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ISSUE NO. 1639

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Massive Blanca drugs bust

Police uncovered an enormous drug haul, the most significant Costa Blanca bust in decades, at a farm in Elche. More than 10,000 cannabis plants were seized from a sophisticated greenhouse set-up. The haul weighed more than three tons and has an estimated street value of an astonishing â‚Ź9 million, with the plantation spread across 6,000m2 in Torrellano, just west of the airport. National Police officers and specialist narcotics officers raided the premises, confiscating the plants and paraphernalia but made no arrests. The owner of the greenhouse is considered a witness and is apparently completely unaware his property was the centre of drug production on an industrial scale.

The quantities produced were so huge police had to call Alicante City Hall to request a truck to remove the weed, and even then needed multiple journeys to transport the 10,500 plants. Whoever masterminded it knew precisely what they were doing: equipment included automatic irrigation systems, timed temperature controls, hydropon-

ics, and decoy plants to mask the marihuana. The smell gave the greenhouse away as local residents eventually sensed it was no ordinary stench and contacted authorities. A bust on this scale has not been witnessed on the south Costa Blanca for at least 15 years. The culprits, for the time being, appear to have vanished.


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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 Costa Blanca South Euro Weekly News contained no less than 64 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!

Put behind bars TWO Colombian drug traffickers have been sentenced to three years and five months in prison each. The two men were caught near El

Campello transporting a large quantity of cocaine. Each of them must also pay a fine of €30,000, the overall street value of the drugs.

Love of language THE Valencian Community’s Board of Education has argued that monitors who supervise students during lunchtime and extra-curricular activities should speak in Valencian. The recommendation comes at the behest of linguistic experts from various universities, who have indicated that the language is in danger of dying out if children are not exposed to it regularly.

RECOVERED GOODS: Included watches, jewellery and a number of ‘tools of the burglars’ trade.’

Police arrest Algerians accused of burglaries By John Smith NINE Algerians, seven men and two women aged between 20 and 56 have been arrested in Alicante by officers of the National Police, accused of a large number of burglaries which saw the theft of cash, jewellery and even cars. The operation first brought the possibility of the existence of this gang to light in August of this year when officers were investigating a violent assault in the streets of Alicante by an individual who was wanted for a number of assaults and was trying to escape to the French city of Toulouse.

Following this individual’s arrest, the officers discovered that he was part of an organisation which had been involved in burglaries and even illegal detention in both France and Spain. As the officers expanded their investigation they became aware of a group of people who worked together to identify likely houses to burgle whilst others actually committed the break-ins, another part of the group was in charge of keeping a look out for police activity and yet another group sold the proceeds. It transpired that many of the items stolen were taken by ferry from Alicante to Oran in Algeria and disposed

of there. Once the officers had completed their case, they raided three houses in Alicante discovering four stolen vehicles, watches and jewellery as well as a number of ‘tools of the burglars’ trade’ with eight being arrested in Alicante and one in Barcelona. Having found that many of the arrested had fake French identification, the National Police eventually identified them all and calculated that between them they had been arrested some 200 times in the past and having closed the gang down, they believe that they have solved at least 30 crimes.


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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 - 40

Featured News 3

Our View 6

European Press 42

MOST WANTED: Spanish campaign is similar to that run in the UK.

Finance 45 - 50

Stocks 46

Leapy Lee 51

Ten most wanted By Caroline Tyszka

Letters 52

Daily TV 56, 58, 60, 62,

64, 66, 68

Time Out 69 - 72

Health & Beauty 73 - 77

Social Scene 78 - 81

Property 83 - 86

Homes & Gardens 89

Pets 90

Services 91 - 96

Classifieds 97 - 99

Motoring 100 - 101

Sport 102 - 104

SPANISH police have released their own Operation Captura list asking for help to find their most 10 wanted fugitives. The campaign, similar to

tha t run in the U K , lis ts criminals wanted for assassinations, murders, sexual assaults on minors, drug trafficking and robberies, w ith the N a tiona l Polic e ha ving s trong s us pic ions that some of the 10 may be

in the Alicante Region. Five of the featured are also wanted on international warrants from other European countries whilst the other five are wanted by the Spanish courts. Police, who are urging the

public not to challenge the men themselves, have set up a dedicated contact point for anyone who has information via the email address fugi t i vos@pol i ci or t el ephone numbers 915 824 136 or 091.

Rural crime concerns residents A BAND of criminals is targeting the rural area of Horna Alta in Novelda. More than a dozen robberies have been reported in the last month with police saying they followed a similar pattern. The last two robberies occurred at the weekend with thieves taking all valuables they could find, including a large coffee table, appliances and tools and farm machinery.

As well as the physical loss of goods, substantial damage has been made to the properties damaging and destroying doors and windows as the thieves gain entry. The crime spree has caused worry and fear amongst farmers and residents in the area. Police say they are increasing checks at the entrances and exits of rural roads to monitor what is being transported and to

identify people. Similar campaigns in neighbouring Aspe has also led to a reduction in grape thefts from the town. Councillor for Security, Chema Garcia Paya, said of the increased surveillance: “We want to scare away the criminals and at the same time force the owners to carry the documents that certify them as the owners of the grapes and other horticultural products.�



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Wet and wild weather leaves its mark By Sam Croft VARIOUS forms of extreme weather swept through the Valencian Community last week. The flash flood which hammered the city of Valencia was the worst since 2009. The water accumulated in various neighbourhoods in the city, causing many vehicles to get stuck or break down. On Friday November 25, the yellow alert had already been activated for the coastal area of Valencia and Castellon, but the formation of a large cloud front over the sea meant that the alert was raised to orange. This turned out to be a meteorological phenomenon known as a pulse storm, which formed six kilometres off the coast. According to meteorologists, this particular storm formation is similar to a cyclone, and is precisely what led to the marine tornado which many residents witnessed off the coast. This tornado, more ac-

WATERSPOUT: A spectacular sight off the coast of Valencia. curately known as a waterspout, was a spectacular sight which experts described as “one of the clearest and most impressive waterspouts seen in the Valencian Community in the last decade.” Hailstorms were reported throughout the region. In Alicante Province, the biggest incident was a showering of hail in Crevillent and Albat-

era which fortunately did not cause significant damage. Meanwhile other areas including El Perelló, Sueca, and Mareny de Barraquetes also experienced large amounts of hail. The problems caused by the rain affected train traffic in some places. An electrical breakdown in the area of Moint-Roig (Tarragona) affected the traffic between Valencia and Cataluña going in both directions. Meanwhile, firefighters in Elche had to put out a fire which was caused after two palm trees were struck by lightning and fell into the street.



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Behind bars TWO Colombian drug traffickers have been sentenced to three years and five months in prison each. The men were caught near El Campello transporting a large quantity of cocaine. Each of them must also pay a fine of €30,000.

Smoked out A MAN and a woman were taken to Elche General Hospital with smoke inhalation on Monday November 28, after a small fire in a building on Calle Corredera.


Every little helps

MINISTER’S REQUEST: For toll booths to be removed.

Calls for toll road to be scrapped MARIA JOSE SALVADOR, the Minister for Public Works of the Valencian government, has demanded that the national administration “make a clear bet on the Mediterranean Corridor and do not relegate it to second position.” Her statements came during a congress regarding the coastal corridor, and one of her main requests was that the AP-

7 motorway is opened up for all to use, with toll booths removed. Further, the minister wishes that the under-used motorway is added to the state highways network on January 1, 2020, while adding that the Spanish government must also demonstrate “a clear commitment to finishing the rail network arteries in Valencia and Alicante.”

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


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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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Inappropriate messages were sent to the girl.


Teens sentenced for harassment by WhatsApp By Sam Croft AN Alicante court has confirmed that two minors must pay nearly €3,000 to a third minor who they humiliated using the social messaging app WhatsApp. Meanwhile, their previous sentence for ‘degrading treatment’ has been overturned. The original incident occurred in May of 2014. A group of classmates had been chatting through WhatsApp when suddenly the conversation took a turn for the worse, with the victim becoming the target of sexual and derogatory comments. She left the group, but that same night she had been sent more inappropriate messages

including an audio clip containing pejorative language.

Two minors must pay nearly €3,000 to a third minor who they humiliated. The next day the girl told her teachers what had happened, which led to an explosive confrontation between the girl and another classmate in which she was insulted and threatened. She was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, with her symptoms persisting for a year. In March of 2016, two mi-

nors were sentenced to pay €2,828 for their involvement in the incident. They were also ordered to carry out community service due to their ‘degrading treatment’ of the victim. Now, however, their defence lawyer has successfully appealed the original sentence, as it was demonstrated that the harassment revolved around one particular incident and did not persist over time, a requirement which is necessary for the ‘degrading treatment’ ruling. The two teenagers will no longer have to carry out the community service, but they will still be expected to pay the fine, which in this case will be provided by their parents.


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Anti-drug op arrests five FIVE people have been arrested as part of an antidrug operation in Sax. The team from the Organised Crime and Drug Enforcement Unit (EDOA) from the Guardia Civil in Alicante began the operation to combat the cultivation and procession of marijuana. Officers dismantled the marihuana plantation in the areas of Avenida de la Libertad and Calle Industria in the town and carried out the arrests. The possibility of more arrests has not been ruled out.


Delayed railway plan until 2020

LIBERALISED MARKET: Will allow private rail network operators. By Sam Croft DEVELOPMENT Minister Iñigo de la Serna has indicated that a proposed plan to open up the rail network to new competitors will be pushed back until 2020. The plan was originally developed by De la Serna’s predecessor Ana Pastor, and aims to liberalise the market by allowing private operators to break the current monopoly which Renfe has on the rail network. The plan would have specifically affected the stretch between Madrid and

the Levante area, which is one of the most profitable lines in the country, before moving on to other sections. The European Union recently ruled that all member countries must liberalise their passenger train networks by 2020. De la Serna indicated that he felt that it would be better to wait the three years and open the rail network up completely, rather than doing it step by step, which he stated could create ‘distortions’ in the market. He argued that opening up all lines simultaneously

would ‘generate synergy’ and will likely result in bigger savings for passengers. In accordance with Pastor’s plan of partial liberalisation, the Ministry of Development was gearing up to award a licence to an interested business, which would then have gone into direct competition with Renfe. More than a dozen private companies have already requested rail operator licences, but following De la Serna’s decision, they will be forced to wait a little bit longer before they can throw their hats into the ring.

Traditions in danger FISHERMEN in Las Salinas, Santa Pola’s Natural Park, have warned that drought conditions are putting their traditional fishing methods at risk. El Pantanet de Santa Fe is one of very few remaining places in Spain where grey mullet and eels are still caught on a small scale using only traditional nets. The methods used are completely environmentally friendly, with careful fishing of large fish and eels done to meet small scale local demand only, yet this could all come to an end if more water is not found to supply the lagoons and wetlands in the park.

Most of the water present comes from the water recycling plants, El Hondo and Rio Vinalopo, local fishermen explain. Although they joke that cormorants are their biggest competitor as the birds have discovered the excellent quality of fish in the natural surroundings, if the area dries up the men will be out of a living and the birds out of snacks. While in the winter conditions are a little better, in the summer months the fishermen explained that they are forced to use pumps to move the water about and oxygenise it to avoid it overheating and literally choking the fish and eels to death.


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The UK’s Summer Budget of 2015 included measures to remove the ‘fundamental unfairness’ in the nondomicile regime. Following a period of consultation we have a good idea of what the position will be from April 2017. While the reform is mainly aimed at foreign nationals living in the UK, it affects Britons leaving the UK or returning after living abroad. Your domicile status is the key factor in determining if you are liable to UK inheritance tax on your worldwide assets (assets in the UK are always liable). If you are a UK domicile, or you are deemed domicile under HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) rules, your estate is liable to tax at 40%, above the tax free allowance of £325,000. Whether you are leaving the UK or returning to live there again, you need to understand the implications of the reforms for your inheritance tax planning and seek advice on how to best structure your assets. The main consultation has ended and further guidance and consultations regarding this issue have been released by HMRC. The following is not yet final, but it is likely to be the position from 6th April 2017.



Changes To UK’s Domicile Rules By Brett Hanson, Partner, Blevins Franks Domicile issues for expatriates Currently, if you have a UK domicile of origin and have left the UK to live abroad, you can adopt a ‘domicile of choice’ in your new country. You need to consider your new country of residence as your permanent home and cut various ties with the UK.

Even if you adopt a domicile of choice outside the UK, HMRC will continue to treat you domiciled in the UK for inheritance tax purposes ‘deemed domicile’ - if you were domiciled in the UK in the previous three years, or you were resident in the UK for income tax purposes for at least 17 out of the last 20 years ending with the year in which you die. This three year period increases to five years from April 2017. So it will take you at least five years before you can escape UK inheritance tax. This also means that if you return to the UK for anything more than one year, if you had a UK domicile of choice you will be deemed UK domiciled again and back in the inheritance tax net. If you had settled a trust while

you were non-UK domiciled, it will then be treated as a UK domiciled trust. This could undo previous inheritance tax planning, so if you are thinking about resuming UK residence, you should ideally review your position prior to returning. You should seek advice as soon as you decide to move back so that any restructuring of assets can be done tax-efficiently. Enveloped UK residential property Where a UK residential property is ‘enveloped’ in a corporate structure, it will become liable to UK inheritance tax from 6th April 2017.  There will specifically be no tax relief on de-enveloping such properties, so when weighing up the pros and cons of keeping the

structure, you need to consider all the costs involved in de-enveloping. Domicile is a complex area of law, particularly for inheritance tax purposes. If you get it wrong, your heirs could be faced with a large and unexpected tax bill. You need to seek specialist, professional advice to ensure to determine what the best solution is for you and your family. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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Life in the wild By Eleanor Hawkins INVESTIGATORS have reported on the progress of eight of a group of loggerhead turtle s s e t fre e on Elc he ’s El Car abassi beach just over a year ago. A crowd gathered on September 14, 2015 to watch 25 of the turtles, catalogued in Spain as a vulnerable species, freed from the beach. Eight of them carried satellite locating devices attached to their shells which investigators from the University of Valencia and the polytechnic have been following to learn about their life in the wild. Not only, the scientists have now reported, did this allow them to track the travels of the turtles, but it also taught them a little more about the relatively unknown customs of the youngsters. While there have been studies on the breed in the A tla ntic a nd Pa c ific

oceans, t he t ur t l es’ behavi our i n t he Mediterranean has not been examined in depth before. Al t hough t hey wer e not r ecor ded as breeding in Spain, nests of eggs are now often being found on the beaches of eastern and southern Spain, leading the Valencian government to implant a protocol to move eggs to recovery centres for hatching or to protected beaches where environmental volunteers watch over them. During their first weeks of freedom, the one-year-old turtles which left Elche last year were found to have mostly followed their own individual routes, heading towards the Balearic and Alboran seas, and travelled between 120 and 950 kilometres each at an average speed of 1.15 kmph.

