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Issue 36

5-11 July 2013

Court wipes out mortgage debt Trampolin Solera

by Jack Troughton MURCIA HOME owners have won a key victory after developers secretly raised millions of Euros in cash against their properties with shamed CAM Bank. In a civil case, a judge has ordered the so-called ‘builder’s mortgages’ be “nullified” ending years of misery and uncertainty for residents who bought villas at Trampolin Solera, near Murcia, off plan and in good faith. The land registry has been ordered to remove the charges against more than 20 properties from official records.

It is alleged company bosses Rafael Aguilera and Antonio Martinez pocketed a fortune by arranging the loans through two bank workers – who are said to have earned generous commission payments. Many of the homes were fully paid for when the mortgages were agreed – some even occupied by the new owners - and in some cases CAM advanced two or three loans on the same property. The developers – their companies are now in administration - were also behind the building of sister projects, including Trampolin Hills and Trampolin Royal Dreams, and are believed to

involve about 100 million Euros. However, it is believed the practice was common place across Spain during the housing boom - RTN readers might recall an almost identical situation at the Bosque de las Lomas developments in Orihuela. Andrew Wilford, who won his own criminal case earlier this year against Rafael Aguilera, after he was unable to make a final payment on his own 280,000€ at Trampolin Solera after finding it was mortgaged based on an inflated 397,000€ valuation – and later discovered it was sold to a third party. Continued on page 6


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by Keith Nicol LAST WEEK Eduardo Dolon, Mayor of Torrevieja and the Director of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese city of Huizhou, Qiaohui Liu, signed a memorandum for the development of trade relations and friendly cooperation as a prelude to a future twinning between the two cities. The signing ceremony, which was also attended by the Deputy Mayor of Huizhou Jinhui Huang, Deputy Provincial Tourism on the Costa Blanca, Joaquín Albaladejo, and Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, took place in the new Office of Tourism on the Paseo Vista Alegre. The town is located in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, has some similarities to Torrevieja since it also has important natural parks and is a major area for tourism. Both delegations took time to view videos promoting tourism in both cities, and have initiated plans to finalize the partnership. Eduardo Dolon invited representatives of Huizhou to participate in future editions the International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony of Torrevieja, which throughout its




Eduardo Dolon, Mayor of Torrevieja and the Director of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese city of Huizhou


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Pack two holiday essentials

by Jack Troughton BRITISH RESIDENTS preparing for the annual migration of friends and family on holiday from the UK are urged to remind guests to pack two essentials – their European Health Insurance Card and their travel insurance. Most holidaymakers enjoy a problem free trip to Spain but the British Embassy is aware things can go wrong and urges expat hosts to make sure their guests are prepared. “If you’re having family or friends to stay this summer, they’ll be asking you what they need to bring. Item number one on their checklist should be the European Health Insurance Card - also known as an EHIC” said an embassy spokesman. “This simple piece of plastic entitles the holder to all medically-necessary treatment during a temporary stay in Spain. It’s easy to get and it costs nothing. “Although most people’s trips are troublefree, things can go wrong. An EHIC will provide peace of mind in case someone needs to see the doctor. It’ll help to ensure they don’t take home a big hospital bill should they need medical care.” Comprehensive travel insurance is the second essential item on a visitor’s packing list. It covers all the extras that an EHIC does not provide, such as repatriation in the case of medical emergency. And if someone who is taking out travel in-

surance has a pre-existing medical condition, then hosts should remind them to declare it – otherwise the insurer may well invalidate their policy. “You won’t fool them but they may make a fool of you”, added the spokesman., who said every year consular staff in Spain were asked to assist hundreds of Britons who have failed to take out travel insurance or who have invalidated their policies – and ended up facing huge bills when attending a private clinic or hospital. However, visitors to Spain should be aware that they do not have to provide travel insurance as payment for medically necessary treatment in a public or state healthcare facility and should insist that their EHIC is accepted. Anyone asked to sign a form or disclaimer in a state hospital should check that they are not forfeiting the right to be treated under an EHIC. If someone’s EHIC is refused or for other concerns about using an EHIC whilst in Spain, call the Department of Health team at the British Consulate on 902 109 356. A visitor who needs to see a doctor and doesn’t have an EHIC with them can also get a Provisional Replacement Certificate from the Overseas Healthcare Team in Newcastle, on +44 191 218 1999. To apply for an EHIC go to and for more information on EHIC entitlements, visit

Another European abdication KING ALBERT II, Belgium’s popular 79-year-old monarch, has announced that he is to abdicate in favour of his son, 53-year-old Philippe who will be crowned Belgium’s seventh king on 21st July. In a surprise address to the nation this week, King Albert said he had made the difficult decision to end his 20-year reign as “…my age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I would wish.” The King of Belgium is the second reigning monarch this year to abdicate in favour of a younger royal: Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands handed her throne to Crown Prince Willem in April.

Messi faces fraud charges FC BARCELONA superstar and the world’s tenth highest paid athlete Lionel Messi is to appear in court on 17th September alongside his father Jorge Horacio Messi, accused of evading payment of €4.1 million in tax from 2007 to 2009. It is alleged that his father employed a third party to organise a tax evasion scheme back in 2005 when the player was still under age. If he is found guilty, Messi could face a huge fine and up to six years behind bars.

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Entertainment Police doing the rounds by Keith Nicol FIGURES RELEASED a few weeks ago show that in the first quarter of 2013 the Police made 1,562 inspections on establishments offering public entertainment and 678 inspections for gaming. If this weekend’s added inspection around Cabo Roig and the Orihuela Costa are anything to go by, that number will easily double over the summer period. The original inspections were primarily dealing with infractions regarding licensing and health and safety matters, such as up to date fire extinguishers and insurance. The regional secretary of the Interior, Assumption Quinza, said that the Government’s “priority” is to ensure the safety and welfare of users of public facilities, and the rigorous application of the law to all premises comply with the rules without jeopardizing citizens. “Our duty is to achieve and ensure an appropriate balance between the right to leisure and rest.” Quinza made these remarks at the opening of a training and specialization course for policemen on the Generalitat inspections performances and public entertainment facilities. The regional secretary recalled that the annual number of complaints in this area stands at around 4,000, while disciplinary proceedings every year reach 500. As for the most common offences committed by public local establishments, these mainly are for the lack of the correct license (very difficult to produce on the Orihuela Costa), lack of insurance and failure to ensure none of the safety equipment is out of date.

In this regard, she said that so far this year, the Government has made 1,562 inspections of pubs, clubs and restaurants and 678 inspections of gaming establishments resulting in 350 violations, of which 328 are severe, while in 2012 they brought proceedings against 929 violations, of which 890 were severe and 39 very severe. With the summer season now upon us, the ‘entertainment police’ have been visiting pubs, clubs and restaurants along the Orihuela Costa, looking at licenses and warning management of the sound regulations, which do not allow entertainment outside of an establishment after midnight and only inside if the proper soundproofing has been installed. They are also checking all the legal requirements, which is still proving to be a problem on the Orihuela Costa, because no matter what promises have been made by successive Councillors for the Coast, the Department of Commerce and Trade in Orihuela still has some license and opening applications to process, going back more than a decade! Businesses may have temporary licences to continue to do business but a representative from the Cabo Roig Traders Association estimated that at least 90% of all hostelry establishments in the area are still waiting for their correct paperwork, even though they have been to countless meetings with Council representatives. He also said that fines continue to be handed out but that owners can do nothing more to prove that they are entitled to operate a business. However, one question raised by the Association was regarding Benidorm, where

Outdoor entertainment to be finished by midnight around the Southern Costa Blanca

some pubs still seem to be able to offer entertainment in the streets or outside terraces after midnight, without being asked to close down!

Open enrolment period for courses in hostelry trade By Keith Nicol IF YOU are registered unemployed and looking for work in a bar, restaurant, café or hotel, the CDT of Torrevieja has a number of courses that might be of interest. Torrevieja Tourism Centre is offering a total of six courses for unemployed this autumn; these are free

and financed by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Tourism. The inscriptions are all ‘telematics’ and can therefore can be done from any computer with Internet access, through the website attaching a copy of your (Darde) unemployment certificate. If you are unable to access the Internet, the

centre during July until August 2nd from 8.00am to 3.00pm but closed for holidays the remainder of August. For those registering online, it is important to check that you have received an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email, your application

has not been successful and you should resubmit or visit in person. The system does not work correctly on mobile devices. If you have questions, you can make inquiries by phone 965 722 600, by email at or through the facebook page CDT Torrevieja. All courses are taught in Spanish.


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Local police launch a special summer surveillance scheme by Keith Nicol WITH THOUSANDS of tourists descending on the coast for their holidays, the Department of Safety and Human Resources has launched a special fixture by monitoring the local police in the summer in Murcia and districts. The plan will be developed during July and August. The Councillor for Safety, Nuria Fuentes, explained that this is to ensure that Murcia was a safe city to visit and that the scheme was intent on promoting preventive policies, establishing relations with the public, providing local coexistence and adapting the service of the local police to the realities of everyday crime and requirements. The planning of services and locations will be provided by the Service and Relations with the Local Police Citizens (SARC), and contact will be maintained throughout the summer through 83 associations, nine trade associations and the presidents of the Municipal Councils. Local police have offered their services to the presidents of the 5,442 community of neighbours with which it maintains regular contact through email: to help facilitate telephone or other means of contact in order to be able to contact those absent during the summer, in order to locate them if nec-

The Councillor for Safety, Nuria Fuentes, presents the new summer safety initiatives

essary. The aim of the operation is to minimize the risks of criminal acts on properties such as theft, damage, squatting, etc.. The scheme will feature increasing the presence of police on the street, guaranteeing a minimum response time, deployment of units in public entertainment areas, focussing on more foot patrols and increasing police visibility at night, with fixed blue lights on vehicles, reflective vests and police on foot plus an increase the presence of the Office of Citizen Services (OAC). The scheme will have the participation of 60 agents from various groups in addition to police vehicles and unmarked cars, signage and other means to enable police checks. The service will be developed during July and August in the afternoon and evening,

adapting to the different areas of service and days of the week, which will mean about 2,100 hours of work each month in the city and districts. Through meetings with neighbourhood associations, dealers and municipal boards presidents will determine the places that citizens and the police should be particularly vigilant. Agents will be conducting static controls and the identification of suspects, vehicle control, background checks and reporting of violations. Mobile patrols will focus on residential, commercial, industrial and educational zones and act urgently in cases of active alarms, theft, fire or any other incident. In short, the scheme is designed to increase public safety and police presence so that residents can go on their vacation with less worry about possible break ins or damage to their property.

Continued from front page And he said Trampolin had forged his signature on company notepaper to make it appear he was agreeing to the constructor’s mortgage application. His copy of the document was ruled out of the prosecution because it was not an original. Andrew, who lives in Colwyn Bay, Wales, believes similar paperwork was used to get the other mortgages on the development. “It means Trampolin was actually getting money from the genuine purchasers and the banks.” He accused CAM insiders of taking 10% of the loan in commission “which is not bad for a day’s work” and added: “What the bank has been doing has been mirrored across, certainly the Costa Blanca, but probably the whole of Spain. “When you think of the impact it could have on Spanish banks, this could be enormous. Trampolin was about 100 million Euros but there could be much more. The situation is absolutely appalling.” VITAL And he said CAM maintained it had lost the vital paperwork bearing signatures seemingly agreeing to the developer’s mortgage applications. “Of course they could not present 40 identical letters all apparently signed on the same day without leaving the bank open to a fraud investigation and decided to say they had lost the paperwork.” Andrew said “wiping out the debts” on properties involved in the civil case was a victory for the property owners. “But I think this is out and out fraud. If this was in the UK the police would have been involved from the start – and they would have got to the bottom of it five years ago.” He had helped expose the situation when he went to CAM on the advice of his lawyer to find out what he could about his own Trampolin property. “A girl at the bank, a personal friend, warned me not to proceed with the property because it was up to its neck in mortgage – and she gave me the inflated CAM valuation of the property,” he said. “That’s why it all started to unravel.”


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Benidorm offers sand for the Olympics by Jan Gamm THE MAYOR of Benidorm, Agustín Navarro, has written to the Olympic Committee to offer a gift of sand from Benidorm’s beaches for use in beach volleyball for the 2020 Games. “I, on behalf of my city, make available sand from the beaches of Benidorm as a basis for all Olympic sports practiced on sand, and especially beach volleyball. It is high quality sand for the practice of sport and we will gladly send you the amount required,” he said. The letter was copied to the mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella; the head of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco and the head of the Spanish Federation of Volleyball, Agustin Martin Santos.

Congratulations EVERYONE AT RTN wishes to congratulate their Editor Dawn and husband Bernie on the birth of their second son. Harry Stephen Tingey Gomez was born on 3rd July and both him and Mum are doing well.

EasyJet reduces hand luggage allowance HAND LUGGAGE is to be reduced by more than a third for passengers travelling on EasyJet flights. The airline will no longer guarantee to allow bags measuring 56cm by 45cm by 30cm in the cabin and hand luggage may be taken away at the boarding gate and put in the hold (with no extra charge) as the airline has cut the size of hand luggage allowed in overhead cabin lockers.



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I’VE JUST returned from Benidorm where I go to the beach every day of my holiday but this was the worst two weeks ever for people selling fruit, soft drinks, beer, massages and beach clothes. I thought this was supposed to have stopped - at one point there was about twenty people selling different goods - they hide when they see police cars but the minute the cars are out of site they are on the move again. I feel if there was a police presence on the beach, as there was on one morning when we didn’t see anyone selling goods, and also if there were notices posted to discourage tourists from buying from these people, it may help to stop this. Tourists all around us were fed up with being woken up by the Chinese traders shouting and asking if they wanted a massage! I hope on my next holiday I will find the beach a place to relax whilst on holiday! Name withheld

Parking charges HI NOEL - I do not usually respond to newspaper articles but having just read your piece about the parking at the Benidorm course I have to say that I had already decided not to return whilst they charge for parking. I recently spent a few days in Benidorm and went up there to hit a few balls on the range. Once I saw the ticket machine I simply reversed out and went down the road to another golf range. I have lived and had my own business on the Costa Blanca for twenty five years and am well aware of the affect the last 4/5 years have had on businesses and this is very evident on the golf courses with so few people playing. Whoever has made this decision must think that they have a captive market but unfortunately they will find out that this is not the case. I must say that I always enjoy reading your articles and that you speak for so many of us golfers. Bob Stoker

Capital Gains Tax in Spain

RE: THE letter about the man who had to pay tax upon the sale of a house in the UK - I have lived in Spain for 25 years. Since before that time, a person who is tax resident in Spain has had the liability to pay tax on their worldwide income (with just a couple of exemptions). Any property which is sold anywhere is liable to Capital Gains Tax in Spain. If that property is one’s home then the gain can be rolled-over into another home within two years and thus the tax is avoided. However, if the property is not the main home (in the case in question it was in UK) then CGP is payable. The CGT liability has no connection with the 720 Declaration. NB: If one is resident, over 65 and has lived in a property for three years or more, they are exempt from CGT on that property. BRIAN DELLER’S ‘Trust Nobody’ Julian Ward attitude is somewhat paranoid.

