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The people watcher Local people watcher Robert Coombs suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is in desperate need of a ramp to help get indoors during the bad weather and his electric wheelchair urgently needs a new seat cover – which has to be especially tailored to fit Robert. Read his full story on page 13.

MINISTER FOR Europe David Lidington has pledged his support in seeking solutions to Spanish property abuses after meeting a deputation of British victims. The talks were held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and it was an opportunity for the politician to learn first hand of the problems, frustrationsand anguishsuffered by some British purchasers. Central to the on-off meeting with Mr Lidington was the controversial Spanish property road show – starting its second phase in the UK yesterday (Thursday) as RTN went to press – and the failure to honour legally required bank guarantees for off-plan property purchasers. And meeting the Minister to demand action was Keith Rule, organiser of the Bank Guarantee in Spain Petition, Ruth Genda, responsible for the ‘Stop the Spanish Roadshow Petition’, together with Mike Kerr and Kafo Genda. The on-line petitions were

signed by thousands of people and outlined the anger and frustration of the victims. Mr Lidington emphasised the Government was concerned about the impact problems were having on British citizens and said Ministers and the Ambassador would continue to raise property issues with Spain’s government. He stressed the best advice he could give prospective purchasers was that they should do their research and seek appropriate legal advice. PREVENT But the minister underlined that the Government could not prevent Spain from encouraging investment in its property market. Mr Lidington said: “I advise anyone considering buying a property abroad to do your research, learn about what documentation you must have in hand, and make sure you seek independent legal advice from a lawyer who is experienced in property law.” Continued on page 3


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continued from front page Afterward Ruth Genda commented: “The Minister and his team seemed genuinely surprised when Keith brandished the dossier of evidence gathered on behalf of the Finca Parcs Action Group. “This dossier was shown to the Minister as an example of the terrible situation that can occur when both the developer and the bank fail to act in accordance with Spanish law relating to bank guarantees for off-plan purchases.” The minister was given a 200-page file containing hard evidence of the failure of banks and institutions, along with the Spanish government and the European Parliament. Ruth added: “These are necessary pieces of evidence to help the Minister see through the smoke-and-mirrors fabrications of the Spanish government and enable him to get at the truth and reality of these dreadful situations in which we find ourselves. “If he and his team are not able to help us after reading through this dossier then we know

British MEP resigns POPULAR POLITICIAN Roger Helmer – an outspoken champion of the victims of property abuses in Spain – has resigned his seat in the European Parliament. In a letter to the Chairman of the East Midlands Conservatives Stephen Mold, Mr Helmer says his growing disenchantment with UK’s governing Coalition was a major factor in his decision. It is thought likely Mr Helmer’s replacement in Europe and on the European Parliament’s influential petitions committee will be Rupert Matthews.

exactly where we stand.” Keith Rule’s action group was formed by 64 buyers of homes on the Finca Parcs development near Hellin, Spain, and is made up of 64 buyers who paid deposits but were never issued with legally required guarantees – the project was abandoned with only 36 of 617 houses completed. After meeting Mr Lidington, Keith said: “It was a positive step forward and we now have some valuable contacts within the foreign Office, the Overseas Property Office in London and the British Embassy in Madrid. “Mr Lidington seemed keen to assist us in his role as Minister for Europe and only time will tell if he is able to deliver on his promises.” Undertakings given by the Minister included raising the issue of bank guarantees with the Spanish government at every opportunity and the possibility of organising a meeting between the Bank Guarantees Action Group and the Bank of Spain. He also promised he would advise UK MEPs to create a formal cross-party working group to examine property issues in

David Lidington EU Minister

Spain, and said he would talk with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who might be able to assist through his personal knowledge and experience of Spain. Additional Information: Bank Guarantees in Spain Petition - www.bankguaranteesinspain.com Stop The Spanish Property Road Show Petition http://www.gopetition.com/ petitions/stop-the-spanish-propertyroadshow-open-letter-to-davi.html FincaParcs Action Group www.fincaparcsactiongroup.com

Killing stuns town

by Jack Troughton A PENSIONER allegedly killed his 78-year-old wife in a brutal assault following an argument at their Costa Blanca home on Saturday morning. It was the third fatal incident of gender violence in Alicante this year after earlier killings in Mutxamel and Polop. The 80-year-old husband was remanded in custody by a Denia judge the same day. He was reported to have maintained his right to silence – although it was said he confessed to Guardia Civil officers he killed his wife following a heated argument. When police arrived at the villa on Urbanisation Carrio, they discovered the man’s body next to his wife. He had suffered a number of injuries, allegedly in a bid to commit suicide. Neighbours said they were alarmed by the level of violence as they were not aware of any problems and said the couple always lived quietly together. However, RTN was told the wife had become increasingly reliant on her spouse after developing dementia and it was likely charges would be reduced to manslaughter. An insider said: “From what we have learned, it appears he just had enough and flipped. Obviously the whole episode is out of character, there appears to have been no history of domestic violence or even arguments – it has stunned the community.”






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Blaze at Child chokes to abandoned hotel death on doll’s head by Louise Clarke EVERY PARENT’S worst nightmare came true for a couple in Orihuela last week when their six-year-old son died after choking on a doll’s head. If you are a parent of young children and have toys in your home that have loose parts, please read this article, take the necessary precautions and say to yourself: “There but for the grace of God, go I.” The youngster was playing with the doll at his home in the centre of Orihuela last Friday and according to his parents had a habit of chewing and sucking on things. Inadvertently, he put the dolls head in his mouth and within minutes he was choking and suffocating. LIFELESS Panic stricken, his father tried remove the head from the boy’s mouth but his breathing soon became laboured. In a state of grief stricken despair, rather than take the boy to a nearby health clinic, the father thought it would be best to enlist the help of the boy’s mother and so took his son’s practically lifeless body to the nearby Mercadona, where the couple both worked. Sadly, the young boy died in the arms of his parents by the tills of the supermarket, where minutes earlier his mother had been working. Emergency services were on the scene very quickly but soon discovered that the boy had no pulse and CPR proved useless. The doctor found that there was nothing in the throat to obstruct the airway but was later told by the father that he had managed to remove the little doll’s head that he had swallowed, but too late. The boy’s funeral took place on Tuesday and all the members of the Orihuela Government observed a minute’s silence at Midday in honour of the youngster. The Mayor, Monserrate Guillén, said that the family had been offered the full support of the municipal government for whatever they may need in their time of grief and said that he had offered this personally during a condolence visit to the boy’s parents and other family members. WHAT TO DO Most parents know what to do to prevent their child from

choking, but many don’t know what to do once they are choking. Every year more than 3,000 people, including some children, choke to death. Children under the age of 14 often choke on both food items, like hot dogs, grapes, nuts and raisins, and non-food objects, such as toys, balloons and coins. Thousands more go to the hospital with choking-related incidents. It takes just four minutes for a child to die from choking. If you are faced with a choking child ask them: “Are you choking?” If yes, ask: “Can you speak?” If no, tell the child you are going to help. Next, kneel or stoop to stand behind the child, wrapping your arms around the child. Make a fist with one hand; hold it with the other hand against the centre of the child’s abdomen, between the navel and ribs. Provide abdominal thrusts (Heimlich manoeuvre) until the object is expelled or the child becomes unresponsive. If the child becomes unresponsive, begin CPR. Each time you open the airway, look for a foreign object (remove it if seen). Continue rescue breaths and chest compressions and phone 112 as soon as possible.

Staff protested for weeks after owners failed to pay their wages

By Louise Clarke FIREFIGHTERS FROM Crevillent, Almoradi and Elche attended a blaze at the abandoned Villa de Catral Hotel and Spa on Tuesday evening. It took seven hours for the five engines to control the flames at the hotel, which closed last year. A thick cloud of smoke was visible from the six storey building from the nearby AP7 and local police were alerted to

the blaze by drivers shortly after 6pm. The hotel, once considered one of the best in the area with 66 rooms, a gym, spa, meeting room and summer terrace, has been completely looted by vandals since its closure in May 2010 and it is suspected that the fire was started deliberately, although the Guardia Civil and Fire Investigation Officers are still determining the exact cause.

British MEP resigns

Heimlich manoeuvre

POPULAR POLITICIAN Roger Helmer – an outspoken champion of the victims of property abuses in Spain – has resigned his seat in the European Parliament. In a letter to the Chairman of the East Midlands Conservatives Stephen Mold, Mr Helmer says his growing disenchantment with UK’s governing Coalition was a major factor in his decision. It is thought likely Mr Helmer’s replacement in Europe and on the European Parliament’s influential petitions committee will be Rupert Matthews.


Winter of discontent

Mayor Cesar Sanchez

by Jack Troughton TOWN HALL workers threaten a campaign of demonstrations in a Marina Alta town as the axe falls on local authority jobs. Unions maintain they are forced to take action against the unacceptable “high cost” of losing council jobs in debt-ridden Calpe. And on Sunday more than 100 people took to the streets to protest against the redundancies being implemented by the governing Partido Popular and Independientes- Els Verds alliance.

The unions claim workers faced the sack because of overruns on construction projects, fraud and waste. But with debts of around €80 million and a monthly wage bill of over €1.3 million the new government maintains it was forced to trim its 630 strong workforce. Mayor Cesar Sanchez agreed with demonstrators the cuts were “very painful” but his team had “inherited a very unfair situation” – a legacy of bad management that was “simply unsustainable”.

Award of merit

Enjoying Benidorm

VALENCIA’S VITAL tourist industry should compete for annual awards to constantly improve standards and reward new initiatives, it was claimed this week. The Valencia government was urged to consider an award scheme given the importance of tourism across the region to the community – those directly employed in the industry and others working in peripheral sectors. Benidorm’s councillor for tourism Juan Angel Ferrer believes such a scheme would recognise those who boosted the general economy through their endeavours. He said it would “reward” both individuals and institutions in a number of tourist sectors for their “work, commitment, dedication.”

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SOS vouchers to rescue Alicante traders WARNINGS THAT Alicante is in danger of becoming a ghost town if business closures continue throughout the city have prompted action from trade associations within the city.

