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Hero saves brother A BRAVE teenager has been hailed a hero after beating off a predator trying to snatch his younger brother in a crowded car park. by Jack Troughton

Almond blossom in the Jalon Valley

Nature in bloom

THE ANNUAL exhibition of colourful almond blossom in the Jalon Valley continues to draw visitors to see one of nature’s wonders. The fragile pink and white blossom has so far survived the strong winds and provides a wonderful display of flowers in the sunshine – reminding us all spring is on its way.

The youngster raced to the 10-year-old’s side after hearing his cries for help in the car park at Oliva sports centre last Friday evening where hundreds of children play in ‘multisport’ competitions after school. One mother-of-three told RTN the car park was “organised bedlam” after the activities ended with hundreds of kids running round. “The older boy is called Pablo and he heard his younger brother screaming and ran over, kicked the guy and they all ran off,” she said. “He saw what was happening and managed to rescue his brother. “On a Friday night it is organised bedlam – there are kids running around and everyone is screaming. You would not know if someone was trying to take someone because of all the noise.”

WORRY She said the scare was “a massive worry” as her children used the sports centre four nights a week. “I need to know they are safe when they are there.” And she said the police presence at the sports centre had been stepped up last weekend following the incident. “My 10-year-old came home from school on Monday and said his teacher had spoken to them all about the incident. “They were told those who walk home must walk in groups of four, they would not be allowed to walk home alone and they must tell their parents of the situation.” Warnings have since appeared on local police websites and parents have used social networking sites to pass on information and concerns. Continued on page 3

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“On a Friday night it is organised

continued from front page This week Gandia Town Hall appealed for calm after police and the Guardia Civil could find no evidence of a man using a white vehicle in a bid to snatch children in the area. The council blames social networking sites for inflaming the situation with rumours. However, the Gata de Gorgos police website continues to warn parents and children to be on the alert after reports of a bald man, aged 40-50, who speaks in Spanish and has tried to take children in the Palma de Gandia, Ador, and Oliva area.

Benidorm and Ryanair to expand Scandinavian market

bedlam – there are kids running around and everyone is screaming. You would not know if someone was trying to take someone because of all the noise.

The report, posted on Saturday morning, maintains the man uses a white vehicle with rear tinted windows and attempts to lure children – youngsters aged between 10 and 12 – away saying he ”knows their parents”. The police said the stranger attempted to take children on three occasions, leaving school or after ‘out of school’ activities, including the incident at the sports centre in Oliva. Parents were urged to take precautions and pay particular attention at school gates, sports centres and other places where children congregated.

Oliva sports centre

THE BENIDORM City Council has signed an agreement with low-cost carrier Ryanair to jointly promote the Scandinavian tourist market over the coming months. The agreement is the result of a workshop headed by Benidorm’s Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor and Ryanair representative Luis Fernandez. Projects on the agenda will include a press delegation to the city of Gothenburg with the intention of improving awareness of Benidorm as a top holiday destination, to increase arrivals from Sweden. Luis Fernandez also commented upon the issue of the runways at El Altet, appealing to the central government “not to see airports as mere infrastructure but as a gateway to tourism.”

Bin fines for Calpe CALPE RESIDENTS will need to improve their aim when depositing litter from now on. This week the city council has posted information near waste bins to warn the community that garbage bags placed outside authorised containers will attract a fine of 500€. Fines will also be levied on persons who mix garden waste with ordinary household waste.

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Accepting responsibility for your choices


Jennifer Cunningham

OVER TWENTY years I have sold many health and funeral policies. There is so much information to pass on to clients regarding health insurance that I appreciate it is very difficult for anyone to absorb all the information. Therefore, the sales brochure is a very good tool to confirm what I, or anyone else in my organisation, inform you about in the presentation. Many people do just that and return with a list of questions. If deciding to go ahead with the insurance then the next move is to sign for the policy documents. There is a questionnaire to fill in and sign to confirm that you fully understand certain aspects of the policy and that you are comfortable with the information given. We then suggest that the policy document is read and the procedure for claiming and cancelling is also fully understood. I honestly do not know what else my company can do to safeguard the client, the sales person and the company. The policy document is, as I often inform everyone in my articles, paramount in Spanish Law. It is no good at all if you then say you didn’t understand about, for example, the cancellation periods. For health insurance a written cancellation notice must be presented no later than 31st October and two months for general insurance to include Life insurance. The insurer has the right to put it in the hands of their legal department if the cancellation period is not adhered to. I can assure you the banks do this just about every time! When the policy document is signed this becomes a legally binding contract between the policy holder and the insurer. It is not my company’s responsibility if said periods are not complied with or if a client refuses to pay or disagree with the contract in anyway. I am unable to change Spanish Law or the insurer’s policies which have their own rules and regulations. The responsibility I take on board is to make sure that none of the staff miss-sell, and to be com-

fortable that they have all explained the policy to the client and have obtained the signature on the acceptance forms. We support the client on health and funeral via Mandy who looks after authorizations and appointments with doctors and hospitals whilst on the general insurance side, John looks after claims. This type of service has its costs, and therefore, it is vital that we increase our customer portfolio as well as retaining our present clients’ business. This is far from easy in a very competitive market place, but we manage very well although it is much harder to do so now. I always feel we go the extra mile for our clients, and I spend hours both trying to think of interesting articles and to answer FAQ’s. I realise there are some people who do not accept that Spain has its own laws and that some of them are very different from the UK. Even when the EU brings new laws in, Spain either waits or bends the rules. I see so much of it from where I sit - people having either no insurance or not enough cover, or the police stop them in their vehicles and their paper work is not correct or incomplete. Often a nasty accident or burglary happens and we are always on the other end of the phone for you, attending you in English and handling your claims with Spanish speaking underwriters thus saving you great hassles. The sad thing about insurance is that some clients assume that what they are told, or worse, what they are not told, will all be okay when they have to make a claim. I have to smile when cancellations occur where a company has given free home insurance to

retain the client. Why smile? Because I know from clients that when claiming they have been very upset to find very little cover to claim on. No such thing as a free ride! Liberty Seguros just could not afford to give away free home insurance, because the claims would do damage to their bank balance. So before cancelling with us, believe the Consultant when she informs you it would be a bad move and why. The new home insurance via Liberty is excellent and honest. Take care also when going via a British Company, the claims department here had an interesting call the other day regarding winds - a claim was refused by the UK company despite a high wind in the client’s area. When John was asked why, he investigated and found out that the UK companies go on, for example, the Alicante area and not the local areas. This, it would appear, is because the information available to them is not broken into small areas. As you will appreciate, we often have very different weather systems from village to another. One reason why I find running a Spanish company difficult as opposed to a UK company is the high costs of taxes and social security etc. I would be far better off registered in the UK, but I feel very strongly about taking from a country and either paying nothing or very little. I live and work in Spain and it seems only fair to pay taxes to the Spanish government which I am sure hears my screams every month. The other way is much similar to those companies who trade in the UK but pay little or no tax. Purchasing insurance can be a difficult choice, but there are a few basics rules to consider and not everything that glistens is gold. If in doubt please ask us!

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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Fears over new cycle lane

by Jack Troughton WORRIED BUSINESS owners fear a new cycle lane outside eight premises will leave them marooned and facing ruin. The cycle lane covers a 500 metre stretch of the Moraira to Calpe road and is being built along the front of a parade of shops at Moravit in Moraira. Traders are worried they will lose valuable parking outside their businesses which includes a bar, pool shop, bakery and restaurant – and customers will stay away when denied easy access. One told RTN they were concerned over the lack of official information. “Over the last five years all we have done is work and put our money and efforts into building up a trade here. “Obviously we are concerned how cars will park here and how we will all receive our deliveries.” At present cars park nose into the premises but the high kerb of the cycle lane will prevent this, while a proposed entrance and exit at either end of the parade will not leave room for parking. RUMOUR “There is rumour that all we will be left with is a loading bay and no parking at all for customers.” And the trader added: “We have put our heart and soul into our business – we have built up a great trade despite the recession and this is all threatened. It could ruin us.” Traders and their landlords are seeking urgent clarification of the situation with Teulada Moraira Town Hall but even as they voice

Women in the food business by Jack Troughton WOMEN IN Business has donated 500€ of food to the Calpe Food Bank – helping feed the 112 families in the town dependent on the centre. The club’s Vice-President Maria Norman met with Councillor Carole Saunders and Encarna Perez, director of the food bank at Calpe Sports Centre to deliver the goods, including milk, pasta, cooking oil, and drinking chocolate powder. Maria was told the families represent some 400 people living in the town and those receiving help must be unemployed and with no other benefits other than the 400€ they receive from central government. Further, Encarna explained the food bank was set up to help people in the town, who must have been on the padron for two years. To prevent abuse of the system, they are assisted for three months before they must re-register with social services. Food is distributed twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A typical bag of food for a family includes 1kg each of chick peas, lentils, beans, rice, flour, pasta, tomato ‘frito’, small tins of tuna, biscuits, milk and the chocolate drink, a treat for youngsters. Afterwards, Maria commented: “The food bank is very well organised and grateful for any help people can give.”

The Moravit parade of ‘locals’

their fears to the local authority the work progresses. “We are all under pressure because we could lose everything,” RTN was told. “Yet no one has seen the exact plans or what is proposed and everyone is very angry.” They also claim single cyclists using the road – and therefore the future cycle lane – were rare. “All you get are groups of professionals and cycling clubs. Are they going to use a cycle lane? I don’t think so!”

(from left) Maria, Encarna and Carole


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Clear vision provided for the Children of EMAUS

Food on tap

WATER COMPANY Aguas de Calpe has made a 30,000€ donation to purchase food and help support hungry families in the town. Mayor Cesar Sanchez said the money will purchase food for the Food Bank run by the town hall’s social services. Since its launch last April, the Calpe Food Bank has distributed more than 20,000kg of food and is regularly helping more than 80 families, representing more than 400 people.

by Patricia Thompson

SPECSAVERS OPTICAS in Calpe met with Carole Saunders and Montserrant Filter from the Children of EMAUS charity this month to confirm the store’s on-going commitment to providing free sight tests and glasses for EMAUS’ children during 2013. Specsavers Calpe has been providing complimentary glasses for the charity’s children over the last 18 months and was also involved in their Christmas toy collection drive. The Friends of the Children of EMAUS are a completely voluntary group based in the Northern Costa Blanca, whose purpose is to raise much-needed funds to improve the lives of the children in the EMAÚS children’s shelters. They are also developing relationships with local businesses and individuals to secure much-needed products and services for the children. Montserrat commented that this sort of direct help for the children had been essential, particularly over the last few years as the Association has relied more

Heavy petting L to R: Montserrant Filter, Claus Weger, and Carole Saunders

and more on local individuals, businesses and charities to help plug the gap left by the reduction in direct funding. Mike Stone of Specsavers Calpe confirmed their on-going commitment to the charity: “Children’s vision can change quickly when they are growing, so it’s important we provide continuous support to ensure they get the care that they need. We’re delighted to be in-

volved in such an important cause.” To find out how you can support the children of EMAUS visit www.fcemaus. Specsavers Opticas in Calpe is located in Avenida Ejércitos Españoles No. 6, Edificio Apolo VII, Local 22. To book your free eye test call 96 583 5367, or to find your nearest store visit

by Jack Troughton MARINA ALTA school children are taking part in a new initiative aimed at preventing abuse and neglect of family pets. Denia Town Hall is teaching youngsters the responsibility of having a pet and particularly focuses on the welfare of dogs – a team visiting primary schools and around 240 young students. The message is taught in a visual story format and tells the story of a puppy arriving as a Christmas present but becoming ignored and abandoned as it grows older. It does have a happy ending – a new family adopts the dog. The children also see the work of animal charity APAD with pictures of its shelter in Denia and some of its lost or abandoned dogs. Councillor Juan Carlos Signes said the aim of the project was to instil in the youngsters the correct value and behaviour when living with a pet. And it was found more than half the children had a pet at home – mostly dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, turtles and sometimes more exotic creatures.

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Bank misery deepens by Jack Troughton VICTIMS OF a fraudulent equity release scheme were shocked to receive new demands from the administrator of the failed Icelandic bank that threatens to leave them “destitute”. An action group representing more than 180 mainly British former clients of Landsbanki Luxembourg allege they are victims of “embezzlement and abuse” committed by the bank, its managers and intermediaries. The Landsbanki Victims Action Group has appointed lawyers and launched court proceedings alleging fraud last November, announcing its ‘petition of complaint’ at a Luxembourg press conference. However, Landsbanki Administrator Yvette Hamilius has now made new settlement demands on the victims while also announcing she plans to sue them and their legal team for defamation. Expats, mainly pensioners, living on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, as well as other parts of Spain and France, looked to free up equity in their homes with a scheme touted by Landsbanki Luxembourg. In a scheme outlawed in the UK, they were

allowed to draw down 25% of the value of their home while promised returns of at least 9% on the remaining equity which was invested to cover interest repayments - and even provide an income. From the outset, the scheme failed to live up to expectations and the bank began demanding further capital and threatening repossession of property. Mike McInnes, of the action group, said there was still no positive outcome for victims “but the battle lines are now drawn, with the administrator now acting completely out of control.” The victims appointed lawyers Bernard Maingain, from Brussels, and Benjamin Bodig, from Luxembourg, to take the fight to the heart of the fraud – Luxembourg itself – and a press conference was duly held. Mike added: “The administrator’s response has been shocking and illogical. We first receive further settlement demands from her which make no sense at all, but with the effect of leaving us all destitute. “The next extraordinary event is that Yvette Hamilius then calls a press conference on 9th January to announce that she is to sue our lawyers and all the victims for defamation. On what grounds is a mystery, we have

Yvette Hamilius and her lawyer Rossario Grasso

every right to file a formal complaint and to conduct a press conference where only proven facts have been stated and documented in our formal complaint.” In a reply to the administrator, victims say the actions of the bank and its staff have resulted in criminal complaints in France, Spain and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. “The contracts to which you refer are therefore null and void because of the offences committed,” it reads. “In your capacity as liquidator, it would belong to your duty to denounce these facts to the Judicial Authorities and to contribute to the discovery of the truth. “With regards to any debt from on our side, we remind you that we are foremost victims of unscrupulous acts from Landsbdanki Bank, its managers and intermediaries and that we have suffered from considerable damages,

Barcenas scandal continues to rock Rajoy’s government IN ONE of the most serious corruption scandals ever to hit the Spanish government former PP deputy Jorge Trias confirmed on Wednesday morning before the anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Romeral that handwritten documents by ex-PP treasurer Luis Barcenas, published recently by the Spanish national newspaper El Pais, are authentic. Notebooks kept by Barcenas over an 18-year period reveal damaging cash payments made to senior PP officials including the present prime minister, Mariano Rajoy. It is yet to be determined whether the alleged ‘donations’ were delivered to the party in order to obtain contracts through bribery, the misappropriation

of public funds or to peddle influence. Meanwhile Rajoy strenuously denies that the entries are genuine, saying: “Never, and I repeat never have I received, nor distributed black money,” adding his promise to make a full and transparent statement of accounts. The scandal has bulldozed market confidence in Madrid, sending the stock market down nearly 4% on Monday and threatening to seriously destabilise Rajoy’s government. Opposition leader Rubalcaba has demanded that Rajoy “step down for the good of the country.”

which should be taken into account.” The group underlines it is willing to find “an amicable solution” taking into account the plight of victims. “Therefore we ask you to stop your acts of intimidation with the objective to recover monies which we have never received.” And victims say they were “surprised” by the defamation action launched by the administrator claiming she had been accused of acting fraudulently as it did not reflect the terms of their complaint against the bank. But the group maintains it makes no criticism of Mrs Hamilius but the administrator’s own complaint was “a head on attack on our freedom of expression and on the last recourse available to the plaintiffs, to appeal to the criminal courts and to the free press, protectors of the truth.”

Spanish tourists assaulted in Mexico

IT HAS been reported that a group of armed men raped seven tourists, six of them Spanish holidaymakers, in the early hours of Monday morning in the bungalow where they were staying in Playa Bonfil, Guerrero in Acapulco - an area that is popular with young tourists. The women have been interviewed by the specialised sex crime office attached to the police department in Acapulco. So far Mexican police have been unable to determine the number of attackers involved in the rapes.

