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Fury at bank’s fudge PROPERTY victim Andrew Wilford has finally received a reply from the Alicante Bank’s customer service department which he describes as “laughable” p3

Piglets seek Pooh

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Wishes granted!

NINE VIETNAMESE Pot Bellied Piglets are seeking good caring homes p8

ECB promises rescue The president of the European Central Bank was expected to throw a lifebelt to the troubled euro p28

The road to Wembley Catch up with all the football news with Andrew p55

By Jack Troughton GRANT A Wish has helped a grieving Costa Blanca family make a new start a year after husband and father, 51-yearold John Dunsford-Evans died in a tragic accident. Continued on page 4.

(from left) James, Nicki, Phoenix and Jody

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Fury at bank’s fudge by Jack Troughton ANGRY PROPERTY victim Andrew Wilford has described CAM Bank’s response to his complaints of its failure to protect his Spanish investment as “laughable”. He finally received a terse two paragraph reply from the Alicante Bank’s customer service department on 1st September – he maintains the letter was six weeks outside the bank’s own time frame of two months and was backdated 3rd August to make it appear it was within CAM’s regulations. Andrew, from Colwyn Bay, Wales, had paid 180,000€ towards an off-plan in Murcia when in 2008 he discovered the bank had granted an inflated mortgage to the developer of Trampolin Solera and later he was shocked to discover the property was sold to an innocent third party. After years of wrangling with the bank, fraud charges have been lodged and legal proceedings launched, and he has also complained to the Bank of Spain, the industry regulator. However, Andrew has also written back to the bank which maintained the situation was the responsibility of the promoter who may have committed an “irregularity” and CAM had been “oblivious” to the situation before receiving his letter “and is always concerned about maintaining good relations with private buyers and has always acted in good faith.” He said the bank letter was hardly a response. “The content is as laughable as the extremely public conception that not only Spain has of you bank and its fraudulent activities but also the rest of Europe. BLATANT “With a blatant lie in almost every sentence of your extremely brief response to what amount to some extremely serious allegations by me... (it is) a response so dismissive that it simply beggars belief!” He agreed it was for the developer to submit correct and accurate information but he had repeatedly advised CAM it owed “a duty of care and due diligence” to clients, investors, and all those affected before advancing funds. And Andrew, who estimates the affair has already cost him over 200,000€, said CAM clearly failed to carry out due dili-

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gence as was its “legal and moral duty” and the bank could not be “oblivious” to the matter as he informed it of fraudulent action in 2011 when the property was sold to a second purchaser. “Is this what they call being concerned about relations with private buyers?” He said bank staff failed to investigate the second and illegal sale – or an alleged forgery of Andrew’s signature on the developer’s headed notepaper seeming to support the mortgage. Andrew said he had reminded CAM of recent judgements against the bank concerning illegal mortgages and a failure to protect people’s deposits for off-plan homes under the Bank Guarantee laws. He said CAM had publically been described as “corrupt from top to bottom” and concluded the brief response did not in any way answer the points he had raised.

Super squash Magic seeds have helped a Costa Blanca gardener grow a giant pumpkin this year – the vegetable weighing a magnificent 54 kilos. Enthusiast Jose Alvarez hopes the pumpkin, the biggest he has ever grown, will go on display at the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi to give everyone a chance to see it. Jose said his great-grandfather started the tradition of growing pumpkins and his secrets and the annual seeds taken from the crop passed down the family line to him. He said when the squash was finally cut open he planned to dry the seeds and distribute them amongst his many friends in Alfaz. And while at 54 kilos the pumpkin is a respectable size, it is dwarfed by the world record – a Californian couple grew a magnificent 820 kilo specimen.

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Widow Nicki, son James, and daughter Phoenix, have all struggled financially and emotionally to cope with their loss and their plight touched the hearts of judges determined to make a dream come true. In a freakish round robin, Nicki nominated 18-year-old James and 10-year-old Phoenix for the first full Grant A Wish – while a member of the single parent support charity Guardian Angels asked for Nicki herself to be considered. And the people behind the ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ style wishing well – Continental Wealth Management, RTN, and Moneycorp - decided they must go all out to make good things happen for the trio. The most emotional was yesterday morning (Thursday) when the La Nucia family were finally able to collect John’s ashes from the crematorium – on the first anniversary of his funeral – because until Grant A Wish stepped in, Nicki had been unable to pay the fees. However, the day before smiles were firmly back on the family’s faces with a VIP tour of Terra Natura and a season ticket to the resort – always a favourite outing for the family - and tickets to Terra Mitica. The youngsters were left speechless at be-

ing given an Ipad each, while Phoenix was also presented with a set of school books. BANK Jody Kirby, a director of Continental Wealth Management said the twin nominations had spurred organisers to break the bank and go over budget. “I felt we had to get John’s ashes back to make this a complete wish,” she said. “It is an absolutely tragic story. I read the nominations and was very emotional, I did cry. “I have to give a big thanks to all the employees of CWM who have dug deep into their own pockets to help raise the extra money. “But this was the kind of wish we first imagined. To help Nicki and her family has been wonderful – they can now move on.” Nicki told RTN all the extra treats and finally being able to take John home was “simply wonderful” and added: “We are in absolute daze, thank everyone ever so much.” She said: “It has been a long year. In some ways it has gone very quickly but in others it has been an absolute slog. AMAZE “I think these guys at Grant A Wish are absolutely amazing, they are doing a wonderful job for everyone – even coming to Terra

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Natura would not have been possible for us as a family at the moment. “But Grant A Wish has totally given us a fresh start – when Jody rang and said what they were doing, you could have knocked me over with a feather.” She said collecting John’s ashes was the icing on the cake. “There was a time I could not pay anymore – it was either a roof over our heads and food on the table or John coming home.” Nicki added: “We just want to try and build a better life for us again – but this is a wonderful end to the summer, this time last year was absolute rubbish, everything seems to be working out now.” Grant A Wish judges would like to thank Terra Natura and the crematorium’s Grupo ASV Services Funerarios for their assistance in helping make the wish possible.

With a dream set to come true every three months, the next time Grant A Wish will be spreading a little fairy dust is at Christmas. Nominations must be received by 30th November for consideration by the judging panel – send an email outlining why a person should be considered and giving a contact telephone number to

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Beach rescue Calpe beach

by Jack Troughton CALPE LIFEGUARDS have been praised after pulling an unconscious woman from the sea off La Fossa Beach. They were warned the 54-year-old Belgian was in difficulties and believed she had suffered a blackout while in the water. The woman was treated first at the town’s health centre but was taken by ambulance to Denia Hospital where she was admitted in a serious but stable condition. Sources said the lifeguards had acted promptly to save the woman and said the exceptionally hot summer had seen a number of people appear to suffer a blackout while swimming.

Grape expectations

A keen amateur farmer was celebrating sweet success this week after creating a new variety of grape in his Calpe vineyard, named ‘raim de llagrima’. Retired Joaquin Rosella, who spent a lifetime working at sea, was able to graft different varieties together to create the “mutant” on his land at Terra-Sale, the actual grapes a highly unusual A bunch almond or teardrop shape. And tasting the fruit of of the his labours Councillors Antonia Averages and Carnew variety ole Saunders agreed the grapes were wonderfully grapes sweet and a unique shape.

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Expats services (Part 1)


Jennifer Cunningham

OVER THE years I have tried to work alongside various other professionals, and although I have worked in Spain for over two decades, until recently I can honestly say I have made few mistakes, especially with regards to Financial Advisors.

I am very sure that I now have solved this problem. I have learned over the years to ensure that I am 100% confident with any firm I wish to associate my business with. I am now in a position to re-launch my associates with far more confidence. I have worked very closely for some time with Ian Whitby who has an SL Company in Spain and I am now very comfortable with my choice and I personally know both the Directors. I understand their plans and vision for the future and it is of vital importance to me that they share my ethos and approach to business. Financial Advisors in Spain concern me greatly. To protect you and your investments fully they should be individually regulated by the FSA, and the Financial Service Commission (FSC) in Gibraltar, which as a regulatory body sets high standards similar to those of the FSA in the UK. In addition via the FSC they are fully licensed by the Spanish Regulatory Authorities the DGS and CMNV. Very shortly there will be many advisors in the UK not able to continue working, due to the new regulations. If they have any hope of continuing they will need to sit even more exams. Many more Financial Advisors will be out of work soon in the UK. Please be very wary of those advisors not fully regulated by the FSA/FSC as I am confident they do not carry sufficient Indeminity Insurance which covers up to £1.5 million. And if you are unhappy with the

advice given re your investments, check whether you have access to an ombudsman where you can go to complain in the first instance. My second associate is a Lawyer (Abogado) and is from a company with whom I have worked for many years. Spanish law is very complicated. Therefore do not even think of trying to handle it on your own: you need a lawyer who offers a professional service and who specializes in certain areas in law; indeed an expert for your particular needs, which can be very hard to find. Select a mature experienced person, not just one who speaks English. Again choose an independent lawyer, not one who is linked to an estate agent or a construction company, and certainly not one who is acting on behalf of the other party. This sometimes happens in a property deal and can go very wrong. Look for a Lawyer who supplies you with both written quotations and advice, plus a final statement of account so that you have a written paper trail and who will ring you and keep you fully informed of the ongoing situation, and who, similarly to our financial advisor, carries public liability/indemnity insurance. One of the Lawyers working with my company is English and is registered with the English Law Society whilst the other is Spanish (English Speaking) and registered with the college of lawyers (Colegio de Abogados). My third associates handle money transfers via Moneycorp, who - again with my own experience despite many claims from other companies - are the best.

They have a very good rate of exchange and no huge fees along the way. This can be very beneficial when you are transferring a private pension to Spain, or large amounts of sterling either by topping up your bank account or purchasing or selling your house. I can assure you doing it our way can save you time and costs. The last section in the expat services is to assist you in obtaining various legal documentation required in Spain, for example NIE’s; Sip cards; Padron certificates; Residencias; driving licenses… and also we can offer you a translation service and hospital visits (not available in all areas). I am very confident, that I have selected the best of available associates and I sincerely hope that when you need assistance you will contact us. I can assure you, you will not go wrong, and you will have not only have the best advice on the Costa Blanca, you will be assured that the information you are given is supported by their regulated bodies. Why not gain by my hard-earned experience? In Part 2, I will explain more about each associate’s specific services. N.B: My ladies in the recently opened Playa Flamenca office close to Super Cor are looking forward to meeting new and old clients. They are open until 7.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. We are more than just a voice on the phone: please visit for more information on the services available.

Jennifer Cunningham Insurances S.L The Costas leading insurance consultant. If you have a question please email her at: Regulated and Authorised by the DGSFP in Spain.

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Piglets seek Pooh by Jack Troughton

NINE VIETNAMESE Pot Bellied Piglets are seeking good caring homes on the Costa Blanca after two litters arrived this summer. They are all at the adorably cute stage – but these little pigs are not miniatures and the breed can grow to an impressive 130kg. The highly-intelligent sociable creatures are said to make good pets but do need looking after and outdoor space – hundreds were abandoned in the United States after a sudden fashion saw them being touted as novelty house guests that soon outgrew their welcome. Speaking at her Lliber home, owner Christine Henfrey said seven of the piglets belonged to adults Henri and Henrietta, while two were the offspring of Miss Piggy – sadly her mate died this summer, a victim of the heat. She also has Stumpy – another adult but born with deformed back legs – who likes

the company of humans. Pigs are fourth to humans, primates and dolphins in the intelligence league, and Christine said they were easy to train – just think of the award-winning film Babe where pig escaped becoming bacon to win prizes herding sheep. “They are free to a good home,” Christine told RTN as the piglets enjoyed their evening feed. “They are very intelligent and you can train them, they are easier to train than dogs and will do anything for food.” KITCHEN She said was always grateful to restaurants in the Jalon Valley who contributed vegetable and fruit peel from kitchen preparations to supplement the pigs’ diet. “They are very clean and always do their

La Vila retrieves 18 metre mosaic by Manuel Baeza

THE HISTORICAL Heritage Department of La Vila has recovered mosaic artist Manuel Baeza’s 6m x 3m work that decorated the facade of the former residence for BBVA bank workers for years. It has been removed and restored prior to the demolition of the building which has been disused for years. A specialized company hired by building owners Taylor Wimpey Spain, SAU, at the request of the City Council, were responsible for the recovery and will be placing it in a new location. Restoration has been carried out by Artis Lucentum of Alicante. The mosaic will be mounted on lightweight aluminium plates to make transportation easier. Baeza’s style focuses on people of the province, especially Alicante city, where his works are a hallmark of urban decoration.

Some of the piglets

business as far away from their house as possible,” she said. “They do naturally root and love to wallow in a mud pool – which also protects them from sunburn. “But they must have cover for the winter because pigs can die from hypothermia. We always give ours old quilts and blankets. “In fact Stumpy sleeps with our horse in the stable during winter and when it was very cold he is tucked up in a nest demand-

An innovative fair! THE AREA51 Club is hosting an innovation fair this year, presenting local entrepreneurs and businesses to create awareness and promote E-cigarettes; a Sushi School; Gyrocopter modelbuilding and many more fascinating products, from 11am until 4pm in Area Recreativa, partida Xironets in Els Poblets, Sunday 9th September. The way is signposted and the entrance is free. Life Bands will also be playing – and an organic farmer from Els Poblets will be selling homegrown vegetables and fruit. There will also be

ing breakfast in bed.” Christine will be sad to see the piglets leave home but said she and husband Richard did not have the space for an enlarged herd. “And we are looking into the possibility of putting Henrietta and Miss Piggy on the Pill – I am making inquiries of local vets about contraception,” she said. For more information about the piglets, call Christine on 96 573 0774.

other delicious food available such as grilled Bratwurst and frankfurters from the German Butcher Alemanran; salads; coffee and cakes; German Krombacher draft beer; Sushi specialities and soft drinks. The fair is a non-profit event and all are welcome. The Aldea Felina sanctuary, under pressure to support and house stray cats, will present an informative stall and would be most grateful for any donations. For more information see Feria de Innovaciones 2012 on Facebook.



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This is a rather belated “Thank you” for your part in my Grant a Wish special day. I know I have Continental Wealth Management and Moneycorp to also thank for their contributions and I have written to them separately. I would have written sooner but Ron (him who wrote the letter!) went in for a knee op due to severe osteoarthritis and we’ve been busy going back and forth to Denia hospital for physio. It was such a wonderful surprise when Jody called and had to “confess” that I’d been chosen for the award. Ron was actually in hospital recovering and I was still in the grip of shingles, so I’m afraid I was rather emotional. He was right, it did bring very low. Before my spa day Jody phoned several times to discuss

arrangements and from that first call until the time she brought me home from Denia after the spa day, her kindness and concern was overwhelming. CWM couldn’t have a better representative! You’ll know by now that I had a lovely day and the beautiful flowers and champagne were an extra surprise. In these times when most people seem only to care about themselves, RTN should be very proud to be involved in such a truly generous objective: to being a little light and happiness into someones life. You certainly did mine. So thank you again and I’m sure your next awardwinner will be as impressed and grateful as both Ron and I are. Very kind regards, Suzi Frost

Forewarned is forearmed

I AM so pleased that I receive your weekly newspaper. About four weeks ago there was an article about the ‘bandits’ on the AP7. Forewarned is forearmed! We left our hotel in Mataro early thinking ‘scallywags’ wouldn’t be up at that time. Wrong. We were shot at from a ball-bearing gun (looking at the damage to the bootlid) then gesticulated at by an emotional-looking man driving a terracotta-coloured Audi A3. We ignored him so he weaved from lane to lane trying to get us to the hard shoulder. With no success he accelerated away (we were doing 120kmh). About five miles further on he had ‘got’ an unsuspecting French family. Many thanks again for the warning. Chris and Ang Sanders

Can you help? WONDERING IF you can help with this inquiry? I am looking for a friendly game of poker in Benidorm and hope you might be able to put me in the right direction. (I know they play poker at the casino but that is not a friendly game it involves big money). Are there any bars which run a small school during the day or evening? Hope you can help. Dell Lister

Ole the bull When will they learn? I HAVE lived in Spain seven years and have always been disgusted with the cowards who inflict cruelty on the bulls at fiesta times. The worst these scum do is to put oil on the bulls’ horns then set fire to them and torment the bull. Why?! Last night I watched the news which showed that a bull had gored one of these heroes with his burning horns and set fire to the tormentor’s clothing, who was being led from the square screaming: all I can say is that I’m enjoying my coffee this morning in the knowledge that some big hero is in hospital in severe pain with first class burns. Ole the Bull. Mr Jack Wardle (Animal Lover)

TODAY WE had another of those experiences that prove that owners of some cafes and bars prefer to have no customers rather than cater to customers’ wishes. Is it little wonder that bars and restaurants are struggling when they prefer to see good customers leave dissatisfied than attempt to give them a reasonable service? My partner and I have been using a particular cafe for over three years. It has been one of our favourites for breakfast and we always take friends and visitors there when they are over here on holiday. To date we have dropped in at all times of the late afternoon and have always ordered and have been served their large breakfast. Today, not wanting to cook, we made our way there, passing two other commercial centres for the sole purpose of enjoying a cooked breakfast in what had hitherto been our favourite cafe. Upon ordering we were informed that they stop serving breakfast at 2pm on Saturdays and had always done so. We examined the menu where there was no mention of this and informed the staff that we had always been served at all times of the afternoon for the previous three years, especially on Saturdays. However, far from saying there had been any changes we were argued with. If the cafe concerned had been busy we could have understood this behaviour, but at 2.45pm there were five people sitting inside having a soft drink, a table of six just finishing plated meals and four people sitting outside having iced drinks and ice creams. Just a couple of units away we enjoyed an excellent cooked breakfast. The cafe concerned has now lost two frequent clients and furthermore I will never take visitors or friends there again. Plus they have a very irate ex-customer who feels it is her duty to pass on this incident to others. When will bars and eateries learn that without customers they fail? J Holden

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Calling all golfers… IN ASSOCIATION with Lloyds Bank International in Spain, RTN is pleased to announce a fabulous Open Pairs Competition at the El Plantio golf course near Alicante airport on 20th September.

