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ISSUE NO. 1502


Three killed on N-332 THREE people have been killed in a car crash on the N-332 at Torrevieja. A priest was killed in one car as it collided with another being driven by a couple from Toledo.

New chief ALBERTO GARRE has been officially sworn in as the new President of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.

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Kennels’ nightmare HUNDREDS of supporters of the Eurasier Dream Kennels in Los Montesinos have signed an online petition protesting against the business’s closure. The kennels were closed earlier this month, devastating owner Lynne Cooper who said she had become a victim of bureaucracy and red tape. Problems arose after Lynne and her partner bought the kennels and moved over from England to ‘live the dream’. “It has has now become a night-

mare,” said Lynne. The couple tried to transfer the licence into their names but were met with obstructions at the town hall. They invested more money in carrying out a range of checks and getting licences at the request of the town hall.

“We have done everything they asked and

even paid €420 for a fence licence to since be told that no such thing exists,” added Lynne. The issues have resulted in the breakdown of Lynne’s relationship. “The amount of people and the customers we are letting down is heartbreaking,” she said. Lynne is seeking legal advice on the situation.


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Finance 39 - 44 WELL ATTENDED: Dozens fill the CDT to find out more about the SICTED scheme.

Torrevieja signs up to quality tourism MORE than 140 professionals from different services, companies and businesses crowded into Torrevieja’s CDT tourism centre to see the city’s accession to the Comprehensive System for Quality in Tourist Destinations (SICTED). The head of the Innovation and Quality Tourism Studies of the Valencian Tourism Agency was present to explain the implementation of the SICTED system in Torrevieja, stating its details and benefits and to formalise the requirements for membership for those wishing to

participate in the scheme. SICTED’s objective is to provide a quality, consistent service both in tourism enterprises and public administration offered to tourists, aimed at giving visitors a positive tourist experience at the destination. It is promoted by the Tourism Institute of Spain and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces. Those interested in further information can make an appointment by emailing or call the Municipal Tourism Office on 965 703 433.

Illegal sweatshops closed down TWENTY-SIX people have been arrested and 44 illegal workshops closed down in Alicante Province. Police said investigations led them to shoe factories as well as clothing and recycling workshops. Two sweatshops were

closed in Monover, Elche, with the three entrepreneurs responsible for the premises, located in separate buildings on industrial estates, being arrested. At the time of inspection workers were found without contracts and one was in an

irregular situation in Spain and forced to live in inhumane conditions within the factory. Inspections at premises also found workers using chemicals without meeting minimum health and safety regulations.

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Metro advertising ALICANTE’S Tourism Department has set up a booth at the Sol metro station, in Madrid to advertise Alicante as a tourist destination. Roma day SANTA POLA has recognised World Roma Day with a full traditional banquet at the Virgen Loreto College to unite and raise awareness amongst cultures.

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MAJOR companies in the Valencia Region sold 2.3 per cent less in 2012 compared to the previous year. That’s according to the report ‘Valencia SA’ prepared by KPMG, which analyses the health of the top 100 companies in the region across 10 sectors. They found that the net margin on sales was 3.2 per cent, reporting that sales were penalised by the domestic trade, a situation which mitigated the increase in exports to reach 27 per cent of total

Residents’ ideas NEIGHBOURHOOD association San Miguel, Archangel of San Miguel, has presented 242 proposals for promoting the economic development and living conditions of the municipality. Infant massage NEW mothers in Santa Pola have taken part in an infant massage workshop, as part of activities held to mark World Health Day.


Market hug

A HUMAN chain surrounded the Central Market of Elche symbolising a ‘hug’ as residents expressed their opposition to the construction of a new market building.

Palm Sunday AROUND 60,000 people lined Elche’s streets for the annual Palm Sunday parade. The procession of palms has been declared of ‘International Tourist Interest’ in the city.

Flight fog PASSENGERS on a Dublin to Alicante flight were diverted to Valencia after thick fog closed the runway. The flight lasted more than six hours.

Geriatric nursing A COURSE in geriatric nursing is available to 15 unemployed people in Orihuela. The 70hour course is being held at the Carmen Conde building from May 6-July 10. Science in schools SEVEN schools in Orihuela have participated in the VI District Experimental Science Contest of Vega Baja, involving around 100 students and teachers.



turnover, earning a profit net of €420 million. The food and beverage industries and wholesale trade had the most representative sales, reaching 39.4 per cent of the total, with the retail trade generating the most employment. However, construction and real estate and automotive components saw most of the job losses with reductions of 16.7 and 11.3 per cent respectively. The average workforce of the KPMG report in 2012 stood at 38,840 workers, 2.7 per cent less than in the previous year.

Benidorm bypass TWO new lanes have opened on the N-332 Benidorm bypass to ease Easter traffic. There are now 6.2km of dual carriageway between Avenida de Europa and the Villajoyosa junction.



Region’s companies sell less

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Youths arrested POLICE in Callosa de Segura arrested two youths, aged 26 and 20, on suspicion of a robbery inside a house in the village. The pair have numerous criminal records.

By George, say it with a book


PRIL 23 is Saint George’s Day, the National Day of England, as well as having been declared by UNESCO International Day of the Book. This is because April 23, 1616, was the date of the death of English playwright William Shakespeare and the birth of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. In Cataluña, books have an even more important role in celebrations, as it is customary for sweethearts to exchange books on what is known as ‘La Diada de Sant Jordi.’ The day is also known as ‘Dia de la Rosa’ (Day of the Rose) or ‘Dia del Llibre’ (Day of the Book). Since Medieval times, men gave roses to their lovers to mark this day, and in return, women would give them books. The saying went “a rose for love and a book forever.” With Barcelona being the publishing capital of

Quote of the Week Let’s see, erm... Measures to create employment? Well the truth is that something really strange happened to me, I wrote down the solution but I can’t read my own writing.’ Mariano Rajoy on being asked what he was planning to do about the unemployment situation.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: The National Day of England is shared by UNESCO International Day of the Book. Spain, it is not surprising that in the 1920s, the tradition of giving books began to be promoted in a big way. In Barcelona’s most visited street, La Rambla, and all over Cataluña, thousands of stalls selling roses and books are set up for the occasion and some four million roses and 800,000 books are purchased on this day alone. This is almost half of the total book sales for a year in Cataluña. The colour of the roses has also gained importance, as different colours are said to signify different feelings including love, friendship, happiness, etc.

Number of the week the amount of money spent per €505 isweek by the average European

tourist in Spain, according to a Skyscanner survey. The amount includes flight, hotel, meals out and entertainment.

Parking beware ALICANTE CITY’S municipal tow truck is to target cars parked at bus stops. The Alicante Accessible Association said this parking often makes it impossible for the disabled to use public transport.

Motorcyclist dies A MOTORCYCLIST died after colliding with a tree in the village of Sangonera la Seca, Murcia. No other vehicle was involved.

Lifeguard duty SWIMMING season has officially arrived with the inauguration of the lifeguard and rescue service on Alicante beaches. Lifeguards are now serving San Juan and El Postiguet beaches.

And finally... Cheating husbands are fuelling the building boom in China. Dormitory towns of concubines are springing up across Southern China to accommodate the mistresses of Hong Kong businessmen.


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Hit and run in Murcia A DRIVER has been arrested in Murcia City after trying to flee from the scene of an accident. The 31-year-old drove through a red light at the junction of Avenida Marqués de los Vélez and Avenida Abenarabi and hit a pedestrian. He then collided with a palm tree in the middle of the street, and fled on foot. Police gave chase and arrested him. He refused to undergo an breath test. In the car there were two other passengers, one from Colombia who was detained for violating the Immigration Act, and a Colombian woman who was treated at the Reina Sofia hospital. The pedestrian was taken to the Morales Meseguer hospital for treatment.


Jewel gang arrested THE ‘Oro Blanco’ police operation has led to the arrest of five people, among them two minors, for burglary and jewellery theft. Investigations began in February after a spate of burglaries in the Murcian village of Torreaguera. In most cases, only jewellery items were stolen, which were then sold on to outlets paying cash for gold. The owners of the gold-buying establishments were all investigated for receiving stolen goods and offering below market value on the gold. Operation ‘Oro Blanco’ is still under way.

Paraglider breaks leg in fall A PARAGLIDER suffered from two broken bones in his leg after jumping from the top of a mountain in the municipality of Elda. The stricken man was rescued by a team of firefighters from the El Palomaret mountain area and was transferred to Alicante General Hospital.


Price fall THE consumer price index or CPI saw a decrease of 0.3 per cent in the Valencian community in March. The figure represents a price index over the previous 10 month period, according to the National Statistics Institute. In the Murcia Region, the CPI fell 0.3 per cent. For groups, the highest inflation was in clothing and footwear, at 3.5 per cent, medicine at 0.4 per cent and hotels, cafes and restaurants at 0.3 per cent. Leisure and culture fell 0.3 per cent, whilst alcohol and beverages fell 0.2 per cent. Nationally, the CPI has once again suffered negative rates, falling to 0.1 per cent.

Police patrols see results FOUR people have been arrested for robbery from a house in Jumilla. The robbery occurred at around 3am, with the tenants of the property inside at the time. Officers at the scene began searching for the assailants and later tracked them down. Marina Garcia, Councillor for Police, said: “This action is the result of citizen co-

operation and good coordination between the local police and the Guardia Civil in Jumilla.� The councillor said night patrols have been increased in the area and that the following night a patrol intercepted a man carrying various tools that could be used to commit crimes, such as shears, scissors, a fake gun, screwdrivers, latex gloves and masks.

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Protest against brutal killing of kitten RESIDENTS and animal lovers of all nationalities united in Rojales for a demonstration over a cat that was brutally killed, mutilated and dumped on its owner’s doorstep. The seven-month-old kitten called Oso, was killed earlier this month with the incident being reported to SEPRONA in Alicante. The protest was a legal demonstration by the Protectora de Animales and Plantas in Alicante, as well as other groups. It was attended by animal charities including Jo The Catman, Animal Aid and SATs. Steve Cook, who joined the protest, said: A petition was signed, but the main reason for the demonstration was to

DEMONSTRATION: Calls to stop animal cruelty.

OSO: The kitten before being killed. highlight what had happened and to get across to people that there are laws in place, but people have to denounce cruelty to animals for it to make a difference.”

Beaten to death THE final post-mortem reports into the deaths of Dutch couple Lodeqijk Severein and volleyball player Ingrid Visser, whose bodies were found in Molina de Segura last May, have been released. It reveals that the pair were killed “with a blunt object of considerable size with violence and great force” and put time of death at around two weeks before their bodies were found. Their skulls were reported to have had more than 50 fractures as well as numerous other injuries. The report was prepared by medical examiners. The main suspect in the double murder is due in court next week.

Aidemar members ‘police’ in the park MEMBERS of the Aidemar Day Centre for those with special needs, visited the Children’s Traffic Park in Pilar de la Horadada for a special fun-day. Fifteen participants got the chance to act as police for a few minutes regulating the ‘traffic’ of

bikes on the closed circuit as users gained a better understanding of signalling and manoeuvres. The day was part of a scheme to integrate within the local community and it is hoped more activities will be held in the future.


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Hospital marks World Parkinson’s Day TORREVIEJA Hospital’s Neurology Department last year attended to around 400 patients with Parkinson’s. The hospital, as it commemorates World Parkinson’s Day, an event instituted in 1997 by the World Health Organisation

(WHO), said although more common in older age, around 20 per cent of Parkinson’s patients are under the age of 50. Parkinson’s is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. About five million people

Hepatitis outbreak THE hepatitis outbreak detected in Murcia requires the immediate analysis of at least 150 people. The outbreak of hepatitis B was detected in a private clinic in Murcia and has been confirmed in five patients from the surrounding community. Now, other patients who visited the centre in the last 14 months for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections require testing for the disease, including many from across the Valencia Region. The Department of Public Health, whilst not confirming the exact numbers of those who will need testing, is now working with the Autonomous Communities and is developing a protocol that could also include testing for HIV.

worldwide suffer from it and specifically in Spain, more than 150,000 have Parkinson’s, with a further 30,000 people estimated to be undiagnosed. Each year, Torrevieja Hospital diagnoses 13 new cases per 100,000 people. The hospital

highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the disease in which the formation of care teams is essential for fast and accurate treatment. Dr Rosario Vela Yebra, Co-ordinator of the Neurology Department, said: “An early diagnosis of the

disease allows treatment to start as soon as possible, thereby improving the quality of life of patients.” She added: “Exercise, healthy eating and active lifestyle can contribute to the welfare of the patient during the course of the disease.”

Orihuela pair prepare for Titan Desert challenge TWO men from Orihuela are taking part in the Titan Desert event through the Moroccan desert. Manuel Lopez and Mario Hernández will take on the mountain biking event from April 27-May 2, covering 708 kilometres across the Atlas mountains and Moroccan desert. The challenge is open to professionals and amateurs and is considered to be one of the hardest due to the altitude. Lopez has already completed four events and

TITAN DESERT: Sports Councillor Luis Galiano presents the Orihuela pair taking part in the challenge. was the oldest participant at the conclusion of Titan Desert in 2012. For

Hernandez, this is his first time and the pair are training together.


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Catral accounts were ‘disastrous’ CATRAL Town Hall has found that between March and September 2012, the government team under the then mayor, Aurelio Albero (PP), made duplicate invoices to three companies. The duplicates amount to payments totalling more than €57,000. The tripartite government of the Socialist Catral, Alternative Catral and PSOE parties made the discovery and

are now calling on the employers to return the excess monies paid, calling it “disastrous economic management.” The now Councillor of Finance, Inmaculada Ubeda, said they found all the accounts for the previous year with lots of unpaid bills and paid bills mixed up and some duplicated. Most of the extra payments related to events and fiestas.

Busy week on the roads for Easter OPERATION EASTER launched at the weekend with the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) saying they expected more than 1.5 million vehicle movements in the Valencia Region during the first phase. Of these, 500,000 were believed to be in Alicante Province. There were 26 road

deaths last year during the Easter period and the DGT are urging all drivers to travel with care. Preventative controls will also be in place this weekend checking for speeding and drinkdriving and the Pegasus helicopter will also be operating across the region with speed radars.

More jobs proposal GUARDAMAR’S PSOE party has created a package of 25 measures aimed at promoting employment in the town. Guardamar had 1,235 registered unemployed in March, a rate of 28 per cent. PSOE Councillor Eric Gilabert presented the measures to the council.


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Tax measures to help over 90,000 THE Regional Government claims that more than 90,700 people in the Alicante Province will benefit from new tax measures put in place for this year’s

Renta Tax campaign. The Government has decided to maintain the tax benefits approved during the last few years, although have disallowed the deduction for home investment with borrowed funds. To try to help families with children, the government has incorporated several new features. Each TOURISM experts and professionals have agreed respondent in Alicante on the need to rehabilitate and improve the Province should see an urban scene of Benidorm as well as connections average deduction of between the city railway station and Alicante €100 for school and other parts of the province through bus supplies and credit will shuttles. be given per child to These were some of the topics being discussed families with middle at the conference ‘Tourism: an engine evolving’ and low incomes. organised by the Valencian Business Association The current regional (AVE) and the Hoteliers Association in Benidorm income tax deductions and the Costa Blanca (Hosbec). for large families have They say the problems of tourist cities are not also been increased ripe, but old and note the examples of Magaluf in from between 30-50 Mallorca and En Bossa in Ibiza, which have both per cent, representing a significantly improved their appearance and also saving of almost €1.3 rates of return. million for these houseAmongst Benidorm’s challenges is having good holds. connections with the rest of the region.

Experts agree need to improve connections


New eco traffic law SPEED limits in Murcia are being reduced to 30

Easter getaway THE start of the Easter getaway saw extra passengers at AlicanteElche airport, but no excessive crowds or incidents were reported. The 250 scheduled flights departed and landed without any significant delays and 44,000 seats were available last Saturday, which was expected to be the busiest day of the Easter period for travel. Increased activity will continue this weekend with around 200 flights daily. It is anticipated that more than 400,000 travellers will pass through the airport until Easter Monday.

kilometres an hour. Following the passing of the national road traffic law, new road signs stating the 30km/hr speed limits in the city of Murcia are starting to be installed. The new limits are aimed at reducing the emission of environ-

mentally harmful gases whilst making the roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. It will affect almost 100km of urban roads. The signs are going up from now until August, with the cost of the installation set at just under €140,000.

Business app funding TWO Alicante students are competing to receive funding for their mobile phone application. Álvaro Yuste and Pablo Niñoles are final-year students at the University of Alicante studying Multimedia Engineering. The 21 and 23 year-old came together to create the app, which audits and monitors the quality of any business at the stroke of a button, with users comments being fed back to the business instantly. They are now part of the ‘Startupbootcamp Amsterdam’ event and hope to convince any of the 400 business investors to fund the project fully.

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Fall in property sales in Murcia PROPERTY sales in Murcia fell 35 per cent in February compared to the same month in 2013. The latest sales figures show that 751 properties were sold in the region, compared to 1,169 in February 2013. The number is also down on the start of the year, when 814 were sold in January. Sales fell across the whole of Spain during February, recording a decline of

27.6 per cent. The Canaries were the only region which recorded a rise in activity of 5 per cent. Murcia’s figures may be boosted though, with the arrival of more figures. San Javier airport has announced an increase of almost 40 per cent in March, compared to the number of passengers reported in the previous month.