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I HAVE just visited the new office for International Residents at the Playa Flamenca Town Hall and was both pleased and surprised to see two ladies from Age Concern occupying a small corner of the office. What really amazed me was that I had never seen any publicity informing the local population that Age Concern actually held twice weekly sessions at this venue every Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I asked the ladies why their twice weekly drop in sessions were not publicized and was informed that it was not the policy of Age Concern. This really flummoxed me because I could not see any reason for this lack of publicity. However, it would explain why these two ladies sat doing nothing for over an hour.What is the sense of having a drop in surgery when the people it is intended for know nothing about it? Come on Age Concern, you are doing sterling work but please make sure you advertise your drop in sessions so that those needing your valuable help know when they can consult you. Irene Shepherd

Clearly there are examples where trust is abused. Corrupt individuals can cause extreme misery to ordinary people but in a democracy one must rely on the legal process, as the alternative is anarchy. The Cyprus situation has been well reported and most people recognise that percentages were only taken from accounts above a fairly substantial threshold, however abhorrent that may be. Your advice is effectively to hide assets by, I assume, failing to declare them. I too am concerned that the government may use wealth declarations to impose future taxes,

but more qualified commentators in the RTN warn of the severe penalties and fines applicable should hidden assets be discovered by the authorities. There is an efficient exchange of information between various governments as they endeavour to increase their revenues. Clearly your choice is: declare your assets, or not. Those that choose not to declare them are content for law-abiding citizens to contribute more in taxes whilst they themselves contribute little or nothing. From your reply to my observations I must assume that you are now advocating non-compliance with this law and have not, if applicable, completed a 720 declaration... Richard Tidball

Madrid inundated with moths

HOLIDAY MAKERS in Madrid are experiencing an unexpected and disturbing plague of moths that descended upon the city from Northern Africa and Southern Spain.

by Jan Gamm The unusual number of migrating moths is being attributed to certain climatic conditions according to Roger Vila, a researcher at the Butterfly Evolution Laboratory in Barcelona: “After a cold, wet spring, the weather sud-

denly turned hot just as the moths were ready to emerge from their chrysalids. It is likely they ended up in Madrid due to the prevailing winds.� he said. They live for about a week but it is possible that more will arrive. Up to 150 of the moths have been reported in one sighting. The insects carry no health risks.

Benidorm does it again! THE SUNNY city has closed its spring season on an all-time high at the end of June, when occupancy reached a staggering 91.5%, 1.6 points higher than the previous year and the best in ten years! Hotel association Hosbec said the figures reflect the importance of the international market which accounts for 54.6% of the total, with domestic visitors to the city accounting for 45.4%. The pace of sales increased in the last days of June due to the effect of typical last minute bookings. British visitors now represent 45.6% of visitors who flock to Benidorm, with Spanish and Belgian tourists repeating their results from last year. And the Portuguese has become the third largest international market for Benidorm.

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Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Fast Track Hypnosis: a part of my life! MY STYLE of Hypnotherapy stems back to my early years as a Hypnotherapist in Belfast in the early 80s, when Hypnotherapy was a relatively new alternative treatment and many people viewed it with scepticism. One of the Sunday newspapers did a feature on me after I opened a small office in Belfast and the business grew - I saw people from every walk of life and before long I had seven Clinics throughout Northern Ireland, working seven days a week flat out. People came to see me for various reasons, but Northern Ireland was completely different from Mainland UK with many victims of the troubles. In the early years counselling was very limited so I helped thousands of people caught up in the conflict. There were bomb victims; people who had been shot; members of the security forces who could not cope…. One woman came to me for insomnia. She woke up one night with four gunmen standing around her bed. I still get these kinds of people coming to my Northern

Ireland clinics. I came away from conventional treatment which could take up to 15 sessions or more, developing my own techniques and introducing specialised equipment from America to speed the process up. I called these techniques Fast Track Hypnosis. I proved my ‘Fast Track Stop Smoking in 30 Minutes’ twice on TV (and quite recently I was again put to the test with the Fast Track Weight Control session). I helped a psychologist get over her agoraphobia and another programme featured me helping a company director overcome the fear of flying. In my years in practice I have heard almost everything - nothing would surprise me anymore! I have seen Hypnotherapists advertising Hypnosis

as a completely new way of helping women when giving birth to their babies. All my children were born under Hypnosis and my eldest is now 21years of age! I used it for each one of them with no pain relief required. My children were into horse riding and with the use of hypnosis for motivation and confidence each one attained the status of Champion Riders of the Year! “Recently I was held up by a gunman at my place of work. I was in a terrible way - nervous and in a state of shock. Doctors gave me tablets but I didn’t want to take them. Alan did a session for me to help overcome the trauma and gave me a CD to help me to relax: it took away the nervousness I was feeling. I sleep like a baby now and without tablets! Thank you Alan - I couldn’t have done it without your help. J…” Alan and his son Jonathan hold their Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in Under 30 Minutes Fast Track System, featured and proven on TV. Jonathan also conducts sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408: Jonathan on 691 784 954.

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Another loggerhead Turtle rescued in Torrevieja by Keith Nicol NO SOONER had the first local incubation tanks for rescued turtles been installed in Torrevieja, that it now has its first visitor. At about 2.00pm on Wednesday, the boat ‘Bora-Bora’, from the Marina International, with Adán Treviño Galiana and Juan Manuel Panadero Giménez onboard, spotted a loggerhead turtle in the waters off Cabo de Palos, close to La Manga. Enjoying a spot of recreation in the area, they approached the turtle that was moving very slowly on the surface to see if it was OK. As the boat approached, the turtle did not make any attempt to flee and so the sailors, assuming the turtle was injured, pulled alongside and brought it onboard. Once onboard they keep the turtle comfortable by covering it in towels and pouring water on it to keep it cool while

immediately turning their boat around are heading for Marina International. Fulfilling the required protocol, they called 112 and local biologist, Juan Antonio Pujol, met ‘Bora Boar’ on its return to port where he carried out an examination of the specimen before placing it in a special recovery unit and taking the turtle to the ‘Santa Faz’ facility at the Oceanográfico de Valencia, where it shall be examined further and spend time in recovery. Apparently the turtle had not suffered any boat hits or amputation, although it did have respiratory problems as Juan Antonio Pujol noted “possibly because it has swallowed a hook, or plastic bag.” The specimen was a loggerhead turtle, medium to large in size, with a shell wingspan of 59.00 cm. Once it is fully recovered, the turtle will be set free again close to where it was found at Cabo de Palos.

A loggerhead turtle rescued off the coast of Cabo de Palos



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Currency Clinic offers waiting room QUEUES FOR the popular Moneycorp Currency Clinic in Quesdada this month have led to an extra date being offered for readers looking for free cash-saving advice. by Jack Troughton The foreign exchange specialist has offered RTN readers an extra date on Wednesday 17th July because of the demand for a “no pressure” chat about alternatives available when switching currencies and moving cash around the globe. The face-to-face meetings will be of special

interest to people looking to repatriate large sums of money back to the UK – and the best ways to save thousands of pounds. And for people regularly moving money to Spain from Britain, the sterling to euro switch, there is the chance to learn about Moneycorp’s new on-line service, which offers people 24/7 ‘hands on’ control. Moneycorp has been serving both cor-

The initiative proved to be a winner

porate and private clients for more than 33 years and its service has earned recommendations from the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail – and RTN has given the company its seal of approval for over five years. The Currency Clinic is taken by Moneycorp’s Kevin Wright who wants to insure

Friday Market on the PSOE agenda By Keith Nicol THE FRIDAY market in Torrevieja is Spain’s largest Friday market. Plans are afoot and land is being prepared beside Antonio Soria Park and the Nelson Mandela Stadium to eventually move the market to a specifically designed area with parking, commercial access, easy cleaning, with safety and security measures to provide a purpose built zone for the modernization of the city. The socialist opposition party, has been talking with concerned residents who live in the market area and issued a Press Release this week voicing their concerns. Local PSOE leader Ángel Sáez, pointed out that the residents want the Mayor to respect their rights and to make changes of the market is to continue in its present location. Some of the neighbours have banded together and sent a letter to Mayor Eduardo Dolon on June 27th which says: “The undersigned residents of the Friday market area are hereby writing to you to let you know the

discomfort that the neighbourhood feels for inconveniences caused, some of them affecting health as discussed below, which we have been suffering through every Friday. Do we need to remind you that the weekly market has been in this location for 15 years? We do not know if you are planning to move the market to the new enclosure built with funding from the Generalitat Valenciana, but we ask you to solve at least the essential issues for the citizens of this area; citizens with fewer rights than the rest of the city. Vehicle owners that leave their cars in garages cannot make use of them one day a week, even giving the fact that they pay fees to use the garages 365 days a year. The City Council does not intend to discount the value of 50 days a year rent, as they cannot use their space if they need to use their car. We ask you to contemplate that as neighbours we have no choice but to live with plastic bags with urine or to witness how stall holders biological needs are

that anyone using a foreign exchange service is choosing “the best option” available. The 17th July clinic is being staged at the offices of Moneycorp in Quesada, and to make an appointment, call 902 118 999. The month’s final clinic is being held on 30th July at RTN’s offices, Vall de Biar 14, La Nucia.

dealt with in the stalls or behind vans wheels. We ask you to install public urinals for both merchants and visitors. The pressure on neighbours is augmented by the parking of trucks and vans in the market area. We ask the empowerment of parking for more substantial vehicles, owned by the merchants. We ask that you prohibit and enforce the prohibition of stands before 6.00am. There are several occasions when there has been a major health problem, sometimes with fatal outcome, because ambulances have taken forever to arrive. We want you to understand that for those who live in that area, in an emergency, the lives of merchants, market users and neighbours who live in the buildings in the streets using the Friday market in Torrevieja have their lives put at risk because access to emergency vehicles is limited. We asked a study to ensure that ambulances can quickly access any part of the market. We believe that our requests are for justice, so that the residents of the Friday market hope will be accepted if the weekly market will continue in the present location.”

About 73,000 people visited Teatro Circo Murcia last season by Keith Nicol MARKET RESEARCH can be a valuable tool for many businesses and organisations. One of the more interesting programmes carried out was by TCM; Teatro Circo Murcia, who have carried out the first Public research on theatre performed in the region. Throughout the 2012-2013 season, Teatro Circo Murcia has entertained 72,809 people at their shows, of which over 64% were women. This is the first study conducted in collaboration with the company Murcia Interface Innovation and Culture, and was made from two surveys, one face to face from theatregoers and one online. This detailed study is the first in the region of Murcia, and marks a turning point in how creative groups and spaces might be managed to better improve the relationship between publicly owned cultural spaces and citizens. Teatro Circo Murcia main reason for this study is to enhance one of its priorities, their ability to keep a close relationship with their audience thus becoming reference space for citizens. In the words of the Director of TCM, César Oliva, “it is an exercise of responsibility, honesty and transparency that needed to be addressed with rigor and enthusiasm to advance in a field, that’s usually little explored from the creative area.” The report, which can be downloaded in digital format from the TCM website has collected data

Members of Teatro Circo Murcia

regarding General Theatre Public, providing a socio-demographic profile, the degree of satisfaction and preferences of viewers with respect to programming and how communication has influenced theatre in attracting the public. During the 2012-2013 season TCM had 72,809 visitors, with the overall mean age of the 39.41 overall, with an age of 38.1 for theatre, concerts at 38.92, getting older for comedy at 39.2 while family shows were 40.73 with the oldest audience for musicals at 42.41. When it comes to the battle of the sexes, the audience was comprised of 64.2% female and 35, 8% men but it does not seems to address the age or sex of children, since the average age of 40.73 seems rather high, unless Grandparents take

children to family shows, all data of which is important for their publicity and marketing campaigns. Other data of interest in this study refers to the geographical origin of viewers, with 53% from the city of Murcia, 19% from local districts and 22% from the rest of the region. On average, 36% visited a performance for the first time, 30% came occasionally and 34% attended regularly. Of great delight to TCM are the satisfaction levels among audience members, which highlights the excellent assessment of programming that make up TCM viewers: 89% of overall viewers described their experience as good or very good, while this percentage increases to 95% if you look at the audience that habitually goes to the Theatre.

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Santa Catalina and Plaza de las Flores become ‘no graffiti’ zones


By Keith Nicol GRAFFITI CONTINUES to be a major problem no mater where one seems to travel throughout Spain, or Europe for that matter. While other municipalities have turned a blind eye or have decided to use their budgets elsewhere, two districts in Murcia have been cleaned up from this infantile, spray paint vandalism and they look completely different; as they were intended to be. The work of the brigade SITE via the Department of Urban Quality have restored the facades of the environments of commercial areas in Santa Catalina and Las Flores, a busy area of the city given the confluence of the many hospitality venues in the area. The transformation makes the area look clean and safe for visitors and a more attractive proposition for possible business tenants, who may have been put off by the huge amount of graffiti around the area. This work will continue throughout the old town and district of Santa Eulalia without interruption. The scheme has been implemented primarily in the areas where the greatest influx of tourists visit and in protected environments, within the proximity to listed buildings. Besides cleaning the facades, efforts are also being made to remove graffiti painted inside empty commercial premises. The Town Council noted that “These tasks give the city a clean and neat look, befitting a modern, tourist and commercial city centre.”

New ordinance regulates handicapped parking A NEW ordinance, to be adopted at the next plenary session, shall regulate the rights and obligations of people with disabilities. This new standard, from the Department of Traffic and Transportation, led by Javier Iniesta, aims to make everyday life easier for people with limited mobility, and has the backing of associations, and those responsible for local police and traffic, as well as municipal groups from the opposition parties. The Governing Board gave the green light to a draft ordinance regulating the issuance and use of parking cards for people with disabilities, who reside and are registered in Murcia and are recognized by the Murciano Institute of Social Action (IMAS) or the competent authority, having a rating of 7 or more points on the scale of mobility. Among the new features, is the expansion of the maximum period allowed to park in areas reserved for disabled parking along with more available parking spaces. Parking cards issued by the City will be valid throughout the entire municipality however, those who misuse, lend their cards to others or try to circumnavigate the system, will be liable to the confiscation of their cards plus a fine, depending on the offence.


