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ISSUE NO. 1408

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Velez cracks down on early rubbish disposal VELEZ-MALAGA Town Hall has issued more than 425 fines for breaking rubbish and sanitation laws in the town since the beginning of this year. The Councillor for Citizen Safety and the Local Police, the Conservative Partido Popular’s Antonio Arrieta, announced that more than 400 of the fines had

been issued for disposing of rubbish in municipial receptacles before the allotted time. In summer, rubbish should not be put out before 9pm, due to the heat. The rest of the fines have been issued to pet owners who have failed to pick up their dogs’ droppings from the pavement.


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Depending on the type of offence and whether the person is a repeat offender or not, Arrieta explained, fines for such offences can range from €90 to €900. Meanwhile, the mayor of VelezMalaga himself, Francisco Delgado, could also be fined, but in this case, for alleged corruption. The Velez-Malaga electoral board has proposed a fine of €1,000 for Delgado whom they claim violated electoral laws by holding meetings with religious brotherhoods in the town after the elections had been arranged. During these meetings he informed them of the town hall’s decision to provide them with land for their headquarters. Delgado intends to appeal this decision and maintains that he has done nothing wrong.

SEA-GOING: Students prepare to set off from San Cristobal beach.

Getting involved in sport the ‘green’ way ALMOST 50 students from the Puerta del Mar and La Herradura High Schools took part in environmentally-friendly themed sports activities last week on San Cristobal beach in Almuñecar. They were a part of the ‘Environment Month’ programme organised by the town hall.


Playground improvements BENAMOCARRA Town Hall has begun muchneeded work on La Maroma High School’s playground wall with the Junta’s approval. The work will last approximately three months.

Filling up again TOWN planning management has authorised a second petrol station to reopen in Cajiz after it had been closed by Velez Malaga Town Hall due to urban development offences.

Off the streets TOWN hall trade departments in Torre del Mar and Velez Malaga’s have decided not to allow seasonal fruit to be sold at stands in the streets as it would be a violation of sanitary regulations.

127 apply to be gravediggers TORROX Town Hall received 127 applications for the position of gravedigger at local cemeteries. Just four of the applicants were women. The town hall has created an employment office and almost 2,000 people have registered there. However, the Personnel Councillor, Rocio Ariza, admitted that there will not yet be enough jobs for everybody. Meanwhile, the left-wing Izquierda Unida party in the town has said that having a list of 127 people who want to be gravediggers is ‘senseless’ and complain the ruling party is giving people ‘false hopes’ of work.



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Axarquia beaches now ready for the summer ALMUĂ‘ECAR Town Hall has carried out the regeneration of Cotobro Beach with the permission of the Coastal Department. The work has been completed with sand brought in lorries from Puerta del Mar beach and affected 4,000m3 of land. According to environmental councillor Luis Aragon, “this is the most important piece of work we had planned to do before the summer season.â€? Meanwhile, much-awaited work has also begun on Ferrara Beach in Torrox, which is the worst affected by storms in the Axarquia area since the seafront promenade was built in the late 80s. The sand which will be placed on the beach came from other beaches in Torrox. In total, â‚Ź150,000 will be spent on the beach so that it is ready for the summer, although a further â‚Ź3 million will be invested in the future.


Magazine gala event MOTRIL Deputy Mayor, Jose Garcia, attended the gala event at which local weekly magazine Mucho Deporte awarded the best sportsmen of the season, two of whom are from Motril.

First award MANUEL Pimentel has become the first person to be awarded by the Francisco Javier de Burgos cultural association. He was their first sponsor and is “also one of the most important intellectuals of our country,� said President Gerardo Martin.

REGENERATION: The Cotobro beach is now fully functional for tourists. In Nerja, the next plenary meeting will include discussions regarding the town hall’s plan to request that the Junta de Andalucia Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment allow the placement of sun loungers on El

CaĂąuelo Beach which is in the area of the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Park. The local councillor for the environment pointed out that the beach is used by a large number of people.






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Police investigate teenager’s tragic fall NATIONAL POLICE are investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl who fell from the terrace of her home in Torre del Mar. According to a police report, the young woman had gone onto the terrace to get some washing in the early morning and for reasons which are still unclear, she fell from a height of at least 10 metres.

The girl, who was an only child, had just completed her high school studies at Miraya del Mar School and had been doing university entrance exams. She is reportedly very well known in the town of Velez-Malaga as her father worked for the town hall, belonged to one of the political parties and was a councillor for the

Stabber arrested in Velez

Socialist party, PSOE, in the 90s. The mayor, Francisco Delgado, expressed his condolences to the family and confirmed that the town was very upset by what had happened. The girl’s body was taken to the coroner’s office in Malaga for an autopsy to be carried out.



SUMMER VISITOR: Eva (right) with Marbella’s famous Orange Square in the background

ALMUÑECAR Town Hall’s environmental and sports department promoted ecofriendly transportation on ‘Family Cycling Day’ to raise awareness for sustainable transportation in the town.

Stolen car found A MOROCCAN citizen was arrested for allegedly trying to transport a car stolen in France on a ferry between Motril and Melilla. This is the 10th stolen French car recovered by the Guardia Civil on this particular ferry line.

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Eva to make it three summers in a row


ESPERATE HOUSEWIVES actress Eva Longoria is set to visit Southern Spain this summer... for the third year running. Eva will be in Marbella, Costa del Sol, to attend the Global Gift Gala on August 19. The gala and the Dynamic Walk-A-Thon through Marbella on the same weekend will benefit the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Cesare Scariolo Foundation, which unite to bring care, relief and research to child cancer sufferers. In addition, they join to empower women and

themselves, families and communities through education and entrepreneurship. Individual tickets for the Global Gift Gala dinner with entertainment at the Gran Melia Resort Don Pepe - which will include a charity auction and a tribute to Antonio Banderas, the 2012 Global Gift Excellence Award recipient - are €950. The VIP Platinum Table is priced at €20,000. Born in 1975, Eva confessed during a TV interview she was the ‘ugly duckling’ of her family and rejected at modelling schools because of her small stature.

Two saved after boat sinks TWO people were rescued by helicopter after their yacht began to sink 40 miles away from Torrox coast. A friend of one of the people on board called 112 at 8.20pm on Sunday night, and paramedics, the Guardia Civil, Local Police and lifeguards were informed. The two crew members were found clinging to a buoy and part of the six and a half metre vessel and were airlifted to Malaga airport. They were both unharmed by the incident, and only one of the two had slight signs of hypothermia.

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Town hall reduce IBI TORROX Town Hall has reduced property tax (IBI) by 10 per cent to compensate for next year’s property value review. The Partido Andalucista and Plataforma de Independientes Unidos started this initiative.

Cherry Day ALFARNATE recently celebrated Cherry Day, attracting many visitors to the town with a cherry market where they were invited to sample the fruit. According to Mayor Jose Ruiz, the town is one of the area’s largest cherry producers.

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A 43-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for allegedly stabbing another in VelezMalaga. Police suspect jealousy to be the motive. The victim was transferred with serious chest injuries to the Axarquia Hospital.

THE provincial government’s administration and resource commission approved a proposal to transform the provincial road connecting Rincon de la Victoria to Benagalbon into an urban road meaning speed limits will be reduced.


MADRID residents speak English and are ready for the tourists’

Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Madrid Region, when talking to US businessmen who are deciding whether to locate ‘Eurovegas’ in Barcelona or in Madrid.

Safety meeting SALOBREÑA public safety board recently met with Mayor Gonzalo Fernandez to review success of San Juan festivities. They also established a protocol to improve coordination between Local Police and Guardia Civil.

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ELECTRIC bills will rise by four per cent from July 1 if the government does not change its part in the final calculation. This will affect some 20 million consumers and would be the second price rise so far this year.

THE Greek and Latin theatre festival will be celebrated once again in Almuñecar next weekend after an eight year break. The festival will take place in the Roman aqueduct La Carrera.

Tests costs THE Health Administration Area in Motril has recently started to give patients informative receipts of what their tests cost the health system, which will show taxpayers what their money is going towards.

Athletics MOTRIL hosted the 20th Andalucian Athletics Championship, attracting 1,000 spectators from all over Andalucia. Some 400 athletes competed in the games.

and finally... SURGEONS at the Pedro Cavadas Hospital in Madrid have successfully implanted both feet of a 10-yearold boy who was injured in a traffic accident earlier this month. They are hopeful that he will be able to walk again within six months.



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All caught up By Jack Longman IN La Herradura a sign that states ‘No Fishing and Spear Fishing’ has been vandalised. In Spain, fishing requires a permit, whether it is being done from the beach, off a boat or in natural parks; however,

the sign now appears to allow fishing. In La Herradura there are also those who go net fishing off the beach and because they are fishing so close to the shore, all they catch is immature fish, which is illegal. Just last weekend, while out diving on a course, we came across a 4x3 metre net, so upon seeing trapped fish still alive, I took my knife and set to freeing the fish before taking away the entire net and binning it onshore. But how long will these acts be allowed to go on?

Construction delays PROTÉGÉ: Nilo Mata Cervera.

Star performer

NILO MATA CERVERA, a 10-year-old violinist, gave a recital on a small stage in front of Almuñecar Town Hall last week. The event’s motto was ‘Around the World with the Violin’. Nilo’s performance demonstrated why he is considered to be ‘the latest talent to be taught at the Almuñecar Music School’. He played the whole recital from memory and part of it blindfolded.

THE Junta de Andalucia has delayed construction of new schools in Rincon de la Victoria due to legal wrangles with the architectural association. This means that pupils will be forced to continue using prefabricated classrooms. Meanwhile, parents complain about the lack of infrastructure for their children’s education.

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Owners issue poisonous toad alert after pet dog falls dangerously ill By Nicole Hallett A BRITISH family found out the hard way that toads in Spain can be poisonous to animals if they mouth them. Tony Samson, originally from Milton Keynes, has lived in Spain for 12 years, five of them on the mainland, with his wife Carolyn, and had never heard of this danger. All this changed when their eight-year-old Jack Russell, Vino, came into contact with a toad in the garden of their home in Valtocado. “We found him outside in the garden by a toad,” said Tony. About 10 minutes later Vino vomited and five minutes later went into convulsions. Frightened and sick with worry, Tony gently picked up his limp body and took him to the bath and washed out his mouth.

VICTIM: Vino the Jack Russell. Tony says: “As he lay there, he shook violently and his lovely brown eyes had gone so dark and lifeless.” Over and over again Tony reassured him in a loud voice ‘Come on, Vino, come on Vino, daddy’s here!’ They took Vino to an emergency vet in Coin at around midnight where he was treated to stop the convulsions and given an anaesthetic. “Veronica, the vet, told us to prepare ourselves for the

worst as this poison from toads is nearly always fatal, especially in small dogs. After 20 minutes she asked if I wanted to put him down to put him out of his agony, but I said no, that Vino is strong and we cannot take away his right to fight this,” said Tony. They left Vino under the watchful eye of the vet who managed to stabilise him at about 2.30am and by morning he was doing better, although still weak.

OWNERS: Tony and Carolyn Samson. “She did a marvellous job but warned us Vino could show signs of strange behaviour, as the toxins can damage the brain,” said Tony, adding that Vino is now well again. Anybody who suspects their pet has mouthed a toad should take them immediately to a vet. This incident has prompted Tony, who has worked as a marine engineer in the past, to design a special muzzle.

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comfortable to go for walks with,” said Tony. “By nature dogs are hunters and scavengers, even though they are fed at home. A muzzle that stops this will protect them from potential killers including toads and processionary caterpillars, among others.” Tony is an active fundraiser for Animals In Distress (AID) and as a financial consultant through Spectrum-IFA Group gives a percentage earned from each job to AID.



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Off-duty police hero loses life POLICE OFFICER Carlos Calderon, who died assisting two swimmers in distress last week, was awarded the Police Medal of Merit. He was off-duty and spending the day at the El Palmar beach in Vejer de la Frontera with his wife when he lost his life. Hearing cries for help Calderon immediately went into the sea to help. The swimmers – one Irish and another French - emerged unscathed from the treacherous currents, but Calderon was swept away.

