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Issue 992 9th - 15th November

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Make sure you’re legal for Brexit by Darren Parmenter


ORE than 100 local people filled the Social Centre in Urbanisation La Marina to listen to British Consul SarahJane Morris give out the latest information about Brexit. This was the first of a number of ‘outreach’ events which the British Consulate have organised over the coming few weeks up and down the Costa Blanca, and the more relaxed format was welcomed by those who attended. Mrs Morris was also joined by Richard Hill from Brexpats in Spain and representatives from the local Cruz Roja, Samaritans in Spain, HELP Vega Baja and the Huntington’s Disease Association. After being introduced and welcomed by mayor of San Fulgencio, Manuel Gomez Rebagliato, Sarah-Jane Morris told the very attentive gathering that people who want to live permanently in

LISTENING: British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris addressing a large crowd in La Marina and (inset) answering a couple of questions.

Spain after the UK leaves the EU and enjoy their current lifestyle choices, must have Spanish Residencia. “Anyone not sure of what they want to do with the future here in Spain - if they don’t already have Spanish residency - should seriously

think about their position now,” she said. “There is no guarantee - deal or no-deal - that anyone coming to live in Spain post-Brexit will have the same rights as those who made an informed choice to come pre-Brexit.” After the short address,

many took the opportunity to have one-to-one chats with the various representatives to get a wide range of questions and concerns answered.

‘Disaster’ planned for Torrevieja by Glenn Scott DON’T panic next Wednesday if you live in a n d a r o u n d To r r e v i e j a a n d n o t i c e a n i n crease in police and emergency service activity. In collaboration with the Valencian Agency for Security and Response to Emergencies (AVSRE), Torrevieja will be holding a major earthquake disaster simulation exercise, that will see them putting into operation the protocol set up to deal in the event of collapsed buildings and to rescue anyone that may be trapped under them. Those involved in the exercise - the first to be held in the municipality for five years will also deal with the effects of severe damage to an area of Torrevieja that has been left without all the basic supplies of electricity, gas and water. In addition, the mobile telephone network will be badly affected due to an overload. Over the past two years, similar ‘disasters’ have taken place to test responses when a train belonging to the FGV crashed with multiple victims in 2016, and an aircraft crashed on the boundary of Alicante-Elche Airport last year. The Torrevieja earthquake simulation is due to involve 775 people across all the emergency and security forces and volunteer ‘casualties.’


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No payout for collapsed homes THE eight properties on the Orihuela Costa that suffered serious damages after a collapse have been deemed impossible to repair and must be demolished. The decision has been taken to ensure the safety of the other houses located on the same urbanisation. According to reports, the cause of the collapse has still not been uncovered but whatever the findings are not part of the community insurance policy. The insurer won’t be demolishing the buildings and neither will they be paying any compensation to the affected owners. In addition, it’s understood that neither the architects nor the promoters can be held responsible as the houses were built 22 years ago and therefore out of any guarantee. The demolition work - estimated to cost €60,000 - will have to be paid for by the 134 owners in the community, although not until further reports are available.

Spanish War bomb discovered by Stephen Giovanni

THE specialist Explosives Deactivation Team of Alicante’s Guardia Civil has destroyed a mortar shell which dates back to the Spanish Civil War. The artefact, an 81mm ECIA grenade and weighing more than four kilograms was found buried in the garden of a house in a residential area of San Vicente del Raspeig. The owner immediately contacted the Guardia Civil who quickly made their way to the scene of the weapon’s discovery. After cordoning off the area, the specialist team managed to transfer it to the Ádidos Sabater quarry where it was later the subject of a controlled explosion.

UNSTABLE: The offending grenade found in San Vicente has been destroyed.

The Guardia Civil has stated that if any member of the public should find one of these particular weapons or any similar artefacts, they should under no circumstances be touched or moved.

The advice is to immediately notify the authorities by calling 062. Even though this, and other shells, have been around for more than 80 years they can still be loaded, unstable and may explode.

Watch your speed in 2019 by Darren Parmenter AS part of a series of measures to reduce the number of deaths on the roads that have been on the rise for the past four years, new speed limits on Spain’s secondary roads are being introduced. As from January 2019, the limit will drop from 100 kph to 90 kph as announced by the Spanish Traffic Department (DGT). Recent research has shown that only 20 per cent of fatal accidents actually happen on the country’s motorways, with the remainder on the back roads, built-up areas or on ‘B’ roads... the latter being where the overwhelming majority happen. The new restrictions will be brought in from January 2, with both cars and motorbikes needing to stay at 90 kph or less on the ‘B’ roads. Other vehicles, such as buses, coaches, vans and lorries have a maximum of 80 kph. The DGT believe that by dropping the maximum speed by 10 kph, road deaths will be reduced by 10 per cent. Trusted couple arrested

Obsessive caller jailed A MAN has been sentenced to three years in prison for making more than 700 telephone calls to an ex-girlfriend in Elche. According to reports, at one point the man called the woman 100 times in a single day, and threatened to kill her after he suffered from an emotional breakdown. The case goes back to December 2016 when the woman decided to break up from the year-long relationship she’d had with the man. He couldn’t accept her decision and then began to repeatedly call her on the phone and send her WhatsApp messages.


Poverty levels increasing by Ray Chadwick


ORE than 170,000 people living in the Alicante Province are suffering severe levels o f p o v e r t y. O v e r a l l across the Valencian Community, the number increases to 460,000. These figures were part of a wider report recently released by the European Network for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, and showed that the people affected are receiving less than €355 per month. This means that this group are unable to cope with day-to-day expenses such as eating meat or fish every other day or able to run a c a r, w h i c h s o m a n y take for granted. The detailed study revealed that it’s not just

the homeless who are experiencing such levels of poverty. There are a considerable number of people that are even on a work contract and had a university education that are feeling the pinch and worried about their financial futures. According to the report, across Spain there are more than one million graduates who are at risk of poverty; 320,000 more than a decade ago. Most of the ‘new poor’ are parents who can’t meet even the basic needs of their children, or students that can’t find suitable employment when they finish their studies. The study also concludes that 31.3 per c e n t o f t h e Va l e n c i a n Community is at risk of social exclusions, with 573,000 from the Alicante Province alone.

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TWO people have been arrested in Santa Pola by the Guardia Civil in connection with a bank scam involving an 80year-old woman. The man and woman, aged 33 and 35, managed to get her to trust them to the extent that they would go to the bank on her behalf. In time, they managed to withdraw €23,000 from her account after getting hold of the PIN, and it wasn’t until the elderly woman went to the bank, that the scam was discovered. A bank employee asked why she had made so many withdrawals. Realising what had happened, she immediately went to the Guardia Civil.

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SPELT OUT: Some Alicante people exist on less than €355 per month.

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IN a case which dominated the local news headlines back in 2014, the Supreme Court of Appeal has confirmed the prison sentence handed down to a man for killing his partner in San Miguel de Salinas. Charlie Bevill-Warcup, aged 76, was found guilty in Spanish law of the

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IMPORTANT: Ximo Puig (fifth from left) heads a delegation at the London Fair.

President attends London tourist fair THE Costa Blanca has begun to fight back to get the British tourists to return to the area, in the face of the increasing threat from other destinations such as Turkey. To this end, the Valencian Community Tourist Department has been in London under the umbrella of ‘Turespaña’ with the aim of strengthening its presence and promoting areas such as Benidorm. The importance of the London exhibition is confirmed with the arrival of the president of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, who led a delegation

of politicians and businesspeople to the World Travel Market Fair. The event is regarded, along with the ITB in Berlin and the FITUR in Madrid, as one of the biggest tourist showcases in the world. Figures released for January to September this year show a 1.4 per cent fall in British tourism to the Valencian Community, compared to a 14.6 per cent increase for 2017. In the case of Benidorm, 2018 to date has seen 420,000 overnight stays less than the same period 12 months ago.

Charity dinner a success... as always

A day of diversity TO demonstrate the wide range of cultures that exist in the municipality, Guardamar del Segura held a day of diversity. The well-supported series of events included a concert featuring a group from Madagascar, a number of children’s workshops and a selection of stands that saw visitors trying and enjoy-

ing samples of food from Macedonia, Colombia, Venezuela, Sweden, Morocco and Spain, and all supplied and prepared by local residents. Mayor Jose Luis Saez said these events create an atmosphere of integration and promoting multiculturalism in the municipality.


Brazilian sex traffickers caught by Darren Parmenter NATIONAL POLICE have been able to break up a group that have allegedly been trafficking young transsexuals to an apartment in Murcia, but has had ramifications right across the country. A total of 13 people have been arrested in brothels in Murcia, Gandia, Denia, Sabadell and Torremolinos, who had been brought to the country to act as prostitutes. The investigation began at the start of this year after a young Brazilian man reported to police that a friend had made it possible for him to arrive in Spain illegally, provided he prostituted himself as a means of paying off the debt.

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AS usual, the annual Elche Children’s Care Home (ECCH) Black & White charity night organised by Susan Reader was a resounding success. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous three-course dinner attended to by Julia and her staff of Laurel’s restaurant, followed by some superb entertainment from Rod Stewart tribute act (David John). Thanks go to Susan Reader, her helpers Abi Johnson and Lynn Nichols, David John, and the staff of Laurels for looking after everyone so well. The ECCH Winter Wonderland Christmas Ball is on Saturday, December 1, and for more information please contact Susan Reader on

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COLLABORATION: National Police dismantle multinational group. (File image) According to reports, he was also threatened with violence if he didn’t agree to the terms. It was later discovered that the organiser was another Brazilian based in Spain, who with the help of

a number of collaborators brought a number of young, poor people from Brazil. It is also understood that the victims were also forced to sell drugs and were allegedly locked up in rooms to stop them from

going out in public. Those arrested are between 19 and 60 years old and are from Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Romania and Spain. Four have been remanded in custody, with the other nine released on bail.


