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Winter warmer EXPAT PENSIONERS were delighted to learn this week they were free to apply for the Winter Fuel Payment and a £200 windfall to help keep warm in Spain’s cold season.

Manuel Ferry Sanchez, President of El Plantio

Greensomes competition draws to a close

The final day of the RTN Summer Greensomes competition took place on Tuesday at El Plantio near Alicante. Read the full story on page 15

A European Court of Justice ruling earlier this year has forced the UK Government to pay the bonus to its pensioners living in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, yet many people did not know of the change in their benefit rights. Until the judgement, only pensioners claiming the payment before they left Britain were able to receive it – some 73,000 people. The landmark ruling decision means around 444,000 expats can apply for the cash. Those over 80 receive £300. Claims for the coming winter, 20012/13, must be made by 31st March 2013 and people must show a “genuine and sufficient” link to the UK – factors to be considered are how long a person lived and worked in Britain and whether they receive a UK State Pension and other benefits. Only one payment per household will be made and the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) said claims cannot be backdated. The Winter Fuel Payment has long been a thorny subject. Expats say they paid their taxes while living and working in the UK yet whether they received the allowance was a lottery depending on when they moved to Spain. And the payment will help a group of people financially hard-pressed because of the fall in the exchange rate hitting their pensions. Keith Wildman, President of Calpe’s Association of Foreign Property Owners, said: “This is very welcome news; the biggest problem we have is old people who have run out of money. Some of them are in a terrible state so this will be an absolute boon.” Delighted Sheila Skinner, a Jalon Valley HELP volunteer who lives in Parcent, told RTN the weather could be “absolutely freezing” in winter. She said she and her husband and other friends missed out on the financial support “through an accident of time” yet the price of gas and electricity had shot up since they moved. “It is very expensive here and very cold dur-

by Jack Troughton ing the winter months. We have electric blankets and hot water bottles – when we moved here to Spain I thought it was a joke – but soon found out it was not,” she added. And President of HELP of Denia and the Marina Alta, Judith Goodall said people moving to Spain became acclimatised to the heat “therefore when the temperatures drop in winter it is extremely cold and we have to pay for heating. “The utilities have risen sharply in price and the Winter Fuel Payment is very much needed by older people.” The case before the European court was brought by a pensioner living in Switzerland and backed by the British Expats Association Spain – the group is still fighting for payments for “missing years” to be paid to those age qualified. Known as the ‘Stewart Judgement’, a DWP spokesman said it meant any pensioner living in the EEA or Switzerland “may be entitled to the Winter Fuel Payment even if they did not receive it while living in Britain and they can show a genuine and sufficient link to the UK.” The payment remains controversial – after the court’s decision, Secretary of State Ian Duncan Smith claimed it was “ridiculous’ people living in hot countries should receive it. The DWP confirmed the Secretary of State was still considering whether a “temperature link” could be applied but added: “Any new rules for payment would have to be equally applied to those living in the UK.” More information about the Winter Fuel Payment can be found on Directgov at http://www. 10018657 and the International Pensions Centre can answer queries by calling 0044 191 218 7777.

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Tons of trouble

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Calpe’s iconic landmark

by Jack Troughton INVOICES SUBMITTED to a Costa Blanca town hall for the disposal of rubbish were illegally inflated by a factor of three, it was claimed this week. Calpe Town Hall has severed links with waste company Colsur after 14 years – and an estimated 6 million euros of overpayments. The scandal first came to light in 2010 when the then Mayor Ximo Tur believed the town hall was paying at least twice as much for waste disposal than the town generated in rubbish. It was later discovered the weighbridge at Colsur’s Calpe depot was not working and in the ongoing dispute with the company rubbish mountains grew before being cleared – creating

both a fire and health hazard. Colsur owner Angel Fenoll is now alleged to be part of the infamous Brugal fraud case. In the Calpe part of the case, he and former Calpe Mayor Javier Morato are amongst 11 people – including three former PP councillors – facing corruption charges involving dishonest payments and bribes in an ongoing hearing before the courts. WEIGH On legal advice, Calpe ended the 25 year contract earlier this month and negotiated a deal with Acciona to transport rubbish to El Campello where it was weighed. And the first statistics were said to be damning. At a time when the town is full of holiday makers, Calpe was on

average producing 76 tons of waste a day – yet in 2009, Colsur was billing for a daily average of 233 tons. Calpe spokesman Francisco Cabrera said the new figures revealed the extent of the accounts being massaged and manipulated. “We are extremely pleased with this new data. It is good news for everyone in Calpe.” Councillor Carole Saunders said the town hall had started a civil case against Colsur - the company threatening its own legal action claiming it was owed 9 million euros by Calpe. “These figures appear to show that we were right about being massively overcharged,” she said. “And it seems at last we are getting to the bottom of what went on – we always knew we could smell a rat.”

Ondara’s Shopping Centre to help to cover Back to School bills PORTAL DE La Marina (Ondara) is offering four scholarships (uniform, food, books and leisure) through its ‘Submarranos’ competition. The aim is to help families during the course of the year to cover the cost of youngsters’ schooling, clothing, food and activities. From 1st to 15th September, the CC Portal de la Marina will distribute four scholarships among customers of the mall. These specifically offer a shopping cart to

the value of 100€ from Eroski each month; 100€ clothing per month; Cinema tickets for a year and 300€ worth of books from Eroski. To participate, shoppers should present their dated receipts showing purchases above 20€ in the shopping centre at the information point. The winner will be chosen from the resulting raffle for each award. See their advert on page 7.

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Fury as water bills soar by 400% RESIDENTS OF San Miguel de Salinas are outraged after water bills in the municipality have suddenly soared by up to 400%. by Louise Clarke Tomorrow, 1st September, sees the first day that new water company Gestagua will be solely responsible for the whole water supply of the municipality but already many residents are starting to get outrageously increased bills through the post. Many residents are irritated (and that is putting it mildly) to find that they have to pay double or even triple for the same amount of water that was consumed when the Town Hall managed the supply. UNDRINKABLE Privatising the water service was the only solution that the Town Hall could find in order to resolve the issue of contaminated water in the urbanisations of Las Filipinas but at the time of tender, they assured that any increases in bills, especially for residents of the town, would be minimal. The urbanisations, which were built during the last two decades within the margins of legality, had their own water supply network, which was drawn from private wells and were outside the municipal network.

Autumn storms tipped to be severe AUGUST HAS been logged as one of the hottest months in 40 years, with the exception of August 2003. The first summer rain exceeded 26 litres psm on the northern Costa Blanca and although temperatures were tipped to drop this week night time temperatures are still uncomfortable with dawn bringing more than a 23º average, aggravated by excessive humidity. Autumn storms are predicted to be “severe” this year.

Residents of San Miguel have a 400% rise in their water bills

Unfortunately, for about 2500 properties, the water supply was deemed by the Department of Environmental Quality in 2005 to be undrinkable and so the Town Hall had to do something about the problem. Unable to afford the cost to remedy the problem, the Town Hall had no other choice but to relent the operating of the water supply service to the UTE Gestagua Generala Group, which agreed to invest €4.5million in exchange for keeping the service for 25 years. Town Hall Councillors then agreed with the company to a revision of the prices of water and the maintenance fees. SUBSTANTIAL Up until now, a resident with a consumption of 20 cubic meters per quarter paid about 8€, that figure has now, with the new company, increased to 25€ every two months; re-

gardless of what water has been consumed. At the time the tender was agreed, the Arcángel Neighbours Association claimed that the increase in water bills would be substantial; a claim that was denied by the Town Hall. But now it appears that the Association’s worst fears are being realised and that they were right all along. However, the Mayor, Ángel Sáez Huertas, told RTN that the increases of that high percentage are in the minority, not the majority and that the contract has been signed and sealed, meaning that there is nothing that anyone can do about it. He said: “This is a closed case and will remain that way for the next 25 years. This has not been done for political favour it has been done to meet the demands of the residents of Las Filipinas.” He also pointed out that the previous bills issued by the Town Hall, did not include sanitation or sewerage. He said: “Times change and we have to move with the times.”

Duke of Palma returns to Spain

INAKI URDANGARIN, the Duke of Palma and husband of Spain’s Infanta Cristina, has stepped down from his post as Chairman of Telefonica International USA. The Duke is alleged to have misappropriated millions of Euros of public funds

during his involvement with the Noos Institute but has denied any wrong doing throughout a lengthy court investigation. Telefonica renewed his contract in July worth US$1.9 million per annum and the Duke also has a board presence in several Telefonica

subsidiaries in South America. His motive for taking “an extended leave of absence” is an attempt to distance the telecoms giant from any negative impact that could be caused by developments in the on-going case against him.

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Cut price parking CALPE RESIDENTS can enjoy a 50% discount when parking in the ‘blue zone’ street parking areas in the busy Marina Alta town.

Blue zone parking

by Jack Troughton People who pay their road tax to Calpe Town Hall are entitled to a special “residents’ card” for their vehicle – which must be placed in the lower right hand corner of the windscreen. And machines dispensing tickets for the blue zones have been updated to give the reduction to drivers, with clear instructions in several languages and a graphic display. Mayor Cesar Sanchez, who announced the

council’s intention to give residents cheaper parking in the town centre some weeks ago, added: 2Remember, vehicles with disabled badges can park anywhere in the blue zone, free of charge.” To obtain a residents card, people must take proof of payment of the motor vehicle tax (IVTM) to the Citizens Advice Office in the town hall, which is open Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm; Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

A novel style of parking ON SATURDAY an elderly driver trying to street park in Moraira managed to confuse the brake for the accelerator and ram his car through a florist’s display window. The accident occurred at around 11am at Flors I Detalls on Calle Tosquetes. There were two people working inside the florists at the time of the incident, one of whom had stepped back from the front of the shop only a few minutes before the crash, after placing a wedding flower arrangement in the window. The other assistant was slightly injured by flying glass. The car was eventually removed by crane. The driver apologised for the considerable damage caused to the store, its frontage and the pavement.

Benidorm to promote its safe image

The mayor of Benidorm met with the head of TUI on Tuesday BENIDORM COUNCIL has launched a campaign to ‘launder’ the city’s image in the UK. Benidorm’s main source of tourist income comes from Britain, where the council considers tabloids such as The Sun and The Mirror have damaged the city’s image considerably

with their reports that large scale crime has made the resort ‘unsafe’. In a strike back the City is to implement advertising and marketing activities in the UK which will include television interviews with British journalists to promote Benidorm as a

safe destination for British holiday makers. The initiative began on Tuesday with a meeting between Benidorm’s mayor Agustín Navarro and TUI UK tour operator Gareth S Williams. The council also intends to involve other large companies such as Easy Jet.

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Tom Daley holidays on the Costa Blanca by Louise Clarke RTN HAS met many famous people during the years but we have never had any stay at our house. So you can imagine RTN’s Managing Director, Geoff Gartland’s face when he picked up a copy of the Sun Newspaper only to see that Olympic diver, Tom Daley had tweeted a picture of himself lying on a sun lounger, in the rain, by the side of his pool! Geoff, who rents his villa in Altea out during the summer months, immediately phoned the rental agency and they confirmed that yes, Tom Daley, 10,000 metre platform bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympic games, was in fact staying at his house. The 18 year old is taking a well deserved

break from his gruelling training schedule, the Olympics and his A-Levels, the results of which he received just over a week ago. Whilst out and about during his hols, Tom has been meeting lots of British residents and holiday makers and Hannah Cornwell and Georgia Sya Van Drunen were just two of the lucky girls to meet him at a local water park and were over the moon to have their photo taken with them. They told RTN: “He was so nice and such a genuine guy.” Tom declined to be interviewed as he wanted to spend the week just enjoying his holiday with his family and RTN fully respects that, so we will just wish him a happy holiday here on the Costa Blanca and say that you are welcome to stay in Geoff’s house again any time you like!

Hannah Cornwell and Georgia Sya Van Drunen with Tom Daley

Largest numbers of withdrawals from Spanish banks since 1997

Tom rain bathing

THE EUROPEAN Central Bank released figures on Tuesday that show July’s withdrawals as the biggest since September 1997, resulting in total deposits at the end of July standing at €1,058 trillion - 4.6% down from the previous month. Over the past year deposits have declined by €206,990 billion. However, the Secretary of State for the Economy, Fernando Jiménez Latorre, contends that the aggregate figures would not indicate a “significant” drop in deposits with Spanish banks and suggested that funds may have been switched to “other instruments” such as bank bills. It was also pointed out that companies paying quarterly taxes and also holiday withdrawals could account for the dramatic fall in deposits. Latorre confirmed that the pattern of slow decline since July 2011 remains in place.

Market forces 

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by Jack Troughton

MEMBERS OF a new group selling locally grown produce on a Marina Alta market are being given a helping hand from expat food consultants. Edwin and Trudy Cheeseman, the couple behind the internationally respected Thieves Kitchen, are advising council-backed initiative Terra Xabia on the tricks of the trade in marketing. Terra Xabia has a weekly stall on Javea Market selling fruit and vegetables grown on local farms and allotments – including land being brought back into production as smallholdings. The aim is to go totally organic in the near future. Edwin, who writes a weekly column for RTN as well as a number of food publications, said since childhood he had been associated with markets – his family being vegetable and flower growers in the UK – and later buying directly from markets to supply his restaurants. “Market stallholders already have an advantage over supermarket produce, being seasonal, good for the environ-

(from left) Edwin and Trudy with stallholders Bartolome and Victoria

ment, fresher, lasting longer at home and not being packed in plastic – which customers and the town hall have to deal with. Market produce is not irradiated, stored for months or ripened with gas,” he said. “Organic vegetables are not at all ‘weird’ or ‘funny looking’, it is the way they are supposed to be and taste fantastic – but just because you grow organic does not automatically mean you can sell it.” SALES He said Terra Xabia was a “brilliant idea” and the council was keen to help sales to the public and restaurants. “The local market should be viewed as a whole – other stallholders are not the enemy and can easily become allies

Fines for swimmers

ALICANTE CITY Council is to amend the current bylaws for beaches that enforce penalties for swimmers entering zones designated for boat users. Following last week’s accident at Tabarca, where a woman was seriously injured by a Zodiac craft, it has emerged that the 38-year-old swimmer had entered a ‘boat only’ zone. Boat owners may be fined up to 3,000€ for entering a swimming zone but currently there are no fines in place for swimmers bathing in a boat zone, although the offence of swimming while the red flag is flying is punishable with a fine of 1,500€.

in the battle against increasingly poor supermarket produce,” said Edwin. He said if the stall did not have what a customer wanted, it was a good idea to refer them to a stall that did – and hope other stalls would reciprocate – while stallholders should be friendly and helpful with customers – even giving a freebie of something to try, asking them to say “next time” if they enjoyed it. And he said it was also important to explain how the produce was grown. “I am not the food police but people really ought to know what they are eating.” Edwin said everyone suddenly had an appetite for real food and there was nothing better than locally grown produce.

