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13-19 DEC 2013
Dating scammers target Costa Blanca WOMEN SEEKING friendship and a possible romance via the internet are being targeted by coldhearted conmen looking to make easy money. by Jack Troughton
Paul in training earlier this year
Charity pedal power PAUL RENSHAW is raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, in memory of his younger sister Joanne, by cycling from Liverpool to Benidorm. Read the full story on page 3.
THE SCAMMERS invent an attractive character and supply flattering photographs but behind the facade is a smooth-talking and professional crook looking to make a fast buck. And a growing trend is for the scammer to pretend he is living in Spain – targeting women living on the Costa Blanca. Javea businesswoman Ann Mather fell victim to the con and lost several thousand Euros – she has bravely decided to tell her story to warn other women of the dangers. She believed she was falling for an American engineer living in San Angelo, Texas. In reality, Ann was being groomed by a fraudster in Ghana. She has carried out her own research and can now spot a scam. “I have now been in communication with about 40 of these people – it is the same pattern over and over again. “They are now pretending to be living in Spain – they have obviously realised there is a market on the Costa Blanca and there are a lot of people pretending they are from Spain. They are not – they are scammers.” In April this year, her husband Bob died from pancreatic cancer. They had been married for over 30 years and Ann started to make friends with other widowed and divorced women who said they had used dating or pen pal sites.
CONTACT Within days of registering with a pen pal site, she was contacted by ‘Mackenzie Dalton’, claiming to be a US citizen with a 14-year-old son Kelvin. Photos were exchanged and contact continued through the site before moving to private emails, onto Skype and later ‘phone calls. Ann said a video call via Skype was dark and grainy and the computer kept crashing. Mackenzie claimed his accent was a ‘hodge podge’ of being Hungarian born, later living in Scotland, and America. Telephone calls increased and ‘Mackenzie’ said he was travelling to Ghana with his son for a contract involving the construction of an oil facility – telling Ann he would come to Spain on his way home. She admitted she was taken in by the increasingly personal contact – the conman declaring his love for her - and terms of endearment. “All the things a lonely lady wants to hear.” The relationship appeared to blossom but a week before ‘Mackenzie’ was due to arrive he called to say he had reached his credit card limit paying customs and suppliers and needed cash to live. It was the sting. Ann made some checks but advanced the cash to a bank account. Calls continued until the night before he was due to arrive in Spain.“He ‘phoned me to tell me it was all a scam.” Continued on page 8
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Charity pedal power PLUCKY CYCLIST Paul Renshaw is pedalling the 1,400 miles from Liverpool to Benidorm to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in memory of his younger sister Joanne. by Jack Troughton Currently midway through France, Paul hopes to arrive in the Costa Blanca next Thursday (19th December) where he will be greeted by parents Frank and Ann. He has been on the road since Wednesday 4th December and is cycling 120 and 150 kilometres a day as he heads for Spain. Speaking yesterday morning from La Rochelle, he said he was enjoying a rare rest day on his marathon journey after a dose of food poisoning “put a spanner in the works.” And he told RTN: “I am having a great time. It is hard work but very fulfilling and I am really enjoying it. I love cycling anyway. “I cannot bring our Jo back but I hope to be able to help a few people by raising some money for this
worthwhile charity.” On his ‘JustGiving’ page, he said Jo passed away in January 2007 after losing a two-year-battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “Jo was my little sister, the bravest little sister ever.” And he said he was cycling to Benidorm “because she’ll know I’m riding for her” and it would be nice to make some money for the charity. He said along the route he had encountered some frosty mornings. “The roads are a bit slippery first thing but I am geared up for the cold and the weather hasn’t slowed me down. “However, I am looking forward to getting to the Med and enjoying some Spanish sunshine.” If you would like to support Paul you can donate via the Just Giving website www.justgiving.com/paulrenshaw1
Kids Christmas Party at 4KWATRO, Albir ON SATURDAY 21st December from 12pm 4KWATRO in Albir are holding a Kids Christmas Party! Come and join in the fun with the mini disco, face painting, special children’s entertainer, games, bouncy castle, trampoline plus a special surprise visit from Father Christmas and much more! For Mums and Dads there will be various stalls including mince pies, cakes, children’s clothing, jewellery, health products and more! The entrance fee is priced at 1€ per person. All children will receive a gift from Father Christmas. If you require any further information please contact Louise on 655 781 068.
Jo passed away in 2007
Speeding growth for AVE
THE NEW Madrid to Alicante high-speed AVE train has experienced passenger growth of almost 50% since launching in June 2013. The official data verifies the commitment and positive uptake by the public and especially the business community to the newest high-speed route operated by the Valencian department of Renfe. The increase is related in part to new tariffs that came into effect in February 2013, involving an average 11% reduction in the price of all tickets, plus discounts that could be as high as 70% when a booking was made well in advance.
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Benidorm set to be top dive site by Irena Bodnarec There are several world class dive sites within Europe – and Benidorm is about to join that list! The driving force behind the exciting project is Howard Stirrup, Deputy President of the hugely popular Indoor Market and Damien Forman, an enthusiastic diver and both key members of “British Benidorm”.The English speaking association was set up tofocus attention on security issues, particularly around the Rincon de Loix and promote tourism in the area. Following a meeting with the Mayor Agustin Navarro at the beginning of November, the pair shared their vision of making Benidorm the top dive destination in Europe by following the example of Cabo de Palos in Murcia. Benidorm already offers so much yet could significantly improve and open up other avenues by offering underwater wreck diving – a huge and untapped market. They prepared a detailed 11 pagereport in collaboration with “CelacantoBuceoaltea”, a dive centre located in the port of Altea with two main proposals of how to achieve this objective. To lure scuba divers to the beautiful blue waters of Beni-
dorm the proposal suggests sinking a boat just off the coast – ideally between the shores of the Levante and Benidorm Island. As well as attracting divers to explore the wreck it would also encourage marine life and growth of coral reefs, in turn preserving the marine eco-system. Additionally, the plan includes snorkelers, who would also benefit by creating a separate underwater attraction at the end of the Levante beach. This would be visible from the Mirador in the Old Town – generating an attraction in itself. Various interesting objects such as treasure chests, statues and marine paraphernalia would be sunk to no more than 2 meters in depth, giving good visibility from the surface. The Mayor was extremely enthusiastic to the plans and can see the tremendous benefits it would bring to the resort – tourism rocketed by 80% in Murcia following the establishment of their dive site. The diving season runs from the end of February until November, and being in such close proximity to the UK would attract a potentially significant new group of tourists. His desire would be to have it in place for the start of next years holiday season
and he has promised to do everything possible to ensure it happens. This is fantastic news for Benidorm – novices would be able to participate in a 2 day course through one of the associated dive schools and then go on to explore the mystery which lies beneath. It is certainly opening up the market to a whole new sector and will complement the water sports already on offer, which can only be beneficial to the entire resort. To find out more about the association Howard and Damien are involved in visit www.britishbenidorm.com
Howard Stirrup and Damien Forman
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Although 2013 has been a tough year for everyone, MMS (Millie Munro Services) has held its own in a difficult market, successfully gaining many new clients by recommendation from existing clients who are more than pleased with the excellent help and service they have received from us, both pre and post sales. Our commitment to providing the best possible service has, and will always be, the key to our success, regardless of the economic climate. As for our UK-based Golden Leaves Funeral Plan, there has never been a better time to consider this. There were two unavoidable price rises in 2013, due entirely to the Spanish government levying a new 21% IVA on all funerals and the Spanish Funeral Directors needing to increase the basic cost of funerals. A Golden Leaves prepaid funeral plan taken out now would provide insurance against any such unexpected price rises in the future and permit you to buy and organise your funeral at current costs not forgetting you will be covered in both UK and Spain. So I would like to give our new clients a big thank you for trusting us with their healthcare and funeral planning requirements, and a massive thank you to all of our loyal existing clients for their invaluable recommendations. Finally, I would like to bring to mind the fact that right now there are many local families who are far from expecting a Happy Christmas and actually have no idea where their next meal will come from. To help alleviate this awful problem of our time we have our “Feed The Hungry” food bank for accepting donations of non-perishable items. This food will be collected by a Lions’ member and delivered to the Ayuntamiento in Benitachell for sharing out to these unfortunate families, in the hope that it will bring them some cheer over the Festive Season. One of our shining knights, Larry the local mechanic in Benitachell, will be donating 200 Euros worth of non-perishable items to our food bank, as he has done for the past three years. He does this for no other reason than he is a kind and compassionate man, and I would like to thank him very much for being so. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. Millie Munro & Team - December 2013
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Affairs of the heart HEART PATIENTS can be whisked onto the operating table for “revolutionary” non-invasive surgery within 30 minutes of arriving at Hospital Clinica Benidorm. by Jack Troughton People who have suffered a heart attack or angina through a blockage in the can be treated through a procedure called Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention – where stents are inserted via the radial artery in the wrist. The procedure has been successfully used around 40 times so far this year at the hospital and avoids the risks of open heart surgery. Interventional Cardiologist Dr Juan Luiz said Primary PCI was now a “gold standard treatment” and a “revolution in heart attack treatment.” He said the procedure allowed patients to live a normal life and even leave hospital after three days. “Ten years ago a patient had to be in hospital between one and two weeks and with a very much worse prognosis.” The doctor explained the procedure was performed under anaesthesia. The medical team punctured the radial artery and inserted a small tube from the wrist, into the aorta and into the heart. A balloon is used to open the narrowed artery and a stent, effectively a coil, is left in place to prevent the vessel closing. ARTERY “Once we can see and identify the problem, there are two options,” said Dr Luiz. “We can open the artery with a catheter using Primary PCI. “Or we can speak to the surgeon and open the chest, stop the heart, and use a bypass. Unfortunately, this is much more
aggressive for the patient, so normally we try a resolve the problem using the catheter.” The treatment, also known as coronary angioplasty, is used in 90% of cases of people who have suffered a heart attack or angina. The doctor added: “There is only 5% where we cannot resolve the problem this way and it is necessary to have surgery.” Dr Luiz said his team was on call 24 hours a day. “If a patient has a heart attack the best solution is to get them here and perform this treatment. “For example, if a patient arrives at midnight, I am called and have two nurses and we can open the artery – the procedure itself takes between 40 minutes and an hour. “From the emergency room, within 30 minutes we will have started and within 40 minutes have opened the artery. It is very important to reduce the time, because taking more time risks more fatalities. Our aim is to reduce the time between admission and opening the artery, it is very important.” RADIAL He said in nine out of 10 cases the radial artery was used rather than the femoral artery in the thigh as it was more comfortable for the patient and reduced the risk of bleeding. “Afterwards the patient can walk 30 minutes after the catheter is removed.” And Dr Luiz said the treatment had helped cut mortality rates of heart attack victims to 5% - he said 10 years ago they stood at 12% “and this year they will be down to about 3%.”
Dr Juan Luiz
Patients can look forward to living a normal life afterwards. Heart attacks are usually caused through smoking; being overweight; suffering high blood pressure or having high cholesterol. “It is very important the patient changes his lifestyle afterwards – he must stop smoking, take exercise, and take medication for lowing blood pressure and cholesterol,” added the doctor. “If the patient does everything correctly, the future of this patient is similar to a person who has never suffered a heart attack but it is very important to have these preventive measures afterwards.” For more information about Hospital Clinica Benidorm, call 96 585 3850 or visit www.clinicabenidorm.com
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Sign of the times by Jack Troughton THE CONFUSING labyrinth of a huge Costa Blanca urbanisation will soon be a thing of the past as road signs are to be installed – helping make the streets safer. The developers of Cumbre del Sol, Grupo VAPF, and Benitachell Mayor Josep Femenia have agreed a project and opened a dialogue with residents. Included in the project will be signs showing road priorities to drivers, a welcome improvement following a series of accidents at junctions. Margaret Hales, a Cumbre residents’ representative, said: “This well-known labyrinth has confused residents, holidaymakers, and workmen for years. Residents’ organisations have been campaigning for an improvement in the situation for 10 years, and recently there has been a spate of road accidents.” She said plans and maps would be on display at the Cultural Centre in Calle Abiar – opposite Benitachell Police Station - until 3rd February and work is due to start in spring 2014. “This is the start of a wonderful project!” said Margaret. “At last we will know who has priority on the roads, we will not have the accidents and near misses, and visitors will be able to follow the signs and find our houses.” TIME She said there was a formal presentation next week and a realistic time for residents to air their views – helped by an internet site for those who were away. The project was first proposed three years ago but was put on ice because the town hall said it did not have the money to fund the improvements. However, Margaret said the mayor and Pedro Soliveres of Grupo VAPF had now
Margaret Hale examines a Cumbre street sign
agreed the joint plan. They are also working to the adoption of the urbanisation by the town hall which will include repairs to street lighting. “I am very grateful to Mr Soliveres for his patience in listening to our concerns and turning those into the reality of this splendid project. These projects cost a lot of money and this will be a welcome investment that will be to the benefit of the safety of residents, to the developers in selling their properties, and to the town hall in having an improved urbanisation within the municipality.” The Cumbre Project presentations will take place on the morning of Thursday 19th December. It will be in German at 10am, in English at 11am, and in Spanish at noon. Details of the project website will be released on the day.
