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Nerja sewage: Town’s mayor called to court
‘Rapist’ faces 65 years AN alleged rapist accused of attacking multiple women in Malaga City is facing 65 years in prison. Prosecutors are demanding the man face the substantial prison sentence after he allegedly attacked and robbed four women in 2014 and 2015. The spate of attacks caused police to post warnings around garages in the Teatinos area of Malaga after the man is said to have targeted women at night in parking areas. Prosecutors are also asking the man to pay €80,000 in compensation to the alleged victims after the man chased a 40-year-old woman into a garage in an underground car park and threatened her with a wrench before robbing her and later assaulting her. Another woman was allegedly threatened and robbed, before being tied up with a seat belt cut from her car and raped. She was reportedly left locked in the boot of her car until she was found. The victims are said to still be suffering from the attacks.
RAW SEWAGE: Untreated sewage is pumped out onto Nerja’s coastline.
by Sally Underwood NERJA’S mayor, Rosa Arrabal, has been summoned to court over claims nine tonnes of untreated wet wipes were found on the bottom of Nerja’s seabed. A further six councillors and former politicians have also been called to give evidence in June over ‘Operation Vastum,’ the name given to the investigation into Nerja’s alleged sewage problem. In March, environmentalists expressed concern over the reported high amount of waste found on the seabed off Nerja’s coast. A study by the Guardia Civil’s environment section, Seprona, suggested there were tonnes of waste accumulating 50 metres under water. Organisation Ecologistas in Accion Andalucia sent a boat of
scientists out with police over five days to comb the seabed and say they what they found constitutes ‘a potential environmental disaster.’ The environmental group had claimed there were ‘serious irregularities’ with the urban wastewater being pumped untreated into the sea in Nerja. A representative from the group, Antonio Amarillo, told Spanish media: “[The waste] ranges from the infamous wipes to ear buds, faeces, detergents, drugs and oils. That is to say, everything that people throw down the toilet at their houses
goes to the coast. [There is] also waste from the activities carried out in industrial estates or companies locally.” Amarillo’s colleague, Rafael Yus, explained the waste can harm marine fauna in the protected ecosystem, as well as causing potential problems for humans. He said some bacteria in faeces is capable of spreading diseases including dysentery. In addition to the politicians facing questions in court, two officials from municipal water company Aguas de Narixa SA will also appear in court in June
and July, according to one publication. Mayor Arrabal’s predecessor, Alberto Armijo, as well as politicians Jose Alberto Tome, Jose Maria Rivas, Mari Nieves Atencia, and Jose Miguel Jimena, have all been summoned to testify. Operation Vastum began in 2017 following a complaint by Ecologists in Action about three municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants which they claim do not purify their wastewater, in contravention of European directives.
AN 83-year-old tourist has drowned in the sea at Torrox Costa. The pensioner died at around 6pm on Sunday after attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. A group of bathers called emergency services after finding the man’s body floating near the shore at Laguna Beach. Local Police officers arrived quickly, and began CPR and first aid. Later, health workers and members of the Guardia Civil joined in the efforts, trying for more than half an hour to resuscitate the man. The German tourist, who had been staying at a hotel near the beach, had been on holiday with his wife. According to Spanish media, she lost sight of her husband for a few minutes, and when she managed to find him he had been taken around 300 metres away by the current.
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Arson suspect arrested
SCHOOLCHILDREN in Malaga Province will be taught about the historical figure Bernardo de Galvez with a series of comics which will be distributed in schools and public libraries.
Fire suspect A 29-YEAR-OLD man from Motril accused of setting light to a palm tree plantation last week, causing around €100,000 worth of damage, has been questioned by a judge before being released pending trial.
Book tribute TORRE DEL MAR’S new library has been opened, after almost two years of works and €340,000 of investment, at a ceremony which saw the poet Jose Marcelo reading verses from the works of Manuel Alcantara.
Cliff works THE project to replace signage along the El Cantal coastal path in Rincon de la Victoria has been awarded to company Probisa, Vias y Obras, SLU, following an investment of €325,701.92 from the Provincial Council.
FIRE SPREE: Police say nine fires were started across Velez-Malaga. POLICE in Velez-Malaga have arrested a local man on suspicion of setting light to rubbish bins and other structures. Officers from the Local Police claim they caught 28-year-old Jose Antonio SB in the act next to a burning con-
tainer. After searching him, they allegedly found a still hot lighter. Officers used fire extinguishers from their patrol cars to control the flames until members of the Provincial Fire Consortium arrived.
A further nine containers are also said to have been burned down, in the area of Zamorano, Cruz d e l C o r d e r o , Te n e r i a s , Salvador Rueda, Cristo, Cristo de Arroyo Hondo and Esperanza. Police arrested Jose Antonio SB at around
00.30am, after which no new fires were recorded, according to police. Between the late hours of Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning, four containers, three cars and two cane fields were allegedly set ablaze.
Landfill judge rejects arguments A TORROX judge looking into Nerja’s illegal landfill has rejected claims made by those under investigation. The court ruled out proposals put forward by Nerja’s current mayor, Rosa Arrabal, as well as her predecessor, Jose Alberto Armijo, and councillors Jorge Bravo, Nieves Atencia, and Jose Miguel Jimena. A judge investigating the Arroyo de
la Miel dump also rejected claims by seven construction bosses accused of using the site in the national park as a landfill. The Torrox court is currently investigating 34 people for alleged environmental crimes. The site, which is located in the National Park of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, to the east of Nerja, was previ-
ously a working quarry owned by the council. The area was later used as a dumping ground for 16 years, between 2000 and September 2016. The Public Prosecutor’s Office labelled the landfill ‘a genuine environmental disaster.’ Nerja’s current mayor, Rosa Arrabal, told the court she had had no knowledge of the site until shortly before its closure in 2016.
Fox captured again VELECITO, the fox rescued twice from a beach in Torre del Mar, has returned to the coast for a third time. The young fox, which had previously been captured, treated by a veterinarian and re-released in the wild, will now be taken to a reserve in Ojen. Workers from animal shelter Don Animal had picked the animal up for the third time after Local Police found him wandering around Caleta de Velez. He will now live in the Ojen Ecological Reserve. According to Spanish media, workers from Don Animal arrived to collect the fox at around 3pm, after locals had cornered the animal and put him in a car until help arrived. Officials then took him back to their headquarters in Rincon de la Victoria, where they gave him food and water. According to Don Animal, Velecito suffers from a problem with one of his eyes. They said: “This injury is what has led professionals to determine what could be the reason that leads the fox to travel to urban areas. “Having a lack of vision, he would have found it difficult to find food in the countryside, so for his survival he goes to places that are easier for him, such as the beach or the port of La Caleta, where he finds fish or trash.”
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RESIDENTS in La Cala del Moral are complaining of graffiti which reportedly covers several public walls. Despite t h e c o u n c i l ’s e ff o r t s t o u s e CCTV to monitor the town’s historic sites, including Bezmiliana House, locals report the issue of vandalism continues, and are pushing the council to take further action.
€800,000 fund THE Malaga Provincial Council has announced almost €1 million worth of funding for eight municipalities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. The projects will cover an educational centre in Canillas de Albaida, as well as road works in Archez, and further road conditioning in Periana.
Eco project OFFICIALS at Rincon de la Victoria Council are hosting a day to advise local businesses on sustainable tourism. The event, on May 30 at the council building, will offer tips and education about how to increase tourism and service guests without affecting the environment.
Tax lowered COMARES politicians have announced they will reduce IBI (property tax) bills to 0.5 per cent for 2020. Mayoral candidate Jose Miguel Ruiz promised his party would begin applying the changes next year, lowering it from 0.63 per cent to 0.5 per cent in urban areas, and to 0.75 per cent in rural areas.
ANCIENT SCULPTURE: The Dama de Elche is on display in Madrid’s National Archaeological Museum.
Museum marvel THIS picture of one of Spain’s most famous artefacts comes as the world marks International Museums Day on Saturday. The Dama de Elche (Lady of Elche) is currently held in Madrid’s National Archaeological Museum. It is believed to date from the 4th century BC and is thought to represent an ancient goddess. The sculpture takes its name from the town of Elche in Alicante Province, Valencia where it was discovered in 1897. Manuel Campello Esclapez found
the Dama de Elche on August 4, 1897. Campello Esclapez is said to have uncovered it while clearing land in the La Alcudia area for farming. It was initially acquired by the Louvre in Paris before being returned to Spain in 1941. It was moved to the National Archaeological Museum in 1971 and was loaned to Elche in 2006. The Dama de Elche is thought to have been painted in bright colours when it was originally made. Historians and archaeologists believe it was made by Punic-Iberians, a hybrid cul-
ture of pre-Roman Spanish natives and settlers from North Africa. The sculpture is thought to represent the Carthaginian goddess Tanit and the design also has Ancient Greek features. The artefact has become synonymous with ancient Spanish history. It featured on the one-peseta banknote in 1948. It has also inspired art including in French painter James Tissot’s Jephthah’s Daughter, produced shortly after the sculpture’s discovery. Tissot based other works on the Dama de Elche.
Knife crime A CHINESE man has been arrested in Malaga City for allegedly holding up three young girls with a knife. The 53-yearold local resident was arrested after reportedly threatening the girls, aged between 12 and 14, with a large blade and a wooden club. Police claim the girls ran away from him scared, before re p o r t i n g t h e alle g ed crime.
Inside job A PRISON official has been arres ted i n Ma l a g a C i t y o v er claims o f a d r u g t r a ffic k in g ring. In total, 44 people were arrested, and 2,744 kilograms of hashish were allegedly seized in the operation, which is said to have connection with the Italian Ndrangheta and Castañas organised crime groups.
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reduced by more than €2.7 million, and expenses with financing have been reduced by more than €1.2 million.” He added: “In addition, pending payments to apply to the budget have fallen by €3 million.” The town’s mayor, Francisco Salado said: “thanks to good economic management and debt reduction, the town will be able to make greater investments in the municipality, fulfilling the goal of recovering the area’s economy.”
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€5m debt reduction RINCON DE LA VICTORIA Council has announced it has reduced its debt by €5 million in the past two years. The coalition team governing the council claimed it has reduced the debt by 7 per cent to around €60 million. A cc o rd in g to c ounc illor for Economy and Finance, Antonio Fernandez: “Invoices without budgetary consignment have also been reduced by more than €1 million; unaccounted invoices have been
THE Junta de Andalucia have reportedly given the green light to a project designed to increase water capacity in Axarquia. President Juanma Moreno announced he will use federal funds to finance the project to connect the La Concepcion and La Viñuela reservoirs; an initiative planned since 2017. The politician promised €1.4 million in funds to help Axarquia’s farmers receive more water, following several years of neardrought levels of water shortages.
President Moreno said: “The Junta de Andalucia is already working on the connection of the La Concepcion reservoir with that of La Viñuela, to connect the western Costa del Sol, which has more rainfall and therefore more surplus, with the eastern one, which has more of a water deficit.” Water companies Acosol, Emasa and Axargua have reportedly also already agreed to the project. No deadline has yet been set for the project to be completed, however.
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16 - 22 May 2019 by Sally Underwood MALAGA’S public transport use increased by 7.96 per cent in the first quarter of the year, according to new figures. The Consortium of Transports of Malaga announced more than 360,000 consortium travel cards were used before the end of March. The increase is despite the busy Easter week not falling in the first quarter of the year this year, as it did in 2018. The Consortium, which manages the Ministry of Development, Infrastructure and Land Planning, said figures had reached 3,146,067 travellers, 232,028 more travellers than in the same period in 2018.
MALAGA TRANSPORT: Use of travel cards increased in Malaga, including on its metro (pictured).
POLICE in Torrox have saved the life of a pensioner who reportedly tried to kill herself in the sea. Officers Jose Luis P and Jose Pedro M went into the water in El Peñoncillo to save the English woman who told them she wanted to kill herself. Wading in to their waists, they lifted up the woman, who is said to be in her 80’s. The officers from the Local Police told one publication: “She told us that her husband
Life savers had attacked her and that she wanted to kill herself.” Police called an ambulance which took the woman to a health centre and administered first aid. Although she was conscious and had a pulse, they decided to take her to the Axarquia Hospital, because of her age.
The town-town buses were the most popular mode of transport, with 2,165,160 passengers; an increase of 4.83 per cent from the same period of 2018. In-town buses saw 424,713 travellers, an increase of 7.03 per cent. On the Metro there were 556,194 travellers who used a consortium card, an increase of 23.10 per cent. The number of people who used it with the card for the Malaga public bicycle system increased by 4.32 per cent, reaching 459 users. In total, the consortium cards were used 41,134 more times than in the same period of 2018.
Following a medical examination the woman was released. Officers then visited her home and identified her husband, also a pensioner and with reduced mobility. They said: “He told us his wife had been drinking alcohol and taking pills all morning, but that he had gone to the doctor.” The officers later paid a follow-up visit to the couple who are said to be well, and the woman has not filed a complaint.
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Dinosaur park plans go on A PLANNED project to build a dinosaur park in La Cala del Moral is one step closer after the council put out a tender to rent out a patch of land. Officials announced they plan to ask for €24,700 a year for 25 years for the 67,000 square metre plot near the Victoria Development Park. A group of Finnish investors are said to want to use the site to install around 30 replica dinosaurs, as well as a zip line attraction. H o w e v e r, o p p o s i tion politicians rejected the plans to build on a green space. The PSOE and IU parties have criticised the project, and have said they intend to file complaints over the deal. Rincon de la Victoria Council told one publication: “This project means giving the municipality a tourist attraction, employment and boosting the economy.”
Wildfire A FIRE in an agricultural area has destroyed 1.8 hectares of land between Totalan and Olias. The blaze was fought by nine forest firefighters, two environmental officers, two Forest Fire officers, and a heavy-duty fire vehicle to extinguish the flames. Officials are now investigating what could have started the fire, which began at around dawn and was put out at 9.45am, according to Infoca. The affected area is very close to the farm where Julen was found dead in a well in January. According to reports, the rescue effort saw large amounts of earth in the area moved around.
Cop car scratcher caught A MAN accused of scratching several private vehicles belonging to the Local Police is facing a €9,000 fine. The Prosecutor’s Office is demanding the suspect pay out the fine for allegedly scratching cars, as well as paying to fix the damage. Security cameras in Malaga City reportedly caught the man wandering around an area where vehicles belonging to the Local Police are parked before damaging them. The suspect was allegedly angry at a fine he had been given and decided to get his revenge while the officers worked inside. The events took place in September 2015 at around 2.40pm, when the man used his key on several cars near to the city’s Local Police headquarters. According to prosecutors, the suspect carried out further vandalism on cars belonging to the police several days later in the evening, allegedly damaging a total of 10 vehicles.
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Crash damage A SIGN on a roundabout in Salobreña was reportedly destroyed after a car rammed into it. The incident took place at around 5am, and is said to have left the car teetering on top of the roundabout, surrounded by debris. Members of the Local Police attended the scene, checking the driver was unhurt. The letters, B, R, E and Ñ were allegedly knocked off the roundabout in the centre of Salobreña. The accident is said to
NEWS EXTRA Bridge investigated Credit: Ayuntamiento de Salobreña
THE bridge outside the Malaga Centre for Contemporary Arts has been closed after officials noticed damage and alerted technicians who will now carry out an investigation and advise which works need to be carried out.
Play time SALOBREÑA: The accident reportedly took place in the town’s centre. have taken place as the driver attempted to leave the N-340 road.
