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16 - 22 January 2020

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TOURISM BOOMING TOURISM is booming in Almeria. City Promotion councillor Carlos Sanchez said 2019 was record-breaking in terms of the main visitor number indicators. The number of people who passed through the doors of the city centre tourist office over the 12 months totalled 55,303, a ‘very significant’ increase of around 21 per cent on 2018, the councillor revealed. It was the same story at the tourist information point in Las Salinas in Cabo de Gata. For the first time visitor numbers exceeded 4,000 over the three summer months. This compared with 3,558 a year earlier. Sanchez pointed to the positive impact of Almeria’s status as the 2019 Gastronomy Capital of Spain. The venue for the 272 food capital workshops attracted just short of 68,000 people. He also highlighted the popularity of city guided tours and unveiled the new offer for up until the end of March. “In 2019 there were 25 visits, with more than 1,200 tourists. Taking into account that almost

TOURIST APPEAL: The City Promotion councillor highlighted the winter month offer of tourism experiences.

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all the routes were full and with a very positive evaluation from the participants, for 2020 we have decided to increase the number of visits.” he explained. The ‘Your winter in Almeria’ programme of tours will give visitors the opportunity to discover the city’s historic centre, the Alcazaba fortification, and its convents with official guides. There will also be a tour with a cinema theme and one taking in the city’s various panoramic views. The city’s winter month visitor appeal is bolstered by what Sanchez described as “a wide offer of tourism experiences from Almeria businesses. “Almeria has experiences for different target markets: foodies, nature, culture, family and sport,” he commented.


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A 21-YEAR-OLD suspected of violently mugging two women in Roquetas de Mar is under arrest. Almeria Guardia Civil detained the young man identified as BD from Roquetas, after a callout to the 062 emergency service about a domestic dispute. It turned out the argument between the two individuals concerned kicked off because one of them had two stolen mobiles.

Bag snatcher arrested Checks revealed the phones had been in handbags snatched on the street from a 63 and a 47-year-old woman at the end of last year. An investigation into the inci-

dents established that the mugger had picked on women of a certain age. In both cases the thief had surprised the victims and yanked their bags from them. The Guardia Civil stressed that as part of the force’s safety plan for senior citizens, officers have regular contacts with this section of the community, with activities and talks to provide advice on how to avoid becoming victims of these kinds of crimes.

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Superintendents new posts TWO new superintendents have taken up their posts in the Almeria National Police force. Rafael Rodriguez Perez takes over as head of the El Ejido station. The 45-yearold is described as an expert in jihadist terrorism, and has received several police

medals for his work. Previous postings included Almeria provincial headquarters and Granada City. Antonio Manuel Burgos is the new chief of the Public Safety Provincial Brigade. He was previously head of public safety at Sevilla south district station.

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GOTCHA!: The Guardia surprised the gang when they emerged from the factory.

CAUGHT RED-HANDED FOUR people are under arrest after Guardia Civil caught them red-handed stealing 50 motors from a Sorbas factory. emerged from the premises carquite possibly so the vehicle A patrol became suspicious rying more stolen motors they could get through. while doing the rounds of the found themselves facing offiOfficers discreetly edged area. The officers spotted a van cers of the law. closer to the van, where they parked just inside a brick factoThe Guardia said the gang found a thermal lance and a ry perimeter at an odd time. had used the thermal lance to whole bunch of motors piled Doubting there were would cut open a metal access door to up. be anyone working inside at the factory, then dismantled 50 Hearing several voices inside that hour, the officers went to motors from the factory mathe premises the officers called take a closer look. Sure enough chinery to carry away with for back-up. they discovered a section of the them. When the four robbers metal fencing had been cut,


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Three hurt

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THREE women were injured in a head-on collision between two cars at the kilometre eight mark of the A-332 in Cuevas del Almanzora. Firefighters had to cut one of the women out of the wreckage. A third vehicle was also involved in the accident.

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ALMERIA City Council is investing more than €2 million in switching to LED technology public lighting. The project will cover four principal areas of the provincial capital, the biggest cash outlay going on changing the illumination in the centre and western area, which includes the old city.

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Passengers up THE number of passengers taking ferries between Almeria port and North Africa increased by 2 per cent in 2019 to 951,710. The number of vehicles going on and coming off ferries at the provincial capital port totalled 229,012 last year, 4.7 per cent more in 2018.

Office move THE Almeria City municipal tourist office has moved from its location of the last decade in the Plaza Vieja to what last year served as the Gastronomy Capital of Spain headquarters in the Paseo de Almeria. More than 55,000 visitors passed through the tourist office doors last year.

Tree plans THE provincial government plans to smarten up the area outside Almeria City’s Torrecardenas hospital, planting trees and plants from the provincial nursery. Diputacion de Almeria President Javier A Garcia said as a hospital serving all the province’s 103 municipalities, the improvements will benefit everyone.

Nativity pull VERA’S giant nativity scene pulled in some 4,000 visitors over the festive season holiday period, the local council reported. The 36-sqm installation attracted residents from all over the area. Also admiring the nativity were visitors from countries including Belgium, Poland, the UK and the US.

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A HIDDEN PRIZE: Local inhabitants attributed magical and paranormal phenomena to the area.

TREASURE CAVE IN Rincon de la Victoria, in the Axarquia region, there is an area known as ‘El Cantal’ that is home to a series of cliffs that were formed in Jurassic times. These cliffs overlook the Mediterranean and hide a prize within: The Treasure Cave. Only three caves of marine origin are known in the world, this cave being the only one in the European Continent. The stories and legends surrounding

the mysterious cave date back to the Palaeolithic and the Early Bronze Age. But it was the Romans and the Arabs who were truly obsessed with the cave and the treasure buried within. Long before the significance of the Treasure Cave was known, local inhabitants attributed magical and paranormal phenomena to the area. In the 12th century, many believed that the emperor of the Almoravid dynasty, Tasufín Ibn Ali, hid an impressive treasure in the cavern.

When a series of garnets appeared in the cave in the 18th century, little doubt remained that the legends were true. Swiss Antonio de la Nari, dedicated his life exploring the cave. He tragically died within the rocky shelter in 1847, killed by his own explosives. Mr Manuel Laza Palacio owned the cave for almost four decades until his death in 1988. During his work, he was stunned to find six pure gold coins from the Almoravid dynasty.

Sexual assault

Bumper hotel trade

A 39-YEAR-OLD man suspected of an attempted sex crime in Roquetas de Mar is under arrest after he assaulted Guardia Civil officers. A patrol spotted a man sitting on a kerb between two cars, his clothing and physical characteristics matching the description of an individual wanted for the attempted sexual assault in December. When officers approached him he got aggressive, prompting the officers to call for backup. At this point the 39-year-old tried to make off. Two of the officers were injured in the process of stopping him from getting away. Back at the Guardia station the detainee was identified as DKS of no fixed address. A court had issued an order for him to be located. He now faces charges for both the sexual assault and for assaulting the officers.

ALMERIA’S hotel and catering trade had a bumper Christmas, figures on Festive Season overnight stays suggest. Average occupation levels in the province’s hotels and rural houses for the Christmas holiday were a record for the time of year at 50.8 per cent, according to the Junta de Andalucia’s Tourism regional ministry. This was a whopping 8 per cent up on last year’s average of 42.6 per cent. In the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve there were more than 51,310 overnight stays altogether in Almeria’s hotels and rural accommodation. The figures do not include holiday apartment rentals or stays in facilities like campsites. Another point to take into consideration is there are less hotel and hostel beds available at Christmas than in the summer due to the winter closure of establishments in destinations including Retamar-El Toyo, Roquetas de Mar and Mojacar.

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Call for speedy road reopening ROQUETAS DE MAR Council has urged the Sub-delegation of the Government in Almeria to reopen the section of the N-340 connecting Aguadulce with the provincial capital as soon as possible. The coastal highway, known as ‘El Cañarete,’ was closed to traffic in both directions on New Year ’s Eve after a giant rock came crashing down in the area close to the Hotel Playa Sol in Enix in the early hours, taking a huge chunk out of the road surface and causing other damage. Roquetas Urban Development councillor Francisco Gutierrez called for the necessary works to be speedy, particularly stressing the concerns of

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CLOSED: The road had been cut off to traffic in both directions since New Year’s Eve.

local taxi drivers over the road closure. The councillor also underlined what he said was the need for the national government to add a third lane to the A-7 motorway on the El Parador to Almeria stretch in order to improve traffic flow between the Roquetas district and the capital. The Sub-delegation has now reportedly carried out a report on the extent of the damage to the El Cañarete and is waiting on the firming up of a quote, which will then have to be approved by the Public Works ministry. In the meantime, the Guardia Civil’s Traffic department has increased officer presence during rush hours on access points to the A-7 from Aguadulce and Roquetas.

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IDEAL: San Jose is rated as a good choice for a few days’ getaway.

San Jose top mini-break SAN JOSE in the Cabo de Gata national park is ranked as one of the top mini-break destinations in Spain. Online travel company Atrapalo puts the Nijar location on its list of ideal locations for a short getaway of between one and three nights in its Tourism 2020 Habits and Tendencies study. Cabo de Gata was one of the most popular natural locations for tourism in the country among Atrapalo users last year.

EMERGENCY response times in 43 Almeria municipalities are set to be significantly shorter thanks to an agreement between the local councils and the Junta de Andalucia. The localities are integrating their emergency services into the Emergencias 112 Andalucia system. Albox, Arboleas, Bedar, Carboneras, Cuevas de Almanzora, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Huercal-Overa, Lubrin, Macael, Mojacar, Nijar, Olula del Rio, Oria, Pulpi, Sorbas, Taberno, Turre, Velez-Blanco, Velez-Rubio, Vera and Zurge-

na are among the participating areas. Andalucia government Presidency, Public Administration and Interior regional minister Elias Bendodo emphasised the importance of the move in making it possible for small localities to be incorporated into the 112 technological platform. The regional minister said it “strengthens collaboration between the Junta de Andalucia and the different municipalities of Almeria and optimises all the province’s emergency mechanisms.

“From now own the integration will be through telematics, hence the response time to an emergency will be four seconds, while before, via a telephone call, the time ranged from 45 seconds to 1.25 minutes, depending on the type of call,” Bendodo explained. The 112 line is an emergency management public system open to the integration and participation of the different public administrations and entities involved in emergency situation actions. The ser vice means any member of the public, whether resident or visitor, can call the same 112 number in the event of any kind of emergency situation, 24 hours a day. The service is multilingual and covers all telephone operators. Bendodo maintained agreements of this kind “reinforce the commitment of the new Andalucia government with the safety and protection of all Andalucians and visitors,” and pledged the administration was committed to making further improvements. “We know that Andalucia is prepared, that it has plans and professionals at the European forefront, but we are going to continue improving and modernising the systems because safety is one of the obsessions of this government,” he affirmed.


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‘Ambitious’ budget

CLAIM: Vera’s Finance councillor described the 2020 spending plans as “brave, realistic and transparent.”

Vera within four years.” The councillor summed up the plans as “brave, realistic and transparent.” He said there is “continued backing for culture, sport, education, family and digitalisation, and with the most emphasis on tourism, trade, our young people and elderly.” It is also, he added, “a social budget, with sections of more than €1.2

CRITICISM: The Vera Socialist party spokesman argued that the budget plans “put the financial solvency inherited from previous municipal managers at risk.”

million for promoting the employment of people at risk of social exclusion and for expenses social reintegration, social assistance and gender equality programmes, all without raising taxes and municipal rates.” Vera’s PSOE party strongly criticised the budget plans however, claiming they threaten the municipality’s healthy

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VERA Council has presented what the administration describes as ‘ambitious’ spending plans for this year. The 2020 budget, which adds up to just short of €21 million, got the backing of the conservative Popular Party Vera governing team at last week’s extraordinary plenary meeting. The opposition centre-left PSOE party councillors voted against the plans. Finance councillor Alfonso Perez maintained the budget represents the “pillar of what will be the municipality’s economic takeoff in the next few years.” It is a budget within a four-year plan, the councillor explained, “the main objective of which is to prepare the municipality for the future and position Vera as a regional and provincial reference point, satisfying all the necessary services for the correct functioning of our town and of our beaches as a generator of wealth and progress.” This year’s budget is about €1 million more than last year’s, and according to Perez it is “the most ambitious and important in the history of the municipality, with which we will carry out structural reforms and projects in accordance with what will be the reality of

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financial situation. In a statement issued in response to the plenary session, Municipal Socialist Group spokesman Martin Gerez argued that the PP had turned the budget into “a party propaganda tool, which at the same time puts the financial solvency inherited from previous municipal managers at risk.”

TRADITIONAL fairytales got a contemporary take in an initiative in Nijar aimed at tackling gender equality issues. More than 30 local adults and children took part in an innovative workshop held in the El Barranquete district of the municipality at which much-loved stories like Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White were woven together into a distinctly more Me Too movement generation ‘Rebellion of the Princesses.’ “The objectives of this initiative are orientated to raising awareness among the youngest about values of equality and co-responsibility in the home from an early age, at the same time as smashing stereotypes and gender roles,” explained Nijar Social Well-being councillor Victoria Calatrava. The municipal women’s information centre, which comes under the council’s Social Well-being department, organised the workshop, with the collaboration of the Junta de Andalucia and the European Social Fund for disadvantaged areas.


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Council meeting streaming coming A STREAMING system for the live broadcast of plenary meetings and public acts will be part of a provincial government programme of information technology equipment updates in 66 Almeria local councils. The Diputacion de Almeria’s New Technology, Security and Property deputy Domingo Fernandez explained the idea is that part of the provincial administration’s €180,000 investment in the technology upgrades goes towards “the implementation of transparency and the improvement of councils’ channels of communication, bringing them closer still to residents.” What’s more, the deputy commented, the programme represents “the modernisation of local administration, meeting the demands of today’s society.” The financing system for the initiative means municipalities with smaller populations receive greater finan-

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AIM: The New Technology provincial deputy said the idea was to increase council transparency and improve local authorities’ channels of communication with residents.

cial contributions. There are also bonuses for localities which have signed up to other Provincial Communications Network services. Among the councils set to

benefit from the Diputacion funding are Albox, Cantoria, Chirivel, Cuevas del Almanzora, Los Gallardos, Huercal-Overa, Macael, Partaloa, Pulpi, Sorbas, Turre, VelezBlanco and Zurgena.