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War declared on plastic use

Smile group add extra date

by Glenn Scott Photo credit: @UA_Universidad Twitter


WAR has been declared in the University of Alicante (UA)... but it’s a war on the use of plastic. As part of their Social Responsibility Plan, the UA is looking to reduce to zero the amount of singleuse plastics used on the university campus. Figures released for last year showed that a total of 153,458 plastic bottles were sold to the 25,000 students, 2,200 teachers and almost 1,300 administrative and manual workers. Over half of those bottles were water, sold in the vending machines dotted around the campus. In addition, a further 452,332 plastic cups for hot coffee and tea were also used during 2017.

OFFENDERS: Almost one million pieces of plastic used in one year at the UA. (File image)

As a result, the UA has replaced the white plastic variety with paper cups to reduce this kind of waste. But it’s not just drink containers which are the prime offenders. There is also a high consumption of food that is packaged in plastic, and that alone accounted for almost

400,000 individual units in one year. The presentation about the plans for the UA was presented by the rector, Manual Palomar, who said this is “a cultural turnaround in the way the University is governed, and will see a number of initiatives introduced by 2020.”

THE first shows of the Smile Charity Group held recently were very successful, so much so that an extra date has been added to cope with the demand. The latest production - Escape from Butlize - is a first class comedy romp set in a ‘holiday camp.’ Can Russell Sprout manage to get Lena away from the clutches of the Alien? Come and see what hap-

pens next... The remaining performances are November 14 at The Club, Quesada; November 15 at Marjal Camping, Guardamar; November 16 at The Club, Quesada and finally, November 23 at El Paraiso de Guardamar. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are €10 which includes a meal. All monies raised go to local charities.

Council goes back to glass TAKING its lead from the Europe-led initiative to declare war on single-use plastics due to the harmful effects on the environment, Pilar de la Horadada Council has removed plastic from its plenary council meetings. Their initiative began at the last meeting in October when the councillors poured their drinks of water from a glass jug into a glass rather then bring in the usual plastic water bottles which had been the custom for some years.

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I’m a mean old lion S

TUDIO32 are preparing to thrill audiences with their latest musical thea t r e v e n t u r e , I t ’s T h e Wiz, a modern take on the classic s h o w, T h e Wizard of Oz. W h e n Dorothy sets o ff a l o n g t h e yellow brick road in the Land of Oz, she meets with some strange travelling companions, including the Lion. He makes out that he is the ferocious king of the jungle in his opening number Mean Ole Lion, b u t i n f a c t h e ’s a b i g scaredy cat. So, Lion joins Dorothy on her journey to meet The Wizard to see if he can get some courage. Along the way their adventures are accompanied by some wonderful upbeat songs, ballads,

COWARD: Andy Kirkwood is enjoying the challenge of the The Wiz.

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and large company numbers. Will Lion find his courage in the end, or will he remain a cute little pussycat? The role of the Lion is being played by Andy Kirkwood. Andy joined STUDIO32 l a s t y e a r, t a k i n g part in the chorus of the winter production, White Christmas. Combining an excellent voice w i t h natural acting talent it was obvious that Andy was heading for greater things. STUDIO32 are proud and delighted to be supporting local charities

once again with this production, most notably the San Fulgencio Alzheimer’s Society. The company have raised almost €30,000 for charity in less than five years, and look forward to giving lots more money with donations from the show. Show dates are We d n e s d a y, N o v e m b e r 28 to Saturday, December 1 at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio, with curtain up at 7.30pm and doors open at 7pm. Reserved seating tickets are now on sale priced €10, and can be obtained by calling 744 484 933, emailing tick, or from the following outlets: Cards & More, La Marina and The Card Place, Benijofar. Tickets are in great demand and there is limited availability for the Friday and Saturday performances.


‘Danger’ gun worries LOCAL POLICE in Orihuela have demanded that their guns are renewed after a number of them are understood to be more than 25 years old. According to reports, they are worried that the weapons could fire unintentionally, with all the danger that entails. In addition, they are concerned that an offender could snatch a gun from an officer and fire it, due to alleged broken security features on the weapons.

Cheap and closer fuel SANTA POLA has become the home of cheap fuel after two more low cost self-service petrol stations opened less than 100 metres apart. It takes the total to five out of nine petrol stations in the municipality which operate the growing trend of cheaper fuel, and the latest two are a stone’s throw away from another service station which has been there for more than 60 years. The cheaper fuel (in price, not in quality as most is supplied by many of the wellknown brands) is possible due to not having as many staff, shops, bars or toilets.


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Early Christmas cheer ALTHOUGH there are still just under seven we e k s to go until Christmas, the lights have already appeared in the main streets and the shopping areas in the centre of Alicante... but the y won’t be s witc he d on in the ir full glory until Friday November 30. In total and at a cost of €220,000, more than 50 roads, squares and public spaces will be lit up, in addition to the four local markets. The investment is double the figure spent on Christmas illuminations last year. The early placement of the lights is in contrast to last year when the

last of the decorative arches weren’t erected until Christmas Eve. This was due to administrative and contractual issues which meant that no formal decision was made until the end of November and left the city without decorations until almost the last minute. For this year, the contractors were hired in September, and the Christmas light display is seen as a vital visitor attraction to the area. The original plan was to switch them on for Black Friday - on November 23 - but the following week is more than acceptable for the local traders.

Redovan road death

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been killed in an accident on the CV925 in Rebate on the road that links Torremendo to Pilar de la Horadada. The incident happened at 6.40pm on Wed n esd ay w h en , for reasons that are still being investigated, a motorbike en d ed u p u n d er a car. The young motorcyclist died in the impact and the car driver also suffered some minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Urgent Medical Assistance Service (SAMU). Firefighters were also called to the scene to put out a fire that broke out following the crash which left the car completely burned out.

New weather online

THANKS to a subsidy from the Alicante Provincial Council, Almoradi has recently unveiled its new weather station which has been installed on the town hall roof. The equipment - set up and put into operation by Maria Quiles - is directly connected to the municipal website and people can connect to get information on temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and levels of rainfall.

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Striking out for stroke support O

NCE again, the charity night at El Paraiso de Guardamar Restaurant was a complete sell out, although with Woody providing the entertainment it was always going to be a great success. A total of €1,142 was raised for the Stroke Association Spain, and this will be used towards a special ‘vertical’ bed for the rehabilitation unit. The bed helps stroke sufferers slowly regain strength and control in their legs. In addition to rehabilitation and physiotherapy, there is a range of social activities arranged on Wednesday afternoons, including cardmaking, zumba, manicures etc. These activities are an important part of the rehabilitation process for stroke victims, proving very popular. The next charity night will be in aid of The Children’s Care Home Elche, and is on Thursday, November 15 with

Photo credit: Stroke Support Group

POPULAR: The volunteers at Barbara’s card table. Johnny Scott. Not only do Johnny and Woody look alike, but their repertoire is very similar, so for a rocking

good night don’t miss this one, especially as it will be the last charity night for some time.


Mystery pool leak TORREVIEJA’S Olympic sized swimming pool has been the envy of every municipality in the Vega Baja since it first opened 17 years ago; and even more so since its recent major investment. However, according to reports in the Spanish media, the corridors and passages underneath the pool are awash with water every time the pool is emptied and refilled... and nobody knows where the leak is coming from. Members of the maintenance staff have so far been unable to resolve the problem.


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Robberies at the double THREE people have been arrested in Alicante by the National Police in connection with two robberies which took place on the same night. According to reports, the first involved two young people aged 16 and 18, who broke into a local school. The alarm was raised after the National Police received a call saying that two men were spotted carrying three large televisions in a suspicious manner. Police went to the area and found the men, who admitted they had stolen

the items. In addition, they had a screwdriver and a hammer in their belongings which they allegedly used to access the building. Only a couple of hours later, National Police detained another thief who had just robbed a home with the owner inside. In this case, the alarm was raised when the man woke up and discovered the 48-year-old man in his property who fled the scene immediately with a laptop and a wallet containing money.

ACTS donate to San Fulgencio charities FOLLOWING their successful production of Calendar Girls the Actors Community Theatre Society (ACTS) was delighted to be able to present a total of â‚Ź2,000 to four different charities in San Fulgencio. The services work with children and young people, through music and sport, those suffering from Alzheimer's, and families in crisis. Representatives of the services were there to receive their donations with some of the members of ACTS, along with Paulino Herrero the councillor for La Marina Urbanisation. A 2019 calendar produced to complement the production is still available (contact ACTS through the Facebook page) and the proceeds will all go to support those suffering from cancer.

PROSECUTING authorities in Elche have asked for a four- year prison sentence for a priest who carried out a number of ‘marriages of convenience’. The priest, who held office in the parish of Espiritu Santo in the Los Palmerales district between 2004 and 2008, conducted around 20 fake marriages between male Nigerian and Indian nationals and single Spanish women (mainly gypsies) in order to make the former legal in Spain with the correct documentation. According to reports, six other people were involved in finding the single women, who went through the fake marriages for alleged payment.

Where fairy tales meet... Photo credit: Stagestruck

Fake marriage

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HILARIOUS: Members of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood.


EHEARSALS are now in full, hilarious swing for the Stagestruck Christmas pantomime, Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. The wicked witch Merkela and Sheriff Chump are after the Babes, Theresa and Boris, but can Robin Hood save the day and win the hand of the lovely Maid Marion? To find out, come along to Teatro Cardenal Belluga, San Fulgencio from December 6 to

December 8 and join in the fun. Tickets are €8 and include a drink, and are available from The Card Place, Benimar; The Post Box, Dona Pepa; Leaf’s Restaurant (on the Lemon Tree Road), and Cards and More, Urbanisation La Marina To reserve and collect at the door, call 625 883 387 or email Net proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society.