The town council assured residents the driver held valid car insurance and
would be paying for the cost of repairing the roundabout.
Fire forces evacuation by Sally Underwood A FIRE in a residential area of VelezMalaga forced emergency services to evacuate around 50 people. The blaze, which broke out on
Calle Molino de Viento at around 6.20am, saw several neighbouring homes as well as eight parked cars affected. Members of the Malaga Fire Brigade and Local and National Police attended to battle the flames.
No injuries were reported, however, several streets remained closed to traffic, while municipal technicians worked in the area checking the condition of the buildings for structural damage.
RINCON DE LA VICTORIAL Council has invested €48,266 in upgrading a playground in La Cala de Moral, under a project designed to ensure all play areas meet with safety regulations.
Boat life A LUXURY cruise ship, Crystal Esprit, has docked in Malaga from the Caribbean, boasting its own small submarine so passengers can see their destinations from an underwater perspective.
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Neglect complaints by Sally Underwood RESIDENTS in Valle-Niza are complaining of ‘neglect and filth’ in their neighbourhood. The area, in the west of Velez-Malaga, houses around 3,000 residents, several of whom complained the area has been abandoned by the council. Locals in the Las Canteras area claim the neighbourhood is being used for illegal landfills, and is becoming overrun with pet excrement and urine. Residents also claim there is little police presence to prevent the anti-social behaviour.
VALLE-NIZA: Locals claim the area is in ‘neglect.’
Taking to a neighbourhood Facebook page, concerned residents said: “We live in an enviable environment in terms of quality of life, however, we locals of the municipality of Velez-Malaga, feel totally abandoned by the town council.” They added: “[The area is] without a management plan, totally neglected and abandoned by the council team.” The message went on: “We pay an inordinate IBI and, in return, we do not have any kind of minimum services such as road cleaning, trees, street cleaning or sewage treatment.”
Julen request rejected A MALAGA court investigating the death of two-year-old Julen in January has rejected a request by a man under investigation. David Serrano, the owner of the land where the toddler fell down a 71-metre borehole, had requested an investigation into whether a pickaxe used by rescue workers could have killed the boy.
A court had previously rejected his request, and now a further ruling has rejected his appeal. The court said the investigation would not be ‘pertinent.’ Antonio Flores, one of Serrano’s lawyers, alleged a report compiled by his company shows Julen could have been killed by initial efforts to reach him. He
claims the child could have been killed by a long instrument reportedly used by rescuers to try to move a presumed blockage in the well. During the trial, the three hikers who assisted the family after Julen fell have told a judge the well was not visible to the naked eye.
NEWS EXTRA Fire meeting AROUND 1,000 people have taken part in a demonstration put together by Malaga’s firefighters, marching to the city’s Plaza de la Consitucion to complain about work and conditions.
Free help OFFICIALS at Rincon de la Victoria Council have announced two free workshops to teach young people about respect for women and other groups, and the importance of voluntary work.
Protest MORE than 1,700 clinical psychologists have signed a petition protesting the cancellation of the fifth Velez-Malaga Conference on Childhood and Adolescence, after one of the speakers was vetoed for his views on ADHD.
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British Embassy pilots domestic abuse help by Sally Underwood
TORROX CHURCH: The thefts occurred at the Our Lady of the Incarnation church.
Church thefts OFFICIALS at the Our Lady of the Incarnation church in Torrox have reported several religious artefacts stolen. In the early hours of Saturday morning, thieves allegedly took a crown from the Virgen de los Dolores figure, as well as earrings and a cross. The criminals then desecrated the church’s tabernacle, removing its key and tearing decorations from the exterior as they tried to gain entry. The church said: “It is very unfortunate, but these things that we see on television or social networks is real and this time it has touched our people.”
THE British Embassy in Spain has announced plans to trial a scheme to help vulnerable or abused women while they are out and about. The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative, which began in Lincolnshire before being adopted across Britain, sees hotels, bars and restaurants signed up to the scheme offer free assistance to any woman who feels at risk. Victims simply ask staff for Angela; signalling that they feel in danger. Workers will then either call the police, or a taxi, or help women out of the premises via a back route, depending on the situation. The British Embassy in Spain has now announced it will pilot the scheme in Spain to see whether it could also help victims here. British Consul Charmaine Arbouin said: “Ask for Angela is a simple, but
DOMESTIC ABUSE: The British Embassy hopes to crack down on the crime. effective way of helping to prevent and reduce sexual harassment, violence, and vulnerability, and we are very keen to see how it might work here. “We are in the early stages of development and our aim is to start small
with a pilot in a few pubs in Marbella. “Sexual violence may not be a huge problem here in Andalucia, but one case of abuse is one too many. “We hope that Asking for Angela can help assist in wider prevention efforts.”
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THE donation of organs rose by 8 per cent in Spain in the first four months of the year. Transplants also increased by 5 per cent, according to the director of the National Transplant Organisation (ONT), Beatriz DominguezGil. The figure was announced at the opening ceremony of the 16th National Meeting of Transplant Co-ordinators and Communication Professionals. Ms Dominguez-Gil explained major improvements had been made in lung and kidney transplants, which were the most commonlyperformed in Spain. According to the director, if Spain continues at this rate, it could exceed 49 donors per million inhabitants and reach 5,400 transplants per year.
Freddie Starr dies FREDDIE STARR, the British comedian, impressionist and singer, has died aged 76 at his home on the Costa del Sol according to his manager. S t a r r ’s manager confirmed the news on Facebook last Thursday. Coroners told Euro Weekly News on Friday that postmortem tests showed he had died of coronary heart disease. Starr had previously said he wanted to die in ‘the place I love.’ A British funeral director has offered to repatriate his body and hold a service for free after his family found themselves struggling to
PASSED AWAY: Starr, who had his heyday in the 1970s (inset) died aged 76 in Mijas. pay roughly €3,240 for a Spanish burial. Comedian Bobby Davro, one of those who paid tribute to Starr on social media, said: “He was the fun-
niest man I have ever seen.” Starr was born Frederick Leslie Fowell in Huyton in Lancashire. He performed with The Midnighters
Merseybeat group before breaking into mainstream British popular culture with an appearance on the Opportunity Knocks talent show.
Starr later became known for his eccentric behaviour and was famously accused of eating a friend’s hamster in 1986. He later claimed in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped that the story was false. The 1990s saw Starr front a number of TV shows including The Freddie Starr Show. The comedian was later dogged by allegations of sexual abuse. He was arrested in 2012 and 2014 before the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case Starr moved to the Costa del Sol after losing a defamation case against his accuser in 2015. “I thought ‘I’m not going to tell anyone, I’m just going to get on a plane and go to Spain, the place I love, and this is where I’m going to die’,” he later said. Starr leaves behind six children.
Royal Mother’s Day by Sally Underwood PRINCE HARRY and Megan Markle celebrated American Mother’s Day on Sunday by sharing a photograph of their new-born’s feet. The photograph showed one-weekold Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor swaddled in a blanket and cradled in his mother’s arms. Alongside the photograph, which was shared to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram account, read the message: ‘Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya,
Japan, and several countries across Europe.’ The message added: ‘This is the first Mother’s Day for the Duchess of Sussex.’ Royal commentators believe the reference to mother’s ‘lost but forever remembered’ was a tribute to Prince Harry’s own late mother,
Princess Diana. The photograph also appears to have been taken in front of a bed of forget-me-nots, reportedly Princess Diana’s favourite flowers. The caption used American spellings of words including ‘honor,’ leading commentators to speculate whether the Duchess of Sussex had written the message herself. Credit: Instagram @sussexroyal/ Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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TRIBUTE PAID: Megan and Harry appeared to have paid tribute to Princess Diana in the image (inset).
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BREXIT BRIEF Election latest CAMPAIGNING for the EU elections in Britain is now in full swing, with significant upsets anticipated as new Brexit-focused groups look set to siphon votes away from established parties. An Opinium poll for The Observer suggested Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party could win more votes than the Conservatives and Labour combined. The party polled at 34 per cent, ahead of Labour in second place with 21 per cent, the Liberal Democrats in third and the Conservatives in fourth. Conservative losses have by and large come from leave-supporting Tories ditching the party in droves ahead of the election on Thursday May 23. Labour has also suffered from the same effect, but to a lesser degree. The Liberal Democrats appear to have taken up the mantle of being the remain party after making extensive gains in local elections earlier this month. Change UK, formerly The Independent Group which was spawned by Labour and Conservative defections earlier this year, languishes in last place with 3 per cent. That party had originally sought to pitch itself as the leading advocate for remain, but has been dogged by scandals while struggling to build its identity and momentum.
Call for vote By Joe Gerrard THE possibility of Britain’s Brexit impasse being settled by a second referendum has increased after a leading Labour opposition’s figure said a deal would not pass without a public vote. Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said his party would be unable to provide Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with a workable majority without a second referendum. Starmer is currently leading talks for Labour with the ruling Conservatives which seek to reach a cross-party agreement on getting a deal through Westminster. “A significant number of Labour MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote,” Starmer told British media. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said it would be difficult to enforce a Brexit agreement without a second vote. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also said another vote could be a ‘healing
BREXIT EXTRA Post-Brexit comments THE head of Spain’s statebacked Navantia shipbuilder Susana Sarria has said she expects collaboration between Britain and her country to continue after Brexit due to both being members of NATO.
THERESA MAY: Will need to find a consensus. process’ for the country, but added his party should not back remain outright. Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said his talks with senior government figures suggested May was ‘inching’ towards a second referendum. It comes as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said a second referendum would be a ‘betrayal’ of the result of the 2016 vote. He added this week was ‘crunch week’ for the talks before
voters go to the polls on Thursday May 23. Downing Street sources said there was a ‘clear desire’ to reach a deal. May will need to find a consensus to put to parliament or face having a rerun of the indicative votes staged earlier this year. David Lidington, May’s de facto deputy, said the government was aiming to get a deal through Parliament by July 2.
THE deputy governor of the Bank of England says delays to Britain’s departure from the EU could harm the economy as businesses continue to hold off from investing due to ongoing uncertainty.
Fish talks SPAIN’S fisheries secretary Alicia Villauriz said the priority for talks between London and Madrid post-Brexit is to ensure Spanish boats can access British waters, and are unlikely to be affected by a no-deal outcome.
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Jobs face automation AROUND one in five Spanish jobs could soon be done by robots as automation continues to move into more industries, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has said. The percentage of Spanish jobs which could disappear altogether, almost 22 per cent, is above the OECD average of 14 per cent. Other OECD figures showed the cost of retraining workers who face redundancy due to machines would be about 0.85 per cent of Spanish economic output (Gross Domestic Product, GDP). That would be more than €995 million based on Spain’s GDP of almost €1.2 trillion in 2017. It comes as the OECD said in March that more than half of all Spanish jobs were at risk of a ‘significant’ loss or transformation due to automation.
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ARRESTED: 31 suspects have been arrested as part of an international sting.
Paedophile network POLICE have arrested three people in Spain on suspicion of belonging to a network of online paedophiles. The Guardia Civil claim a videoconferencing platform was being used by several groups to film children and disseminate the footage. The operation, which was part of an international sting, saw a total of 31 people arrested and 145 victims identified, mostly girls aged between eight and 14 years old. The majority of the arrests and victims
were in the United States, while eight victims were identified in Spain. According to police, the paedophile rings all used similar techniques, including using ‘hunters’ to track down children to abuse through social media, and ‘loopers,’ those tasked with creating the videos. The first arrest within the operation in Spain was in February 2018 in Alicante, and saw a suspect sentenced to 180 years in prison for 38 separate child pornography charges.
SPAIN’S central government has confirmed plans for the future of the country’s Common Agricultural Policy are advancing well. Luis Planas, acting Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, said there had been ‘great cooperation’ between the government and Spain’s autonomous communities. Planas will next week travel
to Brussels to meet with his counterparts to discuss the policy. He explained the first step will be to create two working groups to study profitability of farms and how to include young people in the profession. The minister said the work is expected to be finished within a year and a half to meet the European Union’s timetables.
Schools strike A SPANISH labour union has called a countrywide strike at nursery schools on Tuesday. The CCOO argues teachers are not being paid an adequate salary for their levels of responsibility and training. The union said: “We demand working conditions that suit the commendable work that thousands of children in preschool education have been receiving in return for salaries that do not reach €900 gross a month.” It added: “Going forward, the proposed deal would flagrantly violate the State Collective Bargaining Agreement, which states that no agreement will be below €1,000 in 2020.”
Spanish coin mystery by Joe Gerrard EXPERTS have begun working to find out how a Spanish coin minted in the 1200s ended up in what is now the US
after it was found in Utah. The coin was found with another minted in Madrid in 1660 in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The one made in the 13th
century has puzzled archaeologists and historians due to it predating Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas by more than 200 years. Spanish explorers did not arrive in Utah until 1776. Glen Harmon, an archaeologist from the US’ National Park service, said the older coin looked as though it dated from the mid to late 13th century. Experts are still working to find out exactly when and where it was made, he added. “Based on the design we’re very confident that one of the coins, the larger one, is called the 16 maravedi,” Harmon said. Theories propose the coins may have been left by early settlers or explorers or that they were traded with a Native American tribe. Others suggest they were brought to America long after being minted or that they were dropped by a modern coin collector.
‘Black legend’ study A NEW book examining the spread o f t h e so - c a lle d ‘black legend’ of Spain in British and American culture has been published. Historian Esteban Vicente Boisse a u ’s Th e I ma g e o f Spain’s P re se n c e i n th e Americas (1492-1898) in British a n d US Fi l m ex plores negative stereotypes about the country in popular culture. The ‘black legend’ refers to the n e g a t i v e i m a g e o f Spain promoted by English and other writers from the 16th century onwards. The P i ra t e s o f th e Caribbean film franchise is one of several studied in the book. Boisseau said it was one example of derogatory images of Spanish people being used to entertain English-speaking audiences. “The message conveyed in Pirates of the Caribbean is one of robbing, torturing and killing Spaniards who sell, buy and abuse Hispanic women and loot,” Boisseau said. The historian’s book cites examples of films covering periods across Spanish history. Director Ridley Scott’s 1992 film 1492: Conquest
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New residency requirements MYTH BUSTING: Boisseau claimed Pirates of the Caribbean spread negative stereotypes about the Spanish. of Paradise is cited for implying that executions were a c o mmo n fea tu re d u ring the Spanish Inquisition. Bo is s ea u w rite s tha t w h ile b etw ee n 3 , 0 0 0 a nd 5,000 people were killed in more than three centuries in connection with the Inquisitio n , mo re th a n 5 0 , 0 00 Catholics were executed in Henry VIII’s reign alone.
The book claims the negative images were promoted from the late 19th century onwards as the US sought to dis c re dit Spa in w hile it fought for dominance in the American continent. The s te re otype s w e re us e d to pa rtly jus tify the US’ war against Spain over C uba in 1898, B ois s e a u writes.
Central bank economy warning SPAIN’S central bank has said global economic growth will likely slow down this year amidst ongoing uncertainty and risk. The Bank of Spain said the ongoing trade war between the US and other parts of the world, Brexit and slowdown in China’s economy were among the factors
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slowing growth. “Any of these events or a combination of them would have an impact on the global economy, which could become significant, meaning economic stabilisation policies have a limited scope for action,” the bank’s report said. The bank forecasts world economy will grow by 3.3 per
cent this year, three 10ths less than in 2018. Growth prospect for the EU have been reduced ‘remarkably’, according to the Bank of Spain. Factors affecting it include ongoing unrest in France due to the Gilet Jauntes (Yellow Vest) protests and the ongoing recession in Italy.
