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This edition is dedicated to the memory of Louise Clarke 04/07/1974 - 07/12/2012

Issue 687

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Celebration and Thanksgiving for Louise Lee, Lily and Charlie release 38 balloons in celebration of Louise’s life

by Keith Nicol THERE WERE two full houses this week yet nobody wanted to be there. Those that did, did so because RTN journalist Louise Clarke had touched their lives in some small or large way, and they wanted to pay their last respects and share love and support with Louise’s family. Tuesday was her funeral service and Wednesday a special Gala Celebration; the Glitter Ball. Last Friday, just as her family, friends and co-workers were expressing their hopes and wishes that Louise was on the road to recovery, the unthinkable happened and Louise slipped out of her coma and passed away. A very sad day for all that knew Louise. Tuesday was a day of reflection, sharing memories and shedding tears, as Louise was ‘laid to rest’ in Crematorio de San Pedro, San Pedro del Pinatar. More than 350 people at-

tended the service from all walks of life including family, friends, charity organisers, a representation from the British Consulate, members of different political parties, the general public, many of whom Louise had helped over the years, plus media colleagues from print, radio and TV. The service was conducted by Canon Terence Sampson, who shared many stories about Louise’s life, her family and her career in journalism but stressed that the service was very much a celebration and thanksgiving for Louise’s life. He highlighted the fact that Tuesday and Wednesday were two very different occasions; one full of sorrow and grief and the other of joy and fun. Overall, the two created the balance that was needed to allow the family to go though every emotion and allow them to reflect on the joy that Louise spread to everyone that she came in contact with. Continued on page 4


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by Keith Nicol PEDRO MANCEBO, Orihuela’s Deputy Mayor, held his first question and answer session on Monday, at the Sophia Wellness Centre in Cabo Roig. The focus is on addressing issues raised by local Orihuela Costa residents, to find out their concerns, needs and wishes, answer question and put in place action plans, where required. There were a varied number of questions raised at the first session and the event will become a regular monthly meeting with the next one planned at the end of January 2013. Pedro did not have the time to answer every question, and others his team will be investigating. About Christmas Lights he said “This year a plan was made for the Christmas lighting to ensure that as many areas as possible receive Christmas lighting. La Florida is included in this plan. It is my intention to have the Christmas lights installed as quickly as possible. Of major concern is the difficulty in crossing main roads, especially the N332. Pedro Mancebo confirmed that the Town Hall will install a bridge at La Regia which has been projected and budgeted for, to an amount of €240,000. Regarding Cala Mosca, the developer is responsible for this but if they do not fulfill his promise, the Town Hall will try to reallocate funds to install this bridge. However this would then be spending tax payers’ money which is and remains the responsibility of the developer!

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Continued from front page AFTER THE service, husband Lee, daughter Lily and son Charlie, along with close family members and friends, released 38 pink helium balloons into the night sky, to give thanks for the 38 short years that Louise spent on this earth. The date 12/12/12 will always remain in the thoughts of everyone who attended the Glitter Ball on Wednesday night. Originally planned as a fundraising night to help with petrol money for hospital visits, Christmas presents or whatever the Clarke wished to spend it on, the event instead became a night of Celebration of Louise’s life. On Facebook, husband Lee wrote “As most of you already know, my best friend and gorgeous wife passed away yesterday. Louise always said to me if anything happened to her, she wanted people to celebrate her life, so as a family we would like you all to wear bright colours and be happy on the night; please don’t mourn Louise on the night. Let’s all celebrate her life and make her proud. Thanks Lee xx” And celebration was the theme of night. More than 250 people packed out the Emerald Isle in La Florida for a night of entertainment, bonding, sharing memories and fundraising. Entertainment was provided by Nick Gold, Suzy G, Snowblind and Davy Jones, who all performed for free. The event was organised by Aoife Leddy who with the help of Mireille Toddington conducted the evening’s raffle which contained a superb variety of items donated by local businesses. Lee wanted to say a huge thank you for all the love, warmth and support that he and his family have experienced ever since Louise was first admitted to hospital and to all of the staff at Torrevieja Hospital, who couldn’t have tried any harder to find a solution for Louise’s mystery illness. Tuesday’s service also contained two very poignant pieces of music, Emily Simon’s ‘Read all about it’ and from her favourite band Take That, the appropriately named ‘Never Forget’. Louise Clarke, you may have left us, but we will never forget.


Suzy G and her girls’ touch of show

Louise’s husband Lee welcomes everyone to the celebration alongside Suzy G

Lee & Nick Gold

Aoife Leddy

Snowblind get the crowd on their feet

with their songs from yesteryear

2012 shows increase in new home permits 293 NEW HOME permits were applied for during 2012 in Torrevieja, Councillor for Urbanismo del Ayuntamiento (Town Planning) Francisco Moreno, announced the annual statistics of the year to date, which runs from January 1 to November 30 this week. by Keith Nicol The figures are for urban planning and activities that reflect positive growth in Torrevieja despite the current economic situation, The number of licenses requested for new homes in 2012 amounted to 293, while in 2011 there were only 85 applications, representing an increase of almost 245%! Moreno also noted that these figures are for only eleven months of 2012 with the total number of building permits requested to date being 792, while in the year 2011 they received requests for 826, but he expected this number to increase later this December. Larger building permits totaled 127, while minor works amounted to 663. Francisco Moreno also highlighted the increased licensing of occupancy (certificates of occupancy) during the current year, which amounted to a total of 3,062. Urbanism noted strong growth in the application of second occupation licenses (buying and selling homes) housing

movement straight, ascending to 2,565 applications and for the first occupation licenses requested (associated with new households) amounted to 276, while in 2011 there were 181 applications. Environmental licenses for 2012, which are necessary for the approval of a business to open, recorded a total of 427, 56% more than last year’s 244 applications. Town Planning wanted to emphasize the importance that these planning records play and that they are essential for the development of the city in the short and medium term, and in which this year introduced two projects are essential to continue with sustainable development and protection of our environment, such as the Green Corridor and Special Plan of the Coast. Moreno projects continued growth throughout 2013, offering a guarantee of stability and added attraction for potential investors in Torrevieja, saying that the city continues to be attractive for tourism and for all economic Francisco activities. Moreno

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El Algar residents achieve Christmas cheer without Christmas costs by


AS THE end of a year of austerity measures approaches, many local authorities – Cartagena included – are having to cut spending on public decorations. However, this hasn´t stopped the locals in El Algar, who have decided to do their own thing. The local Cultural Circle has organised an innovative version of the traditional Navidad decorations by using materials exclusively recycled from beer, water and oil bottles. What´s more the initiative is alongside the first Belén Viviente ( a living nativity scene) the performance of which, with a total of 12 scenes, will take place on the 27th December at 7.30pm in the Plaza de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de los Llanos and the surrounding streets, with local residents taking the róles of the characters of the bible stories. For the decorations, members of the Cultural Circle (especially the young people around the area) have been working to create the Christmas display. The group worked as a central point for all residents to bring their bottles and plastic recycling and then from those materials they made stars, garlands, Christmas trees and bells to hang in the streets of El Algar. One of the organisers, Juana María Bravo, said that only the streets leading to the Teatro Circo Apolo and the Plaza de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de los Llanos were being decorated this year, but the vice-president of the Circle, Alejandro Martínez has stressed his hopes that for Navidad in 2013 more

It’s a great example of a way to achieve Christmas cheer without Christmas costs

residents will take part and there will be even more streets featuring the recycled decorations. They certainly look very swish and it’s a great example of a way to achieve Christmas cheer without Christmas costs.

A novel way to collect food for the needy in Lorca

Lorca, “Biblioteca Quitapenas: nosotros te quitamos las penas si tu se las quitas a otros” The library which takes away troubles: we take away your troubles, if you take away the troubles of others. Lorca libraries are running a “novel “ scheme to try and collect for Cáritas this Christmas

between the 28th November and 28th February by waiving library fines for those who donate foodstuffs for Cáritas when bringing back overdue books, cd’s and dvd’s. The scheme has a dual purpose, as not only would the municipal library network in Lorca like to help Cáritas with its work, but would

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also like residents to return all the items they have borrowed and not brought back, some of which are several months overdue. The municipal Concejal for education, Francisco Montiel, said that all those bringing back their overdue books, cd’s and dvd’s would be let off their fines and allowed to borrow again,

providing they donated a non-perishable food item, in date, and not in a glass container, to help Cáritas feed those in need.

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Big turnout for Constitution Day

by Keith Nicol THE XXXIV anniversary of the Spanish Constitution was celebrated around Spain on Thursday, December 6. Torrevieja held their ceremony, starting in Council Chambers where the city’s mayor, Eduardo Dolon, read out the institutional statement on the anniversary of the Spanish Constitution and later flags were delivered to representatives of all of Torrevieja’s schools. After the main ceremony marking the anniversary, the entire corporation and invited guests moved to the Plaza de la Constitución, where the band Torrevejense Musical Union (UMT), under the baton of di-

rector Jaime Belda Cantavella, sang hymns of Torrevieja, Valencia and the Spanish national anthem. The mayor raised the flag of Spain, before hundreds of citizens who do not want to miss this symbolic and formal institutional act. Speaking to the media after the event, Eduardo Dolon said “I was surprised at all the absence of the three opposition groups at an official event as important as the Day of the Spanish Constitution, as it is as important to them as to I.” To Eduardo Dolon, this kind of attitude from the opposition has more to do that just showing their contempt for the Partido Popular but to the city of Torrevieja and all torrevejenses!

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EU attacked over peace award by Jack Troughton VETERAN PROTEST group AUN has joined former Nobel Peace Prize winners in saying the European Union is not worthy of the prestigious award. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and fellow winners Northern Ireland’s Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina maintain the EU is “clearly not one of the champions of peace” that Alfred Nobel “had in mind” when he created the prize in 1895. And the trio insists in an open letter that the 27-nation bloc’s values do not match those associated with the historic award – especially in a year marred by rioting and unrest amid the ongoing Eurozone crisis. On the Costa Blanca, Abusos Urbanisticos No! – formed in 2002 to fight Valencia’s notorious ‘land grab’ laws – also had the EU in its sights over the Nobel Prize and the forthcoming ‘Year of the EU Citizen.” At the AUN’s annual general meeting in Benissa, Vice-President Charles Svoboda said the group had exchanged letters with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz over its failure to apply the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Human Rights in Spain and protect victims of property abuse. He said it appeared the “sacred” charter only applied when EU member states were implementing EU law. “That seems to allow those states, including Spain, a free hand when they ignore or when their actions violate the terms of the Charter. Sadly and for this reason, I fear the upcoming ‘Year of the EU Citizen’ will not only be expensive, but a quite hollow exercise. I wish it could be otherwise.” Charles said the AUN took part in a survey for the Parliament’s Committee of Regions but he feared it also “missed the boat” by painting “an excessively rosy picture” of the

Charles Svoboda

involvement of EU citizens in the political life and management of local and other levels of government in Spain. “Just where is the success of the ‘European dream’ that prompted this year’s Nobel Prize to be awarded to the EU, just as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has charged that Europe, and notably Spain, is failing in its social contract, especially with its young adults who suffer a more than 50% unemployment rate?” he asked. “It is a question we cannot answer and neither, it seems can the EU.” Charles said founded to fight the controversial land law legislation, the AUN had suffered what the military called ‘mission creep’ and was involved in campaigning against all forms of property abuse and in protecting the environment. “Contrary to the belief held by many, the collapse of the property market has not ended the application of the land laws, nor the dreaded ‘land grab’ with which we are familiar,” he said. “Right here in Benissa, there are development schemes still running that have cost property owners significant portions of their land and a lot of money.” However, the group – which has expanded into a national federation - had won the respect of legal teams fighting developers by supplying ammunition to successfully halt developments – insuring the AUN was not “universally popu-

lar” with the authorities. Charles added: “It was never our intention to ruin this country’s reputation. It was doing that very nicely on its own. The chickens, as is said, have come home to roost, and fewer non-Spaniards are coming here to buy or build their retirement nests or holiday retreats. “The various international road shows and publicity campaigns to entice buyers to come here have flopped without much exception, barring a few Russians who appear to have millions to burn and are quite familiar with bad laws.” And he said Madrid had promised to enhance ‘juridical security’ for property owners in new land laws but he feared the practical effect would be just the opposite. “That is because the laws are intended to facilitate the development and construction processes by giving more authority to the town halls. That is putting the care of the chickens in the hands – or should I say paws – of the fox.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 81, rose to fame as an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1984, 68-year-old Mairead Maguire won the 1976 prize for her ‘Women for Peace’ marches during Northern Ireland’s Troubles, while pacifist, painter and sculptor, Adolfo Perez Esquivel won the 1980 award for his defence of human rights against the Argentine Junta.



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Dedicated to letters of condolence for Louise Clarke and her family

A wonderful gift Bubbly nature and FOR THE fourth morning I woke up to a world without Louise. I, like many, will miss her tremendously. She always lit the room up when she entered it and her hug when saying hello was huge. Louise was passionate about most things, but especially when she felt an injustice had been carried out. In her role as a reporter for the RTN there were always articles with a “punch” to them. Her support for me and the charity was endless. From the day of the inception through to just a few weeks before she became ill she was still advising me on the best way to deal with the latest saga of the Social Security situation and promised me that whatever route I decided to go down she would be there for me and the Charity always. I open my heart to few, but this lady was very special and I became very close to her. Now she has left this world for the unknown, but her smile and laughter when her whole face lit up will be remembered by those who knew her and loved her. Her loving husband Lee, children Charlie and Lily will be in such intense pain all of the time at the moment. Lee, I know will think that it will never go away. Yes Lee, it will get better. One day you will wake up and not think of Louise straight away and instead of tears you will start to smile. This is when joy and sorrow walk hand in hand. The intensity of pain which you think at times will kill you will ease and become bearable. Your hearts will begin to mend slowly. One day you and your precious children will even laugh when one of you remembers something amusing that Louise did or said. What a wonderful gift you were given, Louise as a wife and mother. Far too short, but the love she gave you all will remain in your hearts and enable you to grow with compassion towards others. It takes time to live without that very special person and when you feel all alone and frightened, think of words of the poem “Foot Prints”. It helped me when I was in total despair. With all my love to the three of you. Jennifer Cunningham

positive attitude

I’M WRITING to express the sadness that is felt by the whole Consulate in Alicante at the passing away of Louise Clarke. Louise was a respected and loved member of the community, and the team at the Consulate always knew that we could rely on her to help to communicate any key messages to wider British community. We will sadly miss her bubbly nature and positive attitude to life and work. She was truly one of a kind and was great fun to work with and be around. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the team at Round Town News at this difficult time. Paul Rodwell, Consul

A minutes silence

JUST THOUGHT I would drop you a line to let you know how overwhelmed we all are at Louise’s recent passing, and our thoughts go out at this very sad time to her husband Lee and her two children, Charlie and Lilly. My son, Kieran Dalzell actually plays in the same football team with Charlie at Algorfa CF in the Valencian Football Federation. On Saturday morning we had the unfortunate task of breaking the news of Louise’s sad passing to the management team, which came as a great shock to all. The subsequent football match Algorfa CF v Atletico Crevillente was then played, but not before a minutes silence was observed in Louise’s memory. My son, Kieran, or Kiwi as he is more commonly known amongst all the parents which included Louise, scored the second of 4 goals in a 4-0 win which he dedicated to Louise and The Clarke family.........very emotional times !!! Kind regards, Paul Dalzell

RIP Louise MY THOUGHTS are with her family at this sad time. I met Louise in Los Montesinos and was always helpful in her correspondence. Andrew Atkinson

So very sad SO VERY sad to hear this news, our thoughts and prayers are with her family. RIP Louise Europa Spain

A loss for the community Always there for us

WE ARE sure that this will be one of many letters your will receive over the next few days having heard today of the tragic death of Louise Clarke. We first met Louise nearly 3 years ago, when she came to interview us with regards to us setting up a fund raising group which would be known as MARIA AND THE PINK LADIES. We were a group of friends who wanted to help raise awareness of Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancers through the early detection programme with the AECC. Louise was with us all the way, whether it was a sponsored walk, a dinner/dance, a ball, a Horse Racing night, she was there to support us, camera and notepad at the ready. When she worked at the Town Hall, she was the one that we could turn to, trying to sort out any problems we encountered. Covering our events the way that she did with good copy and excellent photographs really brought the PINK LADIES to the attention of the people of the Orihuela Costa. It is with great sadness that we have put pen to paper. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all that Louise did for us in our fund raising efforts. Our love, thoughts and sympathy are with her husband and her two children. A dreadful loss for them, but also a loss for the community of the Orihuela Costa. THE ORIGINAL PINK LADIES

A lovely, warm, Shock honest woman and sadness

SO SAD to hear the news! I knew Louise a few years ago when I was living in Spain, her daughter was in my daughters class. She was such a lovely, warm, honest thoughts are with her family. RIP Louise. Sara Wrigley

I MET Louise two years ago when I joined her on a charity walk. It is impossible to express my shock and sadness for such a young person such as Louise to lose her battle. My feelings go out to all of her close family and dear friends. Carol Naylor

SO SAD to hear of the passing of Louise who was always smiling and so bubbly and enthusiastic in every thing she did. We used to do keep fit together at San Miguel football ground and we both ran together at the back of the pack as we were not as fast as the others. Also my wife and I are volunteers with the HELP Association Vega Baja and Louise was always there for us when we needed an article to be written so the expats new what we were doing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and all those who read her informative articles. Our thoughts at this sad time go to Lee, Charlie and Lily, and all her family. Rest in Peace David & Pauline Yates

Sorry to hear sad news of Louise passing. I wish all her family and friends well. Lesley

Sincere condolences

I NO longer live in Spain but during my time there it was in the same area where Louise lived. There will be many tributes paid to her professionalism, of which I was an admirer; but her qualities extended beyond that. I knew her personally and she generated warmth and help with more than one problem I approached her with. I would respectfully ask you to pass on my sincere condolences to Lee her husband, and her children. This is an absolutely ghastly tragedy. With deepest sympathy. Neil Burman

A dedicated Journalist and mother I REALLY cannot imagine how you must all be feeling. I knew that Louise’s situation was grave but I thought that being strong she would pull through. I only worked with her once, when a group of people donated money from the south of Alicante to EMAÚS. We had a lovely long chat over coffee putting the world to rights. She was a dedicated Journalist and mother, you must all be heart broken. Not that it counts for much but please give my sympathy to her husband, he must be devastated. Kind Regards, Carole Saunders

Heartfelt thoughts WOULD YOU be so kind as to pass on to the family of Louise, the condolences of the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association. Louise was always willing to give her time to any request we made to her as a reporter, and her happy personality made it a pleasure for us to meet her. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Bruce Heath - President RAFA Branch No.1359

Cocaine smugglers snared

Roberto Moreno-Ramirez

by Jack Troughton TWO SPANISH brothers caught ferrying £300,000 of cocaine through London’s Heathrow Airport have been jailed for a total of nine years. They were arrested by suspicious officers of the newly launched Border Force at the airport’s Terminal One after flying to London from the Dominican Republic via Frankfurt on 19th September. Roberto and Jesus-Maria Moreno-Ramirez, respectively aged 44 and 40, were each jailed for four-and-a-half years by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court last Thursday. Originally from the Rioja region, both were described as professional criminals playing for high stakes and were believed to be involved in trafficking drugs into Europe, including the UK and Spain. The court heard that checks were carried out on the pair’s luggage and when emptied their two suitcases were unusually heavy.

