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Apocalypse Haiti January 15-21 2010

Tens of thousands of people are feared dead in the catastrophic devastation of the Haiti earthquake as an international rescue operation gets underway. by Jack Troughton

IN SCENES described as “Armageddon”, bodies of the dead and injured were lying in the debris of Port-auPrince, the densely populated capital of this desperately poor Caribbean country. The quake – the worst for


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measuring 7.0 on the Richter 5pm local time on Tuesday, flattening homes, schools, hospitals, slums, as well as the presidential palace and government buildings. Spain has joined Britain and other European countries in sending rescue teams and pledged millions in much needed aid to Haiti. Relief began arriving on the stricken island’s still usable airport within hours. Continued on page 4

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San Fulgencio ‘nine’ unlikely to face court Happier times: former deputy mayor manuel barerra and current mayor trinni martinez when they first announced the town hall coalition in late 2007 AFTER MORE than a year of uncertainty, it appears unlikely that the six members of the San Fulgencio council will face prosecution over the video corruption case, in which former Deputy Mayor Manuel Barrera was seen to be taking a bribe. According to a report in Spanish newspaper Informacion, the nine people involved following the release of the video, which included the Mayor, Trinni Martinez and five other Town Hall Councillors as well as a lawyer and a police officer, are unlikely to face charges. The notorious video, in which the AIM Councillor was seen to receive a bribe from a man since identified as a private detective, caused a huge furore in both the local and national news. He was suspended from the Town

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Hall within hours of the video’s emergence in October 2008 and although he protested his innocence throughout the ensuing weeks he was not allowed to return to his position in the Town Hall. The newspaper stated: ‘The subject is practically dead in the courts of Orihuela…’ and as a result, ‘…favours the imputed nine, some of whom have already denounced their present ‘in limbo’ situation...’ DENIAL

It appears that the case has become ‘paralysed’ and is therefore unlikely to proceed further through the courts, especially as the nine still have no idea what charges they are going to face. In fact, the last statement from the police regarding the matter said that they had been investigating the spouses of the

nine people. However, it also stated that they do not have any further pending investigations with regard to the alleged crime. All nine have been accused of the supposed crime of ‘prevaricación’, which means making false statements and deliberately misleading an investigation. The judge, who initially started the investigation after the Provincial hearing, which took place three months after the case was first opened, changed courts after just a few weeks and his replacement has not been forthcoming with any further information; this has done little to clarify the situation for the nine accused, all of whom fervently deny the accusations. They all claim that they are innocent and that they feel ‘defenceless’ with the present situation.

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Elderly Man Injured in Road Accident

A SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD man is in a serious condition in hospital in Cartagena after being knocked down in the city centre. The man was crossing a pedestrian crossing on Calle Juan Fernández when he was hit by a car. The driver tested negative for alcohol but was suffering from shock following the collision. Policia Local officers attended the scene and later reported that the driver had become confused and had not seen the elderly man who was crossing a signalled pedestrian crossing on green. The injured man suffered a severe blow to the head as he hit the ground and is currently under observation at the Rosell Hospital in the city.

Fatal accident at La Manga motorway exit

An Italian man has been killed on the AP7 motorway close to the exit for La Manga. According to the Cartagena Policía Local, the 61-year-old, who was riding a motorcycle, approached the intersection too fast and was unable to negotiate the curve. He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the Emergency Department of the Rosell Hospital in Cartagena.

15-21 JANUARY 2010 He said the Government would respond with emergency aid, sending firefighters, emergency equipment, and monetary aid. “And we’ll give further support to help the people of Haiti overcome this devastating event.” Britain has also sent a 71-strong team of rescue specialists and dogs with state of the art equipment in the wake of a four colleagues dispatched to assess the situation. Spain joined the global response by immediately sending three plane loads of rescuers and 100 tonnes of tents, blankets and cooking kits. TOLL

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continued from front page However, it is the might of neighbour the United States of America that will have the earliest impact, it immediately mobilised thousands of troops, ships and aircraft to help an estimated 3 million people left stricken by the catastrophe. As RTN went to press yesterday (Thursday) there were no reports of British victims. The UK has an honorary consul in the capital and a diplomatic and rapid deployment team was sent from the embassy in Santo Domingo.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said: “We are beginning to talk to British nationals on the island and provide consular assistance to them. We are also taking calls from family and friends in the UK who have concerns but we have no reports of any British casualties.” RESCUE The initial response will focus on search and rescue with specialist teams being deployed across a country of nine million people believed to have lost 80 percent of its infrastructure in the earthquake and its aftershocks with a mission to save lives.

Sadly, the sheer numbers of the dead will also pose a problem. The World Health Organisation has sent specialists to help deal with corpses and the International Red Cross sent a plane loaded with body bags. President Barack Obama promised “an all out rescue and humanitarian effort”. He said the United States was ready to assist Haiti following its “cruel and incomprehensible” tragedy. “We have to be there for them in their hour of need.” And British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Haiti had “moved to the centre of the world’s thoughts and the world’s compassion.”

Because of the reported “chaotic scenes”, detailed numbers of the dead remain sketchy. Haiti’s prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive feared more than 100,000 had lost their lives although the country’s President Garcia Preval indicated it was more like 50,000 – however, a government senator claimed the toll could be up to half a million people. The epicentre of the earthquake was just ten miles from Port-auPrince. Scientists said the impact was more destructive because the epicentre was “shallow”, close to the earth’s surface and causing greater shaking to the ground. Witnesses spoke of feeling a “train coming down the road” and a cloud of dust hanging in the sky over the capital after buildings were “rocked” and collapsed in the “nightmare” earthquake. There were reports of dazed and terrified people camping in the street as others pulled the living, injured, and the dead from mountains of debris. Remaining hospitals were said to be overwhelmed with wounded. Doc-

tors working with Medicine Without Frontiers said the situation was “chaotic” as they struggled to deal with people suffering “severe trauma”, such as head injuries and crushed limbs. The Red Cross has called for urgent supplies of medicines, shelter, food and clean water as the extent of the devastation became clearer – although the breakdown in communications continued to cause severe logistical problems. SERIOUS Save The Children, which had 60 staff on the island, said it was planning to deal with “a very serious emergency”. The United Nation’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the quake and the UN’s special representative Tunisian Hedi Annabi reported killed, with dozens of staff reported missing. However, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the earthquake had been “catastrophic” and urged an immediate response from member states around the world. He said the UN would make $10 million immediately available from the organisation’s emergency fund. An official with charity World Vision, Magalie Boyer said: “The city looks a bit like what you see in a war zone on television after a couple of bombs have dropped.” Charities are already organising appeals and seeking donations to raise money for Haiti. “Every hour counts,” said John Holmes, of the UN’s humanitarian effort. “This is a major humanitarian crisis.” And the Disasters Emergency Committee has an on line facility for members of the public to help. To make a donation visit

Rising damp by Jack Troughton DREAMS OF a carefree retirement in the sun have been severely dampened with continual problems of flooding at a Costa Blanca villa. Tony and Sylvia Ludwig have been forced to flee their Javea home on three occasions in three years due to water gushing into their home. Ironically, they live high above sea level on the Costa Nova, near Cap de la Nau that forms one end of Javea Bay. The area has notoriously bad drainage and rain collects in huge puddles on the roads. One of these – Tony and Sylvia christened it Lake Placid – forms outside their property in Carrer del Collverd. And in extreme weather such as the 2007 Gota Fria, the rains of November 2008, and the storms of last month, the water overflows into their garden and home. “It just makes me want to cry,” admitted Sylvia. “I love this house and its location but we cannot be doing with this at our age – sometimes it makes you just want to give up.” HEART

Tony said: “As soon as it starts raining, your heart is in your mouth. We have a pile of wooden blocks and bricks ready to stand the furniture up out of the water.” Last month the water rose to a depth of between two and three feet – 60cm to 90cm – in the garden and shin deep inside the villa, rendering it again uninhabitable. Sandbags failed to protect the house and so the Ludwigs were forced to make

Tony and Sylvia’s home

another insurance claim, switch on the dehumidifiers and attempt to dry out the villa and disguise the lingering smell of damp. They have joined other families in the area making official complaints to Javea Town Hall about the lack of a modern drainage system and the ‘hazard’ of water lying in roads and gardens. “Water builds up in heavy rain and lakes form when the water table is high,” said Tony. “And the water does not drain away until the water table is low. The state of the road up here is getting worse and in places collapsing.


“The whole area needs a proper modern drainage system. This urbanisation is around 30 years old. The town hall says it is the builder’s responsibility but who can find the builder after 30 years. “No one seems to want to take responsibility. The town hall say it is the builder, someone else says it is the Communidad de Valencia and another person says it is the town hall.” He said the first time they were flooded the fire brigade and the Guardia Civil attended - and later a tanker pumped out eight loads of water but, Tony alleged, the operation was halted when the contractor feared he would not be paid. “A council engineer has been up here and said there was a solution – but said it was too expensive,” he added. “We have lived here now for three and a half years and every year the flooding in the area seems to be getting worse. Previously, the roads were just compacted gravel but once it was metalled it got worse, perhaps because the water has nowhere to go. “And builders took away 84 massive pine trees nearby but the project was halted and the water from the unfinished development seems to run this way.” *Costa Nova is one area where the installation of a sewage and drainage system has been considered to fall in line with EU standards – however, householders have been told they could each face a bill of up to €15,000.

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Spaniards opposed to smoking ban A CONTROVERSIAL bid to ban smoking in all public areas has been strongly opposed by a large percentage of Spaniards. A survey has revealed that as many as 42 per cent of people are against the move to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and shopping centres throughout the country. Metroscopia carried out a telephone interview of 504 people over the age of 18 across the country and found that 16 per cent were ‘mostly in agreement’ with the new law, while 40 per cent were ‘very much in agreement’. Conversely, 11 per cent claimed to ‘oppose the move moderately’ and 31 per cent were ‘totally against’ banning smoking in eateries and cafés. The changes were instigated by Health Minister, Trinidad Jiménez,

who is a staunch advocate of smoke free environments for all. However, her enthusiasm has not been reflected by Proprietors of many bars and restaurants who were forced to create designated smoking areas with extractor fans at considerable cost in 2006, when a more lenient take on the law was passed. Ms Jiménez stated that these restaurateurs will not receive any compensation or financial help as a result, because fitting smoking booths was ‘their own choice’. In reality, the only alternative was to ban smoking on their premises, which they avoided for fear of a loss of trade. The law was due to come into force on 1st January, although in practice it will be gradually introduced in different regions over the course of 2010.

42 per cent of people are against the move to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and shopping centres

Sex-change op for 16-year-old Ex-President of Baleares accused A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has become the first minor in Spain to undergo a sex-

change operation. The patient had received hormonal and psychiatric treatment for more than a year prior to the

surgery, which took place in a private clinic in Barcelona. The law in Spain does not permit minors under the age of 18 to have sex-change operations, but in this case a judicial authorization

was obtained, allowing for the procedure to

take place. The patient had the support of his

family, who financed the

operation, and is said to be recovering well.

JAUME MATAS (PP) a former president of the Balearic Government and later a Minister in the National Government of Aznar, and his wife stand accused of embezzlement of public funds (the velodrome in Palma) and a long list of other crimes, which could result in 30 years imprisonment. Police searched his “Palace” in Palma some weeks ago and took away a large number of documents.

Highway robbery

This is the story of deceit and creative accounting allegedly perpetrated by the Altea Council. Following the ‘Gota Fria’ style storms of December 2007, residents of the Altea la Vieja, Monterico housing estate awoke to find the road to their properties had disintegrated and they could no longer enjoy access and egress to their property by wheeled vehicles. What started out as a small crack about a foot long trebled in size within three hours and eventually became a huge chasm big enough to swallow a truck. The local police attended the scene and roped off the approaches to the road. The problem was exacerbated by an allegedly illegal building constructed beside the road. The digging of the foundations had undermined and subsequently de-stabilised the road. The vicious Goto Fria had swept away the road and the German owned house simultaneously. The road side culvert also contained the utilities to the properties and when the collapse took place, the electricity, some phone lines and all street lighting also failed. The nine affected homes and 32

other parcels of land have even had to haul their household and garden garbage to the nearest disposal point over a kilometre away, and this is how it remains to this day! Sadly, no reduction in the IBI or associated taxes to compensate for the inconvenience has been forthcoming from the council The Altea Council department responsible for the roads finally acknowledged the complaints from the owners and made representations to the Provincial, Regional and Central Governments for funding in order to expedite the necessary repairs. After years of hand wringing and haggling a figure of €442,000 was agreed on to made good the area and facilities. This amount was eventually supplied by the Valencian Regional Government under Francisco Camps and his ‘E’ Plan and was entered into the Council financial budget. This was seen by our investigator in April 2009. Now, in January 2010, in a quirky but almost predictable manner the funds have seemingly been re-allocated, or at least disappeared, by person or persons unknown, leaving the owners of what were previously very ‘des res’ properties

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Road and house swept away by rain with the reality of never being able to drive home again. Subsequently, the value of the properties has dropped even further leaving the Spanish; Russian; German; Belgian and British residents not only frustrated but fuming! Other ‘F’ words have been edited out! The old story of the Council blaming the contractors who in turn blame the architects (Tobias & Partners who are accused of building substandard roads in the first instance) who in turn blame the weather and so on have gone on for years with, it would appear, little chance of a satisfactory resolution. The only sensible answer given by a Council representative came from people in the ‘Cipal’ Party council offices. They are strict in their accounting and personal principles and have allowed us to monitor what could be described as ‘shady’ dealings behind the scenes. An employee in the Technical Department, who declined to be identified commented, “Spending this much money for the benefit of a few houses is not fair. The whole town needs money and this could be better used elsewhere.” The main purpose of this open letter to

the Altea Council is to make them aware that the very people that voted them into power and pay their wages have a right to democracy and transparent Government. We know who you are and what you are doing – Voting time is just over a year away!

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by David Mills Villajoyosa town hall opened the new location for the tourist offices this week in the ‘Chalet Centella’. The landmark building is the work of the celebrated Alicante architect Juan Vidal Ramos and was built between 1927 and 1930. It is a fine example of the architectural style and shows the history of ‘Villa Joiosa’ during the first decades of the twentieth century. The Villajoyosa town council has now designated it as the official tourist office partly due to its central location on Calle Columbus right in the heart of the town. The relocated Tourist Office will occupy the left wing of the building, while the Council’s Department of Tourism and a Museum will take up the remainder. The Councillor for Tourism, Xaro Escrig, explained, “By moving the Office of Tourism to the Chalet Centella and converting part of the building we have created a landmark building that all can visit and enjoy. By reclaiming the Chalet Centella for municipality it increases what we have to offer for our tourists and the resident population.” Escrig went on to explain how the transfer will in effect save the taxpayers 18,000 euros per year. This is the current cost of the rent for the Tourist Office and Council headquarters located in the Avenida del Pais Valencia that have been vacated. The Chalet Centella occupies an area of some 500 square meters, and boasts an additional 1,710 square meters of elaborate gardens. The somewhat eclectic style of the building features a gable reminiscent of Greek temples on one side with Neo-Baroque style on the other. The richly decorated interior has modernist touches. Its basic construction includes some of the finest quality materials available at the time such as rich marble in the main hall on the ground floor and magnificent traditional Valencian tiles that date it.

Chalet Centella. The landmark building is the work of the celebrated Alicante architect Juan Vidal Ramos and was built between 1927 and 1930

The Chalet was built between 1927 and 1930 during the widening of Villajoyosa’s Calle Colon that was then the road to Valencia. The villa was built for a local family that had prospered in the heyday of the port nearby. It belonged to the Felipe Miguel Lloret Llinares and his family who manufactured and sold agricultural products. The Lloret Llinares Company featured the ‘Anchor’ as a trade mark however they went into liquidation some time during the 1950’s. The Chalet Centella represents some

of the typical architecture and history of Villa Joiosa of the first decades of the twentieth century, reflecting a golden age of sea that carried the name of Villajoyosa worldwide. Juan Vidal Ramos is also the creator of other ‘Edificios’ in Alicante including the Palacio de la Diputación, the San Juan de Dios hospital that is now the MARQ museum, the central Market, the Caja de Ahorros, the Casa de Socorro, the Las Casa Carbonell and last but not least the Lamaignere buildings.

Alicante airport most profitable in Spain TERMINAL 3: The extension of the international airport of Alicante has encompassed a multimillion pound investment and will increase the number of passengers to a staggering 20 million per year. THE MINISTRY for Infrastructure has revealed that Alicante’s El Altet airport made a net profit of €43.5 million in 2009, more than any other Spanish airport. Palma made the second-largest profit of €37.8 million and Girona was third, raking in €18.01 million. Madrid and Barcelona airports didn’t

fair so well, with Madrid declaring operating losses of €300 million and debts of €6 billion; Barcelona’s El Prat airport operated at a €42 million loss with debts of €1.8 billion. Infrastructure Minister José Blanco met last week with Francisco Camps, the President of the Valencian Community, and

Counsellors for Tourism, Belén Juste and Mario Flores, together with Deputy President Vicente Rambla, to discuss the possibility of some airports being run as independent companies. Shareholders in the companies could include the Valencian government.

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House prices drop 14.8 percent in one year HOUSE PRICES fell by 6.6 percent in December 2009 with respect to December 2008, and prices fell by the same amount the month previously. This information comes from the Spanish Housing Market Index (Índice de Mercados Inmobiliarios Españoles [IMIE]) published by Tinsa, the real estate valuation, analysis and consultancy company. However, Tinsa say that

although December is

typically a slow month

for the housing market, that “The moderate fall

in December retains the

uncertainly over what the

behaviour in 2010 shall be.” The Mediterranean coast

suffered the largest price crash, with a drop of 7.6

percent in December. The

Balearics and the Canaries were the least hit, with a drop of 3.8 percent.

Fuel prices rise THE COST of fuel rose by 3 percent in the first week of 2010, and diesel inparticularly has been hit by the price increase. Costly fuel will also affect the general population as they try to heat their homes over the cold period. In the winter months the average household fuel consumption rises from 50 to 1,500 litres per week.

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Ambassador Giles Paxman presents his credentials to King Juan Carlos

by Jack Troughton Pomp




Ambassador Giles Paxman’s visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid to officially present his credentials to His Majesty King Juan Carlos. The British ambassador took part in the

traditional ceremony after taking up his post in the capital said his position was “without a doubt one of the best jobs in the Foreign Office.” The 58-year-old, who is married with three children, worked extensively in Europe before becoming Ambassador to Mexico, his last position before arriving in Spain.

Mr Paxman said the relationship between Spain and Britain went back 500 years and the two countries had established close commercial, political and cultural ties. “But whilst we have an excellent past, it is the future we are all looking to, starting with Spain’s presidency of the European Union Council of Ministers,” he said. “It is a new

Europe thanks to the Treaty of Lisbon, and economic recovery and the follow-on from Copenhagen’s climate change conference are at the top of the agenda.” He added: “These are exciting times and I look forward tremendously to working with my counterparts in Spain during the months and years to come.”

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Tommy Taylor for Torry! Obituary: Dave Smethurst by Heidi Wardman FC Torrevieja has entered the new decade with high hopes of salvation, thanks to an attractive agreement affirmed with Sports and Media Management. Tuesday 5th January 2010 marked a momentous day for FC Torrevieja, as esteemed President Eddie Cagigao tendered his resignation and Sports and Media Management (SAMMINC) stepped into the breach. SAMMINC has announced its intentions to revive the flailing club, in terms of its status within the football world and local community, as well as its economic position, which has remained unstable for a number of years. Players, who have been awaiting payment for some time, have been promised that they will be paid up to date and all remaining debts cleared by 31st January. The ultimate goal of course is to achieve promotion, which was stolen from them in the closing stages of last season. EXCITEMENT SAMMINC has appointed Tommy Taylor as the ‘Director of Football’, whose role will be to support Trainer/ Manager, José Agustin Soto, in priming the players for the playoffs. Taylor has an esteemed reputation in the footballing world, having played as a Defender 340 times for West Ham and in 230 matches for Leyton Orient. As an Under 23 player, he was also capped for England, although never appeared with the full England squad. While SAMMINC’s takeover will not be made official until Monday 18th January, when the proposal is put to vote by the club’s ‘Socios’, reports are heavily weighted in favour, although not without regret that Eddie will be departing after the hard work and commitment that he has given to the role as President, and in his previous position as Chairman of the Torry Army. A staunch supporter of the club commented that “We are excited to see what the future holds for Torry, but at the same time devastated that Eddie will not be at the helm. He was landed with an impossible task when he accepted the position as President and has done himself and the club proud”.

Tommy Taylor joined Club Delegate, Ramon Ares, at the Vicente Garcia Stadium, accompanied by the Councillor for Foreigners and Immigration of the City Council of Torrevieja, Pedro Valero, and President of the AMICS, Graham Knight, in order to introduce himself and his aims for the coming months. Taylor confirmed that this is only his second week in Torrevieja, and he is very impressed with what he has seen so far. He stated that while Soto will continue in his Position as Manager, he will provide additional support in the training and recruitment processes, not only for the first team but also the second and youth squads, with the objective being to “All work together as one”. He revealed that while the squad will remain largely as it is, there will be a few minor changes and new faces appearing. He commented that “Some Players have not had the opportunity to play in the correct positions, and I feel that they would flourish if given this chance”. Therefore, he and Soto hope to see a total of 22 Players in the squad, including fresh blood from SAMMINC academies in Portugal, Tanzania, Grenada in the Caribbean, as well as a few young hopefuls from Britain. FUTURE On behalf of the City Council, Pedro Valero said that they are delighted to welcome Taylor to the club, suggesting that he has a difficult task ahead but that the City Council will be behind him 100%. He also expressed their gratitude to Eddie, who he said has done a “Wonderful job, under very difficult economic circumstances, and has brought lots of new ideas and prospects to the club”, referring also to the hoards of dedicated supporters that Eddie has generated and mediated with over the years and miles. Mr Taylor concluded that SAMMINC have great visions for FC Torrevieja, and will ultimately select the city as the location for their next Youth Academy, providing instruction and opportunities for young hopefuls living in the immediate area.

(From l to r) Councillor for Foreigners and Immigration of the City Council of Torrevieja, Pedro Valero; Club Delegate, Ramon Ares; Director of Football, Tommy Taylor and President of the AMICS, Graham Knight.

Dave Smethurst passed away at his home on December 21st, 2009. Dave was a true Costa Blanca personality and will be sadly missed by his many friends from the Bowling Society, golfing societies and Careline Theatre. He will be a hard act to follow… Dave’s wife Brenda would like to take this opportunity to express her gratitude and appreciation to MABS Cancer Support Group, who helped her in her darkest hours.



