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Euthanasia drug left dogs in agony

Information a click away Official websites have been set up for British Expats to answer any questions they have about living in Spain p7

Treading the boards

George Parker, a teenager from Benidoleig has won a scholarship from a Costa Blanca charity p20

by Jack Troughton

The price is right....? Read the second article by Adam Simmons on p26

Why Live - in Carers are needed... Consultus Care & Nursing Ltd, established in 1962 are the UK’s leading provider of private live-in carers, offering a wide range of services for their clients p36

Gadget Inspector investigates the Apple iPhone 4S The question on everybody’s lips is do I upgrade or buy the new Apple iPhone 4S? p38

Murray OUT! Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the Swiss Indoor tournament due to a right gluteal strain. p62

Baby bat

All creatures great and small (and scary)

The centre of Moraira was packed for fun and games with a bouncy castle face painting, doughnut bobbing and a fancy dress competition for the annual Halloween party thrown by Teulada Moraira Lions Club. See page 20 for the full story.

SHOCKING NEW allegations have been made against a Costa Blanca animal shelter over the use of an outlawed drug when dogs are put to sleep. The accusations have been lodged with SEPRONA – the Guardia Civil wing responsible for the environment and animal welfare – and are a further attack on conditions and managing regime at Benidorm’s Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Platas de Benidorm. The ‘denuncias’ accuse the shelter of using the muscle paralyser Anetecine independently to euthanize dogs and maintain animals were put down in the presence of others, another prohibited practice. It is claimed that on repeated occasions the amount of the controversial drug administered was not enough to kill the animal outright or not injected directly into a vein. And workers discovered dogs were still alive before their bodies were placed in an incinerator – requiring a second dose of the medication. Animal lovers and volunteer workers past and present have launched a campaign calling for the current directors of the shelter to resign and be prosecuted.

Both the shelter’s committee and the volunteers are raising petitions demanding town hall intervention. The shelter is home to some 300 dogs, cats, and various other animals and the initial 31 allegations made by campaigners were headline news last month. DENIAL The directors continue to deny all the accusations made against them and say they have successfully rescued animals from across the Marina Baja for 40 years. Campaigners say the charity is supported with grants from both Benidorm and Villajoyosa Town Halls and are hoping a public court case or inquiry will bring out the truth of what has happened over the years. RTN was told the use of Anetecine as a sole drug for euthanasia had been illegal in Spain since 2002 under a Royal Decree. “It is illegal because it is very painful and causes death by asphyxia,” said one protester. “The animals remain conscious until death – and it must be a very painful death. Continued on page 3


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04 - 10 NOV 2011 Continued from front page “We have also found out it is prohibited to sacrifice animals in front of others but workers say this frequently happened.” There are also complaints that piles of bodies were stacked up in the heat awaiting the incinerator being fired up because there was no refrigeration room. An elderly woman – who lost her job in 2007 – maintains in an official statement that Anetecine was still being commonly used when she left. PROTEST “She claims in her denuncia that her husband had to actually stop the incinerator because some of the animals going in were not dead – they had not been given enough of this banned drug,” said a former volunteer organising the protest. “And she says the drug was still being used when she left the shelter – five years after it was banned.” The volunteer added: “I just despair of Spain. This is an absolute disgrace yet we call ourselves a caring modern European country. In India they have stricter laws insuring compassion for animals.” The shelter accuses the organisers of the protest as being “troublemakers” and deliberately spreading “falsehoods” about an organisation that has carried out “excellent work”. It also maintains photographs could be from “anywhere”, but admitted dogs could arrive at the shelter in a bad condition, some needing to be put to sleep. The charity said it wanted to continue its work with the same “professionalism” it had undertaken for years and while it had carried out work demanded by a SEPRONA inspection but really needed a new modern facility. The volunteers have also launched a Facebook site to pub-

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licise the campaign and boost a petition, it can be found at

Support White Ribbon Day at WIBC Expo WHITE RIBBON Day is an international festival to combat and raise awareness of domestic abuse worldwide. And the ‘Women In Business Club’ provides invaluable aid to victims of domestic violence in Spain. In its seven-year history, WIBC has raised money through donations from members, supporters and through twice-yearly expos. This year, the WIBC has scheduled two fund-raising events in November with money raised going directly to the charity to aid abused women. WIBC helps fund refuges for women and their children made homeless after fleeing abusive partners, working hands-on supplying basics like beds, mattresses and cots, underwear, nappies and sanitary wear.

And for these traumatised families, far away from their homes and familiar surroundings, WIBC aims to provide toys, TVs and also computers to enable older children to maintain their schoolwork. Once the women feel confident enough to cope with the outside world and leave the refuge, WIBC gives them a starter pack consisting of essential household goods the rest of us take for granted. However, there are several young women currently in the refuges who are about to give birth, so baby clothes and nappies are urgently needed: donations can be made at the November expos and at WIBC’s monthly meetings in Javea, Calpe or Albir. Entry to both White Ribbon Day

expos is free but if you buy a white ribbon at reception for just one euro that also goes towards helping support this vital work. At the Denia Marriott Hotel near Jesus Pobre on 20th November local businesses will be selling their wares and services. There will also be live entertainment and stage shows, free health and beauty treatments, a prize raffle and much more. At Hotel Diamante Beach in Calpe on 25th November you can expect a similar mix but from local traders taking part and there will be shows, seminars and freebies. Sunday 20th November Denia Marriott Hotel, Jesus Pobre Friday 25th November Hotel Diamante Beach, Calpe


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The party’s over

A spoonful of sugar…

Paco Catala (left) and Juan Planelles before the split

by Jack Troughton NUEVA JAVEA – the international independent party – is in meltdown following failure at the polls in the May elections and its two councillors’ decision to go it alone. Described by one of the rebels as a “dead party”, Nueva Javea is to hold an Emergency General Meeting on 25th November in a bid to rebuild. The party went into the election full of confidence with the then General Secretary Juan Planelles as head of its list of candidates, Paco Catala as number two, and President Ana Vasbinder in third position. However, Nueva Javea only received 900 votes and only Councillors Planelles and Catala were returned to the town hall. Four years earlier the party won four seats. Univited to join Mayor Jose Chulvi’s governing alliance, the two councillors nonetheless pledged the PSOE politi-

cian their support – sparking the anger of their own party faithful. And the pair officially resigned the party whip on 26th October, citing “insurmountable differences” with the party board of directors as the reason for a decision to form a Grupo Mixto. In a letter to members leaked to RTN, new General Secretary Ricardo Marquez admitted: “During the months since the municipal elections – at which we suffered a major setback that can be considered as electoral failure – we have managed to keep our party out of the media.” FAILURE But he said subsequent events had been “difficult” and accused the two councillors of not attempting to form natural alliances that could have seen the party in government and failing to take on the board’s decisions. “Their blatant disrespect and disregard for the opinions of the legitimate representatives of the party, lead on 20th

June to the replacement as General Secretary of Juan Planelles by myself. I was appointed by the unanimous vote of the 10 members of the board present.” However, Mr Marquez said it was the elected councillor and not the party that “owns” the town hall seat and the party could not over-rule decisions and appointments the councillors made. “This series of events caused deep unease and distaste amongst board members as being the effective isolation of our elected representatives after all the efforts, dedication and enthusiasm that had obtained for them the positions they now occupy,” he added. He admitted the situation had further provoked members to stop active participation and prompted the call for an EGM to reorganise and rebuild trust. “Those who betray the trust and loyalty of their comrades should be ashamed. The rest of us can and must overcome adversity and try to respond positively to those who trusted us.”

STARTING THIS week, doctors are obliged to prescribe the cheapest version of drugs for the patients on their lists with pharmacists now dispensing generic drugs in place of those stipulated on prescriptions in an effort by the Ministry of Health to trim €2,000 million from the present pharmaceuticals bill. However, to sweeten the pill, doctors may still prescribe the medication they consider the most appropriate for patients long accustomed to a particular drug or if there is a therapeutic requirement and patients may opt to pay the difference between the generic drug and the preferred version. In recent weeks laboratories have also reduced prices of certain medicines to bring costs more in line with generic preparations. Alicante pharmacists have warned that the move could result in a reduction in profits of up to 8%. Meanwhile, the College of Pharmacists of Alicante continues to negotiate ‘in extremis’ with several banks for credit to keep them going until January when Healthcare is expected to pay monies owed.

Team effort saves swimmer at San Juan

EMERGENCY SERVICES on Sunday were able to save the life of a swimmer recovered from the sea at around 2pm. Bystanders reported that the victim, a man aged around 30, was in difficulties about 200 metres from the beach in the sea off Cabo de las Huertas, Alicante. He was brought to the shore by other swimmers but suffered cardiac arrest. He was revived by SAMU staff and transferred to the Hospital de San Juan with a weak pulse. He remains in intensive care.

Face lift for resort

Arenal Beach

by Jack Troughton THE JEWEL of the Costa Blanca is to receive a long-awaited refurbishment as a ‘top priority’ before next year’s summer season under Valencia’s Plan Confianza. Javea’s Arenal Beach is a popular tourist destination but has suffered years of neglect and politicians and businessmen have constantly called for new investment in a key holiday area to boost the economy and create jobs. The project is already out to tender and the government of Valencia’s contracting committee is expected to award the work to the successful candidate when it meets next month. Mayor Jose Chulvi and his deputy Oscar Anton travelled to Valencia to visit the Department of Infrastructure concerned the

work could be delayed and affect the summer tourist season. IMMEDIATE They were told the contract would be awarded immediately at next month’s meeting and the work scheduled for completion within four months – and ahead of the season. Mr Chulvi said they were convinced Valencia had given the project “top priority as the government had recognised the Arenal’s key role in the overall tourist image of the Valencian Community.” He also thanked the government for its “concern and understanding of the needs of our municipality.” Javea Town Hall has offered its full co-operation in helping the work run smoothly, for example lending the contractor council land to store machinery and materials.

Thankyou for your help THE FAMILY of Mr and Mrs Hall would like to say thank you to all the people in Spain who helped them after the deaths of their loved ones, especially the people who tried to help them at the scene, the British Consulate, the undertaker, the Police, the Hotel Venus and all the staff there; also Funeral Care, Lloyds TSB Travel insurance and David Urquart. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We could not have gotten through this without your help. From all the family of Kenneth and Mary Hall xx We would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those who were injured: our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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Funeral planning


Jennifer Cunningham

I REALISE that many English people find it extremely difficult to talk about their own death and that of their loved ones. Whilst living in Spain, many are experiencing funerals of friends and family and quickly understand why a funeral plan is vital. The extra unnecessary stress that it places on the family is very unpleasant and just having to find approximately 4,000€ immediately is daunting. In the UK, the majority of deaths occur in a safe environment, for example, a hospital. This means all or most of the arrangements will be carried out by the hospital management, taking personal wishes into consideration. This obviously takes away a certain amount of the stress in having to organise all the funeral arrangements, death certificate registration and payment. At least in your home country you have no problem with the language, whilst in Spain you probably will. The culture is vastly different here with great pressure placed on you to carry out the funeral within 24 hours. I realise that in many of the towns there are often very new and sophisticated funeral parlours. However, there is still pressure placed on the family, and old rules will still apply: there can also be trouble with payment as bank accounts are often frozen, adding immense stress to an already fraught time. Once again it comes back to dealing with reality or pretending to ourselves that it will be alright and I will cope. I wonder why people often say to me: “I am not going to even think about my own death; if and when it happens to me my partner will handle all the

arrangements then.” Or the husband comes in with: “What do I care? I will be out of it and the wife can handle it.” Oh dear, this statement takes no consideration of the facts. A number of times the lady of the house is not involved in the day to day running of the overall financial upkeep, I also appreciate that there are ladies who, for one reason and another, do not look after the finances in any way. The question I then ask is as follows. “How is your lady expected to handle one of the most dreadful days in her life with situations she has never gone through before, in a foreign country with a different culture and language?” I personally feel this question also applies to the partner. Why make it so much harder to go through? Therefore, isn’t it better to take an hour out of your life and plan for that inevitable day? Great planning is carried out for our births, wedding anniversaries; birthday’s and holidays but not, in many cases, our farewell! There are two ways you can do this planning, either by taking out an insurance policy or a pre-paid plan. This can now be paid over a period of years with no interest added. It really is that simple, plus of course funeral costs are increasing and in ten years could be twice what it is already. I know this subject is unpleasant; we would like to think we will go on and on, but we won’t - much better then to deal with reality. From where I sit, having lost my husband in an accident in our home, to have

had the full benefit of a funeral plan, (they were not available then) it would have saved me so much stress and pressure, plus my bank account would have been a few thousand Euros better off. This has to be a very loving and wise way to plan part of your family’s future. With only one phone call to make, the funeral Directors will assist with all the arrangements including registration of the death. We have the time for you to help choose a plan that is right for you and your family. Why not take a deep breath and pick the phone up and call us. Special offers available on Health, Funeral, Life, Car and House.

Jennifer Cunningham Insurances S.L The Costas leading insurance consultant. If you have a question please email her at: Regulated and Authorised by the DGSFP in Spain.

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Information a click away

Martyn Standing works the crowd

by Jack Troughton BRITISH EXPATS were urged to use a “wealth of information” on official websites to answer questions about living in Spain. The British Consulate Team visited the Jalon Valley to tell residents about the services on offer and encourage them to glean up to date facts from its website ukinspain.fco. and, run by the Diputacion de Alicante. Around 150 expats attended the meeting in Alcalali for the open day organised by the town hall and Jalon Valley HELP and an area where British citizens frequently make up over 50 percent of municipal populations. Martyn Standing, of the Pensions, Benefit and Healthcare team attached to the Alicante consulate, was able to explain people’s rights regarding pensions and benefits in Spain – starring with a short

quiz to see what people knew and correct common misconceptions. Consul Paul Rodwell encouraged people to use official sources to answer questions. “In Alicante, we are fortunate to have the Residentes Europeos department, which has taken the time to create information leaflets on issues like tax, healthcare, and voting. “Anyone can apply for copies through its website. Additionally, the Embassy has information about living in Spain and UK issues on its own website and is making increasing use of its Facebook and Twitter sites to keep Brits informed.” He also underline the importance of registering on the town hall ‘padron’ as a resident in order to access local services and help integration. The team also visited Teulada to make a presentation to the U3A and to meet the Mayor and members of the council.

Thriller night GHOULS GHOSTS and Zombies brought a touch of Thriller to the streets of Benitachell on Friday night as youngsters and parents enjoyed a Halloween party. The town band led a parade of more than 120 children through the village before the youngsters returned to Benitachell Art Centre for party food and drink – joined by over 80 adults – all enjoying the atmosphere in the spookily decorated hall.

Javea a new favourite haunt for Minke whales JAVEA HAS become a hot spot for whale-watchers, with no less than eleven magnificent Minke whales sighted off the Cape of San Antonio between May and October of this year. Experts say the whales, which pass through these waters before heading to the Strait of Gibraltar, are usually more frequent between August and September. This year they have been seen only half a mile from the coast which is unusual. Specifically, the large Fin Whale, which can measure between 16 and 24 meters - was seen less than half a mile from the coast – normally they are seen around twenty to thirty miles offshore. Pilot whales and dolphins have also been spotted in the Bay of Javea.


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Cost effective energy savings in Pilar de la Horadada by Louise Clarke THE TOWN Hall of Pilar de la Horadada has been looking at how it can save money during these times of economic uncertainty and as a result, municipal workmen have spent the last week shutting down more than 20% of the municipality’s street lamps in areas with no homes. As a result of the exercise, it is estimated that the municipality will save more than 180,000€ per year in electricity bills. More than 1,300 street lamps are affected and the supply to more than 50% of the remaining street lamps has also been reduced using new equipment to allow 35% less energy consumption. The cost saving initiative was implemented by Pilar Councillor for Infrastructure, Ivan Romero, who told RTN: “There is a need to lower municipal spending as we are in a very bad economic situation and we can not afford to spend one million euros every year in lighting alone.”

UNDERSTANDING In addition to street lighting, municipal facilities will also reduce their energy consumption meaning that savings of around 35% will be applicable. This again will be as a result of new electrical equipment designed to reduce the amount of energy consumed. Romero added: “The Municipality’s management has to go in this direction, not only due to the austerity measures but we also must closely monitor municipal spending, so that it does not affect all our citizens.” To carry out this cost saving initiative, municipal officials have spent more than a month carefully considering which Municipal street lamps could be cut off in which areas so that it would workman not detrimentally affect Pilar residents. cut off the supply Romero concluded: “The Town Hall hopes that everyone in to one Pilar de la Horadada understands why we are taking these measures because right now we need to save money in order of Pilar’s street to not further indebt our residents.” lamps

Alicante at high risk of flooding

Flooding in Calpe last week

By Jan Gamm ONE OF the legacies of the ‘relaxed’ attitude to planning permission during the construction boom has led to Alicante’s being at high risk of flooding. Not only private developments but also road and rail infrastructure is deemed to have been built on soggy ground. An unacceptable 7.5% of the provinces’ territory is susceptible to flood with a serious risk to human life, as was seen in the La Cala Finestrat tragedy two weeks ago when British pensioners Kenneth and Mary Hall lost their lives, washed away by a wall of water while shopping at the local market. It later emerged that the scene of the disaster was known to be at risk of flood. According to a report on the risk of flooding by the Institute of Geography at the University of Alicante, 90% of the streets in the city of Alicante and the rest of the municipalities of the province are without adequate drainage to evacuate water in the case of a flood, resulting in serious flooding in low level shops, offices, basements and garages. Councils that ‘look the other way’; ineffective fines; and the indolence of an administration that only acts when a disaster happens have produced one of the highest flood risks in Spain in the Alicante region, where residents shudder at the sound of thunder, fearing for the safety of their cars parked in underground garages, their valuables and even their lives. And many building projects discovered to be at risk of flood were halted halfway through and stand abandoned, constituting a further risk of dangerous debris that could be washed away in the sometimes vicious storms now becoming common on the Costa Blanca.

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Sailors set for Cape Town by Louise Clarke THE OFFICIAL start of the Volvo Ocean Race takes place tomorrow as the six teams prepare to head out to Cape Town in South Africa. The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team delivered an early blow to their rivals after picking up the first points of the 2011-2012 Race with a comprehensive win in last week’s inaugural in-port race in Alicante. The crew, led by British skipper and double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker, romped home with a massive 14-minute lead over their closest rivals, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand came in third, whilst Team Sanya edged the Groupama sailing team for fourth, with the Spanish Team Telefónica coming home sixth. CRUCIAL Ian Walker was delighted with his team’s victory. He told RTN: “It’s a great win, I feel fantastic!” He added: “It’s a great start for the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. Like I said before we left the dock, whoever won today’s race can go home with a spring in their step

and look forward to the challenge ahead.” The in-port race marked the start of the epic 39,000 nautical mile round-the-World race, tipped to be the most hotly contested edition in the event’s 38-year history. And after opening their account with a crucial win, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will go into the first offshore leg with a maximum six points and a psychological advantage. GREAT VIEW Crowds for last week’s event were huge, despite the strong winds and pelting rain that greeted the teams as they left the dock in Alicante, but by the time the start gun fired at 2pm, the weather had cleared and spectators got a great view of the action from the Volvo Ocean Race Village. The Race Village officially closes after the start of the race tomorrow, but there is still time to get down there and experience a great venue with lots of things to see and do. The six teams set off from Alicante bound for Cape Town at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) and it is expected that the leg will take around 21 days to complete.

