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Issue 636

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Festive fears prove fanciful

Hospital beds cut further IN A move unpopular with the workers’ commission the CC OO, the Department of Health has cut a further 26 beds at the Hospital de La Vila over Christmas and The Kings until further notice p7

Furry therapist helps the disabled

by Louise Clarke

CANI, A hunting hound is being used in therapy for children and the disabled p8

So what can we look forward to in 2012? FIND OUT more on p25

Spying on Santa HAVE A look at what Gadget Inspector has been doing this week p51

ITV Orihuela RFC show the way ITV ORIHUELA RFC with the Juniors, Cadetes and Infantiles played in a tournament on Saturday in Murcia p63

Some brave swimmers in Javea last year

Fancy a New Year dip?

TALK ABOUT causing a panic! It must be a light news week in the UK after various British newspaper reported that emergency evacuation plans are being drawn up for Brits living in Spain amid fears of the euro collapsing. This incredible story, which actually comes during a week when the financial markets are more positive about Spain’s finances than they have been all year, has resulted in RTN being inundated with calls from worried expats asking us whether they should take all their money out of their bank accounts! The Daily Mirror was one of the chief scaremongers and reported that these drastic proposals had emerged after an ‘unnamed’ (very convenient) former Security Minister had warned that expats could be left stranded and destitute by the breakup of the single currency. WORRYING

It was also claimed that Brits who have invested their savings in Spain A CHARITY swim taking place on Albir beach is expected to attract large numbers of may not be able to withdraw cash and British, Spanish, Dutch and Norwegian swimmers into the sea on New Year’s Day. The could even lose their homes if banks call event will start with a Casa Fitness Warm up workout and the swim will start at 1pm on in loans! According to these reports, Sunday opposite the Ritz Grand café bar. Entry to the swim requires a donation of €5 for which were also relayed on Sky News, children and €10 for adults; all of which goes to the SURINAME Orphanage. The swim is the Foreign Office is preparing to bring being sponsored by Vistacard, RTN, Xtra FM, Television Alfaz, Radio Alfaz, Hallo, Nieuws us all back from Spain if it is forced out Radio and Heat FM. Depending on fitness, those involved can either simply take a short dip, otherwise there will also be two buoys placed 25m out to sea or placed 50m for those of the euro. Then the Tory Peer, Baroness Neville-Jones, got in on the act who wish to do lengths. There will also be plenty of fun activities for all the family. For more information email esther@ritzalbir.com or call her on 616 076 688 or 966 867 448. and added fuel to the fire by calling

the situation “very, very worrying”. Apparently, the 72 year old was quoted as saying that: “Spain is clearly a vulnerable area and our own citizens would not be able to get money out of their banks to live on.” Incredibly, the reports then went on to qualify their scaremongering with a quote saying that officials are “braced” for a nightmare scenario where thousands end up penniless and sleeping at airports with no means of getting home. And even that planes, ships and coaches could be sent, with some expats being brought out through Gibraltar! FANCIFUL RTN would like to reiterate that there is NO substance to these reports whatsoever and spoke to several of our financial contributors who told us that Spanish banks guarantee the first €100,000 that is deposited by savers. Meanwhile, RTN also contacted the British Embassy in Madrid about these, frankly ridiculous claims. A Spokesman told us: “All British Embassies regularly update contingency planning for all sorts of scenarios, including natural disasters and internal political unrest. However, there is NO Spain contingency plan for a euro-based evacuation, nor do we have any intention of preparing one, it is fanciful to imagine that a major evacuation of British nationals would either be necessary or feasible.” So there you have it, panic over! Phew!


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Parents of Joel Soler Otazu say thank you by Jan Gamm JAVIER OTAZU and Montse Soler, parents of 15-yearold Joel, who drowned in a Sierra Helada Creek last Thursday, would like to say a few words of thanks to the dozens of professionals and volunteers who accompanied and assisted them in their frantic search for their son: “We would like to thank everyone who helped in the search, the state security including the Civil Guard, Municipal Police, Fire service and NGOs and particularly the City of L’Alfas del Pi represented by Rosa Lina of Social Services, who from the outset accompanied us in waiting and searching and supported us when we received false and cruel telephone messages. “We would also like to thank the press for their tracking information in the search for Joel and for their honesty, respect and veracity in publishing all information on Joel. Our special thanks go to the team of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil of Altea, for their professionalism and above all their compassion expressed in all the meetings we had and needed.” Joel’s parents have received dozens of letters and messages of support and condolence. Joel was an amateur magician and hundreds of messages continue to be received via his web-based ‘Magic Corner’. Joel

Merry Christmas from Millie Munro MILLIE MUNRO and her team send all their very best festive wishes to their clients past, present and future. The office hours are 9.30am to 2.30pm daily and over the holiday period their last day in the office will be Friday 23rd December, re-opening on Monday 9th January. For everyone wishing to drop off ‘Food for the Hungry’ please call Millie on her 24 hour Mobile line 660 049 460. A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year Everyone!

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Mariano Rajoy sworn in as Spain’s new Prime Minister by Jan Gamm MARIANO RAJOY was approved by Congress on Tuesday as Spain’s new Partido Popular Prime Minister on Tuesday, with 187 votes in favour and 149 votes against that included the Catalan CiU party. After the vote Rajoy said, “I feel happy because I have spent many years working for this. Winning the confidence of the Spanish is rewarding but also an enormous responsibility,” before reminding members of parliament that his government would be “unable to do everything alone” and would need their support in the future. I SWEAR… Rajoy was sworn into office before King Juan Carlos on Wednesday: “I swear to fulfill

faithfully the duties of the head of government with loyalty to the King, and to safeguard the constitution,” Rajoy said in a televised ceremony at the Zarzuela palace. Rajoy’s newly appointed cabinet formally took office on Thursday with its first meeting scheduled for today (Friday 23rd December). THE TASK IN HAND Rajoy faces urgent pressure to put effective policies in place to rescue the Spanish economy and restore stability to the decimated job market, with 5 million unemployed and a second recession on the horizon. 56-year-old Rajoy has vowed to “clean up the banks, create jobs and reassure investors over the country’s finances,” claiming he would cut Spain’s deficit by €16.5 billion by the end of 2012.

Iberia cancels flights as strike begins IBERIAN PILOTS kept to their resolution on Sunday as the first of two strikes called for this Christmas took place with more than a hundred short and medium haul flights affected. SEPLA-Iberia claims that the formation of low-cost subsidiary Iberia Express will result in the loss of 5,000 jobs and also adversely affect wages. From Iberia’s point of view, there is “no reason for the pilots’ strike,” since according to Iberia President Antonio Vázquez, “nobody is going to be fired or be subject to a reduction in wages and in fact the new subsidiary will create 500 jobs.”

Rajoy

Duke of Palma’s wax figure removed from Madrid Wax Museum

THE WAX figure of the King’s son-in-law, the Duke of Palma, has been removed from the Madrid Wax Museum pending the outcome of an investigation into a corruption scandal surrounding the Nóos Institute, in which the Duke is allegedly involved. The museum curators removed the wax figure of Inaki Urdangarin from his usual location amongst the rest of the Spanish Royal family to the Sports Hall where he looks somewhat out of place amongst a handful of celebrity footballers and racing drivers. And during transit the Duke’s appearance has been updated to include a few more grey hairs and wrinkles.


The joyful sound of Christmas at Javea Port

Carols in the Port

by Patricia Thompson JAVEA PORT was full of the joyful sound of Christmas on 20th December as Javea International Baptist Church and the churches of the Costa Blanca combined for their annual Christmas Carol singing. All the cafes opposite the Miramar Hotel in Javea were full as people of all nationalities joined in the carol singing, making this a true start to a traditional Christmas for many families. Pastor John Hansford and other members of the Javea International Baptist Church also read relevant nativity passages from the Bible in English and Spanish. And grandparents, parents and children sang carols together as old and young alike enjoyed the bright sunny morning, starting their Christmas celebrations in this traditional way. All the Christmas Church Services and information on local churches can be found in the local newspapers or you can access www.bayradio.fm to find out where there is a Christmas Service at a church near you. Javea International Baptist Church has a friendly and relaxed congregation with lively worship and good practical Bible teaching. For further information please telephone: 96 579 5847 or access www.javeabaptist.com

Happy Birthday Audrey! THE ORIGINAL Charity Shop and Library volunteer Audrey Simpson celebrated her 90th birthday this week. Audrey was born in London and lived in various parts of England. She has lived in Spain for an impressive 41 years, including 14 years on the island of Lanzarote, where she ran two restaurants. Audrey has been a volunteer at The Original Charity Shop for 15 years, working at the cash desk twice a week. The staff would like to thank Audrey for all her hard work and wish her good health and happiness in the future.

Christmas treats for the kids at Denia Marina DENIA MARINA, in collaboration with the Red Cross, has organised a toy collection for needy children. The children will be invited to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with chocolate muffins at 5.30pm from December 21st to 23rd and have the opportunity to hand over their letters to Santa. A number of inflatable attractions have been laid on for the kids to enjoy a bouncy play session. And a Karaoke Contest is to be held in the Chachi Pub with the winners to be announced on 30th December. With the intention that no one is left out the organisers have also launched a ‘tourist train’ free through the streets of Denia for anyone who wishes to visit the port. It will stop at the ‘Trenet Hut’ opposite the railway station, in Calle Marques de Campo at around number 41, Miguel Hernandez Avenue and the Plaza Drassanes, near the port. For more information telephone the Isms Group, Marina Falco. C / Turia, 53, on 96 329 3477, or email marina.falco@ismos.es

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Carols and mince pies in Benijofar

Take care - don’t spoil your holiday

The Church Square was packed with carol singers

THE ANNUAL carol concert in Benijofar is proving to be more and more popular every year. Hundreds of people packed into the square opposite the church to sing their hearts out to the traditional festive songs. As well as Father Christmas’ Grotto and several market stalls tempting the concert goers with festive fayre, the crowd was entertained by various different acts including the children from the Dance School in La Marina. All proceeds from the event went to the EMAUS charity, which helps and supports local children. It was a fabulous evening and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. MULLED WINE Meanwhile, the staff at Jennifer Cunningham and Associates in Benijofar donned some fantastic festive outfits and held an Open Evening to ensure that everybody who passed were given the opportunity to hear all about the insurance and pension products and the financial services that they offer. They also had mince pies and Stollen Cake on offer as well as delicious mulled wine. Jennifer and her team would like to wish all RTN readers a very merry Christmas and if you need advice on insurance, pensions and financial services, please give the staff at the Benijofar office a call on 96 572 4734 or visit www.jennifercunningham.net

Jennifer and her Benijofar team in their festive outfits

IT´S THAT time of year again when holidays, cruises and away days are being taken, with more and more burglaries occurring. So much to do and excitement increasing by the minute - when leaving your home please check the following list: 1) Under occupancy- are you going to be away from your property for more than 30 days in any one time? 2) If so is it correctly listed on your policy? 3) Are all your security measures up to date and in place? 4) Is your alarm always on when you leave your home?

5) If you are away more than your policy states do you realise you will not be covered unless you have somebody else sleeping there every night? 6) Does a neighbour have your full contact details in case of emergency? 7) Have you turned off your water and electricity? Can I suggest if you have answsered NO to any of these you contact your Insurance Company.

Myself and the Staff at all the branches wish their clients old and new even lost ones a very Happy Christmas and a Healthly New Year. We all look forward to seeing you all and offering you an even better service in 2012.


Hospital beds cut further

Beds unavailable from Thursday 22nd December

THE DEPARTMENT of Health has cut a further 26 beds at the Hospital de La Vila over Christmas and The Kings and until further notice in a move unpopular with workers’ commission the CC OO, calling the cuts “ petty attempt to make savings.” The beds will no longer be available from

Thursday 22nd December. Hospital administrators predict the shortage of beds will cause further delays for waiting list patients and a spokesman pointed out that the hospital is now woefully under equipped with deal with emergencies such as a flu epidemic or large scale disaster.

Navajo Indian silver jewellery STAR TEAM Classic Motos in El Vergel (opposite Bricorama) have launched a range of Original native Navajo Indian jewellery (perfect for bikers and non-bikers). Bikers and nonbikers are invited to view the original and beautiful collection, and see their range of classic motorcycles at the garage and showroom in El Vergel. For more info, telephone Wolfgang on 96 575 0552.

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Furry therapist helps the disabled by Jan Gamm CANI, A hunting hound deposited with an animal shelter after being abandoned by her owner is being used in therapy for children and the disabled. Cani was abandoned in a sunflower field near Polop at the end of April 2010 and spent a long time waiting for her master to show up before finally being hit by a car. She was treated at the ‘Humane Animals and Plants of Alcoy’ animal shelter but the accident left her lame. ADOPTION Cani’s health and strength gradually improved but unfortunately her chances of adoption were slim due to her age and size – people wanting a new pet invariably choose cute puppies over lame adult dogs. However, this affectionate hound has now found a new role, adopted by the therapy group Humanymal in Alicante, specialising in motivation therapy for the mentally handicapped. TREASURE Cani with one of her ‘clients’

Esther Jordan of the Alcoy-based Humand Animals and Plants shelter said, “Someone made a terrible mistake in that field of wilted sunflowers and left behind a real treasure.”

Mountain walks SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER Serrella Castle: A moderately strenuous walk, over some rough terrain: 12kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 500m ascent: No dogs: For further details Tel: Peter 620 315 797. Bernia East Ridge and Summit: a moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain, with some scrambling: for experienced mountain walkers. Impressive views! 12kms of 5½ hours’ duration with a 550m ascent: no dogs: For further details Tel: Peter 620 315 797. WEDNESDAY 28TH DECEMBER Abdet Circuit: A strenuous walk over some rough terrain: 16kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 650m ascent: No dogs: For further details Tel: Kees 699 162 028. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots and adequate drinking water are required. First aid kit is 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 http://www.cbmwalkers.org


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Santa spotted in Ondara!

by Patricia Thompson FROM 16TH to 24th December Santa will visit the Portal de la Marina to collect cards from all children who have been well behaved. He can be found every afternoon from 5.30pm to 8.30pm except Christmas Eve, when the hours will be from 5pm to 8pm. Kids up to ten years old can play in the kids’ park area in the Shopping Centre, open during the afternoon from 6pm to 9pm except on 24th and 31st December when it will be open from 11am to 2pm. The Kings’ Emissary will take over from Father Christmas, from 26th December to 5th January and will collect the letters for the Kings. To make a request from the little ones, simply come along to Portal de la Marina from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (except 1st January). Kids are welcome to climb aboard the Chu-Chu-Chu train ride in the Centre (located near the cinema), bringing sea-

sonal chu-chu joy to its tiny passengers. To participate simply present a receipt for purchases of 15€ or more on the day at the INFO desk. You must try the FELICITATOR! It’s Free! Pose in front of the screen - it will take your photo and create your unique Xmas Card, emailed instantly from the centre to your loved ones, with a personal message. You can customise the message and send it free or upload it to Facebook and Twitter. It is located at the INFO desk! The Centro Comercial Portal de La Marina in Ondara is located at the A7 autopista exit in Ondara. See the advert on page 16 NEW OPENINGS Even more gift ideas can be found at 7Camicie, an Italian store with exclusive designer Italian shirts. Their motto is ‘L’eleganza e’uno stille di vita’ (Elegance is a lifestyle). There is also a new men´s store, KOROSHI located at the centre.

The commercial centre


Act against rising electricity prices THE COST of living has risen dramatically over the past few years - and it affects all of us. Everything has gone up, nothing has been overlooked. Of course, the cost of some things has risen more than others but the one item that has risen out of all proportion is electricity. The Euro is at an all-time low, meaning we get even less for our money and yet, prices continue to rise. Is an end in sight, or is there more to come? Sadly, we all know the answer to this. Historically, January sees the largest price increase of the year; the industry is looking for a 15% increase next month alone which will have a very adverse effect on all of our bills. But there is a glimmer of light on the horizon. There is something we can all do to keep more money in our pocket and switching electricity provider is one of them. De-regulation of the electricity market in Spain is a relatively new thing but already thousands of people have switched to one of the many other companies now offering electricity supply in Spain for one simple reason, to save money. Prices are set to increase time and time again and, at levels far greater than the rate of inflation, it is time to protect ourselves from these increases. It is time to take control of our electricity bill, time to stop complaining about rising prices and do something positive about it. There are several companies offering a switching service in Spain. Iberswitch SL is the leading USC (Utilitiy Switching Company) and the first to offer impartial electricity services. Their service is unique and they will manage your utilities on an on-going basis ensuring you are getting the very best possible rates. Iberswitch will charge you 30€ plus IVA

to make the initial and all important first switch. This will get you onto the ‘free market’ and protect you from any government penalties for not switching. Once switched, they will manage your account acting as a bridge between consumer and supplier. They check your bills for anomalies, deal with billing issues and constantly monitor the market for better rates and when it is applicable, switch you automatically to ensure you are never paying more than you need to. This is covered by a small management fee of 3.50€ plus IVA each month. Their service is customer driven, they listen to what people want and that is what they offer. They speak in your own language and call back when they are asked to. They are working for you and have your best interests at heart. You can contact their Care Team on 96 626 5089 or visit their website: www.iberswitch.com Make a stand against the rising cost of electricity, switch electricity providers and simply pay less for the power you use.

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Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Learn to relax using Fast Track Hypnosis IT IS commonly accepted that some people can cope with the stresses of modern day life more readily than others. Some people seem to fall completely apart at the slightest pressure, while others seem untouched by these stresses. If a person is presented with enough stress such as bereavement; difficulties in personal life; financial problems; loss of employment or other outside pressures, they will become stressed and anxious. This may also occur due to PMS, anger, or being in constant pain. While certain types of stress can be very beneficial (a romantic encounter-or the anticipation of an event or celebration) what is not acceptable is the stress that can debilitate the body and mind. Millions of people use hypnosis to take control of and enjoy their life every day. The more relaxed you are, the more you have to gain in every area of your life. Business people, sportsmen and women, politicians, students regularly use hypnosis, in fact people from every walk of life. Relaxation in itself will not solve any particular problem that you may have or expect to happen, However, with the use of Fast Track Hypnosis (plus the techniques that I will show you) and the ability to relax, it will allow you to see your problems more clearly. You can transform the negatives into positives, providing direction in your life, taking charge once again. It will help give you more confidence; a better memory; more energy and more motivation. Consequently, you will then be calm enough to deal with problems more efficiently and effectively. The old expression ‘calm down and you will see things in a different light’ is very true using Fast Track Hypnosis.

