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Tragedies at the beach by Louise Clarke

Tony, Keira and Mum Debbie

Nearly 6000€ raised for Keira and EMAUS Three events were held last weekend to help the children of EMAUS get back to school in September and also to send Keira, the little girl with cerebral palsy, to America for innovative and life changing treatment. Read the full story on page 18

THIS WEEK has seen a series of beach tragedies not only here in Spain but also in Portugal after a British Grandfather and his five year old granddaughter lost their lives off the coast of the Algarve. It is bad enough to witness the death of someone but it must be horrendous to have to sit in the vicinity of the body for hours before it is collected. Unbelievably, that is the scenario faced by bathers and holidaymakers on the Cala Bosque beach in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa on Monday. A 67 year old French tourist, with a history of heart problems, died in the sea at 10am on Monday morning, half an hour before the lifeguards started duty. The man was dragged out of the water but the emergency services were unable to save him. But what happened next defies belief. Having been declared dead on the beach, the paramedics called the undertakers to the scene to remove the body. The man’s body was then covered in a sheet on the beach, next to the lifeguard’s chair, in full view of other bathers, including children, to await recovery, whilst the August heat literally baked it. And there it stayed until 2.25pm when it was finally collected…! You couldn’t make it up could you? Early indications suggest that the man died as a result of a heart attack. The Costa Blanca has seen a number of beach deaths, mainly of elderly foreigners, during this summer season and in El Campello on the same day,

a 63 year old man died on the Muchavista beach. The man, a tourist from Madrid, was in the water just off the beach when he was spotted floating face down by a fellow bather. He was moved unconscious to the beach were he was attended to by medics. A defibrillator was used on him and the medical team continued for an hour to try to resuscitate the swimmer, but all attempts were unsuccessful. The wife of the deceased, who received counselling at the scene, said that her husband had a history of heart disease and even wore a pacemaker. Meanwhile, a day’s sailing ended in tragedy in Javea when a 20-month-old baby died after being hit by a Zodiac inflatable craft in the area known as Cala Blanca. The little girl was swimming with her mother when her father accidentally ran into both of them with the boat. The incident occurred on Monday evening, when the woman, aged 36 and of Spanish nationality, got off the boat with the child to take a dip in the sea. When the husband returned to collect them he accidentally rammed both of them, injuring the woman’s arm and causing serious facial and head injuries to the child. They were transferred to Denia Hospital, where sadly the little girl’s death was pronounced at around 2am Wednesday. Given the dangers that the sea presents it is imperative that bathers adhere to the colour coded flags on the beach and respect the lifeguards who are there to, if necessary, risk their lives saving yours.

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Javea undergoes a longawaited sea change A sea change for Javea

by Jan Gamm Javea’s mayor, José Chulvi, is delighted to see a project that has been on the wish list for more than 20 years finally become a reality. The Director General of Public Works, Housing and Urban Projects, Vicente Dominates, visited Javea on Wednesday to present the urban renewal project of Paseo del Arenal on an investment of €1.5million. The enhancement will include the replacement of the paving surface with a decorative hexagonal stone tile mosaic in shades of white and brown, similar in appearance to pumice. The promenade will be lined with benches and interspersed with steps down to the beach. In the interests of safety for local businesses lining the

beach area there will be a wall barrier to prevent sea entry onto the promenade and help to keep sand and seaweed off the walkway. Bollards will prevent vehicle access. And a wooden pergola next to an area of green will separate the Arenal from parking area and also provide shade. LIGHTING Finally, the Arenal’s lighting will be replaced with energy efficient lighting columns 10 metres high and 25 metres apart illuminating both the promenade and the beach. Mayor Chulvi announced that work will commence on 15th October, estimated to be complete by mid-March. He praised those involved with the design work considered to be both contemporary and in line with Javea’s relationship with the natural landscape.

Curtains for Denia Castle DENIA COUNCIL has invested nearly 8,000€ on motorised curtains for the projection room of Denia Castle to prevent sunlight entering the room. Expansive windows flood light into the building which was built next to the Torre de les Puses on a Plan E investment of 192,618€. Bloc spokesman José Crespo criticised the purchase, warning that although no one argues that curtains were necessary the city should adapt to the times rather than waste cash on “motorised curtains that could just as easily be moved by hand…”

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Ryanair Mayday row escalates by Jan Gamm SPANISH CONSUMER groups have attacked budget airline Ryanair over its three Mayday low fuel landings made on Thursday 27th July, accusing the company of jeopardising passenger safety in favour of fuel economy. The three Ryanair flights involved had been diverted from Madrid to Valencia due to bad weather but were then held over Valencia for 50, 68 and 69 minutes respectively. The State Agency for Security, an arm of the Ministry for Development, announced last Tuesday that an investigation had been opened into the reasons for Ryanair’s three emergency landings in one day, following a denuncia from AENA, the Spanish Airport Authority, on 9th August. Ryanair says that it operates with fuel levels demanded by the European Authorities and that its fuel levels had never fallen below the permitted level. The Official College of Commercial Aviation Pilots (COPAC), however, contends that airlines wishing to make economies can do so by trimming the fuel load, therefore carrying less weight with lower consumption but the practice prioritises economic considerations over safety.

Spanish Health Services publishes stopped drugs list THE SPANISH Health Service will discontinue payment on certain drugs from 1st September, publishing a list of 417 medicines no longer available on the free list. Most of the products listed are topical creams and ointments for skin irritation and such conditions as Athlete’s Foot and also indigestion remedies such as Almax and preparations to relieve diarrhoea and constipation. Minister for Health Ana Mato believes the withdrawal of the free medicines could save the Health Service €458 million in the next nine months. To view the list of drugs removed from the free list please visit RTN’s website at

Consumers’ organisation CEACCU (The Spanish Confederation of Organisations of Housewives, Consumers and Users) called on the Director General of Civil Aviation to investigate Ryanair’s low fuel Mayday landings. And Spanish national El País reported that if irregularities are found the airline could face a suspension of its licence to fly in Spain for three years along with a find of €4.5 million. Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara responded by confirming that all the Ryanair flights operate with fuel levels demanded by Boeing and the European Air Safety Agency, including contingency levels to allow for ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Despite these assurances it has emerged that the issue of fuel economy is one that Ryanair has addressed vigorously with its pilots, as confirmed on memos signed by Shane McKeon, deputy chief pilot and base captain at Stansted, in which he reiterates that pilots should “only take on board the minimum as per the ‘plog’ (planning log/flight plan).” Meanwhile Ryanair’s flamboyant CEO Michael O’Leary pointed out with irritation and defiance: “The Spanish Development Ministry cannot stop Ryanair flying. They can investigate us but the Irish authority is the only one that can sanction us. Spain has no power over Ryanair’s licence.”

Spain has no power over Ryanair says O’Leary

Child abductor foiled By Jan Gamm AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD little girl buying sweets at one of the busy souvenir kiosks at Playa de San Juan narrowly escaped an abduction attempt at around 10pm on Tuesday. The child was amongst a group of young customers buying confectionary and admiring other trinkets on display at the kiosk. They had each spent most of their pocket money and were asking the proprietor the price of several items they might

purchase with their 25 cents change. They were approached by a 32-yearold man offering to buy them some of the beach toys for sale. The two older children refused but the smallest child, only eight years old, responded to the man’s friendly offer to buy her a brightly coloured ball. The kiosk owner had seen the man before so was not unduly alarmed. The older children did not notice that their companion was no longer at their side. The man walked away with the little

girl but luckily when they were just several metres away they were spotted by an uncle of the child who seized the little girl, grabbing and holding onto the man by his neck. The police were called and the man was arrested. The man, who has a criminal record, was later released by the High Court of Valencia despite the prosecution’s request for custody without bail. His excuse for the alleged attempted abduction is that he was drunk. He denies trying to kidnap any of the children.

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TV Channel 9 RTVV ends in tears and egg throwing

Councillors are showered with eggs as they leave the building

by Jan Gamm IN ALICANTE the closure of Channel 9 on Tuesday brought an emotional response from workers employed by the station who gathered outside the headquarters of the Board of Broadcasting to protest over the loss of 1,198 jobs. On Wednesday workers formerly employed by RTVV responded to the news of the closure of the station by throwing eggs at departing PP councillors as they left the premises in two cars under police escort. Police guarding the entrance to the head-

quarters of the Board of Broadcasting tried unsuccessfully to restrain a bystander clutching a tray of eggs which rained down upon the roof of one of the departing vehicles. Workers council president Vincent Mifsud and vice president Salut Alcover used a megaphone to announce to the crowd that the “fight is not over,” prompting cheers, whistles, and shouts. Redundancies are to be staged over the next three months. However, the first crisis to address is that of October’s expenses: there is no cash to meet the payroll.

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Pensioners sees red by Jan Gamm

IN ASPE, José Gallego, loyal retired Republican aged 72, has been caught red-handed spray-painting over wall memorials of those who died on the Nationalist side during the Spanish Civil War. In the seventies following Franco’s death Gallego formally requested that the council remove all vestige of the dictatorship from the town and enforce Article 15 of Law 52/2007 (Recovery of Historical Memory). However, many of the signs and memorials remained. Last November Gallego again asked that the signs be removed: this time his request was made to Socialist mayor Manuel Díez, but yet again his request fell on deaf ears. Taking the law into his own hands, Gallego has been scaling fences and jumping railings to gain access to the offending Nationalist and Francoist tributes in or-

der to obliterate them with red paint, beginning with a memorial to General Moscardo which he attacked with his spray can last month. At about 8.30pm on Sunday police apprehended Gallego in the act of spraying over a ‘Tribute to the Nationalist Fallen’ at the local church in Aspe. Gallego, unrepentant, said: “I got tired of waiting for the council to fulfil the law so I decided to do it myself. Unfortunately I cannot reach the names at the top…” When the police pointed out that what he was doing was illegal he retorted acidly: “What is really illegal young man is that all those Francoist symbols are still there. And furthermore I intended to address 72 year the City for its repeated breach of the Law of Historiold Jose is cal Memory.” unrepentant José concluded by stating he was not afraid of reprisal, believing that “…law enforcement is not a crime – at least not in a free and democratic country!”

Oh NO Prime Minister!

Jose surveys his handiwork on the wall of the Basilica

BRITISH PRIME Minister David Cameron, on holiday in Spain with his wife Samantha, has been slammed yet again for his choice of holiday wardrobe, sporting a decidedly business-like but well-worn blue shirt, blue jeans and lace-up shoes that are more Number 10 than Factor 4! Fashion critics have been quick to point out that he has worn the same ensemble for years while on vacation, although this year he has at least worn socks with his lace-ups! They note that Sam Cam made an effort to look cool in her navy dress and casual sandals but was “sadly let down by Dave – again!” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is also holidaying in Spain with his wife Miriam’s family for two weeks – at least he was sock-free and sandal-bound, albeit in jeans and dark shirt. Got any holiday fashion screamers to share with RTN? Email them to

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Life on the MABS frontline by Jack Troughton

MABS SUPPORTERS are at the frontline of the charity and face the demanding and delicate task of dealing directly with cancer patients and their families. All the supporters have had cancer themselves and are able to appreciate what the MABS Cancer Support Group ‘members’ – those being helped and directly touched by cancer are automatic members – are going through. And the supporters are there to assess the requirements of each individual case: maintaining communication with medical teams, social teams and MABS itself. They have to be good listeners and communicators, as well as being able to organise, prioritise and demonstrate compassion and empathy, yet at all times act professionally. Recently, MABS supporter Sally was called by an elderly man, Mr Jones, after being told his wife had been diagnosed with leukaemia. She went to see Mrs Jones and found her frail but upbeat. Charity spokesman Nik Nickerson said:

“When Sally explained that she too had had cancer, Mr Jones took it as read that his wife would recover.” Because the couple had no family, Sally not only gave assistance with medical appointments, she occasionally cared for Mrs Jones so her husband could go out for a little respite, she also shopped for the couple when she did her own and took it back to their home. Nik said: “Sadly the cancer spread to Mrs Jones’ breast. Her husband, though, remained adamant that if Sally had survived, then so would his wife. The hospital told Sally that Mrs Jones had only six weeks to live and further advised that Mr and Mrs Jones should go into a nursing home for her remaining days. EXPLAIN

“Fortunately, Sally had their trust and she was able to gently explain to them that Mrs Jones would not get better and what the hospital advised was the best course of action. Mr Jones was very upset and insisted his wife go home and would get better- after all,

Calpe mayor meets the Sheriff CALPE’S MAYOR, Cesar Sanchez, while holidaying in the UK, spent part of his vacation meeting up with the Mayor of Nottingham, Leon Unczur, who has agreed to take part in mutually beneficial tourism campaigns to promote the two towns. Leon Unczur is also the current Sheriff of Nottingham, inaugurated in May of this year.

MABS President Jacqui Phillips MBE

Sally had got over the illness.” He added: “Sally arranged through MABS for nursing and care for them both at home. She also spent some time with them both every day and Sally was with them when Mrs Jones passed away in the early hours of the morning.” Nik said Sally helped organise the funeral, the paperwork and settling their affairs – she also arranged for Mr Jones to have a carer each day until he too passed away two years later. He said anyone interested in becoming a supporter like Sally could contact Pam on 687 393 035 or email He said support-

ers received training and it was a “rewarding and satisfying” role. MABS also needs volunteers for other roles within the charity. Again contact Pam to volunteer to become a ‘buddy’ – giving up time to visit members for a chat, do some shopping, collect prescriptions, or do other every day chores – or become a ‘driver’ and transporting members to hospital or clinics for treatment with MABS paying expenses. Volunteers are also needed to help in MABS charity shops throughout the Costa Blanca and German speakers to help with translations throughout the region.

Once upon a time in La Nucia… IN A La Nucia competition for seniors grandparents will compete with stories they have written that are illustrated by their grandchildren. Due to parents working full time grandparents often take an active and assertive role in the reading world of young children. Last year’s competition winners had their

story edited for local kindergartens. Couples wishing to enter this year’s contest are invited to submit their stories to the La Nucia town hall from 1st to 14th September. To be eligible to enter either the grandparent or the grandchild must be registered on the town’s padron.



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Tax office has missed a trick THE LETTER from a ‘disappointed’ reader in last week’s edition caught my eye as it highlighted the latest situation befalling residents who are not declaring their worldwide income in Spain.

They are finding it impossible to claim money back on their prescriptions if they are charged more than the capped amount. The grumble was that it isn’t causing much of a disadvantage and people won’t care as these are small amounts not worth bothering about. I beg to differ as nearly all the ‘residents’ I talk to have well exceeded their capped amount, usually 8€ in the first couple of weeks of the month and are frantic about getting refunds. It amazes me how many ex-pats have residency certificates, SIP cards, registered on the padron etc. and boast about how long they have lived in Spain but decide they are not residents when it comes to paying tax. The tax office might have missed this trick but I’ve seen evidence that the net is closing on these people and sadly it has had to be direct hits to their pockets and their health to make them sit up and take notice of the tax laws in their adopted country. Anon

When I’m 89

TODAY, DEAR Lord, I’m 80 And there´s much I haven’t done. I hope Dear Lord, you’ll let me live Until I’m 81. But if I haven’t finished All I want to do Would you let me stay awhile until I’m 82? So many lands to visit, So very much to see Do you think you could manage To make it 83? The world is changing very fast, There is so much in store, I’d like it very much to live Until I’m 84. And if by then I’m still alive, I’d like to stay till 85. There’s more air travel – can you fix For me to last till 86? I know Dear Lord, it’s mucha to ask (and it must be nice in Heaven) But I would really like to stay Until I’m 87. I know by then I won’t move fast And sometimes will be late. But it would be so pleasant to be around at 88. I will have seen so many things And had a lovely time. So I’m sure that I’ll be willing To leave at 89.