Power tariff call SPAIN has called on the EU to look into slapping duties on imported energy to protect European plants from competition despite importing coal-produced energy from Morocco. The European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete replied to Spanish Climate Change Minister Teresa Ribera’s request for tariffs last week.
He said charging for imports was possible on economic and environmental grounds. This comes as Spain began importing energy from Morocco at the start of this year as the former country continues to wind down its use of fossil fuels. Moroccan-produced energy tends to be cheaper because power plants do not have to pay for pollution permits.
LIVING in Spain can bring with it an array of issues which may not have been encountered when living in the UK. There are lots of things to consider, and we are here to help try to make the transition and life in Spain a little easier by compiling a series of helpful facts and figures relating to a variety of topics.
While there are new rules for British nationals applying for residency in Spain, there will be no change to the right and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU. As an EU citizen it is now mandatory to register as a resident if you intend on living in Spain for more than three months. You must register in person at the Oficina de Extranjeros (immigration office) - visit: http://www.seat.mpr.gob.es/portal/servicios/extranjeria/extranjeria_ddgg.html for regional offices - or a designated police station, which you can find at: https://www.policia.es/docu mentacion/oficinas/oficinas_extran.html You must make an appointment online before going to your local office or station, which can be done on the Spanish public administration website: https://sede.administracione spublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html When making your appointment you must select the province where you live and then the option ‘certificados UE’ and follow the instructions. You take the following documents with you to your appointment: Passport or other identity document (not expired) Official form (EX-18), two copies, filled and signed by the UE national. In addition, you will need other documents, depending on your situation: • (employed) - contract of employment or other proof of your employment status. • (self-employed) - proof of registration in the register of economic activities or other proof of your employment status. • (not employment in Spain) - Proof of: health cover valid in Spain; sufficient means to support yourself and your family. • (pensioners) - provide proof of public health cover. • (students) - proof of your registration in an educational establishment; proof of public or private health cover; formal declaration that you have sufficient means to support yourself during your stay. *You will be issued with a credit-card sized residence certificate which will include your name, address, nationality, NIE number, and date of registration. *The old A4 residence certificates are still valid, and you do not need to apply for a creditcard sized alternative unless your circumstances change, for example you move house. But you can if you want to, at any time. *After five years of being registered as a resident, you can apply for a certificate of permanent residence in Spain. The card will be similar, but state that you are a ‘residente permanente.’ This information is for guidance only, and should not be taken as legal advice. If in any doubt, seek professional help.
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THE WEEK IN POLITICS
By Joe Gerrard SPAIN’S prime minister has completed a round of talks with other party leaders as he continues to seek a coalition deal following April’s general election. Pedro Sanchez has not yet said which party or parties he will work with going forward. He met with the leaders of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), the centrist Ciudadanos and the leftist Podemos last week. PP leader Pablo Casado’s turn came first. By election day on Sunday April 28, it appeared the relationship between the two was in disrepair, with each trading heavy rhetorical blows in the run up to the vote. Their meeting appeared to show a thawing of relations, with the two agreeing to open a direct line of communication on the ongoing Catalan inde-
DEAL SEEKER: Sanchez (inset) held talks at the La Moncloa prime minister’s residence. pendence issue. Casado, who is still dealing with the fallout from the election which saw the PP score its worst result in its history, said his party would not back Sanchez’s reinvestment. Talks between Sanchez and Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera came next. Rivera offered to support Sanchez if he chose to reinstate Article 155 in Cataluña, the constitutional mechanism
used to suspend its regional government and impose direct rule in 2017. The Ciudadanos leader said his party would be a firm but loyal opposition force. He previously ruled out working with the left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) while Sanchez remains its leader. Sanchez then met with Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias. Their talks follow 10 months
of PSOE and Podemos co-operation in the Congress of Deputies since PSOE came to power last June. Sources from both parties said they had built trust and understanding between them in that time, possibly laying the foundations for a coalition deal. Iglesias told reporters after the meeting he and Sanchez had ‘agreed to agree.’ Both sides said the meeting was positive and the two had been able to find common ground on a number of issues. Party sources suggest there will not be further meetings between the two until after local, regional and EU elections on Sunday May 26. But the two have agreed to work together during the Congreso investiture vote which Sanchez needs to win to stay on as prime minister. It is due to take place on Tuesday.
THE left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) is on course to take control of several authorities in local and regional elections on Sunday May 26, new polling suggests. Spain’s Centre for Sociological Investigation (CIS) forecast PSOE would win in 10 of the 12 regions up for grabs, including in the conservative Partido Popular’s (PP) Murcia stronghold. PSOE is set to fall just short of an absolute majority, 16, in Sevilla City, winning between 13 and 15 council seats with 42.3 per cent of the vote. PSOE is also set to surge in Zaragoza City, becoming the second-largest party with between eight and nine councillors in a typically PP-safe city. The PP is still set to win there and get between nine and 10 councillors, but PSOE could join with other leftist parties to wrestle control from them. Regionalist party Compromis is set to win the most seats, between nine and 11, in Valencia City. PSOE looks set to come second with between six and eight councillors. City-focused parties Mas Madrid and Barcelona en Comu look set to be the largest parties in the Spanish and Catalan capitals. Poll tracker (EU elections): Partido Socialista (PSOE): 30.3 per cent, 20 seats Partido Popular (PP): 18.5 per cent, 12 seats Ciudadanos: 16.6 per cent, 10 seats Unidos Podemos: 11.4 per cent, seven seats Vox: 7.8 per cent, five seats
Missing girl found NATALIA SANCHEZ, the Mallorcan student who went missing from Paris a week ago, has been found safe and well. The Erasmus student, who had two weeks of her course left in the French capital, was traced after a couple reported seeing her on a bus. The tourists claim the girl befriended them on a bus and was behaving unusually before asking them for help in getting out of Paris. They said they tried to reassure her but she became suspicious of them and left. The couple said they later realised she was the girl who had gone missing a week before and so alerted authorities, who were able to find her. The same day she had gone missing, Natalia is said to have posted a series of worrying messages to her social network pages, saying she felt ‘persecuted.’ After police tracked the girl down, she was admitted to a Parisian psychiatric hospital for several days.
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NATALIA SANCHEZ: The girl from Palmanova, Mallorca, was found safe and well.
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COMMITTED: Robles (centre) said Spain would stand with the EU on the Iran deal.
Spain Iran deal call By Joe Gerrard SPAIN will act according to EU and NATO policy on Iran but Brussels and others should help to shield it from renewed US sanctions, its Defence Minister said. Margarita Robles said Spain would always adopt ‘common positions’ with its international partners. It comes as Iran an-
nounced it would stop complying with some conditions of a 2015 deal designed to curb its nuclear programme after the US pulled out of the pact. Robles said Spain was a ‘serious and reliable’ global partner and deeply linked to the international agreements it has signed up to. She was speaking during a visit to the joint
Spanish and US Moron air base in Sevilla Province. It comes as Israeli intelligence reportedly warned Spain Iran was plotting to task a Tehran-linked militia group with an attack on US and other navy ships deployed off Yemen. The Spanish warship Navarra is currently stationed there as part of an anti-piracy mission.
Cancellation fee fury ONE mother is calling on travel company TUI to refund her money after she was reportedly charged £200 (€232) to cancel a ‘free’ holiday place for her child. Gemma Disson told one publication she had chosen to holiday in Spain because it included a free place for her four-year-old daughter. The family were due to travel to Menorca in May but had to
cancel their £1,000 (€1,160) trip for family reasons. While Gemma told British media she expected to pay a cancellation fee for her and her partner, she was angry to learn she would also have to pay another fee for her daughter’s place. Ms Disson claims she wrote to TUI in February to query the charge but has not heard back. Her letter ex-
plained: “I appreciate the cost of £200 per person in fees and I expected that for myself and my partner but not for my daughter. “We booked the holiday on the pretence that there was a FREE child place which indeed was correct.” A TUI spokesperson said the company would be in touch with the family ‘to resolve the matter.’
History theme park DETAILS have been revealed about a theme park due to open in 2021 based on Spain’s history. The park, which is backed by €242 million in investments, is due to be built near Toledo in Castilla-La Mancha. The site was chosen because Toledo was the capital of Visigothic Spain from 542 to 725 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Erwan de la Villeon, CEO of Puy du Fou Spain, which is building the park, said it would create more than 2,450 jobs in the area and 3,329 by 2028, including jobs created by the boost to the local economy. Puy du Fou sources said entrance to the park would be €26, with a package available for €42.
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Century’s 2nd-wettest April LAST April was the second wettest in Spain in the 21st century and saw the fourth-highest rainfall on record, according to data from the country’s meteorological agency AEMET. AEMET figures showed an average of 96 litres of rain per square metre fell on Spa i n d u r i n g Ap r il. That is 48 per cent higher than the 65-litre average record e d b e t we e n 1 9 8 1
and 2010. The rainiest day was Friday April 19, when 99 litres per square metre fell on the area around Alicante-Elche Airport. Parts of the Valencia and Murcia regions saw more than three times their average amount of rainfall. Eastern provinces in Andalucia saw about double while Mallorca saw half the average amount.
Harbour expansion MILLIONS of tons of concrete arrived on the coast of Britain last week to be used in a harbour expansion after sailing from Spain. The concrete caissons, each of which is 51 metres long and 16.5 metres high, arrived at Cromarty Firth port on the Scottish coast last week. They are set to be used in the almost €463 million Aberdeen Harbour expansion project.
Sustainable dining A RESTAURANT in Madrid has become the country’s first sustainable outlet. The K & Co Sustainable Kitchen Bar in las Tablas is committed to using ingredients and cooking methods which respect the environment. Run by Pepe Sen, he told one publication: “We do not use a fryer or cook with gas.” He added: “We have worked on this concept from scratch and the whole place is sustainable, as well as the food and cooking methods. There are restaurants that have sustainability in food, others in their methods. We have both in the same place.”
Claim: Gibraltar ‘illegally occupied’ SPAIN’S Foreign Ministry said Britain’s control of Gibraltar amounts to an ‘illegal occupation’ as representatives from Madrid presented their case on the enclave to the UN. Foreign Ministry officials said the British enclave was a colony within its own borders and said its ongoing ‘occupation’ raises issues in the modern era. This comes as Spanish envoys travelled to Grenada to make the country’s case on the territory to the UN. They argued Gibraltar was different to others on the UN list of non self-governing ter-
‘COLONY’ CLAIM: Spain has made its case on Gibraltar to the UN. ritories because the principle of self-determination is often applied there. Almost 99 per cent of its voters rejected sharing sovereignty with
Spain in a 2002 referendum. The UN meeting was also attended by Gibraltar Employment Minister Joe Bossano. He said UN resolu-
tions did not cover retroactively applying a sovereignty claim which dates from three centuries ago. It comes as Spain recently got the EU to refer to Gibraltar as a colony in a document covering post-Brexit visa arrangements. A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the time that the use of the term in relation to the enclave was ‘unacceptable.’ Spain has claimed Gibraltar since the enclave was seceded to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 following the War of the Spanish Succession.
Da Vinci in Spain R EN A ISSA N C E a rtis t Le ona rdo da Vinc i c ould have visited Spain with his grandfather, according to new reports. Italian historians believe DNA testing on a strand of the painter’s hair will reveal w he the r s torie s of da Vinci visiting the country are true. The team in Tuscany are also hoping to confirm the
ide ntitie s of the ge nius ’s supposed descendants. The lock of hair was sent to historians from a collec-
t or i n t he Uni t ed St at es. Leonardo da Vinci was rum our ed t o have vi si t ed Spai n i n 1504 and i t i s
hoped DNA r evel at i ons m ay hel p t o conf i r m f ur t her el em ent s of hi s timeline.
FAMOUS PAINTER: The Mona Lisa painter is believed to have visited Spain.
King comments on Europe SPAIN’S King Felipe has us e d his la s t politic a l speech before this month’s elections to call for a ‘Europe tha t is more unite d, stronger, more determined
and also more effective.’ Speaki ng f r om t he Monast er y of Yust e, Ext r em adur a, t he m onar ch said: “Europe is being built together, day by day… we
continue and will continue to achieve a true Europe of and for the people, so that it cont i nues t o be a beacon and l i ght of cul t ur e and space.”
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Rift with US Latin America by Joe Gerrard SPAIN’S Foreign Minister has accused the US of acting like a geopolitical ‘cowboy’ over Venezuela and of abusing its diplomatic might over Cuba. Josep Borrell told the RTVE television channel the US had effectively told Venezuela ‘careful or I’ll draw’ as the Latin American country remains beset by political and economic crises. Senior figures in Washington, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, have openly talked about intervening in some way to remove Nicolas Maduro’s regime. They have also repeatedly refused to rule out using force. “The US is acting like the cowboys in the Far West,” Borrell said. The Foreign Minister added the only solution to the Venezuelan crisis was one reached peacefully, democratically and through negotiations. Elliott Abrams, the US Spe-
Cinema closures A TOTAL o f 6 6 2 c i n e mas have closed in Spain since 2 0 0 8 , wi t h 1 0 0 shutti n g d u r i n g 2 0 1 8 alone according to industry figures. The Spanish Federation of Film Exhibitors’ (FECE) Theatres: Data and Figures report found there were 4,140 cinemas in t h e c o u n t r y in 2008. T h a t f i g u r e w a s down t o 3 , 5 1 8 b y l a s t year. It comes as the report also found visitor numbers had fallen by almost 10 pe r c e n t i n t h e l as t decade, from 107.8 million in 2008 to 97.7 million last year. FECE President Juan Ramo n Fa b r a sa i d th e last recession, a rise in VAT, piracy and a realterm fall in average incomes all contributed to a ‘very hard’ process of closures.
BURGOS: An improved museum will house religious artefacts.
Cultural interest ‘COWBOY DIPLOMACY’: Borrell (inset) criticised Washington over Venezuela and Cuba. cial Representative to Venezuela, said ensuring Maduro allies including Cuba and Russia did not have a free hand there was responsible and not ‘cowboy diplomacy.’ It comes as Borrell also hit
out at Washington after it said it would lift a ban on lawsuits being filed against companies operating in Cuba. The Foreign Minister said Spain is prepared to take the case up at the World Trade Or-
Spain movie release W O O D Y A L L E N h a s a nnounced his new film will be released in Spain on October 4. T h e d irec to r ’s la te s t movie, Rainy Day in New York, will be released just o n e d a y a fte r it o p e n s in Italy. T h e film h ad b ee n de layed following sex abuse a lle g atio n s s u rro u n d i ng A llen a n d h is ad o p t e d
da ughte r, D yla n Fa rrow. Catalan distributor Contracorriente will now release the movie after acquiring its rights. Woody Allen had previous ly s igne d a c ontra c t w ith A ma z on to re le a s e a tota l of four films , w hic h fe ll through a fte r M ia Fa rrow ’s da ughte r ’s allegations about the director.
Food bank conference REPRESENTATIVES from 55 Spanish food banks met in Santander last week to discuss issues related to their operations. The 29th Congress of Food Banks featured discussions on making their running more socially and economically efficient.
Programmes set to run during the next decade were also addressed, as well as the activity of food banks last year. A report presented at the conference showed food banks gave away more than 151 million kilograms of food, benefitting about 1.2 million people.
ganisation (WTO) and branded the move an abuse of power. About 71 per cent of all businesses run by foreign companies in Cuba are controlled by Spanish investors, according to Foreign Ministry figures.
