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Gang of six Britons arrested in Magaluf SIX Britons have been arrested on extortion and drug charges, and using threatening behaviour. Two of the accused have been remanded to prison after testifying.

They were arrested after officers received word that some workers in the recreational area of Magaluf were being threatened

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by a group of English people. After being identified by the people who reported them, they were arrested. The gang allegedly used threats of physical violence to try and get establishments to buy drugs from them to sell to their customers. At the time of the arrest officers seized knives which the detainees allegedly used, along with 34 ecstasy pills, 1.5 grams of cocaine and €340 in small bills. Then, €1,000 in cash, three baseball bats, two knives, a machete and a mask were removed from a hotel room. Investigations remain open and further arrests have not been not ruled out.

Danny Burnard and Philip Hay with Allen Graham and Anne Hellemans from the charity.

Home Mallorca supplies bedding to charity DANNY BURNARD and Philip Hay, the owners of the bedding company, Home Mallorca, visited the Cas Catala branch of the Allen Graham Charity for Kidz recently. “When we supply new bedding to houses or property managers or even yachts, we offer a service to

take away the old bedding that we are replacing to dispose of it,” said Philip. “It’s frequently of a really high quality and we didn’t want it to go to waste so throughout the year we will be making regular donations to the Allen Graham Charity.”

2 tourists beaten up TWO tourists were brutally beaten in Platja de Palma in the early hours of Sunday morning. A 28-year-old German citizen and his companion were walking along the road when some men called out to them ‘Turkish pieces of sh*t’ and began to hit them, according to the victim’s statement. Their attackers were dressed in black. A witness was able to record the ‘brutal attack’ on a mobile phone. It shows how one of the victims lost consciousness during the beating.

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No love from Russia A 54-YEAR-OLD Russian tourist was arrested on Sunday for allegedly hitting his wife in Muro. He later turned up at Son Espases Hospital in Palma de Mallorca and tried to take her out by force.

Closed down FOUR businesses were closed in 15 days by Sa Pobla Town Hall. Two of them did not have permission to carry out their activity and the other two did not comply with health and safety regulations.

Going for gold EIGHT disabled athletes from Mallorca have been pre-selected to represent the Balearics in the Paralympic Games in London this year. There will be more than 4,200 athletes from 164 countries participating for more than 500 medals.

Leading bank CAIXABANK is the leading bank in the Balearics after absorbing Banca Civica, which has more than 13 million clients in Spain, Spanish newspaper Diario de Mallorca reported.


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Chinese Terracotta Warriors in Palma IT is possible to see 150 authentic full size replicas of the original Chinese Terracotta Warriors in Palma de Mallorca. They are Mallorca’s latest cultural attraction, located at the entrance to the city. It is possible to see them daily from 10am-9pm through until the end of October. The warriors are displayed as if in a section of the original tomb, with war chariots, horses and weapons, all of which have been handmade using the same clay from the area where they were originally found in 1974 using traditional methods by local artisans in Xi’an, China. A full scale model - scale 1:10 of the entire tomb of China’s First Emperor with 1,000 figures, serves to demonstrate the scale of this discovery. Mallorca is the first destination in Spain to launch this exhibition before it continues its tour to other major Spanish cities.

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Quality of life has got worse MORE than half (52 per cent) of residents in Palma de Mallorca believe their quality of life has got worse in the past five years, which was the highest score in a consumer study. Madrid came second with 49 per cent of residents believing this followed by Barcelona with 48 per cent.

Violent thieves TWO men and a woman were arrested for allegedly violently attacking a woman in her 80s at her home in Palma de Mallorca on July 4. One of them reportedly posed as a gas inspector.

ON DISPLAY: Mallorca is the first destination in Spain with the exhibit. The Terracotta Warriors exhibition was created by Dr Burkard Pfrenzinger and Gerhard Merz, Director of Terra Prasent. They spent years negotiating with the Chinese Government to allow them to recreate the terracotta

warriors in situ and managed to carry off a logistical masterpiece when they transported from China to Europe the entire exhibition of warriors, weapons, horses and models in hundreds of boxes by boat.

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Balearics fifth lowest for pensions THE Balearics was the region with the fifth lowest average pension in June with €758.39. This is €71.18 below the Spanish Social Security system’s average of €829.57. However, this is a 3.3 per cent rise from June 2011. The region with the lowest average pension was Galicia with €696.14,

followed by Extremadura with €704.31 and Murcia with €730.50. Andalucia came fourth and Valencia sixth with €757.31 and €762.17 respectively. Seven Spanish regions, plus Ceuta, exceeded the average Spanish pension with Pais Vasco, Asturias and Madrid topping the list with €1,024.74, €984.78 and €981.51 respectively. The average pension for the Balearics

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

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School conflicts FIFTY-SIX police officers will be working in 48 municipalities on the islands to coordinate conflicts in schools.

Diplomas given MORE than 85 immigrant women from 17 countries received their diplomas from new technology workshops they have been attending since March in Palma de Mallorca.

Sewage rates THE rates for the sewage system in Marratxi are set to rise by 14 per cent for residents and 18 per cent for businesses.

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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.

19 arrested for 37 burglaries A GANG that allegedly carried out 37 burglaries in Pollença has been foiled. Four of the 19 people arrested are minors and one is a woman. Three other people have also been implicated in the gang’s activities. Investigations began following a spate of burglaries in properties near Pollença, the majority of them holiday homes rented to tourists. During investigations, officers detected a point of sale for drugs at a property close to Pollença Town Hall. It is believed that one of the detainees would supply drugs in exchange for stolen items.

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Going on strike WORKERS in the transport sector in the Balearics are set to go on strike on Saturday July 21 and Sunday 22 after negotiations with management brokedown, according to the unions.

Tragic crash A MAN died and another person was injured after the car they were travelling in went off the road between Llucmajor and Cap Blanc.

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A RECEPTIONIST at a hotel in Soller who was accused of sexually assaulting a colleague in one of the hotel rooms has been absolved.

A FIRE which broke out around 4am in a warehouse that stored gifts and paints in the Industrial Park in Inca destroyed part of the building.

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103,639 retirees was €863.99, which represents 60.5 per cent of total pensions on the islands and is a 3.59 per cent rise compared to June 2011. The 43,588 widowers on the islands received €542.17. The 18,680 people with permanent disabilities received €801.71, the 5,286 orphans received €323.48 each and the 139 families in special circumstances €404.40.

A FIRE burnt 10 hectares of land in Peguera (Calvia). As a precautionary measure tourists staying at hotels Club Europa and Don Antonio were evacuated for three hours.

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

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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.

Rising bills RUBBISH collection rates in Calvia are set to rise by eight per cent as the bills will no longer be issued by the town hall but by the public company Calvia 2000.

TWO women were injured, one seriously, in a head-on collision between two cars on the Paseo Maritimo by Hotel Bellver, in Palma de Mallorca.

37.5 hours AS of July 1, anybody in the Balearic Government who does not fulfil a 37.5 hour week will have their salary reduced.