Jesus-Maria Moreno-Ramirez

The cases were put through an x-ray machine and both were found to have false bottoms. Packages of white powder were found hidden in the false compartments and tests carried out on the powder showed it to be cocaine. Nearly three kilos of the drug was seized, said to have a street value of around £300,000. Peter Avery, Border Force’s Assistant Director, said: “This was a significant quantity of drugs with a potential to do a lot of damage and the sentences handed down here reflect that. “Drug trafficking is a serious offence and this case should serve as a warning to others. Border force officers are on a constant alert to prevent dangerous drugs like cocaine making it onto our streets.” Border Force was created in March this year as a new law enforcement agency within the Home Office after being separated from the UK Border Agency and responsible for entry controls and customs functions at UK borders.

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Adina’s gift to EMAUS Goats helping the environment by Jack Troughton

ADINA HARPER suddenly and tragically lost her life aged 14 but her hard won savings are now going to help other youngsters being cared for at EMAUS homes on the Costa Blanca. The teenager, a popular pupil of the Laude Lady Elizabeth School in Lliber, had squirreled away almost 1,000€ most of the money earned by babysitting during school holidays. Parents Jeanette and Paul have thought long and hard about what to do with Adina’s savings and thought the EMAUS charity was “an ideal and worthy cause”. Jeanette told RTN: “We had been looking for a specific children’s charity to donate Adina’s money to and recently heard about the need for food, clothing, toys and games at the children’s homes run by EMAUS.” She said Adina was saving hard to buy a motor scooter - one of the distinctively loud ‘motos’ loved by teenagers in Spain – although they hoped to persuade her to keep saving towards a car. DETERMINED Paul explained: “I think it would have


cost around 2,000€, so I said we would pay half if she raised 1,000€ - we never thought she would get her half but Adina was very determined.” At the time Spanish motoring laws were more relaxed and he revealed Adina had already obtained a licence ready to take to the road on her ‘wheels’. And Jeanette said the money had re-

mained in the bank since her death in 2005. “It is very hard to let something of Adina’s go but we feel the time is right.” People can help support EMAUS with donations or gifts of clothing. For more information, call Tony at the Bed Centre, Calpe on 96 583 6814 or email

Benidorm nativity on display THE BARQUETA Cultural Association opened its ‘belén’ last weekend, an impressive nativity scene that features the entire town of Bethlehem complete with Jesus’ traditional crib scene. The annual recreation of the birth of Jesus is a major attraction for Benidorm visitors: it is on display in the headquarters of the association on Calle Tomás Ortuño.

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by Keith Nicol IT’S NOT often that a local council can put goats to good use. It’s even rarer when using goats can save that same council money and help the environment at the same time! But such is the case in the grounds of Palmeral, where a herd of goats is being used to cut costs for weeding and the need for using herbicide while they themselves benefit from a free meal. And as you know, what goes in must come out and the added bonus is that the owners are paid extra on basis of one kilo of manure per head. This initiative saves the expense of herbicide use and pollution generated by the environment. This use of livestock meets several objectives. The first is to avoid the cost and pollution caused by herbicides. The second, to pay for the grounds of Palmeral naturally and promote the work of the shepherd who has fresh pasture in an area close to their grazing area.

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A gift to women from women by Jack Troughton GENEROUS MEMBERS of Benitachell Ladies club decided to give something back to the community and have donated 200€ of food to help families in need at Christmas. The club meets weekly in the ‘pensionistas’ club in the Marina Alta village and this week presented Mayor Josep Femenia with the gift. Club President Pam Perkins said from the outset the town hall had supported the club and allowed it to use the room rent free. “And that is why we are trying to give something back to the village by helping those less fortunate.” she told RTN. “We decided to give food and we all put in some money, 10€ each, and went and spent it on basic foodstuff. WOMEN “We didn’t want to give toys for the children – we are women and feel for the women of the village who have to provide for their families in difficult times.” Pam said the club had around 25 members with a core of 15 or 16 attending every weekly meeting. “Anything that is going on, I email the members so

(From left) Mayor Josep Femenia with Pam Perkins and Pauline Jacobs and some of the food they purchased

no one is left out and everyone knows what is going on.” The club is very a very social networking group and allows members to use each other’s experiences in recommending such things as a good chiropodist or decorator. It also stages keep

fit sessions with a qualified instructor, holds pamper days, demonstrations of things like flower arranging, lunches, coffee mornings and trips. Anyone wishing to join the club can call Pam on 96 649 3341 or Vice-President Carol Thorn on 96 649 3566.


Eduardo Dolon wins PP election

by Keith Nicol EDUARDO DOLON, Torrevieja’s Mayor faced his first internal popularity test on Wednesday and came through in flying colours. In both Orihuela and Torrevieja, elections were held within the members of the Partido Popular to vote for who become President of each branch, with Eduardo Dolon winning over Angel Rebollo in Torrevieja and Pepa Ferrando beating Emilio Bascuñana for the post in Orihuela. From before 6.00pm Wednesday, hundreds of members of the Popular Party of Torrevieja crowded at the doors of the local branch to exercise their right to elect a president for the first time in over twenty years. The choice was between the new face of Angel Rebollo and the other, the acting president and mayor, Eduardo Dolon. After the allowed two hours of voting ‘Acting General Secretary’, Joaquín Albaladejo closed the doors and on the dot of nine, Albaladejo, announced: Votes cast: 706; Nulls: 2; Valid: 704; Candidate Angel Rebollo: 69 votes (9.80%) and Eduardo Dolon: 634 votes (90.20%). In Orihuela City, there were many problems with the voting process, names not on lists and although eight tables where available for voting, hundreds of perspective voters were left standing in the street as when 8.00pm arrived, the doors were closed and those inside the building were denied entrance to vote! In the end Monica Lorente’s candidate Pepa Ferrando took 1,288 votes to the 941 received Emilio Bascuñana. But the outcome of last night’s vote is also a setback for the provincial leadership of the PP, as Bascuñana had the backing of the team headed by President José Císcar.

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Exhibition honours the Golf Competition for MABS work of Victor Beltrí by


THIS YEAR Cartagena has celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Víctor Beltrí y Roqueta, the man who designed many of the most important buildings in the city, which define its character and give it the public face it shows today. To conclude a year honouring his work, the Antiguo Cuartel de Instrucción de Marinería in Cartagena (the CIM building) is hosting an exhibition of the life and works. Visitors will be able to see the original plans for many of the public and private buildings which define the face of classic Cartagena; including the Casa del Niño, Casa Maestre, Casa Zapata, Casa Dorda, and the Casa Llagostera. There are also examples of his lesser known buildings which nevertheless serve to complete the picture of his life´s works. Beltrí began his practice further north in Tortosa and Gandía before arriving in Murcia where he was the Treasury architect there for four years. However, it was his move to Cartagena which saw the beginning of his best work, mostly for the middle classes that had sprung from the nearby mining wealth of La Unión. Beltrí adopted a modernist spirit in his work, incorporating elements of turn of the century Catalonia, France, Belgium and Vienna. At the time his buildings were quite ground-breaking and the resulting enthusiasm resulted

THE LADIES of Hacienda del Álamo in Fuente Álamo braved the cold to take part in the annual ladies Christmas Golf Competition which raised 500 euros for MABS. This is the fourth year that this particular competition has taken place and attracted 63 golfers, as well as another 14 from the newly founded Association de Mujeres from the Hacienda del Álamo urbanisation, who joined the golfers for lunch. Following a hearty lunch, a raffle raised 500 euros for MABS, with a large number of prizes ensuring that virtually everyone present won something. The ladies of Hacienda del Álamo formed their multicultural association earlier this year and enjoy a busy programme of social activities which take them out and about around the region. Anyone who lives on, or owns property on, Hacienda del Álamo is welcome to join the association.

in his works virtually defining the look of old Cartagena. During the later years of his life, Beltrí explored other current architectural trends and his final works dabbled in art deco and rationalist styles before he died in his adopted home town of Cartagena in 1935. The exhibition will run until the 12th January. The CIM building is now the home of the Cartagena Polytechnic and

also houses the Naval Museum, although the Beltrí exhibition is on the opposite side of the building to the Museum. There is also an exhibition of the plans drawn up by Beltri in the Municipal archive, which shares the installations of the Military Museum in Cartagena.

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Christmas carols ON SATURDAY 15th December at 2.30pm, come along and sing your favourite carols with Help Murcia Mar Menor and Ron at The Arches, in the Oasis Centre, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares. Mince pies and Coffee will be on offer at €2.50 Come along and enjoy a happy Help pre-christmas singalong!

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A fairytale home

Kai with his gingerbread creation

by Jack Troughton

The Sant Jordi Casal opens its costume exhibition THE ASSOCIATION of San Jorge de Alcoy inaugurated a new costume exhibition on the ground floor of the Museum of the Festa Alcoià (MAF) last Saturday entitled ‘Cartelísticos sketches: 19491959’ featuring an impressive array of fiesta costumes. The ceremony was attended by members of the Association of San Jorge and their guests. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a close inspection of the gorgeous and colourful costumes worn by captains and lieutenants of past fiestas: find out more by visiting

A JAVEA chef has spent eight weeks building a magnificent gingerbread house to decorate his restaurant at Christmas. The German tradition brings the Hansel and Gretel fairytale to life. There are models of the pair at the door of the cottage, along with the witch who planned to eat the children. Kai, who also owns Bistro Romantica in Javea Park, told RTN: “It is a tradition in Germany in the home. You make a little gingerbread house and decorate it with sweets, which keeps the excited children busy before Christmas. “It is a bit like having mince pies in Britain – it is quite a tradition in some parts of Germany.” The house weighs 37kg and Kai baked 18kg

of gingerbread to make the house. “First of all you make little squares of gingerbread and stick them together with icing. “Some of the furniture is homemade, the frames of the windows are made of chocolate, the oven is covered in chocolate but plaster underneath – I have tried to use as much edible stuff as possible.” The house stands on the bar and almost touches the ceiling and while it is the largest Kai has constructed, he does not believe he can go bigger. “This is the fourth one I have done at the restaurant, every year they have been a little bit bigger but I don’t think there is any room for a larger one!” Sadly, the gingerbread house will never be eaten because it is exposed to the air and will collect dust over the festive period.

The Hobbit arrives in Spain

THE HOBBIT, the first in a new JRR Tolkien trilogy, debuts in Spain today (Friday) after its premiere in London on Wednesday attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellan as the wizard Gandalf and Cate Blanchett as Princess Galadriel.

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The 15 most dangerous Spanish roads

DRIVERS ON the M-40 in Madrid, the Avenida Diagonal de Barcelona or the Puente del V Centenario in Seville, must be aware of the fact that they are travelling on one of the three

most dangerous urban areas in the country. This is the main conclusion of the study ‘Black spots: traffic accidents in Spanish capitals’ carried out by Línea Directa Aseguradora in which more than 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents in provincial capital cities in the last six years were analysed. The main aim of the report, which has attracted a great deal of media attention, is to analyse a phenomenon causing 18% more fatal accidents than on interurban roads. To this end, the areas of the Spanish capital cities in which Línea Directa has registered the highest number of accidents have been identified, which has made it possible to create, for the

first time, a map of accident black spots, i.e. those streets and roads on which over 100 accidents a year have been recorded. According to the list of black spots, Barcelona, Madrid and Seville head the Top 15 of provincial capitals. Madrid also has three of the five most dangerous areas in the whole country. Top 15 dangerous roads 1 - Madrid - M-40 2 - Barcelona - Avenida Diagonal 3 - Madrid - M-30 4 - Madrid - Paseo de la Castellana 5 - Sevilla - Puente del V Centenario

The M-40 in Madrid is the most dangerous road in Spain

6 - Alicante - Avenida de la Universidad y circunvalación A-70 7 - Alicante - Gran Vía 8 - Sevilla - Avenida de Kansas City 9 - Almería - Avenida del Mediterráneo 10 - Barcelona - Avenida Meridiana 11 - Barcelona - Paseo de la zona Franca – Ronda Litoral 12 - Barcelona - Vía Augusta 13 - Huelva - Avenida de Andalucía desde la H-30 14 - Sevilla - Avenida del Torneo 15 - Murcia - Ronda Sur

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Hppy Twnyth Brthdy 2 Txt


Paul Watts

In May 1990 my daughter was due to make her very first appearance and as the days counted down to her arrival it was thought sensible for me to carry the office ‘pager’ whilst I was away off-site. This cunning little device emitted a bleep and a single line of numbers alerting the carrier to hot-foot it to the nearest phone box and call whichever number was on the display (the office or expectant wife). Back then it was thought real cutting edge... “Keep it with you, so as your wife can get in touch with you the minute anything starts to happen,” said my boss as he handed over (with some reluctance) one of the few prized pagers that the county council made available to us. It’s hard to believe now that we used to have to dash around looking for phone boxes to call home in those far-off non I-phone days. It’s even harder to believe that a device that sent you a message to start looking for said phone box was thought of as cutting edge. Gosh, how the times have achanged.

leaving home without your mobile “ Nowadays, phone is something akin to stepping out in just your underpants. You just don’t do it, you feel naked and you cannot cope without it.

The pager was also a Yuppie object of desire, you know, the latest thing to be seen with. I remember posing with it on the belt of my trousers, doing an impression of Roger Moore in his early knitting pattern cover modelling days (hand on hip and carefully pull your cardigan open to reveal the prized pager device dangling nonchalantly from the waist). Don’t forget this was in the days when a mobile phone resembled a workman’s toolbox, so a dainty little pager was less bother and much more of a one-upmanship accessory. As it happened, I didn’t have need of the device as my daughter was born during the period I’d booked off. However, I do remember that we soon-to-be parents felt a lot happier knowing that we were in constant communication (such as that was) with each other. When you compare it with all that’s available today, it was a bit random. Time moved on and mobile phones shrank rapidly. Two years after my daughter was born the take up of mobile phones started to increase, and one unin-

Watts In Britain

tended by-product of these devices was the SMS (short messaging services) aka the text. It was never envisaged back then that SMS would be any more than a gimmick; a throw away ‘titbit’ to help promote the new generation of (hugely expensive) mobile phones. How wrong were those that did that envisaging, eh? Did you know that the first ever SMS text message was sent twenty years ago, when Neil Papworth sent a Merry Christmas to a mobile phone? Well, he did and texting was born. Mind you, it was an innovation that went almost unnoticed for the next half-decade. However, when it did finally take off it quickly became what Bruce Sterling calls ‘transparent technology’ i.e. something that’s so familiar and common place that we only really notice it when we haven’t got it. Try surviving a day without the need to pull your phone out and check the screen for messages. Nowadays, leaving home without your mobile phone is something akin to stepping out in just your underpants. You just don’t do it, you feel naked and you cannot cope without it. Meanwhile, back in 1990 had my daughter waited two years longer her anxious parents wouldn’t have needed the office ‘pager’ at all. A frantic text of, “get your a*** over here now” would have alerted the prospective father to hurry home with all speed. Watts in Britain, happy 20th textday to you…


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Santa Eulalia comes down into Totana for Christmas THIS SATURDAY the traditional bajada of Santa Eulalia de Mérida from her sanctuary high up in the Sierra Espuña took place, transferring the figure of the patrona of Totana down into the town below for Christmas. by

Bringing Christmas cheer to Camposol EACH YEAR the Wellspring Victory Church choir hold a series of choir singing activities on the various residential zones of the Camposol urbanisation in Mazarrón. These are popular occasions with the residents and well attended , bringing a little extra Christmas cheer for those who live on the urbanisation. All are invited to attend and enjoy a spot of carol singing. All of the events start at 6.30pm

Dates for December 2012: Wednesday 19th Dec on Commercial centre ‘A’ Thursday 20th Dec on ‘C5’ (small roundabout) Friday 21st Dec on ‘D’ at triangle roundabout Saturday 22nd Dec on Commercial centre ‘B’

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THE BAJADA, or “bringing down” of the saint is one of the core acts of the town’s fiestas and always takes place on the 8th December. In January she´ll be carried back up the winding mountain road to her sanctuary, accompanied by thousands of people, these romerías popular family days out, with all ages participating in the 7km walk up or down the hill. An estimated 14,000 people participated in the bajada, the morning beginning at 7am with hot chocolate for all participants, followed by mass at 8am, before the figure of Santa Eulalia, wearing the orange robe she always wears for the romerías, was carried down to the stopping point of El Rulo, by the “hermanos de La Santa” for a reception by the civil authorities. She spends the night of the 8th in the hermitage of San Roque, before concluding the journey at midday on Sunday down to the Iglesia de Santiago for Christmas. The return trip will take place on the 7th January. Although these are essentially religious occasions, they´re also joyous family days out, an excuse to enjoy a 7km walk in the winter sunshine, with the accompaniment of the cuadrillas and the constant boom of cohetes and firecrackers en-route. Local residents lay out tables full of refreshments for the participants to enjoy along the roadside and the atmosphere is festive. Although the subida, or carrying up, is harder on the legs, the waiting BBQ’s in the woods at the top of the hill make this an enjoyable and sociable day out, so if you´ve never taken part in a romería before, put the

The patrona of the town will remain in Totana until 7th January

7th January in your diary now and give it a try.

