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Spain faces pension crisis SPAIN HAS used its Social Security Reserve Fund to buy government bonds raising fears that it may not be able to guarantee future pension payments. p6

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Fire and brimstone THREATENING LEAFLETS preaching hell and damnation are being left for British people living in a quiet Costa Blanca resort.

Steve Hughes who advises friends and clients to switch to a company that provides solutions for the expat community. p13

Let’s get physical Look good and feel good by starting a regime at the modern, light and airy gyms at either Fitness Corpore La Estacion – the commercial centre at Benidorm’s Bus Station – or the club at the Finestrat industrial estate. p39

by Jack Troughton

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Frankie Dettori is currently appearing on the current version of Celebrity Big Brother p63

Issue 692

Young at heart

Dorothy, who has chalked up 27 years service at the the charity Caritas, celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend. Read the full story on page 7.

Residents of Javea have been upset by the flood of “creepy” leaflets pushed under business doors or left on car windscreens. The mostly handwritten pieces of printed paper – written in block capitals with some grammatical errors – began appearing before Christmas prompting fears a fanatic was at work. And the message rants at “You Brits” for being “diabolical hypocrites” who will go “straight to hell” and whose “pet beliefs won’t do you much good when you beg for a drop of water in those unquenching flames.” The leafleting is believed to be the work of a single man – and some pieces of paper have been found pushed inside a free English newspaper. Christine Betterton-Jones said she believed she had spotted the man – he was middle-aged with short cropped hair and “looked British” – leaving the paper on cars in the Arenal area. “I do find them a bit creepy and certainly people on their own might be frightened in some way – he must be driven somehow to be doing this,” she said. And hairdresser Brenda Taylor told RTN: It is not very nice and makes me feel uncomfortable. I know some people have laughed at it but I don’t, I have got quite cross. “They are just not very nice and are vaguely threatening. I think it should be stopped because it is upsetting and quite creepy.” Brenda said finding the messages made her wonder if she was being watched. “You don’t know if he is following when you leave work and I would be very nervous if I lived on my own.” Continued on page 5

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Costa Blanca looks forward to more Dutch tourism by Keith Nicol A MAJOR push is underway by the Costa Blanca Tourist Board to attract more tourism from Northern Europe during the offseason. Over the past two weeks, the Costa Blanca has been represented in shows in both Holland and Finland with FITUR in Madrid also being a major target area. In Holland last week, Alicante’s Provincial Deputy for Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo held meetings with operators including TUI and Thomas Cook at the Tourism Fair in Vakantiebeurs, Utrecht where he received the backing of the Spanish Ambassador in the Netherlands Acha Javier Vallaure. From Vakantiebeurs, Joaquín Albaladejo said that the Costa Blanca was committed to strengthening the senior market segment in the Netherlands to boost the seasonally adjusted number of tourists visiting the province. He continued “Our expectations are very positive for 2013. We have established agreements with major tour operators like Thomas Cook and TUI to increase the pres-

ence and offers to senior tourists, those over 50, in the province in season, especially in and around Benidorm. The Costa Blanca is an ideal destination for the Dutch market because of our warm climate throughout the year and the variety of cultural, dining, beaches, countryside and attractive areas of interest to this senior market segment.” Albaladejo weekend was filled with a further round of talks with industry professionals, tour operators, travel agents and journalists from Dutch magazines in order to promote the Costa Blanca. The major aim is to consolidate the province of Alicante as the first Mediterranean destination choice for visitors from Holland. Albaladejo also met with Leonie van der Eist Teunissen, Product Manager for Thomas Cook, who heavily promote winter holidays in Benidorm, Calpe and Playa del Albir and offer their program through Transavia flights from the four Dutch airports, operating to the El Altet terminal. He also addressed journalists from various magazines

Altea taking on small renovations to improve urban image THE TOWN Planning Department of Altea under the management of Carolina Punset introduced a new campaign on Monday targeting small renovations. She said: “Compared to recent decades where the priority has been to build large infrastructures there is now no means to maintain them. The current goal of the Department of Planning is to focus on specific rehabilitation to improve the urban image of the town.” She added that one of the project’s first tasks has been to “clean up and repair a dead end in Calle Piteres” where a number of residents have demanded a clean-up.

Far right, Joaquín Albaladejo

that are developing articles and reports on leisure and tourism in the Costa Blanca and the various infrastructure options available to the traveler within the municipalities of Alicante. Joaquín Albaladejo pointed out the importance of the presence of the Costa Blanca at this show, which is one of the five largest in the world. He note that the response was favorable and positive for the province of Alicante “because we are a destination well positioned in the Dutch mar-

ket and we hope to increase the numbers of tourists this year. The forecasts and data provided to us from the Spanish Tourist Office in The Hague testifies this.” Vakantiebeurs The international fair, ran through January 13 at the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Exhibition & Convention Centre in Utrecht and brought together more than 2,200 exhibiting companies specializing in the supply of tourism and leisure traffic with 60,000 professionals from 130 countries.

Brave bull terrier saves owners from fire

A BRAVE Bull Terrier saved the lives of her owners by alerting them to a fire that swept the ground floor of their duplex apartment in Benissa this week. Her persistent

barking woke Jaume Jesy and his partner in time for them to escape via the top floor balcony onto a ladder provided by a neighbour in response to their cries for help. “At first

I thought Puca was barking because we had an intruder,” said Jaume, “but as soon as I opened the door I smelt the smoke.” It is thought the fire was caused by a short circuit.

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The health saga continues

Jennifer Cunningham

Asssa have extended their offers for new clients of a 10% discount and for children under 16 joining with both parents a 50% discount...

company with no information on the cover you have (and when they do inform you it will be in Spanish) and a very limited doctors’ book . If you are not happy with this situation and wish to cancel your old policy and join us, with our Asssa Health Policy designed exclusively for the expat market and with very special conditions of transfer, please contact Mandy on or telephone 96 646 1690: she will explain in depth the policy details, and the substantial list of doctors, consultants and hospitals available to you. The service and back up you will receive from my company and Asssa, on an ongoing basis is first class as many health clients are discovering. This is borne out by the many recommendations that Mandy receives. We are also welcoming many new clients who sadly are discovering that the SIP card they have been using is no longer valid. The laws have changed and as we all know, Spain can no longer sustain payment for foreigners that they are not being reimbursed from their country of origin for a number of reasons. When on holiday you are entitled to free emergency health care via an EHIC card, which is available from the UK. However, there is a limit of time of three months before you should then either take out Private Health Care or register as a pensioner with social security. If you are moving out as a pensioner, ensure you talk to the DWP in Newcastle to request the S1 form which transfers your health cover from England to


AS IN my previous articles referring to the health provider that has been taken over by another company, this is still an ongoing situation, and it has come to my attention that despite my articles and monthly radio programme on Bay Radio, Sound Advice, many people are still not aware of the situation and perhaps many of you are now starting to discover that the GP you particularly like is no longer available to you, due to the takeover. If you find yourself in this situation you can, even at this late stage, legally cancel with the company to which you have been transferred. Also, if your health provider changes, or if the doctor you choose to see is no longer with the company, you have the right to cancel your policy at any time. An unacceptable problem is now occurring which is causing great concern to some of our clients to whom, at their request, we sent an official cancellation letter. There has been an unbelievable response from the new company, which is to present the payment to the bank regardless, hoping for payment. This is actually happening, despite clients having both cancelled officially and given written instructions to their bank. How the banks can do this without the client’s signature or permission beggars belief. Please continually check your bank account and watch for a direct debit going out to the new insurance company - this is especially important if you are paying monthly, as it could be an ongoing problem. Luckily, you have 60 days to return the payment - you simply need to go to the bank and ask them to send the payment back, and they will credit your account immediately with the funds. If you fail to check that this has happened and 60 days have passed then you will automatically be classed as a client of the new

Spain, bearing in mind that to do this you will need a ‘padron’ certificate from your local Town Hall and also a Resident Certificate. Now Spain has not quite got the hang of it, as to become a Resident you are obliged to prove that you have Private Health Insurance… a little bit of a sticky one this… a bit like the cart before the horse - I am sure one day they will work it out…. I have great faith! I am very happy to announce that Asssa have extended their offers for new clients of a 10% discount and for children under 16 joining with both parents a 50% discount: both are lifetime offers and along with special monthly payment terms bring Private Health Insurance to a fairly affordable amount. In comparison with the UK the health premiums are excellent value and with Asssa’s Guaranteed for Life policy you are fully protected, they will never cancel your policy for usage, age or a major illness. Other companies are known to offer this as well but always confirm this by asking for it in writing. My company enters the New Year with great optimism and, despite ruthless ongoing undercutting I am standing very firm on the service that we offer and the total honesty of my consultants: they would never deliberately mis-sell a product. I am so delighted that despite the crisis, my offices are busier than ever due to the loyalty of clients and my good reputation for service, which I have worked long and hard for and will continue to do so.

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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Social Housing agreement signed this week Some of the “creepy” leaflets

continued from front page David Sackman said the owner of a cafe in Javea Port had gone to the Guardia Civil. “She was quite sickened by it all but was told the police could not do anything without proof.” PUZZLE He said his Spanish plated car and a friend’s were singled out and it was sometime before they could understand how they were identified as British owned vehicles. “It puzzled me for a time before I realised I have a football sticker in my car and my friend has an advanced motorist sticker.

“Until that point we were quite concerned that we were being targeted – certainly I know people are deeply troubled by this.” David said he had been concerned that the leafleting might escalate into something worse. “Certainly it gave us a feeling of unease for a week or so.” He said whoever was leaving the pieces of paper was able to get round the community as whoever was responsible had covered Javea Old Town, Javea Port, and the Arenal. “He seems to be quite dedicated – but I know there are people who have been upset and certainly I would not want this to go on week after week and months after month.”

A TOTAL of 2,749 homes comprising nearly 46% of the buildings that will be part of the Social Housing Fund (6,000 bank-managed apartments) are to be provided by Bankia, BBVA and Caixabank. An agreement marking the launch of the Social Housing Fund was signed this week by Luis de Guindos, the head of the Social Housing Fund and Ana Pastor, Minister for development, along with representatives of the Spanish Banking Association, the Confederation of Savings Banks and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP). Vulnerable evicted families may apply for housing which will carry a rent of between 150€ and 400€ per month but not more than the equivalent of one third of any tenant’s monthly income.


Cleaners back on the job

TWO VICTIMS, a 19-year-old Ukrainian and a 55-year-old British man, are recovering from stab wounds received during two separate fights in pubs, one in Benidorm and the other in Calpe. The alleged perpetrators of both stabbings have been arrested and charged. Following demands from landlords for more security, police sources have confirmed that increased surveillance has been carried out in Benidorm’s ‘publand’ and also campsites within the Rincon de Loix, especially in the last month.

THE GENERAL Hospital in Alicante is slowly returning to normal after two weeks of cleaners’ strikes that left garbage piled in the corridors, the wards stinking and medical staff at the end of their patience. Cleaners are now facing a mammoth task to get the hospital back into an acceptable state of cleanliness. Floors are proving particularly difficult to clean with waste material glued to surfaces mixed with litter. The amount of trash to be removed is estimated at around 10 tons.

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Spain faces pension crisis

Feeding the poor has to wait for red tape THE TWO hotels in Benidorm that began distributing food to the hungry in December have been forced to postpone their campaign pending adjustments to the legislation governing the hygienic distribution of surplus food. The decision was not taken lightly in view of the desperation of some of the families that have been befitting from the hotels’ restaurant surplus. However, by continuing to distribute surplus food in ‘non-approved’ packaging the hotels risked possible penalties - and therefore brought the project to a temporary halt. José Miguel Bella of Solidarity Marina Baixa said the group was “enormously grateful” to both the hotels (The Regent and The Riudor) and hoped to see their campaign resumed within a few days. A dozen more hotels are waiting to participate in the incentive to feed the poor along with local restaurants and bars.

by Jack Troughton SPAIN HAS used its Social Security Reserve Fund to buy government bonds raising fears that it may not be able to guarantee future pension payments. According to the Wall Street Journal the fund – “the country’s richest piggy bank” – has become a buyer of last resort but the cash will soon be exhausted. The respected newspaper said the borrowing spree had been “scarcely noticed” but alleged at least 90% of the 65 billion euro fund has been invested in “increasingly risky” Spanish debt. Financial analysts say that while the policy has attracted little public attention or controversy it has become a major concern as the fund is needed to guarantee future pension payments. And they said Madrid would have one less resource to finance itself as Spain faces another year of recession and painful austerity measures. The market believes such a pressure could lead Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government to go cap in hand to Europe and request help from the EU’s bailout fund – a move the leadership is desperate to avoid. There are already mounting concerns social security reserves are drying up much quicker than expected. Last November the government needed 4 billion

A retired couple and their daughter protest

euros from the reserve fund to pay pensioners – only the second time in history it had done so after needing 3 billion in September for other treasury needs. Dolores San Martin, president of a large pensioners’ association in Asturias – a region which attracts one of the highest numbers of retired people in Spain – said: “We are very worried about this – we just don’t know who is going to pay for the pensions of those who are younger now.” On economist called the government’s borrowing from the fund an “accountancy trick” as one government

department lent to another. But Spanish officials defend the heavy investment of the Social Security Reserve Fund in their government’s high-risk bonds. They say the practice is sustainable as long as Spain can continue borrowing in financial markets, and they predict the economy will start to recover late in 2013, easing the debt crisis. However, with unemployment now above 25% of the workforce and fewer wage earners paying in, the Social Security System is about €3 billion in deficit, according to government estimates.

Coffee and a chat

MONTGO RESIDENTS Association started the New Year with a successful coffee morning at Le Gourmand Restaurant on the Jesus Pobre Road with more than 50 members enjoying a social chat. The next coffee morning is again at the restaurant on 5th February at 11am and both members and non-members will be made welcome. The group’s annual general meeting is being staged at the social centre in Javea at 10am on 8th April when Mayor Jose Chulvi will answer questions and update the association on work in progress in the Marina Alta town.

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Young at heart

Busy legion

Dorothy with Original Charity Shop and Library President Georgie Harvey

by Jack Troughton SPRIGHTLY DOROTHY Quodling celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend – and gave a symbolic 90€ to the charity Caritas to help people less fortunate than herself. The former Land Army girl and her late husband Harry – who served in the Fleet Air Arm – came to Javea in 1984 and they both later became involved in the Original Charity Shop and Library. And Dorothy, who has chalked up 27 years service at the shop and library, enjoyed a drink with friends and colleagues on Monday. “In 1984, Javea was very different.

The charity shop and library used to be in the port and we used to have fashion shows and all sorts of things,” she said. “I have helped in the shop but mostly in the library – I do love books and like thrillers, they are my favourites.” HOME Dorothy said Harry passed away 14 years ago but they had always enjoyed living in Javea because it reminded them of their home town of Shoreham on Sea. “I was in the Land Army and I have a certificate presented by Gordon Brown – it took that long to get recognised. I worked as a shepherdess,” she said.

“I had friends in all of the Armed Services; I had many friends and sadly have lost many friends.” The Original Charity Shop and Library was started in 1972 and the library has some 11,000 books lovingly cared for by volunteer librarians. People still travel from all over the Costa Blanca to borrow books. And Dorothy is happy to remain on the team as she enjoys being with her friends. “I look after myself. I cook and do my own shopping, I drive, and I have loads of friends. “My secret of a long life is my faith. That’s the main thing, I have great faith.”

By Jack Troughton THE BENIDORM Branch of the Royal British Legion has a busy schedule of activities for members and guests in the coming months. The branch meets at Ciudad Patricia Senior Resort in Benidorm on the first Thursday of every month at 1pm. On the second Thursday of the month there is a coffee morning at Ciudad Patricia at 11am, on the third Thursday a lunch party at restaurants in Benidorm, Alfaz, Albir and La Nucia, and on the fourth Thursday of the month a coach outing or a quiz. Everyone is welcome, past Legion members or present members from other areas – whether or not they have served in the armed forces – and residents or visitors. Branch secretary Pam said: “We want to attract anyone who would enjoy the comradeship and support of the Legion in Spain - welfare and comradeship is our business.” To find out more call Pam on 96 686 0735 or the social secretary on 96 586 4394.

Iron Art supports Women in Business Club against domestic violence

THE IRON Art Factory Outlet in Gata de Gorgos is holding a Charity Market on Saturday 19th January from 9.30am until 3pm in support of the Women in Business Clubmanaged campaign against domestic violence that helps women’s shelters. The market takes place on the third Saturday of every month and offers kitchen items; a book exchange; a cake stall; pets; sweets; hand-made soaps; collectables and greetings cards as well as an extensive range of house and garden furniture from the Iron Art collection. To find the Iron Art Factory Outlet take the N332 out of Gata toward Teulada – the store is 100 metres on the right outside the town. For further information call 680 491 740.