ITV to showcase ‘The Real Benidorm’

ITV1 is in the process of developing a show that will showcase a side of Benidorm far removed from the usual tacky tabloid take on the resort. We are looking for successful British ex pats who love the finer things in life and would be willing to show us around their Benidorm. Maybe you having a thriving business? Perhaps you are enjoying retirement on the golf course? Or

maybe you just love been pampered at one of the many spas the area has to offer. Whatever your story if you want to tell us about an alternative Benidorm – a world away from fast food, package holidays and downmarket pubs - we would love to hear from you. We want to showcase the Benidorm you know and love! In the first instance please contact



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National Police telephone line I WOULD like to send my thanks via your letters page to the person/s who on finding my wife’s passport on the ground in the Torrevieja Marina car park on Thursday 9th August (next to the fair), which had fallen out of a file she was carrying, had the decency to take it to the car park attendant where I thankfully found it when I went to pay my parking fee some time later. At the time I was not aware that the National Police have very recently set up a telephone line for anyone wishing to make a ‘denuncia’ of any incident which does not require police attendance, lost property etc., (as in my

Mobility Madness

I WRITE with regard to your front page article ‘Mobility Madness’. I am Donald Gonsalves, general proprietor of USI EasyHire Mobility Services (EU & Caribbean) running mobility offices and shops on the Costa Blanca. Your article implies that mobility scooters are habitually misused but in fact they are operated within strict terms and conditions and provide the disabled with a means to get around - they would otherwise have to stay at home. Hire is restricted to individuals of 18 years and above (whether disabled, of reduced mobility or not). This equipment is hired only to individuals that qualify as suitable therefore your reporter’s use of the word ‘misuse’ is erroneous. Mobility users are entitled to access to any public area provided they observe traffic and road regulations: the legal and practical control of all vehicles within the community is under the jurisdiction of the police and any police officer would fine a mobility user for an infringement of the law as he would other road users. I also believe your reporter has missed the mark with regard to the size restriction on mobility scooters: the Limo 2 seater (Jumbo) measuring 220 cm in length, which in most EU countries is prohibited for security reasons, is not under any control in Spain. Donald Gonsalves

case) . The help line is in Spanish and English and easy to use, in fact whilst reporting loss of passport my mobile ran out of credit and the operator actually phoned me back so that I could continue with my report. On completion of the report I was given a reference number and informed that I had to call at a National Police Station within 48 hours, where my report would be ready for me. I was also given the choice of which station I could go to. For your readers information the Telephone number is: 902 102 112. L Levett

Find out more first

I READ with interest and frustration the letter in Issue 670 from ‘someone’ in Moraira (name withheld) ranting about the cost of fiestas in Spain and how Spain can ill afford them. Does this person actually know much about life in a Spanish village? How much integration are they involved with or do they, like many, think that owning a property somehow makes them an expert on cultural and political issues? We are British but have lived here for nine years and our eldest daughter was asked to be a ‘festera’, which for those of you who do not know, is a sort of ‘coming of age’ celebration. Now, before I incite many others to write in, this does vary greatly from village to village but for us it is a two year commitment for both the festera and the parents (many villages do it over one year). The first year is spent raising as much money as possible through various means (each year wants to be the best and provide the best show), as frequently as we can, in order to pay for the following year’s fiestas. Admittedly, the town hall does make a donation but this is only a small percentage of the overall money that we have to raise. It is hard work and very long hours but many of Spanish families (we are the only non-Spanish family) do this for several children and may opt to do this for many years on the trot. Some families are even involved with more than one village depending on their family ties. The main contributors tend to be other families in the village, who of course have either ‘been there and done that’ or might be doing it in the future: it is definitely not coming out of the government coffers! Yes, we are in a crisis and the small villages know this better than most but this is part of their culture. This is how they choose to spend their hard-earned money or savings. They do not frequent bars and restaurants on a regular basis, go abroad on a regular basis or even take holidays. They have their fiestas, (which generations return to from across the world) and maybe some of the ‘hapless holidaymakers’ that ‘name withheld’ mentions may have also come to join in and enjoy. So please find out a little more information before publicly criticising. I believe in ‘if you don’t understand why it happens then find out’. Lydia Coltman, Orba

Looking for Jean

MAY SENNETT in Melbourne Australia - May@ - has a friend Pat Correa and her husband Trevor who live in Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. They are very anxious to trace Jean Driffield of last known address Block 5c, Vista Azul, Cabo Roig: 03189. Jean originated from Leeds and is thought to have come to Spain in 2001/2. She had a dog called Oscar. They have corresponded with Jean for many years and met on holiday in Malaysia. The last correspondence was a Xmas card in 09. It would be wonderful if Jean could be traced. Janet Sims

Tax for Brits REGARDING TAX in Spain, the company I had dealt with for the last few years informed me they were no longer able do tax for Brits. I found another company and gave them all my details: a week later I was informed my tax bill was 550€. When I said this was a lot more than I expected, the young lady pressed a few buttons on her calculator and the amount shot up to 2,600€. I was gobsmacked! I tried to explain that as a civil servant I was taxed at source but she just shrugged her shoulders and said that was what I had to pay. I contacted the UK Tax co that advertise in your newspaper and took my details to them - my new tax bill was 42€ which I was quite happy to pay. ELF

Have you been Iberswitched yet?

RISING ELECTRICITY prices is a much talked about subject and affects us all. UK money saving expert Martin Lewis appeared on GMTV’s This Morning programme and appealed to everyone to ‘fix their kilowatt rate’ as a matter of urgency. He described how the best way to achieve savings is to avoid price increases. Although he was talking about UK residents, the same applies here. We have seen three substantial price increases in electricity costs in the last 12 months and the future looks to hold much of the same. Deregulation means we can choose who we pay for our supply and with over 100 companies competing for our business, there are some very good offers available. Of course, understanding the offers is a completely different matter. Luckily help is at hand to see us through the small print and red tape. Iberswitch SL is an independent company that offers a switching service from your current provider to one they have negotiated special terms with. Other than providing the information they need to do the switch, there is no need for you to do anything - the entire process is handled by them. The savings you will see on your bill relate specifically to the price hikes that you avoid by using their service. They can also help you save money in other ways: Avoiding ICP penalties, changing to the night and day tariff, slash the cost of your

UK money saving expert Martin Lewis

telephone and internet costs and they also have a low cost satellite TV service. Why not give them a call to find out how they can help you? 96 626 5089 To watch Martin Lewis interview visit: j_gnpxqdsKo&feature=feedu

Hope for the Ecce Homo

TWO EXPERTS appointed to rectify the damage to the priceless fresco ‘Ecce Homo’, Ripollés Incarnation and Mercedes Nunez of the Unique Albarium Restoration Company, on early inspection told reporters there was “no chance” of recovering the original painting. However, they later amended their comments, expressing ‘cautious optimism’ while they await results of chemical analysis on the work before formulating a restoration plan. The 100-year-old painting was ruined by a well-meaning but totally inept local pensioner, 80-year-old Cecilia Giménez, who simply intended to ‘restore’ the depiction of Christ in his crown of thorns but produced instead an image bearing a striking resemblance to a monkey.

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Inspired by the Olympics?


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Let Fast Track Hypnosis create a brand new you! WITH THE Olympics ending a few weeks ago and the Paralympics now starting is it any wonder the need to start a sport is spreading through the world? It always happens. It’s akin to a New Year´s Resolution! We see super-fit athletes slashing through the pool or charging down the track and envisage ourselves doing the same. Perhaps without the goal of beating Bolt’s 9.6sec record, but still, there is never any harm in dreaming! Reaching such lofty targets of an Olympic medal might be difficult or impossible to achieve for the majority but hypnosis can actually help with the motivation required to become proficient in any given sport. Rather than allow your interest in your new hobby to wane, Fast Track Hypnosis can strengthen the desire to play as well as encourage you in the following ways: - If you’re embarrassed about taking part - Nervous about being watched - Frightened of losing - Scared of making a fool of yourself Many people refrain from taking part because of the above factors. I can’t count the number of people who have come to me for treatment who allowed nerves, embarrassment and fear to frighten them off doing something they really enjoy. Over the 25 years plus I have been in practice I have helped thousands of sports people, ranging from the total amateur to World Champions in various sports by the use of Fast Track Hypnosis. Fast Track Hypnosis is great at overcoming mental blocks in performance. Training, in the physical sense, can only go so far. I often say the mind is a powerful tool and it truly is. The actual side effect of hypnosis is relaxation. Through the Sports Motivation session, you leave

feeling relaxed, but more importantly, empowered. During the supreme state of relaxation, which occurs when a client is under hypnosis, the mind is open to suggestion. During this session, I cultivate the belief in my client’s mind that they can be successful and that they will be! A lot of the time, I also have clients who would love to do sport but have a ‘can’t-attitude’ that stems from an underlying reason: Weight and smoking. If someone is overweight and suddenly has the urge to start cycling, how low is their confidence going to sink when they go to the store to buy all of the requisite accessories and come face to face with a pair of spandex shorts? Yes, taking part in sport will lose the extra weight. But if a person can’t motivate themselves out of discomfort or embarrassment to actually start the activity, then they’re stuck right at the beginning. And for smokers, the idea of trying to start a new activity when it’s difficult enough to breathe as you’re climbing a flight stairs makes the situation untenable. In such situations I wouldn’t be treating you for sports motivation initially, but for the root causes of the problem: weight gain or smoking addiction followed by sports motivation. Where weight loss is concerned, just like smoking, eating becomes a habit. The part of the brain which controls hunger becomes confused over time. Fast Track Weight Loss changes all of that and within half an hour! Hunger and appetite are two different things entirely, but we confuse appetite for hunger and we target that belief and correct it during the clinic. There is also the new GastroBand session. You’ve heard in the news of gastric bypasses; procedures which clamp the stomach to make the pouch smaller and as such the stomach sends signals to the brain telling it that it´s full and on small portions of food.

Alan with an Olympic medal

The GastroBand takes this principal but without the pain, the surgery and the hassle and all within one thirty minute session. I take you through the procedure so that you believe you’ve been operated upon and that belief, which is forged in iron by the subconscious mind, takes root and you start to eat less and feel fuller for longer and sooner! With all three of these techniques to choose from, very quickly, you´ll surprise yourself with your new attitude! Not only will you be more confident and eager to start your new sport, you’ll be on the fast track to a fitter, more attractive you! If you’d like more information, please contact me, Alan Gilchrist, on 659 229 408. Alternatively, read some of the testimonials on my website:

Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and NEW in Los Alcazares. Alan is also the creator of the ‘Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes Fast Track System’. For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites or

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Room 101 Spain: Tunnel Speed Limits By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

DRIVING OVER 100,000km a year I spend as much time on the roads of Spain as pretty much any other expat living in Spain. I am a huge fan of the Spanish roads. And with the usual ‘touch wood’ caveat, road works are a rarity as are traffic delays and diversions. The 120kph speed limit is in reality for most 130km and the government are in all probability going to concede this and increase it. Considering they are primarily two lanes these roads put the UK motorways to shame, not least because Spanish drivers know how to use the lanes correctly. The service stations are refreshingly consistent and not stuffed full of franchised outlets, and it is rare to be driving through adverse conditions weather wise for any length of time in Spain. All pretty perfect then, and were it not for one idiotic system I wouldn’t be writing about them today as far as Room 101 Spain is concerned. That system is the somewhat bi-

zarre approach to speed limits driving through tunnels. I can just about see the rational for reducing the speed allowed as you drive through a tunnel, although there is an argument that as they are protected from the elements and well lit they are safer than the normal roads which are subject to the elements. But avoiding that argument for another day what I think is madness is the fact that they reduce the speed limit so close to the actual tunnels. One minute you are driving at 120kph in bright sunshine with your sun glasses on and the next …… they expect you to slam on the brakes to 80km, turn on your lights, for many take off your sunglasses and at the same time hope that the person behind you is doing exactly the same and not about to rear-end you. You have no choice other than this drastic almost immediate braking as with many of the tunnels they have placed the speed cameras almost at the entrance while at the same time doing all they can to catch you by placing

A bizarre approach to speed limits

fixed speed limit signs saying 100kph as you approach and then an electronic one pretty much at the entrance saying 80kph. So you have two choices. Brake gradually and hope that the person in front hasn’t slammed on their brakes, or slam

on your brakes and the hope the person behind has done the same. Logic would say they should provide more notice and be consistent with the allowed speed limit through the tunnels but logic doesn’t get you into Room 101 Spain!

Chris is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat as well as a weekly column for the RTN. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley-Davidsons and more often than not a bottle of red wine. He runs the successful expat blog, and his wife runs the cat re-homing and transport project Chris’s column is sponsored by and, a leading foreign exchange broker offering excellent exchange rates for all your international money transfer requirements. You can hear Chris every day discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on


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Church fills new home by Jack Troughton JAVEA INTERNATIONAL Baptist Church has held its first Sunday Service in its new home in the historic Old Town. More than 80 people filled the new Church Centre as Pastor John Hansford led the service in the modern well-equipped building which is in daily use for a number of activities. The centre is in Calle Favara, just off Plaza Constitucion and its convenient underground car park. Members JIBC is a lively church and has an international congregation of of the many denominations who worship together every Sunday. For congregation more information visit the website, email at the first , or call Peter Bail on 96 579 5847. service


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Greensomes competition draws to a close

Shirley with winners Julie and Nats and Manuel Ferry Sanchez, President of El Plantio

by Louise Clarke COMPETITORS FROM all over the Costa Blanca enjoyed another great day of golf in the final day of the RTN Summer Greensomes competition, which was held at El Plantio near Alicante on Tuesday. The RTN Golf Club and League is sponsored by Lloyds Bank International in Spain and Business Development Manager, Shirley Adams was on hand to see the competition draw to a close and present the prizes to the overall winners. Shirley was also accompanied by RTN’s

National Accounts Manager, Kath Poole and Production Manager, Danny Wilkinson as well as RTN’s Golf Guru, Noel Eastwell. GOLFING FUN September brings the return of the RTN League which will run until December and is open to all members of the RTN Golf Club, which is FREE to join. There is a great atmosphere, albeit of course, a little competitive, and if you haven’t already played with the RTN Golf Club then please come along. You are certain to have a great day of golfing fun.