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Congratulations to MÁSMÓV!L:

European Business Awards finalists

MÁSMÓV!L, THE mobile phone operator that can cut your mobile phone bill in half for national calls and save you more than 80% on international calls, is to represent Spain as a National Champion in the prestigious 2012/2013 European Business Awards programme that recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the European Union. MÁSMÓV!L will now compete for the coveted Ruban D’Honneur status in the next round of the competition.

“MÁSMÓV!L is a

national leader in the mobile phone sector and a big favourite with Northern Europeans who can phone mobiles and landlines in their home country for a fraction of the price...

It comes as no surprise that MÁSMÓV!L has been nominated in the Customer Focus Category as they pride themselves on their high level of customer service, with more than 80% of their customers recommending

MÁSMÓV!L to friends and family. They don’t believe in cancellation penalties; there’s no obligation to stay; and their flexible and simple payment plans are tailored to each customer’s needs, making life simpler for today’s mobile users. Christian Nyborg, co-founder of MÁSMÓV!L and head of the International Business Division told RTN: “We’re proud to be selected to represent Spain as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies. We are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process where we can explain in more depth how we are achieving business success in these tough trading conditions.” MÁSMÓV!L is a national leader in the mobile phone sector and a big favourite with Northern Europeans who can phone mobiles and landlines in their home country for a fraction of the price to which they were previously accustomed. Clients may put their mobile number and Internet ‘on hold’ when travelling back home, so they only pay when in Spain and avoid expensive roaming prices with the reassurance they will have Internet the moment they arrive back in Spain. If you want to be one of the more than 115,000 satisfied MÁSMÓV!L clients enjoying cheaper rates, visit or call the free number - 1473 - to find your nearest MÁSMÓV!L distributor. Remember we speak English, Spanish, German and ‘the Scandinavian language’.

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The fatal Palm Weevil disaster - part 1 by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

DURING THE past ten years the Palm weevil, or beetle, has destroyed thousands of palm trees in Spain and other Mediterranean countries. In this article we discuss the phenomenon which has not gone away during 2012. WHAT IS THE INSECT CALLED? The scientific name is Phynchoporus ferrugineos, the Spanish name is Picuda roja and there are a variety of English names such as Palm weevil, Red palm weevil, Red palm beetle, Palm worm (the larvae) and Giant palm weevil. There must be many others in other languages around the world. WHERE DID IT ORIGINALLY COME FROM? Apparently the main origin was Indonesia and Polynesian islands. But there, natural predators help to keep the weevil under control. Movement across the world has been by weevils hiding in exported goods and larvae in already infected palms.

HOW FAST HAS THE WEEVIL ATTACKED THE WORLD? The major invasion of Spain started in 1994, apparently in diseased palms imported from Egypt. Other invasions include Saudi Arabia 1985; Portugal 1996; France 2004; Canary islands 2005; Balearics 2006; Malta 2006; Italy 2006; Greece 2006 and California 2010. Imported trees from Asia have apparently accelerated the problem in a number of these countries. WHAT IS THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE PALM WEEVIL? One weevil can lay around 200 eggs every ten weeks and these produce larvae which become mature weevils after seven to ten weeks. That’s a lot of new weevils in a year! The grub-like larvae eat the inside of a palm tree for around a month before exiting from the trunk through a small tunnel to form a cocoon at the base of the tree before transforming into an adult beetle. At first it crawls but once dried out in the sun, as a butterfly does, it is said to fly up to five kilometres! HOW CAN ONE DETECT THE PRESENCE OF THE BEETLE IN YOUR PALM TREES? There are several. Seeing crawling weevils around the base of a palm, seeing them in the leaves if on a ladder, hearing the crunching noise of the eating grubs through the bark of the trunk, chewed wood and a viscous, smelly liquid coming out of holes, a

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fermenting smell in the area of a palm tree and of course dying fronds on top of the trunk. CAN AFFECTED TREES BE CURED SUCCESSFULLY? Naturally this depends on how early in the life cycle one notices the problem. If you sprayed or injected insecticides into the trunk as soon as a weevil has just laid eggs or the eggs just hatched out as small grubs one would have a chance. But if you can hear grubs through the trunk it depends how much of the soft core of the trunk has been eaten. Two or three hundred grubs each eating and chewing a tunnel up to a metre long will soon take a palm tree beyond the point of no return as the palm will not be able to draw up and transport moisture and nutrients from the roots to the crown of the palm. This situation can be reached before there are any signs of dying fronds at the top of the palm. For instance, two palms’ fronds have fallen over in a neighbour’s garden in the past month. The centre was well hollowed out and full of growing grubs but luckily still needing a couple of weeks to be large enough to become chrysalises. On the other hand there is a palm in the garden of a neighbouring unoccupied house with fifty percent of the fronds dead and others on the way. Although taller, the palm is still standing. Naturally such a situation can only lead to a further spread of the pest.

“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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WAY2GO WAS founded to fill a gap in the market between the ‘cash in hand’ man with a van and large expensive removal companies. It quickly became apparent in these trying financial times that a more cost effective and flexible service could be offered to help people move from one country to another with the minimum amount of stress. Way2Go now has four depots in Javea, Malaga airport, Swanley and Burton-on-Trent, adding more value and convenience to a first class delivery and collection service. Way2Go also offers one day’s free hire on all bookings; no charges for credit or debit cards transactions; and additional drivers are free of charge. Discounted rates are also offered when using Brittany Ferries between Spain and the UK - you can transport your pets for as little as £40. And it is worth remembering when travelling self-drive that you don’t have to pay for expensive flights as with conventional removals. So, if you don’t fancy using a removal company to handle and deliver your personal belongings and want a more cost effective option, Way2Go is perfect. Pack and load your own prized possessions, take full control of your schedules whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of Spain, France and of course, the UK. Rest assured that all Way2Go vehicles have commercial insurance with Lloyds of London, essential for self-drive hire companies. Beware of alternative insurance being offered - the wrong insurance is as bad as having no insurance!


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Letters that must not be ignored by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

WE’VE PROBABLY all received a letter at some time that we have swiftly filed in the bin. News that we didn’t want to hear, a bill we didn’t want to receive, it can seem so easy to push it to one side and hope that’s the end of it. It’s even more tempting to ignore it when the letter is written in a foreign language. But in Spain, failure to acknowledge receipt of a letter, difficulties with the language or even being a non-resident and out of the country at the time, don’t count. You have been warned. For example: The Spanish tax Authority started sending letters out in October last year warning residents and non-residents that it was time to regularise their situation. In other words, these Spanish property owners hadn’t made either a resident or nonresident tax declaration and the Tax Authority knew they hadn’t. For a while it went quiet. Until now... Only this week we have started to receive requests for help from people who had received one of those letters, ignored it and now wished they hadn’t. LOTS OF LETTERS AND A VERY BIG FINE To take one example, a couple with a house on Orihuela Costa received one of the first warning letters in November. They are non-residents but chose to try their luck and did nothing. In March they received not one but four letters each – one for each year since 2006 they had missed paying non-resident imputed income tax.

The letter from the Tax Authority (let’s call it letter number 2) presented the outstanding amounts for each year, gave them 15 days in which to appeal and warned them that if they didn’t then the necessary procedures would be put into action. At this point the homeowners did take notice and went to the Tax Office to pay the outstanding amount. However, they were told that the back tax couldn’t be paid in this way and they would need to follow a complex procedure involving the issue of new bills. They struggled to follow the instructions and the Tax Authority went ahead and took the money out of their bank account instead. In August the couple discovered that 942€ had been taken from their account - a withdrawal they knew nothing about. It wasn’t until another 900€ was deducted and their bank warned them that their utility bills couldn’t be paid that they brought the issue to us to sort out. In Spain, it may not always be quickly but the wheels do turn and with the pressure to bring in revenue, you really are risking it if you choose to ignore official communications. But why leave it until then? Now is a good time for any nonresident who knows they are not paying one or both of the two mandatory property taxes, to fix it. The deadline for non-residents to make their nonresident tax declaration is the 31st December. If you would like Ábaco to help you with your nonresident tax declaration please contact our Helpline on 96 670 3748.

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Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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Drafting and signing a Spanish will out of Spain

MY MOTHER has properties in Costa Blanca but cannot fly out to Spain for health reasons. She has not made a Spanish Will and she wants to make one. Could you please inform if there is a way she can make a Spanish Will without travelling to Spain? Thank you in advance for your assistance. IN MANY of our previous articles we have explained to our readers how important it is to draft a Spanish Will when you have any asset, or share of it, here in Spain. The advantages of having a Spanish Will are several, including: A Spanish Will drafted in accordance to the new European International Inheritance Regulation 650/2012 recently approved will allow your National Law to apply to your inheritance in Spain, and will reduce the possibility for your Spanish Will to be contested. A Spanish Will speeds the probate or inheritance process in Spain, and could be drafted in a way that minimises the Inheritance Taxes to be paid

There are many other advantages, therefore we recommend your mother to grant a Spanish Will. Regarding your consultation for the possibility to grant a Spanish Will outside of Spain, we can confirm that this is certainly possible; in fact it is a service we frequently perform for our clients. The simplest way would be to grant the Spanish Will in front of a Public Notary in the country where your mother is, or in front of the Spanish Consulate in that country. If you decide to grant it in front of a Public Notary, i.e. in the UK, we normally draft the Spanish Will in Spanish and English so the notary and our client will understand what they are signing, and also it would be understood in Spain at the time of its administration, and we will also save the cost of a later sworn translation.

After some other formalities, we also take care of the registration of that Spanish Will granted out of Spain at the Central Registry of Wills (Registro de Ultimas Voluntades). Do not forget that in any case, the most important thing is not just to have a Spanish Will - it is to have a good Spanish Will, in accordance with your national law and with the formalities of the Spanish Civil Code and also European Regulations, etc. We can assist you in preparing a Spanish Will in English and Spanish, according with the Spanish formalities, in order for your mother to sign it abroad and register it here with the relevant authority. If you or any of your relatives or friends find yourselves 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)


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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

How the humble caravan can transform your investment portfolio CARAVANS MAY not be the first things to spring to mind when you are looking at new investment ideas in order to diversify your portfolio, but investing in a UK Holiday Park Fund can do just that and provide you with lowrisk steady capital enhancement and predictable income returns as well. Holiday parks generate consistent revenue streams through sales of static caravans and pitches to new owners and a flow of upgrade sales to existing owners; annual site fees from owners of static caravans and lodges; holiday rentals and on-site food, beverage and leisure operation revenues. In addition, many parks have the potential for substantial increases in their capital value by transforming pitches designated for lower-income touring caravans and tents into static caravan and lodge pitches, which can generate far higher revenue streams. Holiday parks are an integral part of the UK tourism industry and despite the abundance of cheaper overseas travel, are becoming more popular. There are around 4,000 parks, which can range from small, family-owned tenting fields to large static caravan and lodge park developments with leisure and entertainment facilities. The UK holiday park industry generates over £3 billion of tourism spending per annum, representing 14% of Britain’s entire tourism economy1

and one in three British people has taken a camping or caravanning holiday in the last three years, up from one in five in 20092. The accommodation category is second only to hotels and larger than the combined B&B, guest house and built self-catering sectors, by domestic trips/bednights3. Until recently, the majority of parks in the UK have been owned by individuals or private companies, but investment funds such as the Darwin Leisure Property Fund have been established to allow both institutional and individual investors to benefit from this buoyant market as well. Darwin purchase underperforming parks in great locations and through improved management, operational efficiencies and investment in facilities aim to provide investors with strong income returns alongside capital growth, as well as diversification from other asset classes. Their proven track record has already attracted some of the largest corporate and local authority UK pension schemes as clients, and new tax-efficient, off-shore unit classes have now been launched specifically for private investors. Even if a caravan holiday isn’t for you, with low-risk absolute returns current at 8% for 6 months* and predictable income streams, investing in a holiday park fund may help you to learn to love the humble caravan.

For more information on this exciting fund and its returns call RTN Money Matters on 96 507 0240 or email *Past performance is no guarantee of future performance 1 Source: ICAEW, May 2011, 2 Source: Mintel, 2011, 3 Source: UKTS



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Changes to New Zealand’s tax laws mean QROPS face a potential 33% tax rate by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

PROPOSED CHANGES in New Zealand Tax law could affect 1,000’s of expats with New Zealand QROPS and mean many could face an ‘effective tax rate’ of up to 33%. UNDER THE proposals, which were published by the NZ Inland Revenue in July, the country would scrap existing rules on the taxation of foreign superannuation schemes under which tax can currently be imposed via a number of different routes. Instead, a scheme member would only need to decide whether they should pay tax to New Zealand on receipt of a pension payment or lump sum or when it is transferred to another scheme. A lump sum withdrawal or a transfer to another scheme would be taxed depending on how long you have been in New Zealand before you withdraw or transfer. Only a portion of the lump sum would be included in your taxable income this is called the inclusion rate (see table below). The tax rate applied will be between 10.5% and 33%. Once the legislation is enacted, the new rules would apply to income received from a foreign superannuation scheme – including pension payments, withdrawals and transfers to another scheme – on or after 1 April 2011. The Inland Revenue said the new system is intended to simplify the taxation of foreign superannuation schemes and to make it easy for people to comply. The Inland Revenue said it anticipates legislation implementing any changes will be introduced in the first half of 2013. If you need advice or have any questions regarding the above contact me on 658 892 330 or email


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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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Louise Clarke FUN. PROFESSIONAL. Bubbly. Vivacious. Tenacious. Thoughtful. Bright. Open minded. Inquisitive. Loyal. Outspoken. Fearless. Dependable. Loving. Faithful. Love of Life. All words and phrases that have been used to describe some of the characteristics of Louise Clarke, as family, friends and co-workers try to explain what it was that made her one of the most loved and influential journalists on the southern Costa Blanca. By Keith Nicol Louise lived and breathed journalism, a career choice of hers from possibly even before her teenage years. Those of us who worked with and alongside her, were never short of wonder a b o u t her determination to find the right question to ask, the button to push, to seek out justice, to support needy causes, to follow up a lead and, after her family, everything came second to getting the story and letting readers, listeners and viewers know ‘all about it.’. Within days of arriving on the Costa Blanca, Louise’s dogged determination paid off in her quest to set up a new life in the sun for her, husband Lee, son Charlie and daughter Lily. A friend of a friend insisted that RTN’s Managing Director Geoff Gartland should meet with Louise and so off she went to Benidorm with just one objective in mind, to work as a journalist for RTN. Geoff takes up the story; “Louise came up to meet with me. More as a favour, a chat about opportunities, rather than a formal interview. We went out for a bite to eat and by the time we had a finished a bottle of wine, or maybe two, I’d hired her to work for RTN. I was so blown over by her personality, enthusiasm and desire. How could I refuse. She’s the only person that I’ve ever hired on the spot and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, for the future of the newspaper.” Although new to the Costa Blanca, Louise soon made an impression, involved herself with local charities, school and everyday life in her new home town; San Miguel. She quickly befriended other journalists and built up a valuable network of contacts. She was never afraid to ask for information or advice from her colleagues and likewise, on many an occasion when one can’t be in more than one place at one time, she was always happy to share photographs and information with others, and they in turn never thought twice about sharing what they had with her. There was never a hint of jealousy or envy, only respect and professional courtesy, which was returned in kind from her colleagues in the media. One of the fun aspects of working with Louise was that she could be a walking contradiction in terms. On the one hand, she loved to party. She never missed an occasion and would rarely say “No” to a charity event, dinner, performance, open day or even manning an exhibition stand for hours

on end, to promote RTN. She was the first one to rally the troops and to ensure that everyone was having a good time. On the other hand, she was truly fearless when it came to exposing the crooks, the con men, rouge property developers, corrupt politicians, fraudsters and her heart bleed for the injustice suffered by many expats who fell foul of these charlatans. Politicians and schools boards all knew of Louise and her reputation, whether they had met her or not! Geoff would occasionally have to step in and say to Louise that the RTN couldn’t print something, because it might put her at risk. Louise’s attitude was always one of ‘bring it on’ and the respect and stature she received from her fellow scribes for this approach, remains to this day. Saying ‘Yes’ endeared her to local charities and event organisers. Before joining RTN, editors would receive the same ubiquitous Press Release from a host of good causes and each and every paper would print the same copy and photograph. Louise wanted to be hands on with the different charities she met and suddenly, smaller, struggling charities found they could get their message across to a much wider audience than every before. She built strong bonds with Maria and the Pink Ladies, PCN, MABS, HAH Mar Menor, AFA, AECC, Age Concern and many others, Owners International flew her to London to represent their cause in fighting for owners rights against Spanish land grab laws and illegal property selling practices. British Consul Paul Rodwell said that if the Consulate or Embassy needed to pass on a message to the expat community, that Louise was always the first person on their contact list. Louise was passionate about looking for ways to help International residents and visitors. She was offered a position in media relations with the Orihuela Costa Town Hall and after consulting with Geoff, she took the position, although with much trepidation. She was leaving a job she loved at RTN only because she felt that if she was working within the political sphere, she could add her influence and contacts with the media, to make real change for the good of the entire expat community on the Orihuela Costa. When her contract ended after the elections in 2011, she was welcomed back with open arms by

RTN and picked up were she had left off, without missing a beat. Louise will be remembered for her passion and dedication that she put into her job at RTN; for fighting for what she and many others thought was the ‘right thing’, for being the voice of the underdog and for her love of family, football and staying positive at all times. Her sense of humour and love of life never left her, even while in hospital. Louise may have left us in body but not in spirit, as her life and legacy lives on through the thousands of people whose lives she touched during her life on the Costa Blanca and with RTN. Louise Clarke RIP.


