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Issue 682

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At last!

The March of the Poor continues its journey Responsible for stopping 480 evictions this year The Marcha de los Pobres (The March of the Poor) continues to make its way across the region p6

Plans for airport handover confirmed.

Gift-wrapped Madrid

by Jan Gamm

Spain’s historic capital city will be lit up with Christmas lights and offers visitors the chance to enjoy part of the festive season in style. p36

Diabetes day 14th November

Cambridge 800 has specialist trained consultants in the treatment of Diabetes and follows a strict protocol overseen by the Medical Director of Cambridge 800 p39

All the fun of the fayre with HAH

The sun shone, the atmosphere was great at the second HAH Christmas Fayre p58

Over 100 people attended

Race for Life Mazarrón’s 8th Annual Race for Life attracted 100 participants. If you would like to join MABS on the next Race for Life it will be held at Los Alcázares on Sunday, 11th November. Read the full story on page 58.

ANTONIO SEVILLA, the councillor for Public Works, has confirmed that San Javier and Corvera Airports will serve the Costa Calida together for some months after the new flight terminal at Corvera is opened next year. Airport authority Aena has made the decision to operate the two facilities simultaneously to achieve a smoother changeover. It was decided that this gradual transfer of services would be more practical than shutting down San Javier as soon as Corvera became operational. Corvera airport has been under construction for the last five years but plans were in place several years prior to that resulting in huge property investment and construction in and around Murcia. Murcia’s San Javier airport on the Mar Menor, about an hour south of Alicante, is limited by its dual service as a military base. Flight times and ground services are shared with military operations. Corvera, on the other hand, satisfies every requirement as an international destination terminal. Speaking at the Regional Assembly on Tuesday, Sevilla said that personnel and flight services would be divided between the two airports with the bulk of operations gradually transferring to Corvera. Aena predicts that operations at both airports could continue for between two and six months, sparking speculation on how difficult it could be to run two separate facilities for such a long period, despite San Javier only handling a limited number of flights. There will of course be a requirement for two customs areas, two security bases and immigration staff required for both terminals. Continued on page 6


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THE POLICE Dog Unit in Alicante is expanding its activities to include the new bus station. The dogs sniff out hashish and marijuana secreted in luggage, preventing the entry of small-scale drugs into the city. Head of the Dog Unit Sergio Melgares said, “It’s a precautionary measure. The bus sta-

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tion is an important gateway to the city from all over Spain and from other parts of Europe.” He confirmed that most of the drugs seized are cannabis. Throughout the year the Canine Unit has assisted 635 prosecutions for drug possession.

Iberfone contract terminated in Orihuela

THE DEPARTMENT of Administration Modernisation in Orihuela has taken steps to terminate its communications contract with Iberfone, the company operating the wifi network in the districts of Barbarossa, Rocamora and Virgen del Camino. Iberfone offers a range of broadband solutions (fiber, cable, wireless systems) for voice traffic, data, Internet and telephone services for residents and businesses. A number of residents will lose their internet and telephone facilities as the Department of Trade has commenced proceedings to terminate the contract following a report received on Iberfone’s operational activities that are deemed to be illegal and in breach of the terms of its contract.

The Orihuela Conservatory starts a new year

ON FRIDAY 3rd November The Teatro Circo hosted the official opening of the academic year 2012/13 for the Orihuela Conservatory. The Conservatory comprises 301 students, 23 teachers and teachers, staff and administration services. It actively participates in community concerts and takes part in neighbourhood parties and local festivals. At the commencement of the new academic year students received recognition for their graduation following nine years’ study and teachers made presentations for excellence. Following comments from the president of the AMPA, Valery Rock, and the director of the Conservatory, Juan Zaragoza, the Councillor for Education, Rosa Martinez, inaugurated the course, commenting: “Students of the Conservatory have received awards and honours at national and also international levels and deserve warmest congratulations. I also want to note that this year a student of this conservatory has been admitted to the School of Music Reina Sofia in Madrid, specializing in Trombone.” The Professional Conservatory Choir closed the night with a concert.

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Vast Differences in House and Content Insurance Cover

THE CLAIMS department in my Jรกvea offi ce often Jennifer Cunningham receive telephone calls from clients regarding House and Contents claims, especially after a very nasty storm or fire. by

THE POLICY we offer is, as far as I am concerned, the best on the market. Yes, of course I would say that, but I have a great amount of experience and ask the right questions when comparing other policies. As long as you make sure you have the correct cover, claims will be met. The correct questions to ask is not easy, of course, as there are many issues to consider when deciding which policy is the right one for you. Consideration must be taken into account if the policy is in Spanish, if you are unable to understand written Spanish this is not a good route to take. Sales people can assure you everything is covered, but what do they mean by this? Just to assume that you are covered as best as you can be is not the best way to purchase a policy at all, but I know many people do just this. My staff will answer all your questions and give you a policy wording to study in English even before accepting the quotation. One of the major advantages with our policy is taking out the optional All Risks Accidental Damage on both the contents and buildings; this option costs a very minimal amount. Accidents do happen in the home, for example spilling red wine on your best Persian rug, up a ladder with a pot of paint dropping it and subsequently spilling over the sofas, and never forgetting damage caused by a water leak or, in the extreme, an earth quake tremor causing cracks or movement to your buildings. Also very important is to have sufficient public liability cover (always confirm the

amounts) as well as legal defence. When it comes to contents cover, take very great care you know exactly the cost of replacement on everything. Failure to insure an adequate amount could and does cause problems when processing a claim as you could be considered to be underinsured. New for old is important; never assume this is standard. It sounds so simple and one could be forgiven for believing that all the contents would be covered, but I assure you know there are some policies that only cover a few items and at a very limited amount. For example, if you have a very expensive TV, the amount some policies pay out will not cover an exact replacement or get anywhere near it. There are, I believe, policies that do not even cover theft. Yes, extraordinary is it not. Take great care if you have some nice jewellery. Do not assume it will be covered. Always ask for the amount that you are able to cover and check that it is in the policy. If it is of a certain value and not listed on the policy, then you may not be covered. I do feel, however, that expectations are sometimes far too high even with a good policy and then, of course, when these expectations are not met, pure rage can take over and the claims staff then can come in for very serious verbal abuse. My company has its own claims department and I know this can save time and frustration. One simple phone call and you are through to the right department. I can assure you we are a very hon-

est, genuine hard working S.L. company. Regulated by the DGS in Spain, all my staff have constant updating on the changing laws of Spain with periodical training and exams on the policies. This is a requirement from the DGS which must be complied with. I am an exclusive agent for Liberty Seguros, one of the largest insurance companies in the world and as they are part of the Liberty Mutual Group. Now that is what I call security and in this difficult world we live in, it is very necessary to protect yourself. Years ago we trusted the banks, but not anymore; and why go to a bank for insurances when it is far better to go with well established insurance companies who are committed to the ex-pats and understand our needs. We are used to certain criteria being met and I assure you, you will be very happy with our policy and our service. I am always warning people not to be just seduced by a low price as there is so much more to consider. The rules and regulations are different from the UK, despite people thinking differently. Things take far longer to sort out which I find very irritating sometimes. Running a company in Spain is one of the most difficult and frustrating operations I have ever done, it is similar to walking upstairs backwards!! Despite all this I am still here and thanks to many loyal clients, Insurers who help me as much as possible, and hard working professional staff I have managed to survive and grow, even in these difficult times.

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Media Markt opens new store in Orihuela

Store Manager Salvador Aleixandre welcomes the mayor

by Jan Gamm MEDIA MARKT, Europe’s and Spain’s largest consumer electronics retailers are to open a new store in La Zenia Boulevard Mall in Orihuela Costa. Scheduled to open at the end of November, the store is the third Media Markt in the province and will provide

employment for 60 people selected from more than 4,000 applications. Orihuela’s acting mayor, Mrs Antonia Moreno Ruiz, visited the new store accompanied by Store Manager Salvador Aleixandre. “Our latest store will give customers maximum benefit by putting the latest technologies and developments

in the market within their reach at affordable prices,” said Aleixandre, adding, “I am very satisfied with the welcome the local community has given Media Markt.” Media Markt currently has 62 stores in Spain and plans to open three new stores (including the Orihuela branch) before the end of the year.


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The March of the Poor continues its journey

The March of the Poor crisscrosses the region this week

by Jan Gamm THE MARCHA de los Pobres (The March of the Poor) continues to make its way across the region, covering 170km this week, marching for most of each day in all weathers. Participants in the march are ordinary citizens carrying banners protesting against cuts and evictions. They began their journey in Alcantarilla, walking on to Alhama, Totana and Lorca, then Moratalla and Calasparra, reaching Cieza on Friday. EVICTIONS This weekend the marchers will make an appearance in Molina de Seguras before reaching Murcia on Sunday. The Murcia

group is responsible for stopping 480 evictions this year. The initiative is under the organisation of the Social Forum and the Platform of People Affected by Mortgage. HOAC The Labour Guild of Catholic Action (HOAC) has decided to support a general strike planned for 14th November. The Guild issued a statement encouraging Christians throughout the union to join the protest against ‘the attack on social rights’. The strike calls for the protection of the community against procedures taken to recover debts incurred through the economic crisis.

Columbares clean up the beach THE COLUMBARES Association, an association of immigrant groups who live and work in the region of Murcia, has begun its environmental volunteer project in the Bay of Mazarrón entitled ‘Expláyate’. Participants undertook cleaning, restoration and repairs on and around the beach area of Las Covaticas, rewarded with a well-earned picnic. Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, commended the “excellent work” being carried out by the Columbares Association and urged residents to join the initiative. COMPETITION A photographic competition is being organised within the project in the área of Mazarrón Bay to select the best photographs taken of the landscape. The winning photos will be featured in an onlin exhibition, on the Association Columbares website at and invarious locations around Mazarrón. For more information visit the website, email or telephone 675 183 532.

Antonio Sevilla, Councillor for Public Works

Continued from front page Calibration test flights have been carried out recently at Corvera and although no problems were encountered the formal certification that is required relating to ground safety and flight path approval is still pending. The Costa Calida has waited impatiently for news of progress on the International Airport at Corvera for some months, with varying reports suggesting that cash was short… or cash had run out… and the runways were too short... The budget for the new airport at Corvera now has just 100,000€ within its allocation, which will be spent on completing service installations within the terminal, tipped to be open for business in April 2013 in time for the start of the busy tourist season marked by the Easter break. And the runway is the longest in Spain.

No surrender!

PLUCKY PENSIONER Fran Daley is urging people not to give up in their fight for benefit justice and payments they are owed by the British Government. The 72-year-old is embroiled in an ongoing battle with the Department of Works and Pensions over her Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and believes there are hundreds being denied payments. She hopes people will band together and bring pressure on the government to pay the benefits people are entitled to as the government continues to look for savings. Fran said she had read of other expats struggling to get benefit payments and called for a silver-haired revolution. She told RTN: “Let’s hope all the people who are at a loss will band together and show these civil servants we are not benefit cheats or idiots. We are only asking for what is rightfully ours.” Fran and husband Frank, 75 who used to work for the Inland Revenue, came to live in Alicante seven years ago and informed the DWP they were moving to the sun – only to be informed her DLA, which was awarded for life, would be stopped. A former civil servant, she ran a postal department with a staff of 300 but an “unforeseeable” accident meant she had to retire on medical grounds. “I was awarded the DLA (lowest rate) in 1994. In 2005 I informed the DWP I

October 2010 the payments were “ In reinstated with ‘back pay’ to October 2007, she continues to fight for money owed from 2005.

was coming to live here and they told me rather bluntly that this benefit could not be paid here – so I accepted these civil servants know best.” PRINCIPLE However, a newspaper article prompted her to take up her cause again in 2007 and in October 2010 the payments were reinstated with ‘back pay’ to October 2007 – she continues to fight for money owed from 2005 “as a matter of principle”. She said her fight was not about the cash but “just to show them we cannot be treated as non-entities”. Fran said she had just lost an appeal but was undeterred. “The bottom line is this has caused my husband and me a lot of stress. How can you put a price on that? I am not banking on getting the back pay but at least it will give me some satisfaction....I have nothing to lose and can hopefully enjoy my twilight years here in Spain.” She said benefit ‘victims’ were an-

by Jack Troughton

gered to read how people working in the UK could claim child support for youngsters living in other countries yet retired people who had paid their taxes were denied support. “Our generation is just appalled at the way people are treated. The more people stand up to the government, the better it will be – there must be thousands of us being treated in this way,” she said. “People should band together we must fight for our rights – there are people claiming benefits left, right and centre in the UK, but British citizens who have worked all their lives cannot get what is rightfully theirs. “We might be of a certain age but we don’t like being made to look idiots – we are just being fobbed off as scroungers but we are not second rate citizens, we are honest upstanding people.” And she hoped others would not surrender. “There are cases that are very sad but I urge all of them not to give up.”

Spain celebrates All Saints DURING THE feast of All Saints last weekend an incredible 50,000 visitors passed through the gates of Alicante city cemetery. Florists all over Spain did a roaring trade in floral tributes and also retail outlets selling candles enjoyed a welcome boost in the days prior to the ‘Day of the Dead’ on 1st November and All Souls Day on 2nd November. Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarra, Fermín Labarga, explained that the liturgy of All Saints Day celebrates “The glory of the ascension of those who have gone to heaven” while the Day of the Dead is an act of “solidarity and prayer” for the souls of those still in purgatory.

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Help for elderly and vulnerable by Jack Troughton SPAIN’S SOCIAL Services are able to help elderly and vulnerable expats but British residents have been warned they must face up to their problems. At a meeting organised by the British Consulate, the importance of registering on the town hall ‘Padron’ was again underlined as the starting point to access available services – including panic alarms, meals on wheels, and home help. And Carole Saunders outlined the various schemes at a Calpe meeting: “We all need to look ahead to our old age and calculate whether we are financially stable enough to stay in Spain until we die – please do not bury your head in the sand. “There are few state run residential homes and private ones charge an average of 1,700€ a month.” And she added: “There are more and more people in their late eighties and nineties who have run out of money – it paints a very sad picture.” Carole, a Calpe councillor, said people could access direct help through social services but there could be waiting times for spaces on different schemes, and also through the Ley de Dependencia and apply for care assistance in paying for residential homes or home help. “But it takes

months and months to come through.” Those over the age of 65 or with a disability and vulnerable or at risk can apply for a panic alarm – they need to present an application form, passport, residencia and [pardon, and a photocopy of their SIP card. Carole said meals on wheels, ‘menjar a casa’, is offered Monday to Friday, joking: “You starve on Saturdays and Sundays.” The service costs users 2.69€ a day and was available to people over 65 and dependants over 60 or those aged over 18 and disabled and it was designed to help those needing support but able to eat without assistance. An application must be supported by a social services and medical report, proof of income, usually a pension, padron, residencia and passport. A seven day meals on wheels, laundry and cleaning service – major a casa – costs users 133.91€ a month and can be requested by the same group as above depending on need. Home help or ‘ayuda a domicilio’ supports those needing such things as help with bathing and dressing, help with eating, and supervision of taking medication - again the documentation is needed and people must have a jusCarole tifiable need. Saunders More information is available at the website at the or at individual town hall websites. meeting

‘We want the money’ say pharmacists PHARMACIES ACROSS the Costa Blanca carried out their strike action this week with an indefinite shutdown and a skeleton service in operation to dispense medicines to the community in the face of a series of broken promises and subsidy payment defaults on the part of the Generalitat that owes them €200 million. Most customers are deeply sympathetic to the plight of their local chemists that have struggled to stay afloat and survive many months of arrears payments but patience is predicted to be short-lived as vital prescription drugs become more difficult to source. President of the College of Pharmacists, Jaime Carbonell, warned that the strike was “…likely to be long. Promises no longer serve us: we want the money.” On the first day of closures one pharmacist said: “I had to ask 40 customers to return this afternoon or tomorrow for out of stock products.” And many patients are forced to go on a ‘pharmacy crawl’ to secure medicines in short supply.

An agricultural nightmare! THE COST of fresh vegetables soared throughout October due to unfavourable weather conditions that battered crops all over the country. In Andalucia and Valencia agriculturists claimed a staggering €78 million for ruined crops against their insurance policies – the highest ever recorded. At the beginning of the year widespread frost claimed the lettuce crop as well as soft crops such as peaches and apricots. The long, hot summer with little or no rain was followed by aggressive rainfall, not forgetting the Gota Fria that wrought agricultural havoc throughout the region. It seems that the weather definitely has a grudge this year and the result is that fresh produce prices have rocketed, more than quadrupled in October. So now you know why your cauliflower has increased in price by a pocket-busting 700%! Carrots have increased by 600%; potatoes by 267%, lettuce by 350% and tomatoes by 267% (according to date from agricultural and consumer associations).