For more information on the RTN Golf Club, please go to, click on the golf logo and just complete the form… It couldn’t be easier!! Tuesday’s winners were: 1 Julie Eastwell & Natasha Woodhams 235 points 2 Barry Daniel & Paul Hardiman 223 points 3 Peter Hasel & Wayne McDonnel 218 points 4 Alan Gifford & Paul Cogan 216 points So congratulations to you all and a very special thanks to El Plantio’s President, Manuel Ferry Sanchez, who presented all the

players who stayed for the presentation a free green fee to use at El Plantio whenever they like; which was a very generous and nice thing to do, so thank you Manuel! PAIRS COMPETITION Don’t forget Lloyds Bank International in Spain 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! There will be more on this and on the new RTN Golf Club league season in next week’s paper.


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Charity Showcase KEY COSTA Blanca charities come together next month to meet the public and showcase the crucial work they do in the community. by Jack Troughton The second International Charities Fair is being held on Sunday 23rd September at the El Cisne Antique and Rastro Centre in Benidorm and more than 30 organisations are expected to take part. Backed by the British Consulate in Alicante, it is a unique opportunity for charities and support associations to meet the public – and allow people to see what help is available. Importantly, it also allows the charities themselves to interact and know what assistance is available globally and outside their own organisations. And it is also a chance for charities, which rely on donations, to recruit new volunteers and fund raisers. Steve Ashley of the Samaritans in Spain and Pamela Daw-

Soup kitchen gardens

ERNESTO BLANCO and Pepe Bonet, two land owners in Bacarot, have started an initiative designed to educate locals on traditional farming methods and also help supply Alicante soup kitchens with much needed fresh fruit and vegetables. They are renting out 100sq2 plots, supplying tenants with all the equipment, irrigation, compost and know-how to produce a healthy yield. Each plot, leased at 60€ per month, is large enough to support a family of five and the surplus goes to needy soup kitchens.

More than 30 organisations are expected to take part

son Tasker of the Spanish cancer charity AECC are promoting the key event which runs from 10a until 3pm. FUTURE They told RTN that no one knew when or how they would need help in the future – or even today. “This fair is where you can get to know the individuals behind the associations collect the brochures and get information at first hand.” Some of the organisations taking part are: AECC, MABS Cancer Support Group; Samaritans in Spain; The Lions; HELP; the Royal British Legion, RAFA; The Dutch Veterans; Afghan Heroes; EMAUS; Alzheimer’s Association; animal charities APASA, AKIRA and the Protectors de Animales de Alfaz; as well as commercial care agencies and medical facilities.

Steve added: “It is a key day, a showcase, allowing the public to come along and see just what help and support is out there. “And the other thing is for the individual groups, it to allow us to know all about what each other does – the Samaritans may work with you to provide emotional support but when there is also a need for practical support they can recommend who to turn to, allowing a whole package to be offered to people in need.” The fair is a shop window to raise awareness but it is also intended visitors can enjoy themselves. The regular Sunday rastro will be taking place and the facilities of El Cisne will be open, offering a BBQ area, two bars, paella and live music. Stalls can be booked until 10th September by contacting either Steve or Pam by emailing or

Habaneras VIPs win a cruise for two By Louise Clarke FOR THE last month, the Habaneras Shopping Centre in Torrevieja has been promoting their very own loyalty card scheme for their customers and the fifty customers that had accumulated the most points by using the Habaneras VIP Card were, along with RTN, invited to an exclusive VIP part last Friday night to celebrate its launch. All the customers were in with a

chance of winning a fantastic cruise for two people as they had been entered into a raffle as part of the scheme and the party, which had a beach bar theme thanks to Chiringuitos del Sol from Orihuela Costa, took place inside the commercial centre once its doors had closed to the public. The guests, along with their partners, had a night full of surprises, live music, a buffet dinner, and photo opportunities

and thanks to the beach bar theme, lots of complimentary beer, wine and mojitos! The highlight came just after twelve o’clock, when Germán López, the Director of Habaneras, presented the award to the winner of the draw. A limousine then came to the foot of the stage to whisk the luck couple away to enjoy a night at the Hotel Laguna de Torrevieja. They will take their cruise in the coming weeks.

Pack your trunk for a free trip to Terra Natura

PETITA, AN Asian elephant residing in Terra Natura Benidorm, celebrated her 40th birthday this week with a tasty repast of an extra 20 kilos of apples and vegetables to supplement her daily intake of around 100kilos of fruit and veg! Petita was rejected by the herd but over time has made friends with another elephant named Kaiso who attended her birthday party. To commemorate Petita’s birthday the park has launched an initiative to enable everyone sharing her birth date – 23rd August - to attend the park free of charge. Petita If you share your birthday with Petita bring enjoys along proof of you date of birth to enjoy a free outthe ing! The offer is valid until today (31st August). apples

Rojales arts and craft market THE ROJALES Arts and Crafts Market will take place this Sunday, 2nd September from 6pm until late. There will be lots to see and do and live music to enjoy, so please go along this Sunday and meet the artists, see their work, watch demonstrations and dance the evening away, as well as enjoy lots to eat and drink. Also from this Sunday, at the Rojales caves, there will be an exhibition of work in the Sala Mengolero cave with free wine from 6pm. The caves are signposted ‘Cuevas del Rodeo’ and a map, directions and photos etc are all on the CostaArt. Net website at: www.CostaArt.Net/caves.html

La Marina councillor works with Help THE ASSOCIATION Help Vega Baja is a charity providing help to the English speaking population of the Southern Costa Blanca. They help people of all ages and with all types of problems and provide assistance all year round to anyone in their time of need including a 24 hour emergency line. As well as giving comprehensive information, they also host a number of support groups, provide a team of hospital visitors, hire out Orthopaedic Equipment, have registers of drivers, translators, carers and so much more. This coming Monday, 3rd September, between 2pm and 4pm, the Department for Urbanisations in La Marina, headed by Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski, has organised an Open Day in the Social Centre on the Urbanisation La Marina, San Fulgencio. For further information, please call the Office for the Urbanisation on 966 443 002

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And the Jubilee Jobsworth

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Award goes to… WELL, I couldn’t be bothered to find out the bloke’s name so let’s just call him Warty Bliggens. Now, Warty Bliggens, as you may or may not know, is the creation of Don Marquis (a New York columnist of the early twentieth century) and is an egotistical toad that thinks the universe was created entirely for him. And I met him the other night in Sussex… Okay folks, to set the scene here’s the flavour of Bliggens from Don Marquis’s poem: “…a little more conversation revealed that Warty Bliggens considers himself to be the centre of the said universe; the earth exists to grow toadstools for him to sit under; the sun to give him light by day; and the moon and wheeling constellations to make beautiful the night; for the sake of Warty Bliggens.”

It also allows him, as bar manager of the Dorset Arms pub, located in Lewes, East Sussex to cast out into that very same night, weary travellers whom dare enter his toadstool, erm, sorry pub, at thirty seconds past half past ten. I mean who, in all that’s twenty-first century, still shuts their pub at half ten? Well Warty does and in no uncertain manner either. Ok Watts, roll VT and butch Quinn Martin voice-over man: “It started with a man too long without sleep to continue his journey…” That’d be me. I’d just driven two hundred miles from Brum to Sussex for the Bank Holiday weekend. I’d met a chum from the station and we’d decided, as the night was fair, to go for a quickie. “We can sit outside at the Dorset,” I enthused. As we pulled into the parking lot we noticed several groups of happy-supping-punters enjoying the beer garden. Soon, we would be joining them… Unfortunately, Warty decided that we would not! “Two halves of Harvey’s, please,” I smiled at the young lady with glasses a’ ready. A cough emits behind her. She looks at the apparition rapidly gathering the night’s takings from the till. “I don’t think so…” the Jedwood-wave-sporting Warty Bliggens apparition sings. She looks at him again and turns to me with the sad look of one resigned to do the bidding of her superior: “Sorry, we’ve just closed…” I glance at the wall clock. “But,” I plead, “It’s only half past ten.” Warty, takes centre stage; he gesticulates with his wad of notes, “I’ve cashed up, and no can do.”

Bliggens at the bar of The Dorset Arms

Hmmm, this is desperate. “What if I give you this four quid for my two halves, you won’t have to run it through,” I indicate with my hand sliding into my back pocket a la, ‘shove it in yer sky rocket mate...’ He tut, tuts... “Or,” I quickly add, realising I’m in the presence of an utter Jobsworth, “pop it in the charity tin there.” This tactic is not going to work. “I can’t serve you and we’ve got to clear the bar soon.” I argue with obvious futility, “But there are people out there with full pints; we’ll be done before them…” Nope, it wasn’t going to work. He stares at me. The ball sails lazily into my side of the court. With growing desperation I try the ‘appeal to his sense of human-kindness’ tack. I grin my most pathetic grin, “Look mate, I’ve just driven two hundred miles from the Midlands for this drink…” He returns with a high court lob: “Then you can drive another mile and find a pub that’s open, can’t you?” OUCH! Game over, this slimy toad has got me; I fell right into that one. We drove not a mile but 500m to a delightful pub called The Snowdrop; one I can thoroughly recommend to all weary travellers. They welcomed us with open arms and cheeriness that broke the gloom of Warty’s innate nastiness. So, dear reader, should you find yourself thirsty and in Lewes bid a hasty path for The Snowdrop and by-pass any possible toady-ness that you might encounter at the Dorset Arms. Still, I shouldn’t grumble, after all Warty gave me 600 words. Watts on the M40, heading home…

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Art exhibition by Alfonso Ortuño AN EXHIBITION by the hugely talented Orihuela based artist Alfonso Ortuño opened in Orihuela Costa last week to rave reviews. by Louise Clarke Alfonso, who was a former student of architecture, has worked many years for Spanish national television and he is their official cartoonist. He has also had many exhibitions in Orihuela, where he was born 32 years ago. His caricatures of politicians and society people have made him famous in Valencia and Spain as a whole. This is the first exhibition of this kind to be held in Orihuela Costa and is being promoted by Pedro Mancebo, the Councillor for Tourism, the Coast and Beaches. Alfonso’s work can be admired at the Club Nautico, in Dehesa de Campoamor, until Saturday, 8th September.

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Time to build raised beds by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

IF YOUR garden has suffered during the summer from shallow soil or you about to start to lay out a new garden on a solid rock base carved out of a hillside or have a nice garden but want to fit in a productive but small area for growing vegetables, raised beds are the thing for you. WHAT IS A RAISED BED? In our popular vegetable growing book ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ we defined a raised bed as an elevated area of deep rich soil mix built up within retaining walls to allow it to be worked with less bending.. There are four basic types: A four sided box constructed so that soil can be worked from all sides without walking on it A three sided box built onto an existing wall A narrow terrace on a sloping site A series of raised beds on a sloping site as illustrated

HOW DEEP SHOULD THE SOIL BE? A minimum height of 30cm will provide a depth of soil sufficient for the roots of most vegetable plants and many flowering plants and shrubs. A maximum height of 70 to 80cm would allow the bed to be worked without much bending and also from a stool, chair or wheelchair. The most comfortable height will depend on the height of the person or persons who will be working the raised bed. Deep beds can be used for trees and even palms. Any intermediate heights depending on the materials you have available for building the walls and the amount of good soil/ compost/manure available or you are willing to buy in.

HOW WIDE AND LONG SHOULD THE BED BE? Width of beds: A maximum width of 1.5m if the layout of your raised bed/beds will allow you to work from both sides A maximum width of 70 to 80cm if the raised bed is against a wall or hedge which will only allow it to be worked from one side If you build raised beds any wider you will need to walk on the soil which will consolidate it and defeat the reason for building the raised beds in the first place. Length of beds: The length of a raised bed can be anything from one metre to

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

twenty metres or more. However, it may be more practical to design a layout with several shorter beds with the space between wide enough to accommodate a wheelbarrow or wheelchair… WHAT CAN RAISED BEDS BE MADE FROM? The walls could be constructed with railway sleepers; long logs; old doors or panels; dry stone walls; cemented brick or stone; blocks or peat blocks. The advantages and disadvantage of each are discussed in Chapter 3.5 of ’Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’. We prefer long-lasting cemented stone, rendered block walls or wooden railway sleepers. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RAISED BEDS? The practical benefits are as follows: You can use them in a garden which has no topsoil. Even on solid rock or a previously concreted area. A drip or porous pipe irrigation system can be easily set up. Anything can be grown in soil depths of 40cm or more including potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes. They are easy to extend if you have the space. And of course although we have concentrated on the use of raised beds for vegetables they can be used to grow trees, Palms, accommodate rockeries and general flower beds. This is mentioned in Chapter 2.5 Design Manageable Flower Beds in ‘Your Garden in Spain – From Planning to Planting and Maintenance’.


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Great service, prompt attention and a good price: all the right things from LUX-AL THERE IS never a better way to select a supplier than to have a recommendation from a happy customer. Established on the Costa Blanca for 23 years, LUX-AL Aluminium and UPVC Windows & Doors have thousands of happy clients and RTN was invited to meet with customers Jeff & Diane Day from Benitachell this week. Jeff ’s first comment about LUX-AL: “We have used LUX-AL for four different projects of work and every time we found their service to be great: we received prompt attention with everything done at

Diane & Jeff proudly showing off their enclosed naya

a good price. You can’t ask for more.” The first piece of work at Jeff & Diane’s house was to enclose the naya, effectively creating an extra room. “This was a big bonus at modest cost and has made a superb difference - we’re so pleased,” says Diane. Next Diane showed us the replacement windows that were installed around the whole house: “The old ones were wooden and needed lots of maintenance. The new ones need no maintenance and brighten up the whole house - so much more light floods in.” “The internal doors between the naya

and the main room were replaced; these needed to be both secure and smart because they form a focal point between the two rooms,” said Jeff, “We think that LUX-AL did a very good job with these they don’t look like imposing front doors at all, they have been nicely softened by extra mouldings and careful design.” And the latest installation has been at the rear of the house where a covered area has been created between the utility room and the kitchen. “It forms a lovely place to sit, as well as giving us cover for when it rains and we need to go to the utility room.” Dennis Humphries who is LUX-AL’s Sales Manager is quick to thank Jeff and Diane for their praise. “Jeff and Diane are typical customers of ours who we like to help as much as we possibly can. We can pretty much build any design in Aluminium, and something like the covered roof at the back of the house is something so simple yet gives such an improvement to the house. Anyone can put us to the test…we love having a challenge and can design anything and everything!” Thank you Jeff and Diane for showing RTN your property….the only question remaining is what are you going to ask Dennis and LUX-AL to do next?! If you want to put Dennis and LUXAL to the test, please call the LUX-AL Office on 966 493 447 or call Dennis direct on 659 778 256.