El Plantio Hotel

by Louise Clarke The key word for this event is ‘open’ which means that it is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of RTN’s Golf Club or of the El Plantio course and you could be in with a chance of winning a luxury weekend for four at the 4* Hotel which is located within the grounds of the golf course. And as a second prize the President of El Plantio, Manuel Ferry Sanchez, is offering the lucky pair a month’s membership at the golf course. So what are you waiting for? Book your place now! The cost per person is just 40€ and that includes a buggy. For more information and to sign up for the event, please email

Benidorm retiree bags €4.4 million lottery jackpot IN BENIDORM the highest La Primitiva lottery prize in 16 years has gone to a nonSpanish retiree who scooped a whopping and very welcome €4,409,052.67 with ticket number 3565 on Saturday. Described as a “very nice and pleasant” neighbour, the winner treated the ticket sellers to a champagne toast.



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Farewell but not goodbye! After 6½ years of working at the RTN, ‘Round Town Roddy’ is leaving for pastures new. by Patricia Thompson “I CANNOT believe that 6 and a half years have gone so quickly, or been so much fun” says Roddy. “It is said that in politics a week is a long time, well believe me, in the newspaper world a week goes astoundingly fast. As an Advertising Rep out there in the streets meeting and advising clients on their campaigns, advert designs and promotions, a week just flies by!” “When Claire and I came to Spain seven years ago, it was for a change in lifestyle and to be able to have children in an environment other than the UK. And there is no doubt that our daughter Evie is thriving from being here in Spain; it is a lovely place to bring up children. But as for a change in pace and lifestyle, well that never happened…there are far too many clients and companies here who need sound and professional help to market and

grow their businesses. “And a big thanks to all my clients past and present who have effectively allowed me to become their marketing manager. I trust that over the years I have helped to make a very positive difference to your businesses. And thanks of course to Geoff and all at RTN, who have become like family to us.” Geoff Gartland, RTN owner, says: “We have enjoyed all the years that Roddy has been with us at RTN: at one stage his wife Claire worked with us as well, and we are sorry to see Roddy leave. As part of the RTN family we really do wish him and Claire well for the future. “Whenever I have visited clients with Roddy it has been wonderful for me to hear how they have always raved about his excellent customer service, his attention to detail

Roddy and Geoff discussing last week’s paper

and his organisation. Many clients have told me he has helped them and their businesses considerably and that is exactly what we all want to do here at RTN. “Roddy epitomises what a good Sales Rep should be like, he really does put his heart and soul into his job and his clients’ successes and results are paramount to him.” Roddy is going back to his financial roots, and joining the expert team at Blacktower Financial Management Group in order to advise and assist individuals with their finances and investments. “With two financial degrees and 23 years

Rajoy and Merkel hammer out possibilities SPAIN’S PRIME Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed possible rescue scenarios available to Spain on Thursday. The meeting between Merkel and Rajoy coincides with the meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB), in which Mario Draghi is expected to reveal the extent of the institution’s involvement in the sovereign debt market. Various members of Merkel’s cabinet in recent weeks have said repeatedly that buying sovereign debt is not the solution to the Eurozone crisis. Meanwhile, Merkel and Europe await the decision due 12th September from the German Constitutional Court on the legality of the permanent stability mechanism (ESM) rescue fund outlined by the European Council in June to directly recapitalize troubled financial institutions.

of working for one of the world’s largest banks, this is the perfect time for me to return to dealing with financial matters,” says Roddy. “It is clear there is going to be intense financial turmoil in the coming months and years, and I am joining Blacktower in order to advise and assist individuals with their personal finances and investments. It will be my aim to deliver the same professional, timely and dedicated service to private individuals that I have always delivered to all my RTN clients over the years. So as I say, it is very much a case of “Farewell but not goodbye!”

Suspect rucksack bomb under analysis POLICE AND explosives experts in Gibraltar continue to analyse the remains of a rucksack destroyed by bomb disposal experts of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment on Saturday. The rucksack had been left near a phone booth close to the Cepsa petrol station on Winston Churchill Avenue, La Linea, prompting a large scale security alert and bringing traffic to a standstill. Bomb disposal personnel carried out three controlled explosions via remote-operated robot before making a manual check. The incident occurred only weeks after three suspected terrorists were arrested in Spain, all of whom had spent time in La Linea and one of whom had long term connections with Gibraltar.

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Room 101 Spain: Forest fires By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

I HAVE been a lot closer to the forest fires of Spain this summer, both physically and emotionally, and to see them blazing in the distance, to drive through the devastation and to see the dramatic pictures on Facebook just reinforces the need to be extra vigilant, and for the authorities to crack down strongly on those found to be the cause of these fires. The figures speak for themselves and show the summer of 2012 as one of the most tragic of the last decade, leaving ten people dead, 153,000 hectares burned and untold environmental damage. The 153,000 hectares of forest which has been damaged is three times as much as occurred during the same period in 2011. While we are all aware of the high profile fires in Girona, Bedar and Marbella, for example, in the period from January 1st to August 26th there have been 12,000 fires reported, compared to 10,518 in 2011. This year, though, the big difference has been in the number of large fires (defined as those affecting more than 500 hectares). In 2011 there were six such incidents. In 2012 there have been 31... so far! There were the fires in Cortes de Pallás and Andilla, in Valencia, which destroyed 50,000 hectares and took the lives of a fire fighter and a pilot. These fires were started intentionally and three people have been arrested.

In Girona, four French nationals lost their lives in fires that destroyed 14,000 hectares of land. I have driven past this devastation several times and the area is immense and unbelievably close to roads, homes and businesses. In La Gomera, a quarter of the population had to leave their homes and roughly 11% of the land area was destroyed by fire. Only this last week we had the fire in Málaga which has destroyed 1,000 hectares and claimed the life of one person, caused 6,500 people to be evacuated from their homes and destroyed many animal rescue centres, resulting in tragic deaths and suffering. And let’s not forget all the wildlife and strays killed in all of these fires. Driving back from the UK last weekend we passed a convoy of fire fighters heading back towards Valencia from Malaga, and it was good to see so many cars honking in appreciation. In the UK the Malaga was a ‘hot’ topic of conversation with everyone we met, with all interested for any first hand details of what most, fortunately, only ever see on TV. My first awareness of the Malaga fire came in via text from a friend who was evacuated. We were driving to the UK at the time and had a feeling of helplessness and pride as messages came through from friends ignoring Guardia warnings and returning to

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homes and friends’ homes to rescue animals. And of course only last week we had the ‘local’ fire in Bedar with friends again effected and feeding back heart-warming stories of support and exceptional work by the emergency services. Thankfully the 69-year-old man that is said to have caused this fire through the use of an angle grinder has been arrested and faces five years plus the cost of the emergency services etc. So no question this week: the imbeciles that cause these forest fires are in my Room 101 Spain.

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Everything must go by Jack Troughton Bargains galore are at the Original Charity Shop sale in Javea as the summer comes to an end and the store closes for a facelift. The sale starts on Monday 10th September and there are clothes, bric-a-brac, electrical and household items marked down with 70% reductions – while the exclusive designer clothing range carries a 25% discount. The popular shop at Avenida Fontana 14, Arenal, will remained closed for a refurbishment from Monday 24th September until Saturday 6th October – and there will be a grand re-opening on Monday 10th October when the results of two week’s hard work

can be inspected. A shop spokesman said: “Thanks to all our loyal customers and the hard work put in by our team of 70 volunteers throughout the year, the Original Charity Shop and Library has donated over 145,000€ over the last three years.” The good causes supported by the shop include: CARITAS; The Franciscan Refuge Transformer Appeal; EMAUS; the Raquel Paya School for disabled children, MABS Cancer Support group; and TAPIS. The shop is open Mondays to Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. For more information visit

Volunteers outside the shop

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


“I CAN stand anything bar pain,” so quipped Groucho Marx. Although, come to think of it, it might have been George Burns or maybe even Woody Allen.

Anyroad, who so ever quipped the quip it is a truism sure enough and one that I discovered for myself this week. Being the RTN’s international correspondent comes with many things. One being that you have to appear cool, windswept and interesting. This for a Frank Spencer-a-like is not easy to accomplish and I do worry about my appearance. I mean, you never know when you’re going to be called upon to appear before the cameras in programmes like, Place In The Sun or Jeremy Kyle. I know I’m not the most Daniel Craig of blokes but with the recent cigarette quitting and return to doing me sit-ups I am taking a bit of trouble. The thing I hate most of all about getting on in years is the constant battle with the rotund middle areas and the weird thing that happens with hair. It stops growing where you need it but sprouts out with great tenacity in those places that you don’t. Places, that frankly, are highly undesirable: your nose, ears, eyebrows and inaccessible places on your back. Not to mention your toes (did I mention them?). The other strange thing that happens is you get bits and pieces that you don’t need and could easily do without; like little fatty lumps, cists and skin tags (I’m sorry if you’re eating your breakfast). To keep on track, I recently visited el doctoro for my impending SAD precautions (I was hoping for a prescription for Malibu) and while there happened to mention I was international correspondent for

Well, after all the pain just one fag is alright...

RTN and needed to keep body beautiful. I asked about a couple of the aforementioned and annoying skin tags that I’d picked on my travels. He said, “No problem mate, I’ll soon whip em off.” Trouble was (and sorry again if you’re eating breakfast and this makes you squirm) they were on one of my eye lids. “Yuk,” I hear you say. Long story short on Tuesday I presented myself at el doctoros ready for some minor butchery. “Hmmm,” he said, drawing the sort of breath that you expect from a builder delivering a quote, “I need to freeze the base of them but it’ll be uncomfortable. Howzabout, you be brave and I just hack em off with me Swiss army knife?” I nodded the nod that communicated “do ya worst Doc”. He advised me to keep my eye well shut and bite on bit of leather. “***k me!” I silently screamed as he lopped off tag number one. “Hmm, that wasn’t too bad, eh?” he encouraged. Oh no Doc, not too bad at all, as I remembered the Marx,

Burns or Allen quip of above. “We’ll just get this other little bugger off and that’s you done,” he lilted in his soft Welsh accent. I braced. Well, let me tell you a red hot poker up your bum is the kind of pain index that were dealing with here. I screamed another internal scream and after an eternity Doc declared, “That’s you done. Keep that eye closed, I’ll get nurse to dress it with a patch but you’ll need to keep it shut for at least two hours.” Two hours? I didn’t realise I was going to have to play Long John Silver for two hours; and I was due at work. Oh well, looking like the walking wounded paid great dividends at the workplace. I garnered much sympathy. I was told to rest up in the restaurant until I felt okay to take my patch off. It’s funny but it took a lot more than the two hours that the Doc had recommended. In fact I watched at least five Come Dine With Me’s before I felt ready to work. Watts in Britain, saying no pain no gain...

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Crucial time for animal charity

Línea Directa advises you how to act in case of an accident

by Jack Troughton ANIMAL CHARITY AKIRA is hoping Marina Alta town halls will this month give up the land needed to build a modern rescue shelter. Charity volunteers have been busy fund raising and have managed to find 34 dogs this year despite not having a permanent base. The charity’s Pauline Curtis told RTN the charity was meeting Teulada Moraira and Benissa councillors for a ‘business meeting’ in the coming days. “We are hoping they are going to say ‘here’s a piece of land for you’.” She said the charity had set aside cash to build the infrastructure of the shelter but was hoping to attract business sponsors for individual kennels and runs, each for five dogs, which would carry the name of its benefactor. “We have said to the councils it will not cost them anything,” said Pauline.

Eileen (left) and Pauline man the bar

“We have found homes for 34 dogs this year and helped animals in other ways and we don’t yet have any kennels – there are only eight of us but we are a fantastic team!” Pauline was speaking at Skin Solutions’ AKIRA fund raising day in Parcent last Friday. Host Eileen Adams arranged

for a series of mini-beauty treatments to be on offer as well as a tapas lunch at ‘Tasters All Round’. The event raised 800€ for the charity after 40 people enjoyed being pampered for pooches. Pauline thanked Eileen and husband Alan for their efforts in what has become an annual fund-raising event.

Nadal awarded Personality of the Year by Vanity Fair Nadal pictured in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris


SPANISH TENNIS star Rafa Nadal has been elected ‘Personality of The Year 2012’ by Vanity Fair magazine. The recognition has been awarded for his charitable work through the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The accolade is awarded for outstanding influence within political, sporting, social, and cultural solidarity. This is the second edition of the award ‘Vanity Fair Personality of the Year’, first won by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas-Llosa.

Línea Directa Insurance advises you of the steps to follow in case of a road accident in Spain. 1. Call the emergency number: 112. They will co-ordinate the procedure and will ask you in detail about the circumstances of the accident. 2. Remain calm at all times. Switch on the emergency lights and if the state of the vehicle permits, remove the vehicle from the road, in order to avoid delays and further accidents, to the extent possible. 3. Signal the accident location. Before stepping out of the car, put on your high-visibility jacket, which is compulsory, and place the emergency triangles correctly. The first must be placed about 50 metres behind the car in the direction of the traffic, and the second about 100m. 4. If someone is seriously injured, never try to move them, except if in danger of fire or imminent explosion. Cover the injured person, keep them calm and wait for the emergency services to arrive. 5. If the circumstances of the location allow, always fill in the European accident report, which is an essential document for speeding up the procedures and handling between the insurance companies. If you have any doubt about how to do this, don’t hesitate to call your insurance company. For more information call 902 123 104.


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There to help you… by Louise Clarke THE NEIGHBOURS Association in San Miguel de Salinas has been providing help and support for local residents for more than five years. Not to be confused with the Arcángel Neighbours Association, this organisation is headed by solicitor Maria Josè Costa Medrano and is located next to The Post Room on Calle de Azorin. Maria has been a solicitor for nearly 17 years and is a member of the ‘Colegio de Abagados’ in Orihuela. The Association is there to help with any legal, financial or administrative problems as well as promote campaigns such as those for women’s rights and against domestic violence. SPECIAL OFFERS Completely independent, the Neighbours Association of San Miguel de Salinas arranges excursions and day trips at a reduced rate for all residents of the municipality as well as lunches and visits to places of local interest. The Association also organises courses and

classes such as Pilates, which take place at the Social Centre in the village. It is completely free to become a ‘socio’ of the Association and by doing so you will be able to take advantages of all the services that are provided as well as any special offers that have been negotiated between Maria and local businesses. An example of one of the latest cost saving initiatives that the Association has is reduced petrol and diesel for all members at San Miguel’s Repsol garage. By being a ‘socio’ of the Association, you will be entitled to a discount card that will save you money off your fuel; which is always a blessing, especially with ever increasing prices. MONTHLY SURGERY Competent in English, Maria is an expert in administrative law and can offer free advice to anyone who needs it without any obligation. The Association’s office is open every week-

Maria outside the offices in San Miguel

day from 5pm until 7pm and Maria will also resume her monthly surgery at the Community Centre in Blue Lagoon in October, which were started earlier this year and proved very useful for the residents of the local urbanisations. For this year’s San Miguel fiestas, which start on 14th September, the Association will be offering a floral tribute to the patron saint before the Dia de San Miguel on 28th September. If you would like to be involved in this

New street market in Benitachell Market is to re-open

AS MANY disappointed shoppers are aware, the market held on the first Wednesday of each month was cancelled by the Benitachell Town Hall. However, after protracted discussions with the Mayor it has now been agreed that the market will re-open. It will now be on Tuesdays so as to not compete with the local town market, commencing Tuesday

11th September from 10am until 2pm This highly successful street market is situated in the centre of the Alaire Shopping Centre, offering customers a mix of market stalls along with large Mercadona and Aldi Supermarkets, local bars, Euronics, Practica and various other shops, making this a most enjoyable shopping experience. Tash Lewis, owner of the famous Book-X-Change, stated that she was excited to see this market recommence after a break of two months: “We have been working in this market since last December and it was truly one of our most successful venues with customers travelling miles to enjoy all that is to offer. This unique mix of shops, supermarkets and market stalls has become the ultimate ‘One Stop Shop’ for all concerned.” Any new interested stall holders who wish to join are asked to contact Stu McCall on 616 367 746.

very traditional event, which is a proud moment for any San Miguel resident, please call in and speak to Maria and she will give you all the necessary information. For more information on the Association, please visit, telephone 661 315 427 or email The Association also has a Facebook page at vecinos por san miguel.

