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Sheila beats Goliath

SHEILA Skinner is celebrating after battling for her rights as a consumer. PAGE 10

RTN Money COSTA CALIDA EDITION COSTA CALIDA

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Vehicle registrations on the rise

THE MURCIA region recorded 1,329 car registrations in February, 2014, representing a 24.67 percent rise over the same month last year. by Keith Nicol

Two time cancer survivor Bob

MABS are always there for you By Keith Nicol MABS, THE cancer support centre steps in to help with all manner of questions, advice, treatments and especially the often needed translation and transportation services. Cancer survivor Bob speaks of being struck down not once but twice and of the help and advice offered by MABS. Read the full story on page 20.

THE YEAR to date is also on the up, rising 17.3% over 2013, reaching 2,556 units. Nationally, registrations of passenger cars stood at 68,763 units in February, representing an increase of 17.8 percent over the same month last year, thanks to a strong increase in car sales associated with Plan PIVE 5. This improvement shows that a strong 122,199 units were registered nationwide during the first two months of 2014, up 13% percent more than the same period last year, according to records sent by business associations Anfac, Faconauto and Ganvam. Anfac communications director, David Barrientos said the “relentless rise has continued through all five PIVE Plans and is showing increases in all channels. The beginning of the year

has been the best since 2010.” Barrientos continued; “All the PIVE and PIMA Plans are having a direct effect on the Spanish market, which is becoming one of the most efficient markets across Europe.” Ganvam president, Juan Antonio Sanchez Torres, said; “the good sales figures show how aid schemes should be maintained until the economic curve is normalized through microeconomics. Only then can we turn that bag of two million potential buyers, who are currently on hold, pending a change in the credit situation allowing the money to start to flow.” For his part, President of Faconauto, Jaume Roura, alluded to “clear increase in showroom traffic” at dealerships in February. “We are also noticing more confidence among buyers, which is a turnaround from what happened a few months ago,” he added.

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Beach kiosks up for tender

Tenders are open to supply services along Torrevieja’s busy seafront

by Keith Nicol FRANCISCO MORENO, Torrevieja’s Councillor for the Environment announced last week that the public tender process for the rental of seasonal kiosks along the city’s beach zones, is underway and has been published in the Official Gazette of the Province (BOP). Here, interested parties can find all of the contract documents and statement of technical requirements, you will needed to govern the public tender for the seasonal kiosks on the beaches of Torrevieja. Moreno stated that the tender process is open until March 18th, 2014 to allow interested parties time to tender for this contest, allowing time for Easter opening. Moreno noted that interested parties may tender for a single installation of all 13 that are offered. Francisco Moreno explained that the specification introduces several important developments. The first is that the conces-

sion period is extended to four years and is extendible, according to the new possibilities introduced by the recent amendments to the Coastal Act. Second, the government team wants to introduce modernization and makeover demountable facilities, so have included an annex to the statement, in which a guidance guidelines propose that grantees must meet, seeking a homogenization of image of kiosks torrevejenses beaches. In other words, all 13 kiosks wil look the same. Likewise, the Councillor of the Environment indicated that the minimum bid is of 2.300€ per kiosk. This amount is separate from the fee for the use of public domain Marítimo Terrestre (MTPD) the successful bidder will be required to pay annual charges to the Provincial Coastal Service of Alicante. Finally, Francisco Moreno also said that the kiosks are temporary structures, which must be disassembled and removed from the Maritime Terrestrial Public Domain if required.

All a question of size!

A EUROTEST study has revealed that Spanish car parks are the smallest in Europe; poorly lit, short on disabled access and with woefully small car parking spaces that result in damage to wing mirrors and doors. The rest of Europe offers spaces that are an average 2.5m wide and 4.8m long whilst Spanish spaces could be 2.2m wide and 4.5m in length – a tight squeeze. Access lanes are also unforgiving – borne out by the helter-skelter access lanes at Elche International Airport with its tell-tale black scrape marks on every pillar!






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Cruise passenger numbers decline by Keith Nicol THE PORT Alicante announced the worst passengers figures in the Mediterranean for the most cruise passengers lost in 2013 with a fall of 46.9%, which resulted in the loss of nearly 37,000 passengers. This was according to the statistics made public this week by the Department of Puertos del Estado, on the eve of the fair ‘Cruise Shipping Miami’, the most important fair for the cruise sector. Passengers numbers fell from 78,825 in 2012 to a paltry 41,860 in 2013. For many years, cruise ship professionals have seen through the lack of structure and facilities offered by the port of Alicante and in part, this has been a factor in the port’s poor performance. Malaga also suffered badly showing a decrease of 39%, but still well above Alicante in terms of passenger numbers with 397,095 arrivals. Meanwhile, Cartagena’s trade grew 60% to 134,225 cruise passengers despite receiving a lot of bad press due to shops, tourist attractions and services being closed during some cruise ship visists. Valencia lost only 1% of its traffic and closed with 473,000 passengers. Alicante’s loss may prove a plus factor for other Mediterranean ports looking towards building a Cruise Ship pier. Local investment teams have long being looking at Torrevieja as a possible cruise ship destination. Torrevieja’s three marinas mean Torrevieja is now the port with the greatest number of moorings in the region of Valencia, and a cruise pier would be a natural progression. Such is the growth of cruise shipping in

the Mediterranean that the Port of Castellón will host the 44th MedCruise General Assembly to be held 21-25th May 2014. MedCruise members will gather in Castellón to discuss the latest developments in the cruise sector, and plan together for the future. In line with the MedCruise tradition, they will also have the chance of Business to Business meetings, a unique opportunity to further strengthen their business prospects. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also announced that they will be exclusively providing the official travel agent training programme at the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention taking place in Barcelona this September. Hundreds of travel agents from across Spain will be attending the tenth edition of Seatrade Med to participate in the bespoke training programme, aimed at both sales and customer service staff at travel agencies in the region. With recent figures from the Port of Barcelona showing that 2.6 million passengers visited the port in 2013, with 835 cruise ship calls, this is an ideal time for travel agents in the

Port of Alicante

region to be involved in the training at Seatrade Med. While Alicante seems to have lost a sense of direction in being able to market the region successfully to the major cruise lines,

the cruise industry continues to be the fastest growing segment of the travel industry and the opportunity to provide a successful cruise ship port experience is there for the asking.

European Commissioner back pedals on Ceuta THE EUROPEAN Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, has denied accusing the Guardia Civil of being indirectly responsible for the deaths of 15 African immigrants who died in Ceuta in February. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Monday, Malmström said: “I have not accused anyone regarding the tragic deaths of these immigrants,” adding, “I commented that NGOs and survivors linked the use of rubber bullets with the panic felt by the immigrants.” On the subject of opening infringement proceedings against Spain following the events of Ceuta, the Commissioner stressed that “…this possibility has never been raised.” The Commissioner’s remarks were made after a meeting with Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz where the agenda included a “frank and constructive exchange of views.” She also confirmed that she had received a letter from the Spanish minister requesting urgent EU funding of €45 million to finance projects to combat illegal immigration.


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American Universities look to Spain

Antidepressants to be restricted

by Keith Nicol LAST WEEK representatives from 300 United Stats Universities took the opportunity to visit Torrevieja as part of a fact finding mission to expand their course offerings. Their visit was part of the Annual Congress of APUNE (North American Association of University Programs in Spain), held at the University Miguel Hernández of Elche (UMH) with whom Torrevieja has educational links. The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, accompanied by Councillors for Education and Youth, Rosario Martínez Chazarra, of the Environment and Urban Development, Francisco Moreno, and the president of the Real Club Nautico de Torrevieja (RCNT), Germán Soler met with a representation of 30 USA schools at Real Club Nautico of Torrevieja who collaborated in this annual event by inviting them to participate in their flagship project, ‘Nautical Sensations’. Throughout the day the Americans enjoyed sailing, kayaking and yachting in the Bay with members of two local sailing club followed, since it is Rice Week, with a tasting session of one of the most typical dishes of the cuisine torrevejense: ‘arroz a banda’.



THE HEALTH Department is in the preparation stages of restricting treatment for depression. Spending cuts are to be applied across a range of prescribed antidepressants and antipsychotics as well as certain pain control drugs. The cuts will be piloted before being introduced throughout each region. GPs have already called for the suspension of the plan, so far without success. Directors of US Universities visit Torrevieja

The instructor and coordinator of RCNT “Nautical Sensation” Teresa Pérez-Bedmar, was responsible for directing the activities on the day. Mayor Eduardo Dolon welcomed the visitors and thanked them for choosing to stay in Torrevieja. He explained the features and peculiarities of the city, its multicultural character, with almost 120 nationalities represented on the municipal census, the Natural Park of the Lagunas de La Mata and Tor-

revieja, its marine character and salt, and of course, Habaneras. APUNE, founded in 1968, is a cultural nonprofit organization that provides information and support for over eighty American university programs in Spain from institutions such as Boston College, CIEE, George Washington University, Georgetown University, IES, Middlebury College, New York University and the University of California.


Consell non-payment forces workers onto the street by Jan Gamm JORGE MARTIN was employed by Gestkal XXI, a company that provided cleaning services, janitorial and maintenance for the Modernization Centre in Alicante. He is now sleeping in his car parked outside the Centre having lost his house a month ago. He and six other ex-employees of the company are owed ten months’ salaries as a result of arrears accrued through the Consell’s alleged non-payment of the cleaning and maintenance contact, Jorge now 250,000€ in arrears, forcing Gestkal XXI into liquidation. The workers took their case prepares to court but as yet have had no success in recovering the salary payments owed to them. to spend Since Gestkal XXI went under, a new company, Raspeig, has been given the contract and another the workers were offered new jobs – but only if they agreed to waive the wages already night in owed! Jorge and his friends are now desperate and forced to live on charity. his car

Fewer unemployed in February THE NUMBER of registered unemployed in the province of Alicante continued to fall in February compared with the previous month (0.04%) according to a report from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security on Tuesday. The February decline is the first since 2007, the ranks of unemployed men falling by 2,788. This was slightly offset by the number of unemployed women rising by 839. Unemployment in under 25’s fell by 380 workers. In January a total of 13,248 contracts were formalised, while 979,827 were other types of temporary c o n tracts.

Victim of wrongful imprisonment to sue judges

DAVID VILLAFANE has been in prison for more than 16 years, convicted of the murder of his girlfriend in 1995. He has always protested that he is innocent of the charges against him. However, forensic reports released in the last two years have revealed that the victim suffered with myocarditis leading to severe cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Villafane has now begun proceedings against the three Supreme Court judges who sentenced him to a 20-year prison term. During his incarceration he went on two hunger strikes that nearly killed him. He has now declared that he will refuse a pardon and will not leave the prison without being declared innocent.

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Is the end of Real Murcia in sight?

Teenagers hitting the bottle

by Keith Nicol REAL MURCIA is a club with a proud history. Founded in 1908 they currently play in Segunda División, playing home matches at Estadio Nueva Condomina, which holds 33,045 spectators. Financially they have hit hard times and never fulfilled the promise that moving to a luxurious new stadium brought them. This week Real Murcia management would neither confirm nor deny information published in the Spanish and Sports press that points to a possible dissolution of the club for the debts, primarily for Tax and Social Security, numbering some eight million euros. However, as pointed out in the regional newspaper La Verdad, apart from the Tax and Social Security, the club owes several private creditors millions of euros and finally the Club has had to appear in Murcia’s Commercial Court number 1 to face requests for the liquidation of Real Murcia Club de Fútbol, which would result in the sale of its assets to pay their debt. Real Murcia is already involved with bankruptcy proceedings and has accumulated a debt of around 30€ million. The president and owner of the entity, Jesus Samper, disclosed these details at the general meeting of shareholders in

The future of Real Murcia remains in doubt

December 2013, where he issued the last statement of its financial situation. At that time it was decided that unless circumstances changed dramatically that the future of the club was not viable because of the seven million euro debt with the IRS, and so the shareholders called for a deferral of payment. Reaction to the possible closure of the club have crossed political lines with the PP Mayor of Murcia, Miguel Ángel Cámara, saying he feels: “concern, but also trust and hope they can resolve this situation.” In addition, the mayor lamented the fact that Real Murcia is “economically sad news” and said the club is “viable and appealing to those who can provide investment into the project.” PSOE spokesman Pedro López, con-

sidered it “unfortunate that the Partido Popular has opened his doors to Jesus Samper and allowed changes that have brought ruin to Real Murcia”, and described the situation as “disgraceful and unacceptable” that the president and owner of the sports club “remains the champion of both the PP and its regional president, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, as Samper is also heading up the Paramount Theme Park project.” He added “Samper is a businessman who has so far contributed nothing to Murcia and his sports club, but on the contrary, he has brought instability, chaos and collapse.” It seems that after a history of more than 100 years that the future of the club, as we know it today, may not be decided on the football field but in the courts.