Cambridge 800 consultants from Spain rewarded for their excellent enthusiasm and support

THE STAFF and a number of Cambridge 800 consultants from Spain attended the annual Cambridge Weight Plan UK Conference in November, held to celebrate the successes of dieters and Consultants alike. This year’s theme was ‘Your Time to Shine’ in the spirit of the Olympic Torch. As ever Cambridge rewarded slimmers who had lost significant amounts of weight in the face of adversity and Consultants who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to support their customers. Not only did Cambridge throw a great party, but also there were many interviews with slimmers and before and after photos featured: it was difficult to hold back the tears when they told their story about the monumental challenges they had managed to overcome and how their life had changed for the better after they had lost their weight and managed to maintain it.

Every customer and Consultant is a winner in the eyes of Cambridge and the party after the Conference was a well deserved reward to all those who had made life changes for themselves or someone else. The consistent comments from all the customers of Cambridge, was that without the vital support of their Cambridge Consultants this would not have been possible. If you would like to get in contact with your local Cambridge 800 Consultant in Spain and find out how you can get your life and health back on track, take the first step and call now: 952 586 324 or 952 475 954. Email www.facebook/cambridge800 Main picture: From left to right some of the members of the Spanish team. Gilly Speleers Spain Consultant, Torrevieja, Alicante. Lynda

Gibson Spain Consultant, Orihuela Costa, Alicante. Sarah Hawes, Directora Cambridge 800 Spain. Ann Bridges Spain Consultant, Mojacar, Almeria. Lauren Shakespeare Spain joint Consultant with mum Lynda Gibson. At the front: Vicky Anderson, Support Administrator for Cambridge 800 Spain Bottom picture: From left to right some of

the members of the Spanish team. Lauren Shakespeare Spain joint Consultant with mum Lynda Gibson. Lynda Gibson Spain Consultant, Orihuela Costa, Alicante. Gilly Speleers Spain Consultant, Torrevieja, Alicante. Vicky Anderson, Support. Administrator for Cambridge 800 Spain. Sarah Hawes, Directora Cambridge 800 Spain.


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Life going out Associations Day attracts thousands by Keith Nicol THOUSANDS of visitors were attracted to Torrevieja’s fourth Associations Day on Sunday. Located in the Pastorial Fiesta Marquee on the Fairground, more than 50 self-help groups, NGO’s, social, sports and cultural associations plus music, entertainment and classic cars made for a great day out in the Sunday sunshine. This was the fourth edition and the biggest to date, of Associations Day. Club Torrevieja Classics and Specialists Cars, ( welcomed the Mayor Eduardo Dolon and the collection of classics was swamped with visitors looking to have their photo taken with these beauties from

This was the fourth edition and the biggest to date

yesteryear. Eduardo Dolon commented that although he would love to own a classic car, he would not have the time to enjoy it and joked that if he owned one, he would probably be nicknamed Mayor Ferrari, and so that was something struck off any wish list for this Christmas!

The Mayor accompanied by Councillor Agustina Esteve, and other councillors visited all of the participants inside the Marquee. Other International participation came from AFA, Help Vega Baja, Torrevieja Lions Club, Nosmo-king club and Volunteers from the city’s natural parks.

Christmas Carols in the Square

by Keith Nicol DON’T FORGET that tonight, Friday 14th at 5.45pm is Torrevieja’s tenth anniversary of the annual ‘Christmas Carols in the Town Square’. The event takes place in Plaza de la Consitución in front of the main Inmaculada Church and one and all, no matter what nationality, are welcome. Over the years, the square has accommodated more than 5,000 songsters, all in full voice singing

traditional carols. Tonight members of various local choral groups, The Rascals and many others, will be accompanied by the Phoenix Concert Band with the MC for th evening being the one and only Bill Singleton. The Christmas Carols are mostly in English but with a few in Spanish. Song sheets will be available and a collection will be made on behalf of local charity. Last year, well over three thousand people

gathered to enjoy this typical Christmas celebration, so make sure you get there early! Mayor Eduardo Dolon and members of the Council, along with Graham Knight from the office of Foreign Residents, will also be present and in full voice. So don your santa hat, wooly gloves and scarf and make your way to downtown Torrevieja and join in a local Christmas tradition.

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Life people

The Rascals Christmas Cracker by Keith Nicol THE CHRISTMAS season started in style on Tuesday evening when those evergreen Rascals brought their new show ‘Disney Delights and Christmas Crackers’ to Torrevieja’s Virgen Del Carmen Theatre. After their full house and thoroughly entertaining performance in Los Montesinos, expectations were high for a repeat performance, and as usual, they did not disappoint. Each and every year the Rascals find a new and entertaining way to mix up songs from the musicals and movies and weave it with Christmas songs and dances for an entertaining evening. Act I started in the back streets of Old Peking with a scene from ‘Aladdin’, not the pantomime

version with ‘Widow Twanky’ but with the cast dressed appropriately in their very authentic Chinese costumes. The opening act containing songs from Disney and other movie musicals with the occasional break from kids film theme to liven things up. The Rascals raided their costume department of years gone by and looked wonderful in their period costumes for the Cinderella Waltz while getting down and dirty and verging on panto with a scene from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ which had the audience in fits of laughter. Least we forget the

dancers who each year come up with more and more inventive ideas and broke away from the Disney theme with ‘Dancing in the Street’ and ‘Uptown Girl’. And while it’s been impossible to enjoy a drink during the interval at the Municipal Theatre, no such problems at the Virgen del Carmen where the cast invited the audience to join them in a pre-Christmas drink and for the kids to have photographs with the principal characters. Loosened up by that interval libation, Act II was the opportunity to sing-along with many a Christmas favourite. The average age of those performing on the night suddenly dropped by about half a century when the children from ‘Totally Dance’ from Benijofer took to the stage but the Rascals held their own with their tried and tested formula of mixing up chorus, solo and duets along with their own troupe of dancers. With Friday’s Christmas Carols in the Square in mind, the Rascals took the lead singing Carols which included a lovely bilingual version of ‘Silent Night’ performed in both English and Spanish, which brought both the curtain and the house down. Another great evening of entertaining from Torrevieja’s very own Rascals. For information on how to become involved with this local institution, please call Sue on 96 678 4874.


Los Lunnis Rocket Ship musical

by Keith Nicol LOS LUNNIS returned to Torrevieja last Friday to wow the youngest of the city’s generations; those under six, who packed out the Fairground Tent to sing and dance along with Spain’s answer to the Telly Tubbies meet the Muppets! Apart from a few bemused expat parents, whose children enjoyed every minute of the show while their parents struggled to understand what was going on, the stars of the show, Los Lunnis, Juan “D” and Beatriz brought their ‘The rocket musical’ tht thoroughly entertained one and all. The show is based on Clan TV’s children’s series ‘ El cohete musical - The Rocket Musical’. The show is a mix of entertainment and education as the actors and the audience explore an entire galaxy of planets including body parts, letters, days of the week and animals with as much audience participation as one could possibly squeeze out of a typical three year old!

Last night at The Lounge Bar THURSDAY 20TH of December is the last night in The Lounge Bar as we know it. Before closing for refurbishment there will be one final fling. The evening will kick off at 9:30pm with entertainment from The Dudes and also from Davy Jones. All welcome so come along and enjoy the final night at The Lounge Bar, Aguas Nuevas Torrevieja.

Cava is a naturally sparkling wine, whose bubbles come from a second fermentation inside the bottle. The origin of Cava is closely linked to the birth in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries of the “champenoise” method which was discovered by French monk Dom Perignon in the production of sparkling wine.

In the early nineteenth century in Catalonia, and more specifically in the town of Sant Sadurní, a family of winemakers started making sparkling wines strictly following this method “champenoise”, made with white varieties indigenous to the area: Xarello, Macabeo, and Parellada. Thus were born the first Spanish Cavas, beginning the great Catalan tradition in developing these prestigious wines. In 1972 , the Regulatory Council of Sparkling Wines was established, which adopted the name “Cava” to appoint the Spanish sparkling wine, and to support the quality of these wines’ international prestige. To develop a good Cava one must start from a good base wine. The Cavas remain at rest for a second fermentation for a time not less than nine months (Cava Young) to up to 36 months (Cava Gran Reserva). This is followed by a “disgorging” process which removes residual yeasts, and the bottle is finally corked and marketed. Among Premium Spanish Cavas, we highlight undoubtedly the Jaume Serra Cava Brut Nature Vintage, which in recent years has been the most awarded Spanish Cava nationally and internationally (Bacchus gold, gold medal in Bordeaux and a gold medal in Berlin ). This is a Cava Brut Nature Vintage Grand Reserve (36 months of aging in bottle), is made from 40% Chardonnay and 60% of Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada. Forming a beautiful light golden color, and fine integration of fine and persistent bubbles that create a crown on top. Its nose, like all premium Cavas, is fine and elegant with aromas of aging: yeast and “fine bakery “ and a fresh palate, balanced and persistent. Now you can purchase this very special Cava at an unbeatable offer of 48€ for 12 bottles plus shipping (or 8€ the bottle separately). This bottle can be ordered online at the below links. Any enquiries please call 914 361 739 or email For shipping to the UK, add 40€ Payment can be made with credit card, Paypal and bank transfer.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Not very Flash HI AUNTY: I am dismayed to find that my beautiful and highly praised NEXUS 7 WIFI Tablet cannot run video clips requiring FLASH. Also PDF files copied to the device not only cannot be opened but it refuses to admit that they are there: they are invisible. Web-based advice is discouraging, and strictly for geeks. (My Ipod Touch has a tiny screen but no such problems) Can you help PLEASE? Richard from Benitachell Aunty says: As you have said Adobe’s Flash Player isn’t officially supported in the newest Android version, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though the default browser for the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean devices is now Chrome, which has built-in Flash support in the desktop versions, this does not apply to mobile devices. There are, however, some unofficial add-ons available that allow Flash to be used. As it is not officially supported there might be some stability and speed issues when using these add-ons. There is a nice step-by-step here: There are two popular applications that you can try / use / install that allow you to read PDF., ezPDF Reader and Mantano Premium. The former can be found here: details?

Burning a DVD HI THERE: I hope you can help me with a small problem. I have a Hard Disc recorder which can also record onto a DVD. The problem is that the DVD part has packed up and I have three films on the hard disc. Is there a way I can transfer these to my lap top and so free up the space on the hard disc? If this can be done it would be most useful as I could then burn the films onto A DVD. My laptop model is Sony VPCEH. Regards, Hugh.

Aunty says: One of the ways to retrieve the data on the disk will be to open the player up, locate and remove the hard drive,

Data usage DEAR AUNTY: I run Internet Explorer 9. Is it possible to find out how much data I download over a specific period, e.g. one day, one week or one month? Kind regards, Phil Aunty says: There is nothing ‘built in’ to Windows or IE that enables you to monitor your download usage. SO you have to use a third party monitor. There are a few, but I like the first out of these two: products/networx/ Network-Tools/BandwidthTools/ISP-Monitor.shtml

put the hard drive into USB Hard drive unit and copy the files across to the laptop. However, you may find that the hard drive is not the correct format to be read by standard Windows, and so some third party hard drive program may be required. This may also be the case for the video files, which may not be a ‘Windows’ standard and may require some form of re-coding before you can play them Alternatively, if you still have access to the drive, and you can watch the movies on TV, then you will have to do a real time recording – i.e. if you have three ‘2 hour’ movies, then you will have to do a ‘6 hour’ recording session! In other words, connect another recording device to the SCART output of the DVDR, play the movie, and record on the other recording device. If you have a decent PC / laptop, then you will need some form of video capture device (like Dazzle), to connect to the DVDR, and record into the PC/ laptop.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

NextBase Twin 7” Portable DVD Player with Car Kit The NextBase NB48AM twin screen portable DVD player system comprises two 7” screen portable units. The master unit comprises a screen and built-in DVD player, while the second unit displays whatever is being shown on the master. The slim-line design makes this ideal for use in the home as well as on those long car journeys (car fitting kit is included). The 7” LED screens are high resolution LED 480 x 234 RGB true colour pixel displays which ensure that you always get a perfect picture. The screens have a wide viewing angle and an built-in anti-skip mechanism which allows you to enjoy whatever you´re playing even on bumpy roads. The NextBase NB48AM supports a wide range of discs and formats including DVD, VCD, SVCD, DivX, Xvid, MP3, CD, JPEG, CD-R/RW, DVD +/- R and DVD +/- RW so there is very little that you´ll be unable to play. It also means that the NextBase is not only a portable movie player but also a music player with support for audio CDs and MP3s, and a picture viewer with support for JPEG images as well. The NextBase master unit is also fitted with video output and input sockets. The video output can be used with the supplied connector to plug into a TV

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and use it as a standard DVD player. The video input means you can plug any external video device, such as a camcorder, into the player and view the video on the screen. The NextBase master unit also comes with an SD memory card slot and USB socket. This allows you to store movies directly from your PC and then watch them on the player. The master unit is fitted with stereo speakers and a standard 3.5mm headphone socket for using headphones. The Nextbase NB48AM portable DVD player has a picture frame style stand for use on a flat surface such as a table. The system is also supplied with a car headrest mounting case for fitting your portable player in the car and also

comes with a car cigarette lighter power adapter. The unit can also be powered for around 2 hours by its built-in rechargeable battery pack and is easily recharged using the included mains power supply. The Inspectors Verdict: The NextBase Twin 7” Portable DVD Player gives you lots of options for watching DVDs wherever you happen to be – and if it can keep the back seat passengers quiet as well that´s a real bonus! Visit nextbase-portable-dvd/ to order the NextBase Twin 7” Portable DVD Player with Car Kit for 124€. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Life horoscopes Uranus, ever at your side lately, colludes with Mercury, and the cat is out of the bag. You may well think that all you recent preparation has been for nothing, but you would be wrong because it has done you a great justice. You are now in a much better shape, well prepared and now what will be, will be!

Actions of Venus with a positive and jubilant Sagittarius make you even more determined to finish a job that has brought you snags and pitfalls lately. Venus also squares on Neptune which brings you into the frame to use your innermost power to keep you focussed and centred throughout a busy week. Jupiter buffers and guides you just when you need it and all the stops have to be pulled out. You have made the right decision, thought it certainly was never easy; and now you can look forward to reaping the benefits for you and all who are involved right now. Tested you may have been, but a winner you are. The current Moon’s phase and the power of Cosmic energies finds you turning over a new leaf and surprising yourself. Letting off steam has put someone well and truly in their place and you are all the better for calling a spade a spade the way you did. Don’t rest solely on your laurels however; there is one thing left to do. You have been left not knowing how you stand, and this affair of the heart appears to be bringing you to your knees. It doesn’t have to be that way, so forget your bruised ego and be yourself, people will enjoy you just the way you are and you have so very much to give. Take stock and plan carefully your next move. Mercury’s opposition to Jupiter sets the cat amongst the pigeons, but shows you in a new light. Things have had a habit of biting you on the behind but you are free now to ring the changes and make the choices that make a difference to you. Be ruthless and determined because it’s how you have to be. Venus is surrounded by Sagittarian energies and they are practical and inspiring to you right now. With vital energies unbalanced you cannot be true to yourself and make a strong impression when that is what is needed of you. Take the time to emphasise priorities and shelve any doubts immediately! Take a long hard look at expenditure as a corner develops and your finances are at risk. Tightening your belt and looking long and hard at your income will be a help; but nothing can really be sorted in these difficult times until someone else can make a contribution, and then actually starts to chip in. Handling an enlightened Mercury and a rapturous Venus may seem to be a very tall order this week, but both serve to work with you and help you to follow your keen expectations, especially where forward planning is concerned. Make no mistake, your plans will be an inspiration to look forward to. Influences of Mars have allowed you to see better the pros and the cons that have left you somewhat confused and disorientated. You have embraced the negative energies of late, but now things will take on a more positive attitude and you need to tune yourself in once and for all to enjoy the benefits. Uranus takes on Aries in a Mercury trine midweek. All the signals are there but you are curiously hesitant as you are afraid to make a mistake. Things are difficult already, but make things easy on yourself and go with your instincts, your psychic energies are charging to see you through. Mighty Neptune and Inspiring Chiron criss cross your pathway this week, and bring you a blessing in each direction. You are very much in your dreamy romantic phase, but then this is when you normally do your very best work from the heart. Don’t let anyone interfere with your creative impulses!