Multiple closures threaten Alicante with ghost town status

by Jan Gamm Michelangelo Montserrat, president of the Retailers Association and Allied Pla Carolinas says: “We go to bed with the crisis and get up with it in the morning. This psychosis must end, otherwise trade will die. We have to make things to sell and for the customer, even moderately and wisely, to consume, because otherwise the wheels could stop turning.” VOUCHERS To remedy this, traders have turned to a campaign they hope will attract new customers with the distribution of €1 million in gift certificates authorising discounts on pur-

chases at local shops. The ‘Gateway Surprise,’ an event to be held on Saturday 22nd October from 5.30pm on Avenida Padre Esplá, aims to encourage sales and gifts, with surprises thrown in including musical performances, theatre and magic demonstrations. Customers discounts will be available in the days prior to the show purchased at participating retailers giving away vouchers to the value of up to 200€, redeemable with a purchase in the associated facilities over the next six months, excluding sale periods. Traders have been issued with 500 pads of vouchers of varying amounts, each totalling 2,000€. Should all the vouchers be exchanged it would represent many millions in increased business for participating stores.

Motorcyclist in Valencia found dead five hours after crash reported

A MOTORCYCLIST was found dead near an overpass in Valencia five hours after an emergency call for help on Saturday. The body was spotted on the Giorgeta Peris y Valero at 8am, five hours after the accident. The victim, a 29year-old Venezuelan woman, crashed on a curve at around 3am. Police and fire services responding found only a motorcycle with no rider. All four lanes were inspected thoroughly and also the road passing beneath the bridge. It is common for motorcycles

and scooters to be abandoned following an accident so the search was abandoned. However, the body of the motorcyclist was partially concealed by the metal barriers at the scene, indiscernible in the poor lighting. At 8am and in full daylight a local resident spotted the body of the victim, wearing a crash helmet and with a serious stomach wound. An autopsy will reveal the time of death and whether the cyclist was still alive when the search for the body was abandoned.

Fraud uncovered

POLICE HAVE arrested 25 people for unpaid fees and irregular applications of unemployment benefit in two operations in Madrid and Las Palmas, uncovering a fraud of more than €2,300,000 in erroneous social security payments. According to research by the Social Security National Police, at least 42 workers claimed unemployment insurance after accumulating working periods outside that allowed by the law when enjoying access to unemployment benefit. Also workers were completing eight hour shifts but declaring four, receiving their salaries in cash. Some were hired and fired indiscriminately and provided with a bogus payroll that did not match actual income. Both operations have been carried out by agents of the Investigation Section of Social Security, assigned to the Central Crime Unit: Economic and Fiscal (UDEF) Department of the National Police.


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High speed Benidorm coming soon BENIDORM’S MUNICIPAL government has welcomed a protocol signed between the Generalitat Valenciana and the Ministry to finally introduce high speed rail to the tourist capital. by Patricia Thompson The Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Tourism, Juan Ángel Ferrer,and the owner of Mobility, Maria Carmen Martinez, attended the signing of the protocol in Valencia and chatted with Development Minister Jose Blanco on the arrival of high speed coastal transport. The minister shared with elected officials the need to Benidorm as Spain’s main tourist city to be connected with other major European cities. For his part, Juan Ángel Ferrer said that the signing of the protocol is “very important to bring tourists and visitors to Benidorm. For a city that lives from tourism, this is very positive.”


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Spanish Football Team get their sea legs on by Louise Clarke SPANISH STRIKER Fernando Torres revealed he would love to test his sea legs for real as he and his fellow World Cup winning teammates visited the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, prior to their Euro 2012 qualifying showdown with Scotland. But the multi-million pound Chelsea forward admitted one leg of the world’s toughest crewed yacht race would be enough after seeing the cramped conditions down below on cutting edge Volvo Open 70 race boat ‘CAMPER’. The first leg of the elite race takes the fleet from Alicante to Cape Town in a gruelling

6,500 mile journey through the Atlantic – the first of nine legs in a 39,000-nm race that will not finish until July 2012 in Galway, Ireland. VILLAGE “To sail on these boats would be a great experience but I think when I got to Cape Town I would be on the first plane home,” said Torres, who played for Liverpool before his multi-million pound transfer to Chelsea earlier this year. The Alicante Race Village officially opens to the public today (Friday) and will stay open until the start of the first leg on 5th November. Torres was joined at the Alicante Race Village by his Spanish team mates including Xavi and David Villa of Barcelona

Fernando Torres at the Volvo Ocean Race

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and Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas. “It’s amazing to see how they have to survive without anything inside the boat.” Torres added. “I was talking with one of the sailors and he told me they do it because they love it, just like we play football because we love it.” RACE The visit was a welcome boost for the CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand crew who are one of six teams contesting the race, along with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing,

Groupama sailing team, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion, Team Sanya and Team Telefónica. All are in the final stages of preparation for the round-the-world race starting with the first in-port race on 29th October. CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson said: “It was great to have the footballers on board. Five or six of them came down below and they were really interested. These guys are superstars and it was fantastic to be able to show them round CAMPER.”

Miss USA named as Miss Intercontinental 2011 Jose Blanco defends himself DEVELOPMENT MINISTER Jose Blanco made a statement to the press on Wednesday regarding the “lies that are coming out” about his relationship with businessman Jorge Dorribo and his involvement in ‘Operation Champion’, in which he is accused by Dorribo of collecting a 400,000€ backhander in exchange for grants to the value of almost 500,000€ from regional funds to enable Dorribo’s pharmaceutical company, Nupel, to obtain licences from the Health Ministry. Blanco claims he is the victim of “scurrilous lies” generated by “ragamuffins” out to discredit him.

By Louise Clarke MISS USA, Jessica Hartman, was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2011 at a spectacular gala event at the Teatro Circo in Orihuela last Friday evening. Fifty-nine candidates came from all corners of the World to parade down the catwalk in costumes, swimwear and evening wear, but only one could be the winner and that accolade went to the representative of the United States, who managed to win over the jury to be crowned the World’s most beautiful woman. The Spanish representative, model Gloria Martinez, was crowned as first runner-up, and when it was announced she received huge applause and cheers from the audience. The Catalan beauty proved on stage that she has more than enough attributes to be chosen as one of the most beautiful women, with a spectacular body, elegance and selfconfidence, leading to speculation that she will have a promising career ahead of her here in Spain. As well as the US and Spanish representatives, the representatives of China, Korea and Jamaica also made the final five, with Miss Jamaica being crowned the second runner-up.


Seismic developments near El Hierro by Jan Gamm TWO SUB-MARINE volcanic eruptions have occurred off the south coast of El Hierro, the smallest and southernmost island in the Canary Islands. Two separate fissures have been identified less than 3.7 kilometres and 2.8 kilometres from La Restinga, a town on the southeast of the island. Authorities detected the smell of sulphur in the area and dead fish have been spotted on the sea surface. The eruptions are part of an unprecedented earthquake swarm in El Hierro with the number of earthquakes recorded since 17th July now exceeding 10,300. The Canary Islands Government raised the alert level for the Hierro volcano to ‘Yellow’ late last month. The alert remained in place on Thursday.

RED ALERT A Red Alert was issued on Tuesday evening for the town of La Restinga and local residents were evacuated. Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and cabinet colleagues later attended an emergency briefing on the situation. All three seismic stations on El Hierro have registered a volcanic tremor of low frequency in the south of the island at La Restinga, the southern-most village in the Canaries. A reconnaissance flight made by scientists from IGN and CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) on Tuesday revealed dead fish floating on the surface five kilometres from the coast. Scientists from IGN, CSIC and the University of Cadiz have established their monitoring

New Team Ministry at La Siesta Evangelical Church AFTER BEING without a permanent Minister for two years, a new team ministry has been appointed to La Siesta Evangelical Church consisting of Rev Steve Campbell, who has acted as temporary Minister on various occasions, and Keith Brown. Keith, a member of the congregation, has been appointed to the Team by the Ministerial Commission of the Iglesia Evangélica Española in Madrid and, according to their normal procedure, is authorised to perform all sacraments including Holy Communion. A Service of Commissioning and Blessing of the new Team will be held at La Siesta Church on Saturday October 22nd at 7pm, led by Pastor Davíd Manzanas Pelegrina, the President of the Presbytery of Levante of the Iglesia Evangélica Española to which denomination our church belongs. All are welcome to attend.

Police uncover a marijuana plantation in a house in Torrellano

POLICE HAVE arrested a 40-year-old Frenchman on charges of crimes against public health after discovering he was running a large scale marijuana plantation in his home in Torrellano. More than 600 plants were being home-grown in a greenhouse with a professional level of irrigation, temperature control and ventilation. 2000 grams of marijuana buds were also seized along with precision scales and 18 high-powered lamps and transformers. The man was taken into custody last Friday pending a hearing at the police court in Elche.

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New look for Moneycorp

FOREIGN EXCHANGE and money services specialist Moneycorp has chosen eye-catching red and white colours for its new corporate image. by Jack Troughton The crisp and bright modern logo will be uniformly used across the whole of the group and is seen as both a strong and instantly recognisable signature. And the “brilliant” new logo for the market leader will always be accompanied and underlined by the all-important message: “Trusted foreign exchange since 1979.” With over £11 billion in currencies traded last year and regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority, Moneycorp is recommended by RTN for its secure and reliable service. The change comes after Moneycorp ordered market researchers to investigate the strength of its former branding. Results showed that while it reflected the long standing nature of the corporation, it did not stand out enough. STRONG Moneycorp’s Kevin Wright explained: “The brief was for designers to look at something very strong and current but not necessarily trendy – just something updated. “One problem is the logo itself. Companies with a very strong logo, like ‘Nike’ for example, have to spend lots of money supporting it. “Consequently what we have gone for is a really strong use of the name Moneycorp and a complete change in colours.” The branding will be used right across the London-based group, from its corporate and private arms to the airport bureaux de change, as well as company literature and letterheads.

