new Real Madrid Supporters Club ‘Alpujarra Blanca’ based in Laujar.

Cup tie ALMERIA referee Fernandez Borbalan will be in charge of the Copa del Rey game between minnows Olimpic de Xativa and Real Madrid at the weekend.

Artisanal interest for Almanzora Valley ALMANZORA’S marble region has seen one of its petitions come to fruition. The Department of Tourism and Trade published a declaration on an official bulletin of the Government of Andalucia confirming Macael and the Almanzora Valley as an area of artisanal interest. Macael and the Almanzora Valley make up the first part of the province to receive this recognition and join seven more in Andalucia. The initiative has been driven by the Association of Artisans of the Marble Zone and brings together 15 workshops, all of which are dedicated to carving stone and marble, apart from one which specialises in pottery. In terms of geographical distribution, nine are located in Macael, two in Olula del Rio, two in Fines, one in Albox and one in Cantoria. Albox is unique with the

LA ALFARERIA: Albox pottery. factory Los Puntas Alfareria in the Loma, representing the pottery industry. General Director of Trade María del Carmen Cantero stated that it represented an advance in the structuring of the sector, commenting: “The craftsmanship is the best example of Andalucian tradition.” The bonus for the craftsmen

and workshops which obtain this distinction is that they may appear in official publications and guides for crafts and tourism. They also get the chance to participate in fairs and other events organised by the department with the aim of promoting and improving the marketing of artisanal products in the community.


Eileen bows out with last charity fair THE last ever charity fair in support of MACS, Vera Orphanage and Stepping Stones took place last week at Iron Art in Antas. Eileen and Peter, who have decided to retire, would like to say a big thank you to all the stallholders for supporting their charity fairs. For the last two years the stallholders have kindly donated their pitch fee to help the three charities. The final presentation of the charity donations was attended by Beth Underhill of Etticut Salon in Turre, who was representing Vera Orphanage, and Wayne Claridge from MACS. Beth said: “Over the years we have had four presentations and are sorry to see Eileen go. The money will go towards Christmas presents for the children.” Wayne added: “Eileen had been very supportive of the charities. She has been fantastic, it is a shame they are retiring but I hope they enjoy their retirement.”


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Bad break for worker A MAN, aged 31, broke both his ankles when he fell from a ladder while working on a building in Calle Gutierrez de Cardenas in Almeria City. A family member alerted the 112 Emergency Services who transferred the injured man to the Torrecardenas hospital where he is undergoing an assessment of his fractures and internal injuries. Local Police and National Police also attended the scene and the centre for occupational risk prevention and work inspection was notified.

Strike called WORKERS of agricultural company Canalex have called an indefinite strike saying their wages have not been paid.

New President for RBL THE Mojacar branch of the Royal British Legion has a new president. Members met at the Artisan Centre for the AGM and top of the schedule was appointing Mick Coote (MBE) as the new President of the branch on the retirement of Joe Spicer who served the branch so well as the previous President. After the meeting members went on to the Osteria for a welcome lunch. Tomorrow (Friday) the club is holding a live music AGM: Members appointed the new president. quiz at the Beachcomber at 8.30pm with a special price of €5 189 or Christmas Carol’ at their home for fish and chips and Tony On Sunday and Monday with proceeds going to both the Matthews as quiz master. Book December 8 and 9, Jeff and Jill RBL and Mojacar Anglican Church. through Jan Knight on 950 473 Proctor have a production of ‘A Please contact Jeff to book.

Theatrical walk for walking group MORE than 50 people took a theatrical themed walk along the Mozarabe de Santiago route which took place between the towns of Rioja and Santa Fe de Mondujar. This activity, organised by the employment workshop ‘Origin of Civilizations’ in the Bajo Andarax

region, has aroused great interest and increased the awareness of the ancient route. It was used in the middle ages by the Mozarabs from the south east of the Spanish peninsular. The initiative is aimed at laying the groundwork for attracting tourists to the area, basing

the route on cultural, historical and culinary resources. The walk began at 9am with 54 participants trying a Mozarabic breakfast. During the walk a minstrel entertained the group and along the way different dramatisations of historical events were made.


Facelift for park THE Parque del Andarax in Almeria City has had a facelift with a new barbecue area, toilets and two fountains for the lake being installed.

Literary date THIRTEEN Almeria authors will take part in the first day of literature at the Carmen de Burgos Institute in Huercal de Almeria on December 19.

Liverpool trial SEVENTEEN year old midfielder Joaquin Fernandez of UD Almeria is to travel to Liverpool for a 10 day trial. He currently plays in the Second Division B.

National day ROMANIANS living in Roquetas de Mar celebrated their national day on Sunday. On offer were traditional dishes, wines and liquors as well as traditional dancing. DEMOTIVATED: Teachers thinking of giving up.

Lack of respect in the classroom AN increasing number of teachers in Spain claim to be demotivated and thinking of giving up teaching. During the 2011-2012 term, according to the Teachers’ Defence Association, 7 per cent of teachers claimed to be thinking of giving up, and in the 20122013 term, the number had risen to 8 per cent. This is mainly due to the lack of respect shown by children and false accusations from parents, who often do not question whether their children may be in the wrong. Other

reasons include spending cutbacks and the increased working hours and number of children per class. Teachers are concerned that violence in the classroom is on the rise and they are often threatened or insulted, although there are still few physical attacks. While parents nowadays almost always defend their children’s behaviour, the teachers claim they also receive little support from the school administration and from the education authorities, who question their methods of teaching.

Belgium trip THE Almeria tourist board travelled to the Belgian town of Amberes to promote Almeria under the banner ‘Relax on the coast.’

Site visit THE head of Agriculture for the Junta de Andalucia regional government, Elena Viboras visited the ‘Ground Zero’ of El Ejido to view damage to greenhouses caused by a recent hail storm. The Junta has announced aid of between €3 million and €5 million.


Agreement sounds the right note COUNCILLOR FOR CULTURE in Albox Tito Carrillo has signed an agreement with the Association of Musical Culture in Albox. The primary purpose of the agreement is to arrange different musical events in the town throughout the year.

Carrillo welcomed the agreement, stating that Albox Town Hall, through the Department of Culture, aims to promote not only music in particular, but also culture in general. Under the terms of the agreement, the municipal band will play four times throughout the year, specifically during La Loma Music Week, in the procession of the Fiesta of San Antonio, in the procession of the Fiesta of San Francisco and the HUERCAL-OVERA’S ‘green route’ is set to Christmas concert. become a reality in 2014, with the imminent For its part the town hall signing of an agreement between the town hall has awarded a sum of and company ADIF. €2,000 to the musical Once the agreement has been signed in association to help with the Sevilla, work will begin on converting 17 purchase and repair of kilometres of old railway lines in the area into instruments used by the walking and cycling tracks. The project will town’s band. include the input of the Foundation of Spanish The town hall has also Railways. The ultimate aim of the green route is committed to taking charge that in the future it will link with the green route of the organisation of in the Almanzora Valley, which passes through transport for trips for the Olula del Rio, Seron and other towns up to band, which the association Alcontar, making 80 kilometres of walking and organises every year to cycling tracks. different towns.

Green light for route

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Benefit concert ALMERIA singer Enna performed at a benefit concert at the Maestro Padilla theatre in Almeria City on Sunday in aid of the association for disabled persons, Verdiblanca.

A successful night for AUAN fundraiser

Forest clean ALMOST €50,000 is to be spent on clearing forest areas in the Sierra Cabrera in Turre. SOLD OUT: Tennis club event a hit.

MORE than 70 guests attended a fun evening at the Restaurante Club de Tenis in Albox. Entertainment was provided by J&J Music who kept everyone on the dance floor. The popular buffet showcased the speciality tapas ‘pintxos vascos’ prepared by Vanessa of Club de Tenis. The raffle proved to be very popular with several quality prizes including a €50 fuel voucher kindly donated by IBEX Insurance in Albox.

The evening raised €340.99 for AUAN’s ECHR appeal. It is a legal fund which supports an ongoing appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, which argues that a person who acted in good faith should be compensated by the wrongdoers prior to demolition of their home. AUAN is an association fighting to legalise thousands of homes declared illegal but bought in good faith.

NEWS Man burnt in frying pan fire A YOUNG man, aged 26, has suffered burns as the result of a fire caused by a frying pan in the kitchen of his house in Roquetas de Mar. The 112 emergency service were called out on Sunday night just after 11pm. By the time firefighters arrived shortly afterwards, the man had entinguished the fire but in doing so suffered burns to his arms. He was taken first to the local health centre and then to hospital.

There in Black and White THE Albox Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is holding a Christmas Dinner Dance. This year’s theme is ‘Black & White’ with music by J&J Music. It will take place at La Parrilla in Albox on Saturday, December 14, starting at 7pm with food served at 7.30pm comprising a threecourse meal with a choice of drinks.

Tickets cost €20 for members and €22 for non-members and can be collected at any of the RBL branch meetings or from Bob Cowan on 608 049 490, or email him at

If you want more details on any other social functions or want to become a member (you don’t need to be

ex-forces to join) go along to one of the meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month at La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in the main square in Albox or contact the chairman Peter Phillips on 693 483 392, email: or visit the website at uk/branches/albox


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Mojacar hosts a unique photography exhibition By Ric Polansky MOJACAR COUNCIL has helped to bring another unique and special exhibition to the town. Photographs of the highest

and most varied order are on display until the end of December in the arts centre above the fountain. The town hall’s reliable and charming

hostess Leslie is on hand to guide you in viewing the many different styles and techniques. Travel snaps from afar, local village scenes using the latest

SEASON’S GREETINGS: MACS volunteers wish all a Merry Christmas.

Taking a break for the festive season ALL the MACS charity shops are approaching their Christmas break. Their last trading day is December 20 and they will reopen on January 7.

Elaine Kay Brown and all the MACS volunteers would like to take this opportnity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!

techniques of altering digital photography, glamour shots, penetrating close-ups and contemporary expressionism. Well worth the effort to visit and possibly purchase a Christmas present. Local and well known international photographer Rod Westwood is on display, as is the indomitable Bob Jones of Sunrise TV notoriety along with lots of newcomers and a handful of known, established personages. They call themselves the Vera Photo Club but the members come from all over the area, Spanish and English. They meet once a week in an informal setting with guest speakers and lots of travel activities. Contact the club president Stan on 687 361 440 for more information or speak to Leslie or Rod. Come and have a peek, you will be impressed!


Sad losses LAST week’s cruel and unusual weather carried with it the grim reaper, who took two gentle and kind people from our community. John Massey, quiet and always smiling, passed away in Huercal Overa UCI unit on November 25. John alerted many friends to the electrical savings possible by having twin meters (day and night). On Friday, Nick (Brummie) Davies’s energetic and popular figure, attached to the Irish Rover, died of complications with cancer. Nick was less than 50 years old. He was a special person and adored by all his customers and friends. Our community is greatly lessened by these two sad losses. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those close to these kind and beloved souls. Ric Polansky


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Stories making headlines in Europe

BRITISH PRESS Molester adopts SWEDEN - A man found guilty of molesting his neighbour’s five-yearold daughter and suspected of raping a teenage girl has been allowed to adopt his stepson.

Joining forces NORWAY - Britain and Norway have joined forces to ensure the release of a British and Norwegian dual citizen who is serving a life sentence in the Democratic Republic of Congo for alleged murder and spying.

Cyclist dies DENMARK - A woman in her 40s died in Copenhagen after her bike was hit by a van in what was the latest in a string of accidents involving cyclists in the city.

Slow students DENMARK - Students blockaded the University of Copenhagen demonstrating against proposed policies to make them finish their studies earlier.

A hero NORWAY Chess genius Magnus Carlsen, aged 22, received a hero’s welcome at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport after becoming World Champion by beating Viswanathan Anand.

Dental escape SWEDEN - A prisoner, aged 51, escaped from the Östragard facility in southwestern Sweden to visit a dentist to have a tooth removed and then returned.

Discount frenzy A WOMAN ended up in hospital in Belfast after she got involved in a fight in an Asda shop over a discounted TV on Black Friday.

Underestimated art A NEW valuation has revealed Bradford City Council has been underestimating the value of its art collection, made up of about 4,000 fine art pieces, by millions.

Pervert singer THE FORMER singer of rock band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, has pleaded guilty to several child sex offences including attempted rape of a baby and conspiring to rape a child.

Shared leave THE government is to introduce a year of shared childcare leave for new parents in April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.

Standardised packaging AN independent review will analyse whether a standardised tobacco packaging is effective to discourage young smokers in order to introduce it in the country.

Model honoured ENGLISH model Kate Moss has been honoured for her 25-year career at the British fashion awards.

Revolutionary diagnosis SCIENTISTS from the University of Central Lancashire claim they have developed a way to detect a brain tumour by analysing blood. This system cuts diagnosis from weeks to less than an hour.

