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Angry Charity Demands Refund

FOLLOWING LAST weeks front page story Jack Troughton reports on the furious volunteers of a charity shop who have called for the ambulances and state of the art equipment to be handed over to the town hall – or a refund of thousands of euros. • p8

Blogging toward a better business future

Expat calls for ID cards for Brits by Louise Clarke

KARLA DAROCAS writes about blogging and how it can help your business. • p28

Readers recipe

READER JIM McEleny shares his favourite recipe for French onion soup, helped along by assistant Artien. • p49

Tiger, tiger burning bright

TIGERS AND their meaning feature in this weeks Tattoo Experience by Darren Whiting • p45

Formula 1 testing

THIS WEEK saw the start of the F1 testing season in Valencia and the crowds turned out to see racing stars such as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. • p70

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Vives Pons’ FREE Expert Advice Seminar on “Income Tax In Spain and How To Minimise It”. Page 7


A view of Benidorm’s Playa Levante and Playa Poniente beaches

Benidorm a favourite with ABTA

THE CHAIRMAN of the Association of British Travel Agents, John McEwan, has praised Benidorm for its ability to adapt and modernise its infrastructures in order to stay as a number one tourist destination. In return, the Benidorm hoteliers association, HOSBEC, presented Mr McEwan with a gold insignia on Monday 1 February. Antonio Mayor from HOSBEC said that British tourists clearly feel at home in Benidorm and it was thanks to the resort’s popularity that Alicante’s El Altet airport has remained one of the most profitable airports in Spain.

A RESIDENT expat has started a petition to get the British government to issue ID cards to British citizens abroad. Andrew Johnson is an author and international Chief Executive who now shares his observations on cultural diversity as a keynote speaker. Andrew has lived in Spain since 2004 and would like the UK government to ensure that expats living in countries that demand photo ID are the first in line for them when they are finally issued later this year. He told RTN: “After ten years running an international business in Belgium, my wife and I moved to Calpe in 2004. So, we’ve carried resident cards for over 15 years and I really believe in the benefit of instant proof of identity. After all I have nothing to hide, so why would I want to make it difficult for anyone in authority to get proof of who I am?” He added: “I recognise the logic of phasing out Residencia cards as some see dis-

crimination in the system. But every Spaniard carries an almost identical national ID card and across most of Europe and North America it is a requirement to carry photo ID at all times.” The new UK ID card system is still in its infancy and has proved controversial. The cards will also include bio data. Andrew commented: “At last the UK is catching up with the world and I think we can expect bio data to be a standard adopted by most regimes in the coming years. Britain is just getting ahead of the game.” He continued: “As my residencia expires next year, I want a recognisable replacement. The laminated miniature copy of a UK passport has no legal value at all. Shops may accept it when presenting a credit card, but not all do; and certainly officials are instructed not to recognise them. The roll out of UK ID cards is starting, so let’s get the expats served in the early stages, instead of leaving us to play catch up as we usually have to.” continued on page 9

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THE COLD, wet weather which has affected the Spanish mainland for several weeks has now also hit the ‘sunny’ Canary Islands. A tropical storm brought floods and damage to southern Tenerife, with more than 1,000 lighting strikes in 5 hours. Schools were closed and several roads blocked. There are fewer tourists and foreign property owners in the Canary Islands this winter. Many restaurants, bars, and supermarkets are empty, due to high prices at a time when the crisis is hitting the population in Northern Europe. British long term tourists especially are staying home due to the fall in the exchange rate.

Extreme weather in January THE WEATHER in the Valencian Community in January was wetter and more humid than usual. There was 75 percent more rain than on average (compared to readings taken between 1971 and 2000) and the province was battered by the strongest winds in 21 years. Snow fell up to 40 centimetres deep and waves exceeded 4 metres.

These figures are according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which say that throughout January there was an average of 76 litres of rain per square metre, which was surpassed in a Safor, Vall d’Albaida and the Marina Alta. The average temperature has been 0.9 degrees Celsius colder than usual.

It’s carnival time! by Louise Clarke & Jack Troughton It is carnival time up and down the Costa Blanca beginning this weekend, with parades and events in both the north and the south of the region. Dates for the fiesta vary from town to town but expect lots of dressing up in fancy dress, music, fun and games. The carnival season is linked to the beginning of Lent – or Ash Wednesday - on February 17th this year – an important date in the Christian calendar when traditionally people gave up rich food.The most famous festival is the Mardi Gras – or Fat Tuesday parade in Rio de Janeiro but these days it seems the whole world likes to put on the glitz. In the UK the day before the onset of Lent is Shrove Tuesday, more familiarly known as Pancake Day, and seen as a last chance to feast and indulge before the religious festival begins – fat Tuesday indeed! In The North Benidorm will be packed on February 13th for its popular carnival. There will be parades, music, and costumes, with prizes for the best fancy dress, and the bars and restaurants expect to be doing a roaring trade as the resort comes to life. Calpe and Benissa also stage carnival on February 13th, while Javea stages its party on February 21st. Alicante celebrations begin on

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February 19th and in El Campello the party starts on February 15th. However, it is worth remembering that most towns stage a carnival and to check with the local tourist board for details. In the South AS WELL as smaller towns across the south, both Torrevieja and Cartagena have lots going on and are must visits for any resident or tourist. In Torrevieja, the carnival this year is bigger and better than ever before with over 1000 participants. The procession leaves Calle Patricio Perez at 16:00 and makes its way along Calle Ramon Gallud passing the church and down to the Plaza Maria Asuncion. Roads around the area will be closed off, so it is advised to get there early and park in a dedicated car park. It may also be a bit chilly, so make sure that you wrap up warm as the procession is likely to last approximately three hours. Over in Cartagena, it’s the election of the Carnival Queens on Saturday and on Sunday the traditional Pascalles parade through the city. There will be a small carnival on Friday 12th February and during the evening of Saturday 13th February the main carnival parade takes place, with the gigantic paella the following day. More information on the Cartagena Carnival can be found by visiting

Time to dress up for carnival

Woman fined for abandoning her dog at the doors of an animal rescue centre

Lola pictured with her new owner

It’s The first time that an owner has been fined in such circumstances First Instance and Instruction Court Five in Segovia has fined a Madrid woman 120 € after she abandoned her Rottweiler dog at the doors of the El Refugio animal refuge at El Espinar, Segovia in May 2008.

She has also to pay 2,688 € to the animal refuge. Loa was six years old at the time she was abandoned, with her papers left with her. The refuge identified the owner via the microchip, but she did not want to take back the dog.

Nacho Paunero, President of El Refugio, notes that this is the first time in Spain that someone has been fined for abandoning their animal at the doors of a refuge. He considers it a step forward in the protection of animals in Spain.


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Time to Smell the Coffee?

Enrique Iglesias sings for Haiti ENRIQUE IGLESIAS is to sing on a new version of ‘We are the World’ to raise money for earthquake survivors in Haiti. Eighty artists will be contributing, including Barbra Streisand, Kayne West and Miley Cyrus and the record will be released on 12 February. Producer Quincy Jones and Lional Ritchie

Nude painting causing controversy in Murcia

about most bar-restaurants: They are resistant to changes A MORE promising tourist in fashion. The Costa Blanca is season beckons. Much as I dis- caught in a time warp. In Britain there has been a like raining on parades may I suggest that Blanca lifestyle, radical transformation. Runpast its sell-by date, needs a down urban centers, unable to facelift? There is a depressing compete with city centre glitz, 1960s Skegness Pier sameness morphed into atmospheric bistro villages. Shops became trendy bar-restaurants with intimate atmosphere, subdued lightning and stylish décor. Very few will tolerate a television but the more successful offer a non-intrusive piano bar ambience. Inspired by success, more bistros opened as did similar eclectic villages where the smart casual set now hang out. Prices are reasonable; lunch, afternoons and evenings are busy and weekends they’re packed to the doors. It couldn’t happen here? On a January Sunday afternoon we were in a Marina Salinas bar-restaurant. It has a hotel lounge setting and atmosphere; keyboard entertainment, and attentive service. There wasn’t a seat to be had and despite the cool breeze the Is your terrace was busy too. If others bar past its sell-by don’t follow this example, our A PAINTING of a nude recession won’t be ending. date? model with the face of María de Austria, wife of King Felipe IV, is causing a stir in Murica. The painting originally co-wrote the song with is displayed on the back Michael Jackson 25 years ago, and this of a local number two bus time round they hope to raise even and is part of a programme more money. Proceeds will go to the to promote regional art in We Are The World Foundation, which time for the PAC art festival will use the money for the people of in the area. The artist, Enrique Haiti. Iglesias has said it is “a great Carmen Molina Cantabella Iglesias honour to be involved in the cause.” says she did not expect so

by Michael Walsh

The painting is being displayed on the back of a bus

much publicity. The left-wing group I.U. in Murica are offended by the work, saying it is “sexist, inappropriate and out of context” and want it removed immediately. They have also called for the resignation of local Culture and Tourism Councillor, Pedro Alberto Cruz, who is responsible for organising the art festival.

Train track?

The Alicante to Denia line at Teulada

by Jack Troughton THOUSANDS OF people took to the streets last weekend demanding the Marina Alta be linked to the national Spanish rail network. Currently the main line from Valencia ends at Gandia but local authorities, political parties and people living in the area want the rails extended to Denia. And following the demonstration in Denia, central government has again given an undertaking to complete the project – but has not announced a timetable or budget. At the rally, banners announced “together we can make this happen” and future marches are promised if Madrid continues to drag its feet. It is understood town halls are pressing for the rail link because “it would insure the

future of the people, stimulate the economy, and create employment opportunities.” Denia was once a terminal for the narrow gauge railway line from Carcaixent, and remains at the end of the line from Alicante – and from 1915 it was possible to travel by train from Alicante to Valencia. Years later, the tracks were laid for a modern broad gauge heading south from Valencia but ended at Gandia. The line was never extended because of claims it would not be profitable. But advocates of improved public transport are calling for “rapid and sustainable” rail links to connect the Marina Alta to the rest of the country and Europe and insist the extension must be a priority.

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Hundreds protest against the poisoning of cats in Alicante

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Spanish residents travelling more Residents of Spain took 174.5 million trips in 2009, an increase of 3.3 percent on 2008, according to the Survey of Spanish Tourism Movements (FAMILITUR) produced by the Institute of Tourism Studies for the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Only 7.2 percent of the trips taken were abroad, while 92.8 percent were to Spanish destinations.The statistics show a rise of 2.7 percent

for domestic tourism, and business tourism has increased by 39.5 percent. The most popular destination for Spanish tourists is Andalusia; 29.6 million trips were made there, which represents 18 percent of all tourism journeys. The second most popular destination was Catalonia, which received 23 million trips and third was Valencia with 19.2 million.

Come and Help the Heroes

Over 400 people protested at the cruel treatment of cats

by Louise Clarke LAST SATURDAY, 30th January, more than 400 protestors marched on the town of Bacarot to call for an end to the cruel treatment of cats in the town and throughout Alicante province. The march took place after a large number of dead cats were collected from the town by the sociedad protectora de animales y plantas de alicante. Autopsies

revealed that the cats had been poisoned and brutally beaten to death. The protest was organised by the protectora de animales de alicante and the plataforma global para la protección de los animales. hundreds of street cats die every year in alicante province due to poisoning. in a bid to stop this, the protectora de animales de alicante has launched a campaign calling for the restriction of the sale of poison in Spain.

Already 1,500 signatures in support of the campaign have been collected and the goal is to collect a total of 100,000. The petition can be signed at the animal sanctuary outside Bacarot, just off the A79 and very close to El Pantio golf course. Or a copy of the petition can be sent via email so that you can sign or collect signatures. If you would like a copy of the petition email the subject ‘cat poisoning’ to

By Louise Clarke THE CONFLICT in Afghanistan sadly dominates our news headlines on most days. The scenes of dead soldiers being repatriated through the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett are viewed by millions on TV on a regular basis. However for every one of the soldiers who comes home through RAF Lyneham, there are dozens more wounded and in need of medical care and help to recover from their devastating injuries. That is why RTN, in association with Eduardo’s in Villamartin, is proud to be supporting Help for Heroes and this year, we have lots planned to raise much needed funds for the charity that helps wounded soldiers who have returned from conflict in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Eileen Cobb from the charity approached RTN and Eduardo’s and we were both delighted to offer our support. So, the first Help for Heroes Charity Dinner Dance of this year will take place on 25th February at Eduardo’s restaurant in Villamartin Plaza and there are still tickets available. Tickets are priced at just €35 per person and include a delicious three course meal with €10 going to the charity. There will also be a raffle and an auction to raise even more cash for H4H. For more information on the event and to reserve tickets, please call Eduardo’s on 644 498 067.

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Angry charity demands refund Mounting anger at a “flagship” Costa Blanca emergency service standing idle has seen a charity demand its money back from the Red Cross. The furious volunteers of the charity shop in Teulada have called for the ambulances and state of the art equipment to be handed over to the town hall – or a refund of thousands of euros. The Asociacion Benefica de Teulada – until recently known as the Red Cross Shop – has called for urgent action and believes people have been “cheated” and lives put at risk. Charity representatives told RTN that during weekdays the two potentially life-saving vehicles were simply standing unused behind locked garage doors. Last year round the clock emergency cover provided by two ambulances was withdrawn by the Red Cross President Maria Valles and reduced to a weekend and fiesta service despite pleas from the town hall and a number of charities. STALEMATE In the resulting stalemate, residents of Teulada Moraira have a service operating from the private Levante Clinic but people in outlying areas formerly covered by Teulada ambulance Station have to dial the 112 emergency number. Char-

Pat Bramah and Marcia Noble with colleagues

by Jack Troughton ity president Pat Bramah said she hoped a solution could be found and the Red Cross 24 hour service resumed, or the council take over the running of the ambulances, possibly under the guise of its Civil Protection service. “I still hope something can be salvaged and I would like to say although it has always been the Red Cross Shop we now support the Teulada Ambulance Service and do not mention the Red Cross,” she said. “I hope the Phoenix will rise again – because it is an essential service. I am cautiously optimistic.” And treasurer Marcia Noble said since she too up her post in 2002, the shop had supported the ambulance station with donations of more than 80,000 euros. WORK “For the two ambulances in the station at present and the equipment, we have contributed more than 34,000 euros,” she said. “We are saying if they are not working, can we have the ambulances back or our money back.” The charity was dedicated to supporting the ambulance

service since its first shop opened in 1989 – growing to provide cover for people living in neighbouring communities. Much admired and well run – with the local authority providing a driver – the service was extended to cover mountain and sea rescue, with a dinghy moored in Moraira Marina. And by paying an annual subscription of 34 euros, people became ‘socio’ members and registered with the service and were given the peace of mind that when help was needed they could call the ambulance station knowing crews had the details of their location. “I think they are being cheated,” said Pat. “They thought they were buying cover and what they are actually getting is a weekend service. RUIN “I am extremely disappointed and disillusioned that a service that was working so well and giving such good service can be ruined in less than a year. “It could be catastrophic – someone could lose a life because the ambulance is not there.” And Marcia said the charity felt guilty after “encouraging” people to become Red Cross members – some 60 through the shop itself and others sent to the ambulance station to join. At present shop takings are themselves frozen. However, Marcia said when a full service was resumed it would have the charity’s full support. “We advised Senora Valles and the Mayor of Teulada that the shop would not continue to support that ambulance service whilst this unsatisfactory situation continues,” she said. Pat added: “These ambulances and their equipment are not being used for the purposes for which they were purchased and those who have raised money are very, very angry and want action.”

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The traditional festivity of San Blaswill be on Sunday in la Font del Molí and is organized by the festivities commission committee of Finestrat. This event will begin at 11:00 hours and will end with a pork lunch where you can taste a ‘Matanza de cerdo’. Indalecio Rodriguez. Councilor said “With this we try to keep alive the tradition and enjoy time with neighbours and visitors”

PCN offering support and service for those who need it PCN RAISES funds to provide care in the community for terminally ill patients. Nurses and carers are provided free of charge, subject to an assessment, at the latter stages to patients with a terminal prognosis. The charity is also able to offer a supportive general nursing service for those who need us. €4887 was raised in January: ‘Give a little, help a lot’ has certainly made a huge difference. CARNATION DAY is May 31st: we hope red silk carnations will be everywhere in support of Paul Cunningham Nurses, with a minimum donation of just €1. If YOU know of a bar or local club to take a box of carnations, please call 966 713 503 or send an email to DON’T FORGET THE CHARITY CHALLENGE WALK – CAN YOU WALK? Sunday 28th February. Find out all about it on or or call into our Charity Shop in Quesada next to Johnson’s Supermarket for information and a sponsorship form.

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continued from front page ANDREW HAS initiated a petition on the Number 10 website to encourage the government to include expats amongst the early rounds of ID card issue. The petition reads: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Provide ID cards to UK citizens living in countries where a national photo ID is required to be carried at all times. In Spain and other countries, everyone is required to carry a photo ID to be available for inspection by officials and the police at any time. British nationals are among the small number of expat residents whose home country does not currently provide a photo ID, other than the passport. We urge the government to include us among the early lists of those entitled to apply for photo ID cards. Andrew concluded: “I encourage everyone who supports this proposal to log on now to the petition website to support the campaign at http://petitions.” Meanwhile, an eagle eyed reader has noticed that the UK government is now saying that anyone who has a UK residence can now apply for a UK ID card if

they sign up to their Directgov website. The reader told us: “It looks like a time limited offer though - until the end of June - and I know a lot of expats still have residences in the UK and would certainly find a national ID card useful. I don’t know why they are keeping it so quiet though.” Well, it’s not going to be kept quiet now that RTN has heard about it! If you want to register your interest in a UK ID card, visit this website Andrew Johnson has started a petition to ask the British government to roll out ID cards to expats first



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Stop panic attacks with fast track hypnosis Fast Track your way to a healthier life style in 2010 in ONE simple 30 minute session - With Guarantee ! With Alan Gilchrist, Costa Blanca’s top hypnotherapist Panic attacks are a horrendous feeling for anyone to experience. A panic attack is a sudden surge of intense fear or dread that develops for no apparent reason. The attack normally begins very suddenly and can last from a few minutes to several hours, they may even occur when relaxed or asleep. Clients often say they feel all or some of the following; • Nervousness • Agitation • Rapid heart beat • Sleep pattern becomes very poor • Shaking • Dizziness • Faintness • Tightness in your throat • A feeling of apprehension • A feeling of being unable to cope The most significant development is a “ feeling of impending doom”. In other words, they are constantly waiting for something terrible to befall them and enter the “what if “scenario. What if this happens again, or what if that happens when I am at a meeting, etc., and they proceed to back themselves into a corner when they feel in danger and unable to escape. The worst thing about panic attacks is the intense fear the person has that they will have another attack, so they become preoccupied with their own anxiety symptoms, and dwell on thoughts of dying or other catastrophes such as a heart attack. The psychological core of panic attacks can centre around fears of internal physical disaster, such as: Heart attack, acute abdominal catastrophe or cancer mental disorder, such as going crazy or ‘making a fool out of themselves ‘ (public disgrace). Physical symptoms can also include; A dry mouth, feelings of choking, pounding of the heart, a tight or painful chest, difficulty in breathing, sweating, even a feeling of unsteadiness as if they were walking on sponges. All of the above makes the client feel even more anxious and the cycle goes on and on. If you suffer from panic attacks and since hypnosis is a state of complete mental and physical relaxation it can help you to overcome them. It is achieved by allowing you to very quickly calm down and then let you see and deal with your worries and fears in a more rational and relaxed way. By doing so it allows you to get on with your life once again. By using Fast Track Hypnosis it is possible for you to develop, not only a mental attitude towards well-being, but also a physical attitude as well in a few simple sessions. The process normally takes approximately 4 sessions depending on the persons response and commitment. It is impossible to be totally accurate as to how many sessions are required due to the difference in each client and their particular circumstances. However, with the use of Fast Track Hypnosis it dramatically speeds up the whole process as opposed to the traditional methods of hypnotherapy which can take much longer, up to 15 sessions. CDs are also supplied to reinforce the sessions and finally they are taught auto hypnosis, so they can achieve this wonderful state of relaxation by themselves and to use it as and when required.

readers letters Dear Alan, I have suffered with panic attacks for a few years now but in September 09 for some reason I seemed to have very severe attacks which almost left me unable to leave my home. As a last resort I came to see Alan. I say last resort because I got very little help from my G. P. Coming to see Alan was the best decision I’ve ever made. I came for 4 sessions and continued with the self hypnosis. I can’t believe the difference its made to my life. I am a lot more calmer, that horrible anxious feeling has gone also , and I have become a lot more confident . It is now January 2010 and I’ve been fine. Family and friends couldn’t believe the change in me. I would definitely recommend hypnosis - it has changed my life! Thank you so much Alan, Andrea.

Dear Alan, What a life changing experience I have had. As you know I suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia for seven years. I had accepted I would have to live with this for the rest of my life as I had tried numerous remedies but all to no avail. I dreaded waking up every morning, as I never knew what the day would bring. By chance I saw your advert in the local paper and thought that I would give your clinic a try, as I had nothing to lose. It was the best decision I ever made. My experience of hypnosis is one of the most wonderful relaxing times I have ever had. I was a bit sceptical at first, as I didn’t know what to expect, but you were able to put me at ease (that was a job in itself!) I would like to thank you for your time and patience and also always being at the end of a phone for me. After all the sessions I am a more confidant, relaxed person. I do not experience


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fear of stepping out of the door and the panic attacks have stopped. Life has now a new meaning and I grow stronger each day. Auto Hypnosis, something, which filled me with dread to try to learn it, has now become an automatic reaction, which I can accomplish within two seconds. Thank you Alan for giving me my life back. Without your help I would never have accomplished this transformation. Stella” Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes and also the Weight Control Fast Track Hypnosis system which others are now trying to copy! For an appointment, Brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408. Visit his web site or

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Will we be excluded from the Euro?


After the harsh comments on Spain’s financial situation by Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at the University of New York, politicians and financial commentators, including some in Spain, are seriously discussing the possibility of the country being excluded from the Euro Zone. A commentator in the leading financial newspaper ‘Expansion’ asks, “Will we be excluded from the Euro?” The European Commission is preparing a rescue packet for Greece but a similar measure for Spain may be too great a demand on Northern European taxpayers.

Spain in second division

Sarcastic former President of the Government, Jose Maria Aznar (PP), has declared that present Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero (PSOE) has, “returned Spain dramatically to the European second division by his mismanagement of the economy” and that “nobody has previously caused such damage in such short a time”. Leading newspaper El Mundo asked its readers if they agreed with Aznar: 84% answered “yes”; 16% disagreed.

Air traffic controllers pay dispute could mean Easter airport chaos Air traffic controllers’ talks over pay with their employers Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegacion Aerea SA (AENA) have broken down. The controllers now say that they won’t work any overtime as from 31 March, which could force flight cancellations and delays across Spain, particularly during the busy Easter period at the beginning of April. Development Minister José Blanco says that Spanish air traffic

controllers earn more than most of their European counterparts; around €334,000 per year. AENA have proposed cutting this by 40 percent. Controllers work 1,200 hours a year, plus 600 hours of agreed overtime at a higher rate, according to union spokesman Rafael Lopez. Workers are objecting to a proposed revision of their work contracts on 31 March, which will mean some overtime hours being included in the standard contract.

Workers are objecting to a proposed revision of their work contracts



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This year there will be an election, The voters will have their selection, There’s Brown who’s just barmy, And David’s quite swarmy, Poor Cleggy will just face rejection. T. Yeadon, Albir

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We feel we must answer the two ‘anti smokers’ letters you printed last week. As smokers, we are feed up with these ‘Moaning Mins’ who think they have the right to dictate to others from their so called moral ground. We are lucky to be living in a country that still values the freedom of choice, unlike the UK where freedom of any kind has been so eroded by the likes of Maggie and Kevin. They moan about the smell, ill health, ECT, yet they still continue to find us in ‘smoking allowed’ bars and restaurants. Is it because they enjoy our company; the relaxed atmosphere created by smokers; the friendliness of other customers; as their own nonsmoking bars are normally empty, cold and so uninviting where political correctness is preached so vehemently. If I was an owner or manager I know what kind of establishment I would like to run. As for ‘the workers’ (whom you lot always bring in to our arguments) have you ever ask one for his or her opinion before talking on their behalf? They have the choice before taking the job, as do our Armed Forces; Police; Fire-fighters. The common answer to them is, ‘Well you chose the job’. I once asked a non-smoker to give up their seat in a smoker area which was crowded, while their own ‘non smoking’ section was nearly empty: I can’t repeat the answer I got as the paper could not print it. It comes down to this: will you lot please go to our non-smoker bars or stop complaining and we promise that if we find a welcoming non smoker’s bar we will not smoke in there. Yours, The Freedom for ALL Gang (FAG) Peter Wise


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Caterpillar pests Every year, we read articles about the dangers of caterpillar pests. We have had our pine tree sprayed every October for the last 6/7 years and have been free of these caterpillars ever since. There needs to be more information on prevention. We use the garden centre Aldamar in Vergel next to the Safari Park on the Pego road. The tree is sprayed at very low cost and the result is a nest free tree.

Robbed at Lidl While visiting Lidl Supermarket in San Pedro (the one nearest the boat roundabout), my husband and I were robbed. I want to warn your readers about these men; one stopped my husband just as we were going down the first row. One man asked him how to get bread out of the box the loaves were in: I carried on a little way to the vegetable section. Another man was at the other side and asked me to pass some broccoli to him. I think he was speaking in Spanish: I

never saw the other man, who must have been behind me and who took my purse out of my bag resting in the child seat of the trolley. They stole €100 from me: I don’t usually carry that much cash with me but we had to pay for some work on the car. Being pensioners, we don’t have a lot of money: we found the empty purse on the floor about 2 yards behind our car in the car park. I would not like this to happen to any of your readers. June Hodgkinson

Problems with palm trees Over the past year we have had problems with our palm trees in our village. Lots of the trees have been infected with Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (red palm weevil). The vegetal health service (of the conselleria d’ agricultura) took out all affected palms and burned them: they took them out free of charge and took them away. We had one removed last year but have another infected palm in our garden. We have been told that the government office is now NOT taking the palms out and wondered if you had heard anything about this. Barry Haylor




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Spanish practices As a frequent visitor to Spain I am obliged whilst here to accept, but not condone, certain Spanish practices towards animals. However, I do consider the snaring of animals unjustifiably cruel. Snaring is nonselective and could involve domestic as well as wild animals. When out mountain walking, near to Pedreguer, I came across a wild boar that had been ensnared and strangled to death in its attempt to free itself. My photos show the result. Name and address supplied

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I have just read the letter from Graham and had to write to tell you about my friend and her husband, who came to visit last summer. They wanted to go to the beach and as we don’t own a car I said the easiest way was by taxi to

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Our say, your say THE TABLOIDS are full of it back in the UK and even Sky News’ most looked up article on their website this week has been all about it. Unless you are living in a cocoon, without access to any form of communication, you will have heard that the one and only Katie Price has got married to her cage fighting, cross dressing, Celebrity Big Brother winning boyfriend, Alex Reid. by Louise Clarke Love her or loathe her, Katie, aka Jordan, is big news in the UK. But what do you think of her and this, the latest episode in what can only be described as the soap opera of her life? Only eight months since her split with exhusband Peter Andre, Jordan married Alex in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, presumably with Elvis conducting the ceremony. Do you think that this is ‘genuine’ love, or just a publicity stunt? Is it just a coincidence that as she was named the ‘Most Hated Woman in the UK’ and her boyfriend was named the winner of Celebrity Big Brother, after coming across as a genuinely nice guy, she decided to elope with him to Las Vegas

British pubs Last week’s letter from David Hibbard was inaccurate in describing problems with British Pubs. Firstly, not every pub has a heated outdoor area for smokers. Some don’t have an area at all and very few are heated. His prices quoted for a pint of Stella in his local area is to be envied. £2.40 is cheap: in Milton Keynes it is over £3 per pint. 15 cans for £5 in the supermarket: again a real bargain. I have just paid £10. Curry and Italian nights are also very old hat; I was doing that 20 years ago. Facts: the smoking ban has hit pubs very hard. The rents charged by breweries and pub chain companies have continued to increase in spite of falling trade. The tied trade prices for beers and spirits charged to most tenant landlords are so high they have to charge £3 per pint to make ends meet. Every week another 50 plus pubs close as they are not viable businesses any more. I speak from experience with 15 years in the trade as a landlord, an accredited licenced trade trainer and retired Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping. I got out just in time and retired 5 years ago. I pity those left behind. Bob Owen, Mazarron

and get married? Not to mention the estimated £2 million exclusive magazine deal that she has signed for an interview with the ‘happy’ couple and pictures of them cavorting all over each other…! What about her three kids, one of whom, Harvey, is blind and disabled? Do you think that she has acted in their best interests? Or could you not care less about the large breasted ego maniac who seems to be only interested in making money…? Do you think that she is a successful business woman who should be admired for making millions from her exploits? It’s Your Say! E-mail by Tuesday and comment in 50 words or less and the best replies will be printed in next week’s edition.

