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Issue 38

19-25 July 2013

Murcia’s Festival of Folklore by Keith Nicol

MURCIA’S INTERNATIONAL Festival of Folklore is about to get underway and to get things going, Mayor Miguel Ángel Cámara, presided over the traditional exchange of gifts with 46 groups who are participating in the International Mediterranean Folklore Festival.

Murcia’s Mayor exchanges gifts with participants in the Folkloric Festival

The opening event was held in the Plenary Hall and also attended by the Councillor for Culture, Rafael Gomez and festival director, Manuel Fernández-Delgado. The opening featured eleven participants who handed the a traditional folkloric gift to the Mayor which Cámara exchanged for a typical Murcia ceramic. Joining the activities were representatives of Spanish folklore, from Ciudad Real, Valencia and Cartagena in addition to Murcia with internationmal participation from festival groups from Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, South Africa and Panama. Cámara wished all of them a “very happy stay in Murcia, in a city that surely will leave a pleasant memory” and praised the role of the International Mediterranean Folklore Festival in that it can offer “an ode to tolerance and harmony through music, culture and our customs.” Continued on page 15

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by Keith Nicol IT’S A situation that has an effect on almost every visitor to the Orihuela Costa, and it’s not a very pretty one. The problem is one of garden waste or Podas, all the landscaping cuttings that have been building up in skips and along the sides of many an urbanisation road, over the last few months. The decaying debris attracts all sorts of vermin, from insects to pets, to birds and snakes, each praying off one another, which decaying compost also has its own particular stench, which in the heat of the summer sun, can often be a little over powering. At the end of the day, any sort of garbage lying on the side of the road or overflowing in a skip is an ugly sight and certainly not one to help repair the fragile reputation of the Orihuela Costa as a major tourist destination. Elected CLARO Councillor Bob Houliston notified RTN of what seems to be a never ending situation saying “I am sending you a group of photos that exemplify the chaotic situation we are living in, on the Orihuela Costa as we enter

the full summer season.” Bob said that he had received “many complaints from neighbours over the last few weeks and so last Sunday, I took my camera I saw the pitiful state of more than 20 developments on the Coast.” Bob noted that these ‘mountains’ of waste have been building up over time and that for the past few weeks, nobody from or employed by the Orihuela council, has come to remove them. Bob continued, “I have a file of more than 60 photos of different streets and neighbourhoods around the Orihuela Coasta, including Campoamor, Los Dolses, Rioja, Villamartin and La Zenia, as emblematic of the situation and there are others in worse condition.” The issue with garden waste is a long standing one on the Orihuela Costa and one that Bob himself was concerned with, during his short tenure as Councillor for the Coast. The hope is that local residents will put continued pressure on the Orihuela Town Hall to address matters on the coast, rather than putting more and more resources into Orihuela City, which has been the typical course of action for more than a decade.

Two new motorcycles expand the Police fleet to 14 THE POLICIA LOCAL in Pilar de la Horadada has added two new motorcycles to its fleet, which brings their fleet to fourteen bikes. The new bikes are being added to help strengthen security facilities in the coastal area, including beaches, board-walks and markets, during the summer months. During their presentation Mayor José Fidel Ros, said that “even though there has been a major effort involved in acquiring these new vehicles, the bigger reward in the long run is the extended security during a time when the population multiplies during the summer.” The Mayor was joined at the presentation by members of his government team and the Chief Inspector of the local police in Pilar de la Horadada, José Antonio Hernández. The motorcycles expand the fleet to 14 vehicles. In total, Policia have six motorcycles, three all-terrain vehicles, a van and four cars.



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Spain investigated over EHIC system

THE EUROPEAN Commission has launched legal action against Spain over the EHIC card and the right of EU citizens to free emergency health care.

by Jack Troughton Brussels maintains “hundreds” of cases where holidaymakers needing urgent medical care have been let down – either turned away from state hospitals, or facing demands for cash, or forced to claim on travel insurance. The problem is said to be rife on the Costas and the Commission – which enforces EU laws through fines against offending states is demanding Madrid supply it with information, seen as the first step to court action. Under EU rules, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles citizens to use local health care service in a member state

and Brussels requires foreign nationals are treated “on the same terms as nationals” of the host country. The Commission has built up a file of complaints over the last three years, many from British holidaymakers, over alleged breaches of the EHIC system. RTN was told Brussels “takes such complaints very seriously” but the card only covers treatment deemed medically necessary – although it can cover a flare-up of pre-existing conditions and things like kidney dialysis – and travellers are also advised to have full travel insurance to cover every eventuality, including things like expensive medical repatriation.

Cemetery eviction in Novelda IT IS nothing new that defaulters in mortgage or rent run the risk of eviction. However, in Novelda the dead are being evicted from the City Cemetery for non-payment of niche rental. The City Council has removed the remains of the deceased partner of 63-year-old Esperanza Pérez as she was unable to afford the 170€ in arrears. The remains of her partner who died 14 years ago have now been transferred to a communal grave within the grounds of the City Cemetery. Señora Perez alleges she had never been asked to pay before and now cannot afford to pay 170€. The local mayor responded: “No one has come to talk to me about this matter. However, the rules are there to be respected.”

The PP Pantomime SPAIN’S PRIME Minister Mariano Rajoy has taken a strong line of attack as his defence against accusations of fraud in the Barcenas scandal and is refusing to step down, insisting that he and the ruling Partido Popular are being blackmailed by PP ex-treasurer Luis Barcenas, from his prison cell. In the midst of sliding popularity with Spain’s voters and demands to resign from opposition leader Alfredo Rubalcaba, Rajoy announced during a Spanish press conference on Monday that he is not going to budge until at least until 2015’s General Election. Rajoy expects to rumble along as premier despite the Barcenas debacle, perhaps until the Spanish economy has recovered sufficiently to push allegations of fraud into the background. However, it looks unlikely that the Spanish public will accept Rajoy’ tenure until 2015 as Barcenas now claims that he gave 25,000€ in cash bonuses to Rajoy and also to PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal, in 2010 alone, from a €47 million Swiss stash. Despite Rajoy’s assurances in his Monday statement, Barcenas seems determined to go down fighting and take the ruling PP with him.

Guardia Civil overstepping their mark AS MEL Brooks once said, “It’s good to be King” and this seems to be the response received by RTN about the over forceful nature of a few Guardia Civil agents along the coast. by Keith Nicol AS HIGHLIGHTED in a previous edition, in Murica, a pensioner was pulled over by two Guardia Civil officers, who issued a ticket to the driver, accusing her of using her phone while driving her care. 200 euros and three points on your licence! However, if the phone log from the mobile company is to be believed, the driver in question had not used their phone in the previous 24-hours before being stropped by the Guardia. But, they said it was her word against both of theirs and so the ticket was issued. The matter is now in the hands of the DGT in Murcia, to decide if the ticket should be thrown out or not. But the accusations do not stop there and if enough people come forward with their stories, then the British Consulate in Alicante has said they will intervene. However, there needs to be a pattern and not just one isolated event. If you have a story about your dealings with traffic officers, then please let

Guardia Civil; a law unto themselves!

me know by email at: The latest piece of damning evidence against the Guardia Civil came just last week when a driver was stopped at the San Luis roundabout for speeding even though the agents did not have any proof of an offence to show to her! She phoned her brother-in-law, who was born in Spain to come and help her with translation as the officers were both very aggressive towards her. The brother in law said, “I did so and got out of my car, which he did not like and he got right in my face! I explained that I was there to translate for my friend and he said to me the following words, “you had your phone in your car when you got out so I am doing you for using the Mobile phone in the car!” I could not believe my ears and was pretty annoyed and asked what he thought he was doing! I told him I have come here to help to which he replied he was also going to give me a ticket for ‘aggressive behaviour.” I tried to reason with him however he did not want to listen. I then turned my attention to my sisterin-law and asked if “she was alright?” The officer said “the car is being towed because she has not got a residencia and she had to pay 50 euros on the spot, and I received a 200 euro fine for trying to help! He continued “Something should be done. Its getting out of hand and we are scared to report this since the same officers are there every week now !” This is just one of a number of stories we have received at RTN. If you have a story of an injustice, please let me know and we shall ask the British Consulate to ask why expatriates are being targeted, especially women, and ticketed for offences they did not commit. Andy from a local car club added: “The only possible words of advice would be to attach an in-car car-video cam, to record all your actions and also to leave your phone locked in the boot and only use Bluetooth hands free when driving!”

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26 establishments in Mil Palmeras offer ‘Mil Shopping Express’ By Keith Nicol FOLLOWING THE the success of the ‘Outlet Express Fair’ of June 9th, 2013, the Department of Commerce in Pilar de la Horadada is launching this new initiative to boost the small and medium business of the town, taking advantage of the summer weather and higher visitor numbers. This latest initiative will take place from today, Friday, July 20th, at the Plaza Mil Palmeras. The fair opens their doors at 7:00pm when all 26 establishments will offer their products or services at the best possible prices. “It is an excellent opportunity for both the tourists who are visiting and want to purchase great products at a good price,” said Councillor of Commerce Aurelio Samper. The participants taking part in the event are: Flores Alonso, Lencería Hiedra, Mininube, Serigrafía Olimpo, Calzados Keop’s, Papelería-Librería Emilia, Plusvisión, Azahar Herbolario, Joyería Relojería Madrid, Grazia Moda, Perfumería Abril, Lorel’la, APP Horadada Informática, El baúl del libro, Lola Botánica Mercería and Labores, Maktub Moda Nupcial and Ceremonial, Art-Decó, El Galeón de Plata, Calzados Papus, Perfumería Pilar Hernández, Yeramar, JN Modas, Joyería J. Castejón, Oriflame Cosmetics and Optics Visualia, all with the collaboration of AFIET and AFIC.

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Opportunities to promote tourism and economic activity in Murcia by Keith Nicol MURCIA’S COUNCILLOR for Employment, Trade and Business, José María Tortosa, inaugurated the conference ‘Opportunities and initiatives for job creation in the tourism sector’, a workshop session with industry professionals this week. The aim of the conference was to create, maintain or improve the involvement of different public and private entities, participants and beneficiaries, with the goal of the “Identification of generating employment opportunities in the tourism sector in the Local Employment of the Huerta de Murcia.” The study being carried out is aimed at identifying opportunities and initiatives for job creation in the tourism sector for the municipalities that make up the Commission of the Huerta de Murcia. The study has identified the tourism sector as one that, in general, has more potential for growth and improvement than most other business sectors in a tourism region. The workshop plans to identify what is needed to improve the attractiveness and potential of the municipalities taking part. The workshop focuses on implementing new strategies, especially looking at seasonally adjusting activities in order to offer different products for each seasons and throughout the year. Some of the main findings for the Municipality of Murcia included introducing new initiatives for the people who visit the city of Murcia not only have the ability to view the cultural heritage but also a range of complementary services. Murcia will enhance the value of areas like the Huerta de Murcia, Monteagudo Castle and look at the possibility of developing differentiated tourism products. There is also potential for improvement in the promotion of the city with high potential for improving the Web presence of the municipality, both through

The keys to a better Tourism-related product were discussed in Murcia last week

free websites and social networking, forums, blogs, free tourist site, and paid pages. There is a high potential for language tourism, and resources to deal with this from the University and private schools and thus this only requires promotion. Findings also noted the need to search for a greater number of investors and entrepreneurs to develop tourism in the municipality; the possibility to create tourist-oriented businesses such as souvenir shops, typical products, etc: need to adapt the opening times for shops, restaurants, tourist information centres and cultural centres for tourists who visit the city; develop schedules of the main city events well in advance so that they can be promoted: potential for improvement in the marketing of the city: promotion related find opportunities for improvement in marketing that can translate into concrete actions.

People put first in Murcia by Keith Nicol THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Health, directed by María del Carmen Pelegrin, has pursued a policy of intervention and support to people who are disadvantaged and socially vulnerable. The department has an annual program, and offers scholarship assistance and transportation for about 50 participants each year. The program’s aim is to raise education levels and help with their participation for social and socio-professional integration, through resources adapted to their social difficulties. The Governing Board of the City of Murcia has approved an amount of 340,999.78 euros for service training and promotional activities in social difficulties through to July 2015. This program is integrated into the accompanying Program for Social Inclusion, as a device to support the training and social advancement of people in social difficulties. It also maintains scholarship assistance and transportation for the participants and is an additional resource and support to people involved in the program. It is aimed at people that require specific support, intensive and customized training at basic, personal and social skills plus pre-employment habits. The program reinforces those pieces of knowledge, skills and relationship that are most depleted and where possible, improves employability. The number of participants runs between 40 and 50 a year, and participants can remain in training for three consecutive years. The vast majority of participants are women, many of them with dependent children, with a mean age of 34 years and social vulnerability. Murcia’s social council meeting in July

A crafty priest

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A PRIEST in Madrid is making jewellery in order to raise money to donate to the poor by Jan Gamm Juan Román Saiz, priest of the parish of Santa Maria de la Fe, produces ceramic pendants and rings in his spare time, saying, “It’s my ‘other vocation!’” When 45-year-old Father Saiz is not saying mass or teaching children, he is crafting attractive and original ceramic and enamel pieces. “My specialty is ceramic and metal-fired enamel,” he said. “My parents were bakers and as a kid I liked to shape the bagels! I spent my childhood between ovens and crafts pottery has something to do with that.” At one time everything he made he gave away but he now realises he can make money for charitable projects through his craftsmanship, with the cooperation of the Casvi Foundation, helping to boost funds for local needy families. “All the women in my neighbourhood are wearing my earrings!” he said with a cheeky smile.

Anyone lost some teeth? THE EIGHT police officers responsible for lost objects in the city of Valencia receive an average of 19,000 phone calls annually and around 45 personal visits each day from people on a mission to find their lost treasures. In 2012 the office received 11,942 bags and purses with documentation, and a further 4,160 without. Inspector Eduardo Russu said: “Important loose documents are delivered to owners by mail, and owners of purses and bags with documentation are notified to collect their belongings at the office, where items are kept for two years before being given to charity or destroyed. Hundreds of items are here for collection - and we are still waiting for the owner of a set of false teeth to claim them!”