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Register to have a voice Telephone by Jack Troughton CONSERVATIVE MP NIGEL Evans urges expats entitled to vote in Britain to register and make their voice heard as the country heads for a referendum on European Membership. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, who represents Ribble Valley in Lancashire, was in Javea last weekend to meet members of Conservatives Abroad and underlined the importance of continuing to vote under the controversial 15 year rule. He explained that under current legislation expats are entitled to vote in UK general elections for 15 years after leaving the country – a rule currently under review after complaints from people denied a say by a government which decides their tax, inheritance and pensions. Nigel, who was elected vice-chairman of the party with special responsibility for Conservatives Abroad, believes the investigation could prompt new legislation and changes in voting rights. He told RTN his role was to work within the current law that allowed people a vote in the constituency where they were last on the electoral register for 15 years after leaving the UK. The next General Election in Britain is 2015 – the Coalition Government introduced fixed five year Parliaments – and Prime Minister David Cameron has already promised a referendum on EU membership for the next term. DELIVER “There will be a referendum in five years time,” he said. “Firstly there has to be renegotiation of Britain’s membership – we will know in that time what David Cameron wants to renegotiate

and what he wants to deliver. “And it also gives a long time for people to argue the case. We want less heat and more light – after five years the heat will have gone out of the situation and we will be left with the light and people can make their decision on facts not fiction.” He said when the UK originally voted to join Europe in 1975 it was very much “a free trade block that allowed freedom of movement to work.” However, Nigel said the Treaty of Rome had brought closer union “and bit by bit it has changed and morphed into what it currently is and we know it will morph into something even deeper.” He said the Prime Minister was saying there will an opportunity to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU. “Just like France and Germany wish to link finances together and want more of a federal state, Britain doesn’t. “If they want to continue down that path, they should be allowed to do so – but they must recognise that we in the UK want to follow a different path too. We want to renegotiate things that are better done in Britain as an individual country.” As an example, Nigel said decision making on something like the 48 hour

week should be done in the UK rather than Brussels. “David Cameron wants the UK to be part of the EU but a different EU – he doesn’t want Britain to leave the EU.” Nigel added that other members of the EU had the opportunity to renegotiate their own “path” within Europe. “My own view is before signing the Lisbon Treaty, the UK was promised a referendum – the reason Mr Blair said ‘no’, and they trumped up a reason, was because he knew 70% of British people would have voted ‘no’,” he said. “And that would have been a desperate crisis for the whole of Europe. Mr Blair knew if the UK had voted ‘no’ that would have been it.” Pictured is Nigel accepting cheque for 1,500€ for Conservatives Abroad from Javea Branch Chairman Gaile Griffin Peers.

diagnosis can save a visit to the clinic

THE DEPARTMENT of Health in the Marina Baixa region has noted that patients are under-utilising its facility to consult a doctor via telephone. Only between 3% and 5% of urgent medical consultations are conducted by telephone each month in the area. In mountain villages the service is used as a valuable lifeline but in large towns where it is all too easy to make the trip to the local clinic the facility is rarely called into use. Director of the Marina Baixa Emergency Hospital Francisco José Navarro says: “Few know that they can find a direct number on the back of their health card. For non-serious ailments such as colds and flu it is unnecessary to attend a clinic or hospital and advice may easily be given over the phone.”

New association to combat internet addiction A CAMPAIGN was launched in Alcoy this week to raise awareness of internet addiction. The association ATAJ is to focus upon spreading awareness of the risks of online gambling and mobile phone addiction. The project is supported by a professional psychologist and the groups’ first meeting was held on Monday at a local school. The campaign will include educating parents about the risks to their children of social networking addiction.



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Look on the flip side HI ALL you guys at the RTN! Firstly I need to thank you again for the excellent job your newspaper does for us! First class! I’m writing in reply to an article in last week’s edition 693: ‘The plans of Mice and Men’, written by Mr Dellar, your regular columnist. I find it a little upsetting how certain issues are described by various members of the motor trade. Plan PIVE is a complicated issue that I’d like to shed some light on. But it’s a good thing! For any vehicle over 12 years old the Government is giving 1,000€ - primarily to kick start the motor trade and to get poor quality cars off the road too. Now almost every car which has been brought to us to use in Plan PIVE are definitely NOT collectible motor cars. These are mainly cars which are at the end of their use and are normally in very bad shape, sometimes

even dangerous. After the 1,000€ from the government it is then down to individual brands to apply their own extra discounts to add to the pot. For example, here at Citroen it works out like this: 1,000€ plan PIVE (From the Government) 1,307€ from CITROEN (depending on the model) 500€ Loyalty bonus from Citroen (if you trade an old Citroen for new –again depending on the model) 1,100€ Loyalty bonus Citroen Bank (This extra cash is when the car is financed through Citroen.

So that makes a very healthy 3,907€ plan PIVE for your old car! Remember all manufacturers have their own discounts some more, some none at all. In reply to Mr Deller’s statement

that these cars are “Money in the bank” in some years to come... a 1998 Ford Fiesta with a million kilometres, three wheels and a snapped cam belt needs to be taken off the road for safety reasons, to clean the environment and yes -stimulate the motor trade! I believe that plan PIVE IS working, and it’s a positive thing for the motor trade in general. Let’s look at it on the flip side... 75% of Spanish people do have disposable income. Some young people are actually getting a nice deposit together for a new car through plan PIVE where normally their old banger would only be worth 200-300€. I wish Mr Deller well...but we all need to be a little more positive to keep the wheels of the motor trade turning! Andy Stephenson, Citroen Benijofar

Too easy to blame the Brits

It is wrong to blame the British Ex-Pats for their downfall. (One local, popular restauranteur said “The first indication of a problem was the change in the Euro to Pound exchange rate, which for a lot of people made such a difference to the amount of their pensions, followed by a lot of scare mongering amongst the World’s media, which in effect stopped the economy.) They should of also concentrate on the local Spanish population to help bring in the cashflow through the door. It seems too easy to blame the Brits without looking at what they could of done better to help themselves. Cliff King

Money well spent LAST WEEK I went to a little theatre in Los Montesinos to see the Rojales Pantomime group’s production of Dick Whittington. I was absolutely amazed! For an amateur group they were up there with the best, there were at least five scenery changes - well done to the scenery designers. I was extremely impressed by the ship scene as King Rat and his rat-lings bombarded the ship from the auditorium as the ship was wrecked and the mast fell complete with sound effects. There was plenty of fun and laughter, colourful costumes and

audience participation. The rats did an impressive dance, and everyone loved the cat. Children were invited onto the stage and there were plenty of sweets given out. Congratulations to the director and all the actors. I don’t know why this group does not get more support, as I feel it was 7€ well spent. I had fun and loved the whole performance. Well done to all the actors and back stage people. I will certainly be going to see Snow White next year. Jane Howard, La Siesta

Don’t use an imperfect Spanish system to belittle the NHS

REGARDING TRANSLATORS in hospital and with reference to Dominique Kirkwood’s letter: 1. If the provision of free translators is the reason for the UK’s economic problems, how would you explain the far worse plight of the Spanish economy and the bankruptcy of the Valencian Health Service? 2. As you say, your health is important. So why should an inability to speak Spanish, or any other language, be a barrier to treatment? To me, it is a matter of pride that the NHS will provide treatment to someone no matter what language they speak. I have lived in Spain and the UK, and both health services are excellent, but please don’t use an imperfect Spanish system to belittle the NHS, just because it provides healthcare based on need, not language or money. Former La Nucia resident

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Emilia Soria pardoned

Emilia at home in Requena

by Jan Gamm EMILIA SORIA, the 28-year-old mother of three facing a jail term after buying food and nappies for her children with a credit card she found in the street, has been pardoned by the Spanish government in the face of huge public support for clemency in the form

of a petition that eventually carried 167,000 signatures. Emilia is instead to complete 30 days community service and will be ‘bound over’ not to re-offend within the next three years. Speaking from her home in Requena, Valencia, Emilia said she was both deeply grateful and relieved that she would not be going to prison.

Safe lines for Montgo birds THE ELECTRICITY pylons in the natural park of Montgo will soon cease to be a risk to birds. Elecnor technicians contracted by Iberdrola have been busy this week installing insulation around the cables on the electricity pylons that line the Cap de San Anotonio to prevent protected birdlife such as eagles, owls and other birds of prey dying by electrocution.


Fancy a summer beach body? by Jonathan Gilchrist: Costa Blanca’s Newest Hypnotherapist SUMMER BEACH bodies don’t happen overnight especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Society image is superficial, encouraged by the media - not everyone is a supermodel - we’re all individuals yet the media seems to have forgotten that. Nature urges men and women to look for the most attractive mate, increasing the chances of a strong, healthy and attractive child. So looks will always be important which is why eight million people in the US alone suffer from an eating disorder. The Summer Beach Body might seem like a way of pandering to an unhealthy image of perfection, but in fact it’s something that everyone should attain for health reasons. Feel ‘comfortable in your own skin’ by achieving the ‘Summer Beach Body’ - so that you can go to the beach and not be ashamed of your body and how you look. Fast Track Hypnosis will help you be proud of your shape, helping you reach optimum health. Fast Track Hypnosis won’t tell you which diet plan to follow. As a professional Hypnotherapist I will provide you with a ‘safe place’ - a place in which you can relax into a state of hypnosis where therapy can provide you with the confidence and motivation to uphold your diet plan without losing hope. The base of the entire therapy is to become healthy.

Fast Track Hypnosis supports you, motivates you and gives you the confidence to enjoy living with your diet. Fast Track Hypnosis offers two distinct plans for losing weight: The Weight Control session and the rather newish addition, the Gastro Band: the choice is yours. Hypnosis is a state of mind in which the mind relaxes - still awake but calm and receptive. With the active mind at peace, the subconscious comes to the fore. Therapy takes place in the subconscious where the roots of emotional issues are housed. People confuse appetite with hunger - two completely contrasting things. Appetite is a habit, pure and simple. If you’re bored, you might think you’re hungry so you eat a packet of biscuits. Or if you’re upset, you might reach for a tub of ice cream and a packet of jam doughnuts to make you feel better! Hunger is not a habit but a bodily requirement. The stomach sends messages to the brain demanding additional nutrition. The appetite control centre mistakes appetite for hunger when it is out of shape. The Weight Control session ‘retrains’ the mind, improving your confidence and esteem, encouraging you to stick to a diet plan to promote good health and change the way you view diet and exercise. Fast Track Hypnosis simplifies the road to diet success. The Gastro Band, on the other hand, is based on a ‘surgical’ operation - The Gastric Band. It follows the

same principles by reducing the size of your stomach and therefore reducing the amount of food you need to feel full: this is obviously the ‘hypnotic’ version, where you are taken through the procedure and induced into believing that you have been fitted with a Gastric Band. We also work on the appetite control centre, boosting your confidence and motivation. Negative thoughts and beliefs about your shape can be severely detrimental to your self-image. For many, the idea of being on a diet is no life at all. If you’re tired of feeling unhappy when you look in the mirror at your out-of-shape body, and hate that you can’t wear the clothes you want to, Fast Track Hypnosis is for you. For more information contact or phone: 691 784 954. Jonathan and Alan 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 holds sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Jonathan Gilchrist on 691 784 954. Email: Follow us on Twitter: @HypnosisBH

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Picture competition: where does your RTN go?

EVERY FRIDAY thousands of copies of RTN are snapped up by readers but what happens to the paper after they have digested the weekly news, views and what’s on across three busy editions? by Jack Troughton As part of RTN’s 700th edition celebrations, we are launching a picture competition to find out just where your old copies of the paper go. Take a snap showing how your old copies of RTN are recycled - the funnier and most original the better – and be in the running to win some fantastic prizes. It used to be said that today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapping but modern hygiene laws ruled out that particular end for newsprint – and in any case it might be a bit too obvious for our fast-thinking funloving readers. Does your RTN serve as a fire lighter or are you an expert in origami? Do you wear it as a hat or is it folded to make a boat or plane? Does the paper make a comfortable

bed for your pet? The possibilities are endless! First prize is a seven night stay in a luxury villa in the picturesque Costa Blanca town of Altea, sleeping up to 14 people, while the second prize, sponsored by Gandia Tours, will be a 3 day break for 2 people in Granada at the 4**** Hotel Alixares del Generalife half board, situated in the spectacular position in front of the Alhambra Palace, and third prize is a 100€ voucher to spend in El Corte Ingles. Send your photographs and contact details to by Friday 8th March. Winners will be announced in RTN’s special anniversary 700th edition on Friday 15th March. * Prizes subject to availability and excluding high season

Trainee Kylien gets us started by wallpering our office with old copies of RTN!


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Open for business

U3A’s menu success

by Jack Troughton ANIMAL CHARITY AKIRA opened the doors of its new charity shop last Saturday and the Moraira premises were soon packed with customers. Guest of honour, Councillor Sylvia Tatnell cut the ribbon surrounded by charity volunteers before everyone was welcomed with a glass of cava and the chance to toast the project’s success. AKIRA was launched two years ago and has been awarded land on a Benissa industrial estate to build its rescue shelter. The shop will help fund the building of the shelter and help pay for food and equipment once it is up and running. The first morning of trading raised 695€, including signing up 10 new members of the charity. AKIRA’s Pauline Curtis said: “A lot of people ask ‘what does AKIRA stand for?’ It doesn’t stand for anything, it is just a word meaning ‘brightness’ – and I take that to mean the light at the end of the tunnel for the animals we save. “We hope to have the kennels up and running this year. It will have room for 100 dogs and we envisage that it will be filling up very quickly.” She said that even without a base, the charity had

Sylvia cuts the ribbon with charity volunteers

been successful in finding homes for 52 dogs, adding: “That is incredible because we had nowhere to put them.” HOME However, since its launch AKIRA has been raising money to fund kennels for rescued dogs and vets bills as they looked for new homes in Germany, Holland, Sweden and Spain. And Pauline said the charity still needed volunteers to work in the shop and at the shelter, as well as ‘foster families’ to look after recued animals before they were re-homed. And performing the official opening


of the shop, Sylvia Tatnell congratulated the charity on its work and its committee for convincing Teulada Moraira and Benissa town halls to support its efforts. “Thank you everyone for coming along today and showing your support for AKIRA – it is a lovely name,” she said. “I wish the charity all the best with its new venture and I am sure it is going to be a great success.” For more information about the charity visit Anyone wanting to help in the shop can call Pauline on 625 767 781 or email

by Jack Troughton JAVEA U3A put its wide range of activities on a platter at the first general meeting of the New Year with hundreds signing up to renew memberships. The Parador Hotel was packed for the occasion and the University of the Third Age attracted almost 200 new faces for the coming year. Many of the activities offered under the U3A umbrella were on show with group leaders manning desks to outline the huge range of interests catered for – including travel, history, walking, art, computing, quiz nights, pilates, books, Mahjong and various dining out groups as well as the Friends of Avinenca conservation group. However, one of the most popular stands was the ‘Foodies’ and the chance to taste some of the action with samples of the mouth-watering treats prepared by the group’s members. It was one of the most popular stop-off points but Javea U3A has more than 60 different groups covering social, sporting, cultural, and travel activities. Anyone wishing to read the whole menu on offer can visit the website


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Choo, choo, choo come on and drop the HS2 SO THERE I was on a cold winter’s evening, dithering in the corner of a village hall with a load of (so I cynically thought) NIMBYs, wondering why they wanted to halt the march of technological progress.

Yup, I was about to hear why the good folk of Whittington, Staffordshire didn’t want the HS2 railway enhancing their lives, enriching the nation, cutting down north/south journey times whilst at the same time bringing jobs for hordes of prospective eastern European labourers. Were they not being just a tad selfish? Would Neil Armstrong have ever put ‘one small step’ on the lunar surface, if a load of red necks in the Everglades had objected to the building of the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral? Exactly... But, and here’s the thing, within a short amount of time the eloquence of these Not In My Back Yarder’s arguments had me swayed. I went from being a ‘this isn’t what made Britain great’ stoic to a Ned Ludd loom-wrecking-Luddite in under two hours. I was ready to man a barricade and light a torch - well, sign a petition at least. I was in Whittington and similarly, like the same-named character of pantomime fame was about to turn. These objectors weren’t a load of green wellied moaning-minnies (some were obviously) but impassioned people who presented well researched evidence in a convincing way. And even before the main presentation went ahead I’d already learnt that the HS2 project would cost each and every family in the nation a thousand pounds. “Bugger,” thought I, “a thousand quid? I hope the sods don’t want it too soon as I’m a bit strapped for cash at the moment.” Well, actually for

about the next five years - and it don’t look too good after that either... The effect on environment for what appears to be little gain was a recurring yet compelling argument. “I mean,” implored one lady speaker, “given that the government-sponsored vandal Dr Beeching had ripped up all those hundreds of miles of track back in the sixties - track that was in place and could now be supporting efficient clean locomotive transport - why now do we want to be scarring the landscape with what will be just a rich man’s train line?” Oh well lady, you know what governments are like; one lot knocks a load of stuff down, while the other lot builds a load of stuff up - however, the thing they have in common is they bill it to us. I’d heard HS2 referred to as a ‘rich man’s train line’ before. It was in a speech delivered by Matt Sinclair, Chief Executive of the tax payers’ alliance (TPA). Do you want to hear it? Oh go on, say you do. Over to you then Matt; cue the TPA’s fanfare sting with clever gimmicky CGI animated logo: “The Government is deluding itself if it thinks

spending vast sums of taxpayers’ money on this white elephant is a substitute for a genuine plan for growth. The HS2 business case just isn’t credible and ministers aren’t being honest about the hidden costs or flawed projections that the project is based on. This is a rich man’s train line which every family in Britain is paying a fortune for. It beggars belief that after the West Coast Main Line debacle and the repeated exposures of the fundamental flaws in HS2, the Prime Minister hasn’t reconsidered the project. The Government must look to strategic alternatives that could deliver greater capacity more quickly and without the enormous bill.” Well said, Matty Boy. Between you and the Whittington WI warriors I’m now convinced that the only new track I want is a Tri-ang track for the train-set in the loft. And not some hare-brained scheme that poshmate-Dave has in mind; one that won’t be messing up his back yard but most certainly will be messing up the folks of Whittington’s back yard and the lovely Staffordshire countryside. Watts in Whittington, turning again and saving a grand...