Diving tourism promoted in UK DURING one of the most important fairs of its type in the UK, the Valencian Tourist Department has been promoting diving off the island of Tabarca. The aim was to boost and market this type of holiday at the DIVE Fair in Birmingham to professional divers and the general public. As part of the exhibition, a number of diving maps and guides were available, alongside a screen displaying some of the spectacular images from under the Mediterranean.


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OTH Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on November 11 this year, a coincidental but moving piece of symmetry to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Allies and Germany signed an agreement to terminate hostilities, and Armistice Day has been celebrated ever since. Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday of November each year, and is a day to honour all those killed in the two world wars, as well as those in the armed forces who have been killed or injured since 1945. With the Royal British Legion hosting, on November 10 the Queen will attend a Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. She will attend a special service at Westminster Abbey the next day, in the company of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and of course will take her place at the Cenotaph commemoration at 11am, along with various other royals, politicians, and also members of the

Tower torches light the way

PAYING RESPECTS: This centenary year is particularly poignant.

They shall not grow old armed forces. In light of this particularly significant year, an extra 10,000 places for the annual march past the Cenotaph will be made available to those with an emotional connection to the Great

By John Redfern MY late Father was a sergeant in the Royal Marine Commando unit. This unit was formed by Winston Churchill and consisted of specially trained troops of the hunter class of men that were trained to butcher and bolt. My father kept a small, partially written diary which we only found after his death. The entries most of the time are just scribJune 6 1944 June 7 June 8 June 9                June 12              June 13               June 16               June 17               June 18               June 19               June 20               June 22                June 24                 June 25                 June 28                June 29                 July 1                  July 4                    August 26            August 27            August 28            August 30            September 17     November 1         November 5        

War (in addition to the usual number of 10,000 people). Inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battlescarred fields, in 1915 Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John Mc-

Crae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ Before long, poppies made their way to the UK and became the symbol of the Royal British Legion when it was formed in 1921.

This year ’s Poppy Appeal is unsurprisingly the biggest ever, and the Legion hopes to raise £50 million (€56 million) for service men and women, veterans and their families. Lest we forget.

We will remember them bled in pencil, which he wrote during odd moments between gunfire, bombs and great trauma. He was just 17 when he enlisted - a common fib about his age recruiting sergeants were all too willing to believe. By the time he stormed the beaches of Normandy he was 20 years of age and had fought in Sicily, Italy and Africa, and had ac-

cumulated 10 medals including a King’s Commendation for landing by parachute in occupied countries. Excerpts from my old man’s diary from the D-Day landings. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Sword Beach.

Hell is breaking loose. Landed on French coast, fighting very grim, too many casualties first day to carry on. Still trying to fight but need reinforcements badly. Took stronghold four miles inland with aid of tanks. Got a few more men but still below strength. Made breakthrough, more men lost, also officer. Jerry sniping O O sends me and another sniper to get them, easy shots. Same - kills mounting up but jerry keeps cautious. Could do with good night’s sleep and some grub. Am in a lot of pain from shrapnel so went to quack. Doc asked me if I could carry on, fool me said yes instead of going to Blighty. TROOPS: The Can’t leave trench for shells. Royal Marine Back in trench - made another attack on fort, third one but losing too many men through mines. Commando unit. More shelling and mortaring. Miracle happened. Took fort with one casualty - looted a shop and got drunk on cognac. Terrible night - dive bombed. Out sniping, day OK, but night was grim, more bombing. Men’s spirits very low, trenches flooded , just sitting in water, don’t think I can stand much more. Still standing, new and green officer gives us a pep talk. First rest since D-Day, everyone needed it badly. Promoted, got three stripes and I cease to be a sniper. First haircut since landing, worse than shearing sheep. Finished rest, in line again holding Dunkirk pocket. We don’t have enough men for the job. In Belgium getting ready for another landing. Landed on Waicheren, even worse than D-Day. Never forget today, Guy Fawkes night, lost two very good friends and several good mates, one officer out of four left.

THE Tower of London is glowing in the light of 10,000 torches in a tribute to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Four years after the enormous display of poppies filled the Tower’s dry moat, the illuminated tribute is a reference to the moment that the lights metaphorically came back on after November 11, 1918. Last Sunday’s opening night began with a Yeoman Warder bringing a flame down from the Tower into the moat, which had been submerged in smoke. Dozens of representatives from the armed forces and volunteers, then used the flame to ignite thousands of other torches staked into, or placed on the ground underneath the Tower, bathing the moat in light. Altogether, the flames take about 45 minutes to light and then will burn for about four hours. The ceremony was accompanied by a sound installation featuring choral music, words from the war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier, and a minute’s silence. The success of the 2014 Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies representing each British and colonial serviceman and woman killed in the war, meant that the Historic Royal Palaces were keen to mark the centenary of Armistice. The new installation, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, has been designed by the same artist, Tom Piper. Members of the public are able to watch the ceremony free of charge every night, until the final showing on Remembrance Sunday.


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by Barry Duke

‘SINCE that dreadful referendum, I’ve seen some vile things over the past two years. When I’ve objected, I’ve been called all sorts of names ... been accused of being anti-democratic, anti‘freedom of speech’. Well Britain, here we are …’ This message was posted on Facebook on Monday, by a woman called Gill Boomy. She was reacting with understandable fury to a report that a model of Grenfell Tower - complete with figures of terrified black children and adults - was consigned to a Guy Fawkes bonfire in London. The video of this sickening act, in which people were heard to cheer and laugh as the model went up in flames, went viral, and on Tuesday it was reported that five of the perpetrators had handed themselves over to the police. Two of them were Bobbi Connell, 19, and his father Cliff, 49 from South Norwood. How big of them to acknowledge that what they did went way past a joke. But what really angered me is

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that the victim card is now being played. A close relative said: “We’re in so much danger now. They didn’t want it to go this far. They are not racist. It’s been blown out of proportion. It was horrible what they’ve done. Let them try and forget it.” Let them forget it? Absolutely not! The five, plus one arrested later, are being investigated for a public order offence, and it’s reported that detectives will consider whether they can also be prosecuted for hate crimes. Which raises this question: will criminal charges ever be brought against David Mesher, the Birmingham man who was filmed calling Delsie Gayle, 77, an ‘ugly black b** ***d’ on a Ryanair flight last month? So far, I have seen no reports of action being taken against Mesher, but I did watch this vile individual tell the London Evening Standard ‘I am not a racist by any means.’ Shortly afterwards the Metro newspaper posted a video of an unidentified white man, racially abusing black staff in a branch of Sainbury’s in London.

SICKENING: A model of Grenfell Tower was burned on a bonfire in London.

The burning of the Grenfell Tower model, and the two videos showing black people being abused - within the space of a month - tells me that nastiness is fast becoming the new norm in Britain, and it’s no coincidence that this sort of behaviour has escalated to alarming levels following the Brexit vote. It’s also no coincidence that racists and xenophobes in the UK now feel empowered to ape their counterparts in America, who interpreted Trump’s presidential victory as a signal to exhibit the very worst of human behaviour. Not a day goes by without reports coming from the US of dramatically increased levels of hate crimes perpetrated against blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals, transgender people and especially Jews. Since Trump’s election, antiSemitic incidents in the US surged by 57 per cent in 2017 in a single year. What measures can be taken to reverse this deeply troubling trend? I have absolutely no idea. All I can say, is that I am so pleased that I chose to leave the UK when I did, and that living in Spain shields me to a degree from this sort of disgusting savagery.


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around the regions COSTA BLANCA NORTH

Special Bullring bid operations by police in Benidorm BOTH the National Police and the Local Police in Benidorm have reinforced security in the tourism capital by setting up a number of special operations in the main visitor areas. During one of the latest clampdowns at the end of last month, a total of 40 members of both forces were deployed which resulted in more than 100 people being stopped for a number of reasons and led to five arrests. Two of those were for living illegally in the country, one for theft and the other already the subject of two warrants for his arrest connected with allegations of fraud.

MARBELLA’S council has unveiled plans costing tens of millions to convert a disused bullring into an arena for the city. T h e P l a z a d e To r o s i n P u e r t o Banus has not being used since 2010. The almost 3,000 square metre site, which has capacity for around 5,000 people, would be rebranded as the Marbella Arena under the plans. The Grupo Teatro Goya company has taken on the project and said it would spend some ₏30 million on converting the bullring. It is set to open as Marbella Arena in 2019, the company said. Cristobal Garre, Marbella Council’s employment spokesperson, said the conversion would mark the latest chapter in the development of the Puerto Banus area

At the same time and in the busier areas, three venues were inspected to stop the sale of drugs and this operation alone found 20 people in possession of various substances; no arrests were made for

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COSTA DEL SOL CREDIT: Juan Torres, via Twitter

ARENA PLANS: The site is set to be turned into an arena.

and would help create jobs. Plans for the arena include dividing its almost 3,000 square metres of space between a leisure area, a shopping section and a covered outdoor space. A total of 25 commercial premises have been incorporated into current plans for the site. The Huerte Architects Studio has

these offences. Councillor Lorenzo Martinez said that “the special operation was as a result of a recent coordination meeting between the local council and representatives of the different police and security services

also been brought on board for the project. The company previously worked to convert the Vista Alegre Bullring in Bilbao, which is now a multi-purpose arena. Fernando Huerte, of the company, said the project was complicated at this stage but added carrying out the works would be ‘easy.’

in Benidorm.” He went on to say that “the protocol was established to carry out similar actions during the winter months to demonstrate that the security and safety of the local people, tourists and businesses is taken seriously.”