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IMAGE Kevin said the new image and logo was an instant hit across the company for being strong and clean yet different from its predecessor. “From our point of view it is a brilliant step forward. We are a market leader and really we need a brand that both reflects that and is instantly recognisable, which this is,” he said. And he underlined that the success of the new branding was how it “refreshed” the entire image of a company that had been trading successfully for 32 years. “We feel it is a modern brand that reflects and supports our ambitions at Moneycorp,” said Kevin. “It helps to communicate our expertise in what will be a modern and clear campaign of advertising.”

An end to the ‘Puente’

THE SPANISH business community via the CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations) has taken stock of the cost of the ‘Puente’ of ‘Acueducto’ – the ‘long weekend’ tradition of adding a day or two to a fiesta holiday to effectively bridge high days and holidays, giving workers extra time off. In hard times it is considered inappropriate to call a halt to production while workers celebrate fiestas. Executives across the Costa Blanca are calling for midweek fiestas to be moved to the weekend. Presently there are a total of 14 fiestas celebrated each year that represent significant losses in terms of productivity. The CEOE made assurances that Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Spanish National Day would remain secure. The Junta de Andalusia has already rejected the plan, saying it would affect tourism adversely.

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Banks must foot the cost says Salgado

Elena Salgado Spain’s Finance Minister

SPANISH FINANCE Minister Elena Salgado said on Thursday that “Spanish banks must foot the cost of recapitalising the financial sector to avoid deepening the public deficit.” The minister’s message was clear: banks must now stand on their own feet (six days after the state sealed a €7.55 billion overhaul of the financial sector). “The government intends that future losses that may occur in the recapitalisation of the financial sector should not be transferred to the taxpayer, nor increase the public deficit,” Salgado said, speaking at a press conference. Salgado’s announcement came on the same day that European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso called for member states to take “coordinated action” to recapitalise banks. The Spanish minister made clear that her government has already acted to help banks and its priority now is the deficit.

by Louise Clarke REPRESENTATIVES OF San Javier Town Hall joined the Guardia Civil in the celebration of its patron, the Virgen del Pilar on Wednesday morning. The Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martínez Pastor, attended the celebration of the Guardia Civil’s Patron Saint along with the Councillor for Police and Security, José Manuel Alarte and other key military and civilian officials. The group of

assembled police officers and Town Hall representatives took part in a procession after a mass in honour of the patron saint, which was held in the Francisco Javier church in the centre of the town. The image of the Virgin left with the troops of the Guardia Civil based at the barracks in San Javier and during the journey, officers sang the anthem of the Guardia Civil. The procession ended in Almansa Park where the Town Hall laid on Spanish wine for the of-

ficers in appreciation for their work in the municipality. Lieutenant Antonio Jose Jimenez, who joined as Post Commander in the San Javier Guardia Civil on 1st September, officially opened the celebrations and stated that: “...the gates of the barracks and my office are open to all.” The new Commander was also asked to make the traditional toast to the Virgin of Pilar, the King, the Guardia Civil and Spain.

Conference on integration A SHORT presentation and conference, ‘Integration of the International Community’ will be presented in the Palacio de la Musica, Calle Torrevejanses Ausentes, Torrevieja, on Saturday 15th October at 12pm, providing useful information beneficial to the non-Spanish resident and also an opportunity of offering opinions and suggestions. Amongst those offering a presentation, will be Josep María Felip, the Director-General for Immigration of the Valencian Community. The invitation to attend is open to all, both individuals and representatives of various clubs and associations in the area. The presentation will be offered in both Spanish and English.


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My history of Fast Track Hypnosis by

Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

WHEN I began in practice over 24 years ago in Belfast I never dreamed that I would also have clinics here in sunny Spain as well. People often ask me why my style of Hypnotherapy is different from the conventional practice. It all stems back to my early years as a Hypnotherapist in Belfast in the early 80s. This was when Hypnotherapy was a new ‘Alternative Treatment’ and a lot of people viewed it with scepticism. Having trained with an excellent organisation called the “Institute of Analytical Hypnotherapists”, now called the ‘International Association of ‘Pure’ Hypnoanalysts’ I opened a small office in Belfast. One of the Sunday newspapers then did a feature on me and word started to get around that there was this guy who could help people with their problems. It just started to grow from there. I saw the employed, unemployed, multi-millionaires, TV and Radio personalities, people from every walk of life. In a short space of time I had seven clinics throughout Northern Ireland and I was working seven days a week flat out. People were coming to see me for various reasons, but in Northern Ireland it was completely different from mainland UK because of the many victims of the troubles.

sure that no other Hypnotherapist has ever had to deal with. Sadly, I am still getting these types of people coming to see me even now in my Northern Ireland clinics. FAST TRACK

It was because of this that I came away from my conventional training, whereby people would be regressed into their childhood to try to recall the originating cause of their panic attacks, or other problems. It would normally take up to 15 sessions to achieve that, when clearly it wasn´t in childhood at all; it was happening to them now. So I came away from conventional Hypnotherapy and developed my own techniques, also introducing specialised equipment from America to speed the whole process up, plus cutting everything down to the fastest way possible without losing any effectiveness, to get these poor people sorted out. Having developed these techniques I then called it Fast Track Hypnosis and I have been using this method ever since. People would say to me “does it work?” It´s certainly not miracle work, it´s not a ‘cure’ for all, and there are plenty of other good therapies out there that I would recommend to a client if I felt that they would benefit more from that way instead.

EARLY YEARS

MEDIA INTEREST

In those years counselling was very limited so I had to help thousands of people caught up in the conflict. There was the person who was one of the rescue service personnel who had to go to the ‘Dropin Well’ in Ballykelly after it was blown up in 1982 with the tragic loss of many people (including 17 soldiers). Most of the victims were crushed under heavy masonry. He was one of the first in and after many years he still couldn´t get one particular image out of his mind, that of a victim still sitting at a table, but their head pushed between the shoulder blades. There was also the Omagh bomb casualty who wanted to overcome panic attacks, so that they could walk up the aisle to get married. I could tell you countless more stories like these, many of which I am

When I started doing these new techniques, the media (TV, newspapers and radio) wanted to know if they really did work and so they started putting me to the test. I proved my ‘Fast Track Stop Smoking in 30 minutes’ twice on TV. On another programme I had to help a psychologist get over her agoraphobia, which I did in four sessions. Other times, different programmes featured me helping a company director overcome their fear of flying phobia and a young boy of 10 who was having panic attacks. Only four sessions was required for each. SATISFACTION It has not been all doom and gloom, hearing all these terrible stories. There is a great deal of satis-

faction in my job and at the time of writing this, I have just finished sessions with a very well-known actress who had suddenly developed stage fright. Then there was a time I had to help a famous writer get over her fear of flying so that she could go to Hollywood to sign a movie deal. She sent me an autographed copy of her latest book which I have carefully put away. There was the lady who had bought a villa on the Costas and she had a phobia of going up and down her marble staircase and the man who had the phobia of putting in his false teeth. There are thousands more like this - the things I am asked to treat are so varied. PERSONAL USE People have also asked me if I ever use hypnosis for myself. Of course I have, throughout much of my career! I have seen Hypnotherapists advertising Hypnosis as a completely new way of helping women when giving birth to their babies. All my three children were born under hypnosis and my eldest is now 18 years old. I used it for each of them: no pain relief was needed. All my equipment was taken to the hospital and used there, along with a crowd of doctors and nurses watching everything I did. It was also used for their exams and accelerated learning. Whenever my wife had a toothache she would come to me for pain relief. (Unfortunately it always seemed to be in the middle of the night). Our dentist now uses Hypnosis in his practice, and advertises this fact. My kids use it when getting their injections. Our family doctor thought it was hilarious that the kids would be standing laughing with him as he gave them the jab. I had to show numerous medical students this very quick technique. My children were also into horse riding before we moved to Spain and with the use of Hypnosis for motivation and confidence; each one of them attained the status of Champion Riders of the Year! And me, I use Autohypnosis to simply chill out between sessions! If you want to do just that then simply go onto my website and listen to a complete relaxation ‘Free of Charge’.

For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites www.alangilchrist.com www.thegastroband.com or www.fitnosys.com


The people watcher Robert with the staff of Maritimo and (right) Shaun and Jose

YOUNG ROBERT Coombs is a familiar sight around Javea Port and is able to indulge in his favourite pastime of ‘people watching’ with the help of carer Shaun Cryer. by Jack Troughton Robert suffers Cerebral Palsy and the 24year-old relies on Shaun to make sure his wheelchair is parked in an ideal spot to watch the hustle and bustle of daily life. And Shaun, who works in the RTN Network sales department, looks after Robert on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday – with his friend Jose taking charge if he is delayed by work commitments. “He loves going into bars because he absolutely loves people watching and interacting with people,” said Shaun. “Everyone in Javea knows Robert.” During the good weather they take advantage of bar and restaurant terraces and over the months Robert has been befriended by the staff – who keep him supplied with drinks and cakes. CAKE “He really does like soft cakes and loves soft food like spaghetti and Chinese,” said Shaun. “The food has to be soft because he has difficulty swallowing. “His favourite tipple is pineapple juice but too much is not good. The bars never charge for his drinks or the treats they give him and everyone takes the time to say ‘hello’.” Shaun said if the weather was bad and during the dark winter months they still visit bars and they are regulars at expat haunts Bomber’s Bar and Cheers Bar. “If he is at home his favourite thing to do is watch music videos, especially girl bands,”

the carer revealed. “He actually prefers blondes to brunettes.” Shaun used to work as a carer in the UK. “I just fell into it and found I loved it - I have a niece with a disability – and also worked with the elderly in nursing homes. CHANGE “I enjoy my time with Robert and I think he enjoys his time with me and Jose. I have helped look after him for about 15 months and his parents, Roger and Pauline, say how much he has changed and he is always happy when he knows we are taking him out. “Robert is absolutely no trouble really,” he said. “If he is in a mood then everyone will know and he will scream the place down – but that has only happened twice in 15 months. “He loves any type of music. Cheers Bar is the favourite because it is always playing music and he likes Maritimo on the front because there are always lots of people going by.” Shaun said he was in desperate need of a ramp to help get Robert indoors during the bad weather and the electric wheelchair urgently needed a new seat cover – which has to be especially tailored to fit Robert. “I hope someone can help us out.” Bar Smith has already donated 200€. And Bombers Bar, currently being expanded, is to reopen with a charity night to benefit Robert and ADIMA, the Pedregeur occupational therapy centre, where he often attends.

