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Healthcare in crisis by jack troughton

PENSIONERS CONTROVERSIALLY began paying for prescriptions last Sunday despite warnings health cuts could spark a “humanitarian problem’. For the first time since the creation of the modern Spanish Health System in 1986, retired people have been hit with charges for medicines while workers will also pay more – all dependent on income. The co-payment system is just one of a raft of changes announced by Mariano Rajoy’s government in April and is aimed at saving seven billion euros. Other cuts include the withdrawal of free medical care for illegal immigrants and a series of “efficiency measures” including a clampdown on health tourism. British state pensioners resident in Spain will also be hit with prescription charges for the first time. In a reciprocal agreement, the UK government pays £3,500 a year for each retiree to receive Spanish health care – which entitles them to the same care as a Spanish citizen. However, expats were caught by surprise when they took prescriptions to pharmacies this week and for the first time were asked to pay 10% of the value of the medicines. The charges are levied as follows: • An annual income of under 18,000€: workers pay 40% of prescription charges; pensioners 10% capped at 8€ per month. • An annual income of 18,000€ to 100,000€: workers pay 50% of charges; pensioners 10% of charges capped at 18€ per month. • An annual income of over 100,000€: workers pay 60% of charges; pensioners 60% capped at 60€ a month. The long term unemployed, disabled people, and people being treated for alcoholism and drug addiction will not be affected. Pensioners who accidently pay above the monthly ‘ceiling’ will be able to claim the ex-

cess money back from the government. Spain’s 8.5 million pensioners are said to be responsible for 75% of the 11 billion euro spent on drugs – some 1.1% of gross domestic product – and are expected to be hit hard by the changes, especially during the current recession. Madrid maintains the changes are the only way to maintain the welfare state but critics say the co-payment system is a tax on disease. And one Minister said: “It’s time we end the culture of everything for free.” In an article in the highly respected medical journal The Lancet, paediatrician Marciano Sanchez Bayle, a spokesman for the Federation of Associations for the Defence of Public Health said: “It punishes those with more limited resources and more health problems. He said 8.5% of Spanish pensioners earned less than 300€ a month and 54% of retired people had less than 650€ a month. “It puts them in a position of choosing between paying for medicine or buying food.” The doctor said the raft of changes “is a humanitarian problem for public health” and the FADSP predicts the cuts as being “weather balloon to gauge response” before wielding the axe again. Les Power, from Jalon, admitted he was caught out when he popped into the chemist and was told the medicines would cost him 3.50€. “I thought it was surprising because I had not seen anything written in the English press – I thought it would be headline news.” He said it appeared the Spanish government was ”pinching” money from pensioners – including the contribution sent from the UK. And he asked how the surgeries and pharmacies could keep tabs on each pensioners spending on medicines to make the system work. “It all sounds as if they are operating a system that will cost more to run than the savings it will make.” continued on page 13

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Hotel closed in second Legionnaires’ outbreak

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The hotel is closed for a second time

by jack troughton CALPE’S FOUR-STAR Hotel Diamante Beach was closed on Monday after a second outbreak of Legionnaires’’ Disease this year. Eleven people have so far been infected with the virulent and potentially fatal form of pneumonia – although health chiefs acknowledge the figure could rise. Five months ago three British pensioners died after contracting the disease at the hotel and another 15 people were taken ill and treated with antibiotics. At a press conference on Tuesday, Valencia’s Director of Public Health Manuel Escolano and Calpe Mayor Cesar Sanchez said all those infected with the Legionella bacteria had been hospitalised but none was thought to be “gravely ill”. The hotel was closed as a precaution and 500 guests moved to alternative accommodation. The source of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed. And yesterday (Thursday) it was revealed the number infected had risen to 11 – four Belgians, three of them taken ill after returning home, four people from Madrid and three from the Valencian Community. Four, including a Belgian, are being treated Valencia hospitals and making satisfactory progress. It was believed new outbreak occurred in the third week of June and former guests have been contacted and warned to look out for ‘flu-type symptoms. The first diagnosis was made on 25th June and the Europe-wide notification procedure sprung into action. Mr Escolano admitted the outbreak came as a “complete

surprise” after the Diamante Beach was given the all clear in February following deep and intense cleaning of the water system and “thousands” of tests had been undertaken since the hotel opened again. “We do expect more cases but it is contained to people staying or working in the hotel. The public has to realise it will not spread in the town because the source is somewhere in the hotel. “Control that has been taken over all the running water system and it cannot find the presence of Legionella, so we cannot explain the source of the outbreak.” Mayor Cesar Sanchez pledged the hotel industry in the town would cooperate fully with the health department and said the hotel management had closed the Diamante Beach on its own initiative, alerting guests to the disease and indicating the problem could be with the spa. However, he admitted the second outbreak “was a blow to the tourism sector of Calpe which makes up 90% of the economy.” Legionnaires’’ Disease is contracted by breathing in tiny particles of contaminated water; it cannot be passed on human to human. The bug is found in all water but in certain conditions begins to multiply to dangerous levels. The disease is particularly dangerous to the elderly and to people with low immunity systems. The disease acquired its name in 1976 when an outbreak occurred at a hotel in the United States when members of a convention of the American Legion were infected.



Cancer project nears start line

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Dr Joan Gasent (left) with Eileen and Terry Saville of Cancer Care

by JACK TROUGHTON A PIONEERING cancer research project is about to be launched on the Costa Blanca hoping to revolutionise the way tumours are treated. Cancer Care Javea has purchased state of the art machinery for the ECMOR project based at Denia Hospital and will continue to pay for the running costs – while its partners, the University of Alicante and the University Catolica in Valencia provide the medical and operating skills. And it is hoped trials will successfully show the cocktail of chemotherapy drugs can be individually tailored for patients, discarding the drugs that have no affect on their tumours. Lead oncologist Dr Joan Gasent met with charity volunteers in Javea last week to apologise for the delays in getting the laboratory up and running – he blamed red tape and a run of bad luck. The doctor explained the two universities had agreed to supply the expert laboratory staff for ECMOR – the English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research – and research data would be shared with the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, a world leader in the field of cancer research. He said he understood everyone’s frustrations but it was like putting a jigsaw together. “But it is a win-win situation. The patients win, the hospital wins and the universities win.” Dr Gasent said staffing alone would

cost around 200,000€ a year, but the highly trained staff were needed for it to be seen as a serious research project. CONTROL “We need quality control, external control of the trials – if we opened without the staff in place it could not work,” he added. “If we do not have quality control, our results would not be accepted.” He said it was intended the laboratory would receive a sample of a tumour and using the patient’s DNA “select the best individual treatment” combining oncology with genetics. “One part of the laboratory will provide an individual recipe for treatment. These drugs will be the best for the patient,” he said. “We know drugs can kill the cancer but can also kill the patient – so we can then decide how to personalise the dose.” Dr Gasent said it was believed the research would lead to the reduction in side effects caused by chemotherapy. “We will have top doctors working on the project, excellent professionals and the trials will be linked to the Royal Marsden – when a trial is positive it has to be repeated to give quality control – it is an ongoing process.” And he told the charity members he hoped the project would be signed off by all parties in the very near future, allowing the important research to begin.

Airport taxes to be back-dated

AIRLINES IN Spain could be forced to raise their ticket prices to include back-dated airport taxes. Increases on Spanish airport taxes are imminent but not yet in effect. However, when the new charges are made official it is likely they will be back dated so there is no advantage in purchasing advance tickets to avoid paying the new taxes. The new tax increases will be payable on the date of the flight. Iberia and Vueling have stated that passengers will be kept informed of developments.

UK could close its doors to Eurozone refugees UK PRIME Minister David Cameron has said he would be prepared to close British borders to Greece and other distressed Eurozone refugees in the event of the collapse of the Eurozone to prevent the UK being overwhelmed by escapees from failing economies. He said he would make use of extraordinary legal powers to close the UK’s doors to European migrants. He told senior MPs at Portcullis House that

he would do “whatever it takes” to protect the UK and avoid an unmanageable influx of migrants during a time of economic collapse and a banking crisis. His remarks prompted European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to accuse the Tory party of “taking delight in the Eurozone crisis.” Greece is expected to publish new information on the state of its economy later this week.

Puppy litter

Discovering the dogs

by jack troughton ANIMAL LOVERS rescued three live five-dayold puppies from an underground bin – sadly a sibling in the litter had suffocated. The tiny dogs had been tied into a plastic bag and slung into the rubbish bin in Moraira but their feeble cries alerted a neighbour who called Wieteke Oosterhaven – President of animal charity AKIRA. She called another volunteer Susan, who clambered three metres down a ladder and emerged with a knotted plastic bag. Wieteke said: “When we opened the bag we saw to our horror that there were four tiny puppies in there, one of them was already dead. “We drove to the vet Aliaga to get puppy milk and Susan took the three home with her, we hope they survive – we have no idea how long they had been in the bag in the heat without any air. The puppies were about fivedays-old and are podencos.” CAMERA She said because she had her camera with

her she was able to record the scene – from going into the bin, to opening the bag and finding the dogs and the body of the dead puppy. Wieteke added: “How can we make people understand they must stop these horrifying and inhuman actions? If someone wants to dispose of them in a box next to the rubbish bins and someone would pick them up – why asphyxiate these small creatures, they are living beings.” AKIRA said it was another “horrendous story” of puppies simply being dumped – the charity said it dealt with a similar case some weeks ago. RTN was told: “It is happening all the time.” Charity representative have again met with the mayors of Teulada Moraira and Benissa regarding building a permanent rescue sanctuary for stray and abandoned animals. The plans and budget for construction were outlined to the officials and AKIRA will now seek sponsorship for building the shelter before submitting a final business plan this autumn.

Blue flag day

MARINA ALTA resorts are flying the blue flag over beaches after winning the coveted blue flag status for their water quality and the services offered to visitors. Calpe, Benissa, Moraira, Javea and Denia have all again been awarded the status by ADEAC – seen as an important measure in continuing to attract tourists to the towns – and proof of protection of the environment and safety standards. Pictured are Denia Mayor Ana Kringe and Councillor for Tourism Pepa Font hoisting the blue flag over Denia’s Playa de Les Bovete

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Our worlds keep changing

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Jennifer Cunningham

DOES THE news get any better with reference to Euroland? I fail to understand the role banks have played (not just in the UK) in making things so much worse for all of us. They seem to be beyond the law of reasonable behavior. Greed and power are the words I would use. Do the other EU countries realise how much money employees have stolen from the banks in Spain, on both severance pay and in pensions? I do not think it is fair for the other countries to bail out this type of debt; it is after all just blotting paper. I just despair of the whole rotten situation. All I know is that I, along with many others work very, very hard, only to have my taxes increased to pay for other people’s mistakes, whilst waiting patiently for our Masters to do something that will give us all hope. Do you know that? 1) A new law has been passed that a breathalyzer has to be carried when driving through France. To give people time to become accustomed to this they will not be issuing fines until November. To be valid the breathalyzer kit must have the initials NF on the side of the machine. 2) Together with the ruling on the heel of your shoes being enclosed whilst driving, the police are also fining people who drive with shopping or other loose items on the seats: they insist that they should be either in the boot or in the foot well. 3) Also in line with the Spanish regulations a new law has been passed in the UK called the CIE (Continuous Insurance Enforcement), which means, that it is now a legal requirement for registered vehicle keepers to insure their vehicle(s) at all times. You don’t have to be driving to be caught. It is an offence to keep a vehicle

without insurance unless you have notified the DVLA that your vehicle is being kept off the road by means of a SORN (Statutory off Road Notice) 4) The MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau) are in discussion with the UK Government to begin using the number recognition in petrol stations: if a car is not insured or taxed the pump will not unlock. It seems that due to all the untaxed and uninsured cars on the road, the MIB are willing to fund the modifications required to be able to do this. 5) Since the new laws have come into place regarding residencias, the police not only require a certificate from your health insurance company, stating that you have full cover, but they require a certificate from your bank stating that you have a regular income of at least 619.00 €uros per month each: this should reflect that this has been so for the previous three months. 6) Returning to banks, they are becoming desperate to retain clients on insurance policies as well as to sell to new clients. Why anyone would insure with a bank and not a bona fide insurance cover always surprises me. The Company I work with is part of the Liberty Mutual Group insuring millions of clients worldwide. This means they understand our needs and are specialists in the insurance industry with a vast amount of experience and are extremely secure financially. 7) With the advent of the new BOE the Official State Bulletin, and the possibility of more expats requiring health insurance, Asssa have some wonderful offers available to help you, with 5 different levels of cover to choose from, including the top cover SUMMUM which

enables you to have free election of doctors and specialists, and has a very extensive preventative annual checkup. 8) Did you know that if you have a car accident you have no cover on your private health policy? This is automatically covered by the Social Security under your car insurance. Asssa have an excellent Accident policy for their health clients, which for 36€ a year, just 3€ a month, will pay 1,000€ towards costs in the social security hospital if for any reason you should not be covered, and you can be transferred to one of their many hospitals and have the full benefits of private health care. Also covered are 10,000€ for death and the same amount for permanent disability. In a case that Asssa had recently they organised for their client to be flown back from a foreign country, taking up four seats on an aircraft under his Asssa health policy repatriation, and then as he had the accident policy he had all the benefits of private medicine to assist him towards a rapid recovery. Sound advice is what I will always try and offer you and it’s entirely your decision whether you want to believe it and take any action. PLEASE NOTE A great opportunity has just become available: a Sales Consultant is required for our new office in Playa Flamenca. Only those with proven sales background need apply, please send your CV to

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Quiz supports EMAUS

New Lions king

Peter Johnson (left) wearing the chain of office with Nico

by jack troughton CHARITY IS the answer for a successful and popular quiz night supporting the underprivileged youngsters looked after by the EMAUS charity. People looking to test their grey matter head for the El Paraiso Restaurant in Parcent for a monthly quiz – and this week 1,020€ in cash was handed to EMAUS President Montserrat Fiter, the cash raised during the last few months. Quiz masters Anne and Derek Martyr organise the ques-

tions and generous expats enjoy a night out on the last Wednesday of the month for 10€ including a buffet, knowing the proceeds are donated to the charity. Pictured are (left) Victoria Reeley, of El Paraiso, with a grateful ‘Montse’ – who explained the money would be put to good use as EMAUS continued to care for children made the subject of court orders despite continued cuts in government funding.

A Macmillan couple

COSTA BLANCA couple Roger and June Davis married the year British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously said “Let’s be frank about it, most of our people have never had it so good” – and are still agree with the sentiment 55 years later! Roger and June moved to the Costa Blanca 20 years ago and for the majority of the time have lived in Jalon. Their wedding took place in Shrewsbury on June 29th 1957 and they held a private dinner for friends to mark the anniversary, celebrating again last Sunday at La Fustera Church with cava and nibbles

OUTGOING TEULADA MORAIRA Lions President Dr Nico Dekkers thanked club members for their hard work during 12 months where 31,342€ was raised for good causes. His last duty in the post was to hand the chain of office to his successor Peter Johnson at a gathering of club members. In a farewell speech, Nico said Spain’s financial crisis so no sign of abating, so the club had directed all its fundraising efforts towards helping local causes. A total of 30,187€ was spent under Nico’s leadership – with 16,330€ going to buy food for families in need identified by social services and the charity CARITAS. New President Peter thanked Nico and his wife Coco and the work they had done helping the club to be “justifiably proud” of the excellent reputation it had earned in the community. He said he aimed to build on this and continue to help local families in need – and predicted with ongoing government cuts, there would be even more demand for help from the Lions. And Peter said: “Teulada Moraira Lions should focus on ‘f’ words, standing for ‘fun, friendship and fundraising, and ‘c’ words representing ‘community, care and comradeship’.”



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In the name of charity

IT IS quite clear to all who are interested in these matters that there is a concentrated attempt to promote bullfighting as an ‘art and cultural’ activity. What better way to help do that than to stage a ‘charity’ bullfight. Presumably on this occasion, the torturing of an animal for entertainment was perfectly acceptable to the ‘packed arena’ if it netted proceeds for charity and, of course, generated favourable publicity. Why do correspondents always seem to mention the ‘the cruelty of the Spanish people’ when writing on this subject? I very much doubt that the average person in Spain differs very much from anywhere else in Europe. Be they royalty or peasant, all countries have their relatively small percentage of the population who get their ‘jollies’ from the process of killing animals. There is a significant percentage of the Spanish population who would like to see bullfighting abolished and very many young people simply see it as boring and prefer football or pop concerts. Unfortunately the ever powerful ‘pro’ lobby, who have a vested business interest in promoting bullfighting are helped by ignorant, gullible and/or uncaring foreign tourists. Brian Nicholls Moraira/Teulada

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A sinking boat LATELY WE have heard about the mess that Spanish banks got themselves into and the massive bailout required to save them from sinking. The banks don’t admit they made serious mistakes by lending money to people who did not have the means to pay back their loans. One of our neighbours had a three-bedroomed villa without a stable job and it was repossessed. Why banks would give mortgages to people without the means to pay is beyond me. The bailouts remind me of people in a sinking boat frantically trying to bail out the water using a tin can, instead of admitting there is a hole in the boat and patching it to stop the water from coming in. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has tried to calm fears but looks like a marionette insisting there are no strings attached to the rescue deal for Spanish banks. Rojoy put on a brave face and claimed victory for getting a massive bailout. If Spain is not willing to admit that mistakes were made then what is to stop it from repeating the same mistakes with all this bailout money? Clarence Tracey, Torrevieja

Bravo for the VilaMarina Baixa Hospital! Tongue in cheek

AS AN American living in Spain for 38 years (dual nationality) I would like to express once again my thanks and appreciation for the excellent Spanish health care available in this country. The latest example of its triple A rating belongs to The Little Jewel (only three floors) that is The Vila-Marina Baixa Hospital in Benidorm. My ‘Valenciana’ wife and I had heard of its prestigious reputation on arriving here four months ago. And now we know why! During my unintended emergency ‘stay’ (12th – 17th June) I was immediately aware that the word ‘austerity’ has no place in this hospital staff´s vocabulary, all of

whom are highly professional, dedicated, motivated, friendly and cheerful. I want to express my special appreciation and gratitude to Doctor María Cristina Quilez Ivarra, and Nurse Consuelo (room 2314-A) for having transformed my personal desperate crisis into a ‘blessing in disguise’. A Tip of the Hat also to Raymond and Pauline of Help International Benidorm (Centro Social Jose Llorca) for their kind, generous and friendly visit to help cheer up a complete stranger: a grateful Yank in distress! ‘Un Abrazo para Todos’ (A Big Hug for All!) Richard M McBride, Benidorm

Mr Bartlett of La Marina made me chuckle (and my wife fume) - is the man serious? I’ve only been married 42 years so haven’t quite mastered the art of understanding females. However, I do know that the number of ‘headaches’ is usually directly linked to the way a partner is treated. On the other hand, perhaps a DVD player in the bedroom showing Indiana Jones could give him the “more mutual excitement” he so obviously craves. Mr Roy obviously doesn’t know very many Englishmen. Most, if not all my English friends and associates are annoyed with having to sing ‘God Save The Queen’ at England games. I haven’t done a scientific poll but I reckon that the majority of my fellow countrymen would much prefer ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ or something similar, leaving ‘God Save The Queen’ for Great Britain and/or UK events. On the other hand I suppose Messrs Bartlett and Roy are both wind up merchants with their tongues shoved tightly in their respective cheeks. Alan Price, Portsmouth and Los Alcazares

Model winners

Callum McLeavy-Driver

Emilia Leonard

by jack troughton EXCITED TEENAGERS Emilia Leonard and Callum McLeavyDriver are looking forward to a glamorous night out at the Best International Model 2012 in Benidorm later this month. They have both been chosen to represent the UK later this month in the international contest to find the best male and female model – part of the prestigious Costa Blanca Fashion Week. RTN readers helped judges select Emilia, 19, and Callum, 16, from a group of finalists – and hundreds of votes were cast from across the region. And they now have the chance to win a 2,000€ prize and a year-long modelling contract with a Gibraltar agency. Emilia, from La Siesta, is looking forward to the glittering occasion. “I am really excited – I can hardly believe it!” And because Callum, from Rojales, was in England this week, his father Ian said: “He will not believe it when I tell him he has got through to the final – that’s excellent news.”