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KEEP THEM OUT! Once again, FREELOADERS hijacked the public car park at La Marina beach this year. Residents and their families had to park a long way from the beach to enjoy the festive cheer that we all enjoy; some even had to give up and go home, all because of these mean nomads who will not pay the fees that are charged for providing them with necessary facilities for waste and foul water. These camper vans seem to get bigger each year. I think, along with many other residents who pay local taxes that these people should not be allowed to take over the car park areas, especially at this time of the year. On New Years Day, the local police decided to visit and issue parking tickets to the cars surrounding the car park - this would not have happened if the car park was used for its purpose and not a FREE CAMP SITE! A simple solution would be to erect a height restriction barrier at the entrance to both car parks. Keep them out all together! Surely this cannot continue year after year! ANGRY RESIDENT KEN (look at my letter of last year)

PASSPORT INFO I am writing in regard to Jonathan Anthony’s letter in your 534 Edition about the problems with Alcampo demanding a passport for identification and to let him know he is not alone, and nor are Alcampo. Last July my wife and I went to Carrefour in Gandia, which we always do when we visit Spain, only to be told after checking through a full trolley that they needed a passport for identification and nothing else would do. Explanations that we went there regularly and had always used our Spanish credit card with our UK driving licence as ID (and as we still do in every other town, city and supermarket in Spain) were

discarded as irrelevant. A check with customer services elicited a ‘no problem’; the photo driving licence was acceptable - but not to the cashier. She then called the security guard, who it seemed had the final say – no passport: no shopping! I was all for leaving everything with them but having driven specially to shop there, my wife wanted what we had collected. To add insult to injury, both their cash machines were out of order and we had to go to another mall to get money! Carrefour is on my list of places to avoid: I will add Alcampo. David Duncan, Pedreguer


Would like to thank everyone who has helped us during 2009. Our thanks go to everyone who has donated cash and also to those who have supplied us with items to sell on our stalls. Thanks also to people who have raised funds through Fun Days, raffles and other events. During the year, we have re homed over 120 dogs, all fully vaccinated (including Rabies vaccination); micro chipped; neutered or speyed. We also helped more than 60 cats, including neutering and injections where necessary. We are indebted to our vets, without whom we could not carry out our work. During the year, we became involved with Cereco, and we are now working together to re-home some of the abandoned dogs from their facility. This is proving very successful. Finally, we would like to thank all the people who have adopted and fostered our animals and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Linda Lloyd Animal Aid Association Reg No. G54292271

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Lions Club International Foundation Responds to the Earthquake Disaster in Haiti TORREVIEJA COSTA Lions Club has been informed of the response by the Lions Club International Foundation to the disaster that struck the Caribbean Island of Haiti on the evening of 12th January 2010. An immediate Major Catastrophe Relief grant of US$50,000 has been given to help with the immediate need for medical supplies on the island and with the help of the International community and Lions Clubs worldwide, it is assured that more significant Aid will be forthcoming. When catastrophes occur, LCIF and Lions answer the call for help. Lions have seen first hand the impact that large-scale devastation has on communities. Homes, schools and hospitals are destroyed and lives are often lost. Through our efforts, we are able to bring hope and healing, even if it’s just a

Late mortgage payments nearly doubled DATA RELEASED this week by the Spanish Mortgage Association (Asociación Hipotecaria Española (AHE)) shows that in September 2009, late mortgage payments by Spanish families stood at 3.04 percent versus 1.84 percent a year earlier. Within the various sectors of activity, the AHE data show that with regard to claims for financing real estate activities, delinquencies rose to 8.66 percent versus 8.07 percent the previous quarter, and 4.52 percent from a year earlier. There was a rise in defaults also for loans for renovations, which has climbed to 3.34 percent

from 2.23 percent a year earlier. Credit to finance construction also saw a strong surge in defaults, and in September of 2009 reached a rate of 8.17 percent, almost 5 percent higher than the same period in 2008, when the rate stood at 3.48 percent. For financial institutions, financial credit institutions (EFC) and savings banks, October was when they recorded the highest percentage of bad loans, with 9.79 percent and 5.26 percent respectively. For banks, this percentage reached 4.60 percent, compared with 4.44 percent in September.

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Torrevieja’s salt helps Europe’s big freeze by Louise Clarke IN SCENES reminiscent of the UK petrol protests in 2000, lorries were backed up along the N332 in Torrevieja this week waiting for essential supplies of salt to transport to the snow and ice battered countries of Northern Europe. As the big freeze continues, with temperatures plunging throughout France, Germany and of course the UK, icy roads and snowed in villages desperately need salt to make roads passable and enable life to return to normality. As a result, salt producers in both Torrevieja and Santa Pola have been working around the clock to get supplies out to those who need it in the north of the continent. The UK’s Met Office has warned of ‘widespread’ ice on untreated pavements and roads and urged people to take extra care. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged a full review of the arrangements for

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keeping Britain moving during severe weather. During Wednesday’s Commons question time, he paid tribute to workers and volunteers for maintaining the transport network during “the worst weather for 30 years”. However, Tory leader David Cameron said the pressure on road salt supplies showed lessons had to be learned from the severe weather. The Highways Agency and councils are cutting salt use by half to protect supplies and Mr Brown said one UK salt producer had announced it was stepping up production, whilst imports from places like Torrevieja and Santa Pola were expected in the coming days. Thankfully, the Local Government Association said no councils in England and Wales had run out of salt and that they had been well prepared for this cold snap. Thankfully the trucks are on their way, so hopefully the salt will get there in time before next week’s expected thaw!

TWO PEOPLE have been arrested for starting a fire that claimed the lives of five fire fighters. The massive forest fire broke out in Horta de Sant Joan, Tarragona, last July, and it was originally thought to have been caused by a lightning strike. However, following lengthy investigations by the Catalan Police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, it has been discovered that the fatal blaze was sparked from an illegal campfire that was set by the two defendants, who have been named as L.F.M., aged 27 from Calig in Castellón, and A.P.M, a 26 year old from L’Aldea, in Tarragona. The flames quickly spread out of control, consuming more than 1,000 hectares of land, including 500 hectares within the perimeter of the Els Ports de Beseit natural park. Four members of an elite Generalitat Forest Fire unit lost their lives trying to fight the blaze and two others suffered serious injuries when they found themselves trapped by the flames; the fifth team member died in hospital several days later. The Spanish press reports that the two suspects could face up to 20 years in prison if they are charged with the five fire fighters’ deaths.

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Quadriplegic’s atlantic crossing inspires disabled sailing by Louise Clarke LAST WEEK saw a British yachtsman become the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic. Geoff Holt’s amazing feat has been an inspiration to disabled people all over the world and recently, the Mar Menor’s very own disabled sailing club was launched in Los Alcazares. Geoff, from Southampton, took 28 days to complete the The WETA trimarans 2,700-mile voyage after setting off from Lanzarote in the have been Canary Islands. He is already the first quadriplegic sailor to specially sail solo around Britain. adapted SAMM, the Sailing Association of Mar Menor had been for interested in launching a disabled sailing club for some time disabled and last year met up with Mike Wood, himself a disabled sailing sailor, who was interested in setting up a club here in Spain. In the UK, the Disabled Sailors Association (DSA) provides real and proper sailing for all types of disabled people with its purpose designed and built wheelchair accessible cruising yachts and specially adapted sailing dinghies. Mike’s Ro-Ro Sailing Project has been a huge success in his home town of Portsmouth and now, thanks to his association with SAMM, a similar project has been launched. BEST LOCATION Mike has shipped over two specially adapted boats to Los Alcazares and both can easily be controlled by a disabled

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By Jack Troughton PEOPLE WHO have lost someone to cancer can find support at a new informal ‘caring and sharing’ group starting in the Marina Alta. Based at the Cancer Care Centre in Javea, this ‘drop in’ meeting will take place on the first Thursday of every month – and launches on February 4th at 11.00. Qualified counsellor Margaret Lewis will be on hand to give confidential advice but believes anyone who has lost a partner, family member or friend to the disease will be helped to understand their loss and benefit from the friendly meetings of the Cancer Care Bereavement Group. She said: “There are so many people out there that I have met and we need to bring them together – the emphasis

is on bereavement due to cancer; it is a story they can all understand and share. “It will be a very informal meeting of caring people sharing their experiences and anyone can just pop in after 11.00.” Margaret added: “The difficult is getting people to be brave enough to come along to this self-help group.” The Cancer Care Centre is in Javea Park and for more information about this new venture, ring the centre on 965 796 846 or call Margaret on 651 600 387. Margaret also works at the centre every Tuesday to counsel people affected emotionally by the disease. For an appointment, call the above numbers.

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PUMA22 campaign launched on Facebook by Corry Granger

Hundreds have joined the campaign for the reinstatement of health care, with a protest group set up on the social networking site Facebook. Thousands in the Valencia region are battling the regional health authority’s decision to withdraw healthcare and put a private insurance scheme in its place at €270 per quarter for each family member, including children. The action group PUMA22 aims to get the decision reversed by bringing the plight of mainly British and Irish citizens affected to the attention of the authorities. December protesters marched to the British Consulate in Alicante, presenting a letter to the Ambassador to Spain Mr Giles Paxman, with further demonstrations planned: a march in Alicante and a hunger protest at the parliamentary offices. Meanwhile, Mr Paxman has responded with a meeting planned for later this month. Tha Facebook campaign, entitled ‘Sick and Abandoned – Ex-pats in Spain’, attracted more than 250 members in less than one week, (check this at time of going to Press) supported in Britain; Spain; Australia; the USA and South Africa. The group site has links to news stories about those affected and refers

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by Jack Troughton COURAGEOUS JOHN and Shirley White survived an armed raid on a village bank and the attentions of a knife wielding thug by keeping their cool. The ‘agitated’ masked robber held a massive kitchen knife to Shirley’s throat as he demanded cash at a tiny branch of Bancaja in Genoves, near Xativa. The bandit escaped with bundles of cash – understood to be thousands of euros – but the ex-pat couple and a lone female cashier were unharmed in the hold up last week on Friday January 8th. “Afterwards I was a bit shaky,” admitted Shirley. “I thought in my mind that he was going to take me with him – that was very scary. “I wanted to run but that would have been the wrong thing to do and John was quite right, saying ‘just stay there’.” And John added: “It was all quite surreal. I don’t think I moved at all.” SHOUT

ROBBERY: Bancaja, Genoves

The couple, who live in the Xativa area, went into Bancaja to pay a telephone bill and were chatting to the cashier when suddenly there was excited shouting.

“The next thing, I was grabbed by the throat by this man’s left hand and I was dragged away from John’s side,” said Shirley. “He then got this huge kitchen knife from under his jumper and held it to my throat.” The robber dragged Shirley behind the counter, all the while demanding cash from the bank worker – stuffing notes from a cash drawer into his jacket. John said: “He wanted the safe opened and the cashier kept saying she did not have access to it – he was really disturbed then and kept shouting and the knife was getting closer to Shirley’s neck.” The couple, who read RTN every week, said the bank worker pacified the gangster by producing more money. The thief made the cashier accompany him to the door to ensure the locking device was not activated and rushed out. He then jumped into a car driven by an accomplice which sped around the corner and carried the thief away. The whole drama lasted minutes. TALL Shirley said the thief was “very tall for a Spanish man and very powerful”. She said a hat was pulled down over his eyes and a scarf covered the lower part

Spanish tourism numbers down

Europes number 1 tourist destination, Benidorm THE NUMBER of tourists who visited Spain in 2009 has dropped by 8.7 percent, according to a report released by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. Due to the crisis, a decline in tourist numbers was anticipated, and the figures are actually better than expected – forecasts predicted more than a 10 percent drop in numbers, but the

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of his face. “Obviously that did not look suspicious at the time because of the atrocious winter weather.” John believes the suspect was not local as he shouted in Spanish rather than the more commonly used Valenciano. A woman in the street had called the Guardia Civil after spotting the robbery underway and officers arrived shortly afterwards – the Whites believe this prevented more serious repercussions with the ‘disturbed’ villain. “They would probably have opened fire,” said John. “And I would have been in the middle of it,” added Shirley. “The thought of what could have happened is very frightening. If the Guardia had arrived minutes earlier – well, you wonder.” She said experience made her stay passive. “I used to work in job centres in the UK and you often get people shouting and screaming and you have to stay calm – I suppose some people would be left really quite traumatised.” They were given cups of sweet tea by the Guardia before relating their version of events to officers. John concluded: “You think about this sort of thing happening in Torrevieja or somewhere like that but you feel quite safe in these little villages.”

Costa roads top danger list THIS WEEK, the Real Automovil Club de Espana (RACE) has published a definitive report on Spanish roads and has named three of the most dangerous in the top twenty five as being here on the Costa Blanca. The report considered the places where the most accidents occur and in doing so identified Alicante Province as having three in the most dangerous areas. These are the 12 kilometres on the N332 between Gata de Gorgos and El Vergel, a 20 kilometre stretch between Albatera and Murcia on the N340 and the 17 kilometres on the N-332 between Villajoyosa and the end of the Benidorm by-pass. Each of these roads carries a minimum of 2,000 vehicles a day. The twenty five listed black spots represent a total of 383.7 kilometres of road that produce an average of twenty eight fatal accidents per year. In addition, there is an average of 118 very serious accidents at these same locations. Seventy percent of the black spots have been identified in previous reports and yet the relevant authorities have failed to act by providing preventative measures. The RACE report is calling for urgent remedial action.

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Coastal habitation certificates issued Barry with his certificate, Christian and fellow resident Karin with her certificate

‘Illegal’ dwellings in Malaga The mayors in the municipalities of the Axarquia Region of Malaga, where more than 22,000 (no printing error - 22,000) dwellings have been built on farm land, led by the president of the Diputacion Provincial in the Province, have asked that the urban planning crimes which many of them are involved in, be treated as an administrative misdemeanor and that the 22,000 ‘illegal’ houses be speedily ‘regulated’. However, the Supreme Court has refused this escape and said, “That in the disastrous situation ...which Spain has reached, when it comes to the regulation of land, including the destruction of the

landscape....due to a lack of administrative discipline....the criminal laws must be used to prosecute the urban planning scandals ...” and in Cadiz The majority of the owners of 15,000 ‘illegal’ houses in the Municipality of Chiclana are resisting the plans of the town hall to legalize the dwellings by installing infrastructures such as paving the roads, installing street lights, and providing sewage and drinking water. The cost of the new infrastructure was to be paid immediately by the owners of the houses, but they are resisting and demanded that the payments be included in their monthly bills for the rubbish collection and payable over a long period. A group of owners organized a public demonstration to stress their position, and the town hall has caved in and accepted.

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15-21 JANUARY 2010 By Louise Clarke

Thanks to the intervention of a Torrevieja solicitor, seven homes in Las Filipinas urbanisation have been issued with habitation certificates. The residents of Costa Dorada One have been trying to get their certificates for years. Their builder, Idearco, has been unhelpful and now appears to have disappeared off the face of the earth. The Town Hall said they couldn’t help and their estate agents weren’t interested in their plight. So, the residents had no alternative but to find help from elsewhere. They turned to Christian Holhut, a solicitor from Torrevieja, and asked him to help them get their much needed certificates. Having never had experience of dealing with Orihuela Town Hall, he rather naively told residents they would have the all important document within six months. Fourteen months and a whole load of telephone calls, town hall visits and bureaucracy later, the seven houses have, at last, been issued with certificates. Barry Gray, the urbanisation President told RTN: “We bought our villa in 2001 and since then we have had a constant battle to get this document. We have been blocked every which way by the Town Hall, the builder and the estate agents. No-one wanted to help us; that is why we had to employ the services of Christian and he has done us proud.” False Promises

Barry contacted Christian in April 2008 and since then he estimates that he has visited

either the Orihuela Costa Town Hall or the Orihuela Town Hall at least 70 times on behalf of the residents. He said:“They were obstructive, arranged appointments for me on days that they knew there would be no-one there and ignored my calls and e-mails. They also lied and gave false promises: it was tough!” Little by little, Christian collated all of the documentation that the Town Hall said that it needed and soon there was no more documentation that they could request. So they told Christian that they would issue the residents with the important certificate. Christian commented: “Things are not logical here. Even in October when the Town Hall confirmed that the documents would be issued, they still wouldn’t let us have them for two more weeks.” The next urbanisation along is also Idearco built and has been on builder’s electricity supply for over five years. Iberdrola want €28,000 from the urbanisation before it will put in a mains supply; which should have been fitted by the builder when the urbanisation was built. Barry commented: “The problem is that the builders build properties, go bust and the owner is left having to pay the bill.” He concluded: “Everyone owes Christian a debt of gratitude. He has worked tirelessly to get these certificates for us.” If you would like advice from Christian about getting your habitation certificate, you can call him on 635 347 467 or e-mail him at

Los Verdes helps residents get their certificates

Los Verdes’ Martina Scheurer with residents of Bosque de Lomas 3 in Las Filipinas and Laguna 3 in Playa Flamenca outside Orihuela Costa Town Hall

By Louise Clarke Meanwhile, Los Verdes are continuing their campaign to get coastal residents their habitation certificates. Homeowners from urbanisations Bosque de Lomas 3 in Las Filipinas and Laguna 3 in Playa Flamenca arrived en mass at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall to ask the Councillor for the Coast, Jose Antonio Aniorte to speed up the certificate issuing process. Bosque de Lomas 3 is still not complete and having been built by the now bankrupt property developer Tecnologia Urbanistica, it is unlikely to be completed unless they do it themselves. The defunct builder still owns property on the urbanisation, some of which have recently been sold, but as it has mounting debts to pay off, the urbanisation will probably not see any of that money which is needed to go toward completing the urbanisation and making it

adoptable by the Town Hall. President of the urbanisation, Yvonne O’Hara told RTN: “We are all still on builder’s supply and have to pay the electricity bill via the community bank account, which means that we have to work out on a monthly basis exactly what each house on the urbanisation has used.” Stagnant Water

Each homeowner has recently had to pay €534 toward mains electric supply and they have already paid the builder’s outstanding debt of €17,000 for electricity and €15,000 for water. Seventeen out of the 70 houses have permanent residents and Yvonne says that they can’t get on the padron and have no escrituras. Of their three pools, one is finished and one is only partly finished. The third pool is just a hole in the ground, has no pipework and is full of stagnant water.

All the residents have paid in excess of €2000 since they moved into their properties and it looks like there will be still more to pay in order to get their urbanisation to a satisfactory standard. Yvonne commented: “If there are houses on the urbanisation being sold, we want the community to get the resulting money so we can do the necessary work needed to finish the urbanisation. We don’t mind paying for what we owe ourselves, but we really begrudge paying Tecnologia’s debts.” Another resident, Jan Cook, told RTN: “All the residents of Bosque de Lomas 3 would like to say a huge thank you to Yvonne and her partner John, who have both worked so hard for us all.” The Town Hall has said that the certificate issuing office will have two full time members of staff and will fully functional by the end of the month.



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Premier hearing services introduces the revolutionary S Series

Premier Hearing Services was one of the first companies in Spain and the UK to launch the revolutionary new hearing system from Starkey Laboratories. Starkey, one of the world’s leading hearing technology companies, has introduced a brand new line of hearing aids - S Series with Drive Architecture. S Series melds industry leading technology and the patient’s lifestyle to create an unparalleled listening experience. Designed to perform in the most challenging listening situations, the S Series offers options for people with any type of hearing loss delivering maximum performance, comfort and personalization - while overcoming the challenges that hearing aids have traditionally presented. According to the RNID, nearly 9 million people in the UK suffer from hearing loss, but the majority of them do not get help, which affects their communication and ultimately the quality of their lives over time. Historically, some of the most common complaints include: not being able to hear in noisy situations; whistling, referred to as feedback; when the wearer puts on a hat or hugs a loved one, the feeling of the ears being plugged; and poor performance when the wearer talks on the phone. The S Series uses the most advanced technology available to address all of these issues.Trevor Smith said “Starkey’s new hearing system is just what hearing impaired people want and need, and it is the system I wear personally. The successful blend

of style and advanced science has allowed us to create hearing aids that truly address all of the challenges users have had traditionally, giving them the most advanced performance, comfort and personalization available”. About Starkey Laboratories Starkey Laboratories is one of the world’s largest technology companies and a known leader in the design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital listening systems. Headquartered in Minneapolis, USA, Starkey employs over 4000 staff in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe and North America. About Premier Hearing Services Trevor Smith has been in the hearing industry for many years and opened Premier Hearing Services in Spain 7 years ago. Since then the company has been able to help a huge number of people with their hearing problems and assist them to a better quality of life. The company deals with 6 Medical Clinics and also offers home visits. Contact Trevor Smith R.H.A.D. F.S.H.A.A. for no obligation free hearing test. You have nothing to lose and your hearing to gain. Telephone 659 644 106 E.Mail

Get your kicks

By Jack Troughton Award winning Club Deportivo Washinkai Karate continues to grow with more than 160 students aged from four to 82 and entire families training side by side. The successful Javea-based club won an award in 2009 to mark it becoming one of the largest in Valencia, with instructors Ray Sweeney, Sarah Lakin and Geovanny Sanchez attending a special ceremony to receive the honour from the Federacion de Karate de Valencia. The year also saw new ‘dojos’ opened at the Laude Lady Elizabeth Preparatory School on Cumbre de Sol and at the Firs School at Costa Nova, Javea, while Sarah launched special ‘female only’ classes to combine fitness training, confidence building and a social network for ladies. And over the last 12 months Alex Oak Rhind and Hari Hook gained their 1st Dan Black Belts while instructors Sarah and Geovanny reached the 2nd Dan grade – taking the club’s total number of black belts to 13.Washinkai Karate’s reputation was further enhanced by winning a 45 medal haul in competitions – including 12 gold medals in the annual British Traditional Karate National championships. Chief instructor Ray Sweeney said many students successfully passed end of year grades, including more than 40 juniors aged between four and eight taking exams in a specially designed syllabus unique to the club.“This has been especially created to instil important principles such as respect, honesty, self-discipline, self-control, self-esteem, focus and goalsetting, whilst still being great fun for the kids,” he said. “This mixture of play-based scenarios and karate helps children improve hand and eye coordination and build the confidence they need to help them make good friends both inside and outside of karate.”Ray added: “This junior syllabus is unique to Washinkai Karate and has proved highly popular with kids and parents too.” The club’s new season is now underway after a celebration to mark a special year with students and instructors enjoying a party. For more information about the club, ring Ray on 637 564 416 or Sarah on 679 055 990.

The fame explosion has arrived in la Nucia

The Theatre is at the ready, the cast are well rehearsed and the tickets are selling. It is now time for the highly energetic musical production of FAME. It comes to the Auditori in La Nucia, next week from January 28th for four nights. One can believe that ‘The School of Performing Arts’ has already come to life, as every Saturday at RETORETES in Benidorm a strong cast of 7 adults and 70 teenage singers, dancers and actors have been performing the musical songs ‘Fame’, ‘Red Light’ and ‘I Sing the Body Electric’, to name but a few. The atmosphere has been energetic to say the least. Fame is honoured to be attended by the Dutch and British Consuls on the opening night. There will be an international cast and it is made up of English; Spanish; Dutch; Swiss and German, all under the directorship of the Dutch and English production team. Rob Barendsma is the Director and Musical Director; Pascalle Bruens, Dance Choreographer and Dance professor at Karuna in Altea; Joanne Lazarus, Theatrical Director and

Assistant Karen Johnson, both of The Actors Studio in Calpe and Benidorm. Not forgetting the lovely Sybille Keller in charge of ticket sales. FAME will be bringing together a magical mixture of leg warmers and leotards and will be re-awakening fond memories from younger days of the original FAME movie of the 80’s. Remember the characters Ralph, Leroy, Doris, and Montgomery? They are all in La Nucia! Not forgetting the teachers Mr. Farrell, Mrs. Sherwood and Miss Berg. And how could we ever forget Mr. Shorofsky? ...and yes, Mrs Sherwood is still on Leroy’s back! Tickets at €10 are now on sale from RETORETES every Saturday at 17.00; The Ritz in Albir; Frednos Travel in Albir; Mary’s Boutique in Alfas; The Auditori in La Nucia and Servi Cam. Or call 661 183 017 to reserve or pay on the door. Performance dates Thursday January 28th; Friday 29th; Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

Spain launches first SMS-Spanish dictionary A Spanish teenager has been given the task of translating modern-day SMS text message and computer chat terminology into ‘real’ language. The results are published in an online book published by the company, Adicciones Digitales, called Do we really know what to do with computers?

Available to view at www.adiccionesdigitales. es/libro. Juan Romero, spokesperson for Adicciones Digitales says that: “What we have attempted to do is bring these themes to the two audiences that have the most interest in them and who are the ones that most influence technology: adults and adolescents.”


The ‘Pantomania’ is being held on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January at the Retoretes Country Club in Benidorm from 19.00. Tickets are €12 for adults (includes pantomime, 2 course roast meal, dessert and a glass of wine), €8 for or SCROOGE tickets €5 (no food or drink!) The Pantomime starts at 20.00 sharp. The cast includes Marcellana and other Benidorm artists, a fire eater, and members of local drama and dancing children’s clubs. It was so good when I saw it in December that I have asked them to repeat it: they are putting it on for two more days during January for the ‘Companians’, friends and all our readers. For more information phone 644 118 006 or to order tickets at the door.

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Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

Company ownership for your Spanish property

WINCHAM BELIEVES that it is the market leader in the provision of Consultancy Services in respect of Corporate ownership of Spanish property. Not only has Wincham been operating in Spain for almost 20 years but it owns a portfolio of Residential and Commercial properties using the UK Company structure. As a company we would not recommend our Clients use any methods that we had not proven ourselves. A UK Corporate property ownership can be extremely Tax efficient, especially in the areas of Inheritance Tax. The majority of our Clients already own property in Spain and we can restructure their ownership of their Spanish property into a UK Limited company. We are approached by many Clients who own Spanish property in either Offshore or Spanish SL Companies. SPANISH SL COMPANIES Generally a client, who has structured the ownership of their property, using a Spanish SL, will have done so as they have been lead to believe that this method will protect them against Inheritance Tax in Spain. This is not so, as in Spain, it is the Beneficiaries who have to pay the Taxes on death and not the deceased’s Estate. This means that whether the non Spanish Domiciled Beneficiaries are inheriting the Shares and assets of the SL Company, or the property directly, then Inheritance Tax will still have to be paid in Spain.

