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Landslide petition targets Rodrigo Rato The petition calls for Rato to be brought to justice over a number of charges. PAGE 6

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Petrol price wars A Marina Alta filling station has re-opened for business and slashed five cents off a litre of fuel. PAGE 13

Euro 2012

Andrew James is....“The Man in the Middle” with your weekly dose of all things football! PAGE 24

Tourists suffer soaking by Jack troughton

Carter Simmons

Simply majestic memories Young Carter Simmons was covered in red, white and blue at the Lowry Restaurant in Moraira on Saturday. The six-year-old borrowed his uncle’s veteran Union Jack shirt and had his face painted. The party raised 1,167€ for Teulada Moraira Lions. See page 36 for a selection of RTN reader’s celebrations.

HOLIDAYMAKERS WERE furious at being caught up in the growing war of words over noise between businesses and residents in a picturesque Costa Blanca resort. The visitors suffered an unprovoked attack on the terrace of a Moraira bar when water was thrown over them from a neighbouring apartment block. However, it is alleged in other incidents involving a number of bars and restaurants in the village, the guerrilla tactics have also involved hurling eggs and using laser pens to intimidate tourists. And the “innocent victims” have made an official complaint to Teulada Moraira Town Hall and to Mayor Antoni Bertomeu following last week’s assault. The incident has already been condemned on social networking sites as

people fear the dispute involving the small number of residents in action group Queremos Dormir (We Want to Sleep) could put off visitors. It will also be something of an embarrassment to the local authority which is keen to boost the local economy and attract more tourists to the “jewel of the Costa Blanca”. Worried at the prospect of losing trade, businesses say they pay for outside terrace space and are only open for trade in compliance with their licences. Last Thursday night’s incident happened on the terrace of the Madhatter Irish Bar when members of a family group of visiting American went outside for a cigarette only to be soaked by water thrown down from a high balcony. Continued on page 3


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Drinkers enjoying the Madhatter’s terrace

continued from front page The bar is owned by Chris and Eileen Goodey – organisers of Moraira’s St Patrick’s Day weekend – who said they had tried to reason with the organiser of the action group only to be told: “I just want to close you down.” Eileen told RTN the feeling was amongst bar and restaurant owners “these people are trying to turn Moraira into a morgue.” She added: “This is a tourist town – if everything closed down it would be a ghost town – we are paying our taxes, paying for the terrace – which isn’t cheap – and providing employment, especially in the summer months. “But we don’t want to be Benidorm,

we don’t want to be loud, we want everything in moderation.” Eileen said the victims had “gone ballistic” and had to be restrained from confronting their attacker. “But he will go away and tell his story, saying: ‘I found a beautiful idyllic place and look what happened to me!’ He was physically attacked and doing nothing wrong except enjoying himself on holiday.” Eileen said the couple had three children under the age of 13 in their home above the bar and therefore always tried to control the noise made by customers. “There has been a bar here for 35 years, it is probably one of the oldest in Moraira,” she said. “We are doing noth-

ing wrong, because of this man’s complaints the police have been here on a number of occasions and apologised – because we are doing nothing wrong.” Queremos Dormir, said to have issued a number of official complaints, is currently collecting signatures for a petition calling for the town hall to take action. A spokesman for the group said: “We are a group of neighbours and in the summer we are woken up every night, several times a night, they (the bars and restaurants) will not let us sleep.” He said they wanted the town hall to take action and also hear from people with ideas to help the protest and suggestions for future action.

New store success

THOUSANDS OF visitors come to H & M opening in Ondara’s Portal de la Marina shopping centre The new opening of fashion store H & M has been the event of the weekend at the Portal de la Marina, Ondara. Thousands of visitors visited the 1,500m2 new store on Thursday last week. There was added excitement as H & M rewarded its newest customers with fashion gifts for being amongst the first 100 visitors. In addition, to celebrate the event, both H & M Spain and the Portal de la Marina offered a discount coupon of 20% on a clothing item to be used on the opening day, offered through social networks such as Facebook , Twitter, and Tuenti.



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Grant A Wish

by jack troughton DREAMS REALLY will come true as two big-hearted businesses get together to play fairy-godmother along the Costas and launch the new and very unique giveaway ‘Grant A Wish’. Continental Wealth Management has teamed up with RTN to wave a magic wand and create a little light in the current gloom of the crisis. Every three months some deserving person will enjoy a little life changing experience – something that will put a smile across the faces of everyone living in this part of Spain. Taking a blend of ‘Jim Will Fix It’ and ‘Surprise Surprise’, CWM and RTN will welcome nominations for an especially deserving person to win the glittering prize each quarter. And a dedicated panel including a representative of foreign exchange specialist Moneycorp will sit down and examine each recommendation before declaring a winner – and whether it is bringing a family together, treating the kids to football camp, learning to ride horses or a luxury break at a hotel - someone will have their wish granted. The fun starts now and in September the Grant A Wish team will be handing out a little magic – in the words of the late Tommy Cooper: “Just like that!” CWM director Jody Kirby said there was nothing complicated about Grant A Wish. “It is open to absolutely everybody, not just British expats.” The budget is already in place and a bumper wish will be granted at Christmas, just to ensure Grant A Wish can spread some festive cheer. SMILE Jody said: “We want to change someone’s life and make someone smile but, while obviously, it will not be like winning the lottery or paying off a mortgage, there are loads of things we can do for adults,

children and families. “We feel this is something really positive in the middle of all the doom and gloom. Grant A Wish is something we want people to be talking about and something people can get excited about.” CWM is a regulated offshore investment and QROPS advisory company with offices in Portugal and France as well as in Spain and is already committed to charity work, backing causes such as Afghan Heroes and the children’s home in Gandia. Jody added: “We like to give something back. Grant A Wish is something different and we believe it is putting something back into the community and underlining our commitment to people.” And she said CWM was proud to join up with community-based English newspaper RTN for the Grant A Wish project. Geoff Gartland, Managing Director of the RTN Media Group, believes it is a scheme destined to spread a little joy in hard times. “I am delighted RTN and CWM have got together to spread a little bit of magic and I’m sure everyone will take pleasure from Grant A Wish, even if it is just reading about the people involved.” he said. “They say every cloud has a silver lining and together, we are making sure something very special can happen for people.” To help someone grant their wish email your nominations to, including your name, contact telephone number and in less than 400 words the reason for the nomination and the wish to be granted. Entries should be received by 24th August. Pictured discussing logo designs are (L-R) Geoff Gartland, Managing Director RTN, Jody Kirby, Director CWM, and Dawn Tingey-Gomez, Editor RTN

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Coronation Day revisited

Sandra (third from right) with ‘soldier’ Stephen

by jack troughton WRITER SANDRA Donohoe enjoyed a double celebration on 2nd June, 1952 – her fourth birthday and the small matter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Fast forward 60 years and she was again celebrating a birthday last Saturday and enjoying a party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. And at the Lowry Restaurant in Moraira she remembered how she enjoyed the street party circa 1952 in Chipley Street, Deptford, South East London, dressed as a bride, with her younger brother Stephen photographed next to her in a Guardsman’s uniform. Sandra told RTN: “My mum and dad were married in June 1948 and her gown was made by friends who had secured various bits and pieces, including some parachute silk from fallen Germans. “On my fourth birthday, June 2nd 1952, Coronation Day, her friend cut up the wedding dress and made a smaller one for me. I also carried the lucky horseshoes she had been given at her wedding.”

Sandra on Saturday

And she said of the celebration: “People always talk about ‘trestle tables’ and the like, but we were not so posh in Deptford – people literally dragged out their living room and kitchen furniture. “Everybody just brought along what they had, or could beg, steal or borrow – and the kids simply ate a feast of mostly rationed food.” Sandra is writing a book about the true stories told to her by her mother and by almost 40 aunts and uncles over the years, “a vast and diverse family”, as well as her own experiences growing up in London and later adventures around the world and life in the USA with her American husband Mike. “The trouble is, the stories just keep on coming in so the book just keeps getting longer,” she added. Wearing a tiara on Saturday on the orders of her grandchildren, Sandra said while researching her life in Deptford, she found another interesting photograph – a classroom shot of her father on the day of the 1937 coronation of George VI, the Queen’s father.



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Landslide petition targets Rodrigo Rato by jan gamm A PETITION launched by private citizens under the title ‘15MpaRato, targeting former president of Bankia and Spain’s ex-Minister for Economy Rodrigo Rato, has attracted an avalanche of response on social networks, with charges to be filed against Rato on 14th June. The petition calls for Rato to be brought to justice over a number of charges that include serious allegations of fraud and claims that his CV embodies the paradigm of politicians that ‘jump from one millionaire job role to another without audit and without being held responsible for the debacle left in the wake of his departure’. On May 7th, Rato announced his resignation as president of Bankia where he earned €2.34 million each year, just in time for the bank to sink and before the government’s decision to shore up Bankia with at least €10,000,000 of public money. He also left the IMF in 2007 without completing his term as MD and with a devastating management report, again ahead of a brewing crisis. Rodrigo Under expert15M management on social networks the 15MpaRato petition has raised Rato: 15,042€ in just 24 hours with thousands of signatures increasing hourly. A statement on the site claims: “Those responsible for this crisis want us to pay for their mistakes with our lives. Portrayed as the We have their names and they must pay for their actions. Objective 1: Rodrigo Rato.” Other ultimate banking officials are also tipped to be next in the firing line. millionaire For more information see job-hopper

Pharmacies on strike

FOLLOWING YET another default on payments by the administration, pharmacists in the Valencian region are on their second lockout in six months. The €120 million pay-out for January medicines was not enough to prevent pharmacists striking for the significant €300 million balance owed. A petition in Alicante on Tuesday was rejected by the Minister of Health, Luis Rosado, saying: “We cannot schedule payments in the short term until we resolve a number of uncertainties.” The College of Pharmacies of Alicante has called for a rally outside the Town Hall today (Friday) commencing at 1pm. The Department of Health has provided a helpline - 900 101 081 - for citizens concerned over the lockout.

Call to complete bypass By Jack Troughton CALPE’S HOPES of improving access to key transport links depend on the completion

of the bypass skirting the bottleneck of neighbouring town of Benissa. Residents are worried the congested roads hold up emergency vehicles – and important access to Denia Hospital. At a public meeting, one woman complained: “At the moment people could be dead by the time they get there.” But shelved plans to give Calpe its own link to the AP7 motorway are unlikely to be reinstated because of the cost and complicated engineering. Mayor Cesar Sanchez said he had always wanted a motorway junction and had explored the possibility of building one with Ministers in Madrid.

“But the reality is it is geographically rather difficult,” he said. The only place for the link is around the Mascarat Tunnels.” He said the alternative was the “half-finished” Benissa bypass – the route already cut into the landscape and some bridges started before being controversially abandoned when the construction company folded. The mayor, who said he would press for a government solution, added: “In many ways that would make more sense if the government finished it. You could be at Benissa in five minutes and avoid the town centre.”



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Do more letter of the week about it Bad habits die hard I HAVE just spoken to a friend who is just back from Benidorm and was telling me about the amount of people still getting mugged there. As regular visitors to the resort it never fails to amaze me how often this is happening. We have begun to pick out these robbers, standing on the corners waiting there for the next holidaymaker - as we can clearly pick them out why is it that the police there can’t? This is putting a lot of people off going there all you hear on the plane going out is people warning you of this, and going home all you hear of is the ones they got - the Spanish police should be ashamed. I think they could do more about this - if not they will lose holidaymakers. L Lyall

THERE’S AN easy way for Spain to tighten its belt and eliminate almost half its fuel and energy consumption: adopt the continuous eight-hour workday. In every country in the world, workers and students leave their homes once a day to fulfill their respective commitments, and on finishing said duties they return home, once a day: every country except Spain. And now, affected more than ever by a worldwide energy crisis that threatens every country´s national security, Spain stubbornly continues to waste both time and energy by commuting to and from work twice a day because of its unique ‘split workday’ custom. And to add insult to injury, recent reliable statistics confirm that Spain´s national productivity is inferior to most other countries, although Spaniards

‘work’ more than their foreign counterparts. There´s a Spanish saying: ‘Bad habits die hard.’ I prefer the English one: ‘A Word to the Wise is sufficient’. I hope the latter prevails. Sincerely Richard M. McBride **Iberdrola Electric is the pioneer in introducing the continuous 8-hour shift in Spain (2007), allowing its employees a 24 minute arrival and departure margin. The company estimates its yearly productivity has increased by 500,000 hours; its absenteeism has been reduced by 10%; on-the-job accidents have decreased by 12% and lost workdays due to said accidents by 37%. Source: ADN Metro Newspaper (Spain): 2/14/2011

Fabulous afternoon

I WOULD like to thank Mark and Julie, aka The Blues Brothers! at La Rosa Garden Bar in Los Alcazares for letting the Caballeros put on a show in order to raise funds for Pets in Spain and PAWS Animal Rescue. It was a fabulous afternoon and we managed to raise 600€ for the charities. Since starting the fundraisers in January of this year, the Caballeros have managed to raise almost 4,000€ for charities in the area and are continuing to do so with the next show on 25th June at the Sports Complex in La Marina Urbanisation to help EMAUS, the Children’s Home in Elche. Michelle

Where were the parents?

I RECENTLY attended the Rojales Pantomime Groups’ production of ‘The Wizard of OZ’ on a Saturday afternoon in Los Montesinos. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining show. However, one serious flaw in the show was a couple of British children. They were completely left to their own devices, running up and down and clambering onto the stage, continuously shouting “I’m bored!” and using foul language. It got so bad that several members of the audience shouted to them to “Shut up!” They did quieten down when a member of the production team came from backstage and sat behind them. Well

done Sir, but where were the parents? In my day if I had carried on like that I’d have been taken home straight away, no doubt with a clip round my ear. I am aware that this would be considered child abuse in this day and age but come on parents, have some consideration for the other patrons and the actors on stage. Well done Panto group for carrying on like true professionals: you all did an excellent job in very difficult circumstances. We can’t wait for next year’s show. If this was anything to go by we are all in for a treat. C Krummings, Los Montesinos

Music law of Valencia

AT LAST it has been published in an English speaking paper: the music law of Valencia. With the approaching tourist period perhaps you would dare to print the information so cafe/bar owners know what they can do, and residents know when they can complain. The law categorises cafes/bars, restaurants and cafeterias as needing a licence for sound. Then they can then have Karaoke, Music, Bingo etc. The noise must be kept to a decent level - as a rough guide, that cannot be heard from around 20m away. Windows and doors must be kept closed. Speakers must be kept inside. Premises can stay open until 1.30am, then must be vacated with all lights switched off and only the proprietor can remain inside behind the closed doors. For special events such as charity fundraisers, celebrations or fiestas may take place as long as permission is sought and the owner has the relevant paperwork filled in and agreed in plenty of time. Obviously it depends on the location of the property and the proximity to other bars/cafes, restaurants and residents. Let’s hope this information will cut down on the friction caused by not knowing the law. P Crane, La Florida

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Rajoy’s call for help angers Spanish financiers

Rajoy admits Spain needs help

by jan gamm SPAIN’S PRIME Minister Mariano Rajoy, despite angry interjection from Madrid, has appealed for a direct Eurozone rescue of Spanish banks to avoid requesting a national bailout, fearing that the crisis will ultimately derail the single currency in Europe. Other government ministerial finance chiefs continue to insist that a bailout will not be necessary. Rajoy believes that the Brussels summit scheduled for the end of June must agree to establish a Eurozone banking and fiscal union that will share responsibility for failing banks, fearing that without federalisation the single currency will not survive beyond a few more months. The current rules stipulate that a govern-

ment must request help and that the money may only be channelled via governments – increasing the national debt burden. The IMF will assess the condition of the Spanish banks on Monday, prior to the Spanish bank audit the following week. Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos said when the audit results were available, further options would be “considered.” Sources in Brussels have confirmed that a rescue plan was in hand for Spain but it could be limited to aid rather than a full national bailout. The British press described Rajoy’s desperate statements regarding the state of the Spanish banks as ‘extraordinary and dangerous’.

Linking the crisis with high levels of corruption AN NGO study by Transparency International has revealed that countries with high levels of corruption are more likely to suffer the worst effects of the economic crisis, putting Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal top of the list of corrupt Mediterranean countries threatening the Euro, and calling on Spain in particular to investigate its ‘underground economy’. The study findings infer a direct relationship between economic instability and corruption in Spain, where “serious deficiencies are evident in the accountability of the public sector and entrenched problems of inefficiency, neglect and corruption…” For more information visit

Julio Iglesias



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The Fast Track Hypnosis Diaries


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

IT’S BEEN another busy two weeks at my clinics helping people with various problems. Not only that, Fast Track Hypnosis is now in Scotland.