Bay braves

Fran (left) and Amanda

THREE FRIENDS are determined to raise as much cash for charity as possible by swimming 4.5km in Javea’s annual ‘traversia’. Fran Stutely, Amanda Goodman and Denise Lupson will take to the sea on Sunday 16th September at Cala Blanca and head for Javea Port. And the girls are raising money for the single parents’ support group Guardian Angels and the Women in Business Club’s shelters. Anyone wishing to help raise much-needed cash can contact Fran on 644 116 098 or, or Tamsin of Guardian Angels on 666 622 786, or Candy of WIBC on 686 320 435.

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RBL: Torrevieja branch meeting by Louise Clarke Members, future members and guests, please note that the next meeting of the Torrevieja Branch of the Royal British Legion, will be held at the Rocajuna Bar in Punta Prima, (behind the Punta Marina Shopping Centre) on 14th September 2012 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. (For anyone who is unsure of the venue, the RBL branch website will show a map). Following the meeting members and guests will be entertained by Andy Jones, who has been sponsored by Lloyds International Bank. From October the regular meetings will continue to

be held at Casa Ventura in San Luis. Membership to Torrevieja’s Branch of the Royal British Legion is open to ex-military and non-military, all are welcome and they hold meetings every second Friday of every month. For further information, please contact Pauline on 966704146. The Torrevieja Branch also has a newly formed associate RBL Legionnaires Bowls Club that will also wholeheartedly welcome you. They meet every Tuesday and Saturday 1.30pm for 2.00pm at La Siesta Bowls Club.

The Standard bearers



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Football fun and golf day raises nearly 10,000€ for AECC

PEPA Fun Day

A STAGGERING 9152.45€ has been raised for the AECC as a result of two events organised by a La Marina cancer sufferer.

by Louise Clarke A charity golf day was held at the El Plantio golf course near Alicante airport in early July and later that month a charity football match was held at the San Fulgencio football ground, which was enjoyed by more than 500 spectators last weekend. The match, between locals from the La Marina urbanisation and the San Fulgencio Local Police, ended 2-2 after full time and after a tense penalty shoot out, the policemen came out victorious. The idea for both events came from Paul ‘Doc’ Docherty, who is himself bat-

tling colon cancer and is currently being treated in Torrevieja Hospital. Doc has an aggressive form of cancer and is undergoing a gruelling weekly treatment regime, but despite that he always has a smile on his face and RTN thinks that he is an inspirational and an amazing man. Between his treatment, his work as a painter and time with his young family, ‘Doc’ organised the events along with friend Sarah Bavington and seven members of his family came all the way from the UK to be part of his ‘Mean Machine’ team, which played against the Local Police team. The cheque presentation was made

What a setting to sit and enjoy the music

The cheque presentation

this week to President of the AECC in Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa, Maria Wilson outside the Social Centre in La Marina in front of a very proud ‘Doc’, Sarah, Councillor for Urbanisations, Jeff Wiszniewski and Barry Wallis from the San Fulgencio Football Club. Meanwhile, if you are worried about cancer, there is now a new facility on the Pink Ladies website which allows you to book a mammogram and prostate test online. There are also maps to the clinics, to the Civic Centre in Playa Flamenca and the AECC office in Torrevieja. If you would like to book a test, please visit

DESPITE GLOOMY clouds, PEPA supporters still turned up to support the PEPA Fun Day and a good day was had by all. Visitors brought their dogs and market vendors braved the trek up the mountain with goodies galore. Live entertainment was generously provided by great acts. Freddie Kool, the consummate performer, compered the day. Johnny Johnson was a pleasure and privilege to listen to: the Golden Voice of a Golden Era - which proves that if you’ve got it, you never lose it! Barry Caulfield produced a slick acoustic set, his musical ability and voice making every song special. The last act was the ever professional harmony duo Encore, who despite being booked to sing again later in the day still donated their time to PEPA. Everyone’s generosity resulted in PEPA having 807€ more for the animals AND a rescue dog finding a forever home! A worthwhile day in anyone’s book!

Could you be a volunteer?

HELP AT Home is aware that they could help more people, especially those that are vulnerable or perhaps too proud to ask for help but really need it, in the Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, La Marina and Quesada areas. There are so many people out there that are struggling, do not know where to go or who to ask for advice or help. Help At Home Costa Blanca offers a full advice service, similar to the CAB service in UK. They work closely with the British Consulate and Spanish Social Welfare Services. The charity is holding a Volunteer’s Meeting this coming Monday, 10th September at 5pm at the Emerald Isle, La Florida in Orihuela Costa. Should anyone wish to know more about becoming a volunteer, please go along to find out for yourself and see if they can offer you the support that you need to be a volunteer for a fantastic charity.

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Home Garden

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requirements, for Amanda to then prepare your free quotation. This expertise includes explaining what is required, how things can be packed – Global4Removals are happy to pack for you free of charge – and indeed, whether or not it is cost effective to transport things. If you are moving to another country it essential to know their Customs requirements which are usually very stringent: Paul will also guide you through the paperwork involved. Our own unshared warehouse offers safe and secure storage, essential if there are those last minute delays so often experienced in Spain! Global4Removals are only too aware of this possibility and do not add to your stress. As pet owners themselves, Paul and Amanda of Global4Removals are also happy to advise on the trouble free relocation of your pets. So if you are going to Newcastle or New Orleans;

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Your new garden by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

CONGRATULATIONS ON purchasing a property in Spain, whether with an established garden or a bare patch of sun-baked poor quality soil waiting to become a garden. Hopefully you have relaxed during the hot summer months leaving the garden to cooler autumn and winter days. With luck, within a few weeks you can start on the garden in earnest without collapsing or dehydrating in the heat to which you are not yet acclimatised. In the short term, restrict hard work to the hours before eleven. To set you on your way we highlight some of the most important first things to be done with an entirely new garden. EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF YOUR SOIL Most plants grow best in a fairly rich well-draining soil and not in unimproved, heavy red clay soils full of rocks; very sandy soils full of stones; or solid rock with little top soil on which many new homes are being built. Clay and sandy soils will need to be improved by adding copious amounts of composts and well-rotted manures. Luckily there are Eco-parks in Benissa and La Xara that compost municipal and contract gardeners’ waste with seaweed cleared from beaches and sell the finished compost at low prices. But you will need to add manures for essential nutrients. Fortunately there are a good number of stables around from where you can obtain sacks of horse manure and many agricultural cooperatives sell inexpensive sacks of dried goat manure. ONLY IMPROVE SOILS WHERE YOU NEED TO Improving large areas of poor soil is a time consuming, back

breaking and expensive task. So improve only areas of soil where you will be planting things whether individual trees, shrub beds or a vegetable plot. If you have inherited very shallow soil over bedrock it is wise to plant everything in raised beds or large containers. REDUCE THE RISK PROFILE OF THE GARDEN SITE Improving your soil will certainly help plants to grow but there are other important things to do. Firstly, although most days in Spain are pleasantly warm and sunny we do get days or weeks of cold or scorching winds not liked by many plants. So start out by planting hedging shrubs and trees or building walls to be clad in climbing plants as wind breaks. Secondly, only plant low risk plants appropriate to your local climate until you have established a sheltered microclimate in the garden. Then you can plant the more vulnerable subtropical and tropical plants in the warmest and most sheltered corners. Our book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From Planning to Planting and Maintenance’ includes descriptions and photographs of some 400 of the most suitable plants for Spanish gardens. Most importantly, the drought and frost resistances are indicated based on the hottest and coldest weather we have experienced during our twenty years of gardening in Spain. Our well planted garden has survived temperatures from a scorching 47º Centigrade down to a minus 15º wind factor night. It has also survived up to six months of drought with minimal watering and then later three weeks of continuous rain. Thirdly, recognise that locally grown naturalised plants and trees are often easier to establish than plants imported from the greenhouses of northern Europe or the tropics GROW FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FROM DAY ONE Spain is a wonderful country in which to grow fruit and vegetables. So plant a few fruit trees and bushes and start a vegetable plot as early as possible. Your garden may take years to complete - especially if you are not planning to live in Spain all the year round - so ensure that you have healthy organically

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

grown home produce to eat while you are progressing the rest of the garden. As explained in our books ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ much can be grown in just one or two square metres. One thing you will be surprised by when you first arrive in Spain is that in many areas it is difficult to buy organic vegetables as most are exported to the UK and other northern European countries. RECOGNISE THAT WATER IS A VALUABLE RESOURCE The urbanisation of the coastal areas of Spain is putting unprecedented pressure on water supplies. As a result summer water restrictions and increased prices are becoming the norm in many areas. We therefore recommend that you plant up the less thirsty plants listed in our book. Naturally all new plants will need watering until they are established but they will put down the important deep tap roots quicker if you water deep once or twice a week rather than shallowly twice a day. USE ERGONOMIC TOOLS You will soon find that a Spanish collection of short and longhandled mattocks are less muscle straining than a full sized fork or spade in Spanish soils. DON’T WORK IN THE MIDDAY SUN! Straw hats and siestas are essential to happy and healthy gardening in Spain. We hope that the above helps you make a productive start with the development of an enviable Garden of Eden in Spain. Books to help you avoid expensive mistakes in new and established gardens Dick and Clodagh Handscombe’s quartet of practical and comprehensive books can be obtained via bookshops and via the internet from Amazon UK and Spain; www.gardenijnginspain. com; Santana Books; The Royal Horticultural Society; WHSmiths and other sites.


Get on board with Milton Express to enjoy an all-round winning experience DUE TO the ongoing expansion of the business, Milton Express has re-located to La Zenia. The promoters of Winning Express and the major shareholders of Sporting Arbitrage Ltd are now based in Edif. Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin s/n Urb. La Zenia, Orihuela Costa: Telephone 96 599 4815. “It was a logical step,” said Chairman John Murray, “With the increasing levels of business being generated in the Costa Blanca region, we felt we needed not only more office space but our own identity. The La Zenia location is more prominent, with excellent free car parking available.” Many residents are already profiting from their Arbitrage trading facility which has consistently paid clients a monthly return of 2.75% tax free. Milton Express, the originators of the scheme, actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility. With Winning Express members will not only benefit from the services themselves, they can also promote them to others via a free replica website. So whether the goal is a bigger return on your capital or simply an opportunity to earn generous commissions, Milton Express services are the ideal vehicle. Access to the arbitrage facility is now only available to members of Winning Express, although this condition will not be retrospective. Now for £99 residents on the Costa Blanca can sample the full services for three months with a money back guarantee if they fail to make a profit. BONUS FOR SPORTING ARBITRAGE CLIENTS It’s not all doom and gloom on the financial front - clients of Sporting Arbitrage received some welcome news, namely that a half yearly bonus is to be introduced. The bonus system came into force from 1st August and Sporting Arbitrage will be

Steve Claridge

updating their systems to provide the facility to all existing clients and to newcomers who apply via the Winning Express opportunity. Existing clients of Sporting Arbitrage have the opportunity to try all these services on a noobligation three month free trial. For those who do become subscribing members there is an opportunity to win a fabulous holiday, organised through Viajes Playa Flamenca: an eight day cruise departing from Barcelona with all travel costs included and 500€ towards spending money: full details are on the website. HOME AND LIFESTYLE EXPO Milton Express are proud sponsors of this forthcoming international event to be held at San Miguel Castle, Castillo de Conesa, on 11th and 12th September, where consultants will be available to discuss our services. Come along and meet us! Steve Claridge, respected BBC TV pundit, will be in attendance. Presentations can be arranged in your own home, at our offices or a venue to suit. For more information or to book an appointment contact John O’Brien on 600 001 661 or The Milton Express office La Zenia on 96 599 4815. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd., Velocity House; Tenter Street; Sheffield S1 4DE: Tel 0114 213 3539. Please visit the website for full terms and conditions along with details of all our services and promotions:

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Proud to be associated with Grant a Wish

ECB promises rescue

PRESIDENT OF the European Central Bank Mario Draghi was widely expected to throw the troubled euro a lifebelt this week by buying government debt. By Jack Troughton Financial markets across the globe were waiting for an announcement on Thursday of the plan – sadly after RTN went to press – that was expected to strengthen the value of the single currency. However, leaks to the media predicted Mr Draghi would announce the ECB was prepared to buy “unlimited quantities” of bonds issued by the member states of the Eurozone, helping ease the burden of repayments in the debt crisis. David Kerns, a market analyst with foreign exchange specialist Moneycorp, said the central bank’s move would strengthen the value of the euro against sterling – the exchange rate standing at 1.265 on Wednesday morning after reaching nearly 1.28 in recent weeks. “The driver behind why the euro has gained some short term strength is on the back of comments from Mr Draghi, President of the ECB,” he explained. “He has been widely quoted during August as saying he would do whatever it takes to save the single currency and he has recently been supposedly leaking his view - he will act within the bond markets by buying peripheral national debt.”

YIELD David, who is also dealing manager in Moneycorp’s private client sector, said such actions would drive up the value of Eurozone government bonds and reduce their ‘yield’, the cost to governments of raising money. And speculation about the ECB’s action reduced Spain’s 10year bond yield - a market benchmark where anything over 7% is seen as unsustainable – from a historic high of 7.7% in July and August to 6.7%, while Italy’s borrowing costs had dropped from 7% to almost 6%. “This is purely on the expectation that something is going to happen – that the ECB is going to have some form of comprehensive ‘bond buying’ in place and it is expected Mr Draghi will announce something on Thursday morning,” David said. “That has made the euro stronger but failure to act will be a different ball game. If he disappoints and fails to take decisive action, the euro will be under pressure and the value of sterling against the euro will rise.” David said Thursday’s expected announcement would be a “big play” across the markets. “He said he would deliver whatever was necessary to save the single currency and he had left hints here, there and everywhere. Thursday is the platform for him to deliver.”

JOBLESS Overall, he said the Eurozone economies remained “extremely depressed” with unemployment and inflation rising – Spain and Greece’s figures reaching “unfathomable levels” but with concerns for jobless figures climbing in France, Italy, Ireland and Portugal and the overall crisis impacting on other member states.. “Fundamentally, the Eurozone economic figures are extremely poor and purchasing management indices show rather than expanding, economies are contracting.” David said that on the other hand – and despite extremely weak consumer confidence – UK indicators were more positive, house prices were beginning to rise, especially in London, and the manufacturing sector was showing improvement, while the service sector was buoyant, especially with the positive impact of the Olympics. “This was all good news for the pound,” he said, adding that Gross Domestic Product figures for the second quarter of 2012 were better than expected – with some analysts predicting the third quarter could actually produce positive figures. However, David said he remained sceptical but such a result would see the UK come out of recession and put off another round of quantitative easing – which would mean sterling’s value fell – and make the pound more attractive to investors.



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Money takes flight

Christina IT APPEARS that people have decided enough is enough with the Euro crisis in Spain and Brady record numbers are taking their Euros from Spanish Banks and depositing them elsewhere.