OFFSHORE COMPANY OWNERSHIP Offshore Companies registered in places such as The Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey etc, are not part of the EU and, therefore, do not benefit from EU Treaties. Consequently owning a Spanish property in an Offshore Company can be highly expensive as Spain can Tax these Companies annually, it currently taxes the assets of offshore companies at 3% a year. This means they are paying 3000 euros a year for every 100,000 Euros of assets owned in Spain.A UK Company is not an Offshore company but a Non Resident company of Spain and so is not subject to 3% annual Tax . EIRE COMPANY OWNERSHIP (IRELAND) Throughout 2009 we have been approached by a number of Clients who would prefer to use an Eire company to own their Spanish property .We are now able to offer our Clients an alternative by way of an Irish Limited company. As Eire is a member of the EU an Irish company can offer many of the same benefits as a UK company in respect of Spanish property ownership.

It is important to remember that these methods are not loop holes but use EU Treaties which are unlikely to be changed or modified. Whilst Spain and the UK are members of the EU they cannot make local Laws that contravene their International Treaties. It is always necessary to consider every case on an individual basis and our trained Consultants can advise on the best structure to adopt for your own Spanish property ownership. Please call to speak to one of our Consultants on the numbers below or visit our website for further details and to obtain your ‘free of charge’ Spanish Inheritance Tax illustration demonstrating your potential Tax liability and the potential savings you could make by employing a different structure of ownership.

HOW CAN WINCHAM HELP? Whether you currently own a property in Spain, are about to purchase in Spain or own the property in an Offshore or SL Company, we have a solution and method to help to transfer your property into a UK Limited Company or Irish Company.

Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca)

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Marc White & Carlos Baos English & Spanish Solicitors

Can I write off my personal loans and credit card debts in the UK?

I HAVE spoken to a number of Claims Management Companies who have assured me that they can do so. Is this a scam? Many readers will have heard or seen adverts placed by claims management companies (CMCs) operating both in Spain and the UK, stating that certain unsecured UK personal loans can be wiped clean. Potential clients are attracted with promises that they can exploit legal loopholes to write off certain unsecured debts, most commonly personal loans and credit cards. The CMCs aim in each case was to establish that the customer’s original loan agreement is ‘unenforceable’. The most common and simplest tactic used by the CMCs has been to demand to see a copy of the client’s original loan agreement from the lender. Under the Consumer Credit Act 1974, if the lender cannot provide a copy within 12

days, the debt becomes ‘unenforceable’. The uncertainty caused by this situation resulted in one case being referred up from the County Court to the High Court in order to clarify the legal position. The case involved Mr Phillip McGuffick, who was seeking to have his £17,034 personal loan from RBS declared unenforceable. The case was heard on the basis that both sides agreed that the loan was unenforceable and the judge was asked to decide what this meant. Mr Justice Flaux ruled: “Although the [Consumer Credit Act] may render the agreement unenforceable, the agreement remains a valid and subsisting contract and rights and obligations under it continue to exist”. As you can imagine, this is very bad news for the CMCs, who have been promising guaranteed debt write-offs. Industry experts have estimated that up to 100,000 people trying to have their credit card and loan debts written off by

exploiting this presumed legal loophole will now have to pay the full amounts they owe following the ruling. Some readers might well say that debts taken out need to be repaid. Whether this is your stance or not, the point here is that many people in difficult financial situations have been duped into worsening their position by paying up front fees to CMCs who cannot now deliver on their promise. The response of RBS to the Judge’s ruling was unsurprising: “We welcome the clarity this judgment has provided. The outcome confirms the position that we have consistently adopted with customers who seek to challenge the validity of their agreements.” If the above comes as bad news to some readers then I apologise for being the bearer. Please feel free to give Carlos Baos, abogado, or myself a call at any time on +34 966-426185 if you wish to discuss the above or any other issues.

Marc White LL.B. & Carlos Baos (English & Spanish Solicitors) C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located close to the Glorieta Square at the end of Marques de Campo). © White & Baos Abogados 2008 - All rights reserved. Send your questions to

Last chance for car buyers THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed that the special support for the car industry will end when the €100 million allotted for subsidies has been exhausted. Although one can still get a subsidy of €300 when buying a new car of up to €40,000 if one trades in an old one with high emissions. The subsidies have artificially increased car sales in the last months of 2009, thus, the fall in sales from the beginning of the year to the end of November was ‘only’ 20.8%.

New limits on TV advertising A NEW audiovisual law which was passed by Congress will restrict the amount of advertising on Spanish television to 19 minutes per hour. The legislation will mean that conventional adverts will be limited to 12 minutes per hour, self-promotion to five, and tele-promotion to two. The ruling gained a twenty

vote majority after 16 Partido Popular members abstained. Tighter controls will also be imposed on the content of adverts played out during the allocated ‘children’s viewing times’, between 08:00 and 09:00 and 17:00 and 20:00 on weekdays and between 09:00 and noon on Saturdays, Sundays and fiestas. Furthermore,

adverts that promote ‘the perfect body’, such as those for slimming aids or for aesthetic treatments are to be banned at such times. The changes come at the same time as terrestrial broadcasting giant TVE has removed all advertising from its schedule, with funding to be replaced by a new levy on private broadcasters.

PP leading in Gallup THE GOVERNING party PSOE (socialist) is taking a beating due to their handling of the crisis. In a recent opinion poll, it received only 38.5% of the votes, against 43.9% in the parliamentary elections of March 2008. Opposition party PP increased its share

of the votes, going from 39.9% in 2008 to 43.6. However, Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatera has a higher personal popularity, with 4.53 points out of a possible 10, whilst the opposition leader Mariano Rajoy had only 4.18 points.

money by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns

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What if the room is full of elephants and how might this impact on my pension fund? ECONOMIC WISDOM is that all the worst seems to be over and that 2010 should be a year of recovery. However, what if we are being fooled in to a state of complacency? How, therefore, should we plan for the unexpected, or to coin a well know phrase, prepare for “the hidden elephant in the room”? Are we in a state of denial feeling comforted by the positive noises that economists and other commentators are now making about the “utopian” situation we now appear to find ourselves in? Have we perhaps fallen for the spin that the worst is truly over? Let’s look at some of the elephants that may be lurking in the room: • Another banking crisis - Over the last 40 years there have been over 100 banking crises worldwide. • UK debt and the UK Government’s ability to continue to raise further debt via the gilts market. • A possible UK Sovereign debt crisis following a credit rating drop. • Tax increases and reduction in public spending with the possibility of civil unrest. We have already seen a foretaste of promised strikes by the more militant trade unions. Think of British Airways staff and the preChristmas postal strikes. • Rapid increases in interest rates – some economists are forecasting a minimum rise of 2 percent this year alone. • Increase in the number of companies unable to finance / refinance their businesses. • Increase in the number of repossessions – both in the residential housing and commercial property markets. • A resumption of falling house prices. • Collapse of the Euro – in January we have seen

Germany hinting it will not come to the rescue of Greece. Spain and Portugal also face severe economic difficulties and are often tarred with the same brush. • Hung parliament in the UK - followed by political and economic instability and a possible second general election later in the year - as happened in 1974. • Terrorist attack perhaps following instability in Pakistan. • Economic activity and investment markets hit by a winter freeze that proves to be worse than in 1962-3 when the sea froze at Herne Bay for a distance of half a mile, the Thames froze over in London and the first frost free day in 1963 was in March. In our opinion it is probable that the worst is over, and that we will not be able at some stage to ice skate from Calais to Dover, however there remains a possibility that we can discount that the worst may be far from over due to some of the reasons given above. What does this mean for your UK pension fund? Well if markets fall then so will your pension fund. If more UK companies go bust then your pension fund may be at risk as well. A new Government desperate to raise tax may attack the soft underbelly of UK pension funds as a source of revenue - again. The advantage for an expat of QROPS Once your UK pension fund has escaped from the UK the risk of legislative change is avoided. Not only that but in these hard times a lump sum for many could be a life saver. This is something a transfer from a UK pension fund to a QROPS can deliver. Importance of advice from experts who can review and put a strategy in place. UK pensions is a highly specialist subject - and advice on the subject always needs to be available from experts. And combining expert advice from those who are looking over their shoulders for lurking elephants is surely an irresistible combination.

THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN WARD AND ROBERT BURNS.Please see our advert on Page 2.At the forefront of the industry with over forty years combined experience with pensions, regulated and authorised, liaising directly with providers and HMRC, Stephen and Robert are two of the leading authorities on QROPS.E: T: 965 790 918 W:


Welcome to the RTN Currency Challenge in association with Moneycorp by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

Our aim is to ensure that all RTN readers make the most of their currency transfers in 2010. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity for each of you to compare your current method of foreign exchange to make sure you are receiving the most for your money. (This comparison carries no charge or obligation on your part and no pressure will be put on you to change). This week we shall look at regular transfers such as pensions, mortgage payments, living costs etc. If you are currently receiving money from the UK on a monthly basis, whether from a bank or FX company we will compare what you would have received from Moneycorp on a true like for like basis. This will either confirm that you are on the best deal or may like to choose an alternative provider. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Contact the Moneycorp team by one of the methods shown below with the following information to hand: Date of most recent transaction Amounts of currency involved (inc rate if possible) Details of any fees / commission / charges Time for transfer to register in your Spanish account We will then run the comparison and explain any differences. If your current method is better – great. If it is not then at least you have a choice. AS A SPECIAL 2010 OFFER – to all readers taking up the challenge we will offer a 50% reduction on the Telegraphic Transfer fees for each transaction – FOR LIFE!

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For more information on how Moneycorp can help you to save hundreds of euros on your Spanish bank fees, as well as helping you get more pounds for your euros, contact us on 902 887 243 or email Moneycorp directly at

Euro/Sterling Weekly Market Update brought to you by & POLITICS DRIVES STERLING The likelihood of a defeat for Labour is positive for the pound. Euro zone economic data are uninspiring but not harmful to the euro. Monday’s €1.1250 opening proved to be too rich for sterling’s blood and it quickly began to retreat. It traded below €1.11 on Tuesday, rebounded to €1.12 on Wednesday, fell back below €1.11 on Thursday and bounced yet again to €1.12 on Friday before retracing its steps downwards to open at €1.11 in London at the start of the week. The UK economy delivered some decently positive data in the form of two purchasing managers’ indices, one for the manufacturing sector, the other for services. The Halifax house price index added 1% in December, putting it 1.1% higher than it was at the end of 2008. Factory gate prices went up by 3.5% last year, squeezing manufacturers who had to cope with costs rising twice as quickly over the same period. But it was not the economic data that shaped sterling’s performance, it was politics. News of an attempt to oust prime minister Brown sent the pound lower; confirmation that the coup had failed sent it back up again. Investors believe that a solution to Britain’s spending gap requires a change of

government. As long as it looks as though Labour will be out of office by June they are inclined to be patient with sterling. And as long as Gordon Brown is leading his party into the general election they are confident that will happen. The euro zone economy did not have much to shout about. Inflation ticked higher again, rising to +0.9% but still leaving it at less than half the target rate. Unemployment was up too, reaching double figures at 10% in November, its highest level for a dozen years. Spain was one of the biggest culprits on the unemployment front with one in five out of work and 40% of young people looking for a job. Euro zone retail sales fell by a disappointing -1.2% in November. Investors will be keen, as ever, to hear what the European Central Bank has to say after its first meeting of the year on Thursday. No change is expected to its 1.0% Refinancing Rate but ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet will doubtless vouch an opinion about what might lie ahead for the euro zone economy. Although he never predicts where monetary policy is going he frequently drops hints.

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Millie Munro Services would like to wish a Happy, Healthy New Year to everyone

Despite the recession, 2009 was the most successful year yet. Millie and her team would like to thank their clients for their continued support. As well as growing her sales team, Millie has also expanded the portfolio of products available to her clients, in particular a range of new health plans from El Perpetuo Socorro, a company with over 59 years of experience in the health insurance market. One of Millie’s experienced team will work out the best plan for you, whether it is to supplement your SIP card, starting from as little as €41.32 per month with access to a range of specialists and the ability to get a quick diagnosis, or a new plan for you and your family. Having listened to their clients, El Perpetuo Socorro have also just bought out a new extension of cover which can be added to existing plans, with prices starting from €77.12 per month. This extra cover would remove the €2.20 for each GP service used or €6 euros for a hospital visit. In addition to the launch of these new plans, El Perpetuo Socorro have also just signed a contract with the new IMED Clinic in Teulada, working in conjunction with the Levante Hospital in Benidorm and offering many specialist services. Costa Blanca’s Number One Private Medical Insurance Provider also offers discounts for family and children and includes (without any additional charge) a range of preventative health care and well being, with full body checks; ie. mammograms, bone density, ECG, prostate checks, cholesterol tests, blood tests and some free dental etc. From their head office in Benitachell, Millie and her staff bring a wealth of experience to their clients. The companies they have selected to work with are long-established field leaders with expert knowledge and an outstanding reputation for integrity and client satisfaction. Millie and her friendly staff are on hand to deal with any queries and are always happy to be available to clients for out-of-hours emergencies. As well as working with El Perpetuo Socorro, Millie Munro is also the main agent for Golden Leaves Pre-Paid Funeral Plans, along with home; contents; travel; marine and car insurance. Liaising between the companies and the clients and helping every step of Millie and the way means that Millie Munro and her staff can offer complete her ever peace of mind. Approachable, caring and highly professional, Millie growing Munro and her team understand perfectly the needs of the ex-pat team client in Spain. Testimonials from satisfied customers are available to read at / For further advice, or to obtain a non obligatory quotation or personal visit, please contact Millie or one of her team on 966 493 082, email:, fax: 966 493 100. Head Office address: Avenida Lepanto 6, Benitachell, 03726.

Three cheers for Santa fun run! THE AECC celebrates the New Year with an incredible donation through the Santa Fun Run. 2009 was a particularly difficult year for the Cancer Charity, AECC, so committee members Alan and Jackie James were thrilled to learn that the Santa Fun Run had done it again, superseding a €30,000 target. The Fun Run was organized by athlete Steve Nyland, whose courageous battle with leukaemia, his success as a medal winner in the British and World Transplant Games and his role as a fundraising ambassador for the AECC has taught him to live life to the full. The latest Fun Run edition was the biggest to date, with 270 Santas lining up at the ‘Hombre del Mar’ statue to make the 5km trek through Torrevieja, bringing the Santa Fun Run running total to a staggering €30,000!

wonderful kick-start to 2010. Steve said he was overwhelmed by participants’ generosity and enthusiasm. “One entrant was unable to run on the day due to ill-health, but gave a donation of €100 nonetheless” he explained. A large number of businesses entered, including ‘Capital Hair and Beauty Wholesalers’ in Torrevieja, who volunteered their services as a registration point. Steve said, “Nikki and the guys from Capital have been great. They really helped to boost numbers, signing 80 people up for the run.” He also gave a special mention to participating colleagues

ENTHUSIASM Alan and Jackie joined Steve at ‘OK’ Gym in Los Dolses to receive this

DONATION Jackie was delighted to accept the donation on behalf of the AECC. She said people underestimate how costly it is to operate the project, which incorporates expertise of a palliative care team; psychologists and a hospital visiting team, as well as offering subsidized tests and treatments. And while the AECC clinic in Alicante now has access to a state of the art mammogram scanner, maintenance and operational costs total some €60,000 per year: “We are extremely grateful for ALL donations, although events such as the Santa Fun Run contribute serious money to the cause and without them we could not survive” she said. Steve intends to repeat the event this year, and is looking forward to generating “Another great result”. The AECC is looking forward to its springtime sponsored walk, provisionally scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th April: watch this space for further details of how to register.

Promise fulfilled

An APASA puppy urgently needs blankets

Blanket Appeal by Jack Troughton ANIMAL CHARITY APASA is making an urgent appeal for blankets and towels to help keep more than 200 guests at its Javea shelter warm. The current cold snap

So far we have raised €4,500 for SEM, the local ambulance service. For further details of the group or tickets, please ring Maria on 966 715 891 or email

On the very cold afternoon of Saturday 9th January, 31 beneficiaries were treated to a ‘Three Kings luncheon’ at the Age Concern centre in La Siesta. A magnificent hamper was donated by Wilma, manageress of the Torrevieja shop, won by Jean who commented, “What a wonderful surprise”. The La Siesta Evangelical Church choir sang carols and festive songs and the beneficiaries soon joined in the sing along. Gifts of chocolate favors were donated by Pat from El Raso and a surprise gift tin was given to each guest: a wonderful afternoon was had by all. Thanks go out to all the helpers and the drivers but special thanks must go to Pam, Alan and Chris for the sandwiches, to Richard for the cakes and to all who helped by donating food to make the event so enjoyable.

New year’s day swim for PALS

APPALLING WEATHER conditions for the PALS New Year’s Day Swim at Playa Bahia in Puerto de Mazarrón forced members of the Protección Civil

has triggered the call for help. Committee member Maggie Shuck said, “APASA is in desperate need of blankets to keep the dogs warm in this cold weather and towels are also always needed.” Anyone with unwanted blankets and towels can take them to the shelter or ring Maggie on 965 744 449 and arrange to leave them at her home in Moraira.

Beneficiaries Three Kings lunch

Swimmers get ready to brave the cold water

The Emaus Childrens home with the gift


from Castelar College in San Pedro del Pinatar, who raised over €400; many others offered sponsorship fees.

Steve Nyland was pleased to handover the tremendous donation to Jackie James of the AECC

THE THREE Kings visited the staff and children at Emaus children’s care home in Elche on Tuesday 5th January, bearing the gift of an industrial washing machine, fulfilling the promise made by Maria the chairperson in November. The money was raised by the members holding carol concert: three in La Marina and one in Benimar. A special thank you goes to Carol, who collected donations in the Temptations Bar, and Pat and Richard who kindly held a quiz at their home. The amount raised of €850 was enough for the deposit, delivery and installation of the machine. A charity Cabaret Concert is organised for 17th March at the La Marina Sports Complex, to help raise the balance: tickets at € 5.00. The theatre group starts rehearsals for their next show on Monday 11th January at the Cardinal Belluga Theatre San Fulgencio in May: all are welcome.

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and the Cruz Roja to forbid swimmers entering the sea beyond waist deep! PALS President Ken Payne, pessimistic about numbers,

delightedly welcomed 26 to brave the freezing water: the wind was so strong that PALS volunteers moved coffee, brandy and soup stalls to Calle Noruega! Thanks to Sheila; Marion; Maureen; Dennis and Carole and the other helpers, a number of ‘Tell the Doctor’ books were also sold on the day. Congratulations to all the swimmers who spent ten to fifteen minutes in waters of around 10°C: it is hoped that over €2000 will be raised to buy additional medical and lifesaving equipment in the Mazarrón area. Tickets for the St Valentine’s Day Black and White Night at Bali Hi (ex-Rumours) and all other events can be bought outside The Steak Out Bar, Sector B, every Saturday from 11.00 to 13.30 or from any Committee Member: contact number 628 879 284 or visit *Apologies to Jenny Pullen and others inadvertently missed off the ‘Thank You’ list of helpers at the Christmas Ball.


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Senior Moments, Doh! We’re just two weeks into the New Year and already I am upsetting people. One or two emails have bounced my way over my recent re-working of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It’s been ages since I’ve heard from the Brigadier in Javea but my Christmas song in the Round Town News of December 18th had him coming out of retirement to By “put me right on a glaring inaccuracy”. Watts As I say - “Doh!” When I was a kid back in the 60s, all the grown ups, parents and teachers alike had a saying. It went: “The older you get, the sillier you get” or something along those lines. Well, it’s true; and although I guess those teachers and grown ups were applying that saying to children it seems to have come back to haunt middle-age-me just lately. It seems the older I’m getting, the sillier I am surely getting. Senior moments are coming aplenty... I’ve had several

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major SMs recently including the one that caused the Brigadier’s ire. Maybe you spotted my “glaring inaccuracy” in my Twelve Days of Christmas. Let me tell you how it came about. I was having fun with re-writing that song and had most of it jotted down on the back of an envelope while enjoying a flat white in Starbucks. In comes my friend Marty. He looked at my scribbling and suggested the substitution of “porn DVDs” for “five gold rings” - which to be honest was better than the replacement that I’d come up with. Okay, fine; that scans really well. And all remains fine until I come to the part where in brackets I ask an MP what they thought of that previous sentence. The inference being it had something to do with this particular MP. Quick as a flash Marty says it was Hazel Blears’s husband and so I direct the bracketed question to her. That longhand on an envelope gets transcribed to disc and onwards to print. Only thing was, the query should have been directed to Jacqui Smith not Hazel Blears. Doh! Now the trouble here is, when Marty says something he is usually right. Usually. He’d be the guy you’d pick to be a phone-a-friend on, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? In the past he’s edited much work for me and, well, to be honest he’s bit of a Stephen Fry-a-like (i.e. something of a boffin). But the one inescapable fundamental fact is that I abdicated responsibility. As a journalist

one must check every factual assertion. In fact one should double check, treble check, cross reference and then come back and check again. You mustn’t be reliant on the word or work of others. Anyway, sorry Hazel it was a senior moment. Mind you this senior moment came so fast on the heels of another one that my alarm bells should have been ringing. While presenting a local radio programme, a pre-recorded insert was proving awkward and refusing to play out. I needed time to fix the problem and so fell back on the computer’s library for a song to play. Pete Dadswell, our electronics wiz, had recently installed a new and up-dated music library. “Great,” thought I, “this will do.” I thumbed the button and out went a song. Meanwhile, I got busy trying to fix the mini-disc machine - I did not monitor the song being played nor had I any previous knowledge of it. Admittedly, Pete should not have loaded this particular version of the song onto the library but - and more to the point I shouldn’t have played it without being familiar with it. So when a text from daughter came through saying, “Dad, are you listening to this song?” I immediately thought, “Uh oh!” Turning up the studio monitor I heard the rock band Puddle of Mud screaming that they “f****** hated” somebody, and quite repeatedly too. I stabbed a button and played some ‘ads’ but two and a half

minutes of the song had already gone out. After the break I had to eat a lot of on-air humble pie. But the damage was done and some of my blue-rinse from Seaford demographic were incensed – one possibly had suffered a stroke. In any event, a swath of listeners had a case of severely interrupted lunchtime. Letters were dispatched to Ofcom and I was despatched to opprobrium – and I do hate it there! It was a bad senior moment. But, unlucky for me, senior moments come in threes; it is thus written. And so it was that sometime later I was jabbing away with my left foot for a non-existent clutch pedal on my automatic car as it crashed backwards into a Tesco car park bollard. “Bollards,” I cried, “Doh, Doh, Doh!” As I’ve said the older I’m getting, the sillier I’m getting; or at least I’m failing to engage my brain before doing things I know need brain engagement. Ergo: senior moments. So remember, if you’re putting: a pen to the paper, a needle on the record or a pedal to the metal just think about what you’re doing and avoid a senior moment. Apparently, learning a foreign language or musical instrument keeps senior moments at bay… so get on with those Spanish lessons. Tell me about your senior moments at (and help me to not be alone). Watts in er, where was it?

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Once more we speak to one of the Costa’s favourite hypnotherapists and its only registered pure hypnoAnalyst, Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH, about hypnotherapy and his form of pure hypnoAnalysis. by

Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

The Two main types of Hypnotherapy: Q. Because ‘Hypnotherapy’ is a term that can refer to different types of therapy, how does a person know which type of Hypnotherapy might be right for them? A. The form of Hypnotherapy that might be suitable depends on the ‘symptom’ or ‘problem’ that the person is looking for help with, as well as whether or not there is an underlying anxiety that could be causing the problem. Suggestion Therapy Mark uses Suggestion Hypnotherapy for problems such as weight, smoking and other minor problems. It is a relaxing and gentle approach to Hypnotherapy, where Mark’s client is helped to feel calm and relaxed during the hypnotherapy session, and where Mark can use carefully worded ‘suggestions’, to help the person bring about a positive change. It is often used for treating habits, such as stopping smoking for example. Suggestion therapy is best suited for when help is needed to make changes to the person’s life, and where there isn’t really any underlying stress or anxiety causing the symptom. Mark says, “I often see many clients who have tried this type of hypnotherapy before with hypnotists/hypnotherapists, but have not had the underlying problem dealt with, so the symptom has come back or has been substituted for something else”. The most common type of Hypnotherapy practised by Mark at Phoenix Hypnotherapy is Pure Hypnoanalysis: Pure Hypnoanalysis (similar to analytical hypnotherapy or Hypno-analysis) is a form of Hypnotherapy

used to treat the cause of a problem. Pure Hypnoanalysis, is an exceptionally effective form of analytical hypnotherapy that is used to treat the longer term problems such as anxiety; panic attacks; depression; social phobia; emetephobia and many other phobias and symptoms. This type of therapy can completely resolve the underlying cause of a problem, leaving the person free from their symptoms. Cause and effect Pure Hypnoanalysis works on the basis that every symptom has a cause, just in the same way that the term ‘cause-and-effect’ works in other areas of life. Pure Hypnoanalysis looks at the root cause of the problem, where as Suggestion Hypnotherapy works on the symptom, seeking to relieve the symptom for a while. Underlying Anxiety It is widely accepted that symptoms like panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety for example, are all different symptoms caused by an ‘underlying’ anxiety. The symptoms vary simply because we all handle situations differently, and so one ‘underlying’ anxiety might cause one set of symptoms in one person, and a completely different set of symptoms in another person. One of the benefits of Pure Hypnoanalysis, is that once the ‘underlying’ anxiety (i.e. the ‘cause’) is reduced, ALL of the associated symptoms (i.e. the ‘effects’) can reduce for that reason. This means that Hyp-

noanalysis can often help a far wider range of issues than the person having the hypnotherapy expected! Pure Hypnoanalysis is not a quick-fix. It takes a certain amount of dedication in terms of time and effort. You could learn more about yourself, and the way you think, than you ever thought possible. It can be very rewarding and the gains can be immense. Pure Hypnoanalysis has helped so many people over the years. The aim of Pure Hypnoanalysis is not to ‘control’, or ‘manage’ the problem; the aim is to get rid of it completely. What type of hypnotherapy is best for you? Why not come along for a FREE no-obligation initial consultation, so that we can see if Pure Hypnoanalysis (or suggestion hypnotherapy for that matter) is for you, and, of course, answer all of your questions!