Court denies Junta HIV medication repayment QUESTIONING a court ruling, the regional government insists it is entitled to charge for a patient’s AIDS medication. Civil servant Jose Javier Diez was diagnosed with an HIV infection in Jaen and treated with drugs for twoand-a-half years. The regional health service, SAS, later reclaimed the €10,000 cost because Diez is covered by Asisa health insurance. The Junta put Diez in a vulnerable situation,



Stories making headlines from Germany

Stuck in car AN elderly woman was stuck for two days in her car after crashing in the Black Forest.

On the hop A FUGITIVE kangaroo is still on the run in Saxony after being reported loose in a woman’s backyard. Police managed to corner it but couldn’t catch the animal. DRUGS COST CLAIM: The regional government insists it is entitled to payment. according to the sentence, and neglected its duty of care. Private insurance is involved, argued Maria Jesus Montero, Head of the Junta’s Health Department. It is ‘logical’ and ‘obligatory’

to reclaim the cost of Diez’s treatment at Jaen’s Complejo Hospitalario, she insisted, and the Junta is entitled to seek it. In Diez’s case, however, the SAS went directly to the

patient, and not the insurance company. Asked by El Mundo if it would have been more logical to approach Asisa, a ‘visibly annoyed’ Montero refused to answer.

Andalucia region fourth lowest for pensions By Nicole Hallett THE Andalucia Region had the fourth lowest average pension in June with €757.31. This is €72.26 below the Spanish Social Security system’s average of €829.57. Only the Murcia, Extremadura, and Galicia regions had lower average pensions than Andalucia with €730.50, €704.31 and €696.14 respectively. The Andalucia Region had the fourth lowest pension with €757.31, followed by the Balearics and Valencia with €758.39 and €762.17 respectively. Seven Spanish regions, plus Cueta, exceeded the average Spanish pension with Pais Vasco, Asturias and Madrid topping the list with €1,024.74, €984.78 and €981.51 respectively. Pensions are divided into categories and each category receives a different amount. In the whole of Spain there were 8,902,683 pensions, which is 1.2 per cent more than June 2011. Of these 5,314,791 were for retirees, 2,320,351 for widows,

944,794 for people with permanent disabilities, 284,522 for orphans and 38,325 for families in special circumstances. In Spain, €7.3 billion was paid out for pensions in June. This is 4.3 per cent more than the same month last year, according to data from the Social Security and Employment Ministry. Of this €5.02 billion corresponds to payment to retirees, which is 4.8 per cent more than June 2011. Widows saw €1.3 billion, a 3.2 per cent increase, people with permanent disabilities saw €838.5 million, a 2.7 per cent increase, orphans €104.4 million, a 6.6 per cent increase, and families in special circumstances €18.6 million, a 3.9 per cent rise. The average pension for retirees was €945, 3.4 per cent more than June 2011, for widows it was €601.67, 2.6 per cent more, for people with permanent disabilities it was €887.50, two per cent more, for orphans €367.10, 2.2 per cent more, and for families in special circumstances it was €485.45, 2.8 per cent more.

TV 1-0 Sex MORE than half of German women would go without sex for a year rather than turn off the TV for that long.

Norway deal GREEN energy sources will be linked to Norwegian plants via a new sea cable from Germany, due for completion by 2018.

Merkel alert A MAGAZINE in UK dubbed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the world’s most dangerous leader for her handling of the European financial crisis.

Dutch Tarzan AUTHORITIES in Berlin are planning to sue Dutchman Robin van Helsum, after living off their welfare services for 10 months, pretending to be a 17year-old ‘forest boy’.

Weather woe WEATHER watchers in Germany warned of a washout weekend after heavy rains and storms lashed the country in the week.

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‘Predator’ arrested THE Guardia Civil have arrested a 34-year-old man who allegedly attacked three women in a Madrid park. Between February and May he confronted his victims in a wooded area of Parque de los Alcornoques in the Tres Cantos suburb. Although he was heavily built two women escaped after a struggle and the third managed to bite him. Police kept watch, eventually arresting an individual answering to the women’s description. He wore the same tracksuit they described and failed to explain why he was loitering in the park. Further investigation revealed that although he had a stable job and lived with his wife and family in Toledo he also lived a double life, preying on women. He was remanded without bail.

SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Breivik judged to be insane COURT ORDER: Vueling must pay the compensation.

Passenger awarded cancellation claim

LOW-COST Spanish airline Vueling must pay €317 compensation to a passenger whose flight was cancelled by email. On March 24 last year the passenger, a lawyer, booked a flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca. It was due to leave at 10.45am on May 11 and he paid €67.33. Arriving at Barcelona airport to check in that day, he was told the flight was cancelled and that he had already been advised by email. He was offered another flight at 2.50pm the same day

which he refused, as he needed to be in a Palma court by 1pm. He then had to buy a different ticket costing €34.50. He tried unsuccessfully to reach an out-of-court settlement with Vueling but the company argued that he knew two weeks beforehand that the departure time had been moved to 7am on May 11. The lawyer decided to sue the company for the cost of the new ticket and €250 compensation due to him under EU directives.

A Barcelona mercantile court decided in Vueling’s favour in June 2011, but this was reversed by a Barcelona High Court last week. Vueling’s email did not comply with EU regulations on cancellations, which oblige an airline to offer a client the option of reimbursement, a flight that same day or a ticket for a similar flight on another day. Vueling had only emailed the passenger about the flight changes ‘for operational reasons’ without offering alternatives, the judgment concluded.

NORWAY – Prosecutors have decided to consider Anders Breivik, the man responsible for last year’s attacks, to be criminally insane.

Be Norwegian! NORWAY – The Progress Party has demanded that asylum seekers in Norway live and dress like Norwegians to be considered for permanent residency.

‘Hu’ and cry DENMARK - Critics in Copenhagen accused the government of bending their freespeech rules to ensure that Chinese premier Hu Jintao’s visit was not disturbed.

Staying in jail DENMARK – Taxi murderer, Seth Nielsen, has applied for bail once again. His bail was previously refused five times during his last 26 years in prison.

Not complying WHERE ARE YOU? Let your friends know.

Checking out the best check-ins FACEBOOK fans have been ‘checking-in’ since summer 2010, telling friends where they are. Favourite places tend to be ordinary tourist attractions, sports venues and shopping areas. Most frequent check-in spots in 25 cities worldwide are seven sports stadiums, including – surprise, surprise – Barça’s Camp Nou, and six public parks, avenues and plazas. There are two amusement parks, two concert arenas and two

shopping centres. Shopping centres and malls are the most popular check-in places in 19 of the 25 cities. Hard Rock Cafés in Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Delhi each accumulate a record number of check-ins but in Norway the honour goes to TGI Friday. Climate plays an important part: the warmer the climate, the more exterior check-ins. In contrast six out of Moscow’s 10 most popular sites are bars and clubs.

SWEDEN – The European Commission has criticised Sweden for not complying with its regulations on free movement of EU citizens and their families.

More charges SWEDEN – A convicted paedophile, currently serving a prison term, has been charged with new offences. Police found the man was part of an international paedophile network.

Flight of dead SWEDEN – Kenya Airways have compensated a Swedish woman who had to fly from Europe to Tanzania sitting next to a dead man.


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Payout for custody father THE regional government must pay €60,000 compensation to a father who lost custody of twins, the Supreme Court ruled. Alejo Pozo, a master builder who died of cancer in 2010, had earlier claimed €1,375,600 after twins Ignacio and Azucena were removed from his care. He never succeeded in regaining their custody or that of another daughter, Silvia. The twins’ mother, who died shortly after giving birth, was a drug addict. When they were born, the twins showed symptoms of addiction and opiates were found in their urine. The couple already had children in care and no family member was interested in looking after the babies, according to Sevilla Social Services at the time. Neither was Pozo capable of educating and maintaining the twins or being a responsible guardian, psychologists decided. The twins were removed with ‘unusual speed’, according to the sentence and Pozo was threatened with losing custody of another daughter, Alejandra, who was living with him. Nevertheless, Pozo’s original compensation claim was ‘absolutely excessive’, the Supreme Court decided.

Fourth place YOUNG female athlete from Almuñecar, Aldana Zahzu, won fourth place in the 100-metre sprint in the Andalucian Athletics Championship. Although she did not win, she reached her best mark of the season on the long jump at five metres and 22 centimetres.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

Visa deal will ease travel RUSSIA and the US are finally reaching a visa deal to ease travel between the two countries.

Drunken cop

Bad deed POLICE arrested a man who stole a luxury SUV after its driver left it open while saving a drowning woman.

High-earner A COMPUTER hacker was arrested for creating a system of networked computers used to steal more than €4 million from people’s banks accounts.

Patriotic duty ALMOST half of Russians are ready to join the military to defend their country if a war broke out, a recent poll has shown. Only 10 per cent said they would move abroad.

Respectful rule THE ruling United Russia Party is introducing a set of laws toughening punishments for inciting hatred and humiliating human dignity, following scandals involving the Orthodox Church.

FLASHBACK: Last year’s sales.

Summer sales 2011: Prices slashed By Michel Wahba

WHILE most communities in Spain launch their summer sales on Sunday, shops in Madrid and Valencia have already started slashing prices. Vivid ‘Rebajas’ signs have already crowded retailers’ shop fronts, competing to cut their prices by 20, 50 and up to 70 per cent. In spite of the economic uncertainty, the National Confederation of Commerce forecast a 2 to 3 per cent sales increase on last year, while Acotex, the Textiles Trade Association, placed the summer sales results figures at €35 billion, in line with last year. “The economic situation of our country, with a steady fall in consumption since 2006, has made the consumer wait for more and more cuts before making their purchases,” said Acotex President Borja Oria.


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A POLICEMAN is being investigated over driving drunk and slamming into an ambulance, critically injuring a paramedic.


Last year, thousands of shoppers stormed the major brand stores, with nine out of 10 Spanish saying they will be buying something during the sales. But the average spending followed a trend of decline, with €50 per person, the FUCI consumer group reported. However, this summer, shoppers in the Community of Madrid said they will be spending €75, €15 up from last year. Several Spanish brands including Zara, Blanco, Sfera, Desigual, and Bimba & Lola are expanding their summer sales to their online stores, trending the PreRebajas special discounts for VIP customers, whom they communicate with via email and social networking, promising a queue-free and exclusive shopping experience. In Andalucia, Balearics and Murcia, the sales bonanza will officially kick off on Sunday.

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...and only one Agency sold them ALL last month! Need we say more? OFFICE: Edificio Delfin, Calle Castilla Perez, Locale 2 - (Opposite Plaza entrance to Torrecilla Beach) Nerja 952 530 505 / 656 389 420 / 678 164 739 July 2012 Spanish Insight


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Stat of week Spanish hotels registered 24.7 million overnight stays in May , 0.4 per cent more than the same month last year.



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Expat life in Spain is not among costliest THE cost of living for most workers on expatriate contracts in Europe has fallen. Nowhere in Spain features in the world’s 50 most expensive cities. Tokyo in Japan is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, while Karachi in Pakistan is the cheapest, less than onethird as expensive. Luanda, Angola, was the second most expensive, followed by Osaka, Moscow, and Geneva, with Singapore and Zurich sharing sixth place. Most European cities have dropped in the 2012 rankings, according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting’s Cost of Living Survey, despite widespread increases in VAT charges and some marked price increases in the first half of last year, which featured in the findings just released. Even so, the cost of living in many European cities dropped mainly due to the unstable economic situation which led to the depreciation of most local currencies against the US dollar. European cities also in the top 50 were Bern FAIR PRICE: Restoy gave firm assurance.