KATE MOSS: Honoured for 25-year career.

A MAN died and nine were injured in an attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus, capital of Syria.

Religious protest TWO people belonging to an Orthodox Christian group have been arrested after they interrupted a rendition of Wilde’s ‘The Ideal Husband’ at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre.

School closed A SCHOOL in Siberia had to be closed following a pneumonia outbreak. Ten students from different grades Magnus Caslsen, a World Champion.

GERMAN PRESS Mother jailed A WOMAN has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after killing three of her children, a six-year-old girl and twin babies, before a failed suicide attempt.

Hidden HIV THIRTY per cent of people with HIV in Germany have still not been diagnosed, according to the Robert Koch Institute which is responsible for the control and prevention of diseases.

Cannibal cop? A POLICE officer has been arrested for allegedly killing and cutting into pieces a man he met on a cannibal website. Police are now trying to determine if the accused ate the body parts of the victim.

Youth word

RUSSIAN PRESS Embassy attacked


have been affected by the disease.

Bus crash FOUR people were injured after a bus overturned and hit a tree in Moscow.

Bomb threat ONE THOUSAND people were evacuated from the Warsaw Express trade centre in St. Petersburg when bomb threats targeted the 6th Side by Side LGBT Film Festival opening ceremony.

Useless Duma A SURVEY by the independent Levada Centre pollster has revealed 43 per cent of Russians believe the State Duma (parliament) plays little role in the country’s political life.

Passenger robbed A GANG of armed thieves robbed $2.7 million (€1.98 million) from a passenger at Sheremetyevo Airport. The gang had previously handcuffed airport security guards in a minibus.

’BABO,’ a Turkish word meaning ‘boss,’ has been voted ‘Youth Word of the Year’ in a poll organised by publisher Langenscheidt.

Friendly dog MORE than 100,000 people have joined a campaign to keep a dog next to a boy who has been in a coma since birth. The authorities said the dog, an American Staffordshire Terrier, is dangerous.

Castle fire A FIRE has destroyed half of the roof of the Schloss Ehrenstein Renaissance castle in Ordruf, central Germany.

Cash bonus THE German Football Federation has offered €300,000 to each player of the national team if they win the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


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Cocaine seized OPERATION GOBE has seen 14 house searches carried out across Spanish provinces, including in Alicante and Murcia. More than 62 kilos of cocaine in several shipments from South America were seized, along with €32,000 in cash, more than 1.2 million fake US dollars and cheques with a total value of €175,533.

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

Helping hand THE Torrevieja Costa Lions Club is now in full stride with fundraising for those in most need in the Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan. With a prize draw and the generosity of the regulars at The Emerald Isle, the Lions were able to raise €1,609.36 towards their fundraising efforts.

Algae research ALICANTE Biofuel Systems is leading European research on the possibility of manufacturing adhesives, paints and dyes from renewable sources like microalgae.

Beach clean up DOZENS of residents of Santa Pola took part in a beach clean up and collected around 10 kilos of cigarette butts, plastic and waste.


Calendar boys

A MAN has been arrested in Motril for carrying 100 grammes of marihuana in his car. National Police believe he intended to sell the drugs in the town.

Bad brothers FUNDRAISERS: Groups such as the Pink Ladies support the community.

Pat on back for caring expats

CARING expatriates have been given a pat on the back for their charitable activities. European residents are proving they are integrating and wanting to improve the society they chose to live in by fundraising and supporting local causes, according to a local councillor. Foreigners are digging deep and providing resources for the health service of the Alicante Province, which has not gone unnoticed: “The foreign community is very generous. “They know the situation is

Deeply ambitious

THE La Nucia Spartans American football team are doing their bit for charity. They have just launched their 2014 calendar in support of the Emaus-run children’s home in Altea.

Place your bets...

Alfaz committed

THE foundation stone was laid recently for Benidorm’s new casino. Located on the one remaining plot of land at end of the Avenida del Mediterraneo, it should be finished by next July. It will provide around 70 direct jobs.

ALFAZ DEL PI recently celebrated the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day’s events began with a visit to Alfaz’s open-air market where local groups for the disabled sold their art and craftwork. Alfaz’s Town Hall allocates €500,000 a year for social welfare, training and promoting employment .

BENISSA Town Hall is organising a conducted tour on December 18 for foreign residents to get to know the town’s cultural and gastronomic traditions.

A WOMAN escaped unharmed when her flat’s ceiling fell on her last Sunday in Mallorca. The woman did not suffer any injuries but had to move out of her home while the ceiling was fixed.

Trafficker caught

CALPE was named the ideal site for the deepest swimming pool in the world (51metres deep). The Oceanus 51 group announced its choice of location during the Mediterranean Dive Show held recently in Calpe.

Conducted tour

Lucky escape


Female exploitation THE exhibition ‘Geography and the sexual exploitation of women’ has opened at Alicante University. The exhibition seeks to raise exposure of the ‘enormous invisibility’ of the situation of immigrant women in the world. The exhibition is on display until December 20.



Marihuana theft THREE MEN were arrested for kidnapping and threatening young men who allegedly

very difficult and they want to help,” said Gunilla Herrero, Councillor for Social Welfare in Alfaz del Pi, adding: “They are aware of cuts in the welfare state, so they are very aware of contributing to the maintenance of health services.” One of the most generous donations made in the province was to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), when the British community raised €400,000 in just six months, enabling the purchase of a new mammogram machine. stole 1,000 plants of marihuana worth €30,000 from them.

Boy hit by train A BOY hit by a train is in a stable condition in hospital. The 17-year-old, was crossing a railway track while listening to music with headphones in Soller last Friday when the accident occurred.

Sex slave A YOUNG woman forced into prostitution by her boyfriend has been released by the police. He had taken her passport and documents away and kept all the money the woman earned.

Roof falls A ROOF from Salesianos de Ciutadella school crumbled while it was closed. The adjacent church also suffered from the fall and the streets close to the incidents have been closed as a precaution.

A PAIR of brothers, both with a criminal record, has been arrested in Almuñecar for reportedly stealing bikes worth €6,300 and possessing illegal weapons.

Park vandalised PLAYGROUND equipment at Los Almendros park in Rincon de la Victoria has been destroyed by unidentified vandals, the town hall has reported.

Fire scare TWELVE people were evacuated from their homes after a fire started in a field in Arenas. The blaze didn’t cause any personal injury or property damage.

Driver freed FIREFIGHTERS freed a man who was trapped inside his car after it crossed the central reservation and overturned on the A7 motorway in Rincon de la Victoria.


Hikers rescued A MAN and a woman had to be rescued after they got lost while hiking in the Paseo del Pinsapo area of Estepona. It took a search party almost six hours to find them.

Top Paradors THE Parador in Antequera has been listed in fifth place on the Top Ten Paradores 2013 ranking created by users of hotel search site,

Wanted man A GERMAN man, 32, who was wanted by the authorities in his country for several crimes including violent robbery, was arrested in Mijas.

Body found THE body of a man who disappeared after going fishing from Mijas with a friend has been found off the coast of Estepona. His friend is still missing.



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business & legal

Oil giant set to get compensation

(€11.03 billion) later reduced to $10.5 billion. (€7.72 billion). When YPF was nationalised Repsol lost half its oil and gas production. The basic terms of the deal were thrashed out when Repsol representatives met government officials from Spain and Argentina and the chief executive of Mexico’s state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

Tax breaks call for casino plans GAMING magnate Sheldon Adelson wants more than smoking concessions for his Eurovegas project. Adelson has plans for a complex of casinos and hotels in the Madrid suburb of Alcorcon and the regional government is ready to comply with his demands. As well as a suspension of Spain’s strict anti-smoking laws inside casinos, Adelson is asking for tax and labour law concessions, revealed sources close to negotiations. His company, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) also wants the Madrid regional government to commit to infrastructure links for the Alcorcon site and is lobbying for credit-betting

at the casinos. This is currently banned under Spanish law but allowed in the US as well as Asia where it has been linked to corruption, organised crime, money laundering and fraud. If obtained, Adelson wants assurance that these concessions will remain in place for at least 20 years. In return LVS would provide 240,000 direct and indirect jobs and is prepared to kick-start the project with an initial €9.8 billion investment. The Madrid regional government is willing to grant every Adelson request. It now remains to be seen if the national government is equally compliant.


usiness extra

Spend up FOR the first time in six quarters Spanish household spending grew in the quarter to end September. It increased 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. Exports continued to rise with a 2.2 per cent increase, according to the National Statistics Institute.

Safer meat THE Spanish food industry has set out new Standard Operating Procedures for the meat sector, in a bid to restore confidence in ready meals and meat products after this year’s horsemeat scandal.

Public sector is shrinking BY July this year Spain had 2,547,720 public administration workers. This figure includes those employed by the State, the autonomous regions, local councils and universities. Of these, 1,357,953 are women (53.3 per cent) and 1,189,767 are male (46.7 per cent). Their numbers have fallen by 88,461 since last year and by 142,379 since 2012, according to the official Bulletin of Public

Administration Staff. Bearing in mind that university employees were not included in the Bulletin until 2012, the reduction over the last two years is in fact greater. In the last two years 97,617 council employees lost their jobs, 15.1 per cent of the total, followed by the 66,462 who worked for regional governments (4.9 per cent) and 25,268 employed by the State (4.3 per cent).


STAT OF WEEK A TOTAL of 14,856 house mortgages were signed in September which was more than August but less than in September 2012.

Photo courtesy Repsol.

€3.7 billion claim

THE BOARD of Repsol has given the green light to an outline $5 billion (€3.7 billion) compensation deal with the Argentinian government. In return for the dollar denominated government bonds, the oil giant will drop legal action against the Argentinian government for its nationalisation of YPF, a subsidiary of Repsol. Originally Repsol was demanding $15 billion,


REPSOL: Oil company’s Madrid HQ.


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -9.10 -1.85 -6.00 -0.48 -23.00 -1.43 -2.00 -0.18 -20.50 -1.52 -8.50 -1.07 -4.00 -0.39 6.00 0.26 -14.50 -0.41 -3.10 -0.72 -10.00 -0.76 -0.60 -0.14 0.55 0.20 -8.50 -0.68 -22.00 -1.18 -4.85 -1.01 -4.00 -0.12 -5.00 -0.82

NET VOLUME 335.08 33.52 14.86 22.53 432.13 132.02 103.30 47.77 188.23 660.03 31.75 343.84 10,212.96 236.69 805.48 2,613.45 169.07 101.24



C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 483.15 Admiral Group PLC 1235.50 Aggreko PLC 1581.50 AMEC PLC 1130.00 Anglo American PLC 1328.50 Antofagasta PLC 785.50 ARM Holdings PLC 1013.50 Associated British Foods 2299.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3499.25 Aviva PLC 426.35 Babcock Int Group... 1300.00 BAE Systems PLC 426.90 Barclays PLC 272.22 BG Group PLC 1240.25 BHP Billiton PLC 1837.00 BP PLC 477.20 British Am Tobacco PLC 3256.25 British Land Co PLC 605.75


Units per €

United States $......................................................1.35786 Japan Yen ¥ ...........................................................139.465 Switzerland Francs................................................1.23102 Denmark Kroner ....................................................7.45960 Norway Kroner.......................................................8.30432



British Sky Broadcasting Gr...811.00 BT Group PLC 370.85 Bunzl PLC 1388.50 Burberry Group PLC 1527.00 Capita PLC 994.75 Carnival PLC 2219.00 Centrica PLC 339.70 Coca-Cola HBC AG 1711.50 Compass Group PLC 923.00 CRH PLC 1529.00





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PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 133.51 85.80 35.21 134.25 84.60 122.44 21.25 61.38 93.48 26.66 168.94 80.67 23.84 179.68 94.66 57.22 97.37 49.83 38.13 79.14 31.73 84.22 40.19 90.74 110.86 74.48 49.62 203.46

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C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -8.29 -1.80 1.00 0.00 -2.00 -12.94 1.30 -6.00 2.00 -24.00


-1.01 -0.48 0.07 0.00 -0.20 -0.58 0.38 -0.35 0.22 -1.55

NET VOLUME 306.47 627.56 22.43 69.92 32.78 8.04 1,956.19 6.97 166.81 203.45



$ 10.80 $ 4.36 $ 4.03 $ 13.30 $ 9.78 $ 3.20 $ 5.72 $ 6.43 $ 3.46 $4 $ 8.96

2.10 / +24.14% 0.81 / +22.82% 0.45 / +12.57% 1.42 / +11.95% 1 / +11.39% 0.31 / +10.73% 0.50 / +9.58% 0.54 / +9.17% 0.27 / +8.46% 0.28 / +7.53% 0.58 / +6.92%

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3.34 / -28.97% 2.54 / -12.93% 0.97 / -6.57% 2.75 / -6.53% 0.42 / -5.50% 0.81 / -5.04% 0.37 / -4.99% 0.14 / -4.61% 0.655 / -4.54% 0.15 / -4.48% 0.51 / -4.23%

Most Advanced Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. Mecox Lane Limited China Finance Online Co. Limited Abengoa, S.A. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. On Track Innovations Ltd Array BioPharma Inc. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Solazyme, Inc.

