Euro Weekly News - Costa de Almeria 20 - 26 March 2014 Issue 1498

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Computer chat SPANISH computer hacker Chema Alonso gave a talk on Internet Security to more than 300 people at the University of Almeria last week.

Book fair THE Plaza de la Constitucion in Huercal-Overa is hosting a book fair until Sunday.

Orange Fest THE second Orange Fiesta takes place in Antas on Sunday in the Plaza La Era del Lugar from 10am to 2pm.

Cheque gift PRESIDENT of the food bank of Almeria, Juan Azorin, has received a cheque for €6,000 from Maria Jose Diaz, the director of the BP Service Station in Avenida Montserrat in Almeria City. It will be used to cover the fuel costs of the group.


Bogus gasmen targeted the old and the disabled A GANG which passed members off as gas inspectors has been broken up by the Guardia Civil. In the operation a total of 12 people were arrested, accused of forming 60 bogus companies

dedicated in the main to targeting the elderly, foreigners and the disabled. It is believed the gang have conned almost 2,000 people throughout Spain with many of

their victims in Almeria Province. The con men would turn up at the homes of vulnerable people and threaten them with cutting off the gas supply or a fine if they refused to have a gas check,

classing it as ‘obligatory’. In this manner they would manage to get away with as much as €900 from some victims although the average was between €50 and €390. The criminals enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, while their network of companies racked up a debt of €4 million with the Christian Bale (pictured) and Social Security Office. Sigourney Weaver flying in, the film Police investigations led production gave Almeria worldwide to the seizure of 227 bank exposure. accounts opened at 19 Rosado said now was the time to branches throughout sell the region to film-makers after Spain as well as 10 luxury the publicity it has received from the cars. The investigation, shooting of Exodus. He added that he hoped the movie would give the which took almost two region’s film industry a major boost years focused on a network of companies and promote Andalucia. to gas The president also said the AFC dedicated was trying to come up with maintenance, leading to agreements with the Indian and raids on homes in Russian film industries to attract Almeria, Granada and Malaga. more projects.

Hollywood film hopes for Andalucia TALKS have been held to bring more Hollywood film productions to Andalucia following the economic boost Ridley Scott’s film Exodus gave to the region. The president of the Andalucia Film Commission (AFC), Carlos Rosado, said that film studios FOX had been looking for locations in the region, but he declined to give more details. Ridley Scott had recently used several locations in Almeria Province as he shot the film, reigniting interest in the area amongst Hollywood filmmakers. With major stars like



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Finance 31 - 36 EXHIBITION: Photography in Colour (1973-2000) by Carlos Perez Siquier.

The year of Perez Siquier under way

PHOTOGRAPHY fans are in for a treat at the Casa Ibañez Museum in Olula del Rio. A year dedicated to the work of Almeria photographer Carlos Perez Siquier got under way on Friday with the first of three exhibitions. Entitled ‘Photography in Colour (1973-2000)’ the exhibition is on display until the middle of June. Twenty-three images in fresh, bright Mediterranean colours have been selected from several series created over the last three decades of the 20th century, work which characterises the

skill of the Almeria photographer. Some temporary exhibitions, curated by the director of the institution, Juan Manuel Martin, have allowed photography lovers to enjoy the work of Perez Siquier. More than 120 photographs were put on show at the Patio de Luces in Almeria City and the Almeria Arts Centre, with further exhibitions planned for this year in Melilla and Huercal-Overa. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm with free entry.

Letters 43

Leapy Lee 49

Daily TV 50

Time out 54 - 55

Classifieds 73 - 75

Sport 79 - 80

NEWS Pond rescue THREE Guardia Civil agents in Vicar formed a human chain to rescue a man who had fallen into a ‘balsa’ (pond). The man was transferred to the Poniente Hospital suffering from hypothermia, one of the agents also needed treatment. Thieves caught THREE men of North African origin were caught red handed by police officers as they attempted to steal items from the Santa Maria Church in Nijar. California dreaming FOUR artists from Almeria are to have their works displayed in the Roll up Gallery in San Francisco from April 18 to May 4. The four artists are Jesus Zamarron, Paco de la Torre, Francisco Uceda and Manu Muñoz.

President pays a visit to province THE President of the Parliament of Andalucia, Manuel Gracia, visited the province last week. In his tour of Los Velez and Almanzora, he held several meetings with authorities and citizens of Chirivel, Velez Blanco and Albox. “The aim is to bring the legislative body to every corner of Andalucia, making it an open Parliament, to visit the citizens and be nearer the people,” he said. In this sense, Manuel Gracia claimed that councils are making an effort to combat the crisis and the Andalucian Parliament serves local corporations

School visit ALMERIA singer David Bisbal paid a visit to his old school the Goya College in Almeria City as part of a report for the Informe Semanal programme shown on Spanish TV1. Cages found POLICE in Adra and Senes have intercepted several cages used by hunters in the area. The illegal cages are used to catch birds and small mammals.

to combat unemployment, the main effect of the crisis. Garcia started in Chirivel, where he had the opportunity to chat with senior citizens at an adult education centre. The next day he visited Velez Blanco, during the day he held a meeting with tourism businesses in the area, which addressed the challenges facing the tourism sector. The final call was Albox, where he met with the government team, and chatted with the public visiting the weekly market. He later gave a talk to students of the Cardinal Cisneros Institute.

IMPORTANT: A good relationship with colleagues.




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Food shared

THE town hall of Pechina has shared out more than 15,000 kilos of food between a total of 165 families most in need.

Walkway restored THE Junta is restoring the walkway Umbria de la Virgen, in the Sierra de Maria Natural Park. The junta have spent €50,000 on the project, creating 460 working days for workers.

Video hit THE video, David Bisbal y Costa de Almeria, Deslumbrante made to promote the province has received more than 500,000 views on YouTube in less than two months. The video has been seen in 127 countries.

Paying respect WORKERS at the town hall of Cuevas del Almanzora and residents of the town held a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the 11M bombings in Madrid which happened 10 years ago. Magic Festival THE 8th Magic Brew festival in Carboneras got under way on Saturday. For the next three Saturdays there will be a magic show at 8pm in the Casa de la Musica in Carboneras. Entrance is three euros.

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Don’t worry, just be happy...


ODAY (March 20) is International Day of Happiness, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and celebrated throughout the world with education and public awareness-raising activities. A recent study shows that only 59 per cent of Spaniards claims to be happy. The study, by Ipsos, was carried out in 24 countries and shows that only the Hungarians are unhappier than the Spanish. Meanwhile in Indonesia, 92 per cent of those questioned claimed to be happy, as did 86 per cent of Canadians, 85 per cent of Swedes and 84 per cent of North Americans. In Europe, the happiest residents after the Swedes are the Belgians, British, French, Germans and Italians. The study also shows that women are happier than men, and that people under 35 are happier

Quote of the Week Until ETA is broken up, the team of 4,500 National Police and Guardia Civil will remain in place.’ The Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, during a visit to the Basque Country, where a regional police force, the Ertzaintza, is also present to fight terrorism.

than those above that age. A study carried out earlier this year by Adecco showed that in Spain, teachers, firemen, journalists, pharmacists and engineers claim to be happiest in their work. Despite cutbacks in the education sector, more than 94 per cent of teachers claimed to be happy in their work, mainly because they enjoy contributing towards the social and personal development of others. The study shows that the Spanish think those who are happiest in their jobs are artists, football players and sportspeople in general. More than 29 per cent think that the secret to being happy at work is enjoying the job, 17.6 per cent considered the key was to have a good relationship with colleagues and 13.3 per cent put work happiness down to a good salary.

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men who entered prison between 2003 and 2012 for killing their partners or former partners remain behind bars. A further 264, according to the prison institution, are not on record or have been since been released.

A 33-YEAR-OLD man from Roquetas de Mar has been arrested after he withdrew €7,600 in 48 hours from a bank using a friend’s credit card.

How much? THE town hall of El Ejido are to give classes to its citizens on how to read and understand the complexities of electric bills.

Nerja trip A HUNDRED women from Huercal de Almeria enjoyed a trip to the caves of Nerja to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Cycling club A GROUP of friends have formed a new cycling club ‘Lubrin Pajaros Bike’ in the town of Lubrin.

And finally... At least 750 more illegal immigrants managed to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa this week, by climbing over the frontier fence from Morocco. Some were injured and had to be treated before being taken to the already full centre for immigrants.


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Just where is LaYegua Alta? THE latest Indalo Hash House Harriers event started from the small hamlet of La Yegua Alta. Some of the hashers hadn’t heard of it either, so when eventually they all arrived, off they went. The pack was assembled and with the route markings explained, they set off. The runners led the way, with the walkers sauntering along behind. The two routes followed similar paths, as


Off to a peak performance TWO Almerienses, Salvador Hurtado and Mari Trini Torralvo, are part of a four-man team who have headed to Nepal to climb Mera Peak, which has an altitude of 6,476 metres.

Lisbon trip MOTLEY CREW: The Indalo Hash Harriers. the runners were frequently seen, or heard shouting words of encouragement to each other. It has to be said that this is one of the most beautiful areas of Spain, with rolling hills, and mountains in the background, and at this time of year, almond blossom everywhere, and throughout this hash, hardly a building was to be seen.

On returning to the start, refreshments were available. With the hamlet of La Yegua Alta being so small, there were no bar facilities, so our hosts, Tina and Cosmo provided hot soup and homemade cakes on the terrace. The next hash will be between Chirivel and Velez Rubio this Sunday. For more info, email or go to

ALMERIA’S government took part in the 26th Tourism Fair in Lisbon at the weekend, to promote the Costa de Almeria.

Let’s rock LEGENDARY Spanish rockers Extremoduro are scheduled to play at the Pabellon Juegos Mediterraneos in Almeria City on August 23.

Cinema success for English-language films FOLLOWING the success of the English Language film season at Huercal-Overa cinema, more films are to be shown in English. The latest round of films began on Tuesday night with X Men 2. Future films

until further notice will include on Tuesday March 25, The Hunger games:catching fire. This will be followed by Captain Phillips on April 1 and Les Miserables on April 8. Tickets are priced at just €3.50 and films start at 8.30pm.

Helicopter rescue in Seron THE 061 emergency services came to the rescue of a 15-year-old boy in Seron. He had to be airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in Baza

(Granada) after he suffered a broken leg after overturning a tractor. The accident happened at 11.53am on Sunday morning,

although the exact location has not been specified. The helicopter arrived at the scene just 11 minutes later at 12.04pm.


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1st for Lazaro FOR the fourth consecutive year, the Hospederia Virgen del Saliente de Albox, hosted the wines of the Sierra de Los Filabres competitition. A total of 10 wines were presented and first prize was awarded to Lazaro Martos of Albox.

Workers injured in fall TWO workers suffered serious injuries after falling from scaffolding in a factory in Carboneras. The incident took place last Friday around 3.30pm when Emergency Services received a call advising that two

people, working for a scaffolding company, had suffered a fall in a factory in Calle Rambla Olivera . The two workers fell from a height of four metres. After a laborious rescue the two workers, one with a

Important sleeper cell is broken up THE ministry of the interior has announced that between the Spanish police and the Moroccan security services, they have broken up one of the most important terrorist cells that was sending jihadists to Syria and other conflict zones. Four people have been detained in Spain, one in Malaga and three in Melilla, among them was the leader of the cell. Some of the members had returned to Spain after having passed through other terrorist organisations including Al Qaeda.

Spain is considered to be a ‘sleeper base’ or incubator for Islamic fundamentalist radicals and a departure point for jihadists. An average of 30 radicals leave Spain every month to go to Syria via Morocco. Reports from the intelligence service claim that there are an important amount of sleepers residing in Spain at the ready to go off to a Holy War and they have been well trained in the use of all sorts of weaponry and explosives. From Spain they go first to the Alaui Kingdom and then Turkey from which they are taken directly to Syria.

broken right leg and one with a broken left arm were transferred to the Torrecardenas Hospital in Almeria City. An investigation will now be carried out into the accident.

Rail tracks to be finally removed WORK starts today (Thursday) on dismantling the railroad tracks located between the old train station and Almeria landmark the English Cable in Almeria City. The Mayor of Almeria, Luis Rogelio Rodriguez Comendador greeted confirmation of this date as “the first step, after 20 years, the city hall has

removed a wall which has split the city in two.” The removal of the tracks is being carried out by ADIF and once finished will open up nearly 20,000 square metres of land. The area will provide space for new roads and green areas with a construction project that has already been approved by the city hall.


Tapas route THE seventh Edition of ‘De Tapas por Almeria’ in Almeria City has 71 establishments taking part in the event this year. Diners can win great prizes by visiting five or more participating establishments.

Sold out SINGER Sergio Dalma performed songs off his new album ‘Cadore 33’ to a sell out crowd at the Teatro Auditorio in Roquetas de Mar on Saturday night.

New album ALMERIA singer David Bisbal presented his new Album ‘Tu y yo’ in Madrid on Monday.


Vera and District Lions step up the pace THE Vera and District Lions have increased their momentum in helping provide food for the needy in the local community. In the past few days they have installed their own collection point at the Iceland store in Vera Town and are hoping that people will help by depositing the odd can or packet of foodstuff. All goods collected will be distributed to food banks throughout the Vera district. Food donated does not have to be purchased in Iceland, so check out cupboards for those odd items that may never be used and then drop them into the trolley which is situated at the checkout. Vera and District Lions have been actively collecting fresh fruit and vegetables from several packing plants in Palomares for more than a year and have been helping the Evangelical church in Turre to feed the needy. Lions President Glyn Williams commented: ”The help from Overseas Foods who own Iceland has been invaluable in efforts to collect funds and

Zelda Jones of Vera Lions helps Iceland Manager Tony Pepper to fill the trolley. this new initiative, driven by the manager, Tony Pepper, will make a massive difference to the food banks locally.”

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Fishy figures ALMERIA exported fresh fish and seafood with a value of €9.1 million in 2013, an increase of 9 per cent on 2012.

Fire drill STAFF at HuercalOvera’s health centre held a practice fire and evacuation drill as part of the centre’s protection and security plan programme.

A tourism fair first for Zurgena THE town of Zurgena provided the meeting point for tourism professionals at the weekend. The first Almanzora Valley Tourism Fair offered the opportunity to hundreds of visitors to get to know the products and leisure activities of the many individuals and businesses in the valley. The fair was held inside the Renfe building in La Alfoquia and the numerous stalls offered a variety of products from the Almanzora Valley. Inside the building a range of different food products was on offer, from sausages and hams to bread, cakes and wines and beer. Artesans from the valley didn’t miss the opportunity to show off their products including marble and pottery. There was representation from several town halls and rural hotels, giving visitors the chance to learn a lot more about what is on offer in the Almanzora Valley.