MENTAL RELAXATION This can bring an increased sense of serenity - not as irritable; losing your temper less often; getting things done; sleeping more deeply and waking more refreshed, etc. Indeed clients would often contact me because they are falling asleep when listening to their CDs, but now they are sleeping far better than ever before, which is perfectly normal. PHYSICAL RELAXATION Stressful lifestyles involving long hours of work etc., can lead to physical conditions such as high blood pressure; stomach and duodenal ulcers; migraine; bruxism (teeth grinding); shoulders tensed; tension throughout the body; tension headaches, etc. The body is telling you to ease off the pressure or suffer the consequences! Fast Track Hypnosis can help with many stress-related disorders by helping to reduce stress levels effectively and very quickly as opposed to some conventional therapies which can take much longer to achieve. However before commencing treatment it is always advisable that you contact your GP to ensure that the problem is NOT genuinely physical, as hypnosis may then be unable to help. With the use of my Fast Track method it is possible to develop not only a mental attitude towards your well-being but also a physical one as well. The whole process only takes up to 4 sessions depending on the severity of the problem, and the response and commitment from you. Fast Track Hypnosis dramatically speeds up the whole process. CDs are also supplied to reinforce the sessions and finally you are taught Autohypnosis so that you can

achieve this wonderful state of relaxation yourself. “Alan succeeded where all doctors and psychologists failed. I had waited 5 years to have a baby but three months after my daughter was born, I wasn’t able to sleep. I had a caesarean birth so had to take it easy, which meant sitting around doing nothing, but mental torture set in. Every minute of every day was the same, I didn’t know what was wrong, then I read a baby book and I found the answer PND (Post Natal Depression). After months of running to my GP in desperation my husband called Alan. That was the turning point in my life, I listened to his tapes, yes in those days it was tapes, and the relief was almost instantaneous. I listened to my tapes on a regular basis and still do to this day when stressed. I went on to have another child, fortunately this time with no PND. Please don’t suffer - don’t hesitate, get relief, peace of mind and start to enjoy life. Only positivity can come from your visit to Alan. From a broken young woman who could hardly get out of bed without crying or breaking down, I now run my own business. Eleanor...” “On your first visit you might sit in the waiting room looking at letters of thanks and think they are exaggerated: on your second visit these will become symbols of hope and thanks. It is the best thing I have ever done. Thank you Alan... Susan...” Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes Fast Track System.

For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites www.alangilchrist.com www.thegastroband.com or www.fitnosys.com


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What a relief WHAT A relief to read Lucy P’s comments in issue 365 of RTN. Judging by the letters pages of the English language free press on the Costa Blanca, one could be forgiven for believing that the area is the exclusive domain of retired left-wing union representatives who seem to delight in regular Tory bashing, and remain doggedly opposed to necessary measures aimed at rectifying the havoc wreaked on the British economy by thirteen years of incompetence and mismanagement at the hands of Messrs Blair and Brown. As Margaret Thatcher famously once said, “Socialists never tire of spending other people’s money…” something that is as true in Spain as it is elsewhere in Europe! Ken Turner Address withheld

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Just another toy I WAS annoyed when I heard recently of an EU directive for more Internet protection for children. It would appear that the bane-of-our-lives, the EU, is now keen to usurp parental responsibilities and make them the prerogative of Brussels. This might be welcomed by those parents who are too lazy or too absorbed by their own lives to want to sit with their children and explore the wonders of the Web but it is nevertheless a sad indictment of 21st Century family life. That seven would be appear to be the average age of an Internet beginner means that there are many a lot younger who are being given free and unrestricted access. I fear that the Internet has become for many parents just another toy to keep little Jimmy quiet while Mum and Dad get on with their lives. Such parents would doubtless argue that they are simply providing the means to satisfy their child’s insatiable curiosity but what they are really doing is abrogating their responsibilities as parents for their children’s intellectual development. Regards Ken Bethell

Reward for return of missing jewellery

We would like to appeal for the return of a white and yellow gold rope necklace which went missing after a recent performance at the Casa Ventura in La Siesta, near Torrevieja. This was a gift from the President of Disability Sport in Taiwan, and two other items are also missing. We are prepared to put up a reward for the return of this necklace and also the silver cross necklace with coloured glass inserts and a silver bracelet that is engraved with her name and date of birth (20/11/89), given on her 21st Birthday. If you know where these items are and can help Lucy to be reunited with them please contact Pauline on 96 676 1455

A reply is called for I WAS deeply angered by the ‘Letter of the Week’ complete with cartoon from a reader who calls herself ‘Lucy’. I have noted recently that the letters published locally are very much anti-dogs and feel that a reply is called for. I would recommend your correspondent read a fine article in the Daily Mail dated Saturday 10th December entitled, ‘Hounds for Heroes’ complete with photographs: five beautiful puppies to be trained over 18 months to change the lives of the badly disabled service men and women who are lucky enough to get them. Being partially blind, I sometimes have problems entering places with my dog and also have

friends who are blind (both here in Spain and in England) refused entry with their dogs: the reason usually given is that ‘the customers might not like it!’ I have not had problems with the restaurants that my husband and I enjoy where the waitresses bring our dog water but do not touch him while they are serving. Regarding the woman bitten in MacDonalds – I always impress upon people and especially children not to touch a dog without the owner’s permission. Some dogs are nervous of strangers, especially if they have been ill treated in the past. Most pet dogs are not aggressive if they are treated in a manner they understand. It is nonsense to say that a restaurant owner

would be afraid to tell a dog owner to leave - they have every legal right to do so. Most dog owners do want to obey the law - having a dog is in itself a responsibility. Unfortunately some do not behave responsibly and the majority get blamed for the minority. As Christmas approaches I will think of those truly unselfish individuals caring for those creatures great and small on our Costas - lost, abandoned, injured and unloved. They will give the greatest gift of all – the gift of life! ‘How can you be so selfish?’ your correspondent says. I could reciprocate. I rest my case. BJ, Albir

Putting a lot of people off I VISITED Benidorm in November as I have for the last 13 years and this is the last time. I have never known so many robberies and thefts. It will definitely put a lot of people visiting Benidorm in the future. It is time the local police did something about the gypsies opposite The Ambassador that wait for people to leave the bars. Thank you, Kathy


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

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Ere give us a Juniors’ Smoking Kit please WELL FOLKS, we’re nearly there. There’s just tomorrow left for all those last minute shopping items that will insure a perfect Christmas. One last day to join an endless queue for stuff you’ll probably chuck out the day after Boxing Day (sprouts for example). Mind you, those frightfully well organised people will not be in that particular scrum. I don’t know about you but I just hate those big-heads that boast they’ve been ‘ready for Christmas’ since December the fifth. Unlike them, I’ll probably still be pounding the streets looking for gift items long into the day... My brother (in his pre-married version) had the best plan for dealing with Christmas shopping stress – he’d leave it all until Christmas Eve! Yup, he’d set off at two o’clock in the afternoon on Christmas Eve and do the whole lot in an hour. Yes, an hour. His shopping time was finely honed thereby prioritising his more important pub-availability time. And yet he managed to get all the family a parcel with this marvellous system that seemingly called for minimal effort. It was brilliant. Now, maybe you could be thinking that he’d spent some time to work out a considered plan of action. That perhaps he had drawn up an extensive list of family members’ desires and had formulated a detailed plan of campaign; a sort of meticulous strategy that had him starting at one end of town, ending up

fully laden with Christmas goodies at the other. But, no oh no, you’d be wrong because he’d plan to visit about three stores at most. His ‘planning’ was a Hobson’s choice approach. Using a vertical list of names, he would work down it in rapid succession. So, if you ended up with some furrydice for your car, it was because you were next on his list and he’d just spotted some furry-dice. Actually, thinking about it his method was faultless. It avoided any angst on behalf of the buyer. He certainly didn’t suffer from the Arthur Daley ‘What’am I gonna get for ’er indoors?’ syndrome. Everybody got what they got - and that was it. Back in those unenlightened days, confectionary manufacturers (quite possibly in league with cigarette makers with an eye to the next generation) produced the legendary Junior Smokers’ Kit. A lovely novelty idea of sweet cigarettes, chocolate pipes and candy cigars presented in a beautiful shiny gift pack with the clear intention of ‘grooming’ the gullible youngster for a lifetime of smoking. One year my brother, clearly bored after fifteen minutes of his shopping expedition, found upon a shop with racks of these JSKs going cheap. He stockpiled and gave away this ‘gift’ to younger family members for many years after. Still, I suppose that back then cigar and cigarette ads

where on our Christmas TV screens as often as bite size chicken-kievs from Iceland are nowadays. Who can forget the seductive charm of the Tom Thumb cigar ad, with its timeless ditty ‘Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb, the Christmas gift for men’? The advert seemed to suggest that ‘your man’ would be extremely made-up if you bought him these cigars. Shocking to our twenty-first century ears, eh? Did you know you can’t buy sweet cigarettes these days? The product is now called candy sticks - I can’t see even my brother buying those... Oh well, time to head off into town for one last shop. Watts in Brum; wishing all you dear folks out there on the Costa Blanca a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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EUROP FOODS draw a winner for Ocean!

The lucky winners

Leading food supplier Europ Foods for the first time held a Christmas grand prize draw this year. The lucky winners of the 500â‚Ź hamper, pictured above are Doris, Ronald and Marie Brown of Ocean Fish & Chips, a family run business in Camposol, Mazarron. The Draw was made on Monday 19th of December, the winning number (524), and the presentation was made to the delight of the Brown family on Tuesday 20th December by one of Europ Foods representatives. Europ Foods would like to thank all their clients for their valued and continous support throughout 2011 and best wishes to all for Christmas and for 2012!


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What 2012 holds in store for expats The grim economic picture means that many expats might find next year a struggle

By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger www.almerimarlife.com

AS I write this column the sun is setting on 2011, and the thoughts of many expats will have turned already to Christmas, the New Year and what 2012 holds in store. For many I suspect it will be a quiet and somewhat depressing Christmas period this year, if the Costas of Spain are anything to go by: trapped by a lack of flights, a lack of money, and a lack of anything new to do, many I know are just waiting for the next year to begin Unfortunately it is hard to see 2012 being anything other than “more of the same, only worse”, and it is little surprise that those given the opportunity to return home to the UK already have. I have lost track of the number of expats that have returned to the UK this year from our part of Spain, leaving behind the inevitable “Did they jump or were they pushed?” speculation, from those with little else to do than sit gossiping around the few bars that are left. To be fair to them it is a little confusing, especially considering just how many people left the UK to set up home in Spain in recent years. Personally I blame the budget airlines like Ryanair, as during the last decade they operated cheap, magic flights shipping Brits over to Spain: board as a plumber, disembark as the owner of a plumbing business. (JK Rowling surely got her inspiration for the Hogwarts Express from these flights.) Sadly, many expats sadly failed to “check in” their brains when they left, mistakenly thinking they could just open a bar by the sea, sit back and watch the holidaymakers flood in, or set up a property maintenance

business and charge for key holding, airport transfers and so on. It’s not always the case any more. I know that many expats have also been effected adversely by exchange rates, especially those on pensions, but in all honesty it is hard to feel to sorry for them here in Spain when around 23 per cent of the population (10 million people) are living on less than €500 a month, and just under 1.5 million homes don’t have any money coming in at all. I do not mean to sound callous but when the only real hardship you face is a moderate reduction in your alcohol consumption and less meals out, it isn’t easy to be sympathetic. I’ll admit though that without that extra income, life won’t be as rosy as it used to be; for one thing, there just isn’t as much you can do. Time is what most people claim they craved when they went in search of the expat lifestyle; now, it’s their greatest enemy. There’s simply too much time, not much to do to fill it, and not as much money to spend on doing it. Apologies if this all sounds rather bleak, but the reality is that things are probably going to get worse, especially in Europe: a winter recession in the eurozone is being predicted in the first half of next year, leading to economic growth of just 0.1 per cent for the whole of 2012, and the euro continues to look shaky despite - or perhaps because of - the recent treaty (which the UK vetoed, and which a number of other countries are now looking to distance themselves from).

In Spain we have unemployment at a record five million, a staggering 21.5 per cent of the nation, the highest percentage in the eurozone, and a new conservative government focused on larger austerity measures and long overdue structural reform. In the UK the Vote UK out of EU campaign has announced a number of EU referendums in the leaders’ constituencies, and the Votes for Expat Brits campaign continues to draw attention to the scandalous denial of voting rights to British expats who have lived outside the UK for more than fifteen years. I suspect that both of these organisations will be busy during 2012 and of much interest to the expats wanting to have a say in the way that Britain is being run these days. The end of the world then? Not really. To borrow a well know phrase: it’s life, Jim, just not as we know it. With lots of time and not much money, perhaps 2012 would be a good year for expats to concentrate on learning the language, learning more about the culture and traditions of the country they now live in, and integrating better into the local communities in which they live. And if all else fails, somewhere near you no doubt there will be a British bar offering an all-day breakfast combined with a happy hour from 11am to 8pm, where kids eat free, and karaoke is available every evening to comfort you. Who said it couldn’t get any worse?

AFerry.co.uk. The World’s Leading Ferry Website. Get the latest special offers all in one place. Save money by comparing thousands of companies and routes. Book your Ferry to France with AFerry.co.uk. Originally published on telegraph.co.uk/expat, website of The Telegraph Weekly World edition newspaper, now also available on iPad. See telegraph.co.uk/expatsubscriptions for details. Chris runs a expat blog about life in Spain (www.almerimarlife.com) and is a regular contributor to a number of publications and radio stations in Spain, as well as writing a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat site and is a Telegraph Expat guest blogger. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley’s and more often than not a glass of red.


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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 Ñ should never be confused with the letter N, under any circumstances. We foreigners are inclined to think of Ñ as simply N with a squiggle on the top, but it is in fact a completely separate letter with a distinct sound and which therefore creates completely different words. The Ñ is unique to Spanish and is often regarded as a symbol of “Spanishness”. I have always been amazed at how easily the Spanish have let go of some of its other characteristic symbols in order to comply with the rest of the world, such as the peseta and those great old car number plates which told you where the driver came from. However, the attitude to the Ñ has been completely different. There was little short of public outrage when some shining light in the computer world proposed that the ñ should be removed from computer keyboards, to be replaced by a combination of the two letters “ny”. This might have facilitated trade and world relations from every angle, but there was no way the Spanish would countenance the move and it was abandoned. The whole row about the ñ has really coincided in recent years with the increased recognition of the importance of the Spanish language on the world stage, so well done them for sticking to their guns, that’s what I say! Perhaps this little summary gives you more of an idea as to why the ñ is important, quite apart from the fact that if you get it wrong, you are liable not to be understood, or to be saying something quite different. Not only that, but there are many Spanish names containing the letter, such as the first name Iñigo and the surname Nuñez, and you know how fussy people are about their names. It is quite uncommon for a word to start with the letter Ñ in Spanish, but out of curiosity I have found a few for you. They are not the most useful words you’ll ever learn. “Ñandú” means rhea which is a South American ostrich, “ñato” means flat-nosed, “ñoño” means simple, timid or insecure and “ñu” is gnu. If you have ever seen the words “ñam ñam” in a cartoon bubble, it means, and rather sounds like “yum, yum”, which also happens to be the name of a fast food outlet. According to my dictionary quite a number of “ñ” words are South American, al-

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though I’ve no idea why that should be. Apparently over there “ñaño” means spoilt or pampered, “ñata” means “nose” and “ñeque” means strong. I’ve just noticed that “ñuco” means a “dehorned animal” in Andalucia. The mind boggles. So much for words beginning with Ñ but of course the letter Ñ is far more common in the middle of a word so it seems rather more fruitful to find some of these examples, and I have concentrated on cases where we might get our Ñ and our N confused. “Cuna” for example means cot or cradle but “cuña” means a wedge or slot. “Cuña” is also the word used for a space of radio or TV advertising. “Piña” means pineapple whereas “pino” means pine. “Maña” means skill or ingenuity whereas “maná” means manna and “mano” means hand. “Campaña” means “campaign” whilst “campana” means bell. Then we have the popular confusion between “año” and “ano”. The first one means “year” and is used when we talk about someone’s age. “How old are you?” is “¿Cuántos años tienes?” (How many years do you have?), which doesn’t sound quite right in English, but perfectly okay in Spanish. “Ano” on the other hand means “anus” (I thought I’d come right out and say it). I couldn’t count the number of times I have told my students not to ask people “¿Cuántos anos tienes?” or to congratulate their Spanish friends with “Feliz cumpleanos” instead of “Feliz compleaños”, the latter meaning “Happy Birthday”, and the former something quite untranslatable. Nobody ever listens to me of course until they embarrass themselves in public, which serves them right as far as I’m concerned. And so to a couple of sayings with words that contain the letter Ñ. “Las malas compañías son como la fruta podrida” which means “bad company is like rotten fruit” presumably because the rot can spread, and not just because it smells. Here’s another one which is extremely popular: “El mundo es un pañuelo” “The world is a handkerchief” which is the Spanish way of saying “It’s a small world” , something we Brits on the Costa Blanca notice all the time when we meet people from just down the road from our Aunty Maud’s sweetshop in Northupsville.