DATA IN the National Survey on Drug Use in High Schools shows that 74% of Spain’s children aged 14 to 18 are drinking regularly and a third of these become intoxicated. And this is despite under-age drinking laws being in place, showing that multi-media public awareness campaigns are proving ineffective. The under-age drinking rates have not changed at all since 1994. The teenage ‘bottle-party’ culture is seen as a dangerous pre-cursor to excessive drinking and drug-taking as it exposes teenagers to large quantities of alcohol and access to drugs while suffering the effects of too much alcohol. Three out of four children drink alcohol at least once a month - 11 points higher than two years ago.

UMU pioneer in Spain in joining a virtual academic network By Keith Nicol THE UNIVERSITY of Murcia (UMU) has joined the international project OAE, the Open Academy Environment, which drives the creation of a free software platform to develop a network of academic openness. The network is led by the University of Cambridge with the University of Murcia pioneering the project by being the first University in Spain to join, according to the educational institution. The initiative, promoted by the Apereo Foundation, was set up in order to complement the virtual classroom spaces and establish an academic community of students, teachers, administrative staff and a full list of services that can be networked together.


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Sheila beats Goliath by Jack Troughton DETERMINDED SHEILA Skinner is celebrating a 190€ victory of ‘phone giant Movistar after battling for her rights as a consumer. She was caught “between a rock and a hard place” when she switched her mobile contract from competitor Orange but changed back again when she was promised a winning deal. However, despite cancelling her new contract with Movistar she found she was fined and began the fight to get it back. Her advice to anyone is: “Never give up.” And Sheila, from Parcent, paid tribute to the offices of FROB and OMIC – the consumer protection group - in Benissa and the Servicio Territorial de Comerc i Consum in Alicante for their support. She accused both companies of misinformation and Movistar of “particularly poor customer service”. Sheila was in Ondara when she signed a contract with Movistar for her mobile but the same day when Orange “suddenly decided I was their favourite client” spent a day trying to cancel the new contract, hours later being told she was too late. When she returned to the office in person she was warned she faced the fine. When Sheila asked why this was not made clear previously, the “friendly” response was “I am not a lawyer.”

CONFIRM She returned to Parcent to send Movistar a fax confirming her cancellation. The next morning and despite her expressed wishes the phone company took her mobile over and she was cut off. It then took six weeks “of stress and aggravation” to sort out the transfer of her account back to Orange – and the loss of the 190€. Movistar denied receiving the fax – but having kept all the paperwork, Sheila launched her fight back. “My Spanish helped but I am sure if someone has a strong enough complaint they will take someone with them – you cannot expect everyone to speak English,” she told RTN. “I worked in PR and marketing in my professional life and I think standards really need to improve and the only we will get that is by people not accepting low standards of customer service. We all have rights as clients.” She said the 25 years she had lived in Spain she had been using Telefonica – now Movistar – for her landline and more recently her broadband. She said when “bombarded” with calls to return to Orange it had seemed to be easier to keep her mobile account with them. “I was promised it would not cost anything and literally impossible for them to take the number...but it all went pear-shaped. Sheila “What saddens me is the number of people who just shrug and give up – these companies must love that attitude. To Skinner makes a make things better we have to fight our corner.” call

Anything to declare…? SPANISH CUSTOMS officers between Melilla and the Moroccan town of Beni Ansar set off in pursuit of a male traveller dragging a suspiciously heavy suitcase on Sunday. When the suitcase was opened a 19-year-old man from Mali was found inside! The Interior Ministry has confirmed that both men have been arrested.

A generous gift A BRITISH donor has contributed 80% of the total investment of 250,000€ to complete a new Metabolic Therapy Unit at the Hospital of Sant Joan in Barcelona. The four-room unit will provide therapy for patients currently attending an outpatient clinic who are undergoing radiopharmaceutical treatment for

diseases such as thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism and neuroblastoma. The unit will be operational 24/7. The Minister for Health said: “The new Unit for Metabolic Therapy will spare patients a number of trips to the hospital.” The donor contributed a generous 192,000€ with the remainder paid by the Department of Health.


Kidnap fear over runaway FEARS ARE growing for the safety of 25-year-old Francis Brennan who vanished on the Costa Blanca almost six weeks ago. by Jack Troughton HE WAS last seen in Javea on 24th January when he was stopped in a friend’s car by several men posing as police officers and led away in handcuffs – Spanish police believe he was kidnapped. Merseyside Police is supporting an investigation into his disappearance and speciallytrained family liaison officers are supporting his parents and girlfriend in the UK. Francis originally from Anfield, Liverpool, was convicted of an assault charge in the Thames Valley area in 2012 and was due to be sentenced in October last year – but against the advice of his family fled to Spain. Last Friday parents Janet and Carl Brennan and his girlfriend of 18 months Sophie Staunton appealed for the public in Merseyside and to expats in Spain to share any information with the authorities. Carl and Janet said: “We got a call from one of his friends and his girlfriend back in January to say Francis had been arrested but we later learnt from the Spanish authorities that this was not the case and he had been taken against his will. SHOCK “This has come as an awful shock to us as Frances is our only son and we can still remember him as a fun-loving child who was football-mad in a football-mad family who loved nothing more than playing out with his friends.” They admitted their son – a lifelong Everton supporter – had got into trouble as a teenager but became involved in crime after becoming unemployed at the age of 21. Janet and Carl said they had pleaded with Francis not to flee the country but he would not listen. “He told us not to worry and he would be home by Christmas.” “This whole thing has devastated all of us. No one deserves this to happen to them and as time goes by we are worrying even more on a daily basis. Francis comes from a very loving and caring background and we all want him home safe and well,” they said.

Francis Brennan

“We are pleading with anyone out there who knows what has happened to please speak up – please come forward and share that information with the police or Crimestoppers so we can get our son back safe.” TRAVEL They said Francis had started to “grow up” after meeting Sophie in 2012 – and she had travelled to Javea in December to try and get him to return to the UK without success. Detective Superintendent Richie Carr said the situation was clearly a matter of great concern. “Francis’s disappearance is completely out of character and because of this, as well as his associations and lifestyle; ourselves and the Spanish police are extremely concerned for his safety. “We do however, believe he has been taken against his will and we and his family are hopeful that someone in the criminal fraternity here in Merseyside has information that could bring about the safe return of Francis.” Supt Carr said Francis was in a country that was not his own and his parents had visited Spain in a bid to try and find him. “Only a parent will be able to understand what it would be like to fear your child is coming to some kind of harm.” Anyone with information can call Merseyside Police on 0044 151 777 8520 or anonymously via Crimestoppers via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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IT IS no surprise that in a recent poll more than 90% of the people of Spain have no trust in politicians.

THE PP has given a permit for oil exploration off the coast of the Balearics and predictably environmentalists are up in arms. The PSOE mayor of Javea, no doubt at the insistence of his Alicante party, has mobilised all and sundry to make a ‘No’ protest. This is anti-democratic - the ‘Yes’ camp has not been given an opportunity to make their case! The real losers are Spain’s young people: unemployment in this group one of the highest in the developed world with no sign of improvement; surely a consideration for developing a new industry? Instead the No campaigners quote ‘damage to tourism by oil exploration’ despite travel being a major cause of pollution. Tourism is important to Javea but are we saying to young people that the only future for them is as waiters, pool cleaners and chefs? Every month youngsters with a good education and a desire to work are thrown on the rubbish heap that characterises high unemployment. The beauty of the coastline is irrelevant to them and their families as they leave the country in droves to find employment elsewhere.

The North Sea and Newfoundland remain major sources of fish despite oil exploration. The Spanish fishing industry is struggling through overfishing and bad practice: shipping and major use of leisure boats in places like the Balearics all contributed to the existing situation. I am not against protecting the environment. Spain is one of the leading countries in Europe for protected nature reserves and development of renewable energy. However, I would like some balance politicians who make hard decisions and consider the future of their country and the youth who are the future - not pandering to minority groups and trade unions for support at the expense of so many others. Norway and New Zealand: two of the most beautiful countries in the world - also the USA and the UK, all have gas exploration. Spain needs to overcome its economic problems having relied too heavily on tourism. Who will have the courage to stand up and support Spain instead of vested interests? I fear not the ‘big two’ in Spanish politics... Lorna Ainsworth, Javea

Spanish driving licence

FOR ANYONE who does not already know (as we did not) about when your current Spanish Driving Licence expires, we recently discovered to our dismay that our licences had expired a week previously and were surprised as in the past a letter from Trafico had always been our reminder. Not being too sure of the procedure without the usual letter we went to Centroclinico in C/Pedro Lorca in Torrevieja, who conduct driving licence medicals (armed as always in Spain with originals and copies of anything and everything that may be required). This proved unnecessary as all that is now needed is the current licence and your proof of Residencia. Centroclinico do everything – take the photo and send all the details required by internet to Trafico. Within two minutes we received our temporary licences and were advised the new ones would come in the post within a few weeks: fees are paid at the clinic.A note of warning advised by the Clinic - nowadays the reminder letter from Trafico may not materialise. Pat Edwards, San Luis

Compassion and care AFTER THE loss of my 90-year-old mother on 17th February I should like to take this opportunity to thank all the marvellous doctors and nurses at Torrevieja Hospital for their utmost compassion and care, which was beyond words. Also Juan at Torrevieja Tanatorio for conducting a wonderful humanist service and my fantastic friends and neighbours who rallied round with such kindness and offers of help: all are golden. Janet Kilbourne, Rojales

Economic disaster

CHINA’S ONE-CHILD policy was an economic disaster. The hazards of labour shortages and an aging population have emerged and China’s social-security system hasn’t been set up yet. The rest of the world’s regimes should take notice of this and learn how to improve on their own efforts in this regard. Whatever the adverse economic consequences of such programmes, it will be a small price to pay compared with the long-term consequences of the progression of our civilization if overpopulation is allowed to escalate any further at its present rate. Richard M McBride, Benidorm


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Don’t risk that double-click...