Benidorm sees red

WITH REGARD to the article by Jack Troughton in RTN 17th – 23rd August ‘Benidorm sees red’, the article was written as a response to, and in defence of Benidorm after the so-called assault by the UK tabloid press. I can understand much of the ensuing anger as there were innaccuracies in those reports - but also some elements of truth. In Mr Troughton’s article he quotes the Daily Mirror as ‘implying that drugs are readily available on the streets in the British area of the town’. Defending the town is one thing, but if Mr Troughton thinks the British square area is a drug free zone he needs to take off his rose-tinted spectacles and wander around... not just at night but during daylight hours . FACT: Drugs and sex are openly offered for sale any time of day or night FACT: It is young Brits and East Europeans selling them FACT: Openly on sale in areas where families are present Most of the people doing the selling are on very poor wages, often below the legal minimum - so most use this to make up the shortfall. I have worked in the area for many years and this is not a new phenomenon... both myself and my husband have been approached by young men selling drugs on many, many occasions, the most recent just two days ago . Also young girls selling sex - not just outside the clubs etc., but openly walking along Levante seafront - approach groups of men. All it would take is a more visible and consistent police presence to put a stop to this... but then the same could be said for stopping the pea men. Maybe certain people are happy to turn a convenient blind eye. Benidorm has a lot to offer visitors young and old ... but it’s just this sort of behaviour that perpetuates the type of reputation it wants to lose. Name withheld

How long before pensioners are charged

AT THE time of writing I had just been to a local pharmacy where I was charged 10% towards my pills for chronic ailments. One can expect this from the PP who, like ‘Camercon’ in the UK, make the poor pay for the sins of the rich. How long before privatisation of the UK’s National Health Service starts to charge pensioners like me in Blighty? Also will Camercon reduce the amount of money the UK government gives to Spain to pay for our ‘free’ health care now that we have to pay? Jack Johnson, La Cala

Apparently it takes ages! THE 3% RETENTION is for people who do not pay their income tax or make a tax declaration in Spain. When you sell your house, 3% is retained in respect of any taxes owed e.g. income tax; IBI; rental; non-resident etc. If you owe more than the 3% then you will owe the Spanish tax office the remainder: if you owe less, the tax office will refund you, when your solicitor puts in a claim form (apparently

it takes ages!) However, if you were resident in Spain but not paying income tax, you will be classed as non-resident and then it is unlikely you will get any back. If you were non-resident with a holiday home then the tax office will check to see if you’ve paid all your non-resident taxes. Ellen Rose

UK business has confidence in Spanish market

COTTON TRADERS, a British clothing and footwear company established for 25 years, has shown confidence in the Spanish market by expanding into Spain, bucking economic climate and consumer confidence trends. Founded in 1987 by former England national rugby union team captains Fran Cotton

and Steve Smith, Cotton Traders began selling rugby shirts through mail order. Today Cotton Traders offers a range of leisurewear, outdoor and casual clothes, footwear and accessories for both men and women. In response to consumer demands for overseas shipment, Cotton Traders now deliver to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and Eire. Partnering with DHL, Cotton Traders offer a 3-day delivery service on all in-stock items at a competitive price of £6.95. All overseas browser traffic is being directed to the website, where consumers will find full delivery information. All prices are charged in pound sterling, which means consumers can benefit from current exchange rates.

Dukan says the obese are “mentally ill” THE CREATOR of the controversial protein-based Dukan diet, French dietician Pierre Dukan, has attracted controversy by stating that obese people are “mentally ill.” He adds that sufferers of obesity “are not really sick, as they would be if they had a disease like cancer, but do feel they are marginalised in society... I want to help them.” The Dukan Diet produces dramatic weight loss in a short time frame and has brought severe criticism on its founder from the Association of Dieticians and Nutritionists in Spain as being “fraudulent”, “dangerous” and “unsustainable.” The diet demands a rigorously high consumption of proteins and a total abstinence from carbohydrates. Dukan’s diet book on the Dukan eating plan is published in 32 countries

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Mayor saves the day! BELIEVE IT or not, the Mayor of San Miguel de Salinas, Angel Saez Huertas, saved the day last week after intervening in a dispute between water company Erna and the residents of two urbanisations in Blue Lagoon. by Louise Clarke RTN was contacted by Linda Butler from the Aldea del Monte community on Thursday after they had been without water for more than six days. This community, along with the neighbouring urbanisation of Las Carolinas had been without a decent supply of water for three weeks; with only a trickle coming through the taps. And with almost full capacity in the properties that make up the urbanisations, many occupied by holiday makers, tensions were running high. POOL SHOWER

Linda and David Butler endured days without any water

It was only when the water stopped completely that Linda, President of the Aldea del Monte community, realised that there was a serious problem. She contacted the Erna offices and was told that the problem would be sorted. The only water supply was an intermittent one to the shower in the pool and this was what many residents had to use to clean. Things came to a head last Wednesday when holiday makers in both communities started complaining ferociously. Incensed Linda felt that she had no option but to try to get hold of someone at the Town Hall. She knew that the Mayor was on holiday but sent him a text message anyway and explained the situa-

Questions asked over the fireworks in Elche

THE SOCIALIST Party in Elche has called for an independent investigation, in addition to the police enquiries already in place, into last week’s accident during the pyrotechnic display that traditionally features celebrations for the Nit de l’Albà. A technician was badly burned when rockets ignited several minutes prematurely at the basilica and a further 106 bystanders sustained minor injuries caused by falling and burning debris.

tion. Within minutes he replied saying that he was onto it and 20 minutes later the Local Police turned up along with a representative of Erna. UNDERSTATEMENT The tank was then filled and it was hoped that the situation would be resolved. But it was not to be as it transpired that the main pump was not working. Erna cease to have the water contract for Blue Lagoon on 1st September and so to say that they were reluctant to pay for the pump to be repaired is the understatement of the decade. However, once threatened with a denuncia by the Mayor the company relented and fixed the pump. Twenty six hours after that initial text message all the water was flowing again through the pipes of both communities. So credit where credit is due to the Mayor of San Miguel! Meanwhile, the Arcángel Neighbours Association have released a statement saying that it considers it unfair that those residents in Las Filipinos have to pay double the amount for their water infrastructure than their neighbours in the town. A spokesman told RTN: “Residents of these developments have been penalised enough and for years have not had drinkable water in their homes. Now they face additional costs. It is pathetic and regrettable that the Mayor has justified this injustice.”

Antonio Rodes, spokesman of the PSOE municipal group, announced yesterday the request to convene an extraordinary plenary session to discuss the accident, saying the events that took place during the Nit de l’Albá were sufficiently serious to warrant further explanation, particularly with regard to safety precautions in the light of a reduction in budget to 36,000€ compared to 96,000€ the previous year. The concerns aired are to be addressed at the next council meeting.

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Room 101 Spain: By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

Starting cannons WE WERE woken a couple of times this week by the ‘boom’ as the starting cannon went off to signal the start of yet another round of golf or other sporting event. Almerimar is a pretty small place and pretty much every man, dog and cat can hear the cannon when it goes off. I know that because pretty much every dog in Almerimar starts barking and if our cats are any guide the cat population jump a mile in the air and then head for cover. As for we mere humans it can be a shock I tell you on a Sunday morning and if it hasn’t already it won’t be long before it accounts for some poor old expat’s life, not least amongst the golfers looking at a number of them! Over a matter of days here in Almerimar they have used the cannon to start the annual José López Memorial golf

tournament, the Almerian Alpujarra cycle race, and the BSM golf competition. And what is the point? For the few that participate in these events it might be fun, but they are in the significant minority compared to the residents and tourists trying to sleep. Do the rest of us really need to know that you have started to do something? As for the golf - how hard can it be to send a group of adults out onto a course to their designated hole with the instruction to tee off at, for example, 6.50am? I mean if they can’t be trusted to do that how can they be trusted to mark their card properly, replace divots, repair pitch marks, not cheat … It is called ‘a shotgun start’ from back in the days before time (well watches) were commonly worn I assume, and certainly before walkie-talkies and mobile phones made it easy to relay mes-


sages. The golfers were dispatched to one of the 18 holes to await the starting gun, the shotgun indicating that they could all give their balls a good whack. So if they are going to persist with this shotgun start I reckon they should bring back the shotgun and use it to speed up slow players, remove those incapable

of looking after the course as they hack around, to bring to an end boring acceptance speeches as someone waxes lyrical about their near the hedge on the 4th hole prize… So sorry, boring old grumpy sod that I may sound I am sticking starting cannons in Room 101 Spain this week.

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


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Plague of flies attacks Montgo National Park by Jack Troughton THE RESIDENTS of the ‘Zona del Calvario’ in the Montgo National Park between Javea and Denia are living with a plague of pesky flies of the South American Cochineal Carmine species (so called because they were formerly used to make red dye). The flies have migrated from the south of the Costa Blanca to the north – they were first detected in Murcia in 2006. The flies’ staple diet is the prickly pear which grows in abundance in the Montgo National Park. PLEAS Local residents have pleaded with the council to take ac-

tion but have been refused assistance due to the prickly pears’ protected status. Until the flies decide to leave, residents are forced to abandon their terraces and the joys of eating Al Fresco throughout the rest of the summer to avoid being covered with swarms of white-winged insects. One Montgo resident said, “Conserving the species is a fine thing but what about our rights to enjoy outdoor living at the height of the summer? The little ****s are supposed to eat prickly pear but they also seem to quite like steak and chips!” Municipal sources confirmed that the Consistory has no plans to spray the cacti on the grounds that the flies although undeniably pesky are in fact harmless.

Prickly Pear infested with flies

Keeping the Faith by Louise Clarke REGULAR READERS of RTN will be aware of Faith, the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) horse that last year underwent pioneering surgery to remove part of one of her legs and be fitted with a prosthetic limb. This week RTN visited Faith at the hospital in Barcelona where the operation took place and where she is recuperating following a slight set back earlier this year with pressure sores to the affected leg. Surrounded by lush green countryside, Faith is living the life of horsey luxury. Following concerns for her wellbeing made by members of the horse community in the area, RTN was keen to see how she is doing and speak to Gaspar Castelijns, the vet who performed the life changing operation NO PAIN Gaspar has just returned from preparing the horses of Spain’s dressage team for the London Olympics, so RTN was very privileged to be able to take an hour of his time to exclusively discuss this cheeky but stubborn little pony that has won the hearts of people up and down the Costa Blanca. Gaspar told RTN: “Faith is in no pain at all. She has recently had some skin grafts to help with the pressure sores but she is coping well and has adapted amazingly to the prosthetic limb.” Faith undertakes two sessions of physiotherapy a day as well as tens machine therapy which relaxes the mus-

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cles around her stump, but as all the nerve endings were capped during the amputation, she feels no pain there. In fact Raquel, the nurse who cares for Faith on a daily basis, says she has no need at all for any medication except sometimes a mild dose of anti-inflammatories when her stump gets swollen, which is very common in amputees. She said: “We are amazed by how well she is coping with the new limb.” HAPPY AS LARRY Raquel also told RTN that Faith doesn’t have the leg on permanently but only for a few hours over the course of the day. But she can walk so well with the prosthetic limb that once it has been fitted, she immediately leaves her stable, walks across the yard and down a short slope onto the grazing area without any Gaspar problems at all. and She then grazes on the lush green Faith grass with complete ease. She can also bear weight down on the prosthetic limb and the other front leg is coping well with the added pressure, despite a little arthritis which was evident before the operation as a result of the injury she sustained before her rescue. She is also now able to use her hind legs as added support as and when she needs it. With bright eyes and a shiny coat, it was quite evident to RTN that Faith is as happy as Larry. The only thing that she was frustrated with was all the flies that surrounded her as she grazed. Faith will remain in Barcelona until October when she will return to the EHCRC in Rojales, a new woman!

Borja restoration goes slightly wrong… IN THE little town of Borja, Aragon, the local council is considering legal action against an elderly resident, an 80-year-old lady who with the best of intentions but without any authority decided to ‘restore’ the painting Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez (an image of Christ crucified) an ancient fresco in the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia. The cure was worse than the disease and now the picture once known as the Ecce Homo has now been dubbed ‘Ecce Mono’ (Mono means ‘monkey’). The before and after pictures of the fresco tell the whole story…

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Butekyo? Not now Kato… Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

ALL THAT talk last week about fitness and getting our bodies like athletes reminded me of my New Year Resolution to pack up the fags. So, maybe now, as we’re well into the second half of the year, would be a fine time to actually get on with that particular intention. I happened upon a technique this week that claims to aid smokers rid themselves of those annoying coughs and improve lung capacity to boot. Called the Buteyko Method (no, it’s not a long lost martial art), it’s a set of breathing exercises developed by a Dr K P Buteyko, many moons ago, to develop healthy breathing patterns that maintain the correct ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the bloodstream (cough). According to Doc KP’s research, some 150 diseases are linked to dysfunctional breathing: asthma, allergies and emphysema being a few examples. More than 40 years of study has produced “the Buteyko Method, which can recondition and normalise the breathing and restore the body’s most important function”. Sounds good to me, I’d like me most important function restored - where do I begin? Ok Watts, well you start with the Control Pause Breathing Test. Prof Buteyko developed a test to measure your depth of breathing and, get this, your “subsequent retention of carbon dioxide, resultant oxygenation and health.” Wow, and he named it the ‘Control Pause’ breathing test, which to my mind is a tad pedestrian. Anyroad, writer James

Delingpole has tried the test and he’s actually practised Buteyko. He claims it has improved his health. “On the face of it, this sounds a barking idea,” says James, “All I can say with certainty is that his method worked in the Soviet Union (where it was popular with the elite of cosmonauts, KGB officers and athletes) and, since it came to the West, it has acquired a very loyal following here too.” But he warns: “It is also by far the most gruellingly horrible health therapy I have ever tried.” James reports that the exercises themselves are easy enough to master: “Take a normal breath in, and then out, hold your nose and time on a stopwatch how long it takes before you need to take another breath. That’s your Control Pause. Then wait three minutes and do it again, only this time keep holding your breath for as long as you can. That’s your Maximum Pause.” And what do you get at the end of this ordeal, James? “Well,” he grins, “three months on and I feel a different man. I’m calmer, I need less sleep (and never have trouble sleeping as I used to), my energy levels are almost back to normal, I’ve lost half a stone and I’m no longer prey to the coughs, colds and sneezes I used to get all the time.”