Denia to charge 1,000€ to wed at the castle COUPLES MAY now say “I do” at the historic Denia Castle for a fee of 1,000€. In an attempt to pull some cash into the coffers the local council have agreed to open the castle for wedding ceremonies for couples that fancy a fairy tale theme. And they have also decided to cash in on weekend ceremonies at the local town hall office where a civil service in conducted during the week at 100€ - from now on the same service will cost double on weekends.

FREE APP Meanwhile, the Volvo Ocean Race has launched a FREE app in order to make the World’s premier round-the-World yacht race easier to follow than ever before. The app, for iOS and Android, makes it simpler than ever for fans to keep tabs on their favourite teams as they race the 39,000 nautical miles

around the planet. The race tracker provides the latest data including exact positions, boat speed, direction and weather conditions, so you can stay informed on the race no matter where in the world you are or what you are doing. Through the app, which also has an iPad version, fans can stay tuned in to all the action and it can be downloaded from iTunes.

Arrested for defrauding 200,000€ using ‘Nigerian letters’ THE GUARDIA Civil in Santa Pola has arrested a 43-year-old man accused of scamming nearly 200,000€ from around 13 people in Belgium, Holland, USA, Romania, Austria and Germany, using ‘Nigerian letters’. Information received last June via Europol indicated that a Belgian national had been the victim of a scam of more than 28,800€ by making the victim he’d won a substantial amount through social networks, in this case 517,000€. To claim the cash a set amount is required on deposit via bank transfer to the fraudster under a false identity. Agents have confiscated up to 3,000€ in cash, a mobile, several laptops, bank cards that evidence the movement of more than 116,000€ in revenue since last January and four false passports. The suspect, of Nigerian origin, is accused of the alleged crimes of embezzlement, fraud, theft and forgery. Investigations are on-going.

Book your adventure with Gandia Tours and RTN’s Exclusive readers offer THIS DECEMBER there are two special Christmas shopping trips to Spain’s most prestigious and historic cities – Barcelona and Madrid. The Barcelona trip departs on 21st December and gives a fantastic opportunity to shop and see the city. Adventurers will stay in Hotel Cristal, a four star hotel centrally located on the city’s famous Ramblas, within striking distance of mayor shopping centre and city sights. Leaving the Costa Blanca for Madrid on 14th December, discover the winter wonderland of the capital,

The victorious Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team

travellers are guaranteed to be at the centre of the action. In Madrid, accommodation is booked in the three-star Hotel Ganivet, close to the historic Plaza Mayor and fabulous shopping street Gran Via. This is an unbeatable opportunity for anyone who enjoys making new discoveries. RECOMMENDATION Book your place as soon as possible as seats are limited and both three day and two night breaks will be fully booked soon. Prices are based on sharing a double room and includes breakfast.

Unemployed offered lifeline Digging for a new life

by Jan Gamm A GROUP of unemployed people have been offered a chance to improve their lives through an entrepreneurial scheme under the auspices of the Benidorm City Council. An old and abandoned country house with substantial land near the N332 near Benidorm has been offered to the group as an organic farming project. The group will farm aubergines, peppers, green beans and tomatoes with the produce shared and also marketed to those preferring their food freshly picked. Many of the city’s unemployed that reach the end of their benefit entitlement are forced to rummage for food in supermarket

garbage bins late at night. A spokesman for the group said: “It is better to plant and harvest your crops than to find food in garbage bins, so we are doing this to show that you can live and survive in a healthy and dignified way.� ECO-FRIENDLY The project is being managed in an ecofriendly environment, conserving water and using windmills to produce power. So far, however, the house remains in poor condition and the group is reluctant to make repairs until the project has achieved some success. It is hoped that the project could result in the formation of co-operatives to help relieve unemployment on a large scale.

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La Estrada & Nueva Estrada, Albir

WHERE CAN you shop that has ample parking and a place where the bus stops outside? Where you have a brand new train station just round the corner? A place only five minutes from Albir, Altea, Alfas Del Pi, and Benidorm?

La estrada and Nueva Estrada, right on the Albir junction on the N332, where you can buy anything from a motorbike to a sofa to an orange tree! This underrated area has almost everything you need: Rafters bar for wonderful homecooked meals served all day while you watch your favourite football team; Escandelo’s with

Harold and Angela for good food tapas steaks served in a unique Dutch style and also live music on a weekend; the most up to date satellite technology, TV repairs and HiFi at AVS services… And for that touch of luxury you must visit Corona Carpets, also specialists in interior and exterior blinds. Just across the road is M&A Accessories, specialising in

motorbikes scooters and Quads (most makes available). On the same side of the road is SCS Furniture, selling fabulous exterior furniture and sumptuous interior sofas and tables – if you are changing your sofa you must visit SCS. Just across the road is AlbiPlant - an oasis of plants and trees, flowers…everything for the keen gardener and free advice for the novice.

Come and see us and enjoy this vibrant area - you won’t be disappointed. Buses and trains every 20 minutes so come and try La Estrada and Nueva Estrada experience.

The Paseo de Poniente in Benidorm wins Spanish Architecture Award 2011

The new paseo wins prestigious award

by Jan Gamm BENIDORM’S NEW Paseo de Poniente has been awarded the prestigious Spanish Architecture Award 2011. The Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain recognised the quality of the work, scored by a jury that included, among others, Toribio Alfonso (Dean of the College of Architects of Asturias); Idoia Camiruaga (Architect and technique of the Ministry of Development); Alfonso Munoz (Deputy Director of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain’s Ministry of Culture); Stephen Belmonte (Dean of the College of Architects of Castilla La Mancha) and architects Ramon Sanabria Boix and Leopoldo Uría Iglesias. The project was chosen from a shortlist of 30 works selected by the Commission from a total of 114 participants. The award recognises “the new interpretation of public space, especially the difficult encounter between the city and the sea, between the artificial and natural, through a deliberate formalisation full of references and allusions.”

Two aces play poker with the boys

RETIRED LADIES Periáñez Remedios, 65, and Maria Anton, 73, are competing with the lads for a place in the final of the ‘Texas Hold ‘em’ League at the Casino Mediterráneo in Alicante. Remedios lies seventh in the ranking and Maria is among the top thirty candidates for the grand finale to be held on 29th December. And they play every game with consummate professionalism, proving that this is a game for everyone, not just the men. The ladies joke that they are not friends but rivals and neither are intimidated by male competitors, although both admit that lengthy games can be gruelling, sometimes continuing until 4am.

Alicante Airport Theft by Louise Clarke RTN was contacted earlier this week by a reader who had her bag stolen whilst she waited by her car at the Pick Up Zone in Alicante Airport. The lady was ‘distracted’ by one man who questioned her about a set of keys, whilst another man opened her car door, reached over to the other side of the car and grabbed her bag. She told RTN: “Both men were Spanish and they kept walking back and forth in front of the car. They were looking around as if they were waiting for someone and then they tried to get into conversation with me about a set of keys that they had. “They gave me the keys and then before I knew it, they walked away. I thought that it was odd but it was only when I went to get my phone, which was in my bag, did

I realise that it had gone. They had just calmly walked away.” The lady and her husband reported the incident to the Alicante Airport police, but they said that there wasn’t really anything that they could do and there were insufficient members of staff to launch an investigation. The lady, who thankfully didn’t have any cards with her but did have nearly €100 in cash, gave the keys, which she still had in her possession, to the officer and left. She concluded: “I just want people to be made aware that these people are operating at the airport and to be extra vigilant and also if someone has had their bag stolen in a similar fashion at the airport and have lost their keys as a result, it is possible that their keys are maybe the ones given to me and are now with the Alicante Airport police.”

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Dying is an expensive business by Jan Gamm FUNERAL SERVICE companies in Spain are feeling the pinch in the economic crisis and are exploring a number of cost-cutting alternatives to traditional funeral services and accessories in an attempt to attract custom. Communities where the most deaths occur are the Asturias; Madrid; Valencia and Catalonia, with the least deaths in Melilla and the Canary Islands. DIGI-DEATH Funeral homes are now offering innovative services such as ‘ecological’ funerals that include newspaper accounts of a brief ceremony and ‘digital memory management’ where the funeral services include the closure of the deceased’s user accounts online, deleting them from active networks! There are now also a range of biodegradable products available such as soluble shrouds and coffins and a number of other low-key

and low-cost options. Costs of funeral services are on average between 1,800€ and 2,000€, according to PANASEF, whose president believes that cost levels are “virtually unchanged” since 2010. MADRID And Madrid is still the most expensive community to die in, with around 3,700€ the average cost of a funeral (and 15% more expensive than in 2010) and 3,200€ for a cremation, according to a study by the Confederation of Consumers and Users (CECU) of nine funeral homes in the area. The average cost consists of the traditional burial and rent a niche for ten years, exceeding 1,100€ on average; a coffin at approximately 775€; the wake at around 620€ and the hire of a hearse at 532€ along with incidentals that can sometimes top 4,000€. For ex-pats, the most popular method of dealing with traditional funeral expenses is through funeral insurance.

Digital death the newest way to say goodbye

Fashion & fundraising extravaganza in Benijofar A GLAMOROUS evening of fashion and entertainment in aid of Samaritans in Spain will be held at Catorce Restaurant in Benijofar on Thursday 10th November. Paul and Martin, owners of Catorce Restaurant, are closing their venue to diners on the evening in order to support this fundraising event, with all proceeds to go to Samaritans. The evening starts at 7.30pm and it will be a great evening of entertainment, fashion and fun to support the Samaritans. Tickets are just €5 each and are available at Moda La Finca, Bliss Hair Salon, Star Beauty Treatments and Catorce Restaurant: they will also be available at the restaurant on the evening. Samaritans operate a free Emotional Support telephone helpline service 7 nights per week, 8 till midnight: Phone 902 88 35 35

White knight enters cancer battle

Cancer Care’s President Irene Ellis MBE

by Jack Troughton A “WONDERFUL” miracle machine has arrived on the Costa Blanca to play a key and unique role in the ongoing fight against cancer in Spain. The 300,000€ white knight has been donated to Denia Hospital’s Oncology Department and scientists from Valencia and Alicante universities will use it for essential research. And the state-of-the-art sequencing machine is capable of saving lives through its ability to detect cancer from a DNA sample and diagnose the correct medication. The Cancer Care Centre Javea has established the foundation ECMOR – the English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research – and has raised the first 120,000€ to fund the purchase the equipment and undertaken the commitment of four annual payments of between 20,000€ and 30,000€ to complete the payment and to maintain it. This week Cancer Care’s Treasurer Terry Saville said the charity had raised the money to launch the foundation at Denia. He said from a DNA sample the machine could “diagnose a specific tumour, where it is in the body, and most importantly, diagnose which drug is needed to attack the specific cancer.” Terry said the official unveiling of the equipment should have taken place last week but the University of Alicante, a “major” research facility wanted to be included under the ECMOR umbrella. “This means at the laboratory in Denia, once the tumour is identified and the medication arranged that information will go to Alicante to continue research into the future advancement of new drugs and techniques.” Terry added Denia was the first centre of its kind in Spain “which is something fantastic.” He said: “ECMOR has also brought together the heads of universities in Valencia and Alicante, who we are told have never spoken before but have now come together.”

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No sympathy from them

AS A follow up to your recent article by Julie Day in relation to investments with the Banco Guipuzcuano, I would like to provide an update on my particular case. I contacted CNMV in Madrid via my lawyer outlining my complaint against the bank. Six months later I received response with the conclusion that I was not made fully aware of the risk involved in such an investment and was advised that the bank should reimburse the funds initially invested. This was presented to the Solbank branch in Torrevieja that took over Banco Guipuzcuano. The advice from CNMV was overruled and I have now lost in the region of 50,000€. My wife has been recovering over the past six months from breast cancer and I asked the Solbank to take a sympathetic view as I needed these funds to continue on-going treatment to keep the cancer at bay. Again this was declined. My last option is to issue a Denuncia through my lawyer: I cannot afford this option as the process takes a long time. I will be closing my accounts with Solbank and will certainly not recommend the bank to any of my friends in Spain. William Nelder


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How can that be fair? WHY DO I, living on an urbanisation, 12 km from the coast, pay so much more IBI than a person living in a nearby village? The services for which this tax is collected are available to everyone. Someone said it is the size of the property and land- but many houses in the village are bigger and on larger plots of land! Someone else said it is because I have ‘more facilities’ such as: lights - well, ours have been turned off for a few years - they are on the main road. It is dangerous and burglaries have increased. Shops- the shopping complex has only appeared in the last few years, and I have been paying since 2004. There are many bars and two over-priced supermarkets. Bus service- yes, there is an infrequent bus that stops on the outskirts but does not enter the various sectors, meaning that people have either to face a long walk, take a taxi or take a tourist train to catch

it. Health centre: yes - after nine years of living here! Roads - some here are in a state of disrepair, potholes, uneven, not maintained… And to cap it all, we do not even have ‘certificates of habitation’, yet the council is only too glad to take our money! In the village there are street lights; decent roads; a bus running through the village; a health centre; supermarket; school etc. “Ah yes,” said another person, “some houses in the village are not connected to mains sewerage and do not have proper roads or streetlights.” From what I’ve seen and having spoken to a resident, most have all these services. Is it not time for the council to revise the IBI and make it fairer? They are always complaining that they do not have enough money. Do the sums - I pay 365€ - my friend pays 34€! How can that be fair? Ellen Rose

They deserve

What can be done about this? all they get I AM awake at 4.50am, unable to sleep once again because of the noisy people who have left an already closed bar at 3.30am. Every weekend we are unable to get a peaceful night’s sleep because the bar closes so late in the morning and the customers do not go home immediately. If it is raining, they stand under our outside covered entrance to our apartment building talking very loudly and they leave their empty bottles on our ledges or in our box for leaflets. The men also have a tendency to urinate in the garage entrance! The noise has been reported to the police and to our community administrator but still we must listen to this racket. There are also times in the year when the bar is opened until 6am! Why is a bar allowed to be in a residential area? Are we not entitled to a peaceful night’s sleep? And what can be done about this? Name withheld

I CAN sympathise with the Mercadona customer in the latest RTN, and have to say that I have met this arrogant, ignorant attitude in many establishments in Spain. Perhaps one day these people will regard the customer as someone who ultimately pays their wages but with 20% unemployment and shops closing all over the place, that penny hasn’t dropped yet: they deserve all they get. Chris P Bacon, Gandia

Hardly good role models HARDLY A day goes by where we read about gang culture and the effects on lives back in the UK. It seems it has spread into our sport. The latest John Terry incident, reports of racial abuse from the England captain, yet again must throw doubt on his ability to lead his club team let along his country! No doubt the FA will turn a deaf ear to please the England team management. Who is JT relying on to get him out of his latest mess? The reliable and honest Mr Ashley Cole! Neither are good role models for our kids, or good advertisements for football and England. Stewart Conway, San Fulgencio

If it looks to good to be true.....

IT WAS with some interest that I read your article ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch’ by Louise Clarke in your issue 628. I also was ‘invited’ to a day out by this company and Louise Clarke’s description of the start of the day was fairly accurate. However, when we were shown a property that OI said was worth about €200,000, alarm bells started ringing. These properties might have been worth that in the good times but not today. We were given the figures at the office as to what our 1/17th ‘investment’ was and then did a simple multiplication of 17 times the ‘investment’ - it showed that the €200,000 property was costing over €400,000! It was at this stage we ‘walked’. Whilst I do not want to belie those people who ‘invested’ in this scam I wonder where their brains were on the day. The old adage of ‘if it looks too good to be true then it is’ comes to mind. Surely before handing over any money to a stranger one should take time to think and investigate? If you do not do these simple steps then maybe you deserve to get scammed. We all know that there are many conmen out there and they also speak English as well as Spanish. Regarding the article it seemed to stop abruptly and did not inform the reader as to what has happened to the individuals who were running the scam. Name withheld

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Two tariffs or not two tariffs that is the question Saving money on electricity is something we would all like to do. There are several effective options and one of them is the dual tariff system. You may remember something similar called Economy 7. IT WORKS by running two meters, one for the day, the other for the night. Electricity used from midnight to midday (times vary) is offered at an extremely low rate but from midday to midnight, you pay much more than the normal rate. The secret is to use your washing machine, dishwasher and pool pump “off-peak” and restrict your day time consumption to a minimum. Many people have seen a reduction in their bills using this method – but on its own, it is not enough. The most important thing that we must all do is fix our rate. Protecting ourselves from price increases is how we will see the

biggest saving in our bills. But we must act soon, large increases are forecast for 2012 and if we are going to avoid them, we must start the process now. Iberswitch SL are Spain’s leading USC (Utility Switching Company), they negotiate electricity rates on behalf of thousands of consumers. By using their service you can fix your kilowatt rate and completely avoid price increases. With customer services in English, they act as a bridge between consumer and electricity provider. Give them a call on 966 265 089 or visit their website to see how they can save you money. Electric meter

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THE PAUL Cunningham Nurses Action Auction takes place at The Marjal Camp Site in Guardamar on Tuesday 8th November. It promises to be a great event with some fabulous lots on offer; all generously donated by local businesses to the charity just for this fantastic auction. Amongst the brilliant things that you can bid for is a Race Day at Cartagena; a Scuba Dive with 2 x Trial Dives in a pool at The Marjal; Paragliding with birds of prey; dinner for two with Cava on a show night at La Herradura in Los Montesinos, which also includes a gift of special Herradura bread and wine to take home; two tickets for Benidorm Palace and tickets for Mundomar. Also on offer is a full page colour advert including design in the RTN with an approximate value of €1,000, so all you potential advertisers need to get down there too! The Real Radio guys have generously donated a radio advert and there are golf days at various golf courses on the Costa Blanca as well as Go Karting and a Horse Riding Lesson courtesy of fellow charity, the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. Plus lots more! So, if you want to bag a bargain and bid for one of these great lots, the money from which will all be donated to Paul Cunningham Nurses, get down to The Marjal on Tuesday 8th November. The auction starts at 7pm prompt with viewings from 6pm and entrance to the event is just €2!