A Christmas full of surprises at Portal de la Marina, Ondara
THROUGHOUT THE week there will be Christmas fun and festivity inside and outside Ondara’s shopping centre, for large and small to enjoy. As always, there will be the classic Christmas tree, but new this year there will be a sky lift that needs the participation of children to navigate it’s way above everyones head inside shopping centre! The Christmas tree is located in the main facade of Portal de la Marina, plus different projections and Christmas messages to catch visitor’s attention. As well as the sky wire needing the kids help, on the top floor there is the giant piano for all ages to play different songs with their feet. Piano times are Monday to Friday from from 17.30 to 21.30. On Saturdays and holidays when the center is open, the piano can be used from 11.30 to 13.30 and from 17.30 to 21.30. The shopping center hours for 24th and December 31st will be 10.00 to 20.00 hours. Shops will also be open on Sundays 15, 22 and 29 from 10.00 to 22.00 hours.
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El Altet sees 14% growth EL ALTET Alicante-Elche airport recorded an increase of 14% in passenger traffic compared with the same month last year, with November welcoming 592,403 passengers. by Keith Nicol FLIGHTS WERE also on the rise with total of 4,463 flights, representing a 15% increase on the same period last year. The main countries of origin of these passengers were the UK, with 266,704 travellers, Spain (77,876), Germany (46,653), Norway
Can you help? AN IMPORTANT part of Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur is the Residential Home Visiting Team whereby volunteers visit English people in Residential Homes for a couple of hours each week on a monthly rota basis. Can you spare a couple of hours each month to help Age Concern in this respect? If you can help please contact the President of Age Concern on: 96 678 6887.
Crime in Alicante drops below National average
THE CRIME rate in the province of Alicante dropped below the National average for the first time and should remain there through the end of 2013. Data released last week show that crime fell by 7%, a “spectacular drop” according to the Director General of Police, Ignacio Cosidó because it is double what has been experienced, in terms of improvement, throughout the whole of Spain. Among the reasons for the improvement of data in Alicante, he pointed to greater effectiveness in solving crimes within the domain of the National Police, which has improved 1.3 percent, a figure well above the national average. Cosidó added; “so far this year we have dismantled over 250 criminal organizations in Alicante, of which 43 are considered ‘serious’ crime. Alicante has long been a paradise for foreign criminals but we are fighting back.” As of the end of November, crime in the province accounted for 5% of the national total.
(38,105) and the Netherlands, with 37,671 passengers. Regarding the countries with the highest number of flights in the penultimate month of the year were the UK with 1,809 flights, within Spain accounting for 728, Germany 349, Norway 289 and the Netherlands with 258. To date, 9,142,226 passengers have passed through the airport, already exceeding the total for 2012. With two weeks to still be added to the total, the airport has operated 64,271 flights, a 8.9% increase over the first eleven months of 2012.
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continued from front page The experience triggered her fight back and registering on a host of sites to research the scam – she was even sent another picture of ‘Mackenzie’ under a different name and claiming to be living in Australia. CAUTIOUS “People need to understand that I have been scammed and I am a very cautious person. They attract widows and divorced women, they know they live on their own, or more mature single women,” said Ann. “Women are probably easier to trap, perhaps because of their maternal instinct. It is incredibly sad because there are so many success stories of genuine people meeting on the internet – something like one in six marriages now result from internet dates.” Ann advised using Google Images to check whether a photograph had been used before and if people were suspicious to run checks via scam sites. “You have to pay a small fee but it is better than losing thousands.” She added: “The best and easiest thing is to ask the person to send an up to date picture with that day’s date. If they are legitimate, they may laugh, but will do it.”
The fictional Mackenzie Dalton
Other warning signs are computers crashing, darkened rooms, and strange accents, and ‘cut and paste’ descriptions of their home town, while user names are bunches of letters and underscores rather than a simple name. “These men seem to want to meet a huge age range. They say they are in their mid-fifties but are looking for
women aged from 30 to 70,” she said. “They are always widowed or divorced, always with children so you get a cute photograph of a son or daughter.” Ann added on her search to din scammers she did find genuine people. “And I have made sure they are real people.”
Christmas cheer in Ondara
CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS were delighted to be entertained when the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir popped up at a shopping centre on Saturday morning for a ‘flashmob’ charity event. Launching into song at Ondara’s Portal de la Marina Shopping Centre, people surrounded the choir for the uplifting impromptu concert – possibly one of the area’s
worst kept secrets this year. The singers were led by Musical Director Claire Post and accompanied by Kirsty Glen and every number was met with loud applause. The choir will be singing at Benitachell Church on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm. The concert is free and open to everyone and features festive music.
FAMILIES HIT by the ongoing recession will enjoy a little Christmas cheer thanks to the generosity of Javea U3A and a donation totalling 2,600 Euros. Two cheques were handed to Caritas at the Parador Hotel at U3A’s annual festive extravaganza – it has been the organisation’s chosen charity for 2013 and over the last 12 months numerous food parcels have also been presented to help those suffering in the economic crisis. And accepting the money, Caritas volunteer Ellie said: “Thank you, I am overwhelmed. The money is so necessary. Three years ago, when we first started out, twothirds of the people we were helping were foreign and a third was Spanish – now it is half and half. “Your donation is so welcome. Part of the money will go towards vouchers for food. It will be thanks to you that families will have food on the table this Christmas.” President Peter Allin handed over the cheques to Caritas at the start of a meeting attended by more than 300 members before the start of the entertainment – including a performance by the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and a ‘Two Ronnies’ style Morris Dancers sketch by the Piddle Spankers, sometimes better known as the Javea U3A Performers, as well as a rendition of the club anthem ‘Hooray, Hooray, We’re in U3A.’ Mince pies and sherry added a seasonal touch before EMAUs – the charity caring for children in need – was chosen as the good cause to benefit from fund raising in 2014. For more information on Javea U3A go to www.u3ajavea.org
Hotel occupation up HOTELS ON the Costa Blanca recorded an occupancy rate close to 42 percent for November 2013, representing an increase of 12.5 points over 2012.
by Keith Nicol HOWEVER, THIS growth can also be attributed to, among other factors, the closure of more hotel rooms for the season or for renovations than last year. According to figures provided by Hosbec, the Hotel Association, 22% of the hotel rooms on the Costa Blanca, not including Benidorm, are typically closed during the low season, with 40% of these due to renovations. Taking into account total results including Benidorm, the occupancy growth seen in November improved by 14.5 points to 69.3%. Characteristically one of the slowest periods of the year, the second half of November also showed improved figures from the same period last year, increasing from 27.2% of beds occupied in 2012, to 35.7%. During the second half of the month, the best result recorded was in Finestrat, with 52.6% occupancy, followed by Alfas del Pi
with 43.7% and with 37%: Altea. Hotels in Calpe obtained a 25.8% occupancy and the Alicante South percentage touched a positive 44%. During this period, the majority of visitors were Spanish tourists, accounting for 58.9% of all overnight stays. Among the foreigners, the most numerous were the British, representing 21.1% of all tourists, ahead of those from the Nordic countries with 10.9%, followed by German, Russian, Belgian, Dutch and visiors from the Far East. By category, the most popular hotels were those with three stars, who sold 44.8% of their beds. Basic Two Star Hotels showed an occupancy rate of 38.4%, with four-star at 29.9% and five stars 18.9%. The occupancy forecast for the first half of December for Costa Blanca Hotels, with the exception of Benidorm, is currently 29.2%. With respect to the Benidorm campsite, in November occupancy improved by 9.6% over last year to reach 73.6%.
Crisis drug club
DRUG DEALERS peddling an ‘anti-crisis package’ to youngsters at 2€ a time have been arrested in Alicante by police after an undercover investigation. Operating near a school in the north of the city, the man and woman – aged 25 and 28 – sold the ingredients of a ‘joint’; tobacco, a cigarette, cigarette paper, and a amount of cannabis to schoolchildren. And in a search of an apartment, just yards from the playground, detectives discovered 200g of marijuana, 200g of hashish, 272€ in cash, and items used in the illicit trade.
The Russians are still coming
By Keith Nicol SPAIN IS the fourth most popular holiday destination for Russian tourists, according to data released by the Russian Federation Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturizm) for the first 9 months of 2013. Through September 2013, outbound travel from Russians increased by 23% to $14.8 million. The most popular destinations from January to September were Turkey with 2.7 million, up 20%, Egypt 1.4 million, Greece 1.1 million, Spain with 887,100, China 787.200, a drop of 20%, Finland 787,100, Thailand 683,000, Germany 638,100 and Italy with 605,500. A total of 42.583.312 Russian tourists travelled abroad during this period, up 14% compared to last year, when 37.299.930 Russian tourists travelled in 2012.
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No heating hand-outs THOSE TAXES paid by people whilst they lived here were used to improve this country, not put to one side in a savings account to be drawn when it got cold. This country has experienced a gigantic leap in gas and electric prices: we are all struggling to pay our bills. Some do without food to keep warm and thousands of our elderly are dying from hypothermia. We should be looking after them more, not giving to people who didn’t want to stay. Lots of people have put in central heating, double glazing, etc.
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to help prevent getting cold in winter - perhaps if they had done the same it would help. We have seen in the last few years a massive influx of people from Euro zones come to live here, some living on benefits they have not contributed to; availing themselves of a health service they also have not contributed to. This all takes extra cash that this country can ill afford to give to all and sundry. So if you don’t live here don’t expect hand-outs for heating. Name withheld
JACK WARNER is yet another person who writes about the law in Spain and UK, without sufficient knowledge. He complained about a father who allowed his 14 year old son to drink a beer. In Spain it is an offence to sell alcohol to a person under 18 (in certain circumstances under 16) however, there is no law which says how old a person must be to consume alcohol in a private place. So, at home no age limit. In the UK: it is an offence to give alcohol to a child under 5 except on medical advice. One must be 18 to purchase alcohol, but a person under 18 can legally consume it in a public place. In a public house a 16 year old can consume beer or cider with a meal, if it is purchased by a person over 18. Julian Ward
Clever thieves about! THERE ARE some clever thieves about! Neighbourhood Watch in Spain (Vecinos Cooperando y Colaborando de Espana) would like bring to everyone’s attention that within the province of Alicante, thieves are making use of specialist locksmith tools to gain entry to properties and cars. These tools can now be easily purchased over the internet without control, accompanied by videos to show how to use them! Whilst this is a difficult problem to
combat, awareness can help and it is suggested in an article in the Spanish press that homeowners make use of ‘double locks’ and other security measures to life a little more difficult for thieves. Should thieves gain access then it will be more difficult to steal valuables like cash, credit cards, mobile phones etc. if they are out of sight and thus not easily accessible - a small safe for some of these and other small items would be a good idea. Simple routine habits of
locking garden gates, house doors and windows, tidying valuables out of sight and in cars engaging the central locking immediately everyone is in the car will make everyday life more safe and secure. Remember - if you see anything suspicious to phone 112 and report what you see. Scott Blair: Press and Communications Officer, Neighbourhood Watch in Spain. www.nhwinspain.com
Director wanted A LONG established Theatre Group is seeking a musical director after the retirement of their present excellent MD. The group has a very long history of performing high class musical theatre and have been very fortunate to have had the services of two well known former Musical Directors who have proved conclusively that actors can learn well honed singing skills and perform to a high level. Do you have the skills to control, cajole and motivate a group of people never thought that they could perform high standard musical theatre. We are looking for someone with the skills to lead and direct our music and who will ensure that our singing and chorus work is of high standard. What the group is seeking is a new Musical Director who can continue to stretch and develop the singing and chorus skills of this group. Ideally we are looking for someone who has experience in working with groups and taking control of their singing and being responsible for the musical contents of our shows. We are a friendly group of expats who enjoy all aspects of live theatre. We enjoy a good social life in addition to our twice weekly rehearsals. Our past Musical Directors have always been an integral part of the theatre group. If you think that you could contribute to the success of this group please contact 96 618 2415 for more information.
