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Gold coast! By Matt Ford

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A London-based real estate investment firm is to sink an eyewatering €250 million in a luxury development to be constructed in Ojen, as the Costa del Sol once again flexes its muscles following a recordbreaking summer season. Round Hill Capital is the developer behind the project, dubbed ‘Palo Alto,’ which has been designed by award-winning architects Villarroel Torrico and is expected to generate hundreds of jobs. A beaming Jose Antonio Gomez Sanchez, mayor of Ojen (left), and architect Matias Villarroel were on hand to support the official presentation on Wednesday, November 30. Gomez described Palo Alto as an important project not on-

ly for Ojen, but for the whole of the Costa del Sol, claiming “it will invigorate the area, socially and economically.” He also talked about the team of architects and developers, praising them for their professionalism and the quality of their work. Villarroel, for his part, alluded to Palo Alto’s slogan: ‘Naturally Modern Living,’ which, according to his presentation, is something that “reflects exactly what we wanted to achieve with this development.” In addition, he said Palo Alto was chosen in honour of the Pinsapo tree, a rare and endemic species in the local area. The project, which is in accordance with Ojen’s town planning agreement, already has a licence and construction will begin next month.


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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 del Sol Euro Weekly News contained no less than 99 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!

Perky politician A TORREMOLINOS councillor from Costa del Sol Si Puede-Podemos alliance has set tongues wagging over his appearance as ‘Sergeant

Aqua-Jing’ in the new music video by Danza Invisible lead singer Javier Ojeda. Jose Piña appears in the video for ‘Apasionado.’


Malaga residents urged to take care By Matt Ford THE Spanish meteorological agency, AEMET, in Malaga has raised the yellow weather warning currently in place for Thursday December 1 to orange, as heavy rains and ferocious winds are set to sweep the Costa del Sol. As much as 30 litres of water per square metre is predicted to fall per hour during the worst of the squall, with a high risk of flash floods and other such perils. The warning covers Malaga City, the Costa del Sol, and the Guadalhorce Valley, although the western portion of the province is expected to bear the heaviest battering between midnight and 1pm, with the deluge continuing until at least 7pm. Water spouts may be visible between the Strait of Gibraltar and Calaburras lighthouse in Mijas, with a force seven gale blasting over the sea and creating waves of up to four metres in height.

TEMPEST: Waves of up to four metres are predicted.


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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 - 47

Featured News 3

British Ambassador visits Andalucia By John Smith

Our View 6

European Press 50

Finance 55 - 60

Stocks 56

Leapy Lee 101

Letters 104

Daily TV 112, 114, 116,

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

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

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

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Time Out 125 - 128

Gibraltar 129

Health & Beauty 130 - 133

Social Scene 134 - 141

Homes & Gardens 142

Pets 143

Services 144 - 150

Classifieds 151 - 159

Motoring 160 - 164

Sport 165 - 168

AMBASSADOR Manley and Antonio Ramirez de Arellano Lopez.



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Burglary and fraud scheme By Sam Croft NATIONAL POLICE officers have arrested two Spanish men for their presumed involvement in three burglaries, two in Benalmadena and one in Torremolinos. The officers received reports that two burglaries had

taken place in a residential area of Benalmadena. The ensuing investigations led to the arrests of the two men as the presumed perpetrators of these two burglaries. The two of them have also been accused of attempting to orchestrate a third, as they were allegedly seen attempting to break into a



Every little helps

STOLEN ITEMS: Included furniture and appliances.

home in Torremolinos. Police sources have indicated that the two men, both 31, allegedly broke into uninhabited cottages which were being used as second residences. Once inside, they ransacked various objects of value, including furniture, mattresses, tools, and household appliances. They apparently gained access to the residences by breaking the locks and then replaced them with new ones. The police later confirmed

that the pair had rented out the two residences in Benalmadena to families in precarious economic situations by pretending to be the legitimate owners of the homes. As a result of this the two men are also accused of fraud. Police officers later carried out a search of the residence of one of the accused, where they found the majority of the stolen items. The two men have now been handed over to the appropriate judicial authorities.

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 â‚Ź1 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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Traffic chaos AN accident on the A-7 near La Cala de Mijas on November 29, involving a motorcycle and a car, led to 4km tailbacks. Medical workers at the scene attended to the motorcyclist.

Pooch power NEARLY 40 mentally disabled students will participate in assisted dog therapy. The initiative encourages social development through interaction with animals. First to use the therapy will be schools in Arroyo de la Miel, Malaga City and Torremolinos.

Big money THE European Commission is to allocate €1.5 million to Spain for creation of nautical routes to connect different parts of the southern coast with various European destinations.


€10,000 bid to buy a baby By John Smith GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested two men accused of trying to buy a baby girl from a young Malaga woman for €10,000. The men were taken into custody in Vicar and the woman, who originally hails from Marbella, arrested in Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, after police received a tip-off. Officers contacted her local council who said the woman had reported the birth but stated that the baby had died and its body had been donated to scientific research. When police went to the hospital where the child was born they found it had been a healthy birth and that mother and daughter had been discharged, although the birth had not been registered at that stage. The men, described as a couple, had travelled to Cadiz to collect the threeday-old infant and were going to register the birth in Almeria as well as obtaining a notarised agreement from the girl that she had handed the baby over to them. Once officers were able to ascertain that the child was in good health, they interviewed the mother who said she had

Guardia Civil/Antonio Lopez Villegas


BABY GIRL: Has been removed from her mother and is in the care of social services. attempted artificial insemination by herself a number of times until successful and that she was passing the child over to make sure it had a good future. The men denied making any offer of

payment but because of differences in their statements to police and the fact that records showed the young woman had received IVF treatment in a Malaga clinic, it became clear that a financial

arrangement had been arranged. All three were arrested and the child removed from her mother and placed in the care of social services in the Junta de Andalucia.

Triumphant court decision for British homeowners A BRITISH couple have won a drawn-out legal battle against Mijas Council, which seized and auctioned off their home almost two years ago over unpaid taxes. The couple, who live in the UK, first became aware that there was a problem when friends staying at their Mijas holiday home told them that people claiming to be the new owners drilled through the lock on the front door to gain entrance, lawyers explained. Although the owners had informed the authorities when they purchased the home in 2002 that any official communication should go to a lawyer in Fuengirola, the council took the easy route and simply sent notices to the property itself, the judge declared.

Also, the €7,406 IBI property tax bill for 2009-2015 which was the reason for the embargo could have easily been settled as the couple had a Spanish bank account with more than enough funds to pay the debt. Therefore, the judge at Malaga City’s number two administrative court declared the auctioning off of the house, for less than a third of the property’s value, to be null and void. The case could set a precedent as there are approximately 80 similar cases under investigation at the Fuengirola courts.

HOLIDAY HOME: Was wrongly auctioned off.


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

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 www.talkra In the run up to the telethon, listeners and local companies were invited to send in goods to be auctioned and there has been a number of fundraising events, the most popular being quizzes with entry fees passed to the telethon. Prior to the main on-air auction, items with a value of less than €50 were auctioned online but the main items featured in the nine-hour marathon where most of the TRE presenters took turns to describe the items and encourage listeners to bid for them. There was a range of items

including meals for two, holiday getaways, massages, golf passes, visits to UK theatre, drum lessons, paintings and even a signed Fender Telecaster guitar donated by Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. The telethon raised nearly €35,000 to help those suffering from cancer. The radio station will be leaving the appeal open as they expect to collect more as the days pass, possibly exceeding last year’s total. Euro Weekly News was invited to see the hard work going on at the studios. Our picture shows presenters Hannah Murray and Dave Hodgson together with helpers keeping track of bids.

Stolen identity leads to jail term THE Court of Malaga has sentenced a man to two years in prison for fraudulently impersonating someone else and obtaining credit against their name. The man then created a new identity card for himself and used it to open a bank account, obtain a loan and purchase six vehicles, all valued at over €20,000. They were then transferred or sold to third parties.

The man was found guilty of forgery of official and commercial documents and carrying out an ongoing scam and sentenced to two years imprisonment, fined €1,800 and he must also compensate the financial institutions from which he had loans totalling €145,800. The victim whose identity he stole will receive €10,000 compensation for moral damages.


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Let there be light CHRISTMAS SPARKLE: In Fuengirola as the lights are switched on.

By Sam Croft THE holiday season has officially begun in Fuengirola now that the town’s Christmas lights are twinkling on high. The inauguration took place on November 24 at 6.30pm. Mayor Ana Mula joined other members of the council in the Plaza Reyes Catolicos where hundreds of well-wishers gathered to watch as the lights sprung to life.

There are 1,511,792 Christmas lights scattered around the city, 86,811 more than last year. The company that manufactures the lights has been so successful that the lights have even made their way across the pond to New York City. In addition to the lights, Fuengirola’s official Belen (nativity scene) has been unveiled to the public. The spectacular Christmas montage contains more than

600 figures, and occupies 30 metres square inside of a huge glass case. As usual, the Belen includes several tips of the hat to Fuengirola itself, including model versions of well-known landmarks like the Armada Bridge or the old market on Calle EspaĂąa. More than 60 activities are scheduled to take place in Fuengirola before the Three Kings Parade brings the festivities to a close on January 6.


Woman accused of false rape and kidnapping claims A YOUNG Nigerian woman has been arrested for allegedly pretending that she had been kidnapped and raped repeatedly by a group of men. The police investigation began when a health centre in Malaga City reported a young patient had checked in, claiming she had been raped. The woman went to the police station and told officers she had been kidnapped for 17 days and raped multiple times by five men. She explained she had voluntarily got into a car with the men, but they then drove her to an isolated farmhouse in the countryside and took her phone. She claimed she had only managed to escape weeks later by convincing one of the men to let her go. She also said there had been two other women locked in the basement. Due to the seriousness of the accusations and the possibility that other women were in danger, the police immediately launched an investigation. They organised a reconstruction of the event in the company of the victim, which was when they began to notice potential holes in her story. The most conclusive evidence the woman may have been lying was related to her mobile phone records. The police determined she had allegedly used the phone in the time she had supposedly been kidnapped. They also determined she had apparently been in the company of an acquaintance during this time. The officers have arrested the woman, who is accused of fabricating a false crime. The police have indicated they suspect the woman allegedly lied in an attempt to become a Spanish citizen, as she is currently living here illegally.


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Arrests made for money laundering

National Police detain smugglers and seize inflatable drugs boats Youtube CC-BY Wikimedia

By John Smith AUTHORITIES in Barcelona ordered on Thursday November 24 the issuance of three European arrest warrants in res pect o f t h r e e u n n ame d Ukrainians believed to be the senior figures of a criminal organisation involved in money laundering and included in the trio is a senior figure in the gas industry. By the following day, it was alleged by Spanish media that the ‘oligarch’ involved is billionaire Dmytro Firtash who is no stranger to controversy as he has been accused of bribing Indian officials, is wanted by the American authorities and is also on bail from Austria. As part of this operation, officers of the National Police and the Mossos d’Esquadra moved to arrest five people,

DMYTRO FIRTASH: One of the alleged leaders. three lawyers and two bank officials, some of who are Spanish nationals who live in Marbella. They are accused of being


minor figures in the alleged money laundering operation which saw investment in properties as well as transfer of funds overseas.

KNOWN for some years as a smugglers town particularly at one time for tobacco from Gibraltar, things have taken a different turn recently for La Linea de la Concepcion with increased amounts of drugs taking over from tobacco as the government in Gibraltar restricted the amount of tobacco any individual could buy or hold. With the installation of barriers at the Rio Guadarranque, it became increasingly more difficult for drugs to be transported to that area from Morocco and smugglers were forced to look for new areas in which to base their boats and unload their drugs with La Linea being a fairly obvious choice. What is obvious to drug dealers is also obvious to the authorities and since October, the National Police have been seizing RHIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and arresting individuals with a total in just a few

weeks of 13 boats and 15 people. These 12-metre long RHIBS which are equipped with two or three powerful outboard motors are fast and relatively light so they were kept in warehouses and brought out to undertake particular trips to Morocco to collect drugs and deliver them along the coast of Cadiz before being placed back in storage. It is estimated that the value of the seized boats is some €2.6 million and as well as impounding the boats, officers also discovered large number of documents, many of which implicate a number of those arrested including those who appear to be the leaders of the criminal organisation. Once those involved in this alleged activity are taken to court and if convicted, it is possible that the National Police in the Campo de Gibraltar will inherit their own flotilla of RHIBS with which to counter future smugglers.


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Wheelchair warrior let off the hook A MALAGA court has thrown out the €500 fine given by Benahavis Council to a woman for going in the wrong direction in her electric wheelchair. The court sentence ruled that there was no convincing evidence for why the woman had been given the fine, and went on to note that the defendant, being wheelchair-bound, has the same essential rights as a pedestrian. The judge noted that photography linked to the police report indicated that the pavement in the area was very narrow, and that the woman had thus been forced to use the road. In her original appeal, the woman also argued that the electric wheelchair can only go up to eight kilometres an hour, that the street had been cut off at the time for fiestas, and that the alternative would have been for her to go back 400 metres to find a road going in the right direction. The original incident occurred in August of 2015. The defendant, Ana Maria Perez, is a resident of Fuengirola with a recognised disability of 86 per cent. She had been visiting Benahavis for the local fiestas when she had been stopped by a Local Police officer for going in the wrong direction on Calle Motemayor. Perez also claimed that she had never even been notified about the fine, and had only become aware of it when her son went to pay his IBI property tax and learned that his mother had been slapped with a €500 fine.


Coach named adopted son of the province By Eleanor Hawkins SPAIN’S national basketball team coach Sergio Scariolo was named an adoptive son of Malaga at a ceremony on Monday (November 28) at the Edgar Neville auditorium. The Italian coach, who lives in Marbella, received the honour at a ceremony attended by Provincial Council president Elias Bendodo, Malaga City mayor Francisco de la Torre and Spanish basketball federation head Jorge Garbajosa, with music provided by the Malaga Provincial Symphonic Orchestra and Santa Maria de la Victoria choir. Before presenting the award, Bendodo spoke of Scariolo’s impressive career and his belief that a team is more than the sum of its members and that nothing is impossible. “Today we officially recognise Sergio Scariolo as a Malaga man, although he has really

SERGIO SCARIOLO: Was named as adoptive son of Malaga at a ceremony.

been one for many years,” Bendodo said, as he has lived in Marbella with his wife Blanca and their children for some time. Scariolo expressed his gratitude for

the honour, which he said was far more than “just another award” as it makes him feel part of Malaga, a place which has welcomed his family with open arms.

New doggy leisure parks planned CALAHONDA dogs are in luck as Mijas Council is currently working to build them the biggest dog park in Andalucia. Located to the north of the residential area, on the inland side of the motorway tunnel, the new park will cover an area of 25,000 m2 with multiple agility equipment, pergolas

to provide shade, fences with double gates for safety and rubbish bins aplenty, Operative Services councillor Jose Carlos Martin reported. The new park, work on which is underway and is due to be finished in about two weeks, will leave Marbella’s previous 12,000 m 2 title-holder miles behind, the

councillor boasted. Similar parks are planned for the near future in La Cala de Mijas and Las Lagunas, as Mijas Council has decided it is time to think about fourlegged friends and give them somewhere to stretch their legs, play and keep fit. Work to prepare the new Calahonda park doesn’t come

cheap with a budget of €30,000, yet it will be muchappreciated by local pooches, Martin said. “We want to give an important nudge forwards to this type of area which until now has been scarce. Thus we are creating new leisure areas which residents can share with their pets,” the councillor stressed.


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Enough is finally enough By Sam Croft MALAGA CITY Council has decided to create a dog DNA register in an effort to stop people from leaving their pets’ excrement in the street. The idea of the register has been bandied about for some time now, and similar measures have already been taken in other Spanish municipalities. Council members have indicated that the new municipal by-law could go into effect as early as the first quarter of 2017. Dog owners will be given a period of about six months to get the necessa r y b l o o d a n a l y s es d o n e . These samples will then be gathered together in a DNA register. Dog owners who do not register their animals could be hit with fines between €160 and €500. The register will theoretically

DOG EXCREMENT: Owners have to dispose off in rubbish bins.

prevent people from leaving dog fa e ces i n t he st r eet s. Excr em ent seen in public places will be collected and analysed by veterinarians from the Official College of Veterinarians, and the offending dog owners will then receive fines. The council has pointed out the register will not focus exclusively on identifying pet owners, but will also serve as a way of identifying animals which have been abandoned by their owners or mistreated. The r egi st er i s not wi t hout i t s c riti cs. Som e peopl e have com pla i ned t hat i t wi l l r epr esent an added economic expense for pet owners. Arguments have also been made that the system could lead to mistakes, such as pet owners being punished unfairly if excrement that they have disposed of in rubbish containers somehow managed to end up on the street again.

Rocky road could be coming to an end

SIERRA BERMEJA: Could soon be a Natural Park.

THE proposal to make the Sierra Bermeja a Natural Park has been shot down repeatedly over the years, but things could be turning around thanks to a clever new loophole. Last May, the Junta de Andalucia regional government decided to support the Sierra de las Nieves and leave the Sierra Bermeja without backing. However, months prior, representatives from the Ministry of Environment had already

given the Sierra Bermeja the green light to join its proposal with the one put forward by the Sierra de las Nieves. This would merge the two ecosystems together, thus creating a huge Natural Park that would extend over hundreds of square kilometres. The Sierra Bermeja platform is hoping to make the proposal official on December 30 in Estepona, when a meeting will be held to analyse the application.

Representatives and mayors from various towns in Malaga Province will attend the meeting, where they will urge the Junta to accept the proposal. The main argument in favour of merging the two spaces is the unique natures of the two ecosystems. The Sierra de las Nieves has the largest representation of Spanish fir trees in the country. The Sierra Bermeja also contains Spanish firs, but in an environment of peridotite.


Attacker surrenders peacefully A POLI CE negot i at or was called to a violent i nci dent at a house i n Mal aga af t er a m an stabbed a neighbour and then locked himself in his home. The 25- year- ol d Spaniard had gone to his neighbour ’s house and, when she opened t he door, launched an unprovoked at t ack on t he woman. He then ran to his own property and barricaded hi m sel f i n wi t h t he weapon. What he had done was quickly discovered and police swarmed around the building. Unwilling to take their chances with an armed and dangerous individual they called the negotiator to attend who, after hours of fraught conversation, managed to get t he m an t o sur r ender peacefully. His victim was taken to hospital for treatment and her wounds are not life-threatening. The assai l ant has, however, si nce been charged with attempted murder.


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Quickwitted neighbour AN elderly German woman was saved by Local Police officers in Marbella from the brink of death after she fell unconscious and stayed effectively comatose for several days before a neighbour raised the alarm. The quick-thinking resident grew alarmed when the 87-year-old German native was nowhere to be seen for several days and there was no answer to frequent knocks on the door. Knowing that she was infirm and vulnerable the neighbour contacted police who found her unconscious in bed. She has been taken to the Costa del Sol hospital where she remains in care. A sister in Germany has been contacted and told of her condition.

Man arrested for starting 11 fires in Malaga City By John Smith THE Ministry of the Interior has announced that following collaboration between the National Police and the Local Police of Malaga a 43-year-old man has been arrested in Malaga City accused of starting no less than 10 fires in rubbish bins as well as a vehicle between November 13 and November 20. The investigation began on Sunday November 13 following fires in four street containers to the east of Malaga, in Playa Virginia and El Candado urbanisation. Two days later there was the burning of another rubbish bin and a vehicle that was parked next to it. Then on November 20 in broad daylight, another four fires were discovered at almost the same time in the area of El Palo. A profile of the likely culprit was established with the conclusion that the pyromaniac was likely to be a solo middle-aged man who would hang around after the fires were started to see the fire brigade in action and he might even alert the emergency ser-



Mystery flags THE Jolly Roger appeared flying from Malaga City’s Martiricos, Teatinos, Las Piramides and Churriana fire stations, possibly due to broken negotiations between the firefighter’s union and City Hall. The union denied responsibility for the pirate flags.

Cheap flights AS of December 4, Air Arabia will be flying between Malaga and Tangiers three times per week, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets for the 40-minute journey are just €19 until Easter.

Safely found RUBBISH BINS: Man deliberately set fire to the containers. vices to the fires once he had started them. After the National Police alerted their local colleagues to the profile, it

became apparent that there was a man seen in the vicinity of the fires and he was then arrested on suspicion of serial arson.

THE mother of a 10-yearold boy in Malaga City flew into a panic when he didn’t return home and contacted the 112 emergency services, who found the boy safe in a local park.


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Welcome storms cause distruption

COUNCIL DECISION: Means more car parks will be built in the near future.

A solution is in sight for parking problems By Eleanor Hawkins PA R K I N G h a s b e e n a common problem in Mijas

Costa’s Las Lagunas area for some years now and the council has finally decided something needs to

be done about it. Mijas mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado, Infrastructures councillor Jose Carlos

Martin and Town Planning councillor Andres Ruiz have now announced that the council team has pinpointed 10 municipally owned plots of land in the area where car parks can be built in the near future. Viability studies have been carried out and the council estimates that the neighbourhood currently needs approximately 3,000 more parking spaces than it has. The people are now to be consulted to decide on priorities for the car parks, which will be built from 2018 onwards near El Juncal, the aqua park, Los Sant o s , S a n Va l e n t i n , L a s Cañadas, La Candelaria, the sports centre, Doña Ermita, El Albero school and Parque Andalucia.