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Hate campaign THROUGH YOUR newspaper I feel compelled to express my concern over the inaccurate media coverage by certain sections of UK media on its coverage in Spain. As a long term resident of Spain, the recent report on SKY news showed an empty Benidorm beach when the previous day my family had sailed from Altea to Playa Albir well past Benidorm, noticing every beach packed with holidaymakers and then within hours watched Mr Holmes showing a deserted Benidorm beach with a voiceover stating “this illustrates the very serious position that Spain finds itself in.” We are aware of the current situation in Spain but we must remember that the UK debt position per GDP percentage is only just under Spain’s. The hate campaign generated by parts of the UK media is a major concern to the thousands of UK citizens living overseas. I have received telephone calls from the UK with the offer of free housing because of what has been stated in the press. Other folk in the nearby Jalon Valley have been contacted offering food parcels! Over the past few months I have travelled to Andorra and central Spain and found major infrastructure developments to road, rail and industrial sites. The overall road and rail network and general condition is far better than the UK and Spain is becoming the European leader in high speed rail systems. The UK is still talking about high speed. My family has had the best year for weather and visitors for thirty years and next year more visitors are expected. We feel that a UK media hate campaign is being waged at anything European and it seems most odd that the European project was started by the great man Winston Churchill, together with the European Convention on Human Rights, now much abused, introduced to UK law by a Conservative government led by Winston Churchill. Alan Page, Alicante

Poor show Emergency....... I HAVE been very disappointed by the few people who are wearing poppies to show respect for those who gave their lives in the two world wars. Even more disappointing was to see that some of those who did wear a poppy had obviously bought it last year or even earlier. The Royal British Legion does a great job in supporting ex servicemen and their families when they need it. There is no fixed price you just pay what you want. It would be nice to see the kind of support for this charity as is given to the many animal charities in this area. J. Taylor

LIKE MANY people in Spain we live in a ‘camino’ with no name so if we needed emergency services, particularly an ambulance, we would have a problem getting them to come to us, which could be fatal. We have asked many people but no one seems to have the answer. Is there a service we can subscribe to that has the coordinates of our casa so you just quote a reference number/name? C Yarnton

Frustrated driver

I THOUGHT I was the only one having these problems with Trafico , just like Mr Kind I have been hitting my head against a brick wall trying to obtain my Spanish Driving licence, with exactly the same results and I am still without a licence having applied in April, I have contacted DVLA Swansea to no avail and I am now trying to get Trafico to resubmit a request for confirmation from Swansea of the details of my British licence,have we opened a can of worms here how many more Brits are having the same problems ? Frustrated Driver Mrs Brown

Illegal dumping

ASK ANY school child what they would do if they saw a property on fire and they would say “Call the fire brigade,” or if they saw someone commit a crime, children would say “Call the police.” Ask CLARO the same questions and they will say “Call a protest demanding Mancebo to resign.” Dumping rubbish in the street is illegal in every civilized country. In many countries bins are collected just once a week: in Orihuela Costa they are collected every night. We can place reasonable amounts of household green waste in a tidy manner in the street two days per week. Professional or community gardeners should dispose of their own green waste and many do but some abuse the fantastic facility we have in Orihuela Costa. There is also a facility to call the town hall to arrange when to have large items collected free of charge but some people just dump large household items and even building materials wherever they want, without making arrangements. This is criminal and good citizens should report this crime to the proper authorities. Protests are fine, once they are civic-minded but recent protests are politically motivated by a few bitter misguided people who resent Pedro Mancebo for his tirelessly hard work for Orihuela Costa. Dumping rubbish affects us all - we all need to adhere to rubbish collection schedules and report illegal dumping as we would any other crime. Raymond Kearney

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Dickens festival offers more

THE LESS well-known work of Charles Dickens is being explored next Tuesday night (13th November) as part of a Costa Blanca celebration of the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth.

Charles Dickens

by Jack Troughton Xabia Book Circle invites everyone wanting to find out a little more of his less publicised work and promises guests will be surprised by the presentation. Dickens was a self-trained journalist and began his working life as a court reporter - the rich source of material for his novels. He then began to write sketches and his first published work was ‘Sketches by Boz’, using a nom de plume based on a childhood nickname. Huw Griffith, Christopher North and Rod

Davis will present Dickens as a journalist, sketch writer and a letter writer ‘par excellence’ at 7.45pm at the Social Centre in Javea. For more information contact the Xabia Book Circle Chair, Rod Davis on 625 953 916. And fans of the big screen can enjoy the original English versions of Dickens inspired films on Thursday nights at 8pm in Javea’s Casa de Cultura. The series opened this week with David Copperfield and continues on 15th November with Great Expectations, on 22nd November with Oliver!, and ends on 29th November with A Christmas Carol.

Service of Remembrance

THE ROYAL British Legion Torrevieja Branch is to hold its Service of Remembrance at La Siesta Church on Saturday 10th November 2012 commencing at 10:45hrs for Last Post at 11am. The Service will be attended by the Alcaldi of Torrevieja, District North Spain TRBL Chairman and Secretary, as well as all the local British Ex Service Associations whose Standards will be paraded on the day.



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Quitting the habit with Fast Track Hypnosis

SMOKING. ONE of the most difficult habits to quit. And why? One of the reasons is that we tend to view cigarettes as a friend. Perhaps call them pet names, don’t by we? Ciggies, for example. We’ve given them nicknames, which makes them as close to us as our best pal! But they’re not our pal! They’re our enemy, our The Costa Blanca’s body’s enemy! We all know the facts. We know milTop Hypnotherapist lions of deaths are caused by smoking related diseases. We’ve seen the TV ads, have been repulsed by them, but did that stop us from picking up a cigarette and lighting it? No. It didn’t. Smoking is a habit, which never seems to go away. What do they say? Once a smoker, always a smoker. It’s an old adage. One, which is universally believed… except by me. Why don’t I believe it? Because I can help you stop it..NOW!. Yes, you read that correctly. What is smoking but an addiction? And where is an addiction based? In the mind. Yes, there are physical cravings, but these are formed around the mind’s need for the drug, a drug which is housed within the form of a cigarette. And if you smoke, then effectively, you take a drug. Habitually. How does that make you feel? Well, if you’re reading this article, then I can only assume that you’re ready to quit the habit. That you are fully aware you are addicted and are ready to stop using cigarettes as a crutch. Because that’s all they are. Nicotine and the other nasties - dozens of which are highly toxic and some which you use to kill slugs in the garden, are housed within a cigarette. But, mind over matter! The mind is where you can find an addiction and it is where I can help you stop it in ONE simple 30 minute session! My therapy is the real science behind Fast Track Hypnosis. Hypnosis is just the prolonged state of relaxation, into which I induce clients and then the real science comes into play.

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Fast Track Hypnosis is an incredibly powerful tool. When a person is in that state of relaxation, suggestions take on a life of their own. Why? Because suggestions are implanted into the subconscious and when the client comes out of Hypnosis, the mind moves them into the active parts of the brain. Some lay dormant, these will remain there, lying in wait until you need them. Fast Track Hypnosis is a unique treatment. It calls upon the traditional hypnotherapy methods, but I’ve condensed these methods and manipulated them into a speedier treatment. In this fast-paced world, speed is of the utmost importance. In the past, slow was key but not where an addiction is concerned! After all, do you want to stop smoking now? Or next year? I’m assuming now! It’s autumn. We’re a few months away from the ubiquitous New Years’ Resolutions. Wouldn’t you prefer it if you’d already quit the habit before that part of the year returns? Let’s face it, how often do we keep our resolutions? Rarely! In fact, over twenty-five per cent of people, who actually make a resolution, drop them before the end of the first week! It doesn’t bode well, if you’re intending to quit then, does it? Why wait? Why not change your life now! And Fast Track Hypnosis will do just that. It’s already changed OVER 50,000 people’s lives, why shouldn’t you be a part of that number? There’s no reason why. Smoking is a destructive habit. One which takes over and gradually degenerates a smoker’s health. One is never enough. Another is always required and the habit must always be fed. In this day and age, where money is tight, why waste it on such an addiction? But more than that, quitting is becoming almost imperative. Governments, with overstretched healthcare budgets, are targeting tobacco, because it’s a prime culprit as the instigator of thousands of diseases. It´s a rather cold way to view it, but it´s the truth. Smokers are slowly but surely becoming social pa-

riahs. What was once a social nicety is completely the opposite now! There are hundreds of techniques to quit the habit, patches, inhalators, tablets etc. .Most are costly and time consuming. That where Fast Track Hypnosis comes into it’s own! Yes, it truly is as fast as that. The clue is in the title. Fast Track Hypnosis! It takes only thirty minutes to transform the way your mind views cigarettes and smoking. Within one half-an-hour, your life can be changed and with little fuss or ceremony! You won´t be checking patches to make sure they work, or clinging on to an inhalator like you would a cigarette, nor is there any craving for the next piece of gum. No. It’s simple. Your mind does the work. And why shouldn’t it? After all, it’s the mind, which pushed you into smoking! After the thirty minute session, you leave with a Back-Up CD, which reinforces our work together. Listen to it, work through it and your needs will be quenched. This is all included in the incredible one-off fee of only € 95. So, if you’re ready to change your life, if you’re ready to free yourself from that destructive habit which has overtaken every aspect of your day and if you’re tired of smelling of stale smoke, then call me today! Alternatively for more information click on On my website, you’ll find dozens of testimonials from past and happy clients. Each one detailing a client’s own, personal success with Fast Track Hypnosis. Get ready to change your life.... TODAY!

Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and NEW in Los Alcazares. Alan is also the creator of the ‘Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes Fast Track System’. For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites or Read some testimonials by visiting:

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Raising money for children

Lorraine Johnson has lived in Spain for 10 years and had her Carsrus business for eight years but being a busy working mother was not enough so she got into charity as well and has never looked back. She has been helping the local Elche Childrens Orphanage since May this year and opened a charity shop to raise money for these children. She opened it on her Carsrus site on Lemon Tree Road so she could run both businesses from one place as well as organising and helping local events to raise money. Lorraine told RTN “The children in the

home are great, they are kind and very helpful and the home needs as much support as it can get. I have also just recently visited the Altea orphanage which helps babies and abused women. Although we took plenty for the babies, I felt that the women could do with some help too, so me and mum have got together with a few other ladies to buy them Christmas presents too.� Lorraine is trying to raising money to help fix their TV system in time for all the Christmas TV progammes. If anyone wants to help they can by emailing Lorraine at

Lorraine presents the childrens home with a cheque



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Paul Watts

“ The parade has been going on since the

war memorial was put up - and this year we can’t do it, it’s disgusting.

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to go hosting street parties again and just when the re-introduced Bob-a-job week made you think that common sense had made a resurgence, boom, the elfn-safety brigade are out and about and staging a come-back. Yup, this week in my neck ’o the woods the nanny-state bullies are causing a bit of a ‘to do’ in the little leafy village of Warton, Warwickshire. Some council jobsworth has decreed that the yearly Remembrance Sunday parade by war vets cannot take place down the main road. Now, you might be thinking, “Well, actually that makes sense... the main road is a busy place...” And if you were referring to downtown Brum that would indeed be the case. But in this quiet backwater that is situated on the road to nowhere and where ten cars an hour is busy, the short march of a few hundred yards from the church to the war memorial is not going to disrupt anyone. And, you must bear in mind, this march through Warton has been going on for eighty years - yes, eighty years without any problems. I spoke to Alf Webber, an old war vet

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Warton earth is going on here? selling poppies. He is membership secretary for the Warton British Legion. He told me that his members were furious: “The parade has been going on since the war memorial was put up - and this year we can’t do it, it’s disgusting.” Apparently, a tightening of health and safety regulations means that the Legion will have to replace their proud march down main street with a stroll on the pavement. Alf shrugged, “We’ve been told we’ll have to march on the footpath.” Barking mad North Warwickshire Borough Council (clearly with a lot of time on their hands) told Alf and his seven chums that make up the WBL that they need to draw up a risk assessment within an ‘overall operational event plan’ that must include: “marshals; emergency contact details; event traffic management; road closure applications; an evacuation plan (where’s Captain Mainwaring when you need him?) and public liability insurance. Hang on a mo, the entire march only takes just under ten minutes. How long will it take to draw up an evacuation plan? “’Ere Alf, if the balloon goes up we’ll all dash across the fields...”

Warton poppies

Blimey, it’s good job the current NWB Council weren’t around in 1940; the war would’ve soon be over. Just imagine old Jerry waltzing in and taking Warwickshire while Alf and chums worked out the public liability insurance. Another member of the WBL commented on the lunacy of placing marshals for this event from the small pool of veterans: “With only seven active members, if we act as marshals there’ll be no-one left to march!” Well, actually there probably would be; but just the one. Now how would that look? Six marshals for ‘event traffic management’ and

one lone parading veteran. Still, at least it’d tick the jobsworth’s boxes down at the Town Hall... “You there soldier, by the right quick march...” Right, where’s me poppy I’m orf to recapture the streets. I think I’ll parade up and down Warton main street with Alf in search of common sense and reason. Don’t forget folks wherever you are on this November 11th, stop at eleven o’clock and spare a couple of silent minutes for those brave souls who gave all for the freedom that we enjoy. Watts walking the street in Warton, being civilly disobedient...

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Steps to take if you have been affected by recent heavy rainstorms Línea Directa Aseguradora instructs its customers on the steps required to speed up the processes of making claims to treat and repair the damage. AS WITH any extraordinary risk resulting from a natural catastrophe, claims for damage to property and personal injury must be made to the Insurance Compensation Consortium (CCS), a body dependent on the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The Consortium will

Going for a song

MUSIC, CAKES, and a tombola made the second HELP Antiques Road Show a huge and very British success - raising nearly 800€ for the charity. HELP of Denia and the Marina Alta was the guest of EATIM of Jesus Pobre and the village’s newly reformed Riu Rau – a building unique to the area and once used for drying grapes to make raisins – housed the event. Lorely Griffiths, of the Art Centre Javea, organised a team of experts to value people’s treasures and at 3€ a go, viewed 192 items. She said people brought “a lot of interesting things” including a ceremonial Wilkinson Sword, jewellery and gold watches – while a Lalique Vase was valued at 450€ and a set of miniatures painted on ivory, including a portrait of Napoleon, were priced at 500€ each.

Claims for damage to property must be made to the Insurance Compensation Consortium (CCS)

be wholly responsible for processing claims, assessing the damage caused and paying out compensation to those affected. In order to claim for damage to property, the customer can contact the Insurance Compensation Consortium directly by calling 902 222 665 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Claims for personal injury or loss of profits must be presented in writing to the local office in question or by post by completing the corresponding form. In addition, in the case of Expatriate customers, Línea Directa will act as an intermediary, administrator and advisor with the public body, with an aim to speeding up the processes of compensation and repairing material damage to vehicles, which will be assessed, processed and compensated entirely

by the Consortium. To this end, Línea Directa has set up a helpline on 902 326 326 which those customers affected by the damage can call in order to receive help and information, both in English and German, on the correct processes required. Línea Directa wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families of those people who have lost their lives and offers its services to all customers affected to provide them with any type of additional information they might require. Insurance Compensation Consortium Addresses ANDALUCÍA ORIENTAL (Málaga, Jaén, Almería, Granada), Av. Aurora, 55, planta 1ª 29006 - MÁLAGA

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Food for thought

By Jack Troughton A GENEROUS group of ‘girl friends’ organised a coffee morning and ‘bring and buy’ sale to raise money to help feed desperate people in the community. The event raised 170€ - and armed with a shopping list provided by the Calpe Food Bank – they went to a local supermarket to fill trolleys last Friday. Pat Spencer told RTN: “We had great fun walking around filling three trolleys with what seemed to us as large amounts of food. We took it to the food bank in Calpe Sports Hall and were welcomed with enthusiasm by Encarna, who is in charge of the project, and Jaime, a helper. “At the moment they are feeding 75 families of Calpe with basic foodstuffs – they are in need of food items all the time and the situation will get worse before things improve for the better. Perhaps readers could help?” People in need are referred to the food bank by the town hall’s social Happy shoppers services department.


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Jack Walking gets into wedlock on his bike by Jack Troughton

KEEN COSTA Blanca walkers Christine Basden and Stephen Williams were married in the picturesque and romantic setting of a riu rau – a historic building once used for drying grapes. The ceremony was led by Pastor John Hansford of the Javea International Baptist Church and was particularly meaningful because it was through the church and its social activities that the couple first met. The Spanish ceremony at the Riu Rau d’Arnauda in Parque Montaner, Javea Old Town, was attended by family and friends of the bride and groom, many of them members of the JIBC congregation. Christine first visited Javea in February 2008 and again in October and November that year. She attended the church and became a keen member of its walking group – which enjoys outings in Javea and the surrounding area. And after one walk the group enjoyed a meal in a Gata restaurant – and Christine and Stephen first began chatting. Christine upped sticks and moved to the Marina Alta town

in May 2009 and was welcomed back to JIBC and its walking group – but it was the magic of Three Kings parade in Javea Port in January 2010 that brought the pair together. Stephen had arranged for some of the walkers to have an evening out and when he and Christine found themselves together for a coffee and then enjoyed a meal – and over the following two years their friendship became stronger, and they became engaged in December last year.

After exchanging wedding vows, refreshments were served at the riu rau before specially invited guests joined the newlyweds for lunch at La Cocina Restaurant in Javea Port. JIBC would like to thank Javea Town Hall for the use of the riu rau – near to the church’s home in Calle Favara. For more information about JIBC visit YOUNG JACK Crew delighted members of Teulada-Moraira or call Lions Club by using pedal power to raise over 330€ to help 96 579 5847. those in need in the community. Last Sunday, backed by sponsors and sporting a special t-shirt reading ‘Jack, Riding for Charity’, the seven-year-old cycled from his home in San Jaime to the Pan Pan shop in Moraira – and back. It was the second time the big-hearted schoolboy has raise money for the Lions. Two years ago, he handed over 300€ after completing a sponsored walk. It was at the height of the summer when Jack first told his mum: “I’d like to do a sponsored bike ride and I’d like the money to go to the Lions.” Mum Mandy was pleased with her son’s commitment but had one sensible suggestion, telling him: “That’s a very nice idea....but I think you should wait until it is a bit cooler.” And so the determined youngster finally got to make his charity ride at the weekend and – along with Mandy who accompanied her son for safety reasons - was welcomed at Pan Pan by members of the Lions Club. Jack predicted he would arrive at 9am and Lion John Hughes, there to greet the cyclist, said he was there “on the dot.” Asked how much he had raised, Jack – who soon celebrates his eighth birthday - proudly replied: “331€ from 50 sponsors.” John thanked the schoolboy for his generosity. “It is so nice to a young man with such enthusiasm who is willing to make the effort to those less fortunate.”