Last weekend I had the privilege of holding a clinic in a lovely place called Peebles. This came about by some people from there being on holiday in sunny Spain where they had successfully given up smoking at one of my Spanish clinics: now a lot of their friends wanted to use it as well. So it was off to bonny Scotland with all my equipment! Back at my normal clinic there was the usual problems to deal with – smoking; weight loss; gastroband etc. with a variety of new phobias and problems. A woman presented herself with the phobia of noise (Phonophobia or Acoustophobia ) She had become obsessed with listening to the traffic outside her house and it was causing her great distress, inability to sleep, etc. Another needed sports motivation to complete a maracycle. This was a personal ambition for them to do. The Maracycle is taking place over the weekend of 23rd & 24th June, commencing in Belfast, cycling between Belfast and Dublin, which is 220 miles in total for both directions. Hypnosis is ideal for sports motivation. Over the 25 years I have been in practice I have helped thousands of sports people, ranging from the total amateur to World Champions in various sports by the use of Fast Track Hypnosis. People who participate in some sports can work very hard at the physical part of their sport. But all that hard physical work will not train the mind to be athletic. Some of the common obstacles the athletes/ sports persons may encounter cause them to find it more difficult to reach their targets: - The fear of the actual competition - The feeling of being watched (particularly in Golf) - The fear of losing - The fear of making a fool of themselves

Fast Track Hypnosis is one of the greatest motivational tools ever, and can be used in all areas of life, e.g., business, careers, personal, and especially in sports motivation. The most successful sports people are always the most motivated. For many years, ordinary hypnosis has being used by millions of people to improve their performance in sports, with golf probably being the most popular in which people have applied hypnotic techniques. I personally have helped individuals and teams which included football, rugby, rowing, cricket, claypigeon-shooting, racing… the list is endless. Most of the time it was to help them overcome mental blocks in their performance and to develop strong competitive skills, so they could (and did) go on to achieve outstanding results in their fields. Many sporting teams and successful competitors are using hypnosis as an integral part of their preparation, not just in professional sport but also at the lower competitive levels. (Even sport psychologists have used hypnosis techniques in their sports motivation programmes and sometimes don’t realise they are doing it). A highly motivated person would be more eager to give a better performance than a lower motivated one with the same skills. By using Fast Track Hypnosis it helps the client to focus on their sport and to develop the skills and attitudes they need to get right to the top. Hypnosis can help to improve their game, such as Golf, by removing the self-limiting beliefs or behaviours that may be reducing their results, and also feeling more like training, etc. Under hypnosis, suggestions are used that can be applied to any competitive challenge. These allow the client to imagine rehearsing and refining the perfect

swing in golf, the perfect goal or running the perfect mile, or to recall a time of a sporting achievement, such as winning a race or scoring a goal. By reviewing in their mind under hypnosis they can correct any mistakes that they previously made for the next time. Using the wonderful calming effects of Fast Track Hypnosis the client is asked to visualise themselves being successful in their sport, this in turn allows them to acquire the motivation for all the positive things that can come with success. “Dear Alan, I am writing to thank you for the session and CD I got from you some weeks ago. The effects have been tremendous. It has made an unbelievable difference to my golf playing - especially in the second half of the season. I was able to concentrate totally on my matches having lost the ‘nerves’ I was plagued with earlier on. In general, the effect has been to relax me in other situations and my only regret is that I hadn’t done this sooner. Many thanks, K”” “Before calling Alan I smoked up to 40 cigarettes per day. Never have I thought of having one since. Many Thanks...Andrew.” “I was with Alan 17 years ago and on over 30 cigarettes per day. I came with another person who smoked around the same amount. After the session I just didn’t feel like a cigarette and haven’t had one since - neither has the other person. The tape was brilliant - the most relaxing ever! I would definitely recommend Alan’s Hypnosis! And the money I’ve saved - a fortune! Alan’s the best Hypnotherapist ever! Many thanks Alan...Maralyn...”

Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and NEW in Los Alcazares. Alan 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 or

Petrol price wars

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by jack troughton A DEFIANT owner of a Marina Alta filling station has re-opened for business and slashed five cents off a litre of fuel. The premises were partially bulldozed last month by order of the Supreme Court in Valencia which declared them illegal after 15 years of legal hearings. However, this week it was almost business as usual at the CEPSA premises – built just 100 metres from a rival just outside Benitachell on the Javea road. Gravel has been laid and compressed to provide a hard standing and access for vehicles, and the operation is being run from a Portacabin on the site. Further improvements were stopped by the town hall and the owner must now apply for the correct paperwork. HISTORY The filling station has a controversial history – it was opened 20 years ago but built on rural land. An initial licence issued in 1990 was later withdrawn. Expat customers have used social networking sites to support the owner of the CEPSA and have quickly returned to take advantage of cheap fuel. One alleged the filling station had been the victim of a vendetta. “We are disgusted – if the CEPSA garage is on rural land, then surely the BP garage is on the same land.” And another questioned the logic of making people unemployed in the current economic climate. “With the crisis in Spain, it seems a strange idea to put people out of work.” And one motorist added: “We have been using this garage for ten years and love the place; all the staff are friendly and helpful.”

Gone fishing

TOURISTS TO a Costa Blanca resort could soon be setting sail with fishermen to sample life at sea – and some of the catch. Villajoyosa Town Hall is backing a proposal to take advantage of the numbers of visitor to the area and its own fishing industry. The idea has already been successful in Galicia and it is believed people would enjoy a day at sea and seeing how fishermen work. And the council believes the initiative would be a boost for “sustainable tourism” bringing people in contact with nature and Vila’s maritime heritage “and could have the same success as rural tourism.”

Councillor meets representatives of coastal urbanisations By Louise Clarke A MEETING of more than 140 people, which was made up of urbanisation Presidents and Administrators of Orihuela Costa, took place at the Town Hall in Playa Flamenca last week. The meeting was instigated by the Councillor for Tourism and Beaches, Pedro Mancebo, and its aim was primarily for everyone to connect with each other and secondly, to devise a method of communication between the Presidents and the Town Hall in order to make the general working together between the administration and the residents of Orihuela Costa more efficient and effective. The Presidents and communities of each area would democratically elect a spokesperson for their area. The Councillor said that it is in everyone’s interest that the Presidents and communities determine how this new system should work to ensure a smooth flow of information between the two parties. “We need people who want to be responsible and who wish to become involved in decisively improving Orihuela Costa,” said Mancebo. This is the first time that a Councillor has actually instigated a working meeting with so many residents on the coast at the same time and after the initial introduction there was a question and answer session.


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Work experience at RTN

Easy sums

by Ryan Dearden, Year 10 lady Elizabeth school THIS WEEK I have had the pleasure of being on work experience at RTN. The week has been both educational and entertaining and I was introduced to various programs, such as Adobe Indesign and Photoshop, which at first I found quite difficult to utilise for the task I was set. After a while I felt that I became used to the functions with the help and advice of others. I was surprised to see the enormous amount of effort put in by the designers for such small sections of the paper. However, the work does show once the paper is produced. Once all adverts and images are placed onto one page, a rare sense of achievement is experienced. If you go to page 24 you can see some of the adverts that I have created this week.

By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS AT the Laude Lady Elizabeth Junior School can do their maths sitting down – asked how many years were in a Diamond Jubilee, they all got the correct answer, a whopping 60! Opened by the Queen (Tasha Fish) and Prince Charles (Dylan Broadhead), on Wednesday afternoon the children enjoyed a fete to mark the occasion, and enjoyed a host of traditional games and free sideshows at the school on Cumbre de Sol.


Chris Marshall


If it ain’t broke.....Fix it! I AM a reasonably intelligent guy but there are some things that a degree - or even a Master’s Degree - just doesn’t equip you for.

Expat We are fortunate, or at least I thought we were, in blogger our part of Spain to have a tapas included with your

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drink: beer or wine as a rule, and the non-alcoholic musto. All very simple really - whatever the size of beer you get the same sized tapas, as you do with a glass of wine. As a rule a restaurant will offer you a tapas of their choice. A different one with each drink, becoming more ‘expensive’ the more you drink, e.g. Tortilla with your first drink with some olives, perhaps a small casserole with your third... Bars, on the other hand, tend to have a tapas menu to choose from, with a range of cold ones for when the kitchen is closed. The Spanish approach is very simple: they look at the tapas as a fixed cost, built into the prices they charge. The price of the drink remains the same even if you don’t want the tapas: a ‘win’, you might say, for the bar. It has been this way since long before we first stumbled across Almerimar and it works brilliantly, with every Spanish bar doing exactly the same. Sure they

may charge more for a better wine or beer, and some offer a more gourmet style tapas, but the model and approach remains the same: price includes tapas, up to you if you want one or not. Simples! And then we have the British bars approach. Simple it isn’t. Consistent it isn’t. Confusing it is! For a start not all bars offer tapas. Don’t be fooled by the blackboard saying they do as frequently this should be taken as a statement of intent, if they are in the right mood, and if the kitchen is open and staffed by the right chef. Nor are tapas included in the price as such, as some bars have a dual price policy for a drink with tapas and a drink without tapas, others base the inclusion of tapas on the size of beer glass you want. No doubt it makes sense to those running the bars, and they are totally entitled to run their bars and make their decisions exactly how they like. Me? I tend to go for a drink to unwind, clear the brain and talk utter rubbish. I do not go for a drink to

test my Mensa capabilities or check that the calculator works on my iPhone. The Spanish way works just fine, and that will do nicely for me.

Chris is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat as well as a weekly column for the RTN. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley-Davidsons and more often than not a bottle of red wine. He runs the successful expat blog, and his wife runs the cat re-homing and transport project Chris’s columns are sponsored by and on the Telegraph Expat site and by here on RTN. You can hear Chris every Friday discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Three cheers...

THERE ARE times when it’s really great to be a Brit and I think that last weekend was one of those times.

The Diamond Jubilee weekend proved to be enormously successful. Pageant is one thing we excel at and that was evident for the whole world to see. From Sunday’s thousand vessel flotilla on the Thames to Monday’s Diamond Jubilee Concert – watched worldwide by hundreds of millions, to Tuesday’s St Paul’s service of celebration for the Queen’s 60 year reign. The country went Jubilee mad. I moved about a bit last weekend and spent it at three locations and at each the enthusiasm for the Diamond Jubilee was equal. At East Sussex I spent an afternoon at the village celebrations in Horam (where cider is made) - hic! The following morning at Pevensey on the coast I watched the building of one of the beacons for Monday night’s extravaganza; and on Tuesday had a mad dash up the M25, M40, M42 and on through Tamworth to the little village of Edingale in Staffordshire. And through every town, village and hamlet I passed the flags and bunting were out in force. It really has been a colourful spectacle and the party spirit has been embraced to the full (helped, of course, by the four-day weekend). In the main there’s been a very public outpouring of heartfelt warmth for the Queen. Obviously, there have been demonstrations against and that’s probably for the best in a healthy democratic setting – but generally, Queenie is top of the pops. She’s doing alright. And when you consider most people her age have been enjoying retirement for at least twenty years you do have to take your cap off to her. For me the abiding memory of the national holiday

was at the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert when Prince Charles gave a poignant, warm, emotional and witty speech in praise of his mother. His opening words, “Your Majesty – mummy” earned him rapturous cheers from the crowd and his Mum was clearly delighted. He said, “The only sad thing about tonight is that my father cannot be here with us because, unfortunately, he’s been taken unwell.” He added to tumultuous applause: “If we shout loud enough he might just be able to hear us in hospital.” Turning to his mother, he said: “A Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event. Some of us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you - and I have the medals to prove it!” He continued, “And we’re now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years. I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly, you and my father’s lives were irrevocably changed.” There was another huge cheer from the crowd as Prince Charles said, “So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us; for inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.” As he drew to a close, he led the audience in giving three cheers for the Queen, before kissing her hand affectionately and adding: “So Your Majesty we offer you our humble duty and with it three resounding cheers for our Majesty The Queen!” Here, here... Watts in Britain, reluctantly bringing down the bunting...

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by louise clarke VIVA TV is delighted to announce that two videos shot for the British Foreign Office have now gone live on Consular websites all over Southern Europe. Since he became the British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell has worked closely with Viva TV filming a number of the consular events which were then posted on their website giving many more expats access to the information. It was quickly recognised by Paul and his team that this was a very effective way of circulating important news and information to holiday makers and British residents in Spain. So, the Foreign Office decided to use this method to head a new video campaign about the importance of looking after your passport, and earlier this year commissioned Viva TV to produce the films. Every year hundreds of British holiday makers lose their passports or have them stolen and the British consulates are keen to show how not looking after yours can lead to a ruined holiday. The two videos

called ‘Lose Your Passport, Lose Your Holiday’ give advice on how to keep your passport safe and show the possible consequences if the worst happens. GOING LIVE With a very tight deadline of just two weeks Viva TV had to come up with the concept and script, locate actors, source film locations, film, edit and then present the two films. Viva TV were delighted when the Foreign Office in London passed on their very positive comments and the videos are now going live on the consular websites throughout Southern Europe and are being made available to newspapers, holiday travel companies and any other related tourism businesses and organisations to use on their websites. Director of Viva TV, Richard Haywood, told RTN: “We were over the moon when Viva TV was asked by the British Government to produce these video casts. With such a tight

Tango brings 200 dancers together in Alicante

AROUND 100 couples from all over Spain and other European countries gathered last weekend in Alicante to celebrate the XIV National Tango Meeting on the Esplanade. The dance floor was pounded enthusiastically by at least 20 tango groups: “No professional workshops - no demonstrations - people just come here to dance,” said the president of host association Aba Tango Alicante, Daniel Maronna. More women than men attended, at an average age of 40 years. However, it has been confirmed by the Aba association that younger participants have begun to dabble in tango fever.

Viva TV’s Richard Haywood films the short videos

deadline it was a testament to the professionalism and talent of our team that we could produce such a quality product on time and within budget.” PROFESSIONAL Last week, British Consul, Paul Rodwell took the opportunity to showcase both videos at a meeting with representatives of major tour operators in Benidorm and asked for help to

promote the message. He said that throughout the summer the Consulate can issue up to 20 emergency passports per day and is confident the videos will reinforce the message of how important it is to look after them. Paul Rodwell told RTN: “As British Consul for Alicante, I am delighted that Viva TV, a local British business, was chosen to produce these video clips and it was great to see them produced in such a professional way and in record time.”

Caritas soldiers on THE PROFILE of Caritas, the social assistance organisation of the Catholic Church, has changed substantially since 2008 with an increase in the numbers of people ‘ashamed’ to reveal to their families that they are being helped. And recipients of assistance are significantly younger than before. Donations and contributions from individuals comprise 74% of the budget of Caritas. On Tuesday the director of Caritas, Julio Beaumonte, confirmed that Spain is in the worst situation it has faced in the last half century in terms of poverty as Caritas Madrid serves 300,000 - twice the number of people compared to the 2004 – 2008 period. Throughout 2011 Caritas’ 13 canteens served one million meals. Beaumonte also confirmed that the church’s obligation to pay property tax has no effect on the services provided by the charity.

Lloyds Bank backs the winners by Patricia Thompson LLOYDS BANK International in Denia sponsors of El Cid Bowls Club, are delighted to congratulate the winners of the Spanish Nationals Lawn Bowls Championships. Two members of El Cid Bowls Club, Ian Brown & Derek Randall (recently elected Club Captain) got through to the final in the Spanish Nationals Lawn Bowls Championships held in Southern Alicante, when they were up against the formidable pair of Keith Jones & Colin Lindgren. Leading from an early stage, Ian and Derek were spurred on by the enthusiastic support from El Cid and Javea Green BC members. Finally Ian and Derek not only won the well-deserved Gold Medal, they were also awarded ‘Best Male Players of the Tournament’. A great day for the northern Alicante clubs and El Cid will be back next year to defend their title! For more information on the forthcoming competition and your chance to win 1,000€, visit the Competitions page on the club website at

Alice in Wonderland ON TUESDAY 19th JUNE at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre, the Kingsbury School of Dance will be performing Alice in Wonderland as part of the end of year celebrations. The show starts at 6pm and tickets cost just 3€ which will be donated to APANEE. To buy your tickets, please go to the box office outside the Municipal Theatre from Tuesday – Friday, 11am - 1pm.

Javea in bloom

By Jack Troughton RESIDENTS AND businesses in Javea Old Town are busy planting flowers to decorate balconies and streets in a bid to win prizes in an annual competition. The contest is in its fourth year and aims to make the narrow streets more attractive and also boost bonds between neighbours. Run by the local business association, the closing date for entries in Monday 11th June, and people taking part enjoy discounts at local garden centres. And the judging panel will make two visits to those taking part, the first on Wednesday 27th June and again on Wednesday 12th September, to check the ongoing health of the plants after the hot summer. The balconies of Javea Town Hall are also being decorated to improve the overall look of the area – Councillor Doris Courcelles suggesting those who did not want to compete could simply plant something.