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The Consell refuses free drugs for 44,000 disabled

Tourism is Spain’s “lifeline” By Jack Troughton TOURIST CHIEFS maintain the industry is Spain’s lifeline with visitor numbers expected to grow during 2013. Despite record unemployment figures and austerity measures demanded of Madrid by the European Union, the sector enjoyed a bumper year in 2012 – the third best year on record. Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism Jose Manual Soria said this week almost 58 million international tourists visited Spain last year, a 3% rise that 2011. He said previous records were set in 2007 when there were 59.2 million foreign tourists and in 2006 when 58.4 million came on holiday. Mr Soria said: “2012 has been a very good year for tourism and the advanced forecasts indicate that in 2013 there will again be growth in visitor arrivals and spending.” And tourists continued to spend money. Last year the total expenditure of tourists in Spain was 55.7 million euros, itself up 5.9% up on 2011 with the average spending per person rising to 968€. The growth of the market saw the traditional holidaymakers arrive from the UK, Germany and France. The numbers of French tourists rose by 6.7%, Germans by 4.1% and just 0.6% of Brits – however, the Italian market fell by 4.2% The minister said the industry was strengthened by the growth of emerging markets with people coming to Spain from Russia, Brazil, China and India. Mr Soria said the ‘crown jewel’ of the holiday industry was still Spain’s “model of sun and sand” but new visitors were also keen to move inland to soak up the culture and culinary delights.

THE GENERALITAT Valenciana has stopped free drugs for an estimated 44,000 people with disabilities.

Mother faces two years in prison Protests against disability cuts ignored

by Jan Gamm The cuts include the elimination of technical aids and orthopaedic products for disabled patients of more than 18 years with a degree of disability greater than 65%. The measures also affect children under age 18 with disabilities of more than 33% previously exempt from the payment of such benefits. These patients will now be subject to the same co-payment arrangement as everyone else. Those

most affected are families with a disabled child – the parents will be expected to pay between 40% and 50% on their child’s drugs according to their level of income. The cuts are being seen as a ‘huge blow’ for the disabled and it is expected that many will resort to abandoning their treatment when they find they are unable to meet the cost of medication.

A WOMAN facing two years in prison after being convicted of fraud in 2007 when she used a credit card she found in the street to buy food for her children has requested a pardon. 22-year-old Emilia Soria from Requena near Valencia had two broken relationships behind her and was left with two young children under five. She was in desperate circumstances with no job and no money but thought her luck had changed when she found a wallet in the street containing a credit card and ID card. Using the cards she spent 200€ on essentials such as food and diapers for her children, without considering the consequences. When Emilia was finally caught she was given a deferred prison sentence and a fine of 900€. She found work and for six years has been paying the fine in instalments but now is unable to keep up with the payment levels required in order to stay out of jail. Emilia is therefore required to begin a two year incarceration in two weeks’ time unless she can secure either a pardon or a stay of execution of sentence.

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It costs too much to employ someone I HAVE said it many times... until the cost of social security is addressed in Spain the unemployment problem is not going to be resolved. It may go up some and it may go down some but the main issue here is the amount it costs to employ someone in this country. Once politicians waken up to this, take the blinkers off and reduce the costs for companies to employ people then the unemployment rate will start to improve on a more permanent basis. 40% of wage plus €40 to €50 euros per month for labour asesor to do returns per person.... I myself work more hours rather than employ someone as it just costs too much while others just pay in backhanders. If it was easier and cheaper to employ someone I would do that. Even when Spain was booming it had the largest unemployment of Europe, because it costs too much to employ someone. Mike CDS

Thank you Orihuela Costa

The Town Hall at Playa Flamenca would like to say a very big thank you to all the neighbours and residents who kindly donated toys and gifts for needy children over the Christmas period. All the donated toys were given to children in the area so that every child this Christmas received a gift from the Three Kings. Once again thank you for your kind generosity, which brought a smile to many small faces! I am very pleased that everyone enjoyed the Cabalgata which was held for the third time in Orihuela Costa last Saturday evening. A lot of hard work goes into organizing such an event behind the scenes and you are always anxious if it will be received well by the neighbours. A special word of thanks also to the management and staff of our new shopping centre La Zenia Boulevard for their co-operation and assistance. Being able to finish the parade there just put the icing on the cake as it was the pefect location in terms of safety and security to bring so many residents together with their children where they could wait to meet and hand their letters to the Three Kings which made the evening even more magical for the youngsters. Once again a very big thank you to everyone and to the neighbours of Orihuela Costa for making this an unforgettable evening! Yours sincerely, Pedro Mancebo, Councillor for the Coast, Tourism and Infrastructure

P45 for Mr Buerk please FOLLOWING PETER Taylor’s ‘Beurk is far from a berk!’ article in RTN on 11th January, may I pen my thoughts on this broadcaster? I have long suspected that Michael Buerk was a broadcaster of little talent, now confirmed within his article ‘Airhead colleagues’ (Mail on Sunday, December 30th). His ability to read news

out loud from an Autocue earned him in the region of £175,000 a year. Obscene or what? Equally worrying is that there are organisations around the United Kingdom that are prepared to pay Michael Buerk more than £9,000 to speak at functions. Who provides the Autocue I wonder? Let us hope that the new

Director General of the BBC has the courage to call this man into his office, take the ‘silver spoon’, from which Michael Buerk has sipped for far too long, away, and along with his P45 show him the door of this once-respected British Broadcasting Corporation. I won’t hold my breath… Robert Walford Barnes, Pilar De La Horadada

Bob did nothing to help the coast I am sickened by Bob Houliston’s latest comments at the inauguration of a new rented room reported in this week’s papers. I joined CLARO in the early days when it stood for something good, now it stands chest deep in filth and corruption alongside the Orihuela PP thugs, corrupts and wasters. I used to be proud to be a member of this party but now I am ashamed to see what it has become. I am so disappointed that after we elected him, Bob did nothing to help the coast; he quickly turned traitor and deserted his post. Every week he bombards us in the newspapers with negativity and excuses for his failure to perform. Like others, I joined this party out of disgust for the way that the PP neglected the coast. Bob is so infatuated with Monica Lorente, famous for her photo opportunity visits. The photo published showed only four people; Bob always overstates the numbers in attendance but over 100! In my five years as a member I never saw 100 members; in fact I don’t believe that

CLARO has 100 members. As a former member, this photo says it all, Monica Lorente’s is laughing at how she tricked gullible Bob, even though she has been charged by the courts with corruption and rejected as president of her own PP, she’s mesmerized Bob and his dwindling band of admirers into believing that she supports them but she is using him and CLARO. She will suck them dry and then dump them. Is Bob s eyesight so dim that he cannot see that he is being used? Monica Lorente is the human version of a Preying Mantis; Let me remind Bob how Louise Clarke R.I.P. worked and supported the canny Monica and in return she did not even go to her funeral. If a person has a town hall problem, they would be best served to speak to an official at the town hall. It does not make sense for anybody to go to an upstairs room in a restaurant to speak to a powerless councillor who deserted his post a year ago. Judith Webb, Playa Flamenca

June inauguration for the high speed AVE link Madrid to Alicante

by Jan Gamm JUNE IS the date set for the high speed (AVE) train service between Alicante and Madrid. Alicante Provincial Council President Luisa Pastor announced this week that the Minister for Public Works Ana Pastor has confirmed that the inauguration date for the new AVE high speed rail link from Madrid to Alicante is set for June 2013. The new high speed coastal service is seen

as a vital addition to the EU Mediterranean Corridor transport network that will provide a welcome injection of trade and tourism to businesses in important coastal resorts such as Benidorm, which would connect with Madrid in just two hours! It is hoped that the inauguration of Renfe’s latest AVE service will take place prior to the popular Hogueras fiestas on 23rd June. The project carries an investment of more than ₏3.9 billion, adding ten more towns to the suburban rail network.

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Still Smoking after your New Years resolution?

THE NEW Year has come and gone - its mid-January and let me guess... you broke your New Year’s Resolution! By Alan Gilchrist: Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist As you read this, you’re guiltily stubbing out your cigarette or defiantly puffing away! How do I know this? Because I know the way you think. Quitting the habit alone is hard. Cigarettes are for sale in shops -although they’re gradually going under the counter - so you can buy them easily - and they cost a fortune. Each cigarette contains hundreds of chemicals. From mundane-like natural oils to harmful formaldehyde - a chemical used in taxidermy! Yes, you read that right! But I could list hundreds of substances within that roll of paper in your hand and it still wouldn’t sway you, because you’re frightened. What will you do without a cigarette? How will you cope? If you have an argument with a friend and you can’t stomp off to have a smoke, what will you do instead? If you go on a diet, what will replace the cigarette you smoke to quit the hunger pangs? All of these questions and millions more float through your mind and that’s perfectly natural. For an adult smoker, a cigarette is like a baby’s dummy. And if you have children of your own, you know how difficult it can be to wean babies off a dummy! To your mind, it’s a habit: it is what you do, when you’ve

had an argument or something to do with your hands instead of eating a bar of chocolate. The success rate of clients quitting the habit with Fast Track Hypnosis is phenomenal. Check out www. for testimonials from people who discovered for themselves that it works! Fast Track Hypnosis can do what patches, inhalators, tablets and sprays cannot: it can stop you from picking up another cigarette and lighting up. ‘Stop smoking’ devices deal with physical addiction. It’s the mental habit that keeps you going back for more. Fast Track Hypnosis works because it deals with the mind in its entirety. It trains and tweaks the mind to stop you looking at the world through smoke-hazed eyes! The best time to turn your back on the past is NOW. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first of the first month or the tenth; all that counts is the decision to make a change. Fast Track Hypnosis condenses more traditional techniques used in Hypnotherapy. Modern technology speeds up the process, improving the results! When you’re in a state of relaxation the actual method of changing the way you think comes into practice. Through suggestion therapy, your opinion of cigarettes will change and show your mind that you no longer need cigarettes. If you’re tired of smoking with its related issues of poor

health you have your answer: Fast Track Hypnosis - you will be cigarette-free within thirty minutes. “I started smoking at 13. When I reached 40 I had premature wrinkles and tried to give up the habit. At 25 cigarettes per day and 40 per day at weekends, this proved difficult. I tried gum and patches but still smoked, even with the patches on. I eventually sought Alan’s help in 2004. Nine years later I am still off cigarettes. The process was painless and effortless. I have never looked back. Money well spent! And saved! Thank you Alan: Geraldine. Alan and his son Jonathan hold their Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in Under 30 minutes Fast Track System as featured and proven on TV. Jonathan also does sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure or free of charge initial consultation contact Alan Gilchrist: 659 229 408. Also visit:

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RTN Network on the menu

RTN NETWORK has joined top quality food on the menu of a Jalon restaurant that comes highly recommended. by Jack Troughton Owners of the L’Arroceria wanted the best – and the high speed 10mb package is going down a treat with Steve Hughes who advises friends and clients to switch to a company that provides solutions for the expat community. “Dad does loads of work on the computer and he wanted the best package available,” said daughter Trudie Hughes. “And it has been absolutely fantastic – if there have been any problems or we have had any questions members of staff at RTN Network are always on to it right away, they are very helpful. “The television is always very good, and 120 minutes of free calls can only help everyone on a budget.” And there are prices to suit every pocket. A 3mb package is 19.85€ a month rising to 35.98€ for Steve’s package of up to 10mb. The first three months are free – although terms and conditions apply – and customers also enjoy two hours of calls to any European country a month and over 20 free UK television and radio channels. And by switching to a RTN Network package during January, businesses will qualify for a free advert in the Costa Blanca’s favourite free newspaper RTN. Unbeatable value!

QUALITY Chef at L’Arroceria is the well-respected and admired Michael Yaffe and he backed the top quality ingredients in the RTN Network packages – just as he believes the best is only good enough for his kitchen. “I am a bona fide master chef and I have the certificates to prove it. I have been cooking on the Costa Blanca for many years and enjoy a reputation for quality food.” They took over at L’Arroceria on 20th November and are busy building up a solid base of clients. Michael added: “We have all the old favourites on the menus so there is something for everyone. “We are doing lunches and dinners and will soon start one plate meals and bar snacks.” L’Arroceria, in Calle Mayor, Jalon serves lunches between 1pm and 3pm and 1pm to 3.30pm on Sundays, and from 7pm until 10pm for evening menus. It is closed on Mondays. Businesses moving to RTN Network will be entitled to a free quarter page advert in RTN during the month of February. For more information on RTN Network call 96 646 3170.

Trudie and Michael in the dining room

Dancing in the aisles EXPERIENCED RADIO presenter Adam King is successfully wooing customers in Iceland stores with his mix of humour and music. by Jack Troughton He has tailor made an individual playlist for all 13 of the Overseas Supermarkets which brings the Iceland brand to shops in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. And Adam, who also sings with his band Strikland, has also launched Overseas FM which at present broadcasts on 105.4fm in the Javea area and online at “The aim of the in-store radio is to keep the customer satisfied,” he said. “We do news bulletins and birthday requests and requests for the staff as well – and it is in-store branded so we can give special promotions and constant

updates of what’s going on. “We can also do voice-overs for all the stores – for example we did Race For Life and can cover events where Iceland is sponsoring it and there is always something local going on.” Adam pitched his radio idea to the company after putting advertising screens in the supermarkets through his marketing company Orbit Media. OPPORTUNITY “I am very grateful to Overseas Supermarkets for the opportunity to do this, it is a massive opportunity,” he added. And the success of the in-store radio allowed Adam to expand to broadcast as Overseas FM but still

Telephone number correction Please note the correct telephone number for more information regarding the charity dog walk is 603 137 697. GIVING4GIVING is organising a walk for dog owners and their four legged friends on 27th January starting at 11am, to raise money for local cancer charities. Entry is open to all whether you own a dog or not. There is no entry fee but sponsorship is encouraged to raise monies for local cancer charities. No amount of sponsorship is too small and will go towards good causes so every euro will count. The walk starts from the Repsol petrol station opposite the Toyota showroom on the CV70 Benidorm to La Nucia Road. Turn up from 10.30am to take part. Water will be provided but owners will responsible for clearing up after their pets. More information including sponsorship forms and map can be picked up from the Giving4Giving shop at 12 Monver Plaza, La Nucia or by visiting the website at Or call Gary on 603 137 697.

Painting new surfaces

BEFORE PAINTING porous surfaces, seal the pores. First prepare the surface with sealant (SELLADORA or FIJADOR. Ask your Servicolor specialist which sealant is suitable). Leave it to dry for 24 hours. If necessary, apply filler to cracks and holes (Ask your Servicolor specialist for which filler to use). Leave to dry for between 2 and 12 hours, depending on the thickness of the amount applied. Smooth with sandpaper no 00. Sand until a totally uniform surface is achieved. Wipe clean leaving the surface clean and dry. Apply a first coat of the acrylic paint chosen. First dilute the paint with some 10-15% with water and mix well. Surfaces must be clean and dry. Use a brush (number 7 or 8) to ‘cut’ the angles of the walls. For a comfortable painting experience, use a tray and roller of 18cm to 22cm, of long nylon fibre. The paint is applied directing the roller in various directions for walls and ceilings. The paint should be applied sparingly to avoid drops, stains and waste. Remember that before applying an additional coat, it is crucial that the first coat is completely dry. Specific drying times are usually indicated on the paint container. TO CLEAN Water can be used for cleaning water-based paint, Thinner can be used to clean the brushes after using solvent-based paints, but please note thinner is not suitable for cleaning hands. Remember! Whatever colour you wish to achieve, Servicolor can match it. Not only do Servicolor have an extensive range of shades they also have System Servicolor, which can achieve the exact tone that you desire through mixing precise paints, with thousands of colours to choose from.

linked to the supermarket chain. “It is slightly different and not as heavily branded with Iceland, although they still advertise on air. It plays a much wider range of music,” he said. “”I looked at age groups and the demographics of people and researched what is played on popular UK stations and put together a format of what are the most respected and busy stations. “I spent time listening to what music is being played in the UK and we are playing it – and that works.” Adam still finds time to do a live breakfast show and plans to expand the station with a new Adam in studio in the pipeline. “I just love Iceland it, it is great fun.” Javea

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18 - 24 january 2013

Machines are taking over

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

I KNEW that one day the machines would take over but I’m surprised just how quickly it’s all happened. It started years ago when my dad’s Austin Maestro used to tell him, “Fasten your seat belts now!” In a voice similar to the computer on Star Trek, i.e. strident female (that’s not me being sexist, ladies), the car would constantly tell dad to “ensure adequate levels of coolant are supplied (top your water up). It would shrill; “warning; oil levels are low” and, being a Leyland-produced-gas-guzzler forever tell him to “fill up at the nearest petrol station…” etc, etc. And now to go along with bossy cars we have bossy in-car navigation. The dreaded sat or prat-nav that swears black is blue that you should turn right now – even when your own eyes tell you that you’ll be plunging into the sea if you do! The constant barracking by the bossy-little-bird-in-the-box is surely the cause of much un-necessary stress to drivers and passengers alike. I personally keep a map in the back and have learned the very un-male art of asking directions… But how long I’ll be able to resist the rise of the machines I’m not sure. In an episode of the comedy sci-fi series Red Dwarf the machines even offered emotional advice. As Lister and Rimmer sit in the kitchen making toast, the toaster (while burning their toast – no they still haven’t managed to get that right) offers them counselling on their forlorn love-lives. Classic: a taste of things to come, no doubt. Although I half suspect that virtualcounselling is probably an up and coming App on your smart phone. Smart phones, that’s another thing. Once we were blissfully happy just to have a phone that

we could use out and about - one that did not confine us to the wall of the kitchen or a urinesmelling red box on a street corner. Oh, how liberated we were with our mobile phones… But it wasn’t enough, now it has to be a smart phone. One that contains your entire photo, music, games and feature film collection, along with personal details and contacts (I’m so glad I sold my Filofax shares all those years ago) and so much more. And now to go along with smart phones we’ve got smart toothbrushes. Yup folks, you can now own a machine that will tell you where you’re going wrong on the dental hygiene front. Spend too long flicking the bristles over the central incisors and your tooth brush will tell you off. Cue toothy-brush: “Ere Watts, concentrate more strokes around your lateral incisors and pre-molars - oh and scrub your tongue while you’re at it; it’s a disgusting mess…” The smart toothbrush will tell you how long to clean in each area, which brush-strokes are best and it will chart your progress awarding you points when you do well. What if you’re not doing well? What if one day you think, “Bah, this’ll do today?” Will it punish you? “Watts you haven’t cleaned properly today…” Zizz, a burst of elec-trickery to sting the offending hand or Zappp a little shock to the tongue, who knows? One thing I do know and that is the machines are taking over. Watts in Brighton, standing next to a talking bus stop…

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18 - 24 january 2013

Spanish kids lead Europe in addiction to social network abuse by Jan Gamm

THE DIRECTOR of Protegeles (the Centre for Internet Security), Guillermo Canovas, has confirmed that 21.3% of adolescents in Spain are at risk of developing internet-dependent behaviour as a result of over-use of social networks. An EU study reveals that 1.5% of adolescent Spaniards already suffer from this addiction which manifests in dysfunctional behaviour such as social withdrawal; loss of communication skills; sleep disorders; loss of appetite and loss of control over the time spent online. Spanish kids are by far the worst affected in Europe followed by Romania with a 16% risk and Poland with 12%. The problem has been aggravated with the introduction of smart phones that allow kids to ‘stay connected’ even when away from their computers. On the brighter side, Spain has fewer cases of ‘cyber-bullying’ with a rate of only 13% compared to Europe’s 22% average.