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ROQUETAS DE MAR Council has signed collaboration agreements with 22 local social, cultural and educational associations. Mayor Gabriel Amat commented that between them the associations “deal with thousands of people and enable Roquetas to keep growing and to be a municipality which is a reference point for development.” The first agreement was with the municipal ‘Universidad de Mayores’ (University of the Third Age). Rector Carmelo Rodriguez underlined the importance of the initiative from both an academic and social point of view, stressing it benefits nearly 500 people. Amat recalled that Roquetas was one of the first towns to get an initiative of this kind up and running. “It currently operates in very agreeable fa-

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Huercal-Overa

Social support cilities thanks to the agreement between the council and the university, and reaches many elderly people who find a second opportunity to study and train,” the mayor commented. The council has signed agreements with nine other local associations for the elderly, along with entities ranging from the Roquetas de Mar Musical Union band, the Aguadulce sports centre, the Roquetas municipal football school, the Portomagno and Al-Bayyana schools, the Roquetas basketball club and Friends of the Sahara Association. Amat expressed gratitude to everyone “for very important work of which we all feel proud, as everyone does their bit to make Roquetas a town in which residents find help and collaboration through so many associations.”

COLLABORATION: The council supports activities aimed at promoting the integration of people with mental health issues.

Council backing for mental health programme HUERCAL-OVERA Council has stressed its support for a Junta de Andalucia-run p ro g r a m m e f o r p e o ple suffering from mental health issues. The loc a l a uthority re vealed it has been in discussions with the HuercalOvera FAISEM day centre for the integration of people with a mental illness to look at ways in which the administration lends its support. Huercal-Overa mayor Lourdes Fernendez Ortega a nd c ounc illor A lfons o Provencio paid a recent visit to the centre to see the facilities for themselves,

where they were accompanied by FAISEM provincial delegate Javier Mora, and day support programme coordinator Antonio Llaguno. The day centre is at the heart of the FAISEM indivi dual at t ent i on pr ogrammes, which feature a range of personalised services, activities and suppor t . They ar e or i ent at ed around the organisation of daily activities, knowledge of the social environment, the development of self-reliance, physical and sporting activity, participation in workshops and vocational orientation. The council explained it

collaborates with FAISEM on activities aimed at promoting the integration of the centre users, including workshops and sports events. It is these collaborations which the local authority and FAISEM have been discussing. The mayor said the local administration has also put forward “other options in order to be able to offer new possibilities in the municipality, options which both parties will study with the aim of continuing this important work carried out in Huercal-Overa through FAISEM.”


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BREXIT BRIEF CONSERVATIVE MPs who are members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group are determined that Big Ben should ring out on Brexit Day regardless of cost. Sixty MPs including Mark Francois, Iain Duncan Smith, Bill Cash and John Redwood have written to the Daily Telegraph saying that the chiming of the bell should take place in order to celebrate such a momentous event. They argue that after years of disharmony within parliament and the country, such a public display would help to bring closure to the disagreements and untie the country as it moves forwards.

AFTER spending some 21 years as an MEP, Nigel Farage, who fought against EU Parliament squandering of resources, is reportedly due to receive what is described as a ‘transition’ payment once Britain leaves the European Union. The sum which is estimated at around €170,000 is to help financially once his income from the European Parliament is removed and

Let Big Ben chime out Credit: UK Parliament

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BREXIT BELL: Big Ben is currently silent.

So long and thanks this is on top of any pension which he will also become eligible for in due course. Unfortunately for those Brexit Party members who did so well at last year’s European Parliament elec-

tions, it is unlikely that they will receive any payment as their service has been for such a short period of time. To celebrate the loss of his job, Mr Farage wants to host a celebration party in Parliament Square on January 31 and if permission is given to use the area, he may well try recouping the £100,000 (€110,000) cost by charging admission.

When questioned, a spokesman for the House of Commons confirmed that there would be a cost involved in taking such an action and it would put back the work in renovating the clock and Elizabeth Tower in which the Big Ben bell is housed. The spokesman told the Telegraph “The project team would need at least two weeks to prepare for striking Big Ben on January 31, including carrying out the necessary testing.” Then added, “The final cost will depend on the scale and nature of the disruption to the works. In broad terms, the estimated cost is £120,000 (€132,000) to sound the bell, plus circa £100,000 (€110,000) for each week of delays. “This estimate is based on the fixed cost of installing, testing, operating and dismantling the temporary mechanism used to sound the bell during the works, plus an allowance for each week that work on the project is delayed.” Previously, MP Francois said that if the proposal is not approved he will “take a big hammer up there and bong it myself.”

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BREXIT EXTRA Brexit stamp A REPORT in the Metro paper highlighted what could become a regular worry for new car buyers. When John Hamill, gave a £500 (€550) deposit for a new Mercedes his receipt came with a stamp stating the price could increase after Brexit and before delivery.

Disabled rights ACCORDING to a review by the London School of Economics (LSE), the European Union has been a major force in improving the rights of disabled people and with Brexit, should the government be so inclined, it will no longer need to keep pace with the EU.

About face DESPITE the massive election win for the pro-Brexit Conservative party, a new poll undertaken by The Independent suggests that there has been a reversal of opinion and now 52 per cent of the public would prefer to stay in the EU.


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SPAIN’S COALITION GOVERNMENT IN PLACE New administration promises dialogue and unity SPAIN’S first coalition government since 1935, and the first since the first democratic elections of 1977, was officially sworn in on Monday. The new alliance formed by the centre-left Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE), and the far-left Unidas Podemos comes into power following inconclusive general elections in April and November. Prime Minister and PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez narrowly won approval to take office last week, with 167 votes in favour and 165 against, and 18 abstentions, including the ERC pro-Catalan independence party. Sanchez said the country had grown tired of political deadlock, quarrels and divisions. He promised the government “will be informed by different ideas, but will walk in a single direction,” and pledged it “will serve all Spain, prioritising ‘dialogue’ and ‘unity’.” The Prime Minister identified several main areas of work for his “progressive” administration. These include “financing economic growth and creating quality employment” and “social justice.” Interestingly all the economy-related cabinet posts remain in PSOE hands. Specific plans to raise income tax for those earning in excess of €130,000 a year have met with approval in a recent survey in national daily, El Pais. S o t o o h a v e S a n c h e z ’s p r o p o s e d r e v e r s a l o f labour-market reforms, introduced by the previous conservative Partido Popular, to make it easier and less costly to sack employees. The CEOE (Confederation of Spanish Business Organisations) and the CEPYME (Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Business) voiced disapproval of the planned reforms during the election campaign, but have since issued a joint communique promising “total collaboration with the new government to achieve the best for our country.” Sanchez has pledged to boost the minimum wage, limit rent increases and provide Education with a bigger budget allocation. He has also promised to abolish the co-payment for doctors’ prescriptions introduced by his predecessor in 2012 and a return to free, comprehensive healthcare. Last summer, Brussels recommended that Spain’s public spending in 2020 should not exceed 0.9 per cent and expressed concerns that the country “was moving away from the adjustment path.” While relieved that Spain now has a stable government, Brussels is watching even more closely to see how Sanchez can keep election pledges while balancing the country’s books. “Territorial understanding” is another top issue for his government, the Prime Minister said, underlining the importance of talks with Catalan separatists. Further crucial areas according to Sanchez are what he referred to as the “demographic challenge,” the digital transformation of the economy and full gender equality. The new 22-member cabinet posts are in fact divided equally between men and women. There are four deputy prime ministers, three of whom are PSOE. The fourth is Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who takes on the portfolio for social rights and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

CABINET Pedro Sanchez (PSOE): Prime Minister.

Carmen Calvo (PSOE): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Government Chambers and Democratic Memory.

Pablo Iglesias (Unidas Podemos): Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030.

Nadia Calviño (PSOE): Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.

Teresa Ribera: (PSOE): Fourth Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya (PSOE): Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Juan Carlos Campo (PSOE): Justice Minister.

Margarita Robles (PSOE): Defence Minister.

Maria Jesus Montero (PSOE): Treasury Minister and Government Spokesperson.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska (PSOE): Interior Minister.

Jose Luis Abalos (PSOE): Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

Isabel Celaa (PSOE): Minister of Education and Professional Training.

Yolanda Diaz (Unidas Podemos): Minister of Employment and Social Economy.

Reyes Maroto (PSOE): Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Luis Planas (PSOE): Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Carolina Darias (PSOE): Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function.

Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes (PSOE): Minister of Culture and Sport.

Salvador Illa (PSOE): Health Minister.

Pedro Duque (PSOE): Minister of Science and Innovation.

Irene Montero (Unidas Podemos): Equality Minister.

Alberto Garzon (Unidas Podemos): Consumer Minister.

Jose Luis Escriva: Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

Manuel Castells Unidas (Podemos): Universities Minister.


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ATM Scam Alert THE Spanish Guardia Civil has alerted to a fraud scam that has been taking place recently involving ATM machines across

Spain. ATMs are known by a variety of names, including automatic teller machine (ATM), an electronic telecommunications device that enables cus-

tomers of financial institutions to perform financial transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, transfer funds, or obtaining account information, at any time and

without the need for direct interaction with bank staff. Though very convenient, they sometimes involve risks when using, as unfortunately they can be easily manipulated. The recently detected scam is one that has been used by criminal groups before and is known as a ‘false keyboard scam’ which can involve the loss of money and sometimes the loss of the credit card as well. This theft occurs when thieves install a fake keyboard on top of the original ATM keyboard. It is practically identical, so it is very difficult to tell them apart and differentiate them from real keyboards. With the false keyboards, the thieves are able to register the key to the credit card used, clone it and then steal money with it. The Guardia Civil has tweeted the incident offering the following advice:

FALSE KEYBOARD: The latest scame. If your banking operation is correct but the cashier does not give you the money, please proceed with the following: a) Check the slot is not covered b) Beware of ‘helper’ volunteers c) Call your bank/card A lot of ATM users already cover the keyboard when punching in their password, in case the security camera has been manipulated, however this security technique doesn’t

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work with fake keyboards. The Guardia Civil places special emphasis on caution with ‘volunteer helpers’ in these cases. No matter how well intentioned the vast majority of the population may be, if the card or money has become stuck within the machine, the ‘volunteers’ may well be ‘good Samaritans’ in disguise and instead of helping, aim to distract the ATM user in order ultimately to steal the bank card and the victim’s money.


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Rugby first PLAY has kicked-off on Adra’s very first rugby pitch. Adra club CD Marrajos and the ‘Old Dogs’ from El Ejido had the honours of playing the inaugural match. Playing as number 14 for the local side was none other than Adra mayor Manuel Cortes. The council said the creation of the new rugby ground was made possible thanks to private owners, CD Marrajos and the backing of the local administration. The council underlined its commitment to supporting the practice of sport in general in the municipality, and particularly to rugby, a sport becoming increasingly popular on the Costa Almeria, due to the values it represents. The local authority explained that the Rugby Gradual Marrajos school was set up with the aim of stimulating interest among children from Adra and the surrounding area in rugby as an alternative to the region’s traditional sports. The school puts the emphasis firmly on the overall development of a child rather than sporting results, the council stressed, providing an opportunity for learning values, rules of behaviour and healthy habits, as well as physical skills and abilities.

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COUNCIL SUPPORT: Mayor Manuel Cortes played for the Adra side in the inaugural match.

Beaten up and robbed THREE suspects are under arrest for beating up and robbing a woman in Roquetas de Mar. The Guardia Civil detained the trio for attacking 49-yearold NSZ in the 200 Viviendas district of the town. The victim told officers she had met a man who warned her “if you’re not going to buy drugs or consume, get out of here.” The two got into an argument and two women then appeared. They set upon the victim, kicking her in the ribs, legs and face and pulling her hair. They eventually cut off a clump of her hair with a knife. The three then snatched the woman’s handbag, which held all her personal documentation, her mobile phone and charger, keys, €285 in cash and other personal belongings. Investigations led to identification of one of the female attackers, as 35-year-old LB from Roquetas, and recognised by the victim. The Guardia then identified the man as 41-yearold OAE and the other woman as 41-year-old ZK, also locals.


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Changing your UK driving licence for a Spanish one IN the event that Brexit occurs on or before January 31, then those considered residents in Spain will need to have taken action with regards to their UK driving licences. There is something of a double edged sword in as much as if you have been living and working here for some time, you will be considered a resident even if you haven’t registered with your local council. In order to swap your British driving licence for a Spanish one without taking a test, you have to show that you are registered officially as a resident. Some DGT offices require that you make an appointment and others will accept people just turning up if they are not busy. You need to check in advance to see whether you need to take a medical or not as in some cases they are being requested although in other centres they are not required. Yo u n e e d t o t a k e w i t h y o u your current licence (card only), two photographs (which are smaller than UK passport size), y o u r N I E n u m b e r, y o u r e m padronamiento and residency papers and a copy of your passport. Yo u w i l l t h e n c o m p l e t e a form that is available at the centre and as many don’t accept cash, take a credit or debit card to pay the €28.30 exchange fee. A t t h i s s t a g e y o u d o n ’t n o r -

mally have to surrender your UK licence, but you will receive a copy of the document you completed showing that you have made the application and have paid the fee which you can show to the police if stopped. It takes about a month for the new Spanish licence to be ready and it is then that you will have to surrender your British licence. In theory, there is supposed to be a nine-month grace period following Brexit during which time you can continue to use a British photo licence whilst driving in Spain, but by the time that Brexit occurs, the regulation may have changed. Equally, if you don’t want to commit at this time, it should be possible to obtain an international driving licence valid for Spain from the DVLC in the UK but as a resident, that would only be good for six months. Failing all of this, if you don’t make the exchange before Brexit then you will eventually have to take a Spanish driving test including the written section. Should you return to the UK for a short period of time, it is perfectly acceptable to drive with a Spanish licence or if you r e t u r n p e r m a n e n t l y, t h e n y o u can exchange for a British licence without taking another test (but a wise precaution would be to keep a copy of the surrendered UK licence).