Childcare THE requests for places at municipal kindergartens increased by 12.47 per cent from 2,022 for the 2011-2012 academic year to 2,310 for the coming year.

Man drowns A 67-YEAR-OLD foreign man drowned in the waters of Canyamel Beach in Capdepera.

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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School choice OF the 16,321 students who applied, 97.5 per cent were given a spot in their first or second priority for schools in the Balearics, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Universities.

Councillor jailed THE ex-tourism councillor for Unio Mallorquina (UM), has been sentenced to three years in prison for corruption. He awarded €15,000 of public money to an ex-mayor.

World’s biggest solar powered ship in Calvia THE world’s biggest solar powered ship is docked at Puerto Adriano in Calvia. It is also the first boat to have travelled around the world running solely on energy found in light. The MS Turanor PlanetSolar will stay in Mallorca until Saturday July 7 as part of its Mediterranean tour. The Vice President of Economy, Josep Ignasi Aguilo visited the ship Tuesday. The MS Turanor Planet

Solar is a catamaran launched in March 2010 in Kiel Germany in the shipyards of Knierim Yachtbau after 14 months

of construction. It is 35m long, 23m wide, 6.1m high and weighs 95 tonnes.The surface area of solar modules is 537m2

Bodybuilder shows support for animals WORLD Champion bodybuilder, Luis Vidal, showed his support for an animal welfare campaign this week when he met with campaigners on Palmira Beach in Peguera. Luis who was doing a photoshoot for his clothing brand ‘Pitbull Team’ signed a petition which expresses concern about animal welfare in Mallorca. Luis is now en route to compete in the Mr Universe competition in Italy this week. Animal rights campaigner Amalia Puertas-Escudero with Luis Vidal.

and allows the ship to navigate at night as well. Forty people are able to go on board and there are four crew members.

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Facebook riot rouser jailed A MAN has been jailed for three years for trying to incite violence on his Facebook page during last year’s riots in London.

Olympic strike BUS DRIVERS in London announced a 24-hour strike in pursuit of a £500 payment for working during the Olympics.

Isle of Rain WET weather took its toll on revellers at the Isle of Wight festival. Hundreds were stranded as ferries were cancelled.

Greedy banker AN INVESTMENT banker and his wife were jailed for netting £1.5 million from insider-dealing.

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Passenger wins claim over flight cancellation

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

COURT ORDER: Vueling must pay the compensation. 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

Guilty verdict for British mother BRITON Lianne Smith, 45, has been 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. Smith intends to appeal, her lawyer Jenifer Lahoz Labos announced.

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. “It is the passenger, not the airline, who is entitled by the regulations to choose between these three options,” the court ruled. Vueling had only emailed the passenger about the flight changes ‘for operational reasons’ without offering alternatives, the judgment concluded.

Cool welcome in Madrid for ‘Green mayor’ 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 remarked: “It’s just not possible to be that haughty.” Nevertheless, Soria did write to Angel, asking him to reconsider his hunger strike, which the minister described as ‘a drastic measure’ as well as ‘not being the most appropriate’. 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.

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Stuck in car for two days 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.

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.

Gay arrival A BERLIN woman gave birth in the back of a police car after her husband was stuck behind a gay pride parade and could not get her to hospital.


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Toll roads could take a toll TOLLS on state-run highcapacity roads prompted warnings that these could trigger more road accidents. Charges on previouslyfree 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 EMPTY: Motorists may use alternative routes, leaving the toll roads empty. made no decision regarding tolls on autovias, in May. “We have not discussed to any Cabinet meeting,” he insisted President Mariano Rajoy the matter. This will not be going 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. There will also be a ‘variable’ speed limit on motorways, although the increase will not apply to lorries or public transport. Raising the limit would depend on continued low traffic mortality rates, environmental factors and weather conditions, the director explained.

Spain still loves the euro currency 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 respec-

‘Black brigade’ foiled POLICE in Madrid liberated a 14-yearold Romanian girl who was forced into prostitution by her own mother and brothers. Known as the Black Brigade, they forced women to work as prostitutes and also rob clients. Seven arrests were made in all and four other women, one of them underage, were freed. All were constantly threatened and

beaten, sometimes so brutally they were unable to 'work.' The family of the 14-year-old, who has been taken into care, allied themselves to other gangs operating on the notorious Marconi industrial estate. They wanted to monopolise prostitution in the area, following the arrest and imprisonment of the Romanian known as Pig’s Head who formerly controlled vice in that part of the city.

FAVOURITE: The euro is still preferred to the peseta. tively 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. In comparison, German response over the last

year was lukewarm, rising from 60 per cent to 61 per cent. There is more enthusiasm for the euro from PP Conservatives (84 per cent) than PSOE Socialists (76 per cent). The lowest level of support comes from the former Communist party, Izquierda Unida, with only 67 per cent in favour of the euro. As in Spain, support for the euro varies across party lines in Germany, France and Italy with euro-enthusiasm growing on the Right and dwindling on the Left.

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Parents 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-dayold 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 immediately arrested. Three days later the mother was remanded but the father was released, a restraining order was issued, preventing him from approaching his son.


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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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

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.

‘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.

Summer sales: Prices slashed across Spain

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 Com-merce 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. 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

FLASHBACK: Last year’s sales. 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 Pre-Rebajas 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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‘Predator’ arrested

THE Guardia Civil 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 physically he was heavily built two women managed to escape 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 had 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.


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Spain needs to improve its English, says study

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

Only 27 per cent of young Spaniards speak English.

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

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.

But researchers in 14 EU countries also revealed that while 25 per cent of adolescents are ‘competent’ in a second foreign language, this rises to 28 per cent in Spain. Fourteen per cent of nonSpanish 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. “Spain needs to improve its results in English, particularly regarding oral comprehension,” the report stated. Meanwhile, the internet is helping pupils to improve reading and comprehension in foreign languages. The number who The youths fled the scene. regularly use The woman died later in another language hospital. Police later located online has risen the two boys who are now from 26 per cent in custody. to 36 per cent.

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 ‘very useful’ and 98 per cent felt it was important for their children’s future, a European Commission (EC) study found. In both Sweden and Malta, 82 per cent of pupils speak a foreign language. In contrast, only 9 per cent can do so in the UK, where French is the principal option, or 14 per cent in France, where pupils learn English.

Youths held after mugging ends in death A 78-YEAR-OLD woman died in Valls (Tarragona) after two under-aged youths attempted to snatch her handbag.

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When she saw the two boys approaching her, the elderly woman tripped before falling and hitting her head on the ground.

Cuts hit police translation service INTERPRETERS will no longer be on hand at police stations for nonSpanish speakers making enquiries or lodging formal complaints. Where possible police officers should carry out translations 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. Coming at the start of the summer season when many foreign tourists need to report thefts or other incidents, the move has come at a bad time, police sources claimed. Translators will still be available if someone who does not speak Spanish is under arrest and during police investigations, the circular stressed.