At the opening, the mayor of Zurgena, Luis Diaz, thanked the attendees and gave notice of the work being done to create a railway museum, calling for support from the government. Delegate for Tourism, Encarna Caparros, highlighted the ‘commitment’ of the Junta de Andalucia regional government to restart work on the Almanzora motorway, which was of great importance to the development of sectors including tourism. President of the Mancomunidad, Antonio Salas, was confident that this first show had sown the seed for future editions. In addition, Head of Tourism for Zurgena, Sampo Penttila, stressed the need for collaboration between the government and businesses; a necessary collaboration for this first tourism fair to move the valley forward.

Huercal-Overa Dames gear up for fashion show THE Dames in HuercalOvera invite everyone to join them at their fashion show tomorrow (Friday) at the Tennis Club Huercal Overa, with fashions by the Dressing

Room of Turre. It starts at 7.30pm and admission is only €8, which includes a light supper. Tickets are on sale from CATS in La

Alfoquia, Serendipity in Albox and in HuercalOvera from I-Cafe Bar, Spar Shop and Salas Opticas. Tickets are also available by calling 661 190 190.


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Dames in Turre have a grand time ON Saturday March 8, some 63 members and friends of Dames in Turre, celebrated International Women’s Day. They did so with a three course meal with wine and coffee, prepared by the staff at Hostel Rural Turre. Chairman Soo Wallace welcomed everyone and in between courses introduced Val Carrington who started the entertainment off with her humorous monologues. Soo then introduced our Guest Speaker, Adele Land who shared some amusing stories of her 20 years working in the travel

Triumph for ‘Tomatito’ ALMERIENSE guitarist Jose Fernandez Torres, known as Tomatito triumphed in New York at the weekend. The natural heir to guitar great Paco de Lucia, reigned supreme with his sextet in one of the temples of New York jazz, the Rose Theatre at the Lincoln Centre.

industry. Soo then presented Brenda Appleby with a gift token from the Dames for her outstanding contribution to the group, unfortunately Brenda has decided to retire but will always be welcome at forthcoming meetings and events. The afternoon would not have been the same without the saucy jokes from Doreen Woolton and she had everyone in stitches. The afternoon was rounded off with a raffle and music and singing provided by Anne Anstey who got people up on their feet dancing and singing with golden oldies from the 60’s and 70’s. A big thank you must be given to Lesley Barton and Sylvia Baker for organising the whole event. The next Dames meeting will be held on Monday March 31 at the Centre de Usos Multiples, Turre at 11am when Gerry Hughes will be the speaker. Gerry was a Red Coat so he is sure to have plenty of interesting tales to tell. Come along for what should be a very amusing meeting. For more information contact Secretary Pam Smith on 950 475 418 or President Lesley Barlow on 950 478 633.


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Rubbish complaint THE IU Party in Cuevas del Almanzora has complained about the lack of cleanliness in the Nuestra Señora del Carmen area of the town.

Belt up THE traffic department (DGT) has launched a campaign throughout the province to check on the use of seat belts and child seats.

Good cause THE second Solidarity Market to mark International Women’s Day in Huercal-Overa raised more than €1,600 for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.


Former Pulpi paediatrician held in Colombia A 42-YEAR-OLD children’s doctor has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing six minors in the Levante area of Almeria. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Interpol branch of the Colombian Police, in collaboration with the Guardia Civil in Spain, arrested the man in Colombia. Guardia Civil sources told Europa Press that the detainee, identified as Carlos Alexander Rodriguez Linares, worked as a paediatrician at a health centre in Pulpi and is accused of abusing six children who were aged between seven and 12. However, the investigation is seeking to clarify whether the detainee has also abused other children in Catalonia, where he lived for a while. In Spain the alleged paedophile worked as a paediatrician in Pulpi and Cuevas del Almanzora

and used his consultations as a first approach to children of single or divorced mothers. Rodriguez acted alone, using his son to gain access to the other children, offering to care for them at weekends, allowing them the use of his swimming

The 42-year-old is wanted in Spain on charges of child sex abuse pool, video games and generally spoiling them and taking them to the beach in order to have constant contact with them, it is alleged. During this time, Rodriguez was progressively abusing the children without their parents finding out, it is claimed. Rodriguez was arrested in the city of

Bucaramanga in Colombia. The detainee will have to answer to the judicial authorities of the two countries, as in Colombia he is facing charges for alleged abuse when working as a rural doctor in the town of Paez. The mayor of Pulpi, Juan Pedro Garcia, said he was outraged and surprised after hearing the news. Garcia was shocked by the events, and said that neither the people nor the health centre had any suspicion because ‘no one had complained’ about the doctor. The Spanish authorities have requested his extradition for sexual abuse and, if extradited, he could expect to pay a penalty of up to 34 years in prison in Spain. The exchange of information and international police cooperation between Colombia and Spain led to the location and arrest of the offender.


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Waterworks set to be turned on in Arboleas WORK is to start on water treatment plants in two districts of Arboleas. President of the Government of Almeria, Gabriel Amat, has handed the project over to the mayor of Arboleas, Cristobal Garcia Granados. The project will allow the installation of the plants in the districts of Limaria and Los

Higuerales. The works have a budget of €220,000 to be funded through the provincial plans of the council. Amat highlighted the work being done on water purification in the area with more than €440,000 being spent through provincial plans in several areas of Arboleas. Amat said: “Our aim, along with

Caterpillars cleaned up in Huercal-Overa FUMIGATION has been carried out in different Huercal-Overa parks to eradicate plagues of processionary caterpillars. Councillor Alonso Mena said: “The campaign began more than a month ago to eliminate this pest which is common at this time of year, and avoid possible adverse effects on those who use the parks and especially among youngsters who play there every day.”

The laborious process involves removing the nests manually. A product is then applied to prevent the pine caterpillars reappearing. “We are aware that this pest occurs annually in the pine trees, which is why we started over a month ago with the spraying. However, the company responsible also carries out treatments in June and July when the soil is fumigated with growth inhibitor,” said Mena.

the town hall, has been to provide basic services to areas in Arboleas, several of which had problems such as water purification.” The infrastructure will service a population which reaches its maximum occupancy during the summer months as tourists arrive. The two plants will be built on council owned land with space to expand them in the future if necessary.

Becoming legal ORIA Town Hall is to hold a meeting on Friday, March 28, at noon to discuss the regularisation of illegal properties in the area. Anyone who has a property that is not legal, doesn’t have an escritura (deeds) or water or electricity connection, in the municipality of Oria (Rambla de Oria, Los Cerricos, El Margen, Barranco de Quiles, Fuente Negro, etc) is advised to attend. A translator will be present. For more information contact Oria Town Hall.


New square VICAR has a new public space to enjoy with the opening of a new square next to the church. It covers an area of 700 square metres.

On the road THE Costa de Almeria tourist board visited San Sebastian last weekend for Sevatur 2014, one of the most important tourist fairs in the North of Spain.

Art show THE Musem of Almeria in Almeria City is currently displaying different forms of art work by 39 female artists. ’Ars Visibillis II’ runs until April 27.

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Dames pay tribute to ‘extraordinary’ women THE Dames in Spain, Mojacar visited Desert Springs Golf Resort in Cuevas del Almanzora. The trip was organised to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. The Dames had in their thoughts the extraordinary women from all over the world. Special tribute was paid to Gertrude Bell, who in the 1900s was the first woman to climb the French Alps and the

DAMES IN SPAIN: Mojacar members at Desert Springs Golf Resort. Matterhorn. She then went on to travel the deserts of the Middle East mapping terrritory whereever she went and

meeting with sheikhs and princes, and speaking to them in their own language. Everyone agreed it was

Vera Lions Spring Fair THE Vera and District Lions Club are holding a Spring Fair tomorrow (Friday) at Camping Los Gallardos. There will be lots of stalls to buy those special Easter gifts; join in and win prizes on the raffle and tombola. Entrance is by raffle ticket at the cost of €1. Restaurant Miraflores will be

offering a great fish and chip deal at lunchtime. All money raised will go towards buying sensory equipment for the Ver de Olula Centre for severely disabled children. Although the centre is in Olula de Rio it takes children from a large catchment area including Vera and District.

a wonderful day, enjoyed by all. The Dames would like to thank all the staff at Desert Springs for their hospitality.



American honour CANTORIA-BASED multinational company Cosentino has been recognised by the city of Houston (Texas) for its “valuable contribution to the work and the economy of the city.” The mayor of Houston, Annise D Parker, has declared March 6 as ‘Cosentino Centre Day’. This is one of the highest honours given locally in the US, only granted to organisations or institutions that are highly relevant or significant to the people of the city.


CHEAPER: Renewing a UK passport in Spain.

Passport fees for Britons overseas reduced by 35%

EXPATRIATES looking to renew their British passports should hold on until April when it will become 35 per cent cheaper. James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from April 7, the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. The new fees are: • Adult 32 page passport £83.00 • Child 32 page passport £53.00 • Jumbo 48 page passport £91.00 (Adult/ Child/Veteran) The 35 per cent decrease in passport fees is the result of efficiency savings made over the last three years by bringing back the processing and issuing of

overseas passports to the UK, including from the former passport processing centre at the British Embassy in Madrid. Will Middleton, Consular Director for Spain, said: “This is good news for British citizens applying for a UK passport from Spain. The repatriation of overseas passport centres means overseas applications can now be handled more efficiently and at significantly lower cost. “The new fees will benefit some four million Britons living overseas, including many of the estimated 800,000 who live in Spain for all or part of the year.” If you need a new or replacement passport, go to the Overseas British Passport applications page on www.GOV.UK where

Bullfighter’s son freed A SEVILLA judge has freed Jose Fernando Ortega Mohedano, son of Jose Ortega Cano and Rocio Jurado, and another three youths who were jailed for violent robbery outside a brothel in November 2013. Although the prosecution has asked for three years in jail for the four youths involved, they had no objection to them being freed while awaiting sentencing.

you can make an overseas application. You need to apply and pay online and send your supporting documents direct to the UK (no longer to the nearest consulate or embassy). The turnaround time is four to six weeks, and applications are accepted up to nine months before the expiry of your current passport. The new fees for overseas applications remain marginally higher than the equivalent fees for UK-based applicants because on average overseas applications take longer - and therefore cost slightly more - to process. This is because it is often less straightforward to establish whether or not an overseas applicant is entitled to a UK passport. Overseas customers will also continue to pay a courier charge in addition to the passport fee. British nationals can get more information and advice on living in Spain by ‘liking’/’following’ the British Embassy’s popular new social media channels on: • Facebook livinginSpain • Twitter Spain.

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Chance of a great Father’s Day WHO wants to be a multimillionaire? Once again, for Father’s Day, the ONCE (national lottery for the blind) is raffling off lottery tickets for a massive prize of €15 million and €6,000 per month for 25 years. This is not a split prize, one person will win the whole lot.

In a time of recession, this provides a glimmer of hope for the millions of people who will participate. They can buy a ticket for only €5 and be part of the dream. Despite the statistics informing the public of the odds, which are an astronomical one in 175,223,510, nobody seems to bear this

in mind as it is mainly a Spanish tradition to buy lottery tickets on a weekly basis. In fact, in some households it forms part of the monthly budget.

Despite the many horror stories of lottery winners being unable to handle immense wealth, there are also many winners who come to terms with their newfound wealth.

Boris Becker’s Spanish villa to be confiscated BORIS BECKER’S Spanish villa is being auctioned off for a cool £6 million after the tennis star lost a court case involving an unpaid builder’s bill. Now the holiday home, complete with nine bedrooms, is set to be confiscated and sold at auction after Becker failed to pay £340,000 for carpentry, plumbing and work on a basketball court at the property. The former tennis player, 46, purchased the Majorca property 17 years ago and has been entangled in court cases over it ever since. Becker tried to sell

the villa in 2007 for £12.5 million but failed to find a buyer. By 2012 the property value had dramatically fallen to £7 million. The hope that it would turn into a dream holiday retreat on the island came to a crashing end in 2003 when a court ruled that it had been built in part illegally and ordered the extra rooms to be demolished. In June 2012 the German Grand Slam champion nearly lost the house in a dispute over an unpaid debt to a local gardener. But Becker paid the £285,000 bill just as the villa was about to

go under the hammer. The Wimbledon winner, who has had to pay divorce and paternity settlements in excess of £20 million, was then slapped with a £340,000 bill from a builder in a separate settlement. This bill remains unpaid and the villa will now be sold off to cover the money he owes in interest and court costs. Lawyers for Becker argued that the estate agent who sold him the house, Matthias Kuhn, should foot the bills. However, this argument was thrown out of court.


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Judge sends five-year-old boy back to criminal past father A HIGH COURT judge has ruled that a fiveyear-old boy must leave

his English mother and return to Spain to live with his Moroccan

father. Mr. Justice Holman concluded that the

woman had wrongfully kept the boy in England for more than a year, breaching an order by a Spanish court. The judge was told that both parents had overcome ‘drug addiction problems’ and heard that the boy’s father, a handyman, had served a prison sentence for drug trafficking. The judge made the ruling after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of London’s High Court. Mr. Justice Holman heard that the man lives in the province of Alicante while the mother is based in the south of England. The pair met in Spain about seven years ago,

separating about two years later. The man had been convicted of drug trafficking prior to the child’s birth and had spent about five months in prison, the judge heard. The boy was born in Spain and a Spanish court, which had jurisdiction, had ruled that he should live in Spain with his father. The judge said that the order had to be enforced under international law. The mother had initially promised to obey the Spanish court order but had gone against it. Although the hearing was public the judge reiterated that nothing that could identify

the child could be reported. “He has got to go back,” the judge told the woman. “In Spain, if you wish, of course you can make some fresh application for him to come and live here. But in the meantime he has got to go back.” Mr. Holman added: “You may think ‘he is very tough,’ lacking in understanding. Far from it. I have huge understanding. “But I also have understanding for the situation the father is in in Spain. He has not seen this child for however many months.” The judge said the woman could visit the child in Spain and see him in holidays.

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Attempted attack A MAN, 35, was arrested in Palma for attempting to mug a mother and daughter who were walking along the sea-front promenade.

Emergency drill STUDENT firemen in Palma carried out an accident drill at the Balearic Islands University Metro Station.

Plan accepted ALL of the employees at the CocaCola bottling plant in Palma have now accepted the redundancy package presented by the company, affecting more than 1,600 workers.

Fewer passengers THE number of people using Palma City buses fell by 1.8 per cent in January to 2.7 million passengers, compared to the same month last year.