A ‘UNIQUE’ museum in Burgos is being given a €310,000 facelift. The project will include works to the cloisters and another three rooms at the Burgos Alterpiece Museum. Other works will include new masonry and lighting, as well as improvements to accessibility and security. A video surveillance system has also been installed to improve safety. The museum’s new rooms house 12 recently-restored altarpieces, as well as the 18 existing before the works. Exhibits include a collection of gold pieces and chalices. The museum is the result of more than 30 years’ work by the Diocese of Burgos to restore abandoned parish churches.
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STAT OF WEEK 2.6 per cent
Regions make taxation cuts THE Balearic Islands, Murcia and Valencia are among the seven regions which have offered new tax deductions ahead of this month’s local elections. The Balearic Islands has offered a deduction of 40 per cent on the cost of childcare, including those of nurseries and nannies. Murcia has offered a similar deduction of 20 per cent, with a maximum of €660 per child. The Valencia Generalitat has extended deductions for households which install renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
16 - 22 May 2019 Expected average increase of salaries in Spain this year, according to accountancy firm KPMG which based its finding on data from 244 national and international organisations.
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Santander in jobs talks SPANISH bank Santander is meeting with trade union representatives as it aims to avoid making redundancies during corporate restructuring which could affect more than 3,000 workers. The bank and the CCOO union are negotiating the company’s Employment Regulation File (ERE), plans firms have to put into place for staff if corporate decisions put jobs at risk. Santander sources said their restructuring came as it continues to integrate the technological infrastructure of Banco Popular into its business. Santander bought Popular after the latter’s depositors withdrew money from ac-
By Joe Gerrard counts en masse in 2017. Santander said any agreement reached with unions would be struck in accordance with Article 12 of Spain’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the law which governs negotiations over potential job losses. The CCOO said it would aim to get Santander to agree to saving as many jobs as possible. Workers offered early retirement packages should get a ‘sufficient’ payoff to provide long-term stability, the union added. “This should allow them to leave in an
orderly and stress-free manner,” the union said. Another union, UGT, said staff could not continue to pay the price for company restructuring. Current talks come as Santander announced plans to close 140 branches in Britain, cutting 1,270 jobs, in January. The bank’s British arm said branch transactions had fallen by 23 per cent during the last three years, while the use of online banking has risen. Retail banking head in Britain Susan Allen said: “The way clients relate to the bank has changed dramatically in recent years.”
PRIVATE EQUITY firm KKR now has a majority stake in Spanish fast food chain Telepizza after buying more than a quarter of its stock for almost €28 million. The firm and its partners made its stock offer through the Tasty Bidco entity, according to Spain’s National Securities and Markets Commission. KKR now controls about 56.3 per cent of Telepizza either directly or indirectly, up from the almost 28.6 per cent before the purchase. Some rival stockholders of Telepizza had previously refused to sell their stakes.
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Fast growing Costa company THE owner of a Costa del Sol-based company which recently featured in a ranking of the fastest growing companies in Europe has spoken to Euro Weekly News about the business. Janus Nielsen, of the AnyTech 365 IT support firm, said it contracts with technology and appliance companies to offer help to customers experiencing technical problems with devices. His company re-
cently ranked 27th in the Financial Times’ Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies table. “We offer the first service for free and then we ask if the client wants to subscribe for a fee. About 30 per cent do so,” Neilsen said. “We employ about 360 people at the moment, but we are aiming to reach 500. We can offer clients services in their native language,” he added.
Bankrupt families THE amount of Spanish families who declared bankruptcy for not making debt payments fell by 3.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period of 2018, National Institute for Statistics (INE) figures show.
Reform call THE CSIF trade union has called for a change in labour laws to bring worker representation to staff in small and medium-sized companies after finding that 4.3 million of Spain’s 17 million workers are employed in non-unionised firms.
New post SPANISH Economy Minister Nadia Calviño has been appointed president of the board of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) alongside her ministerial brief for a year, replacing current head Jyrki Katainen.
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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who takes the best selfie of them all? THIS mirror might not have the answer, but that doesn’t make it any less magical. Based in Benidorm, Costa Blanca Magic Mirror offers the latest in photo booth fun. Popular for any social event you want to hold, the openair Mirror Photo Booth is unique, extraordinary and magical. Millennials are no longer the only new kids on the block taking Selfies. The desire to share Selfies taken at unforgettable events and experiences isn’t just for the younger generation. Costa Blanca Magic Mirror tapped into the trend with the Mirror Photo Booth. With the fully interactive 65” mirror, elegant looks, amazing image quality and instant prints, the Mirror Photo Booth is sure to keep your guests amused and entertained during any event. The Mirror Photo Booth is a unique photoactivation, delivering professional quality photographs which can be immediately shared on social media as well as via text or email. Once the Costa Blanca Magic Mirror are on site the fun begins because no one can resist the chance to pose in front of the full-length mirror and have their image captured. The buzz doesn’t stop there with guests immediately sharing their images on social media, and the option to take
home a printed keepsake from the event. Additional features include the chance to sign your photo, add emojis, digital props or play retro games; you’ll soon see what sets the Mirror Photo Booth apart from other photo booths. The technology behind the Mirror Photo Booth is brand spanking new and is constantly being updated with new and fun features; it is already making a great impact at weddings, birthday parties and other events. Costa Blanca Magic Mirror was started last year by Françoise (Fran) with the vision of providing quality photographs, remarkable memories and the very best service for her clients. Her interest in photography grew over a number of years of social gatherings and networking opportunities, and now combines this with her knowledge of business management and entrepreneurship. Together with her daughter Stephanie and her team it’s guaranteed you will have a blast with the interactive Mirror Photo Booth at your event. The event diary is filling up fast. Don’t miss out and book THE ‘must have,’ now. The Mirror Photo Booth is available from €375 and to hire throughout the Costa Blanca Region... why not look into it for 2019?
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Times have changed LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT NO blacks. No Irish and no dogs. This is the oft publicised ‘unacceptable face of racism,’ of the late 50’s and early 60’s, when landladies, letting out rooms in areas of London and other cities posted this on the doors and windows of their establishments. By today’s standards these signs do of course appear utterly disgusting and totally unacceptable. But times have changed drastically since those far more insular and uninformed times. Back then, these were not blanket judgements, simply because of someone’s skin colour or country of origin. They were decisions made because of the general reputation gained by those who were considered foreigners at that time. Many Irish were not welcomed by landladies because the vast majority worked the roads and building sites, and on weekends were renowned for arriving back at all hours and keeping all the other tenants awake by bellowing Irish ditties at the tops of their voices. People of colour had, in the main, only recently arrived from countries which were far less developed than the UK, with many having never even seen a toilet or experienced abodes with running water. Through no fault of their own, their general stan-
dards of living were vastly different to the locals. The landladies simply couldn’t cope with the culture differences. As for dogs, this was in no way a comparison. Merely that landladies didn’t want the barking to annoy the other tenants. We weren’t racists; we were merely treating those around us as we found them. I personally NEVER judged people by creed or colour. In those heady flower-power days, I truly did believe the UK was the forerunner of how the whole world would be one day; convinced that in the words of Blue Mink and Madeline Bell, (who I know still peruses this column) that all we did indeed require was a great big melting pot, turning out coffee coloured people by the score! For a time I lived in Bayswater’s All Saints Road. At the end of the road was a pub frequented mainly by the black neighbourhood community. I was often the only white face in the pub and thoroughly enjoyed the company and the Ska and reggae music while enveloped in the vaguely sweet aroma of ‘pot.’ No racism there either. Some years later I returned to reminisce in the area which held so many memories. The taxi driver wouldn’t even drive down the street! I walked to the packed, still wholly black clientele pub and after a few minutes made the decision to leave because of the uncomfortable silence which had descended over the whole establishment. I truly was utterly
SIGN: Found in establishments in the 1960s. shocked and disappointed. Believe me, we were never the racists. Generally we welcomed those from different societies. We never envisaged that our liberal attitude would in later years bring the threat of other religions and cultures trying to alter our whole way of life and democratic liberty. No wonder the UK is now infested with racist views.
When you find yourself arguing racism with some snowflake or another, remember to remind them of one thing. Those people had all the best intentions in the world. And now find their very freedom of speech threatened! Just saying… Keep the faith, Love, leapy. leapylee email@example.com.
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TECH FOR THE TIMID REMEMBER that classic Tony Hancock ‘Radio Ham’ sketch, where his new receiver suddenly picks up a distressed ‘Mayday’ call? ‘Mayday? What’s he on about, Mayday, that was weeks ago, it’s June.’ The saddest sight at a recent country fair was a tent of tenacious old codgers trying to interest the young in their amateur radio hobby. Teenagers couldn’t believe that anyone would take all that trouble to talk to someone on-air, when all you need now is a click of the mouse. Buy a simple internet radio and according to one sales blurb, 100,000 stations are at your fingertips. Though sadly it’s a bit like everybody’s favourite TV whinge these days: so many channels, so little to watch. But lurking amidst the many wallpaper stations which clutter the net there are still gems to be found. And what other medium lets us get on with vital everyday duties like stocktaking one-cent coins in the holiday fund jar, or microwave-drying the rain-soaked cat (don’t!), while still exercising our intellect with news from The Voice of
Valium for the ears? Radio is still going strong after 125 years, salutes Terence Kennedy
HAM RADIO: Far simpler on a smartphone. Laryngitis (I kid you not, I found it on the internet the other day). Despite years of predictions, rumours of radio’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The snap, crackle and pop of international shortwave wireless may indeed be heading for
history (unless you still need the estimable BBC World Service in Africa), but radio is reinventing itself with a technological vigour guaranteeing its existence far into this century. Could radio listening even be too easy now?
Writing from the future, the Douglas Adams classic Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy recalls the issue of tuning-in: ‘As radio technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch sensitive; you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers. Now all you have to do is wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saves a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but means that you have to sit infuriatingly still if you want to keep listening to the same programme...’ These days we’re pretty blasé about our radio. We’re unlikely to see a repeat of the infamous episode of 1938, when Orson Welles sent hundreds of Americans rushing out into the streets in blind panic during his radio-theatre production of H G Wells’ War of the Worlds - stampeded by the fictitious news bulletin announcing the arrival of Martians in New Jersey. Television was supposed to kill radio. It didn’t. Phones were supposed to kill conversation. They haven’t. Now satellite and the internet are supposed to kill radio. Trust me, they won’t.
Super bloopers LIVE radio is so gloriously fallible. Take this famous gaffe from an Irish request programme: ‘Now we have a very special greeting,’ the announcer gushed. ‘This next request is for Patrick O’Flanagan, who is, just imagine it, one hundred and eleven today! Oh, no, I beg your pardon, he’s ill...’ Saudi Arabian radio listeners were intrigued at being told there would be no weather for the next 24 hours. Turned out the Met Office was closed. Radio Zambia once managed to announce that ‘The time is now six o’clock Greenwich. Meantime here is the news.’ My all-time favourite on-air clanger also comes from that accident-prone Radio Zambia. Armed with the scores from Britain’s Premier League football, the Saturday sports presenter announced: ‘Here are the English Facup results...’
Breaking Views Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a freelance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/3.0.15/nora-johnson
A SCOTTISH airport’s about to introduce the first full-time therapy dogs in the UK travel industry to calm anxious passengers. There are already more than 50 animal therapy programmes in airports across America, including one, at San Francisco International, featuring Lu Liu the pig. Though not all airlines are sympathetic. Last year, a woman was refused permission to bring Dexter, her emotional-support peacock, on board a flight to Los Angeles. But it’s not just at airports that you come across ‘therapy’ pets. They’re now in the work place, schools and hospitals. An interesting idea, but doubtless there’ll be protests, demonstrations and angry letters to papers in the cause of ‘animal-slavery,’ certain religious objections (let’s not go down that avenue) and allergy - ‘if they bring cats in, I’ll scream and scream until I’m sick’ as someone about to go the full (‘Just William’) Violet Elizabeth Bott might put it. With the imminent approach of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I often wonder how those who fought and survived the atrocities of the Second World War managed without
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Why can’t generation snowflake stand the heat?
THERAPY DOGS: Are to be introduced in a Scottish airport. all these therapy ‘aids’ seemingly deemed ‘essential’ today. I can’t help asking myself whether the high levels of stress and mental illness experienced by millennials nowadays in any way coincide with living in such a riskaverse culture that they’re forbidden all
kinds of emotionally satisfying activities and experiences. Taking risks - like jumping into a pool or climbing a tree - plays a significant role in confidence building for kids. When they learn to swim or ride a bike - learning to feel what it’s like to master something - it has positive effects that spill over into other aspects of their life. Incidentally, a friend of mine has a large Rottweiler. Though she (the dog!) has a calm, placid temperament, she’s so threatening-looking, she’d have zero therapeutic effect on anxious passengers. Quite the opposite! My own little toy poodle would get so stressed she’d need her own therapy dog to recover... Whatever next? Transgender dogs? Would they, in turn, need therapy adults? Blame it all on Brexit - it’s gone to the dogs! Nora Johnson’s psychological crime thrillers ‘Betrayal,’ ‘The Girl in the Woods,’ ‘The Girl in the Red Dress,’ ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.net) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity.
LEGALLY SPEAKING Must he pay in cash? We have lived in our rented apartment for five years. We have paid our rent monthly by bank transfer and declared this to Hacienda when making our tax return, which gave us a refund. We now have a new owner who insists that the rent is paid in cash to the estate agent and also that we do not declare to the Spanish Tax Agency that we pay rent to him. We do declare the rent automatically through our accountant. I suffer from arthritis in both knees and find it difficult to walk the 1.5 km to the estate agency. Our question is: are we legally entitled to pay our rent by bank transfer? P M (Costa del Sol)
No, you cannot David Searl oblige your You and the Law landlord to accept only in Spain payment by bank transfer. He is within his rights to insist on cash payment. However, he has no right to ask you to break the law by not declaring the payment on your tax return. I suggest you tell the estate agency that, if they want payment in cash, that they come to you and collect the rent.
Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola at Ask@lawtaxspain.com, or call 952 667 090.
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Across 1 Money enclosures (6) 5 Explodes sculptures, including the head of Rodin (6) 8 Takeaway of French pamphlet (7) 9 Member from some council I’m backing (4) 10 Find fault with fish (4) 11 Pop star Alvin's bizarre sad strut (8) 12 Dressed initially in calico, lace and denim (4) 13 Model in street carrying one (3) 14 Break off for a photo (4) 16 Foolish behaviour from canon's ensemble (8) 20 Experts playing cards (4) 21 Clobber kept in storage area (4) 22 Nuclear submarine I'd put in river (7) 23 Resistance following roof support (6) 24 Make certain points by river (6) Down 2 Wandering bald, old eccentric (7) 3 Doctor and poet getting writer's block? (7) 4 Corset's remains (5) 5 Small role for two components (3,4) 6 Ride around learner when annoyed (5) 7 The newspaper items are poorly written (5)
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18 Building support from trust (5) 19 Top people of the Spanish, Italian and English (5)
Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 13 represents Z and 23 represents T, so fill in Z every time the figure 13 appears and T every time the figure 23 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 Censure severely or angrily (5) 3 Plant louse (5) 6/18 Vehicle safety device (3,3) 8 Breastbone (7) 9 Useful or valuable quality (5) 10 Religious song of praise (4) 13 Conceal (4) 14 Mayhem (5) 17 Joggers (7) 18 See 6 19 Aroma (5) 20 Requires (5)
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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION FACING PAGE
Across 1 Keyboard (7) 5 Habas (5) 8 To show (7) 9 Snow (5) 10 Oxidado (5) 11 Rescue (7) 12 Alabar (6) 14 Sueldo (6) 17 Aguacate (7) 19 Arches (5) 22 Hasta (5) 23 Third (ordinal number) (7) 24 Extraviado (animal) (5) 25 Grooves (in wood, metal etc) (7)
Down 1 Fraudulent business scheme (4) 2 Cleaning cloth (6) 3 Highest point (4) 4 Bee construction (9) 5 Request urgently and forcefully (6) 7 Dwelling place (9) 11 Contributions (6) 12 Minister of religion (6) 15 Strike repeatedly (4) 16 Long time (4)
The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.
