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Issue 676

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Fight for benefit justice by Jack Troughton

The winning pair

Open pairs success

RTN was delighted to host last week’s fabulous Open Pairs Competition at the El Plantio golf course near Alicante airport. The conditions were perfect and the fairways were superb. Read the full story on the centre pages.

A WORRIED pensioner is fighting to regain her disability living allowance after payments were halted “out of the blue” last month. Plucky Margaret Robinson is appealing the decision to stop the benefit she first received in 1996 and continued to claim after moving to Spain in December 2007. And she fears other people living on the Costa Blanca might lose their support they are both “rightfully due” and rely on. The 71-year-old, who lives in the Marina Alta, was judged ‘disabled for life’ after being forced to medically retire as a civil servant. The Department of Works and Pensions later notified her she would receive the payment “indefinitely”. However, the DWP’s exportability team wrote on 8th August to say she no longer qualified for the support. The letter stated: “You are no longer entitled to the disability living allowance from and including 1.12.07 because you moved permanently to Spain and no longer satisfy the residency and presence conditions in Great Britain.” Margaret said she had suffered asthma since childhood and had developed emphysema and bronchitis’s resulting in her early retirement. “We moved over here lock stock and barrel on medical grounds because we were advised the climate

would be good for my breathing,” she told RTN. “I cannot get around much and my mobility disability is rated as high. “We have not abused the system – I go to Denia every year to be assessed.” She added: “This payment makes life a little easier for me, it is £45 a week and losing it means my car will have to go and I will lose my disabled sticker too. “The pension people were well aware of our move – we contacted them when we moved in 2007 and have continued to pay. “This has come out of the blue. I just got the letter read it, and was almost in tears.” Margaret said the situation was “horrendous” and it appeared people entitled to benefits were being challenged despite remaining chronically ill – whether they were expats or still living in the UK. “If I do not win this payment back on appeal, we have already instructed a solicitor, then they will be taking away my independence – I certainly will not be able to get out on my own. “At the moment I can sit and talk or walk short distances on the flat but put under any pressure and I cannot cope.” Payments of benefits such as the Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance have long been controversial. Continued on page 3

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Minister visits Benidorm

VOLUNTEER NATIVE English speakers are needed to help teach the language in lessons being run for the third year by Calpe Town Hall.

MARK SIMMONS, the Foreign Office Minister for Consular Affairs, was in Benidorm last week to witness Britain’s ongoing love affair with Spain’s most famous resort. The politician made a whistle stop tour of the Costa Blanca and accompanied by Consul Paul Rodwell visited the town hall to discuss tourism and the British holidaymaker – and was also shown some of the most popular attractions. The Minister is pictured (third right) with Mr Rodwell chatting with Benidorm’s Major Agustin Navarro and Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor.

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by Jack troughton The free courses have proved to be highly successful through the participation of British and other nativeEnglish speakers acting as classroom helpers and are again aimed at the unemployed to improve their chances of finding work. And it is also planned to improve the English of civil servants, Spanish teachers and university students, with advanced,

intermediate and beginner’s classes. The role of the helpers is to assist students doing desk-bound practice and conversation – there is no preparation involved and no requirement to speak Spanish. “We hope to have an exchange with town hall workers in the afternoons to improve their speaking of the language when they deal the British,” said Councillor Carole Saunders.

“And there will also be more lessons for Spanish teachers so they can improve for when they are giving lessons in English.” Classes are held at the Casa de Cultura, Calpe, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings. Anyone wishing to help should contact Steven Bowles at for more details.

Continued from front page In 2007 Europe ruled the UK should pay citizens moving abroad to the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Margaret added: “I cannot understand why we cannot get our rightful benefits – we are living in the EU.” A spokesman for the DWP confirmed the Disability Living Allowance was exportable for pensioners in receipt of the payment before they left the UK. However, he described the system as “complicated and complex” and changes of circumstances needed to be reported. He promised to research the situation. “I do not know the individual case but I can only imagine from this that the team believes there has been a change in circumstances.”

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CAM accused of corporate fraud by Jack Troughton ANGRY PROPERTY victim Andrew Wilford has accused CAM Bank of attempting to disguise millions of euros worth of corporate mortgage fraud. Andrew was buying a Murcia home offplan but in 2008 discovered the bank had issued a builder’s mortgage to the developer of the Trampolin Solera complex based on an inflated valuation. The property was later sold to a third party after Andrew and his wife Kate refused to take on the indebted property – and are now fighting to reclaim the 200,000€ they have lost. Last week Andrew, from Colwyn Bay, received another letter from the bank’s customer services department saying his most recent complaint had been forwarded to the correct department. And on Wednesday in further correspondence he outlined to the bank why he held CAM as responsible as the developer for the loss of his Spanish dream home – and how he had joined “the growing list of allegations of mortgage fraud.” Andrew stated the bank builder’s loans were intended to fund construction not be granted over “the total market value” of properties – yet Trampolin Solera properties, including his own villa was almost complete when the money was advanced. PURCHASE “Just by looking at the monies advanced against the properties in question would lead any sane person to question as to whether or not the bank was mortgaging the construction or in fact purchasing the properties in question.” And he said clearly CAM failed to undertake due diligence regarding the development and its loans. He described it as: “A clear case of negligence.” Andrew said he wrote to the bank in 2008

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about his claim and advising CAM of employees “complicit” in the “fraud” yet it failed to act under its duty of care. He said he did not understand how CAM “can be so dismissive of this clear case of fraud is not just beyond the comprehension of myself but indeed everyone who has been affected by such frauds committed by the bank. “The litigation piling up against CAM with identical mortgage frauds across the Costa Blanca and doubtless elsewhere in Spain is clear evidence for the world to see of the bank’s failures.” Andrew has already complained to the Bank of Spain and is involved in legal proceedings against the bank and the developer.

25-S ends in violence

A ROWDY demonstration that included around 6,000 protesters surrounded Congress in central Madrid on Tuesday’s ’25-S’ march resulting in 35 arrests and 64 people injured, four of whom were admitted to hospital. 1,300 Police tackled demonstrators head on as the march gained momentum in the late afternoon. By early evening metal barriers were being hurled amongst the crowd and poA protestor lice resorted to the use of rubber bullets is tackled to contain the surge of protestors. 27 of those injured were police officers. by police

Helping hand over tax JAVEA COUNCIL plans to help residents claim a rebate for after years of overpayment of the property tax IBI after values soared illegally in 2006. The ‘rates’ shot up at the height of the property boom and people paid the inflated tax until last year – when Supreme Court ruled they were wrongly inflated. As a result property owners will be able to download a form from the council website or can be collected from the town hall’s public service desk at Avenida Amanecer 2, from 8th October. The claims will be considered by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration – however, if rejected the town hall has committed help in fighting overturning the decision. Javea itself cannot afford to make rebates without raising taxes but believes the money should come from central government – and has taken legal advice on the subject. The tax for 2012 will be collected from 1st October and will reduced by around half after being based on more realistic 1995 values. Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Finance Oscar Anton is holding a public meeting in English to explain the situation on Tuesday 2nd October at 6pm in the /casa De Cultura.

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In the frame

Fun on the frame

by Jack Troughton EXCITED YOUNGSTERS living at the Preventorio in Gandia helped finish an international community project that has provided them with a huge climbing frame. The children, who are cared for by a handful of nuns and volunteers, performed the final preparation – filling the ball pool with hundreds of highly coloured balls. The official handover took place at the home last week and once declared open, the kids were busy having fun on the five cubic metre climbing frame installed in the Preventorio’s gym. Once housed in the Children’s Club in Javea Old Town, the equipment was to have been dismantled for storage. However, Javea International Baptist Church, the new tenants of the building believed it would be better used at Gandia – where it would provide development skills for the youngsters – and a lot of fun. The community effort started with Bay Radio – the station provides all year round support for home – agreed to provide the funds to buy the climbing frame. The Javea-based station’s listeners donated generously and the target was quickly reached. JIBC and the El Faro Spanish Baptist Church provided groups of willing volunteers to dismantle move and re-assemble the heavy equipment under the watchful eye of Arturo Haba, a local Spanish businessman who organised the labour force, and Juan Carlos of

Techni-homes who provided the transport. Lorraine Sutherland, of JIBC, said everyone involved had gathered for the official presentation. “Once the children had poured the last of the hundreds of coloured balls into the ball pool they were sliding into them, running, jumping, climbing, and enjoying a wonderful time of freedom within a safe environment. “Everyone agreed that it truly was an effort that was more than worthwhile and the children would get years of use and lots of fun from the climbing frame. “This was an example of the true community spirit in Javea with everyone working together to help disadvantaged youngsters.” Bay Radio’s funding of the home continues all year helping provide heating, emergency funds, and many other items needed by children aged between two and 14. Anyone wishing to contribute can find details at the station’s website or email – or simply pop into the studios in Javea and Mojacar. The El Faro church is situated in Calle Genova 31 (bajo), Javea and Pastor Fernando Torres can be contacted on 692 248 755. And JIBC has now settled into it new home at the Church Centre, Calle Favara, Javea Old Town. Pastor Peter Hansford takes Sunday Service at 10.30am. For more information visit or call 96 579 5847.

Protests over school transport falls on deaf ears THE MINISTRY of Education has turned a deaf ear to students’ and parents’ protests over the abolition of school transport in the Marina Baixa, with no solution in sight after four days of protests.

The scene in Polop on Tuesday

In Polop on Tuesday 300 children accompanied by their parents took part in a march from Font dels Xorros to San Roque School in a plea to have the school bus facility returned. In La Nucia parents have taken to the roads in an appeal for the Education Department to re-think the elimination of nine school buses, while their kids continue a walk to school that includes stretches of dangerous roads with multiple bends and vehicles travelling at high speed. Despite more than 800 families in the Marina Baixa being affected by cuts in school transportation the authorities concerned obstinately refuse to comment or even answer the phone to enquiries.

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Does this article relate to you? YOU HAVE probably seen recent adverts stating the following:


Jennifer Cunningham

‘Are you confused about the changeover of your private health insurance to another provider? We can help by offering extra special conditions for an easy transfer, similar terms and conditions and a more comprehensive medical directory of Englishspeaking doctors’. Yes this is actually happening, with a national company being taken over by a very large Spanish multinational one, at present with no special expats division. This will mean that most of the Englishspeaking doctors will disappear and you will discover that there will be a far smaller local medical directory. This particular company does not have English speaking personnel - therefore unless you speak Spanish you may find great difficulty when you need to contact them at their head office in Madrid: all their paperwork is in Spanish and to be honest, they will have absolutely no experience within the expat market. Due to the policies being in Spanish, many clients will have no idea of the cover they have or rather don’t have, or the specific conditions of their policy. Should you or your partner become ill, this is obviously a very stressful time and my company appreciates this fact and that is why I personally employ a full time administrator. Mandy is bi lingual with her first language being English and she fully understands how difficult it can sometimes be living in Spain and how people need to have reassurance and guidance when they are worried about their health. She personally will handle appointments for you and any translations

that you require and won’t leave you to face an illness on your own. Therefore I was pleased when our medical health provider was able to offer a solution to be able to allay any fears that you may have of your uncertain future with your current health provider or the takeover. As a company I have worked with Asssa for many years and find their understanding of the different requirements of the expat market is first class and we have a very large portfolio of Asssa clients. I know they appreciate the extra mile that Mandy always goes for them. I am therefore delighted that after many discussions, Asssa have given my company a wonderful alternative which any of the Jennifer Cunningham Offices can assist you with. This has been especially designed for clients wishing to have an alternative to the large multinational company they are automatically being transferred to. As an expat myself, this would personally make me feel very uncomfortable, but with Asssa’s philosophy, which is to ensure complete transparency, you will know exactly what the cover on your policy is. Some of the very specific differences to all other policies include ‘The Age you Join is The Age you Stay’ - how wonderful not to be penalised for ageing, which unfortunately happens to all of us, and also you have ‘Guaranteed for Life’. This means that should you have a serious illness, the policy will not be cancelled for cost, and should your illness return full cover remains in place and this is in bold letters on all of the brochures and propaganda. As I always

advise, the written word is paramount: people may promise you the earth, but unless it’s in writing be very careful. Unfortunately, the expectations of the national company were too great and they under-estimated the ageing population in the expat market and their outgoing costs became prohibitive causing their takeover by a larger company. Asssa are very mindful of this situation occurring and are therefore very careful not to over extend, enabling them to continue to grow with complete security. Their medical directory is very impressive, with as many as possible of the doctors and hospitals being able to communicate with you in your own language and alternatively having translators provided, for your convenience. The process of the transfer via my offices is very straight forward and the policy you will have from Asssa will be very similar to your existing one, and it will just continue on, but with local offices to assist. The health of you and your family is vitally important, especially in a different country to your own. Please may I suggest that you don’t just leave it to chance but try and discover for yourselves what is going on? The fact that you may not have heard from your existing company does not mean that it is not happening - you will either receive a letter in Spanish or you will be automatically transferred on 1st January 2013 - I therefore suggest that you contact Mandy on 96 646 1690 for more information.

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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Movistar signals misery

FRUSTRATED MEDICAL centre professionals are forced to stand out in the street to talk to patients on the surgery’s three mobile ‘phones. by Jack Troughton The Family Medical Centre in Albir has been unable to get a signal on the Movistar contracted equipment since the end of August – and one of the handsets is the crucial 24/7 ‘emergency doctor’ number for patients to call. This week Dawn, the centre’s midwife, told RTN: “On 31st August it rained – I don’t know whether it was a coincidence or not – but we have been unable to get a Movistar signal since on the mobiles. “We have to stand out in the street to make calls to patients about blood tests and test results and we are not receiving any calls at all. We don’t get a signal at all, it’s really bad, you get nothing. “When you dial inside the surgery you get a ‘call not allowed’ message. This area is simply the worst.” The problem appears to be a fallen Movistar mast in neighbouring Altea. Dawn added: “It must still be down – all we are told by the company is ‘we are working on it’.

FRUSTRATING “It is very frustrating. You expect something could take a few days for things to get sorted – certainly I thought on the Friday it would be working by Monday but it’s been going on now for weeks and weeks!” She said an added problem was the centre’s alarm – because of the lack of signal, it made it appear the alarm was going off all the time. “In the end the alarm company had to change it to Vodafone.” The signal problem has also affected the next door business in Avenida D’Albir, Claire’s Hair Beauty and Nails. It has suffered the same problems with the alarm system but worse, the wireless credit card machine is Movistar equipment. Owner Claire Roscoe said: “It has been an absolute nightmare; we have to go outside to make a transaction.” A spokesman for Movistar said it was hoped a solution would be found soon but Dawn is not confident. “We are worried we will be left like this now!”

Resourceful travel company offers cheap holidays A COSTA Blanca travel wholesaler, Travel Hispania, has signed an agreement with more than 50 hotels in Benidorm to launch a range of low cost holidays aimed at filling the gap in the market left by recent cuts in ‘Imserso’ holidays popular with pensioners. Travellers may choose from stays of seven or 14 days and stay in hotels categorised from one to four stars: prices range from 386€ per person for a stay of 14 nights in a Four Star hotel with Full Board to 147€ per person for one week in a One Star hotel. There is also an opportunity to spend seven or 14 nights in a holiday apartment for between 96€ and 182€. For more information visit

Dawn makes a call

Eco-Altea ‘Humanizing the Company’ ON THE weekend of 6th and 7th October Eco-Altea’s largest ever gathering of companies concerned with ecological issues will hopefully attract more than 10,000 visitors, not only from within the area but throughout the Valencian community and the rest of Spain. This year with the title of ‘Humanizing the Company’ the focus is on highlighting change and encouraging the community to work together rather than be simply a spectator, with over 90 craft stalls, food and organic products and more than 100 free activities for all ages, next to Palau and the Faculty of Fine Arts. Workshops and activities relate to all aspects of ecological life: social; creative; permaculture; organic farming; sustainable projects; health; education; time banks and social currencies; traditional crafts; environmental; clean energy... Further details may be found by visiting or call 628 383 318.

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IS IT just me or has anyone else noticed how the eggs in Spain are always cracked. It doesn’t matter how carefully I check the box at the supermarkets for any “leakage” or how delicately they are journeyed back from the supermarket to my kitchen, when I come to open the new box there is always at least one cracked and spilling its contents on to its adjacent buddies. Only last week I carried out my routine check of egg boxes, discarding at least two which had signs of soggy bottoms and selected what I thought was a pristine, crack free selection. I proceeded to take them home, gently and without incident, only to find when I opened the aforementioned box that one had cracked. Normal as this is, what disgusted me on this occasion is that the egg had obviously cracked some time ago and its contents had not only spilled and dried on the other eggs but over time had resulted in a green, furry, rancid mould to cover the bottoms of its neighbours. So foul and disturbing was the smell and sight, the whole box of 12 eggs had to be discarded, leaving me without my desired omelette for dinner and opting for the reliable and comforting cheese on toast. One last point on this subject is also the cost of eggs and how they have risen in price over the last few months, combined with the increase in broken eggs means the once economical dietary option is now becoming a costly choice. Mrs C.H. Icken


DEAR NOEL, I would like to put myself forward for the forthcoming competition on 9th October at Alicante. I was delighted to be paired with Martin Collins yesterday as we seemed to dovetail quite well in our round of golf. It was with great delight that we learned that we had won the RTN Open Pairs Trophy. Our prize was the weekend for four at the El Plantio Golf Hotel and we are looking at the possibility of using the voucher very soon. I was very impressed with the President of El Plantio’s offer to give all the players who took part yesterday to a free round of golf. Thank you for your efforts and those of Lloyds Bank International in making yesterday a very enjoyable day. The bonus was winning, but it was enjoyable even before that. Jeff Wiszniewski

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DO ANY of your readers know where dialysis for my daughter through the National Health Service may be provided during her next holiday in Spain? My holiday home is in Callosa de Segura. If possible I would appreciate some information on available treatment in the surrounding areas of this region of the Valencia province. Mary Ellen Bailey

Dreams do come true MY FAMILY and I would like to thank ALL those involved in Grant a Wish for doing so much for us. On Friday 30th August, Jody rang me to ask for some more details. A short time later she called again to say that we had been chosen. The children would receive nice presents and we were going to have a fun day at Terra Natura and Terra Agua and to top it all, my daughter would get her school books. As you can imagine we were over the moon. On Saturday, Jody phoned again - this call made me cry. I did not know that Celia from Guardian Angels had also nominated me. Jody had returned to her office and managed to raise the money to finish paying for my husband’s ashes. I am

unable to explain the emotions that went through me, or my family, at that moment. On Monday, Dawn, the editor of RTN, kindly took me to collect the school books. On Wednesday, Jody came over and took us to Terra Natura and Terra Agua where we were treated like VIPs and went behind the scenes. It was amazing to be that close to the animals and to feed them! After lunch we went down to the water park and had loads of fun and when we were ready, Jody took us home. We also were given annual passes and tickets to Terra Mitica. The following day, Jody kindly came with me to collect my husband John’s ashes - exactly one year from the day of the funeral. Jody is

an amazing person and has given me so much support. Once again we would like to thank EVERYONE involved in granting these wishes and we mustn’t forget Jack Troughton, the reporter for handling the interview so well. Let us all now help Grant a Wish make more wishes come true - the next big event is a Fun Day being held in Teulada on 7th October. Be there - it is going to be a great event! Nicola Dunsford-Evans (James and Phoenix) Editors note: Nominations are now being accepted for the Christmas prize. Email or see their advert on page4.