(14), Oslo (18), Copenhagen (21), London (25), Paris (37), Milan (38) Rome (42), Stockholm (46) and Vienna (48). The survey covered 214 global cities and measured the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location, including transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. Housing was also included and was often the biggest expense for expatriates, playing an important part in determining where cities ranked. Nathalie ConstantinMétral, Principal at Mercer, commented: “Deploying expatriate employees is an important aspect of multinational companies’ business strategy, including expansion. “But with volatile markets and stunted economic growth in many parts of the world, a keen eye on cost efficiency is essential, including on expatriate remuneration packages. “When compared to New York, our benchmark city, most European cities have witnessed a decline in the cost of living.”





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CAPITAL LIFE: Madrid offers much, including a good life for expat workers on foreign contracts.


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Booted away CONTROVERSIAL plans to sell sneakers featuring a slave-like chain and prison shackles have been halted by Adidas.

Unlucky 13 THE Spanish Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita has fallen below the European average for the first time in 10 years. It is now 13th amongst EU states.

Down to earth EASYJET is considering ceasing using Madrid Barajas Airport as an operations base from this winter due to rising airport taxes, though the British carrier says it will maintain flights within Spain, including the capital, but operating from bases in other parts of Europe.

€2m for bank stress test ROLAND BERGER and Oliver Wyman called in to stress-test Spain’s banks charged €2 million. This was a fair price for an audit of this size carried out at such short notice, explained Fernando Restoy, assistant governor at the Bank of Spain.


Who can and cannot use foreign-plated vehicles


Can you shed light on this subject? I have been buying your book You & the Law in Spain for years and it says a vehicle with a foreign registration plate may be used on Spanish roads for up to six months in a calendar year with no formalities. Has this situation changed? An article in one of the local papers states that the Guardia Civil and tax authorities are taking action over foreign vehicles and that any in Spain for more than 30 days can be affected. Is it six months or 30 days? A R (email)


The short You and the answer is that the difference is Law in Spain between tourists By David Searl and official residents. A tourist who visits Spain can use his foreign registered car in Spain for six months in a calendar year. In fact, the car itself can stay in Spain during the whole year, as long as its owner does not drive it on a Spanish road for more than six months. The six months need not be continuous. That is, the owner can use it during a summer in Spain for, say, three months, and again for visits during the rest of the year. Meanwhile, a resident has 30 days. Someone taking up Spanish residency and bringing a foreign-plated vehicle has only 30 days in which to dispose of it or to import it into Spain and apply for Spanish registration. He cannot continue to own the vehicle on foreign plates, any more than a Spaniard can. Yes, the traffic police are cracking down. If you are a genuine tourist, be sure to obtain some documentation, such as tickets from the airline or the ferry. If you have registered as an EU citizen residing in Spain, be warned that you cannot legally keep your UK registered car in Spain. That confusion has already been cleared up in my book. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. or call 952 667 090.


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Grooms think less... brides more MEN’S expectations of what they will spend on their wedding have reduced from £7,790 (€9,700) to £7,060 (€8,792) and women’s soared from £5,600 (€6,973) to £8,380 (€10,435) over the past five years.

£££ TWENTY-EIGHT per cent of adults can recall buying something other than food made or designed in the UK, a poll by Ipsos Mori has found.



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WATER companies could soon be allowed to lower prices for households with unpaid bills, but this will mean prices may rise for others.

£££ AROUND 320 people face job losses after aero electrics company Cobham announced that 10 planes will be converted to air-to-air

refuelling jets in Spain rather than at the facility in Bournemouth.

£££ CASTLEBECK is up for sale in a move which could lead to substantial losses for Irish horse racing tycoons John Magnier and JP McManus who back the care home company.

£££ WHILE 17 per cent of manufacturers reported order books were above normal in June, 28 per cent said they were below normal.

As poor in Greece fight on keep a watch on Germany THE STORY of a 56-year-old Greek civil servant who had spent the best part of his career working in the Finance Ministry was recently featured in a newspaper. Now, although he still has a job, his salary has been almost halved while the monthly bills he has to face have more than doubled. “There are times,” he says, “when I can’t afford to buy food, forcing me to queue at a soup kitchen for a couple of chunks of bread and a bowl of thin broth.” The man is not alone in Athens and other Greek cities. The Brussels-demanded austerity measures and ‘restructuring’ have more or less destroyed the economy. Unemployment has risen to 22.6 per cent, and many people who, until a year or two ago lived in their own (mortgaged) homes, are now on the streets. Deprivation and desperation rule the nation, with very little hope for the future. Greece’s recent second attempt at finding a stable government awarded the Conservative ‘New Democracy’ a fragile win over the far-left Syriza Party, with both fighting their campaigns on a programme of ‘renegotiating’ the strict bail-out terms set by the European Union (EU), the European Cental Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Angela Merkel, however, interfering in the elections before the Greek people had even got to the polls, announced that ‘renegotiation’ was out of the question, in the hope, one suspects, of terrorising the people of another sovereign state into compliance with her - and of course Germany’s - own views.



HARD TIMES: A musician in Athens hoping for a few coins.

Jim Collins Costa Blanca

World leaders have asked - nay, pleaded with - Merkel and Wolfgang Schauble, her finance minister, to look again at the Eurobonds’ proposal she so roundly rejected in the past, but to no avail. One can’t help but sympathise to some extent with her government’s view that such bonds would be tantamount to giving ‘profligate’ eurozone states free access to Germany’s ‘cedit card’ in order to pay off their debts. As a kind of sop, new proposals, ‘Bonds Lite’ as some financial correspondents have taken to calling them, have been tabled with the grudging approval of Merkel. The suggestion is that all eurozone countries should join in a ‘Redemption Pact’ (based loosely on a post-revolution American idea of 1790) which would require all states

to pledge a goodly proportion of their gold and currency reserves to a ‘sinking fund’ which would be used: (a) to help manage the sovereign debts of ailing economies, (b) to bind them irrevocably to the eurozone (this is not talked about so openly). Such thoughts have not been greeted with unbridled joy since, according to some financial correspondents, the plan is to relieve the ECB of its duty as ‘fire-fighter’. Germany has only two votes in the ECB, but under the ‘Redemption Pact’ would have the tacit power to enforce fiscal discipline. Italy has already said such a proposal should be ‘treated with care’, with one high-ranking official complaining that even as things stand now in the EU, everything done at a European level appears to be designed to further Germany’s interests. No one is suggesting a Germanic plan to take control of the EU, but things sometimes have a way of occurring by default.

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Funding for lending plan In his speech, King said: “Today’s exceptional circumstances create a case for a temporary bank funding scheme to bridge to calmer times.” The funding costs for banks have risen with the Eurozone crisis, making it harder to access credit, but this new


Axarquía - Málaga East THE Bank of England and Chancellor of the Exchequer recently announced measures to kick-start the economy. The objective is to protect UK banks against an escalating Eurozone crisis, pump cash into the financial system and boost lending to businesses and households. Bank of England (BoE) governor Mervyn King and Chancellor George Osborne both spoke at the Lord Mayor’s banquet on 14th June, and pledged to take ‘coordinated action’ to protect the economy. UK banks have been finding it increasingly difficult to raise funding through international markets, making it hard for businesses and households to get credit. The BoE and Treasury are now working on ways to lend directly to banks. The full package is expected to be ready in a few weeks. It will provide emergency protection for banks while underpinning lending and reducing the cost of loans for businesses and property owners.


£300 billion stimulus for UK economy

moving money from bank balance sheets into the real economy.

l by Bill Blevins, Financia Correspondent, Blevins Franks

believes that creditworthy businesses will find the lower rates made available attractive. “We want to send a very clear signal to businesses that finance is available at a price they can afford,” he added.

‘funding for lending plan’ will now provide funding to banks for several years, at lower rates than available on the open market. Rates will be based on their performance in lending to the UK’s non-financial sector. Banks will be able to swap the loans they have made to businesses and individuals with the central bank, and must then use the funds to provide new loans to their customers, at affordable rates. The scheme could provide a £80bn boost to loans and is expected to start within weeks. The central bank will hold the swapped assets for up to four years. In a BBC radio interview the following day, Treasury Minister Mark Hoban said they estimated that if lending increased by 5%, this would be the equivalent of £80bn. The amount will depend on the take-up and the Treasury

Liquidity plan In his speech King also said that he wanted to make it clear that the BoE will “provide banks with whatever liquidity they require.” To this end, the Bank will immediately activate an as yet unused facility, the Extended Collateral Term Repo Facility, to provide banks with emergency cash if needed. Liquidity will be offered in tranches, with a minimum of £5bn a month. This means that at least £5bn a month should be injected into the financial system. It is believed that around £60bn could be released if necessary. This scheme will help protect banks from the impact of the Eurozone crisis, as they would not have to rely on international markets to raise funds. It provides a liquidity safety net for UK banks, which would be particularly useful if

they suffer rating downgrades and so find it harder to raise funds. Releasing cash reserves The Bank of England is changing the remit of the new Financial Policy Committee so that it will now have to focus on growth as well as financial stability. This could reduce pressure on banks to build up capital reserves, something which contributed to their reduced lending. On 17th June The Sunday Times reported that King ‘quietly gave permission’ for banks to release their capital reserves - even though it was the BoE which had instructed banks to build them up. Since banks will need to keep less on deposit, they will have more funds to lend to businesses and individuals. This could release another £150bn available for loans, taking the total stimulus package up towards £300bn. This “could lead to a huge move in the financial markets” as banks could potentially use some of the cash to buy corporate bonds and other financial instruments, helping boost the financial system by

Quantitative easing The BoE governor gave his strongest hint yet that the Bank may expand its quantitative easing programme. He said that “the case for a further monetary easing is growing,” and that the measures to improve conditions for the banking sector can complement any further easing in monetary policy. Critics argue that the government and Bank of England have reacted too late, but late is better than never. Any boost for UK businesses should be good news for the economy, consumers and investors. Across the Atlantic it is believed that the US Federal Reserve Bank is also preparing to inject more stimulus into its economy. For advice on an investment strategy designed around your objectives and circumstances, speak to an experienced wealth manager like Blevins Franks. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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€350m boost from new legislation THE Employment Ministry will scoop up €350 million this year, thanks to laws introduced last July. The former government brought in measures aimed at discouraging early retirement. These moves affect businesses and firms that make profits but lay off workers with redundancy pay-offs or, for those aged 50 or more, early retirement packages. Under the new regulations, employers whose businesses are not losing money must now cover unemployment pay and social security for the latter. There is also an additional levy covering future subsidies for employees unable to find work because of their age. Last year, 10,900 employees aged 50 or more were made redundant or took early retirement.


How to keep love sweet when it comes to all money matters LOVE is in the air at the moment. All my friends are suddenly getting engaged. It’s all very exciting. Everyone loves a goodold-knees-up! But on the other side of the coin, what will it mean for their individual finances? Living, working, earning and spending are all very personal things as each person is so different in their approach to money and how they like to A look save or spend it. at finance The old adage for females is that opposites attract, so if one Jane Plunkett half of a couple jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. is very cautious com and responsible with money, but the other half is a disaster, getting married and having to work out financial matters

Loose change

MARRIED BLISS: But watch all things financial add up.

together could be romantic suicide. In order to have a prosperous life together, remember there are some smart moves to consider before stepping down the aisle. With money often a cause of marital turbulence, to join resources together peacefully it’s vital for couples to understand each other’s approach to THE average price of a Spanish hotel room so far this year is €64.50, a 0.7 money. Often money disagreements are not per cent drop on the figure for last year. Bookings have also dropped 1.4 really about finances but more about what per cent this year, according to the National Institute of Statistics. funds represent to each party including

The average cost of a hotel room is €64.50

security, control, self-esteem or love. The secret to peace in the money camp is to remember that neither party is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Often people want to change how their partner handles money and bring them around to their way or thinking. But we can’t. The best idea is to be open in conversations about money and then set ground rules that work for both. While it is usual to know about a partner’s romantic past, what about their financial past? Has that been discussed? Imagine when planning to buy a house together that suddenly one party says mortgage payments could be difficult because they have massive credit-card debt. This could cause problems. Be informed about your partner’s financial history, to be able to plan ahead. Joining lives together is fabulous, but don’t ever take on a partner’s debt. Share all new living costs, but leave debt in their hands. There is no point in both parties being black-marked by bad credit. If all is at a loss and personal finances cannot be worked out together, then seek professional help. A finance advisor can definitely help keep your love sweet.