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In it together… ish Watts In Britain By
“THAT CONCLUDES the meeting…” our union convener said, “and I think we should be pleased with the outcome.” I was pleased beyond words; the endless talking was done and the corned beef sarnies were on their way. My joy at our new pay award however, (our first in three years) was tinged with a soupcon of sour grapes. Let me tell you just how much the 0.09% over a million years is really worth: if it were translated to an hourly rate, it’d be ten pence an hour. That’s about four quid a week! Now, what you have to bear in mind is that since the last pay award petrol – to highlight just one commodity - has gone up about ten pounds a week. So, already we’re six quid worse off and yet we’ve had a rise. “Oh yeah we’re delighted,” I smiled a grim smile at the convener, “but not half as delighted as those MPs in Westminster.” He shook his head and sighed: “Nowt we can do about that, those monkeys are a law unto themselves.” And aren’t they just? Despite all the rhetoric about, “we’re all in this together” the truth of the matter is that since all the expenses scandal the snouts haven’t come out of the trough. Not a bit of it; and now as a Christmas present to themselves they’ve awarded each other a
massive eleven percent pay hike – Merry MP Christmas! Along with all the commuters on their computers I read in Monday’s Metro, that just days after chancellor George Boy-Ozzie’s claim that “We will cap overall welfare spending,” the unpalatable revelation that “MPs are set to enjoy an 11 per cent pay increase courtesy of the taxpayer”. The Metro reported, “The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is understood to have given the salary hike the green light, which will increase an MP’s wage from £66,300 by an extra £7,600.” Hmmm, that really makes our four quid a week look a bit sad, eh? I don’t think we’ll be ‘set to enjoy’ ours quite as much as the horrible Members will theirs. Ho hum, but I’ll bet the disapproval will be wide. Radio 4’s Moneybox, for example, commented that “Ipsa is expected to try and quell criticism by also announcing changes to MPs’ pensions and perks – in order to cover the £4.6million cost of raising the annual salaries”. Presumably, they’ll try to prevent perks like huge
duck houses built on lakes and free first-class London to Scotland travel for treasury ministers wives, eh Danny? Earlier this year David Cameron said such a boost to MPs’ income would be ‘unthinkable’ unless certain concessions were made which would reduce the cost of Westminster elsewhere. Clearly, those concessions have been found. I did hear that the cost of an average Latte has gone through the roof in Westminster. Yup making MPs pay more for their Mocha will pave the way for covering that £4.6 million. Meanwhile, at the top of the Westminster food chain, all three main political leaders are said to be against the pay rise. Mind you, aren’t they all millionaires anyway? So Conservative’s Cameron, Labour’s Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats ‘promise’ to reject the extra money doesn’t seem much of a sacrifice, does it? I know, I’ll get all the guys at work to reject our four quid a week, surely that’ll help our hard up MPs get their raise... Watts in Britain, so you don’t have to be
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Wishing you a happy, safe and secure Christmas by
IT’S THAT time of the year again, when we are going on our travels, visiting family and friends to celebrate Christmas or deciding just to get away on a cruise or go to a hotel. It can be a lovely time but what if an accident, illness or god forbid even death occurs and you have not taken out travel insurance, the experience could be very costly. How sad to have the joy that proceeded the holiday taken away by worry. Please don’t just say, “ it won’t happen to me” recently we were made aware of a case, where the husband died on a cruise, luckily he had travel insurance which dealt with all the complicated details of the autopsy and the repatriation back to his home country. Its no good at all spending money on a policy that doesn’t cover you fully, I suggest that you check a few points: Do you have any kind of illness, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and have you been asked to complete a health check, if not it could mean that you will not be covered for any pre existing condition. It is so easy for an insurer to link an illness to any condition you may already have. Are you covered for repatriation to your home country? This is so important. What age group does your insurer go up to? Our policy goes up to 85 years old. Sports and activities are covered, but sorry, you can’t ride a camel or an elephant, but you can go in a hot air balloon, snorkeling, or even should you wish to
celebrate in a big way, parachuting!! And finally, £10.000.000 emergency medical expenses, this is just a brief resume.
Just imagine you are in a foreign country and a serious problem occurs, imagine how you would deal with it yourself, not an easy situation to be in. It is far better to be prudent and pay a realistic amount to insure yourself adequately. If you have a SIP card, you would be very wise to obtain your EHIC for cover abroad, which can be obtained from Newcastle. In Javea I have separated the renewal department, now the ladies have their own office. Fortunately they are all kept very busy and every client is contacted by telephone or email, with Liberty trying to keep the premiums down or even the same, it’s not always possible, as there is annual inflation based on prices of building materials, car parts, service etc, unfortunately, everything increases in life. Liberty will never quote you an inflated price and then lower it should you come back to us with a cheaper quote, they will never enter into a price war, and always give the best quote to start with. One thing that amazes me, is that when clients discover that an insurer has been overcharging them for years, they often remain with them, why would you stay with a company who has obviously not been giving you the best price. Many of you will purchase a pet at Christmas, not forgetting that a pet is for life, and of course you
should be considering taking out pet insurance, as once again the veterinary bills can become quite formidable. Liberty have recently introduced an excellent pet plan with no compulsory excess to pay. Why not contact one of my offices, and discover how competitive and reasonable the costs are. On another note entirely, again with Christmas in mind, it has come to our notice that there are sales people going door to door, selling inexpensive perfumes, which they ask you to smell, this is an obvious request, DON’T DO IT… they are not perfumes but a very powerful substance that will knock you unconscious for a while, while they burgle your house. Please pass this information to your friends. I realize it’s a little early, but then Christmas started in October in the UK, my staff and I wish all of you, joy and peace for the festivities and I thank all of you for your continued support, without which I would not be here to wish you a Happy Christmas… NB: W e are a collection point in Javea for Emaus Orphanages. The children are in desperate need of, Pens, Pencils, School Supplies, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Pyjamas, Slippers, Socks and Pants, Hats and Scarves. Presents, Gels & Shampoo, Hairbrushes etc. Personal hygiene items, memory sticks, Batteries, back packs, t shirts, jumpers, colacao, tins of fruit and anything else that your own children enjoy at Christmas, please be generous and spare a little for those children less fortunate.
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Christmas is coming By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS LIVING at the children’s care home at Las Rotas, Denia, can look forward to a happy Christmas thanks to a successful auction. Last Friday, Alan Lewis of El Cid Auctions presented a cheque for 1,000€ to Gordon Clifford, President of U3A Denia, at the Benidoleig Restaurant after a sale was held for the organisation’s ‘good cause’. The money will help buy Christmas presents for all 22 children at the home. Donations of items to go under the hammer were made by generous members of U3A, helping raise “a brilliant amount of money”.
by Jack Troughton
JAVEA CALEDONIA Society welcomed the town’s Mayor Jose Chulvi to its annual St Andrew’s Day dinner at the Parador Hotel – and made him an honorary member. Mr Chulvi and his wife Monica played a full part in the celebrations and can now add the Gay Gordons and a Canadian barn dance to his curriculum vitae. The mayor was made an honorary member “in the light of both his interest in the society and the esteem in which he is held” and in an “eloquent” acceptance speech, Mr Chulvi expressed his condolences to the victims of the Glasgow helicopter tragedy. And also honoured on the night was Chris Campbell, who retired as Chieftain earlier this year after 11 years at the helm. Currant Chieftain Neil Tulloch presented Chris with a framed painting of a sunset over Mongo by artist John Button, another society member. The formal dinner preceded bagpipe music by Jim Carnichan – which sparked an impromptu singsong – and a demonstration by the Javea Scottish Country Dance Club, before social dancing enjoyed by members and guests. Raffle prizes were donated by the Parador, Judith White of ‘Need a Cake?’ and the lounge Bar in Costa Nova. The cake was particularly well received as its decoration was a successful reproduction of the painting presented to the retiring Chieftain. A sum of over 550€ was raised and will be donated to EMAUS.
Mayor Jose Chulvi with Chieftain Neil Tulloch
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Residents support fire fighters
by Jack Troughton JAVEA’S VOLUNTEER firemen were delighted to receive a 2,000€ from the “appreciative” Montgo Residents Associa-
tion towards the running costs of the brigade. A cheque was handed to firemen from the ISVH Bomberos Voluntarios Javea by association president Tim Fawle (pictured), who paid tribute to their work.
Spirited night By Jack Troughton SPIRITUAL MEDIUM healer Pauline Kernick and fellow spiritualists Ray Bailey and Carla Kovak led an evening of clairvoyance and helped raise more than 1,000€ for Teulada Moraira Lions Club. More than 110 people gathered for
the experience at La Espai de Senieta in Moraira to enjoy the unique skills of the trio. A number of the guests were selected to receive special messages from family and friends in the spiritual world and there were gasps of amazement as the mediums were
able to provide detailed information and events from the sometimes distant past. The Lions thanked Pauline, Ray and Carla for giving their services free of charge and all the money raised will go to help local peopled in need at a difficult time of year.
Thanking the team, led by Captain Michael Nickel, he said all the residents living in the Montgo area were grateful for the work of the firemen. “In many cases the volunteers are the first on the scene to deal with an incident.”
By Jack Troughton BOMBERS BAR in Javea Port is staging a charity auction on Saturday 14th December to support two good causes facing emergencies. The 8pm sale will raise money for Javea’s voluntary firemen, the Bomberos of Balcon al Mar, who lost key equipment fighting a forest fire in October. And church charity Caritas will also be presented with a share of the proceeds of the auction to help feed families in the Marina Alta town this winter.
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Special guests win warm reception
Santa Claus is coming to town
XD councillors and their gustes
by Jack Troughton VOLUNTARY FIRE fighters enjoyed a standing ovation as special guests of Xabia Democratica at its seasonal Social Evening. A raffle raised 520€ that will be shared between the Javea Red Cross and the Balcon Al Mar Voluntary Firemen – who lost vital equipment as they
fought a forest fire in October. The event was held at the Toscamar Dance Cafe and Irish Des entertained with some enjoyable music. Oscar Anton, Deputy Mayor of Javea and leader of XD, attended with the party’s town councillors Pere Sapena and Juan Luis Cardona. Oscar said the evening was not about politics but “an occasion to show our ap-
preciation to the two organisations chosen for the wonderful work they do for the community of Javea – their efforts contribute greatly to making us all safer.” Members of XD thanked Javea sculptor Toni Mari for donating the first prize for the raffle, Lorely and Glyn Griffiths for a pair of stunning prints, and Lorna Ainsworth, Keith Hyde, Tim Ladd and Juan Luis Cardona for contributing prizes.
THE GRANT A Wish team was in festive action this week – buying presents for the youngsters living at the Preventorio de Gandia. Members of the partnership of RTN, Bay Radio, Moneycorp and Continental Wealth Management joined the charity’s founder Jody Kirby at Don Dino Toy Shop in Javea. Inside they loaded up with 50 presents – all purchased at a special discount price – ready to be wrapped and given to the children by Father Christmas next Tuesday (17th December). Children at the Preventorio – often described as Gandia orphanage – are cared for by a handful of nuns and volunteers and every year are treated to a Christmas party at Javea Football Club. Bay Radio hosts the annual festive event and spreads a little cheer for its young guests. Backed by the station’s listeners and helped by a small army of volunteers, the children enjoy a wonderful day out, complete with a slap-up feed and the all important visit from Santa.
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Vegetable plantlets for productivity WHEN ONE starts to grow vegetables in Spain plantlets provide an easy and productive option which saves time and space, especially if you plan to grow your vegetables in restricted spaces such as containers and raised beds.
Dick Handscombe Active gardener and author
THE BENEFITS OF PLANTLETS There are seven main reasons for starting off with plantlets rather than sowing your own seed. 1. You do not need to spend the time and effort necessary to successfully raise your own plantlets from seed in the green house or open air. 2. A reasonable selection of seasonal plantlets can be purchased economically in many local markets, garden centres, commercial greenhouses and agricultural cooperatives. Ask a neighbouring Spaniard who grows vegetables where the best local source is. 3. Often the plantlets have been grown according to organic principles. 4. Typically available plantlets include the following. a. Needing little space: onions, lettuce, spinach, seakale beet, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers, basil, parsley and chives.
b. Needing much space: beans, courgettes, water melons, melons, squash, cauliflowers, broccoli, Romanesque and cabbage. 5. Those that need little space can be planted in large pots, containers, old bath tubs, and one metre square raised beds. Those that need more space can be planted in very large pots, trailed down the side of raised beds, grown up trellises to save space, or of course reserved for the vegetable plot. 6. For productivity of space utilisation those that need little space can be planted in blocks rather than rows to use the available area most productively. 7. The day you plant you can start picking off the odd leaf of lettuces, spinach, basil and parsley for tasty salads. 8. As soon as you harvest a few plants they can be replaced by a new plantlet of the same or different type ensuring that your mini vegetable garden is always fully planted. THE DISADVANTAGES OF PLANTLETS The main disadvantages of buying rather than raising your own plantlets or sowing directly in the ground are: 1.The range of vegetables and the number of varieties of each will be limited.
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2.You may need to get to the local market etc. early to have first choice of the plants. In some cases you will be able to place an order in advance. 3. If you purchase plantlets from a hot house or from a coastal source when you live in land you may need to first plant them in pots/trays to harden off before planting out on a wind-blown vegetable plot. CHRISTMAS PRESENT BOOKS There are three books which will help you get off to a good start. All are available from Amazon Books and there will be some available at the Christmas Market in the Plaza Mayor in Barx on Sunday the 15th December. • ‘Growing healthy vegetables in Spain’ which has become the bible for growing vegetables in the Mediterranean climates of Spain. • ‘Apartment gardening – Mediterranean Style’ which includes a chapter on growing vegetables herbs and fruit on terraces and balconies. • ‘Living well from our garden – Mediterranean style’ which explains why and how we became self-sufficient from our garden and allotment.