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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.


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Who can and cannot use foreign-plated vehicles

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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)

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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. ask@lawtaxspain.com 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.

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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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www.euroweeklynews.com 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. 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

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£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 www.blevinsfranks.com


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -5.40 -2.13

NET VOLUME 1,459,992

Admiral Group

1,148.00

-10.00

-0.86

100,127

Aggreko

2,042.00

-13.00

-0.63

192,634

946.00

-17.50

-1.82

687,409

Anglo American

2,015.00

-50.50

-2.44

1,484,910

Antofagasta

AMEC

CU RR EN CI ES

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 25

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Manag. 248.70

0.80268

1.24581 Units per €

United States $..................................................... 1.24942 Japan Yen ¥.......................................................... 99.5149 Switzerland Francs............................................... 1.58854 Denmark Kroner ................................................... 7.43349 Norway Kroner...................................................... 7.49339

1,030.00

-16.00

-1.53

1,080,129

ARM Holdings

503.50

-2.50

-0.49

1,045,796

Ashmore Group

337.20

-2.60

-0.77

330,716

C O M PA N Y

PRICE(P)

Assoc. British Foods

1,232.00

-2.00

-0.16

307,920

B. American Tobacco

3,202.50

-1.50

AstraZeneca

2,755.50

-16.00

-0.58

1,010,983

British Land Co

496.50

British Sky Broadcasting BT Group Bunzl Burberry Group

C O M PA N Y Centrica Compass Group

PRICE(P) CHANGE 308.10 1.00

% C H G. 0.33

VOLUME 3,112,499

650.50

-0.50

-0.08

1,519,338

CRH

1,079.00

-19.00

-1.73

1,148,756

Croda International

2,138.00

-34.00

-1.57

384,074

Diageo

1,596.50

2.50

0.16

1,586,044

Eurasian Natural Res

400.80

-13.50

-3.26

1,019,127

EVRAZ

255.40

-12.80

-4.77

1,158,316

NET VOLUME

Experian

909.50

-2.00

-0.22

1,068,716

-0.05

1,014,868

Fresnillo

1,421.75

3.75

0.26

747,160

-4.00

-0.80

1,211,713

G4S

276.10

-0.30

-0.11

1,175,576

658.00

-7.50

-1.13

1,466,048

GKN

176.00

-3.40

-1.90

2,574,445

203.10

-1.90

-0.93

9,355,715

GlaxoSmithKline

1,475.50

-1.00

-0.07

6,013,551

1,022.00

-13.00

-1.26

637,875

Glencore International

306.00

-6.65

-2.13

8,255,896

1,332.00

-7.00

-0.52

507,848

Hammerson

422.70

-4.40

-1.03

791,260

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.

Aviva

263.29

-11.31

-4.12

5,714,119

Babcock International

855.50

-10.00

-1.16

495,624

BAE SYSTEMS

281.90

-4.60

-1.61

2,485,094

Barclays

194.55

-6.15

-3.06

17,663,295

BG Group

1,206.05

-11.45

-0.94

2,599,375

Capita

645.50

-4.00

-0.62

454,235

Hargreaves Lansdown

509.50

8.50

1.70

283,968

BHP Billiton

1,729.00

-41.00

-2.32

3,488,319

Capital Shopping C.

315.30

-2.80

-0.88

390,806

HSBC Holdings

556.99

-5.31

-0.94

12,912,538

403.00

-4.25

-1.04

10,378,396

2,162.00

-12.00

-0.55

450,320

ICAP

361.00

-11.00

-2.96

1,214,914

IMI

BP

Carnival

DOW JONES

NASDAQ

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 25

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 25

C O M PA N Y MMM 3M Co AA Alcoa Inc

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 86.15

-0.68

-0.78%

30,925

8.43

-0.19

-2.20%

236,857

AXP American Express Co

56.46

-0.33

-0.58%

32,952

T AT&T Inc

34.95

-0.22

-0.63%

483,244

BAC Bank of America Corp

7.67

-0.27

-3.40%

2,345,117

BA Boeing Co

71.86

-0.10

-0.14%

54,708

CAT Caterpillar Inc

82.82

-2.14

-2.52%

108,006

CVX Chevron Corp

98.50

-1.94

-1.93%

102,002

CSCO Cisco Systems Inc

16.92

-0.21

-1.23%

346,309

DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co

49.55

-0.41

-0.82%

63,535

XOM Exxon Mobil Corp

79.92

-2.19

-2.67%

621,347

GE General Electric Co

19.55

-0.26

-1.31%

1,046,676

HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co

20.24

-0.13

-0.65%

220,741

HD Home Depot Inc

51.54

-0.48

-0.92%

144,570

INTC Intel Corp

26.49

-0.45

-1.65%

459,684

IBM International Business Machines 193.00

-0.69

-0.36%

35,606

JNJ Johnson & Johnson

66.50

-0.13

-0.20%

244,429

JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co

35.09

-0.90

-2.50%

775,924

KFT Kraft Foods Inc

38.58

-0.27

-0.70%

39,559

MCD McDonald's Corp

88.00

-0.35

-0.40%

47,620

MRK Merck & Co Inc

39.98

-0.20

-0.50%

263,266

MSFT Microsoft Corp

30.14

-0.56

-1.82%

5,081,272

PFE Pfizer Inc

22.37

-0.35

-1.56%

526,785

PG Procter & Gamble Co

59.77

-0.06

-0.10%

145,019

KO The Coca-Cola Co

74.50

-0.44

-0.59%

TRV Travelers Companies Inc

62.55

-0.80

-1.26%

52,254 22,480

UTX United Technologies Corp

74.17

-1.03

-1.37%

27,628

VZ Verizon Communications Inc

43.52

-0.43

-0.98%

114,152

WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc

67.80

+0.50

+0.74%

142,000

DIS Walt Disney Co

46.86

-0.61

-1.29%

86,287

C O M PA N Y

PRICE

CHANGE NET / %

$4.78 $11.56 $2.95 $3.55 $3.42 $2.10 $4.76 $3.36 $2.24 $3.08 $27.64 $3.67 $8.87 $6.05

0.81 / +20.65% 1.66 / +16.77% 0.29 / +10.90% 0.26 / +7.90% 0.24 / +7.55% 0.12 / +6.06% 0.27 / +6.01% 0.19 / +5.99% 0.12 / +5.66% 0.16 / +5.48% 1.42 / +5.42% 0.17 / +4.86% 0.37 / +4.35% 0.24 / +4.13%

Most Declined GeoEye, Inc. Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Zions Bancorporation Shire plc Impax Laboratories, Inc. Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. Immersion Corporation ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc Education Management Corporation Capital Bank Corporation Mercantile Bank Corporation Aware, Inc. Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Hudson Global, Inc.