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Keeping abreast of times by Jack Troughton OCTOBER WAS breast cancer awareness month and once again the MABS Cancer Support group marked the occasion with special ‘boobie cakes’. This year cook Annie Harding designed and baked pink cakes sporting icing bras for the charity’s monthly coffee morning at its Sol Park centre in Moraira – the event actually being staged in the afternoon as a one-off! Annie also baked lemon meringue and chocolate and banana flavoured cakes to give guests a choice. The cakes sold at 1.50€ each or four cakes for 5€ in a box with all proceeds going to charity funds. And Jalon Valley HELP’s President Rhonda Ryan was at the event to present MABS counterpart Jacqui Phillips MBE with a cheque for more than 1,000€. Last month HELP raised over 2,000€ in a special ‘Pink Week’ and a special fund-raising effort to help local cancer charities. Rhonda told RTN: “We decided to divide the money between two cancer charities, MABS and the children’s charity ASPANION. “MABS is a local charity that does so much work in our area which we are all very grateful for and the committee decided it was the obvious choice as the adult charity, with ASPANION for the children. We decided not to divide the money further so it could make a very real difference.”

Balcon al Mar to close its streets!

(from left) MABS’ Barbara Wilson, Annie Harding and Jacqui Phillips MBE with the cakes

SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER sees the return of the popular Christmas Market at Balcon al Mar with most of the proceeds going to a local charity: the target this year is to exceed 1,000 euros! Over 50 stall holders are expected, selling a wide range of products including craft products and home comforts through to some good and affordable wine – ideal for Christmas presents for friends and family. And live background music will be provided to add to the fun. Additionally there will be food stalls available for those who need to nibble whilst they shop and for those who need lunch El Faros restaurant is right in

the middle of the market. Join us all on the day for a bit of fun, the chance of a bargain and maybe a Christmas present for the wife! Site bookings from 15€ are going well but as we have the whole street to spare we’ll happily find a space for you. CONTACTS To take a stall from 15€ please contact Russell Klopper on – telephone 608 609 403 for English OR Erich Brenner on - telephone 966 470 296 for Spanish or German.

Rapture in Elche

A CONCERT performance of ancient music in the convent of La Merced in Elche on Tuesday evening stunned the audience with its impressive light effects, remarkable acoustics and particularly an outstanding performance from a prestigious Canadian violinist playing in the cloisters. The event was produced by composer and performer Luis Panagua.

Sad loss of Gypsy Lady by Patricia Thompson THE EASY Horse Care Rescue Centre would like to inform its many visitors and supporters of the sad loss of Gypsy Lady on Friday 21st October. Many of you will remember Gypsy Lady as the horse that was free to roam; meeting and greeting visitors, joining in with the horse tours, and spending her days with the children of the Pony Club. Gypsy Lady came to the centre in October 2010, just two days after another horse, Star Chance, sadly died. Gypsy immediately stepped into Chance’s role in every way, even having a similar appearance, making it seem that Chance had never left. Incredibly, Gypsy passed away exactly two days after the first anniversary of Chance’s death. Prior to rescue, Gypsy Lady was in such a horrendous state; owned by

Mariano Rajoy says the PP will not talk to ETA

IN THE PP’s manifesto presented on Tuesday in readiness for the 20th November General Election the Partido Popular leader, Mariano Rajoy, promised that the party would not negotiate with ETA, undertaking instead to promote the recognition and memory of the victims of terrorist attacks. The declaration follows Saturday’s Madrid demonstration by the Association of Terrorism Victims calling on the Spanish government not to make any concessions in response to ETA’s announcement of an end to violence. The PP also includes the intention to amend abortion laws along with austerity measures and cuts in tax for families, savers and purchasers of property. To view a PDF version of the PP’s manifesto (partly available in English) please see: actualidad-noticia/ programa-electoral-pp_ 5741.html

gypsies she was kept in a structure made from orange crates where she was unable to even lift her head, and deprived of food and water. Elche police were so distressed on discovering her that they turned to Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in fear she was soon to starve to death. Gypsy Lady had a whole year at the Rescue Centre, knowing the feeling of being cared for and truly loved, and showed affection and gratitude in return. There are many horses like Gypsy, still suffering and needing help. Pony The Rescue Centre’s Open Days take place clubbers on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-4pm, where Rebecca and hot food and refreshments are available and Rachel visitors can meet the horses and hear their on a stories on a horse tour. For more information happy call Sue on 652 021 980 or see day with for directions or inGypsy formation on special events. Lady

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Treading the boards Search for a

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by Jack Troughton DELIGHTED TEENAGER George Parker has won a 2,500€ scholarship from a Costa Blanca charity enabling him to study for an A-Level in drama. George, who lives in Benidoleig, was unable to follow his dream through school – where the course is not available and so applied to the EKA – the European Kids Association – which aims to help youngsters achieve their goals. George said: “I really wanted to study drama and the A-Level was not being offered at my school. At one point it seemed my only option was to go back to the UK but as I was still studying here in Spain that would not have been possible. “When EKA heard of my plight, the charity asked drama teacher Mike Martin to come to the rescue and the drama course was started.” The charity has funded two thirds of the course and George is raising the balance himself. “I also play in a band and want to study music, so maybe I will put on a few shows to help fund the remainder.” EKA’s Laura Staton said George had a lot of enthusiasm and a positive attitude. “This is why we are offering him support with this course – there is another scholarship available, so if you are a keen drama student living in the Costa Blanca and would be interested in getting assistance, contact the charity.” For more information, visit George Parker

Wendy (centre) with Dave and Elaine

All creatures great and small (and scary) HALLOWEEN COSTUMES galore brought a spooky All Hallows Eve to life as youngsters and adults got into the party mood on Monday. The annual party thrown by Teulada Moraira Lions Club was once again a howling success and there was plenty going bump far into the night. The centre of Moraira was packed for fun and games with a bouncy castle face painting, doughnut bobbing and a fancy dress competition. And Lions Club vice-president Peter Johnson said: “The standard of the costumes – including those worn by Lions – was terrific and it was a shame that all the children couldn’t win. “The revellers were treated to some great fun and a lively disco kept things moving. The generous donations we received were much appreciated, and everyone went home in great spirits. We are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

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Charities honoured Mayor Jose Chulvi (fourth from left) with council colleagues of the three charities

by Jack Troughton THREE MARINA Alta charities and their hard working volunteers were honoured at a special town hall ceremony in recognition of their dedicated service to the community. The Mayor of Javea, Jose Chulvi presented each with plaques to acknowledge years of commitment and fund raising by the Cancer Care Centre, The Original Charity Shop and Library and The Roundabout Charity Shop. In front of volunteers and committee members last Friday, charity Presidents Irene Ellis MBE of the Cancer Care Centre, Georgie Harvey of the Original Charity Shop and Library, and Gill Rose of The Roundabout Charity Shop collected the awards. The Mayor, accompanied by Oscar Anton, Councillor for resident Relations, and Councillor for Social Services Tere Bisquert, said: “On behalf of the town council and the citizens of Javea, I would like to warmly welcome you and thank you for giving me the opportunity to express our appreciation and recognition of the excellent work and selfless dedication throughout many years by the charity shops of Javea. “Your volunteers have given their time week after week to

help the less fortunate members of our society both in Javea and the surrounding area.” The money raised through the shops – staffed largely by expats - is channelled into charitable organisations and to improve health care throughout the area. Cancer Care, with around 62 active volunteers, has been active since 1998, and has helped organisations and individuals fighting cancer, as well as funding research. To date, it has raised more than 700,000€. Founded 40 years ago, the Original Charity Shop and Library has around 70 volunteers and supports a number of beneficiaries with donations, including the Asilo Hermanos Cholbi in Javea; the Raquel Paya School for handicapped children in Denia; the Preventorio in Gandia; the Franciscan Refuge in Palma de Gandia; the Centro del Dia del Convento de Xabia and the Fontilles Hospital. It has also responded to international disasters. The Roundabout Charity Shop has a team of about 40 volunteers and has supported community projects since the seventies. It started out helping fund the Red Cross but currently backs the handicapped association Amigos de los Minusvalidos; HELP; EMAUS; old people’s residence Asilo Hermanos Cholbi and other good causes.

Remembrance Service 2011

THE CUMBERLAND Bar in Benidorm is this year once again holding a Service of Remembrance to enable folk on the Costa Blanca to pay their respects. Due to the overwhelming support and success of last year they will be holding two this year on Friday 11th November and Sunday 13th November. On both dates the Service will commence at 10.40am with doors opening at 9.45am. It is requested that medals and decorations be worn and a smart dress code applies. For further information call Nigel or Yvonne on 685 550 106.

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The BEM to make a comeback

WELL, IT seems to be the season of the comeback. Last week the Scouts re-introduced Bob-ajob Week and now the government is re-introducing the BEM: the British Empire Medal. No doubt Watts In pretty soon Status Quo will be re-introducing their greatest hits... Britain By

Paul Watts

The BEM was dumped by John Major’s government back in 1992. However, during the recent Australian Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the current Prime Minister announced that the BEM will once again be issued, starting next year during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Okay, here’s the history: “The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, usually known as the British Empire Medal (BEM), is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ‘BEM’, and it is divided into military and civil divisions in a simi-

lar way to the Order of the British Empire itself. While recipients are not technically counted as members of the Order, these medals are nevertheless affiliated with it.” And, my granddad had one... Back in 1975, that’s even before the first Status Quo greatest hits album, it was thought by those in the know that as my granddad had worked for the same firm for 72 years they ought to mark this occasion in some way - and so it came to pass that he was presented with the aforementioned BEM. From that day hence he would be known to the world as Danny Watts BEM. “I don’t think I’ll wear it to work,” he quipped, at the time.

Danny started working for the Southern Publishing Company in 1903. That’s back when Teddy Seven was still on the throne and a bloke called Balfour was PM. To give you a better understanding of the times consider this, what cars there were drove on very bumpy roads and were preceded by a man with a red flag; there was no X Factor; nothing was in HD and a trip to the dentist was a trip best avoided. Anyway, into all this 14 year-old Danny started in the newspaper game and became a Linotype operator. Newspapers in those days were produced in a labour intensive way. The job of the Linotype machine operator was to enter text on a 90-character keyboard. This huge machine then assembled ‘matrices’, which were molds for the letter forms, in a line. The assembled line was then cast as a single piece (called a ‘slug’) of type metal in a process known as ‘hot metal’ typesetting. “Eh, none of yer pansy desktop editing then, lad...” Anyway, zip forward pass two world wars, The Beatles, the moon landings and the three-day-week into 1975 and Danny, after seventy-two years in the game, finds fifteen minutes of fame (hmmm, that rhythms). He is in the local and national press and even gets a mention in 1975’s Guinness Book of Records. The mayor of Brighton pops around to his work (chains and all) to press flesh and grin for a photo op’; and whisks away him and my Nan for tea in the Mayor’s parlour – these were grander times, folks. Danny then receives a letter from Her Maj, and some local rep of hers takes him, his missus and his two sons and daughter-in-laws out for a slap-up nosh. I tell you what, that BEM-ing seemed to be one mad round of noshing. Still, I guess the old bugger had earned it. Although, I must add, carefully donning my cynical cap, the ba****ds still taxed him fully until the day he finally retired. He was a tax payer from age 14 to 86. You’d have thought after paying tax for an extra twenty years over retirement they might have let him off when he got to 85! The following year he lost the top of a finger in the Linotype machine (that wouldn’t happen with DTP) and it was decided that now might be a good time for Danny to call it a day. Danny’s BEM sits nowadays on my dad’s sideboard. I never really knew quite what he made of all the fuss because, despite being close to my grandfather, he was from an age where feelings were private matters. He enjoyed four years of retirement and ‘popped off’ just short of his ninety-second birthday - I still miss him. Watts in Britain, with absolutely no chance of a BEM

El Hierro suffers further quake

THE CANARIAN island of El Hierro experienced an earthquake at 7.54am on Wednesday. The quake is the strongest yet and was felt by all of the small population, mostly concentrated in the La Restinga area. The UME (Unidad Militar de Emergencias) has announced that vital equipment has been transported to El Hierro to enable a full service shelter to be built with a capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 people should an evacuation become necessary. The north of the island is being assessed for the possibility of further seismic activity. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 20km in the bay of El Golfo.

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“Making You Money” and “Putting You First” by Jack Troughton HARD EARNED cash must be made to work efficiently toenable it to grow while guarding against the affects of market changes, warns a money expert. Independent Financial Adviser Paul Clarke said that a strategy of simply leaving savings on deposit with a bank actually risked seeing them lose value. He said expert impartial advice was crucial and he wanted to be “positively different to the rest of the pack,” providing personalised financial planning, “making you money and putting you first.” And he said: “Many people are leaving money on deposit with banks because they think doing nothing is a good strategy. Doing nothing could cost you a lot as you could be receiving income and growth through investing your capital.” “I also have clients with existing investments through other brokers. However, they have not been reviewed ‘face to face’ for years and the broker is only interested “if there is more money being invested”. Paul said: “This is simply not acceptable in today’s service-orientated marketplace. If you don’t look after your clients, someone else will.” AWARD A fully qualified expert with 22 years experience, Paul is part of the award-winning AES International team and aims to build a lasting ‘hands-on’ relationship with clients. He is busy building a finite number of clients to use his independent expertise and also specialises in QROPS – helping expat residents release their UK pensions to take cash sums and reinvest the remainder: “There are legitimate method of releasing cash early from UK pensions for people who meet the criteria laid down by HMRC...this is creating a lot of business at the moment.”

And with the Spanish regulators clamping down on unauthorised financial advisers, it is a comfort to know AES International was one ofthe first UK financial advice firms to receiveSpanish Authorisation from the Comision National del Mercado del Valores (CNMV) in order to provide advice to retail clients. In addition they are also Registered and Regulated by the Spanish Direccion General de Seguros y Fondos de Pensiones (DGS). Paul says that lots of ex-pats living in Spain are under the mis-conception that if a firm is registered and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK, they are protected in the same way as a UK Citizen. “Not the case,” says Paul. Based in the Benitachell,Paul joined AES International because the company has the highest standards of ethics, morals and compliance – it meets the professional standards of the UK’s Financial Services Authority and Spain’s regulatory bodies, the CNMV and DGS. “I specialise in offering products approved by the Spanish authorities and regulators, which are designed specifically for Spanish Residents and Ex-pats and are Tax Efficient,” said Paul. He said like the FSA in the UK, the CNMV offered disgruntled clients a formal redress. “It actually protects investors resident in Spain. Unfortunately, there are other companies here that will not offer this protection because they are not authorised correctly in Spain. If they say they are ‘Regulated in Spain’ ask them to prove it in writing.” SEARCH If you wish to search yourself go to www. cnmv.esand click ‘Ingles’ in the top right hand corner, then click ‘companies search’. Here you can enter the firm’s name to see if they are registered. Paul is also one of a new breed of independent financial advisors making a professional

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fee-based charge for financial planning advice “in order to be truly independent.” “This enables me to be objective with my advice and not be product and/or commission biased.” He added: “Fee-based financial advice is a charge for time, similar to a solicitor or an accountant. The FSA believes it is the way forward – if you want to be independent you charge for your time rather than selling a product. “And, of course, there may not be a product to sell - you may be advising on inheritance tax for example, or giving general tax advice because many people do not understand the situation here in Spain.” Paul said the most important thing was offering an ongoing service and building a

lasting relationship with clients. “I am looking at longevity of business rather than simply selling a product.” “This means meeting clients face to face and continuing to review investments twice a year to ensure everything is kept on track. “QROPS is a one-off transaction but on the investment side I want a finite number of clients so I can manage their Investments effectively,” said Paul. “I give bespoke hands-on Independent financial advice.” To find out more call Paul at his Benitachell office on 965 058488 or on his mobile 691 219 354, email, or visit



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Interview with Francisco Valencia, Línea Directa Aseguradora’s Corporate Gonernance Director:

Price and quality, the keys to our success LÍNEA DIRECTA Aseguradora is the market leader in the sale of direct insurance to foreign residents in Spain. Since 1998 they have been the only insurance company to offer customer services such as handling claims, selling policies and road assistance in English and German. Francisco Valencia, Línea Directa’s Corporate Governance Director, reveals the reasons behind the company’s success.

How important are Expatriates to Línea Directa? Since we first set up our company we have been closely linked to expatriates, due to the fact that the model for our company was imported directly from England, which meant that incorporating specific services for foreign residents in Spain was something completely natural. Sixteen years later, expatriates form an important part of our strategy as a result of their driving habits and low accident rate. Consequently,

we always try to offer them not only the best price, but also the best service.

What is your company’s philosophy regarding these customers? At Línea Directa our main concern has always been price and quality. We anticipate what the customer requires, offering a service which is fast, complete and immediate. For us there is no higher reward than the congratulations we receive every year from hundreds of our foreign clients on the professionalism and dedication shown by all our staff. Helping a person who has just had an accident and does not know how to speak the language or understand how Spanish regulations work, is extremely satisfying. As a result, it is not surprising that we have just under 65,000 foreign customers. You can find out more about all the benefits available at or by calling 902 123 104.

Don’t forget your health YOU’VE MADE that life changing decision and have moved to Spain, whether it’s for that dream job or you’re retiring in the sun. Health insurance is probably something you’ve thought about and maybe even purchased. But how do you know which of the multitude of choices for healthcare is right for you? Two possibilities are relying on the state system or buying a policy from an international provider specialising in expat healthcare. The key differences between these options should help guide you into making the best decision for you and your family. 1) Quality – this can vary in state hospitals: going private can make a huge difference 2) Benefits – international private medical insurance gives you access to certain benefits such as evacuation, health screens and dental treatment: the state doesn’t and there are lengthy waiting times. 3) Customer Service – speaking Spanish may be needed in state care, but most private international insurers provide interpretation services or can guide you to an English speaking provider. 4) Place of treatment – international private insurance gives you the opportunity to return to the UK for treatment if you wished. For more information on how international private medical insurance could benefit you, please visit


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Planning your succession could save your beneficiaries thousands of euros in inheritance and /or ‘gift’ taxes by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

MANY OF us are unaware of how the Inheritance Tax (IHT) process works in Spain and therefore we do not know the amount that our beneficiaries may have to pay when receiving an Inheritance or a Donation. The amount to be paid will depend to a great extent on details such as the: 1) Place of residence of the deceased. 2) Place of residence of the beneficiaries or of those receiving the Inheritance or Donation. 3) Family links between the deceased and the heir(s). 4) Nature of the assets, etc. This can be even more difficult to understand when we take into consideration that the Inheritance and Donations in Spain can be subject to either an Estate Tax or an Autonomous Community Tax - and because the tax rules of each Spanish Community differ considerably from one Community to another, the amount to be paid can significantly vary depending upon the tax law applicable to each case.