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It’s party time at Citroen Benijofar! INTRODUCING THE new face of Citroen Benijofar‌ Go and see their new look showroom and their new model range, including the new DS5 and the new Aircross tomorrow, Saturday 9th June. The showroom will be open from 11am, so please go along and enjoy a glass of bubbly or a soft drink and some delicious snacks and browse around their selected and guaranteed used cars whilst you are at it! Citroen Benijofar is located on Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca (the main road) going through Benijofar.


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10% off everything at Suzy’s this Sunday

The Suzy’s team

by patricia thompson As a present to all her customers, to celebrate Suzy´s 2nd Anniversary in their Pedreguer store there will be 10% off everything. “We are really looking forward to Sunday (10th June)” says Suzy, “it is going to be great fun! ´Double Impact´ will be playing music from 11am to 2pm for everyone to have a boogie and sing along to. There will be a nail-bar for the ladies, and especially for the men our in-house joiner, Craig, will be giving demonstrations on woodworking subjects. And we´ll be having yummy cakes and sangria for sale to raise funds for S.C.A.N.” For years Suzy has worked in the furniture business, and she knows her craft well. When her parents retired and moved to Spain she followed them and started working at the Market, with her stall growing rapidly from a small weekly pitch to a full-time quarter of a ´nave´ (warehouse); then to half the warehouse and then 2 years ago she took the whole 800 m2 two-floored building over from the owner! “Yes, there are lots of Pre-owned Furniture shops around” continues Suzy “but our secret at Suzy´s is always to offer the highest quality items at really affordable prices. This is a family business, we know how we like to be treated ourselves, and so we always endeavor to give a superb customer service. And we must be doing it right because we have clients returning to us who started coming here right at the beginning.” The furniture available at Suzy´s simply can´t be categorised – there are items of every style to suit anyone´s requirements whether

Traditional, Modern, or Contemporary. New beds and mattresses are also available, white goods and electrical items too, and Craig´s bespoke made-to-measure kitchen and furniture service means that whatever your needs you will find it at Suzy´s. “I do want to say ´thank you´ for the magnificent response to our recent plea for more furniture” says Suzy. “We have had five record months of sales, items are selling really quickly and recently we were running extremely low on stock. We are now full again which is marvellous, but I´d like to remind readers that we are always on the lookout for items to sell, either on a commission basis or we can purchase items outright. At the moment we would particularly welcome more ´white goods´ because we know that with the rental season arriving the items that we have in stock will rapidly go.” One other aspect to mention is that being in the furniture removals trade, Suzy and her team have large vehicles available and can even offer a transit service to France and the UK. So Suzy´s should be your first port of call if you are looking for high quality pre-owned furniture, soft furnishings, white goods or electrical items to grace your home or rental property. Very easy to find at Calle Marroquineria on the Pedreguer Industrial Estate, the warehouse is open Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm, and Sunday 9am - 2pm. You can call 678 049 050 or email We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

HELP International Benidorm

OVER THE past few months HELP International Benidorm has been very lucky with fund-raising events and donations, the first being an auction held at EL Cid restaurant in Benidoleig raising 1,200€. Next was a line dancing afternoon in Benidorm that raised 334.32€. The charity then received donations from the Altea English Library of 500€; the British Residents Association gave 149€ and the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation 100€. Thanks go to all concerned. HELP Benidorm tries to fund raise all the year round - so if there any bars restaurants that would consider holding an event please call HELP International Benidorm President Jan Elders on 607 387 040. HELP needs help FOLLOWING THEIR Equipment co-ordinator being robbed, all HELP Benidorm’s records regarding equipment loans were stolen - therefore they request that if anyone has had a wheelchair or other item on loan for a long time, please contact Jenny on 663 495 396 to update her on your current situation.


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“The Man in the Middle”

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Does Hodgson have the Euro-vision?

Welcome to “The Man in the Middle”, your weekly dose of all things football! Over the next four weeks I’ll be covering all the action from the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, focusing mainly on England and our adopted nation, Spain. I think most would agree that reigning European champions Spain are favourites to retain their crown and most would also agree that England will fail because their preparation for the tournament has been regrettable at best (and shambolic at worst!). But is it as simple as that? Are we wasting our time in even taking an interest? I would say no on both counts. Who knows, maybe this new approach of giving the manager just two games to work with his players will prove to be a stroke of genius? Maybe said manager doesn’t need to include the best players in his squad and make some eyebrow-raising selections instead? Maybe injured, experienced stars should be replaced by young, unproven players? Conventional wisdom suggests that this isn’t the way to do it but, considering the way we’ve done it in the past has hardly covered us in glory, what the hell, maybe this IS the way forward!? After all, in the past, it’s been the weight of pressure that’s crippled England’s chances of being successful on the big stage so maybe, now that no-one’s giving them a cat in hell’s chance, they could possibly finally shine? As for Spain, they may be the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy but they’ve also lost two key players through injury, with David Villa and Carles Puyol unable to prove their fitness. You simply cannot underestimate how important these two players are for Spain. Villa is their all-time top scorer and Puyol is by far their best and most experienced defender. Fernandos

Torres and Llorente will attempt to fill the Villa void and Sergio Busquets will probably fill in and do a decent job at centreback but, make no mistake, Spain are significantly weaker than the bookies’ odds suggest. With that in mind, if Spain might not win it (and England probably won’t) where would the sensible money go if you like a flutter? The obvious favourites behind Spain are Holland and Germany but, for that reason, there isn’t much value in backing them. I actually fancy France to exorcise the demons of the 2010 World Cup and go a long way so they’re worth an each-way bet at 12/1 and Karim Benzema would be my pick for the tournament’s top goalscorer at 14/1. I also think Croatia will have a decent tournament and I’m sure they’ll attack and score plenty of goals so Mario Mandzukic, who had an excellent season with Wolfsburg, is surely worth a euro at 100/1.

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

WRITING ON 1st June there is still no rain and the summer heat has started. For the next four months it makes a lot of sense to start garden work soon after 6am and top by mid morning to enjoy the cool of the day and enjoy the sunrise song of the nightingales which dies down within an hour and a half when the birds move from their singing perches on the top branches of bushes and trees into the central shady branches. In the evening from 6pm until 8pm is a good time to do evening watering and tidying up before organising a late alfresco dinner or supper in the garden or on an upstairs terrace, again listening to the nightingales until the evening frog chorus chimes in. If your garden is sensibly well-planted with trees for summer shade from a first floor terrace one can look down on the canopy of the trees as if you were on a high walkway above the jungle canopy in Costa Rica and watch the gardens resident birds and passers-by flitting about. Timely morning jobs are deadheading, harvesting vegetables for

the day, cutting the lawn… after eight racking the grass cuttings if you have just strimmed an orchard to make hay for pets: it’s free bedding and food. To prepare dinner our parabolic solar cooker is already in use several times a day for slowly cooking casseroles for dinner or cooking sardines for lunch. If one buys a kit they are not expensive and a handy person can assemble the pieces in a few hours. Have a look at the website The cookers can be used on a south facing apartment terraces as well as in the garden. It’s also paella cooking time so get the equipment out and give it a dust. A large paella pan is also a preferred way to cook a lot of lamb chops or sausages than on a barbecue. By the way if you want to know how to make a good mountain paella – that’s with chicken and rabbit – look up our article in the April 2011 archives on our website If you have a vegetable garden it is possible to grow all the vegetables required. Thinking about vegetable growing there are more and more signs of more public and private allotment offerings. Saw a second council one in Javea last week and two days ago a reader asked for advice re setting private ones up near Oliva. Also sales of the book ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ continue well, particularly to those interested in setting up small scale but very productive vegetable growing areas in containers or raised

beds. With summer shading, many salad vegetables can be grown even during the hot months. Salads can be so much more than lettuce tomato and onion, and so much better freshly harvested from the garden minutes before eating them. Edible flowers for colour, taste and wellness are included in our book ‘Living Well From our Mediterrranean Garden’. This book is free should you obtain one of our other books via Bookworld in the Ondara Commercial Centre also stock it. Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s books are generally available from high street and internet bookshops including the new Amazon Spain site under Libros Ingles.

Clodagh and Dick Handscombes books can be obtained from bookshops or by mail order from info@santanabooks. com or 952-48-58-38, or Amazon. In the UK the books can be ordered through bookshops or for some more conveniently by a freephone call to 0845-260-4505 which is the The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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Coming back for more We’ve chosen LUX-AL on five different occasions! RTN WAS recently invited by John and Pat Pittaway to visit their house in Benitachell to see all the work that LUX-AL Aluminium Windows and Doors have done for them over the past six years. And it’s certainly impressive. When John and Pat moved to Spain from Solihull their house was not a patch on what it is now. The first project was to enclose their naya, giving them protection from the weather and extra living space. “This was one of the best things we have ever done” says John. “A lot of our friends on the mountain have now done the same.” The second LUX-AL installation was a sun-house where Pat spends her time reading and playing cards. And then John and Pat needed some privacy from their neighbour so LUX-AL designed some sight-break screens. “The screens have done the job perfectly, they give us privacy, they are beautifully designed and strong, and they are even self-cleaning!” says Pat. “If ever they do get especially dirty, with a simple play of the hose onto them they are totally clean again. Fantastic!” For a fourth project a single glazed door was switched over to a double glazed tilt-or-open door, and then lastly a specially designed back door was installed to give lots of through air into the house, but still giving strong security when the top half is open. “Each and every time that we have had LUX-AL do work for us, we have been thrilled” comments John. “We have them around to measure, and then we can go to their factory, see the materials, discuss the work, and choose exactly what we want.” “They are also absolutely brilliant with after sales care. If there is ever anything that needs adjusting or altering as quick as anything one of the team is here. We’ve also noticed that it’s always the same fitters who come to us over the years, which speaks volumes for the company - that the staff stay and don’t leave or move on.” So there you have it - John and Pat have used LUX-AL 5 times over the last few years and have been exceptionally satisfied on every occasion. You can call Johanna and the LUX-AL team on 96 649 3447 or 96 6 49 3787. Or email them on and the website shows more samples of their work them.

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Choose which you prefer... the door can be open.... or tilted

LUX-AL’s Johanna with John and Pat at the Sun-House

Pat showing the special back door which gives light into the room when shut, yet gives security when open

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unique situation the time from initial contact to installation can be as little as one week . This is achieved by having all sails manufactured in their factory here in Spain. If you would like Andy or Geoff to visit you for a free design consultation then please call on 620 210 251, email or visit where you will see many examples of quality tensioned shade sails. Please see their advert on page 22.

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Why you should choose White & Baos! by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

AT WHITE & Baos we are proud to say that after more than 10 years helping British and European citizens in general, a very high percentage of our clients come by word of mouth from other existing clients. That’s not to say that a lot of clients don’t come to us because of the articles that we write in the RTN – they do. But what it does show is that clients are satisfied, they return to us time and time again, and they are very happy to personally recommend us. This means a lot to us since we always try to make a win/ win situation of every case to achieve our goal of 100% client satisfaction. HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS? Well this is certainly a good question. Perhaps, just like our grandmothers who never shared their cooking recipe secrets, we should worry about sharing ours with our competitors! But actually we do not mind; our excellent bilingual services can make a client feel right at home from the very beginning. However this would not be sufficient if it did not come accompanied by many years of experience, positive proven

case results, and affordable fees. Some of our most long standing clients first came to our office looking for Tax advice or information about a Spanish Will only to be pleasantly surprised by the fact that besides helping them to solve these matters, we could also assist them with many others; i.e. those new cracks that had suddenly appear on the walls of their brand new villa, or in stopping the annoying yearly noise coming from the next door neighbours renting out their Spanish property during the summer months, many of whom, and just by coincidence, never pay their community fees. Yes, you guessed right - we were able to assist with all the above mentioned cases. In reference to Spanish Wills and specially Inheritance Tax in Spain, we have to say that comparing it to the Inheritance Tax in the UK is like day and night. Some of our most common cases and queries include: descendants contesting a Spanish Will in Court. For example when the father (married for a second time) passes away leaving all his assets to his new wife and none to the children from a previous marriage; while some others include Spanish Wills not drafted according to the deceased’s national Law, or misinformed heirs surpassing the time limit allowed to pay Inheritance Tax in Spain. We have helped purchasers who came to us, unfortunately, after paying a deposit on a defective and illegal property, or on a property without a first occupancy license, while some vending parties are literally forced to pay expenses that do not belong to them as vendors. Some of our clients come to us because they are involved in a serious problem such as British (English) couples married in the UK in need of a divorce in Spain, or concerning a Court

case claiming against one of the spouses who used the money from the marriage’s joint account to purchase a property under his / her sole name while they were still married (our firm won a similar case just the past month of April 2012). Did you know that in some cases of Personal Injury in Spain (e.g. a traffic accident, or a fall etc) the insurance should pay not only for hospital and medicines but also a daily compensation fee according to injuries suffered; days without a normal life; and days unable to work? Do you know how this works? But, what can the ordinary man in the street do or believe when there are so many different opinions out there? How can you, the reader, know who is telling you the truth? The answer is actually quite simple. Do not take your neighbour’s advice and rely on hearsay. Instead, ask for the lawyer’s registry number, take the necessary time to consult with the Regional Spanish Law Society (Colegio de Abogados de Alicante for the Alicante Province) and remember that spending a few Euros on a translator to assist you making a simple phone call today could save you not only time and money but many headaches in the future. Having cross-border expertise as well as proven knowledge of Spanish Law constitutes an invaluable factor for us and our clients. So we will always be here to assist you whenever you need us. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at http://www.white-baos. com/blog/ and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2012 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located 1 minute away from the La Via underground car park). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or This article is available in English and Spanish at The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. Visit our blog at and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors)



Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

Divorce – you and your property IT IS always good to know that people read this column. Week after week we do our best to find something topical to write about that might be of interest to you. Now, the question is, if you are reading this – why? The best scenario is that you are happily married with a healthy interest in the Spanish legal system. The worst is that you have a sneaky idea that this is information you might need to know in the future. If the latter, just don’t let anyone catch you reading it! So, what can you expect if you do decide it’s time to call it a day? First of all, there are the actual practicalities to get through. You will need to ‘divorce’ in whichever country you originally got married in. The Consent Order, however, only stipulates what steps have to be taken once the marriage is dissolved. Where there is property in Spain that is jointly owned it will need to be transferred depending upon what the court decided or what your agreement is. This change of ownership is called the ‘extinction of co-ownership’ or ‘extinción del condominio’ and is different from an ordinary sale or donation. A new Title Deed has to be signed and you will need the Consent Order to show that the transfer of property has been legally decided. It is usually a

straightforward process. However, having a mortgage does complicate matters and you will need to negotiate arrangements with the bank. If you need to mortgage the property in order to pay some money to your ex-spouse, then again you will need to approach the bank. If they approve you will need a Mortgage Deed which will need to be signed by the Notary and registered at the Land Registry. There are other considerations once the process of transferring the property has been completed. For example, you might need to change instructions on your will. In Spain you cannot just make amendments to a will - instead the will needs to be replaced by a new one. You will also need to check that your utilities are in your name only now and that property taxes are addressed to you too. So, if you don’t want to end up living in the Spanish equivalent of War of the Roses, there are a few obstacles to overcome – and now, turn the page quickly… Please contact us for advice about conveyancing, tax and legal matters, including transferring property in the case of divorce, by calling Ábaco: 96 670 3748.

If you would like Ábaco to complete your resident tax declaration before the deadline or you would just like more information about it please contact our Helpline on 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

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WILL I KNOW THE EVENTS ON WHICH YOU ARE TRADING ON ANY GIVEN DAY? Without question - indeed it is a legal requirement that we provide you with the ability to ‘opt out’ each day.

Banks are constantly engaged in arbitrage situations, racking up huge profits for themselves in the process. In Sporting Arbitrages’ case the ‘commodities’ are horses or football teams with the biggest market on the internet – the betting industry. But they do not gamble with your money: Sporting Arbitrage predominantly employs Betfair, a trading platform with a £450 million weekly turnover, engineering tiny margins with no risk. Our experienced traders at Sporting Arbitrage create margins, no matter how miniscule, to ensure that their clients are benefiting from around 60% of all the horse races held in the UK, with no losses racked up on the remainder. Furthermore, grabbing margins on major football matches too. The traders deal in mathematical certainties and it is the equivalent of buying rubber, cocoa beans or any other commodity but with a predetermined profit.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE? As a client you will be given an exclusive user name and password so that you can check the status and value of your account. You can invest a lump sum for immediate income, there is the facility to draw off profits monthly or simply make regular contributions and build capital.

HOW DOES SPORTING ARBITRAGE PRODUCE RETURNS AT MINIMAL RISK? If we back at a bigger price than we lay them we cannot lose. The fact is demonstrated on the website and at our various presentations.