Voluntary return THE Balearic Government has announced that it will provide €400,000 in 2014 to help non-EU citizens to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.


Air ambulance A WOMAN, aged 30, was airlifted to hospital with a head injury following a car accident on the road between Torrevieja and Orihuela.

Body in sea AN investigation has opened into the identity of a man whose body was found floating in the waters off El Campello close to Muchavista beach. The body showed no signs of violence.

Smash and grab A BUSINESSMAN was robbed of €26,000 in cash in the centre of Orihuela as two thieves on motorbikes broke his car window and stole the money from an envelope on the passenger seat.

Shoe jobs OF the 3,600 jobs created in Elche in the last 14 months, 55 per cent came from the footwear sector and components, as there is increasing demand for both managers and qualified professionals.

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

Altea photograph is a worldwide internet hit AN image of Altea’s old quarter is receiving a massive number of internet ‘likes’. Within eight days it received 6,684 ‘likes’ and was shared 1,031 times, Altea Town Hall announced. “Doctors should prescribe wandering round Altea for stress relief,” reads the caption that accompanies the photo on Turespaña’s Facebook page, ‘See Spain’. Turespaña is the official organisation responsible for marketing Spain throughout the world. “The impact of the photo reinforces the town hall’s decision to focus on promoting the town via networking sites,” said Tourism Councillor Vigela Lloret. “The VisitAltea project is the maximum expression of this campaign and is key to the town's tourist strategy.” The warm reception for the Altea photo is good news for the business owners, hoteliers, restaurateurs and Alteanos who between them “pamper and care for this beautiful town,” Lloret said.


Bank boost THE BBVA bank is collaborating with the mayor of Almuñecar on the ‘I am employment’ campaign, which is designed to get the long-term unemployed back to work.

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HERRADURA is honouring its elderly with a concert by well-known singer Antonio Cortes. Couples who celebrate their golden anniversary this week will also be invited to a special lunch.

In rhythm THIRTY-ONE students, from several different classes of the Almuñecar Rythmic Gymnastics School presented their routines at the Second Spring Exhibition in Torrox.

Tennis finalist JAVI MOLINO, from Almuñecar, has reached the finals of the Babolat Tennis Cup in Cordoba.

For the kids THE Herradura festivities, in honour of St Jose, are also celebrating Children’s Day with special rides and activities designed for the young.

COSTA DEL SOL TRANQUIL AND PICTURESQUE: ‘Doctors should prescribe wandering round Altea for stress.’

Winning ticket A WINNING ticket for the first prize of the National Lottery, with €600,000 in prize money, was sold in Fuengirola.

Fewer nappies

Uncaring theft

AFTER two decades, the largest industrial company in the province of Alicante, which manufactures Dodot disposable nappies, is cutting out the fifth shift at its production plant and is closing at weekends to adapt to market demand.

ALICANTE CITY police halted traffic in La Florida after a gas leak was discovered at Rafael Altamira school after lesson time. It is believed the leak occurred after thieves removed copper piping.

A MOTORCYCLIST, 39, died when he was involved in a head-on collision on the A397 road in Benahavis. His passenger, a woman of 36, was injured.


Lodger killed

AGENTS from the Tax Office intercepted a 63.5-metre-long merchant ship in the Alboran Sea off the coast of Malaga, as it was carrying 12 tonnes of hashish.

Thief seized A 54-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Beniarbeig, accused of robbing €4,000 from a Sanet i Negrals bank. He allegedly doused an employee with petrol and threatened him with a knife.

Fund-raiser THE parish church in San Juan is holding concerts to raise cash for repairs. Those attending will be able to donate towards the €70,000 that is needed.

A SAN VICENTE lodging-house landlord received a 12-month sentence for manslaughter after a tenant was electrocuted in the shower. The water-heater was incorrectly installed and unsafe, the court ruled.

Labour scam REGIONAL police and work inspectors located two clandestine shoe factories in Monovar. Fourteen of the 89 employees in both workshops were working without contracts, the regional government later revealed.

Motorcyclist dies

Hashish seized

Contraband cigarettes ALMOST 530 packets of contraband cigarettes were seized in Antequera which were reportedly being sold to the public with no state controls.

Cars galore A VEHICLE ‘styling’ meet held in Coin attracted more than 100 vehicles and ended with a parade through the centre of the town.


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The search for Civil War victims SPAIN’S most heavily populated region yesterday announced plans to step up the search for remains of people who went missing during the 1936-39 Civil War.

Under a draft law passed by the cabinet of the left-wing regional government of Andalucia, the state will be able to temporarily expropriate land in cases where the

owner refuses to allow a search for a mass grave to be carried out on the property. The southern region, a stronghold of the left, suffered greatly during

Spain’s Civil War which pitted Franco’s right-wing forces against an elected left-leaning government. The war ended with Franco assuming power and ruling over Spain as a

dictator until his death in 1975. Although Franco’s regime honoured its own dead, it left opponents buried in unmarked graves scattered across the country. The regional government of Andalucia estimates that around 60,000 people went missing in the region during the Civil War. Andalucia’s draft law of ‘democratic memory’ also stipulates that statues, street names and other public symbols honouring Franco and his dictatorship should be removed within 18 months. In a statement the regional government of Andalucia said that if they are not removed within this time, they ‘will be empowered’ to do so themselves. Andalucia argues that the measures in its draft

law have the backing of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which last year recommended that Spain uncover the fate of Franco’s victims. Under a 2007 national law passed by Spain’s previous Socialist PSOE government, central, local and regional governments were required to strip away such publicly displayed symbols related to Franco and his dictatorship but set no timeline. Many right-wing local authorities have resisted attempts by campaigners to force them to comply with the legislation. Campaigners estimate that more than 114,000 bodies of people killed during the Civil War and Franco’s ensuing fourdecade rule are thought to lie unidentified in mass graves throughout Spain.


Tougher new traffic penalties NEW regulations for traffic fines are going through the Senate and will come into effect soon. If a radar inhibitor of any sort is installed in the car, the fine is up to €6,000 and the loss of six points. A fine of €1,800 will be levied if the car has been involved in a serious or very serious offence and the national police authority (DGP) is not notified of who was driving the car. There will be no loss of points for this. If the vehicle weighs less than 3,500 kilos and has no valid insurance the fine will be €1,500, no loss of points but the vehicle will be immobilised for one month. If the vehicle is parked and has no insurance then the fine is €800. If the driver doubles the legal alcohol limit, is a

NEW LAWS: To come into effect soon. frequent offender or refuses to take the breath test then there is a loss of six points and a fine of €1,000. The same applies for driving under the influence of any amount of drugs. There will be a fine of €600 and a loss of six points for a ‘very serious’ speeding offence.

There is a loss of six points and a fine of €500 for lesser speeding offences. A loss of four points will be applied if the driver is not correctly licensed for the vehicle. There will also be a loss of four points for a driver who is over the alcohol limit but without doubling it. Editor’s Note: Page 30.

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Stories making headlines in Europe


GERMAN PRESS Manure makeover

BRITISH PRESS Reporter killed

Dunk away

Fat cat

SWEDEN - Fidai, a hardline Taliban splinter group, claims it shot dead in Kabul British/Swedish radio reporter Nils Horner, suspecting him of being a spy for MI6.

UK scientists have completed a comprehensive study of biscuit dunking and found Rich Tea to be the most resilient, standing up to a 20 second dunk, and Hobnobs the least resilient collapsing after only four seconds.

Abuse victims

Streetlight saga

DENMARK - One in three women in Scandinavia report physical or sexual abuse from the age of 15, with the largest number of victims in Denmark and 52 per cent of women reporting this sort of violence.

A CAMBRIDGE man claims that it has taken three years and more than 40 council workers to change a streetlight which then broke a few weeks later.

Mailing error SWEDEN - Police had to disperse an angry crowd of job seekers outside an employment office in Stockholm after it accidentally called 61,000 people for a recruitment event instead of 1,000.

MPS have not been allowed to keep a much needed mouse-catcher over fears that the feline would rapidly become obese due to being fed scraps by cat loving members.

Urgent search DUNKING: Rich Tea found to be the best.

CLEVELAND police have confirmed that they found a 40-year-old man distressed on the roadside with his penis apparently cut off. Officers are searching for the missing appendage.

Wee retreat AN imaginative builder has turned a Victorian block of toilets on the seafront with a stunning view into a cosy two bedroom getaway at Sheringham, Norfolk.

RUSSIAN PRESS Working in Russia EXPATS working in Russia are among the highest paid worldwide, earning over $250,000 (€180,000) per year. The most popular fields are IT, finance, human resources and business development.

There are rumours that ex-soviet country Georgia may be fast tracked into the defence alliance.

NORWAY - As a memorial to the 2011 Utoya massacre, artist Jonas Dahlberg has been chosen to create three pieces, one of which is a 3.5 metre gap cut into the Sorbraten peninsula.

THE International Cat Show, referred to as ‘Russia’s biggest cat city,’ has named the winner an ‘honorary citizen’ of the city of Moscow and has been granted a special key.

SPECULATION is growing that western countries could seek to ‘punish’ Russia over its invasion of the Ukraine by expanding NATO.

MAYOR of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb saw a thief running from a shop in the city and ordered his chauffeur to follow him. Then the mayor jumped out of the car and caught him with help from a local policeman.

SEVEN years after border checks with Poland were eliminated the east German state of Brandenberg has decided to reintroduce them due to higher than average crime rates in the region.

Woods woman A LEIPZIG based writer wondered what would happen if society broke down and so decided to live for a year on emergency rations, growing her own food and hunting in the woods.

Profits down GERMANY’S biggest airline has announced that its bottom line profits took a nosedive in 2013. The result for last year was down by 74.5 per cent - this has been blamed on restructuring costs.

NATO rumour

Mayor’s catch in Rotterdam

Border checks

SOME furniture removers in Stuttgart were surprised to find a python in a cupboard when they were clearing out an apartment. They had to call animal services to remove the 130cm long reptile.

AS tensions heighten, with Russians holding military exercises near its border, the Ukrainian acting president announced that he will create a 60,000 strong national guard to defend its territory.

Citizen of Catsburg

IN what police are describing as a “particularly tragic” incident a woman was showered in manure as a spreader being towed by a tractor in front of her convertible Mercedes burst.

Snake surprise

Crimea crisis

In memory


AWARD: Key to city.

DUTCH PRESS Floating pool

Best place

Unpaid fines

FOR €450,000 you can buy yourself a floating swimming pool of 95m2 in Amsterdam, able to hold 40 swimmers and containing a bar.

THE town of Oegstgeest has been chosen the best place to live in The Netherlands based on criteria like house prices, crime rate, poverty, shops, schools and medical care.

POLICE in the town of Gouda arrested a 37-year-old man from Ammerstol who still has to pay €26,000 for unpaid fines.

Love life satisfaction YOUNG Dutch women are satisfied about their love life giving it an eight out of 10, a survey by magazine Viva shows. Women say they appreciate loyalty and hate cheating.


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Giving a helping PAW A MATINEE with Alan Bennett is being held in aid of PAWS on Sunday, March 23, at 3pm, in Mojacar, Casa Polansky, La Mena. Jacqueline Welby will be doing ‘Waiting for the Telegram’ followed by Roger Dickman performing ‘A Chip in the Sugar’. Donation tickets are priced at €12 and include a drink on arrival and afternoon tea during the interval. Tickets are available at PC Playa, Multicentro, Mojacar or call 634 313531 or 607 271859.


Alice survives a trip to ‘Wonderland’! By Ric Polansky© THE Indalo Players shone once again last Friday, displaying an entirely new cast of actors, set design, lighting, costumes and characters. They took on nothing less than Alice in Wonderland. It is a complex piece because of its diabolical dialogue and fantasy cast using double whammies and triple innuendos to confuse and instruct the erudite mind. Nevertheless, the Indalo Players attacked it more than seven months ago and rehearsed religiously to bring the enigmatic tale to public display. To further enhance matters, popular and sagacious director, Otfried Laux, plucked from obscurity a pretty Erin Foster, a Kylie Minogue look-alike. He coaxed this naturally shy person to shine on stage. Opening night for this promising starlette was potentially nerve-racking, but she adapted well to her role. Young Erin kept it together, allowing her young woman’s personality to breathe fully in the surrounds of all the outrageous characters that encircled her.

TAKING A BOW: Alice and the rest of the cast. The entire play thrived due to support roles like Sue Robottom who created costumes of the highest calibre. The characters were brought further to life by the lighting, excellent sound, sets, and creative puppets. The cast gave life to known and worn icons. Special mention must be made to Tim Boyd playing Mad Hatter, Jim Grey as Frog Footman, John Sephton as March Hare, Chrissie Cremore’s wonderful Queen of Hearts and the lithesome Sasha Robinson as

a caterpillar that blossomed on stage into a delightful butterfly. Space doesn’t allow me to mention the many more without whose essential assistance and roles made the entire production spectacular. Further viewings of Alice can be seen on March 21-22, 8pm and Sunday 23 at 3pm. The 28-29 again at 8pm and Sunday March 30 at 3pm. Tickets can be obtained at the PC Playa, Multicentro 40 or Connections in Turre for just €10.

A note from the


A bit of pain and a bit of gain S

TRINGENT new fines are being introduced for driving offences. With penalties of up to €6,000 on the cards for some offences, it can be an expensive business breaking the rules of the road. A sensible move for road safety? Or a money-raising scheme for cashstrapped government? Probably a bit of both, with a €6,000 fine on the use of radar ‘inhibitors’ seeming a little excessive. But without a doubt the introduction of the penalty points system in Spain has coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of road deaths with all the human misery and financial cost - that entails. The Spanish Government should be congratulated.

Some good news… As everything seems to get more

expensive day by day it is good to get a little cheer. The price of getting a British passport for expatriates in Spain is set to come down by a whopping 35 per cent. By law a profit - or loss - cannot be made on passports, so with changes in the way they are issued overseas the cost has come down, with those savings being passed on. Which begs the question... why did it not happen sooner? But it is good news, especially if like myself you are part of a family of five members who all need their passports changing at the same time. And just in the nick of time too! I was about to complete my application, but now I will wait until after April 7 and save myself a substantial amount of money. So thank you, HM Government! But expatriates around the world will be saying: “About time too!”


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business & legal

OECD praises economic reforms

GREECE, Ireland and Spain - in that order - have closely followed Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommendations. The OECD pinpointed priorities for each member country during 2012 and 2013. The three countries under most pressure were those who had made the most effort to comply with the ‘Going for Growth’

programme, said Rintaro Tamaki, the OECD’s vice-secretary general and chief economist. Spain was immediately in front of New Zealand and nine other countries, including the UK, Tamaki said. The majority of member states still had a wide margin for manoeuvre, he added, which would allow them to carry through structural reforms.

