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ISSUE NO. 1639

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Killer dogs on the loose


Rolling stone A HUGE rock crashed through the security fencing on the CN 340 near the access to Punta de la Mona and landed smack in the middle of the road, in the lane heading towards Malaga. Police are warning motorists that further landslides are possible and to be wary. See page 2

‘Excellente’ visit ON Monday November 28, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, made a journey to Malaga City to speak to representatives of both local government

and Spanish businessmen about the future as far as commercial relationships between the two countries are concerned. See page 4

Big switch on THE Christmas lights in La Herradura and Almuñecar will spring to life on December 2, thus officially ushering in the holiday season. The lights will be turned on

at 6.30pm. From that point on, numerous town streets will be shining brightly every night and will continue to do so well into See page 6 2017.

Rustic champ by Matt Ford The seemingly intractable issue of feral dogs in southern Spain has left farmers in Canillas de Albaida demandin g t h e a u t h o r itie s take action following a series of ‘at least 10’ attacks which have left more than 50 goats and sheep dead. Organised packs of the perilous pooches are roaming the Sierra Tejeda-Alimjara Natural Park leading to consid e r a b l e e c o n o mic damage to the steamed up shepherds. Municipal mayor, Jorge Martin, confirmed the raids on Tuesday, November 29, and admitted that his council team has alerted the Environment and Agriculture ministries of the Junta de Andalu c i a , p l u s S E PRONA, the nature protection ar m o f t h e Gu a r d ia Civil. Martin is urging all three organisations to get together and t a k e m e a su r e s to

capture the murderous hounds before th ey ca u s e a n y fu rth e r harm, citing the dogs’ apparent bloodlust as a particular reason for concern. He also said it was sometime s d iffic u lt to d is ti ng u is h b etw ee n th e fera l packs and domestic pets which have been allowed to run free. “These attacks are not so th e d o g s ca n e a t, b u t to kill,” he said. “Most of the dead goats and sheep have neck wounds caused by accurate bites, which makes us think that they are not hungry wild dogs, but wellfed domestic animals of potentially dangerous breeds

w hic h ma y have owners but they are allowed to run free.” The mayor also voiced his fears that if packs of dangerous dogs a re running w ild in the mountains, then they may also represent a serious danger for walkers in the natural park. “There have been occasional attacks before, but this time we are suffering at le a s t one pe r w e e k,” he added. In October, 30 sheep with a value of around €3,000 were attacked and killed by a pack of dogs, most of which

FRIGILIANA has officially been chosen as one of the seven rural wonders of Spain. In total, 35,300 people voted in the contest, and Frigiliana managed to finish third overall, behind Tejeda in Gran Canaria and Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz. were podencos (Andalucian hounds), in the Sierra de las Nieves town of Yunquera, although on that occasion rural guards and hunters managed to track down and capture them.

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Camera ready THE Local Police in Nerja plan to take a big step forward in regards to traffic surveillance by installing several new cameras in the town. In doing so, the officers will be able to monitor traffic in real time from the police station. See page 9

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Delivery moved

EURO WEEKLY NEWS would like to advise all our readers that their normal delivery of next week’s paper, on Thursday, is being moved by just a day to Friday. Issue 1640, will be available on December 9. This is because there are two Spanish public holidays during the week, leaving us no choice but to postpone delivery.


Local is best


THE 1638 (November 24-30) issue of the Axarquia - Costa Tropical Euro Weekly News contained no less than 21 local news items, demonstrating once again our dedication and commitment to delivering the news that matters most to you, our readers, in each of our six editions. Nobody does it better!

Salty showers THE Costa del Sol - Axarquia Association of Municipalities is studying the possibility of using seawater in public showers installed on the region’s

beaches. An initial draft plan is being drawn up, with some of the required finance likely to be provided by ‘other public administrations.’

ROAD CLOSED: Watch out for further landslides.

Rock smashes barrier By Matthew Elliott A HUGE rock crashed through the security fencing on the CN 340 near the access to Punta de la Mona and landed smack bang in the middle of the road, in the lane heading towards Malaga. With a volume of several cubic metres

it w ould ha ve caused cat ast r ophi c da ma ge , but lucki l y t her e wer e no people nor vehicles in the boulder ’s path. The incident occurred at kilometre 309.8 a t rough l y 3.30pm and i s thought to have been a product of the epic rains last week across Almunecar

and the southern coast. Police are warning motorists that further landslides are possible in the near future and to be wary. It took a road maintenance crew several hours to break the boulder down and remove it once officers had alerted them to the incident.


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Equality group says it’s ok to celebrate Christmas



Your papers, your views Our readers have been expressing their views about the advice received from the EHRC about the celebration of Christmas which have been sent to our website Here are a few of your comments some of which have had to be cut due to size but we are always happy to hear from everyone.

Common sense AT last a bit of common sense coming from an organisation that has made some pretty stupid comments in the past! Tony

Way of life EVERYBODY should have the absolute right to celebrate whatever event that is important to their culture and way of life provided that they don’t deliberately insult anyone else. There is something very cute about young children of different colours and cultures all taking part in the annual Nativity play. Grace

Our traditions NATIVITY PLAY: There have been complaints that some people in the UK have become too politically sensitive. By John Smith FOR several years, there have been complaints by a whole range of people that the UK has become far too politically sensitive with amongst other things the banning of nativity plays, use of the phrase white Christmas and even calling things associated with Christmas, such as a tree, a festive tree. At the end of the day, they argue that whilst Britain is made up of a whole mixture of different races, colours and creeds, the majority still remains Anglo-Saxon in background and at least theoretically Christian, although the religion is generally only rolled out for Midnight Mass and Christmas Hymns or by the BBC. Now, the recently appointed head of the Equalities and Human Right Commission (EHRC), David Isaac has told the Sunday Times that companies who are quite happy to decorate their shops with Christmas images and promote Christmas gifts should actually take notice of their staff and not treat them as if they were pariahs for wanting to give each other Christmas cards or have a Christmas party. As the former chair of Stonewall and a promoter of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights, he can hardly be accused of being a typical WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) and indeed a number of Christian groups tried to have his appointment blocked. His basic argument is that companies need to be sensible about the situation and do nothing to delib-

It is anticipated EHRC will publish new guidelines on religion in the workplace and may state that employers do not have to give time off to pray. erately offend any religious group but equally should not penalise a majority group over matters which are not offensive anyway. It would follow that if Christmas is cancelled then so should Ede, Diwali, Passover etc and it is clear that each religious group recognises the others enjoyment and observation of their festivals and indeed nowadays, many join in regardless of their religious background. It is anticipated that the EHRC will publish new guidelines shortly on religion in the workplace and is likely to state that employers do not have to agree to requests for time off for a religious holiday or time off to pray during work hours, although they must show they have given proper consideration to any request. All of this appears to be sensible and comes at a time when there a large number of reports of threats and actual physical violence against people of different ethnic backgrounds as well as EU citizens following the result of the referendum which unintentionally seemed to encourage bigots to show their

distaste for foreigners by attacking them. Even the United Nations has noticed this unexpected increase in ‘hate attacks’ and the police are under instruction to crack down on these attacks as and when they occur. To some extent, this is not just a British problem but there have been violent episodes between different groups across Europe and America and arguably they just reflect the trouble that now exists between various religious groups in the Middle East and Africa, but the British should surely be more mature and restrain themselves. We don’t currently see large numbers of expatriates being beaten up in Spain, indeed the Spanish are remarkably tolerant of these foreigners who either set up their own English speaking enclaves or visit for short periods of time getting disgustingly drunk and making a complete nuisance of themselves. Not every Brit in Spain is obnoxious nor is every foreigner in Britain and if we have decided as a nation to pull up the drawbridge and disassociate ourselves from Europe, then we should be happy about it rather than aggressive towards them, especially if we want their business. The massive irony is perhaps that so many feared the untrammelled arrival of hundreds of thousands of Turks in the UK and now there is every possibility that following the attempted coup and Europe’s reaction, they will all head towards their new friend Russia rather than descend upon Blighty like a veritable plaque of locusts.

I HAVE always thought that anyone who moves to the UK should be prepared to accept our traditions and that it is completely wrong to have to have change what we do just on the off chance that we might upset a newcomer who probably doesn’t care anyway. Roger

Fewer insults NOW that we are due to leave the EU, there may be a lot less foreigners in the country to insult, although the majority of them probably celebrate Christmas or Three Kings anyway. Brian

Right idea THE French have got the right idea, they had to let all those Muslims from North Africa flood into the country as each gained independence, but you can bet your life that they don’t change any of their traditions to pander to those who have arrived in the last 50 years and good on them! Matthew


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INDEX News 1 - 16

Featured News 3

British Ambassador visits Andalucia By John Smith

Finance 19 - 24

Stocks 20

Leapy Lee 25

Xmas Special 27 - 30

Daily TV 34, 36, 38

Letters 26

AS Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley doesn’t just exist to speak to British residents and visitors but also to ensure that he is able to consolidate Britain’s relationship with the whole of Spain. On Monday November 28, the Ambassador made a journey to Malaga City to speak to representatives of both local government and Spanish businessmen about the future as far as commercial relationships between the two countries are concerned. Mr Manley made it clear that the government he represents has a great deal of admira-

tion for Andalucia, its businesses and its people and wants to ensure that this relationship continues to grow. This is clearly important to the economy of Andalucia which prompted both the mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre and Junta de Andalucia minister of economy and knowledge Antonio Ramirez de Arellano Lopezto attend the meeting and to speak about their belief in the friendship with Britain. The UK is the fifth most important destination for Andalucian exports with 500 regular exporters and a further 600 occasional exporters to Britain whilst 2.4 million British tourists visited the area in 2015, accounting for a quarter of all tourists and this is likely to continue especially as the pound recovers against the euro. In addition to the net income to Andalucia which is worth so much, it is estimated that 80,000 British

nationals are resident in the area which represents some 13 per cent of foreign residents and they in turn bring wealth into the community in which they live and often work. As Gibraltar is surrounded by Andalucia and employs more than 10,000 Andalucians from the local area, a question was raised about the situation with regards to Gibraltar and Brexit. Mr Manley acknowledged that Gibraltar has a very close relationship with Andalucia and that this would have to be taken into account during future negotiations. There is little doubt that Mr Manley gave much comfort to those attending the meeting and that his Spanish guests still value the importance of Britain as a trading partner despite the Brexit result.

Time Out 39 - 42

Euro Weekly News

Health & Beauty 44 - 45

Social Scene 46

Property 47

Homes & Gardens 48

Pets 49

Services 50 - 52

Classifieds 53

Motoring 55

Sport 56

AMBASSADOR Manley and Antonio Ramirez de Arellano Lopez.



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Heavy rain hits region

By Sam Croft ALMUÑECAR’S El Zahori Observatory has reported that the average amount of precipitation in the town last week sat at 129.5 litres per square metre. Although the heavy rain may have been a nuisance for the average citizen, many experts in the area have pointed out that it was long overdue. The agricultural sector is particularly grateful, as the rainfall came on the heels of a prolonged period of drought. Irrigators intend to take a break for a few days now that the aquifers of the province have been replenished.

HEAVY RAIN: Has been a relief for farmers. The rain has also been a breath of fresh air for farmers. The dry weather this year has caused many agricultural products to mature earlier than usual, with chirimoyas being par-

ticularly affected. Now the harvest can slow down and the farmers can go back to business as usual, although unfortunately many crops had already been harvested prior to the rainfall.




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In memory of those who died By Sam Croft ALMUÑECAR-LA HERRADURA residents held a minute of silence on November 25 to honour the memory of the women who have been murdered in incidents of gender violence in Spain this year. November 25 is recognised as International Day against Gender Violence. The moment of silence took place inside the Casa de la Cultura due to the instability of the weather. As Mayor Trinidad Herrera was ill, Social Welfare and Equality councillor Maria del Carmen Reinoso led the ceremony. Following the minute of silence, the attendees began to build a wall, brick by brick. Each piece represented


Tortilla time kicks off ONE of the tastiest events on La Herradura’s social calendar is about to kick off. The very first Ruta de la Tortilla (Spanish Omelette Route) will take place from December 3 to 6. Thirteen establishments intend to participate. D e puty M a yor J ua n Jose Rui z Joya sai d t hat t he r out e wi l l energi se t he hospitality sector while people socialise and feast on one of Spain’s most popular dishes. Participating establishments include Los Teneles, Bar-Budo, Casa Antonio, Chorrillo, and La Bamba.

Christmas comes to La Herradura and Almuñecar WALL OF SHAME: A brick for each woman who died. one of the 45 women who have been murdered in incidents of gender violence in Spain during 2016. This ‘wall of shame’ was meant to serve as a harsh reminder that violence against women is still a prevalent issue in Spain and all across the globe.

Numerous other events took place over the course of the week, including a series of readings, meetings, and workshops. On Thursday December 1, students from several local schools will participate in a running race against gender violence.

THE Christmas lights in La Herradura and Almuñecar will spring to life on December 2, thus officially ushering in the holiday season. The lights will be turned on at 6.30pm. From that point on, numerous town streets will be shining brightly every night and will continue to do so well into 2017. Festivities councillor María del Mar Medina pointed out that this year the lights are completely new as the council has chosen to go with a different company. The change has allowed the town to save a significant amount of money, which they have put into the town’s new and improved Christmas programme.

This year more than 40 different activities are scheduled to take place. Between December 3 and 6 there will be a Medieval Market in the Paseo del Altillo. There will be a three-day Christmas party in the La Carrera de la Concepcion neighbourhood between December 8 and 10. Various performances, games, and workshops will take place all month long in the Plaza de l a Const i t uci on and ot her par t s of town. There will also be a huge Christmas market in the Plaza de la Constitucion starting on December 9. It will open at 5pm every day and local foreign residents’ associations will be well represented.


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Welcome to the wondrous world of rural Frigiliana By Sam Croft FRIGILIANA has officially been chosen as one of the seven rural wonders of Spain. In total 20 different municipalities were shortlisted for the honour, and the winners were decided on November 24 following a month of online voting. This is the fifth edition of the awards, which seek to bring increased visibility to Spain’s most breathtaking rural destinations. The awards ceremony took place in Madrid’s Florida Retiro building. A small delegation from Frigiliana was in attendance, including several councillors and Mayor Jose Antonio Gonzalez. In total, 35,300 people voted in the contest, and Frigiliana

RURAL WONDER: Frigiliana finished third overall. managed to snag about 9 per cent of the votes, meaning that the town finished third overall, behind Tejeda in Gran Canaria and Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz. The other winners were Hervás (Cáceres), Sigüenza,

(Guadalajara), Morella (Castellón) y Ochagavia (Navarra). Gonzalez expressed his satisfaction pointing out the accomplishment will bring even more tourists to Frigiliana next year, as the town continues to cement

its position as one of Axarquia’s secret weapons. In next year’s promotional calendar, the town’s logo will be redesigned to highlight its success and emphasise its standing as one of Spain’s new rural wonders.

Ex-mayor court case continues THE trial involving the ex-mayor of Alcaucin, Jose Manuel Martin Alba, who faces a sentence of 226 years in prison over his alleged involvement in ‘numerous’ urban planning crimes which included fraud, embezzlement, falsified documents, money laundering, and bribery continues apace. On Monday, November 28, the disgraced official admitted that he signed off on construction licences “without anything” and “with zero knowledge.”