THEY say that when it rains, it pours, and that certainly proved to be the case in Malaga Province last week, as extreme weather conditions were the order of the day in many towns, along the coast, and throughout the mountains. The amount of rainfall last week represented one third of the precipitation registered in Malaga Province during the entire year. For many, it was long overdue. Farmers were particularly grateful as the downpour continued unabated for days at a time, providing much needed sustenance for their crops. This year many fruits and vegetables matured sooner than usual due to the prolonged period of drought. The harvest has now slowed down, giving the farmers a momentary reprieve. The weather was also excellent news for the reservoirs of the province, which altogether gained 11 cubic hectometres as a result of the heavy rainfall. The weather was not without its problems. More than 160 weather-related incidents were reported, including falling trees in Malaga City, flooding on the Fuengriola promenade, and vehicles stuck in the mud in Las Lagunas and Alhaurin de la Torre. A small whirlwind was reported in Arroyo de la Miel on November 26. It caused damage to trees and several residences, although no injuries were reported. Meanwhile, in the early morning of November 26, firefighters had to rescue people from 10 separate vehicles in Mijas. The people became trapped in their vehicles after the town was hammered with torrential rain which left certain areas in the town completely inundated with water. In some parts of the Sierra de Mijas, a whopping 250 litres of rain per square metre was reported, while many towns and villages experienced well over 100 litres per square metre. Beachgoers will have to keep an eye on the sky and cross their fingers in the hopes that the sun finds its way back to the Costa del Sol before too long.

FLOODED ROADS: Left drivers stranded in their cars.


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New cameras for coppers SEVERAL new security cameras are currently being installed in Alhaurin de la Torre. These devices will be directly connected to the Local Police station, and will allow the police to keep a constant eye on trouble spots and wayward drivers. The cameras will be set up in key points of the community, including the Plaza de San Sebastian. The council hopes to implement the work in several phases until all of the busiest points of the town are covered. The work has been given an overall budget of €92,000. The cameras feature cutting edge technology and will allow the police to go about their work efficiently and quickly. Meanwhile, the remodelling of the police station is nearing completion. The work has included an extension of the station’s archives and general improvement work of the facilities in a bid to make service more efficient. The station has also been given an upgrade thanks to new computer software, whereas the officers have received new vehicles and bulletproof vests.


Concerned city centre residents complain By Eleanor Hawkins PEOPLE who live in the centre of Malaga City are fed up with what they consider to be a general disrespect for municipal by-laws and have joined together to express their woes. Six residents’ associations and platforms held a press conference on Tuesday (November 28) to complain. Ester Ramirez, president of Centro Antiguo association, described “systematic breaking of regulations regarding acoustic contamination, occupation of public streets, accessibility and events,” and spoke of traffic restrictions most weekends. Ramirez explained the associations wish to achieve an inhabitable city centre with quality bars and restaurants and stressed they are really in favour of the catering trade but wish to see sustainable, respectful and legal establishments. Therefore, the associations are

RESIDENTS DISQUIET: About the city centre noise, accessibility and traffic restrictions. urging city mayor Francisco de la Torre to ensure the law is met. “We have reached the conclusion the problem is what is being done isn’t being done right and it is the mayor’s responsibility to make sure the

regulations are met,” Ramirez said. Antonio Cesar, head of Malaga Centro association complained: “it seems as if they want to turn the centre into one big pub,” and complained the city which once won the

Queen Sofia accessibility award has now become a major enemy to accessibility. “There isn’t a single square metre in the centre which meets state and municipal regulations,” Cesar said.

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Mayor’s ‘beneficial’ jobs arrangement By Matthew Elliott PROSECUTORS are demanding a local court ban former mayor of Casarabonela from public service for a minimum of 15 years amid accusations he exploited workers during the financial crisis by offering shoddy, unpublicised contracts. Sebastian Gomez denies the charges, alleged to have occured in the spring of 2011, and claims that he simply offered public work to people selected due to their family situation and skills. He is standing trial for illegal recruitment of workers and lawyers point out that he frequently offered jobs that were not advertised publicly, involved informal contractual arrangement, provided no employee rights and were designed to cut costs for his benefit alone. Gomez is accused of hiring at least 25 people under such circumstances, including painters, tour guides, bar staff and labourers.

FORMER MAYOR: Accused of illegally recruiting workers. In his defence he claimed the council didn’t mean to do anything unusual and were just responding to local demand for work at a time of severe economic crisis and gave out jobs only for essential work. He did admit town hall coffers were in a precarious state and this

influenced his decision. However council officials at the time allege most of the work given was nonessential and Gomez was the only person with a say in who won the positions. They claim in every single case he personally knew the new ‘employee’.


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Beauty spot THE Sierra de la Utrera is a step closer to being named a Place of Cultural Interest (BIC). The process began back in 2007 and is finally drawing to a close. The Sierra is a beautiful limestone outcrop located in Casares, close to Manilva.

More visitors ANDALUCIA remains at the fore of international tourism registering a 10 per cent increase in visitors in October. This year the region has received more than 9.5 million people from abroad according to the latest data.

Nasty fall A MAN, injured after falling while climbing in la Momia (in Alora) on Tuesday November 29, was rescued by emergency workers who took him to a nearby medical centre.

Modern technology creates smarter cities By Eleanor Hawkins MALAGA was the chosen location for the launch this week of ReEvolution Tour, an event with collaboration from Microsoft and Go Fit which aims to reveal the uses of modern technology to create smarter cities and meet the requirements of modern society. Diego San Roman, director of small and medium business marketing at Microsoft Spain, presented the tour at Malaga City’s Museo Ruso and outlined the aim of the initiative as being promotion of change and modernisation of society based on four main pillars: digital transformation, entrepreneurship, education and employability. Public and private companies, San Roman explained, need to move with the times and access the technology and data now available to interact with the public to enable them to discover and meet their needs. City management will be particularly important in the not-so-distant future, explained San Roman, as half the

population currently lives in cities and by 2050 this is expected to reach 70 per cent of the population. This, he said, will lead to new challenges for city leaders: population growth, better informed citizens, more concern over security, health and energy consumption. Technology will allow for efficient management of all this, the Microsoft director concluded. The event at the

Museo Ruso finishes today (Thursday December 1) following an intense three days of conferences and activities aimed at workers, students and teachers, entrepreneurs and public and private businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

DIEGO SAN ROMAN: Promoting change and modernisation of society.


Staff prepare for the worst FIFTY members of staff from Malaga City’s Regional and Virgen de la Victoria public hospitals attended a training course in medical attention to victims of possible attacks, accidents or catastrophes involving nuclear, biological, chemical or radioactive materials this week. The course aims to ensure doctors, nurses and hospital staff are prepared for this type of non-conventional emergency situation and are able to handle equipment and guarantee protocols are followed. Classes, which were followed by an emergency drill, were held simultaneously at the two hospitals by the SAS Andalucian Health Service, the Junta de Andalucia regional government reported. Altogether there are now 125 hospital employees in the city with the necessary training to deal with these emergency situations which require decontamination processes before patients can enter hospital premises.


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Tourism turns into a hostel THE old Tourism Office located on Avenida San Lorenzo will be converted into the first youth hostel in Estepona. The council will now put the project out to tender so the building can first be renovated and then put towards its new intended use. Mayor Jose Maria Garcia Urbano has indicated that the administrative licence will be for a period of 25 years. The awarded company will have to pay rent of at least €15,000 annually. Proposals must be presented to the council by December 20. The project is part of a greater campaign in Estepona to reinvigorate the old town by creating new forms of accommodation. There are currently several similar projects underway which the council hopes will attract increased numbers of tourists to the area.

Uniting for common goals

OLD TOWNS: Will club together to help control the management of historical centres.

By Eleanor Hawkins MARBELLA’S old town residents’ association, the AVV Casco Antiguo de Marbella, is one of 14 across the region which have clubbed together to create a federation aimed to defend their rights. The Andalucian Historical Centre Residents’ Federation was constituted at a meeting at the weekend in Jerez de la Frontera, with associations from Marbella, Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz,

Sevilla, Jaen, Puerto de Santa Maria and Jerez amongst the founding members. The statutes agreed upon include various different aspects of management of historical centres and will help create a united front to deal with common problems specifically suffered by these areas. The federation will, amongst other duties, urge the authorities to ensure regulations regarding town planning, environmental matters and management of monuments and heritage sites are

correctly followed. Next on the agenda after dealing with the processes to officially set up the federation come meetings with the Junta de Andalucia regional government president, the Culture department, Interior and Justice department, Andalucian ombudsman and other authorities. The next meeting and general assembly of the federation will be held in Granada and organised by the AVV Bajo Albayzin residents’ association.


Drugs lab dismantled in Malaga POLICE have dismantled two drugs labs found in separate homes in the same building in the northern district of Malaga. One of them had been illegally occupied and turned into a laboratory for the manufacture of drugs as well as tools used for cutting and handling the drug. Traces of drugs were also found on kitchen equipment. In the second p r o p e r t y, l o c a t e d j u s t two floors below the l a b o r a t o r y, o ff i c e r s found 174 marihuana plants in advanced stages of flowering. They were being cultivated using an illegal hook up to the electricity supply. A Malaga resident has been arrested.


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Locals sign against bridge proposal MORE than 2,000 people have signed a complaint against a proposed move in Ronda to totally or partly close the Puente Nuevo to traffic recently announced by the local council. Those who have signed are mostly residents of the San Francisco, La Ciudad, La Planilla and Arenal neighbourhoods, who fear that the move, which aims to reduce traffic in the area by up to 80 per cent, would leave them cut off from the centre of town. Those likely to be affected by the changes will be attending a meeting this afternoon (Thursday December 1) at the Palacio de Mondragon with representatives of the council’s Traffic Department to discuss the matter and express their concerns.

Specsavers Opticas join Join the the Costa Christmas Collection Appeal SPECSAVERS OPTICAS always collaborate with charities over the Christmas period and this year the Marbella and Fuengirola stores are getting behind the Costa Christmas Collection Appeal, which collects gifts for children in the Malaga orphanages and the Amusuvig shelters for victims of domestic violence. Christmas is a particularly difficult time for these vulnerable children, so this campaign collects new or nearly new, wrapped toys, to really brighten up their Christmas and put a smile on their faces. They have


African jaunt A NEW ferry service will connect Malaga with the Spanish enclave of Mellila in North Africa six days a week. The journey will take five hours and passengers can select different classes and ticket prices.

All about size THE Kingdom of Spain, as it’s officially known, is the second largest country in the European Union by area, currently comprising an impressive 505,955 square kilometres.

VULNERABLE CHILDREN: Christmas can be a particularly difficult time. more than 300 children to collect for this year and so hope that everyone will be generous. Gifts can be dropped off at Specsavers Marbella or Fuengirola and must be wrapped and labelled with whether the item is suitable for a boy or girl and of what age group. “If everyone could buy just one extra present when they are out doing their Christmas shopping and donate it to a child in need, it would make a huge difference,” said Nerea


Galdos from Specsavers Opticas Marbella, “we hope people will get involved and make this a wonderful Christmas for the children.” To contribute to the appeal, please bring new or nearly new, wrapped gifts into the Marbella store on Avda. de Ricardo Soriano 12, Local 5A, or in Fuengirola, Avenida Ramόn Y Cajal 6 before December 15. To find out more about the campaign find them on Facebook @Costachristmascollection.

Owner jailed THE owner of a dog which was found on the verge of death from malnutrition and disease lying on a Malaga street has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for animal cruelty. The dog was just two years old.


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crease. In regards to the former, there were 90 incidents reported in the first three quarters of 2016 whereas only 74 vehicles were stolen in the same period this year. Drug trafficking meanwhile saw a drop of 12.5 per cent. Not all of the news was good. Although violent robberies and burglaries are indeed down this year, petty thefts are up. There were 816 cases registered in the first nine months of 2016, whereas 788 incidents were reported in 2015. Vandalism also shot up, from 289 incidents to 324, as did overall crimes and offences, which saw a total increase of 3 per cent. Homicides were also up, as there was only one in the first nine months of 2015, compared to two this time around.


Repeat offenders

The topsy-turvy world of crime THE Ministry of the Interior has released a series of statistics related to criminal activity in Estepona. Although certain types of crime are up, others are down, proving that the world of illegal activity is anything if predictable. Data was compiled which contrasted the first three quarters of 2016 with the same period in 2015. Homeowners will be relieved to discover that burglaries are down by 5.2 per cent this year, with 183 cases compared to the 193 registered last year. Perhaps even more encouraging was the fact that violent robberies such as muggings plummeted by 22.9 per cent, from 35 last year down to 27 in the first nine months of 2016. Vehicle thefts and drug trafficking also saw a de-


NEW ROUTE: Direct flights to Tel Aviv will be introduced from May 2017.

Direct flights to Tel Aviv in the pipeline SamCroft BEGINNING on May 25, 2017, Malaga airport will offer direct flights to Tel Aviv, Israel. The flights will be organised by the company Sun D’dor, a group which belongs to El Al Israel airlines. The route will operate be-

tween May and October, with a possible extension until December according to the degree of interest shown. There will be two flights a week. Sun D’dor has stated that the flights will be available for at least the next two years. The announcement was made by Tourism Minister of

the Junta de Andalucia regional government, Francisco Javier Fernandez, who is currently on a promotional tour of Israel with the Your Roots in Andalucia Project. This campaign aims to attract travellers from regions or countries which have cultural or familiar ties to Andalucia.

A CAR thief has been arrested by Torremolinos Local Police. The man was arrested accused of num er ous thefts from inside vehicles in Los Pinares. Pol i ce had been m ade aware of the increase in crimes when plain clothed officers witnessed a man in his 50s drive up alongside another car and force entry into the vehicle. He was arrested carrying a m obi l e phone, l apt op battery and a screwdriver. Police also arrested a man accused of stealing a phone f r om a woman’s bag in Calle Danza Invisible. He was arrested two days earlier for committing a petty theft from a shop in the area after being caught on t he st or e’s CCTV.


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A wonderful St Nikolaus Gala at Puente Romano with Concordia By John Smith TORRENTIAL rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 200-odd people who braved the elements to attend the annual St Nikolaus Gala held at the Puente Romano hotel on the evening of Friday November 25 in order to raise funds for Concordia, the Marbella charity that helps sufferers of HIV/AIDS and educates young people about its dangers. Euro Weekly News was proud to be present and part of this spectacular event which was as ever organised by the charming and tireless Princess Marie-Louise of Prussia who managed to attract so many sponsors for the Gala which is one of the main fundraisers for the charity. As would be expected from such a prestigious venue, the guests were welcomed with an array of drinks and tasty canapés whilst the threecourse meal was up to the standard that would be reasonably expected from the Puente Romano. Ther e we r e so m e s p ec ta c u lar dresses worn by many glamorous guests and the whole evening was set off by the entertainment from t h e Co ral P o -

lifónica Ciudad de Marbella which presented a range of carols and festiv e s o n g s , th e M a rbe lla D a nc e School who offered a number of d iffere n t d a n ce s , ra nging from Swan Lake to more modern dance and the evening was finished with a p e rfo rman ce by popula r duo Menchu and Javier, who pulled a large number of the guests onto the dance floor. Speeches were not long or dramatic but delivered in both English and Spanish and those in the audiences applauded Princess MarieLouise as she explained the philosophy behind the charity, what it was achieving and thanked a gentleman by the name of Hassan, a long-serving supporter of the charity who has done so much over the years to assist it. T h e p rin c e s s e xpla ine d tha t whilst much had been done to both make it easier to tackle the symptoms of the virus, it was equally important that people didn’t become complacent and it was just as important for the charity to educate the young about the dangers of unprotected sex as it was to help sufferers to cope with their problems and in this case it is very true to say

that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ O ne of the highlights of the evening was the arrival of St Nicholas accompanied by a number of student volunteers. He wished a traditional yuletide greeting to all present and encouraged the guests to pay to take a wrapped present from a sack in return for €50 with a gua ra nte e tha t the gift w he n re vealed would be worth at least €50 and could be as much as €1,000 thanks to the generosity of donations from many companies and individuals. The young men and women who gave up their time to assist on the evening worked tirelessly and were particularly persuasive as far as sale of the presents was concerned as well as manning the huge table where the larger gifts were stored for the lucky recipients. When it was time to leave all had enjoyed a fantastic evening and had learnt a little more about this sometime s ove rlooke d c ha rity w hic h does so much to help those in need.

Princess MarieLouise of Prussia

To discover more about what the charity does and how individuals can help visit www.concordiamar

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Snowy peaks

Model competition Photo Credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella

THE recent rainfall and plummeting temperatures have meant that the highest parts of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park are now coated with a white blanket of snow. The area is particularly noted for its scenic beauty.

Big changes SOME major changes are underway in the Nueva Atalaya Urbanisation in Estepona. An extension of 10,000sqm will be added, to include new roads, streetlights, and other infrastructures which will benefit the residents.

Struck down A 54-YEAR-OLD woman died on Monday November 28 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the A-7057 road within the municipal boundary of Cartama.

VISITING MODELS: The girls were from all over Spain and also enjoyed the sights and night life of Marbella. By John Smith JUST 17 models contested the title of Linda EspaĂąa 2016 at the Los Monteros Marbella Hotel & Spa on the evening of Saturday November 26. These girls from all over Spain and even Melilla had spent four days in

Marbella preparing for the competition and seeing some of the main sights as well as some of the night life of the city of Marbella. Javier Porcuna, councillor for Tourism welcomed the contestants to city hall on Thursday November 24 where he wished them all the very

best of luck for success in the competition. In the event and after a hard fought contest, Assi Mbengue representing the Canary Islands was chosen as the winner, with runners up Nuria Gombau from Catalonia and Itxaso Otsoa from Euskadi.



Domestic violence cases down DURING the past year, the number of women in Estepona seeking help from the city council after suffering from domestic violence, has fallen by 10 per cent to 52 cases this year. The figures were announced during commemoration of the International Day of Violence Against Women by Mayor Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, who said that in the cases handled in 2016, 52 per cent of them were giving assistance to foreign nationals. This is almost double the percentage in 2015 where 26.53 per cent of cases were related to non-Spaniards. The mayor added there are currently 30 users of the tele-assistance service. He added that in recent years the town has increased actions to prevent domestic violence such as the introduction of the Municipal Plan against Gender Violence. This year they have also signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Interior that allows Local Police of the municipality to join the Comprehensive Tracking System of Cases of Domestic Violence (Viogen).


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Age Concern Mijas and Fuengirola AGE CONCERN Fuengirola and Mijas are pleased to confirm two up and coming events. The first is their Christmas Dinner on Saturday December 17 at the Masonic Hall, Los Boliches. A wonderful threecourse dinner with wine will be accompanied by live entertainment. At just €25 per person this is probably the best value in town. To reserve a place please call the group’s Lifeline on 652 537 615. Alternatively just pop into any one of their three drop-in centres. You will find them every Thursday from 11am-1pm at the Pensioners building in Los Boliches. This is located above the small indoor market just around the corner from Los Boliches train station. They are also open every Thursday from 11am-1pm at the Oasis bar in Mijas Pueblo. This is located at the entrance to the village on the right hand side as you pass the left turn to the car park. Easy parking at

Age Care Carol Concert AGE CARE ASSOCIATION is holding a Carol Concert including other songs and stories at Calahonda International Baptist Church on Tuesday December 6 as part of their regular coffee morning. The event starts at 10.45am with coffee and mince pies followed by the concert. Everybody is welcome, so join in the festive spirit.

Show now postponed THE Tops society in Alhaurin el Grande has announced that their production of the play Our Friend Miss Flint, which was scheduled for December 2 and 3, has been cancelled until early 2017 due to illness.

just €1 per day. Finally, they are open every Friday from 11am-1pm at El Caballo de Oro in the main square in La Cala. This is located just behind Supersol and there is plenty of

off-street parking. On January 22, 2017 the group is holding a Sponsored Skydive to raise funds. Their volunteer grandmother will tandem jump from 15,000 feet and then free fall reaching 200km

per hour before opening her parachute. This is not for the faint-hearted. The Skydive will be held in Sevilla as there is too much air traffic in and around Malaga. Sponsorship forms are avail-

able at all drop-in centres or by calling the Lifeline on 652 537 615. Age Concern Fuengirola and Mijas was formed to provide advice, help, support and friendship. Their client group is

the over 50’s English-speaking expats, regardless of nationality, in their geographical area. All clients, volunteers, donors and supporters are considered part of their extended family.


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Orange the world!! SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL COSTA DEL SOL is supporting the UN Women campaign to ‘Orange the World’ during the 16 days between November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and December 10, Human Rights Day. Ladies from Soroptimist International Costa del Sol took a series of special photos they will be releasing over the 16 days which include all things orange, from clothing to gloves, signs, fans, hats and even fruit. Each photo is aimed to raise awareness of a specific issue related to gender violence to help raise awareness of the efforts of this international campaign to end gender violence. According to UN Women, one in three women will suffer violence at some stage during their lives, making this scourge an important issue for equality and the rights of women and girls throughout the world. Friday November 25 saw

ALL THINGS ORANGE: A series of special photos will be released during the 16 days. many different events organised throughout Spain including a major demonstration, in which Soroptimist International Costa de Sol participated to support the event. Soroptimist International

Costa del Sol is part of a worldwide NGO with more than 75,000 members in 132 countries, all active women working together to educate, enable and empower women and girls.

For more information please contact Amelia Martínez Hockley on 609 476 036 or Lene Thygesen on 653 771 625. / Facebook: Soroptimist International Costa del Sol.