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Cut off because others didn’t pay their bill MORE THAN a hundred residents of the Arabi Park apartment block in L’Alfas del Pi were furious this week when Iberdrola cut off the electric supply to 132 apartments following non-payment by just 20 defaulters.

Tempers flare as angry residents confront defaulters

by Jan Gamm The block was built some 30 years ago and shares a communal meter as individual meters would have been too expensive: domestic counters are installed on each floor. Some of the bills outstanding range from 6,000€ to 9,000€ which accumulated over months and years of delay before the debtors could be prosecuted. The community of residents have paid some of the charges to avoid being cut off but now cannot keep up with the payments. Some of the homes cut off are occupied by elderly residents and also young children. Iberdrola refused to speak to RTN on the subject.

Community unites to save its train service RESIDENTS, UNIONS, businessmen and local traders have united in an effort to save the train line from Xativa to Alcoy, currently under threat of closure. The community contends that the railway is vital to the development and structuring of the central regions of Valencia and that its disappearance would be a serious setback for the territory despite revenue from its 154,000 passengers per year barely covering 20% of the operation costs. Campaigners want to not only save the line but also have existing facilities upgraded and the line extended to Alicante or Villena.



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Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Don’t fret about the flight: think about the destination WITH MORE than 20% twenty per cent of adults said to suffer with aerophobia- the fear of flying- the phobia is common.

And in an age threatened by rowdy passengers, terrorists and hijackings, is it any wonder? The human mind tends to work on the ‘What if?’ principle. What if on the day I’m flying, a passenger suddenly jumps out of his seat and threatens to take control of the plane? As highly unlikely as it might be, that is just what a phobia is: irrational. And the fear of flying encompasses other anxieties: For however long the duration of your flight is, you cannot smoke. Only a smoker can describe the consuming panic which can set in at the prospect of a prolonged length of time without a cigarette. And a 20-year, 30 cigarette-a-day habit costing upwards of 50,000€ also costs you your health, with more than 120,000 lives are lost per year in the UK because of smoking – 1/3 of cancer deaths stem from the habit. Are you ready to be free from the addiction? In the past you might have failed having tried false cigarettes; patches; nicotine sprays; gum… they don’t work because you’re simply switching the habit. Fast Track Hypnosis is effectively the ‘mind detective’ that seeks the root cause of your addiction and solves it, leaving you free to lead your life without a filthy habit dogging your steps. And with the Fast Track Stop Smoking session, you could be leading that new life within thirty minutes! It

works quickly because of my renowned Fast Track Hypnosis technique. Fast doesn’t mean ‘substandard’: it means ‘condensed’ - all of the traditional techniques combined with modern technology and new procedures, changing the way the world views hypnotherapy. WEIGHT PROBLEMS In the age of cheap travel, cuts are being made everywhere by airlines and one area where this is literally being felt is in the size of the seats which have dramatically decreased in size - for those of us with a weight problem this can be severely embarrassing and uncomfortable. In extenuating circumstances, the companies actually demand that two seats be purchased, dampening self-esteem and confidence - it is also an exercise in humiliation, made worse by long haul flights. There is nothing worse than being overweight and hating your appearance. Unfortunately, sugar is as potent a chemical as nicotine and eating can become an addiction. Fast Track Hypnosis can transform the way you view food within your mind. Like the Stop Smoking session, the Weight Loss session also takes just thirty minutes and works by changing your perception and your relationship with food. The Fast Track Weight Control Session

breaks the triggered tendencies to reach for unhealthy food and stops you in your tracks. By forming a new relationship with food and junk food, you’ll find it remarkably easy to lose weight. These patterns were created during formative years and they can be very difficult to break but Fast Track Hypnosis digs deep to resolve harmful issues. Suggestion therapy changes your attitude to food and also activity: you’ll cease snubbing salads and will fancy hopping into your trainers to pop out for a quick jog! If you’re afraid of flying because you have a genuine phobia a more in-depth treatment is necessary but with the remarkable precision of Fast Track Hypnosis it still only takes four sessions to turn over a brand new leaf. Unlike traditional hypnotherapy, which can take upwards of twelve sessions or more, Fast Track Hypnosis works speedily. Don’t wait for New Year to make a New Years’ Resolution! Do it now! Make that change now and by the time New Year comes around you’ll be flying as though you were born to it, have stopped smoking and will have lost a hefty amount of weight! If you’d like more information about the above, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408: Alternatively, read some of the testimonials at

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

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Room 101 Spain: By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

Little Britain ONCE AGAIN I am writing the column ‘on the road’ but this time no cats or dogs involved - just the Fat Boy and me: so two Fat Boys then! Am currently riding the Harley back to the UK and after 540 miles on Day 1 I am checked into the hotel at the Puerto de Barcelona Services. At 53€ including secure parking for the bike it is excellent value - highly recommended. 540 miles and 10 hours in the saddle gives you lots of time to think, and my mind has been drifting back to all the ideas we had about living in Spain before we moved out. Using the Harley to explore Spain was high on the list, as was embracing the Spanish way of life. In fact if I were to list the Top 10 expectations/ideas/hopes not one would include anything remotely English.

To be clear I am not one that left the UK because it was going to the dogs, or because I didn’t like it. My reason, simply, was that I felt the balance between how hard you had to work compared to what you got for your money was disproportionate, bearing in mind we were Surrey-based. I just wanted to break free of the treadmill and focus more on the things that were important to me, or to be more accurate to find something that was important to me. We have been fortunate to achieve that with the ALStrays project and with our own cats, but riding up through Spain, stopping for coffees, tapas and an end-of-day beer I was reminded of just how little of my time is really spent in a Spanish environment. I have only myself to blame but I do

‘English’ done on a shoestring here in Spain is little like the original

reckon that the proliferation of English style establishments have contributed. When we first moved over there wasn’t an ‘English Bar’ or shop for miles, and with respect to those that have opened it was, for me, better that way. The irony is that with two trips back to the UK each month I have found that I have really enjoyed my old local pub from school days, and meeting up with

old friends. ‘English’ done well is hard to beat; ‘English’ done on a shoestring here in Spain is little like the original. So 450 miles into the ride the decision was made: Room 101 Spain this week, and for the last time, is Little Britain as I am going to take a sabbatical from ‘all things English’ and revisit the reason we moved to live in Spain and make sure I make the most of the opportunity.

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

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RTN GOLF Club in association with Lloyds Bank International in Spain and Gandia Tours are excited to offer two fabulous half board excursions to two fabulous four star Golf and Hotel Resorts. The excursions, which include transport to and from the Costa Blanca and green fees, are on a half board basis and both courses have an enviable reputation for their excellent design and condition. YOUR CHOICE The first takes place between the 17th and 20th October at the Almerimar Golf Resort in Almeria; the layout of which was conceived by the legendary South African, Gary Player, in conjunction with Ron Kirby, and is an outstanding resort course with wide fairways bordered by amazing palm trees. The layout is punctuated by a number of dangerous but beautiful water hazards and as is the case with every good modern resort course, Almerimar has a good variety of tees, to ensure that there is a suitable challenge for every visitor. PERFECT

Both hotels are located in fantastic destinations for both leisure and golf travellers so if you are a golf widow, you can still go along and enjoy the facilities, whilst your other half is on the course.

Parador de Golf course in Malaga

The hotels have swimming pools and sun terraces which are the perfect place for soaking up the sun and for those feeling more active, the resorts also have well-equipped gyms, tennis and squash facilities. There are spa facilities to add extra relaxation to your break or to take away all the aches and pains from a day’s golf.

COSTA DEL SOL The second excursion takes place between the 20th and 26th October at the Hotel Royale Al Andalus in Costa del Sol. This excursion is six days long and includes two green fees at the impressive Parador de Golf course in Malaga, one green fee at the prestigious Guadalorze golf course and one green fee at the excellent Torrequebrada. Again, transport is included and if your non-playing loved one would like to accompany you but not play golf, he or she can take advantage of all the hotel’s wonderful facilities. BOOK NOW!

Almerimar Golf Resort

Both excursions are available for amazing prices. The Almeria trip is just 270€ for the golfer and only 165€ for any golfing widows or companions that would rather chill and relax than play golf. And the Costa del Sol trip is available for just 475€ and 290€ for the non golfer. So what are you waiting for? Get booking now! For more information, have a look at the advert on page 40 of this week’s RTN or call Gandia Tours on 966 106 872 (MonFri 9.30am-1.30pm or 4pm -7.30pm)


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Wet,wet,wet: the sequel

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

DID YOU know that on Monday, some parts of Britain experienced the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in 24 hours? Yup, we did and we had 70mph winds that caused disruption and lengthy delays to rail services in the South West, the Midlands, Northern England and Wales. But being the stoical nation that we are we weren’t down hearted. I don’t know if there is any connection but one of the comedians at The Apollo was doing a Saturday night skit on the political party conference season; and she reckoned that what we needed was a lot of rain to dampen the hot air of “bullsh**ing politicians”. Well, we’ve certainly had it! Tuesday morning the ITV weatherman told us that “Some areas saw up to 50mm of rain up to 18:00 BST, and a further 25mm to midnight, with 5mm falling every hour in many areas.” Over 200 homes have been flooded and train services disrupted as heavy rain continues across parts of the UK. About 80 areas in England and Wales are being warned to expect flooding, with northern England the worst affected. “Some areas could see 50mm (2in) of rain - an average fortnight’s worth - by the day’s end,” the Met Office reported. David Jordan, director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: “Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. He added, “We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding in their area, sign up to receive free flood warnings and stay away from dangerous flood water.” Well Dave, I didn’t take that advice and look where I ended up; the wrong side of a flooded underpass - I had to walk an extra three miles to get home. So how bad is it over here? Here is a quick round up from the BBC: “In England, the Environment

Agency has issued 82 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected - for the Midlands, the North East and North West.” Let me tell you, dear reader, it’s flippin damp in Tamworth today – our two rivers have decided to do a spot of river twinning. The River Anker and the River Tame have now become a single waterway which we’ll call the Tamker or Ankame or any other combination of the merged river names that you may care to invent. Back to the BBC, for our round Britain round-up: “In Scotland, there are 10 flood warnings, mostly for the Borders, while in Northern Ireland there is no flood warning system but the Met Office has warned of persistent rain and gales.” My La Nucia neighbours, Dave and Sheenagh, are probably worrying about their homeland. However, according to the Beeb, “there is one flood alert in place for Wales.” Hmmm, looks like Wales isn’t getting it too bad, eh? But the BBC did add that “there are 150 less serious flood alerts - indicating flooding is possible - for many parts of England and Wales.” I do worry about those sort of through-away expressions that carry the ambiguous ‘less serious’ connotations. They used it in East Sussex back in 2000 and a day later my town, Lewes was doing an impression of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, or in this case under the river… And I’m old enough to remember Michael Fish’s ‘not serious’ assertion that there’ll be no hurricane. So as Tuesday ends we here in Blighty will go to bed with the news that the “Met Office has issued amber severe weather warnings (i.e. a warning to be prepared for severe weather) in the East Midlands; north-east England; north-west England; Wales; West

Midlands; and Yorkshire and Humber.” Now, just in case you do not live in any of the above areas a helpful little coda was also added: “Less severe yellow warnings (indicating that people should be aware) are in place for much of the rest of the UK.” If you had gone on-line Tuesday night and looked at the flood alert map, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere ‘in the rest of the UK’ that actually didn’t have a warning of some colour! Watts in Britain, if it’s Friday we made it through the rest of the week okay...


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Heading for Hollywood MEMBERS OF Hollywood’s elite A List were out on location and busy filming a new blockbuster on the Costa Blanca this week. by Jack Troughton A star was born at Monte Pego as a luxury villa played a key role in ‘The Counselor’ starring Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, her real life husband Javier Bardem, and Michael Fassbender. And a small army of technicians and extras descended on the Marina Alta urbanisation to film scenes at the palatial home. A convoy of mini buses ferried crew and actors up the steep mountainside from the car park – the tarmac covered by lorries and trailers as it was turned into Tinsel Town for the three days of filming. Despite the American spelling of the title, The Counselor is directed by Englishman Ridley Scott, known for his ground-breaking films such as Alien, Blade Runner, gladiator,

American Gangster and the most recent version of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe. The film, due to be released next year, is about a lawyer, played by Fassbender, who, looking to make some easy money enters the seedy world of drug taking but soon finds himself over his head. LONDON Brad Pitt – who was given his first major role by Ridley Scott in Thelma and Louise – is said to relish another part as a ‘bad guy’ and with his co-stars has already been filming in East London and Alicante’s City of Light studios. RTN briefly visited the set but was politely asked to leave by security men. They quickly pulled up the drawbridge – closing the electric gates of the villa. The building itself is very

Synchronised swimming team slam coach in letter to press A GROUP of swimmers, part of the Olympic Bronze medal-winning Spanish Synchronised Swimming Team, sent an open letter to the press criticising the behaviour of former Coach Anna Tarrés and outlining the real reasons for the termination of her contract by the president of the Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena. The statement alleges a number of abuses on the part of Tarrés including her making such statements as: “This is a dictatorship Anna and I am the dictator” and “I cannot deface the Tarrés team with you as you are so fat.”

Monte Pego’s trailer city

private and at the end of a long cul-de-sac. However, residents of Monte Pego seem to have taken things in their stride – even though at times traffic snarled up as they tried to enter and leave the urbanisation. One said: “I am absolutely amazed this was all kept a secret for so

long. No one knew anything about it until the lorries started arriving on Monday. “The first filming was at sunrise on Tuesday morning and the extras arrived at 5am. Obviously everyone finds the whole thing very exciting and hopes to spot a star.”

Lighting up the Basilica

GAUDI’S MAGNIFICENT Basilica Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, still to be completed after 130 years’ building, was bathed in light last Friday as part of the Merce Festival. The ‘Montreal Signe Ode a la Vie’ or Ode to Life light show by Canadian company ‘Moment Factory’ lit up the church, highlighting the exquisite detail of the city’s iconic symbol. When Gaudi died in 1926 the church was less than a quarter finished, reliant on private donations. It was interrupted by the Spanish Civil Photos War and construction resumed in the 1950s. Completion in 2026 is to by AP coincide with the centennial of Gaudi’s death.

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HAH chill out at birthday party by Patricia Thompson TO CELEBRATE their 2nd birthday party, HAH volunteers and friends got together on the beach to celebrate in the sea and the sun. A few games were played, and as the wine flowed, these got even sillier! Sack races, three legged races and even an obstacle course were ‘enjoyed’ by some, much to the amusement of the others and onlookers, who all fell about laughing at some of the antics. A ‘Jacobs Table’ where people bring a dish to share, groaned under the weight of the food and was actually enough to feed an army such was the quantity and choice. This was just a chill out day, not a fund raising day, for the volunteers who work so hard all year, and have helped to make HAH the success it is today.

IV Festival Circ Altea THE FESTIVAL Circ Altea is to take place 6th and 7th October in Altea, bringing contemporary circus, theatre and music with a special and different leisure alternative: the best of contemporary circus entertainment. More than 15 artistic companies from Argentina, Italy, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Córdoba o Burgos bring two days of uninterrupted enjoyment with air acrobatics, balances, juggling, contortion, clowns… All outdoor shows are free and for audiences of all ages. The emblematic Gran Gala Circ Altea will take place on Sunday, the 7th October at 17:00, in the Palau de les Arts of Altea. One unique 90 minutes show, as a compilation of the best of the artists of this year’s program. In order to cover the expenses of the artists and the staff of Circ Altea, this year the Festival has launched a project in Verkami, a crowdfunding platform to support creative projects. In exchange, patrons and sponsors will get exclusive rewards which are not for sale in any other way: VIP seats for the Gran Gala Circ Altea; Hotel stays and t-shirts and badges of the festival. More information is available at: projects/2965-iv-festivalcirc-altea/lang/en The updated program and more information can be found at You can also follow Circ Altea’s activities at www.facebook. com/circaltea. For videos, check watch?v=fIRWCQOAo5g.