-20.50

-2.42

415,604

-5.00

-0.21

685,092

InterContinental

1,521.00

-2.00

-0.13

595,130

154.50

-1.60

-1.02

3,703,463

417.22

-0.08

-0.02

3,380,495

2,558.00

-23.00

-0.89

48,582 4,435,135

Intl Cons Airlines Group

Most Advanced Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. J. Alexander's Corporation UniTek Global Services, Inc. Amyris, Inc. MGP Ingredients, Inc. Alaska Communications Systems G., Inc. PowerSecure International, Inc Kandi Technolgies, Corp. MannKind Corporation School Specialty, Inc. Quest Software, Inc. Echelon Corporation Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc. Leap Wireless International, Inc.

828.00

Imperial Tobacco Group 2,415.00

$13.93 $13.97 $2.72 $81.04 $20.78 $5.25 $6.47 $3.10 $6.24 $2.20 $16.24 $5.98 $2.76 $3.46

4.40 / -23.99% 3.04 / -17.87% 0.43 / -13.65% 10.32 / -11.30% 2.07 / -9.06% 0.48 / -8.38% 0.54 / -7.70% 0.24 / -7.19% 0.41 / -6.17% 0.14 / -5.98% 0.98 / -5.69% 0.35 / -5.53% 0.16 / -5.48% 0.20 / -5.46%

International Power Intertek Group ITV

73.60

-1.55

-2.06

2,174.00

-36.00

-1.63

230,032

Kazakhmys

676.00

-26.00

-3.70

1,014,320

Kingfisher

281.00

-0.30

-0.11

1,778,047

Land Securities Group

729.00

-3.50

-0.48

663,332

Legal & General Group

120.60

-0.90

-0.74

5,256,392

Johnson Matthey

Lloyds Banking Group

30.42

-0.97

-3.09

76,281,723

Marks & Spencer

323.60

-3.20

-0.98

1,816,496

Meggitt

369.80

-1.00

-0.27

475,325

Morrison (Wm)

265.90

-2.50

-0.93

10,046,365

National Grid Next Old Mutual

660.50

2.00

0.30

3,350,474

3,180.00

3.00

0.09

171,222

153.70

-1.00

-0.65

3,134,532

Pearson

1,200.00

-3.00

-0.25

733,578

Petrofac

1,368.00

-3.00

-0.22

717,648

Polymetal International

923.50

10.00

1.09

274,467

Prudential

715.50

-13.00

-1.78

1,354,394

Randgold Resources

5,670.00

-20.00

-0.35

176,832

Reckitt Benckiser

3,399.00

-33.00

-0.96

882,061

486.10

-1.90

-0.39

1,018,139 1,289,854

Reed Elsevier Resolution

196.80

-3.20

-1.60

REXAM

403.90

-1.60

-0.39

546,569

2,895.50

-86.50

-2.90

3,069,758

Rio Tinto Rolls-Royce Holdings

850.50

8.00

0.95

1,231,174

Royal Bank of Scotland

237.30

-5.90

-2.43

4,779,878

2,155.12

-18.38

-0.85

1,930,089

104.70

-1.00

-0.95

3,782,438

2,461.50

-42.50

-1.70

1,421,790

266.70

-1.20

-0.45

1,697,656 1,774,127

Royal Dutch Shell RSA Insurance Group SABMiller Sage Group Sainsbury (J) Schroders Serco Group

294.30

0.70

0.24

1,301.00

-11.00

-0.84

247,830

539.50

-4.00

-0.74

248,632

Severn Trent

1,614.65

8.65

0.54

551,292

Shire

1,734.00

-232.00

-11.80

5,620,021

Smith & Nephew

615.50

-4.50

-0.73

750,864

Smiths Group

1,009.00

-8.00

-0.79

198,360

SSE

1,371.00

-5.00

-0.36

1,111,115

Standard Chartered

1,354.00

-32.00

-2.31

1,644,338

Standard Life

223.82

-2.68

-1.18

1,839,657

Tate & Lyle

638.50

2.00

0.31

614,737 6,101,396

Tesco

308.90

-2.70

-0.87

Tullow Oil

1,410.00

-21.00

-1.47

964,723

Unilever

2,068.00

-25.00

-1.19

1,084,716 772,004

United Utilities Group

646.50

0.50

0.08

Vedanta Resources

886.84

-16.66

-1.84

629,596

Vodafone Group

177.55

-0.05

-0.03

30,525,866

Weir Group

1,451.00

-9.00

-0.62

384,285

Whitbread

1,995.00

-2.00

-0.10

332,902

Wolseley

2,245.00

-7.00

-0.31

236,577

WPP

747.50

-15.50

-2.03

2,101,163

Xstrata

793.50

-23.00

-2.82

3,404,868


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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.

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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

THE CURRENT ACCOUNT WITH A WORLD OF BENEFITS.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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 Mallorca 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 Leapylee2002@gtmail.com

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

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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,

PAUL COWAN

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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State of trance A GROUP of Canadian schoolgirls were left spaced out after a demonstration by a hypnotist locked them in a trance.

Tired teen A BRITISH teen, who suffers from ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,’ woke up after two months. She shares her condition with only 1,000 other people.

‘Poofile’ ALMOST 300,000 people purchased the iPoo application, which allows users to share their potty-experience through their smart phones.

Sex sells A CONSERVATIVE Mexican presidential candidate is appealing to women voters to use their wiles to ensure their husbands vote.

Drinks bet UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Mykola Azarov landed in trouble after winning a drink’s bet with a Swedish fan.

Find the balance to make this summer special Family Matters

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T has taken me several years to informing even complete come to terms with the length of strangers of her trip for the school summer holidays and quite a while now. In fact this year finally I think I am prepared. you may have been told if I’ve learnt from bitter previous you stood next to us long summer experiences that too much of enough in the queue in the a good thing is, well, not a good supermarket. thing. Mummy on the other hand Too much of the same summer was a tad stressed about school equals stress, difficulty saying ta ta. in mixing with new kids, I was okay up I more stress, expensive until the have learnt runs for two hours a actual day, stressful and day of from bitter pointless. We’ve the experience that too flight been through all of these scenarios in and much of a good our time. then I thing is not So we have mixed had a good and matched this year. wobble. First off is a trip back to the But she made UK to visit her paternal it safe and sound and grandparents for a two week jolly actually pronounced the around North Wales in a caravan. whole experience a bit (Yes, we packed wellies, and jumpers ‘boring’! and a coat). Following this she will be off This involved flying on her own as to summer school at Kip an accompanied minor on a British McGrath in Palma for a couple of Airways flight (well, nothing but the weeks to continue to improve her best for my girl, thank you). Gidg has reading and writing in English, and been so excited about the idea of then the local summer school for a flying on her own she has been couple more weeks and then,

ADVENTURE: Trips and summer camp is booked. Hallelujah! We’re off for a family holiday to France, and I shall be fulfilling my promise to myself that I will not be working in August, come hook or crook. I’m already finding June a struggle this year: imagine what kind of condition I could be in by August. So I will try to keep my promise to myself. Then she’s going on a two week sailing course which will take us neatly out of August and into September, and Bob’s your mother’s brother,

back to school. Yay! The part I haven’t forgotten from the past that it is really easy to get stressed out in the summer with work and childcare colliding with each other. All too soon La Gidg will be grown and she won’t want to go to the beach or the water park with her old mum or dad, so this year I’m really going to try to find the balance and make summertime special. www.familymattersmallorca.com