Lifeguards save Postiguet swimmer

LIFEGUARDS ON patrol at Alicante’s Postiguet beach on Tuesday were able to save the life of an 84-year-old man who suffered a heart attack in the water. He was rescued from the water in cardiorespiratory arrest and assisted in the first instance on the beach before being transferred in a SAMU ambulance to Alicante General Hospital. Experts advise seniors to exercise caution when sea bathing, to enter the water gradually to avoid the sudden shock of cold water on hot skin and also to wear a hat.

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CAM Bank savings and Bonds

Gruelling hunger strike in Madrid

by Keith Nicol ONE OF the greatest scandals that has impacted the lives of so may expatriates living in Spain, has been the loss of their savings placed in CAM Bank. Stories from our readers who lost their savings in CAM Bank continue to arrive in my inbox. In 2009 CAM Bank started to approach their valuable clients who had placed money into their investment accounts and offer them an even better deal: interest-earning Bonds. The return was a guaranteed 3% on the investment, redeemable at anytime, or so they said, but almost five years later, and with that famous one euro paid by Banco Sabadell to take over CAM, very little seems to have happened, with the exception of investors losing their houses, jobs, breaking up families and losing their life savings. An estimated 50,000 savers, many of them old age pensioners were steered into moving the contents of their current accounts, into toxic, high risk derivatives, when they had simply asked for their cash to be kept somewhere safe. Although most, if not all these clients have been to their bank managers for an explanation, and wanting to know when they can have their money back, many clients still say they have never received an answer from either CAM or Sabadell cam explaining to customers why their savings had been reduced to zero. One such client, said “I had been a custom-

Some unhappy customers in front of Banco Sabadell back in 2011

er of the CAM for more than 20 years, and it came as a bitter blow to be let down in this way. I would like to know if any of your readers have managed to recover their funds? To ask an individual to embark on legal process against a giant like Sabadell, is a big ask.” A quick Internet search will bring up hundreds of forum comments and newspaper articles about the situation at CAM Bank. It was reported that the CAM Bank was bailed out by the Bank of Spain to the tune of 2.3 billion euros during 2011. High Court proceedings have been taken against former managers, and the former C.E.O of the CAM for corporate crime, fraud, and forgery, while everyday more tales of woe seem to hit the headlines around Spain. In case you have forgotten, the directors of CAM bank awarded themselves 12.8€ million as compensation for losing their jobs! After winning the award for CAM Bank,

the chief executive of Banco Sabadell, Jaume Guardiola, said that their main thrust “is to regain the trust of customers and the collaboration of the workforce.” About the takeover he said “The main reason is that for us, this is an opportunity for growth with a larger entity, called a transformational operation, a change of significant size. It is obviously an operation that had to be protected in two major structural risks: One is the loss generated by excessive exposure to real estate and the other is the liquidity situation.” Empty words. Maybe. But if you are one of those still waiting for an answer, please contact me at

THE JULY heat has pushed the heat on the pavement in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor to more than 50º but here, camped beneath the statue of Felipe III, Juan María Franco has survived a so far gruelling19-day hunger strike. Juan María is the owner of the Café del Mono (The Monkey Café) in La Latina, Madrid, a popular rendezvous for musicians and artists since the late eighties, now closed due to non-payment of fines. The café was soundproofed in 2000 to enable it to become a more attractive music venue for professional musicians but following disputes over the license, the councillor in charge of such matters at the time, Maria Antonia Sanchez, promised to resolve the situation. Unfortunately a solution never materialised and alleged council incompetence resulted in huge fines now totalling an impossible 93,000€. And so in protest, scruffy and bearded Juan María camps beneath his umbrella in the sun, now 19 days without food and obstinately refusing to move until all embargoes are lifted: “I can be here 19 days, a month or whatever it takes,” he said.

Alicante Airport undergoes name change

IT HAS been formally announced that the name of Alicante’s El Altet Airport has been officially changed to ‘Alicante-Elche’ airport following a direct request from the Mayor of Elche in October last year. In February of this year the request was given the green light but on the understanding that Elche Council would undertake the 50,000€ legal and administrative costs of the name change. It is hoped that new signage will be in place by August.



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I KNOW that restaurant owners in our region are having a hard time just now but my husband and I are doing our best to help the situation by eating out locally whenever we can, and always leaving the staff a 10% tip. So a recent visit to a restaurant in Murcia left us speechless - just for a moment! We requested a 19€ Large Cod and Chip Special but as one of us has a small appetite asked for a small portion of everything so as not to be overwhelmed with a mountainous plateful - stressing that we were not looking for any reduction in price. Imagine our surprise and disgust when presented with the bill - we had been surcharged an extra 6€ for requesting a small portion! When querying this with the Manager he said - in a nasty and belligerent manner - that this was correct as we had “violated the terms of the offer that stated large Cod & Chips!” We have travelled and dined in numerous countries in our 70 plus years but have never been ripped off in such a blatant manner as this before! What next rip-off surcharge he will think up next I dread to think. If you decide to dine out just be very careful you don’t linger too long at the table, breathe too deeply of the air, leave any wine in the bottle and definitely don’t use the facilities as there may be a surcharge! Christine Whitfield, Murcia.

Short supply THERE ARE no tablets for epilepsy sufferers available in Spain with the name of Epanutin. My wife attended Vega Baja Hospital several weeks ago for a periodic check and was told that these tablets were very hard to get, and she was recommended to go to Murcia as Valencia had none. Murcia has none! I contacted Flyn Pharma in UK but was told that they cannot supply without prescription. All we get when asking for these maybe lifesaving tablets is a raised eyebrow and a shrug of the shoulders! Valencia and Murcia have put out on the web stating the difficulties of obtaining these tablets but there has been no action taken. I sincerely hope that nobody will suffer a grave experience as a result of the Head-in-the-Sand Department. Name withheld

Age Concern

IN REPLY to the letter in the local English Language papers from Irene Shepherd, may I point out that Age Concern regularly sends publicity to all of the papers - if they do not print it, this is hardly the fault of Age Concern. However, in one of the papers on sale on Fridays, the Information Office in Playa Flamenca Town Hall and the Information Office at La Marina Town Hall, Age Concern is mentioned every week: the middle of page 65 continued on page 66, and a full article on page 68. There is a notice in the Playa Flamenca Town Hall advertising the opening times of Age Concern on Tuesday and Thursday, and outside the Asturias Restaurant advertising the Friday opening times. Volunteers have attended several local events at Playa Flamenca Beach where they have handed out publicity leaflets and given advice. We have two charity shops, one in Torrevieja the other in Los Montesinos, always willing to take unwanted items, clothing, bric-abrac etc. The Day Centre in La Siesta, Torrevieja, is open Monday to Friday 10am until 1.30pm when everyone is welcome to call in for advice and information and where we have all the local fact sheets, or just call in for a coffee and a chat. Thank you, Mrs Shepherd, for the publicity and for the opportunity to reply. Maureen Payne, President

Good news for a change WITH SO much bad news in the papers I would like to add something that is good news for a change. As a regular reader of RTN I would like to add this short letter to congratulate Andrew Murray on winning the Wimbledon Championships in 2013. It is the first time in seventy-seven years a British man has accomplished this great task.

Andrew Murray became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win Grand Slam singles tournament. I offer this positive letter to provide some joy to the many readers of RTN. Mary Anderson Ciudad Quesada

“Deep concern” at rise in sex crimes by Jack Troughton

THE NUMBER of British victims reporting rape and sexual assault in Spain has risen sharply over the last year, new figures revealed yesterday (Thursday). The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual British Behaviour Abroad Report shows 70 reported cases of rape and sexual assault compared with 40 a year earlier. The FCO statistics are based on the 12 months from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013 and show in Spain reported rape cases increased to 31 from 18 in 2011/12 and sexual assaults rose to 39 from 22. Spain, along with Greece and Turkey, are the three countries where the largest numbers of such cases are reported to British embassies and consulates – the destinations most popular with young people because of their busy nightlife. The report highlighted that drink continues to be a major factor in cases involving young people visiting the Balearics, Turkey and Greek islands. And it was also shown the majority of cases of sexual assault, some 42%, were reported on the Balearic Islands. CONCERN FCO Minister Mark Simmonds said: “I am deeply concerned to see an increase in the number of reported rape and sexual assault cases involving British people. “The priority for our consular staff is the safety and wellbeing of British travellers and we will continue to work, including with other governments and tour operators, to help prevent further cases and provide all possible support for victims.” He said this in-

cluded explaining local procedures, accompanying people to the police station, helping them deal with local authorities and medical staff, and, if wanted, contacting family and friends at home. The FCO encourages any victim of rape and sexual assault abroad to report the crime to the nearest embassy or consulate. It also encourages people to take the same simple precautions they would do in the UK to avoid putting themselves at risk – for example keeping an eye on friends; never accepting car rides with strangers; asking hotel staff to recommend a taxi firm; and never leaving food and drink unattended so they cannot be spiked. Spain is the country most popular with British tourists and expatriates and the figures show consular staff assisted a total of 4,658 UK citizens ‘in need’ last year – down from 5,405 the previous year. INITIATIVE However, there were significant falls in the numbers of British citizens being arrested, detained and hospitalised – mainly thanks to new initiatives involving consular teams, police and hospital authorities. Consular staff dealt with 101 arrests for drug offences in 2012/13 a decrease from 143, and general arrests fell to 1,599 from 1,909 a year earlier. Hospitalisation cases were down to 899 from 1,105 in the previous 12 months. Mr Simmonds said of the consular teams: “I am proud that our staff continues to offer vital support to thousands of British travellers and residents around the world. Each case can represent great distress for the individuals concerned and their families. “I encourage all British travellers to do what they can to insure a safe and enjoyable trip by taking some basic steps before departure, including taking out comprehensive travel insurance and researching their destination.” Travellers are urged to check the small print of insurance policies to make sure they are fully covered and to apply for the European Health Insurance Card to get state-funded health care; and research local laws and customs at

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Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Summertime soured by being overweight? Not anymore! SUMMER IS the worst time for being overweight. And it is impossible to be unaware of the health consequences. Every day, studies reveal the dangers of being overweight but at the same time, temptation beckons from restaurants sporting luscious menus to vendors selling ice creams: the temptations are deadly.

Food need not be at the centre of all pleasure but you’ve trained yourself into thinking that it must be and that kind of thinking can be a tough nut to crack. Fast Track Hypnosis is a long term solution to a long term problem: if you’re overweight, then your relationship with food is a problem and not something that can be solved with a fad diet, which encourages disappointment. Healthy weight loss has to be approached in a sensible way, but sensible often means slow and the idea of dieting for months on end can also set you running to the biscuit barrel. FAST TRACK HYPNOSIS Hypnotherapy was developed centuries ago by Scottish surgeon James Braid who used it as a form of anaesthesia. Nowadays it is much more than an ‘alternative’ treatment and changes ingrained behaviour such as smoking and unhealthy eating habits, much faster than the psychological option. However, there is a difference between hypnotherapy and Fast Track Hypnosis and that difference is me!

Fast Track Hypnosis is a treatment that I’ve used on more than 50,000 patients. My success rate is incredible (as proved on TV) and the testimonials on my website attest to that. The difference is speed. Where weight loss is concerned, in one thirty-minute session I can help you change your relationship with food - permanently! Rather than wasting time trying to relax you, the audio visual equipment and laser therapy that I use can do so at an astonishing speed, setting you on the path to change. The lessons learned within your hypnotherapy session last a lifetime. And as part and parcel of the treatment, you also receive a backup CD. “I tried to lose weight for many years since secondary school, trying every diet going, even joining gyms but nothing worked! I hated vegetables all my life and could never bring myself to eat it them I eventually visited Alan as my mum had visited him before for smoking and fear of flying, with great success. I was sceptical at first but I’d tried everything else.

I found myself over the next few weeks not comfort eating or having big portions at meal times, and also felt I had more energy. I became more adventurous with new foods, even veg which I now love. I couldn’t believe how quickly the weight dropped off. If it wasn’t for Alan I would probably still be wasting my time and money on fad diets. I dropped four dress sizes, lost 3½ stone (22 kilos) and have never felt so good. Thanks Alan.” 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 does sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure, or free-of-charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408.