Temperatures drop after heat wave TEMPERATURES DROPPED this week after soaring temperatures throughout Spain sent residents and tourists into the shade to shelter from the intense heat. However, Mallorca and Murcia remain on orange alert according to the Spanish Meteorological Office (AEMET). The long term forecast promises a sizzling summer.

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The Fast Track Hypnosis Diaries 06 - 12 JULY 2012


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

STUDY AFTER study has shown the damage that smoking does to the body. From the mouth and tongue, to the throat and oesophagus- never mind the lungs and the heart! It is estimated that every eight seconds, someone dies due to tobacco usage. By 2030, it is also estimated that one in six people will die from smoking related deaths and by that point, if the rate continues to climb as it has done in the past, over 1.6 billion people will be smokers. Bearing in mind that half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death, the facts are, quite frankly, terrifying! It seems incredible to believe that so many people are willingly putting their lives on the line simply because of a behavioural pattern than be helped by using Fast Track Hypnosis and Laser therapy. Fast Track Hypnosis was born out of a need to help my clients as quickly as possible. Further evolution of my techniques and additions of brand new technology from the US and Laser Light Therapy make my treatments unique to my practice in the UK and also Spain and to this day, one of the most effective ways to free yourself . DON’T YOU WANT TO BE FREE OF THAT HOLD IN YOUR LIFE? It’s of your own making, don’t forget. Every time you light a cigarette, you choose to inflict more harm upon yourself. If you’re tired of this, tired of feeling trapped; exhausted by climbing a set of steps; irritated by your lack of vitality as well as frightened by your breathing difficulties and if you want to free yourself from the strain of addiction, then Fast Track Hypnosis is the way forward. In thirty minutes you can change your life and be freed from your habit in a pain-free, craving-free and easy way. Nor will you be symptom-substituting with other addictive, so-called, anti-smoking devices. You

will be free from the drug because your mind will be re-programmed during the session. The mind is capable of incredible things. Did you know that each thought has its own energy pattern? It does and as such, when you are taken into hypnosis, a state of complete relaxation and awareness, simple suggestions take on the most incredible significance. Such a calm and serene state unlocks the subconscious and opens the doors to your mind, enabling me to give you positive suggestions to help you. With my help and your dedication, you can break the habit for life and rid yourself of your nicotine addiction. CDs come included in the whole Fast Track Hypnosis package and these will help to alleviate any physical discomfort and stop you from reaching for the biscuit jar for comfort! In the past, you might have tried to quit smoking but failed and this isn’t down to your poor willpower, but habitual conditioning. You might have reached the point where you no longer crave nicotine, but the way it is has worked itself into your life has you still needing them. When you have a coffee, you dream of one. When you’re stressed, the answer is to have a cigarette. It becomes both a comfort and more dangerously, a coping mechanism. You might find you can’t start the car, without having to have a cigarette in your hand. Or the perfect end to a meal isn’t dessert, but a cigarette! Fast Track Hypnosis takes the bad influences that have taken root in your mind and implants the positive over them. It transforms your way of thinking as well as enabling you to relax and take a breather from your busy life. In one thirty minute session, you can change your life and make it healthier. Within twenty minutes after quitting, your blood pressure and your pulse slow and the temperature of

your hands and feet increase. Eight hours after your last cigarette, your carbon monoxide and oxygen levels return to normal and after a day, your chance of a heart attack decreases. Two days later, damaged nerve endings start to regrow and your sense of smell and taste improve. Between two and twelve weeks later, your circulation and breathing improves and so does your motility! After nine months, your energy levels increase as you will start to cough less and you’ll feel less fatigued. A year in, your risk of a heart disease is reduced to half that of a smoker! Five years smokefree means your risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker and after ten years, the risk of smoking related cancers, e.g. mouth and throat, is also greatly reduced. After fifteen years, the risk of heart disease and your actual life expectancy is the same as that of a non-smoker. Fast Track Hypnosis is a safe yet powerful way to remove nicotine addiction from your life and quickly. Once you’ve made the decision to call me and you attend the appointment, thirty minutes later, your life will have been turned on its head. You’ll be free of the cravings, free from the health risks, free from the danger to your family and free to spend your hard-earned cash on anything but cigarettes! So, why not make that choice now and let yourself be healthy! Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes Fast Track System as featured and proven on TV. For an appointment, brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit:

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

Enjoy some park life

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by JACK TROUGHTON ENJOY AN affordable family day out at Benidorm’s top theme parks Terra Natura and Aqua Natura with an exclusive offer open to RTN readers. Every pair of tickets purchased through the Costa Blanca’s favourite English newspaper comes with two special “invitations” from RTN thanks to a gift from the park owners – it means buy two tickets and another two people can gain entry absolutely free. The offer applies to tickets purchased for Terra Natura, Aqua Natura, or both, and is the perfect opportunity to go and walk and talk with the animals. Terra Natura is home to some 1,500 animals of 200 different species – 50 of them in danger of extinction and the park also plays an important role in breeding endangered animals and educating people about the need to preserve fragile eco-systems.

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It is also one of a new generation of parks, giving “Zooimmersion”, which is designed to allow people to come into contact with the animals with no visible barriers. One ‘must see’ is the colourful exhibition of poisonous creatures. Flora and fauna plays a huge part in the appearance of the park and Terra Natura is split into areas – and packed with entertainment and refreshment outlets. And after experiencing a little animal magic, why not cool off at Aqua Natura complete with huge swimming pool with

The wrinkles in eating BBQ food DR ANASTASIA Kalea of University College London warns against consuming potentially damaging compounds found in barbecued food that can speed the ageing process due to the “…advanced glycation between carbohydrates and proteins or fats at high temperatures.” She says that Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) that cause wrinkles and skin ageing double in the process of grilling and frying as opposed to boiling or steaming. She recommends marinating meat or poultry before flinging it on the barbecue, or cooking it ‘Enpapillote’ (in paper) to avoid the effects of AGEs, accompanied by healthy salads. And slow cooked foods at lower temperatures are all lower in AGEs than those served smoking hot.

waves and slides. Again the water park has animal attractions and all the family will enjoy meeting the aquatic life housed in the aquarium. Reaching the two parks could not be easier – they are both a short drive from the AP7 motorway and the N332 national highway. To purchase tickets and take advantage of this offer call 902 118 999 or call at the office at Vall de Biar, La Nucia, just a short distance from both parks.

Continued from front page ACROSS SPAIN the new prescription charges are seen as a blow to pensioners who believe they have already paid their dues. One 77-year-old described the charge as “outrageous” and said pensioners had already tightened their belts but were being hit with extra costs on top of hikes on utilities. “When you reach a certain age it doesn’t cost less to live but we have to survive on less amid rising prices.” And pensioners said they were already struggling to support families who were out of work and also struggling. “There just isn’t enough to go around.” The Democratic Union of Pensioners of Spain said more than 4 million pensions fell below the minimum wage. A spokesman said: “An extra expense for these people, however small it may seem, will prevent them meeting other payments.” Another group spokesman said: “It always seems to be the pensioners who have to pay the piper.”


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Benefit for Daisy By Jack Troughton BIG-HEARTED BRITS are staging a special fund raising night to help little Daisy Cooke, the two-year-old being treated for cancer in Alicante Hospital. The little girl’s parents work at the El Paraiso Restaurant, Parcent, and a special auction is being staged there on 10th July. Owner Victoria Reeley told RTN that Daisy’s dad Joe was a waiter at the restaurant and mum Marie also worked as a waitress on occasion. “Daisy also visits us regularly and usually raids the sweetie jar and shows us her new shoes or colours us a picture,” she said. “For some time she has been off colour, as children often are – an ear infection, a sleepless night, a tummy ache and she was given various antibiotics, none of which seemed to cure them. “Finally Joe and Marie bypassed the doctors and took Daisy to Denia Hospital where they eventually diagnosed a tumour and she was im-

mediately sent to Alicante.” Daisy was found to have a tumour in her stomach and the aggressive cancer had spread to her neck. However, she is responding well chemotherapy. Victoria said the couple, who live in neighbouring Alcalali, had seen “their world fall apart” and the benefit was to help the parents get to and from Alicante. “We would also like to raise enough money to give Daisy something to look forward to and keep her spirits up.” The benefit auction starts at 7pm on Tuesday 10th July, and a buffet is available at 10€, while entertainers Adam King, Niamh O’Sheehan and Matt Curtis are also appearing. For more information call 96 640 5398.

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Room 101 Spain: Part Time Expats By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

TO USE a smoking analogy: this column is being written by a former smoker and for some should carry a health warning against getting a little hot under the collar. For many of you I suspect you may think I am writing about you and take offence, but as I don’t know you I obviously am not, and if you make it to the end of the column you will see it is the minority that I would like to put into my Room 101 Spain. In my experience part time expats fall into two categories: those that split their time between two homes in two countries, either retired and able to afford their dual lifestyle, or still working in the UK but fortunate enough (when they can get a flight) to visit their second property abroad on a regular basis. Well rounded individuals, they bring much needed cash to their local businesses, often spending more I suspect in a year than many full time expats living in Spain on a budget who throw themselves willingly into supporting their local community and make huge efforts to integrate and ‘go with the flow’. Personally I think this last point is crucial. As a former part time expat at one time we were spending our time equally between the UK, USA

and Spain and felt very much that the onus was on us to make the effort to keep in touch, to fit in wherever we went. After all it was our decision to not to be in one place all the time so why should we expect the ‘full timers’ to change their schedules and patterns of behaviour for us. I cannot say that we always succeeded and the temptation will always exist for many a part time expat to ‘play it large’, to ‘flash the cash’, to enjoy spending their hard-earned. If that means they have more to spend than full timers then so be it, each chose their respective lifestyles and the resultant budgets, and remember: irritating or frustrating as it may seem to see people turning up and spending, the bars and restaurants need it, and as full timers need the bars and restaurants all year round just grin and bear it! This is actually my approach to tourists: I hate it when our part of this lovely country gets busy with tourists, but rather than battle my way through the hordes that have suddenly infiltrated ‘my bars’, I hibernate! You have more chance of seeing Lord Lucan out and about during the day in the tourist season than you have me, although I do venture out at night along with the Spanish.

But I digress! The above part time expats I have no issue with, indeed we need more of them. No the part time expats that I would stick in my Room 101 are those that come over and take over. No graceful and dignified arrival either: weeks of advanced notice on Facebook and Twitter of when they will arrive, where they will be drinking, what parties must be organised. Now I know what you thinking at this stage: why befriend them on these social media sites if you don’t like them? Well forewarned is forearmed and it pays dividends to know in advance which bars to avoid! You see I have no desire to listen to how great your ‘other life’ is, and how it is so much better than here in Spain. I don’t need telling how you would improve where I live, what would make it better, how you couldn’t live here full time (although I agree with you on that point as someone would have to be paid to make you disappear!) Who are you to criticise those that live here full time for the way they run their lives, the interests they have, the places they want to go? The minority for sure, but unfortunately not the silent majority: I would happily consign them to my Room 101 Spain.

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 column is sponsored by and, a leading foreign exchange broker offering excellent exchange rates for all your international money transfer requirements. You can hear Chris every day discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on


Once in a lifetime experience PICTURE THE scene: Saturday morning in the West

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Midlands and for at least two hours there has been no rain. You cannot possibly know out there on the sunsoaked CB how good this is. Anyway, from Lichfield through Tamworth to beyond Burton-upon-Trent there’s great excitement because along with this unexpected break in the downpours ‘The Torch’ is coming through. Yup, the Olympic flame, symbol of unity for a waterlogged Britain is en route for a date in downtown Birmingham that afternoon with the Peter Pan of pop Harry Webb: aka the one and only, crying, talking, sleeping, walking, torch-carrying Cliff Richard. I know, I know, I could hardly contain myself – my incontinence pants were tested to the full! So, thought I, as this is a once in a lifetime experience - I’ll get down into Tamworth and see the Olympic Flame and the host of Brummie and Midlands A-listers that would naturally want to get their fizzogs on the telly and in the papers. Wrong... because not only did I wish to view this spectacle, so did the entire population of Tamworth, along with most of Staffordshire too. And wrong too because not only were there no A-listers, there were no B, C, D, E or F-listers either. I thought maybe Noddy Holder would be there or Jasper Carrot or Roy Wood but no. Some bloke who was deputy-chief bottle washer to the Lord Mayor was about all the town could come up with. However, this I only know from reports because the aforementioned throng became so dense and impenetrable it prevented only die-hards and the suicidal getting through to the front row: hence no RTN exclusive picture. Apparently, one of the chosen flame bearers (there were ten runners each covering 300 metres) took the ‘run’ part of the instruction very much to the letter and tore through at a breakneck Bannisterian pace,

Cliff Richard with the Olympic Torch

much to the displeasure of the crowd, one of whom complained, “it was all over in a flash, we hardly glimpsed it. Was it worth it?” Hmmm, I’m not sure if it was worth it or not. Someone commented to the local paper, “This whole flame thing has become something of an overblown indulgence.” Oh dear... can’t please everyone I guess. Still, it was a nice sunny morning and as I said before it was a once in a lifetime experience. I was there – I didn’t see the flame – but, never mind, I was there. And I suppose that’s just what the girls on Sophie

Russell’s three-day hen bash in Benidorm will say in years to come - “I was there!” So folks, if you’re out in Benidorm tomorrow night watch out for a rent-acrowd bunch of ladies from the Midlands. Please be kind to them as my step-daughter Alex will amongst them, doing her bit for the Spanish wine industry. Sophie marries Dean Long on 19th August and the whole team at Watts in Britain (that’s me and the dog) send them our very best wishes. Watts on the Staffordshire border, looking out for the flame…

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Fashion Bus tours Marina Alta by patricia thompson READERS MAY have noticed this double decker bus around Marina Alta in recent days. Sporting the logo of Ondara’s Portal De La Marina shopping Centre, visitors to the bus have enjoyed taking part in a free draw of 1,000€ in shopping centre gift certificates (200€ for each location visited). On the ground floor, visitors relaxed on cool and comfortable sofas with a refreshing soft drink, or received a stimulating foot massage in a tank of Garra Rufa fish. On the top deck of the Fashion Bus, a DJ spun the latest discs. The first stop was the International Festival of Javea, after which the Fashion Bus visited Denia, Pego and other places in Marina Alta. The bus is a part of a bouquet of promotional events highlighting the sales at Ondara’s shopping centre. The sales opened 1st July and will continue until 31st August. The centre is open until late on Sundays to cope with the demand and visitors who dine in the centres’ restaurants on Sundays in their Crazy Sundays promotion will also receive free cinema tickets (see reception). There is also a brand new activity centre on the top floor, furnished with activity machines and sports tables to keep nonshoppers happy! Child minding/play facilities are also available between 8am and 9pm for parents visiting the centre.

Family fun day NEXT SATURDAY, 14th July, at Villamartin Plaza in Orihuela Costa, there will be a family fun day in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses. The event, which is being organised by Heatwave Promotions and is being supported by the Orihuela Town Hall, promises to be a great day out with all the usual fun, live entertainment and kids amusements. The fun day starts at 12 noon and will finish at 7pm.

Codex found: caretaker to be charged IN A dramatic turn of events surrounding last July’s theft of the priceless Codex Calixtino, an ancient book of pilgrimage text stolen from a safety deposit box in the Santiago Compostela Cathedral, has been found. It has emerged that the Codex never left Galicia at all but was secreted in the garage of the ex-caretaker, employed at the Cathedral for more than 25 years. Following his dismissal he is alleged to have taken the Codex not for financial gain but in order to discredit the dean, José María Diaz. He was sacked after faking an ‘indefinido’ work contract but claimed he was owed 40,000€ for unfair dismissal. Detectives also arrested the man’s wife, son and a female friend. Eight copies of the Codex and other ancient books that had disappeared from the cathedral worth at least €1.2m were recovered during earlier dawn raids, also correspondence relating to senior church officials and the cathedral’s ‘book of hours’ dating back to the middle ages.