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Pennies from heaven Race night BAR OWNERS Chris and Sam have backed the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal with a ‘Penny Jar’ and raised hundreds of Euros. By Jack Troughton A year ago the ‘Sam’s Bar’ couple, who run Los Amigos in La Marina, filled a bottle and donated over 46€ to the Legion. And this year they used a larger bottle and had a box of poppies on the premises and collected over 246€ from customers - making an even larger contribution to the Gran Alacant Branch’s appeal total. Launched in October, this year’s Poppy Appeal saw the Legion asked to provide poppy boxes in new areas – including Andorra, Majorca, Valencia and Cartagena. Every year the appeal raises much need funds to help the charity support ex-servicemen and women and their families. Each week, the Legion spends £1.6 million on welfare. The Gran Alacant Branch meets on the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Bar Sioux, Gran Alacant. For more information contact the secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org or call either Robin on 96 695 423 or Brian on 639 917 971. For more general information about the Legion in Spain, visit www.britishlegion.org. uk/counties/spain-north Chris and Sam
success By Jack Troughton PUNTERS AT a charity horse racing night at Viva Espana at Oliva had plenty to cheer when 1,000€ was raised for Caritas. The evening was organised by the Gandia Area Social Club is association with Javea’s Original Charity Shop and Library and the Unstable Lads Racing Team. And Sandra Campion (pictured) was presented with a bouquet of flowers after being chosen as the ‘best dressed lady at the races’.
By Jack Troughton MEMBERS OF the AFPO team of interpreters relax over lunch at the Agua Marina Restaurant in Calpe. Calpe’s Association of Foreign Property Owners won the highest award in the Valencian Community for 35 years of service to the community. The interpreters play a vital role within AFPO, and are based at the town’s health centre where they help expat patients.
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How to beat low bank interest rates by
International Financial Adviser
LOW INTEREST rates are not great for savers who prefer to keep their money in the bank and earn interest on their deposits. IF YOU are a saver and risk-averse then you may have little alternative but to accept the low rates on offer and effectively lose money on your savings. However for those prepared to take a small amount of risk investing in the stock market via funds will give you the potential to grow your money. The stock market isn’t a place for everyone and indeed the risks may be higher, but so often are the rewards. Careful selection and purchase of a portfolio of high quality funds for the long-term has in many instances beaten the returns that a bank deposit account provides. The question you have to ask yourself is: how long will interest rates remain at such low levels. Nothing has such a dramatic effect on your finances as the Bank Rate. A decision taken by a committee of nine men at the Bank of England once a month influences the cost of your mortgage,
the pricing of savings rates and the interest you pay on your credit card. Other tools have been used to amplify the effect of low rates, such as quantitative easing (QE), the Bank of England’s money printing programme, and the Treasury’s Funding for Lending Scheme. The QE programme is on hold, but not unwound, and Funding for Lending is still running, artificially pushing down mortgage and savings rates. So working on that basis a product that offers 5%-7% actual growth over the next 5 years is without doubt a significant benefit. As an example you start your bond with a single investment, you can also make additional investments called top – ups. Minimum investment is usually €25,000 or £20,000. There are other benefits such as gross roll up, income tax proportional to gain, plus any tax paid is reported to the Spanish Authorities, so there is no need for you to do it separately.
If you would like any information on investments or would like a free consultation to discuss the options available to YOU please contact David Stewart on 671 659 715 or email email@example.com
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THE PLUSVALIA tax PEOPLE OFTEN confuse the municipal or Town Hall Plusvalia Tax or IIVTNU (Tax against the increase of the increment in value of plots of urban nature) with Spanish Capital Gains tax, which is normally paid when a property is sold for more than the purchase price. Spanish Capital Tax is calculated by the difference between the transfer value on the sale, and the acquisition value when the property was bought. Also to take into account here are all taxes and costs inherent to the purchase. This is a national tax. The Town Hall Plusvalia Tax or IIVTNU ( Tax against the increase of the increment in value of plots of urban nature) is different, and on this article we will try to give some information about it. It is foreseen in the Local Entities law (Ley de Haciendas Locales), and it is a tax paid for any
increase in value experienced by the urban land, usually at the time of transfer (purchase, inheritance, etc). This increase in value is calculated only for the plot, not the construction. The share of this tax is calculated using a formula that takes into account, among other factors, the value (cadastral value), years of ownership of the land, the tax rate, the annual percentage rate, etc. So, the longer you have the property in your name more you will have to pay, unlike the capital gain tax where the acquisition value price is updated every year. Transfers in favour of a spouse and children in fulfilment of an annulment, separation or divorce court orders are not subject to this tax, some charities and beneficial entities are also exempt. Who is obliged to pay: on the sale, the vendor, on
the gift the beneficiary, on the inheritance the heirs and beneficiaries. Deadline to pay it: on inter-vivos transfers, i.e: purchase or gift, the tax must be paid within 30 days after the transaction takes place. On Mortis Causa transmissions, i.e: inheritance, the tax must be paid within 6 months from date of death. In a recent modification to the law, to be able to register any deed at the Land Registry, the Plusvalia tax must now be paid before hand and proved so to the registry. Therefore, it is crucial to be sure that this tax is paid. If you want to buy or sell a property in Spain, our law firm can advise and help you avoid unnecessary risks. You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ whiteBaosAbogadosLawyers
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Just two weeks left to enjoy the 50 Euros cashback offer from Liberty Seguros! LIBERTY SEGUROS, the No 1 insurer for Expats living in Spain, has been giving back 50 Euros with every new fully comprehensive car or home insurance since the beginning of October. THE OFFER finishes on 31st December so you only have a couple of weeks to enjoy an extra 50€ to spend however you like! It’s just one more reason to choose LIBERTY SEGUROS, because when it comes to important matters such as car or home insurance you want to make sure that should you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you have to make a claim, your insurance company keeps to its promise and can meet their financial obligations, now and in the future. LIBERTY SEGUROS forms part of the global Liberty Mutual Group, providing extensive and competitively priced insurance products and services since 1912. Bringing over a century of insurance experience they offer a wealth of knowledge, from their offices around the globe to the brokers in Spain, thus making LIBERTY SEGUROS one of the most reputable insurance companies for Expats living in Spain. Ask your nearest LIBERTY SEGUROS broker to tell you
more about the fully comprehensive Car Insurance, which will help you get back on the road quickly should you ever have an accident and provides cover to both driver and passengers. Other benefits include 24/7 roadside assistance from kilometre zero and no-claims discounts of up to 65%! He or she will also be able to explain everything you need to know about the LIBERTY SEGUROS Home Insurance which offers comprehensive cover against the loss or damage to your home and its assets by fire or other special perils. Go to www.libertyexpatriates.es to find the name of your nearest English, Spanish, German, Dutch or Scandinavian speaking insurance broker, who will help you pick the cover that best suits your needs and provide you with policy documents in English, in a pleasant face to face environment! Offer valid for insurance taken out and commencing between 4th October and 31st December 2013. Premiums must exceed 450€ for fully comprehensive Car Insurance or 250€ for Home Insurance. Not for renewals or replacements. Conditions apply.
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Ignorance is not bliss by
Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco
DO YOU know what you’re getting for Christmas? Is it a present you’ve already asked for, some money, or will it be a surprise? PEOPLE SEEM to fall into two groups when it comes to Christmas surprises. Those who seek out their presents, feel the package and take a peek and those whose worst nightmare is to accidentally discover what Santa’s bringing them. I come into the second group. I knew exactly where my parents hid my presents. I knew they didn’t wrap them up. I never once took a look. Why spoil Christmas morning? I also know people, however, who simply cannot resist. It’s a challenge for them and if they know where to look (or even if they don’t) they will. In my opinion when it comes to Christmas, ignorance is bliss. However, it’s a principle that I don’t generally apply to most other areas of life. Knowledge is good, information is important. You need to understand the way things work and why things happen as they do to get the best benefits from them, and to avoid mistakes. There are lots of examples of this when it comes to legal and fiscal matters. For example, if you know
something about inheritance law in Spain, or at least take advice from a lawyer, then it can help you to bequeath your property in such a way that less inheritance tax has to be paid by your inheritors. Having the right information is particularly important when it comes to taxes in Spain. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that you won’t necessarily be told about them. When you bought your Spanish property you might have been informed that you should pay two non-resident property taxes. Chances are that you weren’t though. The second reason is that taxes here don’t go away, they have a nasty habit of popping up in the most unlikely of places. For example, when you are just about to sell your property, the spectre of unpaid property taxes can delay your quick sale. We know that it’s not easy to get the correct information about non-resident property taxes if you do not have a fiscal representative. You cannot rely on the bar room chit chat and the local ‘expert’ is likely to be anything but.
That’s why we’ve produced our handbook, ‘All you need to know about non-resident property taxes in Spain’. It’s a free publication that includes information and advice in clear, concise language. It clarifies: • who is a resident and who is a non-resident • what property taxes you have to pay • how to pay them • what happens if you don’t pay • how the Spanish Tax Authority track tax evaders We’ve produced it now because it is a crucial time of year if you are a non-resident property owner. The 31st December is the deadline for the submission of your annual non-resident tax declaration. Don’t know what this is? In that case you are definitely in need of a free copy of our handbook. After all, when it comes taxes - ignorance is not bliss. To download our free handbook, ‘All you need to know about non-resident property taxes in Spain’ visit the web page: http://www.abacoadvisers.com/whitepaper-taxes/
Ábaco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website www.abacoadvisers.com
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Christmas in Benidorm for only 199 Euros! ROUND TOWN TRAVEL have put together a fabulous festive break in the heart of Benidorm’s Rincon de Loix - so pack your bag, leave the car at home and Ho Ho Hop aboard the Christmas express! DEPARTING 24TH December, you will be collected from one of the various convenient locations along the Costa Blanca by one of Round Town Travel’s luxury coaches and whisked to your Christmas wonderland and home for the next 4 days at the 3* Rosamar Hotel & Spa. Once you have checked in, you can unwind and let the party begin. Benidorm being Benidorm, you can guarantee lots of festive fare with every bar offering a bursting schedule of entertainment, spectacular shows and live music to have you dancing the night away. And all right on your doorstep! Rock around the clock and be waited on hand and foot before being returned home on the 27th, stress free from the usual Christmas frenzy. Residents on a ‘full board’ basis all of your dining requirements will be catered for, to include an extravagant 6course ‘Christmas Gala Meal’ with all the trimmings. This fantastic festive mini-break including return transport can be yours for just 216€ per person (based on 2-sharing). The price includes 3-nights’ stay checking in on the 24th December, checking out on the 27th: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Christmas Gala Meal. Don’t need transport? Book this mini-break for just 199€ per person. For further information and to book contact our reservation hotline on 96 686 7294 or visit the website www.roundtowntravel.com
The virtuous town ONTINYENT IS the capital of the area known as the Vall d’Albaida and, like most of the towns in the area, traces its origins back to Moorish times. From the 16th Century its fortunes have been tied to the textile industry, still the most important source of income for the town today. The barrio de la Vila, the original Moorish town, dates from the 11th and 12th Centuries. After the conquest by Jamie I, the Moors were banished to the areas outside the town walls and the Christians moved in. AS YOU cross a bridge entering Ontinyent, to your right is a church, part of the Convento del Monjas Carmelitas (Convent of Carmelite Nuns), founded in 1574 and the oldest in the city, opposite which is a large house painted yellow ochre. This is the entry to the old town and the archway to the left, the Portal de Sant Roc, is the first entrance built by the Christians in 1256. The tiny square you enter betrays its past importance. On your immediate left is the Palacio de la Duqesa de Almodóvar, recently renovated in the ‘let’s see what we’ve got left from other jobs and bung it all in here’ style. It’s awful, and I’m glad I don’t live opposite it and have to wake up to such an eyesore every morning. The house in the corner, number 10, is the Casa de Pala, above whose door is the shield of the Borja family. The street leading off to the left, Calle de Sant Pere, is a narrow confine of pastel painted houses and atzucas, tiny dead-end alleyways. At the bottom of the short street, you enter a small plaza with a statue of Sant Pere seeming totally unperturbed, despite having a huge knife cleaving his skull. There’s a story there somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. Continue downward on Calle de la Trinidad for a few metres before taking the steps to your right that wind upwards through the narrow streets to the church, the Iglesia Arciprestal de Santa Maria in the Plaza de la Vila. The site was originally that of a Moorish mezquita. The present church was built during the 14th and 15th Centuries and enlarged in 1582. At 71 metres, the bell tower is the highest in the Comunitat Valencana, topped by a splendid cupola that looks like a mini Victorian bandstand. Just behind the church is the tiny Placeta del Fossa, so called because it was used as a graveyard for the faithful that were not able to be interred within the church itself. The old quarter continues below the steep walls of the church and, as you trip down the steps in front of the Llotgeta de Mustaçaf leading into the Plaça Mayor, you pass under the watchful gaze of three statuesque ladies representing the three virtues; Justice, Temperance and Prudence. There should be a fourth one, Fortitude, but perhaps they ran out of space. Calle Maians, running off Plaça Mayor, is a mixture of the ancient and modern. A few metres along this street is the curiously named Círculo Industrial y Agricola with a grand façade of columns of the Doric and Ionic orders whose interior shape defies its name by being five-sided, almost matching the shape of the baize-covered card tables where pensioners while away the long afternoon hours. This article is taken from Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca, a series of five ebooks, each of four excursions that cover the whole of the Valencian region. For further information and immediate download from Amazon.co.uk, visit www.spainuncovered.net
13-19 DEC 2013
Life Showbiz Goss
D´ya fancy joining my crusade?