Loggerhead turtles are a vulnerable species.


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Tragic death A TEENAGER died in an accident on the A-7 motorway in the municipal boundary of Elche on Friday November 25. The girl, 18, was in a vehicle which crashed into a guardrail. She climbed out the window and was hit by a car.

Cars ignored TWO police officers in Alicante City have been criticised by residents in the La Condomina neighbourhood for allegedly interrogating a homeless man while apparently ignoring cars which were double parked.

It’s rice, rice, baby By Sam Croft ALICANTE CITY officially has a new guidebook, a new logo, and a new slogan, and rice is the common ingredient. Alicante, City of Rice is the phrase which will now be featured on new promotional material for the city. Much of this material will be distributed in tourism offices, including a new guidebook, which will have an initial print run of 5,000 copies. The guidebook contains information about rice, as well as 17 recipes for

different rice dishes typically associated with Alicante. Simple steps will make it easy for readers to whip up the dishes in their own homes. The guidebook also includes an introduction by renowned Basque Chef Martin Berasategui, who has described the rices of Alicante as “living history.” Council members struck upon the new strategy after recognising that Alicante is particularly noted for its rice dishes. Hoping to take this fame one step further, the city now intends to make rice a regular feature of the town’s

High and dry TWO workers putting up Christmas decorations in a Torrevieja shopping centre became stuck at a height of 18 metres for four hours after their hydraulic crane broke down.

ALICANTE: Will be known as the City of Rice.

promotional strategies. The council is aiming to drum up further interest in the campaign through various social networks. Mayor Gabriel Echavarri has also announced that he would like Alicante to host a contest revolving around rice, which would represent a sort of ‘Oscars of Rice.’


Suspected arson in office block THE National Police force is investigating a fire which broke out on Monday afternoon (November 28) in an office block on Calle Corredera in Elche which saw five people stranded on balconies due to thick smoke and flames. The fire began at about 6.45pm inside Edificio El Siglo de la Glorieta, a threestorey office block, and was originally believed to have been caused by an electrical fault or an explosion in the lift shaft. A woman on the first floor and three men and a woman on the second and third floors were forced out onto the balconies by thick black smoke in the halls and stairwells, they later reported. Two of the people needed medical treatment as they had trouble breathing after inhaling smoke. Once the flames were extinguished and the smoke cleared, police officers inspected the scene and stated that there were signs that an inflammable liquid had been poured over the door to a lawyer’s office on the first floor, where they think the fire started.


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Nine years for rape and assault AN Alicante Court has sentenced a man to nine years in prison for brutally beating and raping a prostitute. The o r i g i n a l i n c i d e n t took p l a c e i n 2 0 1 4 . T h e man met the woman in the Mil Viviendas neighbourhood of Alicante City. She agreed to have sexual relations with him in exchange for cocaine, and he to o k h e r t o h i s r e s idence. However, after they en-

gaged in intercourse, the man decided that he was not satisfied and proceeded to rape the woman several times. He also hit her re p ea te d ly, b it h e r, a nd headbutted her in the face. Eventually the woman escaped, completely nude, and managed to find help. She had to be treated for multiple injuries. In addition to the prison sentence the man has been o rd e re d to p ay a fin e of â‚Ź12,440.


Coastal competition is just around the bend By Sam Croft ALICANTE CITY is preparing to launch a new international competition in a bid to crowdsource ideas for its new Coastal Corridor, a maritime pathway which will extend from San Juan to Urbanova. A call for entries will be launched in January. The competition aims to ensure that the new coastal path is designed in the most logical and cohesive way possible. The council has indicated that it would like the new coastal path to have a unique and striking image. Protection of the environment will also be taken into consideration. The path will begin at the municipal boundary of Elche and will run all the way to El Campello. People will be able to walk along the entire pathway without ever losing sight of the sea. The competition is expected to be carried out in two phases. First, suggestions will be taken and evaluated by a jury. Those wishing to present their ideas must give a presentation and provide blueprints of the planned project. The five best proposals will be chosen and then the second

IDYLLIC IDEAS: Wanted for new coastal path. phase will begin. The second phase will consist of the selection of the winning proposal. After that, the walkway will be divided up stretch by stretch, and the work will begin. In reality, the work will actually represent the second stretch of the path, given that the work for the first section, which

will join El Postiguet with Albufereta, has already been approved and will likely begin shortly. The council also hopes to involve citizens in the process, and intends to incorporate the suggestions and contributions of Alicante residents into the winning proposal.


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No golden retrieval for rubbish workers By Sam Croft A CLEANING brigade was accompanied by members of the Local Police as they headed into Murcia City’s La Fama neighbourhood to clean up a mountain of rubbish. The workers had requested police back-up after being harassed by a handful of residents in the area, some of whom even hurled wooden boards at them. As a result of the harassment, the workers had to suspend their ordinary cleaning services for 10 days, which led to a massive b u i l d u p o f wa s te which included everything

Prestigious prize for local design A SIMPLE lego-style emergency shelter designed by a University of Alicante team won first prize at this year’s prestigious Eme3 2016 Internati o n a l Ar c h i t e c tu re Festival, held in Barcelona last month. The prototype for the shelter, aimed for use in emergency situations like the current Syrian refugee crisis or the recent earthquakes in Italy, was designed by Juan Carlos Castro, Francisco de Juanes and Leandro Moreno, members of the Fab Lab Alicante digital investigation laboratory and technology project development centre at the university. With an open design, the shelter can be made out of jus t ab o u t a n y m a t e ria l which can be cut out and assemble d i n c l u d i n g ca rd board, wood or plastic. Pieces measuring between 10 and 25 centimetres fit together in an easy way with no ins t r u c t i o n s n e e d e d , making the shelters easy to build and transport. A co l l a b o r a t i o n a gree ment h a s a l r e a d y b ee n reached with Karam, a charity which works to assist refugees, for a school project in Greece.

from used nappies to beer bottles to discarded shoes. Armed with cleaning machines, shovels, and masks, th e civ il s e rv an ts fin ally went to work on Sunday

500 kilos of rubbish were removed from the area.

November 27, eventually removing 500 kilos of rubbish from the area. M urc ia D e puty M a yor Roque Ortiz made it clear that the council will not tol-

erate this kind of “belligerent behaviour” in the future, although he acknowledged that these aggressive citizens were not generally representative of the residents

of La Fama. He also pointed out that such an accumulation of rubbish cannot be allowed to occur again as it could potentially represent a public health risk.


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Jewel thief 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.

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 Hondon de las Frailes.

Dogs died A SEVEN month jail sentence has been issued to a 36-year-old woman for animal abuse after her two dogs died after being left on the terrace of her Alicante home in the summer for four days without water, food or shade.

Pigs roaming the streets

Double jeopardy for robber

By Caroline Tyszka THE problem of Vietnamese pigs wandering around the streets of Alicante is growing as the animals venture further in searching for food. Local Police officers have announced there are three areas within the city where the animals have been sighted, one of those being near the cemetery. Twelve of the animals have been reported as being on a vacant area of land near the memorial area and have even been seen crossing the streets daily by local workers and residents searching for food. An increase in calls to the Local Police has seen the Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil (SEPRONA) attending the areas in a bid to capture the very large animals.

In April officers caught a 70 kilo Vietnamese pig which was wandering around in the Botanical Park located in Avenida Orihuela. Concerns had been raised as it was scavenging in an area often frequented by young children. The herd of pigs near the cemetery has been seen grazing on the olive trees in the wasteland and although when approached show no aggression, even with their young around, it is a continuing concern for the authorities and residents. Councillor for Animal Protec-


ON THE LOOSE: Are potbellied pigs invading Alicante? tion Marisol Moreno said, “There have already been more than 20 Vietnamese pigs caught in different areas of the city, if the problem worsens then we may have to take further action.” For now those that have been captured have been released in a more appropriate area, such as the hillsides, away from Alicante.”

A MAN was acquitted and released on a charge of mistreating and robbing a woman in Alicante. He had been arrested and spent two weeks in prison for failing to appear in cour t , but was t hen r el eased as t he judge in Alicante realised he had already been tried for the crime before a criminal court in Torrevieja of which he was acquitted, which the man failed to mention. After examining the court documents, it was realised he had already been in court in Torrevieja where he lived and could not be tried twice. It appeared parallel proceedings had been underway in both Torrevieja and Alicante. The man was accused of approaching a woman in Canalejas Park, Alicante in 2012, asking for money and trying to snatch her purse, threatening to ‘slit her t hr oat ’ i f she di d not hand over t he money. He faced a potential three-year jail sentence but was found not guilty.


Investigation of botulism cases THE Ministry of Health has confirmed that the Generalitat Valenciana Regional Government has recalled a total of 66 kilograms of the common roach, a freshwater fish which is usually dried, salted, and refrigerated before being sold. The recall was carried out following an alert from the Spanish Agency of Consumption, Food Safety, and Nutrition (Aecosan), which was issued after a case of botulism occurred in Germany as a result of someone eating this fish. Sources from the Ministry of Health have indicated that two people in Alicante Province have been affected by “apparently similar symptoms,” although there is still no solid confirmation that these cases are linked to the incident in Germany. The fish in question originally came from the Netherlands and was then distrib-

uted from Germany to Cataluña and the Valencian Community. In Valencia Province, the products were pulled from establishments in Castellon, Gandia and Valencia City, whereas in Alicante Province they were recalled from shops in La Nucia, Orihuela, Denia, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Altea, and Alicante City. The Public Health Agency of Cataluña (ASPC) has also recalled all of the potentially infected products as a cautionary measure. Medical authorities have advised people in Valencia and Cataluña who have already bought this product to abstain from eating it. The product’s label contains the identification marker NL 6114 EG. It was distributed in Spain by the businesses Monolith Alimentos España Sur (in Valencia) and Monolith Alimentos España Norte (in Cataluña).

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All parties agree on dog beach for Torrevieja TORREVIEJA will soon have a beach area to be used by pets. The motion was passed at the recent council meeting with councillor for Beaches, Javier Manzanares, saying it will be one of the few municipalities in the province to welcome a dog-friendly beach, believing it will be an “attraction for tourists” noting that many “no longer want to travel without their dogs.” The agreement to offer a dog beach was agreed by the government team and opposition and for the first time, lo-

cal residents will get their say on where it should be located. Those on the current electoral census will be able to vote for the area in question out of five beaches proposed by the ruling government team and another added by the PP with the party’s Luis Maria Pizana, welcoming citizen participation. He said: “It is a complete success to give citizens the possibility to choose.” Pilar Gomez Magan from Ciudadanos said the party was also in favour: “It (a dog beach) is something we had in our electoral programme because many

citizens were asking for it.” Proposals now submitted for consultation that could potentially host a dog beach, include Cala Ferris; Cala de los Trabajos next to the Mar Bella residence of the elderly; Cala de los Carabineros, Cala del Moro in Cabo Cervera; Cala Cornuda and the beach of La Mata. Some of the beaches proposed are already bounded naturally by their own characteristics, while in La Mata and Cala Cornuda an artificial space would have to be created.

DOG BEACH: Residents to have a say on the location.


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PARK CONFUSION: Will it open or not?

Will the gates finally open on La Siesta park? COULD the La Siesta park finally be opened? The park has long been a sticking point for local residents in the area angered that with the change of government in the Torrevieja Town Hall, the PP led plan to transform the area was abandoned and a reported €20,000 was spent fencing off the area and leaving it to go to ruin, becoming overgrown and overrun with litter and pests. Carmen Gomez from the PP presented a motion to finish the park using the existing budget that is set aside for the project, as the new budget has yet to be approved. The town hall had a month to officially reply to the motion. The PP’s Rosario Martinez, who has been heading up monthly meetings with residents trying to keep them updated on the situation, said the only official response they had was given during the meeting of the representatives of all political parties that took place before the council meeting: “The mayor only said that the government would think about taking into account the motion presented by the PP.” Meanwhile, Councillor Domingo Soler has told TVT Torrevieja Television in an interview that he won’t finish

CLOSED UP: Has been left to go to ruin. La Siesta Park because he does not want to spend €1 million on a park for open-air drinking sessions for youngsters from across the Vega Baja. However, in a further twist in the tale, Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon then went on to meet with the Scandinavian community where he apparently told a representative that he will open the park as it is, with someone unlocking it in the morning and then closing it again in the night. This was reported in the Spania I Dag newspaper which said there were ‘strong indications’ the park would open shortly. As the Euro Weekly News arrived in La Siesta, there were two men within the

fenced park with shovels and spades appearing to to do some work, maybe in preparation of the gates being opened. Lyn Adams, who launched the ‘Finish our park in La Siesta/El Chaparral’ and, with the help of supporters, tirelessly collected more than 2,400 signatures in a petition calling for the park to be finished, was angered at Councillor Soler’s comments. She has continually asked for meetings with him and the mayor, only for the Scandinavian community to be granted a meeting and be told the park will reopen. She welcomes the news, but said it needs to be tidied up first. Whether it does open or remains locked up remains to be seen.


