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Green jobs created JAVEA TOWN Council has launched a new social employment initiative aimed at creating 30 temporary jobs designed to help the local environment • p3

Currency Clinic on tour

MONEYCORP IS taking its successful Currency Clinic to key points along the Costa Blanca to meet more people to offer free cash-saving advice • p13

Co-op £1.5 billion rescue ANOTHER UK bank is in need of a rescue and as part of the rescue deal it looks like small investors will be hit in the pocket yet again • p31

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Hero calls for visible police presence HAVE-A-GO HERO Pedro Verdu – who was beaten up by thieves after going to the aid of British tourists being robbed – has joined the campaign calling for more uniformed police on the beat in Benidorm. By Jack Troughton THE RINCON de Loix area of the resort, one of the busiest tourist areas, has become a notorious haunt of pickpockets, prostitutes, and ‘peamen’, who use a visual gambling scam to take cash from holidaymakers. However, violent muggings are rare. Pedro, fellow businessmen and residents are calling for the Town Hall to increase security by stepping up the number of police patrols on the streets. The 28-year-old shopkeeper intervened to stop a British couple falling prey to pickpockets outside the Mini Martet in Avenida Filipinas but was attacked by two of the three-strong gang. His courage cost him a cut eyebrow needing several stitches and a serious hematoma in one eye – the shiner still visible four weeks later. Pedro’s bravery has since been acknowledged by charity HELP International of Benidorm, which has given him a “token” reward – the shopkeeper later donating the money to EMAUS. And this week he was once again trying to help tourists from becoming another crime statistic as another band of thieves descended on three young British girls. He told RTN: “I saw these three pickpockets moving in on the girls – I shouted, the thieves saw me and ran. But if I had done nothing, those girls would have been robbed.” Pedro said it was a similar situation a month ago. “I was in the doorway of the shop and saw the old British couple walking passed. Continued on page 5

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Green jobs created

Lifesavers on guard Mayor Jose Chulvi (third from left) and the team behind the project

by Jack Troughton A MARNA Alta town has launched a new social employment initiative aimed at creating 30 temporary jobs designed to help the local environment. Javea Town Council has invited applications from unemployed people not in receipt of benefits and the ‘green brigade’ will carry out “important environmental protection work”. Mayor Jose Chulvi said the project focused on people “who are in a difficult economic situation and need to urgently find employment as they are not in receipt of unemployment benefits.” The plan will have a positive impact on the image of Javea – the brigade will carry out fire prevention work in forest areas, maintain municipal plots, clean and maintain channels and gullies before the rainy season, and clear and weed public roads. Javea has 3,000 hectares of forest and the tasks are thought as key to preventing

fires this summer and waterways before the rainy season. To qualify, a person must be Spanish or an EU citizen, to have registered on the Padron for at least a year, and to be unemployed. The 18 positions for labourers will be those registered unemployed for a minimum of 12 months and have no entitlement to benefits. In the case of the 12 positions for foremen – which require specific training or experience – the length of unemployment is reduced to six months. DEADLINE The deadline to apply is 4th July at the Citizens Advice Bureau (OAC or the Oficina de Atencion al Ciudadano), Avenida Amanecer, Javea. Details will be explained and documents required are a photocopy of DNI or NIE, with a current residence authorisation, an up to date jobseeker’s card and documentary evidence of no income. And to be taken into consideration during selection will be the applicant is a job


seeker; be part of a family receiving social assistance; be aged under 30 or over 45; be part of a large family; being responsible for children who are also unemployed, or having mortgaged or rented housing. Previous experience and training will also be taken into account. RTN was told: “The aim of this plan is to provide help for the maximum number of families in distress and only one job per household will be allocated.” Contracts will be for three months and will pay a gross salary of 1,156€ for labourers and 1,224€ for supervisors. There will be two shifts of 15 workers every three months. The government team has a 175,000€ in a budget earmarked for social projects and includes the 50,000€ mayoral salary given up by Mr Chulvi. It is hoped the new jobs will help some people break the circle of long term unemployment and boost their self-esteem. Full details can be found at

By Jack Troughton SUMMER HAS arrived and along the Mediterranean coast a small army of lifesavers are ready to tackle emergencies at beaches. Javea Red Cross has mobilised a team of 40 lifeguards who will patrol the Arenal, Gravel, Granadella beaches between 11am and 7pm – at Benissero Montanar and Portixol beaches the service will be at weekends until 1st July when they will also enjoy daily patrols. Last year the team made 52 rescues at the beaches – and were able to prevent any loss of life. The public is urged take precautions when swimming in the early season. If possible to only swim where there is a patrol, respect the recommendations of lifeguards, and obey the colours of the warning flags – and not enter the water when the red flag is flying.

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Number one for fraud SPAIN WAS this week awarded the dubious honour of topping the charts as the number one country in the world for British people committing ‘benefit fraud abroad’. by Jack Troughton An estimated 800,000 Brits live in Spain and more allegations about people living here and scamming the system to continue to claim UK benefits are made than any other country popular with expats. On Monday investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions issued a fresh appeal for people to report anyone they suspect of fraudulently claiming UK benefits while living in Spain. They maintain thieves are squandering taxpayers’ money when it could be spent improving public services such as hospitals and schools. The most three common forms of benefit fraud in Spain involve people who: are on means-tested benefits going abroad but failing to notify the DWP of their absence; have undeclared property abroad; and are working whilst claiming sickness benefits. And in Spain claims for Income Support or Pension Credit are the most frequently investigated for fraud, said the DWP. JAIL In a recent example, married couple Peter and Marilyn Flanders from Exmouth, Devon, narrowly escaped jail when they lied to benefit officials maintaining they had no income or property to claim a variety of means-tested benefits, including housing and council tax support. However, it was discovered they owned a villa in Spain, which if it had been declared would have ruled out the benefits. In total they fraudulently pocketed over £30,000 of taxpayers’ money. The couple was made subject of a confiscation order and ordered to re-

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pay the stolen money – or face prison. David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, said: “Taxpayers’ money should be going to the people who need it most, not lining the pockets of criminals. “The vast majority of British people overseas are law-abiding. But those who are fraudulently claiming benefits while living abroad are committing a crime. We are determined to put a stop to it.” Anyone suspecting people committing benefit fraud in Spain are asked to call the free and confidential hotline 900 554 440, or fill in a form available at

EU to challenge Spain’s mortgage laws A NEW EU report backs up the multitude of protests that have been brought against eviction orders by Spanish Banks, most of which have themselves been bailed out by the Spanish Government. More than 350,000 home-owners have been evicted in the last four years. The EU’s report recommends the ‘renegotiation of debt’ for those facing bankruptcy or facing a financial crisis. Across Spain more than one Campaigners across Spain over 1.5 million signatures have been collected by Campaigners pushing the Spanish Government to make changes to the legislation. The impact of the daily eviction orders have resulted in many cases of suicide as householders face eviction and have nowhere left to turn and the banks have been unwilling to rent their property back to families, preferring instead to evict families and then sell the property for less than what the monthly rent would be, relative to a new mortgage negotiation. The report, while not binding will carry ‘considerable political weight’, calls for several changes to the current mortgage laws.

More flights to Alicante By Keith Nicol ALICATE AIRPORT will receive a new airline this autumn starting 26th October. The airline is Brussels Airlines, with many Wallonian and Flemish Belgians having homes in Benidorm, Calpe, Denia and Torrevieja. Flights are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Belgians are, after the British and the Dutch, the third largest group of visitors to the Spanish Costa Blanca. Brussels Airlines presently offer direct connections to four other Spanish destinations: Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga and Bilbao. “With the launch of Alicante we can now offer Brussels Airlines passengers a comfortable travel option to the two most important holiday regions on the Spanish mainland: The Costa Blanca via

Alicante and the Costa Del Sol/Andalusia via Malaga”, says Brussels airlines CCO Lars Redeligx. “With Alicante a top destination in the Belgian travel market, we extend our flight offer to sun destinations even more. Vacationers who wish to travel to the South, have a wide array of choice at Brussels Airlines thanks to our flight offer to Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Venice, Naples, Florence, Lisbon, Malaga, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Marrakech, Agadir, Nice, Marseille, and now also Alicante.” The flights will depart every Wednesday and Saturday, with an early afternoon departure from Brussels Airport and a late afternoon departure from Alicante airport. This schedule allows good connectivity with other European destinations in the Brussels Airlines network.

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Pedro after the attack

continued from front page “Behind them were three Romanians, they had hands inside the lady’s bag – they were robbing the couple. And I shouted at the thieves to go. “All of a sudden I was smacked in the face and I went down to the floor. The thieves were two men and a woman and the men were kicking me in the head.” He said publicity surrounding the attack did trigger extra police security on the streets but maintained the increased police presence had since ebbed. “Now it is exactly the same. Police drive around but don’t stop their car or walk around. We need them to be walking the street and asking for suspects’ identity, making them feel uncomfortable and moving these people on. “Something must be done. It is bad for business and bad for Benidorm. I have witnessed pick pocketing 10 or 12 times. It is common. MEDIA “We need more media publicity so the town hall takes notice of what is happening and steps up police patrols.” HELP President Jan Elders and Welfare Co-

ordinator Christine Lane said the charity had decided to reward Pedro to show its appreciation at helping the couple. Christine said: “Pedro was very courageous and ended up with those injuries – people who go to help do put themselves at risk. He was a brave man.” Jan said the charity usually helped elderly people who needed hospital visits after an accident, after care or the loan of medical equipment - or families of people travelling to Spain after a loved one has been involved in an accident. “There are not a lot of robberies with violence but there is a certain amount of crime in Benidorm,” she said. However, last year the charity did help a regular visitor left “dazed, bruised and battered” after being mugged for a gold chain while admiring the architecture of the Old Town. The man had travel insurance and was taken to Levante Hospital suffering a broken jaw. “His friends in the UK ‘Googled’ Benidorm and found our number and we were able to visit him – he had been coming here for many years and has since been brave enough to come again – in fact he gave us a reward for our help.”


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A British summer BRIGHTON, BLACKPOOL, or Bognor, British beaches are the central theme of the English stand at the 18th International Festival which opens in Javea next Thursday evening. by Jack Troughton Thousands of people are expected to attend the celebration of the cosmopolitan town which boasts being home to more than 80 different nationalities from around the globe. The festival in Avenida Augusta is free and opens at 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, where there is ample opportunity to sample the culture of 21 participating countries over the three evenings. The English stand pays tribute to the island’s beach resorts which became hugely popular in the 19th Century as the railways helped visitors reach the coast.

Government to sell off properties

Seaside towns sprang up with Victorian piers, deck chairs and bathing huts waiting for holiday makers. Soon to follow were donkey rides, Punch and Judy, cockles and candyfloss, souvenir sticks of rock, and naturally, fish and chips. The exhibition is designed to take people back in time to a gentler seaside scene and give a taste of a British summer of bygone years. Mayor Jose Chulvi said the festival offers visitors the opportunity of enjoying the traditions and tastes of different countries “without having to travel”. And he said it was an opportunity to celebrate the people of more than 80 different nationalities living peacefully together in Javea.

SPAIN’S GOVERNMENT is poised to sell 15,000 properties to raise funds as the Prime Minister announces even more of cost-cutting initiative in order to try and bring Spain back from the throws of austerity. This is just one of 127 proposed measures in a package of reforms to cut down on Spain’s public administration and the waste of former administrations. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the measures were aimed at “fighting without quarter against the crisis.” Rajoy, added “this is the most meticulous review that has been done of our public sector in the history of democracy.” At the moment these are nothing more than recommendations. Along with property, automobiles are also set for the axe as they plan to reduce the number of official cars and chauffeurs and store office cars in less expensive parking locations plus the further 126 measures.

Time on her hands? On June 7th U3A Oliva hosted a party to say goodbye to Gill Rowlands, retiring President who has ably fulfilled this challenging role for the maximum three years, and to welcome new President Victoria Orme. Victoria is well known to the members, having run a very successful Travel Group, and we are all delighted that she will be continuing to run the travel group in addition to being President. At the party we were entertained by the excellent female duo ‘Encore’ who supplied

music for all tastes. The buffet was provided by the guests, in line with the ‘do it yourself’ ethos of the U3A and as usual on these occasions, there was a fantastic spread. During the evening Gill was presented with a very large and unusual wall clock, which will help her to keep track of all the spare time she now has! Gill will continue to support Victoria as she gets started in her new role and we all thank Gill for her dedication and hard work and wish Victoria every success in her new role.

Kidnap ends in “I do” by Jack Troughton TWO KIDNAPPED Spanish tourists rescued by police in Columbia marked the happy ending with a marriage proposal and the bride-to-be accepting her lover’s hand. The pair, Maria Concepcion Marlaska, 43, and Angel Sanchez Hernandez, 49, were held for 29 days in a remote region of the South American country until being freed by officers of a crack police unit disguised as civilians. Both were in good health. And during a press conference after their return to Bogota last Saturday, Angel popped the question to Maria – a relative of National Court Judge Fernando Grande Marlaska – who immediately replied “yes”. As the two holidaymakers were celebrating the end of their ordeal, police in Madrid arrested a 57-

Help in eviction crisis

SPANIARDS FACING eviction from their homes have won a powerful ally as the European Union calls for mortgage debt to be renegotiated in the ongoing recession. In a new report, Brussels will call for changes in the law to prevent even more families struggling to cope from being made homeless. It is understood more than 350,000 home-owners have suffered eviction in the last four years and the EU report – which is not legally binding but carries huge political weight – recommends loans being restructured. The European Parliament has already awarded protest group PAH a 2013 European Citizen Award for its campaign against evictions by banks. The group demands finance houses accept the ownership of property in return for cancelling debt. Currently it can demand full repayment of a loan after repossession.

New ambassador appointed

SIMON MANLEY has been appointed to succeed Giles Paxman as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. He will take up his post in Madrid in October. Married with three daughters, Mr Manley is currently Director Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He joined the FCO in 1990 and has worked on European Union and United Nations assignments and security issues in London, Brussels and New York. On his appointment as Ambassador, he said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to serve the United Kingdom in these two beautiful countries. “I look forward to working in Spain with one of our largest trading partners, a key ally within the EU and NATO, and holiday destination for, and home to, so many Britons.”

year-old Spanish man and a 28-year-old Syrian accused of trying to pick up a 100,000€ cash ransom. The pair had been kept under surveillance by detectives as the drama developed. Police in Columbia are confident they will be able to arrest gang members in South America. Maria and Angel, both from the northern Spanish town of Aviles, were snatched last month in the Columbian province of La Guajira as they drove to a tourist attraction near the Venezuelan border. Spain’s Ministry of the Interior later revealed two specialist officers from its kidnapping unit had travelled to Columbia to take part in ongoing negotiations and the successful end of the crisis. Maria It is understood the kidnappers were part of an and international criminal organisation – experts have Angel ruled out the gang were part of Columbia’s main arrive in rebel group FARC. Bogota

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5,200 enjoy Madrid to Alicante in less than three hours by Keith Nicol ABOUT 5,200 passengers used the AVE train between Madrid-Alicante on its first day of operation. This accounted for an average of 82 percent of its seats sold, according to sources at rail company Renfe. From Tuesday Renfe are offering nine daily services in each direction - which increases to ten on Fridays - totalling 6,300 seats daily, 40 percent more compared to the current rail service. The first AVE train departed from Madrid at 7.25 hours for Alicante with 99 percent of its seats filled, with the trip to selling 68 percent of its capacity. In Villena railway station, the new service attracted a total of 147 passengers, according to sales data. AVE passengers travelling to Alicante expressed their satisfaction for the “savings” of time afforded by the high-speed train and the price of tickets , which until June 25 has a 50% discount, with the price being 32.45 euros each way. Loaded with their briefcases, several business passengers emphasized the “comfort” of the AVE, although one noted that “perhaps it would have to save even more time.” Another executive stated his intention to use it as his main form of transport to Madrid. The new AVE train between Madrid and Alicante has stops in Cuenca , Albacete and Villena. The Director General of Tourism, Sebastian Fernandez , stressed that the positive impact of the Madrid-Alicante “is perceived from the first day of entry into operation”, and pointed out that the goal is to “monetize this line for all the year, with the promotion of cultural tourism, dining and entertainment and to be able to drive away to Alicante and other destinations in the province.” In this regard, he stated that the new AVE line “will allow more tourists to travel to Alicante and the Costa Blanca and attract new tourist profiles for business, sports or golf, and contribute to seasonally adjusted demand”according to a statement by the Generalitat Valenciana. Fernandez made these remarks on Tuesday, the first day of operation of the AVE, at Atocha station, where he was accom-

Prince Felipe at the inauguration

panied by his counterpart in the Community of Madrid, Joaquin Castillo, and the manager of AV-LD Corridor East, Carlos Lapastora, to welcome early AVE travelers heading to Alicante. According to Fernandez, “from today, the Madrid market, the main national centre for our Community, is closer to Alicante and the Costa Blanca with all its resources: sun, beach, parties, culture, cuisine and interior, boating, cruises and golf “ . Fernandez was convinced that the advent of high speed Alicante “will mean a growth in tourism”, since it is estimated that Valencia will receive around 2,250,000 passengers per year, representing an increase of 40 % and economic impact of 70 million euros in the first year . The Alicante-Madrid AVE is “an outstanding improvement in connecting the province with major tourism source markets being a key infrastructure to boost tourism and eco-

nomic development of Alicante and the Community”. In this regard, he recalled that “only 125 minutes,” separate more than nine million people in Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha in the Valencian cultural and tourist resources.