The butekyo breathing method

Hmmm, sounds to me, almost too good to be true, eh folks? I’ve been told that one technique to aid the Buteyko Method during sleep-time is to tape up your mouth with micropore. Hmmm, I hear the sounds of wives across the nation chuckling in unison as they realise they’ve shut up both the old man’s snoring and the moaning in one ‘foul’ swoop! Mind you, I can just imagine that if I ever donned the tape, it would be on the same night that the burglars come-a-callin’. “Ere Bert no need to gag this one ’e’s already taped ’imself up.” Bert snorts derisively “Yer, ’e must be one of those auto-erotic

nutters or summat; quick shove ’im in the cupboard…” But apparently, dear RTN reader, many “thousands of asthmatics and those with breathing difficulties have experienced remarkable improvement in their condition with this method.” It has allowed them to reduce their dependency on medication and enjoy a quality of life they previously thought impossible. A quality of life that no doubt my chums and I will enjoy - once we’ve bravely Buteyko’ed and then kicked the dreaded cigarette habit into touch. Watts in Britain, taping up for the night…


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Nearly 6000€ raised for Keira and EMAUS by Louise Clarke

LAST WEEKEND, three events were held to help the children of EMAUS get back to school in September and also to send Keira, the little girl with cerebral palsy, to America for innovative and life changing treatment. On Friday evening, a dinner, dance and auction organised by Vikki Notman and Melanie Arnold of Panache Events was held at La Ermita Restaurant in Benidorm where 587€ was raised and a wheelchair was donated to Emaus. Then on Saturday, an activity packed fun afternoon and evening was held in Finestrat with the help of the Town Hall. Special guest and compare Matt King raised the roof with his performance and the guests enjoyed dancing displays by Drama Kids and Broadway Academy; all of which was filmed by John McCormac of Chica Chica Productions. With the barbecue, raffle, EMAUS cake stall and bar, which was ef-

ficiently run by Gemma Tonks, the event raised 1009€. PRIZES

The weekend came to a conclusion with a four team golf competition at Villa Aitana Golf in Benidorm, which was organised by Dave Morris and Big Ted of the Union Jack Bar in Benidorm. Each of the four participating teams had individual winners and the overall winner of the ‘Emaus Cup’ was ‘The Union Jack Golf Society’ with a combined score of 596 points. Another barbecue and a raffle as well as bagpipes by Drew the Piper provided extra fun at the event and Cool FM expertly provided the music which was enjoyed by all. Special guest and President of EMAUS, Montserrat Fiter, was on hand to present the golf prizes and tell the guests all about the association and the superbly organised event added a total of 2391€ to the weekend’s total. The fabulous Tartan Army also came up trumps with a 1410€, making the total raised a whopping 5817.14€


Tony Grande from the Bed Centre in Calpe, who was instrumental in organising the event, told RTN that he was delighted with the amount raised. He said: “There are some extremely generous and hard working people here on the Costa Blanca and with their help we have raised an amazing amount of money for Emaus and Keira. There is still more to do but we are very happy with the outcome from this weekend.” He also announced that the flights to take Keira and her family to America for her much needed treatment have been kindly donated by Virgin Atlantic and accommodation will be supplied by the Ronald McDonald charity, which is a great relief for Kiera and her parents. For further information on these and other events, please go to, email, or look for “The Calpe Bed Centre” on Face Book where you can follow Keira´s progress in America.

Monsterrat and her colleague from EMAUS

Mayor visits chess tournament THE MAYOR of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, visited the Casino in the city this week to witness the 29th annual City of Torrevieja Chess Tournament. Accompanied by the Alicante Provincial Diputada for Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo, the Mayor was welcomed to the event by the President of the Casino, Ramon Torregrosa and the pair chatted to the contestants in between games. He was also able to watch some of the games in action and see the 70 players, who have made the trip to Torrevieja from all over Spain, start their bid for the title of Torrevieja Chess Champion 2012. The tournament has been on all week and the finals take place at the Casino tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 25th August.

Sun roof a basic necessity for drivers SUMMER SIZZLING temperatures and the need to keep cool has resulted in Spain becoming Europe’s top consumer when it comes to opening the roof and shooting the breeze. Sunroofs are a ‘must have’ for Spain’s motoring public, preferring the economy of open windows to constantly running gas-guzzling air conditioning. Italy and France run second and third in the sun roof stakes.


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Electrobeach a resounding success

Adult class registration starts By Louise Clarke THE DEPARTMENT of Education at San Fulgencio Town Hall has announced this week that the registration period for adult classes in the municipality has officially opened. The period of registration ends on September 16th, so it is advised to put your name down as soon as possible in order to secure your place. The adult classes include Spanish for Foreigners so, if you want to improve your knowledge of the Spanish lingo, now is the time to do it. Those interested in registering can do so at the Town Hall by filling out an application.

by Jan Gamm ELECTROBEACH BENIDORM Festival 2012 welcomed an impressive record crowd of around 23,000 - 13% more than the previous year. From 17th to 19th August the city vibrated to the rhythm of more than 60 of the best electronic musicians at the Mirador del Castillo; Aigüera Park; Levante Beach and Terra Mitica. And 20,000 square meters of exhibition space enabled the leisure park to host the Open Air Stage over two nights, showcasing the best in national and international talent within the electro music scene and making the third edition of Electrobeach the benchmark for summer beach festivals in Europe. On Saturday 18th August the Open

Air Stage of Terra Mitica was packed with more than 12,500 passionate electronic rhythm fans, the cartel headed that night by Carl Cox who unfortunately had to cut short his presence in Benidorm for health reasons. However, he was replaced by Italian American Markantonio Maceo Plex for a set that turned into one of the best at the festival. Open Air Stage programming was performed by Álvaro Martín, Paco Osuna, Marco Carola, Dubfire and the spectacular closing scenes by Cristian Varela, at the top of the global electronic music scene and also headlining the festival, ending more than 12 hours of music and fun at Terra Mitica. The party continued into the early morning of the 19th at the After Party

CONTRIBUTIONS The Councillor for Education, Susana Ortuño, told RTN: “The price of tuition is quite affordable for all residents. We There was thought it was necessary to introduce a small nominal fee a record crowd of per year for all groups. around “This way,” she explained, “The Town Hall will be able 23,000 to cover some of the costs, but there will also be some hosted by FACT, on the Ku room – which responsibility for a financial contribution by the students.” San Fulgencio Town Hall’s Adult Education Programme was of course filled to the brim! had more than 150 students enrolled last year and it is hoped SUCCESS that even more will take advantage of the initiative this year. For more information about courses email The success of the festival is attributed not only to the professionalism of or visit the Town Hall website. the performances but also to the reasonable cost of tickets, sales of which continued to rocket until the last! VIP tickets sold out for the Saturday event AFTER AN enlightening 130 years’ service the traditional with thousands not wishing to miss light bulb is to be phased out in Europe from 1st September, this mega electronic music event. discontinued by the EU for its low efficiency. The traditional Electrobeach Benidorm Festival 2012 incandescent light bulb will be discontinued in all member states of the EU in compliance with Ecodesign Directive was organised by Phrenetic Ociobal So2009/125/E. The aim of the directive is not only to reduce ciety with the support of Benidorm City energy consumption but also to avoid waste. The alternaCouncil and the collaboration of spontives are halogen, compact fluorescent and LED lighting. sors such as Terra Mitica, Coca Cola, The traditional incandescent bulb is one of the most used Grupo Bali, Centauro, Amovens and inventions by humanity since its inception in 1879 by ThoCamping Armanello. mas Edison.

Bye bye bulb…

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Inspiring young people by Louise Clarke RTN IS delighted and proud to be involved in a brilliant new initiative for young people. Organised by Viva TV and in association with the Torrevieja Town Hall, the British Consulate in Alicante, Sunshine FM and Costa Blanca Web Services, the Youth iExpo is taking place at the OCM centre in Torrevieja on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September. The Youth iExpo will be a unique two day event dedicated to young people on the Costa Blanca. This free event will provide youngsters with information on education, employment, sports and leisure, health and much more. SUPPORT The event, collaboration between Viva TV and the Torrevieja Town Hall will enable youngsters, between the ages of twelve and 25, and their families make informed decisions about their futures.

The Town Hall, local universities, including Alicante, Elche, Murcia and Cartagena, private schools, clubs, societies, businesses and organisations will all be on hand offering their support and guidance and will all demonstrate what opportunities there are both here on the Costa Blanca and throughout Spain and beyond. As well as information about courses and further education, demonstrations and activities and entertainment, which is being providing by the areas best local young bands, there will be motivational talks and information seminars from some of the most influential British and Spanish businessmen and women. PRIVILEGED

Shirley Adams, Business Development Manager for Lloyds Bank International, will be one of the business people who will be hosting a motivational talk at the event. She told RTN: “I think that it is important for the young

people in the area to know what is out there, what is available to them and how to go and get it. The youth is always getting a bad press, so it will be a privilege to be involved in this unique initiative.� Several of the local businesses involved in the Youth iExpo, including RTN, will be offering work experience opportunities so that young people can get that much valued experience and knowledge in their chosen field and there will also be volunteering and exchange opportunities available. RTN will have more details on this unique and inspiring event during the coming weeks, so make sure you pick up a copy.

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The great harvests of August by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

IF YOU develop a garden full of vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers for summer harvesting as well as having a continuous display of flowers August is going to be a busy but gastronomic month in the garden. If raspberries blackberries and strawberries have been well mulched and kept moist and given a monthly comfrey liquid feed rich in potassium the plants will start to crop well as the temperatures drop down a little after the peaks of July. Gluts beyond what can be eaten in a day can be dried or frozen for stimulating winter deserts or energy foods for walking. Figs are also August fruits continuing into September. Two good uses for figs are as follows: An unusual tasty tapa can be prepared by halving figs and then laying a thin slice of chorizo or ham topped with a slice of cheese. Place under the grill until the cheese has melted and serve hot. A very tasty desert for non-drivers is prepared by filling an earthenware dish with

whole figs, half covering them with 50/50 sweet white wine and anise liqueur and then cooking on a slow heat on a metal heat disperser until soft. Possibly not yet ready for harvesting, ensure that you continue to keep kiwis, kiwinoes, mangoes, custard apples and bananas well watered. The first two grow well inland but frost free pockets are necessary for the latter two. Interestingly with the very hot summer we have the best crop of ripening kiwinoes ever‌ Almonds have already started to fall indicating that it is the time for harvesting, the latter best accomplished by picking low nuts by hand from a step ladder and knocking down the high ones with a long cane. Our cane is left alongside our sole almond tree from year to year to ensure that it is handy. Remove the drying fleshy skins and dry the nuts well in the sun before storing in a box or sack in a cool dark cellar, under-build or garage. On the vegetable plot there will probably be gluts such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers, onions which can be dried, bottled, frozen or processed into chutneys or dried for winter use. If you have never dried fruit or vegetables look out for a drier on the internet. Watch out for when the stalks of pumpkins, squash and melons dry and separate easily from the main plant. This is the time to harvest for storage. This year we have grown Galician black maize. Milled it will be mixed with Speilt flour in making wholesome bread; maybe next

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. Š Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

winter we will grow the latter as well. August is also a good month to harvest herbs for drying decoration and the distilling of essential oils. For starters rosemary, sage, rue, basil, oregano, lemon verbena, parsley and mint can be kept in bunches in a cool dry place until used or placed in airtight containers when totally dried. The easiest oils to distil are lavender and geranium, the latter a useful deterrent against the geranium moth. Nasturtium, hibiscus, pineapple sage, rose and marigold flowers can harvested to brighten up and enrich summer salads and jasmine and passion flowers can be dried for winter infusions. By the way now is a good time to prepare to build raised beds for growing vegetables this autumn if you have limited space or are on a slope. The Photograph shows our experimental beds separate from our main vegetable plot. Raised beds can be very productive. But more about that next week‌ For other August tasks refer to the monthly calendars in each of our books namely: Your Garden in Spain; Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain and Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain. By the way if you have any special questions related to establishing gardens in Spain do send them to us at and we will try to answer them in later columns.

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Crisis Busting Neater Heater freeze their prices - so you don’t have to…

RICHARD WINTER and Tony Sim, of Neater Heater decided that, in this time of financial crisis, they are going to absorb four recent cost increases to maintain last year’s prices until 2013. “This summer,” Richard informed us, “our overheads have increased at four key points: Manufacture; Transport; Exchange Rate; and now Spanish IVA. Everyone is feeling the pinch. We both realised that we had to reflect this in our pricing structure for the oncoming winter. “Last year, we decided to build up our stock levels. We now feel that this action will allow us to absorb the impact of our increased overheads over the coming winter. We hope this will keep our customers happy, especially those existing customers who have told us they intend to buy more Neater Heaters this autumn.

“We have also developed a stand that allows Neater Heaters to be free standing and, within reason, portable. We have had numerous potential customers who have been recommended Neater Heaters by their friends, but haven’t the wall space available to fit one. However, thanks to our amazing R&D department (Richard’s father-in-law) and a very good local Llofra, we have now solved this problem. The customers who have already bought these free-standing heaters have been delighted with them.” Neater Heater has distributors From Denia all the way down to Mojacar. NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA NORTH Pego/Oliva/Denia - Calicomfort - Tel 687 694 038 Pedreguer - Suzy´s Pre-owned furniture - Tel 678 049 050 Javea - Connect 2 Spain, Javea Port. - Tel 96 646 0133 Gata de Gorgos - Iron Art Factory Outlet - Tel 680 491 740 Moraira - The Tool Bar - Tel 96 574 5805 Calpe - Imprint, Avda Gabriel Miró- Tel 96 587 4451 Altea- Leos Superstore N332 - Tel 96 584 4848

A full range of radiators are now available

NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA SOUTH / COSTA CALIDA Benijofar - Vincent Real Estate - Tel 96 671 2440 Quesada - For home inspections call Colin - Tel 636 537 338

Tony (left) and Richard

Torrevieja - S J & A Digital- Tel 96 631 9253 Playa Flamenca - Buster’s Bar - Tel 965 325 120 Blue Lagoon - The Electrical Shop (Euronics) - Tel 966 188 169 Los Alcazares - For Home inspections call Edmund Tel 966 765 552 Balsicas - Sierra Golf - Tel 96 801 8257 San Javier - DFS Spain - Tel 96 833 4194 Mazarron Camp. B - La Red Solutions (Mapfre) Tel 96 819 9025




Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

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Is the final curtain about to fall for the Euro?

LAST WEEK it was announced that Greece’s debt has soared by nearly £20billion in three months, the crisis-hit country now has central government debts of £238billion. This is £18billion more than the £220billion owed at the end of the first quarter of this year.

If you have been watching the financial headlines, the media is quoting more and more analysts and economists saying the ejection of Greece (Grexit) from the Euro-zone won’t be that big of a deal. So why for years have the aforementioned claimed that such an event would not only signal the end of the Euro, but that it would trigger financial Armageddon? Only last week the Daily Mail said that if Greece leads to the break-up of the Euro more than £100billion could be wiped from Britain’s economy. The talk is now that governments across Europe have secretly been planning for this event for some time and since it

now isn’t such a big deal, we can only assume those reports were nothing more than lies to push harsh austerity measures on the masses in order to fund bank bailouts with insanely high interest rates. A timeframe for the Grexit is being quoted on Bloomberg’s ticker to happen as early as September, although I feel that early October is more realistic as then all the Eurozone politicians will be back from their long summer holidays. Finland broke stride with other nations who are claiming they aren’t even contemplating the end of Euro by telling the Telegraph last week it is only a matter of time. If Greece exits, it could well lead to the dissolution of the Euro. What would this mean to us living here in Spain? Well initially a period of turmoil, with devaluation of the currency a given certainty. Some Banks, not only here but across Europe, will be Nationalised, left to fail or merge. The government would almost certainly put in place restrictions


on the movement of capital (either via the banks or cash) to stop people transferring their money out of Spain. On the upside the devaluation should help stimulate the economy as exports, holidays and property will be cheaper. For expatriates living off a Sterling income/pension they should see their money go a lot further here in Spain. For those of you with savings here in Spain either in Euros or Sterling I would suggest you look at where this is currently held, spilt it amongst the safer

institutions where possible or move it to an investment vehicle outside Spain and above all if you leave your money in Spain ensure you are well within the Government Bank guarantees. Now more than ever taking independent advice regarding investments, savings and pensions has never been more important. If you would like a free impartial financial review, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 658 892 330 email

The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management Ltd is licenced by the UK by the Financial Services Authority and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV. Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licenced in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B and registered with the DGS in Spain.