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Pensioner sets home alight A WOMAN has been arrested in Alicante for allegedly setting fire to her own home. The 70-year-old woman was found lying unconscious on the floor of the property by National Police officers after reports of a fire in the north of the city. She was immediately taken to Alicante’s General Hospital as a fire investigation was launched at her property.

Specialist officers detected four areas where the fire originated between the living room, kitchen and two bedrooms, leading them to conclude it was an intentional act. After assessing CCTV footage and determining no one had entered the building, it was concluded that the property owner started the fire herself. She was arrested and released on charges.


Sports doping scandal leads to several arrests

BANNED SUBSTANCES: Were being distributed and sold. ARRESTS have been made in Valencia and Alicante, as well as in Cantabria, Malaga and Granada relating to the distribution and selling of drugs banned in sports. The Guardia Civil dismantled the gang that was mainly dealing in anabolic steroids, as well as human growth hor-

mones; all substances that are prohibited for use in sports. Police investigators believe that the organisation could have earned themselves around â‚Ź2 million from their illegal activities in sports doping and trafficking drugs to athletes. Nine people were arrested

and a further 13 investigated, including a British man. Police recovered 13 high-end vehicles and put embargoes on three houses and several bank accounts of those involved. The initial investigation began in early 2013 which saw 78 people arrested and questioned.


ELCHE SCHOOLGIRLS: Helping those in need at Christmas.

Charity from afar By Eleanor Hawkins AN Elche schoolgirl has turned her homework into a project to be proud of by starting a charity toy collection for children with cancer in Cuba. Eleven-year-old Marina Fuster, a pupil at Laude Newton College, saw her chance to do something for those in need when her class was given the task of thinking of a way to help this Christmas. Fuster, her mother explained, was extremely affected during a recent family visit to Cuba by the poverty she saw there and had heard

of a project by their guide during their stay, Jose Carlos Lopez, to collect toys for patients at a children’s cancer hospital in La Habana. The young girl roped in her classmates Adriana, Clara, Eva and Maria and between them, with felt-tipped pens, the girls drew up posters which have already seen local residents and businesses digging into their pockets to help. The girls accept toys or cash donations which they will use to buy toys to send to Cuba. Anyone who wishes to help is invited to email

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Elche RTA FOUR people were injured in a traffic accident involving two cars and a van in Elche. The four injured, a couple in their 70’s and a man and woman in their 30’s were taken to the Vinalopo Hospital with various injuries.

High miles THE state of the fleet of Local Police cars in Elche has been denounced by the CSI-F union which is calling for the “urgent renewal of the fleet” with the vehicles having more than 800,000km on the clock.

Annual race AROUND 10,000 people gathered in Elche for the 12th annual solidarity race against breast cancer. Organised by the Association of Women Affected by Breast Cancer (AMACMEC) there were two courses with proceeds going to the charity.


Talk Radio Europe annual fundraising telethon auction 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, and on Friday November 25 their telethon was transmitted from 10am to 7pm with various items being auctioned 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

Photo Credit: Euro Weekly News.


PRESENTERS AND HELPERS: Keep track of the bids received for auction items.

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.


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Forum tries to allay Brexit fears BREXIT will not affect the health care of the British population in Spain. That was one of the conclusions from the Health Tourism Forum which took place at the Quironsalud Hospital in Torrevieja. Legal and health experts attended the third such forum and agreed that the UK’s exit from the EU will not affect the rights of British residents in Spain. They also said they believe that an agreement will be reached to also benefit tourists on a short stay basis. Pedro Heredia from Pellicer and Heredia solicitors, said European legislations will ensure their rights in the area of health care will not be “restricted or eliminated” whilst adding that, dependent on the guarantees offered by Social Security with European citizens, for tourists, they “will come to an agreement.”

As European citizens, the experts reassured that care should be guaranteed in emergency situations, but expect a bilateral agreement between the UK and Spain to be reached regarding health care. President of HELP Vega Baja, Michelle Masson, was also in attendance. Speaking on behalf of the many expats she is in daily contact with, she said the lack of information about what is

going to happen and how their health care will be covered, has caused much concern and fear amongst the British population. She said there were already cases of people returning to the UK, having put their Spanish property up for sale. However, Eduardo Dolon, from the Provincial Council Tourism Department, stressed hotel tourism has not noticed the effect of Brexit.




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Avoiding visual impairments THE Guardamar Town Hall has launched a campaign to prevent blindness by bringing together several local opticians to offer free eye tests until December 16. They are inviting all local residents to visit their nearest optician during this period to take advantage of the free eye tests and make sure that eyes are healthy and that their vision is good. One of the participating opticians, Specsavers Opticas on Avenida Pais Valenciano, is delighted to be part of this important campaign and hopes that everyone will make the time to get their eyes tested. “There are approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with impaired vision and blindness. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment, yet 80 per cent of visual impairment is avoidable through treatment and protective measures. This shows just how important it is to take steps to prevent avoidable blindness from conditions such as glauco-

ma, age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy,” explains Francisco Manuel Jurado Alonso, Store Director of Specsavers Opticas in Guardamar. “All of these conditions and many others can be easily identified with a complete eye test and early diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment and avoiding permanent vision loss. If necessary, the optometrist will refer you directly for further medical examination with an Ophthalmologist or doctor. We hope that the residents of Guardamar will participate in the town hall’s excellent programme to prevent blindness and go and get their eyes tested from now until December 16 – this is an important health check as well as simply because you think you may need glasses.” Specsavers Opticas Guardamar is located in Avda. Pais Valenciano 43-Bajo, Guardamar del Segura, Alicante, 03140. Call 965 083 273 to book an eye test or visit for more information.

JACKPOT LOOTER: Was caught with a large amount of coins.

Unlucky break for alleged slot machine swindler By Sam Croft A 34-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Sax in the early morning of Sunday November 27 when he was allegedly caught robbing a bar on Avenida Reyes Catolicos. The police apparently found him inside the establishment with a large amount of coins which he had allegedly taken from a slot machine after breaking it open. The man was reportedly wearing gloves and

was carrying a torch and a blunt weapon. The police believe that a getaway car had been parked outside but that the driver took off upon spotting the officers. Upon running a background check on the individual, the police discovered that he has an extensive criminal record and has previously served jail time. The police are now attempting to determine whether the man was also involved in a similar robbery which took place in the Cafeteria Estambul in Sax several days earlier.


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Clearing up 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.

Credit fraud A MAN, aged 35, has been arrested in Alicante for allegedly fraudulently taking a total of €5,200 from people’s bank accounts after obtaining credit cards in other people’s names. He was arrested last May for using his ex-wife’s information to take out loans.

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

Past reflections and future predictions By Sam Croft A CEREMONY was held in the Torrevieja Casino to commemorate the 20th official anniversary of the Lagunas Natural Park of La Mata and Torrevieja. During the event, speakers delved into the park’s history, while speculating about potential changes that could occur in the future. Francisco Javier Dura, president of the park’s governing board, described the park as a “hot spot for biodiversity.” He argued that we are “in the midst of a sixth extinction due to our way of life” and that we need to remember to cherish our natural spaces. Piggybacking on this idea, Torrevieja’s Environmental councillor Fanny Serrano emphasised that the park is one of the most important natural spaces in the Valencian Community. She said she hopes that the nearby Sierra Escalona will be granted protected status in the near future. Meanwhile, biologist Juan Antonio

NATURAL PARK: One of the most important natural spaces in Valencia. Pujol took the audience on a trip through time via a series of photographs, while new park director

Francisco Martinez discussed the primary ways that human activity has impacted the park over the years.


Charity in Benijofar THE Philip Scott Lodge No 10671 of the Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffaloes under the Grand Lodge of England which meets in the Bar Catorce, Benijofar is pleased to announce that the following charities have benefited from donations from the Lodge Funds for 2016. The Torrevieja Stroke Support Group has been their main charity for the year and has been afforded the lion’s share of €750.00 with the needy of Benijofar being allocated the sum of €250 towards the cost of Christmas food parcels. The Royal British Legion has been given the sum of €75.00 towards the Poppy Appeal and the cost of a wreath. All the Brethren of the Lodge are pleased and proud to support these local charities and look forward to further donations to local charities in the New Year.


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Smile Charity Group THE Smile charity group is pleased to announce its latest donations to local charities. They have presented cheques for €500 to The Benijofar Crisis Appeal, Torrevieja Stroke Support and The Elche Children’s Home. The presentation took place outside the Oasis Bar and Bistro in Plaza De La Constitution, Benijofar. Smile is dedicated to supporting local charities, and is registered with the Valencian Authorities as a non-profit making organisation. In the past three years they have donated over €14,000 to local charities with their aim being to “put a smile on the face of those in need on the Costa Blanca.” If you would like to get involved in their work, make new friends and generally have a great time, on or off stage, please contact us by emailing

(left to right): Annette English (Elche Children’s Home), Ted Kitchingham (Smile Charity Group), Luis Rodriguez (mayor of Benijófar), Pilar Yagues (Benijófar Social Services director), Dolly Ford (Smile Charity Group) and Lilybeth Stevens (Torrevieja Stroke Support).



Just Brass in concert IT’S beginning to sound a lot like Christmas in San Miguel as JB Brass Band have begun to rehearse for their annual Christmas Concert. The Band plan to get the Festive Season off to a great start, with the usual mix of entertainment, classic Christmas favourites and comedy from cornet player and compere Extraordinaire, Ian Gibson. There are two shows planned, on Friday December 16 in Rojales Theatre and Saturday 17 at Musica Union in San Miguel. Tickets available for both concerts at places displaying posters or on 690 231 100. For further details on The Band go to


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HELP group’s afternoon of fun ON Friday November 11, Help Murcia Mar Menor (HELP) friendship group held a fun lunch at the Puerto 3 restaurant in Los Alcazares. This get together was a good excuse for 72 members and their friends to enjoy a super lunch and listen to some great live music from Red Stokes, aka Terry. After the meal many danced the afternoon away. This will probably be the

last chance before Christmas for those attending to get together as soon many will have returned to families in the UK or headed off for holiday destinations around the world. It was also a chance for the members of HELP to say goodbye to Phil and Vera Farmer who are returning to England permanently having spent many years living in

Spain and being busy members of the HELP charity since conception. Both Phil and Vera were active at the charity’s car boot sale held on Sunday mornings at the Auto Cine, San Javier. Phil also gave some of his time to decorate HELP’s first office in Santiago de la Ribera, the pueblo where the couple lived for many years. HELP wishes them well in their new lives in the UK. This of course means that HELP has lost two valuable members so if you have a few hours to spare that you would like to put to good use in the Murcia region please visit the Charity at its office on Calle Penelope, by the Arches in Los Alcazares or call us on 968 570 059. They would love to hear from you.


Samaritans in Spain support community

CRUISE WINNER: Alan Chew with Restaurant owner Berna, and Lynda Brettle and Glenys Palmer from Samaritans In Spain. SAMARITANS IN SPAIN are available to support not just the local community, but provide help in various other parts of Spain, and are expanding to further areas. The latest fundraising night at El Alto La Dolores was organised to raise money for this very worthy cause, and a fantastic night with Woody ended with €965 being raised. The cruise, donated by the restaurant owners, was won this time by Alan Chew, from El Raso. On Wednesday, December 14, a special Christ-

mas party night has been organised in aid of The Children’s Care Home Elche. Entertainment will be provided by Paula ‘B,’ one extremely talented lady, with her tribute show. This is one not to miss, and early booking is advised, as these nights are so popular that they always sell out early. Tickets for the Christmas party are €15, including a three-course meal, and are available from Restaurante El Alto La Dolores, The Card Place in Benimar, The Post Room Benijofar, and REDZ cafe bar in Quesada.

Celebrate the real Christmas YOU are invited to a very special service on Sunday December 25 2016. That’s right, Christmas Day, when the La Siesta Evangelical Church, at Urbanisation La Siesta, Torrevieja, will be holding a special Christmas morning service at 11am. Everyone is welcome, so come and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. During December, you can also join in the celebrations at our other services which will be held on Sunday December 4 and Sunday December 18 at 9.30am, and Sunday December 11 at 11am when you can join in singing carols. Everyone can be sure of a warm welcome on these special occasions.


Christmas is coming!