More models more money CAR companies could invest another €3.5 billion in new models between now and 2017. Energy and transport costs will be decisive, declared Mario Armero who heads the country’s automobile manufacturers’ association, Anfac. A flexible work force and background knowledge will be equally important, he said. The association has remitted proposals to the government aimed at reindustrialising Spain and Europe, based on Brussels’ insistence on increasing the role of industry. The country’s production

plants and assembly lines have already received €3.5 billion since 2012 from Spain-based manufacturers, but this could double by 2017, Armero believes. In addition to alreadyannounced new models, more are likely to go to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria and General Motors in Figueruelas (Zaragoza), he said. The car industry in Spain is seen as being hugely important in bringing economic growth to the country with the billions spent by international car manufacturers investing in Spanish plants.


usiness extra

Boxing clever HACIENDA earned an extra €2 million after impounding 542 safety deposit boxes. Their 551 owners owed €317 million in back taxes, Spain’s tax authority revealed.

Pay slashed A 75 PER CENT reduction in employees’ salaries by Barcelona firm ImesApi was illegal, ruled a Cataluña judge. The firm cut eight workers’ monthly wages from €3,000 to €751.38 without prior agreement.

Spanish go for cheaper homes SPAIN’S property market is still in crisis six years after the property bubble burst. Foreign buyers are the only bright feature in a barren landscape blighted by a dearth of loans and reduced spending by Spanish families. According to ministry of Public Works’ figures for the last quarter of 2013, properties acquired by foreign buyers are 12

per cent more expensive than those bought by the Spanish. The average home acquired by a foreign buyer changes hands at around €153,000 compared with €135,000 spent by national purchasers. While properties bought by foreigners were 2.5 per cent cheaper than during the last quarter of 2012, those bought by Spaniards were 6 per cent lower.


STAT OF WEEK A BUTANE gas bottle remains at €17.5 including tax, the same as in March 2013. The price will be revised every two months, the ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism announced.

Herve Cortinat/OECD

Spain earns plaudits


PRAISE: Rintaro Tamaki said Spain was on track .


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VOLUME 23,562.78 340.43 2,395.08 1,855.96 7,322.08 779.77 3,493.21 942.63 6,092.96 4,086.40 5,071.87 41,384.51 1,464.02 380.47 30,454.03 721.75 1,746.83 690.58 17,773.74 236.69 15,186.01 352.48 12,690.20 1,721.91 12,465.20 82,949.58 292.48 4,465.37 3,174.98 1,835.72 1,468.52 5,490.88 270.16 7,786.90 2,603.86 2,913.10 945.73 4,826.92 416.46 1,054.50 4,184.03 2,450.33 1,515.85 3,784.44 3,638.05 11,751.70 9,508.48 3,080.21 20,965.47 1,798.64 2,058.82 12,637.33 265.30 807.66 2,361.79 1,927.90 904.35 3,926.46 2,154.86 4,261.57 2,833.45 1,748.02 30,710.72 553.57 1,520.70 1,704.05 3,269.98 1,705.51 57,827.40 649.73 461.07 2,640.15 13,482.50 666.88 3,489.97


Handing over the reins FLORENTINO PEREZ has revealed who will take over when he steps down as ACS president. Perez is commonly associated with the presidency of the Real Madrid football club but his fortune is founded on the ACS construction and services group which last year had a €38.373 billion turnover. Eightysix per cent of its projects were outside Spain and the company made a €702 million net profit. “I have a successor at ACS,” 67-year-old Perez announced during a television appearance. “It is Marcelino Fernandez Verdes, CEO at Hochtief.” Fernandez Verdes has run Essen-based Hochtief since November 2012. It is Germany’s largest construction company and ACS holds a 56 per cent stake in the company. “I shall be able to do what I can’t do now,” Perez said. “All I want now is to consolidate what we have done. Fortunately I have successors and one successor in particular, so I’m comfortable.” Perez left unanswered the question that most of Spain is now asking. “I don’t yet know who will follow me at Real Madrid,” he said.



Body language in selling T

O succeed in selling, awareness of body language is essential. Twenty-five years in business, selling a concept on quality rather than price that had no immediate benefit, taught me selling is a tough career option. Most are aware of sales terms like ‘buying signals,’ ‘the close’ and ‘body language.’ Do we understand their importance? Let us look at body language. Well named, it means the positive or negative signals radiating from a client’s body language as you set out your stall. Eye avoidance is clear indication of deceit. When you meet and greet maintain eye contact. If one has the upper hand during the handshake, it suggests dominance. Times up: If toes point the opposite way to his face he cannot wait to end the conversation.

Crowdfunding threatens to crowdout banks CROWDFUNDING is an increasingly attractive way of raising money for business ventures. It took off via the internet in 2006 and eight years later typing ‘crowdfunding’ into Google produces link after link to specialist platforms. They detail schemes that range from raising £15,000 for Chagford Community Farm (Devon) to HK$12.7 million for an off-grid solar farm in Qianhai (China). Now comes news that the Spanish government plans to restrict total funding to €1 million per project. Individual contributions will be limited to €3,000, with a €6,000 cap on the amount donated to the same platform. Crowdfunding platforms will need capital of at least €50,000 and insurance of at least €150,000. “We do not understand these limits,” said Xavier Olivella, president

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of the Asociacion Española de Crowdfunding (AEC). They were fixed without taking the reality of the sector into consideration and without consultation, he complained. The government is not trying to limit crowdfunding; on the contrary it hopes to boost it, a Ministry of Economy spokesman responded. The formula is conceived for micropatronage by many small investors, not large-scale investments, he continued. The proposed law will encourage crowdfunding while

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When invited to take a seat, take the boss’s chair and you have just lost the sale. Much the same if you focus unevenly on his wife or secretary. Try to position your seat so you are not directly opposite and if possible without a desk between you. Never mind what your client says. He may nod approvingly but if his arms are folded or legs crossed with lowered chin he is negative and you can kiss the sale bye-bye. Legs spaced apart with hands behind the neck are a strong buying signal.

Size matters. Watch the pupils of his eyes as you show him what is on offer. Enlarged pupils means he likes what he sees. Reduced size means he is underwhelmed. This is the reason why astute gamblers wear dark glasses. It is something we have no control over. If he scratches his nose or covers his mouth when talking, he is possibly being deceitful. If he touches his sleeve, he is nervous. An interested client will show an interest in what you are saying; asking questions that enable him to confirm his decision to buy is the right one. One last thing: body language works both ways.

FROB’s anger over recent court ruling CROWDFUNDING: An increasingly attractive way of raising money for business ventures. offering guarantees to investors. “It is hard not to come to the conclusion that once again a Spanish government is legislating in favour of business lobbies, in this case, the banks,” said Enrique Dans, a professor at the IE Business School in Madrid. “Remember that Spain’s banks have effectively frozen lending to small businesses in the wake of a financial crash that they largely brought about in 2008.” Reading between the lines of a BBVA report, banks clearly fear that crowdfunding could erode their dominance. “There is a real risk that banks could cease to be a principal source for personal loans and small businesses,” the study concluded.

TWO sacked Catalunya Banc executives can keep their pensions and will each receive €600,000. Adolf Todo and Jaume Masana, respective former chairman and CEO of Catalunya Bank, were dismissed without a payout by the government’s FROB rescue fund after the bank was nationalised last year. It was one of many savings banks that needed bailing out after its solvency was threatened by bad loans during the property boom. By the end of 2012, Catalunya Banc’s €11.8 billion losses required a rescue costing €12 billion, the FROB’s second-highest bailout and the highest ever for

a bank of its size. Despite the bank’s problems, Todo paid himself €3.3 million between April 2008 and May 2013. According to a Barcelona court, the FROB letters informing Todo and Masana of their dismissal were ‘full of generic terms’ and ‘lacked concrete, definite deeds.’ Todo and Masana each claimed €900,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, although the judge reduced this to €600,000. He also ruled that their pensions - totalling €4.5 for Todo and €1.5 for Masana - still held good and would be paid at the appropriate time. The Economy ministry is appealing the sentence.


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Joint smoking for better healthcare Loose change A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

I DON'T know about where you live in Spain but where I live, the waft of marihuana smoke is about as commonplace as the smell of freshly ground coffee, the smell of fumes from cars or the smell of fried food from open kitchen windows. Compared to Ireland, where I recall that most joint smokers used to hide away in their homes to puff on ‘ganja,’ in Spain many people appear to be free and open about their habit, lighting up on streets, outside bars or wherever else they fancy a joint. What’s interesting about this situation is that this apparent love for smoking

SMOKE FREELY: If easy to get hands on, why not regulate? Bob Marley’s favourite herb could help better the society we live in here in Spain. It could lead to big financing for better roads, better education and better healthcare for all! How? Well by simply changing the law and legalising marihuana.

It’s just been reported that the US state of Colorado collected €1.5 million in taxes from newly legalised recreational marijuana businesses in January. Colorado became the first US state to legalise the commercial sale of cannabis

Has Horizontal Law changed regarding community areas? You and the Law in Spain By David Searl

A. Yes, the Horizontal Law has been modified and, no, a unanimous vote is no longer required to authorise changes in individual units of the Community. This change comes in ‘Ley 8/2013,’ the Law of Rehabilitation, Regeneration and Innovation of properties. It is quite complex but one basic and important change is that an owner who wishes to make changes to his property needs only the approval of three fifths of the votes instead of the unanimous

Q. Can you advise on whether the Horizontal Law has recently been modified with regard to changing the status or the layout of individual units or Community areas? Does the law still require a unanimous vote of the AGM? AM (Canary Islands) approval formerly required. These changes might include a change of use, where, for example, commercial premises are modified into residential apartments, or where a large apartment might be subdivided, or where three flats might be made into one large apartment. These are changes which require modifications to the constitution of the Community, because the percentage of ownership and Community fees for the new system will be different from the original

charges. If the building or development has come under an official plan of rehabilitation, and the changes are ordered by the authorities, no AGM approval is required.

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

in 2012 and stores opened for business on 1 January 2014. In total, 59 marihuana companies filed tax returns for the first month of 2014 and collective sales for January are estimated to have been about €10 million. If medical marihuana firms

are included, the US state collected a total of €2.5m in marihuana taxes. The money made from the taxes on the sale of marihuana in Colorado is chalked down to be used to aid youth prevention services, substance abuse treatment and public health. Not surprisingly many US states are carefully watching the figures coming out of Colorado and the nation’s capital, Washington, is already set to introduce legal sales within the next few months. If people are going to smoke anyway - and judging by the smell on Spanish streets, marihuana is easy to get your hands on - why not regulate the plant? As is already the case for cigarettes. This will cut out dodgy dealers, better control usage and at the same time give a good bit back to society through taxes.


Bank must pay BANCO POPULAR BANCA PRIVADA must return €9.9 million to clients who bought ‘atypical financial products’ on the bank’s advice. They were not told they were investing in high risk products, the courts ruled.

Right track AN FCC-LED consortium of four companies will build a section of the Doha metro for the Qatar Railways Company. The €506 million project will be completed in 31 months.

New hub INTERNET shopping giant Amazon is opening a new distribution centre in Barcelona, according to Spanish media in unconfirmed reports.

E-cigarettes hitting stop smoking market ONCE quitting smoking was simply a matter of a patch, gum or tablet, but new research from market analysts Mintel sees smokers increasingly turning to E-cigarettes to beat the habit. Indeed, latest research from Mintel finds that today, while sales of smoking cessation aids have slowed, the market for Ecigarettes is booming, increasing an impressive 340 per cent in the UK over the past year from an estimated £44 million (€52.7 million) in 2012 to reach an estimated £193 million (€231 million) in 2013. While the smoking cessation market has seen strong growth historically, with annual increases of around 6-10 per cent between 200912, sales of

products such as gum, tablets and patches have slowed. Indeed, in 2013 the market for smoking cessation aids grew just 1.7 per cent to reach a value of £131 million (€157 million). Roshida Khanom, Senior Personal Care Analyst at Mintel, said: “The rise in popularity of E-cigarettes has hampered growth in the value of the smoking cessation market, which saw modest growth in 2013. Although E-cigarettes are largely marketed as an alternative to smoking, smokers have been using them to cut down or quit smoking. But with the growing popularity of E-cigarettes, there is concern that young people may take up ‘vaping’ as a less harmful alternative to smoking. This concern has resulted in the British Government announcement made in January 2014 that the sale of Ecigarettes to under-18s is to be made illegal. The Spanish Government has also vowed to restrict the use of Ecigarettes. E-CIGARETTES: Being used as an alternative.


The History of the FIFA World Cup The 1966 Tournament in England By Tony Matthews The eighth World Cup finals were held in England from July 11 to 30. A total of 74 countries initially entered with 16 making it through from the qualifying rounds. These were split into four groups of four and at the outset, Brazil were marked up as favourites ahead of West Germany. England won group 1 from Uruguay; the Germans progressed from Group 2 with Argentina; Portugal and Hungary qualified from Group 3 (eliminating Brazil on the way) and Russia and North Korea, who knocked out Italy, made it through from Group 4. In the quarter-finals, England were 10 victors over Argentina who had Antonio Rattin sent off; Portugal defeated the Koreans 5-3 in a thriller at Goodison Park, Russia beat Hungary 2-1 and West Germany ousted Uruguay 4-0. Both semi-final games ended with 2-1 score-lines: England beating Portugal and the Germans taking out Russia. This led to a repeat of WW2 - England v.

West Germany in the Wembley final. And once again it was the three Lions who came out on top, winning 4-2 after extra-time with Geoff Hurst the star of the show with a hat-trick. Facts File: • England became the third host country to win the tournament after Uruguay (1930) and Italy (1934) and to date it’s the only major prize England has won! • The 32 matches in 1966 attracted 1,614,677 spectators for an average of 50,458 - these two records stood for 28 years… until being surpassed in the USA in 1994. • The late Eusebio (Portugal) was topscorer in the tournament with nine goals. • And three West Ham players helped England to glory - skipper Bobby Moore, hat-trick hero Hurst and the final’s other goalscorer, Martin Peters.

Next week: Brazil win the World Cup in Mexico in 1970

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E W N 20 - 26 March 2014 / Costa de Almería ZURGENA is situated on the right bank of the Almanzora River, across the bridge from the neighbouring village of La Alfoquia. It has approximately 3,000 inhabitants and is well known for its lively fiesta in August, which is well worth a visit. The beautiful parish church of San Ramon Nonato was built in 1525 and has striking examples of Mudejar woodwork dating back to when Zurgena was occupied by the Moors. Zurgena’s claim to fame is that the painter Gines Parra was born there in 1896. Parra’s work is rooted in the liberation of colour and shape and is influenced by Fauvism and Cubism.