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FBI apologises by letter to Llamazares THE IU left wing Spanish deputy, Gaspar Llamazares, has been given a letter from the FBI in which they apologise for the ‘lamentable incident’ with his image. The letter was delivered by a representative of the agency and signed by the assistant director. The letter makes it clear that any association between the left wing Deputy and Osama Bin Laden ‘was completely unintentional’. It comes after the Spanish left

wing group gave the United States 15 days to fully explain the matter and asking what data is held on foreign politicians by the FBI. The FBI has launched an internal investigation and that means that neither Llamazares nor the Spanish Government have any access. The FBI had used his hair and eyes in a photofit photo of how they think Osama Bin Laden would look today.

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80 year old man arrested on sex abuse charges NATIONAL POLICE officers arrested an 80 year old man last week on suspicion of sexually abusing three children. The officers in Orihuela had been ordered to arrest the man after the children reported the incident to their teacher. Details of the victims and their ages have not been released to the press but it is believed that the man has been accused of inappropriately touching the minors. He was then issued

with a denuncia, made by the parents of the children. The man’s address was searched following a court order, although it was stated to the press that only adult pornographic material was found. The man, a neighbour of the children, has fervently denied the accusations and been released on bail. He is required to attend court daily whilst the investigation continues and forensic tests are carried out.

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by Louise Clarke RTN VISITED the El Plantio Golf Course near Alicante Airport this week, to see how Team South was getting on. Charlie and Sam are improving their game on a weekly basis and since their competition win; both are striving for even better handicaps than they originally hoped for. The boys are getting on famously and have developed a very healthy and friendly rivalry which coach Noel Eastwell is encouraging as it is helping both lads improve their game. 16-year-old Sam from Torrevieja plays his golf at La Marquesa Golf Club in Quesada and has a handicap of ten. He has improved his back swing so much that his shots are now going at least ten metres further. He told RTN: “I have changed my backswing on Noel’s advice and it means that I can hit the ball much further.” The boys are trying to see which one of them can shoot the ball the furthest and so far, Sam is winning. But not for long, if Charlie has his way! Charlie is 15-years-old and lives in Quesada. He plays at La Finca Golf Club off a handicap of 14. Charlie has made some important changes in his swing, including reducing the curve of his backswing and changing his grip on the club. He said: “I changed the plane of my swing and as a result the ball is going further and higher. I used to get backache if I hit too many balls, but now I have adjusted my backswing, I no longer have that bad curve which caused the backache.” OPTIMUM POWER Both boys could not praise coach Noel highly enough. Sam said: “Noel is a very good golf coach and is certainly better than any coach I have had before.” And Charlie agreed: “I have learned so much in just four weeks, I might even revise my handicap target for the end of the course.” Noel is equally complimentary of his young

protégés. He told RTN: “Both boys are improving very well and it has been a pleasure to teach them both. They are very attentive and always take on board what you are telling them.” During the lesson Charlie had to use a ‘Swing Image’ mirror, which allows him to watch every stage of his swing and therefore see for himself where improvements need to be made. Noel said: “He needs to make sure that the club is at exactly the right position for optimum power.” Meanwhile, Sam had to use a ‘Swing Guide’, a piece of plastic attached to the golf club to prevent over swing. The guide helps Sam to reach the best back swing position by preventing the arm collapsing. Noel commented: “It’s a great tool to use and it is helping Sam tremendously.” PROGRESS The boys were accompanied by their Dads. Charlie’s Dad, Keith is delighted with the improvements that Charlie has already made. He said: “He has improved a tremendous amount and is now hitting better, more solid balls. He is also getting lots of practice in doing many hours on the course at La Finca.” Sam’s Dad, Dave, is also very happy with Sam’s progress. He said: “Sam now has far more understanding of his game. Even the little, more subtle changes he is aware of now. He has a far more powerful ‘through shot’ and he now knows immediately what he has done wrong if he makes a mistake. He can read his game so much better and can immediately rectify any mistakes on the next shot.” Both Dads said that the boys are enjoying their golf much more since they started their lessons with Noel. Keith commented: “The better they play, the more they enjoy it.” The course at El Plantio was, as usual, in excellent condition and Noel and the boys would like to say a big thank you to all those at the club who have made them feel so welcome.

Hundreds of Brits in Spanish jails for drug offences

Foreign office figures show that the majority of Britons jailed abroad on drugs charges are in Spain. Out of a total of 1,057 Brits incarcerated for drug snuggling, 207 people were caught on Spanish soil. Europe Minister

Chris Bryant has warned that the UK cannot get people out of jail in foreign countries. The Foreign Office says that many people have an unrealistic expectation of what can be done for them if they are imprisoned abroad.

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Andy gets ready for marathon by Louise Clarke REGULAR READERS will know that we are closely following the Costa Blanca Samaritans Barcelona Marathon runners and between now and the big day, Sunday 7th March, we will be finding out all about the four runners and how their training is going. This week, it is the turn of Andy Mansell, from Casa Fitness in Albir. Andy told RTN: “Having bought a cheap pair of running leggings for €8 in a local supermarket and with the marathon only five weeks away, I braved the rain and wind one day last week for a short training run, even though my new outfit made me look like Max Wall (ask your Grandad!)” He continued: “Within ten minutes, the legs rode up my calves, the crotch dropped and the waist drawstring wouldn’t hold! I persevered


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Car insurance in Spain WHAT A year 2009 was for the car insurance world in Spain. Never in the life of the large Spanish insurers have they experienced anything like it before. It all started with the ongoing transfer of ownership from the Royal Bank of Scotland of Linea Directa to Spanish Bank. Some of the untenable low prices on cars became extremely worrying for all the large Spanish insurers. Liberty Seguros with whom my company works were very aware that for the first time in Spain a nasty price war had started, which they were not prepared to enter into and are still not. As they explained to us, to enable claims to be met one year down the line they were determined not to place themselves in the position of not being able to fully pay out on claims. Other factors also had to be taken into consideration as well, to include a certain per-

centage of fraud and, although car insurance is mandatory in Spain whether you are driving the car or not, there are of course uninsured drivers who become involved in accidents with other drivers. All these ongoing costs and the percentage that is paid into the consortium all has to be met by the insurer. Apart from making sure claims are met, the service they offer is very important and continual training is carried out by Liberty Seguros to all their own staff and their agents/brokers, this guarantees that the high level of expertise and service is always available. Nothing lasts forever and it seems this year the philosophy of Liberty is still to stand firm on prices, but to offer a real protected no claims bonus. This can work out cheaper in the long term than a cut price offer (they are a little flexible) and seems to be at long last leveling out. Also never forgetting when you live in Spain and experi-

ence problems it is comforting to know you have help in sorting your paper work and claims out, by someone you can either speak to on the telephone or, by visiting one of JCC offices all in your own language. My company has its own Claims department but realistically service does cost money. Therefore, we depend on clients coming to us and staying with us, and I know, when they experience trouble and need advice they are very appreciative of the service and advice we are able to offer. This service is just not for car insurance it also applies to House insurance. Liberty has, as far as I am concerned one of the best house policies on the market. With the changes in climate happening and, the subsequent damage it causes, you do need to be firstly insured and, also make sure you have cover for earth quake tremors. It is essential that you understand exactly what you are covered for. Never take the verbal


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word, always check your policy, or pop into one of our offices and we will advise you. Very cheap house insurance is not a good idea, and often is a complete waste of money, as many are finding out when trying to make a claim, even for theft. Spanish banks are becoming very active in the insurance market, no doubt trying to replace the lost revenue from mortgages etc. I understand they are placing pressure on their clients, not only to purchase policies but, if anyone wants to cancel they often will not agree to this and take the money out of their account automatically. This especially happens when a life insurance is with them. We are very competitive on life insurance often being half the price of the banks. It is no longer under EU law necessary to stay with the banks on any insurance policy this includes life and mortgage protection. It is the choice of the client to

choose where he wants to place his business. Always bearing in mind under Spanish law there is a clause which states a two months notice needs to be given when canceling a policy. The contract you sign is for a year, and where Health insurance is concerned cancelations can only happen as the contract states normally in October to take effect from January the first. THE CHARITY CHALLENGE WALK FOR Paul Cunningham Nurses . Run walk or cycle round the beautiful La Pedrera Lake on Sunday 28th February. Please contact Jenni Ray who is there to help you get fit, on 660816620 or Shelia on 965724265 who is organizing this fabulous charity walk. Even if you are not a walker the lake is worth a visit, the views are magnificent and enjoy tea and cakes with all of us, whilst encouraging everyone to get to the end.

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by Jack Troughton EX-PATS IN the north of the Costa Blanca will be helped to iron out any problems when a team from the British Consulate hit the road next week. A meeting is being held in Els Poblets under the banner ‘Your Questions Answered’ on Wednesday 10th February and any British residents are welcome to attend. It begins at 14.30 in the Casa de Cultura. Martin Standing, an advisor with the International Pension Service in Spain, and Vice Consul Lloyd Millen, both based at the Consulate in Alicante, will explain their work and host a question Els Poblets Town Hall and answer session. Mr Standing can offer ad- with one to one sessions will vice on benefits, pensions and be available by appointment. healthcare, while Mr Millen To take advantage of this and will talk about the consular to book a place, call Tom on 966 475 499 or Brenda on 966 services available to ex-pats. And after the open part of 475 756: alternatively email the meeting, a private clinic

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THE COSTA Blanca Male Voice Choir struck the right note with music students with a €200 gift – the proceeds of a Christmas concert. President Mike Evans and Treasurer Brendan Murphy returned to Benitachell this week to present Mayor Josefa Ronda a cheque for the town’s Music School – the money purchasing two drums. The cash was raised in a collection at Benitachell Parish Church, packed with around 300 people for a traditional festive evening. And as well as earning the thanks of the town council, the choir – now some 40 strong – was also rewarded with an invitation to stage another concert at the church in December 2010. “It is a beautiful church and it was crammed packed full of people for the concert. It was mainly expats but we try very hard to get Spanish guests from the local community,” said Mike.

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Valentine’s Fair THERE WILL be love all around and hearts and flowers everywhere on 5th and 6th February at Los Arcos Restaurant, Avd. Baleares 32 in Torrevieja. The Valentine’s Fair under the auspices of ‘This is Spain Exhibitions’ will offer everything from jewellery to flowers to gifts for the home. Why not take your loved one along and treat him (or her) to something special. Or perhaps there is a secret amour that you would like to woo? The Valentine’s Fair is bound to give you some ideas. Salvador Artesano will be in attendance and will offer everyone a 20% discount voucher to use either at the show or in any one of their shops, plus a free gift. There will also be a range of beautiful day and evening wear for sale. The Fair will be open from 11.00 to 18.00 on the Friday and 10.00 to 18.00 on the Saturday The well known Los Arcos Restaurant will be offering a special menu of paella and a drink for €5. For those unfamiliar with the venue, if you are coming from out of town, from La Marina or Guardamar, take the N332 and follow the exit for Torrevieja north. Continue until you reach a roundabout

with a very large, striped, metallic needle; continue over this and the next roundabout but at the third roundabout, where there is a large Porcelanosa store, turn left. This is Avenida Baleares. Los Arcos is about half way along on the right hand side. From The Orihuela Costa end, take the N332 exit that brings you to the Aqua Park. Follow the road directly, to bring you to the roundabout with the aforementioned Porcelanosa store. Included in the €1 entry fee will be a free raffle ticket where the prizes will include IPL-Laser Photorejuvenation skin treatment to the value of €250 and a relaxing one hour massage, both donated by Beautiful You/ Clinica Foguet; a four day or weekend break in a beach apartment at Isla Plana, donated by Old Farmhouses; toldos to the value of €500 from Toldos La Marina; a pamper day at SHA Wellness Clinic; meals for two; jewellery and accessories; cosmetics and more. To find out more and to book your stand for the Valentine’s Fair at Los Arcos Restaurant, Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja on the 5th and 6th February, call Christine Roche on 627 409 881 or email her at



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A chance for a new beginning? Jenny and Rolf proudly display their painting by Andre Normil, a native of Haiti, entitled the Garden of Eden

by Chris Sinclair AS THE days go by and the desperation of the people of Haiti increases, some press coverage has focused on looting and violence. However, there are people coming out of Haiti who are saying that although there is growing discontent, there are only a few instances of a population resorting to violence and it is these sporadic events that the media have focused upon. Tent cities and makeshift hospitals have become a way of life and the population affected by the earthquake are frustrated; but with at least 1.2 million living in the streets, most Haitians are resourceful, resilient and patient. Some are scavenging what they can to build new homes and believe if they are given the help they need it could be their chance for a new beginning. Their past governments may have been corrupt but the majority of people of Haiti are not. One couple who now live in Spain have first hand knowledge of the way of life in Haiti. They were very concerned and upset at the bad press the islanders were receiving from some quarters, and hoped that this would not affect donations to the earthquake appeal.

Jenny and Rolf Mulstroh were regular visitors to Haiti over many years as Jenny, an artist and ceramicist in her own right, owned an art gallery in the United States and would regularly visit the mountainous island to buy paintings and sculptures from local artists. “The people of Haiti are warm and friendly and are so resourceful,” said Jenny, “If you dropped an empty drinks can, it would be picked up and recycled into something wonderful. They are a happy, gentle race and I have never felt nervous on any of our visits.” There would seem to be some misconceptions about their reputation for zombies and sorcery but while the country’s national religion is still considered to be voodoo most Haitians believe that this can easily co-exist with their official religion, Catholicism. Voodoo is intrinsically a domestic cult of family spirits and Jenny went on to say, “On Sunday the Haitians would dress up to the nines and go to church, and later in the day you would hear the voodoo drums up in the mountains. They are a very spiritual people with a strong sense of design and colour and this is reflected in their artwork.”

Jenny and Rolf have many paintings and sculptures around their townhouse in the Jalon valley and several pieces are stones picked up from the river from which the artist has freed ‘the spirit’ inside, creating a beautiful sculpture. Tragically, Jenny has heard that a children’s Art School that she knew well had been demolished by the earthquake, resulting in the deaths of the teacher and several students. Rolf went on to say, “We have wonderful memories of a unique people.” To which Jenny added, “I remember when we were visiting Petionville, and we heard wonderful music. Following the sound, we looked through an open door at a place laid out with tables and chairs which we thought was a restaurant. We asked for a drink and suddenly realised we had gate-crashed a wedding. As we went to apologise, we were asked to stay and enjoy the celebration. We were even asked back the next day for lunch. Wonderful people!” Jenny and Rolf hope that their story will encourage more and more people to give generously to the appeal and help a country to have that chance for a new beginning. Sadly, only time will tell.

Spanish soldier killed in Afghanistan

The body of Private John Philip Romero Meneses is returned to Spain

The Taliban attacked a Spanish convoy last week killing one, and injuring six Spanish soldiers. The dead soldier is John Felipe Romero Meneses, a 21-year-old Colombian national, who was serving with the Cazadores de Montaña

Arapiles 62 regiment, based in Barcelona and Girona. The convoy had been travelling accompanied by Afghan police on a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. The six injured were airlifted by helicopter to medical facilities in Herat.

Frustration as horses are locked in shack

The horses only have this open gap in the whole shack with which to get fresh air

by Louise Clarke THE EASY Horse Care Rescue Centre contacted RTN earlier this week to tell us how at least seven horses are being kept in what can only be described as a living hell. On the outskirts of Benijofar, one of the centre’s supporters stumbled across a horrendous sight; a group of horses living in permanent darkness in a cobbled together corrugated iron and scrap timber shack. It is thought there are seven horses, including two miniatures, locked in tiny, dark rooms in the shack; some are chained to their mangers and one miniature is kept in what can only be described as a pitch black cupboard, with only a chicken for company. Here they stay, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, winter and summer, with tiny gaps in the timber too high for them to reach being their only windows. Outside the shack, a young horse with no proper food stands forlornly, ribs and hip bones jutting against skin. She is left out with no shelter in all weathers, and being so thin could easily succumb to the cold. Understandably, this left Susan from the centre terribly frustrated. She told RTN: “All we can do is complain to the authorities and hope that someone has enough compassion to act and enforce the laws.” STARVING

Sue managed to get an appointment to see the Mayor of Benijofar as the land that these horses are being kept on belongs to the Town Hall. She said: “They promised to take fast action to end the suffering of these horses, but they have been locked in permanent darkness and slowly starving to death for over two years and just minutes away, children play in a lovely landscaped park. Is this really okay?” She added: “These horses never see the light of day and the meagre

food supply they are given is not enough to keep them alive, so they are gradually and painfully starving.” The Town Hall issued a closure order on Tuesday this week and the owner of the horses has 15 days to respond. A vet must then inspect the animals and the owner will have 48 hours to find them an alternative home. Sue commented: “He could move them somewhere we can’t find them. I have done everything that the council has asked of me. I didn’t tell the press initially, but as the order has been served, we can publicise these poor horses’ plight. They must be moved, and as we are the only rescue centre in the area, we have to take them. This has been going on for over three weeks now and I feel that it’s all getting too political as it’s situated on Town Hall land.”

She concluded: “We need to save these horses NOW. If we can show the authorities that people do care, we may be able to put an end to this appalling suffering. We must get these horses out of the hell hole they are living in. We will take them in at the Centre and give them the specialist care they will need after the abuse they have suffered. But we have no official funding and rely 100% on donations. We are already caring for 21 horses and our funds are barely covering the food bill. We will not turn horses like these away but we will need financial support. Please help us raise the money to save these horses. We particularly need fluent Spanish speakers, but even if you speak no Spanish at all you can help us make our voice heard. Please don’t leave it to someone else.”

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Blogging toward a better business future by

Karla Darocas

Information Technology & Communications

IF YOU ever wondered what blogging can do for you, rent the movie – JULIA / JULIA - an autobiographical narrative about a gal who needs to get her life straight and through a self-designed psychological project, she decides to launch a blog and write about her efforts to creative every recipe form the legendary cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking by master chef Julia Childs (

Blogging has without out a doubt become the average person’s best bet for bringing in more business. Average consumers are tired of paying large fees to web designers who create outrageous, unmanageable websites and then charge their clients even more money for every little modification. Blogs are really for the do-it-yourself types who like to learn and be in control of their marketing efforts. Blogs can be set up to be ‘weblogs’, as their name suggests, but blogs can also be constructed to be standalone webpages; résumés and leads generators. For example, recently I helped a business woman to set up 10 blogs that all market her services and have

online forms for clients to fill out with their details. These forms route to the business woman’s email address, then generate her leads to follow and close sales. Another woman I helped recently had been a secretarial “slave” for years – always being used and abused by every low life employer in the area. After some convincing to be bold and go it solo, I talked this woman into a blog that listed her ‘freelance’ secretarial services and the rest is history. She is now working temporarily for all sorts of businesses in the region who cannot afford fulltime secretaries. She is no longer abused and now she calls the shots to suit her life.

I always recommend blogs from Blogger. com because it is now owned by Google com. Google is a very powerful search engine and tends to send searching spiders through its own networks first – before it goes into the wider web. Attaching a domain like a .com or .net is another way to make your blog look and feel more like a website. While there are step-by-step instructions all over the web to help make this process of attaching your blog to a domain possible, it isn’t easy and you may wish to call me for a wee bit of support. If you don’t know how or where to buy a domain, I can help to guide you to the best prices and best providers in the internet industry.

Help for young workers THE EU is preparing to earmark 100 million euros for young entrepreneurs and 300 million euros to boost hiring. The EU Ministers of Labour and Social Security met in Barcelona last week and agreed on the need to help workers during this period of economic recovery, especially the young working population. This was one of the decisions taken at the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Employment and Social Security (IMM). Celestino Corbacho, the Minister for Labour and Immigration said: “They need experience, and microcredits provide a response to the crisis; one targeted at the young and the long–term unemployed. We must provide training for entrepreneurs and to do so, we need to communicate the knowledge that is needed.” The minister also announced that the Presidency has prepared an initiative to help young people who have difficulty in obtaining credit. An amount of 100 million euros has been earmarked for this purpose by the European Investment Bank. Corbacho went on to say that 300 million euros would be dedicated to encouraging the hiring of young people.

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Access a cash lump sum. Reduce the effective tax rate on income benefits by up to 98%. Remove the pension fund from UK rules Pass on 100% of pension benefits on death to heirs, free from UK Inheritance Tax. Avoid the need to buy an annuity. Have total investment choice and control of pension assets. Consolidate several pension plans into one scheme.

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What is required to set up a company in Spain? by

Marc White & Carlos Baos

English & Spanish Solicitors

THE TERM ‘company’ is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to every type of business and this can be misleading. A limited company, known as a ‘Sociedad Limitada’ or ‘SL’ in Spain, is a separate legal entity. This means that it can own property or enter into contracts in its own name, separate from the people who own or run it. The incorporation of a company can bring important benefits for business people and may well produce other benefits in the long term.

Having the SL status demonstrates to the outside world that you are a legitimate business and registered with the tax authorities. Some companies will be less keen to do business with you if you have not formed a company.

The obligations to submit IVA returns and keep proper records are more onerous, although they are easily overcome. The cost of forming a company in Spain is higher than in the UK, and this can take British people by surprise. The time taken is also longer in Spain as ready made companies cannot normally be purchased ‘off the shelf’. Unsurprisingly, a Spanish company will need to be formed by signing in front of a Notary. Proof that the company’s initial share capital of just over €3,000 has been paid will need to be demonstrated and there will be a fee payable to the Company Registry as well. The ‘all in cost’, inclusive of legal fees, is likely to be in the region of €5,000, although the initial share capital can be used once the company has been formed and is not really an expense. Some people wrongly believe that if a business is not registered with Hacienda as a going concern, and the relevant taxes are not paid on a regularly basis, money is being saved. This is really a false economy and will prevent the business from growing. An incorporated business will be capable of attracting investment, and may well enable it to be sold as a going concern at a

future point. Buying the shares in the company enables the purchaser to step into the shoes of the outgoing owner and ensures that the company’s contracts remain unaffected in most cases. The purchaser should take care, however, as a company’s debts and future liabilities will remain with the company and checks should be made or deferred consideration used to minimise the purchaser’s risk. I hope the above is useful and please feel free to give either myself or Carlos Baos a call on 966 426 185, or send an email to if you wish to discuss the above or any other issue.


Unemployment increased 125,000 in January OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT figures for January, now published by the INI (National Office of Statistics) show a rise of 125,000, thus bring the total to 4,048,500. In December, INSS (Social Security System) payments to the unemployed increased by €2,772 million, up 20.9% on same month in 2008. Only 3 million of the unemployed qualify for benefits: 12.4% of the beneficiaries are foreigners, 45.7% more than last year.

Over 4 million people are out of work

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QUALIFYING RECOGNISED Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) have been around since ‘A Day’, April 2006. QROPS legislation allows non-UK resident owners of UK pension funds to transfer those pensions overseas, and benefit from a more flexible pensions regime. QROPS may be suitable for anyone that plans to retire overseas or is currently retired overseas, although they will not be suitable for everyone in these categories. The main benefits of QROPS are: • Tax-free cash withdrawal, up to 25% of the fund • UK Income tax not deducted at source – income tax may be payable in your country of residence, or in the jurisdiction of the scheme • Potentially higher income payments than a UK scheme, particularly for those aged 75 and over • UK Inheritance tax (IHT) not deducted at source – IHT may be payable in your country of residence, or in the UK, or in the jurisdiction of the scheme. You should note that a QROPS is ineffective until the member has been non-UK resident for 5 complete tax years, and doesn’t offer any immediate advantages until the member

actually begins to draw benefits. Not all UK pensions can be transferred to QROPS; examples include state pension, annuities and some scheme pensions already in payment. As QROPS add an additional charge to a pension scheme, members need to be sure that they also add value. Why was QROPS legislation introduced? • To remove obstacles for an internationally mobile workforce • To make it easier for people leaving the UK for good to simplify their affairs by taking their pension fund with them • To ensure that the UK fulfils its EU obligations When QROPS first emerged, the legislation appeared to suggest that only “occupational” schemes would qualify. This led to some providers of QROPS entering into sham employment contracts with members, which in turn led to HMRC removing QROPS status from these schemes and in some cases issuing the members with tax charges. Subsequently, all Singapore based schemes lost QROPS status. Care must be taken when selecting a QROPS provider and jurisdiction. The QROPS ‘rulebook’ is fluid, so you need to ensure that your scheme does not contravene the

Written by Jeff Miller, Director of Elementary Financial Ltd, a UK regulated IFA

British Consul advise on pensions The British Consulate is holding an open event for British residents in Benitachell on Wednesday 10th February, presenting advice services on some of the issues that matter most to residents. The Pension, Benefit and Healthcare Team will provide essential information on UK entitlements in Spain and the services that their team can offer. The British Vice-Consul will open the session and explain the role of the Consulate, and the services it offers. The session starts at 19.00 (doors open at 18.00) in the Social centre on Calle de Plaza Nueva. To book a place go to or call 91 714 64 43.

Retirement age could be raised to 67 The government is considering a decision to raise the age of retirement from 65 to 67 years of age in Spain. Ignacio Fernàndez Toxo from the far left CCOO trade union confederation has slammed the decision, saying it makes no sense in a country where jobs are already in short supply. Figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that unemployment

skyrocketed from 14 percent in 2008, to almost 19 percent in 2009, which is double the EU average. If the reform is approved, it will affect people born in 1959 or later. Huge budget cuts reducing the state budget by 40 million euros are also coming into effect. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Spain will not come out of recession until 2011.

intentions or objectives of the legislation. Failure to do so could lead to (and has led to) loss of HMRC authorisation and tax charges for members. There is a list of QROPS on the HMRC website, along with a caveat and a list of the potential charges that may be applied if the scheme does not satisfy the QROPS conditions. QROPS can offer a diverse range of investment options, but


specifically excluded is residential property – an investment in which would lead to loss of approval, and tax charges.

It’s vital that anyone thinking of transferring to QROPS seeks advice from an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA), and most schemes will not accept transfers without an IFA



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Why a funeral plan is essential for the ex-pat UNFORTUNATELY, HEARTBREAKING though they are, stories like this one are not that uncommon! Poor Heather Helgessen, who passed away on 23rd December, had her cremated remains laid to rest and sealed in a niche at Parcent cemetery after a beautiful service – only to have them unceremoniously removed a few days later when the local authority deemed the funeral illegal! The distress that the family must be going through is completely unquantifiable and all of us at Golden Leaves would like to express our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences in acknowledgement of their present awful predicament. The heartless actions of the local council officials are based on the fact that Heather wasn’t registered with the local council as a resident of Parcent. Communications between the crematorium and the local authorities were probably carried out verbally and obviously in an extremely sloppy fashion. Having a Golden Leaves Funeral Plan would go a very long way to prevent this situation occurring! With our network of funeral directors, our fluent Spanish speaking International

Better mortgages for dwellings owned by banks REAL ESTATE agents are protesting against the favourable mortgage conditions being offered by the banks for dwellings owned by the banks. The agents denounce this as unfair competition. For two equal dwellings,

each sold for €200,000 with an 80% mortgage over 25 years, the difference in monthly instalments can be €935.34 for the one purchased through the normal market and €717.79 for a bank dwelling; 30.3% difference.