SPANGLES: Are looking forward to giving back something to the community. IT’S been a very busy year for Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus and it’s about to get even busier in the lead up to the Christmas festivities with invitations to sing at various venues in Los Alcazares, Balsicas, Cabo de Palos, Sucina and Torrevieja. “We love this time of year,” remarked Spangles’ Musical Director, Wendy Grant “and we’ve been dusting off our Christmas repertoire since September. It’s our chance to give something back to the community by supporting local charities.” If you’d like to see this champion chorus perform and support some worthy causes, here is the list of where they will be singing: Thursday, December 1 20.00 - Christmas Lights Turning on Ceremony at the Spanglish Bar, Balsicas Friday, December 2 16.00 - Christmas Fair at the Palm Lounge, Cabo de Palos Sunday, December 4 11.00 - Cruz Azul Christmas Fair at the Bulevar Oasis, Los Alcázares Friday, December 9 19.30 - Christmas with Spangles Concert at the Salón de Plenos, Los Alcázares (Tickets available at just €5 each) Saturday, December 10 17.00 - Joint Concert with Crescendo for Age Concern at the Christian Fellowship Church, Torrevieja (Tickets available at just €5 each) Wednesday, December 14 - 14.00 - Ladies’ Lunch at

the Restaurante Mario, Sucina. Tickets for the concerts on December 9 or 10 are still available, so please call 968 574 987, 968 334 527 or email info@spanglescho to secure yours. Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and

enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet every Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Please call Lyn on 968 574 987 or Anthea on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to find out how to join, or visit the website: www.span

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Christmas fayre success Vega Baja G Club Xmas m A FTER m a n y m o n t hs o f planning, the HELP Vega Baja C h r i st m a s Mark et opened its doors to a waiting crowd on Saturday, Novembe r 1 9 . No - o n e w en t home empty handed as there

were bargains galore. “Organising the fayre began back in June this year and volunteers will probably be looking forward to a Christmas free zone for a week or so at least! Many

people were involved in the planning and on the actual day and we would like to express our appreciation to each and every one of them. Also to everyone that came along and dug deep in their pockets to make it such a roaring success,” commented Michele Masson, President of HELP. The grand raffle was very well supported and this year included a wonderful donation of a TV and stand from the family of the late friend of the charity, Bob Heron. Many other businesses and individuals also contributed to the raffle resulting in the charity selling more tickets than previous years. Winners of the prizes are being contacted and details will be posted on the HELP Facebook page and website shortly. Treasurer Carole Jones said “early calculations show that approximately €4,500 was raised which is a wonderful achievement and this

will go a long way towards helping those people who need our support in the community. Our committee have agreed upon several towns in the Vega Baja area that we will be making donations to. This money will be available to provide fresh food for individuals and families over the Christmas and New Year period who have been identified by social service departments.” The HELP charity shop in San Miguel is now being restocked and is full of clothes for that occasion over the Christmas and New Year period and other goodies which are all at bargain prices. If you w ould like more informa tion a bout H ELP Vega Baja or if you are interested in joining the team of volunteers, please contact the San Miguel Office on 966 723 733, or vis it the ir w e bs ite a t or their Facebook page.

THE Vega Baja Garden Club’s meeting earlier in December was crowned by a presentation given by Anna Gevers and Jacqui Ford about Jacqui’s garden in Torrevieja. There were lots and lots of interesting photos showing how Jacqui and her partner, David, have turned a bare plot into a beautiful garden in the space of eight years. It wasn’t at all easy but it is now a little bit of paradise, with an array of beautiful scented climbers and many interesting features. They have shown what is possible, with the poorest of soil and some very difficult conditions (neighbour’s high hedges and walls for example). The photo shows Jacqui and her friends relaxing in her garden, enjoying the fruits of her labours! The group’s Christmas meet-

JACQUI’S GARDEN: Is now a little ing will be held on Monday December 5 at Bar Trasgu in Formentera del Segura. Members have been asked to bring along some traditional Christmas nibbles for the party, and there will also be a gardenrelated quiz.


Garden meeting

e bit of paradise. Most of the club’s members have small terraces and balconies, so you don’t have to own a huge plot to come along and enjoy their meetings, where the emphasis is very much on the love of plants and gardens. Anyone interested in more information please email: vegabajagar or visit their Facebook page Vega Baja Garden Club.

‘Good Moaning, I will say this only once!’ MICHELLE and Crabtree are searching in Rene’s Cafe for the bodies on which to place the hats, in readiness for the final escape from Nouvion. Find out who fits the hats and where the British Air persons are hiding in ‘Allo, Allo Tries Panto’ on Friday January 27 or Saturday January 28, 2017 at The Matrix Studio Madhouse, Pueblo Principe at 7.30pm. You will see the efforts of Rene and his staff to entertain the Germans with a version of Cinderella, with ensuing chaos, produced by ‘The Deadwood Stage Company.’ Tickets are €8 including light refreshment in the interval ‘not prepared in Madame Edith’s Kitchen!’ For more information ring Vida on 966 774 127 or book your tickets with Terry on 965 319 279. Alternatively you may collect them on a Wednesday between 10am and 1pm at Georgious Cafe Bar in San Miguel de Salinas.

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Suzi4fitz donation for disadvantaged families SUE GIBSON and eight of the members of her Suzi4fitz fitness and dance group are proud and humbled to donate €3,000 to the mayor and director of Social Services of the town of Los Montesinos. Earlier this year in April, Sue produced her latest show ‘Dances Through The Decades’ at the School of Music Auditorium in the town, which ran for two nights. Both nights were virtually sold out and the money raised from ticket sales along with two other functions run by the group this year, enabled them to raise this fantastic amount. The money was split into five donations, which were handed over to five of the local shops in the town, including three supermarkets, a butcher and a fishmonger.

DANCE GROUP: Donated €3,000 to help those in need.

The disadvantaged families living in the town, will be given food vouchers by Social Services enabling them to go and purchase es-

sential items in any of the allocated shops to help them through the winter. Sue would like to thank all who were involved with her

show, along with those who went to watch it and is so pleased that the proceeds will be used to benefit those that need it the most.


Breaking dow at the first De DEATH. It’s something we often don’t want to think about let alone talk about, but the Costa Blanca’s first Death Café meeting did just that. Aimed at breaking down the barriers of this taboo subject, residents, councillors and professionals met at The Clubhouse, La Marquesa, for the event which gave an opportunity to chat over coffee and cake, exchanging ideas and experiences and dispelling some myths about Spanish funerals. Hosted and organised by Denise Washbourne, she said many people have funeral plans to cover the costs of a funeral, but few actually make plans for the funeral itself leaving friends and family in stress and turmoil after they have passed away. A qualified civil funeral celebrant, something she trained in after her

own personal dissatisfaction at what was available when her mother sadly passed away, she believes a funeral is a gift to the person who has died and a time to celebrate their life and say farewell to them with dignity and love. Offering services here in Spain, she said it soon became apparent that funeral decisions such as what music to play and where to scatter the ashes, were leaving families divided “and they were worried about all the Spanish processes.” It was then that she forged the idea of hosting a Death Café to highlight the importance of talking about death and funerals. Joined by Grupo ASV, the leading funeral service providers in the area, the professional team were on hand to answer some of the most


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wn barriers eath Café common and not so common questions about funerals. One of the most common misconceptions is that a service must be held within 24 or 48 hours, but director of the Vega Baja area, Antonio López Pérez, said this is not the case at all and a funeral can be held within a week allowing expats the chance to bring over relatives and arrange what they want without incurring any additional costs in holding the body. Other topics covered on the ‘menu’ at the Death Café were ‘is there such a thing as a good funeral?’ What do you expect from a funeral and tradition and cultural differences. The event was not a forum for selling services,

simply exchanging experiences and finding answers. It did however give Grupo ASV the opportunity to announce their first ever memorial service aimed at expats, giving everyone the chance to remember a lost loved one. It will take place in Callosa-Cox tanatorio on December 16 at midday where residents are invited to celebrate life and take some time to reflect in the remembrance garden. Denise hopes this meeting will be just the first of many as already there is interest about more Death Cafés popping up. To find out more follow their Facebook page Death Café Costa Blanca.



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Grand opening DENISE WASHBOURNE: Addresses guests at the Death Café.

Just what is a Death Café? THE Death Café is a global movement that Denise became aware of when she was training as a celebrant. She registered the La Marquesa meeting with them making it recognised as the first such one in the area. The meetings aim to increase awareness of death getting people talking about the subject, but are organised on a not-for-profit basis, with a view to helping people make the most of their lives. The model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz with the movement quickly spreading across Europe, North America and Australasia. Since September 2011, there have been over 3,800 Death Cafés in 40 countries.

PARADISE KENNELS’ charity shop is about to open in La Murada, and the shop is to host a preview party on Friday December 2 at 6pm. See the stylish new shop and meet the fabulous Colleen Jay, who has given her time, life and heart for the stray, abandoned and beaten dogs of this area. The shop can be found on Avenida Marques de Lacy 50, beside Punjab Palace, La Murada. Cava, nibbles and lots of good bargains will be provided. Please rsvp by email to


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Boats seized

Breakwater restored

By Linda Hall

Photo credit: Calpe town hall


PUERTO BLANCO: Marina should be in use by next summer.



THE regional government will seek a concessionary to run the Puerto Blanca marina in Calpe. It was closed down last February when the former concessionary was asked to leave, five years after the company’s temporary contract had expired. All boats had to be removed on safety grounds as the marina needed urgent repairs and could no longer protect the craft that were moored there, the Generalitat said. A delegation from the regional government accompanied by local councillors recently visited the marina to view the first phase of emergency repairs to the main breakwater. Reconstruction, which began in June and finished in August, has cost €494,538. The port will have moorings for 110 boats and the regional government is currently preparing the specifications for the concession which is due to be allocated next summer.



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A LTEA C o u n c i l h a s rea c h ed a n 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.

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.

FOURTEEN chiringuitos (beach bar/restaurants) in Torre del Mar and Benajarafe were presented with Q for Tourism Quality certificates and plaques on at the first joint ceremony of its kind in Spain.

Brexit cooperation

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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.

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 for the awards, which seek to bring increased visibility to some of Spain’s most breathtaking rural destinations.

Good cheer

THE Villajoyosa town’s cleaning department has begun a campaign to deep clean the pits of their underground r u b b i sh c o n t a in ers . T h e measures will be repeated periodically to prevent odours and protect the deteriorating containers.

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.

Teenagers rescued

No mas

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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Burial plots

Odours eliminated


Muggers caught 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.

Motril fright 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.

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.

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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.


More history

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-



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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.

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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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NEW FOOD: The Nutria rodent is believed to be very clean and healthy. MOSCOW’s hot new food is nutria, also known as river rat. Despite being a rodent Nutria is believed to be very clean, healthy, and offers a hybrid taste between pork and turkey. It is not native to Russia but introduced from South America during the height of the fur trade.

Volcanic diplomacy TENSIONS mounted between Russia and Japan following reports that new missile systems were moved to the Moscow controlled Kuril Islands, which are claimed by Tokyo. The volcanic islands were occupied by the Soviets after the Second World War and the dispute has prevented the countries ever signing a peace accord.

Time warp PANFILOV’s 28 is a new war film dramatising the legendary feats of a Moscow division fighting to the death to halt a 1941 Nazi assault. But some historians claim the story was made up to portray Russian soldiers as fearless, with one even being fired for besmirching a sacred legend.

Punched Pole A TELEVISION show spiralled out of control when a Polish journalist was punched in the face when he mocked the Russian standard of living. The debate show was discussing salaries when the Pole congratulated Romanians on earning more than Russians, who he said lived worse than Ukrainians. Chaos promptly ensued.

Bear fighting A RUSSIAN fighter wants to hit the jackpot by battling Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor in Russia. The Irishman draws in mil-

lions of viewers and accomplished wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov reckons he has McGregor’s number. ‘The Eagle’ is from the restless Dagestan region and even wrestled bears as a child.

Forest spirit TWO Russians driving near the Ural mountains on a dark, snowy road spotted a strange, shadowy figure and claimed they had seen a Surale. The mythical forest spirit is believed to lure people into the woods and tickles them to death. Their dashcam footage is being analysed by YouTube experts.

Zoyka’s apartment A MUSEUM dedicated to famed Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov will open next year at the small Moscow apartment where the author of ‘The Master and Margarita’ lived in the 1920s and 30s. The apartment has been remodelled to resemble the time and present intimate exhibitions for devotees of B u l g a k o v ’s work.


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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.


By John Smith


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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Italian referendum could hurt the EU

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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By John Smith

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.

1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South




1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South


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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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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



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.

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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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7:00am Charmed 7:45am Hollyoaks 8:10am How I Met Your Mother 8:40am How I Met Your Mother 9:05am Rules of Engagement 9:35am Rules of Engagement 10:00am Melissa and Joey 10:30am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 11:30am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:30pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 5:00pm Young and Hungry 5:30pm Young and Hungry 6:00pm The Goldbergs 6:30pm The Goldbergs 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm The Big Bang Theory 9:30pm The Big Bang Theory 10:00pm Salt 12:00am Tattoo Fixers 1:05am The Big Bang Theory

9:00am Premier League Legends 9:30am Efl Cup Highlights 10:00am Barclays Premier League World 10:30am Darts Gold 11:00am The Premier League Years 1:00pm Football's Greatest Teams 1:30pm Premier League 100 Club 2:00pm Efl Cup Highlights 2:30pm Sporting Triumphs 3:00pm Football's Greatest Players 3:30pm Football's Greatest Players 4:00pm Great Sporting Moments 5:00pm Football's Greatest Players 5:30pm Boxing Gold 6:00pm Barclays Premier League World 6:30pm Efl Cup Highlights 7:00pm Premier League Match Pack 7:30pm Sky Sports Originals 8:30pm Football 11:00pm Premier League Match Pack 11:30pm Efl Cup Highlights 12:00am Efl Cup Highlights

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7:00am Football's Greatest Teams 7:30am Football's Greatest 8:00am Sporting Triumphs 9:00am Cricket's Greatest 11:00am Time of Our Lives 12:00pm Football's Greatest Teams 12:30pm Football's Greatest Teams 1:00pm Time of Our Lives 2:00pm Great Sporting Moments 2:15pm Great Sporting Moments 2:30pm Cricket's Greatest 3:00pm Sporting Triumphs 4:00pm Boxing Gold 5:30pm Cricket's Greatest 6:30pm Time of Our Lives 7:30pm Sporting Triumphs 8:00pm Football's Greatest Teams 8:30pm Sporting Triumphs 9:30pm Motorsport Mundial 10:00pm ATP Tour Uncovered 2016 10:30pm Carp Wars 2016 11:00pm Cricket's Greatest 11:30pm La Liga Show 12:00am Barclays Premier League World

In the Line of Fire Apollo 13 Taken 3 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 3:40pm The Sorcerer's Apprentice 5:35pm Godzilla 8:00pm Taken 3 10:00pm The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 12:05am Rambo


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Death Becomes Her Valentine's Day Never Been Kissed The Top Ten Show 2016 Get Smart Definitely, Maybe Dumb and Dumber Dumb and Dumber To Pixels Bridget Jones's Diary Rush Hour 2 Analyze This I-Spy


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Boulevard Exit The Pack The Revenant Couple in a Hole Jem and the Holograms An aspiring pop star suddenly hits the big time after becoming an internet sensation. Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19thcentury frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead. The Pack Deadly Sisters Couple in a Hole Jem and the Holograms


E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South

7:00am Breakfast 10:15am The Big Food Rescue 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Secret Life of the Hospital Bed 12:45pm Rip Off Britain 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Coroner 4:00pm Think Tank 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Still Open All Hours 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Citizen Khan 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Walliams and Friends 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:25am Would I Lie to You? 12:55am The Apprentice

7:00am The World's Most Photographed 7:30am The Big Food Rescue 8:15am Secret Life of the Hospital Bed 9:00am Great British Menu 9:30am The Welsh Italians 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Mastermind 8:30pm Match of the Day Live 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am Close to the Enemy 1:05am Snooker 1:55am Sold! Inside the World's Biggest Auction House 2:55am Question Time David Dimbleby presents topical debate. 3:55am Rick Stein's Long Weekends 4:55am This is BBC Two

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 Countrywise 9:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm Evan Almighty 1:25am Jackpot247 4:00am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

7:00am Dinner Date 7:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:35am Emmerdale 9:05am Emmerdale 9:35am You've Been Framed! 10:00am Psych 10:55am Catchphrase 11:40am I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm 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 Family Guy 11:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 12:00am Family Guy 12:30am American Dad!