The new windows let so much more light in

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The end of the traditional incandescent light bulb MERCHE, FROM Vimaluz in Denia, explains some of the options in bulb lighting replacements. Under a European Directive, from September lighting manufacturers will no longer able to manufacture this type of bulb, only holding stock may be sold. The first bulbs to disappear were 100Watt and, second, the 75W. Now the turn is for of the 60Watt incandescent bulbs. Whilst serving us well in the past, these bulbs’ big drawback was that 95% of the electricity consumed is converted into heat and only 5% remaining into light. So sooner or later we will all have to swap to lower consuming bulbs. And if there is a real case for saving money, why wait?

Fluorescent bulbs do not emit much heat, and their light is best for offices and kitchens. LEDS (LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES) The most advanced screw-in replacement, LEDs give off crisp light, stay cool to the touch and last even longer than CFLs at more than 50,000 hours per bulb: there have been many advances in LEDs. Customers are invited to come and take a look in our showroom/factory. LEDs can be integrated into a lighting fixture or even into a glass enclosure designed to look like a traditional light bulb and screw into a

HALOGEN LIGHTS Known for consistency with no flickering, halogen light bulbs do not fade with age. An average halogen bulb lasts 2,250 to 3,500 hours and comes in a variety of sizes and voltages. Although not as efficient as CFLs, halogens are 25% to 45% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. CFL (COMPACT FLUORESCENT) LIGHT BULBS Much-improved over the past five years, the spiral-shaped compact fluorescent light is the incandescent bulb’s direct screw-in replacement and uses at least 75% less energy. These are the most popular replacement because of their low price - the old standard has a life span of 1,200 hours per bulb, but the CFL lasts as long as 8,000 hours.

standard light fixture. Not every type of light bulb is suitable for an environment, every space is different. It is important you seek advice from a company with very extensive experience, and an extensive range: “Our many years’ experience in manufacturing lamps and our huge variety of stock and accessories together with vastly experienced staff make us unique in lighting products and accessories, and our service is second to none. “We have very many English clients, and they keep returning. From the first moment Vimaluz opened its doors it has led the market, giving customers a loyalty card awarding further offers and discounts. “We stock all types of lighting, even the very hard-to-find English fittings. We offer 20% discount of new low energy bulbs when the client brings their old low energy bulb to recycle. As well as our own manufactured lighting stock, we do sell further brands and have an in store catalogue to source almost any product.” To find the store in Denia, please see their advert on page 7.



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Banks get hit again by the Spanish Courts The Castellon Regional Court has ruled that Bankia is not empowered to call in a mortgage granted by Bancaja by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

AS WE have stated in previous articles, we are receiving many enquiries from persons who unfortunately are no longer able to meet their mortgage payments and cannot see a way out of this problem; especially when the bank refuses to accept their property as a ‘dation in payment’ (dación en pago). Sadly in most cases very little can be done about this situation; in general it comes down to reaching a satisfactory agreement with the bank, often the end result being a request that the years granted for the mortgage term are extended, in order to lower the monthly payments; or for the bank to accept the property as repayment for the debt etc. It is also advisable to see if each situation case can benefit from Law 6/2012 which, as we stated in previous articles, can force

certain banks to accept the ‘dation in payment’. In my opinion, the current financial crisis is making judges, lawyers, and so on appreciate on one hand the complicated situation many families are going through, and on the other hand understand the abuses by the banks, many of whom are largely responsible for this problem. Therefore most legal professionals are trying to interpret the law as far as possible in a way to minimise any injustices. As we stated in one of our articles last year, the Regional Court of the Autonomous Spanish Community of Navarra - Second Section ruled in this respect, stating in its Court Decision that regardless of the final value of the property at the auction, the appraisal (survey value) made by the bank at the time of granting the loan should be taken into account. Since the appraisal was much higher than the money owed, even though the property was auctioned for less than the debt, the Court took the view that the bank had been repaid. Today we want to report on a new Court Order of the Regional Court of Castellon, this time against Bankia. As is well known, the assets and liabilities of Bancaja were transferred to Bankia as a result of the takeover with Bankia becoming the owner of the assets, contracts, debts, etc.

In a subsequent case against a customer (who used to be with Bancaja), Bankia requested enforcement and execution of default payment (i.e. calling in the mortgage) on a mortgage loan granted, but firstly the Court of First Instance and secondly the Regional Court of Castellon (Audiencia Provincial de Castellón) concluded that Bankia was not entitled to call in the mortgage as the names had not been changed in the Land Registry and the mortgage loan was still under Bancaja’s name. Thus the Court took the view that while it is fact that Bancaja transferred its credits to Bankia and so Bankia is the creditor of the unpaid instalments of the mortgage loan, in order for Bankia to be able to call in the loan Bankia must first register the mortgage loan under its own name in virtue of articles 145, 149 and 150 amongst others of the Spanish Ley Hipotecaria. It is their ruling that Bankia is not authorised (legislated) to start a mortgage default process or get the property back because it has not made the relevant changes in the Land Registry stating that Bankia is now the new beneficiary / mortgagee of the loan. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

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



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How to behave in Spain by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

‘BEHAVE YOURSELF’, ‘he just doesn’t know how to behave’, ‘what kind of behaviour do you call that?’ We’ve probably seen a fair share of erratic behaviour from children (and adults) during the barmy summer season. The heat combined with alcohol can make even a normally well-behaved individual qualify for an ASBO. And there’s nothing like a mixture of heat, late nights and itchy skin for bringing the worst out of your offspring – whatever age they happen to be. But what constitutes ‘well-behaved’ is not an internationally set definition. There are no European directives on this. Instead, good behaviour in one country can be frowned upon in another. To keep you informed and behaving yourself, we’ve selected a few rules for good behaviour in Spain. To begin with, it is expected that you greet people openly, even if you have never seen them before. When entering a waiting room or a shop either a ‘buenos dias’ or ‘buenas tardes’ is normally expected. Food is a passion and it is much more customary to share it here. The concept of the tapas is an example of this with several plates ordered for people to select from. Nor is the usual salad at the beginning of the meal something to be hogged on your own. A Spanish person will usually sprinkle it liberally with salt and oil and then everyone tucks in.

The Spanish may not wait in an orderly line to be served, but they are usually very aware of when their turn is. If they are uncertain about who is in front of them they will ask, ‘Quién es el ultimo?’ and then may even leave the room if the queue is a long one. You won’t have been living long in Spain before you notice a difference in the way the Spanish express themselves. Louder, with more expression and greater use of body language, the Northern European can be thrown by the mixed messages they receive. One minute it might seem as though it’s the start of a fight only to be followed by some good-natured back slapping the next. This type of behaviour can be confusing for those on the outside looking in. Just be aware that what is perhaps acceptable behaviour with friends and family in Spain won’t get you very far with officialdom. Don’t expect that a few gesticulations and a raised voice will lead to you jumping the queue at the town hall: in fact, quite the opposite. If you do want to try out your Spanish remember that the distinction between using the formal ‘usted’ and informal ‘tu’ is important, especially when dealing with officials. A little deference will probably fare you better than a temper tantrum. We can’t all behave impeccably all of the time - it would be a rather boring world if we did. However, knowing a little of the etiquette that’s expected can help you in the Spanish community and make Spain less of a conundrum.

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


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Is Pinterest of interest to you? (part 2) by

Karla Darocas

(Hons. B.A)

What I liked about… The boards were easy to set up and editing them after was easy as well. Plus, you can rearrange your boards into different positions. I liked the easy to add PIN IT button that attaches to the favourites bar on all my browsers. When I am surfing the net and I see something that I would like to add to one of my boards, I use the Pin It button. The software grabs the photo and asks me if I would like to ‘Pin it’. I say yes, select the board to pin it too, and within a flash, it is posted on my board. I like the automatic sharing of my pins with Facebook and Twitter and I like the direct link to my website from my Profile page. That is an inbound link! I like the traffic referrals that happen when someone likes one of my photo, which I pinned from one of my websites, and in just one click, the viewer is taken to my website. It is great for building unique subject-based fan clubs, pining and sharing photos and of course that leads to new contacts and friends. It gives you code to little button that you can add to your blog or website that encourages people to ‘pin’ your photos onto their boards. These are direct links back to my primary website. That is good. WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT PINTEREST.COM It took over a week for my profile to show up in the search engine of the site. It is over two weeks now and my pins / photos and boards are still not sourcing in the Search engine.

It is over 2 weeks now, and my site is still not coming up in searches. When I tried to upload my own photos through the Upload a Pin function, I had trouble and on all of my browsers. It gave me an error message saying: ‘That is not a valid image’. That is crap so I looked up the error on and everyone is having the same problem. The solution was just to carry on, as if the error was not there and press the OKAY button to continue. So, I did and it was fine. had better fix that problem, as it will turn away a lot of people. It takes too long to fetch specific pins / photos and boards. For example, if I wanted to see all the pins and boards dedicated to Cumbre del Sol, forget it. I don’t like that and I am not sure how they will fix that problem. images sources a photo in seconds. You have to create at least four boards. What if you only want one or three? You have to be very picky about who you should follow, as there are people posting weird stuff that ends up on your montage / stream. CONCLUSION Pinterest is a must for companies that have very visual products like luxury real estate or cars, but it cannot be just about the products. There must be a ‘lifestyle’ edge to it for it to work properly. I also believe that the photography in your site has to be great in order to get the sharing or ‘repining’ happening. I looked at many member boards to try and find great photos to re-pin into my site and 90% of the photos I didn’t feel were ‘worth’ re-

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pining in my site. I think you will find that most people will be the same. I also think that if you are going to take the time to have great photos or graphs, as they are the content, then make sure they are branded with your name or website address. The big problem I find with Pinterest. com and any other image sources search ware on the internet is that it doesn’t seem to care about copyright. If you have any questions about this review, please contact me: Karla Darocas,


Finley’s fun day raises more than 2000€

Councillor for the Coast, Pedro Mancebo, Leanne, Rick, Finley and Denise from the Orihuela Costa Town Hall

By Louise Clarke HUNDREDS OF people turned up to The Abbey Tavern in La Florida, Orihuela Costa on Monday to attend Finley’s Fun Day, a fundraising event organised by one year old Finley Baker’s Mum and Dad, Leanne and Rick. At 19 weeks old Finley was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome Potocki Lupski Syndrome (PTLS) and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). PTLS comes with various health concerns associated to it including poor feeding, low body weight, low muscle tone, poor fine motor skills, a heart condition called ‘bicuspid aortic valve’, dental issues and sleep apnea. The condition is extremely rare and as such, much more research needs to be done, hence why Finley’s parents are desperately trying to raise awareness and money to enable research to help support Finley’s future.

The grand total raised from the event this week totalled an amazing €2172.42 and all of it will go to the Baylor College for Medicine PTLS fund. The college, in Texas, is where Drs Potocki and Lupski both work and it was they who put their names to the syndrome that Finley is suffering from. Leanne told RTN: “We are delighted by the amount raised from the fun day and I would like to say a huge thank you to Sunshine FM for hosting the event, The Abbey Tavern for letting us use their venue and also donating a large sum of money and all the staff there that day who gave up their tips to donate to the charity.” She added: “I would also like to thank Iceland in Torrevieja for collecting over €200 in buckets at the end of tills, Viva TV, My Piece of Cake for Finley’s birthday cupcakes, all the entertainers and FC Mil Palmeras for attending and donating

as well as Emma, our face painter and Melissa, who made the children all sorts out of balloons.” WET SPONGE The Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion was also in attendance and they provided great fun with a set of stocks that allowed people to get soaked with a wet sponge for a donation, which in the August heat was really refreshing; in fact even the Councillor for the Coast, Pedro Mancebo, had a go! Leanne concluded: “Last but not least, I would like to thank all our family, friends and guests who came and supported us and anyone I have missed. They all helped to make the day the success it was and we will cherish those memories forever!” Thanks to the success of the fun day, Leanne has been asked to make it an annual event at The Abbey Tavern.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus

Phishing scams Terry asks: HI AUNTY, I have been receiving a number of requests over the last few days with messages similar to the copy below. The past messages saying that my account would be closed. I deleted thinking that they were scams but now having received this latest message I decided to seek your advice. What do you think please? What does seem strange is that having told me that my account has been suspended I am still able to send mail to yourself. Thanks in anticipation of your reply. Dear WindowsLive Customer , We are sending this e-mail to inform you that your e-mail account has excedeed it’s sending and receiving limit in the last 7 days. Due to this , we have to suspend your account in order to prevent unwanted bots and spyware using our customer’s accounts. In order to verify your account and lift the suspenion limit, please verify your account information on the link below: com/msn-unsuspend-account/verify-xxxxxxx@hotmail. com/index-1992-mh31 The limit applied on your account will be lifted as soon as you verify your account. After verification , you may use your e-mail account as usual. We are sorry for any inconvenice that this might have caused. Hotmail Security Team.

Computer drive space full

Aunty says: You are right to be concerned. This is a “phishing” scam. Although the link in the email suggests it is from hotmail, it is indeed from another site, with its real destination “masked”. Clicking on the link will send you to a less than welcome website that will ask you for more personal details in an attempt to get further control over this email account and access to the data contained within it. Another clue about whether this email is genuine or not is the spelling errors: excedeed, inconvenice, suspenion. I am sure a company such as Microsoft would be able to use a spell check on their automatically generated emails they issue. If you have any concerns about your Hotmail account being “hacked” then the first thing to do is to change your Hotmail password. The best passwords are a combination of letters and numbers, and not popular or common words or phrases.

