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Hidden riches ALICANTE PROVINCE’S submerged economy accounts for 27.6 per cent of commercial activity. Alicantinos working ‘on the black’ deprive the taxman of €8.9 billion a year, Hacienda has said.

Hopes dashed THE British National Party (BNP) cannot keep the €474,152 bequeathed to it by Alicante resident Joseph Robson. The legacy fell foul of the UK’s ban on foreign donations to political parties, judges said.

Rate hike BENIDORM has raised the IBI rates for the second time in three years. Householders will now have an extra €40 to €60 added to their annual bill.

Unique place BENIDORM’S four-star Riviera Beach, ranked 20th, is the only Valencia Region establishment in the ‘Top Hoteles de España’ listings.

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It’ll cost you!


Emergency calls could hit public in pocket THE emergency services are going to charge for avoidable rescue operations. This recent regional government (Generalitat) edict is particularly aimed at people responsible for forest fires as well as potholers, climbers and hikers who ignore bad-weather warnings. They endanger the lives of the people they call to come and save them, said the regional government’s Interior department. It added: “They will have to compensate for the cost of mobilising the resources of essential services.” The edict applies to all services with the exception of ambulances - at the other end of the 112 emergency numbers. Practical jokers who raise false alarms must now pay the cost. So will anyone requiring rescue or evacuation from leisure activities

in restricted areas; for instance, swimming in a reservoir where there is a signposted ban. Any sporting event like motorracing which triggers a forest fire but lacks insurance cover will also have to pay up, according to the regional government directive. Hard-hitting regulations are

particularly important for preventing the wildfires that in 70 per cent of cases are caused by carelessness, the regional government said. Unintentional fire-raisers will pay €9,000 if the blaze is quickly extinguished but more than €26,000 if the operation takes a day.

Crime rate down but sexual violence up THE Valencian Community’s crime rate fell by 6 per cent last year. A total of 260,000 offences were reported in the region during 2013, averaging 700 a day, of which more than half were robberies. Thefts from homes fell by 10 per cent while both street robbery and car theft fell by 14 per cent.

Murder and manslaughter cases dropped by 37 per cent last year, although 40 people were involved in domestic violence, clashes between neighbours, settling of accounts and street brawls. The greatest increase was registered in crimes of sexual violence with 170 reported rapes, a 21 per cent rise on 2013.


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Letters AVENIDA MARINA BAIXA: Time for a new look.

A makeover for the main road

AVENIDA MARINA BAIXA in La Cala de Finestrat is to get a makeover. Together with improvements to Calle Xalo, La Cala’s principal roads will now have the infrastructure they need, said Urban Development Councillor Juan Francisco Perez Llorca. La Cala’s residential district will be directly connected to the commercial and business area and accessible on foot, Perez Llorca added.

Avenida Marina Baixa badly needs repaving and the existing surface will be replaced with a five-centimetre layer of asphalt. The pavements are to be renewed and the present lampposts substituted by new, low-consumption LED streetlights. Remodelling will include planted areas with an independent watering system, new storm drains and parking spaces. Work will take four months and is due to begin before the end of the year.


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NEWS Old road MIGUEL ANGEL PEREZ based his Master’s thesis on the importance of the VillajoyosaAlcoy ‘Fish Road’. At least 2,000 years old, it was commercially and strategically vital during the Napoleonic Wars. Tit for tat ELDA TOWN HALL will cede the municipally-owned Hospital de Pobres to a nonprofit making association. In exchange, the association will be required to restore the 17th century building.

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Denia’s chronic problem LA PEDRERA HOSPITAL in Denia is the Marina Alta’s only state-run hospital. The hospital for chronic and long-term patients accepts Social Security patients including expatriates from the Marina Baja and the adjoining La Safor area in Valencia Province. But it has very few Denia patients, to the irritation of the local town hall and the Public Health Defence Platform, which has now complained to the regional

ombudsman. Marina Salud, which runs privatised Denia General Hospital transferred just one patient to La Pedrera in the last month. It has not been necessary to send more, claimed a source at Marina Salud, which earlier assured Denia Town Hall that it was committed to sending more local patients.

Chemists queue SIX HUNDRED people have applied for 62 licences to open pharmacies in the Valencia Region.


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Coke protest

THOUSANDS demonstrated in Alicante City against plans to close the Coca Cola bottling plant. Spain’s labour reforms are being used to destroy jobs, they claimed.

TWO men have been arrested in Ibiza after drugs were found in their car as they boarded the Denia ferry. They were carrying 43,000 ecstasy tablets and 430 grammes of cocaine.

Business deal THE winner of a Europe-wide entrepreneurs’ competition will be announced in La Nucia on May 9, Europe Day. Candidates can submit ideas to www.circulo until March 28.

Graffiti blame GANDIA’S mayor has blamed students for slogans and graffiti criticising Education law reforms. Defacing benches and rubbish bins was undemocratic and showed lack of respect towards other citizens, he said.

Jam tomorrow ALICANTE CITY HALL is expediting formalities so that Ikea can start building its Rabasa centre. Developer Enrique Ortiz has been urged to ensure that access roads will not affect traffic flow.


Drugs haul

Build-up COMPANIES controlled by developer Enrique Ortiz allegedly account for 40 per cent of €34 million that Alicante City Hall owes to suppliers. There could be more from recent invoices, sources have suggested.

Doctor overload JESUS PASTOR, Rector of Elche’s UMH University, has criticised plans for two private universities in the province. They had a negative impact on ‘indispensable’ hospital practice for state pupils, he said.


Song contest SANGRIA: Popular with Spaniards and tourists alike.

Cheers for the sangria


EW European Parliament wine labelling rules mean that only sangria made in Spain and Portugal will be allowed to be sold under the name. Companies in other countries wanting to sell similar products now have a year to change the names to ‘aromatised winebased drink’ when labelling them. They will have to clearly label where their variety of the drink is made. The same rules apply to ‘sangria blanca’, the white wine

Quote of the Week You should shut up or recognise people’s achievements’ Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy referring to Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Secretary General of the opposition Socialist party. He responded: “I won’t shut up. I demand explanations.”

version, also known as ‘clarea’. The name ‘sangria’ comes from ‘sangre’ meaning ‘blood’, because of its colours. The rule changes have been warmly welcomed by Spain’s Wine Federation (FEV). Sangria, very popular with Spaniards and tourists alike, is normally made with wine, chopped fruit, especially oranges and lemons, and sweetener. Spirits like brandy can also be added, but for some this would make it a ‘zurra’. However, there is no standard recipe and sangria

can be made to taste. Lemonade or soda is often added to make the drink lighter and in Cataluña, a variety is made with cava. The fruit is cut into thin slices or small cubes then mixed in with the wine, sweetener and, if used, the spirit. After several hours to allow for the fruit flavours to blend with the rest of the ingredients, the ice and any last-minute ingredients are added. It is frequently served in restaurants in one-litre pitchers for families to enjoy with their meal.

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new speed traps costing €1.1 million have been bought by the General Traffic Department. The speed traps will control the speed of vehicles from fixed structures as well as from vehicles which can be placed in different locations when required.

VILLAJOYOSA will host the 21st Spanish Songbirds’ Championships on May 25 to find the best singers amongst canaries, linnets and finches.

Black shoes POLICE have dismantled four illegal footwear workshops in Elche. An employer whose workers handled toxic and inflammable products was arrested on health and safety grounds and for breaching workers’ rights.

Compost ready EXCAVACIONES BLAS ANTEQUERA SL, contracted by Denia Town Hall in October to produce organic fertiliser at the municipal plant, has produced the first batch, from garden waste.

And finally... THE investigation into the death of three members of the same family in Alcala de Guadaira, Sevilla, in December, has ruled that they inhaled a poisonous gas emitted when lids from pesticide containers stored in their bathroom came into contact with water.


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Rain, rain stayed away...


More housing LAND freed once the AVE tracks are moved below ground in Alicante City will be developed over 10 years. The €40-million project envisages up to 1,800 new properties.

Grim prospect ELENA EVSEEVA, a 72year-old disabled Russian who owes €1,600 rent, faces eviction from her Benidorm apartment next month. With no other home she fears she will die on the street, she said.

Outcast protest FEDERICO TRILLO, Spain’s Ambassador to London, is fighting Alcoy’s decision to reverse his ‘Adopted Son’ status. This could be illegal, maintained the former minister, who has alleged links to corruption scandals.

Flag-flying ELCHE COUNCIL opposition party Compromis has said spending €600 on a new flag in Paseo de la Estacion was ‘capricious’. The flag was tattered and needed renewing, sources responded.


TIME WARP: Romans once lived on the site.

Albir’s museum is about to get bigger

LAND beside Albir’s Roman villa will no longer be used for parking. The remains are now an open-air museum and the adjoining area is catalogued as an Asset of Local Relevance. Even asphalting the

plot is ruled out, explained Alfaz Mayor Vicente Arques. It will be an extension of the museum, Arques said, which celebrates its third anniversary next month. The site was

excavated between 1979 and 1990 and has received 7,460 visits since it opened to the public. The museum is now entering a second phase with the villa baths and extension. Access is to be improved and audiovisual facilities added to the installation together with new exhibits and workshops. These will be especially aimed at children, detailing the vines, cereals and olives Participation Councillor, Carole that would have been Saunders. grown at the villa. It was a day full of fun, the It will also be possible to organisers said, but also explore the museum educational, allowing the children without setting foot there, to express their hopes for the Arques said, with virtual future of society. visits via an app.

Calpe schoolchildren launch balloons for world peace PUPILS from Gabriel Miro school in Calpe filled the sky with white balloons on World Peace Day. Each pupil first wrote a wish on a card which was then attached to a balloon before it was set off at the event attended by Calpe’s Citizen

THE Valencian Community had a dry January. Rainfall averaged 13 litres per square metre and was 70 per cent lower than the usual 43.8 litres, said Spain’s meteorology office Aemet. Alicante Province’s coastal strip, Northern Valencia and Southern Castellon were the driest, averaging less than five litres of rain per square metre. Aemet classed January as ‘very dry’ in 2 per cent of the region, ‘dry’ in 53 per cent and ‘normal’ in 42 per cent. Only 3 per cent of the region was regarded as ‘wet’. The heaviest rain was recorded in Castellon during a storm which swept the coast on January 18.

Police pledge to improve LOCAL POLICE units in eight Marina Baja towns have pledged to improve services and public safety. Officers in Altea, Benidorm, Callosa d’En Sarria, La Nucia, Alfaz del Pi, Polop de la Marina and Villajoyosa have undertaken to respond to urgent calls within a maximum of 10 minutes. They will also carry out a minimum of 50 roadside controls and check at least 500 vehicles each year.


Local parties do their own thing THE central government’s abortion reforms have produced unlikely alliances amongst local political parties. A Javea council meeting approved a PSOE motion calling for the withdrawal of the new bill. Spokesman for the PP opposition party Jose Luis Genoves confirmed beforehand that he would vote in favour. “My only condition was that there should be no allusion to the PP in the text,” he said. The two other PP councillors, both women, were free to vote as they wished and supported the proposal. A similar motion was approved in Teulada, although this time with the abstention of the PP which has an overall majority at the town hall. Gata, where the PP also controls the council but governs in minority, approved two motions, one from the socialists and another from the Bloc. In Pedreguer one member of the PP opposition voted against the new bill and two abstained, with three voting in favour.

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Parking company is left feeling the blues... TAX authority Hacienda has seized the takings of Benidorm’s parking concessionaire. ParkControl runs Benidorm’s Blue Zone parking spaces and the

municipal tow-truck but allegedly owes Hacienda approximately €1.7 million in unpaid tax. Tax inspectors, accompanied by two Local Police officers, recently

spent an hour at ParkControl’s Benidorm offices. Four company employees were appointed as administrators and must now transfer each day’s takings from parking metres and tow-truck fines to Hacienda. As well as the company’s takings, Hacienda has blocked other ParkControl assets including bank accounts, sources have revealed. Meanwhile, Hacienda will pay the wages of ParkControl’s 31 employees but nothing else. Benidorm City Hall is considering taking over to continue providing the parking and towtruck service but would have to meet the cost of petrol and other essentials.

Teulada and its Dia de la Dama AS always at the beginning of February, Teulada had a double celebration. February 3 is the feast day of St Blaise but is also the Dia de la Dama, literally Lady Day. For generations bakers and housewives have made cakes in the shape of a woman and this year the ACAT cultural association organised a competition to choose the best ‘dama’. The dama, whose left arm is always lifted above her head with the right resting on her waist, is probably a pagan fertility rite. Veneration for her has become entwined with reverence for St Blaise, who protects against ailments of the throat. It is not surprising, then, that eating the dama cake – made with flour, yeast, eggs, lemon zest and sugar – is also believed to protect against sore throats. PAGAN TRADITION: A Teulada ‘Dama’

Work starts on Med Corridor THE Mediterranean Corridor will have a dual-purpose track between Cartagena and Cataluña. The line will be suitable for both highspeed and conventional trains, facilitating the movement of goods trains, confirmed Minister of Public Works Ana Pastor. She was speaking the day after work officially started on the corridor in the Valencian Community. Isabel Bonig, head of the region’s Infrastructure department was “absolutely satisfied,” she declared. The ambitious scheme will eventually link Spain - possibly as far as Algeciras - with Central Europe.




Knuckle rap

DENIA COUNCIL has fined the Defence Ministry €9,500 for not repairing one of its properties in Calle Jacinto Benavente.

Relic journey The Santa Faz relic will travel from San Juan to Alicante City during next month’s celebrations. The cloth depicting Christ’s face allegedly performed a miracle 525 years ago.


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Down the spout THE transformer on Benidorm’s Mal Pas beach has been removed. It once provided power for the no longer functioning water jet - known as ‘the geyser’ - in Benidorm bay.