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Personal Injury Law: Road traffic accidents in Spain General advice on hit and run accidents by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

MY FRIEND, who was visiting us in Spain, was hit by a foreign car that drove off and we were only able to record the number plate of the car that hit her. Her car is badly damaged and she suffered a minor neck injury. What can we do? Can you assist us? Regarding the compensation claims, amounts to be claimed etc in road accidents, we kindly ask you to please check our webpage for information and previous articles.

Our aim in this article is provide you with additional information for such a case like this one, involving a foreign hit and run vehicle. In the case of a collision, accident etc by a vehicle with a foreign registration license plate, in normal cases we can state that the driver of the vehicle and the foreign insurance company will be liable for any damage / harm caused. But what happens in the case of a hit and run vehicle or when the foreign vehicle does not have the mandatory insurance policy? In that case, the Spanish Motor Vehicle Insurance Office (Oficina Española de Aseguradores de Automoviles - OFESAUTO) must be contacted, to find out if there is an agreement between the Spanish national insurance office and the national insurance office of the country of the foreign vehicle. If a treaty / agreement does exist between the two countries, then the Spanish Motor Vehicle Insurance Office (OFESAUTO)

will claim for the compensation or even pay for the damages when necessary. If there is not an agreement between both countries then the Spanish National Insurance Pool (Consorcio de Seguros) should be contacted, as they could cover and pay for the damages suffered. If you are involved in a road traffic accident and do not know how to proceed because you were not able to identify the other driver, or obtain the car plate details, or they are being difficult and avoiding their liability, etc. then please do not hesitate to contact us for further details. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 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)



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Going, going, gone… the Spanish administration takes houses by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

HOW DEVASTATING it must be to have gone through all the excitement and elation of buying your home in Spain to then have it embargoed and sold without your permission - a nightmare scenario that has become reality for some Spanish property owners.

In the UK we are accustomed to lengthy arbitration processes if a debt goes unpaid. We see our property and bank accounts as sacrosanct and certainly not open to a sudden ‘snatch’ from the Tax Authority or town hall. Perhaps this makes us a little more careless when it comes to bills, a carelessness that can be punished most severely here. In Spain certain authorities have the power to embargo your property and, ultimately, put it up for auction if a bill remains unpaid. Let’s take one particularly disturbing example of what can happen. Mr Smith is a non-resident who had a property in Spain. I say ‘had’ because it is no longer his. In July, unknown to him, it went to property auction and was sold to a third party for a price of less than half its value. What terrible crime had Mr. Smith committed that such drastic lengths should be taken? Was he guilty of identity theft or had he jumped bail? Mr. Smith was not an FBI-wanted criminal, far from it. He had simply failed to pay his IBI (council tax) bill to SUMA and combined with fines and interest he owed 1,700€. You might be wondering how on earth he could have let that happen. Surely, once informed, he could have found some way of settling his bill? The

trouble was that Mr. Smith hadn’t a clue what was happening as he had not been in Spain to receive his mail and there was no one available to check his post box. Some authorities use the Boletín Official del Estado which is a list published over the internet and on paper of all kinds of miscellaneous misdemeanours and notifications. A debt warning published on this list counts as an official notification. It includes anything from traffic fines to divorce announcements. It is not the kind of website that anyone is going to visit daily on the off chance of seeing their name. What happened to Mr Smith is relatively rare. However, we are seeing an increasing number of cases and it is of no consolation to him that it doesn’t happen to everyone. This form of repossession is much quicker than the legal route that banks have to take and in less than a year a property can be embargoed and sold on to recover the debt. So what can you do to prevent it happening to you? We strongly recommend that if you buy property as a non-resident in Spain you have a fiscal representative here to receive notifications and to make sure that your taxes are paid. A good fiscal rep. will also be there to act on your behalf if there should be any problems. It isn’t compulsory, but as you can see from Mr. Smith’s experience, there can be very unpleasant consequences if you don’t. The Spanish authorities will only do as much as they need to by law to inform you of your debt and pending actions: the rest is up to you.

Ábaco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

Going green tipped to help Spain back to black By Jan Gamm THE RENEWABLE energy sector in Spain is tipped to potentially create a significant number of jobs by 2020 according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It is estimated that a total of a million jobs could be generated with the adoption of green policy measures provided they receive adequate support from government sectors. SUSTAINABILITY The report estimates that sustainable transportation would occupy up to 770,000 people in 2020, an increase of 40% more than at present, while the adaptation of 25 million homes with improved improve insulation and energy efficiency could generate up to 1.37 million jobs. The ILO points out that in the area of waste management, which currently employs at least 110,000 workers, there are a potential further 27,850 jobs that could be created by 2016, while basic industrialisation could be targeted for recycling systems for steel, aluminium, cement and paper. And although Spain has made a healthy start in terms of efficient waste management and recycling, it has merely ‘scratched the surface’ in terms of the amount of revenue that could be saved with well-designed and efficiently administered green policies. GREEN “The green economy offers a good opportunity to increase competitiveness, promote the creation of quality jobs and reduce the environmental impact of the economy,” said Joaquín Nieto, director of the ILO’s Madrid office. “This applies particularly well to Spain where there is a need to revive the economy.” According to the ILO definition, ‘green jobs’ are “decent jobs that reduce energy consumption and raw materials, limit emissions of greenhouse gases, minimise waste and pollution and protect and restore ecosystems.” Is your house a ‘green’ house?

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Is your private health insurance in safe hands? You may have read recently that a large provider of private health insurance in Spain is being taken over by another insurance company. This new health insurance provider will not have an Expat division so finding an English-speaking Doctor or specialist or member of staff might now prove difficult. This is a worrying prospect and a few of our customers have contacted us to find out if the company involved is their provider and they are wondering if their policies are safe. If you do have a private health policy and are unsure if it is going to provide you with the service you require please contact us. In Spain private health policies run from January to December so you only have a short amount of time left to move the plan if you wish to do so. Fortunately we can help you in all aspects of policy transfers so please call us now on 96 649 3082 to find out more. EL PERPETUO SOCORRO AND MILLIE MUNRO SERVICES We are pleased to inform you that all the Private Health Insurance policies held with Millie Munro Services are supplied by El Perpetuo Socorro and not either of the the companies involved in the takeover. El Perpetuo Socorro is one of Spain’s leading Health Insurance companies with an excellent history of superb service going back many years. We are proud to have worked with El Perpetuo Socorro for a long time and the service that they provide our clients is of the highest quality. Many people who move to Spain are worried about what will happen if they become ill and they do not understand the

Millie talking with a client at the Benitachell Office

language. With a private health insurance plan from El Perpetuo Socorro, not only do you have 24-hour a day, 365-days-a-year cover but you have the ability to choose an English-speaking doctor from the scores of medical professionals that work with the company. Speaking about El Perpetuo Socorro client Evelyn Bonfield says “We are so very pleased that we joined Millie Munro Services as our private medical provider. Having such a competent office to deal with gives us such peace of mind and I can’t praise EPS enough for their continued help and support with our ongoing medical problems”. Some private health insurance companies claim not to raise the price of their policies as you get older - ‘The Age you Join is The Age you Stay’ - but it is important to note that often if you make a claim for medical expenses, the following year your premium may increase dramatically, a bit like losing your ‘no claims’ bonus! El Perpetuo Socorro premiums will rise with medical inflation, as will happen with all Spanish Health companies, but El Perpetuo Socorro premiums will not

increase simply because you have used the service. You will also be pleased to hear that El Perpetuo Socorro employ English staff at their head office, some who have been with the Company for over 18 years. They truly are the best choice for Private Health Insurance for the Expat in Spain. On top of this the staff at Millie Munro Services are also available 24/7 which is a great relief to many people. Client Hilary Petrie writes “Fantastic service from Millie Munro Services. Extremely helpful, nothing is too much trouble even when I rang at the weekend and outside office hours”. For further information please visit or telephone 96 649 3082.

Life RTN Summer

Greensomes competition COMPETITORS FROM all over the Costa Blanca enjoyed another great day of golf in the RTN Summer Greensomes competition held at El Plantio throughout July and August.

Next week sees the competition draw to a close with the overall winners decided and prizes awarded! This weeks winners, in unforgiving temperatures of 37º, were John Kemp and John McMillan; second Alan Gifford and Paul Cogan; and nearest the pin was Herby Roberts, shown here with Shirley Adams of Lloyds Bank International in Spain, sponsors of the RTN Golf Club and League.

September brings the return of the RTN League games which run through until December and are open to all members of the RTN Golf Club which is free to join. There is a great atmosphere, albeit of course sometimes competitive, and if you haven’t already played with us then we encourage you to do so - Keith Anthony of Pilar de la Horadada joined recently and said: “I would advise anyone to go along as it is a great opportunity to meet and play with

new golfers on an excellent course which was very easily accesible.” If you want to find out more about how to join please see page 54. Don’t forget Lloyds Bank International are also sponsoring the RTN Open Pairs Championship on 20th September which all golfers can enter to win a weekend away worth over 1,000€ plus other fantastic prizes! See page 54 for full details of the competion and how to enter.


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Life tech Page error appears

Mick asks: I KEEP trying to log into various sites whilst in Spain eg. Youtube, from local library, but it keeps coming up Internet Explorer doesn’t have permission to view this page error. Any ideas? Aunty says: You may find that the library has blocked certain sites from being able to be accessed. They do this to make sure that certain content, which may be of a more adult or controversial nature, is not available to be viewed on their machines. Perhaps ask them to see if they have a machine that they can temporarily unblock for you.

with Aunty Virus


Media meltdown Colin asks: DEAR AUNTY Virus, Can you please help? My wife’s hotmail account was hacked by a spammer and temporarily blocked. The problem now is the reset email from hotmail is being sent to an old Virgin Media address that no longer exists. This is because when we recently got married and my wife of course moved in with me and as Virgin was already my ISP, of course she cancelled her account. Maybe we are missing something simple but as we are both in our late sixties we are maybe not as computer literate as the younger generation. Aunty says: As I understand it, closing a Virgin Media account does indeed close any associated email accounts also. Perhaps the easiest way to gain access to your Hotmail account is to first make sure you have another email account available to you. If you do not have an alternate email account available, then you can simply create a new email account via Gmail. When in the hotmail sign in page you go to the “Can’t access your account” option. Click on “I forgot my password” and then select “Reset your password”. Input the hotmail email account you are trying to access, and type in the hard to see security numbers and letters. Rather than clicking the option to “Reset password via email” option, click the “ I can’t use any of these options.” option. Input your alternate (or newly created) email address and Hotmail will get back to you

Hacked off

Val asks: DEAR AUNTY Virus, I have been hit by four scams over the last couple of days. Two of which were supposedly from my Bank. Fortunately I remembered being advised by my bank they would not ask for the information which was being asked for by the scam. I rang my bank who told me there had been some scams circulating and asked me to forward the e-mails to them. Which I have. When I spoke to my bank I was told to do an immediate security scan which I have. I also discovered I did not have

with some further security questions for you to complete, so they can make sure you are the true owner of this account. Questions may include some contacts from your contacts list, titles of some emails, and names of folders in that account. Once convinced you are who you say you are, they will use this alternate email address to send you new password details for your hotmail account.

a firewall working. This is a new computer so that could be why I missed doing that. Do I need to do anything else for protection? What I do want to do is to change my e mail address but don’t seem to be able to find out how. Aunty says: There are many SCAM emails about these days, and as you found out, they include bank and hotmail accounts as their targets. They don’t have any details on you, just your email address, which they use to pretend to be from the bank or Hotmail in an attempt to get you to click their link and send them the information they really want so they can access your bank or email accounts. If you ever feel you have been hacked, change your password as soon as possible.

To change your Hotmail password, first log into your Hotmail email account. Go to “Options”, usually located on the right hand side of the screen. Select “More Options” from the drop down list. Click on “Account details (password, aliases, time zone)”. For security, Windows may ask you for your password again. Once you’ve entered it, you should end up on the “Account Summary” page. In the “Password and security info” section you will find the option to change your password. Input your current password, then input and confirm the new password. Strong passwords should use a combination of letters and numbers, usually random or unconnected, which make it harder for people to guess, but may also make it harder for you to remember also!

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Epson All In One Printer THIS WEEK the Inspector finds an Epson Stylus Sx235W AllIn-One Printer a day helps you print, scan and play – well, that last one should have been ‘copy’, but it didn’t sound as good! All-In-One Printers have been around a few years now, they are designed to replace the need to have separate printers and scanners - providing the functions of a printer, scanner and copier altogether in one handy compact package. And with the advent of wireless networks came the ability to connect via WiFi: no need for trailing cables and having to place the device close to a host computer – the device only needs to be sited near a power supply and within range of the relevant wireless router to be available to all of the computers connected to that network. Today we’re going to be looking at the Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One

Printer, referred to rather cheekily by the manufacturers as a ‘Small-In-One’ due to its very compact 390x300x145mm dimensions and weighing in at a trim 4.1kg. The Epson was designed specifically for users who are purchasing a WiFi printer for the first time as it is selfconfiguring straight out of the box, and requires no complicated knowledge of your network or its settings. Automatic set-up is compatible with computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Mac OS. It should be noted that a USB cable will be required for initial WiFi setup for Windows XP users. The Epson Stylus Sx235W can handle print resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 dots per inch with printing speeds of 30 pages/min for black and white and 15 pages/min for colour. The feeder tray can hold up to a 100xA4 sheets, so plenty of capacity there. The Epson is also designed to save money by using four individual ink cartridges that can be replaced individually when a colour runs out. The cartridges feature DURABrite Ultra Ink which is versatile enough to be able to print lab-quality photos as well

as crisp, clean text documents. Scanning and copying is handled by a 1200 dot per inch resolution contact image sensor flatbed scanner which can handle documents, photos, magazines or any other printed matter. And to complete the picture the Epson Stylus Sx235W comes with a copy of Abbyy FinerReader optical character recognition software and utility/driver software with Windows, OS X and even Linux support. The Epson Stylus Sx235W is also compatible with Epson iPrint allowing you to quickly and easily print photos and documents wirelessly from smartphones and tablet PCs. Easy! The Inspectors Verdict: Ideal for the home and small office the Epson Stylus Sx235W brings convenience, simplicity and performance in a compact and easy to use package – and all for the price of a restaurant meal. Visit epson-stylus-printer to purchase the Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer for 49€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Recipes Search WE ALL have to eat but sometimes we might lack a little bit of inspiration! This is when this great phone app can help as it has over 70,000 recipes for you to choose from. Each recipe comes with a full list of ingredients and instructions. These are recipes from all over the world from real people and everyone is encouraged to add their own recipes. You can search for recipes from food that you have found lurking in your fridge or cupboards and not sure what on earth to do with; check out user reviews of recipes to see if they are actually worth bothering to make; bookmark your favourite recipes so they are easy to find again; save your shopping lists for recipes – the list is endless. Available to download on Android and iPhone.


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Life horoscopes Mighty Uranus adheres to your sixth house of mystery and imagination, whilst making a profound trine with Mars this week. Whatever you do, do not lose your temper, however difficult things may get, and however tempted you are to set the record straight once and for all. There will be a time to do all this, it isn’t now!