He was keen to stress that during his 18 years as town mayor he “was never shown the subsidiary laws of the town, so I had no knowledge of them.” Answering the prosecutor in a continually defiant manner, Alba added that he “had not time” for reading urban planning laws: “I had a lot of things to do, I did not have the means, it was all piled on me and on top of that I had to go to Malaga twice a week,” he said. It also emerged that his signature was

forged on more than one occasion in order to push licences through quickly as he admitted that the documentation was handed out “automatically, but not just by me, the whole world was doing it.” He pointed out that the municipal secretary at the time had no town planning background either, and used the fact that he only has ‘basic studies’ to defend himself, as he ranted that before being mayor he was farming cattle, and that his father was a simple goatherd.




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Talk Radio Europe annual fundraising telethon auction

PRESENTERS AND HELPERS: Keep track of the bids received for auction items. By John Smith EVERY year, the staff and management of Talk Radio Europe, the English language radio station that transmits programmes from Gibraltar to the Balearics, raises funds for the Cudeca cancer charity. On Friday November 25 their telethon was transmitted from 10am to 7pm with various items being auctioned to raise money for the charity. It is not just a one-day activity as planning started

months ago with the concept of a printed and online cookery book and their listeners have sent in recipes for the Fail Safe Recipe Book now on sale at a number of outlets or order online at In the run up to the telethon, listeners and local companies were invited to send in goods to be auctioned and there has been a number of fundraising events, the most popular being quizzes with entry fees passed to the telethon.

Prior to the main on-air auction, items with a value of less than €50 were auctioned online but the main items featured in the nine-hour marathon where most of the TRE presenters took turns to describe the items and encourage listeners to bid for them. There was a range of items including meals for two, holiday getaways, massages, golf passes, visits to UK theatre, drum lessons, paintings and even a signed Fender Telecaster guitar donated by Rick

Parfitt of Status Quo. The telethon raised nearly €35,000 to help those suffering from cancer. The radio station will be leaving the appeal open as they expect to collect more as the days pass, possibly exceeding last year’s total. Euro Weekly News was invited to see the hard work going on at the studios. Our picture shows presenters Hannah Murray and Dave Hodgson together with helpers keeping track of bids.



Every little helps MANY of us will be going out with friends, family and colleagues over the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas and the New Year and in many cases will be spending more than normal in restaurants and bars. Whilst so many people understandably believe that charity begins at home, spare a thought for those who won’t have an enjoyable time because the money just isn’t available. There are a number of charities and good causes who go out of their way to try to make the festive season appear a bit more joyful, with donations of food, cooking Christmas dinner and supplying presents to orphanages or simply homes where the children can expect little if nothing.

If everyone who goes out to celebrate agrees to put €1 into a kitty which could be passed to a local charity, noone would notice the loss of that money, but could make a real difference to some children and their families. There are plenty of special galas where those with money pay large amounts to attend, but the cost of such events is beyond the pockets of many of us however a little gesture of clubbing together could be surprising by the amount generated. There are so many worthy causes which might help the young or the elderly and lonely that it should be easy to find a home for any money collected. The thought of putting a smile on the face of someone living in poverty must be worthwhile.

Now we want to hear your views. YOUR PAPER - YOUR VOICE - YOUR OPINION

Recycling challenge ECOEMBES, the environmental organisation that promotes sustainability through recycling of packaging challenged Nerja through the Reciclaplus awareness campaign to improve the amount that it recycled in 2016 by 10 per cent. It’s estimated the average amount recycled by each person in the town should be 18.8 kilos and if achieved within a three month period there will be a cash prize for the town’s recycling operation. With a month to go hopefully the target can be met.


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Cameras for town THE Local Police in Nerja plan to take a big step forward in regards to traffic surveillance by installing several new cameras in the town. In doing so, the officers will be able to monitor traffic in real time from the police station. Chief of Police Miguel Angel Garcia has stated that the project is “very ambitious” and that it will allow the police to act quickly and efficiently when dealing with sources of conflict or infractions. The cameras will also be useful as they will serve as a video archive if specific incidents need to be analysed in detail. Garcia has explained that the police intend to place these cameras in two or three of the main trouble spots in the community, such as the Plaza Cantarero roundabout or the stretch of Calle Granada near to the chapel. If the system proves to be successful, it is likely that more cameras will then be placed in other areas. The Nerja Police have already installed cameras in the town hall, which was broken into last March. They also anticipate that video surveillance will soon be set up in the social services centre and the municipal sports centre.

Muggers arrested ON Halloween night this year, four people in different costumes and masks attacked two separate groups of young people in Motril stealing mobile phones from them and giving them a bit of a beating. Now, officers of the National Police have reported that they have identified the culprits and arrested them.



Sexitano roads need lighting By John Smith DESPITE the fact that the Almuñecar Council has arranged for work to be undertaken on the N340 in

Sexitano between Almuñecar and La Herradura to improve the gutters which have been prone to flooding, a problem still exists with the lack of street lighting.

Local residents complain that the street lights are often adversely affected by rain and this in turn makes it dangerous and difficult for drivers to see clearly what is

happening on the roundabout and local access roads to the N340. In addition, it appears that approximately 100 street lights are currently

permanently turned off at the western La Herradura access to the A7 and the council is investigating how this problem may be resolved.


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Brexit conundrum confusion BREXIT PAGE By John Smith

AS if it wasn’t enough for the government to have to challenge the High Court ruling that MPs should have the right to vote on whether Article 50 should be triggered, a new legal battle is likely to emerge with regards to what is known as Article 127 of a separate agreement. Basically, lawyers are likely to argue that in the event that Britain elects to leave the European Union, it will not and cannot leave the European Economic Area (EEA) automatically. The EEA which Britain joined in 1994 (and brought Gibraltar with it) is based on the same ‘four freedoms’ as the European Community which are the free movement of goods, persons, services, and capital among the EEA countries. The government argues that by leaving

the EU, Britain automatically leaves the EEA but lawyers will oppose this view and will push for the government to have to put the matter before parliament which could throw up a very interesting result. Many Conservative MPs in particular could have significant reservations in joining former chancellor Kenneth Clarke in voting against triggering Article 50 because of the result of the referendum even if they disagree with the result. As the EEA was not mentioned in the referendum question, they could in all conscience vote against leaving the EEA even if this is to be a temporary situation until such time as the government was in a position to strike decent agreements with the other 27 members of the Union. The whole question revolves around whether the UK is a member in its own right or is a member through its EU affiliation

and this is something that is bound to irritate David Davis, the imaginatively titled Secretary of State for the departure of the United Kingdom of the European Union, although it might just be good news. Va r i o u s E U l e a d e r s h a v e b e e n telling Britain that that it can’t have its cake and eat it, but as there is no mechanism for the EEA to expel any member, then it could be a useful bargaining tool for the government although the one thing it will still have to do is allow free movement between citizens of member states. Ti m e a n d t h e l a w w i l l n o w t e l l whether this will become an irrelevance or an important new football to kick between the Bremainers and the Brexiteers. In the meantime, it has been decided to call off the march on the Supreme Court which was much trumpeted by Nigel Farage as a warning to those who wanted to give Parliament a say on the matter of triggering Article 50 as there are worries that it would be hi-jacked by troublemakers from the far right. The Rt Hon David Davis MP

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FOURTEEN chiringuitos in Torre del Mar and Benajarafe were presented with Q for Tourism Quality certificates and plaques on Monday at the first joint ceremony of its kind in Spain. The event was attended by deputy mayor for Torre del Mar and tourism and beaches councillor Jesus Perez Atencia, general director of the Spanish Tourism Quality Institute Fernando Fraile and general director of certifier OCA CERT


Leading the way for quality Santiago Oliva. Perez Atencia explained: “the Ministry of Tourism’s Tourism Quality Institute has certified us under regulation 167.000/2006 and we have obtained the Q for Tourism Quality for 14 chiringuitos. We’re the first place to receive this distinction for 14 businesses simultaneously.”

Fraile stressed “Torre del Mar has made a great effort which will reap rewards in the future as a quality certification ensures everyone values the businesses concerned. The keys to the future are sustainability, accessibility, new technologies, training and imagination and all of that comes under the umbrella of the Q for Quality.”

Plate glass window drops out of building Ayuntamiento de Motril


DANGEROUS DEFECT: The affected area remains cordoned off. By John Smith A HUGE window pane weighing about 200 kilos fell out of the Tourism Development Centre in Motril which cost €14 million of European Union money to build according to a report issued by the town hall. The deputy mayor Francisco Sánchez-Cantalejo and councillor Gloria Chica

viewed the site on Friday November 25 and were horrified at what had happened and questioned whether this was caused by poor construction. In the meantime, officers from the Motril Fire Brigade made a preliminary review of the building checking for other potential defects but have concluded that it is safe although the area where the

problem arose has been cordoned off and they await the arrival of experts from the construction company to give an explanation of the cause of the problem. It has been decided that the cinema and children’s areas are safe and that visitors may continue to enter the building and use its facilities provided that they keep away from the cordoned off area.


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Childline Andalucia needs your help CHRISTMAS should be an exciting, happy and festive time for our children! Unfortunately there are children and teenagers that ‘dread’ the festive and holiday periods... parental/domestic abuse rises with alcohol and drug taking, many children face threats, abuse, and violence this Christmas and New Year! Childline Andalucia currently provide an online help service for expat children and teenagers up to 19yrs in Andalucia or at We urgently require funding to set up our training for our free phone line, 121 online messaging and school education team. Please help us realise our vision, and our initial target of €6,610 by January 4, 2017. The money will be used to set up, train listeners, introduce our School Education team, and 121 online chat in January 2017. This service is desperately required, offering children

and teenagers the support they require if they are facing challenging issues or problems of any kind here in Andalucia, Spain. Our fabulous team at Childline Andalucia would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts in advance for your kind and generous support, any donation will be greatly appreciated, and we would like to wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.’ See the campaign and make a donation by visiting

FESTIVE TIME: Should be an exciting time for children.




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The power of silence ALMERIA

TOWN HALL: The small ceremony was one of many events held.




Boats seized By Sam Croft MEMBERS of Cuevas del Almanzora Council gathered at the entrance to the town hall on the morning of Friday November 25 where they held a minute of silence to honour the memory of victims of gender violence. The small ceremony was one of many events organised by the Municipal Women’s Information Centre for the International Day against Gender Violence, which is recognised across the world on November 25. After the moment of silence, a manifesto against gender violence was read aloud, and a banner was hung from the balcony of the town hall. New additions this year included vibrant purple lights which lit up the Marques de Los Velez Castle for several days, and a short film which was screened in the Echegaray Theatre.


Invasive species

Big spenders

Rewarding visit

Burial plots

WORK has been underway to remove invasive species along the bank of the River Segura. It was carried out by members of ANSE environmental association who have already carried out similar work in La Mata.

TOURIST chiefs are doubling down on a successful summer with a 2017 budget that is almost twice as much as 2016’s. The Mallorca Tourism Foundation will have €800,000 at its disposal.

STUDENTS from Tijola’s Alto Almanzora secondary school have been on a visit to the Andalucian Parliament as a reward for winning the 2016 Euroscola Project competition which marked the 30th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the European Union in 1986.

A LTEA Counci l has r eached an agreement with a local landowner to help alleviate the current lack of space at the town’s cemetery, built in 1869. A further 620 burial spaces will now be made available.

Brexit cooperation

Odours eliminated

PRESIDENT of the Almerian Levante Municipalities Association and mayor of Huercal-Overa, Domingo Fernandez, met with Jim Simpson, Zurgena’s Security councillor in order to discuss a number of issues related to non-EU citizens post Brexit.

THE Villajoyosa town’s cleaning department has begun a campaign to deep clean the pits of their undergrou nd r ubbi sh cont ai ner s. The measures will be repeated periodically to prevent odours and protect the deteriorating containers.

Nordic meeting

Good cheer

TORREVIEJA’S mayor, Jose Manuel Dolon held a special meeting with Nordic residents to explain future urban developments such as the plans to widen the N-332 and the reform of the port area.

DESPITE the brew ha ha over the timing of the capital’s festive lights, Christmas markets across Mallorca have opened as Advent arrives. December will be flush with raffles, flea markets, carousels, concerts, crafts, music, food and good cheer, with Mallorca’s large German population lending an extra dash of magic.

Burglary arrest

No mas

A 21-YEAR-OLD has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a burglary at a house in Elche. The thieves seized jewellery, appliances and other valuables with the man arrested by police as he attempted to sell on 13 of the stolen jewels.

MORE than 500 protestors demonstrated in Palma demanding more be done to combat violence against women. With loud cries and whistles the protestors showed their discontent with the passive minute’s silence held in tribute to local woman Celia Navarro who was murdered by her partner two weeks ago.

Earth shook AN earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale shook the Baix Vinalopo, being felt in Crevillent, Elche, Novelda and some areas of the Vega Baja such as Albatera. The epicentre was in Hondon de las Frailes with 112 reporting they received 50 emergency calls. There were no injuries.

Consumer craze THE average Mallorcan spent €152 on Black Friday discount sales. The American post-Thanksgiving sales phenomenon is the latest consumerist craze to have swept across the Atlantic. It is now firmly entrenched in Spain as people desperately search for Christmas ‘bargains.’


Flats evacuated A TWO storey block of flats had to be evacuated and five people were taken to hospital for treatment last week when a fire started at 4am in the lounge of a first-floor flat in Almeria City.

Abusive husband ALMERIA Local Police arrested a 43year-old man for allegedly abusing his wife. The woman hid inside a hairdressers and called police for help, reporting that her husband had arrived home drunk and threatened to kill her.

Culprits sought THE mayor of Berja has called the Guardia Civil to track down the authors of graffiti which has appeared in various parts of Villavieja heritage site, which dates back to the 9th century.

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Teenagers rescued FIREFIGHTERS have rescued three teenage boys who were hiking and subsequently got lost in the Denia regional park. The boys, aged around 15, were missing for nearly 20 hours as they became disorientated when coming down the Montgo path as it had begun to get dark.

Right track LINE 9 the rail track between Calpe and Denia closed last summer on safety grounds but the track is increasingly used by ramblers. The first organised group of hikers has now completed the walk between Benissa and Gata de Gorgos.

SINCE October, the National Police has been seizing RHIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and arresting individuals in La Linea de la Concepcion with a total in just a few weeks of 13 boats and 15 people as it was discovered that smugglers were bringing in drugs from Morocco through the town.

CTV cameras THE Council in Alhaurin de la Torre has allocated €92,000 to allow for the installation of its first CTV cameras at the Plaza de San Sebastian and this project will be expanded over a period of time with a special control room being set up to monitor traffic and accidents around the town.

Five arrested AS part of a money laundering investigation, officers of the National Police moved to arrest five people, three lawyers and two bank officials, some of who are Spanish nationals and live in Marbella accused of being minor figures in the alleged money laundering operation which saw investment in properties as well as transfer of funds overseas.

Found safe THE mother of a 10-year-old boy in Malaga City flew into a panic when he didn’t return home after taking his dog for a walk and contacted the 112 emergency services so both Local and National Police sped into action finding the boy and his dog safe but very wet in a local park.

Model wins JUST 17 models contested the title of Linda España 2016 at the Los Monteros Marbella Hotel & Spa on the evening of Saturday November 26 and after a hard fought contest, Assi Mbengue representing the Canary Islands was chosen as the winner.

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Costly harbour clean up

Skull returns

IT will cost almost 100 million kroner (€110 million) to clean up the harbour of Fredericia after it was the scene of one of the country’s worst cases of environmental pollution after a fire occurred when a tanker with liquid fertiliser collapsed.