Chapel refurb MUCHAMIEL’S de la Salud chapel is to be renovated. The town hall will spend €10,000 on a new roof and painting the exterior of the 18th century building.

Minor tremor FEW people noticed the 2.6 magnitude earthquake registered recently off the Calpe coast. Its epicentre was located 10 kilometres out to sea at a depth of 3,200 metres.

Mayor takes a wage cut under new rules FINESTRAT’S mayor Honorato Algado will divide his time between the town hall and Benidorm’s health centre.

Two close advisers were dismissed last month in line with new Local Administration regulations and now councillors’

wages have been docked by 6 per cent. The number of councillors employed exclusively at the town hall has been cut from six to three. Algado is amongst them and will take up his post at Benidorm’s primary care health centre. The PSOE opposition abstained from voting at the last plenary meeting and later censured the mayor’s decision to combine two jobs. The PP spokesman Juan Francisco Perez pointed out the cuts would save the town AMADEUS: A performance from their show last summer. hall €116,000 a year and had preferred to do so as soon as possible instead of waiting until THE Amadeus Group performs Magic of Superstar and Mary Poppins. The evening April 30. “The mayor is the Musicals on March 20 at 8pm in is also helping to raise funds for “Friends mayor 24 hours a day,” Calpe’s Casa de Cultura. of the Children of Emaus”. Perez said, “and will The programme includes something for Tickets are €8, doors open at 7.30pm. continue to carry out his everyone with showstoppers from Les Call 965 581 483 or visit the box office at commitments.” Miserables, Chicago, Jesus Christ

Amadeus to perform some magic

NEWS Bumpy ride to hospital car park IT’S advisable not to confuse a stairway with a ramp as a Denia driver recently did. Heading for the underground car park at Denia Hospital, he missed the ramp and drove down the stairs beside the main entrance to the building. By the time that the driver, a man in his sixties, realised something was wrong his grey Ford Focus was stuck halfway down the steps. People entering and leaving the hospital stared in amazement as the driver got out of the car and, according to witnesses, immediately asked where he could find a ticket dispenser. No-one was hurt during the incident and a tow-truck later removed the car.


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Galileo stands trial in Javea JAVEA PLAYERS are presenting a one-man show next month. Nic Young’s play The Trials of Galileo, performed by Tim Hardy, will run from March 24 to March 28. It recounts Galileo’s trial for heresy after he proved that the earth revolves around the sun, and also focuses on discussions on the two opposing views of the universe before, during and after the trial. The Trials of Galileo opened in 2009 and has played throughout America and at the Brighton, Hungerford and Edinburgh festivals. Tim Hardy’s performance turns it into a powerful and engaging drama while a good dollop of sarcasm and wit adds a humorous ingredient. A teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Tim Hardy will be holding workshops for Javea Players’

GALILEO: One-man show with RADA teacher Tim Hardy. members during his visit. Tickets cost €12, available on 965 794 937 or from

Fewer prescriptions bring savings VALENCIA’S regional government cut spending on doctors’ prescriptions by 7.82 per cent last year, the fourth-largest reduction in the country after Cataluña

(9.07), Castilla La Mancha (9) and Asturias (8.23). The pharmaceuticals’ bill last year came to €1.105 billion compared with €1.199 billion in 2012.


Car park payment shock treatment PATIENTS at Alicante General Hospital come from both the city itself or are referred from other provincial hospitals. This produces few grumbles: the hospital’s burns unit, cardiac wards and respiratory ailments department are

amongst the Valencian Community’s best. Patients’ families have only one complaint: the cost of the hospital’s underground car park. Prices are not displayed at the entrance and the shock comes when users feed their tickets into the machine on leaving, a woman visitor said. “It costs €1.80 an hour!” she exclaimed. “You don’t expect everything to be free but that’s going too far.” And it is not just visitors who have to pay. A man in front of VANDALS targeted Calpe churches for the third her in the queue who left his car time in a month. after 11am for a rehabilitation The 18th century Salvador chapel was daubed session returned at 1.30pm and with spray-painted slogans for the second time had to pay €4, she said. and the parish church in the centre of Calpe has Prices shown in the security also been targeted. As well as being in very bad guards’ booth offer season taste, these graffiti also affect the local budget, tickets that work out at between municipal sources said. €1.23 and €1.33 an hour or 13 The town hall has lost track of the amount of cents for hospital staff. money spent over the past 12 months on “You don’t come here for the eradicating what it described as “an epidemic” pleasure of it, but because you of graffiti. Calling for more civic-mindedness and are ill or have a sick relative. respect, the town also warned that anyone It’s a lot of money,” another caught red-handed will face stiff fines. outpatient added.

Chapel and church are targeted again

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Used textiles are put to good use HUMANA People to People Foundation is a charity organisation. Since 1987, it has promoted environmental protection and carried out programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia thanks to the resources it gets from the textile management of secondhand clothing. During 2013, Humana collected 60,883 kilos of used clothing and shoes in Calpe. The selective collection is an effective tool for waste management and the proof is that the textiles

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€2,028 raised for Noa TWO bands - La Llebetja from Poble Nou de Benitatxell and El Carellot from Calpe - performed a charity concert in Calpe. The event raised €2,028 for the parents of Noa, a nine-year-old girl who contracted meningitis when she was 14 months old and suffered long-

term after-effects. She needs physiotherapy and attends a special school in Campello. Money raised helps to pay for treatment and travelling expenses. Both bands plan another concert, which will be held in Benitachell.

‘Gest’ concert in Benissa

‘GEST’ by Vicente Berenguer, composer and teacher at the School of Music and Dance Javier Santacreu of Benissa, will open tomorrow (Friday) at 8pm in the deposited in the collection mental protection and also ADDA (Auditory of the Diputacion de Alicante). points have avoided the providing a second life for The concert ‘Musica Europea al tercer milleni’ (Music emissions of 193 tonnes of clothes that would in Europe in the third millennium) will be brought to life CO2 into the atmosphere, otherwise go to landfill or by the duo Eduard Terol and Silvia Gomez Maestro, who contributing to environ- for incineration. will perform the work by Berenguer along with others by Ghenadie Ciobanu, Alain Crepin, Liviu Danceanu, Albert Sarda COMING very soon a Soul, Motown on March 1. The music nights are Soul and Dance music. The ticket and Carmen Verdu. and Northern Soul disco will be held aimed at people of all ages who like price is €5 and the proceeds from a Information, reseron a regular basis at Los Leones to dance in a friendly atmosphere raffle draw will go to the Teulada- vations and ticket collection restaurant, Sol Park, Moraira. and will feature classic dance music Moraira Lions and AKIRA. is available at the School of For information or tickets call 966 Music from 3-9pm or call The event will take place on the from the 60s to the 80s. Dave the first Saturday of the month, starting DJ is a connoisseur of Northern 499 954 or 634 364 803. 965 732 226. RECYCLING: The L’Ametlla classification plant.

Sweet soul music comes to Moraira


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Truancy fine A COURT in Valencia has imposed a fine for ‘wilful desertion’ on a mother after proving that she allowed one of her daughters to stay away from school. The child recorded a truancy rate of 60 per cent during the school year 2011/2012. The facts, according to the judgement, legally constitute a ‘crime of abandoning the family for breach of the duties attached to parental authority’ and the mother was ordered to pay a fine of €720 and legal costs.

U3A AGM donates to charity THE University of the 3rd Age (U3A) in Marina Baixa has held its seventh annual general meeting. There were 138 members in attendance as the group made presentations to three chosen local charities of money raised from their regular raffles at monthly meetings.

EMAUS, MABS cancer group and Doggie Angells each received €350. The general meetings are always on the fourth Monday of the month at the Social Centre in Albir (by Mercadona) at 10.30am for an 11am start. The next meeting will be on February 24.


Romantic raffle

Liz & Rob Parker with Elaine Mitchell and Ann Wilson.

For more information visit www.u3amarina - find them on

Facebook or call Joan Flint on 965 861 226 or 663 637 167

2014 Denia concerts DENIA’S Teatro-Auditorio has launched its latest edition of concerts as part of the Denia-Classics 2014 programme. The series of concerts offers a variety of styles, from Mozart and Martin y Soler, to the picturesque images of the composers from the impressionist and the postromantic era, and each concert has its own theme. The next event is on February 28, followed by Carmen Romero, the star of operetta, performing on March 28. Swing and jazz music takes the stage on April 25. Tickets are available at Ilse, call 965 788 840 or email

SHOPPERS in Benissa who purchase items from now until Valentine’s Day totalling more than €20 will receive a raffle ticket for a romantic dinner for two. The draw takes place on February 15 at 11am on Radio Litoral.

Wetlands Day RESIDENTS of Calpe commemorated the ‘Dia de los Humedales’ (Wetlands Day) by visiting the Albufera of Valencia and Les Salines on a trip organised by the Councillor for Participation.


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Bikers market FIVE HUNDRED bikers came together at a flea market called ‘Swap Meet’ to exchange, buy and sell motorcycle parts. The event was organised by Hierros Biker Club from Alicante.

Carnival run GRUPO BROTONS’ first Carnival Fun Run in Benidorm will set off on Sunday, February 16, at 10am from Paseo de Poniente.


Grand guitar raffle THE long-awaited guitar raffle has been drawn at Vivo! Café and Gift Shop located on the Arenal Beach in Javea. Cava and crisps were served to 20 adjudicators who first mixed up the tickets and then watched carefully as the winner was draw by Tom Clark. Tickets at only €1 had been sold all over the province and even overseas, with €422 being raised for the Friends of the Children of Emaus. The guitar was donated by Guitarras Francisco Bros of Jesus Pobre who made a big impact at the Marriott Christmas Fair last November. Carole Saunders of the Friends of the Children of Emaus was watching while Tom

DRAW: Carole Saunders of Friends of the Children of Emaus and Tom Clark. Clark drew the winning ticket belonging to Trisha Cook.

Montgo Chorale preparing a new concert MONTGO CHORALE’S Christmas concert raised more than €1,000 for HELP Denia and the Marina Alta. The event was held in the church of Pedreguer, which provided the perfect surroundings for this annual and traditional event. The choir was able to raise €1,365, which has been donated to Judith Goodall, President of HELP of Denia. She said that it would be put towards the replacement of medical equipment. Montgo Chorale would like to thank all those who attended the concert. They will be giving another concert on May 18 at Pedreguer church.

If you would like to hear more about future concerts email Jan at

Massage and relaxation workshop A MASSAGE and relaxation workshop takes place next Sunday. The event is being held in the Casal Jove in Benissa from 11am-1pm and is aimed at young people between 14 and 35. Those interested in taking part can register until next Thursday at the Casal Jove. The registration fee is €3 and places are limited. It is aimed primarily at people up to 35 years, but as long as places are available, those aged over 35 may enrol.

Email casaljove@ajbenissa. es or call 965 732 352.


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Elderly bug AT least 40 residents of SARquavitae care home in Costa d’en Blanes in Calvia have suffered from a virus causing diarrhea and vomiting. The source of the stomach virus is unknown.

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Illegal sweatshops A BUSINESSWOMAN has been arrested for operating sweatshops in the basements of two garages in properties in Cox and an old shoe factory in the Baiz Vinalopó area.

More passengers

Peppers boost

BALEARIA FERRIES transported more than 1.2 million passengers within Baleares and back and forth from the Spanish mainland in 2013, a 12 per cent increase from the year prior.

MURCIA’S pepper exports brought in a revenue of around €100 million last year to the region, 41 per cent more than in 2012.

Star attraction

Criminal fill-up A 46-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for holding up a petrol station in Port de Pollensa with a sawn-off gun. He ran away after the robbery but was found by Guardia Civil shortly thereafter.

Mill restoration THE historic mill of sa Planeta in Andratx is set to receive its new cover with the help of the Mallorca island government. The mill dates back to 1784 and is a popular tourist attraction.

Positive signs UNEMPLOYMENT numbers are down 0.53 per cent in Baleares from last month, according to SOIB (Balears Employment Services). Baleares had the only redundancy decrease, with other regions averaging a 2.41 per cent increase.


Top destination HOLIDAY property website VacacionesenEspañ has placed Nerja as one of the top tourist destinations in Spain for European holiday goers.

Man injured

PRETTY: But millions will fail to see Mojacar as a tourist destination.

Mojacar miffed!

Town snubbed in tourism video

By Stephen Lear A ROW has broken out after Mojacar was snubbed in a tourism promotional video featuring international singing star David Bisbal. Three local groups have spoken out and criticised the provincial tourism board after the town was omitted from the promotional video, which was recorded with the Almeria-born singer. First to speak out was PSOE councillor, Manuel Zamora, followed by Izquierda Unida (IU) and Mojacar Positiva Se Mueve (MPSM). Zamora said: “The provincial tourism board’s video, which, by the way we all pay for as members, is generally pretty good, but at least one sequence with Bisbal should have been recorded with our people. Our town is a pioneer in tourism at provincial level.” The video shows a brief image of the Playa de Los Muertos in Carboneras but fails to highlight any other coastal towns along the Levante coast. The IU and MPSM parties went further, saying: “It is an unforgivable mistake and a real shame not to be part of it,” adding the responsibility lies with Javier Aureliano Garcia, chairman of the tourist board, who praised the agreement signed with the Almeria singer. Garcia visited Mojacar when it was officially declared one of the prettiest towns in Spain. Speaking at the launch of Bisbal’s world tour, Garcia said there will be millions of people who will have immediate access to the image of the Costa Almeria. However, those millions are failing to see Mojacar as a tourist destination in the province.

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free judicial service in the province.