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Torrevieja waiting for the Kick Off

WITH THE Confederation Cup finishing with Spain being well beaten by the Samba Football Boys from Brazil, the Spanish season has finally finished and local clubs are planning their strategy for next year. by Keith Nicol FC Torrevieja will be joined in the Tercera next season by neighbours Orihuela CF, who were relegated from Segunda B, three teams promoted from Regional Preferente through the play-offs in Pinoso CF, Novelda, Eldense, Jove Espanol, La Nucia, Muro, Culler, Torre Levante, Ribarroja, Acero, Ath Saguntino, Llosa, Villarreal C, Borriol, Castellon, Utiel, Alzira and Paterna, who have been promoted from Regional Preferente to make up the numbers after the withdrawal of Gandia. Talks are underway with players and management for the new season, although in these times of crisis, the players budget has been cut yet again and so Torrevieja will probably have a core of professionals backed up by youth players. And while hopes of promotion are most unlikely this season, the club has appointed a commercial director to help bring new initiatives and fund

raising programs to the club. He is former Chelsea Schoolboy footballer Kevin Green, who was most recently associated with Crawley Town, He will be using his connections with ‘the blues’ to open up new horizons for the club, which he hopes will start with a Legends Tournament featuring Chelsea, Glasgow Rangers and one or two Spanish teams, in September. Talks are already underway to build an academy system for the football club for the 2014/15 season plus many other financial ideas, such as the 12th man fund, a Party Cruise Night on July 18 with Sunshine Sunset Cruises, concerts inside the Vicente Garcia Stadium and other initiates that were introduced last year but unfortunately could not be implemented due to financial issues. The club’s main support still comes from Torrevieja’s British and Irish contingent and Kevin hopes to boost this number further by working closely with the Torry Army. The Torry Army held their annual General Meeting at the Casa Ventura in San

Luis last week which was also attended by Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon and former FC Torrevieja goalkeeper, who is now the Councillor for Sport Luisma Pizana, both of whom stated that they are keen to engage and give their support to the club. The past year has been a successful one for the Torry Army and the committee was applauded for the hard work and effort they put in throughout the year. In the words of the chairman Arthur Leivers “It has truly been a team effort”. The current committee put themselves forward to serve again in 2013/14 and were elected en-bloc. The membership fee for 2013/14 has been again set at just five euro, which you can buy any at the Torry Army Office or at any home game. On Tuesday evening, the club held an Open Day for the Press and all those who would like to know more about the club. For those interested in finding out more about the plans for next season, contact Kevin by email:

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Having a Raleigh good time Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Phew! I’ve just completed my first bicycle ride to work. Whoever it was that said getting back on a bike was like, well getting back on a bike, was wrong. It is flippin’ hard work I can tell you; I’m thinking of leaving the bike at work and getting a lift home… Still, it is early days and I am a lot older than the earlier version of Watts who regularly rode to work back in the day. Plus, as I recently stated in these columns, one has an excess of lard to shed. I guess this first outing is a start and maybe riding in one day and riding back the next could be the way to go. My original boast of shedding two stone in two weeks could possibly have been on the optimistic side. However, pedalling along the canal path is certainly a more pleasurable experience than battling through the traffic and having now signed up to the cycle2work scheme I’ve got to stop being a sissy and get on with it. And on top of that the Raleigh Pioneer 3 is a lovely machine. It’s the first new bike I’ve owned in twenty years and it has brought back memories of bicycles past. I suppose your bikes are like page marks in your timeline. Grab the Tardis back to the 50s and my first ever velocipede was a little trike made by Mobo. It was a solid little thing and my mum always used to say, “Stick to your own bike because it’s nice and safe.” But I knew better than her and coveted my friend Robert’s three wheeler. It seemed slicker and faster – and it was. It was

so slick and fast that when I rode it I hit new speeds; I also hit a brick wall. The steering wasn’t as good as the Mobo’s, I lost control and at the age of four I lost two front teeth: ouch! Cycle lesson number one was: listen to your mum or spend the next three years being a ‘gappy’ oik and suffer the indignation of people singing to you, “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…” Central incisors aside I graduated to a bigger, chain driven tricycle and then at ten my grandma brought me my ‘big’ bike. It was a Halford’s Pathfinder and I was in seventh heaven. A few years later dad got posted to Cyprus and our bikes were considered too bulky to be transported out with us. Oh no, separation from my bike was going to be a nightmare. Dad managed though to get hold of an ex-policeman’s bike for me. It was huge clunky machine, complete with rod operated brakes and a rear rack that doubled as my little brother’s seat. I rode the thing everywhere and developed strong legs in the process, as it only had one gear. In the intervening years I had a couple of racing bikes until finally in late 1992 a late-for-work prison officer pulled out in front of me and gave

Here’s my mobo me a practical flying lesson. My bike was a write off and I hobbled for several months. With the compensation in the bank I decided the new fangled mountain bikes were the way ahead. In spring 1993 I took possession of the highly desirable Marin Muirwoods - cor, what a bike! I practically lived on the thing for the next ten years. And then I moved to Spain and the bike languished complain, which I’m asunused sured will pass. Apart from in our a hire bike in LA three years under ago I haven’t ridden for nearly build. ten years. For the life of me I can’t Hopefully, understand why because getting on it now has a my new Raleigh has reminded me new and lovwhat an absolute joy being on a bike ing owner. Any road, the arrival of a new bike is. Perhaps one is getting one’s Mobo is still as exciting now as it was all back (get it?). Watts in Britain, on the Sustrans the those millennia ago. It’s just that the old bones and muscles seem to trails...

Ocean sailing thrill EXPERIENCE THE thrills of a round-the-world sailing race at first hand with a visit to the Volvo Ocean Race Museum in Alicante and a unique insight into the gruelling challenge.

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Historic castle tower underpinned

by Jack Troughton The race is currently celebrating its 40th birthday – it started life as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 - and anniversary celebrations include free entry to the museum. The race history is captured in a photographic exhibition ’40 years, 40 faces’ and the high-tech museum also features a close-up view of the NASA-inspired Race Control Centre, while visitors have the chance to get hands on with a series of interactive displays. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy this spectacular interactive Museum and get to know a race that has been creating heroes and legends since 1973,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. “We’re currently enjoying our 40th birthday celebrations and we want Alicante locals and tourists alike to see the wonderful new exhibition and gain an understanding of what makes this race so special.” The Volvo Ocean Race Museum opened in Alicante in June 2012 and is based at the race’s state-of-the-art headquarters, just a five-minute stroll from the Mediterranean city’s central esplanade and Postiguet beach, in the thriving port

WORKS TO strengthen the north tower of Almohad Castle in Aspe, which was in danger of sliding downhill, have been completed. A fine example of a medieval tower, the structure is 900 years old and took four months to pin and make safe. The tower is now watertight and firmly anchored to the mountain with 6-9ft staples. The project was financed by the Ministry of Development and cost 90,000€.

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area of one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts from Alicante on 4th October,

2014 and runs until 15th June with a finish in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once again it will be the ultimate test of teamwork and strength of character.

THE TWO municipal deposits that store abandoned vehicles in South Valencia stock a total of 685 bicycles that are waiting to be destroyed. Councilman for Traffic Alberto Mendoza says that the custody term for storing the bicycles is six months, during which time owners may claim their property. For the most part the bikes have been found chained to a tree or a lamppost by local police. The process of a claim is simple – if you can prove the bike is yours by identifying it correctly you may take it home. A temporary exhibition of stolen or abandoned bikes is being arranged to reduce the number destroyed.


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Mazarrón ‘s Sport’s Gala celebrates local athletes by Keith Nicol MORE THAN 400 local athletes, friends and family supported Mazarrón’s Sports Gala last week that for the first time recognised the work and achievements of the municipality’s sports clubs. This twelfth edition was held in the hotel ‘La Cumbre’ Puerto de Mazarrón. Amoung those attending were the Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, Councillor for Sports, Andrés Valera and councillors Magdalena Méndez, Isidro Coy, Juan Miguel Muñoz, Miguel Mª García and Carlos García. The event also featured a delegate from Real Madrid CF, Augustine Herrerín, and the president of the Basketball Federation of the Region of Murcia, Juan Carlos Hernandez. In regards to the awards, this year the ‘Best Sports Club 2012-2013’ went to Club Atletismo Mazarrón for their large number of successes their athletes ontained during the year. The award for ‘Best Local Female Athlete’ was placed in the hands of Borja Saura Chichilla one of the leading figures of bodybuilding at U-23 in the Region of Murcia, who this season achieved three major titles in this sport. The ‘Best Local Female Athlete’ was María Teresa Vera Parra, who for the last decade has continued to reap success in track and field at regional and national level. The award for ‘Best Team of the Year’ was awarded to the Ladies youth team from Basketball Mazarrón, who qualified for a ‘final four’ regional final and eventually took a

creditable third place. This year there were two ‘Most Promising Player’ awards that went to Miguel Ortiz and Juan Francisco Lopez of Table Tennis Club Deportivo Mazarrón. The award for ‘Dedication to Sport’ was presented to Antonio Rico Rodriguez, director of Mazarrón football program who has also written five books on Mazarrón and the mines, as well as one about the entire football history of Mazarron. The award for ‘Legend of Sport Mazarron’ went to Jose Gil Paredes, better known as ‘Pepito the Tejero’ football player of Mazarrón CF, who has been linked to the club for many years. The ‘Best Sporting Event 2012-2013’ was awarded the III International Petanque Tournament that attracted teams from as far away as Morocco, France, Switzerland and Portugal, an event that featured more than 300 athletes, which was organized by Petanque Club of Puerto Mazarrón. The award ‘Anniversary Team’ was presented to the juvenile team from Mazarrón CF 1983, the first team in the history of football in this category from Mazarron, who celebrated their 30th Anniversary this year. In addition to these nine awards, the media group ‘La Voz De Mazarrón’, one of the co-organizer of the gala along with the Town Hall, and two of the usual sponsors ‘Los Cazadores’ and Cafetería ‘Portobello’, they gave three additional awards for achievements to Alfonso Serrano, Mounir Kadfi, and Joaquín Azparren.

Lots of smiling faces at the Mazarrón Sports Awards Gala

Murcia attracts tourism professionals

THE BEAUTY of Murcia and her many attractions was promoted to a number of visiting travel specialists last week when Tourism entrepreneurs from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey and Italy visited the CIM-M. This was part of project called SUITES, an acronym for Start Up In European Tourism Support (Enterprise Project Support Tourism Sector) and aims at the exchange of practices and the development of practical and useful tools to support free enterprise. A group of tourism entrepreneurs visited the Municipal Initiatives Centre (CIM-M) as part of the project to promote collaborative networking. The overriding idea is to build a common format to train potential new entrepreneurs and give them all the information and guidance needed to set up or expand a new business with the necessary skills, qualifications and market orientation. The visit to the CIM-M and the Department of Employment, Trade and Business of the city of Murcia, was led by José María Tortosa. Municipal Initiatives Centre CIM-M offers a wide variety of services to small and start up businesses and entrepreneurs. For more information, phone 968 272 167 or email:

by Jack Troughton

Wine Refrigerators: Enjoy your wine at its optimum temperature by IF YOU have a budding interest in the world of fine wines and are looking to store and chill them to enjoy them at their peak temperature and vitality, a free-standing wine cooler could be a great investment. Wine coolers, also known as wine refrigerators or wine chillers, are a great way to store and age your Chardonnay and Merlot under ideal conditions to get the most out of your vintage beverages.

Whether you plan on holding dinner parties or just enjoying a bottle at casual occasions, a wine fridge can help you get the most flavour and vitality out of the wine you drink. Having a separate fridge is vital for storing more than one or two bottles for a short amount of time because normal fridges are too cold and can also pollute your wine with strong odours from foods that contain garlic or other strong flavours. Whether called wine coolers, wine chillers, or wine fridges, has coolers to accommodate any need. Versatile designs to fit your lifestyle, including many coolers that can be built-in under the counter. A variety of external finishes and materials to perfectly fit your décor; soft interior lighting; security locks; traditional and thermoelectric cooling and easy-to-read LED displays are just some of the other features offered

with Vinoteca’s wine chillers and beverage coolers. also offers dual zone wine cellars, with two independently controlled temperature compartments for better simultaneous cooling of red and white wines. Wine refrigerators provide temperature-controlled storage from six bottles up to 315 bottles. Since 2008, has distributed first class brands as La Sommeliére, Vinobox, Dometic, Liebherr, Caveduke and Vinosphére. They are the number one seller in Spain, with more than 7,000 satisfied customers. Their website enables them to reach you wherever you are, offering the best prices in Spain with free delivery in 24/48 hours and secure payment with credit card, Paypal or bank transfer. There is a two-year warranty on all Vinoteca products with the possibility to extend to four years. So, if you are thinking of buying a wine cooler and want more information, call Vinoteca: they speak English. See their advert on page 63.

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Olive oil a waste of money?

EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil is the gourmet choice of most celebrity chefs due to its health benefits and outstanding flavour. However, home cooks that pay out for expensive olive oil are reminded that they could be wasting their hard-earned cash as the oil loses most of its health benefits when it is heated. Researchers from Portugal’s University of Porto say that olive oil has more antioxidants than other oils and also contains bioactive components - called phenolic compounds - thought to help ward off cancer and other diseases, but the oil degrades in quality when it is heated, losing the power of its phenolic compounds. Their report states: “After being cooked, olive oil will still be at least as healthy as vegetable oil but it is not worth replacing one with the other.” To get the most out of olive oil when cooking they recommend using a standard rather than extra virgin variety and also “…heating to a minimum - and also adding a splash of olive oil during the cooking process so that it does not get so hot that it loses its healthy properties.”

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Scam concerns over the new Energy Certificate ONE MONTH since the introduction of the new Energy Efficiency Certificate and already there are major concerns with scams offering cheap certificates. It’s hardly surprising that the new legislation has bought out the cowboys. What is surprising to the professionals is how fast the illegal marketing has occurred. “A general reduction of prices is not bad in itself,” says Fidel Perez Montes, director of the energy saving institute, IDEA, “the problem is whether this reduction is accompanied by suspicious practices.” For example, the Association of Surveyors of Madrid has discovered advertisers that guarantee the highest rating (A), “something that turns the certificate in to a mere triviality when the initiative is crucial if we want to reduce CO² emissions to achieve more energy efficient homes and buildings,” says Jesús Paños, the college president. Another malpractice is to offer the certificate without visiting the premises: “This is not acceptable in any way,” says Jose Antonio Galdón, president of the General Council of Engineering, who explains “the Royal Decree requires a skilled and authorized professional to survey the property.”

Further concerns are about the cost of the certificate compared to the prices in the UK. Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales in 2007 as part of the Home Information Packs (HIPs) for domestic properties. When the requirement for HIPs was removed in May 2010, the requirement for EPCs continued and this created a price war between assessors gunning for work. Some of those same assessors are offering their services here, which they are not legally authorised to do. An EEC must be issued by an architect, engineer, or a qualified technician who is authorised to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings (this is important because not all architects and engineers are certified). They must belong to an official provincial association (colegio oficial) and have a member number. This allows them to offer their services professionally. If the assessor is not authorised then it will be


impossible to register the certificate. The president of the General Council of Engineering emphasizes that for a house, “I would become suspicious of those who offer cheap certificates. The price you should expect to pay is between 200€ and 300€ per household.” This price is the average cost of an Energy Efficiency Certificate across mainland Europe. In addition, those who breach the rules are liable for prosecution with fines up to 6,000€. For enquiries and further information email: info@ or visit See Sparks advert in classified section.


5-11 JULY 2013

Summer reading for new owners by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Holistic gardeners and authors gardening in Spain for 25 years

WELCOME TO new readers who recently purchased new coastal or inland homes. Like us you have hopefully moved to Spain to enjoy its benefits to the full, especially the many months of sun. But do recognise that whether you have purchased an established good or bad garden or have a virgin, perhaps overgrown plot to contend with, that July to September are not months in which to do major works in the garden even if you get up at 6am. Rather it is a good time to read about gardening in Spain, to evaluate what you have and plan improvements for implementation during the autumn and winter months. A good start to your reading is our quartet of main gardening books. The books ‘ Your Garden in Spain’ and ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ will help you think through sensible designs for atttractive gardens or apartment terraces including what to plant, which will be very different to the English garden you have left behind. Spain is not only a great country for growing a wide range of colourful flowering and evergreen plants but also for growing your own crops of ecological fruit and vegetables. Our advice is

to start to grow some fruit and vegetables from day one so that you can eat heathily while you progress the network of paths and terraces of the garden and start to plant shrubs and trees. Our vegetable book includes advice on growing a diverse mix of seasonal produce on a small scale even starting by growing in black builders’ buckets or large flower pots. If you were enthusiastic growers of ecological produce in Northern Europe before moving to Spain you might like to read our Amazon hard copy book versus Kindle book ‘Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterraneran Style’. This book explains the evolution of our holistic garden and what we have grown based on the wellness benefits of fruits, vegetables, leaves, flowers etc... to achieve a balanced Mediterranean diet. Fruit trees can be grown mixed into the garden cottage style, grown in large containers or as an orchard. Whatever fruits you decide to grow, our fruit book describes some 70 possibilities. Do buy trees with labels that describe what varieties you are purchasing. For instance there are early mid-season and late harvesting mandarins and perpetual flowering and fruiting lemons which are preferable to varieties that only flower and crop once a year. Once you have decided what to grow and have located a reliable supplier the next step is critical. As explained in the book, do prepare large planting holes and plant trees effectively. If you don’t you will be disappointed within a few years when trees start to show signs of stress and become stunted. Reading the book now can prevent future disappointments. Best of luck in designing the outlines for an exciting garden that

‘Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s gardening books make good presents. They can be obtained from high street and internet bookshops including Amazon UK and Spain. Thanks to readers the Kindle E-book Making waterless gardens a practical reality world wide is starting to sell well.’ © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

suits your lifestyle - ready to to start landscaping work after the autumn rains. All Clodagh and Dick’s gardening and lifestyle books are now available from Amazon Books. The four main books are also available by mail order from Bookworld and Santana Books plus the better bookshops which unfortunately get fewer and fewer as a result of the crisis.