THE MAIN feature today is a little bit different as it concerns, not celebrities, but a full blown TV station in the shape of Channel 4. THE NATIONAL viewing figures have just been released and the channels share of the viewer’s is way down at 5.8 per cent, a smidgen ahead of Channel 5’s 4.5 per cent. The storyline is here as I want to start a crusade to support Ch4, especially in the wake of Lisa Campbell, editor of trade journal Broadcast, saying “However you cut the numbers Channel 4 has had a very tough year, and with their licence renewal on the agenda, there may be alarm bells ringing at Ofcom.” I want to start a crusade because Ch4 is a non-profit organisation that makes shows through self-funding, and with these meagre means have brought top shows this year like ‘The King In The Car Park’, ‘Utopia’ ‘Southcliffe’ and Educating Yorkshire. Another reason for wanting to champion a crusade is that we need to have an alternative to the Big2, as left with BBC 1 and ITV, top quality sofa time will become a tough call. The station was set up in November 1982 to take a few chances, and with that brief have had lots of success in the comedy area with ‘The Peep Show’ running for 8 series, and The Inbetweeners for 4 and not forgetting the hugely popular ‘Come Dine with Me.’ There’s no doubt it can take time for new formats to find an audience, a station spokesman said, adding: ‘C4 has a remit to take creative risks, champion alternative voices and stimulate debate.” So my lovelies let me pose you this very important question; Do you want a genuine alternative to the Big2? … Answers on the back of an old 20 euro note!
13-19 DEC 2013 by
Writer and Broadcaster
Celebrity Clips THERE’S A wee dab of Scottishness in this first CC as well as quite a contradiction in terms. Let me explain. At a recent live concert Susan Boyle said to her audience “If it wasn’t for one special man, I wouldn’t be here doing what I’m doing, he believed in me from the very beginning.” Now we find out that she’ll only sing at his wedding if the price is right! … Love you Subo!
It’s incredible to find out that fans of ‘The Office’ have been turning up in their droves to witness the demolishing of the building used in the BBC2 comedy show, the home of the Wernham Hogg paper company. Top tweet from Ricky Gervais read “the old Wernham Hogg building is to be demolished... Gutted... Probably write a song about this one day... Go & get the guitar. At the time of writing Vicky Pattison of Geordie Shore was punting a fitness vid and banging on about how she is now half the size she was before and how we can all be as skinny as her if we buy it. “My workouts are only 10 minutes long” she added “so come on, who can’t do tha t? Apart from big names punting work-out vids being a serious dinosaur, sadly Vicky a big name you are not! Big Arnie, (now this is what you call Big!) has got a charity project going in the US where he will match every dollar donated and the top prize is that the winner and a friend will ride in a tank with him and, if they fancy enjoy a cigar with him as well. He has posted a video on YouTube about it, check it out it’s a bag o’ laughs.
13-19 DEC 2013
13th December - 19th December
FRIDAY 13th December BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Live at the Apollo 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 Bluestone 42
07:30 Homes Under the Hammer 08:30 Helicopter Heroes 09:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 10:00 Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:45 Expedition Borneo 16:15 Orangutan Diary 16:45 Cagney & Lacey 17:30 Are You Being Served? 18:05 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Great British Garden Revival 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Kangaroo Dundee 22:00 Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Show Me the Telly 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Off the Beaten Track 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Boyzone at 20: No Matter What 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
07:10 According to Jim 08:00 Will & Grace 08:25 Will & Grace 08:50 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:25 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 Countdown 17:15 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery 23:35 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:40 Stand Up for the Week
07:00 Childresn TV 09:10 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Monster Moves 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 A Perfect Christmas 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Tutankhamun: The Mystery Revealed 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Abba Years 23:00 Abba: Absolute Image 24:00 Abba: Live In Concert
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:20 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 13:25 Emmerdale 13:55 Emmerdale 14:25 You’ve Been Framed! 14:55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:00 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 22:00 The Holiday 24:45 American Pie Presents Band Camp
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Max Payne 24:00 2 Broke Girls
SATURDAY 14th December BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Food & Drink 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 14:15 Gymnastics 17:00 Final Score 18:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:50 Pointless Celebrities 19:40 Strictly Come Dancing 21:20 Atlantis 22:05 Casualty 22:55 National Lottery Live 23:05 BBC News; Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 24:55 Football League Show
07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:35 Teacher’s Pet 08:45 Anything but Christmas 10:15 Animal Farm 11:30 Reel History of Britain 12:00 Animal Park 13:00 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 13:45 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 14:30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 15:15 Coast 16:10 Doctor Who Mastermind 16:40 Weakest Link 17:30 Flog It! 18:30 Tron 20:00 The Culture Show 21:00 Tron Legacy 22:55 Science of Doctor Who 23:55 The Wrong Mans 24:25 The Wrong Mans 24:55 The Wrong Mans
07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Munch Box 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Home of Fabulous Cakes 11:30 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 12:30 Columbo: Agenda for Murder 14:30 Doc Martin 15:30 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 18:05 The Big Reunion 19:05 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 New You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 The Chase 21:00 The X Factor 23:05 Jonathan Ross Show 24:10 ITV News and Weather 24:24 ITV Central Weather 24:25 Take Me Out
07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 Beach Volleyball 08:30 Survival of the Fittest 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 The American Football Show 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 13:25 Heston’s Fantastical Food 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Come Dine with Me 17:35 Come Dine with Me 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:35 Come Dine with Me 19:05 Come Dine with Me 19:35 Channel 4 News 20:05 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 21:00 Walking Through History 22:00 Psychopath Night 23:55 Clear and Present Danger
07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 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 10:10 Jelly Jamm 10:20 The Mr Men Show 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers: Megaforce 11:35 Slugterra 12:00 The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway 14:05 Inside Hollywood 14:10 World’s 15:05 Will You Merry Me 16:50 The Christmas Heart 18:35 Mistletoe over Manhattan 20:15 The Real St Nick 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 The Bible 23:50 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
07:00 Coronation Street 09:15 Emmerdale 12:10 The X Factor USA 14:00 The X Factor USA 15:00 Peter Andre: My Life 16:00 The Only Way Is Essex 17:05 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 18:10 You’ve Been Framed! 18:40 Johnny English 20:25 The Perfect Storm 23:05 The Xtra Factor 24:05 Celebrity Juice
07:00 Charmed 07:50 Made in Chelsea 08:45 Prep & Landing 09:10 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 09:40 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:35 Rules of Engagement 11:10 Rules of Engagement 11:35 Rules of Engagement 12:05 The Mindy Project 12:35 How I Met Your Mother 13:05 How I Met Your Mother 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 2 Broke Girls 15:00 Never Been Kissed 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 How I Met Your Mother 18:05 The Big Bang Theory 18:35 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 2 Broke Girls 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 Suburgatory 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Die Hard 24:40 The Inbetweeners
SUNDAY 15th December
Peter Andre: My Life
07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Fern Britton Meets 12:00 Wanted Down Under 12:45 Helicopter Heroes Down Under 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Nigel Slater’s Simple Christmas 15:15 Bargain Hunt 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Supermarket Secrets 17:45 Lifeline 17:55 Songs of Praise 18:30 BBC News 19:00 Countryfile 20:00 Strictly Come Dancing 20:40 Sports Personality of the Year 2013 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:35 Adventureland
07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:55 The Valley of Gwangi 09:30 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 10:00 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 12:45 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 13:30 EastEnders 15:20 Around the World in 80 Days 18:05 Flog It! 18:55 Ski Sunday 19:40 Sports Personality of the Year at 60 20:40 Great British Sewing Bee 21:40 The Duchess 23:20 QI XL 24:05 Hebburn 24:35 Never Mind the Buzzcocks
07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Storage Hoarders 11:30 Sunday Side Up 12:30 Sunday Scoop 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:34 ITV Central Weather 13:35 Inside the National Trust 14:35 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 15:35 Love Your Garden 16:35 The X Factor 18:40 You’ve Been Framed! 19:05 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 The Chase 20:30 The X Factor 22:30 Through the Keyhole 23:30 ITV News and Weather 23:44 ITV Central Weather 23:45 Hellboy II: he Golden Army
07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The American Football Show 08:30 Anglesey Sandman Triathlon 09:00 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 09:30 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 10:00 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 15:00 The Simpsons 15:30 Gadget Man 16:05 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 18:00 Channel 4 News 18:20 Fred Claus 20:30 Britain’s Killer Storms 22:00 Homeland 23:00 Your Highness
07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Olly the Little White Van 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 Slugterra 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:05 Stop! Police Interceptors 13:10 Battle of the Bulbs 14:55 A Star for Christmas 16:40 The Polar Express 18:40 A Christmas Carol: the Musical 20:25 Ghost Rider 22:25 5 News Weekend 22:30 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs
07:00 Life’s Funniest Moments 07:20 Emmerdale 09:55 Coronation Street 12:20 The X Factor 14:30 The Xtra Factor 15:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 16:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! 17:30 You’ve Been Framed! 18:30 Two Weeks Notice 20:30 Land of the Lost 22:30 The Xtra Factor 23:30 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
07:00 Switched 07:25 Charmed 08:10 Prep & Landing 08:35 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 09:00 Rules of Engagement 09:55 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:55 Hollyoaks 13:30 Made in Chelsea 14:35 2 Broke Girls 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:55 Dear John 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 The Big Bang Theory 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:35 The Inbetweeners 24:10 Rude Tube
MONDAY 16th December BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fightback Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Ripper Street 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:20 India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman
07:35 Homes Under the Hammer 08:35 Helicopter Heroes 09:20 The A to Z of TV Cooking 10:05 House That £100K Built 11:05 Britain’s Empty Homes 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:45 Madagascar 16:45 Cagney & Lacey 17:30 Are You Being Served? 18:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Nigellissima 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas 22:00 The Choir: Sing While You Work 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Show Me the Telly 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 A Night of Heroes The Military Awards 23:30 ITV News and Weather 24:00 ITV News Central 24:05 Cliffhanger
07:15 According to Jim 08:05 Will & Grace 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas 22:00 Liberty of London 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:50 The Inbetweeners
07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Olly the Little White Van 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:05 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45 Inside Hollywood 10:50 Paul Merton in Europe 11:50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12:50 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 13:50 5 News Lunchtime 13:55 Neighbours 14:25 Chinese Food in Minutes 14:30 The Wishing Tree 16:15 Mr St Nick 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 The Dog Rescuers 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Monty Halls and 23:00 Deep Blue Sea
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:20 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 13:25 Emmerdale 13:55 Coronation Street 14:25 Coronation Street 14:55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:00 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 Knocked Up
07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Charmed 09:00 Glee 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 2 Broke Girls 11:00 How I Met Your Mother 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 16:30 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Geeks 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Big Bang Theory
13-19 DEC 2013
tuesday 17th December BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Last Tango in Halifax 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Matt Lucas Awards 24:15 Film 2013
07:35 Homes Under the Hammer 08:35 Helicopter Heroes 09:20 A to Z of TV Cooking 10:05 Antiques Roadshow 11:05 Britain’s Empty Homes 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Super League Show 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:45 Madagascar 16:45 Cagney & Lacey 17:30 Are You Being Served? 18:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Great British Sewing Bee 21:00 Great British Bake Off 22:00 Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve 23:00 Hebburn 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Choir: Sing While You Work
ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Show Me the Telly 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 23:25 ITV News 23:55 ITV News Central 24:00 Lockerbie Bombing
wednesday 18th December
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Great Train Robbery 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 League Cup Show 24:55 Black Death
07:30 Homes Under the Hammer 08:30 Helicopter Heroes 09:15 A to Z of TV Cooking 10:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 11:00 Ronnie’s Animal Crackers 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 One Man and His Campervan 14:30 Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:45 Madagascar 16:45 Cagney & Lacey 17:30 Are You Being Served? 18:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Wartime Farm 21:00 Food & Drink 22:00 Tudor Monastery Farm 23:00 Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight
CHANNEL 4 07:10 According to Jim 08:05 Will & Grace 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 Heston’s Great British Food 23:00 Masters of Sex
CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45 Inside Hollywood 10:50 Paul Merton in Europe 11:45 Inside Hollywood 11:50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12:50 Stop! Police Interceptors 13:50 5 News Lunchtime 13:55 Neighbours 14:25 Chinese Food in Minutes 14:30 A Star for Christmas 16:15 Gift of the Magi 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 The Dog Rescuers 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Pothole Britain - Drivers Beware! 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 24:00 NCIS