Down 1 To fear (be afraid) (5) 2 Things (5) 3 Streams (brooks) (7) 4 Worker (agriculture, industry) (6) 5 Huesos (5) 6 German (f) (7) 7 Paisaje (7) 12 Cacahuetes (7) 13 To bet (gamble) (7) 15 Saffron (7) 16 Cartel (6) 18 Callejón (5) 20 Claro (ejemplo, prueba, ventaja) (5) 21 Tiendas (5)
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FOR NEXT 7 DAYS AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Your emotions, extra expenses and other domestic pressures are on the boil. Put off major decisions until next week. Meanwhile, loosen up, walk into some creative space, and if necessary, talk to someone who understands your ups and downs. There are good things waiting to happen, so refuse to lose your nerve.
PISCES (February 20 - March 20) It’s both a vertical and horizontal week. What goes right somewhere could easily go wrong elsewhere. Sensitive Venus conspires with touchy Mars to trigger tensions and troubles. If you're aware of where others are coming from, you'll be fine. You’ll have fun, but don't let your spending splurges rule your head on Wednesday or Saturday.
ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Your efforts to get your message across might be best delayed for seven days. Fickle Venus and flighty Mercury will cross swords with other planets, so keep your ideas and emotions grounded. Take nothing for granted on Tuesday, and don't agree to anything without the facts.
TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Don’t jump from one financial frying pan into another. Take it easy on all fronts, especially where your money, emotions and other people's moods are at odds with your ideas. There will be more than one good reason to compromise a little.
GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) You will see the advantage of working towards a new location, or even a specific makeover for your domestic scene. Either way, wait for a further green light, especially where money’s concerned. Monday and Thursday are delicate days, so play it cool.
CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Refuse to be miffed by whatever disagreements or difficulties clutter your world. The sooner you get on with things, the better for your peace of mind. Even this week's affrays and dismays are simply passing clouds. Put yourself first, and things will start to change. There’s no telling what might occur, especially if you explore new options.
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LEO (July 24 - August 23) Move forward on this week’s positive waves of optimism. Treat yourself, but don’t overindulge your temptations. The planets aren’t dancing to all your wants and desires. If certain situations or individuals seem complicated, wait until the dust settles, then follow your hunches.
VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) There's a saying that if it doesn’t rain, it pours, so keep an umbrella of humour to hand. April is around the corner, and with it, a much happier trend for your workaday, social and financial prospects. Strive through this showery emotional week, and the sunshine will surely follow. Meanwhile, focus on the now.
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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) There’s a financial theme to many of your plans and ideas. Above all, spend with care and examine all offers carefully. Rely on your sixth sense, especially where close-to-you matters are concerned. Give more thought to what you hope to have achieved in 12 months from now. Be patient, especially over personal stresses and strains.
EURO MILLIONS Tuesday May 7
Friday May 10
EL MILLON: RGR33930
Thursday May 9
JOKER: 5 444 180 Saturday May 11
JOKER: 3 498 077 EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA Sunday May 12
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 H) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.
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.
TARGET: Average: 12 Good: 17 Very good: 24 Excellent: 31 LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION
LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION epic neep peen peer pent peri pert pier pine pint ripe tipi trip creep crepe crept inept pence peter piece preen price print ripen tripe pectin pierce pincer pinier prince recipe repent repine tiepin percent receipt prentice RECIPIENT
LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS
QUICK Across: 1 Unpopular, 7 Stern, 8 Minus, 9 Apex, 10 Urge, 13 Seem, 14 Cars, 17 Model, 19 Adorn, 20 Yesterday.
Down: LA PRIMITIVA
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) The full moon in your own sign is a powerful ally against this week’s planetary fracas. Speak from the heart and reject any ambiguous emotional games. It's the only way to clear the air and truly know where you're heading.
LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION
SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) You’re not the only member of the zodiac who’ll have to toughen up. It’ll pay you to chill on Tuesday, be patient on Wednesday, and put your potent insights into orbit throughout the weekend. Although certain set arrangements are liable to veer off track, some discussions and shared commitments are slowly but firmly improving.
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.
LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Scanning the rest of the star-signs, you’ll see that you have many things in common this week: challenging influences at work and play, and during other clogging capers. Unexpected events, finances, or the usual everyday frustrations could pile on the pressure.
1 Upset, 2 Prepare, 3 Punter, 4 Lamp, 5/18 Run dry, 6 Waste, 11 Respond, 12 Damage, 13 Samba, 15 Annoy, 16 Alms.
CRYPTIC Across: 1 Boss, 3 Solitary, 9 Sort out, 10 Snail, 11 Bleat, 12 Steady, 14 Detach, 16 Prance, 19 Trudge, 21 Stoat, 24 Hoist, 25 Salvage, 26 Elephant, 27 Feet.
Down: 1 Busybody, 2 Serve, 4 Obtuse, 5 Issue, 6 Abandon, 7 Yelp, 8 Poetic, 13 Seat belt, 15 Turbine, 17 Result, 18 Nelson, 20 Ditch, 22 Orate, 23 Shoe.
Across: 1 Germen, 4 Asleep, 9 Atalaya, 10 Attic, 11 Clamp, 12 Referee, 13 Interruptor, 18 Lápices, 20 Three, 22 Opens, 23 Estante, 24 Tesoro, 25 Escala.
1 Glance, 2 Riada, 3 Example, 5 Staff, 6 Entorno, 7 Pocket, 8 Hairdresser, 14 Nephews, 15 Patitos, 16 Almost, 17 Cereza, 19 Coser, 21 Renta.
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Rip Off Britain Garden Rescue Walks of Life BBC News at 9 Victoria Derbyshire BBC Newsroom Live Politics Live The Boss Street Auction The TV That Made Me Ray Mears: Bushcraft The Hairy Bikers' Bakeation Flog It! Eggheads The Farmers' Country Showdown Mastermind Great British Menu Gardeners' World The Looming Tower The Mini Mash Report Newsnight Weather Drinkers Like Me: Adrian Chiles Panorama
10:25am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 11:20am Superstore 11:45am Superstore 12:10pm You've Been Framed! Gold 12:40pm You've Been Framed! Gold 1:10pm Emmerdale 1:40pm Emmerdale 2:15pm You've Been Framed! Gold 2:40pm 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! Gold 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:00pm Skyfall 10:05pm FYI Daily 10:10pm Skyfall 11:50pm Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy
8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm Top of the Pops 9:00pm A Musical History 10:00pm Top of the Pops: 1982 Big Hits Memorable hits of Live Aid year, featuring Wham!, the Smiths, a-ha, Eurythmics, the Cure, Dead or Alive, Bonnie Tyler, Tears for Fears, Jennifer Rush and Doug E Fresh. 11:00pm Chuck Berry in Concert 12:00am People's History of Pop 1:00am TOTP2 1:25am Top of the Pops 1:55am A Musical History 2:55am Top of the Pops: 1982 Big Hits 3:55am Our Musical History
8:20am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:45am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:40am Frasier 10:10am Frasier 10:40am Frasier 11:10am Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:05pm Undercover Boss USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Couples Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Posh Pawn 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Fifteen to One 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cake Makers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:30pm Unreported World 9:00pm Puppy School 10:00pm Gogglebox 11:00pm The Last Leg 12:05am Sex Tape
10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm Police Interceptors 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Bad Tenants: Disturbing the Peace 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 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 The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard 10:00pm The Sheridan Smith Story 11:15pm 5 Goes to Eurovision: When Things Go Horribly Wrong 1:15am Cricket on 5: England v Pakistan
7:00am Classic Coronation Street 7:25am Classic Coronation Street 7:55am Heartbeat 9:00am Murder, She Wrote 9:50am On the Buses 10:25am On the Buses 11:00am George and Mildred 11:30am Lewis 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Lewis 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Doc Martin 10:00pm Doc Martin 11:00pm The Good Karma Hospital 12:00am The Good Karma Hospital 1:05am The Loch 2:05am Honest 3:05am The Secret Life of Cats
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6:00am Sky Sports News 7:00am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7:30am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:30am Live Super Rugby 11:30am Rugby Gold A chance to relive a classic rugby match. Here, rewind to November 2017 and the autumn international clash between England and Australia. 11:40am Live Super Rugby 1:30pm Cricket 9:00pm Live EFL PlayOff Semi-Final 11:00pm Live PGA Championship 1:00am Sky Sports News
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16 - 22 May 2019
Full electric car coverage with Liberty Seguros ELECTRIC cars were a novel sight until recently, but with the technology becoming more accessible and available in desirable cars, electric cars are fast becoming a more realistic option. Electric car maintenance and running costs are very low. They are also environmentally-friendly and offer tax advantages too. Liberty Seguros wants to support the electric car, improving and adapting its products to the needs of its customers and adding to its continued commitment to caring for the environment with clean energy. For these reasons Liberty Seguros car insurance now contains - free of charge - new benefits for electric cars to be totally covered: Travel Immobilisations from battery discharges will be covered. From Km 0, emergency recharge or towing to the nearest recharge point assigned by the insured is included.
Adapted pricing All electric car policies include a permanent discount (not promotional). Special assigned covers at no additional charge. Car batteries and other accessories are included. Additional discounts for second vehicles. Accessories The cable and the adapter device for charging are included within the damage, fire and theft cover up to a value of €400 (limit per claim per year). Batteries Batteries are included in the cover of damage, fire and/or theft even if they are owned by third parties. Civil liability Damage caused by impact or collision into recharge installations owned by third parties is covered. The damage caused to third parties is covered in cases of fires in the insured vehicle during recharging.
Limit of this guarantee: €300,000 per claim. Tax advantages Reduction in the Road Tax. This reduction depends on the council of each municipality, and can be up to 75 per cent. Free use of green (ORA zone) and blue parking areas (depending on the municipality). Free access to restricted areas in city centres like Madrid. Help and Subventions under MOVES programme (BOE, February 4, 2019). Liberty Seguros has more than 300 brokers and agents dedicated to providing unbiased, friendly and expert advice, in your own language, to discuss the most suitable cover for you. To find out more visit: www.libertyexpatriates.es Tel: 913 422 549.
Me against the system Mike Senker In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man MRS S needed a new laptop so she went to PC World whilst in the UK. The assistant told her the price and five minutes later she was back in the car and on her way. And if you believe that then elephants can fly. Because the truth is it was an absolute nightmare. Have any of you tried to replace a laptop recently? The actual conversation was more like ‘I’d like a new laptop please.’ He says, ‘What type? There’s chrome books, a traditional laptop, Subnotebook, Netbook, Convertible, hybrid, 2in-1, desktop replacement, rugged laptop, business laptop, MacBooks, solid state, dual or quad core. Then he wants to know if she wants touch screen. Why would we want touch screen? It’s just going to get filthy dirty with fingerprints. They had the chat about the difference between solid state and dual or quad core and basically it all boils down to how fast it starts up, but it’s a little more complicated than that. More cores are faster only if a program can split its tasks between the
cores. A newer dual core CPU with a higher clock speed will often outperform an older quad core CPU with a lower clock speed. Got that? Cos I certainly haven’t a clue! Then there’s solid state, which is not like having a normal hard disk, where you store all your stuff. With this you have to store everything on ‘a cloud’ of your choice. By now I am on the ‘phone trying to tell the assistant that she’s not going to be gaming or downloading loads of movies or designing a new shopping centre. All she really wants is a glorified typewriter with a screen and I guess that’s what most older people want. Why does everything have to be so confusing? We finally came up with a laptop that suits her purpose perfectly. But I’m sure it could be a lot simpler. Then the next part of the sales quiz game started - do we want to buy this recommended anti-virus and, of course, you will need to buy Windows Office and do you want the extended warranty and on and on. I already have anti-virus and I use a free office suite that is fine and no I don’t want the extended warranty. Finally she gets it home and the next battle starts. Microsoft wants you to log in with your account which I don’t want and off we go again me against the system!
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16 - 22 May 2019
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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Nadiya's British Food Adventure 1:00pm BBC News 1:10pm Weather 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm Football Focus 3:00pm The FA Cup Show 4:35pm BBC News 4:45pm Regional News 4:50pm Weather 4:55pm Match of the Day Live 8:30pm Would I Lie to You? 9:00pm The Eurovision Song Contest 12:40am BBC News The latest national and international news stories, followed by Weather. 12:55am Weather The latest weather information. 1:00am Match of the Day: FA Cup Highlights All the action from the latest FA Cup games.
9:15am The Dog Ate My Homework 9:45am Nature's Microworlds 10:15am Coast 10:45am Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? 11:45am Bears 1:00pm Recipes That Made Me 1:30pm Kew on a Plate 2:30pm Best Bakes Ever 3:00pm Homes Under the Hammer 4:00pm Back in Time for the Weekend 5:00pm £100k House: Tricks of the Trade 6:00pm Million Pound Holiday Club 7:00pm Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall 8:00pm The Yorkshire Dales 8:30pm Dad's Army 9:00pm BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Final 11:00pm QI XL 11:45pm￼Evelyn 1:20am Love is All You Need
8:15am Mr. Bean: The Animated Series 8:30am Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution 9:00am Info not available 9:25am ITV News 9:30am The Sara Cox Show 10:25am Saturday Morning with James Martin 12:35pm John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen 1:35pm Save Money 2:05pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:30pm ITV Racing: Live from Newbury 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV Evening News 7:15pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm Ninja Warrior UK Game show in 8:30pm In for a Penny 9:00pm Britain's Got Talent 10:15pm Info not available 12:30am ITV News
3:20am Teleshopping Shopping from home. 6:50am ITV2 Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records Matt Edmondson writes and narrates the series about the most entertaining Guinness World Records and the brilliant characters who set them, as captured by TV shows around the globe. 7:10am Emmerdale Omnibus An excited Belle prepares for a party. Robert makes a misstep. Chas and Paddy receive some news.