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What a great celebration

FLATPAXABIA first mini Christmas fayre

BOB & ROSANNE of FLATPAXABIA hosted their first “Mini Christmas Fayre” on Friday 09 December. What a great celebration - their first “IKEA Furniture Showroom Change Over”. FLATPAXABIA share the showroom with Tammi of Lotus Home Styling & Darren of Vista Awnings and Blinds and during the morning friends and representatives of local businesses joined them for a coffee and delicious cakes by Ann Martin from www.mylittlecakeshop.info and in the evening when the Christmas lights were switched on and the showroom sparkled, guests enjoyed a Mulled Wine or a Chilled Cava. Maxine from GLAMROX was selling her beautiful Swarovski Crystal Jewellery which was very popular as always. Sam & Cas had a fabulous display of

decorative kitchen accessories – affordable and wonderful gifts www.cositasparalacocina.com and they will continue to have a permanent display at the showroom. Amanda from www.solojabones.com had her wonderful soaps on display – WOW did they smell good! And Karen from “Flowers For You” lit up the showroom and offices with her tasteful and beautiful Christmas flower arrangements – fresh & silk! Many Christmas gifts were bought and a really enjoyable time was had by all! Bob & Rosanne explained to the RTN “We will be enjoying an “IKEA Furniture Showroom Change Over” every 3 months – so watch out for the next one at the beginning of March! The furniture that has been on display will be

available to buy at IKEA cost price and will be delivered FREE & fully assembled (within 10km of Benitachell) at the time of the next changeover. So pop along now to view this inspirational showroom for ideas and if you fancy any of the furniture on display – you can reserve it now! A big “Thank you” from Bob & Rosanne for a fabulous first 3 months in our new showroom and we wish all of the RTN readers a Happy Christmas & a Healthy and Happy 2012”. See FLATPAXABIA’s advert on page 7 for details. Pictured are left to right: Tammi (Lotus Home Styling), Rosanne (FX), Sam (CositasParaLaCocina), Bob (FX), Darren (Vista Awnings & Blinds), Centre Middle: Cas (CositasParaLaCocina), Centre Front: Karen (Flowers For You)


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Over the festive season: Wednesday 21st Kids party 5.30 till 7.30, prezzies for children, face painting and games Friday 23rd Elvis and Rock n Roll Party, 8 pm till 11.30pm, free buffet, all welcome Saturday 24th Christmas lunch from 4pm with live music, evening karaoke and free buffet from 8pm, all welcome

Sunday 25th Christmas lunch buffet, selection of hot,cold english, norwiegien food, 3pm start, 19.95 euro ph. Evening jam session from 8pm friday 30th John the fiddler 8.30 till till 11.30, free buffet! Saturday 31st New Years Eve party with live music from 8.30, free buffet, party packs and Grapes! Sunday 1st Noggys New years day fixer, Free drink with every food order! Evening jam session from 8.30 till 11.30 with free buffet, all welcome

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White & baos abogados and solicitors wishes you and your family a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2012 DEAR CLIENTS and Friends, It seems like it was yesterday when the deadline for submitting your non resident tax returns was so far away and yet the Holiday Season has suddenly arrived. by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

WE HOPE to have met our clients’ expectations when dealing with their marriages and divorces in spain and the uk and we would also take this opportunity to congratulate those clients, from different countries, who sold, purchased or exchanged their properties through our firm and kindly took our advice about the importance

of having a spanish will drafted when being an owner of a property in spain. Year 2011 has been a difficult year for all of us; and we received an increased number of cases about debt recovery in a community of owners as the community had problems with owners who were not up to date on their community fees. and indeed some of our commercial clients decided to sell commercial premises through our firm before things became harder; others decided to do a dacion en pago to spanish banks. Fortunately only a few of our clients were involved in a road traffic accidents and suffered personal injuries, naturally we dealt with these cases as expediently as possible and today these clients have fully recovered or are recovering having

received a fair compensation. Sadly some clients and friends passed away during this year and our condolences go out to their surviving spouses, children etc; and again in these cases we have assisted as rapidly as possible to help the heirs when dealing with the inheritance in spain and the UK. On a happier note we can tell you that we have litigated in court in relation to many differing legal matters including tenancy disputes, claims against builders, contesting a will and claims against the tax office to name but a few. Finally we would like to thank all our clients and friends, who one way or another, dealt with us during this year and wish them and their families a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2012 full of happiness. The White & Baos Team

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 spanishlawyer@roundtownnews.com or info@white-baos.com. This article is available in English and Spanish at www.white-baos.com

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What do you like about Christmas in Spain? by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

I’VE WRITTEN all year about tax. What fun. It’s a very important subject but isn’t the most riveting to write about. So, they’ve given me a tax break here and this week I can write about Christmas! Where you spend Christmas is always an emotive subject. Are you with the in-laws or your parents? Who gets to cook the turkey and who does the cold plate on Boxing Day? The dilemmas are even greater when you’ve got a choice between two countries. As you might have realised, I like tables so I couldn’t let the old year end without one dedicated to Christmas and a little comparison between cultures: Christmas in Britain Begin preparing in October

Christmas in Spain What, it’s December 24th already?

Cooking all day on the 25th – done Cooking all evening on the 24th in time for the after dinner snoring – feet up on the 25th Santa Claus

Papa Noel and the three kings (double treats for the canny)

Lights, lights and more lights

Oh look, there are some Christmas lights there!

Card to Uncle Bert, card from son to uncle Bert, remind Uncle Bert to send a card to Auntie Wilma

Do they sell cards in Carrefour?

Boxing Day then New Years Eve and we’re done for another year

What no Boxing Day? No, but we’ve got new year, then epiphany, then Easter, then…

Of course, this table reflects my experience. It’s definitely a low key event in Spain in comparison to the UK and if you’re living here it gives you chance to break from routine and do things how you would really like to do it. We asked some of our associates what they like to do at Christmas. There were some recurring themes. The contrast in weather between Spain and the UK and what it enables you to do on Christmas day was a popular one. Yvonne from Estival Tour travel agents at La Zenia has a special treat not normally associated with the festive season, ‘I love it when it’s sunny on Christmas day - I’ve been known to celebrate with a champagne breakfast on the beach, albeit with winter woollies – but not always!’ Nick Snelling runs Culture Spain and has a slightly more physical way of occupying himself over the Christmas period: “As a passionate rock climber, the Christmas break means that I have the opportunity to go climbing. This is one of my Spanish joys, enhanced by memories of freezing in the UK besides dripping crags – having driven for hours to find that the weather made climbing impossible.” And when he’s not working off the Christmas pudding there’s also chance to relax: “The first year my family came to Spain we had Christmas dinner in shorts and tee-shirts on our balcony overlooking the dramatic Valencian mountains. Wonderful!” Christmas in Spain is a time to enjoy rather than trying to meet unrealistic expectations and please everyone. One of our clients, Nuala Spring, sums it up for her and her husband Tony: “We like the fact that it is not so commercial and is still largely a religious festival. In fact, we can’t think of anything we don’t like about it.” And on that positive note, everyone here at Ábaco would like to thank all readers of RTN for putting up with our tax articles all year and hope you have enjoyed this one for a change. Then again, if you’re from the ‘bah humbug’ brigade you might prefer reading about taxes. Either way, we’ll be back to our usual form next year. Feliz navidad…

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So what can we look forward to in 2012? by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns SO THAT’S another year gone! A year ago we were brave enough to make some predictions about what we thought might happen in 2011 with the promise to revisit them to see how right or wrong we were. We said about 2011: Interest rates will remain near zero for a while yet but as 2011 progresses the threat of inflation will become very real and interest rates will rise. The US dollar will continue to weaken and Gold will rise further towards $2,000 an ounce. Spain and Portugal will both need some form of bailout as the sovereign debt crisis continues. Stock markets in the UK, USA and Europe will suffer substantial falls during 2011. The pound will continue to strengthen against the euro,

perhaps reaching as high as 1.30. The UK economy will continue to recover but the worst winter in living memory will be blamed for lower economic growth than originally expected. The referendum on changing the electoral system in the UK will result in a “no” vote. Great strains on the coalition government will follow. Vince Cable will be “shuffled” from the position of Business Secretary, and will be advised to buy a new hat. The Spanish air traffic controllers (the French as well) will cause further chaos. As the austerity measures bite further in the UK there will be even more civil unrest. Well I think we would give ourselves about seven out of nine. But what about our thoughts about the year ahead with a promise once again to see how we did in a year’s time.

So for 2012 we think: Interest rates will remain near zero and all the way through 2012 and indeed into 2013. The US dollar will weaken further and Gold will rise beyond $2,000 an ounce after a correction in early 2012. The Sovereign debt crisis in Europe will deepen further. Germany will allow a wider role for the European Central Bank

but it will not be enough to prevent the survival of the Euro in its current form being seriously threatened. Global Stock markets will suffer substantial falls during the first half of 2012, recovering only if the Eurozone and US debt crises are contained and addressed. A real risk of a meltdown exists if Governments continue to dither. The pound will strengthen against the euro, to beyond 1.20. The UK economy will slow to a near standstill or worse with economic forces outside of the UK getting the blame. As austerity measures bite further in Europe there will be strikes and civil unrest. Austerity measures introduced by the new Spanish Government will cause unemployment to rise towards 25%. There will be military intervention in Iran involving Israel and the USA. As a business it has been another good year for Premier Pension Solutions SL and we are grateful to those who have supported us with their business. We look forward to further exciting times in the pensions’ world during 2012 and wish all our clients and readers a Happy Christmas and New Year. For further information about QROPS, QNUPS and other pension solutions please e-mail review@qrops.es or see www.prempensions.com quoting reference RTN1211

THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN WARD AND ROBERT BURNS, PREMIER PENSION SOLUTIONS S.L., December 2011. Please see our advert on Page 2. At the forefront of the industry with over forty years combined experience with pensions, regulated and authorised, liaising directly with providers and HMRC, Stephen and Robert are two of the leading authorities on QROPS. E: info@prempensions.com T: 965 790 918 www.prempensions.com or www.qrops.es

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Renting your property – points to watch by

Michael Olmer

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

IN THE present slow property market many people are choosing to rent their property out rather than sell. There are some basic steps you should take, and basic information you should gather about your tenant to protect yourself and your property. Renting property which is to be the habitual and permanent residence of the tenant is regulated by the section II of the Law of Urban Rentals 29/1994. The law also grants rights of residence to the tenant’s spouse and dependent children. A rental contract can be verbal or in writing but like Groucho Marx once said, “a verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s written on” so it is always best to get it in writing. It is vital that the contract sets out your full name, address, passport number and NIE number as landlord, and the full names, address, passport number, and if they have them, the NIE numbers of the tenant. Remember that if you own the property jointly with anyone else such as a spouse or partner that you must both be named as Landlord, and the same applies if the Tenant is more than one person. The property must be correctly described with its full address, and catastral number in the rental contract. You will find the catastral number on the bill for your IBI, or local property taxes. The rental contract must state the length of time that the tenancy is to run, together with the amount of the rent, how and when the rent is to be paid, for example

by standing order to your bank account in the first week of each month, and the amount of any deposit paid. If the tenancy is to run for one year or more but less than five years, the tenant has the right to extend their tenancy each year until it has run for five years by giving not less than 30 days notice to the landlord before each anniversary of the start of the tenancy. For most property, this right can be excluded in one of two ways. First, by granting the tenancy for a term of less than 1 year and stating in the contract, that the property is not being rented to the tenant as their permanent and habitual residence. If you are only renting the property out for a relatively short time it is most important that the contract states that the property is not being rented to the tenant as their permanent home or “vivienda habitual”. Second, the landlord can reserve for himself in the original tenancy agreement the right to bring the tenancy to an end by giving notice to the tenant if he wants to live in it himself as his own permanent home. In the latter case the landlord must take up residence within 3 months. If the Landlord does not actually move back in the tenant is entitled either to claim the right to move back in together with compensation for the cost of moving out into alternative accommodation and then moving back in, or financial compensation equivalent to the rent that would be due for the balance of the five years could remain on the original contract!

Always make an inventory of all the contents, including any fitted electrical appliances. This should be signed by both you and the tenant, and whether it is furnished or unfurnished make a record of the decorative and physical state of the property. The easiest way to this is to take a number of photographs and print them out to be signed by both you and the tenant. Take a sufficient deposit to cover both damage to the property and a sum of money to guarantee the payment of the rent, and make sure that both are recorded in the rental contract. Interestingly, very large properties with a built floor area of more than 300 square metres are outside the scope of law 29/1994 as it is assumed that these are luxury properties subject simply to market forces. Should you later have problems with your tenant you will at least have the basic information you need to take appropriate legal action. Incidentally, it is a criminal offence under Article 173 of the Spanish Penal Code to harass tenants in an attempt to drive them out, or change the locks, which is punishable by a prison sentence of between 6 months and 2 years. The Courts offer a fast track system of “Express Evictions”, but the volume of cases means that even with the streamlined procedure enforcement of eviction orders can take many months. If you are a landlord with problem tenants, (or a tenant with a problem landlord) give us a call at Link Point Legal and Business Services.

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The Eurozone to provide €150,000 million in loans SPAIN WILL provide €14,860 million as part of bilateral loans to assist bailouts for debt-stricken states under the new EU Eurozone agreement hammered out by Ministers of European Union finance.

As yet 17 Euro countries have made commitments with the UK refusing to participate. The greatest contribution will be from Germany (€41,500 million), followed by France (€31,400 million) and Italy (€23,480 million). “The United Kingdom has indicated that it will define its contribution early next year as part of the G-20,” said the chairman of the Eurogroup and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, speaking at a press conference this week.

Spain to provide almost €15 million for bailouts

Toy shops price tags under scrutiny Shop around for the best toy prices this year

AS TOY sales shoot up during the Christmas and Kings, a new study by the Federation of Independent Users and Consumers (FUCI) has revealed that prices on popular toys may vary by as much as 20€. Samples were taken from 30 toy retail outlets including Carrefour, Auchan, El Corte Ingles, Hipercor, Toys ‘R’ Us and Juguetilandia and the results showed a difference of up to 70% in price between one store and another. Parents are advised to shop around before picking up the kids’ gifts for Christmas and The Kings, as in almost 25% of cases the toy prices differed by as much as 15€. Toys for infants, pre-school and video games show the biggest difference. An average spending rate of 185€ per customer is projected for 2011, representing 10% less than 2010.


tv Friday 23rd December

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Only Fools and Horses 15:30 Keeping Up Appearances 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Miranda 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:35 National Lottery Friday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:30 Deadly 60 09:55 What’s New, Scooby-Doo? 10:20 Pinocchio 12:00 Lorraine’s Last Minute Christmas 13:00 Restoration Home 14:00 The Weakest Link 14:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:30 The Heroes of Telemark 17:35 Coast 18:05 Antiques Road Trip 18:50 Celebrity Eggheads 19:20 Nativity! 21:00 Raymond Blanc’s Christmas Feast 22:00 The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen 23:00 QI 23:30 Tamara Drewe

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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Midsomer Murders 17:59 Granada Weather 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Lakes 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Jonathan Ross Show 23:15 ITV News 23:45 Granada News 23:50 Eyes Wide Shut

07:15 Treacle People 07:25 The Hoobs 08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:45 Perfect Couples 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:40 Frasier 11:10 Big Bang Theory 11:40 Big Bang Theory 12:10 The Simpsons 12:40 The Simpsons 13:10 Three Men and a Baby 15:05 Hocus Pocus 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:40 4thought.tv 20:45 Gordon’s Christmas Cookalong 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:00 Home for the Holidays 24:10 The Inbetweeners

07:00 Childrens TV 10:50 Disney’s 12 Days of Christmas 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Meerkat Manor 12:05 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:05 Ice Road Truckers 14:05 5 News Lunchtime 14:10 Animal Rescue Squad 14:30 Eloise at Christmastime 16:15 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Top 20 Aussie Soap Moments 2011 19:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 19:55 The Whalers 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show 23:05 The Tommy Cooper Hour 24:10 Up the Chastity Belt

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 Pushing Daisies 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Nanny 911 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 13:55 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:30 Loose Women 17:30 All Star Mr & Mrs 18:25 All Star Family Fortunes 19:10 Ice Age: the Meltdown 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:30 The Nutty Professor

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:30 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:10 Smallville 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Greek 14:00 Scrubs 14:30 Scrubs 15:00 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:30 Desperate Housewives 17:30 Rules of Engagement 17:55 Scrubs 18:25 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Desperate Scousewives 22:00 Hollyoaks 23:00 Hostage

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 The Robe 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 17:10 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On 22:00 Titanic


tv Christmas Eve 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Nativity 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:15 Nigel Slater’s Simple Christmas 13:15 BBC News; Regional News 13:30 Keeping Up Appearances 14:30 The Santa Clause 2 16:05 G-Force 17:30 BBC News; Regional News 17:50 Winter Wipeout 18:50 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 21:00 Merlin 21:45 EastEnders 22:20 Outnumbered 23:00 Lapland 24:15 National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 24:25 BBC News 24:45 Midnight Mass from St George’s Cathedral Southwark

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Little Howard’s Big Christmas Question 08:25 Bear Behaving Badly 08:50 The Story of Tracy Beaker 09:05 League of Super Evil 09:15 Horrible Histories 09:50 Jump In! 11:10 Bicentennial Man 13:10 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 14:35 Pappano’s Essential Tosca 15:35 Tosca from the Royal Opera House 17:45 University Challenge 18:15 Dad’s Army 18:45 Carols from King’s 20:00 John Craven Years 21:00 Morecambe and Wise 22:00 The Many Faces of... 23:00 The Best of Les Dawson 23:25 TOTP2 24:55 Blackadder Rides Again

07:00 Mini CITV

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Nativity 11:00 Christmas Day Eucharist from Lichfield Cathedral 12:00 Songs of Praise 12:40 Morecambe and Wise 13:25 BBC News 13:35 Kung Fu Panda 15:00 Top of the Pops 16:00 The Queen 16:10 Monsters vs Aliens 17:35 BBC News 17:50 Ratatouille 19:30 The Gruffalo’s Child 20:00 Doctor Who 21:00 Strictly Come Dancing 22:00 EastEnders 23:00 Absolutely Fabulous 23:30 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 24:30 BBC News 24:45 On Christmas Night 24:50 Have I Got a Bit More News for You

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Blue Peter 10:05 The Slammer 10:35 Magic Roundabout 11:50 The Sword in the Stone 13:10 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 15:10 A Musical Nativity with John Rutter 16:10 The Prince and the Composer: A Film about Hubert Parry by HRH the Prince of Wales 17:40 Dad’s Army 18:10 Porridge 18:50 The Queen 19:00 University Challenge 19:30 Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood 21:00 Blackadder the Third 21:30 Blackadder the Third 22:00 The Toys That Made Christmas 23:30 James May’s Man Lab 24:30 Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

07:00 Mini CITV

08:25 CITV 09:15 Tom and Jerry - the Magic Ring 10:25 Santa Claus 12:30 Coronation Street 14:25 ITV News 14:45 The Polar Express 16:35 ET the Extra-Terrestrial 18:45 ITV News 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 The Cube 20:30 Text Santa 23:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:00 ITV News 24:15 Carols from

08:15 Garfield 09:45 Olive, the Other Reindeer 10:40 Prep & Landing 11:10 Charlotte’s Web 13:00 The Muppet Christmas Carol 14:40 Gordon’s Christmas Cookalong 14:50 Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On 15:55 Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 18:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:05 4thought.tv 20:15 Hairspray 22:20 Home for the Holidays 23:55 Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:25 The Mr Men Show 10:40 Roary the Racing Car 11:00 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:15 Chef Donald 11:20 ThunderCats 11:55 Meerkat Manor 12:25 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 13:25 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 14:30 Cars Toons 14:35 Mrs Miracle 16:25 Meet the Santas 18:05 Scrooge: A Christmas Carol 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 20:55 5 News Weekend 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Greatest Christmas TV Moments