Golden Leaves main agent Millie Munro

Managers on call and our extensive agent network on the ground, every fine detail is checked, double checked and checked again. Being on hand to assist in asking difficult questions (including those of residency validation with regard to NIE numbers and the Padrón – or electoral census) is just one of the benefits of owning a Golden Leaves Funeral Plan. TO PURCHASE A GOLDEN LEAVES FUNERAL PLAN AND PEACE OF MIND CALL MILLIE MUNRO ON (0034) 966 493 082 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE

Low inflation Tax-dodging landlords INFLATION FOR 2009 was only 0.8%; the lowest since 1962. For 8 months the inflation index was below zero due to price increases over the last months of the year. The belated increase was due almost exclusively to the transport sector, as a result of the price of oil.

More functionaries than industrial workers

THERE ARE 25% more public employees in Administrations (Funcionarios) than there are workers in productive industry.

increasing Spain’s debt

50 percent of landlords in Spain aren’t paying tax on income received from rentals THE GESTHA Union of Tax Inspectors estimates that more than 50 percent of landlords in Spain aren’t paying tax on income received from rentals. Spain’s Housing Ministry says that in 2008, the number of properties for rent rose 18 percent to 2.2 million, and yet rental income declared by landlords only increased by 0.1 percent over the same period. Gestha estimates that

the annual undeclared rental income amounts to €2.5 billion – a quarter of Gross Domestic Product – and a significant amount for a country that is suffering its worst recession in 60 years. If the government decides to crack down, fraudster landlords could face a fine equal to 150 percent of the unpaid amount, plus the tax must also be repaid.


RTN Currency Challenge final week

Thank you again for the great response to last weeks challenge. In this the final week we will give one more opportunity to challenge us on all three areas.


Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

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Euro/Sterling Weekly Market Update brought to you by .uk & Growth and credit status hold sterling back Britain emerged from recession in Q4 - just. Germany has no plans to help rectify Greek budget problems. Sterling managed to add about half a cent, opening this morning in London at €1.1450, but did it the hard way. A one-cent setback on Tuesday and a peak of over €1.16 show just how much the pound had given back before squeezing that modest weekly gain… The week began with optimism that figures for the fourth quarter of 2009 would confirm that, after 18 months, Britain had at last managed to put the recession behind. Analysts were quietly confident with their guess that gross domestic product expanded by +0.4% in Q4; not fantastic growth but acceptable under the circumstances. Again there was disappointment. At +0.1% quarterly growth was the smallest ever seen. The optimists who had filled their boots with sterling ahead of the announcement were quick to offload their holdings… Surprisingly, the dismay had evaporated by the end of the following day following a speech by Andrew Sentance, the ebullient Monetary Policy Committee member. Addressing the British Property Federation he mentioned the word ‘growth’ 21 times, referred to the pound’s ‘competitive’ position against the euro and defended the idea that monetary policy should ‘keep a check on inflation over the medium term’. The market’s overall take on the speech was that at least one MPC member was leaning towards higher interest rates…

The old credit ratings story cropped up again on Thursday, this time with rather more than vague rumour to make it fly. Standard & Poor’s, one of the big three credit ratings agencies, announced it had its eye on sterling because ‘UK banks are no longer among the world’s most stable and low-risk’... Britain is not alone with its credit-related problems. The budget deficit in Greece continues to pressurise the country’s creditworthiness. At the same time it casts a shadow across other potentially problematic areas such as Portugal, Ireland and Spain and, therefore, the euro zone as a whole… The second ‘misunderstanding’ involved a rumour that France and Germany were putting together a package of aid for Athens. Germany’s economics minister told MPs that ‘there should not be a collective bailout for lopsided developments at national level.’ He also said that ‘some euro states are showing dangerous weakness. It was an unhelpful combination for the euro… After spending the best part three months between €1.09 and €1.13 it looks as though the pound might be in the process of carving out a slightly higher range between €1.13 and €1.16. But do not get carried away, the worries are still there…

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Senior Partner at the OSW Partnership Despite the recent slight increase in the exchange rate, the main topics of conversation amongst ex-pats is still the value of the pound against the euro and the poor rate of interest being paid on their savings, which for many is seriously damaging their wealth. Despite the billions injected into the banking system by Government both in the UK and other EU member States, business leaders are critical of the banks’ continuing reluctance to lend, which is holding back their ability to climb out of recession. There is a tendency to compare ourselves with other European countries and the United States, and because most western countries are suffering from the aftermath of the banking crises and recessionary pressures, we tend to assume that this is how it is for the rest of the world. Not necessarily so! There is one English speaking country

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that has virtually avoided recession and its strong economic structure continues to support resilience within its economy. Retail spending in the 2nd quarter 2009 increased by 0.8%. In the same period, Germany and France finally exited year long recessions, both growing by 0.3%, whilst the UK economy shrank by 5.5% and the US by 1.0%. The outlook there for commercial construction is very positive, with a controlled immigration policy that welcomes around 200,000 new citizens each year who very quickly begin to contribute to the economy. The Government has implemented fiscal policies to provide housing, hospitals, schools and investment in the social infrastructure, but within the commercial property sector, there has been a shortage of available credit resulting in high commercial lending rates. This prompted one company to take a fresh look at how commercial funding is financed. As the banks were unable to meet the demand for lending generally, there surely was scope for a specialist lender within the property business sector. By concentrating on this sector, the company has developed a significant expertise and reputation, making it the lender of preference for many leading property developers and enabling it to settle loans of more than €2.8 billion across a diverse range of property lending including residential; commercial; aged care; industrial; retail and construction over the last eleven years.

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But where does the money come from to finance the loans? Traditionally, banks pay interest to savers and charge a much higher rate of interest to borrowers, covering their expenses and taking their profit from the difference between the two. Most savers are domiciled in the same country as their bank. What if, instead of having a network of expensive branches, it was possible to attract savers/ investors through a network of agents and advisers? And what if those agents operated in countries throughout the world, offering low risk investment and above average returns, and investors could receive interest in their own country’s currency? The company is registered with their home country’s Securities & Investment Commission (SIC) as a Responsible Entity and Financial Services Licensee. It works solely with regulated Financial Advisers such as The OSW Partnership; intermediaries; private banks; superannuation funds and corporate and institutional investment consultants, spanning 40 countries throughout Europe, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East. It has built up assets under management of nearly €500 million, and now has offices on four continents, including London. The company does not do any subprime lending. The regulatory system is recognised as one of the best in the world and the funds under management are audited externally. The audit focuses

on financial and compliance issues and is designed to provide independent third party assurance that the financial statements are a true and fair reflection of the funds’ position. We have followed the performance of two of these funds for over five years. Both are income funds available in sterling and euros. One provides a currency protected low risk investment based on secured first mortgages and the other provides a slightly higher risk based predominately on secured second mortgages: There are no entry or exit charges. There are no taxes to be deducted from the interest. There is no long term commitment or ‘run off’ period. At the end of the selected term, there is a ‘roll-over’ option The funds have an impeccable 11 year track record of delivering the pre-determined level of income over a choice of investment periods, with a choice of income frequency from monthly to yearly. Income rates vary according to product, currency and choice of 1; 2 or 3 year terms, ranging from 4.5% – 8.0% pa (euro) and 4.75% - 9.00% pa (sterling), and are net of tax. For more information or to invest in these low risk high income funds, contact The OSW Partnership on 966 493 797; email; or visit one of the ‘plain English’ clinics shown in our advert.

Spain advised to lower salaries The chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Olivier Blanchard, said last week that Spain, Greece and Portugal will have to make “great sacrifices” in order to restore their competitiveness and that could mean dropping salaries. Blanchard was speaking in an interview with the French newspaper Les Echos. He said that the three countries were very hard hit by the crisis and would need to take drastic measures to recuperate, adding that the process of recovery would be “long and painful”.

Olivier Blanchard, chief economist of the IMF



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‘Robo’ and ‘Hurto’ burglary and theft

SOONER OR LATER, most of us will suffer a burglary or theft of some kind, whether at your home or business and this week I write from recent personal experience. How does the law in Spain treat theft under different circumstances and how will you be expected to deal with the authorities and your insurance company?

The Spanish Penal Code of 1995 distinguishes between the crimes of ‘Robo’ (Robbery) and simple ‘Hurto’ (Theft). Article 237 of the Penal Code defines ‘Robo’ as the appropriation of the property of another person using force, violence, or intimidation to gain entry to the place where the property is to be found. Articles 238 and 239 indicate the factors which characterize ‘Robo’. THESE ARE : • Climbing over walls or other barriers • Breaking walls, ceilings, floors, doors or windows to gain entry • Forcing open cupboards, chests, or the locks of other secured objects with a view to stealing the contents • Using counterfeit keys, including

picks, fake magnetic cards or electronic keys, or genuine keys which have been lost or stolen • Disabling alarm or security systems. Your caravan or motorhome, trailer, or even a tent, which is for your private use even temporarily, say while on holiday, is considered to be a private space which can be broken into.

‘Robo’ is punishable by a prison sentence of between 1 and 3 years, and if aggravated by the use of violence or intimidation, by a sentence of 2 to 5 years. ‘Hurto’ as distinct from ‘Robo’, is the simple theft of property belonging to another person without any of the aforementioned factors (Articles 234 – 236 of the Penal Code). If the value of the property stolen is greater than €400, the penalty for the crime of ‘Hurto’ is between 6 and 18 months. If the value of the property is less than €400, the offence is classed as ‘misdemeanour’ rather than ‘crime’ and the penalty is much lower. In a nutshell, if a burglar steals your property by forcing a door or climbing over your garden wall it is ‘Robo’; if the miscreant walks into your house through a door you have left open by mistake it is ‘Hurto’. If you are the victim of ‘Robo’ or

‘Hurto’ you should always report it by making a ‘Denuncia’ to the Local Police, National Police, or Guardia Civil depending on where you live. You will be given a stamped copy of the report. In the immediate aftermath of a robbery, it can be difficult to recall or even discover all the items that have been taken but you do have the right to make a supplementary ‘Denuncia’ at a later date. Do not forget to contact your bank and credit card company immediately to stop any cards or cheque books that have been stolen and to inform your consulate or embassy if your passport or other identity documents have been stolen. If pass-cards to your place of work have been taken you must also inform your employer immediately. If identity documents have been stolen, your ‘Denuncia’ should specifically mention these items and you will have to provide a crime reference number and possibly also an official copy of the ‘Denuncia’ to obtain replacements. If your keys have been stolen, change your locks; your insurance policy may well cover the cost. If you have suffered a robbery, the Police or Guardia Civil will visit you very soon after and take photographs of the point of entry and any damage

done, also possibly take fingerprints and other evidence. In the event that they catch the perpetrators you may be required to go to Court to give evidence against them. Insurance policies usually distinguish between cover for ‘Robo’ and ‘Hurto’. They often provide much lower cover, or possibly none at all, for ‘Hurto’. If you intend making a claim on your insurance, your ‘Denuncia’ must list all the items that have been stolen in as much detail as possible, down to makes, models, and if possible serial numbers. Keep photographs of antiques, paintings, or items of especially high value. Be ready to produce receipts for the original purchase of valuable items. Please check your insurance policy to make sure that you are not underinsured or to see whether especially valuable items, such as watches, jewellery or expensive electronic equipment worth over a certain limit must be specifically listed in the policy. The limit for cash under most household or small business policies is normally quite low. Of course nothing can compensate for the shock and inconvenience of suffering a robbery or theft but being properly prepared and insured can cushion the blow should the worst happen.

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Sophie leads a Street Dance class

Street wise YOUNG DANCERS with the Costa Blanca’s Street Dance are desperate to get back on stage after tasting success at a charity show. The applause as the curtain fell on ‘A Night On The Street’ has the group – all aged between eight and 17 – hungry to perform again. The show, performed last month at Calpe’s Casa de Cultura in front of 300 people, was a mixture of street and contemporary dance; ballet; classical and modern music and entertained an audience of all ages.

by Jack Troughton And it was a personal triumph for teenager Sophie Jackson, leader of Street Dance, who organised the night in aid of the EMAUS charity, which cares for disadvantaged children in homes across the region. “It was actually fantastic,” said the 16year-old, “We didn’t expect it to be as good as it was! Everyone who performed in it was amazing. The kids put in massive amounts

of energy as they were enjoying it so much and everyone in the audience really enjoyed it as well. “I think a lot of people underestimated what could be done. It was not a kids’ show, it was for people of all ages. The extra rehearsal time after we had to cancel in December gave everyone loads of confidence.” SCREAM The Laude Lady Elizabeth School teenager added: “When the curtain came down everyone was just screaming with excitement. They all clubbed together and bought me flowers, which was really sweet.” She said all the dancers went to different schools but had become close friends

through Street Dance. “We are all very close and great friends and we are definitely going to do another show for charity.” Sophie founded the group two years ago. “I don’t necessarily see myself as a dance teacher. I choreograph the dances and get everyone to do the moves.” Unable to find classes in street dance when she moved to Spain, Sophie approached the Benitachell Arts Centre and asked if she could start a group. The rest is history. Street Dance rehearses at the centre every Tuesday. Dancers aged eight to 12-yearsold between 17.30 and 18.30 and 13-yearolds and older between 18.30 and 19.30. Everyone is welcome and can just turn up for the classes, which cost €4.

TURISMUR opens today

By Louise Clarke THE MURCIAN Councillor of Tourism, Marina García Vidal, the Mayor of Torre Pacheco and President of the IFEPA Exhibition Hall, Daniel García Madrid, along with the Director General of IFEPA, Antonio Miras Morente, officially presented the full details of this year’s Murcian Regional Tourism Fair at a press conference earlier this week. TURISMUR starts today, 5th February, at the IFEPA centre in Torre Pacheco and organisers have said that despite the crisis, this year’s fair will have as many stalls as last year and both exhibition halls will be used to house them. The fair will be the perfect combination of different municipalities promoting their towns and tourist attractions along with companies who supply products dedicated to free time and leisure.

The event lasts for three days and during that time, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy all that IFEPA has to offer and to try out lots of different types of activities, as well as get information on various products to make a holiday or long weekend break even more enjoyable. There will be hotel companies; boat makers; swimming pool fitters and caravan sellers to name but a few. So if you would like to find out more about these kinds of products and discover new destinations in the beautiful region of Murcia and beyond; this exhibition is for you. Pictured is the Director General of IFEPA, Antonio Miras Morente, the Murcian Councillor of Tourism, Marina García Vidal and the Mayor of Torre Pacheco and President of the IFEPA Exhibition Hall, Daniel García Madrid.

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Responsibility, not regret Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

In a time long ago; in a galaxy far, far away, Creedence Clearwater Revival used to sing a song called, Wrote a Song For Everyone. And for some reason, John Fogerty’s lyrics from that anti-Vietnam war anthem looped around and around in my head last Friday as I watched the circus that is the Chilcot Enquiry unfold in London. “Saw the people standing; thousand years in chains, Somebody said it’s different now; look it’s just the same, Pharaohs spin the message; round and round the truth, They could have saved a million people; how can I tell you?” As Tony Blair took to the stand it was that last verse and in particular the third line that resonated. I, we; all of us know that this particular pharaoh, His Royal Tonyness, will always spin his own message “round and round the truth”. Would this occasion be any different? Would any of the grieving families that have lost loved ones get real answers and maybe some closure? Well, I guess you don’t have to be Einstein to answer those; a resounding ‘no’, to both. As HRT took to the stand, cleverly dressed in the colours of the flag (blue suit, white shirt and red tie) it was to make his mark for the future historians. Six hours of intense questioning - well as intense as any

Q and A session at a six-former’s final media studies presentation - bore little fruit. Where was the bite? Where was the champion for all those poor souls waiting outside in the cold? Where was John Humphreys or Jezza Paxman? They would have pressed Bush’s pet poodle for some real answers. Why couldn’t they have been interviewing? There was no real cross-examination; it was Blair’s show and his contempt and arrogance shone through (sorry Tony would probably prefer ‘thru’). Outside in a cold January breeze stood an army of the loved ones of British Forces servicemen and women killed in Iraq. Staging his own oneman protest was Gerald Cartwright, who was wearing his son James’s army dog-tags. Asked by the BBC if he wanted to go inside, he answered: “I know exactly what’s going to be said in there; I don’t need to hear it again.” What did lead Britain into - what the UN still maintain was - an illegal war? What about the undiscovered WMD? Why didn’t Bush and Blair wait for Hans Blix’s report? Unfortunately, as Gerald Cartwright hinted above, we’re still no closer to knowing the truth. What was agreed by Tony at the cosy Texas ranch meetings with George double’ya long before any action took place? When asked by Chilcot if he had made a secret deal with Bush, Tony shrugged: “What I was saying to President Bush, I wasn’t saying privately…” Well, whether

in private or public Blair did maintain to the Americans that, “we’re going to be with you in dealing with this threat”. Oh yeah, the threat. Now wasn’t that the threat of huge amounts of weapons of mass destruction being available to Saddam and within use against British targets in just 45 minutes? Here is how Tony-boy answered the question of exaggerated intelligence and the 45-minute claim. Now, you might need to read it a few times to fully understand it. Okay, over to Tony then… With a lot of Andrew Marr-like hand windmilling and a couple of histrionic quasi karate chops to the right Tony stated: “In the light of what subsequently happened and the importance it subsequently took on, it would have most certainly have been, er, better to have corrected it.” Whaaat? What does that mean? Looks like all that time Tony spent with John Prescott as bezzy-mate wasn’t wasted. That was an almost perfect Prescott ‘blind-em with illogicality’ quote. It seems truth, the real truth, continues to be the first casualty. Where was Blair’s candour or contrition? Nowhere - apparently. Towards the end of the marathon event even Chilcot was showing some emotion. He asked Blair if he had any regrets. The sound bite was well rehearsed: “Responsibility – but not a regret for removing Saddam Hussein…” Heckling shouts of “liar”


and “murderer” were heard. Chilcot appeared moved by the anguish of those families. A A Gill, reporting for The Times, was in the adjoining press room watching events on a television monitor. He wrote: “Chilcot, perhaps surprised that there was nothing for remembrance, no regret at the untimely passing of young men, asked if there was anything the prime minister might like to add: the eyebrow ascended, the lips tightened. ‘No’. He left with a face as stony as a Babylonian frieze. There was no love lost.” Theresa Evans, who’d delivered those final heckles in the enquiry room, was unrepentant. Outside she told ITN: “I might have been out of line but I don’t care. That man’s got my son’s blood on his hands…” Bill Pritchard, whose son Gordon met Tony Blair in 2005 just weeks before he became the 100th soldier to be killed in Iraq, watched the proceedings in the ITN mobile studio. He said that Blair was lecturing the enquiry team: “He is not answering them, he is lecturing them…” Yup folks, that’s the consensus; Blair was lecturing them. And like John Fogerty once sang, he was spinning “the message; round and round the truth”. Watts in Britain, still waiting for some answers…


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The madness diets THEY ARE simply the quick fix diets - the ‘lose weight in extreme amounts’ diets. But be warned - they come with extreme consequences. They are simply extremely low calorie diets that basically make you ‘self cannibalise’. In simple terms, your body by starts to eat itself, which is not very nice. Examples of these are the 2,4,6,8 diet which allows you to eat 200 kcal the Qualified health & first day 400 the next then 600 then 800, fitness instructor following which you fast for a day and start the process again. Meal replacement diets allow you to consume 800 kcal per day through 100 products (which are expensive) and once you start to eat normally again you’re going to put all that weight back on. Extreme weight loss will likely lead to sagging skin as it doesn’t have time to adjust to the decrease in body mass. With these extreme diets, the major worry has to be the damage you can do to your thyroid gland. If this starts to malfunction, weight loss will become almost impossible and you’ll be popping T3 (thyroxine) supplements for the rest of your life. The list goes on with these diets and they are simply 100% not worth the cost, whether that is in terms of finance or health.

Paula Denvir

Okay, so what is the answer? It’s really to eat a healthy, balanced diet (including low GI carbs, protein and ‘good’ fats), eat in moderation and don’t over indulge. If you want to activate weight loss, decrease your calorie intake by 500 kcal per day but don’t cut out one of the food group, so the daily guidelines for a woman are 2000 kcal - drop it down to 1500 kcal. For a man, daily guidelines are 2500 kcal - drop it down to 2000 kcal. One way to change your eating habits is to try a reverse pyramid - so have your biggest meal in the morning and decrease the size as the day goes on (the reason being activity generally lessens as the day goes on) and your evening meal becomes your smallest. Eat fat to lose fat? Healthy fats are essential for overall health; not just weight loss. The body uses fatty acids to perform key functions for our brain, heart, lungs and eyes. They also help build cell membranes and keep the overall functioning of the body working correctly. Examples of foods with healthy fats are Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats as well as Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. These fats include but are not limited to olive oil; canola

oil; fish oil (eat more salmon etc); flax seed or oil; almonds and other nuts; nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew) and avocados. Decrease the amount of refined foods such as white sugar, bread and rice as they get burned up very quickly and then you’re hungry again. Increase the amount of fibre in your

diet as this will make you full fuller as well as giving you tones of health benefits. And last but not least, increase your activity levels: we want to replace that fat tissue with lean tissue and increase your metabolic rate so your weight loss is permanent. Remember - we want weight loss for life, not just for after Christmas.

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What stress type are you? TRIAL LAWYER Louise Cooper is admired by friends and family for juggling children, social engagements, charity work, her marriage, a busy practice and demanding trial work. However, whenever she stops the daily grind and finally relaxes, she crashes and becomes exhausted, withdrawn and quiet. After a few days, she recovers; multi-tasks and crashes again, in a cycle that never stops. Louise’s response to stress is called a ‘Hyper-P’ stress response - one of four stress ‘types’ identified by California-based doctors. There are tips for fighting stress through nutrition, exercise and relaxation techniques. A person’s reaction to stress varies according to environment, genetics and experiences: the doctors claim that by identifying your stress type, you can determine techniques to relax more easily. HYPER-S Hyper-S types are edgy and anxious, prone to headaches and sinus infections, have trouble falling asleep, wake up during the night and rise early in the morning. (“S” represents the sympathetic nervous system with a ‘fightor-flight’ response). High levels of the stress hormone cortisol and the fight-or-flight response means Hyper-S’s are emotional and sometimes explosive, says McClellan. Hyper-S women suffer more stress-related illnesses, are prone to developing hardening of the arteries and heart disease; alcoholism; sexual dysfunction; type-2 diabetes; yeast infections; panic disorder and infertility. Reducing coffee intake is recommended, also expending energy through exercise and eating a larger breakfast with smaller meals throughout the day, to assist a nervous stomach. HYPO-S Hypo-S types accumulate pain in the back; pelvis, bladder or vulvar areas, gain weight around their hips and thighs and are often overweight. They go to sleep late and wake up late, find it hard to concentrate, feel unmotivated and can suffer from gastrointestinal disorders; postpartum depression; chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Their low cortisol levels may be the result of long-term exposure to chronic stress, perhaps in the womb (if they were the product of a stressful pregnancy) or in childhood (if they moved around a lot, for example).

Are you hyper or hypo?

A diet including fibre, fruits and vegetables at regular times each day will stabilise cortisol rhythm. Big lunches of lean meat with complex carbohydrates will also help. Aerobic exercise is ideal, at regular times each day to promote the production of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. HYPO-P “Hypo-P is the rarest and extreme stress response, caused by a severe imbalance”, says McClellan. (‘P’ indicates parasympathetic activity which occurs when the body is resting and restoring stress levels). It occurs when both the stress hormone cortisol and the sympathetic nervous system, which arouses your body to challenge, are in sync but functioning at chronically low levels. The result is emotional detachment, speaking in monotone, suffering from aches and pains, rarely expressing one’s emotions, fainting easily and getting dizzy when standing up suddenly. Asthma, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory disorders and helplessness are all typical ailments. Highfibre foods such as fruits and whole grains will help. Keeping a journal of physical and emotional feelings will also help connect feelings, helping to engage with the world and generate a sense of control. HYPER-P Hyper-P is the classic overachiever who goes on until collapse. They feel fatigue, altered moods and a lack of initiative or motivation when they burn out. Blurry vision, a need for sleep, lack of energy and feeling overemotional are all symptoms. Pampering helps, such as a hot bath or massage and vigorous exercise to help balance stressful energy. Small meals and snacks eaten will help maintain energy levels. Coffee should be taken only in the morning.

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Ginkgo biloba

…enhances the micro circulation and oxygen supply GINKGO AND Magnesium a useful combination of active substances. How fit you feel as you get older depends mostly on the condition of your heart, circulation and brain. Forgetfulness; concentration problems; higher irritability; aggression; rapid tiring; nausea; tinnitus and a lowering of wellbeing can all be caused by a narrowing of the blood vessels leading to the brain (e.g. arteriosclerosis). The brain only makes up 3% of the body‘s weight and uses about 22% of all the oxygen the body has at its disposal. Through a narrowing of the vessels, the oxygen supply to the brain is often obstructed which in turn causes a decrease of brain function. Changes in the blood vessels appear by the age of 35, without the person noticing it. Apart from other factors, there may also be a hereditary tendency towards this sort of disease. Prevention is essential for people with such tendencies; knowing that the effects of natural remedies are most

noticeable during early stages. In supplementing a health-conscious way of life with the regular intake of Ginkgo biloba extracts, a person can stimulate the circulation and improve the oxygen supply to the brain. THE GINKGO TREE Ginkgo biloba can reach a height of 40 meters and belongs to the conifer family. It originates from China and Japan, where it has always been cultivated as a temple tree. For application as a natural remedy, an extract of the ginkgo leaves is made. The active substances of the ginkgo leaves improve the circulation, because they specifically widen the deep-seated middle and smaller arteries and improve the micro-circulation in the brain and other organs. On top of that, they speed up the velocity of the blood flow in the capillaries and stimulate the formation of by-pass arteries.


Karl Baumgärtner Natural Practitioner

need of magnesium is only partially filled. Due to the intensive cultivation of the soil and acid rain, even in a varied diet the magnesium supply is not sufficient. The vital mineral magnesium feeds and relaxes the heart; nerves; muscles and blood vessels and improves the oxygen absorption in the brain and other organs.

MAGNESIUM …is a mineral that plays a key role in the metabolism. With normal daily nourishment, the

Ginkgo biloba

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Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

A weekly ‘cut out and keep’ feature helping you to learn basic Spanish for everyday needs

Lesson 93

WE FINISHED the last lesson with some sentences which you were supposed to be looking at for this week. No good hunting around for them now – they went in the cat’s tray last Tuesday. Not to worry, here they are again with accompanying comments. Me voy a levantar temprano. Here we have the reflexive verb “levantarse” used in the infinitive after “voy a”. The reflexive pronoun “me” has to agree with the subject “I” or “yo”. This could also be written “Voy a levantarme temprano”. Oh, I nearly forgot – it means “I’m going to get up early”. A mi madre le gusta levantarse a las ocho. “My mother likes getting up at eight o’clock”. Here we have the same verb in the same kind of structure, but in this case we have a few other fiddly bits caused by the use of “gustar” (lit: “to my mother it pleases her”) so we keep the reflexive verb all together out of the way (“to get herself up”). Here the particle is “se” because we are in the third person singular. Nos vamos a ir mañana. “We are going to go (away) tomorrow”. The reflexive verb is “irse” – to go away. It would be equally correct to say “Vamos a irnos mañana”. ¿Prefieres ducharte o bañarte? “Do you prefer to have a shower or have a bath?” A rather personal question I think, please do not feel obliged to answer. Los chicos tienen que irse temprano “The young people have to go off / leave early” Again the verb “irse”,

kept together in one word, the “se” is because it is the third person plural “they” form. ¿Os habéis acordado del regalo? Here the verb is “acordarse” (to remember) which is followed by the word “de”. The sentence is in the recent past tense “Have you (plural) remembered the present?” Notice that when a verb form is made up of two words, (e.g. habéis acordado) they are never separated, so the “os” goes in front of both.