This information is for guidance only, and should not be taken as legal advice. If in any doubt, seek professional help.

BALANCE: More people arrived in Spain than moved away.

Record numbers SPAIN’S population has topped 47 million for the first time thanks to immigration. The latest National Institute of Statistics figures on inhabitant numbers and migration show the national population went up by 163,336 between the beginning of January and the end of June last year, putting the total at 47,100,396. This represented an increase of 0.8 per cent on the first six months of 2018. The arrival of 209,097 more people to the country than those who left in the first half of 2019 made up for the fact the death rate exceeded the number of births by 45,002. Nationally, there were 348,625 new Spanish and foreign residents, 21.8 per cent up on the previous year. At the same time only 139,528 moved elsewhere, a 17.5 per cent drop on 2018.

Nearly all of those who moved away from Spain were foreigners (98.4 per cent). By the middle of 2019 there were 5.02 million nonSpaniards living in Spain, representing 10.7 per cent of the population. This is the highest proportion since the end of 2012. By nationality, Colombians were the largest group entering Spain over the six-month period (27,920), followed by Venezuelans (24,238) and Moroccans (20,627). Both the Ecuadorian and Romanian communities in Spain got smaller between January and June by 1.2 and 0.1 per cent respectively. Just under 40 per cent of the Spaniards who arrived in Spain were citizens returning to the country. The majority of the rest were individuals with Spanish nationality who were born in another country, com-

ing mainly from Venezuela (6,487), the UK (2,883) and Ecuador (2,853). Of the 139,528 immigrants who left Spain, Romanians accounted for the biggest group (16,525), followed by Moroccans (9,396). In all 6,049 British citizens moved away. The UK was the main destinations for the Spaniards who left the country (8,310), followed by France (4,235), and Germany (3,258). Cataluña was the most popular destination region for new immigrants. Madrid was second, and at some distance Valencia was third. A further National Institute of Statistics finding was that the average age of the population is now 44, four years more than in 2010 and a long way from the average of 30 in 1975. In all 19.4 per cent of Spain’s population is aged over 65 and 6.1 per cent are 80 or older.

Infanta Pilar de Borbón, sister of King Juan Carlos, dies at 83 THE Infanta Pilar de Borbón, Duchess of Badajoz, died on Wednesday in Madrid at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid. The elder sister of the King Emeritus Juan Carlos and aunt of King Felipe VI, was admitted on January 5, coinciding with the monarch’s birthday. Although details of her condition weren’t confirmed, she had been receiving treatment for cancer for several months. Maria del Pilar de Borbon was born on July 30, 1936 in Cannes, France, the first child of Juan, Count of Barcelona and his wife, Maria de las Mercedes. She lived most of her early years in exile from Spain - her grandfather, King Alfonso XIII, had been forced to flee with his family before she was born.

She married Luis Gomez-Acebo in May 1967, renouncing all her rights to the then still defunct Spanish throne to do so. They had five children together. Her brother succeeded as King Juan Carlos in November 1975, on the death of the Fascist dictator Francisco Franco and later made her an Infanta with the title of HRH. The aunt of King Philip VI, whose full name is María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia de Todos lo Santos de Borbón y Borbón, passed away surrounded by her loved ones. The last time she appeared in public was last November, at the opening of the New Future charity bazaar in Madrid. Doña Pi, as she is popularly known, has always been known for her solidarity and for dedicating her life to others.


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Hike highlights Cuevas heritage The track, named after Belgian-Spanish mining engineer and archaeologist Luis Siret, goes through Cuevas’ hills and dry water courses, taking in the 19th century industrial constructions dotted around the Las Herrerias and Villaricos areas. In great part it follows the route Siret designed for the trains which transported minerals to Villaricos, Cuevas Council said the project ticked a number of boxes. Expanding the municipal tourism, sport and cultural offer is one important aim. At the same time it represents the recovery and preservation of an environment of great scenic and ecological value and a more sustainable use of resources, as well as shining a light on Cuevas’ industrial past. The route goes through a zone which was at the centre of the Costa Almeria’s 19th century mining activities, passing by places of interest including what was the Belgian engineer’s home: It also offers views of the Phoenician necropolis, the Villaricos watchtower and the Luis Siret beach. The Junta de Andalucia financed just over 70

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Cuevas del Almanzora

A NEW hiking track which highlights the industrial and cultural heritage of Cuevas del Almanzora and its striking natural scenery will soon be opened to walkers.

OBJECTIVES: Cuevas Council said the new track expands the municipal tourism, sport and cultural offer while preserving an environment of great scenic and ecological value.

per cent of the €30,000 cost of creating the track after the Cuevas local authority’s Sport and Youth department presented the project for regional government funding for the development of tourist infrastructure in natural heritage zones. The Junta delegation valued the project as a model of environmental and sustainable development, and as a measure which improves uni-

versal access to and the safety of the location. Explaining the decision to call the route after Siret, Cuevas Council stressed he is widely considered the father of archaeology in Spain and the principal figure behind the first and most important discoveries about the societies and cultures which inhabited Cuevas and the surrounding areas thousands of years ago. He also had an important influence on the

Las Herrerias surroundings, where he lived for many years, discovering and capturing the area’s industrial and archaeological past. The council highlighted the opportunities the route offers to discover the municipality’s countryside and flora and fauna in the Sierra de Almagro foothills. The track starts at Bar Eugenio in Las Herrerias and runs for six kilometres to the Luis Siret cove on the Villaricos coast, coming back via the Phoenician necropolis and the El Arteal mines district, which was built in 1948 for miners and their families. Remains of the old mines can be seen all along the route. There are also a number of offshoots along the way which allow for getting up closer to some of the most interesting traces of the province’s 19th century mining boom. The president of the Guadalupe de las Herrerias residents’ association, which collaborated on the project, said it is a step forward in the development of the area “as a more attractive tourist destination through the recovery of heritage.”


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BELGIUM

Bad buy

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THE Belgian Army spent €69.9 million 10 years ago on purchasing 18 Piranha anti­tank vehi­ cles but it wasn’t until May 2017 that they pur­ chased any armour piercing shells which don’t work, so after two years of testing they have given up.

BDSM boffins SCIENTISTS from Antwerp University spent part of last year visiting a Bondage Club to watch a selection of sexual activities and then take blood samples in order to try to test the hor­

ARMY TANKS: Shells no longer in use. mones of the stress and pleasure systems of those involved.

GERMANY

Scratched out

Flat out

A MAN aged 26 has been arrested in Bavaria and charged with scratching the paintwork of 642 different vehicles causing damage estimated at €930,000. Police even set up a special unit charged with the job of catching the vandal.

A LEIPZIG street artist and acrobat has been given a six­month suspended sentence af­ ter pleading guilty to tripping a running po­ lice officer over during a riot on New Year’s Eve. He apologised saying he wasn’t anti police, just drunk.

DENMARK

FRANCE

Under fire

Je suis Charlie

DANISH military personnel were serving at an air base located in Al­Asad, Iraq, which was attacked by a missile strike apparently launched by Iranian troops. No­one was hurt, but the 130 troops have been temporarily evacuated to Kuwait.

FIVE years after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the latest issue remembered the attack and de­ nounced what it said was a new kind of politically correct censorship.

New discovery

Sarkozy trial

ARCHAEOLOGISTS from the Danish National Mu­ seum have helped Greek colleagues excavate an ancient city west of Athens which dates back more than 2,000 years and is believed to have been built by King Demetrios after sacking Sikyon in 303BC.

FORMER French President, Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial for corruption in a French court on Octo­ ber 5 this year. Although the late Jacques Chirac was also tried, Sarkozy is the first ex­president to be charged with corruption in office.

NETHERLANDS

Con artist

Arson attack

A COURT in Amsterdam has heard that a con­ man who posed as an agent renting properties managed to steal €110,000 from expatriates and foreign students because they didn’t un­ derstand the law or know how to complain.

A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic secondary school in Amsterdam which has been criticised for its teaching methods was the target of attempted arson after a brick was thrown through a win­ dow at night and flammable liquid was poured onto a chair.

SWEDEN

NORWAY

Zlatan toppled

Sick leave

A STATUE of former Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Malmo stadium has been the target of vandals since he bought shares in a rival club. Now it has been toppled by sawing the an­ kles, but it will be replaced.

THE 82­year­old King Harald V was admitted into hospital in the New Year complaining of dizziness after a viral infection. He is not seriously ill but has been put on two weeks sick leave and his duties will be undertaken by Crown Prince Haakon.

Neighbours meet

County mergers

THE newly appointed Finnish Prime Minister San­ na Marin travelled to Sweden for her first meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at his country retreat Harpsund Manor. Much of the conversa­ tion centred on Iraq where both countries have troops stationed.

AFTER years of planning, Norway has introduced a series of county and municipal mergers which has seen the creation of a giant new county called Viken with 1.2 million people now surrounding Oslo and the reduction to 11 counties in all.


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Indalo Hash House Harriers meet at La Vida for the first fun event of the year THE group met on Sunday January 12 and was over 20 strong with some old members rejoining us and some new ones coming for the first time which was great to see. Two trails were organised, a walking trail of around 4km and a ‘running’ trail of 8km. Running is in q u o t e m a r k s a s w e d o n ’t take the running element too seriously. It’s all about having fun and being sociable. The runners get the mystery of false trails and nooks and crannies to investigate as the trail is laid as a kind of treasure hunt, although the prize is only getting back to the bar safely. The running trail led through a few ramblas towards the massive mountain, a few folk were worried that we’d be going up it, the hare who had laid the trail wasn’t that mean though (not this time anyway).

HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: Two trails were organised, one a walking trail and one a ‘running’ trail.

We did go down some interesting tracks which you barely notice when driving by. At one point we dognapped two dogs; they’d decided that running with us was more fun than a gentle walk with their owner - oops. We even had a little scramble up a hill onto the road back to the bar. Eleven runners started and 11 finished - mission accomplished. The walkers did a shorter route which gave great views and some exciting path finding with some little sections best done in a group. We really do get to areas you may not ever get to by yourself. At the end of the trails we always collect up and ‘do a circle’ where fun forfeits are handed out and namings happen. Two chaps were named this week based on their characters. My hash name is Remoaner, I wonder what yours might be? If you fancy meeting, the next meeting is on January 26, with the venue still to be confirmed, but probably in Chirivel. Join our FB group Indalo HHH.


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FINANCE

Growing up

SUPERMARKET chain Mercadona continues to invest in refurbish­ ing many of its busiest stores and also expanding its online delivery service. Currently the bulk of delivered orders are sent out from individ­ ual stores, but in May 2018 it built the first of its dedicated warehouse operations (called hives) starting in Valencia and then expanding to Barcelona and now it is completing a new hive to serve Madrid. This is a long term investment which currently generates more than €2 million of sales each month and next targets are Ali­ cante and Sevilla.

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STAT OF €5.27 billion WEEK

is the amount that Santander Bank lent to the Spanish agri-food sector in 2019, an increase of 17 per cent over 2018.

Change at the top

ONE of the best­known names in the commercial aviation industry, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) which owns Aer Lingus, Air Europa, BA, Iberia and Vueling is about to retire. Not yet 60, he has been at the head of BA and then IAG for 15 years which makes him one the longest serving CEOs in the FTSE 500 and during his time at the company has seen a growth in share value and the number of airlines it controls. Arguably, the days of BA leading the world’s airlines has disappeared,

By John Smith but the new organisation which was created after the merger with Iberia has seen it become a leaner and meaner operation competing at all levels of business. One problem however dominated the news last year which was the first ever BA pilot’s strike which saw a number of flights cancelled, causing fi­ nancial loss as well as damage to the airline’s reputation. There was a significant fine for BA of nearly €200 million for a customer

data breach and then there were is­ sues with a ‘technical problem’ which saw flights cancelled in November. The 2020 financial profit forecast is less than expected with Air Europe and Vueling in particular now expect­ ing fewer seats sold, so perhaps now was the time for a change at the top. The group’s chairman Antonio Vázquez will now be joined by an­ other Spaniard on the board as Luis Gallego, head of Iberia since 2014 will take over as chief executive when Mr Walsh steps down at the end of June.

Bonuses to be checked THE European Banking Authority (EBA) reacted strongly to the ma­ jor losses made by banks during the time of crisis and introduced a check mechanism on all execu­ tives who earn more than €1 mil­ lion a year introducing caps and delays on bonuses. There are a to­ tal of just under 5,000 bankers in Europe, the majority of them in the UK, who enter this category but just 250 in Spain, most of whom work for Santander. It is argued that the larger the bonus, the more temptation there is to take risks, but oversight re­ duces temptation.

LEGALLY SPEAKING Can he appeal tax bill? Article 18 of the 2013 Tax Treaty between Spain and the UK is difficult to follow. My Govern­ ment Pensions are taxable only in the UK. Other small pensions are taxed here in Spain. The first time I de­ clared my Government Pensions, my tax bill doubled. If the amount of the Civil Service pension is added to oth­ er income, thus moving you into a higher tax bracket, and the amount itself is then removed, technically the Civil Service pension is not double taxed. But if your in­ come tax bill rises significantly, then part of your in­ come is clearly taxed twice. I want to know to whom I can appeal to sort out this convoluted scam. J M (Costa Blanca) I like your t e r m ‘ c o n v o l u t e d YOU AND THE s c a m . ’ I t i s b o t h LAW IN SPAIN expressive and accurate. You can start with Spain’s Tax Agency but any serious appeal you plan will involve impugning a treaty between two sovereign nations and will re­ quire years to resolve, quite likely going to the Eu­ ropean Court of Justice before any final ruling. Spain has similar treaties with several countries, in­ cluding the Netherlands and Canada, so it will not be simple or inexpensive.

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BUSINESS EXTRA

Hefty fine THE Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has fined a Dixons Carphone subsidiary £500,000 (€550,000) after information about 14 million people including 5.6 million credit cards was hacked from point-of-sale computers.

Debt target HEAD of the Spanish Treasury Carlos San Basilio has announced that Spain’s targeted gross debt for 2020 is now estimated at €196.5 billion, a reduction of 6.2 per cent from the 2019 target, although the amount of money borrowed in 2020 will increase.