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Orange ring up â‚Ź300m plan ORANGE plans to invest â‚Ź300 million on upgrading its fibreoptic internet network in Spain over the next four years. This is “proof that the company’s investment in Spain is solid,â€? a representative for the mobile phone and internet operator in Spain said. Orange hopes its fibre-optic CAJA MADRID preference shareholders could recoup 80 per cent of their original investment. Some clients of Bankia - in which Caja Madrid has the controlling interest following a 2010 merger - received phone calls advising that they will be able to recover at least some of their money. The exact number of clients with Caja Madrid preference shares has not been revealed but is estimated at 90,000. Clients accepting the offer will lose 20 per cent although there is an alternative for those unwilling to accept the shortfall. Eighty per cent of their initial investment can instead be placed in a four-year, fixed term account paid at 5 per cent.

internet connection, which will compete with Telefonica, will reach 1.5 million homes and businesses in the nation’s main cities. Meanwhile, mobile telephony in Spain suffered its hardest blow yet in April with almost 378,890 lines being cancelled. The worst affected companies

Caja Madrid investors get a new offer, but... By the end of the obligatory four years, they will again have 100 per cent of the money they invested but will have said goodbye to any potential income over that time. Having been nationalised - it was bailed out by the Spanish government in May - Bankia must now wait for the go-ahead



were Vodafone (367,327 cancellations) and Movistar (189,037), according to the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT). This is the third month running since February in which the number of cancellations has risen, with more than 643,830 lines having been cancelled. Pay-as-you-go lines have been from Brussels. It will also need the worst the approval of the CNMV, affected, with a Spain’s equivalent to the drop of 297,984 National Securities Market lines. Commission. Bankia does not At the same envisage problems once - if - it time, 337,158 obtains EU permission. lines changed It remains to be seen whether their operator, Brussels considers a 20 per cent a level not reduction on the investment is previously noted sufficient or too generous. since May 2009. Caja Madrid preference shares Cancellations were earning 7 per cent until a for Movistar few months ago, when the bank alone amounted advised that it would have to to 1,628,204 cease paying interest. over the past Shortly before the offer was nine months. announced, shares were trading Orange and at 47 per cent of their value, Yoigo gained suggesting the final conditions 17,760 and for the swap could be more 1,490 lines stringent. respectively in April.


The dark side? WITH 10 million copies and a movie contract sold, erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has generated poor reviews and controversy over its writing style.

Fat record A POLISH restaurant set a Guinness World Record for the biggest lasagne made in honour of the Italian football team competing in Euro 2012.

Twitter movie US TWITTER sensation Kelly Oxford whose witty message attracted 350,000 followers has sold a major film script to Warner Bros, and is now writing an NBC pilot.

Euro not â‚Źuro EUROPEAN publications have been criticised for comparing sports with finance and politics. ‘GREEKS stay in the Euro’ was the first headline after Greece beat Russia in the Euro 2012 contest.










Cheers to cider! But not to lager, beer and wine WHILE the economic doom and gloom may be enough to drive many people to drink, in reality many households in Spain and throughout Europe now have less to spend on alcohol. But in the UK, where the recession has resulted in rather flat sales for many alcohol sectors, new research reveals that one sector - cider sales - has put fizz into the consumer marketplace. And with sales’ demand soaring 24 per cent since 2006, this market sector is ripe for further development. Cider has in fact become the equal of lager in the UK, with its steep sales’ growth over the last five years being the direct opposite of lager’s equally dramatic sales’ decline. While in 2002 research by Mintel - a leading global

supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence - showed that 42 per cent of British people drank cider, this has now grown to 47 per cent. Cider’s success is also in stark contrast to beer and wine, the most adversely affected in losing actual drinkers. Beer has seen the greatest sales’ drop, losing ÂŁ2.2 billion (â‚Ź2.72bn) in revenue between 2006-2011, mainly due to the huge number of pubs closing. Meanwhile, the proportion of UK wine drinkers fell from 66 per cent in 2007 to 58 per cent last year. “Cider has been particularly successful at attracting young drinkers from the ailing lager category, as well as from alcopops and wine,â€? said Mintel’s Senior Drinks Analyst Jonny Forsyth. “This has been due to a combination of impressive innovation and marketing nous. Also cider has had a price advantage over many drinks due to a lower tax borne by many, and constant innovation.â€?


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From royalty plus celebs to wars and sunny Spain Having filmed royalty, celebrities and wars, Rai Woods is now an inventor and radio presenter in Spain. Nicole Hallett reports. Presenter? Yes, with TKO Gold Radio in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. What did you want to be age 10? A doctor. I started studying medicine, but it was not as interesting as I thought and I got work as a go-for on film sets including Far from the Madding Crowd and Dr Doolitle. You later became a cameraman: Yes, incuding for celebrity interviews with British TV broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, singer Bruce Springsteen and business magnate Sir Richard Branson. I also filmed the Isle of Man TT races sitting backwards on a motor cycle holding a camera; filmed the British royal family and covered news events in Northern Ireland, Germany, France, Canada and Lebanon.

Scariest moment? When a petrol bomb landed four feet from me and burst into flames in Newry, Northern Ireland, and when I had a gun stuck into my side and told not to film in Ireland. Invented? The Eco-Sounder which tells boats how deep the water is and an overheating engine alarm for boats. Most recently a timer switch that turns off the boat engine should the captain become incapacitated for more than two minutes. You sailed from Northern Ireland along the canals to the Mediterranean? In the oldest ex-Royal National Lifeboat (1901) leaving in September 2002, arriving in April 2003, with a six-week stopover in Paris, and delays due to frozen canals.

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Vital Statistics • Born: Newcastle on Tyne, UK • Status: Single • In Spain: Eight years • Best thing about Spain: Weather • Worst thing: Corruption and people’s lack of spatial awareness • Always in fridge: Fresh milk and quality cheeses. • Currently reading: Psychological thriller

EWN COMMENT The verb, not the noun SPAIN is to reduce foreign aid to undeveloped countries by half, which will come as a blow to recipients undeniably in need of it. But it is not easy to love one’s neighbour as thyself when there is little money around. And potential disaster could be mitigated if poorer countries were

not encouraged to buy fish but instead urged to acquire the nets needed to catch it.

Putting up a fight MARIANO RAJOY could stand on his head and it would not be what the markets and ratings agencies want. Spain could get rich overnight and it would not please them. This is less enmity towards Spain than a desire to sink the euro. And although anything can happen and often does, and still can, one interesting fact emerges: so far, the euro has been stronger than its attackers.



A praiseworthy clever cover-up at Mercadona

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I HAVE recently read Letters in EWN about the way many tourists dress - or more accurately undress when out and about during the summer. All too often visitors think it is acceptable to shop in bikini bottoms, men troop around topless; in fact, in general dressed more for the beach than for the streets and shops. At least my concerns are not merely shared by some fellow Letters writers, but also some businesses, for on Monday I was in Mercadona in La Cala de Mijas when three young men - I think from Scandinavia - walked in without shirts. Immediately an assistant issued them with pristine white T-shirts to wear, and giggled when my wife observed that perhaps some of the female shoppers (in skimpy swimwear) should also be issued with shorts! But if any Mercadona official is reading this, while the store gets five points for the T-shirts, they lose five points for a missed added public relations trick, for the shirts would surely be better if carrying the slogan: Issued by Mercadona, the supermarket that likes tourists to shop covered-up We all know it pays to advertise. J N, El Faro (Malaga)

Little cheer FURTHER to the article on Alicante Town Hall planning to combat the problem of the ‘botellon’ with more taxes and charging those that attend the mass street drinking sessions with the cleaning bill (Issue 1404). Six out of 10 youths aged 12-18 drink regularly, it was reported in the Spanish Press. The other side of the coin is the USA, where strict enforcement of the 21-year-old drinking age is applied. The Alcohol Beverage Commission normally closes a bar or disco caught serving underage people for three days for the first offence. This hurts the owner’s wallet more than any fine would. Unlike Spain, alcohol is not sold in supermarkets, only through authorised liquor or package stores, where absolute positive confirmation of the buyer’s ID or legal age is required. Also, it is strictly forbidden to possess or carry in public any open container of alcohol regardless of age. Richard McBride, Benidorm (Alicante)

Snapped! By Tom Hawksworth from Taberno (Almeria)

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WINDY TOWN: The turbines in Taberno.

A vista of 14 wind turbines WITH 14 turbines visible from the balcony of our home in Taberno and more going up, plus many others out of our sight, it looks like it is going to be a very big wind farm.


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Trains vs planes IT is wonderful that the high-speed train between Malaga and Valencia is finally up and running (Issue 1407). The €106.70 per way price is also quite reasonable, especially in high season when flights can often be more expensive. Perhaps there will be some airlines that offer cheaper travel and people say that the four-hour journey time is longer than the one-and-a-half-hours it takes flying, but if you add in the time spent either end at the airport there really is not much difference. By flying you end up standing in a lot of queues and around baggage reclaim and sitting in uncomfortable airport lounges. On a train you can get comfortable right away and settle in for a scenic journey. Jane Locke, Benidorm (Alicante)

Kerbs delight MY wife and I spent a lovely week in Puerto Pollensa last month and might return in September. I am disabled and had to use a mobility scooter while there. After my first visit in the last four years, I was

delighted to see dropped kerbs in the town. However, I think the addition of a ferry link to Alcudia across the bay or around the headland would be good, as would be putting numbers and destinations on the buses which serve the resort. Malcolm and Maureen Turner, Liverpool (UK)

Looky alert I HOPE that Benalmadena Town Hall does something about the ‘lookylooky’ men in the port as requested by residents and business owners (Costa del Sol, Issue 1407). They say they ‘carry out constant surveillance’, but whatever they are doing is not working. I have heard many tourists complaining about them and saying they would not come back because of them. Jack Baker, Benalmadena (Malaga)

Ruined holiday I WOULD like to warn holidaymakers in Coin of a gang of pickpockets and cut-purse operators in the central commercial centre. My wife had her purse taken from her closed and zipped handbag whilst shopping there. She had only been in the complex a few minutes but it was long enough for the thieves to strike. Unfortunately, there are very few security cameras and a distinct lack of security personnel, so the police had little to go on. So be aware of your fellow shoppers and keep your valuables under close

28 June - 4 July 2012 Axarquía - Málaga East guard, or you will have a ruined holiday like us. Roger and Karen Hulett, Wales (UK)

Praiseworthy cause I AM an avid reader of EWN and compliment you for the fine team of contributing journalists writing up storms on all matters of interest, importance, news updates, helpful advice, etc. Being heavily involved in a number of charities, I follow charity articles. In particular I wish to note the recent praiseworthy two facing halfpage spreads on the annual fundraiser ‘Max Clifford Celebrity Golf Challenge and Butterfly Ball’, written by Nicole Hallett. This extremely precious humanitarian endeavour, always financially successful, clearly implies the huge foreign population making Costa del Sol home have become a loving, caring extended family who with no hesitation help raise funds for those in need. Jack Nusbaum, by email

Bias shock I WAS quite shocked to read the article about the organisers of the Moors and Christians Festival banning women from taking part in the jousting display (Almeria, Issue 1407). This smacks of sexual discrimination. In previous years women were allowed, so why all of a sudden are they banned? Yes, during that time, it would have been men who jousted, but if the women dress up in men’s clothing, why not? If authenticity was the issue, surely there could have been two parts to the display. First the men followed by women and children in a later display. L H, Mojacar (Almeria)