With Venus in Cancer and Mercury in Virgo it is quite clear that you will get your way in a situation that has almost gone out of control. It is hard to take sides, and anyone who really loves and respects you shouldn’t be asking this of you right now. The solution lies in your understanding that all have to learn from this! Pressure on the work front allows you to show all around you just what you are capable of. As you calmly resolve a situation in someone’s absence it is clear that you have the best of interests at heart, and the temerity to make decisions based on what is best for all concerned in this matter, in a highly professional way. Though Venus isn’t far away from you and making moves across the Cosmos, it is the loving energies you are sending that is having such a good effect on somebody who needs your tender care and respect. It is rubbing off on you too, since you are motivated to do all that you can when you are really needed! Since you have had to learn a recent lesson the hard way, know that anyone would have done what you did, and it was a lot better than waiting for things to resolve themselves. You need to be centre stage in helping to highlight the gravity of a situation that begs to go out of control without your calm reasonings. The entry of Mercury at the end of the week opens the door for dialogue, but there is somebody who is too stubborn to listen to reason, and is currently seeing things only their way. Perseverance and determination have already got you where you wanted to be, so you will not tolerate any let downs, not on your watch! The scales are balanced with a warring Mars and influential Uranus showing you the pitfalls and a strong conjunction with a wily Scorpio and a hesitant Aries. Take away all pressure and eliminate stress. You can only do so much, and if others do not appreciate you’re having to hold back and why, then they are the problem. Mars serves to bring back niggles from the past, and somebody will get their come uppance if you have your way. Everything has come right for you in the end, and although you have had to do things the hard way, it was your way, and instinctively it feels so very right, and has put you back on top, where you belong. Capable of magic, and influencing changes, the Cosmic actions of Virgo and Mercury set the scene for you to work your own wonders. There is just one little thing that needs to be done; so look out for a loophole this week, when you least expect it, as the timing will be right for you to make a result that you deserve to be proud of. Challenges are just up your street, but you are finding it hard to rise to the occasion this week, as there are more important things for you to be going on with. Lately you have been holding your tongue but if ever there was a time to use effective communication then it is now with Mercury and Uranus to back you all the way. Your highly psychic energies come into play during the week to substantiate falseness and lies. You have suspected, but generously gave the benefit of the doubt to someone. Now evidence has come to light that gives you the edge on something, and your gut feeling is not to let this go unnoticed, and why should it? A wonderful week, when you seem to be able to settle many snags and are motivated to work with your innermost energies and talents to very good effect, for you, and all around you. There is so much more there for you than you think, and once motivated it is simple to see that actions with Neptune give you the back up you need!

Kenny corris

Black cat

Where would we be without friends? Whatever happens in life having someone so special as a good friend makes things so much easier. Someone to confide in and to listen to our troubles, someone who loves us enough to know us maybe better than we know ourselves; who will always be there when they are needed, and never count the cost of a true friendship. Friends have supported me for my entire life. They have become my family, and have been there when the going gets tough and there seems no way out. They have listened to me, given me advice and helped me to see alternatives when I could only really see one way ahead. They have cheered me on a day when I was low, shared my success and my troubles as an equal responsibility, and helped me have fun, which I have in turn shared with them. Yes we have laughed together and cried together through good and bad. The journey of Life is made more bearable by the addition of those special people who have reached out to us all along the way. They have picked us up when we fell and been there when we have needed them to be. Spirit has been a good friend too. The power of those who have passed over has brought many of us to our senses, helping us to find our way. Faith and belief are the wonderful elements that, if we have them, can work wonders in terms of personal achievements. If it is hard to imagine, then remember that all those who inhabit the Spirit World have had at least one life here on Earth. They know what it is like to have a broken heart, to feel

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alone and to hide from the rent man. They have lost loving members of their family, been unemployed and suffered the human emotions we are all blessed with on this Planet Earth. It is just that they have moved on. Discarding the vehicle of the human body they were given, they have realised soul survival, seen the error of our ways, and can contribute, to those who want it, in making this life a better one for us. We often learn by our mistakes. Sometimes, just sometimes we have to do things the hard way. We are motivated to survive and have instincts that support this, but we are nothing without love and respect for all we encounter, and for ourselves. Many think that this is selfish, but it is in fact self preservation, allowing us to continue to do what we have to day after day. Give yourself a daily dose of love, and you will find that there will be plenty enough love to go round to others too, when, and if they need it. Nobody can have too much love, but sadly there are the unloved and the unlovable, and they need whatever love can come their way. I look back at those people who have loved me in my lifetime so far, and they include all who stood by me, advised me, helped me, and believed in me. Love means that you never have to say or do something that isn’t right. It comes with respect and sanctity and it is the building block of a foundation of happiness we all seek, and hopefully will find. Friends are sensitive beings that have traced our pathway, like the sleekest, blackest lucky cat crossing our path; they help bring us the shared joy that we seek, and allow us to be all the better for their devotions; how lucky can you get?

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Email your letters to me at: I do not believe in God, Kenny. Does that mean that I can’t be a Spiritual Person? Someone told me that God rules the Spirit World. Amy H I wonder where these tales come from and who makes up these petty rules? You may feel that God does not exist, but have some faith in the Universe, and Universal Energy. You may worship Nature and the beauty of the Earth! The Spirit World is composed of everyday people, like me and you. On Earth we are Spirit living in a body, in the Spirit World we have crossed over from Earth to the destination of our soul. All who want to get there will do so. There is no God to judge, divide or rule us but he may well have a department called Heaven where this could be possible for those who choose to believe. Just believe in something Amy, be yourself, you’ll get your ticket to ride one day, I promise you! Take pleasure in letting something sort itself out before giving energy and love to a project that isn’t worthy of your attention right now. The Astrological year ahead is full of changes and new directions, and is waiting your approval and your adjustments, to make a start!


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. The seance was successful, apparently, without going to extremes (5,6) 9. Sailor goes back to desert (3) 10. Observe the dissertation of writing medium (4-5) 11. Horrify father, taken aback by his friend (5) 13. See the old boy start the rally (7) 14. Usual Roman disorder at 50 (6) 16. Seize part of what James Watt achieved (6) 18. The archbishop is obviously an animal of the highest order (7) 19. The dean’s chair (5) 20. Get rid of menial tie (9) 21. Take Susan a-courting? (3) 22. The enterprise apparently is lacking revenue (11)

Word Ladders

DOWN 2. Result of Bill doing something, perhaps (3) 3. Team of experts emerge from wrecked plane (5) 4. Proposal to end the standstill? (6) 5. Precipitate downpayment (7) 6. Worker on a higher level has the advantage (5,4) 7. Relation of how big, backward writer got chop (5-6) 8. One doesn’t need to offer him a penny for his thoughts (11) 12. Having no pride, it leads to utter ruin (9) 15. Greed is a besetting sin, and includes hardheartedness (7) 17. Make an exit in seminude role (6) 19. Look for about fifty who are smooth (5) 21. There’s wickedness in transgressing (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. 3D viewer (11) 9. Intimidate (3) 10. Rot (9) 11. Mischievous (5) 13. Found (7) 14. Adorn (6) 16. Satisfy (6) 18. Amorous (7) 19. Vigilant (5) 20. Showed (9) 21. Hawaiian garland (3) 22. Ancestor (11)

DOWN 2. Haul (3) 3. French sculptor (5) 4. Mystic (6) 5. Laughable (7) 6. Lying face down (9) 7. Speeds up (11) 8. Absolutely sure (4,7) 12. Assemble (9) 15. Scaled (7) 17. Feverish (6) 19. Military assistants (5) 21. Zodiac sign (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 17th August 2012

19 25 28 33 44



No ticket won the 26,921,509 Euros

Tuesday 21st August 2012


5 17 38 48


No ticket won the 34,941,089 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Tips and tricks of Spanish - 4 Grammar books will teach you “correct” Spanish, but what do the natives actually say? I WONDER if you’ve ever phoned someone up, or met them in the street and been greeted with “¡Hola guapo! or “¡Hola guapa!”. Translated as something like “Hi gorgeous”, this sounds distinctly creepy in English. However it is really a term of affection in Spanish, so you should neither take offence nor think that someone is making a pass. Just say “Hola” back calmly and carry on the conversation, although you are allowed to feel slightly more guapo or guapa as a result. Those who have studied some Spanish will know that “¡Anda!” means “Walk!” I’m not too sure therefore why it is used to express surprise, especially when we hear some unexpected news, or when something doesn’t turn out quite the way we expected. “¡Anda! ¡Qué sorpresa! – My goodness, what a surprise! Also, depending on the tone of voice, it can sometimes mean something like “come off it, you’re ‘aving a larf”. Sometimes people ask us questions that we can’t answer. In fact, it can happen to some of us quite a lot, to the point where we want to say “How should I know?” with a slight tone of exasperation. For just this situation we have the exclamation “¡Yo qué sé!” It means, “I, what do I know?” and can even have the implication of “Nobody tells me!” It’s a good one to express general unknowing and confusion. Again, depending on the way it is said, “¡Yo qué sé!” is sometimes associated with shrugging teenagers. The same is true of this expression: “¡Qué más da!” This is impossible to translate literally and make any sense of at all, so we will just stick with the actual

meaning which is “What the hell!” “Who cares?”, “Why should I care?” or any other similar expression of adolescent nonchalance you might have heard. In my beginners classes I teach the word “Ya” as something to say in the market when someone is measuring out too many apples for you – “ya” “that’s enough!” Actually “ya” has a whole multitude of meanings, and at least one that is difficult to translate. That is when someone is explaining something negative or perhaps making an excuse to you which you accept just a little reluctantly. You can reply “ya” – a bit like “Fair enough. I understand … I suppose”. I don’t know if you ever feel exhausted, but I expect you do sometimes. You may well know the word “cansado” meaning “tired”, but here’s a more expressive one for you “Estoy agotado / agotada” (I’m exhausted). Even stronger is: “estoy hecho polvo” (man) “estoy hecha polvo” (woman) (I’m finished - literally “I’m made of dust”). This is an expression you can keep for those special moments of complete annihilation. You probably know a lot of basic restaurant words, but the fact is that sometimes you are faced with a menu and little idea what of any of it is about. If you are the adventurous sort you could always ask the waiter what he or she recommends. You would say “¿Qué recomiendas?” in the familiar version, or more formally “Qué recomienda?” (missing off the final “s”) You may not understand all of the answer, but you might be blessed with something quite interesting on your plate.

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.

TWITS OF THE WEEK Mollie King@MollieTheSats: O M G i was so tired after our 22hr shoot last night i didn’t even notice my apartment’s been PAINTED!!! Only just noticed this morning!! HA x Joey Essex@JoeyEssex_: My new thing. Wearing the Swatch watch on my ankle... #fusey #anclewatch #fashion #newwwwww THE RANT Amir Khan@AmirKingKhan : Any guy who hates (including friends) would die to be me in my position in a heartbeat. #fact BUCKAROO! tom fletcher@tommcfly: Ever wonder how many studio items you can balance on Danny’s sleeping dog? Answer: Quite a lot THE FUNNY TWEETS Mike Posner@MikePosner: I’m going to Stockholm on Friday. I have no friends in Stockholm except for one. I plan to leave with at least 10. Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle: I want Julian Assange to run out of the Embassy wearing a biscuit suit & try to persuade an army of pigeons to carry him to Ecuador. Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5: Just saw a guy eat a bogey at the lights! Do you roll + flick, eat or wipe bogeys?! #debate

Life books

Danny Collins -


THE MAIN plot of this gripping novel is set in southern France. Where ancient stone farmhouses are snapped up by foreign buyers anxious to own a retreat from the traumas of life spent in the cities of Europe. One such man is Anthony Verey, an established antique dealer from Pimlico with a fading libido, who has tired of dealing in recession-hit London and is equally weary of the nubile young men who once incessantly occupied his bedroom and his thoughts. His adored sister Veronica lives in the area with her lesbian partner Kitty and, to Kitty’s consternation, Anthony moves in with the couple while he seeks his pied-a-terre in the sun. He sets his sights on Mas Lunel, a decrepit stone farmhouse owned by alcoholic Aramon Lunel, whose sister, the epileptic Audrun, lives in a nearby bungalow and plots her revenge against her brother for his collusion with their dead father in the crimes against her in her youth. Her final revenge is ingenious and complete and it involves Verey, his sister, and her lover. The storyline is masterly plotted with a surprise ending. I recommend the book to anyone who likes to try to outguess the author but you’ll find that difficult with a writer of the calibre of Rose Tremain.

Suduko Answer

Author: Rose Tremain Publisher: Vintage (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 0 099 47845 4

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Life health


Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

Why I am so hated by the Tobacco Barons HELLO, MY name is Mark Phoenix Murphy AdvDhp MIAPH MNRAH, and I specialise in helping people quit smoking in just 30 minutes (after a free 30 minute consultation!) I am hated by the tobacco industry because all they want to do is make it very difficult for you, their ‘customer’, to give up your habit. I annoy them by making it very easy for you! In fact smoking cigarettes is the biggest con trick of your mind ever invented! Just think about this for one moment...Millions of people have been convinced that when they smoke a cigarette it’ll make them feel happy, relaxed and in control. What a joke! When you smoke a cigarette, 4,000 different poisonous chemicals are sucked straight into your body via your mouth and lungs and enter your bloodstream which spreads poison all around your body at a very fast rate... One of the first things to happen is your blood pressure rises (no stress relief then?) and your heart beats faster (definitely not relaxed!) YOUR LIFE IS dictated by YOUR MOST DOMINANT THOUGHT

And yet many people find it ‘difficult’ to stop or quit smoking because their most dominant thought is it’s going to be difficult to stop or quit! What I do, with hypnosis, is use a proven method to help you take control of your life as a natural non-smoker. My methods are unique to the IAPH and I am a practitioner of this amazing method on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. I do this by taking you through a specific, stepby-step system that gets you to realise how easy it is to stop without cravings, withdrawal symptoms or irritations or gimmicks. I will help you unlearn everything you think you have learned from Smoking, I will tell you the things that the Tobacco Barons do not want to tell you. I use tried and trusted methods that have been shown to be 92.5%* successful. It frustrates them that I can help you see how they trick you, their customer, into believing that you are addicted. How they make you believe that a cigarette can make you calm and relaxed, when in fact it does the complete opposite. I will put you back in

Quit smoking in just 30 minutes

control…for good! I will convince you in 30 minutes of a free consultation that you will be that non smoker, if not, there is No Charge! So... If you want to stop smoking easily, and change your life, alk away from my clinics free from that nasty habit of smoking, feeling proud, confident, fitter and healthier. If you’ve decided to become a non-smoker now, just pick up your ‘phone and call me directly on 654 202 996 or via my website at or even Skype me for free “HypnoSpain” Your investment in becoming a nonsmoker is just 1 hour (30 minutes of Hypnotherapy) of your life and only at a specially discounted rate of 85€ (normal price 140€”) I am so sure that this method will work I will offer you a free booster

session within the first month. If you are suffering from Being overweight, Depression, Mood swings, Anxiety, Phobias, Pain, OCD, Sexual Dysfunction please call for a FREE initial conversation. “Mark Phoenix Murphy... You Sir are a Legend. :) Thank U for everything you’ve done for me. If truth be told, I was sceptical when you said you’d help me, but heck, credit where its due fella, you are damn good at your job” Trisha Meehan “Hi Mark, just a quick note say a huge thanks for making me a non-smoker. I saw you on 29/12/2011 and I am still cigarette free! You did a great job and I have told everyone about you” Cheers Sandra Please go to my website for other testimonials and statistics.