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How to separate some of those rasher reports from the porkies! 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 NORA JOHNSON and red meat are bad. Dairy A writer, Nora has lived on the Costa del Sol for five years products are and is the author of two psychological suspense thrillers. 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 doesn’t work for others. What we need to remember above NOT ROCKET SCIENCE: Knowing how to all, however, is that the diet industry is a multi-billion pound one that That’s what is behind the majority of constantly needs to reinvent itself in these ‘reports’. What faddy diets do is order to keep us handing over our sell lots of books to desperate people dosh. and fill up magazine/newspaper

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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 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! Aren’t ‘reports’ 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 another’s so that one person’s myth is another’s facts. Basically, almost all food is OK in eat healthily. moderation and moderate exercise is good for us; just as my old granny used to say. Nothing is new, it seems. space. Common sense doesn’t make the Oh, how could we all be so naïve? So, excuse me while I shoot off to snake-oil brigade any money and so it generally isn’t encouraged. It’s not the gym for my regular 90-minute session. And that’s no myth; 15 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of weights, and 60 minutes of talking myself into it! who had lent him the of this type has been Nora Johnson’s van. He later went detected in Ceuta and novels, Soul Stealer & before a judge, who suggests a new entry The De Clerambault ordered his remand. route, according to the Code (www.noraThe confiscated El Faro de Ceuta johnson.com available hashish was not grown newspaper. from Amazon in in Morocco but was The investigation is paperback/eBook imported from ongoing, police sources (€0.89; £0.77) and Pakistan. This is the said, and further iBookstore. Profits to first time that hashish arrests are likely. Cudeca.

One-time councillor caught with hash stash 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,

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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 world-view. 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

Compulsory companions part of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich tapestry Mike Walsh vwww.michaelwalsh.es 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.

circumstances left one no choice. Those who watched the movie Boats, Trains and Planes starring Tom Hanks will have been in 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

SHARING A BED: When one turns, they all turn. 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 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 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 was removed. of travellers. Happily, there have been no bad â&#x20AC;&#x153;should be obliged to experiences, just different include the historic Tio ones. Pepe sign.â&#x20AC;? As Shakespeare The objection was surmised, the world is a dismissed and plans stage and we all play a excluding Tio Pepe were part on it. Yes, it is all part approved on May 30. of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich tapestry, Will.

Tio Pepe out in the cold as Apple takes over By Linda Hall A TIO PEPE neon advertisement watched over Madridâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 these 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. The sign was removed during renovation work and Tio Pepe owners Gonzalez Byass assumed it

The neon sign was the last remaining one in Puerta del Sol until last year when it would return. They began to suspect the worst last November when they saw it was absent from mock-ups and plans of the revamped building.

Gonzalez Byass challenged the plans. Noone appeared to have opposed or investigated the signâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusion, the wine company complained in a letter to Madridâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out for summer 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 doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a vampire as its central character).

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ELL, the children have gone, the corridors are bare and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to prepare for some serious rest and recuperation. The last few weeks have been unbearably hot (no air- conditioning and 21 sweaty bodies crammed into a small classroom); grumpiness has ruled the day (mine and the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 SATs in Year 6, year

MUSIC REVOLUTION: Children today seem to tune into mediocre sounds, not cutting-edge and after year after year. So what makes teaching such 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 hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt, either. As an aside; yesterday I played

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some old YouTube videos of The Clash to my class. It was amusing to watch as these young children screwed up their faces and clasped their hands over their ears in the very same way my mother and father did the first time they heard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rock the Kasbahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I ignored the cries of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play Cheryl Cole, Missâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put Justin Beiber on, Missâ&#x20AC;? 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 motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of her own motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shock when she first heard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jack Flashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and no doubt her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shock on hearing Frank Sinatra sing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Wayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;turn that racket offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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?

Families scrutinise their spending SAVING money around the home is a priority for 90 per cent of Spanish families. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 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 Spaniards. Uneaten food left on plates was cited by 57 per cent and leaving domestic appliances on standby

was a concern for 53 per cent. Fifty per cent dislike 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.

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WATCH OUT: Jellyfish stringers can remain active for three days.

How to prevent 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. Last year, several beaches along the coast closed to bathers after swarms of jellyfish plagued their shores. The Environment Ministry warned that it could be no different this year, as they placed the

blame on global warming and over-fishing in the area. 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 body suit if swimming deep. Lifeguards and weather reports can advise you about your location.

2012 swimwear fashion trends SWIMSUIT trends for this summer include prints, one-shoulder, cut-out, sequins, monotone, retro, ruffles, and bandeau styles. Florals, wild and tribal prints as well as geometrical ones are hotter than ever. Python, leopard, stripes, zigzags and kaleidoscopic prints can be great options. Just as one-shoulder dresses are popular, this style has delved into the swimwear fashion range. Sequins are also now appearing on swimwear, in all colours, complemented with beading, crystals and embroidery. While not the most conducive for getting an even tan, cut-out bathing suits are very sexy. For those who prefer more traditional monotone styles, pastel tones, orange and white hues will dominate. Go for pieces with details

the past to bikinis. Ruffles have been everywhere on the runway and have made their way into swimsuit fashion. They make swimwear sweet and feminine, but stay away from them in the hip area if you wish to appear slimmer. Regardless of what the fashion is, the best way to look good on the beach is to choose something that suits your body type, hiding the trouble spots and highlighting your assets.

SEXY: Cut-out suits. that make them more interesting. Fashion often delves into the past for inspiration and this year is no different with the retro look in fashion again, whether it is full-blown swimsuits or the details added as a touch of


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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 Spanishtargeted 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? 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

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Many hands making light work – to help

cash-strapped town By Linda Hall RESIDENTS in Higuera de la Serena (Badajoz) are carrying out tasks their financially-embarrassed town hall can no longer afford. More than a 100 of the town’s 1,041 residents turned out last weekend out to sweep streets, prune trees, paint what needed painting and repair what needed repairing. Ricardo Estrella, a 60year-old retired carpenter patched up deteriorated woodwork, while Maria del Mar Tena swept streets. The town can only pay one part-time road sweeper so Maria del Mar, a former council employee whose contract was not renewed, now helps out. When

the municipal swimming pool reopens she will take her turn at the ticket office, she said. The council, which has debts of €800,000, was badly run for years, townspeople complain, pointing to a residence for the elderly which lies empty. It received planning permission in 2000 and was designed and built to comply with residential regulations, not the hospital system made necessary by laws that changed in 2006. Corridors are too narrow for stretchers and there is no emergency evacuation plan. The centre would provide work for more than 10 people, and the council has paid €12,000 to connect electricity but the resi-

dence cannot open until it is brought into line with requirements. The town hall requested funds made available by the Treasury to pay suppliers, and last month received €300,000 to settle debts accumulated by the former PSOE council. The money comes at a price. The council, now headed by Manuel Tamayo, a 46-year-old teacher cannot spend anything – “not even €1” – for the next two years. The state will control all the council’s movements and the money must be paid within the 10 years at 5.6 per cent interest. “We’ve had a bailout,” said Tamayo while managing a smile.