School trip

Hay que apuntarse pronto “Hay que” is a form we haven’t mentioned before. It has the impersonal meaning “one has to”. This form takes the third person, hence the pronoun “se”. Normally in English we would replace the word “one” for the impersonal use of “you”, so the translation is: “You have to sign up soon”. ¡Cuídate mucho cariño! This is an imperative or command from the verb “cuidarse” (to look after oneself). The sentence means “Look after yourself darling!” or “Take good care” or words to that effect. ¿No te das cuenta del problema? This sentence is negative and a question all in one. “Don’t you realize the problem?” The infinitive is “darse cuenta” (to realize). The reflexive pronoun goes in front of the verb but after the word “no”. Yo no quiero irme, me quedo aquí. Finally “I don’t want to go, I’m staying here”. Those of us who have had children will be familiar with this sentence. “Quedarse” is “to stay”. In English we would say “I’m staying here” but in Spanish it takes the present simple tense “I stay here” – “Me quedo aquí – aquí me quedo.”

School Director Maite Marti and Lions President John Wilkins

by Jack Troughton JALON AND Orba Lions made a €1,000 donation to the Raquel Paya School after members were given the chance to see teachers and children at work. The Denia school is the Marina Alta’s only centre providing rehabilitation and

education for special needs children in order to enhance the quality of life for youngsters suffering different degrees of mental and physical disabilities. In recent years, funding from the Valencia Community to Raquel Paya has been cut and there is a constant need of support for additional facilities and projects.

Torrevieja U3A successful AGM and exhibition THE AGM of the Torrevieja U3A was attended by more than 120 members. Bob Hill was elected Chairman: the majority of the Committee was re-elected on a unanimous vote. Two nominees for Committee vacancies, Sue Kenyon and Geoff Crane, were elected. The Groups Exhibition was opened, with Play Reading; First Aid; Tai Chi and Shakespeare Study groups giving demonstrations. U3A offers a wide variety of interest/activity groups led by volunteers. No qualifications are

The new Chairman (far left) and Committee following their election

required and there is no accreditation. An exchange of ideas with the emphasis on fun is encouraged, supported by an active social scene. Annual membership is €12: meetings commence at 10.00 for 10.30 on the last

Sweet success

Thursday of the month at Los Arcos Restaurant in Avenida Baleares 34, Torrevieja (in front of the Museo de Semana Santa). There is usually a guest speaker. For more information, visit or telephone 965 329 122.

By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS FROM a Marina Alta school helped cook up a treat and raise money to help earthquake ravaged Haiti with a special cake sale. The children of Xabia International College Primary joined the whole school’s campaign to raise money for the disaster appeal and more than €500 has been raised to date. Pupils enjoyed the ‘non-uniform day’ and parents and children were asked to buy or make a cake to be Pupils enjoying sold at the end of the day. And thanks to everyone entering the nonthe spirit of the occasion, a mouthuniform watering display of cakes, buns and day and the treats biscuits were purchased, served, on offer and eaten.

Solid silver for Age Concern Maureen Payne, President of Age Concern and Pam Horobin, receive a cheque from Bob Gorrill, Wayne Fontana and Dave Berry

THE NEW Asturias restaurant in Punta Prima played host to a night of pure Solid Silver from the legendary Wayne Fontana and Dave Berry. The ticket only event was a sell out and more than 300 guests were entertained by both Wayne and Dave singing their own hits from the 60’s and

also many more hits from the decade. The audience were soon clapping, singing and dancing along to the good old hit songs from the era. At the end of the evening, Wayne and Dave sang a duet to rapturous applause from the audience. A superb raffle was held and there was also food and

drink available from the bar. The whole evening was a great success with the probability of another night later in the year being discussed. Age Concern President Maureen Payne thanked Dave for the generous donation and also thanked both Wayne and Dave for giving us a night to remember.

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Fun night at Trevi’s

ON TUESDAY morning at midday in Trevi’s Bar Camposol B, many trudged through the rain to witness the presentation of a €1,000 cheque raises by a group of thoughtful people, presented by the Ex Servicemen Association to MABS, Mazarrón. Our next event is on Tuesday 23rd February (NOT 24th February as reported in last article: I had a senior moment…) at 19.30 upstairs in Trevi’s Bar on Camposol B: an evening of games and prizes. There will be a quiz, Bingo and a raffle. Last year,

someone went away with a Microwave oven for the silly price of ONE EURO! MABS, The Cancer Support (Mazarrón) is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE: 620 422 410 For General Enquiries call 620 582 418 11.00 to 16.00, Monday to Friday or

Quiz with a difference HELP Murcia Mar Menor presents the quiz to be held at the Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, on Thursday, 11th March 2010. 19.00 for 19.30 start. Tickets €10 each, including hot buffet and can be brought from: Joan Mitchell 968 181 943, or the car boot sale on Wednesday and Sunday or the HELP Office 968 570 059.


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The tale of

three brothers STEPHEN, ANDREW and Colin Waylett are brothers who have been in the jewellery business for more than 35 years. In the mid-1970s the family moved from the UK to Spain, starting a jewellery business in Denia, where Colin is still based today in the former family shop; now simply called ‘Colin Waylett’ at No 63 Paseo Saladar. Stephen and Andrew branched into other areas of business in the late 80s, as successful Estate Agents in and around the Ondara area but always lending Colin a helping hand. It is this expertise that led Stephen and Andrew back into the jewellery business once more and they have established two

very popular and busy ‘Compro Oro’ (We Buy Your Gold) shops in Ondara and Benissa. Gold has always been very fashionable in Spain and other Mediterranean countries and the origin of the word ‘carat’, referring to the fineness of pure gold and gold alloys is derived from the Greek ‘keration’, meaning ‘fruit of the carob’. The Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) has an edible pod containing seeds, native to the Mediterranean region; here in Spain the tree is known as the ‘algarrobo’ tree. The seeds were used on precision scales as units of weight for small quantities of precious gemstones because of their uniform size. The weight of an average carob seed

is 200 milligrams. The weight of one carat is precisely 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams. Today, highly accurate electronic scales are used to weigh gold and it doesn’t matter if an item is made of 9, 14, 18, 22 or 24 carat gold; the Compro Oro Shops will professionally weigh and value your pieces. So why should I visit an actual Shop to value and sell my broken or unwanted jewellery, a ring, necklace or chain that I’ve had hanging around for ages that I never wear? …after all, we have all seen the TV adverts for Gold Buying companies

Compro Oro Benissa next door to the Notary

Compro Oro Ondada - opposite Mas y Mas

that send you an envelope, you post off your items, and they send you a valuation. At the Compro Oro Shops • You will be given a free and professional valuation by Legally Registered Professional and Qualified British Jewellers who really know the jewellery business inside out and have years of expertise • You will be under no obligation to sell if you decide you do not wish to • There will be no waiting for a valuation to arrive in the post: you will have the valuation right there and then • There will be no risk of your jewellery going missing in the post • Should you decide to go ahead and sell, you will receive your cash immediately - no waiting Apart from the item(s) to sell, will I need to bring anything else along - I.D., etc?

They’re coming back… SUE HOLLY and her MASK company are bringing back to Calpe the West End artists Loraine Hart; Michael Chance; Jim McManus and Chris Hocking who with Sue presented the critically acclaimed ‘Side by Side’ musical revue last October. They will be joined by Barry Britten of ‘The Wireless Years’ fame, Georgina Todd who Photograph played Principal Boy courtesy of and Tiffany Todd who Benny Davis: played Snow White in Sue Holly and Michael the Brick Lane Music Hall’s production of Chance

‘Snow White and the Dwarf’ (How many did you expect in a recession?) and some very talented local child performers. The concert will be ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and feature the marvellous songs of Roger and Hammerstein. It will be staged in Calpe in aid of the charity, CARITAS this March and there will be just two performances. For more information or to join the ticket waiting list, call Sue on 966 480 683.

Stand Up Bingo a winner for earthquake appeal JALON VALLEY resident Jacqui Bevan was so moved by the events following the Haiti earthquake on January 12th, she felt she had to do something. She approached the Crisp family of Bar4 in Lliber and a date was set for a fund-raising event. Last Saturday, music was provided by SmileFM, food was supplied by the Crisp family and Smile DJ Richard encouraged those attending to dig deep into their pockets for a worthwhile cause. Jaqui ‘Stand Up Bingo’ was enjoyed by all and this, Bevan together with a raffle of donated prizes and a big (second on the right) collection bucket, meant €570 was raised. pictured Jacqui, thrilled with this amount, said it was likely to with the increase as there were still a few pledges outstanding. SmileFM Jacqui would like to take this opportunity to thank team and the Crisp family, the team from SmileFM and all who owners of Bar4 donated or helped with the event.

Yes. The Compro Oro Shops are legally registered businesses. Stephen and Andrew are true professionals in the jewellery business and both of the Compro Oro Shops are registered with the Spanish Police and the Authorities. You will need to bring your passport and details of where you live, and also sign a declaration that you are the legal owner of any item and entitled to sell it. Both Shops are easy to find • ‘Compro Oro Ondara’ is located opposite the Mas y Mas supermarket, N332 Avda Dr Fleming 53, Ondara. Tel: 965 767 724 (Mon – Fri 10.00 -13.00 & 17.00 – 20.00: Sat 10.00 – 13.00) • ‘Compro Oro Benissa’ is located beside the Notary at No 3 Calle Dr Pere Crespo. Tel: 965 730 142 (Mon – Fri 09.30–13.30 & 16.30 – 20.00: Sat 10.00 – 14.00)

Musicians play free for Haiti Gerdi Gerhard and Jonny Mowton of Big Jack’s Rhythm & Blues Band came up with the idea: ‘Let’s do whatever we can for the survivors in Haiti: orphaned children are living in unspeakable misery with only plastic sheeting to serve as a roof over their heads. Many of them are seriously injured but at best only receiving basic first aid treatment’. Band leader Hans-R Hieser told local press: “Over the coming weeks we will give up our time to play, every day if necessary, to help relieve this misery. One-and-a-half million people are homeless. The reconstruction will take decades. What these people need most is cash!

We have been in contact with town halls and the larger hotels with the sentiment that our band will not rest until we have made a real difference”. This brought an immediate response from Miguel Ángel Monterde, Director of the Diamante Beach Hotel, Calpe, who offered free use of the hotel’s largest banqueting hall: admission is free on Sunday, 14th February, 18.00 to 21.00, when all guests are invited to make a donation of €5 (or please more!)Also at the town hall, Teulada: Espai la Senieta, Moraira, Av. la Madrid, Friday, 12th February, 19.00 till 22.00. They aim to keep going until they fill a large laundry basket!

WIBC Women in Business Club A womens’ club based in the North Costa Blanca set up as a charitable association of international women who can help each other – financially and emotionally. Our goals are to network and build relationships, to share contacts and create business opportunities. We also fund raise for victims of domestic violence in the area. MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE ON MONDAYS – 14.00 First Monday - Calpe - Diamante Hotel Lobby Third Monday - Javea - L’Ancora Tennis Club Fourth Monday - Altea Restaurante Miramar Web site:

Buenos Aires comes to Benidorm HAVE YOU already broken your New Year resolution? You know – the one where you are going to get fit, slim and healthy. Within a month the effort feels too much hard work and you have failed. There is another way of achieving your aims. Have a dance: the Argentine Tango. This is the dance that allows the man to be a ‘caballero’ and the lady to feel like a princess and both release their inner sensuality. Originally in Buenos Aires times were hard: there were many immigrants, poverty and sadness. The tango became a language of non verbal

communication. “Let me dance with you for a moment in time and you will sense how I feel”. The dance also gained a reputation of being too ‘macho’. The men would dance together and only the local prostitutes and down town sexy girls would dance with them. Eventually, the ‘upper crust’ became interested and Tango became more respectable as it spread to Europe. Nowadays, Argentine Tango is global. Wherever you go you can find

a tango community and be welcomed into a unique social scene. We would like to invite YOU to join our small but keen Tango group here in Benidorm. Don’t be shy or inhibited: the Tango has no age; language; class or culture boundaries. Join with a partner or come on your own. In Benidorm we are also lucky to have Victorio, a fabulous multi-lingual Tango teacher and musician. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he is currently teaching at Conuco Dance Accademy. Classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 21.00 and practice on Friday evenings. For more information, please call 644 428 462 or 681 266 192.

Interchurch Choir Sonabilé Benidorm

International Interchurch Choir Sonabilé Benidorm is looking for singers living approximately 10 months per year in Spain, who can read music and/or have experience in singing in a choir and are willing to practice at home. The repertoire exists mainly of light to classical and spiritual music. We practice on Wednesday from 12.30 until around 13.30, at the Dutch Church, Avda. Doctor Severo Ochoa 10 (next to the petrol station). Buses 10, 11 and 4 stop close by. For information, please ring Liesbeth Boekhout on 655 189 706 or call at the church office on Friday between 10.00 and 12.00.(maximum 16 people)

Valentine’s day at Le Moulin Bistro

Valentine invites you to Valentine’s Day at Le Moulin.

Special Valentine’s Day Menu 25 Euros per person (including free bottle of cava per table) Spend that special day at our Mountain Bistro enjoying the views of the orange blossom coast away from the maddening crowd.

Got a story? 902 118 999

Menu de la Casa from 14.95 euros

Full A La Carte Menu

Now taking bookings for St. Valentines night.

Sunday Lunch 7th Feb 5 courses 14.75€ Daniel Whybrow, Guitarist playing Classic, Rock & Pop ST. VALENTINES DINNER/ DANCE SAT 13TH FEB Menage A Trois (returning after Christmas Carols Night) 5 courses 16.50€ Almond blossom walkers have lunch with us. Now taking bookings for MOTHER’s Day Mar 14th

Tel 96 640 5398 For reservations

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music scene Raw – vocal duo


AW ARE Mark and Suraya - a hugely popular vocal duo soon to move to the Costa del Sol. Take time out to see them perform now as their last gig in this area is on Sunday 7th March: Compiled by they sing a wide range of blues; rock; ballads; soul; pop; motown; disco and musical theatre.

Eric Taylor

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 GIG GUIDE FOR FERUARY & MARCH: Friday 5th - El Cid (Dinner dance), Benidoleig 659 921 875 Saturday 6th - Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol, or email: Benitachell

If there are any music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column, please contact Eric directly.

Sunday 7th - Bar So What, Calpe Port, 17.00 Friday 12th - El Paraiso Restaurant/Bar, Parcent Saturday 13th - Monroes Carvery, Pedreguer Saturday 20th - The Lee’s Bar, Orba Sunday 21st - Chez Flo, La Fustera, Calpe, 21.00 Wednesday 24th - Bar Quo Vadis, Javea Friday 26th - The Bell, Paichi Centre, Moraira Saturday 27th - Platino’s Lounge Bar, Arenal, Javea

Sunday 28th - Bar So What, Calpe Port, 17.00 Sunday 7th March - The Bell, Paichi Centre, Moraira.17.00 (Last Gig) For bookings and more info phone: 634 307 672.

June & Bill’s nights of Menage a Trois – cabaret trio rock n roll - Denia

FOR THE last five years, June and Bill Crook have been organizing Rock n Roll nights around the Denia area. The Rock n Roll nights are held in the Restaurant El Comercio, Marques de Campo, Denia, starting at 20.00. The cost is €14 per person and there will be a meal followed by dancing to Rock

n Roll music. Come along and relive the great days of Rock n Roll music. The next night is: Friday 5th February – live music with Vic Ryan. For more details, contact June: 628 071 258 or 966 420 193 or check out their website:

‘MENAGE A Trois’ are a new singing trio performing their own ‘Musical Comedy Cabaret’. The show is based on Musical Theatre with a definite slant towards the more comic numbers with some parodies of well-known numbers reflecting what has happened recently in musical theatre. The trio is made up of Philip and Chris (Apollo Duo) and Suzanne, who joined them last year. The cabaret can be performed as a ‘stand alone’ spot or with easy listening and dance music as part of a whole evening. For more info phone Phillip: 965 581 483 or website: www.philipashley. com/menageatrois This is a short demo of their show recorded at Le Cabaret: watch?v=l4bSaoM_xbg BOOKINGS FOR FEBRUARY Saturday 13th - Restaurante El Paraiso, Parcent. Saturday 20th - Le Cabaret, Lirios Centre, Cumbre del Sol

Vic Ryan Singer / Guitarist

VIC RYAN is a fun-loving entertainer who plays music from the 50’s – 90’s and performs for Country & Western; Rock n Roll and Cockney Nite evenings. For more info, phone: 965 832 362 or 606 994 625.




BOOKINGS FOR FEBRUARY Friday 5th - Rock n Roll Club, Denia Sunday 14th - Bar Emillo;s, Llosa de Camacho Tuesday 16th - Private Party Saturday 20th - ‘Cleverly’s’ Band. Beer Festival, Calpe Saturday 27th - Restaurant Awraba, Orba – ‘Country & Western’ Night Every week Nigel Turner, Cumberland Bar, Benidorm will be doing a Focus report on the nightlife of Benidorm and the artists performing there. Should any artist/venue wish to be included :– contact Nigel on 685 550 106, email:, web site:

Dave Sheriff – Country Music Entertainer

DAVE SHERIFF is an English Country Music singer equally well known in the line dancing arena for his ‘Red Hot Salsa’. He began writing and recording in 1991 and his debut CD album ‘One Man Band Extraordinaire’, with sixteen of his own songs, was awarded ‘Best Album’ at the 1993 ‘UK Country Music Radio Awards’. Dave has recorded many of his songs in Nashville, working with the very musicians responsible for creating that very distinctive ‘Nashville Sound’ - The highlight of Dave’s career has to be singing at the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, USA,

where he was invited to appear in June 2000 by Porter Wagoner. Dave returned to Nashville in September 2005 to start recording the highly acclaimed ’Overworked & Underpaid’ album. Three singles from the album have reached the Number one position in the British Country Music charts. Your chance to see Dave performing live as he is appearing at the Grand Ole Benidorm Opry on Monday 8 th February – €5, ticket only – phone 605 353 388 for more details.

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Tattoo Experience by

Darren Whiting Tattoo artist

WILLIAM BLAKE’S beautiful poem is apt and, at this moment in time, quite sad. I am sure you have read the about the diminishing number of tigers and tiger species around the world. The Tiger appears in tattoo culture all over the world and hold a very special place in the pantheon of images that make up the iconography of tattooing. Oriental or Western; the power and grace of the tiger continues to inspire artists across the globe. Sharing many aspects of symbolism with lion tattoos, tiger tattoos are a choice for someone wanting to convey attributes which combine beauty and strength. Tigers are the ‘king of animals’ and a popular symbol in the Eastern world. In Japan, the Samurai used the tiger as an emblem . The Tiger is often adopted by those wishing to inspire martial prowess; an example being the recent Tamil tigers or the ‘Flying Tigers’ in the Pacific during the Second World War. Even now there is the ‘Tiger meet’, where military aircraft from many forces are decorated with tiger paint schemes, meeting to show of the best tiger decoration. Tiger tattoo art can have, besides your own, the following symbolic meanings – power; might; pride; beauty; passion; sensuality; purity; courage and the ability to ward off evil spirits. Some of us just admire a beautiful, powerful animal and love that image on the skin. Usually a tattoo of a tiger is quite large because of the nature of the image. It is a common mistake made by people to get their tattoos too small and use some prime skin on something that doesn’t really fit the area being tattooed. Better to wait and do the image justice

rather than rush and end up, some day, regretting your tattoo: think before you ink. Don’t go into the tattoo studio and buy the first tattoo design you ‘kind of’ like: tattoo art is supposed to stay on your body forever. The largest (and one of the rarest) of all tiger species is The Siberian Tiger, with males reaching over ten feet from nose to tail-tip. The Siberian tiger haunts the forests of South-eastern Russia and parts of China. Perilously close to extinction, only a few hundred of these majestic animals remain in the wild. Tiger tattoos depicting the Siberian tiger are symbolic in themselves; power unmatched. In many Eastern mythologies, tigers are considered the kings of all beasts, much as lion; tigers and tiger tattoos often represent royalty and mystique. You can’t do that justice with a Tigger sized tattoo…

Darren Whiting is owner and tattoo artist at Cobra International Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Benidorm Old Town. He has been tattooing across Europe for over 18 years and here in the Costa Blanca for the last three. He is a trained artist, holding three fine art degrees to Master’s level. Letters and questions are welcomed, send them to



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Avoid the winter graveyard for plants by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

MANY GARDENERS just a few kilometres inland have already seen a white garden several times this winter and what February brings is anyone’s guess… Inevitably, if we get the freezing weather of February, 2005 plants will be lost. But things can be saved if you take precautions now. • If you have plants in pots, move them into a sheltered porch, covered or glazed terrace, cold frame or green house. The mini greenhouses that ‘Lidl’ sells each spring are excellent and they last for several years if carefully stored away each Spring. • If succulents were caught by the recent cold nights, don’t cut back the burnt leaves and stems at this stage. Leave them until the warm weather of early Spring and then cut them back to firm green growth. This might be almost back to soil level but in many cases the roots were not affected and new growth will soon appear. • Some coastal garden centres are already stocking early spring plants. They look so fresh

and tempting but say no for a while unless you have the mildest garden on your development. • If you have never done so, read through the plants lists in ‘Your Garden in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and go down the frost resistance column. Ask yourself how many high risk plants you have and if in a chilly spot decide now to avoid any more disappointments and wasted money and not buy any more. Rather start to make a list of the high and medium frost resisting plants for your Spring purchases. • Plants need little watering at this time of year, especially after recent rains – but we know that some irrigation systems are still left on! Ask yourself WHY? If you hire a gardener go and check the settings of your system. The more plants are watered in the winter, the more chance of fungi attacks and sappy growth that freezes even above two degrees with strong winds. It’s the dreaded wind factor effect. In 2005 this went down as low as minus 40ºC in some parts of the RTN circulation area. • If you are one of the rapidly increasing number of people growing vegetables here in Spain, reread what we say about growing vegetables naturally and ecologically from page 172 of ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’. In February 2005 we lost very little but Spanish allotments nearby were black from

Begin the precautions now to save your plants

being frozen – the result of too much winter feeding and watering. We are glad to know that the book is now becoming popular in Portugal and other countries around the Med in the hills and along the coast. • Cover sensitive plants with fleece and bubble wrap and vegetables in cold areas will benefit from plastic tunnels. Small plants can be covered with water bottles with the bottom cut off and a cane pushed through the throat and in to the soil to hold them steady on windy days.

• Several years ago we harvested a large bunch of fat asparagus spears for our Valentine’s Day dinner but not much chance of that this year. Yet it’s still a good time to plant young plantlets if you see any. They are normally sold dry in bundles or pre-packed in plastic. So happy and productive winter gardening!

Clodagh and Dick’s books

• Continue with the pruning of hard wood plants but hold back a little on soft fleshed plants until the weather warms up a little. • If you see some broccoli or sprouting broccoli for sale you can still plant them up. Here in Spain, if not forced, they will continue to live for two years. We are now having wonderful harvests of small heads from plants planted in September 2008.

Clodagh and Dick’s gardening books are full of practical creative and cost saving ideas. Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain and Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain soon pay for themselves. If you have trouble in finding them in local shops phone Santana Books on 952– 48-58-38: they will soon deliver by post.

BY CLODAGH and Dick Handscombe practical gardeners and authors who have enjoyed gardening in Spain for themselves and at times others for twenty five years. ‘Your Garden in Spain’, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ are each packed with valuable practical ideas and advice for making the garden more beautiful and productive and how to save money. They can be obtained from bookshops and internet book shops. Those of Santana Books Amazon and W.H.Smith have special New Year offers at present.

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Starting the year with a BANG! My Costa Adventures by

Anna Ratcliffe

Adventure days & experiences

2009 finished with a bang and 2010 started with one. This was due to my extended experiences in clay pigeon shooting, and what great fun it has been. On the A7 between Alicante and Alcoy, there is a shooting club named the 20 Club, and it hosts the only Spanish shooting school in Spain. The school and club are run by David Berenguer, who belongs to a widely well-known Spanish family. I’ve had several shooting experiences, from air rifles to adapted laser rifles and shotguns. I must say, my personal favourite is the shotgun and clay shooting. At David’s club we normally use a Browning gun; these are fairly common in UK shooting clubs. David prefers an Italian Beretta, which has an ‘over and under’ loading system. Both are reasonably priced guns and start off around €300 - €600. Various bullet types are used at the club, they all contain lead pellet and come in different weights and sizes. At the 20 Club there are six types of clay paths, these mimic flight paths of duck, partridge, magpie and turtle duck, plus movements of rabbit and pheasant. Upon our trip in January we were introduced to the gun, given a brief on mechanisms, bullets and most important of all, safety. Before the gun was loaded I practised loading and rejecting with an empty shell, slowly getting used to the positions required to do so. There is etiquette during shooting, for example, when resting the unloaded gun between shots; it should

be cocked and resting on one’s foot. When unloading the gun, shells should be caught, rather than letting them whizz out of the back when the gun is cocked (and possibly hitting someone). After the initial technique tuition and extended safety brief, we had a run through while the gun was loaded. With the safety on and my finger resting on the panel above the trigger, David reminded me that the best safety was me, mechanisms can fail and we should have complete control over the shots. With the gun loaded I got into position, legs at a fortyfive degree angle and most of my weight on my front foot, I wedged the gun in to my shoulder and nestled the butt into my cheek bone. Regulating my breathing to a steady pace, I took a couple of deep breaths and took off the safety catch. David told me to say ‘pull’ when I was ready and was waiting to activate the clay from the designated hide. Breathe; in and out, in and out. Control. Focus. Aim. ‘Pull!’. The clay whizzed out of the booth and arched through the air, remembering David’s wise words, I imagined the clay had a trail of smoke like planes in the sky. My aim caught up with the clay and bang! I shot it!! Talk about chuffed. I remained calm and focused, lowered the gun and set it to an angle at my ribs before cocking it, letting the empty shell loose and lowering the gun to my foot. Now for the important bit folks! You don’t have to be Einstein to know that these devices were invented to kill; people, animals and birds.

The gun is wedged into the shoulder and nestled into the cheek bone

They are dangerous. In Spain you need to have a license for guns and even though you are allowed them in your home (unlike the UK), they have to be registered to a

club. This is monitored and governed by the Spanish Federation of gun clubs. For more information you can contact David Berenguer at Alicante

Art break by Jack Troughton

Julia with one of her own paintings

Shooting Breaks, telephone 617 989 977. To see all the article written for the RTN to date please go to my blog: http://mycostaadventures.

WORK PRODUCED ‘in-house’ by 15 talented artists over the first year of a Costa Blanca gallery’s life forms an exciting new week long exhibition. ArtHouse Gallery opened 12 months ago and has become a centre of excellence in Gata de Gorgos for artists with both professional and amateur backgrounds. Whatever the experience of those taking part, they have all been handed the opportunity to show off their work. And the exhibition opens on Saturday night (February 6th) from 20.00 until 22.00 and runs until Saturday February 13th. ArtHouse director Julia Evans – a professional artist herself – said it was an exciting opportunity for all involved. “The standard is absolutely fantastic and it is giving everyone the opportunity to take part. “The artists all have one thing in common; they all attend classes at the gallery. At

ArtHouse we are proud of the fact that we train artists of all levels of ability, from complete beginners to more established artists who want to develop their skills. “Some of these artists have been drawing and painting for a period of only six weeks, while others have been painting for many years.” And Julia said she was proud of beginners, who illustrated how “…anyone can pick up a paintbrush and with the right guidance have the capability to produce beautiful artwork to a very high standard.” She said the exhibition also provided artists showing for the first time a “little nudge” to give them confidence and look at some “cracking work” from another angle. Julia said her one difficulty was how to hang the work around the walls of ArtHouse “because there is such a diverse range of styles and subjects.” For more information, ring 965 756 286, email or visit

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Experience MTV Winter Valencia

The Arctic Monkeys are headlining at

this year’s MTV Winter in Valencia


Kirsty Tuxford

Photo by Frida Borjeson

Freelance writer

Fans of indie rock music should be heading to Valencia for the annual free MTV music festival on 13th February. Headlining this year are the Arctic Monkeys. Last year more than 38,000 people came to the concert – an event that puts Valencia firmly on the music map.