Kenny corris


THERE ARE many kinds of silence. There is a negative silence that comes into play when you are shocked and cannot reply; or you witness something that forces you to be silent, even against your will. You have rights to remain silent if arrested and yet the silence and tranquillity brought about by meditation in a grand silence is empowering and inspiring. Then there is the reverence of a silent minute to connect with others, to show solidarity, to honour and to celebrate. Each silence has its own meaning and it can make people uncomfortable or welcome, touching with Spirit or showing anger when silence means that there is no suitable reply, or that you do not want to say anything. Many of us have remained silent at a time when we are needed to. Imagine the positive silence that follows a question asked during the wedding ceremony. If anyone has just cause or impediment then the silence has to be broken, but the comfort is felt in the silence, and we are relieved to experience that selfsame silence. Like minded people have been silent for some time with reference to the changes that are predicted for us this month. Being silent when you need answers, however, is unnecessary and keeping silent spreads fears more than words can express. To keep in the right space, talk whenever you need to, and then keep your emotions in check by thoroughly enjoying the universal peace that comes with your silent intentions within your heart and your soul. Here you will hopefully always have a silent space whereby you can feel the power of your silence, and the

Kennys diary Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th December: Readings available at Bistro Maya from 17.00. Please call Els for details on: 966 868 213. Readings in your area: Please make contact if you want to organise readings in your locality, or organise a psychic event for you, or your favourite charity. Some dates available for January. Gift Vouchers: A reading makes a wonderful Christmas gift, and each year I offer a full reading of 75EUR value for 45EUR. The gift voucher is valid for one year and an email certificate can be issued if preferred. PayPal and credit cards accepted. Call for any further information: 686 361 594. DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress. Dates in February. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

silent working of your body, mind and soul in connection. I always find peace in my innermost thoughts, relief when what I say needs to be heard, and strength when others inspire me to do my work. The Spirit World can be such a silent place if there is fear or regret. Getting the message through means that someone has to resolve silence and set the communication in motion. There can be silence whilst requests are made, and silence when loved ones come through and the wondrous energy of Spirit is experienced. On Radio broadcasts I often work with Tarot, and it is always a wonderful feeling as a message hits home when someone who has rung in to the show for a reading becomes silent…that’s the magical spot when the truth has been told and there is a delay in the response, because the spiritual connection has won through yet again Now to break my silence on the question of what I am doing on the 21st of December. That’s easy! Whilst there has been conjecture of the happenings of this day I am very conscious of the doom and gloom that has been spread, the supposed end of the World as we know it, and the endless talking about what’s going to happen. I was so impressed when an RTN reader asked me to spread the word that she would be hosting a group meditation at 11.00 on the day. I was kindly invited to join her, and since action to me is better then words can ever say I am proud to be asked and will link in with her; hopefully together with anyone reading this who wants to join in the unified energy of a special day. Spread the Word. We spiritual folk are empowered and use foresight so your energy will be felt and it will make a difference all around the World, as we unite to embrace 11.00am. on the 21st then it is…… that’s a date then!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Kenny, I was at your 2012 Golden Age show with Torben, and remember that you said that December 21st was the beginning and not the end. With people saying the World will collide and others that Ascension will be on the cards I am so confused, and anyway what can I do? Asbjorn A.A. We can do so much, and there are new horizons and there always will be. I have never seen the doom and gloom even though I have had to work with theories for the past five years; but this is a time for the World to make changes, and we must be a working part of this. I feel that so much good will come from connecting with others, embracing energies and being unafraid. The dramatic and dark actions predicted haven’t come to anything, and we need to keep a secure Planet for all concerned and to raise, each and everyone of us, our spiritual consciousness and responsibility. Climbing higher is what ascension means, so be inspired. Please help to spread the word and tune into the 11.00 December 21st call, if you can, and if not, tune in when you are able to. You will feel the energies and the strength that comes with faith and you must know that you can help to make a difference; and I sincerely hope that you will!

Staying strong isn’t an option right now as you as you have been tried and tested, and you are winning. Your resilient inner energies are one step ahead and should be the impetus for making a clean breast of things!


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. Not the first form to be not very good (6-5) 9. Help first-rate dunderhead (3) 10. Small letters not acceptable in a higher court? (5-4) 11. Chooses implements for excavating (5) 13. Before noon, one clever enough to be worth loving (7) 14. Obviously a small amount of time (6) 16. Worse than the duckling who turned out well (6) 18. Steeped as far down as one can go (7) 19. It may sound very small, but there’s power there! (5) 20. Subordinate to worker, being sly (9) 21. Confinement for the writer (3) 22. 2 or 3 for example offering a first-class anaesthetic? (5,6)

Word Ladders

DOWN 2. The purpose of having broken-down vehicles (3) 3. Gives amorous looks as learner goes about (5) 4. Rise, friend, and marry and get a loose double chin! (6) 5. Bird having a frolic? (7) 6. Limbs hang loosely when walking awkwardly (9) 7. Successful trance presumably produces one - it does avoid extremes (5,6) 8. The sort of effect a sharp tone of voice has, perhaps (11) 12. Competitor will study offer (9) 15. Take me up on other changes: it is to be proved (7) 17. Filter needs considerable effort (6) 19. Mother is twice a lady (5) 21. Mixed type of dish (3)

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. Own (11) 9. Criticise harshly (3) 10. Watchfulness (9) 11. Happen again (5) 13. Attire (7) 14. Meditate (6) 16. Defeated (6) 18. Fancy (7) 19. Military student (5) 20. Fruit (9) 21. Fire-arm (3) 22. Leading performer (11)

DOWN 2. Study (3) 3. At no time (5) 4. Tepee (6) 5. Oval (7) 6. Produced (9) 7. Suitable (11) 8. High boots (11) 12. Receptacle (9) 15. Distinguished (7) 17. Needlework (6) 19. Purify (5) 21. Fuel (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 7th Decemeber 2012

10 16 18 31 42





No ticket won the 54,583,279 Euros

Tuesday 11th December 2012


4 9 43 50

No ticket won the 63,235,218 Euros


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 12 TODAY’S ARTICLE is about the passive voice in Spanish, how it is formed, how it is used and related matters.

WE START WITH THE SENTENCE IN “ACTIVE” FORM: “Hemingway escribió el libro” Then we put the object into the position of the subject: “El libro ….. Then we look at the tense of the verb, and see that it is in the past simple or preterite tense (the “done and dusted” tense for readers of my former articles!) Now we take the verb SER and put it into this tense - fue. “El libro fue …. Next,

“Wrote” is the past tense of the “verb “to write”. To make the sentence passive, we have to take another verb – “to be” and put it into the same tense – “was”.

WE CALL a sentence passive (as opposed to “active”) when it is inverted to make the object work as the subject, for example when I change “Hemingway wrote the book” to “The book was written by Hemingway”. We have seen in the two previous articles how common this form is in English and how the Spanish have more than one way to deal the omission of the subject apart from the straightforward passive form. However, this sentence inversion so beloved of the English does also exist in Spanish and this is how it works. Let’s look at the English examples above first, so that you can see the same process in both languages. “Hemingway wrote the book” – in grammatical terms we can say that “Hemingway” is the “subject” of the sentence, “the book” is the “object” of the sentence and “wrote” is the verb. It is this verb “wrote” that we have to focus on. “Wrote” is the past tense of the verb “to write”. To make the sentence passive, we have to take another verb – “to be” and put it into the same tense – “was”. Then we take the main verb “to write” and put it into the form we call the “past participle” – “written”. So, instead of “wrote” we now have “was written”. Of course in English we do this completely automatically, but we need to realize exactly what we do, to do the same in Spanish. Here goes …

we take the main verb “escribir” and put it into its past participle form – escrito (“written”). “El libro fue escrito ….” Some passive sentences stop there and omit the original subject (e.g. “My bag was stolen”). However, this particular sentence requires the subject to make it complete. In English we use the word “by” in Spanish we use “por”. “El libro fue escrito por Hemingway” Da-dah!!! No problems there then! As you can well imagine, there are just a few other details to bear in mind. An important one is that the whole verb (ser + participle) has to agree in gender and number with the “new” subject. Like this: “Los libros fueron escritos por Hemingway”. “La obra fue escrita por Shakespeare” “Las obras fueron escritas por Shakespeare”. Also, of course, the tense can be different: “La escuela será construida el año que viene”. (The school will be built next year) “He sido elegida reina de las fiestas”. (I’ve been chosen as the festival queen). Don’t ask me where that last example came from! Now, I suggest we all go and make ourselves a cup of tea and calm down from the excitement.

THE X FACTOR Niall Horan@NiallOfficial: X factor was great tonight! So good to be back home! Also congrats James! This dude is gonna be huge. Simon Cowell@SimonCowell: Congratulations James on winning X Factor UK. You deserved this. THE MANCHESTER DERBY Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5: what a result: 3 points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can’t believe it was a copper 2p....could have at least been a £1 coin! Ian Hyland@HylandIan: Rio Ferdinand gets hit by a coin. Typical Man City: throwing money away again. #mufc SARCASM Gary Lineker@GaryLineker: Starbucks to pay some tax in future. How terribly considerate of them. example@example: Cathedral City is pretty emotional cheese init? (I have not been paid to promote cheese, I just like it) THE TWIT OF THE WEEK Rick Edwards@rickedwards1: I’ve just fallen over in Nando’s! I was wearing a suit! My knee hurts now! THE FUNNY TWEETS Sarah Millican@SarahMillican75: Now dedicating ‘you’ve got a friend’ on Magic FM to my cat. Bit weepy. Am obviously tired.

Life books

Danny Collins -

TO CONTINUE our Christmas Review of books supplied by Librería Europa of Calpe, here are four weighty volumes for hobbyists and one for the kids. TOLKIEN – THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA: DAVID DAY: 21€. A veritable must for Tolkien fans. Fully illustrated guide to Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, bringing together every aspect of Tolkien’s vast cosmology. THE JOY OF CLIMBING: TERRY GIFFORD: 28€. For those who go further than the dizzy heights of the lounge ceiling to hang the decorations, this book is the result of a search through Britain, Europe, and America for the esoteric gems at the easier end of climbing - for climbers, mountaineers and hill walkers. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FUNGI: MICHAEL JORDAN: 27€: A comprehensive photographic guide to more than 1,000 of the most important species of the British Isles and Northern Europe. Lists many poisonous fungi so don’t give it to anyone who’ll inherit your estate. GARDEN PESTS AND DISEASES: ANDREW MIKOLAJSKI: 23.80€: If you don’t belong to the ‘wither and kill with a look brigade’ of gardeners, of which I am a founding member, you’ll know your worst pests among the greenery are bugs and disease. This illustrated guide informs of the common problems and how to deal

Suduko Answer

with them: ideal for the hit man among the bougainvillea. THERE ARE CATS: VIVIANE SCHWARZ: 9.45€: A bit of nonsense for the kids with lots of drawings of funny cats with pop-outs and overlays to keep the little sweetie from wrecking your Nativity display and using Baby Jesus as a driver for his Togo Truck.


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Life health Conductive hearing loss in the middle ear

THE MIDDLE ear is a small cave in the bone of the skull. The way out of this cave to the outside world is blocked by the eardrum – a fine sheet of skin drawn over the mouth of the cave. The only other exit is via the Eustachian tube – a very thin and normally-closed passageway from the back of the cave to the throat. All sound from the outside world to the brain has to pass through this cave. To aid this process, a chain of three bones stretches from the outer eardrum across the cave to a much smaller inner eardrum, which is the gateway to the inner ear and the hearing’s nervous system. In order for sound to pass efficiently through the middle ear, the three bones must be flexible and able to move easily, and the air pressure in the middle ear must be the same as the outside world (i.e. the other side of the eardrum). There is a condition when a soft spongy bone growth encroaches upon the stapes (one of the bones) and restricts its movement. This later progressively becomes harder and progressively immobilises the middle ear bones. This condition

Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

is known as otosclerosis. In some cases it can be cured by surgically replacing the stapes with a steel, Teflon or nylon alternative. This operation is known as a stapendectomy – often very successful, but sometimes the bony growth can return. The air pressure in the middle ear is equalised through the opening of the Eustachian tube to the back of the throat (when we yawn/chew). If the tube blocks because of infection, no fresh air can get to the middle ear and oxygen-eating bacteria that naturally live there eat the existing supply of oxygen in the cave and pressure drops, resulting in a retracted concave eardrum and poor sound transmission. In extreme cases infection can cause the middle ear cave to fill with mucus, causing a bulging convex eardrum and poor sound transmission. As with conductive losses in the outer ear, the first port of call is your GP, who may be able to solve the problem or at least refer you to someone who can. In the next Hearing Column we will look at sensorineural hearing loss.

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 events

An Orihuela Costa Christmas ORIHUELA COSTA have produced their own list of events for over the holiday period. This year they will have two Christmas trees on the coast, at La Zenia Church and at the Town Hall. THE ONE at La Zenia Church will be decorated and illuminated with the official ‘turning o the lights’ ceremony to be confirmed soon. Various urbanizations throughout Orihuela Costa will also have decorative Christmas lights to enjoy. It’s in times of crisis that help can come from the most unlikely of places and to keep the ball rolling Orihuela Costa have organised a Solidarity Campaign to assist Caritas with all the hard work they do to support the less fortunate within the community. The ‘one litre-one kilo-one Euro campaign’ is already underway and will remain so until Monday December 31, 2012. Please bring your donation of dried/non-perishable food (rice, pasta, flour, oil etc.,) to the International Foreign Residents office in the Town Hall at Playa Flamenca. Donations of toys are also requested to enable less fortunate children to receive a present from Santa Claus or from the Three Kings, which can be left in the special “casita” which is situated in the foyer of the Town Hall. The Jewish Festival of Lights “Hannukah” will be celebrated on Saturday December 15, at 7:30pm on the paseo at Playa Flamenca.This Sunday, December 16, 2012, there is a Christmas Fiesta at Entrenaranjos and Laguna Green from 1.00pm until 5.00pm. The line up of activities include All That Jazz at 1.00pm, arrival of Santa Claus at 3.00pm followed at 3.30pm by Christmas carols with Just Brass. There will be a bar, hot food, a raffle and a book stall. Please bring a chair and a blanket and good voice! If you are still in good voice, there is a Carol Concert in Orihuela on Saturday December 22, starting at 5:00pm. This year’s carol concert promises to be even more spectacular than last year. Various choirs and music groups will be singing and playing for your enjoyment in the cathedral in Orihuela. Transport will be arranged free of charge from the coast to Orihuela as follows: 3.00pm depart Mercadona roundabout at Playa Flamenca with the return at 8:30’pm departing from the Casino in Orihuela. Transport will also be arranged from and to Entrenaranjos at the same times. Please reserve your seat on the bus by contacting Denise Wesserling at the International Foreign Residents office in the Town Hall in Playa Flamenca via telephone: 966 760 000 ext: 34 or via e-mail: Please give your name, the number of passengers and a contact telephone number.

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Life food Soup of the Day… Which day exactly?


Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

THERE IS not much that makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up more than the words “Soup of the Day” written or said, it all but makes me shiver. I have not had a good relationship with soup since my mother thought that yesterdays gravy watered down would make for a tasty lunchtime snack, onto restaurants in later life where a simple question which should be so easy to answer of “what is the soup of the day” sends servers into a veritable tailspin accompanied by the usual “I’ll just go and ask” Even in a famous pub chain restaurant in the UK we were told that “We don’t know what the soup of the day is yet as it hasn’t been delivered” From something that should be so quick and easy to make and yet taste so delicious “on the Day” becomes more and more complicated by the minute. I have witnessed dried packet tomato soup last at least a few days when simply given different names and by adding cooked rice, a poached egg or carrots then another day mixed with the other staple of the hotel, oxtail and then called brown Windsor, the combinations were endless from just two dried packets. Now we get “new soups” which to me resemble sludge both in taste and texture or really sloppy mashed potato, more a puree than a soup and don’t get me started on packet minestrone and spring vegetable. There is nothing better than a really good and authentic Gazpacho but nothing worse than a bad one. What happened to the classic soups that not only remain in my memory but

in my menus? Pistou de Provence, St Germain, vichyssoise or Borscht (the best example of which I had from a street vendor in Seattle USA) or the never boring if properly made and baked in the oven French Onion soup with the crusty crouton and gooey cheese. From clear Consommé to thick and unctuous clam or sweet corn chowders that roughly chopped make a quick and easy meal and yet carefully and uniformly cut using the freshest of ingredients can make it onto the best restaurant menus or your dinner party specials. So, let’s start with a few basics being a pot of boiled potatoes. Now I usually peel and boil three batches in one go. Having removed a couple of batches of potatoes at various stages of the cooking process for roast, sauté or lyonnaisse (with onions) and for mash I always leave a couple extra for hot or cold potato salad and of course to leave in the water for my soup. To the remaining cooked potato in the boiling lightly salted potato water add a chopped onion, some fresh ground pepper and a good bunch of watercress stalks and a

splash of milk or cream, cook for just a few minutes before blitzing. Don’t like, can’t get watercress then to the potato water add a chopped onion and the stalks and leaves of the cauliflower (that you, be honest, normally throw away) a little milk and pulse when cooked. Add a little cumin or fennel to spice it up a little along with some freshly ground pepper, worth nothing that they are both vegetarian and both delicious. Still too complicated? Then combine the stock from the smoked ham or bacon joint you have just cooked (along with the slices of orange and clove) with a little leftover mashed potato and a tin of processed peas together with a splash of milk pulse or blitz until smooth, nothing better, nothing easier.