Keeping an eye on diabetes

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There are approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with impaired vision and blindness, yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable through treatment and protective measures. by Patricia Thompson While the most significant number of cases of blindness occurs in third world countries, there are conditions which occur throughout the developed world which can also cause people to lose their sight. Diabetes is one of these conditions, with 171 million sufferers worldwide. Unfortunately, due to the increase in obesity this is a growing problem throughout Europe and America. To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14th Specsavers has put together the following useful information about Diabetic retinopathy. What is Diabetic retinopathy?

The show must go on

DESPITE BEING in hospital Spain’s most popular diva Montserrat Caballé is determined that the show will go on for a charity concert, ‘Veus per a l’Esperança’ (Concert for Hope) in L’Auditori of Barcelona on 11th November, supporting cancer research. The singer suffered a mild stroke that caused her to fall and break her arm on 21st October while on a foreign tour. For tickets, ranging in price from 25€ to 100€, see www.auditori. cat/ct/concert/veus-per-alesperanca-2715.aspx

Free afternoon tea

Rosie Lee for free at Quesada Country Club Christmas Fayre on Wednesday November 14th - Yes that’s right three local ladies from three local companies have got together to further support The Children’s Orphange in Elche at The Christmas Fayre from 1.00p.m. until 5.00p.m. The plight of these children seems to be touching almost everyone’s hearts. Lorraine Johnson Cars R Us joined forces with her mum Yvonne Johnson Grimes GT Autos and The Editor from the weekly magazine TV Choice. These three ladies have decided to support this event and they are going to sponsor 200 FREE TEAS. There are currently 19 stands at The Christmas Fayre and Cash for Clothes Afternoon. To claim your free tea pop in and see Anita and Dave at Quesada Country Club anytime up to 11.00 a.m. on November the 14th and you will receive a voucher There are 200 vouchers but do be quick to avoid disappointment.

Diabetic retinopathy, a condition which affects vision, occurs when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged by the changes in blood sugar levels. This leads to blurry vision which can often come and go throughout the day. If untreated, the condition can become more serious, resulting in the network of blood vessels which supply the retina suffering permanent damage. This can result in irreversible vision loss. In order to avoid problems with sight, it is important that blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are controlled. Not all diabetes causes sight loss, but it is important to have regular screenings and eye tests so that any problems or changes can be monitored. Most complications can be treat-

ed; however it is vital that they are detected early. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Specsavers Opticas are offering free eye tests so people can ensure their vision is good and their eyes are healthy. There are seven Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Mallorca and their eighth store is opening in Marbella in November. Visit to find your nearest store.


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Murcia shines at the World Travel Market

Fundamifp visits the Eco-park

by Jan Gamm THE WORLD Travel Market, a leading global event held at ExCel, London’s largest conference centre, was attended this week by tourism officials promoting the Murcia region as one of the world’s healthiest holiday destinations with emphasis on its outstanding water sports, health spas and golf facilities. The municipalities of Mazarrón, Cartagena, Lorca and Águilas were represented as ‘Destination Spain: Region of Murcia’ with heavy focus on La Manga Club and the conference facilities available at Cartagena’s Auditorio y Palacio Congresos El Batel which opened last year.

THE ECO-PARK in Santiago de la Ribera has been visited by a group of residents from Fundamifp, the Foundation for the Disabled. The Foundation aims to care for people with all types of disabilities, assisting them in achieving social integration by organising leisure and sports programmes as well as cultural activities. As well as taking a tour of the Eco-park the group watched a video explaining how to separate waste.

STAR The star in the region’s crown at the WTM was undoubtedly Lorca. The city was presented with a Global Award by the World Travel Market for its programme of guided tours set up after the earthquake of 2011. Despite having to shut down most of its tourist attractions indefinitely following the disaster, the town turned its attention to its considerable interest as a disaster zone and offered conducted tours of its worst hit areas. This resourceful initiative enabled many of the stricken businesses in the city to remain open for trade. Also the new Parador opened and the Semana Santa celebrations went ahead despite the destruction caused by the earthquake. The World Travel Market opened 5th November and continued until 8th November.

A cultural treat with the Russian Ballet

World Travel Market

THE RUSSIAN National Ballet is to appear at the Auditorio Centro de Congresos Victor Vellegas in Murcia on Sunday 11th November: curtain at 8pm. The company will perform a selection of dances from The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Nutcracker with soloists Maria Sokolnikova and Aidos Zakhan under the artistic direction of Sergei Radchanko. Tickets at 18€; 24€ and 27€ are available via the Auditorium’s website

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67 green balloons by Jack Troughton FAMILY AND friends of Inn on the Green and Javea Bowls Club owner Elaine Taylor released green balloons in her memory on Sunday following a moving tribute to the loving wife, mother, and grandmother. The party – including many members of other bowls clubs in the area – wrote messages to Elaine who passed away aged 67 in the UK surrounded by her family last month after a short illness. People donated money to the MABS Cancer Support Group to release one of the helium filled balloons – raising 400€ for the charity – and wrote messages to Elaine on attached paper tickets bearing her photograph. They also offered their sympathies to hus-

band Brian, son Matthew and daughters Emma and Becky. Former Javea councillor, teacher and actress Amanda Dean led the tributes to Elaine. She said: “The loss of any loved one is a cause for great grief but the loss of someone in the prime of life is particularly hard. CELEBRATE “We are here today to express and share our grief – both the grief for Elaine’s loss and the things that might have been. But we are also here to celebrate her personality and her life. “The comfort and joy of having Elaine with you may be lost but the comfort and joy of having known her will never disappear.” Becky, Brian and Elaine’s youngest daughter, said her mother and “role model” had

been stolen away. “Our mum was not just a mum, wife, Nan, and bowls club owner but she was our best friend. She loved her family unconditionally. “My mum’s illness stole so much but it can never steal our memories – we remember

a beautiful, strong, vivacious, person who lived life to the full.” Beck added: “On 14th October 2012 a new angel arrived in heaven. Now heaven is more organised, more full of life, and possibly with cleaner toilets than before!”


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Prudent financial planning avoids doomsday Experts on the Mayan calendar say “World to end 21st December 2012” so deck the halls with boughs of holly, but not much more and certainly don´t waste time buying Christmas presents. Just in case there are a few of you who do not have such a concern about Christmas presents, or the survival of the planet, it still seems impossible to know exactly what one should do with one´s money. There has been plenty written in this newspaper about how difficult the banking crisis has made things and the lack of confidence the public have in any form of saving. However, there are companies out there who have survived far worse than what is happening now. World wars and global stock market depressions have not put a halt to their progress. One such company, the mighty Prudential, even survived me working for them for 7 years. The fact is that banks have a different business model to insurance companies. Some may think the banks´ model is a poorly constructed Airfix kit where they forgot to paint the pilot before they glued the canopy down. It got out of control and ultimately the saver has had their money invested in high risk schemes whilst underpinning massive bonuses. In washing terms, they have tended to mix their whites with their coloureds and then chosen the turbo setting. You will find that the major insurance companies will

distinguish between what is yours and what is theirs. Their liabilities are ring-fenced from your savings. This means that they cannot dip into your money if they have forgotten to pay an electricity bill. An untested protection level has been created by the banking sector in case they fail. Insurance companies set aside sufficient money to cover potential liabilities. Would you prefer to deal with a company that is probably more secure and more credit worthy than most European countries? Wouldn´t you prefer to earn more from your money than leaving it to dwindle, exposed to the financial elements? For most sane people, “of course”, will be the answer. With a little prudence, the current financial crisis is not the end of the world. Larder, Fridge, Freezer The majority of people will treat all their money in the same way; for example, put it all in the same account. The question is: what is this money for? Is it to provide an income today, a wedding gift in 10 years, a nursing home bill in 20 years? What? A view to take is the Larder, Fridge, Freezer theory. Food you want to eat in the next day or so is likely to be in the larder. This is your short term every day spending money such as bills, food, and entertainment. Your fridge money could be food that you can leave for a while because it does not perish so quickly. However, it is still something that you want to access in a relatively short time. Meantime, your freezer money can be left alone for a far longer period, depending on the freezer itself. Now and again you might need to dip into it but you are confident that you will not be using it in the immediate or short term. That´s because you

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already have money available or it might be because it has not thawed out and is not ready to access right now. By categorising the different elements of your money, you will be in a position where you know what you have, and when you need it. Don´t get frozen out of financial opportunities. For all your financial planning needs call 96 558 7633 or email Advertorial supplied by Spectrum IFA Group. The Spectrum IFA Group” is a registered trademark, exclusive rights to use in Spain granted to Baskerville Advisers S.L. CIF B-63/137.020., Domiciliación: Paseo de Gracia 63, Principal, 2ª, 08008 Barcelona Registro Mercantil de Barcelona, Tomo 35489, Folio 170, Sección 8, Hoja B-269534 Correduría de Seguros No de registro RDGS J2306; Seguro responsabilidad civil AIG Europe No 0131900503.1330

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FC Rentacar have expanded FOR THOSE of you who have not yet heard the good news FC Rentacar have expanded to open new offices in La Regia, Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja centre near Habaneras shopping centre. by Patricia Thompson There is sure to be an office near you, as we have offices in Gran Alacant, Torrevieja Costa, Torrevieja centre, La Regia, Villamartin and Camposol, and of course our office in La Marina Urbanisation where we started in 1993! We also operate from Alicante & Murcia airports, and in the near future, the new airport based at Corvera. We believe that having local offices, in addition to our dedicated reservations team, and internet booking system, enables us to provide a very flexible and personal service. The level of our returning customers is testament to the quality of service that we provide to our clients. We are very excited to announce that not only do we offer car rental but we now offer van rental to our clients which is ideal for house moves within Spain. We intend to expand our fleet of vans so there is a size to suit all needs. Moreover we are constantly increasing our range of models to offer more choice to our clients. We have recently purchased diesel vehicles (Chevrolet Aveo 5 doors and Chevrolet Orlando 7 seater) and automatic models (Chevrolet Aveo), so there is a car to suit all needs in our fleet which ranges from small economy cars, automatic models to larger vehicles with 7 or 9 seats. For those of you wishing to purchase your own vehicle, we always have quality ex-rental cars for sale with transfer of ownership included. FC continue to be very competitive on price, in addition to our already low prices, we are currently offering fantastic early booking discounts as well as regular client discounts and new client discounts. Make sure you have your car hire

We now offer van rental as well as car

booked in good time for family coming over this Christmas and avoid disappointment! Avoid hidden costs at the airport, because the price we quote to you, is the price that you will pay on arrival. We do not use comparison web-sites, as we believe in providing an honest up-front price to our clients. The flexibility of the company also allows you to pick up and drop off your hire car at any of our locations with no charge for different location drop-off. The company boasts friendly, helpful and professional

staff whose languages include Spanish, English, German and Dutch. Office opening hours are Monday-Friday 09:30-14:15 and 17:00-19:30 and Saturdays 09:30-14:15.Our airport service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Booking a car with FC is easy, it can be done in person at one of the offices, by phone, fax or email to but the most popular way to reserve your car is through the website or to call our reservations team on 966 796 044.

The care agency that cares

The Torrevieja team

3c Care Agency was established on the Costa Blanca 6 years ago and in Torrevieja two years ago. Their quality of care and eye for detail has given them an exceptional reputation with the people they look after. They offer a very extensive nursing and caring service from one hour daily care to full 24 hour care with specialists in diabetes care, palliative care, dementia, alzheimer’s and the visually impaired post operative assistance to get you back on your feet and respite care. In fact if you need help they have the staff and the time to help you. Following a meeting with you to determine how best they are able to assist and help you, they will build a specialist care package especially for you. Whatever your needs be, such as a few hours home help a week to assist with cleaning or shopping, cooking a meal or professional nursing care following a hospital visit to respite care, they are able to help you. Their team of professional carers, helpers and qualified nursing staff cover all aspects of home help

and total nursing care. They are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week if needed. Having listened to their potential clients and reading the numerous emails, they have realised a real need to expand their good work throughout Spain. Sue told RTN “We now wish to expand into the Costa Calida area next covering Cartagena, La Manga, Mazarron, Murcia, San Javier etc, so we are looking for both clients and staff’. With this in mind they are holding interviews for community nurses and qualified carers at Vintage restaurant, Avenida La Union 62, next to MABS cancer charity centre San Javier on Wednesday 14th November 2012 There will be a presentation at 10.30am, followed by interviews from 11am. Interested candidates should bring with them a current CV and 2 passport photos. For further details ring clare 671 856 875 or sue 634 318 775, email or visit

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What price vegetables have become if you don’t eat your own by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

WE HAVE probably eaten out this year even less than usual. That is in restaurants versus in the garden where we have eaten almost every breakfast lunch and dinner unless having a picnic on the beach or in the mountains. The reasons the prices; the continued slide away from good honest Spanish food to international offerings; the sneaky way of charging separately for vegetables and the rarity of having Spanish chefs and waiting staff in Spanish restaurants. In one restaurant on a popular Costa Blanca promenade they offered the possibility of four separately priced vegetables and if one had a mixed plate it would have come to the same price as the

portion of meat or fish ordered without vegetables. But the prices of menu del dias at lunch time even in the restaurants promoted as the best on the costas have not reached the 200€ per head of some French restaurants or the 275€ per head charged by one near the Eiffel Tower because the ecological vegetables come from an allotment owned by the restaurateur more than an hour outside Paris from where they are collected by taxi each day. No wonder more and more families throughout Europe and especially in Spain are starting to grow their own vegetables in containers, raised beds, veggie plots or orchards on one’s own land or on one of the many UK-style rented allotments being made available by local councils or private individuals willing to share their too large pieces of land. Fortunately, many new vegetable growers of all nationalities, including English speaking Spaniards, are using our books ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and ‘Apartment

Gardening Mediterranean Style’ as their bible. If you are not yet into growing your own now is a good time to start for the autumn is Spain’s second spring. Even starting in November you could be harvesting some of your own veggies for Christmas and be as self sufficient as we have become within a year - also offering gluts to gastronomically minded neighbours when they occur. The benefits are inexpensive, seasonal and daily fresh vegetables untainted by industrial farming chemicals and the chance to grow some things that one rarely or even never finds in the supermarkets. Look out for plantlets in local markets, some garden centres, agricultural cooperatives and most towns and large villages where vegetable growing is still active and where people grow plantlets for others to buy. If you live near Benigamin one has the amazing Cucala Agricola greenhouse complex that produces fifty million plantlets a year, not only for sale to large scale commercial agriculturalists but also to the hobby gardener

Clodagh and Dick Handscombes books can be obtained from bookshops or by mail order from info@santanabooks. com or 952-48-58-38, or Amazon. In the UK the books can be ordered through bookshops or for some more conveniently by a freephone call to 0845-260-4505 which is the The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

who only wants to buy a handful. ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ along with the sister books ‘ Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ , ‘ Your Garden in Spain’ , ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’, ‘Living well from our Mediteeranean garden’ and now ‘Making waterless gardens a practical reality worldwide’ have been written to help readers have better gardens for less effort and cost. They make cost effective personal buys a well as practical Christmas presents.


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Do you receive healthcare in Spain and pay taxes in the UK? This is the question being asked by the Spanish Tax Office in recent months. Due to the imperative need for an increase in income, the Spanish tax office is trying to create some order with issues concerning the Health System and the payment of taxes from expatriate pensioners from European Countries who live in Spain. Nobody wants the experience to go to have to go to the doctor, when suffering from ill health and be told that unless they are able to prove otherwise, they no longer have access to the Spanish health system. There was a time in Spain when , by simply registering with the local Town Hall on the “Padron”, a foreign citizen was given a health card allowing them access to the Spanish National Health System. These times have gone and now you have to apply for an S1 form to the DWP to gain access to the Health System in Spain if you are a State Retiree. Many British Residents in Spain have started to receive letters from the Spanish Tax Agency Getting back to Tax matters, perhaps due to the circulation of incorrect information, you have been led to believe that you are able to choose where to pay your taxes; either in Spain or the UK. Well no, this is not the case, matters regarding the payment of taxes are very well legislated. Depending on the type of income received by each individual it is deduced whether payment of taxes is to be made in Spain or in the UK. So, if you live in Spain and are

registered as a resident, figure on the Padron where you live and have a Health Card which allows you access to the Spanish Health System, the Spanish tax man has started to ask the question, “Why do you not pay your taxes in Spain?” Many British Residents in Spain have started to receive letters from the Spanish Tax Agency, asking them to regulate their tax situation with the Spanish tax authorities. If this is the case and you have received a letter from the Spanish tax authorities, you should not panic. What you should do is seek a professional’s help, someone who is able to advise on the most beneficial way for you to resolve the situation. Act Sooner Rather than Later If you choose to act sooner rather than later and decide to put your tax affairs in order it will be much better for you. UK TAX REFUND SL is a company established five years ago on the Costa Blanca, and we are a registered Agent with HMRC, helping with the tax matters of British residents in Spain who prefer to live life without any nasty surprises. Due to our knowledge of the British tax system we are able to fully understand your situation with them, giving

the best possible advice with respect to paying your tax correctly. As many of our clients have found out through our services, depending on how long you have been living in Spain, there is a possibility that you are due a refund of unduly paid taxes in the UK. UK Tax Refund is constantly on the move to be closer to our clients. Wherever you live, even if it is outside of Costa Blanca, we are able to visit you to offer the best possible service you deserve. CONTACT US TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE. SEE OUR ADVERT ON PAGE 9. Please call 965 636 938 or email for more information.