Spain’s millionaire list keeps growing ACCORDING TO a study by Capgemini and RBC the number of Spanish millionaires rose 5.4 percent in 2012, to 144,600 people! That’s their net worth, not including properties, cars, yachts and personal possessions! And it’s not just the Spanish rich who are getting richer as it seems that the number of individual millionaires has risen to over to 12 million people, a 9.2-percent global rise in 2012 compared to the previous year!



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Whatever happened to hard labour sentences? HAVING LIVED in Spain for the past 18 years in safety, my wife and I are appalled by the rapid increase in murderous crimes of violence (almost a daily occurrence) in England. Politicians and have failed dismally to impose any kind of discipline. The reason for this is that there is no deterrent whatsoever: criminals are sentenced to prison as a punishment but instead are placed in virtually four-star hotels with facilities that hard-working law-abiding citizens cannot afford! A lengthy prison sentence is now a life of luxury at the taxpayers’ expense. Prisons will always be full (indeed the criminals be queuing up to get in) while the present situation exists.

Human rights organisations should be disbanded as their policies encourage crime. And no one looks after the rights of the victims! England has one of the finest police forces in the world yet it receives no support from the powers that be. The death penalty should be reinstated without further delay. The human rights crowns would no doubt describe this as barbaric: no more barbaric than battering a senior citizen to death I would forcefully suggest… And whatever happened to hard labour sentences? Make the punishment fit the crime!

Cyclists think nothing of the driver behind

AS A motorist I am insured and taxed to have the rights to be on the road, unlike cyclists who are neither insured nor do they pay extra to use the cycle lanes or other facilities made for them, WHY NOT???? They ride abreast on narrow roads and think nothing of the driver behind them just as if they are the ones paying for the road. It is time that all countries in the EU should charge all cyclists over 16 years of age 50€ per year to include a third party insurance. Just think how the revenue would help our cash strapped country. They should also be made to be in single file only unless an organised race is taking place. An ex cyclist. Kind Regards, David Edwards

A big thank you Do your research before you move With the dust having now settled following the staging of the recent Harley Owners Group Fun Day in Albir on Sunday 9th June, I felt it appropriate to record my thanks and appreciation for the invaluable commitment and support provided by Bay Radio. When I first made my approach to you some 8 weeks previous, I was not entirely certain whether my proposal to launch a Bay Radio Biker Babe Appeal on the airwaves would be well received, mindful that it would involve a tremendous effort by presenters and management at the station to ensure that 20 ladies signed up to the promise of a ride out on a Harley Davidson, in return for their undertaking to raise much needed funds for the Children of Emaus charity. Through you excellent working partnership with the Round Town News, we were also able to co-opt their support which ultimately provided substantial column inch coverage and a front page photo and editorial in last week’s edition. This truly does show commitment to the community by both Bay Radio and RTN and it is to your credit. The great news is that thanks to Bay Radio, the RTN, but first and foremost our fabulous Biker Babes, we have at the time of writing this correspondence raised just short of 8,000€ for Emaus – this in fact being 6,000€ more than the target that we had set ourselves. Spain, the Regional Authorities as well as the local community should be proud to have companies such as Bay Radio and RTN that cares to put something back and I wish everyone at both organisations continued success for the future. Yours sincerely, Peter Emmett, Press Officer, HOG, Costa Blanca

RE EPCS: MARTIN from La Marina would be better not to generalise: I was quoted 100€ plus IVA for an Energy Performance Certificate for my 3 Bed Semi and my friend in England had to pay £85 for her 3 Bed Semi in England two weeks ago. These requirements, whether in Spain or UK, seem to be open to charges dependent on with whom and where the charges are made. A Topping will just have to keep paying for his non-garden waste as I believe there is no mechanism in place to avoid this and you will just have to accept that these bins take up valuable parking spaces. If you want a parking space outside your house get a Vado as I and other people do. But then you would complain about having to pay for that. It’s not a God given right that because you have a car you must have a parking space. The moral is to do your research before you move to another country and continue doing this whilst you are here. Graham E Johnson, Benidorm

More negative thinking

MORE NEGATIVE thinking from Altea Town Hall. To obviously discourage people from using the public swimming pool Altea have decided to impose a single 55 Euros ten ticket system. They do not offer a day ticket so in effect prevent any one visiting the pool whilst on holiday or occasional use access. When I visited the pool it had one person swimming so this is obviously a disaster. The person who came up with this incredulous self defeating income strategy should be sacked or forced to sit at the kiosk all day on their own! Altea Town Hall wake up and introduce without delay a 1 day ticket!

A classic

I DO get fed up with whingeing letters about Spanish tax from unnamed ‘disillusioned pensioners’. This week’s was a classic, ranting on as it does about Asset Declaration. In UK capital gains tax is payable on any property other than the main residence when it is sold. Why do people regard the tax as ‘ill-conceived’ when the same principle is applied in Spain to their assets? Dave Morrish, Torrevieja

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The Gasman returns

Be aware, the bogus gasmen are back again

by Keith Nicol ARE YOU having a problem with your household gas? Have you called your supplier and asked them to visit your house for a check up or a service? If not, then be aware that the bogus gasmen are back again and if you use gas for heating or cooking you should be aware of a local scam that keeps resurfacing time and time again. Yes, it’s the old gasman knocking at the door, flashing an official looking badge at you and telling you that they need to check your installations. However, be aware that the gas company will never send out their technicians without first contacting you so if you are approached, just don’t let them in and never pay them any money. If they become pushy, call the police. The Municipal Office of Consumer Information (OMIC) wants to bring the matter to public attention because they have had a number of complaints over the last few days. They say that in Torrevieja there is a “presence of

gas installation companies that visit homes with the intention of performing a review on gas installations.” They add that while these companies and revisions are legal, the OMIC say that in many cases the companies are not certified by the Industrial Registry of the Ministry of Industry of the Generalitat, which allows them to carry out these inspections. Given these facts, OMIC warns all citizens and visitors to pay particular attention should they come to your home and are reminded that they can check if the company is authorized by calling 012 for the Generalitat Valenciana. But even if they are authorized, which many of them are, if you allow them inside your house, expect them to bill you for an inspection, even if this only takes them five minutes to perform. The best advice comes from OMIC in that, if you did not request a visit, a gasman will not be visiting your house, unless the gas company have first contacted you, to tell you that they will be doing so.

Railway ends in Oz

By Jack Troughton A STATE-of-the-art public tram system is being dismantled, packed up and transported Down Under as the latest victim of Spain’s recession. The six-year-old 38 million euro tramway was built to link a coastal town with a nearby beach resort but hit the buffers when the axe fell in Velez Malaga. Unused for months and running through a number of unfinished housing developments planners were convinced would be packed with passengers; it is another example of the excesses of the property bubble. The town hall has since decided renting the railway to Sydney, Australia, is the best way to help put money into coffers groaning with the weight of mounting debt.



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Film warns music fans to take care by Jack Troughton

A GRITTY new Foreign Office video is warning fans travelling to Spanish music festivals this summer to keep their valuables safe from criminals. Hoping to strike a chord with travellers, a new YouTube video filmed at last year’s renowned Festival Internacional de Benicassim has been released – and it contrasts the fun of what’s happening on stage with victims of crime talking about how thieves ruined their fun. The Foreign Office hopes the video message, which has already attracted thousands of views, is heard loud and clear: “Spend your time at the festival, not with us.” And it underlines how keeping possessions safe from thieves during a gig or a visit to the beach can prevent people spending time with police and British Consulate teams instead of enjoying the music. The YouTube video highlights just how quickly things can vanish. One victim says “Within a minute we turned round and the gab was gone.” Another says: 2I had been warned but you never think it is

Stay safe in front of stage!

going to happen to you.” Dave Thomas, Consular Director for Spain, said: “Two important steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime at festivals. First, don’t leave your valuables behind in your tent or out of sight for even a minute – keep them in a zipped pocket or a bag. “Second, treat your passport as a valuable document; if it gets stolen or lost you’ll miss out on the festival while you are getting a new one to get home.” Getting a replacement document is both time-consuming and expensive and British

Consulates – always busier when a festival is taking pace – maintain the more cases of lost or stolen passports they can prevent, the better. The YouTube film can be found at Tdo and viewers are urged to embed it on websites so its message can be shared to as wide an audience as possible. This year’s Benicassim bash runs from Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21st July and features such acts as The Killers, Primal Scream, The Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Pilar de la Horadada farm did not belong to Princess Cristina

PILAR DE la Horadada was a main topic of conversation on Spanish news stations this week. Aparently one property that was up for sale under the name of Princess Cristina but the owners said that the property had always been family owned! It has now come to light the College of Land Registrars has officially confirmed that neither this nor another 13 sales attributed to Princess Cristina in 2005 and 2006 were in any way connected to the king’s daughter. The tax authorities have now confirmed that a ‘human error’ mistake was made in stating that the Princess and her husband had sold properties for a total of 1.4 million euros! Princess Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, are implicated in the Nóos case and Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, stands accused of moving millions in public funds into his own pocket.

The last picture show

CINEMA AUDIENCES slumped to a record low in Spain last weekend as just 347,000 passed through the box office – a third down on April’s previous lowest figures of 500,000. It was described as a “slap in the face” for the entertainment sector – especially when the Spanish film industry is enjoying boom times abroad. However, in crisis hit Spain it is commonly felt admission prices are “too expensive”, a view said to be “irrational” as the average price of admission remains similar to 2010. Now the association of cinemas has undertaken to restore the popularity of movie houses.

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Currency Clinic on tour by Jack Troughton FOREIGN EXCHANGE specialist Moneycorp is taking its successful Currency Clinic to key points along the Costa Blanca to meet more people to offer free cash-saving advice. The company’s ground breaking initiative proved a winner with expats earlier this year with a ‘no pressure’ chat about the alternatives available when switching currencies and moving money around the globe. The first appointment only clinics were held at RTN’s own offices in La Nucia and Moneycorp is planning to reach out to more residents by travelling to other areas where it expects again to be very much in demand. As a result, a Currency Clinic will be held in Javea on 2nd July, in Quesada on 16th July, and returning to La Nucia on 30th July. The meetings will be of special interest to anyone who has sold property or is thinking of selling and repatriating funds to the UK, or wants to learn more about Moneycorp On Line – a new service that gives clients hands on control round the clock. Moneycorp has been serving corporate and private clients for over 33 years and has earned ringing endorsements from the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail – while RTN has recommended the company to readers for

over five years. The Currency Clinics are run by Moneycorp’s Kevin Wright who said he was “delighted” with their initial success but said there was an “obvious demand” to move to different areas. AUDIENCE “After the first clinics we had lots of calls from people saying ‘we would have loved to come but it was a bit too far’. Hopefully by moving to different areas we can attract an even larger audience,” he said. “However, at La Nucia I did see people from Moraira and the other side of Alcoy and thats the reason we are running the clinics at different venues. “We have decided to hold clinics on a monthly basis but to launch it we have three dates in three different areas in July to give people the opportunity to come along and have a chat.” Kevin stressed the clinics were by appointment only and were not a ‘drop-in’ event to avoid people being left waiting around. “It is really important to make an appointment. The previous clinics we have held were all fully booked so there wasn’t an opportunity to talk to anyone dropping in.” And he said the clinics were aimed at helping “anyone who wants to make sure what

The initiative proved to be a winner

they are currently doing for foreign exchange is the best option – particularly is they have their house up for sale or have just sold and want to save lots of money repatriating the proceeds back to the UK. “Also, it helps people who may want to use the new Moneycorp On Line facility, allowing clients to be hands on when they wish to move money.” Kevin underlined the appointments were

“very neutral – it is a chat and there is no pressure.” The clinics will run between 10am and 2pm. Call 902 118 999 to make an appointment. The 2nd July clinic is at the offices of Europa Network, Cabo La Nao, 87, Javea; 16th July at the office of Moneycorp, Quesada; and 30th July at RTN, Vall de Biar 14, La Nucia. If you cannot make the date in your area, please feel free to call and Kevin will be delighted to make other arrangements with you.


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Summer cool

By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS CAN fill some of the lazy days of summer at the Benitachell Arts Centre and its Summer Activities Club for kids aged five to 13. Creative play is encouraged and the centre offers dressing up, face painting, arts and crafts, building dens, lots of toys and games, as well as writing and acting plays, building sets and making commercials and pop videos. There are also treats such as sports days, bouncy castle days and cupcake decorating days. Schools break up today (21st June) and the club runs from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday from Monday 24th June until the start of autumn term. The prices is 12€ a day with sibling discounts available – children can bring their own lunch or the club lunch is offered at 3€. To book call Ann on 680 673 871 – there is still limited of spaces for five and six-year-olds.

Yacht race milestone

THE VOLVO Ocean Race celebrated its 40th anniversary with the opening of a dramatic new photographic exhibition in Alicante. by Jack Troughton The next race begins in autumn next year but the photographs in ’40 Anos, 40 Miradas’ (40 Years, 40 Views) cover its history over the previous 11 competitions since it began in 1973 and was still known as the Whitbread Round the World Race. Alicante is now the headquarters of the Volvo Ocean Race and the home to the show is the Volvo Ocean Race Museum, opened last year – the only museum dedicated to the history of this international competition. The exhibition in Muelle 10 de Lavante in Alicante Port contains photos of previous races and show the gruelling nature of the sport as man takes on the elements. IRELAND The last race left Alicante in October 2011and the French team Groupama won first place, sailing into Ireland’s Galway in July last year. During the race teams covered 39,000 nautical miles (72,000km) with stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Abu Dhabi in the UAE; Sanya, China; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajai, Brazil; Miami, USA; Lisbon, Portugal; and France’s Lorient. The next two races are set to use a high performance yacht, the Volvo Ocean 65, designed by Farr Yacht Design and built by a consortium of shipyards in the UK, France, Italy and Switzerland. The first team to book a place in the competition is an all women crew – the last time an all female team undertook the challenge was back in 2001-2.

Book Launch: An Essex girl on the Costa Blanca A New novel, An Essex girl on the Costa Blanca is to be launched on Wendnesday 26th June, by local girl, Joanna Blackford. Shock horror; this girl can write! A book of faction, or is it? Or is she covering up her characters idiosyncrasies? As well as protecting her own butt? A fun, but true to the point, easy read novel. One we can all relate to, and based on the Denia area. The perfect guide to living on The Costa Blanca. Believe what you want to believe and enjoy.