Lolly stick bridge supports heavy load OVER 1,000 kilos has been supported on a model of a bridge made with ice cream sticks and white glue. The structure was the winner of the XI Stick Bridge Competition, held at the University Miguel Hernandez (UMH) in Elche. Built with 3,300 ice cream sticks and white glue, the winning model was designed by a student of Mechanical Engineering at UMH Pedro Aguilar. His construction ‘Destruction II’ supported 1,136 kilos, with Aguilar spending a month on its design and build.

Against air pollution RESIDENTS of Alicante city have presented a petition with more than 2,000 signatures to the Ombudsman, complaining about air pollution. It protests about pollution produced by the shipment of bulk cargo handled outdoors in the Port of Alicante.


Unusual sobriety and smoking challenge IT may be a little unusual for a bar owner and her regulars, but Jackie Lowe from Woodstock Bar in Urbanisation La Marina arranged a sponsored non-drinking event. Jackie was joined by Terry Tinsel and Terry Talbot in stopping drinking for a month, as Annie Talbot stopped smoking for the event, to raise money for the Elche Children’s Home. The bar and customers have held the annual ‘sober campaign’ for several years but this is the first time they have raised funds for the home. They raised €780 and proudly presented the money to Annette English who has supported Elche’s Children’s Home for over seven years.

DONATION: For Elche Children’s Home.

Land of Sea and Salt TORREVIEJA’S mayor has been in Alicante to officially open the exhibition of ‘Land of Sea and Salt’ at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ). The exhibition is a journey through the history of this essential element of the history of Torrevieja showing salt extraction from past to present day. The exhibition remains on show at the MARQ until May 18.

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A Fun Day for cancer charity BUSINESS owners in Villamartin Plaza hosted a charity fun day in the centre of the square to raise funds for the AECC cancer charity. Classical singer Paul Michael, five-piece soul band Soul Power, awardwinning male vocalist Dan

Davy, female vocalists Ashley Tweddle and Gemma, and female duet Venus all gave their time for free with the sound supplied and produced by DJ Snoopy. A total of €943.45 was raised on the day by Maria Wilson, Pink Ladies

Sixth shop opens EASY HORSE CARE has opened its sixth charity shop. The new store, raising funds for the rescue centre in Rojales, is in Avenida Londres and is full of bargains for everyone. New volunteers are always wanted so if you can spare a few hours a week to work in this or any of the other shops in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Quesada or Guardamar, call Shelly on 652 512 147. For more information on Easy Horse Care and directions to the centre which has open days every Sunday, visit

and Panthers on behalf of the AECC cancer charity to help with their early detection programme. Maria said: “Apart from the importance of raising much-needed funds this was also an opportunity once again for members of the public to book an early detection screening test and quite a number of people did so on the day.”

Insect show LA MATA natural park has events and exhibitions this weekend, including an entomological (study of insects) exhibition. The exhibition opens tomorrow (Friday) at the Information Centre from 9.30am-1pm and is on until Monday with free entry.


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Golfers donate €1,012 ART COMP: Some of the winners and their artwork.

Artistic winners QUESADA Country Club’s art competion had more than 90 paintings and photographs on show. Winners were Eileen Honey, Jane Woods and Janis Ware with first,

second and third in the beginners category, and James Bell first and third in intermediates with Jackie Nevin taking second place. In the advanced class, Nicola Moran took first and

second place with Suzanne Stokes winning third place. Patricia Creighton, MBE, who is also a Lady Toastmaster was one of the judges along with Joanna Chatterley.

Bike for life to help AECC THE annual ‘Bike for Life’ ride takes place on Saturday in Mil Palmeras. The family event starts and finishes at JP’s bar with the five-kilometre cycle ride starting at 10.30am, which will raise money for the AECC cancer charity. Participants can use their own bicycles

or hire one on the day from organisers The Family Bike Hire Company for €5. This amount will be donated to the charity.

For more information call Graham on 603 161 664.

MARIA WILSON, the president of AECC cancer charity in Torrevieja, attended Campoamor golf club on behalf of Maria and the Pink Ladies. She was there to receive a donation of €1,012 from representatives of La Siesta Golf Society. The money will be used to help with the charity’s early detection of cancer screening programme.




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History on show at Rodeo caves THE weekend of May 2-4 sees an action-packed ‘artists encounter’ take place at the Cuevas del Rodeo in Rojales. The event opens at 7pm on Friday May 2 with the launch of Bartolome Marin Fernandez’s painting exhibition ‘Colour, Matter and the Dream of Imagination’. The historical recreation of the customs and traditions of Iberian settlements are on display from 8.30pm. The exhibit will include an Iberian house, a pottery workshop and grain mill. The Moggio Band will follow with a concert at 10pm. The caves open their doors to display a range of work from 10.30am with workshops for children from 11am-1pm. From 8-9pm there is a children’s puppet show and Juan Blas Blues Trio end the day with a concert at 9.30pm. Sunday May 4 sees a gymkhana for children from 11am-1pm and various workshops with dance performances in the evening from 6pm. Traditional tapas dishes and drinks will be available throughout the weekend.


Teen sings for the needy TEENAGE singer Stefanie Lohse is giving two concerts next month and tickets are already selling fast. The first is being held on May 11 in the auditorium of the Music and Cultural School in Los Montesinos followed by the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio on May 25. ‘Power of Music’ is a selection of famous West End musical tunes and power ballads being performed in English, German, Italian and Spanish. Profits from the concerts, in conjunction with Social Services of the respective town halls, will be used to buy food and other essentials for needy people in the area. Tickets cost €5, call 633 019 041.


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Family fun A PRACTICAL orienteering event, suitable for the whole family, is being held today (Thursday) from 11am at the Information Centre in La Mata natural park.

May fair THE Anglican Chaplaincy of St Peter & St Paul in Torrevieja is hosting a May Fair at La Siesta church on May 1 at 10.30am-1.30pm.

Top concert ON Saturday, there’s a classical concert at the Palacio de la Musica in Torrevieja, performed by the Classical Trio Triumf; top level soloists from Russia and Georgia. Tickets cost €8.

Benimar cruise winners prepare to set sail HUSBAND and wife Paul and Karen Buckley, from Benimar, were the lucky couple who won a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, courtesy of El Alto la Dolores Restaurant in Guardamar and the Smile charity croup. The cruise was first prize in a raffle held at a fundraising barbecue last Saturday, in aid of Elche Children’s Care Home, who were also winners from the night as an amount of €520 was raised for the home. Some of the children from the home were also invited to attend

Star Wars on show ALICANTE castle is hosting a Star Wars exhibition with more than 20,000 film-related items, mostly belonging to the private collection of Gaby Navarro. The fan has been collecting parts for 35 years from the George Lucas film series and the collection is believed to be one of the largest in the world. The exhibition is now open.

ALL ABOARD: Paul and Karen receive their prize of a Mediterranean cruise from El Alto la Dolores restaurant. the barbecue. Live music was provided by the Campoverde Reef Band. A further fundraising event takes place on St George’s Day. Tickets cost €10, which includes a two-course meal. They are available from El Alto la Dolores Restaurant, the Post Room Benijofar and the Card Place Benimar.


Go-karts business battle THE Costa Blanca Business Battle takes place next Saturday at Go-Karts Orihuela Costa. Teams are invited to join in the ‘battle’ to raise money for ALPE, which supports people with disabilities in Torrevieja and promotes cooperation between local businesses. The cost, including a donation to ALPE, is €250 for five people including a banquet. Call Roy on 645 298 754 or email

Lunching ladies do it again THE April meeting for Ladies who Lunch was held at Rayz Bar on El Raso. This month the group managed to raise €176 which included a donation from The

Ginger Bread Man (next to Clapton’s bar) for the book exchange. Ladies who Lunch raise money for Paul Cunningham nurses as well as other local charities, and meet on

the first Wednesday of the month at various restaurants for lunch at 2pm For more information, call Janine on 966 261 359 or Maddie on 966 078 646.


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Enjoy your Easter weekend with our guide to some of the local parades happening in the area’s main towns and cities

Easter processions in Orihuela ORIHUELA’S Easter processions continue tomorrow (Friday) with the transfer of the images of the Blessed by the Monastry of San Juan de la Penitencia and the Santa Iglesia Cathedral at 12.30pm, followed by the Celebration of Passion and Death at St Anton church at 4pm, Holy Cathedral Church at 5pm and Santa Ana church at 6pm. The general passion procession takes place at 6.30pm. The procession of the Holy Burial of Christ is at 5pm on Saturday and the Solemn Vigil and Papal Blessing is at 11pm at the Cathedral, Church of Santiago and Church of San Vicente. The town hall is organising a bus from Orihuela Costa to the Good Friday procession tomorrow (Friday) in Orihuela. Return tickets cost €5.30 leaving at 6pm. Call 966 760 000 Ext 32/24 to reserve.

Front row seats for parades TICKETS are now on sale for seats along Cartagena’s parade routes for the main Easter parades tomorrow (Friday) and Sunday. They can be brought from La Plaza de San Sebastian in the heart of the main shopping street where there is a booth next to the monument of the penitents or via where a surcharge of €1.50 is added for internet purchase. Excess tickets will be sold for the seats by street vendors on the night but do go quickly.

Easter processions in Torrevieja SOLEMN processions take place tonight (Thursday) from midnight in Torrevieja from the Plaza del Calvario with the ‘Nuestra Señora de la Piedad’ float. The route will follow from Plaza del Calvario along Calle’s Santísima Trinidad, San Jose, Maria Parodi, Caballero de Rodas and Plaza de la Constitucion. Tomorrow (Good Friday) sees the city’s Holy Burial Procession take place at 8pm from the Inmaculada Concepción Church. The floats will travel along the Plaza de la Constitución and streets Caballero de Rodas, Patricio Pérez, Ramón Gallud, Zoa, Ulpiano, Moriones and Caballero de Rodas. Saturday sees the ‘Great Drum Roll’ procession leave from the Virgen del Carmen cultural centre at 10.30pm and finishing in the Plaza de la Constitucion. On Easter Sunday the Procession del Encuentro leaves the Inmaculada Concepcion Church at 8am. Floats will be carried in different directions before meeting at the crossroads between Calle Roads and Azorin.


Tourism rises as unemployment falls NATIONALLY tourism was up by 4.2 per cent in March and with this rise came another 34,098 new jobs. There were 10.1 million tourists who visited Spain in the first three months of the year. The crises in countries, previously popular with tourists, like Egypt and Tunisia have given a boost to Spanish tourism over the last year. Exceltur, a non-profit association of the 24 largest tourism groups in Spain, has been quick to point out that this rapid growth in the first term would slow down over the course of the year, however, they do recognise that overall the figures look good at a 7.9 per cent year on year increase. The UK provided the largest group of tourists with 1.9 million Brits visiting

between January and now, that is 6.7 per cent more than last year, in second place came France and

Germany with 1.6 million each and the Nordic countries provided 1.2 million tourists.

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Government institutions ignore requests only 375 of them were answered. In the last year the autonomous communities have improved their response rate but governmentrelated bodies including, but not

limited to, councils totally ignored 81 per cent of all requests for public domain information. Access Info Europe (AIE), an organisation dedicated to the

obtaining of information by the public, has pointed out that rather than having a transparency law, as it is called by the government, there is an ‘administrative silence’. CREDIT: Cordon Press.

MORE than half of all public information requests were ignored in 2013 and only 13 per cent were supplied with the information asked for; of the 654 requests recceived,

HOLY WEEK: Antonio Banderas returns to Malaga to celebrate Easter.

Banderas joins the Easter processions HOLLYWOOD actor Antonio Banderas is visiting Spain for Semana Santa. Banderas is in his home town of Malaga, where he says he can take a break from the whirlpool of making four films this year and just enjoy some downtime. As in previous years, Banderas is actively participating in the Holy Week events. However, this year, the actor is without his American wife, actress Melanie Griffith, and his children. On Sunday the actor marched in the local procession honouring the Virgin Mary which started out at

Malaga’s San Juan church. Banderas told journalists that he currently has several projects in the pipeline, but following a hectic schedule of “one film after another,” he is intending “to rest a little bit.” This year the actor is acting as the administrator, the person tasked with guiding the Virgin’s throne through the city during the parade. Banderas said that even when he isn’t visiting his homeland he spends a lot of time following daily events in the country.


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Romanians enslave fellow countrymen AN adult and five minors who were forced to beg on the streets of Ferrol (Galicia) have now been released from custody.

The National Police have broken up a criminal network run by a large clan of Romanians. The 20 detainees specialised in trafficking teenagers from their home country, forcing them to beg for at least eight hours a day and work like slaves the rest of the time. The minors, generally aged between 13 and 17 years of age, were brought to Spain following promises to their Romanian parents that they would be ANDALUCIA is different. That’s the opinion of married to a member of the clan almost 95 per cent of its citizens, according to and would find work there in the a survey carried out by the Centre of construction or agricultural Andalucian Studies. They interviewed 1,000 industries. locals and found that most people felt their Instead of fulfilling these claims region was not like the rest of Spain. the clan members forced their The main differences stated were the victims to beg on the streets in Andalucian character, defined as happy and even the most severe weather sociable, the climate, and the geography of the and to do all the cooking and area. Less than 2 per cent of those interviewed cleaning when they got home. All considered Andalucia to be different from the of the money they earned was rest of Spain in economic terms. Andalucians taken away from them, leaving were generally pleased with their life there, them totally dependent on the giving the region 8.8 points in terms of overall clan for survival. Most of it was satisfaction. Nonetheless, 16 per cent would then used to buy luxury cars. consider going to live somewhere else.

Are they different?


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RECOVERED: King Juan Carlos will take back more duties from Prince Felipe.

King finishes his ‘intense recovery’

KING JUAN CARLOS I has finally finished his ‘intense recovery’ regime, begun four months ago after a hip operation, and is now allowed by his doctors to reduce by half the amount of exercises he has to do. While receiving new ambassadors at the Royal Palace, the king joked to the ambassador of Oman, Kifaya Miyah al Raisi, that soon he would be “running around the place.” When chatting about his recovery to the Moroccan ambassador, Mohamed Fadel Benyaich, he said he felt a lot better and

this had been achieved through “daily hard work.” A spokesperson for the palace stated that the king’s rehabilitation had gone very well and from now on he only had to do one session per day. Now that he is a little better the king is taking up some of his old duties, previously passed to his son Prince Felipe, and will soon visit Abu Dhabi. It was the king’s fifth operation in 18 months, and is thought to date back to an injury he suffered on a controversial elephant hunting trip he took.


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Charities and volunteers

recognised at Charity Gala Awards 2





1- GALA SPECTACULAR: At Denia's La Sella Marriott Hotel 2- TOLDOS JUNTOS JAVEA 3 - PEGGY WYATT: Almost 60 years as a member of the Royal British Legion 4 - MALCOLM BUNN: Volunteer with HELP Denia and Marina Alta 5 - BAY RADIO: Graham Barber addressing the guests 6- EKA: Babs Javori, delighted with her award



N a glittering, spectacular, gala ceremony, hundreds of guests attended the first ever Bay Radio Charity Gala Awards. Amongst the stunning backdrop of Denia’s La Sella Marriott Hotel, it was a chance for all the unsung heroes to dress up and stand up and be counted and recognised for giving the most precious thing they can, their time, to charities across the Costa Blanca. With honoured guests including British Consul Paul Rodwell and Mayor of Javea, Jose Chulvi, and fellow councillors, Managing Director of Bay Radio, Graham Barber, addressed the audience: “I am honoured and humbled to be standing in front of so many people making a difference.” He added: “It is impossible to recognise every single charity but it is important to know that those that are not here with us this evening are in our thoughts and deserve our recognition. We are a family, with one thing in common, dedicated to helping people less fortunate than ourselves. You all work tirelessly to make a difference.” British Consul Paul Rodwell later said that in four years within his role he had never been at an event like it: “It is a magnificent effort.” Dancers Zannie Strutley and Elena Gwyn Jones from Footworks performed a contemporary lyrical piece before professional opportunist James Brown took to the stage. TV presenter and antiques expert Mark Stacey oversaw the auction and raffle which raised thousands of euros with guests

BRITISH CONSUL: Paul Rodwell enjoys the gala event.

digging deep. The charismatic Matthew Holbrook’s The Millennium Show Robbie Williams tribute and Benidorm’s Blues Brothers experience also wowed and entertained the crowds, but the real stars on the night were the charities and their volunteers. Dean Shaw produced a stunning, emotive film about the work they do and the challenges they face, which left the audience with a stark reminder of the real reason for the event.

Each of the 18 charities nominated a person or group of volunteers who were represented on the night: • APASA animal charity – Pauline Kershaw • Bomberos Vountarios – Michael Nicke, Commanderin-Chief • Cancer Care Charity Centre and Shops – Denise Allan (posthumous award) collected by Barbara Greenhow • Costa Blanca Dog Homing – Paludita and Inma • Cruz Roja – Jose Luis Domenech Bisquert • EKA European Kids Association – Babs Javori • EMAUS – Tony Grande on behalf of the founder of EMAUS • Freemasons – Kath Taylor • Grant a Wish – Ramon Howard, Karan Thornton and Ian Bennett • Guardian Angels – Tricia Barr • HELP Denia and Marina Alta – Malcolm Bunn • MABS – Jacqui Phillips on behalf of all the volunteers • Paul Cunningham Nurses – Val Ingham • Royal British Legion – Peggy Wyatt, a member for nearly 60 years • Samaritans – Christine Sumter • The Lions Club International Teulada and Moraira – Garry Vincent • The Original Charity Shop – Georgina Harvey • Toldos Juntos Javea – Adriaan Bloem (posthumous award) collected on his behalf by his wife Louise Ble

If you can’t afford to help fund a local charity, give the next thing they most desperately need, your time, and make a real difference.