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Top of the Pops John Peel presents the chart show, first broadcast on 14 October 1982. 9:00pm The Good Old Days 10:00pm The Joy of the Single 11:00pm Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40 12:00am Rock Family Trees 12:50am Top of the Pops John Peel presents the chart show, first broadcast on 14 October 1982. 1:25am The Joy of the Single 2:25am Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40 3:25am Britpop at the BBC 4:25am This is BBC Four BBC Four is the BBC channel for people who want more.

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Doctor in the House George and Mildred Heartbeat Where the Heart is Wild at Heart Judge Judy Judge Judy Judge Judy 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 Doc Martin Foyle's War Blue Murder Blue Murder Wycliffe Long Lost Family Rory Bremner's Great British Views Rory Bremner's Great British Views

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Countdown King of Queens King of Queens King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Frasier Jamie's Super Food A Place in the Sun Channel 4 News Summary Come Dine with Me Deal or No Deal Countdown Coast v Country A Place in the Sun Four in a Bed Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Alan Carr's Happy Hour Gogglebox The Last Leg 8 Out of 10 Cats Drifters

8:20am Thomas and Friends 8:35am Noddy: Toyland Detective 8:50am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:00am Wissper 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:35am Paw Patrol 9:45am Toot the Tiny Tugboat 10:00am Bananas in Pajamas 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:30pm Wishin' and Hopin' at Christmas 2:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm NCIS 4:15pm Spirit of Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm The Gadget Show 9:00pm Secrets of Great British Castles 10:00pm Building the World's Most Luxurious Ship 11:00pm The Best of Bad TV: The 00s 1:45am Super Casino 4:10am Gangland

7:00am Charmed 7:45am Hollyoaks 8:10am How I Met Your Mother 9:05am Rules of Engagement 9:35am Rules of Engagement 10:00am Melissa and Joey 10:30am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 11:30am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:30pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 5:00pm Young and Hungry 5:30pm Young and Hungry 6:00pm The Goldbergs 6:30pm The Goldbergs 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm Avatar 12:10am The Big Bang Theory 12:40am The Big Bang Theory 1:05am Tattoo Fixers 2:10am First Dates

The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Storage Wars Storage Wars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Ray Mears' Close Encounters Jaws 2 FYI Daily Jaws 2 Lock Up FYI Daily Lock Up The Big Fish Off Tommy Cooper Teleshopping

9:00am Behind Enemy Lines 11:00am 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 1:30pm Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 3:45pm Extraction 5:30pm Twister 7:30pm 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 10:00pm Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 12:15am Extraction

7:00am Boulevard 8:35am Hitman: Agent 47 10:20am Jem and the Holograms 12:25pm Point Break 2:25pm The Revenant 5:05pm Jem and the Holograms An aspiring pop star suddenly hits the big time after becoming an internet sensation. 7:15pm Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. 9:00pm Point Break 11:00pm The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19thcentury frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead 1:40am The Pack 3:15am Boulevard 4:50am Exit

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Bruce Almighty Two Weeks Notice Life Trainwreck Grimsby Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me The Cable Guy Trainwreck Grimsby Team America: World Police South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut


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Football Gold Football Gold WWE Main Event Barclays Premier League World Premier League Legends Boxing Gold Darts Gold The Premier League Years Barclays Premier League World Premier League Match Pack NFL Highlights Football's Greatest Players Football's Greatest Players Great Sporting Moments Premier League Legends Sky Sports Originals The Fantasy Football Club Football The Fantasy Football Club Premier League Preview 2016/17

7:00am Live World Rugby Sevens: Dubai 6:00pm Game Changers 6:30pm ICC Cricket 7:30pm Boxing Gold 8:00pm Game Changers 8:30pm Netball 10:30pm Darts Gold 11:00pm Cricket's Greatest 11:30pm ICC Cricket 12:30am England's Best Days Relive day four of the second test in the 2005 Ashes series at Edgbaston. 2:30am ICC Cricket 3:30am Cricket Classics Turn the clock back to 2005 and the third one-day international between the West Indies and South Africa. 4:30am Cricket's Greatest Series profiling some of the greatest cricketers of all time. 5:00am Great Sporting Moments


E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South

7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm James Martin: Home Comforts 1:00pm Football Focus 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Snooker 5:30pm Final Score 6:25pm Celebrity Mastermind 6:55pm BBC News 7:05pm BBC London News 7:10pm Pointless 8:00pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Michael Mcintyre's Big Show 10:00pm Casualty 10:50pm The National Lottery Live 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm Match of the Day 12:45am The NFL Show 1:15am Dragonfly 2:55am Weather for the Week Ahead 3:00am BBC News

7:00am Mighty Joe Young 8:30am Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 10:00am Natural World 11:00am Secret Britain 12:00pm Homes Under the Hammer 1:00pm The Best Dishes Ever 1:30pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 2:30pm Rebecca 4:35pm Flog It! 5:30pm Snooker 7:00pm Rugby Union 8:00pm Snooker Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage as the second semi-final gets underway. 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm The Dresser 1:15am Ill Manors 3:10am This is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two.

8:00pm Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide 9:00pm Egypt's Lost Queens Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt. 10:00pm Modus 10:45pm Modus Swedish crime drama series. 11:30pm Top of the Pops John Peel presents the pop chart show, first broadcast on 23 September 1982. 12:10am Top of the Pops 12:45am Reggae at the BBC 2:15am The Old Grey Whistle Test Live performance specially recorded for Whistle Test from the Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival. 3:00am Sounds of the 70s

6:20am Deal or No Deal 7:10am Gillette World Sport 7:35am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:05am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Frasier 8:55am Frasier 9:25am Frasier 10:00am The Morning Line 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 11:55am The Simpsons 12:25pm The Simpsons 1:30pm Deal or No Deal 2:25pm Channel 4 Racing 5:00pm Jamie's Super Food 5:30pm Location, Location, Location 6:35pm A Place in the Sun 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm China Between Clouds and Dreams 9:00pm Britain at Low Tide 10:00pm Now You See Me 12:15am G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2:20am Hollyoaks Omnibus 4:25am Location, Location, Location 5:20am George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

8:25am Scrambled! 8:30am Nerds and Monsters. Cannibal Run 8:50am Horrid Henry 9:10am Looped 9:30am Be Cool, ScoobyDoo! Mystery 101 10:05am Adventure Time 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Carry on Girls 12:10pm All Star Family Fortunes 12:55pm ITV News and Weather 1:05pm Judge Rinder 2:05pm Cash Trapped 3:05pm St. Trinian's 5:00pm Thunderbirds are Go 5:20pm The Chase 6:25pm ITV News London 6:40pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm Tipping Point 8:00pm Meet the Parents 9:00pm The X Factor 10:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:35pm ITV News and Weather 11:50pm 10,000 BC

7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:05am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:30pm Celebrity Catchphrase 2:30pm You've Been Framed! 3:00pm You've Been Framed! 4:05pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 5:05pm FYI Daily 5:10pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 5:55pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:25pm The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 8:25pm FYI Daily 8:30pm The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 9:30pm Scorpion 10:30pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm Family Guy 11:35pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 12:35am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy

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Movies Now Calamity Jane FYI Daily Calamity Jane Santa Claus FYI Daily Santa Claus Columbo: A Case of Immunity Foyle's War Foyle's War Foyle's War A Touch of Frost Doc Martin Drama series about a curmudgeonly country doctor and his patients in Cornwall. The Booze Cruise Lewis Feature-length drama following on from the Inspector Morse series. Wycliffe ITV3 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping

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Tommy Cooper The Professionals Motorsport UK Bundesliga Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars All Quiet on the Western Front FYI Daily All Quiet on the Western Front Fishing Impossible Storage Wars Storage Wars Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment FYI Daily Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 16 Blocks FYI Daily 16 Blocks Universal Soldier: Regeneration

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Fireman Sam Pip Ahoy! Little Princess Paw Patrol Blaze and the Monster Machines Noddy in Toyland Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Shimmer and Shine Peppa Pig Peppa Pig Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Gadget Show This Christmas A Fairytale Christmas A Belle for Christmas 5 News Weekend A Belle for Christmas Mrs. Miracle 5 News Weekend Mrs. Miracle NCIS NCIS: New Orleans 5 News Weekend Football on 5 The Frozen Ground Super Casino The Boy Who Can't Stay Awake

7:10am The Mummy 9:15am In the Heart of the Sea 11:20am The Dark Knight 1:55pm King Arthur 4:05pm Troy 6:50pm The Mummy 9:00pm The Dark Knight 11:35pm In the Heart of the Sea 1:40am Underworld: Evolution

9:10am The Top Ten Show 2016 9:25am The Holiday 11:45am The 40 Year Old Virgin 1:45pm Pitch Perfect 2 3:45pm Bad Santa 5:30pm Welcome to Me 7:00pm The Interview 9:00pm Pitch Perfect 2 11:00pm The Hangover 12:50am Top Five 2:40am Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

7:00am Baby Daddy 7:20am Baby Daddy 7:40am How I Met Your Mother 8:05am How I Met Your Mother 8:30am Melissa and Joey 9:00am Melissa and Joey 9:30am Made in Chelsea 10:30am Couples Come Dine with Me 11:30am Black-Ish 12:00pm Black-Ish 12:30pm The Goldbergs 1:00pm The Goldbergs 1:30pm The Goldbergs 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm Clueless 4:30pm Rude(Ish) Tube Shorts 4:50pm The Big Bang Theory 5:20pm The Big Bang Theory 5:50pm The Big Bang Theory 6:20pm The Big Bang Theory 6:50pm The Big Bang Theory 7:20pm The Big Bang Theory 7:50pm The Big Bang Theory 8:20pm The Twilight Saga: New Moon 11:00pm Tattoo Fixers 12:00am Gogglebox

7:00am Boulevard 8:35am Jem and the Holograms 10:45am Arthur and Merlin 12:35pm Hitman: Agent 47 2:20pm Point Break 4:20pm The Revenant 7:00pm Arthur and Merlin 9:00pm Point Break 11:00pm Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. 12:40am Couple in a Hole Poignant drama about a middle-class Scottish couple who retreat to the confines of a hole in the French countryside. 2:30am The Pack 4:15am Ant-Man: Behind the Scenes 4:45am Jem and the Holograms


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Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Game Changers Premier League Preview 2016/17 The Fantasy Football Club Soccer A.M. Football Gillette Soccer Saturday Football Joshua/Molina: The Gloves are Off Nissan Game of the Day Nissan Match Choice Football Football Football Football Football Football EFL Goals Football Football

7:00am Live World Rugby Sevens: Dubai 2:30pm Rugby Union 6:00pm Live Pro 12 Rugby 8:30pm Rugby Union 10:25pm Rugby Union 11:25pm Football Gold 11:30pm Joshua/Molina: The Gloves are Off 12:00am Rugby Union 1:00am Football 2:00am Time of Our Lives 3:00am Sporting Triumphs 3:15am Football The La Liga season's first El Clasico is here as Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. 4:15am Time of Our Lives 5:15am Sporting Triumphs All Black rugby star Sean Fitzpatrick relives the triumph of winning the first Rugby World Cup 5:30am Sporting Triumphs 5:45am Sporting Triumphs



E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South

7:00am Breakfast 8:30am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am Fern Britton Meets... 12:00pm Sunday Politics 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Escape to the Country 2:45pm FA Cup Final Score 5:20pm Planet Earth II 6:20pm Songs of Praise 6:55pm BBC News 7:10pm BBC London News 7:20pm Countryfile 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Planet Earth II 10:00pm My Mother and Other Strangers 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm BBC London News 11:30pm Match of the Day 2 12:35am Sunny D 12:55am Citizen Khan 1:25am Weather for the Week Ahead 1:30am BBC News

7:00am A to Z of TV Gardening 7:45am Big Dreams Small Spaces 8:45am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 9:15am Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys 9:45am Countryfile 10:45am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:15pm Rugby Union 1:15pm MOTD2 Extra 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Match of the Day: FA Cup Highlights 8:00pm Snooker 12:00am QI XL 12:45am Jazzie B's 1980s: From Dole to Soul 1:45am Three Fugitives 3:20am Countryfile The Countryfile team explores the Brecon Beacons. 4:15am Holby City 5:15am This is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two.