07:10 The Ugly Duckling and Me 08:40 The Simpsons 09:00 The Simpsons 09:30 James and the Giant Peach 11:00 Gordon’s Christmas Cookalong 15:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 15:30 The Snowman 16:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 17:05 Channel 4 News 17:10 4thought.tv 17:15 The Alternative Christmas Message 17:20 Deal or No Deal 18:20 Big 20:15 Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs 22:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 So This Is Christmas

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 08:45 Little Princess 09:05 Milkshake! Monkey 09:10 Angelina Ballerina 09:25 Rupert Bear 09:45 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:00 Mist: the Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy 11:30 Trailer Horn 11:35 Animal Rescue Squad 11:55 Andre Rieu’s Christmas Spectacular 12:55 Ice Road Truckers 13:55 Ice Road Truckers 14:55 Cars: Unidentified Flying Mater 15:00 Miracle in Manhattan 16:45 Mrs Santa Claus 18:30 The Santa Suit 20:25 The Christmas Card 22:05 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 23:00 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs

tv Christmas Day Bucklebury

08:25 CITV 08:45 The Borrowers 10:25 March of the Penguins 12:00 Miracle on 34th Street 14:05 ITV News 14:15 Aladdin 16:00 The Queen 16:10 Happy Feet 18:10 ITV News 18:30 You’ve Been Framed! 19:00 Emmerdale 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 Coronation Street 22:00 Downton Abbey 24:05 ITV News

tv Boxing Day

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Shaun the Sheep 10:10 The Gruffalo 10:35 The Gruffalo’s Child 11:00 The Jungle Book 2 12:10 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 13:35 BBC News 13:45 Regional News 13:55 Morecambe and Wise 15:00 Strictly Come Dancing 16:00 Winter Wipeout 17:00 Shrek 2 18:25 BBC News 18:35 Regional News 18:40 Jim’ll Fix It with Shane Richie 19:10 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 20:30 The Borrowers 22:00 EastEnders 22:30 The Royal Bodyguard 23:00 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:30 BBC News 23:45 Match of the Day

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:25 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 08:55 Junior Bake Off 09:25 CBeebies Panto: Strictly Cinderella 09:55 Pixar: 25 Magic Moments 10:55 Heidi 12:30 The Crimson Wing 13:45 Mansfield Park 15:35 Emma 17:30 Final Score 18:10 Becoming Jane 20:00 Springwatch 21:30 University Challenge 22:00 Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait? 23:00 Victoria Wood: Seen on TV 24:30 Ruth Jones’ Christmas Cracker

24:20 Benidorm

07:00 Supernormal 07:10 SpongeBob SquarePants 07:20 Horrid Henry 07:35 Almost Naked Animals 08:05 Fleabag Monkeyface 08:35 Monk 08:40 The Adventures of Pinocchio 10:25 Best Ever Christmas Films 11:25 Goodnight Mister Tom 13:20 ITV News 13:30 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 15:00 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 16:30 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 19:20 ITV News 19:30 Emmerdale 20:00 The Unforgettable... 21:00 Coronation Street 22:00 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 24:00 ITV News 24:15 Gladiator

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07:20 Treacle People 07:30 Benji the Hunted 09:00 The Bear 09:30 The Morning Line 10:25 Big Bang Theory 10:55 Big Bang Theory 11:25 The Simpsons 11:55 The Simpsons 12:25 Bugsy Malone 14:15 Channel 4 Racing 16:40 The Simpsons 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:10 Coach Trip 18:45 Channel 4 News 19:00 4thought.tv 19:05 Hollyoaks 19:35 Come Dine with Me 20:05 Home Alone 22:00 Bear’s Wild Weekend with Miranda 23:00 Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night 23:50 Father Ted: Unintelligent Design 24:20 Small, Far Away: The World of Father Ted

07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Noddy in Toyland 08:50 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:00 Peppa Pig 09:05 Peppa Pig 09:20 Roary the Racing Car 09:35 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Meerkat Manor 12:05 Meerkat Manor 12:35 Ice Road Truckers 13:35 5 News Lunchtime 13:45 The Producers 16:10 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 18:10 The Wizard of Oz 20:05 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs 23:00 Dirty Dancing

07:00 Emmerdale 09:30 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:50 The X Factor USA 11:20 The X Factor USA 13:10 Dick Whittington 14:40 Cinderella 16:15 Aladdin 17:45 Jack and the Beanstalk 19:15 The Scorpion King 21:00 Nanny McPhee 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 The Bourne Identity

07:00 Merlin’s Apprentice 10:30 Jingle All the Way 12:15 Hollyoaks 14:50 Alvin and the Chipmunks 16:35 Sorority Girls 17:40 Desperate Scousewives 18:40 Scrubs 19:05 Scrubs 19:35 Big Bang Theory 20:05 Big Bang Theory 20:35 Big Bang Theory 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Big Bang Theory 22:00 The World’s Greatest Prankster 24:05 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazak

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10:00 A Place in the Sun 10:35 High Society 12:40 On the Town 14:35 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross 17:50 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 18:55 River Cottage Christmas 19:55 Jimmy’s Grow Your Own Christmas Dinner 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Father Ted: Unintelligent Design 22:40 Father Ted 23:15 Small, Far Away: The World of Father Ted 24:15 Father Ted 24:50 Wall Street

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe BBC 1, 18.50

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Switched

09:30 Coronation Street

07:30 Earthsea

11:30 All Star Mr & Mrs

09:15 Olive,

12:30 Michael Bublé:

the Other Reindeer

Home for Christmas

10:20 Gulliver’s Travels

14:00 Peter Andre:

12:10 Gulliver’s Travels

My Life

14:05 Barnyard

15:00 The Xtra Factor

15:45 Jingle All the Way

16:00 The Xtra Factor

17:30 Annie

17:00 The Xtra Factor

20:00 Big Bang Theory

18:00 The Xtra Factor

20:30 Big Bang Theory

19:00 The Xtra Factor

20:55 Independence

20:00 Jack Frost

Day

22:00 The Bourne

23:40 Big Bang Theory

Supremacy

24:10 Big Bang Theory

24:05 Celebrity Juice

24:40 Tool Academy

10:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 11:00 Making War Horse 12:10 A Christmas Carol: the Musical 14:00 High Society 16:05 Singin’ in the Rain 18:10 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 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Matthew Bourne’s Christmas 23:00 Akram Khan: Homeland 24:05 Balletboyz: Next Generation

The Santa Suit Channel 5, 18.30

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 The Xtra Factor 08:00 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:30 Coronation Street 09:30 Emmerdale 10:30 The Xtra Factor 11:30 A Cinderella Story 13:30 The Cube 14:30 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:45 You’ve Been Framed! 15:15 All Star Family Fortunes 16:00 The Big Quiz 17:00 Coronation Street 18:00 Emmerdale 19:00 The Only Way Is Essex 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Polar Express 23:00 The Bourne Ultimatum

07:00 Earthsea 08:40 The Sword of Xanten 10:30 The Sword of Xanten 12:10 Olive, the Other Reindeer 13:10 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 13:40 Scrubs 14:40 Hollyoaks 15:10 ‘Crocodile’ Dundee 17:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Made in Chelsea 23:00 Desperate Scousewives 24:05 Sorority Girls

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10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 Singin’ in the Rain 13:00 3 Minute Wonder 13:05 3 Minute Wonder 13:10 Deal or No Deal 14:10 On the Town 16:10 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 16:40 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 17:15 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 17:45 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 18:20 Titanic 22:00 Kate and William: Romance and the Royals 23:00 My Mother Diana 24:05 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings


tv Tuesday 27th December

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07:00 Breakfast 09:05 Match of the Day 10:40 The Road to El Dorado 12:00 Hotel for Dogs 13:35 BBC News 13:45 Regional News 13:50 EastEnders 15:50 Doctor Who 16:50 Bedtime Stories 18:20 BBC News 18:30 Regional News 18:35 Celebrity Mastermind 19:05 Shrek the Third 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Great Expectations 23:00 BBC News 23:10 Regional News 23:15 John Bishop’s Britain 23:45 Tropic Thunder

07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:30 OOglies 09:45 Deadly 60 10:15 Camp Rock 11:45 Madagascar 12:45 Yellowstone 13:45 Live Horse Racing 16:05 Watching the Wild 16:15 Coast 17:15 Flog It! 18:00 Escape to the Country 18:45 Antiques Road Trip 19:30 University Challenge 20:00 Hi-de-Hi! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 You Have Been Watching: David Croft 22:00 Three Men Go to New England 23:00 Have I Got News for You 23:30 I’ve Never Seen Star Wars 24:00 Mock the Week 24:30 The Toys That Made Christmas

07:00 Supernormal 07:10 SpongeBob SquarePants 07:20 Horrid Henry 07:35 Almost Naked Animals 08:05 The Prince and the Pauper 10:25 King Ralph 12:15 ITV News 12:25 Granada News 12:30 From Time to Time 14:20 Cats & Dogs 16:00 All Star Family Fortunes 17:00 You’ve Been Framed! 17:30 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 19:30 Granada Reports 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain 21:00 Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar 22:00 Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me 23:30 King Kong 24:30 ITV News 24:45 King Kong

07:45 Treacle People 07:55 The Hoobs 08:20 Famous Fred 08:50 Little Wolf’s Book of Badness 09:15 Perfect Couples 09:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:40 Frasier 11:40 Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Simpsons 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 Five Children and It 15:15 Penelope 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 4thought.tv 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 22:00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011 24:05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Roary the Racing Car 09:35 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:45 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Meerkat Manor 12:05 Animal Rescue Squad 12:20 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:25 5 News Lunchtime 13:35 Crazy for Christmas 15:25 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 17:10 Twice upon a Time 18:55 Little Women 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 22:00 Carry On Christmas 23:05 The Greatest Ever Carry On Films 24:05 Cor, Blimey!

07:00 The Hot Desk

Ross Show

ITV 2, 22.00

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 SPYkids 2: the Island of Lost Dreams 11:35 High School Musical 2 13:20 BBC News 13:30 Regional News 13:35 Only Fools and Horses 14:25 The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook 15:30 Shall We Dance 17:05 Bedknobs and Broomsticks 19:00 BBC News 19:20 Regional News 19:30 Celebrity Mastermind 20:00 Frozen Planet 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 Great Expectations 23:00 BBC News 23:10 Regional News 23:20 National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:30 Comic Relief 2011: What a Cracker

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:30 Deadly 60 10:00 The Country Bears 11:25 Madagascar 12:25 Yellowstone 13:25 The Many Faces of... 14:25 The Man Who Would Be King 16:30 Flog It! 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:30 Antiques Road Trip 19:15 Porridge 20:00 Sir Jimmy Savile at the BBC: How’s About That Then? 21:00 Top Gear 22:30 Three Men Go to New England 23:30 Dara O Briain: This Is the Show 24:30 Sir Jimmy Savile: As It Happened

07:10 SpongeBob SquarePants 07:20 Horrid Henry 07:35 Almost Naked Animals 08:05 Fleabag Monkeyface 08:35 K-9 10:25 Countrywise 11:25 The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery 13:05 All Star Family Fortunes 14:05 ITV News 14:25 Granada News 14:30 Grease: After They Were Famous 15:35 Midsomer Murders 17:30 Lewis 19:30 Granada Reports 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Countrywise Kitchen 21:00 Ad of the Year 22:00 It’ll Be Alright on the Night 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:10 Granada News 23:15 Benidorm 24:20 Jonathan Ross Show

07:30 The Hoobs 08:20 Wilde Stories 08:50 Perfect Couples 09:15 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:15 Frasier 10:45 Big Bang Theory 11:45 The Simpsons 12:15 The Simpsons 12:45 Firehouse Dog 14:50 Star Trek: First Contact 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 4thought.tv 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:00 Jon Snow’s 2011 22:00 The Untold Tommy Cooper 23:35 Felix and Murdo 24:10 The Armstrong & Miller Show 24:40 Ben Elton: Laughing at the 80s

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Roary the Racing Car 09:35 Milkshake! Christmas Songs 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Mickey’s Delayed Date 11:40 Meerkat Manor 12:10 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Apache Drums 14:50 Six Black Horses 16:25 Custer of the West 19:10 The Witches of Oz 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 22:00 Ben Hur

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Pushing Daisies 08:15 Pushing Daisies 09:05 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:30 The Xtra Factor 10:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 11:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 12:30 Westlife: For the Last Time 13:30 Emmerdale 14:05 Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 15:15 Catwoman 17:25 Free Willy 19:40 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Perez Hilton Superfan 24:00 The Bourne Identity

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Smallville 08:35 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Smallville 11:15 Made in Chelsea 12:15 Made in Chelsea 13:15 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 15:10 Hollyoaks 15:45 Black Knight 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 Charlie’s Angels 22:00 Independence Day 24:45 Mr Woodcock

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Shaun the Sheep 10:10 SPYkids 3: Game Over 11:25 Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure 12:55 George of the Jungle 14:20 BBC News 14:35 Regional News 14:40 Only Fools and Horses 15:35 The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 16:35 Superman Returns 19:00 BBC News 19:20 Regional News 19:30 Celebrity Mastermind 20:00 Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Earthflight 22:00 Great Expectations 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Absolutely Fabulous 23:50 I Love You, Man

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:25 Deadly Art 09:45 Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure 11:05 Madagascar 12:05 Yellowstone 13:05 The Ipcress File 14:50 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 16:35 Flog It! 17:35 Escape to the Country 18:35 Antiques Road Trip 19:20 Confessions of a Shopaholic 21:00 Dragons’ Den 22:00 QI 22:30 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:00 The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff 24:00 Have I Got News for You 24:30 QI

07:15 Horrid Henry 07:30 Almost Naked Animals 07:55 Fleabag Monkeyface 08:25 Share a Story Winner 08:40 New York Minute 10:25 Countrywise Kitchen 10:55 All Star Family Fortunes 11:55 The Railway Children 14:00 ITV News 14:25 Granada News 14:30 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: After They Were Famous 15:30 Agatha Christie’s Marple 17:30 Inspector Morse 19:30 Granada Reports 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 That Was 2011: The ITV News Review of the Year 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Paddy’s 2011 Show and Telly 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:10 Granada News 23:15 Notting Hill

07:15 Sali Mali 07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 The Hoobs 08:10 Wilde Stories 08:40 Perfect Couples 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:05 Big Bang Theory 11:35 Big Bang Theory 12:05 The Simpsons 12:35 The Simpsons 13:05 See Spot Run 14:55 Never Been Kissed 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 4thought.tv 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:00 Living with the Amish 22:00 Dorian Gray 24:10 The Comic Strip Presents

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Zoo Days 11:50 World’s Strongest Man 2011 12:50 5 News Lunchtime 12:55 Ice Road Truckers 13:55 Back to the Secret Garden 15:55 David Copperfield 19:20 The Witches of Oz 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 It’s All About Amy 24:00 The Truth About Cheryl Cole

07:10 Nanny 911 08:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:30 Coronation Street 09:30 Emmerdale 10:00 The Xtra Factor 11:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 12:00 Jack Frost 14:00 The Only Way Is Essex 15:00 You’ve Got Mail 17:30 Coronation Street 18:30 Emmerdale 19:00 Peter Andre: My Life 20:00 Nanny McPhee 22:00 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 24:45 The Jonathan

tv Wednesday 28th December

tv Thursday 29th December

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:30 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Smallville 11:10 Made in Chelsea 12:10 Made in Chelsea 13:15 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 15:10 Hollyoaks 15:45 Star Trek: Generations 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Shipwrecked 22:00 Drillbit Taylor 23:55 Big Bang Theory 24:25 Big Bang Theory 24:50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Young Sherlock Holmes 13:40 3 Minute Wonder 13:45 Deal or No Deal 14:45 The Good Wife 15:40 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 16:10 Coach Trip 16:40 Location, Location, Location 17:45 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:50 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Grand Designs 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 The Amy Winehouse Story 23:00 True Stories

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 Zulu 13:40 Deal or No Deal 14:40 The Good Wife 15:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 16:05 Coach Trip 16:40 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:50 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Grand Designs 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Murdoch: The Mogul Who Screwed the News 23:05 The Year Britain Froze 24:05 Snowstorm: Britain’s Big Freeze

The Untold Tommy Cooper Channel 4 , 22.00

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Pushing Daisies 08:10 The Xtra Factor 09:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 10:10 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 11:10 Odd One In 12:00 This Is Justin Bieber 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 15:00 Innerspace 17:20 The Scorpion King 19:05 Richie Rich 21:00 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 The Bourne Supremacy

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:30 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Smallville 11:15 Made in Chelsea 12:10 Made in Chelsea 13:10 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:10 Hollyoaks 15:45 Alvin and the Chipmunks 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:25 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 Big Bang Theory 22:00 How I Met Your Mother 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 My Funniest Year

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:30 The Poseidon Adventure 13:45 Deal or No Deal 14:45 The Good Wife 15:40 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 16:10 Coach Trip 16:45 Location, Location, Location 17:45 A Place in the Sun 18:20 A Place in the Sun 18:50 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Grand Designs 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Japan’s Tsunami: How It Happened 23:00 The Closer 24:00 Saving Private Ryan


tv Friday 30th December

23:45 Transsiberian

07:05 SpongeBob SquarePants 07:15 Horrid Henry 07:30 Almost Naked Animals 08:00 Fleabag Monkeyface 08:35 Clockwise 10:25 The Lakes 10:55 All Star Family Fortunes 11:55 Pollyanna 13:55 ITV News 14:25 Granada News 14:30 Bugsy Malone: After They Were Famous 15:30 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 17:30 Inspector Morse 19:30 Granada Reports 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 That Was 2011: The ITV News Review of the Year 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 A Royal Year to Remember 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:10 Granada News 23:15 The Holiday

07:40 Wilde Stories 08:10 Perfect Couples 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:35 Big Bang Theory 11:05 Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Simpsons 12:10 The Simpsons 12:40 Clueless 14:40 CutThroat Island 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 4thought.tv 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:00 Bear’s Wild Weekend with Miranda 22:00 Comedy Showcase 22:30 Lee Evans: Access All Arenas 23:35 An Evening with Lee Evans 24:05 The World of Lee Evans 24:40 The World of Lee Evans