Local Toastmaster on the Podium in European Contest THERE was European success for Toastmaster John Sandner, a member of the ‘Achievers Toastmasters Club of Marbella. John took second place in the finals of the English Language Humorous Speech Competition, beating the best elected speakers of every Toastmaster division in Portugal, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, and Luxembourg. The District 59 finals in Humorous Speeches and Table Topics (impromptu two-minute speeches on a specific topic or question in English and Spanish) were held in Madrid, featuring the best contestants from every Division of Toastmasters in these countries. John Sandner had the audience of around 400 people laughing and applauding his comedic speech about the stresses and struggles of airports and air travel. According to his supporting group of Toastmasters from Marbella, he

was the winner by laughs. Alas the judges’ ballots decide and John had to settle for coming in a worthy second to the eventual winner from Switzerland. However, with the quality of speakers at the European level, it is still a proud placement for the little 10-year-old club from Marbella, getting ‘in the ring’ with decades-old clubs from around Europe. John was presented with his runner-up trophy at the Gala Awards Dinner later on Saturday night at the Hotel VP Madroño. Toastmasters is a worldwide non-profit organisation with a membership of 345,000 spread over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Toastmasters is dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills for all in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The ‘Achievers Toastmasters Club of Marbella’ meets every Wednesday at 8pm in Nueva Andalucia (see www.toastmas




Christmas Carol Concert

Crowds visit record-breaking ADANA fair

THE Danish Church in Las Lagunas, will host the ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas carol conc e r t o n We d n e s d a y December 7. Joy t o t h e Wo r l d is a choral performance in four part harmony sung by TIMS (The International Music S ociety ) . T h i s m e d l e y o f traditional Christmas carols will be directed by Margaret Williams, accompanied by Christine Langly-Wallner and c o m p a r e d b y L ars Roos. Starting at 7.30pm sharp, the concert is open to anyone and everyone, however space is limited. There is a €10 entrance charge, half of which goes to the Danish church and half to TIMS, who then forward their money to the various charities th e y su p p o r t o n th e Costa del Sol. For more information and enquires for ticket purchases, contact Gilly Bareford on 952 573 983 / 654 891 790, em a i l timschoir@ gm ail.c o m or visit The Danish Church (Margrethekirken) is just behind Fuengirola on Calle Cipres at number 22 in the Las Lagunas area of Mijas Costa, close to the CARE medical centre. Telephone 952 587 481.

ADANA , the Estepona-based dog rescue and rehoming charity, held its annual Christmas Fair at the Estepona Palacio on Sunday November 20, an event which brought in well over €8,000 and saw a packed hall enjoying the very many stalls selling a wide range of items from bric-a-brac to clothing to home decoration. Those in need of refreshment could choose between a cava and tapas, mulled wine and mince pies, and a cafe which offered a wide range of snacks, sandwiches and cakes as well as hot and cold drinks. Visitors were entertained by a fashion show presented by Jackie of The Frock Exchange and a dazzling display of flamenco by the students of the Peña Flamenca de Estepona.

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The event was attended by Voluntary Associations councillor Susana Casano and a crew from Estepona TV. ADANA President Mary Page said she was delighted with the amount raised, every cent of which, she said, would go to the care of ADANA’s dogs awaiting homes in the Pedregales shelter. Mary thanked everyone who had helped make the event such a success, especially organiser and long-time ADANA fundraiser Trish Mansfield who gave special thanks to the mayor of Estepona, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, and his governing team, for giving the use of the Palacio free of charge. For more information about ADANA call 638 170 696.

ADANA dogs for adoption with volunteers / Councillor Susana Casano (second left) with ADANA President Mary Page (second from right).

Classic Cars and great food FOR those of you who enjoy driving and particularly if you own what is described as a Classic Car, then you should be aware of the Classic Car Club of Andalucia which organises a number of runs out as well as social events for its members. Now with 400 members, the club which has been in existence since 2008 holds monthly dinners at the El Chaparral Golf Club on the Mijas Costa and for their last club night of the year on Tuesday December 6 they will be joined by the TAPAS

Choir singing for them before dinner. On Saturday, December 10, they have their Christmas-themed Classic Car run when members are asked to bring a gift or two for the Malaga Orphanage which they will stop at as part of their drive to drop off these gifts. There are 44 children at the orphanage, mostly boys, between the ages of six and 17 with just five girls aged nine, 10, 13 and 15. If each car could bring one or two gifts that would be fantastic

A Triumph TR6. and they don’t need to be expensive. The day will finish with a superb lunch, as always, at da Bruno’s restaurant near Mijas, where they expect to have music and dancing too. The route is not yet completed but will be sent out just before the event. If you join the Club now you can

register for the run and lunch. There will be cava and canapés on arrival and a full threecourse lunch with wine included for just €30 per person. Then on Tuesday December 13 the Club will be holding a special evening at the Sunborn floating hotel in Gibraltar and because it has been proven to

be such a popular event, the La Sala group has allocated a larger than originally booked space in their restaurant, so tickets are still available for new members or friends of existing members and the evening which includes music from Masquerade costs just £30 (not euros).


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Breakwater restored

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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.



Burial plots

Big spenders

Rewarding visit

Invasive species

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.

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.

Odours eliminated 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.

Good cheer 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.’


Brexit cooperation 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.

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

Burglary arrest 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 in Hondon de las Frailes with 112 reporting they received 50 emergency calls. There were no injuries

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.

Frigiliana success 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.

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.

Sexitano roads DESPITE the fact that the Almuñecar council has arranged for work to be undertaken on the N340 in Sexitano between Almuñecar and La Herradura to improve the gutters which have been prone to flooding, a problem still exists with the lack of street lighting.

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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-



Controversial plans

Africa summit

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

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

Missing girl

Maritime notes

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

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

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

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

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


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

Daesh benefits

More money

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

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

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

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


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New nutri-burger

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. | ! Yorkshire Linen Warehouse Spain Avda. Andalucía (Close to Parque Myramar) Mijas Costa 29650

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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.

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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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A night to remember with HiFX By John Smith A VERY special event took place at the Vinci Hotel Estrella Del Mar Beach Club on the evening of Thursday November 24 when more than 100 customers and associates of international currency exchange organisation HiFX were invited to enjoy some superb food and good company and to hear some exciting news from European Managing Director Simon Griffin who flew over from the UK to act as host. This wasn’t an evening of hard sell but a simple thank you to valued customers, a reveal of how the company expects to expand over the next year and a pat on the back for all of the staff in Spain who work so hard to give a great and personal service to their clients. The concept of the company which was set up in Windsor in the UK 19 years ago was to offer an efficient and financially sound way for individuals and companies to transfer money around the world in a range of different currencies. Clearly this was some-

Michel and Steven Euesden at the HiFX event.

thing already offered by banks but they often didn’t give customers the best rates of exchange, had quite high secondary charges and took their time to actually transfer the money from one account to another. The company has grown over the years and spread across the world to now have branches in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain and the USA as well as the UK and according to Simon Griffin, it is such a great employer that he had no qualms in moving his Australian-born wife and two children from Australia to the UK when the opportunity arose. HiFX has grown so that each month it makes 45,000 payments worth more than £800 million (€920 million) and so efficient had it become that it attracted the attention of a very important American player in the market, Euronet worth $4 billion (€3.77 billion) which doesn’t just offer currency exchange, but operates ATMs, pre-paid debit cards and even travel cards such as the UK Oyster card.

aging SIMON GRIFFIN: The European Man as host. act to UK the from over Director flew With this new strong and supportive parent, HiFX is embarking on a new incarnation as it recently took over one of the world’s most popular currency exchange internet portals,, which has a staggering 50 million app users worldwide. Now, using the HiFX services, users can arrange for the transfer of funds online and so successful has this new service proven to be that HiFX will in due course take advantage of the international status and change its trading name accordingly. All of this information was delivered in a friendly and interesting way by Simon Griffin who then decided to lighten the mood by running a competition where everyone

who wasn’t a currency dealer was invited to stand up and guess whether a range of different currencies were worth more than a euro. To make things more fun and easier to judge, participants were asked to put their hands on their heads if they thought the value was higher and on their bottoms if they thought it was lower. With such popular currencies as the Vietnamese Dong (the name of which garnered a few titters) and the Burmese Kyat, the players were soon whittled down until one lucky (or knowledgeable) guest, Derek Langley, Regional Vice-President Andalucia, British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, walked away with the Champagne prize. Just before inviting everyone to enjoy their meal, Simon thanked all the company’s loyal clients and his last words were for all of his amazing staff in Spain who are Lucy Cudd, Sam McIntyre, Carlie Reid, Amanda Best, Tanya Edwards, Natalia Oros and Fernando Lago. As the meal progressed, the guests were entertained by well-known and talented local duo Masquerade.

Carlie Reid, Shaun Taylor and Lucy Cudd.

rs of HiFX. THANK YOU: To the valued custome

SPECIAL EVENT: With superb food and good company.


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

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

community newspaper, EWN pledges to bring you vibrant local news on the terrific businesses, charities, groups and individuals who are making the Costa del Sol great. Nobody can accuse 2016 of not being eventful! But now that it’s December let’s take a moment to forget the wild politics of the year and think about the side of life that revolves around family, friends and, above all, love.

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

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

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

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

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

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from the classic to the contemporary. Something may be found for every interior. Each product, just like the kitchens, is carefully selected for its quality, functionality and beauty. A theme that continues next door at Cocinas Plus’ Art and Deco venture, Sekretza, a  gallery that aims to bring an  exciting and eclectic selection of art to Marbella. The La Cala de Mijas showroom is no less impressive. Here they focus specifically on kitchens and the large and friendly team, again in possession of a variety of languages between them, can design a kitchen that caters to any budget.

THE TEAM: Speak eight languages between them.



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Spain lights up for Christmas MALAGA is hard to beat when it comes to lights By Sam Croft FEW countries do Christmas like Spain, and this was more than evident this year as bit by bit the country began to light up like a candelabra. On Thursday November 24, Madrid debuted its new Christmas lights, starting with a spectacular display in the Pl a z a Ma y o r. Th is year, the city kicked off the festivities by using innovative video mapping technology to turn the side of one of the square’s oldest buildings into a massive projection screen. After that, the whole city began to sparkle

as th o u s a n d s o f mu ltico lo u red lig h ts u s h ere d Christmas in for another year. When it comes to lights, however, it is hard to beat Malaga City, which is rapidly becoming a point of reference for Christmas in S p a in . E v e ry y ea r, th o usands of tourists and residents are left enchanted as they stroll down Calle Larios and stare up at the massive canopy of Christmas lights that stretches from one end of the passageway to another. In fact, the small Cordoba company that manufactures the Christmas lights used in Malaga City

recently closed a deal with a huge multi-national company, and the lights will soon be ma king the ir w a y to eight major cities around the world, including New York City. M e a nw hile , if gia nt Christmas trees make you weak at the knees, you may want to head to the Granada villa ge of A rmilla . This ye a r, the tow n boa s ts the biggest Christmas tree in Europe. It is 55 metres tall and is currently sparkling like a beacon at the entrance to the N e va da Shopping Centre.

CALLE LARIOS: Thousands of tourists and residents flock to see the lights.

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Around the world in 12 days SLIGHTLY different NO matter where you are in the world, Christmas is about faith and family, (although shopping might be included nowadays) but it is also about culture, which means there are fantastic differences in how people celebrate. So let’s embark on an unofficial world tour and see how the festive season is celebrated in each corner of the earth. Russia’s Orthodox heritage means things are done slightly differently. Christmas Day is January 7 and the official holidays stretch from December 31 until January 10. Children receive their gifts from Babouschka on January 5. Despite most Russians enjoying a hearty feast most of the year, many religious people take a break over Christmas and stay away from meat and fish. Typical meals include the famous beetroot soup, vegetable pies, potato salads sauerkraut, dried fruits and gingerbread. Over in Japan Christmas isn’t really a holiday, but like the rest of the world the country has cottoned on to the festive celebrations, which they make romantic rather than religious. People still attend work and school but in big cities the vibrant streets are

RUSSIA: Christmas is special everywhere

flush with Christmas lights and you’ll see couples young and old and families browsing the streets, shopping, eating and exchanging gifts. They even have a special Japanese Christmas cake which is a delicious sponge cake adorned with strawberries, whipped cream, trees and a fig-

urine of Santa. What do Brazilians do at Christmas? What they do every day - go to the beach! In the southern hemisphere Christmas comes at the height of summer so, rather than wrapping up in scarves and coats, our Brazilian brethren prefer a dip in the sea.

A Portuguese heritage sees a strong emphasis on Catholic ritual but it wouldn’t be Brazil without bombastic parties and spectacular fireworks displays. Food varies across the regions. You’ll have bacalhau in Rio, African street food in the north-east, turkey in wealthier families and rice, raisins and farofa (seasoned flour) everywhere.

The way of the future FACEBOOK IQ has published the results of its 2016 Holiday Outlook Study, which was carried out in 17 countries, including Spain. The original study took place last year, and aimed to analyse trends related to technology during the Christmas season. Unsurprisingly, the study confirmed that the internet and social media have changed the way that we celebrate Christmas. On average people posted 35 per cent more on Facebook during the holidays, often uploading Christmas videos and photos to bring a little bit of holiday cheer to their friends and acquaintances. Meanwhile, 46 per cent said they rely on Facebook to give them a bit of inspiration for gift ideas.

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R-DMC’s for your glass curtains SPECIALIST manufacturers who use only the highest quality materials R-DMC’s is a family-run business with over 190 years of combined experience in the glazing, construction and steel industry. They are specialist manufacturers of glass curtains, stainless steel, UPVC & aluminium windows & doors and pool surrounds. They use only the highest quality materials including

316 marine grade stainless steel so as not to cause corrosion problems. They have their own glass toughening plant which means the complete glass curtain system, including the glass, is manufactured under one roof. They also manufacture UPVC and aluminium windows and doors. They can manufacture roofs including sliding (electric or manual), complete steel structures, acoustic glass for bars, mirrors, table tops, sealed units, splash backs, shop fronts, shelves, walk on glass, stairs, glass balustrade, pool surrounds, in fact they can assist you with all your glass needs. The Glass Curtain system they manufacture is a German system called Sunflex: it is typical of German design, much time and thought has gone into the system making it

one of, if not the best, system available on the market today. The system is completely different to other systems that are of similar money, it is top-hung which means that the weight of the glass is distributed evenly and not all sitting on the bottom rubbing metal against metal. This system runs on stainless steel wheels and stainless steel thrust needle bearings, each panel of glass has four holes drilled into it so that the profile can be bolted to the glass as well as glued. This is the only system to do this, all other systems are merely glued to the profile. Other companies will claim that a bottom-hung system is better, however as glass manufacturers who make our own glass and understand the weight that is involved per square metre for 10mm glass, they know

that the best way for a system to function correctly is to hang the glass so as not to impose such weight and strain on the system below which causes scraping and juddering over a period of time and regular use. Also being top-hung you do not need to maintain the system as you would a bottom-hung system where you would have to clean the bottom track out regularly just to keep it running as smoothly as possible: with the top system this is not necessary as no dirt, leaves rubbish etc can gather. Their Glass Curtains also come with an additional adjustable bar: this means if there is any movement at all the glass curtains can be adjusted up or down with just an Allen or hex key instead of having to take all the panels of glass out and start again. The system has undergone many

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A million work contracts BUSINESSES need help to cope with seasonal demand By Sam Croft THE Spanish labour market continues to show signs of recovery. The Human Resources Firm Adecco has indicated that between November and January nearly a million workers will be contracted to help various businesses cope with the seasonal demand. This represents an increase of 14 per cent compared to last year. Part of the reason for this was a recent legislative reform which has allowed establishments to be more flexible with their seasonal hiring. This has created an unprecedented growth in employment over the Christmas season, which is great news for families in need of a little extra holiday money. Adecco has stated that this Christmas will be the best in recent history in regards to the Spanish economy and the

labour market. The amount of employees contracted is expected to be comparable to pre-crisis numbers, and not only will more employment be created, but the majority of the contracts will also last longer, with many of them beginning as early as Black Friday and lasting right through until mid-January. The majority of the contracts will be in the retail sector, although there will be various offers available for a wide vari-

ety of positions, including promoters and hosts, chefs and waiters, telephone operators, as well as office workers, secretaries, and receptionists.

SEASONAL DEMAND: In the labour market.

Spain’s hometown hero A STORY doing the rounds about famous local son Antonino Fernandez, who helped make Corona ‘cerveza’ a global giant, making all the residents of his hometown millionaires in his will turned out too good to be true. But that shouldn’t detract from the billionaire’s devotion and generosity to his home, which truly reflects the Christmas spirit. The billionaire was born in the quiet Spanish village of Cerezales del Condado in the north of the country in 1917, one of 13 children in a poor family. In 1949, aged 32, he moved to Mexico to work for his wife’s uncle’s company Grupo Modelo as a warehouse labourer in the brewery. Hard work paid off and by 1971 he was CEO and set about transforming the company into a hugely profitable enterprise with Corona the star brand, boasting incredible export figures to Spain and the US. Fernandez continued to play a role in the company as Honorary Life Chairman right up until his death in August this year at the ripe old age of 98. By then his philanthropy and generous spirit were well known to the people of Cerezales del Condado and those in need across Spain. Although the villagers haven’t been made millionaires, they have benefited immensely from the generosity of Fernandez who never forgot where he came from. He paid for the restoration of the church and helped open a cultural centre and bring running water to people’s homes. His philanthropic work, particularly helping disabled people across Spain, was recognised by the former King of Spain Juan Carlos. And as for his famous will? More than €200 million was reported to have been gifted to the countless children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews between his 12 brothers and sisters, although he himself didn’t have any children with his wife of 60 years.

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SG Haulage: Europe-wide transport experts EMPLOYEES are trained to the highest standard in many specialist transport areas SG HAULAGE LTD is a familyrun business from Lincoln, England, that specialises in the movement of general and abnormal loads across the UK and Europe. They are experts in moving boats, yachts, motorhomes, caravans, construction machinery and agricultural machinery. They have a roving permit for Spain allowing them to move any boat or marina equipment

up to three metres wide at short notice. Loads over three metres require a dedicated route permit which they can obtain for the journey. All their trucks and trailers are registered with the Spanish ministry of transport so getting permits ap-

plied for is completed with ease. In France they have CAT1 and CAT2 permits already in place to move any load in that category. All the pilot cars used for the escorting of the loads over three metres

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ON THE MOVE: Safe and sound.

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Who's who at Xmas time in Spain ALTHOUGH Spanish children may expect Santa at Christmas, the Three Kings remain the undisputed stars By Sam Croft THANKS to television, films, and Coca Cola advertisements, Santa Claus is now a ubiquitous figure around the world, so it is easy to forget that not every country bows down to the jolly red giant. Although nowadays some Spanish children may expect Santa to pay a visit at Christmas, the Three Kings remain the undisputed stars of the show. They typically arrive on January 6, bearing gifts for well-behaved children and waving to smiling onlookers as they parade their way through the town in their regal clothing and glittering crowns. There are actually other variations on the Santa Claus character in Spain, particularly in the northern regions. In Galicia in the northwest, a coal miner named El Apalpador stops by at Christmas to ensure that all the wee’uns are eating well. If they look a bit underfed he makes sure to remedy that with a generous helping of sweets and treats.

Meanwhile in the Basque Country and Navarra, another plump and jolly old man visits the children, although in these cases he is a peasant named Olentzero. Olentzero typically smokes

a pipe and is dressed in the simple clothing of a farmer. He generally drops off a few gifts and only asks for a bit of grub or some alcohol for his troubles. Surely the most bizarre Spanish Christmas character is Tio de Nadal, the

Christmas Log. Tio de Nadal is literally a wooden log who families usually place in their living rooms in the runup to Christmas. They typically shower Tio de Nadal with treats and even go so far as to make sure he is wrapped snugly in a blanket before they go off to bed. Then after treating him like one of their own for a month, they brutally beat him with sticks on Christmas Eve until he poops out sweets. Believe it or not, Tio de Nadal is not the only pooping Christmas character in Cataluña. Another holiday favourite is El Caganer (literally, The Crapper). El Caganer is typically depicted as a

peasant squatting over a mound of excrement. For that extra touch of inappropriate humour, he is sometimes placed within the Belen, or Nativity Scene. Although El Caganer may sound like a niche figure for those who can’t get enough of toilet humour, the tradition is widely observed in Cataluña, with many contemporary examples being seen in the form of small figurines. Popular choices include politicians, athletes, and film stars. Not surprisingly, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were among the top choices this year.

TIO DE NADAL: Is typically showered with treats.

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Matching the right client to the right carer CARINGCARERS offer a range of services and provide support at all levels SPAIN’S popularity as a retirement destination for expatriates has led to an increased need for help in the home. CaringCarers was founded four years ago to provide both live-in and home-visit care to elderly or infirm people living in and visiting Spain. CaringCarers offer a range of services enabling elderly, disabled and convalescing people to remain in the comfort of their own homes in Spain. They provide support at all levels, ranging from companionship, light housework, personal laun d r y, m e a l p r e p a ra tio n , h elp w ith washing, dressing or getting ready for bed to dog walking, shopping to full 24-hour live-in care. “The most important thing is matching the client to the right carer,” say CaringCarers. “We always meet personally with the client, and if possible their family, so that they can gain an insight into their personality, lifestyle, abilities and home life. “This means we can send in the most suitable carer(s) for each person. We have a large database of carers based both inland and on the coast and we strive to en-

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“Our clients benefit from one-to-one attention from experienced, competent and trustworthy carers. They can enjoy living in Spain with some of their worries taken away. Several of our clients have mentioned that they maintained a friendship with their carer even after the contract had finished; many contacted CaringCarers for short-term care following an operation, then decided to continue using our care ser vi ces even once t hey wer e m obi l e again.” All our carers are qualified, experienced, r ef er enced and backgr ound checked. For more detailed information about CaringCarers and the services they can provide, call 633 391 529. Email caring or visit

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Spaniards are big spenders MAJORITY of money spent on gifts, food, entertainment and travel By Sam Croft CHRISTMAS spirit is certainly not in short supply in Spain, at least when it comes to spending money. Results from the recent Christmas Consumption Study 2016, which was carried out in various European countries, have indicated that on average, Spanish families plan to spend €682 this Christmas. This represents a 4 per cent increase from last year, when the average spending was €655. This statistic positions Spain as the second biggest spender among the countries surveyed, only behind Denmark, where the average output per family sat at €689. This growth is explained largely due to increased optimism as the country takes tentative steps out of the crippling economic crisis which plagued the country for years. Surveys have

indicated that 74 per cent of Spaniards feel that in 2016, the country’s economic situation was stabilising or improving. Last year only 63 per cent felt the same way. Additionally, 66 per cent of Spaniards reported that they feel that they feel like they are on top

of their finances this year compared to last year.