Domingo picks up the baton

SPANISH TENOR Placido Domingo conducted the Orchestra of Valencia before a capacity audience in the Alicante Auditorium last Sunday. One of the world’s biggest opera stars, Domingo is also renowned for ‘changing direction’ and embracing other musical genres. The programme included works by Wagner and Verdi and closed to thunderous applause, after which Domingo delighted the Auditorium with two encores.

Dinner is served!

MEMBERS OF the local Merchants Association in Benalúa, near the centre of Alicante, are drumming up business by selling fresh meat via a vending machine. The machine also accepts pesetas, saving customers the trouble of exchanging them at the Bank of Spain. The association president, Concha Ibanez, says: “The initiative encourages sales, which is what matters in an economic downturn.” The machine dispenses chicken fillets, burgers, sausages and chops 24/7 with all products replenished every two days. And you can even pay by credit card!

Spanish teens most at risk



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Club starts New Year Volunteers needed By Jack Troughton ANIMAL CHARITY AKIRA is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to man its new charity shop in Moraira which officially opens next month. It is hoped to have two people per shift working in the shop which will open Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 1.30pm. Sylvia Tatnell will cut the ribbon to open the shop in Avenida del Portet at 11.30am on 2nd February and everyone is welcome to enjoy a glass of cava and toast the project’s success. Funds raised at the shop will go towards the building of the charity’s new shelter and anyone wanting to join the team can call Pauline on 625 767 781 or email

THE MARINA Alta and Costa Blanca Flower Club welcomes international demonstrator Elizabeth Graham for its first demonstration of 2013 on Thursday 24th January.

Bottle lids buy books

by Jack Troughton A qualified speaker from South Wales, Elizabeth’s theme is ‘Colour, Canvas and Concept’. Last September she helped design a flower festival in St John’s Evangelist Church, Maindee and also hosts visits from floral art clubs under the name of Country House Flowers. Elizabeth has a website Doors open at 2pm and people are asked to be seated by 2.45pm. Entrance is 5€ for members and 8€ for visitors. For further information check our website or call Elizabeth Sue on 96 689 6350 or Tina on 96 583 3197. Graham

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CALPE TOWN Hall has launched a campaign to collect plastic bottle caps to raise cash and buy school books. The bottle tops can be recycled and earn the council 200€ a ton and the money will be invested in textbooks for the children of families who cannot afford to buy them. A number of collection points have been organised by the council: at the Casa de Cultura, in front of all Calpe schools, at the Red Cross headquarters, in the Punt Jove and the Health Centre.


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Poppy Appeal success

Mountain walking

SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY Loma Larga Circuit (extended). A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain: 14kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 500m ascent. No dogs: for further details contact Jean 626 522 161. Alternative Almadich: A strenuous walk, over some rough terrain. 12kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 590m ascent: no dogs: For further details contact Peter 669 873 159.

Pictured from left are Eddie Hefferman MBE, Overseas Trustee, Robin Hargrave, Jean Chattey, District Treasurer, and Chris Wyatt

by Jack Troughton SPAIN’S CONTRIBUTION to the annual Poppy Appeal rocketed to an “amazing” 171,376.88€ for 2012, it was revealed this week. Despite the ongoing economic crisis, the total raised by the Royal British Legion District North was 28% up on 12 months earlier – itself 25% higher than the amount raised in 2010. The Legion now spends £250,000 every day on veterans who can be as young as 18 and shows a commitment to those who have served their country but might need help in the future. Speaking at the Legion’s annual conference in Alicante on Saturday, District Chairman Chris Wyatt praised the “unsung volunteers” who gave their time to

collect cash to support veteran servicemen and women and their families. “I am amazed and truly overwhelmed at the response to the Poppy Appeal for 2012. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all those who have contributed to the fantastic total of 171,376.88€ - making an increase of 28% over the money raised in 2011,” he said. “Not just in terms of cash, but all those unsung volunteers who have given so freely of their time to go out to airports, shopping malls and bars throughout the year in order that the Royal British Legion in Spain can help out beneficiaries.” LAUNCH The 2012 Poppy Appeal was launched on 10th October last year when people were again urged to wear a poppy with pride


as more than 80 guests, Legion members and friends gathered on Orihuela Coast. The Torrevieja Pipes and Drums led a colourful procession of the standards of the branches of the Legion and those of other Armed Forces associations. And District Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator Robin Hargrave underlined on Saturday how all the money raised was spent on the welfare of those who needed help. “We must remember too, that every centime we receive is used towards the welfare of serving and ex-servicemen and women and their families who find themselves in great need,” he said. To find out more about the Legion go to the website www.britishlegion. or email

WEDNESDAY 23RD JANUARY On Perviu El Passat: A moderate walk over mostly good tracks. Optional lunch after 10kms: 4 hours’ duration with a 350m ascent: dogs on leads at rear: for further details contact Clive/Jenny 96 648 1092. Segaria from Beniarbeig: A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain. 12kms of 5 1/2 hours’ duration with a 350m ascent: no dogs: for further details contact John 646 310 164. Sierra Carrasca East: A strenuous walk over mostly rough terrain. 19kms of 5 1/2 hours’ duration with a 600m ascent: no dogs: for further details contact Angie 646 930 990 or Ann 646 716 303. 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 on our website, see

Alcoy water features reopen after four years ALCOY CITY Council has begun its schedule to reopen public fountains and ponds following a four year precautionary closure for the prevention of Legionella. The re-opening will take place within a strict budget and start with detailed inspections to assess cleaning and renovation requirements at individual sites. The fountains were closed in 2002 due to an outbreak of Legionella, reopened in 2008 but had to be closed due a further outbreak in 2009.

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The ideal place to furnish your home THE FURNITURE Store Los Alcazares is the ideal place to find just what you are looking for to furnish your home. Fred and Diane first opened in early 2004 and have a large range of beds, sofas, cabinet furniture, dining tables, rugs and garden furniture. They listen to what their customers want, assuring that everything in the store is attractive, affordable and of great quality. And many items are in stock for speedy delivery.

There are several sofas and sofa-beds in store, made locally to order in leather or fabric with a typical delivery time just four weeks. A range of bed bases start from 69€ and popular storage beds are still at an unbelievably low price of 250€ for a single and 295€ for a double with many types of mattress available. There is also a further 50m2 of outdoor furniture on display.

The Furniture Store offers a personalised furniture pack, with Diane on hand to give useful advice. A well-designed website provides clear photos and prices at - check-out their customer testimonials! Call 96 858 2546 for more information: situated 5 minutes from San Javier airport, exit AP7-790, you will find The Furniture Store in the industrial estate just outside Los Alcazares.


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Dyna Pool: Don’t let your pool drain your pockets IF YOU have a swimming pool the chances are that your water is being metered by your water supplier. If your pool has a leak it could be costing you a fortune! For example a 1mm hole would release up to 350 gallons of water per day. Not only is this wasting a precious resource it could prove to be very costly. Dyna Pool is the premier leak detection company serving the entire Costa Blanca for the past seven years, specialising in leak detection services for swimming pools. We use a combination of skill and experience along with state of the art equipment to detect various types of leaks. Our commitment to quality service, experience, and knowledge makes us a leader and preferred company ensuring the cost of curing your pool leak need not be expensive. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY POOL IS LEAKING? Your pool has air in the system Your equipment is losing prime Cracks have appeared Your pool surround is sinking or lifting

There are wet patches around your pool Water needs to be added to your pool more than once a week POOLS & LEAK LOCATING Dyna Pool uses several methods to test and verify the location of leakage anywhere in your pool’s pipework or operating system. Through many methods of high-tech testing, such as sonar and others, we can isolate the leak to a specific point in the shortest possible time. Once the leak and its location have been identified and confirmed, it can quickly be repaired. Unlike many other leak detection companies, Dyna Pool uses the detection team to do the repairs. This allows for less mistakes and a more efficient repair. Call Dyna Pool, the Costa Blanca’s premier Leak Specialists and save time, money, and unnecessary property damage. Call 96 671 7229 or 650 461 394: Website: Email:

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Fine weather great for the winter cutback by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

WHY NOW? The weather is great and is forecast to continue dry for a while. You will have had a colourful Christmas garden with luck but the frequency of flowerings will have now slowed down or stopped except for winter flowering perennials such as euryops which will have been trimmed in the autumn to stimulate winter flowerings. Most plants are dormant or at their lowest level of growth during January and February. The sap is down in deciduous flowering and fruiting trees so cuts will therefore not bleed excessively. Bulbs are showing so one can see where not to hoe or fork the soil safely. WHY DO IT? As explained in Chapter 6.9 of ‘Your Garden in Spain – Planning Planting and Maintenance’

gardens of all sizes and complexities benefit tremendously from a major winter cut back and cleanup. The reasons for this are: To match the size and shape of plants shrubs and trees to match the size of the garden and stop them growing straggly To stimulate new flower buds for spring or early summer flowerings To clear the soil of rubbish and weeds and where appropriate and hoe or loosen the surface of the soil hand fork while one can get at the soil most easily with no leaves and less branching growth. To clear and clean up unplanted areas of vegetable plots and then rotovate, or dig them over, before covering with compost and wellrotted manures which frosts can break down before spring plantings. It a good time to cut back/remove the yellow flowered oxalis before it seeds.

We recognise that with the recent hot weather some autumn flowering plants continue to flower well and it is tempting to leave them until they are hit by frosts. However, if left until February new cuts could be hit by heavy frosts –done now the sappy ends should have dried and sealed before the

Recent Christmas colour but much now needs to be sacrificed

worst frosts come. In non-frost areas the later you cut back the later the first spring and summer flowerings. WHAT ARE THE MAIN TASKS? Cut back and prune all perennials, shrubs and trees appropriate to their species age size and format. Trim hedges. Divide and replant large clumps of perennials.

‘Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s gardening books make good Christmas presents. They can be obtained from high street and internet bookshops including Amazon UK and Spain. Thanks to readers the Kindle E-book Making waterless gardens a practical reality world wide is starting to sell well.’ © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

Clear all weeds and rubbish from growing areas paths and terraces. As appropriate loosen the surface soil and top up/extend mulching to prevent weeds from growing, retain moisture and shade roots from the hot summer suns. Shred as much pruned material as possible to add to the compost heap. Make it possible to walk down paths. The growth after last autumn rains was phenomenal.



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You can also register your interest via our website Winning Express Team up with FC Torrevieja As new sponsors of the club, The Winning Express name will adorn the back of the club shirts along with boards at the grounds heralding their sponsorship, they will offer their services to fans who would be interested in seeing higher returns on their money than is generally currently available to them, using the company’s specialised expertise. Milton Express chairman John Murray was keen to create a sporting link in the area. “If you read the Winning Express mission statement”, he pointed out this week, “you’ll see the idea is to create a club atmosphere whereby members benefit not just from the services themselves but from the commissions they can derive from introducing others. I’m delighted to be associated with FC Torrevieja, and I’m certain this can be a mutually beneficial partnership.” One high profile member of Winning Express is Steve Claridge, one of the very few footballers to rack up over 1,000 professional appearances and now a highly regarded TV and radio pundit. Media commitments permitting, Steve intends to attend a game early in the year. 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.

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WINNERS CIRCLE Congratulations to Mike and Linda Douglas, from El Galan, who will be enjoying the Breezes of the Mediterranean this year, winners of the fantastic cruise competition. Winning Express was offering all members an opportunity to win an excellent holiday, in conjunction with Spanish Travel, Viajes Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa.



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A law with more implications than we thought by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

THERE ARE times when most of us have been tempted to act on impulse. For example, at the auction house when the hammer is about to go down or browsing in an estate agent’s window when the sun is shining. Most people would warn against this kind of spontaneous purchase. They may no longer need to. You may already have heard about the cap on cash payments that has been introduced by the Spanish Government. Residents are no longer allowed to use cash to pay for items or services over €2,500 and nonresidents on amounts over €15,000 if they are purchasing from a business, shop or professional service provider. Between private individuals there are no such restrictions. You might have dispelled this new legislation as being of little immediate interest. There aren’t that many transactions that most of us make involving this kind of money. However, we have come across a couple of catches to the law that might mean its implications are much more far-reaching than originally thought. 1. It refers not only to the deposit part of a larger payment that you might choose to make on a house or car or larger item, but the cost of the item in total. 2. Even if you are paying the money to a private individual, as in the deposit for a second-hand property, the fact that this payment could then be handed over to an estate agent (considered as a professional) to cover sales commission means that you could be breaking the law. So, if you were suddenly driven to put a deposit down on that house you’ve been eyeing up for a while, you could be in breach of the new legislation unless the deposit is paid through a bank transfer or with a credit card. It all sounds a bit complicated so here are a couple of case studies as an example.

CASE STUDY 1 Mr and Mrs P are residents in Spain and want to buy a second hand car. They’ve found one for sale on the forecourt of a local garage (considered a business) and have agreed to pay the total cost in three instalments over three months. As each instalment is below the 2,500€ resident limit on cash transactions they believe they are within the new law to make each payment in cash. Wrong – it is not each individual instalment that must be below the 2,500€ threshold, but the total cost of the car itself. The fact that the car is costing 7,000€ in total means no part cash payment is permitted. CASE STUDY 2 Mrs A is visiting San Pedro on holiday. She sees a property, falls in love with it and wants to secure it with a deposit of 2,000€. As this is below the 15,000€ stipulated for non-residents and is to be paid to a private individual, she believes that she is operating within the law. Wrong – the price of the property is 150,000€ in total and this is the defining amount which means that the deposit cannot be paid in cash. Although the deposit will be paid to the owner of the house, he is intending to pass it on to the estate agents to cover the commission fee. As such, it ultimately goes to a professional and once more means that the deposit cannot be made in cash. As with many of the new laws which are being introduced, the complexity can be baffling and unfortunately, we might all need to ‘think again’ before making that purchase. The penalties for breaching this law are particularly severe, 25% of the cash payment in fines, which are enforceable on both parties up to five years after the cash transaction takes place. If you have any questions you can contact our helpline on 96 670 3748.

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



Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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British couple resident in Spain seeking a divorce

IS IT difficult to apply for a divorce? Is it better to get divorced in Spain or in the UK? Would Spanish Law apply or English Family Law? Dear Sirs, I want to get a divorce from my husband. We are British and we have lived in Spain for the last nine years. We have a house together, which was paid for mostly by me. So far we both have small jobs which we have not declared. Could we get a divorce in Spain? Is it difficult? What should we do? What are my rights? You should be aware of the adoption and entry into force of the COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 1259/2010 of 20 December 2010, implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the law applicable to divorce and legal separation, regarding the causes or reasons to get a divorce. It would apply in your case, and as long as you did not choose another law, for

the grounds of divorce the law of the country where you have common residency applies - in your case, Spain and Spanish law. This is a good thing, as it means a simplification of the process with respect to English legislation, where the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 requires that one must prove to the court that the marriage is irretrievably broken, by the following grounds: adultery; unreasonable behaviour; separation of more than five years; two years separation with consent to the divorce, etc. In your case, if you are both resident in Spain, as said, Spanish Law will apply, and getting divorced would be much easier, because as per Spanish Family Law there is no need to prove grounds or give any reason. It is enough simply

to be married more than three months in order to file for divorce, or start a divorce process. However, for the economic and property consequences of the divorce (not for the grounds) the Common Nationality Law of the marriage would need to apply. This, in your case, would be the law of England and Wales. So, English Law will apply for determining the compensation, maintenance, alimony, child support and effects of the marriage and distribution of assets. Therefore, you need detailed advice covering both Spanish law and the common nationality law, in order to know the possible options and legal situation. At this point we must emphasise that what it is most important, before deciding to apply for divorce and take

that first step, even before deciding whether to divorce in Spain or in the UK, is to seek independent and proper legal advice. Confusion is very common in divorces and separations involving interaction of laws from different countries. Frequently, clients mix Spanish property law concepts with their national family law, believing that even if the house in Spain is registered only in the name of one spouse it belongs to both equally; or if someone put more money in the marriage the other cannot claim for compensation, etc. Many such beliefs are not based on legal grounds, and each case needs a nuanced analysis. If you find yourself in this situation, we can help and advise you on your options and legal situation.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) Š White & Baos Abogados 2012 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 DÊnia (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)

money matters

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The RTN Money Matters page has been created to help you our readers by giving you as much information about current financial matters and products as possible. If you would like us to cover any specific topics or products please email Also if you have any questions that you would like answered by our panel of experts, email them to

What is the price of happiness? A RECENT study of more than 5,000 consumers across four continents has revealed that the amount of net annual income needed for people to feel happy is an imposing GBP 100,000 – 15 times the global average* for an individual’s income.