itv2 07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:20 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:25 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 13:25 Emmerdale 13:55 Coronation Street 14:25 Coronation Street 14:55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Xtra Factor 18:05 Aladdin 19:45 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 American Pie: the Wedding
E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Charmed 09:00 Glee 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 2 Broke Girls 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Rules of Engagement 23:00 The IT Crowd 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Show Me the Telly 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Surprise Surprise 22:00 Lucan 23:30 ITV News and Weather 24:00 ITV News Central 24:10 Smokin’ Aces
07:00 The Treacle People 07:15 According to Jim 08:05 Will & Grace 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Come Dine with Me 14:00 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Gogglebox 23:45 Jimmy Carr: Being Funny
07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45 Inside Hollywood 10:50 Paul Merton in Europe 11:50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12:50 Secrets of the Vanishing Sphinx 13:50 5 News Lunchtime 13:55 Neighbours 14:25 Chinese Food in Minutes 14:30 The Real St Nick 16:10 Mrs Santa Claus 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 The Dog Rescuers 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Excessive Compulsive Collectors 22:00 Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights 23:00 The Terminator
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 The Cube 08:20 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:25 The Xtra Factor 12:25 Aladdin 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Xtra Factor 18:15 Jack and the Beanstalk 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Miss Congeniality 24:15 The Only Way Is Essex
07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Charmed 09:00 Glee 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 2 Broke Girls 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 St Trinian’s 2: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 Made in Chelsea
thursday 19th December BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Great Train Robbery 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Royle Family 24:35 This Week
07:35 Homes Under the Hammer 08:35 Helicopter Heroes 09:20 A to Z of TV Cooking 10:05 Tudor Monastery Farm 11:05 Ronnie’s Animal Crackers 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Lifeline 13:10 College Road Trip 14:30 Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam 15:00 Cash in the Attic 15:45 The Truth About Lions 16:45 Cagney & Lacey 17:30 Are You Being Served? 18:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Celebrity Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Hairy Bikers’ Christmas Party 21:00 Alex Polizzi’s Christmas Fix 22:00 12 Drinks of Christmas 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Tudor Monastery Farm
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Show Me the Telly 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 New You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Utopia
07:10 According to Jim 08:05 Will & Grace 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 11:00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 22:00 Educating Yorkshire 23:00 What Happens in Kavos 24:00 Gogglebox 24:50 Karaoke Nights
CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45 Inside Hollywood 10:50 Paul Merton in Europe 11:50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12:50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13:50 5 News Lunchtime 13:55 Neighbours 14:25 Mistletoe over Manhattan 16:15 The Santa Incident 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 The Dog Rescuers 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Stop! Police Interceptors 22:00 Criminals: Caught on Camera 23:00 Person of Interest 24:00 Excessive Compulsive Collectors
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:25 The Xtra Factor 12:25 Jack and the Beanstalk 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Xtra Factor 18:15 Cinderella 19:45 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 MC Hammer’s Big Shot Academy 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 American Pie Presents Band Camp
07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Charmed 09:00 Glee 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 2 Broke Girls 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Max Payne 24:00 Rude Tube
13-19 DEC 2013
Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin
Step by Step Spanish - 61 Unexpected prepositions
IN ENGLISH we often follow verbs with prepositions. For example, we say “to look at” which means something different from “to look for” and “to look after”. We “listen to” and we “put up”, “put up with” “put over” “put through” as well as “put something around” from time to time. These prepositional verbs are a huge problem for people learning English. In Spanish we also follow verbs with prepositions, but to a much lesser extent. The most common prepositions that follow verbs are “a”, “de”, “con” “en” and “por”. We often guess these prepositions and even though we may get them wrong, we can usually make ourselves understood. I thought today though, I’d point out ones that just sound strange to us as English speakers, simply because they translate back oddly into English. Our first example it to “dream about” which is Spanish is “soñar con” (to dream with). “I dreamt about you last night” (should you ever wish to say this) is “soñé
contigo anoche”. This sounds altogether unnatural to us until you get used to it. Then it sounds perfectly normal like everything else. Another odd one is to “smell of” which is “oler a”. “The kitchen smells of fish” – “la cocina huele a pescado”. As you can see the verb “oler” is an interesting verb although “comprar” is also strange because to buy “from” someone is “comprar a”. “Compré un coche a mi hermano” means “I bought a car from my brother”. If you want to say you’ve bought something “for” someone, then you have to use “para”. You may have already come across the bit about being married. You have to say married “with” someone, rather than married “to”. “Antonio Banderas está casado con Melanie Griffith” for example. A couple more oddities (for us anyway) are “depender de” (to depend on) and “pensar en” (to thinking about).
Having just looked through lists of these verbs to try and pick out the most interesting ones, I have noticed that there are far more verbs followed by “a” than any other preposition, closely followed in number by verbs taking “de”. This means that if you are going to guess, try “a” first, switch to “de” if that doesn’t work, and otherwise wave your arms around. To round up this rather brief overview – don’t forget that just because we use prepositions in English, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are needed in Spanish. To go back to some of our first examples, “to look at” is simply “mirar”, “look for” is “buscar” and “look after” is “cuidar” whilst “listen to” is “escuchar” also on its own. As for the “put” verbs, we have to think about what we actually mean by each one before we translate them. For example “to put over an idea” would be best translated by “comunicar una idea”. Such are the joys of translation.
All new Formula Focus: All you need to do is arrive and drive! NOT ONLY is 14 December the final race night in the Velocity calendar for 2013 – it is the first chance that wouldbe racing drivers have a chance to have a go in the all new Formula Focus. 10 cars, all identically built and raring to go around the Circuito Cartagena Oval… perfect for the novice or the just plain curious. What’s more, there is a commemorative plaque available for anyone who takes one out for a spin. A great way to mark your opening gambit into stock car racing! The cost of this unique driving experience is €165 plus €100 damage waiver deposit. This cost will cover your licence to drive for the evening as well as suitable clothing including helmet and gloves. If you would prefer to come you can enjoy 2.5 hours of racing entertainment as the best of the best battle it out to win a coveted trophy and the best bit … it is complete FREE. The action starts at 7pm with the gates opening at 6pm. For directions or to enquire about a hire please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/velocityracingspain
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Christmas Book Review SPECIAL GIFTS & stocking fillers Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine Authors: The Peñín Team (plastiback) Publisher: www.guiapeñín.com Price: 33.75€ That special gift for the wine connoisseur The Way I See It Author: Alan Sugar Publisher: Pan (paperback) Price: 10.80€ Rants, revelations, and rules for life: Won’t get you fired. Roget’s Thesaurus Publisher: Pan Reference (paperback) Price: 17.60€ A gift solution for the Christmas crossword puzzle addict Berlitz Spanish Language Pack for Children Price: 27.20€ A 30x32 x 6mm box containing a story book and cassette; a Flash Card pack; a 100-word picture dictionary and a parent’s guide on helping your child with a foreign language. It should keep them quiet while you have that after lunch nap. Round the World in a Wheelchair Author: Doreen Webster Publisher: Pen Press (paperback) Price: 11.15€ Globe-trotting with a wheelchair-bound
Suduko Answer husband: A wife’s story of surmounting obstacles both psychological and physical: A good stocking filler for a caring person. 2014 Diary Publisher: teNeues Veriag (hardback with closure flap) Price: 16.40€ Useful stocking filler for the ladies: This edition is packed with information on international dialling codes and time differences plus a useful section for notes and reminders: one of a selection at Librería Europa for both men and women.
DON’T FORGET: You’ll get 5% off your purchases with a copy of this review at Librería Europa and proprietor Gil Gatoff promises to get you any book in print in time for Christmas.
13 - 19 DEC 2013
Life people A Christmas cracker
by Jack Troughton CHILDREN CARED for by EMAUS enjoyed an early Christmas with a party and slap up feast at the Showboat in Benidorm with hosts Des and Levi. The 99 youngsters were guests of honour in a hall decorated for the festive season and each received a Christmas card containing a 10€ note as well as a sack of presents from ‘Papa Noel’. A dancer taught the children some of his moves, while face painters, nail artists and hair plaiting were also on offer. Levels of excitement rose as each child’s name was called in turn to collect their presents from Father Christmas as they were applauded by their friends – and the day ended with a trip to Benidorm Circus. Francisco and Montse from EMAUS thanked everyone and each of the helpers was presented with a bracelet made at one of the homes. Richard and Sue of charity Friends of the Children of Emaus (FCEmaus) from Busot, who helped organise the event, were given a framed picture drawn by one of the five-year-olds – Levi and Des were also given a picture and a letter of thanks. And the charity thanked the hosts, all of ‘Santa’s little helpers’, everyone who donated gifts and Benidorm Circus for helping in the success of a “memorable and very moving day”. Pictured with Santa are (back row) Richard and Des the Reindeer, and (middle row) Francisco of EMAUS, Sue, Levi the Elf, Elizabeth and Montse both of EMAUS.
Pensioners enjoy carol singing By Jack Troughton CHRISTMAS CAROL singing by the U3A Vall de Pop’s Casual Choir entertained pensioners living at Club Residential Benimeli. The choir was invited to sing for the residents and supplied song sheets and performed a variety of
festive carols including ‘Silent Night’ in both German and Spanish. By the end of the afternoon everyone was tapping their feet and singing along. The choir is scheduled to return in the spring with another selection of wellknown songs.
13-19 DEC 2013
‘A Christmas Carol’ In-The- Round
ON MONDAY 2nd December we went to Javea Players’ Studio Theatre to attend the opening night of ‘A Christmas Carol – In-The-Round’. By Eric Taylor HAVING BEEN a member of the Chichester Festival Theatre Society for many years I understood the concept of ‘Theatre InThe-Round’. For people not familiar with this concept it means the audience is seated around the stage and the cast performs in the centre. This was a first for Javea Players but the Director, Lindsay Johnson, has directed this style of play in the UK. A Christmas Carol and Scrooge have been around for over a hundred and seventy years, so although you know the story it is a joy to see how each theatre company adapts their production. The tale is told in song and prose with limited space and props: the cast was called upon to perform some of the props, especially the clocks and the wardrobe - ingenious! This was a large cast with members having to perform various roles - which they all did to perfection. It was great to see the return to the stage of Philip Anderson who played a superb Scrooge. The Anderson family is very talented with young Ashley playing an excellent Tiny Tim and Sharni playing five different roles. Gerald Joy was the wardrobe with his arms being the doors. A fun moment of the night was watching Scrooge remembering to open and close his arms, every time he went to the wardrobe. Gerald said after the performance that he badly wanted to
scratch his nose, as he was about to sneeze. Once again Javea Players maintained their high standard of performance, a very enjoyable evening, one of the best productions I have seen by them: great acting. A special mention must go to the Director, Production Crew and Front of House staff who made sure the evening ran smoothly. Javea Players urgently need new members and people willing to help backstage, no experience necessary. For more information on future events, see: www.javeaplayers.com. The Javea Players are sponsored by Blacktower Financial Management Limited.
By Jack Troughton QUEEN TRIBUTE band Chess played to a sell-out 400 strong crowd at Ondara to help Teulada Moraira Lions Club raise 3,000€ for the town hall’s social services department. The evening’s entertainment started with special guests Hangover Tuesday before Chess played a two hour set packed with Queen’s greatest hits to get everyone on their feet. The Lions are now planning a repeat performance – but even bigger and better!
Life horoscopes Uranus Directs midweek and this mighty planet brings a focus rather than the usual complications. You are advised to take it easy, and suspend any decisions until the following weekend. Above all sign nothing, and enter into no deals until you have had the time to think out all angles, and then only if you are really sure it is what you want!
Venus has crossed over and takes a new position in the Cosmos. It is time for you to follow suit and make your move at long last. You have waited for the right time and now indeed comes the best of times to put your best foot forward. Whilst others are egging you on there has to be a real reason for you to move on.. you are not running away!
13-19 DEC 2013 Kenny Corris www.kennycorris.net Mobile: 686 361 594 Tel: 965 878 424
Mars brings a chance to see things from a very different angle. Out with the old and in with the new as you leave no stone unturned in your endeavour for a positive and inspiring future. Others will enjoy supporting you in any new venture, and there are no limits to the freedom and benefits that are quite rightly coming your way at last.
Take time to bring necessary rest and relaxation onto the menu. In this week it is time for some pampering and care of you, yourself. Just lately you have gone the distance to give your tender love and care to someone special who needed your attention. Now you are the new focus so reward yourself for a job worth doing, done well!
Mercury’s take on of Jupiter, in Cancer, brings on a need to come to terms, bringing transparency and the truth to an ongoing situation. Whilst what you do have to say now will affect others you cannot be expected to hold back on issues which force someone to be accountable. You are not to blame, but the future now needs careful planning. With Jupiter at your side there comes the luck and fortune you have long awaited and that you so deserve. Things have been very difficult but you have taken the path that now leads towards solution, and having a clean slate will inspire you to do some good things. Luck and fortune are at your door, and you know now what you have to do!