When asked to provide a breakdown of how they plan to spend their money, the majority was set aside for gifts (€265) and food (€212), whereas other purchases like entertainment and travel made up the remainder of the budgets.

SPANISH FAMILIES: Plan on spending €682 this year.

Party from the comfort of home CHRISTMAS parties don’t need to be based on the same old themes - funky jumpers, embarrassing work nights out, a bucketload of mulled wine and a raging hangover. If you’re looking for a fun, quiet, alcohol-free night in while saving the pennies then why not try some of the following ideas this Christmas. With a craft party you can stay at home with friends and family and each design gifts for one another using your scissor skills. Grab as many ribbons, labels, paper, cards, crayons and pens as you can handle, stick on some Christmas music and get cracking! If the festive season has already drained your soul with all the extra effort involved driving, shopping, cooking, spending and eating then perhaps a themed film party will do just the trick. You can find plenty of Christmassy films online or stock up on some DVDs. Recline the sofa, grab some festive snacks, and gather around to hibernate for a while. Finally if you’ve longed for revenge on those loud neighbours of yours, then now is your chance. Christmas karaoke might be the only time you and the extended family get to wail to your hearts’ content with a readymade excuse in case the police come knocking. Pick your favourite Christmas playlist, buy a cheap microphone and kick out the jams!

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Happy holidays from Roy Trevor Removals WITH their vast knowledge gleaned from years of experience, they are experts in their field FROM Julea and the team at Roy Trevor Removals they would like to say a huge thank you and a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all their customers past, present and future. With the surprise outcome of the Brexit vote in June there has been a lot of confusion and panic as to how people and businesses would fare both in the UK and Europe, especially its effect on them in Spain. However, for Roy Trevor Removals, the shock vote to exit the EU has created new opportunities. Whereas they are historically very busy throughout the summer months with local moves around Spain and the Costa del Sol area, this year they have had a large influx of customers leaving the UK to begin a new life in Spain. This is a big move for people of all ages and from all walks of life and can be very stressful if not handled correctly. Roy Trevor Removals have been moving families at home and abroad since

1918 in the UK and since opening their permanent depot in Spain in 1992. With their vast knowledge gleaned from years of experience they are experts in their field, offering a packing service to suit your requirements. They have a team of professional packers to ensure that all goods from a wine glass to a piano can be moved safely. With a regular service to and from the UK and further afield they are usually able to tailor your move to suit your timescales. In Spain they offer a free site survey so the price you are quoted is the price you pay. This enables them to ascertain what materials, manpower and timings are required. If your property is not ready to move into straight away they have large, fully alarmed, clean, dry storage facilities both in Spain and the UK. Inspections are welcome, where you can also browse through their testimonials from the many customers

who have used their services, sometimes for the first time and some who have moved many times over the last 24 years using Roy Trevor Removals. For more information on Roy Trevor Removals and Storage/ Moving Matters SL take a look at their website: or call them on 951 311 118 in Spain, or from the UK 0843 207 4302 and have a chat with their customer service team.

THANK YOU: To all their customers, past and present.



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It’s a Wonderful Life: a classic NOW regarded as one of the top 100 American films of all time ASK anyone of a certain age, at least those who can remember when the family used to sit down for the Christmas Day film in the days before VHS and DVDs, then one of the enduring favourites will be the 1946 hit It’s a Wonderful Life. It was first written at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 but did not hit the silver screen until a year after the war’s end. James Stewart stars as a disillusioned George Bailey, sitting at a bar contemplating suicide. He is visited by his guardian angel, actor Henry Travers playing Clarence Odbody who, in a version of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, shows him the lives he has affected and what his home of Bedford Falls would be like if he had not been born. James Stewart later in life described this fantasy drama as one of his favourite films. But it was not a hit at the box office and Stewart was not the first choice as lead according to some film historians. That role was to have gone to Cary Grant and

CHRISTMAS FILM: James Stewart starred as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. subsequently to Henry Fonda. But director Frank Capra chose Stewart. Reviewers after its opening night in 1946 wrote about it being “chock

full of whimsy” and over sentimental. The film was nominated in six categories in the 1946 Academy Awards

but topped only one, the award for technical achievement. Special effects artist Russell Shearman won for designing a new method for simulat-

ing falling snow! Tradition has it that cornflakes were painted white but it was so loud on set that actors’ voices had to be dubbed on later. The film’s elevation to the role of Christmas classic is not easy to tie down. Perhaps enduring is its evocation to us of a lost world of seeming innocence although that was not how it was seen at the time. It was shown frequently at Christmas time during the 1970s and is now regarded by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 American films of all time. The list was composed in 1998 and rates the film at Number 11. In a 1984 interview director Frank Capra described the film’s popularity as “the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen.” He added: “The film has a life of its own now and I can look at it like I had nothing to do with it. I’m like a parent whose kid grows up to be president.” “I’m proud,” said Capra, “but it’s the kid who did the work.”

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Costa Vapor – make the choice today! OFFER a large variety of quality e-cigarettes and the biggest selection of e-liquids on the coast USING electronic cigarettes, aka vaping, seems to be on the rise again. After some bad press the vapers and vape shops seemed to disappear from the street scene, but recently there have been some more positive writings and the vapers are back! Recently Public Health England reported that according to their study vaping is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. Costa Vapor was one of the first vape shops on the coast and they are still going strong. “I guess it is because we know what we are doing,” says Petri Mantysalo, owner of Costa Vapor SL. He continues: “We have a well-trained staff and we are all vapers ourselves, so we don’t sell the cheapest models that give you a bad user experience. Our e-cigs, mods and liquids are of best quality and we are proud to sell them.” Costa Vapor offers a large variety of high quality e-cigarettes at the best prices, from

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Xmas number ones: like or loathe? NOVELTY songs often have us reaching immediately for the off button MOST of us have a favourite Christmas number one. For that matter, almost all of us will recall one we frankly detested! But when did this strange aspect of a British Christmas culture actually get off the ground? The first conventional UK singles chart was created in 1952 but it’s generally thought that the first band to target the number one spot was the Black Country motley crew Slade, headed by the rasping Noddy Holder. Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody hit the top spot way back in 1973. The band, who hailed from Wolverhampton/Walsall, managed six number ones and 17 consecutive Top-20 hits. Their Christmas offering and that of Mud in 1974 with Lonely This Christmas were followed by what became one of rock and pop’s iconic anthems: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The track, penned by Freddie Mercury, stayed at the top of the chart for nine weeks and reached the number one spot again in 1991 when it was re-released unaltered. Bohemian Rhapsody is also the only song to reach the Christmas number one spot

acter who topped the Christmas chart in 1993. Can We Fix It? by Bob the Builder can only have targeted the younger audience but it did so very successfully. Voiced by English actor Neil Morrissey, who shot to fame as Tony in Men Behaving Badly, Bob the Builder was created by writer and producer Keith Chapman. He went on to create the massively successful children’s entertainment channel Nickelodeon which is still going strong under the ownership of US entertainment giant Viacom. Charity singles make a big

twice by the same artist. For those who like to remember the acts they really didn’t like and immediately reached for the off button, then a number of contenders come under the polite umbrella term, novelty songs. First, perhaps, was the St Winifred’s School Choir, with There’s No One Quite Like Grandma. It was penned in 1980 for the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and sung by children attending the school in Stockport, England. It was number one for two weeks and stayed in the charts for 11 weeks in total. Another more surprising hit by far was Mr Blobby. Originating on BBC TV’s Noel’s House Party, his only word was ‘blobby’ but somehow the show got into the national psyche and so did this char-

splash and two that achieved the top spot both involved BBC choirmaster extraordinaire, Gareth Malone. The first was the 2011 hit Wherever You Are by the Military Wives. Its sombre backdrop was the war in Afghanistan. It sold 556,000 copies in a week with part of the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA. Last year, again with the involvement of Malone, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir took the number one spot with A Bridge Over You. The race for the 2016 number one is already underway. Another charity offering that may get there is The Living Years, a rehash of the Mike and The Mechanics hit sung by The London Hospices Choir. Made up of patients, staff and volunteers they hail from 18 of the capital’s hospices. Could they make it two charity hits in a row?

CHOIRMASTER EXTRAORDINAIRE: Gareth has helped two charity singles achieve the top spot.

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Success at Marbella Design Academy CELEBRATING 21 years of design achievements for students from around the world MARBELLA DESIGN ACADEMY will host its winter EXPO 2016 event on Friday December 16 at 7.30pm yet again at their lovely Monda campus, now celebrating its 21st year! Key personalities have been invited: VIPs, local press and media, sponsors, students, parents and friends to celebrate an evening of creative entertainment with a fashion show, artwork exhibition and design presentations, to be followed by the graduation ceremony. All complemented with free tasty Spanish tapas and a welcome drink. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Academy’s facilities, meet the staff and get a taste of the international environment and creativity available, plus meet the talented students of 45 different nationalities and view their creative original projects. Such is the Academy’s reputation, that many commercial design companies attend to discuss design internships, freelance work, and headhunt upcoming graduates.

CUTTING EDGE: The Academy constantly expands and improves its curriculum. Based in Monda the Academy is 15 minutes drive from Marbella and offers Higher Education Bachelor of Arts validated programmes in interior architecture, graphic design and fashion design. These are validated and quality assured by Middlesex University, London. It has a maxi-

mum capacity for 230 students. Upon graduation many apply for a Master’s Degree at universities across the world. Marbella Design Academy is state-recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The Academy also offers 12-week foundation courses twice a year, in

June and September. A satisfactorily completed foundation course means progress to one of the three-year Higher Education in Design programmes available. During the summer the Academy offers several design specialist courses of two to five weeks length with

four hours tuition per day. In September 2017 four new programmes will be introduced: fashion buying, fashion styling and PR, creative advertising and interior product design. Marbella Design Academy constantly expands and improves its curriculum. Tutors encourage students to collaborate and experiment with their designs, in either small groups or with one-to-one tuition sessions with their tutors. Many students have gone on to have lucrative careers in their field. Successful design students include local brand owners; Glamour Hunter by Olga Farafanova, Caroline Azzi, and OWL-(Organic With Love) by Oxana Mess. For more information on Marbella Design Academy, please visit or contact info@marbella-design-acad



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The tradition of the Three Kings CHILDREN receive presents if they have written letters to say how good they have been FOR many countries the traditional gift giving doesn’t take place on December 25. In Germany it’s on Christmas Eve and in Spain it’s January 6. The latter is Epiphany, the time linked nowadays to the arrival of the ‘three kings’ who come to pay homage to Jesus.

In fact only one of the gospels in the New Testament mentions this event, and talks of ‘wise men,’ not kings, and doesn’t mention how many are supposed to have arrived. Although the New Testament does not give these men names, they have been named over time, as leg-

end and tradition have intertwined. They are now thought of as Balthazar, a scholar from Babylon: Melchior, a scholar from Persia and Caspar, an Indian scholar. In some stories they are described as being

GIFT BEARERS: The Three Kings make their arrival on camels.

the kings of Arabia, Persia and India. In the gospel it merely says they came from the ‘east.’ In German-speaking countries their initials are sometimes inscribed over the doors of Catholic homes to bless those inside. Their gifts, of myrrh, frankincense and gold respectively, have meant the growth of more legends and symbolic meanings. Whilst gold is and always has been regarded as a valuable metal, frankincense is a perfume and myrrh is regarded as an oil for anointing. Their spiritual meaning is that gold represents temporal kingship, frankincense is representative of godliness while myrrh symbolises death. What use the gifts were put to results in more myths and traditions: the gold is sometimes said to have been used by Joseph and Mary to flee Judea after they were warned of Herod’s plan to

slaughter first-born sons. The myrrh is often associated with the acknowledgment that Jesus would suffer before his death and is then said to have been used to anoint his body after the crucifixion. What became of the three wise men is not revealed in the Bible but in one thread of the story they were martyred and their remains ended up in Cologne Cathedral. This version states their remains were taken to Constantinople after being removed from the Holy Lands by Saint Helena. After that they were supposedly moved to Milan only to be forcibly taken from there to Cologne by Emperor Frederick I in the 12th century. In Spain it is the Kings who deliver presents to children if they have first written letters saying how good they have been, and they arrive on camels which are then left the food and drink.

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December 25… in 1066 WILLIAM the Conqueror was crowned after his defeat of Alfred at the Battle of Hastings. He reigned for 21 years becoming best-known perhaps for the great Bayeux Tapestry and his compilation of the Domesday Book which listed all the landholders in England.

Christmas… in 1621 GOVERNOR William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony forbids game playing at Christmas. Originally from Yorkshire, he was on the Mayflower, serving as governor for around 30 years. As part of their break with the Church of England and a belief that it was associated with paganism, Bradford also banned the playing of games and ‘revelling in the streets.’

Christmas… in 1818 FIRST performed in the present-day Austrian village of Oberndorf, the perennial Christmas favourite, Silent Night was premiered on Christmas Eve. It has been recorded by artists such as Bing Crosby, pop singers including Sinead O’Connor and Christina Aguilera as well as being translated into 44 different languages.

The Christmas Truce MEN laid down their arms for the sake of honour IT is one of the only stories to come out of the horrors of the First World War to help restore some faith in humanity. The Christmas Truce of 1914 is the tale of how British and German troops fighting in the trenches stopped for a miraculous moment and exchanged gifts with one another, took photographs and even played football. But like all good stories there is more to the Christmas Truce than meets the eye. So what really happened that fateful day and how unusual was it? To answer that question it’s important to realise the Christmas of 1914 was still in the very early days of a ferocious war which would last four years. Trench warfare and life on the frontline was relatively new and exhausted troops on either end of no man’s land often sought truces so both sides could bury their dead and salvage a moment of peace. Exchanges of cigarettes, pencils and paper were common and considered part of the etiquette of war, a notion that unfortunately had a short shelf life. So when Christmas Eve 1914 rolled around the idea that soldiers might stop fighting and share in some kind of

TRENCH WARFARE: Where faith was put to the test. Christmas spirit wasn’t too far-fetched. No official football match took place but carols were sung, gifts exchanged, trenches repaired and an occasional kick about. But across The Western Front the war went on as always with mortalities to rival any other day. Word of the impromptu truces along the front line got back to the High Commands who were disturbed by the show of humanity which they felt might undermine moral,

dedication and fighting spirit. The Christmas Truce wasn’t the first but one of the last times men laid down their arms for the sake of honour, and a kindred spirit, symbolised by Christmas. But that shouldn’t take away from the miraculous nature of the moment. It showed Christmas as everything it should be, people putting aside their differences, displaying selfless behaviour, placing a higher power above that of men, their laws and their wars.

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Christmas Day…1950 THE Coronation Stone, taken from Scotland in the 13th century, is stolen from Westminster Abbey by four Scottish students. It broke in two but was returned four months later. It was used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Christmas Day…1952 QUEEN ELIZABETH II makes her first Christmas speech. It is broadcast from Auckland in New Zealand during a six-month royal tour of the Commonwealth. The Queen spoke of a “loving bond” between herself and her people and finished by sympathising with the victims of a bridge collapse at Tangiwai in the central north island in which 151 people died.

Christmas Day…1954 SCOTTISH singer and musician Annie Lennox is born in Aberdeenshire and goes on to be named as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Along with Dave Stewart she forms the Eurythmics in 1980 and goes on to achieve global success with the release of their second album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). They went on to sell an estimated 75 million records worldwide.

Christmas Day events EVENTS that have taken place throughout the years THE news, they say, never sleeps. Even on Christmas Day the newscasters can find themselves overwhelmed. So what events have happened to burst their ways onto our television screens when most of us struggle to keep our eyes open after a very big meal? In the era of rolling television news, Christmas Day 1979 will go down in history as the start of the then Soviet Union’s very own Vietnam. While ‘most’ of the world was blearyeyed, Leonid Brezhnev ordered the tanks in to take the Afghan capital, Kabul. The war, which lasted until February 1989, cost the lives of thousands of Soviet conscripts. If that’s the now depressingly familiar side of world events, what about the more enjoyable news that breaks on Christmas Day? In 1938, a year before the world was convulsed by World War Two, a relatively unknown actress, Vivien Leigh, was unveiled as the woman to play Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With The Wind.’

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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Almost a year later the film was released and the rest, as they say, is history. It won a total of 10 Oscars with Hattie McDaniel taking the award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming in the process the first African-American to win an Academy Award. At the time of writing, only two of the original cast are still alive: Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie Wilkes and Mickey Kuhn, who

played her son, Beau. Vivien Leigh was among 31 women who were tested for the role of Scarlett. She was almost unknown in the US but went on to take the Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett. In this Christmas special you’ll find news in briefs depicting events that have happened on the 25th of the year, down through the ages. We hope you enjoy them.



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Christmas craziness across Europe WHETHER throwing a pudding at the ceiling or a shoe towards a door, have a Happy Christmas! IS there anything more Christmassy than the sight of snow falling and the sound of a fire crackling? How about firing cannons, lighting bonfires, or even throwing a shoe over your shoulder? To help freshen up your festive celebrations, we’ve researched Christmas traditions across Europe to show the strangest things people get up to across the continent. Whether it’s hiding broomsticks or Christmas pickles, it just goes to show that alternative Christmas traditions can make the festive season more fun. In Austria, while St Nicholas is busy piling gifts into the shoes of children who’ve been good, the Krampus - a half-goat-half-demon with horns and fangs - visits naughty children and beats them with branches. During the 13 days before Christmas in Iceland, children leave their shoes on the windowsill for troll-like creatures called the Yule Lads to fill with toys and sweets if they’ve been good. Naughty children get a potato. The story goes, a poor widow and her children couldn’t afford to decorate their tree - so spiders did it for them! To this day, Ukrainians honour the Legend of the Christmas Spider and add fake spiders and webs to their trees.

In the Czech Republic, single women stand in front of their homes and throw a shoe over their shoulder before Christmas - if the toe points towards the door, it means they’ll be married within a year. Norwegians hide their brooms to stop witches and evil spirits from stealing them and haunting the skies on Christmas Eve. In the Bavarian highlands, villagers put on their lederhosen and fire hand-held mortars into the air to welcome in Christmas. Provence, a region in south-eastern F ran ce , ta ke s the nativity scene extraseriously. Alongside th e u s u al s ta rring members, they incorporate figures th a t de pic t everyone from the village

fishwife to the chestnut seller. Traditionally, people in Montenegro bring their yule logs to the local church and gather outside to hold a community bonfire. Before Slovakians sit down to their Christmas meal, the man of the house

THE KRAMPUS: Scourge of naughty Austrian children.

throws loksa (a kind of pudding) at the ceiling - if it sticks, it’s a sign that it’ll be a good year. At Portuguese tables, extra places are set to honour departed loved ones during the Christmas feast. In Latvia, children open their presents beside the tree. But before they tear the paper off, they might have to recite a poem, sing a song or perform a dance. Between Christmas Day and January 6, Kallikantzaroi (evil goblins) rise from underground to do mischievous things like make milk go sour. Greeks keep a fire burning to discourage them. Finnish families visit graveyards and light candles at the headstones of departed relatives to create a beautiful, sentimental display. Over in Greenland, Christmas is traditionally the day the men do the cooking, while the women sit back and relax. The menu? A delicacy called Kiviak, which comprises seal skin stuffed with dead birds and fermented for seven months. Whether you’ve been inspired to throw Christmas pudding at the ceiling or a shoe towards a door, we hope you have a Happy Christmas! Adapted with permission from an article published by



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Born on Christmas Day

Christmas Island know where it is? EARLIEST settlers were brought in as labourers

1642 Sir Isaac Newton THE English physicist and mathematician is rightly regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history. He formulated the laws of motion and gravity and is known for his confrontation with an apple. He is less known for his belief in alchemy and his belief that a base metal could be turned into gold. 1899 Humphrey Bogart During a career that spanned nearly 30 years, Bogart appeared in 75 films and won one Oscar for his performance in The African Queen. He was married three times before meeting the

woman who would become associated with him in popular culture, Lauren Bacall. Probably best known for his movie Casablanca, Bogart died of cancer aged just 57. 1907 Cab Calloway American jazz singer and bandleader Cabell ‘Cab’ Calloway is nowadays perhaps best known for his song ‘Minnie the Moocher.’ His big band provided work for such stellar talents as Dizzy Gillespie and his scat singing eventually assumed iconic status. He appeared on Sesame Street and in the movie The Blues Brothers and died at the age of 86 in 1994.

around 300 miles south of Indonesia and 1,600 miles from Perth in Western Australia. As so often happens, the island was found to have valuable reserves of a much-needed resource, in this case, a nearly pure phosphate, which led to its prompt annexation by the British Crown. It was later administered from Singapore and eventually handed over to Australia in 1958. Its inhabitants speak Chinese,

Malay and English, since many of its earliest settlers were brought in as labourers for the phosphate mining. The island is perhaps most famous for its annual red crab migration to the sea in December or January when it is thought about 40 million animals are involved. As they have no known predators their numbers are not drastically reduced. Unfortunately for humans, the crabs are not edible. Photo by Vanchai Shutterstock

HUMPHREY BOGART: Best known for his movie Casablanca.