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

In July Spain suffered the worst haemorrhaging of bank deposits since the launch of the euro, losing funds equal to 7 percent of GDP in a single month. The Telegraph reported last week that data from the European Central Bank showed that outflows from Spanish commercial banks reached ₏74bn (£59bn) in July, twice the previous monthly record. This brings the total deposit loss over the past year to 10.9percent, replicating the pattern seen in Greece as the crisis spread. Also inflation in Spain is up, GDP is down - and Spain is officially back in recession. On top of all this the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Murcia and Valencia have requested bail outs from the central government. Catalonia has asked for 5bn Euros and Valencia has asked for 4.5bn which is much more than it suggested it would need earlier in the year. People across Europe are asking what next and no one in power within the Euro zone seems to have an answer to the crisis. Austerity doesn’t work, it

just causes poverty, hardship and despair: what is needed is a plan that stimulates growth and the belief that things can get better. Decisive action needs to be taken now, but at the moment that seems very unlikely and it looks like it could get even worse with both Italy and France now being talked of as the next casualties. As so many people living here in Spain are unsure as to what is happening and worried about their finances, Blacktower Financial Management has launched a FREE Money Advice Helpline. This service is available to all expatriates, whether you have just arrived in Spain, already live here or are thinking of leaving Spain. The phone lines will be manned by qualified financial advisors who will be available to answer questions and give you advice on any matter to do with finance/money be it pensions, savings, investments, legal, tax, banks or insurance. For further information see our advert below, or if you have any questions regarding the above contact me on 658 892 330 or email

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



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Where has Imserso gone? by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

THE IMSERSO Spanish holiday programme is a wonderful concept - helps keep hotels and holiday destinations solvent during the winter season by enabling pensioners to have affordable holidays. Perfect. For more than 25 years it has worked that way and for the past three of those, Ábaco has helped people apply. Pensioners have thoroughly appreciated the information we’ve been able to provide and our assistance in registering. It’s not that the registration form is overly complicated but it is in Spanish – not a strong point for many of us living out here. Once the form is negotiated it’s generally been a straight forward process and definitely a bonus if you’re a pensioner, resident in Spain and legal. The Imserso programme has allowed people to travel to new destinations in Mainland Spain, the Balearics and Canary Islands for a fraction of the cost. We’ve had so much positive feedback about it over the years that life without Imserso in our offices simply can’t be contemplated. But nothing stays the same for ever, not even wonderful holiday programmes. The financial climate in Spain has, understandably, cast some doubt on the future of Imserso. So now we are waiting anxiously to find out if it is still going ahead for 2012/ 2013. Normally at this time of year those who are already registered are receiving letters confirming their details and preferred destinations. We are not aware that any of these have as yet been sent out.

Another worrying factor is that the website hasn’t opened yet for application round 2012/ 2013. Usually by now a new registration form is available and applications can be submitted. They say that weighing the pig frequently doesn’t make it any heavier. We can add to that – ringing the Imserso government department frequently doesn’t make us any better informed. The website, the Spanish news and Imserso are not bringing us any closer to answering the conundrum – where has the holiday programme gone and will it be returning soon? However, we are not getting despondent as yet. We know that earlier in the year there were announcements that Imserso would be ‘scaling down’ but not out. As you might expect, budgets in this area have been reduced and the indication at the time of the press release was that the overall cut might be as much as 50%; a huge reduction but at least the programme would still be operating and hopefully eligible pensioners would be able to access at least one subsidised holiday this year. So, to all those who have registered with us, there is still time. Last year confirmation letters were not received until October, having slipped back from the previous year’s September distribution. This year, at the current rate of progress, they could be even later. Be assured we are watching events closely. We’ll let you know as soon as we know ourselves. If you haven’t yet registered for Imserso and would like to be included in our pre-registration list please contact Caroline by email at

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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International parental abduction of under-age children

Moving the child without consent; not allowing the child to have contact; or denying access to the minor: father (or mother) taking an under-age child to another country illegally (child abduction) by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

QUITE OFTEN we receive at our office queries from parents who have problems with their partners or expartners who have taken their under age children to another country. Thus, we commonly receive questions and doubts as the one recently posed by one of our clients: “My wife, from whom I am separating, left Spain and returned to England (UK) with our youngest son without my consent. Can this be considered kidnapping or international child abduction?” In principle we must say that in order for this type of transfer to be considered ‘illegal’ and therefore be facing international

child abduction the following assumptions must be given: That the minor (son / daughter / child) is transferred / moved to a country different to where the child habitually lives That the transfer is made in violation of or against the custody rights attributed to a person or institution according to the applicable law of the Country / State where the minor has the habitual residence (home) At this point it is very important to clarify that when we speak about ‘custody rights’ in relation to this matter, we are mainly speaking about the right to decide where the child should reside. Note that under Spanish law, the parent (father or mother) who holds parental authority (patria potestad) will normally have the right to decide or veto the child’s change of residence, even when the custody – care has not been attributed to him / her, unless a Court Order has been issued stating the opposite. Therefore we understand that, after a divorce for example, the custody care can be granted to the mother, but if the father and mother have the joint right to decide where the child should reside (live), then the mother cannot change the place of residence or transfer to another country on her own,

and if she did then it could be considered illegal transfer or international child abduction. As to the applicable regulations we refer among others to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of 1980 and for the European Union, the Regulation known as Brussels II, No. 2201 /2003. Through these mechanisms not only can we ask for the restitution or international return of the minor but also to have access and contact with the minors when necessary. Therefore it is of vital importance when in a divorce proceeding or separation to emphasize the faculties / powers or not of the spouses in reference to deciding the minors’ residence and possible transfers. If you or someone you know is in this situation and a child has been taken from Spain to another country in the EU (England, Germany etc.) or outside the European Union without authorization or consent; or if a child is illegally brought to Spain from another country whilst you are divorce, separated, have a Court Order or not, we advice you to please contact us for a consultation, we will be more than pleased to assist you.

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)

Life Benidorm beams with Pride

IN BENIDORM over the past few days there has been a run on feathers, fur, leather and lace as the Costa Blanca’s top resort prepares for three days of amazing Pride celebrations from 14th September. Participating bars, clubs and hotels in Benidorm’s second Pride event are putting finishing touches to plans to provide visitors to Benidorm’s second Pride event with fabulous programmes of entertainment ranging from vocalists and drag acts comedy turns and a traditional Spanish food tasting. Much of the activity will be centred on the Babylon Hotel in the Old Town, where a Pride launch party will take place on the hotel’s beautiful roof terrace starting at 11pm Friday, 14th September before Russian entertainer M’Beva Hurtzolova presents her unique comedy and mime act in the hotel’s ground floor bar. The hotel will also feature comedian Leigh Myer on the following evening: two events will be staged by the Babylon in conjunction with two popular Old Town Bars, Seventh Heaven and Out. On Sunday, at midnight, drag act Stevie Spit will wind up the Babylon’s packed weekend programme. Just a few metres away, the ever-popular Sensations will be adding to the fun with a Black Light Party featuring a speciality act on Friday, 14th September and will provide more fun and frolics for the duration of the weekend. Nearby Papagayo has secured Dame Daw for its supporters, and the bar is also hosting a Latin afternoon on the Sunday. A stage that will be set up at the City Hall Square where music will be presented by Hot FM’s Ross Alexander and Sammy Kruz. And later in the evening special guests, UK drag artist Diva Bliss and British pop singer Zoe, who performed at the 2011 World Pride, Trafalgar Square, London, will appear on a stage flanked

by bars and a variety of stalls. There will also be Fashion Show presented by ES Sports, and the selection of Mr and Miss Benidorm Pride, plus a Drag Queen Gala. Another top DJ, Sophia Cristo, a Spanish celebrity and star of a reality TV show in Spain, has been named Pride’s ‘Godmother’. Together with her girlfriend, Nagore, they will play music on a Pride parade float as well as at the closing party at the famous Penelope nightclub. On Saturday, 15th September at 6pm the Pride Parade will set off from Rincon de Loix next to McDonalds and proceed along the seafront, terminating at the City Hall Square where participants will be welcomed by Hot FM music presenters Sammy Kruz and Ross Alexander. Pride will wind up on Sunday 16th with a traditional tapas tasting at the City Hall Square, followed by a catamarán party. Pride 2012 this year is organised by the local ALGTB (Association for Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) in association with the Mayor of Benidorm, Augustin Navarro, and local gay businesses, with the aim of establishing the resort as a key gay holiday destination in the years to come. This year’s Pride follows last October’s highly successful first-ever Pride event for the resort which featured a procession of fantastic floats and colourful costumes in an exuberant opening ceremony that drew thousands of spectators onto the streets. For more information go to


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Inbox permanently sent to “cloud” Terence asks: Hello Aunty. I am running windows 7, and using a hotmail email address. I had seen the news that hotmail was being withdrawn in favour of I dutifully applied to transfer my email address to outlook. com, but found to my horror, the inbox emails were not transferred. I reverted to hotmail, but it seems that my inbox has been sent permanently to the “cloud”. Have you perhaps any ideas as to a solution? Thank you. Terence M. Newman Aunty says: Hi Terence, the switch from Hotmail to Outlook has confused a number of people. Many people have been saying they have lost all their inbox emails, when in fact they are simply in another folder created during

the transfer from Hotmail to Outlook. If you see no Hotmail emails in your inbox, look for them in your folders. Unless you changed the default folder name, your Hotmail mails may be safe in a folder called Alternatively send an email to the email account in question with a specific uncommon word in Title. Go to the email account and perform a search for that word. It should locate the email, and tell you what folder that email is in. If there has been a bug in the transfer, and has caused many people to lose their inbox emails, then there has as yet been no word from Microsoft about it or any mention of any solution. However I have moved my 5 hotmail accounts over to outlook with no issues at all.

Yahoo group album Mick asks: Hello Aunty. Some help please. Until a few weeks ago, I was able to upload photographs to a Yahoo Group Album which is mine. I have had to use a different camera, and my photos are now - on average - 3mb each where they were 200 - 300kb before.Yahoo Groups infer that I can upload photos of this size, but after about 3 minutes, I get a timeout problem, and process a retry with the same result. Yahoo help is pretty useless for this problem. I can attach the photos to e’mails - no problem - one is attached for you to check. Any ideas, please? Mick Dolores. Aunty says: Hello Mick. Firstly there is nothing wrong with the photo, size or format , as I have uploaded it to my own Yahoo group (only I have access!) and it loads and displays fine. And you are correct

Response: Thank you. Somehow the side files have mysteriously reappeared. However, what is missing, is my contact list. According to outlook, I do not have any contacts. Great column!!

- Yahoo Help is pretty vague for any technical problems. Timeout message usually mean that there is an issue between your PC and the server, where one of them is not responding quickly enough. With uploads it is usually your PC / connection that could be the issue. Although you do not mention your ADSL upload speed, it would be that your ADSL upload speed is not quick or fast enough to upload the photo to Yahoo. Which would be strange as you say you have no problems in uploading it to hotmail. Have you tied both Photo upload methods - there is an option to use their “basic uploader”? One solution would be to try and reduce the size of the photo, and try to up load it. Perhaps you can find an “optimum” file size to upload? Response: Hello Aunty. Very strange - I was and always have - used the basic uploader, but now, I have used the “select files” method - both singly and in a batch, and hey presto - they have all loaded successfully. Thanks very much - as always for your help and advice. I always read your column and do find some excellent tips contained therein.

Safe to delete? Bill asks: HI AUNTY Virus: I have found a lot of programs from Microsoft that have been downloaded from their updates: is it safe to delete these? The files are Active X, Control active X windows live mesh, Microsoft visual C. Most of the first two are followed by various foreign languages. I run Windows7, 64bit and I cannot uninstall ‘imminent’- every time I try to I get script error and it goes no further. Help on any of these questions would be much appreciated. Bill Meekin. Aunty says: Hi Bill, All of the programs and updates you have found are ‘core’ Windows programs. That is to say they are essential for the running of Windows and other programs and applications. Deleting or uninstalling them may cause Windows and other programs and applications to crash and stop working. Generally the only ‘Windows’ files you are safe to delete are those in the ‘Temporary’ Folders. You can get Windows to delete these files automatically - in explorer right click on the drive you want to clean and select properties. You will see a graphic showing you the size of that hard disk, and the used and free space available. There is an option to perform a ‘Disk Clean Up’. This will free up a lot, as Windows will removes lots of files which are stored in the temporary location. If you are having difficulty in uninstalling a program, then there is a nice little software tool called Revo Uninstaller. Revo promises to find all those bits and pieces that are left over by the programs uninstallers. In fact I tend to use this rather than the uninstallers that come with the programs themselves.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control

THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at a must have gadget for every Doctor Who fan, the legendary sonic screwdriver remote control.

First used by the second doctor, Patrick Troughton, the sonic screwdriver has been the Doctor’s most valued assistant. Now you too can extricate yourself from a dodgy TV channel situation with the new Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control. The Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control is a high quality metal replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver currently used by the eleventh doctor Matt Smith. Hand finished with copper plating and a soft touch grip the Sonic Screwdriver is a high quality collectible in its own right. But how an earth does it work? The Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver is a fully programmable universal remote control using the gestures of the holder to send infrared signals which will work with almost all home entertainment systems, TVs, DVD players, iPod docks and Bluray players. The Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver learns up to 39 codes from your existing remote controls and stores these in one of three memory banks. Any button on

the remote control can be assigned to each of the 13 gestures, and codes from different remote controls can be stored in the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control. There is a very handy Practice Mode which allows you to perfect the 13 gestures – each time a gesture is recognised the Sonic Screwdriver speaks to tell you the gesture performed. Again when in Programming Mode the Sonic Screwdriver also talks you through the process of learning the codes from your remote controls to make things as simple as possible. And don´t worry, you won´t lose the codes when the batteries are removed, and they can be changed at any time. And that´s not all! There is an FX Mode whereby each of the 13 gestures is accompanied by a Doctor Who sound, whether it be an alien voice, sonic screwdriver sound or sound from some other piece of Time Lord equipment. The Sonic screwdriver also comes with a special Lock Code facility. Once set, when the code is entered the Sonic

Screwdriver will power down and lock itself. When it is next switched on it will not work unless the code is entered correctly, preventing illegal channel hopping or un-authorised time travel. Complete with presentation stand and clear cover, showing off your latest gadget is taken care of. A detailed manual is also included that covers in detail the varied functions this amazing gadget is capable of. So what are you waiting for – the next invasion of the Cybermen? The Inspectors Verdict: The Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control won´t turn you into a Time Lord or get you into the Tardis, but it will make you the envy of your friends – as long as there aren’t any Daleks amongst them! Visit drwho-sonic-remote to purchase the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control for 76€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Airpush Detector JUST LIKE a computer, sometimes when you download apps on your phone you also unwittingly are downloading other stuff which you are not aware of. These rather annoying adverts or Push notifications pop up in your status bar wanting you to download pointless apps. Airpush Detector is a simple Android application that scans your phone and then detects the applications that you have installed onto your phone which have caused these irritating push notifications and displays a list of them. You can then decide if you want to uninstall the applications or not. Airpush Detector doesn’t actually do the uninstall for you, all it does it detect them but it is a little gem in helping restoring your phone with the minimum of hassle. Available to download on Android phones from the Google Play market.


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Life horoscopes Venus trines with Uranus in your second house, and it becomes apparent that there are financial problems and that you must face up to them as soon as possible; since a solution can be found. Meanwhile check expenses, even receipts and take control of the money that you do have with a view to making a stand on this.

Venus has a three pronged attack this week which will serve to strengthen you and to iron out differences which are delaying your purposeful actions right now. With inconjunctions this week with both Chiron and Pluto, and a trine with Uranus, you will not only get the support you need, but see another way forward too. Jupiter enters into your sign in action with Mercury bringing you a wonderful opportunity. This is just the time for a lucky break, so seize the opportunity, and know that for once everything is coming your way for a change; and finally someone has fully understood what you have really been saying for a very long time. Though you will feel that you have to take sides, this is not the important issue right now. If someone won’t listen to your reasoned advice it is because they are frightened of the truth, and know full well the consequences. Actions with both Jupiter and Venus bring attention to your plight, so wait and see. Venus makes a move on your fifth house of dimension, power and energy, also bringing a sprinkling of love into your life. You work hard, and should be playing hard but now is a great time to make future plans, to open your heart, and to put energy, life and love into action so that they may better work for you. Your rare, but recent outburst was for good reason. You may have thought that you had bitten off more than you could true, but then you do love a challenge. The goal posts have moved, and scuppered plans and re thinking around the bare bones of a project, in the making, have left you with time on your hands and too much to handle. Venus takes on so much right now, and your sensitivity is taking on every single little bump on a dusty road. Things happen for a reason that you are about to find out, but first bring calm into your life, stay cool and use this time to find out what you really want, and then, armed and ready to take anything on, go for it! Temper temper! You may be angrier with yourself for letting something slide, but recent actions have gone against your principles and you have had to say so. Often you do your best work when you are under pressure, but a calm review of what went wrong, and who did what( and why?) is called for in the cold light of day. With Jupiter in action with Gemini and courting the favours of Mercury you have started something that you have to finish, even though major changes are on the horizon. Your ability to take control and your calm efficiency will not only make a difference, but will show others that you are not to be messed with. You have been sorely tested, and Pluto can be such a hard taskmaster in the light of things. Patience and determination see a good result midweek when you achieve that which you have worked hard for, and see the difference that it will make to you both now and in the foreseeable future. Things can and will only get better. Warring Mars sees you in a position to tell it the way that it is, because there is still someone who hasn´t fully understood that there is compensation due to you; or the implications involved in this. You have clearly done what you had to do, and in the clear light of day, whose fault is it anyway? Help is on the way this week! Chiron nudges you into touch this week as you are called to intervene in a delicate situation. Made more problematic because you can see what’s wrong from two different angles your councelling skills and determination to help get things right save the day. Whilst you have already quite enough on your plate, resolve is a good result.