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Maria Wiedemann

Each family is different when it comes to inheritance OF COURSE, every family is completely unique.

Lawyer at Abaco It’s unfortunate that when we get to meet them

it is often after a bereavement. Usually it is one member of the family who takes up the reins and makes the call to put the process of inheriting Spanish property in motion. Sometimes there has been a little delay. It’s not surprising, particularly when the family are living in other countries, that other issues take precedence initially. For some families, the Spanish inheritance process is a complete mystery and they perhaps leave it till last of the ‘things to do’. This is particularly understandable where there is no Spanish will. We have to gently point out that there is a time limit to sorting Spanish inheritance after which there can be fines for late payment. A further problem that emerges is that until the inheritance tax is paid the names on the Title Deeds cannot be changed. This can create all kinds of issues with utility payments, property taxes and difficulties if the inheritors decide to sell. In this article we are going to give you a couple of case studies to illustrate some of the issues that inheritors have found in Spain and how they’ve been addressed.

FAMILY 1 Mrs. and Mrs. R bought a property in Spain to use as a holiday home. In 2001 Mr.R died without leaving a will. At first Mrs. R couldn’t face dealing with a Spanish inheritance process she knew nothing about. For two years the property was left until, finally, Mrs. R decided that she wanted to sell it. She found a buyer but the sale was unable to go ahead. When it came to contract time Ábaco discovered that the property was still in her husband’s name and until it was 100% in hers she couldn’t sell. However, Ábaco were able to arrange for the payment of inheritance tax, the changes to the title deed and, eventually, the sale of the house. Unfortunately, as there had been a time delay, Mrs. R not only had to pay the original amount of inheritance tax but also the fines and interest incurred due to late payment. This came to 20% more than if the transfer had taken place at the time of her husband’s death. At last Mrs. R felt able to move on but wished she had done this sooner. FAMILY 2 Mr. A and Mrs. M had both lost their spouses. They met one another and so began a new relationship. They decided they did not want to get married

Abaco provides legal services and tax representation for resident and non-resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for advice and information by calling our helpline (+34) 96 670 37 48.

again but were happy to share their lives as partners. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long afterwards that Mr. A died leaving Mrs. M in a difficult situation. The terms of the will meant that Mr. A’s son inherited 50% of the property. Mrs. M and the son did not get on very well and were certainly not interested in sharing the same house. Mrs. M had decided that she wanted to return to the UK to be with her own children and Mr. A’s son was interested in buying her half of the property. In order to make the process easier,the solicitors applied for power of attorney and were able to act on behalf of the son in Spain. Mrs. M was relieved that this meant he did not have to visit her or stay in the house at all. Mrs. A gave up any rights to live in the house and her share was bought by the son. She was then able to return to the UK. As we mentioned, every family is unique and these are only two examples, but perhaps they do provide an idea of some of the issues that people come up against when inheriting property in Spain. If you have experienced a bereavement and need to sort out your inheritance we are offering free consultations with an inheritance lawyer. You can arrange an appointment by contacting us on 96 571 2656 or by visiting our website to request a call back.


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Did you know you can open sterling accounts with Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. in Spain? LLOYDS TSB Spain and Banco Halifax Hispania joined in 2010 to become Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, the largest retail bank in the United Kingdom with more than 300 years of banking experience and serving more than 30 million customers worldwide. Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. wants its strength to be your peace of mind. With 28 branches throughout Spain, including 7 on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. understands the expat community and prides itself on its excellent customer service and comprehensive range of products. They offer a range of accounts in Euro, Sterling and US Dollar, however, in this article we will focus on the Sterling offering as this is something many of you might be interested in. MULTICURRENCY ACCOUNT As an expat in Spain, Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. Multicurrency account could be just what you need. It’s simple to run and offers easy access to your money. It lets you save and make transactions in Sterling, (it can also be used for U.S. Dollars and Swiss Francs), and it can help to protect you against exchange rate fluctuations. This account is available to both residents

and non-residents, and there are no management or administrative fees, plus if you have a Lloyds Banking Group* account in the UK you can make free transfers between accounts under the same name. You get a free chequebook and free access to their telephone and internet banking services. A monthly statement will be sent to you to help you keep and eye on your transactions. It gives you the freedom of having your funds easily available to take advantage when exchange rates are favourable, and should you need funds in a hurry it means you don’t have to wait until you get them transferred from the UK. This account is available to all customers who have a Premier current account with Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. in Spain. FIXED TERM DEPOSITS** In addition, Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. also offers fixed term deposits in Sterling (on top of their offering in Euros and US Dollars), whereby your money can work for you by earning a fixed rate of interest over a

fixed term from 1 month up to 12 months. So you can relax in the knowledge that you will receive your capital plus a fixed amount of interest at a specific date in the future. You can choose a term from 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 or 12 months, and also 100 or 200 days. These deposits are offering competitive rates in today’s market. Fixed term deposits are available to both residents and non-residents, and for both personal and business customers. If you would like to know more about their Sterling offering go to the experts - go to Lloyds Bank International S.A.U. For more information on products, services and branches call Shirley Adams on

(0034) 620 308 804 or send an email to You can also visit their excellent website at *Lloyds TSB, Halifax, Bank of Scotland **The Deposit Holder should be aware of the possible risk arising from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates between the acquisition date and the subsequent sale or maturity date of the Deposit Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U., with registered offices at Serrano 90, 5ª planta, 28006, Madrid, Spain, Trade Registry of Madrid, T. 6799, Book 0, Folio. 108, Sec. 8, Page M-110714, 1st Entry, N.I.F. (Tax Identification Number) A-80481765.



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CONCERN OVER Eurozone economies and a “spike” in the UK’s finances has helped push

Kevin the value of sterling to a November high of more than 1.25 against the common currency. Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

By Jack Troughton THE POUND WAS “boosted” by the third quarter figures for gross domestic product showing an unexpected 1% growth for Britain - taking the country out of recession.

Fears this is unsustainable and the UK could fall into a historic “triple dip” recession have not hit sterling values but market analyst David Kerns believes this is because the situation in the single currency “which also looks awful.” He said the exchange rate over the last four weeks had moved between a low of just over 1.22 for the pound against the euro to more than 1.25 on 6th November. “Sterling has held onto its gains because the Eurozone is also in a real mess.” David, who is also dealing manager for private clients of currency exchange specialist Moneycorp, added: “There is nothing too exciting for our clients, but 1.25 is a good rate for people buying euros.

“Do we predict the euro to collapse? I suggest not. But economically, everyone has a lot of pain ahead – especially Spain.” He said the rise in GDP was seen as a boost from the Olympics. “It is not likely to be sustainable – it is short lived and why we have not seen sterling rising to 1.28 against the euro.”

DOLDRUMS David said consumer confidence in the UK remained in the “doldrums” despite retail sales in the last weeks being “slightly more upbeat.” He added: “The overall forward looking view is we have a very difficult time ahead in the UK – there are a lot of job losses mounting up. The collapse of Comet means there are about 3,000 people losing their jobs. “And the most recent financial data shows UBS will sack 7,000 people, they are effectively shutting their UK trading floors – financial services jobs are at a 20 year low and it is likely to get worse.”

He said the sector was hit as banks were forced to restore capital bases and there were cuts in cash for speculation and investment. The services, construction, and manufacturing sectors were also under extreme pressure, while oil and gas prices were set to soar and the housing market was flat with 2007 peak prices unlikely to be restored before 2019. “It is said we could easily drop into a triple dip recession – for the first time in the history of the UK, which is rather looks like the UK economy is in a rather anaemic state,” David added. “It does not bode well for strong domestic growth; it will be a very slow recovery.” JOBLESS He said unemployment in the Eurozone had reached a new high of 11.6% - Spain recording the worst levels at 25.8%, closely followed by Greece. Jobless figures for both the UK and USA stand at 7.9%.

Spain was coming under pressure to take aid while Greece was struggling to meet austerity targets to get its next 31 billion euro of bail out cash and faced growing protests against a fragile coalition government. David said even Germany was feeling the pinch as profit forecasts were cut back and the demand for luxuries like top end BMW cars in China were slashed. “It has all gone very quiet given how serious this situation in Europe is; there has been no major wobble in the euro.” However, he said election victory for President Obama in the United States and being able to keep the same Federal Reserve team in the world’s largest economy could be positive internationally. “There will be a return to an acceptance of risk appetite. Companies could start to open cheque books and start to invest – it could help improve global sentiment and help both the UK and the Eurozone,” concluded David.

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The RTN Money Matters page has been created to help you our readers by giving you as much information about current financial matters and products as possible. If you would like us to cover any specific topics or products please email Also if you have any questions that you would like answered by our panel of experts, email them to

Confidence in the global economy hits one year high FINANCIAL ADVISER’S confidence in the global economy rose to an above average score of 5.6 out of 10 in Q3 2012 – the highest recorded level over the past four quarters, according to the international financial adviser confidence survey* conducted by Skandia International, part of Old Mutual Wealth. This is an increase of 14% from a 12 month low of 4.9 last quarter.

In addition to global economic sentiment rising, financial advisers are generally feeling more positive about their local economies with a rise from 5 out of 10 in Q2 to 5.5 now. Advisers working in Singapore have reported the highest confidence in their local economy for the third quarter running, with an average confidence level of 6.8. Interestingly, whilst Singaporean advisers are the most positive about their own economy, they reported the joint lowest sentiment in the global economy, along with European advisers, at just 5 out of ten. The pessimism of European advisers understandably extends to their local economies, with advisers in Europe reporting lower local confidence levels now than in Q2 with a reduction from 4.2 to 4.1 this quarter. Along with UK advisers, respondents from Europe were the only group that felt the global economy was more positive than their local economies, which is likely to be a result of their proximity to the debt crisis. Although the European debt crisis continues to be seen as the biggest threat to economic growth, this is no longer as dominant as it has been in previous quarters. This time just over half (55.7%) of advisers selected this as the biggest threat compared to nearly three

quarters (73.5%) of advisers in Q2. This could be a result of the recent announcement by the European Central Bank to take further steps to boost the flagging economy. Another change reported by advisers this quarter is in their clients’ appetite to risk. Over half (51.8%) of advisers have seen no difference in their customers’ attitude to risk, in comparison to the previous three quarters that have seen risk appetites plummet. Also, for the first time this year, a significant proposition of advisers (47%) believe that the economic instability is no longer having the same degree of detrimental effect on their customers’ investing behaviour. However, whilst levels may not have dropped, investor confidence has not yet heightened, with nearly a third of advisers (31.6%) believing that low consumer confidence is likely to be the biggest inhibiting factor to future business. Phil Oxenham, marketing manager at Skandia International, comments: “The findings of the survey show a slight shift in sentiment that indicates confidence may be starting to recover after a long period of decline. It is reassuring that advisers from Singapore remain confident about their local economy despite their uncertainty about the global economy. Whilst the European debt crisis and consumer confidence are still troubling advisers, there are signs that positive sentiment is, albeit cautiously, starting to emerge.” * The quarterly international adviser confidence barometer was conducted by Skandia International, part of Old Mutual Wealth, in Q3 2012 and attracted responses from 348 advisers from around the world – Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Thailand.

UK Standard & Poor’s misled investors industrial output weakens AUSTRALIA’S FEDERAL Court has ruled that credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) misled investors before the global financial crisis.

More economic gloom.

UK INDUSTRIAL production tumbled by 1.7% in September compared with August the second-biggest monthly fall since August 2009 (behind June, which was hit by the Jubilee double-bank holiday). That means UK’s industrial output was 2.6% less than a year ago - alarming economists.

S&P gave its safest credit rating, AAA, to complex and risky securities, which later lost most of their value. In what is regarded as a landmark ruling, the court ordered S&P and the bank which arranged the product, ABN Amro, to pay damages to investors. S&P said it planned to appeal against the decision “We are disappointed with the Court’s decision, we reject any suggestion our opinions were inappropriate, and we will appeal the Australian ruling, which relates to a specific CPDO rating,” S&P, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, said in a statement. The ruling is the first of its kind on a rating agency’s liability for investors’ losses. Federal Court Justice Jayne Jagot said that S&P was “misleading and deceptive” in its rating of two structured debt issues in 2006, which she described as “grotesquely complicated”. The case was brought against S&P and ABN Amro Bank by several Australian local governments which lost millions when the value of the investments was virtually wiped out during the financial crisis. Judge Jagot said S&P and ABN Amro would have to pay

S&P are ordered to pay damages

30m Australian dollars ($31m; £19m) in damages to the authorities. IMF Australia, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange which funds legal claims, said the ruling was “likely to have global implications and be felt hardest in Europe and the US, where similar products were sold to banks and pension funds”. The firm said this could pave the way for investors in Europe to recover significant losses from both S&P and ABN Amro, which is now owned by Royal Bank of Scotland. It estimates that 2bn euros ($2.6bn; £1.6bn) of the same sort of financial products, called CPDOs or constant proportion debt obligations, were sold in Europe.

City trader Nicholas Levene gets 13-year sentence for £32m Ponzi scam CELEBRITIES AND tycoons cheated out of millions by gambling addict who spent £18m on lavish lifestyle. He was the very embodiment of the flash City trader – a self-made millionaire who rode the wave of the 1980s big bang to become a financial player famed for throwing lavish parties attended by celebrities and leading business figures. But Nicholas Levene’s story was ended at Southwark crown court when he was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Monday for swindling investors out of more than £32m. To keep up the illusion Levene provided investors with false “profits”, conning them into believing he was a successful trader. The profits were in fact funds from new investors – a classic Ponzi scheme, such as the one run by the American fraudster Bernard Madoff, where money is taken from one client to give to another His sales pitch was that he could get access to share offerings in companies that were unattainable for ordinary investors. Between 1 January 2005 and 31 October 2009 he pocketed more than £250m from investors, according to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The fraud came to an end in 2009 when several investors sued him in the civil courts to recover their money. Gloag and Souter, for example, handed Levene £5m each to invest in fundraisings by the mining firm Xstrata and HSBC bank. When they made £3.8m each they instructed him to sell, but said they never received the capital back or the profit they were due. Their litigation marked the beginning of the end for Levene. The Essex businessmen Victor Lupson and John Bennett made a claim for £38m. Levene was also chased by spread betting firm.



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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Retiring? Think seriously before you consider buying an annuity Due to an EU gender directive coming into force next month retirement income for many pensioners could drop even further if they buy an annuity. WITH ANNUITY rates already at an all time low yet more bad news, if you are aged 55 or more and you want to take out an annuity you need to get your skates on because under new rules to be implemented in December could mean receive less income from your pension savings. Until now, men have on average received about 4% more income from their annuities than women, because women tend to live longer. But the EU gender directive, which comes into force on 21 December, will stop insurance companies using the sex of a pension policyholder to determine the income

the policyholder receives when they cash in their savings and buy an annuity. Insurers have said they will rely more heavily on other criteria, to underwrite annuities, including the type of work a policyholder has done and whether they suffer certain medical conditions. For men, the move means a sharp drop in annuity rates, building on a gradual decline over the past few years The simplest annuity - a single life, level contract - will generally pay the highest income (unless you are in poor health, when you should consider an impaired life annuity). However, it will leave your spouse, partner or any other dependants without income after you

Seriously consider the benefits of moving your pension to a QROPS

die. The value of the income will also be eroded by inflation. If you are an expatriate living here in Spain rather than buying an annuity I would suggest you seriously consider the benefits of moving your pension to

a QROPS. For further information about the benefits of having a QROPS or if have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 658 892 330 or email

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


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Spanish real estate law by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

Communities of Owners, Owners (bare owners) and Holders of the USUFRUCT: Who must pay the community fees and who is entitled to attend and vote at the community meetings? MY WIFE and I own an apartment in Javea, in which my mother-in-law kept the USUFRUCT (life interest). I wonder who should pay the community fees, if it should be my mother-in-law who is using the property, or ourselves as the owners. Also, I would like to know who should assist in the meetings and who is entitled to vote on them, we as owners, or my mother-in-law as she has a life interest? Thank you for your help. Thank you for your consultation. I understand by what you say, that you and your wife are the owners of the property (nudo propietarios), while her mother is the usufructuary, keeping the live interest (USUFRUCT). And also that the property is subject to the Horizontal Division Act/Law,

being part of a community of owners, all according and subject to Spanish law. As you know, by means of the USUFRUCT, in your case, your mother in law has the right to use the property and also right to its fruits thereof, i.e. the right to receive the rent in case that the property is let out, etc.; but she is not a proprietor. Regarding your consultation, we understand that: 1. You and your wife as bare owners, are liable before the community of owners to pay the community fees, therefore, though your mother-in-law uses the property, she is just a holder of a beneficial interest, without having the consideration of owner. You will be able to claim the community fees from her, but only if you had an agreement in this regards, which in any case, would not affect the community,

which will always request the payment from you as the owner. 2. In terms of attendance and vote in the community meetings, you should be aware, that Article 15 of the Horizontal Division Law, expressly regulates usufruct cases. This article states that if the property is in usufruct, the right to assist and vote still corresponds to the owner, and while it may be understood that they are represented by the usufructuary, unless otherwise stated, a written delegation will be needed for voting on certain special agreements. Therefore, the rights and obligations to which we have referred, are for the owners of the property, and not the beneficial owners (usufructarios), despite them having the right of use of the properties. If you find yourself in this or a similar situation, please let us assist you.