Joanna Blackford, pen name Jo Black will be launching her book at The Republic bar/restaurant, Marina de Denia on Wednesday 26th June, at 1.00 - 5.00 pm. Book purchases are available at Denia Hair Nails and Beauty, High Street Heaven, in Javea, Dia I Nit Supermarket, Calle Malaga No 5, Calpe or Quicksave in Pedreguer. A 4 course Essex Lunch menu is available at 15€. To book call 966 430 360 or The Republic 966 430 123. The book is written to help raise money for the children’s charity Emaus.


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Summer school activities give parents relief

Torrevieja U3A

Primary school children at play

by Keith Nicol PARENTS OF primary age students were thrown a lifeline last week, as Tomás Ballester, Torrevieja’s Councillor for Social Welfare the Equality announced that the city would be offering a summer school, offering children an alternative for things to do, this summer. The scheme is for those aged 4 thru 12 and for the second year, of particular advantage to working parents is that for the second year they are offering an ‘Early Bird’ service so that students can access the Summer School at 8:30am, allowing parents time to drop them off and get to work in plenty of time. During the summer, along with plen-

ty of time for fun and games, the scheme has a theme that revolves around Torrevieja, its history, culture and traditions, highlighting subjects like fishing, salt and salt crafts, the lakes of La Mata and Torrevieja, the Mediterranean Sea, its people, its festivals and an introduction to the Habanera, giving children an opportunity to learn more about the City of Salt in a fun and casual atmosphere. The Summer School will be held for the entire months of July and August, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00 pm in the Public School Colegio Público Gratiniano Baches and in Salvador Ruso, A total of 385 places are available, 249 in July and 136 in August. The price for a full month will be 60 euros

(50 euros for large families) and 30 euros for a fortnight (25 euros for large families). Children participating in the Summer School activities will enjoy games, sports, stories, movement, dances, traditional and cultural games and crafts, recycling workshops, theatre, music, songs in various languages, cooperative games, water games learn about refreshing relaxation techniques, board games, chess, storytelling and a lot more. Spaces are very limited and if interested in July you need to visit the PROP office ASAP to find out about space and for August. Registration takes place from July 9th thru 17th. Today, Friday June 21st, the Department of Social Welfare will publish the provisional list of those admitted.

By Keith Nicol TORREVIEJA’S UNIVERSITY of the third Age, or U3A for short, is one of the city’s largest, if not the largest, social clubs. Offering a host of activites, monthly meetings, trips, hobby groups, language classes and interesting speakers at their monthly meetings, the U3A continue to grow in size and popularity month by month. Their monthly meetings are held at the CMO Building, the glass building on the road behind Carrefour Planet, Torrevieja, usually on the last Monday of the month. Now that summer has arrived the U3A slow down their activities but will continue to have informal meetings on the last Monday of the month during the summer period, on 24th June, 29th July and 26th August. Members can also enjoy attending a couple of informal beach parties on 18th July, 22nd August and 19th September, with all venues and details on their website. Normal meetings will resume in September with their Groups Fair, where you can come and find out about the various interest groups that U3A offer to their members. Full information about Torrevieja U3A, including their latest News Bulletin and what’s on, can be found on Torrevieja U3A, membership costs just 10€ for the year or 5€ after May, so your fiver will see you through to 2014. If you qualify age wise as a member of the third age, this could be perfect social club for you.

Members enjoy a spot of white water rafting, one of the dozens of activates they partake in each year


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Family enjoy black magic

Total motivation

By Jack Troughton POUNDING TREADMILLS for 24 hours proved a great success at Benitachell’s Motive8 Personal Training Studio – raising 710€ for the Friends of the Children of EMAUS. Over the 24 hours of the ‘Treadmillathon’, 45 ladies paid 10€ each to run for 30 minutes – in the darkest hours of the night some paying double for an hour long stint – while donations were also accepted for the children’s charity. RTN was present at 11am on Friday morning when the treadmills finally came to a halt and everyone at the gym posed for a picture. Motive8’s Poppy Pickersgill said the marathon had been “tiring, hectic but fantastic” and everyone was delighted with the amount raised. The gym has also collected food and goodies for the EMAUS home at El Vergel.

by Jack Troughton CHIEF INSTRUCTOR of Washinkai Karate, Ray Sweeney is celebrating his whole family achieving Black Belt status in the martial art. The Marina Alta karate club staged its 20th Javea Gasshuku – an intensive training course – taken by Sensei Chris Thompson, who is a Black Belt graded 8th Dan.The course was well attended and more than 50 students underwent grading examinations for their new belts.

Nikki Sweeney and Sarah Lakin won their Black Belt 3rd Dan or ‘Sandan’; 1st Dan or ‘Shodan’ were won by Adam and Christian Sweeney, Conor Scott, Taylor Brown, and Lawrence Phillips. Geovanny Sanchez received his 3rd Dan certificate from Sensei Thompson, while David Reed and Mike Lewis were handed their 2nd Dan certificates. Afterwards Sensei Sweeney said: “It was an amazing weekend’s course and the gradings were powerful and technically superb. “It was such a delight to watch that I had a smile on my

face the whole way through. Even better, my entire family now hold Washinkai Black Belts!” The Washinkai Karate Summer course will start soon with fellow instructors Sensei Sanchez and Lakin in Benitachell and Javea. For more information visit Pictured (left to right) Adam Sweeney, Christian Sweeney, Conor Scott, Lawrence Phillips, Nikki Sweeney, Sarah Lakin, Geovanny Sanchez, Ray Sweeney and Taylor Brown.

Four on the bounce By Jack Troughton SUCCESSFUL TENNIS team ‘Solpark A’ have won the Costa Blanca Seniors Tennis League Division One for the fourth consecutive year. Pictured at the league’s annual presentations are team members Michael Morley, Elaine Langley, Jane Gillespie and Stuart Reid, with their trophy. Matches are played between September and April each year and the league’s Division Two was won by Los Pinos and Division Three by JITCE.

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Anyone for tennis?

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

“Fancy coming down to Wimbledon to watch the tennis?” my chum Paul asked this week. I hadn’t realised that the year was galloping so fast but it is and now Wimbledon looms large. Yup, it’s time for strawberries and cream, not to mention Pimms, and long lazy days glued to the telly. It’s a time when tennis racquets are dusted down and used again for, oh, at least a week either side of Wimbledon. Paul, an old veteran of Wimbledon attending, outlined our day. He told me that we’d have to set off about five o’clock, walk for several miles upon arrival and then queue for possibly six hours to gain entry to whichever court we could get into. As he’d recently purchased a 3D telly I did wonder why we just didn’t stay at his with a few cans. “What?” he asked, clearly aghast, “and miss the atmosphere…” Oh yeah the atmosphere, that old chestnut. I was recently at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire and it was here that Robert Dudley tried to woo Queen Liz the First – apparently, not with an awful lot of success. It’s a great place to visit if you’re in the area and you’ll discover, much as I did, that Bobby Dud actually had a tennis court built here. Now, I found this fact really surprising because I’d always thought tennis had emerged fairly recently; let’s say in the 1800s. But maybe, it was all part of Dudley’s inventive plan to captivate the queen: “Look your Majesty, you

don’t know what this is but I have built a tennis court for your Royal Nimbleness to romp around on – you mustn’t believe that idiot Watts and his codswallop about tennis not starting for another three hundred years…” Okay here’s a potted history of tennis from our favourite on-line potted history website: “The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England [ah ha, Kenilworth Castle is not a day’s trot on horse to Birmingham] in the late 19th century as ‘lawn tennis’. It had close connections both to various field (lawn) games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racquet sport of real tennis. During most of the 19th-century, in fact, the term ‘tennis’ referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis.” It certainly did, and howzabout this for an example: in Disraeli’s novel, Sybil (1845), Lord Eugene De Vere announces that he will, “go down to Hampton Court and play tennis.” I bet De Vere didn’t have Cyclops giving a video replay to sort out any point disputes, though. Oh no, they probably settled things with a bit of fisticuffs or swordplay. Okay, back to our history: “The rules of tennis have changed little since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one

The queues of people not wanting to miss the Wimbledon atmosphere

foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tie-break in the 1970s.” And finally, bringing things right up to date the most recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology (ERT) coupled with a point challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point.” An example of ERT being the aforementioned Cyclops that rules the roost in Wimbledon’s Centre Court! So, dear reader why not set aside some tennis-time this month and mar-

vel at the shenanigans and technology down in Wimbledon? As Costa Blancans (and ex-Costa Blancans) it’s our duty to support Rafael Nadal. I saw him perform at Terra Mittica once and have been hooked ever since – and from all accounts he’s a ‘bloody nice bloke’. I’m hoping for a Raf and Andy final, wouldn’t that be good fun? Right, all I need to do now is convince Paul that we could easily achieve an atmosphere watching his 3D TV at home… Watts in Wimbledon: “You cannot be serious…”

by Jack Troughton


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New homes and volunteers by Keith Nicol

HIDDEN AWAY, close to The Vega Baja Hospital and the Orihuela ITV Station is Orihuela’s Animal Shelter. The 1.3 million euro centre opened in June 2011 and is a custom built facility that at the time of writing cares for 50 cats, a pony, three pot belly pigs, one pygmy pig and around 230 dogs. They come in all sizes and ages from month old puppies to older dogs hoping for a second chance in a new and loving home. For an animal lover, it’s somewhere that breaks your heart as the dogs greet each and every visitor and helper with a joyful bark, saying “take me, take me!” The good news is that the three full time workers keep the facility clean, there is a full time vet to treat all the animals and even walk-ins off the street, plus teams of volunteers that cover a multitude of tasks The charitable association Asoka el Grande took over the running of the San Bartolomé centre ten months ago, and with funding from the Town Hall have done a fantastic job in turning around the centre. Animal food and staffing wages are covered by the town hall, but with more than 200 dogs needing to stretch their legs more than once a day, the call is out for more volunteers to help out at the centre. Each volunteer may face a multitude for tasks including cleaning and taking care of the cages, cleaning and walking the dogs, administer-

Volunteers Gwen, Jim, Betty and Jane with a few of the younger puppies

ing medication to those who need it, meet the people who visit the centre and generally, make a fuss of the animals! Volunteers are made up of a couple of different groups: students from Orihuela, weekend volunteers and four British volunteers, who are there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Volunteer Coordinator Gwen oversees both her own Animal Charity ‘Steetcats’ and gives her time freely to the centre. She’s helped out by Jim, Betty and Jane but especially during the holiday season, more volunteers are desperately needed. The centre is open from10.00am until 2,00pm and in the evening from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. If you are thinking of adding a dog, cat, pony or pig to your family, then all you need is a copy of your NIE and Passport,

come and have a look, pick whomever catches your eye, and drive them home as your new companion for life. The centre are planning an open day when you can come and see the centre for yourself, but if you are looking for a pet, they are at your disposal, all desire free, neutered or spayed, micro-chipped and even with a Pet Passport, so they can be transported throughout the world. If you can give up a couple of regular hours each week, just one or two days a week, then a big welcome is awaiting you from both the animals and the teams of volunteers. You can find out more about the centre by visiting:, visiting their facebook page ‘Asoka Orihuela’ or by emailing or calling Gwen on 661 077 589 or

Fernando Guardiola awarded the Citizenship Award By Keith Nicol ONE OF Torrevieja’s most popular characters, Fernando Guardiola was awarded the prestigious ‘Torrevieja Mi Ciudad’ award this week. On Tuesday, June 18th, the Jury met to discuss the finalists for the Second Edition of ‘Torrevieja Mi Ciudad - Torrevieja My City’, in order to assess the nominations for this award. Jurors have deemed that the award was especially significant because it realises the work and effort that Fernando has put in to promote the city of Torrevieja by raising awareness through the news portal Objective Torrevieja, that covers almost everything that happens in the city, and for Fernando’s personality as a person loved by all, with a big heart. Fernando is also the instigator of such projects ‘Lend me your eyes’. The jury recalled that in the first edition of the Citizenship Award ‘Torrevieja Mi Ciudad’ the award went to Quinita Boch, recognizing their work in promoting citizen participation. Quinita Boch, is president-founder of the NGO charity New Fraternity, known for its charitable work, especially in Rwanda.

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Use a Home Energy Monitor to calculate your electricity use

USING A home energy monitor can save you money on your electricity bill by helping you understand how much energy you are using, how much that energy is costing you, and which appliances use the most energy. It’s a device that provides real time feedback on electrical use. Not to be confused with Smart Meters, these are portable household devices used for displaying energy usage and cost, as well as CO² emissions. Used together with on line monitoring software, home electricity information can be viewed in real time on a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Energy monitoring systems can provide an array of historical information for tracking energy consumption. This produces several benefits including viewing how much you have spent on electricity over a specified period and the ability to set a budget on how much you want to spend. A home energy monitor is not intended to check the accuracy your electric meter but it could serve as a useful guide if you suspect your meter maybe faulty or if you suspect your electricity supply is being illegally tapped into. Efergy is a global leader in the manufacturing of energy monitoring systems having sold over 800k energy monitors and 250k energy saving products in over 50 countries. There range of energy monitor products are designed to make it easy for any home or small business owner to quickly and effectively

reduce their use of electrical energy. According to Gavin Munro, Communications Manager at Efergy Technologies, “Spain is one of our biggest markets, people are very aware of power consumption. We have performed surveys and had our products vetted independently, and an accurate figure on how much the user saves is 17%. The units themselves don’t save any money, but they encourage behavioural change through awareness. Our customers tend to look at their displays around 5 times a becomes a habit, a bit like checking email! Through this constant monitoring people very quickly figure out their consumption behaviour and where to make positive changes to reduce waste consumption.” In 2009 a European Commission recognised the company for its innovative contribution to a successful domestic energysaving campaign in Sabadell in northern Spain achieving an average monthly saving in households of 14.3%. This week sees the launch of the Efergy engage app for iPad allowing remote monitoring. Check out their full range of energy saving products at Though ultimately it depends on you actively changing your bad


habits, a Home Energy Monitor system provides you with all the tools needed to do just that. For further advice email or tel. 626 693 440. See Sparks advert in the classified section.


21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Feeding your plants: Part two by

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

APOLOGIES THAT due to shortage of time we did not send in this second part of our article on feeding plants for last week’s edition: here it is now. WHAT FERTILIZER TO USE There are four practical approaches: Use the old fashioned slow-release bone meal if you can trace it in Spain or the UK. If you are an enthusiastic organic gardener, especially in the vegetable plot, use well composted manures: compost, seaweed, comfrey, nettles and a number of green crop fertilizers. Purchase one or two natural ecological liquid and granular fertilizers now becoming widely available. Continue to use manufactured inorganic fertilizers. The choice is yours but for the healthy eating of own produce, wandering around the garden and working in the garage green house or garden shed we would always opt for ecological/organic products. Also we believe in improving the soil before you plant anything and then rely on annual soil renewal fertilising. In scientific terms we go for a ‘slow and continuous release of nutrients over many months’ rather than ‘quick release that that provides quick shock fertilising’ that requires continuous topping ups. The formulations of both liquid and granular/crystalized fertilizers should provide a good balance of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, essential minerals and trace elements. Some may not provide for the trace elements so an organic seaweed-based supplementary feed would be useful. Calcium additions are not normal or generally required. Traditionally calcium is added as an autumn/winter feed as powdered chalk or

lime where brassicas will be grown. Sulphur is added to increase acidities and if soil is infested with ants. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING FERTILIZERS Having reviewed a number of displays of fertilizers in local horticultural shops, garden centres and agricultural co-operatives we suggest ideal “liquid” fertilizers will have the following basic characteristics: Clearly labelled as general or specific to a type or family of plants Concentrated with clear instructions for dilution and use Clear concise instructions in English and the other major languages of the expatriate population Convenient pack sizes A realistic and economic cost For safety a plastic container with well-fitting screw top and safety precautions clearly indicated on label or cover. Package including a robust well-calibrated plastic measure for accurate dispensing Reliable local availability A detailed indication of the ecological or chemical ingredients included The ideal granular/crystalized fertilizer would meet all the points above except for the safety item (screw top fitting), where a waterproof box or bag to prevent spillage and the contents from becoming damp would be acceptable. Recognise that with all fertilizers the formulators have aimed to produce the best feed for your plant, but inevitably there have to be compromises. Firstly it would obviously be impractical to produce a feed for every species and variety of plant. Secondly, dilutions and recommended frequency of feeding have to assume that your plants are in a reasonably water retentive soil. Thirdly, it would be impossible for manufacturers to know and respond to the regional differences between the sandy stony soils near the sea and the more naturally fertile soil of some inland valleys. So feed according to manufacturers guidelines initially and then adjust the extent and frequency of feeds up or down on an experimental basis.