Robert asks: Hola Aunty, I have a problem with downloading Music. My laptop says Disk c is full and if I go to Free your disk space (I have - 3 or 4 times) the disk is still full (in red): can you help please? My L/top is Windows Vista. Robert. Aunty says: If your C drive is full, then you have a few options. You either delete some of the items on the C drive, you can move ex-


Freecell freezing Ronnie asks: I have a problem with Freecell card game which I love playing. I have a Packard Bell laptop with Windows 7 but just recently while playing Freecell the card columns have been all over the place also the game freezes and I have to go out of the game and start a new game: it doesn’t happen with every game but you can imagine how annoying this is. I wonder if the Freecell game has somehow been corrupted (I have free AVAST anti virus which I find excellent). Would it be possible to ‘uninstall’ games then ‘reinstall’ them and if so how do I do it?

reinstall usually cures things. The Windows Games can be easily uninstalled and reinstalled. From your Control Panel, select the Uninstall program option. There is an option on the screen to Activate and Deactivate Windows Programs and Components. A new window will open with all the Windows components that can be installed. Find Freecell in the Games folder and uncheck it. Press Apply and Windows will uninstall Freecell. It may then be a good idea to reboot the computer. Then follow the same process, but this time checking the Freecell game. Pressing Apply will reinstall a fresh copy of the game.

Aunty says: Hi Ronnie sometimes programs do freeze and need to be restarted. But if this is happening often, then a

isting items to another drive, or simply save your downloaded music to another drive. Ideally the items you will need to move or delete will be the files on ‘My Documents’ where Windows stores the majority of the files and music that you have downloaded (unless you have stored them in other folders in the C Drive!) As externals hard drives are getting cheaper and cheaper, and disk

sizes are getting larger and larger, it may be an idea to move items from your My Documents, and store them on an external drive. This is also good for a back up of important personal files that you have on your laptop should the lap top fail. Using the ‘Free up disk space’ tends to only remove some ‘temporary’ windows files and may not free up much space.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

D-Link Cloud Companion

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Learn Spanish Phrasebook


If the amount of Spanish that you can speak can be written on the back of a postage stamp then this mobile phone app is a must-have! Once downloaded onto a mobile you don’t then need an internet connection to access it as the phrasebook is saved onto your phone. There are over 200 useful everyday phrases, over 800 common words. Each word and phrase is also spoken by a native Spanish speaker which will aid the learning process and help with pronunciation. The FREE Lite version covers – Greetings, General conversation, Numbers, Directions and places, Transportation and Eating out. There is a paid for Pro version which covers many more topics and situations which again are all valid and extremely useful and serve as an excellent way to guide you through the basics of Spanish and also help you to either enjoy a trip to Spain or to get the confidence to start speaking some Spanish. Available to download on iPhone and Andoid mobile phones.

THIS WEEK the Inspector reviews a brand new device just on the market aimed at all business and frequent holiday travellers out there – the D-Link Cloud Companion. And what an earth does the DLink Mobile Cloud Companion Wi-Fi Hotspot Device do? Well, it isn´t a fluffy little cumulonimbus called Nigel that you carry around with you and tell all your secrets to, but a handy little device with which you can create your own wi-fi hotspot. The D-Link Mobile Cloud Companion just needs a mains power point (fitted with UK plug, don´t forget a power adapter if you want to use in other countries) and a standard Cat5 cable for connection to an internet carrying Ethernet port. So if you´re away at

a hotel with poor wi-fi internet just connect the D-Link and you’re good to go! You can access your new wireless network with any wireless device, and even using your iOS device (apple iPhone, iPad) or Android device using the freely available Mobile Cloud Companion App. It’ll even charge your iPhone or Android phone – electrifying! The D-Link can operate in a number of different modes - Router/ AccessPoint, Repeater or Wi-Fi HotSpot, so whatever you want your network to do it has a mode to do the job. And with D-Link´s One-Touch AP Configuration and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connection is quick and easy. And that’s not all: the D-Link can also act as a media and file sharing device.

Connect your USB storage device to the D-Link and you´ll be sharing your media and files in no time – wirelessly. You can even sync and share music, videos and photos from your USB device to your iOS or Android device. The Inspectors Verdict: The D-Link Cloud Companion adds that extra flexibility for business/leisure travellers who want internet access, but don’t want to have to carry round a laptop or pay roaming internet charges for access via a mobile phone. Visit dlink-cloud-companion to purchase the D-Link Mobile Cloud Companion Wi-Fi Hotspot Device for 42€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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Life horoscopes The might of Uranus and the scope of your need to make many changes allows you the freedom to come to your own conclusions. Make changes because they seem right and because you have waited long enough to implement what you need to do but do not waste time because the clock is ticking, and there is no room for error.

Venus, your Planetary leader, takes on wily Saturn and fronts Cancer. Here there is a very strong need to streamline something to make it more efficient, and more personal. You are to be challenged and this brings you no fear since you have been waiting to have your say for a while. Tell it like it is! As Mercury takes on Virgo you will experience a time whereby things just start to fit into place. Now you know why things had to be as they were, and the reason why an affair of the heart was leading to something way out of your control. With all the will in the World you can only be yourself, and if people don’t like that…! Venus brings love and shines a light on something rather wonderful that you have brought right up to date. Why you have had to be so secretive is best known to you, but this week sees results and a slight change of plan, which works to your advantage in the end, but may initially throw you off course. Venus enters at the end of the week, as you start to learn that it is self-love you have been missing out on, and this is a tremendous boost to all you both want to happen and need right now. Centre stage you will work your magic with others as you have had very little support, but rewards are truly right around the corner. Actions with Mercury bring your silent cries out into the open this week. With actions of Pluto bringing self-respect and analysis into the equation, there is also an opposition to Chiron, scuppering of a project, and an inconjunction with stubborn Uranus bringing conflict. The sextile with Mars midweek begs you to keep your temper! With Venus making a huge Cosmic sweep you are clearly left to your own devices and this should be a time just for you to do what you want to. There is no pressure, you have time on your hands and there are many things you can do to show others that you are at a time of your life when anything could come next. Mars takes on Scorpio just to lay to rest something that has taken up enough of your time just lately. Putting out a positive vibe has made you realise just what you are capable of, and that you may have sold yourself short. Enjoy being you this week and just let bygones be bygones, please. Actions between Capricorn and Pluto bring back a healthy nostalgia from the past. This is a time for reverie and looking forward to plans…a time to catch up with yourself. And a great opportunity arises for you to help someone and to kill two birds with one stone. Just nip something nicely in the bud, and you’re more than ready. Pluto allows you to examine a proposition from the inside out, thus gaining vital knowledge in a scheme that you have taken securely under your wing. Something has stopped your immediate action but you are not someone who procrastinates, you are merely waiting for the right opportunity and its close this week. With Uranus in Aries you may be surprised by yourself this week as something just has to be said and you cannot bottle it up any more. The release of anger will calm you and centre you since you cannot take sides on this occasion, and things have come to a head, affecting you and your loved ones. With Chiron beckoning you onwards there is work to be done, even if you are feeling sorry for yourself. You have set a precedent and things have to be licked into shape if you are to continue working the way you are. There shouldn’t be a need to rely so heavily on others: you know what you have to do, so go do it!

Kenny corris


IN THE course of my work I am always thrilled to meet people who have special psychic gifts. Very often these people know they have something but do not know what it is, or how to make it work for them. Here I am only too happy to oblige. I feel that if you have been given a gift, you should unwrap it and at least take a look at it. Imagine if you were given a Christmas Present, wrapped and labelled, and you decided never to open it. The person who gave you the gift would be surprised by your actions and would wonder why you had decided not to even take a look at the contents; rejecting it without reason. Fear, of course, will stop so many people. If you are so scared then maybe unravelling your specific psychic talent is not for you. Fear stops people in their tracks, and until it is removed then nothing very much is likely to happen. Many do not know of their powers, and need to be told what they can do with what they have, and there are those who are waiting for some permission to use gifts which have been passed to them, often from generations of family. Putting something on hold is the intelligent way of gleaning more information about things, but this can and does lead to a stalemate whereby nothing happens. Many will sadly renounce their gifts because they are afraid that others will think that they are

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mad, or silly or weird. I have never worried about what anyone thought about me and my Mediumistic energies, because it was my decision to use my gifts for the benefit of others who may need it. And I do. When I talk to disconnected, gifted, spiritual people it is easy to ask them questions about their life. Many do begin to look back on the life that they have lived and they start to discover, in their own process, that things happened for a reason for them. Many people talk about co-incidence, but there is no such thing in the realms of a Spiritual Life, since these chance meetings, actions and situations were brought about by Spirit wanting us to move onwards in a specific direction. As we look back on things that we have done anyway it is hard to believe sometimes that we did what we did, but the reason why has to be left to the decision of Spirit so very often. People tell me that they have gut reactions, the shivers, that they feel things “in their waters” as a result of using their talents in an Earthly way. Use what you have and you can be guaranteed that more positive and useful power will be brought to you, which, if you use it in a beneficial way will help you and others all around you. I do not want people to think that there is so much mystery about what I can do, if it will help them to make a better spiritual connection for their mutual benefit. This brings many closer to Spirit, banishes fear, and instead of waiting for a voice which may never come, to tell them what to do next, they can just get on with it! Spirit will guide them then, all the days of their lives.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: I WANT to ask you what I can do about my Husband. True he lives in a house whereby we all have Spiritual faith but he always has an explanation for everything yet believes in nothing. What can I do to help him understand? Penny J. Penny, your husband is set in his ways and finds it hard to believe in anything, and that is his prerogative. If he cannot keep an open heart and an open mind then you cannot make him, and I for one wouldn’t want to try. Sadly he will find out his Spiritual power one day, probably when it is too late. I imagine that you have ganged up on him, but he gets the last word in, anyway. The best you can do is remain true to your feelings and beliefs and allow him the right not to want to understand what he is missing, and yet do not stop your own faith and understanding at the same time. One hopes that something, somewhere and sometime would rub off on him but that will be in his time, of course and not yours!

Someone needs your tender love and care but is so afraid to ask for it right now. Take control of this situation and it will stand you in good stead for an Astological year that is both challenging and rewarding.


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 4. It’s a strain becoming a skilled craftsman (7) 8. Breaks out, but the rest somehow holds up (6) 9. Not in a position to exercise one’s craft? (7) 10. Concerning a spot a long way off (6) 11. Directs transport (6) 12. He favours dictation above all his subjects (8) 18. Clearly not as others are (8) 20. To people, one is a danger (6) 21. Fuss about the French in Spain (6) 22. When one can look forward to retirement (7) 23. We arrange the sale of an animal (6) 24. Part of the meal you leave, we hear (7)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. It’s beaten by those who are themselves beaten (7) 2. Tops two thousand in legal actions (7) 3. It acts strangely, causing interference perhaps (6) 5. Crafty contests (8) 6. The meteorologist’s line (6) 7. It keeps the sun away from the lawn ingeniously (6) 13. Having paid, he recovers (8) 14. Smouldering anger? (7) 15. Makes slow progress by street-car (7) 16. Withdraw a direction to surrender (6) 17. Naturally, it raises awkward points (6) 19. A mason knows how it spreads (6)

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 4. Entrance (7) 8. Merited (6) 9. Insult (7) 10. Expense (6) 11. Riot (6) 12. Rectory (8) 18. Gap (8) 20. Entertain (6) 21. Caress (6) 22. Usual (7) 23. Hand gun (6) 24. Quill (7)

DOWN 1. Rotate (7) 2. Defend (7) 3. Mend (6) 5. Wealthy (8) 6. Mistakes (6) 7. Yearly (6) 13. Estrange (8) 14. Covetousness (7) 15. Aged (7) 16. Strict (6) 17. Obvious (6) 19. Alien (6)

Euromillions Draw Friday 24th August 2012


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One French ticket won the 47,570,390 Euros

Tuesday 28th August 2012

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No ticket won the 15,000,000 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Tips and tricks of Spanish - 5 Grammar books will teach you “correct” Spanish, but what do the natives actually say? The first few phrases this week are on the subject of forgetfulness and ignorance. Of course, I mean ignorance in the sense of not knowing something, not in the sense of rudeness, which I try not to encourage. You probably know that to say “I don’t know” in Spanish requires two small words “No sé” or at the most three words “No lo sé”. However, if you would like to doubly emphasis your complete ignorance of something you can say “No tengo ni idea” (I haven’t got the slightest idea). That at least should stop people asking you again! The word for “forget” in Spanish is “olvidar”, so logic may tell those of us that have learnt some grammar is that “I have forgotten” is “he olvidado”. However, that isn’t the whole story, it is actually more common to say “Se me ha olvidado” (I’ve forgotten) or even “se me olvidó” (I forgot). This translates literally as “it has forgotten itself to me” or “it forgot itself to me” which makes no sense in English, as usual. A similar construction is used to say “I dropped it” – we literally say “It fell from me” “Se me cayó”. I was once asked by a Spanish friend who also teaches how to explain these constructions to an English student, as they do seem very strange to us. I suggested that the explanation was that the Spanish rarely admitted to being in the wrong, so if they forgot something or dropped something, it was the fault of the thing that forgot itself or throw itself on the floor, and not the person at all Fortunately, he found this explanation highly amusing, and I’ve never found a better one! Just to continue the negative theme, you may know that “never”

is “nunca”, but what about “never ever”? Well, that is “nunca jamás” with emphasis on the last syllable “-ás” which does sound very final when said properly. You may also be interested to know that Peter Pan lives in “el País de Nunca Jamás” (Never Never Land). Not particularly useful, but curious just the same. All languages have slang words and these come and go in fashion in the same way that we have trends in clothes or hairstyles. What young people were saying twenty years ago now sounds either normal and grown up, or very out of date, whilst the younger generation today speaks in a way that adults find hard to follow. In fact this is probably one of the main reasons for slang in the first place! Here are a couple of youthful expressions you might come across on your travels. When something is absolutely amazing, or incredible, the kids in Spain say “me flipa” (it flips me?) or just “flipa”. The standard Spanish equivalent is: “me alucina” (it amazes me). You’ll often hear this in the past tense “me flipó” (It was amazing!) It’s really common as well for this to be followed by words like “tío” or “macho”, which to the likes of you and me mean “uncle” and “male”, but mean something like “man!” in youthful Spanish. When you like something, I’m sure you know how to say “me gusta”. Well, those who are several decades younger than us say “me mola” or just “mola”. It means the same thing, although the important thing is to understand who says it. I wouldn’t recommend using it unless you want to pretend you’re sixteen, or in unlikely event of you being sixteen and reading this article.