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Giles Paxman chats with Angela Keay

Angela is honoured by Jack Troughton DEDICATED CHARITY volunteer Angela Keay was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the British community in Spain. British Ambassador Giles Paxman took the opportunity of a visit to Alicante to meet Angela – who has been instrumental in helping older expats – and congratulate her in person. Angela , who lives in Torrevieja, has made a remarkable contribution to the ongoing development of the charity Age Concern and is now working with ACASA – a partnership between Age Concern Espana, the British Embassy, and Age UK. Mr Paxman said: “I am delighted to have met Angela and I congratulate her on a welldeserved MBE. The organisation ACASA is an excellent example of the many Englishspeaking associations that support our most vulnerable residents and tourists and I am pleased that the hard work in setting it up has been recognised. ENERGY “The work that our consular staff in

Spain carries out in supporting British nationals is greatly helped by volunteers like Angela, who give up their time and energy to help others.” Angela helped set up Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur in 1997 as its Secretary and later President. As the charity evolved, she became secretary and President of Age Concern Espana and is currently Secretary to the charity’s national information line and Casework service – ACASA – as well as serving as a Caseworker volunteer. ACASA was launched in 2011 and organises public awareness campaigns on integration into life in Spain, offers advice and help through the ‘infoline’ on 902 003 838 or the email address and published helpful information sheets. And ACASA also offers a casework service which includes home visits by volunteers providing practical advice and helping to source funds where direct intervention is required. It also has advice and support for expats returning to live in the UK. For more information on ACASA, visit its website

Customer loyalty campaign in Crevillent

THE ACEC, the local trade association in Crevillent, has launched a Valentine’s Day campaign to reward customer loyal and promote new business in the town. Purchasers will be eligible for a ticket to enter a prize draw with a prize of 200€, redeemable against Spa products and services. The draw will be held on Valentine’s Day, 14th February, at the local Development Agency premises. The president of the ACEC, Mari Gomis, said: “We are delighted to continue to work toward offering attractive campaigns that attract new customers.”

Ondara purchases land for a new sports complex ONDARA CITY Council has taken the first step toward creating a new sports complex to include a running track, a second grass soccer field and tennis courts. The council purchased a 5,000 square meter

plot to accommodate an indoor pool, pavilion and tennis courts. Mayor Ximo Ferrando said, “It is an ambitious, longterm development projected to improve the town’s sporting facilities by 2020.”


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Torrevieja’s Carnival gets better and better


by Keith Nicol CARNIVAL TORREVIEJA 2013 had its first parade on Sunday afternoon. The most colourful and fun of all of Torrevieja’s fiestas featured 30 different schools, acts and associations, including International representation from the evergreen Rascals, who turned a usually quiet and sleepy Sunday main street, into one of music, merriment and rhythm for three hours. The Parade also featured three major floats, the winners of Friday’s Drag Queen contest, Junior Carnival Queen, Carolina Valero and Torrevieja’s Carnival Queen 2013, 28 year old Laura Comparsa, The afternoon parade features many young children who do not take part in the main Night Parade, which takes place on Saturday, February 9, starting at 10.00pm, in front of the Inmaculada Church in Ramon Gallud. On Sunday, the parade route was packed out with an estimated eight to nine thousand spectators, many of them children, all dressed up and having as much fun as some of the participants. For three hours, the main street was filled with music, all ingeniously linked together so that if one walked along the street, all the music was synchronized together, and never missed a beat. Unsurprisingly, Torrevieja’s Carni-

Comedy musical for charity THE DISABLED Association of Benidorm (ASMIBE) has organised a fundraising gala to be held on 11th February, curtain at 7pm at el Molino de Benidorm. Billed as a ‘comedy musical’ the performance will feature a number of prominent local artists who have freely given their time to help raise funding for a sector that has lost a significant part of its income due to austerity cuts.

Torrevieja’s carnival guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep temperatures rising

val has been awarded the title of ‘Provincial Tourist Interest’ and this year it lived up to all expectations. While the afternoon parade features all of the participating schools, the night time parade can be deemed a little more risky and many of the acts, dances and costumes would not seem out of place at Rio’s Sambadrome or in one of Brazil’s thousands of parades, all of which take place on the same day. Wrap up warmly, make sure your camera’s batteries are

Mountain walking SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY Visit to 6th Century BC Iberian ruins: 7kms of 3 hours’ duration with a 285m ascent. For further details contact Clive 96 648 1092. Western slopes of Montgo: 7kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 300m ascent. For further details contact Chris 637 917 432. Col de Rates: 14kms of 5 hours’ duration

fully charged, take an extra memory card, wear comfy shoes, take something to eat and drink and go and enjoy the fun on Saturday night. Along the route there are more than a thousand seats offered free, on a first come, first served basis and if you are there early, you’ll be guaranteed a great position for the entire event. It may be chilly outside but some of the performers will be dressed as if they are dancing in Rio, once again guaranteed to raise both the temperatures and pulse rates of both participants and spectators alike.

with a 650m ascent. For further details contact Jon 686 148 704. WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY Almond Blossom walk: 12kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 60m ascent. For further details contact John 646 310 164. Stations of the Cross at Besa and Los Arcos: 11kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 300m ascent. For further details contact Clive 96 648 1092.

Benirrama - to the Forat and back via the Alt de Xap: 15kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 650m ascent. For further details contact Mike 620 287 970. Castell d’Aixa: 16kms of 7 hours’ duration with a 750m ascent. For further details contact Ralph 699 784 253. The guidelines for walking are given at Please also refer to this website for any last minute changes.

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No wonder so many expats choose to live here! AFTER A brief visit to a cold, windy, wet and very slippery England I landed at Alicante airport and I swear I could smell the sunshine outside from the baggage hall. I waited impatiently for my suitcase, grabbed it in a frenzy and did what my grandson affectionately refers to as the “old lady run,” until I stepped through the giant revolving doors that led me outside. I squashed my winter coat into my hand luggage, struggled out of my cardigan and shoved it in the same bag. Free! I stepped through the cloud of cigarette smoke from desperate souls taking their first puff for hours and with five or six eager strides I reached the shuttle bus that would take me to my car. All around me people were greeting each other with smiles. There was not a raincoat in sight. The air was clear and warm. A blue sky sparkled with winter sunshine and I was going home. No wonder so many expats choose to live here! No wonder many own holiday homes, and hundreds of thousands visit each year for a few weeks in this virtual paradise. By means of fast well maintained roads we can reach one of our excellent Spanish airports, jet off and

arrive at most European airports, generally getting from ‘door to door’ in 6 to 8 hours. It was 1973 when I first saw Spain - Madrid to be exact. Young, eager, naïve and incredibly excited I soon arranged a nursery school for my daughter and was in legitimate work within two weeks. My college level Spanish soon improved and before long I could type and take shorthand in a second language. Melanie came home from her first two hour test visit to the charming dusty little colegio below our apartment block, proudly repeating arriba y abajo, describing the game of jumping up and down the step into the parched flower-less garden. To fall in love with Spain was easy. All the clichés of advertising were true: wonderful weather, good food, great wine, friendly gracious locals, vineyards as far as the eye could see, roaming goats and donkeys and acres of lemon and orange groves lining the roads. Of course many things have changed during thirtynine years, but the basic core of Spain is just as it was. Like every country on earth, we cannot boast the same tax rates, a lack of inflation, perfectly administered

governments or crime free cities and towns. There is no ‘Shangri La’ (reference a 1937 black and white film!) but as countries go, Spain must count as one of the best to spend time in. With my first glimpse of sun and blue sky for more than a week, it occurred to me that, despite the worries and confusion of recent times, we have a great deal to be grateful for. We live in a democratic country with an abundance of good qualities so perhaps it would be worthwhile considering these assets, rather than bemoaning the negatives. We all know we feel very much better when we laugh, and we know that we benefit from love and compassion. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all move into this brand new year with thoughts of how we can make things generally better, rather than always concentrating on the things we feel are wrong with our lives... Together we can make the year better. Let’s do it! Contact Melanie or Sandy if you are selling or buying a property, Spanish Coast Villas (96 574 1748), Solpark, Moraira


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Free electricity:

Plug into the grid with Solar in Spain NEW GOVERNMENT legislation means that you can now connect solar panels to your electricity supply and use the electricity as you produce it. You get free electricity! As a result of the great success of Solar in Spain’s recent Introduction to Solar Energy seminars the company has decided to repeat the

event on Friday 22nd February at the Inn on the Green Bowling Club in Javea. There will be information available on how to generate you

own electricity and use that electricity to lower your electricity bills. Presentations will also be made on various applications for renewable energy and Solar in Spain staff will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding solar electricity, wood pellet heating systems, solar pool heating, solar water heating and grey water recycling. Want to keep warm this winter without breaking the bank? Find out how you can reduce your central heating bills by over 50% by changing to wood pellet heating systems. Government grants are available for solar energy hot water, biomass boilers and standalone electric systems that are certificated by the Spanish Government and installed by accredited installers. Solar in Spain is one of the few accredited companies that have been working for many years with the government’s energy department to obtain generous grants for their clients. To help people through the current economic crisis, Solar in Spain has also introduced a

financial package in association with a national bank offering 12 months interest free credit on all its products. Solar in Spain has been established for 12 years and has thousands of satisfied customers on who are enjoying the benefits of very low household bills as a result of installing a renewable energy system in their property. Doors will open for the energy seminar on Friday 22nd February at 10am when coffee will be served. The event will run from 10.15am to 12.15pm and is free to attend. Places are limited so we would ask everyone to pre-register by calling 96 285 4488 or by sending an email to

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Trees of interest to young and old by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Holistic gardeners and authors gardening in Spain for 25 years

THE LAST couple of weeks seem to have been tree weeks for Dick, both with pruning as part of the winter cutback and assisting with a couple of interesting activities at both ends of the age ranges. DAY OF TREES AND PEACE AT BENODOLEIG MESTRAL JUNIIOR SCHOOL Last Friday Ist February Dick joined the teachers, parents and most of the 110 young children of the CP Mestral Junior School in Benidoleig during their annual Day of Trees and Peace activities. Their interesting day started at 9.15am with a 45 minute steep uphill climb into the wild hills above the village for children parents and children, except for some of the youngest and smallest children who travelled by car. At the top of the hill it was time for a breakfast break before each The trees being handed out

child was given two trees, normally a pine and holm oak sapling, to plant, assisted as necessary by parents. Some children also planted trees which they had cared for at home for a year. The enthusiasm and skills of most of the children was admirable. Obviously some had done this for some years and also assisted their parents in the garden or on their fathers’ allotments. The planting of the trees was a symbolic gesture towards peace in the world. Interestingly many schools and other organisations throughout Spain take part in similar activities between 1st and 3rd February, in some cases replanting trees where there had been forest fires in recent years - why not at the same time as the world wide United Nations Day of Trees and Peace we have not been able to determine. When planting was finished it was time to walk back down to the well designed and equipped school - a rather quicker journey than the uphill one a couple of hours earlier. Back in the school the children formed into three groups for parallel workshops for an hour, the topics being the aims and activities of three Alicante charity organisations. They were interesting choices for 5 to 11-year-olds. • Fundem which runs the ecological L’Abarda garden on the La Sella estate near Pedrequer, which purchases, preserves and manages tracts of abandoned agricultural lands and mountain areas. • Idima, the association helping handicapped persons in the Marina Alta area. • Acaps, which helps Sahara children and organises summer holidays for them in the Valencia Communidad. A young tree was given to each child for them to take home and care for, hoping that it would be larger and alive in a year’s time to be planted in the hills. I must say all were to be congratulated on organising such a successful day. Hopefully the experience will prompt a good number of the pupils to be keen on gardening in later life. YOUR OWN GARDENS May be a week late but why not plant a tree in your own garden for peace? There are plenty of beautiful and productive trees described in our books ‘Your Garden in Spain’ and ‘Growing

‘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

Careful child and mum planting – hopefully the tree will still be alive next year

Healthy Fruits in Spain’. We ourselves planted three additional fig trees of the three popular varieties Neopolitan, which is a medium sized black fig; Breva, which has early large black figs and Blanco, which has medium-sized white honey sweet fruit. This is to ensure we have sufficient ecological grown fruits for drying each year. We also planted a Gordo Olive tree which produces the large rarely grown small plum sized olives for pickling. So in a few years’ time we can enjoy mixed bowls of small medium large and very large cured olives. FRIENDS OF AVINENCA Two weeks earlier Dick had helped enthusiastic members of the Friends of Avinenca Association, some in their eighties, prune their adopted previously abandoned olive grove for the second year. Hopefully the weather is not so dry this summer so that a good crop of olives can be harvested in November to pickle and press olive oil. In recent months other volunteer groups have helped with the cleaning and replanting of sand dunes and the improvement of the Moraira Lagoon bird reserve. You will find full details of the aims and forward programme on the Friends of Avinenca website.


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News from the UK: Freezing - Cuts by

Wayne Martin

International Financial Adviser

ANYONE WHO reads the UK press or watches the news will be familiar with the above headlines. Ex pats in Spain may feel some comfort and a warm glow, living here in the sun...

In reality the above affects many of them and the effects can be drastic. Frozen interest rates and subsequent cuts in income mean that the former comfortable life style enjoyed by many has had to be curtailed. The income and interest that people are now receiving is not keeping up with inflation and as we all know Spain is no longer the cheap country that we were all used to: people are actually seeing their buying power reduced, and as such have to modify their lifestyles. So what can be done? Here at Blacktower we can advise you on how to make the most of your money, increase the income that you are capable of receiving and mitigate tax that you are paying. For instance we currently have available a guaranteed income of between 9 and 10% on investments fixed for 1½ to 2 years.

Sound too good to be true? On this occasion it’s just true - Blacktower is building its reputation on the Costa Blanca through working closely with clients to ensure that they are given the best opportunity to ensure that their finances are organised in the most efficient way to suit their lifestyles. We are currently speaking to clients bombarded with different ideas on how they can make the best of what they have; when you speak to me I will recommend a tailored solution specific to your needs and expectations. I will work with you over time ensuring that changing circumstances are reflected in your portfolio, easy in the good times, but even more important in the not so good times. In the current uncertain economic climate I would urge you to speak to a professional financial adviser today and arrange a review of your circumstances. This is not aimed just at those who are wealthy but anyone can benefit. A quick discussion will reveal the areas where your adviser can help you. Don’t delay, get in touch today: look after your wealth and your wealth will look after you. If you have any questions or need any advice regarding the above you can contact me on 636 361 588 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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Spanish real estate law by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

Conveyancing: purchase and sale of a property in Spain and the need to prove the payment of ‘Municipal Plusvalia’ in order to register a Purchase Deed in the Land Registry. WITH REGARD to Spanish Real Estate Law and in particular buying and selling properties in Spain, you should know that there have been some changes in the law in 2013. Among other new rules, we would like to highlight Law 16/2012 of 27th December, which has modified the Article 254 of the Mortgage Act or MA (D. 8/02/1946), adding a new paragraph, number 5, which says: “5. The Land Registry will not practice the corresponding registration of any document containing any act or contract subject to the Tax on the Increase in Value of Urban Land, without having proof that ( this tax) has been previously submitted and paid, or declared, ... “. As you know the Tax on the Increase in Value of Urban Land (IVTNU) popularly known as ‘Municipal or Town Hall Plusvalia Tax’, is levied on the increase in value of urban land. That value is determined by the Cadastral Value, which will be multiplied by a percentage determined by each Town Hall. Therefore, when there is a sale or purchase of an urban real estate property, usually this tax must be paid, whether it is an

urban land or plot (with or without a building or construction on it), or an apartment belonging to a community where a percentage of the land on which the community is built belongs to each flat. According to this legal change, as per the new Article 254.5 of the LH, the Land Registry will not register any Purchase Title Deed (Escritura), if the payment of this the IVTNU or Municipal or Town Hall plusvalia tax, is not proven. As per the above, now more than ever it is strongly recommended that in a purchase, the buyer and his lawyer make a retention to make sure that this municipal tax is paid, and a proof of its payment presented along with the rest of the relevant documents to the Land Registry, in order to make sure that the Purchase Title Deed is registered, which is essential for the new owner to secure Land Registry protection. Therefore, if you are going to buy a property, make sure that this municipal tax is paid and the receipt of its payment is shown to the Land Registry, in order to register your name as the new registered owner. If this is the case, and you are selling or buying, our firm can assist you.