8:00pm The Flying Archaeologist Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over Wiltshire to uncover sites discovered through aerial phototography 8:30pm Britten's Endgame 10:30pm The Turner Prize 2016 Morgan Quaintance assesses the four nominees at this year's Turner Prize at Tate Britain. 11:00pm Storyville Documentary which follows events at Israel's most notorious football club. 12:25am Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race 1:55am Monkey Planet 2:55am A Horizon Guide to the Senses 3:55am Egypt's Lost Queens 4:55am This is BBC Four

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7:00am Planet's Funniest Animals 7:20am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:25am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:25pm The X Factor 2:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 3:00pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 4:05pm FYI Daily 4:10pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 4:50pm The Polar Express 5:50pm FYI Daily 5:55pm The Polar Express 6:50pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:50pm The Incredible Hulk 8:50pm FYI Daily 8:55pm The Incredible Hulk 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm Family Guy 11:35pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 12:35am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy 1:35am American Dad! 2:00am American Dad! 2:30am The Cleveland Show

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Thunderbirds are Go Adventure Time ITV News Bear Grylls Survival School Peston on Sunday Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel ITV News and Weather The Chase The X Factor Midsomer Murders Tipping Point ITV News London ITV News and Weather Off Their Rockers The Next Great Magician The X Factor Results Show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! ITV News and Weather Peston on Sunday

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Movies Now Doctor at Large A Touch of Frost Heartbeat Heartbeat Foyle's War Columbo: Dagger of the Mind The Nun's Story FYI Daily The Nun's Story Foyle's War Lewis Land of the Midnight Sun A Touch of Frost Santa Claus FYI Daily Santa Claus May the Best House Win May the Best House Win Wycliffe Drama series about a Cornwall police detective.

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King of Queens King of Queens King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch Jamie's Cracking Christmas The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons The Simpsons School of Rock Miracle on 34th Street Channel 4 News Escape to the Chateau Humans Gogglebox 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown The Last Leg 60 Days in Jail Shipping Wars George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

7:00am World Cup Rivalries: Brazil v Italy 7:15am Fifth Gear 8:05am The Classic Car Show 8:55am The Motorbike Show 10:55am The Big Fish Off 12:00pm Cash Cowboys 1:00pm Pawn Stars 1:55pm All Quiet on the Western Front 2:55pm FYI Daily 3:00pm All Quiet on the Western Front 5:00pm Tobruk 6:00pm FYI Daily 6:05pm Tobruk 7:10pm Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 8:10pm FYI Daily 8:15pm Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 9:00pm Rugby 10:00pm Jaws 3 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm Jaws 3 12:05am Rambo III 1:05am FYI Daily

8:30am Little Princess 8:45am Paw Patrol 9:05am Blaze and the Monster Machines 9:30am Noddy in Toyland 9:45am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:55am Shimmer and Shine 10:25am Peppa Pig 10:35am Peppa Pig 10:45am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:55am Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:30am Football on 5 12:50pm Fail Army 1:20pm 12 Gifts of Christmas 3:05pm Call Me Claus 4:50pm Deck the Halls 5:50pm 5 News Weekend 5:55pm Deck the Halls 6:45pm 5 News Weekend 6:50pm Bulletproof Monk 8:40pm Hellboy II: The Golden Army 9:40pm 5 News Weekend 9:45pm Hellboy II: The Golden Army 11:00pm Green Lantern 12:00am 5 News Weekend 12:05am Green Lantern

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Britain deserves better than this Brexit jester Nora Johnson

Breaking Views Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a freelance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to

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-

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

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...

Nora Johnson’s psychological/suspense crime thrillers ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity. BORIS JOHNSON: Insulted the Italians.




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1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South

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 Blanca



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.












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





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



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Alicante TODAY:






Saturday November 26



Saturday November 26



Tuesday November 22


Friday November 25
































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E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South


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


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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.

Play on Words

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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Medcare’s 10 per cent discount on all aesthetic treatments has been so well received, it has been extended until Christmas, so treat yourself now. Next month, Medcare will be launching a new initiative called the A nnua l B irthda y C he c k (ABC). So if it is your birthday, contact either the Benijofar or Alfaz del Pi practice for your mini-health screening and nurse

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Ask The A positive Doctor outlook can Migraines and be good for what to do your health Brought to you by

PESSIMISM: Has been linked to stress.

A N EG ATIV E a ttitude could be reflected in your health. A c c ording to a Finnis h study, pessimism appeared to be a strong risk factor in c orona ry he a rt dis e a s e (CHD). Researchers studied 2,267 Finnis h me n a nd women over 11 years and found that the 121 people that died of heart disease had a gloomier approach to life tha n the re s t a nd ha d been more pessimistic at the start of the study than the others. It is be lie ve d tha t this pe s s imis m is linke d to stress and the stress increases blood sugar levels and blood pressure which can le a d to he a rt da ma ge a nd disease. This is one of a fe w studies highlighting the rela tions hip be tw e e n pe s simism and mortality from CHD, but there have been

numerous studies over the years stressing how optimis m c a n 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 w a s linke d to longe vity. Dutch studies have reported similar results. In one , the re s e a rc he rs a s s e s s e d ove r 500 me n for the ir optimis m w ho were free of cardiovascular dis e a s e a nd c a nc e r 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 cardiovascular disease than the pessimists, even after traditional cardiovascular risk factors were taken into account.

SPECIALIST: Doctor Luis Perez Belmonte. 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

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Beware of unqualified dieticians 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 Nutritionists-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:

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Is a nasal spray the answer to curing a cold? SCIENTISTS believe they may have a cure for the common cold in the form of a simple nasal spray. It has already been tested in mice and rats and showed to stop them being infected, and it is now being tested on humans in London by a team of scientists. The SynGEM nasal spray was produced by a Dutch company and 36 volunteers are now being given it to see if they produce the antibodies that can attack and kill the cold virus when it enters the body. Finding a cure for the c ommon cold has long s inc e eluded scie ntis ts a s the re a re around 200 viruses that can c a us e c olds ma king it ha rd to f i n d something tha t w orks a ga ins t a ll of

them. Col ds ar e j ust a f ew days of i nconvenience for many who suffer during the winter months, but their impact can be more devastating for others and can be fatal in some cases in the weak and vulnerable. Some forms can lead to complications such as pneumonia and can be particularly dangerous for babies.

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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 11-15 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 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.

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Films in English Cantabile choir’s Christmas concert THIS week’s film showing at the cinema in Pilar de la Horadada is ‘A Hologram for the King’ showing tonight (Thursday) at 7pm and Sunday December 4 at 5pm, not the usual Saturday showing. Starring Tom Hanks and Tom Skerritt, this comedy-drama tells the tale of a struggling salesman who, in his attempt to prevent losing his home and paying his daughter’s college tuition

fees, travels to Saudi Arabia to try and sell his products. Next week is the film ‘Now you see me 2’ showing on December 8 at 7pm and December 10 at 5pm. Tickets cost €5 and the cinema is located in the Duplex Espacio Cultural in Calle Canalejas, 4. To keep updated on the latest films search Cinemapilar on Facebook or visit

International puppet show tours Alicante PUPPE T T HE AT R E is b e in g bro u g h t a l i v e i n A lica n te w ith ‘Festitíteres’ which launched inter n a t i o n a l l y i n 1 9 8 8 a n d h a s since performed in 46 different countries. There are 20 performances in

several locations around Alicante City until December 8 with puppeteers from across Spain and internationally taking part. F o r th e fu ll progra mme a nd ticket information visit www.en

CANTABILE CHOIR: Performing on December 8 at La Siesta Church. THE Cantabile Choir are staging a Concert of Carols on December 8 at La Siesta Church in Torrevieja. The concerts commences at 6.30pm and it will

be Valerie Beange’s first outing as Musical Director of the Choir. Admission will be free with a collection taken in aid of Church funds.


Big heads and Perfect panto giants take over Torrevieja TORREVIEJA is in fiesta mode once more as the city honours the patron saint Inmaculada Concepcion. Tomorrow (Friday) there is the parade of the giants and big heads from 5.45pm from the Plaza de la Constitucion. On De c e m b e r 3 at 11.30am, there is the running of the bulls from Calle Maestr o Va l l e j o s t o th e Paseo Vi st a Al e g r e , although it is bulls of the inflatabl e k i n d , b e f o r e th e second parade of the giants and big heads at 1pm. The band parade and floral offe r i n g s f r o m P laz a Constitucion along Calle Ramon Gallud is at 4.30pm. A third parade of the giants an d b i g h e a d s is a t 9.30pm. More of these parades featuring the giants and big h e a d s a r e o n D ecembe r 5 a t 1 2 . 3 0 p m an d

5.45pm as well as on December 6 and 7. On December 4 there is a crazy car race from Calle B raz e n fin is h in g in t he Plaza Constitucion. T h e D ec e mb er 6 b a nk holiday is marked with the institutional act of the Day of the Spanish Constitution in the Plaza de la Constitucion from 11am. There is also a paella competition in the area of the fairground from midday. The bank holiday on December 8 will see an early wake up call at 7am with a mo rn in g mu s ic p ara de throughout the streets and later, at 7pm, a solemn procession with the statue of the Inmaculada Concepcion with the route starting from Caballero de Rodas, heading to the Paseo Vista Aleg re an d en d in g at t he church.

WHAT do you do when you’re looking for a different kind of pantomime? Well if you’re fortunate enough to have Jane Cronin as a Theatre Group member you’re laughing. Literally! Jane brilliantly ADAPT-ed Toy Story into a ‘traditional’ pantomime, and the characters and costumes brought it to life with a comic storyline interspersed with dancing, video, the all important audience participation and even a spaceship drone for Buzz Lightyear. Spoken in English and in Spanish the three performances were sold out. The ADAPT panto is a firm favourite with the San Pedro del Pinatar Spanish community and the dress rehearsal is always presented to children from a local school. And so a panto was born! Toy Story was a huge success and raised much needed funds which are used throughout the year to buy food for El Samaritano charity. ADAPT will resume in the new year at the Pensionista’s, Lo Pagan. For details visit

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Successful Xmas fair NEARLY €3,000 was raised from the recent Age Concern Christmas Fair at the Age Concern Centre in La Siesta. President of Age Concern, Maureen Payne, said a total of €2,864.10 was raised as she thanked all the volunteers and helpers who made the Christmas Fair a great success and everyone who made cakes and savouries, handicrafts and donated prizes.

Versace exhibition ITALIAN interior design and decoration firm, Versace Ceramics, has presented their new products for the first time in southeast Spain at the headquarters of Quiles, an official distributor, in Elche. The exhibition showcased their latest developments and designs in interior design for home and bathroom furniture displaying soft shapes, evocative tones and Greek patterns. Nearly 100 professionals in the sector attended the exhibition at the Quiles headquarters.

Orihuela’s World AIDS Day activity EVENTS are being held in Orihuela to mark World AIDS Day. Councillor for health, Noelia Grao, said the town hall is reinforcing prevention and information as “it is essential that we remain united so that information reaches more people.” The Councillor added: “There are still too many stigmas that provoke social rejection of people affected by the virus, due to lack of knowledge about it or disinformation.” That is why “we open the doors of the Department of Health to involve the whole of society and we can move forward together.” Activities take place today (Thursday) with a round table discussion at

the La Lonja Auditorium at 11.30am to discuss the main concepts that define and differentiate between HIV and AIDS, as well as how it is transmitted and can be prevented. People will also be sharing their experiences first hand. Members of the Red Cross will also be organising several information desks around the city both today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) and will be distributing information leaflets around bars in the city aimed at young people as well as condoms to help prevent infection. During the day and night the facade of the town hall and La Lonja Auditorium will be illuminated red in commemoration of the day.


Rojales’ cultural Christmas

FESTIVE EVENTS: Will include music and comedy. ROJALES has announced its forthcoming events over the festive season. On Sunday December 4, in the Theatre of Rojales at 5.30pm there is Saxo Ensemble in concert with free admission. The National Carol and Lullaby Competition takes place on December 17 at 7pm with free admission. ‘Navidadlandia’ takes place on December 23 from 8.30pm, organised by the Organiza Positive Dance Studio and the town hall.

Tickets cost €5. Just Brass presents their music and comedy Christmas concert on December 16 at 8pm in the theatre. For more information and tickets visit Tickets costing €5 are also available by calling 690 231 100. The end of the year concert takes place on December 30 at 8.30pm in the theatre featuring tenor Jose Manuel Mas and soprano Carmen Muñoz, directed by Jose Vicente Perez. Tickets cost €10.

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One-way traffic 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-

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.

Own goal

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

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.

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

Cristina Cifuentes. Photo Credit Cristina Cifuentes/Flickr

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 particular from our very close friends, but also those who we perhaps knew for only a short time, or with whom we shared special mo-

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.

ments in years gone by, because often 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 succumb to our mortality at some 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 festive cards hanging over the fireplace, stair banister and on walls so familiar in times gone by - sadly shrink with each passing year. With the escalating 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 taking the time and trouble to write a few words in each and address envelopes, is 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 lives in some way during 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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More expansion and success for Fastighetsbyran IN the early months of 2016, the Euro Weekly News met up with the Fastighetsbyran team in Torrevieja as they were celebrating being awarded the company’s ‘best office’ title, beating more than 250 other Fastighetsbyran branches. Following their award they pledged to make 2016 even better and now, returning to the Torrevieja office in Commercial Centre Torremarina, by Aguas Nuevas, it seems they have done just that. Thanks to the dedicated and passionate workforce they came top in the company’s ranking for 2015 and have been nominated once again for 2016, with a number of staff also nominated in the ‘best real estate agent’ category. They are expecting to close the year with around 375 property sales and have welcomed the opening of two new offices; Villamartin in September, followed by one in Torre de la Ho-

radada in October. Fastighetsbyran has always served these areas but are now able to offer a more localised and even better service to local sellers further down the coast and service is at the heart of the company’s success. With the slogan ‘we care’ Fastighetsbyran works hard to ensure both the seller and buyer have a successful and stressfree property purchase. This is proven with the number of client recommendations they receive and the number of people who buy, sell and repurchase again with Fastighetsbyran. The new build market is bouncing back and Fastighetsbyran has a project leader in this field working closely with only reputable builders and project managers on specially selected developments. This gives them an insight like no other so they know exactly what is available for the buyer. They do all the necessary checks and

FASTIGHETSBYRAN: Welcomed new offices in Torre de la Horadada and Villamartin. guarantee every client’s money on the new properties, physically showing them the bank guarantee. Nina Gisslen said: “We actually present this to the clients so they can see it and that is something quite unique to the company.” For resale properties they also carry out the necessary checks to ensure all the paperwork is

in order before accepting the property, making the sales process easier at the end. They are true experts in valuing and pricing properties to the fair and real value of the market with most selling within an average of two months and many within three weeks. Nina said she analyses their sales each month and these show that their resale properties are selling very close to the asking price, with an average difference of just 5 per cent, showing how hard they have worked to know the complex market. Already popular amongst the Scandinavian market, more British sellers and buyers are coming through the doors and the growth in this market for the Swedish company has been largely through recommendations as more British clients get to know the team and how they really do care.