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A SEVENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD British expatriate was the star of the show of Saturday night’s Britain’s Got Talent. Despite being buzzed by Simon Cowell early in what seemed a dull routine, Paddy Jones and her dance partner Nico Espinosa held their nerve to launch into an acrobatic dance routine that left the audience and judges gasping. A twirling Paddy performed a series of moves that would put competitors 60 years younger to shame with her energy, technique and courage. The act led to a standing ovation from the huge crowd at Birmingham’s ICC, where the audition was filmed. There was an apology from Simon Cowell for buzzing her and most

Photo by ITV

Paddy’s got talent!

TECHNIQUE: Wowing the crowd. importantly, Amanda Holden hit the Golden Buzzer. That puts Paddy, real name Sarah, and Nico straight through to the

smash ITV talent show’s semifinals. Paddy revealed her dreams of becoming a professional dancer ended in 1956, when she married and decided to raise a family. She and husband David finally retired to Gandia on the Costa Blanca, but shortly afterwards, in 2003, he died of leukaemia. So the great-grandmother decided to fill the hours in her new life alone, by taking up dance again. She walked into Nico’s dance studio hoping to learn Flamenco. The pair hit it off and were soon competing in club competitions around Spain. In 2009 they won the Spanish TV talent competition Tu Si Que Vales, before deciding to bring their routine to a British audience. See Editor’s Note on page 38.


Internet needed YOUNG people who don’t use the internet or get involved in social networks are at risk of becoming outcasts. A study carried out by the Reina Sofia Centre has affirmed that most of the social activities of 16 to 24year-olds depend on the internet to some degree. Consequently, those who don’t go online are in danger of being marginalised. With two out of every three adolescents using social networks on a daily basis, they are a fundamental part of life for this age group. Anyone who cannot access these groups loses out in terms of building personal relationships and obtaining information about local events, job opportunities and leisure activities. In most cases where young people don’t have an online identity, this is due to an inability to use the networks. The study concluded that meeting the educational needs of less-favoured individuals is extremely important in terms of their personal development and integration in society.


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‘Radical, logical’ cutbacks needed THE PSOE’s former Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastian, has suggested a radical cutback that actually makes sense: cutting down on the number of autonomous regions to just the historic three, Cataluña, the Basque Country and Galicia. This reduction has already been done in France, where they cut down on the number of departments, and in Italy, where they cut down on the number of provinces. “When trying to reduce public spending,” commented Sebastian, “it is very complicated to cut back on what is destined to autonomous regions but public investment cannot be reduced as it contributes to the country’s growth.” This is why he has

Regional government in Valencia. suggested following suit with the neighbours. With only three autonomous regions and the other 15 ‘diluted’ into one big region there would be massive savings of public money as there would no longer be a ‘doubling up’ of public jobs. Sebastian also wants to

reduce the number of councils, replacing them with bigger councils with wider ranging responsibilities. The ex-minister admits that he has a hard road ahead of him as the ruling party does not share his vision of how to reduce public spending.


Capture of refugees is ruled illegal THE ombudsman, Soledad Becerril, has confirmed that the barbed wire fence surrounding Melilla is Spanish territory and has condemned the Moroccan authorities for the capture of refugees who have reached it. “We have to treat these people in accordance with the law,� Becerril said in a senate meeting, emphasising that the proper legal processes needed to be gone through in order to determine the fate of these refugees. She also reminded senate members that there was nothing in the law which allowed the immigrants to be seized by Moroccan forces once they were on the Melilla

side of the fence. Expanding on the situation, Becerril went on to state that Spain should make greater efforts in terms of international protection and asylum. The number of people seeking help in Spain is much lower than in the rest of the European Union. Senate member Francisco Boya gave his opinion, adding that

something needed to be done because the immigration centres were overflowing and the situation at the borders was also critical. Illegal immigration into Melilla has become a serious political issue in recent months and in particular the razortopped border fence, which has been blamed for numerous injuries and even deaths amongst immigrants.

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A pink tractor helps raise awareness of breast cancer research A MAN who has taken a taste of Spain back to the UK has shown he is a man with a heart. Rochdale based restaurateur Mark Wickham is a familiar face on the Costa del Sol as he flies in regularly to buy genuine Spanish ingredients for his eatery the Rake Tapas Bar.

His restaurant has turned into a, perhaps unlikely, roaring success. Not many people would have thought of taking a taste of the Mediterranean to the old mill town of Littleborough, home of good plain English food. But he proved the doom-mongers who said he was mad wrong when the

good people of the town developed a taste for chorizo, Serrano ham, tortillas and paella. Big-hearted Mark was looking for a way to raise awareness, and cash, for the Breast Cancer Care and Awareness charity. He hit upon a novel idea. He sprayed one of his tractors, a

Football boss kidnap plan THE former president of Valencia football club, Juan Soler, has been arrested for trying to kidnap another of the club’s exbosses, Vicente Soriano. The National Police detained Soler and two other men for allegedly planning the kidnapping, the aim of which was to get money from Soriano. The latter owes €80 million to Soler, following a deal to buy his

shares in the club. Police discovered the kidnap plan and assembled a great deal of evidence surrounding the case. Several Colombian hit men were contracted to carry out the work, which involved breaking into Soriano’s home, forcing him to empty his safe and then taking him abroad to gain access to the funds which he was thought to hold in

foreign accounts. Since the Colombians had already arrived in Valencia and everything pointed to the kidnap being imminent, the police decided to intervene and bring Soler and his co-conspirators in for questioning. All three have now been released on charges but are not allowed to leave the country. Soler claims he is innocent.

IS IT A BIRD? No, it’s Superman on a pink tractor! classic vintage 1952 MasseyFerguson, bright pink, dressed up as Superman and drove cross country covering over 110 miles. Unfortunately, the gleaming tractor couldn’t keep up with Mark’s pace and broke down just 30 miles outside his target of Whitby. Mark is, however proud of his attempt: “The reason I did it was to make people more aware about checking for the early signs of cancer. “Using a pink tractor, I thought it would make people think. When I started at 5am in the morning it was really foggy, rainy and cold, but the support we got from the people of Whitby was amazing. “One man was driving along, he pulled up a bit sharply and rubbed

his eyes, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Well it’s not every day you see Superman driving a tractor!” Mark’s efforts have raised over £1,500 so far and the money is still coming in. The tractor is being repaired and Mark has promised to go back and complete the journey. The staff at the Euro Weekly News have decided that it is such a good cause they have foregone their traditional Easter eggs and made a €150 donation. So come, on EWN readers, you too can dig deep and help the charity. To donate to Breast Cancer Care - Charity Number 1082293 visit:


Lower pensions for women in Spain A STUDY has shown that the average pensions paid to women in Spain are 38 per cent less than what men receive. The IESE, the graduate business school of the University of Navarra, has reported average pension figures for Spaniards are €659 for women and €1,097 for men. The difference is largely due to the short working life of Spanish women, which is the lowest in Europe at only 12.8 years. Men here work for 43.4 years on average. Salary levels were also found to be notably different, with women receiving 23 per cent less than male workers. Additionally, women often have to leave their jobs for family reasons, which adds to the disparity in pension payments between the two sexes.

Women tend to live longer than men and Spain’s population, like that of Britain, is aging. The

study proposes women should receive benefits for periods when they have been unpaid carers.

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A note from the


Follow your dreams T

O those who have lived on the Costas it is an all too familiar story. After a lifetime of hard graft, having brought up a family, it is time for many couples to put their feet up and enjoy their golden days. The dream of retirement to the sunny climes of Spain can finally be made a reality with the promise of many years to come enjoying the Spanish lifestyle. But for some that dream can end all too quickly when one half of a happy partnership sadly passes away. What to do far away from ‘home’ in unfamiliar surroundings and maybe no family or friends nearby? Loneliness can soon set in with the partner of a lifetime no longer there for company and love. Such was the scenario for Paddy

Jones when her beloved husband David passed away just months after they moved to Spain. But Paddy is a woman with a strong spirit, and a certain determined glint to her eyes. Grieving as she was, she decided not to sit back and mope, but to go for dance lessons, hoping to learn Flamenco. When she walked into the dance classes of Nico Espinosa it was the first step on a journey which would lead her to perform in front of a TV audience of 10 million in the hit show Britain’s Got Talent. She drew gasps and a standing ovation for her daring and acrobatic routine at the grand old age of 79. A lesson to us all. No matter your age you can still follow your dreams … you never know where they will lead you.



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business & legal



STAT OF WEEK FRAGRANCE and fashion company Puig reported profits of €176 million last year, a 2 per cent increase on 2012. The firm’s turnover of €1.499 billion was up by 1 per cent.

THE Spanish would rather work for IBM than any other company, a survey revealed. The research was carried out by Randstad, one of the world’s largest human resources consultancies for the fifth edition of its yearly awards to Spain’s best-regarded companies. Samsung and Hewlett Packard

were the next most-voted in the electronics sector after IBM. The BBVA group, Santander and Banco Sabadell were the most popular banks and Mercedes Benz, Renault and Volkswagen-Audi came out top in the automobile sector. Air Europa, Iberia and Renfe topped the transport category and

Starting to get money back... DESPITE the financial crisis, preference share sales continued long after it hit. Between 2008 and 2011 the finance sector placed a total of €12.55 billion as bank employees, pressured by superiors, talked thousands of the financially unsophisticated, in many cases, pensioners, into buying high risk products. They ignored the exceptionally small print and no-one bothered to explain that they would have to wait decades - if ever - to redeem their money. Nor were they told that after the second year, interest would be pegged to the Euro

Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) rate and they were not covered by the European Commission Guarantee Scheme. Scandal-spattered banks and the Spanish stock market regulator CNMV have since pledged that the scandal will never be repeated. Thanks to arbitration, more than 60 per cent of small investors sold preference shares by Bankia, Novagalicia Banco and Catalunya Bank have since received some redress. So far 269,379 clients have received repayment of €1.890 billion, with many more cases due to go to arbitration.

El Corte Ingles, Ikea and Decathlon were the most-valued stores. Desigual, H&M and Inditex were voted favourite clothing labels and Accor hotels, Melia and NH the best hotel chains. Randstad media awards also went to Antena 3TV (Atresmedia), Mediaset and the state broadcaster TVE.


usiness extra

Digging for the dirt THE Ministry of Labour will pay data-mining consultants €5 million to track down labourrelated and Social Security fraud. It was not outsourcing, Minister Fatima Bañez claimed but “adaptation to new technology.”

Time to go FORMER socialist Finance Minister Miguel Boyer leaves the board of REE in May. The 75-year-old, who foregoes an annual €147,000, will be succeeded by civil engineer Socorro Fernandez Larrea.

Iberia routes to be reinstated FLAGSHIP airline Iberia, who merged with BA to create IAG, will return to Latin America. Direct flights between Madrid Barajas and Santo Domingo have been reinstated and the Istanbul and Athens routes are returning a year after they were eliminated. All were money-losers but IAG is taking a different view following

productivity agreements with pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. Low-cost Iberia Express begins flying from Barajas to Amsterdam twice daily in July and twice-weekly flights to Stockholm will commence in July. “We are committed long-term to Madrid, Spain and the T4 terminal,” said Iberia.


IBM most popular workplace IBM: Most preferred company to work for.


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EU wins stand-off with China THE EU’s successful tussle with China over customs duty will benefit Spanish wine. China had threatened to slap on duty after Brussels accused China of exporting solar panels at lower than cost price. Until then Spain, which had an endless supply of cheap panels, had few complaints but EU members condemned China’s commercial practices. Brussels caved in and imposed a provisional 11.8 per cent duty on Chinese solar panels in June 2013. In return, Beijing launched an antidumping and anti-subsidy probe into European wine which, it claimed, received state help. China is the world’s fifth-most important wine consumer. France, Spain and Italy between them provide two-thirds of the wine that is drunk there and Spain, which exports 24.4 million bottles a year to China, would have been hardhit by punitive duties. Both sides have now reached agreement.

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Two-tier Spain is now paying for past excesses THE economic crisis has widened traditional differences between richer and poorer autonomous regions. Before the economic crisis Cataluña made the greatest contribution to Spain’s national GDP, accounting for 18.5 per cent of the total. Almost six years into the crisis, its 18.8 per cent contribution in 2013 was still higher than any other region’s. Madrid was not far behind and by the end of last year contributed 17.9 per cent of the GDP, 0.15 per cent more than in 2008. The GDP contributions from Andalucia and the Valencia region suffered the greatest reductions, with the former now second from the bottom amongst the 17 autonomous regions. It contributed 13.5 per cent to the national economy last year,

INDUSTRY: Drives Cataluña’s economy.

8.7 per cent less than in 2008. The Valencian Community’s contribution of 9.5 per cent was

10 per cent lower than six years ago. It was the same story with the

Best way of dealing with debt Talking shop Mike Walsh Mike Walsh was for 20 years Regional Assessment Manager for the Guild of Master Craftsmen, Britain’s biggest quality assurance body for businesses. • 966 786 932

THE best way of dealing with debt is to avoid people who expect credit. When people owe you money, for the period it is outstanding, you invest in their business not yours. Some businesses thrive by running their business on clients’ money; debt. These businesses could go to the bank to borrow money. After all, lending money is the bank’s business, not yours. They don’t approach banks because the bank qualifies credit history, sets rules, adds interest and imposes sanctions for those who don’t play ball. You are the soft option. When your business is owed money there is much collateral damage. Why borrow €5,000 plus interest from a bank if you are owed


CASH PROBLEMS: You can’t afford to invest in your business. a similar amount that is interest free? If you suffer cash flow problems you cannot take advantage of bulk discounts or special offers. You spend time chasing debts instead of promoting your business; you can’t afford to advertise, to invest in your business. Dealing with debt is more problematic in Spain than it is in Britain. For this reason Spain has attracted many shysters who have a cavalier attitude to paying their dues. The disreputable turn to their advantage the difficulties encountered in chasing debt. They work on the presumption that you will write it off and put it down to experience.

The artful dodgers then shamelessly move to the next sheep to be fleeced. The best way of avoidance is to insist on 50 per cent or full payment up-front until a working relationship is established. A genuine client will understand. I know of one businessman who boasted a confidence winning strategy. Having won the confidence of a client he would scam them for a massive amount and do a runner. Now serving time in the UK he will be out in less than 40 months. Not bad for decades of luxurious lifestyle. He still has his yachts, villas and cars to fall back on. Yes, crime does pay.

GDI (the GDP divided by the number of inhabitants) in rich and poor regions. In the Basque Region, Madrid, Navarra and Cataluña this either improved compared with the national average between 2008 and 2013 or did not fall. The country can be split into the half that is industrialised and the half that relied on the construction and property industries. “A crisis regulates past excesses and accentuates structural weaknesses,” pointed out economic strategist Jose Luis Martinez Campuzano. “The objective should cushion the first while carrying out reforms to overcome the second.”

No niche in Spanish high street for foreign banks WITH Citibank selling to Banco Popular, Barclays could be looking to dispose of its Spanish high street business. Other foreign banks like Natwest, Abbey and Lloyds have already thrown in the towel in Spain. “In the Eighties, everybody believed foreign banks would burst onto the scene and consolidate their position, but it didn’t happen. They said the same in the Nineties but again nothing happened,” a Spanish banking source told the national daily, ABC. Instead the foreign banks had an uphill struggle, not least because Spain’s leading banks had the retail market practically sewn up and they never acquired sufficient clients to be profitable. “To succeed in a niche like this, closeness to savers and companies is fundamental. It’s important

to know them personally,” the same source said. There was “a certain rejection” of foreign banks, the banker admitted. This rejection was invariably cited by foreign banks to justify their lack of success here, another banker agreed: “But that’s an excuse: there was no aversion. It never existed.” What did exist, Spanish bankers said, were management blunders and errors of judgement. These included foreign banks’ appetite for the property industry - and the mortgage market, with Barclays and Deutsche Bank sustaining bad debts of more than 40 per cent from the property sector and portfolios bulging with repossessions. Barclays, which has closed 161 branches since 2013, rebuffed rumours that the bank would sell the entire business.


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A night with your boss in pyjamas!

Loose change A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

THE typical modern system of managing a business often sees the boss at the top and the employees at the bottom. The boss being a Grand Emperor ruling over his servants, who nod and genuflect agreeably as they carry out their tasks. It’s true that many employees rarely see their employer and are often almost too scared to ask for an appointment to have a chat about working conditions. This type of environment is not conducive to motivating employees. Rather it leaves them feeling undervalued and resentful.