In principle we can say that the general rule is as follows: 1) For Successions (Inheritance) the tax rules to be applied will be those of the Community (Comunidad Autonoma) where the deceased had his or her Habitual Residence which is determined in Law 22/2009 of December 18th, as the territory where the deceased remained the greatest number of days during the past 5 years before his or her death. 2) In the case of Donations, the tax rules to be applied will be those of the Community (Comunidad Autonoma) where the beneficiary (i.e. the recipient of the Donation) has his or her Habitual Residence similar to the above specified. It needs to be highlighted that in those cases where the Valencian Community rules and regulations are to be applied, an important bonus of 99% on the Inheritance Tax (IHT) is applied for those beneficiaries who have their residence in the Valencian Community, as long as they are ascendants, descendants or the spouse of the deceased. Thus in the hypothetical case of a man who lived in Denia for 10 years and passed away, leaving his two sons as beneficiaries (one son with residence in Denia and the other son with residence in Madrid), the son who lives in Denia would pay almost no Inheritance Tax due to the above mentioned 99% bonus for those heirs living in the Valencian Community). On the other hand, the son with residence in Madrid cannot enjoy this bonus and could end up paying a very high amount depending of course on the value of the

assets to be inherited. In the above mentioned case, suitable legal and tax advice to the father (while still alive) is extremely important and opportune, as it could help in solving this discriminatory situation for the son living in Madrid by making a ‘Donation’ to his son. The applicable Law for Donations (in general) clearly specifies that the tax to be paid will depend upon the place of residence of the recipient (beneficiary) of the Donation, and the fiscal Law of Madrid foresees a similar bonus of 99% tax for Donations between parents and children. It is therefore very useful and important to consider each and every situation individually, taking into account the personal and family circumstances of each case, with the purpose of establishing the appropriate strategy that will minimise Inheritance Tax, and thus not cause any financial harm to our future beneficiaries. Should any reader find himself or herself in this situation or similar please do not hesitate to contact us and the appropriate advice will be provided. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2011 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located 1 minute away from the La Via underground car park). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or This article is available in English and Spanish at


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The price is right…? by

Adam Simmons

International Consultant

IN A previous article I discussed the crucial difference between a basic and augmented product or service. Now we come to the difficult decision on how to price a product. Pricing can be made incredibly simple or incredibly complicated. We need to consider: What is the cost of the product we are offering? Do we include fixed costs in our prices or just variable (avoidable) costs? We need to cover fixed costs to make a profit, so variable cost pricing can apply to only limited products or services; What value do customers place on our product? If a product costs us 2€, including fixed costs, but customers value it at 3€, then we are throwing money away if we only charge 2.50€. To find an example of wrong pricing, we need look no further than many of the urban bus services. In Denia, a trip on the Las Marinas bus costs €1.50 whether a passenger travels 1 kilometre or 12. What are the results of this oversimplistic pricing? Long distance passengers get a very good deal and they would willingly pay more. After all, on trains, coaches or cars, we expect longer distance journeys to cost more; Shorter distance passengers may be deterred

from using the bus as they consider it too expensive for short hops; and The bus company loses money as a result, requiring more government funding to run the services. And the money comes from our taxes! Other aspects of price relating back to the product or service offered include ‘bundling’ and ‘peak pricing’. We are, I’m sure, all familiar with cafes which offer a coffee and a pastry together for a lower price than the two items bought individually, but bundling could be applied to most types of business. A very common feature of many, if not most businesses, is having seasonal variation in demand. This variation could be by time of day, day of the week or season of the year. I am sure that you all appreciate that a flight to the UK costs a lot more on a Saturday in August than a Tuesday in January! So, we can stimulate demand by reducing prices during off-peak periods, either unconditionally (‘10% off everything’) or with restrictions (‘buy two coffees, get a third for free’). So, to summarise, what are the main lessons to getting price right? Get to know when your business has peaks and troughs in demand and also what they are willing to pay. Of course, what competitors charge is important, but understanding your customers is even more so.

Adam Simmons is an international consultant who has worked on transportation projects around the world. He is also an Associate Fellow at Warwick University Business School, tutoring in International Business, Economics and Quantitative Methods. He is a member of the Marina Alta Business Club.

Rubalcaba proposes to redistribute income tax We have to be honest about where the money comes from...

AT A rally attended by around 3,000 people in Murcia, PSOE leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said today that if elected he intends to reform corporate tax breaks, redistributing them for the benefit of entrepreneurial projects, the self-employed and small to medium businesses. At present tax breaks benefit

only large enterprises. Rubalcaba is also requesting lower interest rates from the European Central Bank for businesses to access credit and create jobs to relieve unemployment. “Speaking of taxes is always unpopular,” said Rubalcaba, “but we have to be honest about where the money is to come from.”


The fiscal fraud plan in practice by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

DO YOU declare everything that you should? If the answer is ‘no’, you’re not on your own. Tax evasion ranges from those who have ‘neglected’ to declare a few items of extra income to those who live completely below the radar. Someone once said that tax avoidance can be expected: its tax evasion that’s illegal. Wherever the line is drawn, they’re both rife in Spain. No one wants to pay more tax than they have to, but if everyone avoids or evades it, then the repercussions for the economy can be disastrous. The situation in Spain is a perfect example of this. The country, from its town halls to national government, is desperate for money. If the black market didn’t exist then Spain would probably not be in the situation it is. The authorities know this. The theme of the ‘economía sumergida’ (black economy) came up for discussion at a course for our tax advisers recently. Believe it or not, a plan against fiscal fraud was originally started in 2005 in Spain. It has taken a little time to gather

momentum, but now there is an acceleration in the way it is being applied and whom it is being applied to. Previously, there weren’t the resources to fully put the plan into place, but there are now. Does that sound a bit topsy turvy when the economic situation is so dire? It’s actually quite logical. In 2005 they didn’t need the money as much. Now they need it urgently and recognise that it’s worth while putting some money in to get much more out. So, they are investing in the personnel and the resources and putting the fiscal fraud plan into full operation. Over the next few weeks we’ll be covering in this column the different aspects of the plan that could affect expats living in Spain: here’s our first bulletin. FISCAL FRAUD PLAN – BULLETIN 1 You may already be familiar with the ‘modelos’ - the forms that you complete for tax and other official purposes. Now there is modelo 159. This is the form that Iberdrola must complete about electricity

users which then goes to the Tax Authority. It is a summary of all the information that Iberdrola hold about you. It includes your name, your property details, bank details, NIE, whether you are resident or non-resident and, most importantly, your electricity consumption. You might wonder what use this is to the Tax Authority. Lots. To begin with, it shows clearly any anomalies there might be. For example, people who are living here and not making tax declarations or people who say they are non-residents, aren’t paying tax on rental income and yet have constant, year-round electricity consumption. Where these anomalies exist, there is likely to be a visit to the property from a tax official, just to check if there is a reasonable explanation. At the moment, they plan to chase up 1,000,000 anomalies. And this is just the start. If you want to put your taxes in order we can help you. Please contact us for a free, no obligation tax consultation by calling our helpline 96 670 3748

If you would like a FREE, no obligation tax consultation and help with completing your annual tax declaration contact one of Ábaco’s friendly team on ÁbacoConnect Help-line 966 703 748 |

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Nominate your favourite fundraiser THE BRITISH are brilliant at charities. And it’s no more evident than amongst the expat community on the Costa Blanca. It was a unanimous decision on the part of the committee that there should be an award at the next Company Women Awards evening (9th March) to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the organisers of these charities. There are no interviews for the Fundraiser Award – the finalists and winner will be decided by the number of nominations they receive. The nomination form is now on the Company Women site OTHER AWARDS INCLUDE: • Bright idea for innovation • Customer Focus • Business Excellence • Best New Business • Business Woman of the Year • Company Women Member of the Year We hope that everyone will show their appreciation for their favourite fundraiser as well as nominating other leading ladies in business. HOT OFF THE PRESS! Due to the International Lifestyle and ExpoFiesta 2011 Exhibition in Alicante on 3rd, 4th and 5th November, our usual ‘first Thursday in the month’ event has been postponed until the ‘second Thursday in the month’ (10th November). Just one week longer to wait for the delicious lunch planned at the Square Restaurant in Villamartin Plaza. Company Women hope to see you there.



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Understanding your requirements in Spain

Kevin I OFTEN read about how a company can help me but then Wright find that they are solely UK based. How do I know that Account Manager, Moneycorp Moneycorp understands my requirements here in Spain? Moneycorp is indeed a UK based company but fully understands that local knowledge is vital. We therefore have offices not only in the UK but also worldwide including of course Spain. The Spanish operation has two main offices in Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol, both of which have grown significantly over the past eight years. During that time much has changed in the Spanish marketplace and because of our maintained and consistent presence we have been able to address these changes. As the migration boom has slowed down, Moneycorp understand that there are a huge number of British ex-pats who live full time in Spain but need to transfer money regularly from the UK for living expenses, mortgage payments, pensions etc. We have therefore made sure that our Regular Payment Plan is fully automated to deliver the best for you both in terms of service and cost savings. Moneycorp also understand how important it is to receive the money ON TIME and we

therefore deliver the money to your Spanish account on the day you designate. As beautiful as Spain is, there are also a large number of ex-pats who decide that they wish to return to the UK to live. One of the major problems when doing this is the massive fees levied by a large number of Spanish banks to deposit notary drafts and transfer the proceeds from the account. Again, Moneycorp has stepped in to help and for the past four years have saved clients thousands of pounds with our repatriation service specifically tailored to the Costa Blanca region. Moneycorp also appreciate the need for personal service when dealing with clients funds. Not only are both main offices open for clients to call in and discuss there requirements but we also have satellite offices in Northern Costa Blanca and Majorca where meetings can be arranged for your peace of mind. You can be assured that when using Moneycorp your funds are safe, secure and delivered on time. We have been in Spain for a long time and we are staying!

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 & THE EU summit meeting resulted in a solution to the southern European debt crisis. It will be weeks or months before investors can be sure this latest plan will do the job. However, after 14 ‘emergency’ summit meetings in less than two years it is the nearest thing to a workable solution that investors have seen so far. As such, it met with a positive reception. It helped that what EU leaders announced on Wednesday night was similar to what they had led the market to expect. Broadly the resolution addresses the problem of Greece’s over-indebtedness and its inability to borrow in the commercial market, the risk of those symptoms placing other member nations in a similar bind and the ability of commercial banks to withstand any unspecified future sovereign default. For Greece itself the plan proposes that holders of government bonds give them up in return for AAA bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) for half their nominal value. The holders - principally banks will lose half their money but the other half will be safe. For the protection of possible future potential sovereign defaulters - and we’re talking about Italy here - the resources of the EFSF will be quadru-

pled to €1 trillion through the use of ‘special purpose investment vehicle’ derivatives. The aim is to restore confidence in Italian government bonds by supporting their price. A very long list of questions needs to be answered and it will take weeks or months to find those answers. The biggest question of the lot is about where all the money will come from. President Sarkozy went on TV to say he would accept contributions from China even though he did not need them, but that if he were to receive them after all they would not give China any sort of hold over France. It was all slightly embarrassing. Apart from the question of who pays, there are no obvious massive flaws in what is, when all is said and done, a plan born out of desperation. With that in mind investors seem ready to give it the benefit of the doubt for now. Whilst the first day’s relief rally for the euro is unlikely to be repeated it would be reasonable for the euro to retain its support into the coming week. Please note that in all the above there is no reference to sterling. This is because the whole of last week’s sterling/euro movement was driven by the buying or selling of the euro. Sterling performed well enough against the US dollar and Japanese yen but not as well as the euro.

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All the elevens mark Remembrance Day THE NUMBER 11 plays a unique role in this year’s Remembrance Day when millions of people around the world come to a halt on 11th November to observe a two minute silence and reflect on the sacrifice of those who fell in war. By Jack Troughton

The time and date mark the Armistice at the end of the Great War in 1918 – and is known as the 11th hour or the 11th day of the 11th month. However, this year, 2011, makes the numbers take on an extra significance, 11.11.11.(20)11. The Royal British Legion is the custodian of Remembrance and also plays a key role in supporting those who are serving and servicemen and women and their families. The most familiar fund-raiser for the charity is the annual Poppy Appeal, 12 months ago it raise £34 million around the globe. And as the Legion celebrates its 90th year, the Legion is geared up to help the Afghan Generation – and veterans as young as 18 who have served in the Middle East. Since 2003, it has helped 10,000 servicemen and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. District North Spain has 20 branches and its main task is welfare, raising money through the Poppy Appeal. Spokesman Peggy Wyatt said: “Please support the Poppy Appeal by wearing a poppy and making a donation to support those who have and continuing to serve their country. “Our television news programmes bring it home to us all the terrible sacrifices our Armed Forces personnel make every day of their serving lives.” She added: “With veterans as young as 18, it seems that these vital funds are going to be needed for years to come.” Legion branches across the district will be holding Remembrance Sunday services on 13th November. To find a local service visit the Legion website and click on the ‘Remembrance Services’ button.

El Paraiso says thank you

VICTORIA AND David and all the staff at Restaurant El Paraiso in Parcent would like to say a big THANK YOU and WELL DONE to all of El Paraiso’s customers and the Wheel of Fortune that has raised monies for local charities this year. So far over 5,000€ has been raised for various charities. At the moment Xmas present donations for children aged 3 – 16 are sought for the Children from Emaus Altea. The children are having their Xmas Party at El Paraiso on 17th December and presents are needed for Santa to give out! If you would like to help please bring a present (preferably wrapped) and with a note indicating the approximate age of the child that the present will be suitable for and also stating whether for a boy or girl, to the Restaurant. Or call Victoria or David on 96 640 5398 if you would like to help in another way.

Walking holiday to Cazorla


CAZORLA IS a town within the largest National Park in Spain (circa Granada). Walks ranged from 8k to 22k and were generally 6 to 7 hours in duration, climbing to about 600-800 meters most days: one climb reached a height of over 1,900m. On one of the days, climbers arrived at the top of one mountain looking into a canyon and were treated to a fantastic aerial display by ‘Charrow vultures’. All of the walks were very different (except for the climbing). And at the end of each day walkers were all very tired but exhilarated. SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER Castells Rural North: A moderate walk over mostly good tracks with great views: 13kms of 4½ hours’ duration: 350m ascent: No dogs: More info call Ralph: 690 677 663. Dos Fuentes: A moderately strenuous walk, with some rough terrain but mostly mozarabic trails: 12kms of 5 hours duration: 400m ascent: No dogs: More info call Alan: 965 583 637. Barranco Encantada: A very strenuous walk over mostly rough terrain, with some scrambling. Mainly on high ground with great views of the lake and mountains: 16kms of 6 hours duration: 500m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: More info call Jon: 686 148 704. WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER La Montaña Castle: 10.30am start, note later time: Easy walk with lots of stops to take in the views: Optional paella lunch. 7kms, of 3½ hours’ duration and a 100m ascent: No dogs: More info call Peter: 620 319 797. Granadella in reverse: A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain, with great coastal views. 11kms of 4 hours duration: 350m ascent: No dogs: More info call Bill: 673 220 073. Olta, highways and byways: A strenuous walk over mostly rough terrain, with some scrambling: 9kms of 5 hours duration: 500m ascent: No dogs: More info call Jack: 637 049 772. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots and adequate drinking water required. First aid kit recommended, as well as protection against sun and wind. Walkers participate at their own risk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given on our website, see

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Zapatero’s wife sings in San Jose

Children lay poppies at a ‘Drumhead Service’ during April’s 90th Anniversary celebrations

SONSOLES ESPINOSA, wife of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, sang soprano on Monday evening as a member of a chorale group at the ‘Commentor Vocis’ concert at the church of San José – a tribute to the works of Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria in the Festival d’Elx. She arrived discreetly in Elche a few hours prior to the event in a taxi with a single bodyguard but with her distinctive blonde locks were still recognised and she was welcomed with warm applause, participating in various pieces although at no time singing solo: ‘Commentor Vocis’ is a choral group that sings three or four voices and sometimes eight.

The name is Bond… James Bond

THE GHOST Academy, which is based in Villamartin in Orihuela Costa, will be hosting a fabulous evening of James Bond themed performances of dance and music at a fundraising event on 11th November at La Rustika (formally Los Arcos Restaurant) in Torrevieja. The show, which features nearly 30 academy pupils, also includes special guest appearances by the fantastically talented Richie Alexander, Lewis Laking and Curtis Senior. The show’s main aim is to raise funds for the Ghost Academy Scholarship Fund, a grant system that awards money to talented pupils in order to assist them in gaining qualifications that would not be possible without financial help. The pupils have been rehearsing for a month and are all looking forward to performing at the show, tickets for which cost just €5. For more information and to book tickets, contact either La Rustika or the Ghost Academy on 679 531 737.


The magic of Pantomime in association with RTN THE BIG Fish Entertainment team have gathered all the ingredients together to bring you a festive fun-filled extravaganza guaranteed to delight the whole family. Cinderella is a truly magical show combining the classic fairy tale with all the traditional ingredients you’ve come to expect from traditional pantomimes: stunning sets and costumes; brilliant singing and dancing; side-splitting comedy; lots of audience participation and, of course, a very happy ending! All this is combined with contemporary songs and that Big Fish creative twist to ensure the audience will have a ball!


Is a wonderfully French village offering its visitors a unique opportunity to experience everything French. Unless you have not seen Monte Carlo, Eze, Nice and Cannes, (and want to experience them) you will not want to wander any further than this quaint fishing village. Villefranche resides on a steep hillside that surrounds the beautiful bay that Villefranche resides upon. While walking can be steep at times, the walkways that penetrate Villefranche’s parks, old section and village are simply breathtaking.


The beautiful beaches and the green Mediterranean ma-quis, south of Livorno, are landscapes which have only been partially tampered with by man, but which retain that peace and that beauty which also stimulate the pleasure of knowledge. There are protected habitats in oases, wildlife refuges, parks and reserves which give shelter to roe and fallow deer, badgers and porcupines, falcons and flamingos.


Is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It has a great bay with nice views of the Capri and the Ischia Islands. The city is maybe not as delightful as Rome or Florence, but it deserves a place among the destinations a tourist should not miss in Italy.


Is dramatically situated between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s greatest active volcano. As well as ruins from the ancient city, the town boasts a wealth of fine Baroque architecture.


It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh.

SINGERS THAT ROCK... The newly formed Big Fish Rock Choir will also add their touch to the panto, providing harmonised vocals for such showstoppers as Somebody to Love, Just the Way You Are and Masquerade. After just one month of singing together, the choir are ready to perform and have will appear at several events leading up to Christmas. The choir is led by Suzanne Millington and Adam King: check out the details at the Big fish website: In the lead up to the panto dates you will have the chance to take the children to hear fairy stories read by the Fairy Godmother or attend a special character dinner held at El Paraiso restaurant, the show’s valued sponsors. The box office is now open for Cinderella, performing at Ondara Auditorium 18th December 4pm and 8pm and 19th December 8pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling 662 515 628 or by visiting the website.