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


No wonder the CAM went bust

IT HAS emerged that throughout an alleged ‘programme of travel perks’ for CajaMediterráneo (CAM Bank) directors and senior officers, as many as 100 people (including wives and girlfriends), were flown all over the world during the ‘boom years’ to exotic and luxury holiday locations on the pretext of holding international meetings. Their destinations were Prague, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Rome, Mexico, India and China. ‘Official business’ was always concluded within hours during trips that lasted a week and more and the travellers were fitted for costumes by top designers in order to attend opulent dinners in each location, all paid for by the bank’s 54,000 shareholders. For the ‘opening of a new branch’ in Shanghai, one of Spain’s best-known economists, Emilio Ontiveros, was an invited guest. And in Delhi in 2005, the 100-strong delegations attended a two hour meeting and the rest of the six-day tour was spent sight-seeing. The trips earned the ex-Vice CEO Armando Sala the nickname ‘Marco Polo’.


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Liberty Seguros launches new pet insurance

LIBERTY SEGUROS, the Expat’s no. 1 choice for insurance in Spain, has launched Pet Insurance for all your best friends! This means that all your essential covers are now available from just one company, including car, home, pet, marine, commercial, life and golf insurance. Pets form an integral part of any family so it is vital to make sure they are protected too, for your own peace of mind. For those of you who have ever had to take your pet to the vet for more than just a flea and worming treatment, you’ll know that pet insurance can be worth its weight in gold. Vet fees are increasing every year, and needless to say pet insurance is part of being a responsible pet owner. There are many different pet insurance policies on the market, but Liberty Seguros is the only company that offers the best possible cover at an affordable price. Your pet will be covered against accidents and illness as well as public liability; telephone assistance; stays in kennels / catteries should owner be in hospital; help with expenses for finding your pet when lost and much more! There are three options: ‘LIBERTY Pets Small’, for dogs under 9 kilos such as Chihuahuas and Scottish Terriers as well as cats; ‘LIBERTY Pets Medium’, for dogs between 9 and 15 kilos such as French Bulldogs, Beagles, Dalmatians etc.; and ‘LIBERTY Pets Large’ for dogs over 15 kilos such as Boxers, German Shepherds etc.

What’s more, if you take out a Liberty Seguros Pet Insurance policy before 31st March, you receive a free 25€ shopping voucher to spend in El Corte Ingles!

Visit now, give them a call in your own language on Tel: 902 255 258 or find out where to find your nearest Liberty Seguros broker.


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



Pablo Arteaga

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Did you really want your preference shares?

Lawyer IF YOU do have money available it at Ábaco can be difficult to decide where to

invest it. You want your money to ‘work’ for you and not just sit under the mattress. It’s a balance between risk and return. The riskier your investment, the more likely it is to accrue more interest. However, most people who are dependent on their investment to boost their pensions want to limit the level of risk. Some of these people have been sold preference shares in the past. Preference shares are shares in a company which give their holders an entitlement to a fixed dividend but do not usually carry voting rights. They have made the headlines recently because of the number of clients complaining about the way in which they were convinced they were a good investment option. Those who bought these shares later realised that they were not the conservative fixed income that they thought they were originally.

This product was launched on the market to individual investors who did not have the experience or qualifications to understand them. They were given the impression that they were a fixed income product and did not have the level of risk that they did in fact carry. Investors were missing the information they needed at the point of sale and when they contracted. Additional legislation in 2007 was aimed at protecting clients by ensuring they had the necessary information about the product they were being sold. However, it has come to light through the courts that in many cases the banks provided information verbally and that the contracts included only the minimum of explanation. Many of the purchasers of these products did not have the fixed income products they believed them to be. Instead they had purchased products that: Involve a level of risk Are dependent on the profitability of

the company – a feature that often now means that there is no interest accrued Do not enable the investor to recover the capital invested, at least until a distant point in the future, for example the year 3,000 – making it virtually unrecoverable Were not covered in case of the bankruptcy of the company by the Deposit Guarantee Fund The underlying difficulty is the conflict of interests that exists when the seller of the product is also the one required to supply the information. This situation could have been avoided, or at least improved, with the greater involvement of the public authorities, a demand currently being made by consumer associations. WHAT YOU CAN DO If you believe you have been mis-sold a product like a preference share you can get in touch with our legal department who will check the situation for you.

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


Tax reduction “a priority” By Jack Troughton BENISSA RESIDENTS have been promised the burden of property taxes on their homes would be reduced as “a priority issue”. Mayor Juan Bautisa Rosello promised members of the residents group Vecinos de Benissa the town hall was exerting pressure on the Catastral Office in Madrid to reduce the valuations used to calculate the IBI. Recent years have seen property values tumble but the tax has continued to rise in Benissa where the last catastral – similar to the UK’s rateable value – was revised in 2004 when house prices were still at a premium. The mayor explained this meant higher taxes which were being phased in over 10 years but until last year the town hall had tried to alleviate this by reducing its percentage multiplier – a move outlawed by Madrid in 2011 because of the economic crisis. However, he said Benissa had asked for another revision of property values that “when” approved would see the catastral value fall from 180€ to 120€ per square metre, taking affect from 2014. The mayor added: “This is a priority issue and the town hall is exerting pressure on the Catastral Office to achieve this.”

Benidorm takes on workplace bullies

Members of the association at a meeting in Benidorm

AN ASSOCIATION has been formed in Benidorm against bullying in the workplace. Officials that have been appointed from the private sector, led by César Corbacho, president of Abecam, launched the association last year to bring public awareness to the plight of workers that tolerate abuse and harassment from their employers out of fear of losing their

jobs, a situation worsened by the pressures of the recession. The association has already dealt with 50 enquiries, providing support through group counselling, conferences and lectures to help the victims of workplace bullying recover their self-esteem and develop positive skills to improve their work experiences.


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The best businesses run on high quality products and service Ask anyone as to what are their most important features in a business and they will tell you that aside from purchasing a quality product, they expect to have quality service as well. A business review by Karla Darocas One Costa Blanca woman who has made it her mission to offer the best of the best in her business ethic is Millie Munro. She is without a doubt one of the hardest working women on the coast. Starting her business from scratch, Millie has gone from strength to strength by offering the most premium products together with professional, friendly and excellent service. Millie gets to the heart of her beating business by exposing the benefits of her products and service. Millie believes in her product and the people she works with. When she decided to take on Golden Leaves Pre-Paid Funeral Plans as one of her products, she did her research first. “Rowland Brothers International is the parent company and they were founded in 1873 as Rowland Brothers funeral directors,” explains Millie. “In 1985 they became International and specialised in the field of repatriation.” Millie goes on to clarify how many expats are not interested in repatriation but would rather have Spain be their final resting place. “However, all Golden Leaves plans offer dual country coverage,” confirms Millie. Millie also points out the benefit of sorting your funeral plan now, instead of later. If you need a funeral, it can cost around 4,300 Euros. That is a lot of money to pay out at one time. This is why planning makes sense and as it happens, Golden Leaves Pre Paid Funeral plans does not have the 21% IVA at the moment, but may need to increase the price of their plans in the near future. “By having a funeral plan in place now, it is not only less expensive but it fixes the price and beats inflation,” Millie explains. Plans paid in full start from 2864.00 Sterling or 3150.00 Euros or after an initial deposit can be paid in instalments starting from 21.84 Sterling or 24.20 Euros per month which can be spread over 5 or 10 years depending on your age. Millie continues, “So from as little as 5.46 per week, you could take the burden away from those you love most and forget about the inevitable. Why not take out a plan and then get on and enjoy the rest of your life, one

call…really does do it all …!” Another of Millie Munro’s products, which she takes very seriously, is the private health care plans from El Perpetuo Socorro. Millie would not dream of offering any other health plans to her clients and with policies from as little as 2.44 Euros per day – Less than 2 cups of coffee! “El Perpetuo Socorro is such a user-friendly company, enlightens Millie. “They have English people working in their head office and their employees are loyal and hard working. They give so much support and they are extremely flexible” Whichever product you are interested in, Millie and her team will offer you 24/7 high quality service. Her assistant and consultant is Simon Nathaniel who works very closely with Millie in the Benitachell office, in order to ensure that perfection is maintained and the needs of their clients are always met. In the Torrevieja area Millie has her consultant Mike Thornton who has 20 years experience as a UK funeral director. “Mike is extremely knowledgeable and helpful,” affirms Millie. Millie is in the process of expanding her business throughout the Costa Blanca. If you are seeking employment and have a passion for customer services, empathy and compassion with a proven track record in sales then forward your CV in confidence to All applicants must be smart in appearance and full ongoing training with promotional support will be provided. Call 966 493 082 or see the advert on page 9 for more information: also visit


Last chance to book your Valentine break SAINT VALENTINE’S Day is fast approaching and there is a wonderful chance to enjoy a romantic getaway to explore Southern Spain or try life on the ocean wave. By Jack Troughton RTN and Gandia Tours are offering readers exclusive breaks – top notch deals at “amazing” rock bottom prices that will have adventurers on pastures new by 14th February. There are two trips to the south of Spain that leave on 13th February – a three or six day visit to Granada and the fourstar Hotel Alixares del Generalife, and a six day break on the Costa del Sol staying four nights at the three-star Hotel Bali in Benalmadena and one night at the Hotel Alixares. Alternatively, why not enjoy a cruise? Again there two options – sailing the Mediterranean or heading for the Canary Islands and Madeira. Both ships sail from Barcelona on 10th February. The Hotel Alixares enjoys a spectacular position in front of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, one of Spain’s top tourist attractions and a world heritage site. The palace was originally built by the Moors and was described by their poets as “a pearl set in emeralds”. Over the centuries it has been extended and the grounds include a dense wood of elm trees planted by the Duke of Wellington in 1812 – the trees are home to nightingales and just the place to hear the birds sing. However, Granada itself is a historic city that calls out to be explored by visitors – the shopping is fantastic and, being Andalusia, renowned for its tapas. DINNER The trip costs just 190€ per person for a three day, two night stay, or only 270€ for a six day, five night break. The prices include a romantic


candlelit St Valentine’s dinner. Travellers will enjoy discovering the Costa del Sol with the visit to the Hotel Bali, a six day trip costing 340€ full board, or 80€ cheaper for a half board option. Benalmadena is in the heart of the Costa del Sol. Inhabited since prehistoric times, it is steeped in history and has been home to Romans and the Moors – who were responsible for the city’s development and fortifications. Its towers and walls were also needed to repel raids by Barbary pirates. And for the more modern thinking, the city boasts the largest Buddhist ‘stupa’ in the Western world, constructed in 2003, as well as an amusement park, two aquariums, a casino, cable car and one of the largest marinas in Andalusia. Guests can also use the Hotel Bali for optional excursions to Gibraltar, Tangier, and Ronda. However, these are not included in the general price of the trip. The Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Splendida leaves Barcelona for Tunis, Palermo, Rome’s Citavecchia, Genova, and Marseille. Prices start at 450€ per person plus 120€ tax. Sailing the same day is the MSC Divina for a journey taking in Casablanca, Tenerife and Madeira. Prices start at 630€ per person with 130€ tax. Both cruises leave at around midday but to help people unwind, they arrive in Barcelona the previous afternoon and will enjoy a night in a hotel in the centre of Spain’s second city – it give the opportunity to visit the famous Ramblas, go shopping or just discover the host of bars and restaurants. To reserve places call 96 610 6872 Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm and 4pm and 7.30pm.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus

Ask it to go away


HI AUNTY: I recently had the Ask toolbar arrive on my home page following downloading another programme. I tried removing the toolbar using the normal uninstall procedure. This did not work. I then found a programme called Revo uninstaller, used this and it removed Ask, including traces. However, the toolbar is still on my Home page at Start up although Ask is not listed as one of my programmes. Can you advise a way of removing the toolbar that is remaining on my home page? Thanks and regards, Ray-pc Aunty says: You may also have to remove the toolbar from your browser. In most browser options you go into the TOOLS and ADDONs and can remove things that the browser has added. To turn add-ons on or off in Internet Explorer 1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer. 2. Click the Tools button and then click ‘Manage add-ons’. 3. Under Show, click ‘All add-ons’. 4. Click an add-on, and then do one of the following: To make the add-on available for use in the browser, click Enable. To turn the add-on off so it can’t be used in the browser, click Disable. 5. Repeat step 4 for each add-on that you want to turn on or off. When you’re finished, click Close.

Nexus 7 problems

HI AUNTY: I also have a problem with my new toy the Nexus 7. I am English, speak English and live in Spain. The Nexus knows I live in Spain and although I have entered English as my language all written ads relating to books etc are in Spanish. All the catalogues for books are in Spanish. What can I do? Any ideas? Jim Aunty says: The Nexus can be showing things in Spanish as it knows you are in Spain, using your Internet IP Address, or GPS. As it knows you are in Spain, some content will be from Spain, hence the adverts in Spanish. If it is like many other systems, one option could be to use a Google account that is registered to the UK, and not Spain, as this may be the trigger for asking for things in Spanish and not English, as it knows you are using a Spanish address for your account..?

Running out of space HI AUNTY: I keep getting the message ‘drive E tools (back up) is running out of space-click here’ when I do it just advises emptying the recycle bin. This has no effect. I don’t want to delete something important from the files on there. I have tried other suggestions on the web to no avail. I don’t want to use an external hard drive or USB stick for backup. I thought windows automatically deleted old backups, thus ensuring the drive never got too full. Help! Marion Aunty says: It all depends what exactly is being stored on ‘E Tools (Backup)’. In many cases manufacturers make a drive for tools to help recover Windows and factory settings, which saves having to trawl the internet or provide ‘Driver Disks’. These drives should not really be touched as it is a ‘failsafe’ if you want to help recover your PC, should the need arise. These drives have a size that is just enough for these ‘recovery files’, and so if there are things that should not be on there, perhaps that is the reason why there is this warning. Normally nothing should really be saved to this drive and it should be left alone. However, it could also be used for back up purposes. There could be an ‘auto backup’ program that is taking ‘snapshots’ of your PC and saving them onto this ‘back up’ drive. Windows back up settings can be found via the control panel: Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore. Depending on which Windows version you have, some have options for: ‘Let Windows manage the space for backup history (maximum 139.73 GB)’ and ‘Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup’.

Gadget Inspector Investigates: Byron Sentry Wireless Portable/ Plug-In Door Chime Kit Okay, so door chimes are not very exciting. But here in Spain they can be the bane of your existence, particularly if you live in a large villa and cannot hear it everywhere – particularly if you’re in the garden. And with the Correos often delivering small parcels to your door (well, at least around here anyway…), imagine missing the chance to receive that fantastic gizmo you ordered from the Continuous Rubbish And Prattle TV shopping channel? Well fear not, today we take a look at the Byron Sentry Wireless Portable/ Plug-In Door Chime Kit – the answer to your visitor-announcing dreams. The kit comprises a mains powered wireless plug-in chime unit, portable wireless battery-powered (3 x AA batteries not included) chime unit and IP44 weather resistant battery-powered (CR2032 battery included) bell push unit for fixing at the property entrance. The chime units feature 4 sounds - Ding Dong, Westminster, Three Note and Alarm. Combined with an 80-90dB volume depending on the sound selected you shouldn’t have much trouble hearing it. The mains powered wireless plug-in chime unit can be plugged in anywhere there is an available power socket, but note the unit has an integrated UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. The portable wireless battery-powered chime unit can be taken from room to room, or even outside. Both units have an effective range of up to 60m

from the bell push unit. The units have over a million self-learning codes with which they communicate, and will not need to be reset even if un-plugged or when changing the batteries. It is even possible to add an additional bell push unit should you have more than one entrance. The Inspectors Verdict: Imagine the joy of never missing that priceless visit from a close friend, family or tradesperson with that once in-a-lifetime deal on palmpruning. Well, with the Byron Door Chime you´ll never miss that special visitor

– unless of course you want to or the butler has the day off. Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit to purchase the Byron Sentry Wireless Door Chime Kit for 30€. Please note the Plug-In Chime Unit has an integrated UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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UNLIKE ALL the other social networking apps and messaging apps available, Avocado is different because it is designed to be used between you and your other half. Avocado is the fast, reliable and fun way to privately stay connected with your partner no matter where you are. It’s like whispering sweet nothings in their ear from miles away. And like home, it’s a private space for any couple to collect and share a life. Avocado features: * Fast, private and beautiful messaging * Photo capability and shared media gallery * Shared lists for everything from weekly groceries to new date ideas * Mobile hugs and kisses that can be sent to your love, making their day. * Share to social photo feature * Complete archive of your relationship for walks down memory lane Why Avocado? Avocados are not only 100% delicious, but they are also fascinating! Did you know that avocado fruit grow in pairs, they only bear fruit when paired with another tree or grown in a family and to the Aztecs, avodados were symbols of love and fertility. Available to download on all Android devices from Google play and iPhone from iTunes.


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Life showbiz goss Claire’s climbing the stair Having been a sports fan from way back I’ve long since been aware of how good a presenter Claire Balding was when the BBC went live to all the top horse race meetings on the calendar. But it was only when she was part of the station’s

swimming commentary team at last year’s Olympics that everybody stood up and took notice. Daughter of top trainer Ian Balding who had the great Mill Reef in his stable, Claire tried to become a jockey but gave up after a couple of seasons. But her background of having been head girl at school and the president of the Cambridge Union Society when she was just 21 gave Claire the impetus to try her hand at radio, and inch by inch she climbed the ladder and now it seems everybody wants a piece of Claire Balding. She is already part of the new look Ch4 racing team and last weekend it was announced that she will be given her own chat show on the new BT Sport Channel. “I’m enthused by BT’s vision for sports

coverage in the future,” Claire told The Guardian, and BT Channel chief Simon Green added “We wanted to give Clare an opportunity to anchor her own weekly show, which we see as a flagship programme.” …praise indeed, “…she excels at presenting a variety of different sports and showed last summer what an accomplished live performer she is.” Easy there boy, she’ll be knocking on the wages door before too long if you keep that up. The fact that Miss Balding had to deal with a slight on her sexuality in an article in The Sunday Times two summers ago has perhaps been the catalyst to this new Claire … Who coined the phrase “…out of adversity


Writer and Broadcaster

The who’s who of Dr Whos Dr Who will be 50 years old this November and the chances are each and every one of you has a memory connected with what is, in my opinion, the best children’s TV show of all time. I remember hearing the music created by the BBC workshop and wondering how they could possibly do that music that still stands today I might add. And what about the Daleks! … Exterminate! Exterminate! A special episode will be put together this year to be an integral part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and the plan is to include all the Dr Whos from down the years, but they of course won’t be able to feature William Hartnell, the man who became the first of the great Timelords. And so enters David Bradley better known these days as Argus Filch from the Harry Potter films, and not only is he a fine actor, he looks remarkably like the late William Hartnell. Talking about being offered the role by show producer Mark Gattis David said: “When he asked if I would be interested, I almost bit his hand off! William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time, and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice … I’m so looking forward to getting started.” The only down side is that we´ll have to wait till the end of the year to see ‘An Adventure In Space and Time’… Exterminate! Exterminate! Love it!

Will ‘Nessie’ make an apperance? Isn’t it strange how words come into your life, like a few days ago my good friend Marusia from Bulgaria asked me if there really was a monster in Loch Ness, and I replied in the time honoured way of all Scots and assured her there truly was a huge slimy creature up there in the highlands. And the word association occurred when a few days later I saw that this summer an event will take place

in the banks of the great water on June 7 – 9th called the Rock Ness festival. Already the organisers have booked Madness, Ellie Goulding, Basement Jaxx and a group with the eye catching name of the Bombay Bicycle Club. Festival Director Jim King said “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you an eclectic line up of the highest calibre acts, and we’ve got

Peter Taylor

a very special headliner to announce, so stay tuned…!” If you’ve never been to a rock concert of this type before you could do worse than treat yourself to a ticket for the Rock Ness festival … up there in the Heelands!

Life TV

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FRIDAY 8th February BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 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 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 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 24:25 Reign of Fire







07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey 17:15 Life on Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Railway Walks 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Monty Don’s French Gardens 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 The Painted Veil

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 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 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 ITV News Central 23:35 The Birds

08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:55 The Desperadoes 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 First Time Farmers 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 The Last Leg 23:00 Paddy’s TV Guide 23:50 Rude Tube 24:50 The New Normal

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Croc Man 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Person of Interest 16:15 Deadliest Sea 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 20:00 Rory & Will Champions of the World 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Bad Boys II 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 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 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Bourne Identity 24:20 Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Top Gun 24:10 Revenge




SATURDAY 9th February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Good Cook 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 20:00 BBC News 20:20 Britain’s Brightest 21:20 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:10 Casualty 23:00 BBC News; Weather 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show


08:10 Great British Menu 08:40 Great British Menu 09:10 Great British Menu 09:40 Great British Menu 10:10 Great British Menu 10:40 The Sky at Night 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 Mastermind 14:00 University Challenge 14:30 Taming of the Shrew 16:30 The Mary Berry Story 17:30 Final Score 18:30 The Culture Show 19:30 Dad’s Army 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Natural World 22:00 Howard Goodall’s Story of Music 23:00 Dancing on the Edge 24:35 Milk

SUNDAY 10th February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:25 Countryfile 14:25 Call the Midwife 15:25 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 18:00 Africa 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Blandings 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 The British Academy Film Awards 24:00 BBC News 24:25 Room 101 Extra Storage


08:15 Rachel and the Stranger 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 Flog It! 15:40 Natural World 16:40 The Mary Berry Story 17:40 Songs of Praise 18:15 In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World 19:15 Ski Sunday 20:00 Food & Drink 20:30 Open All Hours 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Wonders of Life 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:00 Dancing on the Edge

ITV1 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 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:20 Murder, She Wrote 14:20 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 15:25 Dinner Date 16:25 Secret of My Success 18:30 ITV News Central 18:40 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang 21:05 Take Me Out 22:20 Jonathan Ross Show 23:20 ITV News and Weather 23:35 Knocked Up

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Rated A for Awesome 09:15 Rated A for Awesome 09:30 Big Time Rush 10:00 Aquabats Super Show 10:25 House Guest in the Sun 11:20 60 Minute Makeover 12:20 May the Best House Win 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 14:25 Rosemary & Thyme 16:00 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 18:50 ITV News Central 19:00 ITV News and Weather 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 Duplicity

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships 09:00 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:55 Frasier 11:25 Frasier 11:55 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 13:25 The Secret Millionaire 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 17:25 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Come Dine with Me 19:00 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:50 19:55 ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II 22:00 World Without End 23:05 Kiss the Girls

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:05 How Do They Do It? 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Dangerous Drivers’ School 14:40 Stranger with My Face 16:25 My Neighbor’s Secret 18:10 Two Mules for Sister Sara 20:20 5 News Weekend 20:25 NCIS 21:10 NCIS 22:00 Law & Order 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:50 Inside Hollywood

06:50 ITV2 Nightscreen 07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:50 Holiday Showdown 08:50 Coronation Street 11:15 Emmerdale 14:15 The McFly Show 15:15 Nanny McPhee 17:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:50 You’ve Been Framed! 18:25 You’ve Been Framed! 18:55 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Back to the Future Part III 22:20 Take Me Out - The Gossip 23:05 Fake Reaction 23:50 Sleepy Hollow


07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:05 Greek 09:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 11:10 Make It or Break It 12:10 Ugly Betty 13:10 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Scrubs 16:35 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 The Full Monty 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:45 The Cleveland Show





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 The Simpsons 15:25 Star Trek III: the Search for Spock 17:25 Time Team 18:25 Deal or No Deal 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 The Political Slot 20:05 Come Dine with Me 21:00 The Hotel 22:00 Die Hard 4.0 24:35 Changing Lanes

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Mio Mao 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 Inside Hollywood 12:20 Once Upon a Time 13:10 Winter Road Rescue 14:15 The Witches 16:05 While You Were Sleeping 18:05 The Water Horse 20:15 Inside the Titanic 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 Piranha 24:50 Red Water

06:50 ITV2 Nightscreen

07:00 Switched 07:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:20 Make It or Break It 09:15 Ugly Betty 10:15 Scrubs 10:45 Scrubs 11:15 Hollyoaks 13:45 Glee 14:40 Charmed 15:40 How I Met Your Mother 16:05 How I Met Your Mother 16:35 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:30 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 Home Alone 23:00 What Happens in Kavos 24:00 My Mad Fat Diary

07:00 Emmerdale 09:35 Coronation Street 12:15 Dinner Date: Australia 13:15 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 15:10 Garfield 16:45 Take Me Out 18:00 Take Me Out - The Gossip 18:50 Kindergarten Cop 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Magaluf Weekender 23:00 Forgetting Sarah Marshall


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Life TV

8th - 14th February

MONDAY 11th February BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 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 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 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 Penguins - Spy in the Huddle 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Being Eileen 24:05 Blandings 24:35 The Graham Norton Show

07:10 Homes Under the Hammer 08:10 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:55 Cowboy Trap 09:25 Show Me the Monet 10:10 Countryfile 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Six Nations Rugby Union 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Two Greedy Italians 17:15 Life on Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Food & Drink 22:00 Dancing on the Edge 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Wonders of Life

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 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 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 Monk

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Rio Grande 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 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 23:00 Black Mirror 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 My Daughter the Teenage Nudist

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 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Croc Man 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Disney Shorts: Pluto’s Purchase 16:20 They Come Back 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Rory & Will - Champions of the World 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Britain’s Funniest Comedy Characters 24:55 Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The 60s Revealed

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 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! 21:30 Animal Practice 22:00 Ben and Kate 22:30 Up All Night 23:00 The Big Reunion 24:00 Nutty Professor 2: the Klumps






07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Mourinho 24:35 UEFA Champions League Highlights

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 They Who Dare 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 Year Britain Flooded 23:00 Utopia 24:05 Random Acts

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 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Britain’s Strangest Pets 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Gracie’s Choice 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 Dallas 23:00 Brain Hospital: Saving Lives 24:00 CSI: NY 24:55 CSI: Miami

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 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 Love in the Wild 22:00 Mamma Mia! 24:10 The Big Reunion

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 15:30 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 Derren Brown: Apocalypse 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:00 What Happens in Kavos

TUESDAY 12th February


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 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 The Hunt for Britain’s Metal Thieves 24:25 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle


07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Cowboy Trap 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 The Flowerpot Gang 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Super League Show 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Two Greedy Italians 17:15 Life on Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Alex Polizzi: The Fixer 22:00 The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Culture Show

WEDNESDAY 13th February



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








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 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 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Holiday Hit Squad 22:00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Film 24:35 City by the Sea

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:45 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 The Flowerpot Gang 11:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Two Greedy Italians 17:15 Life on Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Gourmets 22:00 Brain Doctors 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Genius of Invention

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Tonight 22:00 From the Heart 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Martin Clunes - Heavy Horse Power 24:35 Safari Vet School

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Shenandoah 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 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Derek 23:30 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:20 The Last Leg 24:50 2 Broke Girls

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Britain’s Strangest Pets 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Mary Higgins Clark’s Remember Me 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Benidorm ER 21:00 Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Holiday Airport 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! Animals Special 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Magaluf Weekender 24:00 Funny People

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 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:05 Rules of Engagement 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:05 How I Met Your Mother 18:35 How I Met Your Mother 19:05 The Big Bang Theory 19:35 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Night at the Museum 23:05 Rude Tube 24:10 The New Normal 24:40 The Cleveland Show

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THURSDAY 14th February BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 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 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 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 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Crimewatch Update 23:45 Question Time 24:45 This Week

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Cowboy Trap 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 The Flowerpot Gang 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 15:00 Coast 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Two Greedy Italians 17:15 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Planners 22:00 The Genius of Invention 23:00 Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News 19:45 Emmerdale 20:45 UEFA Europa League Live 23:10 ITV News 23:40 ITV News Central 23:45 Jonathan Ross Show 24:45 Golden Rules of TV

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:25 Rear Window 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 Britain’s Secret Shoppers 22:00 Hugh’s Fish Fight 23:00 Streak! The Man Who Can’t Keep His Clothes On 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Richard III: The King in the Car Park

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Britain’s Strangest Pets 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Dangerous Drivers’ School 22:00 Winter Road Rescue 23:00 The Matrix Revolutions

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 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 The Big Reunion 23:00 Fake Reaction 23:45 The Magaluf Weekender 24:45 Ben and Kate

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 694 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Cower; 4 Learned; 8 Upright; 9 Noted; 10 Test; 11 Bearably; 13 Cord; 14 Race; 16 Assisted; 17 Brag; 20 Talon; 21 Silence; 22 Redhead; 23 Press. Down: 1 Court disaster; 2 Words; 3 Rage; 4 Letter; 5 Abnormal; 6 Notable; 7 Daddy-long-legs; 12 Presence; 13 Castled; 15 Ceased; 18 Range; 19 Clap.

Quick solutions Across: 1 Tread; 4 Crammed; 8 Breathe; 9 Jests; 10 Eats; 11 Delusion; 13 Bare; 14 Knee; 16 Normally; 17 Late; 20 Adieu; 21 Matelot; 22 Nursery; 23 Bated. Down: 1 Table Mountain; 2 Erect; 3 Duty; 4 Clever; 5 Adjourns; 6 Massive; 7 Disinterested; 12 Creature; 13 Barrier; 15 Clumsy; 18 Allot; 19 Stub.

E4 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 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:05 Rules of Engagement 17:35 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 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 Micky Flanagan’s Out Out Tour

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at

FRIDAY 8TH FEB 18.30 Let’s Talk – Simon is with ex World champion power lifter Ralph Farquarharson SATURDAY 9TH FEB 18.05 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions: Staying safe and secure in your home SUNDAY 10TH 18.15 Spanish Eye: We take to the skies to fly with the amazing hawks in Gran Alicant MONDAY 11TH 18.05 The Wedding Show (series) – always one of the

hardest decisions to make – the Dress TUESDAY 12TH 18.30 All the best action from the Barcelona Boat show – one of the highlights of the European nautical calendar WEDNESDAY 13TH 18.00 Celebrity Archive – Simon Baldock is with Carry On and Eastenders star Barbara Windsor THURSDAY 14TH 18.05 Spanish Eye: The amazing man in Murcia who ‘talks’ to horses


8 - 14 february 2013

Life motoring

Quality and service at Auto Denia Motors

MOTORISTS ENJOY a friendly welcome and quality service at official Opel dealership Auto Denia Motors SL with its light bright showroom and clean efficient workshop. By Jack Troughton The garage is a third of a successful group that has two Citroen dealerships - one in Gata de Gorgos, the second in Elche – and both manufacturers produce some of the most popular cars in Spain. Auto Denia Motors sells new Opel models and also boasts a range of gleaming used cars – perfect for getting drivers out onto the open road. There has never been a better time to buy a car as new models are heavily discounted and there is a deal to be done. And the group has a special promotion for customers at the moment. Buy a new or second hand car and enjoy a year’s free parking at Alicante Airport – complete with a courtesy bus to the terminal. The most popular sales of Opel cars at Auto Denia Motors – expats will be more familiar with the Vauxhall badge in the UK but the cars are identical – are the evergreen Astra and Corsa ranges, which together make up around half of total sales. However, examples of the whole Opel range are on show

including the new 4x4 capable Mokka and eagerly expected in the next few weeks, the Adam – the baby of the family. Head of sales at Denia is Ramon Achau Atienza. He told RTN: “It is a very good time to buy a car – never before have we had such good offers and promotions and finance to help buy. “It is the cheapest time for motorists to buy a car here and the policy runs through the entire group, so at Gata, for example, the same sorts of discounts are available.” And he said the after sale service was also of the highest standard. “The workshop prices for services are the most competitive for an official dealership here – it is very economical, especially when compared to other official car garages.” Ramon said Auto Denia Motors and the entire group specialised in selling cars. “We offer a very good service and have found our customers are very satisfied with our service. “We are dedicated to cars – new cars, used cars, our garage and spare parts service. The quality and standards of our whole service throughout the group is very high.” Auto Denia Motors is at Carratera Denia-Ondara Km. 2. For more information call 96 642 2621 or visit See their advert on pages 56-57.

8 - 14 february 2013

Life spanish


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 18 “

A couple of weeks ago we were talking about some fairly nasty little beasts called “direct object pronouns” and “indirect object pronouns” and we looked at where they go in a sentence and in what order.

LAST WEEK we looked at simple, positive commands, otherwise known as imperatives, like “ven” (come) “escucha” (listen) “mira” (look) etc. I also quoted some examples of when these simple commands have other bits tacked on the end, such as: “dámelo”, “póntelo” “quítatelo” “cómelo”. My regular readers may also remember that a couple of weeks ago we were talking about some fairly nasty little beasts called “direct object pronouns” and “indirect object pronouns” and we looked at where they go in a sentence and in what order. An example of this would be “me lo has dicho” (literally: “to me it you have said” but in the normal English word order, “you have said it to me”) So, now has come the time to explain how these two delightful grammatical concepts come together. The irony of it is that we can make (and I usually do) a tremendous amount of heavy weather over this, and yet, it takes us back to the simplest, earliest commands that a Spanish child would hear from its parents. Let’s take the expression “dámelo” and break it down into its component parts. “Da” is the command “give” based on the verb “dar” (to give). It is the familiar command, in other words, addressed to “tú” – someone you know, a friend, a child or anyone you are on informal terms with. We have added this word to other elements “me” and “lo”. The “me” is the indirect object pronoun meaning “to me” (be careful not to

confuse the pronunciation – “me” in Spanish is pronounced like “meh” and not like the English word “me”, if you see what I mean). Back to “dámelo” – “da” is the command “give”; “me” means “to me” and finally “lo” is the direct object pronoun meaning “it”. So, in the Spanish word order we have “Give to me it” which clearly means in proper English “Give it to me” – which is of course what every parent says to their toddlers who pick up something they shouldn’t, and that toddler says to his or her little friends as they grow older, and the teacher says to the school child who’s hiding something behind their back. In other words it’s one of the most basic commands you will ever hear. Moving on to the last of the four examples “cómelo” – this simply means “eat it” – verb “comer” and “lo” meaning “it”. Just to be completely grammatical again for a moment - in the case of these “imperatives” or

commands, the object pronouns have to go at the end and link together into a single word, unlike in many kinds of sentences where they go in front of the verb, or in others where they can go either end. We cannot say “lo come” as a command, it has to be “cómelo”. The accent appears over the “o” to make sure we keep the emphasis on the correct part of the word. As far as the other two examples are concerned - “póntelo” “quítatelo”, these are actually based on reflexive verbs (ponerse – to put on, and quitarse – to take off) so they mean “put it on” and “take it off” again grammatically complex but very basic in usage. If all of this looks like double-dutch, remember I have written about all of these terms in previous articles. Alternatively, just listen to parents giving commands to their children and watch the body language – you’ll be in no doubt of their meaning!

The Twit of the Week Gary Lineker@GaryLineker: I’m such a dope at times. Parked car, paid for parking, went to meeting, returned 2 hours later, keys in, engine running... Warm though The Rant Tulisa Contostavlos@officialtulisa: To the paps in the bushes, go home, you’re on private property n so am I, your photos are illegal so u can’t sell them. Go have a drink n chill out. Gazza Piers Morgan@piersmorgan: Very sad to see Paul Gascoigne in such a worrying state. Hope he gets the help he so desperately needs. #Gazza Peter Schmeichel@Pschmeichel1: This is not fun watching. Gazza needs help. Come on PFA & Gordon Taylor, time to step up ... and I think the footballing community, as the family we at times claim to be, must do more to help Gazza and others like him. The Funny Tweets Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5: Wow, outside watching my little men training + the cold wind just slapped me up! They better make it as professionals after all this! Sarah Millican@SarahMillican75: I just sang “Easy Dinner” to the tune of “Easy Lover” while progging my microwave dinner with a fork. Time to sit in front of the telly.

Life books

Danny Collins -

Wolf Hall

WINNER OF the Man Booker Prize for this and set to repeat her success with the sequel Bring on the Bodies, Hilary Mantel has set the format for readable historical content. This book tells of the rise of Thomas Cromwell, secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and later Lord Chancellor of England under the head-lopping Henry VIII. It’s a huge read of 650 pages plus interviews with the author and each facet is obviously well researched. Would you believe that Wolsey, whom I always felt was a scurrilous rogue serving an even bigger one, becomes almost loveable in the text? This is history as it should be written – not desiccated but alive and kicking. I found I also quite liked Thomas Cromwell and found Thomas More to be a boring old theologian who spent his days itching from his horsehair shirt and flagellating himself in a cupboard. I would have thought having his head cut off was a welcome relief from all that. All in all, a privileged read that made me feel I was in the room as it were, watching history being made and hearing these great characters speak. I’ll never visit Hampton Court again without a silent prayer for Author: Hilary Mantel Publisher: Fourth Estate (paperback) Price: 14€ ISBN: 978 0 00 723020 4

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Wolsey, who appears to have got a very bum deal from the roguish King Hal who, it appears, wasn’t very good at all.


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Life health

Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

Menière’s Disease MENIÈRE’S DISEASE affects the balance organ of the inner ear. Sufferers usually experience bouts of hearing loss, vertigo and tinnitus, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. It affects about one in every two thousand people regardless of their age. The tinnitus and hearing loss can eventually become permanent. Most people experience the hearing loss usually in one ear, and it comes and goes. Over a period of time the problem can get worse, and sufferers can also be oversensitive to loud sounds. Sufferers experience a feeling that the ear is blocked. This feeling may be intermittent and vary in intensity. It can be similar to the blocked ear feeling when in an aircraft. Sufferers can also sense that the world is spinning around them and may experience nausea and vomiting at the same time. It can last minutes or hours. Some people are affected so acutely that they cannot stand up, and afterwards may sleep for long periods. Some may additionally experience involuntary eye movements; this is because the inner ear mistakenly sends a signal to the brain that the body is turning. It can also make it hard to see clearly. It is essential to consult a doctor. Menière’s Disease is

not hereditary; it’s not infectious; and it is not able to be cured, although it can be controlled by medicine. If you have Menière’s Disease, after a number of years the same symptoms may start to be experienced in the other ear, although not usually as severely. Symptoms may disappear suddenly but can return 5-10 years later. Any condition that affects your senses and orientation can be extremely stressful and may have the potential for anxiety and depression. Quite often hearing loss increases, while the other symptoms becomes less severe and less frequent. If you suffer from a hearing loss, talk to a hearing care professional about the best hearing care solutions for you. In the next Hearing Column we will look at other hearing conditions.

If you have any question’s about this week’s topic, email or contact Michael Burke at Digital Hearing, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, Quesada: Tel 698 418 642.

Do you have ambition? COULD YOU be the next Daniel Sandler or the next Liz Earle? Do you want to be a beauty ambassador? What does it mean being a beauty specialist or holistic massage therapist? Becoming a beauty specialist can lead to many exciting and well paid professions such as ‘makeup artist to the Stars’ for one… can you imagine yourself either applying makeup to your favourite movie actor or creating a scar face for the next grizzly blockbuster? Perhaps a makeup consultant at Harrods or other large organisation is your ambition. Still pretty glamorous! Being a professional massage therapist could lead to work in one of the most luxurious spas in the world. Could you see yourself giving a massage on the beach in the Seychelles? …. A pretty unbelievable job! Perhaps specialising in massage for cancer patients or ‘Mother-to-be’ and ‘baby massage’ could be another option if caring for people is your preference. Massage can also take you on to becoming a reflexologist or sports massage therapist - the possibilities are endless! So studying to be a beauty therapy specialist or holistic massage therapist and becoming a beautician/aesthetician/ beauty therapist/massage therapist is not just about finding a job in a beauty salon or starting your own business. It could mean starting a new life working in one of the most exotic spas in the world, working on board a cruise ship travelling to only-dreamed-of destinations or you could work in television and movies. Many of our past students are already living their dream lives. If this has whetted your appetite for a career in the beauty profession then contact us at the Beauty Institute: We are ITEC accredited which means your final qualifications are recognised and accepted worldwide. Tel: 96 558 3442

Week 3

Exercise improves mood Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.


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Life people Voices of a golden age RENAISSANCE CHOIR ‘Cantores Sanctis Diebus’ make a welcome return to Javea on Saturday 16th February for a concert in aid of the Day Care Centre for the Elderly. By Jack Troughton It will be the Salisbury-based choir’s fifth visit to the Marina Alta town and under musical director Nicholas Hale will entertain with at the Convento de las Agustinas in Javea Old Town – fittingly next door to the centre where nuns help care for the senior citizens, many suffering from forms of dementia. The choir has been singing together for some 30 years and specialises in the ‘Golden Age’ of the renaissance period,

The choir Cantores Sanctis Diebus

music from the period 1500 to 1650 and particularly by English and Spanish composers. The evening will feature works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Pedro Guerreron, together with motets and anthems by

Thomas Tallis and William Boyd. The concert starts at 6pm, entrance is free but donations are welcome to help the continued valuable work at the day centre.

Classical Bronte By Jack Troughton THE YOUNG cast of Benitachell Arts Centre’s moving production of Jane Eyre is celebrating the success of the Bronte classic. Adapted for stage by Polly Teale and directed by Mike Martin, the young actors aged between 11 and 19 gave their audiences an evening to remember. Olivia Partington as Jane and Joe Staton as Mr Rochester – pictured with Alex Tripp-Sharman as Rochester’s mad wife Bertha – both gave powerful dynamic performances in the central roles. However, the whole cast and crew were congratulated by members of the audience for contributing to an evening to remember at the art centre.

Making friends THE CALPE Branch of the Royal British Legion now meets at the Bolero Bar on Playa Fossa every Friday morning at 11.30am. The branch hopes to welcome new members – both ex-service men and women and those without a background in the Armed Forces – and offers both friendship and a good social life. Anyone interested in finding out more about the branch and the Legion can contact Carl Gullis, the membership secretary, on 96 649 9282.

Life recipes

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Baked fillets of halibut with tomato Halibut is one of the least well known of the flat fish with soft, flaky white flesh and a delicate flavour. It’s not too hard to find and it’s relatively cheap. You could use plaice fillets instead or even tail fillets of hake or cod. Try serving with hash browns or croquette potatoes and a green vegetable such as broccoli or French beans. • 2 fillets of halibut (or one large piece cut in half) about 250g total weight • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced • Olive oil • Salt and black pepper • Balsamic vinegar • Dried mixed herbs 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C. 2. Place the sliced tomato in a single layer in the bottom of a shallow ovenproof dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar then season generously with salt and pepper. Place the fish fillets on top of the sliced tomato and sprinkle with the dried herbs.

Buñol to charge a fee for Tomatina

3. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Use a fish slice and a spatula to carefully lift the fish and tomato slices onto serving plates, then spoon over some of

the cooking juices. Serves: 2 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

If you have a recipe you would like to share with RTN Readers, email your recipe and if possible a photo to

THE CITY of Buñol is to charge the public 10€ to take part in this year’s Tomatina festivities in an effort to limit attendees to around 20,000. The celebrations centre on a frenzied tomato-throwing exercise that turns Buñol’s streets – along with residents and visitors – red with rivers of pulp. The town’s deputy mayor announced that in 2012 the community struggled to cope safely with a crowd of nearly 50,000, leading to the decision to try to cull interest in this year’s event. It is predicted that numbers of attendees for the August festival will be confirmed during March. For more information on Tomatina visit


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Life events

Classical music comes to Calpe By Jack Troughton RENOWNED SPANISH musician and composer Georgina Sanchez Torres returns to Calpe on Saturday 16th February to present a varied programme with pianist Manuel Corbacho. Georgina is described as a thoroughbred musician – a fantastic cellist, a passionate conductor and the writer of some 30 works. She first visited the Marina Alta town in 2010 when she filled the village church, returning a year later to enthrall with a classical repertoire based around the music of Rachmaninov and Schnittke. The first part of Georgina and Manuel’s concert will take in the music of European composers from Handel to the present day. The second section of the night will be entirely Spanish and will include some of Georgina’s own compositions. In April this year, Georgina will make an extensive tour through the Netherlands and Belgium. Since 2012, she has been “artist in residence” of the Voice Festival in Salzburg and

The great ABBA Experience ONCE AGAIN, Rob Barendsma (director of the hugely successful ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘Fame’) is preparing a spectacular musical experience at the La Nucia Auditori, 22nd and 23rd February at 8pm. ‘The great ABBA Experience’ consists of his 80 strong choir and many other artists performing the very popular music of ABBA, accompanied by local dance groups from la Nucia, ‘Streetwise’ from Albir and singers and musicians from around the community. Don’t miss this fun and colourful extravaganza of all your favourite ABBA songs...sung in close harmony, so typical of this extraordinarily famous group. Tickets at 10€ are available from the Auditori Box Office (open 10am-1pm and 6pm-8pm), Companions, Servicam. com (902 444 300); or at the door on the night. You can also come to ‘Teatro del Sol’ in calle Paris, urb. bello Horizonte 1 La Nucia on Fridays from 6.30pm-7pm to take advantage of our pre-paid ticket collection service.

Manuel Corbacho

associated soloist of the Vienna Mahler Philharmonic. Manuel Corbacho studied with one of Spain’s most renowned pianists, Joaquin Achucarro and regularly tours Italy, USA and Spain. The concert starts at 8pm in Salon

Blau of Calpe’s casa de Cultura. Tickets are 9€ for members of Ilusion Art and 14€ for non-members. Reservations are highly recommended – by email to or by calling 656 714 787.

Rob Barendsma

Life music

James Hurst – Vocalist: Music for all occasions JAMES HAS been entertaining for more than twenty years in the UK. He moved to the Costa Blanca in 2010 and has since built up a regular following. With a wide range of styles and genres of music from the 1940s to the present day, James can deliver a complete evening’s entertainment, specialising in such artists as Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond, Snow Patrol, Razorlight and Paulo Nuttini. From Croon and Swing, Rock n’ Roll or Reggae to Rock, James can entertain all tastes and ages: Available for bars, restaurants, clubs, societies and private parties: Telephone 96 645 7770 or 644 462 867. Email: Also Facebook under James Hurst: Music for all occasions. FEBRUARY GIGS Friday 8th - Private Party Saturday 9th - Chino Wok Mediterraneo, El Verger Thursday 14th - Ca Pep Restaurant / Bar, Orba Saturday 23rd - Private Party

Timewarp Duo: Tribute Shows

HUSBAND AND wife duo Justin James and Jaime Lee are better known as ‘Timewarp’. Both Jaime and Justin have a true talent for singing, whether performing haunting ballads, powerful rock anthems or pop classics. They have been performing professionally together for the past 15 years. All ‘Timewarp’ shows are known for their feel good and upbeat music for all generations to enjoy, where the audience is invited to relax and sing along or get up and dance the night away. Phone: 671 354 188 or visit February Gigs Thursday 14th - Bar Ambiente, Moravit, Moraira Saturday 16th - El Cid Bar & Rte., Benidoleig, Benidoleig (50s and 60s Show) Sunday 17th - So What Bar, Av. De Europa, Calpe. 5.30pm Friday 22nd - Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, Rte. El Comercio, Marques de Campo, Denia Wednesday 27th - Private Party

Black Glitter – rock/soul band BLACK GLITTER is an exciting band with a line up of Geoff Britton (drums), Kelly (vocals), Carlos (guitar) and Chema (bass). The band’s repertoire includes the great lady vocalists of rock and soul, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle etc. There is plenty to enjoy, quality musicians, classic songs and some great dance music. For more info on the band phone Geoff on: 647 946 306. February Gigs Saturday 9th - Daytona Bar, Elda: 7.30pm Saturday 9th - La Plaza Bar , Altea: 12.30am Saturday 16th - Steinways Jazz and Blues, Denia: 12.30am Friday 22nd - La Plaza Bar, Altea: 12.30am Saturday 23rd - Steinways Jazz and Blues, Denia: 12.30am Sunday 24th - Aleluya Bar, Jalon: 7.30pm

The KC Experience: Acoustic Duo THE KC Experience is an acoustic duo formed by Kelly Lee (vocals/piano) and Carlos Bou (acoustic guitar), both from Black Glitter. Their repertoire includes well know jazz standards, Eva Cassidy, Amy Winehouse, Metallica. This is a duo to see and by the end of the evening they will have you singing and dancing to the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and the likes of Coldplay, Duffy and Agnes. For more information visit them on Facebook. February Gigs Friday 8th - Bar Emillo, Llosa de Camacho: 9pm Sunday 17th - Alter Ego, Denia: 5pm

Charity quiz night for Lions and MABS PROFITS FROM a charity quiz night on Tuesday 26th February will be shared between the Lions of Ondara, Jalon and Orba and the MABS Cancer Support Group. Everyone is invited to join in the fun at El Cid, Benidoleig. The entrance fee of 12.50€ includes a two-course meal. The evening starts at 7.15pm for 7.45pm and to reserve a place call Barbara on 96 558 4010 or Anna on 96 640 8165.