A recent study on ‘employee engagement’ reveals that a shocking 70 per cent of workers hate their jobs or are completely disengaged. Not good for the bottom line and not good for the health and satisfaction of workers either. But there is a way to change this - have a sleepover with your boss! Slumber parties were once refined to young girls and their friends but nowadays one super successful business has learned that a sleepover can benefit an employer and staff too. Whole Foods is a natural and organic food store across the US, Canada

sleepovers with the boss are commonplace, as the chief executive feels that spending time with and the UK. It opened its colleagues in a more first store in 1980 with the personal setting is the best idea to govern staff in a way to build up a trusting different way. A ‘caring relationship. leadership’ mental“I know this sounds ity was adopted weird, but there’s somethat strives to thing about sleeping in the value and retain same house and then fixing staff. At Whole breakfast or dinner Foods, together that is very much staff a bonding experience,” he said. The caring leadership approach allows all staff to have a say in the running of the company. For example, when a new member of staff starts working they are put in a team and put on SLEEPOVERS: two months Not just for probation. Only young girls. when they are approved by at

Keeping a UK car in Spain I read with interest your article last year in EWN regarding vehicles with foreign You and the registration plates on Spanish roads. We own a holiday home in Mallorca in which Law in Spain we spend the summer. We are not By David Searl Spanish residents. We were stopped by the Guardia Civil and told because we owned a house we needed to supply all paperwork to the authorities within seven days. We complied but have heard nothing since September. What is my situation? C.J. (Mallorca) A. It is true a foreign-registered vehicle owned by a non-resident can remain in Spain all year. The vehicle can be used on Spanish roads for six months in any calendar year. However, this vehicle must be at all times road-legal in its country of registration. This means your car must have an up-to-date MOT from the UK. Otherwise, it is not legal in the UK, which means it is not legal in Spain. The only legal way to obtain a UK MOT is to take the vehicle back to the UK. If I failed to make this clear earllier, I apologise. A Spanish ITV, does not meet the requirement. My advice is to take your car back to the UK and purchase a Spanish-registered car to use on your visits to Spain. If you have not heard from the Guardia Civil so far, they are doing you a favour. Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.


Tried and true

least two-thirds of their team members in a secret ballot can they stay on permanently. There is a conscious effort made not to promote the ‘jerks’ within the company, while the pay system is nothing like Wall Street. The seven-strong executive team, all earn the same salary, which is capped at 19 times the average pay of a full-time worker. Every meeting is wrapped up with ‘appreciations’ to thank team members for their hard work. It may all sound a little airy-fairy to us cynical Europeans but the proof is in the pudding. Fastforward 30 years and the company now has 80,000 staff across 373 shops in the US alone. The results suggest caring leadership is very effective. Happy staff and big earnings!

DIA supermarkets offer only 33 per cent of manufacturers’ new lines in food, drink, cosmetics and cleaning products. Mercadona sells still less, with just 15.8 per cent.

Late payers SPANISH multinational OHL is claiming €116 million from Algeria’s motorways agency, ANA. The amount arises from a €450 million contract awarded in 2006 to construct a second Algiers ring road.

Low aid SPAIN gave just 0.16 per cent of its gross national income to official development aid (ODA) in 2013, according to new OECD figures compared to an average 0.41 per cent OECD average. The UK gave 0.7 per cent - the level recommended by the United Nations.

Vast majority of downloads ‘illegal’ A NEW report on online ‘piracy’ says that a massive 84 per cent of content like films, music and books acquired online in Spain is unlawfully downloaded. The report, which was commissioned by music, videogame, publishing and movie companies, said that more than half of internet users in the country were downloading content illegally in 2013. The report was brought out last week to coincide with a Congressional debate on intellectual property. But the Culture Ministry was left unimpressed by it, calling it a rough opinion study that had been paid for by interested parties. It added that there had been no chance to analyse its findings. Called the Observatory of Privacy and Digital Content Consumer Habits for 2013, the report says that illegal downloads are growing at a rate of 4.6 per cent. The coalition that commissioned the report says that ‘piracy’ is seriously harming the interests of the authors of

ONLINE PIRACY: High in Spain. the works downloaded and causing huge losses to the companies that develop videogames and make movies. The report called for Google, which is the search engine used by the vast majority of people, should do more to combat piracy.


Supply and demand is nature’s way WATCH television any night and there will be at least one plea to save the life of a child who is starving to death or forced to drink filthy water which will cause its death. As a so-called developed nation I suppose we must respond because we can’t stand by and allow this to happen. But this is not a twentieth century problem. It has been like this for thousands of years: famine and drought have been responsible for millions of deaths during the history of this planet. It is the way Mother Nature handles supply and demand not just for the human race, but every species. Millions of pounds have been raised by organisations, governments, and the entertainment industry. Thankfully their efforts have been a great success in saving the lives of thousands of children. But are we not just adding to the problem of supply and demand? I am not suggesting we do not save these young lives, what else can we do? I do not know how many lives have been saved over recent times, but I do know that these children will have grown, married and produced more mouths to feed from still-limited resources. I don’t have a solution. Do you? Tom Hawksworth (by email)

Still at it I WONDER who runs these Microsoft scams. Over the past 18 months or so I’ve had several scam calls. Always a person with a Pakistani or Indian accent addressing me in English although I live in France and answer the phone in French. I think they only target Anglophones, as I’ve not met any French people who have received calls. Sometimes I just tell them that I know it’s a scam, other times I’ve pretended to do what they tell me. I’ve asked them where they’re calling from; once they said the UK but my phone screen showed a Moroccan code. Today they claimed it was California, but

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Spare the rod

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Home cooking WITH regard to the article advocating dry food as best for dogs, I disagree strongly. I feed my two dogs dried food in the morning and either fish, eggs, chicken, chicken liver or hearts in the evening. I buy a chicken carcass cheaply, cook it with carrots in water and give them the meat, which I scrape off, and the carrots. I also do this with bones that I get free of charge from the butcher. Bones that contain marrow they have raw, which they just love. My dogs are very healthy and in extremely good condition. Furthermore, they enjoy their food and never leave any. The only food they often leave behind is the dried food. In addition it costs nothing or next to nothing to feed them this way! Beverley Saunders (by email)

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Special vocab I HAVE had enough of Spain and the total disregard for Brits. Yes, I know we should learn the language and I know a lot but not when it comes to banking. Trying to get a person in a Spanish bank to talk English is virtually impossible. They take billions from us but that’s where it ends. If I had a business that attracted different nationalities I would make sure I could get somebody to speak their language. It’s a bit like Carrefour. You want to buy? Hey ho, perfect English. Returns? Nobody speaks English! I had Spanish lessons in Spain for two years but banking was not


women are just as bad as the men. Derek McMahon (by email)


the number was from Wheaton (Illinois) in the US. Someone locally lost nearly €500 to these scammers, so beware. Rose Marie Hughes, Reynes (France)


covered, so to people who say I have not tried: rubbish. Jim Massey, Benidorm (Alicante)

Which way to turn I HAVE just read Ulrica Marshall’s article regarding Spanish driving and I couldn’t agree more. If they park on pedestrian crossings, corners or loading bays, as long as the hazard lights are flashing that’s alright then! She also mentioned the lack of use of indicators. Mainly they leave the right or left indicators flashing because they know that eventually during their journey they may have to turn in that direction, so why cancel the indicator? Bless’ em. Bob Hall (by email)

No-brainer I REALLY enjoyed Ulrica Marshall’s article in this week’s newspaper. One instance comes to mind when I was driving towards Los Montesinos at 80 kilometres per hour and a motor-cyclist passed me doing a wheelie. If he had landed on his head he wouldn’t have had brain damage as he obviously didn’t have a brain. Don’t take offence, but the

I RECENTLY saw a cartoon in which the counsel for the prosecution asks of the little girl in the witness box: “And can you see the man who refused to buy you a horse?” It was not until I read Leapy Lee’s article about the new Cinderella law that I understood its significance. That’s the trouble with lawmakers: if they don’t make laws they are out of a job. It was okay when we only had 10 laws but now that there are thousands it is difficult to make sensible new ones. The Spanish suffer from this problem more than most. J Glazer, Nerja (Malaga)

Charity queries I HAVE several questions that have been worrying me for some time now. With regard to charities here on the Costa Blanca, are they really charities? Do they really have charitable status? What do their statutes say? Where does all the money raised really go to? Do they have a committee and an annual AGM with a treasurer’s report available for people to view? I have noticed more and more ‘charities’ appearing over the past 10 years and wonder if they are genuine and if people really benefit from them. I am curious and I wonder if anyone else is? Kelly Boluda, Ondara (Alicante)

Jab request IS the new meningitis vaccine that came out in December 2013 in the UK available here? There was a big hoo-ha in the UK because it wasn’t going to be available on the NHS but I don’t care if I have to pay for it for my daughter. The only problem is that when I asked my doctor here he mentioned the two vaccines my daughter already had as a baby and again as a toddler. He seemed to know nothing about the ‘new’ one! It can’t only be England that’s got it, can it? Sarah (by email)

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FINANCE My last article looked at the reforms to personal tax, savings and pensions announced in the UK Budget. Although the pension news was the biggest element, there are other aspects that may affect expatriates. Capital gains tax The capital gains tax annual allowance increases to £11,000 on 6th April 2014. New legislation will ensure that capital gains made by a remittance basis user in the overseas part of a split year are not charged to tax. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement had included the announcement that the exemption from UK capital gains tax afforded to long-term non-residents on the disposal of UK property will be withdrawn from April 2015. The budget did not contain any new information on how it would work, but a consultation was later published on 28th March. It looks like only gains arising from 6th April 2015 on disposals of UKsited residential property will be taxed, but we cannot be certain at this stage. As announced in the Autumn Statement, from this April the Principal Private Residence Relief – the period of deemed ownership where a property has been the main home and is exempt from capital gains


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The UK Budget – How Does It Affect You? Part 2

By Robert Croizat, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks tax – is reduced from 36 months to 18. Property tax Where companies own UK residential property valued at over £2 million, there is an annual tax charge – Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) - currently between £15,000 and £140,000, depending on the value of the property.

New legislation will reduce this threshold to £500,000 and introduce a new range of annual charges. This is effective 1st April 2015 for properties valued at between £1 million and £2 million, and from April 2016 for properties between £500,000 and £1 million. With immediate effect, the 15% rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax applying to purchases of residential property by companies will be extended to properties worth £500,000 or more. Any non-UK residents wishing to restructure out of current enveloped structures will need to focus on doing so in good time before next April. Inheritance tax UK inheritance tax is charged on the net value of a person’s estate, after deducting the nil-rate band, any reliefs and exemptions, and outstanding liabilities. Property situated outside the UK belonging

to, or settled by, a non-UK domiciled individual is ‘excluded property’ and does not form part of a person’s estate. Legislation introduced last year allows a deduction for a liability only if it has not been used to acquire, maintain or enhance excluded property, except in a few specified circumstances. Foreign currency deposits in UK banks are not taken into account in determining the value of a person’s estate if the depositor is non-UK domiciled and non-UK resident at death. Legislation will be introduced in Finance Bill 2014 to treat foreign currency accounts held in UK banks in a similar way to excluded property for the purposes of how liabilities are deducted for inheritance tax. As previously announced, various measures will be introduced to simplify the inheritance tax

treatment of relevant property trusts, including treating retained income as accumulated after five years when calculating the ten year anniversary charge. These changes could have a significant impact on the inheritance tax payable by existing trusts. Most changes are deferred until April 2015, pending further consultation. This is just a summary. It is important to seek specialist advice to clarify how you are affected, particularly when it comes to the interaction between UK and local Spanish taxation, and if you want to explore your new pension options. 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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7:00am Breakfast 10:00am Helicopter Heroes 10:45am Homes Under the Hammer 11:45am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 12:30pm Saints and Scroungers 1:00pm The Great North Passion 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:15pm BBC London News 2:20pm 101 Dalmatians 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 5:45pm Flog It! 6:45pm Pointless 7:30pm BBC News at Six 7:45pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm MasterChef 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Outnumbered 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:15pm BBC London News 11:25pm The Graham Norton Show 12:05am Bad Education 12:35am EastEnders Omnibus 2:30am Weatherview

7:00am Homes Under the Hammer 8:00am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 8:45am Saints and Scroungers 9:15am The Travel Show 9:40am The Road to El Dorado 11:00am Skyrunners 12:30pm Animal Park 1:00pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm King of Kings 4:35pm Coast 5:35pm Becoming Jane 7:30pm Escape to the Continent 8:30pm Great British Menu 9:00pm Mastermind 9:30pm Gardeners' World 10:00pm Natural World 11:00pm The Trip to Italy 11:30pm QI 12:00am Later... with Jools Holland 1:05am Jools Holland: My Life in Music 2:05am Fast and Fearless: Britain's Banger Racers 3:05am Joanna Lumley Meets Will.I.Am 4:05am This is BBC Two

7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20am The Unforgettable... 11:55am Storage Hoarders 1:00pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 1:25pm Mystery Map 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 2:40pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:45pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 6:35pm The Chase 7:30pm ITV News London 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Lewis 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:15pm The Bourne Supremacy 1:15am Jackpot247 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:40am ITV Nightscreen

7:00am Countdown 7:45am Will and Grace 8:10am According to Jim 8:35am King of Queens 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss USA 12:00pm Come Dine with Me 12:30pm Come Dine with Me 1:05pm Come Dine with Me 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm A Place in the Sun 3:40pm Countdown 4:30pm Deal or No Deal 5:30pm Fifteen to One 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm Lent Diaries 9:00pm Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 10:00pm Gogglebox 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man 12:05am 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:50am Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1:15am The King of Comedy 3:00am Random Acts

7:00am Emmerdale 7:30am Emmerdale 8:00am You've Been Framed! Kids Special 8:50am The Hot Desk 9:05am Dennis 10:55am Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties 12:35pm Emmerdale 1:05pm Emmerdale 1:35pm Nancy Drew 3:45pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:50pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:00pm You've Been Framed! 6:35pm Ice Age: The Meltdown 8:15pm Johnny English 10:00pm Knocked Up 12:40am Take Me Out 1:40am Two and a Half Men 2:10am Two and a Half Men 2:35am Mom 3:00am Mom 3:20am Teleshopping



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 9:00am Modern Family 9:30am Modern Family 10:00am Futurama 10:30am Futurama 11:00am Futurama 11:30am Futurama 12:00pm The Middle 12:30pm The Middle 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Modern Family 3:30pm Modern Family

4:00pm The Simpsons 4:30pm The Simpsons 5:00pm The Simpsons 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Star-Crossed 10:00pm David Attenborough's Natural History History Museum Alive

11:30pm Intelligence 12:30am Intelligence 1:30am A League of Their Own 2:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 4:00am Road Wars 5:00am Emergency with Angela Griffin

SkyMoviesComedy/ 7:00am Not Suitable for Children 8:50am Salvation Boulevard 10:35am She Wants Me

•William Holden •Jack Hawkins •Alec Guinness

12:15pm Starsky and Hutch 2:05pm Pitch Perfect 4:05pm The Full Monty 5:45pm Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 7:25pm Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 9:00pm Starsky and Hutch 10:50pm Pitch Perfect 12:50am The Full Monty 2:30am Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 4:10am Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

The Bridge on the River Kwai (Film, 1957) War drama about British prisoners of war who are forced to build a jungle railroad bridge in World War II Indochina, oblivious to a plan by the allies who are set to destroy it. Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

5:40am The Fighting Temptations

SkyMoviesAction/ 10:05am Jack the Giant Slayer Special 10:20am The Bridge on the River Kwai 1:05pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 4:05pm Taken 2 5:45pm The Mummy Returns 8:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

BBC3/ 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes IV: May the Fourth be with You 8:45pm Doctor Who 9:30pm Toy Story 10:45pm Russell Howard's Good News Extra 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:45am Family Guy 1:10am Family Guy 1:30am Kevin and Perry Go Large 2:45am Sweat the Small Stuff 3:15am Impractical Jokers 3:45am Impractical Jokers 4:15am Sweat the Small Stuff 4:45am Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge of the Fifth

Russell Howard’s Good News Extra (Comedy) BBC 3 from 10:45pm to 11:30pm Extended version of the topical comedy show in which Russell Howard offers up an energetic look at global goings-on and finds his own uniquely upbeat angle on the news each week, from over 60 international news channels, 140 worldwide newspapers and over a thousand news clips. Russell and his crack team will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the weird and wonderful stories that have been dominating the media over the past seven days and he is joined by a mystery guest who has featured in the news that week.