PREVIOUSLY ON Watts in Britain: There I was booking a cheap train ticket to Southampton and Watts In ending up with losing over fifty quid to some internet sneak-thief. Money was haemorrhaging out Britain of my visa account like your shampoo does out of split containers into your holiday suitcase. By

Paul Watts

Naturally, I was onto my credit card company - they would sort this out. They’d put a stop to this nonsense. Well, erm, no actually AND unless I got through to this ‘completesave.com’ lot and cancelled whatever this thing I’d been duped into starting they may well be in their slippery rights to take more. Cough, what? Oh yes sayeth Lloyds: “When you give your card details to a retailer for a free trial or a payment for a regular service [trains, hotels, etc], you’re agreeing to set up a continuous authority.” Continuous authority? Yup, folks that’s the terminology to watch out for. That’s what is causing trading standards officers their primary headaches these days. So what is continuous authority? Lloyds explained: “This allows the retailer [or sneak thief] to take payments from your account until they receive a cancellation request.” The thing that amazes me is that I’d never set up any authority and certainly didn’t set the ten quid payment price. Who set the value of £10? I never saw it on screen. Apparently, it can all be set deep in those pages of T&Cs that none of us ever check - and usually take purely on good faith. Especially, as we are booking with known and ‘trusted’ names like thetrainline.com. And as I mentioned last week other complaints have been raised by people booking at: Travel Lodge, Pizza Hut and even Argos. I guess we’ll just have to plough through all of those terms and conditions from now on. Crickey, it’ll take hours to book anything won’t it? Well, it will; it’ll take as long as trying to get through to the likes of completesave.con, opps sorry com; you can spend the best part of your day listening to the phone ring

- they certainly don’t like to answer. And that’s if you can get their number in the first place. Luckily for me after last week I received an email from a disgruntled fellow ripoff-ee who told me: “There is a phone number for them 0800 369960 and I rang it. I spoke to a woman called Pauline Morris who behaved in a very defensive way and was all too quick to insist that I had signed up, even though she hadn’t even checked.” When asked to check the name Ms Morris said she had no information on it “she then started to suggest another member of my had family signed up without permission on my card. “I said to her that I would be surprised if a representative of a legitimate business would be saying this. She was merely trying to justify taking unauthorised payments from me. The business has an address at Sentinel House, Airspeed Road, Portsmouth PO3 5RS. I have written to the police (NFIB) with the details I have on this.” Good luck with that one. Another email came from a lady called Amber. She said this “horrible company have charged us over £70 in the last few months, recently increasing payments from £10 to £11.25, without permission or au-

thorisation.” Amber asks, “Why would a company like thetrainline.com ally themselves with a company like this? It seems totally senseless.” Why indeed, Amber? I sure won’t be using thetrainline.com anytime soon. Amber added, “I have complained to thetrainline.com so we will see if they can keep their reputable image or if they are as bad as completesave.com - What con artists!!!” Oh dear, Amber have you ever tried to phone them? I wish you good luck too. I guess the moral of this sorry tale must be, double check before you click. Watts in Britain, double checking before I’m double clicking


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the best company for Expatriates at the best price! SINCE 1998 Línea Directa, the market leader in the sale of direct car, motorbike and home insurance in Spain, has offered an exclusive telephone service entirely in English and German. This service, the first of its kind in Spain, forms part of the company’s commitment to quality and excellence, making it the market leader in this business sector with currently has more than 63,000 foreign customers residing in Spain. As a result, services such as purchasing a policy, making enquiries, processing claims, sending documents and 24-hour assistance can all be carried out in English or German at a time convenient for the customer by making just one phone call. And not only does Línea Directa offer the best, it also offers its services at the most competitive price on the market: PRICE PERSONALISATION Behind each quote there is a sales professional

who, via a quick questionnaire, will search for the best product and conditions to suit the customer’s personal requirements and will assess him or her according to their individual circumstances. MAXIMUM COMPETITIVENESS Still at the best price, this month Línea Directa is making Expats an exclusive 12x11 offer: one year of insurance for the price of 11 months. And what is more, if the person requesting this offer already has another car insurance policy with Línea Directa, the offer will be 12x10 - two months’ free cover! This is the result of a strategy which is permanently geared towards offering customers the very best quality at the very best price.

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Samaritans celebrate their first anniversary ON SATURDAY the Torrevieja Branch of the Samaritans celebrated their first anniversary with a celebration at their charity shop and drop in centre located on the ground floor of the Punta Marina Commercial Centre. by Keith Nicol Hundreds of visitors stopped by to pick up a bargain, take part in the fun and games and raffle and be entertained by Nick Gold and team from Sunshine Radio. Samaritans in Spain started in Calpe five years ago. A branch opened in Villamartin and relocated to Torrevieja last year, offering more space for sales and also a drop in centre, for those needing somewhere for personal, one on one or group support. Both the shop and drop in centre are open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 2pm. The shop was officially opened by Ricky Valance: who can forget the 1960 number one UK hit single “Tell Laura I Love Her”, and has gone from strength to strength since then. The location gives a much higher profile to the Samaritans, which has meant a dramatic increase in callers and drop-ins. To celebrate their first birthday, the centre had a fashion show showcasing clothes from the shop and modelled by their own volun-

teers. a cake stall, with all the cakes made by the volunteers; a craft stall, again everything made by the volunteers, including Cards, Knitting Jams, Pickles and anything and everything loosely described as crafts; a tombola stall, a book stall and a raffle. Entertainment was provided by Sunshine FM, UKeoholics: a Ukulele playing group plus singing groups The Dayamantes and The Velvettones. President Chris Sumter said: “We have 60 volunteers but we can always do with some more, whether they wish to train to be ‘listeners’ and help people one on one, on the

Lots of fun and games during the Samaritans first anniversary

phone or in person, or a ‘non-listener’, such as shop staff and just helpful hands for all the odd jobs that need taking care of.” If you are interested in knowing more about the Samaritans or volunteering, please visit:

http://samaritansinspain.com. Most importantly, if you feel the need to talk to someone in person or to ask advice about someone you are concerned about, Spain has its own National call number: 902 88 35 35.

Food, wine and culture

RESOURCEFUL BARS and restaurants in Alicante are boosting their profits by offering cultural workshops along with the usual menu of food and drink. Customers are given the opportunity of learning to play an instrument; joining a still life tutorial; taking part in a debating group, poetry recital or book group. The Café Uno has chosen ukelele lessons by professor and musician Carlos Izquierdo available as its ‘second string’ Carlos said: “At first we had a small group of ten but due to demand we have had to offer more groups.” British Tony Wilson lends his collection of 30 ukeleles for use by the groups.


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Torrevieja’s Cinema Club gets closer to curtain up

Goldfinger celebrates 50th anniversary this year

by Keith Nicol WITH OSCAR night over for another year, things are quietly coming together for Torrevieja’s proposed English language cinema club. This week talks are underway with the Town Council about the legalities of becoming a registered association and with Cines IMF who are working with Spain’s film distributors. Because we are in Spain and because of limitations on what films are allowed to be projected or are available, the management team at Cines IMF in Torrevieja have given their distributors an initial list of more than 200 films from which to start the cinema club. As soon as replies are received from the cinema chain and the availability confirmed by the distributors, then the organising team will start to hold a couple of information days in Torrevieja, Playa Flamenca and La Marina, with other locations to be added. The club hope to show a couple of new films each month, along with a mix of classics and those films celebrating a special anniversary or of particular significance. At present, we are planning on showing films on Thursday evenings with additional special offerings,

such as charity gala nights, film premiers, family and children’s films and theme nights, on occasional Tuesdays. A couple of films celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year include the Beatles and ‘Hard Days Night’, Sean Connery as 007 in ‘Goldfinger’ the third in the James Bond Franchise while both the epic ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Judy Garland classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ are both celebrating their 75th anniversary and probably not too many Torrevieja residents or visitors may remember ever seeing it in its full glory, on the big screen. Also on the wish list are Oscar winners and nominations from 2012 through to films scheduled to be released this summer, 2014, which may be available for showing three months after their release date in Spain. More than 200 people have expressed an interest in watching films in English without the need for headphones. The organisers wish to thank everyone for their suggestions as to what films, actors, genres, etc that you would like to see. All have been most helpful and they ask to please keep those suggestions coming. If you would like more information on the proposed cinema club, please send an email with your name and contact details to: NickInSpain@Mac.com

Clunk click for expectant mums ACCORDING TO studies in the US by the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) foetal mortality is seven times higher than infant mortality. It is also estimated that in Spain up to 700 miscarriages occur every through traffic accidents involving pregnant drivers and passengers. Expectant mothers are advised to secure their seatbelts in the correct way to avoid foetal injury in the event of impact. Misuses include passing the belt under the offside arm; slipping the lower belt under the bust; placing arms inside the belt to relieve pressure on the tummy to name a few. According to DGT recommendations the upper belt should pass over the shoulder and between the breasts and the lower belt under the tummy for maximum safety.

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Rotary Club donates 4,000 breakfasts

by Keith Nicol ANTONIO SANCHEZ, the coordinator of Torrevieja’s food kitchen, Alimentos Solidarios, took delivery of products from the local Rotary Club, that will provide 4,000 breakfasts for the needy. Sanchez met with the president of the Rotary Club of Torrevieja, Gemma Cruz, who arrived with goods that will provide for upwards of 4,000 breakfasts to alleviate the needs of about 150 children in the coming months. At the outset of this project, only 70 children in the munici-

pality were involved, however over the last few years of uncertainty and financial crisis, that number has doubled with the number of children who need this assistance increasing to the current 150. The breakfasts that are delivered on a daily basis to these children consist of juice, a smoothie and a pastry. Gemma Cruz, wanted to publicly thank all those involved in making this donation possible. Alimentos Solidarios is currently providing meals to an average of 260 needy families and individuals, accounting for more than 500 people. They try and vary the menus to guaran-

‘Torrevieja and its colours”

By Keith Nicol ON THURSDAY February 27th, members of the International community, local councillors and representatives from AECC visited the MASA Hotel, La Mata for the presentation of a new Book of Poetry. Written by local scribe Toni Soler, ‘Torrevieja and its colours’ has been translated into English by RTN’s Spanish Language contributor Jane Cronin and deals with such topics as the seasons, Mediterranean influences and colours of the natural environment. The original Spanish version of the same book was launched in November 2013 and Jane rose to the challenge and translated the paperback into English in just three months. The event was attended by Torrevieja’s Councillor for Citizenship Rosario Martínez Chazarra, the director of the OARI, Jean Paul Mulero, MASA Hotel’s hotel manager Javier plus volunteers from the AECC, Torrevieja’s vice president of the local board of the AECC, Alina Iurascu. Profits from the book are destined for the AECC. Over last weekend Toni set up shop at the Habaneras Commercial Centre and will be available at other outlets next week.

Antonio Sanchez with Gemma Cruz

tee that the basics are covered and that the food is healthy and can cover the basic needs of the families. Every weekday, Antonio and his team prepare hot meals that are picked up and taken away by family members, all of whom are registered on the municipal pardon, for them to serve to their families. They also try and supply fresh food a couple of times each week, including fish and meat to try and ensure that daily dietary are catered for and to vary the taste and selection of the menus provided in what has become a lifeline to many Torrevieja families.

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EHCRC on standby for mass rescue THE EHCRC in Rojales is currently working closely with animal welfare agencies to rescue 20 horses from what has been described as “a living hell” in Callosa de Segura. by Keith Nicol THE NATIONAL Association for the Defence of Animals (ANDA) was alerted by British MEP Arlene McArthy, who contacted the Animal Welfare Intergroup of the European Parliament. El Refugio del Burrito, a major donkey rescue organisation in Malaga, had already rescued nine donkeys from the premises, two euthanised on the spot, a third dying two days later. A spokesperson stated: “This is undoubtedly the largest rescue we have been involved in since beginning rescue operations in Spain.” The premises in Callosa are owned by a dealer in horses, donkeys and mules. They are kept in appalling conditions, tied and locked up 24 hours a day with limited access to food and water: literally starving. El Refugio del Burrito had already placed a criminal complaint against the owner. Despite overwhelming evidence an Orihuela court found no wrong doing and ordered the case filed. Allegedly in violation of Protection of Pets Law 4/1994, the dealer has been repeatedly denounced for abuse and illegal transportation of animals. Reports from Seprona and the Valencian Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries have called for the closure of the business. More recently

a specialist lawyer has prepared necessary paperwork now going through the courts. A positive outcome is hoped for. EHCRC co-founder Sue Weeding says: “We are in daily contact with Refugio del Burrito. As soon as it is legal to move in and rescue these horses we will - with help from the relevant authorities and contacts providing extra horse boxes and assistance. “The animals will be brought to the EHCRC to be examined by our vet Dorothea prior to necessary treatment to improve their state of health. This sorry saga shows that a lack of animal welfare awareness still exists in some sectors of Spanish society. There is still much work to be done but we must continue to educate the younger generation that this behaviour is unacceptable. Obviously the extra horses are going to place a huge strain on our resources financially and in terms of space availability but we cannot sit back and do nothing.” The Centre would welcome any donations or sponsorship. If you are a bar owner or business that would like to hold a charity event to support the centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East on pr@easyhorsecare.net The EHCRC will ensure that your event receives the maximum publicity plus coverage on their Facebook and website pages prior to and after the event. Every single cent donated or spent in the

The horses in Callosa

five charity shops operated by the EHCRC goes towards the upkeep and care of the horses, donkeys and ponies. Large items such as furniture can be collected and delivered after purchase. Contact the shop hotline on 636 062 000.

Visit the centre on Sundays between 1pm and 4pm where refreshments are available in the garden café. The first horse tour, where you can get close to and meet the residents, starts at 2pm. For more details visit www.easyhorsecare.net

Spain lashed by strong winds PARTS OF Northern Spain have been battered by strong winds of up to 130kph and 10 metre waves reminiscent of the weather experienced in the UK over the past few weeks. In other parts of the country on Monday gales caused considerable damage to property especially in coastal areas.