Please call Mark now on 654 202 996 to book your free initial consultation or visit him at Mark’s clinics are held at the Family Medical Centre, Albir; The International Clinic Moraira; The Physical Therapy Clinic Villamartin and the Dental Clinic Camposol in total confidentiality.


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Life health


Dawn Blythe S.R.N. R.M.

Family Medical Centre, Albir

Continuity of infant and childhood care IN THE UK there is a team of professionals dedicated to caring for the wellbeing of infants. From birth to leaving school, the first professional responsible for the care of a newborn being the Midwife who offers care and support from birth throughout the post-natal period. The Midwife will then hand over care to a Health Visitor responsible for monitoring the infant by making regular developmental milestone assessments. She will also be available for general care and advice which is a tremendous support for new parents. Ultimately, care will be handed over to a School Nurse. Although many parents will actually never meet the School Nurse, she will be there in the background ensuring the child’s wellbeing. She will monitor the child’s immunisation programme and be

available to advise on childhood concerns such as enuresis (bed wetting); behavioural or emotional problems; dietary worries (poor or fussy eaters) etc. and work in close liaison with the child’s teacher so any concerns can be promptly addressed. Unfortunately, this high level of support is rarely available in Spain via the social healthcare system (NHS). Therefore it is advisable for families new to Spain to research the care available in their area. For a child to be admitted to any reputable guarderia (nursery) the parents must show that all childhood immunisations are correct and up to date. Unbelievably, the infant immunisation programme varies from country to country

throughout Europe. If a child has started immunisations in the UK (or elsewhere) then moves to Spain, a Practice Nurse qualified to administer childhood immunisations will need to look at the child’s current immunisation record. After lengthy discussion with the parents a new immunisation schedule will be planned for the child in line with the Spanish programme. This is especially important for children entering the Spanish school system. School medicals are also required by most Spanish schools. It is a good idea for parents to book these in advance as every year there is a rush for school medicals, sometimes resulting in a delay of the child being able to start school in September!

This article was written by Dawn Blythe, Midwife, Family Medical Centre, Albir. Should you wish to speak to Dawn about any Midwifery issue please call 96 686 5072 or email

An alarming survey reveals 40% of ER patients Diabetic THE RESULTS of a survey on 300 patients visiting the emergency room at the Marina Baixa Hospital have shown that an alarming 40% of ER patients are diabetic and unaware of their condition. 96% of diabetics attending ER ‘do so for reasons other than diabetes’, though often with ‘related or associated diseases with Diabetes’. A further 75% had hypertension and 55% had cholesterol problems.


24 - 30 august 2012

Life events

Viva España: home of the authentic Flamenco spectacular A MUSICAL journey around the sights and sound of the Spanish Flamenco awaits when you visit Viva España, founded in 1977 and internationally famous for its unique and spectacular shows, serving the finest Mediterranean cuisine every Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime (also Friday nights in summer months). The ‘Viva España Spectacular’ is a show not to be missed; the true expression of traditional Flamenco with dancers famous throughout Spain and beyond. The fire and grace; the gunshot heel-work of the dancers; the phenomenal sound of the guitars… This is Flamenco as it should be with passion, fire and stories of love won and lost. Come and experience the magical authentic Spanish Flamenco at Viva Espana. The dinner show has an alluring special menu including 4 tapas, a delicious main course, dessert, and a bottle of wine: fantastic value for just 28€. A further rare exclusive in the Valencian communityis the famous Andalusian Horse Show on 25th August, and 1st September: the extravaganza includes dinner and a Flamenco Show (The 28€ menu is not included on these Andalusian evenings). Elegant dressage demonstrations are performed by riders on beautiful Cartagena horses. All these fabulous spectacles are performed on a 1 metre high stage ensuring everyone in the house can have a perfect view from wherever they are sitting. Viva Espana is truly a family concern: the kitchen is under the direction of mother of the family, Maria Julia. The Restaurant has a classical setting and décor that enhances your visit. Not to be missed is the Viva Espana Menu del Dia available from Tuesday to Friday consisting of Salad, Paella, and dessert: all with wine and bread for only 9.50€, lovingly prepared under the watchful eye of Mama. With seating for over 300, the restaurant is also ideal for corporate dinners, weddings, communions, or any special event. Viva España, located on the N332, Km216 between the towns of Oliva and

Come and experience the magical authentic Spanish Flamenco

Alqueria, close to Gandia and adjacent to exit 61 on the AP7. Booking is essential. See our advert below for the latest news of our special events. Please call 96 285 0018 or 96 285 1931 for further details and reservations or email:

PEPA fun day PEPA is to host a Fun Day on Friday 31st August at Restaurante La Visteta, Barx: 13kms inland from Gandia situated on top of the highest mountain in the Safor Valley. The market will start at 10am with a wide variety of stalls attending. A ‘Pamper Area’ will be around the pool with all kinds of lovely things for those who like a bit of spoiling! Reiki; Massage; Hair & Beauty and more… For music lovers there will be three hours’ of nonstop live music provided by some of the very talented musicians and singers we are lucky enough to have on the Costa Blanca. Compere and singer ‘Freddie Kool’ will introduce music spanning at least 50yrs with ‘Encore’, a smooth harmony duo rapidly becoming very popular on the Costa Blanca singing swing and jazz from the 40’s and 50’s Johnny Johnson, a golden voice from a Golden Era - the 50s – and the very talented Barry Caulfied will present a Blues/Rock acoustic set from the 60s - and of course our very own ‘Freddie’ with his great range of songs from the 70s and 80s. A great family day out with refreshments, children’s play area, fun stalls and more in a fabulous setting for a fabulous cause - all in aid of PEPA to raise money for abandoned animals: please help us to help them! For more information call Jaine on 634 386 583, email or visit some pitches still available for stalls - plenty of parking and dogs allowed!

Life music Strikland

Laguna Ribs Bar @ Javea Karting: Saturday 25th August: 9.30pm

THE LEGEND that is Adam King has fronted Strikland from the off! The singer and focal point of the band lays claim to owning more front than Southend. The other original members are Nick Hollings, keyboardist and organiser in chief, along with the band’s bedrock, bassist Rowdy Willemsen. Later additions are guitarist supreme Mike Conn, ex Rock of Ages, and drummer Phil Cox, proud owner of the largest drum kit in captivity. Their sets are, in the main, Disco Inferno meets Boogie Shoes, mixed with a smattering of crowd pleasing rock and pop from the last thirty years. If you desire a ‘let your hair down night’, find out whether this is the ultimate Costa party band! For more information visit

ET’s Mobile Disco: El Cid Bar/Restaurant, Benidoleig ET’s Mobile Disco is appearing at the El Cid Restaurant & Bar, Benidoleig on Tuesday 28th August from 7.30pm, playing the classic party sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s. This will be a ‘Ribs Night’: succulent BBQ Ribs with hickory smoke sauce, chips, homemade coleslaw and salad at 7.90€. Eric Taylor first started his ET’s Mobile Disco in the 70s and continued running it on the South Coast in UK until he moved to Spain. ‘ET’ is well known on the Costa Blanca for playing the best party sounds: great atmosphere - fun to be had by all. He is also the afternoon presenter, from 2–5 pm, with ‘Heat Gold’ Radio Station, based in Benitachell, broadcasting on 94.1 and 94.4FM or worldwide through their website: For bookings and details of future events at El Cid, check out their website: or phone 96 640 4364.

Sharni ON FRIDAY 24th August, Sharni, will be appearing at Rusty’s Bar & Restaurant in Benitachell/Moraira (next to Mercadona). Chloe Hooper has been the resident singer at Rusty’s on a Friday night for the past five years but has now returned to work in the UK. Sharni has over twenty years’ experience in the entertainment business with residencies in five star hotels in the Middle East and major holiday/leisure resorts in the UK. Since arriving in Spain, Sharni has been in great demand at many venues in the area and she now has a full laser & light show. She is ideal for cabaret, dancing or easy listening – singing hits from the 60’s to the present day, from a repertoire which she constantly up-dates. For bookings and more info check out her new web site: AUGUST GIGS - Friday 24th - Rusty’s Bar & Rte - Benitachell/Moraira (next to Mercadona) - Saturday 25th - Platino’s Lounge Bar, Arenal - Javea - Sunday 26th - Bar La Copa - Calpe: 10pm - Tuesday 28th- Monte Vista Pool Bar - Cumbre del Sol - Thursday 30th - So What Bar, Av de Europa - Calpe - Friday 31st - Rusty’s Bar & Rte Benitachell/Moraira (next to Mercadona)

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24 - 30 august 2012

Life people

Break a leg Sam!

Sam Cox (centre)

THE VALERIE Jean School of Dance and The Stage School are now preparing for the new Autumn term after a long summer holiday. The students were extremely busy during the Spring/ summer term, studying for dance and LAMDA exams, the summer spectaculars ‘Dance Revolution’ and ‘Annie’, not forgetting the Javea International Festival! However, it will be all go upon their return, as the eager youngsters start rehearsing for their Christmas show to be performed on Saturday 15th December at The Careline Theatre, Alcalali. It will be a Christmas special for all the family and guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. There is also exciting news of a brand new funky street class starting for children aged 6 -9 years, commencing on Tuesday 11th of September at the L’Ancora studios, Javea. This welcome addition to the dancing school’s already packed timetable will see brand new, younger students enjoying the

energy and fun that street dance has to offer. If you would like to enrol your child for this or any of the classes available please call Valerie on 667 989 430 or Lucy 634 326 630, email or visit or SAM Teachers Valerie Jean Bale, Lucy Glister and Emma Devine, would like to wish 16-year-old, Sam Cox the best of luck as he continues his studies in the UK! Sam, a student at the schools for the past five years, gained a full time, three year scholarship, worth £52,000 at the prestigious Performers College, Essex, where he will continue his vocational training this September. The teachers agree that this is all down to his hard work and dedication and want to say: “Break a leg, Sam! We are very proud of you!”

Women in Business support local shelter

MEMBERS OF the Women In Business committee presented a cheque for 600€ to one of the women’s shelters they support in Pedreguer. In attendance were the devoted ladies who run the shelter, the Major or Pedreguer and also the Managing Director of Mas y Mas. This is just one of several shelters for women and their children that WIB helps to support in the Marina Alta area. Money is raised through the events WIB organise throughout the year, the next the annual White Ribbon Day event – an international day to raise awareness about domestic violence. The WIB event will take place at the Parador, Javea, on Sunday 25th November with a lively mix of local businesses selling their wares and services, live entertainment, competitions and fun for all the family. Do come along and help support the cause. If you are a local business and would like to take a stand at the fair, please visit or Facebook page The event will be widely advertised and promoted in local newspapers as well as through our long-term sponsors Female Focus and new sponsors Bay Radio.

Life food

24 - 30 august 2012

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

So, when was the last time you checked your equipment? WITH MORE and more gadgets being made available to assist with our daily grind any time gained and is spare is taken up reading the instructions (or not), charging the recharging things up or having them endlessly serviced. The car now just needs to be plugged in and there is a fridge now that will tell you what needs ordering because you’ve just run out of it, whether you enjoyed it or not is not asked and its irrespective of whether you were just trying to get rid of it in the first place, it’s a pity they don’t have an automatic ‘clean yourself’ button. Now I know for sure that I am not alone in having a tool box stuffed full of spanners and screwdrivers although which type they once were remains a mystery Metric? AF? BSF? And as for the screwdrivers - all the ends are missing. Yes I have a drill but the key to undo the chuck is missing so I have the perfect excuse not to build or repair anything because… I don’t have the tools. I confess that I have used a cheap chisel in an attempt to undo a reluctant screw but it broke the top off so now it serves no purpose other than to clutter up my garage space. However, I would never, ever, use a knife as a screwdriver or a chisel as I am rather particular about my kitchen equipment and that includes a range of strangely named weird and wonderful knives and cutters, gadgets and gizmos, a huge professional cooker and more especially a fridge.

people claim not to be able to cook when in fact it’s just the equipment that’s letting them down. Yes you can open Oysters with a screwdriver but

In hot weather we all ask our fridges to cool whatever we have made or bought from the Supermarket and remain cool whilst we reload it. Even though we leave the door open for ages in the hot weather it must remain working in tip top condition whilst we decide what to eat, as well as where to find it, and still be able to produce an endless supply chilled wine, beer and ice for those hectic end of days with family and friends. It really is not down to luck that your fridge decides to pack up on the hottest of days. So when exactly was the last time you checked you’re equipment or cleaned your fridge out? Our procedures at work and at home included a regular and complete emptying and cleaning of the fridges as well as cleaning the vents at the back with a vacuum cleaner which allows fresh air to pass around the motor more easily. It’s not surprising that so many

it’s much easier with the proper tool. Why do you think the demonstrations that I give are using my equipment? The chopping boards are clean and sterilised, the knives are sharp and I know what I’m doing. There is no need to spend a lot of money either, just one good knife or peeler will do to start and practice the way our staff did, seeing just how many whole complete slices you can get from a single orange. For the younger ones we used to have races to find out how many pounds of potatoes or onions could be peeled in just one minute - believe me picking the right peeler or knife for the job was the secret every time. So, if you want to buy yourself a little present or a last minute extra gift for your partner you could do worse than find a decent potato peeler first.

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”



24 - 30 august 2012

Life showbiz goss Respect, respect, respect


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Who loves ya baby boy!

THERE’RE NOT many of you out there that have not been taken by the work of Annie Lennox over the years, a recording career that began way back in 1979 when she started up with fellow scot Dave Stewart in The Tourists, after which they changed their name to Eurythmics in ’81, enjoying exceptional success in the mid-eighties, through to current when she can deliver a song with such class as she did with ‘Little Bird’ at the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Such an incredible journey through the shark-infested waters that are the music business can only command the highest respect for such a survivor, and certainly from where I’m sitting, when Annie makes a reference to the world of music everybody should listen. Such was the case last week when it was reported that Annie had been offered a role as a judge on The Voice in the wake of Tom Jones almost certainly about to pull out; another great survivor who shouldn’t have been there in the first place. But I digress… Annie did what you would expect her to do and turned the job down, even though her record company is Universal, the BBC’s partner in the show. This very positive stance was augmented by a source close to Annie telling the Daily Mirror: “Annie has been vocal in the past about her distaste for talent shows so it would have been somewhat hypocritical to take part.” That was a source talking and not Annie herself, whose comments I would like to suggest could well have been white hot at even being asked to belittle herself with such innate tripe. There are few ‘celebrities’ who sit on these judging panels that are there for anything other than furthering their careers and stacking up piles of cash, and I salute you Annie Lennox for keeping rock ‘n’ roll alive and well.

This next item is a tale about a little guy whom I’ve bashed about quite a bit over this past year, but when I read the latest episode in the life of baby boy Bieber I couldn´t help but feel I should try and make some amends for my relentless tirade of ´put up or shut up’ references I´ve laid on the poor chap. We can all only imagine what it’s like being hounded day after day by the press and fans alike, but we tend to make it come out okay in our minds by saying something along the lines of ‘that’s the price of fame’ or ‘I wouldn’t mind if it was me’. An example of what I´m talking about took place last month when wee Justin had to deal with a high speed car chase in the busy main streets of LA last when he was pursued by photographers, one of whom was charged with reckless driving - and baby boy himself was pulled over for speeding … Pretty nutty, huh? … Then there was

last week when Justin told Vibe magazine: “I’ve had people hiding in my garbage cans overnight to catch pictures of me - crazy things happen.” Yep! … I’ll agree with that! … That’s crazy! Then the wee laddie tore at my heart strings big-time when he rather openly revealed: “I still have a lot of growing up to do, and admit that I’ve only just started shaving! I hate shaving; it’s really going to suck when I have to start shaving every day.” … Does that get you or what!