In loving memory

Don Joaquin Sendra

A CHARITY concert is being held at the Fisherman’s Church in Javea Port on Saturday 22nd October in memory of its parish priest Don Joaquin Sendra. The 9pm concert by Cantores Sanctis Diebus, from Salisbury, England, will also raise money for the church charity Caritas, which supports needy families hit by the recession. Don Joaquin, who died earlier this year aged 69 after a long illness, was ordained in 1967 and came to the parish of the Virgen de Loreto in 1980. The performance will be in two parts. The first features Justorum Animae by William Byrd, Requiem A6, written by Tomas L de Victoria in 1603, and the ‘plainsong’ In Paradisum. The second half will be Thomas Tallis’ If Ye Love Me; Boyd’s Sing Joyfully and de Victoria’s Ecce Sacerdos Magnus Ave Maria.

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Wrong decision in my opinion THE REPORTED likely closure of San Javier Airport is to be regretted, and in my opinion would be a wrong decision. How can this make sense after all the money that has been invested in San Javier Airport, and work still going on? People don’t want ‘improved facilities’, as promised by Corvera they want cheap flights and an airport conveniently near to where they are staying – i.e. along the Costa Calida coast. I know San Javier is currently also referred to as Murcia Airport, but as a fairly frequent user of San Javier flights (although I have met many people travelling to various towns and villages from Alicante to Mazarron) I have yet to encounter anyone travelling on to Murcia. If Aena are leaving to run Corvera, surely another airport operator should be given the opportunity to run San Javier airport so that the likes of Ryanair can continue their cheaper walk on/off flights no longer possible from Alicante or from the proposed Corvera. Ray Morton

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The greatness of a nation MAHATMA GANDHI is reputed to have once said: ¨The greatness of a Nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated…” which makes me wonder how miniscule he would have considered Spain to be had he visited. Once again this year we have been assailed by scenes of every imaginable type of animal cruelty being inflicted throughout the towns and villages in the country in the name of entertainment or historical culture. Goats are thrown out of tower buildings, Bulls are run into the sea, run ragged around fields before being speared by baying mobs on horseback, run around rings with their horns alight, or just run around rings before some sad ‘wannabe famous’ moron dressed in a fancy suit puts the animal out of its misery and hacks its ears off: all this for the entertainment of young and old alike…and justified in the name of culture. I despair when I see youngsters following their parents in these activities and it is obvious that there is a complete lack of any meaningful education being passed down through the generations. Sadly, these public spectacles are far outnumbered by incidents

of more private perverse examples of animal cruelty and one has only to travel around the countryside to witness dogs hanging from trees, horses and donkeys neglected to the point of starvation and one can only presume these acts are for the owners’ personal perverse gratification. The Spanish don’t even appear to understand the concept behind animal sanctuaries for heaven’s sake, and we now read about the atrocious conditions imposed on animals supposedly being given sanctuary from such widespread cruelty. Is it any wonder this country is in such dire straits when respect for anything apart from money is non-existent!? Fortunately I have elderly Spanish friends living alone who are only just now beginning to appreciate the love, loyalty, companionship and affection that can be returned by animals if they are only shown respect but I fear it will be a long time yet before Spain can truly be deemed to have any form of ‘Greatness’. JD Ireland, Alicante

Disgraced by loutish behaviour ONCE AGAIN our sportsmen have disgraced our homeland with their loutish behaviour. The rugby team had Tuilagi arrested; then the newlywed Mike Tindall had a highly publicised drunken night out. The royal family must be well pleased - plus the three players who insulted the lady hotel worker… Naturally Wayne (Loony) Rooney had to contribute to our shame. Rugby was once played by gentlemen. As a gentleman of good social standing I have to say I am appalled: I went to Newcastle a few years ago and met some miners in a pub called the Jolly Fellows - they had little money, spoke in a strange way and did a very dangerous job. But these men respected the nation and showed me only kindness; something our overpaid sportsmen should be doing. You do not have to be posh or rolling in money to be a ‘gent’. Lloyd Lupin

HI, HAVING just been definitively ‘cut off’ by Sky, I was surprised to read that landlady Karen Murphy won her case in the European Court of justice. Sky cut me off five weeks ago, so I phoned with a prefix to hide my Spanish phone number. A very nice young Scottish man arranged for my Sky TV to be restored within a couple of hours. He told me I should write and change the account into my name only, as I have been recently widowed. So I wrote, and Sky cut off my TV when the letter arrived. When I phoned I was told that Sky could no longer supply me, and I would be refunded the money paid for October. When I asked to start a new contract with a new address, they put me through...but I couldn’t supply a new UK address, as I don’t have one! They sent me a letter saying they could no longer flight delay we did not leave the ship until almost 5pm. For all that day we were not only allowed to keep and use our cabins, but the 20 supply me as I am legally not allowed to watch Sky outside of UK...even though I had a UK address when or so passengers still left on board were provided with the normal my late husband signed the contract in March 2001. On restaurant and bar service right up until disembarkation! As mentioned in the article, the future of Happy Cruises is currently phoning local companies I was quoted around 199€ for a new card and £164 per year for a UK address: I just uncertain. Our group of six hopes it will be able to continue; this said I would up my megabites with Telefonica using the is the second cruise we have had with them (Med Cruise last £24.50 a month I will save, and stream UK TV through September), and we would definitely use them - through David’s my computer. Coachtrips - again. Although the changed itinerary on this cruise Why are we being cornered by these people? Their was a disappointment, we still had a great time and couldn’t fault technology is out-of-date. By the way, I await my refund the crew and on-board service! with eagerness… Colin Battson Name & address supplied San Pedro del Pinatar

Superb service given to us I READ the article by Louise Clarke in last week’s RTN with particular interest, as my wife and I and four friends were six of the eight people given superb service by David’s Coachtrips when our return flight from Venice was put back 5 hours, leaving Venice at 7:20pm instead of 2:30pm. Because the rest of David’s customers had been able to leave Venice on time, their coach from Madrid to this area could not wait for the remaining eight. As mentioned in the article, David drove a minibus to Madrid, put the eight of us in a nearby hotel Monday night for bed & breakfast at Coachtrips’ expense, delivering us home Tuesday. The cruise itself was not without problems; a technical fault meant the ship was diverted to Crete for almost a day which meant missing the scheduled stop in Dubrovnik and arriving later than scheduled in Venice, our final port of call. However, due to the

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Electricity prices continue to soar A reported 9.9% price increase is planned for January

WHAT ARE our options? THERE ARE two price increases each year in January and July: In 2010 an additional 4.8% price hike arrived in October. This year, we experienced a 9.9% increase in January – more than double the normal January increase and a further 1.5% increase in July. Spanish national newspapers and TV news programmes reported a 22.5% increase planned for January but it was vetoed and replaced with the 9.9% increase. This ‘reduced’ increase prompted many Spanish communities to protest in the streets. The government has promised no further price increases for the final quarter of 2011. Could this have something to do with gaining votes? Could it mean we can expect another price hike in January? We all know the answer to these questions... ENOUGH Two choices: either do nothing and hope things slow down naturally or - take positive steps - join the free market: change providers and take control of your electricity bills. More than 30 companies currently offer domestic electricity supply in Spain - a further 130 may well do in the near future. Competitive business means having to offer better rates with more ‘offers’ becoming available. Iberswitch SL is Spain’s leading USC (utility switching company) - the only organisation to offer independent and completely impartial advice when changing provider.

Following the lead of the UK, the emphasis when changing supplier has changed from trying to secure an initial discount to ‘fixing’ the rate to protect from further increases. Managing Director David Rook says: “A 10% discount means a reduction on the retail price: you pay the increases just the same but your rate is kept 10% lower than the current rate. To FIX your rate is a different matter altogether: in some cases we can fix the rate for an incredible two years - if history simply repeats itself, you are looking at substantial savings.” In the safe hands of Iberswitch, your monthly bill will be scrutinised for anomalies and the market place monitored so that better rates may be applied to your account as they become available. HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE BY CHANGING? When you change affect show much you can save. Because Iberswitch freezes your kilowatt rate, the savings grow at each general price increase. Apply to switch before the next big increase to see your savings grow throughout the year. If the cost of electricity increases this year (we believe it will) substantial savings may be made: do nothing and you may see the reverse effect. Paying less for your electricity also means paying less for both your electricity tax charged at 4.8%, and IVA currently at 18%. Call Iberswitch SL: 96 626 5089

Spain’s financial outlook awaiting further blows

IN REPORTS issued by Dow Jones late Tuesday two credit rating agencies said they are keeping a negative outlook on Spanish banks with S&P (Standard and Poor’s) said it could downgrade some banks further if the Spanish economy deteriorates more than expected or if the adverse impact on banks’ financial profile is greater than expected. Standard & Poor’s cut its ratings for 10 Spanish banks, including Santander and BBVA, along with smaller banks such as Bankinter SA (BKT.MC) and Banco Sabadell. S&P indicated that a further increase in nonperforming loans may be seen as a consequence of tough economic conditions, as well as loan write-offs at a higher level. It also anticipates that the banks may accumulate more real-estate assets from developers unable to service their debts, seen as ‘problematic assets’.