5-11 JULY 2013

Law Estate Litigation by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

LEGAL CLAIM against the seller for hiding leaks problem and moisture in a house sold. I BOUGHT an old property (villa) and after completion damp and leaks problems appeared. Could I legally claim against the seller asking for him to repair or pay the cost to repair these defects? Thank you for your enquiry: In principle, the answer should be YES, you should be able to claim against the vendor asking to pay to solve these problems of moisture, water leaks or compensate you for them. But in these matters, it is important to distinguish (as stated on the Court Order from the Supreme Court number 1103/1997), whether the problem is just a hidden defect, or if it could be considered as a breach of the contract for delivering something different or alliud pro allio, i.e. if it is an absolute breach of the contract, the property delivered cannot be used for its purpose. If the leaks do not imply the absolute futility of the property to be used as such then we face what is known as a hidden defect or problem, governed by Spanish Civil Code (Cc), in articles 1484 and following. In this case the seller is liable if the defect affects the use of the

property, and if the buyer would not have purchased the property or would have paid less, if he was aware of them. The vendor will not be liable for defects if they were not hidden and were visible or known to the buyer. The problem is that the legal actions for these defects or hidden problems as per the article 1490 cc, are extinguished within six months from the delivery of the object sold. Therefore, if you bought the property and took possession of it less than six months ago, you have still time to claim, and must urgently send a formal notice to the seller and get ready to start legal and court action. If you were handed the property more than six months ago, then you will need to prove that the problems are not just a normal building problem, but the construction problems affect the house bought and make it absolutely useless. If this is the case, the legal term (deadline) for claiming is much higher, normally 15 years, because it could be considered that this is a breach of contract for delivering something different or alliud pro allio. If you have any problems with you purchased or rented (leased) property, our law firm can help.

Tax on spirits and tobacco ON MONDAY the Spanish government gave the green light to introduce hefty tax increases on alcohol and cigarettes with immediate effect. The increase on alcohol is 10%, applicable to spirits but not wine and beer. The price of an average bottle of spirits such as whisky or brandy will go up by around 35 cents. The price of cigarettes will go up by approximately 15 cents per pack of 20. The Minister of Finance, Cristobal Montoro, has announced that the increases will improve tax revenue by €700 million per year.

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Student property investment AN UNRIVALED investment opportunity in student property with assured rental yields combined with high occupancy rates ensure this growing niche market is a must for any investment portfolio. “Investment in student accommodation reached a record £2.7 billion in 2012. Our latest 2012 data shows that student housing is outperforming other asset classes by some margin, as it has delivered 9.6 per cent total returns in 2012.” (Source CBRE)

The race for university places shows no sign of stopping, applications from within the UK continue to outnumber places available while demand driven from overseas grows year on year. However, a shortage of funding available to universities has led to a glut of purpose-built accommodation, allowing private developers to fill the void. This has changed the market significantly and now private investors can benefit from what was previously only available to hedge and pension funds. For the first time ever, the private investor can purchase an en-suite room or student apartment in these purpose built halls of residence and take advantage of exceptionally high returns. “The UK Higher Education system is heavily oversubscribed, with only 10 places for every 14 applicants. The number of student places continues to grow with 7.75% more students accepted into universities in 2011 than in 2007. Most of

the private operators of purpose-built halls reported 99%+ occupancy for 2011/2012, which saw the highest ever intake of students.” (Source - CBRE) Savills confirm this trend by saying: “The market will remain under supplied at current levels in relation to both the growth in student numbers and latent demand from students currently housed outside the sector, as banks disappear from the debt and development markets.” (Source - Savills) In addition to demand from the UK, the increase in overseas students is now a significant factor in student housing. Fueled by the developing economies such as Brazil and India “European and overseas students now account for more than a sixth of the UK student population, and we believe that this will only increase in the coming years.” “The UK is now the second most popular global destination for overseas student accounting for 12% of all overseas students; “The number of students attending university outside their own country is forecast to more than double by 2025.” (Source - Knight Frank) Abacus Investor offer student investments priced from £45,500 with returns up to 9.2% net guaranteed. The purchasing process is as simple as buying in the UK and in most occasions can be carried out by your family solicitor. As with any UK property purchase, your solicitor will carry out all the searches necessary and once satisfied proceed to exchange then completion, where the deeds to the property

will be registered at the land registry in your name. Listen to Bay Radio to hear a live interview with Abacus Investor and to learn more about the local Costa Blanca student property seminars. For more information call 634 331 623 or visit


3 - 9 MAY 2013


Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Now is the time to think outside the savings box

WITH INTEREST rates at an all time low and Banks and Building societies offering savers rates that don´t even come near to matching inflation, savers must now be prepared to take on board some risk in their search for income or see their savings value diminish, undermined by inflation, according to leading money experts. Now is the time to stop leaving your hard earned savings in a bank account or building society account, the days of earning a good secure return on your savings held with these bodies are long gone. You need to look seriously about alternative ways of making your money work for you, if you are looking for income, capital appreciation or a combination of both Blacktower can help you. As always I would urge that you diversify as much as possible and make sure that whatever investments you pick are liquid and traded on a daily or weekly basis. There have been a number of fund redemption suspensions lately, all Brandeaux funds, MPL, UAM, Axiom, LM to name a few, the reason for this is primarily lack of liquidity in these funds, these means that the funds don´t have assets they can sell at a moment’s notice to fulfill all the redemption requests they are receiving, so they decide to suspend all redemption until hopefully enough cash is available to pay investors their money back. In some cases this can take only a matter of months but for others it can take years and years. When helping an investor put together an investment portfolio at Blacktower we always ensure that they have the liquidity they need and diversification of risk to help ensure that their money is as safe as possible and still has the potential to perform in line with the client’s needs. There are many funds out there (not high risk) that have performed amazing well over the last 5 years, returning 10% or more per annum and that offer daily liquidity , Cazenove UK Smaller Companies is just one such fund. For the Cautious/Balanced investor we can offer an investment bond by Prudential that for the last 4 years has returned 7.50% (before charges). If you would like to benefit from our expertise and make sure your money has the potential to deliver the returns you want we can help you. If you would like to arrange a free consultation please contact me by email or call me on 658 892 330

The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management Ltd is licenced by the UK by the Financial Services Authority and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV. Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licenced in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B and registered with the DGS in Spain.

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Ambitious High season weekends plans for expansion for UNDER 100€ at Terra OH YES Mitica you can! Three comfy choices in July and August… THE PRESIDENT of Aqualandia SL, Georges Santa-Maria, has confirmed that the park is proposing to build three new hotels adjacent to Terra Mitica offering more than 4,000 rooms with themed accommodation similar to that in PortAventura in Salou, a popular resort an hour south of Barcelona. The aim is to provide a ‘complete destination’ holiday similar to that of the Disney parks. A spokesman confirmed that although a final design is still in the pipeline the goal is to lay the foundation stone of the hotel before the end of the year. Terra Natura, the wildlife park next to Terra Mitica, has already applied for permission to construct a camp facility featuring 200 log cabins in keeping with the natural environment. Terra Mitica also plans to construct an indoor ski slope with artificial snow.

SO, YOU would like a few days and lively nights in Benidorm in July or August that will not break the bank. We all know money is tight these days, so when you come to Benidorm in high season you want value for money and maybe the odd hangover too! We have searched the internet for you and here is our choice of comfy okay hotels not far from the action and really easy on the pocket too. Weekend sorted! LEVANTE - HOTEL JOYA 2* AVENIDA MADRID 1 A lovely, well run hotel right where you need to be for nights out and quiet days by the pool. Under 10 minute stroll to the Levante beach and entertainment centre of Benidorm: an affordable hotel for those looking for a modern, simple room in a clean, friendly Spanish hotel. Happy staff and good housekeeping in an above average ‘value’ hotel: room only, with B&B or Half Board available. ALL are balcony rooms. Two nights from 95€pp July August (this price correct 1/7/13 staying 2/8/13) OLD TOWN – MONTEMAR 3* CALLE SAN PEDRO 18 A great location overlooking the harbour and beach and a short stroll to the English bars and restaurants: a good choice if you want to stay in a

location that really should be expensive in high season, yet is very fairly priced. Extra for the sea view rooms but back-facing rooms are quiet and ideal for a few days. Expect simple rooms and typical Spanish cuisine. Room only, with B&B or Half Board available. Two nights from 99€pp July August (this price correct 01/07/13 staying 12/7/13) RINCON DE LOIX – HOTEL ROSAMAR 3* AVENIDA DERRAMADOR 6 Right in the heart of the Rincon de Loix (Levante) tourist zone where you can eat cheap, drink cheap and dance all night until you collapse. Finding a decent hotel that caters for English guests under 100€ for a weekender in this part of town in high season takes some searching. The Rosamar ticks all the boxes! Good reviews for food, service and of course the location. Two nights from 99€pp July August (this price correct 01/07/13 staying 20/7/13) Dave Gaskell NOTE: Limited rooms high season book online soon.

Article by Dave Gaskell, Cheap hotels holidays transfers since 2005


5-11 JULY 2013

Dining out with... The Duchess

DON’T KNOCK it till you’ve tried it!

LAST WEEK was my first wedding anniversary and seeing as I am the one always choosing the dining venues I handed this one over to Duke number three (the last I hope, third time lucky…) To my surprise and almost disappointment he chose to take me to the Japanese! Well that’s why I said don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, as like most of my readers it was the first time for me. Oku restaurant is situated in Calle Esperanto, just a short walk from the Plaza Triangular, a rather large restaurant catering for up 200 people: they have designed a menu at a fixed price - all you can eat (not buffet) for 15.85€. We were quickly seated and had a wide choice of tables: it was a Thursday night so it wasn’t that busy. We ordered the house white at 9.95€, which is not included in the price, and studied the menu. The menu has 55 items to choose from with a good mix of hot and cold dishes, all made to order. I expected a lot of wet, raw fish but this was not so. We did struggle a little in the beginning but the waitress came over and

explained the menu and that we could order a few items now and then look at the menu again, taking the dinner little by little, which we did. We both started with a hot soup called Miso Soup, apparently quite famous in Japan. The Duke loved his but I was not that keen- it was what you might call a washing up soup - nevertheless we still had another 54 dishes to go so for me it could only get better. All the dishes are small with two or three items per plate, a little like Spanish tapas style portions. We tried hot dishes, Sushi dishes and Teppanyaki - grilled beef, fish and chicken (they were my favourite). We both had lots of fun ordering different things, in all around 15 dishes each.

This type of dining experience would be great for a party night. The food quality was excellent and the service helpful, although atmosphere was a little lacking as there weren’t many diners. Oku restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner: 12pm – 4.30pm and 6.30pm – Midnight. COMPETITION TIME To win ‘an afternoon tea with the Duchess’ tell me: What main course did I have at Topo Gigio’s restaurant? Send your answer to by Thursday 11th July 2013.

Duchess star rating

Reservation Service Food quality

*** **** ****

Presentation Atmosphere Value for money

**** ** ***

Night market in the Old Town Article by Irena Bodnarec, www.BenidormAllYearRound.Com. Activities, news and events from around Benidorm, Albir, Alfaz del Pi and La Nucia IF YOU are stuck for something to do on a warm and balmy evening why not head up to the Old Town. Benidorm has in some people´s minds acquired a reputation of solely being a stag and hen destination or for those wanting nothing more than sun and cheap booze. Yes that is the case up to a point, but if you head up to the Old Town you will think you are in a completely different part of Spain. You can wind up and down the narrow cobbled streets which are full of predominantly Spanish bars and restaurants - the famous Tapas Alley is located in this part of town. It is something that you should definitely try at least once - and once you have I am sure you´ll be hooked. With literally hundreds to try you will never tire of the flavour combinations... and most have descriptions in both languages as well so you can even practice your Spanish! If you head up towards the Santa Ana church at the top and go under the arch you come to the Mirador/ look out point, or as the Spanish call it “El Castell”. Here you will find a craft market located in the square, which will be there every evening until the end of the Summer season. The stalls set up at around 6pm and are there till approximately midnight. You get a fabulous view of both the Levante and Poniente beaches from up there and certainly worth taking you camera. 15 stalls are selling an assortment of hand made items such as pottery, jewellery, leather goods, ornaments, glass pendants and there will also be a stall represented by ASMIBE - Disabled Association of Benidorm who are selling items made by their members. There are also about a dozen artists offering to paint portraits, sketches and caricatures. You can even hand them a photo image on your mobile phone and they can replicate that in pastels while you go

and wonder around or have a drink at one of the bars around the square. Caricature prices are 10 euros and portraits start at around 35 euros depending on the style used eg oil, pastel, charcoal, water colour etc. I passed through Tapas Alley on my way back to the car and it was absolutely heaving - with not a spare table at any of the tapas bars or restaurants... and let me tell you there are plenty of them! People were standing shoulder to shoulder at the bar counter inside enjoying a drink until a table became available.

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PIG ‘N WHISTLE, Calle Pal 5, Old Town Benidorm

Friday Saturday Sunday

11pm 11pm 10.30pm

Amy Winehouse Tribute Olly Murs Tribute Britney Spears Tribute

DAYTONA ROCK, Edificio Principado Arena, Playa de Levante

Fri & Sun Fri, Sat & Sun Friday Sat & Sun Saturday Saturday Sunday

4.30pm 6pm 10.30pm 12am 4.30pm 10.30pm 10pm

Cesc Palanca y Cambio Rafa Badia Lee Duffy Rafa Badia Palanca y Cambio ACDC Tribute

GUINESS BAR, Avenida de Alcoy 5, Playa de Levante

Fri & Sat Fri, Sat & Sun Friday Saturday Sunday Sunday

3.30pm 5pm 10.20pm 10.30pm 3pm 10.30pm

Palanca y Cambio Lee Duffy Palanca y Cambio Rafa Fabian Palanca y Cambio Palanca y Cambio

VINCENTS, Old Town Benidorm

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Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

5-11 JULY 2013


Spanish Energy Performance Certificates:

your requirements explained AS YOU may or may not be aware, from 1st June 2013 a new energy efficiency law for Spanish properties was introduced requiring any property for rent or sale after this time to have an ‘Energy Performance Certificate’ also known in Spain as the Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE), a document describing how efficient the energy consumption is. Each property will be tested and scored on a scale ranging from A to G, with ‘A’ being extremely efficient and ‘G’ being particularly inefficient. This measure is a European directive aiming to increase energy efficiency in buildings and homes in order to protect the environment and makes it compulsory for all new and existing properties which come onto the market, whether for sale or for rent, to have this certificate. HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?