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

THE DENIAL Katherine Jenkins@KathJenkins: Dear Twitter friends, I’ve read some horrible rumours on here & want u 2 know I absolutely deny I’ve had an affair with David Beckham. THE TRIBUTE Simon Cowell@SimonCowell: Rest in Peace Neil Armstrong. You were a true humble American Hero HIGHS AND LOWS Graeme Swann@Swannyg66 : Last night kasabian at the reading festival, tonight Alastair Cook talking about farming in the hotel. From penthouse to... THE FUNNY TWEETS Gary Lineker@GaryLineker: Just had my haircut, which is rather mundane. I did though spot the odd grey hair on the black gown. Time to dye it before anyone notices? Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle: Usain Bolt will be The Boy Who Cried Wolf if he ever has to point out low-flying aerial danger. Mollie King@MollieTheSats: Each time I come home to my apartment something’s changed - today a plant was added!! I feel like I’m playing ‘spot the difference” Ha!!! X Ian Hyland@HylandIan: Russell Brand dating Geri Halliwell. Whatever will they find to talk about? Once they’ve finished talking about themselves, I mean. example@example: Time to be a responsible adult and buy a Nerf gun online.

Life books

Danny Collins -

An Irish Country Childhood THIS IS a delightful book of the childhood of Marrie Walsh, born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1929. Marrie Walsh lived with her family in the village of Attymas in a valley below the blue Ox Mountains. The scenery is wild bogland and loughs and the raging River Ash that surrounds the village. Marrie tells her entrancing story of growing up on a farm where the villagers pool their strength and effort to help each neighbour’s harvest, where turfs as fuel are cut from the bogs then stacked and dried to eventually warm the stone-walled, thatched cottages with their warm, smoky peat fires. The author describes harvests through the eyes of a child, with the bounding excitement as the huge and noisy thresher takes over from the threshing by stick and winnowing of old. I read the book charmed by her description of butter-making as milk fresh from the evening milking is tipped into an ancient machine and spun by hand before being washed in spring water. Each of the village characters become real to the reader as the child’s imagination roams around bogeymen and ‘the fella down below’. This book will never leave my bookshelf for it is living history of a proud race, deprived for hundreds of years of its right to worship its own God and to

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live according to its code. In short, it is an utterly enthralling tale told by a natural storyteller. Author: Marrie Walsh Publisher: Metro (paperback) Price: 10.40€ ISBN: 978 1 84454 892 7

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Life health

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31 AUG - 6 SEPT 2012

Life health Hi-energy fund raising

March’s zumbathon

By Jack Troughton SUNDAY’S ZUMBATHON promises to be the biggest hi-energy charity fund-raiser yet seen in Spain as people gather to have a go. Zumba, the Latin-influenced and danceinspired keep fit craze has swept across Europe, and is a fun way to raise cash for good causes.

Organiser Kimberley Harrison said 15 national and international Zumba presenters were paying their own way to join in at Moraira Castle on 2nd September and help raise money for AKIRA – the animal charity hoping to build a shelter for the Teulada Moraira and Benissa area. “At the moment over 100 people have

registered but so many people are travelling to join in, they will only register on the morning,” she said. “The last Zumbathon in March was a huge success but this looks as if it will be the biggest so far and easily the biggest in Spain to date.” Anyone wanting to join in can simply turn

up at 9.30am and the Zumbathon starts at 10am and runs until 1pm – for more information call Kimberley on 696 746 091, email or visit And those who feel less energetic can still buy tombola tickets with some fantastic prizes donated by Marina Alta businesses.

Helping the Red Cross DETERMINED LYNNE Joyce has organised a Charity Day in Javea on Sunday (2nd September) to raise cash to buy a lifesaving defibrillator for the Cruz Roja. Her husband Peter died in May after suffering a major heart attack – and she paid tribute to the efforts of the service that did all it could to save his life. But she discovered the ambulance that came to his aid did not have the crucial piece of equipment and decided to raise funds to supply the Cruz Roja in Javea with one.

“The Red Cross were absolutely marvellous,” she told RTN. “We found out they did not have a defibrillator – it could have made a difference – so we thought if we could raise the money, it could help someone in the future.” Lynne started fund raising after Peter’s funeral and has so far made over 600€ selling books and hopes Sunday’s Charity Day will be a huge success. Being held in Javea Port’s Calle Antoni Llido between 10am and 4pm on Sunday there will be a ‘rastro’ market, live music, tombola, and other stalls

Happy families

Carole (second left) accepts the cheque

By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS CARED for by EMAUS will benefit from a 2,000€ donation from volunteers of The Original Charity Shop and Library in Javea. There are eight EMAUS homes across the Costa Blanca and all try to create a productive family atmosphere for the youngsters in their care. Carole Saunders, President of Friends of the Children of EMAUS – itself a charity founded in 2006 to raise funds for the shelters and their young charges – was presented with a cheque by staff at the Original Charity Shop.


31 AUG - 6 SEPT 2012

Life events

Mystery guests start fun By Jack Troughton TWO MYSTERY celebrities are lined up to officially open the LAPS Fun Day at Monte Pego on Sunday 9th September. The annual Local Animal Protection Society event is always enjoyable and helps raise money for the popular animal charity and has previously been opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Charles - or at least people bearing a strong resemblance to the royals. And once again the Fun Day is being held on the terrace of Monte Pego Restaurant with live music provided by Freeway and Teena. A bar and food is available. There will also be a range of fun games for all the family and a range of stalls offering clothes, hair and beauty products, books and cards, jewellery, cakes and more. Tickets are 3€ - children go free – and are available in advance by calling 661 199 270 or 650 479 826. Doors open at 2pm and the official opening will be around 2.30pm.

Jazz closes season

Manhatton Jazz

MANHATTON JAZZ brings the Teulada Moraira Lions Club’s season of summer concerts to a close on Sunday 9th September. The Lions raised 900€ in donations during the concert by the impressive Shamrockers at Moraira Castle earlier this month when the crowd were entertained by a blend of Scottish and Irish folk songs and some well-known rock ballads – as well as a display of line dancing by the Rodeo Stompers. Manhatton Jazz appear at the castle from 8pm for the grand finale and promise a unique blend of popular jazz music. Entrance is free but Lions’ members will be on hand to accept donations to help continue community projects.

31 AUG - 6 SEPT 2012

Life music


The Dixie Ramblers

THE DIXIE Ramblers is a lively street band from Alcoy, performing at La Villa Romana, La Nucia on Wednesday 5th September at 8pm. The musicians have worked together in other styles of jazz, but the Ramblers usually play a special programme of lively traditional jazz, with just a touch of swing mixed in too. The band performs acoustically and turns up in surprising places, always ready to catch a festive moment and make it memorable. On this occasion the band is employing double bass as well as sousaphone so that a few extra swing tunes can be played. Music will be performed in the garden-patio subject to weather conditions. Villa Romana is an elegant restaurant on the main road from Altea to La Nucia - about 2 kilometres before you enter La Nucia town. Reservations: 96 689 6830. More information can be got from the Marina Jazz Guide:

Duo Zodiac: Gary & Keith ZODIAC ARE the ‘People’s Favourite’ vocal harmony duo on the Costa Blanca, covering songs from the 60s to date. As of 28th August 2012, Duo Zodiac will be semi retiring due to Keith’s health problems over the last three years. They will continue to work every Monday and Thursday in Benidorm, for the foreseeable future, and then they will be working either a Friday or a Saturday night taking them up to a maximum of three nights per week. Any venues wishing to book Duo Zodiac for future dates are advised to contact them early to ensure you get the dates you require, phone: 661 179 765 or email: keithwilson3@gmail. com. Duo Zodiac wish to thank all the venues that have given them the opportunity to work for and

with over the last 12 years and hopefully they will continue to do some nights, though not as many as before. Best wishes to all their friends. GIGS FOR SEPTEMBER Saturday 1st - Lirios Bar (Formally Harolds Bar), Cumbre Del Sol Friday 7th - Bar Quo Vadis, Javea Saturday 8th - Bar So What, Avenida Europa, Calpe Wednesday 12th - MABS Charity Lunch, Alfaz del Pi Saturday 22nd - Bar El Gat, Benigembla Saturday 29th - Bar Chapo, Tabiara, Moraira All Mondays - Hotel Rio Park, Benidorm: 8.30pm All Mondays - Tower Lounge, Benidorm: 10.45pm All Thursdays - Hotel Rio Park, Benidorm: 8.30pm

Timewarp Duo Tribute Shows HUSBAND AND wife duo Justin James and Jaime Lee are better known as ‘Timewarp’. Both Jaime and Justin have a true talent for singing whether performing haunting ballads, powerful rock anthems or pop classics. They have been performing professionally together for the past 15 years and have been living on the Costa Blanca for five years. All ‘Timewarp’ shows are known for their feel-good and upbeat music for all generations to enjoy, where the audience is invited to relax and sing along or get up and dance the night away. Phone: 671 354 188 or visit

SEPTEMBER GIGS Sunday 2nd - White Horse, Benidorm 11pm (Every Sunday) Wednesday 5th - Bar Aleman, Urb. La Cometa II, Calpe Friday 7th - Los Belgas Restaurant, Gran Alacant Saturday 8th - El Cid Bar & Rte, Benidoleig Thursday 13th - Magic’s Bar, Orba Saturday 15th - Tropicana Bar, Paichi Centre, Moraira Friday 21st - Los Belgas Restaurant, Gran Alacant Saturday 22nd - Bar Aleman, Urb. La Cometa II, Calpe Friday 28th - Bar Quo Vadis, Javea


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Life people Pork and crackling TWO PIGS were needed to feed a sell-out crowd at the successful MABS Cancer Support Group’s annual hog roast – helping raise 2,880€ for the charity. By Jack Troughton Brian and Mary Ramsden hosted the event in the grounds of their Javea home with Nigel and his family providing both the hogs and a range of side dishes, while Iceland Javea came up with the deserts. And after the enjoying the meal, guests danced the night away to Pastiche and Freeway, both bands providing their talents free of charge. A MABS spokesman said: “Thanks to the generosity of the entertainers, Iceland Javea, those people who purchased tickets and all of those who gave of their time on the day, MABS made this wonderful 2,880€, all of which will go to help those touched by cancer.”

Roasting a hog

Country comfort By Jack Troughton CALPE COUNTRY Fayre is a new fund raising venture organised by Calpe Benissa Lions on Sunday 23rd September from noon until 6pm. The fair is being held in the extensive grounds of Calpe Mountain, a beautiful bed and breakfast premises, on Monte Olta, just outside the Marina Alta town. Entrance is 10€, 7€ for children under 10, and tickets include a paella lunch and a drink – as well as access to a host of fun activities and over 20 stalls. It promises to be a great day out for all the family with face painting, ice creams, a bouncy castle, fairground games, a chance to ride a mechanical ‘bucking bull’. Visitors can try their hands at archery and paintball target shooting; there will also be rubber duck racing, target mini-golf, donkey and pony rides, equestrian displays and dog agility demonstrations – including a special visitor’s class for dogs, so even the family pet gets a look in! All funds raised will be donated by the Lions to Benissa Health Centre, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and the Calpe Food Bank. Tickets are available in Calpe from Margaret and Elena’s Card Shop, Specsavers, Party Calp and Gandia Travel, and in Benissa from Cafe Pronto at Iceland, Ferretaria Bonaire, Church Kitchens and Top Ten Tapes. For information call 96 583 0816.

Life food

31 AUG - 6 SEPT 2012

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

What a lemon! THANK YOU to all the people who give us lemons: its not that we drink a lot of gin and tonics or put a few wedges over the side of a glass when we have prawn cocktail, so what can you do when you have a surplus of lemons? To start you can always add a couple of juiced ones to your breakfast orange juice, a faster way to wake up if you need to or just make a simple and easy Lemon Drizzle Loaf and, if you are like me, easy to remember 6,6,6,3,2,2,1, for the loaf and 2,4, for the syrup, then it doesn’t really matter whether you are in grams or ounces. For me it means creaming together 6ozs Butter or Margarine (cooking butter) together with 6ozs Caster Sugar until creamy, slowly add three beaten eggs to the mix together with 6ozs self raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp milk and the zest of 2 un-waxed lemons, place in a greased 2lb loaf tin and bake for 1 hour at 180 or gas mark 4. While it is cooking take the juice of the two lemons you zested for the loaf and bring to the boil with another 4ozs of sugar to make a syrup: as soon as the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat, allow to cool a little then pour over the cooked loaf when it comes out of the oven, delicious for afternoon tea or as a pudding. Try a Cold Lemon Soufflé for the more adventurous amongst you, a particular favourite of the Ambassadors wife, again easy to remember but it does take a while to get it right. 4,5,4,10,4 (just like remembering a phone number). Separate 4 large eggs and beat the yolks only in a bowl together with 5ozs (150g) caster sugar over a pan of hot water (making sure the bowl does not touch the water) until thick, paler in colour and smooth, remove from the heat and continue beating (even with an electric whisk this takes at least 10-15 mins) Add the juice and grated zest of the lemons to the mixture together with 4tsp powdered gelatine (this can be dissolved in a little of the lemon juice warmed a little, do not let it boil) continue beating now off of the water until cool. Now you have to really have to get your act together as the beaten egg mixture with the gelatine will set fairly quickly, in a clean bowl beat (yes again) the 4 egg whites to a soft peak stage and then in another separate clean bowl beat the 10ozs (300ml) cream until floppy, carefully fold the beaten egg whites and the cream together with the cool beaten egg mixture trying not to lick your fingers as you go. The more careful yet efficient you are at this stage the more mixture you will have, 1½ pints approx. Pour into glasses, coupes or an old but clean ice cream container and allow to set in the refrigerator. We of course add a few chilli flakes to the mixture for that extra twang but you don’t have too and it’s really nice served with some homemade oatmeal biscuits or shortbread. New York Cheesecake which Serves 6 (or four of us) For the Crust: 3oz (85g) melted butter (plus a bit extra for

greasing the tin) 5oz (140g) digestive or oatmeal biscuits &1 tablespoon vanilla Caster sugar (made by storing empty vanilla pods in a bowl of sugar) For the Filling: 450g full fat soft cheese at room temperature, 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar, 1 tablespoon plain flour, finely grated zest ½ lemon, ¾ teaspoon lemon juice, 2 eggs large and 100ml sour cream. Base: Oven 180c gas 4. Line tin with paper. Blend biscuits and melted butter and sugar, press into pan and bake 10 min, leave to cool. Filling: Oven 220c gas 7: Beat cheese for 2 minutes, mixer on low, gradually add vanilla sugar, then flour and pinch salt. Scrape sides and paddle twice. Swap paddle for whisk, add lemon zest and juice. Whisk in eggs slowly. Stir sour cream (crème Fraiche) until smooth and add to mixture on low speed. Whisk to blend but do not over beat. Brush sides of tin with melted butter and bake for 10 min then reduce oven temperature to gas ¼ (110c) and bake 25 min more. Turn off oven and open oven door and leave to cool for 2 hours. (If door is left shut cheesecake will be drier). Now although this doesn’t contain many lemons you will need to suck on one for penance if you manage to eat this rich and filling dessert and if you ever give me your phone number forgive me if I just turn it into a recipe.