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Barclays Bank Call To Action by Keith Nicol THROUGH THE pages of RTN, we have highlighted a number of injustices, usually to do with the construction or financial industries. Barclays Bank is the next target of investigation, in a case that has been ongoing for many years and that has been front page news here before. This time round, RTN is planning a ‘Call to Action’ and if you have been given a mortgage by Barclays Bank Spain, on a property for which you still do not have the correct paperwork for, then we hope this might be the next step in helping you find a resolution. Mike Kemp has been fighting with Barclays for many years. His case is not unusual. He is one of at least 1,300 people that were conned into purchasing an illegally built property in Catral. However, Catral is not unique, and Mike has been in contact with others in the same situation along the coast, all the way to Marbella. To problem is very simple: Barclays Bank Spain issued mortgages on properties which, had they done their own research, they would have noticed, were illegally built and thus without the correct paperwork. However, as with many legal proceedings in Spain, because

the judicial system is crumbling under a huge backlog of cases which runs into the hundreds of thousands around the country, many of the bigger companies have chosen to play a waiting game, knowing that it will probably be at least four years until a court hears a case and even then, should they lose in court, if an appeal is issued, it could be another four years before that is resolved! In many cases, this delaying tactic has resulted in the the case never being heard, because the person bringing the case dies, runs out of money, or the property is embargoed and they do not have the money to fight against these multinationals. What these big companies had not reckoned on, when dealing with Spain, is that it is now possible to bring a court action in the UK; which can take just months to be heard and not years! Case in point was highlighted just last week in the UK press, when CAM Bank lost a multi-million pound case in a class action suit. Thus, the gloves are on and for many, this is another opportunity at redemption. Mike Kemp says, “I have a criminal case lodged in the Spanish Courts against Barclays Bank Spain accusing them of issuing a mortgage on an illegal property, which is against the law in Spain and my Tacasion (initial survey), which was initiated by Barclays Bank

Spain clearly shows that my property was and still is illegal. Also Barclays Bank Spain was involved in a tax fraud in Spain. Barclays Bank Spain also advertised, in their Banks, that they were registered with the F.S.A. Number 120272, which was untrue!” And this is where RTN and you come into the picture. Mike’s case is by no means unique. He would like to hear from others, from anywhere in Spain that have suffered the same treatment from Barclays Bank Spain, with the ultimate goal of bringing a class action suit against them in the UK courts. Mike has approached a number of high profile law firms in the UK, only to be turned down because the firms already worked with Barclays and thus would find themselves in a conflict of interest situation. However, CPC Holdings, who have already been successful in arranging out of court settlements against some major Spanish and foreign construction companies, is putting together a dossier of those who might find themselves in the same situation as Mike. If you would like more information or to be kept up to date on what is happening, please contact Mike by email: or myself:

Mike Kemp


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Rock & Roll reaches a new dimension! The team at Rock & Roll Express

A NEW and unique tour combining traditional Rock & Roll with some fantastic rhythm and sound changes by Musician of the Year 2012 and 2013 in the Costa Blanca, Nick Barker, had its first show on Sunday 14th July in Campoamor. The crowd were glued to their seats as what they saw and heard was so different - they just had to sit, listen and applaud! The show / dance featured Nick, Best Tribute artist 2012, Peter Day (Elvis 2000) and Runner up Best Female Artist 2013, Fiona McLean. It was simply amazing - for those Rock & Roll lovers who didn’t get to Campoamor, make sure you get to see one of the four remaining shows on the tour! Next up is 21st July at Restaurant Fu in Torrevieja (formerly Los Arcos). This restaurant has an amazingly high quality food selection with the show and the whole venue has been revamped. Priced at just 15.95₏ which includes an excellent three course meal and a drink it is a great night out to remember. Three more shows follow: The Club House in Campoamor, Los Rosales on Lemon Tree Road and The Club in Quesada. Make sure

you get your tickets now for this great show and help support Help at Home (Costa Blanca) along the way. More details on this show are at REMAINING TOUR DATES Sunday 21stJuly, Restaurant Fu, Torrevieja (was Los Arcos) 96 570 3170 Tuesday 23rd July, Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Rd 606 192 691 Wednesday 24th July, The Club House, Camposol Golf 96 897 8855 Wednesday 31st July, The Club, Quesada 96 671 7028 (Ticket prices and details plus tickets are at the venue of your choice now) All shows start promptly at 8.30pm: Meal options will be served at 7.30pm Spain: 695 135 134 UK: 07506 719791 email:

September 26 for charity in Auditorio Victor Villegas

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Bill Zygmant’s iconic Imagery Exhibition San Pedro Del Pinatar POP PHOTOGRAPHER Bill Zygmant, dubbed ‘a legend behind the lens’, will be exhibiting his work in San Pedro del Pinatar from 19th July to 31st August. A friend of the Beatles during their hay-day in London, Bill has a suite named after him in the famous ‘Hard Day’s Night Hotel’ in Liverpool, where several of his iconic works are displayed. Famous for capturing the first shot of John and Yoko in public, Bill Zygmant will be exhibiting works including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and other iconic figures of the 60s and 70s. There will be the opportunity to buy signed prints and all monies raised will go to San Pedro Red Cross. Bill Zygmant ‘Iconic Imagery’ 19th July to 30th August. Centre of Touristic Initiatives (CIT), Avenida de las Salinas (near San Pedro Health Centre), San Pedro del Pinatar. Monday to Friday - 9am to 2pm: Saturday 10am to 2pm: Sunday 10.30am to 2pm: Organised in collaboration with San Pedro Town Hall, the Barón de Benifayó Museum and ADAPT. Continurd from front page

The Parrandboleros are the main attraction for the special charity concert

by Keith Nicol THE PARRANDBOLEROS will be performing in the Auditorio Victor Villegas de Murcia on September 26th at 9.00pm as part of a major charity concert with the proceeds going to Caritas, Red Cross and CEPAIM. The concert is being organised by the Plataforma Social de la Cátedra de Responsabilidad Social Corporativa de la Universidad de Murcia (Social Platform of Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Murcia) under the title, ‘Together we can’, which is the motto of the charity concert. The Councillor for Social Welfare and Health, Maria del Carmen Pelegrin, said that “this September 26th we have to fill the auditorium.” Pelegrin also wanted to use the press conference to praise the work of the University of Murcia, as well as taking the opportuniuty to thank the many organisations for their impeccable fund-raising work from which the proceeds go to charitable causes. The Parrandboleros are presently perfroming with local artist, the tenor Francisco, and theywill be selling their new album in a booth on the day of the concert, with all proceeds going to the associations.

This 46th edition of the festival features the folk groups Virgen de la Vega (Murcia), Geghard Folk Dance Ensemble (Armenia), Grup de Danses de Moncada (Valencia), Grupo Folclórico Ciudad de Cartagena (Región de Murcia), Agrupación Folclórica Storici Sbandieratori delle contrade di Cori (Italia), Zulú Folklore Dance Ensemble (Sudáfrica), Asociación de Coros and Danzas Mazantini (Ciudad Real - España), Grupo de Coros y Danzas Cristo de las Misericordias (Murcia), Compañía de Danzas Folclóricas “Panamá Fuerte Raza” (Panamá), Folk Dance Ensemble CAJAVEC (Bosnia Herzegovina) andCoros plus Danzas de Murcia Asociación Regional “Francisco Salzillo” (Murcia).

19-25 July 2013

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


Oh! Get your paws off my telly AFTER READING Aric Sigman’s insightful book ‘Remotely Controlled’, I don’t think I’d ever leave my young kids alone in front of the telly again. Aric’s book is quite startling and it will change your views on the use of telly as a substitute baby-sitter forever. However, would you feel the same about the telly as a dog-sitter? Over in America there is now a TV station that advocates dumping your dog in front of it... I kid you not, dear reader, last week saw the launch of Dog TV. Our friends at the super, sizzling, soar-away Sun report: “It’s Mutt-see TV.” The Murdoch, sorry Muttdoch redtop says, “It’s the new channel that has got tails wagging. Dog TV is the first 24/7 TV station devoted to man’s best friend, offering shows scientifically devised with the help of canine experts.” But bad news dog owners because “the US-based channel is currently only available here via online streaming with a subscription” - A sort of paw-as-you-go, eh? I went to a friend’s to test it out on their pooch. Let me introduce you to Dottie, a fifteen year old one-eyed Jack Russell with a mean attitude. One programme, the Stimulation Show, offers “active camera movements and exciting animations” to “encourage dogs’ playfulness.” The climatic cliff-hanger scene just before the doggie-ads was of a dog leaping into a swimming pool and paddling across to the other side. This sent Dottie into utter inertia; she glanced up, sighed, and rested her head between her paws. Maybe the next show called ‘Exposure’ would interest her. Exposure aims to comfort and reassure dogs with familiar scenes. However, as Dottie’s bête noir (should that be pet noir?) is the Royal Mail, a scene showing the postman ringing a doorbell must have been her idea of a video nasty. The onscreen retriever,

named Callie, showed how all dogs should behave by wagging her tail and greeting the postman calmly. Dottie continued to rest her head between her paws… Clearly, she’ll not learn from Callie’s example. Perhaps educational shows were not for her. It could be she was waiting for the music shows to get her tail-a-wagging? They could resurrect old shows but with a doggie slant. Hey Dottie, how about the Old Grey Dog-Whistle Test or Top of the Pups? It’s possible that having subconsciously absorbed years of human TV soaps Dottie was ready for the doggie soaps. I’m sure there’s much drama to be had in Emairedale or Beastenders? Or how about the oldest of all soaps, Corrie? Er sorry, Collie? Maybe Dottie would like crime series. Hmmm, let’s see Paw and Order UK, Distemper and Makepeace or even Inspector Morsel. Cue TV voice over: “And now sponsored by those worming pill specialists, it’s your very own Dog Martin…” Documentaries could include Ruff Justice and The Life and Times of Napoleon Bonio. I have to warn you though that Dog TV is a bit black and white and it takes a while for us mere humans to get used to the colours transmitted on Dog TV. You see, they have been ‘scientifically’ adjusted to suit your doggie’s vision. Did you know that dogs see trees in a grey colour, rather than the green that we see? Nope, me neither. Still it leaves the way clear for Dog TV to re-run some old b&w favourites like Lassie and Rin Tin Tin or even Bone-anza! Will Dog TV ever be a success? Who can say? I don’t think Dog TV will be regular viewing in Dottie’s house but others think it’s about time our canines had their own channel. Pet psychologist Warren Eckstein says: “Dogs are not living in the woods anymore. They are in our environment and we have to treat them

as such.” What? Are you sure? Whacky Warren says, “Part of our society is watching TV, so why shouldn’t dogs have their own shows?” Oh please... Warren will presumably want a doggie remote complete with ‘paws’ control. Watts in Britain, taking Dottie for old fashioned ‘walkies’...


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Music Nights at Camposol Golf Delux: more Country HELP IS needed for the popular Country Music than just Mini Golf Nights at Camposol. GOLF DELUX in Los Alcåzares is located just on the outskirts of the town in the municipality’s main industrial estate. The 18-hole adventure golf course is like nothing you have ever seen before and is a great place to go for all the family. Here you can play on the biggest artificial adventure golf course in continental Europe. Adventure golf is different to mini golf in the fact that it is a golf-themed putting game that can be enjoyed by all ages, providing a challenging test of putting skills for the better golfer and indeed golfers of all standards as well as encouraging those whose interest and expertise in golf and putting has yet to be revealed. Anyone can putt, but it is a real skill to master! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Golf Delux is one of the biggest adventure golf courses in the area and is a great venue for some family fun. As well as the beautifully well maintained 18-hole course, complete with water hazards and awkward pin positions, there is also a 12-hole mini golf course and a great cafeteria to provide snacks and

drinks for before, during and after your game. There are also regular evenings of live entertainment so you can make a night of it. Groups and associations are whole-heartedly welcomed so if you are looking to organise an outing that is different and fun for all, look no further than Golf Delux - they will also give discounts for group bookings. COMPETITIONS Now the heat of the summer is here, Golf Delux will be planning competitions and welcomes any golf societies to contact them to get involved. Golf Delux is everything that you could want for a great day out, so get down there and enjoy! Golf Delux is located on Calle Seneca 1 in the Los AlcĂĄzares Industrial Estate (Poligono Industrial) on the way to Torre Pacheco. For more information please visit, email or call 96 858 4221. It is open seven days a week from 10am.

On Friday 2nd August there will be live music from Martin Ross. Neither Ann and Roy nor Ann and Tony are available so assistance is needed during the afternoon from 4.15pm or so to set out seating and prepare the dance floor, arrange flags and so on, on the terrace. From around 7.30pm someone will be needed at the door to welcome guests and collect the entry fee and during the course of the evening someone will be needed to organise the raffle, selling tickets and putting out prizes etc. If you are willing to help please contact Tom or Helen beforehand on 96 897 0630 or 610 632 152.


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Air Force flying high AIR-CONDITIONING SPECIALIST Air Force has really taken off on the Costa Blanca with a fast growing reputation for excellence. by Jack Troughton Ian and Sue Martin used the La Nucia-based company after seeing its advertising in RTN and said: “We cannot recommend Air Force highly enough.” They had new inverter units fitted in the living room and a bedroom of their Pedregeur home and paid tribute to the service and workmanship of Air Force owner Daniel Gunn. Ian said he had been seeking quotes for Panasonic air-conditioning units and saw the Air Force advert offering a 50€ discount launch offer per machine. “Without doubt I wanted to go for Panasonic again. The one in the bedroom we had fitted five years ago and Air Force was actually 50€ cheaper than I paid five years ago – that can’t be bad!” he said. “I really cannot fault Daniel. He was prompt, knowledgeable and helpful. Everything we asked him he gave a sensible answer to – and always did what he said he would do and at the cost he said he would do it for. Daniel is City and Guilds qualified and has also obtained the important F.Gas registra-

tion. Similar to Corgi rating for people working with central heating systems, F.Gas is compliant with European law intended to insure only qualified technicians handle and use potentially harmful air conditioning gases. CONFIDENCE Sue said it gave them confidence that Daniel was fully qualified and trained after recently returning to the UK to pass professional exams. “He seemed to be up to date with all the technology. Some older people seem to be stuck in a time warp,” she said. “He came back with answers to problems we have struggled with for years. It was a breath of fresh air when we found Daniel.” And Daniel did such a good job in Pedregeur, he also installed new units at Ian’s brother’s home. “He did a first class job there too – removing old rusty units free of charge because he said he would, I think it took something like four hours.” Ian said it was clear Daniel had no time for cowboys operating on the coast. “It was a very sound move taking his qualifications be-

Ian and Sue Martin

cause there are so many of them out here.” Air Force covers the entire RTN region and promises guaranteed customer service for installation, maintenance and routine checks to make sure air-conditioning systems keep running smoothly.

Daniel recommends an annual service to insure everything works properly and expensive electricity is not being wasted and Air Force also offers a re-gas service. For more information call Air Force on 96 687 5785 or 655 287 022.