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RBL joins in fiesta fun The Branch’s new mascot Megan

THE ORIHUELA Costa and District Branch of the Royal British Legion was invited to attend the European Fiesta at the Marina Salinas in Torrevieja last week in order to promote the work of the Legion, encourage the recruitment of new members and to raise money towards the 2012 Poppy Appeal. A hamper was raffled and Poppy goods were on display selling for donations and a total of 288€ was raised. The winning ticket for the hamper was pink 317 and the holder was Mrs Joan Waddington. Also in attendance was the newest member of the Branch; their mascot, Irish wolfhound,

Megan who looked splendid in her coat. She will lead the branch on all of their parades. Keith Carter, the Branch Chairman, told RTN: “I would like to thank all the people who took part and donated towards the Poppy Appeal and also to all of the members who gave up their time to help out on the stand.” The Orihuela Costa and District Branch meet at the Olympia Restaurant in Mil Palmeras every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm for 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and join. You DO NOT have to be ex service to do so. For more information visit our web site

Too hot and bothered to learn Spanish? AS SUMMER kicks in the old grey cells seem to coagulate and sruggle to work to maximum efficiency. ‘Mañana’ seems to be the preferable time to do anything. Learning Spanish is no exception, as the brain becomes addled with the heat, and family descends on us accompanied often by grandchildren, all of whom expect to be wined, dined, and entertained while they are here. Still, at least the beach is free! Autumn is a very popular time for classes, and El Principe Centre in Sam Miguel de Salinas are currently offering a 5% discount on all semi-intensive courses booked and paid for in advance, making the total cost of a 48 hour course only 228€. For further details, email, ring 96 599 9047 or visit If you prefer home study, Break The Language Barrier Level 1 and 2 book and CD sets are available for sale at 25€ either at the Centre in San Miguel, at Bookworld España in Torrevieja and Javea, or may be ordered through the website.

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They are back! by LOUISE CLARKE THE HELSTON School Jazz Orchestra returns to Torrevieja for a summer concert tour. One of the UK’s most accomplished youth jazz bands the Orchestra, which hails from Helston in Cornwall, has chosen once again to visit the ‘city of salt’ for their annual concert tour and will perform in Torrevieja during the month of July. Since their formation, the band has picked up a number of prestigious awards making it, arguably, the best band of its type in the whole of Great Britain! Summer in Torrevieja promises to be extra special this year as these talented Cornish kids return to offer a series of open air concerts along the

seafront promenades as well as a special, charity concert in the town’s prestigious Teatro Municipal. dates • SUNDAY 15th July, (12.00h) in the Doña Sinforosa Park (Playa Acequion). • TUESDAY 17th JULY at 20.30h in the Teatro Municipal. • THURSDAY 19th July, 22.00h along the seafront in La Mata at the Plaza de Embarcadero.

These Cornish For more information about this kids talented group of young people, and a are a chance to hear a preview of their mu- talented sic, please visit bunch


Rock arena in La Marina TOMORROW, SATURDAY 7th July, sees ‘Rock Arena’ come to the La Marina urbanisation. Six different rock groups will be performing at the event, which takes place in the La Marina Market Area. Headliners include famous Spanish rock groups KOMA and Saratoga and local band Magnum 44 will also be performing. Gates open at 6pm and the concert, which is being fully supported by the San Fulgencio Town Hall, is expected to go into the early hours. It is completely free to get in so if you are rock chick or chap, get down there tomorrow and enjoy!


Launch of new scheme for P.E.PA.

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The new card

by Louise Clarke BEING INVOLVED in a health emergency is stressful enough without having to worry about what will happen to your pets whilst you are fighting to stay healthy and recovering. Obviously, we all hope that we would never be involved in an event like this, but it is a sad fact of life that accidents and emergencies do happen, all the time. And usually when you least expect them! You may have insurance for your car and even your life in case of an accident, but have you made arrangements for the welfare of your pets should you be suddenly unable to return home to them? You may only have been popping to the shops or having a rare evening out, but should you be in an accident or suffer a sudden debilitating illness which would require hospital treatment, who will let the dogs out? This is a serious situation which any one of us could find ourselves in at any time. Our beloved pets, which may have been fine when we went out, are now, whilst we are coping with whatever misfortune has befallen us, are still at home, where we left them, but alone and possibly hungry, thirsty and dying for the loo!

It is this exact scenario which has inspired animal charity, P.E.P.A to launch a pet SOS scheme in a bid to alleviate worries like this for pet owners. The P.E.P.A. SOS Alert Card Scheme is a unique service which will give its members total peace of mind where their pets are concerned should this kind of situation arise. The last thing you need to be worrying about when involved in an accident or suddenly being taken ill are your pets and what they are up to! There is no charge for the scheme as it is part of your P.E.P.A. membership, which is 12€ single or 20€ couple per year. By carrying your SOS card at all times (which is in English and Spanish), it will lessen the possibility of your pet being left unattended in the event of an emergency. As soon as the call is made to the 24 hour P.E.P.A SOS Emergency telephone line quoting the membership number on your card, action will be taken to ensure that your pet or pets are taken care of until you return home. You can then concentrate on the most important thing, which is getting better soon! For more details see or telephone Des Smith on 96 280 7086

Benefit night for Rockin Lou Lou

Ravin Rupert and Rockin

JUKEBOX PROMOTIONS have arranged a benefit night for Rockin Lou Lou (Louise) who, along with her father Ravin’ Rupert was injured in a recent accident. She is in Torrevieja hospital and may be there for some time with open fractures and serious leg damage. She will not be able to sing or work for a long time. The benefit show will be on Sunday 29th July at Viloriens Restaurant in Rojales at 8.30pm (seating at 8pm). Tickets are just 5€. There will be a couple of great fund raising competitions on the night. Viloriens have offered a very high quality meal with a Cava prize along with a great menu del dia prize to - both for two people - and Jukebox Promotions have added two free tickets to one of their Elvis 35th Anniversary tour events in August. ALL proceeds will go to the benefit (including net ticket money). The following acts have kindly offered to perform on the night and we thank them very much for helping a stricken colleague in a time of need: Andy Jones; Red Strokes; Ravin’ Rupert (Louise’s Dad who was also injured in the accident); Tony Kelly and Jukebox Legends. Please book now as tickets are limited: tickets at the venue or call 695 135 134. See a poster of the show at Viloriens will also have a fantastic pre-show meal deal on offer at just 14.95€ for four courses plus a glass of wine inclusive for this show. This will be at 7pm: talk to the venue to book this deal on 96 671 2263.


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Expats set example

U3A Denia volunteers with VIPs during the visit

by jack troughton HARD-WORKING volunteers from U3A Denia won the thanks of the Valencia Government after redecorating a residential home for children taken into care. La Casa des Menores at Les Rotes was adopted by the club as its “good cause” for the year and Lucia Ceron, Valencia’s director of Justice and Social Welfare, along with Denia Town Councillors visited the home to see the improvements. Since February, a team of U3A volunteers have devoted every Friday and Saturday to giving all the bedrooms, communal areas and corridors a much-needed facelift. And Ms Ceron was quick to thank U3A for its efforts saying the volunteers were “neces-

sary” in society and the Brits had “set an example” to others. Funding for the project was provided by members of U3A Denia, a donation of 500€ from Freemasons Lodge 58 Xabia – while local company Marina Color contributed by donating materials and paint. Chris Whitehead, representing the U3A volunteers, was assured the group’s input was very successful and said “we had a great time doing the work.” U3A Denia also donated a four metre plastic pool for the youngsters to enjoy and will continue working on other projects at the home.

Easing the pressure BIG-HEARTED ROTARIANS visited Javea Old Town to present three blood pressure monitors to Health Centre staff. The 225€ of equipment – purchased at a discount – was donated by the Rotary International Fellowship Costa Blanca North after discussions with doctors about current needs at the centre. The fellowship is now enjoying its summer break before resuming its meetings on Friday 14th September. Pictured are Barry Lloyd (third from left) with fellow Rotarians and health centre doctors holding the invaluable machines.

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Neater Pool Guardian from those sensible folk at Neater Heater By Tony Sim from Neater Heater LIVING IN the Marina Alta, but frequently travelling down south as far as Mojacar to supply Neater Heaters, Richard and I obviously have many conversations about various different subjects. One subject close to our hearts is pool safety. We both know people who have been affected tragically by toddler drownings. In fact one of our best friends found his toddler floating face-down in the family pool. Fortunately they were able to resuscitate him, but when the A&E doctor examined him he said it was the third one he had seen that day! We started researching the problem and found some startling facts: 1. The majority of toddlers who drown in pools are under the supervision of an adult who believe that they are safe somewhere else. 2. In Florida, where, like Spain, there are many privately rented holiday homes, the majority of child drownings happen in the first half hour of the holiday while the parents are ‘checking out’ the villa. 3. In Spain, for the last ten years, there have been between 75 and 150 child drownings, mostly in private pools.

4. For each death there are, on average, 2,000 – yes two thousand - incidents worthy of an A&E check-up. These range from ‘no harm done’ to ‘serious brain injury from lack of oxygen’. We realised that there was a need for someone to provide a good, proven and affordable solution to this problem, so we decided to do it ourselves. After all, heater sales hardly rush us off our feet in the summer months. We researched the subject and realised that barriers were the answer, but most people do not want to surround their pools with something resembling industrial fencing. This left removable fencing. The two companies that we felt offered the best options are Guardian Pool Fencing, an American product, and PSE, from France. Removable fencing allows you the security of fencing tested to European Union standards, while maintaining the aesthetics of your pool. You can also remove it completely in minutes when the pool is not going to be used by children. For enquiries contact Richard on 634 312 171 Or look on our web-site

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Property rentals Endless sunshine and great temperatures

WHAT A great summer we can look forward to here on the Costa Blanca… endless sunshine and great temperatures. PMR Property Management & Rental have had a record year so far for holiday bookings and with reservations already taken for 2013: it looks as though next year is going to be as good. Can you believe they are also taking enquiries for 2014? Director Lisa Turner told us that now the busy period of the summer season is upon us their office is extremely busy with arrivals and once that is over, they will be busy preparing for the their winter guests that often stay throughout the cooler months. Although you can still book winter sunshine holiday properties on a week by week basis, many people choose to stay all through the winter and PMR have great offers on many of their properties which you will find appealing if you want to escape the colder weather of your own country. PMR have been arranging holidays for the last five years and Lisa says that their growth is mainly due to their reputation which has been achieved by offering quality service, great

prices and clean, comfortable, well equipped accommodation. Don’t forget that PMR are also able to offer long term rental properties and have an extensive range of apartments, houses and private villas all along the coast and inland too. Everything is easy to arrange and PMR will be on hand from their offices in Alfaz del Pi should there be anything you need at any time. If you already own a property in Spain and are thinking of offering it for rent, get in touch with PMR who can offer full management and advertising either to find a long term tenant or holiday guests. So contact PMR to book your next holiday, winter sunshine break or your long term rental. Telephone them on 96 626 0877 from Spain or 0203 411 7758 from the UK. You can also email and visit

Christmas in July

YES, YOU have read it right - Christmas will arrive at Fiesta Crafts this July from 11th July to 25th July. So take a break from the heat and step into our Christmas wonderland. There will be: - 20% off all Christmas products, - A Christmas themed drawing competition for the kids to win a craft hamper, - A raffle to win a craft goodie bag, - A lucky dip - And a children´s activity table to keep the kids occupied while you shop. 25TH JULY IS CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY There will be Christmas refreshments and the winners of the raffle and children’s drawing competition will be announced In the morning Fiesta Crafts will be running a children’s Christmas themed craft club – 11am – 1pm at 10€ per child. Everything they make they take home and a drink and snack along with all materials are included. In the afternoon there will be a Christmas craft cafe from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. This will be a Christmas themed launch of Fiesta Crafts’ craft cafes where you can get together will other crafty people and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of crafting with tea/coffee and cake: 10€ per person, all materials provided. Find us between the lancashire Bruja and Yorkshire Linen in Javea Arenal Local 22, Moreras del Saladar, Avda del Pla, Ctra Cabo La Nao, Javea. Tel: 96 646 1788.

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Town halls invest in horticulture by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

IN RECENT months from Greece to Spain many national families are starting to return to the land: more and more expatriates are starting to grow or expand their garden or apartment terrace vegetable growing and more and more local councils are setting aside land for public allotments with the priority being for the unemployed and pensioners who have no access to land. In addition several private persons with large gardens have turned some of their gardens into allotments to rent. The reason? The economic effect of the recession which looks like it has a few years to run and the irreversible damage done to UK pensions by government changes to the rules and market valuations. Javea now has two council run areas of allotments and from our visits they are generally well run and utilised. And it not only vegetable growing being given attention by Javea council but also flowers. In this case it is not for eating but to stimulate visits to the shops, bars and restaurants of Javea Old Town that were seriously affected by the years it took to upgrade the utility and sewage drains in the narrowly streeted area. Businesses, residents and the council have adorned terraces, balconies and windowsills with a wide assortment of plants and the rules of a competition include an assessment of their sustainability. For while the long standing Cordoba Patio Festival held each

may only require that the displays last for two weeks in Javea there are two days of judgement. The judging panel has just visited the area for the first assessments on 27th June and it will be back on 12th September for a second assessment. We will visit a few times ourselves to see how the choices of plants and interest of displays match the guidelines and choices we include in our book ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’. If you are part of the competition the book could well include ideas to help you gain the coveted First Prize. If not you could at least plant a few plants to make the old town a continuous enviable flowered town - a horizontal alternative to the historic ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’. Elsewhere along the dreary concrete coastal jungle the book can help apartment dwellers, resident full or part time, make better use of their terraces balconies and windowsills, as said earlier by growing vegetables herbs fruit and vegetables as well as flowers. In Dick’s book ‘Living Well From Our Mediterranean Garden’, he explains how we expanded the growing of ecological food over the past twenty five years to achieve mental, physical, gastronomic and economic wellbeing. The message and ideas are equally of importance to apartment dwellers. This book is currently only available at Bookworld Ondara and via our website or at the end of talks to various gardening U3A and social clubs. As mentioned last month the UK’s most successful vegetable gold medal winner, Medwyn Williams, grows most of his winners in containers. So healthy vegetables are possible for anyone - with good composts, seeds and careful watering. If you do not live in Javea try and persuade your own towns and villages to brighten up the place with plants!

We have a long section on growing vegetables in containers in both ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’. Many that have purchased the books are now achieving great crops from small spaces. And this is not a gimmick. Over the years Medwyn Williams has won many gold medals at UK vegetables shows including at the Chelsea Flower Show. Most of his winning vegetables are grown in containers and one can now try out his seeds in Spain by buying from Medwyns of Anglesey by mail order. We are going to try some for the autumn.

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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Stateofthe market – future prospects THERE CAN be no denying that, as a consequence of the worldwide recession and ongoing uncertainty regarding the Euro-zone and associated bank issues, the current property market is both competitive and challenging. It is overwhelmingly a ‘buyer’s market’ which is one issue, the secondary issue being that the media-led perception that the market conditions are much worse than the reality; this is very misleading and very damaging in the short term.

At the same time, from a buyer’s perspective the current situation provides a very rare ‘window of opportunity’ to purchase a property at price levels which haven’t been seen for a number of years. This situation will not last for long for the following reasons: a) The fundamental attractions of the area have not changed: fabulous weather, a great lifestyle, comprehensive and unstressed infrastructure (roads, parking, airports, healthcare, education, domestic services etc.). b) Underlying buyer demand (particularly in the Moraira, Benissa, Benitachell area) has continued to be relatively strong throughout the recession. c) The ‘must sell’ vendors were never too plentiful in our particular area – even during the worst of the downturn, and they have generally been bought out of the market now. The remaining vendors are now becoming more resolute and are refusing offers which come in at the rude end of the spectrum. d) Many vendors have either removed their properties from the market or are delaying offering them for sale until the market picks up. Thankfully this is a self-prophesying situation and currently manifests itself by the fact that, having sold twenty properties so far this year, our biggest concern at SELECT Villas is replacing those sold properties with fresh

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stock of similar quality and value. So, how do we arrest this stagnation and boost the market? This calls for collective responsibility, as follows: AGENTS: Should value their property stock realistically and responsibly at prices which will attract viewings, then hopefully offers and sales. VENDORS: Should only offer their property for sale if they are serious about selling, seek out and listen to professional advice, and realistically price their property accordingly. BUYERS: Need to also seek out professional advice and guidance in order to differentiate between cheapness and

Article written by Chris Garwood – Partner, SELECT Villas of Moraira.

sound value. In many instances, better deals can be achieved with 5-10% off a sensible asking price, rather than a headline grabbing 20-25% off a stupidly inflated one. Some naïve buyers must learn that the %age off any asking price is a very crude and unreliable assessment of value! MEDIA: Locally – We all know ‘Shock Horror’ disaster headlines sell papers, but during these economic difficulties why can’t the local media support the community that feeds them and quote more positive local headlines, rather than the typical Brit negativity, week in, week out? Once again, it’s a call for collective responsibility!

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Try Milton Express services for free MILTON EXPRESS - promoters of Winning Express and the major shareholders of Sporting Arbitrage Limited are in new hands. The company, founded originally in late 2009, has recently been purchased by Dubai-based Acquiro Trading International Ltd with the intention of promoting the business opportunity that is linked to their services across the Costa Blanca. Many residents are already profiting from their arbitrage trading facility which has consistently paid clients a monthly return of 2.75% tax free. Milton Express, the originators of the scheme, actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns but with a degree of volatility. With Winning Express members will not only benefit from the services themselves but they can promote them to others via a free replica website, so whether it’s a bigger return on your capital or simply an opportunity to earn generous commissions, Milton Express services are the ideal vehicle. Access to the arbitrage facility will

shortly be available only to members of Winning Express this will not be retrospective but residents on the Costa Blanca can now sample the services and view the earnings potential on a no-obligation three month free trial. BONUS FOR SPORTING ARBITRAGE CLIENTS And it’s not all doom and gloom on the financial front - clients of Sporting Arbitrage received some welcome news this week; from August a halfyearly bonus is to be introduced. Traditionally, returns have been based upon the number of trades and the percentage which have a positive outcome. 2.75% monthly has been the consistent average achieved for clients. The trading arm of the business was sold recently and a spokesman for the new owners of Milton Express acknowledged that barring unprecedented wintery conditions wiping out football and racing for protracted periods the

bonus was eminently justified. The bonus system comes into force from 1st August and Sporting Arbitrage will be updating their systems to provide the facility to all existing clients and to newcomers who apply via the Winning Express opportunity. For those who do become subscribing members there is an opportunity to win a fabulous holiday which has been organised with Viajes Playa Flamenca: An Eight Day Cruise departing from Barcelona to Tunez – Napoles – Roma – Florence – Monaco – Barcelona. Double cabin, all travel costs included and 500€ towards spending money. Details are on the website Milton Express office is based at Sophia Business Centre, La Regia and they can be contacted on 96 532 2863 whilst all administration duties are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd: Velocity House, Tenter Street, Sheffield S1 4DE: Tel 0114 213 3539.