Three legged race


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Toni Sanchis wins Photo Contest by Patricia Thompson THE PHOTO competition’s 25 best photographs are part of an exhibition that opened Saturday 22nd September at the CC Portal de la Marina, Ondara. They were submitted to the Photo Competition launched to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Montgo Natural Park. The opening of the exhibition served to publicise not only the park, but also the winner of the contest, Toni Sanchis (pictured Centre), and the winners of second and third prize, Luis Ignacio Carrasco and Pedro José Benlloch, respectively. The opening at the shopping centre saw representatives of the contests organisers, chaired by Oscar Pastor (left), manager of CC Portal de la Marina; territorial

director of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Elisa Diaz and also from the Montgo Natural Park, Carlos Linares. They were joined by President of Xàbia Photographic Association and mayors and councilors of Denia, Javea, Gata, and EATIM Pedreguer La Xara and Jesus Pobre. Competition winners were awarded prizes up to 200€, as well as photographic equipment, and a night Tony in a prestigious hotel. In total, the competition received Sanchis 127 pictures from 18 authors, divided into four themes: (centre) landscape, flora, fauna and traditional culture. with other The photo exhibition will remain on the top floor of winners the CC Portal de la Marina until 17th October.



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Ducks raced for Dayron

The Lions sold more than 1500 ducks for the event

by Louise Clarke THE FIRST annual duck race organised by the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club and sponsored by Talleres Yogesh of Almoradi, and The TV Choice Magazine, was held last Sunday at the Paraje Natural Soto del Molino in Formentera Del Segura. The Lions had for many years planned a Duck race but could never guarantee a river to be flowing after a long hot summer. However a perfect location in Formentera was found in El Paraje. Around three hundred people came along to witness the event and what a great time they had. There was four hours of splendid entertainment with Pete Hull performing music to suit all tastes. The TKO Roadshow livened up the afternoon with a great mixture of music that suited both the TKO Gold and TKO FM families, the Lions greatly appreciated the attendance of Dave Knights, Darren James and Barry Newlove and wish them all every success for the future.

To round off the barbecue meal, Costa Cones were on hand with the only ice cream van on the Costa Blanca, much to the excitement and pleasure of the crowd. More than 1500 tickets were sold for the duck race before it even started which was due to the great work done by the Lions and a few friends including Dave Goben and Roger Troutman. GOOD CHASE

The excellent JB Brass, under the direction of Ian Tinsley, performed for the throng and once again proved why they are the best brass band outside of Yorkshire. The barbecue was a huge attraction and Extinguished Firefighter, Dave Graham and his wife Chris worked tirelessly alongside Lions to ensure that there would be no need to call out the Bomberos.

The race started at 4pm on the dot and some of the better trained ducks moved off smartly and set the pace, followed closely by a closing pack of around 50 ducks tailgating using the slipstream to their advantage. As the front runners approached the finishing line duck number 95 was well ahead finishing in first place, followed by 1149 and 775, however 1149 decided to head for the reeds allowing 775 to finish in second place eight duck lengths ahead of 1149. The following pack all put up a good chase but too late to finish in the winners enclosure. The purpose of the Duck Race was to assist young Dayron Blanc and help towards his treatment and therapy which will hopefully at some time in the near future improve his quality of life. Lion President, Janette Bennett, confirmed to RTN that more than 3500€ was raised for Dayron as a result of the event and would like to thank everyone involved for their support.

By Jack Troughton LABOUR INTERNATIONAL’S continued support for the Spanish Republican cause and the role of the International Brigades during the Civil War was marked by a special presentation at a recent lunch. At a Costa Blanca Branch lunch at Casa Pinet, Taberna, members were presented with a plaque and an inscribed Republican flag by Vicente Pedrero, of the Forum for the Historical Memory of Spain. The owner of the restaurant Geronimo Pinet, a staunch Republican himself, had tipped off the forum about the branch’s support for the ideals of the cause. Pictured is Mr Pedrero (left) presenting branch member Kevin Bruton – who also

interpreted for the visitor – with the plaque. The next branch meeting is at L’Ancora Tennis Club, Javea, on Tuesday 9th October at 2.30pm. All Labour supporters are welcome.


Just desserts


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Marking the charity scorecard

Fiesta Crafts Charity Swap Shop FIESTA CRAFTS of Javea is launching a brand new charity fundraiser on 13th October.

WHAT IS THE CHARITY SWAP SHOP? The Swap shop is a charity donation exchange programme: the idea is for people to donate second hand items, unwanted gifts, non perishable food and handcrafted items and in return be rewarded with coupons and discount vouchers from local businesses. The donated items will be then be sold in a monthly table top sale and all proceeds from the sale given to Charity. The food will be donated directly to the Mosaic drop in a box. WHO BENEFITS FROM THE SWAP SHOP? The aim of the Swap Shop is to help the charities Caritas, The Friends of the children of EMAÚS and the Mosaic drop in a box, while supporting the local community and businesses.

by Jack Troughton BIG-HEARTED MEMBERS of one of the Costa Blanca’s most social golf societies are “proud” to have donated 15,000€ for two cancer charities over the last three years. The Marina Alta Golf Society has 68 members and a hard core nucleus of some 30 regulars keep chipping in weekly to raise cash for the MABS Cancer Support Group and Cancer Care Javea. And committee members handed a 2,000€ cheque to MABS President Jacqui Phillips MBE last week – taking the total given to the charity to 6,000€, while Cancer Care has so far

received 9,000€. The donation was made at the Toro Restaurant in Calpe and Treasurer Phil Gardner told RTN it was a good turn out by the society. “Nearly all the member wanted to come today and be involved.” He said members had been raising charity cash for six years and between January 2009 and this September they had given 15,000 to the two cancer charities. PROUD “This is just a little golf society playing golf for fun and we are very proud of that,” said Phil. “We are known as a very

WHERE IS THE SWAP SHOP BASED The Swap Shop and table top sales are based at the Craft Handing and Party shop Fiesta Crafts in Javea: this is where all items over the to be donated should be taken. If you own a local business and would be interested in cheque participating in the Swap shop by donating coupons or discount vouchers please contact Samantha or Sally on 96 646 1788, email or drop into the friendly golf society and we also raise shop Local 22, Moreras Del Saladar, Avinguda Del Pla, Ctra money for charity whenever we can.” Cabo La Nao, Javea 03730 The society plays every Monday – the draw is made over a society lunch the previous Saturday – and unclaimed prize money goes into the VISITORS TO Benissa over this weekend have a chance to go globetrotting at the sixth Multicultural Festival – staged every charity pot. Fund raising also continues with a two years in the town centre. The event is officially opened toCharity Competition; a Captain’s Day, night (28th September) at 7pm and civic authorities will tour spring and autumn competitions, and the pavilions of the participating countries, which will remain a dinner dance. Phil added: “It is all open until 1am. The festival runs from 11am on Saturday until 1am on Sunday morning, and again between 11am and very social.” Pictured are (left to right) handicap 10pm on Sunday. It reflects the multicultural makeup of the secretary Dave Reid, Jacqui Phillips, club town’s population and there are a number of performances captain Brian Coombes, social secretary each day, as well as the chance to learn about the individual nations’ culture through its music, food, costume, and arts. Eileen Gardner and Phil Gardner.

Benissa goes international

Grant A Wish fun!

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British Legion goes all fashion conscious


The models show off some of the beautiful gowns at the show

by Jack Troughton A DAY packed with fun for all the family is guaranteed at the Grant A Wish charity fund-raising day in Teulada on Sunday 7th October. Organisers have created a unique and safe ‘children’s park’ packed and attractions to keep the younger ones happy – featuring Mickey Mouse, a bouncy castle, a children’s entertainer and face painting. There will also be a number of popular sideshows – the suspicion is grownups will want a go too – and the opportunity to try uni-cycling, juggling, donkey rides, quad-biking, and a penalty shootout. Naturally there is a sweet stall and an ice-cream van has been hired – filled with 99s, chocolate dips and slush pup-

pies, while adults can enjoy the bar and the food hall opens at 1pm. And more than 30 enthusiastic volunteers from the European Kids Association are ready to help out as youngsters get the opportunity to play and win prizes. Doors open at The Salon Canor Teulada at 10.30am and the ‘something for everyone’ event continues until 7.30pm. CLASSIC It really is a day for all ages, there is a fashion show, an exhibition of dancing by Viva Espana, a fun dog show and Route 66 – a display of classic American cars. The talents of EKA members – the charity helps young people achieve

SEAN FROM Eden Hairdressers in Hondon de las Nieves devoted the entire evening to dressing the models hair at the recent Royal British Legion (RBL) fashion show in Hondon Valley, whilst Lily Anna Cox attended to their makeup. “We love to entertain people with our fashion show,” said Deborah from Tiaras and Gowns of Algueña, as she sorted out the chaos of the preparations behind the scenes. EKA youngsters “All our models give their time freely to any group who ready to go would like to see our extensive range of evening dresses, ball gowns and wedding outfits.” The woman members of the Hondon Valley RBL were especially attentive as they have their Poppy Ball on 2nd their goals and vocations – will also be November when they celebrate the Poppy Appeal and the dresses on show were just right for the occasion. on stage during the day. Bands SFM and Dave. RBL Branch Chairman reminded the audience that The Hoaxx have built up large followall money collected for the Poppy Appeal goes to assisting ings on the coast and will perform with any of our armed forces who fall on hard times whilst singers Hannah Glencross, Marlyn de living in Spain. The Branch’s next meeting is 16th October Groot and Lionel Jordan. 7.30 at Monte Alto in Hondon de las Nieves. Organiser Jody Kirby, a director of Continental Wealth Management, said: “We have put together the most amazing RESEARCH AT Tel Aviv University has confirmed that fat cells children’s area – it basically fun all day. accumulate in the buttocks of inactive workers such as of“It also means parents can wander off fice staff that spend hours sitting almost motionless behind a and look around because we have qual- desk, leading to ‘desk derriere’ or ‘office bum’; a bottom that ified people to look after the youngest has expanded out of proportion! “The results suggest that if kids in a crèche. There is action in the you sit down for a long time, you are more likely to store fat children’s area all day long.” in your bottom,” says Professor Amit Gefen. “They also imply And she said there were wonderful that the width of a bottom may be increased by sitting down.” opportunities throughout. “Everyone is The recommended cure is to eat two portions of oily fish per talking about the fun day. Come along, week or an Omega-3 supplement, increase water intake and reduce sugar in the diet, and take daily exercise. don’t miss out.”

A cure for Office Bum


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Second rescue centre to open next month by Louise Clarke EXCITING TIMES are ahead for the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre as they plan to open their second centre next month within Villa Vera, Daya Vieja. Sue Weeding, co-founder of Easy Horse Care told RTN: “Our young, fit horses will move to Villa Vera where they will be schooled and used at the riding centre whilst the older horses and donkeys and those needing medical care will remain at our Centre in Rojales. This will also give us much needed space for future rescues.” Daya Vieja’s Mayor, Rafa Vives Pertusa, is fully supporting the project and is behind the charity and the work they are doing in trying to eradicate animal cruelty and neglect. He told RTN: “I think the activity of the Rescue Centre is very special for the province and Villa Vera has optimum conditions to make this even more special.”

CAREER The Villa Vera site will also become an educational centre where students will be able to study for their ABRS and BHS equestrian qualifications. “We will be aiming to be the only BHS exam centre in Spain and no where in the Costa Blanca offers BHS exam training,” Sue explained. “The BHS qualifications are recognised as one of the best for employment world wide. Previously, anyone wanting a career with horses had to go back to the UK to get the BHS training.” Sue added: “There will be pony club activities but we also want to throw open the doors to groups, the underprivileged children, vets seminars and clinics. It will be the place to learn.” The Mayor of Daya Vieja has formalised an agreement with Easy Horse Care in allowing them to use the premises and hopes it will

Sue Weeding with the Mayor of Daya Vieja, Rafa Vives Pertusa

also benefit the village as he has plans for a future hotel there that would create a unique centre for education and tourism. HONOURED Livery facilities for four horses will also be available to help fund the venture. They will be in top of the range facilities and receive the benefit of being cared for by fully

qualified staff. “This is all quite ground breaking and we are very honoured to have Spanish collaboration.” Sue concluded. “This is just the start of a very exciting future for us with more to come.” If you are interested in becoming part of the Easy Horse Care team or would like more information about the livery facilities, email

Awards for Torrevieja swimmers

LAST SATURDAY evening saw the XIX Annual Torrevieja Sports Awards take place at the Municipal Theatre in Torrevieja. Various different sports clubs from Torrevieja attended after having put forward their outstanding achievers from the previous season. Awards were split into four categories, Best Male Achiever, Best Female Achiever, Best Absolute Beth Achiever and Best Coach. Altabas, Torrevieja Swimming Club swimmers Joel Tereba, Zoe Connolly, Adam Stewart and Coach, Juanma Zoe Connolly, Martinez won awards in the Best Male, Best Female, Best Absolute and Best Coach categories. Adam Coach, Stewart then went on to jointly win the most outstanding achiever of the year in the Absolute Juanma category and was presented with a second trophy. One other member of the club, Beth Altabas was Martinez given a special mention and award for her outstanding achievement of five gold medals in this and year’s Summer National Masters Swimming competition which was held in Valencia this July. Adam Well done to all the club’s swimmers and good luck to all during the forthcoming season. Stewart

Home & Garden

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Herbs in your Spanish garden by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

NO INLAND or coastal garden in Spain should be without herbs whether you are a resident or absentee gardener. They have so many uses and can be planted in the open garden, in containers/window boxes or in terracotta herb barrels. Apartment as well as villa dwellers can therefore easily grow and benefit from a collection of herbs. The benefits are as follows: Many varieties of the perennial herbs such as lavenders, rosemary, thymes, sages, chives and bay etc are naturalised Spanish plants and are therefore easily established. Most importantly they are among the most frost and drought resistant plants. Many annual herbs such as basil, parsley, and dill can be raised from seed or purchased as small plants each spring and are reasonably easy to care for in semi shaded positions. Interesting collections can be built up. For instance there are many varieties of mint and over 800 varieties of sage and many of these flower in the autumn. Wherever planted they can be regularly trimmed for using in

salads, cooked dishes and for healthy infusions. Lamb chops or shanks coated with garlic and freshly chopped rosemary, or fresh basil with pasta and oregano chopped over slices of freshly harvested tomatoes soaked in virgin olive oil can’t be beaten for taste. Nor can a poleo menta made from freshly harvested leaves. Planted along paths, within mixed flower beds, on a rockery or in a dedicated herb garden their leaves and flowers add perfume to the garden, which in turn attract many species of butterflies. Herbs can be harvested for hanging in bunches or mixing into potpourris to provide natural aromatherapy effects on the naya or in the house. Co-planted on the vegetable plot they can be useful attractors of beneficial insects (rosemary and lavender), in attracting pests away from crops ( sage, dill, fennel and coriander), the basis of natural insecticides ( garlic) and fungicides ( horsetail) and the basis of valuable natural fertilizers(comfrey, borage and nettle). If we sprain a muscle mountain walking or gardening we find that a dilute rue infusion is a quick acting gardeners’ remedy as is a comfrey poultice. One or two stevia plants will provide through its leaves a pleasant alternative to sugar. What other type of garden plants can be of so much benefit for a relatively little outlay! If you have inherited a rough coastal patch, a mountainside or woodland full of naturally growing herbs you have a head start on others! Part five of our book ‘Your Garden in Spain’ describes and

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

illustrates the most popular 25 herb plants. Many can be easily propagated at almost any time of the year to increase your number of plants inexpensively or as gifts for friends. Success only requires a fertile free draining gritty non clayey soils and potting composts, regular watering of perennials until established and daily summer watering of herbs in containers and a regular ‘short back and sides’ to stop them becoming leggy and woody. Some herbs such as mint and the wonderful scarlet-flowered pineapple sage can spread quickly so plant them where you are happy for them to expand: plant in large containers sunk into the ground or keep in a large container near the kitchen door. If like us you become a herb enthusiast its worth sending off for the Chiltern Seeds catalogue (, 0044 1229 581137) which lists many varieties of Mediterranean herbs not found in Spanish garden centres. Semillas Silvestres based in Cordoba also have a useful seed list but unfortunately for many all their material is in Spanish. For the enthusiast contact Cultidelta for a copy of their extensive plant internet catalogue.


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Get Creative this autumn WITH THE summer now drawing to an end and the days getting shorter, autumn is an ideal time to take up a new hobby. Due to popular demand Fiesta Crafts will be holding a number of craft workshops for adults. SAVE MONEY, GET CRAFTING! ‘Upcycling’ is the latest craft trend it is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value. At these workshops you will learn how to turn your waste and unwanted items into useful objects or beautiful works of art. Wednesday 17th October: Upcycling Metal. You will learn how to turn aluminium drinks cans into ornate jewellery, decorative candle holders and card embellishment. Turn empty food cans into useful storage containers. Wednesday 7th November: Upcycling Plastic. Create beautiful mock glass decorations and decorative roses. Wednesday 5th December: Upcycling Paper. Discover how to make magazine bows and Christmas trees, turn your paper coffee cups into mini albums.

MAKE IT HANDMADE THIS CHRISTMAS! With Christmas fast approaching now is the time to get crafting. Fiesta Crafts will be holding three workshops dedicated to Christmas: Wednesday 24th October: Discover the art of Christmas card making. Wednesday 21st November: Christmas decoration making Wednesday 12th December: Create gifts to adorn your home and delight your friends and family. All of Fiesta Craft workshops are two hours long and cost 10€ to include all materials plus tea and coffee. For the Upcycling workshops please bring protective cotton gloves and old scissors. CHILDREN’S CRAFT WORKSHOPS Fiesta Crafts have now extended the number of sessions per week of their popular Children’s Craft club. The Clubs are held on Monday 5pm -7pm, Wednesday 5pm – 7pm and Saturday 11am – 1pm. At the club the children will have the opportunity to be creative and learn new skills. They will take part in activities such as fabric painting, Card making, Scrapbooking and jewellery making. They will work with clay, Papier

Mache and a variety of other art materials. As well as learning new skills and having fun they will have the opportunity to make new friends. All of the clubs cost 10€ to include all materials plus refreshments. On Wednesday 31st October Fiesta Crafts will be holding a Children´s Halloween party. For only 10€ the children will enjoy a Fancy dress competition, Craft activities, Games and enjoy spooky refreshments. It is advisable to book all of Fiesta Crafts workshops in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for a venue to hold your craft course or workshop then Fiesta Crafts has the solution for you: for more details please contact Samantha and Sally. Fiesta Crafts is at Local 22, Moreras del Saladar, Avinguda del Pla, Ctra Cabo La Nao, Javea. Telephone 96 646 1788:

STOP PRESS! IVA reduced on all solar energy pool heating systems from Solar in Spain! Solar in Spain are charging the equivalent of only 16 % IVA on pool heating systems: offer extended until the end of October 2012

WOULD YOU like to extend the swimming pool season to seven months of the year instead of just three? Solar in Spain can provide a solar energy pool heating system that will offer this swimming season and as an added bonus the company will be reducing IVA to 16% on all systems purchased and installed before the end of October 2012. HOW MUCH WARMER WILL MY SOLAR HEATED POOL BE? The swimming season in a solar heated pool starts in early April and runs until late October. In the colder months of March, April, May, September and October a solar heated pool will increase the pool water temperature by 5º to 6º. If a pool cover is used in conjunction with a solar pool heating system them the temperature difference can be as much as 8º. As well as extending your swimming season, a solar energy pool heating system will not break the bank. A Solmate system will cost less than a good quality heat pump. It is guaranteed for 10 years and has a life expectancy in excess of 25 years. It is the only efficient way to heat your pool here in Spain. For more information or to view an existing installation please contact Solar in Spain on 902 636 570 or email

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Another day in the life of Flatpaxabia IT’S 8AM and the vans are moving out of Javea – heading for IKEA Murcia. An hour and three quarters on the road means they will arrive by 9.45am, just in time for a drink, check the shopping lists and ready to be through the doors at 10am when the store opens. Into the store, the shoppers head off in different directions with their shopping lists prepared with military precision– each client is colour coded and each area of the store is colour coded – one digit of one reference number means a client would take delivery of an incorrect item. Some hours later the shoppers find themselves in the famous ‘aisle 27’ where they have spent the day shopping and storing their trolleys – a trolley or several for each client – each item carefully marked with the client’s name. During the shopping time they may have made many phone calls back to Rosanne in the office for many different reasons – the main reason being

8am and Bob sets off

that the shoppers have found an item out of stock - to give the client the opportunity of choosing an alternative item or keeping their item on the FX ‘on-going’ shopping list - which means FX will keep shopping for this item until it becomes available. Then 15-20 trolleys (on average) move to the cash point. After all these years of building up friendships with the staff at IKEA Bob finds them very helpful and they frequently open up a till exclusively for FX. The trail of trolleys gradually moves forward and through to the other side. Bob collects the ‘pedidos’ (orders) and then all the trolleys are taken from inside the store into the loading area, ready to load onto the vans: “In the summer time we are often loading in temperatures of up to 46º – it’s hot work! “At loading time we often get approached by people asking about our services, asking if we have room for just one more sofa, or just taking our details to save them the trip next time!”

Loading up for the journey home

The eagerly awaited items ready for delivery

A couple of hours later, the vans are unloaded back in Javea before re-loading with clients’ orders due for delivery the next day. Clients are always pleased to see the FX van with a beautiful piece of furniture emerging: “We unpack, assemble and clear away all packaging – leaving a finished job is always very satisfying – we still really enjoy what we do!” As many of the RTN readers know, FX started with an idea by Bob and Rosanne five years ago, “it’s been a wonderful five years watching our business grow from strength to strength, and this last year, with the opening of our new office/showroom, we are busier than we have ever been. We are working at a level beyond our wildest dreams when we started off. We remain passionate about what we do and treat each day as a new challenge.” So remember Flatpaxabia goes to IKEA so you don’t have to: We Shop - We Deliver - We Assemble. Call us on 96 579 4090 or 902 881 121: or order via

The FLATPAXABIA team of shoppers



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Suzanne O’Connell

Hitting the bottom and time to buy

I’M ONE of those people who always seem to miss

Customer Care out when it comes to hitting the right time to buy at Ábaco and sell. I tried to sell my house in the UK just as

the 1990s property slump took hold and then chose 2008 to put another house on the market. Watching your asking price go into free fall is soul destroying. It’s a feeling that too many would-be sellers of Spanish property have experienced recently. But have we reached the bottom? For those wanting to buy a house in Spain that’s been the million dollar, or at least the thousand euro, question. Until now the advice was generally ‘wait it could reduce further’. However, we are now sensing a mood out there that seems to be backed up by market experts. As further reductions can’t be assumed, you might as well buy now. People who have been waiting in anticipation of further reductions are getting itchy feet. There is only so long that you can defer your retirement or holiday home. There is also the sense that vendors have dropped their prices as far as they can. Many have turned to renting out their property or simply have decided to refurbish and stay put. There’s even a little hope coming from Spanish Property Insight newsletter as the headline ‘Small increase in expat residents buying homes in Spain’

catches my eye. For once there is a line graph which appears to have finished its plummet to the bottom and instead indicates that house purchase is on the up, if rather slowly. One of the reasons for this may have been the reduction last year in VAT on new build and off-plan property from 8% to 4%. This reduction can represent a sizeable saving for potential purchasers. It is likely that we will see more people deciding to buy in the next few months as they become aware that this category of VAT will jump from 4% to 10% on January 1st 2013. It is worth remembering at this point that the VAT reduction only applies to new build. Second hand property or resale does not carry VAT but you do have to pay transfer tax of 7% and who knows if austerity measures might not lead to an increase in this at some point in the near future. My past experiences suggest that property speculating is not in my genes. However, if I had the money and the inclination and didn’t own a home here already, I’d be very tempted to buy. With decent starter properties available now from 30,000€ upwards you can enjoy your retirement or holiday home without waiting any longer. If you are interested in purchasing or selling a property in Spain our conveyancing department will be happy to help.

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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Personal injury law

claiming compensation for accidents, personal injury… claims for accidents inside a shop or supermarket in Spain by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

I AM seeking the advice of a Spanish lawyer specialising in compensations for accidents and personal injury law in Spain. On August of this year, while I was shopping in a well-known supermarket in the Alicante area, I slipped on some sort of liquid on the floor and broke my hip. The shop’s insurance company understands that they are not responsible and thus is not willing to pay any compensation. Is this true? Is the supermarket responsible? Can I claim compensation? In principle the shop or supermarket will have the obligation to pay compensation if the Judge understands that the damage/injury caused was due to their negligence, in

accordance with article 1902 of the Spanish Civil Code which is the basis for ‘non-contractual responsibility or fault and negligence liability’ and states: Whoever causes damages to another by action or omission intervening fault or negligence is obliged to repair the damage. Therefore in order to establish the obligation to pay compensation the following facts must be proven: An action or omission having as consequence harm or damages: We must make sure that it can be understood that the supermarket employees did not fulfill their duty and obligations of having the supermarket floors clean and free of any hazards for shoppers and customers. In second place there is a ‘subjective element’: that is, we must be able to prove that the shop / supermarket is responsible. Even though there was no intention to harm or injure anyone, the fact is that the damage was caused by an inexcusable negligence. It must be ‘cause-effect’: that is, the injury suffered must be consequence of the fall and the fall must be consequence of the negligence of the supermarket employees. This means that we must be able to prove that you slipped because of the liquid and this fall caused the injury we are claiming for, having no previous wounds or injuries on the hip, etc.

In an effort to keep our readers informed, it is good for you to know that compensation will not always be awarded in Spain for the fact of having an accident in a public place but the above listed elements must be proven in order to claim compensation. In a matter very similar to yours the Provincial Court of the Balearic Islands -Section 3 (Audiencia Provincial de Islas Baleares (Sección 3ª) on its Court Order No 356/2010 of the 30th of September ordered the supermarket to pay compensation to a lady who slipped and fell on a puddle of milk spilled on the supermarket floor since it was understood by the judge that the store should have the necessary cleaning means and signs to avoid any hazards and dangerous situations. The Judge also understood that with so many different products being handled and sold in the shop there is always the risk of breakage and shedding but the shop did not act diligently as it failed to clean up or warn of any danger nor did it take the necessary precautions to avoid the danger derived from walking through an area with a puddle of milk on the floor. If you or someone you know is going through a similar situation then please do not hesitate to contact us, 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)



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Proud to be associated with Grant a Wish

Peaks and troughs By Jack Troughton EXCHANGE RATES rose and fell over the summer before the troubled euro settled “mid-range” following intervention and the “big bazooka” of the European Central Bank. Sterling reached a high of around 1.29 against the single currency but slid back to just under 1.232 as the ECB began buying sovereign debt of beleaguered Eurozone nations – allowing countries to raise finance at affordable levels as yields on bonds, effectively the interest rate, fell. Questions over the legality of the policy of “whatever it takes” to save the euro meant its value fell back and has for the moment settled at the 1.257 mark against the pound. David Kerns, a market analyst with foreign exchange specialist Moneycorp, said the markets did not like the EU and ECB moves being questioned. “Things are certainly not as bad for the euro as they were at the start of the summer,” he told RTN. “But every kind of initiative discussed and suggested by Europe and the ECB came under scrutiny after the initial euphoria as people questioned the legalities of what was proposed. “And we find ourselves now, as the markets question the legality of the decisions, in mid-range. Nothing exciting is going on.” David, who is also Moneycorp’s dealing manager for private clients, said at present it was difficult to estimate how the exchange rate would change in the longer term. SHOOTS “Optimists say the euro is coming back and the so-called green shoots in the UK should strengthen sterling on the back of good news – that would be very nice instead of an

exchange rate settled on which currency is the weakest.” He said the UK’s position had improved slightly and, although at 8.1% unemployment remained “uncomfortably high”, recent data suggested jobs were being created but there were problems on the high street, JJB Sports not likely to be the last company to call in the administrators. David said the manufacturing sector appeared to be strengthening, and while construction was below targets, the service industry was expanding well. However, he said there were suggestions government borrowing could miss its target of £120 billion by £30 billion with August figures particularly bad. “However, you do get peaks and troughs.” On the flip side, he said while Gross Domestic Product for the second quarter were a 0.5% negative “there is now hope for green shoots in the third quarter, with GDP being either flat or showing a small growth – that would be very encouraging. The figures are due in October.” David said the Eurozone economic performance remained “extremely weak” despite the decline having been checked. POWER He said the German ‘powerhouse’ was under the microscope after business confidence appeared to be ebbing away – with little investment or job creation. “The overall expectation for the GDP of the Eurozone is for it to slip into recession. Overall unemployment remains at a historic high of 11.3% - Spain as 25% and Greece 23%. That is very, very uncomfortable and in Spain, pretty dire.” However, he said the Euro value improved with the “double whammy” of the ECB intervention and the German Constitutional Court ruling using the available 500 billion

euros of Stability Mechanism Fund was legal. And across the pond, the US Federal Reserve decision to “aggressively” use quantitative easing to buy bank mortgage securities – making new home loans available and affordable – had also increased the value of the euro rise against the dollar, and sterling fall against the single currency. David said the German central bank continued to have “niggles” about the country’s role in rushing to rescue Eurozone neighbours. “The bank feels nations need to feel the pain of austerity.” Further, he said there was the slight unease that Greece’s debt was not being reduced and she needed to borrow a further 15 billion euros. “What’s 15 billion between friends? The debt is moving in the wrong direction and there are still nerves about Greece being able to service its debt.”

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The RTN Money Matters page is a regular weekly feature. The objective of this page is to keep our readers informed on what is happening in the world of finance, for the articles to be informative, interesting, educational and current. The articles are being supplied to RTN by a body of financial experts from around the world. If readers have any topics on which you would like more information or any question you would like answered please let us know by emailing

Euro survival is a must Prudential International considers the European economic outlook THE CENTRAL question for European investors is whether they believe in Scenario A where the Euro hangs together or in Scenario B where it all falls apart. It is going to be one or the other and we firmly believe that Scenario A is far more likely. That is partly because the price to be paid in the event of Scenario B is so severe and so significant that it cannot be allowed to happen. But there is a strong positive argument to be made for investment growth. Investors believe that current earnings by European corporations are stronger than predicted future earnings and that that equities are cheap. This is despite the fact that earnings expectations have already been downgraded. The bond markets are very low and expensive and our Portfolio Management Group would not want to be invested there. The market reaction to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s pledge to do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro is a demonstration of what is likely to happen if the Euro does survive. Pan European markets gained between eight and nine per cent following the remarks which were supported by the German and Italian Governments. Once a solution is found equity markets should return to improved valuations. Politicians and economists recognise that a solution needs to

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi

be found but need to persuade electorates and specifically the German electorate. Of course the detail is yet to emerge on the specific actions that will save the Euro and it is impossible to put a time frame on it. Volatility is here to stay and there will continue to be bad days. There are three major issues facing the European markets – the need to recapitalise both banks and Governments; the low levels of growth; and the high costs of borrowing in Italy and Spain. All can be dealt with and we will see more signs of how the authorities will tackle them in the coming weeks.

Your money matters questions and answer TANYA MARTIN, Javea asks: My husband and I have £60,000 in premium bonds. We’ve not won much from them and wonder if £60,000 could be better invested somewhere else? Answer: In the draw, the chance of winning a million is over 40 billion to 1. Each month, there are over 1.7 million prizes given out of between £25 and £1 million but only one £1 Million prize. You don’t risk the money you put in, only the interest you would have received. However, the state now guarantees every UK regulated savings account up to £85,000 per person, per institution. In Spain this equates to 100,000€ in a Spanish account or sterling equivalent Premium Bonds are not tax efficient in Spain. We would be able to advise on a safe alternative to premium bonds with either a fixed or variable return based on your personal circumstances or you could just wait for ‘the big one’.

More staff to scrutinise tax affairs of the UK richest INDIVIDUALS WITH assets of more than £1m face a new crackdown on tax avoidance, Lib Dem Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has revealed. The number of people working in the Affluence Unit (AU) of HM Revenue and Customs is to increase from 200 to 300, to cope with the additional workload. Previously, the unit only scrutinised the tax affairs of people with assets and property of more than £2.5m Mr Alexander told the Mail on Sunday the wealthiest “should pay more.” HMRC has also already launched the Offshore Co-Ordination Unit (OCU) which looks to “fully exploit the increasing amount of offshore information at HMRC’s disposal, including bank account data.” In October last year, HMRC announced that it was seeking to recover £7bn per annum of tax lost through evasion and avoidance over the next four years.

In general the pan-European economy is in reasonable shape – certainly when compared with other economies such as the UK, the US and Asian economies. If investors have a longterm investment horizon and the ability to hold on they will be a lot better off although the ride may be bumpy in the medium-term. The alternative of Scenario B is simply too high a price to pay. It would mean equity markets lurching downwards and significant downgrades as well as more general upheaval in terms of social unrest and high unemployment. Once you accept that then the survival of the Euro is the best way ahead.

Bumper profits JOHN LEWIS claims the economy is stabilising after smashing through the gloom with bumper half-year profits THE PRIVATELY-OWNED partnership is taking more than £1million per hour at its department stores and Waitrose supermarket chain. And in the teeth of the biggest slump for decades half-year profits are up 60 per cent to £144.5 million, with Sales hitting £4.4 billion. John Lewis chairman Charlie Mayfield stated: “We have yet to see any kind of slowdown. It’s not getting better, but it’s not getting worse. We’re not going to see a dramatic recovery, but we’re not going back into recession either.” He believes the Chancellor would be wrong to spend more to boost the economy — and must keep a lid on debts. He said: “We need a stable economy and confidence going forward. And part of that is having sound public finances.” John Lewis and Next have been two of the stars of the high street throughout the credit crunch. Mr Mayfield put John Lewis’s success so far this year down to the fact that it continued to invest in 2011 despite the alarming slump in consumer spending. He added customer numbers were up 10 per cent and John Lewis and Waitrose had a “broader appeal.”

Be very careful, beloved Spain By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: The Telegraph FIRST WE have the robust comments of Colonel Francisco Alaman comparing the crisis to 1936 and vowing to crush Catalan nationalists, described as ‘vultures’. “Independence for Catalonia? Over my dead body. Spain is not Yugoslavia or Belgium. Even if the lion is sleeping, don’t provoke the lion, because he will show the ferocity proven over centuries,” he said. Actually, it is not remotely like 1936. Franco’s military uprising/coup in 1936 was directed against the newly-elected Popular Front, seen by army commanders (though not all of them) as the start of a Bolshevik take-over of Spain. The Franco revolt was a defence of The Catholic hierarchy against Communism and French subversion (in their mind). Spain now has a Right-wing nationalist government with Opus Dei links, the Partido Popular. The roles are entirely reversed. Yet Col Alaman is in a sense correct. The mood is becoming dangerous. Gen Pitarch said Catalan independence is out of the question, though he also said Madrid had bungled the crisis of the regions disastrously. “Are we looking at a failed state?” he asked. Now we have an explicit threat from the Asociación de Militares Españoles (AME), an organisation of retired army officers, warning that anybody promoting the break-up of Spain (‘fractura de España’) will face treason trials in military courts. Be that as it may, what we have in Spain is a disturbing turn of events. Events in Europe are now moving fast. Portugal has been in havoc for the last week; Spain is in ever greater havoc; much of southern Europe has become unpredictable. Is it the fault of the monetary union and the Euro?

Yes, of course it is. While large parts of the world are in deep economic crisis – including Britain – the damage is concentrated with lethal intensity in the EMU victim states. Spain’s unemployment rate is already 25% and the full austerity has yet to bite. It is made much worse by the unpleasant discovery that elected governments can do nothing to escape the trap. They have lost control over their own destinies. Spain and Portugal are trapped in chronic slump with over-valued currencies. While they have clawed back some lost labour competitiveness by cutting wages, this has merely – and necessarily – compounded the debt-deflation disaster. It has pushed them closer to bankruptcy. The Draghi bond plan can certainly put off the day of reckoning. It can lower borrowing costs across the board and cushion the slump. But it cannot in itself stop the slow asphyxiation of these societies. We are moving from the financial phase of this crisis to the full-blown political phase. It really is playing out like the 1930s.

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Tax in troubled times DOES ANYONE doubt that these are troubled times? Increase in IVA (VAT); changes to the rules on residencias and SIP (health) cards; having to pay for prescriptions. Unemployment is sky high and getting worse. Even the black economy is struggling… protests in Madrid… Those who in the past have put off getting their affairs in order are finding it harder to do so now, and at the same time it has never been more important to comply with the regulations than in the current crisis. We see a time in the not too distant future when having your CFR, the certificate that proves you have accounted for tax in Spain, will be as necessary as your passport when dealing with all officialdom, even at a local level. That sounds a bit grim, sometime reality is, but as with most things there is a bright side. Many British residents in Spain are paying too much tax, mostly in the UK, but in Spain too. UK Tax Refunds, as the name suggests, have been recovering overpaid tax for British residents in Spain for the last five years, with hundreds of satisfied clients to date. The service that UK Tax Refunds provides not only recovers any overpaid tax, but as part of the process ensures that

your Spanish tax obligations are met and your UK tax affairs are in order. HOW DOES THIS WORK? Once your Spanish tax affairs are put in order, we can ask HMRC in the UK to refund any overpaid tax that may be due to you. WHY BOTHER? As well as recovering your overpaid tax (average refund £3,000+) you will be Fiscally Resident in Spain, thus entitling you to be treated differently for Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax, as well as Healthcare, etc. WHY UK TAX REFUNDS? We deal with the Spanish Tax Authorities as well as with the HMRC. UK Tax Refunds is a registered Agent with the Inland Revenue and fully understand the English Tax System. We can help you to work out if the tax code you were given by the English Tax Office is right or wrong and consequently modify it if necessary.

It is important to put your Spanish Tax Affairs in order but no less important than working with HMRC to put your English Tax Affairs in order according to your new situation. To do so it is not difficult but complex and UK Tax Refund can do it for you from the beginning to the end. You will not have to get involved with phone calls to HMRC or visits to the Spanish Tax Office. We will do it from A to Z and at the end of the process you will receive a phone call from a member of our staff asking you for a bank account where you would like the Tax Refund to be paid into. For a full explanation in plain English of how we can help you please phone 96 563 6938 or email: Our office is open to receive your enquiry from 9.30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.



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Here we go again

Christina JUST WHEN will the Euro zone leaders admit that Greece Brady must leave the Euro - last Friday EU Finance chiefs

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

discovered that Greece owes 20billion€ (£15billion) double the amount the country had previously claimed. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has asked public-sector creditors to forgive some debt while European nations led by Germany ponder on if and when to pull the plug on Athens. Spiegel Magazine today reported that inspectors for the so-called ‘troika’ - the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund - discovered the black hole in Greek finances at the weekend. That Greece can bridge the financing gap on its own seems unlikely. The already adopted austerity program has encountered great opposition in the population. In one published study in Athens on Saturday 90 percent of survey respondents declared that the new reform packages go almost exclusively to the detriment of the poorer sections of the population. Only 33 percent also believe that the new cuts in the social network cannot solve the country’s problems.

The real question is how many more ‘Black holes’ are going to be discovered in other member States either in their Banks, Regional or Government accounts and can the Euro zone really afford to keep on bailing these countries out? 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: Telephone number 965 065 265. This service is available to all, 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 the advert below, or if Prime you have any questions regarding the above you Minister can contact me on 658 892 330 or email Antonis Samaras

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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Open pairs

IN ASSOCIATION with Lloyds Ban RTN was delighted to host last we Competition at the El Plantio golf c

by Louise Clarke The conditions were perfect and the fairways were superb and with more than 40 golfers signed up for the event, it was a well fought out competition. Players didn’t have to be members of the RTN Golf Club or the El Plantio course and the winning prize was a luxury weekend for four at the 4* Hotel which is located within the grounds of the golf course. And as second and third prizes, the President of El Plantio, Manuel Ferry Sanchez, donated a month’s membership at the golf course for the two lucky pairs. Prizes for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places were donated by Lloyds Bank International in Spain and Business Development Manager, Shirley Adams was on hand throughout the event to cheer on the players and to hand out the prizes at the end of the day. Nearest the pin prizes were donated by Aaron Woodhams from Horizon Consultants, which is based in Jalon.


With a score of 43 points, the winning pair was Martin Collins and San Fulgencio’s Councillor for Urbanisations in La Marina, Jeff Wiszniewski and both not only won the prize of a luxury weekend at El Plantio but also got to take the coveted RTN Open Pairs trophy. With scores of 40 points, second place was taken by Peter Yarwood and Andy Hadder and third place was taken by Dave and Sam Curtis. In fourth place was Tommy Clarke and Charlie Rodgers; in fifth place, Julie Eastwell and Natasha Woodhams; in sixth place, John Wesley and S J Payne and last but not least in seventh place, Aaron Woodhams and Kevin Laundon. The event was expertly organised by RTN’s Golf Guru, Noel Eastwell who also looks after RTN’s Golf Club. For more information on the RTN Golf Club, which is sponsored by Lloyds Bank International, please email

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nk International in Spain, eek’s fabulous Open Pairs course near Alicante airport.

The winners with Shirley Adams (front, centre) from Lloyds Bank International

The fairways were superb



Work for life

TALENTED DENTIST Dr Thomas Anton would love to give up the day job and follow his “vocation”, creating colourful sculpture out of stone. By Jack Troughton He followed in his father’s footsteps to become an artist and 16 of his pieces can be seen at a new exhibition of his work at the Klein-Schreuder Foundation sculpture garden at Alfaz del Pi. Thomas, whose has a dental practice in Benidorm, is a fine arts student in Altea has created a series of tactile – sometimes explicit but always sexy - works in alabaster, marble, and soapstone for the show he calls “Sensuality”. “My father was a sculptor, I am a dentist,” he told RTN at the exhibition’s press preview. “He had to go without money while all my brothers and sisters and I did things you could live from. “Three years ago my father died and I started to study fine arts. Now it has become more than a hobby, it is my vocation. I still work as a dentist but would like to do this as my full time job.” DISCOVER Thomas has lived in Spain for 20 years said his work was available for sale. “I have still to be discovered! I would very much like to work full time as an artist and not be a dentist.” And while he also works in wood and iron, his favourite medium remains stone and he carefully picks samples for their colours. As an example he points to an embryo shaped from a pinktinged alabaster – held against the light and it appears to have its internal blood vessels and organs in place. “Colour is very important to me,” he added. Thomas’ exhibition opens this Sunday (30th September) at 11am, when visitors can enjoy a glass of wine and music. It runs until 4th October. The Sculpture Gardens has a fascinating permanent exhibition and is open between 10am and 2pm every Sunday or during the week by appointment. For more information visit or call 96 686 0230.

Thomas and marble torso

Life fashion

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Your boobs are in good hands!

ONE OF the things I miss most about living in Spain is Marks and Spencer. By Louise Clarke I know that’s sounds sad but being of a voluptuous disposition, underwear, especially bras in my size is hard to get over here. Thankfully, last month I came across Gigi’s in Quesada and now M&S can stay where it is in the UK because I have met the lovely Sue and she is now my best friend forever! My old bra had lost all its elasticity months ago but when the wire started digging into my armpit, I realised that I’d better bite the bullet and instead of booking a flight to the UK immediately, on recommendation from a friend, I visited Gigi’s, which is located on Avenida de las Naciones, the main street in Quesada, next to Oscars. SHAPE CHANGING On arriving at the store, which has a fabulous stock of lingerie, dresses and swimwear, Sue immediately pointed me in the direction of the changing rooms and without evening removing my top and showing off my ancient and wilting bra, she measured me using just her hands! I wasn’t convinced to be honest, but off she went and came back with several different bras in a size that I would never have even guessed would fit me. The first one I tried on was a Panache bra in black with a

pretty lace trim. I put it on and after a little adjusting of the straps looked at myself in the mirror. All of a sudden, my shape had changed completely and instead of my boobs facing south and close to my belly button, they now looked perky and pert! The other bras didn’t even get a look in to be honest and I immediately told Sue that I would take it! She is a genius! The old bra got tossed in the bin and I walked off feeling like a proper page three model! SLIM-LINE Gigi’s stocks a range of underwear brands including Panache, Naturana and Rosa as well as Cleo and Mascarade, under the Panache brand. They stock bras in sizes from A to K with back sizes from 30 to 46. All are UK sizes because they are all manufactured in the UK. They also stock a fantastic range of swimwear by cup size including brands such as Seaspray and Panache. They also do controlled swimwear to give you that perfect slim-line figure as well as mastectomy bras. So, who needs M&S when you have Gigi’s on your doorstep? If you are in the need for a well fitted bra that is expertly fitted by an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable bra fitter, get yourself down to Quesada now.

The shop is open from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am until 2pm on Saturdays. For more information visit their website or call 966 719 217.



28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life tech

Stopping spam emails Bob Drury asks: HELLO AUNTY, can you help me stop spam emails? I get loads mainly for sex pills and the usual sex offers - last Wednesday I got 41 spam emails from a variety of people offering the usual rubbish. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aunty says: These days, many email providers have built in Spam filters that either stop spam emails going into your account or move them to a ‘junk email’ folder for you to determine if it is real SPAM or not. You can create a filter so that every email that contains the word ‘viagra’ is deleted. Of course this will also delete any personal emails that contain that filter word. You can try a SPAM program. A program like which works with works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, Gmail and Hotmail will help filter your emails for you. Or create another email account and be careful who and where you give that email address to! I dare say your increase in Spam emails is due to your posting on a forum, where you have made a post where your forum username is your email address. The ‘SPAMBOTS’ will be trawling the internet for email addresses, and your being posted on there is like a goldmine for them! Log in and see if you can get that user name changed, or contact the forum administrators to change your user name.

Date and time problems

Sue asks: I hope you can help me with a problem whereby when I restart my computer the date and time at bottom right of the task bar has changed to 31st December 2007. This then prevents entering other programmes and a notice on screen saying the PC is not certified.   I return the date and time to actual but then it changes back again to an earlier time after shutting down, resulting in the same problem.    It may be a coincidence but the problem occurred soon after an update by Java. I look forward to your advice.   Aunty says: The computer’s date and time returning to a default date and time usually means the battery inside the PC is low on power. The battery

is a small thin circular one, and this provides power to the computers BIOS, which hold information such as the current date and time. If the power to this BIOS is low or interrupted, then the BIOS will reset: hence the date and time are resetting. With the date and time not correct, then some functions and programs may not work or function correctly. This will be because the PC will be looking for data that is ‘in the future!’ Resetting the date and time, as you have found, should solve these problems. However, you will have to replace the battery inside the PC. You can either do this yourself or take it to a PC shop to get the replacement battery. There is also the small chance that the date and time resetting could be the first signs that the actual motherboard of the PC is starting to go.

with Aunty Virus


Computer switches off

Allen Ripley asks: HI AUNTY, can you help? Until a few months ago my computer stayed on all day with no problems. However, recently it switches off after a short period of time, and I have to sign back in again to get my screen back up. I wondered if it might be overheating, so I purchased a cooling pad, but the problem is still there.  Friends have suggested it might be the settings: do you think this could be the case and if so how do I rectify the problem? My system is Windows 7. Aunty says: Many thanks for your email. It sounds like the power option settings are taking over. The power plan options allow you to determine if and when a PC should switch off the monitor, or if it should place the PC into ‘hibernation mode’, and if you want it to ask for a password when waking up. To access power plan options, type power settings into the search bar in the Start Menu and hit Enter. Or, right click on your desktop, and go to Personalize, Screensaver, and then Change Power Options. The Power Options screen opens and from here you can select from some predefined power option plans Click on ‘Choose what the power button does’ and you can tweak several options such as requiring a password on wakeup and what the power button on the computer does. If you set ‘When I press the power button do nothing’, you won’t have a problem with the PC shutting down when you accidently hit the power button. To change any one of the predefined power plans click on ‘Change plan settings’: then you can change the amount of inactive time before the monitor is turned off or the computer goes into Sleep mode, using the options in the drop down box. RESPONSE: Thanks for your help. I followed your instructions and my computer is now working fine. Many thanks, Allen. 

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Swissvoice Epure Telephone/Answer Machine THIS WEEK the Inspector is to be found on the blower chasing down leads using the Swissvoice Epure Full Eco Cordless Single DECT Telephone with Digital Answer Machine.

Okay, I know, it’s just a boring old telephone/answer machine right? Wrong! The Swissvoice Epure is bang up-to-date Swiss engineered technology designed to make your current handset seem like a Model T Ford in comparison. The Swissvoice Epure deliberately encompasses a blend of classic and futuristic elements in its design. This combines with modern technology combined in the convenience of a classic wireless handset. But what about the eco credentials? The Swissvoice Epure contains technology designed to reduce the electromagnetic waves absorbed by the human body, and also consume less power as a result. The manufacturer states: “There is evidence that emissions absorbed by the brain reduce by 400 per cent when the distance between the body and the mobile phone increases. By using a handset equipped with fulleco technology, we’ve been able to drastically lower the body’s exposure to electromagnetic emissions without sacrificing mobile functionality.” So that’s all good then. The Swissvoice Epure is not lacking in features either. It has a clock and alarm, appointments and reminders, 10 Hi-Fi ring tones, and a keypad lock. It can also accept calls automatically when you lift the receiver, and has the option of handsfree operation if you don´t. For call management, the phone can store up 100 names, display caller number, name, and call

duration, and save the last 10 phone numbers used. The Swissvoice Epure supports DTMF or pulse dialling, although these days most exchanges use pulse dialling. The built in digital answer machine has a 30 minute capacity and can be operated from the base or the handset. Messages can also be accessed remotely via your PIN code when you’re away from home. The Swissvoice Epure also comes with prerecorded outgoing messages and the option to record your own message. The handset has an indoor range from the base station of 50m and up to 300m outdoors. Combined with its long talk time of up to 10 hours and 150 hours standby, you can talk for as long as you like – and with its high sound quality you won’t be struggling to make out what’s being said either. The Inspectors Verdict: The Swissvoice Epure Full Eco Cordless Single DECT Telephone with Digital Answer Machine certainly brings the old dog and bone out of the Dark Ages. And with its eco credentials perhaps it´ll make a contribution to saving the planet too! Visit to purchase the Swissvoice Epure Full Eco Cordless Single DECT Telephone with Digital Answer Machine for 125€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

28 sept - 04 oct 2012


Cerberus anti theft

SMARTPHONES ARE not cheap and unfortunately there are plenty of people out there who are happy to unceremoniously separate you and your beloved phone without your prior knowledge or permission. Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device. It has a free trial for one week, then you can buy a lifetime license for only €2.99 which is a small price to pay for the huge amount of features this app has. Here are a few: - Locate and track it - Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode - Wipe the internal memory and the SD card - Hide Cerberus from the app drawer - Lock the device with a code - Record audio from the microphone - Get a list of last calls sent and received - Get information about network and operator the device is connected to - And much more! Available to download on Android phones from Google Play.


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life horoscopes A break in routine this week is just what is needed as it takes you away from the same old same old and shows you new horizons and possibilities. This is a great time to make future plans especially if they are to showcase your talents and strengths. You never know what you can do until you try - so give it a whirl!

With Venus entering into Libran space all is well and it could be the right time to let bygones be bygones and move on as best you can under the circumstances. The focus is on loving yourself enough to ring the changes and accept that though some things will be au uphill struggle, you are empowered and the time is right. Hosting the Jupiter retrograde, stand by for further instruction, and make no immediate decisions, especially those that involve your signature, or parting with cash. The rules apply during the immediate retrograde blast off, and last well until mid week, when it will be safe, once more, to go back in the water again. Hold back on emotional issues since they are beginning to impact on you, and everyone gives you differing advice on what you should or shouldn’t do. You have to make your own decisions based on your gut feelings and your own powerful and highly psychic ability to know what’s best for you all around. The presence of Virgoan energy this week takes the pressure off at a time when you should be adopting a ‘wait and see’ policy. It is so important that you do not have all your eggs in one basket, but there again if there was ever a time to prove yourself it is now whilst you have nothing whatsoever to lose. A time to seriously examine finances as a corner develops and brings you moves to taking closer control of your expenditure. There have been some unexpected expenses, just lately, but when all is said and done your money should be working for you, and not the other way around. Take control! There is a need to put your cards on the table and to tell a few home truths this week as something has to be done to turn the current situation around to your benefit. This certainly isn’t selfish but it is self preserving, and you have the support of all those who matter to you and wish you all the very best. The famous sting may be hovering around but you would be very foolish to allow others to see just how angry you really are inside. There is more than one way to skin a rabbit, and there is a method in your current madness known only to you. All will be well, and on your terms too if you play to win. The long term absence of retrograding Jupiter means that you are left to your own devices for some time. Your resourceful and calm energies won’t suffer and you often do your very best of things alone anyway. Guidance will come for a project steered by you as it brings unexpected and unprecedented success. Take a break as the end of a long journey is finally in sight and all is well that ends well. It has been an uphill struggle just lately, but you have truly pulled out all the stops, and turned everything around with your persistent belief against all the odds. Taking time to chill will be an excuse for further future plans. Cosmic energies are issuing you with a warning you should adhere to. Take things a little easier, and walk away from a situation that has developed on the workfront because nobody can help those who cannot help themselves, or listen to reason. Life is too short to have to work this way, if there is an option. You have taken too long to make a decision that benefits all concerned. Sometimes you have to think of yourself and your happiness, and what it really means to take the reins of a situation that begs to take you out of control. Be yourself because that’s how people love you, and it is who you are, after all.

Kenny corris

Earth calling

COMMUNICATION WITH Spirit isn’t what it used to be: that’s because it is better. The clear lines of connection between Earth and Spirit have never been so open and they are open in both directions. This makes my job a little easier but above all it allows for a better understanding of the wonderful process that joins the direct and indirect energy to form the Spiritual exchange that proves survival on an Earthbound level, and comforts greatly those in the Spirit World who wish to be updated on what they have left behind. The whole process works with a staggering telepathy and synchronicity as wonderful energies are re-united and security and comfort forms a safety net for the entire procedure. Many people whose loved ones have moved on do not realise just how close to the Earth plane these soul survivors are and how affected they can be by a family crisis, or unrequired mourning or a broken heart. Some who have passed over indeed do not take their rightful place and this can often be because they are so concerned about Earthly happenings amongst those left behind, unfinished family business that hasn’t quite gone the way that they had hoped for, or things not being done the way that they should be. Though stripped of an Earthly body the etheric code of the soul allows each individual the right to use their power the way that they need to. Many lessons are learned by souls at rest in the warm energy and comfort of the Spirit World but when they look down at what they left behind it is often distressing for them to see the error of their ways; what should have been; could have been; would have been…but wasn’t. Regrets are counterclaims for not doing things we should have, and it is hard when faced with this World to know

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exactly what was right to do. The clear lines of Spirit are opening up because people are abolishing the fear and terror that communicating with the dead brought up in the past. They are realising that there is joy in actual contact, and that love can make all kinds of things happen if you have a freely open mind, belief and good intention. One very wonderful thing is that the young are being called to Spirit. I have never had so many reports of children, teenagers and young adults becoming a part of the process of connection between the living and the dead, which exists on better terms because of their undeniable faith and a strong refusal that there is anything weird, silly, crazy or wrong about a Spiritual life. This means that the barriers are falling. People are talking about bereavements and sharing grief. It means that there will be more programmes on TV about the paranormal, and investigations covering all aspects of how Spirit communicates with us. I took a Psychology degree way back when, but on a recent trip to Cambridge I actually discovered a college with a four year degree course in Parapsychology. It wasn’t possible in my days as a student, and a part of me hankered after returning to study once more. As I entered a cloister to take in the scene, students greeted me with a highly respectful formal gesture, assuming I was a visiting lecturer. Suddenly I was back to basics again - dream shattered somewhat. In this changing Spiritual World I may be a professional, but I am still a student of what I am still to learn and open to all that facilitates this!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY, I recently read a magazine article in which you talked about Walpurgis Night. My family always celebrated this night in Scotland when I was a little girl, and I have never really known why. Until reading your article I thought nobody knew about it. Tina Mc.M Tina, I was born on Walpurgis Night: it is the strongest night of the Witches. Halloween is the night the Witches’ travel, but 30th April is the night of giving power and gifts, celebrated especially in Sweden and amid the Nordic countries: maybe you have Scandinavian ancestry as I do? Or maybe you had a family who were sensitive to the arts of Wicca or actual Witchery? Your native Scotland is near to all the action anyway. It is said that church bells ring thirteen times at the Witching hour just after midnight. I was born just in time at 23.59! Celebrate by burning a wreath and some mulled wine to keep out the early Spring chill! Can you remember your celebrations of the past?

Take the bull by the horns and just do what feels good right now. This year true independence is very much the way forward; and you owe it to yourself to make a go of things, your way, anyway!


28 sept - 04 oct 2012



Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. See 7 Down 3. They are found in gangs and in sailing-ships (8) 8. How I will be designated in Greece (4) 9. Describing crimes that still attract police attention (8) 11. Kind of race to go from one frontier to another (5-7) 13. Variety of street dog (6) 14. More than one fairground attraction has a lively rhythm (6) 17. What he produces will eventually be enveloped! (6-6) 20. They set forth the terms for a building and its adjuncts (8) 21. Dull Celtic poet is making a come-back (4) 22. The editress somehow put up some opposition (8) 23. Dressed as a roue about fifty (4)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. Gear-box? (4-4) 2. External appointment to a remote spot (7) 4. Charge associated with kidnapping (6) 5. Operate near the earth to produce the necessary basis (10) 6. Find the negative in Alexandrine verse (5) 7 & 1 Across. The team display is a subsidiary attraction (4-4) 10. Finds out for sure when the fool is around (10) 12. Attributed to a writer featured in an advertisement (8) 15. This note is not manmade (7) 16. Sets at large, we hear, to suffer from the rigours of the weather (6) 18. Seven stakes embracing a betting term (5) 19. Mast can be dispensed with almost (4)

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. Persia (4) 3. Suggestion (8) 8. Identical (4) 9. Richness (8) 11. Express opinions (3,4,5) 13. Vault (6) 14. Speculate (6) 17. Not for publication (3,3,6) 20. Eastern (8) 21. A continent (4) 22. Sit astride (8) 23. Amongst (4)

DOWN 1. Example (8) 2. Naval officer (7) 4. Rest (6) 5. Throbbed (10) 6. Tendon (5) 7. Ogle (4) 10. Loosed (10) 12. Cape (8) 15. Bloom (7) 16. Remember (6) 18. Aviator (5) 19. A bog (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 21st September 2012

4 19 34 41 43



No ticket won the 26,523,681 Euros

Tuesday 25th September 2012

7 25 27 48 49


No ticket won the 33,985,873 Euros



28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish I HOPE I’m not making you dizzy with all these changes of title. Some of you may remember (and some of you I believe have cut out and kept!) a series of articles called “Essential Spanish”. There were actually 160 of them altogether, the first 80 of which have been re-edited, entitled “Step by Step Spanish” volumes 1and 2 and are available as e-books on my website. As well as re-editing the remaining 80 articles, I am also adding 40 new ones to complete the series. So, for you privileged RTN readers, here is the first of those 40 new articles which I trust you will enjoy. The title of this one is: “Ways of talking about the future”. Those people who learn Spanish in a grammatical, mechanical kind of way, tend to learn the “future simple tense” (more of which later) and then think they have talking about the future all sewn up and sorted out. If only it were that easy! Of course the “future simple tense” is a useful tool to have in our linguistic toolbox, but it is not always the most accurate one. To put it another way, it would be like someone speaking English like this: “Tomorrow I will go to Murcia and I will have some lunch. Then I will go for a walk. In the evening I will watch Coronation Street”. It gets the message across, but it does sound rather wooden! So, there are various ways of talking about the future, and this is what we are going to explore for the next few articles. Way back at the beginning of this whole series I introduced a construction which is probably the most useful one to use to discuss our future plans. I call this the “future of intention” and it simply consists of the verb “ir” in the present tense, followed by “a” followed by the infinitive of another verb. So, in the first person this is “voy a” (translated

Life books

as I’m going to”) “Voy a comer” (I’m going to eat, or I’m going to have lunch”) “Voy a estudiar español” (I’m going to study Spanish). These are our plans and intentions. If we change “voy” to the second person “vas” we can ask about other people’s plans and intentions. “¿Qué vas a hacer?” (What are you going to do?) This is a tricky one to pick up when spoken as it will sound like this: “Kevasathair”. Actually, it’s even worse if it’s said to you in the (usted) polite form ¿Qué va a hacer?” This sounds like “Kevathair”. When it’s said with an Andalucian or South American accent (amongst others) when the “th” sound becomes a “s” sound. As South Americans more often use the “usted” form, that gives us “Kevasair”. However, the way I have represented the sound of the final “er” as “air” is not really accurate, it’s just the nearest English written equivalent. It’s a shorter Spanish “e” sound with the light “r” at the end. Perhaps “Kevasé” is a closer representation of the real sound. Sorry, I didn’t set out to frighten you with this article, but it looks as though that’s what I might be doing. Almost everybody I speak to about learning Spanish tells me that understanding what they hear is by far the most difficult thing, and it’s really because of these kinds of problems. You might read “¿Qué va a hacer?”, understand it in its written form and even say it to considerable success, but are you prepared to answer something that sounds more or less like “Kevasé”. Well anyway, I’ll leave you to think about that one, and get back to “talking about the future” next week!

Twit of the Week Greg Lake @GregGShore : Its official i cannt keep up with the irish drinking ways #hatsoff #hanging The Rant Serena Williams@serenawilliams : Dear camera man in Milan please stop following my around! Your pictures will have people assuming false things!!!! Ugh #OverIt John Terry Shaka Hislop@ShakaHislop : I don’t get it, how in goodness name has John Terry become the victim in all of this? Has someone rolled football’s clock back to 1912? The Truth Will Carling@willcarling : Safe to say a few people at home gingerly feeling it is the morning after the night before......#itsnitbig& itsnotclever The Funny Tweets Tony Blackburn@tonyblackburn : A great Politician always looks ahead and plans his mistakes carefully. David Walliams@davidwalliams : At my book signing in Leatherhead today a child in the queue was overheard asking their mother ‘... is David Walliams still alive?’ Ricky Gervais@rickygervais : You know you’re old, when people don’t say you fell over, but instead, say you “had a fall” Sarah Millican@SarahMillican75 : I’ve just cancelled an eyebrow wax to stay in with my cat. This is the first step to not washing isn’t it?

Danny Collins -

Sex, Bombs and Burgers DESPITE THE Jackie Collins aura of the snappy title, this is a serious study into the parts pornography, war, and food has played in the development of 21st Century technology. Without doubt these three obsessions are the most pervasive in our culture and seem to represent the worst qualities of the human race - but technological journalist Peter Nowak is more interested in just what our rage, greed, and lust have driven us to achieve. Without doubt the most technological advances of the last sixty years have stemmed from the trio of million dollar industries that cater to our most basic impulses – predominantly, as Mr Nowak drily observes, because no other industries have the budget or the balls to be so innovative. From cling film to aerosols, digital cameras to freeze drying, and GM foods to Google many of the gadgets with us today have their roots in the needs of porn, the military, and the fast food giants. The result is a an original book and an interesting read that confirmed my convictions that the food industry has been poisoning us for decades, that Churchill knew about Hitler’s plans to flatten Coventry before it happened, and that Big Brother (no, not the TV drivel but Orwell’s conception of all-seeing authority) is truly watching us everywhere we go.

Suduko Answer

Author: Peter Nowak Publisher: A&U (paperback) Price: 11.70€ ISBN: 9 781742 376349

28 sept - 04 oct 2012


Life health

Consultus Care & Nursing

urgently needs more carers IF YOU care, why not join the UK’s leading provider of private live-in care and nursing services to prestigious private clients in their own homes? Over the last 50 years Consultus Care and Nursing has gained the experience and skills to provide quality live-in care solutions for people who want a real alternative to care homes, unpredictable community care and extended hospital stays. Every week they have hundreds of Carers working in livein care jobs all over the UK. Like them you can earn good money and enjoy rewarding stimulating work supplementing your income plus maybe visiting friends or family or simply holidaying in the UK. Their large private client base means you will possibly have more choice for work than with any other UK live-in Care Agency. Consultus’ own in-house training department offers an excellent range of subsidised courses delivered by qualified nurses. Each course underpins the Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2). They also offer ‘Distance Learning Training’ for which they are accredited and certified for Carers constantly on the move around the country. Working through Consultus you can expect: Assignments of typically 2-4 weeks at a time To earn between £868-£1,330 for a two week assignment Flexibility to fit in with your life style Accommodation and Board while on Assignment

Join the UK’s leading provider of private live-in care and nursing services

Travel paid to and from assignment (once in the UK) Excellent Training Opportunities Fantastic Support from a very experienced and friendly team of Care Consultants So if you have a care or nursing background or have cared

for family members, are mature with relevant life skills, they would love to hear from you. For more information please contact their friendly recruitment consultant in Spain, Sandra Field on 658 965 204 or email Consultus Care and Nursing:


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life health Irritable Bowel Syndrome by

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

Family Medical Centre, Albir

AN ESTIMATED one in five people in the UK suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Twice as many women than men are affected and although symptoms can appear at any age diagnosis is more common in teenagers and young adults. There is no specific test for IBS although investigations may be carried out to rule out other causes of your symptoms. Diagnosis is based on classic symptoms even though these vary greatly between individuals. IBS can be mild in some people, but for others it can have a devastating impact on their lives. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME? Pain and discomfort: Abdominal pain, which can vary in intensity and location. The pain often eases after having the bowels open or passing wind Bloating and swelling of the abdomen: You may also pass more wind than usual Stools: Alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea Mucus in the stools Pellet-like or ‘ribbony’ stools Watery stools A sensation of incomplete emptying of the rectum after a bowel movement

Urgency (the need to get to the toilet quickly) - this is common in the morning during or after breakfast the sufferer may need to open their bowels several times in a short space of time OTHER POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS Nausea Headache Belching Poor appetite Tiredness Backache Muscle pains Feeling quickly full after eating Heartburn Bladder symptoms IBS should never be self-diagnosed in case there is a more serious cause of symptoms. Any person suffering with ongoing bowel problems should pay a visit to their family doctor. It is also important to note that passing blood or black stools are not symptoms of IBS and need prompt investigation. There is much that can be done to help with distressing, painful and sometimes embarrassing symptoms! Amongst others, dietary changes and exercise, medications and hypnotherapy have been found to give relief. There may be no cure for IBS but there is plenty that your doctor can do to help you!

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

Sun shines on AKIRA ANIMAL CHARITY AKIRA’s Caribbean Night was enjoyed by more than 100 people and raised 1,075€ as people danced the night away. Many guests dressed as pirates while others sported dreadlocks for the occasion at Finca Abril, Benissa, the music provided by the “fantastic” OK Band and the “superb” food by Restaurante Salamanca.

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Lions come of age TEULADA MORAIRA Lions Club celebrated its 18th birthday last Friday and was congratulated on its work within the community.

Lions Club celebrations

By Jack Troughton Over the last 12 months, the club has raised over 31,000€ to support a number of different projects, many of them local. More than 100 members and guests gathered at the El Canor Restaurant for the Charter Night Dinner and Dance to mark the anniversary of the founding of the club. Club President Peter Johnson led the celebration and reminded everyone of the work carried out by the Lions, both around the world and locally. And in response, Fred Massey, a former Lions District Governor, who is based in the UK but also has a home in the Marina Alta, told of his experiences at the recent Lions International Convention in Korea. He also commended the Teulada Moraira Club for its “excellent” work and achievements over the years. After the meal and formal toasts, singer Rob Sweeney provided the entertainment and made sure the dance floor was kept full into the early hours. Pictured are President Peter Johnson with his wife Florence (centre) with Sylvia Tatnell, Teulada Moraira’s Councillor for Social Services (left) and other special guests at the charter night. The club returns to fund raising on Sunday 21st October with a cabaret evening hosted by Eric Taylor of Heat Gold FM starring Rob Sweeney and JJ Jones and his Neil Diamond tribute. The venue is La Senieta in Moraira at 7.30pm and tickets at 10€ can be obtained by calling 96 574 7343.

Celebrating life and learning By Jack Troughton A TWO day medical congress and a celebration of life has been organised by the charity Expatriate Ostomates of Spain at the Parador Hotel in Javea. The event on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October marks the triennial celebration of World Ostomy Day and enjoys the banner headline: “Let’s be heard!” With nine guest speakers, all specialists in their field, EOS hopes to provide an interesting and enlightening two days and aims to increases public awareness of

bowel and bladder cancer, and of ostomy – while participating in the ostomates’ worldwide celebration. Ostomates are people who have had an operation to create a physical opening – or stoma – in the body wall to expel waste from the body. The surgery follows a serious illness, most commonly cancer, and is life saving. However, the operation leave the body heavily disfigured in more than one area. Normal functions are no longer possible and output cannot be controlled, and so usually a pouch is worn. EOS, based in Javea, supports people who have undergone such surgery and helps them deal with a stoma, which can be daunting. The charity is active locally, nationally and internationally. Visitors can register from 9am next Friday and the bilingual event is open between 10am and 5pm, and on the Saturday between 10am and 2pm. For more information visit the website



28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life events

Waiting for Ernest SIXTH FORMERS Rebecca Welfoot and Natasha Lakin share twin desires in Careline Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest – they are both in love with a man called Ernest. By Jack Troughton Both students at Laude Lady Elizabeth School in Lliber, the pair are central characters in Oscar Wilde’s romantic comedy, Rebecca making her debut with the Alcalali-based theatre group as Cecily, old-hand Natasha playing Gwendolen. And each is set on marrying a man named Ernest and while they are eager to embrace each other as sisters, they are separately totally bewitched and prepared to fight tooth and nail to get their man. Wilde penned an almost unbelievable script for the play but such is the comedy of the dialogue and his much-loved characters, the piece remains a classic of entertainment. Andy Crabb directs The Importance of Being Earnest which runs at the Careline Theatre in Alcalali from Thursday 18th October to Sunday 21st October. He admits he has a few personal touches of his own to the classic Wilde comedy, dictated by Rebecca his own quirky sense of humour. However, he refuses to give the slightest clue what they are (left) as and hopes audiences might enjoy discovering them for themselves. Cecily and Tickets are priced at 12€ with a 10% discount for party bookings of 10 and over. The Box Natasha as Office number is 652 294 750. All performances are at 8pm except Sunday, which starts at 3pm. Gwendolen

Here comes The Joanna James Quartet again! JOIN THE Joanna James Quartet for two new concerts, both with free entrance. The first is on Saturday 29th September at the Ritz Restaurant and Cocktail Bar on Paseo de las Estrellas, Albir Playa at 8pm. On Friday 5th October the Quartet will be at Jazzpressivo – C/Mayor 12b, Altea Old Town – the fun starts at 10pm. For reservations call 96 686 7448 or 616 076 688 – you can also contact Chic by phone on 686 363 995.

Charity spectacular SHOWTIME SPECTACULAR is an evening out with the English Choir on Friday 5th October and raising money to help people in the Jalon Valley. The concert has been organised by Jalon Valley HELP in cooperation with Careline Theatre and promises to be a highly enjoyable night with plenty of well known and well loved songs. The choir will perform songs from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Les Miserables, a selection of Abba hits to get people dancing, as well as numbers like Unchained Melody, You Raise Me Up and Rhythm of Life. Tickets for the show at the Careline Theatre, Alcalali, are 7€ and available from the HELP Charity Shops in Jalon The English and Alcalali, and Bar Ole, Jalon. The doors and bar open at Choir 7.30pm and the show begins at 8pm.

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life music Juan Saez

JUAN SAEZ has been singing and playing his guitar for more than 15 years on the Costa Blanca. His easy-listening Spanish and English interpretation of classic tunes has become hugely popular in elegant restaurants along the coast. A combination of Gipsy Kings, Julio Iglesias, The Eagles, Elton John, Elvis, Eric Clapton are among many of his tunes that make for a relaxing musical evening.

- Spanish Guitar/Vocals

To see Juan live make a reservation at one the following restaurants. For more info: 645 390 994 or visit his website: GIGS IN SEPTEMBER Friday 28th, Phoenix Restaurant, Calpe (Ctra Calpe to Moraira) Saturday 29th, Phoenix Restaurant, Calpe (Ctra Calpe to Moraira) Sunday 30th, Marriott Hotel, La Sella

Brunch, Javea/Denia road: 1 pm GIGS IN OCTOBER Tuesday 2nd, Phoenix Restaurant, Calpe (Ctra Calpe to Moraira) Thursday 4th, Rte. Plaza No 6, Javea Port, Javea Saturday 6th, Phoenix Restaurant, Calpe (Ctra Calpe to Moraira) Sunday 7th, Marriott Hotel, La Sella Brunch, Javea/Denia road: 1 pm

Bourbon Street Stompers

SUCH HAS been the reputation developed in its first two visits to the Costa Blanca, that classic New Orleans jazz band The Bourbon Stompers will stage two of its three concerts on this year’s tour in the City of Valencia. The tour will start with a return to the Auditori de Teulada-Moraira, where this brilliant German band delighted a full house last September. The 7-piece group will be accompanied by top Hamburg vocalist Betty Berent. The Teulada concert, in conjunction with Concerts Costa Blanca, is at 8pm on Friday 12th October, and tickets at 12€ may be purchased from: Ayuntamiento de Teulada-Moraira on Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Espai La Senieta in Moraira on Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and SERVICAM on 96 511 7117 or at On Saturday 13th October at 8pm, the Stompers will make their debut in Valencia City at the new 650-seat La Rambleta Theatre. Further details of the tour are available from its organiser Norman Dunnington on 96 574 8127, mobile 660 732 707, or email

Leading Ladies La Senieta, Moraira

THREE OF the Costa Blanca’s top ‘leading lady’ show singers, Amanda Dean, Sue Benson and Jo Baldwin, will present a fun selection of songs from the classical era right up to the noughties. The show is entitled ‘Leading Ladies’ and will be held in the Espai de Senieta, Moraira on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October at 7pm. Also featuring will be musical director Roger Dean, playing - amongst other things - some fab jazz piano. The ladies will be performing songs, solos, duets, trios, in a wide range from all eras. Join them for a fab evening of glamour, style, class, music and comedy. Tickets at 12€ are available from Humpty Dumpty in Javea or telephone: 679 780 039 (call from 5pm: leave message with name, number of tickets and date and tickets to be collected on the door.) A donation will be made to MABS.



28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life people

Pink Coffee Costa Blanca mountain walkers Morning

READERS WILL have seen last week’s article on various events for this special year, the 25th anniversary of the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers. There will be a walk to the summit of Mulhacen on the Sierra Nevada, at 3,479 metres the highest summit on the Iberian peninsula (only Teide on Tenerife is higher in Spain); a Silver Jubilee Ball on the evening of Thursday 27th September at Los Arcos restaurant in Pedreguer and the Opening walks of this historic year on Wednesday 3rd October in Calpe, the main one to reflect our formation by reaching the summit of the Peñon d’Ifach. From 7th to 14th October a group of 20 will head up to La Senia in Tarragona for 6 days of walking in the Els Ports peaks, and in April 2013 a number of senderos will be walking the Costa Blanca Way over 5 days from Villalonga to Sella. The season starts on October 3rd 2012 and ends at the end of May 2013, to be followed by a series of summer events - not too challenging in view of the heat and usually in the evenings, sometimes involving water! This summer has seen four events in the month of June, three in July; three in August and four in September, the last one walking the second leg of the Camino de Santiago from Xabia. This

Some of the walkers

leg will be from Jesus Pobre to El Verger (we walked from Xabia to Jesus Pobre last year). Our thanks go to Jan Luxton for putting this programme together and to the leaders who organised and led the events. There was also a walking programme in the Peak District in England for those senderos who were over there in the summer and preferred walking in the rain! There will be a Christmas lunch and a New Year’s Day walk - a sociable group that caters for various degrees of difficulty of walks from easy to moderate; to moderately strenuous; strenuous to very strenuous and then some only for ‘experienced’ mountain walkers. See for all details.

This autumn the programme from 3rd October to 30th January sees a total of 95 walks providing a good mix of difficulty and a variety of areas to be walked. As usual, walks will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Thanks go, as always, to our walk leaders for volunteering their services. Please note, this is not a club, there aren’t any joining fees or subscriptions or rules (just conventions). You can go to the website as above, look under Walks Programme and see the date, length, degree of difficulty of walk etc. for each walking day and just turn up on the day, suitably equipped (see Individual Responsibilities on the 3rd page of the Autumn Programme).

JALON VALLEY Help is holding a Pink Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th September to raise money for local cancer charities. The event will be held from 10am till 2pm in the Pensionistas/Library building, next to the Sports Hall near the roundabout between Jalon and Lliber. We are very fortunate to have Encore, the girl duo, performing for us and if you have not heard them before you are in for a great treat. In addition there will be a Zumba demonstration and the opportunity to register for the Zumbathon fund-raiser to be held the following week on Saturday 6th October. Stalls will include pink gifts, tombola, jewellery, and a raffle together with coffee, tea, cakes, pink cava, beer and sangria. Please come and support this event and help us raise as much as possible. If you have any pink items you would like to donate please take them to either the Jalon or Alcalali Help shops by Friday 28th September. Website

Life food

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

I’m having problems with my Pastrami I’VE FINALLY got the brine sorted out and invented a secret dry rub which is used to form a crust on the outside when the meat is slowly roasted after smoking, so what else can be causing me so many problems? Well it’s the piece of meat itself which in the UK we call brisket or here in Spain it’s supposedly called Pecho. As usual I negotiated the price before stating exactly what I wanted and what I wanted it for and even saw a whole pre-ordered piece for someone else weighing 6-7 kilos vacuum packed although I would have preferred it unwrapped. I was told by the butcher that he needed some notice so that he could order it in especially and make sure it was correct and good quality with just a little grassa or fat. So, when I thought the time was right I gave notice and waited expectantly for the meat to arrive a few days later. It looked the right size when it arrived all wrapped up and to be honest I should have checked it there and then but I thought that the hardest part had already been done and I was too eager to get started on what was to be a long and labour intensive process. I should have twigged when he said that he had taken out all of the bones and although Brisket can include some bone ends it shouldn’t have had that many. What I unwrapped at home was beef ribs or Costillas, minus the bones, quite fatty with a layer of fat running through the centre together with some sinew and more bones. Don’t get me wrong it was a beautiful piece of meat and at a very good price but sadly not suitable for my Pastrami trials. We have been eating beef stews and mince for weeks. I am not as yet

prepared to share with you our own special recipe we have come up with, the brine recipe for most Pastramis and for Corned beef are essentially the same (look one up) although the cuts of meat can vary between Skirt (Falda) and Brisket, the brining time is also the same amount of time being 5-7days. Pastrami in our house is then Oak Smoked before slow roasting in an oven covered with our new spice blend whereas Corned beef is boiled until tender then cooled rapidly folding in some of the fat using Trudy’s ice-cream maker (it’s worth noting that tinned Corned Beef is rotated in the tins whist it cools enabling the equal distribution of the fat which would otherwise just float to the top). For the best Corned Beef Hash dice shallots, potatoes and more of our tomatoes into the same size small cubes and fry separately in a little oil and butter until cooked and even a little crisp, as you like it. Shred the corned beef and reheat in a little of its own cooking liquor until hot before folding all of the ingredients together making sure that the crispy fried potatoes go on last to keep them crispy and top with our own invention of a hot, Perfectly Poached and Oak Smoked Runny Free Range Egg. As for the Pastrami recipe things are going well and the results are positive having found the right piece of meat at last and the taste is particularly good but as to what we do with it apart from tasting it we will have to wait and see. Perhaps I will have to wait until I make some homemade rye bread before attempting the perfect Pastrami on rye sandwiches with mustard and unfortunately some more home-grown sliced tomato.

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28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life showbiz goss Arnie totally recalls what?

Arnie, a loveable fellow from Austria who became the strongest most muscular man in the world in the late 80s, and I have brought Arnold Schwarzenegger here today to tell you about his latest memoir ‘Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story’. A trailer has been made to promote the book and features a camera following Arnie around during his daily routine and him talking about his career with clips from his various movies interspersed between his words of wisdom to keep you interested. Talking on US radio last week Arnie said: “If my life was a movie, no one would believe it … I came to Hollywood, and within a decade I was one of the biggest action stars of all time.” But we have to deal with the acting side of things Arnie - ‘cause there wasn’t any, mate! Now in full flight el hunko added: “Then I took the greatest gamble of my life - I went into politics. I became Governor of California and went from being The Terminator to being The Governator.” Riveting stuff Arnie, riveting... Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story is due out on 1st October and is likely to do very well as it promises to include details of Arnie´s alleged affair with his longtime maid and the fathering of her child. Now that’s worth a Total Recall.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Towie needs towing away

What is it that diffuses the brain and gets people believing they are part of something worthy when the truth is it’s absolutely goddamn awful? Gemma Collins of TOWIE fame has been gassing away to The Sun about how the TV show is going to be made into a movie saying: “Yeah, it’s gonna happen, if Sex And The City can do it, so can we. It’ll be fab, everyone will love it.” No no, Gemma, not everyone, your mum and dad maybe, but far from everyone, hun... Her gob then went into overdrive when she added: “We don’t know where it will be filmed, we don’t know when, but I mean we?re just

normal people with crazy lives.” Ooh ooh ooh … interesting using the words ‘normal’ and ‘crazy’ in the one sentence. Gemma really started to motor on when she then blurted out: “Some people only go out on birthdays and Xmases: we’re out every night of the week.” Yes you are sweet pea, and numbing our hearts and minds with your mindless gibberish while you’re at it… I now hand this item over your good selves and ask you to cast your vote on whether TOWIE should be made into a movie or all those fake tans and two foot long eyelashes should be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Brad fancies an Indian Brad Pitt has been in the news a lot lately with him suggesting the mega bucks paydays are over with the film industry in such disarray and also the story a few weeks back about how his mother is causing havoc at his family home in that very special mother-in-law way. But it’s another item that’s caught my eye, as of all things he should come up with to grab the headlines he has said he would be open to signing on for a Bollywood project. He told Indian news agency IANS: “Indian cinema seems to be growing very well and I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there.” Sure is Brad, and an awful lot of jumping about and singing and dancing as well. On the subject of the most popular actress in India Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Pitt said, “I regret missing out on the chance to work with her after she turned down a role in the 2007 epic Troy,” something she perhaps did on the back of the curry in the canteen being made by Vesta…

28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life TV


28th September - 4th October

FRIDAY 28th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 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 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 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 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 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 How We Won the War 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Later... with Jools Holland

SATURDAY 29th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigellissima 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Homes Under the Hammer 16:00 Escape to the Country 17:00 Final Score 18:25 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:40 A Question of Sport 19:20 Total Wipeout 20:20 Doctor Who 21:05 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:00 Casualty 22:50 BBC News and Weather 23:10 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Roar 08:30 Project Parent 09:00 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:20 Dennis & Gnasher 09:30 Trapped Ever After 10:00 12 Again 10:30 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 11:00 Cop School 11:30 Diddy Movies 11:45 MOTD Kickabout 12:00 Golf 14:00 The Swarm 16:30 Triple Cross 18:30 Wartime Farm 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs 22:00 QI XL 22:45 The Thick of It 23:15 Clinton 24:15 TOTP2

SUNDAY 30 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 Coronation Street 21:00 Island Hospital 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Quantum of Solace




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 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 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Mr & Mrs Smith 24:20 Revenge

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 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 Baggage 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:10 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Celebrity Wedding Planner 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 World’s Toughest Trucker 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 Monkey Life 15:50 Looney Tunes 16:05 The Incident 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Heroes of the Skies 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 Being Liverpool 23:00 True Crime

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 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 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 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Top Dog Model 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 American Pie






06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The X Factor 13:50 ITV News and Weather 13:55 You’ve Been Framed! 14:20 All Star Family Fortunes 15:05 Any Which Way You Can 17:10 Mr Bean’s Holiday 18:45 Granada News and Weather 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 You’ve Been Framed! 19:45 Fool Britannia 20:15 Red or Black? 21:00 The X Factor 22:50 Red or Black? 23:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 ITV News and Weather 24:50 Take Me Out

07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 Formula Ford Championship 08:00 World Superbikes 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Real Stories 10:50 iTunes Festival 2012 11:25 New Girl 11:55 Revenge 12:50 Suburgatory 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:50 The Big Bang Theory 14:15 The Simpsons 14:50 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 17:20 Come Dine with Me 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Come Dine with Me 18:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Baggage 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Comedy World Cup 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 24:05 Sliver

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 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:25 How Do They Do It? 12:55 Battle of the Bulge 15:50 Maverick 18:10 5 News Weekend 18:15 North Sea Hijack 20:15 The Wild Geese 22:50 CSI: Miami 23:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:40 Forensic Files






06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:30 The Hungry Sailors 13:30 The Hungry Sailors 13:35 ITV News and Weather 13:50 The X Factor 15:40 William & Kate: The South Seas Tour 16:40 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 17:40 Downton Abbey 18:40 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 19:10 Granada News and Weather 19:25 ITV News and Weather 19:40 The Chase 20:40 The X Factor 22:00 Downton Abbey 23:05 ITV News and Weather 23:20 Hillsborough

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 FIA GT1 World Championship 08:10 Ironman Triathlon 08:35 Inside Endurance: The Brownlees 09:00 Will & Grace 09:30 Will & Grace 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:25 Food Unwrapped 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Big Bang Theory 14:55 The Simpsons 15:25 The Simpsons 15:55 10 Things I Hate About You 17:50 17:55 Deal or No Deal 18:55 Ice Age: the Meltdown 20:40 Channel 4 News 21:00 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 22:00 Big Fat Quiz of the 00s 23:35 The Brave One

07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:25 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13:25 City under the Sea 15:05 Vertical Limit 17:25 The Towering Inferno 20:35 5 News Weekend 20:40 Spider-Man 2 23:00 Gamer 24:55 Soho Blues

07:00 The Planet’s

07:00 Switched 07:45 Switched 07:50 One Tree Hill 08:35 Scrubs 09:05 Scrubs 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:20 Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:05 Rules of Engagement 14:30 Listen 14:45 How I Met Your Mother 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Charlie’s Angels 17:05 New Girl 17:35 Suburgatory 18:05 Revenge 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 New Girl

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Coronation Street 09:35 Emmerdale 12:25 Girlfri3nds 13:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 14:10 The X Factor USA 16:05 The X Factor 17:35 The Xtra Factor 18:40 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 20:55 Uncle Buck 22:50 The Xtra Factor 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

07:00 Heartland 07:45 Life Unexpected 08:40 Supernanny US 09:40 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 10:45 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 11:50 Scrubs 12:20 Scrubs 12:55 Rules of Engagement 13:20 Rules of Engagement 13:55 How I Met Your Mother 14:20 How I Met Your Mother 14:50 Suburgatory 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:15 Revenge 17:15 Grease 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Assault on Precinct 13 24:10 The Inbetweeners 24:40 The Inbetweeners



07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Bargain Hunt 14:20 Cash in the Attic 15:05 Homes Under the Hammer 16:05 Escape to the Country 17:00 Points of View 17:15 Songs of Praise 17:50 The Indian Doctor 18:35 Planet Earth Live 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Fake or Fortune? 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 Andrew Marr’s History of the World 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:05 Golf


07:00 Childrens TV 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:40 Dipdap 07:45 Rastamouse 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 MotoGP 15:00 Golf 17:00 Flog It! 18:00 Rugby League 19:00 Great Barrier Reef 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Vikings 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:00 You Instead

Funniest Animals 07:20 Emmerdale 10:00 Coronation Street 12:30 Winners & Losers 13:30 Top Dog Model 14:30 Holiday Showdown 15:30 The Hot Desk 15:45 The X Factor USA 16:40 The X Factor 18:30 The Xtra Factor 19:35 Back to the Future 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Girlfri3nds 24:45 Eyes Wide Shut


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life TV

28th September - 4th October

MONDAY 1st October BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 17:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Wind Up 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Citizen Khan 24:05 Gavin & Stacey 24:35 The Lock Up

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:05 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 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 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 How We Won the War 20:00 Golf 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Nigellissima 22:00 Masters of Money 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 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 May the Best House Win 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 Monroe 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Air America

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Come Dine with Me 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 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:50 The Political Slot 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 Hotel GB 23:40 Big Fat Quiz of the 00s

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 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 Celebrity Wedding Planner 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 World’s Toughest Trucker 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 A Kiss at Midnight 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Being Liverpool 21:00 Classic Car Rescue 22:00 Speed 24:15 Nowhere to Run

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 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 11:30 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 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Hot Desk 20:10 The X Factor 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Bourne Identity 24:25 Celebrity Juice

TUESDAY 2nd October



07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 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 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 World’s Greatest Body Shockers 24:00 Meet the Parents








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 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 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 17:30 Trade Your Way to the USA 18:00 Newsround 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Is Breast Best? Cherry Healey Investigates 24:35 Citizen Khan

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Conference Special 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 17:00 Helicopter Heroes 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 How We Won the War 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip - An Emotional History of Britain 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 The Choir: Sing While You Work

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 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Champions League Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 UEFA Champions League 24:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Come Dine with Me 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 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 Hotel GB 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Milkshake! Monkey 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Celebrity Wedding Planner 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Family Recipe 13:20 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Circle of Friends 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Born to Kill 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY 24:50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 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 11:30 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 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 Super Tiny Animals 22:00 Forgetting Sarah Marshall 24:20 Girlfri3nds

07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 iTunes Festival 2012

WEDNESDAY 3rd October BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 17:30 Stepping Up 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 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 Wreckers

07:00 Childrens TV 11:00 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 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 Conference Special 14:00 See Hear 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:10 The Weakest Link 15:55 Wanted Down Under 16:40 Helicopter Heroes 17:25 Flog It! 18:10 Antiques Road Trip 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 How We Won the War 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 Antiques to the Rescue 22:00 Welcome to India 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Storyville

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 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Mrs Biggs 23:30 ITV News and Weather 24:00 Granada News and Weather 24:10 Exposure

07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Come Dine with Me 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 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 The Food Hospital 22:00 Hotel GB 23:00 Shameless 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 2 Broke Girls

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 Celebrity Wedding Planner 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:20 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Amber’s Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 Dallas 23:00 Paddy & Sally’s Excellent Gypsy Adventure 24:00 Identity

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! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Top Dog Model 22:00 Girlfri3nds 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 American Pie

07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 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 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Meet the Parents 23:00 The Inbetweeners 24:05 Shameless


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

THURSDAY 4th October BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 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 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 17:30 Show Me What You’re Made Of 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 Hunted 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 ChildrensTV 11:00 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 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 Conference Special 14:00 Animal Park 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 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 How We Won the War 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 Wartime Farm 22:00 The Choir: Sing While You Work 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip - An Emotional History of Britain

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 May the Best House Win 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 Homefront 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Poms in Paradise

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Come Dine with Me 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 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 Hotel GB 23:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 24:40 Random Acts 24:45 The Boy Who Can’t Forget

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 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 McBride 17:55 The Family Recipe 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Classic Car Rescue 21:00 Heroes of the Skies 22:00 Making Faces 23:00 True CSI 24:00 Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 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 The Corrie Years 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 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 The Bourne Ultimatum

07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 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 16:55 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 New Girl 23:00 Franklin & Bash 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

Crossword solutions for 675 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Proposition; 9 Illness; 10 Scull; 11 Hosts; 12 Everest; 13 Nobody; 15 Statue; 18 War-path; 20 Ideal; 22 Leads; 23 Looks in; 24 Pedestrians. Down: 2 Rolls; 3 Pressed; 4 System; 5 Taste; 6 Opulent; 7 Wishing well; 8 Clothes line; 14 Barrage; 16 Tripoli; 17 Chalet; 19 Aisle; 21 Essen.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Naughtiness; 9 Outdoor; 10 Clash; 11 Baron; 12 Sweater; 13 Assist; 15 Scorch; 18 Asperse; 20 Melon; 22 Clean; 23 Apostle; 24 Detestation. Down: 2 Alter; 3 Grounds; 4 Thrash; 5 Niche; 6 Scatter; 7 Forbearance; 8 Shorthanded; 14 Supreme; 16 Comfort; 17 Depart; 19 Range; 21 Lotto. Wordwheel: ACCESSORY

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 28th September at 6.30pm with Let’s Talk... which sees Simon Baldock being joined by seasoned entertainer Tony Kelly and recent award winning runner Keith Long. Tomorrow, Saturday 29th at 6pm, is the time for Celebrity Archive with mad cap broadcaster and comedienne Ruby Wax. On Sunday 30th at 6.45pm, Hand Made is a viewer’s video about some local youngsters with a particular potential talent including a very young Jay Markwick.

On Monday 1st October at 7.30pm, The Goldsmith of Quesada highlights a real craftsman who demonstrates what he can do with scrap gold and then on Tuesday 2nd at 6.30pm, The Wedding Show highlights the man who binds the happy couple together: the Reverend. On Wednesday 3rd at 6.30pm, Spanish Dive Adventures is back with more about the joys of diving off the coast of Spain with stunning underwater footage. And last but not least on Thursday 4th at 6pm, the Royal British Legion’s 90th Celebrations highlights the RBL’s celebrations from last year. 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


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Life cars

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Car review

Peugeot 207CC

DRIVING THE Peugeot 207CC with the metal roof down has re-introduced me to aromas of the past. I wasn’t expecting it but memories of my late grandma came flooding back as I drove through the New Forest in Hampshire. Although I love plants and flowers I couldn’t tell you what scents tickled my nostrils but I hadn’t smelt them for almost 30 years when my gran used to do her flower arranging. There are so many unusual fragrances early in the morning when the world is waking up and you only really notice them when walking or the next best thing, driving with the top down. I suffer from hayfever and was concerned that driving with the roof down would cause a sneezing fit but fortunately pollen doesn’t hang around long enough when the 207 cuts through it. While this two-door has four seats, the rear is only really suitable for small children – my daughter’s baby seat only fits when my wife’s seat is far forward, making it uncomfortable for her. This Peugeot is ideal for the young and care free and should really do away with the rear seats altogether. Driving the little French number is an invigorating experience. The 1.6-litre petrol is punchy and the six-speed box is clunky and decisive. Its cruise control is simple to operate and there is also the option of limiting the speed travelled so that no matter how hard the accelerator is pushed it will not exceed the speed set. A good quality leather interior and tough black plastic dashboard easily copes with anything the elements might throw at it. The test takes place immediately after I return a Lexus IS250CC costing almost 58,000€. It is interesting to note that you could in fact purchase two 207CCs and have nearly 7,500€ remaining for the price of the Lexus. You might think that the Lexus would have tainted my view and that it would win the contest hands down. Sure the Lexus is uber-luxurious and has room for four adults. But it had a dinky boot where my briefcase and laptop just about fitted, albeit rather awkwardly. The 207’s boot is larger and better designed as you can see by watching the video at As long as the cover is pulled over the luggage the user-friendly roof will

retract. It goes down in 25 seconds compared to 21 seconds on the Lexus. But it’s the driving where the little Pug wins because of its smaller size and handling. It’ll also return around 38mpg, which for a 156bhp petrol engine is pretty reasonable. Parkers, the car experts, say: “The 207 CC is a stylish and well equipped small convertible that won’t leave you cold in the winter. It uses a fully automatic metal folding roof with no levers or catches to release, so at the push of a button it’s a convertible 25 seconds later. Its predecessor, the 206 CC, was plagued with roof problems on early models and lacked refinement. Luckily, these shortcomings have been addressed and this Peugeot feels well made. It’s also good to drive, fun and has decent luggage space.” Economy: 38mpg 6 speed manual 0-60mph: 8.3secs Top speed: 130mph Fuel capacity: 50 litres

Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. For more independent unbiased car reviews and videos visit


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Believe it or not, with just a handful of games played, rumours are rife that the managerial sack-race has begun with a number of Premier League managers being touted as the season’s first casualty. Given that football is the dictionary definition of a results-driven business, I can understand why, if results aren’t coming, the manager’s position is questioned but surely it’s too early for him to be relieved of his duties? I’m a firm believer that longevity is the key to success. But at the same time, I also believe that, if you are going to sack a manager, that’s only half the job; you have to replace him with someone better, but there are very few examples of that being the case in recent times. Back in January, Neil Warnock was replaced as QPR manager by Mark Hughes and although the Welshman spent a ridiculous amount of money in a short period of time, the London club only just avoided relegation last year and find themselves in a similar position so far this term. Given the funds and players now at Sparky’s disposal, I’d say only a mid-table finish would quantify him as an improvement… but that looks unlikely. In summer, Alex

McLeish (who was never popular with the fans) was shown the door by Aston Villa and replaced by “young and hungry” Paul Lambert. Now it has to be said that Villa are not a particularly good team but McLeish managed to avoid relegation last year even though his best players were sold before he arrived and then lost three more of his better players to injury and illness for lengthy periods. Lambert, so far, hasn’t had such things to contend with but you wouldn’t know it looking at The Villains current league position. Andre Villas-Boas, following a disastrous spell at Chelsea, replaced Harry Redknapp at Tottenham over the summer and although it’s been a steady start from the Londoners, they certainly don’t look as threatening in terms of the title and Champions League qualification as they did under ‘Arry. Also in summer, Brendan Rodgers (the bookies’ current favourite to “win” the sack-race) replaced Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm. Now Rodgers made a fantastic name for himself last year with Swansea, playing a brand of football that Liverpool have lacked in recent years, but while last season’s league position was sub-standard, Dalglish did guide the club to two cup finals, picking up the Carling Cup in the process. It’s early days of course, but Rodgers and Liverpool haven’t started well at all and the possession-game that put Rodgers on the map is taking longer than planned to implement. I’m not saying that he/they won’t come good, and I’m certainly

not saying he should lose his job, but there’s definitely a case to answer in terms of whether Dalglish would be doing any worse. As I’ve said, my philosophy is to give managers time but hair-trigger chairmen seem to look at the examples of Alan Pardew at Newcastle and especially Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo. These two guys are examples of what can be achieved by nipping a problem in the bud and acting bravely. Chris Hughton was doing a fine job in the North-East but the powersthat-be thought otherwise and he was replaced; Newcastle’s record since shows that the decision (although it appeared ludicrous at the time) was inspired. Similarly, AVB was relieved of his duties after just 6 months at Chelsea, which seemed harsh, but his replacement went on to guide the club to FA Cup and European Cup glory. So for any manager that’s currently struggling and maybe fearing for his job, I’d like to see them shown a little faith…….but I doubt Pardew and Di Matteo are high on their Christmas card lists!

This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 29th Sept: Arsenal v Chelsea (1.45pm) Norwich v Liverpool (4pm) Fulham v Man City (4pm) Man United v Spurs (6.30pm) Sun 30th Sept: Notts Forest v Derby (2.15pm) Aston Villa v West Brom (5pm) 2nd/3rd/4th Oct: All Champions/Europa League Fixtures


28 sept - 04 oct 2012

Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

Mad Michel

I HAVEN’T had a pop at UEFA President Michel Platini for a couple of months, so let’s put that right shall we? Having voted for Qatar to hold the World Cup in 2022, Platini is now trying to move the goal posts by suggesting that the tournament be held during the European winter, no mention of which was made when the bids were made and Qatar came out on top of the voting. Platini is proposing a mid season break between 2nd November – 20th December with the domestic season going on until June the following year. But the impact of that would be huge on the Premier League plus the UK summer sports that normally get a look in when football is off the radar. Platini said “We have to go to Qatar when it is good for everybody to participate. What is better for the fans?” What a shame he didn’t think of that when he cast his vote in the first place.

replacements. By the way, for the word ‘replacement’ you can substitute ‘rubbish’ as the first three weeks have been a disaster. Penalty decisions are taking almost 5 minutes per game longer than last season while the statistics would suggest that home teams are being unduly favoured by the men in white and black. And it gets worse. If you get the chance, go on to You Tube and watch the final play of the game between Seattle and Green Bay. It’s being described as ‘the worst call in history’ and while the NFL has backed the officials that made it, it’s merely a case of the governing body trying, and failing, to save face. The lock out is saving the NFL around $12 million. That’s a fair amount but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to their annual operating budget of $1 billion. They may be financially richer but their sport is all the poorer for it.

Gridlock Grid Iron Premier League and European referees sometimes get a bad press in this column but the current situation in the National Football League in the USA makes our lot look like a bunch of world beaters. The NFL is locked in a pay dispute with their top officials and has allowed the season to start by using

Twenty20 The qualifying matches of the ICC World Twenty20 have been pretty much a waste of time with all the major nations making it through to the Super 8 stage and the lesser nations already packing their bags for the journey home. But there has been one outstanding highlight and that’s been the

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK’S competition was an open match and the only one of this season, the venue being the Eden canal. Well, at present that is a misnomer as the river has continual flow with the water flowing straight into the sea…? Again, the fishing was patchy with the noted pegs providing the best weights. As always you needed your cutters as the bamboos are growing at an alarming rate. 1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 14.48 kilos 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the pole using pellet with 12.76 kilo´s. (The majority of the fish coming in the last hour) 3rd Marlene (The Sweetie Lady) Hutchinson fishing the feeder using pellet with 12.36 kilos NOTE Club subs have to be paid prior to the AGM on 30th September - failure to do so will mean the joining fee will have to be paid again. The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining

FC Torry news TORRY ENTERTAINED Jove Espanol last Sunday in front of a crowd of 450. Both teams came into the game on equal points with two wins and two defeats. The game was a scrappy affair with Torry struggling to find any rhythm or form, particularly in the first half. The opposition took the lead after capitalising on a misplaced pass by Jorge. Jorge atoned for his error with an equaliser from the penalty spot. After the break, Jove took the lead again through a magnificent strike from 25 yards into the top corner of the net. Torry equalised towards the end when Jose Manuel forced the ball over the line after their keeper had parried a snap-shot from Luis Carlos. A draw was a fair result. On Sunday 8th placed Torry travel to Denia and should be looking to give a much improved performance and return to winning ways. The Torry Army is taking a coach for the day. If you are a Torry fan, book a place.

please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen This week’s 5th round match of the Winter League also incorporated the first round of the RTN Inter club team match, fished at Blanca on 18th September. There was very little wind on the water and the fish not in a feeding mood on most of the pegs. With the exception of peg 5 on the brook mouth, which was fished by Doug Hornblow - former Welsh International Angler - things were always going to be tough for the rest of us. 1st Doug (The Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow with16.680kg fishing pole using pellet 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 5.000kg fishing the feeder using corn and the whip with maggots for Bleak 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 4.800kg fishing the whip, using maggot for Bleak with 166 fish caught this

appearance of Afghanistan. They’ve got a couple of tidy fast bowlers and in Gulbodin Naib, they have a batsman of no little class. In the match against England, he smashed a Graeme Swann over for 16 and then proceeded to hit Jade Dernbach for two sixes. And all this after learning his craft, like many of his team mates, with very basic equipment at a refugee camp in northern Pakistan. Let’s hope that the ICC recognises the talent that lies within this extraordinary side and gives them more than the occasional dabble with the short form of the game.

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: equates to 28.9grams per fish The result of the first round of the RTN Team Match which is worked out on points was Rod & Reels the winners with 16 points and Abbey Angling on 14 points. Therefore, after round one Rods and Reels with 2 points: Abbey Angling with 1 point: all details are available on our web site or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368 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:

Alfaz Darts League THE NEW Alfaz Darts League season began on 14th of September. Despite the name, teams from both Alfaz, Albir and Benidorm are all competing this year on a Friday night. The league has been run in various guises over the past five years and when this season finishes in December we will be looking to again expand to two divisions. So if you fancy a bit of friendly competition and banter over a cheeky beer on a Friday, or like me the years in Spain have ravaged your body to the point where darts is simply the only sport left you can manage, then contact Ryan on 682 667 102 to register your team for the next season which starts in the new year. We will be posting weekly updates on the progress of the league which you can also view at

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The glass-half-empty guy Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

MANY YEARS ago I vowed that I would never again play golf with any golf society after I got to the end of my tether with the perennial whiner. You know the sort - nothing is ever right in his opinion. Last week I was invited to play golf with one of our local golf societies in the north of our region and against my better judgment with the benefit of hindsight I accepted the invitation. After so many years without playing with a society as the day approached I begun to look more and more forward to my day out with some people who I really did not know many of and to making new friends. Just like any other person who accepts an invitation to play with a golf society they have never played with before. I was paired with three members who were of long standing and have played golf here for many years. After two holes my dream of enjoying myself disappeared after I found myself paired with the ‘glass-half-empty’ member. Not only did this guy spoil my day he also spoiled the day out for many of the members as he continually went from one to the

other throughout the day, even on the golf course, moaning about everything and anything. The greens were too slow; the tee boxes needed cutting; the fairways were too wet; the buggies were too slow; the group ahead was too slow… on and on he went for what seemed like an eternity. After a few holes I made sure I was never near enough to hear him carrying on but the body language of those within earshot confirmed my suspicions. I really don’t know why these people come out to play golf and I don’t know how a good society gets rid of them - I wish I did. These people, and practically every golf society has one, ruin the day out for many golfers who spend hard-earned money to go out for a day’s enjoyment and sport with friends. Maybe the answer is to have a scenario where this type of person is ‘sent to Coventry’ and nobody talks to him or maybe they have to be told straight that nobody wants their day out ruined by them and told to stay away. I would be interesting to know just how we deal with these people; let me know by writing to and I’ll let you know the best suggestions.

WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 28TH SEPTEMBER 2012 Who won The FedEx Cup last weekend? A. Brandt Snedker B. Rory McIllroy C. Justin Rose 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 October 3rd. The winner will be announced in RTN on 7th October 7th.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to - Free golf lesson for all new RTN Golf members! Sign up now, limited offer

The RTN Club Scene RTN GOLF Club will stage its very first club championship at El Plantio on December 11th during the Grand Final league meeting. This will be the day when a very proud person will become Club Champion of the very best golf club in Spain. Every golfer who has a RFEG licence and is a member of RTN Golf Club will be eligible to play for our club championship even if they have not yet played in any of our League meetings throughout 2012. After getting great support from Font Del Llop last month we had planned to take RTN Golf Club back to the course on 9th October but with negotiations over price failing after we were quoted 58.50€ per player including buggy we will not now be supporting Font Del Llop in the foreseeable future; a great pity as it is no doubt a great golf course to play. Our next league meeting will now be at Alicante Golf on 9th October starting at 10am where our members will be able to play this Seve Ballesteros designed course for 48€ including buggy and breakfast. The RTN Golf League sponsored by Lloyds Bank International is now getting too close to call when trying to select a winner of either division. With the best six scores to count over the season more and more of our players are now getting to be able to drop one of their previous lower scores in favour of a better one and this means that both The Premier Division title and The Sterling Division titles will certainly not be decided until the very last shot of a really exciting season that began back in January. Next season with the leagues changing slightly to allow in non-federated members of RTN Golf Club who will have their own league the excitement will in all likelihood be even higher. Join RTN Golf Club now and join us for the very best way to enjoy competitive golf in the most friendly of environments. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Practice with the knowledge that what you are doing is correct otherwise you may be engraining faults that will become almost impossible to get rid of. 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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