Kenny corris


MANY READERS have sent me photos showing the discs of light that Spiritual people refer to as Orbs. Orbs appear in everyday photos and they are a marked indication of the presence of Angels, manifestations and energy fields. Science has told us for such a long time that it is brought about by water on the lens of the camera, well I don’t think so, and my photos have been taken under normal conditions without water, so how is that to be accounted for? My favourite photo was taken at the Viking Ships Museum in Oslo a few years ago. There were three intact ships on display, and of course artefacts from others and related displays to complement the display. The central largest ship when photographed by me came back with two large and three small Orbs, all clustered at the prow of the ship. On asking a custodian I was told that this particular ship was a funeral vessel, and that there had been found the bodies of two adults and three children; thus an excellent explanation of my photo. The prow in this ship housed the funeral chamber of the vessel. So too in Norway earlier this year, my agent took a photo of me after an exhausting day at a Psychic Fair in Bergen. I had had readings all day and in my break did an hour long demonstration on stage. I am sitting and relaxing with a well deserved cup of Earl Grey tea in the Hotel lounge, and in the photo there is a huge Orb circled completely around me. I think I needed a bit of

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strength to boost me, and after the photo was taken I was restored somewhat. If you closely look at an Orb in a photo you will see little dots of light sparkling back at you. Many have claimed to see actual faces, and others report angels clearly visible. Orbs demonstrate a closeness to Spirit in many ways. They appear when they are needed, and signify that the Spirit World can communicate freely with us in this way, and that they are becoming unafraid to be noticed and to bring attention to the fact that we too are all becoming less afraid to share our Spiritual stories and the energies that they release freely to the World we inhabit. This in other words is Spirits way of drawing our attention. One of my Spiritual Circles of yesteryear met up one Christmas, and posed for a photo together under the Christmas Tree in Finestrat. As a joke I touched finger to finger with Melitta Hewitt, a very strong Psychic and Psychic Artist. The picture was to reveal an Orb, right at the point where our fingers touched. Keep sending me the photos if you can, and be unafraid because this is something that helps to prove the existence of Spirit, they have no intentions of scaring you, but they do want to promote the fact that they are all around us, and waiting to work with us. Recently I wrote an article regarding the Chemtrails that were being sprayed at the time all along the Costa. Backed by evidential photos, one trail laden photo on close examination is full of Orbs, telling us all in no uncertain terms that beings of Light are closer than we think, coming closer to Earth and bringing Orb evidence into the equation, as their good intention monitors, shields and protects us.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY I read in a recent article about cold spots in the home. I live in a house in which there is such a feeling in the spare bedroom. I really don’t want to go in there, and if I do I keep looking over my shoulders, and can’t wait to leave. Guests however sleep well and do not notice anything. Am I going crazy? Lynn Mc F. Hi Lynn. I don’t think you are crazy, but you are perceptive and are showing clearly your own psychic powers in your picking up negativities in the spare room. You are obviously highly tuned into something that may have occurred there in the past, whatever it was. I enter into houses with cold spots, negative energies and resident manifestations. Yet the owners say nothing, and it is because they cannot perceive psychically. I say nothing because I do not want to scare anyone. The receptive person will feel something is wrong, as you do. The solution to this is simple, and I will help you put this right. Call me!

Venus directs you to look into an affair of the heart, and to set aside any differences that keep you parted from the one you really do love. When all is said and done it is better the devil you know………!


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. A pen, or its holder (6-6) 7. A point in favour of New Guinea, initially (5) 8. A self-made counterfeiter may be so described (5) 9. I will be briefly unwell (3) 10. Receptacle used on certain orders (9) 11. They are outside or is it just speculation? (6) 12. Enough furniture for 501 vehicles (6) 15. Promote a murderer and cause uproar (5,4) 17. Fellow in command (3) 18. Unlikely to be outwitted or feel pain (5) 19. Put your foot down! (5) 21. Deeply sad tendency in an audience (12)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. A money-lender may, but it won’t appear in his books! (4,8) 2. I personally go East to begin with (3) 3. They carry on among wits (6) 4. Result of a big blow to the economy? (9) 5. She’s found in excellent surroundings (5) 6. Showing pre-arranged loathing (12) 7. It naturally beats peas and beans (5) 10. Craftsman who may have to take a plane (9) 13. Directed me to help out (5) 14. Actors show they have star potential! (6) 16. I am on time for the picture (5) 20. One is confused for a long time (3)

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

ACROSS 1. Prodigality (12) 7. Navy (5) 8. Grieve (5) 9. Dog (3) 10. Meddle (9) 11. Powerful (6) 12. Blunt (6) 15. Forbearance (9) 17. Useless (3) 18. Ancient (5) 19. Deduce (5) 21. Unending (12)

DOWN 1. Freeing (12) 2. Wonder (3) 3. Shrewd (6) 4. Excellent (9) 5. Induce (5) 6. Autonomy (12) 7. Leading (5) 10. Lack of knowledge (9) 13. Beneath (5) 14. Weak (6) 16. Burdened (5) 20. Jollity (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 31st August 2012

16 28 31 33 48



No ticket won the 26,982,209 Euros

Tuesday 4th September 2012

11 17 18 39 44


No ticket won the 34,855,964 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Tips and tricks of Spanish Lesson - 6 Grammar books will teach you “correct” Spanish, but what do the natives actually say?

WE MENTIONED the slang word “mola” last week, which is used by the younger generation. Here’s another colloquial word, which is not necessarily just for young people, and is an alternative word for “work”. Work is popularly called “el curro”, which in standard Spanish is simply “el trabajo”. The verb “trabajar” is “currar”, so if we wanted to say “I’ve been working all day” in slang, this would be “llevo todo el día currando”, whereas in standard Spanish it would be “llevo todo el día trabajando”. We may have mentioned before the exclamation “¡Qué va!” which means “No way!” “Come off it!” To be even more emphatic, and a little informal, we can add “¡ni de coña!” “Coña” means “joke” or so the best translation of “ni de coña” is “You must be joking!” Here are some more phrases today based around the verb “ver” (to see). You remember when your children were small and they wanted something you couldn’t give them, or didn’t want them to have. Didn’t you put them off with: “We`ll see” and hope they’d forget about it? The Spanish do exactly the same with the phrase “Ya veremos”. So, you’d better watch out if a Spanish person says “Ya veremos” to you, they may just be fobbing you off! While we are remembering times past, how many times have you played “I spy with my little eye” with children on a long car journey.

Once again, there is an exact Spanish equivalent. It starts: “Veo, veo” (I see, I see). The other person replies “¿Qué ves?” (What do you see?), “Una cosita” (A little thing), “¿Qué cosita es?” (What little thing is it?), “Una cosita que empieza con la letra B” (Something that begins with B). If you know a Spanish child you can play this with, it’s a very good way of expanding your vocabulary! A phrase you will have heard many times, even if you don’t realize it, is “Vamos a ver”, “let’s see”. This could refer literally to looking at something, like a form to fill in or some instructions to follow, or it could be said when someone is about to get down to business or explain something to you in detail: “Vamos a ver …” (Let’s see if I can get this across to you). Sometimes it is abbreviated to “A ver”. Either way, make sure you listen carefully! If you have learnt a bit about verbs, you may know that “visto” is a form of the word “ver” and means “seen”. Sometimes we use this word idiomatically by saying something is “muy visto” (very seen). This expresses the idea that something is a bit “old hat” or “over done”. We can use it to talk about clothing – I won’t wear that dress “es muy visto” (it’s been seen dozens of times) which sounds like a good excuse to buy a new one, if you ask me. By the way, I now have my timetable worked out for my Autumn classes – have a look at the advert!

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 Twit of the Week JLS@JLSOfficial : That awkward moment when u knock on the wrong door. Aston x Wise Words Daniel Kardashian @DanielKardash : Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings, but every day and night of your life, they are eating at you! The Paralympics Tony Blackburn@tonyblackburn : I’m sorry but these ads ruin the atmosphere, thank goodness we have the BBC. Unfortunately not for the Paralympics though. Alastair Campbell@campbellclaret : So many Olympic Paralympic medal winners pay tribute to their PE teacher. Gove must reverse his huge cuts to school sport #bigsociety Usain St. Leo Bolt@usainbolt : Paralympics Games is where you find true champions. All magnificent athletes. Talk about that 5000m just now. Incredible The Funny Tweets Angela Griffin@Angela_Griffin : Woke up, washing on, 5 mile run, school shoe shopping and a big food shop. My showbiz lifestyle is overwhelming! #not Kate Lawler@katelawler : I quit my job at the helium balloon factory. No one talks to me in that tone of voice. Good Morning world! Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : On brink of my first yellow card, No make it red, 3rd visit to Post Office to re-direct mail. 4 types of ID and recognisable ears and its still not enough!

Life books

Danny Collins -

Potsdam Station THE STORY is set in wartime Europe. John Russell, an American war correspondent, once a staunch supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution and now disillusioned, pleads with Moscow to allow him to accompany the Red Army into Berlin. His cover story to the Russians is his desire to glorify Stalin’s victory to the West but his true motive is to find his wife, a German actress sought by the Gestapo for helping escaping Jews, before the rampaging Red Army conscripts begin their rape and slaughter of the defeated city occupants. His quest is made more urgent by the fact that his son by his first marriage is a German citizen defending Berlin against the Russian invaders. But instead, because of his familiarity with the city, Russell is ordered by the NKVD to lead a Russian scientist to the Berlin Atomic Institute to secure documented details of the Nazis’ progress in developing a nuclear weapon. Accompanying the duo are two NKVD officers whom he is convinced will become his executioners once the mission is successfully completed. His wife meanwhile had been arrested by the Gestapo while attempting to smuggle a Jewish child to safety. Downing’s story races between the experiences of the three main characters as the Russian net closes in. The result is an immensely readable thriller that holds the reader spellbound. I get slapped if I bite my nails but nibbling fiercely at a cuticle was a temptation throughout. I must look out for David Downing’s other works.

Suduko Answer

Author: David Downing Publisher: Old Street (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 1 906984 56 6

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Life health

Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

Dieting drama! DIETS: A nasty word for some and the gospel for others. Some of us love them and others detest them. Some of us can follow them and attain our dream look, but some people just can’t. A never ending surcease of patience and willpower is necessary to fight to the end for that perfect figure and let’s be honest, not many of us have it. There’s no problem with that. It doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with our nature. We’re all different and have our own strengths and weaknesses. We live in a country with a magnificent cuisine, we’re surrounded by restaurants and snack bars that accommodate every palate: is it any wonder it’s difficult to control our weight? The only time to start becoming concerned is when the lack of willpower starts to affect our health. Obesity is an international killer and a huge problem in the western world. The problem is, and I myself totally understand it, that food tastes so delicious. One bite just isn’t enough, two then three then four bites are necessary and so it continues until there isn’t a bite left on the plate. It doesn’t take much to have an unhealthy BMI (Body Mass Index- the scientific tool of calculating whether our weight is healthy for our bodies.) The pounds soon pile on and if you’re lacking willpower and just can’t follow an eating regime then it’s time to investigate

and look for something in the wider world that can help with weight loss. The Gastric Band is one of them. Countless celebrities have had them fitted and we’ve all seen the results for ourselves. But not only are they expensive, they involve surgery and ultimately, can be pretty painful. The HypnoBand is the latest technique to hit the world at large and stop it in its tracks: a revolutionary system that recreates the effects of a gastric band with none of the fuss, expense or surgery! Perhaps it does sound too good to be true. But Phoenix Hypnotherapy proves that it’s not. As the flagship clinic for the HypnoBand, Mark Phoenix Murphy has testimonials and figures that prove the HypnoBand works and works well. There’s no con and if you look into the science of it, it isn’t. Hypnotherapy works by planting suggestions in the subconscious. By guiding a person through the stages of having a gastric band fitted, leading them through the pre-surgery ‘talks’ with the surgeon, suggesting the tightening of the band around the stomach, and finally helping with the after-care, the HypnoBand is fitted and instantly works. With all the advantages of the gastric band and none of the disadvantages, the HypnoBand enables us to eat less and feel

fuller faster and for longer. A smaller calorific intake means that the weight will soon drop off and selfesteem and confidence will rise substantially. Being burdened with a high BMI is bad for the body and the soul, by looking outside of the box, a solution to weight problems can be found. I am a registered consultant HypnoBand Practitioner on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. I am also registered as a clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist in Spain. So if you’re suffering with a phobia that is effecting your life, if anxiety or depression is weighing you down, if you need to lose weight or stop smoking, visit me at The Family Medical Centre in Albir (near Benidorm); International Clinic Moraira, Moraira; The Dental Clinic in Camposol and The Physical Therapy Clinic, Villamartin (Torrevieja). For your free initial consultation please feel free to call Mark Phoenix Murphy directly on 654 202 996 or visit for more details. Also call to find out more about Gift Vouchers for Stop Smoking in Thirty Minutes and the HypnoBand: special offer still on for September, please call for details.

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



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Life health


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

Family Medical Centre, Albir

How to recognize an allergic child FACT: ALLERGIES are on the increase. Children with allergies can be labeled naughty, lazy, disobedient or hyperactive when in reality they are suffering as a result of allergies! So, how can you tell if your child has, or is prone to allergies? Observe your little one for one or more of the following: ALLERGIC SHINERS A blue discoloration around the eyes that looks like smudged make-up. NASAL SALUTE This is a crease across the bridge of the nose. When a child has itching or irritation of the lining of the nose they often rub the nose in an upward direction with the palm of the hand causing this typical crease. FACIAL TICS Your child may pull funny faces and /or develop facial tics or twitches as a result of constant nasal irritation. HEARING PROBLEMS Your child may develop glue ear as a result of allergies. Glue ear can

cause reversible deafness and poor attention span. IMPAIRED SENSE OF SMELL AND TASTE The mucous that builds up as a result of allergies can affect your child’s ability to smell and taste. This however is uncommon except in severe cases. MISSING EYEBROWS Yes! Children with eye irritation resulting from allergies may be missing the outer third of their eyebrows from constant rubbing. DENNIE-MORGAN LINES These are characteristic creases that form under the lower eyelids. LONG FACE SYNDROME Children suffering from constant nasal obstruction and /or asthma, may develop a high arched palate and protruding teeth. KERATOSIS PILARIS Dry roughened areas of skin that typically develop in skin folds such as behind the knees. These children may go on to develop eczema. Constant fidgeting or tiredness as a result disturbed sleep can lead to your child being labeled hyperactive or the opposite, lazy. There is much that can be done to help children with allergies. If your child has any of the above signs or symptoms, see your family Doctor.

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

Pink morning for HELP JALON VALLEY HELP is repeating the highly successful Pink Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th September raising money for local cancer charities. Talented girl duo Encore! Is performing at the Pensionistas and Library building in Jalon at the event which starts at 10am, and there is a demonstration of the keep fit HELP’s craze Zumba – with an opportunity to register for the charity’s Zumbathon the followTrish ing week (6th October). Murphy Stalls at the coffee morning include pink gifts, tombola, jewellery, and a raffle, together enjoying a glass with coffee and tea, cakes, pink cava, beer and sangria. For more information about the coffee morning, visit last year

Zumba in step with charity By Jack Troughton RAISING CASH with a huge feelgood factor, last Sunday’s ‘Zumbathon’ put nearly 1,600€ in an animal charity’s coffers while those taking part smiled through the sweat. Zumba is a successful Latinbased dance fitness hybrid and a hi-energy ‘follow my leader’ that is sweeping the Costa Blanca in popularity. It is also a successful way of making money for good causes – around 114 people took part helping make 1,578€ for animal charity AKIRA. Organiser and Zumba teacher Kimberley Harrison thanked everyone who helped raise “a fantastic” amount of money for charity. “It was absolutely great – people taking part in what is still the middle of summer. When it ended everyone was just so happy, it was fabulous, no-one wanted to go, everyone wanted to carry on after three hours.”