Most Declined Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. Fortinet, Inc. Exa Corporation Thoratec Corporation Fuel Tech, Inc. Sungy Mobile Limited Builders FirstSource, Inc. Performance Technologies, Incorporated RF Industries, Ltd. Curis, Inc. Education Management Corporation

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Croda International PLC 2317.50 Diageo PLC 1945.75 easyJet PLC 1425.00 Experian PLC 1137.00 Fresnillo PLC 810.25 G4S PLC 260.70 GKN PLC 376.70 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1618.50 Glencore Xstrata PLC 308.72 Hammerson PLC 510.50 Hargreaves Lansdown 1205.00 HSBC Holdings PLC 679.50 IMI PLC 1461.00 Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC 2317.00 InterContnntl Hotels 1902.00 International Consldtd 364.80 Intertek Group PLC 3020.50 ITV PLC 189.35 Johnson Matthey PLC 3172.00 Kingfisher PLC 373.10 Land Securities Grp PLC 946.50 Legal & General Group 212.20 Lloyds Banking Group 78.18 London Stock Exchange 1618.50 Marks & Spencer Group 481.90 Meggitt PLC 497.40 Melrose Industries PLC 290.30 Mondi PLC 988.75 National Grid PLC 775.75 Next PLC 5472.50 Old Mutual PLC 197.75 Pearson PLC 1348.00 Persimmon PLC 1153.00 Petrofac Ltd 1260.00 Prudential PLC 1301.00 Randgold Resources Ltd 4257.00 Reckitt Benckiser Group 4888.50 Reed Elsevier PLC 884.25 Resolution Ltd 340.60 REXAM PLC 495.75 Rio Tinto PLC 3228.75 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1233.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 327.80 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2120.75 RSA Insurance Group PLC 105.20 SABMiller PLC 3143.00 Sage Group (The) PLC 347.00 Sainsbury (J) PLC 397.80 Schroders PLC 2446.50 Severn Trent PLC 1749.50 Shire PLC 2736.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 810.50 Smiths Group PLC 1368.50 Sports Direct Intrntnl... 737.75 SSE PLC 1340.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1448.00 Standard Life PLC 348.70 Tate & Lyle PLC 787.00 Tesco PLC 341.52 Travis Perkins PLC 1791.00 TUI Travel PLC 367.80 Tullow Oil PLC 869.00 Unilever PLC 2474.00 United Utilities Gr PLC 651.25 Vedanta Resources PLC 868.25 Vodafone Group PLC 226.75 Weir Group PLC 2128.00 Whitbread PLC 3566.50 William Hill PLC 382.80 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 262.90 Wolseley PLC 3302.00 WPP PLC 1343.50

CHANGE -9.00 -1.00 3.00 10.00 -23.00 -0.47 -2.10 -0.41 -1.10 0.34 -6.27 -2.30 -8.00 -8.00 -1.00 -1.90 -16.00 -0.40 3.00 -2.90 -7.00 -1.70 0.76 -7.00 -5.10 -1.70 -1.53 -16.00 1.00 -30.00 -1.30 -1.00 -6.00 -5.00 -6.00 -87.00 -21.00 1.00 -1.30 -3.80 -32.50 -2.00 0.52 -23.68 -1.28 -10.28 -1.27 -9.67 -18.00 -17.74 -37.00 -5.50 -5.00 -0.05 13.00 -0.50 -2.70 2.00 -6.45 -4.00 0.60 -0.50 5.00 -7.00 -16.50 0.00 -15.00 0.00 -2.80 -2.70 6.00 -7.00

% C H G. -0.39 -0.05 0.21 0.89 -2.76 -0.18 -0.55 -0.03 -0.36 0.07 -0.52 -0.34 -0.54 -0.34 -0.05 -0.52 -0.53 -0.21 0.09 -0.77 -0.73 -0.79 0.98 -0.43 -1.05 -0.34 -0.52 -1.59 0.13 -0.55 -0.65 -0.07 -0.52 -0.39 -0.46 -2.00 -0.43 0.11 -0.38 -0.76 -1.00 -0.16 0.16 -1.10 -1.20 -0.33 -0.36 -2.37 -0.73 -1.00 -1.33 -0.67 -0.36 -0.01 0.98 -0.03 -0.77 0.25 -1.85 -0.22 0.16 -0.06 0.20 -1.06 -1.86 0.00 -0.70 0.00 -0.73 -1.02 0.18 -0.52

VOLUME 14.77 247.85 128.13 161.68 114.56 86.06 196.12 329.16 3,672.20 74.10 32.36 883.84 10.72 60.76 32.78 618.15 34.26 882.40 17.93 392.14 77.58 324.26 23,159.58 6.02 115.92 102.28 140.07 61.80 412.54 21.72 364.33 58.14 63.38 116.26 304.23 29.85 49.95 235.36 121.63 59.41 315.40 253.77 1,088.27 302.89 748.46 126.75 50.83 1,061.60 6.34 43.01 161.87 29.17 21.99 38.61 337.59 201.30 140.37 77.44 2,545.05 42.43 110.76 405.66 255.87 347.48 45.27 4,942.30 82.88 17.26 136.88 702.56 23.05 124.98


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Momentum swings in Sterling’s favour THE Great British Pound started November in a prime position as it pushed towards the key level of 1.20 against the Euro and a 2013 year high. The move higher in the pound had been driven by economic data releases that far outstripped expectations from each sector of the UK economy with services, construction and manufacturing all performing strongly. The knock on effect of UK data surprising to the upside, led to the markets raising expectations of interest rates for the UK sooner than the Bank of England had set out in their forward guidance policy. The Bank of England has been drumming home the expectation that rates will not rise until 2016, however the markets were now pricing-in a rate rise in mid to late 2015. The reason for this divergence is the fact that robust

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economic growth would help to trigger one, or a combination of several, of the Bank of England’s knock outs whereby interest rates would need to rise. As we moved through the month the rally in the pound started to fade, in particular against the euro, and there were two reasons for this. Firstly the UK economic data started to slow and new data releases that came in as expected or below led to a fall in the pound. Secondly the euro was also on a fantastic run and was garnering support from a weaker USD in light of the debt negotiation debacle and the expectation that

STERLING: Started November in a strong position. the US Federal Reserve was not looking to imminently scale back its asset purchase programme. The euro was the main beneficiary of USD weakness as it acquired demand as an alternative option outside the USD and economic data was showing a steady pace of recovery in Europe. However the story flip-flopped

once again following the interest rate meeting by the US Federal Reserve on October 30. The FOMC was surprisingly optimistic and kept the door open for a potential taper of their asset purchase programme in December or January against the markets expectation of March 2014 at the earliest. This ruffled a few feathers and

has also served to raise the pressure on the European Central Bank to do more to maintain liquidity in Europe should the US taper. In the meantime we have once again witnessed good data from the UK with service sector PMI rising at its fastest pace in a decade and almost simultaneously the EU downgraded its growth forecasts for 2014. It seems for the moment the pound is the favourite in the currency markets and there is a perception that the Bank of England will raise rates before the European Central Bank and potentially the US Fed, which is supporting the pound. If the UK economy can maintain its strong run the pound has a real chance of pushing to the next level and possibly targeting the 2012 highs of 1.25 plus.

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Fair play for getting a job Loose change

Vigo knowhow MEXICAN oil company Pemex confirmed its acquisition of 51 per cent of Vigo shipbuilders, Barreras. It will use the Galician firm’s expertise to construct tankers, the company said.

A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

THE internet is a fantastic thing - it allows us to broaden our horizons and knowledge at the click of a button, while for jobseekers, it permits the sending of CVs far and wide across a country or the globe. But this type of globalisation also means employers are inundated with hundreds and thousands of emails from hopefuls looking for a job. And even if your CV is an incredible piece of work - worthy of any position - because of the amount of people vying for the same job, there is a good chance it could get lost in ‘cyberspace.’ That’s why a face-to-face meeting with a potential employer is always a good route to explore if unemployed. One way to get up close and personal with a possible recruiter is to go to a job fair. Human contact is the best way to


Not bad at all POTENTIAL EMPLOYER: Human contact is the best way to interact. interact with a person to really get a feel for their personality, abilities and interpersonal skills, therefore a job fair allows a jobseeker to demonstrate a lot more than is just printed in ink on a CV. Job fairs allow candidates to skip over the initial stages of applying for a job, by cutting out an initial online application, a possible phone screening process and the painful wait for an interview date.

But don’t waltz up to a stand at a job fair and just blurt out that you need a job. It’s very important to be extremely prepared. Find out about all the companies attending the event, visit their websites, and research what type of employee they are seeking. Take an ‘achievement portfolio’ with you - a letter from a former employer, qualifications anything that displays you’re a hardworker, and leaves a potential employer with a good impression.

MERILL LYNCH (BAC.N) bought two property loans worth €80 million from Spain’s Sareb. The ‘bad bank’ has sold on loans worth €900 million this year and will exceed year-end targets.

Bread line INDUSTRIAL baker Panrico halted bankruptcy proceedings after reaching agreement with the unions. A total of 745 workers will be dismissed and the remainder accepted an 18 per cent pay cut.


Baby leave plans are a business catastrophe I DO hope the Spanish government is not listening to the ‘maternity news’ from the UK where it is proposed men and women can share up to 52 weeks of leave after the birth of their child. As the owner of a small business I can tell you it would be a huge blow to not only lose a member of staff, but also keep their job open for a year. It is not just the cost involved, it is the time and effort I must put in to train someone up, only to tell them ‘sorry you have to go now, maternity leave is over,’ just when they know what they are doing. Mind you, it made me smile when I saw people online saying never employ a woman under 40, it will cost too much if they have a child. They are missing the point - the father is entitled to use the leave should he so wish. So I suppose that strikes a blow for equality - as well as a blow to small businesses! Jason Dunne, Elche (Alicante)

Scooter peril JEREMY BARTHOLEMEW may think mobility scooter use in Benidorm is not a problem, but I think it is. I often see people zooming around on these contraptions with scant regard for pedestrians. I recently saw one youngish man (in his 40s) who looked rather overweight, zoom past a frail old lady nearly knocking her flying, hop off his scooter and walk into a bar. He couldn’t get inside quick enough! Perhaps if he walked to the bar in future he would not be quite so overweight. Also can you be done for being drunk in charge of a mobility scooter? Andrea Hunter, Benidorm, (Alicante)

Editor’s note: Benidorm Council is considering forcing people wishing to hire or buy mobility

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I took this snap while out and about in the Mojacar (Almeria) area. By Mike Lloyd. scooters to show a medical certificate or proof of being over 55-years-old. Both the client and business could be fined for not following the regulations. Mr Bartholemew felt it was a pointless exercise.

Ring of truth INTERESTING to see Life’s Electronic Essentials (Street Talk Issue 1481). We used to have a computer, scanners printers etc, but took it to the rubbish after a year. We could not afford to waste any more precious time looking at a screen with an hour glass icon saying ‘wait’! The most important electronic device in our house now is the telephone. A real one with a cable connected to a socket in the wall. Voice to voice is the surest way to be connected. The most common phrase amongst all our friends - poor souls - is “Didn’t you get my email? Well I sent it!” Get a life. Get a real phone. Ken Langridge, Moraira (Alicante)

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problems is Marxism plus democracy. The Russians tried it by the bullet and it did not work, we must try it by the ballot-box - the people’s choice - knowing that if we did not like it, then we can change it. We have nothing to lose but our chains! Bob Mitchell, Torremolinos (Malaga)

Editor’s note: Street Talk asked people in the street which electronic device they could not live without. Most chose computers or smartphones.