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MABS are always there for you CANCER CAN strike anyone of us at any time. It can be heredity, hit smokers or non-smokers, athletes, children, adults and either sex. by Keith Nicol Nobody is safe although a healthy lifestyle can or may improve your chances of not becoming a victim. Each and every one of us probably has a friend of family member whom cancer has touched. And while doctors and specialists are there to help you medically, if you were suddenly diagnosed with cancer, where would you turn to for help and advice? That is where MABS, the cancer support centre steps in to help with all manner of questions, advice, treatments and especially the often needed translation and transportation services. Those whom have sought information, help and advice from MABS run into the thou-

sands. At last week’s open day, cancer survivor Bob spoke of being struck down not once but twice and spoke highly of the help and advice offered by MABS. Originally from Canada, he relocated to Spain with his wife unaware that he was suffering from throat cancer, which has been missed by his Ontario GP. Although it was at Stage 4, he was quickly admitted to St. Jamie Hospital in Torrevieja and said; “their service was fast and rapid but it was the recovery time and treatments that really took it out of me. Both Ann and Jill were very helpful in helping me though this difficult period. Then during a routine check up, a small nodule was detected in my lungs, and so I had to have treatment for a second ailment. One day on my way to the hospital, I passed out behind

A Quiz with a difference! A ‘QUIZ With a Difference’ with all proceeds in aid of HELP Murcia Mar Menor is to be held at Lui’s Lounge, the Caravan Club in San Javier on Thursday 13th March: 7pm for a 7.30 start. Prizes for the winning team! Only 10€ includes your quiz entry and a delicious meal of chicken and chips! And there will also be a raffle! Bring along your friends to make up a team. Tickets are available from: Joan Mitchell: 868 185 685 or the office on 96 857 0059.

Bob speaks highly of MABS Mar Menor

the wheel of my car. From that time onwards, MABS came to my rescue and provided a transportation service to San Lucia Hospital, which is one of the best cancer centres in Spain.” Thankfully Bob has now fought off cancer not once but twice but will always be in remission and require regular check ups to ensure he is in good health. Like most people, he did not go looking for advice or help until he already had been diagnosed but cannot praise the staff and volunteers

Age Concern Costa Calida Auction

from MABS enough and the great work they perform in the community. MABS new centre is a converted chalet located on the corner of Urbanization Foque, No.1, Calle Cabo de Cresus, San Javier. More information on all of MABS services can be found at: http://mabscancersupport.org or you can contact Centre Manager Jill on their 24-hour helpline: 634 328 401. More details and insights into the many aspects of MABS support to follow in RTN.

AGE CONCERN is holding its next Auction at Restaurante Mariano, Camposol A on Thursday 17th April at 1pm. Pre-registered items should be delivered between 9.30am and 11am for public viewing and all registration should be in before Friday 11th April. Please note that all items must be in safe working order: only 5€ covers entry for three items. All of the auction proceeds go to the seller but Age Concern would be most grateful for any donations or auction items for the charity. For more information please call 634 310 215 or 634 336 484.


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Torrevieja Carnival finishes in style

Almost two thousand dancers took to the streets of Torrevieja

by Keith Nicol THE RAZZMATAZZ of Torreveja’s Carnival came to an end in the early hours of Sunday morning after the last of thirty-four troupes and countless people made it a party night to remember in the main Constitution Square, which was filled with music, humour and the joy of Carnival, into the early hours of the morning. Although a ten o’clock start was optimum, things seemed to run a little late but soon enough, a human flood of participants departed María Asunción Square, in a change from previous years, to travel along Calle Ramón Gallud, from end to end. Along with almost two thousand participants, thousands more lined the streets with hundreds of them, and hundreds more among the children, also showing up in cos-

tume to enjoy the occasion to the full and add to the atmosphere. Many of the non-official ‘groups’ joined in at the end of the procession, adding to the fun and joy of the festivities. Possibly because of the late start, once underway, the procession moved along at a steady pace, must faster and without any major hold ups, than the slower tempo of the previous Sunday’s afternoon parade. From end to end, including the addition of the large number of spectators, that showed up dressed for the occasion as priests and nuns, bandits and outlaws, witches, punks, animals and creatures of imagination, the parade took about two hours to pass. The music and dancing continued into the wee hours helped along by the bars organised by AFA Alzheimer’s Torrevieja, who benefited from the bar profits on the night.

Seniors celebrate Andalusia Day

By Keith Nicol MORE THAN 200 dancers took to stage to show off their talents on Andalusia Day, last Friday. The Municipal Leisure Centre, the popular ‘Macrodiscoteca’ or CMO, had more than a touch of an Andalusian flavour as Torrevieja’s Department of the Third Age organised a ‘Festival of Sevillanas’ to celebrate Andalusia Day. A Sevillanas Dance Competition opened the evening with the jury made up of councillors Lola Sanchez and Mamem Mateo, Salt Queen Saray Sanchez and her Lady in Waiting, Pepa López. They awarded first prize to a delighted and surprised pairing of Frida and Diego, with runners up being Rito and Lucia and Third Place going to Paco and Lin.

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Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

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Singing the praises of fiscal residency

WHEN YOU use the word ‘certificate’ it usually conjures up images of celebration, graduation and prize givings… SOME OF us have studied long and hard to amass a collection of these things, sometimes wondering what the point was after all! When it comes to the residency certificate the usual images of pomp and circumstance are quickly replaced by that of queues and frustration. There are not many of us who have found the application for a Spanish residency certificate straight forward. And, at different times, it hasn’t resembled a certificate at all. Now I’m going to further complicate matters by suggesting that your residency certificate is hardly worth the paper it’s written on, let alone a possession to be prized. It’s true that you need it for some activities in Spain. For example, obtaining a padron, your SIP card or a bus pass can’t be done (in most cases) without one. But this ‘certificate’

is of little use when it comes to actually proving residency. If you look closely at yours, you can see why. If you have the A4 green certificate it is simply a historical document, no bar code, no image, nothing to ascertain that you really have been living in Spain since it was issued. Given that expats aren’t eligible for DNI cards like Spanish nationals, what does constitute proof? With even less pomp and circumstance we must introduce the ‘fiscal residency certificate’. This little known piece of paper is what you need if it comes to proving residency to reduce or eliminate inheritance tax. You also need it to prevent the 3% retention when you sell and possibly exempt you from paying Capital Gains Tax altogether. If you’re wondering which building you will need to

wait in for hours to obtain one, don’t rush anywhere until you are sure that you have the evidence to show that you really are a fiscal resident. You will also need to make sure you are requesting the right type for the purpose you need it – there are two variations, one is valid in Spain and the other outside. If you have been making regular tax declarations before June 30th each year then obtaining a fiscal residency certificate should be no trouble. This is one of the reasons that we recommend that all residents in Spain make one even if they have no tax to pay. The fiscal residency certificate doesn’t come with a fanfare or a round of applause. However, it is a very useful document if you want to benefit from important tax advantages only available to residents. So perhaps it does deserve just a little public acclaim after all.

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 www.abacoadvisers.com


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Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

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International House Swap CAN I exchange my property in Spain for a property in another country, and if so what are the tax implications in each country? THIS TRANSACTION is known in Spain as a permuta and is becoming increasingly common due to the difficult housing market in the whole of Europe. We will concentrate on explaining how this system works in both the UK and Spain; but this will be similar in other countries, France, Germany, Holland, etc. There are many people who wish to move in either direction but are unable to do so as they cannot sell their house. I appreciate that it may not be straightforward finding a buyer in each country who wishes to proceed simultaneously on this basis, but the mechanism for doing so does exist. Essentially the conveyancing process will run its course in the normal way in each country although the key is to make the two transactions interconnected, that is to say completion in the UK is dependent upon the deed being signed before a Notary in Spain. The standard searches

will be carried out in each case and once they are complete it will be possible to proceed to exchange of contracts in each country. It goes without saying that an English solicitor will need to be involved as well as a Spanish lawyer. Well I would say that, wouldn’t I (!) but it is absolutely true that professional undertakings will need to be given between the two countries and the two legal systems have to interface seamlessly. Regarding the taxes payable, each property will be treated separately and the purchase price agreed in each case. Where there is a difference between the price of the two properties this can be settled at time of completion, and one should ideally aim to agree a price for both properties in either euros or sterling from the outset in order to simplify matters. There is an inherent currency fluctuation risk although this can be minimized by ‘buying forward’ if desired. Finally, the result of a house swap between countries is likely to be an appropriate time to

review one’s Wills. I have promised in the past not to refer to Wills in every article, but the issue is one of real importance here. It is quite common that a person’s English Will makes totally different provisions to their Spanish Will because the assets in each country are so different. The change of a person’s address alone does not mean that a new Will should be signed; but the change in the location of the person’s assets is the relevant factor here. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ WhiteBaosAbogadosLawyers The information provided in 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 spanishlawyer@roundtownnews.com or info@white-baos.com. This article is available in English and Spanish at www.white-baos.com. 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 http://www.white-baos.com/blog/ and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors)


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Donating your body to medical science in Spain MANY UK citizens now living in Spain have made the decision to donate their bodies to medical science, contacting a university such as Alicante to receive an acceptance document called an ‘Acta De Donación Del Cuerpo’. The document is usually in Spanish and the recipient will then believe that when they pass away everything will be taken care of and there will be no cost or stress for their loved ones. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Increasingly UK citizens are not being accepted when the inevitable event happens. The reasons for non-acceptance are included in the terms and conditions on the document they receive once their donation has been accepted. The conditions are in Spanish and are generally as follows: 1. If the death happens out of the province of the university (e.g. Alicante) 2. In the case of accident or any other cause of death which makes a post-mortem examination necessary.

3. When death occurs after surgery and the wound has not yet healed. 4. In the case of death due to an infectious or contagious disease. 5. In those cases where the Professor of Anatomy judges that a correct conservation cannot be undertaken. It is understandable that people living in Spain put plans in place for when life’s final event occurs. The system here is so much quicker than the UK, traditionally 24 hours, and very expensive. In addition the arrangements can be further complicated by language difficulties and the fact that the funeral is required to be paid in full, prior to going ahead. Most people living in Spain, who make the decision to donate their body to medical science, have done so for the purest of

reasons. Saving their family and estate some money or to avoid distress at a difficult time for their loved ones. When one of the five reasons for not accepting the donated body are given, the cost and stress at a difficult time for friends and family will be enhanced considerably.

It is advisable for those that have donated their body to medical science to also have a funeral plan in place. They will then have ensured that their motive to be totally organised for their final journey will be fulfilled. For more information please contact Robert Kirkhope on 685 733 278.


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David Stewart

International Financial Adviser

HMRC to seize hundreds of millions in new tax avoidance crackdown RECENT HEADLINES have indicated that HM Revenue & Customs could seize hundreds of millions from up to 65,000 individuals under plans to crack down on tax avoidance schemes.

THE MEASURE was announced in last year’s Autumn Statement and will be introduced in the 2014 Finance Bill. But in its consultation paper HMRC now says the draft power “does not go far enough.” It wants payment notices to be extended to anyone who has used a tax avoidance scheme into which HMRC currently has an open inquiry. If proposals go ahead, it will publish a list of these schemes before the Finance Bill is given Royal Assent and begin issuing notices immediately afterwards. Notices must be paid within 90 days. It says 85% of these cases took place more than four years ago. The rules will apply to both existing and new cases. It appears this will be a game changer many of the enquiries have gone back six years, meaning there will be a lot of unexpected bills to be paid.

HMRC has stated that they are sending out a clear message: if you try to avoid paying the tax you owe they will pursue YOU. They feel that the vast majority of working people have paid their fair share of tax and it is not right that a small majority think they can avoid paying the same. SO THE BIG QUESTION IS: Are you one of these people that have been or are trying to avoid taxation, be it in the UK or Spain? Are you trying to hide assets from the tax authorities, in Luxembourg or elsewhere? Time to think again - there is a high probability that you will get caught if not now in the next few years. Can you afford a huge tax bill with penalty interest? There are many approved and regulated products

that Blacktower Financial management can offer that are tax efficient. This way you can guarantee that you will not get any unexpected letters and bills coming through your door. For further information or to arrange a free impartial consultation call David Stewart on 671 659 715, or email david.stewart@blacktowerfm.com.