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Extreme strolling in Spain

Extreme strolling

by Jan Gamm WHILE ‘ELF & Safety’ are busy prohibiting hanging flower baskets and forbidding children to climb onto Santa’s sleigh, high in the El Chorro Gorge, about 30 miles from Malaga, extreme sports enthusiasts, or to put it another way – nutcases – are wobbling along El Caminito Del Rey (the King’s trail) a crumbling pathway more than 100 meters up. In some places the path is around 18 inches wide, in others it disappears completely and walkers must balance on a three inch metal beam to reach relative safety, always over a sickening drop to the canyon below, with no hand rails or safety equipment to speak of other than a line pegged into the wall, and below foot the surface of the path is deeply cracked; in a number of places there are wide craters. And yes, walkers have fallen to their deaths from the pathway. DANGEROUS Thrill addicts are taking new interest in braving the 110-year-old walkway after a vid-

eo of a walker’s progress inch by hair-raising inch along the path went viral on You Tube. Spanish tour companies are now offering tours along the path as adrenaline junkies rush to experience the walk before the path is made safe in a year’s time – an unwelcome project for danger seekers who like the path just the way it is – free and dangerous! The trail, originally built in 1905 to provide access for workers between two hydroelectric power plants, is to be re-constructed with protective barriers, hand rails, effective lighting and a visitors’ centre. The project will take three years. VIDEO RTN readers wishing to tackle the Caminito must ‘be at least 12 years old and have head for heights’. At present there is no charge for walking the pathway. Oh, and the only way down is by abseiling! Watch the knee-wobbling video of a journey along the Caminito Del Rey at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDhRvvs5Xw

Cafeteria Inauguration THE ORIHUELA Councillor for Social Affairs and the Councillor for the Coast, Bob Houliston, will host an open meeting at the Orihuela Costa Civic Centre in Playa Flamenca today (Friday) at 10.30am. Whilst there, they will inaugurate the new cafeteria service.

Mayor calls for ‘new broom’ in Esparraguera THE MAYOR of the small town of Esparraguera in the province of Barcelona has called on local residents to get out their brooms and sweep the streets in front of their houses: the Ayuntamiento of the town can no longer afford to employ street sweepers in the economic crisis. The mayor has also asked that residents water the shrubs and trees in the public gardens in the vicinity of their homes in an effort to keep the town green, as part of a bid to keep up standards and a quality of A new life in the community despite broom in Esparraguera financial setbacks.

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Ilusion-Arte Calpe’s new season

RAFA bumps up funds for serving personnel

SOON ILUSION-ARTE Calpe is to start its second cultural season, with some interesting performances from highly talented artists. The cellist Georgina Sanchez Torres (she performed an exciting solo recital last year in the Calpe church) in duo with clarinet player Francisco Gil will be performing in October on a date yet to be advised. Also yet to be confirmed is the date of the commemoration of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca on the 75th anniversary of his death. A recital (Liszt-conmemoration in 2011) by pianist Istvan Isaac Szekely is to be held on 25th November in the Saló Blau of the Casa de Cultura Calpe. A Tango recital with the Trío Entreverados will take place 9th December, and a recital by the internationally acclaimed guitarist Ignacio Rodes will be in March 2012, along with a number of other projects still in the pipeline. To join as a member of Ilusión-Arte to enjoy the benefits of the Association from the first concert onward, the amount of 30€ is payable for the period October 2011 to June 2012, via: account number Bancaja nº 2077 0304 71 3101603404 (oficina Gabriel Miro) in the name of Asociación Cultural Ilusion-Arte. Please state your name clearly. New members are asked to provide an email address and/ or telephone number to enable us to inform you about upcoming activities. www.ilusion-arte.es

by Jack Troughton THE NORTHERN Costa Blanca branch of the Royal Air Forces Association recently hosted a stand at the recent Charity Rastro at El Cisne, Benidorm. Aircraft badges were sold and a competition to name the ‘Battle of Britain Bear’ earned more than 100€ for the Wings Appeal, to provide emergency welfare assistance for serving and ex-service RAF personnel.

In addition the funds help the ‘Miles More Minutes’ campaign, providing extra phone minutes for personnel on active duty to phone home, and the Storybook Wings campaign that enables serving personnel to record bedtime stories for their children to listen to in their absence. RAFA would like to thank all the people who kindly supported them at this event. Interested in joining RAFA? Visit www.rafa-ncb.org for details or email the Membership Secretary via the link provided.

Speaking the language

FOREIGN RESIDENTS of a Costa Blanca village can now enjoy a translation service to improve communication with local authority departments. Translation into English is available at Benitachell Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9.30am and 1.30pm – a similar service is available to French and German speakers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A town hall spokesman said the service was being introduced to look after the “needs” of everyone in the community “and will make more effective communication between residents and all the departments of the council.” However, expats wanting to learn Spanish or Valenciano can attend classes at Benitachell’s Adult Education Centre. Registration is currently taking place in the Centro de Formacion Personas Adultas in Calle la Mar, 28.

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Top of the class by Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS LIVING at the EMAUS house in Altea are hard at work at school after a charity shop spent 6,000€ on essential books. The Benitachell Charity Shop – which earlier this year adopted the home to sponsor – donated the money to buy schoolbooks and materials. And grateful President of the Friends of the Children of EMAUS, Carole Saunders said it was a “fantastic” gift to the charity which worked tirelessly to improve the lot of children living in EMAUS homes along the Costa Blanca. She told charity shop volunteers that EMAUS held great worth in education the youngsters Carole Saunders it cared for as it was unlikely they would receive any help from their own families once they (fourth from left the shelter of the organisation. left) accepts “A good education is therefore essential for the children’s future,” she said. “Unfortunately, a cheque Spanish schoolbooks are very expensive and EMAUS gets no extra funding for the payment from Patricia of the books. Kyle at “”Consequently, in the past the children would have had to wait weeks for their books to be bought, thus hampering their class work. With your very kind donation all the children went Benitachell Charity to school in the first week of term with all their books.” Shop

Costa concerts

CONCERTS COSTA Blanca has announced that the magnificent professional choir Cantores Sanctis Diebus,directed by Nick Hale, is shortly to make its fourth visit to the Jávea area, due to popular demand, with the following schedule: Friday 21st October at 8.30pm – The Church of Santa Cruz, Pedreguer, with Josep Vicent Giner, organist (part of the Pedreguer International Organ Festival: see www.fiopedreguer.org) Saturday 22nd October at 9pm - The Loreto Church in Jávea Port: a concert in aid of Caritas. Sunday 23rd Ocober at 9.45am – The Ermita del Popul: A sung Eucharist for the Anglican Chaplaincy. The choir that specialises in Renaissance music is to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the greatest Spanish composer of his era, with a programme centred on his magnificent Requiem Mass; his last and arguably most powerful composition, plus English pieces from the Tudor and Stuart Golden Age. Further details from Nick Hale on 689 549 266 and njhale@plenumorganum.org.uk

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Dancing up a storm by Jack Troughton ENEGETIC ZUMBA dancers raised 505€ and a “mountain” of blankets and towels for the dogs cared for by Javea animal charity APASA. A week after Costa Blanca thunderstorms rained off a dance class at beach bar Moskito, the dancers made sure the show went on and took over Javea nightclub El Moli Blanca. Zumba is the increasingly popular and infectious Latin American inspired hi-energy crossover of dance and keep fit and has found a small army of supporters in the expat community. Instructor Kimberley Harrison said: “People

turned out in force, with over 50 dancers – who dragged along their poor Zumba’d out families – to dance, drink and be merry again. “Various people who were in the UK donated money before they left, and great fun was had by all.” And Kimberley paid tribute to El Moli Blanca. “They opened early for us – they changed cleaning rotas and brought in DJs, security and bar staff four hours early – and did all that for free after we were rained off the previous week at Moskito.” For more information about Zumba, call Kimberley on 696 746 091, email Zumba info@zumbacostablanca.com or visit on the www.zumbacostablanca.com dancefloor

Tartan Army supports EMAUS THE TARTAN Army Children’s Charity (TACC) has chosen a group of children’s homes in Spain as their chosen benefactor for the month of October. The move coincided with Scotland’s Euro2012 qualifier against Spain which took place in Alicante earlier this week. There are 12 homes in the Alicante area run by the EMAUS charity, including one for babies. It was announced this week that the TACC will be donating £15,000 to build a sports area/football pitch at one home and a playground at another and also taking over a truck load of clothes and toys to the baby home and organising a party for the children at one of the homes. The Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band and fellow supporters will attend and also organise tickets for 12 children to attend the Scotland vs Spain match. Sadly, Scotland lost the match 3-1 against the World Cup holders and has therefore failed to qualify for the European Championships, which take place in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

International rescue

Pauline (left) and Susan at one of the stalls

by Jack Troughton BIG-HEARTED MEMBERS of newly formed animal charity AKIRA are helping pay the fees for caring for eight dogs rescued from a ‘concentration camp’ just outside Benissa. AKIRA has been negotiating with Benissa and Teulada town halls and been pledged suitable land to open a shelter. However, with more than 10,000€ the charity – which has an international membership of animal lovers – decided it would help dogs taken from the compound of a country home in Belimallunt. At a fund-raising Ladies Day at Finca Abril, Benissa, RTN was told AKIRA has already spent 1,200€ at the ALIAGA Kennels on the upkeep of the dogs and the bills kept mounting even after a generous discount. “We want to raise money to build a shelter but by giving it away we are helping dogs,” said AKIRA’s Pauline Curtis. “We are hoping to appeal to people’s better nature to help us out with this one – perhaps they can adopt one of these dogs or possibly act as foster home.” She said 22 of the dogs rescued from Belimallunt had already been found new homes in Berlin. Akira has photographs and details of the remaining dogs. Anyone interested in helping can call Pauline on 625 767 781 or email finca.abril@gmail.com or call Susan Lohse on 616 237 691 or email her on susann12@terra.es


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DO YOU remember back in your schooldays being told parables, fables and stories that were designed in some way to enlighten you? Well, maybe if they didn’t enlighten you then at least they provided illustration on that most essential quality of ‘being prepared’. The motto in the Cubs, I seem to recall, was ‘Be Prepared’. Yup, we were the generation that would be able to cope. Common sense also, was promoted and drilled into us so that hopefully, we would be able in later life to deal with any given situation. I guess like me a lot of RTN readers watch Casualty on the Beeb and marvel at how the protagonists deal with the often grim situations thrown at them. And every time, in real life, when I see an ambulance race by me in the street I’m filled with awe at the coping By abilities of those crews. Now, in the past I’ve done a bit of First Aid myself. We learnt it in the ATC and at East Watts Sussex County Council I was trained in resuscitation techniques and ‘the kiss of life’ etc. The thing you’re never prepared for though is how you will cope in a sudden situation and as I drove to work last Wednesday it was the very subject being discussed on Radio 4. The man being interviewed was stressing how important it was for more people to come forward and learn First Aid. He believed that hundreds of lives could be saved every year if more people were able to rightly assess a person in distress; and also how to make an initial diagnosis followed by the correct care strategy. Apparently, more people are harmed by being moved after an accident or incident by people who do not know what they’re doing. He said very often people will start to panic when calm-