People’s choice THE problems of Spain will not be solved by voting for a different political party and changing the government, for they are all of them the same. You have to change the society we live under, and that is capitalism which breeds wars, unemployment, homelessness, poverty, debt and hunger, as well as billionaires at the top. The answer to all our

None worse GARY WAITE may think no company in Spain is worse than Telefonica/Movistar, (Letters, Issue 1481) but sorry, none is worse than the Endesa power company. Their customer service is atrocious. I spent three hours over two visits waiting for attention. On a recent visit I spent two hours in the queue with 41 people waiting and just two staff attending. It showed with their unfriendly attitude. By contrast, the same day I walked into Emabesa water company’s office with a similar query. The friendly receptionist said there was no need to



queue, as she could deal with the matter. In five minutes I was on my way. There is no doubt that satisfactory customer service is low on Endesa’s priority list. Mike Manning, Arroyo de la Miel (Malaga)

Not born to die IN reply to Bill Campbell who offered a very strong criticism of the Euro Weekly News , Leapy Lee and in particular your correspondent D Blanchette ( Letters, Issue 1477). D Blanchette suggested in an earlier letter the solution to the deprivations suffered by children in the Third World would be better solved if those countries practiced effective birth control. Mr Cambbell made no effective alternative suggestion, he merely scathingly criticised D Blanchette’s very sensible comments. The problems suffered in the Third World will certainly be alleviated by better education and medical care, but how long is that going to take, and how much will the rest of the world have to pay in the end? Will it be able to meet the bill? The world as a whole cannot support any further unchecked growth in population. The very expression used by the charities who solicit our help carries the answer: ‘No child should be born to die.’ As for the fact that Mr Campbell does not seem to like the EWN and Leapy Lee, he can stop reading it any time he wants to. Keith Hannam, Alhaurin el Grande (Malaga)

Smug relief THAT’S it, done and dusted! Yes for the first time ever I have actually got all my Christmas shopping done and cards sent well in advance. I can now sit back SMUGLY and put my feet up through the whole festive season and avoid the crowds! Now can anyone tell me how long you should defrost a turkey for? Andy Boyle (By email)

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Friday BBC1/

3:15pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Pressure Pad 4:55pm Escape to the Country 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 Restoring England's Heritage 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys

BBC2/ 12:00pm Autumn Statement 3:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Snooker 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Silent War 11:00pm The Best of the Sarah Millican Television Programme 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Snooker

ITV/ 12:30pm This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover 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 9:00pm Britain's Secret Treasures 9:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Jonathan Ross Show 12:40am Wild Britain with Ray Mears

CH4/ 12:00pm River Cottage 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Come Dine with Me 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Come Dine with Me 3:10pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Stephen Hawking in Brief 9:00pm George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 10:00pm Getting Rich in the Recession: The Man Who Buys Anything 11:00pm What Happens in Kavos... 12:05am Gogglebox

ITV2/ 12:55pm You've Been Framed! 1:25pm Emmerdale 1:55pm Coronation Street 2:55pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 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! 7:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm Totally You've Been Framed! 8:45pm Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 11:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! 12:00am Celebrity Juice


Saturday BBC1/

12:30pm Operation Hospital 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Pressure Pad 4:55pm Escape to the Country 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 A Question of Sport 9:00pm Robbie Williams: One Night at the Palladium 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:20am Bluestone 42

BBC2/ 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Snooker 5:30pm MOTD - World Cup 2014 Draw 6:45pm Priceless Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Snooker 9:00pm Mastermind 9:30pm Kangaroo Dundee 10:00pm Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am Snooker

ITV/ 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover 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 Off the Beaten Track 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:30pm ITV News and Weather 12:10am The Grudge 2

CH4/ 3:10pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Stephen Hawking in Brief 9:00pm Jimmy's Grow Your Own Christmas Dinner 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man

ITV2/ 2:55pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:05pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 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 You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Ocean's Eleven 11:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! 12:30am Celebrity Juice

BBC1/ 12:30pm Food and Drink 1:00pm Football Focus 1:45pm Saturday Sportsday 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm BBC London News 2:15pm Snooker 5:30pm Final Score 6:10pm My Family 7:00pm BBC News 7:10pm BBC London News 7:20pm Pointless 8:10pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:15pm Atlantis 10:00pm Casualty 10:50pm The National Lottery Live 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm Match of the Day 12:45am The Football League Show

BBC2/ 12:10pm The Life of Birds 1:00pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 1:45pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 2:30pm The A to Z of TV Cooking 3:15pm EastEnders Omnibus 5:05pm Coast 5:30pm Snooker 6:30pm Flog It! 7:30pm Dad's Army 8:00pm Snooker 11:00pm QI XL 11:45pm Artificial Intelligence 2:00am Racing for Time

ITV/ 12:30pm ITV News and Weather 12:40pm Surprise Surprise 1:40pm Doc Martin 2:45pm Babe 4:25pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 7:20pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 7:45pm You've Been Framed! 8:15pm The Chase: Celebrity Special 9:15pm The X Factor 10:45pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:45pm The Jonathan Ross Show 12:50am ITV News and Weather

CH4/ 12:30pm The Big Bang Theory 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:30pm The Simpsons 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Channel 4 Racing 5:10pm Come Dine with Me 5:40pm Come Dine with Me 6:10pm Come Dine with Me 6:40pm Come Dine with Me 7:15pm Come Dine with Me 7:45pm Channel 4 News 8:15pm Stephen Hawking: A Brief 10:00pm Unknown 12:20am Neds

ITV2/ 1:00pm The X Factor USA 2:50pm The X Factor USA 3:50pm The Hot Desk 4:00pm You've Been Framed! 4:30pm You've Been Framed! Christmas Special 5:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 6:35pm Small Soldiers 8:50pm Johnny English 10:45pm The Xtra Factor 11:45pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! 12:45am Fake Reaction



Sky1/ 8:00am Conflict 8:30am Predator 9:00am Courtship 9:30am Reproduction 10:00am Family 10:30am Colony 11:00am World Wrestling 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Ghostbusters II 3:15pm Futurama 3:30pm Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 4:30pm Frozen Movie Special 5:00pm Face 2 Face 5:30pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Yonderland 8:00pm The Simpsons

10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm Revolution 12:00am Banshee 1:20am Road Wars

SkyMoviesComedy/ 8:50am Liar Liar 10:30am The Mask 12:20pm The Watch 2:05pm Ernest Saves Christmas 3:50pm Big 5:40pm Liar Liar 7:15pm The Mask 9:00pm The Watch 10:45pm The Top Ten Show 2013 11:00pm A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 12:35am Scary Movie 3


8 December BBC1/ 7:00am Breakfast 8:35am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am Fern Britton Meets... 12:00pm Sunday Politics 1:15pm MOTD2 Extra 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Bargain Hunt 3:15pm Homes Under the Hammer 4:15pm Escape to the Country 5:15pm Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas 6:15pm Songs of Praise 6:50pm BBC News 7:10pm BBC London News 7:20pm Countryfile 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm The Paradise 10:00pm Britain and the Sea 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm BBC London News 11:25pm Match of the Day 2 12:30am The Good Shepherd 3:05am Weatherview 3:10am BBC News

BBC2/ 7:00am This is BBC Two 7:40am The Mouse That Roared 9:00am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein

9:30am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 10:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 11:30am Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 12:15pm Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 1:00pm Athletics 2:55pm Snooker 7:00pm Flog It! 8:00pm Snooker 12:00am Hebburn 12:30am Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1:00am Donkeys 2:15am Countryfile 3:10am Holby City 4:10am This is BBC Two

ITV/ 7:35am Dino Dan 8:00am Canimals 8:15am Text Santa: Help with Hattitude 8:25am Sooty 8:35am Horrid Henry 8:45am Text Santa: Help with Hattitude 8:50am Victorious 9:15am Bottom Knocker Street 9:30am Fort Boyard 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Storage Hoarders


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Monday BBC1/



3:15pm Perfection 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 5:30pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Fight Back Britain 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm Ripper Street 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Have I Got a Bit More News for You 12:20am The Graham Norton Show

Skyfall (Film, 2012)

• Daniel Craig • Judi Dench • Javier Bardem


Veteran MI6 agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) is off the map. After dropping seemingly to his death on a failed mission, his presumed demise leaves the job of boss M (Judi Dench) on the line. Back in London, her tenure is scrutinised further when a bomb decimates the MI6 building, forcing their operation underground. Chillingly eloquent villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) claims responsibility, before holding M to ransom with stolen top-secret information.

8:20am The 12 Dogs of Christmas 10:15am Christmas in Wonderland 12:05pm Surviving Christmas 1:50pm Sleepless in Seattle 3:40pm The Elf That Rescued Christmas 5:00pm Batman Returns 7:15pm Surviving Christmas 9:00pm Sleepless in Seattle 11:00pm Batman Returns

SkyMoviesAction/ 8:50am Jurassic Park 11:00am Batman Begins 1:25pm Skyfall 3:50pm Jurassic Park 6:00pm Batman Begins 8:30pm Skyfall 11:00pm Enter the Dragon


TCM/ 2:30pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics 3:00pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 3:30pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 4:00pm Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend 5:40pm The Unforgiven 8:00pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics 8:30pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics

2013 Sunday 11:30am Sunday Side Up 12:30pm Sunday Scoop 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:35pm Inside the National Trust 2:30pm F.A. Cup Live 5:30pm The X Factor 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm ITV News London 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The X Factor Results Show 10:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:05pm ITV News and Weather 11:20pm FA Cup Highlights 12:05am Red Heat 2:00am The Store

CH4/ 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The American Football Show 8:30am Snowman Triathlon 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm The Big Bang Theory 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory 2:30pm The Simpsons 3:00pm The Simpsons


3:35pm The Simpsons 4:05pm Gadget Man 4:40pm City of Ember 6:25pm Home Alone 8:30pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Secrets of the Terracotta 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Hanna 1:05am Fresh Meat 1:55am American Football Live 5:45am KOTV Boxing Weekly

ITV2/ 6:45am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 9:55am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:50pm The X Factor 2:20pm The Xtra Factor 3:25pm The Little Vampire 5:15pm You've Been Framed! 6:15pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:20pm The Perfect Storm 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:05pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! 12:05am The 40 Year Old Virgin 2:30am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 3:00am The Vampire Diaries

3:45pm Expedition Borneo 4:15pm Orangutan Diary 4:45pm Cagney and Lacey 5:30pm Are You Being Served? 6:05pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:30pm Priceless Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Choir: Sing While You Work 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

ITV/ 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover 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 The Royal Variety Performance 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Agenda 12:10am Public Enemies

CH4/ 3:10pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Dispatches 9:30pm Food Unwrapped 10:00pm Liberty of London 11:00pm Fresh Meat 11:50pm Cardinal Burns 12:25am Man Down 2:55pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 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 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! Trials and Tribulations 10:00pm Peter Andre: My Life 11:00pm The Holiday


Wednesday BBC1/

2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Perfection 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 5:30pm 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 11:35pm Imagine... 12:40am The Painted Veil

BBC1/ 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Perfection 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 5:30pm 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 Sports Personality of the Year at 60 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm A Question of Sport 12:05am Film 2013

BBC2/ 2:00pm One Man and his Campervan 2:30pm Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 3:00pm Cash in the Attic 3:45pm Expedition Borneo 4:15pm Orangutan Diary 4:45pm Cagney and Lacey 5:30pm Are You Being Served? 6:05pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:30pm Priceless Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve 11:00pm Hebburn 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am The Choir: Sing While You Work

ITV/ 3:00pm Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover 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 Live 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm UEFA Champions League 12:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA

CH4/ 3:10pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Heston's Great British Food 11:00pm Masters of Sex 12:10am Tyrannosaur




2:55pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 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! Trials and Tribulations 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Christmas Special 9:00pm I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! Best of the Bush 10:00pm The Vampire Diaries 11:00pm Knocked Up 1:40am Take Me Out2:00pm BBC News at One

BBC2/ 2:30pm Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone 3:00pm Cash in the Attic 3:45pm Expedition Borneo 4:15pm Orangutan Diary 4:45pm Cagney and Lacey 5:30pm Are You Being Served? 6:05pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:30pm Priceless Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Tudor Monastery Farm 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am The Silent War

ITV/ 3:00pm Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover 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 I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Coming Out 10:00pm Lucan 11:30pm ITV News and Weather 12:10am The Kingdom

CH4/ 3:10pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Superscrimpers Christmas Cracker 10:00pm 24 Hours in A and E 11:00pm Gogglebox 11:45pm Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet 12:50am The Best of I'm Spazticus

ITV2/ 2:55pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 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! Best of the Bush 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:55pm Two Weeks Notice 11:00pm The Only Way is Essexmas 12:00am The 40 Year Old Virgin

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Cassandra Nash

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


T was reported with glee in Madrid that London has threatened to treat Scotland like a foreign country if it becomes one. This is just what Madrid wanted to hear, although Scotland’s situation is different from Cataluña’s where nationalists are agitating for a right-to-decide referendum. Scotland has that right and knows what will happen if it decides to go it alone. Monetary union with the pound sterling would be out of the question and shipyard contracts would go. Like Cataluña it would have to reapply for EU membership. Cataluña’s latest little ray of sunshine came from Bank of Spain governor, Luis Maria Linde. If Cataluña splits from Spain, banks like Sabadell, CaixaBank and Catalunya Banc risk failure without European Central Bank funds, Linde warned. The canny Catalans have the reputation of being as careful with their money as the Scots. Calls for national unity won’t change their minds, but bank balances might.