Safe as houses MEXICAN billionaire Carlos Slim continues to have confidence in the Spanish housing market as he has just purchased 3 per cent of the shares of house builder Quabit Inmobiliaria. This is his third recent foray into Spanish real estate companies.

Look after savers MANY people, especially those of an older genera­ tion leave money in a de­ posit account with their bank without realising that in the long term interest rates reduce and can be as

little as 0.1 per cent. The Financial Conduct Au­ thority (FCA) is now warning banks that this will have to change and that although they may still offer special one­year introductory rates,

they will need to set a single long­term interest rate for all easy access savings accounts. If you don’t move your money around to get the best interest, you could lose out.


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New Pensions Ministry NOW that he has taken power of­ ficially, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has already shown that he has a strong will by ap­ pointing the equivalent of three deputy Prime Ministers (of which Pablo Iglesias is one) and control­ ling all of the ministerial portfo­ lios. Iglesias has a number of low spending ministries under his wing and the next few months will see whether he plans to fight for a greater say in government policy. A brand new ministry is being cre­ ated, which covers Social Security, In­

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By John Smith

NEW MINISTER: Escrivá, speaking at an economic forum.

Controlling property SAREB which was created to deal with the management of the toxic real estate properties following the Spanish banking crisis has been steadily disposing of assets and bad loans but still lost €878

million last year. It ran a public tender to find an additional company to manage a number of its rental properties and has revealed that Haya Real Estate, a subsidiary of Cerberus

has won a two-year renewable contract to manage 3,300 properties on its behalf. Of these, 1,800 are homes and the balance comprises commercial properties or garages.

clusion and Migration and this will be headed by José Luis Escrivá, currently president of the Independent Au­ thority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF). He has maintained a very indepen­ dent stance being first appointed un­ der the Partido Popular as it tried to introduce measures aimed at helping the economy recover and governing public accounts following the finan­ cial crisis of 10 years ago. He has also worked with the Mon­ etary Policy Division of the European Central Bank, the Bank for Interna­ tional Settlements, the Bank of Spain and BBVA so certainly looks like a po­ tential safe pair of hands. Previously Social Services came un­ der the Ministry of Labour but is now promoted to be a ministry in its own right which means that as part of a reshuffle the previous head Mag­ dalena Valerio will be replaced. This new ministry will have a par­ ticular role in the planning of pension reforms which AIReF argued were long overdue and it seems likely that retirement age will inevitably be in­ creased to bring it more in line with other European States.

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BUSINESS EXTRA High profit DESPITE the fact that it is the butt of media jokes, budget airline Ryanair seems to be doing something right as it now forecasts increased profits for its financial year of up to €1 billion, an increase of around 19 per cent.

Xmas cheer THE UK division of supermarket chain LIDL says it outperformed every rival in the four week run up to Christmas with sales up 11 per cent and footfall increasing accordingly. Aldi however says that it took £1 billion (€1.1 billion) in the same period.

Green fund SPANISH Banco Sabadell has launched a global equity fund Sabadell Economía Verde that will invest 75 per cent of its portfolio in companies related to the green economy including climate change, renewable energy, and water.


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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT IF ever I wanted to be a fly, I would have happily surrendered any one of my half dozen legs to be on the wall­ paper of the young Sussexes’ abode over the last few weeks. Let’s just pretend we are all precariously perched on the flock, listening to the happy couple discussing their future together. ‘Meghan.’ ‘Well, that’s it Harry. I’ve just about had it up to here with all this royalty crap.’ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Having to be nice to people I can’t stand and actually rub noses with disgusting smelly peasants I wouldn’t normally allow near me is just not my idea of touring at all.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘I can’t even pursue my career. I’m a star Harry, people want to see me act, not having to ad lib and ap­ pear in videos I don’t even get paid for.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘And as for your ghast­ ly Grandparents, you didn’t honestly think I was going to spend my Christ­ mas sitting around with that pair of cobwebs did you? They’ll both be dead soon anyway. I’m used to being around interesting people like Oprah and the Clooneys or Michelle Obama

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and Serena. People who really mean something in the world. And as for you’re boring brother and that sweet­ ie pie wife of his. If you think I’m going to spend my future curtsying and kowtowing to those two when they become King and Queen then you’ve

another think coming.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘I’m sorry Harry; you have to make the choice; me or them?’ ‘You; of course dear.’ ‘There you are. There’s a good boy, I knew you’d see sense. Would you like to come to bed now? ‘ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Say pretty please.’ ‘Pretty

please.’ ‘There, that’s better.’ You can announce it all on Kate’s birthday to­ morrow, that’ll be some nice icing on her cake! I’ll be leaving for Canada first thing in the morning. It’s within easier reach of Hollywood and I can join up with Archie and the dogs.

‘Oh by the way, I think we should keep the house. It’ll be good for our occasional British stopover. Take care of that would you?’ ‘Yes dear.’ Have you finished Harry?’ ‘Yes thank you dear.’ ‘Sleepy byes now then. Put the light out Harry.’ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Now, what am I going to wear tomorrow’... Told you she had him by the short and curlies. Well, is she good for him or bad? Actually the jury is still out on that one. Let’s just hope that all these selfish shenanigans are not the final nail for our ageing Queen. If this self­ centered egotist is only remembered for hastening the demise of our beloved Monarch, she will never be forgiven. Getting quite excited about my pending radio show. Don’t expect any LBC type serious discussions. This is gonna be Leapy’s alter ego. Lottsa fun, frolics and good music. (Yes, old Marmite is perfectly capable!) All de­ tails and links in a couple of weeks. Keep the faith Love Leapy. Leapylee2002@gmail.cvom

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It’s safe to come out now MIKE SENKER IN MY OPINION Views of a Grumpy Old Man WELL I guess it’s safe to come out of hid­ ing now all that merry Christmas stuff has gone. By the way, it’s the middle of Janu­ ary so stop wishing me a happy New Year too! The season of goodwill was all very uneventful except for meeting the most revolting drunk idiot at a Christmas party who made an absolute fool of himself. I love watching award shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars as I was in the film business for nearly 30 years. Ricky Gervais was brilliant at hosting the Golden Globes. He took no prisoners! A few of the celebs made speeches about global warm­ ing and how we should all do our bit. The one comment that stood out for me was from Stella McCartney and guess what her pearl of wisdom was? Go vegan, walk everywhere, don’t use plastic? Nope, none of that. It was to congratulate Joaquin Phoenix for wearing the same dinner suit for the whole award season. The British de­ signer showed her support for Phoenix’s decision on Twitter writing, “This man is a

winner… wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet,” she explained. “He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud to join forces with you.” Wow that is amazing. Imagine how proud she would be of me. I’ve had the same dinner suit for nearly 20 years. It’s been in fashion, out and back again gawd knows how many times. I didn’t realise I was saving the planet. I just was trying to save a few quid. I honestly didn’t know I was saving rain forests in the process. Seriously though is that the best she can come up with? It just goes to prove these people are so far re­ moved from the real world that they really shouldn’t be allowed to put anything on Twitter unless they run it past their cleaner or gardener first to make sure they aren’t going to say something that normal people just laugh at. Fortunately some of the real stars like El­ ton John, Kylie Minogue and many others are actually doing something useful by us­ ing their huge wealth to donate large sums of money to Australia to help fight the dev­ astation that the bush fires are causing. In my opinion it’s a darn sight better than wearing a free dinner suit five times!

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ARE you considering somewhere differ­ ent to go on holiday this year? Well, how about Syria? Russian tour operators have begun selling holidays there as the war­torn country looks to revive its once lucrative tourism industry. Syria wel­ comed nine million visitors a year before the outbreak of civil war in 2011. This kind of trip is aimed at ‘people who want a different kind of experience.’ (Or, alternatively, want to escape from Brexit, Trump, trolling, #MeToo?). For me, it calls to mind the apocryphal strap line of a five­star Belfast hotel during the ‘Troubles’ ­ ‘Tea, coffee and bomb­mak­ ing facilities in every room.’ Or maybe you’d prefer an adventure holiday that’s all the rage now amongst the selfie generation. Because of the im­ portance of social media, millennial thrill seekers are increasingly looking for expe­ riences that can be shared amongst their peers. Bragging rights aren’t any longer acquired by the mere retelling of crazy stories, but through online photos and

videos. Precariously perched on Trolltun­ ga Rock overhanging a Norwegian fjord, for example. Or scaling bridges, skyscrap­ ers and (help!) volcanoes. Hang on! Do you remember post­ cards? Where you hoped to relate your experiences using the best of your de­ scriptive powers and tiny writing, in­ evitably running out of space. I used to love choosing the right postcard. And re­ ceiving one was great too. Happy days. Actually, I might start doing that again as a reaction to the constant bombard­ ment of WhatsApp pics that I usually re­ ceive from friends and relatives. But why this thrill for adventure? It’s because the selfie generation has grown up in an increasingly risk­averse environ­ ment, imposed by an increasingly Nanny state. In the West, the ‘elf’n’safety’

brigade now rules where the unions once did. By being denied any ‘excitement’ be­ cause of the encroachment of ‘elf’n’safe­ ty’ policies in our daily lives, people turn to ‘adventure holidays’ and similar since (sorry all you hand wringers!) we are con­ ditioned by nature to require excitement. It’s our flight /fight response ­ our de­ fault setting. And, no it hasn’t been bred out of us ­ yet... Nora Johnson’s psychological crime thrillers ‘Betrayal,’ ‘The Girl in the Woods,’ ‘The Girl in the Red Dress,’ ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribu­ tion,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora­johnson.net) available online as ebook (€0.99;£0.99), ibook, pa­ perback and audiobook. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity.


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11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Wanted Down Under 12:45pmCaught Red Handed 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm I Escaped to the Country 4:45pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Britain's Best Home Cook 10:00pmDeath in Paradise 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm Regional News and Weather 11:30pm Weather 11:35pmQuestion Time 12:35am Brexitcast

7:30am Wanted Down Under 8:15am The Farmers' Country Showdown 9:00am Baby Chimp Rescue 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 5:45pm The Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 9:00pm Baby Chimp Rescue 10:00pm Addicted to Painkillers?: Britain's Opioid Crisis 11:00pm Mum 11:30pm Newsnight 12:10am Weather 12:15am Snooker: The Masters

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world. 8:30pm The Sky at Night 9:00pm The Great British Year Documentary following British wildlife through the seasons. 10:00pm Einstein's Quantum Riddle 11:00pm Wonders of the Universe 12:00am Michael Mosley vs the Superbugs 1:00am Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture 2:00am Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections 3:00am A History of Art in Three Colours 4:00am Einstein's Quantum Riddle

7:30am Cheers 8:20am King of Queens 9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:10am Frasier 11:10am Undercover Boss USA 12:05pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Sun, Sea and Selling Houses 2:05pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Supervet 10:00pm8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 11:00pm Naked Attraction 12:05am Naked Beach 1:00am 24 Hours in A&E 2:00am The Supervet

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Paw Patrol Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Sunny Bunnies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Police Interceptors 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm The Wrong Neighbour 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Chimp Island 9:00pm Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun 10:00pm All Inclusive 11:00pm The World's Most Luxurious Superyacht 12:05am Busted in Bangkok 1:05am Traffic Cops

1:15pmBargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pmDoctors 3:15pmFather Brown 4:00pmI Escaped to the Country 4:45pmThe Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pmThe Goes Wrong Show 10:00pmWould I Lie to You? 10:30pmKing Gary 11:00pmBBC News at Ten 11:25pmRegional News and Weather 11:30pmWeather 11:35pmThe Graham Norton Show 12:25am RuPaul's Drag Race UK

7:30am Wanted Down Under 8:15am The Farmers' Country Showdown 9:00am MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 5:45pm The Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 9:30pm Monty Don's American Gardens 10:30pmQI 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Newsnight 12:00am Weather 12:05amFront Row Late 12:45am Snooker: The Masters

8:00pm World News Today The day's leading stories. 8:30pm Top of the Pops: 1989 9:00pm Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand 10:00pm Top of the Pops: 1989 10:30pm Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music 11:30pm Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know 12:30am Smashing Hits! The 80's Pop Map of Britain and Ireland 1:30amI Can Go for That: The Smooth World of Yacht Rock 2:30am Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music 3:30am Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand

9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:10am Frasier 10:40am Frasier Part two of two. 11:10am Undercover Boss USA 12:05pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Sun, Sea and Selling Houses 2:05pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast 10:00pm Deadwater Fell 11:00pm The Last Leg 12:05am Naked Attraction 1:10am Transporter 3 2:55am Come Dine with Me

Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Sunny Bunnies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Police Interceptors 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:20pm Hidden Intentions 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Humpback Whale: Birth of a Giant 9:00pm Secret Scotland 10:00pmHolidaying with Jane McDonald 11:00pm Inside the World's Greatest Hotels 12:00amNotting Hill

7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Tenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm Gino's Italian Escape: Hidden Italy 10:00pm Welcome to HMP Belmarsh with Ross Kemp 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pmITV News London 11:45pm The Late Debate 12:10am Grantchester

8:00am Dinner Date 9:00am Emmerdale 9:30am Coronation Street 10:00am Coronation Street 10:30am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 11:25am Superstore 11:55am Superstore 12:20pm Dress to Impress 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:15pm Coronation Street 2:50pm  The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:45pm Supermarket Sweep 4:50pm Dinner Date 5:50pm Dress to Impress 6:55pm Take Me Out 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm  Superstore 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Celebability 11:50pm Family Guy 12:20am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:20am American Dad! 1:45am The Cleveland Show

7:00am Classic Coronation Street 7:55am Classic Emmerdale 8:55am Heartbeat 10:00am George and Mildred 11:05am Man About the House 11:35am A Touch of Frost 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 7:00pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Lewis 11:00pm The Bay 12:00am A Touch of Frost 2:10am A Touch of Frost

7:00am World of Sport: TV Firsts 7:15am Quincy, M.E. 8:05am Kojak 8:55am The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 10:05am Minder 11:10am The Professionals 12:20pm The Sweeney 1:25pm Quincy, M.E. 2:30pm Kojak 3:35pm The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 4:40pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:55pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm Britain's Busiest Airport Heathrow 10:00pm Rocky Balboa 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pm Rocky Balboa 12:10am The Last Boy Scout 1:15am FYI Daily 1:20am The Last Boy Scout

6:00am Live European Tour Golf The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. 7:00am Live European Tour Golf The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. 8:30am Live Test Cricket South Africa v England. 5:00pm Test Cricket Bitesize South Africa v England. 5:15pm Cricket Debate South Africa v England. 6:00pm Live PGA Tour Golf The American Express. Covera 9:00pm Live PGA Tour Golf The American Express. 1:00am 2020 Latin American Amateur Championship D1 Highlights

7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pmDickinson's Real Deal 4:00pmTenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pmTipping Point 6:00pmThe Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pmThe Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pmGrantchester 11:00pmITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pmITV News London 11:45pmThe Brits Are Coming

8:00am Dinner Date 9:00am Emmerdale 10:00am You've Been Framed! 10:30am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 11:25am Superstore 12:20pm Dress to Impress 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:50pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:45pm Supermarket Sweep 4:50pm Dinner Date 5:50pm Dress to Impress 6:55pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Superstore 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Family Guy 11:35pm Family Guy 12:05am Family Guy 12:30am American Dad!