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Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

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

The Letter THE LETTER G is probably the least favourite letter for English speakers of Spanish. There are two reasons for this, one is that it represents a sound that doesn’t exist in the English language, so therefore is a bit hard for us to grapple with, and the other is that it is one of the few letters that has more than one pronunciation depending on where it appears in the word. Having said that, it’s really not that scary, we just have to remember a few basic principles. First of all, the rule about the two sounds, which is very similar to the letter C rule. Here it is: if the G is followed by the vowels “e” or “i”, it is pronounced like a noisy, throaty “h”. The sound is the same as the Scottish pronunciation of “loch”. Now this is hard for a lot of people, but there is some leeway. The important thing to remember is that this sound is made in the throat. If you put your hand to your throat and say “loch” the Scottish way, you should actually feel the movement there. If you find it hard to produce a sound with that much friction, then notice that the English “h” sound is produced in almost exactly the same place. If you can manage a sound anywhere between the English “h” and the Spanish “ge” or “gi”, you’ll be fine. Even the Spanish themselves vary this sound slightly from the full strong sound to a lighter, almost “h” sound, depending on the area they come from and other factors. This sound appears in words like gente (people) and girasol (sunflower). If the letter G appears before any other letter, the sound is similar to the English “g” (as in goat), although rather lighter. At the beginning of a word, for example, gafas (glasses) it is very close to the hard English “g”, whereas in the middle of a word such as agua (water) it is much lighter, and in some accents disappears completely giving us a sound a bit like “awa”. Well, having thoroughly confused you all regarding the pronunciation of the letter G, lets


move boldly forward and look at some similar words between our two languages beginning with G. Amongst many we have: garantía (guarantee), gas (gas), general (general), gol (goal), gradual (gradual), grupo (group). Out of these examples, you will see that only one makes the throaty “h” sound, and that is general. Here are a couple of “estranged cousins”, that is words that are similar in both languages but different in meaning. The Spanish word guardar means “to keep” or “to put away” rather than “to guard” which is vigilar. Likewise the Spanish word grabar means “to record” and not “to grab” which is agarrar. A very common word in Spanish beginning with G is that lovely word “guapo” meaning handsome, or “guapa” pretty. The Spanish use these words for much more than just describing someone’s physical attributes. “Guapo” or “guapa” may be called out to someone who is performing on stage, or in the bullring, to encourage them in their performance. It might be said on the street to a stranger. These sort of compliments to strangers have a name is Spanish - “el piropo”, which is part of the “latin” culture. We also use these words just to be nice to people we know. I have a friend who always answers with “¡Hola guapa!” when I phone her on her mobile. Maybe she thinks I’m particularly pretty or maybe she says it to everyone, I’m not sure! Going back to pronunciation just for a minute - the “gu” combination at the beginning of a word does in fact make for a very light sound, so “guapo” almost sounds like “wapo”. That is how it is spelt in Spanish texting – although we really don’t want to go there! Well, if you’ve got this far and are still with me, I’ve got a very nice little saying for you containing a G word. It is “sobre gustos no hay nada escrito”. The literal translation is: “About tastes there is nothing written” or in other words: “There’s no accounting for taste” and I think we can all agree with that!


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An absurd magical belief…

Treatment for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with Mark Phoenix Pure HypnoAnalysis at the Phoenix Hypnotherapy Clinics Murphy by


OCD IS a very upsetting anxiety disorder most commonly characterised by a person’s obsessive, distressing, and related compulsions (tasks or rituals) which attempt to neutralise the obsessions. Listed amongst the top 10 most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organization in terms of loss of income and decreased quality of life, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is thought to affect 2-3% of the world population. OCD sufferers are aware that such behaviors and thoughts are not normal but feel bound to comply with them to fend off feelings of panic or anxiety. Because sufferers are consciously aware of this irrationality but feel helpless to push it away, untreated OCD is often regarded as one of the most frustrating of the major anxiety disorders OCD can take many forms, but, in general, sufferers experience unwanted, repetitive and invasive thoughts, images, urges and doubts which they find hard to ignore. These thoughts form the obsessional part of ‘Obsessive-Compulsive’ and they usually (but not always) cause the person to perform repetitive compulsions in a vain attempt to relieve themselves of the obsessions and neutralise the fear. Some sufferers will have the obsessions but no physical outward compulsions. Sufferers try to fight these thoughts with mental

or physical rituals, the compulsions, which involve repeatedly performing actions such as hand washing, cleaning, checking, counting, hoarding or partaking in endless rumination. Avoidance of feared situations is also common. However, this often results in further worrying and preoccupation with the obsessional thoughts. As a Pure HypnoAnalyst, I have treated OCD on many different occasions during the 16 years as a registered practitioner. Some of the problems that are associated with OCD are: Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia); paranoia; being overly jealous or possessive over a partner or competitor; eating issues (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia); constant worry about something; excessive exercise; continual negative thoughts; intrusive thoughts; constant counting; excessive tidiness and rituals (e.g. ‘if you don’t walk on the cracks in the pavement, nothing bad will happen’ or always checking locks a certain number of times) TREATMENT USING HYPNOANALYSIS RATHER THAN CONVENTIONAL HYPNOTHERAPY All of the above symptoms are caused by inner anxiety inside of us but beyond our control. Hypnoanalysis, a very special type of hypnotherapy, it is one of the best methods in the world for treating

emotional, psychological or anxiety-related problems. It is a uniquely successful therapy which allows the client to resolve the very root cause of their problem, helping them to change their lives significantly in a short space of time. Pure HypnoAnalysis is used to discover the root cause of the psychological problems. When the anxiety is gone, so too will be the symptoms of OCD. For more information please visit or or call 654 202 996 and book your free initial consultation. Clinics available in Camposol, Albir (nr Benidorm) Villamartin and Moraira.


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Forward head posture


Dr Aleks Bjargo

The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre

WE OFTEN hear that good posture is essential for good health but normally we don’t consciously think about it. Instead, certain muscles do it for us - that is if they work correctly. Hours on hours in front of the computer desk, too many pillows under the head while reading, whiplash injuries and prolonged commutes in a car can overload these muscles making them weak and less resilient and cause premature arthritis of the joints and discs. The most common change in posture is a gradual reversion to the foetal position: the head and shoulders shift forwards, the chest curls inwards and the spine crunches from a healthy S-curve to a less healthy C-position. Forward head tilt is so common today that it is given a diagnosis: Dropped Head Syndrome. For every inch of forward head tilt the load on the cervical spine is increased by up to 10 pounds. Most people don’t think about how that affects our general health, but it can cause a myriad of symptoms with headaches, and shoulder and neck pains being the most common. Uneven pressure on the vertebral discs, the cushioning pads, between the bones leads to spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxations. A consequence of that is stiffness, preventing you from standing up straight, eventually leading to the common hunched back we see in many elderly. However since the lack of mobility diminishes the stimulation to the nerve system they are now linking the condition to more serious diseases like dementia and even Alzheimers. Dr. Roger Sperry (Nobel Prize recipient for brain research) discovered that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine. It turns out maintaining a healthy posture is just as important for preserving the amazing brain human beings have been blessed with.

The good news is that this condition is related to function and not so much to age. Chiropractors are experts at analysing posture and detecting abnormal spinal function. We search for the problems that exist underneath poor posture. By maintaining optimal spinal function through regular chiropractic adjustments, doing specific spinal exercises and taking ergonomic considerations you can in most cases reverse the condition or even better prevent it from

For an appointment with Dr Aleks, please contact The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre on 966 865 432.

ever happening in the first place. Regardless of your age it is never too late to improve the function of your spine. Our clients frequently report that they are more upright, they can breathe easier and feel a general improvement of bodily functions. If you require help or simply a spinal check-up please contact the Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre in Albir on 96 686 5432.

Three for one, and Direkt Optik for all! AN RTN Investigation: Is it too good to be true? Here are our findings: When Direkt Optik offer 3 for 1, they really mean 3 for 1! CHOOSE ANY 2 PAIRS AND PAY FOR ONLY 1 – NO RESTRICTIONS! Correct. There are absolutely no restrictions on this fantastic across the board offer – it includes all frames, lenses, finishes and tints. So whether it is single vision, bifocal, varifocal (even the premium ones), photochromic, rimless and or genuine designer frames that you are looking for, they are ALL included. No ifs, No buts…it’s the real deal! PLUS A 3RD PAIR FREE Fact: Yes, included in the deal is that you can have a 3rd pair of distance or reading glasses – even prescription sunglasses totally free. The free 3rd pair is supplied with standard CR39 lenses and excludes designer, rimless and supra frames. If you do wish to upgrade your 3rd pair then so be it, you can! You can even SHARE THIS OFFER Amazing: Direkt Optik has taken the 3 for 1 to another level entirely because you can even share this offer with your husband, or wife, or daughter or son, or friend. Yes, even with a friend. And yes, even the eye test for your husband, wife, daughter, son or friend will be to the full UK required specification standard and FREE.

Who are Direkt Optik, and how can they possibly offer so much? Direkt Optik is part of the Crown Eyeglass plc group founded back in 1984, and is one of the UK’s leading opticians. The group has 24 stores in the UK, 29 stores in Sweden and 1 store in Spain based in Moraira, with more stores planned for Spain in the future. The Head Office is based in Blackburn, UK, and incorporates the state-of-theart laboratory where over 60 technicians manufacture all the glasses sold throughout the Company’s 54 stores. Since 1984 the ethos of the Group has always been to promote exceptional offers. And in ‘crisis times’ what could be better? Direkt Optik gives proper eye tests and precise eye care, all to the full UK required specification standard, and represents exceptional value. Convinced Yes, we can see clearly now that Direkt Optik gives exceptional value for money, at least halving the cost of eye care on the Costa Blanca. You will find Direkt Optik half a kilometer outside Moriara on the Moraira to Calpe road, between the Pharmacy and the Medical Clinic. There is plenty of Parking. Telephone: 965 745 989: Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-6pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm.

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Cataracts: why wait? by

Silvia Moner

of Clinica Baviera, DENIA

WHAT IS a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens, the natural lens of the human eye, which works together with the corneato sharply focusing light rays on the retina. When a cataract begins to form the lens loses its transparency and becomes opaque; colours start to look faded and take on a yellowish hue; night vision is poor; drivers are often blinded by oncoming headlights; readers need better lighting‌in short, vision deteriorates seriously and the quality of life diminishes. IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE QUICKLY What can be done about it? Phacoemulsification is the most advanced method for the definitive treatment of cataracts. This procedure uses ultrasound to dissolve and remove the deteriorated lens, which is then replaced by an artificial intraocular lens that works just like a natural lens. PHACOEMULSIFICATION ADVANTAGES - No waiting lists - No hospital admission - Anaesthesia with eye drops, not needles - The procedure is relatively quick - No stitches needed

- Patients recover vision in minutes - Immediate recovery of independence after procedure - Minimal discomfort after procedure WILL MY VISION BE LIKE IT WAS BEFORE I DEVELOPED CATARACTS? Yes. Patients recover completely normal, clear vision. In addition, any refractive problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, or loss of the ability to focus on nearby objects with age can be corrected in the same procedure. It is important not to wait until the cataract has developed fully. Early cataracts are easier to treat and patients can enjoy a better quality of life sooner. CATARACTS AND PRESOBYOPIA After a cataract intervention, patients normally require reading glasses, bifocals, or progressive lenses to read and focus on nearby objects. However, thanks to the multifocal intraocular lens, not only can we remove the cataract, we can offer patients a full range of corrections for their vision, from reading to watching television, thus dispensing with the need for eyeglasses forever.

IT TAKES ONLY MINUTES TO SEE THINGS CLEARLY If you are suffering from Presbyopia or cataracts and would like to do something about it, see our voucher in RTN and come and see us in our clinic in Denia for a free no obligation consultation. We treat many English-speaking patients, on average about 30% of our patients are English.

Clinica Baviera: no one takes better care of your eyes

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Gadget Inspector investigates the case of:

Apple iPhone 4S

THIS WEEK the Inspector performs an important interrogation – should you buy or upgrade to the new Apple iPhone 4S? The iPhone 4S was a surprise to many, with Apple expected to announce an all new iPhone 5. Instead they released an iPhone 4 with upgraded hardware and software – but is this enough of a reason to warrant upgrading from your iPhone 4 or warrant joining the iPhone club? SO WHAT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE IPHONE 4 TO GIVE US THE 4S? Well, firstly there is the CPU (the phone’s brain) - this is now the same dual-core A5 processor as used in the iPad 2. This packs a seven times increase in graphical processing power over the iPhone4. Okay, so it´s significantly more powerful, but this is only going to be significant in the future when heavy-duty apps and games start appearing; right now there’s not much about to take advantage of this increase in power. What else is new? How about an 8MP camera with improved optics for taking clear and crisp photos? Combining Apple’s HDR (high dynamic range) imaging technology with one of the best examples of face recognition software to be found on a phone results in excellent photos every time.

Add in 1080p high definition video recording, with anti-shake stabilisation for those all-important home videos, and the iPhone 4S is starting to make a case for replacing your camera too. And with a new iOS 5 operating system appearing, perhaps the case in favour of the IPhone 4S is getting stronger. The new interface is snazzier and even easier to use, and includes useful new features such as notifications – a drop down menu accessible from anywhere on the phone to let you see all manner of updates such as weather, news and messages. But the feature everyone is talking about is the Siri voice recognition. A long press of the home button will result in the Siri voice icon appearing. Alternatively, you can activate the service automatically when you hold the phone up to your ear in standby mode. From there, you’ve got a range of things you can achieve by speech alone, such as sending a message, playing a song, setting the alarm, or creating a reminder. And surprisingly it´s quick and actually gets it right most of the time. The Inspector´s Verdict: Will Santas sack

be bulging with the new iPhone 4S? Well, if you’ve got an iPhone4 you don’t need to upgrade, just update to iOS 5. But for anyone else with an older iPhone, or nurturing iPhone envy – get it to the top of your Christmas

list now. Starting at €599 from Apple direct, or on contract from Movistar, Vodafone or Orange for around €259 (and €40 per month) – you’re going to need a generous benefactor, or lottery win.

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Transferring to new system

Computing with aunty virus

Yahoo taken over default search engine

Running Windows 7 Home Premium

Steph via email asks: THIS IS only a minor problem that I’m hoping you can help me with. I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium and it’s requesting that I backup. I’ve bought myself an 8GB memory stick but can’t seem to be able to get my laptop to do the back up onto it, it keeps requesting discs to be inserted into the drive, well I got to 7 and gave up: any ideas please? Aunty Says: Hi Steph. You’ll probably find your backup is too big to fit on an 8GB memory stick. The Windows 7 backup

utility is pretty good but I found it a bit too excessive, as I was really only interested in backing up my personal files etc. If you go to ‘control panel’ you can get to the backup program where you can choose exactly what/ when to backup, and, as in your case, where you want to store it. Click on the ‘set up backup’ link and follow the prompts until you see the ‘let me choose’ option which is where you can un-tick the ‘include a system image’ which will limit the backup to just your data and enable you to fit it on your USB stick.

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

Ray via email asks: HI AUNTY, I have a problem that in the past three days Yahoo has taken over as my default search engine, even though in Google is clicked as default search engine in Chrome. I erased Yahoo elsewhere on my PC but it has still somehow taken over again and appeared in ‘basics’ underneath Google chrome (default). Can you help with this problem to keep it off my computer? Aunty Says: Hi Ray. Under the ‘basics’ setting in Chrome make sure you have ‘open the homepage’ set under the ‘On Startup’ section, and in the ‘Homepage’ section make sure you have where it says ‘open this page’. That should do the trick.

Fred via email asks: HI THERE Aunty. I have recently replaced my tower PC as the old one suddenly stopped working. I have managed to save the original hard disk and I have connected it to my new PC via a USB connection by putting it into a hard disk enclosure which I bought on Ebay. I have been able to transfer all of the documents and pictures from the old disk to the new PC but I cannot find a way to get the emails from MS Outlook on the old disk. Unfortunately I had not done a complete backup on the old PC. Do you know of a way for me to be able to see these emails and transfer them to my new system? Both the old and the new PCs use Windows XP. Aunty Says: Hello Fred. You can do this by locating the outlook. pst file on the old disk and then using the ‘file’ ‘import’ function within Outlook to bring the emails in. The .pst files are normally hidden so you will need to go to ‘control panel’ ‘folder options’ ‘view’ and ‘show hidden files and folders’. Once you have enabled this you can use the Windows search function (start search) to find the latest outlook.pst file and copy it to the new computer. When you start the import process within outlook you need to choose ‘import from another program or file’ and browse to the location that you saved the pst file. Good luck, and take your time and you should be okay.

Red notice in the centre of the screen

Chris via email asks: I AM using Outlook Express and Mozilla Firefox on my XP home computer and for the last month I have a red notice in the centre of the screen saying ‘AUTO CONFIG PLEASE WAIT’. The notice disappears completely but reappears every minute for the first hour, after that it reappears when I switch programs or open a new webpage. Task Manager does not show anything else running and as far as I know I have not downloaded any-

thing new. I can´t click and move on the notice, but although I can type under it I obviously cannot read or see anything under it. When the notice is on screen all the colours of the page fade. The computer and monitor are about 5/6 years old. Aunty Says: This message is possibly being generated by your screen’s internal configuration program (rather than Windows) as there is an issue with your

screen coping with the PC’s higher graphic capabilities. I’m not sure why it has just started happening, or why it is repeatedly appearing but you may be able to adjust down your screen resolution settings within Windows (Control Panel, Display, Settings tab, Advanced button) to a lower and more compatible setting. Maybe downloading the latest drivers for your graphics card will help as well. Of course it is always possible you have a faulty screen so let me know how you get on.