Sex strike WITH all the strikes in Spain I would like to propose another. In protest of human slavery, men who use prostitutes should go on strike. If there is no demand, then this barbaric act against humanity cannot happen. This idea came to me after reading the article ‘Prostitution tops with the Chinese’ (Issue 1407). These gangs lure Chinese women with the promise of well-paid jobs in Spain. However, they are made to pay €20,000 for ‘travel expenses’ and have to work as prostitutes to pay off their ‘debts’. Daniella Lawson, Benidorm (Alicante)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT simply to get her embarrassing vocal gymnastics away from the courts as soon as possible. At first all these soundeffects were just about acceptable, almost a turnon in some orgasmic respects. Now they are a total pain and I believe if the authorities don’t do something to deter the habit it could well ruin the whole game. What is needed is a ‘gruntometer’. As soon as the vocal renderings reach a certain number of decibels, the offender should be deducted a point. When the players begin to realise their nonsensical noises could lose them a

JOY TO WATCH: Martina Hingis. game, they’ll soon quieten down. In their defence, the players say it allows them to get more power into the shots. Oddly, as a friend pointed out, many would think it would reduce power

by acting as a form of release valve, thereby losing suppressed energy. What is even worse is it’s contagious. Down at our local club the kids are all practising their individual grunts; it’s almost like a

status symbol! For heaven’s sake, give us all a break and leave the orgasmic vocals back in the bedroom where they belong. I see Labour admitted this week that they got their immigration numerical anticipations wrong. They now say they didn’t anticipate the vast amounts of immigrants that would want to come to the UK. Why didn’t they? I did! To this old pop-singing hack, it was obvious vast numbers would seize the opportunity to cash in and reside in one of the most civilized and generous countries in the world. In the light of this, when you consider my limited credentials and compare them with those of the people who run our lives, I’d say we should all be afraid. Very afraid. Keep the faith. Love Leapy

Poor show WHAT a great article regarding ‘Lacklustre concert at the Diamond Jubilee’ (Issue 1406). My wife and I watched it and got embarrassed when the old timers came on stage. Where were the young stars, the Olympic team, the Welsh Choir? Dennis Whittaker, by email

Good job


MARTINA NAVRATILOVA and Martina Hingis, two of the greatest female tennis players of all time, recently played each other in a televised exhibition match. Even with their advancing years and deteriorating skills, they were a joy to watch. And not only were they thoroughly entertaining visually, they were also wonderfully refreshing to listen to. There was not a grunt between them! I have always loved tennis, particularly Wimbledon, but with the banshee screaming and Neanderthal grunting that now accompanies many matches, I’ll not be able to enjoy much of the action. Sharapova, a truly great and beautiful champion, should be particularly looked forward to. Unfortunately, she is the worst offender of all. I find myself willing her to lose,


Keep the grunts in the bedroom and away from the tennis court

I USUALLY agree with Leapy and his forthright views but not in the case of the article on the Diamond Jubilee. The concert was to celebrate popular music, singers and entertainers during the six decades of the Queen’s reign. All the performers captured the spirit of the occasion with success, as was evident from the applause and enthusiasm of the crowd. K Alexander, Nerja (Malaga)

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Cool welcome in Madrid for ‘Green Mayor’

One-time councillor caught with hash

ANGEL VADILLO, mayor of Alburquerque (Badajoz) is currently in Madrid, on hunger strike outside the ministry of Industry. Last week, on the 11th day of his strike, Angel was arrested and fined by the city’s Municipal Police. He was charged with ‘occupying’ the Paseo de la Castellana. Known as the Green Mayor because he supports renewable power sources, Angel Vadillo is protesting against the government’s suspension of sustainable energy premiums. He arrived in Madrid two months ago, after walking the 600 kilometres between Alburquerque and Madrid. Earlier he was able to speak to Industry minister, Jose Manuel Soria Lopez, but achieved nothing, Angel said. “It’s just not possible to be that haughty,” he remarked. Nevertheless, Soria did write to Angel, asking him to reconsider his hunger strike, which the minister described as ‘a drastic measure’. But Angel went ahead, leading to his arrest and the fine. “I don’t understand how one person who doesn’t raise his voice and is good mannered can be a nuisance,” he lamented.

EMPTY: Motorists may use alternative routes, leaving the toll roads empty.

Road tolls could start to take a toll TOLLS on state-run high-capacity roads prompted warnings that these could trigger more road accidents. Charges on previously-free motorways will be introduced by the Madrid autonomous community, announced Regional President Esperanza Aguirre earlier this month. The national government is also studying a similar measure, according to political sources.

Ministry of Public Works plans for low tolls on the roads - known as autovias and often bypasses - are said to be 'far advanced' and ready for implementation in 2013. The government has made no decision regarding tolls on autovias, insisted President Mariano Rajoy in May. “We have not discussed the matter. This will not be going to any Cabinet meeting,” he declared. Speaking at a Question Time session in the Madrid national parliament last week, the Director General of Traffic, Maria Segui, admitted to being worried about autovia tolls. It was likely that more drivers would revert to using main roads, she said. The Interior Ministry is to lower the speed limit on main roads from 100 to 90 kilometres per hour, Segui confirmed during the same session.

A FORMER Ceuta councillor was arrested after police found 690 kilos of hashish in a van he was driving. He was detained as he prepared to embark on the Algeciras ferry. Police went straight to the vehicle and located blocks of the drug, hidden in different parts of the vehicle. They were acting on a tip-off, sources later explained. He was totally innocent and had no idea that there were drugs in the van, claimed the ex-councillor. He had merely borrowed it to do some removals, he insisted. He remained in custody after failing to give convincing answers regarding the identity of the person who had lent him the van. He later went before a judge, who ordered his remand. The confiscated hashish was not grown in Morocco but was imported from Pakistan. This is the first time that hashish of this type has been detected in Ceuta and suggests a new entry route, according to the El Faro de Ceuta newspaper.

FAVOURITE: The euro is still preferred to the peseta.

Spain still loves the euro

THERE might not be enough euros around at present but the Spanish still prefer them to pesetas. Only a quarter of Spaniards would like to return to the old currency, found a survey carried out for ABC newspaper. Surprisingly, 89 per cent of over-65s are reluctant to return to the peseta compared to

69 per cent in the 18-24 age group. Three-quarters of Spaniards are happy to remain within the euro, compared to 61 per cent of Germans. The French and Italians are nearer to the Spanish in their preferences, with 74 per cent and 72 per cent respectively pro-euro. As Spain’s economic crisis has deepened so

too has the population’s support for the single currency, increasing from 66 per cent in June 2011 to 75 per cent 12 months later. Italian support rose from 69 per cent to its present 72 per cent. The populations of countries with the weakest economies are those who most want to remain in the eurozone, the survey found.

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NOT ROCKET SCIENCE: Knowing how to eat healthily.

Separating those rasher reports THERE have been reports in the Press recently trying to debunk commonly held views about which foods are bad for us. Trying to debunk views, for instance, that salt in your diet causes high blood pressure. Carbohydrates and red meat are bad. Dairy products are fattening and unhealthy. Fresh is always better than frozen. Brown bread is better than white. And everyone needs tons of protein. The trouble with these reports, though, is that they can mean both, all or nothing to all people. We are all individuals and what works for some doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for others. What we need to remember above all, however, is that the diet industry is a multi-billion pound one that constantly needs to reinvent itself in order to keep us handing over our dosh. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what is behind the majority of these â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;reportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. What faddy diets do is sell lots of books to desperate people and fill up magazine/newspaper space. Common sense doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the snake-oil brigade any money and so it generally isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encouraged. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not rocket science to know how to eat healthily. The only thing we really need to bear in mind is that people do vary, and that some people have an intolerance or allergy to certain foods. Some feel ill if

Breaking Views NORA JOHNSON A writer, Nora has lived on the Costa del Sol for five years and is the author of two psychological suspense thrillers.

they consume carrots or bananas; others, avocados or watermelon. Odd, but true. And there we have it, definitive proof of what to do and what not to do. But, wait! Arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;reportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; like those plastered everywhere all the time, contradicting each other and offering basically zero science? How many articles on food analysis do we need? The problem is that the myths and facts are often all mixed up. Each author, physician or study gives a view that collides with anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so that one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s myth is anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facts. Basically, almost all food is OK in moderation and moderate exercise is good for us; just as my old granny used to say. Nothing is new, it seems. Oh, how could we all be so naĂŻve? Nora Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novels, Soul Stealer & The De Clerambault Code ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (â&#x201A;Ź0.89; ÂŁ0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.

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RITISH seamen, cynically, but in friendly fashion, describe themselves not as the crew members but as the Board of Trade Compulsory Companions. That said the bad eggs thrown together by circumstance were few and far between. From sailing a shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew, strangers to each other a day earlier, became firm friends. I imagine much the same can be said of the other services. People, especially men, often found themselves in the unlikeliest company and had to make the best of things. It is a great way of forming oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldview. Togetherness isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily a bad thing. It is interesting how attitudes changed in such a short period of time. Those of a certain age will identify the humour of there being so many children in a bed that when one turned they all turned. For a child to have his or her own bed in the 1950s was practically undreamed of. Although it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen often, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a big deal to kip down with a mate if circumstances left one no choice. Those who watched the movie Boats, Trains and Planes starring Tom Hanks will have been in

Only 27 per cent of young Spaniards speak English.

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Compulsory companions part of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich tapestry Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based the Costa Blanca, international journalist, author and professional writer: ex-business assessment executive Guild of Master Craftsmen. European correspondent Boston Revolutionary Radio.

tucks as it occurred to him and his hapless travelling companion that their sharing a motel bed was a matter of little choice. I will never forget the expression on my teenage sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces when I suggested they share a hotel bed when motoring through Europe. Both looked at me like I was something they had scraped off the bottom of their shoes. The only compulsory companions we are likely to share company with these days are travellers sitting next to us on a plane. I

SHARING A BED: When one turns, they all turn. was facing a seven-hour flight to Washington DC on an aircraft which to me looked no bigger than a Spitfire. A polite smile and a greeting from the person in the adjacent seat is the least we can expect. The lady occupying the window seat resolutely stared out of the window throughout the

journey; not a smile or simple hello passed her lips. I groaned when on the return journey I found myself in the middle seat of the central aisle of four seats. On my left a gargantuan American whose blubber spilled over onto my lap. Thankfully, I had to my right a couple of bright and

Learning English is vital for students ONLY 27 per cent of young Spaniards speak English compared with the European average of 42 per cent. Despite this, 90 per cent of secondary school pupils said that knowing a language is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;very usefuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and 98 per cent felt it was important for their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, a European Commission study found. In both Sweden and Malta, 82 per cent of pupils speak a foreign language. In contrast, only nine per cent can do so in the UK, where French is the principal option, or 14 per cent in France, where pupils learn English. But researchers in


14 EU countries also revealed that while 25 per cent of adolescents are 'â&#x20AC;&#x2122;competentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a second foreign language, this rises to 28 per cent in Spain. Fourteen per cent of non-Spanish pupils failed to reach 'basic user' level in English, investigators found, rising to 20 per cent for an additional foreign language. In contrast, 22 per cent and 11 per cent of Spanish pupils reached 'basic user' level in their first and second foreign languages respectively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spain needs to improve its results in English, particularly regarding oral comprehension,â&#x20AC;? the report stated. Meanwhile, the internet is helping pupils to improve reading and comprehension in foreign languages.

breezy British teenagers who rollicked with good humour to lighten up the wearisome miles. Throughout an adventurous life I have bunked down in the unlikeliest of places and chanced upon the oddest of travellers. Happily, there have been no bad experiences, just different ones. As Shakespeare surmised, the world is a stage and we all play a part on it. Yes, it is all part of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich tapestry, Will.

Cuts hit translation INTERPRETERS will no longer be on hand at police stations for nonSpanish speakers making enquiries or lodging formal complaints. Where possible police should translate themselves, said a recent circular from the General Police Directorate (DGP). The department is also working on an 'alternative' to translation for denuncias, it announced.