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


Spain’s Constitutional Court votes in favour for gay marriage

IN A VOTE this week that went 8 in favour and 3 against, the Constitutional Court threw out the Partido Popular’s 2005 motion to illegalise gay marriage. Only one judge, magistrate Francisco Hernando, abstained. The PP contended that gay marriage ‘distorts the basic institute of marriage’. The penal code was revised in July 2005 and up to 2011 there have been 22,442 gay weddings: 897 of those who tied the knot have divorced or separated – a somewhat more successful ratio than heterosexual couples over the same period. Gay couples all over the country are celebrating the Constitutional Court’s decision.


Diabetes day 14th November

Cambridge 800 can help diabetics DIABETES, a long-term and chronic condition sometimes known as Diabetes Mellitus, is caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is thought that by 2030 more than 438 million people could be affected. By David Donaldson, Owner and Clinical Director of Medicare Nursing Services Group and Sarah Hawes, Director Cambridge Nutritional Foods SL, Distributors of Cambridge 800 in Spain MAIN SYMPTOMS Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night Increased thirst Extreme tiredness Unexplained weight loss Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush Slow healing of cuts and wounds Blurred vision Sugar in the blood is controlled by insulin (produced by the pancreas). As food is digested, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy. Diabetics do not have enough insulin for this to happen. Diabetes Type 1 occurs when the body produces no insulin. Usually developed before the age of 40, only 10% of sufferers are Type 1, needing to take insulin injections for life, eat a healthy diet and have regular blood tests. Type 2 Diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body - it may be controlled by eating healthily although patients may need to have regular insulin injections eventually. It can go undetected for years, often associated with obesity: 1 in 5 adults in Europe are now classified as obese. Monitoring your health is crucial to prevent associated complications. Know your blood glucose; blood pressure; blood fat levels. Care for your feet; have your eyes screened; adjust lifestyle and diet.

CAMBRIDGE 800 Your accredited Cambridge 800 Consultant has specialist training in the treatment of Diabetes and follows a strict protocol overseen by the Medical Director of Cambridge 800. Blood glucose levels respond quickly to Cambridge 800 products with improvements in a short time. Diet should include complex carbohydrate; eating regularly; avoiding sugars; eating fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit (not too much fruit as it has a high level of natural sugar). ALCOHOL Alcohol converts into sugar, each gram equal to 7 calories, with no beneficial nutrition. We are not saying ‘move to a convent!’ We do suggest caution and taking responsibility for your own chronic condition. Complications could include limb amputation; blindness; ulcers/wounds that won’t heal; kidney failure and fatty deposits in the arteries leading to high blood pressure, Cardiovascular disease and Coronary Heart disease. The key is to lose inches around the waist where weight is a real risk factor. Diabetes Day is 14th November. Make the change now: For more information call Cambridge 800 on 952 586 324 or 952 475 954 or Clinica Medicare on 952 835 776.

“Villamartin Satellites have given us an excellent TV system, the service and advice we received has been very good, a great team of people.” We went for a system that could supply all 92 properties on our community; we started by having a EGM giving people options and finally we chose Villamartin Satellites for the package they offered. This was quite a long process trying to meet all people’s needs and I would suggest that people ask a lot of questions to make sure you get what you need. Before getting an agreement from the community we needed to look at where the dish would be located, what civil works need to be done (i.e.) do we need to put cables across a road, also the type of cable and boosting equipment to give us the best signal in all areas. We wanted just one dish so went for a 3.2metre dish, this was done after agreement with our community at the EGM, it means that the skyline is not littered by dozens of small dishes. Guarantees on equipment including boxes and after sales service need to be discussed. We are satisfied that Villamartin Satellite meets this arrangement. The TV boxes offered cover basic FREESAT to HD Sky packages; this covers the need for the rental and residents that are here permanently. A good all round package that our community own at a reasonable price which included fibre optic cabling.

John Parker

Community Committee Member

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Transferring from Hotmail to Outlook

HELLO AUNTY, Is there any need to transfer from Hotmail to Outlook? If so do I need to change my email address as all my family and contacts for household utilities etc have my Hotmail address? What about my address book? Can I back it up on a pendrive and how? I am not very adept at change! Regards, Chris Aunty says: Many people think there is no need to move from to Unfortunately that view is not shared with Microsoft, and eventually all Hotmail accounts will be moved to Outlook. Essentially Outlook is the same as Hotmail - it just looks a bit different (some say it is now a bit like Gmail!) When you are upgraded to Outlook. com from Hotmail, you get the new Outlook. com service, and you keep everything about your account intact: Your ‘Hotmail’ email address continues to work - no need to change it. You will continue to sign-in with your using the same password; you retain all of your contacts in your contact book; you retain all of your folders, categories, flagged messages, rules, etc. You don’t need to create a new account to use - you can upgrade with the Hotmail account you’re already using. Microsoft will bring your settings and data across to, and to your phone and clients, all of which will continue to work, just as before. You can, if you want, save your contacts list. Go into your account, click on contacts, manage, and there will be an option to export the contacts list as a CVS file. However, in their wisdom, I don’t think there is an import option to get the CSV file back into Hotmail! But at least you have a saved copy!

Update problems with Windows 7

HELLO AUNTY, I run Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit, which I bought from Amazon UK in June 2011, for a PC I built myself. It has run fine until I installed a Windows update, KB971033, on 4th October. Now I have a message on start up to say my copy of Windows is not genuine: have a note at the bottom right of the screen saying Build 7601 ‘This copy of Windows is not genuine’, and the background on desktop does not work.I have tried uninstalling the update and resetting the PC to before the update, which seems to work, until I reboot the PC. Then back to error messages. As the bug originates from Microsoft, my F-Secure computer security does not detect a problem. Any ideas would be most welcome. Great column by the way: kind regards, Alan Baldwin Aunty says: KB971033 is a patch from Microsoft to ensure that people are running Genuine Versions of Windows 7, and not pirated downloaded version with common ‘serial numbers’ from the internet. If it finds anything wrong with the serial number, incorrect activation code, or registry changing software, then it returns a ‘This copy of Windows is not Genuine’ response. If you believe your W7 is genuine, then Right Click on My Computer, and you have an option to change your windows product key. Re-input your product key, and see if that works. Otherwise, it will be a call or email to Microsoft to clear your genuine product key from their blocked list.

Problems with AVG13 IT’S ME, the surfing Grandma again! I read in a recent column of yours that you advised someone to wait until installing AVG 13 alas it was too late for me as I had already installed it! Now I am having problems with Facebook and Google Chrome, which keeps crashing –it seems a coincidence that it only started since AVG 13 was installed! So can I un-install it and go back to AVG

12 or do I just ‘go back in time’ to a date before or should I try the Firefox browser (or similar) instead? Do you have any suggestions? You have always been so helpful that I await your reply with anticipation! Thanks and regards, Sue Rose Aunty says: I have found that recent versions of AVG have tended to slow down

a PC a lot, and so have not been recommending this be used. I prefer either Avast, or Microsoft Security Essentials. If you uninstall and go back to AVG12, you will end up with ‘please upgrade’ messages all the time...and eventually it will upgrade back to AVG13! A ‘go back in time’ again may only take you back to AVG12 and then it will start to ask you to upgrade again.... However, before you try another antivirus, perhaps in IE or Chrome disable the AVG tool bar, and see if that is the cause.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Kids Christmas Gadgets

THIS WEEK the Inspector selects from the plethora of gadgets available for kids this Christmas. Times were that the most eagerly awaited electronic gifts for kids were Speak ´n Spell and a Hornby Train set. But with the onset of the digital age and ‘online everything’, kids want much more than to sit in a corner with an Etch-A-Sketch and their imaginations. So what are we to do? Give in and buy that expensive tablet PC and wait for it to be used as a speed bump for that new trike? Fear not, there are gadgets designed to cope and are specifically for the kids. First up we have the Vtech Kidizoom Twist Digital Camera featuring a 2 megapixel twisting lens with 4x digital zoom and built-in flash. It has dual view finders, a colour screen and even features 5 great games to play. You can also edit your pictures with a variety of frames, stamps and other wacky effects. But that’s not all – it´ll also take movies and is supplied with 256 MB of storage and an SD card slot to extend the memory further. And if that doesn’t keep them occupied there’s a built-in voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects – pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo! Next we have the all-new Furby, a long-time favourite now updated with the latest tech. The Furby will apparently develop its own personality depending upon how you play with it – play nicely and its likely to become a pleasant little fur ball, but be nasty to it and it may well become mischievous (don´t worry, it´s not going to turn into Chuckie and start removing your little kiddies’ fingers…) Place another Furby next to yours and they will interact, including dancing together or having a conversation. But it may not necessarily be predictable it may get along with some and not others. When you first get Furby it will speak Furbish, but the more it is played with the more English it will speak. There is a Furbish dictionary online to decipher things should you feel the need. And if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod there’s an app available to virtually feed your Furby, access a dictionary and even a translator. Whatever next, virtual visits to the lavvy? And lastly for all those little ones who can’t wait for a real tablet PC there’s the Vtech Innotab 2. Now let’s not get confused here, this is not supposed to be a tablet PC - it can’t connect to the

internet for example, but it is a multi-media learning handheld with a multi-functional touch-screen. The Vtech Innotab 2 contains educational games, fun activities, e-books, e-reader, video player and photo viewer to help develop core skills in reading, spelling, maths, logic and creativity. Parents can also download additional games and learning apps from another computer and transfer to the Innotab using an SD card. And to top things off nicely there’s a built-in rotating selfportrait camera for photos and video and a microphone for game play! The Inspectors Verdict: Forget about My Little Pony and Action Man, kids want gifts that mimic the big boys’ toys they see their parents using every day – they may want an iPad or iPhone, but they’ll have to wait until your next upgrade for those. Visit to purchase the Yellow Furby for 63€, to purchase the Vtech Kidizoom for 44€ and to purchase the Vtech Innotab 2 for 78€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Life horoscopes Uranus, Planet of Invention has scheduled time with you to show you where you could be if you wanted to be. Though you lovethings to be tried and tested the adventurous side of you needs to be fulfilled and the way ahead needs to be more open to allow you to see revealed the secret of what could be your greatest success.

Your beliefs and values are changing somewhat, and much of this can be attributed to the Total Solar Eclipse midweek in your opposing sign of Scorpio. If something needs to be adapted then take a long hard look at it and see beyond to figure out whether you really need it at all. Be ruthless, cards on the table! Chiron Directs in Pisces after a significant retrograde since June. Coming back to Earth means that there is a period of settling in, and for this reason keep major decisions and new frontiers on hold until you are really ready to make up your mind and able to weigh up the pros and cons involved. Scheming of others has allowed you to closely examine what is on offer right now. Speaking your mind and not wishing to take sides has left you unsure of your direction. However this is not a time to retreat into your inner protective shell, it is time to spell out that you are not to be messed with, not now or ever. Actions with Neptune focus on financial affairs and your handling of a tricky economic situation. Just turning your back right now is tempting but not what you have to do, which is to take control of the situation. Your income has been clipped somewhat and you have to cut your cloth according to your wealth. The very best of your intentions have been misconstrued and now the finger of blame points in your direction. Your broad shoulders and a positive attitude will see you through, but you do not deserve that it is you alone who will face the music and face the consequences. Time to walk away with head held high! Balance is the pivot on which your logical and practical mind keeps you safe and sound. This week sees you going out on a limb, but for all the right reasons. Expect a slow but steady result, and positive actions, as those who now better know what you are saying is right, join in to help you take your rightful place. The Total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio brings both an ending and a fresh start to new ventures, as you rebirth something new. Your hard working and inspiring energies are needed to spur others on as you take full responsibility for your pioneering and highly sensitive actions. You will find that on this one, you are certainly not alone. Mercury squares just after the weekend together with Neptune and Pisces allowing you to get your message across loud and clear, even to those with closed ears. You have been consistent, and have battled against the odds for what you truly believe in; don’t let go, but look to boosting your protection all ways. Mars enters at the end of what has been a busy and eventful week. This powerful and highly influential Planet has designs that include testing you every which way, so stick to your guns; be as stubborn as you enjoy being, and let it be known once and for all, that you have other fish to fry right now. With your Planetary leader in cahoots with Mars there comes a time to fight fire with fire. There comes a time when you have to call a spade a spade and this accountability falls on you this week. Well able to take control, remember where all this first started and that someone needs taking down a peg or two. With Neptune Direct, the week coasts along with you taking responsible strides at long last. Your dreamy and open soul sometimes brings you inevitable complications and what is wanted is solution that does not bring compromise to your door, and that allows you to be seen in a bright light of taken opportunities.

Kenny corris

Coffee and sandwich

EMAILS HAVE flooded in as people have told me their stories of regret that they were not here at the scene when loved ones were dying, and missed paying what they call their last respects. Despite explaining that nobody dies alone, and that we are carefully guided to our new dimension by Spirit; there are many who regret that they weren’t where they felt they should have been on the death and departure of the soul of loved ones, though through no fault of theirs either. I was on stage recently in Floro, Norway, and picked up on a lady sitting in the back row of the auditorium, looking as if she was trying to hide from me. Floating above her was a fresh faced woman in Spirit, obviously very concerned and talking to me very precisely. In situations like this when there are many wanting to come through, Spirit try to gain my attention any which way that they can, and I received the message: Sandwich and coffee. I reflected on this, and gave messages to others because they were more straight forward and simplistic to pass on. However I was drawn back to the back row and the curious message of the sandwich and the coffee. Asking for clarity I was shown the scene. Daughter had left her sick Mother’s side to go to make a cup of coffee and a sandwich, and in this time Mother took her last breath and passed over. This led to Daughter punishing herself for some twenty two years that she wasn’t there when her Mother most needed her. Everybody has to have a cup of coffee some time, everybody needs to eat a sandwich, and snatching a break from the long term care of an invalid relative is a necessity and is going to

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help both parties involved. Mother was the concerned one back in Floro. She was aware that so much pain had been caused to her Daughter, and that things had to be clarified for what they really were. Her message was quite clear, that she wanted to close her eyes and cross over, it was time; and that she died being loved and cared for by such a wonderful person as her youngest child. After the show Daughter came to speak to me. There were tears in her eyes, and yet something very good came from this contact. The clear message was that there should be no more worry, and that Daughter should know that her Mother died knowing that she was surrounded by love and gentle care, pain free and guided to the Spirit World. Both parties were connected freely in Spirit and the love and devotion was evident and overwhelming. Both parties would therefore continue their journeys; with Mother taking her place, and Daughter realising that there was no blame to be apportioned and that she now knew that she had received survival evidence that her Mother was alive and well in her dimension, and pain free too. It was lunch time back in Floro. Daughter sat with me, and we enjoyed a quick sandwich and a coffee together, because we could. Daughter said it was a good sandwich and I needed the caffeine to help me through a busy afternoon of readings. Spirit, knowingly, had wiped away years of doubt and anguish, without making a meal of it!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


“An Audience with Kenny Corris” A Show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit. Currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain still available to help boost your Charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594 Coming soon at Bistro Maya: Christmas Psychic Fair with readings, treatments and gifts galore on Saturday November 17th. See you there?

If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY, MY Father has come through to me three times in the past week. Though I have had contact with him many times there is something in the new frequency of contact that greatly unnerves me. I felt he may have come to get me and take me back and I am not ready for that right now…. but is he worrying about something? Lorna G. Hi Lorna. I am glad that you have had contact with your Father, and can understand that you are worried that something is wrong that he should step up his number of appearances. Firstly there is no fear with you that he should make contact, and I have the strongest feeling that he himself is making progress in the Spirit World, and that he wants to make sure that previous connections with you are established and that in taking his new place, or moving on, he is not going to lose something that he treasures so much; your open and loving and understanding ability to be there for him. Though he lives in a different dimension, the one thing he has right now is your love and support, and he may need this to see him off on his spiritual journey. God bless you both, and may you continue your strong and tender relationship.

Ask yourself why someone is lying to you right now? Your psychic senses are both motivational and inspiring and they now have to be turned around to be of a practical nature to assist and enable you.