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 ThunderCats 11:35 Animal Rescue Squad 11:50 Meerkat Manor 12:20 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:25 5 News Lunchtime 13:35 Ice Road Truckers 14:30 Showdown at Abilene 16:15 Alice in Wonderland 18:45 Snow White 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 22:00 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of 2011

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Formula 1 15:00 The Pacifier 16:30 A Question of Sport 17:00 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News 18:30 Comic Relief 2011: What a Cracker 19:25 Winter Wipeout 20:25 Pirates of the Caribbean: at World’s End 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 24:50 New Year Live 2011

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:35 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:30 Deadly 60 10:00 The Horrible Histories Big Prom Party 11:05 Home on the Range 12:15 First Daughter 13:55 Escape to the Country 14:35 Viva Knievel! 16:15 Springwatch 17:45 The Guns of Navarone 20:15 Flog It! 21:00 Morecambe & Wise: The Show What Paul Merton Did 22:00 Eric & Ernie 23:30 Parkinson, Morecambe & Wise 24:15 Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2011

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 08:55 Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders 10:25 Monk 10:30 Horrid Henry 10:45 Funniest Ever You’ve Been Framed! 11:45 Coronation Street 14:30 ITV News 14:45 Pride & Prejudice 17:05 The Queen 19:05 Granada News 19:15 ITV News 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 Westlife: For the Last Time 21:00 The Cube 22:00 Brand New It’ll Be Alright on the Night 2 23:00 ITV News 23:15 The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song 24:45 ITV News

07:00 Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 GT Academy 08:30 Extreme Sailing Series 09:00 The Morning Line 09:55 Big Bang Theory 10:25 Big Bang Theory 10:50 Shipwrecked 11:50 Beyoncé Live at Roseland 12:55 Three Men and a Baby 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 The Simpsons 17:25 Come Dine with Me 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Come Dine with Me 18:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Come Dine with Me 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:05 4thought.tv 20:10 Porridge 22:00 Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 24:35 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Little Princess 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:35 Angelina Ballerina 09:55 Rupert Bear 10:05 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:20 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Impossible? 12:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:00 Ice Road Truckers 13:55 Ben Hur 17:35 21 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 21:00 TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks 23:40 Up the Front

07:00 Breakfast 09:40 Match of the Day 11:00 Winter Wipeout 12:00 Mousehunt 13:35 BBC News 13:45 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message 13:50 Songs of Praise 14:30 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 15:50 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 18:05 BBC News; Regional News 18:30 Bolt 20:00 EastEnders 21:10 Sherlock 22:40 Absolutely Fabulous 23:10 BBC News; Regional News 23:35 Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall 24:35 Cold Mountain

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:35 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:05 Junior Bake Off 09:35 Deadly 60 10:00 The Sarah Jane Adventures 10:55 Gun Fury 12:15 New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna 2012 13:40 Dean Spanley 15:15 Force 10 from Navarone 17:15 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message 17:20 The Eagle Has Landed 19:30 You Have Been Watching: David Croft 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 Great Barrier Reef 22:00 A History of Ancient Britain Special: Orkney’s Stone Age Temple 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:00 QI XL 24:45 Broken Flowers

07:00 Mini CITV

06:00 Brothers & Sisters

08:25 CITV

06:50 Sali Mali

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Angelina Ballerina 09:55 Rupert Bear 10:05 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Meals in Moments 11:15 Meerkat Manor 11:45 The Top 10 Aussie Soap Moments 2011 12:45 World’s Strongest Man 2011 13:45 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 15:50 The Wizard of Oz 17:55 Return to Oz 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 2011 21:00 An Audience with Dame Edna: 1980 22:15 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of 2011

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Cat in the Hat 11:20 Sky High 12:55 Paulie 14:20 BBC News 14:35 Regional News 14:45 Only Fools and Horses 15:40 Only Fools and Horses 16:30 National Treasure 18:30 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave 19:00 BBC News 19:20 Regional News 19:30 Celebrity Mastermind 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Have I Got News for You 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:10 Regional News 23:20 Graham Norton Show 24:05 John Bishop’s Britain 24:50 National Lottery Friday Night Draws 24:55 Cold Creek Manor

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off 09:30 Deadly 60 10:00 David Copperfield 12:05 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 13:50 A Tale of Two Cities 15:45 Coast 16:45 Flog It! 17:45 Escape to the Country 18:45 Antiques Road Trip 19:30 The Good Life 20:00 As Time Goes By 21:00 The Many Faces of Dame Judi Dench 22:00 Mrs Dickens’ Family Christmas 23:00 QI XL

tv New Years Eve

tv New Years Day 09:05 Scooby-Doo and

06:55 The Hoobs 07:20 The Hoobs

the Cyber Chase

07:45 The Land

10:25 Beethoven

before Time

12:00 Licence to Kill

09:00 Arctic Tale 10:45 The Bridge

14:30 ITV News

on the River Kwai

14:40 Inspector Morse

13:50 Channel 4 Racing

16:45 Downton Abbey

16:20 True Grit 18:45 Channel 4 News

18:45 ITV News

18:55 4thought.tv

19:00 You’ve Been

19:00 Deal or No Deal

Framed!

20:00 Come Dine with Me 21:00 The Hotel

20:00 Harry Potter and

22:00 Bear’s Wild

the Half-Blood Prince

Weekend with

22:45 The Unforgettable 23:45 ITV News 24:00 Analyze This

Jonathan Ross 23:00 Hacks 24:05 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011

23 DEC 2011-05 Jan 2012

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07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:40 The Xtra Factor 09:40 Britain’s Got More Talent 10:50 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 11:50 Coronation Street 12:20 Emmerdale 12:45 Emmerdale 13:15 You’ve Got Mail 15:40 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 17:35 Twins 19:45 All Star Family Fortunes 20:45 A Night with Beyoncé 22:00 Benidorm 23:15 Tweets of the Year 24:45 The Bourne Ultimatum

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:30 Wildfire 09:20 One Tree Hill 10:15 Smallville 11:10 Made in Chelsea 12:10 Made in Chelsea 13:10 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 14:45 Scrubs 15:20 Hollyoaks 15:55 Barnyard 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 Desperate Scousewives 22:00 Cloverfield 23:35 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazak

10:00 Deal or No Deal

07:00 The Planet’s

07:00 Annie 09:30 Made in Chelsea 10:35 Made in Chelsea 11:35 Hollyoaks 14:15 Star Trek: Generations 16:30 Sorority Girls 17:35 Desperate Scousewives 18:35 Scrubs 19:05 Scrubs 19:35 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Big Bang Theory 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Big Bang Theory 22:00 Mean Girls 23:50 Big Bang Theory 24:20 Big Bang Theory 24:45 Big Bang Theory

10:00 A Place in the

Funniest Animals 07:25 Emmerdale 11:00 Paddy’s 2011 Show and Telly 12:00 All Star Family Fortunes 13:00 Dennis 14:45 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 16:45 Free Willy 19:05 The Polar Express 21:00 Dante’s Peak 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 Tweets of the Year

11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 13:25 Deal or No Deal 14:30 The Good Wife 15:25 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 16:00 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:10 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Grand Designs 20:55 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Japan’s Tsunami: Caught on Camera 23:20 The Others

Sun: Home or Away 11:00 Rear Window 13:15 Grand Designs 14:20 Grand Designs 15:25 Grand Designs 16:30 Grand Designs 17:35 Grand Designs 18:45 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross 22:00 Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets

Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular Channel 4, 22.00

07:00 Emmerdale 10:45 Coronation Street 13:45 The Corrie Years 14:15 Peter Andre: My Life 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 15:45 Richie Rich 17:45 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 The Cube 22:00 I Am Legend 24:00 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

07:00 Switched Up! 07:50 Switched 08:15 Supernanny USA 09:10 Supernanny USA 10:05 Wife Swap USA 11:00 Gok’s Fashion Fix 12:05 Supernanny USA 13:00 Supernanny USA 13:55 Gok’s Fashion Fix 14:55 Privileged 15:50 Make It or Break It 16:45 Being Erica 17:40 Samantha Who? 18:10 Black Knight 20:00 ‘Crocodile’ Dundee 22:00 World’s Greatest Body Shockers 23:00 Tim Minchin: Ready for This? 24:45 PhoneShop

Licence to Kill ITV 1, 12.00

10:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 11:00 Scrapheap Challenge 12:05 Scrapheap Challenge 13:10 The Making of The Duchess of Malfi 14:15 The Making of Swallows and Amazons: Bristol Old Vic Sets Sail 15:20 Making War Horse 16:25 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19:10 Four in a Bed 19:45 Four in a Bed 20:15 Four in a Bed 20:50 Four in a Bed 21:25 Four in a Bed 22:00 The Others 24:00 Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure


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tv Monday 2nd January 23 DEC 2011-05 JAN 2012

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 Nanny 911 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 The Cube 11:30 One Direction: A Year in the Making 12:35 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 Emmerdale 15:30 Innerspace 17:50 Dante’s Peak 19:50 Twins 22.00 Benidorm 23:00 Celebrity Juice: 2041 - A Juice Odyssey 24:00 Tweets of the Year

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Wanted Down Under 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Britain’s Empty Homes 13:00 Bargain Hunt 13:45 BBC News 14:00 Regional News 14:10 Race to Witch Mountain 15:45 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News 18:25 Regional News 18:35 Celebrity Mastermind 19:05 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 EastEnders: Farewell Pat 22:00 The Royal Bodyguard 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:30 Point Break

07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:00 Junior Bake Off Grand Final 09:30 Deadly 60 10:00 Dennis and Gnasher 10:15 Two Brothers 11:55 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! 13:25 EastEnders 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Baking Made Easy 20:30 A Question of Taste 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Armando’s Tale of Charles Dickens 23:00 Revolutionary Road 24:50 Hideous Kinky

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 08:55 Clifford’s Really Big Movie 10:25 Beethoven’s 2nd 12:00 You’ve Been Framed! 12:30 You’ve Got Mail 14:45 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 16:55 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 19:35 Local News 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Endeavour 24:00 ITV News 24:15 Die Another Day

08:10 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 11:10 Big Bang Theory 12:05 The Simpsons 13:10 Baby’s Day Out 15:00 Von Ryan’s Express 17:15 Deal or No Deal 18:15 Channel 4 News 18:25 4thought.tv 18:30 The Simpsons 19:00 Hollyoaks 19:30 Channel 4 Mash Up 19:35 Million Pound Drop 19:55 Come Dine with Me - Made in Chelsea 20:30 Location, Location, Location 20:55 Million Pound Drop 21:15 Come Dine with Me - Made in Chelsea 21:45 River Cottage: 22:05 Countdown - 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:35 Million Pound Drop 23:00 The Bank Job

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Milkshake! Christmas Songs 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:05 Meerkat Manor 11:40 World’s Strongest Man 2011 12:40 5 News Lunchtime 12:50 Custer of the West 15:35 Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story 17:20 The Slipper and the Rose 20:00 Hotel Inspector 21:00 The Greatest Ever Carry On Films 22:00 Hitch 24:25 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 360 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Roy 17:30 Pixelface; The Owl 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 Celebrity Mastermind 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Public Enemies 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News National Lottery Update 23:35 Lee Mack Going Out Live 24:35 Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 11:40 Wibbly Pig 11:50 Pingu 11:55 Waybuloo 12:20 In the Night Garden 12:50 A Goofy Movie 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 21:00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 22:00 King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy 23:00 Have I Got Old News for You 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Lewis 17:59 Local Weather 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Local News 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 River Monsters 21:00 Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: New Year Special 22:00 Biggest Loser 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 American Pie Presents Band Camp

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Perfect Couples 08:50 According to Jim 09:20 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:20 Frasier 11:25 Big Bang Theory 11:55 Undercover Boss Australia 12:55 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 14:55 Casablanca 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 The Fat Fighters 22:00 Accused: The 74 Stone Babysitter 23:00 The Bank Job 24:05 Felix and Murdo 24:40 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Best Bits

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Meerkat Manor 11:30 Monkey Life 12:00 Ice Road Truckers 13:00 5 News Lunchtime 13:10 Apache Drums 14:40 Avenging Angel 16:20 Mystery Woman: Redemption 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Chinese Food in Minutes 19:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers and Tinsel 19:55 5 News 20.00 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 21:00 New Cowboy Builders 22:00 Thirteen: Conspiracy 24:35 Bourne Identity: The True Story

07:00 Peter Andre: The Hot Desk 07:10 Coronation Street 08:00 Emmerdale 08:30 Life’s Funniest Moments 09:00 Judge Judy 10:25 Nanny 911 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:35 Loose Women 19:35 Judge Judy 20:00 Paddy’s 2011 Show and Telly 21:00 Peter Andre: My Life 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14.30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 360 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Roy 17:30 My Life The Owl 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 Celebrity Mastermind 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 Public Enemies 23:00 BBC News 23:35 National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Match of the Day

07:00 Childrens TV 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 McCinsey’s Island 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 21:00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 22:00 King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Three Men Go to New England

07:00 Daybreak

07:30 The Hoobs 08:20 Freshly Squeezed 08:50 Perfect Couples 09:15 According to Jim 09:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:40 Frasier 11:15 Big Bang Theory 11:40 Undercover Boss Australia 12:40 The Love Bug 14:50 Tobruk 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 How to Cook Like Heston 21:30 The Fabulous Baker Brothers 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 The Bank Job 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Bear’s Wild Weekend with Jonathan Ross

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:20 Meerkat Manor 11:50 Ice Road Truckers 12:50 5 News Lunchtime 12:55 Six Black Horses 14:35 The Witches of Oz 16:15 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Chinese Food in Minutes 19:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 19:55 5 News 20:00 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 21:00 Jaws: The True Story 22:00 Beowulf 24:15 Hollow Man 2

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes Christmas Special 21:00 Animals Do the Funniest Things 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 I Am Legend

tv Tuesday 3rd January

tv Wednesday 4th January 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Lewis 17:59 Local Weather 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Local News 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 Mamma Mia! 23:10 ITV News 23:40 Local News 23:45 Practical Magic

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:35 Wildfire 09:30 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Smallville 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:00 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:30 Desperate Housewives 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 My Name Is Earl 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 Desperate Scousewives 24:10 PhoneShop

10:0 Deal or No Deal 11:00 Location, Location, Location 11:35 Zulu 14:20 River Cottage Bites 14:30 Deal or No Deal 15:25 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 16:00 Coach Trip 16:35 Jamie at Home 17:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 17:35 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 20:50 Relocation, Relocation 22:00 Secret Millionaire 23:05 Undercover Boss USA 24:05 Heroes of Magic

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07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Smallville 08:35 Wildfire 09:30 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:20 Smallville 12:15 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Shipwrecked: The Island 22:00 90210 23:00 Cleveland Show 24:00 Allen Gregory 24:30 Big Bang Theory

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Location, Location, Location 12.45 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 14:35 Deal or No Deal 15:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:40 Jamie at Home 17:10 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:50 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 The Queen’s Hidden Cousins 23:00 Queen’s Wedding 24:05 The Queen’s Coronation: Behind Palace Doors

Public Enemies BBC1, 22.00

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:35 Wildfire 09:30 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Smallville 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:10 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 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Charlie’s Angels 22:00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011 24:10 Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie

Beowulf

Channel 5 , 22.00

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:10 McLintock! 14:35 Deal or No Deal 15:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:40 Jamie at Home 17:10 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 17:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:50 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Time Team 23:05 Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day 24:10 The SS


tv Thursday 5th January 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 360 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Roy 17:30 Leonardo; The Owl 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 Celebrity Mastermind 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Earthflight 22:00 Public Enemies 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Absolutely Fabulous 24:05 Under the Tuscan Sun

07:00 Childrens TV 11:20 64 Zoo Lane 11:30 Wibbly Pig 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Darby O’Gill and the Little People 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Food Revival 20:30 Top Gear 22:00 Meet Britain’s Chinese Tiger Mums: A Wonderland Film 23.00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23.30 Newsnight 24:20 Three Men Go to New England

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Lewis 17:59 Local Weather 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Local News 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Dying to Be Thin: Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Eternal Law 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Tightrope

Crossword Solutions 635 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Particular; 7 April; 8 Nodding; 10 Delegate; 11 Visa; 13 Option; 15 Stress; 17 Arid; 18 Well-to-do; 21 Diploma; 22 Axles; 23 Prospector. Down: 1 Peril; 2 Religion; 3 Innate; 4 Undo; 5 Asinine; 6 Hand-to-hand; 9 Glasshouse; 12 Stalwart; 14 Tripper; 16 Menage; 19 Oiler; 20 Lots.

07:15 Sali Mali 07:20 Treacle People 07:30 The Hoobs 08:20 Freshly Squeezed 08:45 Perfect Couples 09:10 According to Jim 09:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Frasier 11:05 Big Bang Theory 11:35 Undercover Boss Australia 12:40 A Challenge for Robin Hood 14:35 The Cruel Sea 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 Restoration Man 23:00 The Bank Job 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Accused: The 74 Stone Babysitter

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Hana’s Helpline 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 Meerkat Manor 11:45 Ice Road Truckers 12:45 5 News Lunchtime 12:55 Showdown at Abilene 14:35 The Witches of Oz 16:15 Devil Winds 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Chinese Food in Minutes 19:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 19:55 5 News Update 20:00 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 21:00 Building the Ice Hotel 22.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Legitimate; 7 Again; 8 Visited; 10 Treasure; 11 Flag; 13 Entree; 15 Crayon; 17 Heap; 18 Metaphor; 21 Pattern; 22 Enact; 23 Translated. Down: 1 Leave; 2 Gangster; 3 Tavern; 4 Muse; 5 Totally; 6 Battleship; 9 Degenerate; 12 Ornament; 14 Traitor; 16 Kennel; 19 Heard; 20 Keen. Wordwheel: BADMINTON

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07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: New Year Special 21:00 Tweets of the Year 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Ocean’s Twelve

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Smallville 08:30 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:15 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Smallville 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Greek 14:00 Scrubs 15:00 Hollyoaks 15:30 Gilmore Girls 16:30 Desperate Housewives 17:25 Rules of Engagement 17:55 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 How I Met Your Mother 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 The Inbetweeners 24:10 Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night

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10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Location, Location, Location 12:40 Mysterious Island 14:35 Deal or No Deal 15:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Jamie at Home 17:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Come Dine with Me 23:05 True Stories: Marilyn, The Last Sessions 01:10 The Unsinkable Titanic


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Local Spanish charities to get a year-long boost from

Costa Blanca opticians OPTICAL CHAIN Specsavers Opticas has announced that each of its four Costa Blanca stores have formed on-going partnerships with local charities to raise funds and awareness and support their campaigns over the next year. Specsavers Opticas’ Jávea and Calpe stores are supporting Caritas, a charity working on behalf of needy families and individuals without the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter. Specsavers Opticas’ Benidorm store is supporting The Friends of the Children of EMAÚS, a voluntary group based in the Northern Costa Blanca raising muchneeded funds for the children in the EMAÚS children’s shelters. Specsavers Opticas’ Torrevieja store is supporting The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club, helping local Spanish charities and best known for fighting blindness by sending muchneeded supplies such as eyeglasses to third

world countries. Iain Bennett, President of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club commented “Specsavers is the main company in Torrevieja supporting our charity and over the last three years they have donated more than 5,000 pairs of spectacles to people in need in third world countries. There is always a shortage of glasses in these countries that have no medical support, so Specsavers’ donations are absolutely vital.” Specsavers Opticas’ business development manager José Ángel Moral-Tajadura explained that charity support is a key element of Specsavers’ philosophy across the globe , “Our stores are run by opticians who care deeply about the health of their communities, and we are committed to supporting charities that provide tangible, hands-on support to people in need.” To find your nearest store, visit www.specsavers.es.