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


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 7. A coat of paint for the detonator (6) 8. Just the party for the chaser! (6) 10. Being about to surrender the Communist fell back (7) 11. Gun rule (5) 12. We hear a dramatic event is witnessed (4) 13. A mournful noise for the girl, by the sound of it (5) 17. Soft protuberance well filled out (5) 18. Take the skin off the fruit, one hears (4) 22. Craft will bring back weekly lotteries (5) 23. Chosen alternative for a voter (7) 24. The Spanish having smooth footballing combination (6) 25. There could be no part for the sponsor (6)

DOWN 1. Work on newspapers and behave tyrannically (7) 2. Having a certain key thrown away (7) 3. Makes one’s way to western borders (5) 4. Sailor’s knot (3-4) 5. One who votes for another man (5) 6. Fragrant plant belonging to you and me (5) 9. One of those strange statistics? (3,6) 14. A trimmer required for the ship (7) 15. Tears up untidy field (7) 16. It’s exhausting when we get a telephone call (7) 19. A street round the south-east is part of the estate (5) 20. Went in a boat and fell out! (5) 21. Near the border there’s an exceptionally tough type (2-3)


Quick Crossword ACROSS 7. Mend (6) 8. Harm (6) 10. Loquacious (7) 11. Concur (5) 12. Highway (4) 13. Match (5) 17. Condition (5) 18. Heath (4) 22. Vagrant (5) 23. Strain (7) 24. Downy (6) 25. Robust (6)

Answers & Winners Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 51/53. Winner for 628 -

DOWN 1. Valour (7) 2. Hardy (7) 3. Guide (5) 4. Handcuff (7) 5. Worry (5) 6. Cut (5) 9. Lay waste (9) 14. Stun (7) 15. Leaves (7) 16. Hand bomb (7) 19. Cram (5) 20. Indistinct (5) 21. Cancel (5)

Euromillions Draw Friday 28th October

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No ticket won the 26,983,680 Euros jackpot prize

Tuesday 1st November

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No ticket won the 33,703,338 Euros jackpot prize

X Factor ANNUALLY THIS competition auditions throughout the World for people who have that something special, and that can sing, entertain, and hold a note. Throughout Europe and the USA it’s free entry for all those who wish to showcase their talents and who are prepared to learn to make a notable entrance into a difficult business. Every encouragement is given to allow all competitors to succeed, with expert guidance, advice and technical tuning. There is only one winner, but the competition makes stars, influences even those who are runners up and promotes all those who pass the selection process and are talented. Expertise and development are hand in hand so that all who take part are helped in some way to further a desire to have a career as a singer. Spirit auditions too, in so many ways. Otherwise I would not have received my first messages from the dear departed friends of my parents that fateful day. As a seven year old boy I was thrown in at the deep end, and I swam, though I too had to learn to find my way to survive. Spirit helped so much in continuing to show me a clear way forward, and allowing me the balance of my wishes, so I would use my gift for the benefit of all. There were so many people on the way that helped me in every way. Sometimes it was their criticisms that inspired me to do well. They were those who supported what I did and told me what to expect for the future, and how to develop my talent, stay connected and grow in my spiritual role. They were those who believed in me and my journey to become a Medium. Yes they were there to help me, and they did each in their individual way. I owe so much to every word of encouragement, and each and every single piece of advice that has allowed me to succeed in this my spiritual pathway. It is only right then that I should pass on information to others who need my guidance, energy and love, to make strides along their individual journey of spiritually led dreams and desires. I see so much spiritual possibility and raw talent amongst people that I meet. So many people have wonderful spiritual energies that should be enhanced by leading them to make a

Kenny’s diary Saturday November 19th: Spiritual Fair at Bistro Maya. Readings, Crystals, Healing, Gifts, Tarot, Angel Readings. All the fun of a Spiritual Fair with snacks and meals available! Come and find some Christmas gifts and meet a host of Spiritual People. From 11.00! Thursday December 1st: Demonstration of Clairvoyance at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation, at the Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz del Pi. 18.30. All very welcome! Readings in your area: Please make contact if you want to organise readings in your locality, or organise a psychic event for your favourite charity. Some dates available for November/December.

specific connection, with a view to working in depth with their talents. They must choose what they want to do, they will make personal decisions, but the ultimate performance will be greatly enhanced by others guiding, promoting and backing them all the way. People can become more spiritual, but most Mediums and Clairvoyants are born to do the job, and they will learn the trade, with its ups and downs, as they make progress along their highly individual pathway. Children are showing such signs of psychic ability these days. It’s nothing new, but the World has changed and we no longer have to hide our spiritual abilities. It’s not so long ago since a single woman living alone with a cat, and growing her own cabbages could be tortured and killed, since she was obviously a witch. Now that spiritualism has been made into popular television shows it has entered into our homes directly on the silver screen; so it has become more discussed, better understood, and indeed favoured. There are those who may feel that it has trivialised Spiritualism, but a little more knowledge and acceptance has already brought out some very specific skills that were dormant and under utilised in so many. I hate waste, I love that people use their special skills, and I would willingly help anyone who genuinely needed a helping hand with their spiritual progress. I do this with workshops, and one to one sessions for guidance, as well as answering email questions and my thriving postbag, which helps so many. I don’t have Simon Cowell’s money, fame and entrepreneurial skills, this I accept, but I do have an eye for spiritual talent, which I have developed in my fifty years in working for Spirit. I don’t hold auditions, but I see skills and talents and I know very well that the one thing that this World needs is people who will spread the loving energy, prove that the Spirit World exists by the provision of Survival Evidence, and teach others to use their great spiritual gifts for their benefit, and for all those that they too will help along their way.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY IF dreams are a version of reality mine are becoming increasingly scary. My sleep pattern is disturbed, and I toss and turn all night waking with the sheets pulled about and a headache. One aspect of my dream has started to repeat and is so vivid, so real, and I always wake up in panic. Jo V. Hi Jo. Our dreams are often reflections of things currently going on in our lives, although many bad dreams are dreams in reverse and mean the opposite. I still wake up in the middle of an exam dream in which I cannot answer the questions. Light sleepers respond to longer periods of rapid eye movement which is when repeat dreams and vivid dreams make their entry. Sounds very corny, but only go to sleep when you are tired, forget the clock, and be in a darkened room. A glass of milk helps the stomach to digest lightly and is a calmative for the body. Try to work out stresses and alleviate the unhealthy stress in your life, if you can. Repeat dreams can go as quickly as they came if you imagine yourself standing up or clapping your hands or defiantly saying no and walking away. Nothing is worse than a bad night’s sleep, you wake tired and it’s not a good start to any day. Tell Spirit that you are tired, need to sleep and are not responding to anything bad, lay down the law and be positive…it works!

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horoscopes by Kenny Corris

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Mars is greatly interested in the need for centre stage position as the conjunction with Leo continues to influence the third house of mystery and imagination. There is some work to be done, and you’ve started so you should finish so that clearance can cover all aspects of your life at present. Facing the music with a clear conscious and a clean slate and you will enter a new World. Jupiter serves to prepare you for the completion of something you maybe wished had never started. Believing in yourself does so much to set the ball rolling, and you have the chance to make an unchartered foray into future wants and needs by pre thought and good intention. Ignore what wagging tongues are saying, you know why you did what you had to, and it’s your business anyway! With confidence and resolve you have come through to the other side of a sticky situation which for you meant a no win no lose situation. Now that a way forward is indicated you have the sturdy protection of Uranus and the action of a Direct Neptune to ensure that what you want is what you get, and that you will stop at nothing until you get what’s due to you right now. A crab like sideways move is all you should be thinking about, even though you would dearly love to give someone a taste of their own medicine this week; you know that they are not worth it. Anyone who treats you this way was never a friend in the first place, and they do not merit your love and energy, which you share with abundance with those you know deserve it, one way or another. Mars has done so much to boost your confidence. Not only have you now faced the consequences, but you have turned over a new leaf in making determined strides towards your own resolve and resolution. If the clock could be turned back right now things would be so different. Make the most of what you really seek and be honest to yourself since your achievements are the number one priority. Could be that the many changes around you are totalling to show you just what can be done if you try. Reward and motive are worth you taking strides to test the water and be sure that if you take your horse there that he will want to drink. You have a clear concept of just what it is that holds you back, but if you just go for it there won’t be any repercussion, just that feeling of freedom and content. Passion for routine and balance have made you strong and sure on this your journey of life. However this week is a great time to examine yourself inside, and you never know, you may actually like what you see there. Others are relying on you in increasing ways, but you owe the in depth heart to heart with yourself to the formation of new ideas and concepts that you need to fell are a part of you. With negative actions in the running the balance comes from the most extraordinary circumstances as the tables are turned and someone at last begins to see exactly where you are coming from. The pathway to good intention is often marred by the inconsiderate energies of others. They can chew you up and spit you out but they have no argument now, and maybe, just maybe they never had! Plans may change and circumstances may shift but there is no stopping your endeavours right now. Blessed with foresight and wisdom your Planetary leader brings in Taurean energies to the fold, that are based on stubborn principles of common sense, hard work and good organisation. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water and you will see what you can do when you try. Good balance and even better judgment have seen you reaching to new heights and new levels. There is always a motivational message that will spur you on to work on levels of gut instinct and prepare you for the way ahead. Something, or maybe someone, is telling you to put all your eggs in one basket, but, be honest with yourself, since when have you ever done what you have been told? Turmoil means re structuring temporarily and some extra hours of work. You, of course saw the writing on the wall but it is not your job to organise others, since your expertise has been shunned in some way. Be prepared for heavy rescheduling, changes at the last minute and the inability to rely on key people for support, since grace and favour have well and truly gone out of the window. Chiron Directs and this has a stabilising effect on all the recent pressures borne by you and your family. As good news filters through this week take the opportunity to make hay while the sun shines and show your versatility. It is about time that things came together and the upheaval of the past weeks is dissolved away as you are inspired to take things now into your own hands for a change.

If it’s your birthday this week... Timing is of the essence as you adopt a wait and see strategy that will be self preserving and better for all around you. Patience is a virtue, so plan nothing yet, but have something up your sleeve for the near distant future, that will back your strength and determination to the hilt.


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Huge discounts on household appliances at the Electrical Shop By Louise Clarke EVERY YEAR more than two million household electrical appliances are replaced in Spain, including fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. Until 30th November, the Regional Government is offering up to 25% discount off household electrical appliances when you exchange your old one for a new energy efficient model. ‘Plan Renove’ aims to encourage the removal of old appliances from homes and replace them with new ones which offer better energy efficiency and are also cheaper to run. The renewal plan, which equates to a maximum 25% discount or €105 per appliance, is only open to people who live in the Valencian region and you also need to be able to provide an old appliance, your NIE number and have a Spanish landline or mobile telephone number. PAPERWORK Essentially the discount applies to washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, ovens and induction hobs.

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors


Time for paths

AFTER THE rain we should start to get some sunny winter days; just the time to start to add or modify the paths around the garden before next spring. There is a long chapter in our book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance’ but it would often seem that the advice has been ignored or not read as those developing their gardens have not discovered the book. So this week we are highlighting ten essential things: 1. The purpose of paths They include the following. To move around the garden easily and safely. To link the different areas and features in an interesting way. To create interesting internal vistas. To move rain water to where most needed. 2. Straight or curved These days, few garden paths have to be straight because one has to walk along a straight washing line. So work in some curved and winding stretches. These will add interest to the garden. 3. Single or varied width Varying the width of paths can add interest. For instance a narrowing path will make your garden seem larger than it actually is. 4. Edging or no edging Edging stones can prevent earth being washed onto paths from flower beds and to retain lose surface materials. Also use them to lay out trial routes and widths before infilling with chippings etc. 5. Useful surfaces In Chapter 2.4 we describe seventeen practical surfaces to choose from ranging from concrete to stone slabs, chippings to perfumed plants and bark chippings or grass.

6. Against or away from the house walls Houses with no plants around the house can look harsh and austere. Sub tropical plants will benefit from the reflected heat of walls especially during the cooler months. 7. Weed prevention Lay solid plastic sheeting under particle paths such as stone chippings to prevent weeds and move water to where best used and retain a moisture reservoir under the path for the roots of plants growing alongside the path. We have a weed free chipping path laid over overlapping supermarket bags over 20 years ago. The bags are still intact! 8. Crazy paving can be crazy When we first moved into the house we initially laid part of the pathway network with loose stone slabs laid over a layer of sand with low growing herbs in the gaps between the slabs… After two storms the surface of the path was all over the place as edges of slabs sank into the soft red clay below the sand when one walked on them during and just after rain. So it was re-laid over concrete and the ideas of herbs between the rocks cancelled. 9. Steps and slopes Where these are essential for getting from one level to another ensure the widths, step heights and slope gradients are safe for users of all ages and levels of fitness. Also think about moving a heavily loaded wheel barrow around! 10. Maintenance Well laid paths will require little maintenance except for trimming edging plants, sweeping up leaves and accumulated dirt, possibly

Clodagh and Dick’s instructive books are available to help you achieve a great garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. You will find them in bookshops including Bookworld, Carrefor and Humpty Dumpty. For convenience many internet bookshops stock them including Santana Books, Amazon UK, Bookworld and The Royal Horticultural Society. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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an occasional pressure spray clean of stone paths in shady places, and cementing up any cracks or loose rocks that occur with time. Happy garden strolls! Clodagh and Dick’s practical books can save you much time and prevent many mistakes. You will find them in high street stores such as Bookworld, Carrefour and Humpty Dumpty plus internet sites such as Amazon UK, Santana books and that has an interesting current offer.

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Two businesses now one great service! WRIGHT REMOVALS was set up here in Spain over three years ago. In the early days they were sub-contracting removals etc but soon the company grew, requiring additional staff to be hired: the company’s first premises opened in Formentera in 2010.


Having already enjoyed a successful working relationship with Premier Removals, established for more than thirty years, the two businesses found themselves working more together than apart, sharing the work-load and helping each other with vehicle bookings, quotation appointments and customer contacts. Along with this, their determination to expand to incorporate both companies as one business saw Wright Removals and Premier Removals move into large premises together in October 2011, adding to their fleet of owned vehicles. This arrangement has been positive for both Wright Removals and Premier Removals and has highlighted their mutual respect, common values and determination to move the now shared business forward. Plans to increase storage capacity, the purchase of more containers, a forklift and more vehicles are all on the drawing board. Offering customers a fair and honest service with value for money are at the heart of the business model, and Wright Removals with Premier Removals are convinced that with their united drive and optimism they can continue along the road to success stronger now that they are two businesses in one!

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Susie Q –Female Vocalist Compiled by

Eric Taylor Presenter Heat Gold 94.1FM


USIE Q is a local singer based in Altea. She started her singing career on the Northern pubs/clubs circuit where she has supported many stars in cabaret and corporate functions. Her act includes the songs of Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Diana Ross, The Carpenters as well as songs ideal for dancing. Susie is a performer who is ideal for private parties, Bowls Clubs, Dinner/ Dances, Golf Societies, etc. She is also putting together a tribute show, featuring: Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Tina Turner. For more details phone: 688 238 225. GIGS FOR NOVEMBER: Friday 4th, Arena Bar, (Near Port Hotel), Denia

Saturday 5th, The Carvery, El Campello Sunday 6th, El Cisne Rastro, Benidorm 2pm Sunday 6th, Robins Nest, Alfaz del Pi 9.30pm Friday 11th, Bar Eleven (near Castle), Moraira Saturday 12th, Bella Vista Bar, Monte Pego Sunday 13th, Arthur’s Bar, Els Poblets 6pm Friday 18th, Private Party Saturday 19th, Magnums Bar, Oliva Sunday 20th, El Cisne Rastro, Benidorm 2pm Tuesday 22nd, Moby Dick, Benidorm Sunday 27th, Arena Bar, (Near Marina), Denia 3.30 pm

Rommy Baker Orchestra Big Band Swing Concert

DJ Gramam Gilbert

Mystique, Moraira

Rio Live at the

Aleluya Bar, Jalon

THE ROMMY Baker Orchestra will be performing a Big Band Swing Concert to raise funds for APASA, the Javea Animal Shelter, in the Espai La Senieta, Moraira on Sunday 6th November. They will be joined by a new vocalist ‘Anna Summer’, who is also the vocalist/keyboard player with ‘Bunty and the Beanos’. The Orchestra has been performing on the Costa Blanca since 1990 and plays the hits of USA Big bands like, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and many more of that era – so come along, sit, relax, listen or dance. The concert starts at 7pm – admission 12€ on the door. For more information ‘phone: 96 583 4715.

RIO CONSISTS of four of the most highly respected international musicians presently working in and around the Costa Blanca.

Pam (vocals), John Pearson (guitar), Jack Hazebroek (drums) and Tommy Duffy (bass), they are ‘Rio’. The band plays a mix of classic rock by artists like U2, Pretenders, Tears for Fears, Yes, The Cult, Chaka Khan etc. Rio will be playing in the Aleluya Bar in Jalon on Sunday 6th November at 7pm. For more information or bookings please call 696 731 290.

STARTING EVERY Friday from 4thNovember, DJ Graham Gilbert will be squeezing in an early Retro session at Mystique, Av. De Madrid, Moraira starting at 9pm. The music will reflect the crowd on the night, from rock and roll for the twisters and jivers to some hands-in-theair party music from the 70s and 80s, plus taking in the 60s along the way. Make your way down for a bop or a drink and unwind with an evening of nostalgia. Graham has been entrusted with making people dance since 1968 so making next year his 45 years on 45s!

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 or 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.

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Javea goes crazy by Jack Troughton


Wyrd Sisters’ director Christyn Nossell

TRANGE GOINGS on and even stranger characters have been reported at the Javea Players’ Studio as the theatre group rehearse for next month’s new production. There are a coven of witches, a demon, the ghost of a recently assassinated king, a mad duke and a fool complete with bells. It is all part of the preparations for Terry Pratchett’s wonderful ‘The Wyrd Sisters’ a fast moving spook that puts Shakespeare on a collision course with Blackadder. The play runs from 28th November to 2nd December each night from 8pm at the Union Musical in Gata de Gorgos. Tickets are 12€ each and are already selling well: book early by ringing the Box Office on 96 579 4937. There is a 2€ reduction on each seat for groups of 20 or more on Monday 28th November. And auditions begin for Javea Players’ next production One Way Pendulum by NF Simpson and directed by Norman Dunnington on Monday 7th November at 7.30pm. The zany comedy is scheduled to run from 23rd to 27th April, 2012, at Gata. Details of the 14 parts are on the website and auditions are open to everyone. Anyone interested can call Norman on 96 574 8127 or 660 732 707.

Careline Theatre’s

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum Marian Carter directs the panto

THE FUN-packed family panto Jack and the Beanstalk under the direction of Marian Carter with Musical Director Roger Dean will play the Careline Theatre in Alcalali from Wednesday 11th January to Sunday 15th January, with matinee performances on the Saturday and Sunday. The choreographer is Suzanna Mace with wardrobe by Jan Walker and the set designed by John Pollitt and Andy Crabb. A talented cast includes Andy Crabb as Fleshcreep; Natasha Lakin as Fairy Moonbeam; Andy Headford as Dame Dottie Trott; Leigh Patterson as Jack; Canida Wright as Bill Trott; Tori Thorman as Jill; Alan Gill as King Maurice; Jim Sissens as Grabbit; Neil Carter as Giant Blunerbore and Elaine Farrow and Yanna Geylenberg/Elysha Fish as Daisy the Cow in a performance guaranteed to raise the roof. The box office (Tel 652 294 750) opens Monday 7th November with tickets for the evening performances priced at 12€ - 6€ euros for children of ten and under: for the matinee performances the adult price is reduced to 10€ with a 10% discount is available for group bookings of ten and over for the evening performances.