Overall, some 80% of those surveyed believe that earning this amount each year would make them feel really happy. This is according to the findings of the Wealth Sentiment Survey**, a study commissioned by the international investment company Skandia International, part of Old Mutual Wealth. Generally, respondents from Europe feel that much less is required to keep them satisfied, with people in Germany reporting the most modest needs of all countries surveyed (GBP 53,000). The UK has the second highest price of happiness in Europe at GBP 83,000, behind Italy at GBP 109,000. Phil Oxenham, marketing manager at Skandia International comments: “There are many more things in life that can make people happy but there is no doubt that money can help. It is fascinating to see the regional differences in levels of income and capital that people think they need to feel happy and wealthy. These figures are, of course, aspirational and for most of us the important thing is to have a financial plan and make sure that we are saving as much as we can to give us financial security.” * Based on IMF’s assessment of individual economic output in

£100,000 to make you feel happy

2012 adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity. ** Skandia International has commissioned CoreData Research to carry out a global study of wealth sentiment to gain a better insight into the issues that are impacting savings, investing and spending decisions of people across

a range of geographic territories. The research was carried out in Q3 2012 online, and involved more than 5,000 people (5,007) with net disposable incomes of £1,000 (or equivalent) drawn from 13 territories across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.



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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Confidence in Banks at an all time low A SURVEY conducted by Gallup at the end on 2012, showed a significant drop in EU residents confidence in the Banks. 66% of people living in the UK said they had no confidence in their banks and a staggering 81% of people living in Spain felt the same. Is it any wonder when Banks have proved consistently over the last 5 years that the only thing they care about is their own profits and shoring up their balance sheet! The customer’s needs and wants barely get a mention and are the last thing on their minds. Yet again we are reminded of the Banks’ greed in the press this week with the news that Goldman Sachs are trying to defer bonus payments until after April to enable highly paid bankers to benefit from the cut to income tax on 6th April. Campaigners at the Robin Hood Tax campaign, who want a new tax on the financial sector, also urged the government to act. “The government should not stand idly by but must

act to ensure the richest sector in the UK pays its fair share to save services and create jobs,” a spokesman for the campaign said. “Goldman Sachs’s latest tax trick is lamentably true to form – fleecing the public purse to stuff the pockets of its bankers.” If you are one of the many totally fed up with the Banks and their attitude to you and how they are more than happy to take your money and pay you nothing in return, now is the time to stand up and be counted. Think seriously about what you need your money to do for you and then talk to a professional IFA who can give you guidance and assistance. There are products on the market now that can cater for everyone’s needs - you may just need a little help finding them, whether you need guaranteed income; regular income; capital growth or a mixture, we can help you. 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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Changes to tax regulations Over the past months you have probably seen articles in various newspapers explaining changes that are going to be introduced under new European regulations, which establish the obligation for residents in EU Countries, to declare to the Spanish Tax Authority all assets and bank accounts held outside of Spain under determined circumstances. Whilst you may be alarmed, as this seems to be the tone in some publications, we should bear in mind that these are purely informative declarations, their objective being that the different National Tax Authorities will gain some control over the circulation of money within the EU, preventing tax fraud. The tax year 2012 will be the first year that this information is to be declared. Once the Tax Administrator approves the form to be used, the information should be submitted to the tax authorities by the end of March 2013. For British Citizens living in Spain who have their tax affairs in order, this new regulation should not be a cause for concern as it will not introduce any changes with respect to their current situation. It is purely informative, and for those who hold assets and/or

bank accounts with individual values of more than 50,000₏, you are making the Tax Administrator aware of any assets held as a resident in Spain. On the other hand, for those British Citizens living in Spain and who continue to pay their taxes in the UK, it is time to seriously think about putting their tax affairs in order with the country in which they live. More EU Countries are starting to take measures to allow information to be exchanged more effectively between the respective Tax Authorities. By paying your taxes according to what the law establishes, it will not only give you peace of mind but also allow you to receive the same tax benefits as Spanish nationals. Finally, it is also important that when you begin to pay taxes in Spain, that at the same time you stop paying tax in the UK. UK TAX REFUND is the only company who work with both tax authorities - the Spanish tax office and HMRC in the UK - ensuring that by getting your tax affairs in order in Spain, they are also in order in the UK. UK TAX REFUND understand the British tax system and work hand in hand with HMRC, helping British Citizens living in Spain put their tax affairs in order in both countries. DON’T PANIC! Please do not panic, rest assured that there is a way to get your affairs in order in Spain, and the best way is often the simplest. Give us a call on 96 563 6938 and stop stressing. Or email us: See our advert on page 9.


Let’s get physical IT’S TIME to shake off the winter blues and get in shape and the two Corpore fitness and sports clubs are just the place to do it.

By Jack Troughton Look good and feel good by starting a regime at the modern, light and airy gyms at either Fitness Corpore La Estacion – the commercial centre at Benidorm’s Bus Station – or the club at the Finestrat industrial estate on Avenida Miguel Hernandez. And with special membership rates for RTN readers, it is easy to keep that New Year’s resolution and get fit under the watchful eye of a personal trainer. Corpore is open all year round – just closing for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – and the times can fit in with the busiest of schedules. The gyms are open from 7am to 11.30pm on weekdays, between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays. “Gyms are becoming increasingly popular in Spain because football players like Ronaldo spend hours at the gym and the kids like to follow his example,” said one trainer. “It is fantastic to be able to help people achieve their

Corpore can design you an individual fitness plan

goals; it really is the best thing. It is like a vocation – it’s not something we do purely for money but it’s to see someone come in and leave like a brand new person. That’s priceless.” ZUMBA The gym at the bus station opened on 2nd January and it is already a hive of activity with an international clientele practising activities such as step, zumba, and spinning. Finestrat has been open seven years and a new management regime took over around three and a half

The new gym in Benidorm

years ago making the gym a real success and paving the way for expansion. And both premises and their changing rooms are kept spotlessly clean and qualified trainers are on hand to give their full attention to customers. “We can design an individual fitness plan that will work wonders,” RTN was told. And after a work out there is even a chance to relax at the coffee bar and enjoy a coffee or a special protein shake. Call Corpore at the bus station on 96 585 1204 or at Finestrat on 96 586 0586 and start a new life in 2013.


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Life tech Syntax error HI AUNTY, I’m having a problem with a message that keeps appearing on my screen constantly. It says JavaScript application and underneath a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark. It says at the side Error-syntax error. It is driving me nuts! I tried to uninstall Java but it keeps coming up ‘Do you want to allow Java to change the settings on your computer’. When I say no it just disappears and nothing happens. I only use Firefox. Any advice? Thanks in anticipation... Sandra

with Aunty Virus


Aunty says: Firstly, if you are using Firefox, then look in the add-ons for ‘socialfixer’ and disable or uninstall this - this may be the cause of the problem. ‘Socialfixer’ is an addon that is used ‘to make FB more fun and efficient’ - but many people have had problems with it. Uninstalling ‘socialfixer’ from Firefox stopped these messages appearing on other peoples’ PCs. If you are uninstalling Java, then you will need to allow it to make changes to your PC, otherwise it cannot uninstall it. So if you say No, it will not do anything

as you have not allowed it to uninstall. Response: Thanks for your help. The socialfixer theory worked. Thanks once again. Sandra.

Can’t access emails Hi Aunty, Please please can you help me? (I am a technophobe!) I am desperate to access my emails (@ My computer runs with Windows Vista and I can access the screen but clicking on any of the above options has no effect whatsoever: nothing will open. I hope you can help by return email to my Gmail address. Thank you very much. Mary Burke

Aunty says: Without seeing your screen, it is a bit difficult to see what the actual cause of the problem could be. For example, there could be an ‘addin’ running in the back ground that has stopped working, or is cancelling functionality. Is this using Internet Explorer? If so, download and use another internet browser like Chrome or Firefox, and see if that allows you access to your emails. Response: You replied quicker than I even hoped for, far less expected, and I really appreciate your help. I normally accessed my emails using Firefox but by going in through Internet Explorer I was again able to open them - so panic over. Thank you again – Mary.

Silent movies

HI AUNTY: I have transferred films to disc before quite successfully and the film plays great on my laptop with sound, but occasionally when I transfer a film to disc the sound disappears and I’m left with just the film and no sound. I cannot see what I’m doing wrong - I always use ‘Windows DVD maker’. Many thanks, Jean. Aunty says: The most likely cause of this issue is that you do not have all the correct ‘codecs’ (audio software) for the videos in question. Sometimes, although a player like VLC will play a video file fine, a Windows media player will not - as the Windows does not have the correct ‘codecs’. If you are using Windows 7, then there is a ‘codec’ pack available at: video-software/windows7-codec-pack-39536034/

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

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Samsung M3 Slimline Portable 500GB Hard Drive MyAlbum for With the coming of the digital age and our ever burgeoning music and video collections came the nuisance of forever shuffling around and deleting our files to fit what we wanted to keep on the space available on our computers hard drives. We must also note the need to keep our valuable data backed-up in case of loss or failure, even now something a lot of people neglect to do – and believe me one day you’re very likely to regret that oversight. Not so long ago an external portable hard drive (or storage) was an expensive, not often very portable or compact product that didn’t actually offer that much additional storage. But fortunately that situation is no longer the case. Let me introduce you to the Samsung M3 Slimline Portable 500GB Hard Drive measuring a very compact L112mm x H17.5mm x W82mm and weighing only 141g. Designed with a tough external casing everyday knocks and scrapes are no problem as the Samsung has been designed for modern life on the move. The product is actually produced under licence by Seagate, one of the largest manufactures of hard disks for computers, so reliability and build quality are guaranteed. With a whopping 500GB capacity the Samsung M3 gives you enough

room to store 100,000 pictures taken on a 10 megapixel camera, or 8,700 hours of digital music! It can also be used to store a backup of your PC or laptop using the supplied AutoBackup personal backup software. And if that’s not enough there is a 1TB version offering double the capacity. Connection is easy – just connect the supplied USB cable to your device and you’re ready to go, there’s no bulky power supply needed. The Samsung M3 supports both USB2 and the newer USB3 connections and will work with Windows PCs running Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Apple Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later. The Inspectors Verdict: The Samsung M3 Slimline Portable 500GB Hard Drive is great for anyone needing more space for their files or somewhere to back-up their valuable data. And with its compact size and low weight it can truly be called portable and ideal when you don’t want to take your


A lot of us now rely on our mobile phones now as our main camera and also photo storage device and also want to share our photos with friends via Facebook.

laptop with you but want access to your files. Visit samsung-portable-hdd/ to order the Samsung M3 Slimline Portable 500GB Hard Drive for 49€. A larger capacity 1 TB (double the size of the 500GB) Hard Drive is also available at 70€. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

MyAlbum not only lets you easily upload images in bulk from your phone to Facebook, it also enables you to select images from your Facebook account and then download them onto your phone. So all the photos that your friends tag you in which you haven’t taken yourself you can select them either seperately or in bulk and download them. It’s all very simple but also very useful as often it’s the photographs that you are tagged in that you would actually like to have but were unable to download and store them onto your phone before. Available to download for free on Google Play on all Android devices.


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Life events

Medieval Market in Orihuela By Keith Nicol THE MEDIEVAL Market returns to Orihuela next month and Martina Scheurer, Orihuela’s Councillor for Transport, announced that transport to the event would once again be provided to enable coastal and Entrenaranjos residents to travel to Orihuela City to enjoy the Medieval Market which will take place there on February 1, 2 and 3, 2013. The schedule over the three days is for two buses per day, one morning and the other late afternoon to travel to and from Orihuela, which will allow everyone three hours to enjoy one of the largest medieval markets in Spain. The bus timetable is the same for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the first bus departing from Playa Flamenca’s Mercadona roundabout at 10.00am and returning from the drop off point in Orihuela at 2.00pm for the coast. The second bus leaves at 4.00pm and returns at 8.00pm, all from the same locations. The buses will also pick up/drop off at Morgen’s Bar and Entrenaranjos. The return ticket costs approximately (no set price was given as we go to press) 5.00€ from the coast and €3.20 from Entrenaranjos. Please note if you depart on the bus at 10:00am you must return on the bus departing Orihuela at 2:00pm. This year’s market is expected to be bigger than ever and the largest in the region. You have three hours to enjoy the market and you might need it as it covers an area of over three kilometres and offers a hint of life as was a couple of centuries ago, in simpler times before the iPad and Television and even electricity! There are crafts, traditional gifts, clothing,

The Medieval Market will take place in February

food, drink and much more. To put you in the mood and the feel of the time, the market traders dress themselves and their stalls with the feel of yesteryear. While browsing around the variety of market stalls may be the main reason for many to go, there are also more than a dozen craft workshops, where you can try your hand to create items using exactly the same techniques as were used in the time. No Black and Deckers to be found here! There will also be a number of different shows and performances, stilt

Black and White Sixties AFTER THE success of the Cinderella Bling Ball at Quesada Country Club that ended the year with the running total standing at 1,400€ for the Children’s Home in Elche, the Black and White Sixties Night at Quesada Country Club is to be held on Friday 8th February.

PDQ is already booked along with fantastic magician Graeme Mykal and the evening will be styled in ‘60s Black and White’. Come in costume if you like! The event is sponsored by the Grupo Barcelo Building Company and Real Estate

walkers, jugglers, clowns and more than thirty shows, from theatre to circus and music to keep you entertained. To reserve your seat on the bus please contact Denise Wesserling in the Foreign Residents office on 966 760 000 ext: 34, or via e-mail: You can also do this in person by or pop in to the Town Hall if you are passing and Denise will enter you on the list. Please confirm where you will be getting on/off the bus to ensure that there is room for everyone who would like to visit the historic city.

Agency in Ciudad Quesada. MD Pepe Barcelo will be paying for the black and white decorations. Email to reserve your tickets at 13.50€ to include a three-course meal and bottle of wine between two. GARDEN PROJECT Meanwhile the plan is to help the children

with their own allotment. There is plenty of land available and the first meeting for volunteers is planned for 22nd January. Email Anne Day for details at rod.day01@gmail. com Pepe Barcelo has already pledged one of the first fruit trees! The idea is for the children to be encouraged to ‘grow their own’the plan is to start with potatoes and tomatoes and a few fruit trees.


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Life horoscopes The midweek exaltation of the Sun in Aquarius does much to calm nervous energy. You are all ready to have to fight your corner, but in this, the interim period, you can put the boxing gloves away. Above all you need to be heard and somebody isn’t listening; because you both have the same aims and good intentions.

Mercury makes a spectacular entry and softens the blow you have been waiting for. Plans and preparations will stand you in good stead for any future negotiations, but you’ll experience a good run for your money if you act on impetus and throw all caution to the wind rather than take the normally researched and tentative steps. With continuity adding to good luck and prosperity as Jupiter does what Jupiter does best this week you are about to win a challenge and reap the considerable benefits. Time is not only on your side, but reaching out to a wealth of experience brings you abundances on many levels and a way of looking into a rather better future. There will always be ups and downs, but right now is the best time to clear the decks and to see what better alternatives are available to you. In hindsight there would have been some sweeping changes, but your conservational energies are an inspiration when something has to be done and dusted. You are way out of your depth, and you know it; but stubborn energies are in play and you do not want to give in when there is the slightest chance of you getting a good result. There appears to be someone standing in your way right now, and their negative energies are serving to make you all the more stubborn and determined. The lack of security often holds you back from what could easily be the main event. You have to be true to yourself, but there are inner issues that beg for clearance. Blame the Mercury intervention with Aquarius for you pausing to take a breath. Time however is of an essence if you are not to be disappointed. Determination has driven a wedge between your inner and outer feelings right now. Precise Mercury vies with softly spreading Aquarian actions and the result could be a stalemate, when all that is needed is someone to send out the right message, and to nip things in the bud before the result becomes the same old, same old! You are awaiting the Saturnian touch that will bring resonance to current plans and act as a catalyst for what is yet to come. The family may be divided at the moment but they are united in wanting each their own slice of the pie. Sensitivity and sentiment go hand in hand, but practical solutions will win the day. Lucky Jupiter takes on an ebullient Gemini and this steering effectually kills two birds with one stone. Somebody has been somewhat economical with the truth and this brings conjecture to the door as you seriously check your allegiance and prepare to arm yourself accordingly. Once bitten twice shy! As Venus departs you have taken steps to plan your next move as you centre your energies into working with your inner self. As previously closed doors open to you this week, the depth of your understanding is that you are starting a new journey and that even if you do fall over you can now pick yourself up on the way. With the Sun exalting, and Mercury helping you to send out all the right messages, this is a wonderful month for you. Restored poise and balance brings you dividends and helps you to focus on yourself for a change; as you deal with blocked emotions and a need for freedom and transparency all across the board. A hectic time ahead as you help to bring some cheer to others by starting something new. You are motivated to tune into specific wants and needs, and gifted with a wonderful way of helping others, often never counting the cost. Now it is time to take things further, as you are about to start working with your soul.