FREDERICIA: A tanker with liquid fertiliser collapsed.

Animal abuse A WOMAN, aged 45, has been charged with animal abuse after animal welfare officers found 26 mistreated and neglected dogs in Harlev. Some had to be euthanised at the site as they were in such a poor condition and could not be saved.

Store shooting A MAN and woman were shot in a Danish department store. Police believe it may have been gang-related

Domestic violence with the woman an innocent victim while the man could be a gang member. Both were later released from hospital.

Skilled labour DENMARK has effectively at-

tra c te d a nd re c ruite d fore ign s kille d w orke rs in re c e nt ye a rs boosting the country’s economy, but since 2015, the number of fore ign w orke rs ha s de c line d w ith ever-changing immigration laws ma king life more diffic ult for skilled workers.


Dodgy parking BOMB squad officers in Paris exploded the bonnet of a Porsche Carrera that had been left illegally

LAST year, 127,457 people in relationships were the target of domestic violence from threats and stalking to rape and murder. It is the first time federal police have released national data on domestic violence.

Early recruitment THE German army has been criticised for trying to recruit teenagers after sending brochures to the under-18s. Opposition MPs say they are outraged to target under age youngsters but the military needs more personnel.

Implant objection A JUDGE has ruled a woman can become a police officer after being rejected on medical grounds for having breast implants. Police regulations state officers cannot have implants due to an increased health risk, but the judge ordered police to review their guidelines.


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Stair sale FOURTEEN stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, dating back to 1889, have sold at auction for €523,800; more than 10 times the pre-sale estimate. The stairs were removed in 1983 to make way for a lift.

THERE are calls for Germany to return the skulls of East Africans that were taken to Berlin during the colonial era for ‘scientific’ research. The colonies are wanting the remains of indigenous inhabitants to be returned. It is believed around 1,000 skulls remain with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.


parked in a taxi rank for the night after the owner went clubbing and took a taxi home.

Gold find A MAN who inherited a house in Normandy from a relative found 100kg of gold hidden in the property worth an estimated €3.5 millio n . A cc o rd in g to pa pe rw ork found, the gold was purchased in

the 1950’s and 60’s.

Space flight FRENCH astronaut Thomas Pesquet has joined the International Space Station, joined by Oleg Novitskiy and the oldest woman to orbit the world, Peggy Whitson. It is Pesquet’s first journey into Space and he took a piece of Mars meteorite with him.

SECONDARY school pupils may learn about European colonisation as part of changes to the history curriculum. The Minister for Education, Marie-Martine Schyns (cdH) said she does not oppose the proposal.

Self-testing PHARMACIES have begun offering HIV self-tests for around €25. In Belgium last year, there was an average of 2.7 HIV diagnoses each day.

Cargo accident A MAN died and another is miss-



Controversial plans

Africa summit

THE government and Stockholm council is planning to invest millions in the Novel Centre, in honour of Sweden’s famous Nobel Prizes. Some praise the architectural project, others criticise it.

THE sixth Norwegian-African summit took place in Oslo to discuss trends, issues and business opportunities across the African continent. Four hundred participants took part.

Missing girl

Maritime notes

AS social media was set alight with images of an English-speaking mystery homeless girl in Rome, Italy, which some thought could be missing Madeleine McCann, a Swedish man has claimed it is his 21-year-old daughter who left Sweden six months ago.

IMAGES from the sea are now adorning Norway’s new bank notes, rather than portraits of people. The central bank unveiled the notes showing the country’s bonds with the sea.

Street kids OVER 500 children who arrived in Sweden as asylum seekers have gone missing. These children arrived alone and have had their asylum applications rejected and are now unaccountable with many ending up on the streets.

ing following an accident on a cargo freighter off the coast of Zeebrugge. The men were carrying out repairs on one of the lifeboats when he fell away from the ship. One crew member fell over board and is still missing at sea.

Road safety HANDS-FREE kits for mobile phones increases the risk of traffic accidents. The risk quadruples compared to situations when the driver is not on a mobile according to a study from the Belgian Institute for Road Safety.


Pricey poem A POEM handwritten by Anne Frank has sold for €140,000 at a uc ti on. The ei ght - l i ne poem was written in a friendship book belonging to the older sister of Anne’s best friend at school.

Daesh benefits

More money

A NORWEGIAN born Daesh fighter is reported to have been claiming hundreds of euros a month in benefits whilst living and working in Raqqa, Syria after moving there from his home in Sweden.

THE pay gap bet ween m en a nd wom en i s cl osi ng and younger wor ki ng wom en i n some sectors are now actually earning more than men. This is

bel i eved t o be because m or e women than men study for a degree.

Reality testing DUTCH police are trialling augmented reality systems to investigate crime scenes. The technol ogy al l ows vi deos t o be streamed from cameras of officers at the scene to experts who may be elswhere who can then guide the officers.


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Council threatens over rentals THE Barcelona Council has been busy issuing or threatening to issue fines on banks and companies connected with housing and property rental for breach of regulations and this seems set to continue as the current mayor Ada Colau has always campaigned for affordable housing and is against eviction. Firstly, the council has fined three banks a significant amount for leaving

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€1.26 million is the total amount that the Barcelona Council is fining three banks for leaving property empty.

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Inauguration of Petrobras exploration platform. By John Smith MANY SPANISH investors were attracted to purchase shares in Brazilian oil giant Petrobras when shares were launched on the world’s stock exchanges in 2010 to raise $72.8 billion (€63.5 billion). This was the world’s largest ever share launch and made it the fourth largest company by capitalisation in the world. Now, the Guardia Civil has announced that it has made the first arrest in Spain in connec-

properties they own completely empty for more than two years and these ‘specimen’ fines have been levied on BBVA, Santander and ‘bad bank’ Sareb. There is little doubt that other banks who have unoccupied property will also be fined in due course. Following this announcement, it has been decided that the boom in letting of private properties to short term visitors to the city through websites has encouraged property owners to ignore the re-

A long period of uncertainties that will block future investments in Britain, and that makes me really concerned,”. Matthias Wissmann, the president of the German Automotive Industry Association, on a possible hard Brexit.

Petrobras fraud arrest in Madrid

tion with an alleged fraud and has taken into custody from a Madrid hotel, an individual said to be closely involved in collecting bribes and distributing them to those involved in the alleged fraud. The man who has joint Brazilian and Spanish nationality had originally fled to the USA when he was accused of being involved in the case which saw the sum of $50 million (€47 million) diverted to various political parties within Brazil.


BHS update VETERAN Labour MP Frank Field has made no secret of the fact that he detests Sir Philip Green, former owner of BHS and is trying to have him stripped of his knighthood due to the parlous state of the bankrupt company’s pension fund. He has written to the Pensions Regulator asking whether the personal assets of both Sir Philip and Dominic Chappell who purchased the company can be seized in the event they do not plug the hole in the fund.

Neymar fear JUST when he thought all was resolved with accusations of fraud, Brazilian and Barcelona football star Neymar has been threatened with prosecution over the possible disguise of the value of the financial package when he moved from Santos to Barcelona. The prosecutor now wants him to be tried and will be demanding a two-year sentence and a €10 million fine.

Carousel fraud across Europe THE Spanish Tax Agency has identified and eliminated a major IVA fraud which is based on what is known as a Carousel scheme where IVA is collected, not paid and then reclaimed by false declarations of exportation of goods.


$1.75 billion (€1.66 billion) is the amount that Chinese online travel firm Ctrip has paid for Edinburgh-based travel search business Skyscanner.


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In this case, the IVA was collected by the sale of petroleum products and supposed sales of electronic and computer components were made across Europe totalling €16 million. Two people were arrested with assets and documents seized.

quirement to register rental properties and so much has this area grown that hotels are now losing business. Two websites, Airbnb and HomeAway are to be hit with the newly introduced maximum fine of €600,000 each for offering properties to tourists on their sites which have not been properly registered. Both companies have been fined for ignoring the rules but they shrugged off the maximum which was €30,000.




UK car production THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that UK car manufacturing fell by 1 per cent in October when compared to the figures for October 2015 with production of 151,795 vehicles. Interestingly the fall was exclusively due to a fall in demand in the home market although exports which now account for nearly 81 per cent of all UK production continues to rise and this highlights the importance of the car industry to the UK balance of payments and the strength of foreign manufacturers in future investment negotiations with the government.


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By John Smith A REFERENDUM on constitutional change in Italy due to be held on Sunday December 4 could lead to a new rash of financial worries with Italian banks and possibly to the failure of the world’s oldest bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena which was founded in 1472. The referendum revolves around the fact that the two houses in Italy, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies both have fairly similar powers and it is possible for one house to block the other on a regular basis. A bill was initially proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in 2014 which would significantly reduce the power of the Senate (the equivalent of the House of Lords) which would mean that the Chamber would have much more power and could push legislation through more quickly and with less expense. Unfortunately as the pro-

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MATTEO RENZI (left): With Martin Schulz, European Parliament President. posed bill was unable to obtain a two thirds majority, the Italian constitution required that the matter be put to the public at large to allow them to decide the future role of government. Mr Renzi has made it very clear that he will not accept a no vote and if that should hap-

pen he would immediately resign and leave the door open for a new election. At the time it might have seemed like a brave but good decision but this was before the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. Now it seems that individu-

als around the world like the concept of making a protest vote and it seems more than possible that the Italian electorate will follow suit and effectively bring the government down. The result could be bad for the banking sector in Italy as

the financial markets are effectively conservative and don’t like change which has seen a significant drop in the value of the shares of eight banks in Italy. Most of them can either ride out the storm or appear to be in the process of being taken over

or amalgamated, but Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is in trouble as it has an enormous amount of bad mortgage debt (estimated at more than €100 billion) and as it is not a particularly attractive business for an investor, it may well be a casualty almost by default rather than intent. Some may argue that a change of government in Italy is hardly likely to cause seismic shocks across Europe but this is exactly what could happen as one party that could possibly gain power in a new election is the Five Star Movement (MS5) which originally said that it would call a referendum on EU membership if it came to power but has since amended this to vowing to call a new referendum on whether to keep the euro. So, in a matter of days, there could be at least one banking casualty, a new election in Italy and then a possible blow to the unity of the EU and the currency.

A surprising report wants to see legalisation of marihuana in the UK AS more and more countries around the world decide that if you can’t beat them, tax them, the Adam Smith Institute, which is something of a liberal think tank, has basically r e c o m m e n d e d t h e leg alis a tio n o f cannabis and marihuana in the UK and a number of MPs are broadly in favour of the idea. The arguments are quite simple as basically years of ‘policing’ the drug have been unsucce ssf u l y e t h a v e c o s t b illio n s o f pounds in both police and customs costs as well as housing more than 1,000 people who are in Britain’s overcrowded jails, alone costing the tax payer £50 million (€57.5 million) a year. If the drugs are going to flow into Britain anyway, rather than allow criminals and drug barons to reap the profits, very simply take over the industry, appoint licensed outlets and charge a tax on sales of the drug which could generate as much as £1 billion (€1.15 billion) in tax revenue each year.

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LEGALISING CANNABIS: The Home Office has no plans to consider this. It is inarguable that a certain percentage of people who buy cannabis from a local dealer find it both easy and tempting to obtain harder drugs from the same sources but if they don’t need the dealers then they

may keep away from everything except cannabis. One of the recent problems has been the strength of locally grown ‘skunk’ which can cause mental instability but again if some-

what weaker cannabis options are available legally then there will be far less incentive to grow the stronger mixture and anyone in trouble can be helped. With America allowing medical marihuana, as will Germany shortly and Canada about to decriminalise, there is without doubt a strong argument for legislating and controlling the drug despite the fact that some people can experience negative side effects. The Home Office, which has no qualms about the controlled sale of tobacco or alcohol, has stated once again that it has no plans to consider legalisation and is clearly content with the income that the government receives from the two legal and proven killer drugs. MPs from across the political spectrum including former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and former health secretary Norman Lamb have come out in support of the proposal although at the moment it appears unlikely that the proposal will be taken too seriously by the government.


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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai with PM Theresa May and Philip Hammond. By John Smith DEPENDING on your political point of view and your position on Brexit, the Autumn Statement from Phillip Hammond could be considered either evidence of a prudent Chancellor or the imaginings of a rabid anti-Brexiteer. Effectively reflecting advice received from the Office for Budget Responsibility, he confirmed that the target to clear the budget deficit by 2020 had been dropped and that the government now expected to borrow £122 billion (€140 billion) more than forecast in the March budget which includes a figure of £58.7 billion (€67.5 billion) due to the Brexit decision, as well as uncertainty caused by the election of Donald Trump and the Chinese economy. Considering that Britain’s average annual contribution to the EU balances out at £8.5 billion (€9.78 billion) after rebate and grants, had the referendum gone the other way, Britain could have had seven years of contributions before reaching the amount estimated to be borrowed for the forthcoming year just to cover Brexit!

In his statement, the Chancellor said he planned to spend an extra £23 billion on infrastructure projects and £3.7 billion on new housing projects.

In addition, growth within the UK economy would have to be reduced by at least 2.4 per cent, although the lack of a coherent Brexit strategy has not helped the compilation of the latest estimates. With the recent announcement of the possible reduction of NHS spending and the fact that Britain’s Navy is probably pointless and won’t be able to afford to replace its missiles when they reach their ‘sell by’ date over the next couple of years, many wonder why so much money is being gobbled up by government and where it is going. In his statement, the Chancellor did say that he planned to spend an extra £23 billion (€26.5 billion) on infrastructure projects which presum-

ably includes the additional runway at Heathrow and £3.7 billion (€4.25 billion) on new housing projects and for the time being at least, to keep the ‘triple lock’ protection on pensions, although this may have to be reviewed. Part of the additional funding needed by government must include the cost of additional civil servants to cope with Brexit, the renovation of parliament and several billion to cover fines on the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Prime Minister had previously stolen his thunder by announcing that corporation tax would be reduced in order to make more money for companies and he was left to announce that the National Living wage would go up to £7.50p (€8.60) per hour, even though there are daily reports of workers not receiving the minimum. There were a few other balancing decisions, but it wasn’t much for individuals to get excited about unless they had shares in house rental companies who will no longer be able to charge upfront fees on rental properties or purchase insurance as the tax on that will go up.