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IN his report on the summer season, Torrevieja councillor Javier Manzanares said that lifeguards had a busy time which saw them attend to 3,173 separate incidents. As the summer went on, so the number increased with 196 (mainly jellyfish stings and superficial cuts)

Photo credit: Alejandro YouTube

Busy beach summer

in June; 1,044 in July (including 10 people needing to be resuscitated) and 1,627 in August, with 54 people rescued from the sea. During the three months, a total of 73 people needed reuniting with their families after getting lost with all but a dozen concerning elderly people.

TRANSITION: The TRAM in Alicante now runs five lines.

Passenger landmark reached by Darren Parmenter THE company that runs both the Metrovalencia and the TRAM rail services has announced that they have surpassed the 1.5 billion level of passengers. The Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) began running the lines on January 1, 1987 which were previously managed by FEVE, and with it began a complete transition of the train services offered in Valencia and Alicante. Of the 1.5 billion users of the two services,

1,381,655,744 have used the Metrovalencia lines with the remaining 118,344,256 on the TRAM that runs out of Alicante and along the coast. Annual figures have also grown steadily over time, with 1.4 million passengers in 1987 to 74.3 million for 2017. The impressive growth of travellers has been accompanied by the expansion of the network that has seen the 209 kilometres increased to 267 kilometres in the 30-year period. In terms of lines offered in each city, those in Valencia have grown from five to nine ; and just one in Alicante to five.

Local soprano prepares for Italian debut Photo credit: Verity Hall

VERITY JO SPENCER HALL, an aspiring local soprano, has been selected for one of the lead roles in an opera production in Italy next summer. Following a successful audition at the Royal Opera House in London earlier this year, Verity will be flying over to Sicily next summer for six weeks of preparations and rehearsals in readiness for the production. Verity, who has lived in San Miguel since she was a tot, fell in love with singing after she appeared in a number of local stage productions including Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma. She has dreamed of becoming an opera singer ever since. Verity was taken under the wing of the renowned local vocal coach Nigel Hopkins, who has spent the last couple of years tutoring her and building her vocal range. Ve r i t y, 2 1 , s a i d “ I a m so excited to have been chosen to sing in next y e a r ’s M e d i t e r r a n e a n Summer Opera Festival which draws young opera singers and musi-

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OPPORTUNITY: Verity Hall is preparing for Italy.

cians from all over the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any young singer.” The 2019 festival includes Carmen, La Rond i n e a n d M o z a r t ’s D o n Giovanni in which Verity will be singing the role of Zerlina. In preparation for Verity’s break into classical music she will be starring in her very own concert here on the Orihuela Costa in just a few months. The show, titled ‘A New Year’s Serenade’ is being held in the beautiful setting of La Iglesia de La Zenia (the little white church on the N332) on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The well-known and popular local baritone Bill Nicholson will also be appearing in the show, and reprising his role as Tevye from Fiddler on the roof. Philip Mitchell will

be providing the musical accompaniment. Tickets are available from La


Ponderosa Gift Shop, La Zenia or The Food Cupboard, San Miguel.


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THE last monthly get-together of the Almoradi Scrabble Club was pleased to welcome another new player. Mike has been looking to join a Scrabble Club for some time and was delighted to read about the group in Almoradi, even though he travelled over

Scary Scrabble night an hour to play the game. For this month, players were challenged to come up with words connected to Halloween in order to win the themed round.

Marion’s word ‘souls’ was chosen from all the words laid on the board. Well done also to Karen for getting the highest score of 386 for one game.

The next round of Scrabble is on Tuesday, November 27 at Cafe Almoradi starting at 3.30pm prompt, and if you can work out this anagram SHYGLOT - you should perhaps consider joining. For more information, please contact Christine on 694 437 698.

Cars and bikes galore in Alicante I

There’s the 43rd Firauto Automobile Fair, the 29th Expocar and the 11th Sobre2Ruedas Motorbike Show. During these three intense days, the IFA will become the largest new and second-hand car exhibition in the Alicante Province. Firauto offers a series of new cars and latest versions on the market to the visitors, and at Expocar, you’ll find vehicles at ‘kilometre zero’ and secondhand. The Fair will feature ve-

Photo credit: Firauto

T’S wheels, wheels and more wheels as over the course of three days - November 16 to 18 - three separate exhibitions are taking place at the IFA Exhibition Centre (Recinto Ferial) near to Alicante-Elche Airport. The opening times are 10.30am to 9pm.

INTENSE: Some of the spectacular motorbikes likely to feature at the IFA. hicles and models of all kinds and there’s sure to be something there to fit any budget… many with some great discounts. In addition, there’ll be a number of motoring-related stands with products, financial services, insurance companies etc. And drivers with their cars at the exhibition can also take advantage of the APPLUS ITV (MOT) service so that the vehicle

can be checked during their visit. Entrance to the exhibition is €8 and €6 for pensioners and Youth Card holders when presenting the discount voucher available for download on the website at, €5 tickets are also available by booking early via the website. More information also on Facebook at www.face


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Sweet dreams are made of this by Colin Bird The opinions published in Colin’s weekly column are not necessarily representative of those of the publishers, advertisers or newspaper sponsors. HAVE you ever been sound asleep only to find on waking that it has not been hours, but merely minutes since you closed your eyes? It happened to me the other night. I had been watching ‘News at 10’ for 15 minutes, before drifting into the land of nod. The next thing I knew, the princess was shaking me and suggesting I go to bed. I thought I must have been out for an hour or so, but there was Mary Nightingale winding up the news with the last story of the night, indicating that my snooze had lasted no more than a few minutes. It brought back a distant memory of one particular night, and the day before we were due to depart for our annual fortnight at the seaside. We were going to Margate, and my parents had kindly offered to take along my

SNOOZE: 40 winks can seem like 40 hours… best mate Tommy, who lived with his struggling widowed mum and three siblings, none of whom had ever seen the sea before. This was in the days when poverty truly meant poverty. Because we had an early start the next

morning and needed to catch the trolley bus into town at some stupid hour, we were sent to bed at eight. We were both very much awake to start with, and we chatted in hushed tones about the days ahead. But soon, Tommy

closed his eyes and was gone. What! Here was I, a seasoned traveller who had seen it all before, unable to even think about closing my eyes, and Tommy the vacation virgin softly snoring next to me as if tomorrow was just another day. Next to Christmas, this was the most stupendous day of the year and the culmination of weeks of feverish anticipation, but there was Tommy buzz-sawing it away, dead to the world. After a few minutes of this, I decided enough was enough, so shaking him vigorously I announced that it was 6am and my mum had called us to go downstairs for a wash before we got dressed. He had no idea that he had been sleeping for less than half an hour, and as I crept on to the landing I had to stifle my giggles as I heard the surprised exclamations from my parents as Wee Willy Winkie presented himself in the living room. My erstwhile friend is now a peer of the realm and for obvious reasons, I cannot name him. But although we keep a tenuous link through the exchange of Christmas cards each year - mine with cute little robins, and his always depicting the Houses of Parliament - I wonder if he remembers that night so many years ago, and the people who gave him his first glimpse of the sea.

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by Michael Walsh A RECENT incident in which the Italian owned ferry, MV Excellent, swept into the quays at Barcelona harbour reminds me of an incident that could have had far worse consequences. Had it not been for the quick thinking of a Spanish skipper, several freighters moored at the Ivory’s Coast Port of Abidjan would have been devastated. Palm Line, a British-owned shipping company, plied 5,000 miles of West Africa’s seaboard. In the early 1960’s the company’s commodore was Spanish Captain Inés, whose hands-on character was legendary. He never suffered fools so I got on perfectly well with him, alas not the occasional stowaways, whom he treated very badly. Palm Line vessels were specially designed to negotiate the sand bars, excluding entry to liners that may otherwise bring trade to communities located far up Africa’s shallow creeks.

Spanish skipper who saved an armada

ENUGU PALM: Close to disaster. The Port of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast however is a modern port. Having picked up the pilot at the port’s approaches, Captain Inés, in accordance with protocol, surrendered control of the Enugu Palm to the pilot.

His knowledge of the port is essential for safe mooring. It became evident that all was not quite right with our temporary captain. In fact, the pilot was blind drunk and incapable of riding a bicycle, let alone a fast-moving

ocean liner in the narrow confines of a port. The Enugu Palm successfully negotiated the Vridi Canal without colliding with its palm-thronged banks. As an 18-year-old Ordinary Seaman standing at the ship’s

wheel, I was best placed to see the unfolding drama as the pilot perturbingly instructed the engine room to go full ahead. We were approaching a lengthy quay, along which several liners were secured. Riveted, I watched the expression of growing alarm on the face of Captain Inés. Racing at full speed, about 25 kilometres per hour, the Enugu Palm’s bows were now destined to cleave the nearest moored liner in two. I must have been the only British sailor ever to witness a port pilot being roughly cursed and shoved aside as a ship’s captain resumed control of his doomed laden ship. Rushing to the telegraph, the bells clanged alarmingly as Captain Inés swung the lever to Full Astern. Simultaneously, he ordered me to swing the wheel hard to port. The rest was down to fate. Unlike a car, a ship can travel a long way before it responds to a change of command. Never forgotten was the drama as the Enugu Palm, finally answering to the wheel as we held our breath, skimmed by a metre or two a row of ocean liners moored at the port’s quays. A second’s delay by Captain Inés would have led to one of the worst shipping disasters in African history.