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PINAR DE Campoverde is a beautiful village 8km inland, set on a wooded hillside within the Alicante province and with far reaching views over the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean beyond. THE NAME Pinar de Campoverde derives from the area once being pine woodland (Pinar). The local Spanish residents named the area ‘green field’ (campo verde). Thus today we have Pinar de Campoverde. The village boasts a large ex-pat British community mixed with a large contingency of Spanish and northern European residents, making the village a very cosmopolitan area, situated only 20 minutes’ drive to Murcia (San Javier) airport and less than one hour from Alicante. To the south west of the village is the famous Rio Sea Natural Park where you can usually walk along the dry riverbed through a spectacular gorge carved by the waters out of the yellow sandstone

over generations. Pinar de Campoverde boasts a large number of restaurants and bars offering a variety of tastes from around the world, many of which offer weekly entertainment to suit all tastes. Banks, a range of medical facilities including dentists; supermarkets; British produce stores and a selection of shops offer everything needed to enjoy a visit or long term stay. And there are many beaches to be discovered within a short 15 minute drive from Pinar de Campoverde. In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the area’s climate as one of the most equitable in the world, with an average of 325 sunny days each year, making the village an ideal all year round destination.

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UK Supplies Direct UK SUPPLIES DIRECT are pleased to announce that after a lot of negotiation and investment we have secured the sole rights to distribute JML products here in Spain. Owner Ian Burdon said: “We can now add JML to our substantial list of branded goods suppliers, who include Vax, Swan, Kenwood, Karcher, Pifco and Russell Hobbs to name a few.” Ever conscious of ‘value for money’ we will be using the ‘Euro to Pound’ principle – for example if the price of the much-sought-after JML ‘Snap Screen ‘is £9.99 in the UK, the price in Spain will be 9.99€. ‘Ceracraft’ ceramic pans – our price 19.99€, UK TV price £19.99. This extends to many JML products in stock. UK Supplies Direct has in stock a large range of JML products in two shops and three markets (see main advert on 58). Ian continues: “We do not buy or sell copy, fake or ‘look-alike’ products - this can be backed up with every product having a ‘Certificate of Authenticity,” adding: “As we have sole rights in Spain to distribute JML products we will be looking for interested parties to become JML/UK Supplies distributors. Please email Ian


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Make the best of cool mornings by

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

SEVEN TO nine o’clock, before it gets hot, are wonderful times in our garden during the summer. All is in shade until the first rays of the sun come over the mountain to the north east at eight. But before then the natural ampitheatre of now wooded abandoned grape terraces to the south, that originally made the valley famous for it’s wine from the thirteenth century, glows in the sun’s rays. A wonderful place to feed the birds and animals and do essential gardening tasks discussed last week and a third of the garden remains in cool until after midday, shaded by mature trees under which lunch can be prepared and eaten. Not only can the effects of early sun and shade be enjoyed but also natural silence: no cars or lorries yet passing through the valley as it’s Sunday. So initially, just the twitter of birds can be heard but sadly from a very depleted range of varieties since neigbouring woods were cut down for building houses for Spaniards who use them for just three months a year... But as the sun rises the birds stop eating and twittering and dive for the cool shelter of thick hedges until the cool of the evening, except for the occasional late-nesting blackbird looking for food for their

brood. I thought I had found an unknown old nest the other morning until bitten by a chick thinking my finger was a worm! At present there is what Gordon Hempton, who is researching the few remaining silent places in the world, calls ‘one square inch five minute silences’. Almost got there but a cock crowed and two dogs taking their reluctant owners for an early stroll barked... So it’s time to stop silent weeding and deadheading to collect a couple of eggs and cut some rocket parsley and coriander leaves for a healthy breakfast omelette. With so many edible flowers and leaves around the garden have to make a decisión about what first healthy infusión of the day to have with it – lemon; lemon verbena; ginger mint; herbiscus or olive. Voted for an olive leaf infusión – good with a leaf of fresh stevia for sweetening, the latter planrts now widely available in garden centres and florists. Olive leaf tea may sound strange at first but it was in times gone by a health drink in Spanish villages. We believe it is still worth trying for the still claimed antioxidant, antibiotic, anti–aging and anticancerous properties. But do use leaves from a tree that has not beeen sprayed with chemicals - another reason why we recommend natural neem insecticide sprays for olive and other fruit trees. Unfortunately the late evenings and early nights are not so quiet. Two Saturdays ago I accompanied a hunter up to his mountainside hide in an attempt to have wild boar for lunch. But sadly the night was so noisy that the noise of wild boar munching the sweetcorn put down for bait could not be heard as the trigger to put on a flash light and fire. There were backfiring cars; loud music; Fireworks; dogs barking; banging gates and other civilised but not natural noises echoing up to us

‘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

from the valley and the floodlit coastal strip even at midnight. Interestingly, back home for a moonlit night cap in our tree and thick hedge-lined garden was almost silent, the thick leaf cover filtering out the noises. So when planting up your garden think also about trees and what can be eaten or used for infusions. For a holistic look at gardening beyond what we wrote in ‘Your Garden in Spain’ and the earlier ‘Practical Gardening on the Costa’ you will enjoy reading ‘Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean Style’ now available from Amazon.



Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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Spanish Personal Injury Law


Benidorm breathalyser test campaign

Basic information WE RECEIVE numerous inquiries regarding the type and amount of compensation that can be claimed in Spain after a road traffic accident, a fall in a shop or office, or a stumble in the street due to a pavement in poor condition etc. As per Spanish Law, there is an obligation to compensate the damage caused by a negligent act or omission. Normally depending on the country and its legislation, there would be a deadline to start a legal action requesting compensation. Therefore, it is very important when suffering any damage caused by another, to determine the legal deadlines applicable and the legal steps to be taken. In general, personal injuries in Spain are compensated and determined as per the RDL 8/2004 (Ley sobre responsabilidad civil y seguro en la circulación de vehículos a motor) Law of civil liability and motor vehicles

insurances. And the amounts are annually updated. In Spanish Law, compensation to be received is set and fixed according to the objective criteria fixed in the said RDL 8/2004. In reference to permanent damages suffered as the result of injuries, these are ruled by a points system and the compensation for each point is updated annually and increases with the number of points and the seriousness of the injury. Also this law includes a valuation for what is known as temporary disability days (necessary time to heal). Should you suffer any kind of accident in Spain and you need our legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2012 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located 1 minute away from the La Via underground car park). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or This article is available in English and Spanish at The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. Visit our blog at and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors)

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation with the support of Benidorm City Council is carrying out a concentrated campaign against driving under the influence of alcohol, with an intensive programme of spot-check breathalysertesting to last until at least 15th February. According to the DGT, alcohol fuels almost a third of all traffic accidents in the area. Those discovered to be over the limit face fines of 500€ and a loss of up to six points depending on the seriousness of each case.


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Wayne Martin

International Financial Adviser

Economic growth in the UK: is it all good news

ALL SEEMS well with the world, the sun is shining, a Scot wins Wimbledon, the ‘Welsh’ Lions win down under, and an adopted Englishman leads the Tour de France. THE NATIONAL mood is important in economics - confidence can be a powerful propellant as gloom can lead to a downward spiral. With all the good news about, we appear to be in a happy phase nationally and there is a growing feeling that the worst of the financial crisis is past. Looking deeper though a different picture emerges, whilst clearly the economy is growing again and some economists have raised there forecast in the rate of growth. Is this based on solid foundations though? The issue is that while the growing economy is welcome, what is underlying? It appears to be driven by the same combination of easy money and excessive consumption, private as well as government that we saw in the pre-crisis years. This growth therefore looks as unsustainable as it was previously. Business investment remains at rock bottom and there is very little evidence of significant improvements in net trade. It appears that consumption is still the main force driving output not production. So the UK is getting growth in demand but not the capacity to keep pace. This has to be taken alongside the fact that real wage rates are falling causing savings to fall as we continue to spend. So what can be done? It has to be stimulation of the supply side of the economy. The thought of pushing the housing market is tempting but again would only create a bubble with the inevitable burst. We will wait a long time for global re-balancing: in the meantime there is plenty that can be done to help ourselves In the current uncertain economic climate I would urge you to speak to a professional financial adviser today and arrange a review of your circumstances. This is not aimed just at those who are wealthy but anyone can benefit. A quick discussion will reveal the areas where your adviser can help you. Don’t delay, get in touch today. Look after your wealth and your wealth will look after you. If you have any questions or need any advice regarding the above you can contact me on 636 361 588 or email

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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Benidorm’s fun bar: BAR 69

BAR 69 is situated in the main square in Benidorm’s Old Town at the top of Tapas Alley, next to the Queen’s Hotel. There you will find owners Simon and Steven serving a large selection of bottled beer, spirits, draught lager and Strongbow together with a range of cocktails, joined five nights a week by a firm Benidorm favourite, Ms Dusty Crack! Their homemade Sangria is firmly becoming a favourite with locals and tourists alike: served in litre bottles with a jug of ice and Spanish oranges, you know you are getting value for money. This fun bar is open daily Midday to 2am, featuring a large, shaded terrace and showing all major sporting events live. The best place in the Old Town to ‘people watch’ while enjoying a drink and a snack.

Benidorm weekends for golden oldies ARE YOU one of those university of the third age folks who live along the coast from Benidorm? DO YOU fancy a long weekend in the 24/7 fun city? Do you prefer to stay away from the stag and hen hotels? Here is our choice of top hotels preferred by more mature guests who want quality AND a relaxing sleep too! Of course we cannot ever guarantee that the next room to you will have polite neighbours, but, choose one of these hotels should ensure a better chance of a chilled weekend! OLD TOWN - HOTEL AVENIDA 4* CALLE GAMBÓ This hotel is a favourite with lots of regulars to Benidorm, it is close to the Levante beach and right in the heart of the old town. An older style hotel, perhaps a little dated compared to newly built hotels, but the staff understand what good old fashioned service is all about. Room rates offer good value half board and all inclusive deals low season. A good choice if you like to eat out at local restaurants and do a bit of shopping, they are on your doorstep. (NO hills) B&B from 35€pp low season PONIENTE – HOTEL CORONA DEL MAR 4* AVENIDA JAIME This hotel is an excellent choice where you will get a high standard of rooms all with balconies, a wide choice of food, friendly staff and the fantastic Poniente beach across the road. The Corona del Mar guest areas are light and spacious with sea views from the restaurant. One of the better hotels in Benidorm where British guests are very few! Perhaps because of the location away from the more brash side of town, but for those who want to simply relax, enjoy an evening stroll along the promenade and a sip few wines at night. This is the one for this golden oldie! B&B from 32€ low season

LEVANTE – HOTEL BELROY 4* AVENIDA MEDITERRANEO This is a stylish hotel offering modern (minimalist) rooms often overlooked by many British visitors. The location is about as good as it gets, more or less half way down the Levante with the beach across the road and entertainment venues a ten minute stroll away as is the old town. Great if want a little of the Benidorm hustle and bustle! And quality service with friendly staff. B&B from 33€pp low season

Article by Dave Gaskell, Cheap hotels holidays transfers since 2005.


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Dining out with... The Duchess

THIS WEEK it’s Spanish, Spanish, Spanish!

THE RESTAURANT La Rana is set in a small courtyard behind the Royal Queen’s Hotel, accessible via a small inclined alleyway up about 20 steps; not so good for disabled access. La Rana, meaning ‘The Frog’, is a typical Spanish restaurant in the heart of Benidorm’s Old Town, very popular at the weekends and in the summer time as they have a small terrace with approximately eight tables situated at the entrance. The décor and ambiance are typical Spanish, with tiled walls and floors mainly in a darkish green to fit in with the frog motif I presume… The main restaurant area can seat about 80 guests and the small terrace around 16. There is an open kitchen where you can see the meats being prepared and a large under-counter fridge to view the daily meat and fish produce. This place is fun to go with a group of friends as it is more of a sharing style of restaurant for starters and main courses alike. This week there were three of us who decided at the last minute to dine here. It was rather late, at 10.30pm, but not by Spanish standards, so there was no time to reserve - naughty me! However, they found us a table very quickly and we ordered a bottle of

Verdejo white wine, a bit pricy at 15€ a bottle. Menus were given followed by a few nibbles: olives, humus and salmorejo and a large basket of bread. For our starters we shared the house croquettes and a dish called ‘ropavieja’, which literally means ‘old clothes’. It took this name many years ago when anything left would go towards another meal. Of course all are items were freshly cooked and the dish consisted of fried mushrooms, garlic, chorizo, small pieces of meat topped with hot Serrano ham, garnished with cooked green peppers; a dish I really enjoyed and ideal to share as a starter. For the main course, we all chose the mixed fried fish platter, placed in the centre of the table so we could all choose from the array of fish which included: Calamares (Squid); Chopitos (Baby Squid); Salmonetes (Red Mullet); Pescadillas (young Hake); Lenguados (Sole) and Boquerones (Anchovy). Order just two portions for 3 to 4 diners -it’s

quite sufficient. The fish was perfectly fried and crisp without a trace of any oil or greasiness, meaning they regularly change the cooking oil. The service is prompt but don’t expect the waiting staff to go over the top, as it’s a busy restaurant so a little patience is sometimes required. The clientele here is mostly Spanish, around 80% of the rest being made up from all around Europe. We all enjoyed our Saturday night at La Rana. Our bill came to 77€ for the three of us including wine and we really only had two starters and two main courses but it was quite sufficient. So take a tip: don’t go overboard on the ordering as the portions are quite reasonably sized, and if you feel like more you then have the option to order more. The winner of my competition will be revealed next week. Eat well, be healthy and enjoy life!