BBC4/ 11:00pm Taken 2 12:40am Kill Bill: Vol. 1

SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:00am Regarding Henry 8:50am Beautiful Creatures 11:00am Sleepless in Seattle 12:50pm You've Got Mail 2:50pm Life of Pi 5:05pm Sleepless in Seattle 6:55pm You've Got Mail 9:00pm Life of Pi 11:10pm Cruel Intentions 12:50am The Bodyguard

8:00pm Sacred Music 8:30pm BBC Young Musician 2014 10:00pm Imagine... 11:30pm Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock 12:30am Guitar Heroes at the BBC 1:30am Guitar Heroes on Later... with Jools Holland 2:30am Imagine... 4:00am Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock


E W N 17 - 23 April 2014 / Costa Blanca South







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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm James Martin: Home Comforts 1:00pm Football Focus 1:45pm Saturday Sportsday 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather 2:15pm F1: Grand Prix Qualifying 3:30pm Snooker 5:30pm Final Score 6:15pm Shrek Forever After 7:40pm BBC News 7:50pm Regional News 7:55pm Weather 8:00pm Pointless 8:50pm The National Lottery: In It to Win It 9:40pm Casualty 10:30pm The Guess List 11:10pm BBC News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 12:50am The Football League Show 2:10am Weatherview 2:15am BBC News

7:00am Preview 7:10am Sword of Sherwood Forest 8:30am Great British Menu 9:00am Great British Menu 9:30am Great British Menu 10:00am Great British Menu 10:30am Great British Menu 11:00am Snooker 1:00pm The Great British Bake Off 2:00pm Snooker 3:30pm Henry VIII and His Six Wives 5:30pm Snooker 6:45pm Easter From Kings 2014 8:00pm Snooker 9:00pm University Challenge 10:00pm University Challenge 10:30pm Messiah at the Foundling Hospital 11:30pm Pop Goes BBC Two 1:00am Snooker 1:50am Snooker 3:55am This is BBC Two

7:00am CITV 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Murder, She Wrote 11:30am Dinner Date 12:30pm ITV News and Weather 12:40pm Crocodile Hunter Diaries 1:10pm Never Say Never Again 3:40pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 6:35pm Local News and Weather 6:45pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm Britain's Got Talent 9:20pm Amazing Greys 10:20pm Law and Order: UK 11:15pm The Americans 12:15am ITV News and Weather 12:30am Through the Keyhole 1:25am Jackpot247 4:00am Dinner Date Australia 4:45am ITV Nightscreen


7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am Transworld Sport 8:30am FIM Superbike World Championship 9:00am The Morning Line 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 10:55am The Big Bang Theory 11:25am The Big Bang Theory 11:55am How I Met Your Mother 12:20pm How I Met Your Mother 12:45pm The Simpsons 1:15pm The Simpsons 1:45pm Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2:40pm Channel 4 Racing 5:10pm Come Dine with Me 5:40pm Come Dine with Me 6:10pm Come Dine with Me 6:45pm Come Dine with Me 7:15pm Come Dine with Me 7:45pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Lent Diaries 8:05pm Grand Designs 9:05pm Hostages 10:00pm Taken 11:50pm The Stone Roses: Made of Stone 1:50am Trainspotting 3:25am Hollyoaks Omnibus 5:30am Superscrimpers' Challenge

7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 9:50am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:15pm Tom Daley Goes Global 1:15pm Britain's Got Talent 2:35pm Britain's Got More Talent 3:35pm You've Been Framed! 4:20pm The Hot Desk 4:30pm The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 5:30pm FYI Daily 5:35pm The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 6:50pm Dungeons and Dragons 7:50pm FYI Daily 7:55pm Dungeons and Dragons 9:20pm Britain's Got More Talent 10:20pm You've Been Framed! 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm Crazy Beaches 12:20am Britain's Got Talent 1:40am Britain's Got More Talent 2:40am Fake Reaction 3:15am Dads 3:40am The Hot Desk



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 2:00pm David Attenborough's Natural History History Museum Alive 3:30pm Duck Quacks Don't Echo 4:00pm Futurama 4:30pm Futurama 5:00pm Modern Family

5:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm Modern Family 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm Modern Family 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Storm City 10:00pm Arrow 11:00pm Revolution 12:00am Speed 2:15am A League of Their Own 3:10am A League of Their Own

SkyMoviesComedy/ 5:40am The Fighting Temptations 7:45am Kindergarten Cop 9:45am Ted 11:40am American Reunion 1:40pm Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 3:35pm My Big Fat Greek Wedding 5:25pm Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot 7:00pm Kindergarten Cop

•Clint Eastwood •Hilary Swank •Morgan Freeman •Jay Baruchel

9:00pm American Reunion 11:00pm Ted 12:55am Team America: World Police 2:40am Mad Dog and Glory 4:25am The Hangover Special 4:55am Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot

SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:00am Captain Corelli's Mandolin 9:15am The Top Ten Show 2014

Million Dollar Baby (Film, 2004) Hilary Swank stars in Clint Eastwood's film as Maggie Fitzgerald, a blue-collar woman who believes she can make it to the top in the female boxing ranks. Much against his will, she persuades ageing trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) to take her on, and with his sidekick Eddie ‘ScrapIron’ Dupris (Morgan Freeman), he takes her to the top and a title fight. Which is when the film takes a very different turn and Dunn faces guilt and doubts that conflict with his strict Catholic beliefs.

9:30am One Fine Day 11:30am The Lucky One 1:15pm The Devil Wears Prada 3:15pm John Tucker Must Die 4:55pm Failure to Launch 6:40pm Million Dollar Baby 9:00pm The Devil Wears Prada 11:00pm New Year's Eve 1:05am The English Teacher 2:45am Moonlight Mile

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Man 2 Special 7:00am Dante's Peak 9:00am Jack the Giant Slayer 11:00am The Scorpion King 12:40pm The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 3:45pm Fast and Furious 6 6:00pm Jack the Giant Slayer 8:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 11:00pm Fast and Furious 6 1:15am Demolition Man 3:15am K-19: The Widowmaker

BBC3/ 8:00pm Top Gear 9:20pm Toy Story 2 10:50pm Russell Howard's Good News Extra 11:35pm Family Guy 11:58pm Family Guy 12:21am Family Guy 12:44am Family Guy 1:07am Family Guy 1:30am Youth in Revolt 2:55am In the Flesh 3:50am In the Flesh 4:50am Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge of the Fifth

Toy Story 2 (Film, 1999) BBC 3 from 9:20pm to 10:50pm Slick, hugely entertaining sequel to Toy Story, about a group of toys who come to life when their owner has left the playroom. When Woody is kidnapped by a toy collector, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys set out in hot pursuit. But when Woody meets new friends, including Jessie the feisty cowgirl, will he decide he prefers his new life after all?

BBC4/ 8:00pm Wild Wales 9:00pm Chemistry: A Volatile History

10:00pm Downfall 12:25am Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves 1:25am The Sky at Night 1:55am Solar Storms: The Threat to Planet Earth 2:55am Chemistry: A Volatile History 3:55am Wild Wales


E W N 17 - 23 April 2014 / Costa Blanca South







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7:00am Preview 7:30am Countryfile 8:30am Gardeners World 9:00am The Beechgrove Garden 9:30am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 11:00am Snooker 1:15pm Custer of the West 3:30pm Snooker 7:00pm Davis v Taylor: The '85 Black Ball Final 8:00pm Morecambe and Wise in Pieces 9:00pm 50 Golden Years of Sport on BBC2 10:00pm All About TWO 11:40pm Making of Qi 12:40am Snooker 1:30am Snooker 3:30am Countryfile 4:25am Holby City 5:25am This is BBC Two

7:00am CITV 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Dickinson's Real Deal 11:30am Columbo 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:40pm Crocodile Hunter Diaries 2:10pm The Unforgettable... 2:40pm Big Star's Little Star 3:40pm Britain's Got Talent 4:55pm A View to a Kill 7:20pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 7:45pm Catchphrase 8:30pm Off Their Rockers 9:00pm Endeavour 11:00pm Perspectives 12:00am ITV News and Weather 12:15am Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights 1:15am The Store 3:15am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:45am ITV Nightscreen


7:05am Hoot 8:40am Lassie 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm Secret Eaters 2:35pm The Big Bang Theory 3:05pm The Big Bang Theory 3:35pm How I Met Your Mother 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 4:30pm The Simpsons 5:00pm The Simpsons 5:30pm Deal or No Deal 6:35pm Channel 4 News 7:05pm Lent Diaries 7:10pm Hop 9:00pm For the Love of Cars 10:00pm Fargo 11:30pm Heat 2:35am The Good Wife 3:20am The Hotel 4:15am Secret Removers 5:10am Superscrimpers' Challenge

7:00am Beauty and the Geek 7:45am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:35am Coronation Street Omnibus 1:00pm You've Been Framed! 1:40pm Valiant 2:40pm FYI Daily 2:45pm Valiant 3:15pm Despicable Me 4:15pm FYI Daily 4:20pm Despicable Me 5:15pm Britain's Got Talent 6:30pm Britain's Got More Talent 7:30pm The Lost World 8:30pm FYI Daily 8:35pm The Lost World 10:00pm Quantum of Solace 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm Quantum of Solace 12:10am Hostage 1:10am FYI Daily 1:15am Hostage 2:35am Mom 3:00am The Vampire Diaries 3:40am The Hot Desk 3:50am Teleshopping



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 10:00am The Amazing SpiderMan 2: Special 10:30am Hugh Jackman: Becoming Wolverine 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Storm City 2:00pm Ashley Banjo's Secret

Street Crew 3:00pm Futurama 3:30pm Futurama 4:00pm Duck Quack's Don't Echo 4:30pm Modern Family 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm Modern Family 6:30pm Modern Family

7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm Modern Family 8:00pm About a Boy 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Simpsons 9:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am A League of Their Own 1:00am A League of Their Own

•Daniel Craig •Judi Dench •Javier Bardem •Ralph Fiennes •Naomie Harris

SkyMoviesComedy/ 12:15pm The Top Ten Show 2014 12:30pm Look Who's Talking 2:15pm Look Who's Talking Too 3:45pm Look Who's Talking Now! 5:30pm The Wedding Video 7:20pm Fun with Dick and Jane 9:00pm The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 10:50pm The Cable Guy

Skyfall (Film, 2012) Veteran MI6 agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) is off the map. After dropping seemingly to his death on a failed mission, his presumed demise leaves the job of boss M (Judi Dench) on the line. Back in London, her tenure is scrutinised further when a bomb decimates the MI6 building, forcing their operation underground. Chillingly eloquent villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) claims responsibility, before holding M to ransom with stolen top-secret information.

SkyMoviesAction/ 9:25am Skyfall 11:55am The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3:20pm Mission: Impossible III 5:30pm Skyfall 8:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 11:20pm Mission: Impossible III 1:30am Gladiator

SkyMoviesDrama/ 8:45am Under the Tuscan Sun 10:45am Forces of Nature 12:35pm Sparkle 2:35pm The Great Gatsby 5:00pm Forces of Nature 6:50pm We Bought a Zoo 9:00pm The Great Gatsby 11:30pm The Break-Up 1:20am Cinderella Man

BBC3/ 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Toy Story 3 10:35pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:05pm Family Guy 11:27pm Family Guy 11:50pm Sweat the Small Stuff 12:20am American Dad! 12:42am American Dad! 1:05am Ja'mie: Private School Girl 1:35am Ja'mie: Private School Girl 2:00am Russell Howard's Good News 2:30am Orphan Black 3:15am Orphan Black 4:00am In the Flesh

Family Guy (Animation, 1999) BBC 3 from 11:05pm to 11:50pm Return to the Griffins' version of that galaxy far, far away as their freakin' sweet saga continues with the final instalment of the hilarious three-part Star Wars satire. Following 2005's Family Guy: Blue Harvest and last year's Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side, the Griffins reprise their intergalactic roles in an outrageous retelling of Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the Episode VI: It's a Trap. Guest voices.

BBC4/ 8:00pm The Man in the White Suit 9:25pm The Happiest Days of Your Life 10:45pm The Art of Tommy Cooper 11:15pm The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse 12:45am Arena 1:45am The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 2:15am Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' - Imagine 3:45am Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock


E W N 17 - 23 April 2014 / Costa Blanca South







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11:45am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 12:30pm Saints and Scroungers 1:00pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Regional News 2:20pm Weather 2:25pm 102 Dalmatians 4:00pm Wanted Down Under 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:15pm Regional News 7:25pm Weather 7:30pm The One Show 8:00pm 24 Hours on Earth 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Miranda 10:00pm Jamaica Inn 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Regional News 11:18pm Weather 11:20pm Have I Got a Bit More News for You 12:05am The Graham Norton Show


9:35am Letter from an Unknown Woman 11:00am Snooker 1:00pm The Great British Bake Off 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Escape to the Continent 8:30pm Great British Menu 9:00pm Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester 10:00pm Inside Amazon: Business Boomers 11:00pm Rev 11:30pm All About TWO 1:10am Snooker 2:00am Snooker 4:00am A Very British Renaissance 5:00am This is BBC Two

7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20am The Unforgettable... 11:55am Storage Hoarders 12:55pm All Star Family Fortunes 1:40pm Mystery Map 2:40pm ITV News and Weather 2:55pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 6:35pm The Chase 7:30pm Local News and Weather 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm I Never Knew That About Britain 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This 12:00am ITV News and Weather 12:20am Women Behind Bars 1:15am Jackpot247


8:10am According to Jim 8:35am King of Queens 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss USA 12:00pm Come Dine with Me 12:30pm Come Dine with Me 1:00pm Come Dine with Me 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 3:40pm Countdown 4:30pm Deal or No Deal 5:30pm Fifteen to One 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:30pm Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade 9:00pm Food Unwrapped Easter Special 10:00pm One Born Every Minute 11:00pm Lee Mack Live 12:05am Gogglebox 1:05am Random Acts

7:00am Emmerdale 7:30am Coronation Street 8:00am Coronation Street 8:25am You've Been Framed! 8:50am You've Been Framed! 9:50am The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 10:50am FYI Daily 10:55am The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 12:05pm Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties 1:00pm FYI Daily 1:05pm Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm Coronation Street 2:45pm Coronation Street 3:15pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:20pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:25pm You've Been Framed! 6:30pm Valiant 7:30pm FYI Daily 7:35pm Valiant 8:05pm Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 9:05pm FYI Daily 9:10pm Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 10:00pm Shaun of the Dead 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm Shaun of the Dead 12:00am Educating Joey Essex 1:00am Two and a Half Men



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Attenborough's Natural History 2:30pm Road Wars 3:00pm Emergency with Angela Griffin 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Simpsons 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Modern Family

7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Simpsons 9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Modern Family 10:30pm About a Boy 11:00pm Star-Crossed 12:00am NCIS: Los Angeles

Grease (Film, 1978)

•John Travolta •Olivia Newton-John •Stockard Channing •Jeff Conaway

SkyMoviesComedy/ 1:35pm Grown Ups 2 3:30pm 50 First Dates 5:20pm Happy Gilmore 7:00pm The Longest Yard 9:00pm Grown Ups 2 10:50pm That's My Boy

SkyMoviesDrama/ 10:15am Rock of Ages

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen, who had a summer romance and then meet again at high school. He tries to protect his macho persona against her squeaky clean image, but the tables are turned when Sandy, in a leather costume so tight Newton-John had to be sewn into it, wins his heart. Randal Kleiser's film, based on the original musical, is jammed with show-stopping songs and a stand-out supporting cast, with Stockard Channing as tough girl Rizzo almost eclipsing Sandy.

12:25pm Sweet Charity 3:00pm Grease 5:00pm Grease 2 7:00pm Chicago 9:00pm Grease 11:00pm Grease 2

SkyMoviesAction/ 7:40am The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 10:40am The Lord of the Rings:

The Two Towers 1:40pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 5:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 8:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 11:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2:20am Hammer of the Gods

BBC3/ 8:00pm The Women's Football Show 8:30pm WALL-E 10:00pm Live at the Apollo 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:00pm Teen Killers: Life Without Parole 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:05am EastEnders 1:35am Teen Killers: Life Without Parole 2:35am Orphan Black 3:15am Orphan Black 4:00am Teen Killers: Life Without Parole

WALL-E (Film, 2008) BBC 3 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm Oscar winning animation. After years of tidying up an Earth devoid of humanity hundreds of years in the future, a lonely robot janitor meets a beautiful mechanical scout and follows her across the galaxy.

BBC4/ 8:00pm Rosslyn Chapel 9:00pm The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Rule Britannia! Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century 11:00pm Deep, Down and Dirty: The Science of Soil 12:00am The Real Bonnie and Clyde 1:00am America on a Plate: The Story of the Diner 2:00am Only Connect 2:30am The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney 3:00am Rosslyn Chapel 4:00am Rule Britannia! Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century


17 - 23 April 2014 / Costa Blanca South



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HEN are people going to get it into their heads that most MPs are nothing more than a bunch of immature, overgrown, mainly public, schoolboys? Their antics in the Commons are a continuation of their behaviour in the ‘old school’ debating societies. Likewise, a number of them still retain the sexual practices that are nurtured in the all-boystogether environments they were educated in. It’s the reason former Speaker Betty Boothroyd could keep order far more easily than that Bercow person. Many of them love a dominant woman, a throwback to the nanny and house mistress fantasies of yore. I’ve seen a few of them in action. I remember one wildeyed member approaching me at one of Diana Dors’s more dubious ‘gatherings’ clad in a pair of Y-fronts and a string vest, begging me to take over in the

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT IMMATURE: MPs’ antics in the House of Commons. bedroom as he simply ‘couldn't cope’. I was also acquainted with the boyfriend of the late Lord Boothby who, for services rendered, the Kray twins had ensconced in a Bayswater flat for his lordship to enjoy whenever he felt the urge. I was present when another prominent ‘bowler hat’ was caned for being a ‘naughty boy’. I lost respect for a number of our politicians many years ago. Of course, what, I hear you asking, was I doing in those environments? Ah ha, well I’m afraid you’ll have to read the book for that. (Part Three out this summer - plug plug). The

frightening thing is that our futures are in the hands of these people. Let’s hope that there are enough ‘straights’ in the House to run our country like adults. I know it’s against most popular opinion, but I am beginning to think that Oscar Pistorius’s version of events on that tragic night could possibly be true. He’s obviously an obnoxious, gun-happy young

man, but I feel his story has a ring of truth to it. I know one thing I’m glad it’s not me facing the ‘bull terrier’ prosecutor Nel. Whoever he thought was behind the door when he started blasting away was posing no threat at the time. Therefore, the best he can hope for would be culpable homicide. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating case and one that has, in the

light of the danger and gun culture that exists out there, made me grateful that I didn’t go through with my intention to emigrate to South Africa in the mid-70s! And that’s about it. Good luck to my little David in his Karate championships this week. Keep the faith Love Leapy


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Ask the Dust (Film, 2006)


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HERE’S been much press coverage recently concerning the former UK’s Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s controversial expenses and begrudgingly belated resignation. Isn’t it amazing how, once again, senior politicians show how totally disconnected they are from the public mood over their expenses? The humiliating apologies dredged up one after the other, after the scandal broke in 2009, look even more phony and disingenuous now than then. Like bankers, politicians seem to have learned nothing from their misconduct. There’s nothing but hot air, lip service and a stubborn refusal to face up to reality followed by phrases like ‘we’ve all learned the lessons,’ ‘we’ve moved on,’ ‘the system’s

been overhauled.’ I know I bang on about MPs’ expenses, the NHS, the BBC, the police service and so on. My rationale is that by drawing repeated attention to these issues can there be any hope of change. Basically, the whole expenses system is still an easy target. It needs to be looked at from scratch by those with proven experience and a track record in the area. The Government doesn’t think twice about getting the private sector to manage school exams, run prisons and trains and deliver the post. Why doesn’t it use the same formula to police its own expenses? Are you tired too, like me, of hearing the phrase ‘it’s only a few’ who make ‘mistakes’ - about the police, the NHS and any organisation where wrongdoing’s

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uncovered? Now, if that’s the case, why are the majority so incompetent or not up to dealing with ‘the few’ when it happens time and again? It might explain the first occurrence, but shouldn’t repeated wrongdoing ring alarm bells: that wrongdoing’s maybe becoming increasingly par for the course? There’s no justification for what politicians like Maria Miller did in the eyes of the ordinary voter. Ordinary citizens are prosecuted for benefit fiddling and non-

SCANDALOUS: There’s no justification for MPs’ misconduct. payment of TV licences. It’s unlikely there’s a single business in the UK where employees are permitted to act as judge and jury over their own expenses and, if found making a ‘mistake,’ are permitted to ‘apologise’ and get away with it for so long - until forced to resign. Why should Parliament be any different? Oh, I forgot, that’s an entirely

different matter. Truth stranger than fiction? You couldn’t make it up.