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Life horoscopes With a decisive Mars playing gooseberry with a dreamy disconnected Pisces there has to be some conflict in the current scheme of things; especially when you appear to be working to deadline. The uphill struggle of late has taught you a lesson and left to your devices. The coast is clear, and there is nothing to stop you now.

Venus in Aquarius is finely tuned and ready to work magic in an affair of the heart; however a poignant midweek squaring up to Saturn in Scorpio brings truth to you on all levels. Something is holding you back, and Saturn is giving you one very good thing, a chance to see things from a different angle. Jupiter brings a touch of fortune and this bodes well for actions involving the close scrutiny of both Mercury and Mars in Pisces. This has to be a cards on the table confrontation as you finally get to tell your version of the truth as you see it. Some may not appreciate your honesty, but nothing must stop you.

You have started so you have to finish but time is of the essence and there is something unknown to you that is finally revealed this week. Reserve your judgment until you have re assessed the boundaries, and learnt to keep back your emotions, since, whether you like it or not you have to be cruel to be kind sometimes. Powerful energies have shown you a way forward that is a little outside of your comfort zone. Now comes the decision to make a clean breast of things or to swallow your pride and accept something short of your specific aims right now. Compromise is not readily acceptable, so do what you have to, whatever that is, do what seems right. Same old, same old is bugging your progress right now. If you look back at all you have achieved then you will see what you are capable of, and that’s a proven track record. The winds of change are blowing right across your plans and projects but then change is something you will embrace with widely open arms. Walk a few steps in someone else’s shoes because you have been judgmental and surprisingly harsh over a matter that has blown out of all proportion. In hindsight you would never have got involved if you knew that all this would end in confrontation; but it has and you must question why you are so defensive right now. With so much on your plate it is time to delegate to someone else. This is not handing over or losing control it is adding a string to your bow whilst some of the pressure is taken off, and you have the time to see things for just what they really are. Help in general is on its way as Saturn repays to you an outstanding debt of honour. Expect changes to your routine this week as things force you to rearrange your schedule. The end result is a great week and an opportunity to catch up with an old friend as they come knocking at your door midweek. You will enjoy the chance to be yourself for a change and all that this brings to you right now. Your first impressions were spot on, and you have been right to be cautious as of late, since all is not what it would appear to be. This goes against the grain of your buoyant and determined way of dealing with things; but it does show you the significant psychic energies you are oh so capable of using to good effect. Venus and Saturn pay homage to your calm and resolute dedication, and in cahoots help to nudge you further on in the right direction and with some subtle changes in mind all along the way. There is no need to re invent yourself, but taking a long hard look at options that are open to you is the very best way forward. Actions this week with Mercury, Neptune and Mars make a clear statement you should ignore at your peril. Subsequent actions with Chiron in Mercury underline the current need to take things to new heights, and here your innovation and your foresight are much needed to the success of a major project looming.

Kenny corris


It is always good to get mail from readers. I have to shorten my Postbag letters because they can take over ten minutes to read and I have such a small slot to display them on my page. The writer of any Postbag mail does get an official and private reply from me, and the names printed are always changed from the original. It is my way to answer questions and to help when and where I can. If I am unable to help then the message is forwarded to someone who could answer better than I could. Confidentiality is always maintained, and I am non judgmental and supportive, with whatever that entails. Claire wrote to me just before Christmas, she was having a problem in supporting a very gifted son; who had started to ask her questions that she was unable to answer. It was obvious that her seven year old was a old soul and I was able to help her more to understand just what this entails. This meant that Claire got the answers she wanted to give her son….son got the answer he needed and everyone was happy. I will always answer any question I can, and although in the spiritual game it is important to come to your own conclusions. Sometimes the helping hand is needed, we all need security. Ben was very concerned about the death of his Grandfather as there was some mystery surrounding his death and the rest of the family were unable to set his mind at ease. I was able to greatly clear the mystery and interpreted some of Ben’s actual dreams which were a part of the solution. We had a sitting together and all

Kennys diary

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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 February 11th and 13th from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213.

Email your letters to me at:

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 28th. 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 directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

If it’s your birthday this week

was revealed and much changed in the reveal which lead up to Grandfather’s passing over. The truth was told, and it was a different story to the rumour. Beryl didn’t like her name, and I sent her a picture of an actual Beryl gemstone which changed her mind. She had distinctive psychic powers and was in fear that they would all go against her if she got something wrong. She needed guidance and she got it and the result was that she is now working as a clairvoyant and honing her great skills as she moves along her spiritual pathway. If she does make a mistake, and she hasn’t yet; then she knows how to pick herself up, and I am always an email away. Simon was in debt when he wrote. He is one of thousands who write to ask the winning numbers in the Euro lottery, to help his cash crisis. If I knew those numbers, and I never do, then would I pass them on, or would I just disappear? Anyway Simon was taught the law of attraction, started to do what he hadn’t done which was to ask for the abundance he needed in an acceptable way and without begging. For him great things happened and he is using his talents well, creating a way of working for himself on line. It is solving his financial problems and now he is unafraid to accept what comes his way, whatever it may be. He was afraid to ask. Many of you will hopefully ask for what you deserve as a result of reading this. I am an email away, or write me on snail mail. If I am not the person to help then contact someone else, but do something, send out the intention of what you need an answer to; and Spirit will try to find a way that’s right for you. I promise you.

Kenny, I often feel alone with my spiritual beliefs, and need a kindred soul who will share things with me. My late husband always believed in Spirit and yet he has never come through in the six years since he passed over. I talk to him and I feel he is there but I am waiting for a breakthrough and his communication to start. Any suggestions? Janet F. We all need Spiritual friends to talk to. They are non judgmental and inspiring and they will also understand and want to help you….it’s the spiritual way of doing things, and it just feels right. As for your communication with your late partner, take this as far as you can. Try giving him a day, a date, and a time and then start to communicate, this can greatly help the process and I hope that it helps. If you feel his is present then tell him just that, tell him you can feel he is there and that you are doing your very best to start the process. Tell him the truth that you miss him and that you love him and that you are O.K. and unafraid. I wonder if he fears that you will be heartbroken if he comes through and then has to then leave you once more?

Just for once ignore the tried and tested and take a chance as an opportunity seems to be what you are looking for. Change is all around you, and it is high time you took advantage of your inspiring energies and gave them a go; and someone else, a run for their money.


Cryptic Crossword Across 7. It breaks up these endless taxes (6) 8. I’m more confused by this biographical sketch (6) 10. Stop the Spanish officer (7) 11. See 9 Down 12. We turn and hesitate but became a pitcher (4) 13. A practice that attracts a considerable amount of interest (5) 17 & 4 Down. Inexperienced zoo attendants become groundsmen! (5-7) 18 & 1 Down. William, a persevering type, is in the advertising business (4-7) 22. An inclination after tea to go for a walk (5) 23. Come home after everybody else, but live longer (7) 24. A number of notes we hear producing harmony (6) 25. Physical strength for which there could be a thousand different clues (6)

Word Ladders


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Down 1. See 18 Across 2. Describing any flower deliberately sought after (7) 3. A deceptive movement is not easily distinguished, one hears (5) 4. See 17 Across 5 & 6 Down. What tennisplayers wear when invited to the Palace! (5-5) 6. See 5 Down 9 & 11 Across. What French capitalists use when facing the wall? (7,2,5) 14. Material per yard as arranged (7) 15. Monetary affairs can get mixed up in legal penalty (7) 16. To be sycophantic is not so sharp! (7) 19. Illegally acquire southern bird (5) 20. Be inclined to favour a caprice (5) 21. Overweight porter (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 7. Shares (6) 8. Visitor (6) 10. Uniform (7) 11. Concise (5) 12. Small bay (4) 13. Tell-tale (5) 17. Memento (5) 18. Daybreak (4) 22. Perfect (5) 23. Eager desire for wealth (7) 24. Stress (6) 25. Bog (6)

Down 1. Largest bird (7) 2. Pardon (7) 3. Aptitude (5) 4. Warlike (7) 5. Vigilant (5) 6. Command (5) 9. Head (9) 14. Effective (7) 15. Main city (7) 16. Vehement (7) 19. Essential (5) 20. Educate (5) 21. Truck (5)

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Life cars


Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Practicality, style and speed THOSE ARE the three key qualities of the Citroen DS3 Ultra Prestige that I am fortunate enough to be testing this week. The moment I clap eyes on the sleek white hatch with blacked-out rear windows and cool alloys, I know that we’re going to get on well. It’s not always the case because as a motoring hack I have to take what’s given and sometimes it can be tough, for instance when you’re searching for a positive angle on a dull Proton. Externally it’s a very appealing package and this is maintained on opening the door. It’s only available as a three-door, which is just as well as it would lose something if two extra doors were added. This range-topping model has a choice of two engines: a 1.6-litre petrol or a diesel. There’s a stark difference in performance and economy figures for the pair. The petrol will hit 60mph from standstill in about seven seconds and has a top speed of 130mph. It will return 47mpg; so does the 1.4-litre VW Polo but that travel from 0-60mph in 11.5secs. Diesel drivers are always most interested in economy so 74mpg is sure to please them and 9.4secs 0 to 60mph and 118mph top speed should keep them happy. I am driving the petrol model. As I slide into the superb leather seat that cossets in all the right places, the first thing that catches the eye is the twotone black and cream leather dashboard. The designers have really gone to town on the DS3 and the driver certainly feels they are driving a prestigious vehicle as the name suggests. There’s a traditional handbrake rather than any of this modern electric nonsense and a very good six-speed manual gearbox. This is a proper driver’s car with the practicality of room in the rear, large enough to fit daughter Harriett in her Cosatto baby seat. Luxuries include cruise control, which is handy on a long motorway journey but it cannot be relied upon when travelling up or down hill as it does not hold the desired speed. There’s air conditioning, electric windows and a good stereo. The

Pixie Lott scores track time with Citroën DS3 Racing

black wing mirrors, which contrast beautifully against the white bodywork, automatically fold when the car’s locked as you can see in the video at Its boot is large enough to fit the shopping in or a briefcase and laptop bag. New price range: From 13,500€

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MAZDA “6” 2.0i ACTIVE - NEW SHAPE “2008” 11995 €


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PEUGEOT 308 1.6i 16v CONFORT “2010” 10995 €

OPEL ASTRA 1.9CDTi COSMO AUTO “2008” 9995 €

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OPEL ASTRA 1.7CDTi ENJOY “2008 8995 €



OPEL CORSA 1.2i SILVERLINE “2004” 4500 €

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OPEL ZAFIRA 1.8i AUTO 111 YEARS EDITION “2010” 11995 €

OPEL NEW ASTRA 1.7 CDTi ENJOY “2010” 11995 €

TOYOTA YARIS 1.4 D4D LUNA “2006” 4995 €

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VW GOLF 1.6i AUTO “2000” 3995 €

OPEL ASTRA 1.7 CDTI ENJOY “2008” 8995 €

MAZDA 3 1.6i ACTIVE “2008” 8995 €

OPEL ZAFIRA 1.9 CDTi ENJOY 7 SEATS “2005” 7995 €

VOLVO S40 1.8i SUMMUM “2008” 8995€

FORD FOCUS 1.6i TREND “2005” 5995 €

KIA CERATO 1.6i GLX SEDAN “2005” 5995 €

KIA CEED 1.6 CRDi DRIVE “2011” 10995 €

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DODGE CALIBER 2.0i AUTO “2007” 7500€

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Someone please turn out the Lamps! Is it just me or is everyone else bored of the Lampard-Chelsea contract saga? Up until recently, I was actually of the opinion that he could still do a job in the Premier League and probably did deserve a new deal but the media coverage over the past couple weeks has become so sickly that I’ve completely changed my mind and would now just prefer it if “Super Frank” would vanish off the face of the earth! If you believe the commentators and journalists, the lack of contract offer is a crime against all that is decent. The poor little lamb’s being tortured every week and we should pray for him whilst he suffers this intolerable abuse of his human rights! You’d think the man was Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha all rolled into one rather than a thick-set multi-millionaire who may unfortunately need to change employers late in his career. We’re repeatedly told that his goals are invaluable; his work-rate is exemplary; that he’s a great example to younger players and, when Eden Hazard had his runin with the Swansea ball-boy, we were told breathlessly by at least

one leading football journalist that it was Lampard who sorted it all out and calmed all parties down. It was apparently another example of Lampard’s leadership and good, honest decency; good, honest decency that was being cruelly cast aside by Chelsea FC. In actual fact, the pictures on the night show it was other players trying to smooth the situation well before Our Hero arrived but this was ignored. Instead, it was presented to us as a job for Super Frank and him alone. It doesn’t stop there either. Lampard is far from being a perfect player but when he makes a mistake (and, if you watch closely, he makes a lot) it’s merely ignored by his adoring media pals. Against Newcastle last week, you could certainly argue that he left Moussa Sissoko unmarked for the third goal but of course, the commentator chose to ignore that and blame Petr Cech instead. There’s been various similar incidents in other Chelsea games this year but, for some reason, we only ever seem to hear the roar of approval as he scores another penalty; as if scoring a penalty is a talent no-one else possesses!? In addition to this, others in the media have invented a ghost army of Lampard critics who seek to tell the world he’s useless and over the hill. This ghost army, according to Frankie Fans, is forever being proven wrong by their Superman. Of course, no such army exists, it’s an invention to make it seem as though he’s heroically fighting back against tremendous adversity. He isn’t. Lampard has been a top, top club footballer but, internationally, like the rest

of his “golden generation”, he’s been an eternal loser. Apparently though, this wasn’t his fault either; it’s the fault of the various England managers who’ve failed to get the best out of him!? Don’t get me wrong, Lampard continues to play well on occasion; he scores goals and does his job. Even aged nearly 35 he’s certainly not without talent, but he is NOT some indispensable man-God that Chelsea will be profoundly weaker without. If the club hold firm, and let him go, they’re doing the right thing, but most will argue that it’s just another example of Chelsea’s shambolic management structure. A healthy section of the fans turned on Abramovich following the Di Matteo/ Benitez fiasco, and there are more ready to revolt if Frank’s shown the door. It’s therefore quite ironic that, if the hero is to be saved, it’ll be one of Roman’s famously shocking errors of judgment that does it! This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 9th Feb: Spurs v Newcastle (1.45pm) Scotland v Italy (6 Nations – 3.30pm) Chelsea v Wigan (4pm) Sunderland v Arsenal (4pm) France v Wales (6 Nations – 6pm) S’hampton v Man City (6.30pm) Sun 10th Feb: Aston Villa v West Ham (2.30pm) Ireland v England (6 Nations – 4pm) Man United v Everton (5pm) 12th/13th/14th: All Champions / Europa League Fixtures

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Andy Kay


Wilshere v Brazil

The Final Whistle

For all the talk of the Golden Generation, the cold, hard facts are that England has done little on the international stage for quite some time. So it was encouraging to see such a young national team beating Brazil at Wembley in midweek. Even more heartening was the performance of Jack Wilshere. The Arsenal midfielder stole the show and proved that there is at least one player in England that possesses the kind of technique that we see week in, week out in La Liga. Just as impressive was how Wilshere bonded with Steven Gerrard, a pairing that coach Roy Hodgson said afterwards could “compete with the best in the world.” Meanwhile, Joe Hart’s double save from Ronaldinho was quite outstanding and has gone a long way to make up for that appalling shampoo commercial he’s done. Q 8 v Managers 4 The owners of Nottingham Forest are from Kuwait and, after parting company this week with Alex McLeish, they are now searching for their fourth coach since August last year. No wonder then that at the City Ground, Manager of the Month isn’t considered so much as an award, but rather a job title! Owen v Jonny “The best start to a Six Nations ever” enthused John Inverdale on the BBC last weekend. And who are we to doubt him. Wales v Ireland served up six tries, so did England against Scotland and then Italy pulled off a major shock by beating pre-tournament favourites France in Rome. But superb weekend though it was, the big match up takes place this Sunday when Ireland host England. With the French defeat, this game has been described as the tournament decider and of interest to many will be the individual match-ups that, with Scotland and Wales so far off the pace at the moment, will surely decide the likely make up of the British Lions team to face Australia this summer. Centre to that is Owen Farrell v Jonathan Sexton at fly-half. The Irishman has long been considered to be the natural choice to grab the number 10 shirt for the Lions but after his

Jack Wilshere stole the show

man of the match performance against Scotland, Farrell is making rapid strides in the right direction. It promises to be a fascinating encounter. Bolt v The Tax Man You don’t often hear much good news coming out of 11 Downing Street but the Chancellor’s decision to grant a one-off tax exemption for all competitors at this summer’s British Athletics London Grand Prix is most welcome. It

Fishing Maggots End

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Joaquin Gomez with former English referee Geoff Ellison

By Keith Nicol One man in Torrevieja is man with a mission, and that is to train referees to a higher standard and in turn, earn the respect of the players, coaches, parents and supporters alike. Former professional referee Joaquin Gomez is this man and through Torrevieja’s Sports Department, he is heading up an innovative course in refereeing for anyone from the age of 12 to 45 (maybe more if you are fit!). Ultimately the aim of the course is to train new referees to first certificate level and upwards from there. Torrevieja was the first in Spain to provide a comprehensive training

course for referees from the basics through to advanced level, without requiring students to be federated with the football association. Gomez teaches the course with assistance from former professional referees from various levels of Spanish football. Joaquin is well aware of the level of discontent and lack of respect shown towards some officials at a junior level. One of his aims is to educate new referees, players and even coaches about the laws of the game and their interpretation. Anyone interested can register, as the workshops are seamless and taught on a rolling basis, so you

means that the Olympic Stadium can once again host the likes of Usain Bolt without the triple Olympic champion ending the meeting out of pocket, due to the UK’s insistence on taxing global endorsement income. There was already huge excitement about the two-day Grand Prix being staged at Olympic Park and Bolt’s inclusion in the field, possibly in the 100m and in a relay team, will go a long way to helping British Athletics sell out all 80,000 seats on both days.

can join in anytime. Classes take place every Wednesday from 7.00pm to 8:30pm hours in the press-room of the Palacio de los Deportes Infanta Cristina and a basic working knowledge of Spanish should suffice. Last week, a former English referee, Geoff Ellison met with Joaquin to find out about attending the course and hopes to become in junior football this year. With over 1,000 teams at under-12 level in the Valencian Community alone, it is a need that will not be going away. And before you ask, all referees are paid for their official services while Joaquin’s course are absolutely free.