Duchess star rating

Reservation Service Food quality

Walked in

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Presentation Atmosphere Value for money

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Algar waterfalls Article by Irena Bodnarec, www.BenidormAllYearRound. Com. Activities, news and events from around Benidorm, Albir, Alfaz del Pi and La Nucia A MUST see beauty spot if you are in Benidorm is the Algar waterfalls, found on the outskirts of the village of Callosa d’En Sarria. In one of the previous episodes of the ITV hit show Benidorm, the Garvey clan went on a ‘free trip’ which had the Fonts as one of the destinations. However, they had to endure a presentation and the hard sell of a juicing machine – there’s no such thing as a free day out! But you don’t have to.... whether you are here on a package or not, don’t let the fact that you have no car put you off - the Llorente No 18 bus goes all the way from La Cala in Benidorm to the Fonts. The bus leaves La Cala at 9.30am, heading to the tram stop in Benidorm and arriving on the Avd Mediterraneo at 10.25am before heading off via La Nucia, Pollop and Callosa. It is approximately an hour’s ride from the Rincon taking you through breath-taking country side ... the journey alone is worthwhile. The bus passes through the villages where you get a true feel of Spanish life, winding its way through the orange and nispero groves that line the hillside. The bus drops you off at the Fonts and collects you again at 5pm, giving you an entire day out – the price is 3.65€ each way which you pay on the bus... same price for adults and children. Its amazing how the driver manages to manoeuvre the bus through the narrow streets and tight bends – I’d think twice about it in a car! Entrance to the waterfalls is 4€ for adults and 2€ for children. Just before you get to the ticket booth (wooden shed) you have the obligatory photo taken by a young lady, who, on your departure, has it presented in a frame as well as on a key-ring - no pressure to purchase though. You then have the very steep climb up wooden steps to get to the falls - a pair of flat shoes is advisable. If you are ‘All Inclusive’ at your hotel ask to have a take away lunch box, otherwise there is a restaurant within the Fonts where you can purchase either a full Menu del Dia or just tapas snacks - plus cold drinks and ice-creams. Most visitors take picnics - heaving their cool-boxes up the steps to the top (have a man in tow). Make sure you take towels and swimwear and I personally would recommend some rubber-soled swimming

shoes, readily available at all the Chinese shops in Benidorm. There are plenty of shady areas in which to relax but the most fun you’ll have is jumping into the freezing cold running water. For those old enough to remember, it’ll take you back to the 50s, when there was no Health & Safety officer telling you that you couldn’t jump off a piece of shuttering ply 10 metres into the river! It is so un-commercialised and relaxing but full of people - of all nationalities. There are attendants and first aiders patrolling to make sure no-one does anything too dangerous, but it’s just great to watch everyone deriving such fun and excitement by jumping into a river. Further up you can dive off the waterfalls - but a word of caution, the freezing water will literally take your breath away. However, when the sun is baking in the middle of a hot July afternoon, it’s definitely a welcome relief.

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Línea Directa advises you how to act in case of an accident LÍNEA DIRECTA Insurance advises you of the steps to follow in case of a road accident in Spain: CALL THE EMERGENCY NUMBER 112:

They will co-ordinate the procedure and will ask you in detail about the circumstances of the accident.


Switch on the emergency lights and if the state of the vehicle permits, remove the vehicle from the road, in order to avoid delays and further accidents, to the extent possible.


Before stepping out of the car, put on your high-visibility jacket, which is compulsory, and place the emergency triangles correctly. The first must be placed about 50 metres behind the car in the direction of the traffic, and the second about 100m.


Except if in danger of fire or imminent explosion. Cover the injured person, keep them calm and wait for the emergency services to arrive.


Fill in the European accident report, an essential document for speeding up procedures and handling between insurance companies. If you have any doubt about how to do this, don’t hesitate to call your insurance company.

For more information call 902 123 104



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Pablo Arteaga

Head of Legal Department at Ábaco

Keeping the landlord’s interests in mind THE DIFFICULTIES experienced by those unable to pay their mortgages or their rents have been in the headlines. MANY PEOPLE have found themselves in situations that they could not have foreseen when they initially moved into their property. Perhaps they have lost their jobs or have dependents who find themselves out of work. There are plenty of stories where we can only sympathise with the terrible predicaments that people find themselves in. However, in some cases landlords deserve our sympathy too. To begin with, the financial difficulties can be passed on. Failure to pay the rent by a tenant can cause just as much hardship for the landlord. He might have a mortgage to pay or depend on the money to rent another property himself. Not all tenants model good behaviour. Some landlords have had bad experiences of tenants

leaving a house in disrepair causing damage to the paint, flooring and doors. Bills and taxes might have been left unpaid and the landlord can find himself having to clear debts before attempting to rent his property out again. Some tenants are professional defrauders. They will rent property with the express intention of not paying their rent. They may hamper the landlord’s attempts to protect his property by changing the locks and when the time comes to move on, the house might be stripped of furniture and other transportable items. Of course, these occurrences are thankfully relatively rare. In the majority of cases letting and renting arrangements work well and both parties benefit. There are also measures that you can take to try and avoid any difficulties. It is preferable not to let your

property out furnished and you should secure a bond from your tenant at the beginning of the occupancy to cover any damage or loss there might be. If you should be unlucky enough to suffer from a bad tenant then there are legal steps you can take. The law is now increasingly on the side of the landlord and you do have recourse to the courts if your tenant is proving troublesome. However, there can be some practical difficulties to this. Occasionally the tenant will ‘disappear’ with no traceable public record. For this reason early intervention when a problem is emerging, is vital. Some tenants have stories of genuine hardship that deserve our sympathy. Others require swift action to make sure your rights as a landlord are protected too.

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.


Charity showcase The MABS stand at last year’s fair By Jack Troughton CHARITIES AND organisations helping Costa Blanca residents are invited to take part in this year’s third and much-improved International Charities Fair. The event takes place at the annex of the well-known El Cisne Centre on the N332 at Benidorm on Sunday 22nd September and is an ideal opportunity for charities to network. Organised by Steve Ashley of Samaritans in Spain and Pamela Dawson Tasker of Spanish cancer charity AECC and the Royal British Legion, the opening ceremony will be performed by the Mayor of Benidorm Augustin Navarro. There is room for more than 50 stands and a stage with live entertainment will also give participating organisations the opportunity to introduce themselves. British Consul Paul Rodwell has already backed the International charity Fair. He said: “I strongly recommend this initiative for charities to network at this year’s International Charity Fair. In these difficult times, the

role of the volunteer sector in helping the vulnerable is primordial and it underpins the support the British Consulate can offer. “The need for volunteers and funds is more acute than ever and it is also a great opportunity for charities to work more closely together helping those in most in need.” REPRESENT The aim of the fair is to bring together representatives of the charities and organisations working on the Costa Blanca to help residents of all nationalities and raise their profile with the general public. Charities can also raise funds by selling new or second hand items from stands – the cost to an association is 10€, a token charge to cost printing and publicity costs. The El Cisne centre is popular with residents and holidaymakers and as well as its own market and offers refreshments, so organisations can expect a good footfall

at the fair. Pamela told RTN: Every organisation from time to time encounters cases which need the assistance of more than one group. Some associations give help in the first instance, others can continue for as long as needed, others are very specialised, and some offer help in several languages and we must not forget the animal charities who help with the care and re-homing of the pets of sick people. “Our international Charity Fair is the opportunity to become aware, or more aware, of other organisations that can be called upon for back-up. For the general public it is the chance to know where help can be found when it is needed, to talk to volunteers, and to collect information for future use.” For more information or to book space, contact Steve on or Pamela on 96 686 0735 or

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Life travel Following Crazy Don FOR THE last few kilometres of arrow-straight road from Toledo to Seguera that cuts like a straight black gash through the flat plains of La Mancha, you become aware of a series of stumps, looking like a row of rotting teeth. As you get closer you begin to see the outstretched sails that the loco hidalgo, Don Quijote, Cervantes’ mad knight with his colander helmet, mistook for the swirling arms of fearsome giants. The restored molinos of Seguera, each with its own name, uphold the myth of La Mancha but its hilltop cities present a wide contrast and represent a major part of the history of Spain. Toledo, once the nation’s capital, is said to be one of the most beautiful and historically interesting cities in Spain. If you walk the tiny alleyways of Toledo at the breakfast hour, waiting for the sun to show itself over the high spires of the Cathedral, you feel as if you are in a labyrinth of grey chasms where neighbours can shake hands with each other across the way from the oriole windows above your head.

Toledo was known worldwide for the quality of its sword making, but for some reason there seem to be almost as many shops selling marzipan as there are selling metalwork; strange when you consider that there is barely an almond tree to be seen in the area. It’s worth getting lost in Toledo because you won’t go far. That way you’ll find some of the rickety streets that are more emblematic of the city than those tarted up for the tourist routes. It’s here that you’ll find tiny alementaciones - dimly lit grocery shops presided over by matronly ladies in perms and white pinnies. Wander down Calle Pozo de Amargo (the Street of the Bitter Well), just off the Plaza de Ayuntamiento, and you will come across the battered ornate metalwork of the Pozo Amargo whose waters are said to have been fouled by the bitter tears of a young Jewish girl whose Christian lover was murdered by her father. To the east, the ancient walled town of Cuenca rises even more steeply above its modern city than Toledo does, a long narrow spur rising between two deep gorges. It is this sheer drop that gave rise to a peculiar form of house extension, created during the middle Ages. They are the Casas Colgadas, the Hanging Houses that dangle over the Huécar River. If you aren’t content with a postcard and will only be happy with your own photograph, the best place to take it is on the Puente de San Pablo. But beware, this spindly bridge that spans the gorge is not for those who suffer from vertigo as its handrail is barely waist high and it’s a long drop! Castilla-La Mancha is a great melting-pot of vast plains, great forests, lakes, an abundance of historical and archaeological sites and a hardy cuisine based on stout country food. And there are still the white giants with the waving arms waiting for the old Don to charge at them.


La Mancha Toledo arch

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


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -41 I’VE DECIDED to do something completely different this week, to give you a break from so much grammar. HERE IS a text all about the city of Toledo. For many centuries Toledo was the most important city in Christian Spain (as opposed to Córdoba, for a long time the capital of Spain under the Moors) so its history tells us a tremendous amount about Spanish history in general. The idea is that you decide which expressions below fit into which spaces. Rather than rushing off to Google for the answers, you can work out a great deal from the grammar of the sentence – for example, should it be a masculine, feminine, singular or plural word in the gap? Have fun – the answers will be given next week! La ciudad histórica de Toledo está situada sobre un terreno empinado rodeado por un singular meandro del (a) __________. Tiene gran valor estratégico y defensivo, así como un entorno geográfico favorable con agua, tierras de labor, pastos y bosques. Fue una importante ciudad celtibérica, más tarde conquistada por las (b)______________ ____. En el siglo VI fue capital del (c)_______ _________ La huella de los musulmanes, que llegaron más tarde, es especialmente notable en el plano de la ciudad, con su laberinto de callejuelas estrechas.

Tras la (d) _________________ de la ciudad en el año 1085, Toledo quedó incorporado al Reino de Castilla. Toledo se convirtió en la ciudad de las (e)______________, en la que convivieron cristianos, musulmanes, y judíos. En ella tuvieron lugar fenómenos de intercambio cultural tan interesantes como la Escuela de Traductores de los siglos XII y XIII, determinante en la transmisión de las culturas (f) ________________ A partir del siglo XIV el ambiente de tolerancia que se había vivido en Toledo en los dos siglos anteriores desaparecía progresivamente, sobre todo referente a la (g)_______________ a la que se acusó de ser la causa de todas las desgracias en una época de grave crisis económica y social. (h) ________________, que buscaron la unidad política y religiosa del reino, tomaron dos decisiones que afectarían a la sociedad toledana: la creación del (i) _______________ ______ en 1485, y la expulsión de los judíos de 1492. La ciudad de Toledo alcanzó su época de máxima expansión demográfica en el siglo

XVI, cuando el (j)______________ la convirtió en capital del Imperio Español. Fue una época brillante que duró poco tiempo, pues en el año 1561 Felipe II decidió trasladar la capital a la (k) ________________. En la segunda mitad del siglo XIX la llegada del ferrocarril dio lugar a una expansión de Toledo, con la construcción de grandes barrios en los que hoy se concentra la mayoría de la población. Toledo fue nombrada en 1982 capital de la Comunidad Autónoma de (l) ________________ Put these words into the appropriate gaps in the text: 1. Tribunal de la Inquisición 2. Castilla-la Mancha 3. Rey Carlos I 4. Reino Visigodo 5. Villa de Madrid 6. legiones romanas 7. Los Reyes Católicos 8. conquista cristiana 9. Río Tajo 10. comunidad judía 11. greco-latina y árabe 12. Tres Culturas

Apprentice Alan Carr@AlanCarr : Imagine if the winner of the apprentice tonight laughs manicly and then rips off her prosthetic head in the boardroom and its Stella!! Football Piers Morgan @piersmorgan : Suarez and Rooney are both available and want to leave their clubs - if #Arsenal want to win trophies, break the bank and sign them both. Show Jeremy Clarkson@JeremyClarkson : I went to see #westealsecrets last night. It was so engrossing, I barely noticed the producer’s dress was completely see-through. X Factor neil sean @neilsean1: X Factor launch and Louis is looking more like his waxwork daily #campqueens #tussards #xfactor #itv #louiswalsh #simoncowell #itv2 Cricket Stephen Fry@stephenfry: Oh my very actual complete and entire god. What a cricket match. Poor old Australia, but nonetheless – Phew!!! And Yaaaaayyyy!!!!

Life books

Danny Collins -

Round the Bend JEREMY CLARKSON is an irreverent car review columnist. He’s also one of the funniest in a world where humour isn’t always the key issue. HE CAN crack a wicked metaphore at anyone’s expense – and quite often does. He laughs at pomposity, himself, other people, and car manufacturers - in that order - and that doesn’t mean that the greens, the leftwing liberals, and politicians in general escape his scathing wit. His columns always start with a theme completely unconnected with the driving machine he’s reviewing and finally gets to the point after he’s made several others. All are funny, all are dissected with wit and they all make me laugh. That’s why I was delighted to find this book among those sent to me for review. The book is a compendium of 84 reviews previously published in the Sunday Times and each kept me amused enough to read eight or nine at a sitting (That’s sitting on a sofa after lunch with my wife’s legs draped across me – her other half is under a blanket listening to Radio One on her iPod). Anybody who likes cars would love this book, for Clarkson pulls no punches in his criticism of suspension, handling, and oomph. I certainly looked with a different eye at my Author: Jeremy Clarkson Publisher: Penguin Price: 11.20€ ISBN: 978 0 231 95695 3

wife’s humble Ka after reading his review of the Ford Ka Zetec 1.2. Come to that, anybody who appreciates a witty raconteur wouldn’t mind it either.