‘Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s gardening books make good 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

WHEN TO FERTILIZE It is unfortunate that many gardeners remember to feed plants only when they start to show signs of ill health. They are looking for instant remedial medicine and unfortunately, like many human medicines, it might be too late. The only approach to feeding plants is to see it as something that is essential throughout the year and that the best prevention of plant disease is to stimulate strong healthy fit plants able to stand up to winds, heavy rains and wind and soil borne pests. Unfortunately, over feeding and watering often leads to fast growing weak plants susceptible to unnecessary insect and fungal attacks. So develop a feeding plan for your house, terraces, garden plants and vegetable garden. PREPARATION FOR USE OF FERTILIZER Pot plants: loosen the surface and remove any emergent weeds. Dampen soil before watering so that fertilizer doesn’t drain straight through. Flower and vegetable beds: hand pick or hoe out any weeds and lightly hoe or harrow around plants otherwise the strong hungry weeds will compete for the valuable food supplies. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO ON HOLIDAY? Provided they are normally regularly fed plants most plants will not suffer seriously if not fed for one or two months but naturally they will need watering. Don’t feed with double strength feeds before the holiday as this could burn roots and also leaves if splashed. Naturally a slow release fertilizer could be useful for holiday periods but don’t swap your fertilizers around too much. Like humans and pets plants get used to specific diets. If they are healthy don’t mess around with nature. THE WAY AHEAD We hope that the article two weeks ago and this week’s column answered the various questions sent to us and have also been of wide interest to other regular readers. Remember the best approach is to feed a little and often. Humans are often stressed by alternative periods of gorging and fasting. Why shouldn’t plants behave similarly? A good rule to remember is that generally plants in flower need feeding more regularly to encourage continuous flowering and fruit.

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PMR can help with your energy efficiency certificates As you will be aware, from 1st June 2013, a new Energy Efficiency Law for properties came into force, which will affect all sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants. This new law means that any properties sold or rented after 1st June will be required to have a Certificate confirming the energy efficiency of the home. The Certificate is valid for 10 years and will only need renewing on a voluntary basis, if modifications or alterations are made to a property within this time. We are probably all aware of this certificate as the procedure is already in force in the UK, Holland and many other European Countries and the European Parliament is now insisting that Spain conforms. PMR Property Management & Rental have been very proactive with the new Law, ensuring that all of their owners are aware of this news and are taking steps to get the relevant paperwork in place. Director of PMR, Lisa Turner, said that it is now a legal requirement that upon signature of any new rental contract for a long term tenancy, a copy of the Energy Certificate is given to the new tenant. Lisa also confirmed that this new law will also affect holiday home owners as it also applies to

holiday rental properties that have bookings of 16 weeks per year or more, included in this also, are rentals over the winter period. Lisa and her team have enlisted the help of Alicante based architects Initial Control SL. Lisa said we have worked closely with architect, Miguel テ]gel on several projects before and it seemed a natural progression to enlist his help with this important new law and because of this we have been able to negotiate a great price for our owners. Our architect will visit the property and test the heating, refrigeration, hot water and lighting to ascertain the amount of energy consumed when these items are used. In addition, he will test the Co2 emissions of the home, which must also be listed. Miguel テ]gel confirmed that there is no obligation for any owner to make alterations or upgrades to the property at this time but he will be happy to advise an owner of how their grading may be raised should it be of interest. It is important that owners realise that this is not a recommendation, it is compulsory and

owners can face fines if they fail to comply. Tenants should also be aware of this when they are looking for their new home and should always be given a copy of the certificate when they sign the contract. You should note that this law does not affect owners or tenants who signed an agreement prior to the 1st June and they will continue to be unaffected if a renewal contract is signed with the same tenant for the same property, it is just for new contracts. PMR and Initial Control SL are happy to organise an Energy Certifiate for any owner, not just their own clients. For a limited period PMR can offer a special price of just 150竄ャ +IVA for any property. Just call PMR and they will make all the arrangements for you. PMR can be visited in person at their Alfaz offices or by telephone on 966 260 877 or from the UK 0203 411 7758. Visit their website or email You can even leave a comment for them on their Facebook page /pmrspain


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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Co-op £1.5 billion rescue YET AGAIN another UK bank is in need of a rescue and as part of the rescue deal it looks like small investors will be hit in the pocket yet again with a large part of the cash expected to come from bondholders.

Another UK bank needs a bail out

THIS WOULD impact more than 5,000 investors who lent money to the Co-op through securities called permanent interest bearing shares that pay dividends of up to 13% a year. As much as 30% of their cash could be wiped out or transferred into a new vehicle, it was reported. The deal will include a “bail-in” of the group’s junior bondholders, who will be offered an unspecified number of new shares and bonds. The Coop also said there would potentially be a second new bond, issued by the bank, into which a portion of the existing debt would be swapped. However, it kept bondholders guessing as to the level of their losses , saying that full information – including the price level at which the exchange would be made – would not be made available until the exchange offer takes place in October. “This is a frustrating announcement,” said Rik Edwards, analyst at Canaccord Genuity. “The devil will be in the detail and we’re not going to get the detail until October.” All this sounds very familiar to us here in Spain who have experienced something similar with Bankia or CAM Bank or know someone who has. When is this going to stop, why should small investors suffer they are the ones that need the income. It just proves yet again that your money is far from safe in a bank. If you have money in a bank and would like to discuss alternative investment vehicles and how to diversify your risk or any financial matters please contact Christina Brady to arrange a free consultation by email or call on 658 892 330. 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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Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

Changes on the Spanish Urban Lettings Law

WHAT YOU need to know if you let or rent a property as landlord (lessor) or tenant (lessee) in Spain. THE SPANISH Law 29/1994 for Urban Lettings (LAU), which is the principal law ruling tenancy agreements in Spain, has been modified this month. From all the changes, we would like to highlight the following: 1. Rental or tenancy agreements inscription on the Land Registry. Article 7 of this LAU, has been changed. Now in order for an urban property letting contract to be effective against third parties whose rights are registered, the rental contracts must be registered on the Land Registry. This is an essential change, from now on, if we want our letting contract to be respected by third parties, we need to register it on the correspondent Land

Registry. For example, if the property is sold, or the bank repossesses it after a mortgage execution court case in Spain, the new property owner will not have the obligation to continue or honour the contract, if the tenancy agreement is not registered. Therefore from now on, it is essential for the tenants to protect their interests by registering their letting contracts. 2. Reduction on the minimum length for main residencies ( habitual residencies, homes) letting contracts. Article 9 has been modified. Concerning main residencies ( not holidays) lettings, if the agreed contract length was less than 3 years, it must be extended up to 3 years, unless the tenants states his wish not to do so. Before, this minimum length was 5 years. 3. The Landlords have the possibility to get back the property possession in case of a divorce, separation, etc.

If the landlord needs to use the property let out permanently for himself or some relatives stated on the law, in case of a divorce, separation, or nullity of marriage, the extension up to 3 years stated above, would no longer be compulsory. 4. Debtors in arrears Registry. It is foreseen to create an unpaid letting rents court orders Registry, to be able to check to see if there have been any judgments against the likely tenant for lack of payment of rents. Therefore, if you are a property owner ( landlord) or tenant, and you need legal advice, or your contract to be reviewed, assistance in the negotiation or wording a new letting contract, we can help you. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

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


ESTATE AGENT SERVICES  Intermediation in buying and selling of second hand and new properties  Notarial document and translations, transactions of taxes in the buying & selling of property. Management in the inscription of the Property Registrar.  Management of name change of receipts for bills of all utilities including water, electricity, etc  Management of any other documents of local admin (Town Hall)

OTHER SERVICES f Hiring of all trades for your home, bricklayer, plumber, electrician, painter-decorator, carpenter, etc f Management for obtaining Town Hall licenses and permissions for home extensions. f Any type of cleaning services f Pool and garden maintenance f Repair and installation of air conditioning units and small domestic appliances f Solutions for accessability problems including ramps, mechanical chairs for staircases etc

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21 - 27 JUNE 2013


Pilar Ruso Head of Property Conveyancing at Ábaco

Counting the cost of buying in Spain SOMETIMES READING the press you get the impression that everyone has stopped buying houses in Spain. It’s not true. In one of our previous articles ….. we outlined how foreign buyers have actually increased in relation to the number of Spanish buyers. Overall numbers have dropped but there are plenty of people who still want to buy their own piece of Spain. If you haven’t bought already then now is an ideal time. Property is being sold at bargain prices and there is plenty to choose from. As a buyer of Spanish property you can feel very much in control of the process, it really is your market and you can take your time to select, negotiate and hopefully end up with a deal you couldn’t have dreamt of 9 years ago. However, it’s not just the actual cost of the house itself. There are all the associated costs that go with it. We take the view that it is always better to be transparent about the buying process and the costs related to it. With that in mind, here is a rough guide

to the additional expenses you will incur. EXTERNAL COSTS The largest external expenses are for the Notary and Land Registry: *The Notary – from 800 to 1,100€ *Land Registry transfer – normally between 400€ and 800€ There are other, additional expenses that apply in some cases. For example, if you are wanting to purchase the property whilst still in the UK you will need a power of attorney to enable someone you trust in Spain to act on your behalf. If you have never had a fiscal interest in Spain before, you will need an NIE number before you can open a bank account or purchase your property here. TAXES In addition to the external expenses there are also

Ábaco can represent you when buying or selling your property, paying your taxes or making inheritance arrangements. Contact us through calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or through our website

taxes to pay. The taxes are dependent on whether it is a new property or second hand. If it’s new then there is 10% IVA (VAT) of the purchase price along with AJD (stamp duty) at 1.2%. For second hand property there is ITP (transfer tax) which is 7% or 8% of the purchase price. And finally, there are the legal fees for the conveyancing. It is so important that you do employ a trusted, recommended lawyer to complete the purchase for you. Ábaco Advisers has been buying and selling property for almost 15 years and can provide a personalised quote with no obligation. This is an inclusive figure that incorporates all aspects of the sale. At least you know exactly where you stand. When you begin to look for your property, don’t forget to take these extra costs into account. However tempted we might be to push the boundaries of what we can afford, it won’t be worth it if you end up being short for the final touches that make your new property your new home in Spain.

A traditional Chiringuito now open all summer!

VERY CHILLED beers at the shack on the beach… The origin of these little summer beach bars is South America, coming from a sweet coffee and sugar cane drink enjoyed by farm workers, labourers and those looking for a coffee kick to keep them going - a ‘Chiringo’. Added to hot water and sold by vendors from little shacks on the side of the road that became known as ‘Chiringuitos’. The bars first appeared in Spain in the early part of the 20th Century and really took off in a big way in the 1950s as tourism bought crowds to the Costas and in the 1960s as the hippies arrived on beaches in Barcelona, Ibiza and the Canaries. Originally they were just small, rustic shacks serving a few cold

drinks and maybe some basic tapas, perhaps offering fresh fish lunches cooked on open fires. Today, many of these bars are in reality large restaurants taking big money - not really in the spirit of the original beach shacks. Benidorm (sadly) never allowed chiringuitos and nor will you find one in neighbouring Albir or Villajoyosa. However, for the last few seasons an original ‘shack style’ beach bar has opened during summer months. Located a few kilometres from Benidorm at Raco Conil Nudist Beach, just off the Villajoyosa road (take a left at the old Casino past the Crematorium), this is a true Chiringuito with no mains water and no mains electricity, offering (very) cold beers, drinks, some snacks and ice cream.

Exactly what it should be - a chill-out bar open all day until dusk (very late in high summer) where you can relax for a few hours with good friends, take a dip in the sea, enjoy the sunshine and all in a lovely unspoilt location. Chiringuito Raco Conil is enjoyed by couples (some gay some straight), families, a few singles and the odd wrinkly bottom. It is, after all, a nudist beach! You will meet all sorts of people at this shady beach hut, which really is in the spirit of the ‘Chiringuito’ from days before mass tourism and all the planning regulations. Pop over to Benidorm one weekend this summer and enjoy the shack on the beach - it will not be around forever and must close after September: it is after all a Summer bar.

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Dining out with...

The Duchess

HOW THE weeks fly by! It’s nearly the end of June and finally the summer is upon us. IN MY last review I was going to do healthy options but a friend of mine, Michael Fitzpatrick came over from bonnie Scotland for his birthday. So, I decided to treat him at the very pleasant restaurant Duomo. Situated in Calle Alicante in the heart of the Old Town Benidorm, open every day except Tuesdays, this restaurant has always been special to me and the late Duke, as the atmosphere is somewhat calming but on the flip side has a great Spanish buzz about it. The menu hasn’t changed in the past 17 years; maybe that’s why they get it so right! There’s a choice of around 12 starters, from home pâte to gazpacho soup and main courses from pasta, pizza, various steaks and sometimes even ostrich. I did take the healthy option of their house salad, a wonderful array of 8 or 9 choices; it’s also the most colourful salad I have ever seen on my world wide travels. It comes accompanied with a honey mustard dressing (a little tip, only order the half portion as it is nearly a meal in its self). Patrick had the home made gazpacho which is made from an Andalusian recipe, accompanied by the usual trimmings such as croutons, diced cucumber, peppers and diced onion. For the main course I went for the duck breast (magret de pato). Here they tend to serve it quite rare, so make sure you ask it to be cooked to your liking (they usually ask). It was very well presented, fanned across the plate served with a wild fruit sauce and diced potatoes (no vegetables here folks). Patrick decided on one of the house specialties which is a pasta dish containing prawns garlic and olive oil. For the dessert we shared a homemade cheese cake. This is not on the menu but usually available during the weekends. It’s a must!! One for two is quite enough. I nearly always choose the house wine and on this occasion we had the rosé. There is a terrace at Duomo which is very pleasant but doesn’t have the best of views, i.e. the ladies washing just across the road. I much prefer a table downstairs where it’s nicely

air-conditioned. As always make a reservation. If you eat early don’t be surprised to see the restaurant empty, by the time you leave it will be full. It starts to get very busy around 10pm. Overall a great night, good food and service. A meal for two won’t break the

bank. Around 38.00€, including wine and it’s something a little different, so give it a try and you’ll see what I mean. Don’t forget that a competition will be running in my next review. Back in two weeks. Enjoy every day to the full! Love to you all, the Duchess.

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Benidorm markets

“ Whatever the price quoted

knock them down by half then start from there. Don’t be shy - haggling is half the fun.