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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Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

Polytunnels for vegetable productivity POLYTUNNELS FIRST appeared in the 1960’s once the plastics industry managed to produce reliable wide-width polythene sheeting. They continue to become more popular each gardening year in the UK and can also be useful in Spain, especially the large walk-in frame tunnels covered in plastic sheeting for growing a wide variety of crops from lettuces to tomatoes and raspberries. The size is in theory whatever you like but typical sizes for gardens and allotment plots are widths of two to five metres and lengths of two to twenty metres. A minimum workable height at the centre of the tunnel is two to two and a half metres. There are two basic designs available to buy, semicircular arc and high tent shape. Well designed, constructed and maintained, they can last for years. The benefits are: Crops grow quicker earlier and possibly larger. The latter depending on your harvesting strategy – small is tender or giant could be a silver cup. They are per square metre less expensive than glass or polycarbonate greenhouses. A wide range of sizes are available. They absorb the sun and achieve the most productive germination and Spring growing temperatures two to six weeks ahead of the open garden according to your location. They protect growing plants from rain, frost, snow, hail and

gales and therefore enable more autumn, winter and early spring crops to be grown. Using irrigation tubing that has drip holes built in close planting in rows can be achieved. If you split the growing area into zones, a multi-zone irrigation system will allow you to give blocks of small and large vegetables, soft fruits and tender fruit trees. Exactly the water they need. Kits to allow liquid fertilizers to be metered into the irrigation water system are available. What to look out for when buying a polytunnel: Strength and tear-ability of plastic sheeting cover. Ultra violate resistance and quoted lifespan of the sheeting. Quality of galvanised or protective painted metal framework. Ease of construction. Can the doors be sealed? Possibility of fitting a temperature controlled fan so that you can use through the hottest months. You will be surprised how hot the inside of a polytunnel can become on a sunny day from June to August. Can the sides be rolled up in the summer if you don’t want the cost of a fan? Can shading and windbreak material be easily fitted?

The Handscombe’s books can be most conveniently purchased from Amazon Books, Santana Books website or 95 248 5838, The Book Depository or The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop. ©Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com

Risks to your investment in a polytunnel: Planning laws need to be checked before constructing one in a garden or on a council allotment. Poor fixing and air seal at soil level to stop strong winds getting under the plastic and ‘ballooning’ it. If you don’t use ecological insecticides and fungicides you may build up an environment that is a health risk. THE WAY AHEAD Prices vary widely so check out several suppliers before you take the plunge. Of course if you are a handy man metalworker and have a nearby supplier of wide plastic sheeting you could soon rig up a serviceable DIY Polytunnel.


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Gandia Tours’ three day tour to Peñiscola SETTING OFF on 22nd May, Gandia Tours offers a wonderful three day excursion to Peñiscola, taking in the sights of Morella and returning 24th May. DAY 1 Travel to Peñiscola and check into a 4-Star hotel with half board and water included. Peñiscola is a fortified seaport and location of Peñiscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar and famed as the movie set for the Hollywood blockbuster ‘El Cid’ starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. The streets of the old part of the town are cobbled and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore. Some of the typical Spanish restaurants are outstanding value, offering a wide range of traditional dishes. At the height of the tourist season there is an evening bazaar selling souvenirs and featuring street performers as well as a Punch & Judy show.

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DAY 2 Travel to Morella, an ancient walled city perched atop a hill in Castellon. Your legs need to be in good shape to climb to the castle but there is plenty more to see and do in this fascinating enclave. The tour returns to Peñiscola at the end of the day.

DAY 3 Back in Peñiscola on Day 3 there are more sights to be seen and more delicious food to be sampled before heading home. This wonderful three-day tour is priced at only 150€ per person. For more information please call Gandia Tours on 966 106 872.

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Torrevieja’s boxing champ Emiliano Casal by Keith Nicol EMILIANO CASAL is something of a hidden gem in Torrevieja’s ever growing list of sporting heroes. Presently Emiliano is Spanish Lightweight Champion (135 lbs – 61.237 kilos) and is preparing himself to defend his Championship Belt for the second time. Many local boxing fans may remember him fighting as an amateur and the historic night a decade ago when won in front of 1,300 people that set him on the road to a professional career. He became the first professional boxer to come from Torrevieja with his Pro-debut in Finland in 2005, which he won with a first round KO. Emiliano was born in Argentina and admits that he was a bit of a handful as a kid primarily because he possessed a genius level IQ. He became a disruptive element in class because he had so much energy to burn and class work he found easy, so he quickly became bored and a bit of a nightmare for all of his teachers. However, at age 12 he discovered boxing as an outlet for all his extra energy and said: “Boxing saved me from myself and gave my life focus.” His mother’s family came from Spain and so they decided to move from Argentina and settled in Torrevieja in 1999, at which time he met boxing coach Ulf Johansen who has reSupport mained his coach to this day. In 2001 he was selected for the Spanish Spanish Olympic Team, turned pro in 2005 and won his first championship belt, as Transcontinental Light-welterweight Lightweight Champion weight Champion in 2009. Still unbeaten, he had two more Emiliano victories in 2010 and in 2011 he married long time partner, Casal as Norwegian Stine Finberger, after ten years together. he defends Life changed again for Emiliano n 2012 when he finally re- his title on ceived an offer as the mandatory challenger for the Spanish April 4th in Torrevieja Lightweight belt, which he won with a second round KO, making local history as the first professional boxing champion his title defence. Saturday April 4th is the day of the biggest boxing match from Torrevieja. Later in 2013, he won the new international title of Hispanic Champion and defended his Spanish title in in the history of Torrevieja as Emiliano will defend his title 2013 against Alejandro Rodríguez Pereira, in Pereira’s home against official challenger Juan Carlos López, known as ‘King town with a background of a hostile 3,200 home fans, where Daluz’. The event will take place in the Municipal Pavilion Cecilio Gallego with a sell out crowd expected to support TorEmiliano won with a seventh round knock out. September 20th 2013 was a very special day for Stine and revieja’s local hero who said: “I’ve always dreamed of defendEmiliano with the birth of their first child, daughter Emily ing my title in Torrevieja, for the people of the city who have followed by starting to get into shape in the New Year for supported me throughout my career and next month this

will be a reality.” More information about Emiliano, sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available from Roy Bjorkmann, on 645 298 754, email: post@ineriaevent.com or contact Emiliano directly at: emiliano@dosportinspain.com. Emiliano said: “Please come along and support me on this historic night and be part of history as I defend my Spanish title for the people of Torrevieja in the town I call my own.”


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Captain Kirk boldly went to the car park! ONE OF the most fascinating parts of writing about famous people is when something quite extraordinary pops up about them. On Thursday September 8th 1966 the very first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC, and so was born a franchise that would go on to reach the dizzy heights of television and cinema superstardom. All the characters grew to be household names and the things they said were things we said at school or in the workplace. Things like ‘Full Thrust Scottie’ from Captain James Tiberius Kirk (aka) William Shatner, or should that be the other way round… And it’s to William Shatner we go, or should that be Captain Kirk, as in an interview he gave last week he revealed a whole bunch of stuff that you, like me, might also find rather surprising. It is clear from what he said that William Shatner was not very good at saving money as he revealed: “After the show finished I ended up living out of my car because I was so cash-strapped, a pickup truck actually. It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke … I managed to find work but I couldn’t afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck”… every word, as he said it…! But there’s more, a lot more. He went on: “It had a little stove, a toilet, and I’d drive from theater to theater ... the only comfort came from my dog who sat in the passenger seat.” Has that got you like it got me … remarkable stuff! This bizarre circumstance was only temporary as you are probably aware as WS went on to star in several TV series, such as TJ Hooker, Boston Legal and many TV commercials. Why didn’t he just flick open his wee gadget and say: “Beam me Up Scottie!”

by Peter

Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips IT’S BEEN a while since I’ve reported on the Ginger Prince, but sadly it’s not for anything outrageous he’s here today. It looks like the serial party prince is cashing in his chips and going for the ‘2.4 kids’ routine. He has even bowed to royal protocol by saying he’s going to ask his grandma’s (The Queen) permission. The girl’s name is Cressida Bonas, so hard lines all you aspiring Chavs. I find it hard to comprehend the coverage the superhero market gets, with movie after movie portraying men in snug fitting outfits going about the business of saving the world. Now a guy called Mitchell Hammond has come up with a cartoon version called ‘Batman versus The Terminator’ in which Batman plots to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, from a bomb shelter … make that a BatCave! It’s common in the Latino music world for artists to be complimentary about another artist, but not so much in the rest of the music community. For me to read about top singer Adele posting on Twitter “F**k! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” about Scottish born Paolo Nuttini’s performance of ‘Iron Sky’ suggests you should go to YouTube and check it out. Ahead of the Oscars Judi Dench told the Hollywood Reporter that she suffers from macular degeneration - failing eyesight – admitting, “I can’t read anymore, I can’t paint like I used to, it’s quite difficult.” Then in a flash she added: “I object to the words ‘retire’ and ‘vintage,’ and ‘old’ is another one ...” The lovely lady is a spritely 79 years young.


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07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Helicopter Heroes 09:35 The Travel Show 10:00 Live Athletics 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 A to Z of TV Gardening 14:10 War Walks 14:40 The First Eden 15:40 Cagney & Lacey 16:25 Bergerac 17:15 Are You Being Served? 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 20:00 Live Athletics 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 37 Days 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:05 The Best of Men

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 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 Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Edge of Heaven 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Americans 24:35 The Chase

07:20 Countdown 08:05 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Four in a Bed 13:35 Four in a Bed 14:05 Four in a Bed 14:35 Four in a Bed 15:10 Four in a Bed 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Crufts 2014 22:00 Gogglebox 23:00 The Last Leg 23:45 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:35 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Lost Orphan: A Home for Mirela 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Nora Roberts’ High Noon 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Soho Blues 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 24:00 CSI: NY 24:55 Access

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Coyote Ugly 24:05 Take Me Out

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Troy 22:00 Trading Places 24:25 How I Met Your Mother 24:55 How I Met Your Mother

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Mary Berry Cooks 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:25 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 17:40 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 20:00 The Voice UK 22:10 The National Lottery Live 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:45 The Football League Show

07:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 08:00 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 08:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 09:00 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 09:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 10:00 Live Athletics 12:45 Escape to the Country 13:15 Talking Pictures 14:00 The Trouble with Harry 15:35 The Man Who Knew Too Much 17:30 Final Score 18:10 Live Athletics 21:15 Dad’s Army 21:45 The Perfect Morecambe & Wise 22:15 37 Days 23:15 Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle 23:45 QI XL 24:30 Milk

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:45 Canimals 07:55 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:15 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Dinner Date 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 12:30 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:00 Live FA Cup Football 16:00 The Illusionists 17:05 The Chase 18:05 Off Their Rockers 18:35 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 21:20 The Cube 22:20 Jonathan Ross Show 23:20 ITV News and Weather 23:35 FA Cup Highlights 24:25 All You Can Eat

06:45 Live Paralympic

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:10 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:35 LazyTown 11:05 Zathura: a Space Adventure 13:00 The Fifth Element 15:25 Wimbledon 17:10 Columbo: the Greenhouse Jungle 18:45 Columbo: Double Shock 20:00 NCIS 21:00 NCIS 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 UFC

07:00 Emmerdale 09:40 Coronation Street 12:05 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 13:05 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 14:00 The Only Way Is Essex 14:45 The Only Way Is Essex 15:30 The Hot Desk 15:45 Curly Sue 17:50 Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang 20:00 The Incredible Hulk 22:15 The Sweetest Thing 24:10 Pitch Black

07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Charmed 09:00 Glee 10:00 The Mindy Project 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 How I Met Your Mother 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Rules of Engagement 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 The Mindy Project 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:30 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 Rude(ish) Tube 18:30 Rude(ish) Tube 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Beverly Hills Cop II 24:05 The Big Bang Theory

Sunday 9th March

Winter Games 10:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 12:30 The Morning Line 13:30 Deal or No Deal 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:10 Channel 4 News 19:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 20:00 Crufts 2014 22:00 Hostages 23:00 X-Men - the Last Stand