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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Unwanted programs HI AUNTY, Thanks for a really helpful column. I recently changed my ancient computer for one with Windows 7. In the process of installing some of the software I seem to have picked up ‘’ on MSN & Google. It comes up as the default despite MSN being shown as the

default in the Control Panel. Can you help please? Graham Aunty says: Step 1: Uninstall applications installed with ‘Mixidj’ software from your Control panel. 1) To do this, go to Start > Control Panel. 2) Double click to open ‘Programs and Features’. 3) In the program list, find and remove/ Uninstall these applications: a BrowserProtect (By Bit89 Inc) b MixiDJ Chrome Toolbar (by MixiDJinstaller) c MixiDJ Toolbar (By mixidj) d SimilarWeb (By SimilarWeb) Step 2: Remove ‘MixiDJ Toolbar’ and ‘MixiDJ search’ settings from Internet Explorer 1) Open Internet Explorer and then

Full C Drive HI AUNTY: A couple of weeks ago I went to defrag my C Drive. I was told I hadn’t enough free disk space to run defrag properly. On investigation, I found the C Drive was practically full up but I couldn’t understand where all the extra contents had come from. I deleted/ moved a lot from the C Drive until I had enough free disk space to run defrag. I have defragged several times but am always told that several files couldn’t be defragged. The biggest culprit is: C:\Documents and Settings\ Liz\Local Settings\Temp\ toolbar_log. This file is now over 7GB in size and growing. As I look at it, it keeps growing in size and the time keeps updating. I would dearly love to delete it but daren’t do that. I have run a full scan with AVG and found no threats. Elizabeth Aunty says: toolbar_log. txt is a file used by the AVG toolbar system. The way to solve this issue is to uninstall the AVG Toolbar (not AVG itself just the toolbar), reboot the PC, and then delete the file if it has not already been deleted. Response: Many thanks for your reply. I have uninstalled the AVG toolbar and deleted the offending file. Panic over!

open ‘Internet Options’. To do this from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > ‘Internet Options’. 2) Click the ‘Advanced’ tab. 3) Choose ‘Reset’. 4) Check (to enable) the ‘Delete personal settings’ box and choose ‘Reset’. 5) After the resetting action is completed, press ‘Close’ and then choose ‘OK’ to exit Internet Explorer options. 6) Restart Internet Explorer Step 3: 1) Download and save ‘AdwCleaner’ utility to your desktop. 2) Download and install MalwareBytes Antimalware Free program to clean your computer from malicious threats remaining on your computer. Response: Your advice worked beautifully. Very many thanks.

Hotmail HELLO AUNTY VIRUS: Can you help? I have had my hotmail account for a long time and I believe they were taken over a short while ago by Microsoft. Since then I have been unable to access my contact list, to make adjustments etc., I have tried emailing the help line but no replies and there seems to be many people with the same problem, can you help or should I change my account? I am a senior citizen and my knowledge of computers is limited. HELP! Susan Aunty says: Hotmail has always been part of Microsoft. However, recently they have change Hotmail to Outlook, and revamped the look. In Outlook, your contact list is in the ‘People’ section. Click on the ‘down arrow’ next to the word Outlook and a drop down menu will appear, and in that menu People will be shown. Click on People; find the contact you want to edit; click on them and then use the option along the top to edit your contact details. Response: Thanks so much for your prompt reply - got it sorted!

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Blingstring outdoor solar fairy lights with 120 LED bulbs THIS WEEK the Inspector shines a light on those perennial garden favourites - solar lights. And they’re green too - environmentally friendly that is - so no need to have any dodgy elec-trickery waiting to fry the dog or any burrowing small children. The Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 super bright LED Bulbs come on a 14-meter string and take minutes to put up. The solar collector has 2 simple mounts for easy fixing to a fence/wall and a spike for ground mounting. The lights come on automatically at dusk and turn off at dawn (or after 10 hours’ use whichever is first) and are designed for year-round outdoor use. The LEDs emit a soft blue light that is surprisingly bright, yet not intrusive. They can be set to either light continuously or twinkle via a switch on the back of the solar panel, whichever you prefer! Be careful though – there is also another switch which turns them off completely, and it is really easy to accidentally switch this to the off position when siting the solar panel if you´re not careful… I did with the review set! Figured out what I’d done pretty quickly but watch out for that one – they’re not faulty, just off! This is there so that you can allow the lights to re-charge fully if the day has not been bright enough to fully charge them. They are perfect for use on trees, shrubs, plant pots, decking, porches, pergolas and garden umbrellas – in fact almost anywhere! The Inspectors Verdict: What could be better? The Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 LED Bulbs need nothing

more than the sun to work – and boy do we have enough of that. And it’s free too! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit blingstringoutdoor-solar-fairy-lights to purchase the Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 LED Bulbs for 33€. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

19-25 July 2013

Low Cost Festival 2013


Not long to wait now till the 5th Low Cost Festival kicks off in Benidorm. To accompany the festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th July the clever people at Low Cost have made a great phone app which is a Festival must-have. You can buy tickets, check out the complete line-up and the times each artist is on and where, there is a plan of all the stages so that you won’t get lost, know where to get a beer or nip to the nearest toilet. Plus there is a list of all the artists and some of their music so you can check them out beforehand and much more. If you havn’t bought your tickets yet then don’t miss out! Go to http:// The app is available to download on both Android and iPhone.


19-25 JULY 2013

Life Showbiz Goss


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Unlock Sherlock and you die! WHEN TELEVISION bigwigs commission a new show chances are they come away from the meeting feeling quietly confident. When they left the room back in 2009, having decided to run with an idea writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss came up with, little did they know that they had spawned one of the most successful television dramas of all time.

Celebrity clips

TIM HENMAN has evolved into quite a TV celeb of late, and perhaps upped his personal ante a point or three when saying to rumours that he would be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, “…that’s news to me … I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.” Tim was always criticised for his tame behavior on the court … moved on from that then. The people of Norwich got up a petition to have the premiere of bumbling Norwich DJ ‘Alan Partridge’s movie Alpha Papa in in their town and they got their wish. Steve Coogan flew out of the premiere in Norwich in a helicopter and went to the Leicester Square premiere four hours later! For lovers of Call The Midwife you’ll be pleased to know there´s a special show on at Xmas ahead of a new series in 2014. To get a show ready for Xmas the filming has to take place around about now and Helen George who plays Trixie Franklin told The Sun: “We’re sweating under these big, thick wool coats in a scorching 25º … then in the winter we freeze filming summer scenes.” … Aaah bless…

The world is now holding its breath in anticipation of Series 3 of ‘Sherlock’ when it returns to our screens in the autumn. Martin Freeman, who plays Dr Watson, was talking to The Independent last week and said and how he gets more fan mail from the show than The Office and The Hobbit put together. He said about how he gets stopped in the street sometimes, but then balanced it quite nicely when he said: “But I still have a lot of conversations with people who have no idea who I am, which is great for me as I usually just want to eat a bowl of pasta in peace.”Martin also shared how a lot of the fan mail he gets goes on about how nice he is, which

he covered rather astutely when he said “I’m not so nice, I’m not Tim from The Office, although a lot of people still think I am - I have absolutely no problem telling someone to ‘ahem’ off!” More goss from the show involves Andrew Scott who plays villain Moriarty, and it’s about what he said to the Sunday Mirror: “The cast of Sherlock has been banned from telling friends and family the details of the show’s plots, if I told you what happens they would kill me! …We are not allowed to speak to anyone.” These are the man’s actual words. Late October is when ‘Sherlock’ returns … ooohh!

Countdown to sanity IN THE UK we now have shedloads of comedians, all shapes and sizes, male and female, and this almighty abundance has created endless TV game shows involving some of the more well-known individuals. With what promises to be a laugh a minute I have tried and tried to enjoy each of these shows but I’ve yet to feel that any of them have truly gotten over the line … and as I see it, the problem is this: Presenters and guests alike are individuals who fill big rooms, theaters, with mucho peeps yelling and a hootin’ their names, so how the goddam gee t’willikers are they going to be kept under control when their madhouse of a brain kicks in … the resulting hootin’ and a hollerin’ produces utter mayhem. But fear ye not, as I am the bringer of good tidings, least-wise I fancy a blast from the past might be the solution to the dilemma. A couple of months ago, Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Sean Lock put together a show for Ch4’s Mashup night called ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and it was such a huge success they have already commissioned six more shows. Many of you will remember sitting down on a late afternoon and enjoying ‘Countdown’, and what made it so popular was its pace - nice and easy… and getting back to the dilemma of the ‘mayhem’ I spoke of above, maybe this magical golden oldie will produce a whole new style of ‘easy on the gas’ comedy. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – Ch4 this week.

Life TV

19-25 JULY 2013


19th July - 25th July

FRIDAY 19th 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 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: Best of Britain 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Sherlock 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Pramface

07:00 Homes Under

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 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Gladiator

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Will & Grace 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Grand Designs Australia 14:05 Johnny Guitar 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 Four Rooms 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 PhoneShop 24:10 PhoneShop 24:40 Trojan Donkey

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 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 16:15 Deadly Sibling Rivalry 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 World’s Busiest 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 Beverly Hills 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 Beverly Hills 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 The Mummy 24:25 Celebrity Juice

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 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:35 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 Beverly Hills Cop III 24:05 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

the Hammer 08:00 The Specials 08:30 Bargain Hunt 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Live Golf: The Open Championship 21:00 Celebrity Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Natural World 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 T in the Park


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Live Golf: The Open Championship 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:10 Live Golf: The Open Championship 19:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Raiders of the Lost Ark 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 Face/Off


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:35 Wagon Train 08:35 The Big Street 10:00 A History of Scotland 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 What to Eat Now 13:00 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:45 University Challenge 14:15 EastEnders 16:10 Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble 17:10 Flog It! 18:10 Escape to the Country 19:10 Live Golf: The Open Championship 20:40 Dad’s Army 21:10 David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy 22:10 Top of the Lake 23:10 QI XL 23:55 Strawberry Fields

SUNDAY 21st July BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Live Golf: The Open Championship 13:30 BBC News 13:40 Live Golf: The Open Championship 20:00 Celebrity Mastermind 20:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 The White Queen 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits 24:25 Luther


07:05 This Is BBC Two 08:05 Split Second 09:30 Monty Don’s French Gardens 10:30 Gardeners’ World 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 13:00 Easy Virtue 14:30 The Way We Were 16:25 Coast 16:55 Escape to the Country 17:55 Songs of Praise 18:30 Natural World 19:30 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 20:30 Wild Cameramen at Work 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 The Secret Life of Uri Geller 23:00 Live MotoGP 24:00 Mock the Week 24:30 What a Load of Buzzcocks

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! 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 13:25 All Star Mr & Mrs 14:25 The Chase 15:25 All Star Family Fortunes 16:10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 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 23:45 ITV News and Weather 24:00 Fearless

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 08:35 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 12:30 Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm 14:30 Love Your Garden 15:30 Dragnet 17:25 A Touch of Frost 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 The Talent Show Story 24:15 Murder, She Wrote

CHANNEL 4 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Caterham Motorsports 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:10 The Big Bang Theory 12:35 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 Undercover Boss Canada 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:45 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:15 Ramadan Diaries 20:20 Grand Designs 21:20 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:00 The American

CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 11:55 Inside Hollywood 12:05 Big Brother 13:30 The Hotel Inspector Returns 14:30 Cowboy Traders 15:30 CSI: NY 16:25 CSI: NY 17:15 CSI: NY 18:15 Jesse Stone: Sea Change 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 NCIS 21:55 NCIS 22:50 5 News Weekend 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych

ITV2 07:00 Coronation Street 09:20 Emmerdale 12:20 Dinner Date: Australia 13:20 Happy Feet 15:25 You’ve Been Framed! 15:55 You’ve Been Framed! 16:25 You’ve Been Framed! 16:55 You’ve Been Framed! 17:55 Star Wars Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back 20:30 Mamma Mia! 22:45 Deep Blue Sea 24:55 Lemon La Vida Loca


07:00 Being Erica 07:45 Greek 08:30 Make It or Break It 09:35 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:40 Ugly Betty 11:35 Scrubs 12:05 Scrubs 12:35 Scrubs 13:00 Glee 14:00 Charmed 15:00 90210 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Rules of Engagement 18:25 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Suburgatory 20:25 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Happy Endings 22:00 Dance Flick 23:40 The Inbetweeners 24:10 The Inbetweeners 24:45 The Big Bang Theory





07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Ironman 2013 08:30 Triathlon 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 The Simpsons 15:30 Jungle 2 Jungle 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:35 Death & Life of Charlie St Cloud 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 The Plane That Saved Britain 22:00 The Returned 23:00 The Fourth Kind

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:05 Big Brother 13:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 14:00 Mermaids 16:05 Michael 18:10 The Kid 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Dumb and Dumber

07:00 Beauty and the Geek

07:00 Switched 07:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:15 Make It or Break It 09:10 Ugly Betty 10:05 Scrubs 10:35 Scrubs 11:05 Hollyoaks 13:40 Glee 14:35 Charmed 15:35 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:35 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:30 90210 18:25 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 Net 23:10 The Inbetweeners 23:45 The Inbetweeners 24:20 Skins

07:50 Emmerdale 10:40 Coronation Street 13:10 America’s Got Talent 15:00 You’ve Been Framed! 15:50 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 18:05 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 20:45 The Incredible Hulk 23:00 Couples Retreat


19-25 JULY 2013

Life TV

19th July - 25th July

MONDAY 22nd July BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Land Girls 16:00 Only Fools and Horses 17:00 Perfection 17:45 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Long Live Britain 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Long Live Britain 24:20 Live at the Apollo