All homeowners who want to sell or rent their property (for more than four months within a 12 month period) must make this ‘energy certificate’ available to the prospective buyer and/or tenant. The owner of the home, building, or business premises will be responsible for obtaining and paying for the certificate, which they will need in order to sell or rent their home. In addition to the certificate, each home will also receive a series of recommendations to improve the energy performance. The certificate is valid for 10 years and will only need renewing if modifications or alterations are made to the property within this time. WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NOT COMPLYING? The penalties for non-compliance with the new energy certification law were published, revealing that fines of between 300 and 6,000 euros will be levied on owners who fail to comply. The fines

Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol) UK Tel: +44 (0)1260 299 700 | Spain Tel: +34 965 830 991 | Email: | Web:

will be split into three levels dependent upon the severity of the infraction: Minor offences: €300-600 Serious offences: €601-1,000 Very serious offences: €1,001-6,000 HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR PROPERTY? Wincham can organise an energy efficiency certificate for any property owner whether an existing or new client. The process generally involves a visit to the property to take measurements and collect information before drawing up and certifying the report. Fees start from 155€ + IVA. For further information or to book now please visit or contact our offices directly on +44 (0)1260 299700 (UK) or 0034 96 583 0991 (Spain).



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Pablo Arteaga

Head of Legal Department at Ábaco

What to do when your tenant defaults

LETTING OUT property is perhaps more popular now than it ever has been before. Difficulties in selling property and uncertainty about the property market have led people to consider other options - renting out being at the top of the list. It means you have an income that might perhaps help pay your mortgage or that you can put towards another property that you are renting for yourself.

However, it does have its down side. All is well when rent is paid on time and the tenant is a good one. But what about when the rent dries up or when your tenants prove to be not quite as house proud as you’d hoped? The image that most people have is of a landlord who has little option but to go with the flow. Generally it’s felt that the cogs turn so slowly that there is really little point in trying to do anything about it. However, this is no longer the case. There are options for the landlord whose source of income suddenly disappears or who finds himself at loggerheads with his tenant.

In some cases, unfortunately the situation will be caused or at least fuelled by the economic crisis. We are all aware of people who have found themselves unemployed through no fault of their own. What had seemed to be a manageable outgoing is no longer. However, there are also others who choose to miss their payments without any concern for the implications for the landlord. These individuals make avoiding paying rent a profession. After signing the contract they perhaps just pay a rent or two, lull the landlord into a false sense of security and then… the payments stop. The landlord will try to contact the tenant but will fail as

an elaborate game of cat and mouse follows with missed calls, unanswered emails and a tenant who never seems to be in. The first message we would like to put across is that you are not powerless if this happens to you. The Spanish government is keen that landlords have their rights protected too and new legislation means that there are options that a landlord can take when they find themselves with tenants who can’t/ won’t pay and refuse to leave the property. In this column over the next couple of weeks, I will be covering some of the options available if you find yourself in this unfortunate position.

Ábaco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

“QROPS” (Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme) have been available to ex-pats since April 2006. There is no mystery to them, they are basically the same as your UK pension but offer better benefits than the UK. Benefits: I. Return of fund to spouse on the death of the member, then left to your depends on spouses death. (not so in the UK) II. No Inheritance tax. (not so in the UK) III. Possibility of no income tax. (not so in the UK) IV. Freedom of investment choice. (not so in the UK) V. Income paid in a currency of your choice, plus many more benefits. (not so in the UK) The process is very simple and takes approximately three months to complete. In the UK you may not take any benefits before you are 55 years of age. If you are 50 or above and have been outside the UK for 5 complete tax years you may withdraw 25/30% and then an income at 55. If you are pension rich but cash poor, this could be a way of solving temporary financial difficulties.

To find out if you qualify to release money now call 951 206 138 or email or visit and complete the free assessment form.


Cambridge 800 Convention and Awards Ceremony 2013 WOW! THIS sums up in one word the opinion of the assembled audience at last Friday’s Cambridge 800 Convention held at the prestigious Don Carlos Hotel near Marbella. Top executives from the UK Parent Company, Cambridge Nutritional Foods Ltd; Directors and staff of the Spanish arm Cambridge 800, together with Cambridge 800 Consultants in Spain and their clients waited with bated breath for the results of the awards … so well deserved after months of successfully losing weight! The first half of the conference included the story so far for Cambridge 800 since its launch, introduced by Sarah Hawes, Directora in Spain and Clive Norton, Commercial and Board Director. This was followed by the more serious side of weight loss, delivered by Professor Anthony Leeds, Cambridge Medical Director, who addressed global health issues and the worldwide on-going independent medical research conducted by Cambridge, in countries as diverse as Vietnam, Malaysia and Denmark amongst others. The brand, Cambridge 800 was launched in Spain in January 2012 so this convention was the first time the Company could award such accolades to those who had chosen to lose weight the Cambridge way! There were six finalists for the coveted title of ‘Cambridge 800 Slimmer of the Year 2013’, all proudly attending to show off their new figures. There followed the award for the ‘Consultant of the Year 2013’, the strength behind the slimmers providing one-to-one support and advice throughout the weight loss programme and the customer’s weight loss journey. Additionally there was a special award for ‘Sponsor of the Year 2013’given to Joint Consultants who had gone the extra mile to support and sponsor many active Consultants with several more in the wings. The awards were presented by Sarah and Clive as well as the charming Mike Swinburne, UK finance and board director. After a short break at the end of the day, delegates relaxed under the stars whilst dining in the beautiful Hotel Don Carlos gardens, listening to excellent operatic and modern renditions by the very talented Arran Harding, enthralled by the fabulous display of outstanding Flamenco dancing accompanied by

The 6 finalists for Cambridge 800 ‘Slimmer of the Year’ 2013

Spanish brothers Los Guillen on guitars! Even the eventual winner of ‘Slimmer of the Year 2013’ Mr Robert Blyde {stage name Rob Stevens} gave a truly wonderful performance - he surely is a potential contender for the X-Factor! Cambridge 800 is the proven and nutritional way to lose weight and more importantly, keep it off long term. No dieting programme is easy, you still need willpower but with the help of such professional products manufactured in the UK by Cambridge, and supplied to Cambridge 800 in Spain, teamed with the enormous inspirational help and support provided by the Consultants, losing weight and keeping it off has never been so easy.

If you have a weight problem and would like to really succeed in losing weight, Cambridge 800 is the solution: it’s only a phone call away. Just think, next year it could be you featured in photographs like these! For more information contact Sarah Hawes, Directora on 952 58 63 24 or email Cambridge800 at:

Life travel

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Valencia’s green lung THE JARDINES del Turia, the seven kilometre green lung of Valencia, is a wonderful mix of cycling, jogging and walking paths, playing fields, trees, fountains, lawns and playgrounds, but by one of those strange quirks of urban design, the Jardines form a delightful walkway between some of the most beautiful gardens of the city, so many that Valencia is now accepted as one of the greenest cities in Europe. The Jardin Botanico is one of the oldest gardens of in Valencia, with an area of around four hectares. It owes its creation to one of Spain’s most famous naturalists, Valencia born Antonio José Cavanilles, who started the gardens in 1802. It was the first botanical garden established in Spain and was set up to test new cultivations and acclimatise unknown species. The Jardin Botanico is said to be one of the best botanical gardens in Europe, with around three thousand different species and more than seven thousand examples of bushes, exotic trees and palms, although, true to be told, it can look a bit run down at times. Just beside the Puente Trinidad, which crosses the Jardines del Turia near the Torres de Serano, are the Jardines del Real, the Royal Gardens, now more commonly known as Los Viveros, one of the most notable gardens in the city, for its history, extent and design. The Moorish king Abd al-Aziz ordered the construction of a villa on the oldest part of the Gardens in the 11th Century, which was later converted by King Jaime I into a palace. During the 19th Century, Viveros was used as an acclimatisation garden and agricultural school but since the beginning of the 20th they have been successively enlarged to the north and fountains, umbrariums, benches, bowers, kiosks and statues added. The garden is full of statuary, one of the most important being the group of the Four Seasons represented

by Venus, Diana, Apollo and Chronos. With the passing of time, the Viveros Municipales has acquired an extraordinary collection of begonias, cacti, carnations, ficus, araucarias, firs, cypresses, ferns, agaves, azaleas, rhododendron, coconut trees, palms and much more, creating a delightful stroll around an historic garden where you can doze in the sun after a beer and a sandwich at one of the two cafes. One of the most delightful gardens in the city is the Jardin de Montforte with its tiny palacete, an ornate villa in French rococo style, a five-minute walk from the Viveros. Once an orchard, there are two main styles; a geometric garden in the neoclassic style beside the palacete, and another that is more naturalistic, landscaped and designed on a more romantic theme. The prettiness of the palacette and the gardens once formed the background to civil weddings but, sadly, happy couples can no longer have their photos taken alongside the tinkling fountains. While the main gardens of Valencia are an almost-tourist free stroll through the city, the River Turia itself is a delight to meander, stopping for an occasional stretch out or a picnic below the trees. Whether it’s gardens or parks, there is little more to lighten the heart than a stroll around Valencia’s green spaces. Valencia’s gardens forms part of Derek Workman’s ‘Non-history’ tours of Valencia, anecdotal (and occasionally scurrilous) strolls around city. For more information about Valencia and to contact Derek, visit

This article is taken from Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca,, a series of five ebooks, each of four excursions that cover the whole of the Valencian region. For further information and immediate download from, visit


5-11 JULY 2013

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -39 THE IMPERFECT Subjunctive is where we’re up to, and that’s what we’ll be looking at today once more. I DO realize that this level of grammar is beyond many readers, but on the other hand, there is so much stuff around for beginners and elementary learners and very little for those valiant people who’ve been here for a while and are actually making some progress with the language of their adopted country. So therefore, I will make no apology. We’re still talking about the actual formation of this tense, so hopefully if we can get that sorted today we can at least start talking about its use next week. We were saying that the form is based on the third person plural of the preterite (or past simple) tense. Let’s just look at some more and see what they look like. At least then you can start getting familiar with them and perhaps recognizing some of the forms when you see them written down. Just one other point I’d like to make before we dive in head first, and that is that it’s always worth working on the familiar verbs first, and ones you have some chance of using one day. That is the danger of those famous verb books we all have propping up the sideboard. We can get caught up in the technicalities of conjugating verbs as though it was an exercise in algebra, and forget that they are supposed to have some practical application.

TUVIERAS TUVIÉRAIS TUVIERA TUVIERAN SER (to be) FUERON (past simple – they were) FUERA (imperfect subjunctive) FUERA FUERAS FUERA


PODER (to be able) PUDIERON (past simple – they could) PUDIERA (imperfect subjuctive) PUDIERA PUDIERAS PUDIERA


To finish, here’s a handful of sentences to try and make sense of all of this. Si tuviéramos más tiempo, haríamos mucho más. If we had more time, we would do much more.

OKAY – HERE’S SOME EXAMPLE THEN: TENER (to have) TUVIERON (past simple – they had) TUVIERA (imperfect subjunctive) TUVIERA

Si fuera él, tú sabrías primero. If it were he (If it was him), you would know first. Si pudieran ayudar, estoy segura que lo harían. If they could help, I’m sure that they would (do it).


Wimbledon Gary Lineker @GaryLineker: Few jobs I need to do, then back to watch @andy_ murray followed by a Bill Murray Ricky Gervais @rickygervais: You know Wimbledon, yeah? I could win that if I wanted to. Glastonbury Chris Moyles @CHRISDJMOYLES: Fair play to Mumford & Sons. The Stones were a tough act to follow Weather Stephen Fry @stephenfry: At first it was poor, then disappointing, then mildly funny, then cosmically annoying, now it’s plain preposterous#theweather Uber Facts UberFacts @UberFacts: One of the oldest fully preserved body ever found is 2,500 year old and it actually has tattoos RIP Professor Green @professorgreen: RIP James Gandolfini x Chris Moyles @CHRISDJMOYLES: never met you but loved your work so much that I wish I had. RIP James Gandolfini.

Life books

Danny Collins -

Passport To Hell AS A teenager, Terry Daniels fell in love with Tenerife, the Canary Islands holiday destination of her family, and she longed to live the life that she saw each year on the Veronicas Strip, that of drinking, dancing, and generally having fun. Eventually she moved from England to the Spanish holiday resort and worked as a PR girl, enticing customers into the nightclubs that lined the Strip. Each client she brought in earned her commission and a drink. Before long she was hooked on alcohol and began the long spiral down through marijuana and speed to cocaine. She accepted the offer of a free holiday in Brazil from a club owner who claimed his wife couldn’t make the trip and he had a spare ticket. On the couple’s return to Spain he was found with 3.4 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase. His plea that Terry was innocent fell on deaf ears and she was sentenced alongside him to eight years. While her second appeal was pending she returned to the UK and started a relationship with a Northern Irishman. Hearing her mother was ill, she returned to England, leaving the keys to her house in Belfast with a male friend of her husband. The result was a charge of terrorism after firearms and bombmaking equipment were found in a cupboard at her home during a police raid. Again she faced prison and the publicity awakened Author: Terry Daniels Publisher: Summersdale (paperback) Price: 12.60€ ISBN: 978 1 84953 344 7

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the interest of the Spanish authorities, who sought her extradition to Spain to complete her sentence. She was eventually returned to the UK to serve out her eight year sentence in an English prison. Basically, that’s what the book’s about: drink, drugs, and degradation. A cautionary tale for any naive and, one must admit, goofy young girl who believes life can be lived as one long party. It can’t. Terry Daniels knows that now and she tells you her depressing story in this depressing book. If any teenager in your family thinks life is a wheeze, buy them this book and make sure they read it.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Email settings

HI AUNTY: Probably you can help! I come to Spain regularly and have a computer here and in UK. When I arrive in Spain all the emails received during my time in UK are repeated by Outlook Express. This time they go up to 5th April and then one email gets ‘blocked’ and stops the process, so I cannot receive up to date/ current emails. I have attempted to block senders to clear old items but still no good. I can of course go to BT Yahoo, my provider, and get them direct but I find Outlook Express far more user friendly. Is there a simple solution? Graham

Aunty says: Usually on email systems there is an option to store emails on the server even if you have downloaded them. In most cases this can be turned off so once they are deleted the emails are removed from the server. So it sounds like when you go from PC to PC, your email account simply downloads the emails that PC has not

Media Player DEAR AUNTY VIRUS: I play my own recorded mp3 files back using Windows media player. When the music is being played back, on my screen appears an abstract visual kaleidoscope moving in time to the music. Is it possible to save this audio/visual to file for forwarding on purposes? Thank you and best regards, Alexander. Aunty says: The imagery is auto-generated by Media Player and you will find that each time it will not be exactly the same. Also, the imagery shown also depends on what setting you have in Media Player. Sending the audio file to someone else, their Media Player will play the imagery depending on their settings. As far as I am aware you cannot save this directly. The only way I can think of doing this is via some type of ‘screen capture’ software (such as ‘Snagit’) that would capture the whole screen - which can be a bit ‘power hungry’ and may not work smoothly on less powerful machines.

downloaded. As the emails are not being deleted once downloaded, each PC will download those emails it has not already downloaded. You will have to go into the setting for your email server and find the setting that allows emails to be deleted from the server once downloaded.