Winners of our weekend in Benidorm competition

John and Judy Stead, from Torre Mata, receiving their voucher from Nerissa, at our offices in La Regia. The competition ran in conjunction with the Homes and Gardens Event, at Castillo de Conesa, San Miguel.



06 - 13 juLY 2012

How to buy a property from a bank by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

Increasingly clients are seeking our help and advice about how to purchase a property from a bank in Spain, due to the well known situation that in recent years Spanish banks have accumulated a large amount of properties, which are now being sold at some very interesting prices. With these types of purchase; which are normally properties allocated to a bank following a mortgage default, or after a public auction, we recommend our clients to make the same general searches that would be done with any other type of property purchase. For example, checks should be made about the property’s rights and burdens at the Land Registry; the property’s description and ownership at Catastro should be verified; the Town Hall planning building permission should be confirmed; the year of construction, and the existence of any disciplinary measures or penalty proceeding against the property from the Town Hall should be investigated; and its occupancy / habitation license, and debts with any community of owners should be checked etc.

So there is a lot to consider, and in this article we aim to highlight some of the problems our firm has sometimes faced when dealing with properties purchased from a Spanish banks (with foreclosed houses). These items listed below should be very carefully considered by buyers: Water and electrical contracts: It is pretty common to find that the properties coming from a public auction and for sale by the bank, have outstanding debts with electrical and water suppliers, normally left behind by the previous owner. It is very important to check the water/electrical contracts as we have often come across very high debts on properties being sold with a valid utility contract and a running meter. The bank should be asked to settle any pending debts before completion date. On other occasions we have found that the property owned by the bank does not have a water or electricity contract, because it has either been cut off for non-payment or the bank has simply cancelled the contracts in order to avoid extra monthly expenses. In these cases we must take into consideration the cost of having a new contract registered with the suppliers, since the suppliers could demand a second occupancy license, electrical bulletin, etc. Usually we will suggest to our client negotiating with the bank so that the property is handed over with fully up-to-date and paid water / electrical bills and contracts, and if necessary we can ask the bank for the occupancy license and the rest of the necessary documents, to ensure the supply of water and electricity to the property, which is obviously of vital importance. Ghost developments and problems with the Community

of Owners: It is very important for the potential buyer to check the conditions of the community of owners; how many other neighbours live there, etc. Sometimes a bank will sell a property in an empty / ghost urbanisation, which can make living there very difficult. Since a normal community of owners does not exist, and thus, if for example the lift does not work it may take a lot more time to get it fixed, given that there is no one else interested in repairing it. Additionally, in this type of Community there is often a very high non-payment rate of the community fees. Indeed, it is quite common for the bank and the previous owners to leave behind unpaid community fees; therefore it is very important to request a certificate from the administrator stating that the property is fully up-to-date as far as payment of the fees is concerned. In conclusion, whilst undoubtedly this type of purchase can represent a great opportunity, we do suggest that proper and appropriate legal advice is sought in order to make sure that the above and other important aspects of the purchase are checked properly before completion. In this way any unpleasant surprises in the future can be avoided, in connection with such an important investment as the purchase of a property in Spain. Should any reader be in this situation or similar please do not hesitate to contact us and the appropriate advice will be provided. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

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)



06 - 12 july 2012

Stop press! Prescriptions


Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

A SYSTEM of co-payment for prescriptions has been introduced in Spain from 1st July. Everyone now has to make a contribution towards the cost according to their income. We can now give you the latest information on how this new system of co-payment is being put into practice. THE NEW CO-PAYMENT SYSTEM The new system is being implemented in two stages: Stage 1 - From 1st July anyone given a prescription should notice that it will include the percentage of the cost that they have to pay. This income information will be taken from the annual resident tax declaration (IRPF). Anyone with an income greater than 18,000€ a year will have to pay half the cost of the medication. Those below this amount will pay up to 40%. Pensioners with an income of less than 18,000€ who have made a tax declaration will pay 10% with a maximum payment of 8€ per month. Pensioners with an income greater than 18,000€ will pay a maximum of 18€ a month. If you have not made an annual resident tax declaration there will be no indication on the prescription of how much you must pay. Instead, blanket charges will be made of 40% for nonpensioners with low incomes and 10% for pensioners. However, it is important to note that no income information means no cap on your monthly contribution: a good reason for making sure that your resident tax declaration is in place. Stage 2 - Longer term, the intention is that this rate of pay information will be incorporated into your SIP card. A chip inside it will link to your resident tax declaration. This information will be much more

specific and it will be increasingly difficult to obtain a discount if you haven’t presented a tax return in Spain, even if it is a zero one. HAVEN’T WE PAID ALREADY? There is a common misconception that this scheme will mean that British pensioners are in fact paying twice for their prescriptions. This isn’t the case. It is true that the British government pays a contribution towards each pensioner of around £3,500 a year. However, this is applied to everyone irrespective of how much they use it. Some pensioners may not use the health service at all but many use it a lot. When you consider that the cost of a day in intensive care is around 1,000€ you can start to see that this contribution does not go very far at all. You should also remember that Spanish pensioners have also made contributions throughout their working lives and are being charged the additional costs at exactly the same level. Everyone is paying more at a time when the health service needs it. We would all sooner prescriptions were free. However, pharmaceutical companies are not charitable organisations. Drugs and medicines remain a substantial drain on the economy. The Spanish government is trying through this means testing, to ensure that the contributions people are asked to make are administered as fairly as possible. If you would like to make sure that your prescriptions charges accurately reflect your income you need to have made an annual resident tax declaration (IRPF). If you would like more information about this you can contact us on 96 670 3748 or visit our website

If you would like Ábaco to complete your resident tax declaration or you would just like more information about resident taxes please contact us on 96 670 3748 or visiting our website


Black belt aged seven! DETERMINED SCHOOLBOY Sean McConnachie has won a coveted junior black belt at karate at the age of seven setting a new record.

By Jack Troughton The Laude Lady Elizabeth School pupil is a student with Javea-based Washinkai Karate and knocked two years off the previous youngest holder of the honour, Daniel Vacas who attends the same school. Sean won the ‘Shodan Kohai’ or junior black belt at the summer meeting of the traditional karate club to mark the end of the year where he joined other adults and youngsters being graded for belts. The junior belt is normally taken by 11 and 12-year-olds before they graduate to adult belts and Sean has set a new standard that will be hard to beat. He took up karate at the age of four and what started as fun has turned into serious weekly training and he is already taking part in karate competitions. And such was Sean’s progress, instructors Ray Sweeney, Sarah Lakin and Geovanny Sanchez decided he was ready for the important grading – sitting a written exam about the origins of karate and the rules of conduct and training before demonstrating a range of kicks, punches and blocks, two ‘katas’ – demonstrating techniques against an imaginary opponent, and finally a real competitive fight against a fellow student. Club Deportivo Washinkai is the largest karate club in Alicante Province with over 130 members. Over the summer it meets every Tuesday and Thursdays at Javea’s sports centre between 6pm and 7.30pm. For more information call Sarah Lakin on 679 055 990 or Geovanny Sanchez on 646 748 383.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Essentials Sally via email asks: Dear Aunty. I bought a HP laptop with Windows 7 installed from a Spanish shop and it has Microsoft Security Essentials, which I use regularly for scans against virus. What I used to have on my old machine was CCleaner and AVG (and another program that I can’t remember the name of) which I downloaded for free from www. I am now wondering if what I presently have is enough protection as it’s a new computer, or should I have something else as well? I think I read somewhere that some of these programs conflict with each other so I don’t know what to do for the best. Also as it’s a Spanish keyboard, there is one particular key I can’t find as sometimes by mistake

I hit something on the r/h side of the keyboard somewhere and manage to not be able to insert text into my typing as it overtypes instead. Do you know which this toggle key is please? Finally, sometimes I get a message saying that ‘this version of Microsoft Office isn’t registered’. I looked this query up and it’s something to do with the version being licensed to the group supplier rather than to individual purchasers. Should I worry about this or carry on ignoring it? Aunty says: Hi Sally. Microsoft Essentials seems to be getting some good reviews but my main concern is that you’re putting all your eggs in one basket and relying solely on a Microsoft product to protect your computer.

Getting stressed out It’s not a firewall Sally but it will (in theory) do the job of AVG, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes but I certainly wont be putting my computers security in the hands of a company who seem to attract hackers like bees round a honey pot. The key you have inadvertently pressed is your ‘insert’ key which is

known as ‘ovr’ or ‘overwrite’ in most word processors. If it’s the version of Office that came preloaded on your laptop then it’s more than likely a 60 day trial version. If it carries on working then I would ignore it and maybe in the meantime download and familiarize yourself with the latest free Open Office.

Buy cheap, buy twice Can’t buy from Amazon Mike from Moraira asks: Dear Aunty, I have a cheap webcam from a Chinese shop with no software. It works fine when I select My Computer/Scanners and Cameras/ USB Video Device, and it is also okay using Windows Live Messenger. However, when I connect to Skype, there is no picture; just a black screen. The microphone (integral to the camera) still works fine. Once or twice Skype has picked up the picture but generally it does not, any ideas? Aunty Says: Just the phrase “cheap webcam from a Chinese shop with no software” sends shivers down my spine. I know a lot of ‘brand name’ webcams are made in China these days but at least they come with software and have had some kind of quality control. I would suggest saving yourself further frustration and splash out on a 10€ one from Carrefour.

Barry via email asks: Dear Aunty, I am having a problem making purchases on Amazon. I get to the Amazon website and select an item, add it to my basket, click on checkout but I get a message: “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” a similar message appears when I try Chrome or Firefox. A colleague has checked to see if there are any security problems but can’t locate any. Have you any solutions to my problem? Aunty says: If all three browsers are having a problem then you should maybe look at your firewall settings and check you have the latest Java from and DirectX from Microsoft. You can temporarily disable your firewall and antivirus just to see if the problem goes away but remember to re-enable it immediately afterwards and let me know how you get on.

Ray via email asks: Good evening Aunty, ‘tho it be a hot one! Seems perhaps my email reply went astray. I’m still getting the double ´´ and not over the vowel that should be stressed. e.g: condici´´on. A single stress should be over the letter o of condicion. Are you able to help please? Aunty Says: It is a bit hot isn’t it Ray, and those Cicada things are out now so it sounds hot as well. Sorry I didn’t respond to the first email but it will be in my ‘to do’ folder somewhere. I think what you may be doing wrong is pressing the accent key twice. The first time you press it nothing will appear on the screen until you press the letter you want the accent over. Give it a go and let me know.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

MP3 Marvels Picture Perfect Gadgets THIS WEEK the Inspector goes all David Bailey with two of the best low cost camcorders and point/shoot cameras out there today – and in case you’re under 40, David Bailey is an iconic British photographer credited with helping to create the ‘Swinging London’ of the 60s. I suppose it’s a bit like that food advert currently showing on UK TV using Hank Marvin and starving as the theme – you’d have to be of a certain age to know who Hank Marvin/The Shadows and the song used (Apache) really are… But what about my smartphone? Isn´t it perfectly adequate to take my snaps and movies? Well, the answer is yes – up to a point. Depending upon the age and model of smartphone you possess it will probably have a half-decent photo/video capability, but it won´t have the features or produce quite as good quality results as a dedicated camera/camcorder. So, how about a nice point and shoot compact camera? The 60€ Nikon Coolpix L25 Digital Camera has a Nikkor wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens (28–140mm) making it ideal for everything from scenic shots to close-ups, and with a 10 megapixel resolution you’ll capture wonderfully detailed images. No squinting at a tiny little screen either – the Nikon Coolpix has a large 7.5cm LCD screen for clear shooting and playback. And with an anti-blur function that reduces the effect of camera shake, motion detection compensation for blur from the subject moving and excellent light sensitivity for taking sharper images in low light, the basics are all there. But there’s more! The Nikon has an easy auto mode that lets you simply turn on the camera and start shooting

immediately, the camera will select the right mode for you. It also has a raft of features to make taking pictures of people easier - advanced red-eye reduction and a face-priority function that detects a person’s face then automatically focuses on it (even if they move!). How about detecting when the subject is smiling or blinking? No problem, the Nikon has two options: Blink Proof and Smile Mode, and when selected will detect the face of a portrait subject and automatically take two sequential shots when the subject smiles, then save the image in which the subject’s eyes are open. It even has skin softening function to ensure smooth skin tone on the face of your subjects! And it´ll even take 720p resolution video. Now to the rugged 90€ Kodak PlaySport Zx5: The Kodak features built-in image stabilization to take beautiful 1080p HD video, and a tough design that makes it dustproof, and waterproof up to 3m. It’s even shockproof and will survive a 1.5m drop onto plywood. The Kodak PlaySport can also shoot in 720p resolution and WVGA recording modes, plus 5 megapixel stills complete with auto-focus and face detection. And with its unique 3-step sharing function which allows simultaneous upload to YouTube, Facebook and email, your friends can be in on the action too. The Inspectors Verdict: The features and additional capabilities of the Nikon and Kodak mean they can still hold their own against the smartphone onslaught - Happy Snapping! Visit to purchase either of the gadgets reviewed. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Zello walkietalkie app

Remember the hours of fun spent playing with walkietalkies as a child? Zello have brought it into the 21st century with a new smartphone app so you can turn your phone into a two-way radio. It’s fast, easy to use, you can talk to one person or a group anywhere in the world. We have rigorously tested it at RTN Towers and not only is it lots of fun – it could also be very useful. Instead of calling or messaging a group of friends you can just send them an instant voice message and you can replay your conversations whenever you want. Try it now on your Android, BlackBerry, iPhone or PC.


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Life horoscopes The balance and equilibrium of Libra serves to intervene with plans and projects this week, and for good reason too. Until you know fully what you are prepared to do tread very softly, and above all ruffle no feathers. Keeping things quiet mean that you have a time to think, and last minute adjustments to deal with.

The Mercury sextile blends the proud energy of Leo with a Venus heavily influenced by Gemini. This brings indecisions and doubts into the frame, as you find your way through a rough patch. Not only will all be well, but there is a reason for some of the irritating things that are currently going on. You are being tested without a doubt. Venus directs her energies towards your ever open heart and finds that you are flirting with your current hopes wishes and desires. Be sure that what you get is what you want, but don’t hold out when luck and fortune come through the portal, because a wily Mercury and a powerful Uranus mirror your needs right now. A wonderful week in which you achieve so much, and are finally rewarded for a job done well. It has taken time to see what you are truly capable of and a job worth doing, for you, is a job well done. The unexpected arrival of someone will bring you much reminiscence of the past and send you happily off along memory lane. With Mercury calling the shots there is definitely something that you have to get off your chest right now. Staying silent removes your right to an opinion in the current scheme of things, and this comes at a time when you have so much to do, so much to say and changes to affect, before it’s too late. A great opportunity to look within and to work with your innermost self as you begin to fit together the pieces of the puzzle - time is right and of the essence, and somehow everything comes together for you now. The balance between a dominant Mars and a retrograding Uranus brings power to your elbow. Mars has influenced you well, and allows you now the freedom to make your own mind up about something that has been bugging you. With careful consideration much has been left to your discretion and now a clearer pattern emerges to show you a way forward you had thought previously impossible. Anger has brought you to this very important stage in proceedings, and it is high time that the truth was told, and acted upon, for all concerned. Twists and turns have led you to face something for the second time around; just make sure that your own wishes are known and that you must do what has to be done. As Jupiter makes tracks to connect with Gemini you are in prime position to put your organisational skills to good practise once more. Being the life and the soul of the party puts you where you belong, and the graciosity of hosting something wonderful will reunite those who are apart, killing two birds with one stone. Pluto still adheres to your seventh house of opulence, bringing you a grand chance to show others what you are made of. You are currently involved in something that has proved to be a real handful, but which you have turned around and made something of, to your credit. See what this can do for your current emotional needs. What is needed right now is a chance to bring people together as a family problem veers out of control. Whilst everyone seems to be busy in their own way there is a lack of solidarity and some are not giving their fair share to make things better all around. You won’t get any thanks for taking control, but who else will? Chiron brings inspiration and timbre to a new venture which begs for your intervention. Love and energy are all around you as you make a bid for true freedom within the confines of a relationship that is experiencing more ups than downs just lately. Do what you must - nobody else can stop your creativity and your devotion.