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07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:15 Son of Kong 08:15 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens 09:15 Countryfile 10:15 Gardeners’ World 10:45 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:15 James Martin: Home Comforts 13:00 Michel Roux’s Service 14:00 Michel Roux’s Service 15:00 Live Athletics 19:00 Flog It! Trade Secrets 19:30 Mystery of the Moor 20:00 Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Fast and Fearless: Britain’s Banger Racers 23:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 23:35 Line of Duty 24:35 The Killing Fields

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:45 Canimals 07:55 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:15 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 Murder, She Wrote 11:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 12:30 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:30 River Monsters 14:30 Live FA Cup Football 17:20 Live and Let Die 19:35 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Dancing on Ice 22:00 Mr Selfridge 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:14 ITV Central Weather 23:15 Birds of a Feather 23:45 FA Cup Highlights 24:45 Anglo-Welsh Cup Rugby Union

07:00 Live Paralympic

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 The Hot Desk 07:55 Emmerdale 10:50 Coronation Street 13:10 Dinner Date: Australia 14:10 You’ve Been Framed! 15:10 Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang 17:25 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 18:40 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 20:30 Batman and Robin 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Party Wright Around the World 24:50 The Big Reunion

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07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:00 Access 12:05 Police Interceptors 13:05 Ice Road Truckers 14:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! 15:00 The Hotel Inspector 16:00 Forever Young 18:05 5 News Weekend 18:10 Big Momma’s: Like Father, like Son 20:10 Hancock 22:00 Blade: Trinity 24:00 Beowulf

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:50 Ugly Betty 08:35 Charmed 09:30 Rules of Engagement 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:35 Revenge 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:00 Rude(ish) Tube 15:30 Rude(ish) Tube 16:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 17:00 The Tomorrow People 18:00 Troy 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Employee of the Month 23:10 The Big Bang Theory 23:40 How I Met Your Mother 24:10 My Mad Fat Diary

Winter Games 12:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 The Simpsons 17:30 The Simpsons 18:00 Deal or No Deal 19:00 Channel 4 News 19:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 20:00 Crufts 2014 22:00 One Day

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07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Helicopter Heroes 10:05 The Restaurant Man 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Coast 14:10 War Walks 14:40 British Isles: A Natural History 15:40 Cagney & Lacey 16:25 Bergerac 17:15 Are You Being Served? 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Mary Berry Cooks 22:00 Mind the Gap: London vs the Rest 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 I Never Knew That About Britain 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 DCI Banks 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 The Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald

06:45 Live Paralympic Winter Games 12:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Live Paralympic Winter Games 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 21:00 Food Unwrapped 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Gogglebox 24:50 Troy

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Benidorm ER 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 A Time to Remember 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! 23:00 Criminals: Caught on Camera 24:00 Lock Up

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 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 New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Mom 22:30 Mom 23:00 40 Days and 40 Nights

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 How I Met Your Mother 24:30 How I Met Your Mother


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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Watchdog Test House 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 17:15 Flog It! Trade Secrets 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Shetland 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Insane Fight Club 24:35 Swansea: Living on the Streets

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Watchdog Test House 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Great British Garden Revival 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Super League Show 14:45 British Isles: A Natural History 15:35 Cagney & Lacey 16:25 Bergerac 17:15 Are You Being Served? 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 20:00 Permission Impossible: Britain’s Planners 21:00 Great British Sewing Bee 22:00 An Hour to Save Your Life 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 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 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Crocodile Hunter Diaries

06:30 Live Paralympic Winter Games 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 12:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 21:00 Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds 22:00 The Taste 23:00 Strippers 24:00 Three Wives, One Husband

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Hotel Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 McBride: Murder Past Midnight 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Highland Emergency 20:30 Police 5 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 Body of Proof 24:55 Body of Proof

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 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 New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 White Chicks

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 09:55 Glee 11:05 New Girl 11:35 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Rude Tube 20:45 Mission: Impossible 23:00 Troy 24:05 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Watchdog Test House 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 17:15 Flog It! Trade Secrets 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Famous, Rich & Hungry 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Michael McIntyre Chat Show 24:55 Blandings

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Countryside 999 08:45 Watchdog Test House 09:15 Wanted Down Under 10:00 Inside the Animal Mind 11:00 An Island Parish 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 A to Z of TV Cooking 14:20 War Walks 14:50 British Isles: A Natural History 15:40 Cagney & Lacey 16:25 Bergerac 17:15 Are You Being Served? 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Collectaholics 22:00 Line of Duty 23:00 Inside No 9 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 An Hour to Save Your Life

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 You Saw Them Here First 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Miners’ Strike and Me 24:40 Jonathan Ross Show

07:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 River Cottage 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 Live from Space 23:00 First Dates 24:00 Strippers

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 McBride: The Chameleon Murder 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Dangerous Drivers’ School 21:00 Born to Kill? 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Suspects 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Cube 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Party Wright Around the World 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 The Big Reunion 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 My Mad Fat Diary

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Watchdog Test House 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 17:15 Flog It! Trade Secrets 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holiday Hit Squad 22:00 Famous, Rich & Hungry 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Watchdog Test House 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Bible Hunters 11:05 An Island Parish 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 A to Z of TV Cooking 14:20 War Walks 14:50 British Isles: A Natural History 15:40 Cagney & Lacey 16:25 Bergerac 17:15 Are You Being Served? 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Sport Relief’s Top Dog 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure 22:00 My Week with Marilyn 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Restaurant Man

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Emmerdale 20:45 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:10 ITV News and Weather 23:40 ITV News Central 23:45 Edge of Heaven 24:45 The Cube

07:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 12:00 Live Paralympic Winter Games 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights 21:00 The Hoarder Next Door 22:00 Live from Space 23:00 How to Be a Billionaire 24:05 Arkle: The Legend Lives On

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 Lying to Be Perfect 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Truth About Travellers 21:00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Botched Up Bodies 24:00 Extraordinary People

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Dads 24:15 Mom 24:40 Mom

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 The Inbetweeners 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:50 Troy 24:55 Rude Tube


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7 - 13 march 2014

what’s on

A touch of the Blarney returning to Cabo Roig IT’S THAT time of year again, when one wears green, thinks nothing of donning a silly hat with the saying ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ and generally make a loveable fool of oneself after one Guinness too many.

Thousands expected to line the streets of Cabo Roig

By Keith Nicol Yes; it’s time for that most popular of International festivals, St. Patrick’s Day, which is just, believe it or not, just 10 days away, on Monday week, 17th March, 2014. This year marks their fourth and a number of special celebrities will be joining in the fun and the parades including local councillors and members of the local community, least we not forget; St. Patrick himself, who will lead of the parade accompanied by this year’s Parade Marshal. So far over 30 different organizations are participating in the parade and many more have contacted various members of the committee to say they want to be involved. Even if you don’t live or have a Business in Cabo Roig but want to get involved in this Annual fun filled colourful day then please contact Brendan on 663 295 066 or e.mail: caboroigtraders@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to partake in this event.. So if you have a business or dance group, etc and would like to enter a float then get busy, get creative and get your name entered.. Cash prizes for best float are:1st. Prize 250€, 2nd Prize 150€, 3rd Prize 100€. This year’s parade will again start with a large number of local Biker clubs followed by a selection of classic and specialist cars. They will perform two circuits of the rout before the main parade starts. Anyone wishing to enter this car in the parade should contact Ron on 622 381 242. The Torrevieja Pipe and Drum band will lead the parade itself. There will be bouncy castles and face painters for the younger generation too. The organisers just wanted to also thank all those people who have helped up to now. For any further information you can ring Brendan on 663 295 066. Please note that this year’s event will start at 3pm. Since March 17th falls on a weekday, the classic cars and bikes will be starting their engines after the welcoming speeches at about 4pm with the parade proper due to set off at 4.30pm.

RBL visits the Air Academy

MORE THAN 60 members and friends of the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion were guests of Colonel Emilio Gracia Cirugeda last Thursday at the Academia General del Aire (AGA), and the Centro Universitario de la Defensa in San Javier. The base facilities include a Language School; a Tactics and Weapons Systems Wing; Air Traffic Control and a Navigational Wings where those students who don’t quite achieve the standards required for Phase II pilot training are given the option of training for alternative Air Force careers. Following the visit to the Academy members of the RBL retired to the excellent Los Caracoles Restaurant in Pilar de la Horadada where they wined and dined late into the afternoon.


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A lot of things seem to be at sixes and sevens right now, and it will take time and considerable patience to get back to basics. Sometimes you like to do things the hard way, but it is provocation and spite that has led to your recent disconnection from someone. To walk away from all this with your head held high is tempting and the best way. With Venus in cahoots with Ceres plans are afoot and it is time to ring the changes. Ceres governs time and motion, and any energy you give towards the formation of a new project takes very good advantage of your expertise right now. Aims and goals are temporary states of achievement, and is your new successes that open a door. Mercury’s dalliance with Saturn brings together the most positive elements of communication and wisdom. To be forewarned is to be forearmed and you can best prepare for what is soon to come your way and use it for the good purpose for which it was originally intended. Don’t let any rain fall on this parade and see it through at any odds. The Sun dutifully energised by Saturn brings a new dimension to your current hopes and wishes. Sheer hard work has taken you along a very different path, but it is sure that you are closer to your destination than you think you are. It may surprise you that there is more to a recent action than meets the eye, and your reward is near. Your ardent planetary leader, the Sun shines on many aspects of your life as it is at present. You have been sorely tested as of late, but your resilience and your ability to bounce back is inspiring and endearing for those who have been forced to take a back seat. Instead of waiting for results right now, make them happen, bring it on, you can. Saturn has a way of working with you that eliminates a lot of the negative energies and doubts that only serve to hold you back. This week is the start of a newly found freedom as you find your way out and start to work with inner energies to inspire and elevate you at every step of the way. Just don’t look back, you don’t have to! Positive energies of Venus combine with constraints brought about by a retrograde Mars and the interactions of Ceres. There have been many attempts to distract you in your current way of working, and others have advised you wrongly as to what you should do about it. Taking control is only second nature to you and it will be your salvation. Much is going on within you as you begin to piece things together in your own inimitable way. Balancing the pro’s and con’s and avoiding conflict puts you in pole position and shows you a better way forward. Revenge is a dish best served cold, so think before you act, stay cool and allow things to work out, because they are about to. Grace has given you the intelligence to see beyond, and the temerity to take a back seat if necessary. Wait and see what happens next and make your move under control and with impunity. You have everything to gain from playing your cards close to your chest and nothing to lose by ensuring nobody gets an inkling! There is a movement currently affecting Earth signs all across the horoscope, and you are proudly a part of the shift. Your all around achievements are often a silent inspiration to others+ and it comes as no surprise that you are open minded and non judgmental in your actions. Something rather wonderful is coming closer daily! Time was when you would have waited for the success you deserve as you are multi talented and a great all rounder. Right now you need to be unafraid to make any errors, and it is time to take on any challenge that comes your way. The key to your future direction is in the palm of your hand and it will open many doors if you just let it. Despite everything that has conspired to take you off road you are there to pick up the pieces and to make a difference in your own way when the time comes and there is work to be done. Ceres smiles down approvingly and brings you more of what you need right now, and the opportunity to turn everything around once and for all.

If it’s your birthday this week

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Being a part of the shift you are awaiting the instructions that never seem to come. Forget the confusing messages others see fit to send you of late, and be content in your individually inspiring energies.

Kenny Corris For Readings, Consultations and Castings email: kennycorris@hotmail.com / www.kennycorris.net Mobile: 686 361 594 / Tel: 965 878 424

Indian guides I HAD a change of Guides in my early forties. I didn’t dump my old guide, who was Chinese and very old, and who took diligent care of me from my birth onwards. Seeing how old he was one day, he was retired and is my doorkeeper, which gives him timbre and interest and me a simple filter of who connects with me in Spirit World connections. My new Guide continues to be an inspiration to me, and being a brave of the Proudfoot Sioux Nation he is fearless; and as with all North American Indian guides, mine for ever. The faith and the endurance of such guides is astounding. Their origins see them in a far different light to the headhunting scalping and whooping brigade of fighting Indians with their bows and arrows and fierce war cries. When they were not having to fight to save their rights and defending their territories they were the peace loving, spiritually based, nature loving and contented upholders of the truly Indian trails. They worked magic in bringing rain to the deserts and were healed

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by natural medicines and had outstanding gifts that allowed them to hear a horse approaching and a drop of water falling many kilometres away. Seeing how they were the original landowners of America, everything was slowly taken from them under force, and they were made to live as their ancestors mostly do today, in compounds. From here they can view what happens when greed takes over a country, and they now, more than ever, can see the foolishness of not responding to the landscape and appreciating the loving kindness and wisdom of Mother Nature. Red Indians are in reality calm loving people with a history of bloodshed and killing brought about by their fight against the dollar and a new unwelcome frontier. Sometimes my Guide comes to me and I can see the pain on his face. Etched in there is much suffering from the past, but he comes to work with me whenever I need him and I know that he always will.