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. The fact that my daughter learned a poem about the Paella Valenciana to recite at her end-ofterm concert should, of course, have alerted me to the fact that some things - alongside sleeping dogs - are better left alone. Even the recipe was lyrical that the dish itself must be practically sacrosanct, which made my cooking efforts on this occasion positively blasphemous. 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. Seconds were unilaterally declined. The kids had long since given up the wait in favour of several rounds of toast; they were the lucky ones. 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!’. Ultimately, when in Rome, there are times when you should actually not do as the Romans - or the Mallorquins to be precise - do. Just save yourself a lot of pain and cook a shepherd’s pie. Or, better still, order a takeaway.


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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Award for Son Amar MALLORCA’S world class dinner show ‘Son Amar’ received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that

LOCAL golf professional Peter Ledwidge won the first ranking tournament of the 2012 Balearic PGA Circuit held at the Son Termens course on Monday June 25. Peter is based at the Santa Ponsa 2 golf course where non-members are welcome for lessons. For more information go to www.mallorcagolfacademy.com

Margaret Whittaker, OBE, (centre) with the choreographer, director and stars of Son Amar.

consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. Son Amar, which is at Palmanyola, 10 minutes from Palma City centre, has been entertaining residents and visitors to the island for almost 50 years and is one of Mallorca’s best loved and well known attractions. “Son Amar is delighted to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Mrs Margaret Whittaker, OBE, the coowner of Son Amar. “The whole Son Amar team strives to offer our customers a fantastic experience from the moment they arrive at our theatre, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into Ronan Leonard and Spectrum FM’s Laura Penn. Inset: Leapy Lee positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. “It is so wonderful to read the reviews from our happy customers, both tourists and residents alike. AGE Concern Mallorca held a raffle was held plus an auction to “We’re very proud of our summer evening supper with live win two nights in a Barcelo brand new show and entertainment on Saturday at Hotel. The event was supported delicious menu for 2012.” Meson Son Ferrer in Son Ferrer. by Spectrum FM and breakfast “TripAdvisor is pleased to The entertainment was show presenter Laura Penn honour exceptional provided by singers Ronan hosted the auction. businesses for consistent Leonard, Lady Letitia and Bambi, Age Concern Mallorca works to excellence, as reviewed by Leapy Lee, Debra Hart and the provide aid and assistance to travellers on the site,” said duo Whiskers. senior citizens on the island. Christine Petersen, A barbecue supper with drinks For more information go to President of TripAdvisor for was provided for guests and a www.acespana.org. Business.

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album Employment exploded. Their return to the Balearics was deemed a huge success. They were supported by up and coming band Spector with the Mallorca Rocks Music Director BBC1 DJ Zane Lowe on the decks in between the two sets. PHOENIX MEDIA MALLORCA PLEASE

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OUGHT to stay in more! That was a decision reached by myself along with some friends - while we were out - naturally! I can’t actually remember the last evening that I spent at home and my cats are starting to look accusingly at me. I blame two things for this. 1, I don’t have a telly, 2, a man named Brian Cook. You won’t know him, but he was the first Programme Controller that I worked for in radio at Radio City in Liverpool. He told me: “Laura, you have to have a life so that you have something to talk about on air. Get out and about.” That may have been back in the days when we played vinyl before it was cool to do so, but it has always stuck with me. That coupled with the fact that I hate missing out on anything, there is no one to stop me and that there is so much happening on Mallorca means that I am fortunate enough to enjoy many interesting and varied

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events here on the island. Compare and contrast two events that I went to this past week. Last Thursday I was ‘moshing it’ with the kids at BCM square watching Tottenham rapper Wretch 32, and jolly good he was too! Apart from the odd mutter that “some of these girls should wear more clothes” I thought I equated myself rather well as an old bird amongst hordes of sweaty, hormone-fuelled youngsters. Then on Saturday night I put on a proper frock to hang out with my

‘homeys’ at the Age Concern summer supper bash. Now that was wild! I vaguely remember singing Tina Turner with my two drag queen chums and drinking brandy with Leapy Lee. The rest is a blur! Add the other evenings that have happened to me this week - a BBQ at a chum’s house, watching footy at my local bar, a cozy picnic on the beach and a night with the Kaiser Chiefs and there really is no time to stay in! Thank heavens for siestas or I would be too tired to face this week with the Epore swishy event at Mood Beach Bar, more footy of course (viva España), the ‘Daddy Cool’ musical, a book signing with my good chum Louis ‘The Lip’ O’Brien and the Plan B gig at Mallorca Rocks. Phew! I have said it before but happy to repeat it again, we are so lucky to live on this island which is not only beautiful but eternally amusing,


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BORED: Laura’s cats have to amuse themselves when she is out all the time. surprising and entertaining. As we head into silly season there are so many things to see, do and watch without spending a fortune. For the price of a glass of wine, beer or even water, you can enjoy great live music at many bars (see the

Spectrum FM gig guide), bunk in on the Mallorquin parades, markets, Ni di Focs and other crazy fiesas, then there is the never-ending peoplewatching fest. If you are bored on Mallorca, check your pulse, you may just be dead.

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 Cafes 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.

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Compiled by Laura Penn from Spectrum FM If you are a performer or a venue with live music email information to Laura@spectrumfm.net for inclusion in the gig guide. • THURSDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Tropical Gardens, Cala Dor (Michael Buble tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Sean’s Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm VINNIE SCOTT – Palma Bar Puerto Pollens 9.30pm ABBA ANGELS – Finnegans Magalluf 10pm DÉJÀ VU – 80s duo Delaneys Bar, Sa Coma ARRON REECE – Arthurs Bar, Magalluf 11.15pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• FRIDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Trotters Bar Can Picafort RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar 10pm (Ratpack & Blues Brothers show) VINNIE SCOTT – McTavishes in Santa Ponsa 10pm ABBA ANGELS - The Fountain Magalluf 10.30pm GEE CARMICHAEL – JK LEOS BAR 11pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• SATURDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Finnegans, Magalluf (Neil Diamond tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm HATS at Aroma, El Toro, 9pm. ABBA ANGELS - Shipwrecked Can Picafort 9pm VINNIE SCOTT at Hotel Cala Bona 9.30pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight. VERA LYNNS – Mrs Doyles Magalluf 11pm

• SUNDAY JP BRADSHAW – Stadium, Palmanova, 9.30pm (Michael Buble tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Sean’s Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ABBA ANGELS - Ruby Tuesdays Palma Nova 10.15pm VINNIE SCOTT – Eden Paradise, Cala D Or 9.30pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight

• MONDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm IAN DUNCAN – Hotel Paraiso, Alcudia VINNIE SCOTT – Club Mac Alcudia 9pm ABBA ANGELS – Santa Ponsa Park 9pm JP BRADSHAW – Tropical Gardens, Cala Dor GEE CARMICHAEL - Santa Lucia Hotel Palma Nova 10.00pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Sean’s Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar, Magalluf 10pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• TUESDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm RICKY STEVENS - Delaney's Bar, Cala Millor Rd, SA COMA 9pm ABBA ANGELS - Astoria Playa Alcudia 9.15pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Sean’s Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm JP BRADSHAW – Benny Hills, Magalluf, request show 10pm VINNE SCOTT – Britannia Bar. Sa Coma 10pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• WEDNESDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Jardin del Luz, Santa Ponsa ABBA ANGELS - Palms Bar, Pto Pollenca 9.30pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Sean’s Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm VINNIE SCOTT – Finnegans, Magalluf 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar, Magalluf 10.30pm (Country & Beatles show) WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

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W hat’s On On What’s SPECTRUM CALENDAR OF EVENTS By Laura Penn • Thur June 28 - MEETING of the Cancer Support Group at Calle Ramon Llull 9, 2b Portals Nous at 10.30am. - CONCERT at Mallorca Rocks in Magalluf ‘We Are Rockstars’ starring Example, DJ Wire and Feed Me. €25 to €50 (residents €15). Doors open at 7pm. CONCERT by Palma's Municipal Band of Music in Palma at the Plaza Major starting at 7.30pm. - EPORE SUMMER EVENT at Mood Beach Bar in Costa Den Blanes. The association Europeos Por España invites you to a summer BBQ with drinks and entertainment from Martin Diaz and others. €30. - CONCERT at Sa Taronja cultural centre in Andratx town featuring music from guitarist Hugo de Ambrosio €5 per ticket. 8.30pm - CONCERT – Jazz music from the Palma Jazz Quartet at the Blue Jazz Club in the Hotel Saratoga starting at 10pm. - FIESTAS DEL SANT PERE in Andratx and Alcudia and Port Pollensa. In Andratx there is music in the Plaza Espanya from 11pm. In Alcudia a sardine dinner and Havana night at the old pier starting at 11.30pm. The fiestas continue until Sunday 1st July.

• Fri June 29 - FREE GUIDED TOURS – One of Alcudia town lasting two hours and starting at 10am from the door of the church. The other of the Es Baluard museum modern art in Palma. Tours in English every Friday starting at 10.30am at the museum's ticket office. Limited to 20 places. - MUSICAL WORKSHOPS at Es Generador in Son Caliu called ‘Creation Women.’ Free starting at 6pm. - MUSICAL – ‘Daddy Cool’ with the music of Boney M, Milli Vanilli and more at the Trui Teatre in Palma. Starring Sheila Ferguson from the Three Degrees. On until 23 September. - CONCERT at Peguera's Auditorium by the Calvia Choir. Starts 9.30pm. - FIESTA of Sant Joan in Porreres with a concert by Flaix Kintos a 10.30pm. - FIESTAS de Sant Pere in Andratx with a concert by Tom Trovador at 8pm then at 9pm a folk dance exhibition at Plaza Espanya followed by more live music in the square. Also in Alcudia with a procession starting at 7.30pm and music paying tribute to Spanish Eurovision songs. Firework display at 12.30am.

• Sat June 30 - FIESTA de Sant Pere in Andratx with a children's drawing competition starting at 11am in the Plaza España then a paella competition at 1pm. Later there is a concert by the band Gin Tonics at 10.30pm. - BOOK SIGNING – Louis ‘The Lip’ O Brien will be signing copies of his book ‘Hasta La Flip Flops’ at Aroma restaurant in El Toro from 12 noon till 4pm. Win a free copy of the book if you are lucky. - EXHIBITION of photos by Samantha Hemsley at L'Escargot in Santa Eugenia. 7pm to 9pm running until August. - CONCERT by singer-songwriter Arantxa Andreu at Sa Taronja in Andratx. €5. - NIGHT MARKET – at Capdepera from 8.30pm to midnight with live music.

• Tues July 3 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring Plan B at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf. - MALLORCA LIVE featuring DJ Fresh at the BCM square in Magalluf.

• Thur July 5 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe, Disclosure and Rudimental.

• Fri July 6 - FREE GUIDED TOURS – One of Alcudia town lasting two hours and starting at 10am from the door of the church. The other of the Es Baluard museum modern art in Palma. Tours in English every Friday starting at 10.30am at the museum's ticket office. Limited to 20 places.

• Mon July 9 - SEAFOOD FAIR – The XII Mostra de Cuina Marinera is held at Porto Cristo. - FIRA DEL CARME – an artesan fayre is held at Cala Bona.

• Tues July 10 - MALLORCA ROCKS 2nd BIRTHDAY – Featuring Kasbian. Doors open at 7pm. - MALLORCA LIVE – Example & DJ Wire


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There has been a strong demand for holiday apartments and villas in 2012 so far.

Positive reports for the property market By Anne Wibrow 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. They also just bought a large first line plot of land on the Costa Blanca.

Dealing with 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. Whereas, for example, repeatedly using the

swimming pool out of agreed hours, keeping pets where the statutes do not permit it, incorrect use of facilities and premises is not against criminal law but may still cause a problem or go against the statutes and rules of the community. 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. There are other situations where although the offending behaviour is

not a criminal offence it is contrary to local by-laws. Then the community has the possibility to call the local police and report the infringement or follow the previously mentioned procedure and take legal action. The courts in Spain are unimaginably busy and legal procedure certainly takes considerable time and usually there is no way to get a court decision quickly. When facing problems with holidaymakers for example, who might be in a property for just 15 days or so then calling the local police is probably the most effective and cheapest way to stop any kind of unacceptable behaviour. Just the site of a couple of stern faced uniformed Spanish police officers at the door is enough of a deterrent for most tourists to stop behaving badly. Many instances of misbehaviour are already contrary to town hall bylaws so take advantage of this and most local police are very cooperative and well versed in putting a swift end to this kind of nuisance especially when it is against the municipal bylaws.


