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ISSUE NO. 1495

27 FEBRUARY - 5 MARCH 2014



Weather brings fruit disaster GALES, hailstones, rain, drought, frost and high temperatures brought heavy financial losses to Alicante Province agriculture in 2013. Growers suffered €4 million of damage to cherries, nisperos and grapes alone.

Ikea fight in Alicante SAN VICENTE shopkeepers and others from surrounding L’Alacanti towns will oppose plans for Alicante City’s Ikea. They also fear competition from franchise chains at the new Rabasa shopping centre.

Balaclava robbery THE same Alcoy bakery has been held up five times by a knife-wielding man wearing a balaclava and knickers on his head. The assistant failed to identify the police’s principal suspect.

Fight to keep Gulf of Valencia oil-free THE list of opponents to oil exploration in the Gulf of Valencia continues to grow. Jose Mas, president of Calpe’s Royal Yacht Club is also president of the Association of Valencian Community Yacht Clubs. All members oppose the surveys planned by Cairn Energy, he said. Mas emphasised the need to fly the flag and defend the Valencia coast at a recent meeting with Ana Perez, local

councillor for Land Protection. He was accompanied by Juan Perez who heads Calpe’s fishing guild which, like all Marina Alta guilds, is fighting the exploration. Calpe Town Hall has challenged Cairn Energy’s environmental impact assessment, Perez assured them. Authorising the prospections means “a life sentence” for the sea, she said. Earlier Antoni Joan Bertomeu,

mayor of Teulada-Moraira, joined the chorus of protests from Denia and Javea. “Our coast must not suffer, bearing in mind its natural wealth, the fragility of its biodiversity and the harm to tourism and fishing,” Bertomeu said. Benissa Town Hall also rejects the Cairn Energy project in a fight that is uniting the Marina Alta, regardless of local political aims and ideology.


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Letters EVICTION HELP: Finestrat and Benidorm mayors (2nd and 3rd right) sign agreement.

Legal guidance for eviction victims

FINESTRAT Town Hall’s Social Welfare department will continue to provide free legal advice for victims of eviction. An agreement signed almost a year ago between Finestrat and Benidorm town halls and the Provincial College of Lawyers was recently extended. Under this arrangement advice is available when there is a likelihood of eviction after mortgage default. The aim is to find a solution that is acceptable to the banks and averts eviction.

The service is accessible to those at risk of eviction who are registered on the town ‘padron’ and whose habitual, permanent home is in Finestrat or Benidorm. Legal guidance is available on the second Thursday of the month from 4pm to 8pm at Benidorm’s Social Welfare department at the Centro Social Jose Llorca Llinares in Calle Goya. An appointment must be made at the Finestrat Social Welfare department (965 878 100) or Benidorm’s Eviction Mediation Office in Calle Pintor Lozano (966 801 064).


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NEWS Going rate BENIDORM rates are amongst the highest in the Valencian Community. Although they are lower than Valencia or Gandia, residents pay more than in Orihuela, Torrevieja or Paterna (Valencia). Fizz falls flat EIGHTY-THREE per cent of workers at the Coca Cola bottling plant in Alicante voted for an indefinite strike. Proprietors Iberian Partners plan to make 90 of the 152 employees redundant.

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Too much noise in town LIFE is allegedly intolerable in Benidorm’s Old Town. They are fed up with grime and noise and bar terrace tables and chairs filling the streets where they live, residents said. There was also criticism for the town hall’s lack of interest in their predicament. Action needs to be taken to balance leisure and pleasure with the lives of those living at the heart of a town that never sleeps, declared Pepa Orozco, president of the Casco Antiguo residents’ association.

The town hall has not kept promises to reduce noise levels and control opening hours, she said at the association’s last meeting. Many of the streets are not clean, particularly the narrowest, she said, tables and chairs outside bars are a constant nuisance. Benidorm Mayor Augustin Navarro did not contradict Orozco. He conceded that she and the association she represented were in the right and promised more Community Police would soon be on patrol to ensure that by-laws are complied with.

Good reception MARINA ALTA radio hams used a temporary 45metre antenna on Montgo to communicate with 100 countries in the CG World Wide international competition. Montgo was chosen for its silence and obstacle-free horizon. Low wages THE Valencian Community’s average salary of €1,481 is €153 below the national average. Highest earners are the Basques with a monthly €1,982 and Madrileños with €1,890.



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THE San Vicente Fibromyalgia Association called for hospital treatment for all sufferers. Many patients are not receiving specialised treatment available at the local hospital, the association said.

Tighter security A NEW perimeter wall has been built at Santa Faz monastery in San Juan. Nuns guard part of the alleged Veil of Veronica kept there since the 15th century.

MARQ donation MARGARITA RAMONBORJA BERENGUER, has lent a Bronze Age ceramic cup to Alicante City’s Archaeological Museum (MARQ). Apart from a small chip on the rim, it is in perfect condition. Dwindling gains THE PSOE party called for lower income tax for Marina Baja nisperogrowers to offset falling prices. In 2008 nisperos fetched €1.23 a kilo wholesale but dropped to €0.88 last year.


Local exports ELDA, Elche and Almoradi shoe manufacturers attended the Las Vegas Magic Market trade fair. Spanish footwear exports to the US grew by 20 per cent between January and November last year.

TIPPING: Not obligatory in Spain, but is however much appreciated.

Outdoor pursuit

Top of the tips… L EAVING a tip in Spain is not obligatory and there are no set rules as there are in the USA, however, it is much appreciated. Despite the financial crisis, according to a survey carried out by the site, most people continue to leave tips. When it comes to foreign tourists, the North Americans are reportedly the most generous, with 71 per cent leaving tips, the British (34 per cent) and the Germans (26 per cent) are also amongst the top tippers, as well as the Russians and Scandinavians. Amongst Spanish tourists, 6 per cent claim they always leave tips, 24 per cent do so occasionally and only 8 per cent never leave anything. Tourists from Madrid are apparently the most

Quote of the Week I haven’t robbed banks, I’ve expropriated them. It’s a revolutionary tax.’

Jaime Jimenez, facing 15 years and nine months in prison for his alleged participation in a bank robbery in Madrid in February 2007.

generous, with 60 per cent leaving tips, followed by the Basques (40 per cent), Catalans (26 per cent) and Andalucians (23 per cent). For 94 per cent of tippers, a good quality service is the main reason to do so. This should mean that Andalucia gets the most tips, as it comes out top in Spain amongst Spanish tourists for customer service, with 43 per cent of their votes, followed by the Basque Country, Madrid and Galicia. Customer service is apparently worst in Extremadura. Other top reasons for leaving tips are the quality of the products, the premises and speed. Eighteen per cent of those questioned say they are more likely to leave a tip if they are with their partner or friends.

Number of the week

transplants were carried out 45 onorgan one day in Spain last month. This is a record for the country, which for the past 22 years running has been a world leader for organ donors, with 35.12 per million inhabitants.

APPROXIMATELY five people a day were booked by police for soliciting on Benidorm streets last year. This is 163 per cent more than in 2011, complained non-aligned councillor Juan Angel Ferrer.

Two birds... JAVEA Town Hall is repairing pavements in Avenida Libertad. Work will take two or three weeks and the local water board will replace water pipes at the same time.

Calpe outing CALPE’S Citizens’ department is celebrating World Water Day on March 23 with an excursion to San Jose Caves in Vall d’Uixo (Valencia) and the Roman amphitheatre in Sagunto.

And finally... THE former President of Cantabria and leader of the PRC (Cantabria Regional Party) was caught in parliament looking at pictures of naked women in a magazine. Other MPs took photos of him which then reached social networking sites such as Twitter.

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Oil slick FIVE motorcyclists suffered minor injuries in simultaneous accidents in Alicante City’s Gran Via. All slid on an oil slick leaking from a lorry’s faulty hydraulic system.

Doctors’ bills THE regional Health charged foreign patients €300,000 for medical attention. All were from outside the EU, although EU patients unable to produce an EHIC card also had to pay up.


The Dama stays in Madrid THE Dama de Elche is unlikely to pay a return visit to the town where she was found. The Iberian bust, discovered in Elche in 1897, was taken first to the Louvre in Paris before returning to Spain in 1941. It is now on permanent display at Madrid’s Archaeological Museum which is due to reopen after closing for renovations in 2011. The 4th century BC sculpture is one of the

museum’s biggest attractions and will not be moved for some time, sources said. Elche mayor Mercedes Alonso stressed that the request for the Dama’s loan was made to Mariano Rajoy, president of the Spanish government. “It is him we are negotiating with, not the museum,” she said. DAMA DE ELCHE: Won’t be travelling soon.

Plans still on the boil Luis Garcia/Flickr


ALTEA Town Hall still hopes to salvage its Open Shopping Centre (CCA) plans. The town hall now contemplates extending the precinct from Avenida Jaime I to Calle Raspall and continuing to the Plaza de los Deportes. Avenida de la Comunidad Valenciana on the other side of the railway line would also be included. Business-owners in the Avenida oppose the pedestrian area but those in the three other relatively new areas are more enthusiastic.

Villajoyosa doctor denies steroids scam A VILLAJOYOSA doctor is accused of irregularly prescribing anabolic steroids. More than 200 Social Security prescriptions were made out to genuine patients with valid health cards without their knowledge, the Alicante High Court heard. All the medication was dispensed at the same Villajoyosa chemist’s in 2009 and signed by a health centre locum. All except one of dozens of patients whose details were used ever went to this pharmacy, they told the court. All were chronically ill and in some cases steroids were incompatible with their

habitual medication, they said. It was unclear who filled in the names and numbers on the forms. The doctor admitted signing prescriptions without filling in all the details, which he left to the nurse or pharmacists. The chemist also agreed that at that time no proof of identity was required for prescriptions. The doctor, who faces a five-year prison sentence if found guilty, maintained that the chemist was at fault. Chemists often added patients’ names and SIP number at random to prescriptions in order to claim from Social Security, he said.


Anniversary concert in Teulada TEULADA’S 650-seat Auditorium was inaugurated in April 2011 with a concert by four local choirs. To mark the Auditorium’s three successful years the same four choirs - the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir, the English Choir, Cor La Senieta and the Coral Teuladina - are giving an anniversary concert. It will be held at the Auditorium on Sunday March 23 at 7pm and entrance is free. There will be individual and joint pieces by the two British choirs and the finale will see all four choirs singing the Spanish song, ‘Sin Ti.’

Allotments now ready THIRTY-SEVEN applicants have now received one of of Benissa’s municipal allotments. The 60-square metre plots in the Cami Vell de Canor area have been fenced off by the town hall, which has also provides water and a toolshed for equipment. Allotment-holders are currently taking part in a course on organic agriculture that combines theory with practical classes. These are given by industrial management engineer Jose Manuel Bisseto, who is in charge of the Huertos Urbanos (allotments) project. Some allotments are still untaken and if interested apply to the Benissa OAC (Citizens’ Attention) department.

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European Union goodies for the Valencia region EIGHTY-SIX PER CENT of Valencian Community municipalities have received funds from the European Union. A total of 466 towns are enjoying the benefits of the EU’s

structural funds, said regional president Alberto Fabra at the inauguration of the one-day conference, ‘European funds for local authorities.’ In order to encourage growth it

is vital to intensify local development, said Fabra who termed municipalities “the motor of the enconomy.” Structural funds are one of the best ways of boosting growth, he added, as he urged town halls to present projects for the 2014-2020 programme. Thanks to the Generalitat’s negotiations with Europe, it will be possible to embark on €4.4 billion of cofinanced projects, 63 per cent more than during the period 2007-2013, the president announced. These investments will make the region’s companies more LENT APPROACHES: A moment from Javea’s 2013 carnival. competitive, while fomenting investigation and innovation. They will also provide more jobs, particularly for the young, he said. JAVEA Town Hall and Starting at the Placeta Desnivell, Toni Bup and Of the €2.259 billion the muncipality’s three del Convent it will Raul Albi. due to reach the region, As usual there will be the Generalitat will be in fiestas’ commissions continue through the are joining forces for town as far as the Plaza prizes for the best direct control of €947.2 costumes, with €50 for million. This money will this Saturday’s Carnival de la Constitucion. celebrations. There will be a the best individual get- reach “every corner” of The fun starts at 5pm marquee for those in a up, €100 for the best the Valencian Community with a fancy dress dancing mood, with an couple and €150 for pledged and improve parade for the town’s outdoor disco and the winning group quality of life for its from Pepa entry. children that sets off music residents, Fabra said. from the Placeta del Convent. This is followed - again in the Plaza del Convento - by a performance for little ones from the Pampol Teatro group after which there will be a children’s fiesta. Later at 11pm it will be the turn of the adults, with another fancy dress parade.

Javea in Carnival mood as celebrations about to start




Stonework risk to pedestrians FIREMAN were called to Calle Pedreguer in Denia after a passer-by was almost hit by falling masonry. The road was cut off as a crumbling balcony was made safe.

Textbook gripe APPROXIMATELY 60,000 Alicante Province pupils will have to buy new textbooks when the new Education laws come into force. This will wreck the ‘book bank’ project, parents and teachers complained.

Drought threat JANUARY and February have been the driest and warmest for 33 years. Conditions are repeating those of 1981, one of the 20th century’s driest years, said Alicante University’s Climatology department.

Average pension THE average retirement pension in the Valencia Region is of €797.80, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security revealed. This is a 1.9 per cent increase in relation to 2013.


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Sharing skills with the U3A CHLOE ASTON: Won the Gold 4 event at MET.

Briton wins event at Oliva Nova MET BRITISH show jumper Chloe Aston won the Gold 4 event at the Oliva Nova Mediterranean Equestrian Tour (MET). The win will add points to the rider’s Longines ranking and brought with it a €24,000 prize. Around 350 riders from 44 countries and their 2,300 horses are participating in the eight-week MET 14 competition now taking place in Oliva. It began in January and continues until April. Peter Charles, the Olympic gold medallist, is also appearing, together with Briton Lee Williams, another international rider. The Spanish contingent includes Cayetano Martinez de Irujos, the Duchess of Alba’s son.

ALBIR’S Sugar Craft group, formed four years ago with just four members, are proud of their accomplishments. The members all belong to the local University of the Third Age (U3A) but none had any previous experience of making sugar flowers. Initial difficulties of working with sugar paste were soon mastered. Skills developed rapidly and the group now has 12 members. Sugar Craft meetings are held each Wednesday from 12.30 until 3pm at the Social Centre, Albir. New members are welcome The U3A (University of the Third Age) fosters cultural, intellectual and

SUGAR CRAFT: Marina Baixa U3A members show their skills recreational interests by sharing members’ knowledge and experience through social and other activities. Annual membership of the U3A Marina Baixa costs €12 a year

enabling members to join any of the groups and activities. For more information visit the website m or ring the secretary Joan Flint 965 861 226, mobile 663 637 167.

Old and new to be included in project MOORISH remains discovered below Elche’s new municipal market site need not stop the project, claimed a firm bidding for the contract. It would include them in the project, a spokesman said.


Copper thieves strike again THIEVES demolished three Calpe transformers for copper and scrap under cover of night. The 300-kilo pieces of machinery were located in Avenida de Rusia and must have been toppled by a vehicle using chains. This is the only way they could have been dragged from the hut where they were installed, investigators said. The transformers were then broken up to remove the copper cabling and as much metal as the thieves could take with them. Copper has been stolen before from Avenida de Rusia but this last robbery caused around €30,000 of damage, said Public Safety councillor Jan van Parijs. The metal thieves knew what they were doing, sources revealed. Roads and infrastructure have been completed in the area, which is part of the Pla Roig II development plan, but no houses have been built and the transformers had not been connected Although Avenida de Rusia is used by traffic, it is not yet municipal property and the developers are responsible for reinstalling the transformers.

Fine to-do for doggy-doo PEBBLES, a three-times offender, is the first dog to fall foul of Benidorm’s ‘Brown brigade.’ The two-man patrol - a town hall inspector and a Local Police officer caught Pebbles in the act

and his owner has been fined. Many more dog-owners are likely to be fined, warned Juan Ramon Martinez, councillor responsible for street cleaning.

When the patrol, now into its second week, first took to the Benidorm streets, they started by handing out pamphlets and explaining the local bylaws. As well as obliging owners to clean up after their pets, these required all dogs to be kept on the lead and dangerous breeds to be muzzled. Now they have swung into action and Pebbles, who had been spotted twice before doing what he shouldn’t in Calle Murcia, landed his owner with a €150 fine. This will rise to €450 should Pebbles offend again.



Easy parking ALFAZ DEL PI Council renewed its €6,000 parking agreement with the Fundacion Frax in Albir. This makes public parking available year round on the cultural centre’s Albir seafront site.

Fighting mad POLICE surprised a man training fighting cocks in central Elda, a focus for the traditional but illegal fights. He was hitting the birds to goad them into fighting, police sources said.

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Hepatitis patient sues Health department A 35-YEAR-OLD woman who contracted hepatitis C (VHC) in hospital is suing the regional government. Admitted to the Marina Baja hospital in November 2011, she was infected by saline solution used to clean an intravenous drip. It came from the same multi-dose bottle used earlier for a patient with VHC, regional Health department investigators found. Others on same Digestion ward at the same time had to

be located after the infected woman was diagnosed with VHC the following April. Of the 13 who proved positive, two already had a different strain of the disease when admitted to Villajoyosa hospital. A third patient was identified as the carrier of the same strain that infected 11 patients. Five live in Villajoyosa, four in Benidorm and two were from other Spanish regions. The same saline solution

was used for all 11, although hospital regulations recommend only monodoses. Not all cases could be followed up, the Patients’ Defence Association revealed. Thirteen patients died before the investigation and another was unlocatable in the UK. “The Health department’s report is practically a life sentence,” the association said.