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BEAUTIFUL: Parish church of San Ramon in Zurgena. businesses are back in their original locations. Seth at Zeta Services is on hand to service and repair electronic items including TVs, radios, satellites, amplifiers and PCs. Amanda at Alo Services is there to help with general legal matters and conveyancing. She is a very busy lady so it’s always best to call and book an appointment. Hostal Marquesado is a tastefully restored hotel

built in 1816. It has an impressive rating and comments on For a delicious Indian meal or just a quiet drink on the patio, go to Tiger Bar. The owner Ali also has the popular Chilli Restaurant in Turre and serves a variety of Indian dishes at reasonable prices to eat in or to take away. So why not visit some of these local businesses and prepare to be impressed.


A timely scammer warning THANK YOU Yvonne Thomas! A couple of weeks ago I read a letter from Ms. Thomas, recounting her experience with tricksters who pretended they were calling from Microsoft in Glasgow. They tried to make her believe there was a problem with her Windows programme. Would you believe that a few days later I had a call from you’ve guessed it! - Microsoft, telling me they needed to troubleshoot a problem with my computer. I wouldn’t have said the call was from Glasgow, though, as this person spoke good AmericanEnglish with a hint of a Hispanic accent. The number 0019 (or something very like that) came up on my phone screen. “Well thank you very much, but I happen to know that this is a scam and there’s nothing wrong with my computer. So thank you very much, but no thanks,” I said rather tartly and hung up. A day or so after that there was another call from the same number, and this time a youngish-sounding man asked to speak to me. So I launched into my spiel once more, advising him not to waste his time on me. Blow me down, if he didn’t start giggling before hanging up! There was a third 0019 telephone call yesterday from an American-sounding female with a hectoring voice, but not wanting to waste more breath this time, I hung up without answering. Be warned: this really is a scam, and they’re persistent too. T Freeman (By email)

Pigeon problem ARE there more pigeons and collared doves in the old part of Pinar de Campoverde, than in the Rio Seco ‘area of natural beauty?’ After walking for more than two hours in the morning in

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SPRING is perfect here and I love finding little pockets of ‘real’ Spain, even though it’s overgrown like this meadow a few hundred metres away from Altea’s open air market. Linda Gonzalez

the area around Pinar de Campoverde, I was amazed at how quiet it was. I heard no more than two pigeons the whole time, whereas in the area where I live in the old part of Pinar de Campoverde there is constant noise from pigeons, particularly in the early morning. Also we get a problem with the pigeon droppings and suffer ill health from the excessive amount of pollen from the pine trees. Has anyone else encountered these problems? The ‘Ayuntamiento’ seems powerless to tackle them. David Fentum, Pinar de Campoverde (Alicante)

Car solution YOUR reader Gill Nickson should have asked the Gestor for a ‘Baja Permanente.’ This requires the owner to hand over the registration documents to Trafico and effectively removes the car from the road. Richard, (Crevillente) (Alicante) Editor’s note: Gill Nickson asked how to take an old car off the road, while holding on to it for spares.

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Winds of war I SAW something in ‘Your Say’ quite some issues back, probably in mid-February, that I half-forgot about until now. It was a reference to the death of a Spanish photographer Jose Couso, who I believe was shot by US snipers in April 2003 in the early days of the Iraq invasion. “Now what must be understood, this is war!” the writer of the letter exclaimed in reply to a Euro Weekly News columnist who had criticised the shooting. Personally I would question that. Yes, it later became a war but we in the UK, the US and Spain were under the impression at the time that allied forces went to Iraq to liberate the country from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.

It was not, or at least it should not have been, a war at that early stage, not long after the troops first went in. If I cite the letter all these weeks later it is because the same old percussionists are beating their war drums again, this time over Crimea. A few months ago it was Syria, which we were thankfully spared. A couple of years before that it was Libya, preceded by Iraq and Afghanistan before that. Ironically all those names from our old history books are coming back to haunt us once more. Trevor Mortimer, (By email)

Horse sense I’D like to convey heartfelt thanks to town halls that fine owners who leave their dogs’ disgusting ‘calling cards’ on public roads and pavements. I’m lucky enough to live on a Camino Verde for walkers and cyclists, now closed to all but residents’ cars. There is not nearly so much dog excrement these days, either because owners are more civic-minded or more likely don’t want a fine. But there’s another problem, albeit sporadic: the other morning I heard the clip-clop of a horse passing by and



when I went out later was confronted by a heap of manure. There are no pooperscoopers for horses! But I wonder what the legal situation is for riders and if they run the risk of fines too? Gwen Beaumont (By email)

Fine example SPEAKING to your Spanish friends, you would have to believe this is the most corrupt country in Europe. I have never encountered it here myself, however. I have lived outside the UK for many years, but my British friends all assure me that there is no less corruption there although I was barely aware of it in my day. “Look at the MPs’ expenses scandals,” they say by way of an example. Now I am beginning to believe they are right, after reading headlines screaming about Nigel Farage having both his wife and his mistress allegedly on his taxpayerfunded payroll. Farage, that Wooden Horse of an MEP, might not like Europe but by gum he’s taken to their customs all right! A mistress, indeed! Now you know what to expect, UKIP! Derek Paston (By email)

Go away THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been criticised for leaving their baby son, eight-month-old George, at home while they holidayed in the Maldives. Hands-on parents and the anti-nanny brigade were appalled and envious in equal measure but good for you, say I. I don’t eat out all that often these days and a birthday treat of lunch with a pal was wrecked recently by the presence of a fractious months-old infant. Unfortunately its British parents, hands-on and droolingly indulgent, were sitting at a table uncomfortably close to ours. If only they had gone to the Maldives! Sadly for us, they chose Mallorca. S McNamara, (Mallorca)

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Don’t lose the siesta... BEING on the ‘wrong clock’ makes people in Spain eat, leave work and go to bed later than the rest of Europe. With summer time coming


soon (March 30), our question was: Will changing Spain’s time zone to be on the more ‘natural’ GMT make a difference in increasing productivity as some

OPINION & COMMENT RAY WELLER: Keep the Spanish way of life.

Spanish MPs have suggested? Or should Spain keep the siesta lifestyle (work-rest-work) and the extra hour of summer evening daylight?


EBEKAH WALSH, on holiday in Benalmadena (Malaga) from Cardiff, said she wouldn’t favour any time zone change. “Everybody loves productivity by changing to GMT since it’s would be affected really, working hours Spain for its laid-back style. I think making too hot for people to work in the are working hours whether it is light or dark outside,” stated Patricia. work hours like the rest of Europe would afternoon in the summer months.” Husband and wife Steven and Brenda Howser, who is retired and just make it like the rest of Europe! Why living in La Marina (Alicante), agreed with would it want to do that? I like the mid- Patricia O’Hare, on holiday on the Costa Blanca from her Costa Blanca neighbours. “I can’t day siesta. I know it’s a pain when Belfast, said they don’t really see what difference that hour stores close for a few hours, but believe there is much would make, to be honest. I wouldn’t they also stay open later, which has difference in the one be worried either way if it changed to its convenient aspects.” hour between GMT GMT or stayed the same.” Ray Weller from Albox and European time Eric Nickel lives in Mijas Costa (Almeria) thought the country work-wise. “I don’t think (Malaga) and he actually had quite a bit should keep the Spanish way of productivity to say. The 37-year-old water life. The 68-year-old retiree said,: “I think the shop hours are engineer was appalled to think that the country would switch better now, with shops to GMT for productivity open in the evening and purposes. He said: “If we’re closed on Sundays.” Ray talking workplace advanadded, “I don’t think it ERIC NICKEL: Switching BRENDA HOWSER: Doesn’t tages, Spain does most would make any might actually backfire. think there is much difference. trade with the rest of the difference to

Unvarnished truth Cassandra Nash

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

AFTER the destruction of the World Trade Centre it emerged that Mohamed Atta spent 10 days in Spain in July 2001. He piloted one of the planes that hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 but if it was ever discovered who Atta met, no-one is letting on. In 2011 his visit confirmed the official view that although jihadists were present, Spain was a staging post for onward journeys and a source of income via robberies, credit card fraud and drugs dealing. Spain, it was thought until March 2004, was safe from attack and warnings of jihadist activity from the Guardia Civil were discounted by the Intelligence Service. Even on March 11 when jihadist bombs killed 191 people on four commuter trains, the government refused to accept any hypothesis other than an ETA attack.

Days later its continued insistence lost the PP the general election, not because the Spanish caved in to terrorism as the international pro-Iraq war faction claimed, but because voters were lied to. Ten years later the same old conspiracy theories are trotted out again by those who spread them at the time. They will always be more attractive than the truth, especially amongst bad losers.

Not rocket science SPAIN and the UK should both understand the majority of Crimea’s population unwilling to become part of Ukraine. The Falklands, Gibraltar, Ceuta, Melilla and the Canaries all have populations reluctant to be swallowed up by their theoretically rightful owners. Forget sovereignty and geographic coherence, feelings come into this equation, too. But trouble starts - and this is hardly algebra - when gas pipelines and naval dockyards skew the calculations.

Leaders of the pack ARANTXA QUIROGA, newly-named president of the PP in the Basque

region, wanted to choose the regional secretary general. Alfonso Alonso, Speaker of the national parliament and influential in Euskadi, wanted to impose his choice, backed by vicepresident Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Quiroga, steelier than opponents suspect, got her own way, although not totally unaided: she was supported by Dolores de Cospedal, the PP’s national secretary general. However much she wanted to help Quiroga, it’s not farfetched to assume that De Cospedal was happy to use this situation to challenge Saenz de Santamaria yet again.

BONO: Wants to help Spain.

STEVEN & PATRICIA O’HARE: “Working hours are working hours.” continent anyway, not with the ones on GMT. It makes sense for them to stay on the working hours zone as France, Germany, Holland, the rest of Europe.” He also mentioned a time change wouldn’t change the Spanish work culture anyway. “People are used to it. Late going in, late coming out; it’s part of the culture. Besides, a one-hour time difference gives the whole country less light in the summer hours, which would actually do a lot to negatively affect tourism. So it might actually backfire.”

Bono dixit BONO – he of U2 and not Jose Bono, former minister of Defence and Speaker of the Spanish parliament - wants to help Spain. “This week Rajoy has urged the EU to introduce structural reforms to create liquidity for the Spanish economy,” Bono told his captive and captivated audience at the European People’s Party congress in Dublin. He suggested launching a pro-Spain campaign to all present, including Angela Merkel. There goes Bono the World Saver again, convinced that a few words from him will do more than Spain, Brussels and the ECB together.



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The Importance Of Tax Residency – Don’t Risk An Unexpected Tax Bill The issue of where you are resident for tax purposes is an important one for British expatriates. Getting it wrong can result in large tax assessments. If you want to stop paying income and capital gains taxes in the UK, you must ensure you are non-UK resident. It is not enough to look at Spain’s tax residency rules, you also need to understand the rules governing UK tax residency, follow them carefully and keep records. In the case of Mr and Mrs Rumbelow, getting it wrong cost them £600,000 in taxes. They left the UK in April 2001, initially residing in Belgium. Later that tax year they disposed of UK properties, believing they would avoid UK capital gains tax since they were no longer resident. They had a villa built in Portugal and moved there in September 2002. Becoming Belgian residents first meant their property disposals in 2001-02 were

By Neil Jenkins, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks taxed at zero rate in Belgium; if they had been resident in Portugal then they would have had to pay tax there. HM Revenue & Customs opened a tax enquiry into their disposals of UK property, and the matter was referred to the First Tier Tax Tribunal. The Rumbelows maintained they stayed within the limits for non-UK residence and made a “substantial

loosening” of family, social and business ties to amount to a distinct break as required by HMRC’s IR20 residence guidance. However they were unable to provide a detailed diary of their movements, or documentary evidence of their Portuguese villa purchase. The tribunal used evidence of cash withdrawals, debit card purchases and business transactions to track their movements, and considered their UK visits were more frequent and extensive than described. Their 15 year old daughter also remained in the UK family Cheshire home. The tribunal ruled that their settled and usual abode remained the house in Cheshire, and they were resident in the UK. HMRC’s decision to levy capital gains tax for the years 20012005 was upheld. Although they were resident in Belgium and then Portugal, it is possible to be resident in more than

one country under the local rules. Double tax treaties exist for such cases, but do not provide as much protection as many believe. In this case, the terms meant that the gains were taxable in the UK. On the other hand, careful planning about when you leave the UK and sell assets can prove very beneficial. In a case brought by HMRC against Mr Glyn, the tribunal ruled in favour of Mr Glyn, who saved himself £5.5 million in capital gains tax as a result. It ruled that he had effected a distinct break; significantly loosened his ties and had no ‘habitual abode’ or ‘abode for a settled purpose’ in the UK. Mr Glyn’s meticulous records aided his case considerably. These court cases relate to the pre2013 residency guidance. The UK’s Statutory Residence Test which came into effect last April does clarify matters going forward. It is still very detailed and complex, but there are

clearer rules to follow. However HMRC is still looking at cases from the previous 10 years, and the old and new rules run alongside for three years. Whether pre or post April 2013, the burden of proof falls on the taxpayer. It is therefore essential that you seek specialist advice, understand the application of the rules, follow them closely and keep detailed records. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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Lies, spies and smokescreens Nora Johnson

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HE recent report concerning the 1993 racist murder of Stephen Lawrence exposed damning evidence of corruption, spying and coverups by the UK’s Metropolitan police force. Now, it’s easy enough to live in a monastery and remain squeaky-clean. A lot harder for a cop to spend his life at the mercy of very dangerous, wealthy and cunning criminals in order to provide his employers with enough information to convict them without becoming involved and compromising himself. So, yes, I accept it’s hard to remain decent and above the daily grind, and all-too-easy to

spot an advantage in adopting a criminal outlook, especially when ‘keeping in’ with the right people is necessary to obtain information. The police and the underworld are two sides of the same coin and have a symbiotic relationship. Maybe I should ’fess up an interest here. As a writer of crime novels, I freely admit I’m attracted by crime and all it entails. From lurid descriptions of crime scenes to the gruesome details of post-mortems. And given the opportunity to talk to criminals, I’d jump at it for the first-hand information they’d provide. But that’s as far as it’d go. Not so with the Met from all accounts. The charge sheet gets ever longer, doesn’t it? Hillsborough (the Met’s current Police Commissioner, then a South Yorkshire police inspector) is the subject of two separate IPCC investigations,

Ian Tomlinson, Plebgate, Stephen Lawrence, to name but a few scandals. Basically, it’s not just one rotten apple here but a whole barrel full. The Met isn’t fit for purpose and, until its institutionally rotten system is reformed, it simply can’t be trusted.