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It’s an airborne M25 out there LEAPY LEE SAYS IT

OTHERS THINK IT I’VE n e v e r b e e n p a rtic u larly fond of flying. I truly do envy a num b e r o f f r i e n d s a n d co lleagues who inform me, often with a barely discernible smirk, that their holiday begins ‘when they board the plane.’ M i n e o n l y e v e n b e c o mes a possi b i l i t y wh e n th e re v ers e thrust kicks in on landing! At my age, because of nature’s rather more frequent insistence on visits to the loo, I always try to obtain an aisle seat. Consequently, most of my travel experience is centred around the ‘goings on’ within, instead of outwith, the aircraft. This week I visited Denmark. On my return trip I was offered seat 1A. Outside of the cockpit, this is probably the best seat on the plane. It is a window seat and because it’s in the first row there is plenty of leg room, and

SECONDS APART: In the busy skyways above. s p a c e to v is it t he loo w ithout major disruption. I accepted the offer and, although I have used the occasional window seat in

the past 1A is something really special. With clear skies most of the w a y the w hole , virtua lly panoramic scenario that unfold-

ed was truly breathtaking. The most impressive sight to me was the magnificent beauty of the Alps, as we traversed it at sun-

set , whi ch has t o be t he m ost perfect time of all. What was not so reassuring was the revelation that, despite the illusion of vast distances of uninterrupted clear skies, the skyways are in fact nothing more than an airborne extension of the M25! At least five fellow flying machines hurtled into and out of my sightline, at combined speeds that truly startles the imagination. Flight trails above and below silently hung as proof of recent jet-borne travellers. It was not unt i l we f l ew t hr ough one of these trails with quite a resoundi ng bum p, t hat I r eal i sed t hat t her e wer e al so ot her s at t he same height as us, and not many seconds away either. Mmm, wasn’t too keen on that. Anyway a truly eye opening and extremely pleasant experience. Thank you Norwegian airlines. Still one of the best. Keep the faith. Love Leapy



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Scandal of opening on Sundays SO the shopping centres of Alicante are trying again to open on Sundays, they say it’s for the tourists but that is rubbish. I would have thought that visitors to Alicante had better things to do than go shopping. This country works very well with the Sunday closing, so let’s take a moment to think about this. Who at the end of the day gains from this most? It’s not the people. They have managed quiet well without shops being open on Sunday, and the tourists accept things as they find them, so therefore it must be the greed of the shop owners. Why should a few greedy companies get their way? It will be just like another week day, the family day will be gone forever, some staff will be forced to work against their will and it will destroy the Spanish weekend as we know it. Don’t let anybody tell you different. I was in the UK when it happened there and now a Sunday is the worst day of the week. That is one of the nice things about Spain they still have the weekend. Shops do not need to open on Sundays so please, if we get a vote, vote NO to Sunday opening. Ron, Busot

Oafs and animals IT always amazes me just how inconsiderate and selfish people can be, from letting their dogs foul the footpath for anyone to tread in, nearly bumping into you whilst riding their disability scooters, and others parking their cars directly on and blocking a pedestrian crossing. No one ever seems to consider their neighbours and residents of the community any more. I have approached our community entrance door several times only for someone coming out of the door to let it close even though they see me approaching. Certain residents in our block have left rubbish in the lifts and allowed their pet to urinate in the foyer, whilst others thinking it to be ok to be loud, drag furniture about and slam their apartment doors at all hours of the night. I have noticed, more so recently, that there are bags of household rubbish left at the side of the road only yards from a rubbish bin or skip. I can’t understand why some dog owners, who quite rightly pick up

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America’s Maggie? TWO months ago I wondered why in a co u ntry of 180 million A me ric a ns , these two (Clinton and Trump) were the best they could come up with, but then I found myself warming to Trump. Is he going to be America’s Maggie? Throughout my life I’ve tried to rationalise my views on various subjects by reducing the argument down to its basic components, forget all the peripherals, ifs, buts and maybes. To me the Brexit vote has become really simple. The EU is run by the Germans with the French as their lapdogs, Merkel is a puppet controlled by the German elite. The British slavishly follow the rules to the letter, everybody else cherry picks what they want or ignore them altogether.

their dog’s poo in a small black plastic bag, then leave the full bag on the pavement! Please bin it. I like to see holidaymakers enjoying their time here in Spain but why are they so inconsiderate while they await their departure coach and completely block the pavement with their suitcases then complain when I ask them to make a pathway through! It seems very sad that nowadays people in general are so selfish and inconsiderate to others. Steve

My sincere view is that if we stay in the EU, our British liberty, our freedom to trade with whoever we wish and make major laws will have gone and we will never get it back. Well not in our lifetime anyway. The Remainiacs, who are usually young, cannot seem to grasp this, but do not fear, the majority of B rits vote d B re xit, the Am er i cans vot ed f or Trump. Have you noticed lately in the press TV media that whenever something negative happens (stock market falling) it’s always suffixed ‘post-Brexit’? We should be looking at the plus side and considering all the opportunities that Brexit can bring!

Greek shepherds AS a ‘commuter’ between my properties in Calpe on the Costa Blanca and freezing Manchester I read Leapy’s column in the Euro Weekly News avidly and, as a fellow ‘right wing neo-fascist with gross capitalist and Nazi influences in our blood’ (seems to be the general opinion in EWN letters) this is an e-mail of support for your views.


Now this may not be the basis for a column (I write two in the UK) but let’s put our feet in the shoes of ‘The Donald’ in just one issue sacred to the Gang of 27 in Brussels. Now Trump is not a professional politician. He sees contributions to the NATO budget by everyone except the UK as inadequate. He’s perhaps prepared to ignore grants to Greek shepherds who one year had their flocks decimated by disease and the following year had them eaten by wolves. And maybe the grant to Romanian farmers to stop them being cruel to

their animals - but that’s peanuts. The Donald will view the monthly commute from Brussels to Strasbourg as the most expensive commute of all time and the most politically damaging to the EU cause. You probably know (it’s easy to verify) that thousands of MEPs, translators, flunkeys, and 4,000 trucks travel from Brussels to Strasbourg and back every month at a cost of about £270 million a year. But hang on - Nationalism is dead and Federalism is in, yet this is an agreement between France and Germany? Then again Trump gets slaughtered regarding his views on global warming and CO2 emissions. The Brussels-Strasbourg commute produces 26,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Comment comes there none. And Merkel and the rest expect Trump to support them? Ian

Comu clearance I LIVE in DENIA and our Community Management Agent has been negotiating with the local council (Comu) fulfilling all necessary regulations required by the Spanish Government who require everyone to connect to main sewers as opposed to sceptic tanks etc. We now have everything in place, contractors, money to pay for the large engineering costs but although the Comu is lobbying others in the area to commence their arrangements, we are awaiting the Comu clearance to commence our project which was anticipated to be finished by January, 2016! One has got to wonder whether there are other aspects NOT being disclosed by the Comu like, ‘are the existing main sewer/drainage systems able to cope with the addition of the central Government requirements reference abandoning sceptic tanks?’ Jim, Denia

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A heartfelt Christmas gratitude to all our Axarquia community SHARING Christmas with somebody is a special moment that makes them a part of your family, and you a part of theirs. Which is why we at EWN are honoured to offer heartfelt Christmas greetings to our extended family. All the loyal readers and advertisers out there who have made this paper such a spectacular success, who bring good cheer, hope and festive spirit to your communities across Axarquia and the Costa Tropical. The real heroes of Christmas are the people and businesses from Nerja to Torre del Mar, Frigiliana to Comares, who are the life and soul of our flourishing expat community. Without community, there is no Christmas and the EWN family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make Axarquia one of the closest knit communities in the world. We know that Christmas is about expressing gratitude, to the people who stick by you through thick and thin. That’s why EWN pledges to always be there for our readers and clients by doing our bit to support local communities right across the coast.

The greatest measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable and unfortunate members. We’d like to call on everyone to use this time of year to remember and care for the lonely, afraid and lost among us, for whom Christmas is an especially difficult period. Every single one of us knows somebody who will be grieving, drinking (but not for joy), feeling anxious and alone this year, who feel they have no family to celebrate with. Let’s show them that they do have a family, and that the local expat community is a force to be reckoned with, a real society that takes care of its own and doesn’t just follow the crowd. As an authentic community news-

paper, EWN pledges to bring you vibrant local news on the terrific businesses, charities, groups and individuals who are making the the Costa Tropical such a wonderful place to live. Nobody can accuse 2016 of not being eventful! But now that it’s December let’s take a moment to forget the wild politics of the year and think about the side of life that revolves around family, friends and those we love.

e th t a s u f o e n o y r e v e From each and s! a tm is r h C y r r e M y E W N F a m il



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Five must-eat Christmas treats SPANISH sweet treats to enjoy after your meal IF nothing else, Christmas is an excuse to stuff your face full of anything and everything you can get your hands on. Although you undoubtedly already have your own holiday favourites, there are many sweet Spanish treats that would make a worthy addition to any Christmasthemed meal. Here are five of the best ones: Roscon de Reyes This is a very specific Spanish dish which is usually eaten on Three Kings Day (January 6). It is a kind of sweet bread which takes the shape of a large ring. The typical custom is to bake a bean and a small toy into the Roscon. Whereas the person who finds the toy is meant to have good luck as a result, the person who finds the bean is not so lucky: they have to pay for the Roscon the next time around! Exact recipes vary, but often the Roscon is adorned with fruits, figs, almonds and a light sprinkling of sugar.

Pestiños Those with a sweet tooth will adore these flaky pastries, which are extremely popular in Andalucia and the south of Spain in general. Pestiños are made using dough which is then deep-fried in olive oil before being smeared with honey or coated in sugar. Although they are occasionally eaten at other times of the year, they are a very common sight at Christmas in many shops and bakeries. Mazapan Spanish marzipan, or mazapan, is said to date back to the 12th century, where it was the brainchild of an enterprising group of nuns from Toledo. At the time there was no wheat available, but fortunately the sisters had a huge stash of almond and sugar, and used it up accordingly! To make it, you will need some finely crushed almonds, sugar, eggs (both yolk and whites), water, a dash of cinnamon, and a bit of lemon

zest. Mazapan has gradually grown to be associated with Christmas, especially in Toledo where it is sometimes shaped into small animals before it is eaten. Turron An absolute staple in many parts of Spain, Turron is essentially a form of nougat and is traditionally made with honey, sugar, and egg whites, as well as almonds or other kinds of nuts. It is often sold in bar form and is readily available all over Spain. Turron is manufactured and sold in huge quantities at Christmas, where it makes an ideal gift for anyone who likes something sweet to go with their tea. For a spin on the traditional recipe, try making it with liquor, pralines, or chocolate. Polvoron This is a kind of shortbread which is typically made using flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. Polvorones are a typical Christmas treat in many parts of

Spain, particularly in Andalucia, where there are approximately 70 factories dedicated to producing popular versions of this longstanding holiday favourite.

TREATS: Roscon de Reyes (above) and Mazapan (right).



Green lines tested to reduce speed AS part of the series, we answer some common driving questions and keep you updated on the latest driving and road news kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, who set up the N332 website and Facebook page to help break down barriers.

GREEN LINES: Different colours give drivers a different impression. A NUMBER of new systems are being trialled aimed at reducing road traffic accidents. Castilla y Leon is one of the first places to adopt the new systems before they will potentially be rolled out across Spain. Here, one of the first tests is the introduction of green lines on the CL-615 and CL-613. The use of green lines has already been tested and used in parts of Sweden and the Netherlands where it was proven that using different colours on the road gives drivers a different impression of it. It also encourages them to moderate their speed accordingly and slow down as the road appears to narrow. In Castilla y Leon, the CL-615 was chosen to trial the green lines as the 92km stretch of road linking Palencia with Guardo, is considered to be a high risk area for acci-

dents. Since 2011, a total of 14 people have lost their lives on this stretch of road and another 139 hospitalised as a result of traffic accidents. The CL-613 runs from Palencia to Sahagun and is a single carriageway road with traffic flowing in both directions with long straight sections that encourages drivers to pick up their speed. Two people have been killed on this road and 55 people hospitalised and 30 seriously injured since 2011. With the green lines in place, the roads will have informative signs indicating that they are of a special format and may be subject to intensified speed checks and controls. The Guardia Civil will increase checks in these areas, not to necessarily catch more speeding vehicles, but to assess if the markings are having an impact in reducing speed.

For more news and articles visit or search N332 on Facebook.

Reduction of pool size Our Community has 140 apartments. One of the items on the Agenda at our last Assembly was to reduce the size of the pool by 10 per cent so that it can be open all year without a lifeguard. Currently it is only open during July and August because of the expense. The previous President said that there was no point in voting as the law states that there has to be 100 per cent agreement and that he will not agree to have the pool reduced. As a result, no vote was taken. Can you confirm that this is the law? S.K.(Costa del Sol) No, it is not the law. Your Community can vote by a simple majority to reduce the size of the swimming pool, either temporarily or permanently. This action does not change the original

David Searl You and the Law in Spain

Charter of the Community nor does it affect the Com-

munity shares and fees of any member. These are indeed actions which require a unanimous vote. Furthermore, the person who requested the vote could have insisted on the vote’s taking place.

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

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On a plate, not a slate Mike Senker

In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man THIS is my 65th article which, I have to tell you, must officially make me the grumpiest person on the coast. So when I got an email telling me my views on Trump and Farage are biased I had to smile because, of course, I’m biased. I’m allowed. It’s my column! But just to make it clear I think all politicians are, to put it in nice terms, economical with the truth. Don’t take my views as some kind of gospel. Read the column title ‘Views of a Grumpy Old Man.’ Of course, I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong! But please keep emailing me. OK. Let’s get on with the serious stuff. As you know I like to eat out and over the last few months I have noticed restaurants have started using these bloody upside down knives. Have you seen them? They are ridiculous! They feel awkward to hold and when you put them down they flip over so they rest on the blade. What is the point? I was at a do this week and I was on a table of 10 people so I asked everyone, as we were all family, what they thought and every one of them thought

they were a daft idea. I’m a simple person. All I want is my grub served up on a plate with a knife and fork. I don’t need or want it served up on what can only be described as a roof slate or a wooden chopping board. I know it’s all to do with presentation but for me it’s all about the taste and if you get that right then I’m a happy bunny. Also, if you are offering me a buffet breakfast, I want a proper sized plate. I do not want a side plate which is your crafty way of making sure I don’t eat too much. And then there are the tea cups with the most ridiculous handles. Either they are non-existent or the handle is too small to be able to hold or, even worse, the handle doesn’t have a hole to put your finger in or even if it does, the hole is too small! Who designs these useless things? Whilst I’m on this subject, I was out with my daughter and she planted me in a wellknown coffee shop whilst she popped out to do a bit of shopping. She told me not many people know that they actually do a small (normal) size coffee. When you order they always ask if you’d like medium or large? I know they have to sell but why not just say regular, medium or large? I’ll be on Talk Radio Europe at 11.30am tomorrow December 2, if you want to call in and have a grump. Or, as always you can email me at


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A cruise with a musical difference By John Smith THERE has been a huge growth in cruise holidays around the world and the concept of themed cruises is becoming ever-more popular. For the first time, Chris King who promotes the

ever-popular Festival of Legends (which Euro Weekly News is delighted to support) arranged a Festival of Legends cruise which welcomed no less than 230 dedicated music fans on board the Zenith for an eight-day journey around the Mediter-

ranean. The vessel left Malaga en route to Alicante, Rome, Livorno, Monaco and back with a large number of incredibly popular and versatile tribute acts including (in no particular order), Elton John, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart. Music and the Mediterranean make fine partners but it wasn’t just about the cruise, there was plenty of sightseeing and as can be seen from the pictures, whilst it wasn’t possible for EWN to be present, we were certainly there in spirit and it is fair to say that Euro Weekly News is THE newspaper that reaches areas no other paper can reach!

Some of the cruise passenge rs visit Rome

On the return to Malaga, Chris King said “We have had a spectacular cruise Festival of Legends and already 40 rooms have been booked for our next cruise!” So successful was this first cruise that three more a re be ing pla nned f or 2017, with one honouring the Beatles as it is the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club B a nd, one c e le br at i ng Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death and a third which will bring together another group of Legends of all types on a journey that leaves from M a la ga a nd he a ds f or Ita ly w ith s ome new ports of call. Further details will be announced on http://www.thefestival but once again, EWN will be supporting not just the cruises but all of the concerts which are planned on dry land for the coming year.