Come along for a chat with Mark. Call today to change your life for the better Tel 654 202 996 or visit or For your guaranteed confidentiality, Mark practices from The Physical Therapy Clinic in Villamartin; The English Medical Clinic in Albir (nr Benidorm); Clinica Tarraula in Javea; Medaesthetics (nr Torrevieja) and Consultas Medicas ICA in Camposol (nr Mazzaron).

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Should I or shouldn’t I whiten my teeth?

Question: Last week I went to the orthodontist with Eve, my 12-year-old, who was to be fitted with braces. The place was kind of creepy — everyone’s teeth were so bright and almost neon white. I joked with the hot-looking receptionist that I felt inadequate and out of place. It all made my eyeballs hurt. Suddenly my perfectly normal and healthy middle-aged teeth seemed like rodent teeth, or worse, like coffee, tea and red wine drinking British teeth. On cue, as if it was a TV commercial, the receptionist said, “We all use opalescence whitening gel. Would you like to try some?” Suddenly, I was facing a moral dilemma of epic proportions. Should I whiten my teeth or shouldn’t I? You have to understand, I don’t die my hair (it’s frizzy and grey). I don’t use nail polish. I can barely stand to wear shoes. I hardly ever wear makeup, although I DO shave my legs and armpits. Where does teeth-whitening fit into my philosophy? Would I lose a part of my soul, like Susan Boyle lost her whole fabulous sassy look when someone plucked her signature eyebrows?

A recent article on the internet told me that teeth-whitening is fairly safe to do, as long as you don’t overdo it. But does a sudden longing for a brighter smile match my own “where health meets green” mission? And more importantly, will it hurt? I have heard a number of people say that their teeth get really sensitive from the process, and that it does hurt. What should I do? Should I or shouldn’t I? Question: For just one moment: smile. Then think about it. That all-important grin is how you greet the world and your loved ones every day. Of course, it’s also a big part of the first impressions you make. A recent study shows that people with whiter teeth appear more confident, are more likely to be hired for jobs and even enjoy better dates. It is also true that if you are proud of your smile then you are likely to take more care over cleaning your teeth to maintain them that way. A high standard of oral hygiene creates the healthiest and most beautiful mouths.

So whitening isn’t just about caring for your teeth: it’s about feeling your best and living life accordingly. Whitening your teeth does not mean that they will go neon white – although it is true that young teeth have more ability to go very white, as their enamel is thicker than middle aged teeth. Indeed, the degree of whiteness can be directly controlled by you. Some degree of sensitivity during or just after whitening treatment is normal and is temporary, settling after usually one or two days. This sensitivity usually means that you just take a break during the treatment before continuing. When you see people on TV with extremely white teeth like Simon Cowell for example, it can be very off-putting, but that level of whiteness is usually created with porcelain veneers or crowns and cannot usually be achieved by whitening alone. These overdone teeth do not look nice, we agree, and most people just want their own natural teeth improved upon, which is what whitenng can do for you. Go on, do it!

Vitamin D3 and calcium… especially recommended in the prevention of osteoporosis It is more and more known that osteoporosis and the bone fractures that consequently follow are not coincidental but caused by degenerative processes which can be prevented with a suitable diet. Approximately one out of every three women suffers from osteoporosis after menopause, therefore running an increased risk of breaking a bone. In males, one out of every six men over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis. The basic bone structure undergoes continuous change. Bone tissue is continually being broken down and renewed. Of the 1.5 to 2.5

kg of calcium stored in the whole body, about 98% forms part of the bone structure, the remaining 2% forming part of the softer tissues and the blood. Equilibrium is in fact kept and directed by various hormones and by vitamin D. Building up bone tissue is undertaken by special cells which form the basic substance of the structure. In this basic substance, minerals, such as calcium phosphate, are also stored; which is why it is important that the body has a proper functioning calcium and phosphate regulatory system. The actual regulation is carried out by

a number of hormones. What is known as “D hormone” is especially important to enhance the intake of calcium and supplement storage levels of minerals in the bones; D hormone is made by the body using vitamin D3. Breaking down bone tissue is carried out by special cells, which, with the help of specific enzymes, dissolve the basic substance of the bone: in the process they also dissolve the minerals contained in the bone structure, a process which is greatly accelerated by the acidity of the modern environment. During childhood, puberty and

early adulthood, more bone is built up than broken down; bone structure reaches its maximum size at approximately 35 years of age. From that moment, breaking down bone structure becomes more prominent than building it up. How fast the breaking down process takes place is the deciding factor in the prognosis of osteoporosis. The hormone changes that take place during menopause lead more women to osteoporosis than men, as the bone density of woman is reduced by an average of 40% compared to only 12% in men. The positive influence of vitamin D on the intake of calcium, will, in fact, be regulated by the body’s D hormone. After its synthesis from vitamin D, the D hormone will firstly cause an increase in the calcium and




phosphate content of the body and will secondly slow down the hormone responsible for breaking down bone structure. D hormone will increase the rate at which the body absorbs calcium and minerals in its bone structure. A shortage of D hormone causes a decreased intake of calcium from the intestines, which lowers the calcium levels in the blood; to compensate, calcium is taken from the bone structure. By adding calcium and vitamin D3 to our daily diet the breakdown of bone tissue (osteoporosis) is counteracted and the danger of typical bone fractures such as a broken hip with all its accompanying discomforts and complications are minimized.

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Reflexive verbs Spanish lessons

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

with Jane Cronin LESSON 91

THESE REFLEXIVE verbs are taking a bit of time, but it’s worth it in the long run. We are still only laying the foundations in as much as we are looking at how they work in the present simple tense and we are looking at examples that are fairly easy to understand as they describe physical actions. We have talked about waking up, getting up and showering so I suppose, before we go any further, we should look at getting dressed, otherwise we’ll be feeling chilly. Following the same process of reasoning as before – we first need the verb “to dress” which is “vestir”. We don’t always dress ourselves, we might want to dress a child, a doll, an invalid etc. in which case we would use this verb in its non-reflexive form. “La niña viste su muñeca” - “The girl dresses her doll.” “Vestir”, as you will have noticed from that example is a root changing verb. It is an “E to I” verb, so this is how it conjugates in the present tense: visto, vistes, viste, vestimos, vestís, visten Most of us, most of the time, dress ourselves, and so to express this in Spanish we need the reflexive form “vestirse” (to dress oneself, i.e. to get dressed). Therefore “I get dressed in the morning” is: “me visto por la mañana” (I dress myself in the morning) and the whole conjugation goes:

me visto te vistes se viste nos vestimos os vestís se visten We could go on repeating similar examples, but we have looked at four now and hopefully the penny is beginning to drop! So now to move the subject on one stage further, what we have to realize is that reflexive verbs are often used to express ideas that are less easy to visualize. Let’s take the most common one of all as an illustration. You will have heard examples of this many times – it is the verb “irse” which means “to go away”. I like to think of it as meaning: “to take oneself away”. Although we never really say this in English, it helps me to capture the meaning and work out when to use it. This is how it goes in Spanish: me voy, te vas, se va, nos vamos, os vais, se van. I can say: “Voy a la playa los domingos” (I go to the beach on Sundays), and I can say “Adiós, me voy” “Goodbye, I’m off, or I’m going away”, using the reflexive form. However, it is also possible to say: “Me voy a la playa” which would mean “I’m off to the beach”. In this case the reflexive pronoun doesn’t alter the essential meaning at all, rather it makes the whole sentence more emphatic and more focused on the action of going. Keep smiling!

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The Stewarts had a no frills Christmas. L-R: Lucy, Pauline, Grieg and Adam

by Louise Clarke LOCAL SWIMMING sensation Adam Stewart and his family decided that they didn’t fancy turkey for their Christmas dinner and so instead opted to have it at a local fast food outlet instead. Their ‘no frills’ Christmas dinner came complete with crackers, jokes and paper hats and they all had a great time. Adam’s Mum Pauline said: “Every Christmas you buy all this food and spend

a fortune on presents and I think that it’s grotesque. So this year, we asked the kids what they fancied doing and they said they wanted to go to McDonalds. It was great and both Adam and Lucy want to do it again next year.” The family then spent New Year in Gibraltar and had a great time. Adam is now back in the pool at Pilar de la Horadada, training hard for his next two competitions; the

regional championship in Lorca, which takes place at the end of the month and the national championship in Seville which takes place in February. He will also be competing in the European Down Syndrome Championship in April and the World Championship in October. RTN will keep you posted on Adam’s progress and we wish him the best of luck in all of his forthcoming competitions.

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Theatre of dreams If the by Jack Troughton A DREAM ticket to tread the boards of London’s historic Theatreland is up for grabs on Sunday with an open audition to win a place to appear in a unique West End show. Theatre Express is preparing to represent Spain in a UK show and is searching for 25 talented performers aged eight to 18 to step out on the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre – home to the legendary Phantom of the Opera – in March. The stage school troupe will travel to England to appear before an audience of 1,300 in the Star EFX Sunday Night at Her Majesty’s show. Students from Theatre Express first appeared in the show in 2005 and last year a party of 22 youngsters aged between four and 18-years-old earned rapturous applause for their performance.

Theatre express director Suzanne Millington told RTN: “The experience is one that is never forgotten.” She said the auditions were being held at Javea’s Grand Café, Toscamar, on Sunday (January 17th) between 11.00 and 13.00 and were open to everyone aged between eight and 18 prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a song of their choice and learn a simple dance routine during the morning. “We are looking for energy and commitment in the performances and, of course, the ability to sing and dance as part of a team,” said Suzanne. “The lucky ones chosen for the troupe will then attend 10 weeks of rehearsal in preparation for the show. These will be held at Theatre Express studios in Javea.” She said would be performers and their parents could ring her on 618 260 845 or attend the auditions to find about more information about the project.

Miniature pony rescued Sue and Rod get Trixe Belle into the trailer after she had been found abandoned in San Luis

By Louise Clarke JUST BEFORE New Year, Sue from Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) got a late night phone call from a couple in San Luis who had found a miniature pony tethered and apparently abandoned on waste ground and in need of help. Sue and husband Rod arrived to find a gorgeous miniature pony looking quite at home in the couple’s garden, destroying all their plants! Sue and Rod took the pony back to the EHCRC in their trailer and settled her in for the night. Sue told RTN: “She has been well cared for in some respects, but she had on a head collar that was far too tight.

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By Jack Troughton THE HUNT is on across the Costa Blanca to find an actor to don a coat of many colours and star as Joseph in the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice hit musical. Calpe’s Footlights Theatre Group is staging its own version of the popular BBC television series “Any Dream Will Do” to find a leading man for the role. The TV show made a star of performer Lee Mead, who became Joseph for two years in London’s West End after he won the audience vote. Footlights have won permission to stage ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in November – two years after selling out performances with another Lloyd Webber hit, Evita. Director Trevor Harder said the group needed men of varying ages to play the brothers in the story; Joseph being the second youngest.

Backstage at Her Majesty’s Theatre

She is a young horse and it appears that the head collar was put on when she was much smaller and not adjusted as she has grown. This seems to have led to a deformity to her face and jaw and she has difficulty eating.” Sue also thinks she may be in foal, but they are awaiting confirmation of this from the vet. GROOM AND RIDE Sue has called her Trixe Belle and she is very happy spending her days out in the field with the centre’s other minis, Taffeta and Magic. Sue added: “We are really pleased that the police knew about us and were able to place her with us.” Trixe Belle’s arrival brings the number of horses at the centre to 21 and it’s getting harder to make ends meet. They also need more volunteers for everything from mucking out to serving food and drinks at open days and fundraising events. The centre is offering the opportunity to groom and ride one of their horses at any time for just €25 per month; ideal for horse and pony enthusiasts, young or old, who do not own their own horses but want to look after one and ride regularly. QUIZ NIGHT Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, Rojales, is holding its next monthly fun quiz night on Thursday January 28th, from 19:30. As well as the quiz, there will be a BBQ and bar. Entry is €5. All proceeds go to the running of the Centre and their ongoing rescue work. Quiz nights are held on the last Thursday of every month. If you would like to support the centre, go along to their open days on Wednesdays and Sundays from 13:00 until 16:00. People can also donate money via the website, in person, or ring Sue for more details on 652 021 980 call Sue.

FUTURE “We already have a number of men for the show but need a few more,” he said – adding it was hoped the new faces would stay for future productions. Trevor said the ‘brothers’ sang as a group and needed to be able to move well on stage for the big production numbers. “Joseph, on the other hand, sings some of the show’s best known numbers, including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. “Ideally, he should be aged in his twenties and have a good stage presence.” Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays in Calpe and start in April, although choreographer Sue Benson plans to hold some movement workshops in March. Anyone interested in becoming Joseph or one of the brothers should ring Trevor on 965 870 198.

Blessings for animals and fun for all SUNDAY, 17th January, all animals are welcome at a church service to receive the special blessing of San Antonio (the patron saint of animals). On the rural lane ‘Les Mortes’, Bernia Mountain, above Jalon, there will be an open day to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Les Mortes Donkey Sanctuary, promising something for everyone. From 12.30, a priest will bless not only the 60 resident donkeys but also animal guests: all are welcome. For two legged guests there will be the renowned Les Mortes BBQ, washed down with beer, wine or water. At 13.30 Karl Heinz Brass, author of the book ‘Further and Further’, will

share his experiences gained on two pilgrimages along the way of St James to Santiago de Compostela. This will be followed by a dance exhibition by the Group de Dance Les Mortes and also a concert featuring the Big Jack Rhythm and Blues Band. Side-shows will offer crafts and an exhibition of works by the well known animal-specialist and artist Monica Bochholz, with an opportunity to invest in one of her works. Guests are asked to make a contribution of €10 to go toward the work of the sanctuary. Further information is available from Iris on 965 973 244.


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by David Mills PROBABLY ONE of the most contentious issues and one of the most discussed subjects by us expats is satellite TV or the lack thereof. Those who have it are lucky but the luck goes beyond the household. The real luck begins with finding a qualified and reputable installation company. Word of mouth often plays an important part and this can lead to recommendations to use certain well known, well established and reliable companies. One such company is ‘Skyline’ that operates from their showroom premises in the centre of Calpe. For ten long years, the owners and the highly trained staff have weathered the ups and downs of business life and continue to evolve to meet the latest and current needs for and on behalf of their customers. If you want a cheap and cheerful system the will fall over in a breeze, go elsewhere because ‘Skyline’s’ owner/Manager Steve McDonald will not compromise on his core values of the very best equipment and the most appropriate price.

The long serving and well trained technicians will not leave your premises until you are totally happy and will also leave it in pristine condition. Discerning customers can discover which is the best company to install or upgrade a TV system by doing a little research before parting company with a not inconsiderate sum for a good system. Skyline actually encourages you to do this and will even assist if necessary by providing a source of satisfied customers. Do not be bamboozled by the ‘cowboys’ and their special offers and ‘special dishes’. A composite and complimentary integrated system with full service back up will make sure you are one of the lucky ones and your luck in this will never run out. Use ‘Skyline’ for all your TV needs and be confident that even in the foulest conditions you will enjoy your family entertainment for years to come. It makes sense and deep down you know it.

Skyline provides a full range of wholesale and retail TV related products to the trade and private customers. Contact ‘Skyline’ on 965 838 225 to discuss your specific needs.

Back on the Streets

Sophie (centre front) with her streetdancers

by David Mills A casualty of last month’s storms, the charity dance extravaganza ‘A Night on the Street’ bounces back next Thursday to light up the post-Christmas gloom. Organised by talented teenager Sophie Jackson, the Calpe show will benefit 120 youngsters cared for at EMAUS homes across the region. The 16-year-old was “gutted” that the weather and resulting power cuts forced the cancellation of the December date, scuppering her plan to buy every child in EMAUS care a Christmas present. However, the Laude Lady Elizabeth School sixth former has put her disappointment behind her and has again secured all the varied performers

of the original line up. “Obviously the money will not be raised now for Christmas presents but there are always plenty of things the charity needs,” she told RTN. And as well as Sophie’s own Street Dance troupe, the January 21st performance at Calpe’s Casa de Cultura will feature a mix of contemporary dance and ballet, young guitarist Daniel Whybrow and the classical duo Pasion Doble. She believes the night should appeal to people of all ages because of the diverse styles. “We are really hoping that people will show the same enthusiasm for this night now that Christmas is over as they did before the holidays,” said Sophie. “It is going to be such a different and exciting show that will appeal to

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everyone. “The special guests are all exceptionally talented and it is the only show in recent years to combine both British and Spanish dancers on stage at the same time. “We believe people will be talking about A Night on the Street for a long time to come.” Tickets already purchased are still valid for the rescheduled date which starts at 20.00 and ends at 22.30. Seats are still available and cost €10 for adults and €8 for children under 12. They are available from Quicksave, Javea; Humpty dumpty Newsagent, Javea Park; Quicksave, Moraira; Margaret and Elena’s Card Shop, Calpe; and from Karen Jackson by calling 600 548 326 or Carole Saunders on 607 385 747.

It’s ‘Buy One Get One Free!’ In our SALE, you can buy any product from either store, and the second item of equal or less value is FREE! A UK paperback normally retailing at £6.99 is €3.50, but in the sale you could buy two £6.99 paperbacks retail, total £13.98 and still only pay €3.50! So you can choose any items from our extensive range of UK stock from ladies, gents and children’s fashion, shoes, socks and pants; hair accessories; books; puzzle books; greeting cards and stationary; furniture; garden furniture; household goods, including bedding; rugs; kitchenware and towels. Famous brands include M&S; Next; Disney; Monsoon; Ted Baker; Linda Barker; Nike; New Look and many, many more. At these prices, the stock won’t be around for long, so BOGOF to the Famous Labels n Tables Jaunuary Sale today. Sale must end 31st January


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Restaurant – Jalon Open for lunch

Monday to Saturday 12.30 – 3.00pm last orders An exceptional menu you will not find anywhere else Open for dinner Monday to Saturday 7.30-10pm last orders

A fine dining menu at affordable prices

Jan 15th The Raw


John the Fiddler with 14 yr old newcomer Sam Cox singing Sinatra & Swing Jan 26th Burns Night with Omega; The Nomad & Guests, Bagpipes, Gay Gordons and all things Scottish!

Open for Sunday Lunch 12.30- 4.00pm last orders Not just a Sunday roast but duck, pork salmon & Chef’s Specialities. Sunday lunch with a twist. The Pub at La Pista. A Typical English style pub with exceptional snack meals

Tel 96 648 0125 Calle Inglesia No 14 JALON

Jan 23rd

Tel 96 640 5398 For reservations

GIG Guide


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Friday 15th January

ALFAZ: Bar Escandalo (opp McDonalds) – THE MANIACS ALTEA: Blue Tomato Jazz Club (96 584 4758) – LIVE JAZZ BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret Bar (96 689 6144) – JAZZ NIGHT Grand Ole Benidorm Opry, C/Ibiza – LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC ALL WEEK BENITACHELL: Le Cabaret (663 733 811) – MIKE LEE DENIA: Steinways (661 132 439) LATIN/CUBAN MUSIC NIGHT EL CAMPELLO: Tony’s Place, Alkabir – LIVE MUSIC JAVEA: Bar Quo Vadis (96 646 3734) – THE BRINK Platino’s Lounge (96 579 2935), Arenal – STEWART COLLIER Jaspas Bar, (96 577 0625) – STEVE SOLO KARAOKE SHOW LLOSA de CAMACHO: Emilio’s (96 648 2837) DAVE ASH TRIO MORAIRA: Shamrock Tavern (96 649 9275) – KARAOKE NIGHT Tiffany’s (96 649 17 88) European Centre. DARRELL’S KARAOKE Don Quijote Bar, Paichi Centre – DON DIMO Tower Irish Bar (699 309 025) – THE SHAMROCKERS PARCENT: El Paraiso Bar/Rte (96 640 5398) – THE RAW

Saturday 16th January

ALCALALI: La Luna Music Bar (650 315 274) THE RAW ALTEA: Blue Tomato Jazz Club (96 584 4758) – LIVE JAZZ BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret (96 689 6144) – PETE OLIVER BENIMARCO: La Naya Bar/Rte (96 574 7665) – CHILL FACTOR BENITACHELL: Black n White Bar – DARRELL’S KARAOKE Le Cabaret (663 733 811) – ADAM KING CALPE: So What International (96 587 5982) – DON DIMO El Chiringuito (96 587 4584) – BRIAN G’s TRIBUTE - 60’s & 70’s DENIA: Steinways (661 132 439) – DAVE LEWIS BAND JAVEA: Platino’s Lounge (96 579 2935), Arenal – MANNY’S KARAOKE MORAIRA: El Andaluz Bar/Rte (96 649 0151) – DUO ROMANCE ORBA: The Lee’s Bar (696 203 184) – THE VIEW

Sunday 17th January

ALCALALI: La Luna (650 315 274) JAM SESSION 15.00 ALTEA: Blue Tomato Jazz (96 584 4758) JAM SESSION BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret Bar (96 689 6144) – SUE BENSON CALPE: So What Bar, Calpe Port – LIVE MUSIC 17.00 El Chiringuito (96 587 4584) – STEVE SAVILLE & FRIENDS Chez Flo Bar (96 574 7899) La Fustera – LIVE MUSIC Bar Fustera (96 649 9201), La Fustera – SHARNI DENIA: Steinways (661 132 439) – JAM SESSION JAVEA: Bar Quo Vadis (96 646 3734) WAYNE HORNE 16.00 MORAIRA: Shamrock Tavern (96 649 9275) – STRIKLAND Sascha’s Bar, Paichi Centre – PAISLEY PARK 21.30 The Bell Inn, Paichi Centre – THE RAW 17.00 Mystique Bar (608 861 344) - STEVE SOLO KARAOKE SHOW

Monday 18th January

BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret Bar (96 689 6144) – JENNY RENN CALPE: The Cross Keys Pub (96 583 0133) – CALPE FOLK CLUB El Chiringuito - CABARET NIGHT: MALCOLM & PAULINE – TERRY ROWLEY JAVEA: Geographic Bar, Arenal - Enric Peidro Jazz Quartet MORAIRA: Don Quijote Bar - JAM NIGHT (BRINK & FRIENDS)

Tuesday 19th January

BENITACHELL: Le Cabaret (663 733 811) – MIKE LEE DENIA: Steinways (661 132 439) – JON TURNER - piano JAVEA: Bar Presidente (96 646 3891), Arenal – JOHN CURTIS PEDREGUER: Monroe’s Carvery – JUBILEE JAZZ BAND

Wednesday 20th January

BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret Bar (96 689 6144) – JAZZ NIGHT DENIA: Steinways (661 132 439) – JAZZ SESSION JAVEA: Bar Quo Vadis (96 646 3734) THE RAW MORAIRA: Shamrock Tavern (96 649 9275) – KARAOKE NIGHT

music scene Omega – fiddle/guitar duo

Compiled by

Eric Taylor

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 659 921 875 or email:

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

”OMEGA”, comprise of a female fiddler Karen and lead vocalist/bass player Will. Their repertoire of music has been described as a breath of fresh air. If you’ve never heard the likes of Gerry Rafertey or Status Quo played on the fiddle now is your chance. Karen is from the West Country and Will from Scotland, so you will definately detect the Scottish influence during their set. For more info call Karen: 649 169 415. Omega will be performing at the “Burns Night”, on Monday January 25, in the El Paraisol Bar/ Restaurant, Parcent where they will be supported by “Drew the Piper” – who will pipe in the haggis. Toast and try the haggis, singalong to the works of Robert Burns, and other scottish artists, dance the highland fling or the gay gordons. All welcome, dining 25 euros. The El Paraiso are also seeking Scots to join in a Burns Night Paraiso Clan Parade (if they possess kilts or even an inch of tartan). They have a Scottish flag and a piper leading the procession, starting at 6.30pm, around Parcent village and onto the El Paraiso, where there will be mulled wine served. For more information: 96 640 5398.