With the doubtful energies of a static Mars and a convoluted Mercury this may just be a time to sit on the fence rather than launch into tactics you may very well live to forget. Pluto rescues all midweek and helps you to focus! As the Sun gets ever closer to the Winter Solstice there comes a time to make ongoing plans that bring in the new and see you taking charge of your future, rather than just leaving things to fate. Your destiny is beckoning, and actions with Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter help to point you well into a new and welcome phase.
Pride comes before a fall, and the current energies of Neptune in cahoots with Mars force you to take invasive action. In hindsight you should not have been involved but since you are then it is something you have to make a focus right now. Complications are well out of the way and your experience has taught you, above all, to be true to yourself. The serendipity of surprise comes your way and it is high time you were rewarded for your recent handling of a tricky problem. Your foresight and psychic abilities have led you to making a decision which is best for you, taking all into account. Much water has passed under the bridge, but you are openly ready to take on that which you must.
Gently nudged by actions of the Uranus Direct your mighty planetary leader has brought you good reasons to be just where you are right now. People should enjoy enriching you for what you do best, and this could be the start of something rather wonderful; if you just let it be and truly believe in your own very inspiring energies. A financial warning on all levels as you are advised to pull your belt in this week. A corner develops between Mars and Neptune that highlights a need to watch your spending. It is quite apparent that someone isn’t paying their way right now, and whilst this needs to be addressed you have to economise and moderate as soon as possible.
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If it’s your birthday this week
Time was when you allowed yourself to take things in your stride. This year is showing you already how your positive strategies can bring you the so much more that you deserve! Go for it!
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Readings in Albir: Mini readings available Monday December 16th and Wednesday December 18th at: Bistro Something Else (formerly The Maya Bistro) from 16.30. Bookings 966 868 213. The Spiritual Café welcomes all to come and meet at the Costa Blanca’s original Spiritual location. Wednesday is an afternoon for Spiritual chat so come along and join in the debate around the big table, all are welcome!
Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 51.
Quick or Cryptic Crossword
ACROSS 1. Mufti (5,7) 7. Savoury meat jelly (5) 8. Incorporate (5) 9. Choose (3) 10. Aversion (9) 11. Slogan (3-3) 12. A priest (6) 15. Devout (9) 17. Lout (3) 18. Consumed (5) 19. Keep vigil (5) 21. Echoed (12) DOWN 1. Jailer (6,6) 2. Pinch (3) 3. To place (6) 4. Actors (9) 5. White heron (5) 6. Sports ground (7,5) 7. Change (5) 10. Hauteur (9) 13. Laziness (5) 14. Spider’s net (6) 16. Supple (5) 20. Hill (3)
ACROSS 1 & 10 Down. Member of the force in Puritan dress? (5,7,9) 7. But an unusual version of African language (5) 8. This couldn’t be farther from the peak (5) 9. A sign in a simple order (3) 10. Boccaccio’s collected tales of French romance, maybe (9) 11. No friendly state (6) 12. The very thing to stifle in a strange way (6) 15. Young troopers (3,6) 17. The melody one hears before (3) 18. More than one spoke (5) 19. Untrue statement about raw material (5) 21. To reform aborigines, a number of choices are required (12) DOWN 1. Refreshment counters side by side are a feature of the gymnasium (8,4) 2. Sister kept in order (3) 3. Have a meal around a motor boat (6) 4. Can manufacturers? (9) 5. Duck down (5) 6. They bring about changes in electrical components (12) 7. Kind of stick needed for a shrub (5) 10. See 1 Across 13. In the paper a sentence to delete (5) 14. Bird showin’ signs of exhaustion (6) 16. What a cry o’ delight partly consists of! (5) 20. This will control the horse a little (3)
13-19 DEC 2013
Ever had a good look inside your mouth? It might save your life! WE ALL worry about cancer. This is hardly surprising as almost all of us have at some point lost somebody to this terrible disease. CANCER SURVIVAL rates have increased tremendously in recent years as a result of better public education and lifestyles, new treatments and early diagnosis which is in part, due to screening programmes. We worry about breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer. There are screening methods for all of these. However, there are many more cancers out there for which there is no regular, routine screening available. In these cases it is important to know what the signs and symptoms are. When you are armed with knowledge you can see your Doctor promptly with any worrying symptoms. And should your worst fears be confirmed you will stand a better chance of making a full recovery when the disease is in the early stages. Early diagnosis equals better prognosis! We do not want to become a nation of hypochondriacs, just informed and alert! So, how often have you worried about mouth cancer? Never? Well don’t start worrying now
but be aware of the symptoms, especially if you smoke, drink heavily or have an unhealthy diet. Most of us get mouth ulcers (apthous ulcers) from time to time. These small erosions can be really painful and can make eating and drinking most unpleasant! Fortunately, apthous ulcers will heal within 10-14 days. Mouth ulcers are the most common warning sign of mouth cancer but there is a difference between the common apthous ulcer and ulcers that may be cancerous A mouth ulcer which is painless and does not heal after three weeks should be looked at by a doctor. Any persistent lumps on the cheeks, tongue, gums, lips or roof of the mouth should also be investigated. Any patches inside the mouth that don’t go away also need to be checked out. These may be red, white or a mixture of both. FACTS ABOUT MOUTH CANCER Men are affected more than women Smoking is the main risk factor
Excessive consumption of alcohol is said to quadruple the risk of mouth cancer An unhealthy diet is a factor in 50% of cases Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is transmitted sexually, is responsible for a growing number of cases of mouth cancer Men over 45 years of age that smoke and drink are the most likely victims of this disease It is estimated that within the UK population, 60,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer within the next decade 50% of cases diagnosed will result in death because the cancer was not detected at an early stage Now, put on your glasses and head for the bathroom mirror. It is, after all, Mouth Cancer Action Month. For detailed information on examining yourself for signs of mouth cancer visit www.mouthcancer.org or see your family Doctor.
This article was written by Family Medical Centre, Albir. Please call 96 686 5072 for more information or to make an appointment.
World’s First Daily Disposable Flat Pack Contact Lens Arrives in Spain
FROM DECEMBER contact wearers can benefit from increased comfort and convenience, thanks to a revolutionary new type of contact lenses available exclusively at Specsavers. Easyvision Magic contact lenses are the world’s first flatpack lenses, which provide the simplest and most hygienic contact lens packaging designed to date, complimented with ultimate lens hydration for added comfort. The unique flat pack design also reduces the chance of inner surface contamination. When opened, the new pack presents the lens ready to be picked up. Combined, these features help to eliminate confusion and prevent the wearer touching the inner surface of the lens. As well as the revolutionary pack design, key features include: • HEMA-GMA lens material meaning more moisture retention and a smaller contact angle. • CENTRAFORM (spin casting) manufacturing providing a smoother edge profile that helps reduce friction when the wearer blinks. • Aspherical design enables light rays to come together at the correct point for a sharper, clearer view. These lenses are available exclusively at the 8 Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain, to find your nearest store visit www.specsavers.es
13-19 DEC 2013
Life recipe Marinated chicken kebabs THESE SPICY kebabs are ideal on their own with a fresh salad or as part of a choice of barbecued meats. They are best prepared in advance and left to stand for at least an hour before cooking. • 350g skinless chicken meat, cut into cubes • 1 tbls tomato ketchup • A small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (or 1 tsp powdered ginger) • 1 tsp mild paprika • The grated rind and juice of an orange • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 1 tbls olive oil
1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl then stir in the chicken pieces. Set aside for at least an hour. 2. Thread the marinated chicken onto skewers then grill or barbecue until the chicken is well browned on the outside and cooked through in the middle. Serves 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Charity auction success
Tip If you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water beforehand to stop them from burning on the barbecue. Don’t cram too many pieces of chicken on each skewer. Leave a little space between each piece and this will help them brown and cook evenly.
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ON SUNDAY ‘Jaspas Bar’ at Balcon-Al- Mar, Javea in conjunction with ‘Rental Mania’, held their monthly public auction which included a charity raffle for the Denia Preventorio (home for children from 3-16 years) Christmas Party. The event featured a range of stalls, a fashion show by ‘La Boutique’, mulled wine, mince pies, roasted chestnuts were available and of course Santa Claus appeared with his helpers. The proceedings were started by a fine performance by a local Choir singing a medley of numbers to a well attended appreciative audience. At the end of the day over 320€ was raised for the charity and many thanks for the generosity of local businesses who donated magnificent prizes also big thanks to auctioneer extrordinaire Andre Le Masurier, all the bar staff, Santa and helpers for all their hard work. The next auction will be on the 2nd Sunday in February, for more information call Loraine on 663 491 057 or Gwenda on 662 458 791.
13-19 DEC 2013
Life what’s on Carols in the square
JALON VALLEY HELP invites everyone to join in a traditional evening of carol singing in Jalon’s Plaza Mayor tonight (Friday 13th December) at 7.30pm. The singing will be led by the Valley voices and the U3A Casual Choir and mince pies and mulled wine will be on offer. In the case of rain, the carol singing will be moved into Jalon church.
available! children and Ladies now Kick Boxing classes for Call for details!
A Christmas Fayre in a historic setting RIGHT IN the middle of Alicante town, the weekend before Christmas, you can take in a real live Nativity scene as part of a craft fair. A CRAFT fair with “Artesanía de Autor” (craftsmen selling their own work), live music, jugglers, children’s games and workshops, a tavern and other food stalls in the Plaza Gabriel Miró, from 19th to 23rd December. The stalls and the nativity scene are set up under the incredible rubber trees - think of the pot plant in Granny’s parlour, but then about 100 foot high and with a trunk so big that three people can just clasp hand to hand around the trunk. That’s where you will find Maria holding the baby while Joseph is working as a carpenter, and a page takes down children’s wishes for presents from the Three Kings. Near the Nativity you will find goats, chickens, rabbits, little pigs and very young donkeys - all the inhabitants of a small farm yard. Every day there are two or three workshops where children can learn to handle tools and materials, and make something to take home. For the very young there is a small ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. The craft fair - organised by the regional craft association Amata - will consist of some fifty stalls with everything from hand-made candles to shawls, wooden toys and puppets, ceramics, handbags made of leather and old LPs (with your choice of music), jewellry in silver and bone, copper and leather, plastic and glass. Everything is made by the people at the stall - nothing is imported or made in a factory. It’s all original, and much less expensive than anything you can buy in a gallery. Elsewhere there is a tavern, with roast meat (even a whole roast pig!!) and beer - nothing like the open air to stimulate the appetite - or you can try a pancake filled with chocolate
Christmas carol singing with opera star Friedel Mitas and more
or half-a-dozen other sweet or savory fillings. There are stalls with all sorts of preserved food made using family recipes. The fair opens on Thursday 19 December at about 6pm; on Friday the 20th till Monday the 23rd opening times are from 11 am to about 9 pm, although it tends to be quiet from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. Plaza Gabriel Miró is about 50 m. from (and runs parallel with) the Explanada, the palm tree lined pavement running along the main thoroughfare by the harbour. For more information, ring 639 979 678 (Elvira speaks English) or look at http://www.amata.es/Alicante.html or the general amata web site (www.amata.es). FRIDAY 13TH of December 2013 beginning: 8pm in the New Apostolic Church Denia. Registration in advance is necessary at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 962 801 358 or 966 431 458 Address: Cami d´Alt de Dénia a Xábia 8, near the Hotel Port Denia (from there signposted). Website www.nak-denia.com. A 3€ contribution towards expenses will be charged.