Kenny corris


Many of us like to be independent, and we try never to ask for anything that we can sort out by ourselves. Asking can seem like begging, and it goes against the grain to have to be seen to be so desperate as to rely on someone else. Asking makes us feel and seem needy and that takes away some of our conscious control and then it does seem that we shouldn’t have to ask for that which we need, and that it should be provided by our own means anyway. However, there are ways of asking and they do not demean us or see us as begging. To ask, “Please could I have…..?” could therefore receive the simple reply,“No.” For those around us who need to guide us and those that should be mindful of our sensitive needs; there is a sincere need to know what we need to learn, where we need to make progress and just what is missing that we specifically need. There are times when it wholly right for us to ask, as it is a positive indicator of our expression, it is not selfish in any way, and for sure we have tried to receive and connect and now, surely all that we really need a little help. No begging takes place and we have to promise to be as exact as we possibly can be, under the circumstances. Then we have to have the faith to get a reply, to feel a response and to tune into the appropriate energies that will allow us to receive, and work with our finely tuned wants and needs; and to make a positive difference with them. I always ask for what I deserve. Then theoretically I

Kennys diary New Year Readings: The End of the Mayan Calendar has brought the Maya Bistro in Albir a brand new name. In future it will be known as SOMETHING ELSE. Readings are available on January 21st and 23rd from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. Service at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz: All welcome to a demonstration of Clairvoyance and Mediumship at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation at 18.30 on Thursday February 29th. Call Jackie on: 966 878 469 for details. ALL WELCOME: DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in February, or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

should get what it is I need. Or I don’t deserve it! Spirit has a habit of holding back sometimes when what I have asked for is out of the range of the blueprint of my destiny. I have also asked for too little and that has been very subtly brought back to my attention and over ruled by Spirit. Whatever, the process works, and yes, you can ask for anything and everything and yet you may not get it, especially if there is something better planned for you. Your belief will help you because it re enforces all that you hold inside. Above all be honest, brutally honest, and if possible connect with your Spiritual Guide to back up your request. It is a request after all and never a demand, but the power put behind it will see you through. Ask aloud if it feels good. Angels love to see the odd candle or two as the light is received in the Angel Kingdom and it illuminates the way for them to come to your assistance. Asking is healthy process, and it brings just rewards especially if you feel blessed by the entire procedure. No begging will ever be necessary and you can see the results for yourself. If at first you feel that you don’t succeed then do not be afraid to try again and again. Tighten up the procedure and let Spirit know that you may very well repeat your wishes again and again. No threats here, but insistence can and will pay off. This brings about the natural rhythm of beneficiation and identifies you as somebody not to be messed with. Asking knowing that you will at least be heard brings comfort and could bring all that your heart desires!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


If it’s your birthday this week

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Kenny, I am alone in a family that does not believe in Spirit. They say that I am crazy and make fun of me, but this only makes me all the more connected with my beliefs. If I were stronger then I feel that I could show them what they are missing, but is it worth it? Anne A. Anne put all your energy into your belief and your gift, and don’t waste your time with those who are so closed they cannot share your treasures or give you at least the benefit of the doubt. Most people do not believe in Spirit, but the numbers are growing steadily, and you know you are not alone. Concentrate on your own Spiritual journey and enjoy the results. If others cannot see your joy in your Spiritual energies then they quite clearly cannot see longer than their noses. Don’t give in………one day things may change but you have to remain true to yourself! I’m here if you need me! Start off as you mean to continue. You have all the blessings that you need and the motivation to make sweeping changes where they are needed. Things cannot continue as they are, so take control because you can!


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. Failing to notice what supervisors are doing (11) 9. This sheet keeps moving - and it’s very cold! (3-4) 10. Suffering from lack of money, but drunk (5) 11. Sample some of Rita’s tea-cakes (5) 12. It’s a ban that may be revised - don’t! (7) 13. Italian city is almost without sleep (6) 15. At which pot-shots are taken (6) 18. This acts as a destroyer when put to sea at great speed! (7) 20. Clubs - they are used for evening out (5) 22. Name one in love, maybe (5) 23. North African bird? (7) 24. Railwaymen who prepare the tables for a meal? (5-6)

Word Ladders


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DOWN 2. Wives will change opinions (5) 3. Take over the security arrangements and remove anxiety (7) 4. Knowing the score is essential to one who play in these (6) 5. As fliers, they may come to the end of the line (5) 6. The skinflint is trailing’ back (7) 7. The difference achieved by outstanding examination candidates (11) 8. They build a nest on moss, maybe! (5-6) 14. Incomplete description of one who shows bias (7) 16. This provides support after the partnership breaks up (7) 17. Punctilious pattern followed by nearly everybody (6) 19. Carry out a put up job (5) 21. Not the same parent losing her head (5)

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.

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. In addition (11) 9. Glided (7) 10. Granted (5) 11. Cancel (5) 12. The Merchant of Venice (7) 13. Generous (6) 15. Slumbering (6) 18. Excess (7) 20. Characteristic (5) 22. Oust (5) 23. Exhilaration (7) 24. Enterprise (11)

DOWN 2. Marriage (5) 3. Burial mound (7) 4. Charm (6) 5. Power (5) 6. Income (7) 7. Permanent (11) 8. Incapable (11) 14. Interpretation (7) 16. Relapse (3-4) 17. Climb (6) 19. Supple (5)

21. Foreign (5)

Euromillions Draw Friday 11th January 2013

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One French ticket won the 34,191,508 Euros

Tuesday 15th January 2013

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Life events

Torrevieja, Blanca de sal y Morena de soles ON JANUARY 25, 2013, Torrevieja celebrates the work of Pascual Muñoz, director and cameraman of the documentary ‘Torrevieja, Blanca de sal y Morena de soles’ (‘Torrevieja, white salt and brown soles’). By Keith Nicol This short documentary shows at 9:30pm in the Cultural Centre ‘Virgen del Carmen’, organized by the City of Torrevieja in collaboration with Tourmaline Films. The evening is tribute to an author virtually unknown to the public, whose untimely death in a traffic accident in 1971 brought to an end a promising career. Former mayor of Torrevieja, Vicente Garcia Pascual Muñoz commissioned this production from Leuka Films in 1968. The intention was to promote the City of Salt during the seventies. It was shown in thousands of cinemas nationwide back in the days when Franco ruled over Spain and Torrevieja’s was but a sleepy fishing village with a population of less than 10,000! Thanks to the efforts of Torrevieja’s Rotary Club, a 35mm reel was recovered from an old film tin that nobody knew the contents of. Until now, the film canister had been left in storage for over forty years until torrevejenses businessman Jose Andreu uncovered it when doing research for a calendar he was producing in 2011, to raise funds for the Torrevieja’s

soup kitchen! In late 2012, he commissioning the Torrevieja Rotary Club to research who owned the rights to this, and along with Turmalina Films, it was determined that it was owned by the city of Torrevieja as they had commissioned and paid for the production. The ‘lost’ film, in 35mm format copy was returned to Torrevieja’s Ayuntamiento, made into a digital version, and this is what will be shown to the public for the first time in more than 40 years in the Virgen del Carmen at the end of January. After more investigations, it has now been certified that ‘Torrevieja, Blanca de sal y Morena de soles’ is the oldest film about the heritage of the city, that has been preserved and is now owned by all torrevejenses. The footage shot is of extraordinary quality, a fact for which the Council have paid tribute to this great cameraman Pascual Muñoz, his eye for style and visual criteria, all shot with a 35mm Arriflex camera, which accounts for the excellent quality of the production. Of major importance, in terms of film, is that before the seventies and the advent of portable and less expensive video, nobody

Pascual Muñoz

else had shown in film, how to capture the essence of Torrevieja in the late 60s. On January 25, his documentary will be screened in his honour to remember the life and work of this great cameraman in the presence of his partner and friend, broadcaster Juan Vives Bravo and his sister Gloria Muñoz. López. Although the presentation is in Spanish, the film is well worth seeing by anyone with an interest in the history or Torrevieja.

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Life spanish


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 15 AT THE end of last week’s article I left you with some short phrases which illustrated the use of Direct and Indirect Object pronouns. Yes, I haven’t forgotten, we are still talking about them! Here they are again in case you missed them. Me lo dio - he or she gave it to me Te lo mandaron - they sent it to you ¿nos lo dijiste? - Did you tell us (it)? Os la pasé” - “I passed it to you. (“it” being something feminine) In each case the word order is in reverse of English – “to me it he gave” etc., which is probably the hardest thing of all about these little beasts. This means that when we are trying to translate one of these phrases back into English, the first thing we should do it look at the verb (in other words go to the end of the phrase) because this will tell you want the subject of the sentence is. The subject of “dio” is likely to be “he” or “she”, the subject of “mandaron” is going to be “they” etc. Then you have to work backwards from there. This tip should help you to decipher otherwise incomprehensible phrases, although it doesn’t really help you to use them yourself – more of that later!

Notice that so far I have only used Indirect Object Pronouns which mean “to me, to you, to us”: in other words, first and second persons singular and plural. Now we need to look at the third person forms: that is, meaning “to him, to her, to it, to them” as well as the formal “to you” when we are addressing “usted”. As we have seen, these are expressed by “le” “les” or “se”. This can all get rather difficult to follow, so I think the best policy is to work with specific examples. First of all, here are two sentences which contain the indirect object pronouns “le” and “les”. Le dije que no pasaba nada. - (“I told him” or “I said to him that it didn’t matter”). ¿Les importa si fumo? - (“Do you mind if I smoke?” or “Does it matter to you if I smoke?”) Les here refers to the plural you - “ustedes”. Now, you will see that in these sentences “le” and “les” appear before the verb on their own. That is, they are not combined with any Direct Object Pronoun, as in our first examples.

This is because, when “le” and “les” fall in front of a Direct Object Pronoun, they change to “se”. Real examples are called for again. Let’s go back to the ones we already have: To say “he or she gave it to them” we do NOT say “le lo dio” but instead: “se lo dio”. To say “they sent it to him” we do NOT say “le lo mandaron” but instead: “se lo mandaron” To say “Did you tell her?” we do NOT say ¿le lo dijiste?, but instead “¿se lo dijiste?” To say “I passed it to them” we do not say “les la pasé” but instead “Se la pasé”. Whatever you do, don’t ask why! Also whatever you do, don’t give in to the impression that you will never be able to use any of this. The first step is to understand it - which usually takes a good while - and then the next step (in my opinion) is to learn some really useful examples parrot-fashion and just use them without worrying about the grammar at all. I’ll sort some of those out for you for next week, along with one other important thing that should help and then we’ll move on to pastures new.

The Rant

Piers Morgan@piersmorgan : Another dire Arsenal performance, another abject defeat, 21pts behind United. How much more of this do we have to endure? #WengerOut

Getting Old

James Argent@RealJamesArgent : I must be getting old because my hangovers never used to last this long! Professor Green@professorgreen : Only went an bought a house didn’t I!? By bought I mean mortgage. Scary! I almost feel like a grown up.

Life Improvement

Denise Welch@RealDeniseWelch : 9 months since I stopped drinking and everything about my life is better! #thingsineverthoughtidsay

The Snow!

Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5 : School run was boys peppered me with snowballs the little thugs! Off to training! Happy camp the day after when you beat Lfc! Charlie Condou@Charliecondou : The Met office have issued a yellow snow warning. I guess telling us not to eat it ...

The Funny Tweets

David Walliams@davidwalliams : I am a bit upset I haven’t been invited to @MissKatiePrice‘s wedding. Still there is always the next one... Jay McGuiness@JayTheWanted : If us boys from The Wanted did “Come Dine With Me” the only reason I wouldn’t lose is @NathanTheWanted. #PotNoodleForAll

Life books

Danny Collins -

Pompeii: ON 24TH AUGUST

79AD, Vesuvius, the menacing volcano that towered over the Bay of Naples, erupted. The result was world-shattering. A column of magna towered 23 kilometres into the sky. Pompeii and much of the bay was engulfed in falling pumice and ash to a depth of fifty feet and then subjected to waves of incandescent gas that destroyed all life. Harris bases his story around Marcus Attilius, a young water engineer sent from Rome to replace the former aquarius of the Aqua Augusta, who has disappeared. Somewhere underground on the flanks of Vesuvius the mighty aqueduct has ruptured, disturbed by the earth movements preceding the eruption, and water supplies to many towns and villas on the bay have been disrupted. Sulphur has entered the meagre water flow, poisoning fish in the fish farms. All are protents of the mammoth disaster to come. The author introduces the reader to Pliny the Elder and his nephew Gaius, soon to take his place as chronicler of the times as Pliny the Younger. The older Pliny’s description of the eruption that was to take his life are all faithfully recorded and woven into Harris’s narrative, giving the reader a glimpse of history as it happened, introducing him to the trembling earth beneath as the panic-stricken Author: Robert Harris Publisher: Arrow (paperback) Price: 11.20€ ISBN: 0 09 928261 5

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crowds attempt to flee the area. Riven through it all is a tender love story as the young aquarius strives to rescue the beautiful Corelia from her avaricious ex-slave father Ampliatus and the death and entombment that awaits Pompeii’s citizens. Harris allows his readers to witness history in the making and the book is an altogether fascinating read.


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Life health Hepatitis Glandular fever can also cause an attack of hepatitis. Hepatitis can be acute - lasting less than six months, or chronic - lasting more than 6 months. There are several possible causes of acute hepatitis • Infectious viral hepatitis, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D and hepatitis E. • Other viral diseases, such as glandular fever and cytomegalovirus. • Severe bacterial infections. • Amoebic infections. • Certain medications • Toxins: alcohol and fungi

Chronic hepatitis also has a number of different causes: • Infectious hepatitis, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and hepatitis D. • Drug reactions. • Excessive alcohol consumption. • Autoimmune hepatitis - a disease of unknown cause where liver cells are destroyed by the patient’s own immune system. • Metabolic disorders, such as Wilson’s disease (disorder of the body’s copper metabolism) and haemochromatosis (disorder of the body’s iron metabolism). SYMPTOMS Acute hepatitis: The symptoms of acute hepatitis vary considerably from person to person. Some patients have no symptoms at all, and in most

Amanda Collins, Dip HE Family Medical Centre, Albir

HEPATITIS IS the Greek term for liver inflammation. Hepatitis can be caused by viruses such as hepatitis A and B.

cases, children only show mild symptoms. • tiredness, general malaise, slight fever • nausea, poor appetite, changes in taste perception • pressure or pain below the right ribs caused by an enlarged liver • aching muscles and joints, headache, skin rash • yellowing of sclerae (the whites of the eyes), skin and mucous membranes • dark urine • pale coloured stools • tiredness that may persist for several weeks Chronic hepatitis: • Many patients have no symptoms • Tiredness, aching muscles and joints • Pressure or pain below the right ribs • Jaundice is a very late symptom of chronic hepatitis DIAGNOSIS Blood tests will help determine the cause and severity of the hepatitis. An ultrasound and/or other types of scan may be required. In certain situations a liver biopsy may be recommended. TREATMENT • No medical treatment is generally required for acute viral hepatitis. • Chronic hepatitis B and C can be treated with antiviral agents • Autoimmune hepatitis can by treated with corticosteroids

OUTLOOK • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can become chronic. Hepatitis A never does... • About one fifth of the patients with chronic hepatitis B and C are at risk of developing cirrhosis. There is also an increased risk of liver cancer. • Cirrhosis can also be caused by other types

of chronic hepatitis. • Acute infectious viral hepatitis usually resolves with without treatment. • Acute infection is rarely life threatening. • Acute hepatitis caused by medicines or alcohol usually improves once the liver is no longer exposed to these substances.


Healthy liver

Inflammation of the liver

This article was written by Amanda Collins, Family Medical Centre, Albir. Should you wish to speak to Amanda about any health issues please call 96 686 5072 or email

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Eye exam saved my sight Guilt free eating COSTA COOKING is a new series of fast, fun and easy recipes in a series of e-books promoting healthy eating by Canadian writer Karla Daracos.