ONE OF the things that remains unchanged in Spain are the weekly street markets. Decades ago these were even common in England, but with the advent of “Out of Town” shopping centres such as Westfield in London, Trafford Centre in Manchester and Meadowhall in Sheffield these have all but disappeared. However, in Spain they are still popular and almost every village or town has one. One of the biggest on the Costa Blanca has to be in Benidorm - held twice a week due to its popularity - every Wednesday and Sunday. It is located at the far end of the new town, in the Rincon de Loix. In fact, there are actually two markets in Benidorm – the other one is near to the main train station in the Old Town, so depending where you are staying you can probably get to one without too much effort. You will find everything there - from fruit and veg to clothes, bags, nik naks, jewellery, counterfeit designer

goods .... but the golden rule is barter - especially with the “look alike products”! Whatever the price quoted knock them down by half then start from there. Don’t be shy - haggling is half the fun. But if you go make sure that you guard your purse or wallet. This is prime territory for pickpockets, being so busy with lots of people - there is a good police presence but still be vigilant. It a great place to visit whilst here on your holiday and I’m sure you’ll be tempted by at least one souvenir to take back home.

Article by Irena Bodnarec, www.BenidormAllYearRound.Com. Activities, news and events from around Benidorm, Albir, Alfaz del Pi and La Nucia

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Manchester City help Unai reach his goal By Keith Nicol IT WAS just a month ago, in early May, 2013, when the parents of Unai Tomás Sánchez García, decided to launch a campaign to raise enough money to fulfil a dream of their little five year old son. Unai suffers with cerebral palsy and needed a walker to fit in, to be able to function a little better and to afford him and his parents a better quality of life. So parents Pablo and Cristina launched a collection of plastic bottle tops, aluminium cans and other materials which could be recycled and start a fund to work towards the purchase of a walker. His father plays with the local amateur football team Skala, who managed to entice the Manchester City Former Players FC to come to Torrevieja, to play a friendly, fund raising game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium. His team-mates and coach decided that all proceeds from the game would go towards the required money for Unai’s walker. On Friday 7th June Manchester City made the trip to Torrevieja and supported by Torrevieja Solidarity Association, friends, family and team-mates went on to sell a thousand ballots for the price of two euros to win a football shirt signed by all players of Manchester City’s present Premiership Squad. His parent’s located a family in Barcelona who had a walker with the features that Unai needed. Their child had outgrown the walker and it was for sale at the second hand price of 3000€. The great news was that the football game had raised the required amount and thus the walker was purchased.

Unai with his new walker

Pablo and Cristina, on behalf of their son Unai, want to thank all those anonymous people who have contributed their time and money for this purpose, and to “thank you for your generous collaboration, both through supporting the ballot by buying

the raffle for the shirt and coming to watch the game.” To be totally transparent they also wanted to offer the breakdown of the contributions are as follows: Revenue from the sale of match tickets 150€; bar sales in the stadium150€; raffle tickets 2.000€;

Donations through the anonymous account 701€: a total of 3,101€, which represents the total amount necessary to acquire the walker that today is enabling Unai to be able to get around by himself, always a beautiful smile for everyone.

21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Life travel


Alicante’s lunar landscape Area: Inland southwest Alicante AS YOU head up the motorway in the direction of Madrid, a couple of miles after you pass the castle at Sax, slithering along the precipice like a lethargic lizard, you pass the Colonia de Santa Eulalia, a peaceful, picturesque village surrounded by cornfields but with a semi-derelict air and a past shrouded in mystery. Sit in the centre of the square of baked earth and neglected plants in front of the church — its clock pointing permanently to one minute past two as if signalling the time when the old

Santa Eulalia church

town died — and try to imagine it as it was in its heyday. Once, the square was adorned with statues, pools, fountains and gardens, where the Condesa de Santa Eulalia entertained her guests in the Teatro Cervantes behind La Unión, the towering fábrica de alcohols at one side of the square. In its day, the most important performers in Spain trod the boards of this tiny theatre. The story goes that at the end of the 19th Century, with funds supplied by the Conde de Alcudia, an agricultural engineer built here a village of 20 houses, a farm, a flour factory, a distillery, café and shop, and a small palacio surrounded by beautiful gardens. Sometime later, the count was murdered, by someone rumoured to be in the pay of his wife, who then inflamed local gossip by setting up home with the engineer. Little by little the lady’s wealth was frittered away by her lover, who later abandoned her. What was left she spent defending herself against an accusation of murdering her husband, until she was reduced to penury and the deepest misery. This is just one story of many that haunt the slowly disintegrating colonia. Others involve a miracle and a giant serpent. Although the flour factory finally closed its doors in the 1970s, Santa Eulalia isn’t as deserted as it appears at first glance. The permanent population of a dozen or so families is increased at weekends and on fiesta days by visitors, some of whom have holiday homes in the village. Sadly, political in-fighting has meant that promised funds for restoration haven’t become reality and it is feared that this odd but rather engaging little village could tumble into ruin before anything is done to save it.

Santa Eulalia Fabrica de alcohols

If you feel like a slow meander back to the coast, leave Santa Eulalia by Calle de Salinas, the narrow road that runs up the side of the Teatro Cervantes in the direction of Cabreras and the El Plano picnic area. At the first T-junction turn right. You are now travelling through flatlands of corn, vines and olive groves, passing rows of tiny, ancient terraced houses typical of this area. The countryside is a cornucopia of jagged rocks, pointed hillocks, undulating mountains and rolling fields, a multi-hued valley of different crops each displaying its own colour and shade of green, which eventually turn into a dry landscape more lunar than earthly.

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140€ p THE CAPITAL of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha, Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Known as the ‘Imperial City’ it was the site of the court of Charles I and also was called the ‘City of the Three Cultures’, inhabited for centuries by Christians, Jews and Muslims. - Day 1: Early morning departure towards Aranjuez, crossing the plains of ‘La Mancha’: Stops en route: Arrival and free time to visit the romantic gardens and Royal Palace: Free time: Continuing to Toledo: Arrival at the hotel and accommodation: Dinner with half board - Day 2: Toledo: Breakfast and free time to visit the historical city on the banks of the river Tajo where Arabic, Jewish and Christian cultures converge: Visit the old quarter with its cathedral, synagogue and church of Santo Tome: Optional visit with official guide (not included): Free Afternoon and accommodation: Dinner with half board. - Day 3: Toledo: Breakfast and. Free time


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21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -37 YOU WILL be amazed to know that I didn’t win the lottery this week, so my sentence still holds true: “Si tuviera bastante dinero compraría ese coche” “IF I had enough money I would buy that car”. Last week we saw that this deceptively simple idea opens up a can of worms in terms of grammar. My hope now is that I can turn it into something acceptable to you and perhaps even something you have a chance of using one day. This comment leads me to the observation that our grammatical knowledge always runs ahead of our ability to assimilate language, so this shouldn’t worry us. “Poco a poco” as they say. The word “tuviera” is an example of the Imperfect Subjunctive tense. We have learnt in previous articles that the present subjunctive is basically to do with hypothetical concepts. I think I also mentioned that there are very few tenses in the subjunctive. Without getting too technical, there are basically two principle tenses – the Present Subjunctive and the Imperfect Subjunctive. The imperfect Subjunctive, which is what we are now concerned with, can be used in the same circumstances as the Present Subjunctive when the whole sentence is expressed in the past. For example: “Quiero que vengas el martes” - I want you to come on Tuesday. (“vengas” is in the present subjunctive). “Quería que vinieras el martes” - I wanted you to come on Tuesday. (“vinieras” is in the imperfect subjunctive). It’s possible that even these two examples have raised more questions than they have answered but I feel I cannot get any further with explaining the use of the Imperfect Subjunctive, without looking at how it is formed. Once we have got that under our belts, we can get our teeth back into how on earth we would ever use it, using a

variety of examples. So, also mentioned last week was the fact that the Imperfect Subjunctive is formed from (wait for it) the third person plural of the Past Simple (Pretérito) tense. “Tuviera” comes from “tuvieron” (they had). So that is where we need to start to get to all our Imperfect Subjunctive forms. This past tense does have a lot of irregular verbs, but we’ll start with the regular ones and deal with “-ar” verbs first. The regular “ar” verbs in the past simple go like this:”Hablé, hablaste, habló, hablamos, hablastéis, hablaron”. The one we are after now is “hablaron” which means “they spoke”. What we now need to do is remove the “aron” ending and replace it with – ara, -aras, -ara, -áramos, -arias, -aran. This gives us: Hablara Hablaras Hablara

Habláramos Hablarais Hablaran

This probably doesn’t look a million miles away from a number of other tenses you have already studied. There are some important differences in emphasis, for example, the third person singular is pronounced haBLAra (and not hablarÁ which is the future tense). Likewise, be careful to say “haBLAran” and not “hablaRÁN” – again the future tense). There’s a long way to go, but for now you can now confidently conjugate in the imperfect subjunctive all the –ar verbs that are regular in the past simple tense. To give you one more example: JUGAR – third person plural of past simple – JUGARON – imperfect subjunctive – JUGARA, JUGARAS, JUGARA, JUGÁRAMOS, JUGARAIS, JUGARAN. Now you know what you have to do for the next week. See you then!

Gok Wan @therealgokwan: Day 10 of no ciggies! It gets easier, yay! my taste buds are as alert as a gay boy at the selfridges sale! X Holly Willoughby @hollywills: Morning, woke up this morning to find that my voice has decided to sound just like Marge Simpson! X Sarah Millican @SarahMillican75: When Monday makes me grumpy, I sing along to classical music in the car. I know all of the words. They’re all ‘der’. Danny Baker @prodnose: You know when you’ve had hiccups & you THINK they are gone but are cautiously monitoring to confirm? I’ve been like that for 10 minutes now. Mitch Hedberg @M_Hedberg: I like wearing necklaces, because it lets me know when I’m upside down. VeryBritishProblems @SoVeryBritish: Straining not to thank the waiter for every small item he clears, so you can deliver one big thanks at the end Kelly Osbourne @MissKellyO: Starting to realize that good girls are bad girls that never get caught! Ian Hyland @HylandIan: If Father’s Day really meant anything the new football season would start today.

Life books The 33

Danny Collins -

I’M SURE you all remember the story. 33 Chilean miners trapped for 69 days underground, 688 metres below the mountains of the Andes. It happened in 2010 and the world paused and watched. THE STORY highlighted the extremely dangerous conditions in which the Chilean miners of the San Jose Mine were forced to work – but is also dramatised the valiant efforts and the technical skill of the rescuers who, quite literally, fought to bring their colleagues back to the light. The book details the slow erosion of hope into desperation as the men prepared themselves for a slow death by starvation and lack of oxygen. The mood changed when, after 17 days, a drill broke through into the cavern in which they waited for Author: Jonathan Franklin Publisher: Black Swan (paperback) Price: 9.10€ ISBN: 978 0 552 77756 8

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death. Seven weeks later they were free, brought to the surface individually by a cage lowered through a tunnel hewed and drilled through living rock. It was a feat witnessed by the world. But man is a strange animal. The aftermath descended into a mish-mash of pushy characters fighting for exclusive control of the miners’ story, film rights, and it also became a publicity vehicle for Oakley sunglasses, supplied at Franklin’s request to the victims. Strong voices emerged and stories changed. It’s all in the book and well worth the reading as a description of a dramatic event and a profound glimpse at the character of man in our modern society.


21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Downloading software MY SISTER-IN-LAW and her husband visited last week and she told about a program called ‘Snagit’. I was looking for a free download and I don’t remember which button I pushed but after a while something called ‘PC Optimizer Pro’ showed up on the screen and started analyzing the contents of my computer. I stopped it, and later ‘’ appeared. I went to Add/Remove programs and seemed to be successful in removing the two programs from my PC. However, when trying to open Intenet Explorer, appeared instead of my usual homepage. Is there a safe free download of the ‘Snagit’ program? Bjarte

Aunty says: How to reset Internet Explorers home page: In internet explorer, go to tools, and internet options. In the General tab will be the pages that will open when you start IE. If in that section is shows ‘’, remove that and put in its place the webpage that you do want to show each time you open IE. Also in IE options you have the option to change your search engine provider, so go into that and remove from the list of search providers. When you install a program, especially those that are ‘free’, many people simply install them using the default installer option. It is these default options that tend to install things like rogue toolbars and adverts and change your home page or search engine providers. And when people install things, they simply install things without thinking what else will be installed using these default options. So usually, best look at the Advanced installed options, where you should be given the opportunity not to install toolbars and such.

Spell Samsung Kies checker facility HI AUNTY: I have just started using Outlook for emails. Quite impressed but as you can see, Ican’t find a speell checker facillitty when typping new emails: Help please. Jack Aunty says: Depending on your browser, Outlook has a built in spell checker. In most modern and up to date browsers the spell checking is done by the browser itself. However, has a manual spell check button on top next to options. It will only appear if you are writing an email and if your browser does not do spell checking itself. Reply: I have just down loaded Chrome but suddenly all is okay. Thanks.

DEAR AUNTIE, I have a Samsung Galaxy phone and I wish to transfer photos to my laptop. I’ve had no problems in the past, I just connected my phone to my laptop with the lead provided, the info came on the screen and the deed was done - easy... But now, when I connect up, my phone makes the usual noise, but nothing appears on the screen. Help please.

Aunty says: It may be that the drivers for your phone are not working correctly on the PC. So the PC does not correctly recognise the phone. You could try and locate and uninstall and then reinstall the drivers. But I am wondering if installing the Samsung Kies software would help - I use that software for all my Samsung phone and table transfers.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Mooncandle Remote Control LED Candles THE TRADITIONAL wax candle has been around for centuries, originally used as a source of light and later evolving into a domestic accessory for their soothing means of ambient lighting, whether it for that intimate dinner party or relaxing soak in the bath. But they have their disadvantages: they’re messy and if left unattended pose a potential hazard. But what if you could have all of the advantages and not have to be concerned with the traditional drawbacks? Well, now you can with the Mooncandle Vanilla Scented Wax Candles with colour changing LEDs and remote control. Each set consists of three ivory coloured candles measuring 4, 5 and 6 inches in height. They are vanilla scented and light is provided by an LED embedded inside the candle. Each candle is powered by x 2 AAA batteries (included), which allow for 50,000 hours of use. The candles have a remote control to switch them on and off and select the various modes they can operate in. The remote control has a 20 foot range allowing for the candles to be placed in hard to reach areas such as high shelves and light fittings, and as they are flameless they are safe with children and pets around and can be placed close to curtains, beds and other furnishings. The remote control features 4

and 8 hour timers - flickering/ permanently on and random colour change modes – try that with a traditional candle! The Inspectors Verdict: The Mooncandle Vanilla Scented Wax Candles with colour changing LEDs are an excellent and safe alternative to conventional candles – no more searching for matches and clearing up the mess afterwards. And they’re safe for

any room with any occupant, from baby to grandma and with no risk of fire! Visit mooncandles/ to purchase the Mooncandle Vanilla Scented Wax Candles with colour changing LEDs and remote control for 24.50€. Prices quoted include delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Kayak NOW THAT we are heading towards the Summer and even if we havn’t already been on our holidays or got our travelling heads on yet then there is a distinct possibility that we may do at some point in the not too distant future. Kayak is a fantastic app for mobile phones where you can compare flights, hotels and rental cars, track flights, get cheap travel deals whilst on the go wherever you are in the world (just so long as you have a connection to 3G or WiFi). Not only can you search all of these travel essentials you can also book and pay for them directly from your mobile phone quickly, easily and securely. If you were actually travelling around the world, or just visiting a new city and didn’t have anywhere booked to stay that night then it could map your current location by GPS and find the cheapest (or the most expensive!) hotel for you to stay in that night with a room available and you could then book it direct. Kayak is available to download on iPhone, Android and from the Nokia Store for FREE.