Coastal damage

A MAN, aged 50, was taken to the Santa Ana Hospital in Motril with injuries to his neck after falling from a height of four metres while pruning a palm tree.

THE councils of El Borge, Iznate and Almachar have joined forces to fight against the recently approved European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2015-2020. They claim it will harm the local raisin, olive and goat sectors.

ADRA Town Hall and technicians from the Provincial Costas department have been assessing the coastal damage caused by strong winds along the coast last week.

Caring students


Partaloa programme

SOME 600 students from the Jose Luis Villar Palasi school in Velez-Malaga are taking part in a campaign to collect clothes and toys for the needy.

Birth rate THE birth rate in Motril was 10.40 children per 1,000 inhabitants in 2012, a new study by the University of Granada has revealed. This is above the regional average.

Hotel closes THE four star Don Manuel Hotel in El Ejido has closed it’s doors. The hotel which aimed at attracting business people, opened in 2005 and has been a victim of the economic crisis.

Pay out THE Council for justice and the interior has made a new payment of €354.784 to lawyers and procurators who provide a

TWELVE youngsters from Partaloa took part in a computer workshop organised by the youth department of the Government of Almeria to learn about social network pages.

Happy reunion THE town of Bacares enjoyed its annual fiesta El Dia del Romero with a giant paella, the weekend when many people who emigrated to Cataluña return to their home town.

ROBERT PLANT, former lead singer of Led Zeppelin, is performing in Cartagena’s El Batel Auditorium on July 26 as part of his summer European tour. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.

Reopen demand OWNERS of the Tropic Garden 222 in Torrevieja are taking the town hall to court to demand it revokes a decree forcing the club’s closure. The premises were closed in August last year following complaints.

Safer summers A RAPID intervention lifesaving craft has boosted the lifeguard and maritime rescue service on the beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar. New equipment also includes canoes with defibrillators.


Fire evacuation FIVE floors of an apartment building in Torremolinos had to be evacuated due to a fire on the sixth floor. Three people had to be treated.

Hiker rescued A WOMAN, 52, fell and injured her hip while hiking in El Torcal area of Antequera. She was taken to the regional hospital.

Murder trial A MAN is facing 17 years in prison for stabbing a friend to death in Fuengirola in March 2012. They allegedly argued over some money she had lent him.

Dog-proofed RONDA Municipal Parks and Gardens Department has announced that it will put fences around the Plaza de los Descalzos gardens to prevent dogs from entering.

Work accident A MAN, 47, was seriously injured when he fell from a ladder while working in Mijas. He sustained head trauma.


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Early settlers A DIG organised by Alicante University and Alcoy Archaeological Museum has located a Roman villa in the Polop Alt district. It is believed to date from the first century AD.

Cost-counting BENITACHELL’s Christmas tree cost the town hall €360 and hiring the Three Kings’ costumes another €225. Renting the awnings for the Christmas market was more expensive at €1,440.

Crop fears MILD weather has brought out the almond blossom several weeks early. Growers fear they could lose their crops if setting fruit is damaged by February frosts.

No let-up to weevil threat in Alicante DISEASED palm trees are now so common that the public hardly notices them. The ‘palmereros’ specialists who prune and lop palms - are less sanguine about the plague of weevils devastating Alicante Province’s palm trees in recent years. The weevils are particularly feared in Elche, famous for the palm groves first planted by the Moors. “Palms are piled up beside groves that are free of the insects. If they don’t take them away soon the plague will spread,” warned a local expert. The town hall is responsible for the cost

SPECIALIST JOB: A ‘palmerero’ at work of felling, collecting and disposing of weevilaffected trees within a five-kilometre radius of the town centre. Beyond this perimeter it is Tragsa’s job to remove them. The authorities are

slow to act and the publicly-owned company Tragsa takes too long to remove infected trees once they are felled. This gives the weevils the chance to attack healthy trees, insiders said. Cost is a major part of

the problem. Tragsa does not charge to remove felled palms, but a private company charges up to €60 per tree, a price that is too high for many owners,” the ‘palmereros’ have claimed.

NEWS Avenida plans put on hold PLANS to pedestrianise Altea’s Avenida Jaime I have been put on hold. The financial crisis is ending and it is essential for the town to meet increased demand with an attractive shopping centre, argued Mayor Miguel Ortiz. A €300,000 sum was allocated in this year’s budget for the shopping precinct, which the town hall believes will tempt back thousands of residents in the Sierra Altea urbanisations as well as visitors. Business-owners in Jaime I are unconvinced and have opposed the plan from the outset on the grounds that this is not the best moment for experimentation. After a recent three-hour meeting with Ortiz, the mayor agreed to suspend the scheme. “We must now decide amongst us all what is best,” he said.


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business & legal

Electricity shock ELECTRICITY prices averaged €63.64 per megawatt per hour (MWh) in Spain last December. This was the price charged on the ‘spot market’ where electricity is bought or sold for immediate or almost immediate delivery. This was 78 per cent dearer than Germany’s €35.75 average and double the €32.66 charged by Noordpool in Northern Europe.

France’s electricity was 28 per cent cheaper than in Spain although Portugal’s electricity prices, practically inseparable from Spain’s, averaged €62.99 MWh. Last December’s rise was caused by high wholesale market prices where electricity is traded between generators and suppliers. This was decisive in increases planned for January until the Spanish government annulled the rise.

De Guindos ever so chipper LUIS DE GUINDOS, Spain’s Economy Minister, was chipper after his recent Brussels visit. Spain’s economy is set to expand in 2014 by nearly double the forecast 0.7 per cent, De Guindos told an Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) meeting. “This will be the first time in six years that we’ll have growth of almost 1 per cent,” he said. He also predicted net creation of employment over the next few quarters, despite analysts’ doubts. This was one of the questions De Guindos faced in the European parliament. How could

he talk of improvement, he was asked, when the unemployment rate was so high? He was confident, the minister answered, of creating net employment but acknowledged that Spain was on “a long and difficult road” with many obstacles. Principal amongst them was the country’s 26 per cent unemployment although the government’s labour reforms were getting results, he insisted, and Spain had become ‘very competitive.’ “Spain is now part of the solution, it’s no longer the problem,” De Guindos said when talking to the media at the end of the meeting.


usiness extra

Turnaround for Bair FORMER US regulator Sheila Bair replaced Lord Burns as an independent director on the Santander board. In the past she has criticised regulators who later accepted posts with big banks.

Small gains BANCO POPULAR has paid a dividend for the first time since 2012. Investors received €0.04 per share and were given the choice of receiving cash or more shares.

Fruitful career moves SPAIN might be beset by unemployment, but there are still good jobs around. The best are currently found in engineering, manufacturing and production. Sales, IT and health are also contenders, according to a report from international recruitment and employment agency Adecco

Professional. Experienced credit risk portfolio analysts who assess investment options earn between €60,000 and €80,000 a year gross, Adecco said. Market Access and Health, studying the function of lobby groups in the pharmaceutical sector, earn slightly less on €50,000 to €75,000 a year gross.

ELECTRICITY: Pricey in Spain for power.



STAT OF WEEK NEW mortgages fell by 27 per cent last year, accumulating a 43-month descent. A total of €1.48 billion was lent last year, a 26 per cent reduction on 2012.


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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Man PLC 384.35 Admiral Group PLC 1442.00 Aggreko PLC 1550.00 AMEC PLC 1037.00 Anglo American PLC 1423.00 Antofagasta PLC 860.00 ARM Holdings PLC 919.50 Ashtead Group PLC 788.00 Associated B Fo PLC 2690.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3881.25 Aviva PLC 439.85 Babcock Intl G... 1377.00 BAE Systems PLC 424.70 Barclays PLC 267.77 BG Group PLC 1041.25 BHP Billiton PLC 1794.25 BP PLC 474.42 British American T PLC 2919.50

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The UK recovery gathers momentum THE UK recovery is powering ahead and the pace of its recovery has even surprised the Bank of England (BoE). At the end of January 2014, a Reuters poll showed that unemployment had fallen much quicker than expected to 7.1 per cent. The numbers have come as a shock to the BoE, which predicted last August that it could be early 2016 before the jobless rate hit 7 per cent. BoE Governor Mark Carney always said the 7 per cent level in unemployment was not an automatic trigger for an interest rate hike but some commentators are now expecting that he would need to lower the threshold or add wage growth to the equation to hold off a rate rise. Carney commented in Davos as the World Economic Forum was under way, that the UK economy has not reached “escape velocity”

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yet and that this should help reassure British business that the path of interest rates will be consistent with a sustained recovery and a more balanced demand. The pound has performed extremely well so far and remains one of the best performing currencies across the major pairs. Sterling has closely reflected the UK’s improving economic environment and as of last year, Sterling became one of the hottest currencies to watch in 2014. UK GDP data released at the end of January recorded another strong result rising to 0.7 per cent quarter on quarter and

ONE TO WATCH: Sterling one of the hottest currencies in 2014. annualised growth of 2.8 per cent, which will make the UK one of the best among the G-10 economies. In spite of the strong numbers, as the GDP data hit the wire, Sterling sold off instead of rallying as the whisper number was 0.9 per cent, which shows that the market now carries very high expectations for UK growth. As the UK continues to grow, the picture is improving in the

Eurozone. The single currency area growth prospects are definitely more subdued and the performance of currencies has everything to do with expectations. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) ongoing concerns about the “downside risks” to growth led many investors to believe that Eurozone data might still disappoint but the purchasing

managers index (PMI) data in January showed that the Eurozone business got off to a much better start this year than expected. Stronger growth across the region was only let down by a lingering downturn in France. The result was healthily over the 50 mark that shows growth and it was also the highest reading since mid-2011 and beat all the forecasts in a Reuters poll of 25 economists. One area of concern that could potentially weigh on the euro is the ongoing threat of deflation. This could force the ECB to act more aggressively to counter deflationary pressures and this could weaken the single currency moving forward. There is reason to be optimistic, but one cannot escape the question; is the good news likely to last?

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Time to manage marine resources in order to safeguard global food security MAJOR changes in how the planet’s marine resources are managed and used are needed to safeguard global food security and ensure the well-being

of coastal and island countries. That is according to Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Jose

Graziano da Silva. Speaking at the recent Blue Economy Summit in Abu Dhabi, he said: “We cannot keep using marine and aquatic resources as if they

A CHILL wind seems to be blowing through the Spanish football transfer window. It has ground to a halt as memories of hundreds of millions of euros worth of deals are a thing of the past. No deals for more than €1.5 million - peanuts in the football world - have been made. The reason for that seems quite clear - moneybags clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona who have negotiated themselves the lion’s share of TV rights’ money - are happy with their summer spending. The rest of the clubs in the Primera

Liga don’t have any money. The effects of strict economic controls and constraints on spending have now kicked in. Not only do the smaller clubs (in Spain every club except Real Madrid and Barcelona) not earn the hard cash of the big two, they cannot raise the finance to buy new players without falling foul of UEFA rules. These rules saw Malaga banned from European football. In sharp contrast, in the English Premier League big deals are still being made. Juan Mata’s move to

Manchester United from Chelsea cost €44 million. The difference between the two leagues is a more equitable sharing of the TV rights’ money amongst all clubs, so allowing them the income to compete in the transfer market without falling foul of the rules. In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona simply cut off the rest of the clubs without so much as a backward glance. The financial gulf makes it hard to see how any other clubs can break the duoply at the top of Spanish football.

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were endless. And we cannot keep using our oceans as a waste pool.” Serious threats to ocean health such as pollution, overfishing, and altered weather and rising sea levels resulting from climate change must be tackled in earnest starting now - argued the FAO’s chief executive to a collection of heads of state, environment and fisheries ministers, and other key stakeholders. “The health of our planet itself, our health and food security, depends on how we treat the blue world,” he said. On average, nearly 17 per cent of animal protein consumed worldwide comes from fisheries and aquaculture, and in many small island developing states the figure is much higher. But 30 per cent of world fish stocks are estimated to be overexploited, depleted or recovering from depletion, with economic losses in marine fisheries resulting from poor management, inefficiencies, and overfishing adding up to $50 billion per year, FAO studies show.


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Is our financial future going to be based on child’s play? DO you remember what toy you loved to play with as a child? Was it a doll? A kitchen set or a truck? According to a new and lively debate surfacing over children’s toys, what a child plays with could influence their future prospects in the job market. I remember being obsessed with any sort of craft, especially beading necklaces or making clothes. I didn’t, however, grow up to work in fashion. My brother was fanatical about his toy soldiers and he now earns a living valuing property. So just because a child plays with Lego or a train set or a tea set, it doesn’t necessarily mean those kids will grow up to be builders, train drivers or waiters, does it? According to a British Education Minister, some psychologists and other supporters for the argument, toy marketing exploits gender stereotypes, pushing dolls, cookery sets and pink princesses

Loose change A look at finance for females

VODAFONE and Liberty Global are both showing interest in Spain’s ONO with a view to extending their cable offer. An announcement is expected within the next few weeks, sources said.

MORE than 340,000 workers were laid off between January and November 2013. Year on year, the 19,646 redundancy plans announced during this period fell by 21.9 per cent.

GIRLS’ TOYS: Dolls, cookery sets and pink princesses. towards girls, and action men style dolls, construction kits and racing cars towards boys. Official government figures in the UK reveal that more than 80 per cent of science, research, engineering and technology professionals are male. Whereas, 82 per cent of those in care, leisure and other services are women, with 78 per cent of administrative and secretarial workers being female too.