THE BRITISH indie rock band will be playing their latest album, Humbug, to crowds at Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. Also playing are The Mystery Jets, Lightspeed Champion and Valencia’s own Fuzzy White Casters and more local bands. Humbug, released in the UK in August 2009, shot to the number one spot in the album charts, proving that the Arctic Monkeys are still a talented and diverse band, managing to update and alter their sound over the past decade. While it isn’t as energetic and full of snappy lyrics as their previous albums, it has a more mature, yet equally as appealing sound that has sent it to the top of the charts in several countries. The Arctic Monkeys have also recently headlined at Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and the Summersonic festival in Japan. The species ‘Arctic Monkey’ was born when Alex Turner (lead vocals and guitar) and Jamie Cook (guitar) were given a couple of guitars for Christmas back in 2001 when they were both only 20 years old. They were subsequently joined by Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals) and John Ashton as a touring member (keyboard; guitar; backing vocals). Former members include Andy Nicholson (bass guitar; backing vocals) and Glyn Jones (lead vocals; guitar). Their influences come from bands such as The Jam; The Clash and The Smiths, culminating in a unique sound that combines echoes of different generations. The Mystery Jets formed in the late 90s when their lead singer, Blaine

Harrison, was only 12-years-old tipple before going in, there are bars - he called the group ‘Misery Jets’, in inside the El Saler shopping centre honour of the planes that flew over opposite. The setting, inside the iconic his city. Although they later changed City of Arts and Sciences, adds to the to the current name: Mystery Jets. ambience of what is one of Valencia’s They’ll be playing songs from their biggest nights out. two albums to date, Making Dens and See Twenty One, and a taster of their third mtvwinter10/index.php for more album due for release in May. information. The multi-talented Dev Hynes, the man behind Lightspeed Champion, is 23-years-old and plays the piano, the cello and the guitar. After the By car break-up of his dubiously named Travel north on the A7 toll motorway, previous group, Test Icicles, he then take the V-31 Valencia (Sur). At the started Lightspeed Champion. He is roundabout take the first exit onto Avenida about to release a new collection of del Actor Antonio Ferrandis. Stay on this 12 songs that blend musical ambition road until you reach a final roundabout with emotional honesty; a departure where you will see the City of Arts and from his previous style, which was Sciences in front of you. more in the vein of classic 70s rock and French standards. By train Finally, the Valencian Fuzzy See for trains to Valencia. White Casters bring together 90s dance with hints of American By bus hip hop and Indie rock. This is a From the central bus station, cross the road promising band with frenetic, and take the number 95 bus. colourful live performances; the The following buses also travel to the City result of a whole year packed with of Arts and Sciences from other parts of the concerts in most of Valencia’s city: 19, 35, 95 and 40. venues and also in London. This is the third MTV Winter festival Metro Take line 3 or line 5 and get off at Alameda. in Valencia – last year saw Franz Then walk 15 minutes south towards the City Ferdinand; Mando Diao; Starsailor of Arts and Siences. and Polock rock the crowd in an unforgettable night. How often do you get to see bands as famous as Franz ADDITIONAL EVENT IN VALENCIA Also:coming 2nd – 4th February: VIII Valencia Also up in Valencia: Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys for Fashion Week in Feria free? This is going to be massive. Joss Stone at Heineken Valencia See The concert starts at 20.00 – last Greenspace 12th February for more information. year there was no alcohol allowed Doors open at 20.30 inside – but if you fancy a quick

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Readers’ recipes

DURING THE nine plus years that I have lived in Almoradí, I have missed only a few editions of RTN and I have learned that a large proportion of resident ex-pats are pensioners, singles or couples suffering from a loss of pension value with little interest in cooking complex dishes. So the recipes they need are inexpensive, healthy, easy to prepare and most importantly - TASTY. That definition leads us to one type of food in particular, as our mothers and grandmothers knew only too well - SOUP. My wife and I enjoy the following: Leek and Ginger Beetroot Chickpea Garlic and Mint Leek and Potato Lentil and Tomato Leek and Carrot Curried Parsnip Roasted Pumpkin Garbanzo (Chickpea) Creamy Butternut Beetroot and Butterbean Squash

And one that will be a surprise - Brussel Sprout and Caramelised Onion! Honestly, it’s delicious! Most can be made from vegetables available in our markets where you can buy one leek or one parsnip, etc. Others are made by using items in jars such as chickpeas and butterbeans or tins such as chopped tomatoes.

Here is a classic which is not very difficult to make: FRENCH ONION SOUP INGREDIENTS: 500g onions, peeled, halved and sliced 40g butter 1 tbsp olive oil - not virgen extra 1/2 tsp salt & fresh black pepper to taste 1 large bay leaf 1tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 if using dried 15g plain flour 250ml dry white wine 500 ml beef stock - if using a cube use less salt above 1 tsp chopped parsley for decoration

METHOD: Melt butter and olive oil in a thick based pot. Add onions, salt and pepper, bay leaf and thyme. Stir, cover and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes - DO NOT BROWN THE ONIONS. Increase the heat a little, remove lid and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes until onions have caramelised. Stir in the flour and cook over a low heat 3-4 minutes. Stir in the wine and stock, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. SERVE WITH CHEESE CROUTONS: Cut small slices from a ‘bocadillo’ or other roll; toast one side under the grill. Cover the other side with a good 1/2 inch of grated cheese (whichever is your favourite but NOT mild) and return to the grill until it is bubbling and turning to a golden colour. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Buen provecho! Jim McEleny

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Latest Email flagged version of as spam? Firefox Mary and Kath via email ask:

Hello Aunty, I wonder if you could help me please. When I send an

email to a friend she does not receive it, but all the others on my list do. I

receive hers okay and no errors come back from Postmaster when I send

them. What can be done if anything? Hope you can understand what I am trying to say. Aunty says:

There are a few things that this could

be and as there is only the one email in

you list that isn’t receiving emails from you, I suspect that your email address has been flagged as possible SPAM

on your friends system. Depending

on their email provider there should be some kind of SPAM folder where potentially dangerous emails are

automatically dumped. You can usually retrieve individual emails and unspam that particular address.

with aunty virus

Bill from the Orihuela Costa asks: Hi Aunty your column is a ‘must read’. Is it at all possible to create a ‘rubber stamp’ facility on my laptop of my rather long winded Email address? So many online applications ask for an address and you are required to type in your Email address again and again. The feature I am seeking is when I go on the space to enter my email address I simply press 2 or 3 particular keys in a certain order and in doing so, my complete email address is inserted. Dreamland perhaps, but then so many things are possible with computers. Aunty Says: There is an easy way Bill but unfortunately it can cause some serious security issues. The reason for this is that Windows will need to store this personal information somewhere on your system therefore making it accessible to intruders. The way I have done it is a little more complicated but offers a very high level of security and far more options. First you need the latest version of Firefox as your browser which you can download from www. Once installed type ‘Firefox 4775’ into Google and the first link you will see is an ‘auto-fill’ link where you can download a special plug-in that will allow you to setup exactly what information you want to automatically appear when filling out forms. A new button will appear in Firefox (looks like a pencil) and you can start to add your info from the settings option (the small arrow). From there on a simple left click of the mouse button will drop down a list for you to choose from. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

Laptop: on or off? Doreen via email asks:

your equipment and saving electricity. Each time you switch your

Is it correct to leave a laptop on like a computer, or close it

contribute to the wear and tear of the electronics inside. A laptop’s

Hi Aunty. Can you please settle this minor argument for me? altogether when not in use, even only for a couple of hours? I

enjoy your column and like many of your correspondence I am also a novice. Aunty says:

There are a couple of different schools of thought regarding this

Doreen but generally speaking it’s a toss up between preserving

PC or laptop on/off it will heat up and cool down and this will greatly

battery will also suffer if left permanently on charge as it will eventually lose the ability to hold a charge. If you have your laptop running off mains electricity most of the time then remove the battery (usually

two clips underneath). All laptops have a fairly advanced built in power management system which will send them into hibernation after a

certain period of inactivity, and as they use about a fifth of the power of a PC you may find leaving it on the better option.

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Picture and fax viewer Turning off pop ups Reginald via email asks: Dear Aunty. Thanks for your many tips and advice. Sometimes when I click on an attachment in my email it goes to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. After having seen the item I also notice lots of unknown images there. Is there a way of deleting all of these items, or do I have to delete them one by one as I do at the moment? Aunty says: You can easily delete the entire contents of a folder by simply highlighting all of the files with a drag of the mouse or by using the Ctrl & the ‘a’ key (select all). You first need to open the folder where these files are, and the best way is to use ‘my computer’ (XP) or ‘computer’ in Vista and Win7. If you’re not sure where the pictures are stored then right click on the picture in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and choose ‘properties’.

Philip via email asks: I often use an online TV Guide which allows me to place my mouse over a programme and a pop-up appears giving me further details of said programme. This I find very useful. However, a fraction of a second later another popup appears on top of the original one giving me a list of Spanish words which are a translation of the word directly under my mouse. This I find very irritating. Every time I move my mouse both pop-ups re-appear. Please can you tell me how to turn off and on the Spanish translation? There will be times when I will want to use this facility but I’d rather turn it on when I need it than have it on as the default. I run Windows Vista on my pc.

I cannot be 100% sure what to suggest. The initial pop-up (with info about the TV program) will have been written by the website admin people and is part of the website. I suspect the auto translation is a plug-in or add-on to do with your browser or Google which you can easily enable and disable from the ‘tools’ menu option in IE or Firefox.

Aunty says: Hi Philip. I think this is probably an additional service you have installed on your computer, but without knowing the website or which browser you are using

That’s all for this week, email me on and I will do my best to sort you out

tv Friday


5-11 February 2010

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under Revisited; BBC News; 12.00 Best of Homes Under the Hammer 12.30 Cash in the Attic; BBC News; Weather. 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 - 14.45 BBC News 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News 16.05 CBeebies: Big & Small. 16.15 Grandpa in My Pocket 16.25 CBBC: Tronji. 16.50 OOglies 17.05 ROY 17.35 Gastronuts 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 A Question of Sport 21.00 EastEnders 21.30 QI 22.00 Silent Witness 23.00 BBC News 23.25 Regional News 23.35 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 0.35 The National Lottery EuroMillions Draw 0.45 A Fish Called Wanda 2.30 Sign Zone: Great

7.00 - 11.00 Childrens Programs 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: Primary Class Clips. 12.15 BBC Primary Geography 12.25 Something Special 12.40 Look and Read 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Panic Attack 14.30 Animal Park 15.15 Car Booty 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! 17.30 Ready Steady Cook 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20.00 Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain 21.00 Mastermind 21.30 An Island Parish 22.00 Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World 23.00 Mock the Week 23.30 Newsnight 0.00 The Review Show 0.45 Heroes 1.30 Nurse Jackie 2.00 Witchfinder General 3.25 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 Granada News and Weather 15.00 House Gift 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16.59 Granada Weather 17.00 A Touch of Frost 18.00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports; 19.30 ITV News 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 Dancing on Ice Friday 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 Popstar to Operastar 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 Jaws 2 1.45 Ladette to Lady; ITV News Headlines. 2.40 Stealing Christmas 4.05 ITV Nightscreen

7.10 The Hoobs 8.00 Freshly Squeezed 8.25 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.20 Frasier 9.50 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.50 Deal or No Deal 11.35 According to Jim 12.05 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 How Clean Is Your House? 13.35 The Home Show 14.35 Retreat, Hell! 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 17.55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.30 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 20.30 My Boyfriend the MI5 Hoaxer 21.00 Relocation: Phil Down Under 22.00 Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong USA 23.00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23.50 Rude Tube 0.55 4Music: Mercury Prize Sessions 1.05 Daredevils: The Human Bird 2.10 Slackers 3.35 The Closer

7.00 - 10.05 Childrens Programs 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 House Doctor: Inside and Out 13.35 Five News 13.45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes? 14.15 Cooking the Books 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visit 16.05 Out of the Woods 18.00 Five News; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Chris Barrie’s Massive Speed; Five News Update. 21.00 Killer Amazon Bats: Austin Stevens’ Adventures; Five News at 9. 22.00 Fun with Dick and Jane 23.50 Paul Merton in Europe 0.50 Rough Guide To 1.10 SuperCasino 5.00 Brian Sewell’s Grand Tour

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 Lion Man 12.00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 13.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 14.00 Oops TV 14.30 The Simpsons 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 Lost 17.30 Lion Man 18.00 WWE Superstars 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Lost: Final Chapter 22.00 Lost 0.00 Modern Family 0.30 Football’s Next Star 1.30 Road Wars 3.20 Ross Kemp in Afghanistan 4.10 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 5.00 Bite Size Brainiac 5.20 Battlestar Galactica 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

7.00 Breakfast 11.00 Saturday Kitchen 12.35 Rachel Allen: Home Cooking 13.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 13.15 Football Focus 14.00 Bill McLaren: Flower of Scotland 14.40 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17.25 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 17.35 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 20.05 So You Think You Can Dance 21.05 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21.55 So You Think You Can Dance 22.25 Casualty 23.15 BBC News 23.35 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 0.55 The Football League Show 2.10 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross; Weatherview. 3.15 Sign Zone: Dear Diary 4.15 Sign Zone: Holby City 5.15 BBC News

7.00 - 9.00 Childrens Programs 9.00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab; Leon. 9.30 Jump Nation 10.30 Prank Patrol 11.00 Ed and Oucho’s Excellent Inventions 11.30 Keep Your Enemies Close 12.00 The Slammer 12.30 Animals at Work 13.00 BBC Switch: Greek 13.45 BBC Switch: The 5:19 Show 14.10 BBC Switch: The Well 14.35 BBC Switch: The Cut 15.00 BBC Switch: Revealed 15.15 Young Winston 17.30 Final Score 18.15 Art of Russia 19.15 A History of Christianity 20.15 Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World 21.15 The Virtual Revolution 22.15 QI XL 23.00 Heroes 23.45 Kill Bill: Vol Two 1.50 Lonesome Jim 3.15 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 10.55 When in Rome 12.30 Popstar to Operastar 13.35 News; Weather 13.39 Granada Weather 13.40 Big Fat Liar 15.20 Kangaroo Jack 17.00 Creature Comforts 17.10 Granada News and Weather 17.25 ITV News and Weather 17.40 Evan Almighty 19.30 New You’ve Been Framed! 20.00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20.30 Take Me Out 21.30 All Star Mr & Mrs 22.30 Music and Lyrics 0.25 ITV News and Weather; Weather 0.40 The Deer Hunter; ITV News Headlines. 4.00 Six Degrees 4.45 ITV Nightscreen

7.10 The Hoobs 8.00 Freesports on 4 8.30 World Sport 9.00 The Morning Line 9.55 T4: Friends 11.00 T4: Glee 11.55 T4: Pixie Lott: Video Exclusive 12.05 T4: Dave Berry’s Great British No 1s 13.10 T4: T4 at Fight Cervical Cancer in Style 14.00 T4: Smallville 15.00 Channel 4 Racing from Sandown Park, Wetherby and Doncaster 17.00 Three Hungry Boys 17.25 Come Dine with Me 20.00 Channel 4 News 20.30 Haiti’s Killer Quake: Why It Happened 21.30 Independence Day 0.15 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 1.00 As Good as It Gets 3.30 The Closer 4.15 St Elsewhere 5.05 Scrapheap Challenge 6.00 Countdown 6.45 The Hoobs

7.00 Sunrise 8.00 Milkshake!: Elmo’s World. 8.15 Little Princess 8.25 Fireman Sam 8.40 Chiro 8.45 Make Way for Noddy 9.00 Hana’s Helpline 9.15 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 9.30 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9.50 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 10.00 Olivia 10.15 The Mr Men Show 10.30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11.00 The Gadget Show 12.00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 13.00 Monster Python: Austin Stevens’ Adventures 14.00 Zoo Days 14.40 Ryan’s Daughter 18.10 Five News 18.15 Steel Magnolias 20.25 NCIS 22.20 Crime Scene Investigation 23.15 CSI: NY 0.15 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1.10 SuperCasino 5.05 House Doctor 6.00 Hana’s Helpline

7.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 8.00 Malcolm in the Middle 9.00 Oops TV 9.30 Futurama 10.00 Soccer AM 13.00 Football’s Next Star 14.00 Lost: Final Chapter 15.00 Got to Dance 16.00 Fat Families 17.00 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 18.00 Got to Dance 19.00 Futurama 19.30 The Simpsons 20.00 Simpsons 20.30 The Simpsons 21.00 Oops TV 22.00 Die Hard 0.35 Lost: Final Chapter 1.35 Got to Dance 2.35 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 3.25 Road Wars 4.25 NCIS: Los Angeles 5.15 Prison Break

7.00 Breakfast 8.35 Match of the Day 10.00 The Andrew Marr Show 11.00 The Big Questions 12.00 Country Tracks 13.00 The Politics Show 14.00 EastEnders 15.30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 18.00 Songs of Praise 18.35 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 19.00 Countryfile 20.00 Antiques Roadshow 21.00 Lark Rise to Candleford 22.00 Seven Ages of Britain 23.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 23.25 Would I Lie to You? 23.55 Live Super Bowl XLIV; Weatherview.

7.00 CBeebies: Jakers! 7.20 Clifford 7.35 Boo! 7.45 Louie 8.00 CBBC: Arthur. 8.15 Dennis and Gnasher 8.40 The Basil Brush Show 9.05 Jinx; Leon. 9.30 Dani’s House 10.00 Tracy Beaker Returns 10.30 Spirit Warriors 11.00 Something for the Weekend 12.30 Nicholas and Alexandra 15.30 EastEnders 16.00 Herbie Rides Again 17.25 Escape to the Country 18.10 Natural World 19.10 100 Years of Girl Guides 20.10 Lost Kingdoms of Africa 21.00 The Best of Top Gear 22.00 The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart 23.00 Match of the Day 2 0.00 This World: Mexico’s Drug War 1.00 The Persuasionists 1.30 Adam & Paul

7.00 GMTV 10.25 Britain’s Favourite View 10.35 Coronation Street 12.55 News; Weather 13.09 Granada Weather 13.10 On the Buses 14.55 Columbo: Suitable for Framing 16.25 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 18.25 Granada News and Weather 18.40 ITV News and Weather 18.55 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 19.25 Dancing on Ice 21.30 Wild at Heart 22.30 Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 23.00 ITV News and Weather; Weather 23.15 Closing the Ring 1.25 To Kill a Mockingbird; ITV News Headlines. 3.35 Dating the Enemy 4.00 ITV Nightscreen

7.10 The Hoobs 7.35 Yo Gabba Gabba 8.05 Beach Volleyball 9.00 Ironman Triathlon 9.30 Freesports on 4 10.00 T4: The Hills 10.25 T4: Friends 10.55 T4: Hollyoaks 13.25 T4: Ultimate Traveller 14.35 T4: Friends 15.10 T4: Shooting Peter Andre 15.45 T4: 90210 16.40 T4: The Simpsons 17.40 Deal or No Deal 18.30 Glee 19.30 Channel 4 News 20.00 The Bible: A History 21.00 The Devil Wears Prada 23.10 The September Issue 1.00 James Brown’s Supermodel Salon 2.00 The Sky Walker: Daredevils 3.00 Emergency in the Womb 3.55 The Closer 4.45 St Elsewhere 5.35 Hill Street Blues 6.20 Countdown

7.00 - 10.05 Childrens Programs 10.00 Olivia 10.15 The Mr Men Show 10.30 Milkshake! Show Songs 10.35 Gerald McBoing Boing 11.00 Shake!: Hannah Montana. 11.35 Wizards of Waverly Place 12.10 Build a New Life in the Country 13.10 Ice Road Truckers 14.10 The Gadget Show 14.20 Before Winter Comes 16.20 RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement 18.10 Goofy - How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre 18.15 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World; Pluto - Food for Feudin’. 19.50 Five News 19.55 Hollywood Homicide 22.00 SWAT 0.20 Hannibal 2.50 SuperCasino 5.05 House Doctor 6.00 Hana’s Helpline 6.10 The Milkshake! Show

tv Saturday

tv Sunday

8.30 Biathlon 10.00 Athletics 11.30 Ski Jumping 13.00 Athletics 14.00 MotoGP 17.00 Live Ski Jumping 18.00 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 18.15 Live Cross-Country Skiing 19.30 Eurogoals Flash 19.40 Ski Jumping 20.15 Live Cross-Country Skiing 21.45 Timbersports World Championship 22.45 Poker 23.45 Yoz Magazine 0.15 Freeride Spirit Show 0.30 Ski Jumping

8.00 Bewitched 9.00 Maury 9.55 Celebs Off Duty 10.00 Nothing to Declare 11.00 America’s Next Top Model 12.00 Maury 12.55 Celebs Off Duty 13.00 Four Weddings 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Criminal Minds 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 20.00 Ghost Whisperer 22.00 Criminal Minds 23.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Supernatural 3.00 Boston Legal 4.00 Charmed 5.40 10 Years Younger US

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain BBC two, 20.00

8.30 Luge 10.00 Ski Jumping 10.30 Biathlon 12.00 Ski Jumping 13.00 Cross-Country Skiing 14.45 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 15.00 Ski Jumping 15.45 Live Ski Jumping 17.40 Wintersports Weekend 17.45 Cross-Country Skiing 19.15 Ski Jumping 20.00 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 20.15 Live Cross-Country Skiing 21.45 Sailing 21.55 Boxing 0.00 Fight Club 1.00 Ski Jumping 1.45 Wintersports Weekend 1.50 Sailing

8.00 I Dream of Jeannie 9.00 Bewitched 10.00 My Wife and Kids 11.00 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 12.00 Will & Grace 13.00 Canada’s Next Top Model 14.00 Ghost Whisperer 15.00 Four Weddings 18.00 Nothing to Declare 19.00 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 21.00 Criminal Minds 22.00 Most Haunted: The Live Series 0.00 Medium 1.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Supernatural 3.00 Canada’s Next Top Model 4.00 Exposed: Jordan 4.50 Will & Grace 5.40 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 6.30 Home Shopping

8.30 Wintersports Weekend 8.35 Luge 9.00 Ski Jumping 10.30 Biathlon 12.00 Live UEFA Euro 2012 Draw 13.00 Planet Armstrong 13.15 Cycling 13.45 Ski Jumping 14.30 Live Ski Jumping 16.25 Wintersports Weekend 16.30 Luge 17.00 Cycling 17.30 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 17.45 Figure Skating 19.15 Ski Jumping 20.20 Sailing 20.30 Boxing 22.00 Cycling 23.00 Ski Jumping 0.30 Cross-Country Skiing 1.15 Wintersports Weekend 1.20 Sailing

8.00 I Dream of Jeannie 9.00 Bewitched 10.00 My Wife and Kids 11.00 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 12.00 Will & Grace 13.00 America’s Next Top Model 14.00 So You Think You Can Dance 16.00 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 19.00 Nothing to Declare 20.00 Psychic Sally: On the Road 21.00 Medium 22.00 Criminal Minds 23.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Supernatural 3.00 America’s Next Top Model 4.00 Passport Patrol 4.50 Will & Grace 5.40 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Haiti’s Killer Quake Channel 4, 20.30

7.00 Hour of Power 8.00 Oops TV 9.00 Malcolm in the Middle 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 WWE Superstars 12.00 WWE: Experience 13.00 Futurama 14.00 The Real A&E 15.00 Fat Families 16.00 Fat Pets, Fat Owners 17.00 Got to Dance 18.00 The Simpsons 19.00 Got to Dance 20.30 Modern Family 21.00 Football’s Next Star 22.00 24 0.00 Football’s Next Star 1.00 Road Wars 2.00 UK Border Force 2.50 Road Wars 3.40 Guinness World Records Smashed! 4.30 Drugs Wars: DEA 5.20 Hello Goodbye 5.45 Fat Pets, Fat Owners 6.35 Fat Pets, Fat Owners

RoboCop: The Slumdog Future of Law Millionaire Enforcement Channel 4, fIVE, 16.20 10.00pm

tv Monday

5-11 February 2010

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 Lion Man 12.00 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 13.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 14.00 Bones 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 The Real A&E 17.30 Lion Man 18.00 Malcolm in the Middle 18.30 Futurama 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Football’s Next Star 22.00 Got to Dance 23.00 24 1.00 Road Wars 2.50 Ross Kemp in Afghanistan 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? 5.20 Battlestar Galactica

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12.00 Best of Homes Under the Hammer 12.30 Cash in the Attic 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 - 14.45 BBC News 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News 16.05 CBeebies: Big & Small. 16.15 Grandpa in My Pocket 16.30 CBBC: Tronji. 16.50 OOglies 17.05 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 17.35 MI High 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 - 20.00 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 Inside Out; BBC News 21.00 EastEnders 21.30 Panorama 22.00 Hustle 23.00 BBC News 23.35 Inside Sport: Michael Johnson, Downhill Skier 0.05 Late Kick Off 0.35 Mimic; Weatherview. 2.20 Sign Zone: Delia Through the Decades 2.50 Sign Zone: Survivors

7.00 - 10.35 Childrens Programs 10.35 Little Prairie Dogs 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: Primary Literacy - Speakers and Listeners. 12.20 Maths Channel 12.25 Being Italian 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Panic Attack 14.30 Animal Park 15.15 Car Booty 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! 17.30 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20.00 Seven Ages of Britain 21.00 University Challenge 21.30 Delia Through the Decades 22.00 Generation Jihad 23.00 Nurse Jackie 23.30 Newsnight; Weather. 0.20 The Virtual Revolution 1.20 An Island Parish 1.50 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 Granada News and Weather 15.00 House Gift 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16.59 Granada Weather 17.00 Midsomer Murders 18.00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports; Weather 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 The Lakes 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 Law & Order: UK 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 Red Dragon 1.50 Take Me Out; ITV News Headlines. 2.45 Loose Women 3.30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.25 ITV Nightscreen

7.05 The Hoobs 8.00 Freshly Squeezed 8.25 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.20 Frasier 9.50 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.50 Deal or No Deal 11.35 According to Jim 12.05 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News Summary 13.05 Proud Parents 13.15 The Home Show 14.15 Dragoon Wells Massacre 15.55 The TV Book Club 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.30 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 Dispatches: Post Office Undercover 22.00 Tower Block of Commons 23.00 The Good Wife 23.55 Picture Me: A Model’s Diary 1.40 The Last Freak Show 2.10 The Enemy Within 3.10 The Banger Sisters 4.55 St Elsewhere

7.00 - 9.05 Childrens Programs 9.05 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.15 Peppa Pig 9.25 Thomas & Friends 9.35 Igam Ogam 9.50 Funky Valley 9.55 Rupert Bear 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 House Doctor: Inside and Out 13.35 Five News 13.45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes? 14.15 Hero Animals 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 Zoo Days 16.15 Desolation Canyon 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 How Do They Do It?; Five News Update. 21.00 The Gadget Show; Five News at 9. 22.00 Paul Merton in Europe 23.00 From Hell 1.25 Urban Legends 1.55 SuperCasino 5.00 Wildlife SOS