If you have a question about food email Eddie runs Thieves Kitchen which now includes “Restaurant Rescue” offering advice and Simple Solutions to stale problems. “Food Concepts” Brunches and Artisan as well as Open Kitchens. “Restaurant Secrets” with tailor made private tuition (max 4 persons) to develop your cooking skills. “You will never smell Fresh bread on line”


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Life people

Breaking the language barrier THE EL PRINCIPE Centre in San Miguel de Salinas, Alicante, runs semi-intensive courses in Spanish every month at Levels 1, 2 and 3 for only 5€ per hour. The classes are held in small groups and all explanations are in English. The centre’s director, Vicky Riley, says: “Although many Expats live here in Spain perfectly happily without learning Spanish there are many reasons it is advisable ranging from the practical to the downright enjoyable! Although we are very lucky that English is such a widely spoken language we all know how annoying it can be when other nationalities don’t even bother to try to learn the language of the country they are living in. “You will find the locals much more friendly and helpful if you make some effort and they will try to help you along with it as much as possible. You will find knowing at least a little bit Spanish will open doors, make life

easier and help you to embrace the rich culture and traditions of Spain.” Learning at least a basic level of Spanish will make your day to day life here so much easier. You won’t have to rely on interpreters for every little thing, or feel powerless because you can’t complain about bad service or a faulty product. Many students who have met through Spanish Classes have become firm friends: some have even eventually gone into business together. In class you will meet people in the same situation as you and you will be able to swap ideas, advice and information on being an Expat, to help prevent feeling isolated in a foreign country. If you are thinking of taking the plunge and buying a property in Spain, there are lots of things you can do before you even arrive to prepare yourself. Evening classes, books and CD´s, internet courses etc are all ways that you can start off before

Season greetings

THE MEMBERS and friends of your local club in Torrevieja would like to pass on the Season’s Greetings and good will to all of our ex Pat’s and local paper readers. We would also like to ask you to join us at any of our monthly meet-

Vicky Riley

arriving here. Learning Spanish is fun, helping you to learn about your own language, broadening your mind and making your Spanish experience a better one. There are also books and CDs available for home learning. ‘Break The Language Barrier’ Levels 1 2 ings held at “The Cabo Cevera Hotel” in La Mata on the second Thursday of each month starting at 17.00. This year we have held many charitable events and have given a lot of money to good causes in the local area.

and 3 can be bought at the Centre, through the website, or from any branch of Bookworld España. Good luck!! For further details visit the website on or email Alternatively ring 96 599 9047. If you would like to help us repeat this in 2013 then please come to a meeting and help us to help others. Look at our web site for details Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Life diving

International diving documentary puts Cabo de Palos on the map

WHILST THE tourist authorities spend their money on institutional tourism promotion, private businesses also contribute in a considerable fashion to the work of promoting tourist activities in the local area. Murcia has superb diving facilities, as it has particularly clear waters, an all year round temperate climate, a lot of wrecks close to the coastline, and also the natural reserve of the Islas Hormigas-Cabo de Palos marine park. This is a protected area, and is particularly popular with divers due to its abundant flora, marine life and high visibility. This week a documentary has been presented which will be rolling out on 60 different TV networks worldwide, as part of a 13 part series under the title of “Top Dive Sites” and puts Cabo de Palos, Cartagena and the Murcian coastline in amongst the Red Sea, Maldives, Malaysia, Thailand, the Caribbean and Atlantic, so is an important advertisement for the region and its diving tourism industry.

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The waters off the Murcian coast are full of wrecks

The series has taken 3 years to film, and involved more than 50 professionals, their collaboration here in Murcia with the Things2Dive centre in Cabo de Palos, who acted as guides for the Cartagena based series, taking the filmcrew around the 7 top diving locations within the Cabo de Palos dive zone. Wrecks are a major attraction for divers in this area, due to the proximity of the Port of Cartagena to several well concealed rocks beneath the waters, which have claimed a significant number of vessels over the years and the sheer volume of naval activity in the area. Cartagena is a sheltered, natural port, and has been used as a strategic military and naval base for 2500 years, so divers are spoilt for choice, with Phoenician, Roman and modern Military vessels littering the sea bed.

The two visited by this TV crew were the Nadir ( also known as the Isla Gomera and the Naranjito, sunk in 1946 when carrying a cargo of oranges) and the “Carbonero” ( the Thordisa, ) a 2819 ton steamboat which was torpedoed by a German U35 submarine in 1917. Although her real name is the Thordisa, she’s known locally as the Carbonero, due to the large amount of coal ( carbon) she was carrying. As well as showing the diving in the area, the documentary also featured some of the historical sites of importance within Cartagena, a welcome promotional boost for the diving tourism industry in Murcia.

In association with Murcia Today. For more Murcia news and what’s on visit


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Life Showbiz Goss


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

A far from miserable Isabelle IT’S WITH great pleasure that I bring today’s main news item as it’s the stuff of a great Hollywood movie where someone goes from nowhere to somewhere in the spark of a moment, but let me start at the beginning… A year or so ago a man called Jeremy Taylor of the National Youth Music Theatre was in Eastbourne in Sussex and after finding out the local school had a musical production running made his way to the theatre to watch the show. Jeremy loved it, and taken with one young girl´s performance in particular, tracked down her parents and asked if they would like their daughter to audition for a top London theatrical agency. Parents Elaine and Nigel Allen were delighted to say yes and their 10-year-old daughter Isabelle was just as delighted when she was told the agency would like to take her on. Then when they found out that the agency were booking the cast

of the film version of ‘Les Misérables’ they all expected that if Isabelle was to be offered a part it would be as an extra. You’re way ahead of me now I’m sure… Not only was Isabelle offered a speaking part, she has been cast as the younger version of Amanda Seyfried’s character Cosette, and has since been chosen as the poster girl for the movie - a movie that´s expected to win many awards at next year’s Oscars, by the way. In an interview with online newspaper Metro Isabelle said: “When I found out I’d been picked I jumped up and down on my bed,” and when asked about Russell Crowe who plays police chief Javert she said “…he was friendly, but focused and serious.” Lovely…just lovely... The film premiered in London’s Leicester Square on Wednesday and goes to New York next Wednesday; two evenings young Isabelle Allen is sure to be quizzed about big time by all her chums when she goes back to school next Monday.

Tu-looser Two men… minus the half?

AND SO to the final item today and it’s also with great pleasure that I bring news of the sales of Tulisa Contostavlos’ new album Female Boss, and the pleasure comes in the shape of how she has only shifted 7,000 copies off the shelves and that the pretentiously named CD has stalled at No 17 in the charts, and could well now drop out of the top 20. The highly dislikable Tulisa performed the title song off the album two weeks back on the X Factory and was slated on Twitter with such words as ´Nasal’ and ´Flat’. I have been in the entertainment business for a number of years and have always worked on the premise that if you warm yourself to your audience you have a shot at being liked and the result will be a measure of success. Sadly, Tulisa uses the completely opposite tack, and hey presto! Nillsville! ... idiot!

STAYING IN the younger bracket I have a tale to relate that’s not quite so sweet and lovely as it’s to do with 19-year-old Angus T Jones, a young man who at the age of 10 played the part of Jake in the very first episode of the hugely funny Two and a Half Men as the son of Charlie Sheen’s brother Alan. What’s not quite so sweet about the story is that Jake took to YouTube recently and posted a rant that read “If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching, I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it, please stop watching it and filling your head with

filth.” Oh dear, oh dear. Nine years later Angus is still playing the part of Jake, but one gets the feeling his tenure might be on the wane, especially in the wake of both his outburst and the fact that the cute Miley Cyrus has guested on a few shows lately and has wooed the producers with her ear-to-ear smile and a top man in the production team saying “when she was on set she was pleasant and very enjoyable to work with.” If you now add the fact that Jake’s character only appeared in a few episodes in the last series due to having joined the army, it’s looking like we might be treated to a funeral in the next series which completes filming next month.

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Life TV


14th - 20th December

FRIDAY 14th December BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 You’ve Been Scammed 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 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 School for Stars 16:35 Dennis and Gnasher 16:45 League of Super Evil 17:00 Scooby-Doo! 17:30 Pet School 17:55 OOglies 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless Celebrities 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s 12 Tastes of Christmas 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Outnumbered 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Live at the Apollo 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 National Lottery Draws 24:30 Would I Lie to You?

07:00 Childrens TV 10:45 Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Let’s Play 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 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 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Nigella Express 20:30 Coast 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Westminster Abbey 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:50 Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 A Night of Heroes - The Military Awards 23:30 ITV News 24:00 Local News 24:10 Hard Target

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:25 Come Dine with Me 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 SuperScrimpers 14:05 Channel 4 Racing 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 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Peter Kay Live at the Top of the Tower 23:20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:25 4Funnies 24:55 Full English

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 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 12:10 Build a New Life in the Country 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 The Good Witch’s Gift 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 North Pole Ice Airport 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Real Housewives of DC 10:30 Real Housewives of DC 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Holiday Showdown 17:40 The Xtra Factor 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Xtra Factor 21:00 The X Factor USA 22:00 Hot Fuzz 24:25 Celebrity Juice

07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 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 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Day the Earth Stood Still 23:05 Scary Movie 2 24:45 The Big Bang Theory





07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Horrid Henry 09:30 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:15 Murder, She Wrote 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Home Sweet Home 14:30 Home Sweet Home 15:30 Midsomer Murders 17:25 All Star Family Fortunes 18:15 Central News 18:30 ITV News and Weather 18:45 Back to the Future Part II 20:40 Take Me Out 22:00 10 Years of Girls Aloud 23:20 ITV News and Weather 23:35 Michael Buble: Home for Christmas 24:50 Captivity

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Grid 08:00 Teenage Superhumans 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Rockcorps 2012 10:10 T4 Movie Special 10:45 Will & Grace 11:15 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:45 Everybody Loves Raymond 12:15 Frasier 12:40 Frasier 13:10 The Big Bang Theory 13:40 The Big Bang Theory 14:10 The Simpsons 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 The Simpsons 17:25 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Heston’s Fantastical Food 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 Eclipse 24:30 Remember Me

SATURDAY 15th December BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Baking Made Easy 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Bargain Hunt 14:30 Gymnastics 17:00 Final Score 18:25 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:45 A Question of Sport 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 21:15 Merlin 22:00 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 22:15 Casualty 23:05 BBC News; Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 24:45 The Football League Show


07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Let’s Play 11:30 Get Well Soon 11:45 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 12:00 Justin’s House 12:25 I Can Cook on the Go 12:40 Mister Maker Comes to Town 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 Coast 14:20 Holiday Affair 15:45 The War Lover 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 20:30 Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army Story 21:20 Dad’s Army 22:20 Clive Dunn: A Tribute 23:00 Jools Holland: My Life in Music 24:00 Later with Jools Holland and Friends

SUNDAY 16th December BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Fern Britton Meets 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:25 Countryfile 14:20 Bargain Hunt 15:05 Escape to the Country 16:05 Call the Midwife 17:05 Lifeline 17:15 Songs of Praise 17:55 Nigel Slater’s 12 Tastes of Christmas 18:25 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:50 Countryfile 19:50 Strictly Come Dancing 20:30 Sports Personality of the Year 2012 23:05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 2 24:30 Graham Norton Show


07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Tilly and Friends 09:10 Woolly & Tig 09:15 Mike the Knight 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Tweenies 10:00 Baby Jake 10:10 ZingZillas 10:25 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 10:45 Something Special 11:00 Match of the Day Live 13:55 Follow the Fleet 15:45 Shall We Dance 17:30 Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 This World 20:00 This World 21:00 Fawlty Towers 21:30 Calendar Girls 23:15 QI XL 24:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:30 Surviving Christmas

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 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 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 12:20 Highland Emergency 12:55 The Gadget Show 13:55 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 14:55 A Grandpa for Christmas 16:35 Meet the Santas 18:20 5 News Weekend 18:25 Mrs Miracle 20:20 An OldFashioned Christmas 22:00 Greatest Christmas TV Moments 24:55 Inside Hollywood

01:10 Celebrity Juice 02:10 The Xtra Factor 03:05 Coronation Street 03:30 Teleshopping 07:00 The Planet’s F unniest Animals 07:20 Gossip Girl 08:10 Coronation Street 11:00 Emmerdale 14:00 The X Factor USA 15:50 The X Factor USA 16:50 The Xtra Factor 17:50 The Xtra Factor 18:50 The Xtra Factor 19:50 The Xtra Factor 20:55 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Take Me Out The Gossip 22:45 Sleepy Hollow 24:55 Celebrity Juice


07:00 Heartland 07:45 Scrubs 11:05 Charlie’s Angels 12:00 How I Met Your Mother 12:30 How I Met Your Mother 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Scrubs 14:00 Suburgatory 14:25 Made in Chelsea 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 The Big Bang Theory 18:00 The Big Bang Theory 18:30 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 The Experiments 23:00 Hostage






07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Almost Naked Animals 08:40 Almost Naked Animals 08:50 Almost Naked Animals 09:00 Big Time Rush 09:30 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 10:25 ITV News 10:30 There’s No Taste Like Home 11:30 Dinner Date 12:30 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head 15:20 The X Factor 17:20 Central News 17:40 ITV News 17:50 ET the Extra-Terrestrial 20:00 Happy Birthday E.T 21:00 The Making of a Lady 22:45 ITV News 23:00 I Am Legend 24:50 Pensioners Behind Bars

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 The Grid 08:30 Survival of the Fittest 09:00 Will & Grace 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 12:50 The Big Bang Theory 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:45 The Simpsons 14:15 The Simpsons 14:45 Deal or No Deal 15:45 Hocus Pocus 17:40 Deck the Halls 19:20 Channel 4 News 19:50 The Political Slot 19:55 20:00 Come Dine with Me 21:00 River Cottage 22:00 Homeland 23:00 Peep Show 23:35 I Love You Phillip Morris

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 12:15 Highland Emergency 12:45 Mr St Nick 14:30 Battle of the Bulbs 16:15 All I Want for Christmas 18:00 The Da Vinci Code 20:55 5 News Weekend 21:00 Click 23:00 Zack and Miri Make a Porno 24:55 World’s Craziest Police Pursuits

01:55 The Only Way Is Essex 02:35 The Only Way Is Essex 03:10 Keith Lemon’s Very Brilliant World Tour 03:35 Coronation Street 04:00 Teleshopping 07:00 All Star Family Fortunes 07:50 Emmerdale 10:45 Coronation Street 13:40 Peter Andre: My Life 14:40 The Little Vampire 16:35 Take Me Out 17:50 Take Me Out The Gossip 18:35 The Mummy Returns 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Gladiator

07:00 Being Erica 08:30 Scrubs 09:00 Scrubs 09:35 Hollyoaks 12:10 T4: Watch 12:25 Smallville 13:25 Rules of Engagement 13:55 Rules of Engagement 14:25 T4: Listen 14:40 How I Met Your Mother 15:10 Suburgatory 15:40 Made in Chelsea 16:40 The Big Bang Theory 17:10 The Big Bang Theory 17:40 The Big Bang Theory 18:05 The Big Bang Theory 18:35 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Just My Luck 23:00 Misfits 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The Inbetweeners


14 - 20 DECEMBER 2012

Life TV

14th - 20th December

MONDAY 17th December BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 You’ve Been Scammed 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 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Show Me What You’re Made Of 16:35 ChuckleVision 17:00 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 17:30 12 Again 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless Celebrities 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 My Family 22:00 Panorama 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:20 The Matador

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:30 University Challenge 21:00 Nigellissima 22:00 Inside Claridge’s 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Westminster Abbey

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 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 The Poison Tree 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:20 Great Expectations 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 The Simpsons 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 Bad Santas 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Full English 24:15 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 Angelina Ballerina 10:30 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55 Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25 Emergency Bikers 12:25 Build a New Life in the Country 13:20 5 News Lunchtime 13:25 Build a New Life in the Country 14:30 The Christmas Card 16:10 Crazy for Christmas 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Emergency Bikers 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 North Pole Ice Airport 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Deep Blue Sea 24:15 Nature Shock: When Killer Whales Attack

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Holiday Showdown 10:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 10:20 The Xtra Factor 11:25 Jack and the Beanstalk 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 The Xtra Factor 18:10 The Flintstones 20:00 The Xtra Factor 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 Hellboy II: the Golden Army

TUESDAY 18th December



07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 11:05 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 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 The Inbetweeners








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 You’ve Been Scammed 12:30 Cash in the Attic 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 Show Me What You’re Made Of 16:30 Bear Behaving Badly 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 17:30 Rocket’s Island 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless Celebrities 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Last Tango in Halifax 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Imagine 24:35 The Unbearable Lightness of Being

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Wanted Down Under Revisited 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:30 University Challenge 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 Wartime Farm 23:00 Rev 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Inside Claridge’s