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK’S exciting and cannot-wait-to-fish match was again held on the Embalse de Pedrera. The competition was the 9th round of the winter championship. The weather on the day was glorious with temperatures up in the mid-20s. However, this was not reflected in the fishing, in the weights or the amount of fish caught. With the times that we have fished this stretch and the bait put in, it should be fishing better, but there you go - the vagaries of fishing. The problem is that with so few fish concentration must be kept full on all day, as that one bite will probably be your only one! Top Rods on the day 1st Dave (The Sweetie man) Hutchinson fishing the feeder and using tares with 6.26 kilos 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot with 4.66 kilos 3rd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill fishing the feeder using tares with 4.32 kilos At least this week the catch average has improved with seven anglers catching six blanks. ACCUMULATIVE POINTS AFTER 9 MATCHES Dave Hoare 25 points Terry Screen 61 points Bill Reade 65 points Two matches to go to complete the series. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771.

FC Torry news

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: Supplied by Terry Screen This week’s 4th round of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished at Nancy’s on the 29th January. We are still having good turn outs at the matches despite the time of year: the sooner the better for the weather to start to warm up so we have no more dry nets - this week there were four anglers who blanked. There is plenty of water coming in from the channels, but the level is still about a foot below the normal. 1st Terry (Swing em) Screen with 8.440kg fishing the feeder using maggot 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade with 7.000kg fishing the pole using paste 3rd Andy (The web man) Stevenson with 6.100kg fishing the feeder using maggot Our next Club meeting is at the Abbey Tavern12th February at 7.30pm. All details are available at or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address:

Torry brought in 3 new signings in the January transfer window to bolster the squad which was very depleted and is still a bit short on quality in midfield. 3 experienced players have been recruited. Defender JuanFran, left-back Dani Meseguer and attacking wide-man Villanueva. The first 2 started in the game last Sunday away to Muro which Torry lost 2-1 after taking the lead after 27 minutes through a Gasch penalty. Muro equalised 2 minutes later and got the winner 10 minutes into the second-half. Cuco Ros received his marching orders in injury time. Torry are now only 2 points outside the relegation zone and have to pick themselves up and brush themselves down ready for another away game on Sunday at 8th placed Alicante team Jove Espanol. Burguillos and Koeman should return after suspension and hopefully Villanueva will be fit to make his debut. Points are now needed to halt the slide.


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Maintenance or cosmetic? Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

GOLFERS HAVE talked a lot recently about the condition of the golf courses they play here in our part of Spain and compared them to the golf courses they are used to playing in the United Kingdom. This is particularly relevant to those who travel back and forwards with homes here and there. Most of the talk is really a form of frustration with the condition of one or two here where they see things such as hedge trimming and tree pruning taking place when the condition of our courses could be improved with the better use of the labour available. As I have said many times we have fewer people working at our golf courses now than we have had for many years and this is likely to continue for some time to come. It is therefore imperative that the labour is used in the most commercially sensible way possible; a way that will see bare patches on fairways reseeded and repaired and tees repaired before time is wasted on the cosmetic things such as the flower beds around the clubhouse. Perhaps we could even see some of the rock-hard bunkers raked so that we can play bunker shots the way they are supposed to be played with sand that

is actually in the bunker and not outside it. Okay it is great to sit and have a drink or two outside the clubhouse with friends after golf and admire the flowers but ask any golfer and they would rather see the golf course in better condition and the flower beds in worse condition - after all they come to the golf course to play golf not just sit and admire the flower beds as they have their coffee or whatever afterwards. The idea of having a golf course in better condition may even bring some much needed financial rewards to our struggling golf courses if golfers see the work prioritised and the condition of the course improving. I am no expert in agronomy but I feel that grass can be grown in this part of the world practically all year long so to have massive bare patches on fairways and tees that have less grass than a bald man has hair is unacceptable and shows poor business sense. Once again maybe it is time that we experienced golfers explained to those in control of the work on our golf courses that we would rather see green grass where it is supposed to be than beautiful colours outside in the car park and pristine hedgerows and

trees that really look better when they are in full foliage than when they are cut short.

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 8TH FEBRUARY 2013 Which course in Kent is still on the rota for The Open Championship? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 28th February to be entered into February’s draw, which will be made on 1st March 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th March 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell. January’s winner: Margaret Prattey

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RTN GOLF Club members turned out to compete at Alicante Golf last Tuesday in weather that was better for sailing than golf. Strong winds added to the challenge of the superb layout designed by Seve Ballesteros and producing a good score was almost impossible. The water levels of several lakes and ponds rose considerably as balls flew at angles that left some players speechless as their balls attempted unsuccessfully to swim on choppy waters. With some very tricky pin positions on some holes it was no surprise that our two’s pot was unclaimed at the conclusion of the days golf. This week the prize fund will be rolled over and shared amongst those lucky enough to secure a birdie on one of the six par threes. Nicky Stewart is our lowest handicap golfer and it was he who returned the best score of the day with 33 Stableford points. Our next lowest handicapper is Natasha Woodhams and her consistency continued as she scored 31 points to take second place. RTN Golf Club members who come along to play in our weekly meetings have been given a special discount by Angel Llopes Molina the director of golf at Alicante golf that see us with the lowest priced green fee of any golf society, currently 40€ including buggy, so to come and play with us at Alicante Golf is now more attractive than ever. For those who wish to consider annual membership, this is available for our members at an exclusive price; for more information contact Marife Hernandez on 965 152 043 and please make sure you tell her you are a member of RTN Golf Club to get your exclusive offer. Every member of RTN Golf Club and their guests are welcome to come along to any of our meetings and enjoy their golf with. Email with your names and handicaps and we will confirm your tee times. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 12th February RTN Golf League at Alicante Golf 19th February RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 26th February RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members held at Alicante Golf: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

Come and play golf with us every Tuesday at Alicante Golf 40€ inc. buggy. To enter email your name and handicap to

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the top floor at The New Asturias Restaurant, Punta Prima between 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month. Open to all age-groups. For more info call Margaret on 966730569 or Brian on 678807159. Looking forward to meeting you ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - COSTA BLANCA Confidential Helpline, South 625 912 078, North 648 169 045.

ALSTRAYS TRANSPORT SERVICES Monthly cat and dog transports between Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK. DEFA certificate and license. Tel: 676 653 681

FREE TO A GOOD HOME Husky Cross Puppies. 10 weeks old. Will split Tel: 722 719 844

DOG URGENTLY LOOKING FOR NEW HOME Yaqui. DOB 01-022011, energetic Breton Setter X, was saved from death and is now ready to go to an active family with big garden. He is very affectionate and healthy. More information on or 644240982

PET TRANSPORTER SPAIN/ UK/SPAIN Travel door to door with your pets for free. www. 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

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

THE MORAIRA CHARITY SHOP TO HELP THE ELDERLY AND NEEDY The Moraira Charity Shop is currently open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m, and also Tuesday and Thursday evening from 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. for all your bargains. All donations are gratefully received. If you are unable to bring items to the shop, we are happy to collect within the Moraira area. Please telephone Chris or Kath on 666628056 or 678164697 who will arrange collection. The Moraira Charity Shop, located just off the Avenida del Portet Road (close to the Guardia Civil Offices) STRICTLY SOCIAL CLUB. Why not come and join us for an afternoon of entertainment, fun, quizzes and games. We also have speakers, and arrange meals out and coach outings. We meet on

SAILING BOAT FOR SALE Sadler 26, 6 berth, based Denia, Excellent condition, 19,500€ ono. Tel: 680501404 BOATING LICENSES NOW LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN 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.

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

SEARCHING PARTNER Digital Printing Company (8 years of succesfull activities) is searching partner(s) with financial possibilities for business expansion. Serious perspectives. Information: 96 570 74 90. MY VENDING BUSINESS 30 Pringle machines, Based North Costa Blanca.€10,500 ono.Tel: 680501404

HYMER 544, LHD, ENGLISH PLATES 1xdouble, 2xsingle, low mileage, twin leisure batteries/LPG bottles, solar panels, cabin A/C, alarm, new tyres, new cam belt, awning, new MOT on sale, Taxed Oct 2013. 29,500€ Tel:616727466 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.

ALBIR: Unfurnished and extremely spacious 2 bed house with garage, private gardens, 2 en-suite bathrooms and sunny terrace. Walking distance to town - NO HILLS !! 800€ p/m ALFAZ: Bargain! 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in town. Furnished or unfurnished, parking possible. Great price 450€ p/m ATALAYAS DE POLOP. 595€ P/M really spacious and unfurnished 3 bedroom plus 2 bathrooms. Parking, views, private garden. Book your viewing today. VILLAJOYOSA: luxury 4 bedroom house with panoramic sea views, parking, large kitchen, pool and gardens. Must be viewed 2500€ p/m LA CALA: 395€ p/m modern and well furnished one bed apartment 5 minute walk to the beach. Well maintained and a great price. SIERRA CORTINA: 650€ per month. Very modern 2 bed apartment with private sunny terraces and fantastic views. Garage & storage, furnished throughout.


8 - 14 february 2013 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 Kwatro in Albir/Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILLS By at least 33%. please call 698 320 434 for demonstration REPAIRS Washing machines, Dishwashers & Dryers. Also Boilers and any electrical problems. 24hours. Cheap prices Tel 626 805 709

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 634 319 060.

HANDYMAN JAVEA AREA General maintenance, No job too small. Gardens tidied, Pools cleaned, Pressure washing, Chimneys swept. Tel: 680501404 NEW LAWN/LAWN PROBLEMS Call the lawn specialist for a solution on 676863778

HANDYMAN JAVEA AREA General maintenance, No job too small. Gardens tidied, Pools cleaned, Pressure washing, Chimneys swept. Tel: 680501404

S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-HomeHealth-Comercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787123/622-275-561/686-116-297 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. Try us out so we can prove how good we are, book 2 hours and only pay for 1 on your first booking. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

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

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT JOB? Working outside on golf courses between Alicante and Benidorm areas? The Million Dollar Hole in One is now looking for full and part time positions. This fun and flexible job needs a bubbly lady with her own transport. For more information see www. email: or call Andy for an interview on 618915090

ENTHUSIASTIC AGENTS NEEDED for Avon cosmetics. Meet people and turn spare time into cash. Phone Rosh 966 785 520 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.

ALEXANDERS ANTIQUE JEWELLERS pay Top London prices, Est. 2003. Open Mon-Sat, 10am - 2pm. Javea Port seafront. Tel: 965 792 595 / 667 270 969

10 BAR CHAIRS FOR SALE metal frame with dark red leather upholstery. 15€ each. Tel: 677213861 (La Nucia) 10 BAR CHAIRS FOR SALE , metal frame with dark red leather upholstery. 15€ each. Tel: 677213861 (La Nucia) INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINES Juki needle feed, walking foot, with stand, with cotton stand. 400€ ono. Brother Industrial machine, flat stitch, self oiling, with cotton stand. 300€ ono. Overlocker sewing machine, Singer, twin needle, self oiling, with cotton stand. 300€ ono. Buyer Collects. To view answerphone 966472400 or mobile 626247827 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 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 Display cabinets, desks, sideboards, book cases,etc. 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

8 - 14 february 2013 AT MICHAEL’S Pine wardrobe with mirrored front. 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.

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

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.

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

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


ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. From €2, other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 BLUE PILLS, JELLIES AND WEEKENDERS to improve your love life. Pay on Delivery. Local and nationwide service. www. or phone Colin 680878735

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


HYMER 544, LHD, ENGLISH PLATES 1xdouble, 2xsingle, low mileage, twin leisure batteries/LPG bottles, solar panels, cabin A/C, alarm, new tyres, new cam belt, awning, new MOT on sale, Taxed Oct 2013. 29,500€ Tel:616727466

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

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

HANDYMAN JAVEA AREA General maintenance, No job too small. Gardens tidied, Pools cleaned, Pressure washing, Chimneys swept. Tel: 680501404

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777

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


8 - 14 february 2013 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

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:

HANDYMAN JAVEA AREA General maintenance, No job too small. Gardens tidied, Pools cleaned, Pressure washing, Chimneys swept. Tel: 680501404

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 NO CALLOUT CHARGE SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional,

MAR MENOR GOLF, 2 BED 2 bath villa. Tiled garden with pool. Gas Central heating. Air conditioning. 178,500€ ono. Tel: 968 041 560 DETACHED VILLA, 3 BEDS 2 shower rooms, 2 kitchens, living/dining area. Central heating. Community pool, parking 2 cars. 225,000€. Tel: 966 495 193. 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 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 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

NEW 2 BED unfurnished/ furnished apartment. Algorfa town centre, swimming pool, 250€ per month OR yearly advance €2400 plus €150 bills monthly. 0044-7949-589539 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 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

PENTHOUSE ON THE LAS MARINES, DENIA Looking to buy or rent. Requirements, penthouse on the Las Marines, Denia 2km to 4km (at the start of Las Marines) South facing with sea views,min 2 bedroom. Monthly rental price 850 euro or to buy 100,000 euro. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 LONG TERM RENTAL ORBA,PEGO,DENIA Rental long term, looking for 2 bedroom apartment, Orba, Pego or Denia. 350 euro per month. Furnished or unfurnished, coming back over within a few weeks. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 WANTED LONG TERM RENTAL JALON Rental client long term, looking for: Jalon valley, 3 bedrooms, 650 euros. Private pool,

south facing with garden. Looking to rent end of February. Furnished or unfurnished. In the campo not urban. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 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 Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at www.rapidpropertysales. com – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

B.M.C.REMOVALS UK-LOCALEUROPE FULLY INSURED, professional, reliable service. We also transport: Cars, Caravans, Quad Bikes, Motorbikes, Scooters, Small Boats and Jetskis. Office (0034) 966 19 19 11 Mobile (0034) 620 044 983 bmcremovals@

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

BEGINNERS GUITAR LESSONS Beginners guitar lessons required in Benidorm call 637 708 491

SKY SUPPLIES FTA, Sky+HD and Humax Freesat 500GB, 1TB, 2TB new/refurbished receivers. Full Sky (Sports/Movies/HD) from 15e/mth. Complete systems installed, 1.1m 225e, 1.4m 299e. Repairs,Realigns, Spare remotes, Advice. 966194013/600899096 CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097

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

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