Kenny corris


I FOUND a little pocket book I wrote many years ago. It was interesting because it was full of affirmations that were right to help me at the time. Oddly enough the little phrases felt so right for today, but they were relevant then too. History is bridged with events and happenings and yet the core of our inner energies remains the same as we move onwards through life with a whole set of positive results egging us on for the journey which is our utter lifeline. A well phrased straight to the point affirmation can do so much, but you have to write your little affirmation with a view to wanting this to happen, whilst believing that it will. Faith is necessary to make so much happen in our lives, and we are subjects of that which we seek in the knowledge that we should always believe in ourselves, and that we will maintain the self love that we need. Sending a message out to the Universe and it is like holding up a mirror to our soul. Send out love and light, and then you can ask for it to come back and it will, many times over. When you know what it is you seek then make the phrase that best supports your action. Abandon any fear that you are going against your consciousness or that you are pricking your soul. Use words that best suggests your individual wants and needs. Your phraseology is important to you, but so long as your wants are transparent and your needs expressed then all will be well. I find that saying the affirmation several times under

Kenny’s diary Readings at Café Maya in Albir: Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th July 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! Call 686 361 594. Climbing the Ladder: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to start an effective connection with Spirit: date to be announced.

my breath is a wonderful way to start the day. If it seems to be selfish to you then you can balance it with an affirmation that asks for World peace, or that takes in the needs for someone else; maybe someone who wouldn’t want to harness the power that an affirmation can bring, or know or want to know how to do it. At my time of writing that little book I was a little lost. I felt alone in the World. I was very overweight and wanted to lose several kilos, and I needed to change my life in so many ways. I devised what I wanted, and I must say that it may have taken time, but that all I affirmed came true. Weight fell off: I moved here to Spain and began to work very hard for Spirit. This had a knock-on effect that brought me balance and specific energies. We are often fearful of asking for what we need. If it sounds like begging then it is unacceptable, I do understand that. But so long as you genuinely feel that you can get what it is that you need then you are simply one step closer. Ask for what you deserve to have, you are entitled to that. Send out your affirmation, ask for all you need right now and whisper the phrase under your breath. Visualise the words as they have come from your heart and soul as they become a mantra to your wants and needs, serving your aspirations, as your innermost thoughts become the positive statement you have always wanted to make!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY, I have been very satisfied all my life, and I haven’t had to ask for much. However I feel that in these difficult times I am afraid to ask for anything as I know that there are those who are more deserving than me. I count my blessings but there are so many things I would like to happen right now. Ivy G. Ivy it isn’t wrong to ask for anything that you need, and very acceptable for you to ask about the wants and needs of others so assisting them too. I have written about the positive phrases of affirmations which are positive statements sent out to attract the law of Spirit and Universal energy; and which should be an acceptable way of you getting what it is you need, especially as you deserve it! Give it a try and see what comes along. Use your own words because they will be more powerful and distinct!

Why you? Well who better to start off your astrological year with the sensitive and loving nature of your current mission, and yes, you will be tested; and rewarded in good time.


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. & 12 Across. Great actor, glad pens have changed, joins prohibitionist to show 21’s flag (4-8,6) 7. Admit he was a former 10 down of the 21 (5) 8. Mindful of hostilities out east (5) 9. Attempt to score in a game? (3) 10. Only half proper and harsh, but keep on trying (9) 11. How the car crossed the river? (6) 12. See 1 Across 15. Got rid of sailor who scattered oil on hut (9) 17. Acquire some strange things (3) 18. Glee a bird disturbed (5) 19. Former turn is accurate (5) 21. Being as one avers great power results (6,6)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. What a writer might have on his bed? (5,2,5) 2. Father goes to southern resort (3) 3. They have a definite stage in their lives (6) 4. Six feet under here - it’s serious having three feet! (9) 5. Escape publicity during the night before... (5) 6. ....Eric’s notable festivities (12) 7. A grey made brighter (5) 10. I’d go in now as leader of the 21 (9) 13. When such a mare can be quite fearsome (5) 14. Could be dearth of fibre (6) 16. Groan about a musicmaker (5) 20. Fitting beginning to 8, 10 and 9 (3)

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 1. Eccentricity (12) 7. Big (5) 8. Squeeze (5) 9. Charge (3) 10. Exploiter (9) 11. Lure (6) 12. Plunger (6) 15. Bowdlerise (9) 17. Chopper (3) 18. Map (5) 19. Impress deeply (5) 21. Violation (12)

DOWN 1. Unconcern (12) 2. Observe (3) 3. Indigenous (6) 4. Disgusting (9) 5. Precipitous (5) 6. Loss of affection (12) 7. Salute (5) 10. House-painter (9) 13. Tread heavily (5) 14. Clergyman (6) 16. Clear (5) 20. Mimic (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 29th June

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Tuesday 3rd July Last weeks crossword winner: F.P. Garness, Torrevieja


7 22 27 40

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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin


IT’S VERY odd sometimes to hear an English expression ‘spanishified’ out of recognition. The other day I heard someone say “soy un Redbull andando.” I’d have struggled to know what they were talking about anyway, as personally I never touch the stuff, but as it was pronounced “Rethbool” I lost the meaning completely. It turns out that this person walks a lot, as though they had taken some sort of energy booster, hence: “I’m a walking red bull.” Okay, I know you can understand that now as you’ve seen it written down, but if you’d just heard it, you’d still be wondering too. GARRULA As a mother in Spain I have to be brought up to date from time to time with the latest slang. Well, it’s either that or driving the car and listening to comments like “Esa es una garrula,” and spend the rest of the journey wondering what on earth a “garrula” might be. So on enquiry I have been informed that “Garrula” is a girl who (typically) has long hair, but loopy earrings, too much eye-makeup and is a bit “over the top” feminine, to the point of being, horror of horrors, “common.” In a similar linguistic vein: “Cani” is someone who’s a bit flashy and tasteless (I suppose a kind of young Spanish medallion man, if one can imagine such a creature) and “choni” is similar to “cani” but predominantly female and cheap-looking. Oh dear, I’m already afraid that I’ve gone out of my middle-aged depth. I think I’ll stick to “grown-up” speech from now on. SPANISH WORD ENDINGS - THEY’RE NOT ALL BAD! Groan, groan – the worst thing about Spanish for us English speakers are the endings of words. We are condemned to learning a language in which a change in one final letter can make the difference between joy and despair in communicative situations. However, there are some things about Spanish word endings which are really cool! One of these is something called a “diminutive” which just means making something smaller. For example – “silla”

– chair; “sillita” – little chair. “perro” – dog; “perrito” little dog. Here is nice one: “caballo” – horse; “caballito” – little horse; “caballito del mar” – little horse of the sea, in other words ”sea horse” – now how cool is that? Another diminutive ending is “illo” and “illa” and also there are regional ones. Here in Murcia they use “ico” and “ica” a lot. These even appear in place names – La Puntica, Balsicas. In my former home in Asturias the diminutive ending was “-ín” and “-ina”. There is a famous singer in Spain called “Ramonín” which means “little Ramón”. There you are, you see, not all word endings are horrible, some a quite fun! NOBODY EXPECTED … I had a strange thought recently about why we label things with their nationality. This may sound obvious, but the Spanish refer to the “Spanish inquisition” as simple “la inquisición.” This odd thought led me to ask my other half what an “English breakfast” is called in England (since I can’t remember). He thinks it’s called a “fried breakfast”, although I have a feeling that it is also called an English breakfast in hotels where it is differentiated from a “continental breakfast.” Then we have the “American dream.” The Americans themselves call it the “American dream”, not just “the dream.” That’s because they’re proud of it and they want to make sure everyone knows it’s American. We don’t have an “English dream” do we? But we do have an “English country garden.” That’s something we’re proud of. Other nationalities don’t have (as far as we’re concerned) country gardens as nice as ours. The first Spanish phrase that comes to mind containing the British nationality is this one “la puntualidad Británica” (British punctuality). It’s actually difficult not to live up to it. I’m not really the most punctual of people but even when I arrive five minutes late for a meeting with Spanish people they invariably make a comment about my admirable “puntualidad británica!”

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.

Life books

THE TWITS OF THE WEEK Mollie King @MollieTheSats: OMG my friend’s going on a first date & my only ‘flirting’ advice to her was “lingering looks” hahahaha! #AndThat’sWhyYoureSingleMollie Charlie Condou @Charliecondou: My mum told me that those little things of UHT milk you get on trains came from milking little animals called uhts (pronounced oots) THE CRITICISM Professor Green @professorgreen: Watching some incredibly poor acting courtesy of eastenders THE SUSPICIOUS TWEET Ed Sheeran @edsheeran: i dont trust the eggs at mcdonalds. i’m pretty sure they never came out of a chicken THE FUNNY TWEETS Cat Deeley @catdeeley: Also, in breaking news, stung by a bee yesterday and my finger is the size of one of those giant pointy foam sports hands! (Technical term) Shane Warne @warne888: Instead of LOL try,”LSIMHBIWFEFMTALOL”= Laughing silently in my head because it wasn’t funny enough for me to actually laugh out loud. Graeme Swann@Swannyg66: A disappointing moment tonight when the oven had been on for an hour and the lasagne didn’t seem to be cooking. It was still on the worktop.

Danny Collins -

Beyond Nose to Tail A FEW months ago I reviewed Fergus Henderson’s book Nose to Tail Eating in which he worked his way through cooking and eating a pig with various savoury and sweet accompaniments thrown in to complement either the dish or the dinner party. So it was with delight I saw a sequel, co-authored by Henderson, had been sent to me for review by the knowledgeable Gil Gatoff, proprietor of the well stocked Librería Europa of Calpe. In the frontispiece, Henderson writes that: ‘Nose to Tail Eating was admittedly short on the world of puddings, baking, and bread….’ And so he has enlisted the help of his pastry chef and head baker to go beyond Nose to Tail. I couldn’t possibly list all the culinary delights listed, but the idea of bacon, trotter and prune on foie gras toast must attract the attention of ex-pat foodies everywhere. Master baker Gellatly’s contributions include a brilliant recipe for baking a wholemeal loaf and 15 ideas for dessert, any of which merit hiding the can opener and foregoing the tinned fruit salad from Iceland. Gellatly’s puddings, doughnuts, bread, and home-made ice cream are superb. How about the latter made with brown bread and Armagnac or honey and brandy? The book is a dream to read and features dishes that will become the talk of the Costa – or, more sensibly, best kept to yourselves – though I’m available at short notice as a dinner guest…

Suduko Answer

Author: Fergus Henderson & Justin Piers Gellatly Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (hardback) Price: 24.30€ ISBN: 978 0 7475 8914 3

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Life health


Joan McLellan M.C.S.P S.R.P Grad Dip

Sprains and strains WITH WIMBLEDON underway and the Olympics coming up fast, we are soon going to be hearing a lot about sprains and strains. So I thought that this would be a good time to explain the differences, and tell you about the methods for treatment of each, because even for us ordinary folk it is wise to know the best Do’s and Don’ts! SPRAIN is an injury to a ligament. This is the tough fibrous band of tissue connecting bone to bone. This injury to the ligament involves over-stretching or tearing depending on the severity of the accident. STRAIN is an injury to the tendon which connects muscle to bone or injury to the muscle itself. Strain may be a simple overstretch or the result of a partial tear. Pulling or twisting causes strain but also a heavy blow or fall can strain a muscle. SPRAINED ANKLE This is probably the most common injury of this kind affecting approximately 25,000 people daily. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, occupation, in sports and physical activities. The mechanism of the injury is a severe in-turning or outturning of the foot relative to the ankle. The ligaments stretch beyond their normal length but if the force is too strong they will tear. Sprains are determined by grade. Grade 1 Mild sprain Grade 2 Moderate sprain Grade 3 Severe sprain TREATMENT Grades 1 and 2 respond well to rest, support and elevation. Ice should be applied immediately for 20mins and if possible every 2hrs. Don’t be tempted to leave the

ice on longer. The reason is to speed up the blood supply for healing. It is advisable to keep off your feet for 48hrs so crutches are necessary. Obviously the healing time for grade 2 will be longer. Grade 3 will need to be immobilised. A short leg cast or a cast brace may be used for 2-3 weeks. REHABILITATION Ultrasound and electrical stimulation greatly assists in reducing pain and swelling. Non weight bearing exercises within the limits of pain should be performed at first without resistance. This is to prevent stiffness. Exercises and endurance are then added as tolerated. Depending upon the age and activity of the patient a specific program of rehab is calculated by your therapist. Especially with a grade 3 injury physical therapy is much more prolonged If an ankle sprain is not recognised and is not treated with the necessary attention and care, chronic problems of pain and instability may result. If instability is persistent after months of rehab, surgery may be necessary. An MRI will show problems such as loose fragments of bone or cartilage or part of a ligament caught in the joint. SPRAINED WRIST The majority of impact of a fall on the outstretched hand is taken by the ligaments of the wrist. It is a very common injury in athletes but it can easily happen in any age group. It is so easy to trip and lose your balance. Luckily here in Spain we don’t have the winter conditions where icy patches lead to many a fall….the UK has a great increase of sprains due to slipping on the ice.

A sprained lateral ligament

TREATMENT The grading of a sprained wrist is exactly the same for any joint. It is most important in the first 24- 48hrs to ice, compress, and elevate the wrist. Gentle movement where possible will help prevent stiffness and swelling. The degree of the sprain will determine the support needed from simple strapping, a brace, or a cast. REHABILITATION Methods to reduce swelling and improve circulation are used in the same manner as for the ankle. Movement and strengthening is graduated according to the severity of the injury. Some people do manage to get by without seeing a physical therapist, but with a physio’s help, movement and strength will be regained quicker, and very often to a stronger and fuller degree. A physiotherapist will also be able to advise on rehabilitation exercises from the very first session to restore proper function in the shortest time, thus reducing the impact of any dysfunction.

This article has been written by Joan McLellan a physiotherapist since 1974. Joan has surgeries at the L’Ancora Tennis Club in Javea, at the Clinica Britannia in Calpe, and at the Family Medical Centre in Albir, and she will also do home visits whenever necessary. For more information call 609 954 237 or email


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Life health

Robert Vandevelede Ex-president Australian Acupuncture & Chinese medicine Association

Burnout syndrome and Acupuncture BURNOUT IS a term frequently used to describe a condition that affects people who have been in high stress situations for a long period of time. They suffer from emotional and physical exhaustion as a direct result of overwork and/or family-related stress. Most health professionals consider the problem to be psychological. Others consider it a physical problem believed to be related to the hormonal and chemical changes that occur because of the ‘fight or flight response’. In Chinese Medicine all treatments affect the physical and emotional aspects of a person, the two cannot be separated. That is why it is so effective for this particular problem. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BURNOUT? - Tiredness, quite often combined with insomnia. - Appearance of anxiety and depression. - Appearance of overconfidence. - Possible increase in alcohol use or drugs. - Suspicious outlook. - There could be physical signs such as headaches, stomach problems, feeling physically sick, hypertension and various nervous tics. If you feel you are suffering from burnout, it is strongly recommended that you see a healthcare professional. Sometimes the correct treatment depends on the level of burnout

you are suffering. As an example, many people suggest exercise when in burnout, the idea is that it provides an outlet for the fight and flight response. Unfortunately if the condition has progressed for a while and getting worse, exercise may do more damage than good. BURNOUT AND CHINESE MEDICINE In Chinese Medicine burnout initially starts with what we call ‘Liver Qi stagnation’. One of the functions of the liver in Chinese medicine is regulating the smooth flow of Qi (or energy) through the whole body. When we get stressed for example, the flow of Qi gets blocked and as a result we start getting headaches, digestive problems, anger etc. Then the continued stress starts to affect the Kidney system and this is where the burnout signs become more obvious. Another function of the Liver in Chinese medicine is to support the Heart. As the Liver function weakens, the heart becomes agitated and signs of irritability, insomnia and depression begin to emerge. So in order to overcome burnout, we start treating the Liver with Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs. Depending on the progression of the disorder, other organ functions will have to be treated as well. Both physical and emotional symptoms are treated at the same time. In Chinese Medicine we say we treat a person who has a disorder, not the disorder a person has.

Are you suffering from burnout syndrome?

Written by Robert Vandevelde Former President Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association, Contact him on 660 032 862. Write to me at

Lapping up the prizes

By Jack Troughton PROUD LAPS volunteers handed a 350€ cheque to charity CARITAS after enjoying successful fund-raising sponsored walk during Bay Radio’s Be Nice Day in May. The Local Animal Protection Society later won first prize for the charity raising the most cash and Treasurer Dan Gibbs also scooped first prize for being the person with the most sponsors and came third for the person raising the most money. Photographed by Andrew Ward in the surgery vet Nexo in Pego are LAPS President Chrissie Edwards handing the cheque to Fernando Pastor of CARITAS – watched by charity members.


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Life food

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

Prawn cocktail

Brrrr it’s chilly MENTION THE word ‘chilli’ to anyone and you get one of two responses: either they think it’s to do with our obsession with the weather or the other stuff that just tastes hot. It really doesn’t matter how many different types of chill there are, and there are many, nor does it make any difference what subtle different characteristics they all have, they are all the same to some, just hot. If a recipe calls for a dash, a splash or even just a pinch of chilli it automatically means hot. Nevertheless if you can deal with the heat chillies are not only very good for you but can be very tasty and quite addictive. Like a few other things in life you never forget your first real experience. Yes of course like many others I had talked a lot about it even though I’d never really had it. I had played around a bit with what I thought was pretty hot stuff but my first real and serious encounter was with Trudy. It was certainly memorable and it was in Thailand. I have a very sensitive palate which bodes well in my trade having to identify ingredients as well as tasting, blending and coming up with new ideas for recipes but I have to say that my first taste of chillies in a dish in Thailand was so hot that I said to Trudy that I would rather starve that eat anything

that hot again. Unable to starve I ate a lot and thought that the dishes were getting cooler. In fact I was not only building up a tolerance but beginning to enjoy the heat. After an extended stay my lasting memory was eating huge, fiery hot dried prawns that had been covered in crispy chilli caramel, a bit like a savoury, hot and sweet toffee apple (now there’s another idea). Since then we have not only grown and smoked our own but devised many recipes to include them. Chillies are easy to grow and in almost any climate with a few varieties even growing in our garden. We use them in a variety of dishes from soups to main courses and even desserts such as my now famous chilli chocolate cake with an easy recipe to make and an easy recipe to remember. 8, 4, 4 & 3+1 (another 4) Recipe 8oz (225g) dark chocolate (at least 70%) 4oz (100g) butter 4oz (100g) vanilla sugar 3 eggs separated, 1oz plain flour sifted (which can be omitted for those with an intolerance) Pinch salt ½ teaspoon dried ground chilli or more to taste

Penya members

Grease and line a 7-8 inch (18-20cm) loose bottomed cake tin or paper cups. Pre-heat oven to Gas 4, 180 C, Fan 160C, 350F. Break chocolate and melt in a bowl over hot water with the butter and sugar, once melted cool to a warm room temperature. Lightly mix the egg yolks and add to chocolate mix. Whisk egg whites to soft peaks and fold into chocolate together with flour, salt and chilli. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes. It will need checking towards the end as you want a slight crust on the top but gooey in the middle. If you do not use the flour it will sink slightly on cooling but still taste fantastic, best served at room temperature. A serving suggestion for restaurants is to serve three small rounds of chilli chocolate cake each with a different amount of chilli in, as a portion. To Be Continued...