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 The Chef’s Protege 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 The Maggie 14:30 Mastermind 15:30 Triathlon 17:30 Wild Down Under 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Count Arthur Strong 22:00 Rick Stein’s India 23:00 What a Load of Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Secret Life of Uri Geller

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 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 Take on the Twisters 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

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 Channel 4 News 14:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 14:20 Appointment in London 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 Undercover Boss 23:00 Don’t Blame Facebook 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Coming Up 24:45 Sex on Wheels

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Milkshake! Monkey 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 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 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 The Obsession 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 The Gadget Show 22:00 Botched Up Bodies 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 Beverly Hills 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 Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 One Direction: Video Exclusive 19:10 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Deep Blue Sea 24:10 Celebrity Juice 24:55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

TUESDAY 23rd July



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Desperate Housewives 09:35 Scrubs 10:05 Scrubs 10:35 Rules of Engagement 11:00 90210 11:55 One Tree Hill 12:45 Charmed 13:45 Hollyoaks 14:15 How I Met Your Mother 14:45 How I Met Your Mother 15:10 Scrubs 15:40 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:05 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 24:50 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Land Girls 16:00 Only Fools and Horses 17:00 Perfection 17:45 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show: Best of Britain 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 Flog It! 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 The Chef’s Protege 10:35 The Chef’s Protege 11:05 Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Coast 13:05 Animal Park 13:35 Hue and Cry 14:55 The Super League Show 15:40 Mastermind 16:10 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:55 A Taste of My Life 17:25 Wild Down Under 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 21:00 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 21:30 The Cruise: A Life at Sea 22:00 The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads 23:00 Family Tree 23:30 Newsnight

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 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 Take on the Twisters 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 Hunting the Doorstep Conmen 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Ray Mears’ Close Encounters 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:20 Brighton Rock 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free 22:00 Why Don’t You Speak English? 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 My Tattoo Addiction

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Milkshake! Monkey 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector Returns 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Trial by Fire 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Aircrash: Hudson River Landing 21:00 I Survived a Fatal Flight 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 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 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 Beverly Hills 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 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 23:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:45 The Big Reunion

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 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 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 Alan Carr: Chatty Man








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Land Girls 16:00 Only Fools and Horses 17:00 Perfection 17:45 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 21:00 Your Money, Their Tricks 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Imagine

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Flog It! 08:30 Bargain Hunt 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Helicopter Heroes Down Under 10:30 Auction Hero 11:30 The Chef’s Protege 12:00 BBC News 12:30 World News 13:00 Animal Park 13:25 School for Scoundrels 15:00 Weakest Link 15:45 Mastermind 16:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:55 A Taste of My Life 17:25 Wild Down Under 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 The Real White Queen and Her Rivals 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads

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 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Zoo 22:00 Ray Mears’ Close Encounters 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Hunting the Doorstep Conmen 24:35 The Dales

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 14:15 The Colditz Story 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Undercover Boss

07:00 Thomas & Friends 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Milkshake! Monkey 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 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 NCIS 16:15 Fairfield Road 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Myra Hindley: The Untold Story 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Love/Hate 24:10 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 The Xtra Factor 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 Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 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 Plebs 23:30 Plebs 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:45 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 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 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 Golden Compass 23:15 End of Days

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Land Girls 16:00 Only Fools and Horses 17:00 Perfection 17:45 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 Rip Off Britain 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Foods 22:00 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Crimewatch Update 23:45 Who Do You Think You Are? 24:45 Surviving Summer

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Flog It! 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 Peter Jones Meets 11:05 The Chef’s Protege 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:10 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 14:55 Weakest Link 15:40 Mastermind 16:10 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:55 A Taste of My Life 17:25 Wild Down Under 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 20:00 Celebrity Mastermind 20:30 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2013 21:00 Dara O Briain’s Science Club 22:00 Hebrides: Islands on the Edge 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight

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 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 Take on the Twisters 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 The Briefs 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Zoo 24:35 Goodwood Festival of Speed

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 14:25 Carry On Up the Khyber 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 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 Catching a Killer Crocodile Tears 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Thomas & Friends 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 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 World’s Busiest 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 Winter 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 The Hotel Inspector Returns 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 Beverly Hills 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 Beverly Hills 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 Couples Retreat 24:20 Celebrity Juice

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 717 Cryptic Solutions Across: 1 Star-spangled; 7 Grant; 8 Aware; 9 Try; 10 Persevere; 11 Forded; 12 Banner; 15 Abolished; 17 Get; 18 Eagle; 19 Exact; 21 United States. Down: 1 Sheet of paper; 2 Spa; 3 Actors; 4 Graveyard; 5 Evade; 6 Celebrations; 7 Gayer; 10 President; 13 Night; 14 Thread; 16 Organ; 20 Apt.

Quick Solutions Across: 1 Idiosyncrasy; 7 Great; 8 Press; 9 Fee; 10 Developer; 11 Entice; 12 Piston; 15 Expurgate; 17 Axe; 18 Chart; 19 Stamp; 21 Infringement. Down: 1 Indifference; 2 See; 3 Native; 4 Repulsive; 5 Steep; 6 Estrangement; 7 Greet; 10 Decorator; 13 Tramp; 14 Parson; 16 Plain; 20 Ape.

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 Suburgatory 23:00 PhoneShop 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 Skins

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 19 July Celebrity Archive – Presenter, commentator, author and golf course designer Peter Alliss is regarded as the voice of golf. 18.00 Saturday 20 July Viva La Vida – New series. Carla Stone hosts another show featuring Michael Bublé act Kriz Kay, the Hippy Monks and Luke Wilder. 19.00 Sunday 21 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. Sue Ford goes Greek. 18.05 Monday 22 July Spanish Dive Adventures (series) See the beautiful

undersea world of the Spanish coast you never thought existed. By award winning underwater cameraman. 18.30 Tuesday 23 July FAQ (series) – Frequently Asked Questions. Although house burglary is not prolific here on the Costas, it’s always good to be prepared. 18.05 Wednesday 24 July The San Fulgencio Fiestas – Looking forward to this year’s fiestas, we take a look back at some of what happened last year. 18.05 Thursday 25 July The Wedding Show (series) – You can brighten up your wedding in a very effective and inexpensive way with balloons. 18.15


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Life health

A feast for your eyes! Specsavers Opticians’ advice on food for healthy eyes A HEALTHY diet can encourage good eyesight and help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, says the World’s Largest Privately owned Opticians, Specsavers. While women look to a healthy diet to keep check on their waistlines, or consider their heart or cholesterol levels and eat accordingly, few think of their eyesight when planning their dietary requirements. Jorge Martinez at Specsavers Opticas Benidorm explains: ‘The macula is the part of the retina that enables our most acute and detailed vision for tasks such as reading, driving, recognising faces and watching television, so it is important to protect it. It has been proven that eating a diet rich in antioxidants, especially carotenoids, is particularly beneficial.’ A study by America’s National Institute of Health found that people eating the highest amounts of carotenoids have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those who have very low amounts in their diet. Studies have also shown that people with higher than average intakes of antioxidants – beta-carotene, lutein and vitamins C and E – appear to have a reduced risk of developing cataracts. Foods such as pepper, broccoli, sweet

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Chiropractic - 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. All of the patients who attend the clinic have different problems ranging from the neck, back, hips, knees. Migraine headaches, carpel tunnel, digestive disorders etc He treats the root cause not the symptom. The clinic is currently expanding the number of treatment rooms to meet the increase in the number of patients. Thank you to our patients for their understanding if affected recently by longer waiting periods. Catherine is available to provide more information or answer any questions out of clinic hours on the mobile number above.


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potatoes, citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, are rich in these antioxidants. Mr. Martinez continues: ‘Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in Europe, followed by cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Lutein and zeaxanthin, along with other antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, work to neutralise potentially cell-damaging molecules called ‘free radicals’ which are thought to harm the eye’s lens and macular. So for your health and your eyesight’s sake, enjoy a variety of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains every day.’ THE EYE DIET: Top ten foods to feast your eyes on: 1. Carrots: it’s not entirely a myth that eating carrots can help you see in the dark as they are high in beta-carotene, which the body can convert to vitamin A. People who consume foods high in beta-carotene have been shown to have better night-vision than those who don’t. 2. Dark green leafy vegetables: these contain beta-carotene and vitamin C. Preliminary data shows that vitamin C can help slow cataract progression once the lenses of the eyes have become cloudy.

3. Peppers: peppers contain lutein that scientists believe protects the sensitive retina from light-induced oxidation damage and may be responsible for reversing macular degeneration in very early stages. 4. Broccoli: contains beta-carotene and lutein. 5. Brussel sprouts: contain lutein. 6. Pumpkin, yams, squash and sweet potatoes: contain beta-carotene and lutein. 7. Citrus fruits: contain beta-carotene. 8. Apricots: contain beta-carotene. 9. Sardines: contain zinc and vitamin E. Zinc is beneficial for wound healing and maintaining the immune system. The body needs zinc to form certain anti-oxidant enzymes in the eye. Preliminary studies suggest that vitamin E is protective against the development of cataracts. 10. Nuts: Contain zinc, vitamin E and selenium, another antioxidant.

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Life horoscopes As a stubborn Mars dallies with a determined Cancer and industrious Neptune takes on a dreamy Pisces there is something very psychic about your current way of dealing with things. With prominent planets protecting all across the Cosmos and even back up with Venus in cahoots you need to be able to see things as they really are! You may call it second sight, or maybe a hunch, but whatever, intuition tells you to take things to a new level and to be aware right now. Though this amounts to wait and see and your patience may be sorely tested, it is far better to be safe than sorry, and to follow your natural instincts every which way that you can. Throw caution to the wind and follow your gut reaction as things start to finally fall into place at last. Your patience and consistency has brought a good result, and though this may not be quite the end of the road you have to admit that you have taken the bull by the horns and that, thankfully, nothing will ever be the same again. Mars at your side this week can bring some negativity into what is generally a positive situation around you. It does no harm to check things out, and when you do there may very well be nagging doubt and decisions to be made, but it is nothing that you can’t actively take on and remember it is better the devil you know……..! The Sun enters mid week bringing more than just a ray of hope in an affair of the heart, which has impacted on you more than you thought that it would. It is very easy to be wise after the event, but there comes a time when you finally realise that there are things evidently around you now that you have decided not to see. Take this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed and laid back week in which you find the time for yourself in your busiest of schedules. Venus enters midweek to spread some love around, but most of this amorous benediction should be directed towards you and your very open heart, since you have so much love to give, and need to charge your energies. With Venus taking on Virgo, and Saturn remaining in Scorpio it is a great time to take an inventory of your current wants and needs. This isn’t to prove anything, but it will serve to show you just where you are right now. With people around you at sixes and sevens their conflict shouldn’t stop your higher calling, you have work to do. Saturn comes in close as you traverse the Cosmos, but it is sextile actions with Venus at the end of this week that puts things into context. Wisdom and Love shouldn’t be in opposition and yet it is only conflict that personally holds you back from making your way towards a different destiny than you now face. Happy days when things planned and spontaneous seem to work together somehow, someway. Being a part of some nostalgic charm really does see you in your element as you see to it that plans are fulfilled to the delight of others who deserve it. Jupiter is under the influence of Scorpio, maintaining hard work for you ahead. Earth signs are feeling a shift right now and there is a parallel call for an investigation. Hence all seeing Pluto has already been dispatched and is en route to be at your side a little later on this month. You may feel as if you are waiting for things to happen, but rest assured that when the time does come you will be good and ready! Time was when you took things in their stride, but you always kept one eye on the road ahead, and you have never lost your power and your ambition on the way. Taking a back seat right now allows you to tune into your own specific requirements with a view to finding ways to use your great gifts for the sake of all concerned. Neptune keeps you on your toes as new concepts and fresh starts come to mind in a situation that begs for your expertise and forward thinking energies. Hard working and durable you do not have to cocoon yourself into a false reality, but you do have to see that in no uncertain terms you are stretched to the limit of your fantastic abilities.

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

Life and death AT THE ripe age of sixteen my Mother asked me what Saturday Job I would like to do. She explained that it was time for me to earn my pocket money, and to gain some experience in the real World. I did not hesitate to reply to her that I would like to work in Harrods, and set about writing a letter to ask about job opportunities for part time staff. My letter got me an interview, and in no time, suited and booted I was on the Piccadilly Line travelling to the store for an interview in what was then the Personnel Department. At South Kensington I gave up my seat to a heavily pregnant woman who was very appreciative. I still would vacate my seat on public transport if I though that someone needed it more than me, although recently in Oslo someone offered me a seat on a tram, making me feel ancient and aged! Waiting nervously in the Personnel office I spotted my pregnant woman once more, an hour or so later. She introduced herself to me and explained that she was the Chief Personnel Officer for Harrods, and that she had no further questions to ask me except when would I like to begin? I had had my interview on the tube previously when we first met. After a week of training I passed my exam with 96% and was given the job as sales assistant in the Baby Shop. My Harrods badge was dutifully pinned to me and I became a Harrodian. The store was indeed a fascinating place, and I was indeed fortunate to have a wonderful Buyer as my boss, and thoroughly enjoyed my time with the store, which spanned several years and helped me through University. If ever I had a holiday, or there was a Sale, I was able to work. One job that I had was to make contact with customers

Kennys diary 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 22nd and Wednesday July 24th from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. 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 September 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. Meditation 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 dates. Call for info.