Leading the action


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Life events

Time travelling made easy By Jack Troughton TRAVEL BACK 5,000 years in time by visiting a current Marina Alta museum exhibition and be prepared for a little spine tingling. Javea’s Soler Blasco Museum is currently hosting ‘Art and Death on the Montgo’ –revealing various archaeological discoveries on the Montgo Mountain and the secrets found in an almost inaccessible cave and burial chamber. And it is spooky stuff – cave paintings, burial chamber secrets, flint tools, and various bits of human ancestors dating back to the end of the Stone Age. It is all brought to life with the help of new age technology in the museum, based in the centre of Javea’s historic Old Town, allowing a recreated 3D computer ‘walk through’ and a reality programme of the inside of Migdia Cave. It is on show until the end of September and in parts, simply breathtaking. Expats can enjoy the exhibition thanks to the hard work of the English-speaking members of Friends of the Xabia Museum (Amics de Museu de Xabia or AMUX) who have helpfully provided translations of information panels. The cave – Cova del Barranc del Migdia or Cave of the Midday Ravine – was only properly explored after members of Gata Caving Club were practicing skills on the side of the mountain in 1989 and stumbled on an opening – leading to a chamber full of more than 100 primitive wall paintings. ELEPHANT People used to glancing up at the sunny Javea side of the

Ironart raises cash for HELP HELP OF Denia and Marina Alta is the Charity of the month for September at Ironart Home and Garden Centre at Gata de Gorgos. On Saturday September 15th a variety of different stalls will offer goods and services to attract bargain hunters of all ages and a good attendance is hoped for in order to raise as much cash as possible for Help funds. Help of Denia and Marina Alta has had a very successful 2012 so far with the opening of the new shop in Moraira. The Respite care programme answers a very high demand for loan equipment such as wheelchairs, walking frames and other appliances. Of course, success in these areas comes at a cost and funds generated by Ironart’s stalls will be used towards repairs and replacement of these appliances. Ironart Home and Garden Centre is situated on the South side of Gata on the N332 but coming from the South you have to go past the entrance into Gata and find a safe place to turn to come back towards the entrance: signs and/or stewards will be available.

Montgo think of the mountain as an elephant’s head. The cave is behind the rock mammal’s ear and a difficult place to access, some 40 metres up a sheer face. The small highly stylised paintings date back to between 3,000 and 2,000BC and are mainly in black, others in a faded red. There are apparent stars, zigzags and triangles – others are four-legged beasts, perhaps domesticated goats and sheep and dogs or other carnivores, with jaws and tails. But the deeper galleries of the cave gave up even more, pottery, flint and bones and the first metal objects of the Copper Age. It is believed these were burial chambers of the privileged from an organised society and history is helped by carbon dating. It is a complicated story and work continues to try and make sense of what is for modern man a complete intrigue but invaluable to researchers. There are no complete skeletons but packages of mixed bones, it is believed the site has ‘reburials’ from a community living in the valley below. And just as excavations are ongoing, the cave’s tale continues to unfold. It fast forwards to Roman times as pottery has been discovered dating to the 3rd and 4th century AD before jumping forward again to the discovery of Moorish coins and pottery 1,000 years later – possibly a hoard buried for safekeeping at a time shortly before the Christian re-conquest. Admission to the exhibition and to the whole museum is free. It is open Tuesdays to Fridays between 9am to 1pm and 6pm until 9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 1pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Divas plus one

Trumpeter Miguel Angel Buiges

By Jack Troughton CLASSICAL DUO the Dolce Divas are joined by special guest Spanish trumpeter Miguel Angel Buiges for a unique concert on Sunday 23rd September. The Divas – Claire Post, soprano and flute and Kirsty Glen, piano and vocals – plan to showcase the talents of the trumpeter from Teulada and will perform some challenging Scarlatti soprano and trumpet duets as well as some well known classical and contemporary gems. Miguel studies at the Murcia Conservatorio and hopes to turn professional when he finishes his studies and is looking forward to playing with the Dolce Divas at the intimate Teatro del Sol, between Altea and La Nucia. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are 10€. For more information and reservations call 629 388 159 or 676 164 048, or by email to, alternatively visit or

Life music The Nomad BRUCE IS the incredibly lively singer, blues harmonica and saxophone player with the trademark long black coat, top hat, and stuffed white rat on his shoulder. Previously Bruce specialised in rock and blues music, but now The Nomad - Live Music Show contains a much bigger and wider, range of songs. Bruce can be contacted on: 629 809 638, or via his website: BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER Saturday 8th, Rte. La Ventata, Muchamiel Sunday 9th, Coll De Rates Restaurant (CV715), Parcent: 1.30pm Saturday 15th, Bar Aleman, La Cometa II, Calpe: 8pm Thursday 20th, Camping Calpe Mar, Calle Estovenia, Calpe Sunday 23rd, Sinatra’s Bar, Avenida Europa, Calpe Saturday 29th, Magnum’s Bar, Oliva 9.30pm Sunday 30th, Coll De Rates Restaurant (CV715), Parcent: 1.30pm

Teulada/ Moraira Lions Annual Summer Concerts THE TEULADA/Moraira Lions Club are holding their last Summer Concert, on Sunday 9th September, live on stage by the Castle, Moraira Town Centre starting at 8pm. The concert will be performed by ‘Jazz Manhatton’, playing their own style of Traditional Jazz, Dance, Ballads and Swing. There is no entrance fee to the concerts but members of the Lions Club will be there to accept your generous donations. For more info about Teulada/Moraira Lions visit

Susie Q – Female Vocalist SUSIE Q started her singing career on the Northern pubs/clubs circuit where she has supported many stars in cabaret and corporate functions. Her act includes the songs of Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Diana Ross and The Carpenters as well as her ‘Ultimate Tribute Show’ featuring: Amy Winehouse, Lady GaGa, and Tina Turner. Susie is a performer ideal for private parties, Bowls Clubs, Dinner/ Dances, Golf Societies, etc. For more details phone: 688 238 225. Gigs for September Sunday 9th, Levante Hotel, Benidorm: 10.30pm Tuesday 11th, Arena Bar, (Near Port Hotel), Denia (Every Tuesday) Saturday 15th, Private Party, Moraira Sunday 25th, Levante Hotel, Benidorm: 10.30pm

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Life people

Go green with E-GO

By Jack Troughton The modern eco-friendly way to get around town is on an electric bike and Benidorm’s E-GO has a range of machines to suit everyone. Town halls are insuring dedicated cycle lanes are sprouting up and down the Costa Blanca allowing a safe environment for cycling – and a powered bike really does take the strain, especially on the uphill stretches. With the cost of motor insurance and fuel rocketing, an electric bike is also an ideal alternative for a short commute. E-GO, based at Avenida de la Armada Espanola 20, the front line road (with cycle lane!) bordering the Poniente Beach (Benidorm), offers mobility solutions to buy or rent. It specialises in electric bicycles but also has conventional bikes, electric scooters and will soon expand into mobility scooters. The business is owned by Irish couple Adrian and Michelle Barry who have enjoyed a successful summer after opening E-Go’s doors in July and with a summer sale currently on to create space for new models, it could be time to pick up a bargain. CONVERT As an example Adrian showed RTN an AGECE ‘top of the range’ converted mountain bike reduced from 1,300€ to 999€. “It is Portuguese made with 21 gears and disc brakes – even without being converted, it is a very good mountain bike and suitable for off-road riding.” The couple moved to Spain in February after five years running a successful hotel in an Austrian ski resort, selling up the business to make more quality time to share with their two young children. “It is going quite well, these are difficult times and at the moment it is fairly quiet as Benidorm changes from the summer to the winter residents,” said Adrian. “We do

want to branch out into other areas because there seems to be the demand.” He said E-GO offered competitive rental rates and had found there was greater demand for long term rentals. “However, sales are very important.” Adrian said the Spanish were keen cyclists but electric bikes were relatively new on the market, while demand for them had raced ahead in Holland, Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK.

HEALTHY “But we are finding there is more and more interest in electric bikes,” he said. “People who live 10-15km from work see them as a viable alternative to driving to work – you don’t need insurance or gas – and it’s healthy. “Also, you don’t arrive at work covered in sweat as you might on a conventional bicycle. Most local authorities are creating cycle paths and electric bikes can take advantage of that – something like a motor scooter cannot.” The shop also stocks a full range of accessories, including all-important helmets. Adrian added: “I’m sure it will soon be the law to wear them, we certainly recommend anyone renting or buying a bike to wear them.” Because of the higher cost of an electric bike people tend to use them more – statistics show an average mountain bike owner uses his machine twice a year, while Adrian said an electric bike was on the road twice a week. “And electric bikes are really enjoyable – they take away the hills, change the power setting and it takes you up the hill!” Telephone: Adrian 672 688 247 with an Email: info@ electric bicycle

Life food The milk of human kindness WELL YOU would expect me to have a view Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

on the current price of milk now wouldn’t you?

With the recent revelations of someone on TV supposedly genuinely not knowing that chickens came from eggs (shock horror), it may seem just as shocking to note just how many people know nothing about where their milk comes from. In order for a dairy cow to produce milk it must first give birth to a calf. Female calves are raised to continue the process of milking whilst male calves, which some maintain do not make as good steak meat (as non dairy breeds they do not make particularly good eating) face ‘the chop’ so to speak. The price of a pint of milk in some cases is cheaper than bottled water, in my view too cheap considering the amount of work involved in producing it. Any increase should only go to the farmers and not the processors. Living and working our nursery which was on farm land meant passing the farm both to and from school each day and in return for free milk and eggs we were expected to help with the milking which varied from calling the cows - Coo wit, Coo wit - (which as it turns out is the international call sign for dairy cows); prepping the machines; hand milking some; bottle feeding some of the calves and taking the cows back to a new bit of fresh pasture: all done whilst consuming copious amounts of unpasteurised milk straight from the cow. One whistle from me to raise their heads from the grass and they knew what time it was and automatically headed for the milking parlour without too much of a fuss. Now I have

seen some pretty dismal-looking milking sheds in my time and there is no doubt that some could do with a bit of investment but in the current climate there remains little hope of things improving. But what was left out of the recent row and probably the cause of the row in the first place was the possible introduction of Mega Dairies. Brand spanking new and clean two-tier mega dairies popular in America housing some 4,000-8,000 head of diary cows and all undercover which some proponents have referred to as being like a ‘cow hotel’. Let me tell you for nothing that cows belong on grass (check if you agree via not in a hotel and I don’t care what its room service is like nor how many ruddy stars it has. It’s the reason that cows have so many stomachs - they can turn grass into protein whilst you and I cannot. I understand that it’s difficult to maintain grass feeding system in some places in the world when one minute its plus 50C and the next moment it’s minus 50 and it’s impossible to grow any grass at all. That’s why cattle used to be moved. Some of you may remember old TV programs such as ‘Rawhide’ and the problematic cattle drives including dealing with rustling to find new pasture. Once the railroads were introduced it was decided that to be more efficient with fewer problems we should send the cows by train to pastures new as well as to the market. Can you imagine the chaos that would cause in the already crowded and chaotic as well as complicated and expensive train system in the UK? But don’t worry there is no real need is there? We still have plenty of grass thankfully what with all the recent rain and besides which I have seen the future, and believe me it’s not all that rosy. While we were travelling in the USA we came across a Mega Dairy where two guys were in charge of 4,000 head of dairy cattle which were milked three times a day producing 100 pints (or pounds in the USA) of milk per cow per day: ask yourself if that is natural. There was not a single blade of grass to be seen for a radius of at least 10 miles. Not that any of it would have been fed to the cows if there had been anyway. We are presently working on research material for Spain and don’t make the mistake of believing that this is all to do with feeding the world and we need to be ‘intensive’ to do so because I have an alternative answer which is much faster and cheaper than you can imagine and that’s to stop chucking it away! This means everyone, you as well as the supermarkets. Simply buy what you need and only cook what you can eat and save any leftovers for tomorrow. It’s simple, saving you money, at the same time as saving the planet.

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

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Life showbiz goss Angry Charlie is laughing! IN THE early part of the year I had a whole bunch of fun bringing you regular updates on the life and times of Charlie Sheen, a man who walked out on the biggest comedy show to come out of the US in many a haircut, and how he set about rubbishing the whole set up to the point where his wheels came off big time, and it was looking like he’d never ever find them again. As you know so many of these ‘in your face’ items seem to disappear from the news in the snap of a finger, and such was the case with poor old Charlie, but he’s back! And he’s got a brand new set of very shiny wheels to boot! His new show is called ‘Anger Management’ (is that the perfect fit or what) and it started in June, ran for 10 episodes on the US cable channel FX, closed last week, and has only gone and broken all rating records and become the most-watched scripted comedy series premiere in cable history … hey hey! Charlie plays an anger management counsellor, but I guess you have to have been there to be able to do it if you know what I mean, and the good news is that a lot more episodes are planned - a lot more. FX cable executive vice president Chuck Saftler said, “Charlie Sheen and the entire cast did an amazing job in the first 10 episodes and we’ve now asked them for 90 more episodes over the next two years.” A much more sedate and organized-sounding Charlie tweeted: “Boom! Anger goes the distance - 90 more! Thanks to the fans, creator Bruce Helford, the writers, producers & crew! TeamSheen!!” Charlie Sheen is a very funny guy given the right material, so let’s hope ‘Anger Management’ hits the spot and we can all give our chuckle muscles a bit of a treat.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

A blue peter badge for Katy

I’VE MADE a lot of the celebs who fight like cat and dog for a seat on the various judging panels that are scattered all over UK and US TV right now, bringing to your attention the fact that so much of the ‘jostling for position’ that goes on is, in most cases, to do with career-boosting and the money. I brought Annie Lennox snubbing ‘The Voice’ to the page a couple of weeks back, and today it’s the turn of Katy Perry who not only said no to American Idol, but turned her back on a $15 million payday. Katy

went about the business of rejecting the offer very diplomatically by saying, “People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, but it’s not right for me yet.” Nothing offensive just … No! However the story does get a little deeper. Mariah Carey, who is already a judge on the show, is allegedly demanding she is to be the only famous diva on the show and is angling for Lenny Kravitz to get the job. See what I mean!! … All these half- baked celebrities scrubbing around in the dirt

for just one more silver dollar … it’s pathetic! Like Annie, Katy is a class act and I would have been seriously disappointed if she had said yes to this cattle market form of so-called home entertainment.

Dr Who needs some noddy SO OFTEN we hear about how hard worked famous folks are, with them stupidly not realising that they are talking to a group of people who’ve been there and done it, wi’ knobs on. This reasonably accurate statement, however, could well now need looking at in the wake of what I read last weekend about Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who, and his tale of sleepless nights. Matt told Empire magazine: “I slave on screen for 12 to 14 hours a day for ten months of the year, leaving me with insomnia. I’m not great at resting and I’m not great at sleeping,” then adding, “I think because I learn lines ’til late at night my brain’s still ticking. I lie in bed and think … ‘oh bo****ks, I can’t sleep’.” … umm. Smith went on in the interview to compare his life as the Doctor to ‘a Shakespearian tragedy’ explaining, “ Every day you’re either facing the end of the world, or the loss of the person you love most, or the invasion of the most appalling creature or alien that you can ever imagine.” Exactly Matt!! Us mere mortals would struggle with all that fire and brimstone stuff mate, so get yourself some kip my son … Doctor Who … back on the telly in the autumn.