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ELL, the children have gone, the corridors are bare and it’s time to prepare for some serious rest and recuperation. The last few weeks have been unbearably hot (no airconditioning and 21 sweaty bodies crammed into a small classroom); grumpiness has ruled the day (mine and the children’s) and learning has been slow. We have painted, printed and participated in productions galore (my favourite being the one that involved reception children dressed as aliens). We have written stories, reports, explanations, instructions and poems. Numbers have been crunched, sequenced and partitioned. Maps have been read, songs murdered and Romans reincarnated in assemblies. A school year is many and varied but runs smoothly or not so smoothly along the same pathways determined by a small group of ministers sequestered in an office somewhere in London. Time moves inexorably from Nativity to Harvest Festival; from Easter bonnets to sports day. The curriculum the same year after year; Ancient Egypt in Year 4, the Romans or castles in Year 3 and revision for

School’s out for summer MUSIC REVOLUTION: Children today seem to tune into mediocre sounds, not cutting-edge and dangerous.

Suzanne Manners Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesn’t have a vampire as its central character).

SATs in Year 6, year after year after year. So what makes teaching such

Parents held on cruelty charges A 25-year-old Spanish woman and her partner were arrested on child cruelty charges in Palencia City. The couple were reported to the police after hospital staff noticed that their 23-day-old son, brought in for a check-up, had marks on his neck. His body was covered in bruises, and he was suffering from malnutrition. The woman gave birth in the same hospital and staff, observing the mother’s attitude towards the child, had already warned social services that he could be at risk. Police were called and the couple arrested. Three days later the mother was remanded but the father was released, and a restraining order was issued against him seeing his son.

an interesting and often surprising profession? I hear you ask (or is that the shrill voice in

my head again?). The children, of course, no two are ever the same even though characteristics exist which make most children identifiable and familiar enough to exert similar strategies for behaviour management, year after year, which is just as well, because a class full of children who do not respond to stickers would be a disaster (have you read Lord of the Flies? Seriously, most groups of children are only ever a hair’s breadth away from that scenario). Anyway, needless to say, the summer holidays are very welcome and I relish the time I will be able to spend writing, reading and painting, not to mention all the joys of the beach, pool and tapas bars. I may moan about my job, but at least I have one and ultimately the children make it all worthwhile and the long summer holidays don’t hurt, either. As an aside; yesterday I played some old YouTube videos of The Clash to my class. It was amusing to watch as these young children screwed up

Families scrutinise their spending to save money

SAVING money around the home is a priority for 90 per cent of Spanish families. Today’s economic climate means that families are more aware of outgoings and use their money more efficiently, found a survey carried out for Ariel detergent. Overall, saving is regarded as ‘an achievement’ by 70 per cent of families in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Denmark and Finland. It is hardest for Greek families (88 per cent), followed by Spain (87 per BUDGETING: Families nowadays more aware of outgoings. cent) and Portugal (85 per cent). Economising on energy costs is considered essential by 82 per cent in Spain and 85 per cent in Greece. Leaving lights on ‘irritated’ 74 per cent of prostitutes and also rob they were unable to They wanted to Spaniards. Uneaten food clients. ‘work’. monopolise prostitution left on plates was cited Seven arrests were The family of the 14- in the area, following by 57 per cent and made in all and four other year-old, who has been the arrest and leaving domestic women, one of them taken into care, allied imprisonment of the appliances on standby underage, were freed. themselves to other Romanian known as was a concern for 53 per All were constantly gangs operating on the Pig’s Head who formerly cent. threatened and beaten, notorious Marconi controlled vice in that Fifty per cent dislike sometimes so brutally industrial estate. part of the city.

Police free 14-year-old forced into prostitution by her own mother POLICE in Madrid have rescued a 14-year-old Romanian girl who was forced into prostitution by her own mother and brothers. Known as the Black Brigade, they forced women to work as

their faces and clasped their hands over their ears in the very same way my mother and father did the first time they heard ‘Rock the Kasbah’. I ignored the cries of “Play Cheryl Cole, Miss” or “Put Justin Beiber on, Miss” and chuckled to myself as I thought about the circularity of life and the creeping mediocrity of present-day music. Then I chastised myself for that thought, remembering my mother’s story of her own mother’s shock when she first heard ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and no doubt her mother’s shock on hearing Frank Sinatra sing ‘My Way’ as he flashed his ole blue eyes into the camera. However, what is disturbing is that young people find The Clash difficult to listen to yet happily tune into Cheryl Cole (no offence but not exactly cutting-edge and dangerous). So where is the ‘turn that racket off’ music for today’s teenage rebellion? Thankfully, my son loves The Clash, The Stones, The Ruts and Nirvana and has never expressed a desire to upload anything by Justin Beiber; small mercies, eh?

throwing away unused food past its sell-by date and 35 per cent object to paying for unnecessary packing. Going out less often at night is regarded by 60 per cent of Spanish families as one of the biggest changes they have made. For 70 per cent of Portuguese families it is eating out less often, and reduced spending on holidays for 51 per cent in Greece. Finns spend less on clothes, shoes and accessories (48 per cent) while Danes buy less electronic equipment (40 per cent). Spanish and Portuguese families will not make savings on television and entertainment (29 and 30 per cent respectively) but 38 per cent of Greek families will not economise on child-care. Thirty per cent of Finns do not intend to reduce spending on hobbies, they said, while 22 per cent of Danes prefer not to cut down on holidays.

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PAELLA-MAKING: Like sleeping dogs, best left alone!


N avid pursuit of the ‘When in Rome’ notion, I recently took it upon myself to make a paella. How hard could it be? A bit of rice, a bit of fish, a bit of this and a bit of that, y listo! Right? One cookbook assured me it was all about choosing the correct rice, lashings of saffron and seafood, while another emphasised the importance of investing your soul into the making of the dish, so rich, vivid and full of texture. My gastronomic experiment included two bonafide Mallorquin guests, who arrived expectantly and on time - unsuspecting of the menu del dia at Casa Marshall. Had this been a Spanish-targeted publication, I am sure this declaration would be met with gasps of horror at the sheer insolence of a foreigner attempting such an important dish; practically a national heritage. But, then, we live in the era of fusion cuisine, where the height of culinary fashion in New York is Nacho Sushi - every restaurant worth its salt is combining things once deemed impossible. Jalapeño ice cream, anyone?


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Much like Jamie Oliver on a mission, I set about whipping up this feast - a little late, but it all looked straightforward. Unlike the Naked Chef, my blunt refusal to measure or weigh anything has led to many a failed soufflé and pie in the past, but come savoury food, that was usually not an issue. But after 20 minutes of stirring the rice showed no sign of yielding to the

broth, so I chucked in some white wine. Then some more, and a bit of olive oil; always does the trick. My guests, who watched the drama unfold, were clutching their welcome drinks with white knuckles, eyes slightly wide. Kids were chanting ‘is it ready yet?’ every three minutes. But the bloody rice was still as tough as Beef Jerky and I was in no mood for a dental emergency. It also looked anaemic, so I added some chopped tomatoes and dill, which turned out to be the only herb lurking in my fridge. Well over an hour later, we finally took our seats to what was admittedly a very colourful concoction: a fusion of paella, risotto and garden path gravel. My guests graciously chewed away, nodding encouragingly as I apologised profusely. Maybe some things don’t need ‘fusing’ after all; the original remains the best. And alongside the idiom, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ I suggest an addition for the benefit of my new fellow countrymen: ‘Hands off our paella!’.


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HIV benefits of breast milk

PROTECTING: Breastfeeding has an anti-viral effect which protects against HIV in newborns.

By Michel Wahba BREAST MILK can protect against HIV in newborns, a new study revealed. Tests showed that most breastfed children are not infected with HIV, despite prolonged and repeated exposure; in fact, the study suggests that mother’s milk has a strong anti-viral effect that protects against the virus. The study, led by Dr Victor Garcia from the University of North Carolina, USA, tested ‘humanised’ mice. Researchers are still awry with the results, as it has previously been suggested that breastfeeding is attributed to a significant number of infections.

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“No child should ever be infected with HIV because it is breastfed. Breastfeeding provides critical nutrition and protection from other infections, especially where clean water for infant formula is scarce,” Garcia said. “Understanding how HIV is transmitted to infants and children despite the protective effects of milk will help us close this important door to the spread of AIDS.” More than 15 per cent of new HIV infections occur in children. If not treated, only 65 per cent will live until their first birthday.

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How to prevent and heal a jellyfish sting HUNDREDS of thousands of holidaymakers set off to Spain every summer to get a dose of sun and soak their feet in the water. But, for some, a stung, swollen red foot is not what they bargained for. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The most important steps to prevent jellyfish stings is to avoid their areas and wear proper protective clothing; for example, three-quarter shorts have a better chance at protecting you, or a bodysuit if swimming deep. While most jellyfish stings are harmless, they can still be painful. Even if it is on ground, jellyfish stringers can remain active for three days. Always avoid making direct contact with them, and notify the authorities.

WATCH OUT: Stringers can remain active for 3 days. If you do ever find yourself surrounded by a swarm of jellyfish, stay calm. Jellyfish don’t normally attack unless provoked. If stung, it is important to remain calm, as panic makes the heart pump faster, spreading the venom through the body. Rinse off with salt - not fresh - water and remove

remaining tentacles with tweezers. Watch for allergic reactions, use vinegar to neutralise the toxin, and apply ice or heat. Knowing what stung you is crucial; box jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war (bluebottle) stings may be lethal if left untreated. Seek medical treatment immediately.

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The Olympics are approaching so while you’re waiting, read the new topical crime novel 40 Days 40 Nights from local author Wendy Cartmell. It was originally planned that Aldershot Garrison would host a Team GB Training Camp for the 2012 Olympic Games. This is the story of what might have happened if they had. The second novel in the Sgt-

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) A recent holiday has set your mind racing. This being a romantic time means that you can get a little overexcited. Your romance may not be set to last but you should fully enjoy it nonetheless. Relatives issue words of warning but they have only your best interests at heart.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Opposing opinions on a matter close to your heart see you hesitating. There is nothing wrong with asking for advice. The chances are that you know someone who has already been through your situation. Donʼt let pride make you miss out on a solution.

Not everything in the garden is rosy but you are made of strong stuff. Your conviction that something is right helps you in discussions. Support given to a loved one may be misguided, especially if it is a huge financial gamble.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) This is a time to enjoy the present and look forward to the future. Donʼt forget, along the way, to congratulate yourself for all that you have achieved in the last year. Sometimes you do not blow your own trumpet

Did you hear about the snail that walked into the bar? He was kicked out. A few months later he comes by once again and asks the bartender, “What was that for!?”

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Chayanne Born June 28, 1968, Elmer Figueroa Arce (stage name Chayanne) is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. After not being selected for Menudo, he joined boy-band Los Chicos, and then over the last 28 years, he released 21 solo albums and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. He currently resides in Miami with his wife, former Miss Venezuela Marilisa Maronesse, and their two children.


is needed. We all feel the need for appreciation.

and people appreciate you in a quiet way.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)

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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK:Keep an eye on practical issues without allowing your social life to slip. Should loved ones feel that they need your attention, sidetrack them. Offloading a few commitments to others will work well for you.

Major Crane series ‘40 Days 40 Nights’ sees Crane battling with accidents, thefts, murders and terrorist plots. They all plague Sgt Major Crane who is not happy with his job of babysitting the athletes in Team GB as they prepare for the Olympics

between discreetly to make sure of progress.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

An appetite for something new means that you tread unknown ground. Itʼs an exciting time when you may find it easier to do things alone. This does not mean you have to feel alone as others can be told of your progress.

Increased activity in your love life means less time to really concentrate on business. Make sure that priority financial matters are dealt with. Not doing so will see you kicking yourself later on. A close relationship is going well. Thereʼs no reason to wonder why, the charm offensive is obviously working.