Because of the toxic combination of poor leadership and lack of public trust, what’s needed, at minimum, is a massive clear out at the top. This isn’t about fairness or efficiency but about rebuilding the public's trust since, without it, the police can’t function. I realise this sounds extreme but

extreme situations require extreme action and the present situation is one such. Corrupt police, politicians who ‘cook the books,’ welfare workers who don’t give a damn about the people they’re supposed to care for such as children and the elderly, the NHS falling apart, the BBC run by obscenely-overpaid supremos. Where is it all going to end?

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Are you having a killer lunch? Ulrica Marshall

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H dear. Yet again, it seems that we shall have to reach for the freeze-dried nutrition capsules to subsist without risking our lives. A study recently published in the medical journal Cell Metabolism claims that eating a diet high in protein is as bad for you as smoking. So while you thought a lean piece of fillet accompanied by a light salad was just the ticket for optimum nutrition, it seems you may as well have lit up a fat cigar. Now, it later emerges that the findings were not quite as conclusive as they first appeared, but it still leaves us ordinary folk confused about what should safely make it on to our plates. Sugar - or the white poison - is banned. Salt is slowly killing us, as the average Briton

apparently consumes some eight grammes each day, while the limit should be set at six grammes to avoid heart attacks and strokes, according to the World Health Organisation. Best not even get started on the whole minefield of bread, pasta or wine, consumption of which seems to rank higher than say bungee jumping in the health risk stakes. Frankly, I am feeling a little weak just writing this crouched, over a

coffee and a croissant (to calm my frayed nerves). The fact that I grew up eating meat and biscuits, drinking milk and later wine makes me a walking miracle - surely I should be six feet under already? Even opting for vegetables and fruit doesn’t put you in the safe zone. Recently a lunch guest gave me the third

degree about the origins of the strawberries I was serving his children. Were they local? Organic? Feeling like a criminal, I googled this dangerous murder weapon to discover that, indeed, strawberries have been found to contain 13 different pesticides. Lettuce, apples and potatoes were also among the suspects, unless organic, while safest of the conventionally farmed offerings included avocados, bananas and broccoli. Organic food isn’t always an Protein or a option because of cost factors and we don’t cigarette for orall availability, have the space or time for lunch... Any an effective allotment in our difference? backyard. So, ultimately the day of the freeze-dried nutrition pack may soon be upon us after all. Either that or hope that all those pesky preservatives in our diet actually turn out to ‘preserve’ our bodies, too. Imagine the irony. HEALTHY EATING: How healthy is what we put on our plates these days?

Falling standards: Eating out ain’t R what it used to be

UNNING a profitable bar or restaurant in a cut-throat, fast moving environment requires considerable understanding of the licensed trade. But, like politics, everyone thinks they can do it. It sure tells. The successful licensed trade runs best on change. We do have fine restaurants serving Costa communities. Sadly these are outnumbered by bars and cheap cafés that evoke a perception of tackiness. Despite the absence of subtropical rival destinations, and with 730 million Europeans on its doorstep, Costa Spain is struggling. Do millions of modern Europeans recoil from the 1960s’ time warp Costa lifestyle? My wife and I were recently invited to a function held in a café; I refuse to call it a restaurant. You know the type; coarseness, strobe disco lights, overflowing ashtrays, tin or plastic advertising chairs and tables, the latter covered by paper tablecloths. Wearily we peered at stained sun-bleached menus that

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listed pre-prepared overpriced junk food; my compliments to the microwave. For entertainment kara-crokey and B side 1960s’ 78rpm vinyl records. If I hear Knock Three Times or Sweet Caroline one more time I swear someone will swing for it. Conversation is impossible when competing with TVs and a bawling DJ. My wife cringed as ‘mine host’ went from table to table sweeping up the leftovers. He was dressed in jeans, grubby shirt and trainers. It was a depressing new experience for her. I too winced, though I have seen it all before. Sadly the image it creates abroad is that of poor taste and

SIMPLE YET STYLISH: How things used to be.

vulgarity. Many such eateries are a time capsule for hi-de-hi entertainment at Britain’s 1960s’ holiday camps and seaside resorts. It doesn’t have to be like this, nor does it have to be drink-sodden

youngsters spewing across overpriced city centres. Ten years ago my home city’s night life offered a rich assortment of classy internationally themed eateries,

attractive bars, stylish restaurants, bistros and bars. These were frequented by ordinary people who welcomed the opportunity to dress cool, stylish and look their best. There was a refreshing absence of boorishness. Such bistros and stylish wine bars, many of ethnic ambience, were perfect for business meetings, romance or socialising. I took many Spanish visitors to a continental eatery in my home city. “Why can’t we have places like this,” they asked. In December I visited a vibrant Bristol, where one had difficulty booking a table. Restaurants were far more chic, expensive and busy than those of Med-Spain. In such watering holes, melodies were unobtrusive and televisions definitely non-u. Busy throughout the week whatever the weather, when for nine months of the year Costa bars are quiet. It is time for Spain to play catch up, not just with Britain but with much of Europe. We really do deserve far better than what is on today’s menu.


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An uncontrollable temper had always considered the Princess Diana rather a manipulative woman, fully prepared to use the press to further her own cause. The reaction I got to that particular statement was, as anticipated, a deluge of hate mail descending through my inbox. Well, in the light of the recent

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT uncontrollable temper, used to throwing his weight about and, up to this point getting away with just about anything. Irrespective of who was in the loo, he killed them in a fit of vicious rage and is, in my opinion, therefore guilty of murder. One or two other things have fascinated me about this trial, not least the fact that it was from the same court Nelson Mandela was sent down all those years ago. Having been in SA during the dark days of apartheid the situation today appears to me nothing short of miraculous. Another is the rather quaint way they address the female judge. M’Lady in that SA accent sounds for all the world like Thunderbirds’ chauffeur Parker addressing Lady Penelope herself! In a recent piece I wrote that I





IKE many of us, I have been intrigued by the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa. As someone who also watched just about every minute of the OJ Simpson trial, where, in the light of overpowering evidence to the contrary, an animal was actually found not guilty (later to be found guilty in a civil court) by a sympathetic jury - mainly composed of elderly black ladies I have been fascinated to see if another celebrity wriggles out of something that, for a lesser mortal, would be cut and dried within a few days. Personally, I can’t see what difference it really makes who was in the toilet when this young man blasted the shots through the door. Nor do I think any intruder who locked himself in the loo screaming for mercy was actually any threat to a person standing outside with a loaded pistol in his hand. No, to my mind this is a spoilt young man with an

disclosures of her handing over the phone numbers of all the Royals up to, and including the Queen, I think my point has been somewhat proven, wouldn’t you say? And that’s about it. I’m still down in the Tenerife sunshine. There is something to be said about all-year-round sunshine! Ah, well, someone has to do it. Just a few more weeks and I’ll be back with the family. Yesss. I’ve actually just finished appearing in a Channel Five documentary. The theme is ‘Growing old Disgracefully’. Sounds about right! I understand it’ll be aired late May early June. I’ll keep ya posted. Enjoy your week, and whatever ya do, always keep the faith, love Leapy. INTRIGUING: Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial.




Brave words

GOOD strong, brave words on the Northern Irish situation (Issue 1496). I’m with you 100 per cent, let’s live together but not one rule for one and another for another. It must be hard for anyone involved directly in the struggle but, as an outsider, we must stop the issues being passed to future generations. I think we learn that when we live abroad and I hope and wish the British and Irish can do the same Phil Saint (By email) Editor's note: Leapy said it is time to forgive and forget the troubles in Northern Ireland and move on. That applies to former soldiers implicated in Bloody Sunday as well as people who took part in bomb attacks.


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Birds of a Feather to return

Richard Shanley



IRDS OF A FEATHER has been recommissioned for a second ITV series. The channel revived the former BBC sitcom earlier this year following a 15-year break, and it has become ITV’s most successful comedy launch in over a decade. The new series - starring Pauline Quirke, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson - will be the comedy’s second run for ITV and the eleventh overall. The eight-part run will once again be penned by original writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps, and will begin filming later this year. Gran said: “We’re delighted Birds of a Feather was such a success on ITV and really pleased to be asked to write another series. We hope the further adventures of Sharon, Tracey and Dorien will continue to thrill audiences young and old.” ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell added: “We’re very pleased that the brilliant chemistry between these three great actresses once again attracted the large and loyal audience that Birds of a Feather deserves. “The writers and

JAMES NESBITT: To star in new BBC1 drama. producers have done a fantastic job in making the show feel funny, fresh and relevant.” Joseph - who plays Dorien Green in the long-running sitcom recently told Digital Spy that she “would love” to do a second series on ITV. Saying that another run would be “wonderful”, she added: “The characters have all got legs still, all of them, especially mine, which have been getting particularly good reviews. I can’t complain about that. I have been working hard to make them look good. It’s not been easy for a woman of my

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Returning for second series.

age to get them looking like this.” James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor are to star in new BBC One drama The Missing. Tcheky Karyo will also appear in the eight-part thriller series - a coproduction with US cable network Starz. The Missing follows Tony (Nesbitt) as he searches for his missing child Oliver in Paris, and charts the impact the hunt has on his relationship with wife Emily, played by Mr Selfridge actress O'Connor. Goldeneye actor Karyo will play Julien, a French detective leading the police investigation into Oliver’s disappearance.

If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about, please call me on 678 332 815 or email, I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8FM Coastal and 96.1FM Inland), now covering over 2000sq kms of Costa Almeria or listen online at for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.

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

NOW it wasn’t too long that I started to take a strange liking to those most foreign of peoples known as the English. Back in Iowa I hadn’t met any. But, learning about them was required reading in the 8th grade. Of course there was Shakespeare, and the cavalier poets and King Arthur, but in my new world of Spain they were even more than that; much more than their sum total of their various parts. Within just a few years I travelled there, rented a car and learned they drove on the wrong side of the road. After all, when I visited them they

STONEHENGE: An imperative place to visit. gave me directions from pub to pub to arrive at their houses. Now anyone that exacting and concise on a national basis must indeed by viewed as someone to be admired, respected, if not adored. On my first trip to England the most imperative place to visit was Stonehenge. After all, anyone that could be so clever about the stars and seasons a full thousand years before the great pyramids were built, gotta be intelligent - even if they did serve warm beer. My second trip to that Isle fortress was to the fields of Runnymede where the divine right of rulers was changed by the same swords that had served kings to rule. Interestingly enough, even

It was a blessed sojourn each time and I got accustomed quite easily to sounding dumb and unwittingly being so. Everywhere I went those English friends showed me the best of their entire country. They all wanted to explain about wines, beer, cricket, football and their best writers and historical conquests. It was a subtle refutation to me as an American, a live and constant rebuttal; a living refutation from the all consuming LOOKING globalisation that BACK IN America was bombarding MOJACAR England with. As though my Yanks we palmed village of Mojacar didn’t particularly like off on our European brothers Americans, when I showed up the very best of our cultural in England dressed in their heritage; fast junk foods, fashion, booted and suited, it crummy TV and all star wrestling paid great dividends as I was programmes. Hardly seemed escorted to only the best pubs fair, but then again, we did a lot and restaurants the Isle had to worse to our own indigenous offer. peoples, the Europeans should

be a little more grateful. It wasn’t a good trade for the English, but, if they didn’t like it, none of them ever complained to me. In fact, you didn’t have to be around that unique race of gentlemen before you discovered they never seemed to complain about anything! No, there weren’t flamenco clubs nor quaint and dirty tapas bars, but there were plenty of double and triple G&Ts and a lot of informative banter brimming with pride and few prejudices. I could well understand their force of character that aided them in ruling a globe and contributed so much that is still so greatly admired. Our planet would have been a much stranger place without them. Ah, England, a Utopia of a place it might not have been, but it was one of the first to write about it. Francis Bacon if I’m not mistaken!


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, this film is the second in the adventure trilogy. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen who returns home victorious after the 74th Hunger Games. But she and her fellow winner Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson) soon discover that rebellion is in the air, with growing dissent to the Capitol’s rule. Donald Sutherland plays President Coriolanus Snow who uses the 75th Hunger Games, known as the third ‘Quarter Quell’ to wipe out resistance in the districts.











Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Runtime 146 minutes. Rated 13.


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istic. Even dropping heavy hints can go well astray of the mark. Although it is unpalatable to your sensitivity, plain talking is needed.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) A trip to the cinema or theatre makes you take notice and may even shock. There are many things in life that normally do not touch us but, once we are aware, there seems to be a need for action.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Oh, gosh, this is a really sensitive time for Leos. Although it is easy to upset you, it is equally easy to fire your enthusiasm. Anyone considering not keeping a promise or appointment with you should beware because they will be whipped into shape.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Expecting others to automatically know what you want is unreal-

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) This is a week of deep thinking and meaningful conversations.

7-Star Quiz

A SPORTING CHANCE 1. For which American football team did the now infamous O J Simpson play? 2. In Australian Rules Football, how many points are awarded when a team scores a goal when the football is propelled through the goal posts at any height (including above the height of the posts) by way of a kick from the attacking team? 3. With which sport would you principally associate the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons? 4. How many times did Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) win the Wimbledon Ladies singles title? 5. Edson Arantes do Nascimento is the real name of which famous sportsman? 6. Which country won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and 2007? 7. Including the cue ball, how many balls are there on the table at the start of a snooker game?

March 20: Fernando Torres. Spanish footballer. Nicknamed El Niño (The Kid), Torres began his career with Atletico Madrid and now plays for Chelsea and the Spain national team. He is married to Olalla Dominguez Liste; they have two children. Torres is an avid admirer of JRR Tolkien and has a tattoo reading ‘Fernando’ in ‘Tengwar’ on his left forearm.


SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Be determined to make a budget and stick to it. Even if you are arranging a holiday, resist the urge to splash out. Because this is such a busy week, it may not seem that there is time to read the small print.



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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) With a big event coming up, you need someone to give plenty of love and support. Starting a new interest could lead you into their path. Going for looks alone will do you no favours. Be as broad-minded as possible when it comes to making friends. AQUARIUS (January 21 February 19) An area in which you have experience means that you are able to help someone close this week. Keep the advice free from personal opinions wherever possible. Some upsets on a dayto-day basis are all minor and will pass.