MOST people have heard of Christmas Island, but do you actually know where it is? Its name derives from its discoverer, Capt William Mynors, of the East India Ship Company, who named it in 1643 but couldn’t get on land and was forced to sail past. The island wasn’t visited again for 45 years when two crewmen from the English ship The Cygnet stepped ashore after they were blown off course. Officially known as the Territory of Christmas Island, it now belongs to Australia and its capital is Flying Fish Cove. The island is formed by the summit of an underwater mountain and lies in the Indian Ocean

RED CRABS: Not edible.



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Imagine all the people MANY other faiths have found a special place in their hearts for the holiday By Matthew Elliott RELIGION might be the source of both trouble and solace when civilisations collide but it’s surprising how much they share in common. Even Christmas is by definition a Christian celebration, many other of the world’s other great faiths have found a special place for the holiday in their hearts. In Christian countries including the UK and US, many people of other faiths, and millions of atheists, celebrate regardless of their beliefs, but some religions actively use the holiday to embrace their spirituality. In Judaism Hanukah is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas, in fact this year it takes place from December 24 until January 1. Candles are lit, hymns sung, prayers offered, meals enjoyed and gifts exchanged. In Islam Christmas is not celebrated as the idea of worshipping

OTHER FAITHS: Celebrate regardless of their beliefs.

dates and symbols are forbidden. But Jesus is considered a holy prophet and honoured throughout the year. For Buddhists it would be absurd to celebrate Christmas liter-

ally, but millions throughout the world with Christian friends and relatives use the period as a time for increased reflection, generosity of spirit, decoration, peace and love.

When it comes down to it, there’s very little separating the faiths of the world in how they perceive the Christmas holiday. If only the same attitude could be shared throughout the year.

Childrens’ books at Christmas MUCH of the magic of Christmas resides in the imagination of a child, and quickly evaporates unless there are some delighted children bringing their relentless enthusiasm to the big day. So what better way to crank up your own wiltering enthusiasm, or select the perfect gift for someone this Christmas, than by reminiscing over an old Christmas classic? Christmas has spawned some of the simplest, more remarkable tales ever to be printed. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson is one of those beautifully harrowing stories that just gets better as you get older. In that sense it’s very similar to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. A simple picture book which became a short cartoon nominated for an Oscar for its sheer simplicity and beauty. Or stretching back another generation you have Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a nostalgic tale originally written for the radio and later made into a powerful play. Children these days are spoilt for choices and finding something perfect for them can be a real ordeal when you’re competing against the internet, peer pressure, and an entire industry devoted to hooking them on different products. Stay simple this Christmas, these classic books will never be out of place in any home.



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Christmas Day…1962 ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ is released, based on Harper Lee’s famous novel. Winning three Academy Awards, including best actor, Gregory Peck starred as Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of rape. Peck’s last screen role was as Father Mapple in Moby Dick, the 1956 version of which saw him play the title role of Captain Ahab.

Christmas Day…1973 PAUL NEWMAN and Robert Redford reprise their roles as loveable rogues in The Sting, following their success in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, and won seven, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill.

Christmas Day…1989 ROMANIAN dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife are tried and found guilty on charges of genocide after an hour-long show trial. They were executed five minutes after the verdict was announced in a spot that had already been prepared. A TV crew organised to film the execution arrived too late.

Origin of the tree? FIRST decorations were edible and included gingerbread AS so often when it comes to what’s included in our view of a ‘traditional’ Christmas, the origin can become a bit hazy but the tie-in with Germany is always unmistakable. There is no doubt that the evergreen fir tree played a role in early festivals with the Romans using them for decoration during Saturnalia which celebrated the god Saturn. Thereafter it gets distinctly murky. One legend has it that the scourge of the Roman Catholic faith, Martin Luther brought the first fir tree indoors. The man who was excommunicated for challenging the authority of the Pope, is said to have been wandering through a forest late one night. Looking up he saw the light of the stars shining through the trees and decided to decorate a fir tree with candles. The first-ever decorations on a tree were edible and thought to have consisted of gingerbread, nuts and apples. As early as 1605 Christmas in Strasbourg was celebrated with fir trees indoors bearing ‘roses cut out of manycoloured paper, apples, wafers, gold foil and sweets.’

CHRISTMAS TREE: UK’s largest is erected in London every year. The popularity of the traditional Christmas tree was probably first cemented in the British mindset when Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert had a tree erected at Windsor Castle in 1841. The first electric Christmas lights are thought to have been invented in 1895 by the American Ralph Morris after numerous fatal fires involving candles, including one at a Chicago hospital.

Nowadays the practice can get a little out of hand, with some people decorating the outside of the entire house! But it can often be in a good cause, with many of its enthusiasts asking for a contribution for charity. The UK’s largest Christmas tree is that donated by the people of Norway in memory of the help given to that country during World War Two. It is erected every year in London’s Trafalgar Square.



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Your dreams on canvas

Have a veggie festive feast

CONSIDER these masterpieces By Mathew Elliot CENTURIES ago before the advent of electricity, and even before Coca Cola invented Santa Claus, Christmas was largely celebrated through art and prayer. People continue to pray today of course, but strangely enough all the great masterpieces of Christmas art are hundreds of years old. Perhaps it’s because there could only ever be one Caravaggio, or perhaps it’s because humanity has been distracted by the glitter and glamour of a modern Christmas. If you ever want to gaze upon the artistic creations of old, when painters used only their imagination (with a gentle nudging from the allpowerful church) to portray their interpretation of the miracle of Christmas then consider these masterpieces. In 1609 Caravaggio finished his

The Adoration of the Shepherds, an oil painting which focused on the poverty of Mary and Joseph as Jesus was born in a humble barn. It was controversial not for his radical departure from classic Renaissance art, but precisely because it emphasised that the holy family were ordinary peasants. One work that will take your breath away is The Mystic Nativity by Sandro Botticelli, completed more than half a century ago in 1500. You can spend hours pondering over the combination of angels and devils, hope and apocalypse, with your interpretation changing by the second. It remained hidden for almost 300 years until discovered by a young Englishman in the 18th century and now resides in London’s National Gallery.

THE MYSTIC NATIVITY: Takes your breath away.

WHETHER you’re a hardcore vegan, looking to lose a few pounds over the holidays, or just want to exact some revenge upon your in-laws, there are plenty of delicious options for a vegetarian Christmas dinner. For starters why not try a walnut, chestnut and mushroom soup? It’s a healthy, filling, warm and nourishing way to fight off the cold and whet your appetite for the feast ahead. There are 101 options for a wholesome mains but it wouldn’t be Christmas without a roast and cranberry sauce. Your veggie-friendly base for a roast will be nuts, ideally either pistachios or walnuts, with a tasty cranberry sauce on top it’ll be so delicious it could almost pass as a dessert. Speaking of dessert, that’s the easiest part when concocting a vegetarian extravaganza. Take your pick from a spiced butternut strudel, to a decadent cheesecake. Or keep it classic with a mouthwatering Christmas pudding with plenty of brandy to placate those angry in-laws. Bonus dishes include roasted potatoes, Christmas curry and, of course, Arctic Roll.



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Ten Christmas facts SOME surprising information that you might not know • Santa’s sleigh would have to travel at an average speed of 2,340,000 miles per hour in order to deliver presents to every home in the world on Christmas Eve, at a rate of 822 every second. • The first Christmas card was made by artist John Callcott Horsley after being commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843. • The tradition of placing robins on Christmas cards began around 150 years ago as a means of poking fun at postmen, who wore red uniforms at the time. • Almost 60 million Christmas trees are grown for the European market each year, with the UK alone requiring eight million, where they outsell artificial trees by three to one. • The ‘Xmas’ spelling is not anti-religion, since in Greek the letter X is used as an abbreviation for Jesus Christ. • Christmas pudding was initially cooked as a type of soup with raisins and wine. • Eating at Kentucky Fried Chicken has become a Christmas tradition in Japan, and is now so popular that people are forced to book two months in

EATING AT KFC: Has become a tradition in Japan.

advance. • The amount of wrapping paper used in the UK each Christmas would be sufficient to parcel up the island of Guernsey. • Prior to turkey, an English Christmas dinner comprised a pig’s head served

with mustard. • The red poinsettia plant is native to Mexico and was historically grown by the Aztecs, who believed that the plant’s bright colour symbolised purity, and they also used it as a medicine to combat fever.

Boxing Day… who knows the reason why? AS a festival Boxing Day is actually only celebrated in a very few countries, the UK and Commonwealth members principally. The term is thought to have come from the tradition of giving traders and merchants a Christmas ‘box’ by way of thanks for good service throughout the year. Another aspect of the ‘box’ tradition could be the practice of breaking open the containers in which Anglican churchgoers had put money. Although it is a secular holiday, there is also a religious element in that it is the feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. In another possible source of the term, Good King Wenceslas in the carol, saw a poor man picking up wood in a snowstorm and following him home, presented him with food and wine. No-one knows which of these is the right source of the term Boxing Day, but it is celebrated with particular fervour when it comes to shopping. Some of the country’s biggest retailers attract hordes of shoppers by offering loss-leading deals. And the pictures, usually of Harrods’ doors being burst open, can make the top slot in the evening’s news if there’s little else about. In Britain, the day is associated with sport and a full fixture list for the Premier League. Christmas marks the halfway stage of the season although there is always pressure, resisted so far, for the games to be dropped and players to have a winter break. For those of us who don’t want to brave the cold and watch sport, and those of us who don’t want to shop and brave the cold, it’s another day of eating and drinking. Or it can be the day to head home when getting the family together from all corners of the country might just be too much of a good thing…..



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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.

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Britain deserves better than this Brexit jester Nora Johnson

Breaking Views

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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One-way traffic 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.


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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

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

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

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

Some of the cruise passenge rs visit Rome

On the return to Malaga, Chris King said “We have had a spectacular cruise Festival of Legends and already 40 rooms have been booked for our next cruise!” So successful was this first cruise that three more are being planned for 2017, with one honouring the Beatles as it is the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one celebrating Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death and a third which will bring together another group of Legends of all types on a journey that leaves from Malaga and heads for Italy with some new ports of call. Further details will be announced on http://www.thefestival but once again, EWN will be supporting not just the cruises but all of the concerts which are planned on dry land for the coming year.

Taking the trial and error out of a labour of love WHEN you come up with an idea for a new restaurant or even a new concept for an eatery, there’s always a chance you’ll have had a spark of divine inspiration. But how do you translate that idea into reality and how do you get the all-important paying customers through the door, and keep them coming back? What’s more, how do you do that in one of the most competitive business spheres in the world? You could dive headlong into it hoping your labour of love will just work out, picking it up as you go along and learning by trial and error. But that could mean a lot of trial and a lot of error. Or there’s another approach: using the services of a hospitality consultant. One man who has been in that industry for more than 25 years is Garry Waite. He aims to inject sound management skills and that all-important creativity into any individual or company contemplating a hospitality-based operation, whether that’s a new restaurant, a hotel or even a franchise that may be running out of ideas. “I love projects that I can take from

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E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa del Sol

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 del Sol

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 del Sol

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

3:10pm The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 5:05pm Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 6:50pm Everest 9:00pm Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 11:20pm Mission: Impossible III 1:40am Armageddon

8:00am Alien Autopsy 9:45am Moana: Special 10:15am The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 12:25pm The Intern 2:30pm Vacation 4:15pm The Apartment 6:30pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again 8:10pm The Night Before 10:00pm The Intern 12:05am Vacation

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Animals Unleashed Baby Daddy Baby Daddy Melissa and Joey Melissa and Joey How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother Hollyoaks Omnibus Made in Chelsea First Dates Abroad First Dates Abroad The Addams Family Values Rude(Ish) Tube Shorts The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Mechanic Tattoo Fixers The Inbetweeners

7:30am Jem and the Holograms 9:40am The Revenant 12:20pm Secret in Their Eyes 2:20pm Arthur and Merlin 4:20pm Point Break 6:20pm The Revenant Revenge thriller about a 19th-century frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead. 9:00pm Secret in Their Eyes A former FBI agent revisits the unresolved murder of a colleague's teenage daughter. 11:00pm Point Break Remake of the cult action romp starring Luke Bracey as an undercover FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a crew of thrill-seeking criminals. 12:55am The Pack 2:30am Couple in a Hole


7:30am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 8:00am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 8:30am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 9:00am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 9:30am Football 10:00am The Sunday Supplement 11:30am Goals on Sunday 1:30pm Live Nissan Super Sunday 4:30pm Live Nissan Super Sunday 8:00pm EFL Goals 8:30pm Football Gold 8:40pm Football 10:45pm Football Gold 11:00pm Football 11:30pm Football 12:00am Goals on Sunday 1:00am Football

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Cricket's Greatest Cricket's Greatest Rugby Union Live the Csa Slam T20 Challenge Cricket Gold Cricket Gold Cricket Gold Cricket Gold Cricket Gold Cricket Gold Live the Csa Slam T20 Challenge Boxing Gold Boxing Gold Boxing Gold Joshua/Molina: Gloves are Off Live NFL Action from the NFL. Live NFL Live NFL The Seattle Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field in the NFL. NFL - America's Game

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10:15am Oxford Street Revealed 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Sister Rita to the Rescue 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 Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Fake Britain 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Walliams and Friends 12:15am Have I Got a Bit More News for You 1:00am The Graham Norton Show

9:00am Extreme Wales with Richard Parks 9:30am Great British Menu 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Tennis 3:00pm Just Good Friends 3:30pm Open All Hours 4:00pm Natural World 4:45pm A Place to Call Home 5:30pm A Place to Call Home 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Match of the Day 8:30pm Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster 11:00pm Two Doors Down 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am Black and British: A Forgotten History

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:00pm Insect Dissection: How Insects Work Entomologists Dr James Logan and Brendan Dunphy carry out a complete insect dissection. 10:00pm Monkey Planet 11:00pm The Men Who Built the Liners 12:00am The First World War Ten-part series based on the book by Hew Strachan, Professor of the History of War at Oxford. 12:50am Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture 1:50am Egypt's Lost Queens

7:00am Countdown 7:45am King of Queens 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Frasier 11:30am Jamie's Super Food 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 2:10pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Coast v Country 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Supershopper 9:30pm Tricks of the Restaurant Trade 10:00pm Our Guy in China 11:00pm First Dates 12:05am The Lie Detective 12:55am Bodyshockers

8:05am Pip Ahoy! 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 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Paw Patrol 9:45am Toot the Tiny Tugboat 10:00am Bananas in Pajamas 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:40pm 5 News Lunchtime 12:45pm The Christmas Switch 2:25pm Mrs. Miracle 4:15pm Hats Off to Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Police Interceptors 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Tour De Celeb 9:00pm All New Traffic Cops 10:00pm The Secret Life of Puppies 11:00pm Greatest Christmas TV Moments 1:50am Lip Sync Battle UK

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 10:00am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 4:30pm 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 Made in Chelsea 11:00pm Empire 12:00am The Big Bang Theory 12:30am The Big Bang Theory

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 The Martin Lewis Money Show 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Brit Icons 11:25pm ITV News 11:55pm ITV News London 12:10am Fierce 1:10am Jackpot247 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

7:00am Dinner Date 7:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:35am Emmerdale 9:05am Coronation Street 9:35am You've Been Framed! 10:05am Psych 10:55am Catchphrase 11:40am I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:50pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pm American Dad! 11:30pm Family Guy 12:00am Family Guy

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Movies Now Doctor in the House 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 Midsomer Murders Mr Selfridge Blue Murder Bouquet of Barbed Wire Heartbeat ITV3 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping

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 Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Renegades FYI Daily Renegades Bundesliga Rugby Motorsport UK The Professionals Teleshopping Shopping from home.

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In the Line of Fire The Patriot Wild Wild West Fantastic Four Chappie Exodus: Gods and Kings The Day the Earth Stood Still Fantastic Four Chappie Bloodsport


7:15am 7:45am 9:40am 11:25am 1:25pm 3:25pm 5:25pm 7:15pm 9:00pm 10:40pm 12:30am 2:10am

Moana: Special Spud What About Bob? Horrible Bosses 2 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 27 Dresses Get Hard Sister Act The Bad Education Movie The Wedding Ringer Happy Gilmore The Holiday

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Arthur and Merlin Secret in Their Eyes Boulevard Sully: Special True Deception Point Break Arthur and Merlin Secret in Their Eyes A former FBI agent revisits the unresolved murder of a colleague's teenage daughter. Point Break Remake of the cult action romp starring Luke Bracey as an undercover FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a crew of thrill-seeking criminals. True Deception The Pack Exit Couple in a Hole


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Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold WWE Raw Goals on Sunday Football The Premier League Years Football Sporting Triumphs Football's Greatest Great Sporting Moments Football Football Premier League 100 Club Darts Gold Premier League 100 Club Soccer AM: The Best Bits 2016/17 Football Spfl Round Up Show NFL America's Game NFL America's Game Live NFL The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium in the NFL.

Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs NFL Highlights Sporting Triumphs NFL Highlights Time of Our Lives Cricket's Greatest NFL Highlights NFL Highlights NFL Highlights NFL Highlights NFL Highlights NFL Highlights La Liga Gold La Liga Gold La Liga Gold La Liga Gold Football La Liga Gold Spanish Football Gold 12:00am Sporting Triumphs 12:15am Soccer AM: The Best Bits 2016/17


E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa del Sol

7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Oxford Street Revealed 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Sister Rita to the Rescue 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 Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Rillington Place 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Imagine... 1:00am Mystery Road 2:55am Weather for the Week Ahead 3:00am BBC News

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 River Monsters 9:00pm Our Queen at 90 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:40pm The Coming War on China 1:40am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. Join in now at 4:00am Loose Women 4:50am ITV Nightscreen

8:25am Flog It! 9:00am Coast: The Great Guide 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Cash in the Attic 2:30pm Coast 3:00pm Just Good Friends 3:30pm Open All Hours 4:00pm Pete and Dud Talking Comedy 4:30pm Snow Wolf Family and Me 5:30pm A Place to Call Home 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Choir 11:00pm Live at the Apollo 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am NFL 1:05am Back in Time for Brixton 2:05am The Apprentice

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:00pm Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails 10:00pm Digging for Britain 11:00pm The Secret History of Our Streets 12:00am Treasures of Ancient Greece Series in which Alastair Sooke examines the artistic legacy of ancient Greece. 1:00am Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide 2:00am Nigel Slater's Icing on the Cake 3:00am Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails 4:00am Digging for Britain 5:00am This is BBC Four BBC Four is the BBC channel for people who want more.

7:00am Planet's Funniest Animals 7:20am Dinner Date 8:10am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:55am Emmerdale 9:25am Coronation Street 9:55am Coronation Street 10:25am Psych 11:20am Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! Gold 12:15pm Dinner Date 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:15pm Coronation Street 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:45pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm American Pie 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pm American Pie 11:55pm Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy

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Movies Now Doctor in the House 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 Midsomer Murders Mr Selfridge Blue Murder Bouquet of Barbed Wire Second in a threepart series based on the classic 1970s drama. Secrets From the Asylum ITV3 Nightscreen Teleshopping

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Countdown 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 Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 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 The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds This is Us: Pilot The Undateables Gogglebox Skeg Vegas Pokerstars.Com European Poker Tour

Sporting Funnies The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Counting Cars Counting Cars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars The Chase: Celebrity Special Benidorm Jaws 2 FYI Daily Jaws 2 River Monsters Fishing Impossible Tommy Cooper ITV4 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping Shopping from home.

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Lily's Driftwood Bay Fireman Sam Peppa Pig Bob the Builder Little Princess Pip Ahoy! Thomas and Friends Noddy: Toyland Detective Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Wissper Peppa Pig Paw Patrol Toot the Tiny Tugboat Bananas in Pajamas The Wright Stuff 5 News Lunchtime A Belle for Christmas Mr Miracle The Nine Lives of Christmas 5 News at 5 Police Interceptors 5 News Tonight All New Traffic Cops The Yorkshire Vet Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Slum Britain: 50 Years on The Secret Life of Puppies

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 4:30pm 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 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm Gulliver's Travels 10:40pm Tattoo Fixers 11:45pm Tattoo Fixers 12:50am The Big Bang Theory

Black Sea Godzilla Taken 3 Furious 7 The Magnificent Seven The Rock Taken 3 Furious 7 Black Sea The Marine 4: Moving Target

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9:00pm 8:00am Spud 2: The Madness Continues 9:40am Christmas with the Kranks 11:40am Magic Mike XXL 1:40pm Nacho Libre 3:20pm Big Daddy 5:00pm Hitch 7:10pm Year One 9:00pm Magic Mike XXL 11:00pm The Night Before 12:50am Bad Bromance 2:40am Search Party 4:20am Who's Harry Crumb?