7:00am Classic Coronation Street 8:00am Classic Emmerdale 8:55am Heartbeat 10:00am Rising Damp 10:30am Rising Damp 11:00am Man About the House 11:30am A Touch of Frost 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 6:55pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Doc Martin 10:00pm Doc Martin 11:00pm The Bay A confession to Lisa shines a possible new light on Dylan's killer.

7:00am Football's Greatest: Bobby Charlton 7:15am Quincy, M.E. 8:05am Kojak 8:55am The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 10:05am Minder 11:10am The Professionals 12:20pm The Sweeney 1:25pm Quincy, M.E. 2:30pm Kojak 3:35pm The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 4:40pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:50pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm River Monsters 9:30pm River Monsters 10:00pmThe Untouchables 11:00pm FYI Daily A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 11:05pmThe Untouchables

7:00am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7:30am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 8:30am Live Test Cricket South Africa v England. 5:00pm Football Centre 5:30pm Live PGA Tour Golf The American Express. 9:00pm Live PGA Tour Golf The American Express. 1:00am 2020 Latin American Amateur Championship D2 Highlights Highlights from day two of the Latin American Amateur Championship. 2:00am Sky Sports News

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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pmLose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge 1:00pm Football Focus 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather 2:15pm Live Snooker: The Masters 5:30pm Final Score 6:30pm The Mallorca Files 7:15pm BBC News 7:25pm BBC London News; Weather 7:27pm Weather 7:30pm The Greatest Dancer 8:45pm Pointless 9:30pm First & Last 10:20pm Casualty 11:10pmBBC News 11:25pmWeather 11:30pmMatch of the Day 1:00am The NFL Show 1:30am The Spectacular Now 3:00am Weather for the Week Ahead 3:05am BBC News

4:55am 6:30am 7:45am 8:00am 8:30am 9:00am 9:30am Mission: 10:00am 11:00am 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 2:30pm

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8:50am Mr. Bean 9:10am The Rubbish World of Dave Spud 9:30am Thunderbirds are Go 10:05am Craig of the Creek 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Saturday Morning with James Martin 12:40pmLiving on the Veg 1:40pm ITV News and Weather 1:59pm ITV London Weather 2:00pm Dancing on Ice 3:55pm Countrywise 4:25pm Tipping Point 5:25pm The Chase 6:25pm ITV News and Weather 6:45pm ITV News London 7:00pm Catchphrase 8:00pm The Masked Singer 9:30pm The Voice UK 11:00pmShopping with Keith Lemon 11:30pmITV News and Weather 11:49pmITV London Weather

This is BBC Two This is BBC Two Wild & Weird Top Class The Dog Ate My Homework Blue Peter Deadly on a Pole to Pole Supersized Earth Robot Wars Baby Chimp Rescue Britain's Best Home Cook Best House in Town The World's Most Extraordinary Homes The Caine Mutiny Live Snooker: The Masters Trust Me, I'm a Doctor Equator From the Air Live Snooker: The Masters Info not available Snooker: The Masters - Extra This is BBC Two

7:00am Teleshopping 8:00am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 9:35am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 10:30am Dress to Impress 12:30pm Supermarket Sweep 3:40pm Dr. Seuss' the Lorax 4:40pm FYI Daily A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 4:45pm Dr. Seuss' the Lorax 5:25pm Antz 6:30pm FYI Daily 6:35pm Antz 7:05pm Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 8:20pm FYI Daily 8:25pm Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Family Guy 11:35pm Family Guy 12:05am Family Guy

8:00pm Natural World 9:00pm Coast 10:00pm Wisting 10:45pm Wisting 11:30pmTop of the Pops: 1989 12:00am Top of the Pops: 1989 12:30am Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell 1:35am Sings Musicals Memorable versions of songs taken from or inspired by musicals. 2:35am Ice Dream: Lapland's Snow Show 3:05am Coast 4:05am Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain

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Heineken Champions Cup Rugby: The Big Tackle Beat the Chef Beat the Chef Beat the Chef The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons Heineken Champions Cup Rugby Union Location, Location, Location Channel 4 News The Royal House of Windsor Bone Detectives: Britain's Buried Secrets Assassin's Creed The Wolverine The Last Leg Hollyoaks

9:55am Wissper 10:10am Pirata & Capitano 10:20am Floogals 10:35am Digby Dragon 10:45am Shimmer and Shine 11:00am SpongeBob Squarepants 11:10am The Loud House 11:25am Access 11:30am Friends 12:30pm Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords 4:20pm Jesse Stone: No Remorse 6:00pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 6:55pm 5 News Update 7:00pm Draining the Sunken Pirate City 8:00pm Digging Up Britain's Past 9:00pm Tony Robinson's History of Britain 10:00pm How the Victorians Built Britain 11:00pm Henry VIII and His Six Wives

11:30am Countryfile Winter Diaries 12:15pmHomes Under the Hammer 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather for the Week Ahead 2:15pm Songs of Praise 2:50pm Lifeline 3:00pm Escape to the Country 3:55pm Garden Rescue 4:55pm The Repair Shop 5:40pm Blue Planet II 6:40pm BBC News 7:00pm BBC London News; Weather 7:05pm Weather 7:10pm Countryfile 8:10pm Doctor Who 9:00pm Call the Midwife 10:00pm The Trial of Christine Keeler 11:00pmBBC News 11:20pmBBC London News; Weather 11:25pmWeather 11:30pmMatch of the Day 2 12:30am The Women's Football Show

7:15am The Instant Gardener 8:00am Around the World in 80 Gardens 9:00am Countryfile 10:00am Monty Don's American Gardens 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm Mary Berry's Country House Secrets 1:30pm Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman 2:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 6:15pm Flog It! 7:15pm Ski Sunday 8:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 12:00am Son of Saul 1:40am Question Time 2:40am Best House in Town 3:25am Holby City Medical drama series charting life on the wards of Holby City Hospital. 4:25am This is BBC Two Preview of pcoming programmes from BBC Two.

8:00pm The Women's Football Show 8:30pm Secret Knowledge 9:00pm All Aboard! New Zealand by Rail, Sea and Land 11:30pm Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime 12:30am Scotland and the Klan Throughout the 18th Century, hundreds of thousands of Scots emigrated to America. 1:30am Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades 2:30am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork Documentary profiling influential figures in the world of wood craftsmanship.

8:40am The Big Bang Theory 9:05am The Big Bang Theory 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm The Simpsons 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm The Simpsons 3:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:05pm National Treasure: Book of Secrets 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm The Great Pottery Throw Down 9:00pm George Clarke's Old House, New Home 10:00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins 11:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 12:00am The Gunman 2:10am Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 3:00am Phil Spencer's Stately Homes 3:55am Grand Designs

9:00am Butterbean's Cafe 9:20am Paw Patrol 9:35am Nella the Princess Knight 9:50am Wissper 10:00am Pirata & Capitano 10:10am Floogals 10:30am Digby Dragon 10:40am Shimmer and Shine 10:55am SpongeBob Squarepants 11:05am The Loud House 11:25am Access 11:35am Friends 2:40pm Friends 3:10pm Smurfs: The Lost Village 4:10pm Access 4:15pm Smurfs: The Lost Village 4:55pm The Princess Diaries 6:45pm Ocean's Twelve 8:55pm 5 News Update 9:00pm Inside... 10:00pm The Wonderful World of Chocolate 11:00pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Kojak The Big Fish Off Fishing Allstars ITV Racing: The Opening Show 11:30am World of Sport 11:40am River Monsters 12:10pm The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 2:30pm ITV Racing Live 5:00pm Return of the Seven 6:05pm FYI Daily 6:10pm Return of the Seven 6:55pm Goals of the 70s 7:05pm River Monsters 8:10pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 9:10pm FYI Daily 9:15pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 10:00pm Smokey and The Bandit III 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pm Smokey and The Bandit III 11:45pmNational Lampoon's European Vacation 12:45am FYI Daily

6:00am Sky Sports News 7:00am Sky Sports News 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 8:30am Live Test Cricket South Africa v England. Coverage of the third day of the Third Test in the fourmatch series, taking place at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth. 5:00pm Gillette Soccer Saturday 6:00pm Live Premier League 9:00pm Live PGA Tour Golf 1:00am Sky Sports News 2:00am Sky Sports News 3:00am Sky Sports News 4:00am Sky Sports News 5:00am Sky Sports News

10:30am Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen 11:30am Living on the Veg 12:30pmGino's Italian Escape: Hidden Italy 1:00pm The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 1:34pm ITV London Weather 1:35pm The Voice UK 3:05pm The Masked Singer 4:35pm Tipping Point 5:30pm ITV News and Weather 5:45pm ITV News London 6:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 7:00pm Dancing on Ice 9:10pm Vera 11:05pmITV News and Weather 11:19pmITV London Weather 11:20pmBradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad 11:45pmThe Metro: A Rail Life Story

8:25am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 9:15am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 10:05am Dress to Impress 11:05am The Masked Singer 12:35pm Supermarket Sweep 1:35pm Supermarket Sweep 2:35pm Step Up 3:35pm FYI Daily 3:40pm Step Up 4:45pm Nanny McPhee 5:45pm FYI Daily 5:50pm Nanny McPhee 6:45pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 7:45pm FYI Daily 7:50pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Ibiza Weekender 12:05am Family Guy 12:35am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy 1:35am American Dad! 2:05am American Dad! 2:30am The Cleveland Show

7:00am George and Mildred 7:30am George and Mildred 8:00am Coronation Street 10:50am Emmerdale 1:50pm Foyle's War 3:50pm Foyle's War 5:55pm Agatha Christie's Poirot 7:00pm Lewis 9:00pm Inside the Ritz Hotel 9:30pm Inside the Ritz Hotel 10:00pm Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy Of Cornwall 11:00pm The Good Karma Hospital 12:00am The Good Karma Hospital 1:05am Lewis 2:50am Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant 3:15am Judge Judy 3:35am Emmerdale

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6:00am Sky Sports News 7:00am Sky Sports News 8:00am Total Goals 8:30am Live Test Cricket South Africa v England. Coverage of the fourth day of the Third Test in the four-match series, taking place at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth. 2:00pm Live Renault Super Sunday Burnley v Leicester City (Kick-off 2.00pm). All the action from the Premier League encounter at Turf Moor. 5:00pm Live Renault Super Sunday 8:30pm Live NFL 12:00am Live NFL 4:00am Sky Sports News

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7:00am Agatha Christie's Poirot 8:40am Lewis 10:35am Coronation Street Long-running drama with the residents of England's most famous cobbled street. 1:25pm Foyle's War 3:40pm Foyle's War 5:50pm Foyle's War 8:00pm Midsomer Murders Forest ranger Felicity Ward is blinded by mysterious lights while driving at night in the village of Cooper Hill and the next morning her car is found abandoned at the roadside, followed closely by the discovery of her body. 10:00pm Midsomer Murders 12:00am Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Goals of the 80s Auto Mundial The Car Chasers The Professionals Minder The Sweeney The Return of Sherlock Holmes Hornblower The Last Sunset FYI Daily The Last Sunset Smokey and the Bandit II FYI Daily Smokey and the Bandit II Flash Gordon FYI Daily Flash Gordon Windtalkers FYI Daily Windtalkers Gangster Squad FYI Daily Gangster Squad Fishing Impossible ITV4 Nightscreen Teleshopping

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6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pmCold Feet 11:00pmITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London

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12:00pmBBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Live International Bowls 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Twinstitute 8:30pm Mastermind 9:00pm Only Connect 9:30pm University Challenge 10:00pmWar in the Blood 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage 9:00pm Caribbean with Simon Reeve 10:00pmA Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy 11:00pmThe Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 12:00am The Art of Scandinavia 1:00am Britain in Focus: A Photographic History 2:00am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork

3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm How to Lose Weight Well 10:00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? 11:00pm Diamond Dealers and Cockney Geezers 12:00am Meet the Drug Lords: Inside the Real Narcos

2:10pm 2:15pm 2:45pm 3:15pm

Access Home and Away Neighbours Fatherly Obsession 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 Wild Animal Rescue 9:00pm Traffic Cops 10:00pmM1: Keeping Britain Moving 11:00pmBusted in Bangkok 12:05am Circus Kids: Our Secret World

6:15pmPointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pmSilent Witness 11:00pmBBC News at Ten 11:25pmRegional News and Weather 11:30pmWeather 11:35pmVeganville 12:20am Nadiya's Asian Odyssey

6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pmGreat British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pmCornwall: This Fishing Life 10:00pmChris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting 11:00pmBetter Things 11:25pmThe Archiveologists 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world. 8:30pm Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain 9:00pm Italy's Invisible Cities 10:00pmBritain's Pompeii 11:00pmThe Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 12:00am Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British

3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Including sport and weather. 9:00pm Crazy Delicious 10:00pm24 Hours in A&E 11:00pmNHS Crisis: Our Mental Health 12:00am 24 Hours in Police Custody