THANKS TO an early diagnosis of glaucoma by Specsavers Opticas in Javéa, Hillary Farrington has been able to treat the condition using simple eye drops and experienced no loss of vision. Hillary Farrington has a family history of glaucoma and so knows how important it is to have regular eye tests. However, when she went to a local optician near to her home in Javea, she wasn’t confident that she had received the optical health checks required, so she decided to get a second opinion. “I visited a local optician for an eye test last year and was not satisfied with the tests they did. I had to ask them to do the pressure test to check for glaucoma, otherwise they would not have checked. After revealing my eye pressure was high, they sent me on my way with no other treatment. I

then saw an advert for Specsavers and realised the store was not far away so I decided to book an eye test there for a second opinion.” Specsavers Opticas gave Hillary a very thorough eye test which included three different tests for glaucoma and concluded that she was suffering from early stages of this disease. They recommended that she go straight to the hospital to get treatment and gave her a letter explaining the diagnosis to take with her. As the condition was caught early, she was able to treat the condition herself with eye drops and did not experience any vision loss which is associated with the disease. “I was delighted about the care I received from Specsavers, the eye examination was so thorough I knew I was in trusted hands. If I hadn’t of

gone to the store, I may not have been diagnosed at all and my vision could be severely impaired by now.” Hillary’s story illustrates the importance of regular eye tests. Glaucoma is very difficult for the sufferer to identify before the optic nerve is severely damaged. If left untreated, it can cause permanent tunnel vision which cannot be repaired, so prompt diagnosis is essential. There are five Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa Blanca, in Calpe, Javéa, Benidorm, Guardamar and Torrevieja. To book an eye test at your nearest Specsavers store visit

By Jack Troughton The first volume of the cookbook ‘Super Cakes and Loaves’ is now available and the busy expat hopes to change the hearts, minds and eating habits of everyone hoping to improve their health. Karla says the e-books are designed for people who care about their diet and nutrition and the end results were “100% guilt free and delicious!” And she added: “I have enjoyed cooking for my friends here in my adopted Spanish country. Many of my friends ask me questions about my recipes – especially my cakes and loaves because they are healthy and different. VITAMIN “I wanted to develop and document my recipes so that I could create cookbooks that were guidebooks to healthy, alternative cooking with modern tools, which would help change people’s lives.” Super Cakes and Loaves recipes use alternative ingredients that do not use refined products but are high in fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also low in fat and sugar yet remain rich in texture and flavour. Karla said and extensive introduction was filled with nutritional information and instructions to help people in the kitchen. “These recipes are easy, fun and fast to make.” She said her investigations of the world of health and healing had taken her to one universal conclusion: “You are what you eat!” For more information visit the website or email


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Life recipes

Salmon Fishcakes

Make new friends

Most fishcakes I’ve ever eaten comprise loads of mashed potato and just a few flakes of fish. This version is very different - firm, full of fish and not even a hint of potato. The fishcakes take only a few minutes to prepare in a food processor

• 300g skinless salmon fillets • A chunk of day old crusty bread (a 3 inch piece of baguette would do nicely) • 1 tbls chopped chives • 1 tbls chopped fresh parsley • Half a small red pepper diced • A small piece of red chilli, chopped (optional) • Salt and pepper • Plain flour • Oil- use a flavourless oil such as sunflower. 1. Whiz the bread in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Next, add the chives, parsley, red pepper and chilli and whiz some more until

everything is well blended. Finally, cut the salmon into chunks and add these to the processor with a little salt and pepper. Pulse the processor two or three times until the fish is well blended with the other ingredients. It is important not to over-process the mixture at this stage or you will end up with a soggy mush. 2. On a large plate, mix the flour with a little salt and pepper. Take a dessert spoonful of the salmon mixture and use your hands to form a small round patty about 1cm thick, then dip in the seasoned flour. Repeat until you have used up all the mixture (There should be enough for 8-10 fishcakes) 3. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and fry the fishcakes for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Serve hot with a crisp green salad, crusty bread and alioli. Serves: 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

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By Jack Troughton JAVEA INTERNATIONAL Baptist Church has launched a new café on Thursdays where people can drop in and meet new friends. The Place4Friendship is at the new JIBC Church centre and a stone’s throw from Javea’s outdoor market. Open between 10.30am and 1pm everyone will be given a warm welcome and visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and some home-made cake. The Church Centre is in Carrera Favara. Walk up the hill from the underground car park in Plaza de la Constitution – where the market is held – and turn right into Carrera Favara or walk towards the post office and take the first turning on the left. And the church is also to launch a hobby and craft market in the hall adjacent to the café and sharing the same opening times. There will be no charge for a table but a donation to church funds would be appreciated. At certain times of the week, the facilities at the Church Centre can be made available for other groups & organizations. The facilities are suitable for classes, small conferences, meetings, exhibitions, promotions, private celebrations, weddings and funerals. Audio visual, refreshment & catering facilities can also be provided. For further information go to or telephone Adrian: 600 836 279 or Peter 644 137 430 or by email

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Life food

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Dine at home in style RESTAURANTE LA Cocina opened in Javea in November 2008, a small family-run business where excellent food is prepared daily. Their strong commitment to fresh seasonal ingredients makes an exciting and varied menu inspired by the gastronomic regional flavours of Spain. Since opening the restaurant has gone from strength to strength. Cliff and Laurie are passionate about fabulous food and outstanding customer service, listening to each and every comment from their clientele. When clients started to request fabulous La Cocina food to take home, Cliff and Laurie decided to introduce their own Dine at Home Range. Each meal is prepared with the same love, flair and high quality ingredients as for the restaurant menu and the food is blast frozen as soon as it is prepared to ensure perfection in flavour and nutritional value. Each meal is accurately labelled, including the calorie content. All meals are prepared as individual servings and La Cocina also offers side dishes, such as vegetables, for a complete dining ecperience. Mouth-watering meals include: Mediterranean Lamb Casserole with a Potato

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Rosti Topping – slow-roasted lamb with oregano, sun dried tomatoes, red peppers and cinnamon, with a splash of Pedro Ximenez wine, topped with crispy Potato Rosti; Steak and Oxtail Pie with Puff Pastry – slow-cooked and tender in a rich red wine and herb sauce, topped with melt in the mouth puff pastry; Pork Catalan – Slow-roasted pork loin served in a rich Catalan sauce of mixed dried fruits, with a splash of brandy and cream; Chicken with Mango and Chilli Sauce - tender chicken breast pieces in a fresh mango, chilli, ginger and white wine sauce; Salmon Fillet baked in a Tomato and Coriander Veloute – pin-boned and skinned salmon fillet in a rich tomato and coriander sauce. Heat in the oven and serve - a perfect meal every time… The Dine at Home range is just perfect for those busy working days. You may not always want to cook your own meals every day. Dine at home can eliminate all the stress and time of shopping, preparation and cooking. So now you can eat restaurant quality food every evening in the comfort of your own home. To order your dine at home range of food from Restaurante La Cocina

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simply call into the restaurant on Avenida Lepanto 2, Puerto de Javea, situated just down from the boat roundabout, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm and 7pm to 9pm. Presently the restaurant itself is closed but they are open in the mornings only for the Dine at Home Range until 25th January when they will resume normal hours. Alternatively see the full menu on their website and call 965 795 140 to place your order. La Cocina also offer a home delivery service which at the moment is restricted to certain areas. However, as demand increases they will provide wider cover so please telephone to see if your area is included. Restaurante La Cocina, Puerto de Javea, 96 579 5140,


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Life events Snag hits Cats By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS OF Footlights Youth Theatre were in full makeup for the upcoming show ‘Cats’ despite facing a sticky problem. Ian Underwood has spent six months making magnificent wigs for the show but 12 rolls of special double sided tape ordered online from the United States has failed to arrive. Ian from Calpe is frantic. “We bought one roll to experiment with, which worked very well and then ordered 12 more rolls for the show. They are somewhere between Illinois and Calpe.” Lauren Staton is leading the make-up team needed to get the 30-strong cast into character – she founded the facepainting company Snazaroo in 1984. “I was so pleased to be asked by Footlights to design the faces and train the kids to construct them Cats has always been a favourite show of mine,” she said. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group contacted Snazaroo and asked the company to produce a make-up set to sell during performances of Cats. “I remember watching their original make-up artist creating the faces for photographs using out face-paints,” said Lauren. “She was so impressed and even asked me if I was satisfied with what she had done. At that moment I was so proud.” Charity the European Kids Association has

provided the make-up for the show. There will be four performances in Calpe from 14th to 16th February including a Saturday matinee at 5.00pm. Tickets are 12.00€ and 8.00€ for children under 14. They are now on sale from Footlights Box Office email or telephone 652 404 798. Calpe will be followed by a performance in the Teatro Municipal de Torrevieja, Saturday 9 March, at 8.00pm. Tickets for Torrevieja are available from the theatre box office, or

Absolutely wizard!

SMASH HIT The Wizard of Oz brought the best out of Careline Theatre and the child out of everyone lucky enough to be in the audience at Alcalali. Opening night was a hoot and great fun from the off in Munchkinland as the panto simply soared into life as Dorothy and Aunt Em arrived – flattening the Wicked Witch of the East in the process and stirring up a heap of trouble. A very green Candida Wright just about stole the show as the Wicked Witch of the West adlibbing and firing out menacing threats to keep the audience on the back foot. It was great character role and highly entertaining. On the goodies’ side 13-year-old Elysha Fish was an excellent Dorothy and a talented Olivia Parkington was Princess Margarette – both deserve top marks for their singing and acting. Also enjoyable were Brenda Smethurt’s Scarecrow, Roger Brown’s Cowardly Lion and Robert Baxter as the Tin Man. As usual Careline produced a number of musical treats with some memorable song and dance numbers and Munchkins Lily Hamer, Max Davis and James Harris deserve a mention for their high-energy cuteness. The costumes were wonderful and Janet Walker and Kaye Stubley worked some magic behind the scenes to kit everyone out in such style. It was a great evening out and many congratulations to cast and crew for putting on such a memorable show – it also raised 2,000€ to be shared between MABS the MABS Cancer Support Group and Jalon Valley HELP, a raffle adding more than 400€. Picture courtesy of Benny Davis.

Life music Zodiac Duo -

Gary & Keith ZODIAC ARE the ‘People’s Favourite’ Vocal Harmony Duo on the Costa Blanca, covering songs from the 60s to up-to-date. Since moving to Spain they have worked hard to earn their reputation as being great entertainers as well as singers. Zodiac still regularly performs in Benidorm during the week. They would like to remind everyone that although they are now semi-retired they still work elsewhere, either on a Friday or Saturday night. Zodiac is also very popular with the local Masonic Lodges, Bowls Clubs, Social Clubs, etc. as the entertainment for their dinner / dances. For a fun night’s entertainment, get along and enjoy the boys’ show. On Saturday 19th January, they will be appearing in Druids Cave II, Paichi Centre, Moraira. For more info phone: 661 179 765.

Jazz Nights - Bar Emilio, Llosa De Camacho IF YOU like live music and in particular jazz, swing, blues and Latin, then Bar Emilio, Llosa de Camacho on a Friday night is the place for you. Situated halfway between Pedreguer and Alcalalí, Bar Emilio hosts a ‘Jazz Night’ each and every Friday from 8.30pm (-ish). The next ‘Jazz Night’ will be on Friday 18th January featuring ‘The Heio Berens Trio’. Come and join the enthusiastic audience who will make sure you feel at home. For more info contact Terry Kennedy on 96 645 7231 – or email: hi2terry@ OTHER JAZZ NIGHTS Friday 25th - The Jazzify Trio - featuring Stella (vocals) Ruud (guitar) and Grahame (saxophone)

Timewarp Duo - Tribute Shows HUSBAND AND wife duo Justin James and Jaime Lee are better known as ‘Timewarp’. Both Jaime and Justin have a true talent for singing whether performing haunting ballads, powerful rock anthems or pop classics. All Timewarp shows are known for their feel good and upbeat music for all generations to enjoy, where the audience is invited to relax and sing along or get up and dance the night away. THE ULTIMATE SHOW With the biggest songs, the best singers and many number 1 hit singles this show will get you up, dancing and singing along all night. With an extensive repertoire of songs covering all the major styles and genres from Rock n roll to the chart hits of today. The Timewarp Tribute Show No 1: An outstanding tribute show to the greats of the 50s and 60s. The Timewarp Tribute Show No 2: An outstanding tribute show to the pop stars of the 80s and 90s. The Happy Days Rock N Roll Show: A fantastic, fun filled, nostalgic journey back the days when it all began. Phone: 671 354 188 or visit JANUARY GIGS Saturday 19th - El Paraiso Rte./Bar - Parcent (50s and 60s Show) Sunday 20th - So What Bar, Av. De Europa - Calpe Saturday 26th - Pasaje Bar - Orba

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Life showbiz goss David to take a bow-ee

Stagecraft is a word that’s generally used around actors when referring to the skills of movement around a stage that are needed to hold the attention of theatre goers. However, when you apply this word to David Bowie, born 66 years ago last Tuesday 8th, and find out that at the age of just nine David Robert Jones was described by his teachers at the music and movement classes as ‘strikingly imaginative’, ‘vividly artistic’ with ‘astonishing poise’, you get to feeling that a true star was born on that January day in 1947. The wonderful news is that David has released his first single in 10 years, and if you are like me and have loved his music for the last four decades, the pop industry should surely be on mega red alert now that the great man is back! The new single ‘Where Are We Now’ was recorded in New York and produced by long term friend and top record producer Tony Visconti, and with talk of live concerts in the offing, we have the potential for a master class in the business of being a true pop star. Unfortunately, I have no comment to tell you about from El Bowie, but this is the mark of the man, throughout his career he has kept a low profile, constantly reinventing himself with the likes of Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke, so best put a shilling or three aside cause when news of his live shows pop up, you’re gonna need to be ready.

Don’t mess with the kid!

It’s been a while since I’ve brought Baby Boy Bieber to the page, mainly due to the daily updates on his on-off romance with Selena Gomez going gold on the tedium scale, but the wee laddie is back, and for a couple of seriously surprising reasons. The first one is not good for a young man who’s riding a ‘squeaky clean’ ticket after he admitted to his legions of fans that, “Yes that was a blunt (joint) I was smoking, and I’m really sorry,” … and so on. But he’s here for the second reason, as it was reported on top US gossip website TMZ last week that one of his former bodyguards Moshe Benabou is suing him for US$420,000 saying that Justin ‘beat him up’ over a wages dispute. Baby Boy Bieber beat up a bodyguard? … Surely not! … ‘struck him repeatedly on the chest’ it said. Ladies and gentlemen I give you … Big Boy Bieber.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Big Hair! Big Shoulders! Big Show!

THE 80s was a decade that had so many wonderful things, like big shoulders, dodgy hairstyles, fantastic music and the not so good things like council tax and the yuppie culture. Also in the 80s we were all kept on the edge of our seats at home, bumski firmly on the sofa ten minutes ahead the titles music to those two glorious television soap operas: Dallas and Dynasty. It was a bold move to bring back Dallas last year but the sad loss of Larry Hagman last November will make the future of the show a tad uncertain. But it’s to Dynasty I want to take you as when Stephanie Beacham appeared on Loose Women last week she hinted at the possibility the show might go back into production. Stephanie played Sable Colby (85 – 87) in the spin off series Colby, and also appeared in the 9th and final series of Dynasty in ‘89 where she played the same part and got involved in all those bitchy battles with Joan Collins’ character Alexis for the attentions of John Forsythe’s Blake Carrington. “Joan and I have been talking

about it and we need a little bit of response and a little bit of encouragement … I can see Joan in one turret, Linda Evans in another, and me in another, and the youngies can do all the busy stuff and we’ll just plot and plan,” were Stephanie’s riveting words on the daytime TV show. So, my luscious lovelies, why don’t you respond to the call from Stephanie and give her some encouragement, start a thread on the internet and bring back all those long lingering close-ups and all that spectacular drama when its ‘will she won’t she’ time, but the biggest reason of all for me is that it could well become the integral part of the Saturday evening viewing and kick the X Factory out the bleedin’ window.