Tread softly NOW that crimes against humanity can be

Little rays of sunshine Time travel APOLOGIES to all who noticed the colossal error of giving November 23 as the date of John Kennedy’s death. If only the Doctor, who celebrated his 50th that day had lent me the Tardis, readers would have seen November 22 instead. investigated anywhere, pursuit of international justice can cause friction between allies. Spanish judge Ismael Moreno recently took up legal cudgels against six members of China’s ruling classes whom he holds responsible for genocide in Tibet during the Eighties and Nineties. Spain’s government is horrified.


Luis García


BANK OF SPAIN: ‘Banks may risk failure without ECB funds.’ Upset Chile over Pinochet, upset Argentina over its Dirty War criminals or by failing to hand over Franco-era suspects. But never, never upset China.

Smooth operator CARLOS FABRA, former president of the Diputacion in Castellon finally faced the courts. The politician behind Castellon airport - the air terminal with no planes - was dogged by allegations of bribery, corruption, influence-peddling and tax fraud. To general stupor - outside Castellon at least - he was pursued in a 10-year investigation that required nine successive judges, four public prosecutors and prompted 20 appeals by Fabra’s lawyers.

The last examining judge to take on the case claimed that he was being leant on from above, but the case was heard last October and the verdict recently made public. Fabra was cleared of all but tax fraud. Of the 13 years recommended by the prosecution he will go down assuming his 21st appeal is rejected for four and pay a €1.4 million fine. Ironic how it’s the tax that gets them in the end, just like Al Capone.

Difficult choice THE PP must soon name its candidate for Andalucia, and will not relish having to eclipse the PSOE’s Susana Diaz who heads the regional government. Both parties have disenchanted voters and corruption scandals, but Diaz has a daunting amount of shelf-appeal.


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Getting mobile with a new ‘coche’ Ric Polansky Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.


E had been in Mojacar for less than two weeks before it was decided that a ‘coche’ (car) was essential for living here. It meant we could get to Garrucha to buy fish, travel about and visit interesting places and just get the hell out of town when people and familiarity became too common and routine. The existing banking system facilitated the purchase of such an exotic item by allowing us to use ‘letras of credit;’ and pay over a long time. Forty five euros a month and the car became mine following 12 years of servitude. Well worth the price for the advantage of travel. Cars in the area were as uncommon as three legged camels. Everyone that had

one you knew personally and recognised the sound of their engine. Travelling about alerted us to the local arid and parched landscape which supported our views that we owned a lunar module. It was all good fun, petrol wasn’t costly and was more than compensated for by the adventures we went on. Every Sunday we went off to a different town to find the best restaurants, bars, seaside attractions and get to know the people. Foreigners to the area were as alien as those three legged camels. It was a good time. Everyone was helpful and unobtrusive. We could go anywhere even with bad manners and get away with it… announcing we came from Mo-Hock-car, which had already become a whispered legend in the countryside concerning the strange and mysterious folk that inhabited the old village. The roads were full of pot holes, some almost two feet deep. They were also encumbered with parades of donkeys bearing their owners to distant markets or baffling adventures of the clandestine kind.




Some of the early sports cars we drove. Night driving was taking your life in your own hands. We all feared being put in a Franco prison for bumping into someone in the dark, but it was a high possibility following sunset. The local people continued to dress in black and thought nothing of herding their pigs, sheep or goats to market in the cool of the night. Naturally the animals weren’t much bothered about where they strayed and hadn’t developed the generic trait of avoiding cars, even with bright headlights. Travel at night wasn’t just perilous it was almost a certain accident.

Yet cultural understanding demanded a man learn Spain’s night time scene as well as the daylight hours. Women, wives, sisters or even the aged just did not roam at night and were certainly rarely visible anywhere following sunset. It was a bewitching hour that kept them secure and at home. Those females that were out were a different class, dressed brightly, provocatively and were noisy, always squealing and making a purposeful scene to get noticed. Yet, it all had to be studied and learned, didn’t it?


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Do you want to be a millionaire? 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


OULD you do with an extra few euros for Christmas? How about a cool €4 million? This is how much the holders of winning ‘billetes’ of the ‘Sorteo’ or ‘Loteria de Navidad’ in Spain pocketed last year; in all there were 180 winning ‘billetes.’ Even the second place wasn’t too shabby, with €1.25 million to help with all the knick-knacks needed during the festive season. The lottery here is among the oldest and biggest in the world. It has run unhindered by wars or dictators since 1812 and with the chances of winning better than other lotteries, most of the country takes part in the game. Of course, chances of winning are still microscopic at 1 to 100,000, but why let that spoil the dream. American psychologist Dr Stephen Goldbart says the lottery “lets you believe in magic,” and that punters believe they “will defy the extraordinary odds against winning.” The actual investment can be quite hefty at €200 per ‘billete’ if you set out to acquire

MILLIONS: What would you spend your winnings on? the so-called series, which are also split into less eye-watering tenths (décimo) of a ticket, sold at €20. Personally, I am already planning how I will spend my €4 million. It is not that I am entirely delusional - au contraire - I have worked out that not having won anything on any lottery, raffle or game in my entire life, I am now odds-on to swoop El Gordo to make up for such abysmal luck in past years. Someone that needs no luck to win the

lottery is the tax man. Yes, with a fat finger in every pie, Señor Impuestos also wants his cut from your stroke of luck; any winnings over €2,500 will see a 20 per cent slice going to the Government. The only question

is which luscious luxuries you would spend it on? A yacht? A pied-à-terre in Paris? A spending spree in Cartier..? The rich man’s world really would be your oyster. It is the ultimate question - only short of the one about a God - what would you do if you won the lottery? If you’re anything like me, you will already have the list prepared (be it on paper or perfectly recited in your head). I can assure you that a significant portion would go to help those truly unlucky. This year, the unwanted mantle goes to the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In case you decide to join me in my foolhardy gambling endeavour, do make sure to keep your eyes peeled to the TV set on Sunday December 22 - the day of the draw. If you hear a joyful shriek emanating from depths of the Mallorquin countryside, it will mean my spate of bad gambler’s luck is finally at an end. I won’t be holding my breath though…


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Who is being discriminated against slowly but surely being eradicated from our Western society. What next? How about LEAPY LEE SAYS IT declaring Christ non PC for ejecting money OTHERS THINK IT lenders from a place of worship (money lenders have rights too you know). Actually I T the risk of incurring the wrath of my won’t go there; the bible is positively riddled gay friends and colleagues, and I do with situations that would be considered non have a considerable number, I feel it PC in this day and age! I am of course in full only right to air my disagreement sympathy with Steven and Freddy, who found themselves in this unfortunate situation. I can with a recent court’s decision. assure them, if I were the owner of the Namely to reject the appeal by B&B hostelry in question, they would owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull that Should be have been more than welcome they were in their rights to refuse a equal rights to share a queen sized room to gay partners Steven for all. together. Freddy and Martyn Hall. The Judge declared, in so many words, that their Gay Discrimination cause was more important than the religion of the B&B proprietors. What right has any individual to reach a decision with such a far reaching implication as this? I believe in equal rights for all. To my mind, this deeply religious couple’s human rights have been completely run-over rough shod and ignored in the face of political correctness. It is yet another nail in the coffin of Christianity, which is, for some unknown reason,


Andrey Malgin_

In closing this subject, I am old enough to remember signs on B&Bs in Bayswater reading ‘No Dogs. No Blacks and No Irish!’ PC and equal rights have quite rightly brought us out of those ignorant unacceptable days, but to my mind there comes a time to seriously question just how far the ‘other way’ can go, before PC equality becomes discrimination in itself. This latest example has I feel crossed that line and the religious views of the B&B couple should have been equally respected and upheld. I await the ‘slings and arrows.’ Another example of what I feel have become ludicrous judgements is the teacher who successfully sued Kirklee council for compensation, after claiming she was bitten by a flea in the school grounds! You really couldn’t make it up. Personally I’d like to have seen the ‘victim’s’ initial solicitor’s letter. The mind boggles. Have a good week. Always keep the faith. Love Leapy. Leapylee2002@




Speak for yourself I usually agree with you, Leapy. But in your article about Prince Charles and Camilla you may have said it but a lot of people, me included, do ‘not’ think it. Prince Charles is a pathetic excuse for a man in all ways, surrounded by the usual sycophants. As for the ‘Royal Romance,’ have you never noticed how Camilla walks the obligatory three paces behind? Sorry, Leapy, but I know a lot of people who feel exactly the same as me. So on this occasion you do not speak for ‘all’ of us.

Joy Simmonds (By email)


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Despicable Me 2 Now that Gru has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. As he struggles with his responsibilities as a father, the Anti-Villain League - an organisation dedicated to fighting evil comes calling, sending Gru on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist.






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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) Letting life get too tame will eventually irritate you no end. Your social life needs a boost which, in turn, helps romance blossom. It is easy to be a bit lazy when things are going smoothly. AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) A chance remark alluding to your past brings a flashback. This helps you to see a current situation more clearly. We all make mistakes and follow the same old patterns, but this time you are forewarned.


1. By what stage name is the singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn in 1943 and originally named Barry Alan Pinkus, better known? 2. Emmanuel Radnitzky was the real name of which American photographer, painter, and filmmaker? He was known for his photographs in which images were manipulated and superimposed on one another. 3. Founded in 1857, which port on the Irrawaddy River in central Burma (Myanmar) was the capital, until 1885, of the Burmese kingdom? 4. ‘She'll only come out at nights. The lean and hungry type’ are the first lines of which 1982 Top 10 hit single by Hall & Oates? 5. What is the medical name for the jaw or a jawbone, especially the lower jawbone in mammals and fishes? 6. What name is given to a book, document or piece of music written by hand rather than typed or printed? 7. What name is given to the standard literary and official form of Chinese, spoken by over 730 million people?

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December 6: Alberto Contador is the only Spanish professional cyclist to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling, and the youngest to have won a Tour de France. The third of four brothers, Contador found his passion for cycling thanks to his oldest brother. In 2012 he was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro dʼItalia after testing positive for doping substances in a control test.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Some exciting suggestions make you think twice about a current business matter. However, it may not be necessary to change but to consider the suggestion as a sort of 'add on' to a current project.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) An exciting project is bubbling away in your mind but may need financial backing. Take advice from a professional or someone with experience in these matters.

LIBRA (Sept 24 - Oct 23) Because you are intent on pleasing others, you may be cramping your own style. This is something that you have in abundance and it should be used. SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 22) A juicy bit of gossip comes your way this week and it is hard to keep it quiet. You must do so, however, because there is a lot riding on it. When people trust you, they are saying much about the relationship.





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Average: 24

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Good: 31

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LEO (July 24 - August 23) You work hard for your money. Make it worthwhile by trying to hold on to as much of it as possible. Someone who is charming and plausible may try to get you involved in a fast-track money making scheme. VIRGO (Aug 24 - Sept 23) By showing confidence in your own way of doing things, you inspire others. This is chiefly because you are at last finding a balance between work and home life.



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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) The moment that you have been waiting for has arrived. A colleague has made a decision that is long overdue. You may be left shocked and speechless.

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TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) During your social encounters this week you meet someone who offers to help. That is great, but ask your-self if you would be prepared to give anything in return.

PISCES (Feb 20 - March 20) Someone will most certainly come to the rescue when your situation changes. Have Plan B ready just in case. In continuing to think in the short term you do yourself no favours. Think now of a '10- year plan'.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 December 21) The rather more serious side of your nature needs to take over this week. Someone in a higher position is keeping an eye on you.





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Cryptic Across 1 Lack of variety in duet Iʼm arranging (6) 3 Priest entertaining extremely bored character from Greece (6) 8 Tom and Anna, agitated, in a state (7) 10 This aquatic creature can often be seen in Rotterdam (5) 11 Trunk from actorʼs office (5) 12 Gallery next to Sierra Nevada, for example (5) 13 Flown in the wind like hawks (5) 15 Sailors going round northern mountain lakes (5) 20 Turn out little Susan after the nurse (5) 22 Factory to design aircraftʼs tail (5) 24 Toddler gets a pound, but thatʼs the lot (5) 25 Have faith in a new Serb way (5,2) 26 Beefeaters drag us out! (6) 27 Ring-road to finish in Belgium (6) Down 1 Boy at orchardʼs entrance for fruit (6) 2 Foreign currency found in a remote part (5) 4 Scent starts a romantic affair (5) 5 Please German sailors with bird (7) 6 Catch a ring-leader taking a break (6) 7 Hang on a minute, sounds like animal feet (5)


9 A fuss about love (5) 14 A tinier change of idleness (7) 16 Drink containing very soft fruit (5) 17 What the poodle wears and plays? (3,3) 18 The Fates organised a banquet (5)

19 Remained sober, so we hear (6) 21 Sulphur taken by a youngster as healthy food? (5) V Awfully eager to have the same idea (5)


Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 2 represents Z and 19 represents P, so fill in Z every time the figure 2 appears and P every time the figure 19 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.