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ness is the most needed attribute. I agreed heartily as I listened, while at the same time feeling a nagging hole in my own abilities. “I must update my First Aid,” I thought. Most probably, by that evening, I would have normally completely forgotten it but little did I know that in a few hours I would be learning a salutary lesson. Zip forward to midday and I’m waiting at a bus stop with a crowd of pensioners for the Asda bus. It’s hot, sunny and about 28c. A woman in her thirties is sitting on an adjacent wall and suddenly drops down onto the pavement. It was weird because it happened in slow motion and for what seemed ages nobody did anything. She just slowly pitched forward and landed in almost an ideal recovery pose. “Shit,” I thought, “I must do something...” But do what? It was like that Spike Milligan sketch where everyone stands around chanting, “What’ll we do now, what’ll we do now?” I flipped my phone and dialled; I needed expert advice. One of the pensioners started to pull at the woman and the Radio 4 programme came screaming back. “No, we mustn’t do that,” I asserted, “we have to leave her where she is.” I knelt down beside the woman. The phone rang for an age... “Which service do you require?” said a voice. “Oh, er, poli... er, ambulance,” I stammered. The phone line was transferred and rang again. Finally, a calm reassuring

voice came on the line. The voice took me through a series of procedures. “Have you checked for breathing?” Yes. “Is she blue?” No. “Have you placed her in the recovery position?” Er, yeah – although it wasn’t down to me she just landed that way. “Is she responding to you? Have you asked for her name?” No. The voice took control and all I did was kneel beside her with what I thought might be a reassuring arm on her shoulder and carried out the instructions. “An ambulance has been dispatched and will be with you in five minutes.” Phew... but do you know how long five minutes seems? Five hours... “Keep talking to her, is she conscious yet?” No, not yet. One of the pensioners stood over us casting a shadow over the fallen woman’s head. I was glad someone was thinking clearly. Finally the crew arrived and in no time my patient was in the back of the ambulance and thankfully coming round. “You did well mate,” one of the men said, “…just keeping talking to her was good and you put her in the correct recovery position.” I shrugged, “Er she just kinda landed like that.” He grinned and patted my shoulder, “Well done, anyway...” That’s it for this week folks; I’ll let you guess the moral of this story. Watts in Britain - still thinking of having a First Aid refresher course…

Team White changing lives

SEVEN YOUNG men once at risk of exclusion are improving their attitudes to school and also their outlook on life thanks to sport, making up the triathlon team ‘Team White’, partaking in the event that combines running, cycling and swimming. The team, based in Alicante, is to compete for the first time this month at an event on Sunday 23rd October in Benidorm. The team members, aged between 13 and 17, formed eight months ago as part of an educational project by Educanova. Spokesman Fermin Egido said: “We wanted kids who have a story to tell to set a new course under expert motivation.” The boys train six days a week at a gym in Alicante under the command of international triathlete Isaac Lopez.


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Busy fall season for ‘Flamenco For All’

RAQUEL PEÑA, president of the non-profit Flamenco For All and the Sevillanas social club, has announced that the group is back into full swing after the summer break. by Louise Clarke Up-coming events include many performances for charities including shows for AECC for breast cancer awareness in Quesada, 16th October and on 25th November at the Yacht Club, Torrevieja there will be a show supporting Alzheimers Torrevieja. The Sevillanas Social Club meets every last Sunday of the month (except December) at the new Asturias Restaurant at 8pm, open to anyone who enjoys Spanish dance and music: you don’t need to know how to dance - Raquel invites everyone to join in by doing handclapping and enjoying the evening with tapas, a beverage and mini flamenco show - €6 members and €8 for non-members. The 27th November meeting will include the annual Christmas dinner at the New Asturias Restaurant: €10 members and €12 non-members covers a full dinner with a full Flamenco show featuring guest artists from The Raquel Peña Flamenco Professional Dance Company and the Flamenco For All amateur performers will also perform alongside Raquel Peña. And a special raffle offers big prizes. Raquel says she has tried to retire but in celebration of Unesco naming 2012 the ‘Year of the Active Senior Citizen’ and the many requests for her to continue performing, is preparing a new programme in which she will take an active part. OTHER ON-GOING EVENTS The social club is organising a four-day, three-night cultural trip to Cordoba, Sevilla and Jerez for early May 2012. New Flamenco and Sevillanas classes are being offered at the Flamenco For All Dance Center in Pilar de la Horadada. Raquel Peña is offering a new programme this season: a one-time fun class especially designed for Birthday parties, clubs and weddings to give people a chance to try Flamenco dancing. The Flamenco Rumba will be taught and everyone has a good time and the opportunity to do something very different. This is suitable for all ages; even those who can’t dance are included. For more information on any of the above, please contact the Flamenco For All offices at: 630 689 43. Email: raquel@flamencoforall.com

Free driving efficiency courses coming soon

FREE COURSES are to be made available to drivers in Seville with the aim of increasing efficiency and safety and also reducing emissions, with the programme tipped to be made available to the rest of the country in due course. The Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science, through the Andalusian Energy Agency, has developed a comprehensive training programme for the driving community with the emphasis on light vehicles. The project aims to disseminate good practices at the wheel.


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Quantitative Easing - good or bad (or both) for your UK Pension Fund? by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns LATE LAST week, the Bank of England (BoE) surprised the financial markets by announcing that it was embarking on a second round of quantitative easing (QE). QE is achieved by the BoE (which is owned by the Government) buying Government securities (Gilts or debt issued by the UK Government). The sellers of these gilts will mainly be UK insurance companies and pension funds which hold them as investments. The money used to buy these securities is created electronically, literally at the press of a button. The idea is that the money created will be deposited by the recipients in their respective bank accounts in return for the gilts they sell to the BoE. This increases bank reserves and

the ability of banks to lend to UK businesses. The money will eventually be ‘spent’ by the recipients (on shares for example). So - the ability of banks to lend is increased, the supply of gilts falls (as they will become ‘owned’ by the BoE) and the price of shares will increase. Well that’s the theory. The problem is that no one knows whether QE really works this way or indeed whether it works at all in terms of stimulating the economy beyond short term effects. By raising the total amount of QE to a total of £275bn, the BoE will have purchased gilts to the equivalent of 19% of UK GDP, 32% of the total value of UK gilts issued, and 45% of the particular type of gilts the BoE will actually buy (maturities of 3 to 25 years). Such a vast sum of ‘asset purchases’ leaves less to buy in the open market, effectively pushing up the prices of gilts by draining their supply. This is as far as your pension fund is concerned is a bit of a curate’s egg. Good because it may increase the price of shares to some degree (or cause them to fall less than they might otherwise do so), and so pension funds invested in shares will tend to rise in value, or fall less. Good and bad, for those with deferred (or frozen) pensions

in final salary schemes, as pension fund liabilities rise (bad if the scheme is already in deficit) and transfer values will rise as well - good if the scheme is not in deficit and can afford to pay increased transfer values. Good if your deferred pension is a public sector pension (like a civil service or teacher’s pension for example) as the increased scheme liability (and increased transfer values) are underwritten by the state. Bad if you have a pension fund from which you are drawing income, as the amount you are able to withdraw will reduce and bad because of the increase in inflation that QE will cause. One thing is for sure. It is more important than ever to have an expert eye cast over your UK pension fund as QE distorts the position. The ability to transfer a UK pension fund to a QROPS for example enables an investment strategy to be put in place that takes account of the QE effect. For further information about QROPS, Pension Planning and long term investment opportunities please email info@prempensions.com or see http://www.prempensions.com and http://www.qrops.es quoting reference RTN1011.

THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN WARD AND ROBERT BURNS, PREMIER PENSION SOLUTIONS S.L., October 2011. Please see our advert on Page 2. At the forefront of the industry with over forty years combined experience with pensions, regulated and authorised, liaising directly with providers and HMRC, Stephen and Robert are two of the leading authorities on QROPS. E: review@qrops.es T: 965 790 918 www.qrops.es www.prempensions.com or www.qropsnz.com


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Business start-ups and transfers in testing times: Part 1

DESPITE THE gloomy economic news which greets Solicitor, Link Point Legal us every day, in our office we are finding that there and Business Services are plenty of people willing to invest in businesses on the Costa Blanca, whether brand new start-up’s or the purchase of existing businesses. In this first of three articles I shall look at the points which you need to consider when choosing premises in which to start your business, in the second issues which concern you if you are going to rent your premises, and in the third I shall look at the issues which you need to consider when either selling or buying an existing business. Whether you are buying or renting business premises, the old saying that the three most important items to consider are ‘location, location, location’, is even more true that when looking for residential property. If you are going to be dependent on passing trade, are there sufficient potential customers passing the door? If you are going to be opening a business that is going to be a destination in its own right what is there to attract customers not only to your new business but to the area in general? How will your customers be arriving at your business; is there somewhere for them to park, and if they then have to walk to get to you is the approach pleasant and if they will be coming and going at night is the area safe? After you have found your premises, you will then need to discover whether your business will be granted a licence by the town hall to trade in that particular place.