2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Tempting Fate 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pmWild Animal Rescue 9:00pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 10:00pmBen Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 11:00pmBad Girls Behind Bars 12:05am The Sex Business

3:45pm Supermarket Sweep 4:50pm Dinner Date 5:55pm Dress to Impress 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Superstore 10:00pmLove Island 11:00pm Love Island: Aftersun

11:00am Man About the House 11:35am A Touch of Frost 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 7:00pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Endeavour 11:00pmA Confession

4:50pm 5:55pm 6:55pm 8:00pm

8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 8:30am Live Test Cricket 4:00pm Test Cricket Bitesize 4:15pm Cricket Debate 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Transfer Centre 6:30pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm Sky Sports News at 6 8:00pm The Transfer Show 8:30pm Live EFL 11:00pmThe Debate 12:00am Sky Sports News

4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm The Metro: A Rail Life Story 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pmITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pmITV News London

4:50pm Dinner Date 5:55pm Dress to Impress 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Superstore 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Don't Hate the Playaz 11:50pm Family Guy

11:25am Inspector Morse 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 6:55pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Love Your Garden 10:00pmLong Lost Family 11:00pmA Confession 12:00am Inspector Morse

3:35pm The Return of Sherlock Holmes 4:45pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:55pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 10:00pmFYI Daily 10:05pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 10:50pm Smokey and The Bandit III 11:55pmFYI Daily

9:00am Live ICC Under19s World Cup Cricket 4:45pm Test Cricket Bitesize 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Transfer Centre 6:30pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm The Transfer Show 8:00pm Gillette Soccer Special 11:15pmThe Debate Discussion on the latest football news. 12:15am Sky Sports News

8:55am Heartbeat 9:55am Rising Damp 10:25am Rising Damp 10:55am Man About the House 11:25am Inspector Morse 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 7:00pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Agatha Christie's Poirot 11:00pmA Confession 12:00am Inspector Morse 2:15am Inspector Morse 4:15am ITV3 Nightscreen 4:30am Teleshopping

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7:00am Total Goals 8:00am Total Goals 9:00am Total Goals 10:00am Good Morning Transfers 11:00am Football Centre 12:00pmFootball Centre 1:00pm Transfer Talk 2:00pm Sky Sports News 3:00pm Sky Sports News 4:00pm Transfer Centre The latest football transfer developments. 4:30pm Sky Sports News 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm My Icon 6:15pm Live International Netball 8:15pm Live Scottish Premiership 11:00pmSPFL Greatest Games 11:15pmThe Debate 12:15am Sky Sports News

Minder The Professionals The Sweeney The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High 9:30pm Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High 10:00pmFighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun 11:00pm Straight Outta Compton 12:00am FYI Daily

WEDNESDAY - 22 JANUARY 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pmDoctors 3:15pmFather Brown 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pmThe Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pmAntiques Road Trip 6:15pmPointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Easy Ways to Live Well 10:00pmSpy in the Wild 11:00pmBBC News at Ten 11:25pmRegional News and Weather 11:30pmWeather 11:35pmMatch of the Day 1:10am First & Last

7:30am Antiques Road Trip 8:15am The Farmers' Country Showdown 9:00amSee Hear 9:30am Fake Britain 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pmBBC Newsroom Live 12:15pmPolitics Live 2:00pm World Bowls 6:15pmFlog It! 7:00pmRichard Osman's House of Games 7:30pmGreat British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Andrew Neil Show 8:30pm Yorkshire Walks 9:00pm Trust Me, I'm a Doctor 9:30pm Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge 10:00pmGood Omens 11:00pmLive at the Apollo 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world. 8:30pm James May: The Reassembler 9:00pm Earth's Great Rivers 10:00pmThe Truth About... 11:00pmThe Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 12:00am Treasures of Ancient Egypt Alastair Sooke tells the story of Ancient Egyptian art through 30 masterpieces. 1:00am Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth 2:00am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork

10:10am Frasier 11:10am Undercover Boss USA 12:05pmRamsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Sun, Sea and Selling Houses 2:05pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Kirstie and Phil's Love it or List it 10:00pmMeat the Family 11:00pm999: What's Your Emergency? 12:05am 24 Hours in A&E 1:10am 999: On the Frontline

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Top Wing Paw Patrol Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Sunny Bunnies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pmWild Animal Rescue 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Police Interceptors 2:10pm Access 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pmThe Wrong Nanny 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Wild Animal Rescue 9:00pm Britain's Parking Hell 10:00pmRed Arrows Take America 11:00pmRich Kids Go Homeless

6:05am Judge Rinder 7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Tenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pmWhite House Farm 11:00pmITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pmITV News London 11:45pmPeston 12:40am Tenable

11:25am Superstore 11:55am Superstore 12:20pmDress to Impress 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:50pm You've Been Framed! 2:20pm You've Been Framed! 2:50pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:45pm Supermarket Sweep 4:50pm Dinner Date 5:55pm Dress to Impress 7:00pm You've Been Framed! 7:30pm You've Been Framed! 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Superstore 10:00pmLove Island 11:05pmCelebrity Juice 11:50pmFamily Guy 12:20am Family Guy

The Protectors Quincy, M.E. Kojak The Return of Sherlock Holmes 10:15am Minder 11:20am The Professionals 12:25pmThe Sweeney 1:35pm Quincy, M.E. 2:35pm Kojak 3:40pm The Return of Sherlock Holmes 4:45pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:55pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm Junk and Disorderly 10:00pmBilly Connolly's Great American Trail 11:00pm Windtalkers 12:05am FYI Daily 12:10am Windtalkers 1:45am Minder 2:50am Fishing Impossible 3:40am ITV4 Nightscreen

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Across 1 Rough terrain for coach (7) 5 Going astray dooms wicked old city (5) 8 Spare change, one gathers (5) 9 Tavern's refurbished by domestic worker (7) 10 Fight expected end of April (4) 11 Liberal made Green love America (8) 13 Parade has moved into state (6) 15 Let lad see out (6) 18 Gathered together and called to order (8) 19 Bans plastic bags (4) 22 Jewellery spotted in River Wear ringroad (7) 23 Parts of the Far East (5) 24 A range of potential votes (5) 25 The side in red lived (7) Down 1 Outbursts an Asian heard before attacks (7) 2 Humble home with acre in front (5) 3 Breeding place discovered in Lone Star State (4) 4 More impulsive part of a cooked breakfast (6) 5 Playful kids here made a loud noise (8) 6 Monsters created from dead organs (7) 7 Buddies forming teams (5) 12 Amateur team, including a reserve

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18 Game played by revolutionary onboard a ship (5) 20 In front of a leader (5) 21 Hands hesitate, we hear (4)

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 2 represents Z and 20 represents S, so fill in Z every time the figure 2 appears and S every time the figure 20 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 Fried potatoes (5) 4 Lawful (5) 7 Extraordinarily good or great (9) 8 Exchange one thing for another (4) 9 Made warm or hot (6) 12 Basic unit of currency of Israel (6) 13 Felines (4) 16 Express regret for a fault (9) 18 Hold back to a later time (5) 19 Inuit seal-skin canoe (5)

English - Spanish

Across 1 Caderas (4) 3 Swimming (8) 9 Barn (7) 10 Debajo (5) 11 Comer en casa (3,2) 12 Más fácil (6) 14 Subject (6) 16 Fresh (6) 19 To shout (6) 21 Lados (5) 24 Success (at task) (5) 25 Gaviota (7) 26 Tesoro (8) 27 Duck (bird) (4)

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Down 1 Complete disorder and confusion (5) 2 Fill with gas or air (7) 3 Sound in mind (4) 4 Departs (6) 5/17 Escape punishment (3,3) 6 Expressed clearly (5) 10 Event resulting in great loss and misfortune (7) 11 Roundabout road (6) 12 Injure with hot liquid or steam (5) 14 Aquatic predator (5) 15 Chain segment (4) 17 See 5

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

Down 1 Bonfires (8) 2 Planta (5) 4 To take in (receive) (6) 5 Both (5) 6 Enfermedad (7) 7 Tritón (4) 8 Cacahuete (6) 13 Pocket (8) 15 Ucrania (7) 17 To scratch (with claw, nail) (6) 18 Goma de borrar (6) 20 Herramientas (5) 22 Debt (5) 23 Izquierdo (4)


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LEO (July 24 - August 23) Consider what is the most important thing to you at the moment? Is it wealth or social position? Your work, or how it may be possible to afford that new conservatory are minor considerations compared with your greatest asset which is your health.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) As the saying goes, ‘no one ever said it would be easy’. In the past few months you have found this to be true. Hard work is not alien to you, but there is a point where you want to shout ‘enough’. It may be that business or home life needs some rearranging, or that someone is moving job and the routine is severely disrupted.

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IRISH LOTTO Saturday January 11

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EURO MILLIONS Tuesday January 7

BONUS BALL

8

Is playing the waiting game really to your advantage? Your Sagittarian character naturally leads you to be optimistic, and why not? Even so, it won't hurt to hurry someone along rather than having them go at their own pace. Bear in mind that, in letting someone get away with sloppiness, you are doing them no favours at all.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The enthusiasm of your bright Capricorn mind is also capable of making you restless. There are mixed feelings about being at or near home this week, with thoughts of more progress being possible elsewhere. Your need to make things better for those round you may not make you money but it can bring great joy.

Nonagram

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Friday January 10

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SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)

BONUS BALL

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

There is so much in you that is determined and looking forward to a fresh start, but something that you are trying to get rid of, or give up, may be giving you more trouble than anticipated. Some things have to be done alone, or so you think, but others have gone through this before you so they are able to give support.

EL MILLON: BST33327

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JOKER: 1 901 947 Saturday January 11

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JOKER: 6 400 630 EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA Sunday January 12

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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: 8 Good: 11 Very good: 16 Excellent: 20

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION cere cert core corn cure curt ecru erne euro rent rete rote rout rune runt tern torc tore torn tour tree true turn cornu court crone cruet cuter enter enure erect eruct noter outer recon recto route tenor terce toner truce tuner center centre cornet cunner encore neuron neuter recent rennet tenner tenrec tenure tureen counter enteron neurone neutron nocturn recount trounce cretonne nocturne renounce ENCOUNTER

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS

QUICK Across: 1 Simple, 4 Oath, 8 Incorrect, 9 Kite, 10 Status, 13 Rescue, 15 Loan, 18 Procedure, 19 Tale, 20 Cleans.

Down: LA PRIMITIVA

Kakuro

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

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

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As a home-loving Libran, you are torn between making changes to your surroundings and getting some cash in on the business side. Apparently, it is not possible to do both because energy levels fluctuate.

BONUS BALL

Sudoku

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

1 Snooker, 2 Moist, 3 Lack, 5 Alert, 6/18 Hot pot, 7 Truth, 11 Singers, 12 Quiet, 14 Spoil, 16 Opera, 17 Full.

CRYPTIC Across: 1 Rinse, 4 Siberia, 8 Magneto, 9 Round, 10 Outdated, 11 Mean, 13 Spends, 14 Beagle, 17 Duck, 19 Cardinal, 22 Larva, 23 Retreat, 24 Sceptic, 25 Ameer.

Down: 1 Romeo, 2 Nightie, 3 Emeralds, 4 Shoves, 5 Barb, 6 Rouse, 7 Andante, 12 Vendetta, 13 Saddles, 15 Genoese, 16 Fabric, 18 Carve, 20 Later, 21 Hart.

ENGLISH-SPANISH Down:

Across: 1 Betún, 4 Compass, 8 Charcos, 9 Desde, 10 So far, 11 Longest, 12 Escape, 14 Saucer, 17 Mostaza, 19 Menos, 21 Leave, 22 Mendigo, 23 Estirar, 24 Angry.

1 Bocas, 2 Traffic, 3 Nacer, 4 Castle, 5 Mudanza, 6 Aisle, 7 Shelter, 12 Esmalte, 13 Planear, 15 Cunning, 16 Hammer, 18 Smart, 19 Manga, 20 Snowy.

CODE BREAKER


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KEEP DOG BEACHES DEAR Euro Weekly, I broke from tradition and had a quick lo­ ok at your Facebook page the other day. I was a bit concerned to read that there is talk of banning dogs from the beaches. All beaches? That is a bit over the top. People love taking their dogs to the beach and I have seen more dogs here than in any other places in the world. I do agree that dog mess on the beach is ridiculous as I would hate to be sunbathing and find it next to me, but in my town we have a de­ signated dog beach and honestly, it’s great. I take my dog there and all the dogs can hang out together and enjoy the space. The beaches give the dogs a chance to exercise and stay healthy. Maybe people could do as I do and make sure their poo­ ches have been to the toilet before they hit the sand. Also, dogs here are supposed to only be allowed on the beach at certain ti­ mes of the year, out of season, could they not just invest in people that monitor this instead of penalising the dogs and owners? Yours truly, Geoff Trent

Soft may be better DEAR Euro Weekly This is my first year spending Christ­ mas in Spain­ and what a Christmas it was! Some of the customs are quite biza­ rre but I thoroughly enjoyed them. The Three Kings parade was truly somet­ hing, all the children and dancers were incredible. The effort the Spanish put into their parade is clear to see and it pays off tremendously. However, I was concerned with the way some of the sweets were being thrown. I saw a video on Facebook that sho­ wed one of the Three Kings in Cataluña throwing sweets violently. Apparently, people in the crowd were shouting ra­ cial slurs at him. Still, it isn’t very clever to throw hard­boiled sweets into a crowd full of children. As a senior wo­ man, I was hit by some quite hard swe­ ets on the head. My intention isn’t to put a damper on their fantastic tradi­ tion, only to propose a solution. Maybe soft sweets are a better idea? Eileen Stewart, Mijas Costa

DOG BEACHES: Enjoying the space.