CRYPTIC Across: 2 Note, 4 Kind, 9 Termini, 10 China, 11 Ships, 12 Castles, 13 Ursine, 15 Friend, 18 Scalper, 20 Sepia, 22 Inapt, 23 Nominal, 24 Teak, 25 Wage. Down: 1 Mites, 2 Nereids, 3 Tries, 5 Incisor, 6 Drill, 7 Braised, 8 Finch, 13 Upswing, 14 Naphtha, 16 Expanse, 17 Trunk, 19 Abaft, 20 Samba, 21 Atlas. QUICK Across: 1 Sometimes, 4 Ass, 6 Range, 8 Table, 9 Spare, 10 Start, 11 Stupid, 13 Latest, 16 Share, 17 Pains, 19 Ample, 20 Merge, 21 Rue, 22 Permanent. Down: 1 Serious, 2 Minus, 3 Mother, 4 Average, 5 Saint, 7 Examine, 10 Stadium, 12 Unaware, 14 Torment, 15 Appear, 16 Sober, 18 Serve. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Segun, 3 Brave, 7 Pasaje, 9 Amor, 10 Prisoners, 13 Road, 14 Escoba, 16 Shelf, 17 Stone.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION Down: 1 Sopa, 2 Uva, 4 Armario, 5 Ears, 6 Tejones, 8 Surname, 11 Arms, 12 Cage, 15 Cat.

Unscramble the name of a famous British television sitcom first shown in1998 (three words): TRY A HOMELY LIFE Unscramble the name of a famous London office building (two words): INTERNET COP

Play on Words

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Perdedor (5) 4 Sumar (totalizar) (3,2) 7 Demasiado (3) 8 Pila (electricidad) (7) 9 Estofado (4) 10 To avoid (6) 14 Aplaudir (actuación) (7) 16 Use (act of using) (3) 17 Sheep (5) 18 Deudas (obligaciones) (5) Down 1 Tin cans (5) 2 Humo (de fuego, cigarro) (5) 3 Tail (of dog, bull, ox) (4) 4 Activity (9) 5 Tinte (producto) (3) 6 Sueldo (3) 11 Pulgar (5) 12 Habitaciones (5) 13 Berry (4) 14 Garlic (3) 15 Foot (3)

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 (WOODED) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues. BARRED





















Answers: A finger in many pies, Neon lights


Across 1 Military quarters (8) 5/24 Scrabble, for example (4,4) 9 End result (7) 10 Group jargon (5) 11 Forward rush (5) 12 Actual (7) 13 Calm and dignified (6) 15 Divides up (6) 18 Determination (7) 20 Summarise (5) 22 Apoplectic (5) 23 Journals (7) 24 See 5 25 Fidgety (8) Down 1 Footwear (5) 2 No longer working (7) 3 Worship (5) 4 Enthusiastically (6) 6 Possessor (5) 7 Aimless drawings (7) 8 Snag (6) 13 Young tree (7) 14 Bricklayerʼs tool (6) 16 Lie back (7) 17 Interfere with (6) 19 Monarchʼs domain (5)


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Spears, 2 Deaths, 3 Leader, 4 Scared, 5 Regard, 6 Mutter, 7 Wearer, 8 Single, 9 Create, 10 Wander, 11 Tested, 12 Enters, 13 Ladies, 14 Resent, 15 Seated, 16 Estate, 17 Rested, 18 Castle, 19 Direst



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Making time for the children A recent survey in the UK showed that one in three fathers never play with their children, and three in five parents wish they had more time with their off-spring. We asked if the man in the street thought it was important to play with their children and if they had the time to do so. HAIRDRESSER Anneliese Briffa, from El Raso, Guardamar, does not want her two children, aged 10 and five, to have too many toys, believing everyone is too materialistic nowadays. She is currently encouraging her son and daughter to have a clear-out of their toys and give them to charity: “Children just want your time and attention.” She says as her and her husband both work, family time is crucial: “We always do family things at the weekend.” Retired nurse Irene Carter, from London says: “Children will always want as much time as possible and I think parents will


STREET TALK always feel they should have and could have given their children more of their time, but that’s the struggle working parents battle with.” Sergio Carcano, a 17-year-old student from Benissa, said his parents did not play at all with him when he was a child. He used to play on his own and he recalls his favourite toys used to be construction games like Lego. He thinks it is very important to play with children to ensure a closer

SERGIO CARCANO thinks his parents did not play enough with him

relationship with them. Annie Walker, who is retired and lives in Albox said: “It is important, it is good for bonding and children’s education. I didn’t have enough time, I would have liked more time to play with my daughter. We used to like doing jigsaws.” And Jacqui and Dave Lambert from Huercal-Overa agreed: “It is important to have interaction with your children. We always made time when we were not working and always spent bedtime with them. We would have liked more time given a choice. Kids didn’t have computer games back then, it was just TV.”

Jacqui & Dave

ANNELIESE: Children just want your time


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The Dressing Room IT’S hard to believe it was only at the end of October that The Dressing Room in Turre opened its doors to the public for the first time. Already, The Dressing Room has made quite a name for itself. Owner Lois Hamilton-Jones is so pleased with the reaction of customers who have visited her new ladies fashion store in Turre’s main street, she cannot stop smiling. She told us: “It’s so nice to have such positive feedback from our customers. We have worked very hard to get it how people told us they wanted it and now we can see that it has all been worth it.” The Dressing Room caters for all sizes and all ages, offering quality, affordable clothes. Whether it’s a dress for a special occasion or something for everyday wear or a Christmas gift, The Dressing Room has it all. New stock arrives weekly to keep the rails and shelves full and to reflect the changes in season and weather. The Dressing Room are now stockists of ONLY®, a fresh and exciting brand of casual wear that suits almost everyone. From leather look

NEW STORE: Has already made quite a name for itself. biker jackets, to trendy denim wear and classy jumpers and tops, the range is quality yet very affordable. Even though it has been open for just over a month, the owners are not letting the grass grow and will soon be announcing their expansion plans. The premises are currently shared by husband Marc, along with son Damien who operate their estate agency business, ‘Paradise Properties’ from one side of the shop. “Lois has told me she needs the space to expand the ranges she offers

and so I will have to go,” said Marc. Those plans will be announced in the New Year but we understand it will involve the introduction of two new brands for the fashionconscious woman who wants to dress well and pay less. The Dressing Room has undoubtedly made its


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mark in the area as it offers quality, affordable and inspiring clothing for the residents of Turre and surrounding areas. The store is located in Avda de Almeria 34, Turre. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 10am- 2pm with Thursday open until 8pm. For more information please call 950 468 204, visit m or email thedressingroom

WE go to work in noisy cars, relax at home listening to music on hi-fi devices, go out to bars and pubs crowded with people, go to concerts and football matches… Nowadays, avoiding noise is a difficult task and, without even noticing, many people have lost the value of a bit of peace and quiet. Now a Scientific Committee on emerging and newly identified health risks has stated in a study that listening to music at more than 89 decibels for an hour every day significantly raises the risk of deafness over five years. Between two and a half and 10 million European citizens might be affected by an exposure to loud noise. And Spain is one of the most noise polluted countries in the world, coming only after Japan, according to the Committee. More than nine million Spanish citizens are exposed to noise levels way beyond the tolerance barrier of

69 decibels suggested by the World Health Organisation. Furthermore, the National Statistics Institute confirms that noise is the topic Spanish complain more about. “Noise is the most common problem in Spain ahead of pollution,” the Environment Ministry said in its annual report. Changing ‘in-earphones’ for headphones, trying to avoid the giant speakers at concerts, and using fewer drugs that can damage hearing (like some antibiotics) are some of the best ways to protect against deafness.

NOISE: Try to protect against deafness.




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Bar Trabalon has Christmas entertainment wrapped up BAR TRABALON in La Alfoquia has just celebrated it’s first anniversary under the management of Richard and Ortina. With Christmas approaching

they have plans in place to provide you with great entertainment over the festive period. A date not to be missed is the Christmas Party on

Saturday December 21 with popular local group Obsession Duo made up of Ray the former bass guitarist of Mungo Jerry and female saxophonist

Chrissie providing what will be a great night of musical entertainment. Bar Trabalon is well known for it’s great food and they will be providing

A friendly welcome awaits you at Bar Trabalon. Christmas Dinners on Wednesday December 18 from 4pm to 8pm and on Sunday December 22 from 1pm to 5pm, best to book. Christmas Eve is party night at Bar Trabalon with free entry to a disco with a buffet from 9pm. New Year’s Eve is also free entry with a Disco, Karaoke, buffet and the traditional eating of grapes with cava at midnight. Bar Trabalon serve main meals throughout the week from 10am to 8pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm and also offer a great range of traditional Spanish tapas starting from just €1. The Sunday traditional roast dinners are very popular served between 1pm and 5.30pm with a choice of meats served with all the trimmings from just €5.50 which can be complemented with a

choice of starters and desserts. The bar also offers a range of speciality coffees such as Baileys, Amaretto and Jamaican to finish your meal. Booking is essential for Sunday dinners. Tuesday to Saturday beer battered fish and chips are served with take away available. Apart from Mahou and Amstel lagers, Bar Trabalon has Dry Blackthorn Cider on draught and offer great house wines. Bar Trabalon is also available for private functions and can organise a package to suit your budget and requirements. Visit the website for more information and directions contact Richard or Ortina on 687 098 959 for bookings. Open 10am till late six days a week, closed Mondays.


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Hotel Venta el museo, charming THE charming town of Lucainena de Las Torres was recently incorporated into the Association of the prettiest towns in Spain. Now there is even more reason to visit with the opening of the Hotel Venta el museo in the town. German couple Christian and Nadine who have worked in the hotel trade for 16 years reopened for business in August after an extensive refurbishment of the hotel. The hotel has 16 rooms, which are all individually designed and furnished. They are all equipped with minibar, TV and hairdryer. There are four junior suites with a jacuzzi or wellness shower and a private big terrace offering amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel is in a perfect spot for a relaxing break and a good base to explore the interior of Almeria Province with Tabernas and Mini Hollywood and the race circuit a 25 minute drive away. During the summer months the hotel guests have free access to the open air municipal pool next to the hotel. The restaurant ‘El Museo’ is full of character and got its name after all the people from the village presented their old farming equipment to the first owner. It now serves as a reminder for everybody to see how

LUCAINENA DE LA TORRES: One of the prettiest towns in Spain. the local people used to work and live. There is also a Tapas bar and the young Spanish chef Alejandro combines typical Almeria produce with other Spanish and international influences to provide a varied and interesting menu. Hotel Venta el museo offer on Thursdays and Fridays a menu del dia for €10.00 including a drink and on Saturday and Sunday for €13 served between 1.30pm and 4pm. Booking is advisable for Sunday lunch.

For Christmas, Hotel Venta el museo are offering a special A la carte menu with typical Christmas dishes and New Year’s Eve they have a set menu, for €48.00 with everyone seated at 9pm. After the meal everyone is invited to enjoy the entertainment at the Salon de Cultura next to the hotel. See the advert in the EWN for more details. There are still a few rooms available for New Year’s Eve, contact Nadine on 950 369 531 for more details.




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Hotel Molino Del Puente, Ronda

Festive celebrations - plus NEW Molino Vouchers… IF you are still deciding what to do for the bottom of the famous gorge - a perfect Christmas or New Year then look no further, New Year’s day stroll - arriving in time for some well deserved treat yourselves to a tapas and a sherry or well earned break away two in one of the many in the Ronda countryplazas - this truly is the side, the Serrania de unspoilt Spain. Ronda. If bird watching is Ian and Elaine your passion, cycling, moved to Ronda nearly walking or enjoying 10 years ago from rural Spain, this is the Puerto Cabopino where perfect venue for you they had a very Hotel is beautifully renovated. they can organise successful restaurant. Now they have a lovely country hotel - a guided events or provide maps if you want beautifully renovated olive oil and flour mill. to explore by yourselves. They have a great new idea for a With Christmas nearly upon us, they just have a few rooms left for both the Christmas present - ‘Molino Vouchers’ - if Christmas and New Year packages, but if you can’t decide when to visit or want to you fancy a break between Christmas and give an extra special gift - just call or email New Year, they have an incredible offer of the hotel and they will send a personalised €79 per night per room, including cooked voucher gift wrapped to your loved one! and buffet breakfasts. Already planning ahead for 2014 - how Molino del Puente is a very special family about a romantic Valentine’s weekend run boutique hotel in the heart of the chocolates, pink cava, candlelit dinner… Ronda countryside - just a five minute drive maybe even renewing your wedding vows! from the centre of this beautiful historic For further information please visit the town. Alternatively, there is a fabulous walk website from the hotel to the town taking you along or call Elaine on 952 874 164.