All businesses require a licence, commonly known, as a ‘licencia de apertura’, but in the case of businesses that may have an impact on the environment whether through noise or the use of large amounts of water or energy the licence is known as a ‘licencia ambiental’. You will need to employ an architect, or building engineer registered with your local provincial college of architects to prepare detailed plans and description known as a ‘proyecto’. The proyecto must bear the official stamp or ‘visa’ of the college of architects before it can be submitted to the town hall. The cost of preparing your proyecto can range from a few hundred to several thousand euros depending on the size and type of business, and the complexity of the plans required. All districts are subject to planning rules, and some areas are zoned for commercial activities while others are not. Some local authorities will be prepared to have a discussion with you or your architect in principal whether your proposed business would be allowed to trade in your desired location before you incur the costs of preparing a detailed proyecto. Other local authorities will insist on you submitting a detailed proyecto before giving you any advice. If you are going to require larger than usual supplies of water or energy ask your architect to check with the water and power companies that they can fulfill your needs, and that the property or building from which you intend to trade has sufficient capacity without

needing to be rewired or re-plumbed. Don’t forget that if you are going to trade from premises on an urbanizacion or which form part of a larger building that you may also require consent from the Community of Owners. If you are proposing to set up your business in a rural area you may also require a ‘Documento de Interes Comunitario’, roughly equivalent to an environmental impact statement which must be prepared by a registered architect, to be submitted to and approved by the provincial government. If you are buying your premises and carrying out construction work this may have to be declared in a formal deed to be signed at the Notary, or you may find that work that has been carried out in the past has never been declared and this will have to be done after the event. If you going to rent your premises, in addition to all of these points you will need to obtain the consent of your Landlord to the work that need to carry out. We at Link Point work with registered architects and engineers able to guide you in your choice of business premises, help you in your dealings with the town hall of the district where you intend to trade, and with the preparation of the proyecto and other reports which may be needed for your new business. In my next article I shall look at the issues which specifically affect you if you are going to be renting your new business premises.

Calle Andromeda 24, 03581 Albir - Alfaz del Pí, Alicante. Email: client@linkpointlegal.com Web: www.linkpointlegal.com Tel: 96 626 0500 Fax: 96 686 52 77

Alicante bottled wine exports sets record

WINES UNDER the Denomination of Origin Alicante sold 11.6 million bottles exported from Spain before the fall of the domestic market. At the close of the 2010-2011 season, bottled wines sold under Alicante Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) increased significantly according to sources from the Control Board on Monday. A total of 11,600,000 units represented an increase of 14.20% over the previous season; a landmark ‘record’ because the maximum registered in the PDO Alicante corresponded to the 2007-2008 campaign, with around 10,400,000 bottles certified. The reasons for the increase are said to lie in the ‘excellent performance’ of last year’s crop.


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‘I have dismissed my builder and he is threatening to sue’

THE BUILDER doing work in my property has not been doing a proper job so I told him that I did not want him to continue. I have paid him for the works done so far but he claims that I have to pay him the total amount agreed for all the works and has threatened to sue me. What should I do? Dear reader - firstly it is very difficult to give you legal advice without having full knowledge of your situation. However, if we take it that you have paid for the job done correctly so far, but you do not want him to continue with any more work, then a good place to start will be by studying the contract closely. And if appropriate you should formally notify him that you do not wish him to continue with the works; which will be best done through your lawyer to avoid any confusion. It is also advisable to prepare in advance for a potential lawsuit from the builder by collecting now all the evidence that shows why you should not pay the full agreed price since the builder has not fulfilled all the contractual obligations exactly or correctly. The breach of his obligations is of great importance because it ought to be recorded that your expectations as the client have been not been satisfied, and neither has he met the contract entirely; this is called ‘exceptio non rite adimpleti contractus’. Therefore if you are able to prove non-compliance from

the builder, the judge will not find grounds in the builder’s argument, as the builder cannot ask to be paid for the entire contract, as if it had been seamlessly and entirely accomplished; as doing this would be an unacceptable imbalance in the obligations and benefits of the parties. Hence, having a construction contract you must prove that the works done are faulty or incomplete and therefore should not result in the payment of the rest of the money agreed upon; serving as exemption for the required payment by showing the deficiencies in the execution of the works. But it is very important for you to understand that you will have the burden of proving the lack of compliance. This leads to the point that it will be very advisable to certify, by means of an architect’s report, the construction defects and items of work not completed; and possibly also stating the costs for having the items fixed or repaired. Indeed, it is very important to have evidence of the defective construction works status by the above mentioned manner or other similar, before making any repairs; and also be able to prove that the completion of the works have been done by you. It is also highly advisable to seek and keep all invoices especially those for construction material, equipment and other builders’ services. These invoices will serve as proof of the additional expenses you have had to pay (or will have to

pay) to fix the faulty construction works or to complete them. In relation to this type of payment exemptions for defective construction works we have recently obtained a positive ruling from the 5th Section of the Alicante County Court (Audiencia Provincial de Alicante Sección 5ª) dated 20-092011 in which the Court revokes the previous Ruling from the First Instance Court and totally dismissed the Lawsuit filed by a builder against our client stating that: ‘The refusal to pay the remainder of the money by my client was justified by the existence of defects in the performed works and the lack and poor quality shown in the completion’. In your particular case and as noted above, we advise you to seek legal advice from a legal expert in this field regarding the steps to follow and the best way to demonstrate and record the builder’s failures. Should any reader be in this situation or similar please do not hesitate to contact us and the appropriate advice will be provided. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at http://www.white-baos.com/blog/ and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2011 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located 1 minute away from the La Via underground car park). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to spanishlawyer@roundtownnews.com or info@white-baos.com. This article is available in English and Spanish at www.white-baos.com


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Want a Risk Free and Tax Free Income? SPORTING ARBITRAGE is achieving risk free/tax free returns for its clients all year round and can improve your quality of life by providing you a consistent return of around 2.75% per month.

Steve Claridge, popular BBC TV pundit and just one of hundreds of delighted Sporting Arbitrage clients

HOW DOES IT WORK? Arbitrage is the purchase of currencies, securities and commodities in one market for immediate resale in another in order to make a profit. The commodities in this case are either horses or football teams and the market is the biggest business on the internet, namely the betting industry. BUT they DO NOT

GAMBLE with your money. Sporting Arbitrage predominantly employs Betfair, a trading platform which turns over in excess of £450 million per week, and engineer tiny margins with NO RISK. You can invest either a lump sum or pay a monthly contribution and the experienced Sporting Arbitrage traders create margins, no matter how miniscule, to ensure that their clients are benefitting from around 60% of all the horse races ran in the UK, with NO losses racked up on the remainder. And they grab margins on major football matches too. They deal in mathematical certainties and it is the equivalent of buying rubber, cocoa beans or any other commodity but with a predetermined profit. WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE? As a client of Sporting Arbitrage you will be given an exclusive user name and password so that you can check the status and value of your involvement, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can invest a lump sum for immediate income or simply make regular contributions and build capital that way. For example, £200 per month will be worth almost £7,000 after just two years and you couldn’t achieve that from your local bank! You have the ability to opt out on a daily basis and you can withdraw part or all of your investment with just 14 days notice. The

Steve Kelly, “We don’t take risks. Once a margin is established, no matter how miniscule, then the traders’ job is done.”

before settling in Catral seven years ago. There is full administrative support and presentations can be arranged in your own home or at a venue to suit. They own an extremely informative website at www.sportingarbitrage.com via which you can register an interest and/or arrange a presentation. Or you can simply telephone the office on 96 532 2863. Sporting Arbitrage representatives will be in attendance at the forthcoming Lifestyle Expo Fiesta at the IFA Centre in Alicante on 4th, 5th and 6th November. You can visit them on stand 149/160 and entrance to the exhibition is free.

minimum contribution that you can make to your account is £100 and you have the facility to draw off profits monthly or roll them over. SPORTING ARBITRAGE The brain behind Sporting Arbitrage is Steve Kelly, who since 2003 has made big profits for all his personal clients; amongst them former Premier League footballer, Steve Claridge. Sporting Arbitrage Ltd is the official European agent for his company, Milton Express Ltd. Here on the Costa Blanca, Sporting Arbitrage opened their La Regia offices in May. They have already hired the services of John O’Brien, a City stockbroker for thirty five years

John O’Brien “I was 35 years as a stockbroker - and this is the best investment plan I’ve ever seen”

Worst country for unemployment Spain is now the country with the worst unemployment numbers in the 34 countries which make up the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The country now has 21.2% unemployed, way ahead of other countries where the average unemployment rate in August remained stable at 8.2%. In the Eurozone the average unemployment rate is now 10%. In August unemployment rose in Australia, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Sweden and Spain, and fell in South Korea, Hungary and Japan.

Ex CAM Director leaves a club after being heckled

Roberto Lopez

THE FORMER Director General of the Caja Mediterráneo, Roberto Lopez, was forced to leave the Club Montemar sports club last weekend after being heckled by a crowd alleged to be retired or redundant CAM workers. The incident occurred on Saturday morning as Lopez attended the club with a friend to receive tennis lessons. A group of people booed and hissed at him and eventually the abuse escalated to hurling insults. Lopez finally abandoned his plans for tennis lessons and left the establishment. He left the CAM with a compensation netting €3.8 million and a gold-edged pension plan.


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Improving your income shouldn’t be boring THE PROBLEM with the word ‘seminar’ is that it is generally associated with lectures by people who are as interesting as their subject matter. The underlying ideas might be really important but the manner of presentation can detract from the significance of the message. Having been subjected to many hours of seminars, I feel that I am in a position to comment. This is why I am happy to be involved with presentations being held on Wednesday 19th October from 10.30am at La Sella Marriott in Denia.

Most people I meet here are concerned about income. If they have UK pension income, the concern is the exchange rate. If they have money invested, it needs to provide more income to supplement their pensions. So how can we help? At the seminar we will have the privilege of welcoming top people from top companies, namely Prudential, Jupiter Asset Management, Irish Life International, and Kleinwort Benson. They will be covering ways to improve your income in a cautious manner, how to increase the real value of

Most people I meet here are concerned about income

your investments, ways to reduce tax on the gains you make, and how to position your pension fund to save you thousands in tax. The people talking have their own ideas which they will share with you without having strings pulled by us in the background. We feel that this is a different approach to those offering little choice of insurance companies and investment funds. So, who are The Spectrum IFA Group? We are a firm with 51 advisers including six on the Costa Blanca. Advisers have come to us from other firms because they realise that we try to do things in the right way. We are licensed in Spain to give financial planning

1 billion vistors

Experts are predicting that, for the first time, the number of tourists visiting Spain in 2012 will reach 1 billion. This year is expected to end with 940 million visitors. The provision comes from the WTO, World Tourism Organisation, but it also says that Europe will lose market share to the benefit of Asia and the emerging markets.

advice on insurance products which can hold investment funds. We are in a unique position of holding a licence in Spain (as well as other jurisdictions in Europe in which we operate) AND are registered with the Financial Services Authority in the UK. This is why we now have a long list of insurance and investment companies that will deal with us and making us truly independent. To reserve your place on Wednesday 19th October in order to find out more about how we can help you, with the aid of experts from around the globe, contact us on 96 558 7633 or email john.hayward@spectrum-ifa.com

Spain back in recession The French Statistics Institute has calculated that Spain and Italy are both already back in recession, with growth in Italy down 0.1% of GDP for the third quarter and Spain down 0.2% over the last two quarters. In their latest report they say both countries are therefore in recession for the second half of this year, and that the recovery of the Eurozone as a whole will falter.