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money FOR the fifth month in succession, Spain has seen an increase in the number of mortgages being signed. Compared to August 2017, those for the same month this year (the latest available) show there was a rise of 6.8 per cent and maintaining the upward trend. The figures, published by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE), showed that 40.2 per cent of the mortgages were fixedrate. The five consecutive months of growth over the year in the sector, show that the mortgage market is on a positive and stable track, and everything points towards the trend continuing into September. One of the key issues in recent months has been the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that banks are liable to pay the taxes relating to registering new mortgages. José Luis Martínez Campuzano, spokesperson for the Spanish Banking Association (AEB), emphasised the need to ‘provide the market

Mortgages on the up

TREND: Increases in mortgages up almost 7 per cent in one year.

with legal protection, clear and predictable regulations, in order to preserve the smooth operation of the mortgage sector’, but nevertheless welcomed the data as confirming the ever improving conditions for financing property purchases with a mortgage loan. Although it is agreed that

it will take some time for the effects of the Supreme Court ruling on mortgage taxes reflected in the national statistics, it is expected that they will be minimal and that the mortgage market will continue its trend towards getting back to normal. INE data for August

showed that the average mortgage for buying a house was €122,424, an increase of 9.8 per cent compared to August 2017. In total, the amount of money loaned by banks in August to buy property in Spain reached €3.52 billion, 17.3 per cent more than in the previous year.

Cash-free society nearer ACCORDING to the results of a recent survey, around 20 per cent of the UK population now walk around without any money in their pockets. Not only do they never pass any coins to a cashier, they now pay for everything by card or online, with many saying the reason for doing so is that it makes them feel safer not having cash on them. This accounts for almost 11 million people. The research from GoCompare, suggests that the figure will increase to as many as 60 per cent of people classing themselves as ‘cashless’. During 2017, cards replaced cash as the most common form of way to pay, and now contactless payments alone account for more than notes and coins. As a result, the Royal Mint has already halved the number of coins it produces as vast numbers of the population simply don’t use them any more. Interestingly, according to the study, it’s the under 25’s that still prefer to use cash with adults between 40 and 60 years old embracing the modern technology of contactless payments. At a time when thousands of ATMs look set to vanish from our streets as the Link network battles to compete with the likes of Visa and Mastercard, separate research also out from the Post Office points to Britons remaining tech-free in a range of stubbornly cash-based transactions, from car park payments to pocket money.

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9:55am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:05am Peppa Pig 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm A Heavenly Christmas 1:55pm Cruising with Jane McDonald 2:05pm 5 News Lunchtime 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Merry Kissmas 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm The Gadget Show 9:00pm The Great Model Railway Challenge 10:00pm Portillo's Hidden History of Britain 11:00pm The Hangover Part II 1:10am Super Casino

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A Christmas Cruise Honey: Rise Up and Dance 9:00am Mary and the Witch's Flower 11:00am Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Blackly comic drama about a grieving mother who sets out to shame the police into doing their job. 1:00pm Darkest Hour 3:20pm Waiting for You 5:05pm Honey: Rise Up and Dance 7:00pm Mary and the Witch's Flower 9:00pm Darkest Hour 11:10pm Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 1:10am Black Butterfly

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8:00am All Over the Place 8:30am Wild and Weird 2 8:45am Show Me What You're Made of 9:15am Got What it Takes? 9:45am Bears 11:00am Andrea - Queen of Mantas 12:00pm Homes Under the Hammer 1:00pm Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul 2:00pm The Red Shoes 4:10pm Flog It! 5:00pm Britain's Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF 6:00pm Rugby Union 8:30pm Rugby Union 9:30pm Dad's Army 10:00pm Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires 11:00pm QI XL

8:35am The Tom and Jerry Show 8:50am The Powerpuff Girls 9:10am Toonmarty 9:30am Robozuna 10:05am Mighty Magiswords 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Saturday Morning with James Martin 12:40pm The X Factor 1:40pm ITV Lunchtime News 1:50pm You've Been Framed! 2:20pm Bean 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV Evening News 7:10pm ITV News London 7:20pm Iron Man 2 9:30pm The X Factor 11:05pm The Jonathan Ross Show

9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am The Big Bang Theory 10:55am The Big Bang Theory 11:25am The Big Bang Theory 11:50am The Simpsons 12:20pm The Simpsons 12:50pm Come Dine with Me 1:50pm Four in a Bed 2:25pm Four in a Bed 2:55pm Four in a Bed 3:25pm Four in a Bed 3:55pm Four in a Bed 4:25pm A Place in the Sun 5:30pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 6:30pm Channel 4 News 7:00pm Rugby Union 9:45pm Formula 1 11:15pm I, Robot 1:15am Mud

11:00am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:15am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:35am Cruising with Jane McDonald 11:50am Northpole 1:30pm A Star Crossed Christmas 3:20pm The Christmas Apprentice 5:05pm Just in Time for Christmas 7:00pm My Christmas Prince 7:55pm 5 News 8:00pm My Christmas Prince 8:40pm Shop Smart, Save Money for Christmas 9:25pm 5 News Weekend 9:30pm The Kennedys: A Fatal Attraction 10:30pm JFK's Secret Killer: The Evidence

5:10am A Christmas Cruise 7:00am Mary and the Witch's Flower 9:00am Waiting for You 10:50am Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 1:00pm Darkest Hour 3:10pm Better Watch Out 5:00pm The Grinch: Special 5:20pm Mary and the Witch's Flower 7:10pm Honey: Rise Up and Dance 9:00pm Darkest Hour 11:10pm Better Watch Out 12:45am Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2:55am Black Butterfly 4:45am First Man: Special 5:15am A Christmas Cruise

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7:45am Great British Garden Revival 8:45am Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys 9:15am The Instant Gardener 10:00am Countryfile 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm Rugby Union 1:30pm FA Cup Final Score 4:00pm Rugby League 6:30pm Match of the Day: FA Cup Highlights 8:00pm World War One Remembered: Highlights From the Cenotaph 9:30pm Dragons' Den 10:30pm They Shall Not Grow Old 12:05am Testament of Youth 2:10am Inside Obama's White House

12:00pm ITV News 12:05pm Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury 12:40pm Doc Martin 1:40pm ITV Lunchtime News 1:55pm The X Factor 3:25pm Paul O'grady: For the Love of Dogs 3:55pm Harry and Meghan: The First Tour 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm Tenable 7:00pm ITV Evening News 7:15pm ITV News London 7:30pm Tipping Point 8:30pm The Chase: Celebrity Special 9:30pm The X Factor 10:30pm Britain's Poppies: The First World War Remembered 11:35pm ITV News

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10:45am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:00am Friends 11:30am Friends 12:00pm 5 News Special 12:05pm Friends 12:30pm Friends 1:00pm Friends 1:30pm Friends 1:55pm Friends 2:25pm Friends 2:55pm Friends 3:25pm Friends 3:55pm Free Willy 5:55pm A Cinderella Christmas 7:35pm Mrs. Miracle 8:35pm 5 News 8:40pm Mrs. Miracle 9:30pm Inside the Tower of London 10:25pm 5 News Weekend 10:30pm London Has Fallen

5:15am A Christmas Cruise 7:00am First Man: Special 7:30am Mary and the Witch's Flower 9:30am Darkest Hour Gripping historical drama following Winston Churchill during his turbulent early days as prime minister. 11:40am Better Watch Out 1:20pm Spinning Man 3:10pm Mary and the Witch's Flower 5:10pm Honey: Rise Up and Dance 7:00pm Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 9:00pm Darkest Hour 11:10pm Spinning Man 1:00am Better Watch Out

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Make Me a Dealer Shop Well for Less BBC News at 9 Victoria Derbyshire BBC Newsroom Live Think Tank Reel History of Britain Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo I Was There: The Great War Interviews Blue Planet II Eggheads Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Strictly: It Takes Two Mastermind Match of the Day Live Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon The Mash Report

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Prepositions - time and place Basic Spanish for everyday needs

by Jane Cronin

TODAY it’s the turn of prepositions - yet another member of that large family of words. As usual, it is quite clear what these are by their name. They are to do with the position of something. There are prepositions of place, words like ‘near, under, next to, opposite’, and there are also prepositions of time, for example ‘before’ and ‘after’. In all cases, we are positioning something, in place or time, in relation to something else ‘under the table’, ‘before 2 o’clock’ . In Spanish, most but not all prepositions place the word ‘de’ between themselves, and the thing they are expressing a relationship with. I will explain. The word for ‘near ’ is ‘cerca’. We can use this on its own, for example

‘Está cerca’ means ‘It is near’ (obviously we already know what it is near, we are just not stating it). The complete sentence would be ‘Está cerca de la ventana’ (It is near the window). In your own mind you might think this is like ‘it is near to the window’, but putting little English words in doesn’t work in all cases, so it is best to avoid it. The word for under is ‘debajo’, so ‘under the table’ is ‘debajo de la mesa’. ‘Next to’ is ‘al lado’ (literally meaning ‘at the side’). We might say ‘vivo al lado’ which would translate into English as ‘I live next door’. ‘Vivo al lado del a y u n tamiento’ ‘I live next to (or next door to) the town hall’. This example shows up another small point to take on board here, which is very simple. When the word ‘de’ is followed by the word ‘el’ (the), they join together to form one word, ‘del’. We know this of course because of ‘menu del día’ (set meal of the day).

The last of our four examples is ‘opposite’. Remember this means ‘opposite’ in position, not something like an opposite point of view which is ‘contrario’. ‘The bank is opposite the church’. ‘El banco está enfrente de la iglesia’. I hope you have noticed and remembered as well, that we express position with the verb ‘estar’. The same principle occurs with prepositions of time. ‘I’ll call you after (afterw a r d s ) ’ . ‘ Te l l a m o d e spués’. ‘I’ll call you after the ap-

pointment’ ‘Te llamo después de la cita’. ‘Let’s have a drink before lunch’. ‘Vamos a tomar algo antes de comer’. This second example leads us to a very useful point about prepositions of time, which is that they can go before nouns (names of things like ‘the appointment’) and they can also go before verbs in the infinitive ‘comer’ (to have lunch). ‘I have a coffee after swimming’. ‘Tomo un café después de nadar’. Now, there are a few prepositions which are not followed by the magic word ‘de’, but I think at this stage we can live with that! Here are three common ones: ‘en’ (on, in) ‘sobre’, (on, over, about), ‘entre’ (between). Interestingly, all three can be used as prepositions of place and time. For example: ‘Mi perro está en el salón’. ‘Mi cumpleaños es en Septiembre’. ‘Mi casa está entre el banco y l a f a r m a c i a ’ . ‘ Te l l a m a r é e n t r e Lunes y Jueves’. ‘El florero está sobre la mesa’. ‘La actuación termina sobre las 10’. See you next week!