A Night on The Street Thursday 21st January

“A Night on the Street – A fantastic night of high engery dance, sound and light” - is the concert that was posponed on December 15 due to the bad weather. The concert has been re-arranged for Thursday January 21, to be held at the same venue – Casa de Cultura, Calpe, starting at 8.30 pm. Sophie Jackson and the Costa Blanca Street Dancers plus special guests invite you to come along and enjoy a oneoff show fusing classical music and dance with

Thursday 21st January

ALTEA: Blue Tomato Jazz Club (96 584 4758) – LIVE JAZZ BENIDORM: Malibu Cabaret Bar (96 689 6144) – DONNA GLASS BENITACHELL: Le Cabaret (663 733 811) – MIKE LEE CALPE: CASA DE CULTURA – NIGHT ON THE STREET JALON: Venti Tres Bar – STEVE SOLO JAVEA: Bar Presidente – JAZZ - GRAHAME SHEPHERD QUARTET MORAIRA: Shamrock Tavern (96 649 9275) – JOOLS COOPER




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:

Beni-Blues Brothers - The Tribute IF SOUL Music and a ‘feel good’ show is what you’re looking for on a night out then go and see the Beni-Blues Brothers strut their stuff. A great deal of work has gone into this Tribute Show, making it worth seeing. John Morgan and Darren Cannon both worked the Costa Blanca circuit for many years, performing solo acts before coming together to create was is now one of the longest running and most established acts in Benidorm.

modern street sounds and urban dance styles. The concert is being held on behalf of the Friends of the Children of EMAÚS to raise funds for the children in the EMAÚS shelters. Tickets are: Adults 10 euros – kids 4 to 12 years: 8 euros. Box office: 600 548 326 or 607 385 747.

You can hear all the songs associated with the Blues Brothers, guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your Tail Feathers Shaking! They appear every night at the Western Saloon at 23.00 on Calle Gerona and then again at Cafe Benidorm on the British Square at 00.30. Sunday Afternoons they can be found at the Heartbreak Hotel on Levante Beach front. For further information, call them on 628 485 619 or 630 835 202.

John Davidson Elvis/Orbison tribute show

John Davidson has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. During the 60’s he performed in various bands ranging from show bands to heavy rock bands all over the UK. When John moved to Spain he decided to put together an act where he could sing Sinatra to heavy rock and incorporate his Elvis/Orbison Tribute Show. He is available for private parties & corporate functions, plus Elvis at weddings, hen nights and airport meet/greets are always popular and lot’s of fun. GIGS FOR JANUARY: Friday 22nd: Bar/Restaurant El Andaluz, Moraira Saturday 23rd: Try Again Bar, Javea Park, Javea Saturday 30th: Sascha’s Bar, Paichi Centre, Moraira For bookings and more info contact John on: 667 863 471 or or web site:

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Do the annual winter cut soon by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

HOPEFULLY YOUR garden was colourful for Christmas but now is the time to prepare the garden for the spring and summer by doing a major cutback and clean up for the year. Unfortunately, rain prevented an immediate start after Los Reyes but get out in the garden as soon as you can. If you don’t cut back hard now you will end up with straggly and untidy plants and a disappointing display of spring and summer flowers. While you are waiting to start, sharpen and oil the various sizes of pruners you have, plus small and large garden saws and the shredder. And check the plug and cables on the shredder, hedge trimmer and garden vacuum blower. We find that the best thing is to set aside a week and just bash the garden from beginning to end rather than do the cut back in a stop and go manner. The latter is likely to drift into February, or even March! SO WHERE SHOULD ONE START? We start with the lantanas and they benefit from a really hard cut back. Cut back all branches on bush varieties -yellow/orange/

red/pink and white flowered - to five to ten centimetres of the main trunk. Yes they will look very bare but you should be rewarded with a multitude of new flowering shoots in the spring. If you are training these varieties into standards or climbers, cut back to shape. Cut leggy growth on trailing purple and white varieties to half. Then onto the bush roses: they will have stopped flowering by now so cut back leaving only two or three buds of the previous year’s growth. Galan de noche are best cut back leaving only a few main stems to re-sprout in the spring. Geraniums: give all other flowering shrubs a general tidy up. The extent of cutting back will be determined by how high and wide you want the final plant to be in your garden layout. NEXT HAVE A GO AT THE CLIMBERS • Bougainvilleas benefit from a major cut back and shaping. First cut out any suckers, then cut back the main branches to give shape and finally cut back the side shoots along each main branch to stimulate flowering shoots.

• Plumbago and jasmine benefit from a hard cut back of at least two thirds. • Begonias have probably been getting a little out of hand so prune back the main stems and strong laterals to create a framework for next year’s growth. • Climbing roses need all suckers, dead wood and weak stems cut out: leave just two buds on each of the stems that are left. • Passion flowers and solandras: cut back hard and to shape.When you have cleaned up the climbers, check all ties to ensure that they are not cutting into the flesh of branches: loosen or change as necessary. The lower growing perennials: Gazanias and messems: trim to shape and remove any dead flowers, leaves and shoots. Medium height perennials such as margueritas and rock roses trim to shape to stimulate compact growth and flower buds. Rudbeckias cut back to the base and likewise chrysanthemums when they have finished flowering. Cut back leonotis to stimulate new flowering side shoots and to keep their height under control.

Finally, go through the herb garden and remove all dead wood and trim to a shape and size that blends with the other plants. NOW MOVE ON TO TREES AND HEDGES Trees are a warming job for a cold day. Cut back all damaged branches and others to shape and control height. Palms if not trimmed in the autumn should now be cut to shape. Then tidy the garden with a short back and sides for hedges. Cut back the height while retaining privacy. If the hedge is getting ‘leggy’, cut out some of the thick internal branches to stimulate bushier young growth. You will find more about the cut back, shredding and composting the prunings, and pruning the fruit trees in our books.


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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.

Art is all around AS AN artist and gallery owner I very often find that people are scared to comment on art. They feel they do not know enough about it. But in honesty an everyday appreciation of art comes down to one thing and by one thing only. Whether you like it or you don’t. Art is something that can be appreciated by everyone; you do not need to be BA (hons). Artist & owner of ArtHouse Gallery knowledgeable on the subject you just need to know what you like. The Costa Blanca is an area rich in local artists, commercial galleries, artists studios and art clubs that are accessible to you. There really is something out there for everybody, no matter what your taste. There are also

Julia Evans

some great on line galleries. So you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy the artistic thrills of Costa Blanca. One of my favourite sites is the Twiga art website. Founded by Keith Geddes a very talented painter himself. The site showcases some wonderful artwork produced by local artists both professional and amateur. There is a real diverse range of work on the site with everything from abstract works to more traditional pieces. Many of the artists regularly exhibit work or have studios that you can visit, so you can see the paintings in the flesh. A great example of this and one of my personal favourites on

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the site is Billy Cook. Billy is an artist that has been established in Javea for over twenty years. Her studio is situated in the port market Javea, and is open to the public, so visitors get to see her producing work as well as being able to buy original pieces, prints and postcards. Another artist from Twiga Art who is currently exhibiting is Jenny Morrison. Jenny has some beautiful pieces at the ArtHouse gallery. Two of which are heavily inspired by the Mediterranean Landscape, which is understandably the main inspiration for most local artists. In fact this is something that inspires many expats to pick up a paint brush - and why not? What can be more therapeutic than sitting on your terrace, perhaps with a glass of wine by your side, painting away a sultry afternoon and capturing the idyllic views around you. For those of you that think you can’t draw, well from my experience as an art tutor, everybody has the ability to draw. They simply need to be shown how. With a large amount of art classes available in the area this is easily achievable. So I implore you to pick up that paint brush or start moulding that piece of clay and if you need a little help then come and visit us at Arthouse. Remember art is for everyone so enjoy! To visit the Twiga art gallery go to For all information on art classes go to Or email me at

Julia Evans BA (hons), ArtHouse Gallery, Calle San Miguel no. 14, Gata de Gorgos, 03740 Alicante. Tel: 0034 965 756 285 or 0034 687 114 853. Email: Web: If you are an artist and have an exhibition coming up or simply just want me to view you work then email

Valencia 42 48

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ró figures, but did you know that they

Spain is famous for its porcelain Llad

come from Valencia?

There’s a beautiful city practically on your doorstep and it’s stuffed to the gills with art and culture. This weekly guide will show you some of the highlights of Valencia that are worth seeing. Use the guide to plan daytrips, or long weekends in the city and make the most of living in Spain.

The City of Porcelain SPAIN IS famous for its porcelain Lladró figures, but did you know that they come from Valencia? The original factory still stands, but today it covers 100,000 square feet and is cleverly designed as an all-in-one factory, with workshops and a visitor centre with spacious gardens. The visitor programme means that you can watch real artisans working on the figures – more than 15,000 people visit the City of Porcelain annually. Each year the factory launches two new collections of Lladró; Alicia González Sanmartín, from the PR Department explains: “Visitors can come for free – with a previous appointment – to see the pieces being made. The visit includes the opportunity to go to the Lladró Museum with porcelain and paintings.” The Lladró figures first took shape in 1953 when brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró experimented with their artistic tendencies and created figurines in an old Moorish furnace at their home in Almàssera, Valencia. By 1958, interest in their work had grown sufficiently for them to dedicate all their time to it and they moved their premises to a larger warehouse in the neighbouring town of Tavernes Blanques (now classed as Valencia city - the factory is on the northern outskirts). By the end of the 1950s the brothers had opened their first shop in Valencia, and two more were soon to follow. Now Lladró ornaments are collectors’ items.


Kirsty Tuxford

Freelance writer

Today, the business is still run by the same family and the demand for Lladró pieces has spread across the globe. Lladró is sold not only across Europe, but also in the USA, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. In the 1990s the company’s success was officially recognised by Prince Felipe of Spain, who granted three awards for Internationalisation (1993), for Competitiveness (1997) and for Renown Brand Management (2001). The innovators at the Lladró design centre are never short of ideas, and if you visit now you can see their latest new collection of Lladró figurines, including the stunning Caballo Cortesano (Courtier’s Horse), Cuatro Orquideas (Four Orcheds), Festival Jaipur (an elaborate elephant) and Tocado Ceremonial (Ceremonial Touch – two women preparing for a ceremony), and discover the inspiration behind each piece.

How to get there:

From Alicante by car: Take exit salida 537 (Valencia Sur) Follow V-31 and then avenida Ausias March. Turn right onto Peris y Valero. Cross the bridge and head for avendia Blasco Ibañez and then follow calle Clariano and turn right before the bridge (do not take the road to Barcelona). Follow to the end, turn left and go under bridge. Turn right, direction Alboraya. Look for the CV-311. Head towards Tavernes Blanques. Turn right at the Lladró City of Porcelain. Don’t worry if you can’t navigate through the city exactly as written here. You can find more detailed directions on the City of Porcelain website. The main points to bear in mind are: enter on avenida Ausias March and head

north (crossing the old river bed which is now a park) in the direction of Zaragoza/ Barcelona, towards Alboraya, and look for the CV-311, which will lead you directly to The City of Porcelain. By Metro: If you arrive in Valencia on the train, you can take the Metro from directly outside the train station. Take the red Line 3 to Palmaret from Xàtiva station. The City of porcelain is a 10-minute walk from Palmaret station. By bus: Take bus number 16 from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in the city centre (which is three minute’s walk from the train station). Or take a taxi from outside the train station.

The City of Porcelain Carretera Alboraya s/n 46016 Tavernes Blanques Valencia Contact: Tel: 96 318 70 01 Fax: 96 185 74 71 Tel. 900 211 010 (toll free, only within Spain) Email: Website:

RTN exclusive day trip to Valencia city and the Lladro factory on Thursday 21st January! Convenient pick up points from Benidorm to Denia Luxury coaches accompanied and experienced British guides.

It’s easy to book simply call 966 813 261 or pop into any one of the Round Town Travel Offices:

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Discover the charms of sumptuous Sevilla

The Jewel of Andalucia

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THOMSON AND First Choice’s award-winning airlines came together last year to create the all-new Thomson Airways, so jetting between **Alicante, Malaga, Reus, Girona and Almeria** and the UK has never been easier. We fly in to most UK airports, so chances are there’s a route to suit you. When it comes to getting to and from Ireland, meanwhile, Falcon has got it covered with routes to the likes of Cork, Dublin and Shannon. Plus there are regular flights to Belfast and Derry. We’re flexible, too. We offer both one-way and return tickets, which you can buy in advance or purchase at the last minute. We can also help organise flights out to Alicante, Malaga, Reus, Girona and Almeria for family and friends coming from the UK. Our competitive prices are reviewed locally every week, and include all the extras like taxes and baggage allowance. We offer group discounts, too, as well as regular special offers. Last but not least, we guarantee only the highest levels of service. Thomson and First Choice reps are on hand at all our airports, with staff in our local offices always happy to answer any questions. So to find out more, get in touch – we’ll do our best to find the right flights for you. Drop us a line at or phone 966 813 148 / 965 852 492. Alternatively, pop in and see us at Thomson/ First Choice Travel shop Avenida de Europa (behind Hotel Belroy) Benidorm, to speak to one of our Holiday Advisers. We look forward to hearing from you. Thomson/First Choice New and Improved Travel Shop comes to Benidorm. Open 5 days a week, Monday-Friday 09.00 – 17.00

15-21 JANUARY 2010 THE JEWEL of Andalucia; a regional capital and the most Spanish city of them all... Imagine your horse-drawn carriage travelling through the most peaceful of parks, immaculately kept gardens and quaint cobbled squares, passing cafes and traditional tapas bars where the dramatic noises of flamenco spill onto the streets… stop for a glass of good full-bodied Spanish red and taste the traditional dance of Spain performed by slender, chiseled, longhaired men and stern, olive-skinned, fiery young ladies: a chance to mix with those friendly, zesty Sevillanos. ¡Salud! There are other ways to travel through this city of course, such as via an informative tour bus or a relaxing boat-ride along the river; maybe the old fashioned way – by foot. However, a luxurious horse-drawn taxi ride is an unforgettable way to begin your discovery of the many moods and facets of this southern jewel. It’s a dead cert - you’ll want to taste more… And from your central hotel, it is made so very easy for you to discover this intoxicating capital that is Spain’s 4th largest city. The old quarter is a must, with the Cathedral and the 322ft Giralda tower at its heart. You can even climb the steps of the tower for a magnificent panoramic view of the skyline and beyond. Take the camera. Within easy reach are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar, with lovely gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter; with tiny streets and flower-filled balconies; grandly decorated facades and patios. Another sight not to miss is the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles merge perfectly amidst lush gardens and more of those patios. And remember, as you discover the city streets, some of the almost-hidden patios have been converted into atmospheric restaurants that offer great priced menu del dias and a chance to taste the regions gastronomy in the most authentic of settings. It’s no surprise that for most visitors to Spain, Sevilla is their most loved destination and one that sums up Moorish Spain, evident in its architecture. Not only is it the capital of Andalucia, but it is also the artistic, cultural and financial capital of southern Spain. It’s the city


of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro, the home of Flamenco, bullfighting and famed as the city where the ‘tapa’ was born - with thousands of bars offering a seemingly infinite amount of free food served with every drink. In fact, the clever diner dines free in this city, just by moving from bar to bar! Legend tells us that Sevilla was founded by Hercules: its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called ‘Hispalis’ under the Romans and ‘Isbiliya’ by the Moors. It’s most triumphant time in its history however was following the discovery of America – and you can do your very own discovery in the city at the ‘Archives of the Indies’ museum, dedicated to this. Inside is the world’s largest collection of records: journals; maps; drawings and other documents covering Spanish discovery; exploration; conquest and colonization of what they called ‘The New World’. It was the birthplace of world-famous painters too, such as Velázquez, Murillo and Valdés Leal, and sculptors like Martínez Montañés. Many of their important works may be seen on display in the galleries such as the highly regarded Fine Arts Museum. Recently, Expo 92 spotlighted Sevilla as a modern and dynamic Spanish city with a lively spirit. February is a surprisingly pleasant time to visit when the temperature in southern Spain is quite mild compared to the rest of the peninsula. A comfortable, central 3 star hotel offers you all the luxuries and mod cons you could expect from a top city hotel – and literally right in the middle of all the action, making it so easy to get around. Coachtrips SL, the Costa no1 British-operated tour operator, is offering a price-breaking 4 day deal at just €199 per person from 9th – 12th February. The price includes your stay at a central 3 star hotel on a B&B basis; local pickups; a panoramic tour of the city by coach on arrival and the services of a well-informed, Englishspeaking guide during your stay. For more information or to book, call 966 785 910 or go to for details of this excursion and other fantastic deals in and around Spain.


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Computing Card reader

Philip from Benijofar asks: I have recently downloaded photos via my card reader and for some reason all 28 photos are listed individually in my photos instead of one file. This has never happened before. I don’t know what I have done. To correct this do I need to cut and paste or is there an easier way. I was on XP pro at the time but have moved to Windows 7.

Aunty Says: Hi Philip. When you insert your flash card or camera into the reader, does Windows automatically start a camera wizard or transfer program? I still prefer to copy photos manually so I know exactly where they are going. My general practice is to go to ‘Computer’ (My Computer in XP) and create a new folder under your Photos or Pictures folder. I then browse my camera or card and copy and paste only the photos I want, rename them and clear the camera only once I am sure they’re all on my computer. I used to use the free Google Picasa but old habits die hard so I’m back doing it the manual way.

Battery cannot be identified

Charles via email asks: Dear Aunty - Happy New Year. As a novice at PC use the following problem has occurred. I have put my Scrabble in and loaded according to my PC but cannot open the game. My PC ability is at the ‘switch on, press a button and hope for the best’ stage at the mo: please help if you can Aunty Says: I may need a bit more information Charles but the obvious thing is to check the version of Scrabble is compatible with the version of Windows you are using. It should say on the CD or on the CD case.

with aunty virus

Maurice via email asks: Dear Aunty, I have a tricky problem with my Dell Inspiron laptop computer. I wrote to the manager at Dell in October 2009 but despite many emails having passed between us they have still not been able to help with my problem I am trusting you will have more success. On start up I get a message saying: “THIS BATTERY CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED: THIS SYSTEM WILL BE UNABLE TO CHARGE THIS BATTERY” Also, on another page I am getting a statement telling me my battery is 97 per cent full and charging. A small red light is continuing to rapidly flash on the right hand side hinge of the computer. Your help would be appreciated as I feel that the DELL tech support have let me down badly.

Apple Mac

Aunty Says: Hi Maurice. This is a well known problem but unfortunately Dell doesn’t seem to have an exact solution. You could try using the battery until the screen blacks out and reboot without using the mains adapter. You will get a warning about low battery and to press F1. After pressing F1 plug the adaptor back and reboot. If this does not work email me as the next solution is probably a job for an expert and I know a very good laptop engineer. Ian via email asks: Hello and all the very best for the New Year and thanks for all the info you provide us with. I have yet another question, which is: I have switched computers to an Apple Mac and I am puzzling about an anti virus system. Most say that they are compatible Windows but they do not mention using on Mac systems. I would appreciate your guidance on this. Aunty Says: Hello Ian. The only free anti virus program I know of for the Apple is ClamXav from All the big names (Norton, MacAfee etc) have Apple OS versions of their software but you will have to pay, I’m afraid.

15-21 JANUARY 2010


SuperFast Internet!

Microsoft Security Center Mo via email asks: Dear Aunty, love your column and find it really helpful for the novice computer user. I have been advised that I should use Microsoft Security Center to stay safe online. However, up to now I’ve always used the free version of AVG. What are your thoughts on this please? Is one better than the other or are they about the same?

Aunty Says: Hello Mo. It does depend on which version Windows you are running. The Security Center with XP is only there to alert you if one of your security programs stops functioning correctly. The release of Vista and Windows 7 had a better firewall and antispyware program called Windows Defender. I personally don’t rate any of the Microsoft security programs and still recommend the free AVG9, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes: all available from or

Welcome to Windows Bill via email asks: Hi Aunty, I recently moved to Spain bringing with me a new computer and monitor but lately I have had a problem where the screen is only ¾, losing the left-hand side meaning I have no access to my taskbar or closing a page. “Welcome to Windows” is the last thing that is on a full screen. Turning the computer

on/off does not always solve this problem. Sometimes when the screen has opened full, it will revert to ¾ after the screen saver has been on (boring pipe line). My monitor is a 19” DGM and I’m running windows XP. Aunty Says: Possibly a screen resolution or driver problem Bill. You can experiment with the resolution from ‘control panel’ ‘display’ under the ‘settings’ tab. If you get no joy here then go to ‘start’ ‘run’ and type dxdiag and you will get a handy tool that shows you the exact model of your Graphics card (under the display tab). You can then use Google to find the manufacturers website and navigate to the download and support area. Then enter the model of your card and the version of Windows you have and you should be prompted to download and install the latest drivers. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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

Firmer controls on blogs and websites

THE SPANISH Government now has the power to shut down websites and disconti nue blogs which it considers are illegal or in breach of copyright law. The decision has caused outrage across popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, where users claim that their freedom of speech is being controlled by ‘cyber-censorship’. The Facebook group, Manifiesto en defensa de los dere chos fundamentales en Internet, which translates to ‘I protest in defence of fundamental rights on the inte rnet’, has already received a whopping 200,000 mem bers since the law was approved. One blogger com mented, “Since when have copyrights been more importa nt than basic human rights?” The Minister for Culture, Ángeles González Sindes, has dismissed the protests, saying that “No internet user should be worried or annoye d,” explaining that the Government intends to send two warnings to a website found to be carrying out unlawful activities. If these are ignored, the case will be referred to court, where the Judge may deci de to close the site down. He defended that this is the best way for the Government to enforce copyright laws and prevent illegal downloads and child porn ography.