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HE unwillingness of many English speakers to learn Spanish is an unedifying trait. The Spanish, bless them, just sigh and raise their eyebrows. One senses stoic acceptance of their language’s inferiority. Spaniards have little reason to complain. Despite Spain’s economy being largely dependent on English-speaking tourism, just 22 per cent bother to learn English. The Spanish and French are simply not good at playing second fiddle to the superiority of the English language. In Sweden, another foreign country, 86 per cent do speak English. English is now the world’s most commonly spoken

language. Familiar to half the world’s population it is said to be the first international language, certainly of business. This might have something to do with the English-speaking world being superior at international trade. Let us not be too quick to condemn this peculiarity as do others. I am reminded of Joseph Conrad, the Polish writer. His mastery of the English language brought him international acclaim. Sadly, his being beneficiary of our mother tongue was on occasion abused. “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.” Oh, hark at him! In a tally of European inspired wars from the 12th century to 1925, the Spanish spent the highest

LEARNING: English is the most commonly spoken language. percentage of years (67 per cent) at war. England haplessly trailed in third place (56 per cent). Poland by the way, Conrad’s homeland, won the silver cutlass with 58 per cent years of war to its credit. If the Spanish can claim the podium for cutlass diplomacy, why not the English speakers for giving the world a language?

That is by-the-by; back to language and the solution is perfectly clear to me. Is it not true that English speakers do not make an effort. However, each time they try to use the lingo, a smart-ass Spaniard says: “Don’t bother, I speak English.” They must be the one in five you must take every day. So here is the cunning plan. The Spanish must accept

English as their mothertongue. Others do; the Paddies and Taffies. It will be necessary to relegate Spain’s pidgin-Latin to an also-ran or linguistic hobby. This is a perfectly reasonable solution, who could possibly argue with it? Keep your sombreros on; no one suggests that Spaniards wear John Bull outfits, fly the Union Flag, get legless at weekends or give up their asses. Just learn English. English is a cosmopolitan language but in truth is not a language at all. English is pidgin European. A linguistic stew, the main ingredients of English being Latin, pidgin-French, German, Arabic, Indian, now Punjabi and a sprinkling of other exotica. You see, the English do know lots of languages. More than those clever Scandinavians and Belgians do. If we can be multilingual, the Spanish can too.


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The lady vanishes Cassandra Nash

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


SPERANZA AGUIRRE was a former minister with Aznar and is expresident of the Madrid autonomous region. She is regional president of the Partido Popular and her husband is a marquis. In 2008 when Mariano Rajoy lost a general election for the second time running, this very formidable lady tried unsuccessfully to topple him. It is an open secret that Aguirre has her eye on Madrid City Hall, hoping to be chosen as mayoral candidate in the 2015 municipal elections. To the relief of the incumbent Ana Botella, she probably ruined her chances by overreacting to a traffic fine after parking in a Madrid bus lane. Deceptively approachable and amiable, Aguirre showed her imperious side by driving off and knocking over a traffic policeman’s motorcycle. She scarpered, Aguirre said later, because the policemen were sexist,

wanting her to be seen in a bad light and photographed by passers-by. Apart from the photographs she made a better job of it than they did. As for playing the gender card, even her critics believed she was made of sterner stuff.

Justice law backfires SPAIN’s Universal Justice law has already backfired. Aimed at discouraging Spanish judges from investigating human rights’ cases outside Spain, it will hamper the pursuit of common crime. The new law authorising intervention only when offences are aimed at Spain invalidates an anti-drugs operation last March and eight Egyptians who were remanded at the time have been freed. There were no Spanish links to the €60 million hashish shipment destined for Libya that was intercepted in international waters off Almeria last March, ruled national high court judge Fernando Andreu. ESPERANZA AGUIRRE: Thought to be made of sterner stuff.

Clipping the wings of celebrity judges could turn out to cause more trouble than it prevents.

Time and a place CARDINAL ROUCO used Adolfo Suarez’s memorial service to give a political message, implying conditions exist for another civil war. The message was ignored, but the medium was not. Suarez was a practising Catholic but refrained from thrusting his religion down Spanish throats, as at least 50 per cent are anticlerical.


Geography lesson CONDEMNATION of Crimea’s referendum and subsequent annexation by Russia caught Cataluña on the hop. The EU’s disapproval came as a blow to pro-independence Catalans convinced that Brussels will not leave them in the lurch should the region leave Spain. Francesc Homs, who heads the Cataluña regional government’s department of Foreign Affairs, hastened to explain the differences between the Crimea independence referendum and Cataluña’s. “Those who link Cataluña and Crimea deliberately obscure the real situation to create confusion,” said a stern Homs. “Any of our international partners can explain the difference between Barcelona and Simferopol.” Many Spaniards outside Cataluña and some inside would doubtless like to hear them.



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Orwell’s bitter-sweet Spanish experiences had a great effect Bruce Walbran Historically Speaking! Bruce - a former UK career linguist - has studied national history and culture for years. A Spanish resident for two decades, he lives in Alfaz del Pi, near Benidorm.


S far as 20th century writers go George Orwell is easily one of the most influential. This is mainly due to his determination to take on social injustices. To do this he realised he had to fully immerse himself in the lives and lifestyles of those who were being unjustly treated. In his late 20s he spent months living on the roads and in doss-houses to better acquaint himself with the lot of the poor and the dispossessed, recounting his experiences in ‘Down and out in Paris and London.’ In the industrial north he lodged with mining families and factory workers in order to graphically document the squalor in which the working classes lived during the 1930s.

ORWELL: Arrived in Spain during the Civil War. He recounted his experiences in the book, ‘The Road to Wigan Pier,’ a clear political discourse on the futile nature of life on the bottom tier of an industrial society. But it was his bitter-sweet experiences in Spain which probably had the greatest effect on the then 33-year-old writer. Orwell arrived in Barcelona five months after the Civil War started. He had intended to write newspaper articles but was swept up by the revolutionary atmosphere and joined the militia.

In his book, ‘Homage to Catalonia’ published two years later, he wrote of his first impressions; the contented and hopeful nature of the people of Barcelona who had effectively socialised their city. But it went tragically awry. Orwell had joined the newly-formed POUM, which was a Marxist faction of the Republican Army. Its ideology was one of socialist revolution for all the workers of the world, not just Spain; and its appeal in the primary

stages of the war spread quickly. Unfortunately for the POUM, the main foreign, financial backer of the republican cause was Uncle Joe Stalin and worldwide social revolution was the last thing on his mind. The Soviet Union needed investment and trade deals from the western capitalist democracies to industrialise. It had to distance itself from any idea of Marxistbased revolution, anathema to capitalism. It could not be seen to be providing financial and material aid to the Republic while the Republic contained ‘troublesome’ elements within its ranks. Orwell saw it all. From the heady days of workers’ equality to the tragedy of betrayal brought on by pressure from the Soviet Union, the so-called socialist Utopia more interested in capitalist trade than communist revolution. He satirised this beautifully in ‘Animal Farm’ but it was in ‘1984’ where he most powerfully exposed the criminality in communism, creating a chilling dystopia where even thinking thoughts that were contrary to the interests of the Party was a crime.

Are expatriates the odd ones out? T

HE shelves of English bookstores are full of them: the quaint and rustic accounts of expats arriving here in Spain. Some find that the neighbour’s sheep eat their orchard, the plumber who finally turns up weeks late to discover there are in fact no tubes installed or some sourly locals who are eventually won over and end up donating a kidney to save your life. Like me, I am sure you’ve read a few. But there is of course the more forgotten flip-side of the coin; the oddities we presumably appear to be to the locals. We may seem extremely normal to ourselves but even the language suggests that they have allocated certain traits to each nationality. There is the ‘despedirse a la

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francesa’ which colloquially means leaving without saying goodbye. There is also ‘hacerse el sueco’ which broadly means pretending not to hear something or the ‘puntualidad inglesa,’ because the English are, apparently, always on time. Now, unlike tourists, foreign residents in Spain may make greater efforts in blending in to our new environment. Most of us are Europeans after all and we should, according to the bureaucrats in Brussels, be indistinguishable from one another, treated equally and

GUESTS: Playing host to sheep for tea.

singing a European national anthem rather than our own. Yet, reality is a tad different. A reliable local source has explained (over a copa or two) that we, the foreigners residing here, are referred to as ‘guiris’ and that as many of us tend to live in the same neighbourhoods, these are called ‘Guirilandia’. Whilst the origin of this term may have derogative implications, the same source assures me that in the strict hierarchy of society in Spain, we are far from the bottom

ranks. Younger Spaniards are more welcoming of us guiris, the source then explained, while older generations still live in the vacuum left by Franco’s dictatorship and tend to be more resistant to change. To many, we range from ‘curiosities’ to ‘necessary evils’. Bearing in mind that Spain was practically a closed

country until the 1970s, it is not surprising that we are regarded with some suspicion. Even so, it seems our love affair with Spain remains strong; perhaps we all have to try to be just a little more respectful of our differences. Even if it means having the neighbour’s sheep over for high tea.


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CHECK: Early detection saves lives.

Testicular cancer seen in young men

TESTICULAR cancer is the most common solid tumour in men between 15 and 35 years. As a result, the Spanish Association of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer (AAA) has launched a campaign to promote early diagnosis within this target age group. Coinciding with the recent World Health Day, the AAA has introduced a campaign using direct language aimed at raising awareness among adolescents and young people about the importance of overcoming any embarrassment to seek medical checks and advice. //

President of the AAA, Rocio Nogueroles, said that these campaigns “are key to providing visibility amongst adolescents and young people and their families to this problem. The taboo on cancer worsens the prognosis and survival rate, early detection significantly improves the diagnosis.� Testicular tumours can reach a large size before diagnosis. For this reason, experts stress the need to make young men aware that they should see a doctor as soon as there is any form of testicular pain, testicular swelling or changes.


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Is ‘for better or worse’ dying out? With a recent survey revealing that nearly a quarter of newlyweds expect to divorce, is


NN MARTIN from Benitachell (Alicante) has been married for 35 years. She is shocked by the survey saying nearly a quarter of newlyweds expect to divorce. “There is no point in getting into marriage thinking it will fail.” She added: “I think it is too easy to get out of marriage and to get divorced. Around 80 per cent of my acquaintances are divorced but I’m sure they didn’t get married thinking it would end.” Rebecca Lawson is a small business owner from Fuengirola (Malaga). Although the 29-year-old is young she has traditionalist views. “I think traditional wedding vows should be just that. A vow is not something you go into thinking that hopefully there’s an escape clause. You do it because you are committed, 100 per cent. Otherwise, don’t make the vow,” she said. Darrell Clayton, a DJ from Gata de Gorgos (Alicante), is on his second marriage and really believes it is ‘for

the phrase ‘for better or worse’ dying out? Should people stay together for life, or


ANN MARTIN: Married 35 years.

should they accept that they may grow apart and split up?

better or worse.’ “I married her purely remarked: “I know so many people for love and it is forever. I would who have divorced who never not survive without her.” He expected to. It’s not that they STAN joked his first marriage to a didn’t love each other at JAYSON: Dutch lady ended because one point. I like to think Maybe it’s “she was very expensive!” that those who say too easy to something like ‘for better or Stan Jayson for worse’ truly mean it at divorce from Mojacar the time. Maybe it’s too easy (Almeria) said he to divorce and go back on those doesn’t want to vows. Maybe they never should have think the phrase is made them in the first place.” dying out, but Allison Beard from Algorfa maybe it is. The 58- (Alicante) has been married since year-old retired 2006. After meeting her husband in engineer Spain whilst on holiday, Allison moved over from the UK a month after getting together as a couple, ALLISON showing that romance is certainly BEARD: alive and well. “Unfortunately, a lot Met husband in of couples do get divorced, many times for reasons out of their Spain and control. But I think it is really sad to moved over think that a quarter of couples go to be with into a marriage union expecting it to him. end,” she said.


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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.’ Jimi Hendrix

in history

Women’s wit

753 BC: Rome founded. Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome on the site where they were mothered by a she-wolf. 1775: The American Revolution begins in Lexington when ‘the shot heard around the world’ is fired. 1815: The Tambora volcano in Indonesia erupts killing almost 100,000 people. This was the largest eruption ever recorded and its effects were felt throughout the world. 1841: The first detective story is published. Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ is generally considered to be the first detective story. 1902: Marie and Pierre Currie successfully isolate radioactive radium salts from the mineral pitchblende. Radium and polonium are discovered. 1906: An earthquake that registers 8 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, toppling buildings and killing hundreds. 1943: In Warsaw, the capital of Poland, Nazi forces trying to clean out the city’s Jewish ghetto are met by resistance forces - the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins. 1945: The Red Army enters the outskirts of Berlin. Russian troops capture outlying suburbs in a bitter battle for control of the city. 1959: The CIA-financed invasion of the Bay of Pigs begins. Cuban refugees land in Cuba in an attempt to topple Castro - they fail miserably. 1974: The ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland claim their 1,000th life - a petrol station owner from County Fermanagh. 1983: A suicide bomber in a car almost completely destroys the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people including the bomber. 1999: The massacre at Columbine high school takes place. Two teenage gunmen kill 13 in a shooting spree at their high school in Littleton, Colorado.

For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman.’

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Outside influences and pressures make it hard to concentrate. However, finances in particular need attention, so do not be distracted by others trying to put a finger into your 'pie'. Do not be concerned about making changes in your social life because this, in turn, will sort out some of your more immediate practical problems. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Being unusually uncertain of yourself this week could throw confusion into your ordered life. There is a partnership problem to be sorted out. Links with personal matters, however, make this tricky. Let some time pass so that someone close can get the message without feeling pressured. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Some loss of control over a project is irksome. A new start that seemed so promising seems to be going off course. A real injection of time and effort will make all the difference, however. Midweek, you see things going in the right direction again. Keep finances simple and try not to combine business with pleasure. VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) You are holding a good hand. Deal with the right people and the rewards are high. There is potential for being cheated out of something that is morally yours, so it may be necessary to be 'difficult' or 'awkward' to get what you deserve. Some things you only get one shot at. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Being a brave and forthright soul, it is easy this week to dispel the negative thoughts of others. A relationship that makes you hesitate













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Closed, 3 Course, 4 Packed, Clothe, 7 Pamper, 8 Stitch, Poised, 11 Theirs, 12 Advice, Factor, 15 Novels, 16 Raised, Desire, 19 Banner

Your Stars

April 17: Sean Bean, 54. Actor. Perhaps best known for his role as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones he is also an acclaimed stage actor who has appeared in many Royal Shakespeare Company plays. April 19: Tim Curry, 67. Actor. Curry rose to fame with the cult favourite ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ but he is also a singer, composer and voice-over artist. He usually plays the role of the villain.

April 18: Nuria Fergo. Singer/Actress. Born in Nerja, Malaga, this Spanish singer first came to fame in the popular ‘Operacion Triunfo 2001.’ She has taken part in several TV programmes, sold over half a million records, given over 300 concerts and released five albums; she debuted on the music market in 2002 with Brisa de Esperanza. This year she will debut on the stage in ‘Lucia, la maga.’


could be of great benefit to you. There is little to lose by 'going for it'. The outcome could be beyond your dreams, something that you have not had many of lately.

burns? This may be you at the moment. Avoid wasting time with certain individuals and projects. A little extra effort in other directions, however, yields great results.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Hidden forces are working away in the background. These give good and bad influences but life will not be dull this week. Sometimes you wish others would leave you alone more. Not that you are being anti-social. We all reach a point when we need space to think.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Avoiding a decision will not help this week. Who will deal with this matter but you? A relationship is threatened if you do not make a move. Will loved ones always be there for us no matter how much we neglect them? Why take such a chance? We only get out of life what there is willingness to put in.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Petty arguments should be forgotten. More important things are afoot. Have you heard about fiddling while Rome



IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Taureans can be elusive and even slippery customers. Making use of the element of surprise serves you well. Keeping rivals guessing puts you well ahead of the game in many respects.

April 20: George Takei, 76. TV actor. His most famous role was as Mr Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise, on the original series of Star Trek but he also worked on dubbing the English version of Godzilla.





TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Be determined not to be intimidated by someone who thinks that they are superior. Decide who you will take advice (or orders) from and stick to it. You are not the person that you were in the past and others need to realise it.

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April 21: Queen Elizabeth II, 87. Royalty. Constitutional monarch of 16 countries and Supreme Governor of the Church of England; she is one of the longest reigning monarchs in British history.

BY GEORGE Next Wednesday, April 23, is the feast day of St George, the patron saint of England, so this week’s quiz is all about famous English people named George 1. Born in Manor Park, London in 1945, which darts player/presenter is widely recognised as one of the game’s biggest personalities, known for his flamboyant entrances in which he makes his way to the stage bedecked in jewellery, wearing a crown and cloak and holding a candelabra to the sound of Queen’s We Are the Champions? 2. Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is the real name of which English musician, singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist and record producer? 3. The films Trouble Brewing (1939), Turned Out Nice Again (1941) and Much Too Shy (1942) all starred which British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian, born in Wigan in May 1904? 4. What are either of Prince George of Cambridge’s other two first names? 5. What is singer-songwriter Boy George’s real surname? 6. Which English actor and writer was best known for portraying Tiberius in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries? 7. Which English comedy performer is best remembered for her one-woman shows and monologues, in which she invented roles including a ‘harassed nursery teacher’ who was forever saying: “George… don’t do that!”? 8. Which English film and television actor was the voice of the malevolent man-hating tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)?

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


April 22: Jack Nicholson, 76. Film actor. Oscar winning actor Nicholson is perhaps best known for playing psychopaths in several horror films including ‘Th’e Shining. He is also a director, producer and writer. April 23: William Shakespeare. Author. Elizabethan play writer and poet widely regarded as the most influential writer in English literature. Author of 38 plays and 154 sonnets he is perhaps best known for Hamlet. that recent experiences have sapped your confidence, but I have a message for you. Now is the time that you are most likely to make progress in your chosen field. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Let others whinge if they will. Being determined to get your own way, they will stand little chance. Recent disagreements have left a sour taste. In the best of worlds, things will not always go your way. Life would be boring if that were the case. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Awkward situations usually bring out the best in you and this week proves that. In the longer term, you will be grateful to those making things difficult now.

Average: 16 Good: 20 Very good: 29 Excellent: 36

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION aced, acme, acne, acre, arco, came, cane, card, care, coda, code, coma, come, cone, cord, core, corm, corn, cram, cran, cred, dace, deco, mace, marc, narc, once, orca, race, acorn, acred, arced, cadre, cameo, caned, caner, canoe, cared, carom, cedar, coder, comer, comma, coned, cored, crane, cream, credo, crone, dance, decor, macer, macro, nacre, narco, ocean, raced, recon, candor, canoed, carmen, cornea, corned, craned, dancer, deacon, macron, caromed, command, commend, comrade, crammed, romance, romanced, COMMANDER

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




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Unscramble the name of a famous television comedy panel game (two words): GHOST ARSONIST

Across 7 Understand in depth (6) 8 A Brie I made from the peninsula (6) 9 Dust off a form of poker (4) 10 Hurry preparation for set point (4,2,2) 11 Locks vessel in trees (7) 13 Disc about a period behind bars (5) 15 A Southern state is to test metal (5) 17 Afterwards a learner gets in the side (7) 20 Claret is drunk at these concerts (8) 21 The prime minister went round the queen for a hairdo (4) 22 King discovered echo in ravine (6) 23 A British way found in other places (6)

Unscramble the name of a famous 19th century German composer: REWARD CHAGRIN FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: SHOOTING STARS, RICHARD WAGNER

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and found out it was non alcoholic (8) 6 Restricted in E-fit version (6) 12 Someone from Barcelona and Paris, maybe (8) 14 Cover laurel for cable winder (7)

16 Given directions to garden in the country (6) 18 I brag about revolutionary car safety device (3,3) 19 Horses from the farm are saddled (5) 21 Left some reports (4)

Code Breaker


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 9 represents B and 7 represents Z, so fill in B every time the figure 9 appears and Z every time the figure 7 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Extreme (6) 4 Frighten (5) 8 Songbirds (5) 9 Rich and superior in quality (7) 10 Garments (7) 11 Heavenly body (4) 12 See 18 14 List of choices (4) 15 Deficiency (4) 18/12 Defraud (3,3) 21 Dutch cheese (4) 23 Pungent gas (NH3) (7) 25 Of great consequence (7) 26 Sound of any kind (5) 27 Sugary (5)

28 Appealing to the emotions as well as the eye (6) Down 1 Choose (6) 2 Long-winded (7) 3 Busy travel period (4,4) 4 Avoid deliberately (4) 5 Accomplished (5) 6 Complete (6) 7 Body part (5) 13 Large wading bird (8) 16 Place limits on (7) 17 Against (6) 19 Brief halt (5) 20 In the recent past (6) 22 Accord (5) 24 Water vessel (4)

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

BOARD Answers: Mixed doubles, Half board

Down 1 Possibly strafe more quickly (6) 2 Some reach a delightful place in Africa (4) 3 Sam is back in the shed very drunk (7) 4 Homes for Queens or the workers (5) 5 Drank demon ale in confusion


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Consul, 4 Serial, 7 Discharge, 9 Suet, 10 Asia, 11 Relic, 13 Slogan, 14 Choice, 15 Search, 17 Treats, 19 Hague, 20 Open, 22 Hear, 23 Sapphires, 24 Edison, 25 Snares. Down: 1 Crisis, 2 Suit, 3 Lichen, 4 Static, 5 Riga, 6 Legate, 7 Decorates, 8 Estimates, 11 Ranch, 12 Chore, 15 Snooze, 16 Harp on, 17 Tunics, 18 Stress, 21 Nags, 22 Hera. QUICK Across: 1 Scald, 3 Debut, 7 Academy, 9 Shawl, 10 Audio, 11 Confess, 12 Summer, 14 Fakers, 18 Eminent, 20 Occur, 22 Extra, 23 Luggage, 24 Needs, 25 Clean.

Across 1 Avestruces (9) 8 Hedgehog (5) 9 Used (second-hand) (5) 11 Cup (vessel, amount) (4) 12 Almost (4) 14 Amanecer (4) 16 Each (4) 19 Toalla (5) 21 Free (at liberty) (5) 22 Sirloin steak (9)

Down 2 Espinillas (5) 3 Raíz (de planta) (4) 4 Cross (sign, decoration) (4) 5 That (f) (3) 6 Rescue (7) 7 Más joven (7) 10 Triste (persona) (3) 13 Hielo (3) 15 Tree (5) 17 Something (4) 18 There (4) 20 Quién (interrogativo) (3)

Down: 1 Scarabs, 2 Award, 3 Dry ice, 4 Basin, 5 Trapeze, 6 Calls, 8 Erode, 13 Moisten, 15 Among, 16 Surgeon, 17 Stalls, 18 Eject, 19 Evade, 21 Chase. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Flaco, 4 Leave, 7 Margarita, 8 Tal, 10 Dad, 15 Enamorado, 17 Ridge, 18 Ahora. Down: 1 Face, 2 Arm, 3 Otro, 4 Lead, 5 Amiga, 6 Edad, 9 Ataud, 11 Beer, 12 Bone, 13 Baya, 14 Cura, 16 Oro.


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THE jet plane is one of the pinnacles of modern design achievement. We live in the jet age but there are some things even frequent fliers might not know about, here are 10 of them. 1. The engines contain explosive charges; each engine comes equipped with one, sometimes two, explosive charges known as ‘squibs.’ These charges are used to combat engine fires. 2. The plane you just boarded may be broken. All airlines have a Minimum 1 what they Equipment List which tells them need for any particular flight; this means that most planes are flying around with just the bare minimum in working order. 3. Cabin air comes from the engines not the outside. At the altitudes that commercial airliners fly the air is far too thin for a person to breathe and stay alive; the solution was to take air from the engines that is denser, and funnel it into the cabin for the passengers. 4. Emergency decompression is horrific. When an aircraft decompresses the air that enters it is so thin that there is only enough oxygen to keep you alive for between 30 and 45 seconds.

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everyone would be panicking. 8. Electronic devices, including phones, have no effect on the aircraft’s systems. No evidence of interference by a phone, or anything else, has ever been found. 9. Pilot’s phones have caused accidents. The closer the plane gets to the ground the stronger the signal and the pilots sometimes answer their phones when they shouldn’t.

author, his work has been translated into over 40 languages, selling 23 million copies.

10. Minimal fuel is actually a good thing. The more fuel carried the more fuel is needed - minimal fuel lowers not only the cost but the risk of flying around on top of a potential fire-bomb.

MASKS: Only last for around 12 minutes.

5. Oxygen masks don’t last very long. Those little yellow masks that drop down in the event of an emergency will run out after around 12 minutes.

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controlled experiments. When a group of passengers are in a simulation they exit the plane calmly which does not reflect what would happen in the event of a crash when

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



Average: 18 Good: 23 Very good: 33 Excellent: 41

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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION reeve, rear, rennet, rote, roan, roar, teen, teenier, tore, tone, toner, tonne, tonier, tenor, tenon, gene, genre, genera, genie, gone, gonna, goner, earn, even, evener, oven, aeon, anon, neon, near, note, none, nevi, nine, novena, veer, veto, veneer, vote, voter, vine, vino, vein, ranee, rani, rein, earner, inner


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TAJ MAHAL: Established for a decade in Benimar, Benijofar. garments, paintings and murals. There is also a large outside terrace,

perfect for al fresco dining now the long summer nights are quickly approaching. Whilst it is a pleasure to dine out in the surroundings of the Taj Mahal, food is of course at it’s heart. All curries are made freshly with authentic spices from India. Any dish can be prepared to a customer’s preference whether they want it mild, medium or hot. Tandoori dishes, cooked in a loam oven and served on a hot sizzler are a speciality but there is something for everyone from salads and samosas to biryani and baltis. Diners can choose anything from a mild korma to a hot vindaloo and there is a choice of speciality rices, noodles and breads to accompany

your meal. Platters and set menus are also available for two, four or six people. Taj Mahal is open every lunch time from 12-4pm and this is the perfect time to sample their cuisine at highly affordable prices with their three-course menu del dia costing €8.95 including a drink. The restaurant reopens at 6pm where, as well as the complete and extensive menu, a threecourse menu de la noche is available for €9.95. A full take-away service is available and with every order over €20 you receive a free bottle of wine.

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The best of Spanish beers SPAIN is better known for its wines but they also produce some excellent beers here are some of the best of the local amber nectars. Damm Inedit - This beer was created in conjunction with Ferran Adria (of El Bulli fame) and is made with cilantro in the hop mix as well as some orange peel and liquorish. Proof: 4.8º. Price: €3.90 for a 75cl bottle. Alhambra 1925 - This beverage has a distinctive caramel taste followed by a slightly bitter, refreshing aftertaste. Proof: 6.8º. Price: €1 for a 33cl bottle. Mahou cinco estrellas A real classic and especially refreshing; it has a light acidity and a taste of toasted hops. Proof: 5.5º. Price: €2.70 for a 25cl six-pack. San Miguel 1516 Spain’s best known

BEER: Not such a simple choice. brewing house has a range of offers but this one is the top with a fresh, bitter taste. Proof: 4.2º. Price: €0.80 for a 33cl bottle. Cruz Campo Gran Reserva 1904 - This draft is made from 100 per cent best quality malt. It has an intense and balanced taste with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Proof; 6.4º. Price: €1 for a 33cl

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Champagne and cava bubbles THESE most festive of drinks wouldn’t be the same without their characteristic bubbles. The bubbles in Champagne and cava form because they go through two fermentation processes, the first to change the grape juice into wine and the second to change the wine into Champagne or cava.

It is this second fermentation, with yeasts and sugars, which produces an abundance of CO2 which can let out up to 30 bubbles per second. Bubbles in Champagne and cava are essential not only for the look of the drink but also for the sensation on the tongue; they should have a life of their own!


Carrefour brings out in-store shopping app SHOPPING in an unfamiliar supermarket, when you don’t know the layout, can be a real problem but now supermarket giant Carrefour has brought out an app to help shoppers find the food they are looking for in their shops. C-ou is the name of the app brought out by Carrefour, available for iOS and Android, which will help shoppers find their way around supermarkets without having to walk down every single aisle, examining every shelf until they finally find what they want. All the app needs is the name, either by brand or generic, of the product being looked for and then it shows a map of the

C-OU: A new app to find your shopping. supermarket with a red dot where the product in question is located. Apart from guiding them around the shop the app also informs shoppers of any special promotions and

will suggest recipes based on the ingredients in their baskets. At the moment it is only available in France but, hopefully, their franchises will soon follow.


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Leading paint and paint supplies with expert help BROCHACOLOR is the leading paint suppliers on the Costa Blanca. They have been serving the trade and general public since 1992 and now have two large warehouse stores, one in Torrevieja at the Casa Grande Industrial Estate and the other in Formentera next to the British Indoor Market. They cater for every need from the professional painter to the home DIY enthusiast and have an unrivalled choice of paints

BROCHACOLOR: Next to British Indoor Market. LEADING SUPPLIER: For a wide range of paints. for all types of jobs, so whether you are painting the exterior of a large building or just touching up some wood or metal work,

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on what you need for the specific job, the latest products you can use and even which brushes and rollers will make it quicker and easier to complete. There are over 40,000 colours in stock and paints from top brands such as Monto, Adoral, Bruguer and Titan but a mixing service is also available in store so the exact colour can be created for you while you wait. Accessories for all types of painters are available and even canvases so you can create your own artwork. A wide range of wallpaper catalogues are also available for you to design something different and bring back some pattern on to your walls with all wallpaper available to order. Brochacolor in Torrevieja is open from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and from 8.30am-1.30pm Saturdays. Formentera is open 8am2pm and 4-8pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. For more information or to get expert advice and quality and affordable paints, call or drop in to one of the stores. Brochacolor Calle Acacio Rebagliato Pamies, Torrevieja 966 700 006 Poligono Industrial Los Nazarios, Formentera 966 792 053


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To buy or not to buy that is the question THE British mentality has always leant towards buying but, in these times of a housing crisis, the better option may well be to rent. At one time renting was considered similar to throwing money away, but

with the latest conditions to get a mortgage in Spain making things even harder, where between 20 and 40 per cent of the total purchase price must be given as a deposit, it makes more and more sense to rent. Current thinking is that

if you want to be in a central, residential zone then it’s better to rent, but if you want to be out in the countryside then buying is the best option. Renting has many benefits for the tenant, including no worries about any household repairs, such as the washing machine breaking or the walls needing a coat of paint. Also, as the money saved on the downpayment can be put to other uses, there is no feeling of being stuck. Just a month’s notice and the property goes back to its owner. IN TOWN: Renting is best, but in the countryside, buying is best option.


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Campoverde Theatre Group donate €250 to Reach Out CAMPOVERDE Theatre Group were delighted to present further funds to another worthwhile charity from the proceeds of their February pantomime Robinson Crusoe. This time Reach Out of Torrevieja were presented with a cheque to the value €250 to help them provide for the many needy families who use their services. Some of the members of Campoverde

Theatre Group were shown the various aspects of the work of this very special charity and everyone was impressed with the help provided by Reach Out to people and families in need in this time of crisis. Karolina of Reach Out detailed the way all donations to the charity contribute towards supporting very needy and destitute families that have no other form of support.

The geriatric check-up CARING for an older cat is directed at preventing premature ageing, minimising physical and emotional stress, and meeting the special needs of the elderly. Cats older than seven should have a complete veterinary examination at least once a year - often twice a year is preferred. If the health of the cat is questionable, it should be seen by a veterinarian more often. If symptoms appear, it should be seen at once. The annual geriatric check-up should include a physical examination, complete blood count, blood chemistries, stool exam and urinalysis. Depending on the results, special liver and kidney function tests, a chest X-ray, and an electrocardiogram may also

be needed. Some veterinary clinics include checking blood pressure as part of the geriatric exam for cats. Thyroid hormone levels, such as T4, are also important in older cats. Kidney disease is relatively common in older cats and easy to be checked for protein leakage. This test may pick up kidney failure very early on so you can take steps to slow its progression. Routine dental care, including scaling the teeth, may be needed more frequently than once a year.

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Presently Campoverde Theatre Group is in rehearsals for their next production, I’m Free, which is their musical take on that popular television sitcom Are You Being Served? Rehearsals are at an early stage, and some key roles still need to be filled, namely Mr Lucas and male customers. Also chorus places are available for those who just want to sing. Backstage

help is also required. So if you have ever wanted to get involved with any aspect of drama, either on stage or behind the scenes, come along to the Community Centre, Blue Lagoon on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. We are a friendly and fun group who always welcomes new members. Contact Jan on 645759068 or Tony on 96618 2415 for more detals.

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Help the horses and have a fun day out THE place to be this coming Easter Sunday afternoon is the EHCRC open day in Rojales. Entertainment for this special day will be provided by TAABS (The Torrevieja Association of Amateur Balladeer Singers) who will ensure your feet are tapping and your hands are clapping as you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the garden café. As always on a Sunday refreshments and tasty food are available. The first tour of the facilities begins at 2pm where you can get close to, and meet, the 70-plus resident equines including their new four-week-old foal. Gates open at 1pm and entrance is free. EHCRC would welcome any donations or sponsorship to support the work that they are doing. If you are a bar owner or business which wants to hold a charity event to support the Rescue Centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East, PR volunteer, on EHCRC will ensure that your event receives the maximum press and radio publicity as well as coverage on their Facebook site prior to and

after the event. Every single cent donated to the EHCRC charity or spent in any one of their six charity shops located in La Marina, La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada and Guardamar goes towards the upkeep and care of the horses, donkeys and ponies in their care. Large items including furniture which are donated can be collected from your house and likewise delivered after purchase from their charity shops. Contact the charity shop hotline on 636 062 000 for this service and also if you would like to become a volunteer and work for a few hours or days in any of the shops.