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3:05pm Bohemian Rhapsody: Special 3:35pm Stephanie 5:20pm Spinning Man After a student disappears at a nearby lake, college professor Guy Pearce finds himself the prime suspect of tough detective Pierce Brosnan. 7:20pm Better Watch Out 9:00pm Darkest Hour 11:10pm Stephanie 12:40am Spinning Man

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EFL Football's Greatest Football Countdowns One2eleven One2eleven Football Years One2eleven Football Football Countdowns Football's Greatest EFL Greatest Games EFL Greatest Games Football Years The Debate - Live EFL Greatest Games


Money for Nothing 5:30pm Make Me a Dealer 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:30pm Children in Need Rocks 2018 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Question Time

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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip MasterChef: The Professionals Inside the Foreign Office Live at the Apollo Newsnight Surgeons: At the Edge of Life The Assassination of Gianni Versace American Crime Story Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'

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Couples Come Dine with Me 2:05pm A New Life in the Sun 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Fifteen to One 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Embarrassing Pets 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm George Clarke's Old House, New Home 10:00pm The First 11:00pm Naked Attraction

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What’s On FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 La Bamba’s Dance Group - Paraiso Restaurant, Urb Jardin del Mar III 1a, Torrevieja. Sequence Dance Class 7pm 7:45pm. Social Dance - Ballroom, Latin & Sequence 8pm - 10:30pm. Contact Andrea on 616 478 157 for more details. Cantabile Ladies Choir is a friendly group who take their music seriously but equally enjoy their regular social get-togethers as well. They rehearse every Friday at the La Siesta Church from 3pm to 5pm. Contact Valerie on 966 795 816 for more details. GUARDAMAR DEL SEGURA - Taking place until November 11, take this opportunity to mix food and history during the ‘Tapas con Historia’ fiestas. A number of local bars, cafes and restaurants will be offering a specially created tapa and a drink for just €2... and all with the theme of ‘Reforestation.’ Don’t forget to pick up your ‘tapas passport.’ CARTAGENA - Cartagena Jazz Festival over the weekends in November. Tickets are now available. MONOVER - Tapas Route over the weekend from1pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 11pm. There will be 12 local venues offering a special tapa and a drink for €2.50. MURCIA - International Puppet Festival with 33 different puppet shows for the three to 16-year-olds. Some of the shows are free, with most costing from €3 to €10.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 GUARDAMAR DEL SEGURA - Taking place until November 11, take this opportunity to mix food and history during the ‘Tapas con Historia’ fiestas. A number of local bars, cafes and restaurants will be offering a specially created tapa and a drink for just €2... and all with the theme of ‘Reforestation.’ Don’t forget to pick up your ‘tapas passport.’ CARTAGENA - Cartagena Jazz Festival over the weekends in November. Tickets are now available. MONOVER - Tapas Route over the weekend from1pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 11pm. There will be 12 local venues offering a special tapa and a drink for €2.50. MURCIA - International Puppet Festival with 33 different puppet shows for the three to 16-year-olds. Some of the shows are free, with most costing from €3 to €10.

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Remembrance Day Weekend

PEOPLE across the Costa Blanca are proudly wearing their poppies in readiness for this weekend’s Remembrance Day. While Remembrance Day services have become an increasingly traditional part of the second Sunday in November for a number of years among the expat community, this year’s has particular significance. CARTAGENA - Cartagena Jazz Festival over the weekends in November. Tickets are now available. MONOVER - Tapas Route over the weekend from1pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 11pm. There will be 12 local venues offering a special tapa and a drink for €2.50. MURCIA - International Puppet Festival with 33 different puppet shows for the three to 16-year-olds. Some of the shows are free, with most costing from €3 to €10. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY EVENTS organised by the Royal British Legion: ORIHUELA COSTA - 10.30am in the Capilla Mil Palmeras, Orihuela. MURCIA - 10.30am in the Parish Church of Saint Peter the Apostle in Calle Canalejas.

MONDAY NOVEMBER12 Every Monday is Beginners Spanish (12.30pm to 2pm): Flower Arranging (12.30pm to 2.30pm): Crafts (2.30pm to 4.30pm). For information, e-mail: Walking Wanderers Walking Football Club - They meet every Monday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm at the Orihuela Costa Municipal Sports Centre. There is also a very active social aspect to the club too. For more details, contact Bob Gorrill via e-mail: Pilar de la Horadada Badminton Club meets every Monday at the sports centre between 10am and 12.30pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 965 272 701 or 634 658 506 or e-mail: carolejohn_3 @hot For people over 50 who find themselves on their own, then Phoenix Solos Club meet every Monday from 11am to 1pm at the Marina Club in the International Marina in Torrevieja.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13 English Folk Music Club - Meet every Tuesday at the Madhouse, Urb Pueblo Principe from 8.30pm. It’s an opportunity for acoustic performers of all genres and it’s free entry too. There’s a raffle each week to raise funds to book visiting acts from the UK now and then. For more details, contact Carol via e-mail: dive Baker Foundation Spiritual Centre Playa Flamenca. Every Tuesday, an evening of psychic clairvoyance from

It’s not only 100 years since the end of the ‘Great War,’ but the date is November 11... the exact date when the armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; even more reason to remember them... There are a number of events organised across the weekend across the Costa Blanca, with those in this 7.30pm to 8.45pm. For information, contact Linda on 606 990 665. Help At Home Costa Blanca (Orihuela Costa) - Every Tuesday at the Emerald Isle between 11am and 3.30pm. Funds are currently being raised for a special needs vehicle for disabled persons. Selection of stalls including clothes, shoes, art and crafts and jewellery among others. Pilar de la Horadada Badminton Club meets every Monday at the sports centre between 10am and 12.30pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 965 272 701 or 634 658 506 or e-mail: carolejohn_3 @hot CF Rojales Walking Football - Open to men and women aged 50 and over, they meet at the football pitches on Calle Limonar every Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon. You can just turn up on the day, or for more information, call Pat Stephensnon 654 049 388 or e-mail: pat.stephens08

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14 Market held at the Emerald Isle (Orihuela Costa) from 11am to 4pm, raising funds for the 12 to 18-year-olds living at Association Elche Children’s Care Home. La Bamba’s Dance Group - Paraiso Restaurant, Urb Jardin del Mar III 1a, Torrevieja. Ballroom Latin & Argentine Tango. New Beginners Class 11am - 12pm, Intermediate Class 12pm - 1pm. Contact Andrea on 616 478 157 for more details. Orihuela Costa Community Care - Ramon de Campoamor Civic Centre on Urbanisation Monteznia. Every Wednesday is Art, Sketching and Watercolour (2.30pm to 4.30pm): Spanish Beginners (2pm to 3.30pm). For information, e-mail: Amigos Friendship Group - Meets at El Bar, El Raso every Wednesday at 3pm for a get-together and a fun quiz. They also arrange a number of activities such as day trips, meals and holidays. Just turn up on the day or call Ann (642 774 399) or Ken (642 703 488) for more information. Pilar de la Horadada Badminton Club meets every Monday at the sports centre between 10am and 12.30pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 965 272 701 or 634 658 506 or e-mail: carolejohn_3 @hot Benimar Social Club meets every Wednesday at the Rojales Steakhouse for

Photo credit: Tijl Vercaemer Wikipedia 100 YEARS: The poppies in Flanders Field.

area organised by the Royal British Legion in Orihuela Costa and Murcia. Full details in the listings on this page.

a variety of activities such as bridge, chess, fundraising quiz, short mat bowls etc. Contact Sue on 685 339 179 or Richard on 660 825 390. A New rugby club - Bettas Torrevieja RFC - trains at the Nelson Mandela Stadium every Sunday between 8.30pm and 10pm. Call Javi on 603 727 179 for details.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 Spangles Ladies Harmony Chorus Meets at the Las Claras Centre in Los Narejos every Thursday from 10am to 1pm. New members are always welcome and the group would love to hear from you. Call 968 334 527 or 968 432 525 or e-mail: for more details. Dragon Riders - Whether you live in the area or just visiting, this is your chance to ride with like-minded people. All makes and models more than welcome. Meet every Thursday at 10am at Waldamars Restaurant, La Florida. Contact is Rob on 671 826 201. Orihuela Costa Community Care - Ramon de Campoamor Civic Centre on Urbanisation Monteznia. Every Thursday is Card Making (1pm to 3.30pm): Sewing and Knitting (2pm to 4.30pm): Exercise to Music (12.45pm to 1.30pm): Drumming / Percussion Workshop (2pm to 4pm). For information, e-mail: oc.communitycare Baker Foundation Spiritual Centre Playa Flamenca. Every Thursday morning, Spiritual healing from 10.30am to 12 noon. Development group from 2.30pm and open to everyone. Animal healing is also available for pets. For information, contact Linda on 606 990 665. Pilar de la Horadada Badminton Club meets every Monday at the sports centre between 10am and 12.30pm. For information ring John McGilvray on 965 272 701 or 634 658 506 or e-mail: carolejohn_3 @hot The Vivace Choir is a mixed group of around 50 voices from all across Europe. This friendly classical choir meets every Thursday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm at the Casa de Cultura, San Miguel. MURCIA - International Puppet Festival with 33 different puppet shows for the three to 16-year-olds. Some of the shows are free, with most costing from €3 to €10.