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”

THE SPANISH like to chortle at how expats have a tendency to go “red like prawns” in the sun and are still laughing at the name taken by one of the Costa Blanca’s newest ‘penyas’. Friends united through the website have formed their own club in Javea and have received a warm welcome from locals who can see the funny side of the penya’s name: ‘Com a gambes’ or ‘like prawns’ And members sport a rather natty red t-shirt with a cartoon logo and the Valencian message: “Com a gambes ens posem i en festes ens bufem” – which translates as “We go red like prawns and we like to drink during fiestas!” The shirts were on display during the party atmosphere of Javea’s ‘nit del focs’ – the San Juan celebrations when people jump through fires to ward off evil spirits, and the annual 10 days of festivities of the ‘fogueres’. Mike Smith founded Javea Amigos as a club supporting the town’s football club CD Javea and it evolved into a website to explain the history and logic behind traditional celebrations in the town. He told RTN: “Whenever we went to fiestas we were always picking up waifs and strays – people who did not really know what was going on, so we set up the website from the football because we gathered so much information and wanted to share it. “The idea of the penya first came two years ago because people were saying they didn’t want to be on the outside and want to learn what it was all about - we decided the best way was to form a penya.” He said this year they finally decided to do something about it and officially registered– and were welcomed by the mayor and organising committees. “They all think it is fantastic!” For more information about the penya or life in Javea go to


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Life going out Dance the night away

The JCB Charity Concert, Wednesday 11th July

FOR ALL you music lovers out there, there will be The JCB Charity Concert at Bellavista in aid of Local Lions Charities Charlie says enjoy a ‘pawfect’ night

By Jack Troughton DANCE AND dine under the stars in aid of animal charity AKIRA is set for Saturday 21st July at La Solana Boarding Kennels in Jalon. All the money raised will help the charity get a step nearer to providing much-needed kennels for stray and abandoned animals in the Moraira, Teulada and Benissa area. AKIRA has been hard at work for a year and despite not having its own facilities has managed a 100% record in rehoming 25 out of 25 dogs – a tribute to the hard work by a handful of dedicated responsible board members backed by the charity’s many supporters. Rick Ash is providing the music at La Solana, singing favourites from the past to the present day – and the ticket price of 15€ includes a three course meal with half a bottle of wine. There will also be a paying bar open from 7pm with wine, beer, water, soft drinks, gin, vodka, brandy and coffee. Please contact Pauline for tickets and more information: on 625 767 781 or e mail: and AKIRA now has its own website

On Wednesday 11th July there will be a joint Charity Concert in aid of Teulada Moraira Lions Club and Jalon and Orba Lions in the fabulous outdoor area of Bellvista Bar on Monte Pego. All monies raised will be used by the Lions Charities to support local projects and to help people who are less fortunate

Tommy Duffy

and in need of help. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas working together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. The concert will be headlined by the famous Jools Cooper’s JCB Band, starring Jools Cooper, Tommy Duffy and Alvero Diez. Most people will recognise Jools Cooper from is highly successful work as lead guitarist of the Rockets, and course his solo career, which ranges from working with Pink Floyd to Uriah Heep. Tommy Duffy ex Lindisfarne is on bass guitar and the highly acclaimed drummer Alvero Diez completes the band. The band’s stage crew will be erecting a stage in the grounds of Bellavista, with sound and lighting system, for the full JCB effect. Entry is free to all but to reserve front of house tickets please contact Bellavista direct on 96 640 0400. Call today to ensure you don’t miss out on what is going to be an outstanding evening. For more information of this

Jools Cooper

evening please contact Stue McCall on 616 367 746. So do not forget - Wednesday 11th July 9pm, Bellavista, Urbanización Bellavista Residential, Monte Pego, Partida Monte Pego, Pego: Tel. 96 640 0400. See the main advert on page 51 for more information

Life music

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Black Glitter

Rock/Soul Band BLACK GLITTER is an 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 July 6th - Black Glitter at Rock Star - Benidorm 8th - Black Glitter at Atalaya - Javea 12th - Black Glitter at Blanc Blau - Piles (Midnight) 13th - Black Glitter at La Plaza - Altea (Midnight) 14th - Black Glitter at Steinways Jazz and Blues - Denia (Midnight) 15th - Black Glitter at Black Beluga - Javea 20th - Black Glitter at Blues Bar - Denia (Midnight) 21st - Black Glitter at Steinways Jazz and Blues Bar - Denia (Midnight) 22nd - Black Glitter at Pedreguer Sunday Market Pedreguer: 11am – 4pm

Zodiac Duo Gary & Keith ZODIAC ARE the ‘People’s Favourite’ vocal harmony duo on the Costa Blanca, covering songs from the 60s to up-to-date. Since moving to Spain in March 2001 they have worked hard to earn their reputation as being great entertainers as well as singers. Zodiac is also very popular with the local Masonic

Black Glitter

22nd - Black Glitter at Atalaya - Javea 26th - Black Glitter at La Plaza - Altea (Midnight) 27th - Black Glitter at Benidoleig - Benidoleig 1am 28th - Black Glitter at Steinways Jazz and Blues Bar - Denia (Midnight) 29th - Black Glitter at Aleluya Bar - Jalon 8pm

Lodges, Bowls Clubs, Social Clubs, etc. as the entertainment for their dinner / dances. For a fun night’s entertainment get along and enjoy the boys’ show. For more info phone: 661 179 765. GIGS FOR JULY Fri 6th - Bar Quo Vadis - Javea Sat 7th - Bar So What, Avenida Europa - Calpe Fri 14th - El Paraiso Rte - Parcent Fri 20th - Bar Monte Mar - Cumbre del Sol

Sat 21st - Irish Bar (Formally Harolds Bar) - Cumbre Del Sol Fri 27th - Bar Quo Vadis - Javea Sat 28th - Bar Chapo, Tabiara - Moraira All Sundays & Tuesdays - Rio Connection Bar - Benidorm: 10pm All Mondays & Thursdays - Hotel Rio Park - Benidorm: 8.30pm All Mondays - Tower Lounge - Benidorm: 10.45pm All Thursdays - Hotel Rio Park - Benidorm: 8.30pm

Teulada/Moraira Joanna Lions Annual James Summer Concerts Quartet gig dates

THE TEULADA/Moraira Lions Club are holding their annual Summer Concerts, on Sunday 8th July, Sunday 19th August and Sunday 9th September, live on stage by the Castle, Moraira Town Centre starting at 8pm. ‘The Rommy Baker Orchestra’ will be performing the first Summer Concert, on Sunday 8th July. The Orchestra has been performing on the Costa Blanca since 1990 and play the hits of USA Big bands like, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and many more of that era – so come along, sit, relax, listen or dance. There is no entrance fee to the concerts but members of the Teulada/ Moraira Lions Club will be there to accept your generous donations. All the money raised will go towards Local Disabled and Disadvantaged children. ‘The Shamrockers’ will be performing the second concert on 19th August and ‘Jazz Manhatton’ the last concert on 9th September.

The La Vida Swing Trio features Joanna James on Sunday 8th July at Taverna La Vida, Albir – call Chic for information on 686 363 995.

Eye watering prize By Jack Troughton A HIGHLY unusual raffle prize at a Costa Blanca open day may cause a few eyes to water – it’s a free cat castration offered by an Orba vet. Mary and Paul Whitfield are staging the event at their house at 58 Puerta del Valle, Murla – the urbanisation opposite El Nou Portet Restaurant - on Saturday 14th July 11am to 3pm. The day is in support Jalon Valley HELP’s Casa de Ànimo, Alcalali, a drop-in centre opening in September where people of all nationalities can go in times of difficulty for advice and help, whilst also providing a much needed opportunity for those who are frail and isolated to enjoy social activity. And as well as a host of raffle prizes, there will also be a range of stalls, beauty treatments and food and drink, including cream teas.



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Life showbiz goss And now for an


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Will the Mercury rise for Katy Over the last year three or four years there’s been lots of talk about a film being made about the life and times of the remarkable Freddie Mercury, and possible like me you may have started to think, okay bring it on, as from a personal point of view it would be something very special to find out a bit more about the very private life of the great man. A rumble is now flying around the internet and this time it involves Katy Perry, suggesting she might be offered to play the part of Freddie’s girlfriend Mary Austen, and Sacha Baron Cohen to play the man himself. But it is apparently still at the rumour stage as I said as Katy told, “It’s like nothing is true on the internet, and there’s been no formal offer, although I do like the association because I think Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious.” She then went on to say how much she would love to tackle the role and also admitted that she has long credited Mercury as one of her biggest musical influences and proved this by dressing up as him three years ago to celebrate her 24th birthday. However, she does have some kudos as the ex-Mrs Brand has done a bit of acting having recently appeared on top US TV Comedy show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and voicing the Smurfette character in last year’s film adaptation of The Smurfs, although not so sure on that one Katy. Talking on the split from Brand Katy said last week, and I quote: “He had ‘weird motives’ during our marriage and felt threatened by my career.” Yes I can run with that ‘weird motives’ quote Katy, if there’s one thing Brand is, it’s weird!

A sizeable chunk of skull-thuggery There’s been a couple of dodgy old incidents in the world of celebs over the last week or two, one involving Priscilla Presley on a night out in Hollywood whose bodyguards decided to rough up, and I mean rough up a man who al-

added piece of Spice Completing an all-girl lineup today could not be more in that bag as it features five females who took up the Girl Power cudgel in the mid-nineties and strutted their stuff in the most unfeminine way and succeeded in bringing many a male to his knees in their individual relationships as they promoted how females should be out there doing it, and the extremely unpleasant way they went about doing it was recently attributed to being totally responsible for the rather ugly ladette and chav culture. Yes indeed, The Spice Girls are back in the news in the wake of Dawn French having penned ‘Viva Forever’, a stage musical project that according to Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) “ brought us together and helped to spur us on” … aah bless… How long do you give it, that’s the question that’s surely on everybody´s lips, as it’s been well documented that when

legedly got a bit excited at seeing her and reached out to ask her for her autograph. It got so bad the ex-Dallas actress had to literally beg her bodyguards to stop. If you go to you will see for yourself footage of the bodyguard throwing punches before bundling the man to the ground. Oh yes, and you will also see that the man is wearing a leg-brace. The second incident involves Paris Hilton who

they emerged from obscurity the girls were very much under the influence of Mel B (Scary Spice), and boy was she scary, and also how she and Geri fought like cat and dog. And what about Mrs Beckham, the ‘posh one’, is she really going to dedicate time to ‘Viva Forever?’ Can’t see it myself… There’s been lots of pozzie talking in the wake of them getting the show up and running, the best of which being “Any behind the scenes back-biting makes us just like a family and no, there is no atmosphere of mistrust between us…” …words that flowed like silk from the silver tongue of Geri Halliwell. In the interview I picked up Ginger Geri did most of the talking, something she was not able to do when the act was cooking in the 90´s, which suggests to me that it will only be a matter of time before Mel B unleashes her scariness. Watch this Space… or should that be ‘Watch this Spice’.

was on a night out in Hollywood last Tuesday. When they left they made their way to an underground car park followed closely by members of the paparazzi. Suddenly one of her entourage made a lunge for a camera and poor old Paris, who was in close proximity, was unceremoniously dumped on her buttski. These people used to be called ´bouncers´ then they became ´minders´ now they should be called ´thugs´ because that’s all they are.

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Life TV


6th - 12th July

FRIDAY 6th July BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Doorstep Crime 999 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Wimbledon 2012 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 24:30 White Van Man

07:00 Childrens TV 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build! 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Dipdap 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 13:00 Animal Park 13:30 Wimbledon 2012 16:25 Deadly Art 16:40 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:05 Me and My Monsters 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:10 Copycats 18:40 Shaun the Sheep 18:50 Wimbledon 2012 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 My Summer of Love


06:00 BBC News 06:30 Our World 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 Escape to the Country 14:30 Wimbledon 2012 19:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 21:20 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:10 Casualty 23:00 BBC News and Weather 23:20 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:50 Live at the Apollo 24:35 16 Blocks


07:00 Childrens TV 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Barney’s Barrier Reef 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Project Parent 09:30 The Slammer 10:00 Blue Peter 10:30 Incredible Edibles 11:00 My Genius Idea 11:30 Splatalot 12:00 Copycats 12:25 Eliot Kid 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:10 Formula One 15:30 The Sky at Night 16:10 The Desperados 17:40 Flog It! 18:40 Dad’s Army 19:10 Wimbledon 2012 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 The Hollow Crown 23:55 Shakespeare Uncovered 24:55 TOTP2


ITV1 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 and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 Tipping Point 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Grimefighters 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Let’s Get Gold 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 State of Play




07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Canada 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday 13:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 13:35 How to Cook Like Heston 14:00 Hombre 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:05 Rude Tube

07:00 Switched 07:00 Childrens TV 07:00 Emmerdale 07:20 Switched 08:35 Thomas & Friends 07:25 Emmerdale 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 07:45 Supernanny US 07:50 Coronation Street 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:25 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:05 Judge Judy 08:45 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:35 Judge Judy 09:15 Supernanny US 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:00 Judge Judy 10:10 One Tree Hill 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:25 The Real Housewives 11:05 Glee 10:00 Igam Ogam of Orange County 12:05 Desperate Housewives 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:30 The Real Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 12:10 Extreme Fishing of New York City 13:30 Hollyoaks with Robson Green 12:30 Judge Judy 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:00 Emmerdale 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 13:15 Big Brother 13:30 Emmerdale 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:15 Home and Away 14:00 Coronation Street 14:45 Neighbours 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:15 NCIS 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:15 Survival on the Mountain 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:30 Rules of Engagement 16:40 The Real Housewives 18:00 5 News at 5 17:00 Glee of Orange County 18:30 Neighbours 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:40 The Real Housewives 19:00 Home and Away 18:30 How I Met Your Mother of New York City 19:30 5 News at 6.30 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 18:35 Judge Judy 20:00 World’s Craziest 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:30 The Big Bang Theory Police Pursuits 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:00 The Cube 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! Deadliest Roads 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness 22:00 Big Brother 21:30 2 Broke Girls World Records 23:00 The Bachelor 22:00 The Bourne Ultimatum 22:00 Joy Ride 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit 24:15 Take Me Out on the Side 24:00 Revenge







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 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:25 Casino Royale 15:55 Diamonds Are Forever 18:05 Granada News and Weather 18:15 ITV News and Weather 18:30 Primeval 19:25 You Cannot Be Serious! 19:55 You’ve Been Framed! 20:25 Superstar 21:25 Let’s Get Gold 22:55 ITV News and Weather 23:10 Mad Mad World 23:50 Take Me Out

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 British GT 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 T4 on the Beach 2012: Buried Treasures 11:00 Love Shaft 11:35 Revenge 12:35 The Big Bang Theory 13:10 Summer Daze 13:45 The Simpsons 14:20 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:10 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Come Dine with Me 20:05 Come Dine with Me 20:35 Channel 4 News 21:00 River Cottage: Three Go Mad 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 Witness

07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Little Princess 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:50 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Meerkat Manor 11:30 World’s Craziest Police Pursuits 12:25 Big Brother 13:20 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 14:25 Rio Bravo 17:10 North by Northwest 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 NCIS 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 International Boxing






07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:25 The Hungry Sailors 13:25 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Dickinson’s Real Deal 14:35 Murder, She Wrote 15:40 Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 17:30 Doc Martin 18:35 The Chase 19:30 Granada News and Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Superstar 22:00 The Nation’s Favourite Number One Single 23:30 ITV News and Weather 23:45 Children of Men

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Ironman Triathlon 08:35 FIM World Superbikes 09:00 Will & Grace 09:30 Will & Grace 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:40 The Big Bang Theory 14:10 The Big Bang Theory 14:40 The Simpsons 15:10 Take the Lead 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Deal or No Deal 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 St Trinian’s 2: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold 22:00 Thelma’s Gypsy Girls 23:00 Undercover Lover 24:05 The Running Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Meerkat Manor 11:30 Police Interceptors 12:30 Big Brother 13:30 Murder Most Foul 15:15 Home Alone 4 17:00 5 News Weekend 17:05 Zathura: a Space Adventure 19:00 Ghost Busters 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 AVP: Alien vs Predator 24:55 World’s

07:00 The Hot Desk

07:00 Switched 07:20 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:15 Scrubs 08:45 Scrubs 09:15 The Crush 09:50 Hollyoaks 12:20 Watch 12:40 Smallville 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:05 Rules of Engagement 14:30 Listen 14:50 How I Met Your Mother 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Glee 17:10 Revenge 18:10 10 Things I Hate About You 20:10 Rules of Engagement 20:35 Rules of Engagement 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Mission: Impossible III 24:25 2 Broke Girls 24:55 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

07:00 Coronation Street 09:30 Emmerdale 12:50 Take Me Out 14:00 Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights 15:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:30 America’s Got Talent 17:30 America’s Got Talent 18:30 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 20:05 Flipper 22:00 The Fugitive 24:40 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:10 Life Unexpected 09:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:10 Supernanny US 11:05 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 12:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 13:10 Supernanny US 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:40 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Desperate Housewives 17:00 Revenge 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 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The Devil Wears Prada 24:10 The Big Bang Theory



06:00 BBC News 06:30 The Record Europe 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Formula One 13:55 Wimbledon 2012 18:30 Escape to the Country 19:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Wallander 23:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:55 John Bishop’s Britain 24:40 Room 101: Extra Storage


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 MotoGP 13:55 Formula One 16:30 Herbie Rides Again 17:55 Songs of Praise 18:30 Wimbledon 2012 21:00 Secrets of Our Living Planet 22:00 World’s Most Dangerous Roads 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Line of Duty 24:30 Episodes

07:10 The Biggest Loser 08:00 Emmerdale 11:15 Coronation Street 14:10 Primeval 15:15 Flipper 17:05 *batteries not included 19:15 Hulk 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights 24:00 Three Kings