18 - 24 january 2013

Life TV


18th - 24th January

FRIDAY 18th January BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Father Brown 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Perfection 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Room 101 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 Tropic Thunder







07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Snooker: The Masters 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Live Snooker: The Masters 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 22:00 Italy Unpacked 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Snooker: The Masters

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 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Great Night Out 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Raw Deal

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:25 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 River Cottage 14:05 The Gunfighter 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:00 Paddy’s TV Guide 23:50 Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy Live 24:55 The New Normal

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 All-New Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 The Boy She Met Online 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Revealed 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 American Idol 23:55 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:15 You’ve Been Framed! 09:45 Judge Judy 10:15 Judge Judy 10:40 Peter Andre: My Life 11:40 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Emmerdale at 40 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 22:00 Hellboy II: the Golden Army 24:20 Three Kings

07:00 90210 07:45 One Tree Hill 08:30 Scrubs 08:55 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Charmed 10:20 90210 11:20 One Tree Hill 12:20 Made in Chelsea 13:25 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Snakes on a Plane 24:05 Revenge





07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Ultimate Spider-Man 09:30 Victorious 10:00 Jessie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Saturday Cookbook 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Murder, She Wrote 14:35 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 15:35 Dinner Date 16:35 River Monsters 17:05 Garfield 18:30 Central News 18:45 ITV News 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Splash! 21:30 Take Me Out 22:45 Jonathan Ross Show 23:45 ITV News 24:00 The Game

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Beach Volleyball 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 Undercover Boss Australia 13:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Simpsons 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Ireland 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:10 20:15 The Simpsons Movie 22:00 World Without End 23:00 Saving Private Ryan

SATURDAY 19th January BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Good Cook 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Live Snooker: The Masters 17:30 Final Score 18:15 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:30 Animal Antics 19:00 Richard Hammond’s Secret Service 19:45 Britain’s Brightest 21:00 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:50 Casualty 22:40 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show


07:30 Flight for Freedom 09:10 Sister Kenny 11:00 A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00 Meet the Ancestors 12:30 Map Man 13:00 Indian Food Made Easy 13:30 Talking Pictures 14:20 The Moon Is Blue 16:00 Coast 16:30 Flog It! 17:30 Live Snooker: The Masters 18:30 The Big Freeze 1963 19:30 Dad’s Army 20:00 Live Snooker: The Masters 23:30 Doubt

SUNDAY 20th January BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:40 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Countryfile 14:20 Bargain Hunt 15:20 Escape to the Country 16:20 Chatsworth 17:20 Lifeline 17:30 Songs of Praise 18:05 Africa 19:05 BBC News 19:30 Blandings 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 Ripper Street 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 Room 101 Extra Storage


07:55 None but the Lonely Heart 09:45 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 10:15 A to Z of TV Gardening 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 13:00 EastEnders 14:55 Live Snooker: The Masters 17:45 Ski Sunday 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey 20:30 Fawlty Towers 21:00 Live Snooker: The Masters 24:00 There Will Be Blood

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 Rated A for Awesome 09:15 Rated A for Awesome 09:30 Big Time Rush 10:00 Aquabats Super Show 10:25 ITV News 10:30 There’s No Taste Like Home 11:30 60 Minute Makeover 12:30 May the Best House Win 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:40 Countrywise 13:55 Dickinson’s Real Deal 14:55 Rosemary & Thyme 15:55 Murder, She Wrote 16:55 Nanny McPhee 18:45 Central News 19:00 ITV News 19:15 Dancing on Ice 20:45 All Star Family Fortunes 21:30 Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 22:00 Mr Selfridge 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:15 The Bourne Ultimatum

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 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 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:05 Celebrity Big Brother 13:00 The Gadget Show 14:05 Mister Roberts 16:25 Operation Crossbow 18:45 Operation Daybreak 20:50 5 News Weekend 20:55 NCIS 21:50 NCIS 22:45 Celebrity Big Brother 23:45 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:45 Comedy Kings: Best of Just for Laughs

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 All Star Mr & Mrs 08:10 Coronation Street 10:35 Emmerdale 13:35 Richie Rich 15:30 Girls Aloud Ten Years at the Top 16:45 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 You’ve Been Framed! 17:40 You’ve Been Framed! 18:15 You’ve Been Framed! 18:45 Babe 20:35 The Incredible Hulk 22:45 Take Me Out The Gossip 23:30 Fake Reaction 24:15 Gladiator


07:00 Switched 07:20 Heartland 08:05 Greek 09:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 11:10 Make It or Break It 12:10 Ugly Betty 13:10 Glee 14:10 Charmed 15:10 Scrubs 15:40 Scrubs 16:10 Scrubs 16:40 Rules of Engagement 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Because I Said So 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory 24:55 The Cleveland Show





07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:10 The Big Bang Theory 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:05 The Simpsons 14:35 The Simpsons 15:05 Speed 2: Cruise Control 17:25 Deal or No Deal 18:25 Time Team 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Come Dine with Me 21:00 The Hotel 22:00 It’s Complicated 24:20 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 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 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Celebrity Big Brother 13:15 Loch Ness 15:10 Muppets from Space 17:00 Teen Wolf 18:50 Pearl Harbor 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:00 The House Bunny

07:00 Emmerdale 09:40 Coronation Street 12:10 Dinner Date: Australia 13:05 Curly Sue 15:00 Robots 16:50 Take Me Out 18:00 Take Me Out - The Gossip 18:45 Back to the Future 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Magaluf Weekender 23:00 Hellboy II: the Golden Army

07:00 Switched 07:20 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:15 Make It or Break It 09:10 Ugly Betty 10:10 Charmed 11:10 Hollyoaks 13:40 Glee 14:40 Scrubs 15:10 Scrubs 15:35 How I Met Your Mother 16:05 How I Met Your Mother 16:35 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 Revenge 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 New Girl 20:30 New Girl 21:00 Iron Man 23:25 The New Normal 23:55 2 Broke Girls 24:20 My Mad Fat Diary


18 - 24 january 2013

Life TV

18th - 24th January

MONDAY 21st January BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Father Brown 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Perfection 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Miranda 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Have I Got Old News for You 24:05 Blandings 24:35 The Graham Norton Show

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Cowboy Trap 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 MasterChef: The Professionals 10:35 Return to Forgotten Britain 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Bowls 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 22:30 Natural World 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways

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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Les Miserables Movie Special 24:35 Monk

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:30 Food Unwrapped 14:00 Gun Fury 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Wild Things 22:00 Embarrassing Fat Bodies 23:00 What Happens in Kavos 24:05 One Born Every Minute

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 All-New Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Finding a Family 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 The Gadget Show 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Botched Up Bodies 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:15 You’ve Been Framed! 09:45 Judge Judy 10:15 Judge Judy 10:40 Peter Andre: My Life 11:40 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Ben and Kate 22:30 Up All Night 23:00 Notting Hill

TUESDAY 22nd January



07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Charmed 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:30 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 Revenge 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The New Normal








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Father Brown 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Perfection 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Allotment Wars 24:30 Greenfingers

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Cowboy Trap 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 MasterChef: The Professionals 11:05 You’ve Been Scammed 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Bowls 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 22:00 Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here

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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 22:00 Great Houses with Julian Fellowes 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 River Monsters 24:35 The Cube

07:05 Childrens TV 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:30 Food Unwrapped 14:00 Carry On Sergeant 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 The Undateables 23:00 Utopia 24:10 8 Out of 10 Cats

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 All-New Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Mary Higgins Clark’s Moonlight Becomes You 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 Body of Proof 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:15 You’ve Been Framed! 09:45 Judge Judy 10:15 Judge Judy 10:40 Peter Andre: My Life 11:40 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Incredible Hulk 23:15 Unbreakable

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Charmed 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:30 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:00 Don’t Blame Facebook

WEDNESDAY 23rd January BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Father Brown 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Perfection 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 The Food Inspectors 22:00 Africa 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 The League Cup Show

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 11:00 You’ve Been Scammed 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Lifeline 14:10 Live Bowls 18:10 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 22:00 Funny Business 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Tankies: Tank Heroes of WWII

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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Coronation Street 20:30 The National Television Awards 2013 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald 24:35 Safari Vet School

07:05 Childrens TV 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:30 Food Unwrapped 14:00 Murder at the Gallop 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Gok’s Style Secrets 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 16 Kids and Counting 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Embarrassing Fat Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 All-New Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Heart of a Stranger 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ice Road Truckers 21:00 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:30 Alien Hunter

07:00 Emmerdale 08:00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:15 You’ve Been Framed! 09:45 Judge Judy 10:15 Judge Judy 10:40 Peter Andre: My Life 11:40 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 The Corrie Years 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Magaluf Weekender 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:45 Three Kings

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Charmed 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:30 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 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 Fame 23:05 The New Normal 23:35 The Cleveland Show 24:00 Rude Tube

18 - 24 january 2013


THURSDAY 24th January BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Father Brown 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Perfection 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Cowboy Trap 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 MasterChef: The Professionals 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Bowls 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 22:00 The Genius of Invention 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Tankies: Tank Heroes of WWII

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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Local Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Central Tonight 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Nursing the Nation 22:00 Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Local News 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:45 The Golden Rules of TV

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:30 Food Unwrapped 14:00 Guns of Fort Petticoat 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 The Restoration Man 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 All-New Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Her Fatal Flaw 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Great Northern Cookbook 21:00 Building the Ice Hotel 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Fighters’ Wives: The World of MMA 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Holiday Showdown 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:15 You’ve Been Framed! 09:45 Judge Judy 10:15 Judge Judy 10:40 Peter Andre: My Life 11:40 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Holiday Showdown 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 30 Years of CITV 23:00 Fake Reaction 23:45 The Magaluf Weekender 24:50 Ben and Kate

Crossword Answers 691 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Bisect; 4 Soused; 9 Needlematches; 10 Arrange; 11 Odour; 12 Snack; 14 Craft; 18 Dowel; 19 Camelot; 21 Stepping-stone; 22 Nelson; 23 Wrests. Down: 1 Bantam; 2 Steering-wheel; 3 Colon; 5 Outdoor; 6 Schoolfellows; 7 Desert; 8 Umber; 13 Calypso; 15 Odds on; 16 Scant; 17 Otters; 20 Miser.

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E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Charmed 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:30 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012

What’s on Viva TV this week

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Down: 1 Breach; 2 Subordination;

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Tuesday 22nd 19.00

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Spanish Eye – Eva Ford talks to world renowned

7 Rotten; 8 Nasty; 13 Contact; 15

The Grumbleweeds Saturday 19th 18.00

spiritualist Sandra Mitchell and we witness an

Embarrassment; 10 Correct; 11 Exile; 12 Hitch; 14 Stain; 18 Brain; 19 Extract; 21 Unimaginative; 22

Absurd; 16 Remit; 17 Attend; 20 Trail.

Celebrity Archive – Simon Baldock talks to founder of the Byrds Roger McGuinn Sunday 20th 19.00 Let’s Talk – An interview with Louise Clarke who sadly

extraordinary reading with a sceptic Wednesday 23rd 18.05 Let’s Talk Special – Mark Rose talks with ex Dunfermline manager Jim Leishman about his sports

passed away at the end of last year Monday 21st 19.00

foundation set up in memory of his late wife

Let’s Talk – An interview with husband and wife duo

Hand Made – I Wanna Be A Producer. Behind the

Peter and Fiona Day from Jukebox Legends

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Life cars

Spanish driving testing

From 21st January, the theoretical number of questions that learner drivers can be asked on is increasing from 8,000 to 15,000.

There is much muttering from learner drivers who have much more work to do, as a selection of about 30 is made for students to answer before they can move to the practical training in a car with a registered instructor. To ensure passing the theory, the learner driver really needs to be au fait with the answers to all the questions. Also during the first ten minutes of the actual practical test with


Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

A selection of about 30 questions are made for students to answer

the examiner in the car, the student will now be told to just drive anywhere while the examiner watches. The student will then be given specific directions. But the student who fails will apparently now be told where he/she went wrong. I started driving a car in 1956, a very much used 1934 Austin 7, when the Suez war was on and fuel rationing was quickly introduced. Learners with a Provisional licence (and petrol coupons restricted our mileage) did not need to have a qualified driver with them. My little Austin 7, bought for the princely sum of £5 in full running order, could then be driven as if I had a full licence - that is on my own or with passengers. I guess we all had it easier then but the roads were very empty although even the main arterial roads were nothing like the autovias or motorways today. I survived though until I realised that when I was posted to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and needed to travel to London and back each weekend, a motorcycle was the answer especially as I was a frustrated fighter pilot (the reason I originally joined the RAF) who was refused aircrew as I am red/Green colour blind. So I rode all types of motorcycles: road; track and

off-road, for over 30 years, racing and riding machines that were as close to flying as possible. Happy Days! With my 75th birthday in February I have long since realised that falling off is no longer an option. But for those who may complain that the driving test is getting more difficult, passing the test now is something to be proud of. You will know much more than the average experienced driver. I found when asking Spanish driving friends during my book research what a particular sign means that they are all painfully ignorant. And the numbers of people dying and being seriously injured on Spain’s roads has decreased significantly in the last ten years so Trafico must be doing something right. Now if only they could rid our roads of the criminals who drive drunk. Nota Bien: Saw a driver, a tourist, a few days ago being fined for driving while wearing flip flop beach sandals. The fine is usually about 90€. That is reason good enough surely for all to know all the rules. You must wear safe footwear that cannot get trapped in the pedals. Soon: the answer to the medical tests charges for those with foreign EU driving licences.

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Life cars

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

What kind of vehicle does an ardent clubber or festival-goer drive? Forget the stereotypical VW campers of old that have all since broken down and rusted away: the new generation drive the super-cool and ultra-trendy Kia Soul, a far funkier proposition. This is one of the few cars fitted with groovy mood lighting. When listening to your favourite tunes with the bass speakers thumping, green, yellow, purple and blue lighting surrounds the large door speakers in the front. This true club feel is best experienced when bopping to your best beats in the dead of night. As its name suggests it is certainly distinctive and appealing. “Isn’t that a bit of a funky car for a dad of one with another on the way?” questions a young work colleague. She might perhaps be right as the grey hairs start to take hold. But the Soul certainly gets its driver down with the kids, even if the stereo is turned down a bit these days for fear of going deaf. The Inferno 1.6 CRDi five-door model urban cruiser is finished in eye-catching red with a black grille not far removed from the Skoda Fabia vRS. That’s where the similarity ends though. The emphasis on the Soul is

more street cool than speed demon. It craves attention and the red dragon emblazoned across its doors and bonnet like graffiti certainly makes heads turn. Driving a vehicle with such striking graphics is a first for me. And its boxy styling is surprisingly attractive and different from anything else on the road. It takes over from Chrysler’s retro PT Cruiser, which reigned supreme until it was withdrawn from production in 2010. The digital reading during the test claims that the 1.6-litre diesel has returned just over 50mpg but it feels much less than this as the fuel gauge seems to be permanently dropping. It doesn’t seem to be as efficient as other similar sized units on the market. But its six-speed gearbox is smooth providing an enjoyable drive while its high driving position gives a more commanding view of the road than a standard car. A centre armrest in the front would be useful for long journeys. While its interior is practical and robust, there is plenty of black and so the mood lighting is a welcome addition, take a look at the video at to see it in action. For me the seats are quite hard and

Kia Inferno

not as comfortable and supportive for my temperamental back as I would hope. The Kia Soul is more about looking the part and standing out from the crowd than performance and efficiency but it’s a welcome alternative for the cool dad who likes to blast Boney M’s Daddy Cool from the speakers.

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The January Sales The transfer window swung open once again a couple weeks ago but it’s been pretty boring so far. With the exception of Demba Ba’s move to Chelsea and Liverpool’s acquisition of Daniel Sturridge, there hasn’t been much to write home about. It’s obvious that various clubs need various players for various different reasons but I thought I’d take a different angle and highlight a few transfers that I’d like to see over the next couple weeks. Swap Mario Balotelli for Edinson Cavani That should probably be the more-trouble-than-he’sworth Mario Balotelli plus a sack of cash for the lethal and technically superb Edinson Cavani. Given Balotelli’s form this season (the striker has scored just once in the Premier League) City would really need to twist Napoli’s arm to take the Italy international and part with Cavani, but Napoli have hinted at an interest in Balotelli, and City certainly have the funds to put a package together for Cavani if Sheikh Mansour so wishes. The Uruguayan has scored 23 goals in only 22 matches this season and City could kill two birds with one stone by shipping the Italian out and replacing him with a striker at the top of his game.

Wilfried Zaha to Man United You have to go all the way back to the transfer of Wayne Rooney in 2004 for the last time United snapped up English football’s quickest rising star but I think Fergie will end that wait this month. Both Arsenal and Spurs have expressed a keen interest in Zaha but, after missing out on Eden Hazard in the summer, United are thought to be leading the race for the young international’s signature. Although Crystal Palace apparently want Zaha to return on loan if he leaves this month, Sir Alex may have other plans. The ageing Ryan Giggs and inconsistent Nani need to be replaced and this kid is, in my opinion, ready to make the step up. Willian To Spurs Shakhtar have been one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in the Champions League this year and Willian was a key influence in their progression from the group stage at Chelsea’s expense. The playmaker drifts effortlessly between the lines and popped up to score two goals in Shakhtar’s undeserved 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge. There’s been plenty of talk about Willian joining Chelsea in the past, but a move to Spurs would help to improve the competition at the top of the Premier League table and Andre Villas-Boas has hinted at the club’s interest. It’s highly unlikely the Brazilian would leave the Ukrainian Champions before their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund,

but Spurs need a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, who’ll miss a month while at the Africa Cup of Nations and hasn’t yet replicated last season’s form this term. Isco To A Premier League Club Isco was a key player for Malaga last season as the Andalusian club qualified for the Champions League for the first time, and the 20-year-old has continued his impressive rise in the current campaign, despite Malaga’s troubles. The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the left, displays a maturity that belies his years and there’s been talk of a call-up to Vicente del Bosque’s forthcoming Spain squad for the friendly with Uruguay. The youngster won’t come cheap as he has a reported €20million release clause in his contract but, aside from Chelsea (who are already well-stocked with number 10s) any of the clubs in the top four, plus Arsenal, should be looking at a player of his wonderful talent. This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 19th Jan: Man City v Fulham (4pm) Liverpool v Norwich (4pm) West Brom v Aston Villa (6.30pm) Sun 20th Jan: Chelsea v Arsenal (2.30pm) Spurs v Man United (5pm) 22nd/23rd Jan: League Cup Semis (2nd Legs)

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Andy Kay

Pep, Frankie, Harry and Paul

The Final Whistle

Pep Oh, that Pep Guardiola is a bit of a tease isn’t he. He talks up the Premier League, gets us all tantalised and interested in his next appointment and then goes and takes a three year role as the next coach of Bayern Munich, one of the best run, best supported clubs in Germany. Proof yet again (should you need any, I


don’t) that the Premier League isn‘t all it’s cracked up to be. In truth, the only club that Guardiola was ever likely to consider in England was Chelsea but even the millions of Roman Abramovich weren’t enough to tempt the former Barcelona boss. And with good reason. Chelsea have been through eight managers since the Russian took charge in 2003 and it is reported that the owners henchmen often try and interfere in team selection. Why on earth would

Guardiola want to put himself through that? Instead, he’s gone for Bayern, a club with a very sound financial base, a fantastically impressive stadium and a stunning training ground in deepest Bavaria. But most of all, a club where the coach always has the last word. Frankie Not being a fan of reality television I was a little taken a back to find out that the former champion jockey Frankie Dettori is currently appearing on the current version of Celebrity Big Brother. How sad that the diminutive Italian has gone from riding thoroughbred horses to flogging dead ones! On another note, surely it’s only a matter of time before Channel 5 falls foul of the Trade Descriptions Act. Celebrity Big Brother? Really? I would suggest that a far better title would be ‘Two people I’ve heard of plus a bunch of Z-listers, nobodies, never-wozzes and has-beens’. That would seem to sum it up much better. Harry Say what you like about Harry Redknapp but as well as being a very decent coach, he’s

a master of the transfer window. His Queens Park Rangers team may be bottom of the Premier League, but already Redknapp has snatched French international Loic Remy from under the noses of Newcastle, Yann M’Vila looks to be on his way from Rennes and West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has handed in a transfer request such is his desire to move to Loftus Road. All will, I’m sure, have clauses in their contracts that will allow them to leave should Rangers go down, but as far as Redknapp goes, his expertise in this complicated market place has shone through yet again. Paul The players wanted him as captain and so too, in the end, did the European Tour so congratulations must go to Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Occasional followers of the game might not know his name but he holed the winning putt in 2002, he’s been a vice-captain twice and he has the respect of all the combatants including the prodigiously talented Rory McIlroy. He’s a great man for the job and I, for one, expect him to deliver at Gleneagles next summer.