Where have they gone? HELLO EWN, I was sitting in a café the other day peo­ ple watching and suddenly I wondered

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where have all the children gone? I am an expat living on the coast of Spain and I must say I hardly ever see Spanish teena­ gers. There are either 30­something fami­ lies with three babies each or very old peo­ ple but nothing in between. Obviously I have seen British children here holidaying with their families and it’s good to see so­ me younger, trendier faces. Is there a certain age when Spanish chil­ dren fly the coop and head for the big ci­ ties? I guess a lot of them must go to uni­ versity and so would head to places like Madrid or Malaga, but surely that would not be until they are about 18 years old. I am so used to seeing groups of youngs­ ters in the street or shops at home where they seem so sociable and independent. I suppose the children here could socially in­ teract in a different way, maybe they are scared of the sun. It certainly makes me fe­ el older! So bring out your young! Unglue them from the couch and com­ puter games and send them out into the sunshine. If anything then at least to re­ mind us oldies of how we used to be. Yours truly, Linda Jefferies

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Disobedient royals QUEEN ELIZABETH II once referred to 1992 as an ‘annus horribilis’ or a horrible year. Three royal marriages broke down, flames engulfed Windsor Castle and a toe-sucking scandal involving Sarah Ferguson rocked the monarchy. Some have speculated that - 27 years later - 2019 would go down in history as the Queen’s ‘annus horribilis, part two.’ However, 2020 hasn’t been the fresh start the royal family was expecting. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began the year by stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The shocking news ended any dreams of an uneventful year for the British monarchy. Naturally, the announcement has piqued the public’s interest as to how these changes will be carried out. The term senior royal is somewhat of an ambiguous term, but is generally used to refer to adult relatives of the monarch who are high up in the line of succession. They work full-time and attend commitments in the Queen’s name. At the end of 2019, Prince Andrew also stepped down as a senior royal, albeit under different circumstances. The new change will see the Sussexes continue to support the Commonwealth and their patronages. However, the couple has explained that they will be financially independent from the Sovereign Grant. Controversy surrounds this topic as 95 per cent of their current funding is generated through the Duchy of Cornwall.

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Piers Morgan’s fury at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle $500,000 to fight bushfires: COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK

Agree that if they do not want the duties that go with their titles then no monies should be given to them, might have to join everyone else in the work force for earnings would be a good wake up call for sure, Titles, privileges, homes what have you are not just given they come with commitment to the Queen, the Family, to the Crown and Country so if they blatantly don’t want then they don’t get ; Taxpayers are paying for this ser­ vice ­ am thinking there are rules to follow as everything in life is a give and take, am sure there will be many dis­ cussions/decisions made by the higher ups, by the Roy­ al Family and Parliament before any real outcome will be laid out to the public, until it is decided no monies should be paid from taxpayers’ pockets. If they decide to go their own way they could still hold their title just in name only, with no benefits. Martha Rediker

Not OTT at all ... they have said they want to step back so let them! I've always stuck up for Harry but I feel very let down by this latest move. They have shown no con­ sideration for the Queen. I think Harry is as besotted with Megan as his great, great uncle was with Wallis and he is dancing to her tune. I hope he doesn’t live to regret it, but I fear he will. Kay Cunliffe

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LAST WEEK’S POLL: Do you think that 12 weeks paternity leave is unnecessary?

• Yes, unnecessary: • No, it’s wonderful:

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I don’t like Hamilton but he has donated another half million dollars along with other celebrities for which I admire him greatly. Well done by ALL DONATORS, I COMMEND YOU ALL.!!! Walter Storer

Mercadona invests in online commitment: I have been using Mercadona online shopping for near­ ly a year now. I’ve never had a problem. Meat always has a good life span. Fruit and veg is always very fresh. They do charge just over €7 to deliver no matter how much you spend, but that works out cheaper than me getting a bus there and taxi back. Very good in summer when I order lots of drinks that are heavy. Keep up the good work Mercadona x Anne Krawczyk-payne

POLL OF THE WEEK As reported by Euro Weekly Newspaper, there have been a lot of sad cases of people losing their properties to squatters in recent news. Do you think that the laws on squatters' rights should be changed?

• Yes, a change is needed

• No, they are entitled

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Weighed down THE weight of a regular A4­sized notebook is around half a kilo or 1.1 pounds. If textbooks weigh the same and eight­year­ olds have around six subjects, it’s just a question of doing the math. Children don’t always carry all of their books, but they also tend to pack a pencil case, their lunch or a dictionary. It all adds up, meaning that a child’s back­ pack can easily weigh four to five kilos. Taking into account that the average eight­year­old weighs 25 kilos, their school rucksack could represent around 15 to 20 per cent of their total body weight. This would be equivalent to an adult carrying a 15­kilo bag to work. A study conducted by the PO­ DUMA Research group at the University of Malaga has deter­

mined the effects of heavy back­ packs on children. Researchers have concluded that if the back­ pack represents over 15 per cent of the child’s weight, the body reacts by significantly changing the way they walk. According to the investigators, strides become shorter and the feet spend more time in contact with the ground. These changes coincide with the first steps to suffering musculoskeletal in­ juries. The study was carried out over the course of a year and in­ volved the participation of 231 children from Malaga who were between six and 12 years. The tests were conducted as each boy or girl walked with backpacks of varying weight. In all cases, it was noted that back­ packs weighing over 15 per cent of bodyweight caused the shape

of the tread to vary. A member of the Biomedical Research Institute in Malaga as­ sured that this habit causes a predisposition to have problems in the future. He explained that children who walk carrying a lot of weight on a daily basis suffer from walking disor­ ders. Therefore, they have more options to contract knee and back injuries. In addition to af­ fecting the biomechanics of walking, too much weight can cause future injuries to the hips, feet or back. These problems could be easily ag­ gravated if the child already suffers an alteration, includ­ ing scoliosis or flat feet.

HARMFUL: Heavy backpacks can cause walking disorders in children.


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Alcohol awareness reaches Spain BRITAIN wants to stop d r i n k i n g , a n d h e a l t h a u­ thorities aspire to help the country achieve it. According to a recent survey, two thirds of regu­ lar British drinkers consider alcohol consumption hard­ er to quit than to start ex­ ercising or improving their diet. The national health system wants this to change and has launched a new campaign and an app to reduce drinking habits. The app invites users to spend a day without drink­ ing and lays bare the bene­ fits of giving alcohol the cold shoulder. This British initiative has caught on in Spain, bringing the issue to attention. The relationship of Spaniards with alcohol differs from that of the British. But hit­ ting the bottle is also a big part of the culture, starting with the fact that even the Spanish language implies that drinking is essential for social acceptance. And drinking beer is easily ac­ commodated around chil­

dren’s play dates in bars. The truth be told, it’s also time for Spain to reflect on alcohol consumption and customs that need to be re­ viewed. The benefits of avoiding alcohol include improving sleep, regulating weight, reducing the risk of hyper­ tension and liver problems and cancer. Doctors explain that more than four million people in Spain suffer from hypertension unknowingly. According to the British health officials, people who are between 45 and 65 years old are especially prone to drinking and tend to exceed the amounts compatible with a healthy life. However, it takes the body some time to see the benefits of a teetotal lifestyle. Researchers at the University College London have demonstrated that it can take up to a month to notice the positive effects of cutting out the booze. People who drink more than three bottles of wine

or 14 pints of beer a week will experience a positive impact on cholesterol, body weight and blood pressure after one month of abstinence. In 2016, data established alcohol as the main killer in people between 15 and 49

years of age. Researchers reached the conclusion that no level of alcohol consumption can be con­ sidered healthy. They not­ ed that the risks out­ weighed the possible benefits related to heart disease.

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DAVID WORBOYS SITTING on a clifftop with a view of the Mediterranean shimmering under a blue sky or strolling through an Alpine meadow, it is natural to recall the lyrics of Louis Armstrong: ‘What a wonderful world.’ And, indeed it is in its natural state, unpolluted by us humans. The animal world follows the laws of nature which unfortunately in­ clude the instinctive, but cruel killing of slower or weaker species. Plant life flourishes, survives or dies in accordance with the ele­ ments. Mosquitos and weeds may not be our favourite creations, but they have their place and they bear no malice. It is the responsibility of humans to ensure that it remains a wonder­ ful world. For billions of our fellow beings it is anything but. Probably fewer than one in 10 of us could even dream of sitting on that clifftop in the sunshine. The priority of bil­ lions of us is likely to be survival

LETTERS FROM CANARIES

IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD humanity of those abusing the personal power held over them. Gratu­ itous abuse, humil­ iation and vio­ lence are inflicted in Russian jails, North Kore­ an labour camps, Libyan and Greek de­ tention centres and mental hospitals everywhere. Mental suffer­ ing and physical injuries occur daily in the streets and homes of cities, villages and institutions all over the world. Corruption and the misuse of a

through having enough food, shel­ ter from danger and the avoidance or treatment of disease. Abuse of power and mismanage­ ment by privi­ leged ‘leaders’ commonly re­ sults in avoid­ able hunger, illness, depri­ vation, trepi­ dation, tor­ ture, rape, murder ­ and bereavement. Territorial ambi­ tions, differing reli­ gious leanings and crime driven by greed all contribute to yet more misery and suffering. We should reflect on the words of that song as we think of those living in a less than wonderful world. Not only those in countries where inadequate natur­ al and financial resources mean severe hardship, but also those suffering from the in­

A WONDERFUL WORLD: Perhaps it’s time to reflect on this.

nation’s resources result in out­ rages ranging from the state of hospitals from Britain to Zimbab­ we, absence of food and security in Venezuela and homelessness in Europe. Varying degrees of inter­ nal subjugation within Syria and China and from hostile neighbours in Palestine and Yemen preclude any concept of freedom. How wonderful is the world for those with violent partners, rebel­ lious teenage children, neighbours from Hell and addiction to drugs? What of the billions of animals suf­ fering cruelty, abuse and neglect? A thousand years ago humans were capable of incredible cruelty, but it was otherwise a wonderful world with pure air, clean oceans and the natural use of land. As its inhabitants began to dis­ cover new worlds and develop new ideas, the cruelties, subjuga­ tion and enslavement inflicted on millions, followed by the pollution of the environment, transformed it into a less than wonderful world. As we look down on the blue Mediterranean, maybe we should reflect on this.

I’d like to enjoy the changes

By Barbara Belt barbarabelt@gmail.com DEAR reader, A Happy New Year to you from the islands, where we’re happy with 2020 so far, despite general festive season excesses and, in my case, acute tobacco withdrawal symptoms. Happy because, regardless of the buffoon-led political circus currently playing in Europe, the USA, Australia and other countries old enough to know better, Spain has avoided the dangers of erm... austerity populism, I believe it’s called these days, and finally formed a lefty coalition. In a period of retreat for the European left, this new government constitutes the most left-wing administration across the entire continent. So what makes Spain different? I’d guess it’s the memory of the country’s 40-year dictatorship naturally lingering on. It lasted until 1975, so a large chunk of the Spanish population remembers the reality of a right wing regime and hesi-

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NEW GOVERNMENT: Pedro Sanchez (left) with Pablo Iglesias. tates, regardless of politics, to go back there thanks. Other Europeans have apparently forgotten the pre-world war nationalist posturing that brought death to an estimated 75 million people, poppies and Remembrance Day ceremonies notwithstanding. The memory was probably wiped

by the post war boom. “We’ve never had it so good,” said Macmillan in 1957, and the British working class agreed. Package holidays abroad! Mortgages! Hire Purchase!, while 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s Spain continued to suffer poverty and repression. The U S A possibly forgot and

placed trust in a reactionary clown because its warmongering is strictly limited to faraway, foreign places, but surely us Europeans might hear alarm bells ringing through all this modern nationalist blah? Although, humans do have short memories. Just one and a half generations after a natural disaster almost anywhere, we choose to rebuild communities and bring up our kids in exactly those dangerous areas programmed to blow again. So, if we never learn, how will this first Spanish coalition government in 80 years, presided over - in my humble lefty opinion - by sound chaps Pedro Sanchez of the centreleft Socialist Workers’ Party, and Pablo Iglesias of further left ‘United We Can,’ prosper? These two do boast the prerequisite number of functioning neurons, a notion of history and social justice and far superior hairstyles. None of that laquered, boyishly tousled stuff. Sanchez sports a non-denominational classic cut and Iglesias a reassuring pony tail. We all have our criteria.

They’ll have their work cut out. Coalition is a known but forgotten concept in the land of stick-rigidlyto-your-views-and-shout-the others-down as a negotiation tool. “The parties on the Right and the media arm of the economic powers are going to hit us very hard with every step we take, however small. We will be governing in minority within an Executive shared with the PSOE... And, again, there will be those who invest many millions of Euros and devote many hours of television to trying to demoralise, frustrate and convince us that we cannot succeed,” says Pablo Iglesias, but I have enormous confidence in this political science university lecturer and his pony tail and hope they’re still in power when my Spanish nationality’s organised. I’d like to enjoy the changes they make. If I can stop smoking, their very intelligent plans to bite the bullet and legalise voluntary euthanasia may turn out to be top of my favourites list! Barbara Belt. barbarabelt@gmail.com


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Katie’s coming 2019 was a bad year for former glamour model Katie Price, and close sources say she is considering moving to one of her favourite holiday spots, the Costa del Sol. Price was declared bankrupt last year and has now moved out of her ‘mucky mansion’ as bankruptcy trustees take control and is reported to be living above a hairdresser’s shop in a friend’s flat based in Surrey as she considers her future. Bankruptcy laws differ in the UK where you can remain bankrupt for different periods of time, the standard time being 12 months but for larger amounts can see an order up to three years or more. However, some choose to move to Spain and restart their life by becoming a Spanish resident and opening bank accounts whilst leasing or purchasing property without the restrictions of the bankruptcy trustees in the UK. Price keeps in regular contact with Marbella entertainer Ronnie Howells and recently

EAT WITH ELLIS A GOOD friend of mine nev­ er cooks anything… literally nothing. It’s takeaway fare or eating out. ‘I haven’t got time to cook just for me’ she would say to me. A cou­ ple of months ago she asked me for a foolproof easy recipe. It turned out while she was in the pub and slightly under the influence she had invited a potential beau (who she’d had her eye on for a while) round for something to eat. This is what I suggested. It not only went down very well, it has led to my friend cooking it again. She may even try something else soon! Cut two chicken breasts in­ to approx one inch square pieces. Put in a bowl with olive oil, the juice of a lemon, crushed garlic and salt and pepper. Put in the fridge for about an hour. When ready for your supper soften a finely chopped onion in a pan. Once softened (about five mins) add a tablespoon of flour to

told him of her desire to live in Spain. He told Euro Weekly News that “Only recently whilst at a club in Marbella she said she was considering the move now.” Meanwhile, further reports of sightings of Price have been reported on the Costa del Sol lately, but not in the glamorous areas associated with a celebrity of Price’s status such as Puerto Banus, but reportedly the La Cala region. Property agent Gary Adamson of Fuengirola said the chatter between agents is that she’s seeking a three bedroom modern apartment. Gary told the Euro Weekly News “I showed an apartment to a representative just three weeks ago by Fuengirola castle, she kept saying Katie would like this and Katie would like that, she even made a phone call to Katie and sent her a video.” Only time will tell if the Costa del Sol has a new celebrity resident. HOUSE HUNTING: Former model had a bad year.