Bad quarter Studies on the matter have shown that traditionally boys were given toys that involve action, construction and machinery, while girls were directed towards dolls and perceived ‘feminine’ interests, like hairdressing. The message being that boys should be making

Q. The terrace of the apartment which is above mine covers a large part of my You and the ceilings. Water seeps through when it rains hard, as it did last winter. Law in Spain On advice from the administrator, my By David Searl ceiling was repaired and repainted and was paid for by the community. Now we are discussing repairs to the above terrace which should be carried out before any further damage is done. I am informed by the administrator that, as the terrace also acts as my roof, it is a common area. He agrees that the repairs should be done, but the president does not agree and therefore will not sanction any repairs. He intends to wait until our AGM next October. So my understanding is that where a terrace forms a roof to another apartment, then it is a Common Element according to ‘The Spanish Law of Horizontal Property’. Is this correct? F.T. (Costa del Sol) has the ‘uso exclusivo’ of its terrace. In any dispute, the Spanish courts’ rule means individual owners are also responsible for the maintenance of their terraces, not the community. It is not in the law, it is jurisprudence. So your

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If roof terrace leaks, who will fix it?

A. Yes, the terraces which form the roofs of flats below are considered as Common Elements of the community. This means on the face of it, that the community is responsible to pay for damages and repairs. However, each flat


upstairs neighbour can be held liable to fix his own terrace or pay for damage.

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things and problem solving and girls, caring and nurturing. It’s all banter at the moment, but some shops are taking it seriously. In fact, Marks and Spencer, and London toy store Hamleys have scrapped ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ labels.

BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA) lost €849 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That was less than expected as gains in Latin America offset a write down in its Chinese assets as it reduced its stake in China Citic Bank Corp.

Black economy getting stronger THERE has been a resurgence in the black economy over the last few years according to the Ministry of Finance (Gestha). In its latest report Gestha calculated the black economy to be worth €253 billion, that is nearly a quarter (24.6 per cent) of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2008, at the start of the crisis, the figure was an estimated €60 billion less. The report, called ‘The Underground Economy Takes its Toll. The Increase in Fraud during the crisis’ highlights that it is smaller business which is more likely to operate in the black economy. It said: “The underground economy has increased, particularly in the regions most affected by the problem of unemployment and the bursting of the property bubble, such as Andalucia, the Canaries, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha and other

regions in the central belt.” As fraud increased between 2008 and 2012 areas with concentrations of big business, national and international, have been least affected. Those areas include Madrid, Barcelona Tarragona and La Rioja. But the fact big businesses in those areas tend to be above board, does not necessarily mean a bigger tax take. Many international companies can take advantage of financial instruments to pay their tax in countries like Ireland and Luxembourg, so the Spanish taxman loses out anyway. The report does not include figures from the Basque Country, Navarre and Ceuta and Melilla, which have different tax systems.


Cruel dog owners must be punished AGAIN the subject of mistreatment of dogs has raised its ugly head. I am the proud owner of two abandoned dogs which I walk on a daily basis. I often feed stray dogs that wander the campo, and know of several animals that are chained up 24/7. Many are left to protect derelict properties, and only receive a visit from the owner to be fed and watered when they feel like it. I know we do not have the right to tell the Spanish how to conduct their way of life, but when you are an animal lover, you cannot ignore such cruelty. Yes, there are many foreigners who are also cruel to animals, and they should be dealt with accordingly. Many Spaniards love and look after their animals, but there are many that regard an animal as a necessity only. Once they are past their usefulness, they are either abandoned or disposed of. The local vets deal with cruelty on a regular basis, but they are limited to what they can accomplish. What I would like to see is the authorities - Guardia Civil and Local Police - made to implement the existing laws, and fine these ignorant, cruel owners. Animals feel pain, get bored, and need regular exercise the same as humans. They are loyal, give affection to their owners, and only ask to be fed, watered, exercised, and given a bed and shelter. What condition are these poor dogs in, being chained up 24/7? Have they had yearly injections? If anyone out there can offer advice on how to tackle this ongoing problem, it would be most appreciated. Dave Turre (Almeria)

Right attitude IT is heartening to read that Spanish workers actually want to work (Almeria, Issue 1491). In France, the Junta’s decision to drastically restrict opening times at the Alcazaba in the summer would be seen as a triumph for the working man, i.e. no work! The French favourite.

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Pradera. And I’m almost 80 years old! Lack of education and development? No, because what an absolute delight to have discovered her voice! Of course she’s good! Magnificent! She won’t replace Amalia or Edith in my mind, but she will surely add to it! Thank you for having brought her to my attention through the letter from John Westwood (Issue 1491). Antonio Michel (By email)

A sad farewell

SOMEWHERE over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. This photo was taken from Casa de las Hijas, Competa (Malaga). William Glen Bourne (By email) The Alcazaba in Almeria is a great place and it is sad the Junta fails to recognise its overall importance. It is never just about the money but we have been so conditioned to accepting money as the god that we have lost sight of other, more important, things. I hope the workers can make the Junta appreciate that fact and encourage them to become more creative in their thinking. John Gardner (via

Sound idea I WAS intrigued by the article in last week’s paper ‘Quiet’ awnings tested’ (Costa del Sol Issue 1491) in a bid to reduce noise levels emanating from bar and restaurant terraces. If it works, what a brilliant idea! The article said that after testing various materials, such awnings could be made compulsory. But why stop there? They should also be made compulsory for apartment blocks, especially during the summer, when the hordes descend and sit

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out all night partying, oblivious to the fact that some of us are not on holiday and have to get up for work in the morning. I am not a killjoy and like to see people enjoying themselves, so it would be the best of both worlds if the night owls could be cocooned in these sound-proof canopies and party to their hearts’ content, while the rest of still get a good night’s sleep. Jane Morrison (By email)

Bad name I HAVE two friends who live in the Axarquia, having bought their

house legally. They pay their taxes and put money into the Spanish community. Now they are worried sick that they could be at risk of having their house demolished. Something needs to be done to help all these people. Who would want to move to Spain if they demolish all those houses? It would give Spain a terrible name. Sheila (via Editor's note: The EWN reported that locals feared 17 homes could be demolished after they were declared illegal by the Junta de Andalucia regional government. They were built with town hall permits. Potentially, thousands more homes could be affected.

New discovery EDITH PIAF, indeed Amalia Rodriques, were singers in their own right, both magnificent in their genre, with voices one can love for life. Unfortunately, I had not ever heard of Maria Dolores

ALTHOUGH maybe many readers will not know who Luis Aragones was, I am writing these lines in loving memory of a great man who sadly succumbed to leukaemia last Saturday morning. He was the man who converted the Spanish international football team into the all-conquering squad feared by all other footballing nations today. Until Aragones, the Spanish national team had never had success in international competition. It was a standing joke to say ‘Let’s see who will eliminate Spain in the quarter finals,’ but this man changed all that. On taking over the team in 2004, he defied the know-alls of the Spanish media by leaving out the sacred cows Raul Gonzalez and Guti, the two favoured players from Real Madrid, and giving a chance to a new generation of talented youngsters. Pîlloried by the national media, Luis stuck to his guns and persevered with his young squad. Defeat in the 2006 World Cup in the first round of the last 16 had the press baying in unison for his immediate removal from the post. Through it all Luis Aragones stuck to his guns, nurtured his budding young talents to develop their own style of play previously quite unknown in international football. After the stunning victory over Germany in the final of the European Cup, 2008, Luis, by now sick of the criticism from the media even though finally vindicated by success, stood down from the post. Rest in Peace, Luis Aragones. Your true worth is apreciated by the real football fans throughout the entire world. Jonathan Allso, Valencia

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Ja'mie: Private School Girl (Sitcom) BBC 3 from 11:00pm to 11:30pm Australian comedy series. Ja'mie King has big plans for her last three months as queen bee of Hillford Girls Grammar, setting her sights on winning both the prestigious Hillford Medal for the Best Girl in Year 12 and snagging Mitchell, the best-looking new guy at nearby Kelton Boys Grammar.

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Interest Rates To Remain Low - Bank of England Could UK interest rates rise this year? There has been speculation about the possibility since unemployment figures fell faster than expected. However the Bank of England responded by saying that rates will remain “well below historic norms” in the medium term. The Bank of England (BoE) base rate has been held at 0.5% for 58 months now, benefiting borrowers but harming savers. The new BoE governor, Mark Carney, broke with tradition in August by issuing forward guidance to reassure businesses and homeowners. He announced a policy where the Bank would not consider raising interest rates until the headline rate of unemployment fell to 7%, which they expected to be in 2016. Unemployment has since fallen faster than expected, hitting 7.1% at the end of November, according to data released on 22nd January. This led the media, the markets and some economists to speculate that we could

By Neil Jenkins, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

see a rate rise in the near future. However, many other economists dismissed talk of an imminent rise as it would be too harmful to the economic recovery. The Bank itself had reiterated since August that the 7% target would not automatically trigger a rate rise, but rather a discussion on the possibility of one. Following the release of the unemployment data, Mr Carney

quickly stepped in to reassure businesses there would be no immediate rise. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 24th January, he said there is still some way to go to recover from the financial crisis. This means rates are likely to remain “well below historic norms” in the medium term, even as the economy recovers. Even though unemployment is falling, the economic recovery has not yet reached “escape velocity”, and many of the headwinds holding the economy back will remain for some time. The Governor promised business leaders that the degree of stimulus would remain “exceptional for some time,” and that the path of interest rates would be consistent with a sustained recovery. Inflation fell below the Bank’s target of 2% in December for the first time since November 2009, allowing interest rates to remain

low even though the economy is growing. Mr Carney also implied that the Bank will drop the simple link between interest rates and unemployment, and focus on a broader range of economic indicators. The minutes of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s latest meeting, released on 22nd January, also clearly stated: “Members therefore saw no immediate need to raise Bank Rate even if the 7% unemployment threshold were to be reached in the near future… When the time did come to raise Bank Rate, it would be appropriate to do so only gradually.” Although savers will be the ones to suffer again, the Bank will put the needs of the general economy first. With the economic recovery still fragile, it is risky to raise borrowing costs, including mortgage interest payments. Resolution Foundation, a UK thinktank, warned that a million households would face dangerously

high mortgage and borrowing payments if the base rate increased to 3%. On the other hand, a rate rise would come not a moment too soon for savers who have lost billions since the rate was cut to its historic low, as a result of inflation being higher than interest rates. It is essential, particularly for retirees, to understand the impact inflation has on your savings over the longer-term. It is important to ensure your capital is working hard for you and in line with your personal circumstances. You need to speak to a professional wealth manager to discuss your personal objectives and risk tolerance, to determine the most effective strategy for holding your savings to achieve your aims. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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Enemy of the State (Film, 1998) BBC 3 from 10:00pm to 12:05am We are all being watched that's the message of this 1998 blockbusting paranoia thriller, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Robert Dean (Smith) is just a normal guy, a successful lawyer happily married with kids, until one day when he bumps into an old college buddy who gives him a disc and disappears. Robert has just been handed footage of a political assassination, and there's a renegade group of National Security Agents, led by the duplicitous Reynolds (Jon Voight), who will stop at nothing to get hold of that tape. Using every technological trick at their disposal, they infiltrate all aspects of Robert's life and he is forced to go on the run with the help of maverick ex-NSA Brill (Hackman).

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7:00am Winter Olympics 12:00pm Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 1:30pm The Gumball Rally 3:10pm Winter Olympics 5:30pm Winter Olympics 8:10pm Winter Olympics 9:00pm Top Gear 10:00pm Dragons' Den 11:00pm Alan Davies Apres Ski 11:30pm QI XL 12:15am Royal Cousins at War 1:15am Countryfile 2:10am Holby City 3:10am The Search for Alfred the Great 4:10am This is BBC Two

7:00am CITV 10:25am Murder, She Wrote 11:20am Dickinson's Real Deal 12:15pm ITV News and Weather 12:20pm The Unforgettable... 12:50pm Inside the National Trust 1:50pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 2:50pm Splash! 4:20pm Thunderball 6:50pm Local News and Weather 7:00pm ITV News and Weather 7:15pm Dancing on Ice 8:45pm All Star Family Fortunes 9:30pm Dancing on Ice 10:00pm Mr Selfridge 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:15pm Birds of a Feather 11:45pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories 12:45am Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights 1:40am The Store 3:40am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 5:05am ITV Nightscreen


6:20am Deal or No Deal 7:15am The Hoobs 7:40am The Hoobs 8:05am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Frasier 8:55am Frasier 9:25am The Taste 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm The Big Bang Theory 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory 2:25pm How I Met Your Mother 2:55pm How I Met Your Mother 3:25pm The Simpsons 3:55pm The Simpsons 4:30pm 3 Men and a Baby 6:30pm Deal or No Deal 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast 9:00pm Scandimania 10:00pm Babylon 11:35pm The Bank Job 1:40am Tigerland 3:20am Boss 4:20am Abductees 4:30am Eating for Two 4:35am Location, Location, Location 5:35am Supernanny US


6:45am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Beauty and the Geek 7:45am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:40am Coronation Street Omnibus 1:00pm Take Me Out 2:10pm You've Been Framed and Famous! 3:10pm You've Been Framed! 3:40pm The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 4:40pm FYI Daily 4:45pm The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 5:25pm Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties 6:25pm FYI Daily 6:30pm Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties 7:00pm Rumour Has It... 8:00pm FYI Daily 8:05pm Rumour Has It... 9:00pm Best of You've Been Framed! 10:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 11:00pm Bridget Jones's Diary 12:00am FYI Daily 12:05am Bridget Jones's Diary 1:00am The Big Reunion 2:00am Mom



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 10:30am Irish Dancers 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Sinbad 2:00pm Futurama 2:30pm Futurama 3:00pm Modern Family 3:30pm Modern Family

4:00pm Modern Family 4:30pm Modern Family 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:00pm Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance 7:00pm Welsh Breakdancers 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm Duck Quacks Don't

Echo 9:00pm The Simpsons 9:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am Banshee

SkyMoviesComedy/ 10:05am Cheaper by the Dozen 2 11:45am Scary Movie 5

•Michael Douglas •Kathleen Turner •Danny DeVito

1:15pm That's My Boy 3:15pm This is 40 5:35pm Cheaper by the Dozen 7:20pm Cheaper by the Dozen 2 9:00pm Scary Movie 5 10:30pm That's My Boy 12:30am This is 40 2:50am The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Jewel of the Nile (Film, 1985) All-action sequel to Romancing the Stone, which finds adventurer Jack and romance writer Joan once again fighting like cat and dog. However, when Joan is imprisoned by a tyrannical dictator while travelling in Africa, Jack rushes to rescue her. Together, they cross northern Africa accompanied by Ralph, who has got his eyes set on another fabulous treasure.