Hypnotension not Hypertension While blood pressure is absolutely vital to life, high blood pressure (hypertension) can be a serious threat to it. Today, one in three adults in the UK is affected by high blood pressure and half of those people are unaware of it. Over 90% of these cases have no clear medical cause, which means doctors can only work to manage the symptoms, rather than addressing the underlying issue(s). High blood pressure can affect anyone at any age, so regular medical check-ups are important. A new programme called The Hypnotension™ programme can help over 90% of people diagnosed with hypertension to get it under control and even significantly reduce it, and Mark Phoenix Murphy Adv. Dhp MIAPH MNRAH, has successfully completed the specialist course to be able to offer The Hypnotension™ programme here on the Costas. Having himself previously suffered from dangerously high blood pressure due to heart problems discovered as a child, Mark decided specifically to try to help the sufferers of hypertension and he now offers the programme which uses proven cognitive techniques and

Iain Bennett delivers glasses to Antonio Mendez (far right)

behavioral coaching to help the patient tackle the most common lifestyle factors which cause high blood pressure. Pleasingly even a small reduction can slash the odds of dying from a stroke or heart disease. Paul Howard, spokesman for The Hypnotension™ programme said, “Hypnotension works by tackling the lifestyle factors that maintain high blood pressure. Doctors and the NHS in the UK simply do not have the resources to tackle them effectively.” The Hypnotension™ programme tackles the lifestyle factors that are known to cause and maintain high blood pressure. The benefits of using the Hypnotension™ programme are huge. Think about this… even if in worst case you only managed a reduction of 2.5/1.4mmHg, by using the Hypnotension™ programme, it would still slash your risk of dying from a stroke by 12-14% and heart disease by 9-10%. There are some serious side effects of using the Hypnotension™ programme too - like losing weight, feeling more relaxed, eating healthily, getting rid of guilt and enjoying your life more. For further information please contact Mark directly on 654 202 996 or visit his website at www.HypnoSpain.com


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By

Karen Gardner

Clinica Dental La Plaza.

3D computer guided dental implant placement

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Thinking of getting a cheap implant from an ordinary clinic or non-specialist?..... Read on...... TRADITIONAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT MOST IMPLANTS today are placed by hand, with the surgeon trying to line up the implant visually. The gums are opened up (a gum flap) so the surgeon can see the bone and the shape of the bone. The surgeon then drills into the bone estimating the angle and location so he does not run into any vital structures. The implant is then placed in the bone at the estimated depth and angle. The gum is then sutured and closed, and the implant is allowed to heal for 4-6 months. Often a second surgery is made to open and “expose” the implant and an abutment is placed (a post that sticks out of the gum so a crown can be placed on the implant). The gum is allowed to heal for 2-4 weeks, and then the crown is made. COMPUTER GUIDED IMPLANT PLACEMENT:

Computer guided implant placement has the advantage of being able to simulate the implant surgery utilizing a combination of 3-D imaging from CT scans and computer software to perform or model a virtual surgery before the patient comes in for treatment. A CT scan is the most accurate 3-D modeling image system available today. A precision surgical guide is made which guides the surgical drills to the ideal position and angulation for implant placement from a restorative view (the ideal placement to make a crown or bridge). The precision surgical guide is worn when the CT scan is made. This allows us to see what the ideal position and angle is for implant placement. The implant data from the CT scan is then reformatted into a 3-D model on the computer. The 3-D model can be rotated and manipulated to evaluate the bone in the area which supports implant placement. On a 3-D image we see the vital structures within the bone and make measurements and adjustments to avoid them at surgery. Transparent 3-D Jaw modeling Once the ideal position, angle, and depth of the implant is modeled on the computer, a precision milling machine is used to make any adjustments required to the precision surgical drilling guide. At the time of implant placement, the surgical drilling guide is placed in the mouth and used to accurately guide drilling and implant placement. This ensures that the implant is accurately placed clinically where

What will be visible externally from the implants in bone…non-3D

Using a 3D CT scan the nerve (in red) in the bone can be detected

Implants are made, avoiding the nerve

it was planned virtually on the computer. Since there is no guessing on position, angle or depth, no gum flaps are opened and no sutures needed. Implants are placed “Flaplessly” to make implant placement as painless as possible. There is less trauma and therefore less discomfort. The teeth can be placed after the implant has healed into the bone (2-4 months). Dr Jorge Santillan is an Implant Specialist with 12 years experience in placing dental implants, and is now using Simplant for accurate implant placement especially for complex cases or cases where there is less than optimum levels of bone.

Dr Jorge Santillan is one of the expert dentists working at Clinica dental La Plaza in Javea. Your dentist in Javea. For a consultation call 96 646 1120.


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Christmas time for

teens by Gemma Smith

IT’S CHRISTMAS and I love it! But it seems to me that in today’s society Christmas has become more commercial and lost the ‘magic factor’ - a sentiment shared by my fellow peers, filmed last week for the latest YouthTube programme entitled ‘Christmas Time for Teens’ on Viva TV. Many of the teenagers felt the weather was one of the biggest disadvantages about spending Christmas in Spain, along with the absence of family members. Ellese, 13, celebrates both English Christmas Day and the Spanish Three Kings Celebrations with her family. Simon, 16, mentioned that he feels that children today think Christmas is just about presents. Like me, he feels the pressure of buying presents for people, especially during these tough times. Gemma, 13, having lived in Spain all her life, is looking forward to seeing her family in Madrid. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT I personally think the Spanish December weather in December is an improvement over UK and it’s great to see crowds of people celebrating on the beach. My family and I have always had a good Christmas Day in Spain, something that Katrina, aged 19, in Spain to work at a rescue centre, was looking forward to. Unfortunately for her though, she has to return to the UK - the rain has a big impact on Christmas spirit over there, so perhaps we are better off here after all! THREE KINGS The Spanish culture enables us to enjoy the festivals that

give a Spanish Christmas that extra sparkle. My Spanish friend said, “I celebrate Christmas Eve with my family but we don’t do much on 25th December. 5th January is the most exciting time for us as we go to a Three Kings parade during the day. When we get home our presents are waiting for us and we eat the traditional cake called the ‘Roscon’. It is beautiful.” STRESS I do miss being around my extended family in the UK; something nearly all of my friends are also going through. I have some of my family here though. Aiden, 15, says that he feels the stress of travelling a lot at Christmas due to family commitments. “This time of year is meant to be happy and relaxed, but we have to visit everyone and so this is not possible!” Abbie said: “I like Christmas, but I prefer it in England where there seems to be more of a Christmas community spirit. I do think though that people seem to care more about presents nowadays. I personally look forward more to having all my family together.” As long as family and friends are happy and the day passes full of laughter and great food, Christmas couldn’t be better.

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Up to €500 Part Exchange Allowance on all sofas IF YOU are looking to buy a new sofa or bed on the Costa Blanca, a visit to Sofaland International is a MUST! The family owned business is run by Mark, the Managing Director and he told RTN about the history of the business. “The Sofaland warehouse in Los Montesinos has been open for more than eight years and in that time we have built up a good reputation with our customers, with seven out of ten coming as a direct result of customer recommendation.” The family have been in business in the UK since 1972, with shops and warehouses in London and Essex. Mark continued: “As we are a family run business, we have a philosophy which is simple; we buy good quality sofas and beds in bulk and pass on the discounts direct to our customers.” QUALITY RTN went to visit their very large warehouse in Los Montesinos, located next to the La Torre Hotel. Mark added: “As well as supplying our customers with a great new sofa, we can also offer up to 500€ part exchange allowance for your old suite.” They also offer free storage of your new sofa or bed if needed and there is a huge selection of sofas in stock with new styles and designs arriving on a monthly basis. You can also choose whether or not you want leather or fabric, reclining sofas or chairs as well as chaise longues and corners units; all of which come in an array of colours and different combinations. So, before you purchase your new sofa or bed, call into Sofaland and Bedland. You will be pleased you did! Mark concluded: “We pride ourselves on quality at the best possible price and a level of service that is second to none.” For more information on Sofaland and Bedland offers, call 96 672 0089 or email sofalandinternational@yahoo.co.uk.

Clampdown on A blue, blue Christmas… squirrel crime THE DEPARTMENT of Environment in the region of l’Alcoiá is on a mission to cull pesky squirrels that are causing damage to agricultural crops and equipment in the area. The naughty rodents have allegedly bitten through an impressive and costly 400 meters of plastic irrigation hosing this year in the process of hunting for food. Local technicians are in the process of laying trap boxes in response to formal squirrel denuncias after careful investigation that proves the damage was caused by sharp teeth. Environments officials insist that the squirrel colonies are not officially ‘pests’ and where possible the squirrels are being captured alive.

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SEVERAL MONTHS ago the Sony studio painted all the houses in the tiny village of Júzcar in the Genal Valley of Málaga province bright blue when it became the world’s first Smurf Village, chosen for the promotion of the World Premiere of the movie The Smurfs 3D. The villagers voted by referendum to allow 1,000 gallons of paint to be sloshed over the village by a dozen professional painters, on condition they would be returned to the original white in six months. Now it seems the villagers may vote to stay blue in a second referendum of around 250 residents, with an official decision to be announced 23rd December. Some voters, however, are expected to opt for a return to peaceful white after the village attracted 80,000 tourists to view the curious Smurfy tinge. So far there are 141 votes ‘for’ and only 33 ‘against’ staying blue.


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Don’t throw away those Christmas bottles by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

WITH THE New Year coming up in January and February there will be plenty of opportunities for taking cuttings to propagate new plants to extend your plantings and fill in gaps. Unfortunately, most plant pots kept from purchased plants and those available for sale in garden centres and horticultural are shallow and do not allow deep roots to be developed. This is a great pity as probably a new plant with 20-centimetre roots will be twice as easy to establish in the garden than one with only 12-centimetre roots. The simple solution is to retain all 1.5 litre and 5 and 7 litre water and soft drink plastic bottles and use them as deep plant pots. If the top is cut to leave a hinge, rather than being totally cut off, one can use this as a cloche over your cutting which will protect it during the winter. Plant individual cuttings in the 1.5 litre bottles and up to six in the larger bottles: if possible over winter keep the planted up cuttings in a greenhouse or cold frame. The mini versions sold most springs by ‘Lidl’ stores are useful in this respect. We also noticed that the new

Aki store on the Ondara Commercial centre site sells inexpensive green houses. Wine bottles full of water are also useful for raising cuttings from Oleanders and Bignonias. If you have never raised plants from cuttings do read Chapter 6.12 in the book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance’. This describes, as does also Chapter 4.9 of the book ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’, how to propagate various types of plants from stem; side; root; air and leaf cuttings. Once you are hooked, propagating becomes an interesting and absorbing hobby for all ages from school children to the aged. Once you have proved that you have green fingers take every opportunity of planting up cuttings from your own garden and those of friends. The result will be inexpensive strong plants. When we stroll round our garden the majority of plants and mature trees started off as cuttings or seeds, and many of the seeds were collected from our own gardens on our travels around Spain. If you produce too many the excess can be passed on to friends and neighbours still developing new gardens or sold at Gardening Club meetings. To improve your success, obtain a pot of hormone powder to dip the end of the cutting in before planting. Unfortunately soft cuttings can be prone to rotting off, especially during winter months, so spray the surface of the compost with a mild fungicide.

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 www.gardeninginspain.com

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By the way a great advantage of plastic bottles is that you can write the name of the plant being propagated on the outside of the bottle with a waterproof felt pen. Happy propagating next year!


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Sustainable tourism and rental property market Campaya Holiday Rentals have published a number of articles looking at the Changing Face of Tourism, and in particular how it will affect the holiday property rental market in 2012. With the market in 2011 driven by the on-going economic crisis and political unrest some property owners have benefitted while others have left out. A common feeling amongst those asked is that of impotence: an inability to predict what 2012 will be like, uncertainty as to where to market their property, and a sense that the ‘old style’ tourism market has changed for ever. With future tourists reporting a desire to ‘do something different’, to get ‘more for their money’, and “not just sit around on the beach” on their next holidays, the Face of Tourism is without doubt changing. “Traditionally we have seen holiday property owners renting out their properties to what we would all recognise as ‘traditional tourism’: two weeks of sun, sea and sangria. Many have taken the time to furnish and equip their properties to enhance the holidays of these tourists, but with the changing face of tourism that we are expecting to see in 2012 that may not be enough to make your

property stand out attract the more niche minded tourist.” Claus Pedersen, Founder Campaya. The concept of Sustainable Tourism is not new with the World Tourism Organisation defining it as when development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. Perhaps the most recognisable form of Sustainable Tourism to emerge in recent years is that of Cultural Tourism which gives visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the essential character of a place and its culture: a far cry from two weeks on the beach doing nothing, but a significant opportunity for the holiday property owner. Likewise Residential Tourism, a new term for many, which first started to achieve prominence online as far back as 2006. At the time it was used generally to describe the thousands of families who moved away from their home country each year, but it quickly became the term used to describe second property owners who used the second property for a holiday. Tempting as it may be to assume that this relates to foreign visitors, it in fact describes equally well those nationals who have a second property.

Tourists are reportedly wanting to do something different

Take Spain for example: it is common place for a young Spaniard to purchase their first property in the location that they intend to spend their annual vacations and eventually retire. They will rent properties throughout their careers as and where their jobs take them, returning for public holidays, August, long weekends and the like to their second property. These are as much a residential tourist as the British person who has bought their ‘holiday’ home in the sun for frequent visits throughout the year, and eventual retirement. Campaya have some advice for rental property owners for 2012: Research where your property is located with a

view to identifying the varying types of tourism it will attract. Include the relevant keywords in the description for your property. Consider the age profile of future tourists as those with the disposable income AND an interest in a specific niche are more likely to be the older generation (the Natural and Cultural Heritage Report predicts a decline in the under 50 age group and an increase in the over 50 age group by the year 2020) Consider equipping your property with amenities and information relating to specific types of tourism. http://www.campaya.co.uk/news/tags/tourism

The Red Palm Weevil arrives in Villena

THE DREADED Palm Weevil has appeared in one of the palm trees in the esplanade of the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de las Virtudes de Villena, the first time the pest has appeared in the locality. The City Council’s Department of Environment has taken prompt steps to destroy the larvae and launched an inspection programme to examine the gardens of properties nearby in an effort to prevent the spread of the infestation. The beetle is already present in Novelda, Elda and Petrer.

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‘An Evening with Disney’

Tis ‘the season of goodwill?’ LET’S FACE it - anyone who invites a chef for Christmas is surreptitiously asking them to get involved with cooking the food, at least to some degree. No wonder, for most people in the home it is a most difficult time of year. Cooking for twelve on a two-person cooker is not easy, nor is finding the room in your fridge for all the food, let alone the beer and wine. None of the pans will hold all that’s needed and the ones that do won’t fit in the oven. “Lunch” or “dinner might be a bit late” as usual, timing is an issue, but, lucky for you, in the home noone seems to mind a bit of a delay and all the time the unusually warm beer and wine keeps flowing. Then there’s the steamy windows which stop you seeing out, and others seeing in as the gigantic pots boil away on the top of the stove. After the meal has finally been served, in one form or other some helpful bugger suggests washing up for you, just as you were settling into your sofa and your wine. But No! You have to do it all yourself, you cannot allow your guests to see the mess you’ve created or the cheat packets of stuffing in the top of the bin so you have to say, “No it’s alright there’s only a little bit left to do.” Or you could go out. No problems with the food arriving late or the washing up and who cares if they’ve cheated and bought it in, we’re all going to say we could have done it better for cheaper

anyway. One year we decided that it would be a good idea to get the whole family together for a Christmas day lunch at the Savoy Hotel in London. It was a very, very expensive disaster. Just like being at home - everyone fought like cat and dog whilst discussing how they could have done it better, but hadn’t, ever. The following year we decided to open the restaurant for free for 35 lonely and vulnerable people suggested by social services. All of the staff volunteered to work for free, not wanting, I suspect, the usual home rows. And our suppliers donated all the foods required to the same quality as we normally used. It was a real delight as it all went off without a hitch. Even local taxi drivers offered to bring them all in for free. However when it came time to take them home, none were available as we had forgotten about that bit and they were all by now plastered. We hastily arranged various modes of transport which had to accommodate wheelchairs, walking frames and sticks. Then came the real problem: no-one knew where they lived, having spent their time in a care home and been picked up by a cab - some had no idea which town they lived in let alone the street. Staff cars full of the blind, the infirm as well as the incontinent were now all hurtling around the local towns and villages

at high speed whilst asking if anyone recognised anything. We were all constantly on car phones to each other asking the now merry passengers if they remembered anything. Although we were getting a bit stressed at first the passengers loved it, screaming with the delight of ‘being out’ as well as breaking the speed limits! By 10pm all had been delivered safely even though we were all completely exhausted. Then the stories and the beer began to flow about each and every one of our aged guests, just like us all they had had a life and exciting it had been too. Amongst many, one lady described how she had a fling with the local Lordship having been driven round the estate in his Bentley. One had been a bugler (not burglar) for the Ghurkhas and having been placed in care had his one and only personal possession removed as some one had complained about the noise. One lady, who couldn’t walk, having been in hospital, came home to find her parrot dead and her closed shop contents of baby clothes in boxes dumped in her flat, floor to ceiling, after failing to keep up with the rent, making it impossible to access the bedroom, lounge or kitchen. All in all a most humbling experience, starting with us thinking we were doing something good for them when in fact they were all doing something much greater for all of us.