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Arthur and Merlin Point Break God's Pocket Moana: Special True Deception Secret in Their Eyes Arthur and Merlin God's Pocket A young man's mysterious death upends the life of his mother and her lowlife, crook husband. Point Break Remake of the cult action romp starring Luke Bracey as an undercover FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a crew of thrill-seeking criminals. Secret in Their Eyes A former FBI agent revisits the unresolved murder of a colleague's teenage daughter. Boulevard The Pack Couple in a Hole


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Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold WWE SmackDown! Mnf Pre-Game Show Football Soccer AM: The Best Bits 2016/17 The Premier League Years Football Mnf Pre-Game Show Football Darts Gold Premier League Review Spfl Round-Up Show Sporting Triumphs Gillette Soccer Special 2016/17 La Liga World MLS Goals Round Up Show Premier League Review Top 14 Highlights La Liga World Premier League Legends Premier League Legends The Premier League Years

Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sky Sports Originals NFL Highlights Cricket's Greatest Cricket's Greatest Cricket's Greatest Spfl Round Up Show La Liga Goals NFL Highlights England's Best Days England's Best Days Cricket's Greatest Cricket's Greatest NFL Highlights Top 14 Highlights Live Mosconi Cup Pool Spfl Round Up Show Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sky Sports Originals Mosconi Cup Pool Day one of pool's Mosconi Cup from the Alexandra Palace in London.


E W N 1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa del Sol

7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Oxford Street Revealed 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Sister Rita to the Rescue 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 Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Watchdog 10:00pm Six Wives with Lucy Worsley 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm A Question of Sport 12:15am Film 2016 12:45am Who Do You Think You Are? 1:45am Weather for the Week Ahead

7:40am Sister Rita to the Rescue 8:25am Flog It! 9:00am See Hear 9:30am Great British Menu 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 12:30pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Cash in the Attic 2:30pm Coast 3:00pm Just Good Friends 3:30pm Open All Hours 4:00pm Rowan Atkinson Talking Comedy 4:30pm Snow Wolf Family and Me 5:30pm A Place to Call Home 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve 11:00pm The Premier League Show 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am The Choir 1:15am The Choir

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm The Taff: The River That Made Wales 9:00pm Britain's Treasure Islands 10:00pm The Ipcress File 11:45pm The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers 12:45am Britain's Treasure Islands Naturalist Stewart McPherson explores the UK Overseas Territories. 1:45am The Secret History of Our Streets 2:45am How to Build a Dinosaur Dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago and we have hardly ever found a complete skeleton. 3:45am The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers 4:45am This is BBC Four

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

7:00am Planet's Funniest Animals 7:20am Dinner Date 8:10am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 9:00am Emmerdale 9:30am You've Been Framed and Famous! 10:30am Psych 11:20am Scorpion 12:15pm Dinner Date 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! Gold 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:45pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Love Actually 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm Love Actually 12:45am Family Guy 1:15am Family Guy 1:45am American Dad!

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1:55pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:10pm 5:45pm 6:15pm 6:50pm 7:55pm 8:55pm 10:00pm 11:00pm 12:05am 1:05am 2:05am 3:00am 3:30am

Movies Now Doctor in the House Heartbeat Where the Heart is Wild at Heart Judge Judy Judge Judy Judge Judy Murder, She Wrote Wycliffe Drama series about a Cornish police detective. Heartbeat Wild at Heart Where the Heart is Doctor in the House You're Only Young Twice George and Mildred Heartbeat Murder, She Wrote Wycliffe Christmas Epic Fails Mr Selfridge Ice Cream Girls Bouquet of Barbed Wire Secrets From the Asylum ITV3 Nightscreen Teleshopping

7:00am 7:45am 8:10am 8:35am 9:00am 9:30am 10:00am 10:30am 11:00am 11:30am 12:00pm 1:00pm 1:05pm 2:10pm 3:10pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 9:00pm 10:00pm 11:00pm 12:05am

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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 Comfort Food A Place in the Sun Channel 4 News Summary Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 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 Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 24 Hours in A and E Finding My Twin Stranger First Dates

Snooker v Darts The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Counting Cars Counting Cars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars River Monsters Car Crash Global The Last Boy Scout FYI Daily The Last Boy Scout Death Wish 5: The Face of Death FYI Daily Death Wish 5: The Face of Death Tommy Cooper ITV4 Nightscreen Teleshopping Shopping from home.

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Peppa Pig Bob the Builder Little Princess Pip Ahoy! Thomas and Friends Noddy: Toyland Detective Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Wissper Peppa Pig Peppa Pig Paw Patrol Toot the Tiny Tugboat Bananas in Pajamas The Wright Stuff 5 News Lunchtime A Christmas Promise Noel Defending Santa 5 News at 5 Police Interceptors 5 News Tonight Building the Ice Hotel GPs: Behind Closed Doors Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away! Undercover The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door Tattoo Disasters

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 The Big Bang Theory 9:30pm The Big Bang Theory 10:00pm Tattoo Fixers 11:00pm Rich Kids of Instagram 12:05am The Big Bang Theory 12:35am The Big Bang Theory

Sword of Vengeance I Am Wrath Hitman: Agent 47 San Andreas Camino Demolition Man Hitman: Agent 47 San Andreas Camino Assassin The Top Ten Show 2016

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7:50am Spud 3: Learning to Fly 9:25am The Devil Wears Prada 11:20am Raising Helen 1:25pm Bad News Bears 3:15pm Ride Along 2 5:05pm Get Smart 7:00pm Mamma Mia! 9:00pm Ride Along 2 10:50pm Notting Hill 1:00am Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2:45am Me, Myself and Irene 4:45am Barely Lethal

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Moana: Special Arthur and Merlin Secret in Their Eyes Point Break God's Pocket Pitch Perfect 2 Special True Deception Point Break Remake of the cult action romp starring Luke Bracey as an undercover FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a crew of thrill-seeking criminals. Secret in Their Eyes Journey to the Shore True Deception The Pack Boulevard The late Robin Williams stars as a married man tentatively coming to terms with his sexuality after compulsively picking up a young hustler.

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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.

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Costa del Sol


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


















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20 10 S 18 12 C 17 12 Sh

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





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


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Alicante TODAY:

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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)

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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


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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION eaten orate torte tease tense tenet tenets tents teats treat tread treads arena saner senna setter aorta attar rents rattan radii dream dread dreads davit enter neater tarot marten matte titter vista sitter sitar start stare state

Word Ladder



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.

App of the Week


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

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Things that happen every second



TOP 10




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



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Aircraft lightning strike

Fighting mad shipmate

Cannabis review

IT has been reported as BA0490 came in to land at Gibraltar on Sunday November 27, the aircraft was struck by lightning and although it landed safely passengers were quite shaken. In order to ensure the aircraft was airworthy, it was decided to check it immediately and departing passengers were offered overnight accommodation and booked on to alternative flights.

AFTER a bar brawl on the evening of Saturday November 26, South African Shaun Mongie, the Chief Officer of a superyacht due to leave for America, was remanded in custody on the morning of November 28 accused of hitting another man over the head with a pint glass. In view of the severity of the injury and that he might abscond, the magistrate refused bail.

IN an interview on GBC, the Minister for Health, Care and Justice, Neil Costa said he believes the government should consult the whole community on whether personal use of cannabis should be decriminalised as he believes there’s a strong case for this. Any decision would have to be reviewed by the drugs committee, of which he’s a member, and the UK government.

IN preparation for her journey to America to take part in the Miss World 2016 finals, 23year-old Miss Gibraltar Kayley Mifsud tried on her National Costume in a local photo shoot prior to catching her flight from Gibraltar airport to London and then Washington. This year, the 66th Miss World competition will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in National Harbour, Maryland, just south of the city of Washington DC on December 18 and as yet, no announcement has been made as to whether President elect Trump will be making a friendly visit to speak to the 118 competitors.

Dr Garcia in Cardiff By John Smith DEPUTY Chief Minister of Gibraltar Dr Joseph Garcia said that instead of a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit what was required was a “sensible, well managed and orderly Brexit” which was in the best interests not only of Gibraltar and Spain but a ls o o f th e U n ited K in gd o m an d th e E u ro p e a n Union as a whole as he delivered the keynote address to the official dinner of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Cardiff Castle. He told the Parliamentarians present that although 96 per cent of Gibraltar had voted to remain in the European Union, the overall result was to leave. “We are where we are and we have to deal with it,” he declared. Dr Garcia explained that many people have come to

Photo by HM Government of Gibraltar

Miss World 2016

DR GARCIA: Delivering the keynote address at the official dinner.

A sensible, well managed and orderly Brexit is required.” regard the application of EU law at the border as providing a degree of protection against the excesses of a difficult neighbour and went over the importance to both sides of fluid land access between Gibraltar and Spain. Dr Garcia drew a parallel between Northern Ireland and Gibraltar on the basis that there were 14,800 people who crossed daily from south to north in order to work. “Similarly there are over 12,000 persons, most of whom are Spanish, who cross the border into Gibraltar every morning and then leave after work i n t he eveni ng,” he explained.

ON Saturday November 26, the Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment, Lieutenant General Phil Jones, was present at the Garrison Library in Gibraltar for a ceremony conducted by the mayor of Gibraltar Adolfo Canepa whereby the regiment was given the Freedom of the City. Although largely ceremonial, the Freedom will allow the regiment to march through the city with colours flying, swords worn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bugles sounding and band playing which it intends to do in a colourful ceremony which will take place in May next year. The ceremony was conducted in the

presence of the Governor Lt Gen Edward Davis and the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo as well as many local dignitaries and Lt Gen Jones responded by saying that he was ‘deeply honoured’ to accept this recognition on behalf of the Royal Anglian Regiment. At the same time that the document recording the granting of the Freedom of the City was signed, a drum, first donated to Gibraltar by the Royal Anglian Regiment was presented to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment after the cost of its restoration was funded by the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society after its recent discovery in a storeroom.

Photo by HM Government of Gibraltar

Freedom of the City of Gibraltar

REGIMENT CEREMONY: Was conducted by Mayor Adolfo Canepa (centre).


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

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

were 55 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than the pessimists, even after traditional risk factors were taken into account.

PESSIMISM: Has been linked to stress.




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Migraines and what to do

SPECIALIST: Doctor Luis Perez Belmonte. IS it normal to suffer a migraine? Migraines are a frequent cause of headaches but not all headaches are migraines. They can be intense and causing pulsatin g p a i n t o o n e o r both sides of the head. If you h a v e t h e se sy mp toms and they persist you should be evaluated by a specialist, who will carry out tests including a blood test and an MRI. What is the difference between a normal headache and a migraine? 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, although this is rare, temporary paralysis of the face or other parts of the body. They usually last between 24 and 72 hours and wear off gradually. Patients usually

identify their symptoms quite quickly and as time goes by can learn to prevent or reduce attacks by taking certain measures. How can I control these attacks? Wh en th ey h ap p e n I h a v e to stop what I'm doing and if I'm driving it could be dangerous. Attacks can be hard to c o n tro l b u t u s u ally if caught early they can be kept in check. Stressful s itu atio n s s h o u ld b e avoided and those prone to migraines should get plenty of sleep at night and avoid anything they suspect sparks their attacks. What causes them? T h e ca u s es are u n k n o w n , b u t g en etic s , h o rmo n a l c h an g e s a n d certain medicines are belie v ed to b e in v o lv ed . Some patients also relate their attacks to certain foods or drinks including alcohol, smoked foods, chocolate, citrus fruit or caffeine.

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Can a nasal spray be 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 common cold has long since eluded scientists as there are around 200 viruses that can cause colds making

it hard to find something that works against all of them. Colds are just a few days of inconvenience 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.

NASAL SPRAY: A simple cure.

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

tion of Nutritionists-Dietitians of Valencia, Alma Palau, claims 70 per cent of dieticians who appear on websites are fraudulent without proper qualifications: “We are not dispensers of fad diets, we are professionals involved in improving global health and disease prevention, based on scientific evidence.”

Palau said this area of professionals are amongst the most unknown and yet “are the most involved in non-congenital disease prevention through healthy eating habits.” The president claimed that if you Google dieticians, of the top 100, she predicts around only 23 would have the correct professional qualifications.


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Choosing a surgeon

LARGEST TENDON: The Achilles connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. THE largest tendon in the body but also the most frequently ruptured, the Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Symptoms:


A Surgeon’s Opinion

Achilles tendonitis

By Estelle Mitchell


• Pain and stiffness in the tendon in the morning or after resting. • Pain at the back of the heel, worse with activity. • Severe pain after exercise. • Swelling and thickening of the tendon. Men over 30 who exercise are the most likely to have Achilles tendon issues. What are the causes? Although it can be a specific injury, more commonly the

pain is the result of repeated stress to the tendon as you move, jump, run and walk. If your foot rolls inwards as you walk it twists the tendon where it joins the heel bone and creates additional pressure. This causes teeny, tiny microtears in the ropelike strands of the tendon, eventually causing pain. Achilles tendonitis can occur in two different ways. In younger, active people it can often cause a lump or thickness in the middle of the tendon. In less active people it is often associated with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. What to do? Prevention is better than cure! • Warm up and THEN stretch before exercise. • Make sure your trainers have a good heel cushion. • Get a proper gait analysis

to reduce the tension on the tendon. • Rest and use an ice pack if there is any swelling. Don’t ignore the pain – a little problem requires less treatment than a big problem. If you are getting pain in the heel now get it treated before it becomes a big, expensive problem. Tendons have a poor blood supply so they are VERY slow to heal, they can take two to three months to settle and it might be longer before you can exercise, so early intervention is very important. If you do have a ‘big’ problem then Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MRT) increases the blood supply to the area so is the most effective treatment for this condition. It is also highly recommended after any surgery to the area to ensure a complete recovery. Avoid cortisone injections at all costs as these cause the ropelike fibres in the tendons to break down and ‘fray,’ making a rupture much more likely. For more information about treating and preventing Achilles tendonitis please check out our blog at www.TheBodyworksClinic. com or call us on 952 883 151.

SO you have had a conversation with your family doctor or other medical specialist and they have suggested surgery as a solution. But how do you go about actually choosing the right surgeon for your procedure, especially in a new country? Here are my top 10 tips for choosing the right surgeon for you: 1. Recommendations: from your friends and family who had a good result as well as other medical professionals are a good place to start. 2. Check their qualifications: it sounds obvious but make sure your surgeon is qualified to perform surgery! On the Costa del Sol they must be registered with the Colegio de Medicos de Malaga (other regions have their own Colegios). 3. Assessment: make sure they do a thorough assessment of you not just a quick glance at an MRI scan. A clothes off, hands on, clinical assessment. 4. Other options: surgery is serious business, your surgeon should discuss ALL your options including nonsurgical as well as your outcomes after various procedures. 5. Independence: some surgeons only work with specific manufacturers of pieces, or insurance companies. Make sure you are being offered the right option for YOU not your

surgeon. 6. Experience: how many times have they done this procedure? Practice makes perfect! And what are their success, failure and complication rates? Studies show surgeons who conduct 12 or more procedures annually have the best track records. The best surgeons often perform hundreds of procedures each year. 7. Specialisation: will they turn their hand to anything? Or do they perform a small selection of procedures extremely well. Specialists have a better success rate. 8. Before and after: success depends on a host of factors including prescribing the right medications before and managing rehab afterwards. Your surgeon should clearly explain the plan for you before, during and after surgery. 9. Team: who else do they work with? Do their nurses and physiotherapists speak highly of them? A surgeon might be the lead but they need a support staff. 10. Do you feel comfortable? You don’t have to want to go for a drink with them but you do need to feel comfortable and confident in them. If you’re not sure, get a second or third opinion.

Dr Jyri Lepistö, Orthopaedic Consultant Colegio No. 29/29/11425 MD, PhD, eMBA

For more information about my techniques or to make an appointment: / 952 883 151 / Facebook – Bodyworks Health Clinic



Mijas concerts THE Foreigners Department of the Mijas Town Hall will be organising their popular and traditional International Christmas Concerts in La Cala de Mijas on December 1 at 6pm and in the town hall in Mijas village on December 15 at the same time. The department has been organising these concerts since 1985 and they have proven to be very popular over the years since. “When we first started organising this concert, it was the only one of its kind in the province of Malaga, and foreigners who had decided to stay in Spain for the Christmas period, would come from all over the province to feel the Christmas Spirit,” commented Anette Skou, Coordinator of the Mijas Foreigners Department. The TIMS Choir will be offering a beautiful programme of Christmas classics and sing along, at the theatre inside the La Cala Town Hall on December 1. The Tapas Choir will be offering a varied programme of modern and classic Christmas carols on December 15 in the gorgeous setting of the Mijas Town Hall in Mijas village. The concerts are free of charge but due to limited seating, one must book in advance through the Mijas Foreigners Department: or call 952 589 010.

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La Sala in collaboration with Aitor to promote Spanish cuisine AITOR: His exquisite cuisine is a pleasure.

AFTER successfully collaborating with the La Sala in the Sky project this summer, Aitor was the perfect choice to collaborate with a number of upcoming unique events to promote famous Spanish dishes of Spain. During these events Estudio Gastronómico will be preparing a variety of exciting national delicacies promoting the different and varied gastronomic regions of Spain. As well as designing a menu based on local dishes from each province, the exquisite dishes will be paired with regional wines and Cavas including the famed Marques de Riscal wines. These themed events will be served in the newly reformed La Sala Live Lounge and will showc a s e the be s t m usi ci ans f r om around Spain. Dates for these sought after events will be released over the coming weeks as demand is anticipated to be high within the diverse Marbella International clientele. Aitor’s artistic, and exquisite cuisine is a well-known pleasure

amongst Marbella and can be shared at his own culinary school called Estudio Gastronomico.

Dates for these sought after events will be released soon and demand is anticipated to be high.

Described by international media as the “hottest table in town,” La Sala continues to improve and grow as the group announced a surprise reformation and brand new areas, new look and fresh entertainment acts. The celebrity haunt will also present one-off selected events throughout next year, including these special events created with Estudio Gastronomico #AitorPerurena. Come and rediscover La Sala Banus this week and don’t forget to sign up on their website to receive an exclusive invite for our VIP party celebrating the transformation.


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Experience real Tuscan cuisine bella, just in front of Playa Bajadilla. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 13.30 till 15.30 for lunch and from 19.00 till 23.30 for dinner. They open on Sundays exclusively for lunch and from December 1 they’ll be open every Monday too.

ITALIAN CUISINE: Authenticity is guaranteed. The restaurant can cater for clients in various different languages such as English, Swedish,

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Christmas Show at the Salon Varietes By John Smith AS well as the Christmas pantomime, the Salon Vari-

etes in Fuengirola is presenting a special Christmas Show which takes place at the theatre on December 3, 4 and 5

which includes a cast of delightful children who can bring so much fun and enthusiasm to any show. If you come to the show which is directed by Salon Varietes regular George Du Sel, you will see and hear a host of well-presented songs and dance from the cast as well as the headliners Deborah Dee, Chloe Carron and Dahlia Helsby, but that’s not all. Seasoning this Christmas mixture will be Mr Scrooge ( al so known as Tr evor Cooper, a perennial Salon f avour i t e) , a Pol ar Bear deputising for Santa Claus and a Christmas Quiz with pr i zes f or t he l ucky wi nners! Cost is €15 per ticket which can be booked online a their websitet www.salonvari or from the box office which is open from 11am to 2.30pm every day except Sunday on 952 474 542 or one hour before each performance.


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Russian Ballet school to perform Nutcracker By John Smith ON November 29, deputy mayor of Estepona, Blas Ruzafa announced that the School of Russian Ballet will be presenting a seasonal performance of the fairy tale ballet the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky on Saturday December 10 at the Felipe VI Auditorium in Estepona with the performance starting at 6pm. After the show, there will be a reception with Champagne, Santa Claus, and presents under a Christmas tree forest, turning the event into a traditional family party. The School of Russian Ballet located in

Casa Rusia, in San Pedro Alcantara, is a space for art, culture and other services for the Russian community on the Costa del Sol, and was founded by Regina Zarhina in 2012 in Marbella. Regina Zarhina has an undergraduate degree in theatre and dance from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in film management. She has taught at the University of Utah’s Ballet Department and has taught at the Elmhurst Royal Ballet School in Birmingham. This is the second time that the School of Russian Ballet has presented this magical work which is described as a journey full of

Christmas joy led by the beautiful Sugar Fairy and his Knight and will be performed by 40 students and last around 45 minutes. Students at the Russian Ballet School have not only taken part in prestigious international ballet competitions in Belgium, France, Italy, USA, but have also won several awards. Currently, the school has more than 60 students of different ages and nationalities. To obtain details of cost and to book tickets, please call 663 505 814 or 666 337 875, or alternatively visit Casa Rusia (Carretera Nacional-340, Km 173, Local M7, San Pedro Alcantara).


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Making sure your Christmas is perfect THE festive season is now upon us and Christmas Day is just around the corner, so make sure you put your meat orders in now so you can guarantee the best meats for your perfect Christmas Day dinner.

FREE RANGE TURKEYS: All the meat is sourced from natural farms and supplied locally.

Customers travel from all over the coast to buy from us because we can deliver high quality meats at reasonable prices, so order soon to have the best Christmas ever.”

The Scottish Butcher has a wide selection of meats to choose from such as free range turkeys, rolled turkey breast, large fresh chickens, gammon joints, fresh legs of lamb, sausage meat, stuffing, chipolatas, rolled pork with crackling, rolled rib of beef, rolled sirloin and much more - all at fantastic prices. The Scottish Butcher is here to ensure your Christmas celebrations with family and friends are extra special for 2016.