Email your letters to me at: kennycorris@roundtownnews.com

I HAVE tried to contact my departed father in Spirit but I have not had a reply from him, despite him promising me that he would look after me when he passed over. Karina de J. Contact can only be made when the conditions are right to facilitate this. I am wondering if your Father passed recently….it does take six months or maybe more before a connection can be made. Not all in Spirit can master direct voice contact, and so he may seek to make communication in other ways such as flashing light bulbs in your home, sending smells and even little relevant gifts, as apports. Keep an open mind and do not give up!

Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 50.

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ACROSS 1. Insolvent (8) 5. Copied (4) 9. Profit (4) 10. Cutting tool (8) 11. Gay (5) 12. Unavailing (7) 13. Predestined (13) 18. Decisive (8) 19. Sleigh (4) 20. Sloth (7) 21. Trivial (5) 22. Entrance (4) 23. Ruminate (8) DOWN 2. Non-professional (7) 3. Relationship (7) 4. Cinema (7,6) 6. Versatile (7) 7. Obsolete (7) 8. Respect (6) 13. Choosing (7) 14. Obvious (7) 15. Lives (6) 16. Moment (7) 17. Graceful (7)

ACROSS 1. Commotion caused by disturbing brute in tree (8) 5. Boastful bird? (4) 9. Repair many at last (4) 10. Inclination to write song (8) 11. Staged imposingly? (3,2) 12. Would be select if ninety were admitted, but difficult to catch (7) 13. Loud outcry caused by 150 showing the ardour of their love (13) 18. Member constitutes an unreasoning adherent (8) 19. This horse is frightening by night (4) 20. I am to show incontrovertibly how to get better (7) 21. Hot displeasure shown that range has been blown up (5) 22. Direction given by the smallest letterhead sent out (4) 23. To Len red is imbued with disorder (8) DOWN 2. Not uniform of jejune quality (7) 3. Editor takes brush round his sleeping-chamber (7) 4. Revenge - the ability to see a small hole (2,3,3,2,3) 6. Come to understand how to convert into cash (7) 7. She has the knack of making clever remarks, but it loses freshness (7) 8. Disdainfully rejects boys from organisation (6) 13. Upset having to show measurement for headgear (7) 14. In respect of article to support thus turning up (7) 15. No sir, ring up for a prayer (6) 16. Lion and man confused in name only (7) 17. Go, nurse - he’ll do the operation! (7)


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The Flow of Life

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THE BRAIN delivers the energy of life to the body via the nervous system much like the sun delivers energy to the earth via rays of sunshine. When storm clouds fill the sky, these clouds interfere with the rays of sunshine and darkness sets in. The full energy of the sun is filtered and distorted before it reaches the surface of the earth. Similarly, many situations can develop within your body whereby the energy sent by your brain through your nervous system becomes filtered and distorted. This interference is known as a Subluxation or misalignment. Bones or joints may become misaligned and nerves can become irritated, pinched, stretched or compressed which all causes interference in the flow of energy from the brain. When this energy is distorted or blocked, a variety of symptoms will surface including in some cases extreme pain. Dr Dutey-Harispe D.C has travelled the world treating and lecturing people about the importance of Chiropractic care. He is a traditional chiropractor who uses a specific chiropractic technique W.H.O. (with hands only). The Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic is a family chiropractic clinic and our patients range from babies and children to adults of all ages. Apart from the usual lower back, neck, knees, hips etc, we treat patients for IBS, neuralgia, vertigo, migraine, asthma and golf and sports related injuries to name a few. Routine chiropractic care is vital in maintaining overall health and wellbeing. The next time you have pain or discomfort, please refer to this chart and contact us to find out more about how we can help you. Due to the success of the Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic, we now have a second clinic located in Los Alcazares. Please view our website for more information www.chiropractorspain.com


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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Masculine and Feminine Part 2

THE IDEA of “gender” in the Spanish language is something most students have to come to terms with quite early on in their learning. The idea that a chair can be “female” and a car “male” usually gives rise to a few jovial remarks, followed by general incomprehension as to why such female related objects as “bolso” (handbag) and “vestido” (dress) should be masculine, although for some reason no one ever worries that “camisa” (shirt) and “corbata” (tie) are feminine. There is possibly some strange psychological reason why we question some words and not others, but I have no idea what it is. In any case I always insist on making sure that people use the terms “masculine” and “feminine” rather than “male” and “female”, and also explain that this gender distinction belongs to the words themselves, and not what they represent. Sometimes I wish they were called “apples” and “pears” or “giraffes” and “elephants”, but at some point in the development of the language the distinction was made in terms of “masculine” and “feminine”, and whilst this is meaningful when applied to male and female people and animals, it is really arbitrary when referring to anything else. Anyway, hopefully my present readers have overcome this initial difficulty. The next question that arises is whether there is any way of knowing whether a word is masculine or feminine. As usual the answer is not conclusive. There are certain characteristics which can indicate which gender a word is, but there are exceptions, and also many words that

give us no indication whatsoever. The best known indicator is the characteristic “o” ending for masculine and “a” ending for feminine words. There are some notable and very common exceptions, such as “la mano”, “la radio”, “el sofá” “el planeta” and so on. Then there are many words that have other endings which do not indicate gender in any way. Here are just two examples out of thousands: “reloj” (clock) and “pared” (internal wall). You cannot tell by looking which one is which! In fact the word “reloj” is masculine – “el reloj” (the clock) and “pared” is feminine “la pared” (the wall). We just have to learn these differences gradually, and not worry about getting them all mixed up at first. Having said that, there are some very common endings that are always feminine (I’m very wary of using the word “always”, but in this case I have never come across any exceptions). These are “– ción, -sión and –xión” (la estación, la televisión, la conexión), and also the “– dad” endings (la comunidad, la universidad, la felicidad). On the other side you have the “-ema” endings (el dilema, el problema, el tema) and a few other bits and pieces. Apart from that, you are more or less on your own. I’ve always found the gender issue a little strange when it comes to people. We have the usual clear distinctions (el niño – the boy, la niña – the girl), but some people words

are always feminine irrespective of the gender of who they refer to. Two common examples of this are “la víctima” and “la persona”. We can say things like: “Mi hermano Pedro es una persona muy simpática”, and “la víctima era un hombre de 55 años”. These sentences sound perfectly normal in Spanish, but take a bit of getting used to for us. When it comes to job words, there is a certain amount of argument and variation. This has a lot to do with the fact that for many years in Spain professional jobs where exclusively in the hands of men, so it was not necessary for them to have feminine forms. A good example is the word for “doctor” which would normally be “el médico”, but has evolved to “la médico”, and now “la médica”, although not everyone accepts this final form. Other cases where masculine job words have been adapted to the times are: “juez” (male judge) “jueza” female judge, “presidente” (male president) “presidenta” (female president). Some jobs do not alter their endings in any circumstances, for example: “el piloto, la piloto” (pilot) and more surprisingly “el modelo, la modelo” (model). Now here’s a thought to finish off with – is the word “agua” masculine or feminine? The answer and a riveting discussion on the matter to follow next week.

Euro Leisure generous donation ON BEHALF of the Torrevieja Stroke Support Group, Colin Aitken was pleased to accept a cheque for 500€ from Pauline, chairperson of Euro Leisure. Euro Leisure raises funds for charity by playing quiz games at Coopers Bar in Lo Maribu, Quesada. Colin, a valued member of TSSG, suffered a stroke in 2012. TSSG is based at the Annex behind Age Concern in La Siesta and offers support for stroke patients and their families with weekly meetings every Friday from 2.45pm. The group provides invaluable advice and information as well as physical and psychological therapy. For further information please visit www.torreviejastrokesupport.com or telephone 965 071 920 and leave a message.


7 - 13 march 2014

charity

Raising a smile for DEBRA THE SMILE Charity Group has been very busy again fund-raising. Thanks to a fantastic night’s entertainment from Maria O’Hara, Vinny Mack and Benny, they raised more than 1,000€ for DEBRA (the Butterfly Children). On 19th March they are to host a Rock ‘n’ Roll Night with ‘Woody & The Peckers’ to raise funds for the ‘Benijófar Crisis Appeal’. The event will be held at the very popular El Alto La Dolores Restaurant in Guardamar. Tickets at just 10€ to include a delicious meal as well at top entertainment are available from: the Restaurant; The Post Room in Benijófar and The Card Place, Benimar. Look out for Smile Charity Groups’ next ‘theatrical production’, an original comedy based on a St Trinians Reunion to open at The Emerald Isle, The Club in Quesada and El Alto La Dolores Restaurant in May. Pictured are Marlene Brown, Janet Cartledge and Ted Kitchingham of ‘Smile Charity Group’ presenting a cheque to Ann Wylie and staff of the DEBRA Butterfly Charity.

Age Concern Easter Fair WEAR YOUR Easter bonnet for Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur’s Easter Fair, to be held on 29th March at the Asturia Restaurant, Punta Prima and opens at 11am. The Fair will continue until 3pm, packed with stalls manned by Age Concern Vulunteers, Mapre Insurance; the Royal British Legion; garden furniture by Iron Art Montesino; Better Dreams with their attractive range of linen as well as gifts and jewellery by Antisha. Other attractions will include a Tombola; cakes and jams; books and garden plants by the Garden Centre, San Miguel. Entertainment will be provided by Geoff’s Old School Sound and there will be a collection at the door. There will be a selection of hamper and raffle prizes on the day. Don’t miss it!

Spring into a new you Looking Good Boutique: New Season Show SPRING IS a great time to shop for a new look and to see the best this season has to offer why not come along to Looking Good Boutique’s New Season Fashion Show on Saturday 15th March at 12 noon at the boutique on the roundabout at La Zenia: featuring international designers Joseph Ribkoff and Pause Cafe. Call 96 676 0479 to reserve your seat: the show is in aid of Afe Cancer Charity.

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A guitar for all reasons LEE HOWARD is probably not a name that jumps to mind when you think of the pop music scene of the seventies. by Keith Nicol However, if you have ever bought a record on the Chrysalis label or listened to any music from such bands or artists as Showaddywaddy, Steeleye Span, Debbie Harry or Paul Young, to name but a few, chances are you have heard his vocal and guitar work without knowing it. Lee moved to the Cabo Roig area twelve years ago but because of his busy session and touring work, sold up and returned to the UK. Although still sought after for his session work, he decided the time was right to return to Spain and is readying himself to perform as both a solo artist, and hints at the possibility of starting a live band again to tour the Costas. He has already been signed up to perform on Saint Patrick’s Day as part of a fund raising event for Help At Home Costa Blanca at the Emerald Isle and can he heard presenting his own 60’s and 70’s radio show on TKO fm, 91.9fm, on Wednesday evenings between 8.00 and 10.00pm. Lee asked his parents for a guitar for his twelfth birthday and such was his talent that just a year later, he and a group of friends performed on British Kids TV along with such artists as Stubby Kaye. Two years later he decided that he was not destined for academia and left school to train as a hairdresser on London’s Sloan Street before landing himself a job as tea boy and gofer at Chrysalis. Still playing with his band and meeting lots of influential music people led to Chrysalis giving him a recording contract for three songs and that’s when it became the case of so close but so far for young Lee. Under the stage name of Howard Leigh he cut three discs: ‘Love coming my way’ and ‘Show me freedom’ which was top 40 in the UK. Lee was just

starting to get noticed by the likes of New Musical Express and Melody Maker and working with Adam Faith who was manager of Leo Sayer. The year was 1974 and Lee’s third release was the Sayer composition, ‘I’m a one man band’. As it slowly climbed the charts and Lee prepared himself for chart success, the dream was shattered in a phone call from Adam Faith to say that Sayer had decided that he was going to release the song himself, and as Leo’s version rose up the charts to number six, Lee’s started to move the other way, and so with one phone call his shot at solo success disappeared. The disappointment led to him becoming a regular session player and vocalist with Chrysalis and he managed to taste success with many other bands including Tony Burrows and the studio group of Edison Lighthouse. For the last couple of years he has been playing with Martin Murray from the Honeycombes before relocating to Spain just last week. You can contact Lee direct on 693 570 035 but look out for the name Lee Howard, and remember you saw it here first: in RTN.