Guitars of the caribbean! Johnny Depp is not having the best of times in the wake of his split with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, and it has been reported that one of Depp’s best pals Alice Cooper has offered to take him on tour with his band to help shake off the relationship blues. The friendship between the two men originates from the fact that Depp didn’t actually arrive in Hollywood to be an actor, with Alice Cooper explaining: “Johnny came to Hollywood to play guitar - he didn’t come as an actor at all.” An added slice of information on this subject is that Johnny boy has been showing off his musical skills quite a bit in recent months having joined Marilyn Manson in the studio to record a new version of Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’. I wonder if he knows Johnny D Goode?

24 - 30 august 2012

Life TV


24th - 30th August

FRIDAY 24th August BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 In with the Flynns 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Come Fly with Me

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 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 Coast 13:10 Hands on Nature 13:40 Dangerous Moonlight 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Parade’s End 23:00 The World of Parade’s End 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show

SATURDAY 25th August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Jessica Ennis: Golden Girl 14:30 British Olympic Dreams 15:00 Live Challenge Cup Rugby League 18:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:20 Total Wipeout 19:20 Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl 21:30 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News 23:30 Match of the Day


07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Project Parent 08:55 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:20 Dennis & Gnasher 09:30 The Slammer 10:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 10:30 Incredible Edibles 11:00 Cop School 11:30 Splatalot 12:00 Copycats 12:30 OOglies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 14:25 Gymnast 15:55 Tara Road 17:30 Final Score 18:15 Coast 18:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 BBC Proms 2012 23:30 TOTP2 24:30 Before Sunrise

SUNDAY 26 August

ITV1 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 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Tonight 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Corrie Goes to Kenya 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 We Own the Night



07:25 The Treacle People 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:25 Come Dine with Me 11:55 Come Dine with Me 12:25 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Three in a Bed 14:35 Channel 4 Presents 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 23:00 Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World

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 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Reza, Spice Prince of India 12:40 Andy Bates Street Feasts 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Hard Ground 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:15 The Bachelor

07:00 Switched 07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Switched 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 07:45 Supernanny US 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:10 Judge Judy 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 09:15 Supernanny US 10:25 The Real Housewives 10:10 One Tree Hill of Orange County 11:05 Ugly Betty 11:15 The Real Housewives 12:05 Desperate Housewives of New York City 13:00 Scrubs 12:10 Judge Judy 13:35 Hollyoaks 12:35 Judge Judy 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 13:00 Emmerdale 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 13:30 Emmerdale 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Big Bang Theory 16:40 The Real Housewives 16:00 Rules of Engagement of Orange County 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:40 The Real Housewives 17:00 Ugly Betty of New York City 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:35 Judge Judy 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Peter Andre’s 19:30 The Big Bang Theory Bad Boyfriend Club 20:00 Hollyoaks 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness 20:30 How I Met Your Mother World Records 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness 21:30 2 Broke Girls World Records 22:00 Die Hard 2 22:00 Notting Hill 24:30 The Only Way Is Essex 24:20 Revenge








07:00 Mini CITV 08:20 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 14:20 ITV News and Weather 14:25 The Hit Factory: The Stock Aitken & Waterman Story 15:25 Countrywise 16:00 A View to a Kill 18:30 Granada News 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Red or Black? 20:45 The X Factor 22:00 Red or Black? 22:45 The Jonathan Ross Show 23:45 ITV News and Weather 24:00 Duplicity

07:25 British Formula Ford Championship 07:55 BG Energy Challenge 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 V Festival 2012 10:25 iTunes Festival 2012 10:45 New Girl 11:15 Revenge 12:15 Suburgatory 12:50 Summer Daze 13:25 The Big Bang Theory 14:20 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 The Simpsons 17:25 Come Dine with Me 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Whatever Happened to Harry Hill? 21:30 Harry Hill 22:00 C4’s 30 Greatest Comedy Shows 24:05 C4’s Greatest Comedy: The Winner Is

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:25 Celebrity Big Brother 13:55 Monkey Life 14:30 Blue Thunder 16:30 Mary Higgins Clark’s We’ll Meet Again 18:20 Jesse Stone: No Remorse 20:05 5 News Weekend 20:10 NCIS 21:00 NCIS 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:10 CSI: Miami 24:10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation






07:00 Mini CITV 08:20 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 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:40 The X Factor 14:55 The Unforgettable... 15:25 Columbo 17:25 Doc Martin 18:25 The Talent Show Story 19:30 Granada News and Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 The Chase 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 22:00 The Last Weekend 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:15 Tomorrow Never Dies

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Ironman Triathlon 08:00 Channel 4 Presents 08:05 Road to London 2012: Paralympics Extra 08:35 Surfing Special: The Endless Winter 09:00 Will & Grace 09:55 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:25 Jamie Does... 14:25 The Big Bang Theory 15:20 The Simpsons 15:50 The Simpsons 16:20 Three in a Bed 17:20 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Deal or No Deal 19:20 Channel 4 News 19:50 19:55 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 22:00 Peter Kay Live at the Manchester Arena 23:00 Bad Sugar 23:50 Black Books 24:20 Dylan Moran Live: Yeah, Yeah

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:20 Celebrity Big Brother 13:30 World’s Scariest Near Misses 14:20 What about Bob? 16:10 The Kid 18:20 Mutt Ugly: World’s Ugliest Dog 19:20 Beauty and the Beast 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Two Weeks Notice 24:55 Frontline Police

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:30 Emmerdale 10:10 Coronation Street 12:40 Winners & Losers 13:40 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 14:40 The Only Way Is Essex 15:25 The Only Way Is Essex 16:10 Free Willy 3: the Rescue 18:00 Beethoven 19:45 The X Factor 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:45 The Fugitive

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:10 Scrubs 08:40 Scrubs 09:10 Summer Daze 09:45 Hollyoaks 12:20 Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 Listen 14:50 How I Met Your Mother 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Charlie’s Angels 17:05 New Girl 17:35 Suburgatory 18:05 Revenge 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 Volcano 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 2 Broke Girls 24:35 New Girl

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:15 Coronation Street 09:15 Emmerdale 12:15 Take Me Out 13:30 Twins 15:40 America’s Got Talent 17:30 America’s Got Talent 18:25 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 20:00 About a Boy 22:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:15 The Xtra Factor 23:15 Mamma Mia!

07:00 Switched 07:45 Heartland 08:30 Life Unexpected 09:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:30 Supernanny US 11:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Revenge 14:20 How I Met Your Mother 14:50 How I Met Your Mother 15:20 Scrubs 15:45 Scrubs 16:15 Alvin and the Chipmunks 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 Rules of Engagement 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 My Stepmother Is an Alien 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory



07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 BBC News 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Homes Under the Hammer 14:05 Bargain Hunt 15:05 Cash in the Attic 15:45 Escape to the Country 16:45 Ocean Giants 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 The Indian Doctor 19:05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Britain’s Hidden Heritage 20:30 Countryfile 21:30 Inspector George Gently 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 In with the Flynns 24:55 Flashbacks of a Fool


07:00 Childrens TV 07:30 Dipdap 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Paradise Cafe 08:55 Arthur 09:20 Dennis & Gnasher 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:55 Shaun the Sheep 10:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 10:30 Junior Bake Off 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Great British Bake Off 13:30 MotoGP 15:00 Live Athletics 18:00 Oceans 19:00 TOTP2 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 22:00 Toughest Place to Be 23:00 Murder 24:00 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints


24 - 30 august 2012

Life TV

24th - 30th August

MONDAY 27th August BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Heir Hunters 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Saints and Scroungers 12:15 Animal 24:7 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News at One 14:15 Regional News and Weather 14:20 Paulie 15:45 BBC Proms 2012 16:30 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 17:45 Pointless 18:30 BBC News 18:50 Regional News 19:00 Countryfile 20:00 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2012 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 The One Show 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:10 Regional News and Weather 23:20 Citizen Khan 23:50 Gavin & Stacey 24:20 Eagle Eye

07:00 Childrens TV 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:10 To Buy or Not to Buy 13:40 Build My Gallows High 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Dig WW2 with Dan Snow 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 22:00 Horizon 23:00 James May’s Things You Need to Know 23:30 Precious (Base on Nol by Saf) (Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire)

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:25 60 Minute Makeover 14:30 ITV News 14:40 Granada News 14:45 Countrywise 15:05 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 17:00 An Audience with Barry Manilow 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Harry’s Mountain Heroes 23:30 ITV News 23:40 Granada News 23:45 Serenity

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Will & Grace 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Frasier 11:05 Frasier 11:35 Come Dine with Me 14:20 Sense and Sensibility 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 Channel 4 Presents 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 The Restoration Man 22:00 Alan Carr Live: Spexy Beast 23:00 The Boyle Variety Performance 24:10 The Inbetweeners 24:40 Harry Enfield Presents 24:45 Norbert Smith: A Life

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Castle Farm 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Ultimate Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Monkey Life 15:45 Looney Tunes 15:55 The Wizard of Oz 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Andy Bates Street Feasts 19:30 Looney Tunes 19:35 Alone Among Grizzlies 21:00 Frontline Police 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Celebrity Wedding Planner 24:00 Celebrity 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 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Only Way Is Essex 11:10 Free Willy 3: the Rescue 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 Planet’s Funniest Animals 16:50 *batteries not included 18:55 Babe 20:45 The X Factor 22:00 The Incredible Hulk 24:15 Lemon La Vida Loca

TUESDAY 28th August



07:00 Switched 07:25 Supernanny US 08:10 One Tree Hill 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Rules of Engagement 09:50 Supernanny US 10:45 Ugly Betty 11:40 Desperate Housewives 12:40 Hollyoaks 13:10 Alvin and the Chipmunks 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 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 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Beaver Falls 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 Celebrity Bedlam








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 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 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Trade Your Way to the USA 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Accused 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Lock Up 24:15 Citizen Khan

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Coast 13:05 To Buy or Not to Buy 13:50 Days of Glory 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Dig WW2 with Dan Snow 21:00 Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 James May’s Things You Need to Know 24:50 The World of Parade’s End

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 and Weather 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Corrie Goes to Kenya 24:35 UEFA Champions League

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Channel 4 Presents 13:40 A Place in the Sun 14:40 River Cottage 14:50 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 Channel 4 Presents 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 Islam: The Untold Story 23:35 Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder: The Big Clear Out 24:40 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Castle Farm 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Ultimate Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Incident in a Small Town 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Andy Bates Street Feasts 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 21:00 Born to Kill 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Nanny 911 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 Judge Judy 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 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Notting Hill

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Supernanny US 11:05 Ugly Betty 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 Ugly Betty 18:00 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 Suburgatory 23:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 23:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 24:00 The Cleveland Show 24:30 The Ricky Gervais Show

WEDNESDAY 29th August BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 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 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Jedward’s Big Adventure 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 The Flowerpot Gang 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Have I Got News for You

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 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 Coast 13:20 Gunga Din 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Dig WW2 with Dan Snow 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 Vexed 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Midwives

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 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Corrie Years 21:00 Super Tiny Animals 22:00 Britain Then and Now 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Jacket

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Come Dine with Me 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:25 Come Dine with Me 11:55 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 The Odyssey 13:40 A Place in the Sun 14:45 Channel 4 Presents 14:50 Sabrina 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony 24:20 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

07:00 Childrens TV 09:55 Castle Farm 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Ultimate Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Thicker than Water 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Andy Bates Street Feasts 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Secret Interview 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 John Barrowman’s Dallas 23:40 John Barrowman’s Dallas 24:10 Celebrity Big Brother 24:35 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 23:00 Total Recall

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 09:35 Rules of Engagement 10:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 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 Big Momma’s House 2 23:00 Celebrity Bedlam 23:35 Rude Tube 24:35 The IT Crowd


24 - 30 august 2012

THURSDAY 30th August BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 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 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Roy 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Good Cop 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Neighbourhood Watched 24:20 Duplex

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 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 Coast 13:20 To Buy or Not to Buy 13:50 Hotel Reserve 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Live Athletics 22:00 Volcano Live 23:00 The Boss Is Back 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Rob Brydon Show 24:50 James May’s Things You Need to Know

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 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 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 Britain by Night 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Poms in Paradise

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Freshly Squeezed 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 16:25 Deal or No Deal 17:25 Come Dine with Me 17:55 The Simpsons 18:25 Paralympic Games 2012 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 23:30 The Last Leg with Adam Hills 24:15 The Odyssey 24:50 A Running Jump

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Ultimate Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 McBride 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Andy Bates Street Feasts 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Stansted: The Inside Story 21:00 Revealed 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Judge Judy 07:55 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:50 The Only Way Is Essex 09:35 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:50 Kindergarten Cop 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:30 Lemon La Vida Loca

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 09:35 Rules of Engagement 10:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 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 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 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 Franklin & Bash 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

Crossword solutions CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Rome; 3 Stampede; 9 Minimum; 10 Nepal; 11 Red letter day; 13 Encase; 15 Orange; 17 Frontispiece; 20 Aloft; 21 Onerous; 22 Mistress; 23 Feed. Down: 1 Remarked; 2 Mined; 4 Tomato; 5 Minor prophet; 6 Explain; 7 Eels; 8 Impersonator; 12 Released; 14 Cargoes; 16 Pilots; 18 Elope; 19 Balm.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Fade; 3 Cupboard; 9 Amateur; 10 Macaw; 11 Song of praise; 13 Modest; 15 Edison; 17 Stormy petrel; 20 Unfit; 21 Outlaws; 22 Enlisted; 23 Stud. Down: 1 Fearsome; 2 Drain; 4 Unripe; 5 Bombardments; 6 Accuses; 7 Dawn; 8 Demonstrates; 12 Enclosed; 14 Dutiful; 16 Bygone; 18 React; 19 Rule. Wordwheel: OBSESSION

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat 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 24th August at 6.30pm. Let’s Talk features the amazing Benidorn magician Martin John and prolific local war writer Michael Parker. Tomorrow, Saturday 25th at 6pm, Celebrity Archive sees Simon Baldock interviewing one of Britain’s leading photographers, Lord Lichfield. On Sunday 26th at 7.30pm, the Hayes Guide features Santa Pola; one of the Mediterranean’s busiest fishing ports. On Monday 27th at 6pm, San Fulgencio

Fiestas highlights a selection of the best band and entertainers from the 2010 fiestas in La Marina. On Tuesday 28th at 7.15pm, Youth Tube features a group of local youngsters getting together to talk about their experiences of living here on the Costas. On Wednesday 29th at 6pm, a Let’s Talk Special sees Mark Rose interviewing three times former WBC super middleweight Robin Reid and finally on Thursday 30th at 6.30pm, it’s time for An Evening of Laughter with Dramatic Licence, one of the Costa’s top amateur dramatic theatre groups performing a variety of plays. 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

24 - 30 august 2012

Life cars


Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Big decisions on new speed limits THE SPANISH Government is currently discussing the modification of speed limits based on advice from Trafico, which for new readers is the equivalent of the UK DVLA/VOSA of Spain and Trafico are very much involved in all transport in Spain including collating accident statistics with recommendations that can become new laws to lower them (or eliminate them altogether). Sadly, the official statistics show that the biggest killer in accidents is where drivers are going too fast for road-conditions whether these are due to narrow roads, crowded roads, bad weather, poor vehicle condition or drivers not fit to drive as the results are now proving that many drivers are either drunk behind the wheel or are suffering from a legal or illegal drugs intake or they are just driving tired: all the height of stupidity as the rest of us will admit.  The most shocking fact is that the worst cause of fatality is speeding and 80% of accidents involve only one vehicle.   This means that far

too many drivers are inept behind the wheel and should be restricted to a much lower speed, which may happen if the figures do not improve soon just as in France the government is talking about all vehicles having a breathalyser device (this is in addition to the new law where already we all have to carry a breathalyser in France) fitted to the vehicle so that the driver has to blow into before the engine will start. This will also probably involve special card driving licences that will have to be inserted in a slot in the car to identify the driver. With the planned ‘black boxes’ that may be fitted in vehicles this means that any failure to pass the breath test can also be sent to the insurance company or a Trafico office via satellite, thus affecting premiums.  The mind boggles when all the possibilities are researched and all because many drivers are dangerous in their attitudes to driving. But Trafico has proclaimed that the most accidents occur on secondary

Driving too fast causes many accidents

roads, those that are main roads but usually two-way rural roads where the maximum speed at the moment is 70 to 100kph - it is suggested that the limit on these will be lowered very soon to 90kph.    My experiences at this time, here in Andalucia, are that the secondary roads outside of the towns are not very crowded outside of the towns and this is probably due to the very high

unemployment rates causing people to use their vehicles only when strictly needed. Anyway we are all going to suffer for the failures of the few who pass their tests and do not take any advanced driving courses to make sure they are really competent drivers.   Perhaps we need police motorcyclists that cannot be easily identified to patrol the roads.  The usual two Guardia Civil riders are too easy to notice.