Rugby Madrid Fishing Maggots End win Ladies THIS WEEK was the 8th round of the championship Winter Championship. by

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The venue chosen for this match was again the Embalse de Pedrera (which is running in line with Blanca as the place to blank). Of the 10 brave anglers who turned up, we had 4 blanks (40% better than the normal 50%). The embalse is being filled and you can measure the increase during the match. I believe that this water is snow water from inland, and this is also putting the fish down. Deep water is the order of the day and then hope and pray! TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st - Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the feeder and using tares with 14.08 kilos 2nd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the feeder using maggot with 3.12 kilos 3rd - Mick (The Arsenal) Hill fishing the feeder using pellet with 3.10 kilos

By Keith Nicol MADRID BEAT fierce rivals Catalonia on Sunday, in a tightly fought game to be crowned winners of the National Ladies Rugby Championships for the Autonomous Regions. The weekend tournament featured seven communities, over 250 of Spain’s top players and took place in Torrevieja’s Nelson Mandela Stadium. Madrid took revenge against Catalonia from last year in one of the tightest Regional Championship Ladies Rugby Finals, coming out winners 14-12. Madrid lifted the title of champions for the fourth time in their history. The cream of Spanish women’s rugby was showcased over the weekend, not just for the tournament but the also

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7.360kg fishing the feeder pellet and using maggot 3rd - Ian (From the Dark Side) Houghton with 2.320kg fishing the feeder and using pellet

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen We fished the first round of the Abbey Angling Cup at the Embalsa de Pedrera this Tuesday 8th January. The water is definitely rising roughly about 1 or 2 inches in 24 hours, according to how much water is being drawn off. It is still hard going and this week the temperatures had really dropped and fish are being taken on a variety of baits, i.e. with pellet hemp and tares, and maggot. 1st - Bill (The Master) Reade with 9.780kg fishing the feeder using hemp and tares 2nd - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with

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selectors were on hand to select players to represent Spain’s National Ladies Rugby Squad. Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon, the provincial deputy, Joaquin Albaladejo, the Councillor for Sports, Luis Maria Pizana and President of the Rugby Federation of Valencia, Ignacio Davila, presented the trophies to the winning teams. Galicia won the match for third against fourth placed Basque Country with Valencia fifth, Andalusia sixth and Castilla y León seventh. In the history of this autonomic competition, Catalonia continues to dominate the list of winners with eight titles, followed by the Basque Country, with six, and Madrid, who added to their tally this year with their fourth trophy. The tournament also served as a precedent to what is the Women’s Division of Honour, which will begin on January 27. Before the start of the women’s league, the Spanish team will play their third preparation match, against Ireland on January 20, ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifying. Saturday Results: Catalonia 46-0 Andalusia, Madrid 54-0 Castilla y Leon, Valencia 14-0 Basque, Andalusia 39-0 Galicia, Castilla y León 5-22 Valencia, Madrid 50-0 Basque, Catalonia 15-5 Galicia. Sunday’s Results: Andalusia 5-0 Castilla y Leon, Castilla y Leon 0-21 Valencia, Andalusia 5-5 Valencia, 3rd-4th place game Basque Country10-38 Galicia, final for1st-2nd place Madrid 14-12 Catalonia.

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FC Torry news Last Sunday Torry played at home against CD Acero, a side which was 4 places below Torry. Ominously they were unbeaten in their last 4 games. Torrys threadbare squad was down to the “bare bones” with the injured Abel and Dani having to take up places on the bench. Torry were well beaten by a, well balanced, harder working side who coped better with the poor playing surface at the Vicente Garcia . They had a centre-forward with pace and good movement and clinical finishing skills in Bielsa. He put Torry to the sword with 2 well taken goals. Torry didn’t create much except for having a strong penalty appeal for hand-ball turned down. Torry desparately need 3 or 4 new players to strengthen the team. On Sunday Torry make the short trip to Crevillente to play second bottom Crevillente in a 5.00 pm kick-off.


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Idiotic! Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

IN THE first part of January with many people looking forward optimistically to a new year, when perhaps we would see green fees reduce to provide value for money, some things have happened that are hard to believe. As usual we have seen a few managerial changes at a number of the area’s golf clubs. Some of these changes are long overdue and some will undoubtedly be regretted long term. What has not changed sadly is the attitude of some who are responsible for running our golf clubs. In a move that can only be described as idiotic some golf courses have increased their green fee prices giving the excuse that “we always increase our prices in January.” Am I the stupid one here for not understanding their reasoning or am I not seeing something they are seeing? The last time I looked Spain along with other

countries was in deep financial trouble with record levels of unemployment and heavily dependent upon the money that comes from the pockets of the foreigners who will either visit the country or live here for the climate we have enjoyed so far this winter. Those lucky enough to work here in Spain have taken a forced reduction in earnings and no matter what their nationality have less disposable income to spend on essentials let alone leisurerelated pursuits such as golf. To rub salt into the wounds the same golf clubs have increased the cost of hiring a buggy for a round of golf by a small amount in what is blatant profiteering from those who are for whatever reason not fit enough to play golf without the use of such transport. Are these people responsible for these stupid decisions living on the same planet as the rest of us? One thing is certain - they are not living in the same world as you and I and will sooner or later have to face the fact that golf here in south eastern Spain is way overpriced and bears no resemblance to the value for money offered in other parts of the country or even other European countries. On the Costa del Sol for example there are a number of golf courses where unlimited golf can be played for just 45€ per month - less than some courses here are asking for eighteen

holes without the cost of hiring a buggy! So the answer is once again that we regular golfers have to stand up and be counted and only support the clubs where they are offering reasonable green fees in an effort to get all the other courses to see common sense. WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED 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 18TH JANUARY 2013 Where is the 2014 Ryder Cup scheduled to be played? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st January 2013 to be entered into January’s draw, which will be made on 1st February 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th February 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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

The RTN Club Scene

THE NEW RTN Golf League got off to a flying start at our new home course last Tuesday at Alicante Golf where our competitors enjoyed a golf course in great condition and greens that were as smooth and fast as any in the area. There were many puzzled looks as uphill putts failed to put the brakes on and continued to travel a good two metres past the hole to leave a nerve jangler coming back. All players, however, enjoyed the challenge of a great golf course and too the speed of the greens as a real treat that demanded great feel with the putter. Some things never change and so it seems with our league players. In The Premier League new member Tim Richards took top spot with 41 points from Mick Vesey who returned 40 points, seemingly continuing the fine form he showed throughout last season. The Championship League saw Steve May come in with 39 points to take top spot and Steve also won the 2’s competition, taking the full pot on his own by getting the only two of the day. Second place went to the ever reliable Bill Fantom with 38 points. Competition continues every Tuesday at Alicante Golf where we are able to provide a highly competitive green fee price of just 40€ including buggy; an offer exclusive to RTN Golf Club members who are playing in our weekly competitions. All members of RTN Golf Club are welcome to join us and last week it was nice to see so many new faces join us for the first time and we hope to see many more come along over the next few weeks to join in the fun. To enter our competitions email your name and handicap to We usually start each Tuesday at 10am with 8 minute intervals between groups. Come along and play golf in a friendly and competitive environment with great people; it’s what golf is supposed to be when you play golf with us; enjoyable. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Keep a close eye on how hard you grip your clubs during a swing - too tight a hold will ruin the swing. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members held at Alicante Golf: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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18 - 24 january 2013 SPAIN. Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Ownboat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 638 056 224.

MOBILE/PARK HOMES FROM 17,000 € Fully furnished ready to move into, Camping Pueblo San Javier. Also homes & plots for rent. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 622 www.

DOG AGILITY TRAINING COURSE IN JAVEA 6 sessions of 1.5 hours, Tuesdays at 10.30am till 12. Commences 22nd January. Costs 59€. Telephone. 966473267

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PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. www. 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:600-552030/965-960-658 UK 01209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644 PET TRANSPORT we treat your pet as if they belong to us and that is our promise. Van fully air conditioned we believe we have the best rates so give Joe a call on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 for a chat or e mail pawspettransport@

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BUSOT: REDUCED to just 650€ per month. Lovely 3 bedroom property with private pool situated in a quiet urbanisation close to the town. Great views, large garden, furnished. BENIDORM: 450€ per month. 2 bed apartment close to Poniente Beach. Modern furniture, large terrace, 2 bathrooms. Communal pool, tennis and parking. Close to Las Rejas golf POLOP 595€ per month. 3 bedroom unfurnished townhouse with lovely private front & rear gardens, private parking. Air con, communal pool and lovely views. TORREMANZANAS/RELLEU: 495€ per month. 3 bedroom 2 bathroom beautiful finca with amazing views . Plenty of storage, modern property, great price. Must be viewed. L’ALBERCA: REDUCED to just 575€ per month: Very spacious 3 bedroom villa with communal pool. Large roof terrace, air con and heating, modern design. SIERRA CORTINA: 650€ per month. Very modern 2 bed apartment with private sunny terraces and fantastic views. Garage & storage, furnished throughout.


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

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 606-127-424

LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.00pm [Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.00pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm 3pm Improvers Class 3pm - 4pm Intermediate Class 4pm - 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 & 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

AREA MANAGER - BENIDORM Suncare Central is expanding it’s operation in mainland Spain and is looking for a bright, enthusiastic and motivated person to join the management team. All applicants must have previous management experience and show a willingness to learn a new product. We are looking for a sales and service driven individual who can communicate easily with Hoteliers and Tour Operators. Fluent English is essential and a good level of spoken Spanish is an advantage. In return we offer a Spanish contract, competitive salary + bonus + car. Applicants should submit a current CV, cover letter and photo if possible and email it to ENTHUSIASTIC AGENTS NEEDED for Avon cosmetics. Meet people and turn spare time into cash. Phone Rosh 966 785 520 MARKETING ASSISTANTS REQUIRED Alicante area. To assist with with instore advertising and venues Offering an attractive basic , bonus + expenses Please Contact , Natasha Humphrey 966799070 Or email your cv to 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.

ENTERTAINERS NEED WORK accoustic or party duo, all music tastes catered for. Do you want Kylie, Annie Lennox, Adele, Frank Sinatra and more for your party or theme night call Vikki 634319060. SOUND SYSTEM HIRE for parties,pubs, clubs wine bars, duos singers bands, need to sound great,or want a karaoke set up, from 50euros per day Ken 634319060.


New Lawn/Lawn Problems Call the lawn specialist for a solution on 676 863 778

LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIR Folding, immaculate.150 euro. Mobility scooter.40km range. Road legal. Hardly used.499 euro.627019403 LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 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.

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

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 Several bed settees in stock + bunk beds in wood or metal. See more than 600 photos on: 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 comfortable recliner in soft yellow fabric. Extra wide modern armchairs! Photos: MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: Tlf:965-791-328.

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

KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, WARDROBES Classic Kitchens, 20 years on the Costa Blanca, call Adrian 676 699 700

18 - 24 january 2013 RENAULT CLIO 1.2 16V 5 door, 2003, 2 owners, 95,000kms, Fully serviced, stunning condition. 3,950€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 RENAULT MEGANE SCENIC 2 LITRE Auto tiptronic, 2006, 105,000kms, FSH, alloys, cruise control, half leather, 6xCD etc, metallic black. 7,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 OPEN ZAFIRA 1.9 CDTI AUTO TIPTRONIC 7 seater MPV, Diesel, 2008, 1 owner, 82,000kms, alloys, AC, cruise control, multi airbags, CD, roof rails, metallic black, stunning condition. 12,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 NISSAN TERRANO, 1994, 7 SEATER PETROL turquoise, Spanish LHD, CD player, A/R elec windows, air con, some service hist. 2995€ 965 368 274 HYMER 290, 4 BERTH MOTORHOME, 1991 , 2.5 LTR Diesel, Spanish LHD, Shower room with cassette toilet, gas hob, sink, fridge cd player. 9995€ 965 368 274 CITROEN XSARA PICASSO, 2003, 2 LTR HDI silver, Spanish LHD, Air con, CD player,FSH, Excellent condition throughout. 4995€ 965 368 274 VOLKSWAGEN POLO,2004, 1.9 LTR TDI DIESEL Highline, 3 door Hatch, pearlised black with full beige leather interior, Spanish LHD, one lady owner, full main dealer history, excellent condition throughout, lots of extras, 6995€ 965 368 274 MONCAYO LIBERTY 4 ,CAMPERVAN,2005 3 berth , Spanish LHD, fixed rear end bed, 2.8 Ltr diesel, one owner, FSH, 22495€ 965 368 274 TOYOTA RAV 4, 2.2 D4-D, DCAT,2008 Premium Cross Sport, 4 wheel drive ,one owner, Spanish LHD only 25000 Klm.Silver with full black leather, cruise control, automatic duel zone climate


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control, all round electric windows, rear privacy glass, auto lights, rain sensors, heated electric drivers seat and keyless entry. 16995€ 965 368 274 FORD MONDEO, 1998 VGC Spanish Reg, Petrol, 1250€ ovno, El Campello. Tel: 965639038/655555764 FIAT SEICIENTO VAN 2006 itv august 2013 suma up to date totally immaculate throughout great little van ideal pool cleaner handy man ect very economical 75-80 kms pg rear cage and boot liner absolute bargain for a very tidy spanish van €1,650 698219920 VOLVO C70 T5 CABRIOLET 2002 rhd spanish plate met turquoise with full beige leather totally immaculate throughout 18 inch alloys nearly new tyres full volvo

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 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

service history new roof fitted drives and looks amazing €2,500 698281017 FORD RANGER 2.5TD PICK UP Year 2000 Spanish Left hand drive. 183000 kms. Air Con, C/L, E/W, Cd Player, Heavy Duty load Liner. ITV’d May 2013 2750 euros. Telephone 662 009 367

SOUND SYSTEM HIRE for parties,pubs, clubs wine bars, duos singers bands, need to sound great,or want a karaoke set up, from 50euros per day Ken 634319060.

ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576

WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781873 ONE WAY VEHICLE DELIVERY Spain - Uk - Spain Tel 671 797 151 Or 0044 2380 66 8000 onewayvehicledelivery@hotmail. com

Motoring FORD KA 1.3, DEC 2003 mid metallic blue only 2,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

LOOKING FOR A CAR? We have over 75 LHD and RHD vehicles in stock for sale or exchange. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

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SHOWERMAN fits shower and bath screens of all shapes and sizes. Immediate delivery. Unbeatable prices guaranteed. Best service in Spain 639 292 081 or 965 792 285 see our main advert on page 5 MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

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 NO CALLOUT CHARGE

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

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

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SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been

MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com CAMPELLO VILLA, 220 SQUARE METRES 4 bedrooms, lounge etc. Gardens, covered pool, central heating, alarmed, private, excellent condition. 295,000€. Tel: 965 63 4079

SUPERB RESTORED FINCA If you are seriously looking for a Finca, Set in a fabalous location. Within 10km of Benissa. Call 626 897 041. www. SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. roundtownnews 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 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:

IMMACULATE 2 BEDROOM 1 Bathroom Ground Floor Apartment situated in the very nice area of Lomas De Campoamor Golf Resort. Very spacious accommodation of 86m2. Furnished. Walking distance to La Fuente Commercial Centre. 24 hour security. Includes use of communal pools, tennis courts etc. 395€ monthly + bills. No offers. Ring now on 648111779 for immediate viewing. PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com LONG LETS - HOLIDAYS Best Price Rentals Paul 966785891 659647616 miramarproperties@ 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 VILLAMARTIN PLAZA 1 bed apartment to let, fully furnished, 250pcm plus bills 0044 7920 427451 Or email

18 - 24 january 2013 SPANISH CONVERSATION given by Spanish native speaker, one to one 10€, groups of 3, 5€. Els Poblets 96647 5059 CAMPUS ACADEMY English Language school in Cartagena looking for people keen to teach english to children and adults. Experience & qualifications preferred but not essential. contact Chris Eden info@campusacademy. es or tel 687324379.

VILLA WANTED LONG TERM rental Benitachell or Javea area get money all year call 634319060. CASH BUYER Looking for villa in Denia area. Quick completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorthcostablanca@gmail. com


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