Trying to be everything to all people is tiring. No one knows this more than you. Give yourself a little time and space this week because it will make a great difference to your spirits.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

Primarily, you are wanting to see some appreciation. That is understandable given the efforts that you have made. Do not be annoyed, however, if it is a while coming yet. Others are not always as well tuned in as you. If necessary, use a go-

Part of being ʻyouʼ is your independent mind. Some may try to change that this week. Why would someone want to make you more dependent on them? Could it be that they feel insecure? Giving reassurance may be all that

and Paralympics. He likens it to 40 days and 40 nights in a personal wilderness before he can get back to his real job of investigating; but it turns into 40 days and 40 nights of chaos. Will Crane be able to keep the athletes safe or will the terrorists win? The Sgt-Major Crane novels Steps to Heaven and 40 Days 40 Nights available at Amazon.

Keeping an eye on your health is particularly important at the moment. Because you have been active, it could be that you need to give yourself a bit of time. Pampering and just plain relaxing are all going to stand you in good stead during the coming week.


TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)


GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Improvising within a new business situation may not give you the perfect answer to a problem. What it will do, however, is give you an insight into the way others live. Until now, your approach to life may have been a little one-sided.

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Opening your mind to a new idea has convinced you that it is time for a change in direction. This is such a time, but not all changes will be permanent. Give yourself a way out of any situation this week. Using your tact and charm, it will require only a little application to please everyone.

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

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1. Which highly popular ITV series of the late 1950s was about a gang of peacetime soldiers in constant pursuit of easy money and ways of outwitting their fiery Sergeant-Major? 2. Which series that ran from 1962 to 1965 and from 1970 to 1974 centred around two rag and bone men who lived in Oil Drum Lane in Shepherd’s Bush? 3. Originally broadcast from 1965 to 1975, which Johnny Speight creation featured the characters Alf Garnett played by Warren Mitchell and his wife Else played by Dandy Nicholls? 4. Which popular English music hall and vaudeville entertainer sang the theme song to Dad’s Army (Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler?)? 5. What was the name of the fictional prison that featured in the television comedy series Porridge, which ran from 1974 to 1977? 6. What was the name of the short-lived sequel to Porridge? 7. Which two actresses starred as sisters Sharon Theodopolopodos and Tracey Stubbs in the longrunning comedy series Birds of a Feather? 8. In Only Fools and Horses, which character’s ‘real’ name is Colin Bell? 9. In which series did public relations ‘expert’ Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone drive Edina’s sensible daughter Saffron up the wall with their self-absorbed, substance-abusing escapades? 10. In the 1970s’ sitcom Citizen Smith, what was the name of ‘South London’s premier Marxist revolutionary movement’, led by Wolfie Smith, played by Robert Lindsay?








Move from the start word (BIRD) to the end word (DOGS) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time.



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

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Possibly anger a former American president (6) 4 Deputy at clock centre sounds hesitant (5) 8 Stop a container loading sulphur (5) 9 Comments about Antony and Twain (7) 10 Colour seen in Mogadishu evening sky (3) 11 Plant from good seed (5) 12 Powder easing sores in hospital cases (4) 13 Symbol of decreasing significance (5) 15 Something of great value found in Cherub Yacht Club (4) 17 Musical locks (4) 18 A new array of a Victorian flower (5) 20 Furthermore, alas, lost a ring (4) 21 Three dimensional little animal I see (5) 24 American intelligence alternately in China (3) 25 Cooked beef, sir? No itʼs a toy (7) 26 End reveals words of advice, as expected (5) 27 Cleaned out horrible stink (5) 28 True information about key parts of an insectʼs eye (6) Down 1 About as certain to restore confidence (8) 2 Grant given to a section of a hospital (5) 3 In German, the melody for a song (6) 4 Determines Iʼm in another list (6) 5 Fabulous bird returns to Fitzgerald with a parrot (7) 6 Pastimes held in the network (4)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Spades (tools) (5) 4 Papá (3) 6 Perro (3) 7 Round (of watchman) (5) 8 Air (4) 9 Grille (window) (4) 11 Gemelos (5) 12 Fuera (3) 13 Wave (in sea, lake)

Co d e B r e a ke r 7 Environmentally sensitive forerunner to supermarkets switches to fruit and veg (11) 14 Barmy fireworks (8) 16 Composer is in the middle of ʻDoorbell in Italyʼ (7) 18 Still taking in Open University bachelor? For sure! (3,3) 19 Shrub Bill spies around area (6) 22 A couple get ready to take the strain (5) 23 Small amphibians appear in loud music set (4)

QUICK Across 1/6 Paid killer (3,3) 3 Yellow alloy (5) 6 See 1 8 Sincere (7) 9 Likes very much (5) 10 Collect (5) 11 Admit (7) 12 Intensify (6) 14 Be owned by (6) 17 Stark (7) 19 Kid (5) 21 Giraffe-like animal (5) 22 Guiding (7) 23 Owed (3)

(3) 14 Escritorios (muebles) (5) Down 1 Stepfather (9) 2 Small lizard (9) 3 Seguro (convencido) (4) 4 Peligroso (9) 5 Diamonds (9) 10 Usado (no nuevo) (4)

24 Robes (5) 25 Consume (3) Down 1 Carrion-feeding carnivore (5) 2 Patio (7) 3 Sanctify (5) 4 Raid (6) 5 Quietness (7) 6 Motion picture (5) 7 Sum of money saved for the future (4,3) 12 Precious stone (7) 13 Nightfall (7) 15 Opening (7) 16 Bawl (6) 18 Divide (5) 19 Category (5) 20 Finger (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS: CRYPTIC - Across 1 Shadow, 4 Helped, 9 Academe, 10 Usurp, 11 Ebony, 12 Topside, 13 Hard pressed, 18 Leeches, 20 Urals, 22 Harry, 23 Migrate, 24 Add-ons, 25 Repeal. Down: 1 Seamed, 2 Alamo, 3 One-eyed, 5 Equip, 6 Pauline, 7 Duplex, 8 Venturesome, 14 Averred, 15 Snuggle, 16 Althea, 17 As well, 19 Haydn, 21 Amaze. QUICK - Across: 1 Site, 3 Sensible, 9 Release, 10 Bells, 11 Specs, 12 Permit, 14 Edible, 16 Uganda, 19 Closed, 21 Scare, 24 Queue, 25 Edifice, 26 Assorted, 27 Mess. Down: 1 Stressed, 2 Tilde, 4 Exempt, 5 Sober, 6 Bullion, 7 Easy, 8 Damsel, 13 Careless, 15 Illness, 17 Gossip, 18 Adhere, 20 Swear, 22 Arise, 23 Aqua. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Lie, 3 Cubo, 5 Codo, 6 Also, 8 Olor, 11 Eat, 12 Sala, 15 Taza, 16 Loco, 17 Piso, 18 Sad.


Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (DOZENS) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

Down: 1 Lado, 2 Echo, 3 Coasts, 4 Oso, 7 Sail, 9 Luna, 10 Regalo, 13 Años, 14 Acid, 15 Tap.

1. Unscramble the name of a popular television game show (four words): EL DORADO LANE 2. Unscramble the name of popular biscuits (two words):URGENT SIGN

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A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 24 represents D and 7 represents J, so fill in D every time the figure 24 appears and J every time the figure 7 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.

Abroad Asleep Awards Castle Colony Degree DOZENS(10) Duller Eighty Floats Handed Massed Meteor Prizes Reacts Rushed Sounds Swords Whiled

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Knight, 2 Reason, 3 Estate, 4 Awards, 5 Sharks, 6 Banged, 7 Reacts, 8 Grease, 9 Sanded, 10 Change, 11 Learnt, 12 States, 13 Nearer, 14 Hunted, 15 Grunts, 16 Barred, 17 Rested, 18 Rescue, 19 Wrench


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Guilty verdict for British mother BRITON Lianne Smith, 45, was found guilty in Girona (Tarragona) of murdering her two children in Lloret de Mar in 2010. The nine-member jury unanimously accepted the Public Prosecutor’s argument that Smith was conscious of what she was doing when she suffocated her daughter aged five and son of 11 months. The jury recognised that Smith was seriously disturbed when she killed her children, fearing that she was about to lose custody. But it rejected defence claims that this had impaired her judgement and self-control. The Prosecution recommended a 17-year prison term for each killing while the defence called for two 30-month terms. Sentencing will be carried out later, but Smith intends to appeal, her lawyer Jenifer Lahoz Labos announced.

Tio Pepe out in the cold as Apple takes over By Linda Hall A TIO PEPE neon advertisement watched over Madrid’s central square, Puerta del Sol, from 1936 until last year. The Sherry bottle, topped with a Cordovan hat, wearing a short torero jacket and brandishing a guitar, was fixed to the top floor of the Hotel Paris during all those years. It was the one remaining neon sign in Sol. But the building whose address is Puerta del Sol 1, belongs to a Mexican property group and has now been leased to Apple Retail Store SL. The sign was removed during renovation work and Tio Pepe owners Gonzalez Byass assumed it would return. They began to suspect the worst last November when they saw it was

ICONIC: The Tio Pepe sign has watched over Puerta del Sol in Madrid since 1936.. absent from mock-ups and plans of the revamped building. Gonzalez Byass challenged the plans. No-one appeared to have opposed or investigated the sign’s exclusion, the wine company complained in a letter to Madrid’s planning department.

“It is logical to assume that Apple Retail Store SL intend to dispense with the Tio Pepe neon sign,” it continued, before suggesting that restoration “should be obliged to include the historic Tio Pepe sign.” The objection was dismissed and plans excluding Tio Pepe were

approved on May 30. No legal obligation or regulation made it necessary to pronounce on the possible installation of a neon sign, said the planning department. It has emerged that the building’s owners did not want to renew the Tio Pepe contract but there have been offers of other

sites in Sol offering a new home to the emblematic advertisement. There is also a Facebook page urging Apple to reconsider. And at least there is some consolation for Gonzalez Byass: no neon apple is visible on the approved Apple Retail Store plans.

Russians nostalgic for ‘red tape’ era


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S I scurry from administrative office to office, it occurs to me that the Russians now flocking to Spain are not just doing so to buy bargain basement priced WHENEVER I travel in properties. Europe I delight in the local They are nostalgic, customs. bless them. This time last year, Ligua They miss the Ligua was celebrated in the good old Soviet Baltic States. By Mike Walsh Union bureaucracy Midsummer’s Night is the where everyone night when few sleep; it is a had a job bigger event than Christmas. guaranteed by the Communities and families state. gather, often at homesteads, The jobs might have been useless, to spend the night dancing. paper-shuffling job creation exercises, When I expressed a desire to join a but at least they were jobs and people little tomato throwing, I was wisely were not on the dole. told, leave it to the youngsters, those In principle, I can live with things hurt. politicians buying jobs and votes. I Now Pamplona City Hall is issuing would just prefer to see this vast ‘Don’t Do It’ warnings in English for army of pen-pushing, paper-filing those young tourists attracted to bored clerks putting their talents to ‘fuenting’. This is the practice of better use. hurling oneself off the top of the Washing windows comes to mind. Navarreria Fountain into the arms of At a guess, I would say that 50 per youths braver than I am; the aim is to cent of bureaucracy in Spain today catch the hurtling bodies. could be done on the internet; most of Occasionally, however, the aim isn’t the rest done by one person, not quite good enough and disaster can strike. three.

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DANCERS: The children who took part in the show.

Flamenco show

MARIA Gomez ‘La Canastera’ gave an impressive live music flamenco show called ‘Las niñas del patio y sus raices’ at the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñecar.

Colmenar Social Club events LAST month, members of Colmenar Social Club departed to Madrid and Toledo for a four-night trip. After a day of individual exploring, the group attended a performance of 'Carmen' by the Ballet School of Madrid. Another walking tour of the historic centre of Toledo followed. On June 16, members and guests celebrated the

Queen’s official birthday and Jubilee with a street party. The group enjoyed a buffet lunch with homemade teatime treats provided by committee members; and a Jubilee inspired quiz and raffle with music by DJ David Haines. If you are interested in joining, the group meets at 12.30 at the Arco de Sol in Colmenar every Wednesday.