C ru is in g a lo n g to P is a

A final word for all our friends EACH year we look forward with genuine pleasure to receiving Christmas cards from friends and acquaintances both here and overseas. In pa rtic ula r from our very close friends, but also those who we perhaps knew for only a s hort time , or with whom we shared s pe c ia l mome nts in ye a rs gone by, because often

CHRISTMAS TIME: Make an effort to show friends you are thinking of them.

Colin Bird A weekly look Each week, Colin brings his slightly off-thewall view of the world to the pages of EWN in his own irreverent style.

Christmas is the only time of the year when we refresh that past bond. But as time goes by, so the number of cards received diminishes commensurately with our advancing years - understandable perhaps, as unfortunately we all succ umb to our m or t al i t y at som e point and lose friends along the way. But even taking that into consideration, we are told more and more by our contacts that cards will not now be sent and a donation will be made instead to a chosen charity; as if one is connected to the other in some mysterious way. Why is it an either/or consideration? Add to this the increased use of e-greetings and those strings of fe s tive car ds hangi ng over t he fireplace, stair banister and on walls - so familiar in times gone by - sadly shrink with each passing year.

Wi t h t he escal at i ng cost of postage and cards, it becomes an added financial burden and is understandably a consideration for some. Plus the effort of sitting down and t aki ng t he t i m e and trouble to write a few words in each and addr ess envel opes, i s time consuming and taxing. But isn’t that the point? To demonstrate to our friends that we have spared time, expense and effort to write a few words of greeting and to show them that we are thinking of them at Christmas, is surely what makes it special. I often wonder if perhaps in some cases, the charity donation thing is a convenient get-out from the whole process and is simply designed to placate disappointed friends and relatives. Perhaps we are in the minority, but to us maintaining links with the people who have touched our l i ves i n som e way dur i ng our years on this Earth, is of huge importance. We shall continue to donate to the various charities here in the Costa throughout the year whenever we can, but we will always hold close the true spirit of Christmas and maintain that physical link with our many friends worldwide at this special time.


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Britain deserves better than this Brexit jester Nora Johnson

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leagues he can’t stand even being in the same room as Boris! According to European ambassadors, Boris’s idiotically embarrass-

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FIRST it was the Italians who were infuriated by the ‘insulting’ way in which Boris Johnson reduced the debate over Brexit to the economics of prosecco sales. Then French and German officials reportedly received similar lectures about Champagne and car exports in ‘patronising’ and ‘unfunny’ remarks that are worsening Britain’s relationship with Europe. More recently, Boris provoked outrage among EU countries by offering to help Turkey join the EU despite whipping up prejudice during the referendum campaign by suggesting Turkish migrants would flood the UK if Britain stayed in the EU. Add to that the fact that the German foreign affairs minister allegedly told col-

Doubtless the government has a cunning secret plan and antagonising the rest of the world is a key part of it.

ing comments on Brexit, both publicly and privately, are causing real damage. “This is no longer amusing,” one said. Boris once described writing about the EU for The Telegraph as “great fun” because he could throw rocks over a wall and enjoy the sound of breaking glass. He seems to have the same approach to diplomacy. Mrs May should replace him with a grown-up - if she can find one. Boris

can always go back to writing deep insights in GQ magazine etc - maybe he still thinks he is. With Foreign Secretary ‘Buffoon Boris’ one of the Three Brexiteers responsible for Brexit ‘policy,’ at least there are no grounds at all to criticise President-elect Trump, and the similarly challenged team he’s assembling. So, we have Boris ‘insulting’ the Italians, Theresa May (during her recent visit to India) ‘insulting’ the Indians, pretty much everyone insulting the Americans. But doubtless the government has a cunning secret plan and that antagonising the rest of the world is a key part of it. Maybe this is Theresa May’s strategy. Give the three clowns enough rope to hang themselves with. Once they’re done, she’ll clear the decks and proceed with a new, progressive plan that she’s secretly developing behind the scenes. I just wish she’d hurry up before we’ve insulted the entire globe...

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Discover how to make 2017 your best year Sally Trotman Sally Trotman is a qualified Counsellor who works with Astrology, Numerology and the Tarot. Each month she will deliver the forecast as an intuitive tool to aid increased self awareness.

ASTROLOGY: Reach for the stars! Sun in Sagittarius: This free spirited fire sign is encouraging you to let go this month. Is there anything you are strongly attached to that you know you need to release? Attachment to security, a person or outcome is rooted in fear. This month be present, let go of the familiar and allow yourself to be more spontaneous. By going with the flow of life, and trusting yourself and others, you will feel an increased sense of freedom and inner peace. Practice detaching with love this month and notice how your relationships become more harmonious. Get in tune with the moon: The full moon in Gemini on December 14 is the last full moon of the year, bringing the focus to your thoughts. Do you have any important decisions to make before the year ends? When making decisions, consider your needs and also consider what will best serve those close to you. When you make a decision that is for your highest good the unseen forces of the universe rearrange itself so that everyone benefits. Evaluate all options, lis-

ten to your intuition and when you are clear, act decisively, with compassion and understanding. The new moon on December 29 is in the pratical sign of Capricorn. Set three intentions for the New Year on this date, write them down and put the piece of paper in a safe place. Then take inspired action to bring your ideas to reality. Make a commitment to yourself to follow through with your ideas and just imagine where you will be in a year’s time! Numerology: What can you give to yourself this Christmas? Number 12: Numbers are symbols which carry energy and the influence of this number in December will help you to stay focused on what is important to you. By expecting plans to go smoothly, this positive intent will help you to create the best outcome. There are times to do and times to be. The festive season can be

busy and stressful, so take time out for yourself when you can. By nurturing yourself you will be more able to give to others when you need to. The Tarot: Change your perspective The twelfth card in the Major Arcana Tarot deck is the Hanged Man. You may find that you receive some inspiration as the year draws to a close. Use your imagination to visualise what you want. Every moment offers a new opportunity so look at life with wonder and gratitude. Now is a good time to take up a creative hobby, such as painting, dancing, singing, cooking or something else which inspires you. By being creative you are being present. This will help you to forget any concerns and enjoy the moment. By doing what makes you to feel good in each moment, you will attract even bet-

ter things, helping you to make 2017 your best year yet! Create your best year yet! Would you like to discover how you can make the most of the unique numbers and astrological placements based on your date of birth so that you can make 2017 your best year yet? Sally Trotman can help you to make the best choices for you in the New Year, based on your date of birth, by looking at your Numerology, Astrology and associated Tarot cards for the year ahead. She also offers compatibility reports, looking at the unique connection between you and your partner, helping you to understand the strengths and challenges within your relationship. Readings are available via Skype or email. Contact Sally by email at or visit to book in. Here is an email I received recently from a client after providing a written astrological compatibility report: “Hi Sally, the compatibility report was so spot on. Seriously you have confirmed so much for me regarding my relationship. You are bang on with what my partner is like, and although you’ve never met him, it’s like you know him. Thank you very much.” Georgie, Tring, UK.


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One-way traffic siasm for primaries lies in another direction. The PP gives an enviable impression of unity whatever underlying tensions seethe beneath the surface and for the time being at least, Genova can afford to take the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach.

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

HAVING seen the LOMCE education law lying in tatters on the parliament floor Mariano Rajoy went running to the Constitutional Tribunal to veto MPs’ own right to the veto. With his overall majority gone Mariano Rajoy promised dialogue with other parties but clearly still prefers a monologue.

Don’t fix it INSIDE the Partido Popular’s Calle Genova headquarters in Madrid there is little appetite for the primaries that regional politicians want. The party’s ‘Father knows best’ principle is unlikely to be modified although background murmurings calling for primaries cannot be entirely silenced. The PSOE membership who hoisted Pedro Sanchez from the ranks to the top of the heap in 2014 was directly responsible for the socialists’ 2015 and 2016 election defeats, but the hierarchy’s lack of enthu-

Crocodile tears RITA BARBERA, Valencia City mayor for 24 years until May 2015, finally declared before the Supreme Court but died that night of a heart attack in her Madrid hotel. Drummed out of the Partido Popular for alleged involvement in the Taula corruption case, Barbera remained a non-aligned Senato r. She c lung to he r right to be tried by the Supreme Court and denied all knowledge of illicit Partido Popular funding, double accounting or money laundering. On her death the same party to whom s h e h ad be c ome a n e mba rra s s me nt heaped her with praise: “There was no justification for the witch hunt she was subjected to,” lamented former Speaker Jesus Posada. “She didn’t deserve it,” added MP Celia Villalobos, as both shed crocodile tears and, in classic Spanish

ma nne r, inte rpre te d be ing brought to book as persecution.

Own goal CRISTINA CIFUENTES, president of t he Madr i d Com m uni t y r ar el y puts a foot wrong but tripped up by decl ar i ng t hat t he Madrid region’s taxes financed Andalucia’s education, healthcare and other services. Cifuentes later trotted out the usual excuse that the words wer e t aken out of context but her own par t y, t he Par t i do Popular, was hopping mad at losing potential support and votes in Andalucia. And despite expressing obligat or y out r age, r egi onal president Susana Diaz was wreathed in wide smiles thanks to Cifuentes’ own goal. Cristina Cifuentes. Photo Credit Cristina Cifuentes/Flickr

Coach named adopted son of the province

SERGIO SCARIOLO: Was named as adoptive son of Malaga at a ceremony. SPAIN’S national basketball team coach Sergio Scariolo was named an adoptive son of Malaga at a ceremony on Monday (November 28) at Edgar Neville auditorium. The Italian coach, who lives in Marbella, received the honour at a ceremony attended by Provincial Council president Elias Bendodo, Malaga City Mayor Francisco de la Torre and Spanish basketball

federation head Jorge Garbajosa, with music provided by the Malaga Provincial Symphonic Orchestra and Santa Maria de la Victoria choir. Before presenting the award, Bendodo spoke of Scariolo’s impressive career and his belief that a team is more than the sum of its members and that nothing is impossible. “Today we officially recognise Sergio Scari-

olo as a Malaga man, although he has really been one for many years,” Bendodo said, as he has lived in Marbella with his wife Blanca and their children for some time. Scariolo expressed his gratitude for the honour, which he said was far more than “just another award” as it makes him feel part of Malaga, a place which has welcomed his family with open arms.



E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Axarquía - Costa Tropical


MONDAY - 5 DECEMBER 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Fake Britain 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Walliams and Friends 12:15am Have I Got a Bit More News for You

7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Match of the Day 8:30pm Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster 11:00pm Two Doors Down 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am Black and British: A Forgotten History

8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:00pm Insect Dissection: How Insects Work Entomologists Dr James Logan and Brendan Dunphy carry out a complete insect dissection. 10:00pm Monkey Planet 11:00pm The Men Who Built the Liners 12:00am The First World War

7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Brit Icons 11:25pm ITV News 11:55pm ITV News London 12:10am Fierce 1:10am Jackpot247

5:50pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 8:30pm You’ve Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pm American Dad! 11:30pm Family Guy 12:00am Family Guy

11:55am 1:00pm 2:05pm 3:10pm 4:10pm 5:20pm 5:50pm 6:25pm 6:55pm 7:55pm 9:00pm 11:00pm 12:30am

Murder, She Wrote Wycliffe Heartbeat Wild at Heart Where the Heart is Doctor in the House You’re Only Young Twice George and Mildred Heartbeat Murder, She Wrote Midsomer Murders Mr Selfridge Blue Murder


1:05pm Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2:10pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Coast v Country 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Supershopper 9:30pm Tricks of the Restaurant Trade 10:00pm Our Guy in China 11:00pm First Dates 12:05am The Lie Detective 12:55am Bodyshockers

12:45pm The Christmas Switch 2:25pm Mrs. Miracle 4:15pm Hats Off to Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Police Interceptors 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Tour De Celeb 9:00pm All New Traffic Cops 10:00pm The Secret Life of Puppies 11:00pm Greatest Christmas TV Moments 1:50am Lip Sync Battle UK

2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Rillington Place 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Imagine... 1:00am Mystery Road

5:30pm A Place to Call Home 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Choir 11:00pm Live at the Apollo 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am NFL 1:05am Back in Time for Brixton 2:05am The Apprentice

8:30pm Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:00pm Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails 10:00pm Digging for Britain 11:00pm The Secret History of Our Streets 12:00am Treasures of Ancient Greece Series in which Alastair Sooke examines the artistic legacy of ancient Greece. 1:00am Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide 2:00am Nigel Slater’s Icing on the Cake

1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2:10pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Coast v Country 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds 10:00pm This is Us: Pilot 11:00pm The Undateables 12:05am Gogglebox

10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:40pm 5 News Lunchtime 12:45pm A Belle for Christmas 2:30pm Mr Miracle 4:15pm The Nine Lives of Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Police Interceptors 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm All New Traffic Cops 9:00pm The Yorkshire Vet 10:00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 11:00pm Slum Britain: 50 Years on 12:30am The Secret Life of Puppies

10:50am 11:55am 12:55pm 1:55pm 2:50pm 3:20pm 3:50pm 4:55pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 8:05pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 10:00pm 11:05pm 11:10pm 12:10am

5:00pm Football 5:30pm Football 6:00pm Premier League 100 Club 6:30pm Darts Gold 7:00pm Premier League 100 Club 7:30pm Soccer AM: The Best Bits 2016/17 8:00pm Football 12:00am Spfl Round Up Show 12:15am NFL America’s Game 1:15am NFL America’s Game 2:15am Live NFL

7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm River Monsters 9:00pm Our Queen at 90 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:40pm The Coming War on China 1:40am Jackpot247 4:00am Loose Women

2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You’ve Been Framed! 8:30pm You’ve Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm American Pie 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pm American Pie 11:55pm Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy

2:05pm 3:10pm 4:10pm 5:20pm

3:25pm 3:50pm 4:55pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm

Counting Cars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars The Chase: Celebrity Special Benidorm Jaws 2 FYI Daily Jaws 2 River Monsters Fishing Impossible

1:00pm Football 5:00pm Mnf Pre-Game Show 6:00pm Football 6:30pm Darts Gold 7:00pm Premier League Review 8:00pm Spfl Round-Up Show 8:15pm Sporting Triumphs 8:30pm Gillette Soccer Special 2016/17 11:00pm La Liga World 11:30pm MLS Goals Round Up Show 12:00am Premier League Review

Snooker v Darts The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Counting Cars Counting Cars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars River Monsters Car Crash Global The Last Boy Scout FYI Daily The Last Boy Scout Death Wish 5: The Face of Death FYI Daily

10:00am Boxing Gold 10:30am Darts Gold 11:00am The Premier League Years 1:00pm Premier League Review 2:00pm Sporting Triumphs 3:00pm Football’s Greatest 4:00pm Great Sporting Moments 5:00pm Premier League Legends 6:00pm Boxing Gold 6:30pm Darts Gold 7:00pm Premier League Review 8:00pm Barclays Premier League World 8:30pm Gillette Soccer Special 2016/17 11:00pm Barclays Premier League World 11:30pm The Premier League Years 1:30am Premier League Legends

The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Renegades FYI Daily Renegades Bundesliga

5:55pm 6:25pm 6:55pm 8:00pm 9:00pm 11:00pm 12:00am 1:00am

Heartbeat Wild at Heart Where the Heart is Doctor in the House You’re Only Young Twice George and Mildred Heartbeat Murder, She Wrote Midsomer Murders Mr Selfridge Blue Murder Bouquet of Barbed Wire

10:00pm 11:00pm 12:10am 12:15am 1:25am 2:30am

WEDNESDAY - 7 DECEMBER 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Watchdog 10:00pm Six Wives with Lucy Worsley 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm A Question of Sport 12:15am Film 2016 12:45am Who Do You Think You Are? 1:45am Weather for the Week Ahead