FOR EXAMPLE £200 per month will be worth almost £7,000 after just two years. Many residents on the Costa Blanca are already profiting from Sporting Arbitrage. The company opened their La Regia offices in May of last year, providing full administrative support and also engaging the services of John O’Brien, City stockbroker for 35 years. Presentations can be arranged in your own home, at our offices or a venue to suit. For more information or to book an appointment contact John on 600 001 661 or our offices at Sophia Business Centre, 11 C/Isla Formentera, La Regia, Orihuela Costa: 96 532 2863. You can also register an interest and/or arrange a presentation via our website John O’Brien

Dragon insurance

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Unbeatable prices for all types of insurance No gimmicks, no cash back, no month free! DRAGON INSURANCE would like to introduce you to their services and team. Dragon Insurance was established by Company Director Maria Morawiec in 1998 to provide an insurance service for ex-patriots with both British and Spanish registered vehicles. The company has gone from strength to strength and now offers a wide range of insurance products including motor, home, commercial, health, travel, marine, pet and funeral plans, as well as some that are not readily available through other companies, such as static homes. The prices are competitive in the current market place without any gimmicks. The price Dragon quotes is the price you get. Their experienced and friendly team are all English, with Spanish and German languages spoken to assist European clients with all their insurance requirements.

They can even cover Spanish nationals’ insurance needs. Maria enjoys a ‘hands-on’ role within the company and deals mainly with clients’ renewals as well as the day-to-day running of the company. Thomas is experienced in all types of general insurance and speaks fluent Spanish. Jayne has experience in all types of general insurance, handling clients’ claims and policy advice and also speaks Spanish. Due to expansion, in December Dragon moved to their new spacious office – Calle Mercado 22, Benitachell, located just around the corner from the post office. There is ample parking behind in the town car park. Why not give them a call to see if they can improve on your current insurance policy -Tel: 96 649 3762. Email:

Facebook for kids FACEBOOK, LEGALLY for people over 13 only, has been reported to be working on new technology to enable children under 13 to have an account on the social network, meeting a storm of criticism from child welfare groups. The system was rumoured to be tailored to involve adult supervision for kids’ profiles and accessing certain areas. It is estimated that around 7 million children of varying ages but all under 13 already use the site, having lied about their age, sometimes with parental assistance and Facebook has been under pressure to regularise younger users. However, CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has now confirmed that although a younger Facebook is not being ruled out, the company is not planning to introduce a kiddie-plan as yet for what is by nature an adult social platform. With revenue of US$4 billion in 2011 perhaps the company feels it does not need to attract younger users!

Simply majestic memories PROUD AND patriotic British expats in Spain hung out the bunting and celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in style. Parties and fairs have been staged up and down the Costas and parts of the RTN region were transformed and almost drowned in red, white and blue to mark her 60 years as Monarch. Here are some of your photos.

Team Cyclogical first local win by patricia thompson

SEVEN MEMBERS of Team Cyclogical in Quesada took part in the Annual Marcha Cicloturista, ‘Trofeo Dama de Guardamar’ on Sunday 3rd June. The day started with heavy rain, thunder and lightning at 8am but by the time the race commenced at 9am it had stopped. When the race started it was cool with very wet roads. However, by the time they reached Rojales the roads were dry and the temperature had started to increase. There were 102 entries in total and the race started and finished in Guardamar, passing through Rojales, Benijofar, with a good climb up from Algorfa to La Finca, down to San Miguel, up and through Rebate,

which sorted everyone out, down to Torremendo, up and through the village then down to Hurchillo, Bigastro, Algorfa, Benijofar, Rojales and back to Guardamar. The team all performed exceptionally well and had three members in the top 10. Torry finished in 6th place, Gary in 7th and Owen in 10th place. The event was well organised and well sponsored with a good selection of trophies. Team Cyclogical won the team Trophy and were absolutely delighted. The team are pictured at the start in the rain and are from left to right: Paul Johnson, Torry Hagust, Owen Desmond, Gary Routledge, Peter Cunningham, James Robinson, and Tom Tychesen.

Local Costa Blanca resident, Michael O’ Mahoney publishes novel The author, Michael O’Mahony was born in Dublin in 1946. He and spent part of his childhood in a street where the Abbey and Queens theatre stood, made famous by Irish playwrights and writers. Michael left for London aged 7, and grew up in a house full of bedsits in the late fifties and sixties, living the life of Jekyll and Hyde, whilst telling lies to stop people knowing he was a private landlord’s son. After travelling around the world he moved to the Costa Blanca in 2005 where he wrote his 3rd novel Entitled ‘The Rare Old Times’. The non-fictional novel is based in three cities Belfast, Dublin, London and two counties in southern Ireland, Cork and Offaly. See their advert on page 41.

All change at PCN

By Louise Clarke CHIEF FUNDRAISER for the Paul Cunningham Nurses, Susan Reader has announced this week that she is hanging up her fundraising cap and retiring. Susan, who has been a key figure in the charity for the last three years, has decided to have a rest from charity work and spend some time playing with her grandsons and just sitting in her swinging hammock! President of the charity, Jennifer Cunningham, told RTN that she was sorry to see Susan leave Paul Cunningham Nurses but completely understood her reasons for wanting to step down from what is a very challenging role that requires lots of time and dedication. She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan for all her hard work during the last three years. PCN wouldn’t be where it is today without Susan dedication to the cause and I wish her all the luck for the future.” WONDERFUL COVERAGE Susan added: “I would like to say many thanks to all of you who have supported me in so many ways and huge thanks to the media for the wonderful coverage they have given PCN over the last three years. If I have not had chance to say a personal thank you and adios to you, then please forgive me for now but I am sure that we will meet up at sometime in the future.” Paul Cunningham Nurses is now looking for two enthusiastic fundraisers to join the team to look after the southern Alicante area. Jennifer said: “We would like one fundraiser to look after the areas of Gran Alacant, La Marina, Guardamar and Rojales and one to look after the areas of Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas.” She added: “We are looking to the future and we’d like to bring on board some enthusiastic fundraisers who will not only raise money for the charity using traditional fundraising techniques but also be able to embrace modern social networking such as Facebook and all expenses will be paid in full.” For more information, please contact Diane at the PCN office in La Marina between 10am and 12pm on 96 679 5051 or email

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climate,full history, 2 x sun roofs,panoramic glass roof top....................................22,999€ 07 MERCEDES CLK 320CDI AVANTGARDE COUPE in metallic ice blue, half hide, CD, 18”alloys, Xenons, E/seats, climate, full history, lowkm, as new ......................... 21,999€

most sought after, family favourite, imaaculate, gift @..............................................9,999€ 08 FORD FOCUS TDCI 5 DOOR HATCHBACK in metallic vision blue, one private owner,

06 JAGUAR XJ8 EXECUTIVE met navy, cream hide, auto, climate, elec/m/seats, alloys, CD, FSH, 37,000kms only, climate, CD, new model, bluetooth, alloys, cruise, as new..... 9,999€ elec sunroof, cost 96,000€ stunning, looks & drives as new! .................................19,999€

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07 DACIA LOGAN 1.5DCI EST 4 side-doors and clubman twin rear doors, met claret, A/C,

PAS, low km, great school run car @ less than half the price of new....................... 5,999€ 03 SEAT TOLEDEO 1.9 TDI in met champagne, FSH, climate ,CD as new, big boot, a real gem of a car............................................................................................................. 5,999€ 99 AUDI A8 4.2 QUATTRO AUTO silver, cream hide, stunning....................................6,999€ 03 HONDA CRV 2.0 AUTO in metallic deep green, elec roof, few and far between.....6,999€ 01 MAZDA MX5 SPORTS 1.6 WITH HARD TOP AND SOFT TOP in red, 1 owner, 32000miles FSH, RHD/SPANISH a little gem 6,999€ try find another quality MX5 for this price yes 6,999€ 07 mod PEUGEOT 307 Hdi climate, CD, glacier white, face lift, gift at ......................5,999€ 08 FORD KA 1.3 COLLECTION A/Con, CD, met zinc grey, as new............................... 5,999€ 01/10 plates MAZDA 323, 5 door, in met blue, (focus size) A/C, PAS, gift @............3,999€ 02 PEUGEOT 206 HDI XR 5 door, in white, fab MPG, fab car..................................... 3,495€ 00 RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 COUPE this is in stunning yellow, with alloys, AC, PAS, immaculate throughout, exceptional value at only...................................................... 1,999€ 99 RENAULT MEGANE 1.6, 5 DO0R in white, a/c ,pas clean px ................................1,999€ 98 RENAULT MEGAN CLASSIC 4 DOOR AUTOMATIC, A/C, PAS, met dark blue .......1,999€

08 RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 DCI GRAND TOUR EST S LINE EDITION in glacier blue met, alloys, climate, CD, 6 speed, panoramic sunroof etc, Facelift-all colour coded .........8,999€ 03 AUDI A6 2.4 MULTITRONIC met ice blue , climate, alloys, CD ect FSH................ 7,999€ 07 OPEL CORSA NEW SHAPE 1.3 CDTI in lime green, A/C, PAS,these are funky cars fab MPG............................................................................................................................ 6,999€ 03 SMART ROADSTER COUPE (VERY RARE) AUTO a/c, alloys, 1 owner, 20000km only 06 mod/2011 plates MERCEDES A200 CDI AUTO SPECIAL EDITION in ice gold, half 6,999 try find another you wont yes.......................................................................... 6999€ hide, full sun roof, alloys, FSH, as new, CD, parktronic 13,999€ 08 FORD FOCUS TDCI 1.8 EST in rich royal blue met, FSH as new .......................... 6,999€ 2010 HONDA CIVIC 1.4 5/door hatch in metallic black, climate, CD, alloys, low km, lady 03 PEUGEOT 307 HDI 2.0 HDI EST S/W in silver 70000km only with panoramic glass full owner, as new, factory warranty............................................................................ 14,999€ roof , climate,3 x captains chairs in rear gift at.......................................................... 5,499€ 03 MERCEDES E220 CDI AUTOMATIC ELEGANCE met. silver, FSH, climate, CD, alloys, 02 RENAULT TWINGO AUTO in purple blue, low km, gift @................................... 4,999€ e/s roof, NAV, parktronic, 2007 plates, stunning, 5 litres per 100km, first to see will buy 96 PEUGEOT 306 AUTOMATIC, A/C, PAS, met cobalt blue ..................................... 2,499€ at............................................................................................................................ 12,999€ 02 FIAT SEICENTO fuel-miser, A/C, PAS, one owner, 32,000km,FSH,in white blue trim....... 2,495€ PIAGGIO PORTER MINI PICK-UP in pale blue, a three wheel pick-up, a great promotions car, (Italian papers @ 1,999€)..................................................................................... 999€ 07 BMW MINI COOPER AUTO (SIDE WALK) CABRIO Limited Edition model, cost 33,000€. It’s in smoke silver met, tan leather seats with piping, 17” alloys, climate, CD, parktronic, xenon lights, electric hood. What a fab car, try to find one, impossible we would say..........................................................................................................................17,999€ 07 VOLKSWAGEN EOS 2.0 FSI CABRIO in glacier light metallic blue, cream interior, climate, alloys, CD, 52,000km, FSH as new ............................................................. 14,999€


08 RENAULT GRAND SCENIC 1.9 DCI AUTOMATIC in gleaming white with full panoramic roof, FSH, climate, cruise, GPS NAV, parktronic, alloys, on the latest 2012 plates, stunning car............................................................................................................................... 12,999€ 09 FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCI 5dr, diamond white, climate, CD.................................. 10,999€ NOV 06 VW PASSAT 2.0 FSI SPORTLINE met ice silver blue, climate, 10xA/B, CDx6, alarm, cruise, alloys, bi-xenons, bluetooth, tel, nav, DVD, multif. Steering wheel, FSH07 MOD VW PHAETON 3.0 TDI AUTO, met black, cream hide, 5 seater, alloys, bi-xenons, 87,000km=54,375miles, as new fab car, fab value, executive motoring for only ......9,999€ GPS nav, parktronic, elec. memory seats, hot seats, 4 zone climate, rear climate, no better 08 NISSAN PRIMASTAR 2.0 Cdi COMBI white, 6 seater+ cargo ideal dual purpose van luxury! FSH, cost 80,000€+ a gift at......................................................................... 19,999€ immaculate IVA RECLAIMABLE................................................................................. 8,999€ 07 MOD MERCEDES CLK 200 ELEGANCE AUTO COUPE ice blue met, blue/grey hide, 08 TATA GRAND SAFARI 3.0 DIESEL in met claret, 1 owner, FSH, 29000km with tow bar , xenons, parktronic, CD, ipod, climate, alloys, 39,000km, FSH, stunning...................18,999€ AC, ect as new gift at..................................................................................................8,999€

07 MERCEDES ML 350 AUTO 4X4 PETROL in met dark ocean blue ,half hide, half alcantra trim ,roof, CD, alloys, ect a stunner.......................................................................... 26,999€ 07 MERCEDES CLK 320 CDI DIESEL AUTO COUPE met silver, half hide trim, climate, CD, FSH by Merc Madrid 80000km=50000m, plus 8 airbags, as new, probably the nicest car in Torrevieja.................................................................................................................19,999€ 2010 KIA SORENTO 2.5 CRDI X LINE met black ,fsh, knock out money................ 18,999€ 08 MERCEDES B 180 CDI AUTOMATIC sport pack, half hide, alloys, tel,easy pack CD, GPS NAV, climate, parktronic etc in met black as new...................................................... 17,999€ 06/12 CITRÖEN C8 HDI AUTO in metallic rich blue, GPS NAV, xenons, CD, alloys, 7-seater, great looker and driver, latest plates.........................................................................16,999€ 08 FORD MONDEO 1.8 TCDI TREND 5/DOOR HATCH in met cool ice blue a real head turner, immaculate stunning car.............................................................................. 12,999€ 09 NEW SHAPE RENAULT CLIO 1.2 AUTOMATIC in claret metallic, 42k FSH, climate, c/locks, cruise, on the latest 2012 plates looks and drives as new............................ 11,999€ 08 RENAULT SCENIC 1.9 DCI AUTOMATIC in met pepper beige/cava, 54k, FSH, climate, parktronic, tow bar, on the latest 2012 plates.......................................................... 11,999€

06 VOLVO V70 2.4 KINETIC EST manual, met silver, half hide in grey, climate, alloys etc.

06 MERCEDES A180 CDI AUTO met. Black, full cream velour top trim, alloys, CD, multifunction steering wheel, one owner, as new with FULL HISTORY............................. 10,999€ 09 MOD RENAULT MEGANE 1.5DCI EST EMOTION champagne met, alloys, top trim, AC, 8x AB, 6 speed gearbox, CD, facelift model, stunning..................................................9,999€ 08 FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDCI 115BHP TREND 4/door with boot, latest model in met vision blue, climate, CD, alloys, stunning colour, as new .............................................7,999€ 08 PEUGEOT PARTNER 1.6 HDI TOTEM COMBI white with special totem trim+CD, the nicest on the coast.......................................................................................................................................7,999€ 2010 TATA INDIGO 1.4 PETROL GLX MARINA ESTATE met silver, a/cond, pas, CD, alloys , 1 owner 34000KM, FSH, factory warranty left for 9 months bargain for a nearly new car............. 7,999€ 08 FORD FIESTA 1.4 TDCI in met fern green, climate, CD, etc, hurry @ .....................6,999€ 07 MOD ON 2011 PLATES FORD FIESTA 1.4 AUTO titanium pack, met grey, host of extras, inc AV, alloys & CD, as new...........................................................................................5,999€ 05 FORD FOCUS 1.6 TREND PLUS ESTATE in aquarius metallic blue, climate, CD, face lift model, private owner, FSH as new..............................................................................4,999€ 08 FORD KA 1.3 COLLECTION met zinc gret, A/C, PAS, CD, all colour coded ...........4,999€

08 CITRÖEN NEW C5 1.6HDI 4dr, 42K miles, Full History, 12m UK MOT Tax till end of May. climate, alloys, CD, met mauritius blue, as new.............................................................................................................12,999€ 09 CHEVROLET LACETTI 1.8SX AUTO EST. rich royal blue, alloys, CD, A/C, 15Kmiles, full history, UK MOT till Jan 13, UK TAX till July 12, as new...........................................................................................................9,999€ 2005 KIA MAGENTIS 2.0 LE AUTOMATIC SPORTS H-MATIC, one owner, 43,000miles, FSH, taxed and MOT until August 2012, cost 14,500pounds new, great ride home tremendous value for money @ only 4,999€ 02 CITROËN BERLINGO 1.9 DIESEL VAN, immaculate, alloys, 11m MOT......................................... 2,999€ 99 BMW 523i SE AUTO, blue, grey hide, alloys, v.clean,UK MOT to Oct’12......................................... 1,999€

05 FORD FOCUS GHIA TDCI 4-door with boot, great size boot, climate, CD, alloys, in diamond white, a diamond of a car, gift at only.......................................................... 4,999€ 01 ROVER 75 1.8 CLUB SE in racing green metallic with special two-tone interior black and cream top velour, this is an ex-Rover show car with fitted TV, SAT NAV, alloys, cruise, fog lamps, 50,000km WITH FULL HISTORY only .....................................................4,999€ 00 PEUGEOT 306 EST 2.0 HDI glacier white, as new, A/C, PAS, CD........................ 3,999€ 05 DAEWOO MATIZ 5 door, A/C, silver, fab mpg, as new gift @ ...........................3,999€ 02 HYUNDAI 1.6 MATRIX 5 door, met blue, AC, PAS, clean car sitting on 4 new tyres, lady owner, gift @ ..............................................................................................................3,999€ 98 SEAT ALHAMBRA 2.0, 7 SEATER A/C, gleaming white, great family bus only.... 2,999€ 07 FIAT PANDA 1.3 DIESEL, 5 door van, A/C, PAS, small auto at only....................2,999€ 02 FORD KA 1.3 A/C, PAS, in met silver, clean, as new, P/X gift @ ........................2,499€ 02 HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.3 LS in red, A/C, PAS, immaculate throughout ..................1,999€


Overwhelming generosity of La Marina residents THE SAN Fulgencio Town Hall has been “overwhelmed” by the generosity shown by La Marina residents who have collected tonnes of food for the needy of the municipality. By Louise Clarke The food bank was recently unveiled at the offices of the Councillor for Urbanisations, Jeff Wiszniewski, in La Marina and it almost took up the whole of the office’s floor space! The Town Hall’s Social Services Department is currently looking after 16 families, including 25 children, and they will all benefit from the very generous donations of tinned and dried food. Jeff explained: “Individuals have been coming into the office to donate food for some time. Many of them come in on a regular basis after they have done their weekly shop with several items. It really shows a great sense of community spirit.” DESPERATE All the families that benefit from the food bank are registered with the Town’s Social Services and they have priority but people will not be turned away if they desperately need some food. Jeff added: “We recommend that they register with the Social Services so that they can be assessed and helped appropriately but if there is someone really desperate, they will not be turned away.” Jeff concluded: “The generosity shown by La Marina residents has been overwhelming. I know that this food bank will not solve the problems that these families are facing but it will help and we hope to continue this dried food donation drive for as long as it is needed.”