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable 21:00 Inside Guinness World Records 22:00 Ruth Rendell’s Thirteen Steps Down 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Ruth Rendell’s Thirteen Steps Down 24:35 Grimefighters

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:25 Oliver Twist 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 The Simpsons 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Back to the Clinic 22:00 Bad Santas 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:05 Homeland

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:25 Angelina Ballerina 10:30 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55 Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25 Emergency Bikers 12:25 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 13:20 5 News Lunchtime 13:25 Build a New Life in the Country 14:30 Hitched for the Holidays 16:10 Mrs Santa Claus 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Emergency Bikers 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Highland Emergency 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Murder Files 22:00 Body of Proof 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY 24:55 Slaves in the Cellar

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Holiday Showdown 10:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 10:20 The Xtra Factor 11:25 Cinderella 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 The Xtra Factor 18:10 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 20:00 Take Me Out 21:15 Take Me Out - The Gossip 22:00 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:45 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:30 American Pie: the Wedding

07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 11:05 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 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Come Dine with Me 23:00 Tool Academy 24:05 The Inbetweeners 24:40 The Inbetweeners

WEDNESDAY 19th December BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 You’ve Been Scammed 12:30 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 Show Me What You’re Made Of 16:35 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 17:30 Rocket’s Island 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless Celebrities 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Snow Babies 22:00 Last Tango in Halifax 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 National Lottery Draws 23:45 Film 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Coast 14:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Wanted Down Under Revisited 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:30 University Challenge 21:00 All About The Good Life 22:00 The Christmas No 1 Story 23:00 Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Stuffed: The Great British Christmas Dinner

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Local News 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Weight Loss Ward 22:00 The Town 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Miami Vice

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 The Robe 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 The Simpsons 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Vintage Home 22:00 Heston’s Fantastical Food 23:00 The Twins Who Share a Body 23:50 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:40 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 Angelina Ballerina 10:30 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55 Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25 Emergency Bikers 12:25 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 13:20 5 News Lunchtime 13:25 Build a New Life in the Country 14:30 Battle of the Bulbs 16:15 The Santa Suit 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Emergency Bikers 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Building the Panama Canal 22:00 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 23:00 Blade II

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 All Star Mr & Mrs 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 All Star Family Fortunes 10:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 10:20 The Xtra Factor 11:25 Aladdin 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 The Cube 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 17:25 The Xtra Factor 18:30 Jack and the Beanstalk 20:00 Gossip Girl 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 American Pie Presents Band Camp

07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 11:05 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 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 The Inbetweeners USA 23:35 The Inbetweeners USA 24:00 Predator

14 - 20 december 2012


THURSDAY 20th December BBC1






06:45 BBC News 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 You’ve Been Scammed 12:30 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 Show Me What You’re Made Of 16:35 The Slammer 17:00 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 17:30 Rocket’s Island 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless Celebrities 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Young Apprentice 22:00 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Lapland 24:50 This Week

07:00 Children TV 10:45 Something Special 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Wanted Down Under Revisited 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:30 University Challenge 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Last Chance Harvey 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Bleak Old Shop of Stuff

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Waterworld

07:00 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:15 Swiss Family Robinson 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:30 The Simpsons 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 22:00 Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club 23:00 Adam Hills Stands Up Live 24:40 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

07:00 Children TV 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 Angelina Ballerina 10:35 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55 Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25 Emergency Bikers 12:25 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 13:20 5 News Lunchtime 13:25 Build a New Life in the Country 14:30 Mrs Miracle 16:15 All I Want for Christmas 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Emergency Bikers 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 22:00 Cowboy Builders 23:00 Lord of War

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:40 All Star Family Fortunes 09:40 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 10:10 The Xtra Factor 11:10 The Flintstones 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 You’ve Been Framed! 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 You’ve Been Framed! Christmas 17:10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 17:20 The Xtra Factor 18:30 Cinderella 20:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 American Pie Presents the Naked Mile

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Itch; 3 Bend over; 9 Swathed; 10 Strip; 11 Lamentations; 13 Eleven; 15 Pliant; 17 Disorientate; 20 Their; 21 Narrows; 22 Patients; 23 Stud. Down: 1 Insulted; 2 Charm; 4 Endear; 5 Disciplinary; 6 Veranda; 7 Ripe; 8 Change course; 12 Stressed; 14 Exigent; 16 Linnet; 18 Aloft; 19 Stop.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Sash; 3 Dethrone; 9 Exploit; 10 Theme; 11 Play for money; 13 Sherds; 15 Apathy; 17 Thankfulness; 20 Ennui; 21 Elector; 22 Preclude; 23 Pass. Down: 1 Sheepish; 2 Sepia; 4 Extort; 5 Hot-gospeller; 6 Overeat; 7 Ever; 8 Confidential; 12 Eyesores; 14 Enhance; 16 Offend; 18 Extra; 19 Deep. WORDWHEEL: TAUTOLOGY

E4 07:00 90210 07:35 One Tree Hill 08:20 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 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 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 The Big Bang Theory 23:00 The Inbetweeners Rude Road Trip 23:35 Dog Soldiers

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 14th Let’s Talk – We talk to Eric Vinton, a man investing in jatropha oil, an amazing new renewable fuel. 18.30 Saturday 15th An Evening With... Interview and performance from 80’s star Alexander O’Neal 19.00 Sunday 16th Spanish Dive Adventures (series) – take advantage of what’s just off our beautiful coast. Here’s some of what you could experience. 19.30 Monday 17th Let’s Talk – with ‘Old Pro’ singer & entertainer Tony

Kelly and long distance veteran runner Keith Long. 19.00 Tuesday 18th Hunt for Giant Sturgeon (series) – Last programme in the series - a team of fisherman in their search of this huge fish in Canada. 18.45 Wednesday 19th Theatre Group Dramatic Licence presents the warm and touching play ‘Entertaining Angels’ performed at the Cardinal Beluga theatre San Fulgencio. 18.05 Thursday 20th Students from the Matrix Studio led by Mark & Carla from Sunflower Valley get us in the mood for Christmas with some popular Xmas tunes. 19.30


14 - 20 DECEMBER 2012

Life going out

HAH Mar Menor keeping busy until the summer by Keith Nicol IT’S ALWAYS good to plan ahead and that is exactly what Help At Home Mar Menor have done with providing a list of their activities taking you up to next Summer, 2013. Although they are not having a Volunteers meeting in December, you can join them next Wednesday December 19th for Chatters Christmas Lunch at Bacchus Restaurant in Los Narejos. 3 course meal with wine 10.75. Fun quiz ice breaker. Limited places. Tel Mary 968 171 542. Moving into 2013 the first Volunteers meeting is on Tuesday January 8th, at Bacchus Restaurant, Oasis Los Narejos. Thereafter they meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month. On Wednesday January 16th the Chatters Social Group meet at Bacchus Restaurant at 11.30am. All are welcome. Thereafter, they meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. There are two events in March, starting with a Race Night on Thursday 7th at Si Bar La Manga Club and on Thursday March 14th, you can raise a glass to Mums everywhere. Telephone Lesley 968134978 or Celia 968574576. Activities for April include an Auction of Promises at La Zona Bar on Tuesday April 23rd, from 4.00pm. On Tuesday May 21st there is an Auction of Household Goods with many great bargains. For details telephone Norman

Lynda Christopher HAH Clinical lead with Coachtrips SL Director David Malcolm

or Carol on 968173842. This takes us into June and on Sunday June 16th, it’s the turn of Rocking in Roda. Their Charity Table Top Sale happens on the second Tuesday each month at La Zona Bar, Los Narejos (weather permitting). Ask at the bar for details. So many people have been on trips this year with this popular Coachtrips organiser, and have generously bought tickets for various raffles. This has amounted throughout the year to an amazing donation to HAH Mar Menor of 6.624€, The final draw for a fantastic Christmas Holiday in Benidorm for two people plus spending money, was won by Mrs Wheeler from Quesada. Lynda Christopher, Clinical Lead with HAH went to their office in San Luis to make the draw and receive the final cheque

from David Malcolm, Coachtrips SL Director. Thanking everyone for their support, she said “we are so proud to have been chosen as their charity for 2012, and cannot thank them enough for all the work they have put into raising this amazing amount. Thanks also to the local community for buying so many raffle tickets. The prizes have been terrific and we can’t thank Coachtrips SL enough for putting these forward for us. We have been able to help so many people who have been struggling to cope, and this money ensures that we can continue to grow our very valuable FREE service. If you would like information or would like to become a volunteer in the Mar Menor area, email or visit

14 - 20 DECEMBER 2012

Life cars


Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

My car uses too much fuel - Part two WESTERN COUNTRIES are pushing more and more for us to buy electric cars which have limited ranges and so need small engines to charge the batteries on longer journeys i.e. over 100km. EVEN LESS if at night and in the Winter of a hot day needing air-conditioning, so why many are fooled into thinking that the cars use less fuel overall, BUT as soon as the government tax receipts fall to a noticeable level the various governments will find ways to make sure the taxes are recouped through the electrical charging points. We must wait and see, but while some of you may be critical of my insistence on having a new car for fun driving as we go out for occasional days that we have earned in our retirement years. I feel as guilty as those who buy fuel-gulping Bentleys or Porsches etc. for roads on which that they cannot be used at full potential. In other words, no guilt at all as they are being sold and my wife and I have never smoked so it is time for us to enjoy the now ‘forbidden fruits’. Sadly I am too old now to ride my first love, a motorcycle (75 next birthday) especially the way I used to. Some drive around in what is described as a classic car and in fact is often a family car from the 1950-60s which I would have spurned then. They are used

mostly now it would seem for weekend convoys out to a country restaurant with a club: nothing wrong with that if you like the scene and the cars are at least not being scrapped. And they are gathering value as the years go by. From my experiences they are much better than money in the bank. But the thought

of joining a convoy to drive out to a country restaurant waiting for everybody makes me wince and I prefer the sportiness of a new car. Plus of course the axe is hovering for such vehicles to be taken off the roads as they are judged to be heavily polluting, although as we are now discovering (and I write with glee) that the man-made global warming is and has been a massive con all along. I say ‘with glee’ as I have been a critic all along after studying all the facts, so I am happy that once again as on many subjects where the ‘masses’ accept everything they are told without complaint, especially if it involves excuses to charge higher taxes without question, I have been proven correct again. I do not disagree with electric vehicles even though my memories of them involve early mornings with the clanking of milkbottles as they cruise at up to 20 mph on urban roads. But they have a way to go to gain my acceptance with a great reduction in purchase costs. What do you think? More on the subject of driving with minimum consumption later: Be safe out there.

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REGULAR READERS will now that I don’t usually like to review events of the past, preferring to preview and offer my tuppence on events of the future but, given the fall-out from the Manchester derby, I just can’t help it this week! I think it’s fair to say that United just about deserved their Rio Ferdinand victory in a cracking, incident-packed match between two was hit teams who are far and away the best in the Premier League with a coin at this point in time. Although there were several City players celebrating who failed to deliver the necessary performance on Sunday, the winning goal manager Roberto Mancini needs to take equal blame for the defeat. Given United’s shaky defensive record of late, why United doubled their lead before half-time and City fought the Italian selected the inconsistent Mario Balotelli over the back admirably in the second half to peg United back but hard-working and constant threat of Carlos Tevez is beyond then, almost typically in “Fergie Time”, former Citizens’ target me! Mancini obviously needs to rotate his squad to ensure Robin van Persie stepped up to score the winner. Joe Hart was every player stays fresh and injury-free throughout the somewhat at fault in conceding the free-kick in the first place season, but Sunday was the right occasion to pick his best but Samir Nasri should hang his head in shame for his part team. Balotelli wasn’t entirely awful in his fifty-two minutes in defending it! The Frenchman has often been accused of on the pitch but, within ten minutes of his arrival, Tevez had lacking the desire to put his body on the line for the cause so provided an assist for Yaya Toure and demonstrated the the dangling of a limp leg instead of taking a ball to the face energy and purpose that could have been vital if he had will do little to diminish that reputation. It seems that even been on the pitch from the start. £200k-a-week isn’t enough to “take one for the team”!? I suggested last week that the first twenty minutes would So what does last Sunday mean in the title race? United be all important for City, that they’d come out with the have struggled all season for consistency (in terms of intention of stamping their authority on the game and United performances, at least), but looked pretty comfortable for would be reduced to counter punches. Sure enough, the long spells against City. Ferguson’s selection and formation champions recorded 76% possession in the opening ten showed that he knows his strongest line-up and how he minutes but, a couple minutes later, it took only ten touches wants the team to play, and United repaid the manager with a and fifteen seconds for United to move the ball from their solid display. own box into the back of the City net. Now, if I was able to Conversely, Mancini was lacking in his team selection, highlight this as the main danger to City, I’m sure Mancini did forgetting that Tevez and Aguero are by far his best attacking too, and would therefore no doubt have been furious! partnership. He seems to be tinkering for tinkering’s sake

of late. It was embarrassing for both Mancini and Balotelli when the manager accepted his mistake and subbed his countryman shortly after half time. With City now out of Europe, the manager may begin to settle on a more consistent first XI but he’ll then be left with a clutch of stars (and egos) who aren’t getting the minutes they think they deserve so he could end up with a mutiny on his hands. Finally, and I wasn’t sure whether or not to mention it because I’m sure it’s column inches and notoriety that these idiots crave, but Rio Ferdinand could easily have lost an eye to that coin. Blinding a man for life for celebrating a goal!? The perpetrator, a sub-human disgrace, should be identified and dealt with in the harshest possible manner! THIS WEEK IN “THE LIONS”: Sat 15h Dec: Newcastle v Man City (1.45pm) Man United v Sunderland (4pm) Liverpool v Aston Villa (4pm) Sun 16h Dec: Spurs v Swansea (2.30pm) West Brom v West Ham (5pm) Wed 19th Dec: Leeds v Chelsea (8.45pm)

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The Final Whistle

Sorry, but it’s just not cricket

THERE ARE many reasons why I would love to see England’s cricketers complete a series win over India this weekend. First off, the new skipper Alastair Cook deserves it after his astonishing start as captain with centuries in his first five matches in charge and of course, a series victory will help England move up the Test Championship league table. But more than that is my overwhelming hope to see a bully vanquished. And rest assured, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) certainly qualifies in that regard.

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK was the annual Christmas Fair match nominally known as a ‘Fur and Feather match’. The venue was the Eden canal stretch of the Rio Segura. Well we thought last week was bad - this week was even worse. The cold temperatures have really taken their toll. The river was at normal level and pace but that accounts for nothing to the fish! Of the 18 brave anglers who fished the match, there were eight blanks, with even anglers trying to snare a mullet that always seem to feed - except of course when you want them to. Even the noted cottage pegs didn’t respond this week! TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st - Lenny (Ex Cultural Attaché) Bolton fishing the feeder and pole using maggot an with 4.40 kilos 2nd - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using corn and maggot with 3.32 kilos 3rd - Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using maggot with 2.32 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672

9293 or 603 535 771. Also, members, the Murcia Federation dues are now required, money to be paid to Derek or Sue Swann urgently. Our Club would like to record our thanks to all our members, our friends in Abbey Anglers and members of the public who helped us pass across to the Elche Children’s Home a considerable quantity of toiletries, toys and other essential equipment. In addition we raised a total of 1,888€ from our Charity Fishing match which has been spent on decorating materials for the home; new pillows; shower heads; sweets, shoes and a contribution for the home’s Christmas Party. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS SUPPLIED BY TERRY SCREEN This week’s open match was held at Nancy’s on 4th December with an excellent turnout for the time of year of 17 anglers. The water was 18 inches lower than when we last fished it,and the weather was cold and windy. More work is needed on this stretch and hopefully in the New Year the clubs can get together to form work parties to clear the pegs etc.

FC Torry news

IN THE past week Torry played twice. Last Thursday at home to Borriol and last Sunday away to Elche Ilicitano. Unfortunately Torry lost both games 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.Abel scored Torrys solitary goal in these games. To be trueful Torry didn’t deserve to get anything out of these games. Both performances were below par and there appears to be a lack of confidence in their play and tactically there is no real shape or balance in the side. In both games they gave the opposition a 2-0 start which was too much to recover from. They are certainly not Man Utd and they don’t have a Rooney or Van Persie in the side to turn things round. On Sunday they play CD Lllosa at home in a 5.00 pm showdown. Lets hope they work hard on the training ground this week and the manager gets his team selection and tactics right for once and Torry return to winning ways. Keep the faith and be there.


I understand that the BCCI pulls the worldwide purse strings in cricket and obviously money talks, but it shouldn’t do to the determent to the game as a whole. Sad to say, the Indians seem to think that because they have deep pockets, that it gives them the right to ride roughshod over the game and also the world’s press. First off is their scandalous decision to not employ the Decision Review System (DRS). Even though statistics show that DRS gets more things right than wrong, the BCCI refuses to use it. They should be forced to by the ICC who are running the risk of the game becoming a laughing stock. I mean, I can’t see FIFA allowing Brazil to do away with the offside law at all home matches because they’ve got a really good goal hanger! A world game needs world rules and the BCCI needs to be told in no uncertain to adhere to them. But what has really got my goat is their attitude to UK broadcasters and the press. After Sky Sports bought the UK TV rights for the series, the BCCI announced that it would charge them an additional and totally arbitrary £500,000 for broadcasting facilities. Sky refused to pay and have commentated

on the series from their studios in London. BBC Radio’s Test Match Special was forced to stump up thousands of pounds for its positions at the four test grounds while the BCCI has refused access to a number of respected photographic agencies such as Getty Images and Action Images after announcing that it intended to sell its own photographs of the series. As a result, UK newspapers have, quite rightly, refused to carry live pictures in their printed and on-line editions, instead using file pictures or even spoof cartoons. I suppose that were India the dominant force in world cricket some of the BCCI’s decisions could be understood if not excused. But the current Indian team is far from that. They were humped 4 – 0 by England last summer and suffered a similar fate in Australia earlier this year. As a result, they are in a lowly fifth place out of nine in the ICC Test Championship – the Stoke City if you will of world cricket. Much as I admire him, I can’t see Stoke boss Tony Pulis dictating terms to UEFA or the FA and nor should the BCCI be allowed to do so to the ICC. It’s time for those in charge to take a stand.