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who had ordered prams, and to check that all was well with the expectant Mother. My boss hated doing this because he had encountered a lot of emotion when bad news was received; and I seemed naturally to find the right words to say when the inevitable happened, which of course it did from time to time. Harrods instilled in us that each call made or received represented Harrods at all times, and yet my priority was to make any call with bad results an opportunity for condolence and sympathy on behalf of the staff concerned, and the Store too; without being patronising. A few years ago here in Spain I was asked to give a talk about my life story as a Medium. I often skim through it for one of my, “Audience with Kenny Corris” shows. Suddenly, with a flash, and on stage, came something that I hadn’t realised at the time, or even for years afterwards. In working with life there has to be an allowance always for death, since they are irretrievably connected in a parallel. I worked in the only department in the entire Store that dealt with life and death on a daily basis; and it took me so many years to realise this. Maybe that’s why I first met my Personnel Officer on the tube that day, and maybe she saw in me something that I didn’t. Personally I think that Spirit intervened, and a wealth of experience came my way working for such a wonderful organisation as Harrods. I made good pocket money and learned a great lesson in life on the way. Sometimes we don’t see something that then afterwards becomes so blatantly obvious to us…thanks Spirit!!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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KENNY, I have often dreamt about things I have wanted, and they have come true. I consider myself lucky with this but how much of this is an actual Spiritual gift, and how much is me taking good care of me, myself? Penny O. What a good question Penny. If you can say that you are putting your own specific set of gifts into your asking then well done! Spirit will have a hand in this somewhere along the line, and this I think that you feel? There are so many who find it so hard to ask for what it is they need, and you do not have to beg. If you can ask for what you deserve, then you should be able to get that; and the answer to saying, “Please can I have?” could be a resounding, “No!” Your highly specific dreams are your inspiration and they are yours for yourself. Your fearless asking even in your dream state brings you the very best of results, so go for it, take care!

You will finally get your way and you know it….. you just have to know how to play the game to win, and to never accept the second best that the last astrological year brought to your door!


Cryptic Crossword

Word Ladders

ACROSS 1. Liking a bit of a quarrel? I should say so! (6) 4. Engulfs in the fens (6) 9. It offers short cuts for calculating people (5-8) 10. They change battles, and may commemorate them (7) 11. Number of half even shares (5) 12. Filch 20 (5) 14. A number are beaten by a very narrow margin (5) 18. Where a leader should be, presumably (5) 19. Pretentious person is out of bed to begin with (7) 21. Not a capital expression (13) 22. Egghead will be swallowed up yet rise into notice (6) 23. Creatures need new nibs, for example (6)


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DOWN 1. I tarry, but it’s almost unique (6) 2. Compel to follow the scent? (4,2,3,4) 3. Some nasty legal fashion (5) 5. Vigilant fellow finally gets a fluke break (7) 6. The appearance of ruinous famine at the post (13) 7. Swerves with salver in ship (6) 8. 12 couldn’t be smaller (5) 13. Spoiling by tacking on about fifty (7) 15. Get specimen from politician in auction (6) 16. A fistful of drink? (5) 17. They may pay for corresponding deliveries (6) 20. 8 are not fresh (5)

The key rule is that you must only change one letter at a time as you move from one rung to another, and the word you make must be a proper word! Therefore you may move from BATH --> BATS but not from BATH --> CASH because that changes two letters in one go which is not allowed.

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. Combat (6) 4. Private (6) 9. Invite disaster (3,3,7) 10. Satisfy (7) 11. Creek (5) 12. Rascal (5) 14. Harden (5) 18. Accumulate (5) 19. Disparate (7) 21. Counter-charge (13) 22. Banish (6) 23. Hound (6)

DOWN 1. Limb (6) 2. Play safe (4,2,7) 3. Slack (5) 5. Feeling (7) 6. Stirring up the mob (6-7) 7. Negotiation (6) 8. Condition (5) 13. Weighty (7) 15. Enmity (6) 16. Cower (5) 17. Glimpse (6) 20. In high spirits (5)

Euromillions Draw Friday 12th July 2013

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No ticket won the Jackpot Tuesday 16th July 2013

Last weeks crossword answers can be found with the TV listings.

19 23 34 47 50

One Switzerland ticket won the Jackpot

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Life cars Road Test Jaguar XJ THERE IS justice in the world. This point is emphasised by the Jaguar XJ but not in the way that you might first imagine. Consider that drivers of this luxury saloon are more often than not going to be chauffeurs and that passengers will typically be businessmen and politicians. The fact that the electrically adjustable and heated front seats are equipped with a 10-minute massage function (as you can see from the video at, which really does get to all the necessary areas, makes the driver and front passenger’s journey a thoroughly pleasurable experience. This luxury is reserved just for the front passengers not the stressed PM in the back. What a dreadful pity when he has had such a tough day introducing policies such as allowing homeowners to add sizeable extensions without requiring planning permission - fuelling neighbour disputes. While he unwinds and no doubt curses the media for missing the point about boosting work for builders and his position in the shadow of the late titan Margaret Thatcher, his chauffeur can nod in sympathy, all the while enjoying the drive. It’s not all bad in the rear though, because these seats are heated and electrically adjustable. It’s even possible for the rear occupants to move the front seats forward if legroom proves too tight. There are air conditioning controls, too. Television

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screens fitted in the back of the front headrests help passengers forget about their woes or indeed keep up to date with the latest news. This is reliant on there being reception and sadly in the depths of Hampshire and Dorset, where the bulk of the test takes place, there is none. Back in the front, by far the best part of the XJ, there are controls to satisfy every whim. Push a button and the steering wheel warms up. The dial for the automatic six speed box rises when the engine start button is pushed. If fast driving is required to get to the Commons or Chequers then dynamic mode and sports control, used in conjunction, ensure swift progress, on occasions jolting occupants back in their seats; useful if they become irritating… It’s hard to believe that under the bonnet resides a three-litre diesel engine, although there is an audible rattle on start-up, quickly forgotten when on the move. Engine stop/start, which cuts in and out with great

reliability, is one of the smoothest and quickest on the market. This helps the largest Jaguar in the range to travel around 500 miles on its 82 litre tank. The sophisticated cruise control, ideal for motorway cruising, automatically keeps the Jag a safe distance from the car in front, braking and accelerating when necessary. Ride is as you would expect: exceptionally comfortable and the trouble free all-aluminium body ensures good handling. Jaguar XJ Saloon SWB 3.0d V6 Luxury 4d Auto New price range: 64,930.69€ - 137,977.71€ Facts at a glance: Engine: 3-litre V6 diesel 0-60mph: 6.2secs Top speed: 155mph Economy: 40mpg Power: 271bhp Watch the video at:

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What about the putter? Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

WE HAVE now become accustomed to seeing golfers go to demo days and fitting days to test all the latest and newest golf equipment and the vast majority who have taken the opportunity to do so have reaped huge rewards. The days of walking into a golf shop and just buying a golf club or indeed a set of golf clubs are numbered as more and more players see the benefit of having their clubs custom fitted. Thanks to modern technology it is now no more expensive to have your clubs custom fitted than to buy them off the shelf. The only downside is the fact that you will have to wait about a week or so for your clubs to be shipped from the manufacturers; a small price to pay in reality. The club manufacturers tell us that around sixty percent of golfers have now experienced having their clubs custom fitted; progress in a world where we play a sport that is amongst the most difficult of all to play well. We have all no doubt seen publicity for golf club fitting days advertising the latest clubs that promise to hit the ball further and higher and straighter than any other that has ever been made. This is certainly

the case in a great deal of cases but how many manufacturers offer us the chance to have a putter fitted that will benefit us as much as the new driver or set of irons? ‘Very few indeed’ is the answer. Could this be because we are practically all concerned with how far we hit the ball nowadays at the expense of all else in golf? Probably: as we all seek to hit the ball as far as Bubba Watson and his friends on the various tours. The club used more than any other in golf is the putter, which on average is used for roughly sixty percent of the shots played during eighteen holes of golf. So we practically all ignore the club we use the most and the one that does all the scoring for us: not really a good way to improve your scores I think – don’t you? The majority of manufacturers will now have a huge range of putters with weight in different places, different face materials and grooves or milled faces made from all types of materials to making putting easier. There are different putters for types of strokes, different head positions and hand positions and yet we practically all buy our most used club off the shelf instead of seeking the advice of a professional. Maybe asking for advice

would be a good way to improve your putting and consequently your scores: what do you think? WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR JULY 19TH 2013 Who won last weekend’s Scottish Open Championships? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st July to be entered into July’s draw, to be made on 31st July 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 2nd August 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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TEXAS SCRAMBLE was the chosen format for last Tuesday’s golf at Alicante Golf where once again those who joined us for the challenge of playing the best golf course in the area enjoyed their day out with RTN Golf Club. With all teams playing within just four shots of one another a close game was assured as each team had a low handicap golfer as their captain. The teams were paired up to ensure we could have as fair a competition as possible and this proved to be the case as we saw just eight shots separate the top team from the bottom team. Scoring was very impressive indeed as we saw a net 59 as the worst score of the day; thirteen under par and not in the prizes! Two teams returned scores in the low fifties with the winning score turning out to be a net 51, 21 under par! In this format we were almost certain to find a winner of the twos competition and the only surprise was that we had only one winner as Charlie and Brian shared the jackpot for a two on hole number three. Great fun was the order of the day and this was certainly the case for one pair as the stood side by side in the fairway watching as their opponents were hit full on the head by a bird that could not wait to go and use the local conveniences. They say that when a bird poops on your head it is a sign of luck: it certainly was not for this pair, as they wiped their faces while their opponents nearly died laughing. It all happens in our golf days - come along and see for yourself any Tuesday. Just email us your names and handicaps and we will confirm your start time. Send your details to: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 16th July, RTN Summer Golf Meeting at Alicante Golf 23rd July, RTN Summer Golf Meeting at Alicante Golf 30th July, RTN Summer Golf Meeting 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.

Rugby sevens and on the beach

RUGBY MIGHT be the last summer sport on most people’s mind now that the Test Series is finished, but locally it´s in full swing this weekend. by Keith Nicol This coming weekend will see the continuation of rugby in the area with rugby 7’s up in Alcoy on 27th July for their second tournament. It kicks off at 9.30am and finishes at around 10.00pm so it’s a good full day of rugby. According to local Rugby Kit Supplier, Garry Dutch “it is good to see new teams setting up their own tournaments to attract more people to the sport.” This is followed by the 16th annual beach rugby 7’s at San Juan in Alicante, kicking off at 10.00am.Garry continued, “I have been invited to both tournaments to be there with all of my rugby gear, so come along for two great weekends of rugby in the sun. Training starts back up at the end of August, more information about this will be put in the papers nearer the time.So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are.” If you would like more information about what is going on in the local rugby scene, you can contact Garry on 692 767 242.

Good results for Piroska in the summer regional championships THIS WEEKEND saw the last of the Summer Regional Championships take place in Sedavi, Valencia. It was the turn of the 13 to 15-year-old swimmers of Club Natacion Torrevieja represented by Piroska Rideg. After working hard all season, Piroska had attained all the minimum times required to allow entry into this competition. Over the weekend’s events she elected to swim in the 100m Butterfly, 200m Medley and the 100m Backstroke events. Competition was hard as all the best swimmers from 33 clubs across the region were racing. In Piroska’s first event, the 100m Butterfly, she made a fantastic start knocking 2 seconds off her previous personal best to be placed 7th for her age with a time of 1:16:82. Following this she had a good swim in the 200m Medley on Sunday morning earning 7th place with a time of 2:47:06. Back again in the afternoon in the heat and glare of the sun on the outdoor 50m pool, Piroska won 5th place in her age for the 100m Backstroke event with a time of 1:18:05. Well done Piroska! For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa – 665 454 126 or President Felipe on 609 418 776. Alternatively, email

No rest in the heat of summer as the entertaining sevens comes to town

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Velocity Racing VELOCITY RACING delivered yet another entertaining night of stock car racing on Saturday. With the biggest crowd yet, the atmosphere at the Cartagena Oval was electric. Kicking off the excitement were the first time ‘hire car’ drivers who despite being new to the track and the cars, soon got to grips with the high speed curves. Pushing to their limits and testing the cars to the max led to the first open collision of the night. With paint scraping and metal grating, the crowd were rewarded with a feast of close contact oval racing setting the scene for the night! Next up were the rookie rods and lightning rods and battle commenced from the moment the green flag dropped. With the fastest cars and star drivers starting at the back of the grid each race, passing, pushing and tyres squealing was the order of the night. With the ‘big boys’ losing patience and unforgivingly pushing all aside who stood in their way, the crowd could sense that something had to give … and it did… Coming out of the bend onto the home straight, the 2nd placed car caught the back of the leader, spinning the car and causing mayhem amongst the drivers behind. With nowhere to go, several cars became involved in the biggest crash of the night which left lady driver Caroline Capel to push on and take the chequered flag. With a total of eight action-packed races on the night, a great time was had by all.

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THERE WAS an error last week - the Memorial match was held this week. Last week’s competition was the 9th round of the Summer Championship. The venue this week was the Embalse de Argos. The water level is slowly going down, making some of the swims near the point very difficult to get to. The fishing is still patchy with several good double figure weights but some anglers struggling to get into double figures. The wind was quite strong on the sunny side of the point, causing anglers problems with bait presentation. Again this week, plenty of anglers complaining about lost fish, which is not helping the cause to fill their nets! TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st: Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow, fishing the feeder using pellet with 42.75 kilos 2nd: Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare, fishing the feeder using pellet and with 29.04 kilos 3rd: Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen, fishing the pole using paste with 25.50 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. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: Supplied by Terry Screen The 5th round of the Summer Series was fished on 9th July at Blanca: once again we returned to this

notoriously difficult water, although this time it did produce a little better and out of the 14 anglers there was just five who dry netted. Some anglers began the match by fishing for Bleak, myself included, just for the first couple of hours, normally taking approximately 200 Bleak for 2 to 3kgs - this coupled with two or three Barbel or Carp which normally makes up the winning weights, but not this time. 1st : Clive (No more golf) Cleghorn with 15.550kgs fishing up in the water on the monkey using hemp 2nd: Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 11.660kgs fishing Bleak on the whip and the feeder using corn 3rd: Neil (The Boy) McBirnie with 8.360kgs fishing the feeder using banded pellet All details are available on our website or from the 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 through our email address;

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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.

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RTN Costa Calida Edition 38  

RTN Costa Calida Edition 38