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31 aug - 6 sept 2012

Life showbiz goss

The word down Downton way You could well be beside yourselves with excitement at the news that Downton Abbey will be back on our screens next month, and, as you might expect there are a few stories emerging, a couple of which I feel are more than worthy of your attention. The first relates to Maggie Smith, Dowager Countess of Grantham being branded as ‘difficult to work with’ by some US TV executive and Downton producer Rebecca Eaton then saying, “Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult; she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes.” Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs. Patmore came to Maggie’s defense saying “Maggie’s a professional, sometimes working horribly long hours for a lady of 77. She has to rest - that doesn’t make her a snotty cow, it just means she needs a lie-down … she’s not a diva.” … Aahh …double bless… The next item that has surfaced centers on Robert James-Collier who plays footman Thomas Barrow as it seems he had to ask the show’s creator Julian Fellows if he was still gay. It all comes from ‘Thomas’ having made an advance on Turkish Diplomat Kemal Pamuk in the last series, and as the storyline took a back seat when the First World War broke out actor Robert wanted to know if he needed to put in some mincing practice. Downton Abbey! … Coming soon! …

I give you: The ‘Ginger’ Chippendale! AT THE time of writing the Ginger Prince had both his arms held very firmly up his back, one by his dad, the other by his grannie, for him to get out there and publically apologise for his disgraceful behavior in Las Vegas when he was snapped in the altogether. It’s a terrible thing to discover that 28-yearolds behave like 28 year olds is it not - and I suspect as you read this ‘Arry boy has now done the right thing and said he’s sorry for such a dastardly deed. However, as old as the story now is there’s a chance you were

not party to what emerged in the early hours of last Saturday morning that is the perfect footnote to what is surely one of the most amusing stories to hit the UK headlines this year. Glossies galore offered the Prince to do it all again in their pages with Playboy boss Vincent Stevens the one that caught my eye when he said in an interview with E! “I’d like our audiences to see the crown jewels without having to visit the Tower of London…” … Shameful! … not leaving it there he then added: “There’s no way in the world he would ever


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

The beginning of the end? It is my firm belief that the X Factory are gonna now struggle to be given another series on the back of what you are about to read below. There are, to date, two separate acts, Zoe Alexander and Tae Blondo claiming the whole show is a scam with song choice and what to wear being discussed and agreed with the mentor beforehand, only for the same mentor to then rubbish the selfsame choices come show time. Tae Blondo’s lead singer Beth Wilson said. “We were told by Mel B to perform Guns N’ Roses’ song Sweet Child O’ Mine and asked if we would be wearing our hot pants, then after our performance she said we looked like we belong in a Playboy mansion and the song was dated.” Beth then said: “It was clearly a set up.” Much the same appears to have happened with Zoe Alexander with her claiming she was forced to sing a Pink song rather than her ‘unoriginal’ choice, then having the song and performance slated. Viewing figures are down considerably, so keep it up folks and we´ll soon be rid of it…

consider this I guess, but you’re talking six figures right off the bat: he’s a wild party guy and he’s appealing to a lot of people because, although he’s from the royal family, there’s sort of this untamed nature to him.” Then it got worse when the people behind The Chippendales told “Chippendales are reaching out to the royal to gauge his interest in being our next guest host - we figured that since he enjoyed taking his clothes off in Las Vegas, why not do it on stage?” Alright! Does the fact that the week before Harry´s birthday-suitincident Kate Middleton’s cousin bared all in Playboy suggest that we might well be in for a very different style of documentary the next time the TV cameras pop down Buck House way?

31 aug - 6 sept 2012

Life TV


31st August - 6th September

FRIDAY 31st August BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 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 Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Cash Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 In with the Flynns 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Come Fly with Me

07:00 Childrens TV 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 The Spiral Staircase 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 Hidcote: A Garden for All Seasons 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Parade’s End 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Reading Festival 2012

SATURDAY 1st September BBC1

06:00 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Football Focus 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Formula One 15:30 Triathlon 17:00 Final Score 18:25 BBC News 18:45 A Question of Sport 19:20 Total Wipeout 20:20 Doctor Who 21:10 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:00 Casualty 22:50 BBC News 23:10 Match of the Day 24:30 Football League Show




07:00 Breakfast 08:40 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Formula One 16:15 A Question of Sport 16:45 Ocean Giants 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 The Indian Doctor 19:00 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 24:35 In with the Flynns


07:00 Childrens TV 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 11:55 Deadly 60 Bites 12:00 Prank Patrol 12:30 Diddy Movies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:05 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:35 Sodom and Gomorrah 16:00 Ensign Pulver 17:40 Coast 18:10 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 18:55 Flog It! 19:55 Dad’s Army 20:30 BBC Proms 2012 22:30 The Culture Show 23:35 TOTP2 24:35 SoulBoy

September BBC2

07:00 Childrens TV 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Copycats 09:00 Deadly Art 09:15 Paradise Cafe 09:40 Wingin’ It 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 A Tale of Two Cities 15:25 Coast 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:15 Burghley Horse Trials 2012 18:15 Oceans 19:15 Swimming with Crocodiles 20:15 Richard Hammond’s Crash Course 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Toughest Place to Be a... 23:00 The Best of Men 24:30 The Edge of Love

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 14:55 Granada News 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 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Super Cup Live 23:10 ITV News 23:40 Granada News 23:45 Stay Alive




E4 07:00 Switched 07:40 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:35 One Tree Hill 09:30 Rules of Engagement 10:20 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:20 Ugly Betty 12:15 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Scrubs 13:40 Hollyoaks 14:10 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 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 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 My Stepmother Is an Alien 24:10 Revenge

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 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 Alan Carr’s Summertime Specstacular 2

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Family Gathering 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Andy Bates Street Feasts 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Frontline Police 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:20 The Bachelor

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:25 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 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Mamma Mia! 24:15 Take Me Out






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 14:15 ITV News 14:25 Countrywise 14:50 Dennis 16:35 Never Say Never Again 18:55 Granada News 19:10 ITV News 19:25 You’ve Been Framed! 19:55 Fool Britannia 20:25 Red or Black? 21:10 The X Factor 22:10 Red or Black? 22:55 Jonathan Ross Show 23:55 ITV News 24:10 Pride & Prejudice

05:00 St Elsewhere 05:45 Deal or No Deal 06:40 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 07:00 Channel 4 Presents 07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 23:30 The Last Leg with Adam Hills 24:15 Cloverfield

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 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 12:20 Celebrity Big Brother 13:50 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 14:50 Mystery Woman 16:30 Michael 18:30 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 20:15 5 News Weekend 20:20 NCIS 21:15 CSI: NY 22:10 Celebrity Big Brother 23:10 CSI: Miami 24:10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation






09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:25 The Hungry Sailors 13:25 ITV News 13:30 The X Factor 14:35 Britain Then and Now 15:30 Columbo 17:25 Doc Martin 18:30 The Talent Show Story 19:25 Granada News 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Coronation Street 21:00 The Cube 22:00 The Last Weekend 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:15 Harry’s Mountain Heroes 24:45 Premiership Rugby Union

07:00 Channel 4 Presents

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 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 13:15 The Slipper and the Rose 16:00 Belle’s Magical World 17:50 The Wizard of Oz 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 20:55 John Barrowman’s Dallas 21:30 John Barrowman’s Dallas 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 9/11: Escape from the Impact Zone 23:45 Reign over Me

07:00 The Planet’s

07:00 Switched 07:45 One Tree Hill 08:35 Scrubs 09:05 Scrubs 09:35 Hollyoaks 12:10 Watch 12:30 Smallville 13:30 Rules of Engagement 14:25 Listen 14:45 How I Met Your Mother 15:10 Ugly Betty 16:10 Charlie’s Angels 17:05 New Girl 17:35 Suburgatory 18:05 Revenge 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Big Momma’s House 2 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:35 The Inbetweeners 24:05 2 Broke Girls 24:35 New Girl

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 23:30 The Last Leg with Adam Hills 24:15 Submarine

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 All Star Family Fortunes 08:00 Coronation Street 09:20 Emmerdale 12:10 Take Me Out 13:20 America’s Got Talent 14:15 America’s Got Talent 16:05 *batteries not included 18:15 Beethoven 20:05 Kindergarten Cop 22:10 The Hot Desk 22:25 The Xtra Factor 23:25 Celebrity Juice 24:10 The Incredible Hulk

Funniest Animals 07:25 All Star Family Fortunes 08:00 Emmerdale 10:50 Coronation Street 12:20 Winners & Losers 13:15 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 14:15 Curly Sue 16:15 Beethoven’s 2nd 18:00 Babe 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:10 Life Unexpected 09:10 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:15 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:20 iTunes Festival 2012 11:40 New Girl 12:05 Revenge 13:05 Suburgatory 13:35 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 Scrubs 16:00 Desperate Housewives 17:00 Revenge 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 Rules of Engagement 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Under Siege 24:05 The Inbetweeners


31 aug - 6 sept 2012

Life TV

31st August - 6th September

MONDAY 3rd September BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Escape to the Country 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Wind Up 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Citizen Khan 24:05 Gavin & Stacey 24:35 The Lock Up

07:10 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 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 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 Newsnight 24:20 Toughest Place to Be a...

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Paul O’Grady 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 A Mother’s Son 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 George A Romero’s Land of the Dead

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 17:20 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 Girl Who Became Three Boys

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:05 The Family Recipe 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Back to You and Me 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 World’s Scariest Near Misses 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 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 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 14:30 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 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Super Tiny Animals 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Gladiator

TUESDAY 4th September



07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 10:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:00 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 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 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Escape to the Country 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 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 Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Accused 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Lock Up 24:15 Citizen Khan 24:45 Forces of Nature

07:10 Childrens TV 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 The Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Volcano Live

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Unforgettable... 22:00 A Mother’s Son 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 You, Me and Dupree

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 17:20 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 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:05 The Family Recipe 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Love Will Keep Us Together 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 21:00 World’s Craziest Police Pursuits 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 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 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 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Super Tiny Animals 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Total Recall

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 10:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:00 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 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 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 24:00 The Cleveland Show 24:30 The Ricky Gervais Show

WEDNESDAY 5th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Escape to the Country 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 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 Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 The Flowerpot Gang 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Not Going Out 24:15 Enemy of the State

07:10 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 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 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 Vexed 23:00 The Boss Is Back 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Midwives

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Mrs Biggs 23:30 ITV News and Weather 24:00 Granada News 24:10 Memphis Belle

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 17:20 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 Married to the Moonies

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 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:05 The Family Recipe 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 Mind over Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Secret Interview 21:00 Celebrity Big Brother 22:00 Dallas 23:15 Celebrity Big Brother 23:45 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:45 Cricket on 5

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 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 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Top Dog Model 22:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 23:00 Wanted

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 10:05 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 16:05 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising 23:00 Celebrity Bedlam 23:35 Rude Tube 24:40 The IT Crowd


31 aug - 6 sept 2012

THURSDAY 6th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Escape to the Country 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 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 Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Good Cop 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Neighbourhood Watched 24:20 Gone Baby Gone

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Wartime Farm 22:00 Hilary Devey: Women at the Top 23:00 Mock the Week 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 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 The Corrie Years 22:00 The Bletchley Circle 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Poms in Paradise

07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 17:20 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 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 Expecting a Miracle 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Frontline Police 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 Coronation Street 07:50 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 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 Judge Judy 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 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Super Tiny Animals 21:00 Evan Almighty 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Top Dog Model 24:45 Best in Show

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 10:05 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:00 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 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 Happy medium; 9 Rat; 10 Note-paper; 11 Appal; 13 Observe; 14 Normal; 16 Attach; 18 Primate; 19 Sedan; 20 Eliminate; 21 Sue; 22 Undertaking. Down: 2 Act; 3 Panel; 4 Motion; 5 Deposit; 6 Upper hand; 7 Greatnephew; 8 Freethinker; 12 Perdition; 15 Avarice; 17 Depart; 19 Sleek; 21 Sin.

Quick Solutions Across: 1 Stereoscope; 9 Cow; 10 Decompose; 11 Elfin; 13 Located; 14 Enrich; 16 Please; 18 Amative; 19 Alert; 20 Exhibited; 21 Lei; 22 Predecessor. Down: 2 Tow; 3 Rodin; 4 Occult; 5 Comical; 6 Prostrate; 7 Accelerates; 8 Dead certain; 12 Forgather; 15 Climbed; 17 Hectic; 19 Aides; 21 Leo. WORDWHEEL: SENTIMENT

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 31st at 6.30pm with Let’s Talk featuring Paul Christie who is a newcomer on the Costa and has already made waves with his Gene Pitney show. Tomorrow, Saturday 1st September, at 6pm it’s time for Celebrity Archive with Simon Baldock talking to comedy legend, writer, actor and television presenter Michael Palin. On Sunday 2nd at 7.30pm, it’s time for the Hayes Guide around the Mazarron area and then on Monday 3rd at 7pm Lets Talk features the multi-talented screen writer and actress Paloma del Rei. On Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm, it’s time for Viva Vino which highlights wine writer Colin Harkness as he continues his travels round the most spectaculars parts of the Valencian region. On Wednesday 5th at 6pm, a Let’s Talk Special features Mark Rose talking to former Dunfermline manager and now Fife Council’s Provost Jim Leishman about his footballing career. And last but certainly not least, on Thursday 6th at 6.30pm Spanish Dive Adventures shows the sights and experiences you could come across off our coastline. 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

31 aug - 6 sept 2012

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Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Cause and Effect

SEVERAL EASTERN European countries have enforced zero tolerance (no drinking and driving at all) for a few years now. The laws there are the result of the driving population ignoring the dangers of taking alcohol or illegal drugs resulting in many accidents. In some cases the accidents were caused by the influence of medically prescribed drugs that have serious side-effects where the driver was not supposed to drive anyway. So in these countries you must not drive at all having taken alcohol or mind-changing drugs get caught and the penalties are severe. The newly appointed Director General of Trafico in Spain, Sra. María Seguí Gómez, has promised that this new law will very soon be implemented in Spain. And while there will be a significant few who will object strongly, recent traffic accidents show that drunk

drivers are still killing and maiming others, knowing that when they plan their day or evening this is what they are going to do. In my mind that is a premeditated crime. In fact the statistics show that nearly 50% of deaths on Spain’s roads are due to a driver being way over the set limits and this includes drugs. It has been announced that the equivalent of the Breathalyser for drugs is ready for use. Some of the fools who are guilty of the crime are British ex-pats who for years have been used to drinking the set amount - they come to Spain not checking the local laws which state that the percentage limit is much lower than in the UK. Regular readers will know my reasons for being very upset at these fools, with friends being crippled

50% of deaths on Spain’s roads are due to drunk/ drugged drivers

for life by drunk drivers crashing into them, in the UK and also when I was a police reservist (volunteer) in South Africa about 15 years ago where I had to clean up administrative and emotional (telling the relatives) messes after a

drunk driver has wiped out others and usually themselves as well. So the new law may cause those who are still driving out of control to mend their ways but knowing many of these types I would not bet on it. But what else can we

do to not become victims ourselves? Perhaps as I did years ago, tell them off when they boast about their stupidity and take their car keys away from them? Be safe out there. Winter is nearly here again: quieter roads and cooler days.