SkyMoviesAction/ 7:40am Jack the Giant Slayer 9:40am The Jewel of the Nile 11:35am Skyfall 2:00pm Gladiator 4:40pm The Jewel of the Nile 6:30pm Jack the Giant Slayer 8:30pm Skyfall 11:00pm Tombstone 1:15am Coogan's Bluff

BBC3/ 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge of the Fifth 8:05pm Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes 8:35pm The Voice UK 10:00pm Russell Howard's Good News 10:30pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:00pm Family Guy 11:22pm Family Guy 11:45pm Uncle 12:15am American Dad! 12:37am American Dad! 1:00am Ja'mie: Private School Girl 1:30am Bad Education 2:00am Russell Howard's Good News 2:30am Russell Howard's Good News 3:00am Uncle 3:30am Bluestone 4:00am Bluestone 4:30am Bluestone

Russell Howard's Good News (Comedy) BBC 3 from 10:00pm to 10:30pm Topical comedy show hosted by Russell Howard, who offers his unique perspective on the big stories dominating the media across TV, online and in print, as well as picking up on those sometimes overlooked things that make him smile.

BBC4/ 8:00pm Francesco's Italy 9:00pm Wainwright, the Man Who Loved the Lakes 10:00pm Space Shuttle: The Final Mission 11:00pm The Sky at Night

SkyMoviesDrama/ 9:15am Cold Mountain 11:50am Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2:00pm Sense and Sensibility 4:20pm The Age of Innocence 6:40pm The Remains of the Day 9:00pm Sense and Sensibility 11:20pm Cold Mountain 2:00am Anna Karenina

11:30pm Tomboy 12:50am Everly Brothers Songs of Innocence and Experience 2:25am Arena 3:45am Francesco's Italy


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6:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 12:25pm ITV News 12:30pm This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm DCI Banks 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Agenda 12:05am The Mighty Mississippi 1:05am Jackpot247 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:45am ITV Nightscreen


6:15am River Cottage Bites 6:30am Deal or No Deal 7:25am Countdown 8:10am Will and Grace 8:35am Will and Grace 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Come Dine with Me 3:05pm Come Dine with Me 3:35pm Come Dine with Me 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Coach Trip 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Food Unwrapped 10:00pm Benefits Street 11:00pm Benefits Britain: The Debate 12:00am Payday 1:00am Random Acts 1:05am One Born Every Minute 2:00am Scandal


6:40am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Emmerdale 7:25am Coronation Street 7:55am Coronation Street 8:25am You've Been Framed! 8:45am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 9:30am Dinner Date 10:30am The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30am The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 1:30pm Emmerdale 2:00pm Coronation Street 2:30pm Coronation Street 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Mom 10:30pm Dads 11:00pm The Job Lot 11:30pm Plebs 12:00am Fake Reaction 12:50am Two and a Half Men 1:20am Two and a Half Men


Be My Valentine (Film, 2013)


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SkyMoviesComedy/ 9:05am Young Adult 10:40am The Three Stooges 12:15pm American Reunion 2:10pm American Reunion 3:50pm American Pie 2

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SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:00am The Decoy Bride 8:40am One Fine Day 10:40am Be My Valentine

Valentine's Day is a bit of a downer for singleton Kate Burlingham. Things heat up, however, when she meets widowed fireman Dan Farrell, but will her ex-boyfriend get in the way of a new romance?

12:20pm Failure to Launch 2:05pm How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 4:05pm The Top Ten Show 2014 4:20pm Groundhog Day 6:05pm Think Like a Man 8:15pm Failure to Launch 10:00pm How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 12:00am Ruby Sparks

SkyMoviesAction/ 10:00am Appaloosa 12:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 3:00pm The Italian Job 5:00pm Remember the Titans 7:00pm Appaloosa9:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 12:00am The Italian Job

BBC3/ 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets of South America 10:00pm Live at the Apollo 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:00pm Uncle 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:07am American Dad! 1:30am Uncle 2:00am Live at the Apollo 2:30am Live at the Apollo 3:00am Live at the Electric 3:30am Bluestone 4:00am Bluestone 4:30am Uncle

Family Guy (Animation, 1999) BBC 3 from 12:00am to 12:22am When a bully harasses Chris, Peter goes to the bully's house and ends up assaulting him. Peter realises bullying is fun and begins to bully everyone in the house. Finally, Chris stands up to Peter and beats him senseless. Meanwhile, Stewie goes out without sunscreen and becomes obsessed with getting a tan. After Brian leaves him in the tanning booth for six hours, Stewie gets sunburned and fears he has cancer. While waiting for the results of his cancer screening, Stewie begins to live his life as if he had only days to live and drives Brian crazy with his demands.

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6:00am Get Lost 6:30am Curious Cat 6:55am Wonders of Nature 7:00am Homes Under the Hammer 8:00am Winter Olympics 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Winter Olympics 5:00pm Winter Olympics 8:00pm Winter Olympics 9:00pm Children's Emergency Rescue 10:00pm Inside the Animal Mind 11:00pm House of Fools 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Dragons' Den 1:20am The Super League Show 2:05am The Olympic Journey: Inspire 2:35am Grand Canyon 3:35am Natural World 4:35am This is BBC Two 5:00am One Hundred Years of the Women's Movement 5:30am Fit to Rule - Learning Zone


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Drew's life takes a turn for the worse when he loses his job, his girlfriend and his father within a few days. But things start to look up when he meets Claire, a flight attendant with enough positive energy to power Elizabethtown, the rural Kentucky town he's travelling to. Romantic comedy.

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Murderers milking legal system T

OLD you those murdering toerags who slaughtered Lee Rigby would milk the British legal system for all it was worth! Last week, the first one commenced his opening, farcical appeal. No doubt the other waste of space will follow suit. If any of the countries whose customs they purport to sympathise with had been faced with their actions and bragging confessions, the pair of them would have been dancing on the end of a rope or headless within a week. The world must truly believe the Brits have completely lost it. One of their finest, unarmed young soldiers is hacked to pieces in full public view. The killers, with the lad’s blood still dripping from their fingers, confess on live television that they have done it in the name of Islam, and what happens? Well, I’ll tell you. No doubt they’re on priority treatment in the nick - basically because most



of the cons have a more intelligent view of justice than the legal profession, and would, if they could, remove ’em from society permanently. They will enjoy three meals a day, no doubt Halal, which means separate kitchens and a special chef (well, wouldn’t want to infringe their ’uman rights, would we?). Visits from legal parasites and social workers, including psychiatrists, will be numerous. As they are segregated, they will have all the comforts in their cells, television and so forth. Without question there will have been visits from doctors and hospital trips to make sure they are both making a healthy recovery - and the irony of it all, is their enemies, i.e. the British public, will be paying for it. In the words of my hero, ‘you really couldn’t make it up’.

SYSTEM: It may be legal, but is it justice? Personally, I would have worked on ’em for a week to make sure they named all their accomplices,

fellow terrorists and anything else advantageous to my country, and then give them a rousing sendoff to the virgins and paradise their clerics of hatred promise they’ll attain for killing people. Job done. I see yet another schoolteacher has decreed there will be no winners or losers in sports events. No doubt they will stay firmly entrenched in their place of work for the duration, despite the fact that their actions are dangerous ideals that won’t prepare their charges for the future at all. Sacked, of course, is the instructor who brought his teams up to win an event if they could! It’s all gone mad, hasn’t it? Where do they find these people, I ask myself. And finally I still wouldn’t trust ‘Foxy’ Knoxy any further than I could throw a 20-ton truck. Keep them Es coming and, whatever ya do, always keep the faith. Love Leapy




No guts I AGREE with what you say (Issue 1491) about people playing the race card for no valid reason. I wonder if a British newspaper would have dared to print your article? I doubt it. They would use the excuse that it was racist. This is the problem with the UK, no one has the guts to tell it as it is. It’s about time the UK found some courage. Phillip Walker (By email)

Sort of... I SORT of agree about too many people playing the race card, but in order to play it, racism must first exist. There is no doubt that it does, maybe not as bad as it was 40 years ago, but it is still there. Philip Adams (By email)


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7:25am Holiday Airport 8:25am You've Been Framed! 8:45am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 9:30am Dinner Date 10:30am The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30am The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 1:30pm Emmerdale 2:00pm The Cube 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Benidorm 11:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 12:00am The Big Reunion



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6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance 10:00pm The Kumars 11:00pm Duck Quacks Don't Echo 12:00am A League of Their Own 1:00am A League of Their Own 2:00am Hawaii Five-0 3:00am Brit Cops: Frontline

Crime 4:00am Road Wars 5:00am Inside Gatwick

SkyMoviesComedy/ 5:40am Mousehunt 7:20am Analyze That 9:00am So Undercover 10:40am In and Out 12:15pm Liar Liar 1:45pm The Watch 3:30pm This is 40 5:45pm So Undercover 7:25pm In and Out 9:00pm Liar Liar 10:30pm The Watch 12:15am This is 40

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SkyMoviesAction/ 6:00am Prometheus Discovered 6:30am Skyfall on Set 7:00am The Top Ten Show 2014 7:15am The Mummy Returns 9:30am King Kong 12:40pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 4:00pm Flags of Our Fathers 6:15pm The Mummy Returns 8:30pm The Lord of the Rings:

Flags of Our Fathers (Film, 2006) As America flinches at the cost of war, three "heroes" from the Pacific are sent home and fêted by thousands. Even after surviving the hell of a frontal assault on fortified Japanese positions, the shell-shocked trio are bewildered by the media manipulation. Medic ‘Doc’ Bradley (Ryan Phillippe) keeps quiet, Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford) smiles and imagines the post-war parties, while Native-American marine Ira Hayes (Adam Beach) descends into alcoholism: "I can't take them calling me a hero," he says. "All I did was try not to get shot."

The Return of the King 12:00am Anaconda 1:35am Anaconda 2: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 3:15am Alexander

SkyMoviesDrama/ 4:30am Hello, Dolly! 7:00am Bed and Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident 8:40am The Top Ten Show 2014 9:00am 13 Going on 30 10:45am As Good as It Gets 1:10pm Forces of Nature 3:05pm The Lucky One 4:50pm The Vow

BBC3/ 8:00pm Would I Lie to You? 8:30pm Would I Lie to You? 9:00pm Sexy Beasts 10:00pm Generation Sex 11:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:07am American Dad! 1:30am Generation Sex 2:30am Sexy Beasts 3:30am Russell Howard's Good News 4:00am Generation Sex

Would I Lie to You? (Quiz Show) BBC 3 from 8:00pm to 8:30pm Comedy panel show in which team mates must remain pokerfaced while revealing personal stories previously known only to their closest confidantes, being put through their paces in a quick-fire lies round, and explaining their real or invented relationship with a mystery studio guest - all with the ultimate aim of discerning the truth from the fiction..

BBC4/ 8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm The Boats That Built Britain 9:00pm Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth 10:00pm Danny Baker Rocking Decades 11:00pm Danny Baker Rocks the Nineties (a Bit) 11:30pm My Son The Fanatic

6:40pm Sense and Sensibility 9:00pm As Good as It Gets 11:25pm Forces of Nature

TCM/ 9:15am The Green Berets 12:05pm Tarzan and The Great River 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Tarzan and The Green Goddess 5:25pm Sam Whiskey 7:15pm Fury at Furnace Creek 8:55pm Red River Range 10:00pm Welcome to the Jungle

12:55am Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams 1:55am Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth 2:55am Sounds of the 70s 3:25am Danny Baker Rocks the Nineties (a Bit) 3:55am Danny Baker Rocking Decades


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Time Out






Famous quote

This week

Seek not the favour of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.’

in history

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804) German philosopher widely considered to be a central figure of modern philosophy.

1587: Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. 1900: The Davis Cup tennis competition is established. 1912: Hsian-Tung, the last emperor of China, is forced to abdicate following Sun Yatsen's republican revolution. 1938: Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the American tyre company that bore his name, dies aged 69. 1952: Princess Elizabeth is proclaimed Queen after her father, King George VI, died in his sleep aged 56 at Sandringham. 1958: Seven Manchester United players die in an air crash in Munich (Germany). 1964: The Beatles arrive in New York for their first tour in the US. 1975: Margaret Thatcher chosen leader of the Conservative Party, the first woman to hold the post. 1990: Anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela is freed after being imprisoned for 27 years. 1992: The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the euro. 1994: The Scream, by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, is stolen. 1996: A bombing in the Docklands area of London puts an end to a 17-month IRA ceasefire. 2001: Ariel Sharon becomes the new Prime Minister of Israel. 2005: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles announce their engagement. 2012: American singer Whitney Houston dies aged 48.

Women’s wit

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.’

Agatha Christie (1890 1976) English crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays.