Edwin Cheeseman is a practical food consultant. If you have a question about food email cheeseman@roundtownnews.com

MELODY MAKERS International announced that tickets for their next major production are now on sale. The concerts, entitled ‘An Evening with Disney’ will take place on Saturday 28th January 2012 at the Orihuela Costa Resort Hotel at La Zenia. Due to sell-out performances in June, there will be two concerts on the day, the first in the afternoon at 2pm and an evening performance at 8pm. Tickets are priced at 10€ each, available from either the Orihuela Costa Resort Box Office (Tel: 966 760 800) or from CallNet Internet Cafe, down the lane next to Paddy’s Point at La Zenia (Tel: 96 676 1171). A generous donation from the proceeds will be given to local charity The Samaritans. The ever-popular Children’s Choir ‘Cantemos!’ will feature in the concert, to include popular music from many Disney films or cartoons old and new. A professional band will be accompanying and the concert will be conducted by popular professional conductor and singer, Nigel Hopkins.


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Rob Sweeney - Singer/Entertainer

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OB IS a seasoned performer with a rich and powerful voice which he puts to excellent use, whether singing pop and soul classics or songs from the shows - some of which he’s starred in having studied and performed in musical theatre over the previous few years. As a cabaret artist he’s toured extensively throughout UK before moving to Spain. Rob is a class act with a versatile repertoire to suit all audiences. For more info phone: 609 320 924 or visit GIGS IN DECEMBER: Saturday 24th, Arthurs Bar, Els Poblets Sunday 25th, Don Quijote, Paichi Centre, Moraira Monday 26th, Malibu Bar, Benidorm (9.45pm

every Mon) Monday 26th, New Life Bar, Benidorm (11pm every Monday) Saturday 31st, El Paraiso Restaurant, Parcent

Ian Henry – Musician/Entertainer AS A well-known and popular musician/entertainer here on the Costa Blanca, Ian has put his versatility to good use and finds himself working in many different situations. He still performs his show with the ‘Keytar’ and vocals but is finding more and more that his piano playing talents are in demand. He currently appears with The Malibu Allstars Jazz Trio at the Malibu Bar in Benidorm every Wednesday night and this has led to every Friday at the same venue but performing a more varied set in the Piano Bar genre. Read more about him at www.doubleimpactmusic.com GIGS FOR DECEMBER Friday 23rd, Cumberland Bar, Benidorm (Carols) 18.00 Friday 23rd, Malibu Piano Bar with Cabaret, Benidorm Saturday 24th, Cumberland Bar, Benidorm (Carols) 18.00 Sunday 24th, Spencers Bar, Moravit, Moraira Tuesday 27th, Chino Shang Hai,Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira Wednesday 28th, Malibu Piano Bar, Benidorm (Jazz Trio) Friday 30th, Malibu Piano Bar with Cabaret, Benidorm Saturday 31st, Satari’s Restaurant, Moraira

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 or 659 921 875 or email: etinspain@hotmail.com. If there are any music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column,please contact Eric directly.

New Years Eve If you have not decided where to go these are some of the Restaurants and Bars in the North area featuring Live Music BENIDORM: Cumberland Bar, Avda Mediterraneo (96 680 4281), Concert Chairman Tartan Bar, Old Skool (Shuggy & John) BENITACHELL: Beni Asia Restaurant, Matt Mason – Male Vocalist CALPE: Metro Gastro Bar, The Nomad – Male Vocalist Bar Aleman, Malcolm & Pauline CALPE/BENISSA: Chez Flo Bar, (96 574 7899), La Fustera, Party Night ELS POBLETS: Arthur’s Bar, Sharni – Female Vocalist EL VERGEL: Wok Buffet, Clair Gingell – Female Vocalist JAVEA: Restaurant Masena, (96 579 3764) ET’s Disco Jaspas Bar, Balcon al Mar (96 577 0625), Karaoke Party An Shebeen Irish Bar, (96 579 6475), Adam King – Male Vocalist Chino WOK Buffet, Javea Park, Irish Des – Guitar/Vocals Platino’s Lounge Bar, (96 579 2935), Arenal, DJ Bronti Bar Quo Vadis, Back To Back Duo MORAIRA: Olive Tree Restaurant, (96 649 0655), Gill Henry – Female Vocalist Satari’s Restaurant, Ian Henry – Keyboards/Vocals El Caserio Restaurant, Chloe Hooper – Female Vocalist Bar/Restaurant Eleven, Susie Q – Female Vocalist Bar Tropicana, Paichi Centre, Frankie ‘G’ – Male Vocalist El Corregidor Restaurant, The Brink Duo Le Mesa, Los Limoneros Hotel (96 649 0351), Duo Romance Monroe’s Carvery, (96 574 4114) Zodiac Duo Don Quijote Bar, Paichi Centre, Mike Lee – Male Vocalist Spencer’s Bistro, (96 574 9129) Moravit, Karaoke Party Mystique, Av. De Madrid, Party Night PARCENT: Bar/Restaurant El Paraiso, (96 640 5398), Rob Sweeney – Male Vocalist Coll Rates Restaurant, (Ctra. Parcent-Tarbena), Chill Factor & T-Rio PEDREGUER: Taberna Antigua, (Ventas de Pedreguer) Black Glitter Band OLIVA NOVA: Oliva Nova Golf Club, Ninah O’ Sheehan – Female Vocalist SEMPRE: El Casseron Restaurant, Freddie Kool – Male Vocalist


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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.

Sudoku

Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 6. Following a night of bereavement apparently (7) 7. Grit needs fortune at the pithead (5) 9. Externally dispose of half the girl. That’s stiff (5) 10. Sleeping man stepped back outside (7) 12. Depressed about own odd trend (11) 14. A number fit in presently with a loud start - must be a city bloke (4-7) 18. Fleece the chap at the dairy (7) 19. Open up and confess (5) 21. Intends assets (5) 22. Running payment for the dog house? (7)

DOWN 1. Harmful side in a Christian Fellowship without aspiration (5) 2. One dingo mongrel is almost blue (6) 3. How many on a point? (3) 4. Silently came into view, apparently with feathers (6) 5. Put houses up having tin with metre (7) 8. Company right and right again. Also no love for enclosures (7) 11. Eskimo? (7) 13. Idle Pat is upset and becomes braided (7) 15. It’s captivating. Thanks to the monarch (6) 16. Last aim on the river (6) 17. Joints disrupted. Beastly pride (5) 20. Smuggling includes pot (3)

Wordwheel

Quick Crossword ACROSS 6. Exceedingly (7) 7. Begin (5) 9. Devoutness (5) 10. Advent (7) 12. Incitement (11) 14. Disbelief (11) 18. Clearness (7) 19. Amusing (5) 21. Grown-up (5) 22. Aid (7)

DOWN 1. Characteristic (5) 2. Rope for holding animal (6) 3. Beer (3) 4. Severe (6) 5. Maker (7) 8. Dribble (7) 11. Greed (7) 13. Contain (7) 15. Seldom (6) 16. Three times (6) 17. Mock (5) 20. Colour (3)

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Your way HERE WE are again. It may have come around quicker than ever this time, but welcome to Christmas 2011. By now you have either spent the past weeks preparing for the Festive Season, or you have opted out altogether, or the next few days will mean flying around the shops in mad panic at the very last moment. Everyone’s concept of Christmas is different. You like it or you hate it. This Christmas takes place after a difficult year; and the one thing about each and every Christmas is that we use it to look back on the past year and what we have experienced. For many this year has brought problems on a financial level. The current World financial ebbing, and lack of flow, has left us tightening our belts and adapting to needs. The repercussions leave everyone saying that we are in the same boat, which is really only cold comfort and won’t pay the escalating electricity bill, nor permit luxuries in the supermarket of any kind. Many have told me that they have lost friends neighbours and relatives as they have had to return to the UK. Spain is currently registering over five million unemployed as tourism plunges and real estate values are teetering in an uncertain market. The “knock on” effects of spiralling inflation have contributed to raise local taxes and charges, and petrol seems to have hit the roof. Yet this Christmas must be a very special one for us all. Celebrations are energising, and connecting with the past can bring us happy memories that we wish to cherish. It doesn’t matter if you have a Bronze Turkey and Delia Smith’s trimmings, or baked beans on toast for lunch, the whole part of Christmas is the reflection, the sharing and the memories. My very best Christmas present ever was for free. Several years ago I spent Christmas day with French friends. There were two children in the family and they loved the stockings that I bought, the sweets, the little toys. One little boy was very much an exploring toddler, but the youngest hadn’t shown signs of walking. After the main course everyone except me fell asleep. I stayed awake watching the log fire and the children and the tree. Suddenly the smallest child pulled himself up and walked two shaky

Kenny’s diary Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th January: Readings at the Bistro Maya, Albir from 17.00 onwards. Bookings and further details from Els and her team on: 966 868 213. 2012: The Truth, The Show: Presentation with Torben Thoger in February 2012. Tickets available in January see RTN for details, coming soon! 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. Now Booking January 2012.

steps before tumbling to the ground. I had witnessed first steps, and it was so special. However we had to wait several hours before a repeat performance and nobody believed me until close to midnight further steps followed! This is a memory I will always treasure, a priceless gift. Another Christmas saw me staying with a friend for a weekend in the picturesque village of Audley End in rural Essex in a real Chocolate Box Cottage ( Cadbury’s 3pound assortment!) A taxi was booked to take us to Saffron Walden, close by, on Christmas Day, but it never appeared. Instead we walked together across beautiful country with powdery snow dusting the trees. At one stage we walked past huddling pigs in a sty that let off wafts of steam into the cold crisp air as they grunted and ate apples for breakfast. I shall never forget the bright sun of that morning, ever. Memories can take us back to less happy times too. Family feuds are fired up with the ghosts of Christmases past, and there can be a sadness that connects with the tinsel and trimmings of the past, that I know. With Christmas being a time for giving the gift of love, there will always be the lonely and the sad. Perhaps your gift this year could be forgiveness of someone, whatever they, or you did. Christmas is a good time to say that you are sorry, to make amends and to forgive and forget past deeds and to celebrate new energies and toast the future. Happiness can be just a quick call away, and it could be your favourite gift this year, whether you give it or receive it. I would like to take this chance to wish you all the very best for a Happy Christmas and for 2012 ahead, with whatever it brings us. I wish you, above all, love and light, and may Spirit bless you in every way that you deserve! Remember that loved ones in the Spirit World often try to make contact during the Festive Season, and that we never forget them or their Earthly life amongst us, however many Christmases they themselves celebrated. Celebrate this Christmas for all the right reasons, do it your way, but make it special and full of Love for all! Because you can.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

postbag Email your letters to me at: kennycorris@roundtownnews.com KENNY, IT has been difficult year for me but I just wanted to thank you for the weekly gift of your page in the RTN. I pass on your articles to my friends and neighbours, and often find that they, like me, are cheered by your sense of humour and dedication to the World of Spirit you work with. You are an inspiration to many, and even my husband has been caught reading his horoscope. Thank you RTN, thank you Kenny, and I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Gwen L Hi Gwen, and thank you very much for your message. I would like to say Thank you too to all at RTN who make this page so very special. I get many comments during the year, and I enjoy meeting with readers when I get the chance. I know that 2011 hasn’t been easy, but we are doing our very best in a shaky financial situation beyond our control. 2012 will see many changes but there will be a good chance for us to develop our spiritual souls. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Gwen, with all whom you love, and I hope that your husband keeps reading his horoscope too, maybe no longer in secret!?

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Mighty Uranus is there to see you through the holiday season and the beginning of the New Year. Seeing this time as one of both practical and sensitive reflection, and for once not making unrealistic goals will coast you through the host of celebrations prepared to face just what you must, any way that you have to. Use your practical skills to underline your strengths and be yourself. Jupiter directs in your fifth house, bringing to you the power of knowing the difference you can make, and emphasising essential skills you often prefer to hide. As Christmas is a time for traditional entertainment you are sure of your fun, but the New Year starts with a bang as a project long awaited enfolds and you are there to take the helm. Work is to play such a big part in your life in 2012. Put all decisions behind you right now and prepare the very best Festive Season as there is time to embrace and reconcile appropriate family matters, and to have your say. Unity and Peace are emblems you have to take into consideration, but these bring silence when words and care are what is principally needed., as well as a forward plan that sees changes brought about for the best for 2012. Great influences of both Mercury and Venus bring you joy for the holidays, and a touch of nostalgia brings you the gift of Christmases past and absent loved ones. Inspired to ring the changes, you have already made plans to coast you into the New Year, but it is time to look at yourself long and hard before you make those choices that beckon to bring major changes onto the agenda. Mercury greatly affects the recent actions of Mars, and in so doing backs all that you would wish to happen to put your best foot forward. Not one to plan you are nevertheless putting all your eggs in one basket, and without a safety net may become unstuck. Let the seasonal activities give you respite from pressured decisions and ask yourself why you feel you must go against your true feelings. Mars is ever present and asserting a comfortable power over the Holiday Season. You will get your own way for sure, but will it be what you want? There are many who would adapt to a wait and see tactic, but you are all or nothing in your response. The New Year hosts a busy time, and forward plans may be scuppered as other priorities beckon you onwards to the better times to come. Inspiring Venus brings light and love into your heart at the start of the New Year. Your planetary leader has plans for you, but mysteriously you will have to wait and see what sensitive and loving impact this has on your relationships, since nothing has yet been revealed. Above all you are pivoted by your magnetic charm and your keen balance. All will be well, but you have to wait and see. Waiting for things to improve may be tiring and uneventful, and you need something right now to get your teeth into in the current scheme of things. The celebrations of now bring you a strong connection with someone who has become part of your life in such a short time. Keep open your heart and soul and follow your instincts rather then listen to those who do not understand you and never will. With Mercury close to you as the New Year beckons us onwards, there is a chance at last that you may be heard, when previously deaf ears were your audience. Nobody loves the entertainment of the Festive Season more than you, but sometimes being surrounded by others can be overwhelming. As the perfect host, enjoy your limelight, share the joy you bring to others, but be true to you. The celebration of both the Sun and Pluto in conjunction, bring clarity to a situation and illuminate anything previously conjectured or not known. The way ahead is open and free to be enjoyed, as you celebrate in your own inimitable style with those who love you for what you are. Until you ask for what it is you really want there will be delays and false starts, so be focussed and determined. Venus heralds a year in which you find yourself making great changes to your personal circumstances, and enjoying the difference that this makes. With the Festive Season a blur this year with pressure of entertaining others, you will have pleasant surprises for a New Year that starts to ring the changes and that will promptly set the scene for what is yet to come your way very soon. Feeling the love sent by Venus and the subliminal messages sent from Mercury you will be promised a Christmas surrounded by those who love and care for you, the way they do. This year has been full of problems but your survival has been boosted by your spiritual energies, faith, and a belief that something better is just around the corner. It is. You are entering the New Year with all you deserve!

If it’s your birthday in the next Two weeks Try doing things your own way and forget what others tell you. Your levels of motivation and determination have never been stronger and you and you alone know what you are capable of, now that the time is right!


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Computing with aunty virus

Reactivating Windows Firewall

Jack via email asks: HI AUNTY. My sequence of events leading to the inability to turn on Microsoft Security Essentials Firewall is as follows. About 10 days ago I received an email purporting to be from a trusted friend of mine that gave the subject as ‘que cana’ and when opened it asked to click on a line to view photographs. This led to a Hotmail box asking for the Hotmail Live password which I filled in but there being no photos I realised this was a phishing mail or similar and deleted it. However, it had automatically sent on the message to everyone in my address book with either a different Spanish or English subject heading. I then changed my Hotmail live password, ran a full Microsoft Security Essentials check (which revealed nothing) downloaded Malwarebytes and ran that which highlighted 13 ‘viruses’ and got rid of those accordingly. But since this activity I now have a message warning that the firewall is not switched on, and it is not possible to tick the ‘On’ box in the Windows Firewall. I also recently downloaded Expat Shield which I only use occasionally to view BBC iPlayer etc.

and I do not know if this has any bearing on the firewall problem. My questions are: How can I reactivate the Windows Firewall? Am I covered by some other firewall lurking in the background, via my Fritzbox router for example? Aunty Says: Hello Jack. Firstly you have done the right thing by immediately changing your Hotmail password, and a full system scan with your security programs should be done every couple of weeks from now on. The firewall on your router will certainly block any unwanted visitors trying to access or attack your system, but it is fairly limited as far as Windows is concerned. If you have XP then you should install the brilliant ZoneAlarm from www.download.com. If you have Vista or Windows7 then the built in firewall is pretty good. My main worry is that you cannot switch the firewall back on as this does have the tell-tale signs of some malware or a virus. Have you tried to access the Windows firewall program through ‘control panel’ to switch it on? It may be worth installing SuperAntispyware as well as that can often find nasties that the others miss.

Slow starting up Nell via email asks: MY OPERATING system is Windows Vista and I have Kaspersky Internet Security installed. I have recently installed SuperAntispyware and Malwarebytes and now find that my computer is a lot slower starting up. Am I on overkill? And if so which should I keep/remove? I am not totally sure that Malwarebytes is correctly or fully installed anyway. Aunty Says: I think maybe you could have too much running in the background and at startup Nell. The new Microsoft Security Essentials seems to be the fastest antivirus program for Vista, and it sits nicely alongside Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware. Try replacing Kaspersky with MSE and uninstall and reinstall Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware, but choose the custom install and make sure you have only the basic install with none of the ‘running on startup’ options as these can seriously slow down your computer.

Infamous blue screen keeps appearing Victor via email asks: HI AUNTY, I’m not sure whether you have covered this before. The problem I am having is my laptop (running XP) has a habit of crashing and then displaying the infamous ‘blue screen’. When this happens, it restarts itself and crashes two more times before settling down. The blue screen does not stay displayed long enough for me to read what it says but presumably there are some instructions to prevent the problem reoccurring. Can you shed some light on this as to what is going on and what I could do to stop this? I have run antivirus checks, Ccleaner, and have run optimization and fix-it programs but all to no avail. I am hoping you can help.

most common reasons for the BSoD are hardware problems or corrupted Windows system files. The error message that is displayed rarely gives any clues as to exactly where the problem lies so you’re not missing much by not managing to read it. The first thing to check is the integrity of your hard disk which you can do by right clicking on your C: drive in ‘my computer’: choose ‘properties’ ‘tools’ and run the Windows disk checker. Tick the two boxes and let chkdsk run when the computer restarts. Let me know how you get on.