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: 1st - Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 12.560kg fishing the feeder and using maggot 2nd - Bill (The Master) Reade with 11.440kg fishing the feeder and using maggot 3rd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 9.060kg fishing the straight lead and using bread Membership fees are now due for the coming year and details are available on the website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. ANGLERS TOGETHER THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships that continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address;

In the swing By Jack Troughton A SUCCESSFUL charity golf tournament together in aid of Cancer Care Javea attracted a record number of entries and raised 5,000€. The ‘Texas Scramble’ was held at Oliva Nova Golf Club and 29 teams took part in the competition organised by Campbell Lamont. After the golf, people enjoyed a lunch and after the presentations to the winners were made, there was a raffle and fun ‘Irish’ auction – included in the prizes were a pair of goalkeeper’s gloves signed by Pepe Reina; a signed Queen’s Park Rangers shirt, and the latest Taylor Made golf clubs. All the prizes were donated and the gold holes were sponsored by local businesses. Pictured are Campbell Lamont (centre) with scramble winners, from left: Ron Wisse, Manfred Lochter, Esther Wisse and Andrea Lochter.

Splashing out for EMAUS By Jack Troughton FAMILY FORTUNES were at the heart of the sponsored swim organised by Calpe and Benissa Lions Club – raising more than 1,400€ for children cared for at the EMAUS homes in the two towns. More than 20 swimmers of all ages took part in the event at Benissa’s municipal pool and each were allowed a maximum of two hours in the water. And when five-year-old Max Llewellen asked his grandmother Sandra to swim with him in a sponsored swim, no one would have guessed the pair would swim 50 lengths. The Llewellens were not the only family involved. Andrea Wilmott swam 100 lengths, a feat which was equalled by her daughter Megan, but eclipsed by her son Nathan who clocked up 120 laps. Calpe dentist Joel Weinburg told his son David that he would double his sponsorship money if David swam more lengths than he did. Joel must have thought his money was pretty safe when he clocked up 120 lengths, but his son had other ideas and pressed on to complete 160! The out and out stars of the day were Natasha Simmonds and Ayleen Lightfoot, who each swam 220 lengths in the two hours allowed. At the end of the afternoon, Lions President Mike Warnes praised the efforts of all those who had taken part or assisted in running the event. If you would like more information on the Lions, telephone Secretary Bob Sydney on 636 695 569.


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Come and join us NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

THE RTN Golf League 2012 came to a close for the year at the fantastic Alicante Golf last Tuesday and if there is a golf course in better condition on the Costa Blanca I would love to see it. As we have seen elsewhere in the paper every player was wholehearted in their praise for the course and the way it was presented. In 2013 we are looking forward to playing more often with RTN Golf Club and will have two divisions: The Premier Division for members who are also members of RFEG and The Championship Division where members do not have to be a part of RFEG and have a society handicap from Spain or a club handicap from the United Kingdom. The handicaps in The Championship Division will be adjusted after every game using the EGA Handicap System and controlled by RTN. The Premier Division will have their handicaps adjusted by RFEG after every game. The RTN Golf League 2013 will be the biggest in South East Spain with entrants from all along the coast and inland areas from Valencia to Almeria and will be a tremendous thing to be part of. Our

weekly competitions will be held over the Severiano Ballesteros designed course at Alicante Golf with monthly outings to other courses in the Alicante area. Only the monthly meetings will count towards the score for the RTN Golf League, our weekly meetings will be fun and we plan to have medal play, fourball better ball competitions and other formats as requested by our members. This is your chance to play golf with the best people in our part of Spain who enjoy their golf and play the game in the spirit it is supposed to be played in. To be a part of it, send your name and handicaps to and we will advise you of tee times in the first week of 2013. Hurry, enter now - our next meeting is on 8th January at Alicante Golf. Each meeting will see us collect a small sum from members to pay for prizes which will always be golf related with the green fee covered whenever possible. Other golf related prizes will also be on offer so all prizes will be something useful not a bottle of cheap whiskey or brandy that will sit in the cupboard for years to come collecting dust.

So get on that computer now and send your details so that we can plan ahead. We are also looking for volunteers for the positions of Handicap Secretary and Match Secretary to help organise the smooth running of our club. Those who are interested please send your names to Noel by email to Together we can make the best golf club even better for 2013. WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 14TH DECEMBER 2012 In what US state is The Masters held each year? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st December 2012 to be entered into December’s draw, to be made on 2nd January 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 4th January 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day or meet with Noel Eastwell.

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The RTN Club Scene THANKS LOU EVERY ONE of the RTN Golf Club members who met Louise Clarke will remember her for her larger than life character. Louise covered many golf tournaments and events for RTN over the years and was hugely influential in the success of the RTN Golf Scholarship we ran a few years ago which saw four kids become successful golfers in their own right. Sadly last Friday Louise passed away after a short illness but all of us associated with RTN Golf Club will remember her for the great person she was. Thanks Lou for all you have done for us: you certainly made a difference.

2013 LOOMS LARGE As part of our plans for 2013 we will be encouraging people to take up golf for the first time. No matter what your age golf is a sport that is never too late to start. We will be giving lessons twice per week to RTN Golf Club members for just €5 per hour per person subject to a minimum of eight people per lesson and will deal with beginners and experienced golfers who want to improve. Lesson times will be Monday mornings at 10am and Thursday afternoons at 3pm; sign up now by joining RTN Golf Club and enrolling with Noel by email to golf@ All lessons will be held at Alicante Golf with fees paid to the professional shop before the lesson. This is a bargain price for learning about golf and a golden opportunity for you and your friends to come along and enjoy the greatest sport God has created. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK A clean putter head will make hitting a better putt easier than one with sand or grass on its face. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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mins to Benidorm Beach. Staff Managed. Large turnover. Genuine reason for sale. Good Discount for early sale. Value 120k€, and figures to verify. Serious offers considered. Tel: 0044 722 374 448 EXCELLENT RECESSION PROOF BUSINESS with no overheads! 20 Pringle Vending Machines € 19.900,--. Set up with guaranteed sites. All areas. Great cash income! For more info call: 600608138


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LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm - 3.30pm Intermediate Class 3.30pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at Villamar Campsite in Albir/Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & Appliance & Boiler repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434 REPAIRS Washing machines, Dishwashers & Dryers. Also Boilers and any electrical problems. 24hours. Cheap prices Tel 626 805 709

GP IN DENIA TRAINED IN UK Dr Pablo Parrondo General Practioner. Trained in the UK. Highly experienced in Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and pain relief. Consultation in Denia, C/Marques de Campos 27, 1st Floor, 2nd left. To book an appointment call: 653 522 052

OUTBOUND CALL CENTRE OPERATORS part time contracted position. Staff required for new outbound call centre based in Javea with well-established company. This is a salaried position working hours 10:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday with 4 weeks paid leave + Local and National fiesta days. Previous cold calling experience a distinct advantage. If you have experience of working in a target driven and team environment we would like to hear from you. Immediate starts available. Please call Lee on 602 526 748 for more information and to arrange an interview.

BULLDOG EURO WHEEL CLAMP 40€ Tel 965 071 778 / 645 445 964


BEAUTY BED Fold up beauty bed for sale. Benidorm area 40€ ono 691 88 19 56

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. Try us out so we can prove how good we are, book 2 hours and only pay for 1 on your first booking. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424

S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-HomeHealth-Comercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787123/622-275-561/686-116-297

BEAUTY BED Fold up beauty bed for sale. Benidorm area 40€ ono 691 88 19 56 BULLDOG EURO WHEEL CLAMP 40€ tel 965 071 778 / 645 445 964 STEERING WHEEL STOP LOCK 15€ Tel 965 071 778 / 645 445 964 CANE GLASS 1M DIAMETER TABLE Four cane chairs 50€; Singer Electric Sewing Machine Plus Table €. Phone: 966 877 314 LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506 SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details. AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: www. AT MICHAEL’S Several bed settees in stock + bunk beds in wood or metal. See more than 600 photos on: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Now 23 different quality dining sets to choose from. Wall units sideboards etc. See photos on: MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high

14 - 20 december 2012 quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www.michaels-javea. com Tlf:965-791-328.

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

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

WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600781-873 ibuyanycar@hotmail. com SEAT IBIZA 2002 1.4 petrol. ITV until aug 2013. Fair condition. 1100€ includes transfer. Tel 965 702 478 or 686 851 998 STEERING WHEEL STOP LOCK 15€ Tel 965 071 778 / 645 445 964 FORD FOCUS 1.6 5 door hatchback, May 1999, 3 owners, FSH, AC, CD, metallic silver, nice condition, 2,950€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. HYUNDAI SANTA FE. 4X4, AUTOMATIC all electrics, ac, diesel, itv, imac inside & out. 2003, low mileage. 4500€, buyer pays transfer. Call 674 004 783 RENAULT MEGANE 1.6 COUPE year 2000,117,000 kms good condition 1200 euros ring 675878601 NEED A CAR TO DRIVE BACK TO THE UK? Toyota Yaris, Right hand drive, Petrol, 1999. Roof bars, top box, roof bike carrier and rear bike carrier included or will sell seperately. 400€ ono. Tel: 966841593 MAZDA PREMACY 1.8 5 door, MPV Type, 2000, FSH, alloys, AC, CD, roof rails, front fogs, just serviced, new tyres, new ITV, Metallic Green, Bargain at 3,300€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. GOING HOME? RHD Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 16V Club, alloys, AC, CD, long MOT and TAX, nice condition throughout

ONLY 2,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. RENAULT CLIO 1.5DCI EMOTION 5 door hatch, 2007, 42,000kms, 1 owner, FSH, AC, CD, front fogs, rear privacy glass, metallic black, fantastic car, 7,500€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. OPEL AGUILA 1.0 ECOTEC 5 door hatch, 2003, 2 owners, 70,000kms, FSH, AC, CD, roof rails, metallic silver, super economical, lovely condition. 3,250€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. KIA PICANTO, 1.1EX 5 door hatch, 2008, 1 owner, 87,000kms, FSH, AC, PAS, CD, economical, super condition, metallic silver. 5,250€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. RENAULT MEGANE ESTATE 1.5DCI DYNAMIQUE 2010, 1 owner, 47,000kms, FSH, top spec model, alloys, cruise, climate, roof rails, beautiful condition throughout. 12,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 ADRIA 4 BIRTH CARAVAN Spanish plated. Electic mover. full a/c and many extras. 5900€ ono Tel 663 536 717 I AM GOING BACK TO THE U K and have a very good car to exchange for a UK Reg car. Very good Fiat Linea saloon car 2 1/2 years 76K Kim’s 74k guarantee 2 1/2 years left. Diesel auto, great car to drive Call 966 763 954 Or 626 700 365 ONE WAY VEHICLE DELIVERY Spain - Uk - Spain Tel 671 797 151 Or 0044 2380 66 8000 onewayvehicledelivery@

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



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WEBSITES DESIGNED FROM 49€ Professional designer. All subjects and languages. Ideal for small or start up businesses. More information: www. MALE 49, ATTRACTIVE, INTELLIGENT Easy Going, Single by Choice and without Ulterior Motives seeks Females 35-50 for friendship and fun. If interested please contact me JP at or on 606268241 KAREN 29 Big breasts. Big bottom. Prostate massage. La Zenia close to consum

supermarket 627 203 147 ALBIR/BENIDORM 2 new nice friends. 30 & 35 slim. Prostate massage and all fantasies. European. opposite Deutsche Bank 602 442 932 CINDY IS BACK 36, wounderful body for all your´re fantasies. La Zenia. Close to consum supermarket. 600 784 461 ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. From €2, other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 BLUE PILLS, JELLIES AND WEEKENDERS to improve your love life. Pay on Delivery. Local and nationwide service. www. or phone Colin 680878735 CABO ROIG Denise, 28 beautiful european friend. Wounderful attention to all your fantasies. (opposite Bar Med) 672 872 050

Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609573-468 or 639-832-118

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

LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address:

SHOWERMAN fits shower and bath screens of all shapes and sizes. Immediate delivery. Unbeatable prices guaranteed. Best service in Spain 639 292 081 or 965 792 285 see our main advert on page 5 MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, 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. NO CALLOUT CHARGE SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743048

FOR SALE a 4 bed villa in Balcon al Mar, Javea for 259,000€ AVS 3092 Tel: 965 796 311 FOR SALE a 3 bed villa in Adsubia, Javea for 275,000€ AVS 3049 Tel: 965 796 311 REDUCED FOR SALE a Bargain 3 bed villa in La Sella for 149,950€ AVS 1847 Tel: 965 796 311 SUPERB RESORT FINCA If you are seriously looking for a Finca, Set in a fabalous location. Within 10km of Benisa. Call 626 897 041 SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. www.moneycorp. com/roundtownnews ALFAS FAMILY HOUSE 4 beds, 2 baths. Central heating. Open fire, Fully furniished. Double garage. 300 mtrs supermarket pharmacy and bus stops. 280.00€ Details www. to view 966 814 520 QUAD BUNGALOW in excellent condition, air conditioning, alarmed, swimming pool in secure urbanization. Part furnished, very good price. Tel: 638 267 124 BUSOT, SPACIOUS DETACHED delightful lounge, kitchen, laundry, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hallway, 900m plot, pool 9x4.5metres, 250000€ Tel: 965 699 075 3 BED VILLA IN LA SELLA, DENIA 595,000€ AVS 3052 Tel: 965 796 311 3 BED VILLA IN COSTA NOVA, JAVEA 330,000€ AVS 3064 Tel: 965 796 311 3 BED VILLA IN TOSCAL, JAVEA 265,000€ AVS 3095 Tel: 965 796 311 TOWNHOUSE IN ALBAIDA 3 floors, 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms.2 Kitchen and living room completely reformed. Small patio at the rear. Also has a cellar. Reduced to 60.000€ Call 646 118 837 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 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: MOBILE/PARK HOMES ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER FROM 17,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com

14 - 20 december 2012 BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers Primary/ Secondary English Mathmatics. Telephone Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965-350-516 Mob: 616660-687

AVAILABLE TO RENT a lovely 3 bed villa in Costa Nova Javea for 1350€ pcm AVR 3064 Tel: 965 796 311 AVAILABLE TO RENT a 3 bed villa in Gata Residencial for 850€ pcm AVR 3093 Tel: 965 796 311 AVAILABLE TO RENT a 3 bed villa in Media Luna, Javea for 750€ pcm AVR 1158 Tel: 965 796 311 3 BED VILLA IN MEDIA LUNA Javea for 800€ pcm AVR 1158 Tel: 965 796 311 3 BED VILLA IN JAVEA 800€ pcm AVR 3049 Tel: 965 796 311 4 BED APARTMENT Port area Javea for 750€ pcm, Javea AVR 2190 Tel: 965 796 311 LONG LETS - HOLIDAYS Best Price Rentals Paul 966785891 659647616 miramarproperties@ www. PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS BOTH EN SUITE FULLY FITTED ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. FULLY FITTED. ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. GOLF COURSES, BEACH, AIRPORT,HOSPITAL,5 MINS BY CAR. WALKING DISTANCE TO SAN JAVIER CAROL TEL 96 819 24 25 MOB. 626 055 6622 EMAIL. www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com


SKY SUPPLIES New and Reconditioned Sky+HD, Humax and FTA satellite box`s, Sales, Repairs, Spare remotes. Full Sky (Sports/Movies/ all HD) from 15e/month. Dish`s/ Install`s, Realignments, LNB`s, Advice and Backup. 966194013/600899096. CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097

CASH BUYER Looking for villa in Denia area. Quick completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorthcostablanca@

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

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

USED SOLAR PANELS 170 watt x 3 140 watt x6 1100 amp hr battery used 550 amp hr battery used Call 675 878 601 or 965 078 483 SOLAR POWERED FRIDGE FREEZERS can be used on existing solar system or as stand alone 170ltr capacity half and half for more info ring 675 787 601 or 965 078 483

JACUZZI, HOT TUBS & SPAS Quaility American spas at factory prices. Also spares, filters and repairs. Used and ex display spas available. We part ex and buy spas, best prices. Established 9 years in Spain. Eurospas 650 722 905

UKTV FOR ONLY 15€ PER MONTH Introducing a brand new English Satellite TV Service in HD. 150 English TV & Radio Channels. NO INSTALLATION CHARGE. NO MINIMUM CONTRACT. Option to add more channels. Call Iberswitch TV now for more details: 966 265 089

WANTED SINGER Singer wanted to join a general covers band, playing music from the 60’s to present day. Applicant must be enthusiastic , reliable and a team player. We have gig’s waiting. If this is you please contact 661350963 WANTED Jet Skis and Quad Bikes. Call 650 722 905 JACUZZI, SPA & HOT TUBS WANTED Working or not. Call 650 722 905 I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Brica-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/ 618-165-877

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