Printing Options DEAR AUNTY, I have a computer/printer problem. I can print email attachments single or many more pages. No problem! However, when I want to print off an email with more than a single page the message from the computer to the printer tells it to print only the first page and no more. Can you help and advise me how I can print off my travel information which has several pages of information? Your help would be much appreciated. Jim Aunty says: When you do a print, you have some print options. You will need to make sure these are set to what you want to print. As you can see (from the attached) I have options to print all pages, the current page, and selected pages. How you access these options will vary depending on what programme you are using for your email (Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, or a webmail service), and which printer make and model you have.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Zoostorm 10.1 inch PlayTab Tablet PC THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Zoostorm 33051030 10.1 inch PlayTab Tablet PC. It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at the tablet market, and like most technology these days increasing performance at low cost is the order of the day. We’re also going to be looking at a 10.1 inch model for a change – 7 inch models are fine, but with the increasing demand to watch movies the extra 3.1 inches makes all the difference. Zoostorm is also a UK based company and a respected brand in the PC market, so no nasty Chinese imports. To give it’s full name the Zoostorm 3305-1030 10.1 inch PlayTab Tablet PC has a 10.1 inch display and features an Cortex A9 Dual Core 1.5GHz, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB Solid State Drive which can be upgraded with an Micro SD memory card up to 32GB. The Zoostorm measures 29.8cm x 19.8cm x 7.6cm and weighs in at a svelte 599g. The tablet is installed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the operating system designed specifically for tablet PCs. The 10.1 inch capacitive multi-touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is ideal for watching movies. The display features In-Plane Switching technology designed to offer clear and bright stable images and wide viewing angles. The Zoostorm PlayTab is compatible with Flash Player, YouTube and BBC iPlayer (when in UK or via UK proxy). Complete with a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera, and 2.0 megapixel rear facing camera, Skype video calling is also no problem. Connectivity is covered with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi; a MicroUSB 2.0 port; AC power Jack; 3.5mm Earphone Jack and Micro SD Card Slot. Connecting to HDMI TV/monitors is covered with a mini HDMI socket. And if you’re looking for something to amuse yourself or the kids the Zoostorm PlayTab can access the Google Play Store (formerly the android market) which contains over 500,000 apps and games.

The 3.7V 6500mAh Li Polymer battery gives up to 4 hours working time and can be recharged using the mains adapter (UK plug style – you´ll need an adapter for Spain) or USB cable. The Inspectors Verdict: The Zoostorm 3305-1030 10.1 inch PlayTab Tablet PC has a decent sized screen for watching movies/browsing or catching up on emails. It has a powerful processor, plenty of built-in storage and comes from a respected company. With all the features needed in a basic tablet at a ridiculously low price what more do you need? Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound. to purchase the Zoostorm 3305-1030 10.1 inch PlayTab Tablet PC for 144€. Please note the power adapter has a UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

5-11 July 2013



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5-11 JULY 2013

Life Showbiz Goss

A Partridge in a Movee! NINETEEN YEARS ago, Steve Coogan came up with an idea of doing a spoof chat show using a proper full-on large stage with a live band and a set that included a rather grand, and active stucco fountain. It was called ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ and sadly only ran for one six-show series. Featuring the scarily naff presenter Alan Partridge, it was pure television joy and I’ve had a great time over the past week watching them all again on YouTube. Two series of a show called ‘I´m Alan Partridge’ then popped up that featured the character now running a radio show in Norwich having been sacked from the TV show for punching the commissioning editor of the BBC. The relevance of bringing all of this to you today is that writer Steve has been burning the midnight oil and then some over the last year or so and has put together a movie called ‘Alpha Papa’ that happily once again features the Alan Partridge character. Coogan said to Empire magazine last week: “People think, you must be having a great time doing Partridge, but it’s both a blessing and a curse … I love doing it because it makes me laugh, but if I wasn’t doing other things, I’d go mad.” A Facebook campaign was started to have the premiere of the movie held in the town of Norwich and within a couple of days had gathered 3,000 followers. The peeps of Norwich are seriously proud of having the bumbling Partridge as part of their heritage, so move over Leicester Square or you might get yourself a whole bunch of Norwich Nutters! ‘Alpha Papa’ is in UK cinemas 7th August.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips CH5 HAS now axed two of the live shows of Big Brother and in my opinion the rest should go as well. Viewing figures are at such an embarrassing low I’m amazed they told us that just 35,000 people proved that they really don’t have a life. There is a slight increase in numbers when there in an eviction, but that’s even sadder. This story reads like saddo Pete Docherty is cashing in on friendship when we find out that he will be setting up a stall in Camden to sell cigarette butts smoked by the late Amy Winehouse and Xmas paper sent to ex-footballer Steve Ogrizovic from Black Sabbath … and then I think … yup! … saddo fits rather well. It is reading like the original line up of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have agreed to reprise their roles in a new Star Wars movie, but Mark and Carrie have been told by the movie executives they must lose weight first. So simple enough then! Go on a diet and pick up mucho milliones! By the way, Harrison’s weight is acceptable for a 71-year-old.

Who´s up for a bit more Fry and Laurie?

IT’S GREAT to see Stephen Fry having some major success with the BBC game show QI, especially when his old sparring partner Hugh Laurie has had so much applause for his remarkable portrayal of Dr Gregory House in the hugely successful US TV show House. The two men met as undergraduates at Cambridge and struck up a friendship that remains very much intact to this day. They got their first break on the BBC in 1989 with ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ and both appeared in several episodes of Blackadder and did a terrific job for ITV as the PG Woodhouse characters Jeeves and Wooster. When asked by Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs last week about the possibility of the two lads getting back together again Hugh said, “… if we were to it wouldn’t be a sketch show as that is a young man’s game, that wouldn’t work very well as we are probably older than half the cabinet.” Hugh then admitted that they hadn’t discussed their potential reunion in any great detail but did say, “…we could perhaps look at doing a Flanders and Swann kind of thing, sitting around a glowing fire with a decanter of Madeira and singing a few little ditties - we have not advanced with this idea but that would be my pick of the way to go.”Interesting stuff indeed and I can see them doing that for sure. Hugh then signed off with a charming comment when he said: “Our friendship has never been on thin ice, that’s not really natural … is it? … To never have a cross word? It seems odd.” Classic Laurie!

Life TV

5-11 JULY 2013


05th July - 11th July

FRIDAY 05th July BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Specials 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Wimbledon 2013 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Sherlock 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Old School

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Specials 08:30 Heir Hunters 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 13:30 Wimbledon 2013 16:35 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:20 Heir Hunters 18:05 Flog It! 18:50 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:05 Glastonbury 2013

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Harbour Lives 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Britain’s Secret Homes 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Notting Hill

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 12:00 Double Your House for Half the Money 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:35 River Cottage 14:10 SuperScrimpers 14:20 The Admirable Crichton 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 PhoneShop 24:10 Trojan Donkey 24:40 8 Out of 10 Cats

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Emergency Bikers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 The Mentalist 16:20 Circle of Friends 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Paul Merton in India 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 Big Brother 23:30 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:30 Big Brother

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Fast & Furious 24:10 Pitch Black

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Coming to America 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 The Big Bang Theory


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Cowboy Trap 14:00 Bargain Hunt 14:30 Wimbledon 2013 18:55 Formula One 20:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:30 Pointless Celebrities 21:20 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:10 Casualty 23:00 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:30 BBC News; Weather 23:50 King Arthur


07:00 This Is BBC Two 08:05 Government Girl 09:35 Days of Glory 11:00 A History of Scotland 12:00 Life in the Freezer 12:30 Life in the Freezer 13:00 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:45 The Great British Bake Off 14:45 Coast 14:50 Talking Pictures 15:25 Duel in the Sun 17:30 Flog It! 18:30 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 QI XL 22:45 The Late Great Eric Sykes 23:45 In the Loop

SUNDAY 07th July BBC1

07:00 Breakfast


07:00 This Is BBC Two 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 08:10 Spirit of the People 10:00 Monty Don’s French Gardens 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Sunday Politics 12:30 What to Eat Now 13:00 EastEnders 13:20 The Muslim Premier League 14:50 Flog It! 13:50 Wimbledon 2013 15:50 Nature’s Weirdest Events 19:00 Formula One 16:50 Nature’s Weirdest Events 20:30 BBC News; Regional 17:50 Songs of Praise 18:30 Coast News and Weather 19:00 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Countryfile 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 The White Queen 22:00 Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army 23:00 BBC News 23:00 Blackadder II 23:25 Luther 23:35 Mock the Week 24:25 Live at the Apollo 24:05 What a Load of Buzzcocks 24:35 Today at Wimbledon 24:55 The Sky at Night

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 08:35 Ultimate Spider-Man 09:00 Gravity Falls 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:15 Murder, She Wrote 12:15 Saturday Farm 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:20 All Star Family Fortunes 14:05 Me and My Guide Dog 15:05 Midsomer Murders 17:05 Step Up 19:00 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Your Face Sounds Familiar 21:45 All Star Family Fortunes 22:45 The Americans 23:35 ITV News and Weather 23:50 Wanted

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 07:50 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:10 Bookaboo 08:20 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 08:30 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! 09:00 Sonny with a Chance 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 ITV News and Weather 12:25 Death on the Nile 15:05 Love Your Garden 16:05 A Touch of Frost 18:05 Johnny English 19:35 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Mamma Mia! 24:05 ITV News and Weather 24:25 The Talent Show Story

CHANNEL 4 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Ginetta Challenge 08:00 The Grid 08:30 FIM World Superbikes 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 Frasier 11:35 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 The Secret Millionaire 14:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:20 Come Dine with Me 17:50 Come Dine with Me 18:20 Come Dine with Me 18:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Come Dine with Me 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 Grand Designs 21:20 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:00 Scott Pilgrim vs the World

CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:00 The Hotel Inspector 13:00 Big Brother 14:25 Torpedo Run 16:15 Away All Boats 18:30 CSI: NY 19:25 CSI: NY 20:10 CSI: Miami 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych 24:00 The Walking Dead 24:55 Inside Hollywood

ITV2 07:00 Coronation Street 09:15 Emmerdale 12:15 King Ralph 14:15 You’ve Been Framed! 14:45 You’ve Been Framed! 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 15:45 You’ve Been Framed! 16:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:15 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20:00 Evan Almighty 22:00 Shaun of the Dead 24:05 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:50 Duplicity


07:00 Being Erica 07:45 Greek 08:30 Make It or Break It 09:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:30 Ugly Betty 11:35 Scrubs 12:05 Scrubs 12:35 Scrubs 13:05 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 90210 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:35 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Rules of Engagement 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Happy Endings 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Wedding Crashers 24:20 The Inbetweeners 24:55 The Inbetweeners





07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Blancpain Endurance Series 08:30 Ironman Triathlon 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:45 The Simpsons 14:15 The Simpsons 14:45 Baby’s Day Out 16:40 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 17:40 Deal or No Deal 18:45 Alvin and the Chipmunks 20:35 Channel 4 News 21:00 Time Team 22:00 The Returned 23:10 Hot Tub Time Machine

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:00 Meerkat Manor 12:30 Monkey Life 13:00 Big Brother 13:55 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 14:55 Teen Wolf Too 16:45 Harry and the Hendersons 19:00 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Siege

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:50 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:40 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:40 Ugly Betty 10:40 Scrubs 11:10 Scrubs 11:40 Hollyoaks 14:10 Glee 15:10 Charmed 16:10 How I Met Your Mother 16:40 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 90210 18:35 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 New Girl 21:00 The Golden Child 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:05 Skins

09:40 Coronation Street 12:15 America’s Got Talent 13:15 America’s Got Talent 14:15 America’s Got Talent 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 15:45 You’ve Got Mail 18:05 Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope 20:30 Ocean’s Thirteen 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Big Rich Texas 24:50 Hell’s Kitchen USA


5-11 JULY 2013

Life TV

05th July - 11th July

MONDAY 8st July BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Specials 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Land Girls 15:30 Only Fools and Horses 16:30 Perfection 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet 24:35 The Muslim Premier League

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Specials 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 Town with Nicholas Crane 11:05 Country Show Cook Off 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Weakest Link 15:30 Classic Mastermind 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Frozen Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 21:30 Count Arthur Strong 22:00 Rick Stein’s India 23:00 What a Load of Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Women’s Football Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Benidorm 24:05 Monk

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 12:00 Grand Designs Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:25 Tora! Tora! Tora! 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 Undercover Boss 23:00 The Greatest Shows on Earth 24:05 Coming Up 24:40 Random Acts 24:45 Child Genius

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 Gospel of Deceit 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The True Story 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 The Travellers’ Secret Cash Stash 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:00 The Chronicles of Riddick 24:20 Celebrity Juice

TUESDAY 9th July



07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:40 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 The Mindy Project 22:00 90210 23:00 Skins 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Specials 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Land Girls 15:30 Only Fools and Horses 16:30 Perfection 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Luther 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Imagine

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Specials 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 Ice Age Giants 11:05 Country Show Cook Off 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 The Super League Show 15:30 Mastermind 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Frozen Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Australia with Simon Reeve 21:00 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 21:30 The Cruise: A Life at Sea 22:00 Piper Alpha: Fire in the Night 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Who Were the Greeks?

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Nature’s Newborns 21:00 Love Your Garden 22:00 Robson Green: How the North Was Built 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:25 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 12:00 Grand Designs Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:25 Objective, Burma! 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Gok Live: Stripping for Summer 22:00 The Murder Trial 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 999: What’s Your Emergency?

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Extraordinary People 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 After the Fall 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Magaluf Weekender 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:45 Lemon La Vida Loca

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 The Mindy Project 23:00 Happy Endings 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 Rude Tube








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Specials 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Land Girls 15:30 Only Fools and Horses 16:30 Perfection 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol 21:00 Your Money, Their Tricks 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Life Savers

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Specials 08:30 Bargain Hunt 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Helicopter Heroes Down Under 10:30 Auction Hero 11:30 Country Show Cook Off 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Weakest Link 15:30 Mastermind 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Frozen Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Australia with Simon Reeve 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Who Were the Greeks?