Some of the generous residents of La Marina with Jeff and the food bank


08-14 JUNE 2012

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Blogs about Spanish Remover... SPANISH CLASSES are often as interesting for the digressions as for the things you are supposed to be learning. Yesterday the English word “remove” cropped up, with a valiant student opting for “remover” as a possible translation. Well, you would think so, wouldn’t you? But sadly (for the student at least) “remover” actually means “to stir.” This prompted another student to tell us a great story of a friend who was cooking and trying to follow some Spanish instructions. She kept taking the pan away from the cooker, and then wondering what on earth she was doing wrong. Well, you now know, she “removed” the food every time she should have been stirring it, which possibly left it a little unappetizing! By the way – the word in Spanish for “remove” is “quitar”, in case you were wondering. CHEAP IS EXPENSIVE I was standing at the back of a town hall meeting one Saturday morning – not my usual weekend activity, but this was the “swearing in” of the new local council. It was a very hot room and absolutely packed to over-flowing, with many people sitting on plastic chairs. Well, it’s not the first time I’ve seen this happen – all of a sudden the legs of a plastic chair buckled under the weight of a rather portly, elderly gentleman sitting right next to where I was standing. Fortunately, enough of us were able to keep hold of him by the arms and body to stop him going flying. Eventually he managed to stand upright and the chair was duly assigned to a naughty corner. Cheap chairs – but as the new Mayoress came in announcing her government of “austerity” it looks as though we’ll be stuck with them for a bit longer. Lo barato es caro – “cheap” can end up being expensive in the long run, although this time all ended well.

JUST A DETAIL False Friends are very tricky things. They can even lead to people falling out or cooling off their friendship. A long time ago I went to some lengths and money to buy a very good bottle of whisky whilst I was back in the UK, for a Spanish friend who had helped me a great deal. He was very pleased with it, and at the end of the meal we shared he said “Muchas gracias por el detalle”. I was a bit put out, because my poor little brain translated “Thank you very much for the detail”. “Detail” I thought, “Huh! That’s not what I call a detail!” Sometime later I discovered, that “detalle” not only means detail, it also means an occasional gift, irrespective of the size or expense. The standard word for present, “regalo,” sounds more like something you wrap in birthday or Christmas paper and give to a child. “Detalle” is what we grown-ups give each other to say Thank you, or Congratulations. Fortunately our friendship lived to see another day. DISGUSTING! One has to be so careful about teaching. I recently taught the words “asco” (disgust) and “asqueroso” (disgusting) which refer to a dog poo type of situation. “¡Qué asco! as an exclamation means “How disgusting!” The wonders of translation though, meant that one of my students assumed it could also be used in a “disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” context. At the next lesson she told us all a long tale of how she had been “disgusted” with her service in a shop and had kept repeating, loud and clear, “¡Qué asco!” Goodness knows what they thought in the shop, but on the other hand, by the sound of it, they probably deserved it!

This article is made up of items that have been appearing over recent months in my blog which you can also get to via the homepage of my website. They come under various categories such as “false friends” “favourite sayings” “Spanish society” and so on. I hope you enjoy them.

The Twits of the Week Rizzle Kicks@RizzleKicks : Urghh going into your fridge and having a large swig of an oldish bottle of coke only to realise its somebody’s vodka with a hint of coke. Kevin Pietersen@kevinpp24 : Is it really bad to check for your hotel room key when you close the front door of your house??Just done exactly that!! The Diamond Jubilee Piers Morgan@piersmorgan : This is brilliant.. doubt I’ll ever do anything bigger or better in TV than co-anchor this glorious event to celebrate my Queen. #Jubilee The Rio Ferdinand Debate Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Richards only has himself to blame for refusing to be on standby. But @rioferdy5 omission reasons now more obvious than ever. Rio’s Statement Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5 : Just so we dont get it twisted ere....i’ll be in a pub somewhere supporting England this summer!Love the lads! The Rant hayley tamaddon@hayleysoraya : Why does my neighbour play the same rubbish drum and bass song every morning at full blast?! Over and over?! The Funny Tweet phil neville18@fizzer18 : Putting sun tan cream on kids is a military operation 1st you have to catch them 2nd get them to stand still 3rd don’t get any in the eyes!!

Life books

‘Fungal Quintessence’ SOME YEARS ago Javea resident Chris Renshaw jokingly, and perhaps cynically, remarked to an elderly friend how the Treasury would benefit if citizens checked out on reaching retirement age - no pensions and loads of inheritance tax coming in! (Many a true word said in jest.) From this premise his book, ‘Fungal Quintessence’ was born. Chris’ book is now available on Amazon Ebooks. ‘Fungal Quintessence’ can be downloaded to Kindle, PC, Android, Mobile and other gizmos. Written for younger readers, Chris was surprised to find pensioners better understood and enjoyed the plot - a quirky, comedy-satire with seriously important undertones: Enid Blyton it is not. Britain has escaped the fiasco called Europe but like most other countries is almost bankrupt. A new, young Prime Minister thinks he knows how to sort things out. Yeah right! First job? Cut the rising pensions bill. How will that work you ask? Brits reaching retirement age start indulging in high risk activities. It’s rumoured that food additives and satellite signals are being used to control their behaviour. Has the Government’s secret OMEGA plan been launched? Stoke’s schitzo police chief seems to oppose the Government but who knows what whackos like him are thinking? Same goes for the randy family doctor, his sexy nurse, a rabble-rousing priest and the socialite swingers who run ‘Rainbow’s End’, the ultimate retirement-activity home in Stoke. The mysterious ‘Phantom Intellectual from

Suduko Answer

Stoke’ is out to save the World. Think Monty Python meets Jim Carey. The Prime Minister is kidnapped and taken to the UK to face a sensational media-trial, where the bad guys should get their just rewards and the good guys… well... why not read the story? There’s a weepy, happy, twisty ending. NB: No pensioners were harmed during the writing of this story.

Paddy’s Point does it again!

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PADDY’S POINT Golf Society has broken with tradition and for the second year running Captain John Bryan has decided to follow last year’s Captain, Shaun Murphy and support Paul Cunningham Nurses. Susan Reader went to La Zenia last week to meet with John to find out that this year’s Captain’s Day along with monies raised from regular scratch cards after each game of golf, raised a total of €906 for PCN and the Golf Day was no less than a 20 hour event! Starting with the all important golf at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, after 18 holes were done and dusted, there Susan Reader was just enough time for a quick change collects before a fabulous meal at Las Ramblas Golf the Restaurant; but that was far from the end of proceeds the evening as a coach then transported the from merry crew back to base at Paddy’s Point Paddy’s where there were more festivities, a bit of Point in dancing and a few more drinks! La Zenia

Party guests come up trumps

Happy Anniversary Lee and Louise! Celebrating 16 years of happy marriage today, 8th June. Love from all your family and friends xxx

By Louise Clarke THE MAYOR of Los Montesinos, José Manuel Butrón, welcomed residents of nearby Entrenaranjos to the Town Hall earlier this week and in return, the residents handed over more than 1000€ in food vouchers and six boxes of donated food stuffs, which came as a result of last weekend’s Diamond Jubilee party. Party guests were asked to either bring a donation or contribute financially to the fund and as well as the food donations, a total of 1020€ was raised, which was immediately transferred into vouchers at the local Gama supermarket and handed to the Mayor to pass along to the town’s needy families.


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Life tech No show

Ann via email asks: My friend in England sends me emails with photographs but none of the photos will show, can you tell me what the problem is? Aunty Says: I can’t be 100% sure without a bit more information Ann but I will suggest a few things. If you are using Outlook, then there is a setting that automatically stops any attachments from downloading incase they are dangerous. You can change this from ‘tools,’ ‘options’ and select the ‘security’ tab. Untick the box ‘Do not allow attachments……’ and restart Outlook. You could also try and first download the photo from the email to your my Documents or My Pictures folder and see if you can open them this way. Let me know if either of these help.

with Aunty Virus



Ron and Annie both ask: I’ve been told I should defrag my drive but I haven’t a clue what it means or how to do it. Is it something I can do myself?

Aunty Says: I have covered this not so long ago but I do get asked it quite a bit. Follow these steps; 1. Open the My Computer Window from your desktop 2. Right click on the Icon for the C (or D) Drive 3. Select Properties from the short-cut menu 4. Click on the Tools tab of the Properties window 5. Click on the Defrag now button You should do this once a month or twice if you use you PC a lot.

Screen freeze

Richard from San Luis asks: Hi Aunty. When I am on my PC, after a time the screen freezes up and I cannot get out of it. I have tried ctrl+alt+esc & ctrl+alt+delte, but nothing works. I was running Norton full scan & got up to 319248 items, scanned one - security risk detected which I got rid of then it froze up, it also does the same if I just leave the pc on. The only way out is to switch power off or hold off button in, till it goes off and start all over again. Hope you can help. Keep up the good work. Aunty Says: Like the infamous ‘Blue Screen of Death,’ this is one of those Windows symptoms that very difficult to diagnose. I would say the two most common causes are spyware/virus of a faulty component inside your PC. The first and easiest thing to try would be good old ‘safe mode’ and a scan with an updated Spybot. This may find and clear enough for a full Norton scan. You should maybe pop the side off your PC to see if it isn’t clogged up with dust and overheating. If it is, get a small paint brush into every nook and cranny and see if that does the job..

Deleting documents

Frank from Denia asks; I often need to delete documents and pictures from my PC but I then have to go through the drawn out process of deleting them again from the recycle bin. Is there a way of simply deleting them once and once only?

Aunty Says: Yes there is Frank, with the file or folder you want to delete selected, hold your shift key down and press the delete key on your keyboard. Since this is a permanent deletion, you will not be able to retrieve the item from your Recycle Bin, the system will prompt you to confirm the permanent deletion.

Getting rid of user names

Peter via email asks: Hi Aunty, I know that you have answered this question before but could you please answer it one more time? When I log onto Google mail and enter my user name there is a list of user names where I have made a mistake entering. I would like to know how to get rid of these so that just the correct user name appears. Aunty Says: No problem Peter. You will find this under ‘tools’ ‘internet options’ and under the ‘browsing history’ section, click on ‘delete.’ The bit you are looking for is the ‘delete forms’ button.

Constant screen freeze

Melanie via email asks: Hi, Can you tell me if it is normal here in Spain for my computer screen to freeze constantly? We have broadband with Telefonica and pay about 39€ per month but it is hopeless. Should we have someone in to look at it? I have checked for viruses and there are none. Aunty Says: No, it’s not normal Melanie, and you may need to get someone to have a look as it could be a serious Windows problem or a faulty bit of hardware. When you say your Telefonica ADSL is hopeless, is this because of your computer freezing? As it might be that your ADSL is fine but your internet connection is having problems due to your PC.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Scroll Excel Tablet

THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the budget Scroll Excel Tablet to see if a sub £100 device can really be any good. Sure, we´d all like an iPad or Galaxy Tab, but at £300 plus and costing the same as a budget laptop, who wants to pay that much to be fashionable? But tablets are very compact and portable and can be quickly to hand if you want the convenience of the laptop’s browsing/social communications and media watching functions – and they´re much easier to carry around when you´re out and about. So, what are the options? Well, you could always take your chances with the latest offering from The Great Wall Of China Online Emporium, wait two months, have it impounded by Spanish Customs, receive an additional €50 import charge and then find it doesn´t work properly and the instructions are in Outer Mongolian and it´ll cost you another €40 to return it for a refund or replacement. Or alternatively you could get yourself a Storage Options Scroll Excel Tablet. Storage Options is a UK-based technology brand set up in 2010 to supply great value, high-performance products without compromising on quality or service, so no hiding behind any large walls here. The Scroll Excel Tablet has a 7 inch capacitive 16:9 multitouch screen with a usable 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The operating system is the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich – who on earth thinks of these names?) which is the first designed specifically for mobile devices.

And as the Scroll Excel Tablet comes with a Cortex A8 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, and 8GB internal memory (expandable to 32GB via a micro SD card) there should be enough power on tap whatever you do. So what can it do? You can browse the internet, deal with emails, keep up to date with all your social networking, read E-books, or play music, games and videos – pretty much everything you´d do with a laptop, all in one compact portable package. The Scroll Excel Tablet will connect to any 802.11 b/g/n wireless network, and can even be connected to an HD TV to watch videos. It´ll even play the latest Flash video, so no worries if you´re somewhere you can watch the BBC iPlayer! The Inspectors Verdict: The Scroll Excel Tablet is cheap enough that even the kids should be allowed to get their mitts on it, and hopefully cut down on the “how long till we get there?” queries – worth it for that alone. Visit purchase your Storage Options Scroll Excel tablet for £95.10, including free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Real Drum

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Life health

Are your sunglasses ruining your sight?

Specsavers’ guide to protecting your eyes this summer

AS SPRING turns to summer and more people head to the beaches to soak up the glorious Spanish sunshine we’ll all be wearing sun screen to protect our skin from the rays, but how many people think about protecting their eyes? Specsavers in Benidorm is urging locals to remember to take care of their eyes when they are outdoors with the most effective sunglasses. Phil Morgan, Store Director of Specsavers Benidorm, says: “Providing they meet European safety standards, sports-style sunglasses not only protect your eyes but also help reduce premature ageing. Sunlight creeping in at the side of badly fitting frames can make you squint, leading to crows’ feet around the eyes. “Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.” Specsavers stocks a large selection of prescription sunglasses styles and will also fit tinted lenses to other frames within its range to create prescription sunglasses. Throughout the summer Specsavers are offering free reaction lenses and 2 for 1 on our sunglasses range. Visit in store for details. Follow these top tips from Specsavers to protect your eyes when enjoying the Costa Blanca’s famous weather this summer:

1. Check sunglasses comply with BSEN 1836: 1997 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400. 2. If you already have sunglasses, take them into your local optician to be UV tested. All Specsavers stores offer this service. 3. Invest in photochromic lenses that instantly adapt to light changes, darkening in bright light. Alternatively, get prescription lenses tinted to minimize the amount of UV rays that reach your eyes. 4. By adding polarized lenses you can decrease the amount of glare, which can dazzle and strain your vision; particularly useful when you are participating in outdoor sports. 5. For driving, Specsavers UltraDrive lenses provide excellent eye protection in bright light by blocking out all UV light and up to 92% of blue light, making colours appear sharper. They also conform to European driving guidelines. To view Specsavers’ full range of sunglasses and frames, to book an eye examination or to find your nearest Specsavers, please visit

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Life health


Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

The middle ear THE MIDDLE ear is a cave in the skull approximately the size of a sugar cube. It is filled with air and houses the bones called the ossicles and the middle ear muscles. The way to the outside world is blocked by the eardrum, which is stretched over the mouth of this cave. The only way in or out is through the Eustachian tube - a passageway from the base of the middle ear to the back of the throat (about 1.5 inches long). This tube in its normal state is closed and only opens when you chew or yawn. The reasons we have this tube are twofold: firstly, it acts as an air pressure equalisation system to keep the air pressure in the middle ear the same as in the outside world; secondly, as a mucus disposal and oxygen replenishment tunnel for the middle ear. Sound waves hitting the outside of the eardrum are changed into vibrations and sent across the bridge formed by the middle ear bones (hammer, anvil, stirrup) to a smaller eardrum situated on the back wall of the cave, which is the window to the inner ear. This chain of bones – the smallest in the human body - acts as a step-up transformer and an amplifier of sound. For those of you into hydraulics and mechanics, the bones

being bigger at the outer eardrum end than the inner eardrum end creates a mechanical advantage. Also, the outer eardrum being 14 times bigger than the inner eardrum means sounds are made 18 times louder by this middle ear system. (Like the gear wheels on a bicycle, every time you turn the wheel that the pedals are attached to the chain turns a smaller gear wheel that is attached to the much bigger rear bicycle wheel, giving you much more power.) In order for this step-up system to work efficiently, the air pressure in the cave must be the same as the outside world. The only way to achieve this is to open the Eustachian tube connecting the throat to the cave. (This is why if you yawn sometimes you feel your ears pop or if you fly you are advised to chew on a sweet.) This Eustachian tube is very narrow and mucus-lined and can easily block. Sometimes if you have a cold, your mucus thickens and causes a blockage, which means you cannot equalize the air pressure in your middle ear, and the amplifying process does not work as well, resulting in muffled hearing. To make things worse, bacteria that live on the walls of the middle ear eat oxygen (which is not being replenished because the Eustachian tube

cannot let in any fresh air), air pressure in the middle ear drops and you end up with a retracted eardrum. Additionally, as the branch of the facial nerve that carries taste bud messages from the tongue to the brain passes around the top of the eardrum and through the middle ear, sometimes when you get a bad cold you also lose your sense of taste.