Life music JJ Jones
- Neil Diamond Tribute
JJ JONES has been portraying his solo Neil Diamond Tribute Show for nearly 20 years, with his love for the creative writing of Neil Diamond taking him all around the world. His detail to voice, mannerisms and costumes has made him one of the best Neil Diamond Tributes in the world. JJ has performed his tribute on cruise ships and around Australia with a 7 piece backing band, which he still does when regularly returning to perform in the UK theatres to fund raise for his late daughters favourite charity – RSPCA Danaher Centre in Essex. JJ has now brought his one man show to Spain performing most nights on the Benidorm cabaret circuit and at weekends in the mountain bars and restaurants north of Benidorm. He also has a large repertoire of songs including country, swing, rock making his “Music Mix” Show, as he is an accomplished lead guitarist. For more info phone 622 765 932 – check out his website: www.neildiamond-tributeshow.com. BOOKINGS FOR DECEMBER: Friday 13: Tropical Cabaret Bar, Benidorm. 9 pm (Every Friday) Sunday 15: Marina Hotel, Benidorm. 10 pm Monday 16: Tropical Cabaret Bar, Benidorm. 9 pm (Every Monday) Saturday 21: Haweli Indian Rte., Denia. 9 pm (Neil Diamond Tribute) Monday 23: Ambassador Hotel, Benidorm. 10 pm Tuesday 31: El Paraiso Rte., Parcent with Mickey Lewys (Comedian) BOOKINGS FOR JANUARY: Monday 6: L’Almacera Restaurant, Teulada with Mickey Lewys (Comedian)
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: www.nomadshow.weebly.com BOOKINGS FOR DECEMBER Fri 13: Bar/Rte. Ca Pep, Calle Mayor, Orba
Sat 14: Magnum’s Bar, Oliva. 9 pm Thurs 19: Camping Calpe Mar,
CHILL FACTOR are Pam (vocals) and John Pearson (guitar), who have become one of the most popular duos on the Costa Blanca by performing carefully selected classic pop/rock songs to suit every occasion. They perform two sets, one acoustic with newly added songs followed by their new electric set with highly danceable material. Together with Jack Hazebroek (drums) and
Calle Estovenia, Calpe Tues 24: Chino “Wok Hai Tian”, Calpe Tues 31: Chino “Wok Hai Tian”,
Christian Pearl (keyboards) they form the band “RIO”. For more details phone John or Pam on 696 731 290 or check out their web site: www.pamandjohn.net DECEMBER GIGS Sat 21: Coll de Rates Rte., Parcent 1.30 pm Sat 21: Olivia’s Bar of Arts, Arenal, Javea 9 pm Tues 24: No Nonsense Bar, (ctra. Moraira-Calpe). 9 pm Sat 28: Bar La Cova, Monte Pego. 10 pm Sun 29: Coll de Rates Rte., Parcent. 1.30 pm (John Acoustic)
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Scanner uninstalled DEAR AUNTY: I have a HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-one and by mistake I’ve uninstalled the scanner. I don’t have the original CD and I’ve had no success following the instructions on the Hewlett Packard website. Can you offer a solution please? I enjoy your Life Tech page: keep the advice coming! Carole
Aunty says: You will need to download the driver package from the HP Site: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=uk&lc=en&product=3390949 Click on ‘DRIVERS’: Select which Windows version you are using from the drop down list Click NEXT You then click on ‘Driver Product Information Software’ Then click on Download Download the file, and when complete Run the file, and follow the instructions on the installation wizard to reinstall the printer and scanner drivers.
Firefox tip HI AUNTY: Twice recently I have tried to delete people listed in my Firefox email contacts and in the Twitter contacts list, by right clicking on them. But delete is not in the dropdown menu, only: ‘WWW’ in a red ring and ‘Block this site’. DON´T TOUCH IT! - Both times it wrecked Firefox and I only managed to recover it by doing a System Restore. I don’t know what this menu item is for, but I will never touch it again. Les. Aunty says: Thanks for the tip.
Outlook email HI AUNTY: On my Outlook email page I got this pane on the right asking if I want to do various things with Outlook. I managed to get rid of it once but for the life of me I’ve tried everything to get my full email page back but to no avail hope you can help. Love the info every week. Steve.
Aunty says: Although you can change what the side bar in Outlook shows (adverts or outlook hints and tips via the ‘cog’ at the bottom of the bar) as far as I know, and according to Microsoft and many others who have also tried to remove it) you cannot remove the side bar, as it is part of Outlook’s functionality.
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Gadget Inspector Investigates:
Heli Hellraisers THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at indoor model helicopter toys designed to bring remote mayhem to shatter your domestic bliss this Christmas – assuming you can wrestle the remotes from the adults long enough for the kids to have a go. Let’s start with the master of mayhem the Air Hogs Battle Tracker. The Battle Tracker takes interactive combat to a whole new level! Use the included remote control to fly the disc firing heli and try to knock out the robotic turret – but be prepared to
evade the missiles as the turret tracks your flight. But don’t underestimate the advanced intelligent tracking system or it may be your final flight… Capable of multi-player modes you can battle your friends and their Air Hogs vehicles and independently control the robotic turret or heli to create your very own domestic Armaggedon. Cry havoc and let slip the model helis of war! For those who prefer something a little more sedate we have the Air Hogs Fly Crane. This little (18cm) beauty can collect objects in its basket before transporting them to another part of the room. It even has an extendable grapple hook for grabbing objects while airborne! With great stability it’s a cinch to fly for even the most inexperienced pilot. The Air Hogs Fly Crane comes in several different designs and requires 6 AA batteries which are not supplied. The Inspectors Verdict: The
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potential heli mayhem available with these toys ranges from mild with the Fly Crane to full on with the Battle Tracker. Yes, I know, I´d have the Battle Tracker too… Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement – visit www.gadgethound.co.uk/hover-assualt/ to order the Air Hogs Hover Assault for 68€ and www.gadget-hound.co.uk/fly-crane/ to order the Air Hogs Fly Crane for 44€. Prices quoted include delivery to Spain and are subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).
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Focus on Golf You never stop learning Powered by Campbell Lamont Golf, partnered by BayRadio
MOST GOLFERS have felt the adrenalin rush of discovering something new about this wonderful game.
Head 2 Head
Campbell: What a great year we’ve had. Loads of new faces taking the honours in various competitions. Tony: Yes but remember, in January we talked about the Far East and the increasing popularity of golf. And yet still no Asian competitors have taken any major honours. Campbell: Well, bear in mind that many Asian communities have only recently discovered golf, so they have a lot of ground to make up on western countries where golf has been played for well over 100 years. Tony: Is that why they occasionally get close but just fail to grab the honours. Campbell: Maybe so but, with more experience at the top level, names from China will definitely be appearing. For many of them this is a brand new sport and they’ll need lots of help in mastering the game. Just like you, Tony. Tony: Ah so! Follow the banter on Bay Radio tomorrow and every Saturday morning (11am–noon)
On the range
NO MATTER how long you’ve been playing – be it weeks, months or years – there is nothing quite like feeling the excitement and the need to get out on the golf course to ‘try it out’. ‘It’ could be a new club, a specific tip on how to improve your game or, perhaps, just the need to score better than last time. One perfectly hit shot amidst a multitude of duffed ones can be enough to think you’ve found the answer. It’s why so many players go back for more. But there is one aspect of golf that never changes: its power to surprise. Because golf is a game you never stop learning. This month I was one of several golf professionals in the North and South Costa Blanca who attended a European Golf Teachers Federation continual
professional development days at Oliva Nova Golf Club. The event was arranged to give us the opportunity to learn the benefits of the “Trackman” system which analyses swing and ball flight. The result? It has revitalised my thirst for knowledge – as a player and as a teacher. Like the first-timer bitten by the golf ‘bug’, I have found a new ‘toy’. And, it has changed completely my thinking about shot-making, Trackman produces proof which defies traditional teaching methods, particularly on how to produce a fade and a draw. In effect, since it was introduced, it has re-written the laws of ball flight. Not only does Trackman show ball flight after a ball is hit, it also explains why this has happened. In short, it
takes the guess work out of why the ball has flown in a certain way. The two basics of ball striking are club face angle and swing path although clubface angle has four times greater impact than club path in determining the ball’s starting direction (see diagram left/right/above/below.) Understanding this and how to correctly combine these two factors is the key to controlling the ball and striking it with a high level of consistency. By introducing this knowledge to my own game I am already longer and more consistent off the tee and my short game has also improved. The simulators in my shop show me my results. And, using their balltracking facilities, I can help you, too. Knowledge is power and, no matter what your handicap, there is always more to learn.
IN THE vast majority of golfers I see their left wrist and elbows collapsing at impact or just after impact. This produces inconsistent ball striking. Remember, it’s important to control your left wrist at impact. Do this and you will control your ball flight. Control your ball flight and you’ll control your game. So, next time you go to the practice range, try: - keeping your left wrist flat and arms straight as you hit the ball; and
- maintaining this extended position for longer through impact
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Life cars Festive offers at Citroen Benijofar IF YOU are considering purchasing a new car as a Christmas treat for a loved one or maybe even a special gift for yourself then it’s time to get yourself to Citroen Benijofar. On Friday 13th December there will be some festive offers launched. A used car sale will see some super offers with more than 1000€ reductions on selected cars. All of the vehicles on offer will be fully serviced and come with a 1 year guarantee. The transfer of ownership and ITV are also included in all of the offers. And they aren’t stopping there! To continue with the holiday spirit, Citroen Benijofar are offering a
FREE winter check on all makes of cars! The offer includes a check of Antifreeze levels, washer fluid, tyres, breaks and windscreen wipers too! Anyone who has ever purchased a car from Citroen Benijofar will know that the staff are not just this nice at Christmas time. Throughout the whole year their focus is to provide the best service possible and make your experience easy, comfortable and enjoyable. The sales team includes Mariola and her sister Noelia who both speak perfect English and of course not forgetting Andy from Sunderland.
NEW CARS available to view in our showroom in CALPE 2009 MODEL,RENAULT CLIO 1.2 EMOTION Eco 2, (50mpg) 5 dr, aqua blue met, with grey trim, a/c, c/d, cruise, high spec, low kms
2004 OPEL ZAFIRA 2.0DTI DIESEL 7 seater gunmetal metallic with grey trim, alloys, a/c, c/d 5995€ 2002 TOYOTA CELICA 1.8 VVTI COUPE,silver with grey sports trim,a/c, c/ d, alloys,very low km,s, as new, 5995€
2002 TOYOTA CELICA 1.8 VVTI COUPE
2011 BMW 320D AUTO X-DRIVE-4x4 LTD EDITION Smoke silver met with cream Dakota leather, nav, clima, PDF. full spec, too much to list. (Cost new 48K) 25,950€ 2009 FIAT 500 1.2 LOUNGE,SPECIAL,pearl white metallic with contrasting trim,alloys,panoramic glass roof,a/c c/d,ONLY 5k, as new REDUCED >>>>>>>> 8,995€ 2005 VW GOLF GTI DSG AUTO tornado red with black leather,climate, alloys, huge spec, 8995€
2004 OPEL ZAFIRA 2.0DTI DIESEL
silver with grey sports trim,a/c, c/ d, alloys,very low km,s, as new
2004 RENAULT LAGUNA 2.0 AUTOMATIC priviledge. white with grey half leather trim, alloys, xenons, c/d, 1 owner REDUCED >>>>>>>> 4995€ 2003 SEAT IBIZA1.4 AUTOMATIC 5 DR white with grey trim, a/c. c/d, remote locking, low kms 4995€
2003 SMART FOR-TWO PURE, SEMI AUTO- TIPTRONIC
7 seater, gunmetal metallic with grey trim, alloys, a/c, c/d
Black with grey trim, c/d a/c,p/ex to clear
2006 VW GOLF 1.9TDI DIESEL, 5 DR dark blue met, with charcoal trim, climate & navigation 6995€ 2009 MODEL, RENAULT CLIO 1.2 EMOTION Eco 2, (50mpg) 5 dr, aqua blue met, with grey trim, a/c, c/d, cruise, high spec, low kms 6995€ 2006 MODEL, FORD FOCUS 1.6 AUTOMATIC. 4 dr silver with grey trim, climate/ Ac, c/d, electric windows, remote locking, 5995€ 2012 RENAULT TWIZY AUTO, 2 seater fully electric car, pearl white met, gull wing doors 5995€
2005 CHEVROLET LACETTI 1.4 SE 5dr.silver with grey velour trim,a/c c/d,low km,s.
2005 CHEVROLET LACETTI 1.4 SE 5dr.silver with grey velour trim,a/c c/d,low km,s. 3995€ 2005 MAZDA 6 TS2 2.0, 5 door hatch, blue met, with black trim, climate, alloys, cruise, BOSE hi-fi WAS 5,995€ NOW 3995€ 2005 FORD KA 70. silver with contrasting trim, a/c, radio c/d, electric windows, low km,s 3895€ 2003 SMART FOR-TWO PURE, SEMI AUTO- TIPTRONIC, Black with grey trim, c/d a/c,p/ex to clear 3495€ 2000 MODEL RENAULT MEGANE 1.4 RXE 5 dr emerald met with grey trim. Alloys, a/c, low kms p/ex to clear REDUCED >>>>>>>> 1295€
2007 PIAGGIO MP3 3 WHEEL SCOOTER
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Tel: 965 876 030
Mob: 699 034 138
It is the friendly and professional approach from the team at Citroen Benijofar that make the working relationship with RTN easy. Andy said “We have tried all of the local publications but we always come back to RTN as we get the best response from our ad campaigns. The team at RTN are efficient and reliable and every advert we place always brings some clients to the showroom.” The showroom is located on Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca (the main road) going through Benijofar, so why not pop along and see what great offers they have for you..?
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GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths
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MICHAELS AT MICHAEL´S Several very high quality coffee tables, large & small. See more than 600 photos: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S Fantastic black recliner / massage chair with built in soothing music. Must try! Photos on: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. www.michaels-javea.com Tel 96-579 1328 MICHAEL’S 30 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www.michaels-javea.com Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: www.michaels-javea.com LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIR Folding, immaculate.150 euro. Mobility scooter.40km range. Road legal. Hardly used.499 euro.627019403 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S High quality furniture from a designer shop, dining set, side board, cabinet etc See now over 850 photos on: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S Designer sofa set in light purple, turns into a bed! Modern very high quality leather corner sofa in dark blue. Photos: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S Two dark red leather sofas with matching extra large armchair, unusual design. See them all on: www.michaels-javea.com
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