06 - 12 july 2012

Life TV

6th - 12th July

MONDAY 9th july BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Doorstep Crime 999 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News; Weather 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 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Food Factory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Blackout 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 How to Live Beyond 100 24:15 The Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Dipdap 11:05 Kerwhizz 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 Climbing Great Buildings 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Show Me the Monet 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Farm Fixer 20:00 Faster, Higher, Stronger 21:00 Volcano Live 22:00 Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Lost Land of the Volcano

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 Tipping Point 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News 23:35 I Took My Baby’s Life 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 13:35 Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 13:45 Fabulous Baker Brothers 14:15 Blossoms in the Dust 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Jamie’s Summer Food Rave Up 22:00 Undercover Boss 23:00 Thelma’s Gypsy Girls 24:05 Coming Up

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Igam Ogam 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Rosamunde Pilcher’s Summer 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Jurassic Park: The True Story 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Walking Dead 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Coronation Street 08:45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:35 The Only Way Is Essex 10:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Emmerdale 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Xtra Factor 21:00 The Cube 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 American Pie

TUESDAY 10th July



07:00 Switched 07:50 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 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 David Blaine: What Is Magic? 22:00 Revenge 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:35 The Inbetweeners 24:10 Rude Tube








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Doorstep Crime 999 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; Weather 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Serious Explorers 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Turn Back Time 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Imagine 24:40 Passchendaele

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Dipdap 11:05 Kerwhizz 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 Climbing Great Buildings 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Show Me the Monet 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Farm Fixer 20:00 Faster, Higher, Stronger 21:00 Volcano Live 22:00 Line of Duty 23:00 Twenty Twelve 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Lost Land of the Volcano

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 Tipping Point 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Trash to Treasure 21:00 Love Your Garden 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 American Dreamz

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 13:35 River Cottage 13:45 Fabulous Baker Brothers 14:15 Party Girl 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Beauty and the Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice 22:00 Gordon Behind Bars 23:00 Secrets of the Shoplifters 24:10 Kashmir’s Torture Trail

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Igam Ogam 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Stolen Innocence 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Half Built House 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 The Only Way Is Essex 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:10 The Only Way Is Essex 10:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:45 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:50 Planet’s Funniest Animals 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights 24:00 Batman

07:00 Switched 07:50 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:15 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 16:00 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 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 New Girl 23:00 The Midnight Beast 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 The Ricky Gervais Show 24:35 Facejacker








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Doorstep Crime 999 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; Weather 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 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 DIY SOS 22:00 Town That Never Retired 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Have I Got News for You 24:15 Brooklyn’s Finest

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Dipdap 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Climbing Great Buildings 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Show Me the Monet 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Farm Fixer 20:00 Faster, Higher, Stronger 21:00 Volcano Live 22:00 The Secret History of Our Streets 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Lost Land of the Volcano

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 Tipping Point 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Super Tiny Animals 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Caddyshack

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 13:30 Channel 4 Presents 13:35 Fabulous Baker Brothers 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:15 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Show Me Your Money 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Igam Ogam 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Soldier Love Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 21:00 Building the London Underground 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:40 The Only Way Is Essex 09:10 The Only Way Is Essex 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:10 The Only Way Is Essex 10:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:45 Planet’s Funniest Animals 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 The Incredible Hulk 24:15 Three Kings

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 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 Doctor Dolittle 22:45 Rude Tube 23:45 The IT Crowd 24:20 Little Box of Horrors 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

58 06 - 12 july 2012 THURSDAY 12th July BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Doorstep Crime 999 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; Weather 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Traffic Cops 22:00 Town That Never Retired 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 June Brown: Respect Your Elders 24:25 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Dipdap 11:05 Kerwhizz 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 Climbing Great Buildings 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Show Me the Monet 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Farm Fixer 20:00 Faster, Higher, Stronger 21:00 Volcano Live 22:00 Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Golf

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 Tipping Point 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Case Sensitive 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

07:05 The Treacle People 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 USA 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 13:30 Fabulous Baker Brothers 14:00 Channel 4 Racing 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Country House Rescue 22:00 Bank of Dave 23:00 24 Hours in A&E 24:05 Gordon Behind Bars

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Igam Ogam 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 While My Pretty One Sleeps 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 Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:45 The Only Way Is Essex 09:20 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 The 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 American Pie 2 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Hell’s Kitchen USA

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:15 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 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 New Girl 23:00 The Midnight Beast 23:30 Facejacker 24:05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

CROSSWORD ANSWERS Cryptic Solutions Across: 4 Abandon; 8 Season; 9 Charger; 10 Result; 11 Loafer; 12 Dividend; 18 Penelope; 20 Forego; 21 Fencer; 22 Obvious; 23 Fierce; 24 Leagues. Down: 1 Astride; 2 Passive; 3 Toiled; 5 Beholden; 6 Norman; 7 Opener; 13 Exposure; 14 Concern; 15 Degrees; 16 Rouble; 17 Sewing; 19 Eyelid.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Emptied; 8 Amazon; 9 Interim; 10 Riches; 11 Agency; 12 Customer; 18 Languish; 20 Talent; 21 Rotten; 22 Fancied; 23 Overdo; 24 Deplete. Down: 1 Caprice; 2 Sarcasm; 3 Bolero; 5 Mandarin; 6 Teeter; 7 Evince; 13 Maltreat; 14 Cistern; 15 Phantom; 16 Manage; 17 Pencil; 19 Groove. WORDWHEEL: TURGIDITY

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. 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 highlights every week some of their brilliant programmes, starting tonight, Friday 6th July at 7pm with An Evening With… the Torrevieja Rockfest which saw Rock bands from all round Europe converged on Torrevieja for a day of Rock. Tomorrow, Saturday 7th at 6.30pm, Let’s Talk sees Simon Baldock talking to Eric Vinton; a man investing in the future of biodiesel as the possible replacement for petrochemicals. On Sunday 8th at 7.30pm Spanish Eye joins Sunshine FM as they celebrate their 10

year birthday with a party at La Mata and then on Monday 9th at 6pm, Orihuela Mods & Vespas features the Orihuela Scooter Club as they enjoy a day’s outing en masse on their scooters and end the day with an evening of Northern Soul. On Tuesday 10th at 6.45pm, How To… shows you how to get your car ITV’d and on Wednesday 11th at 6pm, Dead Frequency features local film producer Rob Burrows as actually put his money where his mouth is to create his first film. Finally, on Thursday 12th at 6.30pm, Mixed Marriage explores the challenges many couples face when they cross the cultural divide to marry. 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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Lost or stolen? Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

WHEN I was a golfer back in the United Kingdom I found many a club lying beside a green or bunker. I was always in a state where I felt I had something that did not belong to me and could not wait to hand the club in at the professionals shop so that it could be returned to its rightful owner. In my experience of golf here in Spain things do not seem to be the same. Two weeks ago during a playing lesson on the golf course a student took two wedges to a greenside bunker along with her putter. Having played out of the bunker she forgot one of the clubs and left it beside the bunker; a mistake we have all made at some time in our golf careers. In this case the club was in use for the very first time on the golf course. We proceeded to play the next hole and needed the missing wedge. Having realised what we had done we returned to the previous green and asked the people there if they had seen the club. The response was disappointing when we were told that they had not. Unfortunately the young lady with me recognised the wedge in a player’s bag but we had no proof that the club was hers so we could do no

more than ask again only to be greeted with the same response even though the young lady showed the club to a man and the marks she put there while using the club in practice in the greenside bunker during a previous lesson. This was particularly disappointing as the people behind were members of the club. So we reported the matter to the club and got the response we expected but at least the matter was on record. The moral of the story here is to list the serial numbers of your golf clubs or better still register them with the website of the manufacturer which is easily done if you have internet access. For those without internet access there are companies that produce labels for golf clubs that are virtually impossible to remove and they will do as good a job as anything else. Club manufacturers will replace a single club for you but invariably they are more expensive to buy as an individual club than part of a set. Careful planning can avoid the lost or stolen issue. Hand the other clubs to a playing partner or lay them on the rake handle or the flagstick. That way there is a very good chance that the clubs will not be lost and you will not be shelling out more money for a club to make your set complete again.

Quality golf clubs do not come cheap so looking after them is very important, as we have seen the quality clubs are unlikely to be returned even if you know they are yours. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 29TH JUNE 2012: Where is the home town of Nick Faldo? A. Welling B. Welwyn Garden City C. Worksop All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th June 2012 to be entered into June’s draw, which will be made on 1st July. The winner will be announced in RTN on 6th July 2012.

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THE IRISH Open was last played at Royal Portrush 65 years ago before last weekend’s long overdue return. The famous old links played host to the cream of European golf and the biggest number of spectators for a European Tour event in history. The Open Championship must surely follow soon. The event turned out to be an absolute thriller on what is undoubtedly one of the best links courses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Irish contingent did their very best to please the home fans and give them a home victory put the best placed local boy was Padraig Harrington who fell short of the mark thanks mainly to a stone cold putter over the weekend.

Harrington’s return to form comes at a good time and he could well be a dark horse for The Open Championship. It was the Welshman Jamie Donaldson who spoiled the party with his first victory on tour in 255 events and become the tenth first time winner of the 2012 season on The European Tour. The Irish Open was the first of a number of big events over the next few weeks as we see The Open de France this weekend, The Scottish Open next week and then the really big one; The Open Championship the week after. All the big names will be out in this period for the big money on offer and the World Ranking points that go along with the top quality fields. Across the Atlantic Tiger Woods

resurgence continues as he secured another victory this year at AT & T at The Congressional Club. Woods is now on record as having more Tour wins than Jack Nicklaus and is just eight behind the record of Sam Snead who recorded 82 wins in his illustrious career. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK You should always be able to feel the golf club head when you swing; otherwise you are holding the club too tight and preventing a full release. 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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The reign of Spain is far from on the wane!

So, as expected, Spain re-wrote the history books and claimed their third successive major trophy. Yes it’s true that perhaps they weren’t at their show-piece best for the majority of the tournament, but the suggestion that they’re now boring to watch is ridiculous! It may be boring that they’re dominating international football but that’s hardly their fault. They’re simply much, much better (even in third gear) than any other team around at the moment and the way they play the game, with the emphasis on possession and technical precision, they should only be applauded. Anyway, in what would normally be an all-too-familiar summer of disappointment for English football fans, the silver lining is that we have another bite at the trophy cherry when we link up with our fellow home nations and roll down to London for the Olympics at the end of the month. This past week, Team GB coach Stuart Pearce finalised his squad for the event. It’s made up of eighteen British-born players (fifteen of which must be aged twenty-three or under) and here’s the guys Pearce will be hoping can bring home the Gold:Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (B’ham), Jason Steele (M’boro). Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Spurs), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Man City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham). Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Man United), Jack Cork (S’hampton), Ryan Giggs (Man United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Spurs), Scott Sinclair (Swansea).

fender Steven Caulker, who was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season. You may also notice that a certain David Beckham isn’t included as one of the over-age players. Given the hard work Golden Balls put into getting the Games to London in the first place, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was a shoe-in but personally, based on football reasons alone, I’d say Pearce has made the right call. Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy are also in the twilight of their careers, but have played regular, top-level football over the past twelve months (something Beckham cannot claim) and Micah Richards was incredibly unlucky not to be involved in England’s Euro 2012 squad. Becks can still drop a ball on a six-pence from fifty yards but I don’t believe that that’s enough to warrant a call-up. Team GB kick off their Olympic campaign at Manchester’s Old Trafford against Senegal on 26th July. The United Arab Emirates are next up at Wembley on 29th July, and their final group fixture is against Uruguay at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 1st August. In the meantime though, stick around for your weekly football fix in the form of the summer transfer news and gossip and feel free to send any rumours you’ve heard on the grapevine through to andrew. and I’ll do my best to fit them in.

Strikers: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea). Although the squad is dominated by Englishmen, you may be surprised to see that Swansea have three players named, the most of any club! Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor had a great year with the Welsh side, as did Tottenham de-

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The Final Whistle

I don’t normally side with Frenchmen when it comes to taking a stance on sporting matters but I’m wholly with Gilles Simon who this week raised the thorny subject of prize money at tennis Grand Slams. Simon is unhappy that men and women get equal prize money and while I fully expected to get whacked round the head by the handbags of my wife, my mum, my wife’s friends and the lady who works behind the till at Iceland, I fully support him. I’m all for an equal days pay for an equal days work but therein lays the problem. Women players say they’ve fought long and hard for equality and are proud that they’ve now achieved it. But what is equal about playing matches that are the best of 3 sets while the men play best of 5? Looking back at the last few years of Wimbledon, I work out that the men’s champion plays around 22 – 24 sets of tennis over the two weeks while the women’s champion plays approximately 14 – 16. In other words, their ‘hourly rate’ is way higher than their male counterparts. Equality? I don’t think so! When asked about this tricky subject at a press conference, Andy Murray neatly side-stepped a direct answer but in doing so, brought up another very good point. As women only play the best of 3 sets, he explained, many of them easily find the time to enter the doubles competition where yet more cash is on offer. Very, very few of the men can do the same, such are the demands of their singles competition. So in fact, not only are male players being paid less in real

Winner’s cheque on reality terms, the very nature of their event precludes them from other earning opportunities. As mentioned, the top women players are passionate about what their predecessors went through to give them parity in the prize money stakes and one can only laud the efforts of the likes of Billie Jean King who championed the cause. However, it seems that they too can be just of guilty when it comes to making sweeping, gender-based, stereotypical comments as was demonstrated by Serena Williams a few days ago. When asked for her views, she launched in to a staunch defence of the current pay structure before blowing it by stating that more people watch matches involving Maria Sharapova than Simon because “she’s way hotter than him.” You go girl! Sod equality, let’s play the sex card. If you still don’t think this argument stacks up, let me put it another way. For its two week run, a major event such as Wimbledon employs loads of casual staff, many of them not particularly well paid. Imagine that a man and woman, doing the same job, get given the same amount of cash at the end of their contract. Both started their shift at 10am every day but while the man worked till 6pm the woman was allowed to finish at 3. Could anyone still argue that this represented a fair and equal deal? No, thought not.

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THIS WEEK’S match was the 7th in the Summer Championship series. The venue was the now infamous Blanca! Again this week the venue never failed us, as of the 17 anglers there we had six blanks. The day, as most have been of late, was very hot and humid with some wind from midday on. Although the weights were slightly better than previous matches, even the really warm weather has not changed things too much. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Clive (Golf no More) Cleghorn fishing the feeder using corn with 10 kilos 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using corn with 9.08 kilos 3rd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) Bolton fishing the pole paste and pellet with 7.16 kilos THIS WEEK’S KNOCKOUT QUALIFIERS ARE Mick Hill with 10.6 kilos

Terry Screen with 10.2 kilos Steve Budd with 5.2 kilos

Hutchinson fishing the pole using corn with 15.02 kilos

ABBEY ANGLERS MATCH RESULTS by Terry Screen This week’s 4th round match was fished at Nancy’s on 26th June. The water is now back to square one after the dredging earlier in the year with lots of reed beds forming islands in the river. There was some flow and the water looked like a pea-souper giving the fish confidence to feed in the coloured water and a lot of big fish were lost.

I would like to thank all the kind and generous people who sponsored me in the Emaus Charity match. All details are available on our website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

Lenny Bolton was the winner on the day fishing the top outlet: this man is a real master at catching fish. 1st Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) Bolton fishing the pole using maggot with 20.60 kilos 2nd Andy (The Webman) Stevenson fishing the feeder using corn with 15.38 kilos 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man)

ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers together has now been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past four years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address but there will be no more membership renewals. Thanks to all past members for their support.

Pool triumph for good pupil NINETEEN YEAR old Aleksander Haarberg has recently returned triumphant from the Downs Syndrome Open European Swimming Championships in Southampton with one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal and he says that he owes his success to the great physical shape that he is in thanks to the free training given to him by Kelvin Howard of Howard’s Gym in Quesada. Aleksander started training at the gym in 2008 and since then has come on leaps and bounds in the pool. Having spent the last four years training at Torrevieja municipal swimming pool with the Torrevieja Swimming Club, Aleksander will soon be making his way back to his native Norway along with his family for a more independent life, but before he goes he wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Kelvin and RTN was there to witness it. SOLID “He wouldn’t have been able to achieve the great results that he has had it not been for the great gym training at Howard’s Gym and we are so grateful to Kelvin for his support throughout the last four years,” said Aleks’ Mum, Vigdis. Kelvin added: “He was a good swimmer before he came here we just built up his strength and stamina so that he could perform even better in the pool. He is so solid now and has been a good pupil; even on his off days!” The family have lived in Quesada for ten years and

Aleks with his medals

will be moving back to Norway after the summer. Vigdis commented: “Aleks wants to live more independently and that is only possible in Norway, so we will be heading back there in September.” But in the meantime, Aleks has more work to do in the pool and will be heading to High Wycombe later this month for another competition. RTN would like to take this opportunity to wish Aleks lots of best wishes for the future both in the pool and back in Norway.