12:30pm 2:00pm 2:30pm 3:00pm 3:30pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 6:15pm

7:00pm 7:30pm

8:00pm 9:00pm 10:00pm 11:00pm 11:30pm 12:15am 1:15am

The Daily Politics Cash in the Attic Coast Just Good Friends Open All Hours Rowan Atkinson Talking Comedy Snow Wolf Family and Me A Place to Call Home Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Eggheads Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two Celebrity Antiques Road Trip MasterChef: The Professionals The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve The Premier League Show Newsnight The Choir The Choir

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day’s events from a global perspective. 8:30pm The Taff: The River That Made Wales 9:00pm Britain’s Treasure Islands 10:00pm The Ipcress File 11:45pm The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers 12:45am Britain’s Treasure Islands Naturalist Stewart McPherson explores the UK Overseas Territories. 1:45am The Secret History of Our Streets 2:45am How to Build a Dinosaur 3:45am The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers

9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:30am Jamie’s Comfort Food 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2:10pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Coast v Country 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 10:00pm 24 Hours in A and E 11:00pm Finding My Twin Stranger 12:05am First Dates

8:50am Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 9:00am Wissper 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Paw Patrol 9:45am Toot the Tiny Tugboat 10:00am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:40pm 5 News Lunchtime 12:45pm A Christmas Promise 2:25pm Noel 4:15pm Defending Santa 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Police Interceptors 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Building the Ice Hotel 9:00pm GPs: Behind Closed Doors 10:00pm Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 11:00pm Undercover 12:05am The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door

7:00am Good Morning Britain 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 10:00pm In Plain Sight 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:40pm UEFA Champions League Highlights 1:10am Jackpot247 4:00am ITV Nightscreen

10:30am 11:20am 12:15pm 1:15pm 1:45pm


3:35pm 4:40pm 5:45pm 6:50pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm 10:00pm 11:00pm 11:05pm 12:45am

Psych Scorpion Dinner Date Emmerdale Funniest Ever You’ve Been Framed! Gold The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Jeremy Kyle Show The Jeremy Kyle Show The Jeremy Kyle Show Take Me Out You’ve Been Framed! You’ve Been Framed! Two and a Half Men Two and a Half Men Love Actually FYI Daily Love Actually Family Guy

7:00am Movies Now 7:10am Doctor in the House 7:35am Heartbeat 8:35am Where the Heart is 9:35am Wild at Heart 10:35am Judge Judy 11:55am Murder, She Wrote 12:50pm Wycliffe Drama series about a Cornish police detective. 1:55pm Heartbeat 3:00pm Wild at Heart 4:00pm Where the Heart is 5:10pm Doctor in the House 5:45pm You’re Only Young Twice 6:15pm George and Mildred 6:50pm Heartbeat 7:55pm Murder, She Wrote 8:55pm Wycliffe 10:00pm Christmas Epic Fails 11:00pm Mr Selfridge 12:05am Ice Cream Girls

7:00am 7:05am 8:00am 8:45am 9:50am 10:55am 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 2:25pm 2:55pm 3:25pm 3:55pm 4:55pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 8:55pm 10:00pm 11:00pm 12:00am 12:05am 1:10am 2:10am


1 - 7 December 2016 / Axarquía - Costa Tropical

Famous quote

This week


Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.” Stephen Hawking

in history 1492 - Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus. 1640 - A nationalist revolution in Portugal led to independence from Spain as the Spanish garrisons were driven out of Portugal. 1791 - The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, was first published in Britain. 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France by Pope Pius VII in Paris. 1829 - The British banned the practice of ‘suttee’ in India in which Indian females traditionally burned themselves to death on their husband's funeral pyre. 1886 - The 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt, aged 28, wed his second wife Edith Kermit Carow, aged 25, in London. 1913 - Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile reducing the time to build a car from more than 12 hours to two hours and 30 minutes. 1925 - The Locarno Treaties were signed by France, Belgium and Germany as a preventative measure to avoid another war in the aftermath of the First World War. Terms of the Locarno Pact were guaranteed by Britain and Italy. 1941 - The US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft in a raid that lasted just over one hour and left nearly 3,000 Americans dead. 1942 - The Beveridge Report was published in Britain envisioning the welfare state including insurance for the entire population. 1948 - Heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne was born in Birmingham. 1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the first centrefold. 1960 - Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany after being accused of attempted arson. 1967 - The first successful heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Cape Town, South African, on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days. 1982 - Michael Jackson released the album Thriller. 1990 - England was connected to mainland Europe for the first time since the Ice Age as engineers digging a railway tunnel under the English Channel broke through the last rock layer. 2008 - OJ Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. 2009 - 22-year-old American exchange student Amanda Knox was convicted of murdering British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Italy. 2015 - US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning all Muslims from entering the US.

Women’s wit

With the number of people I ignore, I’m lucky I work at all in this town.” Helena Bonham Carter

World of English

I speak two languages… body and English.”



for next 7 days

Costa del Sol


Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once.


















Fri Sat Sun -



20 10 S 18 12 C 17 12 Sh

Mon - 17 12 Sh Tues - 18 11 C Wed - 19 11 C


Fri Sat Sun -

18 11 Cl Mon - 17 12 C 18 13 C Tues - 17 12 C 16 12 Sh Wed - 17 12 C

Fri Sat Sun -

32 23 Th 32 23 Sh 32 23 Sh S Sun,

15 3 Cl 14 6 Cl 14 7 C


Mon - 16 7 Cl Tues - 16 7 C Wed - 15 7 C




Mon - 33 23 C Tues - 32 23 Cl Wed - 32 23 Th Cl Clear,





Fri Sat Sun -

18 9 S 18 9 S 19 10 C


13 2 Cl 12 4 C 11 4 C C Cloudy,



Mon - 12 4 Cl Tues - 12 3 Cl Wed - 12 3 C Sh Showers,


Fri Sat Sun -

20 8 Cl 18 10 Cl 16 9 Sh Sn Snow,






Mon - 18 11 Cl Tues - 18 11 C Wed - 17 11 C


Mon - 18 10 Sh Tues - 18 9 C Wed - 18 10 C



Fri Sat Sun -

19 10 S 17 12 C 16 11 Sh



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Mon - 17 12 Sh Tues - 18 12 Sh Wed - 18 12 C




Barcelona TODAY:

19 10 C 18 12 Cl 17 12 Sh


Almeria TODAY:


Fri Sat Sun -






Mon - 17 8 Sh Tues - 18 9 Cl Wed - 18 9 C Th Thunder


Alicante TODAY:






Saturday November 26



Saturday November 26



Tuesday November 22


Friday November 25
































Sunday November 27


10 28

Saturday November 26










E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Axarquía - Costa Tropical


Jason Bourne 2016 Directed by: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles


Just Joking

Unscramble the name of a famous newsreader and journalist: CONVERT MAD LORD

I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together... it was riveting.

Unscramble the name of an epic historical drama film (three words): WE CARE FOR ALBANIA

There are three kinds of men in this world... Some remain single and make wonders happen. Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen. The rest get married and wonder what happened???


It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilises terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

Miguel Illescas, Chess Grandmaster, December 3


Spain’s strongest and most consistent player he won the Grandmaster title in 1988. A highly skilled player from a young age he became the junior champion of Catalonia at the tender age of 12. Although a trained computer scientist, chess remains his real passion. He runs his own school.

• Bette Midler, Actress/Singer, December 1, 71 A talented actress with a career spanning almost half a century she has starred in films including Beaches, Ruthless People and Hocus Pocus and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes and three Emmy Awards. Also a gifted singer she has sold over 30 million records worldwide. • Monica Seles, Tennis Player, December 2, 43 Former Yugoslavian world number one professional tennis player who won nine Grand Slam titles. She set a record as the youngest French Open champion ever when she won the event in 1990. Whilst playing a match in Hamburg, Germany, in 1993 against Steffi Graf she was stabbed in the shoulder by an obsessed Steffi Graf fan. • Jay Z, Rapper, December 4, 47 Award-winning rapper who has won 19 Grammy Awards and sold 75 million albums worldwide. Three of his albums were featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. He married singer Beyonce Knowles in 2008 and the celebrity couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012. • Little Richard, Singer, December 5, 84 Performing for the first time on stage when he was only 14 years of age he became an influencial figure in pop music and culture. Combining elements of boogie, gospel and blues his hit songs include Tutti Frutti and Good Golly Miss Molly. In 1986 he was one of the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. • Nick Park, Animator/Director, December 6, 58 Creator of the much-loved animations Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. His animations have won him four Academy Awards and five BAFTA Awards. In 2005 most of his creations were lost after a fire gutted Aardman Animations’ archive warehouse. Some of the original models and sets survived as they were stored elsewhere.

10-Star Quiz

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




1 Urbane 2 Asylum 3 Priory 4 Ribald 5 Bodies 6 Micron 7 Embody 8 Indict 9 Frolic 10 Mingle 11 Entity 12 Befell 13 Ginkgo 14 Killed 15 Floury 16 Shaken 17 Pulley 18 Cougar 19 Propel.

YOUR STARS CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) An investment made recently is built upon and brings peace of mind. Finances do need consideration but more in the long than the short-term. Much is happening in the background that does not require your attention but, all the same, be aware. Life may be like a game of chess, but this week if you turn your back an opponent may cheat. AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You realise this week how liberating it is to share your thoughts and feelings with someone close. It is not always easy to do this, until you realise everyone has them. Some hopes and dreams are more attainable than others, of course, and someone has to find out which are which. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Time is precious this week because you are in demand. A chance lost in the past presents itself again but won’t be too easy. Holding back just a little makes you more desirable. A want to travel could be cramped by financial considerations. If making extra money is too difficult, consider sharing something of value with someone else. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) After a relaxed weekend, it might prove difficult to take up the reins of work again. However, midweek sees you trotting along happily and minding your own business when someone stops you in your tracks. When a challenge is issued, your natural stubbornness comes to the fore.







(November 23 - December 21)

An emotional cut-off from the past is not as bad as anticipated. Indeed, it confirms in your mind who you are and what your place in the world is. Inherited traits knit easily with your present life and bring contentment. All that you want to change at the moment are certain things round you that have been outgrown. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) With a mind as sharp as a needle, you spin through the week, weaving your own charming spell. A bit of extra confidence works wonders for your mood. Something that you read sets you thinking about doing some writing or creating something artistic, perhaps even a musical. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Although energy is not high, there is the need to have some kind of challenge. With the brain active, it is an ideal time to plot and plan your next moves. Maybe something that has been delayed might now be advanced. You find it hard to choose between opportunities. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) The imagination stirs and the heart races at a suggestion this week. Your strong intuition tells you it is the right thing to do. You are a constant friend, but such an adventure may mean an absence from someone close. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Reading the small print or being sure what is offered in a personal encounter is most important this week. Leave nothing to chance or you could be out of pocket.

When discussing the future with someone close, you are expected to take the lead. VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Being over-generous with cash midweek could see you making a poor move. Perhaps someone needs to be more hardworking or perhaps less of a spendthrift. Propping up a bad habit would be doing them no favours. There are doubts in your mind about a family holiday. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) A suggestion made by you recently did not seem to be taken seriously. This week, however, negotiations could be opened. Circumstances change and it may seem someone gave up too early. Bide your time and even hold your tongue when someone in a strong position spouts rubbish. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Confidence in a close relationship should be maintained. Possibly someone who envies your position would like to see discord. A matter of spiritual or religious faith is questioned, but the answer comes more clearly and sharply than you would have thought. In discussions with yourself (sometimes the best kind) answers come easily.

LETTER WRITING DAY On December 7, why not get out your finest stationery and writing equipment and pen a letter to someone special because it is Letter Writing Day? 1. In a letter written in 1924, which famous American astronomer wrote: ‘You will be interested to hear that I have found a Cepheid variable in the Andromeda Nebula’ and transformed our view of the universe forever’? 2. What is the title of the long-running BBC One television series that started in 1961 and features the letters of viewers offering praise, criticism and observations on BBC television programmes of recent weeks? 3. ‘On a day like today, we pass the time away’ is the first line of which Pat Boone song, which reached number two in the UK singles chart in July 1957? 4. On October 26, 1605, while sitting at supper at his house in Hoxton, London, Baron Monteagle (William Parker) received a letter warning of which infamous conspiracy? 5. What name for a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection comes from the French for ‘sweet note’? 6. What name is given to a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle? 7. What name used for the Western Hemisphere was coined by a Spanish scholar in a letter dated November 1, 1492 in which he referred to Columbus’ first voyage to America? 8. Which American novelist wrote The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, first published in 1850? 9. Which US president sent the ‘Bixby letter’ in November 1864 to Lydia Parker Bixby, a widow living in Boston, Massachusetts, who was thought to have lost five sons in the Union Army during the American Civil War? 10. Which weekly 15-minute radio series broadcast on BBC Radio from March 24, 1946 to February 20, 2004, is the longest-running speech radio programme in history? Answers 1. EDWIN HUBBLE, 2. POINTS OF VIEW, 3. LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND, 4. GUNPOWDER PLOT, 5. BILLET-DOUX, 6. EPISTLE, 7. NEW WORLD (NOVI ORBIS), 8. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, 9. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 10, Alistair Cooke’s LETTER FROM AMERICA


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

TARGET: • Average: 12 • Good: 17 • Very good: 25 • Excellent: 32

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION alec alee aloe alto carl clad clod clot coal cola cold cole colt dale deal dele dole dolt earl lace lade lard late lead leer load lode lord lore oral rale real reel role tael talc tale teal told tole alder alert alter carol clear cleat coral creel dealt decal delta dolce elate elder elect laced lacer lated later octal older ratel telco cartel cereal claret coaled coaler colder cradle creole dealer elated elater leader lector loader locate oracle ordeal rectal relate reload retold tercel alerted altered caroled cleared cleated creedal declare elector electro leotard located related treacle treadle relocate RELOCATED


1 - 7 December 2016 / Axarquía - Costa Tropical



Enjoy filling in the following puzzles and check the answers in next week’s edition


Code Breaker





Across 1 Helped to show Neddy is another diminutive for Edward (8) 5 Barrage beginning with a long lecture (4) 9 Parasite takes shelter in front of church (5) 10 Ringo and Sheeran had top billing (7) 11 Hostility in Teheran courthouse (7) 12 Coat leapt about (5) 13 Stop in scruffy side street (6) 15 How’s that for attractiveness? (6) 19 Firstly, surgeons cannot operate unless remarkably clean (5) 21 Cook a meal, do it in style (1,2,4) 23 Make a mistake and start some chores (7) 24 Certain dialects found around the country (5) 25 Nobody heard the religious woman (4) 26 Bandits in groups carrying equipment (8) Down 1 Enticed by a duller fashion (7) 2 Polish lady has a nurse (5) 3 Educates groups of swimmers (7) 4 Guarantee points by river (6) 6 A fairer form of travel expense (7) 7 Young man gets the French scoop (5) 8 Western snake and insect (4) 14 Ron raps about a leather pouch (7) 16 Saying grace for a prying butcher (7) 17 Eyes law around tolerances (7)






1 Classic, 5 Tight, 8 Snail, 9 Cordite, 10 Aged, 11 Delaware, 13 Dagger, 15 Divers, 18 Dulcimer, 19 Pure, 22 Netball, 23 Orion, 24 Ounce, 25 Sunbeam. Down: 1 Custard, 2 Abate, 3 Silo, 4 Cachet, 5 Terrapin, 6 Grimace, 7 There, 12 Heritage, 14 Gelatin, 16 Sternum, 17 Realms, 18 Dingo, 20 Unite, 21 Down.