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

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

WE RECENTLY advised readers of potential increase in green fees as a result of the stupid tax increases levied on or sport by the Spanish government. Real Federacion Española de Golf is appealing against the decision to classify golf now as a sport industry rather than a tourist industry classification. The likely success of this appeal now seems minimal at best, having spoken to a number of influential people. IVA on a green fee will increase from 8% to 21% with effect from 1st September. The Spanish government sees golfers as an elite group in Spain with plenty of disposable income, able to afford to pay more for a green fee than they do now. I don’t know what World the government is living in but it is not the real World for sure. Golf tourism accounts for a huge percentage of Spain’s annual income and what they are doing with this stupid reclassification is driving people out of golf in the immediate future and making golf here in Spain even more expensive compared to other countries than it already is. The number of golf courses in South Easter Spain has increased by around 30% in recent years and the number of golf tourists has decreased by somewhere

in the region of 15%. Tell me please where the sense is in making our sport more expensive? Now I know full well we all complain about the visitors from Northern Europe who come along in Autumn and Winter and take our tee times but without these visitors and the money they bring to our small part of the World we will see golf get so expensive that practically nobody here could afford to play the game and courses will shut at an alarming rate. Some of our golf courses are going to try to honour bookings made by 1st September in regard to price but that will only be a short term solution to the thousands of golfers who can barely afford to play at the moment. What happens when the green fee prices increase about 5€ per player is the expected amount - to collect the 13% increase imposed by the government? There is no doubt in my mind that the Spanish government are attempting to get foreigners and expats to pay for their past incompetence and the time they kept their heads buried in the sand, with the attitude that ‘if ignored all will go away’. We have news for them. They need to enter the real World and see what is really going on here before it’s too late.

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 The decision of the editor of RYN will be final in making the winning selection.

QUESTION FOR 24TH AUGUST 2012 Who is the American Ryder Cup Team captain for the 2012 matches? A. Davis Love III B. Fred Couples C. Ray Floyd All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st August 2012 to be entered into August’s draw, which will be made on 1st September. The winner will be announced in RTN on 7th September 2012.

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SERGIO GARCIA was a serious doubt for the European Ryder Cup team as we entered the final event of the US PGA Tour last weekend and many doubted his mental state and desire to represent Europe once again. The Wyndham Championship was the last event before The FedEx Cup begins and certainly Sergio portrayed a strong desire to gain automatic selection as he took a slim lead into the final round thanks to some inspired iron shots to the greens. Thanks to heavy rain over the weekend the event went to a Monday finish with fifty five players unable to finish the tournament when play was suspended. The rain delay thankfully did not seem to bother the Spanish genius as he continues to display awesome iron play over the final thirteen holes on Monday. This was Sergio’s first PGA Tour win since 2008 and probably one of the most inspired of his career with a Ryder Cup spot at stake. With four birdies in five holes from the 13th Sergio edged ahead and kept his cool to make bogey on 18 to win by two shots. The European Tour resumes this weekend with only one automatic spot left to fight for at The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles with Jose Maria Olazabal finalizing his team 24 hours later with his two wildcard picks. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Mental game practice will do wonders to improve your game and can be done sitting by the pool with a cool beer. 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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Please Sir, I want some more? WITH THE season now up and running, and given that a large portion of our summer column inches were dedicated to the transfer window, I intended this week to write a nice, friendly little piece on how the Premiership’s various new arrivals performed in their debut appearances. However, the topic that eventually got the nod is one that has been eating away at me for some time and is actually based on a lack of transfer activity. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has cut a frustrated figure over the past few weeks as he’s watched several of his top transfer targets fall by the way-side. Eden Hazard chose Chelsea, Robin van Persie chose Man United and reported long-term target Daniele de Rossi stated that he intends to stick with boyhood club Roma. The Blues have been restricted to just the one signing so far (Jack Rodwell from Everton) and Mancini seems to have lost his rag. In his frustration he’s complained to the media that the Etihad outfit’s sugar daddy has tightened the purse strings this summer and, in an assumed attempt to force the chairman’s hand, conceded that neighbours United are now favourites for the Premier League title. Now I’m sure his concession was nothing more than a mind game and that deep down he knows that his current squad is more than capable of challenging/

winning this season. But for him to play the role of Oliver, begging his tight-fisted overlord for a few extra scraps, when in fact the Italian’s had an embarrassment of riches at his disposal during his three years in charge, is quite ridiculous. So much so that I’d suggest that (while we’re on the children’s story theme) he was better suited to the role of ‘Spoilt Brat Nº 2’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Although I agree that City does need to strengthen, simply because if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards, you can’t blame the chairman for wanting to make a bit of his £400million back! Like it or not, football is a business these days and as such, someone in the boardroom needs to take some responsibility at some point (just look at Rangers!). Mancini has been told to sell before he can buy but, if it hadn’t been for some of the stupid players, he signed for stupid money, on stupid wages, earlier in his tenure, then he wouldn’t be in this situation. FIFA’s ‘Financial Fair Play’ laws come into effect soon and given that City’s wage bill is currently 140% of their income, cuts simply have to be made. Mancini would do well to look at Brendan Rodgers (manager of this weekend’s opponents Liverpool) who, following a period of heavy spending is in the same sell-to-buy boat. The difference with Rodgers, however, is that the transfer policy he’s being forced to work with is no making of his own whereas Mancini’s played ‘fantasy football’ in recent years and yet seems to be under the delusion that the transfer gravy train would never run out of track!? You really have to feel sorry for the poor fella don’t you!? Fortunately for all we football manager wannabes though, fantasy football IS a game we can play this coming campaign so, for those of you playing in ‘The Sun’ newspaper, why not enter the RTN MiniLeague? Although the season has already started

you can still join in - the log-in details are below and I’ll have a word with the powers-that-be to try to organise some end of season prizes. League Name: RTN - The Fan in the Middle League Nº: 208869 Password: andrewjames This Week in ‘The Lions’: Sat 25th Aug Swansea v West Ham - 1.45pm Man United v Fulham - 4pm Spurs v West Brom - 4pm Chelsea v Newcastle - 6.30pm Sun 26th Aug: Stoke v Arsenal - 2.30pm Liverpool v Man City - 5pm


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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle I’ve loved watching Kevin Pietersen perform for England over the years. He’s a natural born showman and he’s played some incredible innings winning more than a few games for his adopted country. But it’s hard not to agree with the England management who’ve decided not to pick him while the current ‘text message’ row continues. England’s success in recent times has been built on an incredible team ethic. If batsman A didn’t do the job, then batsman B would step in and get the runs. If bowler Y was having trouble with his radar, bowler Z would invariably step up to the plate and get the required wickets. Having a maverick in the side can sometimes work but now that England have to double their efforts to reclaim their status as the world’s number one Test side, it’s more important than ever that whichever XI takes the

Fishing Maggots End by

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KP Nut field that they are as one. As such, disappointing though it might be to his supporters, it’s hard to see how Pietersen will get his place back any time soon. PUTTING IT RIGHT At last, the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, Augusta National, has decided to accept women members. In a statement this week, club officials announced that the former US defence secretary Condoleeza Rice and financier Darla Moore had agreed to join the club when it reopens in the autumn. Whilst both women are keen golfers, neither could be considered as ‘run of the mill’ candidates. Both are high profile and, as are many of the club’s members, thought to number around 300, they are also multimillionaires. But it is, at least, a start. The interesting thing is how the news will be received at the Royal and Ancient. Based at St Andrews, hard as it is to believe, they have yet to admit a female member. RIP SID No-one did more to put darts on the modern sporting map than commentator Sid Waddell

who sadly died recently aged 72 after losing his battle with bowel cancer. Behind the microphone he was, quite simply, a virtuoso performer with no equal. I’m sure everyone will have his or her favourite Waddell quote but for me, it was his intelligence and reading that ensured his greatness and it was this that was almost certainly behind his best line ever. When watching Eric Bristow take the World title, the former St John’s College, Cambridge student came up with this belter - “when Alexander of Macedon was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Eric Bristow is only 27.” Genius! Cheers Sid, you will be missed. PARALYMPICS This time next week I will be back on duty at the Olympic Stadium, directing the Event Presentation for the Paralympics. If you watched and supported Team GB athletes at the Olympic Games, then I urge you do so again for our Paralympians. And remember, they are all elite sportsmen and women so don’t see the impairment, just see the skill, dedication, sacrifice and talent.

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THIS PICTURE was taken at the Rio Segura last year. Now, if you go there, the bamboo has grown so much that we have lost several pegs before the bridge. If the Murcian council don’t do anything very soon then we could lose the venue to the bamboo.

Another successful race day

PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen We fished on the Eden Stretch for the final match of the Summer Series on 14th August. Most fishermen had to cut their way into the swims as the vegetation is still growing rapidly, with the river flowing fast and the water levels up, but it still fished very well. There were five double weights with Mickey Hill drawn on the last peg on the cottages, with a very good weight of 20.600kgs. 1st - Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 20.600kg fishing pole feeder and pellet 2nd - Tony (The Flower Man) Price with 15.480kg fishing floating bread in the reeds 3rd - Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 14.980kgs fishing feeder pellet and corn The final results of the Summer Series with the best 8 from 11 matches are: 1st - (and the Cup Winner) Dave Hutchinson with 70points 2nd - Bill Reade with 68points 3rd - Ian Dalzell 63points

FC Torry news THE NEW season kicks off this weekend. Torry travels to Port Saguntino to play CD Acero, a team which finished last season in 5th place, two places higher than Torry: not an easy start to the season but a game from which I hope Torry come away from with a positive result and at least a point to get the show on the road. Torry has had an encouraging pre-season, winning three and drawing two of their pre-season matches; and having one abandoned after a bit of a fracas, with the score at 1-1. Torry has assembled a decent squad of players which contains both experience and youth and there should be plenty of competition for places. Last week Torry signed experienced central defender, Pedro Lopez, who has plied his trade in Spain, Italy and Armenia!

Next week we start the matches for the Winter League Cup. The Club recently held our Summer Get Together at the Abbey Tavern at La Florida, which is our Club headquarters. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with the meal in the Restaurant and the rest of the evening in the garden area entertained by live music. Our next club meeting will be held at the Abbey Tavern on 10th September at 7.30pm: all members are welcome. Details are available at or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

VELOCITY RACING Spain had another very successful race day on the 12th August. Fantastic driving by all the drivers and also new cars out there as well! The spectators had a fantastic day just watching the evenings events unfold the race days which are held every other Sunday and getting better and better with more and more people turning up to race and watch !! The next meeting is on the 26th August which is going to be even bigger and better!! If you would like to come and watch or even take part in racing then please do so!! for all the information on buying cars, hiring cars or just watching then please ring 674256146 Velocity racing Spain. Unfortunately there was a mistake in Velocity’s advert in last week’s RTN and there was no race last Sunday, so we apologise if anyone went to the race track to see the racing. The race is definitely on this Sunday, 26th August! Entrance fee is just 5 euros and 12 euros for a family. So if

you feel the need for extreme SPEED the Velocity Racing Spain is what you need Race positions for 12 08 2012 RACE 1 Dave Balcher - 8 - 1st J D - 41 - 2nd Neil Stray - 1 - 3rd RACE 2 Mike Chandler - 123 - 1st Sam Chandler - 19 - 2nd Paul Drewett - 55 - 3rd RACE 3 Dave Balcher - 8 - 1st Tim Townsend - 666 - 2nd J D - 41 - 3rd RACE 4 Craig Thompson - 001 - 1st Simon Kilham - 112 - 2nd JD - 41 - 3rd RACE 5 Dave Balcher - 8 - 1st JD - 41 - 2nd Craig Thompson - 001 - 3rd RACE 6 Dave Balcher - 8 - 1st Tim Townsend - 666 - 2nd Craig Thompson - 001 - 3rd

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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

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Properties for sale FOR SALE A stunning 3 bed, 2 bath villa in Benitachell for 495,000€ AVS 1808 965 796 311 REDUCED! FOR SALE A 3 bed south facing villa in Javea for 299,000€ AVS 2023 965 796 311 REDUCED! FOR SALE A 2 bed apartment with stunning sea views in Benitachell for 106,000€ AVS 2183 965 796 311 PRIVATE VILLA SALE walking distance beach Vergel, 610 m2 plot, 3 bed, 3 bath, pool, heating, aircon, telephone, perfect estate 269.000€ Tel. 649068595 VILLA FOR SALE Moraira - Villa (2 attached properties): 190 sqm, plot: 800 sqm, 3 beds, 2 baths, kitchen, dining-lounge, naya + 2 beds, 2 baths., kitchen, dining, lounge, naya, patio. Pool 9 x 4. Small, mature garden. Cul-de-sac, attractive location, sea views from roof terrace. Needs refurbishment. €199,000 (reduced from €249,000). Details & photos available. 966462794 or No agents please 3 BED APARTMENT ALTEA LA VELLA 110m squared, 3 double bedrooms - 2 with patio doors and balconies and mountain views, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, separate fully fitted kitchen, large living room with 2 patio doors onto large terrace with mountain views and open views onto orange groves, large trastero and private parking space. Central village location. 1 min walk to supermarket, bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bus stop. 2 mins to AP7 motorway. Private sale. 170,000€. Tel: 617 893 036 or email: MOBILE/PARK HOMES ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER FROM 17,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www.

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PROPERTIES WANTED In and around Javea for sale, long term and holiday rental for 2013. Alta Villas have a large database of clients waiting for your property. Tel 965 796 311 or Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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

ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS Improve your self-confidence when speaking Spanish. Native teacher.

MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600247-535 EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965-300959 Mobile 0034-648-102-529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email SPAIN2UK2SPAIN MAN AND VAN departing Costa Blanca twice a month. Full loads/part loads. Excellent rates Tel Christine 965 571 837/638 261 341 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact joe on 966074576 or 650341087 or

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WANTED Jet Skis and Quad Bikes. Call 650 722 905 JACUZZI, SPA & HOT TUBS WANTED Working or not. Call 650 722 905 I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/618-165-877

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