8:00pm The Return of Flying Scotsman 8:30pm FA Cup TOTP2 9:00pm Gary Lineker on the Road to FA Cup Glory 10:00pmCardinal 10:40pmCardinal 11:25pmTOTP 1987 11:55pmJohn Williams at the BBC 12:55am Blackadder Fourth series of the comedy which sees Blackadder and the hapless Baldrick in the trenches during the First World War. 1:25am Blackadder 1:55am Blackadder 2:25am The Kacey Musgraves Country and Western Rhinestone Revue at Royal Albert Hall 3:25am World War I at Home
5:40am Road to Avonlea Aunt Eliza takes Daniel on vacation, leaving time for a second honeymoon for Janet and Alec. 6:30am ITV3 Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Love Your Garden 7:50am Carry on Doctor After the popular Dr Kilmore is sacked, the hosptial's patients try to get him reinstated. 9:40am Inspector Morse 11:50am Lewis 1:50pm Lewis 3:55pm Lewis 5:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 8:00pm Midsomer Murders 10:00pm Vera 12:00am A Touch of Frost 2:00am Classic Emmerdale
7:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:00am Frasier 9:15am The Big Bang Theory 10:35am Woman's Football World with Coca Cola 11:05am The Simpsons 12:05pm Couples Come Dine with Me 1:05pm Four in a Bed 1:40pm Four in a Bed 2:10pm Four in a Bed 2:40pm Four in a Bed 3:10pm Four in a Bed 3:45pm W Series 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:35pm Sun, Sea and Brides to be 6:35pm Kirstie and Phil's Love it or List it 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Great Canal Journeys 9:00pm Britain's Most Historic Towns 10:00pm Taken 3 12:15am Legend 2:40am The Last Leg
5:30am Teleshopping Shopping from home. 7:00am World of Sport Richard Henwood takes a look back at the glory days of British Wrestling, with some classic action from the archives. 7:10am The Protectors Adventure series about a European crimefighting team. 7:35am The Professionals A visiting Israeli politician is abducted, and the only clues to his whereabouts are a shadowy photograph and a coded tape message.
SUNDAY - 19 MAY
11:15am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:25am Make You Laugh Out Loud 11:50am Police Interceptors 1:40pm Friends 2:10pm Friends 2:40pm Friends 3:05pm Friends 3:35pm Friends 4:05pm The Nightmare 5:05pm The Nightmare 6:05pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 7:00pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 7:55pm Peb's: Plaid Cymru 8:00pm Secrets of the Royal Servants 8:55pm 5 News 9:00pm HMS Belfast: Ww2's Great Survivor 10:00pm Who Killed the Princes in the Tower? 11:50pm Pompeii 1:45am Criminals Caught on Camera
7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Match of the Day: FA Cup Highlights 11:00am The Andrew Marr Show 12:00pm Sunday Politics 12:30pm Bargain Hunt 1:05pm Garden Rescue 1:50pm BBC News 2:00pm Weather for the Week Ahead 2:05pm Songs of Praise 2:45pm Points of View 3:00pm Tennis 6:30pm BBC News 6:50pm Regional News 6:55pm Weather 7:00pm RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 8:00pm Countryfile 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm Gentleman Jack 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm Regional News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Spooks: The Greater Good 1:10am Weather for the Week Ahead 1:15am BBC News
7:00am Sky Sports News 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:30am Live Super Rugby Blues take on Chiefs in Auckland in an all-New Zealand clash in round 14 of Super Rugby. 1:00pm Live Ladies European Tour Golf 2:15pm Live Rugby League Summer Bash The opening game from the Rugby League Summer Bash, held at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool. 4:15pm Live Super League 6:30pm Live PGA Championship 1:00am Sky Sports News
9:30am The Sara Cox Show 10:25am James Martin's Sunday Selection 11:25am This Morning On Sunday 12:25pm John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen 1:25pm ITV Lunchtime News 1:30pm Britain's Got Talent 2:45pm Britain's Got More Talent 3:45pm In for a Penny 4:15pm The Living Daylights 6:40pm ITV Evening News 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:05pm Tenable All Stars 8:00pm What the Durrells Did Next 9:00pm Info not available 11:00pm ITV News 11:15pm Info not available 12:10am easyJet: Inside the Cockpit 1:05am John Bishop's Ireland
7:20am Great British Garden Revival 8:20am Glorious Gardens From Above 9:05am Countryfile 10:00am Beechgrove 10:30am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00pm Athletics 1:00pm Great Manchester Run Highlights 3:20pm Talking Pictures 4:05pm Escape to Athena 6:00pm Great Manchester Run Highlights 7:00pm Turkey with Simon Reeve 8:00pm Dragons' Den 9:00pm Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall 10:00pm The Ranganation 10:45pm What We Do in the Shadows 11:15pm What We Do in the Shadows 11:35pm I'll Get This 12:25am Young Frankenstein 2:05am Question Time 3:05am Holby City 4:05am This is BBC Two
6:55am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 7:10am You've Been Framed! Gold 7:35am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:35am Coronation Street Omnibus 1:30pm Celebrity Catchphrase 2:30pm Babe 3:35pm FYI Daily 3:40pm Babe 4:25pm Britain's Got Talent 5:35pm Britain's Got More Talent 6:40pm Minions 7:45pm FYI Daily 7:50pm Minions 8:35pm Jurassic World 9:35pm FYI Daily 9:40pm Jurassic World 11:00pm Family Guy 11:30pm Family Guy 11:55pm Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:55am American Dad! 1:25am American Dad! 1:50am The Cleveland Show 2:20am The Cleveland Show
8:00pm Secret Agent Selection : WW2 9:00pm Kew's Forgotten Queen 10:00pm Walking with Dogs 11:00pm Life is a Circus 12:00am Cruel Sea: The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster 1:00am Blackadder Fourth series of the comedy which sees Blackadder and the hapless Baldrick in the trenches during the First World War. 1:30am Blackadder 2:00am Blackadder 2:30am Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema Documentary 4:00am Kew's Forgotten Queen
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The Royal The Royal Heartbeat Heartbeat Long Lost Family Lewis Lewis Inspector Morse Victoria Victoria Agatha Christie's Poirot Tonight at the London Palladium Grantchester Tina and Bobby Wire in the Blood Agatha Christie's Poirot Classic Emmerdale Classic Emmerdale Classic Emmerdale Classic Emmerdale Classic Emmerdale
6:05am Fill Your House for Free 6:10am The 100k Drop 7:05am Everybody Loves Raymond 7:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 7:55am Frasier 8:20am Frasier 8:45am Frasier 9:10am The Big Bang Theory 9:40am The Big Bang Theory 10:00am The Big Bang Theory 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm Tricks of the Restaurant Trade 2:00pm Bake Off: The Professionals 3:00pm The Simpsons 3:30pm The Simpsons 4:00pm The Simpsons 4:30pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 5:30pm A Place in the Sun 6:30pm Coast v Country 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Chaos at the Castle 9:00pm Star Trek Beyond 11:20pm Gogglebox 12:20am Locked Up: Walter Presents
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World of Sport Kojak Minder Motorsport UK World Superbike Highlights The Motorbike Show MSA British Touring Car Championship Cycling: Tour Series Highlights Hornblower Rambo III FYI Daily Rambo III Conan the Destroyer FYI Daily Conan the Destroyer Minder Comedy drama series. The Protectors ITV4 Nightscreen Teleshopping Shopping from home. ITV4 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping
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HouseBusters Wildlife SOS Milkshake! Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Access Rocketman Special Maid in Manhattan Friends Friends Friends Friends Friends Practical Magic Me and My 19 Kids When Rich Kids Go Skint Cricket on 5: Eng v Pak-ODI 5 News Blind Date My Crazy Rich Asian Wedding What Women Want Lip Sync Battle High Street TV Teleshopping Access
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Advertising Feature IF you have ever dreamed of a mobile phone service in Spain which is cheap, has great coverage and offers a service completely in English with native English- speaking staff wake up, it’s now become a reality with Lobster Mobile. Two years in the making, Lobster, which is a Spanish company, offers an incredibly simple service to set up with none of the usual bureaucracy. For a flat monthly fee you get unlimited calls and texts in Spain and to the UK and other countries. It really is flippin’ easy and great value for money and instead of loads of different calling plans and complicated contracts you have three simple monthly options, all with unlimited calls and texts and you just choose the amount of data you want. €12 gives you 2GB of data, €18 gives you 7GB of data, and €24 gives you 15GB of data which means basically if you like to watch lots of videos, you will probably be better suited with the medium or large plans, whilst if your main interest is making and receiving calls and sending WhatsApps then the small one is probably the one for you. The great thing about Lobster is that you are not tied into any contract and can change between plans at any time with no penalty, and as an added bonus when you first sign up, your first month’s plan is free to give you the option to decide whether you like the ser-
16 - 22 May 2019
Lobster: The full English mobile Credit: Lobster Mobile
MARKETING DIRECTOR: Tony Watts thinks Lobster is flippin’ good!
vice with no commitments. Lobster thinks you’ll like it and will want to stay. If you have a Spanish mobile number at the moment and want to keep it, that can easily be arranged so all of your contacts will still be able to call you as normal. Lobster has full national coverage in Spain, running on the Movistar network. This really is a first for Spain as the whole service has been built with English speakers in mind, so the call centre which is open from 9am to 9pm seven days a week responds quickly and you will always find help from a native English speaker on the end of the line. Signing up is simple as all you need is valid ID; passport, NIE or similar, and a credit or debit card and there are no commitments; you simply pay on a monthly basis and can cancel whenever you like. You can sign up online visiting their website www.lobster.es, by calling their call centre for free on 1661, or by going in to one of more than 300 retail stores selling Lobster. There are already thousands of happy customers, one of whom (Frances Cripps) wrote on the company Facebook page: ‘I’ve had my SIM card a month now and so far it’s been one of the best I’ve ever had; internet is great and the staff are really helpful. Would definitely be recommending this company to everyone.’
16 - 22 May 2019
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The Repair Shop Pointless BBC News Regional News The One Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 EastEnders Panorama Not Going Out Ghosts BBC News Regional News Weather Back to Life Have I Got a Bit More News for You
7:25pm Party Election Broadcast 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Love Your Garden 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Info not available 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm Regional News and Weather
5:15pm Ray Mears: Bushcraft 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 8:00pm The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts 9:00pm RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 10:00pmThatcher: A Very British Revolution 11:00pmI Love 1980 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather
8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm Victorian Bakers 10:00pmSwimming Through the Seasons: The Hampstead Ponds 11:00pmIraq: The Hidden Story 11:50pmClydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth Documentary exploring the stories of four ships built on the River Clyde. 12:50am Time Shift
1:05pm Couples Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Posh Pawn 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Fifteen to One 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cake Makers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Supershoppers 9:30pm Tricks of the Restaurant Trade 10:00pmThe Hunt for Jihadi John 11:30pmSex on Trial 12:35am First Dates
3:20pm A Neighbour's Obsession 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News 7:55pm Peb's: Labour Party 8:00pm Gallagher Premiership Rugby Highlights 9:00pmï¿¼Police Interceptors 10:00pmTraffic Cops 11:00pmPolice Code Zero: Officer Under Attack 12:00am The Punisher
4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 5:30pm The Repair Shop 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Years and Years 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Hot Property 12:00am Young, Welsh and Pretty Religious
5:15pm The Hairy Bikers' Bake-ation 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 8:00pm Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 9:00pm RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 10:00pmAlastair Campbell: Depression and Me 11:00pmLive at the Apollo 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather
8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm India's Frontier Railways 10:00pmRhythms of India: Ancient Melodies 11:00pmThe Stolen Maharajah: Britain's Indian Royal 12:00am Treasures of the Indus 1:00am How it Works 2:00am Timewatch 2:50am How to Build a Cathedral 3:50am India's Frontier Railways
1:05pm Couples Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Posh Pawn 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Fifteen to One 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cake Makers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Bake Off: The Professionals 10:00pm24 Hours in A&E 11:00pmFirst Dates 12:05am Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back
Abducting Zoe Friends Friends 5 News Neighbours Home and Away 5 News Peb's: Scottish National Party 8:00pm Our Yorkshire Farm 9:00pm Britain's Parking Hell Special 10:00pm The Murder of Charlene Downes 11:00pm Hoarders: Buried Alive in My Bedroom 12:00am Jason Statham's Homefront
3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pmAmerican Dad! 11:00pmAmerican Dad! 11:30pmFamily Guy 12:00am Family Guy
1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Lewis 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Agatha Christie's Poirot 11:00pmCheat 12:00am Cheat 1:05am A Touch of Frost
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3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:25pm Party Election Broadcast 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Save Money 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather
3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:45pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 10:00pmThrough the Keyhole 11:05pmFamily Guy 11:35pmFamily Guy 12:05am Family Guy
1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Lewis 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Endeavour 11:00pmCheat 12:00am Cheat
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Get a fresh start – reset your brain READING THE SPAGHETTI: Giving yourself a fresh start.
Joris Plu WITHIN our head is our unique brain, and what a wonderful piece of work. Ever felt that your head was completely full? And I mean not just full but with that weird feeling of it being filled with cooked spaghetti? Lots and lots of it - so much of it that you cannot see things clear anymore. You feel like you are almost not able to make those decisions that are the right ones for you. Feeling blocked and blind. Well, no worries. This happens to everyone on this planet. Hope you feel ok now? And most of the time we can easily read what the spaghetti is trying to say to us. So we can follow the path we want or we need to follow in our special life. Most of the time it all works
outside your inner circle to help you read what it says. If you are in this stage of your life, your body, soul and mind need a fresh start. So give it to yourself. Give yourself that new fresh start where you will find out who you are at that particular moment in time and what you really want to do in your life. Take a look into a mirror and say to yourself: “Yes, I will give myself a fresh new start right now” … and give yourself a big positive smile. Take good care!
out well. But sometimes the head is so full that we are unable to see and feel. The solution in those times is to rethink who we are and what we really want in our life. To reset our brain. Easy, no? So if you are now looking for the reset button somewhere
on your head or are waiting for me to tell you where you can find it, I have to disappoint you. There is no button on the outside of your head. Though it would be fantastic, the button is actually inside your head. Hence the precious word ‘rethink’. You have to take a step back or stand
still for a moment, go to a peaceful and quiet place. Take the spaghetti out of your head, put it in front of you and try to read what it says. Believe in the fact that you are able to read it. And if it is a hard time for you to do so at that moment, find someone
Keep it simple Kate Broadhead Health and Lifestyle coach ONE of the most common reasons for failure when changing the way you eat, is over thinking and over complicating the process. Ch a n g i n g y o u r d ie t s h o u ld b e s trai g h t f o r wa r d a n d n o t fe e l lik e ‘work.’ Otherwise you will tire of it and end up back at square one again. The easiest way to get involved in carb c y c l i n g i s t o u n d e rs ta n d th e food groups. An understanding of what you can eat and what you need to avoid, is all that is really required. As my 72-year-old dad embarked on this way of eating, he didn’t want complicated menus or strict instructions of what to eat, and certainly wouldn’t entertain tracking his meals in an app on his phone! So I kept it simple. Two lists. One list of foods to eat for five days a week, and another list of what to eat
CHANGING DIET: Understand what you can eat and what to avoid. on two days a week. That’s all. By following a very basic format of carb cycling, it has been enough for him mentally to understand the process and as a result has shed 25lb (11kg). Some people do prefer to track every meal and plan every day to the very last mouthful. Which is fine, and everybody digests information differently and needs a different level of control
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Antibacterial soaps no better ANTIBACTERIAL soaps are no more effective than plain soap at killing bacteria. A study by Korean scientists said there was “no significant difference” between the effects of plain soap and its antibacterial counterparts under normal ‘real-life’ conditions. They examined the effect of triclosan, the active antiseptic ingredient commonly used and tested on 20 strains on how well it killed bacteria. They found triclosan had killed significantly more bacteria after nine hours or more, but not during the short time required for hand washing.