Dog show By John Smith ALWAYS a n x i o u s to raise funds to feed and look a f t e r t h e c a t s a n d dogs i n i t s c a r e , th e Triple A animal charity is holding its annual dog show and Christmas Fair at La Carpa Municipal in San Pedro de Alcantara (by the Thursday market area) o n De c e m b e r 4 runni n g f r o m 11 a m to 5pm. There will be a number of dog events as well as 2 5 st a l l s se l l in g Chris t m a s g i f t s, c h ildren’s e n t e r t a i n m e n t, food and drink. Ent r y i s j u st € 1 p e r perso n a n d € 8 i f y o u want t o r e g i st e r y o u r dog. For full information on the ev e n t a n d t o m a k e sure y o u r p o o c h i s e n tered into the competition v i si t w w w. t ri p le a

A l l the meat is s o u rc e d from natural farms and supplied locally, with no additives or colouring added, so not only do you get the freshest and tastiest meat around, but you can really taste the difference! Owner Scott Gray says his secret is “hanging the beef prior to selling it, this makes sure the meat is tender and has loads of flavour.”

A t the Scottish Butcher, they al so st ock a ll your f avour i t e British condiments to add the finishing touches to the perfect dinner. Sea salt, apple sauce, mint sauce, traditional horseradish and of course, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without cranberry sauce. Scott, who has been a butcher for over

30 years in Fuengirola, said: “We like to get orders in nice and early so that we can make sure everyone gets what they need for their Christmas dinner and none of our customers are left disappointed. “Cust om er s t r avel f r om al l over t he coast to buy from us because we can deliver high quality meats, fabulous free range turkeys at reasonable prices and being Scottish, our two-week hung beef has all the flavour and tenderness you need.” Remember it’s not long now, so order soon as The Scottish Butcher team wants you to have the best Christmas ever. Call the Scottish Butcher now on 952 467 743 and find out what is available to order in advance. The Mercacentro car parking has reopened and offers free parking for customers from 9am till 2pm. The Scottish Butcher, Mercacentro, Avda. Jesus Santos Rein, 29640, Fuengirola OPEN DAILY FROM 8:30am to 2:30pm.


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Authentic Italian dishes traditional ingredients AL BACIO Ristorante opened just one year ago and already it has become well-known for its delicious gourmet Italian food. Although the restaurant is relatively new to San Pedro de Alcantara, the Al Bacio group has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and catering trade. They have 12 Al Bacio restaurants open in Paris and have made a name for themselves serving only fresh, authentic Italian dishes with recipes from the Piedmont region of Italy. Besides the traditional homemade pizzas and pastas which are made on a daily basis, they specialise in dishes made with fragrant white and black truffles, creamy cheeses and delicious wines from the Piedmont region. All the products used in the dishes are purchased fresh, daily.

PASTA: Home-made on a daily basis. The traditional ingredients are bought direct from the suppliers in Italy, with the wine specially selected from some of the best bodegas. Fresh fish from the Adriatic, Parma ham and cheeses straight from the producers ensure that all the dishes are 100 per cent authentic Italian.

Unlike most Italian restaurants, Al Bacio invites you to see how the pasta is made, as well as also helping the chef cook it. If you would like to partake in this activity please mention it when making your reservation. Al Bacio also has a selection

of glutenfree (including milk and cream) and ecological dishe available. The restaurant can

Art in Estepona By John Smith A SPECIAL exhibition of work by the young painter from Malaga, Curro Leyton will open at the Casa de la Juventud in la Plaza de las Flores in Estepona at 7pm on December 9 and will run until December 30 with free admission to all. The exhibition is entitled The Heat of Abstraction composed of six unpublished large-format works made in different techniques of contemporary art, such as spatula, pallet and natural pigments, and with it the artist returns to its beginnings, in which he took his first steps through abstract painting. Entry times vary but the exhibition is open Monday to Saturday every morning with some evening openings as well.


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seat between 80 and 100 people comfortably with the terrace adding another 70 places if needed. There will be live music every Saturday and Sunday night, with a jazz bossanova trio and DJ Rafa Gas. On Sundays the terrace is the perfect place for children with painting materials and fun to keep them occupied while their parents relax. If you would like to get in touch with Al Bacio to consult their menu or to book a table, please call 951 518 919.

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3rd Malaga in Black concert By John Smith THE third concert in the series Malaga in Black costing â‚Ź15 will be held at 9.30pm in the Sala Trinchera in Malaga on Saturday December 3 with what promises to be a great concert from Aurora and the Betrayers. The band from Madrid was formed by Auro-

ra Garcia and a number of highly talented musicians who cover a wide range of music from rock to funk, soul and the blues. Although the members of the band are white, they have won a number of black music awards thanks to their interpretations of the works of a huge number of musicians such as Larry Graham, Irma Thomas and Swamp Dogg.

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the atmosphere. 2. This increase in temperature expands the fluid into a gas, which passes through a compressor. 3. The pressurised gas then flows through a heat exchanger, which transfers the heat into the water. 4. Finally, the gas passes through an expansion valve, reverts back to a liquid and flow s ba c k to the pa ne ls t o r epeat t he process. The result is 275 litres of hot water, 24 hours a day, without the expense of an electric immersion!

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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 ha ve no c hoic e but to ge t rid of it a nd 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 prob-

l em i s super f i ci al i t can have surprisingly good resul t s. Al l you need i s an iron, a cloth and some water.

All may not be lost, try this quick fix before you rush to replace it. First, pour a little water over the dent as if you were trying to fill it with liquid. Next, take a thin cloth and place over the top to allow it to absorb the water. Finally, hold a hot iron over t he cl ot h f or a f ew minutes, moving it in circular motions and lifting occasionally to avoid burning the cloth. Keep goi ng unt i l t he water has all dried up and hey pr est o, when you l i f t t he cl ot h t he dent shoul d have di sappeared.


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Poodles linger longer 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 13plus 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




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

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 apnoea, epilepsy, low or high blood sugar, prevent stereotypical behaviours in people with autism, get people with Parkinson’s walking again

when they lock up, stabilise people who are prone to either flashbacks or panic attacks from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and prevent self-mutilation bouts in psychiatric patients. Whatever field of expertise you are in, 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.

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

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

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

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 not possible, don’t 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 unless you want to find yourself with a pudgy pooch or fat cat come spring you will have to feed them less.


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BLINDS ACE OF SHADES - Vertical, Venetian, Roman, Roller, Wooden blinds, various colours available, also black-out blinds. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / (101730) BLINDS, awnings, mosquito screens, curtains, vast choice. All areas covered. Coast and inland. 655 825 931 (233420)

SOLAR BLINDS SOLAR BLINDS ES Ideal for large glazed areas to reflect heat / glare and stop furniture fading and still keep the view. SAVE HEAT IN THE WINTER TOO improve your living environment. Tel Ian 958 496 571 / 644 546 176 (238665)

ALL BUILDING WORK undertaken painting, plumbing ,tiling chain link fencing – Call 604 163 289 (234034)

THE WAREHOUSE – We buy a Single item to a Full House Clearance – 673 749 084 (248891)

RESIDENTIAL/Commercial projects, kitchens, bathrooms, general reformations. Competively priced. Architectural services available. www.adva – 951 965 309, 664 871 133 (248615)

HOUSE/ Flats / Bars cleared. Top price paid, same day cash. 611 206 962 (248773)

COMPLETE HOMEWORKS – New Builds. Full Renovations, Plumbing, Electrics, Painting. Reasonable Rates. Antonio 602 593267. www.complete (249742)


ARTIFICIAL GRASS AIR CONDITIONING repairs and servicing. Airflow. 952 443 222 (232420)





Costa del Sol

1 - 7 December 2016

DR DAMP leaking roofs, damp walls, all mould cured. All work guaranteed. Call 689 515 558 (232930)

BUILDING SERVICES SWINGLES CASAS SL. For all your building needs. Visit www.swinglescasas. com for more details or call 952 428 067 / 666 960 262 (237039) JIM’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS. bathrooms / kitchen reforms, repairs, plumbing, carpentry, painting, tiling, maintenance. Give us a call no job too small. 692 207 799 / 645 559 423 (241680) IMPRINTED CONCRETE (driveways & patios). All paving work & terracotta tiling, floor tiling & screeding. Many more Building Services available. 603 236 650 Free quotes: (243280) GENERAL BUILDER. Tiling, plastering, painting, electrician, plumber, carpentry. Reasonable prices. 635 913 885 (References available) (248892) CONCRETE – OZBUILD. The specialists of printed concrete. Reseals, Brickwork, Tiling, Plastering, Screeding. 13 Years in Spain. Competitive Prices, Quality Finish. 952 426 074/606 745 920 (248600) MASTERBUILD, BATHROOMS, KITCHENS, RENOVATIONS. ALL WORK GUARANTEED. PROFESSIONAL WORKMANSHIP FOR OVER 20 YEARS. 952 663 141- 670 409 759 m (247804) WALL + floor tiler/builder. ESTEPONA. 625 199 313. WWW.BATHROOMS4U.ES (234092)

ERADICATE damp, mould for free & heat your home for less this Winter! Effective, Healthy; Solar Air Panels from €649 inclusive! www.advasolsolu – 951 965 309, 664 871 133. (248615)

HANDYMAN ALL BUILDING works, all trades. Retired Builder/Handyman. Barry 676 143 789 / 602 669 240 (249734)

METALWORK ALL METALWORK UNDERTAKEN – New Fabrication & Repairs/Alterations. Work Guaranteed. Reliable. 14yrs on Coast. Steve 655 040 648 (249741)

PLASTERING PLASTERING, rendering, dry lining, coving, suspended ceilings. Fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. All work guaranteed. 689 515 558 (232930) PLASTERING, all aspects covered, skimming, rendering, screeding, covering, tiling, Dean 691 044 287 (233418)

DECLUTTER, cash paid for small/medium furniture, antiques,decanters, brass, copper and other ornaments. Tel: Howard 608 121 817 (243284)

CAR HIRE ALH RENT A CAR – SHORT & LONG TERM RENTALS FROM €9.90 A DAY. INSURANCE INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES. www. - TLF: 638 846 909 or reservasalh LONG TERM CAR HIRE. From €280 p/m inc. insurance. Fixed year long prices. Call Don: 677 079 805 en SIMPLECAR rent a car Carretera de mijas 4,5 Centro nórdico 952 580 580 628 469 037 www.simplecarrentacar. com (247827)

CARAVANS PARKING, STORAGE & SALES. Caravans - Motorhomes - Boats - Cars and Vans etc. Short / long term - Safe & secure, drop off & collections. Excellent rates, discount for long term, 5 mins from Fuengirola. Established 25 years. / 679 786 669 / 606 101 807

CARPENTERS CARPENTER cabinet maker, Irish. Available for all types of property maintenance, plumbing, painting, electrical, kitchens and bathrooms renovated etc, 30 years experience, very reliable. Tel: 952 441 955 / 677 087 575 (233419)

BUY & SELL CATERING SERVICES SUPERPOOL EST. 1985. Pool tables, boxing and mini-vending machines on profit share, also new/second hand domestic tables and accessories. Tel 629 530 233 - www.superpool (248874) WANTED all furniture and household items. Best prices. 697 511 071 (249620)

BOLLYWOOD PARTIES & CURRY NIGHTS – Ideal for Xmas or Present. Indian Cooking Lessons also available. Call 646 549 219 (247797)

CHIMNEY SERVICES CHIMNEY SWEEP. Clean reliable professional. All types, special price for more than one. Chris 608 337 497 (232455)T1

APEX CHIMNEY SERVICES, professional chimney sweeping and smoke testing. NACS Qualified. Clean and efficient Tel: Bob 696 320 202 (228863)

CHURCH SERVICES BENALMADENA Elim Family Fellowship. Sundays 11am. or call 951 912 525 or 952 446 627 (0)

CLASSES CALAHONDA LANGUAGE CENTRE. Established 1987. Beginners Spanish Course Starts 9th January 2017. 60 hours in 6 weeks, mornings. Give your Spanish a good kickstart. Maximum 5 students for guaranteed results. Also higher level groups and private classes. m 952 931 176 (240681) SPANISH LESSONS - Breakfast, Informal Meeting, Interactional. INTERCHANGE Native Spanish-English people. PATRICIA 640 360 062 (247833) FREE COMPUTER LESSON AT HOME FROM ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS ONWARDS. ctu JAMES 666 803 320 (253177)

CLEANING SERVICES UPHOLSTERY and steam cleaning sofas, carpets etc… JA Cleaning Services 626 357 955 (231262) CARPET & UPHOLSTERY PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE WET OR DRY CLEAN, HONEST,RELIABLE SERVICE. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 / 952 669 701 (229862) CONEJO Cleaning and Property Management. Est. over 20 years. Rentals, residential, one off cleans. Wendy 635 630 370 / 952 964 407 / (233299) OVEN CLEANING, domestic, commercial, complete fittings, let professional do hard dirty work. From 40€. 632 569 282 ovencleani (241395) TOP quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Regular/One off. Torremolinos areas. Kim 603 211 596 (247740) HOUSE and Business Cleaning very reliable Contact Vanessa 602 492 930 (247816)


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CLEANING & Maintenance Services No Job too Small. Reliable. Call Adrian 640 350 479 (241379) CARPETS, UPLHOLSTERY & CAR INTERIORS professionally cleaned. Advanced hot water extraction system. New industrial machines, 30 years experience SWIFTCLEAN 663 783 362 (253180)

COMPUTERS COMPUTER PROBLEMS SOLVED. Error messages fixed, viruses removed. Repairs and upgrades available. Laptops in English. Kindle, iPad & Android help. One-toone training. Experienced, reliable service. Paul 630 652 338 / 952 493 859 (243346)

DOM. APP. REPAIRS DOMESTIC Appliance repairs washing machines, fridges, cookers, ovens, water heaters, gas / electric, professionally repaired. Christian 608 337 497 (243751)

DRAINAGE BLOCKED DRAINS? Leak detection, CCTV survey, root removal, Tel 952 568 414 / 661 910 772 / (241327) MARBLE FLOORS polished. Fast service. Reliable, family run. TERRACOTTA CLEANED and sealed. Wooden floors treated. No job too small. Family run. Cleansol 10am 10pm 7 days all areas. 952 930 861 / 607 610 578 Discount Code: EWN 1 CLEAN (206437) MARBLE polishing, crystallizing, lasting, high shine. Regrinding, restoration of salty, dead floors. Cyril, 634 455 064 (233300)


CLEARFLOW SEE OUR MAIN ADVERT IN THE SERVICES PAGES. Contact 952 885 661 / 630 200 600 (249624)

GARDEN & POOL Maintenance. Private Villas & Communities. Professional & Reliable Service. 602 424 974 (247807)



PC DOCTOR Computer Sales & Repairs in any Language. 24HR IT Support. 20 Years on the Coast. We come to wherever YOU are – Home or Business. 952 591 071 (248887)

CURTAINS CURTAINS, BLINDS, UPHOLSTERY, a complete service. www.marbellacurtainde Mary 675 813 348 (244242)


SAYAN MASSAGE. Your best traditional & tantric massage for ladies and gentlemen. 952 586 339 - 608 977 260 SKIN specialist NHS registered. Treats all kinds of skin problems. Consultion 70 euros. Dr Eva. Fuengirola/Calahonda 664 747 267 (248975)

ADDICTION THERAPY ADDICTION THERAPIST: Alcohol-Drugs. British Qualified with Personal Experience. Charlie. 634 989 480. (249603)

BEAUTY TREATMENTS BOTOX AND FILLERS From €95. Covers the Costa del Sol and inland. 609 347 086. (247809)


DENTISTS NHS REGISTERED DENTIST in Fuengirola. Specializing in Zircon crowns, bridges etc. Free check up! - 689 887 019 (240397)

MASSAGE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE. Swedish full body, Soothing foot, Lymphatic drainage. Fully Qualified. Carlos. 634 989 480. (249603)

FURNITURE BS ELECTRICAL, All electrical work, rewires, Boletins, Endesa helpline, professional genuine service, Call Sean 952 961 108, 669 070 011 (240700)T1 ALL electrical installations & repairs. Tel Jim 652 023 012 (248601)



METS dog training club, Fuengirola. Glyn 605 121 831 / Jeff 692 832 250 (247759)

IRIS-IRRIGATION and landscapes. New Installations and problem-solving. Turf (supply and laying). Garden constructions. Tree surgeon. Clearing and maintenance. 676 747 521 (242267)


CHAIN LINK FENCE erectors, general builders, all types of welding fabrication. Tel: 655 218 466 (248701)

DOG TRAINING All types of garden & pool maintenance. Free estimates. 10 years professional service on the coast. T: 666 953 892. E: (249579)


LAPTOP HELP LINE. Notebooks, netbooks and tablets repaired, software updates, Internet and email problems solved. Refurbished laptops for sale. Web page designed and maintained. 952 564 274 / 677 702 501. (243815)

COMPUTER help. Patient teacher. PC sales, set up, repairs, problem solving, internet TV boxes. Kindle, Ipads, Internet, email. 30 years experience. 21 years on the coast. Friendly and reliable. Dave 952 664 713 (247867)

S.J.T. SERVICES – Garden Maintenance. Fencing. External Cleaning. Also available for Local & National Deliveries/Removals, Horse care & exercise by professional British horseman. Reliable & Professional. Competitive, negotiable rates. SIMON +34 634 323 792 (249536)


FURNITURE wanted, same day collection, cash waiting, reliable service. 645 334 512 (229862)

GARDENING PROFESSIONAL garden services from Fuengirola to Estepona. All aspects of gardening and full maintenance and landscaping, free quotes, competitive prices. Contact Andrew 600 259 981 Andrew@gar (242556) GARDEN & POOL MAINTENANCE – from under €90 per month, €10 per hour, from Benalmadena to Marbella. RICARDO 637 160 129 (244950)

ELECTRIC GATE/GARAGE DOOR automation repaired. Free, no obligation quotation. Call Colin - 636 394 641 (241667)

GLASS CURTAINS GLASS CURTAIN repairs, specialist in replacement of discoloured plastic strips that act as a seal between the glass panels. Call Julian 655 825 931 (240301)


ARBOLISTA Tree surgery, No. 1 for trees and palms, on the Costa since 1998. 600 260 534 - 952 117 486 Kit Hogg C.G.Arb (249607) TREE SURGEONS. No tree too tall, removal of dead palm trees and limbs, eco gardening, mulch and manure, fertilizer, palm pruning. 686 948 552 / 631 181 971. Facebook: Andres Jardinero Malaga (232442)



FUENGIROLA, Myofascial Release. J. Schaegen, Specialized in treating neck, back & extremity disorders, 30 years in Practice. 652 291 224 www.body (247599)

CLASSIFIEDS HOME DELIVERIES SHIPMENTS of all British & Irish home favourites; Crisps, nuts, confectionary etc. AAA Couriers T: +44 2838 840 345. E: aaacourierni (249585)

HORSE GROOMING MOBILE Professional Horse Clipping service. 10 Years Experience. Malaga to Marbella. Tel: 692 026 160 (247613)

HOT TUBS / SPAS HOT TUBS, new, used, bought, sold, hired. Also move & repairs. 691 973 131 / 952 793 398 (242567)

HOUSE CLEARANCES FURNITURE wanted, same day collection, cash waiting, reliable service. 645 334 512 (229862) CASH paid for your unwanted house or garage items. Please call 600 041 434 (248893)



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INTERPRETER INTERPRETER, TRANSLATOR & TEACHER – English, Spanish & French. 695 909 025 (241370)


WOODY´S LOS BOLICHES. Greeting Cards, mail to and from the UK. Worldwide courier and Passport renewals. All adverts taken for the Euro Weekly News- display or classified. Open 9.00-2.00PM (Monday to Friday). Special hours apply August and Xmas. One street behind the Confortel, just off Plaza San Rafael, Los Boliches, on C/Poeta Salvador Rueda 93. Tel: 952 471 877


ABBEYGATE INSURANCE If you are renewing your policy or looking for new cover. Call us, as we are the only Insurance Company in Spain to offer protection on your no claims bonus. Call 952 893 380 ABBEYGATE INSURANCE Make the right choice and join the thousands of expatriates who have. We provide a friendly personal service, for all your home, motor, health, travel or marine insurance. Call 952 893 380 (68259) HEALTH INSURANCE Competitive prices, English worded policies. Pay monthly or annually. All levels of cover. Premiums from €25 a month. Tel: 956 795 453 Abbeygate Insurance ABBEYGATE INSURANCE Car insurance exclusive for expatriates, save up to 50%. Find out about our price pledge on UK plated cars. Home insurance from €50. Tel: 952 893 380 (68259) EU INSURANCE DIRECT Extra Special Offers. Up to €50 cash back for car and home insurance (conditions apply) for new customers. For all your Insurance Needs and the Best Price and Best Cover in English, call Wendy on 952 830 843 / 676 098 464 email in MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now!