QUICK Across:

18 Saw mistake in her cable (6) 19 Back in Western Samoa (5) 20 Charter is torn apart (4) 22 Aged Australian car manufacturer loses capital (5) Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 6 represents X and 11 represents B, so fill in X every time the figure 6 appears and B every time the figure 11 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Freight (5) 4 Distinguish oneself (7) 8 Dispossess (7) 9 Eating utensil (5) 10 Night times (8) 11 Pure and simple (4) 13 Lose momentarily (6) 14 Take a chance (6) 17 Raced (4) 19 Uncivilised (8) 22 Change (5) 23 Awaiting conclusion or confirmation (7) 24 Non-professional (7) 25 Wander off (5)

Down 1 Scrounge for (5) 2 Put down by force or intimidation (7) 3 First (8) 4 Toboggan (6) 5 Dusty pink colour (4) 6 Isolated from others (5) 7 Open and genuine (7) 12 Slang name for a surgeon (8) 13 Eye makeup (7) 15 Obstacle (7) 16 Interfere with, as evidence (6) 18 Additional (5) 20 Cautious (5) 21 Compulsion (4)

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

1 Bogus, 3 Flats, 8 Excited, 9 Bored, 10 Omit, 13 Apex, 14 Elite, 17 Tequila, 18/6 Dog tag, 19 Steal, 20 Shine.

Down: 1 Byte, 2 Shekel, 3 Fact, 4 Attempted, 5 Sedate, 7 Grotesque, 11 Cactus, 12 Always, 15 Bill, 16 Ogre.

ENGLISHSPANISH Across: 1 Leader, 4/11 Roof rack, 7 Crust, 8 Techo, 10 Veintiuno, 13 Above, 14 Unico, 15 Kick, 16 Celoso. Down: 1 Lock, 2 Azulejo, 3 Entonces, 5 Frog, 6 Attitude, 9 Contigo, 12 Topo.


Across 1 Cowards (8) 8 To bring (5) 9 Never (5) 10 Fin (3) 11 Águila (5) 12 Between (5) 13 Badly (3) 14 Code (cipher) (5) 15 Planchas (utensilios) (5) 16 Then (at that time) (8)

Down 2 Naranjada (9) 3 Acuerdo (9) 4 Diente de león (9) 5 Insolación (9) 6 Estirar (7) 7 Lemonade (7)

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By Michael Connelly DETECTIVE Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. He’s picky about who he works for, having worked 30 years at the LAPD. Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Harry realises that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the person he’s seeking. As he begins to uncover the haunting story he finds uncanny links to his own past and knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

1. The US throws away 216lbs of food The most unbelievable thing that happens every second is Americans throwing away 216 pounds of food. The population is not entirely at fault for this as it turns out confusion about expiry labels on food are the major culprits. A lack of proper regulation on sell-by, expiration and best before dates has led to 40 per cent of food in the US being thrown away. 2. Bees beat their wings 270 times Average honey bees beat their wings at least 270 times a second. In total this adds up to about 16,820 per minute. To put this into perspective the world record holder for the most amount of claps in one minute managed to do 1,020 claps, a mere 1/16th of the bee’s speed. 3. Lightning strikes six times The fastest thing on earth strikes it six times every second. Lightning is an electrostatic discharge that takes place between electrically charged areas in the clouds. You will always see lightning before you hear its thunder strike due to the fact that light travels at a much higher speed than sound. 4. 20,000 bottles of Coca Cola are sold The world’s most popular soft drink is sold in the form of 1.8 billion cans or bottles a day, meaning a whopping 20,000 are sold every second. It is the most popular soft drink in every country in the world except Scotland, where Irn Bru still holds the #1 spot. 5. Six babies are born Population biologists estimate six babies are born every second globally and about 240 a minute. Global population increases by 2 per cent each year making the birth rate at about 3.5 per cent. 6. Saliva travels 100m Not much is ever said about how fast


App of the Week Duolingo Duolingo is a free app which helps you learn new languages. It’s packed full of bite-size quizzes that you can dip into at any time, and that gradually build your vocabulary and grammar in any of the 10 supported languages. It’s possibly the best app for learning new languages and is available to download from the Apple store.

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DISCARDED FOOD: Due to confusion on best before dates. it moves but saliva is certainly one of the most incredible things that happens every second because without air resistance our saliva can travel over 100 metres in a single second. Ninety eight per cent of saliva is water and it contains important substances such as electrolytes, enzymes and antibacterial compounds. Digestion normally starts in the mouth before reaching the stomach. 7. A garden snail travels one cm in the rain One of the slowest animals on earth can travel as much as one cm every second in the rain. Rain softens and reduces ground resistance which helps the snail move faster. Snails are herbivores and snack on all sorts of plants, however they are a delicious treat for many animals such as birds, lizards, centipedes, insects, frogs and other predatory snails. 8. A bullet travels 900m A bullet can travel at up to 900m per second before it hits its target, at a whopping 3,240 km/h. It is one of the fastest man-made creations that exist, therefore can certainly be considered for this Top 10. Bullets use Newton’s

law of motion, and will travel in a set projectile before reaching a medium. According to Newton mechanics, a bullet will only stop if it transfers its momentum to an equivalent or greater mass of medium. This usually happens once the bullet hits something. 9. 60 Lipsticks are made Sixty lipsticks are made per second in the world on average, which makes them one of the most incredible things to happen every second. Lipsticks are popular and a daily custom for women. They come in different colours, flavours and are distributed by several manufacturers. It’s the one accessory that you won’t find missing from a woman’s purse.

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.

TARGET: • Average: 14 • Good: 20 • Very good: 29

10. Five new profiles are created on Facebook The social media giant released figures recently which said that 432,000 new accounts are made per day, meaning that on average five new users join the website every second. The figures also showed an astronomical number of daily likes of 4.5 billion. This boils down to an average of 52,000 likes per second.

• Excellent: 37

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

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Move from the start word (FILL) to the end word (CAKE) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time. FILL MILL MILE MALE MAKE CAKE

Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

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Solution There are at least four solutions to this puzzle, including:

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Answers: A load of cobblers, Bags under the eyes.



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British children top poll for lack of exercise BRITISH children are amongst the worst in the

world for physical activity. That’s the findings from an

international study of 38 countries. England, Scotland and Wales came low in the activity rankings with the report stating that just 15 per cent of girls aged 1115 in England and 22 per cent of boys carried out the one hour of moderate-intensity activity a day as recommended by the World Health Organisation. The study was presented to the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Thailand, as British health experts warned that children were losing out on exercise and more should be done to encourage sport and physical activity and get youngsters away from computer screens and their sedentary lifestyle. The grades of activity were based on indicators including active play, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, sedentary behaviour, family and peers, school, community and the built environment as


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Children losing out on exercise. well as government strategies and investments. The international congress also set a target of reducing sedentary behaviour around the world by 10 per cent over the next nine years.

IS it normal to suffer a migraine? Mi gr ai nes ar e a f r equent cause of headaches but not all headaches are migraines. They can be intense and causing pulsat i ng pai n t o one or both sides of the head. If you have t hese sym pt om s and t hey per si st you should be evaluated by a specialist, who will carry out tests including a blood test and an MRI. What i s t he di f f erence between a normal headache and a m i graine? Migraines tend to affect specific areas of the head and can be associated with neuralgic symptoms including visual alterations, numbness or tingling sensation in the face or hands and even, al t hough t hi s i s r ar e, temporary paralysis of the face or other parts of the body. They usually last between 24 and 72 hours and wear off gradually. Patients usually

identify their symptoms quite quickly and as time goes by can learn to prevent or reduce attacks by taking certain measures. H ow can I cont rol t hese at t acks? When t hey happen I have t o stop what I'm doing and if I'm driving it could be dangerous. Attacks can be hard to cont r ol but usual l y i f caught early they can be kept in check. Stressful si t uat i ons shoul d be avoided and those prone to migraines should get plenty of sleep at night and avoid anything they suspect sparks their attacks. What causes them? The causes ar e unknown, but genetics, hormonal changes and cert ai n m edi ci nes ar e believed to be involved. Some patients also relate their attacks to certain foods or drinks including alcohol, smoked foods, chocolate, citrus fruit or caffeine.

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A positive outlook can be good for your health A NEGATIVE attitude could be reflected in your health. According to a Finnish study, pessimism appeared to be a strong risk factor in coronary heart disease (CHD). Researchers studied 2,267 Finnish men and women over 11 years and found that the 121 people that died of heart disease had a gloomier approach to life than the rest and had been more pessimistic at the start of the study than the others. It is believed that this pessimism is linked to stress and the stress increases blood sugar levels and blood pressure which can lead to heart damage and disease. This is one of a few studies highlighting

the relationship between pessimism and mortality from CHD, but there have been numerous studies over the years stressing how optimism can improve your health. An American study evaluated 839 people in the early 1960s, performing tests for optimism and pessimism. In those analysed 30 years later, tests show that optimism was linked to longevity. Dutch studies have reported similar results. In one, the researchers assessed over 500 men for their optimism who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer in 1985. Over the next 15 years, the researchers reported that those who were more positive were 55 per cent less likely to die from car-

diovascular disease than the pessimists, even after traditional cardiovascular risk factors were taken into account.

PESSIMISM: Has been linked to stress.

Beware of unqualified dieticians and nutritionists IN Spain, the figure of a dietitian or nutritionist is not recognised within the public health system unlike other European countries. As a result, the number of people claiming to be trained professionals is on the rise. President of the General Council of Nutri-

tionists-Dietitians and Association of Nutritionists-Dietitians of Valencia, Alma Palau, claims that 70 per cent of dieticians who appear on websites are fraudulent without proper qualifications: “We are not dispensers of fad diets, we are professionals involved in improving global health and disease preven-

tion, based on scientific evidence.” Palau said this area of professionals are amongst the most unknown and yet “are the most involved in non-congenital disease prevention through healthy eating habits.” The president claimed that if you Google dieticians, of the top 100, she predicts around

only 23 would have the correct professional qualifications. In the case of the Valencia Region, there are 500 registered professionals and three universities where the degree of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is taught, recognised by the public health system.


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Interesting Almuñecar events By John Smith THERE will be a Flamenco perfo rma n ce fe a tu rin g pia no a nd dance at the Almuñecar Casa de la Cultura starting at 8pm on Friday D e c e mb er 2 fea tu ri ng A lbe rto Raya on piano and dancer Anna Esquivel with admission costing €12. Later in the month, on December 18 at 8pm the JJMM choir will be performing the Misa Criolla composed by the Argentine Ariel Ramirez with the work dedicated to tw o G erma n n u n s w ho ga ve food to prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp. Appearing at the Church of the

CASA DE LA CULTURA: Will host various events in December.

I ncar nat i on i n Cal l e Puer t a de Granada, the choir will be in the company of an instrumental and vocal group Vientos del Sur Then, on December 21, also at 8pm the choir will be appearing at the Casa de la Cultura performing a more traditional Christmas concer t i n t he com pany of t he 45 strong children’s choir, El Coro Infantil Los Arcos. The t wo choi r s wi l l per f or m pieces best suited to their voices and ages but all will be in the spirit of Christmas. For this perform ance, t her e wi l l be a sm al l charge of €5 with €1 going towards supporting the less fortunate in Almuñecar.

Join in with Club International Nerja IF you are new to Nerja and want to meet up with some interesting people who speak the same language then you could do a lot worse that joining the CID. That is not a Spanish offshoot of the British Police but the Club International de Nerja who is always happy to welcome new recruits to their club that meets at Calle San Juan 42. They arrange plenty of events and run a bar and lending library which are open on certain lunchtimes during the week. On Thursday December 1, they will host a Swinging Sixties Night of music, dancing and fun with the bar open until 10.30pm and admission just €2 for members and €4 for visitors. If you want to meet new people and join in on one of their many trips, visit Facebook CIDNERJA or email clubinter for membership details.

XMAS TRIP: To La Cala de Mijas.

Unexpected Christmas getaway availability DUE to some cancellations because of illness, the Phoenix Club in Torre del Mar has some spare places for its Christmas getaway to La Cala de Mijas which sees five days and four nights in the heart of the Costa del Sol in a 4* hotel from December 23 to 27. The accommodation is at the Vik Gran Hotel on the first line in La Cala on an all inclusive basis which includes all meals

and drinks including a special gala dinner on Christmas Day, coach fares, gratuities and even WiFi at a cost of €265 per person based on two sharing or with a single supplement of €80. If you would like more information or to book contact Gail on 951 067 723. Alt er nat i vel y you can vi si t t he websi t e or email

March and munch trip IF you enjoy walking then there will be an easy eight kilometre walk in the El Acebuchal Valley which takes you through a number of pretty country lanes with a break for a leisurely buffet meal and then return to where the cars will be parked. This four hour excursion takes place on Saturday December 3 with the starting place at Plaza Cantarero, Nerja at 9.30am and costing €20 for the hike plus €10 for lunch but reservations are vital so call John on 647 273 502.


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John Graham The property expert

AROUND 70 per cent of your energy bills will be on heating. The clocks have gone forward, it gets dark earlier, early morning and evenings are getting colder and a little damper, especially if you live close to the sea or in the campo. Obviously it’s not as cold or as damp as Northern Europe at this time of the year but over the next few months, around 70 per cent of your energy bills will be spent on heating your home. My top tips are designed to keep EWN readers heating bills as low as possible and your home as warm and as comfortable as possible.

KEEP WARM: Through the winter and reduce energy loss by reducing drafts. It doesn’t really matter if you live in an apartment or a villa, the accepted healthy and comfortable room temperatures for a home are around 21C for the living room and around 18C for bedrooms, so save money and stay warm by following

my top tips. 1. External walls are colder than interior walls, you will be warmer if you position your sofa and chairs in the centre of the room or against warmer interior walls. 2. Use the natural heat

from the sun to warm up your home, keep the curtains wide open during daylight hours and close your curtains as soon as the sun goes down and keep the heat in your home. The heavier your curtains the more insulation your

An illicit attraction By Matthew Elliott A REN E GADE m a y o r h as fin a lly lived up to her campaign promise and slapped home rental websites Airbnb and HomeAway with massive fines for promoting unregistered accommodation. It’s been a long time coming for the two global rental powerhouses who have been heavily criticised by Barcelona mayor Ada Colau for artificially inflated rents in the Catalan city. The c i t y h a l l h a s n o w le v ied a whopping €600,000 fine on each of the companies after raising the maximum fine available from €30,000. Colau is a former property eviction activist who made her name fighting against ruthless landlords. Her tenure as mayor has been controversial to say the least but is likely to influence other regions across Spain. The unregulated home rental business is being cracked down on across the country, especially in Andalucia, the Balearics, and Valencia. Barcelona has set the ball rolling and regional governments may feel

CLAMPING DOWN: On the rental of unregistered accommodation. more comfortable following through on their frequent threats to impose draconian fines on anyone renting out their homes without paying the appropriate taxes. While Airbnb is at the height of its p o w e r in major c itie s a c ros s the world, it is also increasingly being used in smaller communities.