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. Chooses a different spot (4) 8. Ruffle a sea-expert perhaps (10) 9. It shows intelligence! (4-4) 10. Country in AsiaMinor (4) 12. Wanders away from the street lights (6) 14. Not a good mark to get (6) 15. Manage to show the way (6) 17. They’re laid down by our betters (6) 18. This preposition is involved in the end (4) 19. Shows part of a book on insects (8) 21. One may have to pick one’s way here (10) 22. Has scattered snow (4)

Word Ladders

DOWN 2. Not very exciting for one lacking drive (10) 3. Looks up and down (4) 4. They may be cut and pickled (6) 5. Upsets to make light of (6) 6. Nudists dislike this sauce (8) 7. Some light or heavy timber (4) 11. One may be lost in it (10) 13. The porter of this house is often drunk (8) 16. They start to perspire - from over-drinking? (6) 17. The home of the brave (6) 18. Chin out - but not far (4) 20. Too wrapped up in local society (4)

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

ACROSS 1. Barrel (4) 8. Impracticable (10) 9. Conclusive (8) 10. Every (4) 12. Take risks (6) 14. Revolt (6) 15. Expand (6) 17. Ignoble (6) 18. At one time (4) 19. Shrink (8) 21. Valued too low (10) 22. Pitcher (4)

DOWN 2. Change (10) 3. N. Zealand bird (4) 4. Elf (6) 5. Regard (6) 6. Manager (8) 7. Network (4) 11. Appropriate (10) 13. Bangle (8) 16. Accompany (6) 17. Reason (6) 18. Responsibility (4) 20. Offensive (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 2nd November 2012


6 10 11 44





No ticket won 119,125,945 Euros

Tuesday 6th November 2012

7 20 25 35 41

No ticket won the 132,672,800 Euros


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish 7

I BELIEVE I’ve left you with the example of “confundido” for two weeks running now, so it’s time I unconfused you once and for all. WE DID get as far as realizing that “confundido” is the past participle of the verb “confundir” which we know is used as part of the “recent past” tense (as in “he confundido a mis lectores” - I have confused my readers) and we were just getting on to seeing how these past participles can be taken out of that verb tense context and used as adjectives, changing their endings to agree with whatever they describe. There is a whole range of these kinds of adjectives, derived from verbs, which express human emotions and experiences, and that is what I really wanted to get onto before we leave this whole topic behind. So, here are some examples of what I mean. The verb “agotar” means “to exhaust”, therefore the participle “agotado” expresses very clearly how I feel after a week’s work. There are other less polite words for this in English. Actually I would use the feminine form “agotada” to describe myself, and this person and number agreement applied to all of these words. If we stick with a few more negative ideas first, here is another one – “decepcionar” meaning “to disappoint”. This is also a “false friend” as it looks rather like the English word “deception”. Anyway, if you are ever disappointed in Spanish, the word you need is “ decepcionado”. Continuing this downward tendency, we have the verb “destrozar” (to ruin). If someone is “destrozado” they really are in a bad state, but we can equally use the word to describe a building or piece of furniture, for instance. Slightly milder, but still negative is “disgustar” (to upset) . “Estoy muy disgustado/disgustada” you may say through your tears, or of course

you may apply the adjective to someone else when they storm off in a huff “creo que está disgustado” (I think he’s upset). I’m afraid there is one more negative word to mention before we change tack. The verb “enfadar” means “to anger”, so “angry” is “enfadado” or “enfadada”. A word that looks as though it might also be negative, but is fact isn’t is “emocionar”. This does not mean to burst into tears of emotion, at least not tears of sadness, but it could include tears of joy. The verb means “to excite” or “to move” and its associations are really positive. I always remember a surprise birthday party I attended in my first year in Spain. The person whose birthday it was spent the whole time saying “estoy emocionado” which I suppose would be something like saying “I’m really touched” in English. Speaking of surprises, we have the verb “sorprender” (to surprise) so we can there express our surprise with “estoy sorprendido” (I am surprised). One of the nicest of all these verbs, I think, is “ilusionar” (to thrill, to excite). Again, this is somewhat of a “false friend” as “illusion” in English does not have a very jolly meaning. However, it’s one of the happiest words there is in Spanish. A child is “illusionado” waiting for the three kings to bring him presents. We are “ilusionados” about a holiday or a new addition to the family, that is, we are looking forward with excitement and anticipation. Finally, a word that can be used in some everyday situations “agradecer “ (to appreciate). If you want to express particular thanks or appreciation to someone you can say “Gracias, estoy muy agradecido”.

The Twits of the Week Frankie @FrankieSk8 : My bodies still got a bit of summer tan hanging around but my face is soooo pale, I look like I’ve had a head transplant! Olly Murs@ollyofficial : This film on channel 5 is weird!! Havent got a clue what was going on.. #eveningwasted The Thank You JLS@JLSOfficial : Still can’t believe we won a 5th mobo! so amazing! thanks to everybody who voted u guys r the BEST!! always love JB xx The Tired Tweet Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5 : What a bad nights sleep that was, 3rd night in a row!! I’m not a looker at the best of times & after a bad sleep I scare myself in the mirror! The Funny Tweets Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle : One week you’re in court, the next you’re on Jonathan Ross being pushed up a tiny ramp on rollerskates by Olly Murs. That’s showbusiness. Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Watching something called #fashionpolice with Mrs L. You have to give and take. Thought it would be dull but @Joan_Rivers is hilarious! Michael Vaughan@MichaelVaughan : Just left the BBC studio... At a last glance @nickybyrneoffic was having a pedicure... #diva

Life books

Danny Collins -

Closer Than Blood TORI CONNELLY is a killer. She kills her second husband as the reader watches, but what about other mysterious deaths that surround this beautiful and deadly woman? TORI CONNELLY is also a twin, although her sibling does not share her sister’s penchant for murder. Both went to college with Kendall Stark, who is now a County Sheriff’s Detective. Kendall reads about the murder of Alex Connelly and remembers that her own college sweetheart, Jason Reed, died in mysterious circumstances while awaiting emergency services following a car accident involving Tori. Meanwhile, as the initial investigation of Alex Connelly’s murder takes place outside her jurisdiction, Kendall launches her own into the death of Jason and others close to Tori who have died mysteriously over the years. Gregg Olsen presents his readers with a many-layered mystery that will keep them enthralled until the stunning denoument. The reader will be firmly hooked. Author: Gregg Olsen Publisher: Robinson (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 1 78033 288 8

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Life health Middle ear infections Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

MIDDLE EAR infections, or otitis media, occur when the eardrum or middle ear becomes inflamed or infected, causing earache and/or fever. THE INFECTION can produce pus, which can fill the middle ear cavity, leading to pain and a blocked feeling and a temporary loss of hearing. Often the body overcomes the infection without further problems. If, however, the volume of pus becomes too great, the eardrum can swell out and eventually perforate, leading to a discharge into the outer ear. Quite often after this has happened the perforation in the eardrum heals itself and the body’s immune system kills off the infection. However, the site of the perforation will be forever a weak point in the eardrum and a potential spot for further problems. In other cases the perforation in the eardrum may not heal itself and this leaves a pathway for airborne bacteria to enter the middle ear and cause further infections. In extreme cases this can become a permanent cycle known as chronic supurative otitis media with perforation and can lead to the destruction of the ossicular chain (three small bones in the middle ear) and to a very bad conductive hearing loss, or (if the infection

enters the cochlea) to permanent deafness. A different problem can arise when there is a Eustachian tube infection. The Eustacian tube connects the back of the throat to the middle ear cavity and is the only means of supplying air to the middle ear and maintaining equal pressure with the outside world. When the Eustachian tube blocks and doesn’t allow any re-supply of air, the bacteria that live in the middle ear eat the oxygen there, resulting in the middle ear air pressure dropping and causing a retracted eardrum. A thick gooey exudate is also produced which fills the middle ear cavity and results

A small incision in the tympanic membrane

in a loss of hearing. This condition (know as ‘glue ear’) is prevalent in children and is often only alleviated by deliberately cutting a hole in the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to allow outside air in and the exudate out. A surgeon makes an incision in the eardrum and inserts a grommet (plastic collar). The eardrum will eventually heal itself, expelling the plastic collar. Whichever way it goes, otitis media requires medical attention; ignoring it can lead to the infection spreading to the honeycomb bone of the skull and can cause permanent deafness. Timely antibiotic use will usually clear up the infection.

Tube inserted to drain fluid

If you have any question’s about this week’s topic, email or contact Michael Burke at Digital Hearing, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, Quesada: Tel 698 418 642.


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Life health

Amanda Collins, Dip HE Family Medical Centre, Albir

failing Vasectomy - the facts The economy GENTLEMEN! ARE you aware that sterilization triggers for women is a far more invasive and painful obesity procedure requiring a longer recovery period? MANY MEN are reluctant to have a vasectomy due to the many myths surrounding the subject .If you and your partner are considering a permanent method of contraception here are some facts regarding vasectomy that may help you with your decision. • A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure which involves cutting or blocking both the vas deferens (tubes that carry sperm ) • The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic and takes about 15 minutes • Vasectomy is more than 99.85% effective. • A vasectomy will not affect a man’s testosterone level, sex drive, facial hair, voice and other masculine traits. • The operation has no effect on sexuality. Erections, climaxes and the amount of ejaculate remain the same after the procedure AFTER THE VASECTOMY • You may experience some discomfort and/or swelling immediately after the procedure, therefore it is recommend that you arrange for someone to drive you home, although this is not an absolute necessity. • You may feel sore for a few days and should rest and avoid heavy lifting and exercising for three days. Wearing a jock strap helps to keep you comfortable. • You may return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours of the procedure. • Many men have the procedure on a Friday and return to work on the Monday. • A man can resume sexual activity within a few days of the vasectomy, but an alternative method of contraception must be used until a check of his semen shows no sperm are present, usually 15-20 ejaculations or 6 to 8 weeks after the vasectomy. And if you are still not convinced, have a chat with your family Doctor or Urologist! This article is written by Nurse Amanda Collins Dip HE of the Family Medical Centre in Albir. The Centre offers a warm welcome to all patients old and new, and is found at Avenida de L’Albir no 66, opposite Bazar Asia and next to the Norwegian Bok Café. Telephone 966 865 072. Email:

A REPORT entitled ‘Generation XXL’ prepared by IPSOS, a company specialising in identifying behavioural trends in society, shows that the economic crisis has resulted in consumers being unable to sustain a balanced diet on a lower budget, leading to widespread obesity and related health issues. A total of 85 countries were involved in the study including Spain. Sales of fresh produce have dropped considerably while trade in convenience food products such as pizzas and potato chips has increased: sales of organic food products dropped by 15% last year. There is also a marked ‘see-saw’ effect being seen, with healthier foods consumed at the start of each month but tailing off into unhealthy eating habits nearer to pay day.

Join the Freemasons WANT TO join a nonprofit organisation which is thriving on the Costa Blanca and committed to supporting charitable causes and bringing people together? There are Freemasons lodges throughout the Costa Blanca who meet on a weekly basis and welcome new members. For more information please contact Harry Palmer by email at  or telephone 96 671 2326.


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Life going out

Christmas around the World comes to El Mojón

DIAMANTES RESTAURANT sits a stone throw away from the beach. And is exactly as it is named, a diamond nestled in the village of El Mojón near San Pedro del Pinatar and on the beach side of Pilar de la Horadada. THIS STUNNING restaurant has a very warm and welcoming ambience whether you sit in the spacious candle lit dining room or outside on the large terrace, created by Terri Hughes the proprietor and her staff, they pride themselves in delivering the best. Terri has been asked to create a Swedish Christmas by one of her clients and has set about researching what it entailed. Firstly the food is run buffet style, with a welcome glass of Gloegg which is a type of mulled wine, then Scandinavian cheeses and paté, various fish dishes, followed by the main course of, Baked Christmas Ham, Swedish Meatballs, Christmas Cabbage, Jansson’s temptation potatoes and simmered sausages and, if you still have room, the traditional dessers. This will be followed by an ABBA disco. Although traditionally this day takes place on Christmas Eve, Terri is holding hers on Thursday 13th December as this is also a special day in Sweden The Feast of St Lucia, starts the Christmas season. St Lucia is a symbol of light, marking the return of

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lighter days. But Terri has not just stopped in Sweden she has decided to take a journey to Greece, Germany and France to bring you a taste of Christmas traditions and food every week of December leading up to our British Christmas on the 25th December with a 5 course sumptuous luncheon followed by an afternoon of entertainment. The winter crazy menu is about to start too, between 12 and 4 pm Monday to Friday you can get a 2 course meal for only €3-95 followed by an afternoon Tea Dance so whether you like to Waltz, Jive, Foxtrot or Quick Step then go along to the restaurant and enjoy. Diamante’s also has a full entertainment programme every Friday including a two course dinner, many of the tribute acts that are appearing on stage at Diamantes are coming over from the UK. Diamantes is open for food from 12 till late 7 days a week, they produce the finest quality food using only the freshest ingredients, From Breakfast, Lunch including Menu Del Dia a 3 course lunch including a drink for only €9-95, Pizzas, Tapas, a fabulous A La

The restaurant has a very warm and welcoming ambience

Cart menu, and to top it all they also provide Sunday Lunch. Call for more information or to reserve

your table: 96 535 2947 or check out the Diamante’s website

Fashion show for PADS charity ON SUNDAY November the 18th The Sophisticattzz Ladies Club will be strutting their stuff and modeling for PADS at the Winter Charity Fashion Show. This will take place at The Greenwich in Torre de la Horadada. Doors open 11am. The Sophisticattzz Models will be helping to raise funds for PADS charity. The famous twice yearly fashion show will take place around 1pm-1.30pm. All the clothes modeled are for sale after the show, and Pads have their own charity stall at the event with beautiful affordable clothing. Val from Cake Magic will be selling her wonderful cakes, there will jewellery stalls, a psychic, plus our Sophisticattzz Raffle stall. Admission is FREE to everyone. On Sunday December 2nd Sophisticattzz will holding

their Christmas Charity Fayre at Rebate Restaurant. From 11am-5pm. Many different stalls selling Christmas presents, clothing, cakes and the Cristmas Hamper raffle stall. Sophisticattzz will be raising monies for ‘The Family Grewer’. The family will also be there on the day! Sophisticattzz have raised 994€ to date for the family since their mother Laura lost her life to cancer. Please come along and support this cause. There is an open bar in the area with waiters and Sophisticattzz’s has organised live entertainment from 2pm-4pm. Please come along and support us! To book a stall at the event or for further details on any of the above please contact Debbie on 966 762 931.

9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life food Cereal complainers I’M SURE there are web sites that are dedicated to how to complain, if not let me know and I’ll start one because there is much to learn about complaining. First, as a complainer, what are you complaining about and why? Do you just want to let off steam and have a rant because you have had a bad day, spent too much or not enough, been told off at work or do you really have a genuine complaint? What do you want in response to your complaint? Just to let off steam, monies off, your money back, some vouchers perhaps or a free something next time you visit or just an apology? Is your purchase not the way it should be or was advertised or you just don’t like it for some reason? Did you know what you ordered? Who are you going to complain to? It’s no good shouting at a junior member of staff who has no idea what you are raving about or what the problem is they are just doing as they have been told to by the boss so the more likely cause of the problem as they see it is you. Bringing to the attention of a member of staff a particular problem with your purchase may well be met by as much surprise

as you experienced when you noticed it. Some things are just lack of communication, accidents or genuine mistakes not meant to alarm or upset such as missing sauces or a slightly undercooked steak and can be remedied by simply replacing the purchase with another one along with an immediate apology. These are important things to consider when you complain as the people who deal with complaints also consider them. How long are you prepared to wait in the telephone queue while “although your comments are important to us” no-one is actually answering the phone? When you ask a particular question about your purchase they have to Google the answer or refer it to someone who is not available at the moment and can’t or won’t ring you back. Is it a genuine complaint, is it justified, have others complained about this particular product or can we mess about with them long enough so that they eventually give up? After a particularly long day I checked into my budget hotel and ordered what was described on the menu as a ‘sumptuous’ Steak & Kidney Pudding but I was already not


Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

really expecting much from a chain restaurant in a relatively cheap hotel. When it arrived it was bullet hard and impossible to sample it, let alone eat, so I asked a waitress if she could ask the chef if this is how the dish was meant to be or had it been overcooked or over micro-waved in some way. The reply was that it was not how it should be but the chef has now left and we can’t serve you anything else as the kitchen has closed. No problem for me really I had since lost my appetite until the untouched meal appeared on my bill and no surprise to find that the manager had just left as well…time to complain! I didn’t want any money back or compensation but I certainly didn’t want to pay for what I had not been able to eat.

1st stop: the area manager who explained that not only was the member of staff not very good at cooking but the menu was rubbish too and the manager really should have been there (talk about pass the buck). 2nd stop: the boss of the company whom I happened to have met at a recent industry function. I simply asked the same question: was what I experienced in both food and service normal practice and acceptable to the company as a whole? Clearly it was not: changes were immediately made. I am currently asking a supermarket chain who are “committed to reducing excess packaging” why although the packet of cereal I recently bought was slightly larger than before, the contents were slightly less.

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9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life people

Torrevieja young swimmers in 1st League event YOUNG MEMBERS of Club Natacion Torrevieja (Torrevieja Swimming Club) travelled to Elche on Saturday 3rd November for the 1st League event of the season competing against eight other clubs from across the region involving 221 swimmers. One of the older members of the team, Elian Del Rio Castillo, swam 100m freestyle improving upon his previous week’s personal best followed by one of the youngest team members Serger Bous attaining 2nd place in the Boys’ 9-year-olds 50m freestyle. Vitalio Veres and Amy Connolly both improved upon their previous week’s times in their 50m freestyle races followed by Victoria Pigneur swimming 100m freestyle for the first time with a time of 1:34:90. Georgy Murskiy and Bastian Martinez knocked 10 seconds of their previous 100m freestyle times; Paula Garcia and Eva Kovalenko gained 9th and 13th positions with times of 1:22:30 and 1:24:00.

The Club also participated in two relays: the boys’ Benjamin 4 x 50m backstroke and Boys’ Alevin 4 x 100m backstroke relay. Unfortunately the Benjamin team were disqualified due to turns but the Alevin team obtained a time of 6:35:39.

Well done to all who participated on the day and we all look forward to the next competition in three weeks. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa: 665 454 126 or President Felipe on 609 418 776 or email

9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life events


A fishy exhibition AN EXHIBITION entitled ‘Fishermen’ can be seen from now until 12th November in the fish market at Lo Pagán, San Javier. A series of photographs by photographic artist José Luis Villaescusa will grace the walls of the market courtesy of the Department of Environment of the City of San Javier. The exhibits portray fishermen about their day to day work hauling in their catch and also out at sea. Councilwoman for the Environment Celia Martinez attended the opening of the exhibition with representatives of the Fishermen’s Association Juan Pablo Martinez and the photographer himself José Luis Villaescusa.