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James Bond films return to ITV and Skyfall to premiere in 2014 Richard Shanley



TV has reclaimed the rights to air the James Bond franchise. The channel has agreed a deal with MGM to make the entire 007 film back catalogue available on its various stations and ondemand. The multi-year agreement will bring the franchise - including 2012’s Skyfall - back to the channel, after Sky Movies poached the films in April last year. Skyfall is expected to receive its ITV premiere in 2014. ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Angela Jain said in a statement: “Skyfall is the highestgrossing film of all time at the UK box office and proves not only the

TO AIR: Champions League and James Bond. enduring popularity of the Bond franchise but also its iconic status. “I am delighted we have the entire Bond library of films on Britain’s biggest commercial channel, a fantastic treat for all viewers.” MGM’s Chris Ottinger added: “MGM is thrilled to partner again with ITV to bring James Bond

home to UK audiences. The Bond franchise is a jewel in the MGM library and we are delighted to share the films with the viewers across the United Kingdom.” ITV has secured the rights to show highlights of Champions

League and Europa League matches until 2018. The new deal with UEFA guarantees coverage of the competitions on free-to-air television from the start of the 2015/2016 season, after BT Sport paid a reported £299 million (€358 million) per year to exclusively air live fixtures for three years from the start of the 2015/16 season. ITV confirmed that a round-up of the week’s Champions League games and results will air on Wednesday nights, with Europa League coverage following on Thursday evenings. The deal includes both competitions’ finals and the UEFA Super Cup, with highlights being made available on and on

mobile. “We are happy to have secured these highlights packages and to be able to bring them to a significant free-to-air viewership,” said Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport. “ITV continues to show live coverage and highlights of Champions League and Europa League matches until 2015 and is the exclusive broadcaster of all England’s international World Cup and European Championship qualifying matches and friendlies until 2018. “lTV also shows the FA Cup until the end of the 2013/2014 season.” If you would like me to answer any questions, please call me on 678 332 815 or email Don’t forget to listen to my show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8FM Coastal & 96.1FM Inland), now covering over 2000sq kms of Costa Almeria or listen online at

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Cortijo/Finca for sale in Arboleas THIS large very traditional two storey Spanish farmhouse cortijo is located on the edge of the quaint local village of La Cinta which is adjacent to the market town of Arboleas with all of the amenities close at hand. The village has amenities such as a pharmacy, bars, a supermarket convenience store and is only a short drive from the large cosmopolitan town of Huercal Overa which is akin to many modern up and coming Spanish towns and cities with many new and modern facilities being the

2 Floors, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 423m² Build Size, 753m² Plot Size, Private Pool, Furniture Negotiable, Mains Water, Mains Electric, Telephone Possible, Internet Possible, Air Conditioning, Close to a Golf Course, 35 minutes to the beach, 2 minutes to the shops. Energy Proficiency: E 225 – 53 order of the day. The property itself is accessed via large electric rolling gates and has a large integral garage and ample off road parking from which you have access to the ground level of the cortijo. The main double door entrance leads into a spacious entrance

hallway area with several other doors leading off, the first giving entry to a large double bedroom, the second leading to another bedroom study with its own telephone and internet connection and finally the third arched doorway from the hall takes you through into the dining room with a feature open fireplace and authentic vaulted ceiling. Also on this level of the house there is a large open plan quality kitchen with a dining room and a log burning stove, a separate spacious lounge with free standing log burning fire and finally hot and cold air conditioning, a utility room, a high quality shower room, toilet and a sauna room with additional storage cupboards. The upper level of the house which is accessed via a traditional style staircase with exposed beam pillars consists of a grand gallery landing which gives access to the three large double bedrooms all with walk in wardrobes, air conditioning and exposed beamed

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€249,995 ceilings. The master bedroom has access to a private external roof terrace which overlooks the gardens, swimming pool and local area. The family bathroom on this level has been recently refitted with a sunken bath and a large walk in shower cubicle which has a glass block frontage and a power shower unit. There is also a wonderful unique one off swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and servery area, a separate relaxation meditation room which has sliding glass doors and is decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, large adjacent stables which has terrific scope for development for the future and finally a fully laid artificial grass croquet course. The property is connected to mains water and electricity plus it has a landline telephone and internet. This is a superb example of true Spanish living at a very realistic price. See more at: http://www.spanishpropert view-property/7258-cortijofor-sale-inarboleas.html#sthash.6pJ MiBJo.dpuf Spanish Property Choice Telephone: 0034 950 615 388 or UK cheap rate call line: 0044 843 313 3639


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Dick Handscombe

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


AST week we looked at the benefits of bulbs and bulbs for the autumn and winter. This week we continue the story.

For late spring and summer. Summer bulb displays can be not only colourful but exotic. For us nothing can beat; a. a patch or pots of tall waving blue agapanthus, b. tall multi or single flowered specimen lilies, c. a pot or patch of Peruvian lilies, alstroemerias. d. a collection of interestingly headed alliums. e. tall vivid coloured crocosmia (montbretia) in a mixed bed or growing as a clump through stone chippings. f. Patches of fritillaries

Bulbs can add beauty to any garden or apartment terrace brightening up glades in pine tree gardens. Cannas can be a success, but they need copious watering to stimulate flowers. If you are a gladioli fan try the more dainty species rather than the large headed varieties. We believe that they fit better into Spanish gardens. If you like to grow the larger flowered varieties for cutting, we suggest that you grow a line alongside the vegetable patch. For the autumn. Autumn flowering crocuses, the saffron/ azafran varieties and the lily related colchicums are the most typical. For Christmas, winter and early spring. In the garden, patches of crocuses and daffodils can even be

DAFFODILS: Can be out for Christmas and the New Year if planted early.

out for Christmas and the New Year if planted early in warm areas. In the mountains they will be later. Freesias and tulips will follow. For the naya and patio plant up pots of amaryllis, cyclamens, hyacinths, grape hyacynths and daffodils. Some factors


1. Plant in well draining soil or compost in pots. Crushed seashells in a peat and leaf mould mix for pots and a well draining high in humus soil in the garden. Within the garden improve the drainage under each bulb by placing course sand, grit or crushed seashells at the bottom of planting holes.

2. Remember where you have planted bulbs in mixed beds so that you do not slice them in half or spike them when working the bed during the bulbs dormant season. If forgetful clearly mark with a weatherproof label. 3. If the weather is very dry, water prior to and during the flowering period to stimulate and prolong flowering. 4. Give naturalised bulb areas a top dressing of bone meal or other organic fertiliser in the autumn. 5. Don’t be too hasty to cut back stems and leaves after flowering. Let them dry back naturally, the sap draining back into the bulb to stimulate growth for next year. Cut back when the leaves have become brown and are becoming easy to pull off. 6. Buy healthy nondiseased bulbs.

7. Plant up bulbs as soon as you receive them so that they do not dry out. They will have been stored by the grower under ideal conditions. This is not always maintained in retail nurseries so purchase as soon as they have bulbs on display. The final remnants in the boxes two or three months later may not be good buys. 8. Dust bulb areas with slug pellets, especially during the dry summer, as slugs and other earth pests can search out bulbs as a source of moisture. Once you have experienced a good show of bulbous plants we are sure that you will want to expand them for the following year!

© Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain. com. December 2013.

TULIPS: Will be out in early spring time.



NGEL and ELENA of the Huercal-Overa Veterinary Centre make up a dedicated team who will provide the best possible care for your pets. They are now well established in HuercalOvera and both speak perfect English. The vets also has a specialist who deals in traumatology and is able to perform operations such as the removal of tumours, soft tissue surgery and other operations. The well equipped surgery has everything to make life as comfortable as possible for your pets. A new machine that takes digital x-rays was added to the vets very recently, so you know your pets are receiving the best possible care and treatment and are in good hands. Apart from treating everybody’s favourite pets such as cats and dogs they also are capable of treating more exotic animals including birds, turtles and reptiles. If you are thinking of

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In good hands at the HuercalOvera Veterinary Centre

Angel and Elena with the new digital x-ray machine.

The well stocked shop.

taking your pet back to the UK they can arrange all the paperwork and passports for you, and if anyone is looking for a pet they can help out too by putting you in touch with people who care for abandoned animals. Christmas is approaching, don’t leave your pet without a gift this year as

Angel and Elena even have sleeping quarters there to stay with your pet overnight. There are also separate rooms for cats and dogs and a private exit to save passing through the shop. There is a 24 hour service available on 663 524 003 and they will be open all over the Christmas

the shop has many gift ideas such as beds, toys and even Christmas hats. The shop is also well stocked with pet food and accessories. They can also provide a grooming service for your pet with a prior appointment. The downstairs area has a hospital area where pets can stay and recover and

Thoughts on homing a cat... KITTENS: Not always accepted by older cats.

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

BEFORE bringing a new cat into your home you should remember that your responsibility should be primarily for the cat or cats already in your care. Think hard before asking a very elderly cat to put up with a new companion. Kittens may be accepted better than an adult cat, but kittens often pounce on and pester old cats. Some old cats will mother a kitten; others (like my eight-year-old) definitely won’t! A very energetic


kitten can make an old cat’s life a misery. It can take months and months for harmony and sometimes the cats will never be friends. An introduction takes at least a month - don’t hurry it. The slower you do it, the more likely it will work out OK. Cats which are used to a multi-cat household will be less upset than a cat which has lived alone. Get a kitten from a cat shelter which will

promise to take it back if the introduction really doesn't work out. A male and female mix is probably better than all female.

Be careful about accepting the local stray into your home. Ask yourself if an existing cat should have to put up with a former stray, who may bully her/him. Also think about checking for FIV, the cats Aids equivalent. In the case of a stray, you can feed it, then when it is tame enough find it a new home.

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period apart from December 25, January 1 and 6 and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in the afternoon. Merry Christmas to all clients old and new. The shop can be found next to the Ferreteria Tapia on the Carretera Nacional 340. Open Monday-Friday 10am1.30pm 5pm - 8pm Saturday 10am-1.30pm. Facebook page Centro Veterinario Huercal-Overa.

Tel 950 616 781.


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Kevin cuts off his curls for a very good cause KEVIN PITT, the owner of the Bull Pub in Albox is certainly a man of his word. Waitress Ruby, who works in the Bull and was born in the Phillipines decided to raise funds to help out her fellow countrymen following the disastrous typhoon Haiyan that struck the Phillipines. The Bull set a target of €300 and Kevin promised to cut off his long hair and shave off his beard if the target was met by the end of the month.

GOODBYE: Kevin has his hair and beard shaved off. Saturday night was his date with destiny after customers raised a total of

€573. After a couple of pints of London Pride to calm the nerves Kevin

placed himself in the hands of hairdresser Jenni Dillon from Jax Hair and Beauty in Albox. Jenni set about the task with great gusto as slowly but surely his long hair was cut off. After a short break to pass the money pot around it was off with the beard. It wasn’t all bad news for Kevin though as he managed to keep hold of his moustache. Ruby and the staff of the Bull would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated.


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Who is this man they call Putin Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


USSIAN President Vladimir Putin this year emerged as the world’s most influential man. He has outmanoeuvred his Western critics whilst returning Russia to superpower status and sponsoring Orthodox Christianity. Intriguingly, the Western media lampoons and criticises him, but this hardly dents his growing popularity in the West. Facebook’s For Mother Russia portal uses images of the Russian leader to poke fun at US President Barrack Obama, yet over half FMR’s friends are Americans. The ex-KGB officer Vladimir is arguably more popular in Britain than is PM David Cameron and ‘whatsisname.’ It is nothing if not astounding that a man born in 1952 to a sailor, his mother a St Petersburg factory worker, could have risen to such heights. His name is now associated with Russia’s rise from the political and economic ashes. President Obama and David Cameron are not the only ones to despair when Vladimir appears. His schoolteachers cringed when

ST PETERSBURG: Putin (right) studied international law at the State University. each morning the eight-year old rebel emerged from his council flat. The youngster was the only student barred from membership of the Young Pioneers, the Soviet version of the Hitler Youth, for his rebelliousness. A keen sportsman, he is a martial arts enthusiast. Upon leaving school in 1970, Putin studied international law at St Petersburg State University. Then, after graduating, he

pursued his dream to work in the field of intelligence. Today, he makes fun of the US for their notoriety in surveillance. However, the enigmatic Russian leader was himself once charged with monitoring foreigners and consular officials. He served in Soviet Occupied Germany from 1985 until their pulling out upon the Soviet Union’s collapse. Putin lost his job in 1991 during the KGB

coup d’etat against then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. It was then that he and his earlier mentor, Anatoly Sobchak, Mayor of St Petersburg, became reacquainted. Political life beckoned. During his tenure in office Vladimir Putin was not to be bought. His enemies conceded Vladimir Putin’s unwavering integrity. Self-exiled arch rival Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky is cited by media as saying: “Putin never took bribes during his time in office.” In 1996, he was invited by President Boris Yeltsin’s administration to serve as head of Russia’s Intelligence Service, now renamed the FSB. Appointed as Prime Minister in 1999 Vladimir Putin became the fifth head of government in 18 months. Elected with 52.94 per cent of the vote, he made an impression by demonstrating his no-nonsense approach to domestic terrorism. Faced down by Chechnya terrorists, Putin is on record as saying he would hunt down and kill militants ‘even when they were on the toilet’. Such was his popularity that he was to later win 71 per cent of the peoples’ votes and had an approval rating of 80 per cent. The West has denigrated this achievement but they would, wouldn’t they. Superman had arrived and the rest is - not quite history.