Generalitat 1 - Betis 0 REGIONAL president Alberto Fabra was accused of rescheduling the Betis-Real match to suit his appointments. The match, due to be played at 9pm this coming Sunday was put forward to 12 noon, to the ire of the Andalucia club. “All attempts to dignify and make our League convincing are going to be ruined when such arbitrary decisions modify an agreed timetable without justification,” lamented a Betis communiqué. The Generalitat immediately countered claims that the change was made for Fabra’s benefit. The President’s Office denied that changing the time of the March 2 match was prompted by Fabra’s commitments.


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Fire forces evacuation A FIRE forced the evacuation of 18 elderly residents from an Alzheimer Centre in Alcoy. The fire is believed to have originated within the Mariola Natural Park when agricultural burning caused dense smoke forcing the evacuation of the centre along with 50 children from the Baradello shelter. The fire was brought under control in three hours as planes dropped large amounts of water on the scene and ground crews from Denia, Alcoy and Alicante were also in attendance.

The return of the traditional trade “ALICANTE is experiencing a renaissance of traditional commerce.” That’s according to Carlos Gomez Gil, a sociologist and professor of Applied Economics from Alicante University. In the middle of an economic crisis, that has seen around 2,000 stores close in Alicante City, the latest Economic Yearbook from La Caixa shows that traditional trade is returning to the city. The professor believes these smaller, traditional and unique stores “will have more impact on the future” as new facilities will work


Villena’s carnival MORE than 1,800 people participated in Villena’s annual carnival parade. This year, the Department for Fiestas, increased the number of musical groups, with 16 taking part.

Closing lunch TRADITIONAL: Alicante’s streets will be filled will traditional stores. traditional sectors, and there is much more care given about the image. “It will force many others to compete in this respect and that will contribute

to the modernisation of the trading system of Alicante. It means a commitment to the city itself and the revival of coexistence.”

School cuts in Marina Baixa THE Regional Deputy and Mayor of L’Alfas, Vicente Arques, has joined the criticism against cutting 10 infant and primary units from schools in the Marina Baixa next year. Benidorm, La Vila, Altea, Alfaz, Callosa d’en Sarria, Relleu Benifato and municipalities will be affected by the cuts by the Ministry of Education, which will also see the dismissal of 13 teachers. Arques described it as an “attack” on public education in the Region.

Six earthquakes rock the province SUNDAY morning saw Alicante Province register six minor earthquakes. The Emergency Coordination Centre reported that 112 received calls from citizens in Aspe, Elda and Monforte del Cid reporting several earthquakes, although

no damage was reported. The tremors registered between 1.6 and 2.4 on the Richter scale. The lowest strength earthquake was recorded in Monforte del Cid with the highest intensity felt in Elda.

FIVE chefs from the Region have designed a special unique menu to mark the close of the 14th edition of the Fishermen’s Exhibition in Villajoyosa. The closing luncheon takes place on March 10 at the Tennis Club.

Name change ALICANTE-ELCHE Airport is having the name ‘Elche’ added next to Alicante on the main facade of the airport. It has been officially named Alicante-Elche since July 2013.

School stuff VALENCIAN department of Education has signed a cooperation agreement with the text book company Rubio, for the distribution of free English teaching materials to all schools in the Region.

Homeless up RED CROSS in the Alicante Province attended last year to more than 1,382 homeless people, more than double that of the previous period, when 542 were assisted.


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Ciudad de la Luz meeting continues

Hotel occupancy rises in February

THE Commercial Court in Alicante will resume the creditors meeting of Aguamarga regarding the Ciudad de la Luz film studios on March 26. Aguamarga Management Studies SL, was managing the audiovisual complex and entered into bankruptcy in December 2011. It had been managing the City of Light since 2000 but in the last stage the Government agreed to unilaterally terminate the link, arguing that there had been a breach of duty by the company. In July 2013 the company was ordered to pay €1.2 million to the Ciudad de la Luz by ‘default’ lease services.

HOTELS on the Costa Blanca recorded an average occupancy of 42.6 per cent during the first half of

the month of February, an increase of 8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

In Benidorm, the average was 66.4 per cent, 3 per cent higher than during the start of February 2013, according to hotel association Hosbec. By municipality, Finestrat recorded 55.9 per cent, L’Alfaz del Pi, had 50.6 per cent, while in Calpe the average occupancy was 43.7 per cent. By origin, the domestic market accounted for 56.2 per cent of the total, with international visitors CONTROL CENTRE: The deputy mayor and head of police visit the telecommunications room. accounting for 43.8 per cent. British visitors accounted for 20.7 per LA NUCIA’S pioneering installation of traffic surveillance and control has been cent, followed by visited by Benitachell’s deputy mayor and head of Local Police. Toni Colomer and tourists from Nordic Juan Francisco Mayans visited various departments of the public safety building in countries with 8.1 per La Nucia which was opened in November 2006. cent.

Benitachell learn about control centre


Schools to promote joint parenting BOTH parents will be required to sign school enrolment forms for children from next year in Alicante Province if they do not live together. The Department of Education says it wants to ensure safeguards for the child and to avoid conflict situations and has agreed measures that promote joint custody. The schools will require forms to be completed stating the family’s situation relating to schooling such as who is collecting the child and the parental involvement. If joint custody is issued, schools will ensure that information, grades and reports will be given to both parents.



Guided tour ON Sunday, guided tours around L’Albir’s lighthouse resume. The trip lasts three hours and starts at 10.30am. Reserve your place by emailing museovillaromana@lalfas. com

Fashion fun A FASHION show takes place on March 15 at Metro Bar, Calpe from 8pm. Jenie Keane is showcasing her collection with the support of EKA Kids Association to help fund her fashion course.

Pavement work REPAIR work has begun to the pavements in Avenida Libertad in Arenal, Javea. Old pipes will be replaced and the pavement relaid with cobblestones and regulatory curbs at an investment of €25,000.

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‘Microsoft’ scammers in operation in Javea area SCAMMERS are operating in the Javea area. Several readers have contacted the Euro Weekly News warning of a scam in which people receive a

call claiming to be from Microsoft saying there is a fault or ‘germ’ on your computer. They say they can fix it remotely but need password details to access your system.

They also ask for a payment of €195 to be made via bank transfer. One reader said he knew someone who was targeted and cancelled the payment at the last minute but not before the scammers had accessed his computer and then cleared it. He said he has since received four calls in two days. The number appearing on his phone is ‘00119’ and is not a traceable number so he is unsure where the calls are coming from. Another reader said HELPFUL: Staff at the Palm Beach Hotel in Benidorm. they were on the phone to the supposed Microsoft worker for over 80 minutes. A BENIDORM hotel has been chosen as the ‘Most Simpatico’ in Spain. It is advised to ignore In an internet survey organised by a team of hotel industry experts scoured Spain between November and January. these calls and to never They booked incognito at hotels, posing as ordinary clients, and finally give out passwords, bank details or permit access to chose Benidorm’s four-star Palm Beach hotel in the Rincon de Loix. Staff were scored on their friendliness and expertise in dealing with the computer files, unless you public. Their approachability and familiarity with each hotel’s services was know exactly who you are dealing with. taken into account, together with the quality of their advice.

Hotel is the ‘most simpatico’



Santa Llucia safe DENIA’S municipal residence for the elderly will not close or be privatised. Reassurance was given by Mayor Ana Kringe who dismissed rumours of both as “gossip.” Vicente Chelet, responsible for Finance at the town hall, had nevertheless warned weeks ago that changes to Local Administration legislation put a question mark over the future of the Santa Llucia residence. Kringe has now given assurance that the home will continue to be run by the municipality, despite running at an annual loss of €900,000.


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International Women’s Day at the Parador THE Women in Business Club, Spain, (WIBC) will celebrate International Women’s Day next Sunday at the Parador, Javea. The event starts at 11am with health and beauty taster sessions, a Cancer Care fashion show, a photographer offering family sessions, numerous stalls and a raffle and tombola. All money raised will go to aid victims of domestic violence. During 2013 WIBC, a

non-profit making business networking group, has raised money and been able to supply over 80 new pairs of shoes and slippers for all the children as well as clothing vouchers for the teenagers at the Denia Children’s Shelter. They provided the Altea Shelter with much needed food, shoes and clothing, furniture and paid towards pharmacy bills. At Pedreguer, they arranged the registration

documents and christening outfit and shoes for a new born boy, as well as supplying astro-turf and a swimming pool for the mothers and children and for the Calpe Food Bank

and the Harvest in Javea, basic food for the needy of the towns was given. The group would like to thank everyone who has supported their effort and made donations.

Arte Altea hopes to revive artistic vibe Everyone dance like DANCING IN THE STREET: A spontaneous dance event raised €600 for charity.

ARTE ALTEA is to open to the public on Saturday. The focus of this new space located in the heart of Altea’s Old Town, will be art and culture in order to revive the artistic vibe and energy that was once so rich in the town. At Arte Altea, just steps from the main church square, artists ranging from the up and coming to the already established will be featured with exhibitions that will rotate regularly. In addition, the venue will be used to host special events such as author readings, poetry nights and special presentations.

nobody is watching! A SPUR of the moment event raised nearly €600 last weekend as EKA European Kids Association and representatives from The Cancer Care Charity, joined forces with Nostro’s Restaurant in Javea. John Migan from Spectrum FM, turned up the music as people were encouraged to get dancing as if nobody was watching. The idea kicked off when Jeffrey, ‘The Beach Man’ started dancing on the Arenal. Mayor Chulvi also joined in the fun and another one is planned for May.


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Charities and volunteers are to be honoured and recognised TWENTY charities are being honoured and recognised at the first Charity Gala event hosted by Bay Radio. Denia’s Marriot Hotel La Sella is the venue for the glittery, black tie event on April 12 which is the radio station’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the army of unsung heroes; local volunteers, who give their time freely to help others. Managing Director of Bay Radio, Graham Barber, told the Euro Weekly News that having launched nine years ago, the station does hundreds of shout outs for charities and they had been thinking about hosting some sort of event to thank and honour the many volunteers for some time: “Bay Radio is a community station and we have always supported charity. We know the amount of work that goes on and thought that these people have never been recognised so we thought it would be a good idea.”

BAY RADIO: Graham Barber (left) with presenters Bob James, Noelle Wyman and Kal Sutherland prepare for the charity gala awards. Eventually, after much consideration and deliberation, 20 registered charities were chosen with five members from each being invited to the gala ball as their guests for what Graham says will be: “a fun filled, dazzling event that says we acknowledge

what you do and are so grateful for what you do and please carry on doing what you do best.” These chosen charities will nominate the person or group of volunteers they feel has gone above and beyond and deserves a special mention: “All of these

20 charities are winners.” Graham added there was shocked reactions when they first approached the organisations: “These people operate behind the scenes and many of us don’t realise the work they do and they don’t expect to be recognised publicly, so the general feeling was one of surprise, humility and excitement.” The event will be attended by British Consul Paul Rodwell as well as the local mayor. Mark Stacy, BBC TV personality from programmes such as ‘Flog It’ and ‘Bargain Hunt,’ who has been a guest on Bay Radio several times, has agreed to attend and act as auctioneer for a special auction on the night and magician James Brown will be entertaining with some table magic.

For more information email or call 965 796 761.




Tram knock A MAN was injured when he skipped a red light in Alicante and hit a tram. Although the collision was at low speed the driver became trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Flights off HIGH winds forced the suspension of balloon flights in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Mariola, Alcoy. An excursion to the castle was offered instead.

New course JAVEA’S Red Cross is continuing its employment programme and is now offering a course for people to train as waiting staff in the hospitality industry ahead of summer .


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Stories making headlines in Europe

NORWAY - A Norwegian children’s charity left a scantilydressed 11-year-old boy at a bus stop in the cold to test how many people would help him. Most did.

Go home NORWAY - Russian President Vladmir Putin reportedly told the head of Norway’s sports federation that with 16 Winter Olympic medals, they had enough and should go home.

Wanted princess

Nice cuppa A COUPLE who went through years of legal action over their children, reached a consensus after a High Court judge suggested they sit down and have a cup of tea together.

BRITISH households are expecting their finances to improve over the next 12 months for the first time in at least five years, a survey shows.

Banksy sold ONE of Banksy’s most famous murals, ‘Kissing Coppers,’ has been sold at auction in the US for £345,000 after being removed from the wall of a Brighton pub.

SWEDEN - Supervisors at a municipality in Sweden have been found guilty of driving a coworker to suicide by bullying him at work.

Kids smuggling

PRINCESS VICTORIA: Swedes want her to reign.

DOG owners who fail to control their animals should be given notices ordering them to train their pets or have them taken away, campaigners and politicians have said.

Sales up FERRARI says the UK has become its biggest European market, overtaking Germany. Almost 680 cars were shipped to the UK last year.

Real life Uncaring bosses MORE than half of workers feel their employers do not care about their well-being, leading many to consider looking for a new job, according to a study by Investors in People.

RUSSIAN PRESS Lingerie cleansing SYNTHETIC lingerie is to be banned from July under new trade laws in the Eurasian Union countries. Russia’s lingerie outlets may throw away up to 90 per cent of their stock.

SWEDEN - Police are attempting to dismantle a network of 40 children, some as young as eight, who were forced into drug dealing in Stockholm.

Torahs found

Slaughter ban

PEOPLE from countries which have legalised child euthanasia, such as Belgium, which recently passed the law, could be banned from adopting Russian children.

DENMARK - The Danish government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat.

Dog control

LIFE can mean life, Court of Appeal judges have ruled, following a European Court of Human Rights decision which declared them unlawful.

SWEDEN - Almost 50 per cent of Swedes want King Carl Gustaf XVII to abdicate and Princess Victoria to take the throne, a survey shows.

Suicide guilt

TEA: A calming way to reach agreement.

Positive outlook

A HUNGARIAN rabbi said he had found 103 Torah scrolls stolen from Hungarian Jews during WWII and stashed in a Russian library.

No Russians

Building auctioned RUSSIA expressed outrage after one of its diplomatic buildings was auctioned by Sweden

GERMAN PRESS Shredded cash

BRITISH PRESS Helping hands


as a result of litigation between Moscow and a German businessman.

Potato imports RUSSIA will start importing Dutch seed potatoes again, once a quality inspection has deemed them suitable. This could mean a €10 million export opportunity.

Presidential criticism RUSSIA condemned unrest in Ukraine as a coup attempt, with President Putin blaming the opposition for the biggest escalation in three months of anti-government protests.

Meat imports RUSSIA is planning to partially lift a ban on meat imports from the United States. The import of US pork, beef, and turkey was halted last year due to safety concerns.

BAVARIAN police are searching for the owner of thousands of euros found shredded at a waste disposal site. If no-one comes forward then employees at the site will get the cash.

Street sex THE mayor in the German-French border town of Saarbrücken plans to ban street prostitution, as the region’s sex trade problem continues to increase.

Cutting costs SEVERAL government ministers in Germany have reportedly been sleeping in back rooms in their Berlin offices, despite earning around €14,000 a month.

Bling bishop A DISGRACED German bishop who spent €31 million building new headquarters reportedly used cash for good causes to fund his lavish projects.

Gold diggers GERMAN archaeologists recovered over €1 million worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug it up illegally.

Hoax calls FIREFIGHTERS in Berlin are losing their patience after being called to a home for refugees 160 times for no reason. They believe youths may be behind the hoax calls.

No permission CIVIL servants at Germany’s defence ministry signed off a €55 million pay-off as part of the Eurofighter project without checking with their boss.


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Homeless detained A HOMELESS man, 30, was arrested in Palma after he allegedly knocked another man unconscious to rob him. A couple friend of the detainee was arrested as well for covering the assault.

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


Man hurt A MAN, 35, was seriously injured when he overturned his car in the Avenida del Mediterraneo in Almeria after hitting a road sign. He sustained several injuries and was transferred to Torrecardenas Hospital.

Luxurious visit

More visitors

LUXURY mega yacht ‘Pacific’ visited Palma last weekend. The 85-metre long vessel is equipped with a gym, a spa, a cinema and its own heliport.

ALMERIA City’s museums received a record number of visitors during January. A total of 4,597 people were registered with the number one spot going to the new Guitar Museum.

Gender gap


BALEARIC women earned an average €19,377 in 2011. This is 16.4 per cent less than what men earned the same year, trade union UGT has denounced.

Helicopter rescue A MAN, 50, was rescued by helicopter after he broke a foot while hiking in the Puig Fume area near Pollensa.

Cyclist serious A CYCLIST, 30, was admitted to the Son Espases Hospital in a serious condition after being in collision with a car on the Soller road near Palmanyola.


Lottery winners LUCKY ticket holders in Jacarilla and Almoradi have scooped nearly €9 million in prizes from the National Lottery.

Rice Torrevieja TWENTY SEVEN restaurants from Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa are involved in the second edition of ‘Rice Torrevieja’ starting on Monday. Visit

Residents unite RESIDENTS in La Aparecida gathered in support of the family of a teenager who is critically ill after falling through a skylight while playing on a building site. They ask the council to finish the work at the site.

Warmest months JANUARY and February have been the driest and warmest for 33 years. Conditions are repeating those in 1981; one of the 20th century’s driest years.

Library opens THE new library within Torrevieja’s Ciudad del Mar school has been officially inaugurated by Mayor Eduardo Dolon who urged students to visit it and enjoy the pleasure of reading.

THE first phase of works for a new wine museum in Laujar de Andarax has been completed at a cost of €21,500. IN THE MONEY: Police confiscated €140,000.