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Case 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior Bake Off 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Stuck on Sheep Mountain 17:30 Planet Dinosaur Files 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 A Question of Sport 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Live at the Apollo 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 National Lottery Friday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Autumnwatch Live 22:30 Autumnwatch Unsprung 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 There’s No Taste Like Home 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Bowfinger

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Undercover Boss USA 10:55 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 11:55 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Country House Rescue 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:20 Carry On Doctor 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Derren Brown: The Guilt Trip 23:00 Pete Versus Life 23:35 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:10 Stand Up for the Week

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 Family Recipe 16:15 Murder 101 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Big Brother 23:30 Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl 24:30 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 14:45 Bargain Hunt Famous Finds 15:30 A Question of Sport 16:00 Live Rugby League 18:30 BBC News; Regional News 18:55 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson 19:25 Strictly Come Dancing 20:55 Merlin 21:40 Casualty 22:30 The National Lottery Awards 2011 23:10 BBC News 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Dennis & Gnasher 09:05 Pixelface 09:35 Splatalot 10:00 Live ‘n’ Deadly 11:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 11:30 I Want My Own Room 12:00 Deadly Art 12:15 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 Shall We Dance 14:45 Kiss Me Kate 16:30 Great British Food Revival 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Escape to the Country 19:00 The Culture Show 20:00 Flog It! 21:00 Dad’s Army 21:30 The Most Courageous Raid of WWII 22:30 QI XL 23:15 The Making of Life’s Too Short 23:45 V for Vendetta

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:15 CITV 10:25 Coronation Street 12:45 This Morning: Saturday 13:45 ITV News 13:50 Animals Do the Funniest Things 14:50 Free Willy 16:50 Mr Bean’s Holiday 18:30 Granada News 18:45 ITV News 19:00 The Chase 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 The X Factor 22:40 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:40 ITV News 23:55 Training Day

08:00 Formula Ford Festival 2011 08:25 Formula Ford Championship 08:50 Channel 4 Presents 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Smallville 10:45 Made in Chelsea 11:45 4Music Video Honours: Best Video Nominees 12:20 Big Bang Theory 12:50 Inside SBTV: From Bedroom to Boardroom 13:20 T4 Movie Special 13:55 The Simpsons 14:25 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 19:30 World War II: The Last Heroes 20:30 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Jamie’s Great Britain 22:00 Max Payne 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:50 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 The Save-Ums! 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 Hana’s Helpline 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:15 Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Animal Families 11:00 The Gadget Show 12:00 Big Brother 13:30 Hard Times 15:20 Bullet to Beijing 17:20 Hellfighters 19:45 Men in Black 21:35 5 News Weekend 21:40 NCIS 22:40 Big Brother 23:40 Murder by Numbers

07:00 Breakfast 08:40 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 The Politics Show 14:00 EastEnders 15:55 Bargain Hunt 16:25 Escape to the Country 17:10 Frozen Planet 18:10 Points of View 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 BBC News; Regional News 19:25 Countryfile 20:25 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley! 23:00 BBC News; Regional News 23:25 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:10 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:45 The Sky at Night

07:00 Childrens TV 08:25 Arthur 08:50 Dennis & Gnasher 09:00 League of Super Evil 09:10 Jinx 09:35 Wingin’ It 10:00 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 Great British Food Revival 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:00 The Treasure of Pancho Villa 16:35 Cockleshell Heroes 18:10 Timewatch 19:00 Tintin’s Adventure with Frank Gardner 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Coast 22:00 Will It Snow? 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:10 Fast and Loose 24:40 Never Mind the Buzzcocks

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:15 CITV 10:25 Horrid Henry 10:40 Horrid Henry 10:50 Finger Tips 11:05 Planet Sketch 11:20 The Adventures of Pinocchio 13:00 ITV News 13:05 Innerspace 15:15 The X Factor 16:55 Downton Abbey 18:05 Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar 19:05 Granada News 19:15 ITV News 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 The Cube 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Downton Abbey 23:30 That Sunday Night Show 24:05 ITV News 24:20 Mugged

07:00 The Hoobs 07:25 The Hoobs 07:50 Channel 4 Presents 07:55 Great Scottish Swim 08:50 One Tree Hill 09:35 Hollyoaks 12:05 Professor Green Unseen 12:25 Live and Lost 12:55 Big Bang Theory 13:25 The Simpsons 13:55 Shipwrecked: The Island 14:55 The Simpsons 15:30 Kirstie’s Handmade Britain 16:30 Grand Designs 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:35 17 Again 20:30 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage Veg 22:00 Secret Millionaire 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Daredevil

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:10 Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Animal Families 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 12:10 Big Brother 13:10 Hotel Inspector 14:10 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 15:10 Cats and Dogs 16:50 Open Season 18:30 The Man in the Iron Mask 21:00 Paul Merton’s Adventures 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 The Cube 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 22:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 The Only Way Is Essex 24:30 Coronation Street

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 90210 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Made in Chelsea 22:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 23:00 Me, Myself & Irene

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 The Ladykillers 13:20 3 Minute Wonder 13:25 3 Minute Wonder 13:30 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 20:55 River Cottage 22:00 The Thin Red Line

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07:00 Emmerdale 09:30 Gossip Girl 10:15 Holiday Showdown 11:20 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 11:50 The X Factor USA 13:50 The X Factor USA 14:50 The Cube 15:45 You’ve Been Framed! 16:15 All Star Family Fortunes 17:00 The Only Way Is Essex 17:45 The Only Way Is Essex 18:30 You’ve Got Mail 21:00 The Truth About Binge Drinking 22:25 The Hot Desk 22:40 The Xtra Factor 23:40 Celebrity Juice 24:25 Peter Andre: My Life

07:00 Supernanny USA 07:45 How to Look Good Naked 08:40 How to Look Good Naked 09:45 Wife Swap USA 10:40 Great British Hairdresser 11:40 Supernanny USA 12:35 Wife Swap USA 13:35 One Tree Hill 14:25 Hollyoaks 17:00 Made in Chelsea 18:00 Scrubs 18:35 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 Big Bang Theory 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 Under Siege 2

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07:00 Switched 07:25 Gok’s Fashion Fix 08:25 Supernanny USA 09:20 How to Look Good Naked 10:20 How to Look Good Naked 11:20 Gok’s Fashion Fix 12:25 Supernanny USA 13:20 How to Look Good Naked 14:25 How to Look Good Naked 15:30 Doctor Dolittle 17:05 Make It or Break It 18:05 Alvin and the Chipmunks 19:55 Smallville 20:55 Fantastic Four 23:00 Misfits 24:00 Comedy Lab 24:35 Tool Academy

10:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 11:00 Scrapheap Challenge 13:10 Scrapheap Challenge 15:20 Four in a Bed 15:55 Four in a Bed 16:25 Four in a Bed 17:00 Four in a Bed 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:25 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Jamie at Home 21:30 Jamie at Home 22:00 Jamie’s American Food Revolution 23:00 Revenge of the Bin Men 24:05 Curb Your Enthusiasm

11:00 Time Team 12:00 Time Team 13:05 Time Team 14:05 True Grit 16:40 Grand Designs 17:45 Grand Designs 18:45 Grand Designs 19:50 Grand Designs 20:55 Grand Designs 22:00 The Story of Film: An Odyssey 23:25 The Thin Red Line

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07:00 Coronation Street 09:00 Emmerdale 11:55 Coronation Street 14:15 Peter Andre: My Life 15:15 71 Degrees North 16:15 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 16:45 The Hot Desk 16:55 The Xtra Factor 17:55 All Star Family Fortunes 18:45 ET the Extra-Terrestrial 21:00 Grimefighters 21:30 Grimefighters 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:15 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 Models, Misfits and Mayhem

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Remembrance Week 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Land Girls 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Barney’s Latin America 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Deadly Top 10 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Young Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 John Bishop’s Britain

07:00 Childrens TV 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 New Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef 22:00 The Choir: Military Wives 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Will It Snow?

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Little England 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Jury 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Real Crime with Mark Austin 24:35 That Sunday Night Show

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:15 Above Us the Waves 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Brave New World with Stephen Hawking 22:00 Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast 23:30 Britain’s Sex Gangs 24:35 Rory Peck Awards 24:40 Derren Brown: The Guilt Trip

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 A Risk Worth Taking 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Lost Heroes of World War One 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Hotel Inspector 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Remembrance Week 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Land Girls 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior Bake Off 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Imagine: Simon & Garfunkel: The Harmony Game 24:50 The Name of the Rose

07:00 Childrens TV 11:30 Baby Jake 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 New Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 MasterChef 21:00 James May’s Man Lab 22:00 Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the German Dams 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Choir: Military Wives

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable Norman Wisdom 21:00 High Stakes 22:00 The Jury 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 In the Line of Fire 24:35 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:10 Guns at Batasi 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Food Hospital 22:00 Jamie’s Great Britain 23:00 My Transsexual Summer 24:05 Rory Peck Awards 24:10 True Blood

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 Thicker than Water 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Lost Heroes of World War One 21:00 London: The Inside Story 22:00 CSI: Miami 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Edison

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 Loose Women 18:30 The Only Way Is Essex 19:15 The Only Way Is Essex 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 Peter Andre: My Life 22:00 Vampire Diaries 23:00 Models, Misfits and Mayhem 24:00 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Remembrance Week 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Land Girls 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior Bake Off 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Roy 17:30 Serious Explorers 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Waterloo Road 21:30 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson 22:00 Frozen Planet 23:00 BBC News 23:35 National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:20 Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Louie 11:25 Baby Jake 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Hairy Bikers Short 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Great British Food Revival 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Peter Jones: How We Made Our Millions 23:00 Rab C Nesbitt 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 John Sergeant Meets Rab C Nesbitt

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Remembrance Special 22:00 The Jury 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Cops with Cameras 24:35 Ladette to Lady: Australia

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:20 Channel 4 Presents 14:25 Carry On Behind 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Britain 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:55 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:55 Rory Peck Awards

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 Separated by Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Lost Heroes of World War One 21:00 Dangerous Drivers’ School 22:00 Paul Merton’s Adventures 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Banged Up Abroad

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 20:30 Grimefighters 21:00 Gossip Girl 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 Ghosthunting with The Only Way Is Essex

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07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:30 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 19:50 The X Factor 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 24:00 Payback

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 90210 13:05 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 My Name Is Earl 22:00 One Tree Hill 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The Inbetweeners

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Carry On Nurse 13:20 Channel 4 Presents 13:25 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 The Hospital 23:00 Undercover Boss USA 24:00 Daily Show Global Edition

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07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 90210 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Shipwrecked: The Island 22:00 Sorority Girls 23:00 Tool Academy 24:05 Rude Tube

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Saddle the Wind 13:15 Channel 4 Presents 13:20 Channel 4 Presents 13:25 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Come Dine with Me 23:00 The Flaw 24:50 Come Dine with Me

Emergency with Food Hospital Angela Channel 4. Griffin Sky1 21.00 21.00

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 90210 13:05 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Iron Man 23:20 Rude Tube 24:25 Misfits

Celebrity Whowith Wants Emergency to be a Millionaire? Angela Griffin Remembrance Special Sky1 21.00 ITV1, 21.00

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 None but the Brave 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Time Team 23:00 Time Team Special 24:05 Camelot

tv Thursday 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Remembrance Week 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Land Girls 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior Bake Off 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 The Sarah Jane Adventures 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Motorway Cops 22:00 DIY SOS 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:45 Zingzillas 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:25 Louie 11:30 Baby Jake 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 New Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Great British Food Revival 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Rev 22:30 Life’s Too Short 23:00 Frank Skinner’s Opinionated 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Burnistoun 24:50 Women!

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07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Jury 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 The Choir That Rocks

Crossword Solutions 628 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Butts; 4 Fiddler; 8 Widower; 9 Slang; 10 Inst; 11 Dominant; 13 Reef; 14 Flee; 16 Left over; 17 Cash; 20 Ennui; 21 Compile; 22 Sadness; 23 Spied. Down: 1 Bowling alleys; 2 Tides; 3 Sewn; 4 Farrow; 5 Disciple; 6 Leakage; 7 Right to the end; 12 Peroxide; 13 Refined; 15 Reacts; 18 Alibi; 19 Amos.

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:30 Channel 4 Presents 14:35 The Black Swan 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 22:00 A Time Team Special 23:00 Joy of Teen Sex 24:05 Rory Peck Awards 24:10 Secret Millionaire

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Meerkat Manor 15:50 Animal Rescue Squad 16:05 The Blue Butterfly 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Lost Heroes of World War One 21:00 Revealed 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Mentalist 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Alert; 4 Distend; 8 Correct; 9 Cross; 10 Meet; 11 Belabour; 13 Clue; 14 Play; 16 Abnormal; 17 Taxi; 20 Ideal; 21 Drawing; 22 Gallant; 23 Enemy. Down: 1 Accommodating; 2 Eerie; 3 Tier; 4 Dither; 5 Sociable; 6 Economy; 7 Distressingly; 12 Guerilla; 13 Conceal; 15 Bandit; 18 Agile; 19 Late. Wordwheel: PLASTERED

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Batman and Robin

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 90210 13:05 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks: A Little Film About Love By Jason Costello 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 Big Bang Theory 22:00 Happy Endings 22:30 How I Met Your Mother 23:00 PhoneShop 23:30 Facejacker 24:05 Dirty Digest

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10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Murder Ahoy 13:20 Channel 4 Presents 13:25 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Southland 23:00 The Closer 24:00 The Killing

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Back trouble causes show cancellations

The children’s menu For those of you with a nervous disposition I would advise that you miss this next bit as some of you may think it’s a bit disgusting. Nobody likes us, everybody hates us, let’s go and eat some worms, Big ones, small ones, fat ones, skinny ones, see how the little ones squirm, Bite their heads off, slurp all the juice out, throw their skins away, Nobody knows how much we thrive, on worms three times a day… Another plateful, worms three times a daaay... Or how about: Great big gobs of greasy grimy Gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, little duckies muddy feet, all this makes a very, very tasty treat…I forgot my spoon. Okay so if you have rejoined us now the above is quite gross to adults but for children of any age its fantastic. Little sibling horrors who all regularly run up the garden path towards you with handfuls of the most putrid of substances which they want to show you just a brief nanosecond before putting it into their mouths. All around the globe the all too familiar scream rings out “For Goodness sake don’t put that in your mouth!” It’s something that even the most modern antibacterial wipe cannot prejudge. So fast forward to little persons who in both

shops and restaurants and possibly home as well all of a sudden can’t eat this or won’t eat that and certainly doesn’t like yucky stuff that they’ve never tried before. This includes Tarquin whom I met following a frantic call to come up with ‘something fishy’ for a surprise party some time ago. No details, just leave the menu to you, we all love seafood, it’s tonight and it’s for seven people, got to go now, goodbye. So we decided upon what we call a ‘seafood mess’. Cover a garden table with newspaper and have a few empty bins handy. Then, take a giant wok and fill it with a selection of Tallinas, Chirlas, Mussels, Razor Clams (Navajas), Algochofas, new potatoes, stuffed squid, soft shell crabs, chopitos and Venus clams, cook over a high heat until cooked and then dump the whole lot on the paper covered table and let everyone help themselves: you will be amazed at who eats what. When we arrived at the venue we were informed that five of the guests were children and they don’t ‘do’ that type of food and Tarquin especially wouldn’t go near anything like that. Leaving me alone whilst Mum went to find her purse with a stack of yucky food and three hungry children I couldn’t resist the chance to change dear little Tarquins’ attitude, so I told him that what was in front of him was deep fried spiders and were

fantastic for chasing your sister around the garden with although they did taste a bit funny. Without what was obviously a tempting opportunity to chase his sister he popped a squid into his mouth and declared it “yes…okay.” Within seconds all the children were tucking into the mess making up their own names for what it was they were currently eating. On Mums return she nearly passed out watching the children tucking into the mess and shouted at me “How did you make them eat that?” Simple - take a food dictionary - especially the ones they use to describe the food on restaurant menus and throw it in the bin and just make it up. Kids, believe me, will eat just about anything: it’s the adults we have problems with.

Edwin Cheeseman is a practical food consultant. If you have a question about food email

BACK DAMAGE sustained a few weeks ago by Charles Prince, star of the Glam 70s tour due to start this week has resulted in four of the five Shows on the Glam 70s tour being cancelled. Jukebox Promotions have had to reduce the tour to just one venue next week. Spokesman for the company Peter Day said: “We were hoping that our star act for this tour was going to recover in time but it hasn’t happened and so we have had to cancel some shows. We believe he will be okay for next week’s show at The Lounge Bar in Torrevieja on Tuesday 8th November and hope that people will be able to come along and enjoy this amazing event. The show will start at 8.30pm and tickets are just 7.50€. Book early as seating is allocated on booking and you will want to be in the best seats for this one!” Telephone 96 692 2134 for ticket information for The Lounge Bar. Jukebox Promotions have confirmed that the full Glam 70s tour will now take place in February 2012: this tour was a fund raising event for Help at Home (Costa Blanca).

Not a Kitty sight! Showbiz Goss by

Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

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IT’S JUST getting worse and worse for the X Factory with the latest debacle occurring a week or so ago when Louis Walsh’s charges Kitty Brucknell and Johnny Robinson decided to blow off some steam by visiting The Village nightclub in Central London, a place where they planned to display their dubious talents at Karaoke. However, unfortunately Kitty forgot most of her kit … ee revealing three quarters of her poop deck from behind. Instead of Karaoke-singing the young lady quickly confirmed she is not only a Britney Spears impersonator on stage, but also when it comes to a night out on the town. Flesh-coloured tights completed the over-the-top slut look. Other important information you need to know is that just a few days before this incident Kitty was visibly shocked and upset, in front of the cameras, when Louis Walsh sent fellow group member Sam Brookes home, but we are all over the moon to now discover that Kitty Knickers has proved to us all what remarkable powers of recovery she has. How does this Saturday night T V clogging up machine keep going?