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Slow Play: what you are saying Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

TWO WEEKS ago I asked readers why they were not playing golf as often as they would like to and the responses were a little surprising to say the least. Contrary to what many would expect it was the time it took to play a round rather than price that is keeping many from enjoying our sport. There were many other things mentioned all of which we as golfers have total control over. One reader even accused me of favouring lower handicappers and not giving beginners a chance to learn the game. Beginners are the lifeblood of golf and I am all in favour of them playing and indeed they are probably the least likely to cause the slow play many of us get so frustrated about because they are so conscious of their abilities as learners of the game. Sadly it seems it is the experienced golfers who seem to take the blame from the responses I have received. Many people complained of how long it takes for a golfer just to put his glove on before playing and asked why they cannot be fitted on the way to the tee? Another reason seems to be the reluctance for

some players to walk just a few yards to their ball when using a buggy. This is a problem for some but I agree that more could be done in this respect by a lot of players fit enough to walk a few yards to their ball. Then we have the problem of eating a sandwich instead of playing a shot. Many people said about this and asked why the whole golf course has to wait for a player to eat half his lunch? Then we have the never ending problem of people not taking a provisional ball when they think the original one may be lost or out of bounds. The time taken to return to the tee and start again can add 15 minutes or more to the time taken to play a hole. Then we have the golfers who leave their trolleys at the front of the green instead of near the exit point to the next tee. All these situations are avoidable if we think a little more. Space is limited in this column and I am restricted to a certain number of words that I can write each week (thankfully I can hear some say) but I will as a coach give my opinion of what can be done to improve matters next week in RTN and enable us all to enjoy our golf more.

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The Professional Scene THE RYDER Cup is the thing on most people’s minds now after Jose Maria Olazabal named his two wildcard picks on Monday. The European team is probably one of the most experienced we have ever put out and will have a great chance of returning with the precious golf trophy in a few weeks even against such a strong American team. Of the two captain’s picks Ian Poulter was a must but many thought that Nicolas Colsaerts would have to earn his way into the team with a win or second place finish at Gleneagles last weekend, particularly if Harrington won over in America. The magnificent display of golf from Paul Lawrie confirms what a great addition he will be to the team and his victory was a classic in course management and temperament. Neither Colsaerts nor Harrington won and rightly Jose Maria Olazabal picked what he thought was the best two players available. The distance Colsaerts hits the ball will be a tremendous asset over at Medinah and he would be a fantastic foursomes partner for someone like the straight hitting Francesco Molinari or Luke Donald.

So the European team will be full of players who have been there before and know what the pressures are like with the exception of Colsaerts but he is The Volvo Matchplay Champion so he will not be an easy target for anyone. Poulter on the other hand is well known to the Americans and nobody will want him come the singles matches on Sunday morning. Europe’s team looks like a who’s who of the best players in the World and probably only one point will separate the teams at the end of the day. EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIllroy, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter (wildcard), Nicolas Colsaerts (wildcard). GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK On putts of 2 metres and less focus on a spot at the back of the hole and try to hit that with the ball. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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The Capital One Cup: Mickey Mouse or Major Trophy? The League Cup (sponsored this year by credit card company Capital One) has long been the subject of debate with regards to its importance and stature amongst the other medals on offer within the domestic game. This past week, the second round ties were played and the draw for the third round made so the topic is once again up for discussion. To be completely honest, the answer to the question of whether it’s a major trophy or tin-pot waste of time is impossible for one man to answer because it usually depends on the level at which your club plays, whether it’s a distraction from yet another relegation battle or whether or not you actually win it. I think it’s obvious to most that for clubs challenging for titles, and clubs desperately trying to remain in their respective divisions, the league cup is low down on the list of priorities but I’m certain that if a club enters a competition, they do so with the intention to win it or at least to progress as far as they can. Some clubs may not utilise their full compliment of resources but no manager would intentionally field a side that he thinks will lose a football game. Journalists however seem to think differently though and have criticised certain managers in the past, accusing them of showing the competition a lack of respect by fielding youthful or weakened teams, but when the league is their bread and butter, and there’s millions of pounds at stake between survival and relegation, it’s no wonder that the cup is put on the back burner. No manager in his right mind would hand out first-team debuts en masse in a league match because if/when the gamble back-fires, he’d probably lose his job! But the journalists would love that wouldn’t they so I suppose their baiting would’ve paid off!? While the league cup has its advantages for the bigger

teams, it can also be a thorn in their side, but for clubs lower down the footballing ladder it provides an opportunity for a “Wembley day out” and clubs who have slightly fallen from grace, are able to once again pick up some silverware in a slightly less competitive environment. Last year’s final was the perfect example of this as Crystal Palace, who beat Manchester United in the third round, were able to have their day out against Liverpool, who had failed to lift a trophy for six years. You’d have struggled to convince Palace supporters that day that the league cup held no significance and, although the result went against them, it’ll probably be a highlight for that particular club for some time to come. Liverpool on the other hand would’ve been glad for something to celebrate following a period of dodgy owners, almost administration and a slow and painful slide down the Premier League table. So, like I say, the importance of the league cup is entirely dependant on your particular club’s situation. If you’re looking to blood your next generation of first team players, it’s invaluable. If you’re a club who’s fallen on hard times, it’s an opportunity for something to cheer about. And if you’re a club like Liverpool, it’s a starting point, an opportunity to halt the decline, and it’s possibly a springboard on to bigger and better things. One thing’s almost for sure though, which ever club you support, when that final whistle blows and your participation ends for another year, the defeat can always be rationalised with “oh well, it’s only the league cup!” This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 1st Sept: West Ham v Fulham (1.45pm) Spurs v Norwich (4pm) Swansea v Sunderland (4pm) Man City v QPR (6.30pm) Sun 2nd Sept: Liverpool v Arsenal (2.30pm) Newcastle v Aston Villa (5pm) S’hampton v Man United (5pm)

WINNING CAPTAIN: Steven Gerrard lifts last years trophy



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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

Captain Cook

24 wins from 50 Test matches, back to back Ashes triumphs and a team that was rated number one in the world for the first time ever. Andrew Strauss will go down as one of the most successful England cricket captains of all time and should be thanked for his outstanding contribution to the game following his retirement this week. Attempting to fill his shoes, as well as settle the on-going Kevin Pietersen dispute, will be fellow opening batsman Alistair Cook. While he’s the sensible choice (he already captain’s the one-day side) he could be construed as the conservative choice as well, being no doubt wedded to the current thinking of coach Andy Flower. With a very tough four match tour of India coming up, Cook cannot just rely on old habits and hope that will be enough. If cricket writers and pundits had one small criticism of Strauss it was that, on occasion, his field placings were just a bit too safe and predictable. If Cook is going to lead England back to the number one spot, the words’ safe’ and ‘predictable’ will need to be banished from his vocabulary. Battle of the Blades Just as Jessica Ennis was the face of the London 2012 Olympic Games, then South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius seems to have been handed that

Fishing Maggots End by

honour for the Paralympic Games. The multi-talented South African, who earlier this summer became the first double-amputee to compete at the able bodied Games revels in the title of the Blade Runner and will be looking to defend his T44 100m, 200m and 400m titles but it’s in the shorter event where he might be upstaged by a 19 year Brit. Jonnie Peacock is the man in question and his battle with Pistorius could well be one of the highlights of the Games. Peacock recently went to compete at the US Trials and not only did he rain on the parade of the home athletes, but he also set a new World Record of 10.85 seconds. And there could be more to come. Peacock admits that his start and first 30 metres of his record-breaking run were “atrocious.” However he gets out of the blocks on 6th September, make sure you are watching when Peacock and Pistorius go head to head for the title of ‘fastest man at the Paralympics’. Their race is due to get underway just after 10.15pm Spanish time. Moyes is the Man I’ve always liked David Moyes as a manger but never really thought that that he’d been given the tools to do a proper job. Might that be changing this time round? Well, if early season form is anything to go by, Everton could well be the surprise package of the Premier League. Wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa see them in the top 3 of the table and a 5 goal mauling of Leyton Orient has put them in to the third round of the League Cup. Moyes has long been trumpeted by some as a natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. I wonder if in 2012/13, he finally gets to complete his CV? For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email:

David Hoare 968 199 279

SUPPORT FOR EMAUS Club de Pesca, Rods and Reels, with support from Abbey Anglers, have raised a total of 1,890€ from its Charity Fishing match and other events generating cash advances to help with the payment of utility bills, and the provision of decorating materials, pillows, shower equipment and shoes for the children. In addition, members from both clubs have donated huge quantities of toiletries, clothes and toys. Many thanks to club members - and also outside supporters - who helped provide much-needed support for Emaus. 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 With this week so far being the hottest week of the year, we began the first match of the Winter League at the Embalsa de Argos 21st August. The water is still receding very fast and is now roughly 20 metres down the bank from the winter water line. I did not see any small fry in the margins which is unusual at this time of the year, but there are shoals of 3-4inch Bass patrolling the edge of the water eating whatever moves.

FC Torry news STAR MAN Ramiro left the club last week to play for a team in Ibiza. An experienced central midfielder, Dani, has been signed and the club hope to bring in another forward. The new season kicked-off last weekend. Torry travelled to Port Saguntino to play CD Acero, a team which finished last season in 5th place, two places higher than Torry. Torry did the business and came away with a 3-1 victory through goals from Burguillos and new players Inarejos and Luis Carlos. It was made difficult and was all the more creditable as they had to play the last hour with 10 men after another new player Cuco Ros was sent off in the 33rd minute. On Sunday at 6pm they are at home to near neighbours Crevillente that drew 3-3 with Novelda last Sunday.

The Barbel also conspicuous by their absence - with only a couple taken on the day - they did not respond to hemp and pellet up in the water. 1st - Ian (The Wizard) Dalzell with 36.120kg on feeder and pellet 2nd - Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 29.880kg on pole and paste 3rd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 26.420kg also on pole and paste All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368: also anyone needing pole or rod repairs can contact me on the above number. Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past four years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email:

Rugby La Vila news

Preparations for the 2012/13 season start with a friendly against the ‘Madrid Swans’ (Cisneros Madrid) on Saturday 1st September at 7pm at the Campo Futbol Garganes, Altea. Entry is free for anyone who wants to come and watch. We would like to thank the Altea council for their help and co-operation in providing a venue for this game.

FRIDAY 14th AND SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER II Alicante International Sevens: Games to be played between 5pm and 11pm at Villajoyosa Rugby Ground Next up, there is an opportunity to watch some world-class rugby, as the international sevens tournament returns to Villajoyosa. There are six international teams taking part, providing thrilling entertainment as they battle it out over two days of rugby. Entrance to the ground will cost 10€ per day, or a ticket for both days costs

just 15€. This year, the teams taking part in the tournament are: Spain, England, France, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia For anyone interested in finding out just how much hard work and effort is put into preparing for the sevens tournament, the English team will be training in Oliva Nova Golf, from Monday 10th September until the tournament begins.

Thrills and spills

THE SMELL of burning rubber, the screech of car tyres… It can mean just one thing. Another Velocity Race weekend! Yet another fantastic weekend at the Circuito de Velocity in Cartagena and Velocity Racing Spain was had on the 26th August. Fantastic driving by all the drivers with plenty of thrills and spills as well! The viewing area is so close you can almost touch the drivers as they screech round the top curve. Bumping and grinding as they go. The next meetings will be held on the 9th September. This should be even bigger and better than the last one. So, if you would like to come and watch or even take part in some racing then please do so. There are plenty of chairs available from the bar, but if you have nice comfortable folding chairs, why not bring them with you as well as a picnic and make a night of it. Better still why not hire a car for the night and have a go! Is your Sunday evening dull and boring? Are you fed up watching the same old on the television? Well now is your chance to get involved. Velocity Race Spain needs you! They need helpers for marshalls in all areas, pit lane and track side. So, why not

get up close and personal to your local driver?? Male or female, fit or not so fit, there is a job for everyone. And if you ask Martin nicely he will even pay your petrol money to get there! For all the information you need on buying cars, hiring cars, or just watching then please ring 674256146. Entrance fee is just 5€ and 12€ for a family. So, if you feel the need for extreme speed, then Velocity Racing Spain is what you need! Race positions for 26th August 2012. RACE 1 Dave Balcher .....8 1st Craig Tomson.....001 2nd Tim Townsend….666 3rd RACE 2 Dave Balcher .....8 1st Craig Tomson.....001 2nd A Stalard……………….1 3rd RACE 3 Craig Tomson.....001 1st Dave Balcher .....8 2nd Tim Townsend….666 3rd RACE 4 Craig Tomson.....001 1st Dave Balcher .....8 2nd Tim Townsend….666 3rd RACE 5 Dave Balcher .....8 1st Tim Townsend….666 2nd R Gibson ………….186 3rd RACE 6 Tim Townsend….666 8 1st Dave Balcher .....8 2nd R Gibson ………….186 3rd

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