21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Life Showbiz Goss

Pushing up the Daisy

ALTHOUGH DAISY Donovan was born in Brooklyn in New York, she spent her formative years in the UK, going to the London School of Dramatic Art, then moving up to Edinburgh where she performed in the University´s Drama Society. Daisy, who is now 37, eventually broke into mainstream TV in the late 90´s in the ´11 O´Clock Show´ and ´Daisy Daisy´ to critical acclaim, but decided to give it all up. Last week she told the Daily Telegraph “I was tired … it’s hard to put that much of yourself into something and not get the results you want, I was not interested in going on telly, and I didn´t like the thought of becoming a low grade celebrity” … know what you mean babe … we´re knee deep in those low graders let me tell you … but she was not done yet … “In this industry you have to think, ´Did I get that job! Who else is up for that job! And I just didn’t want that.” Daisy was being interviewed by The Telegraph because she has come out of retirement to host a new programme called ´The Greatest Shows on Earth´ and is beside herself with excitement about it. The show, which began last Monday on Ch4, will feature material from the weirdest and wackiest programmes from around the world, and on why she took the job she said “I was won over by the concept after seeing a photo of one of the shows featured; a Somali game show where contestants won guns as prizes, that´s when I fell for it.” I have to say it’s quite frightening to think such a thing really goes on, but from the way she spoke, and her obvious sense of fun, I get the feeling Daisy and Ch4 ´s ´The Greatest Shows on Earth´ could well be a winner … Mondays 11pm Channel 4.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips

MAKE A note in your diary for September 20th as this is the date the royal biopic ´Diana´ goes on general release. A mere minute of the film was offered out to the press last week, and it seems that the elegance actress Naomi Watt´s shows as she walks the red carpets, helps the Red Cross and, tellingly, is hounded by the paparazzi, has got the reviewers gagging for more. Hugh Bonneville, who is best known for playing Robert, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey, has taken on an unlikely role of Henry Brown in a new film adaptation of Paddington Bear. David Heyman, of Harry Potter fame will produce the movie that tells the tale of how the Brown family took in the abandoned talking bear they found at Paddington station. Aahh … bless. A bit like Katie P when it comes to Lindsay Lohan I tend to give her a wide berth. She has snuck in today on the back of getting kicked out of the Betty Ford Rehab Clinic in Los Angeles having demanded Attention Deficiency drugs and I quote, “making life hell for those around her every day!” We all have our off days, but this idiot of a woman has somehow made a career of it.

A quids worth of Katie

NORMALLY I am loathe to bring Katie Price to the column, but when I read about the insanity that is her latest business scam, as hard as I tried I just couldn´t hit the delete button. You might be aware of how various celebs are setting up their own shows on YouTube, and Sooper Booby woman Katie has got in on the act, Big Time! Her channel is to be called PriceyTube and she told The Sun “I’m starting my own channel … I’m going to charge people a pound a clip … I could be in my kitchen cooking” … egg ´n chips perhaps … “or mucking out my horses … I could be riding them” ... ´n falling off perhaps … “I might show me making a speech somewhere” … A Speech? What about Katie? … You

perhaps. Does anybody truly listen to this woman? I guess they do otherwise she wouldn´t have gathered in all the mushrooms that she has. A pound, or in our case a euro and a bit won’t get you much more than a kilo of toms or 4 apples down the market, but if you keep these items for a month or three and her royal Katieness should grace us with a viz, you could then let her have her pound/euro.

Life TV

21 - 27 JUNE 2013


21st - 27th June

FRIDAY 21st June BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 12:30 Cowboy Trap 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rip Off Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 Miranda 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Road Trip

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 08:30 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Eastbourne 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Father Brown 20:15 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Nature’s Microworlds 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 The Shipping News

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 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 Harbour Lives 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Britain’s Secret Homes 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Deer Hunter

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:25 According to Jim 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:40 Three in a Bed 14:40 Royal Ascot 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 PhoneShop 24:05 Trojan Donkey

07:00 Thomas & Friends 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Emergency Bikers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Pregnancy Pact 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 The Removal Men 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 Big Brother 23:30 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:30 Big Brother

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 2 Fast 2 Furious 24:10 Celebrity Juice 24:55 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Hitman 23:50 The Big Bang Theory 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 The IT Crowd





07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 Escape to the Country 15:00 Live Athletics 19:05 BBC News 19:20 Pointless Celebrities 20:15 The Voice UK 22:20 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 22:30 Casualty 23:20 BBC News; Weather 23:40 Match of the Day 24:30 Arlington Road


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:10 Higher and Higher 08:35 Trail Street 10:00 A History of Scotland 11:00 Reel History of Britain 11:30 Life in the Freezer 12:00 Life in the Freezer 12:30 Just a Minute 13:00 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 13:45 Tennis from Eastbourne 16:05 EastEnders 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 Horizon 20:00 Horizon 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 The Many Faces of 22:00 Calendar Girls 23:45 QI XL 24:30 The Mosquito Coast

SUNDAY 23rd June BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Countryfile 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Homes Under the Hammer 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:45 Lifeline 17:55 Songs of Praise 18:30 Earthflight 19:30 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 The White Queen 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet 24:25 Before Sunrise


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:40 Born to Be Bad 09:10 Gardeners’ World 09:40 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:30 The Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Live Rowing 14:30 Wimbledon 2013 15:30 Live Athletics 19:15 Flog It! 20:00 Venus and Serena 21:00 The Secret Life of the Sun 22:00 Rise of the Continents 23:00 Blackadder II 23:30 Mock the Week 24:00 What a Load of Buzzcocks 24:30 Glastonbury

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 Almost Naked Animals 08:35 Ultimate Spider-Man 09:00 Jessie 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:15 Murder, She Wrote 12:10 ITV News and Weather 12:15 Saturday Farm 13:15 All Star Mr & Mrs 14:20 River Monsters 15:20 Columbo: A Matter of Honor 16:55 The ‘Burbs 18:45 ITV News Central 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 You’ve Been Framed! 19:45 You’ve Been Framed! 20:15 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 21:15 The Nation’s Favourite Dance Moment 22:45 The Americans 23:40 ITV News and Weather 23:55 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 Almost Naked Animals 08:35 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 08:50 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:00 Sonny with a Chance 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 ITV News and Weather 12:25 Agatha Christie’s Murder with Mirrors 14:20 Love Your Garden 15:20 A Touch of Frost 17:20 You’ve Been Framed! 17:50 Beethoven’s 4th 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 21:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 The Talent Show Story 24:15 Drama Trails

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 The Grid 08:30 Ironman Triathlon 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 The Morning Line 11:00 Frasier 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:35 The Big Bang Theory 13:05 The Simpsons 13:35 Heston’s Fantastical Food 14:40 Royal Ascot 19:00 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 World’s Weirdest Weather 21:00 Grand Designs 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 The Big Dirty List Show: 50 Years of Sex and Music

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 11:05 The Mr Men Show 11:20 Power Rangers Samurai 11:55 ThunderCats 12:20 The Hotel Inspector 13:20 Big Brother 14:45 Rio Bravo 17:30 El Dorado 19:55 CSI: NY 21:20 NCIS 22:15 5 News Weekend 22:20 Big Brother 23:20 Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych 24:20 Neighbours

07:00 The Biggest Loser 07:50 Coronation Street 10:20 Emmerdale 13:15 The McFly Show 14:15 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:20 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 17:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:45 You’ve Been Framed! 18:15 You’ve Been Framed! 18:45 You’ve Been Framed! 19:15 Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace 22:00 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 24:05 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:55 Britain’s Got More Talent


07:00 Heartland 07:45 Greek 08:30 Make It or Break It 09:30 Gok’s Style Secrets 10:35 Ugly Betty 11:35 Scrubs 12:00 Scrubs 12:30 Scrubs 13:00 Glee 14:00 Charmed 15:00 90210 16:00 Made in Chelsea 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Aeonflux 23:50 The Inbetweeners 24:20 The Inbetweeners 24:55 The Big Bang Theory





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Blenheim Palace Triathlon 08:30 Ironman Triathlon 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:05 The Simpsons 14:35 Stormbreaker 16:25 Deal or No Deal 17:25 Hollywood Me 18:30 Channel 4 News 19:00 The Political Slot 19:05 17 Again 21:00 Terror in the Skies 22:00 The Returned 23:00 Whiteout

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:00 Highland Emergency 12:30 The Girl with 7 Mums 13:30 Big Brother 14:30 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 15:30 Arthur and the Invisibles 17:20 Wimbledon 19:05 Sleepless in Seattle 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Business

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:45 Gok’s Style Secrets 08:40 Ugly Betty 09:40 Scrubs 10:05 Scrubs 10:40 Hollyoaks 13:10 Made in Chelsea 14:10 Glee 15:10 Charmed 16:10 How I Met Your Mother 16:40 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 90210 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 New Girl 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Hot Shots! 23:15 The Inbetweeners 23:45 The Inbetweeners 24:20 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 24:50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

09:40 Coronation Street 12:05 America’s Got Talent 13:00 America’s Got Talent 14:00 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 16:00 Dennis 17:50 You’ve Been Framed! 18:25 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 21:15 Liar Liar 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Big Rich Texas 24:50 Hell’s Kitchen USA


21 - 27 JUNE 2013

Life TV

21st - 27th June

MONDAY 24th June BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Wimbledon 2013 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Have I Got Old News for You 24:20 BBC News: The Editors 24:50 The Graham Norton Show

07:00 This Is BBC Two

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 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 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Benidorm 24:05 The Americans

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:35 Journey to the Center of the Earth 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 22:00 The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles: A Bodyshock Special 23:00 The Greatest Shows on Earth 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 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 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 The Last Trimester 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Traveller Feuds 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 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 Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:00 300 24:20 Celebrity Juice

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 08:35 Cowboy Trap 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:05 Coast 11:05 Country Show Cook Off 11:35 Click 12:00 Daily Politics 12:30 Wimbledon 2013 17:20 Heir Hunters 18:05 Flog It! 18:50 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 Rick Stein’s India 23:00 What a Load of Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Rise of the Continents

TUESDAY 25th June



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 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 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 The Mindy Project 22:00 90210 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:35 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Wimbledon 2013 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Life Savers 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Imagine 24:45 Forces of Nature

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:35 Heir Hunters 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:05 Watchdog 11:05 Country Show Cook Off 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 Daily Politics 12:30 Wimbledon 2013 17:20 Heir Hunters 18:05 Flog It! 18:50 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads 23:05 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Secret Life of the Sun

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 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 Nature’s Newborns 21:00 Love Your Garden 22:00 Secrets from the Workhouse 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 The Americans

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:35 River Cottage 14:05 Rooster Cogburn 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Something for Nothing 22:00 Child Genius 23:00 Dates 23:35 How to Find Love Online 24:35 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Eddie Stobart: rucks and Trailers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Mystery Woman 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 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 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 Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Magaluf Weekender 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Lemon La Vida Loca

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 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 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 The Mindy Project 23:00 Happy Endings 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 Rude Tube








07:00 Breakfast

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:30 Heir Hunters 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Helicopter Heroes Down Under 10:30 Monty Don’s French Gardens 11:30 Country Show Cook Off 12:00 Lifeline 12:10 Coast 12:30 Spending Review 16:00 Wimbledon 2013 17:20 Heir Hunters 18:05 Flog It! 18:50 Wimbledon 2013 21:00 Today at Wimbledon 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 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 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Love and Marriage 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Joanna Lumley’s Nile 24:35 The Americans

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:35 SuperScrimpers 13:55 Blood Alley 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Hollywood Me 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Dates 23:35 Why Am I Still Single?: First Cut 24:35 First Dates

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 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 Cowboy Traders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 CSI: NY 16:10 Pretend You Don’t See Her 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Paul Merton in India 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Britain’s Got More Talent 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Big Rich Texas 24:50 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:35 Charmed 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 17:25 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Hot Shots! Part Deux 22:50 Rude Tube 23:50 Made in Chelsea 24:55 The Big Bang Theory

10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Wimbledon 2013 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Regional News and Weather 14:20 Wimbledon 2013 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport

21 - 27 June 2013




07:00 Breakfast

07:00 This Is BBC Two

10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Wimbledon 2013 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 20:55 Match of the Day Live 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week


07:00 Daybreak 07:15 Homes Under the Hammer 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 08:15 Coast 11:30 This Morning 08:35 Heir Hunters 13:30 Loose Women 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 10:05 Great Continental 15:00 May the Best House Win Railway Journeys 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 11:05 Country Show Cook Off 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 11:35 HARDtalk 18:00 The Chase 12:00 Daily Politics 19:00 ITV News Central 12:30 Wimbledon 2013 19:30 ITV News 17:20 Heir Hunters 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 18:05 Flog It! 21:00 Emmerdale 18:50 Wimbledon 2013 21:30 Paul O’Grady: For the 21:00 Today at Wimbledon Love of Dogs 22:00 Who Were the Greeks? 22:00 Happy Families 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 ITV News Central 23:30 Newsnight 23:35 The Zoo 24:20 Horizon 24:35 The Americans

Crossword solutions 713 Cryptic solutions Across: 6 Propose; 7 Story; 9 Tweed; 10 Defeats; 12 Bluebottles; 14 Beating time; 18 Implied; 19 Sloop; 21 Alter; 22 Missive. Down: 1 Crown; 2 Appeal; 3 Use; 4 Street; 5 Written; 8 Reports; 11 Reinter; 13 Sea-mile; 15 Teller; 16 Molest; 17 Solve; 20 Bit.

Quick solutions Across: 6 Blunder; 7 Peril; 9 Topic; 10 Aground; 12 Penultimate; 14 Termination; 18 Blatant; 19 Fleet; 21 Bible; 22 Country. Down: 1 Flood; 2 Entire; 3 Pet; 4 Reform; 5 Dignity; 8 Agitate; 11 Turning; 13 Declaim; 15 Mettle; 16 Oblong; 17 Merry; 20 Bog.