No more walking on water

I have long since scratched Top Gear off my list of programmes not to miss, as my enjoyment level of the show hit well below zero around 7 or 8 years ago when Jeremy ‘I am God’ Clarkson seemed to be going to great lengths to disappear up his Jackson. This unfortunate new trait went on to manifest itself in several ways over the years, an example of which being three or four months ago when the BBC decided to try to reduce costs by relocating the Top Gear studio to Manchester and he dismissed the city as being a place full of cloth caps and pints of beer and flatly refused to

travel all the way up to the town to run his show. But that was a while back, I am here today to tell you about his latest piece of patheticism. Okay I know ‘patheticism’ is not a word, but you are about to find out that it fits the situation rather well. Just to be sure you have all the relevant facts, a mere three weeks ago JC took out an injunction on his current wife to try to stop her talking about his alleged affair wife his first wife … and so we arrive at the now and find out that last week Jeremy said to the Daily Mail “Injunctions don’t work as immediately people assume your guilty” that’s right Jeremy! That’s what we think! Why would you want to stop your wife from talking if there was nothing to tell? Now we get to the reason for the nonword patheticism when he went on to say: “you used to be able to take out an injunction then sit on it … now you can’t!” the law was recently changed to stop people sitting on it you idiot! There was a time when you had it Jeremy … you truly did … but you´ve blown it my son! … BIG TIME!

One Day ON 15th JULY 1988 Emma Morley and Danny Dexter Mayhew have a ‘nearly’ episode Collins on the night of their graduation. Book Review by

The day after they go their separate ways in the world – so where will they be and what will be their jobwise, health-wise, cashwise circumstances on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? David Nicholls has crafted a brilliant tale that takes the couple, year by year, through to 2007. Both have had different partners, career boosts and declines, loves and sadness. They don’t always meet but somehow they have maintained an on and off friendship. Together and separately they have had many adventures and the reader will often find him or herself laughing out loud and shocking their partners or the cat if they have one. Dex is handsome, witty, and an absolute bastard with women but he’s funny and Emma is adorable – and they secretly love each other. But will they finally get together? You’ll have to read the book, as I did, to find out. I wouldn’t spoil the suspense. David Nicholls is Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby, and Tony Parsons rolled into one and he writes with

Only in Britain

This next story is a week and more old but as it was buried quite deeply it could well be that it missed your attention. Scene1: KFC in East Grinstead … telephone rings … female caller says “Can I book a table under the name of Travolta?” male KFC employee says “No! … You’ll need to join the back of the queue like everybody else.” Yes he did! … The name of the employee was not available at the time of writing … I wonder why that might be? A spokesman for KFC said “I´ll kill the little ba …” No - he said “I´ll kick his f …” sorry, couldn´t resist that - he said: “If Mr Travolta wants to come back we´ll be happy to bend the rules.” Creep! Apparently John T was in the town to attend a Scientology meeting and fancied upping his grease intake … “I´ll kill the little f …”

Viva TV Schedule Friday 4th November – Thursday 10th November Friday 4th Nov 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions with Ann Brown. Property developments & ´beasties´ 18.30 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock, Ricky Neil & Paloma Del Rey 19.00 An Evening With Andy Jones – Broadway & Hollywood Show 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Saturday 5th Nov 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions with Ann Brown. Property developments & ´beasties´ 18.30 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock, Ricky Neil & Paloma Del Rey 19.00 An Evening With Andy Jones – Broadway & Hollywood Show 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Sunday 6th Nov 14.00 Non Stop Music

16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Viva Vitality - Health and Beauty Advice 18.30 Spanish Dive Adventures 19.00 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock, Darts legends Eric Bristow & John Lowe 19.30 Hunt for the Giant Sturgeon 19.45 Learn The Lingo 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Monday 7th Nov 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Viva Vitality - Health and Beauty Advice 18.30 Spanish Dive Adventures 19.00 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock, Mark Daly, lead singer of the Voodoos – a local band on the cusp of great things 19.15 Elche´s Palms 19.30 Hunt for the Giant Sturgeon 19.45 Learn The Lingo 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Tuesday 8th Nov 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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Driving Licence Medicals: the latest by

Brian Deller

Author of Motoring in Spain

I ENJOYED an interesting interview with the charming and helpful Señor Jesus Maria Gomez Garcia, manager of the La Linea Trafico Office situated opposite the Gibraltar Border Post, the nearest Trafico to where I live, along with the able assistance of Dean Shelton, an expat who has lived here for 20 years and who works as a liaison manager for the Manilva ayuntamiento. He agreed to accompany me as my command of the Spanish language is less than satisfactory. Sr. Gomez agreed that the Spanish law on the subject does advise the reconcimientoes to treat those resident expats with foreign legal driving licences exactly the same as Spanish drivers when issuing the certificates after a medical. This is the way it currently works: When a driver with a Spanish licence takes the medical, he/she is issued with an A4 certificate along with his existing licence card which is due to expire, and the number of years depends on the results of the medical tests.   The application is now done online with Trafico in the clinic which saves a lot of time.  The A4 paper certificate, though, states the length of time in years that the licence is to be extended / renewed, and within 2 to 5 weeks a new card is posted to the

registered address of the driver so he/she then destroys or files away the now expired original card licence. When a foreign licence expires, the holder then has to change to a Spanish one which is not a problem and does have some benefits. We were led to understand that in the case of foreign drivers, the A4 certificate is to be kept along with the original foreign licence until the next medical is due when the date on the certificate approaches.  This should be from 3 to 10 years being less only if there is a medical reason.  Expats have been reporting that the certificates issued and with a cost of up to €60 each have only three months validity on them which, as I and Dean surmised, and Sr. Garcia agreed, was the time given while the expat changed the foreign licence for the Spanish one until March 2005 when the law was changed after the EU ordered the Spanish govt. To obey the EU Directive Sr. Gomez stated that this is completely wrong - as we all know. But the clinics are administered by each separate province or autonomous region so he has promised to email a copy of the Law on the subject, and then advise on how those of the expats who have been

issued with three-month certificates can return to the clinic to obtain (free of charge?) a new certificate with the correct number of years as in my table supplied in this column in the past. As soon as I have the details from Sr. Gomez, I will advise on what to do next, but do not panic: the clinics through their regions will then be advised on the correct procedure as in the legal documents that have already been sent but obviously failed to understand properly. Perhaps of interest, I tried to obtain the official help of the British Consulate through Malaga and was very politely advised that I should contact the Trafico Madrid Office to progress the solution.  Great to be a Civil servant isn’t it?   Part of the training must be how to avoid work by passing it back to those who pay their salaries. Once this is all settled a full report will be sent to the British Ambassador in Madrid as I do believe that they really need to know what is affecting us expats here in Spain, even if they do not wish to help.  Sorry to be cynical but at age 73, I speak my mind as I have done most of my life.  So please watch this space for more news and do not worry about the three month certificates or throw them away.

There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’ Tel: 666 888 870 Brian Deller, author, book Motoring in Spain, ISBN No 978 84 611 9278 6. Shops’ addresses in my web site at:

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REFEREES NORMALLY get a pretty hard time of it. Indeed, more than a few of them have copped in this column over the years so it’s always good to redress the balance when possible. In midweek, Billy Sharp scored for Doncaster Rovers against Middlesbrough and proceeded to lift his shirt over his head revealing a T-shirt which bore the message ‘That’s for you son’, a tribute to his infant son who had died a few days earlier. By the letter of the law Sharp should have been booked but referee Darren Deadman exercised his common sense and decided not to brandish a card. In this instance he was bang on the money. Let’s hope that the Football League referee’s assessor who was watching from the stands is also as sensible and doesn’t penalise Deadman for his understanding of a very special set of circumstances. POINTLESS Manchester United beat Otelul Galati on Wednesday but the match was a prime example of why many group games in the Champions League are totally meaningless. There were masses of empty seats at Old Trafford, no atmosphere to speak of and about as much excitement as you’d find at a G20 Eurozone meeting. If you don’t agree then answer these three questions and be honest now. Before the game could you say which country Otelul were from, name their manager and identify their star player? No, thought not. TRANSMISSION MALFUNCTION A US federal court has this week reversed a decision to fine broadcaster CBS US$550,000 after the now infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Superbowl half time show. For those of you who don’t remember, Jackson’s right breast made an unexpected and fleeting appearance during her duet with Justin Timberlake. Despite the court’s decision, I’m wondering if ITV might be in line for a similar fine after showing England’s inept efforts against France in the rugby world cup quarter final. I mean, they had 15 tits on the screen for 80 minutes! BBC RIGHTS The BBC has been caned this week for spending £300 million of license payer’s money to extend its rights deals with Wimbledon and the 6 Nations. Funnily enough, the journalists having a dig at the corporation for shelling out such a sum are normally the first ones to have a go when the BBC loses rights to another organisation. To put it in perspective, Sky Sports MD Barney Francis, interviewed at the Sports Industry Breakfast this week, was asked which two events were top of his wish list. His answer: Wimbledon and the Six Nations: ‘Nuff said. MURRAY OUT Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the Swiss Indoor tournament due to a right gluteal strain. Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports (and for unconfirmed let’s just agree that I’ve made this up) that he’s also been banned from his local pub. Apparently, the landlord said there was no way Murray was coming in during happy hour!

Dennis Jordan NORTH REGION


Murcia Golf Hound Murcia Region

HOPE THE rain hasn’t affected too many rounds last week. Unfortunately the forecast for this weekend is a bit grim as Golf Course RTN Price Comments well - let’s hope that it misses us here in the Benidorm region, Alenda €45 Single Green fee (Buggy 12€) as it has done many a time. €52 Single Green fee inc Buggy Twilight offers aren’t really about at the minute as you will not Alicante Golf be able to get 18 holes in. However, you can play El Plantio Bonalba €41 Single Green fee (Buggy 10€) with us at a good discount of 46€ including buggy: call us for Don Cayo €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 14€) more details. El Plantio €46 Single Green fee (Buggy 12€) Out on the courses I am sure you have come across the Million Font del Llop €40 Single Green fee (Buggy 10€) Dollar Hole in One: the girls set up their prizes for you to Villaitana Par 62 €38 Single Green fee inc Buggy collect once you have landed on the green or of course the €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 15€) bigger prize of Las Vegas and managed to get a Hole in One. Villa Aitana Par 72 It has been done many a time. I think it’s great that the girls are always friendly and try For more information email Dennis at or direct to their hardest for the charity, Diabetes, to help with on-going on 630 714 373. research into this terrible disease.

THE WEATHER over the last week reminds us all that we are heading towards the next winter low season period. With this in mind just a reminder for the ladies that Hacienda Del Alamo holds their annual Ladies Christmas Competition on 07/12/11 at a cost of only €45 for golf and lunch and you can email for details. The change in the clocks will mean that some twilight deals become impractical but Las Colinas have brought forward the start time from 3pm to 2pm to counter this problem. The best autumn deals are still at Altorreal and Vistabella where you can play at competitive rates and taking a drive to La Serena and La Peraleja will result in some of the lowest high season prices available.

ON THE theme of local courses hosting large tour events, this week we discuss the Hi-5 Pro Tour visiting Murcia throughout the winter months. The Hi-5 Pro Tour has become very popular with many aspiring European Tour professionals as well as existing tour players with the likes of Scott Drummond previous European Tour winner playing in the first event. The Hi-5 Pro Tour takes advantage of the glorious winter weather and world class golf courses that our region is blessed with and provides us with the chance to see some stars of the future as many pros who have qualified for second stage European Tour school will also be playing. The tour’s curtain raiser to the 2011/2012 season begins at Altorreal from 15th - 17th November followed shortly after by events at Hacienda del Alamo, El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme. For more information on the Hi-5 Pro Tour visit

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Las Colinas


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La Peraleja


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La Finca


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La Tercia


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Las Ramblas


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For more information contact Mike at or direct at Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931.

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Cortijo Grande


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Desert Springs


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Valle del Este


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La Manga Club


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For more information contact the Hound on Facebook, twitter: or 96 817 5716

Just like an old pair of slippers Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

TWO WEEKS ago I was asked by our friends at Levante & Lebeche to test a new range of American golf shoes called TrueLinks Golf Shoes. As I spend eight or more hours per day in golf shoes, usually six days per week, I always look for comfort and safety above all else. Levante & Lebeche thought I would be a good person to test the claims of the shoes manufacturers that they make the most comfortable golf shoe on the market with technology to match. I am always skeptical of such claims and in the past have always been disappointed with the claims made by manufacturers about their products. I would endorse any products unless they are absolutely top quality and do the jobs that they are supposed to do. These golf shoes do everything and more that the manufacturers claim. After my first day with them when I wore them for around ten hours I could not believe that my feet felt so good. At first because the shoes are a different shape, with a wider than normal front half of the shoe, I was convinced they would not be comfortable and not last the day. Now I cannot recommend these shoes highly enough to those who play our sport and come off the course with sore feet and aching legs. When I first put the shoes on I immediately noticed that the heels were lower than normal, this is where technology comes into the shoe but I am not going to bore the pants off you with that side of the story. I was only interested in the shoe being comfortable and waterproof; they were certainly both. I also wanted to be certain that the new idea of not having spikes of any sort would give me stability in all conditions; once again they came up trumps. My conclusion is that you don’t have to buy a brand of footwear that you have heard of to get qual-

ity and value for money. New names in the industry have something to prove, they will usually have something different to offer. These shoes are well worth trying if you are in the market for a new pair of golf shoes and will feel so comfortable you will not want to get them off your feet as quickly as possible after your round. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over 180€ will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection.

QUESTION FOR 4TH NOVEMBER 2011: Who won this year’s US PGA Money List? A. Luke Donald B. Webb Simpson C. Bubba Watson All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th November 2011 to be entered into October’s draw, which will be made on 31st October. The winner will be announced in RTN on 2nd December 2011. October’s winner: Audrey Trangmar NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO To improve your golf, book a lesson at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members by contacting Noel on 639 730 891.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to

FC Torrevieja news TORRY CAME back from the shock of conceding a first minute goal to turn things round in the last nine minutes to record a memorable 3-1 victory against Requena to take them within a point of a play-off position. This weekend they travel to Borriol to hopefully make it 4 wins out of 4.

Tigers show their claws Torrevieja Tigers 61 – Alicante 3: 29th October

TORREVIEJA TIGERS U18s sponsored by the Black Bull of Torremendo welcomed Alicante University U18s to Nelson Mandela Stadium for their first home game of the season on Sunday 29th October, with Alicante kicking off and mounting a determined attack in the opening minutes. They converted a penalty but these proved to be their only points of the match. Tigers responded immediately with some great forwards play which led to the Captain, Edu, powering over for the first try of the game. The Tigers started to dominate the game through their forwards, keeping the visitors penned in their own half while Tigers’ Welsh scrum half Tom Evans rounded the visitors defence on the blindside to add a second try. From this point on Tigers started to score freely with tries coming thick and fast. No 8, Nico, unstoppable and scoring 3 tries in the match. The Tigers’ forwards dominated the set pieces, particularly in the scrum with Alicante continually pinned back by the Tigers’ aggressive blitz defence. Tries were added by Michael Moran, Dan Lester in both halves with the extras coming from the boot of Tigers’ No 10, Michael Moran. Late in the game, Tigers’ outside centre, Jimbo Pan, intercepted a wayward pass from the Alicante backs on his own 22 metre line to sprint the whole length of the pitch to score. Alicante to their credit battled to the end but had no answer to Tigers on the day. The Tigers under 18s wish to thank the Black Bull of Torremendo for their sponsorship and continuous support. The Torrevieja Tigers Rugby Club team still requires more players of all ages and abilities: for more information on training times and age groups please contact Ian Baker: 650 892 044.

Sailing Association Mar Menor

5TH RACE Day (the Penultimate) of the SAMM Autumn Series - Sunday 30th October from the CAR Infanta Cristina Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor, run under the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system. 1ST RACE The morning race started at 11.30am, with a north, north easterly wind with a speed of 8 knots increasing during the race to 12 knots, 5 boats competed over two laps. The results on the corrected time were: Place | Boat | Helm | Crew | Times 1st Miracle | John Clarke | Doreen Squires 2nd Catamaran | Derek English | M. Harding, J. Parker, G. Wharrad 3rd Laser 13 | Peter Cadwell | Janice Penning 4th Laser 2000 | Roger Drew | Anne Marie Tasney 5th Sea Hoper | Mick Burgess | 2ND RACE By 2pm the wind was in an east north easterly direction with an increased speed of 12 knots increasing to 14 knots. Five boats started and fought an exciting two lap contest. The results on the corrected time were: Place | Boat | Helm | Crew | Times 1st Catamaran | Derek English | M Harding, J Parker, G Wharrad 2nd Miracle | John Clarke | Doreen Squires 3rd LAser 13 | Roger Drew | Annemarie Tasney 4th Sea Hopper | Mick Burgess DNF Gamba | Peter Cadwell | Janice Penning The 6th (Last) Race Day of the Autumn Series will be on Sunday 13th November. For more information about SAMM and its race program go to and follow the links or email to

4 - 10 NOV 2011


Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare

968 199 279

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: THIS WEEK’S match was the 5th in the winter championship with the venue the Rio Segura at Murcia. The water level is now back to normal with the flow steady. However, after talking to several Spanish locals, one being from the local tackle shop, it appears that the river will be drained and dredged and this is to happen very soon! If I get any more information I will pass it on. TOP ANGLERS ON THE DAY 1st Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell, fishing the pole using pellet with 18.86 kilos 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson, fishing the pole using pellet with 16.44 kilos 3rd John (AKA Jonny M) Marsh, fishing the pole using paste with 12.76 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 667 407 026. GOOD FISHING Just over a week ago eight anglers from the club went to the Embalse de Acos near Cadiz. They fished from Monday to Friday and the overall weight caught during the week was 7372 lbs which is 3.29 tonnes. TOP 3 WEIGHTS 1st Lenny Bolton with 584 kilos or 1,285 lbs 2nd Mick Thewless with 550 kilos or 1,210 lbs 3rd Ian Dalzell with 531 kilos or 1,168 lbs ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen The 6th round of the Winter League was fished this week at Nancy’s on 25th October. With the altering of the clocks this weekend it should make the pegging of the match much easier with daylight arriving a bit earlier. The colder mornings are also causing heavy dew overnight, making everything wet and slippery so do take extra care when tackling up! 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 8.040kg fishing the pole and pellet 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 6.340kg fishing the pole pellet and maggot 3rd Don (Hawkeye) Whitney with 5.000kg fishing pole and pellet The other week I reported that something was afoot

on the far bank of the match stretch on the River Segura at Murcia. Well it looks to have started with lorries bringing in 30 to 40ft plastic pipes. I asked one of the local Spanish anglers what was happening in my limited Spanish and was told that the pipes are to divert the river around the match stretch. In that case they are then netting and removing the fish to the largo i.e. long stretch? And will then dredge the river to make it into a Pantana, which is a reservoir: we will just have to await the outcome. Our next week’s match is booked there through the Murcian Federation. These and all other details are available at or from Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368 Anglers Together WE HAVE been having a lot of enquiries about licenses from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish ‘Pensionista’ card; otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from town halls or the Caja Rural Bank if in the Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents to obtain your license, i.e. passport photopage, NIE and insurance. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting. The next meetings are: Friday11th November at 12pm at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) Saturday 12th November at 12pm at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo: opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron.

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