Police find large amount of cash

GUARDIA CIVIL confiscated €140,000 from a Murcia man, 43, following a spot check in Velez Rubio. The officers found the money in a bag hidden in the hollow of the spare wheel space of the vehicle. The intercepted money is one of the largest amounts ever seized in Almeria Province under the regulation of money

laundering prevention. The owner of the money, faces a charge of money laundering after exceeding the maximum amount of €100,000 per person which is regulated in order to prevent such activities. Upon completion of the search, the man was allowed to continue his journey with €1,000. The rest of the money was handed over to the

Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences of the Bank of Spain. The Guardia Civil advise that anyone carrying an amount equal to or greater than €100,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency, must declare it in advance to the Customs and Excise Department.

Park life

Four injured

MARCH sees a number of activities and workshops taking place at Santa Pola’s Natural Park including birdwatching, interpretive tours, lectures and visits to the Museum of Salt.

FOUR people, two men and two women, were admitted to Santa Ana Hospital in Motril following a collision between five cars on the N340 road in Torrenueva.


Drug trafficking

Fire extinguished FIREFIGHTERS put out a fire that threatened nearby houses in the Almuñecar district of Lobres. The burning of stubble in the Era del Teniente reed bed accidentally started the blaze, sources said.

A GUARDIA Civil from Algarrobo was arrested as part of an anti-drugs operation in Nerja. The officer has been accused, together with 11 other people, of allegedly smuggling 1,500 kilograms of hashish and hiding it in the Maro-Cerro Gordo natural park.

Long wait

Action brought

NEIGHBOURS demanding the removal of an illegal phone tower in Benajarafe (Velez-Malaga) have taken the case to the Public Prosecutor’s Office as still it hasn’t been removed five years after it was promised.

THE Environment section of the Malaga Public Prosecutor’s Office has brought action against a woman from Velez-Malaga for allegedly selling six endangered Greek tortoises online.

Soho market HUNDREDS of people enjoyed the first artesan and second hand ‘Soho’ market in Adra. The market will now be held on the third Sunday of each month on the promenade opposite the marina.

Smash and grab A JEWELLER’S shop in Dalias was the victim of an early morning raid with thieves breaking down the door and getting away with an estimated haul of €70,000.


French visitors ANTEQUERA Town Hall has translated the content of its tourist promotion website into French, as they are the second most numerous foreign visitors to the town.

Mountain asset THE left-wing Izquierda Unida party in Casares has asked the Andalucian Parliament for Utrera Mountain to be declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.

Homeless helped RED CROSS Social Emergency Units attended to 325 homeless people in Marbella, Fuengirola, Mijas and Benalmadena last year.

No shooting THE Independent and Civil Servants’ Union (CSIF) has complained that Local Police in Cartama have not had shooting practice for 15 years.

Foreign questions THE Foreigners’ Attention Office in Mijas attended to more than 20,000 requests last year, mainly from Britons, Germans and Danes.


GONE: Many investors have lost their lifelong fortunes.

Looking for Spain’s LMIM scam victims

THE LM Investment Management (LMIM) scandal that lost investors’ lifelong fortunes has affected significant numbers of people living in Spain, especially Alicante, Almeria and Costa del Sol. As investors try to get their money back in the wake of LMIM’s collapse, Spain’s expat victims have somewhere to turn, namely, the LM Investor Victim Centre (LMIVC). ( te/lminvestorvictimcentre/) Established in Australia in 1997, LMIM was an investment management company founded by New Zealander Peter Drake. Investors were sold a range of financial products deploying different investments in Australian residential property markets. During the 2008 global financial crisis, LMIM established a fund called the Managed Performance Fund (MPF) which alone totalled $400 million (€293 million) that was actively promoted worldwide

through a network of independent financial advisors. In March 2013, LMIM called in its administrators and the result has left investors in shock and despairing. Under allegations of mismanagement, fraud and ponzi scheme operations, LMIM was placed into liquidation in August 2013, owing investors worldwide a total of $750 million (€493 million), some of whom live in Spain. One of LMIVC’s representatives in Spain told Euro Weekly News “we know in Spain there are hundreds, if not thousands caught up in this scam.” The hope is that as victims come together, the larger numbers will register a higher profile and give a greater chance of recovering unjust financial losses. Over 390 victims of LMIM have joined in the past three months, seeking justice. The LMIVC spokesman declared, “There have been

many millions of euros lost by people in Spain; I alone know 26 or 27 personally.” He spoke of victims who can’t go back to England and who have no money to live on, having lost all they invested. These victims in Spain represent just a fraction of the suffering LMIM has caused. According to the LMIVC website, LMIM founder Drake’s passport was seized and his assets frozen in September 2013. Advisors worldwide were also implicated by failing to correctly categorise the investment due to carelessness or pure greed thanks to the high payments LMIM made to its advisors.

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AMUX members venture south MORE than 50 members of the Amics del Museum de Xabia (AMUX) ventured to the southern-most point of Alicante Province for a guided visit of archaeological and historical sites of Guardamar del Segura.

Guided by Antonio Garcia, Curator of Cultural Heritage and director of the Museum of Archaeology of Guardamar, AMUX members visited both the ‘Fonteta,’ site of the Phoenican city port, and the ‘Rabita Califal’ or Islamic school. Technical assistant at the museum, Francisco Panes, guided them round the Archaeological Museum and the Forestry House. AMUX is a group of people of all nationalities with an interest in the history and archaeology of Javea and the Marina Alta. As well as supporting the activities of the Museum, it organises talks and excursions. Membership costs €10 a year, payable at the Museum, and entitles THANKS to the fundraising efforts of the staff and members to priority booking customers of Bar Pasaje in Orba a large quantity of food and discounts on excursions. and provisions was presented to the S. Francisco de Asis For more information, visit: Hospice in Palma de Gandia last. Staff, residents and volunteers accepted the donation.

Funds for provisions


Scotland may have its Queen COULD the Duchess of Alba become the Queen of Scotland? Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, better known as simply the Duchess of Alba and close to marking her 88th birthday, has, according to Guinness World Records, more titles recognised by an existing government than any other noble in the world, more than 40! However, the matter has been raised in the press that if Scotland obtains independence, she could become their rightful Queen. Known to her friends and family as Cayetana, in October 2011, she married a man 24 years her junior despite the opposition of her family and the King of Spain. She gave her children their inheritance in advance, and her new husband renounced any claim on her wealth, estimated at as much as €3.5 billion. She is a direct descendent of King James II of England and VII of Scotland, the last Monarch to reign north of Hadrian’s Wall, between 1685 and 1688, and the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of James Fitz-James, the illegitimate son of King James VII of Scotland. The Duchess is rumoured to be quite keen on the idea and has the money to help the independence movement gather strength as well as helping what would be the world’s newest country to get on its feet. Plus Cayetana could add yet another title to her list; probably the most prestigious she could ever hope to have.

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For one night only CARELINE THEATRE are taking their Old Time Music Hall Revue to Calpe Casa

de Cultura for one night only on April 9. Songs discuss a range of

topics including the police, rent collectors, bailiffs, mothers-in-law, the

PANTOMIME: Snoozing Beauty was performed in Oliva for the first time.

A Tale of Two Princes PANTO came to Oliva for the first time with a production of ‘Snoozing Beauty’ by the Oliva U3A Drama Group. An audience of over four hundred people enjoyed a medley of show songs from the musicals presented by the Oliva U3A choir, followed by a

somewhat unorthodox version of this traditional story. This drama group has only been active for one year and many of the actors had never been on a public stage before! Now they are all eagerly awaiting their next performance.

drunken husband and the shrewish wife and the spendthrift who gambles away his pay before he gets home on Friday night; the humour and high energy of the performers will keep you entertained. Proceeds from the performance are to be donated to Friends of the Children of EMAUS. Call the Box Office on 652 294 750 or e-mail: m. Curtain up at 8pm. Seats €10 (10 per cent off pre paid bookings of 20+ seats).


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Legendary jazz performer is back ONCE again, Vera Engel and her Jazz Combo will be performing at Ciudad Patricia in Benidorm from 3pm - 6pm on Sunday. Vera has performed there four times in the last year. Vera is one of the legends of the Dutch jazz scene and is well-known internationally. Vera discovered her singing talent only in the last seven years. Since then she has established herself, along with her supporting Jazz Combo, as an international Jazz artist earning slots in major festivals and on Dutch National TV. She is now based in Spain, she has never forgotten her roots and performs regularly. Ciudad Patrica combines a great venue with a level of friendliness and informality that simply adds

VERA ENGEL: Will perform at Ciudad Patricia. to the enjoyment. It is a beautiful retirement resort in the green hills on the outskirts of Benidorm. Just discovering this place will make the effort worthwhile. As before, tickets are â‚Ź5 on the door, just turn up, park, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Ciudad Patricia

can be found in Calle Rumania which is nearly opposite Camping Raco just outside main Benidorm towards Alfaz. Call 965 855 100, email apartamentos@ciudadpatri or visit for a detailed map.


Farewell to Ernest IT is with great sadness that the Calpe Branch of the Royal British Legion announce the passing of their President, Ernest ‘Chic’ Chandler, aged 90 A much-loved personality and a kind, generous man who was always ready to help others. Although he only joined the Branch two years ago it was a measure of his popularity that he was unanimously voted in as President last year. He was very proud of this position, attending and participating at our monthly meetings. Ernie served in the Royal Navy and during WWII served on three aircraft carriers, HMS Unicorn, HMS Implacable and HMS Invincible. He was discharged after the War

ERNEST: A much-loved personality. as a Stoker 1st Class with an Exemplary Service Record. Ernie went to work for the Daily Mirror before retiring to live in Calpe.

The Royal British Legion sends their sincere condolences to his daughter, Linda, sonin-law, Felipe and the whole family.

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The Inglorious end to Spanish colonial power Part 1: The disaster of the Battle of Annual


T the end of the nineteenth century Spain’s colonial empire stretched to the Americas and Pacific. But in 1898 they had a disastrous year. They lost Cuba, Puerto Rica and the Philippines to the new imperial power, the USA, leaving them with just a strip of territory along the northern coastal of Morocco, which included the two cities of Melilla and Ceuta. These two autonomous enclaves have been under Spanish rule for centuries. Melilla was conquered in 1497 by Isabel, the Catholic Queen, after the Moors were expelled in 1492. Ceuta has been in Spanish hands since 1580, when Portugal became part of Spain under King Felipe II, although it only received official recognition at the Treaty of Lisbon in 1668. Despite military attempts by the Moroccans to recover their territories in 1694 and 1774, they never dislodged the Spanish. Although the present borders were fixed by treaties with Morocco in 1859 and 1894, it did not stop the Rif Berbers rising up against their colonial masters and it was here in 1921 that Spain suffered its most humiliating military defeat at the hands of the irregular Berber army during what became known as the Rif War. Spain’s last attempt at empire building was thus concentrated on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. However Spain’s interest was more about extracting the mineral wealth than colonisation, which would have meant setting up a civil administration. Spain was relatively poor without the financial means to accompany their territorial ambitions with a programme of development or aid. In 1908 Spain extended the territory under its control and Spanish companies began to mine lead and iron in the mountains south of Melilla, where a rail link was built.

Peter Fieldman London-born journalist and author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ available on Amazon or

MONTE ARRUIT: Turned out to be a graveyard.

Due to the growing armed conflict with Berber fighters, the mines had to be shut down several times between 1909 and 1912 and were never economically viable. In 1912 the Treaty of Fez was signed effectively dividing Morocco between the colonial powers of France and Spain. While the French kept the western part of the country, the northern Rif mountain region remained under Spanish occupation. In 1921 the Spanish High Commissioner in Melilla, Damaso Berenguer, decided it was in Spain’s interest to conquer more territory and from the coastal base of Melilla he sent out a force of more than 20,000 men into the Moroccan hinterland. The revolt of the Rif Berbers By 1920 the Rif Berbers had a strong leader, Abdal Karim al Khattabi, known as Abd el Krim, who had previously worked for the Spanish administration in Melilla, spoke Spanish and was a fervent opponent of colonial rule. Born in the region he had considerable local knowledge and although the Berbers were divided into several tribal groups, he

managed to forge an efficient guerrilla army of several thousand men. The Berbers were excellent fighters and hunters and knew the mountains. They were ready for combat. In contrast, the Spanish soldiers were poorly trained conscripts and reservists without proper equipment or supplies. There was also a total lack of strategy on the part of the high command who neglected to establish bases or lines of communication for the army as it headed deeper into the Rif mountains controlled by the Berbers. On 22 July 1921 the Spanish forces under General Manuel Fernandez Silvestre reached a small town called Annual, where they soon found themselves surrounded. After a siege lasting five days the Rif army attacked, inflicting huge losses on the Spanish forces. The body of the General was never recovered although witnesses say they saw him lying face down on the battlefield.

In the flight from Annual some of those who escaped made their way to the coast to Afrau where they were rescued by Spanish naval vessels. Others reached the French zone at Zoco el Telata de Metalsa to the south. But the main body of soldiers under General Felipe Navarra y Ceballo Escalera retreated towards Melilla. Their objective was to reach a hillside garrison called Monte Arruit 80 kilometres from Annual. After an arduous journey from Annual, the remnants of the Spanish army succeeded in reaching the garrison. The final 12 kilometres was made under cover of darkness. Lacking moral and discipline, and low on water and provisions they were within one kilometre of the fort when dawn broke. Although the Spanish were reputed to be carrying white flags, the Rif army began firing from all sides. The soldiers panicked and leaving the three canons they had managed to salvage from Annual, scrambled up the hillside, making their way as best they could towards the fort leaving dead and the wounded, who were subsequently murdered, where they fell. Monte Arruit was to be their graveyard.


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business & legal

New Nissan for Spain Latest truck made in Avila

NISSAN’s new medium-duty NT500 lorry is to be produced at its Avila factory. The plant will produce 2,500 units a year for Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Italy and Portugal. As well as the €100 million Avila outlay, the group is launching two new models in Barcelona this year, with a total investment of €431 million, announced

Nissan’s vice-president for industrial operations in Spain, Frank Torres. The new lorry and existing Cabstar will guarantee the jobs of the Avila plant’s 501 employees, Torres said. The company also plans to review the situation of 22 employees who relocated to Barcelona. They could return in 2015 if the market recovers, Nissan sources revealed.

Fraud or delusion of losing gambler SOME people believe they possess a foolproof betting system. Jose Santamaria of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) had so much faith in his that he decided to sue Telefonica when he failed to win. As a result of Santamaria’s formal complaint the national high court in Madrid is investigating Telefonica Moviles España for massive premium rate SMS fraud. Mobile software companies Zed Iberia Wordline and Alvento Soluciones are also implicated. The three are accused of earning more than €46 million by rigging the ‘Movistar Emocion Millon’ competition in 2009 that required contestants to

submit points via text messages to participate in a multimillion draw. Text messages were sent in bulk and points irregularly allocated, Jose Santamaria claimed afterwards. Prizes were won by people who were related to each other or lived at the same address and prizewinners were not officially announced, Santamaria said. There was no fraud, Telefonica sources insisted, and only Santamaria complained out of thousands of participants. He also defines himself as a professional gambler with “an infallible system” the same sources said. “When he failed to win he blamed the three companies believing it had to be a swindle.”


usiness extra

€16.9m fine THE CNMV, Spain’s stock market regulator, fined Santander €16.9 million for mis-selling €7 billion of its convertible bonds in 2007. Investors suffered huge losses when Santander’s shares plummeted during the financial crisis.

More jobs GRIFOLS, the Barcelona-based multinational pharmaceuticals and chemical company, has enlarged it Parets del Valles plant. This will enable it to double blood plasma production, creating more than 400 new jobs.

Rich-poor gulf widens ANDALUCIA, Valencia and Murcia are the worst-hit by the financial crisis. The last five years have left a deeper mark on these three regions than any others in Spain. In contrast, the Basque Region and Navarra, together with Madrid and Castilla y Leon, fared best, found the Cajas de Ahorro (savings

banks) think-tank, Fundecas. The third of Spain’s inhabitants who live in Andalucia, the Valencian Community and Murcia saw the per capita GDP fall by almost 10 per cent. Thirty-three per cent lost their jobs. At the other end of the scale Madrid, the Basque Region and Navarra lost only 5 per cent of their GDP.

NEW LORRY: Will be produced at the factory in Avila.



STAT OF WEEK GAS NATURAL FENOSA earned €1.4 billion last year, only 0.3 per cent more than in 2012. It owed the increase to good performance outside Spain and “strict financial policies” the multinational said.


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Facebook buys the leading text messaging system for $19 billion FACEBOOK has acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion (€13.84 billion) in cash, stock and shares, the social network giant announced in a statement. In their biggest acquisition to date, Facebook has taken on the popular text messaging system, which is used by more than 450 million people. Although many younger people are drifting away from Facebook, WhatsApp is rapidly increasing in popularity. In some markets it is now more prominent than Facebook, with approximately one million new users a day. As of August 2013, some 20 million people were users of WhatsApp in Spain. Together with Spain, Germany, Mexico or India have also reached the 20-million-user milestone. The high cost of SMS text messages and increasing sales of smartphone devices are behind the Spanish success of WhatsApp. Predictions by MassyPhone, an online business message provider for sending WhatsApp messages, say the upward tendency will continue and the text messaging service will have doubled its users in Spain by 2015.

WhatsApp founders, Jan Koum and Brian Action, are now to join the billionaire set in Silicon Valley. The deal includes $4 billion (€2.91 billion) in cash, $12 billion (€8.74 billion) in Facebook

shares and a further $3 billion (€2.18 billion) in stock at a later date. WhatsApp’s brand will be maintained, with its headquarters remaining in Mountain View, California. Jan Koum, WhatsApp CEO, will join Facebook’s Board of Directors, and WhatsApp’s core messaging product and Facebook’s existing Messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications. Koum said: “WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honoured to partner with Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.” In 2012, Facebook purchased photo-sharing app Instagram for $1billion (€728,420,818), which had been their largest purchase to date before the new deal with WhatsApp.