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BBC1 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm Euro 2012 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Question Time 12:35am This Week 1:20am Holiday Weatherview 1:25am Panorama 1:55am Antiques Roadshow

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4:25pm Deadly Art 4:40pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:05pm Me and My Monsters 5:30pm Young Dracula 6:00pm A Tribute to Bomber Command 6:50pm Wimbledon 2012 9:00pm Today at Wimbledon 10:00pm The Men Who Made Us Fat 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am A Tribute to Bomber Command 1:10am The Culture Show 1:40am BBC News

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4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm A Touch of Frost 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 9:00pm Tonight 9:30pm You've Been Framed! 10:00pm Benidorm 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Euro 2012 Highlights 12:35am Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India 1:30am Jackpot247 3:30am Tonight 3:55am ITV Nightscreen

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4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm A Touch of Frost 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Grimefighters 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm The Circus 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Public Enemies

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4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Come Dine with Me 10:00pm The Million Pound Drop Live 11:30pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:20am Stand Up for the Week 1:10am Random Acts 1:15am Date Movie

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4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:40pm Dad's Army 7:10pm Wimbledon 2012 9:00pm Today at Wimbledon 10:00pm Richard II 12:20am Shakespeare Uncovered 1:20am TOTP2 2:20am Nina's Heavenly Delights 3:50am Pages from Ceefax News and information from the BBC's Teletext service.

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6:00pm Local News and Weather 6:10pm ITV News and Weather 6:30pm You've Been Framed! 7:00pm Primeval 8:00pm You Cannot be Serious! 8:30pm Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 11:00pm ITV News and Weather 11:20pm Mad Mad World 12:00am Take Me Out 1:10am The Store 3:15am In Plain Sight 4:00am ITV Nightscreen

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TUESDAY JULY 3

BBC1 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Turn Back Time 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Imagine 1:05am Infamous 3:05am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:10am The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate 4:10am A Picture of London 5:10am Great British Menu 5:40am BBC News

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4:25pm Deadly Art 4:40pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:05pm Me and My Monsters 5:30pm Who Let the Dogs Out? 6:00pm Newsround 6:10pm Copycats 6:40pm Shaun the Sheep 6:50pm Wimbledon 2012 9:00pm Today at Wimbledon 10:00pm Line of Duty 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am The Secret History of Our Streets 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Eco Maths

ITV

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm A Touch of Frost 6:00pm Tipping Point 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 9:00pm Love Your Garden 10:00pm Bomber Command 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Passenger 57 1:15am Jackpot247 3:45am Loose Women 4:35am ITV Nightscreen

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Channel 5

4:15pm Tidal Wave: No Escape 6:00pm 5 News 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 9:00pm World's Toughest Prison 10:00pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Drama series about a team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas. 11:00pm Big Brother 12:00am Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1:00am Banged Up Abroad 1:55am Super Casino

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More summits, more pledges and declarations: more muddle By Jim Collins THE latest G20 summit has ended with very little to show for it except fine-sounding proposals and the ruffling of a few feathers. José Manuel Barroso’s petulant assertion that ’AngloSaxon capitalism’ emanating from America was the source of all Europe’s woes, was hardly a diplomatic response. But one has to remember that, like so many members of the EU Commission, the man is a dedicated Socialist. However, perhaps his advisers should remind him of the old adage: ‘When you lose your temper you’ve lost the argument’. Leaving that to one side, was anything actually achieved in concrete terms at Los Cabos other than the usual pledges to increase growth, with emphasis on the need for adjustments to be made to the EU’s structure? The eurozone leaders reacted predictably by promising a ‘series of steps to increase targeted investment, employment and competitiveness’ using all available firepower, including that of the

including some form of fiscal union which, according to Signor Monti, the Italian EUappointed Prime Minister, was about the only measure that would satisfy the

Dissolution of the eurozone could spell recession. European Investment Bank. For those of you who have little knowledge of this organisation, its function is to borrow money from world markets and then lend it out at low interest to impoverished eurozone countries. It’s a non-profit entity, with its funding provided by all 27 EU members, including the United Kingdom. According to

many observers its nonprofitablity is due in part to the EU custom of overpaying its staff; but that is another story. The G20 summit was followed almost immediately by a meeting in Rome of the leaders of the eurozone’s four largest economies - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - to discuss and firm-up the proposals made in Mexico,

international markets and provide eurozone stability and credibility. Predictably, however, the meeting broke up in disarray, with Angela Merkel leaving to catch the flight to Poland to watch her team thrash Greece in the quarter-final of the European Cup. The other leaders made their weary ways back to their own countries with nothing to report, except failure. Ms Merkel appears immoveable in the matter of Fiscal Union. “There can be none,” she insists, “without controls,” by which, she makes it clear, she means German control. And, really, who could

blame her? She’s facing a dilemma: despite appearances to the contrary, she wants to do all she can to save the euro and to keep Germany’s economy rolling, whilst facing strong opposition from her National Constitutional Court which might at best delay a €500-billion bail-out fund, or at worst, throw it out altogether. In addition, with the European Central Bank (ECB) refusing to buy Spanish and Italian bonds, the EU hopes the new ESM (European Stability Mechanism) will take over this role. Financial correspondents, however, are not impressed, saying that unless the ESM is granted a bank licence, which Merkel opposes, the proposal cannot work. So what is the poor woman to do? If she agrees to the fiscal pact or the ESM licence she will lose credibility at home, but if she continues with her practice of placing obstacles in the path of EU proposals, she risks the possible dissolution of the eurozone, which might send Germany, along with much of Europe, into recession.

Poisonous toad alert after dog falls 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 eightyear-old Jack Russell, Vino, came into contact with a toad in the garden of their home in Valtocado, Costa del Sol. “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. 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. “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: “He has since made a full recovery.” Anybody who suspects their pet has

Vino the Jack Russell and owners Tony and Carolyn Samson. 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. “Not one to stop a dog biting, but one to stop a dog eating, yet 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. Toads are nocturnal creatures which emerge from April through to September.


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Supercars and celebs line up for Cannonball 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

GLAMOUR: High-powered supercar with added beauty.

SUPERCARS: Fifty will enter the five-day Cannonball 2000 trip.

SPANISH DATE: A beach-side party will be held at the Hotel Arts Barcelona.

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 threewheeler Robin Reliant - just like

the one in Only Fools and Horses - would look very much out of place on this journey,” Hatton joked. The Cannonball 2000 chosen charity partner is Dreams Come True, which helps children aged two to 21 with both lifethreatening and long-term illness by providing each with an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories to share with loved ones and friends. Part of the Cannonball 2000 fee goes directly to Dreams Come True and there will be special fundraising opportunities throughout the event.

For regular updates on Cannonball 2000 visit: www.cannonball2000.com, or follow on Twitter @cannonball2000 and Facebook www.facebook.com/cannonball 2000rally.


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In full grip of 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 with bonfires and barbecues... with family, friends... and strangers on occasions joining in the celebrations.

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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 secondbest 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

SPORTS SCENE

By Tony Matthews

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.

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 over 1,000 passes; England barely 250. It was not good – was it? • In the three other quarterfinal 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 MurraySharapova double, a Rafa-Novak 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 60-0 by the All Blacks; England held South Africa to a draw but Wales lost again to Australia. • CRICKET – England continue to do well in limitedovers cricket. Last Sunday they beat the West Indies (173-3 against 172-4) by seven wickets in the 20-20 encounter at Trent Bridge. Alex Hales scored 99 on his England debut.

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Dwain ‘foulmouthed’ Chambers.

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The British GP is next up.

Win for Fernando Alonso in Valencia 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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