07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:25 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Australia 12:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 13:35 River Cottage 14:30 Anne of the Indies 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Compare Your Life 22:00 First Dates 23:00 Eye Spy 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Thomas & Friends 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 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 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Honeymoon for One 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 Extraordinary People 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 Judge Judy 10:35 Peter Andre: My Life 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:15 Liar Liar 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:35 Fake Reaction

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Fresh Meat

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 21 June Celebrity Archive – it’s the football commentator known as ‘Motty’, John Motson. 18.00 Saturday 22 June Let’s Talk – Interview with ex-Savoy chef and judge on our very own Host Your Own. 18.30 Sunday 23 June The Pink Ladies walk 2013. Maria Wilson leads 400 walkers on the 4th AECC charity walk in Playa Flamenca. 19.45 Monday 24 June Spanish Eye – Looking for somewhere to take the

grand kids to – try the mini golf in Los Alcazares. 19.30 Tuesday 25 June Learn The Lingo(series) Learn Spanish in a fun and interesting way with the lovely Martine. 18.30 Wednesday 26 June Real England(series) – Cornwall, the most southern of all the English counties with its charming villages and spectacular coastline. 19.00 Thursday 27 June Speekee (NEW series) A fun and entertaining way to learn Spanish for our younger viewers. – El Mercado. 18.05


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Life going out

A modern bar with a fresh feeling CHILLI’S BAR Moraira is situated at the Paichi Centre on Cami Viejo del Portet just outside the picturesque village of Moraira. THIS WONDERFULLY modern bar has a great fresh feeling to it and outside there are various different terraces to suit everyones needs. Chilli’s Bar is so easy to find and everyone receives the same warm welcome. Caroline and Bill opened Chilli’s Bar Christmas Eve 2011 and have introduced so many amazing things since then, including their outstanding new American Diner Food menu (eat in or take away) which shows off Bill’s culinary ability at its finest. All the food at Chilli’s is home made (including the Ali Oli) using only the finest quality ingredients and their own secret recipes. All of their Beef burgers are made from prime Black Angus Rump Steak and minced in house and then stuffed with your choice of filling, (cheese, jalapenos) served with a bun and garnished with one of Chilli’s homemade sauce (Smoky Bourbon, Jalapeno Mayo, Ali Oli, Sweet Chilli or Hot Chilli). If you are a heat seeker ask Bill to spice it up! All of the food served at Chilli’s receives 5 star treatment, the chicken burger is made with succulent chicken breast again minced in house and laced with Bill’s secret formula of herbs and spices. Chilli’s baby back ribs are just to die for, smothered in your choice of sauce and falling of the bone. And the KICKASS FRIES are just out of this world, crispy fries smothered in Bourbon sauce, topped with shredded pork and melted cheese. Chilli’s Southern Fried menu takes fried chicken to the extreme. Hand picked chicken pieces (breast strips,

All the food at Chilli’s is home made

drumstick, thigh or wings) coated in their top secret recipe and then deep fried for perfection. Amazing quality food at extremely good prices, 1 piece of Southern fried chicken, 1 side order and a small dip for just 3.99€. To see the full menu go to Why not save the long trips to Benidorm to satisfy your Southern Fried fix and order Chilli’s Bar’s very own Southern Fried Chicken or Ribs as takeaway or enjoy the bar or terraces. Chilli’s Bar is a great place to socialise, on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month is Party Night with great music and 2 house spirits and a mixer for 4.50€. Every Wednesday is Entertainment Quiz night, featuring clips from tv, film & music shown on the big screen & tv, so come along and join in the fun. Every Thursday is Happy Thursday– 2€ a pint and 1€ for a glass of wine. Open from 1pm until late. On Sunday’s

The terrace

is Chilli’s KickAss BBQ 3pm until 6pm with a great chill out atmosphere. Weekdays open from 5pm Saturday & Sunday from 2pm. Closed Tuesday Happy Thursday open from 1pm. For bookings or further information contact Caroline or Bill on 692 752 987 or visit

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Life recipe

Pasta with chicken, lemon and thyme THIS QUICK and easy pasta dish is packed with unusual flavours that combine to make a really tasty meal. I used tagliatelle in this version, but the other ribbon pastas - pappardelle or taglierini - would work just as well. I also used chicken thigh meat, which I think is more succulent than breast, but it’s up to you. • 300g boneless chicken thigh meat, cut into thin strips • 1 tsp thyme leaves, picked from the stalk • The thinly pared rind of a lemon, cut into thin shreds • 1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped • Salt and black pepper • 1 tbls olive oil • Half a small onion, thinly sliced from top to bottom • 150g dried pasta • 2 tbls crème fraîche or thick cream • 25g grated parmesan cheese 1. Place the thyme in a mortar and

pestle and pound until the leaves are soft. Add the lemon rind, garlic and a little salt and pepper and pound some more until you have a pulp. Add the olive oil and stir. Place the sliced chicken in a bowl and mix with the marinade. Set aside for 30 minutes or longer. 2. Place the pasta in a large pan of boiling water and simmer for 7 or 8 minutes. Meanwhile place the chicken and all the marinade in a large frying pan with the sliced onion. Cook over

high heat, stirring occasionally for 7 or 8 minutes until everything is nicely browned and sticky. 3. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, stir in the crème fraîche or cream and then fold in the chicken and all the juices from the frying pan. Lift the pasta mixture onto two serving plates and top with the parmesan cheese. Serves: 2 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

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

Crackling good time

By Jack Troughton SPIT ROAST pork is back on the menu when the MABS Cancer Support Group looks to repeat the success of a fund raising event staged 12 months ago. The MABS Hog Roast is being staged in the private gardens of a Javea villa on Saturday 13th July from 5pm – tickets are 15€ and a map and directions to the event are printed on the back. Music and dancing to the popular band Freeway – pictured with Marley, a rescued Afghan hound the group helped to rehome in Scotland. Information and tickets are available by calling Gemma on 626 939 223 or Jacqui on 686 305 006.



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Life health Hearing aid styles and modern technology

WITH THE advent of digital technology and miniaturisation hearing aids have been able to be made smaller, more discreet and more fashionable. By Richard G. Sykes HAD FSHAA, Hearing Aid Audiologist THERE ARE many different types of hearing aids and the one you choose will be based on a number of factors, whether its down to how suitable it is for your type of hearing loss, what it looks like and even price.

In The Ear (ITE)

THE TWO MAIN TYPES OF HEARING AIDS ARE In The Ear (ITE) - instruments house their components in a custom formed earmould that fits in the outer portion of the ear. Receiver in the Canal (RIC) - One of the most popular hearing aid styles available today. The device is small, discreet and places the receiver directly in to the ear, enhancing both comfort and sound quality. Thanks to modern digital technology, hearing aid wearers have been able to experience significantly better sound quality. Thanks to the advanced and improved processing chip design it now means: There are more Channels - a more accurate “fit” to patients hearing needs Adaptive directionality - to enhance speech audibility in complex listening environments Multi-programs - aids can be programmed for different listening environments Better Noise reduction - more comfortable listening experience

Receiver in the Canal (RIC)

Better feedback management - removal of annoying “whistling”. Wireless connectivity - aids ability to connect direct to TV, Mobile phone or music systems It really is the new age of Hearing Aids.

This article was written by Richard G. Sykes HAD FSHAA of Premier Hearing Services.Contact us now for a Hearing Evaluation, 659 644 106, Fellow British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (UK)

Tales of afternoon tea

By Jack Troughton THE SECOND Annual U3A Book Swap Group Tea Party saw more than 70 members enjoy a typical English tea and raise money for Jalon Valley HELP. The members of the Vall de Pop U3A gathered at the home of David Brain and Theresa Boyle to exchange hundreds of books and enjoy the tea party. Each paid 3€ a head for sándwiches, biscuits, cakes and scones with jam, cream and strawberries – still raising enough money for the charity donation.

Every picture tells a story

Almond blossom in the Jalon Valley

By Jack Troughton PICTURES CHOSEN for a 2014 calendar will win prizes in the Jalon Valley HELP photographic competition. Photographs should be in colour and a ‘landscape’ format and show the valley from Benissa to Castell de Castells – reflecting the scenery, architecture and life of the valley throughout the seasons. The closing date for entries is 1st July and entry forms are available from the HELP charity shops in Jalon and Alcalali, as well as the Casa de Animo drop in centre in Alcalali, or from the website There is no limit to the number of entries and prizes will be awarded to each picture chosen for the calendar, with a prize for the overall winner.

The importance of infant developmental milestones DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES are a way of monitoring the developmental progress of infants. Every apparently healthy baby will be examined by a Paediatrician within 24 hours of birth. Obviously if there are health concerns the baby will be monitored as necessary. If the baby appears healthy, a Midwife will see the baby regularly in the immediate post natal period to ensure all is well and the baby is thriving. In the healthy baby, developmental checks are normally made at one month; two months; three months; six months; nine months; twelve months and fifteen months. The examiner will observe the baby at all times and generally talk to the parents about the infant’s progress at home. The baby’s development will be assessed in different areas: Physical development: The baby’s weight, length and head circumference will be measured and plotted on a growth chart Personal and social behaviour Communication Motor skills Fine motor skills

All findings will be recorded (usually in the baby’s personal developmental record) for comparison at the next examination. Babies develop at their own pace so it’s impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a particular skill. We certainly don’t expect an infant to excel in every area. However, a concern may be highlighted if an infant was not developing as expected in any way. These assessments are an ideal time for parents to discuss any niggling worries or concerns they may have about their child’s development, and to review the child’s immunisation record. Some parents do not see the need for professional developmental examinations as they nearly always think that all is well with their own child. When a parent is with a child 24/7 it can be difficult to be objective. As the saying goes ‘you can never proof read your own work!’

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

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Life horoscopes Silence Expect to drastically change your mind over something this week, as someone prompts you into looking at things another way, and from a distance. Not all has been revealed to you about the matter and you have jumped to conclusions, which need to be rectified. Mercury’s retrograde in Cancer is intriguing and explains all!

With Venus deep in Leo there comes a chance to bring any remaining niggles into play, centre stage. It is time to have your say, and to show those around you that you are fully capable of making your own mind up over your reactions to recent changes; and that you won’t be hurried into making a decision you may very well live to regret.

SOMETHING RARE happened this afternoon in my village. There was a silence, so only chirping birds and a ticking clock could be heard as I worked in the afternoon. Where were the screaming village children, the roaring motorbikes, the stray CD being played and the barking dogs? The silence was quite hypnotic and I ended up snoozing in the prevailant See even your most current concrete plans change and watery sunshine. There were no drills or hammerings to wake maybe change again. This is not from your uncertainty, me up and only the beautiful terrace garden, cherished by but your ability to see the writing on the wall which brings my green fingered partner, Carl, to enjoy. some alternatives to you which are well worth exploring Silence can be a wonderful thing. Many are taking up and implementing. Although you are fully able to take meditation and crave the silence in which to do it. With control allow someone else the benefit of the doubt first. practise you can shut out any sound, but it is such a treasure Your planet benefits from much planetary actions this to have peace and quiet around you and to be able to week. Jupiter enters at the start of the weekend bringing embrace yourself in a comforting calm. When you have lucky chance and reward, and this is followed by the control of your thoughts for so much of your waking time, Mercury retrograde after the weekend. By midweek you should be back on your feet, but keep calm and carry on it is delicious to be able to slip away and let go within your making no changes or specific plans until then. own parameters. However silence can be negative and even painful. The Venus brings love in a very abrupt and passionate way as Mother of Keith Bennett, the Moors murder victim, always your heart is strangely open and ready to connect. This could be the start of something rather wonderful if you just wanted to know where her little boy was buried on can act to remove suspicion and treat it all as you should, Saddleworth Moor. She spent the whole of the rest of her life as something that you both deserve and need. Jupiter in waiting to hear where his body lay, and then sadly she died not Cancer sends love and luck as the icing on the cake. knowing; because his murderers refused to break their silence. Nothing whatsoever is to be gained until you remove Silence can honour too, as a minute ticks by and even the current cloud of negativity. Things have happened large audiences or spectators are lulled into poignant the way they have because there is better for you and reverence by a unified silence. One minute can do so much, you should look within to establish a relationship with and not only is this a mark of respect, but it sends a positive the innermost you. Resolve and timbre will return to your message of solidarity and reciprocal feelings out to the side when you best know who you really are right now. Universe as well. Venus and Leo both bring new ventures and fresh starts It is a right to remain silent throughout our lives, but long

into play. You have to be happy to take on the next phase of your life in general and it is high time you made efforts regardless of the effort required, and with a view to beginning something new, inspiring and self preserving that changes everything and puts you back where you belong.

Things are opening out for you and the dark clouds no longer gather over your head when there are such viable changes out there for you. If you tell yourself the full truth then you are finally moving on, not running away. Yes there are times when you have fallen over, but you have picked yourself up and carried on regardless! Idle gossip has brought tensions to your door and someone responsible has to be put in their place. With wily Jupiter in actions with Leo it is to be expected that someone has got hold of the wrong end of the stick. However they have not taken into consideration just what you are capable of, and inevitably what you now have to do. Pluto takes actions to protect you from something you are hesitant to do. You have weighed up all the pro’s and the con’s and it is a sensitive situation which needs to be examined for what it really is, a storm in a tea cup. Nothing will be achieved by your silence, but isn’t this a job for someone who really does care? Uranus, your trusty planetary leader is steering you in a specific direction and you can feel the force and the reasoning behind it all. However the way things have happened this is a time for you to look at options and hone your skills ready for the life changing elements you want to bring into action. All in good time! You seem to be getting some help these days and things are becoming easier. Your natural clairvoyance is showing you best how to use your spiritual gifts to good purpose. Sometimes you do not know just how psychic you are, and to what good use you could put it to. Innermost energies are charged and ready for action, so go for it!!

Kennys diary Albir 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 Wednesday July 3rd from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. 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 June 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. Meditation Workshop: Working with your Sanctuary is a half day workshop in Meditation technique. No previous experience necessary and all welcome as we explore our hidden depths. New June dates. Call for info.

If it’s your birthday this week

Kenny corris Mobile: 686 361 594 Telephone: 965 878 424 ago I have always challenged anything I thought was wrong and that should be addressed. Many suffer in silence, and this aspect of the silence is that they are true to themselves, allowing a wall of safety to be built around the wrongdoings that are hurting them; rather than addressing the situation and speaking out to assert and assume rights and entitlements. Silence can harm, or even kill when you are not disclosing your true feelings, or acknowledging symptoms. If you need help you should always be able to get it, but the silent here can see a reason for not disclosing and this can take them so far until one day there is a need to speak out, to ascertain solution and resolve, and this can very sadly come too late. As a therapist I have spent many years with clients in pursuance of the betterment of their lives. This wasn’t ever to be achieved by silence, but by building with them together a reason to be, encouraged by allowing them to be free and open and discuss anything and everything with me, in confidence. I still get calls out of the blue from people who feel that I am someone that they can talk to, and if this breaks their silence then it can only do good and elevate them to release all that they have held within, in silence. Some shops have bells on the door so that when you enter there is no unpleasant silence, and you can be welcomed by someone who will hopefully be able to serve you and help you to find what you need. The more you express what it is that you want then the better the service and purchase can be. Silence is a wonderful thing, but the noise of life is a part of our World too. The familiar sounds of home from the purr of the cat to the twitter of the budgie and the familiar knock on the door from the neighbour are all treasures, as they break our silence and make us feel at home, safe and contented. Treasure sound and silence and appreciate that you can hear them both, and appreciate each for what they are, what they bring and what they each mean to us.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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WHY DO you always call Heaven the Spirit World? When we were young Heaven was where we went, so why not now? Frances P. In a simple answer, Heaven is a place where Christians aspire to go to after death. We are not all Christians, and in support of the multi religious beliefs of my readers, and myself, I use the term Spirit World to represent that which is the holding station for all souls departing this Earth. Where they then go afterwards depends on their faith and belief which I feel everyone is entitled to, and which I warmly support, since everyone has to be happy. I make connections to the Spirit World because it is my right and my professional duty to do so; and the great majority of all those who have passed on respond to me from this calling to the Spirit World anyway; because it represents all the departed as the absolute equals that they are; even if they are Heaven sent.

You maybe think you have been barking up the wrong tree but there comes a new guidance that will not only work well with you; but show you in no uncertain terms just exactly where you are and what now has to be.


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. The essayist was a gentle creature (4) 3. How old is that frock? Ask the horse! (8) 9. Short and rude letter in the play at the very end (7) 10. Mountains show in its pages? (5) 11. Apparently making an approach in low spirits and going under (2,3,3,4) 13. Removes clothes on excursion in ship? (6) 15. Suit for diggers? (6) 17. Initial crept out with two spare copies (2,10) 20. In the trial I bid to have a let-out (5) 21. He’s dear, and clings (7) 22. Not a heavy responsibility in the theatre (8) 23. Married with a ring while still in debt (4)

Word Ladders


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DOWN 1. Lose cars in game (8) 2. For a change remit credit (5) 4. Course for athletes to be taken up? (6) 5. No engagement for an army marching on its stomach! (5-2,5) 6. Let 23 after all (7) 7. Soldier won’t have difficulty in standing it (4) 8. Imaginative painter needed in the theatre (4-2,6) 12. Rated idiot who mixed seeds (8) 14. Telephoning round, perhaps (7) 16. Injury to limb right in the country (6) 18. Quiver inside (5) 19. Post armour (4)

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

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. Agreement (4) 3. Yield (8) 9. In succession (7) 10. Of the nose (5) 11. Erasure (12) 13. Adulterated (6) 15. Suppress (6) 17. Understood (12) 20. Smell (5) 21. Division (7) 22. Compelling influence (8) 23. Perform (4)

DOWN 1. At intervals (8) 2. Waterway (5) 4. Consider (6) 5. Electoral district (12) 6. Slacken (4,3) 7. Vend (4) 8. Skiing, skating, etc. (6,6) 12. Inclination (8) 14. Exasperate (7) 16. Minor (6) 18. Bore (5) 19. Masterstroke (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 14th June 2013

10 25 41 47 48 6


No ticket won the 131,383,087 Euros Tuesday 18th June 2013

Last weeks crossword answers can be found with the TV listings.