The exhibition reflects the living history of fishing in Santiago de la Ribera. The Fish Market with its white-tiled walls is the ideal backdrop for the black and white theme with which Villaescusa portrays the fishermen in their natural environment. The exhibition was commissioned by the Department of Environment of the City of San Javier and includes a catalogue of the images accompanied by text detailing 23 fishermen’s stories of their life at sea. The Fish Market is located on the esplanade of Lo Pagán, open from 8am to early afternoon, except while the fish auction is in progress at 10am.

FAST gets Christmas under way The FAST (First Aid Support Team) Christmas Fayre is to be held Saturday 10th November at Mariano’s Restaurant on Camposol A (Los Palacios). Entry is just 1€. The fun begins at 11am and continues until 3pm with colourful stalls offering crafts, cards, gifts and home-made produce. Try your luck at the Grand Raffle, tickets at 3€ are on sale at TJ Electrical (Euronics) in the Commercial Centre, Sector B and outside The Steak Out, Fridays between 10pm and 12.30. FAST is seeking volunteers to provide a unique support service in Camposol that assists with serious medical emergencies. If you have what it takes call Glen Ford on 634 313 572 or Gerry Bradshaw on 677 288 033. Alternatively, email

A fishy exhibition

Welcome Group events - November 21st brings the return of the Rich Bitch Show coming down from Benidorm Just 10€ for a really first class show. - Wednesday December 5th Ladies day shopping to the new shopping mall at La Zenia, then onto Torrevieja seafront finishing the day with a show at The Lounge Bar Torrevieja 12€ - Wednesday December 12th Christmas Dance with the return of Rob Sweeney from Benidorm plus for the first time in this area the lovely Rhioone 11€ - New Years Eve dance with entertained by the Entertainers

Show from Torrevieja plus a buffet meal and disco 19€ All the above are held are Marianos restaurant,Camposol. TRIPS IN 2013 - February sees the return to Benalmadena, Mijas for the horse racing and Ronda. Two nights half board at the Hotel Triton 150€ - May, Norwegian Ffords cruise with MSC For more information on all the above please see our website or call Rosemary on 620 105 179


9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life Showbiz Goss Berry and the ‘Razzie’ COME THE season for the giving out of awards for great films and directors and suchlike in the movie industry, it’s a reasonably closely guarded secret that there is also an award given for the worst performance on screen each year and it’s called a Razzie, and I say closely guarded secret because personally I can’t recall having seen such an event taking place when the programme is broadcast, but more of that in a moment. There´s a ground breaking new chat show in the US called ´Cloud Atlas´ hosted by a lady called Chelsea Handler that gives the guests an opportunity to talk about films they were involved in that didn’t turn out too good and last week Halle Berry, one of Hollywood’s top earners, did just that, and then some.

Unfortunately the report I read didn´t mention the film but the outspoken Halle said of one particular movie “it was s**t!” before adding “you don’t expect it to be as bad as it is sometimes, then it comes out, and you think, ‘F**k, that’s what I did?”, but enough of this potty talk as I now want to take you to the part I mentioned at the top of the page about the ´Razzie´. In 2005 the movie Catwoman starring Halle Berry as the action heroine was released and at the ceremony when the award for The Golden Raspberry, the ´Razzie´, was announced Halle´s name was called and the norm in this case is that everybody has a bit of a smirk and the proceedings move swiftly on, but not so for Halle. No siree! She stood up and smiled, strode elegantly along the red carpet, thanked everyone for thinking of her then gracefully left the main stage. Halle Berry is one of a rare few individuals to have done that, and the standing ovation she got for doing so is probably connected to why she is one of the highest earning female actresses today.

What goes round comes round

THIS FINAL item is about Radio 1´s Fearne Cotton, a self-confessed gobby presenter who experienced life at the receiving end of gobby last Halloween night. Talking on her show the next morning Fearne said “At about 8.30pm last night the doorbell went, again, and when I answered there were three kids, the first one said to me, ‘Have you got any money?’ and I said, ‘No, but you can have a sweet” she then explained how the oldest took a big handful of sweets then walked away then the three others took some then the older one turned and said “ I don’t like these ones!” and started throwing them back at me. “Usually I’m quite feisty and would have a go, but I just said , eh excuse me, get out of here” then almost breaking down live on air she said “ I was so shocked I just stood there looking at him pelting me with toffees. Gobby´s not nice Fearne is it!!


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Sherlock´s going into the music business ‘FLAVOUR OF the Month’ is a term that fits in all areas of the entertainment business with wannabees ´up there´ then ´down there´ in the snap of a finger, one priceless comment on a Simpsons show that featured the Backstreet Boys had one of them saying, “We´ve got to go Bart as our haircuts have gone out of style since we had breakfast “, but I digress. One person you just instinctively know is going to be around for a while is Benedict Cumberbatch, a young man who has made the character of Sherlock Holmes all his own, and with many dozens of fine actors having played the role before him this surely is quite some accolade. As hotly anticipated as the next run of Sherlock Holmes is, this item is to do with news of the new project that Benedict has just been signed to take part in. None other than Tom Hanks and his business partner Gary Goetzman are to produce a biopic on the life of Brian Epstein and Benedict will be playing the lead role, a huge challenge for the young man, but for sure he has the intensity to pull off the part of the man who steered the Beatles to the top of the world while at the same time his personal life was in tatters. I´m not gonna sleep until that movie is made and I´m watching it.

9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life TV


9th - 15th November

FRIDAY 9th November BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Remembrance Week 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Nick Nickleby 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trade Your Way to the USA 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Blue Peter 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Outnumbered 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Me and Mrs Jones 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 24:30 Would I Lie to You?

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 Dipdap 10:30 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Get Squiggling! 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Weakest Link 14:45 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Attenborough’s Ark: Natural World Special 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later with Jools Holland

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 Local News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 The Dales 17:30 The Dales 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Island Hospital 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Dave

07:00 Channel 4 Presents 07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 15:05 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Derren Brown: Fear and Faith 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Friday Night Dinner 24:35 8 Out of 10 Cats

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Highland Emergency 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 The Circuit 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 24:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale at 40 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 The X Factor USA 24:00 Switch

07:00 Switched 07:25 Smallville 08:05 One Tree Hill 09:00 Scrubs 09:30 Scrubs 10:05 Smallville 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 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 Desperate Housewives 17:00 Ugly Betty 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 Three Men and a Baby 23:05 Underworld: Evolution





07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 My Phone Genie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Dinner Date: Australia 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Countrywise 13:45 Home Sweet Home 14:45 Home Sweet Home 15:45 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 18:20 Central News 18:35 ITV News and Weather 18:50 Golden Rules of TV 19:20 New You’ve Been Framed! 19:50 Take Me Out 21:05 The X Factor 22:50 Jonathan Ross Show 23:50 ITV News and Weather 24:05 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

07:15 Channel 4 Presents 07:20 The Treacle People 07:30 Beach Volleyball 08:25 British Rallycross 08:50 Channel 4 Presents 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 The Crush 10:25 Made in Chelsea 11:25 Suburgatory 11:55 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 13:25 The Simpsons 13:55 Deal or No Deal 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me Down Under 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 21:00 Heston’s Fantastical Food 22:00 Knight and Day 24:15 There’s Something about Mary

SATURDAY 10th November BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 11:45 Lord Mayor’s Show 2012 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live International Rugby Union 17:30 Final Score 18:20 BBC News 18:40 Pointless Celebrities 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 21:05 Merlin 21:50 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 22:00 BBC News; Weather 22:15 The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 23:50 Match of the Day


07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:20 Dennis and Gnasher 09:30 Trapped Ever After 10:00 Jedward’s Big Adventure 10:30 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 11:00 Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:25 Deadly 60 Bites 11:35 Splatalot 12:00 Prank Patrol 12:30 OOglies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 The Sky at Night 13:20 Flying down to Rio 14:45 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 18:00 Live International Rugby Union 20:30 Attenborough’s Ark: Natural World Special 21:30 Dad’s Army 22:00 QI XL 22:45 The Making of QI 23:45 Perfect Sense

SUNDAY 11th November BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:25 Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph 13:15 Sunday Politics 14:30 Points of View 14:45 Bargain Hunt 15:10 Live International Rugby Union 17:30 Remembrance Week 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:20 Countryfile 20:20 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Andrew Marr’s History of the World 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:35 Graham Norton Show


07:00 Zigby 07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Deadly Art 08:45 Copycats 09:15 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:40 Wingin’ It 10:00 Gastronuts 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Two Minute Silence 12:05 Great British Bake Off 13:05 Flog It! 13:30 MotoGP 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 17:50 Live International Rugby League 20:00 Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph Highlights 21:00 Operation Iceberg 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 Harry & Paul 23:30 Hebburn 24:00 Soul Men

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 Cowboy Builders 14:05 Rolf’s Animal Clinic 15:05 The Accidental Witness 16:55 Wandering Eye 18:40 Hell Boats 20:25 5 News Weekend 20:30 The Bridge at Remagen 22:45 CSI: Miami 23:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:40 Forensic Files

07:00 Gossip Girl 07:45 Coronation Street 10:15 Emmerdale 13:05 Girlfri3nds 14:05 The X Factor USA 16:00 The X Factor USA 17:55 The X Factor USA 18:55 The Polar Express 20:50 Land of the Lost 22:50 The Xtra Factor 23:50 Take Me Out - The Gossip 24:35 Celebrity Juice


07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:05 Life Unexpected 09:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:05 Supernanny US 11:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 12:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 13:10 Scrubs 13:40 Scrubs 14:10 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Suburgatory 15:35 Desperate Housewives 16:30 Made in Chelsea 17:35 Baggage 18:35 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 Under Siege 2






07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Big Time Rush 10:00 Good Luck Charlie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:30 The Unforgettable 12:00 ITV News and Weather 12:10 Countrywise 12:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:25 Carry On Follow That Camel 15:15 The X Factor 17:00 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 18:00 Downton Abbey 19:25 Central News 19:40 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Surprise Surprise 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:35 ITV News and Weather 23:50 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:45 Anglo-Welsh Cup Rugby Union

07:05 Channel 4 Presents 07:10 The Treacle People 07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 The Hoobs 08:10 Extreme Sailing Series 08:40 Cardiff Half Marathon 09:05 Channel 4 Presents 09:10 Will & Grace 09:35 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:05 The Big Bang Theory 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:05 The Simpsons 14:35 The Simpsons 15:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 17:40 Time Team 18:45 Furry Vengeance 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 How Britain Worked 22:00 Homeland 23:00 Friday Night Dinner 23:30 Derren Brown: Fear and Faith 24:35 Secret State

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:00 5 News Special 12:05 The Gadget Show 13:05 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 14:05 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild 15:30 Cats & Dogs 17:10 You’ve Got Mail 19:25 5 News Weekend 19:30 Lost in Space 22:00 Valkyrie 24:25 Hatfields & McCoys

07:00 Emmerdale 09:50 Coronation Street 12:20 The X Factor 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:05 Rita Ora: The Hot Desk 15:15 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 16:20 The Flintstones 18:00 Take Me Out 19:10 Take Me Out The Gossip 20:00 DragonHeart 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 23:35 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:35 Girlfri3nds

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Scrubs 08:40 Scrubs 09:10 The Crush 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:20 T4: Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 T4: Listen 14:45 How I Met Your Mother 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Charlie’s Angels 17:05 Made in Chelsea 18:10 New Girl 18:40 Suburgatory 19:10 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 My Super Ex-Girlfriend 23:00 Misfits 24:00 The Work Experience 24:35 Made in Chelsea


9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life TV

9th - 15th November

MONDAY 12th November BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Imagine

07:00 Childrens TV 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Dragons’ Den

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 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 The Dales 17:30 The Dales 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Little England 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 Training Day

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 22:00 999: What’s Your Emergency? 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Full English 24:20 Random Acts 24:25 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Amber’s Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 High Plains Drifter 24:15 Out for Justice

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Switch 24:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!

TUESDAY 13th November



07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 11:10 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Scrubs 16:30 Scrubs 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Derren Brown: Fear and Faith 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 The Work Experience 24:40 Fresh Meat








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Mind Reader: Between Life and Death 24:35 Veronica Guerin

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Dara O Briain’s Science Club 23:00 Later Live - with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Imagine

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 The Dales 17:30 The Dales 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Martin Lewis Money Show 21:00 Deirdre and Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Take Me Out 24:50 Grimefighters

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 22:00 Heston’s Fantastical Food 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:50 Random Acts 23:55 Homeland

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Bonneville 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Highland Emergency 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Rolf’s Animal Clinic 22:00 Body of Proof 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 The Cube 21:00 Mr Bean’s Holiday 22:50 The Hot Desk 23:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 11:10 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Scrubs 16:30 Scrubs 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 Tool Academy 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The Inbetweeners

WEDNESDAY 14th November BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 DIY SOS 22:00 Brazil with Michael Palin 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:25 Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Big & Small 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 See Hear 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 The Hour 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Great Continental Railway Journeys

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 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Emmerdale 20:15 Live International Football 22:45 ITV News and Weather 23:15 Local News 23:20 International Football Highlights 24:20 Rumor Has It..

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Secret State 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Geordies Overboard

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Hostile Makeover 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 The Removal Men 22:00 Erin Brockovich 24:45 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 19:35 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Gossip Girl 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Girlfri3nds 23:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:05 Switch

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 11:10 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Scrubs 16:30 Scrubs 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 The Work Experience 23:00 The Inbetweeners 24:05 Rude Tube

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THURSDAY 15th November BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Young Apprentice 22:00 Hunted 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 23:00 Hebburn 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Dara O Briain’s Science Club

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 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Coronation Street 21:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands 24:05 Jonathan Ross Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Vintage Home 22:00 Everyday 23:50 999: What’s Your Emergency? 24:50 Random Acts 24:55 Embarrassing Fat Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 A Decent Proposal 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Rolf’s Animal Clinic 21:00 WW1’s Tunnels of Death: The Big Dig 22:00 Hatfields & McCoys 23:00 Valkyrie

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 The Corrie Years 14:00 The Corrie Years 14:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:30 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Crossword Solutions 681 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Extra; 8 Theseus; 9 Rookery; 10 Plump; 12 Open secret; 15 In good part; 18 Droop; 19 Teacher; 21 Concern; 22 Three. Down: 1 Bear in mind; 2 Stool; 3 Take; 4 Stay on; 5 Leap year; 6 Require; 11 Put in order; 13 Prompter; 14 Aground; 16 Patent; 17 Sharp; 20 Alto.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Torch; 8 Illness; 9 Tearful; 10 Deter; 12 Settlement; 15 Adolescent; 18 Tenon; 19 Uniform; 21 Excuses; 22 Often. Down: 1 Statecraft; 2 Great; 3 Chef; 4 Billet; 5 Bludgeon; 6 Heathen; 11 Retirement; 13 Evenness; 14 Cornice; 16 Cruise; 17 Worth ; 20 Idol. Wordwheel: STRAPPING

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Smallville 11:10 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 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 Scrubs 16:30 Scrubs 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 End of Days

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 9th 19.00 An Evening With.... the fabulous Ultimate Take That Tribute in Benidorm as they perform their show ‘Circus’ Saturday 10th 18.30 Let’s Talk with performers and event organisers from Jukebox Promotions Peter Day & Fiona McLean Sunday 11th 18.30 Spanish Eye – The amazing battle re-enactment of Arnhem in Murcia with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.

Monday 12th 18.05 Guardamar’s Moors & Christians – A behind the scenes look at the Brits involved with this amazing spectacle. Tuesday 13th 18.45 Spanish Eye – The heart wrenching story of dozens of beagles rescued from testing laboratories in Spain to be loved and re-homed around the world. Wednesday 14th 19.00 Ad Hoc presents the stage version of popular 80’s TV show Allo Allo – featuring OXO dad Michael Redfern. Thursday 15th 19.00 Hayes Guide – Santa Pola. Dave & Jess show us round the old town of Santa Pola, the biggest Spanish fishing port on the Med.


9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life people

All the fun of the fayre with HAH

Race for Life

A fantastic sum was raised

HAH VOLUNTEERS turned out in force with home-made crafts, cakes, jams, mulled wine and Christmas Cards at the 2nd HAH Christmas Fayre, held at DFS Furniture in San Javier on Friday 2nd November. Spectrum Radio made an appearance and Lawrence from Murcia Today sold fantastic plants with proceeds going to HAH. Beautiful hand-made glass mosaics were popular and Danny from ‘Time 4 a Change’ sold luxurious bedding. And Brenda lent a sparkle to the occasion with her range of

Christmas ‘bling’ jewellery. In total, the fantastic sum of 825€ was raised. Paul Airey, Sales Director, DFS Furniture said, “What a great day! The sun shone, the atmosphere was great, and we were so impressed with the amount of work that these volunteers do, not only with their fundraising, but also with the number of people that they help. As an HAH sponsor we were delighted to be able to help on the day and hope to make this an annual event.”

CANCER CHARITY MABS Mazarrón’s 8th Annual Race for Life attracted 100 participants decked in signature pink last weekend, raising a bumper 6,000€ for the cause. Area co-ordinator, Zue Burgess said: “We are delighted that so many turned out on a Sunday morning to help raise funds for the local community. We are currently supporting 86

people affected by cancer and their families. Every centimo raised ensures that we can continue supporting those people. We are very grateful to the people of Camposol.” If you would like to join MABS on the next Race for Life it will be held at Los Alcázares on Sunday, 11th November, starting at Club Nautico. For full details, see

Children In Need charity day

LUI’S LOUNGE Camping Pueblo de San Javier will be hosting a charity day for children in need on Friday 16th November from 11am. There will be tombola, home made food, books, bric a brac, raffle, sponsored swim plus much more. All donations appreciated and collection of items can be arranged Please contact Lui’s Lounge on 966 189 262 or Carol on 96 819 24 25, mobile 626 055 622 in the evening.