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Prostitution tops with the Chinese PROSTITUTION is now the preferred main business of Chinese mafias operating in Spain. Previously organised mafia gangs concentrated mainly on running illegal workshops, but new police statistics show that in the first five months of this year, 43 Chinese have been arrested for sexual exploitation, compared to 71 for prostitution during the whole of last year. Meanwhile, just 34 have been arrested for running illegal workshops, compared to 120 for similar crimes during 2011. So far this year police have additionally freed 78 women from the hands of Chinese prostitution networks, compared to 129 in the

whole of last year. Until recently, Chinese women were only exploited within their own community and with discretion, whereas now, the police say, their services are offered in dozens of adverts in newspapers and on the internet for all to see. The young women, including some minors, are found in China and tricked with promises of well-paid jobs in Spain. However, they are made to pay €20,000 for ‘travel expenses’. They travel to Poland and Hungary on false passports and are sent on to Spain where they are forced to work as prostitutes to pay off their debts.

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Sandy work of art that helps put a few coins in the pocket

RESIDENTS and tourists marvel each summer at sand architectures that are part of coastal life from the Costa Blanca down to the Costa del Sol. Expatriates from the UK to Sweden, and from Germany

to Poland - frequently in Spain in search of a better life spend hours creating near works of art in the hope their sandy efforts will provide them with a few hard-earned coins - plus much-sought after

appreciation - from passersby. Here is an eye-catching castle which took a Romanian, who asked not to be named, three days to create on the beach at Port de Pollenca in Northern Mallorca.

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furniture is placed strategically. • A number of interesting and contrasting mini gardens, patios or corners. The pool area treated as one of several mini gardens rather than the only feature of the garden. • A variety of colour schemes painted with the many hues and textures of green foliage as well as the subtle or blazing colours of the flowers. With the generally benign climate an amazing range of flowering plants, fruit and vegetables can be grown provided the soil is first improved. But do be creative in how you group the flowering plants and integrate the growing of fruit and vegetables. • The use of plants with interesting architectural shapes. Carefully sited groups of

cordylines, cacti and aloes, or green or purple leaved aeoniums can be as effective as a bank of flowering shrubs. • We leave out palms due to the problem of ensuring that they are and will stay healthy . • Perfume throughout the year as one passes through the entrance gate and around the garden. Favourites include jasmines, roses, honeysuckles, galan de noche, san diego, frangipani, mock orange, citrus trees, freesias, lilies, passion flowers, sweet peas, geraniums, and naturally culinary and medicinal herbs. • The growing of a variety of herbs for use in cooking as well as their natural aromatherapeutic effects. Herbs can be grouped in a herb garden or on a rockery or spread around the garden in mixed beds.

The traditional restful and at times inspiring sound of dripping water from a fountain, the running water of a waterfall into or between ponds or a creative mini water feature is made easy these days with solar pumps. • The tasteful selection and placement of ornaments and groups of pots. Some of the later left empty and others planted up. Looking at the statues and ornaments stocked by many garden centres along the costas there are a wide range of tastes! Inland stockists are often more conservative and traditional as their main clients are Spanish. • The availability of cooking facilities that might range from a barbecue or paella dish and gas ring to a traditional brick oven, Spanish style outside kitchen or our favourite a solar cooker. Easy to construct kits are available from • The growing of even just a few seasonal vegetables that can be harvested and eaten fresh especially when grown ecologically/organically to avoid chemical sprays. • Your garden is yours. Whether you develop it alone or with help of a gardener recognise that there are a hundred and one possibilities for any site. Our books can help you arrive at a sensible garden for your plot whether large or new and whether partially laid out or still a bare patch of earth and builders rubble. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain. com June 2012.

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THERE’S a lot of doom and gloom in the press at present given the huge bank losses which has in turn aided the nations marked decline in property prices. But for bargain property hunters this could well represent good news and Taylor Wimpey España reports that they are experiencing a positive

situation. Holiday Lettings actually revealed that Spanish property continues to dominate the holiday rental market with strong demand for apartments and villas in Spain in the first three months of 2012 and Taylor Wimpey España can further back this up. Marc Pritchard of Taylor Wimpey

España remarked that traffic on their website is double to what it was one year ago, leads are up and sales are up too. He also said that the situation isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be and that they are actively building and selling on the Costa del Sol while in Mallorca they are building and selling larger developments.

Nuisance neighbours By Jose Luis Navarro LIVING within a community invariably carries the possibility of conflict between neighbours. It can be caused through simple unawareness, differences in upbringing, an incompatibility of cultures or just a general lack of consideration for others. Progressing to anti-social behaviour or sinister acts of revenge. The current economic crisis resulting in more people working from home and then their activities developing into a disturbance or even considered to be dangerous. If a neighbour's unacceptable behaviour is threatening or aggressive, a physical attack, theft or intentional damage to private or communal property it would be considered to be a criminal offence. This is probably the simplest to deal with. The individuals or the community - as the victim reports the situation to either the Police, Guardia Civil or a Court making

what is called a Denuncia and then lets the authorities deal with it. The Law of Horizontal Property states in article 7.2: ‘The owners and the occupants of a flat or business premises are not allowed to undertake any activities which are forbidden by the statutes and that are either detrimental to the property or infringe the laws that govern annoying, unhealthy, noxious, dangerous or illicit activities,’ and then goes on to explain the following procedures. The President on their own initiative or at the behest of owners and occupants request that the offenders immediately cease the unwanted activity. This request should be made as an official warning from the community, implying that if they do not comply then further disciplinary action may be taken against them. Once warned, if they persist then a meeting should be called to

authorise the President to seek a court order to have the activity or offending behaviour stopped. Once the culprits have been properly notified of the court action, the Judge may as a precautionary measure order the owners or the occupants to immediately stop what they are doing or find themselves in contempt of court. When the court finds in favour of the plaintiff and against an owner or business proprietor it will order a stop to the prohibited behaviour or activity. The court may well decide, however, to award compensation for damages and can even deprive the owner of the right to use their property for up to three years. When the court finds against a tenant, then their right of abode could be removed and an order of immediate eviction issued. The extent of the courts level punishment in both cases would be dependent on the gravity of the infringement.





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Cannonball 2000 SPAIN will feature in a 2,000 mile road trip scheduled in two months time to help raise funds for a children’s charity. Fifty supercars driven by a myriad of celebrities and prestige car owners will embark on the five-day Cannonball 2000 trip that will take them from London to Paris via Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Milan. The event is in aid of the charity Dreams Come True. Described as ‘the motoring lifestyle event of 2012’ this inaugural fundraising road trip has already attracted an impressive line-up of vehicle entries. With entries ranging from the rare to the exotic, including a DeLorean DMC-12 which film fans will recognise from the Back to the Future films, and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570 Performante, the Cannonball 2000 is guaranteed to turn heads on its route across Europe. Prestige British models including the Bentley Speed, Bentley GTC convertible and a number of Aston Martins, including a 1999 DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and several DB9 models, will join more traditional entries including a Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XK and a large number of BMWs and Porsche entries. Meanwhile, Ferrari fans will be pleased to see a number of entries from the iconic marque including a California, 430 and

360 Modena, while the Japanese petrol heads will be represented by Nissan Skyline and 350Z GT Roadster. Cannonball 2000 will provide the opportunity to be a part of a journey like no other. From the official formation grid start at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel on September 5, the event takes in dramatic scenery along a rewarding driving route complemented each evening by exclusive VIP experiences including a beach front party at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, to Monaco’s famous casino and nightclub of the rich and famous, Jimmy’s, taking in the ambience of the F1 Grand Prix in Milan to the grand finale in Paris. Celebrities already signed up and confirmed as Cannonball participants are former twice world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, who will be driving his Bentley GT Speed, British soap stars Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) and Ryan Thomas (Coronation Street). Ricky Hatton said of the Cannonball 2000: “This will be the first time I have taken part in anything like this and I can’t wait. “I am taking my luxurious Bentley as I feel my three- wheeler Robin Reliant - just like the one in Only Fools and Horses would look very much out of place on this journey,” Hatton joked.




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In full Euro fever SPAIN was once more gripped by Euro 2012 football fever last night (Wednesday) as the national side faced neighbours Portugal in a bid to reach Sunday’s finals. The game was scheduled for an 8.45pm kick-off, a couple of hours after EWN editions had gone to press. Meanwhile tonight (Thursday) Germany will battle it out against Italy in the remaining semi-final to decide the last team in Sunday’s final. Last Saturday, after Spain had won their quarter final match against France 2 - 0 to reach the final four in the competition, celebrations went well into the night, backed by the San Juan Festival also on the same night. This led to many weekend revellers partying on the beaches.

Disappointing England pay the penalty – again! EURO 2012 DIARY With millions watching on TV, disappointing England went out of yet another major competition on penalties, beaten 4-2 ‘from the spot’ by Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final. Let’s be truthful, if you are a serious football fan, Roy Hodgson’s team looked second-best throughout. In fact, they were poor, very poor, allowing one man to run the show - Pirlo in midfield. He lost the ball twice, misplaced just three passes and was given all the space necessary to carve out openings – all missed by his colleagues! And what about Pirlo’s penalty hey! Rooney looked podgy and unfit, and disinterested; Young lacked conviction and even Welbeck seemed out of place. Say no more. Italy completed just


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A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

over 1,000 passes; England barely 250. It was not good – was it? • In the three other quarter-final ties, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Czech Republic; Germany, despite being pegged back to 1-1, eased past Greece 4-2 and laborious Spain (17 wins out of 18) beat France (who looked like a pub side) 2-0. • Moving on - last night, the first semi-final took place between Portugal and Spain in the Donbassa Arena and tomorrow Germany play Italy in Warsaw’s National Stadium Then on Sunday, 70,000 will attend the final in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev (8.45pm k.o.). SPORT IN GENERAL • TENNIS – Wimbledon fortnight is underway and for sure, the big guns, men and women alike, will be firing on all cylinders. Might it be a

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Murray-Sharapova double, a RafaNovak final (again) or might the ‘Fed’ bounce back? We shall see. • HORSE RACING – Last week at Royal Ascot, Frankel - ‘The world’s best racehorse’ according to Willie Carson - won his 11th successive race. Also at this famous meeting (first held 300 years ago) the Australian mare Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes by SIX INCHES to record her 22nd win on the ‘trot’ (21 down under). Frankie Dettori, riding at Ascot for the 23rd consecutive year, won his fifth Gold Cup... and the Queen also had a winner. • BTCC – Last Sunday, Black Country-born Matt Neal from Stourbridge won his fourth race of the season to maintain his lead in the 2012 British Tourist’s Car Championship. • ATHLETICS – Last Saturday and Sunday, several athletes took part in Olympic trials with Dwain ‘foul-mouthed’ Chambers (100m), Dai Greene (400m hurdles), the Brownlee brothers (joint first in the triathlon) and Ashton Eaton (with a record 9.039 points in the decathlon), all winning their respective races. The

DID YOU KNOW? FORMER flat race jockey Sir Gordon Richards rode 12 successive winners in 1933. His first came in the last race of the day at Nottingham on October 3 1933 and his next 11 followed during the next two days at Chepstow. American Tony Black rode nine successive winners at Atlanta in 1993 and Frankie Dettori went through the card with seven straight winners at Ascot in 2006. European Championships started in Helsinki yesterday. • RUGBY UNION – Ireland were demolished last weekend 600 by the All Blacks; England held South Africa to a draw but Wales lost again to Australia.



The British GP is next up.


Win for Fernando Alonso in Valencia Dwain ‘foulmouthed’ Chambers.

FORMULA 1 – Last Sunday’s European GP in Valencia was won by home favourite Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with Michael Schumacher third. Pastor Maldonado crashed into Lewis Hamilton while the cars driven by Romain Grosjean and Sebastien Vettel both packed up. Alonso, who started 11th on the grid, is the first driver to win two GPs in 2012. Next up is the British GP at Silverstone on July 8.

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