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top, a lot of times a cat will sit right on it. It’s another location, slightly different than the floor or counter to place ownership on.” He adds that a square shape placed on a floor is particularly intriguing to cats, as it caters to a cat’s sense of ownership over his or her territory. Another consultant, Ingrid Johnson, agrees. “Cats have very poor close-up vision. Much of what they see right in front of them is a bit of a blur, so to them they might feel as if they are inside a shallow box. Cats like to feel as if they are in something and feel protected.”

Noah’s A.R.C

Helping all injured animals NOAH’S ARC is a registered animal rescue charity created to rescue injured, badly treated and abandoned animals in the Mazarron area of Murcia Province. Their main focus is the rescue and welfare of dogs. However, whilst they currently only take in dogs, they always try to help with any injured animal. Noah’s Arc is actively working to build more relationships with other animal charities throughout Europe to ensure that they can help rehome more animals. They also assist other charities/rescues locally where they can, as they believe so much more can be achieved for the animals if everyone works together. They have been rescuing dogs since 2001 and have grown from small beginnings to currently having

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DOES your dog adore ball games? Nuka, one of our labradoodles, loves chasing tennis balls, running after them and keeping balls from whoever wants to chase her. This is the highlight of her walk. Twice a day she’ll run and chase and leap after any ball you throw, and these routines are very important for her. Her owners prefer to find house-sitters through HouseSitMatch, so she can maintain her routine of playing in the park and of course, chasing balls. How we work HouseSitMatch is a house-sitting network where new members register online. We ID check everyone to ensure we know who you are, and in addition, sitters are police checked. We charge for membership to ensure there is a commitment from both par-

WHEN a woman in the USA shared a photograph on Twitter of her mum’s cat sat inside a square of pink tape on the floor, it went viral. Cat owners from across the globe couldn’t wait to see if their own pet would do exactly the same thing... and many were shocked that they did when they copied the experiment. Having said that, there were a significant number of people who discovered that their cats simply want to ‘think outside the box.’ So is there a reason for this? “Put simply, I think that cats are drawn to novel changes in their environment,” says cat behaviour consultant Daniel Quagliozzi. “If you put a newspaper or magazine on the floor or on a counter

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TO mark World Diabetes Day on November 14, Specsavers Opticas are offering free eye tests in their stores and providing advice and information on how diabetes sufferers can protect their eyesight. “Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Thankfully most cases are well controlled, so the condition doesn’t affect the eyes, but each store will usually see two to three diabetes sufferers with diabetic retinopathy each year, who do require medical intervention. “We expect that to increase as the number of diabetes sufferers are on the rise”, commented Mike Stone from Specsavers Opticas in Javea and Calpe. He added: “The good news is that early diagnosis, a healthy lifestyle and the right treatment can stop blindness through dia-

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tests and information in store on November 14.” What is Diabetic Retinopathy? Diabetic Retinopathy, a con-

dition which affects vision, occurs when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged by the changes in blood sugar levels. This leads to blurry vision which can often come and go throughout the day. If untreated, the condition can become more serious, resulting in the network of blood vessels which supply the retina suffering permanent damage. This can result in irreversible vision loss. To avoid sight loss and other common side effects of diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, it is important that blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are controlled. In many cases this can be achieved through good nutri-

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Word Ladder Can you by changing 1 letter at a time, get from the first word to the last word in the given number of moves?

Puzzles Page

GOLF 1 2 3 4


Down 1 Counterfoil delivered is inflexible (8) 2 Former international the French deport (5) 4 A forged tenner for curdled milk (6) 5 Capital I invested in settee (5) 6 Pele mentioned part of kettle (7) 7 One may win it by a head (4) 8 Ex producer (6) 13 Most serious Sherpas start on mountain (8) 15 Crush the star characters (7) 17 Evicted, but used to moving (6) 18 Protection for plants? That’s old hat (6) 20 Revolvers smuggled in somewhere else (5) 22 Making a comeback in White Horse Inn, a musical heroine (5) 23 Mouldiness is a requirement (4)

HERO Weekly Stars

Across 1 Lady before time produced fat (4) 3 Prepared props etc to search for gold (8) 9 Unusual icon in urn depicting legendary beast (7) 10 Escapes from parasites, one hears (5) 11 Amber cooked a fish (5) 12 Paint two women (6) 14 Arrange roster for holiday location (6) 16 Hate a hotel that’s disorganised (6) 19 Hardy companion in bush (6) 21 Discredit fake Earl (5) 24 Loosen international organisation's neckwear (5) 25 Can eels somehow purify? (7) 26 Being defeated must be a change for harsh Ted (8) 27 Before exercises we cried (4)

Kenny Corris For Readings, Consultations and Castings kennycorris@hotmailcom Mobile: 686 361 594 / Tel: 965 878 424

Sun and Pluto the scene is set and the time is right for you to make a move. With camera, lights and action beckoning you on it’s now or never, but do you have the guts to see it through? You have to face up to facts and ask yourself why things ever got this complicated.

Libra. Couple together the power of mighty Mars and the wealth of balance achieved by your Libran equilibrium with the support of Venus this week; and something more could be made of that which is currently in danger of being swept under the carpet. Your wants and needs aren’t unrealistic, they’re inspiring!

Taurus. A skittish Venus sends you an instruction you would be foolish to ignore, particularly as the impetus is to trine Mars, dynamic planet of the development of inner strengths. You are not alone in needing clearance, but why not let things move on before you make any decision that you may live to regret?

Scorpio. Mars rubs shoulders with Venus in a midweek tryst. What you need, chiefly, is something to well and truly get your teeth into. As a hard worker and a born leader it is time to show that you too can pull out all the stops if necessary, and you may surprise yourself in a deal that shows your true capabilities.

Gemini. Venus dominates Mars midweek. It seems as if you could kill two birds with one stone; but take things in your stride and stall if you need to, until the time is right! This gives you a freedom to do your research, and it will allow you to see that which you need to, and, right now, that’s both sides of the coin.

Sagitarius. Finances take a boost as lucky Jupiter enters your sign. You should instruct your money to work for you, however, not you for it. Time to talk investment and savings and get the low down on all aspects of finance with a focus on attracting wealth into your life, so that you can reward both yourself and others.

Cancer. Nothing must rain on your parade this week. This is a time when you have to also practise what you preach. With a bet on the love stakes accept the attention of timely Ceres in opposition to Uranus, the wisdom of Pluto and the power of a fortunate Jupiter into making things more open and secure.

Capricorn. This is a time to care and share, and to organise yourself so that a swap or a change takes advantage of a current situation, and helps you all along the way. Review possibilities without putting a spoke in the wheel, and compromise, it will lead to a new way of living and better quality of life.

Leo. The Sun sextiles Pluto and elevates your mood somewhat! This bodes well for projects and schemes that will benefit from your direct actions and skilful interpretations of what is really needed right now. There is a strong need to communicate, and to conquer a period of silence brought about by doubt.

Aquarius. Love needs to enter your open and loving heart. However there are some complications that you are not fully taking into your conscience, and some excuses it would be better to make then hurting someone close to you. Ceres opposes Uranus midweek, and you have the chance to pull out all the stops!

Virgo. Put your foot down. Whilst you did not know exactly what you were taking on at the time, in hindsight there has been a shift that wasn’t expected. Put your cards on the table and rest assured that nobody could ever blame you for doing what you had to. Jupiter nudges Uranus to seek your true reward.

Pisces. The entry of the Sun into Pluto brings loving energy all around you. Someone needs to apologise to you for their over reaction about a recent problem you have been helping to solve. Remember that you have rights too, and that you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.

Aries. With an incumbent sextile between the

Code Breaker

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 4 represents P and 18 represents X, so fill in P every time the figure 4 appears and X every time the figure 18 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.

9th - 15th November Across 1 Thinly scattered (6) 4 Cut into pieces (4) 8 Moving quickly and lightly (5) 9 Motionless (5) 10 Disperse widely (10) 13 Lacking orderly continuity (10) 17 Courageous (5) 18 Have sovereign power (5) 19 Not difficult (4) 20 Stick fast to (6)


Down 1 Counterfeit or pretence (4) 2 Plea in a criminal charge of having been elsewhere at the relevant time (5) 3/18 Become angry (3,3) 5 Japanese poetry form (5) 6 Steal in small quantities (6) 7 Allocate a task to a person (6) 11 Gardener's tool (6) 12 Suitable for use as food (6) 14 Complete duration of something (5) 15 Group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status (5) 16 Joint between the thigh and shin bones (4) 18 See 3 Across 1 Cubo (balde) (6) 4 Alicates (6) 9 To bet (gamble) (7) 10 Daughter-in-law (5) 11 Sábana (de cama) (5) 12 Witness (7) 13 Keys (typewriter/piano) (6) 15 Delantales (6) 18 Moth (7) 20 Parrots (5) 23 Granddaughter (5) 24 Limpiadora (persona) (7) 25 Asustado (6) 26 Teller (in a bank) (6)

Down 1 Latón (metal) (5) 2 Cerrar (5) 3 Statue (7) 5 Pulmones (5) 6 Elected (7) The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. 7 Estaciones (partes del año) (7) 8 Verdad (5) 13 Plugs (in bath, basin, barrel, for leak) (7) 14 Beehive (7) 16 Bracelet (7) 17 Salsa (5) 19 Irse de (5) 21 Enjuagar (de ropa) (5) 22 Deaf (5)

English - Spanish

Kakuro 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.