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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Take extra care where finances concern your home. A legal matter should be considered carefully. When planning home improvements, get plenty of good advice and do not trust your heart. A new activity means new friends. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Being protective of those close does not mean worrying all the



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time. With their co-operation, the burden, welcome though it may be, can be lightened. There is the opportunity to have fun with some young friends, which may not come again for some time.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) What will really be appreciated this week is if you will give your time to others. I realise your life is busy but the emotional rewards from helping someone will be more than worth it. To see yourself in a truly positive light, imagine being in the positions of those round you.


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


TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Family members bring a sparkle to your eyes and a spring to your step. When there is so much going on it is easy to forget how much we are part of a whole. If you have neglected keeping in contact of late, this serves to remind you to try to do better.

IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Taking control of both your finances and emotions has already started paying dividends. Such a change is not easy but most satisfying. Satisfaction is something of which you will have a lot.


ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Surprising and happy news about the 30th really puts some bounce into you. Having been so busy recently, you may not have noticed that someone has a special interest in you. Another surprise then, but how will you react?


1. BUFFALO BILLS (accept also SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS), 2. SIX POINTS, 3. BASKETBALL, 4. TWO - 1971 and 1980, 5. PELÉ, 6. SOUTH AFRICA, 7. 22 (15 reds, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black and white/cue).



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Across 1 Roof covering for former prime minister, almost (6) 5 Heathens keeping silver in cooking pot (6) 8 Goal being reset for Soviet gymnast (4) 9 Roused when a vigil comes to a sorry end (8) 10 Splendid joke I fed into Scotsman (8) 11 Eager to sing with a sad song (4) 12 Criticise bad start and end (5) 14 Victor loses his head midway (5) 18 Partial delivery sent back? That's disgusting (4) 20 Been a red revolutionary in Scotland (8) 22 Rosa left the presentation confused and remorseful (8) 23 The first person mentioned in Nostradamus's predictions (4) 24 With crew's net (6) 25 Begin to show fear (5) Down 2 Antique in the vestibule is a bag (7) 3 Sell the business (5) 4 Hard ground in floor of fireplace (6)

Across 1 Shriek (6) 4 Economise severely (6) 9 Permit (3) 10 Subdue by force of personality (7) 11 Ordinary (7) 12 Work out (5) 13 Go after and bring back (5) 15 Range (5) 20 Once more (5) 22 Chocolate pastries (7) 24 Futile (7) 25 Monkey (3) 26 Scandinavian country (6) 27 Chum (6)

5 First person is in place for the fish (6) 6 “Small cucumber is a bit rougher”, king said (7) 7 Nice embracing an oriental relative (5) 13 Attempting to visit the ruler (7)

15 The Spanish man's a gent, strangely charming (7) 16 Author is apparently inside (6) 17 The SDP rewrote the drafts (6) 19 Woman is in an entire new outfit (5) 21 Show doctor a graduate (5)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 21 represents D and 15 represents Z, so fill in D every time the figure 21 appears and Z every time the figure 15 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.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 7 Plaque, 8 Nevada, 10 Retains, 11 Spine, 12 Acre, 13 Relic, 17 Corps, 18 Code, 22 Acorn, 23 Tourist, 24 Ousted, 25 Repose. Down: 1 Spartan, 2 Batters, 3 Music, 4 Seismic, 5 Batik, 6 Cadet, 9 Osteopath, 14 Bounder, 15 Monitor, 16 Leather, 19 Salon, 20 Toast, 21 Tuber. QUICK Across: 1 Begins, 5 France, 8 Cats, 9 Terrific, 10 Cellar, 11 Checks, 12 Owls, 14 Axe, 15 Bank, 16 Crisps, 18 Thrill, 20 Disaster, 22 Leap, 23 Greedy, 24 Sorted. Down: 2 Erase, 3 Insults, 4 Saturdays, 5 Far, 6 Alike, 7 Chicken, 11 Creatures, 13 Warrior, 15 Burglar, 17 Scare, 19 Leave, 21 Toy.


Down 1 Extremely serious (6) 2 Entourage (7) 3 Pleasant fragrance (5) 5 Masterpiece (7) 6 Perfection (5) 7 Mollycoddle (6) 8 Flat (5) 14 Meet formally (7) 16 Confidential (7) 17 Light touch (6) 18 Drive back (5) 19 Climb up (6) 21 Make laugh (5) 23 Defeated contestant (5)

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Classroom (4) 3 Pothole (in road) (5) 8 Butterflies (insects) (9) 9 Fly (insect) (5) 10 Anchor (5) 12 Answer (reply) (9) 14 Callejón (5) 15 Wave (in sea, lake) (4)

Down 1 Carpet (8) 2 Corderos (5) 4 Aplausos (8) 5 Su (de él) (3) 6 Tesoro (de mucho valor) (8) 7 Frost (substance) (8) 11 Cadena (de eslabones, de joyería) (5) 13 Sun (3)

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

ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Lapiz, 3 Fiero, 6 Swim, 7 Trucha, 9 Caballero, 12 Acento, 13 Lago, 14 Peaje, 15 Jeans.













Down: 1 Last, 2 Primavera, 3 Farola, 4 Escarlata, 5 Orar, 8 Sastre, 10 Damp, 11 Toes.









Funagram Unscramble the name of a famous alternative rock band (three words): PRINCES MASTER TEACHER

Unscramble the name of a ‘challenging recreational outdoor activity’ (three words): WIN WITH GREATER FAT

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One spoon of flower please

BOUGAINVILLEA, found in abundance in Spain, is being used in a drink to counteract the effects of sugar. The flower contains pinitol, a naturally occurring compound which is believed to lower blood sugar levels after a person consumes a high amount of sugar. The Simply Great Drinks Company has created a range of juices derived from the flower, with extracts of apple, carob and grape. The blend was created by a team of biomedical consultants led by Dr Sepe Sehati who said drinking a glass every day

Flower power: Drink up. for 12 weeks is enough to have the desired effect on blood sugars and is “a major breakthrough in tackling some of the harmful effects of sugar in juice and juice drinks.”


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Anti-gravity treadmill boosts health and fitness A TREADMILL created by NASA is the latest fitness and health craze. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a running machine that allows people to run or walk with a virtually weightless feeling and, as well as boosting fitness, it is thought to be able to help people with conditions like osteo-arthritis. It can also help those who are in rehabilitation who are too weak to use conventional exercise as feeling weightless puts less pressure on joints and appears to reduce pain. In a three-week Canadian study involving 25 obese adults with moderate knee osteoarthritis, using the machine twice a week improved muscle strength and its function and their knee pain while walking was also reduced. Another study monitored Parkinson’s patients using the device and found their mobility, lower leg strength, fall rate and depression significantly improved after a year.

STEP LIGHTLY: Treadmill provides a virtually weightless feeling.

900,000 opt to use e-cigs APPROXIMATELY 900,000 Spaniards have switched to electronic cigarettes. According to data from the National Electronic Cigarette Association (ANCE) the industry has a turnover of €18 million. Nevertheless, the debate on their use has reached parliament, as their use in government buildings, health centres, schools and places with children, has been banned. However, some say, as they contain nicotine, they should be treated as

tobacco. Victoria Aldea Míguez, member of the Medical Association of Pontevedra and smoking expert, says there is no scientific evidence to ensure that the electronic cigarette is safe: “We know that it contains nicotine, but do not know what effect the other substances in them have on the lungs when inhaled.” Regardless, support has been given to e-cigarettes by the European Society of Cardiology.



Eye tests vital to combat glaucoma THE early diagnosis of glaucoma is essential to prevent irreversible loss of vision. To mark World Glaucoma Week, running until Saturday, the president of the Ophthalmological Society of the Valencian Community and Glaucoma Specialist, Dr Konrad Schargel, warns of the risks of the disease if it is not diagnosed early and recommends periodic ophthalmologic examinations. Glaucoma is a disease which is related to eye pressure increases if the fluid does not drain out of the eye properly. If left untreated, the patient may lose vision and even become blind. Dr Schargel said: “In the case of glaucoma it is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and its incidence revolves around 2 per cent of the population

aged 40 years.” Glaucoma is treated with drops or surgery, but there are now laser treatments that have been used successfully in the USA.





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What’s cooking in 2014? Back to basics in Spain MADRID FUSION 2014 will showcase the tastiest and most desirable dishes found around the country. Future gastronomy is strongly linked to the past and despite all the innovation that has been infused into Spanish kitchens in the last few years, there is now a tendency to return to basics in which the product, especially if it is local, is the star. Many of the dishes being showcased reflect this burgeoning trend. Estanislao Carenzo, head chef and founder at

Sudestada, comments: “In Asia, they are concentrating on extravagant luxury while here we are more interested in going back to the old, more simplistic ways.” Thinking along the same lines is Angel León, head chef at Aponiente in Cádiz, who is trying to bring back ‘humble’ fish which have been ignored in recent years and teaming them up with ‘modern’ sauces based on algae and plankton. This passion for local produce is reflected in the rise of urban farms which are now providing food for large restaurants in their own cities.

GROWING TREND: A return to basics in which the product, especially if it is local, is the star.


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LIGHTER CHIPS: But are consumers really looking for light food?

Does low-fat fast food make sense? THE image of the fast-food restaurant has never been very associated with healthy options, but one chain is offering 30 per cent lighter chips. That raises the question: are consumers really looking for light food on these menus? Many people actually want the grease factor when going to these restaurants think David Hasselhoff drunkenly devouring that hamburger or the legions of consumers who believe that greasy

food is good for a hangover. All of this comes about because Burger King has brought out ‘satisfries’ with 30 per cent less fat, which begs the question does it make sense to offer a consumer who wants grease, less grease? People who want to eat healthily rarely enter fast-food establishments, whereas many of the customers of these restaurants are actually looking for a greasy meal. According to medical studies, humans are genetically programmed to enjoy grease and sugar, the very two components that make fast-food so desirable to the masses. It remains to be seen whether the fast-food giants can capture a corner of the healthy market alongside the majority who just want a quick fix in the form of grease and sugar.


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Street food or tapas? MOBILE food vans, so popular in other cultures, have never really taken off in Spain with their loud

music, waiters who are also chefs, orders cooked at high speed and nowhere to sit down. None of

these fit in with the traditional Spanish way of eating. Tapas bars are a better way of understanding street food in many Spanish cities but it’s a very Spanish way of looking at it. Street food is more equated with a hamburger or hotdog whereas a tapa is simply 4. Hermetically sealed plastic bags - to a reduced format of food keep out plagues of insects on growing that is restaurant quality. food in the fields. Francis Paniego, head 5. Infrastructure - better roads and chef of Echaurren in electricity lines would mean less wastage Logroño, said: “Our in transport and storage. rhythm of life is not 6. Reduce offers - the compatible with street consumer often buys more food. when things are ‘get the “In London or other third one free.’ large European cities 7. Allow donations they like to eat while some countries stop walking along the street, restaurants from donating but here in Spain the food to the needy. culture is more of sitting 8. Avoid compulsive buying. around a table and taking 9. Recycle food left over and our time about it. We use it in another meal. consider this a virtue rather than a problem. “Every country has its SPILLING OVER: Too much own identity and ours is food goes in the bin. the tapa,” he concluded.

Ways to reduce food wastage

EVERY year between a quarter and a third of all food production is wasted. All over the world countries are trying to implement formulas to stop this wastage, including: 1. Steam fridges - in underdeveloped countries a lot of food goes off due to lack of electricity and these fridges use vapour from the food to maintain it. 2. Rigid packaging - a simple cardboard box could save untold amounts of fresh produce. 3. Metal silos - these would provide a more stable environment for the produce keeping it fresher.


Albox Shopping Festival comes to town in April ALBOX will host its first ever ‘Shopping Festival’ during the weekend of April 5 and 6. The Asociacion de Empresarios y Profesionales de Albox Valle del Almanzora (AEPA) is preparing a whole host of activities for this weekend. The main market area will be in the Albox High Street (Avenida Pio XII) and the adjoining street of Calle Ramon y Cajal. AEPA also want to create an ‘English Corner’ in the market to bring together British and Spanish Culture. The stall will be decorated with British

memorabilia such as London taxis and buses and the famous phone booths. AEPA are offering a 10 metre x 4 metre tent specifically for legal British Businesses. (There is no need to be a member of the AEPA). Any legal business interested in having a stall has until March 26 to get in touch with the organisers. Other activities throughout the weekend include a car show, situated in Calle Ramon y Cajal. In addition, there will be a ‘Gourmet Corner’ where you can taste all kinds of typical products

from the region such as sausages, olives, almonds and homemade ice cream, among others. This space will pass through the two main streets with hostesses sharing some of the products on offer. The entertainment will be provided by bands participating in a pioneering competition, which will have €1,500 in prize money for the musical groups that perform during the two days. Music and sport will be featured, with a competitive padel tournament to be played in a portable court Turn to page 64

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Shopping Festival From page 63 to be set up in Fco Fenoy College, and a football sevens tournament. The organisation also has a thousand beers to be shared for free among the public who attend and purchase products from the trade stands. The president of AEPA, Martin Martos Cerdan explained that this year’s shopping festival is an improvement on the old ‘mercadillo de saldos’ which at the beginning was very good, but is now outdated. Martin added: “What we want to do now is to mobilise the people of the Valley of Almanzora.” For this challenge, the president of the business group has called for all public administrations and the Junta, the Government and the town hall to join together to make this first ‘Albox Shopping Festival’ a landmark event.

LINDA: Is now settled in her new home and has been renamed Lindi.

An APSA success story APSA, the animal charity based in Albox, has a success story to share. Linda, aged two, was owned by a Spanish family, however, she kept escaping and the family lived near a busy road. APSA was asked to help in her rehoming, so off she went to the kennels. At the same time, Anita and David were looking at dogs for homing on the

website http://www.apsa. and called Di, the homing officer, to arrange a visit to the kennels. They saw, in the last pen, four dogs all barking and Linda, quiet but standing up with her tail wagging, it was love at first sight. David had wanted an alsatian and Anita a smaller dog, Linda looks like a small alsatian, a perfect fit. Now

renamed Lindi, she has settled in her new home. She runs like a greyhound, has loads of space and keeps the couple fit with two walks a day. Can you give a dog a loving home? Check out or ring 663 762 642 to view the dogs. Or join us at the APSA, AGM at 2.30pm on Wednesday April 2 at Jacks in Albox.


A happy birthday to the internet! HELLO and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Did you know that 25 years ago on March 12 the internet came into existence! I’d like to take a walk down memory lane with you and recall some of the hi-lights of this quarter century. No techie stuff today just a reminder of what we have enjoyed and endured over the past 25 years. We take for granted the super high speed, massive download capacities that modern internet provides. Where an hour-and-a-half film can be down-loaded in minutes or you can watch high definition TV streamed (real time - as it happens). But do you remember that tooth edge curling squeal that accompanied the process of connecting, handshaking with, and final

Trevor Spencer Computers Meet Trevor Spencer who will be writing a weekly computer column for the EWN...

data transfer that came as part and parcel with, the modem. Do you also remember you had to stop what you were doing so someone

could use the phone - no mobiles back then! HTML or programming language that makes up every page that you see on screen, was in its infancy and, compared to today’s slick, smooth look, was really rough and ‘clunky.’ Despite the primitive graphics there came the ‘Chat room,’ a primitive version of Facebook. Call me on 689 892 745 for more information.

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Enjoy the longer sunny days W

ITH the moving of the clock an hour forward for spring we can enjoy longer sunny afternoons. For those who still enjoy a gin and tonic, perpetual flowering and fruiting lemon trees prove their worth. They can be ordered at any good garden centre.

Dick Handscombe

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

Citrus planting Citrus plants are in season. Always ask what the ripening and harvesting seasons are before buying.

Give your citrus trees a spring spray against unwanted leaf minero insects and sooty leaves. Use a joint Neem and Propolis spray with a foliar feed added.

Fruit growing I’m doing a survey re fruit trees. Each entry will go in the hat for a copy of ‘Growing healthy fruit in Spain’ plus a copy of ‘Our 52 day retirement adventure along the Spanish Pyrenees.’ Just send an email to gardeninginspain@hotmail. com listing the numbers from the questionnaire of the problems that you have had with citrus trees. The winner will be contacted by email. Entries

will close on Monday, March 31, at 6pm.

Easy ordering It is now most convenient to order books online via Amazon Books.

A reminder For pressing gardening problems, contact Dick Handscombe via your gardeninspain@hotmail. com or go to Stand 66 at the Costa Blanca Homes Gardens and Lifestyle Show on April 3 and 4 between 10.00am and 17.00pm at the Calpe Diamante Beach Hotel.

© Dick Handscombe March 2014


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AMILY business Spanish Property Choice is now complete with the introduction of Matthew to the team. Matthew is the son-in-law of Stephen and Sharon, the owners of Spanish Property Choice. This expanding company prides itself on the fact it is a family run business, members of which have all been through the trials and tribulations of moving from the UK, buying properties and opening a business which has turned out to be a phenomenal success in a very competitive market. Matthew has joined the company to help with the property take-on process and will be implementing some new and exciting ideas for the marketing of the properties they have on their books. Stephen and Sharon are both very excited to have Matthew join the business alongside their daughter, Emma (Matthew’s wife) and Shaun their son. The face of this family business is Alicia Mae, the granddaughter of Stephen and Sharon and the daughter of Matthew and Emma, who, if the truth be known, has already stolen the hearts of many vendors and purchasers alike at

The office. We are a family run business as you know and Matthew our son-in-law has now joined the team (Emma at the top, Matthew in the middle and Sharon, Shaun and Stephen at the bottom) the tender age of three. “We are sure she will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come,” said Sharon. As with most estate agents, the property market here in the province of Costa Almeria is a constant uphill climb with the ever changing rules and regulations imposed on agents.

However, Stephen said : “We thrive on new challenges. It keeps us all on our toes, keeps us ahead of the market and has allowed us to secure a very reputable position within the industry.” So should you be looking for a property to buy or rent or maybe you have a property to sell or rent, then why not call into the Spanish Property Choice offices opposite the Parque Comercial and along from Mana del

Market buoyed by foreign investors WITH strong signs that the market may be about to reach rock bottom, Spain’s prime residential property market is still being driven by international buyers attracted by the country’s low prices, investment opportunities and lifestyle. The official House Price Index, published by the National Institute of Statistics which collates its data from notary’s offices nationally, fell by 7.8 per cent in 2013, which shows a decrease for the sixth straight year in a row, although the decrease is less than in 2012, when it fell by 12.8 per cent. It is estimated that the average price has fallen by as much as 30 per cent to 40 per cent since the peak of the market in 2007. According to a report from Lucas Fox, international buyers are driving

SPANISH MARKET: Reduced prices attract foreign property buyers to Spain. the residential sales with many new owners hailing from the Far East and Russia impulsed by the so called ‘golden visa’ scheme which allows automatic residency to all nonEuropean Union citizens who invest

€500,000 or more in Spanish property. There has been an increased demand for high-end, top quality real estate properties from Northern European countries such as the UK.

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Making a return with ‘Magic Flute’ OPERA DUENDE returns to Almería City this month, with a performance of its successful debut production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute.’ Opera Duende, formed last year by local opera director Jeanne Henny MBE from Bedar, is a notfor-profit opera company with a difference, involving the whole community.

Ms Henny said: “We train singers in stagecraft and put on operas to showcase them and keep them in work during these difficult times when cultural budgets are slashed and foreign opera companies undercut the Spanish minimum wage.” ‘The Magic Flute’ - the company’s first venture was such a success last

OPERA DUENDE: Their debut production was a great success. year that they have been invited to perform it in the prestigious Maestro Padilla Auditorium in Almería City and later this year in Murcia’s Romea Theatre. The cast includes young professional singers from Madrid, Sevilla, Almeria, and

three guest singers from UK and Germany who are all talented,

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Revving up for Ferrari Land PAIN is going to be home for a Ferrari theme park. The sports car manufacturer is lending the glamour of its name to the park which will be built by Investindustrial near Barcelona. It will be based within the PortAdventura theme park. The move means there will now be two theme parks in the world bearing the name of the Italian brand. The first Ferrari World, opened in Abu Dhabi in 2010. That park features attractions like the ‘V12 love flume’ and the Formula Rossa rollercoaster that accelerates to 140mph in less than five seconds. The Barcelona park, due to open in 2016, will include a Ferrari themed hotel featuring a driving simulator and having 250 five star rooms. Ferrari Land will cover 75,000 square metres and include a variety of new and exciting attractions for Prancing Horse enthusiasts of all ages, including Europe’s highest and fastest vertical accelerator. It will be, promise the investors, an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari. The project will involve an overall investment of €100 million. Andrea C. Bonomi, Senior Partner Investindustrial, explained the motivation behind the partnership with Ferrari thus: “PortAventura is one of the leaders in Europe’s tourism sector, while Ferrari is an iconic company that represents the very best of Made in Italy. The synergy between

NEW THEME PARK: PortAventura team-up with Ferrari: A lucrative venture for all parties involved. Barcelona caters to fast car and theme park enthusiasts...

these two groups creates a powerful combination that means we can offer

clients of both brands, a unique experience. We are proud to be able to

make this contribution to fostering the growth of the Ferrari brand and Made in Italy across the world. Andrea Perrone, CEO of Ferrari Brand, the Ferrari subsidiary company that manages the Prancing Horse’s brand-related activities, added: “After the success of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, we received many, many requests to develop new amusement parks. “We carefully sifted through the various proposals and decided to accept Investindustrial’s because it is a very solid plan developed by competent people that will bring the magic of Ferrari to Spain, a nation where we have many supporters and enthusiasts, and to which large numbers of tourists flock each year, in part, thanks to PortAventura. This new licence further underscores our brand’s presence in this area. Ferrari Land will delight the whole family and not just Formula 1 fans. “We will continue to evaluate other proposals for theme parks outside Europe at our leisure: the brand is our most important asset and we have to enhance its value without diluting it.”


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Irish eyes are smiling, Chelsea and United get the blues, Nico wins F1 Tony Matthews International Sports A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

THERE was some great sporting action last week! * Brian O’Driscoll’s lastever game for Ireland ended in glory as they beat France 22-20 to pip England, 53-6 winners in Italy, on points to win the Six Nations title. In the other game, Wales battered Scotland 52-11. Victory was only Ireland’s second in Paris - their last came in 2000. * Nico Rosberg won the first F1 Grand Prix of 2014, finishing 24 seconds in front of home favourite Daniel Ricciardo who was subsequently disqualified because of a filling-up irregularity. Danish debutant Kevin Magnussen, initially third, was promoted to second - the first rookie since Lewis Hamilton in 2007 to claim a podium finish. Jenson Button was third. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa, all made early exits… others followed! The cars race again in Malaysia on Sunday week. * In football, Aston Villa shocked PL leaders Chelsea 1-0. The Londoners had manager Mourinho and players William and Ramerez (with a leg breaking tackle) all sent-off. This result was great for Liverpool who are only four points behind the Blues after winning 3-0 at Manchester United who had Nemanja Vidic redcarded again. Neighbours City (2-0 winners at Hull) are six points adrift of Chelsea with three games in hand, while Arsenal with a superb Rosicky goal, beat Spurs 1-0 in the London derby to keep well in touch. At the bottom of the Division, Fulham (1-0 v.

Costa de Almeria

Messi sets new Barca scoring

THE prolific Argentine forward Lionel Messi has erased Paulino Alcantara’s name from the record books when his hat-trick in a 7-0 La Liga win over Osasuna last weekend, made him Barcelona’s record scorer of all-time. Messi’s goal-tally now stands at 371 goals in 452 appearances Philippino-born Alcantara netted 369 times in 357 games for the Nou camp club between 1912 and 1927. The 26-year-old Messi has been in sublime form in 2013-14, netting 18 times in 21 La Liga encounters and the prolific attacker’s next objective is to become the top marksman in the history of the Champions League. That honour is currently in the possession of Real Madrid icon Raul Gonzalez, who has scored 71 goals against Messi’s 67. Newcastle) and WBA (2-1 at Swansea) recorded vital victories while Sunderland and Crystal Palace drew 00 at The Stadium of Light. * In the Championship, Leicester (80 pts) and Burnley (73) look set to return to the PL after beating Blackpool (3-1) and Leeds (2-1). Derby and QPR are 3rd and 4th on 63 pts. Wolves, unbeaten in 10 and having set a club record nine wins on the bounce, lead Brentford (77-76) in FL1; Chesterfield are top of FL2 ahead of Scunthorpe (6665) and Rangers have already won SFL1. * Aberdeen won their first trophy in 19 years by

LIONEL MESSI: Been in sublime form.

beating Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties in the SLC final

and Real Madrid, 1-0 winners at Malaga courtesy of Ronaldo’s 25th League goal of the season, still La Liga, ahead of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. * In the Sochi Winter Paralympics, GB won six medals with Jade Etherington assisted by Caroline Powell, claiming four (three silver and one bronze). Kirsty Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans won GB’s first-ever gold while the curling team took

Badgers Golf Society MACENAS GOLF hosted Badgers Golf Society on Wednesday, March 12. The day’s winner on countback with 37 points was Jan Page, with Neil Bown second, also with 37 points. Third went to Andy Mucha (34) while nearest the pins went to Mike Daily, Tony Waldren, Sheila Watts and Jim Laird. Saturday’s weekly roll-up was won by Dave Wright (44) from Lynn Sefton

(38). Following in third was Brian Watts (34). Forthcoming fixtures: Thursday, March 20 away to Lorca; Wednesday, March 26 at Macenas; Wednesday, April 2 at Desert Springs Guests welcome; book in at Badgers Restaurant or on 950 478 525 / 686 038 259.

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bronze. This was GB’s best medal haul since collecting 10 in 1984. * Following Champions League exits of Arsenal and Manchester City, it left Chelsea (1-1 with Galatasaray) and Manchester United (2-0 down to Olympiakos) flying the British flag at the start of this week. Meanwhile Tottenham, trailing 3-1, have it all to do in Portugal tonight against Benfica in the second leg of their last 16 Europa League tie. This weekend in the PL, it’s Chelsea-Arsenal, Cardiff-Liverpool and Manchester CityFulham followed next Tuesday by the Manchester derby. And on Sunday Real Madrid play Barcelona in La Liga. Big games. * In cricket, England (165-6) beat the West Indies (160-7) in their last 20/20 game in Barbados. Sussex allrounder Chris Jordan hit four sixes in the last over, took 3-39 and held a brilliant catch. The 20/20 World Cup has started in Bangladesh. England play New Zealand on Saturday

DID YOU KNOW? • Goalkeeper Peter Shilton made 200 appearances for FOUR different clubs: Leicester, Southampton, Derby and Nottingham Forest (1966-92). while Aussie bowler Mitchell Johnson is out injured. SHORTS • 235,125 spectators attended the recent Cheltenham Festival - a record 67,814 on Gold Cup day. • WBA have sacked Nicolas Anelka for gross misconduct. • A record 80,000 Wembley crowd will watch the re-match between boxers Carl Froch and George Groves in May. • Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Indian Wells tennis final. Flavia Pennetta (Italy) defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) in the women’s event.


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LIONEL MESSI Barcelona’s record scorer of all-time. Turn to Page 79

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19th Hole GS play at Aguilon AGUILON hosted 22 members on Thursday, March 12 for 19th Hole’s individual stableford. Mark Danson led the day with 33 points, followed by Sean Curtis (30) over Nick Pogson on countback (also with 30). Brian (Dee) Lowden and Mark Danson both scored a two on the 8th.

Nearest the Pins went to Steve Newberry (4th), Ian Postles (8th) and Sean Curtis (17th). The 19th Hole G/S arranges weekly games at various area courses; home course is Aguilon. Ring the secretary on 610 340 653 or email k.


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WINNERS: Terry and Glennys Oliver.

PAR WALTZ: The winners scored 81.

HUSBAND and wife team Terry and Glennys Oliver triumphed at Marina Phoenix’s individual stableford on Monday, March 10. Terry took Men’s division (36) from Les Armfield (34) on countback, with Jim Budd (34) in third. Glennys led the ladies (34); Val Cook (30) was second and Ann Kavanagh (28) in third. Thursday’s team game was a par waltz

played in three balls. Winners Frank Varey, Steve Entwhistle and Carole Donoghue returned 81 points. In second on countback were Alan Cook, Dave Easton and Ann Kavanagh (79). Marina Phoenix plays Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (team). To join (€25 green fee), ring Jim 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117 / 697 512 882.

Marina Phoenix

FORUM GOLF SOCIETY’S first team game of the year was a Team Bowmaker at Lorca on March 21. Richard Swaine led Mike Duckham, Steve Crees and Phil Harris to victory (82), four points ahead of Phil Elam, John Smith, Maurice Jamieson and Louise Douglas. This was also the fifth qualifier for Forum’s 2014 Claret Jug League completion, with Derek Manning leading the way (46), two ahead of Richard Swaine and Mike Duckham in joint second. Upcoming fixtures: March 21 Stableford at Valle del Este; April 4 Stableford at Desert Springs. Phil Elam 666 847 840