Minister for Culture, Ángeles González Sindes

tv Friday


15-21 JANUARY 2010

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under 12.00 Britain’s Empty Homes 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; Weather 16.05 CBeebies: Big & Small. 16.15 Grandpa in My Pocket 16.30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16.50 OOglies 17.05 ROY 17.35 Prank Patrol 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00-20.00 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 -23.35 BBC News 23.35 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 0.35 The National Lottery EuroMillions Draw 0.45 The Tuxedo; Weatherview. 2.25 Sign Zone: Lark Rise to Candleford

7.00 -10.00 Childrens Programms 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Tommy Zoom 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Nature’s Calendar 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Open Gardens 14.30 Live Snooker: The Masters 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Great British Railway Journeys 20.00 Live Snooker: The Masters 21.00 Mastermind 21.30 An Island Parish 22.00 Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World 23.00 Have I Got News for You 23.30 Newsnight; Weather 0.05 Sings the Beatles 1.05 Snooker: The Masters 1.55 Snooker Extra 3.55 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 60 Minute Makeover 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; Weather 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 Dancing on Ice Friday 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 Popstar to Operastar 23.30 ITV News and Weather 0.00 Granada News and Weather 0.05 Be Cool 2.05 Ladette to Lady; ITV News Headlines. 3.05 Fahrenheit 451 4.55 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 The Hoobs 7.30 Big Brother’s Little Brother 7.55 Celebrity Big Brother 9.00 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.25 Frasier 9.55 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 Rescue Remedies 13.15 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14.20 Fort Massacre 15.50 How Clean Is Your House? 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 20.30 White Boy, Black Nanny 21.00 Kevin McCloud: Slumming It 22.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Live 23.00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23.35 Celebrity Big Brother 0.05 David Blaine: Drowned Alive 1.05 Judge Dredd 2.45 Celebrity Big Brother

7.00-9.05 Childrens Programms 9.05 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.20 Peppa Pig 9.25 Thomas & Friends 9.35 Milkshake Monkey 9.40 The WotWots 9.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 9.55 Rupert Bear 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 13.40 Five News 13.50 Megastructures: Miami Demolition 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 Animal Rescue Squad 16.05 I Do (But I Don’t) 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 Knight Rider; Five News at 9. 22.00 The Art of War II: Betrayal 0.05 Paul Merton in Europe 1.05 SuperCasino

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 The Real A&E 11.00 Lion Man 11.30 It’s Me or the Dog USA 12.30 Sell Me the Answer 13.30 Project Runway 14.30 Models of the Runway 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 Got to Dance 22.00 Fat Families 23.00 Ross Kemp Middle East: Israel 0.00 Football’s Next Star 1.00 Road Wars 2.00 Night Cops 2.50 Road Wars 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Cold Case 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 Live Snooker: The Masters 17.30 Final Score 18.10 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 18.30 Total Wipeout 19.30 So You Think You Can Dance 20.30 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21.20 So You Think You Can Dance 21.50 Casualty 22.40 Live at the Apollo 23.10 BBC News; Weather 23.30 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 0.50 The Football League Show 2.05 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross; Weatherview. 3.10 BBC News

7.00-9.30 Childrens Programms 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 Greek 13.45 BBC Switch: The Season 14.15 BBC Switch: The 5:19 Show 14.35 BBC Switch: The Cut 15.00 Animal Park 15.45 Alvarez Kelly 17.30 Live Snooker: The Masters 19.00 A History of Christianity 20.00 Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World 21.00 The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia 22.00 Live Snooker: The Masters 23.30 Heroes 0.15 QI XL 1.00 The Persuasionists 1.30 Snooker: The Masters 2.20 The Entertainer

6.30 ITV Morning News 7.00 GMTV 10.25 Getting There 12.05 Popstar to Operastar 13.35 News; Weather 13.44 Granada Weather 13.45 Like Mike 15.35 Wild Wild West 17.25 Creature Comforts 17.40 Granada News and Weather 17.55 ITV News and Weather 18.10 Nanny McPhee 20.00 Harry Hill’s the Best of TV Burp 20.30 Take Me Out 21.30 All Star Mr & Mrs 22.30 Bridget Jones’s Diary 0.20 ITV News and Weather; Weather 0.35 Blue Crush 2.35 The Paper; ITV News Headlines. 4.30 Six Degrees 5.15 ITV Nightscreen

7.05 The Hoobs 8.00 Freesports on 4 8.30 World Sport 9.00 The Morning Line 9.55 T4: Friends 11.10 T4: A Diary of the Saturdays: A T4 Special 11.45 T4: Pink: Funhouse Live 12.55 T4: Celebrity Big Brother 14.25 T4: Scrubs 15.00 Channel 4 Racing from Warwick and Kempton Park 17.00 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19.05 Channel 4 News 19.35 The Parent Trap 22.00 Celebrity Big Brother 23.00 Om Shanti Om 2.10 Big Brother’s Big Mouth 3.05 Celebrity Big Brother: Live 4.55 Scrapheap Challenge 5.50 Countdown 6.35 The Hoobs

7.00-9.00 Childrens Programms 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 NFL UK 12.00 Big, Bigger, Biggest 13.00 My Dog Skip 14.45 A Stranger to Love 16.35 The Adventures of Quentin Durward 18.40 Five News 18.45 Brannigan 20.50 NCIS 21.45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 22.40 CSI: NY 23.40 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 0.40 Women Who Kill 1.10 SuperCasino 5.05 Motorsport Mundial

7.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 8.00 Malcolm in the Middle 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 Soccer AM 13.00 Football’s Next Star 14.00 Got to Dance 15.00 Fat Families 16.00 UK Border Force 17.00 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 18.00 Got to Dance 19.00 Futurama 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Futurama 22.00 The Mummy 0.20 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 1.20 Road Wars 2.20 UK Border Force 3.15 Road Wars 4.05 Crash Test Dummies 4.55 Football Behind Bars 5.45 Hello Goodbye 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

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 Cash in the Attic 14.45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 15.05 Murder, She Wrote 15.55 EastEnders 17.50 Lifeline 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 Wallander 23.30 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 23.55 Match of the Day 2 0.55 Amistad; Weatherview. 3.25 Sign Zone: Holby City 4.25 Sign Zone: The Choir: Unsung Town 5.25 BBC News

7.00 CBeebies: Big Cook Little Cook. 7.20 Clifford 7.35 Brum 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 ROY 11.00 Something for the Weekend 12.30 Escape to the Country 13.15 The Way to the Stars 15.00 Live Snooker: The Masters 17.45 Ski Sunday 18.15 The Three Musketeers 19.55 Top Gear 21.00 Live Snooker: The Masters 0.00 Massacre in Rome 1.40 BBC News

7.00 GMTV 10.25 Coronation Street 12.35 News; Weather 12.39 Granada Weather 12.40 Gambit 14.45 Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality 16.45 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 18.45 Granada News and Weather 19.00 ITV News and Weather 19.15 Harry Hill’s the Best of TV Burp 19.45 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 Children of Men 1.10 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime 2.00 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime; ITV News Headlines. 2.55 Dating the Enemy 3.20 The Winter Freeze: Tonight 3.50 ITV Nightscreen

7.05 The Hoobs 7.30 Yo Gabba Gabba 8.00 Beach Volleyball 8.55 Adventure Racing 9.55 T4: The Hills 10.25 T4: Friends 11.00 T4: Hollyoaks 13.35 T4: Celebrity Big Brother 14.40 T4: Big Brother’s Little Brother 15.45 T4: 90210 16.40 T4: The Simpsons 17.50 Deal or No Deal 18.35 Glee 20.30 Channel 4 News 21.00 Celebrity Big Brother 22.00 Slumdog Secret Millionaire 23.45 Dhoom 2 2.45 Celebrity Big Brother: Live 4.55 Dispatches: My Family and Alzheimer’s 5.50 Countdown 6.35 The Treacle People 6.45 The Hoobs

7.00-10.00 Childrens Programms 10.00 Olivia 10.15 The Mr Men Show 10.35 Gerald McBoing Boing 11.00 Shake!: Hannah Montana. 11.35 Wizards of Waverly Place 12.10 Zoo Days 12.25 Giant Snake Invasion with Nigel Marven 13.25 Ice Road Truckers 14.25 See Spot Run 16.15 Popeye 18.00 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach 19.40 Five News 19.45 McQ 22.00 US Marshals 0.35 America’s Toughest Prisons 1.35 Crime Scene Academy 2.05 SuperCasino 5.05 Motorsport Mundial 6.00 Hana’s Helpline 6.10 The Milkshake! Show 6.35 Thomas & Friends 6.45 Roary the Racing Car

7.00 Hour of Power 8.00 Gladiators: Battle of the Athletes 9.00 Malcolm in the Middle 10.00 Road Wars 11.00 WWE Superstars 12.00 WWE: Experience 13.00 Oops TV 14.00 Got to Dance 15.00 Fat Families 16.00 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 17.00 UK Border Force 18.00 The Simpsons 19.00 Got to Dance 20.00 Are You Smarter Than Your 10 Year Old? 21.00 Football’s Next Star 22.00 Ross Kemp Middle East: Gaza 23.00 Ross Kemp Middle East: Israel 0.00 Golden Globes Red Carpet Live 2.00 Got to Dance 2.50 Football’s Next Star 3.40 Road Wars 5.20 Football Behind Bars 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

tv Saturday

tv Sunday

8.30 Luge 9.00 Live Ski Jumping 10.00 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 10.15 Alpine Skiing 11.30 Biathlon 12.30 WTA Tennis 13.30 Alpine Skiing 14.15 Live Snooker: The Masters 16.30 African Cup of Nations 16.45 Live African Cup of Nations 18.55 Eurogoals Flash 19.05 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Live African Cup of Nations 20.20 Dakar Rally 20.30 Live African Cup of Nations 21.30 African Cup of Nations 23.00 Dakar Rally 23.45 African Cup of Nations 0.45 Dakar Rally 1.30 Freeride Spirit Show

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 60 Minute Makeover 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 Most Haunted Live: The Silent Town 1.00 Medium 2.00 Criminal Minds 3.00 Trolley Dollies 4.00 Charmed 5.40 60 Minute Makeover

Dancing on Ice Friday ITV1, 9pm

8.30 Ski Jumping 9.00 Live Ski Jumping 10.45 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 11.00 Live Cross-Country Skiing 12.00 Biathlon 12.30 Alpine Skiing 13.45 Live Alpine Skiing 15.00 Live Biathlon 16.00 Cross-Country Skiing 16.40 Wintersports Weekend 16.45 Live African Cup of Nations 17.50 Dakar Rally 18.00 Live African Cup of Nations 19.00 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Live African Cup of Nations 21.30 African Cup of Nations 23.00 Dakar Rally 23.45 Trial Bikes 1.15 Dakar Rally 2.05 Wintersports Weekend

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 Canada’s Next Top Model 13.00 Ghost Whisperer 14.00 Passport Patrol 16.00 Nothing to Declare 19.00 The NeverEnding Story III: The Escape from Fantasia 21.00 Criminal Minds 22.00 Yvette and Karl’s Festive Spirits 23.00 Most Haunted 1.00 Medium 2.00 Nothing to Declare 4.50 Passport Patrol 5.40 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Heroes BBC 2, 11.30pm

8.30 Luge 9.05 Alpine Skiing 11.00 Live Nordic Combined Skiing 11.45 Luge 12.15 Alpine Skiing 14.00 Live Nordic Combined Skiing 14.30 Ski Jumping 15.15 Live Biathlon 16.40 Wintersports Weekend 16.45 African Cup of Nations 17.00 -19.15 Live African Cup of Nations 20.20 Dakar Rally 20.30 -21.30 Live African Cup of Nations 21.45 Alpine Skiing 23.00 Dakar Rally 23.45 Wintersports Weekend 23.50 Justine Henin Special 0.00 Australian Open Tennis 1.00 Live Australian Open Tennis

Dhoom 2 Channel 4, 11.45pm

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 Bewitched 14.00 The NeverEnding Story III: The Escape from Fantasia 16.00 Passport Patrol 21.00 Nothing to Declare 22.00 Most Haunted 0.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1.00 Medium 2.00 Passport Patrol 4.50 Will & Grace 5.40 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

tv Monday

15-21 JANUARY 2010

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under 12.00 Britain’s Empty Homes 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 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 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 -23.35 BBC News 23.35 Britain’s Really Disgusting Food 0.35 Late Kick Off; Weatherview. 1.10 Sign Zone: Delia Through the Decades 1.40 Sign Zone: Great British Railway Journeys

7.00-10.00 Childrens Programms 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Tommy Zoom 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: Victorian Scotland. 12.20 Maths Channel 12.30 Literacy - Telling Stories 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Live Bowls 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17.30 Ready Steady Cook 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Great British Railway Journeys 20.00 A History of the World: Culture Show Special 21.00 University Challenge 21.30 Delia Through the Decades 22.00 The British Family 23.00 Nurse Jackie 23.30 Newsnight; Weather. 0.20 American Football 1.20 Bowls Extra 2.20 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 60 Minute Makeover 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; 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 On Deadly Ground 1.35 Take Me Out; ITV News Headlines. 2.25 Loose Women 3.15 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.10 ITV Nightscreen

7.10 The Hoobs 7.40 Big Brother’s Little Brother 8.35 Celebrity Big Brother 9.30 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.20 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.55 Deal or No Deal 11.40 According to Jim 12.10 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News Summary 13.05 The TV Book Club 13.35 Burgh Island: Checking Into History 13.50 Back to You 14.25 D-Day, The Sixth of June 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 17.55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.25 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 Celebrity Big Brother 22.00 Gordon’s Great Escape 23.20 Celebrity Big Brother 23.50 Slumdog Secret Millionaire 1.40 Jodhaa Akbar 5.20 Innocents in Paris

7.00-10.05 Childrens Programms 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 13.40 Five News 13.50 Megastructures 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visits 16.05 Murder at the Presidio 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Celebrity Quitters; Five News Update. 21.00 Police Interceptors; Five News at 9. 22.00 Paul Merton in Europe 23.00 Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1.25 Urban Legends 2.00 SuperCasino 5.05 Divine Designs 5.55 County Secrets 6.10 Neighbours 6.35 Home and Away

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Got to Dance 10.00 The Real A&E 11.00 Lion Man 11.30 It’s Me or the Dog USA 12.30 Sell Me the Answer 13.30 Project Runway 14.30 Models of the Runway 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 Lost 17.30 Malcolm in the Middle 18.00 Got to Dance 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Football’s Next Star 22.00 Road Wars 23.00 Golden Globes Highlights 0.00 Avatar: A New Dimension 0.30 Night Cops 1.30 Road Wars 3.25 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.20 Cold Case 5.15 Battlestar Galactica 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under 12.00 Britain’s Empty Homes 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: What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16.50 OOglies 17.05 Deadly 60; Street Monsters. 17.35 Blue Peter 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00-20.00 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 EastEnders; BBC News 21.00 Match of the Day Live 23.00-23.35 BBC News 23.35 Ali Abbas: Back to Baghdad 0.25 Film 2010 with Jonathan Ross 0.55-2.30 The Apprentice USA 2.30 Sign Zone: See Hear

7.00-10.00 Childrens Programms 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Tommy Zoom 10.45 Our Planet 10.55 Telly Tales 11.10 Waybuloo 11.30 In the Night Garden 12.00 Schools: BBC Primary Geography. 12.20 KS2 Science Clips 12.30 Telling Tales 12.40 Let’s Write a Story 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Live Bowls 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17.30 Ready Steady Cook 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Great British Railway Journeys 20.00 This World: Obama and Me 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 An Island Parish

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 60 Minute Makeover 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 and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 The Krypton Factor 21.00 Send in the Dogs 22.00 Piers Morgan On 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News 23.35 Doctors and Nurses at War 0.35 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime 1.30 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Emergency; ITV News Headlines. 2.25 Loose Women 3.10 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.05 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 Big Brother’s Little Brother 7.30 Celebrity Big Brother 9.00 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.30 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.25 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.55 Deal or No Deal 11.40 According to Jim 12.05 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 Back to You 13.30 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14.35 The Enemy Below 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 17.55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.25 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 How to Look Good Naked with a Difference 22.00 Gordon’s Great Escape 23.00 Celebrity Big Brother 0.15 The Big Bang Theory 0.40 8 Out of 10 Cats 1.10 Late Night Poker 2.10 Celebrity Big Brother 5.00 World Sport

7.00-10.05 Childrens Programms 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 13.40 Five News 13.50 Megastructures 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visits 16.00 A Cooler Climate 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Celebrity Quitters; 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 0.55 The FBI Files 1.55 SuperCasino 5.05 Divine Designs

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 UK Border Force 11.00 Lion Man 11.30 It’s Me or the Dog USA 12.30 Sell Me the Answer 13.30 Project Runway 14.30 Models of the Runway 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 Lost 17.30 Malcolm in the Middle 18.00 Futurama 19.00 Oops TV 20.00 The Simpsons 21.00 Stargate Universe 22.00 Stargate: Continuum 23.50 Justin Lee Collins: The Wrestler 0.50 UK Border Force 1.50 Night Cops 2.50 Road Wars 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Cold Case 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 12.00 Britain’s Empty Homes 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: What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16.50 OOglies 17.05 SMart; Street Monsters. 17.35 Blue Peter 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00-20.30 BBC News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 Match of the Day Live 23.00-23.35 BBC News 23.35 The National Lottery Draws 23.45 Norbit 1.25 Sign Zone: Antiques Roadshow 2.25 Sign Zone: Country Tracks 3.20 Sign Zone: The Truth About Crime

7.00-10.00 Childrens Programms 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Tommy Zoom 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 Lifeline 15.10 Live Bowls 16.45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17.30 Ready Steady Cook 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Great British Railway Journeys 20.00 Obama’s First Year: Reality Bites 20.30 James May at the Edge of Space 21.00 Natural World 22.00 Horizon: Pill Poppers 23.00 The Persuasionists 23.30 Newsnight; Weather. 0.20 QI 0.50 Nurse Jackie 1.20 Bowls Extra

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 60 Minute Makeover 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; Weather 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 The National Television Awards 23.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23.30 Granada News and Weather 23.35 The Pelican Brief 2.05 October Road; ITV News Headlines. 2.55 Loose Women 3.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show 4.35 ITV Nightscreen

7.00 The Hoobs 7.25 Big Brother’s Little Brother 7.50 Celebrity Big Brother 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond 9.25 Frasier 9.55 Will & Grace 10.25 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 10.55 Deal or No Deal 11.40 According to Jim 12.05 ER 13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 Back to You 13.30 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14.30 Guns at Batasi 16.25 Countdown 17.10 Deal or No Deal 17.55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.25 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 Relocation, Relocation 22.00 Gordon’s Great Escape 23.20 Celebrity Big Brother 0.35 My Daughter Amy 1.00 4Music: 360 Sessions 1.35 Celebrity Big Brother

7.00-10.05 Childrens Programms 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 13.40 Five News 13.50 Megastructures 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visits 16.05 Hard to Forget 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Celebrity Quitters; Five News Update. 21.00 Secrets of Egypt; Five News at 9. 22.00 NCIS 23.00 Numb3rs 0.00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 0.55 Poker 2.30 SuperCasino 5.05 Divine Designs 5.55 County Secrets 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 UK Border Force 11.00 Lion Man 11.30 It’s Me or the Dog USA 12.30 Sell Me the Answer 13.30 Project Runway 14.30 Models of the Runway 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 Lost 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 23.00 NCIS: Los Angeles 0.00 Fat Families 1.00 Songbook 2.00 Night Cops 2.50 Road Wars 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Cold Case 5.20 Battlestar Galactica 6.10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?

tv Tuesday

tv Wednesday

6.00 Live Australian Open Tennis 14.15 Australian Open Tennis 16.30 African Cup of Nations 16.45 Live African Cup of Nations 19.00 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Game, Set and Mats 19.40 Justine Henin Special 19.45 Bobsleigh 21.30 FIFA World Cup Giants 22.00 FIFA 2010 World Cup Preview 22.30 Eurogoals 23.15 Eurogoals: One to One 23.30 African Cup of Nations 0.30 Game, Set and Mats 0.55 Justine Henin Special 1.00 Live Australian Open Tennis


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 60 Minute Makeover 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 21.00 Crime Scene Investigation 22.00 America’s Next Top Model 0.00 Crime Scene Investigation 1.00 Medium 2.00 Criminal Minds 3.00 Crime Scene Investigation 4.00 Charmed 5.40 60 Minute Makeover

Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV1, 6pm

6.00 Live Australian Open Tennis 14.15 Australian Open Tennis 16.30 African Cup of Nations 16.45 Live African Cup of Nations 19.00 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Eurogoals Flash 19.25 Game, Set and Mats 19.55 Justine Henin Special 20.00 Planet Armstrong 20.05 Live Figure Skating 22.00 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 22.15 Dakar Rally 22.55 Australian Open Tennis 0.30 Game, Set and Mats 0.55 Justine Henin Special 1.00 Live Australian Open Tennis

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 60 Minute Makeover 14.00 Nothing to Declare 15.00 Criminal Minds 16.00 Ghost Whisperer 17.00 Charmed 19.00 America’s Next Top Model 22.00 Psychic Sally: On the Road 23.00 Yvette and Karl’s Festive Spirits 0.00 Medium 1.00 Supernatural 2.00 Criminal Minds 3.00 Trolley Dollies 4.00 Charmed 5.40 60 Minute Makeover

This World: Obama and Me BBC 2, 8pm

6.00 Live Australian Open Tennis 14.30 Live Biathlon 16.00 Live Rallying 17.00 Live African Cup of Nations 19.00 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Eurogoals Flash 19.25 Game, Set and Mats 19.55 Justine Henin Special 20.00 Planet Armstrong 20.05 Wednesday Selection 20.10 Show Jumping 21.05 Riders Club 21.10 US Tour Golf 22.10 Golf Club 22.15 Yacht Club 22.20 Wednesday Selection 22.30 Figure Skating 23.30 Biathlon 0.30 Game, Set and Mats 0.55 Justine Henin Special 1.00 Live Australian Open Tennis

Norbit BBC 1, 11.45pm

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 60 Minute Makeover 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 21.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1.00 Supernatural 2.00 Criminal Minds 3.00 Exposed: Lindsay Lohan 4.00 Charmed 5.40 60 Minute Makeover

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7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Wanted Down Under; BBC News; Weather. 12.00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12.30 Cash in the Attic; BBC News; Weather. 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.30 Regional News; Weather 14.45 Doctors 15.15 Murder, She Wrote 16.00 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16.05 CBeebies: Big & Small. 16.15 Grandpa in My Pocket 16.30 CBBC: What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16.50 OOglies 17.05 Gastronuts 17.35 Relic: Guardians of the Museum 18.00 Newsround 18.15 Weakest Link 19.00 BBC News; Weather 19.30 Regional News 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 23.35 Question Time 0.35 This Week; Skiing Weatherview. 1.25 Sign Zone: Panorama 1.55 Sign Zone: Countryfile 2.50 Sign Zone: Great British Railway Journeys 3.20 Sign Zone: Horizon: Why Do Viruses Kill? 4.20 Sign Zone: Natural World 5.20 Sign Zone: The Rat Pack

7.00 CBeebies: Big Cook Little Cook. 7.20 Clifford 7.35 Brum 7.45 Louie 7.55 Pingu 8.00 CBBC: Tronji. 8.25 Newsround 8.30 Deadly 60 9.00 League of Super Evil; Street Monsters. 9.15 Arthur 9.30 CBeebies: Wibbly Pig. 9.40 Get Squiggling 10.00 Louie 10.10 Finley the Fire Engine 10.25 Lunar Jim 10.35 Tommy Zoom 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 Primary Literacy 13.00 Daily Politics 13.30 Working Lunch 14.00 Live Bowls 16.00 Diagnosis Murder 16.45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17.30 Ready Steady Cook 18.15 Escape to the Country 19.00 Eggheads 19.30 Great British Railway Journeys 20.00 The Culture Show 21.00 Jimmy’s Global Harvest 22.00 Mock the Week 22.30 Rab C Nesbitt 23.00 Bellamy’s People 23.30 Newsnight; Weather 0.20 The Culture Show 1.20 Bowls Extra 2.20 BBC News

7.00 GMTV

7.00 The Hoobs

10.25 The Jeremy Kyle

7.25 Big Brother’s Little



11.30 This Morning

7.50 Celebrity Big Brother

13.30 Loose Women

8.55 Everybody Loves

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9.25 Frasier

14.55 Granada News

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16.00 Dickinson’s Real

10.55 Deal or No Deal


11.40 According to Jim

16.59 Granada Weather

12.05 ER

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13.00 Channel 4 News 13.05 Science Scams 13.15 A Place in the Sun:

Titchmarsh Show 19.00 Granada Reports 19.30 ITV News and

Home or Away 14.20 Sands of Iwo Jima 16.25 Countdown


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20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Can You Save a Grand in a Day? Tonight 21.00 Emmerdale 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 The Bill 23.00 ITV News at Ten 23.30 Granada News 23.35 Real Crime with

17.55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 18.25 Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 My Dream Farm 22.00 The Slumdog Children of Mumbai

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0.35 The Krypton Factor

0.10 The World’s Biggest

1.05 Nightwatch with

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Steve Scott: Crime; ITV

1.10 Ashes to Diamonds

News Headlines.