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ALARMS: All types, quality systems, very reasonable, guaranteed. Tel: 966 797 370 / 600 237 223 (222219)

ed in the strictest confidence. AA in German: 645 456 075; Spanish: 679 212 535; Flemish: 635 047 053; and Scandinavian: 659 779 222. THE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH OF QUESADA, meets at new premises, Hamiltons Bakehouse, Calle Vicente 62, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar. Sunday Service at 11.30am. A Tuesday evening of Mediumship at 7.30pm and every Thursday there is an opportunity to develop your skills at the Open Circle at 7.30pm. Spiritual Healing is available Sunday and Tuesday. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028. (95454)


THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 17.00 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3 (behind Carrefour), Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 722 895 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996. (95455)



CHARITIES/CHURCHES ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IS ALCOHOL COSTING YOU MORE THAN MONEY? Drinking to excess not only affects your health it can spill over into every other aspect of your life – damaging everything that is important to you. Englishspeaking AA meetings are held throughout the Costa Blanca from Valencia City to Murcia. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting or discuss a possible drinking problem contact Costa Blanca North: *648 169 045* or Costa Blanca South: *625 912 078* or Costa Calida *679 385 105*. All calls are treat-


HELP VEGA BAJA. We help anyone, any age and any nationality, 24hr helpline. Offices based in San Miguel at Calle Lope de Vega and in Torrevieja on Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia 4. You can contact us on 966 723 733 between 10am and 1:30pm or online at For emergencies 24hr helpline 965 704 282 (95456) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Orihuela Costa - covering from Punta Prima to San Javier. The branch meets at Olympia restaurant, Mil Palmeras on 3rd Thursday of each month at 19.00 - 19.30pm. More info can be found on branch website THE BAKER FOUNDATION for SPIRITUAL AWARENESS. 16 Nicolas De Bussi Ave, Playa Flamenca. Sunday Service every week 11am to 12 noon, everyone welcome. For further details please phone/fax 966 760 665 (95458) THE PHILIP SCOTT LODGE No 10671 of the RAOB meets every Friday in the Bar Catorce, Benijofar. Please call the secretary, Colin Bird on 653 066 919 for further information. (95459) CHARITY BOOK STALL PEGO THURSDAY MARKET. Selection of


over 500 books, all proceeds given to the elderly/disabled of Pego and local Animal Rescue. More stock always required please contact Chrissie 965 977 228/617 647 395 THE ANGLICAN CHURCH, La Fustera. For more info: contact Frank Bentley on 966 495 188 CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (MABS) MURCIA/MAR MENOR Help and support is just a phone call away, Avda Rio Nalón, Tel: 693 275 779 (95462) PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, Calle Canalejas, 3. Pilar de la Horadada. Sunday Service at 11am & Thursday at 5pm for Prayer and Praise and Worship. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information, contact Pi larChristian.CommunityChurch@g / 968 575 417 / 966 848 806. EASTER SERVICES. Good Friday at 11am with Holy Communion and Easter Sunday at 11am. Reg No: 2009-SG/A (95463) TCF is a multi-national English speaking church now located on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, Torrevieja. The Sunday Service, including Communion and Creche/Sunday School, commences at 10.30am with a Bible Study/Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6.00pm. Telephone 966 700 391 or call in to the Church any day between 9.00am until 1.00pm. Monday to Friday to find out more about Church activities. (95464) THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION COSTA BLANCA BRANCH. Former & serving aircrews of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are welcome to join this convivial & friendly organisation, now in its 21st year. or call the Secretary on: 966 495 042 HELP MMM CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Appointments for cervical, breast and prostate screening in the Murcia area, please ring 680 393 257 THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION JAVEA BRANCH meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ Scallops Rest on the Arenal at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend as a visitor and join the branch if they

wish. Anyone needing any help or advice on welfare, or any information regarding the branch can contact either Sheila on 965 791 270 or Roger on 965 790 123 (95472) TORREVIEJA STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets each Friday 3pm to 5pm in The Annex, (behind Age Concern Centre), Calle Paganini, Urb. La Siesta. Our aim is to support stroke survivors and their carers by a range of facilities from speech therapy, rehabilitation exercise, group discussion etc. For info: Louie 96 671 8964 or Carol, Secretary: 966 765 488, e-mail: strokesupportgroup@ Donations and further voluntary helpers are needed and guest speakers with relevant knowledge or experience are very welcome. (95473) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Gran Alacant Branch meets 1st Tuesday of every month at The Norwegian Club on Sierra Mar Urbanisation at 7pm for 7.30pm prompt. For further info contact Barbara Turnbull, Branch Secretary on 608 994 456 or e-mail b_dmt1966@ya (95474) CAMPELLO CONTRA CANCER in conjunction with AECC Association Español Contra Cancer has opened a charity shop at C/Virgen de los Desamparados No 13 (next door to Mas y mas) El Campello. The shop is open Mon-Fri 10 - 2pm and is run by unpaid volunteers and all monies raised goes to the AECC. We urgently need donations of clothes, books, large and small furniture etc, and we will arrange collection of large items. We need volunteers to help out in the shop and also clothes rails, shelves etc. for display. Please support your local Cancer charity and if you wish to obtain literature or simply talk to someone. Please stop by at the shop. Contact Mina or Trisha. Tel 650 071 278 or 610 921 413 e-mail aecc_campel (95475)

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PET CHARITIES EASYHORSE CARE RESCUE CENTRE We aim to rescue HORSES. If you would like to DONATE please call 965 967 033 or sales@easy www.easyhorse or call Sue 652 021 980 (95706) SPAMA GANDIA SHELTER. Dog and cat rescue registered charity, La Safor area. 500 animals awaiting re-homing. Shelter open 7 days a week 12noon - 2.00pm & 3.30pm - 7.00pm. (Spanish speaking staff) or phone Gail 962 896 118. Visit our website for directions. and view our new blog at PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM (95707) P.E.P.A. VOLUNTEERS & FOSTER HOMES URGENTLY NEEDED. By fostering an abandoned dog, or spending a few hours each week on our telephone helpline, you could help save the lives of many animals. Please call: 650 304 746. For more information browse our website: EURO WEEKLY NEWS CLASSIFAX AGENT (95708) GATAMI ORGANISATION, to help kittens and cats, looking for good homes, also spaying wild cats in the community. Kittens require adoption, fully vaccinated, dewormed, de-fleed. We also need volunteers to help Car boot sale in Polop on Sundays Tel Anna: 966 806 976 / 654 729 977 (95709)

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E W N 17 - 23 April 2014 / Costa Blanca South SITUATIONS VACANT WE are looking for qualified Nursery Staff to join us in Lorc a , p l e a s e e m a i l yo u r C V along with details of your experience & expectations to ra m o n @ a ny wayc o n s u l t i n g . e s (221454) ENGLISH speaking staff required to assist with weekend activities for Spanish nationals, Saturdays & Sundays in Lorca. The activities are varied and do include sports and workshops. Please call Ramon for more in-depth detail 619 417 077 or alternatively email

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Telefonica gets connected with world’s leading electric car manufacturer TELEFONICA has announced an agreement with Tesla, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, to provide Machine-ToMachine or ‘M2M’ connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Telefonica and its M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefonica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN. Telefonica’s global M2M solution - powered by Jasper - will enable connectivity for Tesla’s industry-leading, in-car infotainment telematics including navigation,

LEADING THE WAY: The award-winning Model S. online music, internet browsing, and remote vehicle diagnostics that relay information about

the car’s safety, security and performance to the driver and Tesla service in real time.

The Tesla Model S, an award winning five-door sedan, was launched in 2012, with deliveries

Toyota announces vehicle recalls TOYOTA has recalled nearly 30,000 cars in Spain for safety modifications covering three issues affecting some RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and Urban Cruiser models. The recalls affect a total 28,957 Spanish registered cars. Worldwide, there have been no reports of any accidents or injuries relating to these issues. Toyota is conducting the recalls as a precaution.

Toyota has identified a possible issue affecting the spiral cable assembly in the airbag module fitted to some RAV4 and Hilux models. Due to the shape and location of a retainer for the Flexible Flat Cable in the airbag unit, there may be a risk when the steering wheel is turned of damage to certain circuits that provide connectivity to the airbag. If connectivity is lost, the airbag warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel and the driver’s airbag may be deactivated.

The vehicles subject to this recall are RAV4 and Hilux models manufactured between June 2004 and December 2010. All the vehicles affected by this issue are being recalled so that an improved spiral cable can be fitted. The installation will take about one hour to complete; the work will be carried out free of charge. Toyota has found that the spring in the mechanism that locks the driver and, in three-door cars, the front passenger seats in position on the seat adjustment rail may be under-strength and could break, should the seats be frequently moved back and forward. Should the spring break, the seat may not lock into its adjusted position, and could move in the event of a crash. RECALL: RAV4 and Hilux models.

beginning in Europe in 2013. Its state-of-the-art features include remote driver support and a connected infotainment control centre. The 17-inch touchscreen puts rich content at the fingertips of drivers and passengers alike, seamlessly integrating media, navigation, communications, cabin controls and vehicle data. The agreement establishes Telefonica as Tesla’s largest European connectivity partner, and is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla’s deployment of connected cars. Telefonica’s services offer flexible and reliable connectivity solutions for Model S customers across Europe. José Luis Gamo, CEO at Telefonica Multinational Solutions, said: “As we

accelerate our transformation into a digital telco we see lots of opportunities to empower consumers. Connected cars that provide drivers with more information and a better and safer driving experience is a perfect example of this. Tesla is one of the world’s most forward thinking businesses. We share their passion for innovation and are thrilled to be working with them to deliver a superb in-car experience to Tesla drivers across Europe.”

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Going green with the new Bentley LUXURY car maker Bentley is going green. It is about to unveil its Hybrid Concept - a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the allnew SUV available in 2017. The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday. As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector, said Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. He added: “There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this

STYLISH: More eco-friendly Bentley. powertrain across our model range. “By the end of the decade, at least 90 per cent of our production will be available as a

plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.” Through Bentley’s hybrid

system, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power

increase of up to 25 per cent together with a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. Bentley hybrids will also be capable of driving at least 50km on electric power alone, allowing for emissions-free city driving with the option of enhanced performance on the open road. The Bentley Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship model in the Bentley family, the Mulsanne. The Bentley Hybrid Concept is joined on the new Bentley show stand in Beijing by three other members of the road-car family. The new Flying Spur V8 makes its Chinese debut, as a new member of the Flying Spur family capable of over 500 miles on a tank of fuel. The new and enhanced 206 mph (331 km/h) Continental GT Speed - the fastest production Bentley ever, with 635 PS and 820 Nm of torque also makes its Far East debut, along with the new Continental GT V8 S.


Thrilling match ends in 3-3 tie FOURTH place CD Montesinos faced off in a thrilling match containing controversy and great goals against third place Orihuela Costa before a crowd of 380 people. Monte got off to a bad start when Orihuela’s No 9 scored, making it 1-0 after just 90 seconds. After a couple of wasted chances, Monte got a breakthrough when a freekick from Fernando was headed in by Orourker, typing up the score at 1-1. There was some drama introduced on the part of captain Fernando who protested the constant unpunished fouling by Orihuela on Montes’ front two Vaz and Edu. With five minutes remaining in the first half, an innocent clash of heads between Montes’ Dimitry and Orihuela’s No 5 resulted in the No 5 going off in an ambulance with a nasty head injury. Monte increased the pressure in the second half. Fernando again voiced his opinion, this time too much and he was sent off. Orihuela scored shortly after, making it 1-2 for the away team. Later on Vaz converted a penalty, for a 2-2 score. Rodrigo and Marcos came on for Rubio and Omar, which then led to Vaz producing a fantastic goal to send the crowd wild, 3-2. The twist came when Orihuela scored a carbon copy of Monte’s first, typing the game at 3-3. Monte continued to press for the winner but it ended 3-3. Next game is Monte away to Formentera on April 27, kick-off TBC.

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Three-horse PL race hots up as Marc and Bubba win in USA DID YOU KNOW?

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THE key Pemiership matches over the three-day Easter holiday are ChelseaSunderland, Manchester City-WBA, EvertonManchester United and Norwich-Liverpool, while last night Barcelona played Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey Cup final in Valencia. The F1 drivers, crews and cars are in China this weekend for the Shanghai Grand Prix, the Aviva Rugby Union Premiership continues with Saracens (76 points) aiming to extend their lead at the top over Northampton (66) and Leicester (63). FOOTBALL - This year’s FA Cup final (on May 17) will feature Arsenal against Hull City. Last weekend the Gunners ‘scraped’ through on 4-2 penalties against the 2013 winners Wigan Athletic while Steve Bruce’s Hull beat plucky Sheffield United 5-3. In the two-legged Champions League semifinals (to be played on April 22 and 29) Atletico Madrid yet to win the trophy - will play Chelsea, chasing a third final in seven years,

MOTOGP Reigning champion Marc Marquez of Spain won the second MotoGP of 2014 in Austin, Texas. Dani Pedrosa was second and Andrea Dovizioso third.

and Bayern Munich will meet Real Madrid. It could be an all-Spanish final; even a repeat of the 2012 Chelsea-Bayern final. In the Europa League semi-finals, it’s Sevilla v Valencia and Benfica v Juventus. The first legs take place on April 24, with the return fixtures a week later. Last weekend’s ‘big’ Premiership game saw leaders Liverpool, who had Jordan Henderson sent-off late on, edge third-placed Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield. Chelsea, second, two points behind the Reds, pipped 10-man Swansea 1-0. At the bottom there were vital wins for Fulham, Cardiff (at Southampton for the first time in 50 years) and Crystal Palace while WBA, 3-0 up, had to settle

* Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has not scored a PL goal for 21 hours 55 minutes!

for a point v Spurs. In the championship, Burnley are one win away from joining Leicester in the PL. Derby, QPR, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, Ipswich and Blackburn are chasing play-offs places. Congratulations to FL1 champions Wolves whose 2-0 win at Crewe set a new points record (93) and clinched promotion at the first attempt. Scunthorpe (76 points), Rochdale (75) and Chesterfield (74) are fighting it out at the top of FL2. Rangers were once again stunned in a knockout competition - beaten by Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final. In the other ‘semi’ St Johnstone beat Aberdeen 2-1. The final takes place on May 17. Luton Town will return to

Quesada Golf Society QUESADA Golf Society played their local course for the first time - La Marquesa. There was a full house with members competing in an individual stableford competition for the Spring Cup. The greens being in excellent condition. One incident worthy of note happened on hole 13 unlucky for Tony Patterson whose drive hit a railway sleeper in front of the pond which the drive had to carry and rebounded flashing past his nose and ending up 20 metres behind him on the tee. Overall winner came from the Silver

Division. It was Paul Flanaghan with 33 points. In second place in the Silver Division was Terry Smith (30). In the Gold Division the winner was Susan Smith with 30 points. In second place with 29 points was Dave Winchcombe. Best Guest was Terry Rogers. After the game the presentations were made by Crystal of the QSD Group on the terrace. The next game is an individual stableford at El Plantio on Wednesday April 23. More information: Les Pancott on 966 716 723.

the FL this weekend if they beat Welling on Sunday. And here in Spain, Barcelona (3rd) lost again (1-0 at Granada) while Atletico Madrid (2-0 v. Getafe) and Real Madrid (40 winners over relegationthreatened Almeria) are now first and second in La Liga. Ex-Middlesbrough goalkeeper Rolando Ugolini who played with Wilf Mannion in the 1950s, has died in Edinburgh, aged 89 and former Arsenal ‘keeper Bob Wilson has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. And just to let you know,

the World Cup kicks off in Brazil in two months time. GOLF - The first major of the season - the US Masters in Augusta - was won for the second time in three years by American Bubba Watson; the bestplaced Brit was Lee Westwood (7th) while the top Spaniard raider was Miguel Angel Jimenez (4th). CYCLING - Sir Dave Brailsford has quit as performance director of British Cycling to concentrate on running Team Sky. The 50-yearold led Team GB to eight gold medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics and has transformed the sport during his 10-year reign. Shane Sutton takes over his role while Andy Harrison has been named performance director.


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TORREVIEJA SWIMMERS: Challenged in regional league time controls.

Swimmers challenged LAST weekend was the final regional league time controls for the younger swimmers from Club Natacion Torrevieja and other regional clubs. Over 200 swimmers competed in the 200m medley or the 400m freestyle races. It contained some of the hardest races for the young swimmers and was the first time most had swum these distances under competition

environments. Nine of the 13 of Torrevieja Club’s members participated on a team that was slightly depleted due to illnesses. Paula Garcia, Vicky Pigneur and Samira Lucumbi all had new PB’s in their 200m girls 200m medley with all three girls gaining regional autonomic qualifying times. Skye Burns swam her medley for the first time.

On to the 400m freestyle races, where racing the 16 lengths of the 400m was a daunting task for the clubs younger nine- and 10-year old members. Densel Fusha, Vitalio Veres and Amy Connolly all had good swims giving themselves new times. Club swimmers are back with the Masters team next in the pool in Elche on May 4.

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Newspaper in Spain with the best local news in English from the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axa...