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Starring Antonio Banderas, Freddie Highmore and Saoirse Ronan. Directed by Manuel Sicilia. Runtime 96 mins. Rated U.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) One thing is certain, when you come through this week's restless planetary antics, you won't be totally the same Piscean who walked in. Whether you're figuring out numbers, analysing your dreams, or getting into a playfully social mood, there'll be much to enjoy and put to the test. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Education, media, creative and social connections are given star merit. The solar eclipse in your own sign bursts with vitality and success, more so for an array of bold moves, replacements and makeovers covering your personal affairs. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Stand by for a week of whoosh and whirl. More importantly, try to avoid getting tongue-tied or dogmatic on Tuesday and Friday. Promising potentials appear, especially if you spruce up your competitive streak. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Throughout this fortunate week, whatever else you decide, refuse to discard your hopes and wishes. As a Gemini, you like to have two strings to your bow of life, which gives you an alternative option, especially if the going gets tough. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) A vivid star pattern portends a frantic personal and social diary. Ensure that any tight planning is carefully handled, especially if you hope to fit in everything you would like to say. Don't allow Monday or Wednesday's tensions to spoil opportunities for settling something important.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Pave the way for any ambitious schemes you may have, rather than actually starting them. With your ruler the Sun eclipsing your kindred fire sign, determined Aries, you are now more likely to get the support and affection you need from the powers that be or someone who thinks the world of you. VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Even if the opposite to what you want happens, it could prove useful. One clue to this week's planetary crossword puzzle is 'What word could also mean success?' Check it out, and make it work for you.













1 Desert, 2 Deeper, 3 Panted, 4 Surged, 5 Troops, 6 Seated, 7 Orange, 8 Turned, 9 Indent, 10 Roused, 11 Speeds, 12 Advent, 13 Tested, 14 Ruined, 15 Veered, 16 Weeded, 17 Steeds, 18 Darted, 19 Seared

Your Stars

February 6: Axl Rose, 52. American singer. He’s the lead vocalist and the only original member remaining of rock band Guns’N’Roses.

February 8: John Williams, 82. American composer, conductor and pianist. He has written the score of many films, including the Star Wars and Harry Potter series.



IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Your sphere of friendships, relationships and career issues are delightfully aspected. Circle June and August for making contact with those who may be able to point you in the right direction. Between June and November, your social scene will be full of surprises.

February 7: Ashton Kutcher, 36. American actor, producer and exmodel. He portrayed Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs in his biopic.





AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Eager Mars meets affluent Jupiter and enriches your financial forecast. It might show a foretaste of money to come, or onstream benefits. If you intend to make alterations to your personal and home interests, you'll undoubtedly cope with both offbeat and upbeat activities.

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Justin dreams of becoming one of the Knights of Valour, but his father Reginald wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer. After an inspiring visit to his beloved grandmother, he bids farewell to his supposed lady-love Lara, and embarks on a quest to become a Knight. Along the way he meets the beautiful, feisty Talia, a quirky wizard, Melquiades and the handsome Sir Clorex, who teach him in the ancient ways of the Knights of Valour.



Joaquin Sabina. Born on February 12, 1949. A Spanish singer, songwriter and poet, Sabina began composing aged14. He went into exile in London during General Francoʼs dictatorship using a fake passport. In 1975, he began singing in bars and performed before George Harrison, who gave him a fivepound note as a tip, which he preserves to this day.


February 9: Tom Hiddleston, 33. English actor who played Henry V in the BBC series of the same name. February 10: Chloe Moretz, 17. American actress. She made her debut aged seven and has since appeared in more than 25 films. February 11: Jennifer Aniston, 45. American actress, film director and producer. She is most known for playing the role of Rachel in the American sitcom Friends.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) The solar eclipse in your opposite sign of Aries intensifies your willpower. Before you say 'go', find out where you stand. It might pay you to leave things be for a little longer to see if anything begins to change.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) The main gist of the solar eclipse in fiery Aries and the link between plucky Mars and your ruler friendly Jupiter will stir surprises. Whether you create the right atmosphere all round depends on how you interpret other people's views.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) The planets mobilise your streak of Scorpio daring, but don't stretch your limits. Your most effective weapon against personal and work-related pitfalls is your ability to be objective. Your desire to make specific situations and conversations work needs to be combined with your faith that they will work.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Hard-working, enterprising and self-sacrificing are just some of the words that describe your zodiac sign. It will be these qualities that count. Friday will boost your powers of persuasion, but you won't have too much to complain about if you follow this lucky trend into next week's encouraging tide.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN IN 2013 Ladies first… 1. Which word completes the title of the only UK Top 10 hit single by singer Patti Page, who died in January: (How Much Is That) ------ in the Window? 2. Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died in April, was the member of parliament for which constituency from October 1959 to April 1992? 3. The MGM movie star Esther Williams, who died in June, set multiple national and regional records in which sport in her late teens? 4. At which Olympic Games did athlete Donna Hartley, who died in June, win a bronze medal as part of the Great Britain 4x400 metre relay team? 5. What was the name of second youngest of the singing Nolan Sisters, who died in July? 6. What was the name of the ‘family matriarch’ of the Beale and Fowler family in EastEnders, played by actress Anna Wing, who died in July? 7. In which 1969 American ‘road movie’ written by and starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, did actress Karen Black, who died in August, star as a call-girl named Karen? 8. What was the name of the American singer who performed solo as well as with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in popular ballads and swing, who died in August? Her UK hit singles include: Love Me Forever, Yes, My Darling Daughter, Blame It on the Bossa Nova and I Just Want To Stay Here.

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

TARGET: Average: 4 Good: 5 Very good: 7 Excellent: 9

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION adit, arid, darn, dart, dint, dirt, drat, nard, raid, rand, rind, road, toad, trad, trod, adorn, dinar, ditto, drain, droit, idiot, indri, nadir, radii, radio, radon, triad, adroit, inroad, ordain, TRADITION

Word Ladder MAIN


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


Justin and the Knights of Valour


8-Star Quiz

1. DOGGIE, 2. FINCHLEY, 3. SWIMMING, 4. MOSCOW, 1980, 5. BERNIE (Bernadette Therese) Nolan, 6. LOU BEALE, 7. EASY RIDER, 8. EYDIE GORMÉ.

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




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Unscramble the name of a famous British journalist, newsreader and television presenter: OUR FINE CAB

Across 1 A finch is seen in hide (6) 4 Look for Tontoʼs Mount (5) 8 To do this would upset teach (5) 9 The first man and the worker were very determined (7) 10 Pull out of additional court case (7) 11 A solid form once adjusted (4) 12 Bird found hiding in the Louvre Museum (3) 14 Deliver offspring on the radio (4) 15 The latest information from New South Wales (4) 18 Dat is funny, a bit (3) 21 Ring fellow from country (4) 23 Clung to redheadʼs make-up (7) 25 The potential uses for a Greek hero (7) 26 Find a suit and get a flat in South East (5) 27 Entertains crowds (5) 28 Matches one in underwear (6)

Unscramble the English title of a famous opera, first performed in 1816 (four words): OBSERVE THE FIREBALL FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: FIONA BRUCE, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Play on Words


6 Aristocratic bird was in front (6) 7 Players beginning to exhibit class (5) 13 Dishonest Tuscan he reformed (8) 16 Justify authorisation for arrest (7) 17 Alcoholic drink can be a real laugh before church (6)

19 Bloomer is seen during time sun is above horizon (5) 20 Dreads exotic snakes (6) 22 Declares a piece of poetry is unfinished (5) 24 Clues found in a Mickey Spillane novel (4)

Code Breaker


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 9 represents B and 11 represents Q, so fill in B every time the figure 9 appears and Q every time the figure 11 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.

Across 1 Motionless (6) 5 Africa expedition (6) 8 Just (4) 9 Large, old, luminous star (3,5) 10 Brilliant person (6) 11 Non-metallic element (6) 12 Sports event (4) 14 Allow (3) 15 Very small (4) 16 Quagmire (6) 18 Most recent (6) 20 Coin worth a quarter of an old penny (8) 22 Close (4)

23 Rough (6) 24 Effortlessly (6) Down 2 Taunt (5) 3 White ant (7) 4 Moth's pupa (9) 5 Unhappy (3) 6 Mendicant (5) 7 Decrepit (3-4) 11 Complete list of items (9) 13 Alligator pear (7) 15 Lockjaw (7) 17 Change (5) 19 Shoulder cover (5) 21 Anger (3)

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.



Answers: Back garden, Down-toearth

Down 1 Football clubsʼ score is wrong (6) 2 Ghost commanding a form of respect (7) 3 Private network made from nitrogen nitrate (8) 4 Damage rebuilt cars (4) 5 Protagonist hiding somewhere in New Zealand (5)


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Start, 4 Berths, 9 Tableau, 10 Papaw, 11 Eden, 12 Enchain, 13 End, 14 Opal, 16 Ally, 18 Ail, 20 Crowned, 21 Ache, 24 Omega, 25 Probing, 26 Screen, 27 Felon. Down: 1 Setter, 2 Amble, 3 Tier, 5 Especial, 6 Topsail, 7 Sewing, 8 Muted, 3 Elongate, 15 Pioneer, 17 Across, 18 Adapt, 19 Reagan, 22 Chill, 23 Golf. QUICK Across: 1 Belts, 4 Session, 7 Witness, 8 Alike, 10 Shirt, 11 Excites, 12 Petty, 14 Usual, 19 Observe, 21 Stare, 22 Stole, 23 Imagine, 24 Pirates, 25 Great. Down: 2 Lattice, 3 Spent, 4 System, 5 Stances, 6 Idiot, 7 Wise, 9 Easy, 13 Torment, 15 Avarice, 16 Boss, 17 Series, 18 Mere, 20 Scour, 21 Slang.

Across 1 Sabroso (5) 3 Regalos (5) 6 Regla (norma) (4) 7 Head (part of body) (6) 9 Waitresses (9) 12 Bitter (in taste) (6) 13 Firewood (4) 14 Key (door) (5) 15 Now (at this time, immediately) (5)

Down 1 Bull (farm animal) (4) 2 Savage deed (9) 3 Uvas (6) 4 Kitchen sink (9) 5 Estrella (4) 8 Blood (6) 10 Pelota (4) 11 Cup (vessel, amount) (4)

ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Pages, 3 Calvo, 5 Rey, 7 Marisco, 9 Loaf, 10 Pavo, 14 Desmayo, 15 Fur, 16 Gorra, 17 Ovens. Down: 1 Peral, 2 Same, 3 Cara, 4 Oro, 6 Years, 8 Scarf, 11 Otros, 12 Nada, 13 Rojo, 14 Dog.


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TOP 10 MOST INSPIRATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder, they say. But with some buildings there is little room for argument. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Most Inspirational Architectural Designs.

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The underworld of art BOOKS YOUNG Theo Decker’s drama begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, killing his mother and putting in his possession a Dutch masterpiece called The Goldfinch. When Theo’s father abandons him, Theo’s descent into the world of teenage delinquency and his climb back out set him up for a life of suspense. The art underworld with its gangsters, storage lockers

and the black market for art plays an important role. Theo’s magnetism is due in part to his well-intentioned criminality as Theo’s fate hinges on that of the painting. The Goldfinch reads like a Dickens novel with astonishing coincidences and sudden changes in fortune. And where art is concerned, the New York Times Book Review says The Goldfinch has ‘a brave

1. Neuschwanstein Castle: Bavaria, Germany Neuschwanstein is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill near Fussen in southwest Bavaria. Just looking at it transports the viewer straight into a fairy tale. Built between 1869-1882, it was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria in homage to Richard Wagner. 2. Blue Mosque: Istanbul, Turkey Its real name is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and is famous for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I and contains the tomb of the founder, along with a madrasah and a hospice. 3. Taj Mahal: Agra, India The magnificent white marble mausoleum is considered ‘the jewel of Muslim art in India.’ Built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles to form a treasured, world-famous Moghal-era masterpiece. Built 1632-1653.

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theme running through it: art may addict, but art also saves us from ‘the ungainly sadness of creatures pushing and struggling to live.’’

5. La Alhambra: Granada, Spain This pick should hardly come as a surprise. The massive complex took centuries to build and was eventually made a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. Described by Muslim poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’ in reference to its colour against the surrounding forests, its fountains and waterfalls are supplied by conduits eight kilometres long.

its interior. Blue Mosque famous for 4. Cologne Cathedral: Cologne, Germany Gothic, creepy, and downright impressive, the Cologne Cathedral is a renowned structure of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture. It averages 20,000 visitors a day, making it Germany’s most-visited landmark. Construction originally began in 1248 and was finally completed, to the original plan, in 1880. Wow.

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Spanish during the conquest and so is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site. It’s also built at an impressive 2,430 metres (almost 8,000 feet) above sea level. Back in the 1450’s, that was quite a feat. 8. St. Basil’s Cathedral: Moscow, Russia St. Basil’s, the colourful church in Red Square, was built from 1555-1561 by order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. Along with the Kremlin and the rest of Red Square, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

Fairy tale Neuschwa nstein Castle.


6. Sacre-Coeur Basilica: Paris, France The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as simply Sacre-Coeur is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica. Roman-Byzantine features make it romantic and gorgeous. Sacre-Coeur is located on Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. Constructed from 1875 to 1914, it was consecrated in 1919 after the end of World War I. 7. Machu Picchu: Cusco, Peru In Quechua, it means ‘Old Peak.’ Perhaps not the most spectacular architecturallyspeaking, the Incan ‘lost city’ makes the list because of its history: it was not known to the

Sydney Opera House is distinctive. 9. Sydney Opera House: Sydney, Australia Built in a modern expressionist design, Sydney’s icon is one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century. Really a collection of performance venues, it’s one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world with over 1,500 annual performances. 10. Burj Dubai: Dubai, UAE Certainly the tallest man-made structure in the world had to make the list. Its official name is Burj Khalifa (‘Khalifa Tower’ in Arabic) and it stands 830 metres (2,722 feet) tall. Built from 2004-2009, Burj Dubai was reportedly built based on the government’s decision to move away from oil and more toward service and tourism. The final product is sensational indeed.