Funagram Unscramble the name of a popular British sitcom, originally broadcast on BBC One from October 1989 to December 1998 (four words): BOTH AREAS DIFFER Unscramble the name of a famous author of children’s books: TINY BLONDE

Fill the grid so every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9


Kenny’s Postbag Kenny, you make it seem so easy to make contact with Spirit. I never know where to start, and I get conflicting ideas from spiritual people, when surely there should be some kind of unity?! Jaz K. Hi Jaz! Making contact with Spirit doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing but make a decision to not making it complicated. Talk to Spirit as if they were a friend. Be honest, open and don’t beg. You can ask to make a stronger connection, and when you get this then things will really happen. Still everyone is entitled to their way of connecting, and we are all working to connect in different ways. If it works for you then stick with it, if it doesn’t, get back to me and we can work together on this.

Kenny Corris

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ALL 32 members and two guests of San Miguel Golf Society managed to find their way to Altorreal, north of Murcia, without mishap, which is a rare occurrence as usually at least one person ends up in Molina de Segura. Due to heavy rain the day and night before, no buggies were allowed on the course (apart from the usual paths) with the consequence that many players ended up very tired with walking back and forth to the buggy after selecting the wrong club for the distance. The very damp conditions were a main reason behind the generally poor scoring, with only three players breaking 30 points, but the course’s relatively long set up and recently hollow tined and sandy greens also contributed. Results on the day were: Bronze Category: 1st - Chris Hamblett (33 points), 2nd Charlie Harkin (28) and 3rd - Mick Seymour (27). Silver Category: 1st - Brian Mulligan (32), 2nd - Adrian Roberts (30) and 3rd - Mike Kaylor (30). Gold Category: 1st - John Osbourne (31), 2nd - Noel Bannon (30) and 3rd - Andy Shaw (30). Nearest the Pins (Sponsored by Property Shop): Scotty Philips (Hole 5), Ivan Hanak (Hole 8), Charlie Hankin (Hole

ALL ARRIVED: The SMGS managed to find the course without getting lost. 10) and Willie Fenn (Hole 17). Best Guest Winner: Spencer Andrews (28). Thanks to Altorreal staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week the SMGS will be at La Serena, then following weeks at Mar Menor and La Torre. Keep up-to-date by visiting or call Captain Tony Smale on 628 227 687.

A winning combination THE week of golf for Las Ramblas Golf Society kicked off with the best two scores from four players to count on each hole with all to contribute on the par fives. With 91 points, the winning team consisted of Geoff Biggerstaff, John Drakesmith and his wife Ellen Drakesmith and Peter Reffell. Wednesday’s windy conditions resulted in many low scores in the weekly Stableford. However, the Society’s latest recruit Trevor Pulleyblank, managed his first victory with a laudable 35 points. In second spot was Alan Douglas with 34 and John Collins took the bronze with 33 points. There was only one two which also went to Trevor. On Friday, the second semi-fi-

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NEW BOY: Trevor Pulleyblank won the Stableford with 35 points.

nal of the pairs match play took place with Bryan Neal and Liz Robertson making the line up in M o n d a y ’s f i n a l w i t h a t w o a n d one win over Dave Pulling and Yvonne Phipps. An interesting draw for the Te x a s S c r a m b l e s a w a l l o f t h e lowest handicappers grouped together, but they duly delivered with a gross score of 62 (Net 59.7). With a total of 10 birdies, eight of which were consecutive, congratulations go to Terry Field, Lindsay Forbes, Alan Douglas and Ron Phipps, although it was on countback. Finally, the quote of the week goes to Jack Benny: “Give me the golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air”.

Soggy day for Med Bar GS IT was an early morning start for the latest get-together as 24 members and five guests of the Med Bar Golf Society drove to Font de Llop. Despite hoping the weather forecast for the day would be wrong it wasn’t, and rain started on the first tee at 9.50am, earlier than forecast. By the 15th tee, six very wet and cold members threw in the towel and

said ‘enough is enough’. However, well done to all the remaining players who battled through and completed the course. Results on the day were: 1st - Tony Alcock (33 points) and 2nd - John Goulder. Silver Division: 1st - Gary White (25 points) and 2nd - Bill Fantom. Nearest the Pin in 2 on a Par 4: Martin Morgan.

Nearest the Pins: Kevin Hufton, Ray Muttock, Tony Alcock and Peter List. Football card winners: John Hatt (guest) Martin Morgan and Dee. Thanks as always to Steve and his staff at the Med Bar and Bistro. The next outing is to Alterreal on Tuesday. Anyone wishing to join the Society is welcome and can e-mail at: med

THE Busters Golf Society monthly competition was played at La Serena Golf Course which was in good condition for the time of the year, with plenty of water lurking about to catch the unsuspecting player. Results for the day were: Nearest the Pins: Peter List (Hole 3), Helen Beddows (Hole 9), Davey Owen (Hole 15) and Malcolm Evans (Hole 17) and all took home a sleeve of golf balls. Best Front Nine: Stewart Lee (20 points) and Best Back Nine: Ian Allison (17 points). 1st - Kjell Svenson (33 points), 2nd - Malcolm Evans (31) and 3rd - John Rush (31). The group returned to the Mini Golf on Ciudad Quesada for the presentation, and as usual Rik and Lisa and all the staff looked after everyone with some great food being supplied. Busters Golf Society is a small friendly group of like-minded people who play on the first Friday of the month, and depending on the time of the year they generally have between 16 and 24 players. The Society are always looking for new members to swell their ranks as, over the five years they’ve been formed, some of the original players have moved on or returned to their home country. Anyone interested in joining the Society should contact Barry Grinsell via e-mail at bustersgolfsociety@h, giving a contact telephone number and your current handicap.


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Nissan claim two top awards TWO of the most popular models in the Nissan range have been recognised in Auto Express magazine’s annual Best Used Car Awards. The market-leading Nissan Qashqai has been named Best Used MidSized SUV, and the firstgeneration Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) claimed the Best Used Electric Car category for the third year in a row. The 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta

was chosen for its combination of family-friendly practicality and efficient engine. Auto Express highlighted the Qashqai for the generous equipment specification, with parking sensors, Bluetooth and climate control all on offer. T h e m o d e l ’s e a s y - t o drive characteristics are also praised, setting the Qashqai apart from rivals in the highly competitive mid-sized SUV category. The 2014 Nissan Leaf Acenta leads the charge in the Best Used Electric Car category for the third c o n s e c u t i v e y e a r. T h i s follows the model’s success in the Auto Express Driver Power Satisfaction Survey 2018, where it achieved an owner satisfaction score of more than 90 per cent. Auto Express commended the Nissan Leaf

RECOGNISED: The Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Leaf are two of the best used-cars. for pioneering the electric vehicle revolution, as well as being an excellent c o m m u t e r c a r. S m o o t h performance, high levels of comfort and low running costs that are the hallmark of electric car ownership, also contributed to the win. Chief Reviewer at Auto Express, Sean Carson said: “The Leaf was the car that really popularised electric motoring and made EVs viable for the

m a s s e s , s o i t ’s n o s u r prise that it still makes a great buy on the used market. Family-friendly practicality and a respectable range means there are few compromises you’ll have to make compared with a regular hatchback day-to-day, but with the potential for ultra low running costs. If budget is a big part of your buying criteria, the Leaf makes perfect sense.

“In second-generation form the Nissan Qashqai came of age, building on the success of its predecessor. Smart styling, a roomy and robust cabin that’ll handle the demands of family life and frugal engines that mean manageable fuel bills have cemented the Qashqai’s position as a fantastic second-hand SUV. “With a wide range of engines and trims avail-

able you can choose a spec to suit your needs and your budget.” Alex Smith, managing d i r e c t o r, N i s s a n M o t o r GB, said: “The Nissan Leaf and Qashqai, both built in the UK, drive the strong reputation of the Nissan brand. It’s especially pleasing to see that previous generation models are standing the test of time and proving an enjoyable and reliable proposition to customers.”

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The new BMW Z4 in Lisbon BMW has long had an affinity with roadsters, designed with pure driving pleasure at heart. Now another has joined join the hall of fame in the shape of the new BMW Z4 a premium open-top sports car boasting a classic fabric soft-top, a sporty body design and a driver-focused interior. In keeping with its predecessors, the two-seater has been designed with drivability firmly in mind. This means, says BMW, it is agile, dynamic and responds to the driver instantaneously with precise steering and excellent throttle response and braking. The Z4 combines its sporty on-road prowess with a wealth of highly advanced, top-class equipment features

on the driver assistance, operation and connectivity fronts. The car’s proportions provide the most striking evidence of how the classic roadster concept has been reinterpreted. Compared to its predecessor, the new BMW Z4 has grown in length by 85 millimetres to 4,324 millimetres, is 74 millimetres wider (now 1,864 millimetres) and 13 millimetres taller (1,304 millimetres). Shortening the wheelbase by 26 millimetres to 2,470 millimetres serves to sharpen agility, as do the notably wider tracks, 1,609 millimetres at the front (+ 98 mm)

THE BMW Z4: The larger, sportier roadster.

and 1,616 millimetres at the rear (+ 57 mm). The body structure and

chassis mountings both have remarkably high rigidity, while the new design of the front and rear axles gives the car a far sportier edge at the same time as guaranteeing high levels of comfort. The central seating position, low centre of gravity, minimised weight and ideal

50:50 weight distribution are further contributory factors in the intoxicating dynamism of the new BMW Z4. While the car was launched at the Paris Motor show in October, new pictures have emerged from the international media launch of the BMW Z4, which was held in Lisbon, Portugal last week. They show the striking new styling of the car that has caused some controver-

sy on social media - it would seem people either love it or hate it. The car is a collaboration with Toyota with much of the technology being shared with the latest Supra. It seems that BMW has provided the majority of the technology for the project. Both companies say they would not have produced their respective cars without the collaboration agreement, a sign of the massive costs of designing a new model.

RTN Newspaper - Costa Blanca South November 9-15 2018 Issue 992  

Reporting the News - FREE English Newspaper in Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol

RTN Newspaper - Costa Blanca South November 9-15 2018 Issue 992  

Reporting the News - FREE English Newspaper in Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol