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30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Brits help in bleak midwinter

(from left) Lesley Clark, organiser of the Christmas Fairs, Carole Saunders and Monserrat Fiter

by Jack Troughton COSTA BLANCA charity EMAUS is facing a bleak midwinter as it struggled against the chill caused by the ongoing economic crisis. Based in Altea, the 32-year-old charity has plunged into debt as funding from the Valencia Government has all but dried up – it is understood EMAUS is owed hundreds of thousands of euros to pay salaries and bills. RTN was told it is being forced to live hand to mouth with donations from generous British expat charities and individuals helping to keep it going.

EMAUS is perhaps best known for its nine children’s homes across the region where youngsters are in family-type units looked after by social workers. However, it also runs an old people’s home, sheltered accommodation, a woman’s shelter, a home for the handicapped, and has a specialist team dedicated to trying to reunite children with their real families. In total, there are around 300 people employed by EMAUS and some have not been paid for five months. Local politician Carole Saunders – who is also President of Friends of the Children of EMAUS – said: “The situation is

absolutely scandalous, something like 2.7 million euros is owed by Valencia. It is a terrible situation.” APPEAL Valencia has appealed for financial help from Madrid but the support is being drop fed – and is the reason people like the pharmacists have still to be fully paid. “EMAUS did receive 100,000€ which paid a month’s salary to the social workers and a month’s worth of bills at the children’s homes,” said Carole. “But they have not been paid for five months now. Continued on page 3

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Domestic Violence: Help at Hand

Continued from front page “And it is inevitable that some of the staff are having to look for new jobs, others are living back with their parents.” She explained that EMAUS received a payment for each of the children it cared for. “However, everything is supposed to come out of that, including the wages of social workers. “And EMAUS has always considered the number of social workers Valencia is willing to pay for is insufficient – this has always been a problem, a lack of money means cutting back on staff numbers.” Carole, a councillor at Calpe Town Hall, said she and EMAUS President Montserrat Fiter were planning to appeal directly to Madrid for help.

by Keith Nicol THE SPANISH authorities take a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence. Any woman subjected to such activity need only phone the special National Domestic Violence Hotline Number 061 and for professional advice and the support issues available. Yesterday, Thursday 29th November the British Consulate held an event with the SubDelegación del Gobierno to ensure that British nationals are aware of all of the possible areas of support in cases of domestic violence. More than sixty representitives of the International and Spanish community organisations attended the event which was planned to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which takes place each year on 25th November. The event was chaired by the British Consul, Paul Rodwell, the Delegada del Gobierno, Paula Sánchez de León Guardiola and the Subdelegado del gobierno, Alberto Martínez Díaz. The first objective of this campaign is to advise everyone of support available and eliminate any stigma around the issue and encourage victims to denounce and remove themselves from situations of risk or danger. Paul Rodwell, opened the event outlining the importance of working together with the Spanish authorities. He said “Alicante province is the area of Spain with the highest percentage of British nationals registered as residents, so it’s not

Paul Rodwell with Paula Sánchez de León Guardiola

unusual that a number of these British nationals will get in to some kind of difficulty. Nonetheless, the fact that one third of our arrests relate to domestic violence is a serious concern. I think we are extremely fortunate that Spain is a country that takes this kind of crime very seriously and I am impressed with the level of support that is available. The objective of today is to make sure that British nationals learn about this support and feel able to access it if they ever need to. A major objective of the event was to ensure that local English speaking associations understand what support is available so they in turn can inform and support English speaking residents and tourists to reduce the victims’ continued suffering through lack of knowledge. Women who feel they are in danger should call the emer-

gency services helpline 112. For professional advice on support and services available, the national domestic violence hotline 016, to receive advice and information without making a report to the police: 062 – Civil Guard police or 91 - National Police. The Generalitat Valenciana has 24hour Women’s Centres - tel. 900580888. The Diputación in Alicante provides a comprehensive information guide on welfare rights for victims of gender-based violence, which can currently be accessed, in English and Spanish, at The British Consulate offers support and help to British nationals in a range of cases. Their office is located at Plaza Calvo Sotelo, 1, 03001 Alicante, Tel. 902 109 356,; E-mail:

STRAIN “One really wonders how much longer the charity can go on like this – it is straining to breaking point,” added Carole. “They are surviving on bank loans and the good will of the banks along with the generosity of people willing to help out. “But one fears they may be forced to close because of a lack of money. It is a real worry.” Carole said the situation had resulted in excursions for the children to be cut back but charities were stepping in to buy toys for the youngsters – and essential repairs at the homes. And she said recent donations would insure there would be the children’s favourite foods on the table in the festive season. “Rumours that they are living off rice and oil are completely untrue and have upset the adults caring for them. They are still getting good nutritional Spanish food – including chicken and salad – but some of their favourite things and special ingredients have had to go.” This weekend sees a mammoth Christmas Fair at the Marriott Hotel. Every person attending on Saturday and Sunday will pay 1€ - all the money raised going to help the EMAUS children. Last month’s early bird gift fair raised 773€.

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It’s still not too late to cancel


Jennifer Cunningham

FOR SOME months now I have been writing to inform you of the closure of a Private Health Company and advising you on an excellent alternative to the product being offered by the company taking over all the clients. As I have mentioned, it is a very large Spanish Company with little or no knowledge of the needs of the ex pats, and also lacking in English-speaking staff. Many doctors will not be working with them and you could be very disappointed to find that your doctor of preference is no longer with this company. This of course could turn out to be a disaster – being unable to speak to someone in their your language - especially when you are feeling a little stressed… well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. For many years now my company has employed a full time administrator to handle all health queries, arrange appointments and to just be there to assist in any way possible, and as we have become so busy, mainly based on recommendations, I have now employed an assistant for Mandy, whose name is Nina. Both ladies are bilingual and have a vast amount of experience with living in Spain and the ways in which the system works. I understand that very little information from the new company has been issued at this moment in time. They even seem unsure of the new policy terms and have advised Mandy that they will be contacting clients during next year to advise them of the policy details and for them to accept the new conditions. Also please be careful, there are payments already being taken out of bank accounts, even though it is for next year’s premium. However, you have 60 days for

the bank to return the payment on your behalf. This is despite in some cases the policy having been cancelled. If you have changed insurances I would advise you to cancel the direct debit with your bank, as I feel this type of action does not bode well for the future. If you haven’t already had a meeting with Mandy or spoken to her on the phone regarding what we are able to offer it isn’t too late. Although the cut off date for cancellations is 31st October, legally if your doctor of choice is no longer going to be with the new company you can cancel at any time. Also as the company has changed hands, you also have the legal right not to accept the new company’s conditions at any time. The alternative that my company is offering is based on your old policy but there are some very specific differences, starting with ‘The Age You Join Is the Age You Stay’: how wonderful for once not to be penalised for getting a bit older! Also Asssa have ‘Guaranteed for Life’ included in all their policies. This means that they will never cancel your policy should you have a serious illness or just become older. If you are offered these terms by another company please make sure it is in writing: the written word is paramount in law. The process of transfer via my offices is very straight forward and as all the information is in English, making it easier for you to understand all the implications. And Mandy will give you as much time

as you need to ensure you are absolutely clear of the Asssa policy conditions. Health insurance is vital to all families and therefore much easier if you get it right first time. The claims of some companies are just not viable. Looking after ex-pats requires a great understanding and I can assure you my company always goes that extra mile for you all. Don’t just leave it to chance: call Mandy now on 96 646 1690 or email If you do nothing to obtain information regarding your existing policy and the changeover company then you will automatically be transferred to them and the payment taken out of your bank. If at a later date you find the policy and conditions are not the same and the doctors’ list completely different you will be trapped - don’t just leave it to chance, you are far too important. Obviously along with transferring to Asssa there are many of you who will discover that you are no longer entitled to public health cover via a SIP card for various reasons, as we all know from the recent huge press announcements. Approximately 60,000 cards have been cancelled in the Valencia region alone, therefore you will need to join a private health company and we have very special terms for new clients and families so it makes sense to call Mandy or Nina and discover how good our policies and service are.

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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Alleged rape on Javea’s Arenal Javea’s Arenal beach where the alleged rape took place

by Jan Gamm A MAN appeared before the Alicante Provincial Court this week accused of raping a 17year-old British woman on the Arenal beach in Javea in February 2009. The prosecutor in the case has requested a prison term of 11 years for the alleged perpetrator, a Moroc-

can man with the initials KBB. The accused denies having raped the girl and alleges they were in a consensual relationship, his version of events supported by a friend and witness. However the young woman maintains she was unwillingly dragged onto the beach by her alleged attacker where she was sexually assaulted.

Man found bound and gagged after falling two floors THE GUARDIA Civil is investigating the discovery of a Spanish 60-year-old man found bound and gagged and with severe head injuries on the patio of a building in Calle Pizarro in Villjoyosa at about 12.40am on Thursday. The man, whose hands were tied with a bathrobe belt, had fallen from the second floor but his descent was interrupted by a structural feature of the building. He was transferred to the Villajoyosa Hospital where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. Robbery has been ruled out but a second man found within a second floor apartment is helping police with their enquiries.


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Remembering the victims VICTIMS OF domestic violence were remembered on the Costa Blanca at the Women In Business Club’s White Ribbon Day celebration last Sunday. by Jack Troughton The annual event raises money to by essentials for women and children forced to flee the family homes and take refuge in four shelters supported by the club. Held at Javea’s Parador Hotel, the day was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Oscar Anton who was interested to learn of the club’s help and support for a rising number of victims – sometimes arriving at shelters with only the clothes they stand up in. Club President Chris Duffin said White Ribbon Day was an international celebration to raise awareness of the problem of violence in the home. She said during the opening ceremony a candle was lit for club members, a second for White Ribbon day itself and a third to remember the women and children who had lost their lives over the year.

Chris Duffin beside the donated Christmas Tree

“This is not just about poor people or a single age group but goes across the board,” said Chris. “Sadly, during times of economic crisis there is always an increase in cases of domestic violence.” And she said WIBC was particularly concerned about the lasting effect of children witnessing domestic abuse. “One of the problems is when children witness this form of violence they begin to think it is normal – almost learning it is a normal way to behave and they can go on to commit acts of violence themselves in the future.

“We need to be able to educate children about the problem, to teach them it is not normal – particularly males, who can think it is the way to act in a ‘macho’ society like Spain.” However, the day was not just about a condemnation of domestic violence – it was also a very social occasion. WIBC members ran a series of stalls; there were fashion shows, music and entertainment. Chris concluded: “There has been a very good turn out and I think everyone who has come along has enjoyed themselves.”

Food voucher scheme By Jack Troughton HELP OF Denia and the Marina Alta hopes to launch a food voucher scheme to help needy families stung by the ongoing economic crisis. The charity has been in contact with social services departments in town halls at Denia, Calpe, Javea, and TeuladaMoraira to discuss how best to help the

most vulnerable people. HELP President Judith Goodall told RTN she had already held talks with supermarkets to discuss the initiative. “They have been very positive.” Speaking at the charity’s annual Christmas Fayre in Denia – one of its most important fund raising events – Judith said: “I would like social services to

actually give out the vouchers – we hope they would have a value of 50€ each.” Once again the fair attracted large numbers who browsed a number of stalls, enjoyed scones and cream, and refreshment, bought raffle tickets and were entertained by a number of sideshows. Pictured on a busy cake stall was a festively-dressed Candy Wright.

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People smugglers crash land A HIGHLY organised gang smuggling Iranian asylum seekers by air into Britain has been smashed after 19 people were arrested in Spain and the UK. by Jack Troughton A joint operation between UK Border Agency officers and the Guardia Civil culminated on Monday with co-ordinated arrests in Alicante, Madrid, and London – a final suspect arrested in Hull on Tuesday. And as part of Operation Marlo, the suspected 56-year-old Mr Big was apprehended in Mill Hill, London, and it his alleged his illicit scam earned the gang £1.4 million. Fake papers were used to fly people on budget airlines from mainland Europe to Britain and were destroyed before landing at Stansted and Manchester airports – once the migrants were successfully on British soil, they claimed asylum.

According to British newspaper reports, many have vanished after immigration staff were forced to release them on bail. SEIZE In addition to the 11 arrests in Spain and eight in London, the authorities also seized computers, a number of documents, and mobile telephones. These are being examined by detectives. The international investigation discovered people paid up to 18,000€ each and the gang was contacted by up to 100 potential customers a month. On average 25 of these became clients and an estimated 20 a month were heading for the UK. Chris Foster, of the UK Border

A chill wind!

ARCTIC WINDS have brought chilly weather to the Costa Blanca just in time for Advent. Temperatures dropped to around 6º in some regions and are expected to fall further in the run up to the weekend. Mountainous areas have experienced a little of everything with sun, wind, rain and snow on higher ground. Snow ploughs are being serviced in preparation for snowfall in the northern parts of Spain and winter woollies taken out of mothballs in readiness for Spain’s short but sharp winter.

Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation team said: “This investigation is targeting an organised network suspected of being involved in a systematic attempt to evade the UK’s immigration controls. “People smuggling is an international crime, so we have been working very closely with our Spanish law-enforcement colleagues from the outset. Our investigation will continue with the evidence we have seized.” Simon Cooper, the Border Agency’s Assistant Regional Director covering Spain added: Spain is becoming a The hard place for organised immigraalleged tion crime to operate and criminals ringleader now know they will be disrupted is arrested and brought to justice.” in London

Ryanair to cut flights due to airport tax

IRISH BUDGET airline Ryanair has announced the reduction of flights to Spain by 12% next summer due to the increase in airport taxes in Madrid and Barcelona. Ryanair Vice President Michael Cawley said on Wednesday that the increased airport taxes represented an increase in cost of between 75 and 80 million Euros next year and would reflect a 40% rise in the cost of a ticket, adding that Ryanair “…would not pass on the cost to the customer just because AENA is bankrupt.” The increase in tax in the two airports is four times the average of the 170 airports where Ryanair operates and in Barajas the Irish airline will reduce its flights by 23%, cutting the number of flights by 179 - meaning 120 jobs will be lost. AENA predicts it will make a loss to their income of €25 million. Ryanair plans to increase the number of its flights outside Spain by 4% in 2013 with a projected profit of between 490 and 520 million Euros.



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Get the GPS location of your property WE HAVE lived in the campo of Callosa De Segura for nine years - quite a remote place to live. Our camino had no name apart from one made up by ‘the builder’. Although we were finally given an address after six years we always doubted how an emergency service could ever find us. When I needed to get urgent help for my husband by phoning 112 for an ambulance it proved to be my worst nightmare. They could not find our address! It was 5am in the morning and dark. I ended up leaving my husband to meet the ambulance which was driving up and down searching for our casa. It was Christmas and our immediate neighbours had gone back to the UK so I couldn’t call on their help. After 45 minutes (which seemed like hours) the ambulance crew saw me frantically waving and shouting: help at last. Over the next three months my husband was admitted into hospital via the emergency service six times. The only way to get over the problem with our address was for a friend to meet the ambulance at a known location for the crew to follow to our casa. Okay if you’ve got that good friend available 24/7. The solution I have since learned, is to join the Red Cross: you may have a centre nearby. It will cost a small amount per year to be a member. Failing that get the GPS location of your property: anything is better than nothing. Hoping you never need it though… Margaret Harper

Supporting the SAT charity

HAVING MOVED to bigger premises closer to Hyperber supermarket in Almoradi, there seems to be confusion as to how many charity shops there are in town which support solely the SAT charity for abandoned dogs. There is still only ONE fully licensed shop which accepts goods, clothes, etc., the proceeds from which go to the upkeep of the dogs at kennels in Dolores. So if you want the profits from the sale of your unwanted items, be they clothes, furniture, bric a brac or electrical item to go directly to SAT, please bring them into the SAT shop on the corner right by Hyperber in Almoradi and speak to Julie the coordinator. Thank you. Susan Rose


I THINK this will top R Green’s letter ‘disgusted’. The Brits’ fancy dress parade was going well until two men arrived with a bear and proceeded to let the bear out of the cage among the crowd and the poor animal was made to perform. One man put a plastic chair on his head, he was then made to do a hand and arm gesture to the crowd (yes you know which one). He must have suffered so much over time to learn that gestures - the whole thing was disgusting, shameful and cruel. This beautiful animal was laughed at and humiliated and at a bar who was selling videos so I assume the owner had been involved. I don’t have a Facebook account - if you do please post the section on the bear and let the world see the cruelty that is happening at the close of the fiesta in Benidorm. The mayor can turn a blind eye to this but the bear can’t - why - because I found out later that the bear was blind. Carol Childs, Lancashire, a regular visitor to Benidorm PS I am sending a copy of this to WSPA who work hard to stop this kind of cruelty around the world.

Absolutely appalling FIRST MAY I say what a brilliant time we had at the English party in Benidorm last week - fun, brilliant costumes and lots of happy people. The only thing that was awful was the fact that some idiots thought it was a good idea to parade a cow, bull and a bear (not chained) through crowds of people. The bear was brought on to the road and encouraged to dance. This was absolutely appalling - the ‘owners’ would have had no chance if the bear decided to become what he should be and act like a bear. I am presuming that the handlers were Eastern Europeans as they are one on the races still capturing these bears. It doesn’t take much to realise what the poor creature has gone through to get to him to this so called ‘tame’ state. Who actually gave permission for this, as they should definitely be prevented from arranging anything again if their intelligence level is such that they thought this was a good idea. Linda Pendlebury

The wrong stop Thank you I WOULD like to add to Mr Price’s comments on how many expats retain the British mind-set while living in Spain (Issue 679). The contributions of Britain to the advancement of Civilization are many, and deservedly acknowledged. The same cannot be said of its incursions into, and interferences with weaker nations in the past. And the ‘glory’ attributed to both the World Wars is becoming more and more dubious, with time allowing more and more revelations to be made as to political causes and vested interests that led to them. Militarism is one of the curses of our times, so if we want to remember its innocent victims (and in this I include the humble squaddie) why do we have to wear and use symbols of aggression like uniforms and weapons, and engage in puerile war enactments? The cowboys-and-Indians-style debacle didn’t edify the victims of militarism. Did they scatter fake body parts and throw red paint around as well for realism?! I came to Spain to explore a different culture, but sometime I think I must have got off at the wrong stop and ended up somewhere in England! Expats, by all means bring your talents to Spain, but please leave behind the militarism! C Dowling, Orihuela Costa

The Gran Alacant Branch of the Royal British Legion in Spain, would like to thank Manager, Alistair Wilson, all his staff, and customers at Iceland (Overseas) - San Fulgencio. Together, they raised 2,226 euros and 75 cents for the Poppy Appeal. On behalf of our beneficiaries, many, many thanks. Robin Hargrave Chairman Brian Hunt - Treasurer

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In it to win it!

The lottery looms

A lady ponders over which numbers to choose

by Jan Gamm IT’S THAT time of year again and just about every household in Spain, whatever the state of its finances, prepares to try its luck in the Christmas Lottery. The Gordo Sweepstakes attract millions of punters eager to try their hand at winning life-changing amounts, each adopting ‘lucky’ rituals to help Lady Luck make up her mind about who should pick up a fortune in the Christmas draw. With so many variables to consider it is impossible to know who will be the fortunate recipient of a welcome windfall but superstition plays an active part in the purchasing of tickets. LUCKY Some people will pay for their tickets only with the left hand – or the right – or was it the left… while others will only buy their tickets if they have touched the belly of a pregnant woman or the back of a hunchback or eaten

ham for breakfast, or if they have a lucky talisman in their pockets… Superstitions also vary according to region: in Galicia, it is thought to be fortuitous to hang a lucky horseshoe in the home to attract good luck; elsewhere people place their tickets near a shrine to the Holy Mother, or carry around a sprig of parsley, or light a yellow candle, carry a collection of coins, or place the tickets in a blue pot, or was it white… Keeping an iron key in the pocket on the day of the draw is another popular tradition. HOPE This year, the ‘number of hope’ in the capital is 17,912, corresponding to the date of Esperanza Aguirre’s announcement of her retirement (The President of the Madrid Community) - along with the dates of deaths of celebrities or sporting heroes Whatever your ritual for pulling in some good luck for the Gordo, RTN wishes all its readers the best of luck!

King Juan Carlos to stay in hospital following hip operation SURGEON ANGEL Vilamore of the Quirón Hospital in Madrid has announced that King Juan Carlos is to remain hospitalised over the weekend following a third hip operation. The King was fitted with a prosthetic left hip this week. His condition is described by hospital staff as satisfactory.



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Victims pursue Icelandic bank by Jack Troughton

VICTIMS OF a failed equity release scheme run by failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki Luxembourg this week filed a law suit against the management team. Lawyers representing 180 victims in Spain and France say their clients – mostly British pensioners – have been hounded by the bank’s administrators attempting to repossess their homes. Landsbanki was place into court-ordered liquidation in October 2008 in the Grand Duchy but liquidators were accused of an “aggressive” approach towards the people who signed up to equity release scheme – scores living on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. They were originally promised as well as releasing cash, the remainder of the loan would be invested by Landsbanki to pay the interest – and even an income – in a financial scheme already outlawed in Britain because of the perceived risk. And this July, Magistrate Renaud Van Ruymbeke found there was reason to believe there was “an element of fraud behind this apparently legitimate operation” that justified an investigation. The judge and judges in Spain have ordered temporary protection for victims’ properties as the liquidators were said to have “multiplied” efforts to satisfy the existing debts.

Lawyers Benjamin Bodwig and Bernard Maingain allege there were a “surprising” number of irregularities concerning the bank’s operation. LEGISLATION

These include operating methods that failed to meet Spanish and French legislation; promising a “safe and responsible investment” despite it being clear it could not satisfy promised results; and in Luxembourg using an insurance company “that appears to be no more than a post box.” Further, it is maintained not one security portfolio produced the reported results, while investments appeared to earn fees and commissions for the bank rather than being in the interests of the customer. And the equity release scheme was being marketed in 2006, 2007 and 2008, while a leading firm of accountants Meryl Lynch were warning of the fragile nature of Icelandic banks. It has also been revealed the beneficial owner of Landsbanki has been convicted of a criminal offence and is suspected of having links with underworld organisations in Eastern Eu-

rope, and further, the bank made loans to companies and individuals close to the owner. The lawyers said the victims had been compelled to file a law suit. “The families wish to take this opportunity to alert the press because the press alone can assume the role of guard-dog to insure an impartial and independent inquiry that will expose all of the flaws in the banking system and the protective network in which it will be held. “The families also intend to write to all EU officials aware of the issues surrounding these abuses with a view to supporting this case and learning lessons from it in terms of regulation or control, as well as any criminal prosecutions, and to avoid other victims being affected by such criminal conduct in the longer term.” Landsbanki administrator Yvette Hamilus

Scorpion on a plane AN IBERIA Airbus A340 was sealed up with tape on Monday when a Swiss lady passenger was bitten on the arm by a scorpion. The inci dent happened as the aircraft was landing at Barajas Airport. The injured passenger was transferred to the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Barcelona for treatment.

Heavy price to pay for bank bailout green light

BANKIA AGREED on Wednesday to close more than 1,000 branches and impose more than 6,000 redundancies to secure the green light from the European Commission on Spain’s bank bailout of more than €37 billion. Other nationalised banks affected include the Cataluña Caixa, Novagalicia Bank and the Banco de Valencia: all four banks are required to carry out significant branch closures by 2017 and halt real estate lending. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia said the cuts will ensure that the banks use “…no more than necessary of taxpayers’ money to restructure and do not return to unsustainable business practices.”

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Answering the Red Cross call by Jack Troughton GENEROUS FREEMASONS have answered to an appeal from the Red Cross to help families in need at Christmas as the recession continues to bite. It was estimated last year that 22% of Spanish families were already living below the poverty line – a figure steadily rising over 2012, with some households receiving no income at all. And as poverty rises, more people are seeking help from charities like the Red Cross – in Javea the Red Cross supports 70 families, supplying food and help with bills – especially heating bills in winter – and school books and toys for children. Camu.lot Lodge of the Freemasons in Javea, part of the Gran Logia Simbolica de Espana Iberia, staged a series of fund raising events and this week presented cheques to a “delighted” Jose Luis Domenech, President of the Red Cross in the town. Masons Ian Hutchinson, Ray Pease, David Bradley-Wright, Tony Court, and John Bellinger-Smith gave a cheque for 800€ to aid families and another for 250€ to buy presents

Freemasons with Red Cross members

for children in the local community. Jose Luis said the money was “desperately needed” and was being earmarked to buy gifts for children at Christmas.

He also said while many people were very generous in donating used toys, it was felt important that youngsters received new toys at a special time of year.

And anyone wishing to help, donations can be sent to Banco Santander, Account Creu Roja, account number 0049 3894 95 2814217469.


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Late shopping success by Jack Troughton SHOPPERS ENJOYED a special festive late afternoon visit to the Charity Shop of Calpe aided and abetted by a glass of cava or Bucks Fizz. There was the chance to win a Christmas hamper, cakes and gift ideas – as well as an opportunity to browse the packed shelves. So far this year, the shop has made around 15,000€ in donations to a number of deserving local charities and the “unbelievable” 1,556€ raised at the one-off afternoon will go to Calpe’s EMAUS home and the council’s food bank. Shop President John Bridge explained: “As far as we are concerned, everyone in Calpe gives us things to sell and make some money and we want to give it back to the town.” He said the shop was also helping local schools by buy-

Selling raffle tickets, Nessie O’Hara (left) with Margaret Ryan and John Bridge

ing equipment because of the lack of available funds from the government. “This year we have concentrated on the schools and the food bank – and anything else that comes along,” said John.

“We are open to offers, the money is there and we might as well use it. “And it is there thanks to all the people in the town who donate items to the shop.”

Going for a song CAROLS AND seasonal songs provided a festive backdrop to Jalon Valley HELP’s annual Christmas Bazaar last Saturday as the charity raised over 3,000€. The entertainment was provided by the Val de Pop U3A’s Casual choir and local singer and guitarist JJ Jones – perhaps best known for his Neil diamond Tribute. People packed into the hall to enjoy the fun of tombola, a raffle, guess the name of the furry dog and guess the weight of the Christmas Cake, as we browse the many stalls selling party

wear, Christmas cards, decorations, toys, books, jewellery and other gift ideas. There was also mulled wine, cava and beer, mince pies to help get into the spirit – or just a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. Pictured taking a break from kitchen duties are four HELP volunteers who did sterling work behind the scenes – just part of the charity’s dedicated team. Further information about Jalon Valley Help visit, or call 659 624 643.


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Poppy love

THIEVES FAILED to dent the public’s pride in the annual Poppy Appeal as the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion collected an “amazing” 11,560€. by Jack Troughton Sadly, six of the distinctive red collection tubs were stolen yet despite the loss, the 2012 total was almost 5% up on the 11,044€ donated 12 months earlier. And Branch Chairman Roger Dawes was quick to thank everyone for their generous donations, as well as the bars, restaurants, shops, businesses and associations who took a box to collect money. He said he also thanked branch members for all their

efforts in contributing to the total – those taking part in the sponsored walk that kick started the appeal raising 2,305€, also an increase on 2011. The boxes were distributed around Javea, Benitachell, parts of Moraira and Denia, and Roger said the result was “simply magnificent”. He said despite the recession, “which is really hitting everyone”, and the thefts, the appeal had raised “a totally amazing amount”. Roger told RTN: “I could not believe how well we did – well done everybody. It is absolutely superb.”


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Elche Children’s Home benefit concert by Keith Nicol THE ELCHE Children’s Home benefitted to the tune of 650€ on Thursday November 22nd, thanks to a very special concert at Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Road, Guardamar. The one off night supporting the Elche Children’s Home has never seen before on the Costa Blanca South and will possibly never be seen again. However, such was the success of night, maybe a different line up with a similar format will delight fans of live 70’s and 80’s music in the new year. The night featured legendary tributes to ‘The Eagles’, ‘Status Quo’ and ‘Abba’ thanks to excellent performances from ‘Desperado’, Fakers Quo’ and ‘Abba Elite’. The show was produced by Night Out Promotions, who have already had other charitable causes knocking on their door to produce an equally successful evening for them. Their next production is

guaranteed to be even more successful. 18 months in the making, the show is the spectacular, flamenco-fusion show ‘EXPLOSION’, which has its European Tour debut on December 13 in Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre. The show features Essex born, Jay Markwick, who at only nineteen years of age, is about to embark upon an extremely promising career with his own company. This fantastic, new production offers a spectacular and unique fusion of dance, music, colour, sensuality, fun and excitement, plus a combination of passion, strength and speed. The production takes traditional Flamenco and converts it into a spectacular and modern theatre production which will be enjoyed by everyone. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Box office, through, by calling 966 732 215 or Night Out Promotions Mobile number, 672 885 418. More information at Fakers Quo

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


“Unexpected oaf in the self-service area”

“EVERYTHING YOU want from your store and a little bit more…” That, if you’re old enough to remember, was the Tesco strap line before the current, “Every little helps…” entered our consciousness. And in an effort to qualify both statements the company has gone from strength to strength in making Tesco a one-stop-shop. Not only can you buy anything from avocados to XBoxes but you can underwrite your car; life; house and all your worldly goods. You can get personal finance and internet banking. A competitive mobile phone network is available to you, along with broadband. You can get your eyes checked, your doctor’s prescription dispensed and in some stores your feet massaged. I guess we’re only waiting for the gynaecologists and barbers to take up rooms in the larger stores for a complete life experience. Outside in the car park – after you’ve filled at the garage – a gang of eager valet-eers will spring-clean your car for you; inside and out. Is there any end to it? Do I need to go elsewhere? Well, I guess the think-tank boyos in the Tesco Command Bunker think so because in an effort to retain my custom my store is now offering the new ‘scan and pack as you shop’ gizmo. An area of store has been set aside for a bank of ‘on board’ computers that you fix to the new gleaming handy holder on your trolley and off you go scanning and packing as you go. When you’ve crammed all you can into your bags you enter the little ‘scan and go grotto’ download your gizmo and part with your hard-earned sausage and mash; simples! The trouble is the Luddite part of me is thinking, “Is this not doing someone out of a job?” Is some poor sod being off-loaded by this endeavour? Look, don’t get me wrong I like to embrace new technology as much as the next person but I can’t help wondering if the time will come when we wander around doing our

shopping without the need for any human interface, erm sorry I mean human contact, at all. Mind you, if the ‘scan and go’ system is anything like the self-service checkout, an army of troubleshooters will be needed to oversee it. Picture the scene: Frank Spencer Watts is waiting in a long line at the checkout and decides to opt for the self-service option. Four out of the eight machines seems to working and one of those is empty, so in I glide. It starts off well enough. Then I make the mistake of resting my brolly next to my semi-packed groceries. “Unexpected item in the bagging area,” my till announces loudly, with mild irritation. Oh gawd, now what? An age passes as I wait for the self-service trouble-shooter to wander round and trouble shoot. A young spotty oik gives me a withering look and scans a card across the screen to reset it. “The machine weighs ya goods and it’s picked up ya brolly,” he says, glancing at the offending item with a world weariness that tells me he is fed up with old people that do not understand the technology. He sighs, “Just put only ya shopping there, yeah…” “Sorry mate,” I mutter. Two minutes later he is back. The ginger beer I’m attempting to purchase is of the alcoholic strain, so my age needs to be verified. “I don’t think you’re underage…” he smiles. “Sorry mate,” I repeat. He sighs his trademark sigh and sloops away to deal with the next middle-aged incompetent. I glance over at the human operated checkout. The man who was behind me in the original queue is already packed and heading for

the exit. It reiterates my belief in dealing with people before dealing with machines; even if the person is a young spotty oik. Watts in Britain, so you don’t have to be

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50€ cash back from Liberty Seguros The offer is valid until 31st December only - so don’t let it get away! ‘CATCH IT while you can’, and ‘Don’t let it get away’ are the slogans for the new 50€ Cash Back offer from Liberty Seguros, the number one choice insurer for ex-pats living in Spain - and it is entirely up to you what you spend that extra cash on! When you take out a fully comprehensive car insurance or home insurance from Liberty Seguros and pay by direct debit, they will give you 50€ Cash Back straight into your bank account! Liberty Seguros has been providing extensive insurance at an affordable price for nearly a century now. They are one of the most important insurance companies in the world with more than 150,000 international clients in Spain alone! Liberty Seguros prides itself on its customer service. Their hand-picked brokers with a world of experience ensure clients receive personal treatment and quality service in their own language. They will look at your individual needs to get you and your family the best possible cover there is at surprisingly competitive premiums!

Liberty Seguros’ car insurance offers total coverage to driver and passengers in case of an accident.

It provides roadside assistance from kilometre zero, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - and it even covers you for assistance with the processing of fines should you ever need it. Good drivers may be rewarded with no-claims discounts of up to 55% and they have created the

‘designated driver’ category, a new concept in the market, for a reduction in your premium. Liberty Seguros’ Home Insurance gives you total piece of mind and includes 24-hour Home Assistance with just a simple telephone call as well as All-risk accidental damage to both contents and building with an extension of cover for objects outside the home. Cover includes things like damage to garden furniture; damage caused by acts of vandalism; water damage; fire damage; rain, wind and snow damage; lock replacement expenses and more. They will also provide discounts for security measures and give you the option to pay in instalments. Contact Liberty Seguros for an instant quote or the name of your nearest broker and find out how you can enjoy 50€ Cash Back into your bank account: Tel: 902 255 258 Premiums must exceed 450€ for Fully Comprehensive Car insurance or 250€ for Home Insurance. Not for renewals or replacements. Terms and conditions apply.



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Gala ball so Poppy-ular

Preparing your motorbike for winter

by Jack Troughton THE BALLROOM at the Denia Marriott Hotel was packed with 267 guests to enjoy the Poppy Appeal Gala Ball and help raise 2,977€ for the Royal British Legion. Organised by the Benidoleig and District Branch of the Legion, the night was voted a resounding success – with many revellers keen for a repeat performance next year. Chris Wyatt, Chairman of the Legion’s District North Spain, said the ball represented what the charity did so well – fundraising to provide welfare and support for those in need and at the same time meeting the interests of its members and friends. Branch chairman Patrick Scully thanked all the guests for attending and all those who had helped make it a “wonderful night”. Pictured are a party

of guests from Europa-Network, and other sponsors of the ball included Vives Pons & Asociados, The Cut at Jalon, The

Corner Shop in Orba and Millie Munro Services, SR Design & Print, and photographers Paul and Jolanda Schillings.

Advent Carol Service: Anglican Chaplaincy THE COSTA Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy is to hold a special Advent Carol Service on Sunday 2nd December at 6pm at the Ermita San Josep in La Fustera. Everyone is most welcome.

WINTER IS coming and you must prepare your bike for this cooler time of year. If you continue to use your bike in winter, or place it in storage, a poor maintenance schedule in the winter gives additional costs and can result in unnecessary damage and problems. It is time to change the antifreeze, change the oil for one more suitable to these lower temperatures, disconnect the battery (so that they are not discharged), or install a battery disconnect. One should also check brakes and ensure tires adapt to the seasonal shutdown, so they do not become deformed. If the bike is on the road prepare it for additional water and moisture. There are a number of products that will prevent moisture and rust on your bike and also protect the paint. It is recommended to protect the bike with a cover that is breathable, to prevent water, dust, moisture, etc… It is worthwhile getting a professional to prepare your bike for winter: we at MRA Motorsport offer this service and much more. Please feel free to visit in Denia, next to ABC Pools. See the advert on the Motoring page.


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Changes to medical cover GENERAL CUTS caused by the crisis have prompted a lot of changes with respect to medical social security cover that people are entitled to. These changes include limits to the service which means that the better option is to elect a private health insurance policy to better suit your needs. Within the companies that offer this type of health insurance, El Perpetuo Socorro has great experience in offering complete solutions in the Expatriat market. Doctors that speak your language (look to see if other companies offer this) Documentation and multi-language customer service Unlimited hospitalization cover (look to see if other companies offer this) Medicine included when you are hospitalized (look to see if other companies offer this) Wide cover in Intensive Care Unit (up to 45 days a year) The best hospitals in your area Guarantee for life (We will not cancel your policy because of excessive claims) For all of these reasons, we are the best option for you and if you need a health insurance policy that adapts to your needs please do not hesistate to contact us and we will give you the information that you need. At El Perpetuo Socorro we want you to feel supported by the best company for your peace of mind. If your actual health insurance policy has limited

your services (for instance if your health insurance company no longer has the doctors available that you were seeing under your health insurance policy), please speak with us. We can offer you the option of having the same covers with the same professionals you are accustomed to seeing. El Perpetuo Socorro (EPS) has an office in Avenida Maisonnave 31 – entreplanta in Alicante, and also has a wide range of agentes available that speak your language and with whom you can rely on to explain to you your best option. Please telephone us on 96 512 6135 and we will put you in touch with a professional in your local area. (

Estate agents net shirt

By Jack Troughton MANAGERS OF estate agents Casitas Iberica were delighted to win the signed Manchester United shirt with a 1,500€ bid – scoring more cash for Grant A Wish. The piece of football memorabilia was generously donated by Old Trafford and signed by the current squad of the top Premiership club. The auction was held live over the air on Bay Radio a week ago and bidding started at 50€ and climbed steadily to 850€. However, after following the Grant A Wish story – how it

surprises deserving people by making a little dream come true – Jason, Penny and Sherry of Casitas Iberica, decided to make a difference and volleyed in with their 1,500€ winning bid. Pictured is Jody Kirby, a director of Continental Wealth Management (second from right) presenting the shirt to the successful trio outside their offices on the Jesus Pobre Road, Javea. Grant A Wish, a partnership between Continental Wealth Management, exchange rate specialists Moneycorp, RTN and Bay Radio, is preparing its special Christmas surprise.

A leisure club for tweens

IN VILLENA the municipality opened a youth club this week for children aged between 10 and 13 years. An opening party was held on Saturday afternoon for the first 60 members at the Leisure Club. Parents will pay 30€ for quarterly membership or 50€ for one year and the kids may attend on Fridays and Saturdays from 5.30pm until 9pm, participating in supervised fun and games and group activities under the watchful eye of five monitors with the support of three interns and two volunteer helpers. There will be dance workshops and also a panto outing to the Teatro Chapi to see ‘Cinderella’.

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

As those who have read Dick’s 2011 booklet ‘Living Well from Our Mediterranean Garden’ know our garden in Spain has developed through several phases. Initially the intention was a garden only planted up with wild and naturalised plants which required little watering for it was a holiday home for six years and there were no local garden centres. The only source of purchased plants being the nursery run by the council of the local town who had a few spares to sell to the public if one had a Spanish contact. Then when we started to write weekly and monthly columns and books, now a thousand and nine to date, we needed to change our strategy in order to test out new plants and ideas. In the period 1995 to 2002 we expanded our original book ‘Practical gardening on the Costa’ into five books published by Santana Books. In this period there was an amazing expansion of garden centres and the range of plants and chemical garden care products they had on sale. Unfortunately in those days more and more the plants on offer were not native to Spain and came from climatic conditions in subtropical countries or northern European hot houses.

We, like many, experimented with sub tropical flowering plants fruits and vegetables for interest, experience and something new to write about. Then the very heavy frosts of 1994 and 1995 made us reverse our own investments and concentrate on preserving some of the original Spanish plants into our semi formal garden. The benefits being we used less water, we had less pest problems not that we had many before, more plants could be propagated from seeds and cuttings, less young and mature plants were lost, we spent less time maintaining the garden especially this past winter spring and summer when we experienced a long period of drought. From March to the end of September we managed to measure two centimetres of rain by getting out immediately after rain to take a measurement before it evaporated. Then in the third week of September we the skies opened and we harvested 28 centimetres of rainfall in a day and since there has been another five centimetres none of which was lost. When we say not lost we mean that the rainfall was usefully collected in rain butts from guttering, fell from the roof into subtropical planted south facing beds mulched with a deep layer of stone chippings and sizeable rocks some 23 years ago, was absorbed by deeply improved and mulched soils, ran from desert areas of the garden to planted areas along carefully contoured paths, and was prevented from running out of the plot through gateways or over terrace walls by ensuring that the entire garden was surrounded by twenty top two hundred centimetre walls. With such precautions in place for some years and the strategic choice and planting of plants that develop deep roots our garden

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

survived this last summer without a watering system and the practice of walking the garden every few days to watch out for plants showing signs of stress and then only giving water, and then deeply not shallowly, when we thought that the plant had been persuaded to deepen the depth of it’s moisture and nutrient seeking roots. The above experiences to write his first Amazon Kindle e-book titled ‘Making Waterless Gardens a Practical Reality Worldwide’.

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Vimaluz… Lighting and unique Christmas gifts… at prices direct from the Factory! IT IS important to choose a company with wide choice, great pricing and vast experience when considering lighting options for your home, Vimaluz Lighting in Denia has been producing lamps and accessories for more than 40 years, achieving prestige throughout Spain and Europe. Four years ago its doors opened to sell directly to the public. Merche from Vimaluz explained: ‘Our many years’ experience in manufacturing lamps and our huge variety of stock and accessories, together with experienced staff make us unique in lighting products and accessories and our service is second to none. We have many English clients who keep returning.” From the first moment Vimaluz opened its doors it has led the market. Loyal customers are rewarded with offers and discounts through a loyalty card and all types of lighting and accessories are stocked, including hard-to-find English fittings. As well as

own brand lighting stock other popular makes are available and an in-store catalogue ensures almost any product can be sourced. LEDs Start Saving up to 80% on lighting electric bills now. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) use a staggering 80-90% less electricity: The most advanced screw-in replacement to traditional light bulbs, LEDs give off crisp light, stay cool to the touch and last more than 50,000 hours per bulb. They can be integrated into a lighting fixture or even into a glass enclosure designed to look like a traditional light bulb and screwed into a standard light fixture. Vimaluz stocks an extensive variety of the latest LEDs including exterior spotlights and also offers customers a study of how much may be saved by switching to LEDs. “English clients bring photos and plans of their homes so we may help them find the ideal solution.

We have even spoken with electrician on our clients’ behalf, looking for best solutions on switch locations and electrical points,” explained Merche. At customers’ requests Vimaluz stocks pictures and mirrors, also at special prices, along with silver accessories. SANTA’S DISCOUNTS! Currently there is a unique seasonal discount for each customer from Santa’s sack! Find Vimaluz in the industrial polygon in Denia. Coming from Ondara A7, upon entering Denia, simply turn right at the Chevrolet Garage, then the first left, take the next main right and they are one the left hand corner at the bottom (Madrigueres Sud 60b, Denia, telephone 96 643 2921, email See their advert on page 7. Vimaluz is open until 8pm, 6 days a week, closed midday.



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Leak detection: a specialist business LEAK TECH is a professional company located in the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions offering the most modern methods of pool and water leak detection and repair and using only the latest test equipment, products and materials. With rising water rates it has never become more important to locate and repair leaks! Not only is it important to reduce your water bill but it is also necessary to avoid costly property damage.

Leaks occur in all properties, old and new. Leaks can occur in water pipes for a variety of reasons including the age of the pipe; climate change; bad soil conditions; ground movement and poor construction - all can contribute to unexpected pipe damage, which can have potentially costly side effects! It takes an expert to detect hidden leaks. Leak Tech can locate leaks from the service meter to the property and can

find the smallest leak to major structural repairs, finding the leak and repairing the pipe or replacing it as needed. Leak Tech can repair leaks quickly with the least amount of disruption to your pool, garden, home or premises: it is better to have a leak specialist pinpoint the problem before excavation. Poor grout conditions could be letting water seep into the pool shell costing you a fortune in water loss and the risk of structural damage! Unfortunately a problem like this can only get worse. WHY USE LEAK TECH • Costa Blanca’s leading leak detection specialists • Equipped with the latest technology, tools and materials • Leak Tech guarantees to find the leak or the problem • Qualified to scuba dive so repairs can be done under water • Full report, under water video and photos if required • Fully legal and insured • First class service and excellent customer care Let Leak Tech stop that leak efficiently and effectively! Save time! Save money!

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Would regular Tax Free Profits improve your lifestyle? MILTON EXPRESS Services provide the perfect solution. Many residents on the Costa Blanca are already profiting from their Arbitrage trading facility which has consistently paid clients a monthly return of 2.75% tax free. Clients of Sporting Arbitrage received welcome news this year with the introduction of the half year bonus scheme, which also applies to all new members. As Mr Rose from Playa Flamenca recently quoted “Since investing with Milton Express earlier this year, I’ve been delighted with the monthly tax free interest my investment has achieved with their arbitrage service.” Milton Express, the originators of the scheme actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility, The Winning Express which exists to provide its members with tax free returns, along with an earnings opportunity, and a sense of enjoyment in simply belonging to a club that’s dedicated to mutual success. Members will not only benefit from the services themselves Winning Express offers a unique business opportunity with the potential of earning generous commissions, by

recommending them to others, so whether it’s a bigger return on your capital. Along with access to their Sporting Arbitrage trading facility providing a tax free income, it’s the ideal vehicle to get on board. Now for £99 residents on the Costa Blanca can join and sample the full services for 3 months with a money back guarantee if they fail to make a profit. ENJOY AN ALL-ROUND WINNING EXPERIENCE For those who do become subscribing members there is an opportunity to win a fabulous holiday, an eight day cruise departing from Barcelona with all travel costs included and 500€ towards spending money: Full details are on the website

Presentations can be arranged in our La Zenia Office, your own home or a venue to suit. You can also register your interest via our website. For further information on our services and how to join Winning Express contact the Milton Express Office, La Zenia on 96 599 4815. Or call into our offices located on 1st floor, Edif. 2 Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin s/n Urb. La Zenia Orihuela Costa. Find us off the N332 at La Zenia roundabout, above Alejandros Restaurant. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd;Velocity House, Tenter Street, Sheffield S14DE Tel: 0114 213 3539. Visit the website for full terms and conditions along with details of all our services and promotions.



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Spanish inheritance made easy Maria Wiedemann Lawyer at Abaco

There is a contradiction here. In some respects, Spanish inheritance can never be made easy. It is a complicated procedure that treats people differently. Where the property is in Spain, your relationship to the deceased, your resident status all make a difference to inheritance tax and sometimes even the process itself. However, these complications can become almost invisible to you if you employ the right people with experience and expertise to organise the process for you. At Ábaco we are used to acting on behalf of residents and non-residents who are the inheritors of property in Spain. We use our years of experience and understanding of Spanish inheritance law to help answer your questions – Should we sell the property? When and how do we inform the bank? Will the utility charges continue to be paid? How much will this all cost? The cost of the process Inevitably the cost of inheritance must be discussed at some point. Inheritors are usually particularly anxious to hear that inheritance tax must be paid first before

can’t remove the emotional turmoil of bereavement “ We but we can at least address the practical difficulties you might face and make the load just a little bit lighter.

property can change hands. This can be a particular worry where the family are intending to sell the property to pay the tax. We can’t change the law but we can help you to find ways in which to make it manageable. If payment of the probate costs is an issue, we can help you to pay in instalments. Alternatively, once you have found a buyer for your property there are ways in which the sale and payment of tax can be synchronised to help inheritors meet demands. Perhaps a service that has been most reassuring for those worried about costs is the free inheritance tax calculation that we offer. This enables inheritors to find out right at the beginning of the process what they will have to pay. Removing the worry of suddenly being presented with an unforeseen bill can be a major relief. Our free inheritance consultation means that you can find out not only how much tax there will be to pay but also what the costs of other parts of the process will be.

Abaco provides legal services and tax representation for resident and non-resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for advice and information by calling our helpline (+34) 96 670 37 48.


If you have been following this series of articles about Spanish inheritance you might realise by now that sorting out inheritance in Spain is not a straightforward procedure. So why are we saying it can be made easy?

Our specialist lawyers will answer your questions and help you take the next step, without obligation. We know there is so much to absorb during the consultation that it is unlikely you will retain everything you need to communicate to the rest of your family. That’s why we also give you an information folder that includes a study of your inheritance. You can take this away and discuss this with your family in your own time. We can’t remove the emotional turmoil of bereavement but we can at least address the practical difficulties you might face and make the load just a little bit lighter. If you have experienced a bereavement and need to sort out your inheritance we are offering free consultations with an inheritance lawyer. You can arrange an appointment by contacting us on 96 571 2656 or by visiting our website to request a call back.


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Spanish conveyancing: by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

Tax advantages of buying a new property and homes in Spain during 2012

DEAR SIRS, I have some savings and I understand that is a good time to buy new properties and homes in Spain, as it seems there are many legal and tax advantages, and also I have been told that if part of the money is paid in cash, I will pay less tax. Is that true? In the last months, we have received many inquiries in this regard, not only from clients already living in Spain or with a Spanish property who want to take advantage of market opportunities, but also from new clients who want to buy in Spain for first time. And yes, it is true that right now there are important advantages

when buying a new property or house. But before we analyze those advantages, about the cash payment you mentioned, there are some points we would like to clarify: Following the recent Act Law 7/2012 of 29th October, regarding tax fraud’s prevention, it is prohibited to pay any sum of €2,500 or more in cash. This limit is a bit higher when the payer is an individual and proves that he or she is not tax resident in Spain, etc. In any case, you should know that even if you could pay in cash, which is not possible anyway as said, the whole price paid must declared on the Purchase Title Deed or Escritura. Regarding your query about the

tax benefits, as included on an article on La Verdad de Murcia, if you are thinking in buying a new property in Spain, you must be aware that, due to the actual circumstances and tax advantages in 2012 buying a new property is much cheaper from the fiscal and tax point of view than to buy in 2013. The main difference is that now on a purchase of new properties and homes, is paid a 4% VAT Tax. But from the first of January 2013, this tax will be 10% VAT. It is important to remind you that if you make a down payment within the year 2012, that part of the price will be taxed at 4%. Also it is expected that the Income

Tax Deduction for main home purchase will be eliminated next year. In addition, urban properties purchased between 12th May and 31st December 2012 will have an exemption of 50% on the gain obtained, when selling in the future in certain cases. For all these reasons, we can confirm that if you are thinking of buying a new property in Spain, it seems more than appropriate to try to buy it or start the process within the remainder of the year, if possible. If you or someone you know is going through a similar situation contact us: we will be 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)


Spain deports a serial offender to the UK AN ALGERIAN man arrested in Spain on 92 occasions since 1987 in different parts of Spain under 22 separate identities for a variety of crimes including robbery has been deported to the UK and not his native Algeria because he married a British woman prior to his latest arrest. British police are searching for Lakhari Zemouche as they believe he lied on his passport application where he stated he had no previous criminal record and also entered into a marriage of convenience to obtain a British passport. Whitehall’s interpretation of EU ‘freedom of movement rules’ means only offenders who have received a jail term of at least two years can be deported. Police have been unable to find Zemouche at his North London address. Spanish police declined to provide a full list of his past offences to the press, but admitted: ‘Unless he is wanted in Britain then he will obviously be free to walk the streets a free man until such time as he reoffends. But with his history, it’s a question of when and not if he’s going to reoffend.’ His wife’s identity has not been revealed.

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UK Treasury to crack down on UK’s offshore tax havens RADICAL PLANS to force the UK’s tax havens to reveal the owners names behind hidden companies, account holders and trusts have been drawn up by the Treasury and are expected to be unveiled in the chancellor’s autumn statement and come into force in 2014. This will have major consequences for those trying to hide their money offshore.

A leaked document reveals that the UK plans to impose its own version of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) on the crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, as well as its overseas territories, such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, etc. “It’s a complete bombshell for these places,” Richard Murphy, a tax expert who has seen the draft plan, told the Observer. “Some people will try to flee, but this is going to change the whole of the offshore market.” News of the plans is likely to surprise many tax experts. This month, responding to an international development committee report,

the government publicly rejected the need for a UK version of Fatca. Joseph Stead, Christian Aid’s senior adviser on economic justice, said that if the draft was implemented it “would be the beginning of the end for tax haven secrecy.” However, he said it was vital that it should not just be the UK which obtains full information disclosure from its tax havens: “We should ensure that other countries get it too, so they can catch up with people and companies hiding money. Otherwise there will be tax haven secrecy for some countries and not others.” All countries in Europe are now beginning to act together to eliminate tax avoidance. If you have any offshore accounts or assets that will be affected by this or the new Spanish decree regarding declaration of overseas assets, now is the time to act to avoid fines and even prison sentences that will be imposed for non-declaration. We can help you get your finances in order and save you sleepless nights worrying about when the taxman will catch up with you.

UK investors lose £1.2bn to fraud a year THIS IS just the tip of the iceberg across Europe where investors are being talked into taking out investments that are not worth the paper they are written on. Over-confidence, a tendency to act on impulse and ability to invest large amounts means that men between 36 and 55 were most likely to be stung by investment fraud. But all age groups are susceptible to the smooth operating salespeople that usually cold call with investment offers that seem too hard to resist. Common investment scams include ‘boiler room’ operations where salespeople who are usually based abroad cold-call investors and offer them worthless, overpriced or even non-existent shares, and landbanking scams where people are persuaded to buy agricultural land at vastly inflated prices. The saying is if it seems too good to be true it almost always is: if you have money to invest go to a reputable financial advice company that has a proven track record over a number of years and is properly regulated. Call 96 507 0240 and see how making the right investments decisions can offer you the potential to earn at least 7% per annum.



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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Reporting of assets held outside Spain to the tax authorities …continued SINCE MY article last week I have been trying to get more info on the decree which stated that all individual assets with a value of over 50,000€ located abroad as at 31st December 2012 must now be declared to the Spanish tax authorities by March 2013. This includes all accounts with financial institutions, custodian accounts, real estate, assets held in companies abroad, shares, trusts, etc. It has now been verified that the 50,000€ is the total for any one asset class, so for instance if you have five bank accounts overseas and the total value between them all is €50,000 or over each account must be reported. The same applies to all the asset classes. If you have assets in joint names the assets must be reported if they are 50,000€ or over. The value of the assets reported is at 31st December 2012: the new tax return (modelo) needs to be completed between January 2013 and March 2013. There is no obligation to file a declaration if you have nothing to declare and following the first year’s declaration a new one need only be completed when there has been an increase in asset values of at least 20,000€.

It will be a criminal offence if you don’t report overseas assets. Failure to comply will mean a heavy fine and in some cases a prison sentence. There is no statute of limitation, so the tax offices can ask for information on your assets from the date it was set up. Hopefully a large proportion of the residents of Spain will have taken advantage to the Tax amnesty that is just finished to declare their assets, so will have nothing to worry about. If not you have until 31st December 2012 to talk to a financial or tax expert who can try to help you get your affairs in order before this deadline. The Spanish government’s aim is to link to as many countries in the EU and to share information on fiscal matters. In line with this the UK government also outlined similar plans for all UK residents to declare all assets, bank accounts, trusts etc. held in UK dependencies

such as the Channel islands, Isle of Man and Cayman Islands to the UK tax authorities in 2014. If you need advice or if have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 658 892 330 or email

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


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by Keith Nicol SATURDAY WAS a very special night in Torrevieja’s history. A glittering gala evening when beauty queens of years gone by turned back the years and shared the stage with this year’s contestants for the title of Reina de la Sal 2013; Torrevieja’s Salt Queen. And that clock was turned all the way back to 1962, as this year’s gala celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the contest. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was broadcaster and journalist Francisco Reyes Prieto Pérez who took

the audience through a year by trip down memory lane, noting the significant happenings of each year and showing photos of each and every Salt Queen. The Municipal Theatre was packed to the rafters, with a full complement of media personnel, TV crews and photographers all adding to the atmosphere. The outgoing Reina de la Sal, Paloma Cánovas, gave a farewell speech full of gratitude to her fellow salt queens and the local media, talking about how they had all added something special to make her year as Queen, memorable and en-

joyable. She shared gave a brief assessm experiences adding vice to the incoming take the opportunity casion that the year i of them and to learn culture and customs After the introd Queens from previo back to 1963, all of wh on stage, the finalists exited the auditoriu trio in a traditional c

Lloyds Bank International sponsor the Roda Golf Society Annual Roda Trophy

THE LOS ALCÁZARES office of Lloyds Bank International sponsored the annual tournament for the Roda Trophy on Saturday 24th November. Weather conditions were perfect and with over 50 players taking part everyone agreed the day was a great success. Shirley Adams, Business Development Manager for Lloyds Bank International, gave goody bags to all the players and Marivi Garcia, the manager of the Los Alcázares office, gave a short presentation to let the players know how Lloyds Bank could help them

with their banking in Spain. Lloyds Bank provided some fantastic raffle pr the delight of the lucky winners. There were some impressive scores both from Golf Society members and from the visiting Celt Club members. Guest winners were Eddie Stabl coming 1st, Dennis McCormack 2nd and Pat Pach was 3rd. And, for the home team, Danny Reilly w coveted Roda Trophy, Logan Nayager came 2nd, Flan Lillis 3rd.

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turning to their seats to watch video taken during the judging period in which all the finalists said a few words to camera. After what seemed like an eternity, but was only two and half hours, the judging was completed and in reverse order, each finalist was escorted back into the auditorium and onto the stage. Coming third was Elsa Martínez Mazón, representing the Asociación Carnaval de Torrevieja with Rebeca Gallego Ruiz from Real Club Náutico de Torrevieja coming second. After a few more minutes wait, Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon escorted Nu-

Nuria Zaragoza Giménez is the winner

ria Zaragoza Giménez, representing the Asociación GAEX into the auditorium, where she received a standing ovation before taking centre stage and being crowed Reina de la Sal 2012-2013 by the outgoing Queen Paloma Cánovas. Each contestant for the crown is nominated by a local neighbourhood, club, association or club and when it was their turn, all of the finalists were escorted into the auditorium to rapturous applause. All three ladies will participate in many Torrevieja events throughout the year and also promote the city at Trade and Tourism Shows.

Mountain walking

SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER Font de la Mata: A moderate walk over mostly good tracks: 12kms of 4 hours’ duration with a 325m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Peter 669 873 159. Font d’Olbis: A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain: 13kms of 5½ hours’ duration with a 600m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Peter 620 319 797. Los Tres Pueblos: A strenuous walk but mostly good tracks: 21½ kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 550m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact David 693 480 190.

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WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER Twin Tossals: A moderate walk over mostly good tracks with a gentle pace: 8kms, 3½ hours’ duration with a 250m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Geoff 676 616 101. Bernia circuit via the Forat: A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain but involving a crawl through a low cave: 12kms of 4½ hours’ duration with a 300m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Bill 673 220 073. Ferrer Ridge: A very strenuous walk on mostly rough terrain and involving scrambling and an exposed ridge: 14kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 700m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Jon 686 148 704. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots, packed lunch and adequate drinking water are required. First aid kit is recommended, as well as protection against sun, wind and rain. Walkers participate at their own risk. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the time stated for each walk will always depend on the fitness and ability of the walkers and also the weather and passage conditions on the day of the walk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given at



Hottest date in Spain HATS OFF to Javea Players for a rip-roaring night out and some splendid gold standard entertainment in a wonderful performance of Calendar Girls.

By Jack Troughton The dramatisation of the true story of a band of WI members becoming an international success with their charity calendar needs little introduction – but it continues to be a highly addictive piece of theatre. And getting six lucky ladies ‘nude’ for the all-important photo shoot was slickly handled, with no sign of first night nerves (or even goosebumps) - the audience sharing the fun and cheering the actors on. Director Christyn Nossell and her 13-strong cast deserved every single moment of the applause that marked the end of each scene and an extended curtain call at the Union Musical, Gata. Their production of Calendar Girls was truly a ‘feel good’ show packed with laughter and tears. The comic one-liners were delivered with perfect timing, while the more poignant moments flowed to appear natural and were used for maximum impact. It allowed the ‘light and shade’ needed to guarantee all eyes remained firmly focussed on the stage. HOSPITAL Members of Knapely Women’s Institute in Yorkshire were determined to raise enough cash for a new settee to be installed at the local hospital visitors’ waiting room – they succeed but actually make enough from the calendar’s success to buy an entire new wing.

Celia (Candida Wright) and the buns, helped by Annie (Pat Doidge) (picture by Benny Davis)

Pushy Chris, an excellent Gillian Hodges, comes up with the idea of the calendar after the death of Dalesman John (Gary Johnson) from cancer – hubby of best friend Annie, played by an inspired Pat Doidge – and they plan to the sofa as a memorial. The friendship is put under strain by the runaway success of the project as Annie accuses Chris of putting her life on hold to bask in the glory of stardom, Chris biting back that Annie has become something of a saint. However, it is the interplay between the whole band of

merrywomen which forges the success of the play as they are each changed by being part of the calendar project. It was outstanding acting by Amanda Dean-Pyott as Cora, Pat Kitching’s Jessie, Candida Wright as ‘offcomer’ Celia, and Pat Norton as Ruth – not forgetting the haughty WI leader Marie, Geraldine Livesey clearly enjoying her role. Calendar Girls ends touchingly with the girls back on John’s Hill practicing Tai Chi amongst a host of golden sunflowers – John’s favourite flower despite his love for the natural glory of the White Rose County.

“Villamartin Satellites have given us an excellent TV system, the service and advice we received has been very good, a great team of people.” We went for a system that could supply all 92 properties on our community; we started by having a EGM giving people options and finally we chose Villamartin Satellites for the package they offered. This was quite a long process trying to meet all people’s needs and I would suggest that people ask a lot of questions to make sure you get what you need. Before getting an agreement from the community we needed to look at where the dish would be located, what civil works need to be done (i.e.) do we need to put cables across a road, also the type of cable and boosting equipment to give us the best signal in all areas. We wanted just one dish so went for a 3.2metre dish, this was done after agreement with our community at the EGM, it means that the skyline is not littered by dozens of small dishes. Guarantees on equipment including boxes and after sales service need to be discussed. We are satisfied that Villamartin Satellite meets this arrangement. The TV boxes offered cover basic FREESAT to HD Sky packages; this covers the need for the rental and residents that are here permanently. A good all round package that our community own at a reasonable price which included fibre optic cabling.

John Parker

Community Committee Member

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Life people

Spanish Television comes to EHCRC SPANISH TV Channel Canal 9 visited the Fundación Easy Horse Rescue Centre (EHCRC Fundación) last Wednesday to film a sequence for popular RTVV Guamipi, after hearing of the achievements of the EHCRC from the Clinica Veterinaria San Vicente in Alicante. The programme makers had no idea the Centre existed and the wonderful work it does in rescuing horses (and sometimes other animals) in serious distress. The centre’s recent elevation to a foundation means that EHCRC can now raise a membership list to lobby local, national and European politicians, and take the message of what is being done to horses and other animals to a much wider audience. The process of educating about proper animal welfare often involves dealing with unintentional cruelties; people sometimes mistreat animals through apparent ignorance and not wilful intent. Programme assistant Mark Wood agreed that we should not just be pointing fingers but helping to change things through education. Equine vet Dorothea does incredibly specialised work with damaged and often traumatised horses at EHCRC. She spoke of the difficult tasks involved when handling creatures that could be seriously ill, undernourished or injured. And Miranda, PR officer for EHCRC, described some more recent rescues and what the centre is trying to achieve in reaching out not only to the

Centre staff with TV crew members

expatriates but also the local community. Her multi-lingual skills certainly come in handy as EHCRC take its message to many nationalities. In the UK horses are usually seen outdoors, making it easier to spot problems with animal care. In Spain, however, horses are mainly shut away in makeshift stables, garages, run down houses and even in livery yards that have closed down due to the recession where owners simply stop feeding them, as was the

case with the rescue of Nero and Maggie May. The camera crew were shocked to hear these rescue stories: they had no idea that this happened to horses. Ana Biosca, who organises the programme, was certainly impressed with the work of the EHCRC and will return to the centre to do a special documentary on Faith when she comes home. Sue Weeding said “It’s been a good day.

Today I feel we’ve moved forward yet again, working closely together with Spanish nationals. The TV crew were fabulous and true animal lovers; the horses were on their best behaviour - it all went really well.” EHCRC Calendars are now on sale, available at all five Charity Shops as well as at the Rescue Centre and from the Looking Good Boutique in La Zenia. Priced at 5€ they make fantastic Christmas presents.

Cava is a naturally sparkling wine, whose bubbles come from a second fermentation inside the bottle. The origin of Cava is closely linked to the birth in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries of the “champenoise” method which was discovered by French monk Dom Perignon in the production of sparkling wine.

In the early nineteenth century in Catalonia, and more specifically in the town of Sant Sadurní, a family of winemakers started making sparkling wines strictly following this method “champenoise”, made with white varieties indigenous to the area: Xarello, Macabeo, and Parellada. Thus were born the first Spanish Cavas, beginning the great Catalan tradition in developing these prestigious wines. In 1972 , the Regulatory Council of Sparkling Wines was established, which adopted the name “Cava” to appoint the Spanish sparkling wine, and to support the quality of these wines’ international prestige. To develop a good Cava one must start from a good base wine, to which is added the expedition liqueur (sugar and yeast) to perform a second fermentation in the bottle. The bottles remain at rest for a time not less than nine months (Cava Young) to up to 36 months (Cava Gran Reserva). This is followed by a “disgorging” process which removes residual yeasts, and the bottle is finally corked and marketed. Among Premium Spanish Cavas, we highlight undoubtedly the Jaume Serra Cava Brut Nature Vintage, which in recent years has been the most awarded Spanish Cava nationally and internationally (Bacchus gold, gold medal in Bordeaux and a gold medal in Berlin ). This is a Cava Brut Nature (no added sugar) Vintage (Vintage 2008), Grand Reserve (36 months of aging in bottle), is made from 40% Chardonnay and 60% of Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada. Forming a beautiful light golden color, and fine integration of fine and persistent bubbles that create a crown on top. Its nose, like all premium Cavas, is fine and elegant with aromas of aging: yeast and “fine bakery “ and a fresh palate, balanced and persistent. Now you can purchase this very special Cava in a very special offer for 48€ for 12 bottles plus shipping (or 8€ the bottle separately). This bottle can be ordered online at the below links. Any enquiries please call 914 361 739 or email For shipping to the UK, add 40€ Payment can be made with credit card, Paypal and bank transfer.


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Life tech

Copying folders Hi Aunty, Is there a way that the contents of local folders and contacts can be copied either to a disc or to a memory stick from Outlook Express? Tried many things but nothing seems to work. Thanks, John

Aunty says: You can do this in Outlook Express: Step 1: Copy message files to a backup folder Step A: Locate the Store folder - this is where the emails are stored 1. Start Outlook Express. 2. Click Tools, and then click Options. 3. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder. 4. In the Store Location dialog box, copy the store location. To do this, follow these steps: a. Put the mouse pointer at one end of the box under the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box. b. Press and hold the left mouse button, and

then drag the mouse pointer across the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box. c. Press CTRL+C to copy the location. 5.Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box. Step B: Copy the contents of the Store folder 1. Click Start, click Run, press CTRL+V, and then click OK. 2. On the Edit menu, click Select All. 3. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.

Step C: Create a backup folder on your memory stick 1. Right-click any empty area in Windows Explorer for your memory stick. Click New, and then click Folder. 2. Type Mail Backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER. Step D: Paste the contents of the Store folder into the backup folder

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1. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it. 2. Right-click inside the Mail Backup folder window, and then click Paste. You have now copied all the outlook express files from the store, and pasted them into a new folder on your memory stick. To export the Address Book to a .csv file, follow these steps: 1. On the File menu, click Export, and then click Address Book. 2. Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export. 3. Click Browse. 4. Select the Mail Backup folder that you created on your memory stick. 5. In the File Name box, type address book

backup, and then click Save. 6. Click Next. 7. Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish. 8. Click OK, and then click Close.

Pesky advertising

Hi Aunty, I keep getting something called RegCleanPro which tells me I have lots of things wrong with my laptop, but the AVG version tells me I’m protected and things are OK. How do I get rid of RegCleanPro and should I be installing something I’ve read about in the paper called Antispyware or Malware or something? I fear I may have unintentionally installed things I can’t get rid of! Sue Aunty says: You may find that “ RegCleanPro” finding errors is an “advert” for you to buy their product that will help protect your PC. See if the program can be uninstalled via the Control Panel. If not download and uninstall it using Revo uninstaller Failing that, then download antimalwarebytes, and install that. That should get rid of any pesky advertising that claims they can fix all when there is nothing wrong with your PC!

Sending videos Hi Aunty, I have windows7 Laptop and an 8meg Nikon camera can I download or buy something which will enable me to send movies. Many thanks, Harry

Aunty says: You can send movies in an email in the same way you have sent me the photo in an email. However, there are limits in sizes of attachment you can send in email. And the larger the file the longer it will take to upload. One alternative option would be to create a Youtube account and upload the video to there. You can make the video private so that it is only available to those people (with Youtube accounts) who you want to see it.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Heli Hellraisers THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at indoor model helicopter toys designed to bring remote mayhem to shatter your domestic bliss this Christmas – assuming you can wrestle the remotes from the adults long enough for the kids to have a go. Let’s start with the helicopter that doubles as a remote control car – the Air Hogs Hover Assault. Not only can the Hover Assault drive along the ground and hop over obstacles, it can also revert to full flight to approach the included targets and blast them with the four missiles carried on-board. With easy to master controls and a robust design the Hover Assault is sure to be a crowd pleaser. If you want to swap the shoot-emup for something a little more sedate then we have the Air Hogs Heli Repeat. This model has the ability to record and play back your flight path and can be controlled either from the supplied remote control or via an app on your smartphone. If using a smartphone you can either use the on-screen

Hover Assault

controls or activate the phones accelerometer to enable the tilting of the phone to control the movement of the Heli. The Heli-Repeat also has an onboard electronic control system to automatically stabilise the model for smooth and precise flight – vital when navigating through the Christmas decorations. Last but definitely not least, is the master of mayhem the Air Hogs Battle Tracker. The Battle Tracker takes interactive combat to a whole new level! Use the included remote control to fly the disc-firing heli and try to knock out the robotic turret – but be prepared to evade the missiles as the turret tracks your flight. But don’t underestimate the advanced intelligent tracking system or it may be your final flight… Capable of multi-player modes you can battle your friends and their Air Hogs vehicles and independently control the robotic turret or Heli to create your very own domestic Armageddon. Cry havoc and let slip the

Battle Tracker

model Helis of war! The Inspectors Verdict: The potential Heli mayhem available with these toys ranges from mild with the Heli Repeat to full on with the Battle Tracker. Yes, I know, I’d have the Battle Tracker too… Visit hover-assualt/ to order the Air Hogs Hover Assault for 50€; to order the Air Hogs Heli Repeat for 46€ and www. to order the Air Hogs Battle Tracker for 110€. All prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Christmas Countdown Free 2012 It’s that time of year again when we can all start getting into the festive spirit so this great new phone app will count you down to the big day. This is a fun Christmas Advent Calendar with cute puzzles. There are different games, some animated puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, other ones containing drawings. At the end of each daily mini-game funny animations await. No doubt little kids (and big kids!) alike will enjoy this collection of riddles, brainteasers and other fun things. The backgrounds of the puzzles are beautifully drawn Christmas paintings by talented artists who have worked on Christmas cards and Christmas stories for kids before. Grab yourself a mince pie and download it now from Google Play on all Android devices.


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Life horoscopes The sheer power of a loving Venus and the strength of persistent Scorpio balance with mighty Mars and a fatalistic Pluto. The abundance that is yours if you want it, is so very close, but it will take a leap of faith before your testing time is over and you can move on to pastures new. You are not running away!

Venus twins with Scorpio, your planet of opposition, and this serves to shed light on something which must to brought to a satisfactory conclusion before anything else happens to dampen your enthusiasm. You need to get your teeth into something as time is on your side and the time is right. Lucky Jupiter lightly stirs reactions with Mars in Capricorn. You are poised and ready to accept a challenge, but you have to give the right signals and take control, especially since a loophole is becoming more evident. Many would look for a quick solution, but time is on your side and you just need to be sure. Cosmic energies underline a way to kill two birds with one stone, so go for it. As you take on new responsibilities you will balance things so everyone can take their little slice of the pie, and if this goes well then all can be happy with the consequences. You will be known for what you do, and not for what you don’t! Take off all pressures and allow yourself some down time. The hectic work schedule has brought appreciation by others, but it is time for some healthy rest and relaxation to charge the batteries. An even busier time is ahead, and you are ready to take on the full responsibilities that will be now be expected of you. Somebody needs your help, but is afraid to ask your assistance. With your suspicions aroused your hand of friendship is extended and helps just when it is needed. Your trust and confidentiality is a keynote, and things have to get a lot worse before they start to get better, but stay on the right track, you are needed. The pluck of inspiring fortune from Jupiter is dulled somewhat by the indecisive energies of Gemini. Why you have to question so much right now is beyond thinking, but you do have a plan; and you are to be applauded for your consistency and your determination to set everything right as soon as possible. Venus brings love light and commitment. At long last you have opened your heart and are no longer hanging on grimly to the defences that shielded you in the past. There is nothing to fear, but you cannot judge every book by its cover, and sometimes you have to go for it and take a chance when you see it coming. Planning an event is just up your street; and you have very specific ideas of what you want and how you want it done. With Gemini in the third house of hospitality and Jupiter calling the shots you have all the help you will need, plus a message from the Cosmos that places responsibility firmly into your hands. Mars directs you to look at the pros and cons that are coming your way, and if you thought that it was going to be easy then think again. It will however bring you to your senses and serve to remind you that you have to know your limits and just how far you can go. Just test the water first and be aware. Neptune is taken over by a dreamy wide eyed Pisces this week, and it isn’t a time to make plans; leave them for next week. Someone has to back down from their stance, and options should be considered carefully, because someone needs their comeuppance. All you really need right now is a quiet life, but will you get it? Seduced by an ebullient Neptune this is a time to get your message out and to take steps to see it is adhered to. Much of your time lately has been spent in sorting out other people’s problems, but they have to know where you are coming from and that you are certainly not to be messed with right now.

Kenny corris

Power on

Sometimes we don’t know what we have until we no longer have it! As I write there is a tremendous storm outside, and the house is lit with candles. The old kettle is boiling, and whistling on the stove and there is no music, radio or television. The power has been off for some time across the village and the dog doesn’t want to go for walkies either. How we take for granted the basics we have around us. How glad will I be when toast comes out of a toaster again, music can relax me whilst I write, and the rain finally stops. Spiritually we don’t know how lucky we are sometimes, too. We don’t always appreciate our friends and family and what they mean to us, until we don’t have them. Then it comes back to us, hitting us hard; the guilt that says we could have done more for those we were supposed to love. We should have given more time to support friends in their need, been better neighbours, and given more time to elderly relatives, however difficult they could be. I witnessed recently a rather pointless argument between a mother and her daughter. Angry words came crashing out as both sides seemed to know best what should have happened, and what had to be done. But what would happen if either passed away suddenly? You only get one mother in a lifetime: and I can assure you that one day, whenever, you will miss the woman who gave birth to you.

Kennys diary “An Audience with Kenny Corris” A Show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit. Currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain still available to help boost your Charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594 Charging Spiritual DNA: A day workshop that examines the full prospects to be gained from charging the full pattern of DNA. This innovative workshop takes the form of tuning into specific frequencies to balance that which we have achieved and connecting us with a higher source to bring about Ascension to the 5th Dimension. Readings at Bistro Maya: Mini readings on December 10th and 12th from 17.00. Please call Els or Alex on: 966 868 213.

Much full contact work done by me is to enable my clients to say that they are sorry to loved ones in the Spirit World. On contact there is such a need to say sorry that both sides end up saying it. Sadly on Earth such an understanding wasn’t possible, but death does divide and forgiveness is sought by those who have had issues at the time of bereavement. In every case I give my clients the chance to say a better goodbye, to pass on messages of love and devotion, or just to say, “Sorry, and I love you!” Very often the communication of love is so overwhelming, and the strategically placed box of tissues in my room is very often there for me. If there is a conflict in your family do the spiritual thing and go for resolve. Shortly some people will suffer a silent and loveless Christmas when they should be by right at your side at the Christmas table. They have been shut out because someone feels that they did something wrong. There is time to make amends and to let the past go. We have, all of us made mistakes because what we did seemed right at the time. It wasn’t, of course, always right, and regret and remorse can fan the flames of bitter anger and bad memories, when there could so easily be smiles and happiness and forgiveness. Which would you prefer? Maybe you won’t forget, or can’t, but don’t wait until it is too late to say sorry, or to square things once and for all. It brings a feel good factor all around for all concerned. Many tears of grief are shed when it is all too late, but it is said that we only really hurt the ones we really love. Put the power back on, because you can, and flick the switch and then the lights are back on, just as they should be!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


If it’s your birthday this week

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Kenny, People are saying that the World is going to end on December 21st. If this is so then I won’t bother to buy any Christmas Presents! Cadar M. I hate to say then, that we will enjoy Christmas this year, and go ahead with the presents as it will be a festive season as usual. It is true that December 21st was the date focussed on, since this is the day of the proposed ascension, and the ending of several World cycles, such as the end of the Mayan calendar. On this day too the planets will line up in a unique sequence previously unseen. Both these events, and there are many more, are linked to specific Cosmic energies abounding and there may well be a shift, which will serve to make changes and enhance the spiritual side of many. They won’t stop the celebrations, and so enjoy your turkey and a little mistletoe, if you can find it!

Look at a recent refusal carefully, as you are finding another way around something; and this time finding the right solution. This way minimises your fear of failure, and multiplies the abundant energies that are around you just for the taking, in this astrological year ahead.


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 6. Following a night of bereavement apparently (7) 7. Grit needs fortune at the pithead (5) 9. Externally dispose of half the girl. That’s stiff (5) 10. Sleeping man stepped back outside (7) 12. Depressed about own odd trend (11) 14. A number fit in presently with a loud start - must be a city bloke (4-7) 18. Fleece the chap at the dairy (7) 19. Open up and confess (5) 21. Intends assets (5) 22. Running payment for the dog house? (7)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. Harmful side in a Christian Fellowship without aspiration (5) 2. One dingo mongrel is almost blue (6) 3. How many on a point? (3) 4. Silently came into view, apparently with feathers (6) 5. Put houses up having tin with metre (7) 8. Company right and right again. Also no love for enclosures (7) 11. Eskimo? (7) 13. Idle Pat is upset and becomes braided (7) 15. It’s captivating. Thanks to the monarch (6) 16. Last aim on the river (6) 17. Joints disrupted. Beastly pride (5) 20. Smuggling includes pot (3)

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

ACROSS 6. Exceedingly (7) 7. Begin (5) 9. Devoutness (5) 10. Advent (7) 12. Incitement (11) 14. Disbelief (11) 18. Clearness (7) 19. Amusing (5) 21. Grown-up (5) 22. Aid (7)

DOWN 1. Characteristic (5) 2. Rope for holding animal (6) 3. Beer (3) 4. Severe (6) 5. Maker (7) 8. Dribble (7) 11. Greed (7) 13. Contain (7) 15. Seldom (6) 16. Three times (6) 17. Mock (5) 20. Colour (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 23rd November 2012


9 11 20 40





No ticket won the 15,000,000 Euros

Tuesday 27th November 2012

6 10 23 44 49

No ticket won the 22,479,773 Euros


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 10 Well, I’m sorry but two weeks of no grammar is as much as you can be allowed, and this week it’s back to the grindstone!

Not only that, we’re back on to verbs again, and a completely new concept, and one that is dealt with differently in English than in Spanish. It couldn’t be worse really, so if you would rather turn the page and read about the latest charity event or how to control your weight, I suggest you do so now. So, now we’ve got rid of the faint-hearted, the rest of us can knuckle down. We are going to start looking at the “passive voice”. The passive what? I hear you ask. You may not be aware that as well as verb “tenses”, there are also things called “voices” and “moods” of verbs. We’ll leave the moods until later (but won’t forget about them!) and talk about “voices”. There are two voices in language terms – the “active” voice and the “passive” voice. Most of the things we learn in grammar initially belong to the active voice. An example of a sentence in the active voice is one that is made up of the SUBJECT plus VERB plus OBJECT, for example “The boy (subject) reads (verb) the book (object)” or in Spanish “El niño lee el libro”. My most humble apologies if I have used this example before to illustrate other things. I suffer for the inability to think of more than one very boring example when explaining

grammar. The same thing happens to me when I teach the “going to” future. I always say “Tomorrow I’m going to play tennis” despite the fact that I haven’t played tennis since I was a schoolgirl and even then I hated it with a vengeance. So anyway, we have now seen what an active sentence looks like, and the next thing I am going to do is turn the English active sentence “the boy reads the book” into a passive one, like this: “The book is read by the boy”. You will see that I have taken the object of the sentence (i.e. the word that receives the action of the verb, in this case “book”) and placed it in the position of the subject (i.e. in front of the verb). The two sentences mean exactly the same thing, but if I start off by saying “the book” I then have to change “reads” to “is read” Notice the same spelling but different pronunciation of “read” in English – deeply confusing for non-native English speakers. Perhaps I should go mad and change the example to “buy”. “The boy buys the book”. “The book IS BOUGHT by the boy”. Another important question here is: Why do we do this? Well, in the case of this particular boy and his book, there is no

answer to the question, but suppose we change our example to “Mr. O’Reilly built the school in 1962”. It is unlikely that 50 years later anyone would have any interest in poor old Mr. O’Reilly, but they might be interested in the age of the school. Therefore we would say “The school WAS BUILT in 1962”. We could add “by Mr. O’Reilly” if we really wanted to, but usually we wouldn’t. So, hopefully you can now see that we use the “passive voice” when we are more interested in the “object” of the sentence than the “subject” or if there were some reason why we are unable, or do not wish to name the subject. Here’s another example: “I was told to fill in this form”. The active sentence would be “Mr. X told me to fill in the form” but perhaps we don’t remember who Mr. X was, or we don’t know the person’s name, or even (horror of horrors) we’re telling a porky which we can only sustain by omitting the information about who told us. You see, it might seem boring, but actually the “passive voice” can be very interesting. There is rather a lot more to say on the subject, which will now have to be left (that’s passive too – “I will have to leave it”) till next week.

THE TWITS OF THE WEEK adam thomas@adamthomas21: Just spent 15mins under a car because my trilby blew off my head n got stuck #embarrassing Robbie Savage@RobbieSavage8: Cost me £1000 for a Big Mac yesterday gutted: lady drove past where you order in drive threw reversed straight into my bumper!! THE RANT Mark Cavendish@MarkCavendish: You realise just what a germ-filled tube a plane is, when the person next to you coughs without their hand to cover their mouth the whole flight #iwillgetsick UNIMPRESSED Piers Morgan@piersmorgan: Wenger used to trust in Bergkamp, Henry, Vieira & Pires. Now it’s Gervinho, Ramsey, Arshavin & Coquelin. #FromInvinciblesToInvisibles THE FUNNY TWEETS Tony Blackburn@tonyblackburn: I can’t seem to walk in a straight line this morning. I think it’s the pills I’m taking. It says they could have side effects Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5: Kids football training outside in the rain...freezing me nuts off! They better make it as professionals after all this! Greg James@gregjames: Homeland = back to being brilliant. Peep Show = always brilliant thank GOD it’s back...Kelly Osbourne on Piers Morgan = Bedtime.

Life books

Danny Collins -

The Girl on Paper IT’S THE chic-lit genre this week and not to be missed. Just read the plot and the collective chic-lit mouth waters. Just a few months ago, Tom Boyd was a multi-million-selling author in love with pianist Aurore Valancourt but, as these plots demand, they’ve very publicly split up and he’s falling apart with a bad case of writer’s block, as multi-million-selling authors don’t because they have ghost writers and researchers, but never mind. One night, a beautiful, naked stranger appears in Tom’s LA home and claims to be Billie, a character from his novels (note to self: give up crime writing and move to fiction, more benefits...) Billie says she’s landed in the real world because of a printer’s error in Tom’s latest book (NB: my house would be full of Billies at every print run…) The lovely Billie wishes to strike a deal with Tom: if he can overcome his writer’s block and return her to the world of fiction Author: Guillaume Musso Publisher: Gallic (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 9781904040888

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in his next novel, Billie will help him win back Aurore (personally, if I could create a woman who followed my script I wouldn’t bother, Tom mate…) Ah well, none can deny that this is a master plot. The author is French, a man, and has great insight into the feminine mind. Without doubt he’s written a book set to become a bestseller so here’s your chance to make someone smile at Christmas.


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Life health


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

Family Medical Centre, Albir

Food Poisoning FOOD POISONING is a very common problem caused by food or water contaminated by bacteria; viruses; parasites or toxins. The main symptom is diarrhoea, often with vomiting as well. Diarrhoea means loose or watery stool, at least three times in 24 hours. Abdominal pain and a high temperature, headache and aching limbs sometimes occur

Eat some salty foods, such as crisps, soup, and sports drinks. Eat some high potassium foods, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and fruit juices.

The main complication of diarrhoea and vomiting is dehydration. Symptoms include: Tiredness; dizziness or light-headedness; headache; muscular cramps; sunken eyes; passing little urine; dry mouth and tongue; weakness and becoming irritable Symptoms of severe dehydration in adults include: weakness, confusion, rapid heart rate, coma, and producing very little urine. This is a medical emergency

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR If you suspect that you are becoming dehydrated If you are vomiting a lot and unable to keep fluids down If you have blood in your diarrhoea or in your vomit If you have severe abdominal pain If you have severe symptoms or if you feel that your condition is getting worse If you have a persistently high fever If your symptoms are not improving: for example, vomiting for more than 1-2 days, or diarrhoea lasting more than 3-4 days Infections caught abroad If you are elderly or have a chronic health problem such as diabetes, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease or kidney disease If you have a weakened immune system: for example chemotherapy treatment; long-term steroid treatment or HIV infection If you are pregnant

If you have symptoms of food poisoning, the following will help: Drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids every day. Water is best. Drink at least 1 cup of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement. Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals. Eat bland, low fat foods. Do not lie down after eating

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

Calls for support group for Parkinson’s sufferers in the Marina Alta THE CONCERNS of patients and their families in the Marina Alta about the absence of a support and specific advice on Parkinson’s disease have resulted in a call for a support group in the Marina Alta region. Parkinson’s requires hands-on support from families and caregivers yet there is very little information available about the disease for sufferers in the area. Marina Alta Solidarity has made a preliminary request for the collaboration of neurology specialists and other experts at the Hospital de Denia to help spread awareness about this debilitating and distressing disease.


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Life going out

Divas strike gold

Choir on song

The Blau Gospel Choir at Benitachell

By Jack Troughton THE RENOWNED Blau Gospel Choir filled Benitachell Parish Church for the second year running with an atmospheric performance enjoyed by everyone in an enthusiastic audience. Formed in 2006, the gospel choir united singers from Denia, Alcoy and Xativa and it has since performed at a number of prestigious venues – and can call on some 70 voices, six

musicians and three lighting and sound technicians. The return to Benitachell was arranged by the Minister of Denia Baptist Church Jorge Pastor and the English-speaking Benitachell Christian Fellowship helped organise the event. The choir received a warm welcome and its director Pau Llorens insured everyone in the church was involved in the music that crossed religious

denominations in a memorable evening. And the Benitachell Christian Fellowship has invited everyone to join in Christmas Carols and Readings on 16th December and a Family Carol Service on 23rd December. The fellowship meets at 11am every Sunday at the Benitachell Pensionista’s Club – the social centre – in Placa Nueva. Call 96 649 4036 for more information.

By Jack Troughton THE SUCCESSFUL Dolce Divas and Friends concert organised by Teulada Moraira lions Club raised over 500€ to help needy families in the community. A packed audience at Moraira’s Senieta enjoyed a varied programme from the Divas, duo Claire Post and Kirsty Glen, with guest performances from friends trumpeter Miguel-Angel Buigues, in his final year as a student at the Murcia Conservatoire, and ‘Irish Des’ on guitar and vocals. The evening included music ranging from Handel and Rutter to Lloyd Webber and the Beatles, as well as operatic favourites to Irish folksongs – insuring there was something for everyone. Pictured is Lions’ President Peter Johnson (centre) thanking the performers (from left) Kirsty, Claire, Irish des and Miguel-Angel.

Carols for Christmas

TEULADA MORAIRA Lions invite everyone to join in a free carol concert around the Christmas tree on Saturday 8th December at 5pm. Club members will be joined in Plaza Iglesia – the Church Square – in Moraira by the Salvation Army Band and other special guests. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and help raise money to feed homeless people at Christmas.

Life music Tony Rivers – Guitar/Vocalist TONY RIVERS started out in the 60’s with his band, the Castaways. Then the band changed their name to Harmony Grass in September 1968.

Tony become a session singer, doing ‘lead’ or ‘backing vocals’, quite often on those infamous ‘Top Of The Pops’ Hallmark albums. Tony was to spend the next ten years touring with Sir Cliff Richard doing backing vocals. In July 1985, he was asked by Elton John to do ‘Live Aid’ with him and George Michael at Wembley Stadium. Check out his website for a detailed account of his career. Now is your chance to see Tony Rivers playing live at Bar Quo Vadis in Javea on Sunday 2nd December at 5pm. Tony also performs every Friday Night at the Bar Sargantana, near Oliva Nova Golf Course.

The Not Necessarily Folk Club, Calpe – Saffy’s Bar THE NOT Necessarily Folk Club has moved to a new venue – Saffy’s Bar, under the Sotovento Apartment block in Calpe. Next meeting is on Monday 3rd December and then every two weeks – 17th December. Meet at 8pm and start singing at 8.30pm. The club caters for anyone, of any nationality, who likes music. All are

welcome to listen, to sing any genre of song, or to play a musical instrument. There is no obligation to perform – just turn up and enjoy the evening. For further information/directions/map: please contact Sheila or Ron Hopkins on: 96 649 8719 or email:

Shaina Jones –

The Voice of Denia SHAINA JONES is an excellent singer and entertainer performing in the Silenci Music Club, Calle La Mar, Denia, on the first Thursday of every month. Her repertoire includes music styles of Pop, Latin, Soul, Rock, Funky and Flamenco, plus she is a brilliant singer of ballads and has a great dance programme that gets everybody on the dance floor. Shaina has appeared in many TV Shows, concerts and events all over the Costa Blanca as a soloist or part of a band. She will be appearing at the Silenci Music Club on Thursday 6th December, at 8pm. For more info phone Stefanie: 639 918 510.

Jim Rhodes entertains at the Bull and Bear

THE AMAZING Jim Rhodes is back in the Costa Blanca after his summer in Ibiza, performing at the Bull and Bear Pub in Benitachell this Friday 30th November and also on New Year’s Eve. For those who have never had the privilege to see Jim, this Friday is a must. Jim worked his first season in Ibiza in 1989 and since then the summer seasons have been spent in the holiday island and the winter months split between the Costa Blanca, Switzerland and the UK. Jim has the ability to entertain everyone with his outstanding vocal, keyboard, saxophone and guitar skills, enthralling with his range of music ability. Jim has performed with a whole list of stars including Tina Turner, Robert Cray and Dire Straits to name a few. If you can’t make it to see Jim this Friday at the Bull and Bear in Benitachell, find him at the Square Bar in Moraira every Thursday. Jim Rhodes is simply a born entertainer.

Celtic Knot CELTIC KNOT is a duo featuring Niamh O’ Sheehan and Matthias Coblenzer, both from the band ‘Gatecrash’. They perform an acoustic guitar set with Niamh focusing on singing traditional Irish ballads and folk music. “I’ve been singing traditional Irish ballads since I was a little girl in the local Irish festivals. I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity to ‘sing Irish’ in Spain!” says Niamh. For more info phone: 676 507 791. DECEMBER GIGS Saturday 1st - Steinways Jazz and Blues - Denia 12.30am (Gatecrash) Saturday 8th - Bar Ambiente, Moravit - Moraira (Niamh Solo) Sunday 9th - Khandala - Javea (Celtic Knot) Wednesday 12th - Al Gusto - Denia (Celtic Knot) Wednesday 19th - Al Gusto - Denia (Celtic Knot) Thursday 20th - Rte., Duodama - Ctra Denia-Javea) (Celtic Knot) Saturday 22nd - Steinways Jazz and Blues - Denia 12.30 am (Gatecrash) Sunday 23rd - Khandala - Javea (Celtic Knot) Saturday 29th - La Plaza Bar - Altea 12.30 am (Gatecrash) Sunday 30th - Bar Ambiente - Moravit, Moraira (Celtic Knot) Monday 31st - Arena Bar (near Port Hotel) - Denia (Niamh Solo)

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30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Life food

Traditions All families seem to have their own Christmas traditions from the very day you start to put up the decorations to what time of day you open your presents. Do you watch Top of the Pops followed by the Queen or the big film of the day?

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman But more usually what food you are going to eat on the big day. Most of these traditions follow what we did as children evolving as we have families of our own and making our own traditions, we still bring out the same Christmas tree we first bought as a couple 20 odd years ago along with special little individual decorations that we bought together. Now I certainly wouldn’t try to change what you eat on the big day but sometimes it can be made a little easier. We all should have another holiday just before Christmas as we do like the way the Americans do it by having a practice day at Thanksgiving (the third Thursday in November). We cook a huge turkey (although not deep fry it in a dustbin as some Americans do) and watch three games of American football. I can easily bone and stuff the legs which I roast along with the bones for gravy, the breast and all the trimmings and as there are only the two of us on this day I get the opportunity to get my timings right even if I haven’t cooked a whole bird since last year. For you see I am a traditionalist and love a properly cooked moist Turkey with a crispy skin and leftovers a plenty. Think turkey is a dry meat then you haven’t had it cooked properly yet. We like to start the day with a Bucks Fizz and a dish of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, I line

ramekins with the salmon (leaving it draped over the sides), half fill with egg, put in a small teaspoon of caviar, fill with the remaining egg, wrap with the salmon and turn out onto plates served with some buttered toasts along with a few fonds of Dill. Before the meal a few oysters and a small prawn cocktail are not too heavy, the better the prawn, the better the dish but you can buy frozen to save last minute shopping just make sure you buy them in the shells and peel yourself, make stock from the shells. And don´t go looking for Marie Rose/ cocktail sauce in the English stores as I witnessed last year it really is just mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tobasco, brandy, seasoning and a splash of lemon juice. If you have guests who won`t eat fish whip up a quick pate the day before, take two thirds livers (don’t forget the ones from chickens) to one third cream cheese, plus the same amount of butter + a little extra for the citrus topping. Take two shallots, one small onion, two cloves garlic (optional) fresh herbs (thyme, oregano & bay), salt, pepper and a glug of Cointreau or Southern Comfort. Sauté the chopped shallots, onions, salt, pepper and herbs in ½ the butter for 2-3 mins until soft, add the livers and the other ½ butter for 2-3 mins until pink (or overcooked

if you wish) then add the booze. Blend/blitz with the cheese, season to taste, fill ramekins and top with citrus butter or bay leaf & butter. Refrigerate QUICK! Serve with Melba toast, toast slices of bread then cut off the crusts, then carefully split in two and rub off some of the breadcrumb on the untoasted sides and then put under the grill untoasted sides up, watch carefully as they curl up and brown but be careful as they burn quickly. To avoid unwanted steamy windows on the day get ahead and blanch your veggies the day before in a pot of boiling salted water for a couple of minutes. Do each vegetable individually and quickly stop the cooking by plunging into a bowl of iced water, which also keeps the vibrant colour. These can then be refrigerated until needed when they can be reheated in a little butter or water on the stove in the oven or even the microwave. Save the water you cooked them in and use to make your gravy. Now I wouldn’t dare try to change your traditions, if you like to present the whole bird or the whole Christmas Pud on the day it is up to you, I just want to make it a little easier for the cook. A last hint, if your Pud is cooked beforehand on the day splash each portion with a little water, cover and reheat in the oven or microwave, great for leftovers too.

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Festive Three course December Party Dinner Menu

Starters Traditional north Atlantic prawn tower with whole meal bread Melon with Serrano ham with lemon and honey dressing Freshly made cauliflower cheese soup with crusty bread Baked goats cheese brochette with vine tomato and thyme chutney Devilled chicken livers with brandy, Worcestershire sauce and cream in flaky pastry Home made Thai spiced fish cake with coriander and lime pesto Main Course (Served with seasonal vegetables unless served with salad) Baked salmon fillet with lemon and parmesan crust with leek, potato and pea both Roasted beef with, sage and onion mash, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & red wine gravy Roasted pork loin with spiced apple and pear compote with Madeira, mushroom and bacon braised potatoes Turkey breast stuffed with stilton roasted in Iberian ham, sage & onion mash, Lincoln sausage, roasts & gravy Roasted Mediterranean vegetable, bean & tomato tart with feta, pesto oil with dressed side salad v Irish fillet steak with mushrooms, tomato, French fries and dressed side salad ( 9.00 extra) Desserts Traditional Christmas pudding with rum sauce Chocolate pannacotta with raspberry and thick cream Home made banoffee pie with bitter chocolate ice cream Warm apple tart with amaretto soaked raisins and ice cream Profiteroles filled with sweetened cream and Rolo sauce Warm mince pies with rum custard Coffee & Mince Pies 2.50


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Life showbiz goss Sorry Nicki, it doesn’t stack up Babe

IT’S ALWAYS fun when news leaks out of the tables turning on a celeb, especially when it’s a person who has bigged herself up as much as Nicki Minaj, a young 29-year-old female rapper who has spent the last few months rubbishing everyone and anyone during her many rants on American Idol, with several full on contra taunts with Mariah Carey the talk of the media over there. The incident I want to bring to your attention happened last Tuesday at 3.30am when Nicki and her 25 strong band of hangers-on tried to get in to the Greenhouse Nightclub in New York City. Unfortunately for Nicki and her motley crew they were left a little red faced when the New York Police Department refused them entry saying the

venue was at full capacity. What compounds the refusal even more is that the party going on inside was to celebrate the release of Nicki´s latest album ‘Pink Friday : Roman Reloaded’, but instead she had to turn tail and wander off home, kick the cat and tuck in to some leftover spaghetti. Nicki told RadarOnline: “I was supposed to make an appearance with fellow rappers Flo Rida and Fabolous but the police wouldn’t let me in, so we just went on home,” an unexpectedly calm comment from a mouthy woman, which gets me to wondering why, could it be she had something to hide, in her handbag for example. Can you imagine putting a party together inviting all your bestest ever pals and not being allowed in yourself … What would you do!

Did Leandro dance with the devil

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Katie Price having made out all was well after she and boyfriend Leandro Penna parted, but that they were still good friends, then how Leandro told us how ‘crazy’ and ‘impossible’ she was to live with, leaving us all wondering exactly who and what to believe. I now bring you episode two in the life and times of the couple. However, it is more to do with what Leandro said, as at the time of writing Katie had not made any sort of response. Claiming Katie dreams of being the wife of a famous footballer (A WAG), 27-year-old Leandro said “‘Katie is very jealous of all WAGs, Victoria Beckham makes her angry, not because of her success, but because she’s married to a rich footballer … Katie wants a WAG life.” He also revealed the 34-year-old was deeply jealous when Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara bought his wife Danielle Lloyd a Bentley. The nail in the coffin for the relationship seems to have come in the form of a sex tape that she allegedly made with ex-hubby Alex Reid involving a vodka bottle that Katie showed to Leandro. Reid was dressed as his female alter ego Roxanne at the time. Chances are Leandro was brought up in the strongly religious way of most Argentinians, making his time with Katie Price likely to have got him enough Hail Mary´s and Our Fathers at confession to keep him going for a couple of months.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

The return of ‘Johnny Two Jags’

As I am sure you have spotted that at fairly regular intervals I have let you all know how much I detest reality shows, but I could well now have to back off a little as I found out last week that on the next edition of Channel 5´s Celebrity Big Brother one of the guests might be former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott. Yes folk’s, ‘Johnny Two Jags’ could be the man to get me interested in checking out the show, as if there´s one thing you can be sure of with him, it’s that things have a strong potential to get a little bit lively. Channel 5 bosses seem to be thinking inside the same box after they said, “We have high hopes he’ll provide viewers with endless entertainment on the new series.” The former Labour MP for Hull East, who famously punched a protester who threw an egg at him ahead of the 2001 General Election, could well act similarly if any of the housemates rub him up the wrong way, especially if it happens in the kitchen. A person who was described as a TV insider said “he doesn’t suffer fools and that would make it must watch TV.” Bring it on Big Brudder … bring it on!

30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Life TV


30th November - 6th December

FRIDAY 30th November BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Sadie J 17:00 Blue Peter 17:30 VIP People 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Outnumbered 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 John Bishop’s Big Year 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 National Lottery

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Big & Small 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:50 Later with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Island Hospital 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:30 ITV News 24:00 Local News 24:05 Mad Max 2

07:05 Channel 4 Presents 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Lee Evans: Roadrunner 23:10 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:15 4Funnies 24:40 8 Out of 10 Cats

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 The Christmas Pageant 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 24:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 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 New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 20:00 The Cube 21:00 The X Factor USA 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 23:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:30 The 40 Year Old Virgin

07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 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 New Girl 16:30 New Girl 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 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 X-Men - the Last Stand 23:05 Sorority Row





07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Shake It Up 10:00 My Phone Genie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Columbo: Dagger of the Mind 14:20 ITV News and Weather 14:30 Home Sweet Home 15:30 Home Sweet Home 16:30 The Unforgettable 17:00 Jonathan & Charlotte 18:00 Central News 18:15 ITV News and Weather 18:30 Golden Rules of TV 19:00 New You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 Take Me Out 21:00 The X Factor 22:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:45 FA Cup Highlights 24:45 Serenity

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Beach Volleyball 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Made in Chelsea 12:05 Suburgatory 12:40 The Big Bang Theory 13:15 The Big Bang Theory 13:50 The Big Bang Theory 14:20 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 The Simpsons 17:20 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Ireland 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Heston’s Fantastical Food 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 Star Trek 24:25 The X-Files: I Want to Believe

SATURDAY 1st December BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Baking Made Easy 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Live Snooker: UK Championship 15:00 Live International Rugby Union 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News 18:30 A Question of Sport 19:00 Pointless Celebrities 19:50 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Merlin 21:45 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 21:55 Casualty 22:45 Live at the Apollo 23:15 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day


07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 ZingZillas Zingbop 11:10 Get Squiggling! 11:30 Get Well Soon 11:45 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 12:00 Justin’s House 12:25 I Can Cook on the Go 12:40 Mister Maker Comes to Town 13:00 Coast 13:05 Animal Park 14:05 The Gay Divorce 15:45 Houseguest 17:30 Live Snooker: UK Championship 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 Great British Food Revival 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 22:00 QI XL 22:45 Michael Jackson: Bad 25

SUNDAY 2nd December BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Fern Britton Meets 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Countryfile 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Homes Under the Hammer 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Call the Midwife 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 18:50 BBC News 19:20 Countryfile 20:20 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Secret of Crickley Hall 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:15 Graham Norton Show


07:00 Childrens TV 08:45 Octonauts 09:00 Tilly and Friends 09:10 Woolly & Tig 09:15 Mike the Knight 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Tweenies 10:00 Baby Jake 10:10 Big Barn Farm 10:25 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 10:45 Something Special 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Great British Bake Off 13:30 International Rugby Union 14:30 Live Snooker: UK Championship 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 Fawlty Towers 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Return to Forgotten Britain 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 Harry & Paul 23:30 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:00 I’ve Never Seen Star Wars 24:30 Snooker: UK Championship

07:00 Childrens TV 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:35 City of Friends 08:50 Little Princess 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: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:00 The Gadget Show 12:55 Cowboy Builders 13:55 Superman 16:35 The Christmas Gift 18:20 Our First Christmas 20:10 Catwoman 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Live International Boxing 24:00 BAMMA: The Fighting Premiership

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:15 Gossip Girl 08:00 Coronation Street 10:15 Emmerdale 13:15 Cheryl: Access All Areas 14:15 The X Factor USA 16:15 The X Factor USA 17:15 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 18:45 Garfield 20:25 *batteries not included 22:30 The Xtra Factor 23:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:30 Take Me Out The Gossip


07:00 Heartland 07:45 Life Unexpected 08:30 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:35 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:45 Charlie’s Angels 11:40 Desperate Housewives 12:40 Scrubs 13:10 Scrubs 13:40 How I Met Your Mother 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 Suburgatory 15:00 Made in Chelsea 16:00 New Girl 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 The Experiments 23:05 Scary Movie 24:55 The Big Bang Theory






07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Big Time Rush 09:30 Good Luck Charlie 10:00 Good Luck Charlie 10:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 11:20 Carry On Cruising 13:00 ITV News and Weather 13:05 Live FA Cup Football 16:00 Farewell Jack 16:30 The X Factor 18:00 The Nation’s Favourite Number 1 Single 19:30 Central News 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Coronation Street 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Steppin’ Out with Katherine Jenkins 23:15 ITV News 23:30 FA Cup Highlights 24:30 Premiership Rugby Union

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Sailing 08:35 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 09:05 Will & Grace 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:05 The Big Bang Theory 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Simpsons 14:30 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:10 Miracle on 34th Street 20:20 Channel 4 News 20:50 20:55 The Political Slot 21:00 Alien Investigations 22:00 Homeland 23:00 Peep Show 23:30 British Comedy Awards Nominations Show 2012 24:35 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:15 Mio Mao 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Castle Farm 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 12:25 The Singing Friar 12:55 Rolf’s Animal Clinic 13:55 Road to Christmas 15:40 Jack Frost 17:35 5 News Weekend 17:40 Rush Hour 2 19:30 Superman II 22:00 Magnum Force 24:30 Road House 2

07:00 All Star Family Fortunes

07:00 Being Erica 07:45 Being Erica 08:35 Scrubs 09:05 Scrubs 09:35 Hollyoaks 12:05 T4: Watch 12:25 Smallville 13:25 Rules of Engagement 13:50 Rules of Engagement 14:20 T4: Listen 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Suburgatory 15:35 Made in Chelsea 16:35 New Girl 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 Scrooged 23:00 Misfits 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

07:35 Emmerdale 10:15 Coronation Street 12:45 The X Factor 14:15 The Xtra Factor 15:15 Take Me Out 16:45 Take Me Out - The Gossip 17:45 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 18:45 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 19:50 Kindergarten Cop 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 2 Fast 2 Furious


30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Life TV

30th November - 6th December

MONDAY 3rd December BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 School for Stars 16:35 Dennis and Gnasher 16:45 League of Super Evil 17:00 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 17:30 Pet School 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:20 Duplex

07:00 Childrens TV 10:20 The Rhyme Rocket 10:35 The Lingo Show 10:45 Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Let’s Play 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Snooker: UK Championship 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Rick Stein’s Christmas Odyssey 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Inside Claridge’s 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: UK Championship

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Royal Variety Performance 23:05 ITV News 23:35 Local News 23:40 The Agenda 24:10 State of Play

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 The Comancheros 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Turner Prize 2012 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 The Real Man’s Road Trip: Sean and Jon Go West 23:00 The Fear 24:05 Full English 24:40 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Love’s Christmas Journey 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Thirteen: Conspiracy 24:45 Shops, Robbers and Videotape

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 The X Factor 12:30 You’ve Been Framed! 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 New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 The Hot Desk 18:40 You’ve Been Framed! 19:15 Hulk 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 The 40 Year Old Virgin

TUESDAY 4th December



07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 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 New Girl 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 Fresh Meat








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 School for Stars 16:35 Dennis and Gnasher 16:45 League of Super Evil 17:00 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 17:30 Pet School 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Last Tango in Halifax 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Imagine 24:55 Transsiberian

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Alphablocks 10:20 The Rhyme Rocket 10:35 The Lingo Show 10:45 Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Let’s Play 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Snooker: UK Championship 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Rick Stein’s Spanish Christmas 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Dara O Briain’s Science Club 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: UK Championship

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Champions League Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Take Me Out

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:45 The Enemy Below 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 Heston’s Fantastical Food 23:00 The Fear 24:05 Homeland

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Shark 16:15 Love’s Christmas Journey 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Highland Emergency 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Murder Files 22:00 Body of Proof 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY 24:50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:55 Lemon Tonight 20:00 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 20:45 Back to the Future 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:40 Celebrity Juice

07:00 90210 07:40 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 Tool Academy 24:05 Rude Tube

WEDNESDAY 5th December BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 School for Stars 16:35 Dennis and Gnasher 16:45 League of Super Evil 17:00 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 17:30 Pet School 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Supersized Earth 22:00 The War on Britain’s Roads 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 National Lottery 23:45 Would I Lie to You? 24:15 Film 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Abadas 10:15 Alphablocks 10:20 The Rhyme Rocket 10:35 The Lingo Show 10:45 Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Let’s Play 11:55 Dipdap 12:00 See Hear 12:30 Live Autumn Statement 16:30 Live Snooker: UK Championship 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 The Hour 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: UK Championship

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 22:00 The Town 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Inside Man

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:45 Sink the Bismarck! 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 The Fear 24:05 True Stories

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Shark 16:15 Farewell Mr Kringle 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle 22:00 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 23:00 Untraceable

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 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 New York City 17:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Gossip Girl 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:50 Wanted

07:00 90210 07:45 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 The Inbetweeners USA 24:05 Rude Tube

30 nov - 6 dec 2012


THURSDAY 6th December BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 School for Stars 16:35 Dennis and Gnasher 16:45 League of Super Evil 17:00 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 17:30 Pet School 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Young Apprentice 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Abadas 10:15 Alphablocks 10:20 The Rhyme Rocket 10:35 The Lingo Show 10:45 Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05 Show Me Show Me 11:35 Let’s Play 11:55 I Can Cook on the Go 12:10 Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Snooker: UK Championship 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Live Snooker: UK Championship 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 23:00 Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: UK Championship

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Local News 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Emmerdale at 40 22:00 Madeley Meets the Squatters 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Dirty Britain 24:35 The Lobby

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 13:45 The Frogmen 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Vintage Home 22:00 Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club 23:00 The Fear 24:05 Alien Investigations

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Removal Men 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Build a New Life in the Country 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Shark 16:15 The Wishing Tree 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 21:00 World’s Strongest Man 22:00 Cowboy Builders 23:00 Under Siege

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 The Real Housewives of New York City 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Judge Judy 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 Real Housewives of DC 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 23:50 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:35 Lemon La Vida Loca

Crossword Solutions 684 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Plunder; 7 Veils; 9 One; 10 Proffered; 12 Tape measure; 15 French chalk; 17 Stammerer; 19 Gay; 21 Yearn; 22 Servant. Down: 1 Blunt; 2 End; 3 Peer; 4 Reversals; 5 Allegro; 8 Afresh; 11 Say no more; 13 Echoed; 14 Fritter; 16 Banns; 18 Eyes; 20 Ivy.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Musical; 7 Petty; 9 Jet; 10 Appraisal; 12 Acknowledge; 15 Contemplate; 17 Deference; 19 Art; 21 Agree; 22 Engrave. Down: 1 Quiet; 2 Aim; 3 Rasp; 4 Delineate; 5 Strange; 8 Trowel; 11 Scattered; 13 Number; 14 Foreign; 16 Grave; 18 Cant; 20 Era. Wordwheel: EXTREMITY

E4 07:00 90210 07:45 One Tree Hill 08:25 Scrubs 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Rules of Engagement 10:10 90210 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 New Girl 16:30 New Girl 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 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 2 Broke Girls 22:30 New Girl 23:00 The Hills Have Eyes

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 30th 18.05 FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions- Spanish electrics and Beach Safety. Saturday 1st Dec 18.00 Celebrity Archive - Simon Baldock talks to American singer Michael Bolton. Sunday 2nd Dec 19.30 Spanish Dive Adventures (series) – put on an aqualung and discover the submarine world. Monday 3rd 18.05 Costa Blanca Life - People, places and events from

around the region. Tuesday 4th 19.00 Real England (series) – Dorset, where the first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred. Wednesday 5th 18.05 Theatre Group Dramatic Licence presents the George and Mildred classic ’When That Cat’s Away’. Thursday 6th 19.00 Viva Vitality – Experts in the area who can help you stay fit and keep well.


30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Life people

Confronting demons BLOOD AND guts horror movies leave me cold, as do haunted castles with their chain rattling, wailing resident apparitions. In fact very little of cinema’s extreme emotions affect my quite stable equilibrium, with one exception - demonic possession. By Benny Davis Evil ventriloquist dummies and innocent children transformed into foul mouthed tools of Satan send me running for cover, usually under the seat. An emotion re-visited last week when I watched ‘Whispers,’ a psychological thriller staged by the Monte Pego Theatre Company at their Rafol theatre. Written by Ian Hornby, the plot centres around wheelchair bound Linda (Lynne Martin) who unleashes the spirit of former house resident ‘Belle’ when she accidentally breaks a 19th century photograph. The unhappy spirit hides in the nursery made before Linda realised she

is barren. Evil starts to filter into the plot, when Linda mysteriously discovers that her best friend Gwyneth (Debbie Wallis) is pregnant by her husband Sean (Glenn Ingram) and through anger, allows the spirit of ‘Belle’ to possess her. FORCE And using the power of two minds, Linda forces Sean to collapse and die, purportedly from head injuries, before turning her attention to Gwyneth’s unborn baby with miscarriage in mind. After a thorough investigation by the police and a consultant therapist, we and the authorities, are left pondering, was she really possessed? Did she imagine the whole thing? Was a crime

actually committed? It was thought provoking theatre skilfully directed by Jeff Corbett who combined a series of briefer than normal acts with hooks that tended to heighten the tension and added pace to the overall production. The strong cast was headed up by Lynne Martin who played Linda with frightening conviction, especially the chill factor of mood and voice swings when possessed by the entity – under-theseat-time for me! She was well supported by a cast that kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the production. Congratulations to Glenn Ingram, Debbie Wallis, Hugh Norton and Jane Corbett.

Ticket to ride A growing mountain of prizes

By Jack Troughton BUYING RAFFLE tickets for the Original Charity Shop’s annual Christmas draw will help Santa visit a special school with a sack full of gifts. The charity is again buying presents for the handicapped children attending the Raquel Paya School in Denia – and this year making a large contribution to CARITAS to buy food for the growing number of needy

Lynne Martin as Linda

families in Javea. Tickets are now on sale. A strip of five costs 3€ and gives the chance of scooping a 40 inch television, Christmas hampers, and vouchers for restaurants, beauty treatments and hairdressing and a host of other goodies. They are available from the charity’s shop in Avenida Fontana, Arenal, or the Library in Javea Park. They are open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 1pm.

30 nov - 6 dec 2012

Life cars


Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

My car uses too much fuel - part one I recently read of a complaint from a reader in the UK Daily Telegraph where a reader had bought one of the new Ford Focuses with one of the so named Eco-Boost engines, in this case a 3-cylinder, 1-litre turbocharged, petrol-fuelled model. The advertising says that the car is as economical as the diesel-engined version, and the official tests showed the it would do over 60 mpg or as low as 4.2 litres per 100km, but even when driving very carefully in the highest gear and avoiding heavy traffic, the best consumption this new owner complained that the best he could achieve was 43, 5 mpg or 6, 5 l/100km. He had returned the car to the main agents where he had bought it new, but they could find nothing wrong with it. ‘Honest John’ or ‘HJ’, who writes the Motoring column for the DT, wrote that the published official figures from the EU test laboratories are carried out in a test laboratory, not on the public roads and are established to give a comparison figure for all vehicles as well as the exhaust CO₂ per km readings upon which the pollution tax charges are established. Although the design of a small 3-cylinder engine which is turbocharged to give sufficient power only when it is needed is the new way of ‘fooling’ the tests, on the roads where the cars are still subjected to the need to accelerate and overtake in normal traffic conditions or to just

crawl along, with the same weight body as the bigger engine versions, fuel is still required to achieve these movements. The last time I carried out a Real-World fuel test on our now one-year old (the time is flying) Ford Focus 2-litre diesel, with a sixspeed DSG auto gearbox over an ‘autonomia’ or test distance of 150km, driving normally and with pleasure, not racing but not driving as if we were in a contest for fuel economy, the consumption accurately measure was 7, 1, l/100 km or 39. 8 mpg. Previously at slower speeds when the car was new and being ‘run in’, the figure had been 6, 3 L/100 km or 44, 8 mpg. But for me 7, 1 L/110 is satisfactory. And HJ of the DT wrote to me in a private email he was reporting getting over 60 mpg in a new Toyota Auris Hybrid, a car that I reckon is designed more for going to work being quite small as many are now, but it is also charged by plugging into the mains at home and work to save fuel so we cannot accept this as a direct comparison for fuel consumption purposes. More next time…

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West Brom march on! I’LL BE the first to admit that my weekly offerings usually lean heavily towards the goings on at the so-called “big clubs”, but the form and performances of West Brom so far can no longer be ignored! There seems to be a surprise package in the early running of every Premiership season (Newcastle last year) but I’m sure even Baggies fans wouldn’t have taken you too seriously if you’d told them it’d be their team this time around. Following the departure of Roy Hodgson to the England hot-seat in the summer, you would be forgiven for thinking at the time that West Brom may struggle but quite the opposite has been the case. In actual fact, new manager Steve Clarke has come in and done a tremendous job and left the Hawthorns faithful asking the question, “Roy, who?”. The former Liverpool, Newcastle, West Ham and Chelsea assistant is, in my opinion, one of three factors behind Albion’s rise to the upper echelons of England’s top tier, with the other two being the return to full fitness of Hungarian playmaker Zoltan Gera and the shrewd summer capture of midfield terrier Claudio Yacob. Excited Baggies fans are starting to dream of a possible European adventure, with leading scorer Shane Long admitting it’s starting to creep into the players’ minds too. But Clarke is refusing to entertain such thoughts, keeping his feet firmly on the ground and repeating the mantra that the 40-point survival target is still the club’s number-one priority with the campaign only thirteen games old. Despite this, Albion supporters are basking in the glory of seeing their team secure four straight top-flights wins for the first time since 1980. The secret of Clarke’s success is perhaps that he hasn’t really changed all that much. A lot of good work was put in under Hodgson and Roberto di Matteo before him so wholesale changes weren’t required. He’s maintained the same 4-2-3-1 system, selected a consistent back four/five whenever possible and kept his attacking players on their toes by employing somewhat of a rotation policy. Furthermore, in Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Graham

Dorrans the Baggies have three international midfielders who can unlock top-flight defences but the jewel in Albion’s attacking crown is Gera, whose return to full fitness has arguably been the catalyst for their flying start. He’s now fully fit and firing on all cylinders, playing in the centre of Albion’s forward trio and revelling in the freedom he has in Clarke’s system. That freedom is available due to the third factor behind West Brom’s stunning start - the addition of Yacob to the starting XI. Alongside fellow “hard-man” Youssouf Mulumbu, Yacob has formed a combative midfield shield, protecting the back-four and contributing greatly towards the team’s tally of just fifteen conceded goals. The question now is whether or not The Baggies can maintain their blistering earlyseason pace. Well, Albion’s squad depth will be tested in the coming months, with Peter Odemwingie and Mulumbu to represent Nigeria and Congo respectively at the African Nations Cup but Clarke has coped well so far when forced into changes, seeing Boaz Myhill prove an able deputy for injured number one Ben Foster and the likes of Morrison filling the defensive midfield role in Mulumbu’s injury absence. Only time will tell of course, and the worry is that when the return fixtures come around, the opposition will have learned a thing or two and may be able to nullify some of Albion’s various threats but, for now, they’re flying and thoroughly

deserve to be where they are.

This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 1st Dec: West Ham v Chelsea (1.45pm) Liverpool v S’hampton (4pm) Man City v Everton (4pm) Reading v Man United (6.30pm) Sun 2nd Dec: Norwich v Sunderland (4pm) 4th/5th/6th Dec: All Champions/Europa League Fixtures

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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

IT WAS great to see the supporters of Norwich and Southampton give Mark Clattenburg such a warm reception on his return to top flight refereeing. Clattenburg took charge of the 1 – 1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium in midweek, his first game in the middle since being cleared of racially abusing Chelsea’s Jon Obi Mikel. Despite being found not guilty, Chelsea have yet to apologise to the man in black although they have issued a joint statement with the FA and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited in which they admit that their actions caused Clattenburg and his family huge distress and that it was a mistake to rush out a press releases on the abuse accusations following their match against Manchester United. It’s a step in the right direction but it stops short of what really needs to be said. Hore gets away with it If anyone reading this article went up to a stranger in the street and punched them in the jaw from behind it’s likely that they would end up in prison. However, that’s not a scenario that Andrew Hore has to worry about. The New Zealand hooker launched in to a sickening, cowardly attack on the Welsh player Bradley Davies in the

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

early stages of last weekend’s international in Cardiff. Davies was concussed and has since revealed that he has ‘lost’ 4 days from his memory. Hore’s punishment was a quite pathetic 5 week ban, reduced from 8 weeks due to his ‘remorse and excellent disciplinary record’. Indeed, the International Rugby Board’s judicial officer, Professor Lorne Crerar, deemed the swinging arm offence to be “inherently dangerous” but accepted Hore had not intended to strike Davies in the head. Just how he came to that conclusion from the footage I’ve seen is beyond don’t smack someone in the head unless you purposely raise your arm and swing it with some considerable force. The upshot is that Hore will miss just two competitive matches. Compare that to the 7 week suspension that Davies suffered last season after a being found guilty of a highly debatable tip-

tackle against Ireland. Hore has got off lightly and the rugby authorities have been made to look very foolish indeed. England in India Waking up at 4am for five successive days last week was tough but in the end, well worth it to witness England’s stunning triumph in the second test match against India. The home side were outplayed at their own game as Swann and Panesar

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TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st -Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 11.14 kilos 2nd - Mick (The Arsenal) Hill fishing the feeder using pellet with 6.58 kilos 3rd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the feeder using pellet with 4.74 kilos WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS After 6 rounds accumulative points are:

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bowled the tourists to victory following two brilliant and record equalling centuries from skipper Alastair Cook and the reinstated Kevin Pietersen. As for India, going in to the third test, they have to face up to a number of unpalatable facts such as captain MS Dhoni can’t bat or keep wicket at test level and that Sachin Tendulkar can’t buy a run at the moment. Get some sleep in the bank as the next game which begins on Wednesday morning in Calcuttta is not to be missed.

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THIS WEEK’S competition was the halfway point of the Winter Championship: 11 matches with the best eight results to count. The venue was the Embalse de Ojos or Blanca as it is better known. Sixteen brave anglers turned out hoping that although it was late in the year the fish would still feed. Alas, that was not the case: there were still seven blanks. The only bonus on the day was it did not rain and the next match is June 2013! One notable angler said afterwards that this was the 3rd time of fishing there without a bite and some 19.5 hours of frustration.


Dave Hoare with 15 points Terry Screen & Ian Dalzell with 31 points PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. Also members, the Murcia Federation dues are now required - money to be paid to Derek or Sue Swann urgently. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen After all the recent rain the day remained dry and bright for our Annual Xmas Contest on 20th November on the river Segura at the Eden Stretch. The water was up and coloured and pushing through - fishing was hard on the day keeping the weights down. This is now to be expected with the colder nights. Andy Stevenson was drawn one above the pylons making the best of the day with a winning weight of 5.660kg taken on feeder and corn, Well done! 1st - Andy (The Web man) Stevenson with 5.660kg fishing

the feeder and using corn 2nd - Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 3.960kg fishing the feeder and using pellet 3rd - Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn with 3.840kg fishing the pole and feeder using corn A good day was had by all which was followed by the presentation of the prizes at the Marjal Campsite. All details are available on our website www. or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368 Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address;

520 rowers to descend on Torrevieja MORE THAN 80 rowing boats will be competing for prizes, points and kudos off the coast of Torrevieja on Sunday, December 9. Chances are good that Torrevieja teams will also be among the major prize winners in III Regata de Falucho Liga Suma as the male veterans and female teams, are ranked among the best in Spain. Sunday’s racing involves 22 clubs from the Valencian Community featuring 520 rowers in four different categories for male and female. The overall tournament series consists of a total of ten races that take place throughout the Valencian Community with the first six classified, qualifying for and being invited to participate in the Championship of Spain in May 2013. This week, Torrevieja’s new Councillor for Sport, Luis Maria Pizana, along with Vice President of the Valencian Federation of Rowing, Gerardo Rodriguez, and the coach of Rowing Club Torrevieja, Moncho Ferrer, held a press conference to promote the event. This year’s sponsors SUMA Gestión Tributaria is dedicated to providing aid for local sports clubs and federations. The regatta will be based in the Marina ‘Marina Salinas where participants have full facilities and locker rooms. Spectators can enjoy all the excitement of the event from the Marina Salinas and don’t have to worry about finding parking places because public parking for all morning at the marina is available

for the special price of 1.00€. In total, 22 clubs will participate from the Community of Valencia with 520 rowers in the Categories Veteran Female and Male plus Absolute Male and Female. Torrevieja is doubly blessed with the involvement of two clubs; Real Club Nautico of Torrevieja (RCNT) and Rowing Club Torrevieja “Fishermen’s Association.” It’s a sporting event that attracts many visitors to the city of Torrevieja over the weekend, which means a significant boost for the local retail and hospitality sectors also. The race course runs from Levante dock until the end of the Playa de los Locos; a total distance of 5,000 meters. The race can be seen in all its glory from the Levante dock and Juan Aparicio

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promenade, where the boats will in time trial mode, running every minute for categories in the following order: 9:00am. Female Veterans; 10:30am. Male Veterans: 12:00 noon Senior Female 1:00pm. Senior Male. The awards ceremony will start at 2:30pm, at ‘Marina Salinas’.

Last Sunday Torry returned to winning ways with a resounding home win, hammering bottom of the table Catarrora 6-0. The goals were shared out. Torry were 4-0 up at the break with goals from Ernesto, Gasch, Burguillos and Luis Carlos. They then added two more early in the second-half through Javi Rosa and substitute Cuco Ros. It was game, set and match with still 30 minutes to go. Torry eased off and played out the game and kept a clean sheet. Special mention must go to Luis Carlos who on the day was exceptional, particularly in the first-half, and ran the Catarroja defence ragged. On Sunday Torry travel to second placed La Nucia who will be an entirely different proposition to Catarroja. Lets hope Torry put in a performance and come away with at least a point. This is followed up by a home game next Thursday 6 December, a “Red Day” against Borriol likely kick-off 5.00 pm. Be there.


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No motivation Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

IN THE last three or so years we have seen a huge number of people employed in the golf industry lose their jobs for various reasons. Many of these people were leaving golf forever are great losses to the golf and tourist industry in south east Spain and will take a long time to replace. All who have lived here for more than a few years realise that the golf industry has suffered tremendously over this period. Most of the suffering has been self-inflicted and few of us offer any sympathy to greedy golf course owners and managers. With ever decreasing numbers of golfers playing the sport the inevitable has happened - redundancies and wage cuts to name but two. So where does that leave the people still employed in golf at the retail end of the industry; those who work in the reception areas and booking offices of our golf clubs? Lacking motivation is an absolute certainty. Okay so you can say they have a job and with things like they are in Spain a job is something to hang onto no matter what motivation you have. We all know in real life that things do not work quite so simply. I constantly hear from golf course managers who complain that staff only does the bare minimum.

Golfers also tell me that the staff at a lot of golf clubs is uninterested in even giving a smile let alone any type of service that might encourage golfers to return to their golf course. This short sighted outlook is without doubt the fault of the management and owners who fail to motivate staff in the correct way. There is no easier way to motivate staff than to offer them more money to do their jobs. We all live in a competitive environment now; much harsher than few years ago when money walked in the doors by the hour and was plentiful. So instead of cutting wages and benefits how about employees being offered some form of profit sharing bonus? Surely the chance of getting ten percent or more of your wages in a lump sum at the end of the year would encourage staff to offer some form of service and maybe even a smile would appear on the faces of the receptionists again and green keepers would do a little more to make sure their golf course was in top condition so that golfers got value for money and actually wanted to return to spend their money at that course rather than another. Who knows we may even see people return to the

game if we started to enjoy the golfing experience more. With what we have to offer here in our small part of the World surely we could see more and more people out on our courses that actually enjoy the experience if they were made to feel welcome? Then hey presto, the golf courses start to make a profit again and wages begin to get back to where staff can afford to live again. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 30TH NOVEMBER 2012 Who is the oldest winner on the European Tour? - Des Smyth - Miguel Angel Jimenez - Colin Montgomerie All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 3rd December 2012 to be entered into November’s draw, which will be made on 3rd December. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th December 2012.

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The RTN Club Scene WE ARE now just a few days away from crowning our 2012 RTN Golf Club Champion. 11th December is the day when you should be at El Plantio in Alicante to try to become the first ever club champion of Spain’s best golf club. The tournament will be an individual Stableford competition off full handicap and you will be expected to play off the lowest handicap you have unless you have an RFEG licence in which case we will accept your Federation handicap as long as there is proof that this has been used in the last 6 months. Get your entries in now to enjoy a wonderful day with the best people in south east Spain that it is possible to play golf with; RTN Golf Club. Send your entry to and we will advise your tee time nearer the day. The cost of entry is 50€ for eighteen holes of golf including buggy. Christmas is upon us and we are offering all our members the chance to get custom fitted Callaway golf equipment at greatly reduced prices. Even if Callaway is not your choice of club we can still provide you with unbeatable prices on golf equipment; call Noel Eastwell on 639 730 891 to get a quote and free advice including custom fitting until the end of this year. We have some offers that we are notified of daily so please do not be afraid to ask for prices on absolutely anything golf related. We will do our utmost to provide our members with what they want at the best prices available. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK During a round of golf remember - thinking does not work; play golf on the golf course. 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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PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. www.protectapet. eu tel: 965 756 371 SMALL DOGS CARED FOR IN OUR OWN HOME So if you need to go away on holiday but don’t want your dog to go into kennels then we will look after them. References available. Tel: 965843781 Mob: 622514980 TRANS-PET We do regular, doorto-door journeys between the Costa Blanca and the UK.Our aim is to provide a professional, caring service for your pets.Boarding facilities for Cats and Dogs. This may be for an overnight stay or of longer durations. Tel:600-552-030/965-960-658 www.

Albir: 800 per month. very large 2 bedroom unfurnished house with private gardens, garage, large kitchen located very close to supermarkets, shops, bus stop and the beach. Available immediately for long term rental. Alfaz del Pi: located in Baranco Hondo, 1 bedroom house with private sunny garden, communal pool. Recently refurbished throughout, close to the Dutch Club in Alfaz. Price just 425€ per month. Alfaz del PI: Extensive 3 bedroom unfurnished house with additional room for office or storage. Private parking, gas central heating, air con and sunny terraces. Communal pool and all within easy access of town. This villa is available immediately. 695€ per month. Alfaz del Pi: A very spacious 3 bedroom furnished villa with private gardens and private pool, just a short distance from town. Large sun terrace and the property has a garage and lots of parking, located at the end of a quiet cup-de-sac. Price just 1250€ per month. Torremanzanas: 495€ per month. Fantastic 3 bedroom rural finca located between Relleu and Torremanzanas, there is storage and wonderful views. If you want to get away from it all, this is the house for you! Alfaz del Pi: 400€ per month. Urbanization Monte Cristo, refurbished and redecorated with parking, pool and a very sunny terrace. Spacious one bedroom which is well furnished.


30 nov - 6 dec 2012 Boiler repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434 REPAIRS Washing machines, Dishwashers & Dryers. Also Boilers and any electrical problems. 24hours. Cheap prices Tel 626 805 709

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. Try us out so we can prove how good we are, book 2 hours and only pay for 1 on your first booking. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

JR CONSTRUCTION General Builders and Roofers Tel: 634 617 771 www. A.D.LAWTON CONSTRUCCIONES Digger hire, Ground-works, Excavation and Demolition. www. Tel:648 052 911 or 965 770 798

FREEHOLD EX BAR/ RESTAURANT in Dream Hills, 83m2 only 85,000€ 639951018 108M2 EX BAR/RESTAURANT beside Zenia Boulevard 1,000€ p/m 639951018 BENIDORM BAR FOR SALE Small excellent bar/cafe 10 mins to Benidorm Beach. Staff Managed. Large turnover. Genuine reason for sale. Good Discount for early sale. Value 120k€, and figures to verify. Serious offers considered. Tel: 0044 722 374 448 DESK IN OFFICE From 250€ per month, Everything included. Tel 639 951 018 PART OWNERSHIP Fully functional hairdressers All clientele and products included. Call manoli on 618 348 639 EXCELLENT RECESSION PROOF BUSINESS with no overheads! 20 Pringle Vending Machines € 19.900,--. Set up with guaranteed sites. All areas. Great cash income! For more info call: 600608138

OUTBOUND CALL CENTRE OPERATORS part time contracted position. Staff required for new outbound call centre based in Javea with well-established company. This is a salaried position working hours 10:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday with 4 weeks paid leave + Local and National fiesta days. Previous cold calling experience a distinct advantage. If you have experience of working in a target driven and team environment we would like to hear from you. Immediate starts available.Please call Lee on 602 526 748 for more information and to arrange an interview. FULLY QUALIFIED STYLIST experienced in all aspects of the trade is required on a Part-Time basis, for well established Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon in Moraira. If you are working as a mobile hair stylist and wish to work in an established Salon “With a Contract” - then this is your chance. Telephone Angie at: Salon: 96 574 5357 - Home: 96 574 8199 or Mobile: 659 921 877.

LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606127-424 PART OWNERSHIP Fully fuctional hairdressers. All clientele and products included. Call Manoli on 618 348 639 ADRIA 4 BIRTH CARAVAN Spanish plated, Electric mover. Full a/c many extras 5900€ ono Tel 663 536 717

CARERS REQUIRED! Join our team of carers who work in the UK. Earn from £868 - £1330 for 2 weeks. Good written/spoken English/ British or EU Passport required. Contact Sandra on 658 965 204 or email s.field@ WORK AS A LIVE-IN NURSE Flexible, regular work.Good rates of pay & free room. UK.

LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm - 3.30pm Intermediate Class 3.30pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at Villamar Campsite in Albir/ Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & Appliance &

GP IN DENIA TRAINED IN UK Dr Pablo Parrondo General Practioner. Trained in the UK. Highly experienced in Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and pain relief. Consultation in Denia, C/Marques de Campos 27, 1st Floor, 2nd left. To book an appointment call: 653 522 052

30 nov - 6 dec 2012 GREEN BOWLING WOODS Green master proline, Size 1, Size 2 and size 4. 45€ each. Tel 966 405 225 or 686 685 906 POWER PLATE For sale 350€ tel 639 951 018 ELECTRONIC ORGAN FOR SALE Galanti X365. All the usual features. Serious offers only. Torrevieja area 655 176 672 LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506 SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details. AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Very high quality gas BBQ like new. Flat screen TV 42” (Phillips). See photos on: www. MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www. Tlf:965-791328.

and have a very good car to exchange for a UK Reg car. Very good Fiat Linea saloon car 2 1/2 years 76K Kim’s 74k guarantee 2 1/2 years left. Diesel auto, great car to drive Call 966 763 954 Or 626 700 365 QUALITY CAR PARTS Delivered to your door. Headlights,breaks,c lutches etc. For free quote www. Or call 692 930 326 ONE WAY VEHICLE DELIVERY Spain - Uk - Spain Tel 671 797 151 Or 0044 2380 66 8000 onewayvehicledelivery@hotmail. com

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 WANTED I buy any car, van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781873

2 HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE 1st 2007 Heritage Softail Classic 12000 miles and one owner. Loads of extra.s Channel Island Registered Exempt from M.O.T (ITV) and Road Tax POA.2nd 2005 Road King 47000 miles one owner.Loads of extra,s Channel Island Registered Exempt from M.O.T (ITV) and Road Tax POA. Phone 616041594

S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-HomeHealth-Comercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787123/622-275-561/686-116-297

KAREN 29 Big breasts. Big bottom. Prostate massage. La Zenia close to consum supermarket 627 203 147 ALBIR/BENIDORM 2 new nice friends. 30 & 35 slim. Prostate massage and all fantasies. European. opposite Deutsche Bank 602 442 932 CINDY IS BACK 36, wounderful body for all your´re fantasies. La Zenia. Close to consum supermarket. 600 784 461 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. From €2, other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 BLUE PILLS, JELLIES AND WEEKENDERS to improve your love life. Pay on Delivery. Local and nationwide service. www. or phone Colin 680878735 CABO ROIG Denise, 28 beautiful european friend. Wounderful attention to all your fantasies. (opposite Bar Med) www. 672 872 050

LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address: Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

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


ADRIA 4 BIRTH CARAVAN Spanish plated. Electic mover. full a/c and many extras. 5900€ ono Tel 663 536 717 MITSUBISHI PAJERO 4 WD, Auto. AC, Year 96, Diesel, exras, UK-Reg., 112.000 miles, right hand drive, for € 2.350,00, looking for Van mit left hand drive. Please call 658 402010. I AM GOING BACK TO THE UK

SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412


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CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639832-118

PROBLEMS WITH INSECTS? Cockroaches, rats & mice. Call 626 828 974

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966774-199 or 678-080-500 www. NO CALLOUT CHARGE SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

TOWNHOUSE IN ALBAIDA 3 floors, 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom. Kitchen and living room. Small patio at the rear. Also has a cellar.

60.000€ Call 646 118 837 100% FINANCE on luxury golf properties, must have good income, 639951018 NEW APARTMENT in Campoverde 69.000€, 639951018 FOR SALE OR RENT Classic Spanish old townhouse. 3 double bedrooms (1 en suite) Family bathroom, downstairs cloakroom. New kitchen. Large living room/ diner. Terrace with bbq, sun terrace with view of mountains. Recently refurbished. Fully furnished Callosa d¨en Sarria 400€ p/m Or 100.000€ Tel 609 177 032 NEW APARTMENT In Campoverde 69.000€ Tel 639 951 018 MOBILE/PARK HOME 11X4 MTRS AITANA 2 BEDROMS EN SUITE COMPLETELY FURNISHED READY TO MOVE INTO ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER 22,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www.

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

96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com

FREEHOLD EX BAR/ RESTAURANT in Dream Hills, 83m2 only 85,000€ 639951018 108M2 EX BAR/RESTAURANT beside Zenia Boulevard 1,000€ p/m 639951018 DESK IN OFFICE from 250€ per month, everything included, 639951018 STORAGE SPACE from150€ p/m, 639951018 LA MARINA Detached 4 bedroom 2 bathroom villa with pool. 750€ pm + bills Call 618 897 721 LA MARINA 2 bed, 2 bath detached rosa near Santander bank 450€ pm + bills Call 618 897 721 SANTA POLA 2 bed, terrace. 3 mins to the beach. 350€ pm + bills Call 618 897 721 LONG LETS - HOLIDAYS Best Price Rentals Paul 966785891 659647616 miramarproperties@ www.miramarholidays. com LARGE 2 BED APARTMENT In Cabo Roig. 360€ per month Call 696 229 101 DESK IN OFFICE From 250€ per month, everything included. tel 639 951 018 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 300pcm. 96 672 3437 or 636615716 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS BOTH EN SUITE FULLY FITTED ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. FULLY FITTED. ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. GOLF COURSES, BEACH, AIRPORT,HOSPITAL,5 MINS BY CAR. WALKING DISTANCE TO SAN JAVIER CAROL TEL 96 819 24 25 MOB. 626 055 6622 EMAIL. www.

RESALES REQUIRED in Orihuela Costa, reasonably priced, 638266372 CASH BUYER Looking for villa in Denia area. Quick completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorthcostablanca@gmail. com

Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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

BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers Primary/Secondary English Mathmatics. Telephone Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965-350-516 Mob: 616-660-687 SKY SUPPLIES New and Reconditioned Sky+HD, Humax and FTA satellite box`s, Sales, Repairs, Spare remotes. Full Sky (Sports/Movies/ all HD) from 15e/month. Dish`s/Install`s, Realignments, LNB`s, Advice and Backup. 966194013/600899096. CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097 info@ccsattv. com

VAN LEAVING UK TO SPAIN 8TH DECEMBER Returning Spain to Uk 15th December. Space available, 0034 679042805, 0044 [0]7552985343 Or email

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

SMALL REMOVALS, DELIVERIES & STORAGE SpainUK-Spain. Budget prices. www. UK 01209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644 STORAGE SPACE 150€ per month 639 951 018 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or

EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965-300-959 Mobile 0034-648-102-529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email

SOLAR SYSTEM COMPLETE choice of batteries 1100amp hr and 550 amp hr,6x 140 watt panels,inverter victron or outback 3kw,choice of different controllers available seperately. Call 965078483 or 675878601 HEAT YOUR HOME FOR FREE! Fed up with spending a fortune every year on electricity, gas or diesel? Centrally heat your home forever for FREE! No heating bills ever! Don’t sit around in the cold. Call us now to find out about our revolutionary solar power Central heating systems. Tel: 659 315 130 or email website: Fully leagl and installing Solar in Spain since 2004. REDUCE SOLAR COSTS BY 40% Save 1000’s €’s on Swimming pool systems, hot water systems, full electric systems. Tel: 965 060 526 or email: or visit our website

WANTED Jet Skis and Quad Bikes. Call 650 722 905 JACUZZI, SPA & HOT TUBS WANTED Working or not. Call 650 722 905 I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, UKTV FOR ONLY 15€ PER MONTH Introducing a brand new English Satellite TV Service in HD. 150 English TV & Radio Channels. NO INSTALLATION CHARGE. NO MINIMUM CONTRACT. Option to add more channels. Call Iberswitch TV now for more details: 966 265 089

ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319220/618-165-877

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