Footie funday Sarah and ‘Doc’ with Terry and Barry from San Fulgencio Football Club

By Louise Clarke IF LIKE me, you are missing the Euro 2012 football championship, don’t worry because RTN would like to tell you all about a great footballing event that is taking place later this month. A match has been organised in San Fulgencio between a team from La Marina and the San Fulgencio Local Police team on Saturday 28th July in aid of the AECC. The event promises to be a fun day for the whole family whilst raising money for the cancer charity. As well as the football, there will be a pool party at the outdoor pool next to the football ground in San Fulgencio, a bouncy castle, live music, and a giant paella. The match kicks off at 11am and programmes are now on sale throughout the urbanisation of La Marina for just 3€ each. There will also be a raffle, with all proceeds going to AECC. The idea for the match and the charity it would benefit came from Paul Docherty who was himself unexpectedly diagnosed with colon cancer last September and is currently being treated in Torrevieja Hospital. ‘Doc’ to his friends, has an aggressive form of cancer and is undergoing a gruelling weekly treatment regime, but despite that he always has a smile on his face and RTN thinks that he is an amazing man. Between his treatment, his work as a painter and time with his young family, he is organising this event and seven members of Doc’s family will be part of his ‘Mean Machine’ team which will play against the Local Police team; with all of them flying out from Middlesbrough to take part. The Office for the Urbanisations in La Marina has also managed, thanks to the Mary Leishman Foundation, to obtain a huge, framed, authenticated, signed presentation display photo from the famous Barcelona football player, ‘Messi’. The item will be auctioned on the day of the match and will be in the Urbanisations Office in Calle Madrid, Urb La Marina, until the match and sealed bids will be accepted. Please go along on the 28th and support this great fundraising event for a great cause. For more information on the event, please contact Sarah on 606 184 924 or email her at

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• Professional pool maintenance & cleaning • Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems Ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed • Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired • Structural leaks investigated and repaired • Refurbishments & upgrades undertaken British Trained with over 15 years experience. Extensive references. All work guaranteed Tel: 96 677 4199 or 678 080 500 Torrevieja and surrounding areas plus Costa Calida


06 - 12 july 2012 PETZ BACK HOME Professional pet transporter Spain/UK/Spain. Can travel with pets for free depending on space. www. Tel UK 0044 (0)1209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644 PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. www. tel: 965 756 371 SMALL DOGS CARED FOR IN OUR OWN HOME So if you need to go away on holiday but don’t want your dog to go into kennels then we will look after them. References available. Tel: 965843781 Mob: 622514980 TRANS-PET We do regular, door-to-door journeys between the Costa Blanca and the UK.Our aim is to provide a professional, caring service for your pets.Boarding facilities for Cats and Dogs. This may be for an overnight stay or of longer durations.Tel:600-552-030/965960-658

Ready to go. 32,000€ ono. Call 636413061. BOATING LICENSE NOW, A LEGAL REQUIREMENT In Spain. Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qaulified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 633 056 224. .

EAST COAST GROUP Building and Property Management at its best, family run company fully legal and registered not a BIG company just caring. Permissions and planning no problem with our own architect. All explained & simplified in English. Reforms, complete kitchen, bathroom refurbs, tiling plumbing, electric, swimming pools. We are not Jack of all trades we have our own in house work force fully qualified in all aspects of building 100% client satisfaction. So for peace of mind & quality workmanship call for a free no obligation quotation or advise 698 219 920 or 966 113 931 Distance no object JR CONSTRUCTION General Builders and Roofers Tel: 634 617 771 www.

NEED HELP AT HOME? Cleaning, shopping & outings etc.Sympathetic Sandra on 651482106 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. Try us out so we can prove how good we are, book 2 hours and only pay for 1 on your first booking. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - COSTA BLANCA Confidential Helpline, South 625 912 078, North 648 169 045.

FULLY RIGGED 6 METRE (21foot) fixed keel sailing boat. Complete with trailer and 2hp outboard motor. Call 626 127 299 No reasonable offer refused Complete with trailer and 2hp outboard motor. Call 626 127 299 SAILING BOAT SHARE Sadler 26, berthed Denia. 7,300€. Tel 680501404 FOUR WINNS H220 beautiful Bow Rider. Must be seen. Only 5 hours from new. 2008 Model. 5LT twin screen prop Volvo Pentax, complete with trailer.


A.D.LAWTON CONSTRUCCIONES Digger hire, Ground-works, Excavation and Demolition. www. Tel:648 052 911 or 965 770 798

VERY SUCCESSFUL GAY PUB for sale in old town Benidorm. 120sqm recently renovated. For sale at 550,000 Euros (negotiable) or traspaso 100,000 and 2500 rent per month. 637708491 FAMILY RESTAURANT AND TAKE AWAY FOR SALE in Moraira. Just been completely refurbished including new kitchen. The restaurant boast a lovely terrace and bright interior. Start earning more straight away no work required. Call 622 810 735 10am 12pm BUY MY BUSINESS 10 Snack Vending machines, sited Denia. Good cash business with stock. €4500 Including stock. Selling due to ill health. Tel. 680501404.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET REPAIR Expert advise. Professional webdesign. Check for details: / Mike 600 88 75 15 PC AND MAC SUPPORT Support for all Apple devices, setting up, connecting with iCloud, problem resolution, tuition, tips and tricks Also support for PCs, wireless network setup and Troubleshooting. Covering the Costa Blanca area from Gandia to Benidorm. Email neil. Movil 680 105 003 MBIT COMPUTERS Goes mobile, repairs in your own home. Denia to Benidorm and inland. free pick up and delivery to our workshop if necessary. 639 915 821. BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424

LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE DANCING LAS ROSALES restaurant Guardamar CV895 [near the Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Sequence class 7.30pm -8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm FRIDAY - SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm - 10.30pm CASA VENTURA, san luis, Torrevieja THURSDAY New Beginners class 7.30pm - 8.30pm Intermediates 8.30pm -10.00pm For more information CONTACT Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at Villamar Campsite in Albir/Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE Catalogue Distribution and collection positions available. Go to or tel: 659167047. WORK EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES which one are you looking for?

06 - 12 july 2012 MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www.michaels-javea. com Tlf:965-791-328.

GARDNER 25 years working in Spain. English/Spanish spoken. Private gardens and communities. Free Quotes Tel 699 682 630 OASIS GARDEN pool maintenance. Calpe to Javea. Telephone Martin 669 261 868 GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990.

SPARE TIME, WANT EXTRA CASH? Start earning immediately by becoming an AVON representative. Info: ring Rosh 966785520 JOIN CONSULTUSCARE - THE UK’S LEADING CARE AGENCY. Our excellent team of self-employed carers who live in Spain return to the UK periodically to provide private live-in care to our mainly elderly clients (typically 2 - 4 weeks at a time). If you care and have a British or EU passport; good spoken English; a clean driving licence plus care or nursing experience; are mature with relevant life skills and would like to earn £420 to £616 a week, please contact our Recruitment Consultant, Sandra Field on 658 965 204 or email s.field@ - web site

LIFE MODEL 68 year old male,blind, and with enough lumps and bumps to make him interesting. I require a lift to and from the venue. Contact Bob via email bob.glendinning@

HOW ABOUT VOLUNTEERING FOR HELP VEGA BAJA, We at HELP VEGA BAJA are looking for volunteers to help us Would you like to get involved ? Can you spare a few hours a week? Why not come along and see what we do ! Please contact our office in San Miguel de Salinas for more information Telephone 966 723 733 MR FIXIT FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, GENERAL & Appliance Repairs. No Callout Charge. 698 320 434

STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices. Tel: 610 634 506 WHEELCHAIR, LIGHT, FOLDABLE 150€. Electric Mobility Scooter, SUNRISE MEDICAL 40km range 499€. Both like new! call: 627-019-403 SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details.


CASH FOR GOLD & SILVER IN BENIDORM we buy any amount, any carat, at the highest price around. Open all dat. C/Gerona 8. Call: 627019403

AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S Black designer dining table with 6 grey upholstered chairs + more sets! See: AT MICHAEL’S Unusual very large 4-poster bed in carved heavy wood! Very high quality! Over 600 photos on: AT MICHAEL’S Beautiful 3m glass/iron table with 12 hand painted iron chairs!.

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving license transfer, schools, doctors, social security. Tel: 619 269 408 ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. Tel: 610 634 506

BMW 318 CI CABRIOLET 2.0(140 BHP) 2004, 149,000kms, 1 owner, FSH, Climate, Alloys, etc, Black power hood, Full leather, Metallic Silver, 12,500€. Ford Fiesta 1.4 Trend, 2003, 5 door hatch, 66,000 kms, 2 owners, FSH, PAS, ABS, Front fogs,, A/C, CD, Metallic silver, €4,500. Citroen C3 1.4 Hdi, 5 door hatch, 2005, 2 owners, 126,000kms, FSH, PAS, ABS, mirrors etc, Metallic silver, 5,450€. VW Golf Estate 1.9 Tdi, 2007, 1 owner, 55,000kms, FSH, A/C, PAS, ABS, CD, rear luggage cover, roof rails etc, metallic silver, stunning condition 8,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. HONDA JAZZ - GRAPHITE

2005 1.4 cc. Petrol Ice blue metalic paintwork 106.000 kms ITV 18th July 2013 5,500.00 euros Excellent condition. Sale due to daughter moving to England. Phone: 96 574 8199 BMW 318I TOURING manual 86,000 miles, FBMWAH every stamp in the book. Totally immaculate inside and out. 2002 (02 plate) UK RHD, taxed till October MOT till November. Metallic royal blue with full beige leather, brushed aluminium trim (the best spec). Climate control, park sensors, great tyres 17 inch alloys, matching beige boot liner and boot cover. Perfect for returning to UK great MPG first to see will buy. PX considered 3,200€ ONO 698219920 Moraira PEUGEOT 1007, 2006 1.6 Sport Automatic/Tiptronic ,Mimosa yellow. Spanish LHD,One owner ,full main dealer history ,elec doors and windows, remote control sliding doors and locking,air con, alloys, CD player, roof bars. 5995€ www. 965 368 274 KIA PICANTO, 2006 1.1 Ltr LX petrol 5 door hatch, black. Spanish LHD One owner, with Cd player, electric windows ,only covered 9000 KLM. Excellent condition throughout. 5495€ 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS CMAX 2010, 1.6 TDCi diesel, Spanish LHD, graphite grey, extended warranty until 2015, dual zone climate control, alloy wheels, elec windows, one owner, excellent condition. 13995€ www. 965 368 274 RENAULT GRAND MODUS Dinamique, 2010, 1.2 ltr petrol, gun metal grey, Spanish LHD, one owner, all round electric windows, climate control, CD player 9495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 LAIKA ECOVIP H680 Motorhome, 2006, one owner from new, Spanish LHD, only 28000 Klm, excellent layout, high spec, 41995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 VOLKSWAGEN T4 COUNTRY CAMPER CONVERSION, 2002, Spanish registered RHD, 2 berth, only 63000 miles, cassette toilet, sink, hob, grill, Fiamma awning, excellent condition 14995€ www. 965 368 274 RENAULT CLIO 1,5dci 2004,one caring owner from new. cam belt changed itv 2014 great mpg 3000€ Tel 965977722 LOOKING FOR A CAR? We have over 75 LHD and RHD vehicles in stock for sale or exchange. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www.


WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 CHEAP TYRES & DISCOUNT BRAKES In Teulada, La Nucia and Alicante offer Quality New Tyres & Brakes at HUGELY DISCOUNTED PRICES! See our main ad on Pg 3 of RTN North edition for the address details of our 3 outlets. Or call 966 487 061 or email for details.

WANTED Scrap cars, vans, lorries, plant and caravans. Turn your scrap into cash. From Valencia to Alicante. Free collection. Tel: 689-929-395


06 - 12 july 2012 EASILY MAINTAINED, DETACHED F/F,2 BED VILLA in l´Alberca, Polop-de-la-Marina. 249m2 flat plot. Lots of extras. Solarium with 360º views of sea and mountains. Community pool and Gardens, easy and low maintenance. 123,000€ Tlf Lynn: 966-881-048/691-202-307 or email foundation@rtnnewsgroup. com for photographs and more information

CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury private chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Come and enjoy at: Avenida Asociacion Victimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 GAY, BI OR CURIOUS H20 sauna. Safe discret & clean. 46 Tomas Fortuno Benidorm Old Town SUMMER SPECIAL FREE SAMPLE or 20% off those little blue pills that improve your love life. Discreet and trustworthy. Cash on Delivery. Order by phone or visit 680 878735 ATTRACTIVE COUPLE male mature + bi, female young and stunning offers unforgettable experience. Bi man also available alone for singles or couples. Very clean and discrete. Call Chris 616876118 torrevieja area ALBIR/BENIDORM TWO NICE FRIENDS, 22, CARING, SENSUAL, FOR EROTIC SENSITIVE MASSAGE AND LOTS OF FANTASIES. 602 442 932 LA ZENIA CINDY AND TWO NEW PRETTY FRIENDS, NICE BODIES OPEN MINDED, WARM, CARING, EXCELLENT ATTENTION FOR ALL YOUR FANTASIES. (CLOSE TO CONSUM SUPERMARKET). 627 203 147 www.sensualspain. net 600 784 461. CABO ROIG, TWO BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS NICE BODIES BIG NATURAL BRASSE, EROTIC SENSITIVE MASSAGE. A LOT OF FANTASIES. ( CLOSE TO CAMPOAMOR PHARMACY 672 872 050” TORREVIEJA TRANS ALOMA stunning blonde, huge breasts, sculptural body, speciality erotic massage, very feminim and sexy call me 671 424 456 DAVID TORREVIEJA 24 YEARS OLD gym body, very sexy and hot, come and see it for yourself for men and couples call me, 678 17 96 16 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE 2 Stunning Russian Girls tall,elegant discreet. Personal services available seven days Orihuela Costa or home/hotel

visits if required. Tel:600 233 583. SEX CINEMA ‘El Sofa’. (Straight, Gay and Bi rooms) Calle de la Parra 5 Benidorm NAKED HANDYMAN Have your decorating or odd jobs carried out with a difference sensible hourly rates. Minimum 3 hours. Tel:634353613 GENERIC VIAGRA AND WEEKENDERS for best service, Results and Friendly advice. Call Derek : 685 207 378 WE GET YOUR GOODS TO YOU FAST! Unbeatable shipping and handling service from the UK’s premier online adult retailer http://www. FREE Delivery on ALL UK Orders! No minimum spend - Royal Mail Super Saver Delivery is FREE! Spend over £30 - Royal Mail Tracked Delivery is FREE! Spend over £50 - Interlink Next Day UK Delivery is FREE! Delivery to Spain is only £10. £10 off your first order when you spend over £50 SPRING OFFER Super strength little blue helper Costa Blanca South, contact Steve 682 454 519. THOSE LITTLE GET YOU UP BLUE PILLS are now available from Tony on 638 352 129. LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address: Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068

ARE YOU MALE, FEMALE OR A COUPLE? Need some Sexy FUN? Contact me soonest. 63 year old Dom/Sub switch. Available for fun with Males, Dom and Sub and Cross Dressers, Females Dominatrix and Submissive. Couples including Same Sex Couples. “Anything Goes” Can sometimes accomodate. Home Visits no extra Charge/Low Fees. Call me now on 693-478-573

FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES OF SHOWER and bath screens call Don the Showerman on 96 579 2285 or 639 292 081. Immediate delivery on all products from our stock. See our advert on Page 5 North for a map to our showroom

POOL HEATING SYSTEMS 8x4, 1500€ fitted. Any size made. For info tel: 675878601/965078483 or email

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 15 years experience. 8 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 www. SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. regrouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

PENTHOUSE DUPLEX FOR SALE IN BENIDORM First floor has a Large lounge, Kitchen, toilet Second floor, 3 bedrooms Large terraces with amazing views. Sold fully furnished. Pool, garden and tennis courts. 299,000€ O.N.O 637708491

Properties for sale 3 BEDROOM ATTICO 2 bath, large balcony, solarium, tenis courts, pool, gated. NR Campello Bargain at 87,000€. Also 4 Bed, 3 Bath, villa, 1300m2, elec gate, solarium views, 10m pool. reduced by 150k 239,000€ 0044 (0)7985924166. sp 644360789

HOUSE FOR RENT 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,kitchen, lounge, huge covered terrace. all airconditioned. Big garden. Also has 4 stables with big paddocks, round pen and riding area. 600€ per month (cheap leashold) Tel 649214426 close to villajoyossa 4 BED VILLA JAVEA - CLOSE TO XIC Immaculate 4 bed, 3 bath villa with separate apartment presented as new available from September for long term let. Very close to XIC Javea International School, walking distance to bars, restaurants and amenities. Mains gas C/H, A/C, full Sky TV, WiFi connected. Pool and garden maintenance included. Tel 625 206 011 GREAT VALUE IN JACARILLA Large 3 bedroom apartment, fantastic views, 20mins from the beach and golf courses in the lovely Spanish village of Jacarrila.€300 per Michael UK 00447831123631 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS BOTH EN SUITE FULLY FITTED ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. FULLY FITTED. ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. GOLF COURSES, BEACH, AIRPORT,HOSPITAL,5 MINS BY CAR. WALKING DISTANCE TO SAN JAVIER CAROL TEL 96 819 24 25 MOB. 626 055 6622 EMAIL. www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com

MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 SPANISH LINKS Removals & deliveries Spain/UK/Spain. Last jobs minute undertaken. Best prices. Tel UK 0044 (0)1209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644. FIRST CLASS DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE To and from Spain with a single box 35 Euros to a full load. Call today for free advice and a free no obligation quote tel: 676 582 333 or +44 1268 728 855 MAN WITH A LARGE VAN local removals, deliveries, collections, house clearance, rubbish removal and disposal. No job too small - call now for competitive no obligation quotation tel: 666 703 499 EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034965-300-959 Mobile 0034648-102-529 UK Mob 00447803-893-719. Email info@ SPAIN2UK2SPAIN MAN AND VAN departing Costa Blanca twice a month. Full loads/part loads. Excellent rates Tel Christine 965 571 837/ 638 261 341 MAN & LWB SPRINTER VAN going to UK- Spain twice a month. Tel: 610-846-260 or 0044-7519-186-355 email:-van.

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QUALIFIED TRANSLATOR Bilingual Spanish-English and high level French and German. Confidential and reliable accompaniment service. Competitive rates. Torrevieja and surroundings. Virginia 629201192.

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UKTV FOR ONLY 15€ PER MONTH Introducing a brand new English Satellite TV Service in HD. 150 English TV & Radio Channels. NO INSTALLATION CHARGE. NO MINIMUM CONTRACT. Option to add more channels. Call Iberswitch TV now for more details: 966 265 089

SKY SUPPLIES New sky hd and humax digiboxes from 145€. White cards, LNBs, spare remotes, hard drive upgrades. Advice and backup. Tel: 966 194 013/600 899 096 CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097 info@

I BUY RECORDS LP’S, SINGLES and cd’s any style, jazz, blues, pop, rock, etc... Top cash paid. 622 750 117 BASS GUITARIST WANTED For working band, Backing vocals essential Tel 634311408 RETIRED COUPLE Both in good health, handyman & good cleaner. Must love animals. In exchange for studio apartment 300 metres from the beach. No smokers or drinkers Benidorm La Cala De Finestrat. Call Lee 966805616 or 666626278 WANTED Drummer with backing vocals to join a working covers band, playing music from 60’s70’s 80’s. only enthusiastic, team player, in for the long haul need apply. call 627754142 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-


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