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I WAS disgusted but not surprised to read about the group of 26 people who were arrested for allegedly scamming tourists on Palma beach. Wherever high levels of holidaymakers concentrate there always seem to be people who seek to take advantage of those letting their guard down while away from home. However, while I sympathise with those who have lost their money on these ‘games,’ I was a little shocked that adult tourists had been taken in by the group. It seems to prove the old adage true, ‘if it seems too good to be true, it is.’ Mr John Hedron
French air strikes HI Leapy, I have to compliment you on very detailed articles in the Euro Weekly News , we look forward to continue reading them online here in Ireland. Sometime, if you think it’s worth mentioning, you might mention the fallout of the effects of the continuing French air traffic controllers strike. On May 8, we were affected by this action for the second time, the large expense of rehiring a car, and for some, hotel fees etc. There was little mention of this in the news anywhere. Surely, as this ongoing dispute affects many countries in Europe, it should be an issue for the European Parliament to get involved, in the form of mediation, and indeed put pressure on both sides, to reach a settlement. I am going to write to the MEPs going up for election to see what they have to say about this issue. Keep up the great articles, and looking forward to reading them online. Danny Murphy
Points raised RE: An arrogant affront (Issue 1765). Might I say I have enjoyed reading your articles since I came to Spain and always seem to agree with what your views are. However this I feel has moved me to put something in writing. Both points mentioned are a disgrace. I cannot believe these things are happening and no one in England stands up and speaks. The Sri Lankan atrocity was far more devastating than New Zealand and as you say hardly mentioned. I’m sure if you were Prime Minster things would get sorted, but the downside is you would have to go back to the UK, something I certainly don’t want to do. Keep up the good work!! Lorraine Pilling
SWALLOWS: Are the birds at risk?
Extinction fears YOUR article on migratory birds (Issue 1766), did not mention the millions caught by nets across Egypt, and
other north African countries, eaten as delicacies. No swallows have returned to Coin, for several years, be-
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cause of this. Eventually, they could become extinct, as they come north to breed. Edward Naughton
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OUR VIEW More action needed THE news that Spanish emissions fell by a higher rate than the EU average last year is welcome, but action on climate change must be stepped up to avoid catastrophe. Emissions in Spain fell by 3.2 per cent last year, according to the Eurostat data agency. The EU average was 2.5 per cent, with both figures well below that of Portugal’s which dropped by 9 per cent. Climate change is the single-biggest existential threat to the survival of our species and to the natural world we depend on. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned we have 11 years to drastically change climate policies to prevent irreversible damage. As leading naturalist David Attenborough said in a recent documentary, a failure to do so would mean the end of civilisation as we know it. Here in Spain we are likely to see more heat waves, droughts and desertification of once-arable farmland. Flash floods like the ones which struck Mallorca and the Costa Blanca this year and Malaga Province last year will also increase, and several of Spain’s native animals will disappear. The current left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) government has promised a raft of measures to wean Spain off fossil fuels and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, also the EU’s target. But progress must be accelerated and the fossil fuel industry should shoulder a heavy burden of the effort given it brought us to the brink of a climate cataclysm.
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Bullfighter wipes bull’s tears before killing it This picture has broken my heart... how can human beings behave like this. I just pray for Karma. Lesley-Ann What kind of example are they setting in how to treat other living beings of ALL kinds including humans!? Louisa
Spain’s longest urban slide, opened in Costa del Sol, causes controversy due to ‘safety’ reasons And today (Saturday) it has been closed for safety reasons. Who thought a 30º slope was a good idea? PM Totally agree! I thought no way that could be a children’s slide. Caroline
COMMENTS FROM EWN ONLINE AIRPORT DELAYS: France air strikes affect passengers in Spain The French do like to strike and if it affects any other countries so much the better. Wonder what would have happened if Macron’s European pal Merkel’s country had been seriously affected? Ian
Spain says Gibraltar is under ‘illegal occupation’ by the British If the Spanish are so unconcerned by history and interna-
tional Treaties, ask them about Ceuta and Melilla and Perejil. PM
Dramatic rescue: Five girls found after going missing in southern Spain The Guardia Civil mountain rescue team are brilliant. I took a wrong turning on top of Mt Maroma a couple of weeks ago and ran out of food and energy and ended up trying to sleep through the night under bits of grass half way up the mountain. Yet Mountain Rescue found me and helped me back down at 3.30 in the morning. I felt like an idiot as I am an experienced walker, but it was a lesson for me and the rescue guys were superb, hats off to them. Angus
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Bronzed beauty LOVE ISLAND’S Zara McDermott was enjoying the Spanish sun as she posed on a boat in Ibiza in a series of sizzling snaps posted to Instagram earlier this month. The reality star showed off her bronzed figure in a high-cut fucsia bikini and matching captain’s hat as she sat back with her feet perched on the steering wheel. The 22-year-old star was also a bronzed beauty as she flaunted her curves in a plunging green dress for a bar launch in London recently. Government adviser Zara last week denied that she is dating pop singer Olly Murs, after splitting with Islander Adam Collard earlier this year. She appeared on the 2018 season of Love Island, which was filmed in a villa in Mallorca.
JASMINE HARMAN is currently back in Spain filming more episodes of A Place In The Sun. T h e m o t h e r- o f - t w o p o s t e d a snap of herself soaking up the sun whilst working on the beach to her Instagram account. T h e C h a n n e l 4 h o s t c o u l d n ’t have looked happier as she smiled for the camera as she posed on a sun-drenched beach in Benalmadena.
SHIP SHAPE: Zara relaxes on a boat near Ibiza.
Joyous Jasmine She captioned the stunning snap: ‘Buenos Dias! It’s Monday m o r n i n g , d o n ’t b e b l u e ! F e e l s good to have the sand between my toes again! #costadelsol.’
Jasmine has also been open about her weight loss on Instagram recently, having shed two stone over the past year. A Place In The Sun presenter uploaded a before and after picture of herself to compare how d i ff e r e n t s h e l o o k s a f t e r 1 2 months of attending gym classes. ‘I’ve lost weight, but more importantly I’ve gained confidence,’ she wrote in the caption.
Boyband bromance IRISH boyband superstars Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden rekindled their bromance by meeting up for the first time in years in Marbella. The Irish pals - who shot to fame in rival 90’s bands Boyzone and Westlife, looked delighted as they met up for drinks. The pair were in Marbella for a charity golfing event to raise funds for cancer and children in need. Keating and McFadden partied together at the celebity steak restaurant Oak Garden and Grill in Puerto Banus, which has become a the place to be for the stars. The handsome pair couldn’t stop laughing as they partied and joked: “Our bromance is on again!” Ronan Keating’s wife Storm shared a cute family snap on Instagram alongside the Westlife pal as they soaked up the Spanish sun. Brian left Westlife in 2004 and has since appeared in various TV shows, including Dancing on Ice earlier this year.
Organised events by Sally Underwood THE Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar has announced its upcoming events. Beginning on Wednesday May 29 with a Sing-a-long Mamma Mia Musical Evening, the group has three new events
planned in May and June. The musical evening will see attendees offered the chance to watch the film, sing along, and have a dance to the famous tunes. The film screening will be followed by a tapas dinner and dancing to more ABBA music.
JAEN: The group will visit the city on June 12.
Tickets costing €8 or €7 for those with a Friends of Lux Mundi card will go towards fundraising efforts. The event begins at 6.30pm for 7pm. The following Monday June 3, will be the Half Orange ‘Bring and Share’ lunch for the widows, widowers and singles
group. Lux Mundi explained: “You are welcome to join us and make and meet new friends at the centre. The group also meets on the other Mondays of the month for coffee, walks and visits to places of interest at 1pm.” On Wednesday June 12 will be a coach trip to Jaen. Lux Mundi said: “Please come and join friends and see the city of Jaen in the province of Cordoba. There will be a stop for breakfast on the way and you will arrive in Jaen at around 10.45am. “Here you will be joined by an English-speaking guide for a three-hour tour, firstly staying on the coach to visit the Santa Catalina hill and a short walk to the viewing point. “You will then return to the old part of town where you will visit the Cathedral, Arab baths and other places of interest. There will then be free time for you to have lunch, and the coach will leave at 5pm for the return journey.” Tickets cost €31 or €30 for
those with a Friends of Lux Mundi card. Tickets can be bought at the Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Avenida Moscatel 1 ‘I,’ Torre del Mar, 29740.
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BOYZ HOLIDAY: Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden met up for drinks in Marbella.
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By David Worboys IN order to pass the GCE ‘O-level’ in the 50’s we had to learn the basics of such subjects as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and Latin (or ancient Greek). For almost all of us these subjects were of no use apart from the nebulous purpose of ‘training the mind.’ More useful were grammar and vocabulary, arithmetic and the basics of at least one European language, although we were never taught how to communicate in them. For ‘A-level’ (advanced) we chose between science and the humanities - test tubes and Goethe! At the time, it was widely recognised this choice of subjects was flawed. It was assumed discipline was taught in the home, and teachers were treated with respect. This was an age when teaching could focus on academic education. Today, however, in an age when eight-year-old children take knives into class and are prepared to threaten their classmates and teachers with grievous bodily harm if their behaviour or demands are challenged, algebra may not be high on the priority list. It would seem today the main priority for thousands of teachers is not merely to control the class, but to pro-
How’s your algebra?
TODAY’S TEACHING: Subjects taught in schools should reflect today’s society. tect it from potential hooliganism, vandalism and violence. For pupils who wish to get on in life this is a tragic and completely unacceptable situation. They may not be interested in algebra, but could develop an interest in history, geography, philosophy, French
Cassandra Nash A weekly look - and not entirely impartial reaction to the Spanish political scene
POLITICIANS and the politically-inclined nervously await the results of the May 26 regional and municipal elections. The general election results were encouraging for Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE because despite lacking an overall majority, there was no danger of a repetition of Andalucia’s threeway alliance between the PP, Cs and Vox. What no-one can predict is whether or not this could still happen in the local and regional polls on Sunday week. Basing predictions on the April 28 results, the gruesome threesome might just pull it off. But while extrapolation might work regionally, the analysts could come a cropper locally. Because of this, all the party leaders are waiting until the night of May 26 before deciding which way the wind is blowing and how they will swing at Sanchez’s investiture. Irrational, though, that the next government could be conditioned not by ideology but local feuds, vendettas, bloodlines, resentments and elephant-sized memories.
Negative thoughts DON’T count on me, Albert Rivera told Pedro Sanchez during the president-elect’s round of talks with the other parties.
literature or physics. Those who have no ambition beyond disrupting the class should somehow be segregated and taught basic manners and anger management. Before anything else they need to learn to respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others. Perhaps
trigonometry (or even Spanish) could be replaced by ‘relationships.’ The more mature students could benefit from subjects which should be taught as part of the school syllabus. Perhaps algebra (or geography!) could give way to ‘financial management,’ as
this could help families to weigh up the implications before incurring debt, taking up gambling or investing recklessly in shares or in their own business. All but the hopelessly uneducable should be shown the importance of pride in their country and in the environment. National pride does not mean beating the brown stuff out of another country’s football supporters. Idiots who drop litter in the streets, spray graffiti in public places and desecrate flower gardens are unlikely to contribute to the salvation of our planet. The new subject could be ‘the environment.’ Finally ‘health maintenance’ is a subject which could save millions of souls from early death or permanent illness, while saving the health service from extinction. We all need to focus on prevention of ailments, diseases and chronic conditions rather than relief by pharmaceutical products or cure by surgery. Once society shows signs of maturing we can get engrossed in the joys of algebra - or at least traditional education.
Of local interest No doubt Sanchez wasn’t going to, not after Rivera vetoed any post-election agreement before the campaign began and the Ciudadanos leader vowed to remove Sanchez from the Moncloa. Pablo Casado will tell him to rule out Partido Popular help too, which hardly comes as a surprise. No-one is going to help Sanchez from the kindness of their hearts and that includes Pablo Iglesias who initially weighed in with demands
for ministries in exchange for his 42 seats. The Basque nationalists should help out, plus odds and sods from Compromis, and others. Crucially, Sanchez could make it back to the Moncloa and the numbers might add up if the legal eagles decide that three Junts per Catalunya MPs elected to the national parliament who are currently remanded cannot take up their seats for the investiture. Could be that the Catalan imbroglio and the implacable separatists could finally bring help
when and where least expected.
Chain reaction PABLO CASADO has been heard referring to the voter as ‘el jefe’ which is how Mercadona’s president Juan Roig refers to clients. That’s Casado for you, pinching other people’s ideas, although after nine months as PP leader it looks unlikely that he’ll ever be as successful as Roig and his supermarket chain.
Bad losers VOX politicians, whose own democratic credentials would not always bear close inspection, questioned the probity of the general election count-up. They demanded recounts all over Spain ‘so that there is true transparency between how the Spanish voted and their real representation in parliament.’ Although the party headed by Santiago Abascal obtained 24 seats in the general election this was half or even a third of what the ultra-Right Partido Popular breakaways and some of the pundits expected. Instead of accepting the results, which were pretty good for a party entering parliament for the first time, Vox is questioning them. This prompts the sobering thought that if they’re such bad losers, what on earth would they have been like as winners?
SANTIAGO ABASCAL: Leader of VOX.
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Day I took a shine to cowboy boots Barry Duke WHEN I arrived in Dallas in the 1980s for a series of business meetings, the first thing I noticed about the executive who met me at the airport were his beautifully crafted black cowboy boots, which blended in perfectly with his expensive suit. ‘ Wo w, ’ I e x c l a i m e d ‘ I w i s h I could wear boots like yours, but I have trouble enough with conventional footwear, and I think those would crucify my feet.’ I explained that I suffered from bunions, and virtually all my shoes put painful pressure on my instep and I could only walk short distances before experiencing excruciating pain. ‘Well,’ the guy replied. ‘I had similar problems, but they vanished virtually overnight after I bought my first pair of boots. Why not try a pair?’ A day later he took me to a magnificent boot emporium where
SNAKESKIN CREATION: I wouldn’t be seen dead in these boots. an assistant measured my feet, and produced an array of styles he reckoned would suit me. The pair I totally fell in love with fitted
like a second skin, and all the problems I had with my feet melted away within days. From that day on, I have worn
nothing but cowboy boots, for both formal and informal occasions and my feet are in perfect shape. Now here’s a thing about wellm a d e b o o t s : t h e y d o n ’t c o m e cheap, but they practically last forever if you take good care of them, and regularly have them resoled and reheeled. The pair I bought in Dallas lasted over 20 years. Now what got me onto the subject of boots is that, while rummaging around a shelf of biker boots in a second-hand store last week, I came across a fabulous pair of cowboy boots, barely worn, that were not only my size, but were a snip at €15.00. Made by top Spanish company, Sendra, I grabbed my bargain and immediately headed to a nearby leather retailer that specialises in the brand. I was curious to see how much they would have cost new. The cheapest pair they had was €295.00. But while I was admiring their range, I came across a pair that I wouldn’t be seen dead in: a snakes k i n c r e a t i o n w i t h t h e s n a k e ’s head on each pointed toe.
They had a €500.00 price tag! Far more tasteful, but considerably pricier, were boots made of stingray skin. These come in at around €1,000.00, and should I ever be lucky enough to win the lottery, I’ll get myself a top-ofthe-range pair. Incidentally, the health benefits of cowboy books were spelled out in a 2018 American article which quoted an orthopaedic surgeon, Brady Rhodes, ‘who wears his boots as easily as Carrie Bradshaw wore her Christian Louboutins in Sex and the City.’ ‘I wear them all the time,’ says Rhodes, a specialist in foot and a n k l e s u rg e r y. T h e a r t i c l e s a i d surgeons like Rhodes advise their clients to wear cowboy boots because they give one a built-in heel lift, which reduces stress on the Achilles tendon. Rhodes also likes the soles of cowboy boots which have a rigid metal shank from end to end for solid support. So the next time you see someone wearing cowboy boots, don’t assume they’re being ostentatious or flamboyant - unless their boots have a reptile’s head attached.