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Zoo 22:00 Love and Marriage 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Royal Babies 24:35 The Dales

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:25 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 12:00 Grand Designs Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:15 Cheyenne Autumn 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Hollywood Me 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Secrets of the Pickpockets 24:05 Undercover Boss

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Traders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Next Stop Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Showdown 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Holiday Showdown 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Just My Luck 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 Skins

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Specials 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Land Girls 15:30 Only Fools and Horses 16:30 Perfection 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Great British Menu 22:00 Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Apprentice 24:35 This Week

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Specials 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol 10:35 Peter Jones Meets 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Weakest Link 15:30 Mastermind 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Frozen Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Australia with Simon Reeve 21:00 The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 22:00 Hebrides: Islands on the Edge 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Horizon

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Married to the Job 22:00 Brady and Hindley: Possession 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Zoo 24:35 The Lobby

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 12:00 Grand Designs Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:10 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 Countdown 17:15 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 First Dates 23:00 Eye Spy 24:05 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Rosamunde Pilcher’s Summer 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 Extraordinary People 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Ocean’s Thirteen 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:30 Fake Reaction

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 715 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Showed fight; 9 Peg; 10 Moonshine; 11 Align; 13 Scarlet; 14 Incite; 16 Alcove; 18 Gamboge; 19 Music; 20 Untainted; 21 Sac; 22 Exaggerated. Down: 2 Hog; 3 Woman; 4 Dropsy; 5 Install; 6 Heirlooms; 7 Speaking out; 8 Weather-cock; 12 Income-tax; 15 Tooting; 17 Settle; 19 Media; 21 She.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Cold-hearted; 9 Rub; 10 Automaton; 11 Dodge; 13 Terrier; 14 Muffle; 16 Depart; 18 Non-stop; 19 Eject; 20 Nobleness; 21 Wed; 22 Leaseholder. Down: 2 Orb; 3 Drape; 4 Estate; 5 Remorse; 6 Extricate; 7 Predominant; 8 Ingratitude; 12 Definable; 15 Letters; 17 Speech; 19 Easel; 21 Woe.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 Skins 24:05 The IT Crowd 24:35 The IT Crowd

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 5 July Celebrity Archive – McFly, the English pop band who were the youngest band to have their debut album reach No.1. 18.00 Saturday 6 July Viva La Vida – New series. Carla Stone hosts another show featuring Abba Elite, Take That tribute and top Michael Jackson tribute Frank Jackson. 19.00 Sunday 7 July The Barcelona Boat Show – We take a look around one of Europe’s biggest shows. 18.30 Monday 8 July Host Your Own(series) The Costa Blanca’s very own home grown cookery show. 6 contestants try to

impress 3 judges with their cooking and hosting. Single mother Alex Trotter does Bush Tucker. 18.05 Tuesday 9 July Let’s Talk Special – an in depth interview with exLondon gangster who openly admits killing another gangster! 18.45 Wednesday 10 July Guardamars’s Moors & Christians. As the season approaches, a film about a group of Brits who became the first expats to get involved. 18.05 Thursday 11 July Celebrity Archive – Mike Farrell – film producer and actor best known for his role as BJ Hunnicutt in M.A.S.H. 18.00

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Life people

San Javier Jazz ready for business By Keith Nicol THE XVI Edition of San Javier Jazz got underway last weekend with performances by Abdón Alcaraz, with Enrique Heredia ´El Negri´ and Jorge Reyes along with the Dhafer Youssef Quartet. This weekend sees the festival start to find its groove as tonight, Friday, the featured artists are Avishai Cohen Quartet plus a dose of jazz from the Caribbean with Alain Pérez plus Julio Montalvo and The Cuban Collective. Tomorrow, Saturday July 6th features Grace Kelly, Lynne Arriale and the René Marie Quintet plus the great Bill Evans and The Soulgrass Band. This year, 2013, San Javier Jazz is featuring a number of young Spanish jazz talents, with the debut of Catalan pianist Albert Marquis (Barcelona 1986), whose maturity never seems to amaze audiences with creativity and artistic maturity as he is quickly becoming one of the towering figures of jazz from Spain. Accompanied by Pep Colls on bass and Xavi Hinojosa on drums, the San Javier Jazz will welcome them on stage on Friday 19th July, enriched by the presence of a distinguished veteran, guitarist Jordi Bonell, who is visiting the festival for the third time. Albert currently lives in New York, and plays in the Big Band of Arturo O’Farrill, a good sign of their high level. On the same bill is the world renowned Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra who are celebrating 25 Years together this year

who are celebrating 25 Years together this year. Led by Wynton Marsalis, this jazz musician has possibly had the most media impact of the past 25 years and one of the greatest trumpet players in the history of music, making the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra “the best big band in the world” according to the Daily Telegraph. July’s festival also features on Wednesday 10th July, Jon Batiste and Stay Human plus John Pizzarelli. There’s a deviation from Jazz on Friday July 12th, as headliners are the Heavy Metal Band Uriah Heep with special guest artist John Lawton. Saturday 13th features Thierry Lang Trio and Matthieu Michel and something not to be missed, The Original Blues Brothers band. Tuesday 16th July has performances from Bettye Lavette and Shuggie Otis and on Saturday 20th July, Pedro Iturralde Cuarteto and Judith Mateo. The final weekend features Víctor Aneiros Band with Julie Guravich with guests Mingo Balaguer and Patxi Valverde plus China Moses and Raphael Lemmonnier. The festival ends on Saturday July with Lou Donalson Quartet, Chuchito Valdés Cuarteto, a homage to Bebo Valdés with Sandra Carrasco performing as a guest artist. All the performances take place in the Auditorio Parque Almansa with tickets priced from just 12 euros and a season ticket, bono pass available.



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Life health

Heavy drinker? Return to normal drinking NO ONE likes a drunk. At best, the person may become a little drunk at a party and we excuse it. At worst, the person may be regularly drunk, embarrassing themselves and everyone within hearing distance. And everyone knows that their drinking is out of control except the drinker. This type of drinking is not carried out for pleasure; it is compulsive drinking, or drinking with a purpose. The good news is that it is not necessary for people to give up alcohol completely. It is possible for them to return to normal drinking like the rest of us. Reducing alcohol intake is not easy. If consumption has reached a point of physical addiction, a return to normality must be carried out carefully. If the body has adapted to large amounts, it must readapt to lower levels. This can be carried out rapidly but is not nice and may require medical supervision, or reduction can be carried out gently. The aim is for the person to return to normal drinking which is moderate social drinking and moderate drinking with meals. Partners of heavy drinkers usually want

zero intake but this is often not realistic or even necessary. There are many reasons why people want to reduce their alcohol consumption. The main ones are: to improve health; increase lifespan; improve quality of life; keep a job; keep a partner; save money and be safe again. There is a program to return to normal drinking. It does not require turning to God, becoming a Buddhist, being locked up in a clinic, or drinking two gallons of fizzy gunk every day. What it requires is a decision to return to normal drinking and a willingness to work through a program to make it happen. THE STAGES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Decide on what alcohol consumption is acceptable. This may be times of day, amount per day, occasions when it is acceptable. This must be decided by the person, not by the partner, doctor or therapist. Identify the reasons for drinking to excess. Common reasons given include: escape from life; boredom; helps with communication when shy; helps with communication if oppressed by someone; celebration or reward; social; with meal; to help relax; to help sleep or generally a bad habit. Deal with each of the causes of drinking so that there are new and better ways of coping with the problems. Monitor the drinking by recognising the reason for having each drink. Drinking reduces naturally and establishes a habit of drinking less. Remove the thought that drinking helps deal with problems. There is no magic to the program; it simply recognises that some people use alcohol as a coping mechanism and they need a better one. They can then drink socially or at meal times without a driving need or craving to keep on drinking.

The author, Grahame Milton-Jones is a Psychotherapist working at the Family Medical Centre, Albir and can be reached on 96 686 5072.

Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic Dr Xavier Dutey-Harispe D.C Carretera Almoradi, No.18 Bajo. 03169, Algorfa.

Tel: 965 071 898 / 618 337 616 (out of clinic hours)

Chiropractic care - addressing the root cause Chiropractic is a health care profession that treats back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint pain, sprains and strains, osteoarthritis, herniated discs and other musculoskeletal conditions. If you have pain, it is important to establish where that pain is coming from. Spinal vertebrae that are misaligned cause irritation to the nerves resulting in pain which can be anywhere in the body. Dr Dutey-Harispe D.C can help restore the spine with spinal manipulation resulting in optimal health for the patient. We currently offer a free non obligatory Posture Screening Analysis. It provides a detailed report evaluating a person’s posture. The patient then has a better understanding of how their posture is impacting on their problem and how it can be corrected with a specific treatment programme. Chiropractic treatment can also help with a number of other health problems such as headaches, migraine, vertigo, digestive disorders, sinusitis, allergies, tinnitus, to name but a few.


The clinic also offers acupuncture for smoking addiction, insomnia, stress........... If you require more information, please do not hesitate to phone Catherine. She is also available out of clinic hours on the number above. From the motorway take the exit for Algorfa (J740) turn left at the traffic lights and we are 200m on the right hand side.

Please view our website for more information Hours of opening: Tuesday & Wednesday: Thursday:

9.00 - 14.00 16.00 - 21.00

Torrevieja Hospital launches a Food Bank By Keith Nicol UNTIL AUGUST 31st, the Hospital of Torrevieja will be operating their own Food Bank to help needy families in the area. The Health Department of Torrevieja and the professionals within it, being aware of the difficulties being experienced by families with few resources within their health area, have launched a solidarity campaign collecting non-perishable foods to help with the basic needs of low-income families. The Hospital has set up two collection areas where anyone can drop off any non perishable food items, such as canned food, powdered milk, pasta, vegetables, sweets, cereals, oils and any other non-perishable item. The two collection areas are located in the Outpatient area and the Main Hall. Local associations and social groups will be responsible for collecting the items and passing out aid to those

Torrevieja Hospital where you can drop off non-perishable items for their food bank

families most in need, as they have done in other campaigns developed by the same department. The groups are responsible for the distribution of food to resource-poor families. Food is sorted by category and then delivered directly by the local branch.

According to the health department. the combined efforts of all will provide much needed aid to many and they said “any help, however small, can help a local family to make their day a little easier because they will know that they will have food on the table.”

AA Open Meeting DO YOU think you may have a drinking problem? Does your personal or professional life bring you into contact with one or more heavy drinkers whom you believe need help? A meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous on Wednesday 10th July at 6pm at the Centro Social, La Marina Urbanisation (behind the Police Station) will be open to non-members who are genuinely interested in the activities of AA. The meeting will last around 60-75 minutes. You are welcome to attend without prejudice or obligation. Just sit and listen to how the fellowship is helping people recover from the illness of Alcoholism. Call 625 912 078 (confidential Helpline) for further information regarding all AA groups and their meetings in the Costa Blanca South area or 648 169 045 for Costa Blanca North. Friends and families of someone with a drink problem can receive support and advice through our friends in Al-Anon: 692 799 318.

Dr Hans Christian Madsen DC

has developed techniques with pinpoint lasers, to treat specific injured, damaged or weak areas of the body. His patented lasers can treat any structure, (any tendons and muscles) inside the affected joint or within the spine. The laser penetrates light to the affected areas, supplying energy to the body, which encourages new cell growth. This strengthening and healing of damaged cells can lead to healthier discs and joints. It is never too late to seek help for pain. Take a look at our website or come and talk to us.

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Life horoscopes

Kenny corris Mobile: 686 361 594 Telephone: 965 878 424

Chief Seattle

SATURN Directs in Scorpio and this must be a cause for celebration with you as so much lately has had to be on hold. Now you can at least see that things are not only going your way, but also that you have exceeded expectations and you know what? You haven’t finished yet because there is more, MANY READERS have sent me stories about their connections much more for you in the pipeline. with Spiritual Guides and it is always good to hear that so many are connecting with their innermost selves and communicating Actions in your opposing sign of Scorpio brings things to with those who have formed a relationship with them. a level whereby compromise and sound planning could be Guides are heavily prized and they bring about a security in giving you the icing on the cake you have been waiting for, for a long time. If you raise your stubborn head and see their intention to lead us on through our Spiritual life. things out of context you are throwing away something Assigned to us, very often some Guides do not get the attention that you could build on! they need to help all of us to progress. Sadly, this is often because fear detracts from the Spiritual equation, as not all of You are in two minds and though neither solution is what you wanted, it is time to take the money and run. The best us can want to take on the intensity of the Spiritual Journey, and of plans have worked against you somewhat, but at least I understand this. Guides disconnect if they feel that they are you have the satisfaction of knowing that you did what you not wanted, though a Guide is wonderfully gifted at spotting had to, taking everything into consideration for all involved, someone who could greatly benefit from their guidance. Sadly, not just talking about what might have been. though, not all can take this concept on. Influences of Mars see you looking at things from a very Many feel that any communication with the dead is ungodly, negative angle. It is likely that you could turn everything or they fear that they will be taken over by the strong influence around and really make something of this, but do you really of Spirit. Some people will think that I am mad just for writing want to? This is a time to re establish your domestic empire this page and that you as a reader are communicating with me and to get your own way over a delicate matter that is best solved by your tender love and care. and the devil just by reading it. The sighting of a Guide is a momentous occasion and I feel Just because something didn’t work out is absolutely no reason to feel badly about your recent performance. You very honoured if such Guides choose to come through to me. didn’t write the rules and what you said was the truth, I have worked with many during my lifetime. Each Guide is a though unfortunately it wasn’t what others wanted to hear. specialist in something, and my very first Guide was a pigtailed Be guided to make it known that you standby your actions Chinaman who cared for me when I was little more than a and will defend yourself all ways. child and helped me to hone my performance right through Planetary actions press heavily on your ability to kiss and the teenage years of my life: he did a very good job. He was make up. Some bad things were said and this is a situation a retired soldier and he wanted to start a new life healing and whereby you want to turn that clock back in time. If people facilitating rather than the killing that had punctuated his life. cannot see that you matter then they are not respecting He saw me through my very first platform demonstration, and you, and when all is said and done where would they be without you and what you stood up for? he made it clear from that day forward that we were a team that worked together so well. In fact I began to take him for granted, The scales appear not to balancing very well, and you may so precisely and diligently did he work with Spirit and with me. have been told that you have bitten off more than you can chew. So what? You are backed this week by a determined Scorpio influence which tells you in no uncertain terms that hard work won’t hurt you and you need to show others just what you can do.

Kennys diary

The Saturn Direct brings sage wisdom back into the equation and puts you right back where you belong. You have some business to do, and here you must take all advice and comment with a pinch of salt. You know what you want, even if you don’t see it just yet, and false hope and pride are not going to stop you right now. Tempting though it may sound, put aside all partnership deals and just go it alone. Nobody works quite as hard as you do and in the current scheme of things you would be left with egg on your face. This is a sound proposal but only if your partner can share responsibility right down the line and not just be waiting for the lion’s share. Pluto is trying to protect you the only way that is possible, but it is having some reverse effect on you this week. Knowing full well that you are so good at pulling the cat of the bag when you have to; you are geared up for something that on the face of it sounds good, but actually could bring trouble to your door. Peace and contemplation brings you to finally bring your highly developed psychic side into play this week. You are not on the defensive, but there are rumours to be scotched, and some positive plans to examine; you have to be sure that the immediate future is going to be how you want it, and that involves belief in yourself. Stepping into someone’s shoes isn’t easy but it is just up your street right now as you are more than ready to tackle things and take things on. A trouble shared is a trouble halved and you seem to be more willing to discuss your future plans with someone special. The more you take on right now, the better, as your energy rises to new levels.

Albir Readings: The End of the Mayan Calendar has brought the Maya Bistro in Albir a brand new name. In future it will be known as ‘Something Else’. Readings are available on Monday July 8th and Wednesday July 10th from 5pm. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 96 686 8213. DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in June or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424. Mediation Workshop: ‘Working with your Sanctuary’ is a half day workshop in Meditation technique. No previous experience necessary and all welcome as we explore our hidden depths. New June dates. Call for information.