Finally, on the back wall of the middle ear we have two further smaller eardrums, which are the windows to the fluid-filled inner ear into which sound is passed by the ossicular chain (middle ear bones). In the next Hearing Column we will finish off the sound journey by looking at the inner ear.

If you have any question’s about this week’s topic, email or contact Michael Burke at Digital Hearing, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, Quesada: Tel 698 418 642.


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Life health

First aid courses from Prestige Nursing and Social Care Services

As one of the best nursing firms in Costa Blanca, Claire Cerro Atyeo and her nursing team are launching a series of First Aid courses priced at a very conservative 75€ per person for a full day’s tuition on First Aid. Many readers will remember receiving First Aid courses as part of their schooling but may have forgotten what to do. The courses will be available to firms, individuals, Bowls or Bridge Clubs etc, all of whom can host the courses

spread over a couple of mornings or afternoons etc. Prestige Nursing will bring the equipment, the information and practical workshops will be run. And the Prestige team will offer a ½ day basic life support course which will concentrate on child resuscitation. Claire and the Prestige team work by the professional code of conduct now known as ‘The Code’ (Nursing & Midwifery Council) in which it states “work with others to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of those in your care, their families and carers, and the wider community”. They have the skills to teach every family how to save the life of their child. No-one should have to experience such trauma. From the outset of developing the company it has been part of the Prestige criteria that they would develop an education program to ensure the staff meet and exceed the minimum standards

required by law within the care industry. One of those courses now being made available to the public is ‘Basic First Aid’, a course that is certificated and carries the CCIS numeration, which means it is compliant for any organisation, company or individual with a responsibility to meet professional obligations and Health & Safety regulations. But for parents and grandparents in particular, Prestige Nursing are now offering a short practical based ½ day course, which will give you the knowledge and skills to save your child’s life at a very affordable rate. For just 49.99€, you can learn basic life support skills with an emphasis on child resuscitation. And if you are interested in attending either a full practical First Aid course, or a ½ day basic life support course concentrating on child resuscitation please contact Prestige Nursing on 687 015 517. Next week: Five steps that could save a life

Charity odds on favourite A RACE night at the Final Whistle Sports Bar in La Marina raised 330€ and proved a winner for the MABS Cancer Support Group. MABS coordinator Bob Clayton presented one of the charity’s ‘certificate of appreciation’ to Linda and her staff at the bar to thank them for their efforts. Fund raising is an important part of the work done by volunteers to moving ahead and Bob said: “Without people like our friends at the Final Whistle Sports Bar, we would not be able to continue our support work; we are very grateful to them for their hard work and generosity.” MABS relies solely on the generous donations from sponsors and fund raising from groups such as Linda, her staff, and customers and Bob said their help was much appreciated.

Get involved

Charity president Irene Ellis MBE

By Jack Troughton CANCER CARE is staging its annual ‘Big Fundraiser’ throughout June and is urging people to get busy and get involved. The charity, based in Javea Park, Javea, raised 3,852€ 12 months ago and hopes to beat the total this summer to help people suffering or affected by the disease. Cancer Care Day is 19th June but throughout the month events will be taking place in the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year – and 100% of cash raised helping its work. Supporters are urged to organise something during the month and pick up a fundraising form from Cancer Care or download one from the charity website – or just make a donation. And suggestions for things to do include raffles, a fun auction, bring and buy sale, a coffee morning, cake sale or barbeque – and those who like to get active can stage a sponsored walk, run, slim, dance, or hold a golf or tennis competition, they can even sell skills by gardening, cleaning cars and helping with odd jobs. For more information, call Lesley on 609 728 714 or visit

Lucky strike

ANIMAL CHARITY AKIRA struck lucky by hosting a keenly fought bowling tournament and raising more than114€. The action took place at the new Ozone Bowling Centre in Moraira and 33 players pitted their skills against each other in a highly competitive and fun contest. The players were divided into teams to play two games each and the best from each went forward for a final game, Chris Martin winning with 149 points – three ahead of his nearest rival. AKIRA plans another bowling night this autumn and anyone wanting to find out more about the charity can visit

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Life music

Black Glitter

BLACK GLITTER is a new, exciting band with a line up of Geoff Britton (drums), Kelly (vocals), Carlos (guitar) and Chema (bass). The band’s repertoire includes the great lady vocalists of rock and soul, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle etc. There is plenty to enjoy, quality musicians, classic songs and some great dance music. For more info on the band phone Geoff on: 647 946 306.

GIGS FOR JUNE: Fri 8th, Bar La Plaza, Altea: 11.30pm Sat 9th, Steinways Jazz & Blues Bar, Denia Friday 15th, Blues Bar, (Near Marina), Denia

Fair for Afghan Heroes By Jack Troughton FUN FOR all the family on Sunday (10th June) when Javea’s Bar For You hosts a Jubilee Fair in aid of Afghan Heroes. The event is a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the opportunity to raise money for the charity. The fun starts at 11am and continues until 6pm. The restaurant is on the Arenal and next door to Mini Golf and will be adorned in red, white and blue for the occasion. For children there is a free bouncy castle offered by Moraira Bouncy Castles, free mini golf and face painting as well as other games. Adults can enjoy a barbeque, drinks and entertainment from Adam King, Strikland and Stuart Collier – and a range of stalls to browse round.

Sat 16th, Rockstar, Calpe Sunday 17th, Mystique Music Bar, Moraira Sunday 24th, Aleluya Bar, Jalon: 7pm Friday 29th, Blues Bar, (Near Marina), Denia

JJ Jones –

Neil Diamond Tribute

JJ JONES is a very accomplished singer/guitarist who comes over to Spain usually once a month for a few days. He has worked the circuit in the south of England, cruise ships and for five years toured Australia with his seven piece band. His act is a two hour spectacular of Neil Diamond’s hits (from the Hot August Night album to the film The Jazz Singer). For more info email him on: GIGS FOR JUNE: June 8th, El Cid, Benidoleig June 9th, Planet Bar, Parcent June 10th, Moraira Music Festival, Moraira June 13th, Bar Quo Vadis, Javea June 14th, Tropicana Bar, Moraira June 15th, Cafe del Mar, Moraira June 16th, Magnums Bar, Oliva June 17th, Creoso Inn, Torrevieja

The Joanna James Quartet, L’estanc, Altea THE JOANNA James Quartet will be performing at the L’Estanc (formally The Blue Tomato), Altea on Sunday 10th June – starting at 6pm. The band consists of Joanna James (vocals) – Ex. Northern Dance Orchestra, BBC Manchester; Fabio Miano (piano) – co-founded ‘The Miles Stone Trio’; Jose Luis (bass) - Resident Bass player at Benidorm Palace; Chic Gammidge (drums) - played with Big Bands in the Manchester area. If you enjoy ‘American Songbook’, Swing, Latin and Blues music - this is the band to listen to. The Joanna James Quartet is to pay tribute to saxophonist George Watts, who was a valued member of the band but sadly passed away in April: he is greatly missed. The band invites his many friends and musicians to come and join the celebration of ‘gentle George’s’ life and his dedication to music: for more details contact Chic on 686 363 995.

The Costa Blanca’s No 1 Karaoke & Disco Show

THE STEVE SOLO Karaoke & Disco Roadshow is a favourite for a great night out: it’s all about you and the sound! Steve’s huge Karaoke Songbook features more than 30,000 English tracks: if you want a great night out, you’ve got to have songs, right? Steve has a great voice, performing with bands and as a solo entertainer in his own right for years capturing the music of Elton, Elvis, Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams and many more. “Steve Solo has been the musical inspiration at Jaspas since we took over our bar over four years ago. His voice is second to none and he always puts on a show appreciated by customers from 6 to 96. He is our ‘music man’ and he never lets us down.” Loraine: Jaspas Bar. To book Steve email: or call: 647 006 806

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Life going out


Castles built on sand by Jack Troughton THE TRANQUILITY of life by the seaside in Little England was shattered when the ‘beach hutters’ found themselves under siege from the ‘commoners’ in the gritty little comedy Sandcastles. Skilfully penned by Bob Larby - writer of classics like The Good Life, Please Sir and A fine Romance – the play was a wonderful peek into the world of snobbery and the class system. And Careline Theatre provided a highly enjoyable evening out with a colourful production of Larby’s story of beach turf wars and the ‘haves’ attempting to resist the ‘have not’s’ in their darkest hour with all Churchill’s resolve of fighting on the beaches. The couples spending their holidays at their beloved beach huts like to believe themselves a cut above the human jetsam and flotsam on the sands below and jealously guard the area around their wooden palaces as a private paradise. Uppercrust Margaret Patterson – she kindly invites the Billet tribe to address her and husband William on first name terms after seasons of being holiday neighbours – is outraged by the invasion. Linda Arthurs was in sterling form, backed by Tom Lawley as the hubbie, who as a retired solicitor

understands no one owns the contested sand and anyhow, is absently admiring pretty women and content with his lot. Leading the fight-back and with blood pressure rising was Stan Billet – a hilarious clowning performance by Robin Baxter – occasionally helped by an excellent Kaye Stubley as wife Bernice who has a thirst for sparkling wine to wash down ‘baguettes’, rather than mere sandwiches consumed by those elsewhere on the sand. GRUMP Mother Billet, a champion of all things grumpy and a truly wonderful comic performance by Elaine Farrow, and quiet and Bernice’s seemingly heartbroken Pauline (Candida Wright), make up the clan. It is the frailties of the ‘hutters’ that give so much to the fun – totally enriched with the arrival of the ‘renter’ of a beach hut, the likeable, sensible Doug, who has a passion for life rather than the pretensions of the others yet is viewed with suspicion for being in the middle ground. However, with two beach babes in tow and despite the gossip he is some sort of playboy or white slave trader, Doug (an excellent Dennis Arthurs) really is the uncle of giggling

Becky and Debs - and a fish and chip baron. At close of play, Doug rides off into the sunset with Pauline, while the change of weather leaves hutters talking of next year back on the beach – nobody too interested in Stan’s offer to drop in anytime at the Billet household. Like a stick of rock, the night had Careline quality all the way through, a credit to director Jim Sissens and all his cast, and the beach life pastiche before the start was a hoot!

Moving home Comedy at drama festival JAVEA PLAYERS traditional outdoor summer show has moved home and this year will take place in a historic walled square in the centre of Javea Old Town. The entertainment by the group will be three short comedy plays, Hell and High Water, Thinking aloud, and A Desperate Woman, between 2nd and 6th July. The two local bar restaurants in the Plaza de Baix are offering a special custom-made alfresco dinner for guests at 7.30pm each evening and the action on stage in the Casa de Cultura itself begins at 9pm. Tickets are 15€ and can be booked by calling Eleanor on 96 647 2876 or by emailing

By Jack Troughton BE READY for a barrel of laughs at this year’s Costa Blanca Drama Festival as the central theme is comedy. The annual celebration at Monte Pego is now in its fourth year and is based in the Amphitheatre on Monte Pego on 25th, 26th and 27th June from 8pm each night. Sounds Familiar, Javea Players, Castle Theatre, the Monte Pego theatre Company and Careline Theatre are all taking part in the fun to produce a diverse range of entertainment.

Seating is limited so enthusiastic theatre lovers are advised to book early – tickets are priced at 10€ a night or 25€ for all three evenings of entertainment. Tickets also allow free entrance to Club Monte Pego for preperformance, interval and post-performance drinks. All proceeds from the festival are going to the new Children’s Drama Fund, designed to bring theatre to underprivileged children in Spain and administered by Ondara, Jalon and Orba Lions Club. To book tickets, call 635 688 990 or email


Life food 08-14 JUNE 2012

Submarines DON’T WORRY this is not all about the technical specifications of underwater submarines - not really, although personally I have always been fascinated by them. Not that I want to try being a submariner myself but being stuck under water unable to visualise the surroundings for months at a time cannot be to everyone’s taste. Those who take up the challenge must have to develop special social skills which I imagine are as important as the technical skills. Then of course there are the meals to think about, which are the things on a submarine that, of course, most interest me. If you create an overpowering smell at home when you are cooking food such as burning it, or making a curry, or even frying fish or chips, you can always open a window to get rid of the smell; not such an easy fix on a submarine. If you run out of milk or that special ingredient you can always borrow from a neighbour or send out the old man to the shops to get it. That’s also impossible on a submarine so meals have to be thought through with military precision and ingredients lists have to be precise. Months on top of the water for old sailing ships without the benefit of refrigeration meant carrying live poultry and animals for milk and meat; beef in the beer barrels; pork in the cider barrels and even oysters hung over the

side to keep alive during the trip - a veritable Noah’s Ark with benefits. Not so easy, or bearable, underwater in a submarine methinks. With advancements in food storage it is now possible to keep fresh foods ‘fresh’ with the help of not only temperature controls but the addition of various gasses used to blanket the foods to stop or inhibit growth of the harmful organisms responsible for food spoilage. In fact fresh fruits can be kept in a fresh state for twelve months or more so that the crew can enjoy the benefits of the appearance of freshness without the need to go to the shops everyday. It’s an understandable solution to minimize the boredom and monotony of frozen or tinned foods. After all there is only so much corned beef and frozen peas that you can eat in a week… So why are supermarkets doing it? We are not at sea, under the water, away from home or the shops for months at a time, and we can if we so desire pop to the local market or the shop every single day if we wish. But the supermarkets don’t want us to do that do they? They want us to buy products that not only last a long time in your fridge but more importantly in their fridges too. Just how fresh do you think these products are? Using the laundry analogy of one on, one in the wash, and one spare, it’s

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

similar thinking when applied to the sale of fresh chickens. One chicken already at home or in your basket, one left on the shelf, and one spare in the system, on its way to the store. Now add up the amount of chickens on the shelf in your local store, multiply by at least three and you have some idea of just how many chickens there are in the system on a daily basis. Do you honestly think that they are all put on display ‘fresh’ every day, in every store? So how do they stay so ‘fresh’ for so long for both the store and for you? If they have been washed or gas-flushed (shelf life of 14 days) for our convenience, in what were they washed or gassed? Convenience for us also comes at a price of compromise, where once a favourite dish of plain but tasty roast chicken now has to come together with a ‘tasty’ sauce and at an extra cost or a chicken stock cube to help make the gravy, again at an extra cost to you. Mass market chickens may seem cheap (for a reason) but when you add up what else you have to add to the meal to make it taste of anything, proper chicken begins to seem more of a bargain. Where can you buy a decent chicken? Well if it is all down to ‘customer demand’ and ‘We’re listening to our customers’ - ask for one, and keep asking until you get one.

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

Last orders, please! TICKETS ARE still available for the animal charity AKIRA’s Hog Roast on Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm.