Aunty Says: I’m sure I have covered the notorious Blue Screen of Death before Victor, and I’ve no doubt it will come up again. Probably the

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


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GADGET INSPECTOR

Gadget Inspector investigates the case of:

spying on Santa

THIS WEEK the Inspector looks at devices designed to help you make sure Santa drops off the presents and doesn´t leave with more than he came with. Top left is the 300€ Lorex Home Video Monitoring System with Skype. The handy little camera connects directly to any wireless internet router and the image is transmitted to the handheld monitor. This is great for baby monitoring, but what makes this really useful is the camera image can be monitored via Skype, so anywhere you can connect to Skype you can monitor your property! The system can be expanded with up to four cameras, so if Santa tries to sneak in he´ll have to make sure Rudolph is ready for a quick getaway when he gets caught. Top right is the 30€ SpyNet Laser Trip Wire. Consisting of four laser units and a receiver, the monitor units are positioned to form a criss-cross of beams which should anyone pass through, set off the alarm in the receiver unit: great for re-enactment of scenes from Mission Impossible, or just to protect the Christmas booze cabinet, whatever takes your mood. Bottom left are the 40€ Spy sunglasses with remote. Just look in the direction you wish to record (or place them on

the table at the Playing Away hotel bar…), press the button on the remote and start recording. There are two recording resolutions and a single charge gives 1.5 hours’ of recording. When your mission is complete just connect to a PC via the USB connection and upload the recording. Then the offending act can be on all the social media in the time it takes to say “Booking under Mr Jones.” Bottom right is the 30€ Bionic Ear with Headphones. Sounding more like something that should have been part of Steve Austin, the Bionic Ear allows you to monitor faint sounds from 20-30 metres, and loud from up to 100 metres using the supplied headphones. You can also monitor your subject with the built in monocular. With the capability of recording your stalking activities can take on an extra dimension. Or you can just amuse yourself by listening to the neighbours arguing after Christmas dinner. The Inspector´s Verdict: Tis the season to be spying… or something like that. Forget about poor old Santa, Mrs Santa has probably stuck a spy cam somewhere unmentionable on one of the reindeer - no wonder none of them want to be closest the sleigh. Happy Festive Monitoring and a Happy New YouTube clip.

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From nicking to no knickers

Showbiz Goss by

Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

ONCE AGAIN bad becomes good in the world of the celebrity as we find out that Lindsay Lohan - she who half-inched US$300,000 worth of jewellery - has only been given a million dollars to pose nude on the front cover of Playboy’s Xmas/New Year issue … by the way it’s in the shops now guys, but I have to tell you that all the important parts are rather expertly covered up otherwise it might have to be called ‘PlayPorn’. A bit of added spice to the proceedings is that an unnamed hacker has only gone and posted all the fotos from the shoot out there in cyberspace for us all to see making the executives at Playboy worry that the sales of the magazine might be damaged. But don’t you go fretting you executive peeps ‘cause all you need to do is make sure all the shops that stock your mag have a healthy supply of brown paper bags and the job’s done. So there you have it girls, nick a bunch of jewellery and Playboy might take your picture.

Best cancel the wedding IF YOU drop in here regularly you’ll know I’m not a fan of Reality Shows and would happily see them all cemented inside a big box and delivered to Mars where they can feel at home in the lack of atmosphere, so you might be surprised that you’re now going to be reading about the winner of …‘I’m a celebrity … get me a brain cell’ … Most of the you are likely to already know that Dougie Poynter of McFly is who I’m talking about here, but it’s not about what you saw in the jungle, it’s about the fact that his band mate Tom Fletcher has invited all the other members of the group to be his best men when he gets married to his childhood sweetheart in May next year, and the problem Dougie has is that he plans to get married to his model girlfriend in September. “How can you top that!” he said, then added, “as I can’t do the same as Tom, to avoid squabbles I’ve conjured up what some people might think is a risqué alternative … I’m going to go out into the street blindfolded and the first guy I touch can be my best man!” Yes your right Dougie! … that is rather risqué … I think all that time in the jungle has done in your brain cell mate … prickly heat it’s called.

Will it get kicked into touch

THE FIRST thing I need to say about this next story is that all you ladies out there need to brace yourselves, and I really mean … brace yourselves, as it features what is for sure the two most desirable men on the planet … are you braced? … okay … here we go … Tom Cruise and David Beckham … there you go … sorry about that, just needed to get it over and done with … Tom was in London’s West End last week at the premier of ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ and after all the ballyhoo over what the film is about he said to the Daily Mirror “I’d love to do an action movie with Beckham … he’s great! … He’d kick ass!” … Tom! honestly! … kick bottom … we’re British don’t you know. David Beckham has been courted by Hollywood many times in the past but said he would never take up an offer unless Tom Cruise was involved … he’s not daft is he … the truth of it is that Tom and David are best buddies and have been for a wee while which is a bit aah bless really … earlier this year on a top US chat show when their friendship came up in the conversation David said “Tom’s a legend” … easy David … Victoria reads this column.

A Late Dinner –

Discovering The Food Of Spain AS THE big day approaches our thoughts turn to that special Christmas feast and food in general so I take particular delight in re-introducing readers of this column to Paul Richardson and his masterly book – A Late Dinner.

Book Review by

Danny Collins

copy@dannyjpcollins.com

This is a truly delightful recounting of a ramble around Spain, told with all the verve of a sharp-eyed humourist who enjoys a good meal. Richardson certainly achieves that latter aim, from munching on fried cazón in a smoky converted fisherman’s shack in Andalucía to enjoying the quintessential paella of Valencia in Buñol. But Paul Richardson has many more treats in store. In A Late Dinner he depicts the dramatic changes that have gripped Spanish life over the last century, exploring the extremes of culture and food from the rustic to the avant-garde. His intriguing expedition takes him from typical Spanish coastal cuisine to the shepherd cooking of the mountains, via the vibrant cities where creativity and innovation are now setting the trend for modern cuisine around the globe. And he makes us laugh while he’s at it. I wish I’d been with him, especially in Cataluña when Rosa Valls cooked that dish of beef with mushrooms, roasted in wine with a sofregit of green pepper, tomato, onion, leek, and garlic. What a feast, what a book. Special Notice: Librería Europa at Calle Oscar Esplá

Suduko Answer

2, 03710 Calpe is open tomorrow, Christmas Eve, to help you with that last minute present for someone’s stocking, along with a host of calendars, wrapping papers, fiction, fact, and technical books for last minute buyers. Merry Christmas everyone. Author: Paul Richardson Publisher: Bloomsbury (hardback) Price: 11.20€ (special price) ISBN: 978 0 7475 8803 0


motoring

Fiat 500byGucci strips off AS A result of the interest attracted by Fiat’s ‘500byGucci’ model – 3,000 pre-orders logged on the www.500bygucci.com website with global requests. Fiat and Gucci are now introducing the ‘Fiat 500CbyGucci’ - a cabriolet version customised by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and Centro Stile Fiat: the car will be distributed worldwide.

The Fiat 500byGucci is enhanced by the innovative electrically-operated full length soft top in this latest version, available in two colours: white featuring glitter and brushed chrome-plated elements, and black with glitter and shiny chrome-plated elements. For both colour choices the soft top is black with the characteristic green-red-green Gucci web pattern printed lengthwise.

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The exterior sports 16” alloy wheels with the unmistakable spoked retro design. The hub caps carry a double G logo matching the body colour and italic Gucci signatures set off the tailgate and door pillars. The passenger compartment of the Fiat 500CbyGucci is full of eye-catching features: stylish stitching, custom-made materials, with both brushed and polished chromeplating. The radio panel is finished with a velvet effect and two-tone Frau leather seats have a Guccissima print. The Gucci web theme also reappears throughout the interior, even on the key cover and the seat belts have an innovative finish. The Fiat

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500CbyGucci comes complete with a comprehensive range of standard equipment that includes automatic climate control system, seven airbags (front, side, window and knee), Blue&Me system integrated with rear parking sensors, car radio with CD-MP3 player and a leather steering wheel offering radio controls. Selected Fiat dealerships will be distributed with catalogue-style lifestyle brochures that fully showcase the Fiat 500byGucci range and the unique characteristics of the glamorous world of the Fiat 500.


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Make the most of it

Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

WE ARE now back in the ‘low season’ as our local golf courses refer to the Festive Season and Summer. We once again see our golf clubs offering fantastic deals to get us back onto their golf courses at a time when they are quiet. Many of the special offers available now through RTN’s Golf Hotline see prices as low as they have been for very many years: take advantage now and play our great courses at the most affordable prices. At many of the golf courses these offers will continue for longer than ever giving you even more chance to play golf in our area. During the early part of 2012 we will see practically all of our golf clubs offer better deals than they have ever done in the past. Memberships will be available for periods of one week onwards at some clubs. Reduced prices will be available for those who are happy to play later in the day. The chance to negotiate is there, take advantage now while you have the chance. For those of us who live in South East Spain golf is a yearlong pursuit for the majority of us and we should not be treated as though we are holidaymakers: offers for us should be available all the time. It is obviously up to the golf clubs how they run their businesses but I feel that at last we are seeing some form of business sense coming to South East Spain’s golf course owners. The time when they could rely on holidaymakers alone has gone and will never return unless they learn to offer a service; something they have failed to do since Franco fell from power and something there is evidence of now at the majority of clubs as they see the need to compete with the emerging holiday destinations. There is a ‘win-win’ situation out there; all we have to do is make the golf clubs aware of it. They can all be busy and profitable all year round if they use a little common sense, dialogue will work. Ask to do a deal - if that club won’t help, move to another that will - you have never been as powerful as you are now. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews.com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 23RD DECEMBER 2011 Who won The 2011 Dubai World Championship? A. Alvaro Quiros B. Manual Quiros C. Raul Quiros All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st December 2011 to be entered into December’s draw, which will be made on 31st December. The winner will be announced in RTN on 7th January 2012.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to golf@roundtownnews.com

FOR THE BEST DEALS ON THE COSTA BLANCA AND MURCIA CALL THE RTN GOLF CLUB BOOKING HOTLINE 96 817 5716 OR EMAIL rtngolf@roundtownnews.com

QUALIFYING SCHOOL The European Tour is in for a treat in 2012. After Final Stage qualifying finished late last Thursday afternoon we will see a number of new faces lighting up European golf in the 2012 season. There is a wealth of talent out there coming through. The first two rounds at PGA Cataluña in Girona saw some spectacular scoring with a score of 60 leading after day one. Holland in particular seems to have a lot of talent coming through and we will see more of their players on Tour next season than they have ever had in what promises to be one of the most exciting seasons we have ever seen on the European Tour. WORLDWIDE TOURS England produced two champions over the weekend as Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter took top spot in Thailand and Australia. Westwood opened his account in Thailand with a 12 under par score on day one and followed it with an 8 under par score on day two to make his position in The Thailand Open almost unbeatable even before the cut was made. Westwood went on to win by 7 shots from Schwartzel and move to number 2 in the World Rankings. Meanwhile in Melbourne

Alexis Thompson

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Poulter overtook Geoff Ogilvy with a superb 4 under par 67 in the final round in blustery conditions to win on 15 under par. Poulter took possession of The Gold Jacket previously won by his mate, Justin Rose THE LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Alexis Thompson is a 16-year-old in her first year on Tour. Remember the name, we will see and hear much of this young lady over the next few years. This weekend Thompson took on Europe’s finest and finished top of the pile in Dubai with a 67 and became the youngest professional winner on The LET in history. Her 4 shot victory was her second tour victory and first in Europe. Earlier in the season the 16 year old took top spot on The LPGA Tour Navistar Classic and was granted LPGA Tour Membership two weeks later. La Manga plays host to Qualifying School for the Ladies European Tour in the first week of January. This gives those of us lucky enough to live in South East Spain another chance to see the best of the up and coming stars of European golf try to get their playing privileges sorted for 2012. JOHN DALY The big hitting American finds himself without playing privileges on any of the major tours for 2012 and will be relying on sponsor’s invitations, not a good position to be in after walking off the course in Australia a few weeks ago.

Always try to see the club make contact with the ball whatever the shot you are playing. Quality coaching is available at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.


Andy Kay The Final Whistle

Ambitious Qatar

ITV Orihuela RFC Juniors show the way

Athletics at the Khalifa Stadium

I’M WRITING this column preparing to start work on the final day of the Arab Games, sitting in the commentary booth at Khalifa Stadium, one of a huge number of world class stadia in Doha, Qatar. This progressive Arab nation may have recently lost out to the UK in the battle to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships but rest assured, that won’t stop them from continuing to try and make an impact on the world stage. Whilst I, like many others, have serious concerns about the 2022 World Cup coming here, the amount of money that is poured in to sport coupled with a fierce desire by politicians and officials to make a global sporting impression will only see more top quality events awarded to this part of the world. And it’s not just about immediate glory either. The Aspire Dome, the largest indoor sporting facility in the world, is currently home to over 200 student-athletes, specialising in football, athletics, squash, table tennis, sailing, judo, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, fencing, rowing, shooting and golf. It’s widely recognised as one of the best sporting academies on the planet and in time, this ambitious programme should put an end to this oil and gas rich State having to buy in its talent from overseas. However, Qatar does have one serious problem that it urgently needs to address and that’s the seeming apathy of its indigenous population when it comes to buying tickets. Khalifa Stadium holds 40,000 spectators but during the athletics programme, the crowd has barely topped a few hundred and most of that number has been made up by team officials. Other venues too have hardly seen any fans. Indeed, on the first three days of the tennis event, my colleagues reported that you could count the number spectators on one finger! The President of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, said this week that despite its defeat by London, Doha stands ready to host the World Championships, possibly in 2019. He’s right with regards to facilities, transport, accommodation and logistics but he surely must have concerns when it comes to bums on seats. Qataris don’t pay for much here with gas and electricity virtually free and petrol being cheaper than bottled water so it would be nice to think that they could be persuaded to stump up for some athletics tickets every now and again. FAREWELL JOHNNY The decision recently by Jonny Wilkinson to retire from international rugby got me thinking back to that famous day in 2003 when England won the World Cup. The game itself will live long in the memory as will Jonny’s winning drop kick deep in to extra time. But there are two other recollections which further stand out. First, that I was sitting next to Brian ‘Pit Bull’ Moore for much of the game and, horror of horrors, saw a tear run down his cheek at the final whistle and secondly, that I agreed to look after our one-year-old son for the afternoon so my wife could go out on the razz with the girls. Such is the power of sport.

IT WAS a funny weekend for ITV Orihuela RFC with the Juniors, Cadetes and Infantiles playing in a tournament on Saturday in Murcia. The Cadetes won all of their three games against Murcia, Albacete and Cartagena, while the Infantiles won both of theirs against Murcia and Albacete, winning both tournaments. This was a great start, but then Sunday came and things did not go quite so well. The Juveniles went with the seniors to play Murcia XV, with the Juveniles up first playing 12 players against a full strength Murcia. They held the home team out for the first 25 minutes and even took a 3-0 lead with Tirso getting the penalty, but eventually the numbers told and the home side ran in 2 tries before the break to go in at half time 12-3 up. Not to be down hearted Orihuela RFC came out fighting, not literally, and put the home side under pressure with Tirso getting 10 more points without reply with a try, conversion and penalty, but in the final quarter of the match the numbers told with Murcia eventually running out winners 29-13. In a way it was a good result for ITV Orihuela RFC and the players can have pride in the way they played. Next up were the Seniors, who were a bit slow coming out of the blocks with the home side scoring two quick tries. This seemed to shock Orihuela RFC out of their daydreaming and they replied with a try of their own by Miguel converted by Danny. Scores were then exchanged with Orihuela RFC defence being put under a lot of pressure for large part of the half and went in 29-14 down with Edu scoring another try and Danny converting again. ITV Orihuela RFC decided to give Murcia XV some of their own medicine and put them on the ropes from the start with Danny going over for the third try and conversion of the day, but the elusive bonus point just was not to be with the home side running out winners 56-21. It was a brave effort by the ITV Orihuela RFC players who can hold their heads up high. Murcia were able to bring on fresh players in the second half to help ease away to a convincing win. All of the games were played in the true spirit of the game, with good referring and third half to the game. This coming Tuesday is the last training session before Xmas and we all wish everyone a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year from ITV Orihuela RFC. The club is training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Miguel Hernandez University for the juveniles and seniors starting at 8.30pm, while the juniors are on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15pm. For more information contact the club by phoning Garry on 692 767 242 and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish): new players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level.

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David Hoare 968 199 279

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@hotmail.co.uk THE VENUE this week was the Eden canal stretch of the Rio Segura. This match was the 8th in the winter championship. The nights are cold now and this is reflected in the fishing. The weights have dropped dramatically and every fish is a prize!It is a real matter of scaling down now in line and hooks and hoping that if you hook one of the resident animals it heads for open water and not the reeds. (You can always dream). The weights below reflect how few fish are now being caught with several anglers having a dry net.

1st Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 7.740kg fishing pole maggot and pellet 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 6.620kg on the feeder maggot and pellet (Yes, that’s right - on the feeder!) 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 6.040kg fishing feeder pole and maggot

TOP ANGLERS ON THE DAY 1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using maggot with 5.70 kilos 2nd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the pole using maggot with 4.60 kilos 3rd Bob (The Major) Rafferty fishing the pole using maggot with 4.20 kilos

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 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 photo-page, NIE and insurance.

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. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen There was a good turnout for our annual Fur & Feather contest, with seventeen anglers fishing on the River Segura in Murcia on 13th December 2011. The banks were no better than the week before, the silt deposited on the pathway from the floods was three inches deep, and under the bridge about eight inches deep making a mess of the cars. The water temperature is now very cold as the temperature in the mountains is dropping probably below zero over-night, fish were hard to find as weights show on this prolific water.

A good day was had by all as everyone received a prize. These and all details are available on the website www.abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

THE NEXT MEETINGS ARE: - Friday 13th January at 12pm at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) - Saturday 14th January at 12pm at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron For further details contact Alan Roscoe: anglerstogether@hotmail.co.uk Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And plenty of tight lines for 2012…

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FC Torrevieja news

TORRY LIE in 5th place 1 point off a play-off place, with half the season gone, going into the Christmas and New Year break. They beat Ribarroja at home 2-0 last Wednesday and drew 1-1 away to Mislata on Sunday in a game which they should have put out of reach in the first half. Keep the faith on Torrys roller-coaster ride to the play-offs.


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