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By Matthew Elliott A RENEGADE mayor has finally 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 city hall has now levied 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 more comfortable following through on their frequent threats to impose draconian fines on anyone


CLAMPING DOWN: On the rental of unregistered accommodation.

Illicit attraction renting out their homes without paying the appropriate taxes. While Airbnb is at the height of its power in major cities across the world, it is also increasingly being

used in smaller communities. One silver lining is that Barcelona elected to target the corporations sponsoring illegal rentals, rather than the property

owners themselves. But it would be unwise to expect that trend to continue, especially with fines ranging up to €600,000 at in the government’s weaponry.

AN alarming development has taken place right in Spain’s backyard which may have repercussions for homeowners on this side of the fence unless the real estate industry puts its foot down. A new law from the socialist government in Portugal means that the amount of sunshine a property receives may determine how much tax the owner pays. This has outraged the president of the National Association of Homeowners who said “today we are charged by the sun, tomorrow it’ll be the air we breathe.” Homeowners also see the tax as nigh on impossible to properly work out. Is it the number of hours of sunlight? What if there’s sun but some is blocked by a tree? What if one month is especially cloudy? The subjectivity of the situation makes it entirely ridiculous. And the tax is quite high. A property with ample sunlight will pay more for that than they would for an outdoor pool. Spain shares a similar level of sun-


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y tax for sunlight?

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: If a ‘sunshine tax’ was to be introduced. light to its Iberian neighbour but any moves in this direction would surely be economic suicide for a country which largely depends on the sun to

attract foreign buyers. Unfortunately the Spanish government isn’t much better. In his previous term prime minister Rajoy implemented

his very own ‘tax on the sun’ which punished homeowners for using solar power despite the obvious environmental and social advantages.




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Keep your home warm and save money PHOTO COPYRIGHT iko

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

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 mortgage 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 prefer-

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ence now is for mixed deals which have a fixed rate for the first six months to two years, then become longer-term variable rate mortgages oscillating between 1.3 and 2.3 per cent. Another fundamental change is that the majority of mortgage loans are now secured online.


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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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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. 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.




Dreaded damp 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 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 once a day for a week. This should 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.


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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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. 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 apnea, epilepsy, low or high blood sugar, pre-


Poodles linger longer Panda is the King

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vent 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 house wife 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..

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 petsitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! Register as either housesitter or homeowner now with a 20% off introductory offer using coupon code PERFECT20.

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Winter weather pet care 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 feed

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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health it can spill over into every other aspect of your life – damaging everything that is important to you. Englishspeaking AA meetings are held throughout the Costa Blanca from Valencia City to Murcia. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting or discuss a possible drinking problem contact Costa Blanca North: *648 169 045* or Costa Blanca South: *625 912 078* or Costa Calida *679 385 105*. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence. AA in German: 645 456 075; Spanish: 679 212 535; Flemish: 635 047 053; and Scandinavian: 659 779 222. (93323) ROUNDABOUT CHARITY SHOP. We are now into summer and very soon we will be feeling the heat! It is time therefore for another visit to the shop where you might find a bargain or two. Choose from the clothing selection, jewellery, household goods, books or bric a brac. There is usually something there for everyone —- but not always. Charitable donations have recently been made to The Alzheimers Centre, Cancer Research and The Amigos Ambulance Service. We still need your help with donations etc. Please keep them coming in! We are situated on Avenida Del Furs close to the Fountain Roundabout and immediate left by Don Colchon bed shop. (93325) THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 17.00 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3 (behind Carrefour), Torrevieja. Contact Paul Edwards, Chairman 618 644 934 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996. (95455) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Orihuela Costa - covering from Punta Prima to San Javier. The branch meets at Olympia restaurant, Mil Palmeras on 3rd Thursday of each month at 19.00 - 19.30pm. More info can be found on branch website www.orihuelacostarbl. (95457) HELP VEGA BAJA. We are a non-profit making organisation that helps and supports anyone, without prejudice, in

times of need or crisis within the Vega Baja area. Our offices are based in San Miguel at Calle Lope de Vega 46 (Tel 966 723 733), Torrevieja at Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia 4 (Tel 965 704 282). Both offices are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1.30 pm and the Helpdesk at La Marina is open every Thursday (10 am to 1.30 pm) at the Hope Fellowship Church (opposite the Thursday Market site) at Avda de Justo Antonio Quesada, Urb. La Marina (Tel 615770145). We are online at and also on Facebook. You can email the San Miguel Centre at We also have a 24 hour Emergency help-line which is available to both members and non-members on 966 723 733 (95456) THE BAKER FOUNDATION for SPIRITUAL AWARENESS. 16 Nicolas De Bussi Ave, Playa Flamenca. Sunday Service every week 11am to 12 noon, everyone welcome. For further details please phone/fax 966 760 665 (95458) THE PHILIP SCOTT LODGE No 10671 of the RAOB meets every Friday in the Bar Catorce, Benijofar. Please call the secretary, Colin Bird on 693 287 614 for further information. (95459) CHARITY BOOK STALL PEGO THURSDAY MARKET. Selection of over 500 books, all proceeds given to the elderly/disabled of Pego and local Animal Rescue. More stock always required please contact Chrissie 965 977 228/617 647 395 (95460) THE ANGLICAN CHURCH, La Fustera. For more info: contact Frank Bentley on 966 495 188 (95461) CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (MABS) MURCIA/MAR MENOR Help and support is just a phone call away, Avda Rio Nalón, Tel: 693 275 779 (95462) PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, Calle Canalejas, 3. Pilar de la Horadada. Sunday Service at 11am & Thursday at 5pm for Prayer and Praise and Worship. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information www.pi Reg No: 2009SG/A (95463) TORREVIEJA Christian Fellowship (TCF) is an English speaking lively church located at Avenida de las Valencianas 68, Torrevieja 03183. Residents and holidaymakers are welcome to attend our services with communion and ‘kids church’ each Sunday at

10.30am. We have a Fellowship Meeting (Bible Study) each Wednesday at 6.00pm. For further information see our website or tel 966 700 391. THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION COSTA BLANCA BRANCH. Former & serving aircrews of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are welcome to join this convivial & friendly organisation, now in its 21st year. www.aca or call the Secretary on: 966 495 042 (95465) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION JAVEA BRANCH meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ Scallops Rest on the Arenal at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend as a visitor and join the branch if they wish. Anyone needing any help or advice on welfare, or any information regarding the branch can contact either Sheila on 965 791 270 or Roger on 965 790 123 (95472) TORREVIEJA STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets each Friday 2.45pm to 5pm in The Annex, (behind Age Concern Centre), Calle Paganini, Urb. La Siesta. Our aim is to support stroke survivors and their carers by a range of facilities from speech therapy, rehabilitation exercise, group discussion etc. For info: Louie 966 718 964 or 965 071 920, email: strokesupportgroup Donations and further voluntary helpers are needed and guest speakers with relevant knowledge or experience are very welcome. (95473) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Gran Alacant & La Marina Branch meets 1st Monday of every month (except July and August) at Bar Sioux , Avda Escandinavia GA at 7pm for 7.30pm prompt. For further info contact Brian, Branch Secretary on 639 917 971 / email secretarybr3606 (95474) CAMPELLO CONTRA CANCER in conjunction with AECC Association Español Contra Cancer has opened a charity shop at C/Virgen de los Desamparados No 13 (next door to Mas y mas) El Campello. The shop is open Mon-Fri 10 - 2pm and is run by unpaid volunteers and all monies raised goes to the AECC. We urgently need donations of clothes, books, large and small furniture etc, and we will arrange collection of large items. We need volunteers to help out in the shop and also clothes rails, shelves etc. for display. Please support your local Cancer charity and if you wish to obtain literature or simply talk to someone. Please stop by at the shop. Contact Mina or Trisha. Tel 650 071 278 or

610 921 413 e-mail (95475) INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical non-denominational Sunday services 11am Children’s church 11am House groups in Torrevieja, Los Balcones, San Javier Ladies meeting Thursdays 11am. Pastor, Rafael Restrepo All nationalities welcome 966 799 273 / 660 127 276. (95476) ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION (Costa Blanca). The aim of the Association is to bring together not just ex Royal Marines, but ex Service personnel with an affinity to the Royal Marines. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month at Casa Ventura, San Luis Urbanisation, at 6.30pm. For further details Hon Sec 965 724 652 FREEMASONRY Are you aware that Freemasonry is thriving on the Costa Blanca? There are various lodges meeting up throughout the Valencia region. If you already are a Mason or simply wish to know more about Freemasonry in Spain please contact Harry Palmer Membership Committee Tel: 966 712 326 or email: palmers.quesa (95477) ROYAL AIR FORCES Association Branch #1359 Costa Blanca The Branch meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the El Paraiso Restaurant located close to the Carrefour Supermarket in Torrevieja. The meeting starts at 1430 hrs. You do not have to be an ex-member of the RAF to join this friendly Association which supports the welfare of the RAF family and provides a social hub for ex RAF members and their friends. For further information about the Association and its activities please contact the Chairman on 692 508 916 or the Welfare Officer on 615 048 892 or visit our website: MEETS at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7


p.m. And every alternate Thursday from 22nd September, there is an Development/Awareness Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 6.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. The Divine Service with Mediumship, on Sunday, 27th November, will be taken by Annette Rogers. Anna Marie will take the Evening of Mediumship on Tuesday, 29th November. The Divine Service with Mediumship, on Sunday, 4th December will be taken by Ray Bailey. We will be holding our Carol Service on Tuesday 6th December. Tickets only. AFTER THIS SERVICE WE ARE CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY, 10TH JANUARY, 2017. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.spiritualistcentre-benijo New email is phoenix or in fo@spiritualistcentre-benijo Identificacion Fiscal G54713789.


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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.


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Subaru does No downside to the well in tough Volkswagen Up! 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 generous equipment levels. There is a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel, with a manual gearbox standard and a CVT auto an option 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, the 0-60 mph nippy at 9.3 seconds. Fuel economy is 52.3 mpg combined and then came a surprise! Normally you can seldom get close to any manufacturer’s official fuel economy figure, often you can be up to 20 per cent short. But over 500 miles of city

driving, rural roads and motorways, I actually EXCEEDED Subaru’s official figure without even trying! I got 54 mpg, and that is impressive. The engine is smooth and additional 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 passengers both front and rear and also a large, practical boot of 380 litres capacity, boost-able 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.

THE Volkswagen Up! is the company’s smallest model, a well-built and quite classy city car competing in a crowded sector of the market. Two of the rivals are the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii - also from the VW stable - and others include Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Hyundai i10 and even the Fiat 500. The Up! is priced from £8,995 (€10,112) and may be small but you get the same immediate impression of topdrawer build-quality that hallmarks larger VW models. Available in three and fivedoor form, and with a choice of nippy yet frugal threecylinder 1.0 litre engines of varying power outputs, the Up! is surprisingly roomy, and a real treat to drive. Some city cars can be noisy and jerky but the Up! has a fluency and refinement you usually get in cars from a class above. My test model was the smallest of the power range, just 59 hp, yet it never felt under-powered. The 0-60 mph time of 14.4 seconds may seem a tad slow on paper, but such is the agility of the car, it felt faster.

Top speed is 100mph which means it can be a relatively quiet motorway cruiser, and its eco-clean too, with emissions just 96g/km. Fuel economy is impressive at 68.9 mpg combined. My midrange MoveUp! test model in three-door form was priced at £10,325 (€11,607) and came with power windows, air-con, stop/start function, alloy wheels, five-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and an adjustable boot floor. With more distinctive styling touches than most city-car rivals, the Up! stands out, and the large dominant VW bonnet badge makes a

THE UP!: Hard to find a downside. strong statement. Clever use of interior space means the Up! has good head and leg room even for taller occupants. A large tailgate gives access to a 250 litre boot, one of the largest in the sector, which can be boosted to 950 litres by folding the rear seats, helping this city car

Stats panel (optional): Model: Volkswagen Move Up! Engine: 1.0 litre petrol Transmission: 5 speed manual Performance: 0-60 mph 14.4 seconds, top speed 100 mph Economy: 68.9 mpg combined Emissions: 96 g/km

earn top marks for practicality. Underway, the Up! drives nicely, with smooth power delivery, a slick five-speed gearbox, and excellent steering. The car feels very composed even if pushed into a tight bend, and the ride quality, though slightly firm, is still comfortable. There is an upright driving position for good forward visibility, and the dashboard has a straightforward layout with all the dials and switches clearly accessible. Big plus-points are VW build-quality, chic styling, nice driving dynamics. Overall, it was hard to find a downside to the Up!