Finca Abril, Benissa, is hosting the event, with music and dancing provided by the fabulous OK Band – allowing guests to have fun while helping the charity build a much needed animal shelter. Tickets are 20€ including all food and drinks and vegetarian food can be pre-ordered when booking by calling Pauline on 625 767 781 or emailing And AKIRA now has its own website,

Church seeks home

THE CONGREGATION of Javea International Baptist Church are busy searching for a new home to hold services.

by Jack Troughton At present JIBC continues to meet at Javea Players’ Studio but continue to look out for a new location and would welcome help or suggestions. Pastor John Hansford takes Sunday Service every week at 10.30am in the studio and all are welcome. For more information call 96 579 5847 or visit

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08-14 junE 2012

Life horoscopes Uranus makes a strong connection and is helped by actions of Mercury in Cancer. This brings clarity and transparency into something that begs to go very much out of control if left alone. Above all do not feel out of your depth, and stay in pole position until you feel safe and the coast is clear before you make any decisions that you may well live to regret.

With Venus in Gemini you are in two minds as to what to do next. Eliminate any fear and stall for time if you have to, but see things through to a logical conclusion that it best for all concerned in this matter. There are two directions that appear to be part of the new solution, but for once think of yourself and what you really want, it’s not selfish at all; it is self-preserving. Venus brings love on all levels and shows you a magical week whereby nothing is planned or organised but everything happens for the best. You have been sorely tested and that brings you to enjoying some rest and relaxation. Love yourself and everything that you have to bring into play to make sure that the past is over and memories are a treasure once more. Mercury is by your side for a reason right now. What has to be said has to be said and someone has to start to listen to you for once in their life. The communication breakdown wasn’t your fault, but the way ahead is open for your message to be picked up by others who have your wants and needs in mind too. Believe in what you can do, then spread the word. You have proved something to yourself at long last but now comes your chance to influence others and win their respect. Recent Cosmic energies have seen you doing things the hard way, but in the cold light of day there is still work to be done and you are the person to do this. When questions come and you are stuck for a reply it’s because the truth can really hurt. You know so much more than you did, but catching up with things is the very best way forward right now and your best shot is needed to bring impact and resolve. Someone around you is not who you think they are, but they may be about to do you a very big favour as they become economical with the truth and careless in revealing their true intentions. Let balance return to a situation made safer by your skilful intervention and sheer persistence. You have made a huge difference by your determination and now will get to see the true fruits of your labours. With Retrograde steps of Chiron, and Mercury in total opposition to Pluto this week it is hardly surprising that you really did have to finish what you started. A great time for business moves and financial settlement as Mercury and Neptune combine their powerful energies to bring about changes in circumstances and policy. You are naturally hard working and diligent, and you are about to be rewarded for your prompt and pioneering action in a matter of great importance and intelligence, whereby you have set a precedent. Your strong inner beliefs have served you well, and you were so right to stick your neck out when you did. Your inner guidance and inspiring spiritual energies have brought a good result all around. This showcases your strong inner abilities and shows others, who may doubt you, just what you are capable of; and that you are not to be messed with. A recent Cosmic shift has worked well for you as you have broken the spell and gone all the way to the top by sheer hard work and good intention. Now that you have had a taste of the goodtime it is time to consolidate all you have achieved and look forward to making swift changes in the near future. Pluto is a great influence this week as Mercury is in opposition. You have been put in a position whereby you are being urged to take sides, and why should you bow to any pressures? Just be yourself and provide a suitable shoulder to cry on when the time comes and something you correctly predicted really does end in tears. You could say the writing was on the wall, but you seem to be the only person who saw it. The Chiron retrograde takes you back to basics whereby reality really does become a comfortable basis for a solid review if what it is that you want in life. Hedging is not an option and there are no hiding places as your mind takes on new challenges and helps you to focus on the individual wants and needs necessary to the formulation of a whole new wonderful you.

Kenny corris


I LOOK back on my life from time to time and wonder why I did what I did in what has been a very Spiritual life. If we reminisce, or try to fathom out why we did what we did, then very often there was no immediate answer for it. Would we do it again? If the hands of the clock could ever go backwards would we be sent spinning back through time and make another destiny for ourselves? The answer is part of our own calling, our own hand of fate, and it leads us along the pathway to what ever fortune awaits us. Whole sections of our lives are up for examination as we piece together what happened to us to enable us to make the decisions that we needed to. Why are we where we are? What’s coming? What’s around the corner? I am not a fortune teller, but increasingly people want to know what is going to happen in a wild World full of sore predictions and yet too, with ever deepening and worsening insecurities enforced upon us. Everyone watches the World markets as the barriers have been swept away and the financial restraints are on. Positive energy here tells us that we will survive all, and become leaner and keener in the due process. Control and balance need to be exercised and we can decide to support when and how we can. We need, however, more hope on the horizon, better management of the banking organisations and some connection with our Spiritual side to make things happen to the mutual benefit of the Earth that we inhabit. Whilst funding has allowed major banks to store gold reserves, and they reach ever spiralling heights then know that this has greatly reduced the pot of our money that is in circulation.

Kenny’s diary READINGS AT Café Maya in Albir: Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th June from 5pm. Please call Els or her team on 96 686 8213 for appointments. ‘An Audience with Kenny Corris’: A show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit, currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain are still available to help boost your charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594 2012 Lightworkers Course: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to enter the Fifth Dimension: Now listing for Saturday June 23rd: Call 686 361 594. Climbing the Ladder: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to start an effective connection with Spirit. Now listing for Saturday June 16th: Call 686 361 594.

Many have rejected ongoing financial circumstances since they feel that they are not a part of Spiritual communication. Money isn’t wrong, but the distribution of it is appallingly handled, and is very wrong. There are people so rich that they have no idea what they can possibly do with their money. Because they have money they are able to get more money; and it is empowering to them. Others have no money whatsoever and no hope of ever getting any. Most of us float around between pay checks and try to eke out our life doing what we can, and putting a brave face on. I have had an epidemic of emails and messages regarding financial woes currently felt, and have to advise about changes that have to be made accordingly. I feel that often I am helpless to guide anyone away from the rocks, but I do my best always. When money is too tight to mention I always ask for help and guidance, a safe passage through even the stormiest sea. When people ask me if Spirit is still in control because they have been sorely tested of late, I always say that we have had to pass tests at every step of the way throughout our journey in this World. Spirit have experienced at least one life in this World too, so they know what it’s like to hide from the rent man, to not even open that envelope, or to lose sleep worrying about unpaid bills. There is no bill that cannot be paid another day. Talk. Resolve. Have faith. Ask. Silence is never the way, and yes miracles do happen, if you have the conscience and belief behind you, and Spirit is your guide.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY I have many anniversaries of deaths coming up next month. I am never myself at these times, so can you send me healing to cope with it all, for me and my daughter? Ilene K. Yes, of course: I never refuse to give healing when it is asked for. However I do feel it is time that you took control over the anniversaries. Many in Spirit feel that they cannot move on because of anxieties caused by the continuous process of mourning. Many cannot take their rightful place or do the job they would like to because they are so concerned that those they have left behind are not coping well. Earth to Spirit is a two way street, and you have to start realising this. We are Spirit living in a body and the body ages and dies releasing our Spirit. Allow those you love to move on by showing them that you are getting on very nicely. Abolish the anniversaries and celebrate some happy event you shared in the past- best for all concerned!

Amidst the current complications are the suitable solutions you seek. Take time in the Cosmic shift of now to ask for what you really want, and then be a part of the magic that brings on the start of this, your Astrological year.



Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword Across 7. Lovers’ suit, perhaps (6) 8. Ten among the nonclerical people show slackness (6) 10. 14 in a royal way (7) 11. It’s a bit exceptional, a tiny boy using such language (5) 12. Cultivate a moneyholder (4) 13. Debar what isn’t there after a close shave (5) 17. It comes from the bright lights put out when 2 and 10 are curtailed (5) 18. Just a periodical market (4) 22. A team taken apart (5) 23. Assert it’s hot from the printing-machine? (7) 24. Write your name again - and give up work! (6) 25. Game bird evokes grumble (6)

Word Ladders


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Down 1. Benevolence, but cautious about it (7) 2. 10 in great measure (7) 3. Not moving yet (5) 4. 2 where works of art may be shown (7) 5. Catalogues of combat (5) 6. Land that’s marshy enables animal to hide in it (5) 9. Gradually advancing through academic awards (2,7) 14. Abnormal reaction of 4 (7) 15. Cautious addition of fuel mixture to vehicle (7) 16. Bit of furniture in the robing-room? (7) 19. Henry will give one a vexing time (5) 20. Before a second has passed (5) 21. Wine from the South used in merry-making (5)

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

Across 7. Choice (6) 8. Amenable (6) 10. Puzzle (7) 11. Harmony (5) 12. Revolve (4) 13. Cut (5) 17. Abode (5) 18. Solitary (4) 22. Skill (5) 23. Tramp (7) 24. Pressing (6) 25. Winner (6)

Down 1. Liken (7) 2. Surprise (7) 3. Jovial (5) 4. Intricate (7) 5. Last (5) 6. At no time (5) 9. Dear (9) 14. Satisfied (7) 15. Fidelity (7) 16. Speculation (7) 19. Scour (5) 20. Scope (5) 21. Once more (5)

Euromillions Draw Friday 1st June 2012


4 14 26 36



13 34 37 47 49 8


No ticket won

Tuesday 5th June 2012 Last weeks crossword winner: Susan Jones, Murcia

No ticket won


08-14 junE 2012

Life showbiz goss

When in doubt get the charlies out! I brought Alexandra Burke to the column a couple of months ago when at the time the poor girl was spotted selling cheap watches on late night TV and I was tempted to drop her in again two or three weeks ago when she went down the Wags route and dated Spurs footballer Jermaine Defoe and was bragging that at the same time she was doing it with some guy in America. Not surprisingly Alexandra ended up with no boyfriend at all and it seemed that the X-Factory winner of 2008 was destined for the scrapheap. Well, my sweet lovelies, she´s here this time as she´s finally chosen the route that will always get you noticed and that’s to take your kit off. Not in the entire sense of the word I might add, but as good as damn it.

Give us a smile Posh!


Writer and Broadcaster

Miss Burke´s management team did a great job of arranging for their charge to be granted the privilege of singing with the legendary Dionne Warwick at the Royal Albert Hall last week to mark World Hunger Day, and instead of Alexandra dressing in a style befitting the occasion she wore a see-through black lace panel on the top-half which might as well have not been there, and to make it worse most of the comments in the press the next morning used the word ´frumpy’ as opposed to ‘sexy’. Alexandra was later joined on stage by Sir Cliff Richard, Boy George, Tony Hadley, Katie Melua and Mica Paris, a group of people who´ve been there, done it and got the tee shirt, something perhaps the young lady now wished she had worn.

Much has been said over the last week or so about how miserable Victoria Beckham comes across whenever she´s in the public eye, and even although she took to Twitter to try to change this opinion she failed miserably. Then right out of nowhere last Tuesday a quote turned up in German Interview magazine that read “Yes, I admit it, I created this persona but I’m very different from that. I know I am a happy person, so I don’t get upset when people comment on the fact that I look quite miserable all the time.” Now in full flow the 38-year-old went on to slate her previous career as a Spice Girl saying “Was music my talent? No, I don’t think I was particularly talented.” Hands up all of you who disagree with that statement? Footnote: Husband David became the first man to appear on the cover of Elle magazine last week and claimed he too was misunderstood when he said: “I never thought about the money, the fame, it never interested me and it doesn’t interest me now.” Erm, okay then David… The Posh and Becks extravaganza closed out last Thursday when David rather cheekily said: “I give Victoria plenty to smile about “… easy boy, not good for the knighthood chances is that racy kind of comment.

Peter Taylor

The changing of the old guard The rich and famous turned out in their droves last Tuesday evening at London´s Berkley Square Gardens to wine and dine at Glamour magazines Woman of the Year bash with the likes of Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Kelly Brook and all in attendance, and also the lovely Lily Allen looking cool just six months after giving birth to baby Ethel Lily. Now happier to be called Mrs Sam Cooper, Lily looked uncomfortable posing for photographs on the red carpet before wandering inside to what onlookers expected would be a night for the new mum to push the boat out a smidge. However all Lily did was the rounds chatting to all her pals and in less than a couple of hours she quietly and serenely made her exit. Lily later tweeted: “Have fun girls, I’m in bed watching Holby.” The last time she was at the Woman of the Year do she was carried out by a minder.

Life TV

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8th - 14th June

FRIDAY 8th June BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 OOglies 17:15 Euro 2012 20:00 BBC News 20:30 Regional Programmes 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Casualty 22:20 Have I Got News for You 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 24:30 Euro 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Jump In! 13:50 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Menu 21:00 Coast 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Great British Story: A People’s History 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 The Black Balloon


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 13:00 BBC News 13:15 British Olympic Dreams 13:45 World Olympic Dreams 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:30 Homes Under the Hammer 16:30 Escape to the Country 17:30 Euro 2012 20:10 BBC News 20:30 Euro 2012 23:00 BBC News 23:20 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 23:30 Formula One 24:45 Ransom


07:00 Childrens TV 11:00 My Genius Idea 11:35 Splatalot 12:00 Copycats 12:25 OOglies 12:45 Eliot Kid 12:55 MOTD Kickabout 13:15 The Sky at Night 13:35 Krakatoa, East of Java 15:45 Goal! 17:35 Coast 18:35 Flog It! 19:35 More Dawn French’s Girls Who Do 20:05 Victoria Wood’s Short Term Memories 20:55 Victoria Wood: A Bafta Tribute 22:00 Jools Holland: London Calling 23:15 London Songs at the BBC 24:15 Telstar: the Joe Meek Story

SUNDAY 10 June

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:20 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Emmerdale 20:15 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Burn after Reading




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Zoolander 23:45 Revenge 24:45 The Big Bang Theory

07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 The Hoobs 08:10 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 According to Jim 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed USA 14:00 Channel 4 Presents 14:05 Sands of Iwo Jima 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Alan Carr’s Summertime Specstacular 24:05 Stand Up for the Week 24:55 Big Momma’s House

07:00 Childrens TV 08:25 The Mr Men Show 08:40 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Mystery Woman 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Notting Hill 24:30 Peter Andre: My Life






07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:20 You’ve Been Framed! 13:50 ITV News and Weather 14:00 Live French Open Tennis 17:45 All Star Family Fortunes 18:30 Granada News 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 The Greatest Footie Ads Ever 20:00 You Cannot Be Serious! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 Euro 2012 24:15 William at 30

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Volkswagen Racing Cup 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Nicki Minaj: Day in the Life 10:25 Made in Chelsea 11:35 Love Shaft 12:10 The Big Bang Theory 12:45 Revenge 13:50 The Simpsons 14:25 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:15 Channel 4 Presents 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Definitely, Maybe 22:40 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:25 Alan Carr’s Summertime Specstacular

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:10 Police Interceptors 12:10 Big Brother 13:10 The Secret Garden 15:10 Random Hearts 17:40 Steel Magnolias 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 NCIS 22:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 10 Things I Hate About






07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 Ade in Britain 11:20 May the Best House Win 12:25 The Hungry Sailors 13:20 ITV News 13:30 You’ve Been Framed! 14:00 Live French Open Tennis 17:15 Euro 2012 20:00 Granada News and Weather 20:05 ITV News and Weather 20:15 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:15 The Incredible Hulk

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 Beach Volleyball 08:35 Freesports on 4 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:35 The Simpsons 15:05 The Simpsons 15:35 Black Knight 17:20 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Deal or No Deal 19:20 Channel 4 News 19:50 19:55 The Political Slot 20:00 One Born Every Minute 21:00 Dear John 23:00 The Royal History of Pop 24:05 Aliens

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Zoo Days 11:15 The Amy Macdonald Story 11:45 Grey’s Anatomy 12:45 Big Brother 13:45 Jackie Chan’s First Strike 15:25 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 17:30 Hitch 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Pursuit of Happyness

07:00 The Planet’s

07:00 Switched 07:20 Sorority Girls 08:15 One Tree Hill 09:10 The Crush 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:15 Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:35 Scrubs 14:05 Scrubs 14:30 Listen 14:45 Perfect Couples 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Glee 17:25 90210 18:20 The Big Bang Theory 19:15 Revenge 20:15 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 Coronation Street 09:20 Emmerdale 12:15 Peter Andre: My Life 13:15 The Exclusives 14:15 Holiday Showdown 15:15 America’s Got Talent 16:15 America’s Got Talent 17:15 America’s Got Talent 18:15 Richie Rich 20:15 Mr Bean’s Holiday 22:00 The Holiday 24:45 Britain’s Got More Talent

07:00 Switched Up! 07:45 Make It or Break It 08:40 Life Unexpected 09:35 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 10:40 Supernanny US 11:35 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 12:40 Supernanny US 13:35 Charlie’s Angels 14:25 How I Met Your Mother 15:35 Made in Chelsea 16:40 Charlie’s Angels 17:35 Revenge 18:35 How I Met Your Mother 19:35 The Big Bang Theory 20:05 The Big Bang Theory 20:35 The Big Bang Theory 21:05 The Big Bang Theory 21:35 Rules of Engagement 22:10 How I Met Your Mother 22:40 Chain Reaction 24:50 The Big Bang Theory