Boggled How many English words can you find in the Boggled grid, according to the following rules? The letters must be adjoining in a ‘chain’. They can be adjacent horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Words must contain at least four letters and may include singular and plural or other derived forms. No letter may be used more than once within a single word, unless it appears twice. No vulgarities or proper nouns are permitted.



Average: 16

Just Joking

Good: 21 Very good: 31

The schoolteacher was taking her first golfing lesson. “Is the word spelt p-u-t or p-u-t-t?”' she asked the instructor. “P-u-t-t is correct,”' he replied. “Put means to place a thing where you want it. Putt means merely a vain attempt to do the same thing.”

Excellent: 38

SCORING: 4 letters: 1 point • 5 letters: 2 points 6 letters: 3 points • 7 letters: 4 points 8 or more letters: 11 points

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION opera, open, imam, airmen, amir, amen, taro, tarp, tare, tame, tamer, pore, prim, prime, primer, pram, prone, perm, pert, perter, peon, rope, roper, ripe, riper, ripen, rime, mirror, mire, mare, mere, maim, error, emir, retro, term, terror, norm


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Car smoking ban a good idea? THE UK House of Lords has backed a plan to ban people smoking in cars if there are children in the back. It could become a criminal offence leading to a fine and penalty points. We asked if you agree with this move, or should people be allowed to make their own minds up? Should Spain follow suit, or is anti-smoking legislation going too far?


THINK it should be banned for the child’s health,” said Suze van Wingerden, aged 63, who is spending the winter in Guardamar (Alicante) from Holland. She admits she and her husband both smoked when their children were young, but have since quit: “We know better now. I don’t even think people should smoke outside unless it’s their own home as the smoke still affects you when blown by the wind.” Full time mother Charlie Monterry-Garcia, aged 35, from Guardamar, agreed it should be banned, but feels it isn’t the government’s job to police it: “No one should need a law to stop people from smoking in a car with children, it is just


common sense: If anyone cares about the health of their child they shouldn’t be doing it.” Miriam Llorente, a 29-year-old midwife from Valladolid who lives and works in Benissa (Alicante) said, although it is a drastic measure to try, she agrees with the measure. She added: “I think it would be nice to have this law protecting children in Spain but the government should first do a pre-awareness campaign before approving any prohibition law.” Alan Kennt, aged 71, is retired and lives in Albir (Alicante). He said: “I disagree with this law because I think everybody should do what they want in their own vehicle and hope this law never arrives in Spain.” But Eileen Strain, aged 73, from Partaloa (Almeria) felt it should be banned. “It is not a good thing when children are involved in passive smoking. I think GOOD IDEA: Miriam Llorente from Benissa. SUZE: Thinks smoking in cars should be banned.

Spain should follow suit, it is unfair on other passengers breathing in smoke. In my opinion smoking while you drive is more dangerous than using a mobile phone.” Anne Karlstron, 60, who is retired and lives in Zurgena (Almeria), is not sure a ban is feasible: “We are part of the European Community with many directives from Brussels, the UK is one of the few European countries that adheres to the directives. Given there is a court of human rights in Brussels, one would assume you could appeal to them against such a law, because no one has the right to dictate my personal preferences.”


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This year’s top beauty tips and trends

STAND out from the crowd with 2014’s recommended top beauty tips and trends. These include: Products that promise ‘flawless’ skin just seconds after application include ‘Visionaire 1 minute Blur’ (€53) Lancôme. The colour of the year is called ‘Radiant Orchid’ and according to Pantone, the authority on colour and provider of colour systems, shadow powder (€17) by Urban Decay, in the tone ‘Fishnet’ is the sort of colour being recommended for this year. Goodbye red, hello orange. Orange lip tone is predicted to be the most seen on the

catwalks for summer 2014. It is the chosen ‘tendency’ by Galliano. Pedalling: Soulcycle is a kind of ‘spinning’ that, in addition to getting you in shape, reinforces your selfesteem through motivational mantras that instructors yell during the session. All this practised in low light or candlelight. Pink will be the dominant colour for spring: Pink stained lips, eyelids and cheeks. Try ‘Le Prismissime Euphoric Pink’ (€66), multipurpose palette for lips and cheeks by Givenchy. Straight hair: Straight long hair is the look. The catwalk has changed last year’s

PERFECT SKIN: Lancôme Visionnaire 1 minute Blur.

hairstyles with volume for straight, parted in the middle styles.

COLOUR OF YEAR: Urban Decay shadow powder in the tone Fishnet.

Avoid the dreaded cellulite A NUTRITIONIST has come up with a list of factors that can encourage the formation of unsightly cellulite. Dr Carlos Jarne, micronutrition graduate at the University of Burgundy (France) and anti-aging medicine (University of Barcelona) said factors to watch out for include: A sedentary lifestyle. Tight clothing and high heels impede its return and alter the mechanisms of pumping blood.

Smoking causes alterations in the microcirculation and increases free radicals in the skin. An excess of alcohol increases stored fat. Stress, anxiety and frustration can cause an increase in brain hormones that stimulate the deposit of body fat. Certain medications (thyroid treatments and contraceptives) may induce the appearance of cellulite. Digestive disorders can promote

obesity and therefore increase cellulite. The intake of fat, carbohydrates, salt and processed sugars should be reduced drastically. A low fibre intake causes constipation and increases resistance of the veins in the legs. It is also important to drink plenty of water. A diet focused on meats and fermented dairy (cured cheeses, etc.) will also possibly have an impact in forming cellulite.


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A RECENT study has led us to think that green tea extract can help stop the accumulation of fat in the liver. It seems those who are regular drinkers of green tea already have this benefit in their favour as it helps to cut down the amount of fat in the liver. Generally, fatty liver occurs when fat cells start accumulating in the liver, potentially causing pain

and discomfort, and may be the cause of cirrhosis and other disorders, especially combined with other risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol or alcoholism. Green tea is also well known for being one of the most powerful antioxidants, making it a perfect partner to fight aging, assist circulation and prevent hardening of the artery walls.

Pack up on your protein from plants MEAT doesn’t have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A halfcup of beans has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat. To get all the essential amino acids, people should focus on eating a variety of protein-packed plants, including lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and milk (almond works if you’re cutting out dairy), recommends Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Vegetarian diets tend to have higher

levels of fibre, magnesium, potassium, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E than omnivorous ones. If vegetarian athletes like tennis player Venus Williams can cut out meat and stay on top of their game, others can certainly fuel their workout with plants, says nutritionist and sports dietician Tara Gidus, RD. A vegetarian diet fuels performance just as well as a meat-based diet as long as people are careful to seek out other sources of certain nutrients that are more commonly found in animal products (like protein and vitamin B12).


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Food of the week: Lingonberries LINGONBERRIES (also known as cowberries) are this week’s super food as researchers say eating the berry could halt the effects of a high-fat diet. It means, in theory, you could be guilt free when indulging in fatty and junk food. Scientists in Sweden found eating lingonberries could prevent weight gain in people with a highfat diet and say they can also lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol. The study used a type of mouse that stores fat easily and, therefore, can be regarded as a model for humans who are overweight and at risk of diabetes. Some of the mice were fed a lowfat diet, while the majority of the animals were fed a diet high in fat

SUPER FOOD: Lingonberries. before being divided into groups, where all except one were fed a type of berry. After three months the researchers found that the group eating the lingonberry had the best results and had not gained weight. However, eating acai berries, also classed as a ‘super food’, did

the opposite in the study and led to weight gain and higher levels of fat. Lingonberries are edible fruit that are native to forests in Europe and North America and are particularly popular in Sweden, commonly used in jams, compotes, juices, smoothies and syrups.


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Netherlands rank No. 1 for food THE Netherlands is reportedly the best place in the world to eat. The results come from Oxfam’s ‘Good enough to eat’ index which saw researchers look at the food consumption in 125 countries with the rankings based on the availability of food, its affordability and quality and the extent of diet-related illnesses. The Netherlands was classed as the best place to eat because the food is comparatively affordable and nutritionally diverse and there are low diabetes levels amongst the

SPANISH HAMS: Serrano or Iberico?

Serrano or Iberico? SPANISH hams are a popular choice at the supermarkets but do we really know the difference between our ‘jamon Serrano’ and ‘jamon Iberico’? Serrano ham is made traditionally from pigs in hilly or mountainous countryside and usually comes from the landrace breed of white pigs. The curing process starts with the ham being tucked between layers of sea salt and curing salts for a few days before being hung and aged for some 12-14 months. During this time, a specialist will regularly pierce the ham and smell it to ascertain its quality. At the end of the curing process, the hams will have lost as much as 40 per cent of

their original weight with the meat now being darkred in colour. Jamon Iberico comes from the black Iberian pigs, also known as ‘pata negra’ (black hoof). They eat a freerange diet and it is this diet that makes their ham superior to that of

BEST QUALITY: Ham from pigs fed on acorns. the ordinary Serrano pig. It also has a longer curing process of 18 months to three years. Free range pigs fed on an acorn diet produce the best quality hams.

population. Despite Spain’s traditionally healthy Mediterranean diet, it did not feature in the Top 10, with France and Switzerland following behind the Netherlands. The UK came 13th. Chad was said to be the worst place to eat as the food is of little nutritional value, is expensive and prepared with limited access to hygienic conditions. All but one of the Top 10 worst countries in terms of food availability, affordability and quality, were in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Pudding can be good FOR pudding lovers everywhere the good news is that a new study shows that eating dessert can be good for you. But before you reach for the extra large bread and butter pudding and sink back into the sofa to eat it while watching TV, you need to be having a traditional family meal at the table. That is because an ‘occasional dessert’ can help lift family food and increase interaction between members of the family. But the really important part is for families to sit down to a meal together. Children benefit from that by boosting their self esteem, and so helping them do better at school and making them less likely to develop eating disorders. Professor Geoffrey Beattie, who advised on

BENEFICIAL: Sitting down to an occasional dessert. the study for German frozen food company Coppenrath & Wiese, said: “We’ve known that sharing food has huge psychological, cultural

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Making the best use of your shredder

Dick Handscombe

Gardening Corner By Dick Handscombe Spain’s best known expat gardening author about to start his 26th winter cut back.

TIPS for using the shredder safely 1. Always wear a face mask or at least enclosed goggles. Chippings do fly occasionally. 2. Wear strong gloves and a long-sleeved top to avoid scratches when you

pick up and feed material into the machine, especially prickly cuttings from bougainvillaeas etc. 3. If your machine is noisy wear ear muffs or plugs to avoid damage. 4. Don’t shred palm leaves, cacti and other very fibrous prunings as the long, stringy fibres tangle themselves around the centre of the blades and jam up the machine. 5. Always disconnect the machine from the mains when dismantling

BEST: Always shred on the same day as pruning. to remove a blockage. 6. When doing the winter

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Make safe shredding part of a successful winter cutback From Page 53 the prunings into three piles: a) Large pieces of woody prunings that can be cut up for firewood rather than overloading the shredder. Check the maximum diameter recommended by the manufacturer in the instruction book. b) Small and medium diameter material e.g. greener, softer prunings from shrubs, herbs etc. c) Use larger, longer prunings from bougainvillaeas, lantanas, etc, to push the lighter material down to the blades. 7. We find it best to shred the day we prune. Even lantana cuttings harden up overnight and make shredding harder work than it needs to be.

Hard material also creates greater noise! 8. Always switch off and take out the extension lead plug when you finish for the day. Then dismantle the machine to clean and oil the blade. Also wipe out the feed chute. 9. Store the shredder in the garage or under a tree well covered with two strong waterproof sacks. 10. If your machine has plastic flaps at the top of the feed tube, replace these if they crack or pieces break off. 11. Check the condition of the electric lead and plugs on a regular basis and replace if the cable chaffs or looks loose where it enters the plug.

12. If you have a petrol powered machine follow the manufacturer’s instruc-tions carefully for maintenance needs.

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as well as a fireside read for yourself. © Dick Handscombe February 2014

In the next edition we will discuss how to best turn shredded material into good compost for use in lightening and enriching soil. So in the meantime make as much progress as possible with the winter cutback and keep the shreddings piled up. They will come to no harm. Stop press After the initial testing of the book about our walk across Spain we amended the title and cover. The final title is ‘Our 52 day retirement adventure

GO GREEN: Just simple changes can make a difference.

Green living GOING green in your home can not only save you money, but also lead to a healthier lifestyle and, of course, a more environmentally friendly one. You don’t have to spend a fortune to go green, making small changes will soon add up. Energy conservation is the best way to make your home more environmentally friendly and will ultimately save you money in the long run, so try these simple tips: Swap light bulbs: While the initial cost of low energy or LED bulbs might be higher than a regular incandescent bulb, it doesn’t take long for the energy and money savings to outweigh the up-front cost. Windows: Check your windows to

ensure hot air isn’t leaking out and equally in the summer, that hot air isn’t coming in, to save on those aircon costs. The cheap solution to prevent the cold draught is to use DIY plastic insulator kits or, if you have a bigger budget, invest in new windows which can improve insulation and lessen heat transfer, as well as keep out summer heat. Appliances: Reduce your appliance load and replace inefficient appliances by checking the energy efficiency ratings now on new items. Water: Check for any leaks. That small drip on the kitchen sink will soon add to a lot of wasted water and a higher bill. Try fitting taps and showerheads with flow regulators and aerators which control the flow of water.