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Quesada Golf Society THE last society game was at Alenda. The course wa s i n g o o d c o n d itio n an d th e weather conditions perfect for a round of golf. Before the game one observation. That was the number of sprinklers around the 9th hole. They were being tested by one of the maintenance staff and it was remarkable how many there were. The water bill must be very high! There was again a good turnout of over 30 players. The format of the competition was an individual stableford split into Gold and Silver divisions. The scores on the day were however, on the low side with only three players scoring over 30 points. The winner of the Gold Division was Bob Jones with 30 hard earned points. In second place on C/B with 28 points was ‘Stormin’ Norman Lewis or Jerry as he is known to his friends. In third place and a return to the podium with 28 points on C/B was Brent Hollings. If he hadn’t found the sand so much he could have been numero uno again. In the Silver division a battle raged between the oldest members of the Society, husband and wife young Trevor Hobbs and young Ann Hobbs. Young Trevor won on C/B with 31 points. In third place was Spurs fan David Trotman with 29 points after a very good back nine. There were only two ‘Nearest the Pins’ winners from the six up for grabs, Eddie Scott and

WINNING MEMBERS: Enjoyed the course conditions and perfect weather. Glenys ‘the Menace’ Thomas. Nobody took home the two’s pot which is carried forward to the next game. The winner of the scratch card was new member John “no I am not the England international” Stones. The players returned to the society base, the Quesada Country Club for the presentations, a tasty hot and cold

buffet, a few drinks and some after-match banter. Anyone in the Quesada area looking to join a very friendly golf society and play golf once a fortnight at a wide variety of courses at a very reasonable cost, should contact the chairman and membership secretary Les Pancott on 966 716 723.


Plaza members play Villamartin WHAT a nice crisp early start was had at Villamartin. With the chance of winning the rollover for the two’s pot, not one player achieved it meaning there is a double rollover for the charity game at Villamartin on December 9. Nearest the pin was sponsored by Galaxy Golf, and the nearest shop is Campoamor, near the La Feunte centre. Hole 6 was won by Darren Hancock, hole 9 by Kevin Rose, hole 13 by John ‘one’ Eyre and Hole 17 by Mike Frankish, all collecting 12.50€ to spend in the Alehouse. Last place was taken (only just) by Bob rankin, with captain Simon Lee having the worst game of his life and not even getting the bottle of wine to drown his sorrows and reflect on his game. Well done Bob. Best Lady was won by newest member Liz Sully claiming the bottle of wine to celebrate. Third place was taken by Darren Hancock with his handicap of 6, coming in with an impressive 33 points, Kevin Rose scored a great score of 34 points with his handicap of 13 and Barry Lane came in with a fantastic score of 35 with his handicap of 10. The scratch card which was a €50 Galaxy Golf Voucher was won by Richard McAllen. Next game is at Villamartin on December 9, with extra tee times added there is only a few spaces left. If you wish to play let the club know, at The Alehouse, Theplazagolfsociety@, or via Facebook page. Next games Friday 9 Villamartin, Friday 16 Las Ramblas.

Mazarron FC’s convincing win over CD Lumbreras

RUBYS GOLF SOCIETY: The players raised a generous €150.

Putting for poppy appeal ONE of our recent outings was to support the poppy appeal. ‘Mick the Grip’ sponsored the day and provided the prizes and the sum of €150 was generously donated to the appeal by our players. Play was at Bonalba, the weather was kind and some exceptional scores were recorded. Winners on the day were: nearest the pin on the par 3’s Jim McCarthy, Robert Scott and Steve (El Stevo) Craven who also took the two’s pot. Best front nine Nigel Wright and best back Theresa Wright. The overall winner on the day with an impressive 41 points was Jeff Evans. The Font Del Llop outing was the captain verses vice captains team challenge. This yearly fixture is very competitive and there

was much banter between the teams, however the vice captain took the honours this year with other winners as follows: nearest the pin on the par 3’s were Michelle Evans, Colin Fear, Bill Martin 2 and Chris Smith who also won the two’s pot. Nearest the pin in 2 was Jim McCarthy Nearest in 3 was Marc Doherty. Back at Rayz Bar on El Raso where the presentation took place the football card was won by Steve James. The last fixture of the year is at Las Collinas on December 2 the day before the AGM and the much awaited Christmas dinner when the player of the year presentation will take place. Any one wishing to join the society for friendly but competitive golf at reasonable rates please email

MAZARRON recovered from a poor first half performance to take all three points away to a struggling Lumbreras team. Lumbreras had the better of the first half with Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal called into action on a number of occasions. Mazarron looked strong at the back and in the 40th minute they really threatened the Lumbreras goal when the on rushing Jimmy was denied by the home keeper. As the first half came to an end it was level terms. The second half was a differ-

ent story taking Mazarron only two minutes to take the lead. It was 2-0 at 57 minutes when Raso again played a perfect ball out of defence to the left wing where Chino cut inside before slotting the ball home. The goal rush continued four minutes later with a move started by Mazarron keeper Juan Pedro. His clearance was headed on by Boudia into the path of Jimmy who made no mistake with his second goal of the game. Lumbreras were forced to attack desperately and pulled a

goal back after 69 minutes when the ball fell to Moises. At the other end Chino’s fierce drive was deflected into the side netting but Mazaron were not to be denied for long and scored again after 75 minutes. Boudia was fouled and the perfectly flighted free kick was turned in from close range by Raso. Mazarron played out the final stages with some ease and, after a poor first half showing, ran out comfortable winners in a game which was well controlled by the match officials.

El Raso’s monthly stableford ON Friday November 25 the El Raso Golf Society played the monthly Stableford game on their home course, La Marquesa. There was a good turnout of 32 members, including four new members, a warm welcome to Fred and Monique Reeve and Tony and Sue Forbes. Results: NTP’s - hole 5 Gordon Bourne, hole 11 Denise Jenkins, hole 15 Tony Forbes and hole 17 Debbie Weedon. Bev Fairhurst won the best front nine on c/b with 18 pts and best

back nine went to John Fairhurst with 18 pts. There were excellent scores amongst the top scorers with three players all achieving 37 pts and a countback decided the order, which was third Phyllis Venables, second Malcolm Foskett and the winner Robin Richards. Presentations and refreshments were held at the Olde 9th in Quesada and thanks to Grant for the welcome hot meal. Next game at Las Colinas on December 16 is now fully subscribed.


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Sporting top dogs: Nico Rosberg, Ireland’s rugby team and Chelsea Tony Matthews International Sports A former player and now the world’s most prolific author of football books with almost 150 published since 1975, Tony is also the sports correspondent for Spectrum Radio and lives on La Pilica in the Sierra Cabrera Mountains overlooking Turre. Costa de Almeria

THERE was plenty to enjoy for all sports enthusiasts over the last seven days... and there’s more to come! FORMULA ONE: • Lewis Hamilton won the final Grand Prix of 2016 in Abu Dhabi, but by virtue of finishing second, Nico Rosberg (aged 31) was crowned world champion for the first time, thus emulating his father, Keké, who won the title in 1982. • Jensen Button ended his F1 career in Abu Dhabi where 200,000 spectators saw a rather boring, uninteresting ‘Battle in the Desert.’ FOOTBALL: • In the Champions League last week, Leicester beat Brugges and Real Madrid won in Lisbon; Arsenal (v PSG) and Manchester City (v Borussia Moenchgladbach) both drew, while Celtic (v Barcelona), Tottenham (v Monaco) and Sevilla (v Juventus) all lost. The scoreline of Borussia Dortmund 8 Legia Warsaw 4 created a new record for most goals in a single CL game. • In the Europa League, Manchester United beat Feyenoord 4-0 but Southampton and Dundalk both lost and Villarreal drew 1-1 with FC Zurich. • Last weekend’s 10 Premier-

ship games ended Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1; Burnley 1 Manchester City 2; leaders Chelsea 2 Spurs 1; Hull 1 WBA 1; Leicester 2 Middlesbrough 2; Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0; Manchester United (whose manager José Mourinho was ‘sent off’ again) 1 West Ham 1; Southampton 1 Everton 0; Swansea 5 Crystal Palace 4 (fans saw a second half thriller in South Wales) and Watford 0 Stoke 1 • Leaders of the Championship and FL2 both lost: Newcastle 1-0 at home to Blackburn and Plymouth 2-1 at Morecambe. Brighton, second in the Championship, beat out-of-sorts Norwich 2-1 while Carlisle whipped Mansfield 5-2 to go top of FL2. Scunthorpe still lead FL1 with Bolton second. • Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the Scottish LC final to claim the 100th senior title in the club’s history. • Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 498th and 499th club goals (567 and 568 overall) as La Liga leaders Real Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 2-1. • Steven Gerrard has officially retired from competitive football. • This week’s action is confined to the EFL Cup with four quarter-final ties: Arsenal-Southampton, HullNewcastle, LiverpoolLeeds and Manchester United-West Ham. And this weekend’s PL

NICO ROSBERG: The Grand Prix World Champion.

DID YOU KNOW? AUSTRALIAN Derek Herron set a new world record for the highest basketball shot, netting from 180 metres while standing on top of Switzerland’s Manvoisin Dam. Watch it on the BBC Sport website – it’s amazing.

games include BournemouthLiverpool, Everton-Manchester United, Manchester CityChelsea and West Ham-Arsenal. And there are also 32 second round FA Cup-ties, with a few League clubs set to be k’od! • Leyton Orient sacked manager Alberto Cavasin after just 10 games in charge. • Spain’s public prosecutor has called for Barcelona’s Neymar to be sent to prison for on a corruption charge involving his transfer from Santos. • Thousands of young footballers could have been abused by a nationwide paedophile ring. Four police forces and the FA are investigating. • Ex-Barnsley, Grimsby, Luton, Manchester City and England U23 defender Paul Futcher has died, aged 60. His twin brother Ron played with him at Luton.

stop Mumbai. • Australian fans booed South Africa’s ball-tampering captain Faf du Plessis as he scored a first innings century (118 not out) in the third Test in Adelaide. The Aussies eventually won the game by seven wickets but lost the series 2-1. RUGBY UNION: • Recent friendlies ended in wins for England 27-14 v Argentina; Ireland 27-24 v Australia; New Zealand 24-19 v France; Scotland 43-16 v Georgia and Wales 27-13 v South Africa. • Elliot Daly became only the fifth Englishman – and the first in 11 years – to be sent-off in an inter-

national, banished after five minutes for fouling Leonardo Senatoré. Argentina also finished with 14 men. Ireland’s win over the Aussies earned them a first-ever treble over the three southern hemisphere countries in the same year. • Saracens beat Gloucester 24 points to 20 to go top of the Aviva Premiership. Wasps are second, Bath third. SNOOKER: • Ali Carter, Stephen Maguire, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Matthew Stephens and Mark Williams were all going well at the start of week two of the UK Snooker Championships at York’s Barbican. Stuart Bing-

ham and Graeme Dott, however, are out. SHORTS: • Norfolk-based Kuba Moczyk, 22, originally from Poland, has died after being knocked out in an amateur bout last Friday. • Native River, 7-2 favourite, ridden by Colin Tizzard, won last Saturday’s Hennessey Gold Cup. • 2001 Grand National winner Red Marauder has died, aged 26. • Argentina beat Croatia 3-2 in tennis’ Davis Cup final.

PREMIERSHIP LEADERS: Chelsea beat Spurs 2-1.

CRICKET: • The third Test between India and England finished in Mohali with the hosts taking a 2-0 lead. India have not lost their last 17 Tests at home with England coach Trevor Bayliss admitting “we gifted them a few wickets.” Next

RUGBY UNION: Ireland beat Australia

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Eurogolf Memorial Medford ON Thursday November 24, 60 players took part in Eurogolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chuck Martinez memorial Medford. Chuck was an active member of Eurogolf many years ago serving as Captain from 2001-2002 but on returning to England passed away shortly after on his local golf course. The Medford format is you play the first 9 as a medal/stroke play then the 2nd 9 as a stableford then you deduct the latter points from the medal strokes for your score. The results were as follows: Cat 1: 1st Robin Richards 17, 2nd Paul Manning 22, 3rd Sue Forbes 22. Cat 2: 1st Bert Lawson 18, 2nd Steve Sayers 22, 3rd Clive Peck 25. Cat 3: 1st Ken Enever 25, 2nd Gordon Bourne 26, 3rd Ken Brett 28. Cat 4: 1st Norman Woods 23, 2nd Ed Sylvester 24, 3rd Eamonn Divine 26. Winner of the Chuck Martinez plaque was Robin Richards. NTPs 5th John Barraclough, 11th Paul Manning, 12th in two David Blanchette (eagle), 15th Robin Richards, 17th Norman Woods.

CHUCK MARTINEZ MEMORIAL: Saw 60 players take part. Best front 9 John Barraclough. Best back 9 Bill Martin 19 Football draw Steve Sayers, Sue Forbes, Clive Horne, Fred Reeve and Ray Porter. On Monday November 21 one of the younger members Bert Lawson and his lovely wife Debbie had a baby boy Edward Albert Leslie, a brother for Isabella. Eurogolf presented them

with flowers and a card signed by the members to congratulate them. On Tuesday November 22 Toffs played in pleasant and mild conditions considering the early morning rain and the results were Cat 1: 1st Ian Pegg 37, 2nd Pete Gartside 36, 3rd Piuno Perito 35. Cat 2: Stan Low 35, 2nd Alan Venables 34, 3rd Steve Tombs 34 c/b. Cat 3: 1st Phyllis Venables 34, 2nd Ray

Porter 33, 3rd Ken Brett 31. Cat 4: 1st Claire Daye-Gretton 35, 2nd Norman Woods 33, 3rd Kevin Bonser 29. NTPs 5th and 11th Malcolm Foskett, 15th David Valentine, 17th Stan Low. Best front 9 Franco Gentilli 20 Best back 9 Arty Crammon 19 Overall Toffs winner Ian Pegg Football draw George McCallum,

BABY BOY: Congratulations to Bert and Debbie. Mary Sanderson, Pete Cleaver, John Fairhurst and Pete Gartside. If you would like to play with Eurogolf at La Marquesa Tuesdays and Thursdays please visit the website

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