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12.00 Best of Homes Under the Hammer 12.30 Cash in the Attic 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News 16.05 CBeebies: Timmy Time. 16.15 Gigglebiz 16.30 CBBC: Tronji. 16.50 Frankenstein’s Cat 17.05 Deadly 60 17.30 Blue Peter 17.55 Caught in the Web: A Newsround Special 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 - 20.00 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 EastEnders; BBC News 21.00 Holby City 22.00 Survivors 23.00 - 23.35 BBC News 23.35 I Hate Mum 0.25 Film 2010 with Jonathan Ross 0.55 The Apprentice USA 1.40 The Apprentice USA; Weatherview. 2.25 Sign Zone: See Hear 2.55 Sign Zone: Andrew Marr’s

7.00 - 10.00 Childrens Programs 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Little Prairie Dogs 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: Caught in the Web: A Newsround Special. 12.30 Copyc@tz Beware! 12.45 Something Special 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Panic Attack 14.30 Animal Park 15.15 Car Booty 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! 17.30 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20.00 The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart 21.00 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 22.00 How Earth Made Us 23.00 Muslim Driving School 23.30 Newsnight; Weather. 0.20 Mad Men 1.10 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 Granada News 15.00 House Gift 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16.59 Granada Weather 17.00 Midsomer Murders 18.00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 The Krypton Factor 21.00 Cops with Cameras 22.00 Amanda Holden’s Fantasy Lives 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 Piers Morgan On 0.35 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime 1.30 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime; ITV News Headlines. 2.25 Loose Women 3.10 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.05 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 The Hoobs 8.00 Freshly Squeezed 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.25 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.50 According to Jim 11.20 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 3 Minute Wonder: The Estate 13.10 Cooking It 13.40 The Home Show 14.45 Battle for the Planet of the Apes 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.30 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 22.00 One Born Every Minute 23.00 Shameless 0.05 The Big Bang Theory 0.35 8 Out of 10 Cats 1.25 Late Night Poker 2.25 World Sport 2.50 Lives of the Artists 3.45 Bullrun 4.10 Beach Volleyball

7.00 - 10.05 Childrens Programs 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 House Doctor: Inside and Out 13.35 Five News 13.45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes? 14.15 Hero Animals 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 The Family Recipe 15.55 Rescuers: Stories of Courage - Two Women 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Chinese Food in Minutes; Five News Update. 21.00 Ice Road Truckers; Five News at 9. 22.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23.00 CSI: Miami; Five News Update. 0.00 CSI: NY 1.00 The FBI Files 2.00 SuperCasino 5.00 Wildlife SOS

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Got to Dance 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 Lion Man 12.00 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 13.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 14.00 Bones 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 The Real A&E 17.30 Lion Man 18.00 Malcolm in the Middle 18.30 Futurama 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Stargate Universe 22.00 Caprica 23.00 Lost 1.00 Caprica 2.00 Road Wars 2.50 Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Brainiac: Science Abuse 5.20 Battlestar Galactica 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12.00 Best of Homes Under the Hammer 12.30 Cash in the Attic 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 - 14.45 BBC News 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News 16.05 CBeebies: Timmy Time. 16.15 Gigglebiz 16.30 CBBC: Tronji. 16.50 Frankenstein’s Cat; Street Monsters. 17.05 SMart; MyWish. 17.35 Blue Peter 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 - 20.00 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 21.00 Rogue Traders 22.00 Cars, Cops and Criminals: Soft Targets 23.00 - 23.35 BBC News 23.35 The National Lottery Draws 23.45 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 1.05 In Dreams; Weatherview

7.00 - 10.00 Childrens Programs 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Little Prairie Dogs 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Nature’s Calendar 12.30 Daily Politics 14.00 See Hear 14.30 Working Lunch 15.00 Panic Attack 15.30 Car Booty 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! 17.30 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20.00 Coast 21.00 Natural World 22.00 Horizon: To Infinity and Beyond 23.00 Have I Got News for You 23.30 Newsnight; Weather 0.20 Jonathan Meades Off Kilter 1.20 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 Granada News and Weather 15.00 House Gift 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16.59 Granada Weather 17.00 Midsomer Murders 18.00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports; Weather 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Lion Country 21.00 Midsomer Murders 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 The Whole Ten Yards 1.25 October Road; ITV News Headlines. 2.15 Loose Women 3.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 3.55 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 The Hoobs 8.00 Freshly Squeezed 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.25 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.55 Deal or No Deal 11.40 According to Jim 12.05 Without a Trace 13.00 Channel 4 News Summary 13.05 Proud Parents 13.15 Cooking It 13.50 Airport 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.30 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 Relocation, Relocation 22.00 Embarrassing Bodies 23.00 Desperate Housewives 0.00 Shameless 1.00 4Music: 360 Sessions 1.35 Gerry’s Big Decision 2.40 This Week’s 4Music Top 20 4.25 The Closer 5.10 St Elsewhere

7.00 - 10.05 Childrens Programs 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 House Doctor: Inside and Out 13.35 Five News 13.45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes? 14.15 Hero Animals 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 Animal Rescue Squad 16.05 Living with the Enemy 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Monkey Life; Five News Update. 21.00 Secrets of Egypt: Alexander’s Tomb; Five News at 9. 22.00 NCIS 23.00 Numb3rs 0.00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 0.55 Poker 2.25 SuperCasino 5.00 Wildlife SOS

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 Lion Man 12.00 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 13.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 14.00 Bones 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 The Real A&E 17.30 Lion Man 18.00 Malcolm in the Middle 18.30 Futurama 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Fat Families 22.00 Got to Dance 0.00 Die Hard 2.35 NCIS: Los Angeles 3.35 Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan 4.30 Battlestar Galactica 5.20 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? 6.10 Don’t Forget the Lyrics

tv Tuesday

tv Wednesday


8.30 Wintersports Weekend 8.35 Ski Jumping 9.30 Live America’s Cup Sailing 12.00 Luge 12.30 Cycling 13.00 Live Cycling 14.00 Figure Skating 15.30 Cross-Country Skiing 16.30 Ski Jumping 18.00 Eurogoals 18.45 Football: World Cup Preview 19.15 FIFA World Cup Giants 19.45 Eurogoals 20.35 Sailing 20.45 Australian Open Tennis 22.45 Sailing 22.55 Cycling 23.55 Eurogoals 0.40 Cycling

8.00 Bewitched 9.00 Maury 9.55 Celebs Off Duty 10.00 Nothing to Declare 11.00 America’s Next Top Model 12.00 Maury 12.55 Celebs Off Duty 13.00 Four Weddings 13.30 Will & Grace 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Grey’s Anatomy 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 20.00 Ghost Whisperer 21.00 Britain’s Worst Home 22.00 America’s Next Top Model 23.00 Changing Faces 0.00 Criminal Minds 1.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Supernatural 3.00 Boston Legal

8.35 WATTS 8.45 Eurogoals 9.30 Football: World Cup Preview 10.00 Ski Jumping 11.00 Cross-Country Skiing 12.00 Australian Open Tennis 13.30 Live WTA Tennis 19.00 Eurogoals Flash 19.10 FIFA World Cup Giants 19.40 Football: World Cup Preview 20.10 Sailing 20.20 Boxing 23.00 Freeride Spirit Show 23.30 Motor Racing 0.30 Eurogoals 1.15 Sailing 1.25 WATTS

8.00 Bewitched 9.00 Maury 9.55 Celebs Off Duty 10.00 Nothing to Declare 11.00 America’s Next Top Model 12.00 Maury 12.55 Celebs Off Duty 13.00 Four Weddings 13.30 Will & Grace 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Grey’s Anatomy 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 20.00 Ghost Whisperer 21.00 America’s Next Top Model 22.00 Psychic Sally: On the Road 23.00 Most Haunted: Almost Live Series 0.00 Criminal Minds 1.00 Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Supernatural 3.00 Boston Legal


Eurosport, 12.30 , 22.55 & o.40pm

Lost 1

Sky , 23.00

8.30 Freeride Spirit Show 9.00 Olympic Magazine 9.30 Live America’s Cup Sailing 12.00 Live WTA Tennis 18.00 WATTS 18.15 Winter Sports 18.45 Winter Olympics Countdown 19.00 Eurogoals Flash 19.10 Sailing 19.20 Wednesday Selection 19.25 Show Jumping 20.25 Riders Club 20.30 US Tour Golf 21.30 European Tour Golf 22.00 Golf Club 22.05 Sailing 22.35 Yacht Club 22.40 Wednesday Selection 22.45 WTA Tennis 0.00 Figure Skating 1.00 Winter Olympics Countdown 1.20 Sailing 1.30 Olympic Magazine

Will & Grace Living, 13.30

8.00 Bewitched 9.00 Maury 9.55 Celebs Off Duty 10.00 Nothing to Declare 11.00 America’s Next Top Model 12.00 Maury 12.55 Celebs Off Duty 13.00 Four Weddings 13.30 Will & Grace 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Grey’s Anatomy 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 20.00 Ghost Whisperer 21.00 Grey’s Anatomy 22.00 Supernatural 0.00 Criminal Minds 1.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Boston Legal 3.00 Diet on the Dancefloor

tv Thursday


5-11 February 2010

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 - 13.15 BBC News 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 - BBC News 14.30 Regional News; Weather 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16.05 CBeebies: Timmy Time. 16.15 Gigglebiz 16.30 CBBC: Tronji. 16.50 Frankenstein’s Cat; Street Monsters. 17.05 Horrible Histories 17.35 Relic: Guardians of the Museum 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 BBC News; Weather 19.30 Regional News Programmes; Weather 20.00 The One Show 20.30 EastEnders; BBC News; Regional News. 21.00 Material Girl 22.00 Silent Witness 23.00 BBC News 23.25 Regional News; Weather 23.35 Question Time 0.35 This Week; Skiing Weatherview. 1.25 Sign Zone: Panorama 1.55 Sign Zone: Art of Russia 2.55 Sign Zone: Countryfile 3.50 Sign Zone: Natural World 4.50 Sign Zone: The Rat Pack 5.20 BBC News

7.00 CBeebies: Jakers! 7.20 Clifford 7.35 Boo! 7.45 Louie 7.55 Pingu 8.00 CBBC: Tronji. 8.25 Newsround 8.30 Barney’s Barrier Reef 9.00 League of Super Evil 9.10 Street Monsters 9.15 Arthur 9.30 CBeebies: Zigby. 9.40 Kerwhizz 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Little Prairie Dogs 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: BBC Primary History. 12.20 KS2 Science Clips 12.30 Eon Straddler Time Traveller 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Panic Attack 14.30 Animal Park 15.15 Car Booty 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! 17.30 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20.00 The Culture Show 21.00 Simon King’s Shetland Diaries 22.00 Mock the Week 22.30 Rab C Nesbitt 23.00 Bellamy’s People 23.30 Newsnight; Weather 0.20 The Persuasionists 0.50 The Culture Show 1.50 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 Granada News and Weather 15.00 House Gift 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16.59 Granada Weather 17.00 Midsomer Murders 18.00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports; Weather 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Facing the Enemy: Tonight 21.00 Emmerdale 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 The Bill 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 Road Warriors 0.35 The Krypton Factor 1.05 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime; ITV News Headlines. 2.00 Loose Women 2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show 3.40 Facing the Enemy: Tonight 4.05 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 The Hoobs 8.00 Freshly Squeezed 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.25 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.55 Deal or No Deal 11.40 According to Jim 12.05 Without a Trace 13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 Proud Parents 13.15 Cooking It 13.45 The Home Show 14.45 The Outcast 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.30 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 My Dream Farm 22.00 Leaving Home at 8 23.00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 23.50 Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes 1.25 Gerry’s Big Decision 2.25 One Night at McCool’s 4.00 Dispatches: Post Office Undercover 4.55 The Bible: A History 5.45 Countdown 6.30 Yo Gabba Gabba

7.00 - 9.55 Childens Programms 9.55 Rupert Bear 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Colin and Justin’s How Not to Decorate 13.35 Five News 13.45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes? 14.15 Hero Animals 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 Animal Rescue Squad 16.10 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Zoo Days; Five News Update. 21.00 Build a New Life in the Country; Five News at 9. 22.00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 23.00 Scream 3 1.20 SuperCasino 5.00 Wildlife SOS 5.50 Animal Rescue Squad 6.10 Neighbours 6.35 Home and Away

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 Lion Man 12.00 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 13.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 13.30 Oops TV 14.00 Bones 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 The Real A&E 17.30 Lion Man 18.00 Malcolm in the Middle 18.30 Futurama 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Modern Family 21.30 Two and a Half Men 22.00 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 23.00 Bones 0.00 Fat Families 1.00 Road Wars 2.50 Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Battlestar Galactica 5.20 Brainiac: Science Abuse 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

8.30 Winter Olympics Countdown 8.45 Ski Jumping 12.00 WTA Tennis 13.30 Live WTA Tennis 18.45 Winter Olympics Countdown 19.00 Eurogoals Flash 19.10 Sailing 19.20 Live WTA Tennis 21.15 WTA Tennis 23.15 Cycling 23.35 Motor Racing 1.15 Sailing 1.25 Eurogoals Flash 1.40 Winter Olympics Countdown

8.00 Bewitched 9.00 Maury 9.55 Celebs Off Duty 10.00 Nothing to Declare 11.00 America’s Next Top Model 12.00 Maury 12.55 Celebs Off Duty 13.00 Four Weddings 13.30 Will & Grace 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Grey’s Anatomy 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 20.00 Ghost Whisperer 21.00 Medium 22.00 Criminal Minds 23.00 Grey’s Anatomy 0.00 Criminal Minds 1.00 Crime Scene Investigation 2.00 Boston Legal 3.00 Diet on the Dancefloor 4.00 Charmed

Suduko Answer

Crossword Answers 537

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Asunder; 8 Paltry; 9 Cry-baby; 10 Invest; 11 Polish; 12 Hardship; 18 Endanger; 20 Aboard; 21 Alcove; 22 Buckler; 23 Funnel; 24 Reverse. Down: 1 Upright; 2 Slavery; 3 Crisis; 5 Scrapped; 6 No-ball; 7 Emboss; 13 Heedless; 14 Aground; 15 Briefly; 16 Obtuse; 17 Tackle; 19 All out. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Predict; 8 Opened; 9 Asinine; 10 Clever; 11 Obtain; 12 Decision; 18 Overcast; 20 Repeal; 21 Sprint; 22 Quality; 23 Cannot; 24 Degrade. Down: 1 Concede; 2 Defence; 3 Recess; 5 Response; 6 Denote; 7 Candid; 13 Isolated; 14 Valiant; 15 Statute; 16 Reduce; 17 Feeler; 19 Repeat.

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Traditional Spanish cooking BEFORE WE start, let’s clear up a few points. Janet Mendel is an American-born journalist who has lived in Andalucía since the ‘70s. The book under review, Traditional Spanish Cooking, is the winner of the 2006 André Book Simon Award and was shortlisted Review by for the Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year. Having got those credentials out of the way and made our point that Ms Mendel is not a kitchen clone but has collected Spanish country recipes over a long period of time, we can move on to the contents. Here we have Spanish rural gastronomy at its best, for the recipes therein are essentially those of the patricia chica – that of one’s own village and the immediate region. This classic work includes 270 recipes set within the rhythm of life under the sun and in the fields, and range from a multitude of fish dishes from the north to the delights of suckling lamb and goat from Castille and the cochinillo of Madrid. A word here, if I may, having been often chastised for salivating over roasted baby animals by my wife, who stopped eating rabbit when she discovered they weren’t really

5-11 FEBRUARY 2010


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born as meat cubes in China, if it’s not Nature’s plan that we eat animals, why are they made of meat? There’s also a history of Spanish cuisine and a helpful glossary of ingredients and meat cuts, which hopefully will prevent my wife from calling everything in the butcher’s tray an ‘eek!’ despite the wondrous meals she turns out of our kitchen, in which I’m never allowed to enter except

to make tea. Traditional Spanish Cooking is now firmly in place on the shelf and I look forward to Pork Fillet with Pomegranate Sauce and Sea Bass cooked with Cider in the near future. There’s even a recipe for that delicious country bread that the supermarkets never stock, so I might even see her dainty little arms up to the elbows in flour. Meanwhile, I must walk more….

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8-14 FEBRUARY 5-11 JANUARY 2010 2010


Is there

anybody out there?

FOUR WORDS I have never said in my professional life, but whenever Mediums are portrayed we are personified as a sinister looking woman, eyes upward, with eyelashes fluttering as she looks to higher realms and demands to know if there is somebody there. And is there? Yes, very often. I have to know when to make that link with clients when we are working together. Deep into a sitting very often someone comes through and it is my call to ascertain whether my client could cope with the actual physical contact. Sounds spooky? Well it’s a specific part of my spiritual work here on Earth, and I am responsible for the well being of my clients. Physical contact really brings home the survival message better than words ever can. To see a loved one, or to feel them or smell them are all possibilities whilst working in a Mediumistic way. Any clue that proves survival is vital to those who want confirmation that their loved ones have passed over and are choosing to be a part of the transmission service in broadcasting aspects of their successful transition. However, my dilemma is that to suddenly see Spirit can be very shocking and my job is not to frighten or distress. I have kept my clients happy now for many years, and whilst some would openly embrace the spectre of a loved one, it may cause distress to those who would be troubled by it. Orthodox Jewish clients, for instance, are forbidden to connect directly with the dead and cannot be allowed to see Spirit, however, what happens when loved ones come through to them and I can’t let them?


Usually I have to give a dialogue, as I am able to vividly describe the attending spirit. The client often feels that there is something behind them, and I can see them, but the information has to be passed directly to them in a clairvoyant manner. Since the important connection is made it is nevertheless sometimes sad to dismiss those who have made the decision to come through physically from the other side; but it is inevitable when it happens. Just occasionally, a client comes to me knowing full well that a specific loved one is coming through to them. I shall never forget a client whose husband came through to her loud and clear. Though he was behind her she knew the exact time that he came through during the sitting and even turned around to greet him. This client would have been very distressed had her loved one not come to her, and her dialogue with her husband was as if they were sitting together and having a cup of tea on the sofa one sunny afternoon. Clients may warn me right from the start that they do not want specific people to come through during their appointment, as is their right. When they do this I am often on tenterhooks, but I continue to take constant control. A sitting is an experiment after all, and my clients’ wishes have to be a number one priority. I always bear the consequence of any spiritual action, and Spirit may just be asking the same question as they start proceedings of contact with me, “Is there anybody there?” I hope so - for many years to come!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

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Kenny, where do I start? I was scared by Spirit when I was younger, and the fear hasn’t left me entirely, though I crave to know more. My fear takes over and I don’t see how I can progress. What do you advise me to do? Alix. Well, Alix, you seem to want to embrace Spirit, and if you do they won’t want anything bad to happen to you. What do you think is the worst than can happen? We are all scared of something, that’s for sure, but to be scared of something that exists to try to help you is hard to imagine. I know that we are tested. I know that your calling came too soon maybe, but you need to make decisions based on the comfort and joy you will receive rather than have to focus on the negative, which hasn’t so far got you anywhere fast. Why not come along to a workshop? With others all around you it may help to launch you and help you to catch up together with others who will link spiritually with you.

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Kenny’s Diary Are you worried about the predicted events in 2012? Amidst much conflicting information there are many questions to answer and I have had many enquiries from concerned people who need these answers and up to date information. My Spring Workshops start in March, and new for this year is a one day workshop: 2012 THE TRUTH. This workshop will run in Norway this week and then will showcase here in Spain on Sunday February 14th. For details of this and all other workshops available check my website If you are semi aware then you have a duty to be fully aware!

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horoscopes by Kenny Corris Mars in Leo serves to attend to a bruised ego, and you were warned right from the start. Not everyone can put as much into life as you do, and your enthusiasm always goes in leaps and bounds. It is far better to have lost after giving it a try, and if you care to look back the writing was on the wall long ago; you just didn’t want to see it. The actions this week with Venus in Pisces help you to restore and re think and there’s bound to be something up your sleeve. Actions of Venus in Pisces and conjuncting Neptune connect with your dreamy and romantic side and affairs of the heart are to the forefront this week. Nevertheless, you would be wise to take control of a pressing financial matter that cannot be swept under the carpet and which needs, by implication, to be dealt with once and for all, for everybody’s sake. Since your heart is in the right place you have to prioritise to keep your head above water. Mercurial energies in Capricorn ask you to bide your time a little longer, if you want results and resolve. The past weeks have been an uphill struggle, that is very true, but it you can, wait just a little longer; something will save you some considerable time and bother. Make things easier for you because complication is something really not needed right now, and stay focussed on the main event, and seeing things from all angles. Chiron enters into Aquarius and a corner develops affecting the fourth house of reconciliation and forgiveness. There are two sides to every story but you appear to have only heard one before making your judgment known. Maybe if you knew all the facts it would be best to not get involved any further and above all, your silence right now is advised. Let things develop, and just be there when someone you are very close to needs that shoulder to cry on. Mars is a very suitable influence on you at the moment because the fiery action you need is available when you need it, spurring you on to defend your recent actions and to explain your own deep feelings on the current situation. Silence and moody reactions do their best to make things somewhat more difficult, and you need to come out of all this smelling of roses, and fully prepared for the next round, and the chills and spills it will inevitably bring. Hard working Mercury dallies with mighty Uranus and highly vulnerable Aquarius this week. The agenda means that there is work to do, and you are just at the right stage to take on that which you must to bring changes all across the board, especially with regard to events experienced recently in the workplace. There is no hidden agenda, but there is something being kept from you for some reason, and your intuition is never wrong. Venus plays her cards to win and it is your relationship area that is most affected by current planetary interactions. The Goddess of Love has confrontations with Aquarius and Pisces, and it is sure that this week you cannot, or will not make up your mind on something that has meant more than first met the eye. Just be yourself; you know you will win in the end and maybe that’s the reason why you are being so stubborn and determined right now. Choose to remember something with nostalgia and pride because it is unlikely that it can survive under current circumstances. You seem to be at sixes and sevens, and now that a decision appears to have been taken out of your hands there is time for you to catch your breath and close a door behind you on the way out. Nothing is worth the stress and strain you have been put under, and you are very right to bow our gracefully this way. Be very careful what you take on right now. Wayward Jupiter is in cahoots with Pisces and the indecisions and procrastinations of late have forced you to take the only options currently open to you. Someone isn’t listening and this is having a very negative effect on what could be the start of new beginnings. You do not need to re invent yourself, but this current way of working isn’t right for you and it is better to start what you need to finish. Pluto’s advances bring a close re-examination of something you have cast aside. Remember that your instincts are second to none but that there is more involved this time around than first meets the eye. This week sees the foundation of a new agreement and heralds a period of hard work and reasoning as you make you priorities known and take control over something that has awaited your powerful energies for some time. With Mercury in prime position, you are at last focusing on yourself and your current wants and needs. Things cannot go on as they are, and it is kinder to say so than to let things continue on what will be a collision course of emotions. You will regret saying something that you don’t really mean just to get the attention that you need, from those who appear not to want to listen but who do not matter in the scheme of things anyway. Jupiter leaves to make way for Venus, thus the implanting of luck and love bodes well for this week, when you should, above all, take a risk: even it is a long shot, go for it! Nothing ventured is truly nothing gained and you have advantages on your side as you are backed by two determined and forceful planets. There is no such thing as compromise and absolutely no wasting of time permitted when there is so much to do and only you to do it!

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Cryptic Crossword

ACROSS 1. Mufti (5,7) 7. Savoury meat jelly (5) 8. Incorporate (5) 9. Choose (3) 10. Aversion (9) 11. Slogan (3-3) 12. A priest (6) 15. Devout (9) 17. Lout (3) 18. Consumed (5) 19. Keep vigil (5) 21. Echoed (12)

ACROSS 1 & 10 Down. Member of the force in Puritan dress? (5,7,9) 7. But an unusual version of African language (5) 8. This couldn’t be farther from the peak (5) 9. A sign in a simple order (3) 10. Boccaccio’s collected tales of French romance, maybe (9) 11. No friendly state (6) 12. The very thing to stifle in a strange way (6) 15. Young troopers (3,6) 17. The melody one hears before (3) 18. More than one spoke (5) 19. Untrue statement about raw material (5) 21. To reform aborigines, a number of choices are required (12)


DOWN 1. Jailer (6,6) 2. Pinch (3) 3. To place (6) 4. Actors (9) 5. White heron (5) 6. Sports ground (7,5) 7. Change (5) 10. Hauteur (9) 13. Laziness (5) 14. Spider’s net (6) 16. Supple (5) 20. Hill (3)

Who said that?

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DOWN 1. Refreshment counters side by side are a feature of the gymnasium (8,4) 2. Sister kept in order (3) 3. Have a meal around a motor boat (6) 4. Can manufacturers? (9) 5. Duck down (5) 6. They bring about changes in electrical components (12) 7. Kind of stick needed for a shrub (5) 10. See 1 Across 13. In the paper a sentence to delete (5) 14. Bird showin’ signs of exhaustion (6) 16. What a cry o’ delight partly consists of! (5) 20. This will control the horse a little (3)

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All new Mazda 5

The new Mazda5 will have its global premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March with European sales commencing in autumn this year. Thanks to Mazda’s “i-stop” idling stop system the new Mazda5 emits approximately 15 percent less CO2 than the current model and the design blends elegance with dynamic spirit. IT IS the first model to fully adopt the companies “Nagre” design, which means flow in Japanese and finds inspiration in the beauty of flows found in nature. It also offers a high level of functionality, with dual sliding rear doors and multiple seat arrangements. This includes a karakuri second-row center seat that can be converted to a versatile storage space. With a sportier and smoother ride, the new Mazda5 responds precisely to the driver’s commands, enabling the whole family to travel in comfort and security. Based on its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda is striving to improve the eco-friendly performance of its products. Whether stuck in traffic or cruising on the highway, the allnew Mazda5 with 2.0L direct injection gasoline engine and i-stop significantly reduces CO2 emissions thanks to the effective combination of i-stop, the high combustion efficiency provided by

direct injection, and a six-speed manual transmission with optimized gear ratios. It is now one of the most eco-friendly minivans in its class in Europe. The new Mazda5’s green credentials are further enhanced by its other available powertrains, which include a 1.8L gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Hideki Matsuoka, the Mazda5 program manager, said, “The allnew Mazda5 meets the many needs of today’s customers. In a single model, we offer the competitive ecoperformance necessary to address current market trends together with our distinctive, emotional design. The Mazda5 features outstanding functionality with sliding rear doors and multiple seat arrangements, and it delivers fantastic comfort with a linear and smooth ride that responds precisely as the driver intends.” The Geneva International Motor Show starts on March 4th until March 14th.