Ageless beauty JENNIFER LOPEZ celebrated her 50th birthday with a concert in Fuengirola last August as part of her ‘It’s My Party Tour.’ At the recent Golden Globes, the actress, singer and dancer appeared on the red carpet in a dress fitted with a huge bow on the front that made her look like a Christmas gift. The 50-year-old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for her role as Ramona in the 2019 hit ‘Hustlers.’ Her appearance on the red carpet had people asking what is the beauty secret of the 50-year-old actress? As if she had read their minds she revealed her secret in a tweet on Twitter: ‘Thx to Biotulin.’ But what exactly is Biotulin? It is an organic botox gel used by such beauties as Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle as a natural alternative to botox. Applied as a lotion it is quickly absorbed into the skin, and smooths and firms it without the typical formation of a mask. Hyaluronic acid provides additional fullness to the skin with a tightening and smoothing effect visible immediately.

RED CARPET DRESS: Nominated for a Golden Globe.

A Very Easy Lunch Chicken and Pea Stew the onions, turn heat up high and add the chicken and some of the marinade to the pan. Once there is a slight browning of the chicken add a small glass of white wine and scrape the bottom of the

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Road upgrades green light THE Diputacion de Almeria has given the green light to works on the A-5406 in Seron. Measures will include repairs and improvements to drainage to cope better with the effects of torrential rain, the construction of a retaining wall on one part and repainting along the whole of the 8.5-kilometre road. Public Works deputy Oscar Liria said actions like those in Seron “increase highway safety on these sections for all users, and at the same time contribute to improving fluidity in communications between our towns, for the coming and going of commercial products, measures which are also linked to tourism and the battle against depopulation.�


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Better connected

BENEFITS: The provincial Public Works deputy said the works were good news for Chercos residents and local business. ROADS connecting Chercos with Macael and Cobdar are set to undergo upgrades under Diputacion de Almeria plans. The provincial government announced a €350,000 investment on works, including resurfacing on sections in a poor state of repair and improvements to drainage. The Diputacion said the works would improve connectivity between the 14-square kilometre municipality, population less than 300, with nearby villages and towns in the Almanzora Valley, as well as in the Filabres-Alhamilla and

Campo de Tabernas regions. Diputacion Public Works deputy Oscar Liria underlined the importance of projects of this kind as part of the Provincial Highway Network Plan. Commenting on this particular investment, Liria said the works would not only benefit local residents, but also a municipal company which forms part of the ‘Sabores Almeria’ brand marketing initiative, “facilitating the access of heavy vehicles for the export of jams and delicatessen products from the heart of Chercos to 11 countries.”

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BARRY DUKE MINUTES after I hit the ‘publish’ but­ ton on completing a post for my Freethinker website, I realised that the heading ­ ‘Study finds atheists are more likely to own cats than Christians’ ­ hadn’t worked the way I’d intended, and dozens of readers were quick to poke fun at it. I could have changed it but decid­ ed that the mirth it generated would actually serve to increase the number of readers the item would get. So I let it ride and allowed people to enjoy my faux pas and post snide com­ ments. These included: • Wow, that's right! I own a cat (al­ though of course she might not agree ...), but I don’t own any Christians. • That was pretty much my reac­ tion to the headline too. Of course, it isn’t even legal to own Christians. • I’ve got four Christians myself. They’re not too happy about the lit­ ter box through. • Never wanted to own a Christian, but I do look after 20 cats. Hardcore atheist. The piece focused on a recent US study into religion and pet owner­ ship. The research was published by

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Tricky things, headlines

CATS: While dogs regard humans as gods, cats believe they ARE gods. the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and it found that cat owners are church dodgers, while evangeli­ cals tend to shun the beasts. I illustrated the report with a photo of our late, lamented Smirnoff, a black Persian that once terrified a Spanish neighbour. The young woman, clearly very su­ perstitious, stopped speaking to me

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after she encountered Smirnoff when she’d called round to borrow our vac­ uum cleaner as hers had blown up. While she was standing on the doorstep, the cat leaped onto my shoulder and fixed his frighteningly golden gaze on her. Her reaction was not entirely sur­ prising, because an awful lot of peo­ ple regard cats as ‘pure evil.’ That

term was used in an entertaining piece entitled ‘13 reasons why cats are just pure evil,’ written for the South China Morning Post by Lucy Christie. Christie asserted that ‘cats and evil villains go together like milk and cookies.’ She pointed out that some famous examples include Dr Evil from the Austin Powers movie series, with

Cat Who Got the Cream

Freelance correspondent, London, England

HAVE you ever wondered what a man who is said to have ‘got the cream’ actually looks like? I have. Its a very old adage or saying and in full is ‘the cat who got the cream’ meaning successful and knowing it, but let’s not argue about details when we have such an amazing human example to look at. Torsten Müller­Ötvös, CEO of Rolls Royce Motor Cars seen here alongside a Rolls Royce Cullinan, the super­luxury SUV, has clearly been at a whole jug of cream recently. He is enjoying to the full the results of a spectacular year of sales of the several varieties of Rolls Royce motor cars. A total of 5,152 cars delivered during 2019 to customers in over 50 coun­ tries, representing a 25 per cent increase on the previous high set in 2018. “This performance is of an altogether dif­ ferent magnitude to any previous year’s sales success. While we celebrate these remark­ able results we are conscious of our key promise to our customers, to keep our brand rare and exclusive. We are pleased and proud to have delivered growth of 25 per cent in 2019. Worldwide demand last year for our Cullinan SUV has driven this success and is ex­ pected to stabilise in 2020.

TORSTEN MÜLLER-ÖTVÖS: The man who has clearly got the cream supported by a Cullinan.

“It is a ringing testament to the quality and integrity of our products, the faith and pas­ sion of our customers and, above all, the skill, dedication and determination of our excep­ tional team at the home of Rolls­Royce at

Goodwood and around the world and our dedicated global dealer network.” A restrained comment I think from Torsten Müller­Ötvös in the circumstances. When most other motor manufacturers are ponder­

his ‘ugly’ cat Mr Bigglesworth, and Gargamel and Azrael from the Smurfs. She then introduced witches. ‘Everyone knows witch + broomstick + black cat. And if Disney has taught us anything, it’s that witches are in­ herently evil and don’t just want to put a spell on you, they want to kill you (Sleeping Beauty wouldn’t have been much of story if Maleficent had done her job properly). Enter cats. The perfect heartless sidekick; they don’t care whether you live or die, as long as they’re getting some tuna at the end of it.’ For the record, the late Christopher Hitchens, writer and outspoken athe­ ist, said while dogs regard humans as gods, cats believe they ARE gods. Our two dogs would agree that fe­ lines are malevolent. We have hordes of feral cats in our neighbourhood because someone ­ I’ve yet to discov­ er who ­ insists on leaving food out for them. So they lurk in the bushes and lash out at my pooches, turning a tranquil stroll into the Third World War. If I ever find out who’s feeding the things I’ll show them the evil side of MY nature!

ing falling sales and the transition from diesel and petrol to electric powerplants arguably Rolls Royce could be said to be ‘Effortless Everywhere,’ a Rolls Royce aphorism or per­ haps a promise of performance. As the year drew to a close Rolls Royce completed its Black Badge family. A some­ what sinister looking variation of the Cullinan joined Black Badge variants of the Ghost, Dawn and Wraith. The enthusiasm that greet­ ed the launch of the Cullinan itself earlier in the year was matched by the enthusiasm that greeted the ‘King of the Night’ in November. The Cullinan was the fastest selling new Rolls Royce in its history. In mid 2020 the successor to Ghost the biggest selling car of the Good­ wood Era of the Rolls Royce marque will be revealed. The commercial suc­ cess of the Ghost is said to have made it possible for Rolls Royce to scale up its production and commit to the im­ mense investments that have led to the brand’s current success and lay the founda­ tions for what is probably a glorious future at Goodwood, its manufacturing base. Let us give the last word to Torsten Müller­ Ötvös, “There is no other company like Rolls­ Royce Motor Cars: we are all conscious of what a privilege it is to design, build and de­ liver the best car in the world for our cus­ tomers. “PersonalIy, I continue to feel honoured and humbled to have led this great company for the past decade.”


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UNMISTAKABLE CHARISMA: An extroverted appearance.

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Reds put away Spurs

L I V E R P O O L’ S s e e m i n g l y unstoppable march towards a first Premier League title continued a s R o b e r t o F i r m i n o ’s goal sealed a 1-0 win o v e r To t t e n h a m o n S a t urday.

ROBERTO FIRMINO: His goal sealed a win for Liverpool.

touch before lashing in from 10 yards. Spurs started the second half with a spring in their step and twice came close before the hour mark, with Serge Aurier testing Alisson and Son seeing an effort deflected narrowly wide. The game was almost put out of their reach in the 66th minute but Gazzaniga got down sharply to paw away Sa­ dio Mane’s header. Spurs rallied in the closing stages, with Son blazing over from a glorious position and substitute Lo Celso some­ how diverting Aurier’s

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Jurgen Klopp’s side are now a whopping 16 points ahead of second­place Leicester City ­ who lost to Southampton earli­ er in the day ­ although their lead at the summit could be cut to 14 points if Manchester City overcome Aston Villa on Sun­ day. The Reds were dominant in the first half and made the most of their superiority when Firmino expertly drilled home from inside the penalty area af­ ter 37 minutes. Son Hueng­min and Giovani Lo Celso squandered golden op­ portunities to snatch a scarcely deserved point for Jose Mour­

inho’s men late on, with Liver­ pool ultimately holding on for yet another three points. Liverpool twice came agonisingly close to going ahead inside two minutes. Firmino’s initial effort was cleared off the line by top­ flight debutant Japhet Tangan­ ga, with Alex Oxlade­Chamber­ lain lashing against the post from the follow­up. Lucas Moura, Son and Dele Alli all missed the target from promising positions soon after, while at the other end Virgil van Dijk headed straight at Paulo Gazzaniga from just six yards. There was little the Spurs goalkeeper could do to deny Firmino eight minutes before the interval, the Brazilian inter­ national controlling Mohamed Salah’s pass with a sublime

EDUCATION: The councillor said sport taught values of achievement, team spirit and discipline.

Sport suppot NIJAR Council started the year hosting a tournament for some

of the best young players in Spanish national football. Local club Nijar FSF played against Real Betis Balompi, Granada CF and Union Deporti­ va Almeria in the first Municipal Young Player Football Base Tournament organised by the local authority and by the Ata­ layas del Levante sports club. Nijar Sports councillor Sergio Vicente, who was there for the trophy presentation along with

Citizen Participation councillor Mari Nieves Lopez, took the op­ portunity to underline the local authority’s support for young sportspeople. “This government team has a firm commitment to young tal­ ent, in this case football, as we understand that sport is much more than a physical activity, re­ sponding to values of achieve­ ment, team spirit and discipline, in short to education in values,” Vicente commented.

cross wide from inside the six­ yard box seven minutes from time. Klopp was visibly furious at his side’s defending, but it mat­ tered little in the end as they held on for a win that strength­ ens their already formidable position at the summit. Klopp’s men have now taken a scarcely believable 88 points from their last 90 available in the Premier League, winning their last 12 matches in a row. They rarely looked in danger of failing to claim all three points against a Spurs side des­ perately missing the presence of the injured Harry Kane in at­ tack. Mourinho, meanwhile, needs to turn his side’s fortunes around sharpish. They have now won just one of their last five Premier League games and are nine points behind fourth­place Chelsea.

Mojacar hosts Japanese sword squad THE Andalucia Japanese Sword squad was in action in Mojacar at the weekend. In all 20 swordspeople from as far afield as Granada, Cordoba, Malaga and Almeria took part in the training session at the Nexa sport facility on Saturday January 11, many of them members of the Spanish National Iaido sword team. Welcoming the squad to Mojacar were Mo­ jacar Tourism councillor Emmanuel Agüero Leclerc and Sports councillor Ana Garcia Fernan­ dez. There was also considerable interest from the public, who could view the proceedings from the seating gallery. The event was led by Karl Gibbons 5th Dan, a former UK team manager and coach to European and UK gold medallists, who is a regular winter visitor to Mojacar from the UK. “This has been a very enjoyable experience. I was very impressed with the dedication and ef­ fort put in by everybody who attended,” Karl commented. “Mojacar is a great venue,” he added, reveal­ ing he is hoping to organise a joint training camp next year between the Andalucian squad and the British Midlands­based Mercian Sword group. Javier Tirado Contreras 3rd Dan, who is re­ sponsible for the Andalucian Iaido team, as well as being a member of the Spanish national team and a European gold medallist, said he was “de­

EXPERTS: Former UK team manager Karl and Spanish team member Javier put the squad through their paces.

lighted with the development of our regional team. “Thanks to the town’s support, the technical direction of Karl Gibbons and every Andalucian clubs’ effort, the Andalucian laido squad has a bright future in front of them.” The success of the event means the Andalu­ cian sword squad will now make Mojacar their ‘home,’ Karl told the Euro Weekly News, and will train here every other month. The next event, which is due to be held in March, should be “very exciting” Karl promised as there will be competitions to decide who will be selected to represent Andalucia at the Span­ ish national championships this year.

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