17 24 33 41 44


No ticket won the 146,642,974 Euros



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Life music

The Nomad - Live music show

“THE NOMAD” is Bruce Dowding, a highly talented and accomplished professional singer, alto saxophone and blues/rock harmonicas virtuoso. Bruce’s truly massive repertoire of songs and music includes classic rock and pop numbers, party, disco, soul, reggae, big band, and ballads; plus many beautiful saxophone and harmonica instrumentals. Bruce always entertains with flair, energy, originality and infectious enthusiasm and tailors his sets to his audience to ensure their complete enjoyment. With his wealth of musical experience “The Nomad” really is the perfect professional entertainer for any venue and indoor/outdoor private party right across the Costa Blanca! For booking enquiries Bruce can be contacted on: 629 809 638, or via his website: BOOKINGS FOR JUNE: Friday 21st “Full Moon party” Coll De Rates Restaurant (CV715), Parcent Saturday 22nd Coll De Rates Restaurant (CV715), Parcent. 13.30 Friday 28th Bar Aleman, La Cometa II, Calpe Saturday 29th Rte. Taberna del Port, Calpe. 9 pm Sunday 30th Magnum’s Bar, Oliva. 16.00

Chill Factor – Vocal duo

CHILL FACTOR are Pam and John Pearson, a highly professional musical duo with a difference as their repertoire focuses on classic pop/rock songs performed in their own style. This duo are a delight to listen to as they perform two sets – acoustic and electric. Their acoustic set combines the unique sound of John’s ten string acoustic guitar with Pam’s edgy and soulful vocals, giving a performance of flair and originality followed by an electric set which is....electric!. Together with Tommy Duffy (bass) and Steve Keen (drums), they are “RIO”, (rock band). For more information call 696 731 290. JUNE GIGS: Sunday 23rd, Coll de Rates Rte., Parcent @ 1.30 pm, (Chill Factor) Saturday 29th, Olivia Bar of Arts, Arenal, Javea. 9.30 pm Sunday July 7th, Aleluya Bar, Jalon @ 7.30 pm (RIO BAND)

The Brink Duo/Band

BILLY AND Janet Brink, originally from Southern Africa have played together as a duo or in a band for 24 years. Billy plays lead guitar, flute, alto saxophone and harmonica; Janet plays rhythm guitar, keyboards and alto saxophone. Together with Grazy (drums) and Luc van Breda (bass) – they are “The Brink Band”. The band performs a variety of Blues, Rock, Soul, Jazz and South African songs. The Brink Band Monday Jam Sessions are held every Monday at Café del Mar, Cala Andrago, Moraira, a lovely setting by the sea, just outside Moraira on the coast road to Calpe, where there is easy parking. For more info about the Brink Band check out: or phone: 635 831 922. GIG GUIDE FOR JUNE: Friday 21: El Faro Bar/Rte, Balcon al Mar, Javea (Every Friday) Monday 24: Brink Band Jam Session, Café del Mar, Cala Andrago, Moraira, (Every Monday) Saturday 29: Laguna Ribs Bar/Javea Karting. 10 pm

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Life events U3A sugarbabes

Sugarcraft group members at work

By Jack Troughton MEMBERS OF the U3A Marina Baixa’s Sugarcraft Group are showing off the sweet success of their skills at the next general meeting on Monday 24th June. The group joins a number of colleagues exhibiting their talents – as well as sugarcraft there will be watercolours, embroidery, cross stitch, candle decorating, and greeting card making. General meetings are always held on

the fourth Monday of the month – except for August and December – and are staged at the Social Centre, Albir, at 10.30am for 11am. The centre is at the side of the Mercadona supermarket and there is free car parking at the rear of the building and under the Monver Centre. For more information visit or call Secretary Joan Flint on 96 586 1226 or 677 721 902

Rolling back the years

SINGER TONY Francis provides ‘music through the decades’ at the latest fund raiser organised by Costa Blanca cancer charity ‘Bruised but not Broken’ on Saturday 29th June. The dance is being staged at the Royal Carvery, Al Kabir, from 8pm until late and tickets at 5€ include a hot supper. The night is billed as rolling back the years and guests are invited to dress in the style of their favourite decade – whether it is the sixties, seventies, eighties and so on!. There is a prize for the best dressed person. Tickets are available from the English Shop in El Campello and the Royal Carvery.

It’s a charity knockout! By Jack Troughton GOOD NATURED rivalry comes to the fore during a fun charity It’s a Knockout on Saturday 29th June raising money for the European Kids Association and Guardian Angels. L’Ancorra Tennis Club in Javea’s Arenal is hosting the event and teams from companies like Spectrum FM, Telitec, Profigura Gym, as well as rock band SFM and the Footlights Youth theatre. Wendy Hart, EKA’s team organiser, said: “We have already been amazed at the team spirit coming forward!” EKA encourages young people to get

involved behind the scenes at events to gain much valued experience and true to style the kids are involved in running the show as well as providing volunteers to help out during the day. Trisha Barr, founder of single parent support charity Guardian Angels, has been busy organising stall holders to add to the attractions on the day – and the charity has also entered its own team. There is also a children’s fun park with lots of small sideshow games and a barbeque. To find out more go to Eka Eu Kids or Guardian Angels on Facebook or please call 665 012 228.



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Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Registering a French-registered motor home to Spanish plates CAN YOU advise whether re-registering a French-registered motorhome is the same as re-registering a UK car? Thanks. Lesley H. YES, EXACTLY the same (better, as UK campervans are usually rejected on safety grounds as the steering wheel is on the wrong side for Spain) as long as you have proof of ownership (registered in your name and proof that the original last invoice shows that IVA/VAT was paid, and the vehicle complies with the pollution standards as with Spanish vehicles. That is, it is not very old with a high Grammes of CO₂/Km reading compared with the equivalent sized-engine Spanish vehicle). Trafico is being tough with imported used vehicles where they have older engines that are not complying with the current low pollution standards unless they are classic or vintage and therefore are not for daily use. Your email does not give the year of manufacture but if it is e.g. 5plus years old, you may have problems. Your best bet is to enquire at a local ‘gestor’ who specialises in the importation of used vehicles as they sometimes also have official contacts to smooth the ways. There will be an import duty based on 4% of the Taxman’s (Agencia Tributaria) tables of which the gestor will have details. Get a firm written quote first. It will, as part of the

importation, have to be presented at the local ITV station for inspection, correct VINs and okay re: pollution, etc. If you are not fluent in Spanish, I would use a specialist gestor. As a good point here, I see UK vehicles, vans and motorhomes being offered for sale here in Spain and they look to be price-bargains, but unless they are being driven

back to the UK and are totally legal and up to date with the taxes, VED, MOT, etc. or are for spare parts, they are to be avoided.

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21 - 27 June 2013

Time to come out and play Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

SUMMER IS now here and the time for cheap golf has arrived with it. Our golf courses are now desperate to have golfers come out to play on their courses and practically all have now reduced prices to a level that give tremendous value for money. Every summer our golf courses reduce prices for July and August, this year many have included what remains of June and as well some will not finish the reduced price enticements until mid to late September so we all have the chance now to enjoy three months of affordable golf. Many of us expatriates disappear from the golf course in August in particular. I think that is a great shame as despite the heat, golf in August can be great fun as long as you use a buggy and take in plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and don’t rush around like lunatics. The warmth means that muscles will be more relaxed and supple which is something crucial to good golf. This means less likelihood of injury or damage to fragile parts of the body and less aches and pains for those who don’t play frequently. The RTN Golf Booking Hotline has a number of very special offers on their list. The most attractive

being the offer of golf at Alicante Golf playing with RTN Golf Club on a Tuesday for just thirty five Euros including a buggy, tremendous value for a golf course of such stature and one that is in absolutely fantastic condition as well. Practically all of our golf courses will have special offers that may even include food after the round so that if you don’t want to cook after golf you can enjoy good food after your round in the clubhouse. Often if food is not included the golf course will offer something special for you if you are four or more players and ask in advance. This is at last something the golf courses are learning; giving people something they want; service with a smile and good value for money. In increasingly difficult times for the golf courses the need to make money is at last seeing the managers try to entice customers to their establishments and keep them coming back. This is good news for all who want to play golf and gives us the chance to support our local golf courses and enjoy some of the most wonderful sights anywhere in Spain. Keep an eye on RTN each week to see what is on offer

and take the chance to play affordable golf in good company at every opportunity, you never know you may enjoy it so much you will keep coming back and get bitten bu the golf bug that has bitten so many of us. 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 Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. Question for June 14th 2013: Who is the new US Open Champion? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 1st July to be entered into June’s draw, which will be made on 1st July 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on July 6th 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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The RTN Club Scene EACH WEEK we seem to see the golf course at Alicante Golf get better and more and more tricky. The greens in particular keep all of our players guessing and when some pin positions are chosen the path to the hole can be very difficult indeed. Once again last week our two’s pot went unclaimed as the golf course once again won the day. The money in the pot now rolls over to a third week and will be well worth winning if you happen to be the sole winner when the money eventually is scooped by the player who gets a birdie on one of the six par three holes at Alicante Golf. Last week we saw the golf course win again as thirty four points won the day; a score returned by three players. Bob Smith was the eventual winner of the Ashworth polo shirt thanks to his ten handicap being lower than Charlie Peter and Malcolm Smith. After six rounds of our 2013 League Season the Premier Division is now led by Natasha Woodhams who is now closely followed by Peter Hasell and Mick Vesey. The final run in to December’s conclusion will be very interesting. In the Sterling Division the battle for top spot is a little more clear with Steve May having a fourteen point lead over Vic Smith and a twenty point lead over Louvain Smith. There is still plenty to play for in this division as well and it will be interesting to see if Steve can maintain that impressive lead with four round of league matches to go. In both leagues now we will have the lower score deleted as the best six scores count towards the league titles. After September’s round most will have played more than six games and the chance for big changes is sure to see positions change frequently up until the final games in December. Dates for your Diary 25th June: RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 2nd July; RTN Summer Golf League at Alicante Golf 9th July; RTN Summer Golf League at Alicante Golf Noel Eastwell Golf Academy Quality group lesson available at Alicante Golf from just €10 per person, contact Noel on 639 730 891 for more information.

21 - 27 June 2013

Medals, Medals, Medals for Torrevieja

Beth , Gillian and Vicki

THIS WEEKEND the youngest and oldest members of “Club Natacion Torrevieja” participated in the Summer Valencian Regional Competitions on the 15th and 16th June. On Saturday the Benjamin team (9-11year olds) raced at the Municipal Pool, San Vincente and against strong competition from 15 other clubs Victoria Pigneur and Samira Lucumbi excelled in their races. Victoria won medals in both her races, Gold in the 100m Backstroke 1:29:22 and Silver in the 100m Butterfly 1:34:80. Samira won Bronze medal in her 100m Breaststroke 1:47:51 and 5th in her 100m freestyle event 1:24:58 racing against 35 other girls in this event. Other team members worked hard and set many new personal best times. Whilst the younger members worked hard in San Vincente the Masters team were in Valencia at the Municipal Pool, Park East, Valencia for a two day Regional Competition. Swimming three events each the team won medals in each event. Beth Altabas won Gold medals in her 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle

and 1500m Freestyle (65-69yrs category), setting new personal bests in her first and last events. Gillian McNiece then followed Beth’s example and against strong competition in the 35-39yrs category won Silver medals in her 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke. The last member of the team Vicki Connolly kept up the teams winning streak with medals in her three races in the 45-49yrs category. Vicki won Gold in the 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle and Silver in the 1500m Freestyle, being beaten by the current top ranked swimmer in the 1500m. This ends the racing season for the Masters with Beth and Vicki now focusing on training for their events in the European Masters Championships, in Einhoven, Holland at the beginning of September. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa – 665 454 126 or President Felipe on 609 418 776 or by e-mail on


Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

AGAIN THIS week the club was at the Embalse de Argos for the 7th round of the Summer Championship. The venue and weather looked good for a days fishing. However, as the saying goes, never judge a book by it´s cover!!!!. Virtually all the field struggled to break into double figure weights. Bill Reade who was 3rd did not have a fish until just gone 2 o´clock, (the match starts at 9 o´clock and ends at 3.30 pm). Top Rods on the day 1st - Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the feeder using hemp with 27.02 kilo´s. 2nd - Lennie (Ex cultural Attaché) Bolton fishing the feeder using maggot with 15.50 kilo´s. 3rd - Bill ( The Master ) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 12.20 kilo´s. KNOCKOUT COMPETITION This is a mini series held on a Monday with 3 matches of 6 anglers with the top 3 going through to fish a final. 1st Heat 1st - D. Hutchinson 11.83 2nd - B. Reade 5.96 3rd - T. Screen - 4.26 2nd Heat 1st - T Price 13.38 2nd - M Hill 9.4 3rd - J Rouse 2.13 The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771.

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The first match of the new Abbey Summer Series was fished in very warm conditions on Tuesday 11th June at the River Segura in Murcia town centre. Of the total of 19 anglers, there were no dry nets and a staggering 558lb of fish were caught between them. The pegs upstream just below both bridges that are normally favourite to produced, but were no advance over the rest of the river Today. And Lennie Bolton managed a slim victory in the end from peg 2 on the lower section. Quite an achievement in the shallow water just above the weir. The whole section is alive with Bleak and most anglers preferred to stick with either paste or corn. The top weights were as follows: 1st - Lennie (Ex cultural Attaché) Bolton with 24.77kg fishing paste and corn on the pole. 2nd - Dave (The New Boy) Hill with 23.09kg fishing paste on the pole. 3rd - Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn with 21.72kg fishing paste and corn on the pole. Club members fishing this section on a previous weekend were warned by the Guardia Civil, who regularly make an appearance to check licences, that any anglers using keep nets without being part of an officially booked match could be subject to a fine of up to €200. All details are available on the website or on 965 328 368.

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DETACHED 4 BEDROOM 3 bathroom villa with wonderful sea views La Fustera. Pool, large kitchen, quiet location. 550,000€. Tel: 602 625 150 BUNGLOW FOR SALE 2 bedrooms ground floor, 1 bathroom, hot and cold AC x 2, All doors and windows UPVC double glazed. Upstairs self contained flat with 1 bedroom, en suite, complete with twin beds, hot and cold AC. 89,000€ ono. Calas Blancas, Torrevieja. 606 654 037 PRIVATE SALE DETACHED VILLA 3 beds, 2 baths, lounge, kitchen, terrace, communal pool, bus routes, 10 mins to beach, private parking. 99,995€. Tel: 966 786 511 BUTIA ESPANA ARE YOU TRAPPED Need to sell quick. We are the only answer for a speedy sale. UK buyers waiting.

GREAT VALUE IN JACARILLA Large 3 bedroom apartment, fantastic views, 20mins from the beach and golf courses in the lovely Spanish village of Jacarrila. Price €295 per month. Please call Michael UK 00447831123631

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

MR SHIFTER HOUSE REMOVALS AND CLEARANCE Full or Part Loads. Spain and UK Fortnightly, Fully insured. Tel: 722 218 087 MOVE IT NOW Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. www.moveitnow. Telephone UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 678 756 644

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

SKY SUPPLIES Specialist in new/refurbished Sky+HD, Humax, Freesat & FTA receivers/ recorders. 12mths Full Sky HD including Sports/Movies 180e. Complete 1.4m system installed 229e. Repairs, Relignments, Harddrives, Remotes, LNB`s, 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

WATCH UKTV FREE No satellite dish required Watch TV Shows/Movies €129 Tel:657766341

SINGER PLUS A DRUMMER WANTED We are looking for a singer and a drummer to complete the band line up. Playing music from the 60s to the present day. Only enthusiatic people need apply. Elche to Torrevieja area. Call 634760776 or e-mail terrymusicman7@gmail. com I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965319-220/618-165-877

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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