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Life TV


7th - 13th September

FRIDAY 7th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Escape to the Country 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Cash Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 In with the Flynns 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Come Fly with Me

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Uki 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 The Large Family 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 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 Live Athletics 22:00 Gardeners’ World 22:30 Parade’s End 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Youth in Revolt

SATURDAY 8th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 World Class 14:30 Homes Under the Hammer 15:30 Bargain Hunt 16:30 Cash in the Attic 17:15 Escape to the Country 18:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:20 Formula One 19:35 Total Wipeout 20:35 Doctor Who 21:20 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:15 BBC Proms 2012 23:45 BBC News 24:05 Live at the Apollo 24:50 Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 The Slammer 10:00 12 Again 10:30 Incredible Edibles 11:00 Cop School 11:30 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 11:35 Splatalot 12:00 Prank Patrol 12:30 Diddy Movies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 The Sky at Night 13:20 Coast 13:30 The Big Circus 15:15 A Man for All Seasons 17:15 Flog It! 18:00 Wartime Farm 19:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:00 Dad’s Army 20:30 BBC Proms 2012 22:00 QI XL 22:45 The Thick of It 23:15 A Single Man 24:50 Harper

SUNDAY 9 September

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Live International Football 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 International Football Highlights 24:35 Captivity



Hero at 30,000 Feet

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 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 Elevator Girl 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 Dallas 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 The 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 Emmerdale 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 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Top Dog Model 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Knocked Up 24:40 Take Me Out

07:00 Switched 07:25 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 08:20 One Tree Hill 09:05 Rules of Engagement 09:35 Rules of Engagement 10:05 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Under Siege 24:05 Revenge



CHANNEL 4 06:30 Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 06:40 Freshly Squeezed 07:05 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 10:15 Paralympic Games 2012 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday 13:05 Paralympic Games 2012 14:00 Paralympic Games 2012 18:25 Paralympic Games 2012 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 23:30 The Last Leg with Adam Hills 24:15 Derren Brown:





06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 14:15 ITV News and Weather 14:20 Columbo 16:20 The Living Daylights 18:55 Granada News and Weather 19:10 ITV News and Weather 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 The Jonathan Ross Show 23:55 ITV News and Weather 24:10 The World Is Not Enough

06:50 The Treacle People

24:15 The Butterfly Effect

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Animal Rescue Squad 12:25 Celebrity Big Brother 14:25 Coroner Creek 16:10 Back to the Secret Garden 18:10 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:05 5 News Weekend 21:10 NCIS 22:10 CSI: Miami 23:05 NCIS 24:05 NCIS






06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:30 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:25 The Hungry Sailors 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:30 The X Factor 14:30 Murder, She Wrote 15:30 Columbo 17:30 Doc Martin 18:35 The Talent Show Story 19:30 Granada News and Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Coronation Street 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 The Scapegoat 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Premiership Rugby Union

06:40 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:20 Celebrity Wedding Planner 13:20 The Hotel Inspector 14:20 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 16:05 Daddy Day Camp 17:50 The Aristocats 19:30 5 News Weekend 19:35 The Fifth Element 22:00 Resident Evil: Extinction 23:50 The Replacement Killers

07:00 Nanny 911

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Scrubs 08:35 Scrubs 09:05 The Crush 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:15 Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:30 Rules of Engagement 13:55 Rules of Engagement 14:25 Listen 14:40 How I Met Your Mother 15:10 Ugly Betty 16:10 Charlie’s Angels 17:05 New Girl 17:35 Suburgatory 18:00 Revenge 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:05 2 Broke Girls 24:35 New Girl

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

07:00 All Star Family Fortunes 07:35 Coronation Street 10:00 Emmerdale 13:00 Take Me Out 14:10 The Cube 15:05 Holiday Showdown 16:10 Curly Sue 18:10 Beethoven’s 2nd 19:55 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 22:10 The Xtra Factor 23:10 Celebrity Juice 23:55 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

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



07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Homes Under the Hammer 14:05 Bargain Hunt 15:05 Cash in the Attic 16:00 Escape to the Country 17:00 Songs of Praise 17:35 Planet Earth Live 18:35 Formula 1 20:05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:30 Countryfile 21:30 Inspector George Gently 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 24:10 In with the Flynns 24:40 Honeymoon in Vegas


07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Roar 08:30 Deadly Art 08:45 Copycats 09:15 Paradise Cafe 09:40 Wingin’ It 10:00 12 Again 10:30 Junior Bake Off 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Great British Bake Off 13:30 Ride Lonesome 14:45 The Victors 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 My Perfect Wheelchair 19:15 Swimming with Crocodiles 20:15 Richard Hammond’s Crash Course 21:00 China on Four Wheels 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Hilary Devey’s Women at the Top 24:30 Formula 1

06:50 The Treacle People 07:00 Paralympic Games 2012 Tonight 08:00 Ironman Triathlon 08:25 British Rallycross 09:00 Will & Grace 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Paralympic Games Breakfast Show 12:30 Paralympic Games 2012 18:25 The Great British Paraorchestra 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Paralympic Games 2012 24:30 I’m Spazticus

07:45 Emmerdale 10:25 Coronation Street 13:00 Winners & Losers 13:55 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 14:55 Top Dog Model 15:55 DragonHeart 18:00 The X Factor 19:00 The Xtra Factor 20:00 Evan Almighty 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 Gladiator


7 - 13 sept 2012

Life TV

7th - 13th September

MONDAY 10th 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 14:15 Regional News and Weather 14:25 Olympics 2012 17:00 Doctors 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Panorama 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Olympics 2012 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Citizen Khan 24:05 Gavin & Stacey 24:35 The Lock Up

07:00 Childrens TV 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:25 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 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Helicopter Heroes 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 Dragons’ Den

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Paul O’Grady 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Leaving 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Hillsborough: The Search for Truth 24:35 The Gauntlet

07:20 Sali Mali 07:25 The Treacle People 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Come Dine with Me 12:30 The Renovation Game 13:30 River Cottage Bites 13:45 Channel 4 News 13:50 London 2012: Our Greatest Team Parade 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 999: What’s Your Emergency? 23:00 9/11: The Miracle Survivor 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 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 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 Pregnancy Pact 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 21:00 Frontline Police 22:00 Cowboy Builders 23:00 Lethal Weapon

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 12:35 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 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:55 The X Factor 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Hot Fuzz 24:30 Celebrity Juice

TUESDAY 11th September



07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Supernanny US 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Beaver Falls 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:30 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 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 17:30 Trade Your Way to the USA 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Trouble on the Estate 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Lock Up 24:15 Citizen Khan 24:45 On a Clear Day

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:25 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 Helicopter Heroes 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 Vikings 23:00 The Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 China on Four Wheels

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Live International Football 23:10 ITV News and Weather 23:40 Granada News and Weather 23:45 International Football Highlights 24:45 Grimefighters

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Come Dine with Me 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Undercover Boss USA 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 SuperScrimpers 14:40 The Battle of the River Plate 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 A Sister’s Secret 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 Revealed 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 CSI: Miami

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 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 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Wanted

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:50 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Supernanny US 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 iTunes Festival 2012

WEDNESDAY 12th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 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 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 17:30 12 Again 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Not Going Out 24:15 Rosh Hashanah: Science Versus Religion

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:25 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 Helicopter Heroes 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 Dead Good Job 23:00 The Boss Is Back 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 One Day in September

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Assassins

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Come Dine with Me 10:25 Come Dine with Me 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:30 Come Dine with Me 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Undercover Boss USA 14:05 SuperScrimpers 14:40 Shane 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Shameless 24:10 2 Broke Girls 24:40 New Girl

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Mio Mao 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 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 The Hollywood Mom’s Mystery 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 Emergency Bikers 22:00 Dallas 23:00 Paddy & Sally’s Excellent Gypsy Adventure 24:00 True CSI

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 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 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 Beauty and the Geek 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 Knocked Up

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Supernanny US 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 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 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Meet the Parents 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 The IT Crowd 24:35 The IT Crowd


7 - 13 sept 2012

THURSDAY 13th 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 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Marrying Mum and Dad 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 17:30 Roy 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Good Cop 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Neighbourhood Watched 24:20 A Beautiful Mind

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 The Adventures of Abney & Teal 10:15 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:25 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 Live Golf 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’s Women at the Top 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Rob Brydon Show 24:50 James May’s Things You Need to Know

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 The Corrie Years 22:00 The Bletchley Circle 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Party People

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Come Dine with Me 10:25 Come Dine with Me 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:30 Come Dine with Me 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Undercover Boss USA 14:00 Channel 4 Racing 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 The Audience 23:00 Shameless 24:05 999: What’s Your Emergency?

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Numb3rs 16:15 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ultimate Police Interceptors 21:00 World’s 22:00 Lethal Weapon 3 24:20 Dallas

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 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 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 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:45 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Top Dog Model 24:45 Hell’s Kitchen USA

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:20 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:15 Supernanny US 11:10 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 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

Crosword Solutions 672 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Artisan; 8 Erupts; 9 Aground; 10 Remote; 11 Trains; 12 Autocrat; 18 Distinct; 20 Menace; 21 Toledo; 22 Bedtime; 23 Weasel; 24 Dessert. Down: 1 Retreat; 2 Summits; 3 Static; 5 Regattas; 6 Isobar; 7 Awning; 13 Redeemer; 14 Incense; 15 Strolls; 16 Secede; 17 Cactus; 19 Trowel.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Gateway; 8 Earned; 9 Affront; 10 Outlay; 11 Uproar; 12 Vicarage; 18 Interval; 20 Regale; 21 Fondle; 22 General; 23 Pistol; 24 Feather. Down: 1 Revolve; 2 Protect; 3 Repair; 5 Affluent; 6 Errors; 7 Annual; 13 Alienate; 14 Avidity; 15 Elderly; 16 Severe; 17 Patent; 19 Exotic. Wordwheel: QUALIFIED

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 7th September at 6.30pm with Let’s Talk featuring 60’s legend Wayne Fontana. Tomorrow, Saturday 8th at 6pm, Celebrity Archive sees Simon Baldock talking to daughter of Nat King Cole and pop star in her own right Natalie Cole and on Sunday at 6pm, local band, The Voodoos are featured in San Fulgencio Fiestas 2010.

On Monday 10th at 7pm, Let’s Talk features Nick Barker, top local musician whose Pink Floyd show is in demand all over Europe. Tuesday 11th at 6.30pm sees The Wedding Show, the first of a series charting how to plan your wedding in Spain and on Wednesday at 6pm, a Let’s Talk Special features boxer Joe Egan who was once called the toughest white man in the world. Finally, at 7pm on Thursday 13th to get you geared up for this year’s event Benidorm Gay Pride 2011 features all the action from last year’s colourful festivities. 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

7 - 13 sept 2012

Life cars

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

ITV for your vehicle WE BOUGHT a new Nissan Navara, from Fancisco Marcos SA, Torrevieja, in 2006, stressing that it was to be registered as a private vehicle as we are pensioners. We paid all the relevant taxes on purchase. Recently we had an ITV through Talleres Montevehimar SA (Nissan): the truck came back to us with only one year’s ITV instead of two. The vehicle is now six years old: the last two ITVs were for two years. Why should it change now? Has the law changed again? We understood that ITVs were for two years until the vehicle was 10 years old and thereafter annual. Nissan in Los Montesenos said that although we paid the taxes our vehicle is deemed ‘commercial’, therefore, after 10 years the ITV will be due every six months. Do we have any way of checking this as it looks like we may have been missold by Nissan. On the Log Book (D4) it says Particular (Private). Can you advise please? Mr Victor Cooney. Sadly in your case, as it states in my book since the First Edition in 2004, all vehicles that can be used as


commercials up to a MAM of 3 000kg are classed as ‘commercial’ by Trafico and registered as so. This means that the ITV (MOT) is due after two years from the registration date and then from two to six years due every two years; from six to ten years every year; and after ten years every six months. Vehicles such as the Renault Express, Peugeot Partner and so on are all included in this classification. I would guess that in the past too many people in Spain were registering such vehicles

for private use and then using them as working vehicles. So your dealer is correct but I would judge that they were amiss when they sold you the vehicle by not explaining the system properly. Tip this week: Do not forget to drive your vehicle, car or motorcycle wearing suitably safe shoes. Beach sandals where the loops can foul the pedals and very high-heeled shoes (ladies?) are not allowed and attract a €100 plus fine: logical really but every year someone gets caught. Please do not let it be you.

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

Classic and historic motorcycle rally THE ‘CHAR’ Association of Classic and Historical Vehicles of Redován, in association with the Redován Town Hall, will be hosting a classic bike rally on Sunday 16th September. The rally will make its way around Vega Baja, taking in Orihuela, Arneva, Hurchillo, Bigastro and La Campaneta before returning to Redován and starts at the Plaza Miguel Hernández in the town at 9.30am with registration of the vehicles. After setting off at 11am, the cavalcade will take in the stunning countryside before entrants return to a concert by local band Batukada and a few sin alcohol beers and snacks. Last year’s event included more than 120 motorcycles and organisers hope to increase the number this year. For more information please visit or their Facebook page at The Charcoal Redován.

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Slow play: a coach’s view Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

SLOW PLAY has been a hot topic the last few weeks on the various professional tours and in RTN. Pace of play is something golfers care about a lot. Most of the suggested solutions are to time and penalize players who are out of position; difficult in amateur golf at society or club level. Many players are told: “just play faster” - an almost useless suggestion. Almost all players’ coaches come across wanting to play more efficiently as long as they still play as well or better doing it. I find on-course coaching to be the only place where you, as a player, can learn how you – in a unique way – can play with more time efficiency, without feeling rushed. The most common things I notice are: Not being ready when it’s your turn Looking for balls that are certainly lost and not played a provisional Way too complicated pre-shot routines, which are not only unnecessary but also make players mentally tired during a round Before a shot there are two things to achieve: Making a decision about the shot you are going to hit, and… Feeling the shot, taking a deep breath, imagining the ball flight The question is how much information and facts do you

need to make a good decision? Great decision makers rely heavily on instinct and they are rarely wrong if they commit to their initial feelings. I have also found that most players I coach find out that they perform a lot better by doing less. Not over-checking yardages, not over-reading greens, not over-analyzing shots, not making perfect practice swings an endless number of times. Here is how you can start finding out for yourself if you do much thinking: Play nine holes without any preparation. Meaning, no yardages, practice swings, no ‘reading’ greens, nothing. Rely on instinct what club and shot to hit, and go and do it but you don’t need to rush. If you want, take a few breaths, or clearly see the target in your mind, or feel a soft grip pressure. What happens when you do this? What happens to your game? If you are going to add something to your thinking, what is most essential for you? What is a vital ingredient for you, and what things actually don’t make much difference to your ability to play well? Great golf has a lot to do with instinct and preserving energy for when it’s needed. That means if you can spend less time and energy for each shot, it will make it a lot easier to have great focus for every shot during a round of golf and, the added bonus is that your pace of play will benefit you more than anyone else.

A good coach will be able to not only improve your swing but also the scores you produce by ensuring your brain is not so cluttered before playing a shot that you don’t know what you are doing. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 14th September 2012: Where is The Omega European Masters played? A. Switzerland B. Austria C. Germany All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th September 2012 to be entered into September’s draw, which will be made on 3rd September. The winner will be announced in RTN on 7th October 2012. WINNER FOR AUGUST: Stevie Hatt

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The RTN Club Scene THE EXCITEMENT of being part of RTN Golf Club resumes this month when we visit Bonalba to play the next round of The Lloyds Bank International League.

We have two divisions in the league and all is to play for with four rounds left to play. In the Premier Division Mick Vesey has a healthy lead at present but his continually reducing handicap means it will be harder for him to continue to dominate with his current score of 185 points. Last year’s champion Alan Gifford is in second place with 164 points and his steady play will mean he will be a threat. Bill McDonald, Mark Hampson and Barry Grinsell are all still in contention as well as we approach our Club Championship day at El Plantio in December. The Sterling Division is led by the impressive Vic Smith who is just ahead of his wife Louvain, which should make for a fun run in to the title in this division. Bill Fantom and Steve May and Allan Davies will also have a big say in the final outcome. Anyone who wants to joins us for our visit to Bonalba on 11th September can do so by emailing their names and RFEG licence numbers to September also sees the return of The RTN Open Pairs Championship at El Plantio where the winners can win a fantastic prize worth over 1,000€. There are so many good reasons to be a part of RTN Golf Club, join us and enjoy friendly yet competitive golf at the area’s best golf courses. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Always have a definite target when chipping, just trying to get the ball close will not get you focused enough. 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 Road to Wembley I know the title may be a little misleading, given that England get their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running over the next few days, but the national team have already had their fair share of column inches over the past couple months so this week’s offering

is actually focused on the Champions League draw and how I reckon the British clubs will get on (the final’s at Wembley you see). Man City once again find themselves in the “group of death” having been paired with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund. The Citizens failed to make it out of their group last year and reaching the knock-out stages will be no easier this time around. Being relatively new to the competition, they’re on a steep learning curve and although their manager and many of their players have plenty of individual Champions League experience, they

have not yet succeeded as a team on the biggest European stage. Progression will depend solely on how they fare against Ajax and Dortmund in my opinion because Madrid are more than capable of beating City home and away. Man United seem to have been handed the easiest of the eight groups and progression looks to be straightforward for them - but I seem to remember thinking that last year! The Reds are in group H with Braga, Galatasary and FC Cluj which looks a stroll in the park on paper but Fergie will be wary of complacency creeping into his players (as it did last year) so I don’t expect another embarrassing group-stage exit. Chelsea and Arsenal, meanwhile, couldn’t have asked for better groups. You’d expect Chelsea, as defending champions, to cruise past Shakhtar Donetsk, Italian champions Juventus and Nordsjaelland from Norway. The same goes for Arsenal and their group of Schalke, Olympiakos and Montpellier, who lost their star striker Olivier Giroud to the Gunners this summer. And finally, making their return to the European top table, Celtic have been drawn with Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Barcelona. The Bhoys haven’t featured in the group stage of the competition since the 2008/9 season and, given that Barcelona are in there with them, expectation is low. In fact, manager Neil Lennon has said that they may not even get a point! Well, you just never know. APOEL last year were about as good on paper as Celtic and they reached the quarter-finals. Sometimes, when there’s no pressure and no expectation, there might just be a surprise……..but there might not be any points either!? Above and beyond the group stage, it’s anybody’s guess really and the draw for knock-out stages will play a massive part. Barca and Madrid are currently the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy but the Manchester clubs will have their eyes on the final. Chelsea have invested heavily in their midfield

but their failure to replace Drogba suggests to me that they won’t be able to retain their crown. Similarly, I don’t think Arsenal have the strength in depth to reach the final but given the upheaval around the Emirates over the past couple summers, a semi-final finish would be commendable. Aside from the usual suspects, and since I do like to offer a little betting tip every now and again, I fancy Paris Saint-Germain to do well. I can’t see them winning it but they’ve spent €300million over the past 12 months so they must be worth an each-way fiver!? This Week in “The Lions”: Fri 7th Sept: Moldova v England (8.45pm) Sat 8th Sept: Scotland v Serbia (4pm) Tues 11th Sept: England v Ukraine (9pm) Scotland v Macedonia (9pm) Serbia v Wales (8.30pm)


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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

THERE CAN be no doubt that the London 2012 Paralympics must have convinced even the most hardened of cynics that athletes with a physical or intellectual impairment can produce moments of sporting history that rival those of their able bodied team mates. Certainly the 80,000 people that packed the Olympic Stadium for each session of the Paralympic athletics would seem

Jumping into the unknown

to agree, such was the level of support they gave each and every athlete who took to the stage this past fortnight. For me, the most extraordinary event I witnessed was the Men’s F11 Long Jump. F11 competitors are totally blind and rely on their coaches to give them audible cues as they hammer down the runway at top speed before taking off and landing in

the pit. Talk about total trust. You’ll realise of course that with tens of thousands of people clapping and cheering it would be impossible to achieve and so for every attempt, the stadium announcers had to urge to crowd to be completely silent. And it worked. In fact it worked for each of the 60 jumps in the competition. For the record, the event was won by Ruslan Katyshev of Ukraine who leapt out to 6 metres and 46 centimetres. You trying doing that with your eyes closed! It was without doubt, and the irony isn’t lost on me as I write these words, one of the most astonishing things that I have ever seen. SORRY TOFFEES Just a week ago, I was singing the praises of Everton and their manager David Moyes. And what do they go and do? Get stuffed by West Brom in their next game. I take full responsibility for hitting them with the ‘commentators curse’. And, just in case it works again, I plan to big-up every team and their coach immediately before they play QPR. I think we might need the help this season!