9 - 15 NOVEMBER 2012

Life cars

Road Test

Peugeot Bipper VAN DIESEL is plastered across a local Ford Transit owned by Virgin Broadband. It always raises a smile and springs to mind as I take delivery of the Peugeot Bipper Professional, the compact city van. This is the first van I have driven and on entering you can’t help noticing that it feels rather hollow inside. In fact if you shout there’s almost an echo due to its capacious rear. The next noticeable difference to a car is the fact that there is no rear view mirror and the distinct absence of a rear window - instead there are two rear doors for easy loading as you can see from the video at testdrives. biz. There’s also


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a useful sliding side door. You have to rely on your mirrors, making me particularly apprehensive when reversing or pulling out to overtake. I now realise that I should be more forgiving of those van drivers, whom I previously thought pulled out without looking. On manoeuvring to overtake, the driver cannot see anything by looking over their right shoulder, as they would in a car. In time, relying on the mirrors is easy as long as the driver is cautious. There’s a fairly raised driving position, so much so that I spy a mottled brown roe deer elegantly standing in a field to my right as I wait for the lights to change. In fact height wise it’s on a par with a Land Rover Freelander, giving a commanding view of the road ahead. In many respects this little van, the test model finished in bright red making me feel like Postman Pat - is very

much like a car to drive. Its dashboard has been well designed, with plenty of space for all that paperwork so often carried by delivery drivers. There are electric windows, a CD player and a decisive five-speed gearbox coupled to a gutsy 1.4-litre diesel capable of travelling over 600 miles on a tank, if driven at a steady 56mph. More realistically it is good for 500 miles at a decent pace. We’re not just talking about economy either but strong load carrying abilities. It’ll shift up to 590kg of cargo measuring as much as 2.5 cubic metres. So that’s plenty of parcels, as colleagues at work keep pushing my way… “The rear wheel arches are one metre apart and Bipper’s low loading height, optional sliding side doors and wide access make packing and stacking heavy goods easier,” write Parkers, the vehicle experts. There’s a hardwearing wood finish inside the rear of the test van. The increasingly popular Bipper is keenly priced and efficient. New price range: 14,487€– 19,482€ Economy: 63mpg Power: 68bhp Top speed: 95mph Watch the video at:

Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. For more independent unbiased car reviews and videos visit



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Celebration time, not on! I’M ALL for the game of football to be played in the right spirit but I have to say that one of the more recent “sportsmanship” trends to have entered the game really doesn’t sit well with me. Last weekend, during the Man United v Arsenal game, Robin van Persie scored against his former club but refused to celebrate out of ‘respect’ and then was actually praised for this apparent act of magnanimous generosity. This has to be one of the lamest, most pathetic and insincere acts you’ll see on a football pitch. Why not apologise for a defence-splitting pass or for a good tackle too? If you genuinely didn’t want to harm your old club’s chances of winning then don’t play at all! Obviously though, it’s all just an act. There’s no greater love or higher calling here. In the case of any transferred footballer, they only played for your club because they paid the most money when they signed or offered the most chance of success or because of some other material reason. This is okay. This is what humans do. It’s not rude, it’s not bad form, and it’s not an insult any more than working for Microsoft for eight years then moving to Apple. In addition, no matter how much a footballer kisses the club badge, he wouldn’t play for you for free and is, in all likelihood, making such gestures to pretend he loves the club and the fans in order to win a new contract or keep the lunatic fringe from breaking his windows, keying his car or, as some of the more deplorable “fans” resort to, threatening his family. So when van Persie or anyone else doesn’t celebrate out of ‘respect’ despite the fact those ex-fans he has so much respect for are abusing him all afternoon - it is just yet more façade; an act invented to placate people who should not even be pandered to. There are those who say that the returning player is right not to ‘incite’ the opposition fans by celebrating a goal, but I can’t get on board with that either. This is just further pandering to those in football who find no problem in laying the blame for their own actions onto a footballer. “I couldn’t help it your honour, a footballer celebrated a goal in front of me and I just had to break my seat and try to decapitate him with it.” No footballer can incite an emotionally grounded, stable member of the

community to riot. That is a choice made by the rioter and no-one else. If you feel the need to break heads because an explayer scored a goal and celebrates the fact, you might want to consider reducing your caffeine intake……and some sort of therapy! And anyway, in the vast majority of cases, a goal celebration isn’t specifically intended to show disrespect to the opposition. It is possible to celebrate a goal for its own pleasure and achievement and not because it’s hurting the other side. We know this to be the case because a player will celebrate a goal very differently when he really wants to stick it to the opposition fans, usually after being abused all game, giving it the cupped ear or similar. Most celebrations are about the achievement, importance or consequence of the goal. They’re not an insult to anyone. So no apology, out of respect or for any other reason in the universe, is needed and no-one needs to be congratulating them for it as though they have ushered in a new era of civility. This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 10th Nov: Arsenal v Fulham (4pm) Everton v Sunderland (4pm) Villa v Man United (6.30pm) Sun 11th Nov: Man City v Spurs (2.30pm) Newcastle v West Ham (4pm) Chelsea v Liverpool (5pm)

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The Final Whistle

UEFA OFFICIALS are reportedly ‘bemused’ after Danish referee Peter Rasmussen failed to mention in his match report how Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini stormed on to the pitch after the 2 -2 Champions League draw with Ajax to give the official a piece of his mind. Well, after failing to spot one of the most blatant and obvious examples of shirt pulling that I have ever witnessed (Ricardo van Rhijn on Mario Balotelli) in the final minute of the match, one can only assume that Rasmussen didn’t see the City boss standing a mere 6 inches in front of him. Mind you, is that particularly surprising as Mr Rasmussen spends most weekend’s reffing the likes of AC Horsens v Midtjylland or Silkeborg against AaB? Rather than being bemused as to his match report, perhaps UEFA should be more bemused as to what Rasmussen was doing at the Etihad Stadium in the first place. LORDING IT UP AT THE BOA Good luck to Lord Coe who has taken over from Lord Moynihan as chairman of the British Olympic Association. Coe, whose stock is at an all time high after delivering the most successful Olympics and Paralympics of the modern era, was the only man for the job and was elected unopposed but he still has his work cut out for him particularly with regards to money and structure. On the financial side Coe will need to act quickly as the BOA has done some desperately poor

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commercial deals in the past and the sale of its scarves and medallions during the Games were embarrassingly small. Indeed, it’s understood that the BOA’s overdraft facility has been extended to an incredible figure of £5 million. Secondly, Coe needs to decide where the BOA should stand in Britain’s cluttered sporting landscape. Now that Sport England and UK Sport are unlikely to merge (though why we need both these bodies is beyond me) the two-time Olympic champion will need to position the BOA as an agenda setting, lean and relevant organisation. It won’t be easy but if anyone can do it, it’ll be Sebastian Newbold Coe.

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THIS WEEKS competition was the first for the CoastRider Challenge Trophy, a series of 6 matches with the best 5 results to count. The venue being the Eden canal stretch of the Rio Segura. Although there had been rain the day before, the river had some pace on it and with some colour, but fished reasonably well. The banks were a bit treacherous where the rain had washed some mud down the bank onto the peg. Again a word of thanks, for those good guys that have cleared the pegs it does make fishing a lot easier. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Clive ( Golf No More ) Cleghorn fishing the pole using corn with 9.74 kilo´s. ( You can tell which swim it was as he left 3 rigs on the far bank). 2nd Stuart ( I´m Married again ) Taylor fishing the feeder using corn and maggot with 5.62 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using bread and maggot with 4.82 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE - The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on

the inclusion of Aries Merritt is more contentious. Merritt also won gold in London over the 110m hurdles and later set a world record but I would suggest that Farah’s achievement, against arguably superior opposition, puts him just ahead of the American. Either way, the winner will be announced here in Spain when the IAAF holds its 100 year Gala dinner in Barcelona on 24th November.

NO MO You would think that winning the 5,000m and 10,000m at your home Olympics, being a European and beating the best that Ethiopia and Kenya could offer would probably put you in the frame for being named as male athlete of the year. Well, not in the case of Mo Farah it hasn’t. Admittedly, it’s been a sensational year for the world of athletics and Usain Bolt (3 gold medals in London) and David Rudisha (800m world record in London) deserve their places on the 3 man IAAF short list. However,

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966729293 or 603535771. Our continual support and best wishes go out to Jim Hovey. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS SUPPLIED BY TERRY SCREEN The 10th and penultimate round of the Winter League was fished at Nancy’s on the 30th October. Following the heavy rain of the previous days the water levels were up and coloured, although there is not a lot of tide on the Mediterranean Sea it does affect this stretch of water. As the tide goes out there is a good flow but when the tide comes in the flow stops and the fish do not seem to feed as well, the peg I fished was high and dry when we started and when we finished it was 4inches under water. The fancied pegs on the day are the ones below the boom where there is always plenty of flow once again this is where the winning weight came from. 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with fishing the feeder using pellet with 22.200 kilo´s. 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the feeder using maggot with 5.280 kilo´s. 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using maggot with 4.84 kilo´s.

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The Denia team with their prizes, a small bottle of Rioja

NEWLY-FORMED DENIA U3A Petanque Group celebrated a first victory on home ground against neighbours from Javea. With honour and pride at stake, all 14 players in each team battled hard as each pair played three matches – once the points were totted up, Denia won the overall team competition, while Javea contributed the overall best pair. Retiring to a bar to talk over the match, the players enjoyed making new friends and the rivalry will continue soon with a return tournament on the other side of the Montgo.

Our next Club Meeting will be on the 12th November at 7.30pm at the Abbey Tavern also monies for the renewal of Federation cards are required before the end of this month and members wishing to fish the Xmas contest on the 20th November names and payment required to Mick Hill as soon as possible. All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached ( which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email :

FC Torry news TORRY BEAT the then 2nd placed Utiel last Thursday 1-0 through a first half goal from Koeman. Torry had to defend resolutely in the second-half as Utiel sought the equaliser. Manolo in goal for Torry was in fine form and pulled off a number of great saves to preserve Torrys lead. A battling performance by Torry to earn all three points and extend their unbeaten run to 5 matches. The other sides in the league played last weekend and following the results Torry are now 7th in the league table with a game in hand against some of the sides. On Sunday Torry are at home to Alzira who are 1 point and one place above Torry in the table having played a game more. The game kicks off at 5.00 pm with a giant paella being cooked before the game with a free portion available to spectators. Be there for a tasty bite and what promises to be an entertaining game of football.

Buster’s Golf Society November Stableford competition ON FRIDAY 2nd November we played at La Peraleja. Following negative reports in previous weeks we wondered what we were up against. We need not have bothered as although some of the fairways did leave a lot to be desired but with the local rule being that the ball could be lifted from any of the sandy areas onto the applicable fairways and moved to a better spot it wasn’t an issue that the areas in question had been sanded. The greens more than made up for this small problem as they were in excellent condition being quite fast yet true and receptive. After the game we returned the Mini Golf Bar in Quesada for the presentation a few beers and some snacks provided by the bar. I have to say that La Peraleja gave us a very good deal which reflected on our prizes as any free games etc. are used for this purpose and are not taken by any of our members but used

towards our prizes and Christmas fund. Our nearest the pins were Larry Kinsella , Keith Smith, Bill Fantom and Dave Pretty (whose ball finished about 2-3 inches from the hole). Each received a sleeve of golf balls. As La Peraleja has 5 par threes Mick ‘the Grip’ Reeves donated a strip of raffle tickets for the RBL draw as a prize for the 5th par 3 which was won by Peter Ogden. In third place was Larry Kinsella, who received a golf shop voucher and a boxed presentation golf set. Second place was taken by Colin Edwards. Both players had 35 points with Colin winning on handicap. Our winner with very good score of 40 points was Ron Perkins (this score has been noted by our handicap secretary Alan Gifford): both 2nd and 1st received cash and a voucher for a round of golf at La Peraleja. Our next meeting will be held at Bonalba on the 7th December.


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What service? NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

EARLY LAST week I went to a golf club in the south of our region to arrange for RTN Golf Club to pay a visit in January to start our new league season. The intention was to book the golf course and make it one of our regular venues for 2013. I was particularly interested to see how I would be treated after being told about the level of service offered to other golf organisers and society fixture secretaries. To say I was disappointed would be a massive understatement. I turned up at reception asking to see the manager whom I had arranged to see and was left to feel as though I was absolutely worthless and as big an inconvenience as snow in the middle of July here in Spain. I fully understood just why so many golfers complained to me about this venue. It was not until the manager appeared from his office that I was shown any respect at all. The attitude of the receptionist changed rapidly once it was obvious I was known by the manager, a person whom I had dealt with several times in the past and always had a good working relationship with. I explained to the manager why I thought his staff

needed training, something that did not go down well at all with the young lady on reception, and why the attitude taken with me prevented him from securing more of the lucrative society golf market. Anyone treated in the manner I was would be made to feel most unwelcome at the club and I would not take RTN Golf Club members to a golf club where I knew they would be treated as second class citizens or worse. Sadly the local golf club owners still have not learned that service matters and often the only impression of the golf club is from the person who answers the telephone and makes first contact with a potential client. Unfortunately we have had to put up with this situation far too often and we all need to report such behavior to management, whether they choose to act upon it is their decision, if they don’t they will get what they deserve, a golf club that will not survive when service is offered by others, particularly in countries outside Spain that are now easily reachable from northern Europe. The will learn eventually, they will be forced to and we need to start the requirements for better service now so that we don’t lose and more precious golf courses.

WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 2ND NOVEMBER 2012: Which golfer was the first to win the money list on both sides of the Atlantic? A. Rory McIllroy B. Justin Rose C. Luke Donald All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 3rd November 2012 to be entered into November’s draw, which will be made on 3rd November. The winner will be announced in RTN on December 8th 2012.

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WE WILL offer our members more than ever before in the coming months including exclusive offers from major club manufacturers and reduced green fees with a dedicated hotline. Keep an eye on RTN over the next few weeks for more information. RTN Golf Club is still looking for support from members to offer their services to our members. This can be done by sponsoring our events and attending our regular league meetings. In January 2013 we will start our new league season with two distinct divisions; The Premier League for those who are members of Real Federacion Española de Golf and The Championship League for those who want to play competitive golf in a friendly environment but do not want to be a member of RFEG. This will mean that there will be absolutely no reason for more and more of our members to play their golf with RTN Golf Club. Each month we will compete for great prizes including cash amounts for the winners which will enable them to recover most if not all of their green fees. Handicaps for The Premier League will be controlled by RFEG and for The Championship League by ourselves using the calculations of The European Golf Association.. The format of play for both leagues will continue to be Stableford scoring off full handicap. Once again we will be using golf courses in and around Alicante so that members from the north and south travel as equal distances as possible. Through December we will again offer to process applications for RFEG for €20 per person to give those who want a worldwide recognized handicap the chance to join, the current annual subscription to REFG is €87 in Valencia and is payable in addition to the admin fee. Contact Noel Eastwell on 639 730 891 for more information. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Having the right specifications in your golf clubs and golf balls will make a big difference to your performance. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES OF SHOWER and bath screens call Don the Showerman on 96 579 2285 or 639 292 081. Immediate delivery on all products from our stock. See our advert on Page 5 North for a map to our showroom

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious 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 966774-199 or 678-080-500 www.

FOR SALE OR RENT Classic Spanish old townhouse. 3 double bedrooms (1 en suite) Family bathroom, downstairs cloakroom. New kitchen. Large living room/ diner. Terrace with bbq, sun terrace with view of mountains. Recently refurbished. Fully furnished Callosa d¨en Sarria 400€ p/m Or 100.000€ Tel 609 177 032 FOR SALE 4 bed villa in Granadella, Javea for 3,500,000€ AVS 3057 Tel: 965 796 311 FOR SALE 4 bed villa in Adsubia, Javea for 1,495,000€ AVS 3069 Tel: 965 796 311 FOR SALE 3 bed villa on the Montro, Javea 440,000€ AVS 3059 Tel: 965 796 311 100% FINANCE On luxury golf properties, Must have a good income. Tel 639 951 018 NEW APARTMENT In Campoverde 69.000€ Tel 639 951 018 MOBILE/PARK HOME 11X4 MTRS AITANA 2 BEDROMS EN SUITE COMPLETELY FURNISHED READY TO MOVE INTO ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER 22,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www. MOBILE HOME In Bigastro fully furnished move straight in rent paid till march 2013, All White goods. Tv. Internet & outside shed. Fenced plot €13,000 o.n.o. tel966182415, mobile-696212843 3 BED APARTMENT ALTEA LA VELLA 110m squared, 3 double bedrooms - 2 with patio doors and balconies and mountain views, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, separate fully fitted kitchen, large living room with 2 patio doors onto large terrace with mountain views and open views onto orange groves, large trastero and private parking space. Central village location. 1 min walk to supermarket, bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bus stop. 2 mins to AP7 motorway. Private sale. 170,000€. Tel: 617 893 036 or email:

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REDUCE SOLAR COSTS BY 40% Save 1000’s €’s on Swimming pool systems, hot water systems, full electric systems. Tel: 965 060 526 or email: or visit our website

Cabo Roig. 360€ per month Call 696 229 101 DESK IN OFFICE From 250€ per month, everything included. tel 639 951 018 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 300pcm. 96 672 3437 or 636615716 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS BOTH EN SUITE FULLY FITTED ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH

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