If it’s your birthday this week

One day I noted that my wise and wonderful Chinaman was getting old, and to cut a long story short we separated as Guide and Master and he became my doorkeeper. No longer was he pressured to work, but how happy he was that he could continue to serve, because this was what he wanted, and what he got. In my forties I took on a Native American Indian, and my Spiritual life changed somewhat. This Guide was brave to take me on and yet he knew that we would work together and that he would serve to protect me all the rest of the days of my life. I am what I am because of his sensitivity, his protection, his love and his dedication to me. Naturally I reciprocate all these things to him and we support each other. Sometimes I am introduced to others from the same tribe. I feel very much a part of a truly Spiritual family of Native Indians who share their dominant wisdom and peaceful solutions with me. The great simplicity of life and the adoration of Nature in all her beauty is an inspiration to me, as indeed it is to many. I once met Spiritual Guide Chief Seattle in a meditation. He was almost one hundred years old and as bright as a button. He told me the story of how the then American Government once wanted to buy his land, which even now covers an entire State. Offered sacks of dollar bills with a President’s face printed on every one, Chief Seattle refused to sell, and just laughed. He told the story that he was conceived, born and raised on this land; learned to swim on this land; saw the sun set on this land; found his first love on this land; delivered his first child on this land and how could he sell it to anyone for a million pieces of paper? Guides each come with a story. They are drawn to those who need help with development and they work hard to be there for you. Invite a Guide into your life and see what you get, and you will feel how enrichment can be a part of your life, in this World, and very much in the next too! You have nothing to lose and a World of knowledge to be gained and shared, forever.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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KENNY, FOURTEEN years ago I saw the face of an Indian Brave in a meditation class. I even got his name but I was held back from doing anything because I needed to know, and be sure, that this was a good spirit coming to me. Recently I was reading about the Native Indians and the actual name came to me on the page I was reading...I had spelled it wrong. What do I do now? Shelagh W. Hi Shelagh! What a story. These days so much more is spoken about, and I really wish that you could have had the guidance then and there when you needed it. However it is never too late and the rewards that you can share with your Guide will be such a wonderful experience for you to go through. Native Indian Guides are caring, highly gifted spiritually, even though they suffered so much in the past as their land was taken from them by force, they are loyal, brave and understanding. I propose regular contact as you find your way, and remember that if you have a question I will answer it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

Where there are problems you are waiting in the wings with solution and intelligence to bring resolve and timbre to all that you do. This year is going to be as uphill as you need it to be: just do not look down!


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The first step Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

FOR FAR too many years now I have campaigned for a better deal for our local golfers with limited success. One of my biggest problems is the apparent lack of loyalty shown to golfers by the golf clubs. Alas, loyalty is a two way street and many of our golfer have also failed to show loyalty to the golf clubs; particularly our golf societies who have taken the easy way out and appointed agents to make their bookings for them. The blame for much of this lies directly at the door of the golf club manager who is absolutely petrified of the seemingly all-powerful agents whom they have continually given preferential green fee prices to. To a simple person like me giving commission to someone who is bringing your own customers to you seems the most stupid thing to do and just why the golf clubs allowed such a situation to develop is beyond the comprehension of anyone who has ever been involved in business management at any level. To instantly allow a third party to take a percentage of your hard earned profits is hard to believe and impossible to continue

with in the hard economic times we are in at present. After prolonged and numerous discussions with clubs at long last things are moving in the right direction for golfers who want to do business in the correct manner. Two clubs in the central RTN area are now giving preferential and exclusive rates to golf societies who book direct with them and show some loyalty by making a minimum number of bookings in a one year period. Alicante Golf is one such venue where now golf societies can book direct and providing they book a minimum of six meetings in one year they will enjoy a price of just 40€ per player for the whole of the year; a price that includes the use of a buggy. We at last see a price agreeable to all with no seasonal increases that in some cases see prices increase by as much as 20€ per player at peak times. Alicante Golf are to be applauded for taking this brave step and I hope that all our golf societies will support this move to help golfers in our area. Bonalba Golf has other initiatives to entice golf societies to book

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BOB SMITH turned in a very impressive display last Tuesday in the latest RTN Golf Club meeting at Alicante Golf last Tuesday. Playing off 10 handicap, Bob finished the six par three holes in two under par and not only scooped two thirds of the two’s pot but top spot in the day’s competition as well. Bob scored an impressive 41 points to see off the rest of the field and secure his second win in three weeks. The reliable and steady peter Hasell took second spot with 37 points. After a number of weeks without a winner of the twos pot this week we saw three twos on the par threes. Bob Smith had two and Morris Harrison also took a percentage of the jackpot in his first game with us.Once again our players impressed and none more so than Mr. Anonymous who hit one of the houses on hole three and landed on the green - he then complained when he lipped out for a two! LOW HANDICAP NOT REQUIRED Over the last six or so weeks we have seen a number of new faces join us for our golf days at it has been fantastic to see that we are gaining new members all the time. Practically all who have come along thought RTN Golf Club golf days were organized for those who have low handicaps. This could not be further from the truth. RTN Golf Club is there as a platform for golfers of all abilities and handicaps to play golf. The only requirement we have is that you want to enjoy your golf. We will do everything else for you to ensure golf is the most enjoyable thing you can do outdoors without getting into serious trouble. We urge all who play our wonderful sport to come along and play golf with us, there is no better way to make new friends and enjoy the great outdoors than to come along to an RTN Golf Day on a Tuesday. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 9th July, RTN Summer Golf League at Alicante Golf 16th July, RTN Summer Golf League at Alicante Golf 23rd July, RTN Summer Golf League at Alicante Golf NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality group lesson available at Alicante Golf from just 10€ per person: contact Noel on 639 730 891 for more information.

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Alberto Corrales crowned Absolute Champion I Trophy Jama del Puerto

By Keith Nicol THE FIRST festival of fitness to be held in Torrevieja’s Marina Salina took place on Saturday. Starting the day with various displays of fitness, dance and karate from four Torrevieja Gyms, after a break for lunch, the main event took place featuring more than seventy entrants looking for prizes in ten different categories. This first Torrevieja event was organized by the Valencian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and marked the final event of the season. Competitors started the weighing in and measurement taking process from about 1.00pm followed by the almost obligatory addition of dark brown tanning lotion, to help the judges define music mass all the easier. The full house of spectators clapped and cheered every competitor; from the more fitness orientated Bikini and Beach look to the hard-core bodybuilders. The evening also featured a Bodyfitness exhibition, featuring Jana Kabrtova from Rev Tech. The overall champion of the event was Alberto Corrales, from Power Gym. Winners in the other categories included Bikini Fitness winner Pilar Mora from Gym Moyro, Men’s Physique winners in their height categories: Claudio Jose Imedio, Forum Fitness and Alfonso Azorín Ibañez, Rev Tech with Alexis Gonzalez Benitez from Rev Techbeing judged the best posing routine. The Classic Bodybuilding awards went to Fco Antón Oliva, Gym Noray, Fco. Benedicto Cayuelas, Iron Fan and the Absolute champion and winner of the senior division Alberto Corrales Lara of Power Gym.

Fishing Maggots End 118 youth players taking part in Torrevieja’s Champions campus

By Keith Nicol SUMMER FOR keen youth footballers does not mean a time of rest, as dozens of football campuses take place around the province. In Torrevieja there are two campuses happening, more of less at the same time, with the biggest one of these being the first week of the Campus of Champions. One hundred and eighteen children aged 7 to 17 years are being put through their paces under the guiding eye of the technical director of the Campus, Jose M. Lucas. Campus Director, Javier Serrano, said that “among other innovations, that this time the students will have the services of a physiotherapist, Jose Rodriguez.” There are still a few places left for those interested for the course from 8 to 14 July, which features an exceptional offer for torrevejeses, to be able to join in for only 100 euros. Meanwhile more than 70 children, aged between 5 and 15 years, participated in the first round of Futsal Campus IV “Raul Manjarrez” held from 24 to 29 June, organized by the Torrevieja FS and the Department of Sports. The second session will take place from July 8 to July 13, from 9:30 to 1:30pm and is directed by first division and former Spanish International player Raul Manjarrez. At the municipal sports centre in San Vicente of Raspeig, the home of Jove Espanol, ACATEC are into their third week of football training, but still have openings for next week and for July 16 to 26 in all age categories from 4 to 15. This campus works on all key aspects of technical football and personal development in football for players and goalkeepers. On this occasion they have the cooperation of Jesus Paredes, former trainer of the Spanish team that was European champion in 2008, and former player and coaches from Hercules and other La Liga teams all overseen by former Hercules Manager Angel Linares. More information from This is an academy level training program and also attracts scouts, players and coaches from the Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante. It also offers the possibility of being selected in the Elite Selection Acatec to play International Championship, with their Alevins featuring in tournament play against Real Madrid just last week. Back in Torrevieja the Ladies Football Campus II “Sonia Bermudez”, will be held from July 28 to August 4, with places limited to 100 girls from 6 to 16 years of age. The summer camp is expected to attract some of the very best young female footballers from around the country. Sonia Bermudez is one of the top scorers of the 1st Division with FC Barcelona and regular player in the Spanish National team. She has won the national league championship on 4 occasions, the Queen’s Cup once and she has played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Although the campus football is female, is also open to boys. She will again be representing Spain in the European Championship, which will be held from 10 to 28 July in Sweden.


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THIS WEEK saw us again at the Embalse de Argos for the 8th round of the Summer Championship. Weather wise the wind was quite strong giving all the anglers problems whether fishing the pole or feeder. This week, the paste boys came to the fore with a good winning weight. The Barbel must be breeding at present as the number feeding has vastly reduced compared to the carp caught. Carp are growing but are a nightmare to get every one of them in the net, due to their soft mouths and their continual head banging, hence so many come off. All the same, it is a good day sport. Dave Hutchinson caught a local crocodile which when weighed separately weighed 4.54 kilos (just 10lbs). TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Lennie (Ex cultural Attaché) Bolton fishing the pole using paste with 38.70 kilos 2nd Alan (The Chairman) Reid fishing the feeder using pellet and bread with 31.54 kilos 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot and pellet with 30.94 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. The last round of the Knockout Competition was held this week with the top three anglers going through to the final next week. 1st: Alan Reid with 16.35 kilos 2nd: Stan Roberts with 11.90 kilos 3rd: Lenny Bolton with 10.77 kilos 4th: Marlene Hutchinson with 4.34 kilos 5th: Alan Roscoe with 4.34 kilos 6th: Stuart Taylor with 3.54 kilos ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS : Supplied by Terry Screen On 25th June we fished the 3rd round of the Sum-

mer Series on a new stretch of water we have found, which at present needs some work to make new pegs etc. There are large fish in there and quite a few anglers got broken, one angler even managed to break his pole on a fish. It is a water that you will either love or hate and there was lots of moans and groans on the bank, but surprisingly quite a few of them said at the end of the match they would like to go back there and try the water again. The preferred method on the day was the pole using bread and corn as the bait. 1st: Stan (The Man) Roberts with 9.390kg 2nd: Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 5.110kg 3rd: Bill (The Master) Reade with 4.010kg - all fishing the Pole using bread and corn: this is not a stretch of water for the faint hearted. As the captain of the Abbey Angling Team I would like to thank all the lads for their support that made up the winning team for The Gary Smith Team Challenge Cup After six matches the final result was: Abbey Angling Team 10 points Rods & Reels Team 8 points All details are available at or from Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. ANGLERS TOGETHER THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available at

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MICHAELS AT MICHAEL´S Several very high quality coffee tables, large & small. See more than 600 photos: AT MICHAEL’S Fantastic black recliner / massage chair with built in soothing music. Must try! Photos on: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Tel 96-579 1328 MICHAEL’S 30 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www.michaels-javea. com Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S Two very ornate Chinese cupboards in black lacquered wood. Ornate Chinese coffee table. Photos on: www. AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. www. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Very large (3 meter) high quality table in thick solid oak, with 10 chairs!. See more than 600 photos:

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery

DO YOU NEED EXTRA HELP AT HOME? I can help you at home with light duties, cleaning,

BROTHER INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE Brother industrial Sewing Machine, immaculate condition 375€ ono 645 445 964

& coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving license transfer, schools, doctors, social security.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 619 269 408 email: ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. (Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506

5-11 July 2013 DISCOUNT TYRES Quality Tyres at Recession Prices. 45 Different Brands to choose from. 966875600

WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873

MJB MOBILE WELDERS Gates, grills, hinges etc., repaired or new. No job too small. Fast service. Low prices. Free Quotes. Call Terry: 966 845 414 / 625 995 470

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777

PROBLEMS WITH INSECTS? Cockroaches, rats & mice. Call 626 828 974 All insects

KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, WARDROBES Classic Kitchens, 20 years on the Costa Blanca, call Adrian 676 699 700 MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434


POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt sys tems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 NO CALLOUT CHARGE SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945360/ 620-743-048

PARCENT BUNGALOW Ideal starter for holiday home, land, carport, AC Double Glazed. Log fire, 1 bedroom. Private Sale. 62,000€ 966 405 043

ATICO, 3 BEDROOMS Atico, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, large terrace, central Alicante. Sunny aspect, 165,000€. Tel 96 592 8653


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ANÚNCIATE - TLF: 670 591 215

DETACHED 4 BEDROOM 3 bathroom villa with wonderful sea views La Fustera. Pool, large kitchen, quiet location. 550,000€. Tel: 602 625 150 BUNGLOW FOR SALE 2 bedrooms ground floor, 1 bathroom, hot and cold AC x 2, All doors and windows UPVC double glazed. Upstairs self contained flat with 1 bedroom, en suite, complete with

twin beds, hot and cold AC. 89,000€ ono. Calas Blancas, Torrevieja. 606 654 037 PRIVATE SALE DETACHED VILLA 3 beds, 2 baths, lounge, kitchen, terrace, communal pool, bus routes, 10 mins to beach, private parking. 99,995€. Tel: 966 786 511 BUTIA ESPANA ARE YOU TRAPPED Need to sell quick. We are the only answer for a speedy sale. UK buyers waiting. Telephone 0800 612 7514 or Spain 678 756 644 MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. www.

PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. BENIMAR PARK HOME On secure family run site, couples only, 175€ per week plus electricity. Some late availability. 617 923 578

PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 350pcm. 96 672 3437 or 616493487

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CINDY, THE HORNIEST VENEZUELAN WOMAN 37, beautiful body. All fantasies. La Zenia (close to Consums parking) 600 784 461 65 YEAR OLD HEADMASTER SPANKS mature Ladies in their own home. No Fees, Torrevieja area: 64 YR OLD MALE SUB/DOM SWITCH If your looking for some real fun contact me now. Speciality more mature women. Xdressers. Home visits/low fees. Tel: 693478573 GENERIC VIAGRA EXCLUSIVE First time in Spain 120mgs. Also Kamagra 100mgs, Generic Cialis 20mgs, and jellies. Local and Nationwide service. Pay on Delivery. or phone Colin 680 878 735 SOPHIE ESCORT Slim elegant naughty lady. Hotel/home visit available. Tel:693 357 526 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. From €2, other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA

and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at www. – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

MR SHIFTER HOUSE REMOVALS AND CLEARANCE Full or Part Loads. Spain and UK Fortnightly, Fully insured. Tel: 722 218 087 MOVE IT NOW Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget

Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. Tel UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 678 756 644

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JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038 Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S&W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA

LANGUAGE CLASSES IN VILLAJOYOSA Starting in September, Dorothy Dandy, will offer more language classes in Villajoyosa. She will continue with the Wednesday Inter Cambio groups of Spanish and English students plus the Thursday Spanish for English speakers at intermediate level. Both of these are supported by Ayuntamiento of Villajoyosa and are FREE. The new classes would be in spoken Spanish, 4 hours p/w, at intermediate level, from September to June. The groups would have only 6-8 people and the classes would be see-paying. If you are interested please ring 650 073 866 any day after 7pm.

WATCH UKTV FREE No satellite dish required Watch TV Shows/ Movies €129 Tel:657766341

CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097 info@ccsattv. com

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