1.45 Celebrity Big

2.00 Loose Women

Brother: Live

2.50 The Jeremy Kyle

4.55 St Elsewhere


5.40 Countdown

3.45 ITV Nightscreen

6.25 The Treacle People

Dave Berry to Perform in the Costa Blanca


ritish Rock ‘n’ Roll has had many memorable figures over the years and Dave Berry is one of them. Forty years on, he is still performing to full houses all over the UK and in Europe and next week he is coming to the Costa Blanca. Originally from Sheffield, Dave was influenced by the likes of Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent and this helped him to develop his own unique style and presentation. After forming his band, ‘The Cruisers’ in 1960, Dave and band soon became the ‘must see’ band in the clubs of Sheffield. This eventually attracted the attention of producers Mickie Most and Mike Smith at Decca Records. In 1963 Dave and the band had a top twenty hit with their first record and in 1964, ‘The Crying

7.00 - 9.40 Childrems progamms 9.40 The WotWots 9.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 9.55 Rupert Bear 10.05 Milkshake! Music Box 10.15 The Wright Stuff 11.45 Trisha Goddard 12.45 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 13.40 Five News 13.50 Megastructures 14.45 Neighbours 15.15 Home and Away 15.50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visits 16.10 The Last Trimester 18.00 Five News with Natasha Kaplinsky; Weather 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 Home and Away 19.25 Live from Studio Five 20.30 Celebrity Quitters; 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 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder 1.05 SuperCasino 5.05 Divine Designs 5.55 County Secrets 6.10 Neighbours

7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 9.00 Oops TV 10.00 UK Border Force 11.00 Lion Man 11.30 It’s Me or the Dog USA 12.30 Sell Me the Answer 13.30 Project Runway 14.30 Models of the Runway 15.00 Angela and Friends 16.30 Lost 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 Simpsons - Access All Areas 22.00 Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza 23.00 Bones 0.00 Fat Families 1.00 Road Wars 2.00 Night Cops 2.50 Road Wars 3.40 Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.30 Cold Case 5.20 Battlestar Galactica

6.00 Live Australian Open Tennis 14.30 Live Biathlon 16.00 Live Rallying 17.00 Live African Cup of Nations 19.00 African Cup of Nations 19.15 Eurogoals Flash 19.25 Game, Set and Mats 19.55 Justine Henin Special 20.00 Planet Armstrong 20.05 Ski Jumping 20.50 Live Figure Skating 22.00 Figure Skating 23.45 Rallying 0.15 African Cup of Nations 0.30 Game, Set and Mats 0.55 Justine Henin Special

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 60 Minute Makeover 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 21.00 Medium 22.00 CSI: Miami 23.00 Grey’s Anatomy 0.00 Crime Scene Investigation 1.00 Supernatural 2.00 Criminal Minds 3.00 Trolley Dollies 4.00 Charmed 5.40 60 Minute Makeover

Suduko Answer

Crossword Answers 534

Cryptic solutions Across: 6 Morning; 7 Pluck; 9 Rigid; 10 Dormant; 12 Downtrodden; 14 Flat-dweller; 18 Milkman; 19 Admit; 21 Means; 22 Current. Down: 1 Toxic; 2 Indigo; 3 One; 4 Plumed; 5 Scanned; 8 Corrals; 11 Snowman; 13 Plaited; 15 Taking; 16 Endure; 17 Lions; 20 Mug. Quick solutions Across: 6 Greatly; 7 Start; 9 Piety; 10 Arrival; 12 Provocation; 14 Incredulity; 18 Clarity; 19 Droll; 21 Adult; 22 Succour. Down: 1 Trait; 2 Halter; 3 Ale; 4 Strict; 5 Creator; 8 Trickle; 11 Avidity; 13 Include; 15 Rarely; 16 Thrice; 17 Flout; 20 Hue.

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U3A Moraira-Teulada General Meeting Monday 1st February 2010 The venue for this meeting is Salon de Banquettes, Avenida Mediteraneo, Teulada. The meeting will start at 10.30. The doors will open to Members at 09.45: new members are welcome. The speaker will be Mauricio Sandini. A specialist in back care, he will give a talk on the ‘dos and don’ts’ of how to look after your back. For further information, please contact the U3A President, Ann Colclough on 965 747 343.

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WITH ALL the will in the World we cannot forget the date of December 21st 2012. A day in which we are told the World will change, and never ever look, or be, the same. All across myriad religions there are the prophecies of World disaster. Even NASA has apologised for not reporting the extent of damage predicted by solar flares from the Sun which are timetabled to bring destruction and chaos around the time. Nostradamus saw destruction on a grand scale as a vision, and the Mayan calendar stops counting in December. Messages are being sent from the Pleiades in their regular broadcasts to Earth, and the Spiritual Leaders of now are working towards that day, seeing it as the end of an era in the Spiritual World. Once you change something, you can never really ever create it again. The piecing together of the actions of the past do not generally bring a new tomorrow, and from what can be salvaged will emerge the future of a New World. When we look back we will see that all the writing was on the wall all the time and that we, mostly out of fear, decided to put it well and truly out of our minds. True survival teaches us to be true to our feelings and allows us to open to that which may come along to make our journey more intense, focussed and serves to make us even more determined in the


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process. If fear enters this equation then we are to be the losers in whatever happens in 2012. When I was a young man and came to live in London in the 1960’s there used to be a strange man who would parade up and down in Oxford Street. He warned us all that our inner passions came from eating too much protein, and that sitting was bad for you. A grubby man, wearing a shabby mackintosh, with horned rimmed glasses he also carried a postscript, clearly visible on the board he strapped always behind him, THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH! It fascinated me that he always seemed to be there. He was a man with a mission, and he abstained from eating peas, beans and lentils. As for the end of the World, well nothing happened! The predictions for December 21st 2012 are unique because they are connected across World religions and sects. Do check out also any worries. The shattering of the Earth’s core, fanned by the solar winds and illuminated by interstellar destruction should be the biggest show on what will be left of the Earth. It will beat any firework display ever seen and wipe out electricity all across the World at the same time, temporarily. Goodbye Internet. This leaves me to make a Spiritual connection with all this. If we know what we are up against then our faith

Kenny’s diary

Nostradamus had a vision of grand destruction in 2012

will bring survival, our belief comfort and our refusal to connect with fear will see us through. In the meantime make those changes, make up for lost time and see yourself as you want to be seen, no matter what, no matter when. In the end your wishes and desires will have been fulfilled, and your destiny will lead you to the unchartered depths of a New World Order; whatever that means. If you are semi aware now it is your duty to be fully aware and take control hand in hand with Spirit at your side. This you can do, will you?

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

MAKE WEDNESDAY 20th January a date for your diary. Kenny invites you to afternoon tea at the Bistro Maya in Albir, with a serving of Spirit amongst the cucumber sandwiches. There will be mini readings available, and Kenny will be working together with several other lightworkers, healers and psychics to make this a wonderful time to meet others and maybe to make that spiritual connection All are welcome. Free parking is available close by. The Bistro Maya is in Avenida Albir, next to the BBVA bank. Call 96 686 8213 for info.


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I suffer from disturbing dreams, and I wonder if you can help me. I get a re occurring dream in which I am locked inside a house and cannot escape. I can see the outside and the sun is shining, but inside the house it is always dark and cold. I want to break out and run away, but something stops me! Alison F This dream shows a need to escape from the pressures of your current life. You can see what the alternatives are, but they are withheld and so form the prison of your confinement inside the dark house. The important issue here is to go for resolve. Break a window, force a door open or open a window. In dreams such as these you are probably feeling powerless, not surprising given the spooky setting of your nightmare. Take control and change the dream around, see yourself as powerful and able to break away, then do so. The dream will never repeat again if you can do this!

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MONSTER AS A writer of the true crime genre, I often get knocked in reviews for the macabre content of my copy. I make no excuses for that – true crime by its very nature deals with the cruel and obscene side of human nature. I expect author Allan Hall suffers the same experience. Hall is a Berlin-based foreign correspondent for various publications around the world and is the author of twenty books on crime and history. As such, he was ideally placed to follow a story that shocked the western world and had all the ingredients of pseudo Nazism, sadism, and perverted sexual lust in a country that has hidden its political philosophy from the world since it became a willing acolyte of Germany in the Anschluss of World War II. The country is Austria and the monster of the tale is Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter away from the light of day in a cellar beneath his garden for 24 years and incestuously fathered seven children, one of whom died within a few months of birth and whose tiny corpse was callously burned in a cellar furnace, in an action that aped the past actions of the Nazi thugs of Hitler’s nearby defunct Mauthausen concentration camp.

Fritzl the monster is now locked up for life in a psychiatric unit and given all the comforts of civilisation that he denied his wayward daughter Elizabeth. For Elizabeth was wayward. Although she entered the Amstetten cellar having known no man except her depraved father who had raped her incessantly since her eleventh birthday, Elizabeth had sought escape from the misery of her home and her father’s depraved behaviour by repeatedly running off with friends and sleeping rough before being returned to her father, by police who couldn’t be bothered to question the motives for her behaviour. Fritzl, we discover, was also a convicted rapist and is even today suspected of at least two murders of young women in the area where he lived and kept his daughter and her children captive. Part of the story is known to us through the press but Alan Hall has dug deeper, to expose Fritzl’s warped cunning in presenting three of his cellar brood to his docile wife as Elizabeth’s children, dumped on their doorstep after she had run off to a religious sect. The fact that Austrian police couldn’t trace the fictitious sect in a country the size of a postage stamp says a lot for Austrian attitudes to patriarchal rights even today. Monster is not a pleasant book. The detail is often unpleasant and I was moved to read it only for research on a book I am currently writing on Crimes That Shocked the World but I was amazed at the hidden detail of the case that Hall has unearthed – yes, I’m

horoscopes by Kenny Corris Book Review by

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sure there’s a pun there somewhere but it’s not intentional. How could a man past his prime excavate nearly 200 tons of earth from beneath his property without raising suspicion? Why should a convicted rapist not be questioned by local police when he spreads the word that his attractive 17-yearold daughter has run off to join a religious sect that no one has ever heard of? Did no one question the wheelbarrow loads of food, cleaning products and nappies – at one time there were seven souls living below ground – he regularly trundled down to the cellar? Why, in short, was Fritzl ever believed by anyone, including his wife? All the answers are here and I’m glad I took the time to read this horror story and learn a little more of the depravities of life that surround us. Sometimes it is worth the effort to put aside the rose tinted spectacles through which we so often view life and take a peep at reality. We must know of monsters in order that they should not exist in our society. Read the book. Author: Allan Hall Publisher: Penguin (paperback) Price: €9.45 ISBN: 978 0 141 03970 1 All the featured books are available off the shelf or by mail order from Librería Europa, Calle Oscar Esplá 2, 03710 Calpe. Tel: 96 583 58 24; e-mail: libreria.europa.calpe Take along or send this review for a discount of 5% on your purchases.

The annular Solar Eclipse starts this forthcoming weekend with a bang, as someone lets the cat out of the bag, and major shifts are hallmarked for the not too distant future. There is a real chance that the shake up due will clear away a lot of debris, since it certainly will wipe the slate clean, and put you right back where you need to be, and ready to face the vigour and the necessity of carving out a new future better suited to your current wants and needs. Your planetary leader, Venus touches base with Capricorn this week and is in line for some skilful manoeuvres as major influences are charged and more positive energies flood into the scheme of things. There will be a marked improvement in one direction that brings you good results and highlights progress on all levels, but when it comes to emotional decisions err on the side of caution and make sure your final decision is right for all involved. The end of retrograde sees Mercury back on track, and, for you a chance to use your inimitable skills to achieve a balance in the third house of justice and priority. Using the weekend as a time to recharge, leave all that you have to focus on until midweek when Jupiter hits Pisces, and the coast will be clear. A time of changes includes the right to change your mind over something that you were previously so sure of but know now must be certain. This week actions of Mercury bring clarity to a plan soon to be implemented, but which must still remain on hold for a little while longer. Whilst this does test your patience it also serves to strengthen your reserve, as you are about to be judged for your actions, and could see an alternative plan in operation. Midweek a friend steps in to support you and helps to back you all the way, ensuring that you are right on line to ring those changes. With Mars resident there is a need to get it right this week, and it’s a great time to do so because you can send out a far more powerful and wider reaching message when and where it is needed. With love in your heart there is much on your mind right now, as emotions see you so close to embracing the love that you currently need, though you appear to be so afraid to make the next move, and this vital next stage demands your commitment. Actions with Jupiter see you in line for some wonderful changes, as the unexpected brings with it some twists of fate to your regular routine, and a chance to make hay while the sun shines. Planetary influences pave the way to good fortune and lucky chances as serendipity colours your week and brings surprises all along the way. In positive mood things are shaping up, and now is your chance to make your move in the right direction. The Saturn retrograde of last week continues to set a precedent that will be hard to follow. Though you were shell shocked for a few days, now the time is right to set your standards and to implement a subtle plan for all concerned. There is a need to be heard, and to be determined until you get just what it is you deserve right now, once and for all. You are aiming to make a difference, and you have to start somewhere, why not right now? When the going gets tough, and it will this week, then the tough will get going, and the appropriate actions of faithful but warring Mars will serve to see you through. After a slow start to this year now is the time to catch up, so aim high! Others may try to put you off, but their negativity actually has the opposite effect and serves to make you pull out all the stops. You never know what you can do until you try, and here’s your chance to show them. Jupiter enters Pisces, adding something rather brooding and mysterious into your agenda. This could be the start of something rather wonderful, something different and something very new. Enjoy the uncertainty of a situation, and milk it for all it is worth, this week allows you the luxury of finally seeing things from more than one angle. As fire and passion lead you into temptation you know what you want, and who’s going with you. Mercury’s change of direction, and the veering into retrograde means there is a lot of planetary action in the tenth house and this acts as a catalyst for future ventures and showcases your talents to those who need to be influenced. Whilst a corner forms it is best to leave anything important until after this weekend, when you will be in pole position to make a meal out of something that begs your attention and devotion to ensure a success. The end of this week heralds the entry of both the Sun and Venus, Goddess of Love; bringing love light and happiness, and it’s about time too. After such recent disappointments and changes to plans now it is time for you, and may mean some serious action regarding a future plan which will be re designed to be the very best for all concerned. With the dawning of the Aquarian energy and love in your heart anything and everything is possible. Jupiter enters at the end of what will be a very busy week, with some pressures in all directions, and some resolve where needed. Residing in the twelfth house until June, Jupiter will slowly bring love, luck, and energy into your life, helping you to reach new horizons, and to embrace the changes that you know that you have to work with to achieve new heights of success. With luck and fortune smiling a blessing you can’t go wrong!

if it’s your birthday this week... Enjoy making a difference as you so rightly stick to your guns; and allow your positive actions to motivate others, since they are a part of the new changes you will have to make.





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Costa Blanca North Alcoholics Anonymous Tel: C/Blanca North 648169045. C/Blanca South 625912078 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 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. www.worldshipsociety. org 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 Albir Grd fl Apts 21, Av Oscar Espla Albir. 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. info@klein-schreuder. com 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.

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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. www.costablanca- 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@ 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: Wyn 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 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 Mon-Sat 10-1pm Av de la Fontana, Javea. Tel: 966460803/ 653630413. UFO Discussion/Research Grp Javea Tel: Jeanine (Pres) 658957102

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kitchen and shower. Seperatre sun terrace. Recently reformed and fully furnished. 450€ p.m. OR 135,000€ for quick sale. Tel: 609-177-032. PROPERTIES REQUIRED for holiday lets in Javea area. Free advertising & professional photography 697-432-226 www.

LA FLORIDA Large one bedroom apartment, fully furnished, aircon, glazed in balcony with nice views, south-west facing, off road parking, close to all amenities. 62.700 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, PLAYA FLAMENCA Detached villa on 350² corner plot, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge, a/c, fire place, furnished, conservatory, storage, solarium, garage. 226.900 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, PUNTA PRIMA Penthouse apartment, private solarium, 2 bedrooms, storage rooms, furnished, balcony with sea views, community pool, quiet area, walking distance to the beach. 82.000 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, VILLAMARTIN Detached house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 terraces, furnished, a/c, storage, central heating, sea views, conservatory, sunny side, parking, community pool. 156.600 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, LA ZENIA BEACH Furnished apartment, 80 m² living area, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, balcony with lovely sea view, terrace overlooking green area, 3 min walk from the beach. 119.600 Euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, CABO ROIG BEACH Top floor apartment, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a/c, fire place, balcony, sunny side, storage room, new windows, off road parking, 20m² garden. 103.000 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, VILLAMARTIN Terraced house, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, large kitchen, a/c, terrace, front and back garden, solarium, storage room, quiet area, close to all amenities. 79.000 euro Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985,

8-14 JANUARY 2010 PLAYA FLAMENCA Corner house, 2 bedrooms, furnished, a/c, garden, patio, storage room, terrace, solarium, community pool, close to amenities & beach. ONLY 97.900 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, LA ZENIA Penthouse duplex, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fire place, 40m² living room, furnished, garden, off road parking, close to the beach, community pool. 107.000 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, MIL PALMERAS BEACH Front line apartment, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, fully furnished, heating, conservatory, elevator, roof terrace, balcony with splendid sea views. 144.700 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, LA ZENIA Detached villa, 400m² plot, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining room, fire place, furnished, nice garden, large storage room and garage, pool possible. 176.000 euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, WE ARE LOOKING FOR RESALE PROPERTIES On the orihuela costa. If you want to sell yours, please contact us. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985 MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL Luxury Villa, 5 bedr., 5 bathr., fire place, furnished, terraces, garden, garage, security guard, sea views, priv. pool, etc. 1.450.000 Euro Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, TORREVIEJA 2 bed, 1 bath light and airy corner apartment close to all amenities. Good layout, lounge/diner with balcony overlooking comm pool, american kitchen, fully furnished, lift, communal roof solarium. €84,450 Call Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. PUNTA PRIMA APARTMENT with 2 beds, 1 bath. Secure property with intercom system and lift. 2 balconies, fully furnished, separate kitchen, communal pool, option to buy garages. €84,500 Call Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. MONTEBELLO 3 bed, 2 bath Quad House situated in a quiet road close to local amenities. Good size lounge, a separate raised dining area, and a separate fully equipped kitchen leading to a utility room. The master bedroom benefits from its own private terrace. The property comes

fully furnished and has a private garden, off-road parking and a communal pool.€122,500. Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. TERRACE HOUSE IN ROCAJUNA bed, 2 bath property in a secure, gated urbanisation with the front of the house over-looking the large communal pool. Good size lounge/ dining area with a built in fireplace, fully fitted separate kitchen and a ground floor shower room. 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom on the 1st floor, master bed with private balcony. Large 3rd bedroom on the top floor with a glazed balcony, ideal for an extra sitting room or a study. €117,400 Call Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. STUNNING DETACHED VILLA in Lake View Mansions, San Miguel de Salinas. Good sized bright and airy lounge with built in fireplace, spacious separate dining area and fully fitted separate kitchen.. Very well furnished and decorated and is sold as seen. Large master bedroom with en suite, 2 further bedrooms and family bathroom. Private pool, garage, terraces and a roof solarium with fantastic views. Lovely villa in a beautiful location. €202,000 Call Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. TORREBLANCA La Mata top floor apartment/ bungalow. 1 Bed, 1 bath, sun room, new fitted american kitchen. Balcony off bedroom with beautiful sea views, use of 2 communal pools. This is an ideal holiday retreat at a bargain price of €64,450. Phone Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. LARGE DETACHED VILLA IN BLUE LAGOON San Miguel de Salinas. 400sqm plot walled and gated all the way around. Separate light and airy dining room with a beamed ceiling, large lounge and good sized separate kitchen. On this floor there are 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. The villa is decorated to a high standard and has marble heating, air con, alarm and sat TV. Downstairs are 2 further large bedrooms which have independent access; however the under build can easily be connected internally if required. Beautifully landscaped garden with extensive terraced areas and a large roof solarium with lovely views, garage and a hot tub! Close to

all amenities. €256,000. Phone Price Crash Property on 628 932 137. NEED TO SELL NOW? If your property is in the Orihuela Costa then Price Crash Property want to hear from you. Contact 628-932-137. WANTED RESALE PROPERTIES In Orihuela Costa that are priced to sell, phone Price Crash Property on 628-932-137.


Busy Walking Street in Benidorm In the Middle of the Hotel and Apartment complexes. Regular clientelle as well as holiday and passing trade

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 SPACE IN VAN TO UK Leaving end of January, 11.5 cu mtrs space to UK/ Europe. 962-135-749. Mob 689-925-522 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: 610846-260 or 0044-7519186-355 email MEN IN TRUCKS Local and International moves. Professional, reliable service. Call 966-788-023 or 639-008-117

SERVICE AIR David Higton: (Tel) 966-865883 (Mob) 629-308-505 (Email) AIR-CONDITIONING supplied/ fitted services and repaired, by Engineers with 15 years experience. All work guaranteed. Free quote. K&M’s. Calpe. Shop: 965-874-838. Mob: 636-119-648 EXCEL AIRCONDITIONING See main ad on page 27. Tel/Fax (Head Office) 966-897-772. Mobiles: 680-154432/676-265-675. Email: excelairconditioning@ All credit/ debit cards accepted.

LOCKEDOUT LOCKSMITH 24h Emergency Service. Houses & Cars Opened. Locks changed or Upgraded. Call Dan 965888-418/ 657-890-830

Sale due to husband´s work commitments.


for Goodwill, Fixtures and fittings. Very Low Rent just 600€/month

Tlf: 664-093-851 LOCALE FOR RENT Main Road position on N332 in Gata de Gorgos, comprising of small kitchen,toilet & shower, 140sqmt locale.300euros pcm Tel 96 575 7036 / 628499448 PINE FURNITURE ge stock of flat packed pine furniture from Denmark for sale ( Crazy price) Ideal stock for Furniture shop,Rastro or Market Trader. Tel 96 575 7036 / 628499448 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ON THE COSTA BLANCA (NORTH) Currently operating as a small B & B accommodation. Delightful 9 bedroom Spanish Villa. Built to a very high standard. Has the potential for other uses. Spa Centre,Care Facility etc. Property incorporates large pool and tennis court. Opportunity not to be missed. Tel. 96 575 7036 / 628499448

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

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: 686513-510. Denia - Alcante.

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 00441209-843-971 GRAHAM’S TRANSPORT 24/7 Deliveries, Collection. Spain- UK- Spain or

BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers secondary/ primary tuition. English/ Mathematics. Tel: Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965-350-516/ 616-660-687

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 info@ SKY FREE TO VIEW Small dish & mesh upgrades, yes back on 90€. BBC, ITV, CH4 & lots more. Also installations/ repairs. 10 years. Torrevieja. 679-876-926 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. Www. 965-852-251/ 965-866999/ 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


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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@ pristineswimmingpools. com www. pristineswimmingpools. com

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Now with video highlights included as standard. Contact Steve 966-470163/662-570-702.

PROBLEM GARDENS We undertake all garden work, from general maintenance to mambrane and gravel. Tel: 626-918-833.

WELD IT RITE Mobile welding/ repair service, Metal carpentry/ Fabrication projects. Time served & quallified. tel: 966-490-338 Mobile 638-479-467 Email (Moraira based) QUALIFIED CARER OFFERING SERVICES from Torrevieja to Villamartin. Hospital aftercare, Home care, Terminal illnesses, Domestic assistance. Competitive rates. Contact Nicolla 650-783-046 ENGLISH HANDYMAN AVAILABLE for plumbing, roller shutter blind repairs, odd jobs. Torrevieja area. Tel: 646-236-291 REPAIRS TO WASHERS fridges/freezers, dishwashers, cookers. etc. All work guaranteed. K&M’s. Calpe. Shop: 965-874-838. Mob: 636-119-648

RHD CARS Good selection of RHD vehicles for sale or exchange 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 MERCEDES CLK 270 CDI sport coupe, auto tiptronic 2006, avantgarde, 1 owner, 30,000 KMS, FMSH. This car is stunning, has full grey leather vented interior, climate, multi spoke alloys, multi CD, cruise control and much more. Finished in met. Silver. Must be seen. 25,750€. 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 LOOKING FOR A CHEAP RUNAROUND www. MERCEDES CLK CABRIOLET 200 kompressor, 2001, auto, tiptronic, 2 owners, 55,000 kms, FMSH. This car is stunning finished in Met. Olive Green with matching power hood, full charcoal grey leather, climate, multi CD, cruise control, electric seats, rear winshield and much more. First to see will buy. 16,750€. 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 VW GOLF NEW SHAPE 1.9TDI auto, tiptronic plus, 5 door, 2007, 1 owner, FVWSH, climate, alloys, multi CD and much more. Showroom condition finished in red. 13,450€. 600-726-221/ 965-687-976 www. FREE INSURANCE on selected vehicle.