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Honda’s electric pledge HONDA has confirmed it will produce its first fully electric urban vehicle - the rather unimaginative sounding ‘Honda e.’ And it has also said that the next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertrain featuring the brand’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) technology. The manufacturer says that this is part of its ‘Electric Vision’ to make 100 per cent of the brand’s European sales feature electrified powertrains by 2025. The Honda e, which was recently presented as a production prototype in Geneva, is Honda’s first model to benefit from a dedicated EV platform rather than be converted from a traditionally-powered design. This means it is optimised for electric power through its design and technology with no compromises. The compact electric car offers sporty rearwheel drive format and advanced electric powertrain. The Honda e has already
received over 22,000 expressions of interest across Europe, and customers can visit their national Honda website for more information. The i-MMD hybrid system available with the next generation of the popular Jazz hatchback has already won widespread acclaim across Europe for delivering high-levels of real-world efficiency and refinement in the new CR-V Hybrid. Ahead of its 2025 electrification goal, Honda will expand the application of its i-MMD dualmotor hybrid system, with the introduction into smaller segment cars an important first step. The next-generation Jazz will make its international premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.
HONDA FIRST: The manufacturer’s first car designed purely as an EV.
Italian Job Lamborghini IT was a scene to make any lover of beautiful cars weep - the shot in iconic movie The Italian Job where a Lamborghini Miura P400 is destroyed in an on-screen incident. But all was not as it seemed as clever cinematography actually meant the on-screen car that was ‘destroyed’ was actually a car that had already been crashed. Now 50 years on from the release of the film Lamborghini Polo Storico has certified the Miura P400, chassis #3586, as the original uncrashed car used in the Paramount Pictures film (1969). The orange Miura P400 with white/black leather interior has been the most pursued Miura in recent decades: it appears in the film driven by the actor Rossano Brazzi on the Great St Bernard Pass. In the movie plot the car is destroyed, but nobody would have really ruined what was the most desired car of the moment. In reality, Paramount also depicted an identical, crashed Miura. Just a few years after the film’s release, once it had been established that the car used in filming was not the one destroyed in the on-screen accident, a hunt began to find the opening-scene Miura. Over the following five decades, enthusiasts and collectors from around the world searched and amassed numerous and sometimes conflicting clues. The current owner of this historic model, The Kaiser Collection of Vaduz (Liechtenstein), decided to consult Lamborghini Polo Storico in an attempt to give, once and for all, a chassis num-
ber to the Miura driven by Brazzi. The car was sent to Lamborghini’s specialist historic department at its Sant’ Agata Bolognese headquarters, where Polo Storico’s reconstruction started from documentation in the company archives and from examining the car. The results were then supplemented with testimonies from enthusiasts and former employees, such as Enzo Moruzzi, who delivered the car to the set and drove it in all the shots as a stunt double. By doing this, Polo Storico was able to find the missing evidence and certify that the Miura P400, chassis #3586, was exactly the one used to shoot The Italian Job. This recognition comes at the same time as the 50th anniversary celebrations of the film, released in June 1969. The film production company, Paramount Pictures, approached Automobili Lamborghini for a car to use for the filming. Once they got to Sant’Agata Bolognese they decided on an orange-coloured Miura, which was already heavily damaged and therefore perfect for the accident scene. At the same time, Lamborghini provided a second car of the same colour for the shoot. It was Enzo Moruzzi who took the car to the set; in those days, he often delivered cars to the most important clients or onto film sets. Moruzzi recalls: “There was a Miura P400 almost ready on the production line, in the right colour, left-hand drive and with white leather interior. It was aesthetically identical to the damaged one and we decided to use it for the film.”
FAST: Abu Dhabi’s newest police car can reach 242mph.
Supercop on the road SUPERCARS are not exactly rare on the streets of oil rich Abu Dhabi. Some of the world’s most powerful and fastest cars cruise the roads of the capital of the UAE, but this gives the local traffic police a bit of a problem. If someone really wants to put their foot down in a McLaren, Ferrari or Lamborghini, how on earth are you going to catch them? Well they have decided that if you want to catch a su-
percar you must use - a supercar. So the latest addition to the Abu Dhabi police fleet is a 750bhp £2 million Lykan Hypersport. Best known for its role in Fast and Furious 7 (when it flew!) just seven of the superluxury cars have ever been built. With a 3.7-litre twin turbo flat six engine it is capable of 242mph, with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds, so fast enough
to keep up with even the most spoiled Arab prince. The doors are rear-hinged and open upwards. The leather has gold thread stitched into it. The LED headlights have diamonds in them and the car has a more suitable paintjob as a police vehicle. W Motors - the Dubai-based manufacturers of the car - only had this to say: “Would you rather be chased or caught by the Special Forces Lykan Hyper Sport?”
HE sunshine is here now, hopefully settled for the summer, and what a pleasure it is to get out a classic car and set off for the hills! That is exactly what well over 80 people did last Saturday by joining in the CCCA May classic car run starting from Venta El Caserio which is on the main A-7 coast road between San Pedro and Estepona. The sun did indeed shine and at one point the the thermostat was showing around 34 degrees. Fabulous weather for May! Crews had enjoyed an excellent breakfast at Caserio, it’s always reliable there, whilst the registration process took place in the capable hands of Carol Giles and Angela Sharp. A most marvellous and eclectic mix of classic, modern classics and even some moderns were gathered in the car park there and of special note were the glorious 1950’s MG TD of Jan and Rokaya Groeneveld and the most beautiful drop-head Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 2 of Tony and Trish Minta. Another fabulous Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible was in attendance driven by Jos van den Hoven and navigated by his lovely wife Gita. Almost 40 cars prepared to head off in the direction of Estepona before leaving the A7 at Km 153 and taking the back road towards Casares and the climb up to the village, passing Venta Garcia, a popular lunch stop on previous CCCA runs. Sadly, the gorgeous 1969 EType Jaguar of Haig Oundijan was in trouble, the electric cooling fans refusing to do their job on the long climb and forcing its owner to return to the coast rather than risk damage to its six-cylinder, 4.2 litre engine. No such problems existed for Clément Eijffinger and his wife Susan in their bright red Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder which was positively whizzing along like all Alfa Romeos love to do! Regular CCCA and Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association members Stefan and Judith had brought their stunning and much travelled Morgan +8 all the way from Gib to participate and were enjoying the summer sunshine as were everyone. From Casares the route headed towards Gaucin and a fuel
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The very pretty MG TD of Jan and Rokaya Grroeneveld.
Alfa Romeo of Clément and Susan Eijjfinger.
The beautiful Morgan +8 of Stefan and Judith Nicholson.
The recalcitrant but beautiful Jaguar E-Type of Haig Oundijan. stop for those who needed it before continuing along the scenic A-369 in the direction of Ronda. There are some excellent miradors along this road and
many stopped to admire the view and take photographs. Just as the route turned off to head down the A-373 to Cortes de la Frontera, came the first of
two stops, this one for coffee or a beer and a tapa at Venta Solera. This place is always much enjoyed as the owner there is famous for his game or venison-filled sausages that are so cheap to buy. A wise choice for a stop by run organiser, Ian Giles. From here the route went via the old town of Cortes de la Frontera and looped around through spectacular countryside with wild flowers in abundance
to arrive back on the A-369 Ronda-Algeciras road at Atajate. The faster cars really were able to ‘stretch their legs’ on the next, very quick, section across the top of the fabulous A-369 to Ronda where the route turned south to head down the very long descent to San Pedro. Often coaches are a problem here and cause traffic to bunch up and crawl down the hill, but no such problems were evident.
Progress was stopped however, by a Giles-style ‘pit-stop’ for a small glass of Cava and a chance for crews to relax and enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company before completing the final, short 14Km run down to lunch. A first class menu was served by Michelle and her staff at Prado restaurant in the Monte Halcones centre just above San Pedro. The restaurant had opened especially this Saturday for the CCCA and it was agreed by all that the food served was superb and also excellent, professional service to go with it. I am sure many CCCA members will be returning! The next event for the CCCA will be a display of classic cars in Mijas Pueblo this coming Saturday. The event will be in support of the art exhibition by famous artist Kelly Fischer in the town hall there and so the Club will have around 20 cars on show. Non-members will be very welcome to come along, see the cars and enjoy a chat with members before they all go off to lunch in the Pueblo, leaving the cars on show for the duration. The week after this, May 25, sees the JEC (Jaguar Owners Club) continue their programme of events with a car run and lunch. I will have more on that in our next issue. That’s it from me until the next time!
Further information on Classic Car Club of Andalucia events can be found on the Club’s website www.cccandalucia.com. Membership of this vibrant club is open to anyone owning a genuine classic car here in Spain. Saca tu coche clásico del garaje y diviértete con el.
By Dilip Kuner WHILE FC Barcelona have long since been crowned champions of La Liga, there is still lots to play for in the final round of matches. The questions of who will qualify for next season’s Champions and Europa Leagues is still to be decided while the last relegation spot will probably be taken by Girona, unless there is an improbable combination of results. At the weekend fourth placed Getafe had to travel to Barcelona, where they suffered a 2-0 reverse. The home team were booed onto the pitch in response to their 4-0 loss to Liverpool last week, which denied them a Champions League final spot. Leonel Messi made the pass for Arturo Vidal’s opening goal with an 89th minute own goal from Mauro Arambarri completing the scoring. The result opened the way for Valencia to move into the final Champions League place, which they duly did with a 3-1 win at home to Alaves. If they win away to Valladolid at the weekend they will claim the coveted spot. Alaves gave Valencia a scare when they rook a 12th minute lead through Ximo Navarro, but goals from Carles Soler, Santi Mina and
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OPENER: Arturo Vidal scored the first as Getafe went down to Barcelona. Kevin Gameiro ultimately made it a comfortable victory. Sevilla really needed a win to keep in contention for the CL. Pablo Sarabia’s 70th minute goal gave them a decent enough 1-1
draw away to second placed Atletico Madrid, so they retain an outside chance of finishing fourth, but they will need to hope both Getafe and Valencia lose at the weekend. Athletic Club Bilbao remain
seventh and will qualify for next season’s Europa League if they avoid defeat against Sevilla. Raul Garcia scored two and Inaki Williams scored in the first half as Athletic enjoyed a 3-1 win over
ARP Masters 1000 title. This means he is now tied with Rafa Nadal at the top of the table of most wins at the elite level. But for the latter, his loss against Tsitsipas in the semi-final meant an unwelcome record continuing. Nadal - still world number two - is yet to win a trophy this season, the longest he has gone before winning in any season since 2004. And with the clay court season - his strong point well under way he most cer-
Celta. Espanyol beat Leganes 2-0 away with goals from Borja Iglesias and they too have the chance of seventh and a Europa League spot if they can beat Real Sociedad and Athletic lose. That won’t be easy though as Real Sociedad themselves have the chance for seventh if they bear Espanyol following their 3-1 home win over the not so mighty Real Madrid. Brahim Diaz scored his first goal for Real Madrid in just the sixth minute, but it turmed into another poor performance from the Madrid club. Mikel Merino equalised 20 minutes later, then Jesus Vallejo was sent off in the 39th minute to leave Real Madrid with 10 men. Igor Zubeldia headed Real Sociedad ahead in the 57th minute and 17-year-old Ander Barrenetxea wrapped it up with the third goal. Girona’s 2-1 loss to Levante has left them clinging on to survival by their fingertips. They must now win away to Alaves by at least five goals and hope Celta lose at home to Rayo Vallecano. Credit: MMUoPEN/Twitter
Nadal’s wait goes on WHILE one tennis great continued his comeback, another has been left waiting the longest for his first title in a season for 14 years. Novak Djokovic’s 6-3, 64, win against young Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Mutua Madrid Open final was made all the sweeter for the world number one by two statistics. Not only was it his 200th victory against a top 10 opponent (200 wins against 90 losses), it was also his 33rd
WINNER: As good as it gets says Novak Djokovic. tainly would have expected to have a title by now. He actually hasn’t been playing too badly with five semi-finals under his belt, but much more is expected of him from his legion of followers. Nadal himself is taking the drought phlegmatically. Speaking to ATPtour.com he said: “I think that it’s more normal what is happening right now, than what happened in the past 14 years.
“I think I have tennis ahead of me. I have time ahead of me. I’ll be able to try to win this kind of tournament that I was not able to win this year. And what I have to do is to be fit and to play properly and a high tennis level. “If I manage to do that next year, I think I will still have a very good opportunity to fight for all of these titles and for the rest of the year, I still have two [clay-court]
tournaments. And we will see what happens there.” Djokovic on the other hand is on top form, with this being his third triumph in Madrid (he also won in 2011 and 2016.) Speaking on court after his victory he said: “These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slam. “This is as important and as good as it gets.”
Celebrations turn to horror THE celebrations to mark Real Sociedad’s victory in the Copa de Reina (Queen’s Cup) turned to horror when club captain Sandra Ramajo had to be rushed to hospital following an epileptic fit. The Sociedad women’s team had the night before beaten Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Granada to claim their first Copa del Reina and on Sunday were showing their fans the trophy in their home stadium in San Sebastian. The team had already undertaken a tour of the city and were now thanking fans in the Anoeta Stadium. Ramajo was signing autographs when she went into seizures, with members of the public taking care of her until the club’s medical team arrived. She was then rushed to Donostia Hospital where she is recovering. The final itself broke records for a televised women’s football match in Spain. It had an average audience of 1.66 million and a peak of 2.2 million giving Telecinco a 14.4 per cent share of the viewing figures.
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AT the end of qualifying Lewis Hamilton must have been wondering what had happened. His hungry young teammate Valtteri Botas - winner in Azerbaijan - had comprehensively outperformed him to take the Barcelona F1 pole position. And it wasn’t as if he had just been pipped either. Bottas had put in a superb performance to be more than half a sercond faster than the reigning champion, an absolute chasm in F1. But when the chips are down Hamilton knows how to perform. A cracking start saw him squeeze into the lead on the first corner - and he stayed in front all the way to the chequered flag. Truth to be told it was not the most exciting race. Barcelona does not offer many overtaking opportunities and a flawless drive by Hamilton didn’t give anyone else even a sniff of a chance.
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Master Hamilton shows how it’s done
UNSTOPPABLE: Mercedes took a fifth one-two in a row. This was his third Spanish Grand Prix in a row and Mercedes’ fifth one-two in succession. It is difficult to see any team except Mercedes take the constructors’ championship this season. Ferrari’s hopes of breaking Mercedes’ dominance were
proven to be rather forlorn. An engine and aerodynamics upgrade did not do the hoped-for trick, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen making their day even worse when he held on to third place. The Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were
fourth and fifth, Verstappen maintaining his record of having finished ahead of at least one Ferrari at every race this season. Pierre Gasly was sixth in the second Red Bull, with Kevin Magnussen eventually claiming a fine seventh place and his first
points since Australia. Haas teammate Romain Grosjean claimed his first point of the year by finishing 10th after being passed by the McLaren of Carlos Sainz (eighth) - who maintained his record of scoring at every Spanish Grand Prix of his career -
and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, who finished ninth. Next up is Monaco in two weeks’ time where overtaking is even harder than it is in Barcelona. Bottas will be hoping to claim his fourth pole in a row, and to keep his lead beyond the first corner!
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