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK was the last week before the new season commences and the club held an open match on local water. Although still very muddy on the water line, overall, the venue fished well. As can be seen from the results varying methods were used, and all worked pretty well. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the whip using maggot for bleak then changing to the feeder using corn with 16.50 kilos 2nd Lenny (Excultural Attachee) Bolton fishing the feeder using pellet with 13.24 kilos 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the waggler using pellet with 11.34 kilos NOTE - Club subs have to be paid prior to the AGM on 30/09/2012 - failure to do so will mean the joining fee will have to be paid again. PLEASE NOTE - The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: Supplied by Terry Screen The 2nd round of the Winter League was fished this week on 28th August. With the water now going down it is leaving over a metre and a half of soft gungy mud making access to the water’s edge messy and quite difficult. With no wind on the water the fish were reluctant to feed,

FC Torry news

LAST SUNDAY Torry entertained near neighbours Crevillente. Torry started off in whirlwind fashion and could have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes. All they had to show was a goal from Jorge from a header. Torry won a penalty in the 20th minute but Ernesto’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved. The game became more even before Crevillente had a player sent off for a second bookable offence just before the break. Things were evened up when Rafa was sent off early in the second-half. Ernesto then put Torry 2-0 up from a dipping shot from long range. Crevillente pulled a goal back from ex-Torry player Carrasco. Crevillente then had another player dismissed with 7 minutes to go and Inarejos had another Torry penalty saved. Torry are now top of the table 2 points clear after only 2 games. Torry play away to Novelda on Sunday. Make the short trip.

PACKING DOWN ‘Living with Lions’ is the outstanding sporting documentary that charted the British Lions rugby union tour of South Africa in 1997. The early part of the film shows the players spending a serious amount of time together on team bonding exercises and socialising – just what you’d expect when players from four different countries come together for the first time. So it must be of concern to Lions supporters and their management team that, ahead of the tour to Australia next year, the Lions will only meet up one week before their opening fixture due to length of the domestic seasons. Seeing as they haven’t actually won a series since that trip to South Africa 15 years ago, it doesn’t bode well. Bearing in mind how much interest and income the Lions generate, is it really asking too much for those officials who organise the domestic competitions to get their heads together and sort out a schedule that, once every four years, gave the Lions at least a fighting chance of starting off on the right foot?

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: everyone was praying for the wind to get up and right on queue at 1.15pm the wind started to blow with a vengeance which prompted the fish to start to feed, but the weights were not great. 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 7.360kg fishing the pole using corn and the whip for bleak using maggot 2nd Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 6.280kg fishing the feeder using corn 3rd Alan (The Emperor) Roscoe with 6.100kg also fishing the feeder using corn

School’s new season

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:

ITV Orihuela RFC training back to normal AFTER LAST weeks initial start to back to training ready for the new season it is back to the Miguel University to start training at the home ground. Last week brought a bit of a shock to the system to a few of the players after the 2 month summer break, not like 2 weeks in the UK if you are lucky. The training from now on is on Tuesday and Thursday at 20.00 with the juniors coming back when they have started back at school. It will also be very interesting to see how the Spanish refs interpret the new laws as well, after seeing the pros even falling foul of them at the weekend with the 5 second rule at the ruck etc. This coming weekend we will be televising all live rugby matches for the new season at the rugby bar in Rojales, The Steakhouse, used to be Tylers Bar, Pro 12 on Friday at 20.00, Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh, followed by the 4 Nations at 12.00 on Saturday with Australia v South Africa and Aviva Premiership on Sunday at 15.30, Saints v Exeter Chiefs, so come along to the only designated rugby bar in the area and join the Costa Blanca Rugby Supporters Club as well. I am back at the Moncayo Market on Saturday’s with all of the rugby branded gear and club/international shirts etc, so see you down there as well and get your playing gear before the season starts, from 09.00 to 13.30. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish).

Young Vila player Miguel Cano in action last April

By Jack Troughton PARENTS AND guardians of youngsters planning on join La Vila Rugby Club’s school are invited to an open evening on Thursday 13th September. The youth rugby school takes in Under Six to Under 20s and it is an opportunity for adults to discuss the new season and have questions about the sport answered. Taking place at La Vila Social Club at 6.30pm, the club hopes all parents and guardians of players will be able to attend and it a warm welcome will be given to newcomers with children interested in joining the school. Anyone with questions about the meeting you can email, or call the club on 965 890 376 or 636 747 644.

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7 - 13 sept 2012 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: www. AT MICHAEL’S Thick glass table, very large with 12 hand-painted iron chairs, for a large naya. Look at: Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Large Bible from 1756 with leather cover and brass clasps. See over 600 photos on: AT MICHAEL’S Two brown original Chesterfield armchairs. Photos on: www.michaels-javea. com MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: Tlf:965-791-328.

license transfer, schools, doctors, social security.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 619 269 408 email: pammcmurchie@ ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. (Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506

FOR SALE Embroidery machine, Works perfectly 70€ Market Stall complete with table, wet dry sheet clips. 150€ Tel 965 071 778 645 445 964

STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506 SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details.

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990.

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving

PETER ZWAAN MOTOR BIKES Has in stock now: Bmw k1200 rs - 1997 Bmw r1200 c -1998 Bmw r1200 gs -2007 Harley davidson Road king - 2006 Road king classic - 2008 Heritage softail - 2003 Electra glide - 2005 ann. Honda deauville - 2006 Honda goldwing - 2002 Kawasaki vn 900 - 2008 Tel: 679 861 327 Peter zwaan motor bikes Has in stock now: Kawasaki vulcan 800 - 1996 Kawasaki vulcan 900 - 2008 Suzuki bandit 650 - 2005 Suzuki gsf 1200 - 2005 Suzuki intruder - 2006 Suzuki vl 1500 1999 Yamaha dragstar650 - 2000 Yamaha xvs 650 - 2001 Yamaha yzf 1000r - 1997 And more motorbikes Tel: 679 861 327 Costablancamotorbikes .com

ASTRA OPEL 6 years old, Full service history. ITV until 2013. Excellent condition. 86000km 6500€ Tel 638 314 183

FORD FIESTA 1.6 TREND, 5 DOOR Dec 2002, Alloys, AC, CD, FSH, Champagne, 3,950€. Frank 600726221/965687976 www. NISSAN MICRA 1 LITRE 5 door, 3 owners, 94,000kms, fully serviced, AC, CD, ABS, PAS, E windows, Super economical, ideal first car, white, 2,750€. Frank 600726221/965687976 GOING HOME? ROVER 75 2 LITRE CDTI Estate Automatic Diesel Tiptronic, High Spec Connoiseur model, 2 owners, Service history, 107,000 miles, Navigation, TV, CD changer, parking sensors, rain/light sensors, headlamp wash, panoramic sunroof, metallic silver, Cherished number plate included, full charcoal leather, MOT’ed and Taxed, 3,950€ for sale or exchange. Frank 600726221/965687976 www. PEUGEOT 206CC 1.6 CABRIOLET 2002, 2 owners, 121,000kms, Fully serviced. AC, alloys, front fogs, CD, Electric Windows/mirrors, rear boot rack, light metallic blue, 4,950€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 VOLKSWAGON BEETLE 2 LITRE, 2005 1 owner, 38,000kms, 3 door hatch, Full history, AC, CD, front fogs, yellow, 9,950€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. HONDA CR-V, 4X4 2002 2.0 LTR V-TEC SE, automatic, finished in silver. Spanish LHD. One owner from new with total main dealer history. This is in excellent all round condition and has been maintained regardless of cost. 7495€ 965 368 274 KIA PICANTO 2006, 1.1 Ltr LX petrol 5 door hatch, black. Spanish LHD One owner, with Cd player, electric windows ,only covered 9000 KLM. Excellent condition throughout. 5495€ 965 368 274 FORD FOCUS CMAX 2010, 1.6 TDCi diesel, Spanish LHD, graphite grey, extended warranty until 2015, dual zone climate control, alloy wheels, elec windows, one owner, excellent condition. 13995€ www. 965 368 274 RENAULT GRAND MODUS 2010, 1.2 ltr petrol, gun metal grey, Spanish LHD, one owner, all round electric windows, climate control, CD player 9495€ www. 965 368 274 LAIKA ECOVIP H680 MOTORHOME 2006, one owner from new, Spanish LHD, only 28000 Klm, excellent layout, high spec, 37500€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 KIA SPORTAGE CRDI, 2 LTR Auto Diesel, Tiptronic, 2005, 4X4, Spanish LHD, Jade Silver, full leather, climate control, cruise control, all round electric windows, electric sun roof, alloy wheels, FSH 9995€ www. 965 368 274 FORD PUMA 1.7 16V ZETEC (125BHP) 2000 Sports Coupe, 79,000kms, 3 owners, Fully serviced, AC, alloys, PAS, E. windows/mirrors, later shape model, Sony CD with remote, metallic silver, 3,450€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. CITROEN NEMO 1.4 HDI XTR DIESEL July 2008, 1 owner, Full Citroen history, AC, PAS, Front fogs, Electric windows/mirrors, roof rails, CD/MP3, Remote locking, Twin sliding side doors, Dark metallic grey, €8,250. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

DISCOUNTED PRICES! See our main ad on Pg 3 of RTN North edition for the address details of our 3 outlets. Or call 966 487 061 or email for details.

TOYOTA YARIS 1.3VVTI 5 door, 2005, 2 owners, 80,000kms, FSH, alloys, climate, CD etc, metallic silver, 5,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. FORD FOCUS TREND 1.6 AUTOMATIC TIPTRONIC 5 door, 2007, 2 owners, 62,000kms, Fully serviced, AC, CD, lovely condition, metallic grey, 7,250€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 RENAULT MEGANE CLASSIC 2004 spanish plates, 1.9 diesel silver 96000 km. ITV 2013 fsh. All electrics. cd player, alloy wheels 2995€ ono Benissa area Tel 646 884 011 966 497 853

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 CHEAP TYRES & DISCOUNT BRAKES In Teulada, La Nucia and Alicante offer Quality New Tyres & Brakes at HUGELY

WANTED Scrap cars, vans, lorries, plant and caravans. Turn your scrap into cash. From Valencia to Alicante. Free collection. Tel: 689-929-395 WANTED I buy any car, van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873

7 - 13 sept 2012 BLUE PILLS, JELLIES AND WEEKENDERS to improve your love life. Pay on Delivery. Local and nationwide service. or phone 680878735 ALBIR/BENIDORM Nice new friend for a excellent prostate massage. Gives lots of pleasure. 602 442 932 CABO ROIG Denise, 28 beautiful european friend. Wounderful attention to all your fantasies. (opposite Bar Med) 672 872 050 CRYSTAL 36, Horny passionate friend. Big breasts.Excellent attention for all your fantasies. Cabo Roig (Oppositte Puccini´s restaurant) 672 872 050

ENJOY EROTIC SPANKING IN YOUR OWN HOME NO FEES FOR LADIES, Torrevieja and surroundings, DAVID TORREVIEJA 24 years old, Gym Body. Very sexy and hot. Come and see for yourself. For men that really want pleasure. Call me on 678 1796 16 GAY, BI OR CURIOUS H20 sauna. Safe discret & clean. 46 Tomas Fortuno Benidorm Old Town FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE 2 Stunning Russian Girls tall,elegant discreet. Personal services available seven days Orihuela Costa or home/hotel visits if required. Tel:600 233 583. GENERIC VIAGRA AND WEEKENDERS for best service, Results and Friendly advice. Call Derek : 685 207 378 WE GET YOUR GOODS TO YOU FAST! Unbeatable shipping and handling service from the UK’s premier online adult retailer FREE Delivery on ALL UK Orders! No minimum spend - Royal Mail Super Saver Delivery is FREE! Spend over £30 - Royal Mail Tracked Delivery is FREE! Spend over £50 - Interlink Next Day UK Delivery is FREE! Delivery to Spain is only £10. £10 off your first order when you spend over £50 THOSE LITTLE GET YOU UP BLUE PILLS are now available from Tony on 638 352 129. LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address: Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068

ARE YOU MALE, FEMALE OR A COUPLE? Need some Sexy FUN? Contact me soonest. 63 year old Dom/Sub switch. Available for fun with Males, Dom and Sub and Cross Dressers, Females Dominatrix and Submissive. Couples including Same Sex Couples. “Anything Goes” Can sometimes accomodate. Home Visits no extra Charge/Low Fees. Call me now on 693-478-573 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

beach and town centre. 275€ pcm Tel 617 599 470 JALÓN MODERN APARTMENT 2 bed, furnished, terraces, H/C air-con, parking. Must see. 320€/ month 676164048 HOUSE FOR LONG TERM LET San Miguel de Salinas. Beautifully decorated house. 3 beds, English TV, Internet. Partly air conditioned 400€ per month plus bills. Tel 965 720 491 or 689 996 205 POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

PROBLEMS WITH INSECTS? Cockroaches, rats & mice. Call 620 012 999


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

3 BED APARTMENT ALTEA LA VELLA 110m squared, 3 double bedrooms - 2 with patio doors and balconies and mountain views, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, separate fully fitted kitchen, large living room with 2 patio doors onto large terrace with mountain views and open views onto orange groves, large trastero and private parking space. Central village location. 1 min walk to supermarket, bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bus stop. 2 mins to AP7 motorway. Private sale. 170,000€. Tel: 617 893 036 or email: MOBILE/PARK HOMES ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER FROM 17,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www.

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

LONG TERM LET Torrevieja 2 bedroom park home. Aircon tv dvd and washing machine. Communal pool & bar. Close to

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MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 SPANISH LINKS Removals & deliveries Spain/UK/Spain. Last jobs minute undertaken. Best prices. Tel UK 0044 (0)1209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644. EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965300-959 Mobile 0034-648-102529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email SPAIN2UK2SPAIN MAN AND VAN departing Costa Blanca twice a month. Full loads/part loads. Excellent rates. Also local removals and deliveries Tel Christine 965 571 837/ 638 261 341 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact joe on 966074576 or 650341087 or

SKYSUPPLIES Sky+HD, Humax and Freesat box`s from 60e. Sky+HD, Humax and Freesat box`s from 60e.Sky+HD repairs and Spare Remotes. Full Sky (Sports/Movies all HD) from 15e/ month. Dish`s/Install`s,LNB`s, Realignment`s, Advice and Backup. 966194013/600899096. SKY SUPPLIES Humax, Freesat and SKY+HD box`s from 60e. 1.0m dish system complete/fitted from195e. Full Sky (Sports/ Movies all HD) from 15e/month. LNB`s, Realignment, Advice and Backup. 966194013/600899096. CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097 info@

JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038 Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S&W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA

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

JACUZZI, HOT TUBS & SPAS Quaility American spas at factory prices. Also spares, filters and repairs. Used and ex display spas available. We part ex and buy spas, best prices. Established 9 years in Spain. Eurospas 650 722 905

PROSAT SPAIN SPECIAL OFFER-Small 1 metre dish Freesat system in High Definition from 299€. Satellite Installations, Repairs & Mainenance. Fully licenced and insured company and member of CBBA. Tel: 965060809 or 626744891 or email: info@prosatspain. com or visit our website www.

WANTED Jet Skis and Quad Bikes. Call 650 722 905 JACUZZI, SPA & HOT TUBS WANTED Working or not. Call 650 722 905 I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Brica-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/618165-877

RTN North Edition 673  

RTN North Edition 673