Music in a Quiet Place READERS ARE reminded that on Sunday 23rd March, at 7.30pm, some of the best solo singers around, including Jennifer Morton, Patricia Flint, Alicia Muddle, Andew Briant, Dennis Gill and Wim van Hugten (and others) will be performing in Campoverde Church. The music will include: Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’: Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’; Dvorak’s ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’ and more pieces by Handel, Mendelssohn, et al. Previous ‘Music in Quiet Places’ performances have enjoyed considerable success show-casing the very finest solo singers in the area. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

Sergio Dalma, will perform Saturday in Torrevieja New Adini Spring IN! Summer Stock NOW

THE FIRST performance of the tour ‘Cadore 33’ by Sergio Dalma takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in Torrevieja’s magnificent International Auditorium. Spanish singer and heartthrob Sergio Dalma has chosen the Alicante town of Torrevieja to open his new show on the Iberian peninsula. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 10:00pm, with tickets ranging in price between 25 and 45 euros. On this tour, the Catalan singer tours Spain’s major cities, offering his audience a taste of his newest recordings plus some of those songs that have shaped his career. It is nearly 25 years since Sergio Dalma first made a name for himself in the music business, with his new album, ‘Cadore 33’, being his sixtieth album recording. Regardless of his success, hundreds of concerts and more than 500,000 copies sold of his last two albums, Dalma continues to create highly original versions of well known songs that have proved so popular that in several Latin American countries, many listeners believed that he originated the songs. Tickets are available on the door, space permitting or today Friday at the Municipal Box office between 11.00am and 1.00pm.


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Mac Pro protection HI AUNTY: I recently bought a Mac Pro Book having always used PC’s before. People tell me you don’t need virus protection but I would feel easier with some sort of protection, especially for malware. My Gmail address was recently hacked and although it looks like one of the distribution/ advertising types of hacking, it made me uncomfortable. I’ve changed all the necessary passwords and it does not seem to have done anything to my system. Can you recommend free virus and malware protection that would work well with MAC or even one I would need to pay for? Many thanks and hope you can help. Val

Aunty says: Yes, supposedly Macs are less prone to hacking and viruses, with most viruses being written for Windows. Apple has installed OS X anti-malware now in 10.6.8 and above OS X operating system versions; there is no need to install anti-virus software. Third party anti-virus tends to cause issues when Apple issues OS X updates, so it’s not advised to install them. Email addresses can be hacked many ways, even by simply guessing passwords (or by checking Facebook profiles for pets’ names which are common passwords!) which antivirus and antimalware cannot prevent.

A couple of problems... DEAR AUNTY: I have Windows XP, IE 8, use Google as my home page, and access my emails via Outlook Express. 1st problem: I installed Google Chrome a while ago but since then I seemed to be receiving a lot of spam emails and decided to uninstall it. I did a search to find a solution then went into Tools, Internet Options, Advanced and Reset. This brought my internet back. However, most times when I try to use it a message appears ‘This tab has been recovered. A problem with this webpage caused IE to close and reopen the tab’: Most times I can then open the site, but sometimes it takes a while, and often freezes altogether. 2nd problem: When I run Malwarebytes I get a list of PUPs. How do I know which ones to delete? Any help you can give will be very much appreciated. Marie Aunty says: 1st problem - Google Chrome is an internet browser. It is nothing to do with email. So there should be no link between installing Chrome and an increase in spam. Although you have reset Internet Explorer, crashed and recovered tabs will be down to issues with various add ons which it uses. The only way to solve this is to go into options and turn off all the add ons, and then one by one turn them on and see which one crashes IE. 2nd problem - PUP are: Potentially Unwanted Programmes. In other words, Malwarebytes cannot determine if they are things that are safe, or not, and requires your input to help it decide. Only by looking at the details on the report can this be determined. In most cases on your screenshots, most of them look to be legitimate programmes, so I would advise not to delete anything!

Slow internet speed on laptop

HELLO AUNTY: Since acquiring my new laptop with Windows 8, I have noticed that my internet speed is very low. The speed test indicates that my broadband speed is about 8 Mbps but when I try to go to a website it takes longer than my previous laptop with Vista. I have no other computer to test it. Have you heard anything about Windows 8 and its effect on internet speed? Saeed. Aunty says: I personally have found no issues with Internet speeds on Windows 8. But like you, during research on this I have noticed some people have had issues. If you are using Internet Explorer, have you tried using other internet browsers like Chrome, or Firefox?

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Gadget Inspector Investigates: Gigaset Trio Cordless Phone Set THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Siemens Gigaset A120 Trio Cordless Phone Home phones tend to take a back seat these days to their smarter, more mobile counterparts. But that doesn’t mean we don’t still need them– our home-fixed lines often offer cheaper calls, particularly when being called from abroad. Today’s offering is the Siemens Gigaset A120 Trio Cordless Phone Set which consists of three cordless handsets, enough for even the most demanding household. But surely since this set only costs 31€ the quality must be dubious? Not in the least. The Gigaset Trio is made by Siemens, a German company with a reputation for industry leading build quality, high quality materials and best-in-class technology. Every Gigaset product, regardless of price undergoes the same rigorous testing which includes every keypad button being pressed 100,000 times, running 25,000 charging cycles, being dropped on its edge and side 16 times from a series of heights and even placed into a trouser pocket containing dust and crumbs - 10,000 times! But is it any good as a phone? The handsets feature large clear display screens and user-friendly keys with sensitive pressure points for easy dialling. It can store up to 50 numbers in memory and features a call list which allows you to see the last 25 missed and received calls and a separate call list that stores the last 10 numbers you’ve entered for quick redialling. The phones also feature High Sound Performance (HSP) to provide the best sound quality when compared with normal analogue phones. Interference from other electronic devices is also well suppressed so as not to interfere with your call quality.

But it doesn’t end there. The Gigaset A120 also displays the calling number as well as the date and call duration. It even features a handy alarm function that allows you to program a reminder should you need to make a call at a particular time. And not forgetting eco credentials the energy-saving power supply of the Gigaset A120 consumes less electricity. Also the Gigaset can even reduce the transmitting power from the handset to the base station depending on their distance apart. And should you wish you can manually reduce the transmitting power of the Gigaset A120’s base station by 80% by selecting the ECO Mode. There is also an ECO Mode Plus that turns off the transmitting power when the phone is in standby. It is worth noting the phone set is supplied fitted with a UK telephone socket adapter – but this is easily unclipped from the base unit and replaced with one that will fit a Spanish phone socket, you can probably just take the one from your existing phone. It will also arrive with a UK power adapter, but again this can be easily fitted with a Spanish power adapter. The Inspectors Verdict: The Siemens Gigaset A120 Trio Cordless Phone Set represents a quality set of three cordless

phones at a ridiculous 16€ per phone! So if your home phone is past its sell by date now is the time to change it. Visit www.gadget-hound.co.uk/gigaset-trio / to order the Siemens Gigaset A120 Trio Cordless Phone Set for 49€: price quoted includes free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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The Games in Spain!

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Campbell - How is your game progressing? Tony M - It’s OK. I may never get the call to join the Ryder Cup team. Campbell - Do you get a mix of pars, bogies and birdies? Tony M - I get Birdies almost every round. Campbell - Well that is very good and a big improvement from the last time we played. Tony M - Oh yes - I almost had one on Friday, I almost had one last Wednesday. I almost . . Campbell - I’m going now.

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ONE OF the unfortunate and more enduring aspects of the recession is that many of Spain’s prestigious golf events have been withdrawn and it may be some years before they return. By Tony Myles ARE THEY GONE FOREVER? I put that question to a lady who is ideally placed to answer it. AND THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS! Alicia Garrido Villacieros is an Executive Director for Deporte and Business the company that organises all the major golfing events in Spain including the Ladies European Tour which was held at La Sella until the sponsorship cash dried up. This is part of a conversation we had on this subject: Tony - I think that most people would understand that in a tough economic climate all non-essential expenditure will be cut and so we have had to watch as our major golf events have been cancelled but is there anything that is being done to get them back? Alicia - Well yes we have made a start. It is not huge but it is something we can build on. There is a gap of several months between the end of one season and the start of the next one which means that many professionals cannot compete for 4 to 5 months. Apart from the men’s European Tour the rest of the International Tour in Europe starts in May. Therefore we have decided to create a mini-tour for the months of February to April.

Tony - Well done, Alicia. It must be a challenge finding sponsorship money or is it getting easier? Alicia - Of course we tried to secure sponsorship but as we were anxious to move forward quickly we decided to provide interim sponsorship through our own company. We will create the event at our own cost and having done so, perhaps it will be easier to find a commercial organisation willing to offer financial support. Tony - That is a brave undertaking and I know that everyone will be hoping that it is a major success for you. So how exactly will it be organised? Alicia - We have a structure which I believe will be attractive to the participants and also to the general public who come along as spectators. The format will be four tournaments in the Madrid area, each one held over two days. Tony - I can understand why you would choose that location and I presume that the two days rather than four means that costs are significantly reduced. Alicia - Yes of course and it will also appeal to a larger number of good quality players who would like this opportunity to start honing their game in preparation for the main season. We have also chosen some excellent courses

in that area and if your readers don’t already know of them I would suggest that they are worth considering as venues for their own golfing itinerary. They are La Moraleja, El Encin, RSHECC & Race. Each of these courses has previously hosted a PGA European tour event. Tony - That is great news and hopefully just one more sign that there is a growing confidence in Spain in general. So what will the tour be called? Alicia - This will be the first D&B Pro Golf Tour. Of course it will be amended when we secure a major sponsor. Tony - We will be looking out for more news as the tour progresses but in the meantime I must thank you for your time and hope that we can follow this up in the next few weeks when I would like to find out more about what other activities your company has planned. Alicia - We have lots happening and I will be happy to share them with you. One final point worth mentioning is the fact that Alicia’s singular highest objective is to bring the Solheim Cup to Spain. When it does we will be among the first to tell you about it.


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motoring

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Car Products AS THE temperatures drop during winter life becomes increasingly tough for the motorist.

JUST GETTING into the car can be a problem. On an icy day a friend of mine swears by dipping the key to his old car in boiling water and then inserting it into the lock. But you don’t need to do that anymore I tell him because Autoglym de-icer can be sprayed anywhere on the car including the locks, without damaging the paintwork. You can’t say that about many de-icers. Any ice on the windows can be easily removed by the de-icer and scraper that form part of the Autoglym Winter Collection. The next hurdle is the inside of the windscreen which invariably will be caked in condensation and in older cars even ice. The Autoglym microfibre cloth makes very light work of removing this leaving no smears as you can see in the video at testdrives.biz.

The collection also includes All Seasons Quick Clear screenwash. The 500ml container

makes up to 8 litres of screenwash. It keeps the windscreen clear all year round and removes dead bugs, too. Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz

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service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:Pristine Pools on 966-774199 or 678-080-500 www. pristineswimmingpools.com NO CALLOUT CHARGE. SEE MAIN ADVERT ON FRONT PAGE OF CLASSIFIEDS Why go to the shop? When we come to you saving you time and money!

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MATURE DETATCHED VILLA ALCALALI overlooking campo.Walking distance to amenities.3 bed,2 bath.132 m2 build on 890 m2 plot with private pool.275,000€ 966482564 HOUSES WITH LAND CASITA PEGO,75 square metres and 3,449 square metre plot with orange trees.79,000€. MOUNTAINHOUSE GATA DE GORGOS,160 square metres and 825 square metre plt,75,000€. BENIMELI MOUNTAINSIDE PLOT,54,000 square metres with house,45 square metres,only 37,000€. 629991543 LOVELY S/DETATCHED BUNGALOW QUESADA 2 beds,bathroom,fitted kitchen.Sun lounge with sea views.Seperate en-suite apartment underbuild exceptional views.966719561

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