Suspected launderer to be extradited SPAIN has approved the extradition to the US of Arthur Budovsky. Ukrainian-born Budovsky, who gave up US citizenship on marrying a Puerto Rican, is accused of being the ‘principal founder’ of Liberty Reserve. He and seven employees allegedly used the digital currency service which is based in Costa Rica to launder more than $6 billion (€4.36 billion) for criminal organisations. The authorities claim the case is the biggest international laundering operation to be tried by the United States. Budovsky was arrested in May last year when his flight from Morocco stopped over in Madrid. The national high court in Madrid has consented to his extradition on the grounds his alleged crimes took place in the US.

A FASTER than expected rebalancing of the Spanish economy has prompted Moody’s to upgrade the country’s government bond rating to Baa2 to Baa3. The credit rating agency has assigned Spain a positive outlook, and has concurrently upgraded Spain’s short-term rating to Prime-2 from Prime-3. Moody’s based its decision on the improving medium-term economic prospects, underpinned by a rebalancing of the economy away from real-estate investment towards exports. This, according to the agency, should provide for a more sustainable growth trajectory. The growth pattern of the Spanish economy in the third quarter of 2013 has become more balanced, Moody’s argues. Business investment has started to contribute positively and consumer confidence has been improving on the back of an earlier-than-expected stabilisation in the labour market. At the same time, both the corporate and household sectors continue to reduce

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Moody’s upgrades Spain’s government bond rating with a positive outlook

EXPORTS: Rebalancing of economy leading to better ratings. their high debt burdens, Moody’s adds. Competitiveness gains have been substantial and will continue to underpin the export sector as wage growth will likely remain very moderate in the coming years, according to the rating agency. Exports also seem to be significantly more diversified than before the crisis, limiting the vulnerability to a growth slowdown in any one region. Improving economic prospects in turn

provide a greater level of confidence that Spain’s still elevated budget deficit can be gradually reduced in the coming years. The 2013 general government budget deficit target of 6.5 per cent of GDP (excluding bank restructuring cost of 0.5 per cent of GDP) is likely to have been reached, and Moody’s also considers this year’s target of a deficit of 5.8 per cent of GDP to be achievable. However, the credit rating agency

expects the public debt ratio will continue to increase for several more years given the persistent budget deficits and relatively moderate nominal GDP growth, before peaking at above 102 per cent of GDP in 2016. Moody’s also expects the unemployment rate to decline only slowly over the coming years, although the labour market reforms have probably lowered the rate of GDP growth necessary to achieve significant net employment creation. The positive outlook on the Baa2 rating reflects Moody’s expectations that improvements in the economy and the government’s fiscal position will continue over the forecast horizon. More specifically, Moody’s expects the economic recovery to gather speed in the course of 2014 with domestic demand, particularly business investment, contributing positively to growth. The rating agency also expects wage moderation to continue, deepening the important competitiveness gains achieved to date.


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The worth of a woman Loose change A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett


T’S not just the economic crisis that is affecting the financial situation of women; discrimination between the wages of male and female workers is also contributing to the fact that girls bring home less money per month. According to a report from the European Commission, on average, women in the EU earn around 16 per cent less per hour than men. So picture this, a boy and girl baby are born with equal opportunities, but as current society would have it the educational and career

expectations for boys and girls are different. By the time they grow up, the boy will be earning on average 16.2 per cent more than the girl. Not really fair, is it? Looking specifically at Spain, it has been noted the wage gap between men and women is such

that a woman should have to work 84 days more per year to earn the same salary as a man. Other statistics show that while 2 million part-time female workers in Spain earned €719 per month in 2012, men doing the same job earned a monthly salary of

€804. Curiously, this gender pay gap throughout Europe exists even though women do better at school and university than men. On average, in 2011, 82 per cent of young women reached at least upper secondary school education in the EU, compared to 77 per cent of men. Women

also represent 60 per cent of university graduates in the EU. The implications of such discrimination can be detrimental to women. It means women earn less over their lifetimes; this results in lower pensions and a risk of poverty in old age. The reasons for such discrimination are numerous, and often the result of so-called ‘direct discrimination’ where women are treated less favourably than men. In sectors like health and social work, women make up 80 per cent of all workers and typically have lower wages than those dominated by men, such as banking. According to experts, gender equality is a key for achieving employment growth, competitiveness and economic recovery.


Costly show STATE broadcaster TVE spends €3.68 million to produce a series of its afternoon show ‘Entre todos.’ €175,000 goes to presenter Toñi Moreno, which means she earns approximately €1,400 per 150-minute show.

Bonus back A MADRID court has sentenced the Interior Ministry to give a prison officer back a Christmas bonus which was cancelled in 2012 after the government passed anti-deficit measures.

Big save CUTBACKS have allowed the 17 Spanish regions to save an estimated €4.04 billion between 2011 and 2013, the Finance Ministry announced. This is 15.9 per cent more than predicted last year.

He sold us land that wasn’t his Q. Ten years ago we bought a piece of land and built a house on it. We paid You and the £40,000 but never registered the land. Law in Spain Now we have started to obtain a By David Searl proper title deed, the ‘escritura,’ but when we checked with the Town Hall, we discovered that the land was not owned by the man who sold it to us. Instead, it has been registered to a neighbour on the other side. This registered owner of ‘our land’ now wants us to pay him for it. We have asked the original ‘seller’ to return our payment to him, but he keeps putting us off, so we now intend to go to court against him. How long might this take and is there anything else we can do? KW (by email) A. Your legal claim to recover money from the fraudulent seller is likely to take two or three years at least. As to ‘anything else’ you can do, it is what you should have done before you bought the land. The most basic point is to have documentary evidence that your seller is the owner of the land. If the land was not

registered at the Property Registry, then the Town Hall ‘Urbanismo’ department will have some information. What does your purchase contract say? If your seller claimed to be the owner at the time, he may be open to charges of fraud as well as civil damages. Finally, my lawyers at Ubeda Retana

strongly suspect that the land has no ‘permiso de segregación’ which is a permit to subdivide country land into plots.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.

FINALIST CITY: Barcelona was highlighted for the use of new technologies.

Barcelona could be Europe’s leading innovative city A SPANISH city could be the winner of the first European Capital of Innovation award, or iCapital. Barcelona has become a finalist of the award together with Grenoble (France) and Groningen (Netherlands). The three finalists were selected from a shortlist of six contestants where the city of Malaga also competed. An independent panel of experts selected the cities on the basis of their main achievements and policies building the best ‘innovation ecosystem.’ The Catalan city was highlighted “for

introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens.” The winner of the €500,000 prize will be announced at the closing ceremony of the Innovation Convention 2014, Europe’s premier innovation event in Brussels on March 10 and 11. The iCapital Award was launched to encourage cities to stimulate innovation and create a network of cities which can share their best ideas for the future. Cities are judged on the basis of initiatives they have already taken and ideas to enhance innovative capacity.


Appalled at town hall’s home threat I WAS appalled to read the item (Costa del Sol, Issue 1493) about the expats facing the demolition of their Mijas home. This is just typical of how some of the elected bureaucrats run a cart and horse through established legal matters, considering only their selfish political urges, at the expense of expats who they obviously consider as second class citizens not worthy of the respect of their own laws. The O’Riellys have my total support in their planned legal action. From personal experience I know what stress a situation like this can cause; there appears to be no quick legal action possible in Spain, and even though they are clearly in the right and must win any action they and their lawyer take, this whole matter will remain a cloud over their lives unless the threat is withdrawn immediately. It would be great for Euro Weekly News to start a campaign against this evil and illegal action. I am sure you will have the support of not only many expats but also many Spanish nationals who not only make their living from the development of the Costa del Sol but are decent human beings who strongly resent the actions of a small number of their fellow citizens. Sandi Davidson (By e-mail)

Horrified I READ the article concerning the O’Riellys’ home with horror. How could these evil politicians ruin the life of a couple by threatening to destroy the home they have created from an old building, having made sure they complied with all the relevant Spanish laws and even bought the property from a judge! You state that “the town hall claims this was an empty plot with no house.” These people deserve to be instantly dismissed for their self-serving incompetence!

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She told me they’re not a charity and if they were to make it cheaper they would have “an influx of injured animals brought in to them.” I felt this was such a callous attitude as vets should be caring towards animals, not just those who have owners willing to pay. It means that a lot of stray animals are left to suffer and die simply because the people trained to help them seem to not want to unless there is money involved! Cassie Alcaide, Teulada (Alicante)

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One OAP eyes and chats up another, who was only interested in the price of bananas at Bioparc, Fuengirola. Ernie Barnes, Arroyo de la Miel They are giving the Costa del Sol and the whole of Spain a bad reputation which can only put off more expats from investing here. Don Leeser (By e-mail)

What a joke I AM not one to comment on articles in the paper, however, I feel compelled to write... is this article a joke? How in the world can the town hall make such a ridiculous accusation to say this is a house that was built four years ago and not accept any proof from the O’Riellys to say this was an old mill house (and yes it looks like one) built in 1964. If this goes ahead I will absolutely lose faith in the Spanish justice system. Danielle Evie, (By e-mail)

Gone mad I AM in shock. Has Mijas Town Hall gone mad? You can see by

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the photo this is an old house. And l cannot believe that the Ayuntamiento will not even accept the proof, this is terrible! Lisa Prout, (By e-mail)

Off-plan plea IN response to Kath Williams’ letter (Issue 1493), as she requested I wondered if she would take on board the topic of money owing to clients who paid for off-plan properties. Whilst I sympathise with the SOHA members, there are umpteen more whose life savings have been put into off-plan

properties and who now have to rent. Our solicitor has been less than useless but I have proof that we are owed €35,000. I would welcome a chat with anyone interested in this subject. Mayors and builders who have been found guilty and given prison sentences are still lording around having said they are bankrupt! Rita Vost, (By e-mail)

Bad attitude I FOUND a kitten lying by the side of the road which had been run over and left to die. I managed to pick up the stray kitten and take it to the vet. It was badly injured and sadly there was no choice but to put her to sleep. The bill they gave me, €162, I thought was extortionate considering that I had rescued it from a busy road and brought it to them for help. I went back to query the bill but the owner/manager refused to speak to me, so it was left up to the receptionist.

I FELT sad and angry reading Vicki McLeod’s column (Family Matters, Mallorca, Issue 1493). What happened to responsibility and participation? At 11 and 12, my sister and I were helping with chores around the house, including ironing, setting the table, preparing the vegetables, ‘making’ the fire (coal), and the beds, etc. In other words, our mother was preparing us to run a household. We could knit and sew and cared for our pet dogs and could do a little cooking. But this was the normal way of living. We would have been ashamed to have our clothes and things scattered all over the floor. We did not look upon this as tiresome, forced labour. It was a lesson and we had rewards. Our mother regularly took my sister and me on excursions for the day to the hills and woods of North Wales where we played games and had our picnic or sometimes we had afternoon tea in the garden of a beautiful hotel. We also went to the seaside and the fair, and when father was home (he was a merchant seaman) we would go as a family to the ‘pictures’ or the theatre. I know most young people have ‘everything’ these days and have a ‘faster’ lifestyle, but responsibility for one’s actions should never be ignored. Ena Amengual, Calvia (Mallorca) Editor’s note: Vicki wrote about the struggle to get her daughter to help around the house, and came up with a ‘points solution’ to reward children for help.

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7:10am Homes Under the Hammer 8:10am Countryside 999 8:55am Caught Red Handed 9:25am Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 10:10am The Great Interior Design Challenge 11:10am The Travel Show 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Instant Restaurant 2:45pm Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain 3:45pm Cagney and Lacey 4:30pm Bergerac 5:20pm Are You Being Served? 5:50pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Revenge of the Egghead 7:30pm Great Continental Railway Journeys 8:00pm Permission Impossible 9:00pm Mastermind 9:30pm Coming Home 10:00pm The Pity of War 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


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 Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Edge of Heaven 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Americans 12:35am The Chase 1:30am Jackpot247 4:00am Hearts in Atlantis 5:40am ITV Nightscreen


7:20am Countdown 8:05am Will and Grace 8:30am Will and Grace 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30am Frasier 12:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Four in a Bed 3:40pm Countdown 4:30pm Deal or No Deal 5:30pm Come Dine with Me 6:00pm Coach Trip 6:30pm Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm Paralympic Winter Games... The Countdown 9:00pm Grand Designs 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 11:00pm The Last Leg 11:50pm Jimmy Carr: Making People Laugh 12:55am Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1:20am Borat: Cultural Learnings of America 2:45am Random Acts


6:50am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Emmerdale 8:00am You've Been Framed! 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 2:30pm You've Been Framed! 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 Practical Magic 12:10am Take Me Out 1:45am Two and a Half Men 2:10am Two and a Half Men



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 6:00am Airline USA 6:30am Airline USA 7:00am Crash Test Dummies 7:30am Crash Test Dummies 8:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 8:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:00am Modern Family 9:30am Modern Family 10:00am Futurama 10:30am Futurama 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles

1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm The Simpsons 4:30pm Futurama 5:00pm Futurama 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Simpsons

9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Stella 11:00pm Duck Quacks Don't Echo 12:00am Moone Boy 12:30am A League of Their Own 1:30am A League of Their Own 2:30am Hawaii Five-0

SkyMoviesComedy/ 6:00am Ernest Saves Christmas 7:35am The Fighting Temptations

• Adam Sandler • Drew Barrymore

9:40am Cool Runnings 11:25am 50 First Dates 1:10pm Pitch Perfect 3:10pm Ted 5:00pm Scary Movie 3 6:30pm 50 First Dates 8:15pm Cool Runnings 10:00pm Pitch Perfect 12:00am Ted 1:50am Scary Movie 3

SkyMoviesAction/ 5:00am Chronicle 6:30am Secrets of Skyfall

50 First Dates (2004) Romantic comedy in which a playboy vet attempts to court a woman, Lucy, who suffers from a severe case of short-term memory loss. The Casanova faces the challenge of wooing her again each day and making her fall in love with him time and time again.

BBC3/ 8:00pm Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide 8:10pm Doctor Who 9:15pm Doctor Who 10:00pm Little Fockers 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:50am American Dad! 1:15am American Dad! 1:35am Pramface 2:05am Ja'mie: Private School Girl 2:30am Impractical Jokers 3:00am Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents 4:00am Pramface 4:30am Bluestone 42

Doctor Who (Science Fiction Series) BBC 3 from 8:10pm to 9:15pm The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.

BBC4/ 8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask

10:00pm Hello Quo 7:00am Fast and Furious 6 Special 7:20am Kingdom of Heaven 9:50am Speed 2: Cruise Control 12:00pm Iron Man 3 2:15pm The Fast and the Furious 4:05pm 2 Fast 2 Furious 6:00pm Fire with Fire 7:45pm Iron Man 3 10:00pm The Fast and the Furious 11:50pm 2 Fast 2 Furious 1:40am Speed 3:40am The Last Boy Scout

SkyMoviesDrama/ 5:45am Romeo and Juliet 8:05am Desk Set 9:50am As Cool as I Am 11:30am St Elmo's Fire 1:25pm The Decoy Bride 3:00pm Darling Companion 4:50pm Sparkle 6:50pm Rock of Ages 9:00pm Beautiful Creatures 11:15pm Hitchcock 1:00am Trouble with the Curve 3:00am Tootsie

11:20pm TOTP2 12:05am Classic Albums 1:00am Guitar Heroes at the BBC 2:00am Hello Quo 3:20am TOTP2 4:05am Sounds of the 70s


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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm James Martin: Home Comforts 1:00pm Football Focus 1:45pm Saturday Sportsday 2:00pm BBC News 2:05pm Regional News 2:10pm Weather 2:15pm Cycling 3:45pm Bargain Hunt 4:30pm Escape to the Country 5:00pm Final Score 6:10pm Reflex 6:55pm BBC News 7:05pm Regional News 7:10pm Weather 7:15pm Pointless 8:00pm The Voice UK 10:10pm The National Lottery Live 10:20pm Casualty 11:10pm BBC News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 12:45am The Football League Show 2:05am Weatherview 2:10am BBC News


7:15am Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon 9:10am Life on Earth 11:00am Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain 12:00pm Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain 12:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 1:00pm James Martin: Home Comforts 1:30pm Alfred Hitchcock: Talking Pictures 2:10pm The Lady Vanishes 3:45pm Final Score 5:00pm Coast 5:15pm Natural World 6:15pm Restoration Home 7:15pm Flog It! 8:15pm Dad's Army 8:45pm The Perfect Morecambe and Wise 9:15pm Darcey's Ballerina Icons 10:15pm QI XL 11:00pm Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle 11:30pm The Producers 1:35am Lady Caroline Lamb

7:00am CITV 10:25am Dinner Date 11:20am Murder, She Wrote 12:15pm ITV News and Weather 12:25pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 12:50pm The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 1:45pm The Unforgettable... 2:15pm Midsomer Murders 4:15pm Tea with Mussolini 6:35pm Local News and Weather 6:45pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm You've Been Framed! Best of the Best 8:00pm Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 9:20pm The Cube 10:20pm The Jonathan Ross Show 11:20pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Fast and Furious 1:35am Jackpot247 4:00am In Plain Sight 4:45am ITV Nightscreen

6:00am Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am Mobil 1 The Grid 8:00am Transworld Sport 8:55am Paralympic Winter Games... The Countdown 9:00am The Morning Line 10:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30am Everybody Loves Raymond Ray volunteers for a Battle of 11:00am Frasier 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm The Big Bang Theory 12:30pm How I Met Your Mother 1:00pm How I Met Your Mother 1:30pm The Simpsons 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Channel 4 Racing 5:10pm Come Dine with Me 5:40pm Come Dine with Me 6:10pm Come Dine with Me 6:40pm Come Dine with Me 7:10pm Come Dine with Me 7:40pm Channel 4 News 8:05pm The Restoration Man 9:00pm The Storms That Stole Christmas 10:00pm Hostages 11:00pm The Lincoln Lawyer 1:15am A History of Violence


6:50am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 9:35am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:05pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 1:00pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 2:00pm The Only Way is Essex 3:00pm The Only Way is Essex 3:50pm Kangaroo Jack 4:50pm FYI Daily 4:55pm Kangaroo Jack 5:40pm Step Up 6:40pm FYI Daily 6:45pm Step Up 7:55pm Ocean's Thirteen 8:55pm FYI Daily 9:00pm Ocean's Thirteen 10:20pm Forgetting Sarah Marshall 11:20pm FYI Daily 11:25pm Forgetting Sarah Marshall 12:30am The Sweetest Thing 1:30am FYI Daily 1:35am The Sweetest Thing 2:20am Fake Reaction 3:00am You've Been Framed! 3:50am Teleshopping



The Lucky One (Film, 2012) A marine returns from service determined to track down the mysterious woman he believes to be his guardian angel.

SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 6:00am Airline USA 6:30am Airline USA 7:00am Glee 8:00am Glee 9:00am The Fantasy Football Club 10:00am Sky Sports Game Changers 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm World Wrestling 2:00pm Sinbad

3:00pm Sinbad 4:00pm Futurama 4:30pm Futurama 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm Modern Family 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm Garfield 9:05pm Modern Family 9:35pm Football's Funniest Moments 10:00pm Arrow

11:00pm Revolution 12:00am A League of Their Own 1:00am A League of Their Own 2:00am Cop Squad

SkyMoviesComedy/ 4:50am Jeff, Who Lives at Home 6:20am The Fighting Temptations 8:25am Vamps 10:00am The Sitter 11:25am Ghostbusters II 1:15pm The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

SkyMoviesDrama/ 5:00am East of Eden 7:00am Black Gold 9:15am Under the Tuscan Sun

8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes Not in 3D. 8:25pm Doctor Who 9:10pm Top Gear 10:10pm I Am Number Four 11:50pm Family Guy 12:12am Family Guy 12:34am Family Guy 12:56am Family Guy 1:18am Family Guy 1:40am Family Guy 2:02am Family Guy 2:25am Impractical Jokers 2:55am Pramface 3:25am Bluestone 3:55am Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents

I Am Number Four (Film, 2011) BBC 3 from 10:10pm to 11:50pm Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events.

BBC4/ 8:00pm Great Barrier Reef 9:00pm Lost Kingdoms of South America 10:00pm Salamander

• Zac Efron • Taylor Schilling

3:00pm This is 40 5:15pm Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 7:05pm Ghostbusters II 9:00pm This is 40 11:20pm The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 1:05am The Sitter


11:15am First Night 1:15pm Ruby Sparks 3:05pm J. Edgar 5:30pm 13 Going on 30 7:15pm The Lucky One 9:00pm My Best Friend's Wedding 11:00pm We Bought a Zoo 1:10am City Slacker

SkyMoviesAction/ 5:30am Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

7:25am The Mummy 9:40am Dante's Peak 11:40am Battleship 1:55pm The Jewel of the Nile 3:45pm The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 5:35pm The Mummy 7:45pm Battleship 10:00pm The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 11:50pm Tombstone 2:05am Appaloosa 4:10am Last Man Standing

10:45pm Salamander 11:35pm What's Going On: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye 12:35am Roll Over Beethoven: Chess Records Saga 1:40am Top of the Pops 2:15am Sounds of the 70s 2:45am Lost Kingdoms of South America 3:45am Great Barrier Reef


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8:40am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am The Big Questions 12:00pm Sunday Politics 1:15pm MOTD2 Extra 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather for the Week Ahead 2:15pm Bargain Hunt 3:15pm The Indian Doctor 4:00pm Flog It! 4:25pm Escape to the Country 5:10pm Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole 5:40pm Songs of Praise 6:15pm Pointless 7:05pm BBC News 7:20pm Regional News 7:25pm Weather 7:30pm Blandings 8:00pm Countryfile 9:00pm Call the Midwife 10:00pm The Musketeers 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Regional News 11:20pm Weather 11:25pm Match of the Day 2 12:30am The League Cup Show

7:00am Preview 7:10am School for Scoundrels 8:40am Monty Don's Italian Gardens 9:40am Countryfile 10:40am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:10pm James Martin: Home Comforts 12:55pm Michel Roux's Service 1:55pm Michel Roux's Service 2:55pm Vertigo 5:00pm Cycling 6:35pm Giant Squid: Filming the 7:20pm Invincible 9:00pm Top Gear 10:00pm Dragons' Den 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Line of Duty 12:30am The Mission 2:30am Countryfile 3:25am Holby City

7:00am CITV 10:25am Murder, She Wrote 11:25am Dickinson's Real Deal 12:25pm ITV News and Weather 12:30pm River Monsters 1:30pm Columbo 3:30pm Crocodile Hunter Diaries 4:30pm Diamonds are Forever 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 It'll be Alright on the Night 12:15am Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights 1:15am The Store 3:15am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:45am ITV Nightscreen


7:20am The Hoobs 7:45am The Hoobs 8:10am Freesports on 4 8:35am Garmin Arenacross 9:00am FIM Superbike World Championship 9:35am Sochi Special: Paralympic Winter Games 10:05am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:35pm The Big Bang Theory 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory 2:30pm How I Met Your Mother 3:00pm How I Met Your Mother 3:25pm The Simpsons 3:55pm The Simpsons 4:20pm Deal or No Deal 5:25pm Grease 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Fish Fight: Hugh's Last Stand 9:00pm Time Team Special 10:00pm Salt 12:00am Predator 2:00am The Fountain 3:35am One Born Every Minute 4:30am Supernanny US 5:15am Location, Location, Location


6:50am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Beauty and the Geek 7:45am The Hot Desk 7:55am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:40am Coronation Street Omnibus 1:15pm Dinner Date Australia 2:15pm Totally You've Been Framed! 3:15pm Step Up 4:15pm FYI Daily 4:20pm Step Up 5:25pm Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 6:45pm The Incredible Hulk 7:45pm FYI Daily 7:50pm The Incredible Hulk 8:55pm Coyote Ugly 9:55pm FYI Daily 10:00pm Coyote Ugly 11:00pm The Only Way is Essex 11:50pm Party Wright Around the World 12:50am The Big Reunion 1:50am Mom 2:20am Dads 2:45am The Vampire Diaries 3:25am You've Been Framed! 3:50am Teleshopping


SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 8:00am Glee 10:00am Monuments Men Movie Special 10:30am The East London Girls 11:00am World Wrestling 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Garfield 2:35pm Futurama 3:00pm Futurama

3:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm The Simpsons 7:00pm The Kent Trickers 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm Modern Family 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 Monuments Men 12:30am A League of Their Own

SkyMoviesComedy/ 9:30am Free Samples 11:00am Austin Powers in Goldmember 12:40pm Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 2:20pm The Dictator


The Vow (Film, 2012)

• Rachel McAdams • Channing Tatum

After five years building a life together, capped off with a beautiful wedding, Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) should be in the honeymoon period of their young lives. But, following a tragic car accident, Paige's memories of their time together have become lost in a haze of amnesia. To make matters worse, she believes she is still engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman), a slimy ex she dumped in favour of her caring - but forgotten - husband. Heartbroken but determined, Leo tries his best to win back the heart of the woman he never really lost, but will she rediscover the love for him that's now buried somewhere deep inside?

3:50pm American Reunion 5:30pm American Pie 2 7:20pm Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 9:00pm Austin Powers in Goldmember 10:45pm The Dictator 12:15am American Reunion

SkyMoviesAction/ 7:50am The Lord of the Rings:

The Fellowship of the Ring 10:50am The Fast and the Furious 12:40pm Fast and Furious 6 2:55pm The Mummy Returns 5:10pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 8:10pm The Fast and the Furious 10:00pm Fast and Furious 6 12:15am Taken 2

BBC3/ 8:00pm The Voice UK 10:15pm Hair 11:15pm Family Guy 11:37pm Family Guy 12:00am Bluestone 12:30am American Dad! 12:52am American Dad! 1:15am Ja'mie: Private School Girl 1:40am Pramface 2:10am Hair 3:10am Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa 4:10am Bluestone 4:40am Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge of the Fifth

The Voice UK (Game Show, 2011) BBC 3 from 8:00pm to 10:15pm Music superstars Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, and Danny O'Donoghue take on the role of coaches on a mission to find and nurture the UK's next great

BBC4/ 8:00pm The Golden Age of the Coach 9:00pm The Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II with Dan Cruickshank

10:00pm Captain Cook: The Man Behind the Legend 11:00pm Barbara

SkyMoviesDrama/ 9:15am Medicine Man 11:05am Moonlight Mile 1:10pm Evita 3:30pm The Love Letter 5:10pm Runaway Bride 7:10pm The Vow 9:00pm Beyond the Sea 11:00pm Never Been Kissed

12:40am The Golden Age of the Coach 1:40am Hello Quo 3:00am Status Quo TOTP2 3:45am Captain Cook: The Man Behind the Legend


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7:00am Preview 7:05am Homes Under the Hammer 8:05am Countryside 999 8:50am Caught Red Handed 9:20am Helicopter Heroes 10:05am The Restaurant Man 11:05am Great British Railway Journeys 11:35am Click 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm Mandela Remembered From Westminster Abbey 2:00pm A to Z of TV Gardening 2:15pm War Walks 2:45pm World Track Cycling 3:45pm Cagney and Lacey 4:30pm Bergerac 5:20pm Are You Being Served? 5:50pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Revenge of the Egghead 7:30pm Sport Relief's Top Dog 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Mary Berry at Home 10:00pm Mind the Gap London v the Rest. 11:00pm The Culture Show 12:20am Mandela Remembered From Westminster Abbey 1:20am Dragons' Den 2:20am Film 2014 2:50am The Culture Show 3:20am This is BBC Two 5:00am Human Planet


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 Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm I Never Knew That About Britain 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm DCI Banks 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Agenda 12:05am The Secret 1:05am Jackpot247 4:00am UEFA Champions League Weekly 4:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 5:10am ITV Nightscreen


7:20am Countdown 8:05am Paralympic Winter Games... The Countdown 8:10am Will and Grace 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:25am Frasier 11:00am Frasier 11:30am Frasier 12:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Four in a Bed 3:40pm Countdown 4:30pm Deal or No Deal 5:30pm Come Dine with Me 6:00pm Coach Trip 6:30pm Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm Paralympic Winter Games... The Countdown 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Food Unwrapped 10:00pm One Born Every Minute 11:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 11:50pm Troy 12:50am Strippers 1:45am Random Acts Love Ssega delivers a love letter in musical form. 1:50am Scandal 2:35am Hostages 3:25am Paralympic Winter Games... The Countdown


6:50am 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 Mom 11:00pm Forgetting Sarah Marshall 1:15am Two and a Half Men 1:40am Two and a Half Men 2:10am The Only Way is Essex 2:50am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 3:25am Teleshopping

BBC3/ 8:00pm Hotel of Mum and Dad 9:00pm Junior Paramedics 10:00pm Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa 11:00pm Impractical Jokers 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:07am American Dad! 1:30am Impractical Jokers 2:00am Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa 3:00am Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents 4:00am The Crash

Impractical Jokers (Comedy, 2012) BBC 3 from 11:00pm to 11:30pm Hidden camera show where four friends - Joel Dommet, Roisin Conaty, Paul McCaffrey and Marek Larwood - compete to embarrass each other in everyday situations.

BBC4/ 8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm Great British Railway


Walk the Line (Film, 2005)


SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 8:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:00am Modern Family 10:00am Futurama 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm The Simpsons 4:30pm Futurama 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Modern Family

7:30pm The Simpsons 9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Moone Boy 10:30pm The Simpsons 11:00pm Stella 12:00am A League of Their Own 1:00am Road Wars

SkyMoviesComedy/ 7:40am Heaven Can Wait

9:25am The Monuments Men Special 9:55am The Knot 11:35am Wanderlust 1:20pm The Top Ten Show 2014 1:40pm 50 First Dates 3:25pm Anger Management 5:20pm Here Comes the Boom 7:15pm Wanderlust 9:00pm 50 First Dates

• Joaquin Phoenix • Reese Witherspoon

10:50pm Anger Management 12:40am Here Comes the Boom

SkyMoviesDrama/ 8:00am Let's Make Love 10:00am Hitchcock 11:45am Now is Good 1:30pm Birth 3:20pm The English Teacher 5:05pm The Top Ten Show 2014

The death of his older brother left J R Cash with a lifelong sense of guilt. Bible-reading Jack was always the boy tipped as a star, not J R. Even their hardmouthed father lamented the loss, saying cruelly that the Devil "took the wrong son". The result was a man who drifted through the airforce and failed in a succession of dreary jobs before he found his niche as country singer Johnny Cash. And his childhood gave him his stage persona, as the Man in Black. "You can't wear black," whined his first wife Vivian. "It looks like you're going to a funeral." "Maybe I am," growled Cash...

5:20pm The Remains of the Day 7:40pm Walk the Line 10:00pm Birth 11:50pm Hitchcock 1:35am The Decoy Bride

SkyMoviesAction/ 7:00am The Karate Kid 9:10am The Karate Kid, Part II 11:10am Resident Evil:

Apocalypse 12:50pm Iron Man 3 3:05pm The Karate Kid 5:15pm The Karate Kid, Part II 7:10pm Catwoman 9:00pm Iron Man 3 11:15pm Kill Bill: Vol. 1 1:10am Kill Bill: Vol. 2 3:30am 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded

9:00pm Horizon

10:00pm Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo 11:30pm Storyville

1:00am The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass 2:00am Brushing Up on... 2:30am The Brits Who Built the Modern World 3:30am Animals Through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo


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Trouble with the Curve (Film, 2012)


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• Clint Eastwood • Chelcie Ross

An ailing baseball scout is given one last chance to prove his competence - and to reconnect with his daughter on a scouting trip to North Carolina.




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Children need discipline H

e that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chastenth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24. This is the bible extract thought to be the origin of the modern day ‘spare the rod and spoil the child.’ To me the original is a great deal more subtle than its latter definition. So many parents these days couldn’t care less or simply have better things to do than to discipline their offspring. We see the results of this selfish complacency all around us. Spoiled brats who have had everything lavished on them simply to keep them as quiet and ‘unseen’ as possible. These are the types who, in their early ‘tattooed’ teens, fall out of expensive clubs in the early hours - pour scorn on those less fortunate and make a mockery of the ‘Brit Awards.’ At the other end of the scale the unchastised victims of these self-serving parents can be seen roaming the streets terrorizing neighbour-



DISCIPLINE: It is your duty as a parent to instil. hoods and looting shops. All of these youngsters have one thing in common; they are basically unloved, by uncaring parents, who simply can’t be bothered. Children need discipline. They cry out for guidance and boundaries in the bewildering, frightening, almost unfathomable circumstances most of them have manifested in. To not give them what they crave is tantamount to child abuse in its worse possible form. If you truly love your children, then it is your absolute duty as a parent to instil discipline. If this means a slap on the bum or the back of the legs then, providing it is a last resort, then I am all for it. What you are actually showing them is that you

happen to care. I don’t mean, I hasten to add, severe beatings delivered in anger with the sole purpose of causing pain. This type of violence only leads to more aggression and even less respect. I’m talking about the odd proverbial clip around the ear of the type delivered by the

bobby on the beat, when he packed an erring youngster off back home (good ol’ days or what!). I have had six children, all of whom got a clip when I felt it was deserved. None of them have chastised me for it in later years. The eldest four have all turned out to be confident and respectable adults and I have no reason, God willing, to expect any less from my two 13-year-olds. The fact they are truly loved is the most important requirement of a child. Give ‘em a clip, then, when the time is right, give ‘em a big hug and a kiss. Keep the faith. Love Leapy




An issue of colour NOBODY is surprised that Leapy Lee has so few black friends, that’s commensurate with being a racist and a bigot. His weekly rambles regularly feature a racist undertone, although he has a platform and an opportunity to voice positive comments to a wide audience, he instead insists on bitter and vulgar generalisations based on racial and cultural differences. Colour is only skin deep, beneath we are all the same bearing only whatever differences that define us as individuals. Try to befriend some black people or even Muslims, you may be surprised to learn that there really isn’t that much difference between us at all. Michael Burton


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New Year’s Eve (Film, 2011)

• Ashton Kutcher • Lea Michele • Sarah Jessica Parker • Jessica Biel • Halle Berry • Zac Efron

It's 31 December and a group of New Yorkers are set for a New Year's Eve to remember. After a particularly bad day, secretary Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) quits her job and persuades hunky young delivery guy Paul (Zac Efron) to help her fulfil a list of life goals before the clock strikes midnight. Paul's friend Randy (Ashton Kutcher), meanwhile, hates New Year's Eve, but after getting stuck in a lift with cute songstress Elise (Lea Michele), he might just change his mind. Teenager Hailey (Abigail Breslin) is desperate to persuade her uptight mum (Sarah Jessica Parker) to let her spend the occasion with her boyfriend, but will she and a host of other Big Apple residents get the New Year's Eve they desire?

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Total Wipeout (Game Show) BBC 3 from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Game show in which crashes, smashes and hilarious mud splashes are on the cards as twenty contestants take on one of television's largest and most extreme obstacle courses.