The sportier interior is set to be a winner




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Costa Blanca North Alcoholics Anonymous Tel: C/Blanca North 648169045. C/Blanca South 625912078 www. ARNAAP Tel: Susan/David Hollister 966404650 Autos y Caravanas de España (ACE) Tel: Caroline 965842562. Benimarco Doll Grp Tel: Carolyn 965731198. British Sub Aqua Club Diana 966495197 Steve 966470163 Caring Together: Regional Hospice Asn. (RPA 5377) Tel: 649956365/965894240 info@ Christian Worship/Fellowship Cocentaina & Muro del Alcoy N340. Mark/Carla 965590442/ 618987649 Church of England Campello: Paul 965562008. Orba/Fontilles: Richard 965584240/Hazel 965587585. Costa Blanca Ex-Tablers Club Javea.Tel: Jim/Chris 962833749 Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir Teulada. Tel: Mike Evans 965744577 Costa Blanca North Gardening circle. Tel. Joy 966498681 Brian 965790253 Costa Blanca Samaritans Helpline: 902883535 Mon-Fri 8pm-12am. Costa Blanca Yacht Assoc. Tel: Rachel 965740923/Jacki 965995223. Els Poblets English Speaking Resident’s Grp Tel: Heather 966475429 hcrowe@ Expatriate Ostomates of Spain EOS Tel:966460063/965744426. Gardeners’ Circle Tel: Jenny Bussey 966405365. Harley Owner’s Grp C.B Chapter Calpe Tel: Max 625011892. HELP Charity Shop, La Xara Mon–Sat 9.30-1.30pm (Sat 1pm) tel 966422988 (24hr a/phone) Int. Motorhome Assoc Tel: John Sanderson Volunteered Coordinator 966474532/662032131. Int. Motorhome Club Tel 965851671/667508217. (mark subject IMC) Labour Int. Costa Blanca North Javea Tel: Kevin/Ann 962808731. Ladies Club of Busot Tel Teresa 965699407. Pres.Mary Holden Masonry North Costa Blanca Tel Barrie Mansell 966719653 Medcare Mum & Baby Clinic Tel Hazel 966860258. Pego & District Branch Royal British Legion Tel Fred 966400812/Brenda 663348565. Social: Ron 965583373. P.E.P.A Charity Shop C/Cervantes 26, La Font d’En Carròs, nr Gandía. Tue-Sat 101pm/Fri 5-7pm. 650304746 P.E.P.A Stall Sat 10am-2pm at Bar Celtica Rastro, Novele nr Xativa. 650304746

R.A.F. Transport Command Old Boys Assoc Jim Semple, 187 Severn Ave, Swindon, Wilts, SN25 3NB UK Royal British Legion Spain Welfare: 676451780/952352300 (ans/phone). www.spainnorth. Tennis Club Los Amigos Pego Fred Moeling 630113123 The Aircrew Assoc C.B Branch Tel Sec 966495042 www. acacostablan The Costa Blanca Branch of the World Ship Society Tel Clive Hedge, Javea 965795981. United States Navy League Stewart 629478007 Various Craft Clubs Tel: 965794462 lesleyclark@ Women in Business Club Tel 669219088 Xàbia Public Lending Library C/Mayor, Xàbia Tel Alma Dorndorf 966470885/636898162 dorndorf@ Xativa Social Club Tel Sandra Kynes S.Sec. 962281047/Sue Drummond 962287549.

Altea • Albir • Alfaz Alcoholics Anonymous Altea (English) Wed 8pm. Tel: 648169045. Alfaz Spiritual Foundation Tel 966878469/616319725. Alfaz English Theatre Grp Tel June 965844786. Altea English Library 1st Fl Bar Miramar Mon/Thur/Fri 11-1pm. Linda 965844707. Alteatro Tel Kate 965845039. Costa Blanca Computer Club Sierra Bernia School, Alfaz 965889187. Dru Yoga Tel Louise 644132836 www. New Hope Church Alfaz del Pi Cami la Querra Nº2, centro Mar Local Nº2, Alfaz del Pi. Pastor Stuart Wilson 625720347/ 965013230. Piecemakers’ Patchwork Quilting Grp Alfaz Tel Jean 639566692/ Linda 965790731. Second Chance Charity Shops Albir 966865342 Alfaz 966860222 Finestrat 965878229. Sculptural Gardens Alfaz Tel 966860230. Tigers Golf Society Albir Lills Lounge, Boulevard de los Musicos 692 749 478. U3A Marina Baixa Alfas Tel Doromy 966878471

Benidoleig El Cid Fri Auctions 639482222 Paquitas Country Club V.C/man Janet Hills 966404306 Sec. Doug Farrow 966425281 The Valleys Int Bridge/Social Club Tel Sec. Brenda Russell 966404533.

Benidorm Alcoholics Anonymous Benidorm English Thur 5pm 648169045. Flemish Wed 5pm 635074053. Al-Anon Benidorm English 634758539.

Please note that the DEADLINE for clubs announcements is Friday at 12.00 noon. Please email your details to or fax to 965 705 328

Church of England Tel: Gary 965878995/Hazel 966895306. Help Int. Benidorm Pres 607387040/Sec 608971223/ Equip 663495396/Visits 607386964/ Interpreters 607385842. Modern Jive, Benidorm. Tel Martin 965882119 Royal British Legion Benidorm Albir Tel Megan Howell 965887076/Luigi Samaden 965865899. The English Church Rev. Eddie & Mrs M. McMillan 966804215. Villasol Squares Benidorm Tel Peter 686208730, plot 1512 Villasol Camping.

Benitachell Amigos de Benitachell Colabora con Cruz Roja Espanola Donations/proceeds: local Red Cross Ambulance Serv. Open Mon-Fri 10-1pm. Benitachell HELP Tel: Paul Pruden 667034576. Email Paul: Benitachell Ladies Club Tel: Carole 966493566/Pam 966493341. Marina Alta Pensionista Assoc (MAPA) Tel: 966490840 Tai Chi Tel: Julia 619613236 Tap Dancing-Children Tel: Sherry/Ann 680673871. Therapeutic DRU Yoga Tel: Trudi 639361999

Benissa Costa Barber Singers Tel: Press Officer John Turner 965973612 johnraymondturner@ or Music Director, Roger Gallant 966497657. The King’s Church Tel: 665278801/685006562 www. Reg No. 1384SG

Calpe ACEC, Assoc Cultural & Ecological Calpe Tel: Carole 639637520 AFPO Calpe Tel: Keith 965830106 Alcoholics Anonymous Calpe English 648169045. German 645456075. Amigos de los Ñinos de EMAUS. (Friends of the Children of EMAUS) Calpe Tel: Carole 639637520/Lin 679813462. Calpe & Benissa Lions Club Tel: Pres Eunice Hancy 965830819. Calpe & District 41 Tel: Ian Ritchie 965833102. Calpe Bowls Club Tel: Terry Street 965834924. Calpe Bridge (Winter Club) Tel: David 965832116. Calpe Christian Fellowship Tel: Pastor John Adamson 965832607/ Clive 965835502. www. Calpe Craft Club Tel: Dilys 650312555. Calpe Gilbert & Sullivan Soc (CAGSS) Tel: Andy or Aileen 696514613 (eve). Calpe HELP Tel: Sue 616237135 www. Calpe Men’s Dining Club (1986) Tel: 620307903/ 965638081. Calpe Port Christian Assembly Tel: C.Westaway 965834738/ B.Muir 965841910/ K.Merrit 965839157. Bible tel ministry: 965875128. Charity Shop of Calpe half way up Avda Gabriel Miro

behind Margaret’s Book Shop. Open Mon-Fri 10-1pm. Church of England Tel: Bill 965973276/Gillian 965838698. Club de Bridge Calpe Tel: John Parsons (English) 965744814. Gerlinde Eder (German/Spanish) 965747241. Cultural Painting Club Tel: Pieter 965835212. Extreme Sports Club Tel: Christian 629987062 Footlights Musical Theatre Grp Tel: Trevor Harder 965870198. ‘Little Stars’ Playgrp Tel: Kate 965832314 (English) Canin 965837977 (Spanish). MOFTAG Tel: Joan 965874723 Mo 965832653 Non Smoking Grp for Singles Text/tel: 637160545. Probus of Calpe & District Tel: Sec Ian Ritchie 965833102. Rodeo Stompers Linedancing Calpe Tel: Barbara 630113649. Rotary Int. Fellowship Club of Calpe Tel: 965731701 Royal British Legion Calpe Enq: Harvey 965831026 Welfare: Ursula 965747847. U3A Calpe Tel: Pres-Roger Milsom 965748827, m/ship-Edith Watson 965837542.

Denia Alcoholics Anonymous Denia English 648169045. German 645456075. Armchair Internationals Denia Rugby Club Supporters. Tel: Dave 629351266 or John 646650566 Castle Theatre Tel: Christine 626201636. Church of England Tel: Gillian 966421256/Carol 965783176. Denia Tai Chi Tel: Vincent 966426588 Denia Choir Tel: Chris 966421776. Denia Craft Club Tel: 966420723. Denia English Lending Library 91 Passeig de Saladar wkday 10–1pm. Denia Int. Bridge Club Tel: Kees 965785387 vaneckcornelis@gmail. com Denia Int Rotary Fellowship Tel: Chris Potter 965755349/ Anwen Hughes-Jukes 965748909. Denia Writers Circle Tel: Sue 649400336 Elite Friends Lee HELP Denia & Marina Alta Tel: 966427044 24hr a/tel Mon-Fri 10-2pm Salvation Army Evangelical Church C/San Jose 14B Denia Tel: 648191227. The Cancer Support Grp (M.A.B.S.) Tel: Maureen 690756836. U3A Denia Tel: Hugh Martin 965782262

Gandia Barx/La Drova Petanque Team Tel: Mike/Mary Cowherd 962807018 commodorepopeye@

Church of England Tel: Wyndham 962853199. Gandia Area Social Club (Int) Tel: David 962878298 Royal British Legion Gandia Tel: Cilla Ewers 676938739.

Jalon Int. Music Circle Tel: Sec. 966405380. Jalon & Orba Lions Tel: Bob 675377473/John 666446366. Jalon Ladies Lunch Club Tel: Jacqui 669987976/966480830. Jalon Pensionistas Club Tel: 966481215/1425. Jalon Valley Help Health/ welfare 659624643. Also new shop in Alcalali. Jalon Valley Wargames Grp Tel: Paul/Jan 966405335 Jalon Valley Writers Grp Tel: Jill 965973393/Agnes 966482549 U3A Vall de Pop Tel: Bruno 690192976.

Javea Anglo Spanish Assoc APASA Dog Pound Shelter: 10-2pm 966463976 Events: Maggie 965744449. Art Centre Assoc. Javea Tel: Lorely Griffiths 966472049. Cancer Care - Javea (Charity No. 8270) Advice/Info, Javea Park. Mon-Sat 10-12.30pm tel: 965796846. Church of England Javea Tel: Jenny 965794463/Eunice 966471182. Conservatives Abroad Tel: 966461913 www. Free Parent/Toddler Play Xabia Int College Tel 966472121. Int. Christian Family Center Tel: 966460950/607470221 Javea & District Astronomical Society Tel: Ed Morley 965744612 Javea Backgammon Club Tel: Steve 966471708/635377335. Javea Book Circle Tel: Tim Upton 966470885. www. Jávea Bridge Club Tel: Margaret 965793413 www. Javea Camera Club Javea China Painting Tel: Eve 966461537. Jávea Community Grp Tel:Jeni 965790470/619270493. Javea Computer Club Javea Craft Club Tel: Jo 676679541. Jávea Evangelical Church Rev. Clive Read 966462848 Javea Int. Baptist Church Pastor John Hansford 638205280 www. (539 SG) Javea Int. Civic Society Tel: Jeni 965790470 jenijacksonphillips@ Javeamigos Tel: Mike Smith 600215808 www. Javea Netball Club Tel: Anita Grayson 966472169. Jávea Public Lending Library Tel: Alma Dorndorf 966470885 /636898162 Javea School of Bridge/Social

Club Tel: Ed 965744612 Javea Yoga Club Tel: Magali Fradet 647541034 JITC tel: Sec. Janis Barber 965771855/ Barbara Rogers 966471832. Lighthouse Church Tel: 965731006 Masonic Lodge Javea No: 40. Tel: Sec. Vince Dawson 966497485. Montgo Vegetarians Tel: 966471748 Rotary Int. Fellowship Costa Blanca North Tel: 965795421. Roundabout Charity Shop MonSat 10-1.30pm. Royal British Legion Javea Scallops, Arenal. 2/4 Tue 11am Tel Sheila 965791270/Roger 965790123. Stamp Collectors/Post Cards/ Philatelists Tel: Derek Guyett 965795499/Dave Anderson 966476034. Taoist Tai Chi Society of Javea Tel: 649161290. The Javea Players Tel: Geraldine Livesey 965790379 The Original Charity Shop/ Library Javea Reg Charity No 3586 Open MonSat 10-1pm Av de la Fontana, Javea. Tel: 966460803/ 653630413. UFO Discussion/Research Grp Javea Tel: Jeanine (Pres) 658957102

Moraira Church of England Tel: Martin965744657/Andrew 965875070. Costa Blanca Minatures Club Tel: 966472901. Crafts Club Tel: Julie 646569907. Marina Alta & Costa Blanca Floral Club Tel: Pat, C/man 966471526 www. Moraira & District Royal Naval Assoc Tel: John Sanderson 966474532. Moraira HELP Tel: Ian Jackson 667036188. www. Moraira Int Choir ‘Los enCANTAdores’ Tel: 966495117/650684621 Fred or Janny. Royal Briti sh Legion Moraira Tel: Ed 966495617. Teulada/Moraira Lions Club Tel: John 965744253 U3A Moraira/Teulada Tel: Pamela Kershaw 966497098.

Oliva Squash/Racquetball Club Tel: John 680595203. U3A Oliva

Teulada Alcoholics Anonymous Teulada English 648169045. Asoc. Benefica de Teulada Tel: Pat Bramah 966471526. Marina Alta “Int. Choir” Teulada Tel: Edith 965730014/680630765 Spiritual Friends Tel: Jan 600837054 spiritualfriends. http:// spiritualfriendssite/Home The English choir Tel: June 965786712/Colin 965771287.

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AIR-CONDITIONING supplied/ fitted services and repaired, by Engineers with 15 years experience. All work guaranteed. Free quote. K&M’s. Calpe. Shop:

MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 SPANISH LINKS LTD Low budget door to door fast collection & quick delivery removals or storage. Weekly reliable service. Full or part loads and even small deliveries. Spain/UK/Spain. Credit or Debit cards accepted Telephone UK office 0044-1209-843-971 GRAHAM’S TRANSPORT 24/7 Deliveries, Collection. Spain- UK- Spain or any where in Europe. Reasonable rates. Storage facilities are available in Spain and UK. Tel: Lyn or Graham 661-752-010/ 0044-7733-329-305 LARGE EMPTY VAN with experienced owner, driver returning to UK regularly. Dave: 965-329-610/ 686-767-839 MAN & LWB SPRINTER VAN going to UK- Spain twice a month. Tel: 610-846-260 or 0044-7519-186-355 email van.

INTERIOR PAINTING One bedroom property from 135€. Two bedroom property from 200€. Three bedroom property from 265€. Fast, reliable service. Will quote for exterior painting. No job too small. For more info. tel: 634-793-984 INTERIOR PAINTING 70euros per day, also Handyman, Garden and Pool work. Benidorm to Javea.Tlf: 676-842-815

965-874-838. Mob: 636-119-648 BED & BREAKFAST (PENSION) Licensed Bar/ Cafeteria, 2 Apartments & seperate owners accommodation. Due to retirement this is an opportunity to rent or buy all or part of this successful business. Established for more than 11 years & located in an attractive rural village location between Cartagena & Puerto Mazarron. Various options are available for the right people/person. Part exchange for Spanish or UK property would be considered. Call for more details & viewing arrangements. 628-005-281 NORTHERN COSTA BLANCA RESTAURANT TRASPASO FOR SALE, CURRENTLY OPERATING AS A SUCCESSFUL INDIAN RESTAURANT. 45 COVERS, FULLY EQUIPPED. AVAILABLE IMMEADIATLY. FOR FURTHER DETAILS TEL 966-481-330 CATERING EQUIPT. FOR SALE large coffee M/C, glass wash ind dish washer, S/steel tables, till, bar furniture Etc. Tel: 659-916-555/ 671-256-084 BAR BISTRO FOR SALE on the popular lemon tree market, very busy. Due to ill health, quick sale required. Tel: 966180-168/ 655-479-753 ICE CREAM BUSINESS Run your own ice cream business. Excellent profits low overheads. Includes 6 legal markets with all Spanish paperwork. Everything you need to run your own recession proof business. Call now for information 619-063-940 SECURITY ALARM BUSINESS Franchise opportunities available on Costa Blanca. Everything you need to run your own security business. Full training and on going support using the latest technology in alarms. Easily run from home no large overheads. Areas available from €1800. Phone now for more information 965-322-986

SERVICE AIR David Higton: (Tel) 966-865-883 (Mob) 629-308-505 (Email) cool@ EXCEL AIRCONDITIONING See main ad on page 27. Tel/ Fax (Head Office) 966-897-772. Mobiles: 680-154-432/676-265-675. Email: excelairconditioning@ All credit/ debit cards accepted.

ALL PLUMBING central heating & Aircon work undertaken including installation of your own units. Re-gas and full Aircon service €49. Trade work also. 965-638-529 REGISTERED LOCKSMITH For emergency safe opening. Tel. Michael Rice: 686-513510. Denia - Alcante. LOCKEDOUT LOCKSMITH 24h Emergency Service. Houses & Cars Opened. Locks changed or Upgraded. Call Dan 965-888-418/ 657-890-830

LEARN TO SPEAK ITALIAN lessons available from Native Italian speaker. For information Phone Laura 965-728-178 DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK SPANISH? Spanish lessons 652756085 SAXOPHONE, FLUTE, CLARINET & KEYBOARD lessons, all levels from beginners to advanced. Grahame qualified teacher. Tel: 966-495-607/ 691-640-029 Benitachell area BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers secondary/ primary tuition. English/ Mathematics. Tel: Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965-350-516/ 616-660-687

UKTV SPAIN Reliable Satellite Technicians, Installations, Fault-Finding, Sky Contracts arranged, Freesat cards. Tlf:689-205-137/965-888-348. SKY UK ENGINEER Famaval Satellite Dishes, Trade prices from 395€. Sky Sports Cards, Sky HD, Home Cinema. Tel: 965-070-458/ 618-585-051 CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE & TELEVISION Forget the rest go to the best for all your digital & TV requirements Steve 660186-505 Ros 965-584-097 DIGITAL SATELLITE SYSTEMS Largest supplier and installer of famaval satellite equipment on the costa blanca. A genuine registered company with genuine registered premises. Mon-fri 8:00- 4:30. 965-852-251/ 965-866-999/ 965-854-528/ 966-804-748 (or see our main ad in the tv section) SKY SUPPLIES Full range Pace & Thompson digiboxes. White viewing cards. Fault finding. Dish Realignment . LNB upgrade. 966194-013/ 600-899-096 BMC TRANSPORT High volume box van, deliveries, collections 24/7 All types of work undertaken, full or part loads UK and Europe covered. For a professional and reliable service call Sue daytime/ evening 620 044 983.

TRANSLATOR Spanish and English speaking. Available for medical visits etc. Benidorm and surrounding areas. Tel Dawn: 626-337-258.


POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. 100’s of private and communal pools successfully repaired on the Costa Blanca. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, eco salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 15 years experience. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tel Pristine Pools on 966774199 or 678080500 Email info@ www.pristineswimmingpools. com

WELD IT RITE Mobile welding/ repair service, Metal carpentry/ Fabrication projects. Time served & quallified. tel: 966490-338 Mobile 638-479-467 Email (Moraira based) REPAIRS TO WASHERS fridges/freezers, dishwashers, cookers. etc. All work guaranteed. K&M’s. Calpe. Shop: 965-874-838. Mob: 636-119-648


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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Now with video highlights included as standard. Contact Steve 966-470-163/ 662-570-702.

2000 OCTAVIA ESTATE 1.9 SDI MOT, Oct. 2010 with trailer if wanted. RHD 1,600€. 692-106-567

NISSAN VANETTE CARGO 2.3D 1998, 5 doors, 2 seats, window tint, 180,000kms, service history, many new parts, to many to list. 3,500€ ONO. Torrevieja 679-876-926 SUMMERS COMING! Looking for a cabriolet FWREUROCARS have 3 beautiful BMW’s in stock, a 2002 325 auto tiptronic, fully equipt. Finished in dark Met. Blue and full cream leather or a 2001 325 manual fully equipt. In silver with full grey leather and finally, YES! A 2006 320 CD, SE, special edition (manual, diesel) fully equipt with only 60,000kms includes the full M-pack and navigation, finished in dark met. Blue and full cream leather. These cars must be seen, they start at 13,950€. Phone Frank today for a no obligation test drive. 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 LOOK FORD FIESTA 1.4 trend, 5 door, 2003, 1 owner, only 66,000kms with full Ford service history, fully equipt, showroom condition. Only 5,450€ inc. transfer and warranty. Tel: 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 LOOKING FOR A CHEAP CAR Tel: Francesca on 965687-976/ 672-127-228 BMW COMPACT X5 in stock. 600-726-221 FORD FOCUS 1.6 automatic 07/2003, 5 door, 2 owners, 56,000kms, FSH, aircon etc. Silver, lovely condition. Only 5,950€. 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 GOING HOME? RHD cars for sale or exchange 600-726-221/ 965-687-976

UK, AUTOMATIC MERCEDES 300SL CABRIOLET 3 LTR1990,Spanish LHD, metallic silver, power hood, electric memory seats, air con, cd player, alloys 8495€. www. 965 368 274 RENAULT KANGOO 2001 blue, 1.9 ltr diesel, Spanish LHD It is very clean throughout with air conditioning. It has 2 seats and side loading door.3995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 MERCEDES 300 CE CABRIOLET 1992 blue,Spanish LHD 3.0ltr petrol automatic 4 Door convertible with leather, air conditioning, excellent condition throughout. This car can only appreciate in value. 10995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 PORSCHE CAYMAN S 2006 22000km, black, as new Spanish LHD 39995€ www. 965 368 274 PEUGEOT 307 SW 2005 2Ltr HDI estate Silver Spanish LHD Excellent condition throughout 8995€ 965368274 YAMAHA MAJESTIC 2004 250CC Champagne 2500€ 965 368 274 DERBI GPR 125CC 2005, Red, 2500€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 PEUGEOT 307 CABRIOLET 2003 Spanish LHD metallic daytona violet, one owner, full leather, excellent condition 10995€ 965 368 274 RENAULT LAGUNA HATCHBACK 2003, Spanish LHD, silver 2.0 ltr 16V petrol, 2 owners, full Renault service history, excellent condition throughout. 6495€ www. 965 368 274 BMW 320 I, 170 BHP Spanish, LHD, Petrol, 2001, silver, alloy wheels , central locking, air con, very good condition. FSH 10495€ 965 368 274 DAEWOO MATIZ 2004 , Spanish LHD, Turquoise, 800cc, petrol, FSH, one owner from new, low Klms, 4495€ 965 368 274

MITSUBISHI SPACEWAGON UK RHD, 2001, Red, Long tax & MOT, 7 seater Automatic 2.3 petrol, DVD, CD, full leather 4995€ 965 368 274 SEAT ALTEA XL Sport UP, SPANISH LHD, 2007 silver ,all usual sport refinements, one owner from new. 14995€ www. 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS, ZETEC, 2004 1.6 ltr petrol, silver, Spanish, LHD, 5 door hatchback, remote locking, climate control, CD only 56000 Klm, excellent condition 6995€ www. 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS CMAX TREND PLUS 2008 Spanish LHD, red, 1.6 ltr diesel, one owner from new, cruise control, climate control, rain sensors, automatic lights, alloys, roof bars & top box included 13995€ www. 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS ESTATE,TDCI 2002, Spanish LHD, Green, 1.8 Ltr Diesel, air con, electric windows excellent condition throughout 5995€ www. 965 368 274 NISSAN ALMERA TINO 2001, RHD, Spanish Plates, Silver, 1.8 Ltr Petrol, air con, electric windows 3995€ www. 965 368 274 RENAULT MEGANE HATCHBACK 2003, Spanish LHD, Silver, 1.5 Ltr DCI, Diesel, CD player, new shape 4995€. 965 368 274 FORD FUSION, 2004 1.4 Ltr TDCI Diesel, Spanish LHD, Silver. 5 door hatch,35000 Klms, outstanding condition throughout, air con, cd player 6995€ 965 368 274 HYUNDAI ACCENT, 1999 1.3 Ltr Petrol, Spanish LHD, Burgundy red, 5 door hatch, air con, low Klms, power steering, nice clean car 2995€ www. 965 368 274 MINI ONE, 2004 blue with white roof, 1.6 ltr petrol, Spanish LHD, CD player, excellent condition. 8995€ 965 368 274 CITROEN C4 1.6 HDI EXCLUSIVE Cost New 31,000euros. Car Of The

Year, 4 years running. 2007 LHD,Manual and Automatic, ABS, AFU, REF, ESP, ASR. 6 air bags, climate control, electronic brakes, automatic headlights/washers and much more.16,500euros. Tlf: 966-877-185. BARGAIN BMW 325 CONVERTIBLE 1994, black electric hood, leather, fully loaded, genuine reason for sale. 3,700€. ONO. 966-475965 or 696-981-082

BMW 325I CABRIO INDIVIDUAL August 2001. Aquamarine blue with grey leather sports seats, 111,000kms with fsh, many extras, reason for sale is my new baby son! VGC. Priced realistically at 13,900€. Telephone: 608-218-629 FORD FIESTA TURISMO 1.3 petrol, 2000, 3 door hatch, ew, ac, rc, 50,000km, yes 50,000km. ITV until 2011, vgc, 1,800€, no offers, 966-198-333/ 630-655-367 PEUGEOT 206CC (CABRIO) 1.6, year 2003, skye blue, CD player, AC, Alloy wheels, Spanish LHD, Woman owner, ITV 2011, Petrol. Good condition. 5,500€. 966-716-727/ 699-809-850 WANTED UK registration right hand drive cars. Immediate cash settlement. Please phone Rod 687-434-950 or 966-462-089 CARS WANTED cars/ vans bought and sold, uk or spanish upto 3000€ cash today 678-808-837 WANTED BRITISH OR SPANISH CAR 4X4, Van, Caravan. Etc. Immediate cash. Buyer going home. 600-781-873 WE BUY AND SELL quality late vans and combis. For an instant decision phone 605669-388/ 680-665-883 WANTED WANTED WANTED for cash cars vans lorries 4x4 any condition good bad or ugly runing or non runner forigen or english any vehicle any condition call ray 633-385-068. CAR 2 POSTER RAMP FOR SALE very good condition 1200€ call ray on 633-385-068.

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British & Spanish used car sales



Tel: 620 738 023 10am to 5pm

Airconditioned, two bedrooms, shower/ bathroom (fully tiled), kitchen/ diner, conservatory (furnished), double sofabed, washing machine, tumble drier, many more extras. 22,000€ o.v.n.o. Tel: 965-878-750/ 649-109-241.


Cars wanted for cash LHD/RHD

HOBBY EASY DELUXE CARAVAN late 2005, lovely condition, very little use, complete with awning, twin single bedroom, superb seating area, air conditioned, double bike rake, ladder & roof rack, all usual features by hobby, as new a must to see. ALSO HYUNDAI SANTO

FA JEEP CRDI, 2 litre, 2003, very good condition, service hostory, ITV etc. 16,500€ ONO. (OR SELL SEPARATE) Phone 966-180-168 or 655479-753 TABBERT COMTESSA 680 - 2002 Inaca Mirage 300 3M wide Awning, Island Bed, wardrobes, fridge, 3 ring hob and sink, Thetford and sink cubicle, Air Conditioner, Truma fire and water heater. Many extras available. Price: 12,000€. Phone: Joan Brotton 607324350 MOBILE HOME - AITANA PRESTIGE 11m x 4m, 2 beds, sited on Camping Almafra near Benidorm/ Albir. Bargain at 25,000€. 645-294877. MOBILE/PARK HOMES from 18.000€. TV, A/C, Tel. Some with conservatories, permanent site, pool, Tennis, bar, supermarket, 5 mins walk San Javier. All amenities, 3km beach & hospital. 7 mins Murcia airport by car. Also bungalows to rent. Carol 968-192-425/ 626055-622. Email: haydn47@ Web: www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com MOBILE HOME FURNISHED

MERMAID BOAT CARE For all your boat valet and management requirements. Serving the marina’s in Torrevieja and the surrounding areas. Experienced, professional and trustworthy service at competitive rates. Ad-hoc arrangements and boat-sitting welcome. For more details or just an informal chat contact Anna on: 680-297-955 mermaidboatcare@yahoo. com

FAMILYBIKEHIRE.COM Hire-Sales-Repairs. The largest selection of bike hire equipment on the Costa Blanca, free delivery and collection. Tel: 966 774 598 - 655 338 066. See us at WWW.CostaBlancaBikeHire. COM (Spanish registered)

JOINER 30 YERAS EXPERIENCE works to very high standard. Looking for employment. Contact Stewart 634-320-963

ANN SUMMERS PARTY ORGANISERS WANTED Earn €40-€50 per night with NO OUTLAY! Call Anne 966-462-317 or 675-860665 or AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A SALES PERSON working full time in the JCC Javea office. Good telephone manner, English/Spanish neccessary. Five days a week 9.30am 6pm Monday Friday please send CV to info@jennifercunningham. net “THESALON” in Aguas Nuevas, Torrevieja is looking for a talented motivated stylist, must have 5 years experience and willing to be a team player in this busy friendly salon. Call Mandy on 966-709620/ 696-884-292 TELEMARKETERS WANTED for our Moraira office. Must be able to speak Spanish. Tel 965-050-200


COYS RENT-A-CAR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR We are currently seeking someone to work in our very busy car rental office in Torrevieja. Excellent customer relations both on the telephone and face to face is essential. You will have a good knowledge of general office duties, computer skills and the ability to work well within in a team. The start date for this vacancy is 15th March 2010 The deadline for applicants is 15th February 2010 To apply for the above position, please forward a current CV, hand written letter of application and recent passport photo to: COYS RENT-A-CAR Buzon 3, Calle Del Azahar, Galeria 3B Urb Torreta II, 03184, Torrevieja ALICANTE


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K9 CLUB 676 447 682

P.E.P.A 650 304 746

Buster is a beautiful black & tan small dog with floppy ears. He loves everyone and is good with other dogs and cats. For more information call the number above

Barney was born approx October 2009 and will be a medium to large sized dog. He’s sociable and affectionate and plays well with his foster carers own dog and is good with their cats.