NISSAN NAVARA 2.5 turbo diesel, twin cab 2007, 1 owner, 33,000kms, FNSH, climate, alloys, multi CD, showroom condition, finished in Met. Black. 16.450€. 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€. 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€ 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€ PORSCHE CAYMAN S 2006 22000km, black, as new Spanish LHD 39995€ 965 368 274

PEUGEOT 307 SW 2005 2Ltr HDI estate Silver Spanish LHD Excellent condition throughout 8995€ www.venuscars. com. 965368274 CITROEN XSARA PICASSO UK RHD 2001 Silver 2Ltr HDI Diesel One owner from new FSH 4995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 YAMAHA MAJESTIC 2004 250CC Champagne 2500€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 DERBI GPR 125CC, 2005 Red, 2500€ 965 368 274 SEAT IBIZA SPORT 2007 Spanish LHD, red, 1.6 petrol 105 BHP air con, elec windows,low klms 9495€ 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€ 965 368 274

BMW 320 I 170 BHP, Spanish, LHD, Petrol, 2001, silver, alloy wheels , central locking, air con, very good condition. FSH 10495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 DAEWOO MATIZ 2004 , Spanish LHD, Turquoise, 800cc, petrol, FSH, one owner from new, low Klms, 4495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA DLX, 2004 Spanish LHD, silver , 2 ltr petrol, automatic, FSH, one owner, climate control, this is a rare automatic in excellent condition throughout. 9995€ 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€ 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS TDCI, 1.8 Ltr Diesel, 2004 RHD, Spanish plates, Ltd edition Edge, Gun metal gray metallic, 3 door hatch, air con, alloy wheels, remote


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locking, electric windows, one owner, FSH, only 30000 miles 4995€ 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€ 965 368 274 CITROEN C4 GRAND PICASSO 2006, 1.6 Ltr Diesel Automatic, Graphite, Spanish LHD, FSH, Excellent condition throughout 13995€ 965 368 274 SUZUKI JIMNY 4X4, 2002 1.3 Ltr petrol, Silver Spanish LHD, removable hardtop, excellent condition throughout. Great economical 4X4. 5495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 PEUGEOT 106 1.1 1999, white, 3 door, A/C, ideal little runaround, 1200€, Moraira area. Tel: 966495-761 or 609-752-930 CARS WANTED cars/ vans bought and sold, uk or spanish upto 3000€ cash today 678-808-837 SEAT CORDOBA 2006 Spanish LHD, silver, 1.4 petrol, air con, electric windows, low kms, 5200€. Tel 691-747-030 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 605-669388/ 680-665-883 SPANISH NUMBER PLATES Contact Graham (over 500 vehicles successfully re-registered) for reregistration and transfers. spanishnumberplates@ Tel: 966-753-375/ 605-319-889 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.

MOBILE HOME ALBATERA 2 bed, 1 bath, outside living space, summer house, garden, front, rear. 26,000€. 622-258-072 CARAVELAIR TOURER 15 MONTHS OLD As new, used twice. End double bedroom. Many extras. 7,900€. Tel: 666-718-276. BAILEY SENATOR WYOMING SERIES 6 2007 twin axle caravan with movers, air con, immaculate condition today´s price £20,000. £13,500 sterling or Euro equivalent, telephone 661 682 863. MOBILE HOME FOR SALE located on the Mar Menor, fully equipped. Tel: 630-055-418 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Never used, A/C, C/H, D/G, on new site between Pinoso and Fortuna, ready to move into. No hidden taxes. 38,000€ ono for quick sale. 606-687-461. MOBILE HOME PLOTS AVAILABLE IN PINOSO Fantastic mountain views, large swimming pool, 10 minutes to Fortuna Hot Springs, 25 minutes to Nueva Condomina. Plot size 200 sqm. Tel: 620-761-643.

PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR BOAT MOORING? Fully Insured, undercover storage. Good rates. Transport and maintenance service available. Just off AP7 J730. Espaneura Boat Store. Tel 965-723-655

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. Adhoc 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 YEARS EXPERIENCE Works to very high standard. Looking for employment. contact Stewart 634-320-963 BOOK KEEPER/ SALES ADMINISTRATOR required for a busy sales office located in Benitachell. Millie Munro Services now have a vacancy for a full time Book Keeper with administration skills. The position will be full time and a contract offered after the initial trial period. You must be able to demonstrate good book keeping skills to include petty cash and incomes/outgoings etc. to prepare for the Gestoria. The book keeping side is around a quarter of the job, the rest is in sales administration. You should therefore be computer literate with knowledge in using Word, Outlook,

Access databases and Excel spreadsheets. Non Smoking and of smart appearance with good telephone manner. Fluent in both Spanish and English (verbal and written). Please send your hand written application together with your up to date C.V. to:Rosemary Ellis, Office Manager, Millie Munro Services, Avda. Lepanto 6, Benitachell, 03726, Alicante.... (NB: Previous applicants need not apply) 966-493-082 AVON AGENTS AND LEADERS NEEDED be your own boss. Phone Rosh for info. 966-785-520

Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant at La Zenia roundabout: TUITION, Beginners Wednesday 8pm -10pm; Beginners class Thursday11.30am1.30pm; Intermediates Friday 11am-1pm. Tel: Andrea or Brian 616-478-157 BALLROOM/ LATIN/ SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. Asturias Restaurant, N332, next to Go Karts, SOCIAL DANCE: Monday 8pm10.30pm; BEGINNERS CLASS: Thursday 10.30am - 12.30m. Also at the Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant at La Zenia roundabout, TUITION: Beginners

Wednesday 8pm - 10pm; Intermediates Friday 11am- 1pm. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616-478-157 DATEMED.ES Great new online dating site for English speaking people on the Costa Blanca. Free full memberships - Join Now!

Agents Wanted to work with national mortgage/credit broker to launch new exciting product Huge earnings potential Marketing and support package Tel now

696 421 199 or reply to

COYS RENT-A-CAR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR We are currently seeking someone to work in our very

DATEMED.ES Great new online dating site for English speaking people on the Costa Blanca. Free full memberships - Join Now! 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 10.30am12.30pm. Also at the

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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THE WEATHER MAY HAVE COOLED but Tanya is still hot! All inclusive 40€. Tel: 626-324-088 GORGEOUS ENGLISH 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. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118 DANI 23, SWEET GERMAN GIRL Offers erotic service. House and Hotel visits or in my apartment. 650-104-534 Torrevieja area. NAUGHTY JAPANESE HOUSEWIFE age 24 alone or together with my English husband for DP and SR. Role play, humiliation and punishment also available. Torrevieja, call Saki 687-891-139 CHARMING BI-SEXUAL MALE 50 and my beautiful 25 year old girlfriend, both British, offer erotic massage and more, we also have other girlfriends who you may visit either alone or together. In addition we have a selection of home made DVDs for collection or by post. Very discreet private villa near Torrevieja, call Steve 697-892-969 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 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 TORREVIEJA CENTRE Calle Radio Murcia 27, 2-8, Chinese lady, 20 years old, natural French massage and more. Complete service. 24 hours. Tel: 658-172-337 TORREVIEJA, ALICANTE Brazilian, loving, sexy lady, silk hands. Best massage, relax- erotic. Escort service. 664-664-390 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. CHINESE. SUPER SEXY GIRL! Young and beautiful. Torrevieja, Calle San Pacual Nº 251 -3ªA. SOPHISTICATED EUROPEAN Beautiful body, English speaking, intelligent and open minded, enjoys giving you great pleasure. Playa Flamenca near Flamenca beach C.C. 600-784-461 JAVEA, MORAIRA East European lady, super erotic massage and more. 661-034-261 Hotel & Home visits

Email: website:

K9 CLUB 676 447 682

P.E.P.A 650 304 746

This pure bread Boxer is living with a Spanish family and he has been well looked after. They have recently moved house and he is too big to stay there. His name is Zarpas

Blaze is small to medium sized nice natured dog. She walks well on the lead and a bonus is that she is good with cats. Her foster carers say she would make a delightful relaxed companion. Blaze is health vaccinated

Noahs Arc

Contact 699 352 818,

PAWS 646 645 035

M.A.R.A Annette 660 251 624,or Susana 685 311 599

Sonny and Cher are about 1 year old,very lovable and love to play, we would like to rehome them together but will separate.

Animal Aid Linda 96 572 5794

SOLO GUITARIST/ VOCALIST seeks work, blues & Country. In bars etc. No set price. Pay what you can afford. Tel: Charlie 691-622-804

Monty a small and pretty male terrier 36 cms high. Very affectionate, energetic

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 NEW PROFESSIONAL MODELLING COURSE starts February 6th 2010 in Javea, aged 14 +, males & females. Limited places available. Also looking for new models, dancers, actors & lookalikes of all ages. Alicante School of Modelling and Model & Actors Agency. www. (formally PH Models) call 96649 33 70, 619 733 198 or email 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.

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.

and playful. Walks in the countryside off lead and never goes far away. A.P.A.H. Natasha 616 210 850

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

S.A.T. 966 710 047

Cookie and Cream are two beautiful little siamese boys of around 12 weeks old. They are looking for a home together, if possible, as Cream is very nervous without his brother.

Joe the Catman 96 671 9272

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 .


Sophie is a lovely little girl who is only a few weeks old. She was found abandoned & she now desperately needs a new permanent or foster home EASY HORSE CARE RESCUE 96 596 7033 or 652 021 980

George used to bite his stable door, so his owners cut off his teeth with an angle grinder! George is safe from cruelty now, but many horses are still suffering. Help us end the cruelty. Open days Wed & Sun 1pm-4pm.

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

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: 965-967081/ 665-080-885 www. ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL puppies, bundles of fun, both parents can be seen. 671-844-055/ 965-327-040 BABY TORTOISE’S For Sale 40€ each. Tel: 626-941-569 (near Catral). 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 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 OTTOMAN FOR LINEN STORAGE ETC either Rattan or Light Wood Tel 966 881 413 Mob 679 303 995. INSTANT CASH FOR YOUR BRIC A BRAC tools, household items, linen, small furniture, almost everything. Torrevieja, Playa Flamenca, San Javia. Ring Bill 676-527-348 or Rita 676-527-186 WOODEN SUMMER HOUSE/ SHED (good condition) aprox. size 3m5m x3m-5m. Concrete table set (table, chairs,

INSTANT CASH PAID TUCKER is a one year old hairy terrier type who came to the kennels in November. His coat was very matted but with some careful grooming it is now in a beautiful condition.

Xilo is a large bundle of pale red fur, who just loves to be cuddled and will make a real lap cat. If you would like to adopt Xilo, or any of our other cats/ kittens please call

DAVIDOFF, male, Pound since 03.04.2006 Alsatian Mix, DOB 15.04.2004 – 69 cm Davidoff is a very calm male.

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AT MICHAEL’S Mickey Mouse child´s bed with matching chest of drawers. Unusual dark green Canadian leather sofa, very high quality with matching armchair. See them all on: www. michaels-javea.comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Customer-to-customer 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.michaels-javea. comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S From our 3 shops - free quick delivery every day in our area! We also arrange long-distance deliveries. Choose from over 600 photos on: www.michaelsjavea.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. BOTTLE FRIDGES s/s benches, grills, ovens, potatoe peelers, chairs, tables, crockery, cutlery, catering equipment. Bought sold. 966-703-304/ 666-429-562 POOL, SNOOKER TABLES will beat any price. Tel: 666 933 726 LOOSE COVERS curtains Erc. Made to measure. Choose from a wide range of beautiful materials in your own home. Javea based. Tel: 965-771-397/ 686-453-827 KARAOKE MEDIA PLAYER 500GB. inc 70,000 songs, software/ song book, ideal for bar/ home use. Only 275€. Tel: 654-925-679

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

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.

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

ALADDIN’S For quality furniture and second hand household goods at prices that won’t dent your wallet telephone 966-457-291 GAS BUTSIR fridge freezer, 2 years old, excellent condition. 395€. Tel: 679-723-589 LG FRIDGE FREEZER No frost 200€. 24” Sony television. 50€. Gas Butano heater. 40€. Tel: 965-709-737/ 697-471-972 GUITAR FENDER electro acoustic fishman dual


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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 686 566 106 or see our half page advert in this weeks RTN for details.


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15-21 JANUARY 2010

Liverpool Do FA in Cup

Cricket Club looks forward to 2010

THE TIME must be approaching where the powers that be at Liverpool seriously consider whether Rafael Benitez is the right man to coach the side. Sure, he led the Merseyside club to a famous Champions League final victory over AC Milan but it seems that he’s been trading on that success now for some time. Additionally, he’s spent a fortune in transfer fees to no avail. Right now, you get the impression that if it were any other club the axe would fall on his Anfield career. Out of the League Cup, the Champions League and now the FA Cup and a massive 12 points off the pace in the Premier League, the only silverware the club can win this season will be in the Europa League – a second rate competition which includes teams from towns and cities I’ve never heard of. Liverpool may never walk alone but Benitez might soon be.

By Louise Clarke WHEN THE history of cricket in the San Fulgencio area comes to be written, 2010 will be a special year for San Fulgencio Cricket Club, as it is the year when all the club’s plans and hopes come to fruition. The club has announced this week that they will be competing in the Development League of the ‘Cricket Espana League’ here on the Costa Blanca. And it will also be the year when the club spreads the word about who they are and what they do to as big an audience as possible. To this end, the club is now producing a monthly newsletter and to see ‘Issue One’ roll off the presses, Bob Norton and Jon Alger from the Club were joined by the San Fulgencio Mayor, Trinni Martinez, Councillor for Sport, Juan Antonio Gonzales and Deputy Mayor, Mark Lewis. Press Secretary, Bob Norton told RTN: “There is a monthly print

Be brave Martin

La Vila rugby

The Final Whistle With Andy Kay

ENGLAND’S RUGBY team isn’t blessed with all that many world class players but they have a huge asset in second row forward Simon Shaw. So often overlooked, he was sensational for the Lions in South Africa and is regularly head and shoulders above his England and Wasps team mates. So, if he’s nailed on as a starter for the 6 Nations Championships, who will play alongside him? Steve Borthwick is the current England captain, so logic dictates it should be him. But if Borthwick plays, then the Northampton dynamo Courtney Lawes can’t. I hope that England coach Martin Johnson now realises that after some truly woeful displays during the autumn, the time has come to take a few risks. He’s done so by calling up New Zealand born Shontayne Hape to the squad and surely he has to play Ben Foden; one of the stars of a flat-footed and hugely insipid Guinness Premiership. Lawes must start too. If that means dispensing with the services of Borthwick, a loyal and honest player, then sadly, so be it.

Time to quit Ricky I AM a huge fan of Ricky Hatton. Out of the boxing ring he’s funny, generous and a good family man. In it, he’s provided British boxing with some memorable nights, particularly his win over Kostya Tszyu. But, having lost to Floyd Mayweather and having been knocked senseless in his last fight by Manny Pacquiao, Hatton is reportedly getting ready to box again. If he was a fighter who kept in shape in-between bouts, I wouldn’t be overly concerned but Ricky doesn’t. The lure of ‘the black stuff’ proves irresistible when he’s not training and his weight balloons. Hatton has nothing left to prove. He put together a one-time unrivalled unbeaten run and became a world champion. He’s provided for his family and has plenty of personal and business interests outside of the squaredcircle. Time to call it a day Ricky, time to call it a day.

By David Mills

ONE OBJECTIVE was set by La Vila Rugby Club for Sunday’s game, and one objective was met and that was to WIN. It was perhaps one of the most important games of the season, against what must surely be the toughest team in the league. El Salvador, hailing from Valladolid, is top of the log, and has been streets ahead of the pack for most of the season. La Vila’s objective was to overcome the longstanding top team in the Premiership League, and they

Mark Lewis, Juan Antonio Gonzales and San Fulgencio Mayor Trinni Martinez with SFCC’s Bob Norton and Jon Alger run of 400 which will be distributed to a wide area including; Albatera; Algorfa; Formentera; Quesada and La Marina Village as well as the Urbanisation and San Miguel De Salinas. “Cricket Espana have also agreed to put it on their website, which has had over 100,000 hits in 2009 and another 100 or so will be emailed out to players, officials and publications such as RTN in the way of a press release.” Bob continued: “The idea behind the Newsletter is that there will always be things of interest to read. For example, February’s newsletter will contain the first of a three part history of cricket in Spain, a player profile and a list of forthcoming fixtures for SFCC, as well as the club’s hunt for more sponsors”. If you want to be involved either as a player or an official or would like to advertise or sponsor the Club in any way, please contact Bob by e-mail at

achieved this objective with a nailbiting 15-14 win. The game was physical. El Salvador is known for its big players, both in stature and status. The team is physically impressive, with plenty of large boys to be seen, and includes exAll Black, Joe McDonnell, as well as New Zealand Seven’s player Justin Wilson. Despite El Salvador’s intimidating appearances, however, the first half of the game gave heart to the La Vila supporters. Two penalties were kicked over by Yustin Gómez within the first five minutes of play, giving the home team a promising 6-0 lead. It wasn’t much longer before El Salvador picked through La Vila’s defence, however, scoring a try and pulling themselves up to 6-5. Their attack was quickly abated, though, and although they gave cause for concern on various occasions, were unable to break through Vila’s defence a second time (Aaron Cruikshanks and Matt Cook in particular might be thanked for this). In fact, apart from the first, not a single try was scored by either team for the remainder of the game. This speaks of the equal strength that both teams

Ifach ladies section ON WEDNESDAY 6th January, a normal competition day for the Ladies became a roll-up as it was a national fiesta. Although it was very cold, it was sunny and a relaxed unofficial competition was enjoyed by all. Several trees came down in bad weather, one opening the approach to the 7th green; a joy to many and a disappointment to some. Derek and Cecilia who run the bar/restaurant at the 19th hole, announced they were providing a light lunch for the ladies, in appreciation of all the support they had received

exhibited in terms of defence and the solid determination of both to win. With no further tries, the remainder of the game turned into a bit of a penalty shoot out. Each team managed to make a penalty before the end of the first half, leaving the score-board marginally close at 9-8, with La Vila just piping their giant visitors. In the second half, the teams continued to creep up the scoreboard, with El Salvador seeming to gain the advantage. Minute 52: Penalty El Salvador. Score 9-11. Minute 59: Penalty El Salvador. Score 9-14. When Gómez finally earned La Vila three penalty points, with seven minutes of play left, it seemed worryingly too little to late. The scoreboard read 12-14. This wasn’t giving credit; however, to just how much La Vila wanted their win. In the final minutes of play, La Vila scored another penalty, placing themselves ahead at 15-14. When the final whistle blew, the lads went crazy: objective met. In the eloquent words of Johnny Drama: “Victory!!!” Perhaps the home team was fitter. Perhaps they had better strategy. Or better execution. Perhaps they just wanted it more.

during their first year. What an excellent way to start a new season! Torrential rain caused the cancellation of the 7th January annual Three Kings Mixed competition. However, a full lunch compensated a large number of members unable to play but eager to eat. Next Wednesday sees the first of the Medals and hopefully it will be warmer. The usual Saturday Texas Scramble did not take place due to the extremely cold conditions; the organisers turned up but only 3 players; the rest were sensible rather than brave! Next week back to normal, hopefully.

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Noel Eastwell Professional coach and RTN golf expert 639 730 891

Communication: what communication?

GOLF SOCIETIES here on The Costa Blanca seem to have little or no communication with one another. This situation needs to be addressed if we are to see a standard handicap system and avoid their members having to choose which handicap to play off when they play golf. The handicap system in our part of the World has always been a sensitive subject. Many times we have all played against people whose handicaps are quite clearly false and have gone on to allow our own games to be ruined in the process. Society golf is where the vast majority of expatriate golfers play their competitive golf but no two societies seem to have the same handicap system. There is a very competitive air between societies and I don’t think there is anything wrong in this but more communication between the societies would produce fairer results. Just last week I was told of a golfer who won a golf day with 46 stapleford points off a handicap that he chose to use that was not his lowest one. It is high time these golfers were not allowed to choose which handicap to use and were made to use their lowest at all times. To be fair to all that play society golf, the handicap systems need to be standarised or if not the different systems in use need to be public knowledge. This way, committees can ensure that adjustments may be made to make sure the handicaps players use are as near as possible a true and accurate assessment of the players’ ability. For many years I and many of our readers have heard the complaint that X’s handicap is wrong and that he played off a lower one with ABC Golf Society last week. Well, who is to say that the handicap system operated by that society is correct? I know of one society that will cut a player’s handicap just for winning; even if he has played below it. That is ridiculous and grossly unfair. I also know societies that will accept the word of a member that when he was back in England for a

week he played 5 times and all were over his handicap and give shots back. Again, grossly unfair on those who play all their golf with their society? These are just a couple of examples and believe me there are many more weird and wonderful systems in place that allow some people to cheat almost legitimately. So how do we get handicaps that truly reflect the ability of the golfers in societies? The answer is simple really, although many will not want to hear it: communication between the society secretaries and handicap secretaries, advising each other of the scores of members. This is easy and does not involve much time. Email is the fastest and most reliable method. By communicating with each other, we would not hear the moaning and groaning about X’s handicap when he plays with different societies or in local league matches. I had a conversation this week with someone who played in the last round of league matches for one of the societies in the south of our region. He was drawn to play against someone who had recently arrived from the United Kingdom and joined the rival society declaring he had a handicap of 18. During the round of golf that followed, this new society golfer dropped six shots during his round; a very good score for an 18 handicapper. What was interesting, though, is that when conversing with his opponent during the match, he said he used to play off 4 in the UK but had not played for about 2 years before he arrived on The Costa Blanca. Not a bad way to announce your entry onto the league golf scene, I think, and a sure fire way of winning a few trophies as well. Anybody that has played golf will tell you how easy it is to reduce your handicap and also how hard it is to get shots back if the correct handicap system is being used. For this person to get 14 shots back he would have to have played a minimum of 131 bad rounds of competitive golf without once playing to his handicap; and that’s assuming that he was playing off 4.4 when he was playing in the UK. We all know that is virtually impossible and means that he would have to play very badly at least twice per week. There are a minimum of two people to blame here: the player for blatant cheating and the person who allowed membership of the society without

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first assessing the playing ability of the person concerned. Once again this proves the need for some form of standard proof of handicap for people to become eligible for society membership. I know that many societies will be against my proposals but they then need to decide whether they are a fun golf society or one that plays proper competitive golf and is prepared to uphold all the rules of the game. Many societies are fun places to play golf but their handicap systems need to be fair to ensure a level playing field. Weeding out the societies where non standard handicap systems are being used will not be easy but again, that can be done if the officials of each society explain how they have calculated any adjustments in a player’s handicap. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that these are bad golf societies - far from it. What I am saying is that if golfers turn up for a league match or something similar against another club, all the players have a duty to know they are all playing on a level playing field. All who play this game have a duty to their fellow competitors to be fair but we are living in the real world now and that does not exist to the extent that perhaps it should. What I am proposing here is something that many people who run societies on The Costa Blanca have called for over many years and nobody has yet done. A little more transparency between societies will see a big change in the way golf is played here on The Costa Blanca. With this communication system in place, competitive golfers who play representative golf for their societies will see a much fairer handicap system. Within a few short weeks, we could have a system of handicap calculation that would be fair to all and a league that would be highly competitive, with the best players on the day winning the matches they deserve to.

Question for January 15th 2010: How many major championships has Jack Nicklaus won? A. 18 B. 16 C. 20

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Professional 2009 Became the season’s second (of six) Rolex First-Time Winner at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, the second major championship of the year; carded a career-low 66 in the first round. Finished seventh at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola. Tied for eighth at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. Tied for 11th at the Samsung World Championship. Qualified for her first European Solheim Cup Team, joining Tania Elosegui as LPGA rookies on the 12-member squad; one of three Solheim Cup rookies on the team. Career In 2008, tied for 25th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List Category 16 for the 2009 LPGA season; turned professional immediately following the final round. Golf Quips Like other forms of compulsive behaviour, for true golfaholics even nine holes are more than they should attempt, yet 18 holes are not enough to satisfy their insatiable craving for humiliation and self abuse. Appointments with Noel Noel is available for lessons at El Plantio and Alicante Golf and Villaitana 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.

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This week’s match was the 7th in the Winter Championship: a series of 11 matches with the best 8 to count. The match was held on the Rio Segura at the Eden canal. With the rain beforehand, the river was flowing with more pace than normal; another nice January day with temperatures in the high teens. The fishing lived up to the standard hard winter days though, with some dry nets. Jim (The Chairman) took things a bit far at the weigh in, deciding to check if there were any fish left in his swim, as he went in to look! His comment afterwards was, “I don’t like water”. However, it was not that cold. Top rods on the day: 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare, fishing the pole using maggot, with 13.89 kilos. (And it was my birthday - what a nice present) 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts, fishing the pole using maggot and pellet, with 4.63 kilos 3rd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell, fishing the feeder using maggot, with 2.96 kilos


Important New Venue! The Friday Campoverde Meetings will now be held at Mary’s Bar/ Restaurant. Taking CV925 going inland from Pilar de la Horadada, turn right at the first roundabout into Pinar del Campoverde, first left and following slip road up (past Fibber McGees and Lounge Bar 6) until you get to the next parade of shops. Mary’s Bar is 3 or 4 units up. The next meeting is on Friday February 5th at 12 o’clock. (We would like to thank Lounge bar 6 for their hospitality over the last 18 months but due to their being closed for extended holidays, we have had to find a new venue). The Puerto de Mazarron meeting remains at Los Galayos Bar/Restaurant on the Paseo alongside the beach. Next meeting is Saturday 6th February at 12.00. Anglers Together continues to grow as a club with firm friendships being formed over the last 3 years. Many members fish together regularly and report they are pleased they have taken up a sport they once followed in their youth. We have the occasional organized outing but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the 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, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact Dave below. (Alan is away on his annual trek to Oz). email or phone David Hoare on 968 199 279.

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