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Walking in a maze I’VE been told about the Pink House by many friends for years, so I decided to give it a visit, as they are having their Annual Xmas Bonanza, which has apparently being going for 14 years now, and have to say although I’ve been told so much about it nothing prepared me for what I saw. A real blend of east and west, old and new. I was amazed by what I saw and no wonder they call it The House of Treasure, it’s probably the best undiscovered secret of Andalucía. The place is just off the track and unless someone recommends it, it is difficult to find, the treasures they have… good heavens. I really don’t think there is anything you can’t find. When I arrived the place was full of cars, outside it looked like a car park. The building itself used to be a

THE PINK HOUSE: You can easily spend a whole day here. chicken shed, impossible to give you an indication of what’s inside. It’s nicely divided, looks chaotic but organised, as I walked into the gallery section and to my amazement there was a huge selection of beautiful paintings from 10€ to 5,000€ - what a contrast! When I asked the man

about prints (of which they have over two and half million), he took me to another warehouse and you couldn’t believe your eyes, hundreds of shelves full of prints, old and new! I carried on looking and came across a room full of Egyptian Artifacts and beautiful painted Papyrus; I have always been fascin-

ated by Egyptology and have never seen such a variety on display including exotic pieces. When I asked the man about the prices he said smiling “depends on the size” - fair enough! Right next to the Egyptian room is one full of completely weird and modern looking chairs in the shapes of hands and

feet, even a banana! As it happens I once saw a hand chair on sale in Madrid for 650€, to my surprise they were selling from 50€. I carried on through the maze to the other side of the warehouse where I saw a huge collection of items including records, glasses, china, dining tables and chairs from 5€ incredible, there are sofas, beds, heaters, TV’s, kitchen appliances, typewriters and the list goes on! You can easily spend a whole day here. To sum it up, we couldn’t help but go

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IFESTYLE ENCLOSURES based in Antas is a reputable registered company which was formed back in 2005. Their name is now synonymous with Florida style fly free enclosures and all types of insect screening. However, the team at Lifestyle Enclosures have not rested on their laurels and the business is continually evolving with the introduction of innovative new products. They are the area’s leading installer of Glass Curtain Systems, working closely with three manufacturers to ensure that they have a system to suit your requirements and budget with a full range of colour profiles to suit your home. The frameless glass curtains are ideal to turn your outdoor terrace area into a winter suntrap, and during the hot summer months they fold away to be completely unobtrusive. As of December 1 Lifestyle Enclosures have become the official Neater Heater distributor in the area. Neater Heaters are easy to fit and are a cost effective way to heat your home in winter, from a small

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Classic car auction in New York A CLASSIC car auction held in New York raised $62.79 million (€46.18 million) in just two hours. RM Auctions and Sotheby’s, organisers of the event, obtained nearly $47 million (€34.57 million) selling a lot made up of two motorcycles and 31 classic cars, in the biggest motor sale in Manhattan in the last 10 years. A total of 11 cars registered record figures for their models, including a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupe sold for $2.42m (€1.8m), a 1960 Mercedes-

FERRARI: Broke all records.

Benz 300 SL Roadster for $1.65m (€1.23m), or a 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster sold for $1.21m (€902,000). But the star of the event was a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, sold for $14.3m (€10.6m), a record for this model. It is, however, still far from the €38 million paid for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO earlier in October. A 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet, a prize jewel for car collectors and considered to be one of the most beautiful vehicles in history, was sold for $7.15 million (€5.3 million).


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Could it be England v Spain in World Cup draw which takes place tomorrow? DID YOU KNOW?

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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TOMORROW afternoon (Friday), 5.30pm Spanish time, the draw will be made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil... and with England unseeded, we could see Roy Hodgson’s team in the same group as Spain, perhaps the host nation, even Germany, perhaps Holland or Belgium, while on the other hand, they could face two of the minnows. We’ll see. This weekend, 40 teams will compete in the FA Cup, all hoping to make progress and then get drawn against one of the Premiership big boys in round three. At least one non-League club will make it through - Macclesfield or Brackley Town. There are also full Premiership/Championship programmes, the pick of the games being Arsenal v Everton, Liverpool v West Ham, Manchester United v Newcastle, Southampton v Manchester City, Brighton v Leicester and QPR v Blackburn. And in the 4th round of Spain’s Copa del Rey, it’s Cartagena v Barcelona, Las Palmas v Almeria and La Murta v Real Madrid. FOOTBALL - In the latest Champions League matches, there were wins for Arsenal (2-0 v Marseille), Manchester City (4-2 v. Plzen) and Manchester United (5-0 v. Bayer Leverkusen), Real Madrid (4-1 v. Galatasaray) and Ajax (2-1 v Barcelona). However, Chelsea (1-0 to Basle) and Celtic (3-0 v. Milan) both lost. United’s win in Germany was their biggest away in Europe for 40 years.

THIS season all but one of Newcastle’s goals have been scored by Frenchmen. Collectively, they’ve also netted more goals than 19 of the 20 clubs in the French League - only Lyon have scored more.

battered Hearts 7-0. And Gareth Bale scored his first hat-trick in La Liga as Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-0 to close the gap on Barcelona. And David Flitcroft has lost his job as SAO PAULO: 2014 World Cup is to be held in Brazil. boss of Barnsley. RUGBY - Australia thrashed holders New Zealand 34-2 to win Rugby League In last Cottagers sacked manager Maarten World Cup for the 10th time. A record weekend’s (Martin) Jol)... Norwich took out crowd for an RL game anywhere in the Premiership, Crystal Palace 1-0... And Prince William world - 74,897 - packed into Old the first League was at the Villa-Sunderland goalless Trafford to see the final. meeting since 1962 draw. And on the same day, the Aussies’ between Cardiff and Arsenal saw the In the Scottish Cup, Albion Rovers, Union team completed the double by Gunners, leaders by six points, win 3-0, three divisions below beating Wales 30-26 in the last Aaron Ramsey scoring twice against his domestic international of 2013. Motherwell, former club... Chelsea (with John Terry knocked out their Elsewhere the Barbarians whipped Fiji on target in his 400th PL game) came SPL opponents 1- 43-19. back to beat Southampton 3-1... 0; holders Celtic AWARD CEREMONY - The 10 Everton, with another Romelu Lukaku people hoping to win the 2013 BBC goal, whipped Stoke 4-0... Newcastle Sports Personality of the Year are Sir edged out WBA 2-1... Manchester Ben Ainslie, Ian Bell, paralympian City whipped Swansea 3-0... Hannah Cockcroft, Mo Farah, Chris Manchester United drew 2-2 at Froome, Lee Halfpenny, Tony McCoy, Tottenham... Liverpool Andy Murray, Christine Ohuruogu and surprisingly lost 3-1 at Hull Justin Rose. The winner will be (this was the Tigers’ announced live on BBC TV first-ever win over the on Sunday 15 Merseysiders)... December. West Ham defeated ROUND-UP - In hapless Fulham 3-0 cricket, the second Ashes (24 hours later the Test started last night/early this morning in Adelaide... Rory McIlroy beat Adam Scott at the last hole of the Australian Open to win his first title of IAN BELL: One of the 2013... the UK Snooker Championships nominees for Sports continue at York’s Barbican Centre (my Personality of the Year. Black Country colleague Ronnie O’Sullivan was doing okay)... Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen won the Players’ Darts Tournament at Butlins, Jones, Geoff Owen and Dave First was Sean Halligan (34 played recently at Valle Del Este Minehead.... and Rafael Lloyd. points), second Paul Sedge (31) will be shown on Sky Sports 4 Nadal has been named Friday and the greens were and third Dick Hull (31). on December 18 and repeated the ‘best’ Spanish very receptive after the rain, Nearest the pins were Robin on December 19. This will be a Sportsman of all-time, though the scoring was quite Hawkins and Patrick Vickery. great boost for this lovely area ahead of cyclist Miguel low. The Father & Son competition and for golfers in particular. Induran and basketball star Paul Gasol.

Dodging the rain at Valle Del Este golf MEMBERS of Valle Del Este Golf Society managed to dodge the rain having played on Tuesday and Friday last week. Tuesday’s team game was won by Keith Moorhouse, Derek


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He was named as best keeper in the Liga Adelante in the 2012-

Medal winners for 19th Hole GS TWENTY members of the 19th Hole GS arrived to play their monthly medal at Aguilon. With temperatures hovering around 10 degrees and a keen wind there was some reluctance to leave the confines of the warm club house. Most of the players struggled to keep scores to a reasonable level, except Mark Danson. Mark - playing off a handicap of two - used all his long experience playing at a high level to tame the very difficult conditions to easily win the medal with a net score of 69.

He also scored twos on the eighth and 17th holes and won nearest the pin on the fourth hole. Closest scores to Marks’ 69 were a pair of net 81s from Dave Denyer and Gary Grey. Ron Curtis and John Boulter claimed the other two nearest the pins. Christine Dow, maintaining her excellent form easily won the Ladies medal with a net score of 82. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole (Cucador) give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653. Or email gs19thhole@hotmail.

2013 season at the LFP Awards Gala in Madrid, which was packed with top players from the Spanish leagues. The event, televised in 70 countries, was also attended by numerous artists, including actor Fernando Tejero, who was on hand to present the award to the Almeria goalkeeper with



Esteban and Charles put Almeria on the map

ALMERIA’S goalkeeper Esteban has picked up a top award.

Rafael Nadal best Spanish sportsman. To read more turn to Page 71

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FACE OFF: Esteban faces Cristiano Ronaldo. the president of the AFE, Luis Rubiales . Esteban was nominated for this award alongside the goalkeepers of Elche, Manu Herrera, and Real Murcia, Javi Jimenez. The award for the best striker in the Liga Adelante last season went to Charles, an Almeria player at the time.

The Brazilian scored 27 goals, plus five in the play-offs before joining Celta de Vigo in the summer. In the main awards for the Primera Liga all eyes were on Lionel Messi who scooped player of the year at the BBVA sponsored professional football league annual gala. The results for the top

Bale hits real hat trick GARETH BALE has started to pay back some of his price tag with a ‘real’ hat trick in the 4-0 Real Madrid home win against Valladolid. He scored with his right foot, left foot and header in the win that saw his team close to within three points of Barcelona at the top. The Catalans suffered a surprise 01 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, but they stay on top on goal difference from

Atletico Madrid who beat Elche 2-0. Other winners in round 15 were Celta Vigo, Sevilla, Valencia, Getafe, and Real Sociedad. Malaga managed a draw at highfliers Villarreal, raising hopes their dismal run (five defeats in seven prior to this match) might be finally at an end. Almeria suffered a 3-1 loss away to Celta.

division were as follows: Best goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Atletico de Madrid Best defender Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid Fairest player - Iker Casillas, Real Madrid Fairest club - Athletic Club de Bilbao Best midfielder - Asier Illarramendi, Real Sociedad / Real Madrid Best attacking midfielder - Andres Iniesta, FC Barcelona Best new player Asier Illarramendi, Real Sociedad / Real Madrid Best trainer - Diego Simeone, Atletico de Madrid Best forward - Lionel Messi, Barcelona Best player - Lionel Messi, Barcelona Special prize, Bravest player Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid.

Strong field for Forum ANOTHER strong field of nearly 40 Forum Golf Society members played an individual stableford competition at Aguilon. On a day absolutely tailor made for golf the scoring was surprisingly low, with no-one managing to play to their handicap. The nearest to do so was winner Gary Blake with 34 points, with Anne Holder (32) second, Ann

Lawrence (31) third and Fran Elam (31) fourth. Peter Tinsley won the Blue Tee competition with 32 points, ahead of second placed Keith Jackson on 30 points, with Roy Barker (27) a popular third. Four nearest the Pin in Two prizes were up for grabs, and after no-one managed to hit the first green in two the remaining prizes went to Maurice Jamieson,

Stan Whitty and Keith Jackson. Forum’s upcoming fixtures are December 13 Double Par Medal at Marina, December 27, Team Prize Scramble at Aguilon and January 10 a Stableford at Valle del Este.

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