Noahs Arc

10 month old male Pomeranian puppy. When a pet shop refused to sell him he was just left outside to fend for himself. Call for more info

PAWS 646 645 035

Animal Aid Linda 96 572 5794

Max is a gorgeous little boy of around 8 weeks old. He is sweet, affectionate and playful and looking for a new home to have fun and love in. Call for details

RIFLE is a lovely black & white Pointer. He’s about 18 months old, very friendly & he walks well on the lead. He was recently found abandoned, so he’s still a bit thin.

Joe the Catman 96 671 9272

EASY HORSE CARE RESCUE 96 596 7033 or 652 021 980

Lea is a part Burmese about three years old, has been spayed and is very loving and affectionate. Unfortunately her papa has to return to the UK .

When we found Taffeta we didn’t think she’d last the night. It was a long battle, but now Taffeta’s happy and healthy. Help us help them. Open days Wed & Sun 1-4pm.

S.A.T. 966 710 047


A.P.A.S.A. 618 754 635

PENNY is a 7 year old crossbreed who came to the kennels in December. She is a friendly dog who enjoys her walks and playing with her kennel mates. Penny has been spayed so there is no chance of unwanted litters, she has also had all her vaccinations and is microchipped.

Cora is a beautiful, calm and friendly young black cat who needs a home immediately. If you would like to adopt Cora, or any of our other cats/kittens please call. See our website http://aldea-felina.blogspot. com.

ANALINA, female, spayed Shelter since 15.04.2008 Golden Retriever / Podenco Mix. Analina walks well on the lead and she is house trained.

Monty a small and pretty male terrier 36 cms high. Very affectionate, energetic and playful. Walks in the countryside off lead and never goes far away. A.P.A.H. Natasha 616 210 850

YOUNG SEXY COUPLE Fit. Together or seperate. Ladies, couples, men. Visit our relaxed villa or we came to you. very discreet. Discretion assured. Escorts4Pleasure. Call Jasmine/ Sebastian 663478-337 LADIES young fit athletic male, W/E, will make your dreams come true, come to my relaxed villa or can visit you. Discretion assured. Escorts4pleasure. Call Sebastian 663-478-337 SEXY FEMALE ESCORT offers pleasure with discretion for woman. At my villa or can visit. Escort4pleasure Jasmine 663-478-337 MALE MASSEUSE late 30’s, ready to pamper you. Out calls only, any area. Tel: 681-266-077 ATTRACTIVE MATURE ENGLISH LADY For escorting, dinner dates & more. My Villa is between Torrevieja & Alicante. Also available as an m/f couple. Call (0034) 648-676-277

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BALLROOM/ LATIN/ SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. NEW VENUE: Los Arcos Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja, SOCIAL DANCE: Saturday 7.00pm-10pm: New Beginners class Monday 10.30am - 12.30pm. Also at the Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant at La Zenia roundabout: TUITION, Beginners Wednesday 8pm - 10pm; Beginners Thursday11.30am - 1.30pm; Intermediates Friday 11am 1pm. Tel: Andrea or Brian 616 478 157 LINE DANCING every Friday, absolute beginers 11.00AM12noon. Improver intermediate 12Noon -1.30PM. Car Patricia’s, Torreta’s Torrevieja. Call John or Amanda 606-783989/ 688-611-789 DATEMED.ES Great new online dating site for English speaking people on the Costa Blanca. Free full memberships - Join Now!


Jack was rescued by the Guardia Civil, along with Henry who could be his father, from terrible conditions. They were given to APAH to look after, and to try to find loving homes for

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WANTED INSTANT CASH PAID Antique and modern jewelley, bought sold & part exchanged, insurance valuations. Jewellery & watch repairs. Alexanders, Javea Port seafront near Bar Esquina. Established since 2003 Tel: 965-792-595.

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. ADULT TOYS IN SPAIN For the best prices visit www.Discretion. me Fast discreet delivery. Satisfaction Guaranteed. NEW FIT HORNY MARRIED COUPLE offering four hand erotic massage to ladies, men and couples. Home visits. 696-063-027. Torrevieja area. BI GIRLS sougat by kinky couple 52. Examination couch, toys, spanking, enema’s. No fees. Torrevieja. 645-496-957 DVDS! Gay, Sado, Bestial, you name it! 7 for 25€. Tel: 697-647-367 NATACHA Divorced very sexy, erotic complete massage, private apartment, discreet and hygienic, Calle La Loma 97, near Avda Habanas, Torrevieja. 677-676554 NEW BLACK LADIES 18/20 years, slim, big breasts, pretty. All services, massage erotic. Escort service. 600-064-423 Torrevieja. JAVEA, MORAIRA East European lady, super erotic massage and more. 661-034261 Hotel & Home visits ENGLISH LADY 42 Provides various services for mature gentlemen. Torrevieja 685-436-065. FREE VISITS FROM THE SPANKING HEADMASTER Guardamar to Alcazares & inland. For Details Email: THE WEATHER MAY HAVE COOLED but Tanya is still hot! All inclusive 40€. Tel: 626-324-088


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BLOND 45 years, gives discreet massage, 1 hour or over night stay, 15 mins Alicante airport. Tel: Karen 662-049-021 NEW PLACE! TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, economical prices from 40€. NEW ADDRESS Zone Los Locos beach. 639-622-285 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America.

CREATIVE NAILS ‘Creative’ acrilic nails. You come to me (Alfaz Del Pi) or I’ll come to you (Altea - Villajoyosa). Fully qualified, 15 years experience. Tel: 669-126-281.

Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609573-468 or 639-832-118 GOOD FUN 62 year old Dom/ Sub switch, specialising in males, cross dressers. Loves the more mature woman and great fun with couples. Low rates. Full body massage and much much more. 655-058-554

SOLO GUITARIST/ VOCALIST seeks work, blues & Country. In bars etc. No set price. Pay what you can afford. Tel: Charlie 691622-804

JODIE’S GELS Nail technician: Gel nail extensions, gel nail overlays, gel toenails. Finishes: French, colour, glitter. Repairs. Tel: 622-244-613. PERSONAL TRAINER ex- Gym owner. Train and be Trained in private. 12€ per session (Torrevieja) near Carrefour. Tel: Ray 657-327-890 WEIGHT WATCHERS Call our free English Call Centre now to find your nearest Meeting. 900-818-794

PAWS PET TRANSPORT door to door service, all pets are fully insured, vehicle has a/ con. your pet will be exercised every 2/3 hours, and be rest assures your pets will be treated as if they belonged to us, we may have the cheapest rates in Spain so why not give us a ring for a chat on 966-074-576/ 650-341-087 or email pawspettransport@ Web: www. YORKSHIRE TERRIER PUPPIES cute, funloving and loyal companions available at reduced prices to kind and caring homes. 616965833 HOME FROM HOME Caring dog boarding with experienced owner in my rural home nr La Marina. No Kennels. Inspection welcome. Tel: 616459-599. LABRADOR MIX PUPPIES 8 weeks old, looking for a loving home! Must come see! Call Jodie on 622-244-613. HOME FROM HOME Caring dog boarding (max. 3) with experienced owner in my home nr La Marina. No Kennels. Inspection welcome. Tel: 616-459-599 PETZBACK HOME LTD Professional door to door pet transportation. UK/Spain/UK. Travel in our petmobile with your pets for free (subject to availability). Or treat yourself in one of our air conditioned luxury vehicles with our fully chaperoned Limo Service. A regular, reliable and safe service. Defra pet passport advice given. Credit or Debit cards accepted. Telephone UK office 0044-1209-843-971 SMALL FRIENDLY BRITISH KENNELS 5km inland from La Marina (N332), 25 mins Alicante Airport, Individual runs, exercise area. Tel: 628-244-712 NEED YOUR DOG TAKING CARE OF? No Kennels, Just a friendly home. Larfe fenced garden (Altea) Tel: 699-790-080

FELINE FRIENDS CAT HOTEL The Purrfect place to stay. Free pickup and delivery. tel: 965-967-081/ 665-080-885 TRANS-PET SPAINUK door 2 door service, professional driver with pet care experience, kennels and cattery, passport service. Contact Sharon 965-960-658/ 600-552-030 www.trans-pet. or DEANACAONA BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY Social training for dogs. Home delivery and collection service. English trainer. Balsicas, 10 minutes from San Javier. Tel 639-286-428

WANTED FOR CASH washers/ fridges/ freezers/ cookers/ microwaves etc. working or not. Benidorm Area. Tel: K & M’s 965874-838 mobile: 636-119-648 WANTED. CLOSING DOWN? Need to sell your stock? We buy bankcrupt/liquidation stock. Anything considered. We also sell to traders/car booters. Call 675-218-436 or see our website WANTED HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Instant cash payments. Furniture, electrical, tools etc. Tel John: 626-918-833.

materials in your own home. Javea based. Tel: 965-771-397/ 686-453-827 AT MICHAEL’S Large wicker complete bedroom suite. For children’s bedroom, a Mickey Mouse child´s bed with matching chest of drawers. See them all on: www.michaels-javea.comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Customer-tocustomer Service: you can sell your furniture on our website for only 3:- euros per item! For more info look at: www.michaels-javea. comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S You get very high quality designer pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Quick delivery. Stock changes daily ! See photos (updates every 5-6 days): www.michaelsjavea.comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Two white leather sofas. Very large modern corner suite in two green colours. Several leather recliners. Choose from over 600 photos on: www.michaels-javea.comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S you also get NEW high quality Spanish beds. All sizes available as we deal directly with the manufacturers! Famous brands like United Colors of Benetton, etc www. POOL, SNOOKER TABLES will beat any price. Tel: 666 933 726 KARAOKE MEDIA PLAYER 500GB. inc 70,000 songs, software/ song book, ideal for bar/ home use. Only 275€. Tel: 654-925-679

GOLD WANTED Gold wanted english jeweller wishes to buy any broken or unwanted gold items- pendants, watches, coins etc. Immediate cash payment. Call peter on 664-890-990 (7 days) home visits WANTED Instant Cash Paid. GOld and Jewellery Bought and Sold. VAluations, repairs and retail. Nikolas Michael, London Jewellers & Pawnbrokers @ No 17 Calle Los Arcos Ciudad Quesada Rojales 03170. Telephone 634 043 060 SKI CLOTHES mens full set, size XL, top quality, ‘DARE2B’ Isotex. Also ladies salopettes size 16. 100€. 966-462-082 HOUSEHOLD, OFFICE LEANER ironing, childcare, home help services. Phone Laura 965-728-178 Spanish, Italian, English speaker 50X50 WOODEN DECKING PANELS approx. 20m² total, excellent condition 100€. Tel: Richard 678-419-691 LOOSE COVERS curtains Erc. Made to measure. Choose from a wide range of beautiful

ALADDIN’S Disappointed with offers elsewhere on Jewellery etc? Telephone 966-457-291

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CITIZENS ADVICE GROUP (C.A.G) from San Fulgencio have organised a Burns Night evening on Tuesday 26th Jan 2010 at The Sports Complex. Starts 7.30. Full scottish Piper. For tickets please call Pam 966 796 445.Citizens Advice Group offer help and advice to anyone & meet on a Tuesday morning 10-12 at the Sports Complex. LA BAMBA’S PREVALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE 10th February, Los Arcos Restaurant, 15 Euros. Tickets from Andrea 616-478-157 VIVES PONS & ASSOCIATES the leading Legal, Fiscal and Architectural based in Denia are conducting a series of free, informative talks on fiscal, legal and architectural issues which are very relevant to expats. Each session is approx 30 minutes long and will be followed by questions and answers. This is your chance to receive free expert advice direct from the experts. Please contact Joe Bassim on 686566-106 or see our half page advert in this weeks RTN for details.


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The final whistle Harry demands better standards With Andy Kay WHILE HARRY REDKNAPP may have a reputation for being something of a dodgy dealer when it comes to transfers, it was refreshing to hear the Spurs boss call for highly paid, Premier League players to improve their behaviour off the field. While he didn’t comment specifically on the John Terry affair, it was clearly the trigger for him to demand that players remember that they are role models to the younger generation and that if they couldn’t handle that, they should get out of the game. Interestingly, he also suggested that there is only so much a manager of a club can do to control his players. A reference perhaps to the unauthorised Christmas party organised last year by some of his senior first teamers: the planner of the bash in Dublin was Robbie Keane...who’s now on loan at Celtic. Coincidence? I think not.

England owe Owen

For all the success that England has enjoyed under Fabio Capello, it should be remembered that much of it has been achieved without the services of Owen Hargreaves. The midfielder hasn’t featured in the Manchester United first team since September 2008 and has made painfully slow progress in recovering from knee surgery. However, he’s on the comeback trail and could squeeze in to United’s squad for the Champions League game against AC Milan later this month. Let’s hope so. Hargreaves was arguably England’s top performer in the last World Cup and provided he can get some game time under his belt, I’d suggest that the England squad for South Africa will be a far stronger one with him in it.

Murrays’s time

Britain is lucky to have a player of the calibre of Andy Murray. Murray himself though is a tad unlucky that his rise to the top of the world game has coincided with the continued reign of Roger Federer. As he had done before in 3 previous finals, the Swiss proved too strong for the Scot in the Australian Open final last weekend. However, even Federer admits that Murray’s time will come. For British tennis’s sake, let’s hope that after a 74 wait for a Grand Slam title, that Murray’s time is just around the corner.

Johnson goes for broke

Hurrah! England rugby union manager Martin Johnson has finally thrown caution to the wind and picked a team that looks capable of actually scoring a try against decent opposition. After the ‘safety first’ attitude of the last year, Matthew Tait is back in the centre and he’s been joined in the team by Danny Care, Delon Armitage and Riki Flutey with the Northampton magician Ben Foden on the bench. If England’s forwards can cope with the all Lions front row of Wales, then England have a chance of getting their 6 Nations campaign off to a winning start.

Matthew Tait back in the centre

Formula 1 testing in Valencia THIS WEEK saw the start of the F1 testing season in Valencia at the Ricardo Tormo circuit just outside of the city. Running from Monday to Wednesday and with teams only permitted to test one car/driver per day has seen some exciting driving. The reappearance of Schumacher in the new Brawn Mercedes has created some interest and the current world champion Jenson Button running with his new team McLaren brought out the crowds on the final day, Wednesday, after Lewis Hamilton tested on Monday and Tuesday. But the real attraction has been Fernando Alonso debuting in the new Ferrari, stealing the show with the fastest lap times of the week, followed by his team mate Massa’s performance on Monday with the second fastest times of the week: the excitement of the

locals to see their hero Alonso driving the new Ferrari brought the area to a standstill. In fact the queues were so long that it created a traffic jam at the exit of the Valencia-Madrid highway, all the way to the circuit. By mid-afternoon, a 36,400 strong crowd packed the circuit to see their hero in action. Many people made the journey to watch Jenson Button testing the new McLaren, coming 10th in the week’s standings, with Hamilton beating him by point seven of a second to 5th fastest. But Button having just one day to acclimatise to his new car, spent most of the morning session getting comfortable, working with his new team and adjusting the settings to his style after Lewis drove it the previous days. There is one final test in Jerez, 10th to 13th February, then again on 17th to

20th February, followed by Barcelona 25th to 28th February; it is then down to the first race in Bahrain on 14th March. The testing is open to everybody and costs between €5 and €10 to gain access: if you are a F1 fan, RTN can definitely recommend going.

Deadly De Lucas delivers Javea Bulls maintain FC Cartagena 4 Girona FC 1

By Steve Hibberd CARTAGENA MADE light work beating a poor Girona side, but it was more than a coincidence that it coincided with the return of that citadel in defence, ex Arsenal man mountain Cygan. The submarine men were awesome, inspired by imaginative play by my man of the match, ex Chelsea midfielder cum striker De Lucas. With both Hercules and Real Sociadad failing to win at home, the lead at the top of div 2a has been cut to a mere 6 points. And it all started with a shock opening goal for Girona, when Matamala scored with a sublime chip over the head of keeper Ruben, from outside the penalty area in line with the penalty spot. Only 4 minutes had elapsed before Los Albinegros levelled. A De Lucas assist found Lafuente, who smashed the ball home from 15 yards. Not long after, the home side had taken the lead through a well worked goal. Clavero crossed from the left wing with inch perfect precision, finding the feet of De Lucas who gratefully side footed the ball just inside the far post. Within 5 minutes of the restart, Cartagena had made it 3. Pint sized Lafuente seized onto a loose ball following a goal mouth melee, toe poking the ball past a diving keeper. On the hour mark the game was over as a spectacle. Toche played a beautiful back heel into the path of De Lucas, who unleashed an unstoppable drive into the back of the net. Twice in the remaining 30 minutes, Girona could and should have scored, on both occasions guilty of missing sitters, but by then Cartagena had slipped down a few gears, fully aware that another 3 points were in the bag. ATTENDANCE: 9,500 FC CARTAGENA LINE UP: Ruben, Exposito, Cygan, Txiki , Clavero , Longas, Mariano, Lafuente, Victor, Toche, De Lucas

unbeaten run

Last Week’s Result: BULLS 65 v TORREVIEJA 3 AFTER A week of bad weather which restricted training, Javea hosted Torrevieja at their temporary pitch in Gandia. During the previous week, no less than six first team players were unable to play, leaving the combined 1stXV and 2ndXV players to step up. The match started evenly for the first few minutes: the centres proved elusive and Javea tackled poorly. The Bulls fullback scored from a crash ball converted by Javea’s number 10. Torrevieja put some good forward play together and caused some problems for the newly formed Bulls pack, resulting in a penalty by Javea for going over the top in the breakdown, which

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player profile Henrik Stenson

Exemption: European Tour, Cat 2, Rank 3 Exemption: Challenge Tour, Cat 0, Rank 0 Residence: Dubai, UAE Date of birth: 05/04/1976 Place of birth: Gothenburg, Sweden Height and weight: 6ft 1in 14st 2lb (187cm 90kgs) Family: Wife: Emma (m. 2006); Child: Lisa (2007) Interests: Music, movies, fishing, cars Web Site: Turned Pro: 1998 (plus 4) Qualifying School: 1999

Torrevieja converted. It was short lived and Javea’s tighthead prop smashed over for a try. Javea were relentless in their forward play with a fabulous three quarter miss move to send the winger in for another score, converted: half-time score 26-3. In the second half the Bulls raised their concentration which saw the forwards make steady ground, pulling the Torrevieja defence out of position. The Bulls spun the ball wide for the wing to score a great try in the corner. The Bulls’ pressure was relentless, with six more tries but the kicking game was lacking with only 5 kicks from 11 attempts. Javea win 65-3

take part in the trials, with a potential of playing for Spain. For more info Contact Neil Brook 653 415 215 or email

Won the biggest title of his career at the 2009 PLAYERS’ Championship on the US PGA Tour in some style; compiling a memorable final round of six under par 66 at the notorious TPC Sawgrass to leave his competitors standing. Had six other top tens, including third place at the Dubai Desert Classic, en route to finishing 18th in the inaugural Race to Dubai. Had ten top tens in 2008, including a share of third at The Open Championship. Made The European Ryder Cup Team for the second successive time in September that year and won one and a half points in Valhalla, teaming up with Oliver Wilson for a remarkable comeback to defeat Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson 2 and 1 in the Saturday morning foursomes. Ended 2008 in memorable fashion by partnering Robert Karlsson to a Swedish victory in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup before securing a runaway triumph in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and three weeks later captured the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play, where he beat 2006 US Open winner and defending champion Geoff Ogilvy 2 and 1 in the 36 hole final. Registered his career-best finish of fourth on the Order of Merit that year. A proven match play exponent and was joint top points scorer in the 2005 Seve Trophy with four points out of five in a stunning debut before collecting one and half points from three in his Ryder Cup debut at The K Club. A family friend introduced him to the game and he got down to scratch by the age of 18. Won the 2000 Challenge Tour Rankings with a record of eight top ten finishes which included three wins. Lives in Dubai and is coached by the Dubai-based Pete Cowen.

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Noel Eastwell Professional coach and RTN golf expert 639 730 891

Video technology FOR QUALIFIED coaches, one of the best innovations of recent times has been the use of video cameras to analyse the swings of the students. The specialist software available to coaches enables swings to be slowed to incredible speeds where each and every angle can be looked at closely and checked. The golf swing is and incredibly complex thing and if it is to be repeated time after time must have components that all add up to an understandable movement from the student. I have never yet met an amateur golfer able to analyse his or her own swing with honesty and true understanding. I have, however, seen many a golfer taking video film of their own swings and repeatedly return to the camera on the range to look at what has been recorded. Many times I wonder what they are actually seeing. Without the proper technology and training all I can see is them becoming more and more confused by their actions. Any good coach will want their students to understand how their swings work. All will also want their students to be able to feel what is going wrong if things are not going well when on the course, so that they have a chance of putting it right before the round ends. To be able to spot swing flaws in people is an art that takes a lot of practice and experience. In all honesty I think most amateur players would not have the training or expertise to spot or correct swing flaws without correct training. The people who undertake this exercise definitely want to improve and I will never be critical of anyone with that sort of ambition. I would, however, ask them one question; who would you go to if you felt very unwell for a period of time: the local library or your local doctor? We all know the answer so why do people try to become experts in the golf swing without training? There is no replacing a good coach and golfers deep down know this yet still try to do things for themselves.

By continuing to work in a way they think they know rather than going to a professional, enjoyment of the game diminishes. This almost inevitably leads to immense frustration over a long period of time and a marked deterioration in their games. This then leads to more paralysis by analysis and the story goes on. Many will say that I am touting for business here and yes I am like any other professional. I want clients: that’s how I earn money. In this day and age, many coaches are not in this game for the money: they do the job because they love it and love to see people improve. One of the greatest feelings as a coach is when you take someone from being a complete novice to being a competent golfer. The thrill of seeing them hit shots they never thought they could hit takes some beating. As a coach myself I hate to see people struggle for weeks and sometimes months on end. We all play golf for the enjoyment we get from it; if we are not enjoying it then it’s time to pack up. Just think though how much good value for money you could get from a good golf coach; they can improve your game beyond all recognition and enable you to enjoy one of the world’s best sports as you have never done before. So before you get the video camera out again or some other new fangled gadget guaranteed to reduce your handicap, go to those best qualified to do just that for you: a qualified coach, preferably one from the World Golf Teachers Federation. When you do go to a golf course or range, don’t be afraid to ask to see the qualifications of the coach you speak to. It’s your money you are spending; make sure the person teaching you is qualified to do so. You wouldn’t use an unqualified doctor would you? There are many on our golf courses and ranges that are not qualified so beware of imitations; good golfers but they have not taken exams to prove they can teach. THE PROFESSIONAL TOURS The European Tour continued in the Middle East with The Qatar masters in Doha. This is a tournament that many of the big names attend and is a good test of golf, particularly if the wind blows. Paul Casey was the man fancied by many after going

into Sunday’s final round as joint leader but he fell away and it was left to Robert Karlsson to pick up the top prize thanks to a final round of 65. In America The PGA Tour continued with The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. These 2 courses will always provide a good test because of where they are and last week was no exception. Ben Crane proved to be the form golfer of the week; with a one shot win over Marc Leishman. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR TWO INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over €180 will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@ The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 5TH FEBRUARY 2010: How many majors has Padraig Harrington won? A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 1st March 2010 to be entered into January’s draw on 1st March. The winner will be announced in RTN on March 5th 2010. GOLF QUIPS P G Woodhouse said; “If only I had taken up golf earlier and devoted my whole life to it instead of fooling about writing stories and things, I might have got my handicap down to eighteen”.

TOP QUALITY COACHING WITH NOEL Noel is available for lessons at El Plantio and Alicante Golf by prior arrangement. Call him on 639 730 891 to book an appointment and tell him you got his number from RTN for discounted rates.


David Hoare

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RODS and REELS - 1-2-1 CAR HIRE SPONSORED MATCHES THIS WEEK’S match was the 3rd in the series of 4; the winner receiving a free week’s car hire from 1-2-1 car hire. (Thank you very much for this sponsorship). The match was held on the Rio Segura at the Eden valley. The day was very cold and windy, however, the bonus was that the rain forecast never materialised, thank goodness! Again though, there were some dry nets; a feature of fishing this time of year. With the wind being so strong, fishing the pole was not a viable proposition for most of the day. This meant fishing the feeder and casting extremely accurately, close to the reeds on the far bank…? No doubt there will have been some tackle left fixed to the reeds. Winners on the day as follows: 1st - Stan (The Man) Roberts, fishing the pole using maggot and pellet with 9.94 kilos 2nd - Bill (The Master) Reade, fishing pole and feeder using maggot with 3.38 kilos 3rd - Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn, fishing the pole using maggot with 3.28 kilos ACCUMULATIVE POINTS TO DATE: 1st - Clive Cleghorn - 9 points 2nd - Ian Haughton with -12 points 3rd - Bill Reade with - 15 points. 1 match to go so it is still all to fish for… ANGLERS TOGETHER IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE: The Friday Campoverde meetings will now be held at Marys bar/ restaurant. Taking the CV 925 from Pillar de la Horadada, turn right at the 1st roundabout into Pinar de Campoverde, first left and follow the slip road (past Fibber Mcgees and Lounge bar 6) until you get to the next parade of shops. Mary’s bar is the 3rd / 4th unit up. The next meeting will be held on Friday 5th February at 12.00. The Puerto de Mazarron meetings remain at Los Galayos bar/restaraunt on the paseo adjacent to the beach. The next meeting will be held on 6th February at 12.00. Work is still continuing on the Rio Segura at Murcia but it is still fishable. Embalse de Pedrera: the water level has risen dramatically in the past weeks and by the time this goes to print will probably be over the road at the broken bridge. Sweetwater: the final dredging has taken place and the works personnel are clearing the surrounding road of all the silt that was deposited there. The banks are now ‘angled’ and swims need cutting in! Anglers Together continues to grow as a club with many friendships formed over the past 3 years. Many members fish together regularly and say they are pleased that they have taken up a sport that they once followed in their youth. We have the occasional organised outings but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the fishing venues. The joining fee is €10 for new members and €5 for renewing members. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, either come along to one of the meetings or contact Dave. (Alan is away on his annual trek to Oz). or telephone Dave Hoare on 969 199 279.

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