WANT TO RELOCATE? We can transport your home and install on to a 12 month park from £4,995. Annual site fees from €3,000 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143)

HOLA CREDITO. Instant short term loans against your valuables. Quick, easy and always discreet. Tel 900 123 457 (241174)

BRAND NEW WILLERBY Siena 32m² home sited within a stylish gated community, 45 minutes from Malaga airport £19,995 Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143)

LOANS AVAILABLE on all types of paintings, jewellery, watches, silver etc. Any condition. Immediate cash settlement. For more information call into Anthony’s Antiques & Jewellers shops extensive premises at C/Ramon y Cajal 40, Fuengirola. Mobile 609 529 633. Tel: 952 588 795 (SE) (201522)

WILLERBY COTTAGE 28x10 sited in ‘La Serrana Hills’ of Pizarra, site open all year round, swimming pool, only £13,495. Want to view? Freephone: 0044 1782 90 80 70 (85143)

24/7 LOCKSMITH LOCKSMITH emergency / appointment. Doors opened without damage, locks changed, patio doors and windows secured, 24 hour honest, fast and reliable service. Call Paul 657 466 803 ENGLISH 24/7 LOCKSMITH/SAFE ENGINEERS. 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE, CALL DAREN OR BOB 952 660 233 / 667 668 673 WWW.SECURITYOFS PAIN.COM (241275)



MOBILITY scooters, electric wheelchairs, wheelchairs, walking frames, etc, for sale and rent. Large selection of quality used scooters at competitive prices. Rascal vantage X, Rascal Veo X, Shoprider Sovereign, Pride Go Go, Neo 4 and 8, Mercury Prism, Pride XL8, Rascal 388, Rascal 329, Rascal 125 Wheelchair, Shoprider electric wheelchair breaks up for boot, Rascal 330 electric wheelchair as new condition at considerable saving, Rascal turnabout electric wheelchair, plus many more all with guarantee. New and used wheelchairs for sale at competitive prices. Brand New Pride Go Go Mobility Scooters All models just arrived huge savings on retails prices. Rentals from 55 euros weekly. New mobility scooter batteries supplied and fitted. Mobility scooters bought for cash. www.mobilityscoot email info@mobilityscootersdi Tel 609581139 (241153) Mobility scooters 39 euros per week delivered. 611 206 962 (248773)

MORTGAGES FLUENT Finance Abroad Are you looking to release equity in your home here in Spain? Need to pay IBI, Community Fees, Taxes, but don’t have the cash available now to do this. Do you want to sell your property for what it is worth but don’t have the ability/time frame due to cash constraints? Do you want an alternative to the Banks who are costly and slow? Call us now on +34 691 179 445 +34 952 961 952 or email ronald@flu Come and visit us in our San Pedro office (249736)

MOSQUITO SCREENS MOSQUITO NICK No1 Specialist for Mosquito Screens for all types of windows and doors. PRICE PROMISE/NEVER BEATEN ON PRICE!!! All types of screens: sliding, pull-down, pleated, fixed and ARCHED available in all colours including wood grain. Call Nick at 647 072 861, www.mosquitonick. ws (248266) (T1) ACE OF SHADES - Don’t let the bugs get you! Available in enrollable, slider and pleated. Large choice of colours including wood effect. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / info@aceof (101730)

MOSQUITO Screens for windows, doors and a high quality sliding patio door screen. All finishes available. Quick service. All areas covered. Call Julian 655 825 931 (240300)




PRICED SLASHED DIESEL Toyota Auris 2012 one private owner 55’000 Klm (34’000 Mls) full service history from Toyota main service just been done polar white lots of extras on this car ideal costa car and also a very scarce car. WAS 10’995€ NOW ONLY 9´995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (241688 PRICE SLASHED Seat Leon diesel 1.6 TDI 2011 From private owner only 46’000 Klm (28’000 Mls) S/History, bluetooth, multifunctional steering wheel, alloy wheels and lots more metallic black WAS 10’995€ NOW ONLY 9’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (241688)

CAR SERVICES AUTOMATIC gearbox specialist. Transmatic. All models including classic cars, serviced, repaired and reconditioned. Also 4x4 transfer boxes and power steering Call/fax 952 796 166 / 952 805 804 email: transmat GT AUTOS Mijas – ITV´s, Servicing and Repairs. Diagnostics; Engines, ABS, Airbags, Aircon. 952 462 852 – 622 252 570 (247760) ECU Remapping. Tuning for gains in power / Economy. More power, less fuel, lower emissions. Mobile 634 436 532


SELLING YOUR SPANISH CAR? PHONE Bill Brady for the best cash price. Stay safe and phone Bill on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (241688) BILL BRADY CARS has been established on the Costa del Sol since 1986, in which time he has helped thousands of expatriates to buy or sell their quality used Spanish cars and also keeping all the documentation simple so you understand all that is going on (which is important). You can contact Bill direct on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 or bill (241688) DIESEL Citroen Picasso 1.6 HDI 2011 from private owner only 53’000 Klm (32’000 Mls) metallic silver a very well kept car and a great all round family MPV for only 7’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 bill (241688)

AUTOMATIC/DIESEL Audi A-4 2.0 TDI. 2010 from private owner bought and service by Audi only 87,000 Klm (54,000 Mls) Parking sensors, Bluetooth, alloy wheels and much more metallic silver, relocation forces sale at this price only 16,995€ 952 838 842 608 950 221 billbradycars. com. (241688) AUTOMATIC VW. UP-! Fender (special edition model) 2013 From lady owner bought and serviced by VW. Just had its service only 29’000 Klm (18’000 Mls) Polar white, black panoramic sun roof, sports wheels, fantastic sound system and lots more it´s like new. Save a fortune on this model new price nearly 16’000€. YES ONLY 9’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (241688) 4X4 Automatic/ Diesel Hyundai Santa-FE 2.2 CRDI. (Top Model) 2007 One private owner serviced by Hyundai metallic gold, black leather, parking sensors and lots more must be best value, LOOK its only 9’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars. com (241688) DIESEL Nissan Almera 2.2 DCI. Sport hatchback 2006 With only 55’000 Klm (34’000 Mls) with service history, 6 speed g/box, climate control, parrot bluetooth, alloy wheels, electric pack and much more its only 3’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars .com (241688) VAN Ford Transit Connect T200 Diesel 1.8 TDCI. December 2006 from private owner 121’000 Klm (76’000 Mls) with service history (new cam belt) Side loading door, full Ford roof rack, new bluetooth sound system air-condition be quick for this one its only 3’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 (241688) BMW 530 diesel, automatic in black with black leather, 2002, alloys air con in great condition inside and out, 160.000klms with history, 2.995€ 653 777 073 (241693)


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2005 KIA CARNIVAL 2.9 diesel automatic, seven seater, twin side doors, silver, climate control, alloys. In excellent condition inside and out. Fully legal Spanish LHD, 5,995€, 653 777 073 (241693) LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 2004, silver with black leather interior, electric front and back seats, fully loaded, TV, DVD. In great condition, left hand drive on UK plates. Exceptional condition 8,995€, 653 777 073 (241693) 2010 Alpha Romeo 159 station wagon 1.9 JTD 6 speed diesel, in metallic black, new tyres, new MOT and tax, insured, right hand drive on UK plates, ideal return to UK, 2 keys, 120, 000 miles, full alpha history, alloys , in perfect condition inside and out, 3,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) MERCEDES cl 500, 2001 coupe auto, with every conceivable extra, inc assisted door closer, double glazed, sat nav, in dark metallic blue with black leather, drives and looks perfect, this car cost new 1000.000€ priced to sell at 6,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) FORD FUSION 2004 1.3 petrol, silver, new ITV, in very good condition inside and out, 5 door 5 speed manual, electric windows, air-con, priced to sell at 1,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) SEAT IBIZA 2004 1.4, alloys, 5 speed, 5 door, new ITV, good condition throughout, in bright red, alloys, air-con, PX to clear new tyres drive away 1,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) FORD MONDEO 2004 2.0 tdci Ghia, in metallic blue, new tyres, new itv,6 speed 140 bhp, alloys climate control, excellent runner in great condition, to sell quick 1,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) 2009 MERCEDES C220 cdi original factory amg, RHD on Spanish plates, 80,000 miles with full service history, 2 keys, silver with black leather, in perfect condition inside and out, 9,995€ 653 777 073 (241693) SEAT ALTEA 2007 4x4 freetrack 2.0 diesel 2.0 150 bhp 6 speed one owner from new, new ITV, 240,000 klms with seat history, metallic bronze in great condition, drives perfect, 4 new tyres and Cambelt change, 5,995€ 653 777 073

MOTORING Buy or Sell your car online. All makes & models LHD/RHD. Spanish/UK Reg. (249723) OPEL CORSA 1.1L 2000, 3DR, LHD, Spanish Plate, 8 Month ITV, Taxed, New Tyres, Good Condition, Great Runner. €995 604 173 658 (253189) KIA SPORTAGE 4x 4 Automatic, 2.2 CRDI, 2005, 124,000kms. 1 owner. As New. €7,900 – 605 352 700

INSURANCE ABBEYGATE INSURANCE. No automatic annual increase on our Motor Insurance, renewal policies. Call 952 893 380 (68259) WE ARE currently the market leader in our country in the sale of direct car, motorbike, home and company fleet insurance. Since we started out in 1995, our philosophy has always been to offer an excellent service with the best prices in the market. For the most competitive quotes in English, call Linea Directa on 902 123 309. (200726)

MECHANICS MOBILE MECHANIC will come to your home or work. Servicing, repairs, ITVs & diagnostics. Call Mick on 617 553 072 BRITISH MECHANIC WORKSHOP family run business since 2000 in Mijas Costa Fuengirola. Servicing Repairs, ITVS, Full Engine Rebuilds, Body Work Repairs, Recovery Service, Paperwork Transfers. Checks on all cars & 4x4. CALL TODAY 605 407 369 / 951 914 025 LEO´S AUTOS, MIJAS COSTA. Repairs & servicing to all makes of cars, light commercials, also ITV´s, exhausts etc. Plus home call outs. T: 952 917 353 / 722 291 198.




YOUNG DOMESTICATED cats rescued from the killing station need kind homes. Fully vaccinated and neutered. We will also deliver to England for a donation to the charity. Please give one of these beautiful cats a home so we can save more from death. Can be seen without obligation at Cat and Dog World Kennels. Tel. 630 197 435 (93398)

AT SOS ANIMAL REFUGE we have dogs, young and old looking for homes. Some of our dogs have been with us for some time and would love to find a cosy spot to curl up in and a knee on which to rest their heads. If you have room in your heart and home we would love to hear from you. We do not put our dogs to sleep - no matter how old, they are safe with us. For day to day needs and to pay for veterinary care, we much appreciate the support we receive. We desperately need items to sell on our market stall to help raise funds and are happy to come and collect. So if you are having a clear-out, please contact us on 605 227 155. If you would like to know more about re-homing, please call 653 257 875. Visit our website www.sos-an or please phone Sandy on 952 385 923 or 666 814 056 if you would like to make a donation or help in any way. (93317)


CARS WANTED, all registration numbers, any age, runners/non-runners, finance, embargoes no problem 687 049 592 or 622 156 022 (248692) T2 CARS, VANS UK OR SPANISH BOUGHT FOR CASH. FREE COLLECTION IN SPAIN AND UK. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 OR 952 669 701 (229862) WANTED CARS AND VANS, FREE COLLECTION, SAME DAY 693 028 325 (229862) CAR, VANS BOUGHT WITH OR WITHOUT PAPERS. CASH WAITING 678 808 837 (229862) WANTED all cars vans and anything interesting also classic cars, bikes, etc, with or without paperwork considered, same day decision, cash waiting, 653 777 073 (241693) VEHICLES BOUGHT AND SOLD. SUPPLIED TO ORDER. ESTABLISHED IN MARBELLA 35 YEARS PETER 635 500 164 (249571)

MUSIC KARAOKE “Everything You Need” Rent, Buy or Update Your Songs in All Languages. “costasongs” 664-540-154. (232947) LIVE MUSIC with DAVID CHRISTIAN-CLARK from solo Spanish Guitar to Dance band, performing for exclusive private events from Gibraltar to Nerja.Call 00 350 540 367 29 or e-mail davechristianclark for details.Over 30 years’ professional experience. (248995)

NAUTICAL PUERTO BANÚS – Moorings for rent. 8, 12 & 15 meters. 662 379 483 (240400) PUERTO BANUS – Moorings wanted to buy. 0032 473 815 789

“SIMPLY THE BEST” on the coast. Forget the rest, have the job done right. Call Sam. 18 years Mijas. 952 666 025 / 629 546 128. You’re worth it. PROFESSIONAL female decorator for all your decorating needs. For free advice and quotes, English 639 928 090, Spanish/Swedish/German 618 055 563 (248718) EXPERIENCED Painter Decorator. All aspects of Decorating. You won´t find better or cheaper. Call Roger 633 382 262 (249512)

PERGOLAS & DECKING PERGOLAS, Decking and Thatched Gazebos. Best quality and prices. Installations. For free quotation call 686 322 328 (243344)


PEST CONTROL Best Prices Great Service BRITISH & LEGAL 0034 684 217 181 WWW.LOCALPEST.ES COCKROACHES, ANTS, insects, fleas, mice, rats, wasps, termite specialists. Fumigations, bars, restaurants, houses, etc. Sanitary department officially registered certificates. Guarantee. Serving the coast since 1985. Only legal English owned pest control company on the coast. If you want the best then phone N.P.S. Nigel 606 008 940 (241240)


FISHING BOAT FAETON 630 Cabin, 2000, Volvo Penta Turbo Diesel 150hp engine. Very well kept. Economical, Fast & Powerful – Max Speed 30 knots. €19,500 – 605 352 700 (253188) DINGHY 3.3 METRES 6hp Engine – includes Spanish Reg Trailer. €1,900 – 605 352 700 (253188)

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HAVING problems with your dog? We can show YOU how to educate your dog. Private and group classes. If you are short of time we have a pickup & home delivery service from Benalmadena to Marbella, so we are able to see you at our Pet Nursery. Professional with 20 years of experience. Tel: 670 604 172, Web:; Email: (253202)

CHARITIES ACE CHARITY “El Refugio” in La Cala de Mijas is a registered charity. We have on average 275 dogs in our care and we receive no help from the Town Hall or the Andalucian government. We desperately need foster homes and adoptants for our many dogs, especially the small ones and puppies who do not do well in a big shelter. We are grateful for any help offered, including donations of food and blankets. Visiting times are from 13.00 to 15.00 and you can always turn up or make an appointment by calling Denise on 669 018 736. Our website is where you can view all the dogs in our care. (93320) ADANA THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN ESTEPONA. We always need volunteers to walk and socialise with our dogs and help with cleaning. We also need good homes for our animals that you can see on Kennels open every day 10-1.30, Camino de Casares, near Parque de los Pedregales, Estepona. (5 minutes from the Poligono) For more information call Marjorie 952 79 74 05 or 636 934 146 (93319) SEPE the horse and donkey charity is open to the public week-ends from 10.00 to 5.00. Volunteers are much needed in all departments and are welcome at anytime. For our riding for the disabled classes, we are also in need of extra helpers. We are nationally registered by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior (164640) but only with your support can we give the equine a voice. If you can just commit to 2 or 3 euros a month it will really help make a difference. You can find us at Lauro Golf Equestrian Centre, Alqueria, Alhaurin de la Torre. Tel. 608 258 950 www.sepe (93321)


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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.

Motoring shorts

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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A NUMBER of Europe’s largest car firms are to join together in a bid to create a unified network of charging points for electric vehicles. The aim is to create ultra-fast charging points for cars along some of Europe’s major roads. So far electric car users have been hampered by insufficient numbers of charging points which makes long distance journey planning a problematic issue. Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are so far on board and others are sure to follow if the move ends with a standardised approach. They hope that once the sites are up and running, around 400 are so far envisaged, more car buyers will be encouraged to invest in electric cars. Construction is expected to start some time next year but with battery technology continually improving, the driver will get longer at the wheel before recharging. The move is being given added impetus as Europe’s politicians insist on stricter exhaust emissions controls and the price of oil

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Car giants invest in electric charge points

CHARGING POINTS: Construction is expected to start next year. drives up petrol prices at the pump. The best-selling electric car is currently Nissan’s Leaf which gives just over 100 miles on a full charge. The US electric car manufacturer Tesla says its Model S takes about 40 minutes to

recharge to 80 per cent of capacity. The company is striving to bring that figure down eventually to less than 15 minutes. However the US company’s cars use a different system and will not be able to take advantage of the new European network.




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Subaru does well in tough SUV sector

SUV CHALLENGE: The revised Subaru XV model.

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 HRV, 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. 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 sec-

onds. 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! I got 54 mpg, and that is impressive. The XV also scores well for its looks. It has a 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.


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No downside to the Volkswagen Up! by Nick Fletcher 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 top-drawer build-quality that hallmarks larger VW models. Available in three and five-door form, and with a choice of nippy yet frugal three-cylinder 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 underpowered. 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 mid-range 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 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 r e a r

seats, helping this city car 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 buildquality, chic styling, nice driving dynamics. Overall, it was hard to find a downside to the Up!

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

THE UP!: Hard to find a downside.


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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: ArsenalSouthampton, Hull-Newcastle, Liverpool-Leeds and Manchester United-West Ham. And this weekend’s PL games include

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.

Bournemouth-Liverpool, Everton-Manchester United, Manchester City-Chelsea and West Ham-Arsenal. And there are also 32 second round FA Cupties, 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.

tralian 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 international, 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 Bingham and Graeme Dott, how-

ever, 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 stop Mumbai. • Aus-

RUGBY UNION: Ireland beat Australia.


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Crash claims the life of Cleber Santana A FORMER Mallorca player was among the 76 people killed in the horrific plane crash in Colombia on Monday. C l e b e r Sa n t a n a w a s th e ca p tain o f Brazilian team Chapecoense who were flying to Colombia to play Nacional de Medellin in the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in the club’s history. Santana, aged just 35, played for Mallorca on loan from Atletico in the 2008/09 season, scoring six goals in 40 memorable appearances before returning to Madrid. The Brazilian central midfielder was a quiet, religious man who returned to his homeland in 2010 where he excelled in stin t s wi t h Fl a m e n g o an d Av ai b e fo re mo v i n g o n t o c a p t a in C h a p ec o en s e in 2015. He made a total of 585 professional appearances throughout his career, scoring 87 goals. At least two members of the football squ a d a r e t h o u g h t to h a v e s u rv iv ed , among them Alan Ruschel and Danilo.

Bonus points trial in the Six Nations THE Six Nations tournament, which opens on February 4 with Scotland against Ireland, is to use a bonus points system for the first time. The victorious side will be awarded four match points and then a bonus if they score four or more tries. A defeated side can still get bonus points, if they score four or more tries and another one if they lose by less than seven points. The aim is to ‘encourage and reward try scoring and attacking play,’ according to the Six Nations council. At the end of the championships the system will be reviewed but Pat Whelan, Six Nations chairman said he was “delighted to be going ahead with this new development.” The system is already in use in the World Cup and the English Premiership.

Brazilian sports provider Telemundo Deportes reported that Ruschel was in a state of shock but coherent, and that he had expressed a desire to see his family. A press release from the airport in Medellin has indicated that shortly before the crash the pilot of the plane h ad c a lle d in a nd me n tio ne d an e le c tric a l fa ult. T h e p la ne ha d previously made a brief stopover in Bolivia. Chapecoense h as pla ye d in Brazil’s top division, Serie A, since being p ro mote d in 2014. The team is currently placed ninth CLEBER SANTANA: in the league and is Brazil’s Played for Atletico 21st biggest club in terms of and Mallorca. revenue.

Ultra champion set for Malaga marathon MALLORCAN ultra runner Tofol Castanyer will be taking part in the Malaga marathon on Sunday. A mountain running champion and the Spanish champion in his own right, this father-of-three is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding runners.

10 years of mountain running, now he’s taking on the Malaga marathon.

He says the Malaga marathon “brings together conditions that appeal to me.” Adapting to road running is not easy, he says, after running in the mountains for more than 10 years, but he enjoys taking part in a marathon at this time of year “because it is the phase of the year when I feel fast.” His workouts are shorter during the week in the run-up to the

TOFOL CASTANYER: Enjoys mountain and marathon running. actual event. “I do not have much time between work and three children so during the w e e k I us ua lly do shorter workouts than other runners but by way of contrast they can be a little faster.” A t the w e e ke nds he doe s a longer run so that when he needs a bit more speed on the tarmac

he still has something in the engine. Looking at the Malaga event he says the course is flat and its two laps are different, but he is hoping for a good time. “I am a mountain runner who enjoys doing a marathon and this w ill be the l ast r ace I r un i n 2016.”

Third gold for Ennis-Hill in the heptathlon THE former golden girl of British athletics, Jessica Ennis-Hill, has been awarded her third World Championship Heptathlon gold after the Russian Tatyana Chernova was stripped of the title she won in 2011, for doping offences. Ennis-Hill won gold in 2009 in Berlin and then again in Beijing in 2015 but was beaten by the Russi an i n Daegu i n Sout h Kor ea i n 2011. But Cher nova was t aki ng steroids when she beat her Sheffield-based opponent by 129 points. The Russian also forfeits the bronze she won at the 2012 London Olympics following the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ennis-Hill had not openly accused the Russian of cheating but many others had. Thirty-year-old Ennis-Hill, who failed to retain her Olympic Hept at hl on t i t l e i n Ri o by j ust 35 points, announced her retirement from athletics in October.


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


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GARETH SOUTHGATE has been appointed England manager on a four-year contract reputed to be worth up to £2m a year. The former England U-21 boss has had four games since Sam Allardyce’s departure following what the FA called ‘a significant error of judgement.’ Two victories, against Malta and Scotland, and two draws, against Slovenia and an understrength Spain, appear to have convinced the FA he is the man for the job. No one else was in the running for the job. Southgate, who played 188 times for Middlesbrough and went onto to manage the club from 2006-2009, will take on old rivals Germany for his first game in charge as substantive boss. Although he is carrying the best wishes of everyone in football, Southgate will be stepping up to the highest level of the game as

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Gareth Southgate named as the new England manager

INSIDE OPERATION: Will Gareth be the right man for the job?

a football manager. Many admit he will be learning in the job and that could be a disadvantage, especially if England make it through to Russia for the 2018 World Cup. A number of commentators have reflected that perhaps this low-key appointment, and the absence of a ‘star’ manager, may not be such a bad choice given that England remain only an average team at international level. Big names such as Fabio Capello and Sven-Goran Eriksson have failed to perform for England, or perhaps more rightly, have failed to get the best out of the players. Now could be the time for someone from inside the England operation as the younger players grow in experience and stature, could be the man for the job. After all, doesn’t that work for the Germans?

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