One silver lining is that Barcelona e le c te d to ta rge t the c orpora tions s pons oring ille ga l re nta ls , rather than the property owners themselves. But it would be unwise to expect tha t tre nd to c ontinue , e s pe c ia lly with fines ranging up to €600,000 at in the government’s weaponry.

home will have in the evenings. 3. Reduce energy loss in your rooms by reducing drafts in doors and windows. Block all drafts with self adhesive seals and draft excluders, they are cheap to buy and easy to fit. If you have a fireplace, close the damper or fit a screen in the fireplace to prevent warm air in the room escaping up the chimney. 4. Make sure your hot water tank is insulated with a good quality insulation jacket. Insulate your marble or tiled floor with carpets and buy some warmer slippers. 5. If your boiler is more than 10 years old it could be time to replace it with a modern more efficient model. A-rated condensing boilers use less energy but give you the same amount of heat.

6. Set your timer on your heating system to come on half an hour before you wake up in the morning and set the timer to switch off during the day. 7. If you have radiators or air conditioning wall vents, don’t place bulky furniture in front of them, you should allow the warm air to circulate around the room freely. 8. If you have radiators or electric heating panels, fit reflective panels on the wall behind them and heat up your room not your wall. 9. If you have radiators, fit thermostats to the radiators to control energy use and save money by using energy only when and where you need it in each room. 10. If you have single glass windows, fit double glazed windows, they will help insulate your home and save money on your energy bills.

Mixed messages MORTGAGES in Spain are changing faster than ever. The marketplace has dramatically expanded courtesy of some major banks withdrawing from the scene, paving the way for all manners of different deals and online products. Whereas in the past, even just a year or two ago, most mortgages were variable rate and fixed rate ones were something of an anomaly, today just one in five is variable rate. Deals aren’t as clear cut as they once were. Rather than people switching en masse over to fixed rate loans the preference now is for

mixed deals which have a fixed rate for the first six months to two years, then become longerterm variable rate mortgages oscillating between 1.3 and 2.3 per cent.


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How to defeat the dreaded damp By Eleanor Hawkins NOW the wintry weather seems to have finally arrived and most of Spain has started to see some rain, that common, dreaded household enemy, damp, may have started to show its face on your walls and ceilings. Damp stains are not just unsightly and smelly, they can also pose a health risk and bring on allergies and infections if not treated quickly and efficiently, so it’s time to roll up your sleeves and send it on its way. A lack of correct ventilation and damp

A lack of correct ventilation and damp atmosphere are the most common reasons that stains start to appear, so rule number one is to air your home as often as possible.

atmosphere are the most common reasons stains start to appear, so rule number one is to air your home as often as possible. Sea salt will become your new best friend in these cases as it helps eliminate bad smells and absorbs damp from the air. Try popping some in linen bags and tucking about the house in hidden corners. To remove stains, as in many other cases, white vinegar comes in extremely handy. Mix half a cup of vinegar with a quarter of a cup of water in a spray bottle and spray straight onto the stain then leave to dry onc e a da y for a w e e k. Thi s shoul d be

enough to make most stains disappear and any tough remains can be dealt with by rubbing neat vinegar on with a cloth. Any lingering marks left after using this trick can be tackled with bicarbonate of soda, which has antibacterial properties and absorbs damp. Rub it over the surface and leave to act for a few hours before removing with a cloth or brush. Finally, never try to cover damp as this will simply inhibit correct ventilation and worsen the problem, causing the damp to spread quicker.

Bathroom blitz is easy to do THE bathroom might be the smallest room in the house, but it’s also one of the easiest to update, a fresh lick of paint on the ceiling for example, so m e n e w t i l e s o r updated b a t h r o o m a cc e s sories is all you need. Although the internet and magazines will inspire you packed with stylish decorating ideas, you don’t have to s pend a sm a l l f o r t u n e to achieve them. Local flea markets, boot sales and classified ads can be a frugal answer to get-

ting that new look in your bathroom. Simply browsing what is on offer in these places can give you a theme idea for the whole room. For example, if you were to find a large mirror with a n an tiq u e w h ite p las te r frame; it may inspire you to run with an ancient Roman o r G ree k b ath th eme throughout! Your bathroom might be th e s ma lle s t ro o m in t he house, but there’s no reason why it can’t make a splash.

WOODEN FURNITURE: Try to fix before replacing.

A fix for dented wood By Eleanor Hawkins IF a little accident has left an unsightly dent in your wooden furniture, you may think you have no choice but to get rid of it and go shopping but all may not be lost, give this quick fix a go before you rush to replace it. Although this trick will not work on severe dents or inner damage, if the problem is superficial it can have surprisingly good results.

All you need is an iron, a cloth and some water.

All may not be lost, try this quick fix before you rush to replace it. First, pour a little water over the dent

as if you were trying to fill it with liquid. Next, take a thin cloth and place over the top to allow it to absorb the water. Finally, hold a hot iron over the cloth for a few minutes, moving it in circular motions and lifting occasionally to avoid burning the cloth. Keep going until the water has all dried up and hey presto, when you lift the cloth the dent should have disappeared.





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Panda is the King of the Castle PANDA is a character, a veritable King of the Castle. Whenever David and Joan take the dogs out for a walk near their home near Orba in Alicante, Panda usually appears at their side coming along for company. In fact he very rarely stays behind. Not only does he like to be involved but he likes to lead. There is a point in each walk when he will leap to the top of a wall and wait for the others to catch up. The dogs are elderly and walk alongside their owners steadily keeping pace, whereas Panda is usually the one setting the pace. “He is quite a card!” says David. “When we first met him a couple of years ago he reminded me of a cat I looked after and eventually inherited who was a similar colouring and character. But this one is very opinionated and honestly does take part in whatever we are doing. He’s great fun.”

David and Joan are going home for Christmas to Britain this year to be with their children and grandchildren and have matched with a pet-sitter from the US, for whom this will be a first trip to Europe. They know she’ll enjoy her time at their home, but especially her time with Panda. Do you need a sitter? Get in touch. House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and pet-sitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! Register as either house-sitter or homeowner now with a 20 per cent off introductory offer using coupon code PERFECT20.

House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and pet-sitting and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! To find a pet-sitter go to or call Lamia on 00 44 (0) 777 214 2742.

TRAINED DOGS: Can perform air, sea and rescue work.

Poodles linger longer Winter weather pet care MINIATURE poodles are the longest living dogs in Britain - surviving for an average of 14.8 years, says a survey. Miniature dachshunds are next (14.4 years), then whippets (14.3 years). Beagles, Bedlingtons, Cairn Terriers, Border Collies, Mongrels, Greyhounds, Jack Russells, Pekinese and Shetland sheepdogs average 13-plus years. Did you know that dogs are trained to: 1. Lead the blind 2. Work with the gun 3. Carry work for disabled 4. Work for the police 5. Work with the Fire Service 6. Search for scent on water (for drugs and/or bodies) 7. Detect gas leaks 8. Passive drug search 9. Perform Air Sea and Rescue work 10. Work with sheep 11. Search for explosives and firearms 12. Search for missing persons 13. Shop for the disabled 14. Perform avalanche rescue work

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

15. Perform various types of military training 16. Perform Customs work…seeking out illegal food (in the US). There are also dogs trained to search for the signs of dry rot in buildings. Dogs are also trained to detect pregnancy, cancer cells, dry rot, sleep apnoea, epilepsy, low or high blood sugar, prevent stereotypical behaviours in people with autism, get people with Parkinson’s walking again when they lock up, stabilise people who are

prone to either flashbacks or panic attacks from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and prevent self-mutilation bouts in psychiatric patients. Whatever field of expertise you are in, be it housewife or rocket scientist… I’m sure you would agree if you took someone without training and put them into your job they would be near hopeless. When you get a dog, you enter into an obligation to learn about that animal and to learn how to train it. Dogs learn about life as they go, but they need formal teaching to become useful members of our families. A dog neglected is like a child neglected, they will put their intellect to destructive uses if we do not give them a proper frame work to learn within. What excuse do you have not to train him? Your only possible excuse is you do not know how to. And that excuse is totally within your control... it’s not the fault of your ‘dumb dog,’ it’s your responsibility, a responsibility you purchased along with your dog.

By Eleanor Hawkins WHILE the Spanish climate is milder than many and there is less chance of being snowed in, we all still feel the difference at this time of year and our pets are no luckier than us humans. This means during colder months pet owners need to take a few steps to ensure their furry friends stay warm and healthy. Pets which live outside during the rest of the year would probably really appreciate becoming indoor residents for the winter to stay warm and dry. If, however, it really isn’t possible to bring them inside, don’t just assume their coats will keep them warm. A warm, dry, draught-free kennel and some bedding are an absolute must. Remember that more energy is used up staying warm when it’s cold. Adjust and increase outdoor pets’ diets accordingly and make sure they

have access to fresh, running water. Indoor pets, on the other hand, are likely to be far less active at this time of year and even when out on walks will probably use up less energy. This means that unless you want to find yourself with a pudgy pooch or fat cat come spring you will have to f e e d them less.

The cold can particularly affect the delicate skin on pets’ paws, tips of tails and ears so watch out for any tell-tale signs such as firm, waxy skin or blisters. Apply Vaseline to delicate areas before heading outside and consider boots or hats if your pet seems to be suffering. Finally, a word to the wise driver: always tap on your car bonnet or open it up and check inside before starting the engine in the winter. Smaller animals and especially cats have a tendency to snuggle up next to warm engines which has led to many a horrific accident.

COLDER MONTHS: Warm and dry bedding is a must.


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I’m choosing the words for my conclusion with even more care than usual. So here goes. The (BMW) 1 Series is crap.” Some might say...

Sharks circling F1 giant by Matthew Elliott DETAILS are finally beginning to emerge of the secretive talks between motoring giant McLaren and Silicon Valley tech monstrosity Apple, they of the ubiquitous iPhone and iPad. In September there was speculation that Apple would take over the McLaren consortium in its entirety, placing the Formula One team and car business under its control. Senior executive Mike Flewitt has confirmed that talks did indeed take place but no offer was made, despite it making sense for a financially troubled McLaren and ever expanding Apple.

There have been bids on the table for McLaren but the majority of shareholders are against selling just yet. Chinese and Arab investment


groups are the most likely candidates. McLaren’s F1 business has suffered tremendously with its finances and

seen major sponsors pull out, although the car dealing side of the consortium is doing quite well.

MCLAREN 650S: Doing alright for itself.

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British budget news FUEL duty was frozen in the UK for the seventh year running after Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement. He claims that drivers will save £130 a year due to the freeze but critics wanted to know why the tax wasn’t cut. Hammond also announced he would raise the insurance premium tax from 10 to 12 per cent next year, the third rise in two years and a decision slammed by the RAC. There will, however, be action taken against the ‘compensation culture’ surrounding whiplash. By cracking down on fraudulent claims the government expects insurance premiums to go down slightly and compensate drivers for the tax rise.

Subaru does well in tough SUV sector by Nick Fletcher MOST manufacturers are battling hard for sales in the lucrative small SUV sector dominated by the Nissan Qashqai, and the latest contender to challenge is Subaru with its revised XV model. It is a tough sector, with opposition including Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai ix35 and Suzuki Vitara, but a substantial make-over for the Subaru XV now gives it a much sharper edge. Last year saw stage one of the revamp, with chassis and suspension tweaks and a new touch screen infotainment system. And now stage two has just taken place, including restyled headlamps and front bumpers, LED tail lights and a boot spoiler. The overall effect is a smarter looking, better to drive SUV which benefits from Subaru’s tough dependable reputation and

SUV CHALLENGE: The revised Subaru XV model. generous equipment levels. There is a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel, with a manual gearbox standard and a CVT auto an option on petrol models. All have all wheel drive. XV prices start at £21,995 (€24,768) though my test model was the flagship SE Premium with a 145 hp 2.0 litre diesel engine and costing £26,995 (€30,399). Top speed is 123 mph, 0-60 mph is nippy at 9.3

seconds. Fuel economy is 52.3 mpg combined and then came a surprise! Normally you seldom get close to any manufacturer’s official fuel economy figure, often you can be up to 20 per cent short. But after 500 miles of city driving, rural roads and motorways, I exceeded Subaru’s official figure without even trying and got an impressive 54 mpg. The engine is smooth and ad-

ditional noise insulation means the latest model is also quieter. The manual gearshift is slick and precise and the revised suspension gives very good ride quality, yet is still firm enough to minimise body roll on the corners. The handling is composed and on twisty roads, the XV is fun to drive, with precise steering giving excellent feedback. With higher ground clearance than most rivals, the all-wheel-drive XV is more capable off-road. The XV also scores well for its looks. It has a more potent, more substantial appearance than the opposition and can turn a few heads. Inside, the dashboard has a simple, logical layout with central touch screen for most functions. Standard kit includes sat nav, Bluetooth, USB port, radio/CD, leather upholstery, 17inch alloy wheels, roof rails, keyless entry and push-button start, There is a lot of space for pas-

sengers both front and rear and also a large, practical boot of 380 litres capacity, boostable to 1,270 litres by folding the rear seats. I gave the XV high marks for its pleasing driving dynamics

and standard features, and a gold star for its real-world fuel economy. My only quibble was that on the move, the touch-screen was so reactive, it was hard to make precise adjustments.


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STEVEN GERRARD has announced that he has officially retired from competitive football.


Axarquía’s best guide to local sport

Plane crash claims the life of Cleber Santana He made a total of 585 professional appearances throughout his career, scoring 87 goals. At least two members of the football squad are thought to have survived, among them Alan Ruschel and Danilo. Brazilian sports provider Telemundo Deportes reported that Ruschel was in a state of shock but coherent, and that he had expressed a desire to see his family. A press release from the airport in Medellin has indicated that

shortly before the crash the pilot of the plane had called in and mentioned an electrical fault. The plane had previously made a brief stopover in Bolivia. Chapecoense has played in Brazil’s top division, Serie A, since being promoted in 2014. The team is currently placed ninth in the league and is Brazil’s 21st biggest club in terms of revenue. CLEBER SANTANA: Played for Mallorca in 2008/9 season.

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A FORMER Mallorca player was among the 76 people killed in the horrific plane crash in Colombia on Monday. Cleber Santana was the captain of Brazilian team Chapecoense who were flying to Colombia to play Nacional de Medellin in the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in the club’s history. Santana, aged just 35, played for Mallorca on loan from Atletico in the 2008/09 season, scoring six goals in 40 memorable appearances before returning to Madrid. The Brazilian central midfielder was a quiet, religious man who returned to his homeland in 2010 where he excelled in stints with Flamengo and Avai before moving on to captain Chapecoense in 2015.

Golf International Nerja Society Overall Winner Stewart Green 38pts

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Ladies 1st Silla Zollner Hcp30 32pts 2nd Erica Oxford Hcp30 28pts 3rd Jill Parker 28pts


Men 1st David Weston Hcp20 34pts 2nd Brian Stewart Hcp22 34pts 3rd Mac Farman Hcp17 33pts 4th Brian Downey Hcp17

33pts Twos Mac Farman & John Murrell The El Puente Masters proved very popular at Los Moriscos with 58 players taking part. Fortunately the weather was kind, no rain nor wind, a perfect day for golf. Congratulations to the winners but a special mention should also go to Barry Alford who also returned a card with 38 pts. Unfortunately he cannot attend the prize-giving so has had to forfeit his prize. Similar situation with Brian and Linda Wiggins, keeping it in the family, the newly-weds both returned a score of 36 pts. Well done to all the 3 and 4 balls, every group arrived back at the Club House well within 4 1/2 hours.T his was using tee times every 8 minutes. Excellent timing.

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