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Exchange of information UK–Spain GONE are the days when people presented their Annual Income Tax Return (RENTA) to the Spanish Tax Office. On the declaration people had to inform the authorities of their annual income generally pensions and revenue from capital - declaring interest generated from savings accounts and investments held in Spain and omitting interest received from the UK or another country. The European Savings Directive has reorganised the fiscal system within Europe and banks located in any European country where people hold saving accounts and investments now have the obligation to inform the tax authorities of the country where their customers are resident. They also have to show any income from capital investments that customers receive. If your country of residence is Spain, the Spanish Tax Office will receive this information from European banks. During the last two years there has been a gradual introduction of different regulations aimed at minimising tax fraud. Which is why it is very important that residents of Spain and residents of the UK account for tax correctly on their annual income irrespective of whether this is generated in the country of residence or elsewhere.

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NE of Spain’s top removal companies has reported they experienced a resurgence in the Spanish housing market during 2013 and it looks like 2014 will be even busier. Mat Ford-Dunn, the Managing Director of ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ pointed to the fact that many property values in Spain have now fallen to a much more realistic level and this has definitely resulted in increased house sales. This has been noticed in all regions of Spain as Advance Moves operate their relocation services throughout the mainland. Advance Moves has its main warehouse in Murcia, with an additional warehouse in Kent in the UK and has had to purchase five new vans and trucks to cope with the increased demand over the past year.

NEW FLEET: Extra vans have been purchased to cope with increased demand. The UK housing market is also in a state of recovery and increased house sales have resulted in more people selling up and looking to buy in Spain.

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comes to repatriating them back to the UK. Mat was also keen to point out the increase in demand for their removal services was also down to the level of service and expertise that Advance Moves offer to their clients. Advance Moves is also a member of the British Association of Removers and one of only a few companies that export wrap furniture to provide extra protection for international removals. “Our clients know they are getting a more competitively priced, premium removal service, when compared to the rest of the market,” said Mat.

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LUEBIRD CARE, one of the main care providers in East Sussex, UK, is looking for staff in Spain. Since opening in April 2010, the company has had some significant achievements that it is very proud of. To continue with that success Bluebird is always looking for experienced care staff to work as live-in carers on a rota basis. In the UK the company’s high quality standards are now being recognised by many privately funding customers and health practitioners including GPs, District Nurses, Occupational Therapists as well as the NHS and Local Authority. They are also proud to be a member of the Trading Standards Support with Confidence scheme and helps with sponsorship to

PROVIDING CARE: With a ‘good old fashioned service.’ many of the local charities and organisations who provide support to vulnerable people. What sets them apart from the rest are their strong values of ‘Good old fashioned service.’ They go that extra mile to make sure the little things that matter to you, matter to them as well. They give the customer the same familiar friendly face to care for them, as they know how important it is for customers to build up trust and rapport with their carers. All staff go through a rigorous interview process and training programme to ensure they are the right kind of caring person that will be permitted to wear the

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Telitec POP UP gets thumbs up from local businesses WE were delighted and overwhelmed at Telitec for the support in the Jalon area for the very first of our pop up events. From Tuesday, February 11 to Saturday 15 inclusive, Gemma, our Promotions Manager, will be ‘in town’ to promote Telitec and encourage new business for all. The businesses listed will all sport a bright pink sticker in their window letting clients know that they are participating. Any customer in any of the shops making any purchase will have the opportunity, as an added bonus, to win up to €100 in vouchers to spend in their community with the shops taking part. During that week Gemma will also be making some fantastic offers on our services from discounts on mobiles and tablets to special introductory offers on our services of ADSL, WIFI, LOWCOST calls and MOBILE. We have packages to suit all residents, part-time, full-time or on holiday. Pop over to meet Gemma ‘in her living room’ (you will see what I mean) for a coffee and chat.

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AFTER a break of 12 years, mainly due to the Second World War, football’s World Cup was up and running again in Brazil in 1950. England, playing in the competition for the first time and one of the favourites to win the Jules Rimet trophy, beat Chile 2-0 in their opening game but then suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of the USA. In fact, when this score appeared in the English newspapers, many thought that it was a misprint! This result, combined with a defeat by Spain, led to England’s elimination. The final stage of the competition featured the four teams who had won their respective

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arrive on the market this spring. Along with the basic versions (Trendline, Comfortline and Highline), the new generation of the car will also be offered as a GTI, BlueGT, CrossPolo and BlueMotion model. The entire range of the Polo, manufactured at the company’s factory in Landaben (Navarra), has been reconfigured. All petrol engines have been converted to new three- and four- cylinder versions. The power levels at market launch are 44 kW/60 PS (indirect injection / MPI), 55kW/75 PS (MPI), 66kW/90PS (direct injection/TSI) and 81kW/110 PS (TSI). Also new in the Polo

are three direct injection three-cylinder turbodiesels (TDI). They now all generate their power from 1.4 litres displacement (previously 1.2 and 1.6 litres). The power range is identical to the previous model: 55 kW / 75 PS, 66 kW / 90 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. The Polo of 2014 offers a range of new convenience and safety functions that Volkswagen claims is unique in its class. A new electromechanical servo steering system improves steering properties. The car also offers the

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new optional Sport Select suspension - which uses electronically controlled dampers - so that drivers can choose between two tuning characteristics at the press of a button. That means that the software and hardware of these systems follow the infotainment world of the larger Golf. Depending on the version they may offer functions like a Bluetooth audio streaming, a proximity sensor, twofinger map zooming in navigation mode and interfacing of the mobile phone to the vehicle’s exterior antenna.


Winter Triples heads to finish line THE Javea Green Saturday Winter Triples has been taking place since October. This is an Open competition involving players from most of the clubs in the Northern Costa Blanca. There are now just two weeks left to the finish line. An exciting climax is building up, with four teams having a realistic chance of taking the top spot. The lead changed hands this Saturday with the ‘Mixed Fruit’ team overtaking previous leaders the ‘Rollin Stones’. With nine matches already played, there is a mere three-point difference between the top four teams, so this competition looks like it will go all the way to the wire. Information about Javea Green Bowls Club is always available online, please visit our comprehensive website: www.javeagreenbowls.wi Or just come along to the club, have a drink and take in the ambience. We welcome all callers, please give us a ring on 965 771 553.

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England unlucky at rugby, but Britain ‘Great’ in Davis Cup SIX NATIONS rugby continues this weekend with Ireland playing Wales, and England taking on Scotland for the Calcutta Cup on Tony Matthews Saturday, while on Sunday, it’s France International Sports A former football player against Italy. and the world’s most There’s also a full prolific author of football books (more than 100 programme of published), Tony is also Premiership football, the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and the top games being lives in the Cabrera mountains. Liverpool-Arsenal, Costa de Almeria Chelsea-Newcastle and NorwichManchester City, plus the Welsh derby between Swansea and Cardiff. Inconsistent Manchester United play struggling Fulham, Crystal Palace take on WBA in a vital sixpointer, and Everton visit Spurs. In the Championship, in-form Leicester welcome Watford, FL1 table-toppers Brentford host WEST HAM have had 14 Crawley and the top two, managers in 112 years; Chesterfield and Scunthorpe, meet QPR 11 in the last decade. in FL2. And batting against FOOTIE FACTS - Last weekend Australia in 1947, England Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 wicket-keeper Godfrey their third successive win in the Evans took 97 minutes to North-East derby. The last time score his first run. they achieved this was almost 90 years ago. Stoke eclipsed Manchester United for the first Southampton, West Ham beat time in 30 years, winning 2-1; Swansea 2-0, Hull and Spurs drew Everton bounced back from their 1-1 and Craig Bellamy became the 4-0 Merseyside defeat by beating first player to score for seven Aston Villa 2-1; WBA held Liverpool different PL clubs by netting in 1-1, Manchester City lost 1-0 at Cardiff’s crucial 2-1 win over home against Chelsea. Norwich. Arsenal clipped Crystal Palace Leicester extended their lead at 2-0, hapless Fulham lost 3-0 to the top of the Championship to 10


Red for Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off in Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Bilbao. RED CARD: Ronaldo makes his way to the tunnel.

points (66-56) with a 1-0 win at Bournemouth, and Brentford lead Wolves by two in FL1. In Scotland’s LC semi-finals, Aberdeen beat St Johnstone 4-0, and Inverness CT, who had equalised with nine men, defeated Hibs on penalties. Atletico Madrid are top of Spain’s La Liga for the first time since 1996 after beating Real Sociedad 4-0. Barcelona lost 3-2 at home to Valencia, Almeria were beaten 1-0 in Elche and Malaga took out Sevilla 3-2. WINDOW CLOSED - When football’s January transfer window closed at 12 midnight last Friday, a total of 422 players had found a new club... there were 182 completed deals involving the 20 Premiership clubs, with Crystal Palace signing six new recruits. So far this season, top flight clubs in England have spent a

Well done, Christine, from the BBC BENITACHELL BOWLS CLUB (BBC) is pleased to announce that Christine Mawson has been invited to join the Spanish National Squad, following a successful weekend of trials, which were held at Vistabella Bowls Club on the weekend of January 25-26. Christine will now team up with the club’s two other Spanish National Squad members, Maggie Lawley and Mary Cockell. We wish them every success in their respective International Bowling careers.

Northern League

The BBC Jaguars made the short

trip down the road to Javea Green to play Onyx on a blustery January morning. Jaguars managed to win on two rinks but overall went down four points to six with their Challengers also losing. The Lions played Finca Guila Swallows this week, again roaring to a victory by nine points to one with a total shot difference of 31 to remain top of the League table. Their Challengers team managed a draw. The Tigers were at home to Javea Opals and managed to collect six points. The Challenger Team also won, moving them up to second place on shot difference in the league.

Winter Fours League With only three matches to play in the Winter Fours League, ‘Mavericks’ lead the table with a five-point margin from ‘Rollin Stones’ in second spot, the only team who can stop the leaders from winning the title. The Winter Fours League is sponsored by Dragon Insurance Group & Direkt Optik. Benitachell Bowls Club welcomes bowlers of all ability. We offer a free training session to anyone who is interested in learning more about the game. Please check out our website at

record £780 million on players, beating the previous best by £90 million set in 2008-09. LAST GASP DEFEAT - England, leading by six points with three minutes remaining, were pipped at the post 26-24 by France on the opening day of the Six Nations campaign. Elsewhere, reigning champions and sluggish Wales beat Italy 23-15 and Ireland slammed Scotland 28-6. GREAT WIN - For the first time since 1986, Great Britain are in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after defeating the USA in San Diego, California. Star of the show was Andy Murray who won both his singles matches. COLD OLYMPICS - Eightyeight countries will be taking part in the 2014 Winter Olympics which start in Sochi, Russia, tomorrow (Friday). Team GB will be aiming to win at least four medals.

A good turnout at Oliva Nova MONTGO GOLF SOCIETY played a Stableford competition at Oliva Nova on Friday, January 24, sponsored by Celia Cronin. There was a good turnout with 37 players. The day’s winner was Feli Baybut, with an impressive 36 points from her 15.5 handicap, all the more outstanding bearing in mind that the Computed Buffer Adjustment came in at reducing all buffer zones by two shots. In second place was Colin Foster (9.5) with 34 points with Ed Wallace one point further back from 8.3. Nearest-the-pins went to Gerian van Ooijen (3rd) and Denise Cooper (16th) with special prizes going to Ros Fletcher for the best lady outside the top three and to Shaun O’Gorman for finishing 14th. The Montgo Golf Society’s next game, sponsored by Richard Fox, is at La Galiana tomorrow (Friday).


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port S Captain’s first drive Costa Blanca’s best guide to local sport

LA SELLA was the Warblers’ latest venue, sponsored by Hadleighs of Javea. It was also the new captain’s first drive, a 154metre drive that passed through a bunker. Jim Rodgers won the ‘book’ that was opened to guess how far the drive would go. Glynn Braidley topped division one with 37 points off 13.6. Behind him came Michael Taylor with 36, and

had the most impressive scores with John Daniels carding a handicapreducing 40 points and he now finds himself in division one. Second place, with a more normal score, went to David Edwards scoring 36, with Ken Robinson in third. The nearest-the-pin winners were Jan Wilson, Roy Booth, John Daniels

ANDY MURRAY Was the star of the Davis Cup. Turn to Page 71


LA SELLA: Warblers’ winners on the terrace at La Sella. in third place was Stafford Pemberton. Division two once again


and, sharing the honours on one hole, Jim Rodgers and Allan Wilson. Jim also got a two. Next week the Warblers are at Oliva Nova for the playing for the Valentine’s Cup. First tee will be at 10:48, so be there for 10:00. Guests are always welcome and you can book in by phone: 634 351 950.

Hard matches for Calpe THE hard games for Calpe Bowls Club seem to come at the same time these days and last week was no exception. At Finca Guila, Calpe Bowls faced the Swifts, currently second in the League and who finished runners-up in the League tables last season. Any points there have to be hard-earned, so to come away with four and only lose by 12 shots (58 - 70) was a satisfying result. Breakdown: Alan Steed, Barry Stephens and Gerry Heath lost 10 - 24. Ray Collom, Alison Edwards and Larry Blake lost 13 - 16. Geoff Hutchinson, Ernie Ritchie and Glenda Rowe won 16 - 15, going right to the last wood before Geoff drew the winning shot for a welldeserved victory. Kate Sayers, Ray Heath and Tony Sayers won 19 - 15; they took five of the last seven ends and in all they won eight of the last 10 ends for an excellent result. Calpe Bowls Club is sponsored by Europa Network S.L. If you fancy playing, come along to one of our Club roll-ups on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (9:30am for 10:00am start).

Euro Weekly News - Costa Blanca North 6 - 12 February 2014 Issue 1492  
Euro Weekly News - Costa Blanca North 6 - 12 February 2014 Issue 1492  

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