07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 Sunday Politics 14:00 Bargain Hunt 14:45 Homes Under the Hammer 15:45 Escape to the Country 16:45 Penguin Island 17:15 Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 18:15 Points of View 18:30 Songs of Praise 19:05 BBC News 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Antiques Roadshow 21:30 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 23:00 BBC News 23:30 Formula One


07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Barney’s Barrier Reef 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Scoop 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:50 Shaun the Sheep 10:00 Friday Download 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Great British Menu 13:30 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth 15:05 They Came to Cordura 17:05 Great British Railway Journeys 17:35 Flog It! 18:35 Serendipity 20:00 Oceans 21:00 Timewatch 22:00 Coast 23:00 Louis Theroux 24:00 Euro 2012

Funniest Animals 07:25 Holiday Showdown 08:15 Emmerdale 11:05 Coronation Street 13:30 Winners & Losers 14:25 All Star Family Fortunes 15:30 The Hot Desk 15:45 A Little Princess 17:40 Nanny McPhee 19:45 ET the Extra-Terrestrial 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights 24:00 The Exclusives


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Life TV

8th - 14th June

MONDAY 11th june BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 Euro 2012 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:20 The Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Big City Park 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Queen’s 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Britain in a Day 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Louis Theroux

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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Euro 2012 20:30 Granada Reports 20:45 ITV News and Weather 21:00 Coronation Street 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:35 Euro 2012 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 Shenandoah 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Gok Cooks Chinese 22:00 The Secret Millionaire 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Hoarder Next Door 24:50 Random Acts 24:55 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:05 Summer Solstice 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Restaurant Inspector 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Walking Dead 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 The Cube 22:00 Bridget Jones’s Diary 24:05 Nutty Professor 2: the Klumps

TUESDAY 12th June



07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:55 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Love Shaft 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The IT Crowd








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Who Let the Dogs Out? 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 A Great British Story 24:05 Euro 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Queen’s 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Great Ormond Street 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Secret History of Our Streets

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 You’ve Been Framed! 17:30 Euro 2012 20:00 Granada Reports 20:10 ITV News and Weather 20:20 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Constantine

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:05 River Cottage 14:20 Gideon of Scotland Yard 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies 22:00 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket 23:00 All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry 24:05 Ria: Diary of a Teen Transsexual

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:05 Summer Solstice 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Coronation Street 07:50 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 14:00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre: My Life 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 America’s Got Talent 23:00 Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights 24:00 Alexander

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 90210 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 Cardinal Burns 24:00 The Ricky Gervais Show 24:35 Bob’s Burgers








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 HH: Gory Games 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 Euro 2012 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Face/Off

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Queen’s 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 The Secret History of Our Streets 23:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 You’ve Been Framed! 17:30 Euro 2012 20:00 Granada Reports 20:15 ITV News and Weather 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Euro 2012 24:35 Perspectives

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 Only the Valiant 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 A Short History of Everything Else 23:30 The Killing 24:30 Random Acts 24:35 2 Broke Girls

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 A Perfect Day 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 The Corrie Years 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 The Big Quiz 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 Britain’s Got More Talent

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:25 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Guess Who 23:05 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Beginning 24:55 The Big Bang Theory

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 OOglies 17:45 Euro 2012 20:00 BBC News 20:20 Regional Programmes 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 22:00 Call the Midwife 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 Euro 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Queen’s 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 The Men Who Made Us Fat 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 This Week

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:20 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Emmerdale 20:15 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 Party People

07:10 Channel 4 Presents 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:00 River Cottage 14:10 The Bedford Incident 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Country House Rescue 22:00 House the 50s Built 23:00 24 Hours in A&E 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Rough Guide: Ultimate Escapes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Big Body Squad 21:00 Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars 22:00 Extraordinary People 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Exclusives 23:00 The Holiday

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:25 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:55 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 Rules of Engagement 24:00 Cardinal Burns 24:35 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Crossword Solutions for 659 Cryptic Solutions Across: 1 Verge; 4 Doodles; 8 Nippers; 9 Elgar; 10 Tide; 11 Practice; 13 Upas; 14 Rate; 16 Bachelor; 17 Spur; 20 Ideal; 21 Opening; 22 Derides; 23 First. Down: 1 Venetian blind; 2 Rapid; 3 Eyes; 4 Desire; 5 Overcoat; 6 Lignite; 7 Serves us right; 12 Labelled; 13 Unclear; 15 Porous; 18 Prior; 19 Reef.

Quick solutions Across: 1 Amass; 4 Stipend; 8 Gladden; 9 Press; 10 Open; 11 Headland; 13 Elan; 14 Ante; 16 Accuracy; 17 Pert; 20 Inapt 21 Undoing; 22 Natural; 23 Tress. Down: 1 Agglomeration; 2 Adage; 3 Side; 4 Singer; 5 Impudent; 6 Elevate; 7 Disadvantages; 12 Narrator; 13 Enchant; 15 Actual; 18 Exile; 19 Edit. Wordwheel: UNSKILLED

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN will highlight every week some of their brilliant programmes starting tonight, Friday 8th June at 7pm with An Evening With... which features The Truro Cathedral Choir. Tomorrow, Saturday 9th June at 6pm, sees The Gift with Simone Segal who treats us to another of her uplifting and inspirational poems. On Sunday at 6pm, Spanish Eye focuses on the Battle Arnhem, which is recognised as one of the key battles of WWII. Military organisations from around Spain including the Royal British Legion descended upon Murcia to take part in the re-enactment of this most famous battle. On

Monday 11th at 7.45pm, The Wedding Show provides you with all the information you need to make sure you have the right team of people taking photographs and producing your wedding film. Then on Tuesday 12th at 6pm, FAQ talks about security and safety in our homes with James Herbert telling us about the local Neighbourhood Watch Association. On Wednesday 13th at 6pm, Guardamar’s Moors & Christians is a behind the scenes look at one of the region’s most significant parades. Finally next Thursday, 14th June at 7pm, The Hayes Guide has Dave and Jess taking a look around Murcia and surrounding areas. This is just a highlight of the great programmes made by Viva TV; tune in now to see much more or visit their website at


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Is your UK driving licence still valid? A CASE was recently reported in the UK where a driver lost his licence because he did not report a change of address to the DVLA. He was stopped because the police there now have the ability to check while driving vehicles. And with number-plate recognition equipment that warns of a road block a few km down the road or sends automatically a fine to the registered owner and drivers who have outstanding questions about their legalities now can be caught when they least expect it. In this case the vehicle was shown as not having a current MOT certificate so they stopped the car and questioned the driver who admitted he had moved from the address on the DVLA system. This is an offence with a fine up to £1,000. In this case the driver/owner’s driving licence had been revoked because he had not responded to various communications in recent years so he was charged also with driving without insurance (no licence) and no licence. How many expats have not advised the DVLA that they have moved? If

Línea Directa reports:

How to complete an accident report form

This document is essential for determining who is responsible for a traffic accident, which has a direct effect on the price that customers pay when renewing their insurance. What is an accident report form? An accident report form is a document which outlines the circumstances which have occurred in a car accident. In addition to the personal details of the drivers and their vehicles, the document includes a jointly agreed description of the manoeuvres carried out by the drivers when the accident took place, which plays a key role in determining who is responsible for a traffic accident.

Are we paying for the massive fines?

you have not, think again for the EU has announced that in 2013 (it is coming quickly) all EU countries’ authorities will have easy on-line access to each other country’s records. More on this as the information is revealed. Summer is almost here but the roads are quiet and I believe that it is because of the numbers out of work and those who think they may be soon and are saving their money. We are going through interesting times due to the failings of the recent governments not doing their jobs and allowing the financial crisis to happen. We may even

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

be returning to a currency in Pesetas. Now there is a thought. As long as the exchange-rate is about Pts. 150 to the £1. It is as I write this it is 1.23€ to the £1. FUEL PRICES The cost of fuel in Spain is currently around (average) 1.40€ per litre but I see that the World cost of oil has recently been reduced again to around or less than US$100 a barrel. So why isn’t the cost per litre being reduced in line? Is it because we have to pay the massive fines for the Bay of Mexico oil spill last year? Just food for thought…

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

How should it be completed? Línea Directa offers the following advice to complete the form: 1. Columns A and B (blue and yellow), are for the personal details of the drivers and their vehicles. 2. In section 12, (Circumstances) the numbered column on the left describes the manoeuvres of car A and the one on the right those of car B. If you are unsure which box to mark, leave it blank. Make a drawing of the accident in section 13 indicating the manoeuvre of each car. 3. If anybody has been injured or if you think they might have been injured, complete section 24. 4. If there is more than one car involved in the accident, also complete section 23, on the reverse side of the form - and include these details in the sketch. 5. Sign the form and keep a copy. Call now for more information on: 902 123 104



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NEW KIA SPORTAGE 2.0i “0”KMS “2010” 16995 €

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NISSAN QASHQAI 2.00 DCi TEKNA “2009” 16995 €


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

GOLF EQUIPMENT here in Spain is so much more expensive in most of our golf shops that very few of us buy anything here except the odd pack of tees or tube of golf balls if we are really stuck. Just why do the major manufacturers have different prices here in Continental Europe than in the United Kingdom? A typical example I was made aware of last Friday was where a client enquired about a new TaylorMade RBZ and was quoted 230€: she bought the same club from a UK source for 180€. I wonder why? No doubt if questioned we would be quoted such as the cost of transportation or some other drivel - that’s just an excuse. It costs no more to transport a club made in China to Spain than it does to United Kingdom. To me it seems like blatant profiteering. A very few of our golf shops have arrangements with outlets in United Kingdom to supply golf equipment to the here and these are the ones where prices are similar to what we see advertised on the internet or on television. So how do we get this imbalance sorted into something that is fair? In my opinion the only way is to complain in writing to the manufacturers whose addresses can be found on various websites. The real way to make things change though is by writing to our lords and masters

in Brussels making them aware of this unfair pricing structure and demanding something be done about it. The vast majority of you will now be asking; why bother, I’ll just keep using the internet? Well that is good in the short term but anyone who has had to return items to internet retailers will confirm that the cost of returning items does not come cheap. These club manufacturers have to be challenged by those with real power; that is the everyday golfer who likes to buy new equipment regularly at an affordable price. Golfers have right on their side here and the more of us who bother to write and complain the more pressure we can exert to get things turned around. We are supposed to see equality in the European Union but where is it for the golfer if we allow this situation to continue? It is now very easy to write letters of complaint via email and pester those we write to for an answer without it costing us money to do so. Together we can make a difference that although it may take a while to sort out will benefit golfers all over Europe. Brussels is aware of this situation but is ignoring it, get writing now to Don’t take being ignored: have your say.


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The Professional Scene THE WALES Open over The 2010 course at Celtic Manor was once again fought out in bad weather last weekend over the last Ryder Cup course. Many players felt that the course was too difficult a test but as usual some of The European Tours finest players rose to the challenge. Thongchai Jaidee won four times on Tour before last weekend but never in Europe where he has been a great supporter of the Tour. He put that right on Sunday with a fantastic show of determination in what were extremely difficult conditions and secured the biggest prize of his career to date. Meanwhile over in Ohio at The Memorial Rory McIllroy missed his third consecutive cut as his worrying run of bad form continues ahead of next week’s US Open Championship in San Francisco. With some relatively unknown players atop the leaderboard on Sunday morning the Tiger Charge made a spectacular return to our TV screens as Tiger Woods won for the second time this year and moved back to World Number Four. Maybe he has turned the corner and is now a real threat for next week’s Major? The first round of The US Open gets under way on Thursday at The Olympic Club in California where we Europeans rightly expect our players to come to the head of things and win the event for the third

consecutive year. Just before the start of any Major Championship in the last few years all golfers ask who out of Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will win a big one first? That question will be one all our lips again now but what about Justin Rose or Sergio Garcia or even someone who has plied his trade in America for a few years now; Brian Davis; he may not be a bad outside bet and knows how to win over difficult courses? Out of the field anyone is a potential winner and Tiger cannot be ruled out now that he has won again his confidence will be high but Ricky Fowler will have a say as will Matt Kuchar. It should be an interesting weekend. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK To really improve use a different club every time you hit a ball when practicing. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members: contact Noel on 639 730 891.


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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

Roy v Rio

AS ENGLAND prepares to start their Euro 2012 campaign you could argue that it’s a case of so far, so good. Under new manager Roy Hodgson, England has played twice and won twice. They haven’t conceded a goal and have already been tagged as ‘hard to beat’. Indeed, they are being compared to the Greece side that won the tournament in 2004. That’s a comforting thought isn’t it...being likened to a team that started out as 100 – 1 outsiders! However, the Rio Ferdinand saga could yet derail any meaningful England challenge and I can’t help thinking that Hodgson and the FA only have themselves to blame. When Hodgson named his squad for Euro 2012, he cited footballing reason for leaving Ferdinand out. However, he’s since lost Gary Cahill and has called up Martin Kelly of Liverpool to replace him. Kelly is a promising young player but he has yet to claim a regular place in the eighth best team in the country and with Phil Jagielka having been previously added to the squad in place of the injured Gareth Barry, Hodgson’s reasoning on Ferdinand now looks decidedly dodgy. Looking in from the outside, it seems clear that Hodgson did not want to risk possible friction between Ferdinand and John Terry, who awaits a magistrates’ court appearance accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton. Terry strenuously denies the charge. Surely, it would have been better to explain this from the outset. Some may have

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1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 42.08 kilos 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) fishing the pole using paste with 33.78 kilos 3rd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the pole using pellet and tares with 28.32 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771.

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 11th and final match of the Spring Series was fished on the Eden Stretch on 29th May. The bamboos have now grown back to their full height and the pegs are clear and safe after the working parties. The water level is really low with hardly any flow at all. There seem to have been an explosion of baby Terrapins, I counted five in my swim at one time, and the other anglers were also plagued with them. The fish have cleaned off after spawning and weights are improving. 1st Bill (The Master) Reade with 10.200kg fishing pole bread and paste 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 10.060kg fishing pole paste and pellet 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 9.760kg fishing pole paste and pellet The final results of the

NORTH V SOUTH I don’t often get excited watching Scotland play rugby (it’s a bit like getting a bill you understand from Iberdrola – rarely ever happens) but I was delighted this week to see them beat Australia away from home for the first time in 30 years. That’s Scotland by the way, not Iberdrola. Let’s hope that it marks the start of a successful few weeks for northern hemisphere rugby down south. While it will be difficult for Ireland to get much change out of World Champions New Zealand, Wales will fancy their chances against the wounded Aussies this weekend and England, after their unexpected second place in the Six Nations Championship, could well push South Africa all the way. I spoke to some hardened Saffers this week and they are nowhere near as confident as they normally are, citing concerns with their team’s midfield as a potential weak point. Talking of weak points, news reached me this week that the Australian Rugby Union has sacked the entire first team front row and replaced them with three women who have a total of 17 children between them. A statement from the ARU read” Unlike our boys, at least they’ll know how to bloody push.”

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THIS WEEK’S competition was the 5th round of the Summer League, the venue being the Embalse de Argos. The water level has dropped slightly and there is now some colour coming into the water. The strange part for this week was that where Barbel have been the predominant fish, this week it was Carp. The weights are slowly creeping up, but I do not see a return to the 100lb bags of a few years ago.

criticised Hodgson for making the call he did, but at least all of this would have been settled weeks ago and we could all get on with worrying about how many France are going to stick past us on Monday night!

Spring Series are: Winner Lennie Bolton with 81pts 2nd Ian Dalzell 78pts 3rd Bill Reade 66pts

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WARNING On Friday afternoon whilst fishing opposite Mercadona at Guadamar with my other half, she was sitting at the back of the car with the boot lid up and I was fishing seven metres away. During the time we were there someone managed to creep up unnoticed and open the front door of the car and steal our personal belongings out of a beach bag in the well of the car. Another Angler was fishing alongside us approximately 30 yards away - he did not see anything out of the ordinary either. So, lock your car at all times. All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on Tel No 96 532 8368.

LAST WEEK saw the Europa Networksponsored ‘Australian Pairs’ competition, with entrants from a variety of Costa Blanca clubs. The weather, although hot, was relatively kind and the three days were full of great bowling action. The final day was grueling for the competitors that reached the final stages. The losing semi-finalists were Carol and David Meare and Yvonne Briden and Maggie Lawley; both teams from Benitachell Bowls Club. The runners-up were Alan Ferrand and David Bluff from El Cid Bowls Club and the winners (see photo) were Lynne and Derek Eldon from Javea Green Bowls Club. Well done to all competitors and thanks go to the organisers; the umpires; spectators and El Cid staff, with special thanks to sponsors Europa Network. For more information about El Cid Bowls Club please visit their website

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