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You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.’

in history

Paulo Coelho (1947 - ) Brazilian lyricist and novelist.

1475: Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti is born in the village of Caprese, in the Italian region of Tuscany. 1692: The Salem (US) witch hunt begin after an Indian slave from Barbados admitted to practising witchcraft. 1807: The US Congress passes an act to abolish the slave trade. 1899: German pharmaceutical company Bayer patents the Aspirin name. 1902: The Madrid Football Club, later known as Real Madrid, is founded. 1953: Cambridge University scientists James D Watson and Frances HC Crick discover the double-helix structure of DNA. 1954: The US test a 15megaton hydrogen bomb in the archipelago of Bikini. 1964: The Italian government accepts proposals to prevent the Leaning Tower of Pisa from collapsing. 1966: John Lennon tells the London Evening Standard that The Beatles are “more popular than Jesus.” 1969: The supersonic airliner Concorde makes its maiden flight. 1975: Silent film actor Charles Chaplin is knighted in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 1980: Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive wins the first, and only, Grammy prize awarded in the Best Disco Recording category. 1986: The Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme, is assassinated in central Stockholm. 1987: Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a treaty to eliminate U.S. and Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles from Europe.

Women’s wit

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Maya Angelou (1928 - ) American author and poet.

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Seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky is on his final mission in space, while medical engineer Dr Ryan Stone is making her first outing on the Space Shuttle. While they are engaged in extra-vehicular activity, debris collides into the shuttle, damaging it irreparably. Kowalsky and Stone now find themselves drifting in space with low oxygen supplies and cut off from all communication on Earth, forced to work together in their attempt to survive and make it back to solid ground. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Runtime 91 minutes. Rated 12.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) With a mind as sharp as a needle, you spin through the week, weaving your own charming spell. A bit of extra confidence works wonders for your mood. Something that you read sets you thinking about doing some writing or creating something artistic, perhaps even a musical. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Although energy is not high, there is the need to have some kind of challenge. With the brain active, it is an ideal time to plot and plan your next moves. Maybe something that has been delayed might now be advanced. You find it hard to choose between opportunities. The road ahead is open. Keeping things simple is best. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) The imagination stirs and the heart races at a suggestion this week. Your strong intuition tells you it is the right thing to do. You are a constant friend, but such an adventure may mean an absence from someone close. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Reading the small print or being sure what is offered in a personal encounter is most important this week. Leave nothing to chance or you could be out of pocket. When discussing the future with someone close, you are expected to take the lead.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) A suggestion made by you recently did not seem to be taken seriously. This week, however, negotiations could be opened. Circumstances change and it may seem someone gave up too early. Bide your time and even hold your tongue when someone in a strong position spouts rubbish.











March 3: Julie Bowen, 44. American actress. She plays the role of Claire Dunphy on comedy series Modern Family, for which she has won two Emmy awards. RICHARD BURDETT ON


VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Being over-generous with cash midweek could see you making a poor move. Perhaps someone needs to be more hardworking or perhaps less of a spendthrift. Propping up a bad habit would be doing them no favours. There are doubts in your mind about a family holiday.



Your Stars

February 27: Peter Andre, 41. The Australian raised English singer and TV personality. He starred in a reality TV show with his wife Katie Price AKA Jordan.

March 1: Justin Bieber, 20. Canadian pop singer, actor and songwriter. He recorded his first album in 2008 after musical producer Scooter Braun saw one of his videos on YouTube by accident.


1 Export, 2 Reason, 3 Taller, 4 Wooden, 5 Estate, 6 Deadly, 7 Stared, 8 Elders, 9 Steeds, 10 Assure, 11 Treats, 12 Reared, 13 Rigour, 14 Seeing, 15 Sarong, 16 Slithy, 17 Uppers, 18 Dangle, 19 Nougat

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Make this a year to build on friendships. Busy as you are, your well-being is tied up with those close to you. Money is not everything.

February 28: Tasha Smith, 43. American actress who has appeared in more than 15 films. She currently stars in the series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse.




ARIES (March 21 - April 20) After a relaxed weekend, it might prove difficult to take up the reins of work again. However, midweek sees you trotting along happily and minding your own business when someone stops you in your tracks. When a challenge is issued, your natural stubbornness comes to the fore.





PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Time is precious this week because you are in demand. A chance lost in the past presents itself again but wonʼt be too easy. Holding back just a little makes you more desirable. A want to travel could be cramped by financial considerations. If making extra money is too difficult, consider sharing something of value with someone else.



Josema Yuste. Born March 2, 1954. Josema Yuste is a Spanish actor, comedian and TV presenter. He was one of the members of Martes y 13. The comedy duo made their debut in the late 70s, and presented the New Yearʼs Eve special shows in the Spanish TV from 1984 to 1997. He provided the voice of the genie in the Spanish version of Disneyʼs Aladdin.


WELSH RARE BITS OF INFORMATION Saturday, March 1, is the feast day of St David, the patron saint of Wales, so this week’s quiz is all about that Principality 1. Abertawe is the Welsh name for which city? 2. At an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, which is the highest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland? 3. Born in Tredegar on March 28, 1942, who was the vice-president of the European Commission under Romano Prodi from 1999 to 2004? 4. Four Welsh sports stars have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award: Dai Rees (1957), David Broome (1960) and Ryan Giggs (2009) were three, which boxer, in 2007, was the fourth? 5. If you arranged the names of the cities in Wales, which would come first? 6. Jones the Steam, Evans the Song and Dai Station were all friends of which children’s television character, who lived in the ‘top left-hand corner of Wales’? 7. Which castle was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) in 1969? 8. Which city in Pembrokeshire is Britain’s smallest city in terms of both size and population? 9. Which town in South Wales is home to the Royal Mint? 10. Which Welsh-born poet and writer’s works include the ‘play for voices’, Under Milk Wood?

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


March 4: Chaz Bono, 45. Born Chastity Bono, he’s the only child American entertainers Cher and Sonny Bono had together. He’s a LGTB rights activist. March 5: Matt Lucas, 40. English comedian, actor, screenwriter and singer. He is one of the creators of the comedy sketch show Little Britain.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Confidence in a close relationship should be maintained. Possibly someone who envies your position would like to see discord. A matter of spiritual or religious faith is questioned, but the answer comes more clearly and sharply than you would have thought. In discussions with yourself (sometimes the best kind) answers come easily.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) An investment made recently is built upon and brings peace of mind. Finances do need consideration but more in the long than the short-term. Much is happening in the background that does not require your attention but, all the same, be aware. Life may be like a game of chess, but this week if you turn your back an opponent may cheat.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) An emotional cut-off from the past is not as bad as anticipated. Indeed, it confirms in your mind who you are and what your place in the world is. Inherited traits knit easily with your present life and bring contentment. All that you want to change at the moment are certain things round you that have been outgrown.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You realise this week how liberating it is to share your thoughts and feelings with someone close. It is not always easy to do this, until you realise everyone has them. Some hopes and dreams are more attainable than others, of course, and someone has to find out which are which. Avoid being too critical of someone young and inexperienced.

Average: 30 Good: 39 Very good: 57 Excellent: 70

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION aced, acid, acne, alec, call, cane, cant, cedi, ceil, cell, cent, cite, clad, clan, dace, dice, iced, lace, laic, lice, nice, talc, acted, actin, antic, cadet, caned, canid, cited, clean, cleat, dance, decal, dicta, edict, enact, laced, lance, lilac, linac, nicad, telic, cadent, called, candle, canted, cantle, client, decant, delict, enatic, lanced, lancet, lectin, lentic, cedilla, citadel, deltaic, dialect, CANDLELIT

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




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Unscramble the name of a famous English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, director and activist: SPY THE FERN Unscramble the name of a famous European landmark: FOR ELITE FEW

Play on Words


6 I love messy, oily one (5) 7 Unusual respect for staff (7) 8 Exaggerate past deeds only for starters (6) 13 A little male, cold, enveloped in hate (7) 14 Hits yob protected by Civil

Service (6) 16 Prison communist is moved (7) 17 Possibly means a sailor (6) 19 Factory flower (5) 20 Singer producing sick note before start of recital (5) 21 Filled up, sad about Lawrence (5)

Code Breaker


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 16 represents V and 26 represents Z, so fill in V every time the figure 16 appears and Z every time the figure 26 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 7 Radioactive element (7) 9 Not fancy (5) 10 Lyric poem (3) 11 Finish (9) 12 Command (5) 14 Unfriendly (7) 16 Provide with nourishment (7) 18 Inexpensive (5) 19 Mouth organ (9) 20 Firearm (3) 21 Severe in manner (5) 22 Raise up (7)

Down 1 Causing laughter (8) 2 Mentally healthy (4) 3 Roadside rubbish (6) 4 Mars (6) 5 Promised land (8) 6 On one occasion (4) 8 Goods to be bought and sold (11) 13 Circumspect (8) 15 Stretched out (8) 17 In the area or vicinity (6) 18 Place of worship (6) 19 Fall silent (4) 20 Seize suddenly (4)

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


Answers: No two ways about it, Income tax

Down 1 Early film presenting very religious group (5) 2 Neglected the outline (3-4) 3 Choose from a select few (5) 4 A nice evening view sent us wild? (6)



Across 1 Contrary rate of payment for a poet? (8) 5 Many coming back from Bristol finally (4) 9 New head learnt about early light (7) 10 Victor and Oscar go to India with the French material (5) 11 Member of the Salmon family seen in adult routine (5) 12 Receiver heading for oneʼs home, itʼs serious! (7) 13 A firm is after my French principality (6) 15 After a short time Sueʼs ordered dessert (6) 18 Disapprove strongly of absurd old peer (7) 20 Follows A-list characters (5) 22 Court service admitted workmanship (5) 23 Train me to build a tower (7) 24 Frenchman took food to a companion (4) 25 Iʼd turned round and trespassed (8)


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Scant, 4 Ocular, 9 Oxidise, 10 Lloyd, 11 Emus, 12 Passion, 13 NCO, 14 Beta, 16 Argo, 18 Row, 20 Nacelle, 21 Kite, 24 Okapi, 25 Ukulele, 26 Esther, 27 Moses. Down: 1 Shower, 2 Adieu, 3 Trip, 5 Coleslaw, 6 Looting, 7 Rodent, 8 Tempo, 13 Nail file, 15 Enchant, 17 Income, 18 Rebus, 19 Recess, 22 Ideas, 23 Guam. QUICK Across: 1 Chamois, 4 Sewer, 7 Illustrious, 8 Butterfingers, 11 Bigger, 12 Osiris, 14 German measles, 9 Canada goose, 20 Sorry, 21 Correct.

Across 7 To speak (6) 8 To cry (weep) (6) 9 Cara (rostro) (4) 10 Cowards (8) 11 Peluquero (11) 14 Eight hundred (11) 18 Albaricoques (8) 19 Equipo (4) 20 Escarabajo (insecto) (6) 21 Diary (journal) (6) Down 1 Cod (7) 2 Pegamento (4)

3 To grow (plant, hair, person, animal) (6) 4 Balloons (6) 5 Catorce (8) 6 Panadero (5) 12 Recibos (de haber pagado) (8) 13 Timetable (for trains, buses) (7) 15 To put up (resistance) (6) 16 Dentro de (6) 17 Velocidad (5) 19 Bandeja (para servir, en nevera) (4)

Down: 1 Climb, 2 Allot, 3 Obscene, 4 Swoon, 5 Waste, 6 Races, 9 Unite, 10 Raise, 13 Swagger, 14 Guess, 15 Recur, 16 Annoy, 17 Loose, 18 Sleet. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Later, 4 Coche, 7 Eye, 8 Songs, 9 Nurse, 10 Eat, 11 Nadar, 12 Unity, 13 Ver, 14 Gordo, 15 Ileso, 16 Ice, 17 Toser, 18 Story. Down: 1 Last night, 2 Tenedores, 3 Reservoir, 4 Centuries, 5 Carnicero, 6 Everybody.

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Average: 27

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Good: 35 Very good: 50

Broken pencils are pointless. A child tells his mother: - Mum, look! A pigeon!!! Do you have any bread? - Eat it without bread! A client comes to a bank: - My cheque was returned with a remark: "Insufficient funds". I'd like to know whether it refers to my account or the bank's?

Excellent: 62

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 slab, slabs, arts, ablate, ablates, abate, abates, abase, abases, false, falsest, flab, flat, flats, labs, bars, bras, blast, blasts, bats, bate, bates, bass, basset, bast, baste, bastes, base, bases, basest, late, lass, last, lasts, fest, festal, fests, fess, feta, fetal, fete, fetes, stab, steal, sets, self, tassel, teal, teas, tease, teases, teasel, teasels, albs, asset, astral, lest, less, lets, etas, stabs, sabra, sabras, salt, salts, sate, sates, seal, seat, seats, eats, east, ease, eases, easel, easels


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When were your best memories? Recent research by a US university says that most retired people think they have had the best memories of their life by the time they are 25.


OBERT BROWNLEE is a retiree living in Oria (Almeria). Like all of us would probably say, the 66-year-old Robert said: “There have been good bits and bad bits throughout my life.” Yet he added that life toward the end of his 30s was much better than before 25. He stated, “Around 38-years-old I began 25 years of real happiness. The best memory was meeting my second wife at 38. For me, life began nearer to 40 than 25.” Dave Palmer-Richardson, aged 48, is the owner of Oasis Bar in Benijofar (Alicante). He said you don’t necessarily have the best memories before the age of 25, but he feels as you get

We wanted to ask you: Are they right? Does life end at 25 or begin at 40? What is the best memory you have had?


older you reminisce more: “I think psychologically as you get older, you look back more and with fonder memories. It can make them seem better than what they were.” Like Robert, Dave said that meeting his wife was the turning point in his happiness: “My life began when I met my wife Emma and I’ve never looked back since. You have got to live in the moment.” Helen Rainier, aged 56, works at a travel agency in Puerto de la Torre (Malaga). She said that while she certainly has fond memories of her younger years, she doesn’t agree with the survey. “I had so much more wisdom and life experience at 40 that allowed me more perspective on life. This perspective has given me better moments overall after 40 than before 25.” Care worker Lyn Blake, on holiday in Torrevieja (Alicante) from Sunderland,

UK, said she disagrees with the survey. She said that she had better memories after having reached 25. Now in her 50’s, Lyn said: “My best moments were having my children and I didn’t have my first until I was 31. So whilst I had some great times in my 20’s, I certainly don’t think they will be the best in my lifetime.” Another retiree, Brian Crook, aged 75 lives in Rambla de Oria (Almeria). Brian shared with us that “my best memory was moving to Spain when I retired at the age of 50. I have moved around a bit since then. When I was 25 life was miserable, really.” Moving to Spain has been a big ‘happiness factor’ for Brian: “My enjoyment really started in Spain. I have been in Spain 26 years and love the sun.”

(From left) BRIAN CROOK: Best memory was moving to Spain at age 50. DAVE PALMER-RICHARDSON: Create more memories by living for today. ROBERT BROWNLEE: Life begins closer to 40 than 25.


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Getting grumpier by the hour

IT seems we are all baring our souls on social media and now scientists are ditching the lab and have taken to Twitter for research. They analysed more than half a billion Twitter messages from people all over the world and concluded that people wake up in a good mood which deteriorates as the day goes on. It may be hard to believe, especially if you’re not a morning person, but breakfast does appear to be our happiest time of day. The researchers from Cornell University, New York (USA) compared and analysed words relating

to happiness and found they occurred most in the morning and also at the weekend, although the positive feelings lasted slightly longer at the weekend, most likely as people have a lie in and get up later. The researchers believe that sleep and the body’s natural rhythms also play an important role.

Elderly in stress LIVING in Spain is often a joyous experience, but it can also be highly stressful. Senior citizens are often seen relaxing, enjoying their retirement in the sun and many people do not imagine pensioners getting stressed; they have retired, raised their children and paid off their mortgages, but stress is not age specific and many elderly people also suffer. Facing losing a spouse or friends and living in isolation in a foreign country can particularly lead to tension and worry. Common ways to detect if a friend, loved one or neighbour’s stress is cause for concern: Look for changes in eating habits, mood swings, general sadness or depression. Physical signs of stress can include body aches and pains or increased episodes of illness and changes in sleeping patterns. Reducing stress can help give a greater sense of well-being.


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Sweet taste for ‘one of a kind’ Spanish beer to honour past

AN artisan brewer from the Axarquia (Malaga) has come up with a ‘one of a kind’ beer to honour the region’s sweet past. Velez-Malaga based Murex has crafted a beer which has a 20 per cent content of sugar cane juice. While other brands apparently use sugar coming from sugar canes to colour their drink, Murex is reportedly the only brewer to actually use the ingredient during the fermentation process. “We obtain a very SWEET BEER: Will be distributed interesting flavour while in gourmet shops in Malaga. paying homage to the

industrial past of the Axarquia, traditionally linked to sugar production,” their creators said. Their name is also a wink to the region’s past as it is the name of a mollusc the Phoenician civilisation that settled in Velez-Malaga obtained a dye from. The product has earned a ‘Sabor a Malaga’ seal issued by the Malaga provincial government to promote local products. But the company aims for a bigger promotion and has plans to open a sales point where clients would be able to see the brewing

process before tasting the beer. “We would like people to enjoy the smell of malt and the brewing process,” cofounder Israel Berjillos said. Murex brews five beer varieties in its factory,

which has the capacity to produce an estimated 390,000 litres per year. For the time being, the company is producing 1,000 litres of beer per week to be distributed in gourmet shops in Malaga.


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Friends’ website for paella A GROUP of friends from Valencia has launched a website to protect the paella, the culinary cornerstone of their region. Guillermo Navarro, Jose Maza and Paco Alonso decided to start the project after realising how the many versions served in different parts of Spain were ‘damaging’ the dish’s reputation The creators of the ‘Wikipaella’ insist the Valencian dish has to be made using local produce and never mixing meat and seafood. They also defend the use of a wood-burning stove to cook it, although this is optional. The collaborative website aims at becoming a reference site on how to make paella and spread the ‘paella culture.’ Visit


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Left out in the cold A

RTUR MAS stepped up his courtship of Cataluña’s moneymen. Formerly he had asked only that the region’s formidable business sector did not place obstacles in the region’s path to independence. Now he has urged them to wade in but that path suddenly looks more likely to be pitted with ruts, dips and a sinkhole or two. “Not a chance,” hinted both Joan Rosell and Joaquim Gay de Montella, respective presidents of Spain’s business confederation, the CEOE, and Cataluña’s Fomento del Trabajo association. “We want tranquillity. We want political stability,” Rosell said a couple of days later. Presumably he sees neither as compatible with independence. Emotionally most Catalans would like to be shot of Spain, but are beginning to perceive that economically it might not work. They suspect that slamming the door shut on

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Madrid and Brussels would let in icy draughts of isolation along with independence.

A bicycle made for two THE PSOE primaries are still far ahead but candidates are already jockeying for position. Carme Chacon, former Defence minister and currently lecturing at a US university, is one. Eduardo Madina, the spokesman for the parliamentary PSOE party is another. Both are frontrunners and each has asked the other to be their Number Two. Each has politely and firmly turned

down the other. Unless a dark horse emerges, one of them could be the PSOE presidential candidate for the 2015 general election. Chaco is small and a feisty dresser; Madina is tall and on the right side of good-looking. Ideology apart, both will be easier on the eye than Alfredo Rubalcaba.

Gender bender THE new abortion law has two huge drawbacks. It was planned and written by a man and it was planned and written by a man who is also minister of Justice. Abortion is about health and sociall ARTUR MAS: Courting Cataluña money. issues, not crime.

The 1958 Tournament in Sweden

50,000 fans, saw Brazil at their brilliant best. Two-goal Pele was again in top form as they beat the Swedes 5-2 to win the trophy for the first time. France whipped West Germany 6-3 to claim third spot.

1958 CUP: Brazil beat the hosts, Sweden, 5-2 to win the trophy. In the semi-finals Pele’s treble inspired Brazil to a crushing 5-2 win over France and the host nation Sweden beat the Germans 3-1. The final, played in Solnan before

Facts: • Pele became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final and the youngest to gain a winner’s medal. • Nils Liedholm (Sweden) became the oldest player to score in a World Cup final (35 years, 263 days). • The final produced the highest number of goals scored by a winning team (5), the highest number of total goals scored (7). • Just Fontaine, France, netted 13 goals in the tournament, a record that still stands. • Over 868,000 spectators attended the 35 matches (giving an average of 24,800).

Next week: The Tournament in Chile.

Sharing the kitchen DOLORES DE COSPEDAL, the PP secretary general, suffered a setback read by observers as humiliation. Her choice of Jose Luis Sanz as Andalucia’s presidential candidate was pipped by Juan Manuel Moreno, the preference of vicepresident Soraya de Saenz de Santamaria. Neither highflyer is fond of the other - it’s never a good idea to have two women in the same kitchen - and observers see this as bad news for Cospedal. It should be remembered that she failed to carry the can back for Mariano Rajoy when questioned by the judge investigating the Gurtel and Barcenas corruption cases. She had no knowledge of the arrangement whereby sacked party treasurer Luis Barcenas continued to be paid, De Cospedal declared. That decision rested with Mariano Rajoy and PP vice-secretary Javier Arenas, she said. Mariano Rajoy sets loyalty very high and rewards it well. Hardly surprising, then, that Juan Manuel Moreno, close to Arenas and Saenz de Santamaria, is the PP’s candidate for the Andalucia presidency.

Pop icon chooses Spanish designer

The history of the FIFA By Tony Matthews SIXTEEN countries competed in four groups of four with each team playing each other once. And this was the first time that four from the UK were involved while at the same time, Pele was in action and goal average was used to separate teams in groups. The groups were: (1) Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Northern Ireland, West Germany; (2) France, Paraguay, Scotland, Yugoslavia; (3) Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Wales; (4) Austria, Brazil, England, Russia. Unfortunately, England, weakened by the loss of key Manchester United players killed in the Munich air crash and with the late Tom Finney in their line-up, were dumped out by Russia (in a play-off) while the Scots finished bottom of their group. Eight countries made it into the quarter-finals, the ties ending Brazil 1 Wales 0, France 4 Northern Ireland 0, Russia 0 Sweden 2 and defending champions West Germany 1 Yugoslavia 0.



POP icon Lady Gaga has chosen the creations of a Spanish designer to appear in her next musical video. Lady Gaga will reportedly wear ‘at least’ one of the creations of Eva Soto, a young designer who has been linked to the Samsung EGO catwalk. The delighted designer from Galicia, aged 29, said that she had always admired the style of the pop singer but never imagined that she would notice her designs. She admitted she found it hard to believe the deal which had been struck following an e-mail which the pop diva herself had sent to

the designer, to tell her how much she had liked her ideas and which she says hopes will help her gain international recognition. However, she says that she is trying not to be too excited, despite Lady Gaga telling her that she had selected one of the creations from her collection ‘Entre Lineas’ (Between the Lines).


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Children will love to be green fingered MOST children love getting their hands dirty so why not put that to good use and encourage them out in the garden. As well as being out in the fresh air, they can learn more about nature and even grow their own organic vegetables introducing a healthier diet. Gardens don’t have to be big, if you don’t have space to section off an area of your garden for youngsters, try getting a few pots just for them. Children are not necessarily known for their patience so choose quick-maturing vegetables for spring salad gardens and for sustaining interest, whilst you wait for slower plants to blossom and flower. Beans are a good choice as they are a space saver, and children will enjoy watching them grow up the pole. Runner beans are also easy to grow. Lettuce is a good choice for smaller plant containers and mature quickly. Sunflowers are also a popular choice for children, with results in weeks. Each child can have their own pot and see who can grow the biggest!

Making your garden into a sensuous space L

AST week we considered some features you might develop during the remainder of the winter and in early spring to make your garden more attractive, interesting and productive. This month we discuss how to add value and at the same time making your garden more sensuous by actively stimulating the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and being at ease. We look at each of the senses in turn. SIGHT - This includes having internal vistas that prompt one to take a second breath and stop and take in the vision in front of you for longer

Dick Handscombe

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

than a few seconds and perhaps sit for a while on a strategically located bench seat. The magic is often achieved by the creative mixing of plants in terms of the colours of their bark, leaves, flowers and fruit. In both the first and second edition of our book ‘Your

garden in Spain’ there is an important chapter titled ‘Painting with plants.’ This introduces seven basic approaches to colour combination namely aimed at flower beds and vistas that are based on using common, compatible, complementary, clashing, calming, cold or caliente (hot) colour mixes. Carefully designed garden lighting can also create very dramatic touches once the sun has gone down. A pond with the constant movement of fish, watering birds, hopping frogs and flying dragon flies can also add a Turn to page 62


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Make yourself a ‘garden of Eden’ From page 61 very special magic touch. SMELL - Starting with perfumed jasmine at the gate and strategically placed perfumed shrubs such as lady of the night and roses, aromatic herbs like rosemary and lavender, perfumed perennials such as San Diego and lemon scented geranium in mixed beds or dedicated clumps and carefully located citrus trees where both the blossom and background smell of the leaves and ripening fruit can be enjoyed. TASTE - The careful location of edible herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables along main routes through the garden to enable one to take a snack, indeed graze, as one strolls around the garden. I love to do this at any time of day or year. TOUCH - Using a combination of plants with different leaf and bark

ENERGISED: Exercise stimulates the body and soul. textures that give varying messages when touched. HEARING – The natural music of fountains and waterfalls, the buzzing of bees and croaking of frogs, and the chirping of a variety of birds can add magic to gardens. A turtle dove moved into our garden a couple of years ago and became

tame enough to eat from the hand. ENERGISED - The stimulation of body and soul as a result of wandering around, exercising, resting or dining in the garden breathing the sensuous air after a stressful day. Herb oils in the air are rather healthier than car fumes on the way to the supermarket or

human exhausts in a busy gym. RELAXED - The use of aromatic herbs around the garden can create a continuous aromatherapeutic effect that can be enhanced by carefully selected piped music. FEELING AT EASE Making one feel at ease

with the world - pleased that one has settled in Spain - by paying particular attention to the comfort of bench seats, chairs, hammocks and sun beds where one can rest and enjoy one’s dreams and a timely sun downer within a secure environment created by high hedges, gates, fences and security systems. There is obviously much that can be done so do look at your garden this month with both a critical and creative eye and plan to improve it for the coming spring and summer to enable your dream of a Spanish garden of Eden to become a reality at last. The evolution of my garden is described in the book ‘ Living well from our garden - Mediteranean Style.’ It is only available from Amazon Books. © Dick Handscombe February 2014

Sick building syndrome ECO-HOMES may be the key word, but could they be hiding a hidden threat? Whilst they are built to preserve energy and keep draughts out, green buildings are susceptible to trapping humid air in which toxic mould can spread causing what the World Health Organisation is calling ‘Sick building syndrome’ (SBS). Mould is a type of fungus with up to 4 per cent of the population thought to react to mould spores, with as many as one in 10 people with allergies such as hay fever and eczema affected. Mould spores can also be dangerous for some asthmatics and certain mould species can also cause lung infections and damage. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the problem affects 30 to 50 per cent of new or refurbished buildings. The Alberta Court of Appeal in Canada, has been abandoned since 2001, after renovations to an 87-year-old building went wrong. When it reopened, people complained of fatigue, irritated lungs, and watery eyes. It was revealed the problem came from mould growing inside the walls as the new building had trapped moisture breeding toxic mould.


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INTERNATIONAL investors helped double real estate investment in Spain in 2013, according to a study by BNP Paribas Real Estate. The real estate division of the financial services group says the British, French and German were the most active European investors. Activity by North American investors stood out in residential portfolios, whereas Latin American investors sought prime assets in Madrid and Barcelona. New investors from India and the Middle East also made acquisitions in Spain, the study claims. All of the investment market segments saw recovery last year, with the annual volume reaching €3.8 billion. This is 112 per cent more than the figure recorded in 2012, the study adds. BNP Paribas Real Estate points at the demand for distressed assets arising from repossessions or unresolved debt as a main source for this increase. It also mentions the sales of residential portfolios in the hands of banks, official bodies and Sareb, the company responsible for managing assets transferred by the four nationalised Spanish financial institutions. Finally, it points out the perception by investors that asset prices have reached rock bottom. BNP Paribas Real Estate expects investment to speed up in 2014 as long as the improvement of macroeconomic factors is still apparent.

Scandinavian interest in Galician traditional houses SCANDINAVIANS have overtaken the British as the main buyers of traditional stone houses in rural Galicia. Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish buyers are acquiring abandoned houses in small villages to restore them, always respecting the local architecture. They look in Galicia for milder weather than in their countries of origin, along with a peace and quietness which is rarely found on southern Spain’s costas German and Dutch buyers are also reported to be buying properties in Spain’s Celtic region. They are taking over a market that until recently mainly attracted British people. But the number of British clients has decreased, supposedly due to the financial crisis. The overall number of potential buyers has nevertheless decreased to levels registered in 2007. Numbers are so low some estate agents claim they only receive one client per week. The average stone house buyer is described as a person with ecological awareness that looks for abandoned properties to restore. Their work often brings new life to secluded villages that would otherwise end up disappearing.

STONE HOUSE: Scandinavian buyers are showing a great interest.

From the black sheep to star of the property market SPAIN has gone from being the black sheep in the property sector to become a ‘star market,’ a study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) says. The study goes on to state that shortly after Sareb started operating last summer, investors started arriving in Madrid and Barcelona. Sareb is the company responsible for managing assets transferred by the four nationalised Spanish financial institutions. The report goes on to say that the transformation of the Spanish market will be apparent in the autumn,

and claims this will be the tendency throughout 2014. One of the fund managers consulted for the making of the report claims traditional investors will eventually come back in Spain, rivalling with opportunistic investors. Among the 600 experts consulted there are also those who do not trust that much in the Spanish market. PwC points out in this sense that, even though investment during the three first quarters of 2013 soared by 198 per cent, it departed from a base of €2.4 billion, which is considered low.

Non-payment of community fees on the rise NON-PAYMENTS of residents’ community fees stood at 19 per cent in 2013, the Association for the Promotion of Rental and Access to Property (Arrenta) revealed. The debt resulting from this situation went up to €1.9 billion, double the figure of four years ago.

Non-payment in Andalucia was 19.4 per cent, topping the rank of Spanish regions in this matter in 2013. Andalucia was followed by Cataluña (16.5 per cent), Madrid (14.7 per cent), Valencia (10.6 per cent), Castilla Leon (4.9 per cent) and Galicia (4.9 per cent).

This situation will presumably continue in the following years, according to Arrenta. Non-payments have a negative effect in the proper functioning and preservation of a community, and therefore in the value of properties, the association pointed out.


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The great siege of Kiev T HE 2014 siege of Kiev by the EU and US might be as historically defining as the 1942 German siege of Stalingrad. Will the Russians win this crucial battle too? Invited to sit in the EU waiting room, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych opted instead for Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian Customs Union (ECU). Big, if its land mass was a human foot the EU would be toe-sized. Because of its vast mineral wealth the Customs Union is much more powerful than China. Outmanoeuvred by Putin’s Russia the unelected heads of the EU were exposed as presumptuous, arrogant and poorly performing in statesmanship. By contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin bettered the EU Goldman Sachs bank clerks at the negotiating tables. During 2013 Russian diplomacy won


and milking the welfare state. Former Soviet Bloc Mike Walsh. Based in peoples were the Mexicans Mediterranean Spain, is an of Europe and quarantined international journalist, to avoid contamination. author and professional writer. Then came the European Union’s crushing the day in Belarus, Syria, Iran humiliation. Whilst empty and Ukraine. This is the promises were made, inevitable consequence of a Ukraine was treated with self-elected EU cult lacking in condescension to wait cap KIEV: Will the Russians win this crucial battle too? cutting edge political in hand for EU ‘pie in experience. the sky.’ The To be taken into Ukraine’s elected than Western Europe. Its of the European Union. Former account is the president opted capital Astana makes Dubai There is an escalating Soviet Bloc collateral damage for pie now. look tacky. The Ukraine is struggle developing between done to the peoples were Russia gave it to Europe’s biggest country. the Eurasian Customs Union European Union’s him on a plate. Other nations are ready to and EU. The latter is highly the Mexicans reputation. Very How mortifying join the ECU. exposed as it is largely much a protégé of the spectacle of a A population head count no dependent on Russian of Europe American ambitions, former Soviet Bloc longer matters. What counts goodwill, trade and its mineral the EU saw itself as the nation snubbing the are geographical position, wealth. United States of Europe. EU in favour of alliance with international trade, political Russia is Germany 1936 Disdain towards Eastern their former colonisers. and military alliance and whose emergence as a central European states was similar Russia’s ECU is two-thirds mineral wealth. power was a threat to British to American scorn shown the size of the British Empire Critics who claim wrongly supremacy, US and Soviet towards Central and Latin at its zenith. It is six times that Vladimir Putin bribed the ambitions. American countries. bigger than the EU. Ukrainians seem to find EU Russia has to be stopped by Western media create the Membership includes mineral and US threats and bribes orchestrated banishment, illusion that the peoples of rich Kyrgyzstan, a nouveau acceptable. At least the character assassination, trade non EU nations are a shifty rich country the size of Ukrainian government was blockades and if necessary bunch intent on stealing jobs France. Kazakhstan is bigger elected, unlike the ruling suits war.

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March forward this Spring

ELCOME to your forecast Sally Trotman Based in Mallorca, Sally for March Trotman is a qualified 2014. Each month I Counsellor who works with Astrology, Numerology and write about how you the Tarot. Each month she will deliver the forecast as can make the most of an intuitive tool to aid the month ahead, increased self awareness. using astrology, numerology and the tarot as a unique tool to help you confidently create the life you desire and deserve. March forward this Spring: March begins with the new moon in Pisces. This creative sign is encouraging you to follow your intuition and listen to your dreams. This watery sign will help you to become more in touch with your emotional needs, and you may find old memories surfacing so that you can release the past once and for all. The moon becomes full on March 16 and is ruled by the practical sign of Virgo. The influence of this earthy sign will THREE: This sensitive number can help you to honour your truth. help you to become clear about what is sensitive number is helping you to honour perfectly. It may at times seem like a long important to you in your working life. The your truth. From your inspired ideas, plans and winding path to creating everything second new moon of the month, ruled by are formed. When these plans are put into you desire, but with patience and Aries, will give you the energy to set your action dreams become reality. Be patient persistence, you will soon begin to see the ideas in motion. By the end of March, you with this process. First become clear about fruits of your labour. will feel clearer and more confident about what you want, and then to bring your Impress with the Empress: The Empress what you want to create in 2014. ideas to fruition by taking inspired in the Tarot deck is the archetypal mother Free yourself with three : As March is the action. After you have set the wheels in figure. This powerful female is helping you third month of the year, this creative, motion, trust that everything is working out to nurture yourself physically, mentally,

emotionally and spiritually this month. Eat well, rest, and exercise more often. When you look after your physical body you will have more energy to do the things that are important to you. Take time to listen to how you really feel and confide in someone you trust. Chose your thoughts wisely, focusing on what you have and what you would like more of in your life. Attend to your spirituality by meditating each day or simply spending time in nature relaxing your mind. By giving yourself this time and space you will feel more balanced. At the Spring Equinox on March 21, day and night become equal. With Spring fast approaching, consider the new seeds you wish to sow this year. If you are unsure, ask yourself this question; if you could be granted one miracle what would it be? This will give you great insight into what is truly important for you at this time in your life. Would you like to receive a more personalised astrological forecast? Discover how the numbers in your date of birth, and placement of the planets at your time of birth, influence your relationships, career, health and home life. I hold one hour sessions in Palma, Mallorca or via skype. Please visit my website for more information or call to book your appointment time on 674 405 464.


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The trouble with telly... left high and dry A

S far as I can gather, life has been tough on expats in parts of the Balearic region of late, what with the realignment of satellites in the sky, leaving us high and dry in the telly department. Or stuck with the local offerings. Now, as much as I love the sun, sea, mountains and relaxed life here in Spain, I struggle to come to terms with their TV. Perhaps, this is because the Spaniards all have such an active social life and more hobbies than you could shake a remote control at, which renders the concept of TV of little value. But as a part-time couch potato, I love slouching on the sofa with a glass of ‘tinto’ in one hand, large handful of salt and vinegar crisps in the other, watching shows like Dexter, Sherlock or Dr Who on boxsets purchased from that giant online retailer with a Brazilian river name, since downloads take three days and we are still officially trying to cope with

Nora Johnson

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


N what lawyers call a landmark case, the UK High Court has found that Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has infringed the trademark of Lush, a cosmetics company owned by a husband-and-wife team from Poole, Dorset. Lush, known for its colourful soaps and bath bombs, doesn’t sell its products on Amazon. However, when users searched for ‘Lush’ on Amazon’s website, they found similar products but displayed as though they were made by Lush themselves. The argument was that this was deliberately misleading while Amazon, it’s fair to assume, knew exactly what it was doing. A bit like finding Maria Callas warbling away in Stringfellows, Lush finally succeeded where thousands

Ulrica Marshall

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

Spanish TV - for the sake of learning the language. But herein lies the problem because either the programme on offer happens to be in Catalan, which is one step too far for my linguistic abilities, or it is a foreign programme, dubbed into Spanish using the same two voice-overs for every single character - the male voice sounds as if it belongs to a cow-lassoing gringo with a major moustache, while the female voice is invariably that of a 50-yea-old who smokes 40-a-day, even when the characters portrayed are in their late teens. My suspension of disbelief just can’t take it. Then there are the local offerings - talent shows, game shows and news, along with

the dramatic soaps: The aim here seems to be to speak incredibly fast, which means I resort to the Spanish subtitles to be able to follow. I do feel sorry for the person (or computer) in charge of creating these subtitles -

because they clearly can’t keep up. The relevant text appears several scenes too late, which can lead to all sorts of confusion, and often bears little resemblance to what is being said. So, I think I will soon be

throwing in the towel and seeking out some professional satellite-honing help to take in British TV. Or perhaps I will join the rest of the Spaniards in all the riveting activities that keep them from the small screen.

David versus Goliath - the scent of victory! of small businesses have failed following its three-year David and Goliath legal battle with Amazon. And now it’s using a new shower gel to mock Amazon UK boss, Christopher North. Its new ‘Christopher North’ shower smoothie has been trademarked and described as “rich, thick and full of it.” The product is especially recommended for those with a ‘recent history of dry dull skin’ and promises to flow ‘straight to your fulfilment centre with its super saver delivery.’Now, Lush is both a marvellous British manufacturing story and a marvellous British retailing story. And this victory amply demonstrates that you can’t ride roughshod over brands that people have spent years of hard work building up. Good luck to it and to every other ‘little guy’ who’s battling

against these giants. Justice shouldn’t be, but so often is, the preserve of the super rich. As for Amazon, there are doubtless many who have stopped using it since the recent scandal over its tax avoidance schemes adversely affecting business in the UK. A situation not helped by the TV documentary shown last year about the working conditions for their temps, walking miles and miles and miles at a punishing rate to meet customer orders. Like ponies down mines. Heartless, cruel, ruthless. The moral high ground to which many aspire is all well and good, but can so often turn into that apocryphal slippery slope. For, when it comes to cost and convenience, who amongst us can say, hand on heart, we’d never buy anything any more from Amazon? Especially here

in Spain - if there’s simply no alternative … Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’

( available from Amazon in paperback/ eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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CB Mountain Walkers schedule WALKERS are welcome to join any of the following walks : March 8 a) Lleus. 5hr moderate walk, some rough terrain. No dogs. 10am start. Tel Charles 606 523 445. b) Llosa. 6hr strenuous walk. Some rough terrain. Dogs allowed. 10am start. Tel Gordon 635 281 284. c) Val d’Ebo. 6.5hr strenuous walk. Mostly rough terrain. Dogs allowed. 10am start. Tel Ralph 699 784 253. March 12 a) Polop. Moderate 3hr walk. Some rough terrain. 10.30am start. No dogs. Tel Geoff 676 616 101. b) Benissa. Bernia circuit. 5hr moderately strenuous walk. Some

rough terrain. 10am start. No dogs. Tel Bill 673 220 073. c) Castell de Castells. 5hr strenuous walk. Some rough terrain. 10am start. No dogs. Tel Alan 965 583 637. Walking boots, packed lunch and adequate drinking water are required. Protection against sun and rain are recommended. Walkers participate at their own risk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given on our website, Please refer to this website for further information and any last minute changes to the walks or contact the leaders on the numbers above.


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

SEEMINGLY every week in the UK a child or baby is killed by the family pet. We have to ask why? I always advise that as soon as you are aware there will be a new baby in the house, begin to prepare your family dog. Do not leave it until the new baby arrives. It is important that your dog associates the new baby with as few disruptions as possible. It is essential to ensure that your dog has a basic understanding of good behaviour. The dog should be able to lie quietly

for short periods, not jumping up, walking on a lead without pulling and coming when called are all essential. Most dogs are used to being the ‘baby’ in the family and may find it difficult losing this position. Get your dog used to being ignored and left alone for short periods of time every day. If it is your intention to exclude your dog from certain areas of the house after the baby arrives, establish these rules well in advance of the baby’s arrival. Ideally, the dog should be excluded from the baby’s bedroom. It is a good idea to teach your dog to walk gently next to the pram, but never tying the leash to the pram, and never when unattended. The dog should also be accustomed to new items of furniture such as

playpens, carry cots and high chairs before baby arrives. If possible get a tape recording of baby noises and play it where the baby will normally be so the dog becomes socialised to these sounds. Also teach the dog the difference between his/her toys and the baby’s toys. More advice next week.

NEW ARRIVAL: Make sure you prepare your dog well in advance.

Songs of praise, cake, as well as afternoon tea AFTERNOON Tea, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and Songs of Praise all rolled into one! That is the unusual

combination on offer at San Josep on Tuesday at 4.30pm when the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy invites you to a pancake tea followed by the chance to sing your head off. There will be a selection of hymns and Christian AN exhibition of landscape, figurative and abstract music to be sung and paintings in oils and acrylics by Graham Flowerdew sandwiches and cakes will be held at the Casa de Cultura, Oliva from March to be eaten. 17 until March 22. San Josep is Graham and his wife, Gina have lived near Oliva for situated just off the nine years and they want to help homeless families coast road between in the community, so exactly five years since his last Calpe and Moraira. exhibition Graham is holding another and donating About half way half of all the sales to homeless families. All the between the two paintings will be reasonably priced to raise as much towns at Km 5, turn money as possible. A raffle will run for the six days uphill towards of the exhibition, the winner will have the choice of Benissa and the church is less than a any unsold painting at the end of the exhibition or kilometre up on the have a portrait painted. Tickets will cost €5 each and left. Parking is easy all the money raised will go to homeless families. and everyone is The exhibition will be open daily from 10am until welcome. 1.30pm and from 5pm until 8pm. More information Further details from from Eileen on 607 706 904.

Fundraising exhibition for homeless families in Oliva


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WO decades after releasing the first generation Twingo, Renault has taken a fresh look at its city car. The French manufacturer unveiled the New Twingo, with the aim of rekindling the innovative spirit of the 1992 model. The brand’s engineers and designers took their inspiration from the original Twingo and the iconic Renault 5. Their objective was to create a roomier and more agile city car, and this is how the idea of switching to a rear-mounted engine took shape. Renault’s thoughts found an echo in those of Daimler which, at the same time, was exploring ideas for the next generation versions of the Smart. After early talks, the two firms signed in 2010 a strategic cooperation agreement for the joint-


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Renault’s New Twingo: has a fun, playful and vibrant look

development of the cars. Positioning the engine at the rear frees up the front end and consequently improves the

VIBRANT: The car comes in a choice of four colours.

turning circle. This results in a more manoeuvrable car, handy for town and parking. Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space. The New Twingo comes in a choice of four vibrant colours, light blue, white, yellow and red. The rake of the New Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders are inspired by the

cult Renault 5 model. The front end features the brand’s trademark styling, including a prominent logo set to a black background. Big headlights stand out in the car’s front, with the

REAR ENGINE: For an improved turning circle. direction indicators topping them, as well as LED daytime running lights.

2013 was a record year for Ferrari LAST year brought record figures for Ferrari. Its turnover increased by 5 per cent to €2.3 billion in 2013, the Italian firm announced. The manufacturer showed a trading profit of €365.5 million with a net profit up to €246 million. These figures come after the strategic decision the manufacturer adopted to reduce car sales in order to maintain their exclusivity and boost their value. The target was reached despite a reduction of approximately 5 per cent in the number of approved cars consigned to the sales network, which was of 6,922 units in 2013. “This is a very important result that has been achieved with great work by

RECORD FIGURES: Ferrari increased its turnover after reducing car sales. everyone,” said President Luca di Montezemolo. “We wanted to keep a high level of exclusivity, creating exceptional

products like the LaFerrari, 458 Speciale or the California T, the fruits of huge investment in products and innovative technology,” he added.


MONTGO Golf Society played a medal competition, sponsored by Feli and Brian Baybut, at Oliva Nova on Friday, February 21. Fairly blustery conditions and quick greens made scoring difficult with the Computed Buffer Adjustment reducing buffer zones by two shots. There was a close finish to the competition, with the top two decided on handicap. First place went to Eddie Beattie, who was delighted to score a net 74 from his 11.5 handicap. Ian Bonser, also showing some form, finished in second place from a handicap of 19.7. Third place went to Sally Burrowes, one shot further back from 12.6. Neil Carter picked up the prize for best front nine (net 34 from 9.4) with Neil Cumings (11.5) winning the best back nine with a net 37. Roy Jones picked up the prize for the best man not in first three (net 75), while Penny Barden picked up the ladies prize with a net 77. Roy also won the nearest-thepin on the 16th. The Society’s next game is at Oliva Nova on Friday, March 7 for the St. David’s Day Strokesford sponsored by Carla and Vic Chaszczewski. First tee 9:20am.

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Barcelona stunned, cricket returns in the Caribbean Wayne smashes record

Tony Matthews

International Sports

Wayne Rooney has smashed all records! Last Friday he signed an extended contract with Manchester United and will earn £82.6m up to June 2015. And when he retires he’ll become a United Ambassador and probably get paid for that too! How the footballer’s weekly wage has risen: • 1961 Johnny Haynes £100 • 1966 Bobby Moore £500 • 1968 George Best £1,000 • 1990 Roberto Baggio £50,000 • 2001 Sol Campbell £100,000 • 2009 Carlos Tevez £200,000 • 2014 Wayne Rooney £300,000 Rooney will earn around 50p a second; £30 a minute; £1,800 an hour; £43,200 a day; £300,000 a week, £1.2 million a month and £15.16 million a year. I got £120 a week as a player!

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

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ON Tuesday, in the Champions League, Manchester United visited Olympiakos and last night Chelsea played Galatasaray while Real Madrid met Schalke. This evening Tottenham (1-0 down) and Swansea (0-0) play their return legs of their last 32 Europa League ties against Dnipro and Napoli respectively. Saturday’s PL matches are Everton-West Ham, FulhamChelsea, Hull-Newcastle, StokeArsenal and SouthamptonLiverpool; on Sunday it’s Aston Villa-Norwich, Swansea-Crystal Palace and Spurs-Cardiff, while at Wembley, Manchester City play Sunderland in the LC final. The top games in the Championship are BurnleyDerby, Leicester-Charlton, Nottingham Forest-Wigan and QPR-Leeds. Tomorrow, on Sunday and next Wednesday, England play the West Indies in three One Day Internationals in Antigua. The World Track Cycling


Montgo medal competition goes to Eddie Beattie

ROONEY: Signed new contract.

championships continue in Colombia with Brits Laura Trott, Dani King, Jo Rowsell, Becky James, Jason Kenny, Ed Clancy and Phil Hindes all hoping for medals. And the All-England Badminton Championships start in Birmingham next Tuesday. ROUND-UP * Last Thursday, in the Europa League, Jonathan Soriano of Saltzburg Red Bull scored one of

the greatest goals I’ve seen for years, from 55 yards in a 3-0 win over Ajax. Get this on Youtube it’s brilliant! Also, Spurs lost to an 80th minute penalty in Dnipro/ Ukraine while Swansea drew 0-0 with Napoli. * Earlier, in the Champions League, there were 2-0 home defeats for Arsenal (with 10 men) and Manchester City, against holders Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively. * In the PL last weekend it was Cardiff 0 Hull 4 (Steve Bruce’s 100th win as a PL manager); Chelsea 1 Everton 0 (courtesy of John Terry’s late goal in off Tim Howard); Manchester City 1 Stoke 0;

Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1; Norwich 1 Spurs 0; Newcastle 1 Villa 0; Liverpool 4 Swansea 3; Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2 (with a Rooney special), West Ham 3 Southampton 1 and WBA 1 Fulham 1. * Burnley beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 and Leicester whipped Ipswich 3-0 in the Championship while Wolves won 3-0 at Brentford to go second behind Orient in FL1. * In Spain, Real Madrid, La Liga leaders by three points (6360) beat Elche 3-0, Real Sociedad stunned Barcelona 31, Osasuna blitzed Atletico Madrid 3-0 and Almeria drew 00 with Malaga.

Challenger team miss out on closing the gap IN the Northern League, the Lions away to Javea Green Quartz had another good win at this club (10 points last week), taking 8 points to 2 to remain on course for the league title again this year. The Challenger Team missed out in closing the gap at the top of their league. Tigers away to El Cid Javelins could only manage 4 of the points and also lost the challenger league match, but still remain top spot in this league. Jaguars’ home to El Cid Spears took all 10 points (their third this season) but suffered disappointment in not winning the challenger league match.

WINTER FOURS THIS year’s Winter Fours competition, sponsored by

Winter League away to Quesada, who top the league and are favourites to win the title, held the team to 2 points. The score did not tell the whole story, however, with the BBC winning on 3 of the rinks at end 15. For a full report on all of the above matches please visit our BBC website. Members: Please note the Annual General Meeting will be Saturday, April 12. Papers available in the clubhouse for collection. More info about upcoming April cash competitions and free bowling lessons on website:

Dragon Insurance Group and Direkt Optik, had a number of teams made up by players from different clubs.

BENITACHELL BOWLS, Winning team with sponsors and Competition Secretary Derek Mawson (far right).

This was the case with the winning team, the ‘Mavericks,’ with Rod and Linda Warnes, Brian and Diane Manser, Alan

and Helen Hall, Mick Adams and Greg Sperring. Runners-up were the ‘Rollin Stones.’

Congratulations and thanks to Derek Mawson, Competition Secretary, on delivering a very successful competition.


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Jenny Jones wins bronze medal Congratulations to GB on gaining four medals at the Winter Olympics, equalling their best haul, achieved in France in 1924. Snowboarder Jenny Jones (bronze), skeleton bobber Lizzy Yarnold (gold), the women’s curlers (bronze) and their male counterparts (silver) did the business.

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Javea Green Club reach semi-finals SPONSORED by Blacktower Financial Management Group, the Club Championships are currently progressing through the semi-final stages after the matches on February 21. The first finalists for the Mixed Triples discipline are Harry Chick, Gail Chick and Trevor Neale who will face present club champions Tony McKenna, Anne McKenna and Clive Corbin.

The finals will be held March 14-15. In other news, the Winter League continue their unbroken run of triumphs with an 8-4 win away against La Siesta on February 19, giving them an impressive 12 wins out of 13 matches. Next week they face ‘Champions Elect’ Quesada. www.javeagreenbowls.



Warblers at Bonalba THE Warblers had a semi-shotgun start at the Bonalba match on February 19. With four groups teeing off the 16th, 17th, 18th and the 1st at 09:36am and the next four off the same tees at 09:44, it provided a much swifter round of golf. All prizes this week were provided by our sponsor Peter Gibson. Roy Booth topped Division 1 with 34 points. Second place went to Bob Edwards with 33 points putting Glynn Braidley in third on countback. Leading Division 2 was Jack Bell with 37 points, followed by Margaret Wheatley with 35 points. In third spot - and great to see him back again - was David Rogers with 34 points. The nearest-the-pin prizes went to Robin Wheatley on the 4th and 8th, Jack Bell on the 11th and Roy

NORTH WARBLER: Winners at Bonalba on February 19. Booth on the 14th. Glynn Braidley won the longest drive on the 3rd. Next game has the Warblers competing for the Spring Trophy, a pairs better ball competition, at La

Sella on Wednesday, March 5. First tee at 8:24am, please arrive by 7:45am to book in. Guests are always welcome. Please book in by phone: 639 242 896.

Euro Weekly News - Costa Blanca North 27 February - 5 March 2014 Issue 1495  
Euro Weekly News - Costa Blanca North 27 February - 5 March 2014 Issue 1495  

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