Do you check the boletín?

IN LAST week’s RTN we told you about Mr. A – not his real name - who suffered from an unpleasant dose of information-sharing. The by Tax Authority cross-checked with the land registry to discover that Mr A had neglected to inform them that he happened to have two Spanish holiday homes and not one. So far he’s Customer Care at Ábaco received a rather hefty non-resident income tax bill loaded with late payment fines and interest for 2008. He can also expect more of the same for 2009 and 2010, if he doesn’t catch up voluntarily.

Suzanne O’Connell

The moral of the story is: don’t underestimate the information-sharing capability of the authorities here in Spain, especially when they’re short of money. However, do underestimate the level of effort they will make in informing you of your debts. Information-sharing might be abundant but notification is in short supply. Remember, the Spanish system is not so much ‘nag and remind’ as ‘hide and seek’. Whereas we would expect HMRC to pursue us with increasing urgency for our tax, the Spanish Tax Authority tends to leave it to us to find out how much money we owe them. And then when you just thought they couldn’t find you - they issue a fine. The process is about the least transparent we

know. If you do owe tax, a letter will be sent to your Spanish home. It doesn’t matter that you are a non-resident. If you are not there: tough. If you don’t respond then your name will go on ‘the boletín’. What! Haven’t you checked the boletín to see if your name is on there today? You’d be a pretty sad person if you had. It’s a very long list of names, around 50 pages long, that is posted daily in each area to ‘inform’ people of their transgressions: unsurprisingly it’s not in the top 100 best seller list. That wouldn’t matter too much except your name being posted on the boletín signifies that you have been informed and if you don’t respond then it just gets worse. The next stage in their notification procedure might be embargoing your bank account, or even worse, impounding your assets: a very subtle, polite way of informing you that you have tax to pay. The best way of avoiding all this is to pay your taxes: even better, pay your taxes using a fiscal representative. Your fiscal representative will make sure that taxes are paid on time and will take action if you should receive a notification. That way you don’t have to book in the boletín as your bedtime read. REMINDER: The deadline for non-resident income tax for 2010 is December 31st 2011. If you would like a free tax consultation, call the ÁbacoConnect Help-line: 96 670 3748 www.abacoconnect.com

If you would like a FREE, no obligation tax consultation and help with completing your annual tax declaration contact one of Ábaco’s friendly team on ÁbacoConnect Help-line 966 703 748 | www.abacoconnect.com


Treadmill An increasing number of people are making their spiritual life difficult because they are not connecting with their spiritual Guides. Many people may not know that they have a spiritual Guide in any shape and form, and many struggle through life trying to work on spiritual levels with rudimentary and tired Guides who really need to move on. We were all brought into this World by a Guide. The decision that we would survive, thrive and grow was initially made by the attending Guide, who saw us very safely into the World, and who then promises, with sincerity, that they will assist us in reaching the Spirit World when we pass over. In between, the Guide waits for our instruction, and sadly with some people this will never come. The Guide will do his job and all will be done. However Guides are awaiting our instruction, and if they do not get it then they are powerless to do very much, though they can advise and protect our souls very adequately, they may not get the chance to do so. Many people cannot connect to Spirit, or feel that they can’t, and so they never get to feel the benefit of that very special person who could be a very efficient and productive influence on their lives. Having that helping hand has always been something rather wonderful that I embraced from being a young man, but I too have had to change Guides when my needs desired it and I have lived very happily with all those who are assigned to work alongside me. A Guide is not a slave. We work together, or rather we should do. We do their work here on Earth and they do ours in the Spirit World; working in tandem, between the spiritual needs of the souls who have passed over and the demands and wants and needs of the living here on Earth. This Earthly life isn’t easy, by all means, but each and every person in the Spirit World knows that only too well because they have all lived at least one life here. This may help to dispel any fear, since many people are in awe of the Spirit World, and do not see those Spirits as being hairdressers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and shop assistants. Real people, now deceased, who led Earthly lives. They too knew what it is like to not be able to pay bills, and to struggle in every way, and they know that they are

Kenny’s diary Readings at Bistro Maya: Monday October 17th from 16.30 onwards. For information and advanced bookings for mini readings please contact Els and her team on: 966 868 213. Sunday November 20th: Spiritual Fair at Bistro Maya. Readings, Crystals, Healing, Gifts, Tarot, Angel Readings. All the fun of a Spiritual Fair with snacks and meals available! Thursday December 1st: Demonstration of Clairvoyance at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation, at the Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz del Pi. 18.30. All very welcome! Readings in your area: Please make contact if you want to organise readings in your locality, or organise a psychic event for your favourite charity. Some dates available for Oct/Nov/Dec.

around us to help us learn the secrets of life in another dimension, because they can see it in a new light. They want to warn us and protect us, and their love sends us a daily message of their devotions and their care alongside the inevitable protection that this brings. If you can eliminate fear you are streaks ahead and will live a much better life. Some people internalise their fears and this alone brings sufficiently high levels of stress into the body. Often this fuels the flames of any stored anger within and ignites a situation of discontent and negativity. Those who are born worriers are on a type of treadmill. Even when something is solved they manage successfully to slot another worry back in place and then start to focus on it. I know, I have been on that treadmill, and made a decision to get off it a long time ago. It leads to nowhere and what is the point of worrying about anything anyway? We do what we can, nothing more is possible. But with a Guide by your side the story of life is so different. Yes we encounter the same pitfalls, have doors closed that we would have rather opened, and live on large doses of hope; but how much better to share all this with someone who has dedicated their life to taking care of our everyday wants and needs? Someone who is equipped to answer our questions, and to help us in making choices; making a difference or just sitting things out, if that is what is the right thing to do. We will still make mistakes, but the mechanism of resolve and repair, the stimulus that motivates and does not judge, and the love that never ever falters can enter our lives, and make a difference. Those who cannot grasp this or do not want it are free in making their choice, but for all of you waiting, take charge. Talk to Spirit any which way you can, and ask for your wants and hopes and desires to melt into one and to come to your side. Ask because you have the right to, wait patiently because the time has to be right and know that you are doing the right thing, and that Spirit will always find a way of rewarding you for what you do best. It’s a lifelong commitment in this World and the next, and they love you whatever you come up with, come rain or shine.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

postbag Email your letters to me at: kennycorris@roundtownnews.com Kenny, my beautiful young niece wants to enter a convent. Her parents haven’t said much but I think that she needs counselling because there is so much that she can do with her life, and she may regret it. Paula.O’M. Hi there Paula. This is not my usual sort of letter, but I can see both sides of the coin very clearly. If your niece is called to take on this vocation, she has to follow her heart. I am sure that the induction will involve a trial period between the convent and the noviciate, and when and if both sides are happy then she can enter the order as a sister. Remember there are teaching, and nursing and missionary callings within the vows of the Order, and that your niece will have options, including a right to walk away at any time. You will not lose her if you maintain love and respect for her calling. I hope that your niece does a lot with her life, but I do hope that she is spared any regrets in this, her spiritual calling, and makes a go of it, if that is what she really wants.

contact kenny Appointments: 96 587 8424 Mobile: 686 361 594 Web: www.kennycorris.net Forum: www.kennycorris.net/forum Email: kennycorris@hotmail.com Please contact me for inclusion in my healing list!

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Something out of the blue is coming your way, and stirring inside is a strong psychic energy to help you balance your many and diverse skills. Looking within you will find a power base that’s waiting patiently for a suitable challenge this week and there comes, finally, a chance to show everyone just what you can do under the right circumstances, so seize the moment. Venus opposes Jupiter, and this may find you not knowing just where your loyalties lie. With love and luck in the balance you have get your priorities right and then hold on for what you really want. It is rare that such a time as now sees you so sorely tested, so be true to yourself, and be realistic. You may be out on a limb, but somewhere out there is someone who will make it all right in the end. Wily and inspiring Mercury is in opposition to Jupiter this week, and anything could happen since everything is possible. One thing is sure, and that is that an offer will be made and you will not hesitate to accept it. Changes are well on the way, and you will be a part of them, so put your strengths into what you will make of all this, and above all, don’t look back, look forward. Beware the need for a nasty nip this week. Someone needs putting in their place, but you have to hold your temper if you want to maintain self respect. This certainly is not a time to crawl into that shell either, so something needs to happen. Actions from eclectic Mercury will help you to realise that nobody is really listening to you and your silent call for help will be heard. Pride comes before a fall, but is not you who suffers this week. Someone needs your tender love and care, but is finding it hard to tell you some home truths. The matter has to be resolved, so take the bull by the horns and tell it how it is, and then be that shoulder to cry on, if it’s necessary. Sometimes you just have to go all out to help someone you love, no holds barred, and with loving care. Mercury is involved with actions involving Venus and Jupiter this week. Love may be closer to you than you think, but it is the connection that is shaky because Mercury’s conflict with Jupiter serves as an unwarranted smoke screen. Could be that someone does not have the opportunity to tell you exactly how they feel about you, or are afraid to say anything that may bring a rejection? Your trusty Planetary leader, Venus, is in opposition to Jupiter, Planet of luck and fortune, this week. This does not bring negativity, but does make things seem a bit uphill and challenging. Your sensitivity and your balance makes everything seem all right, and the tried and tested gives way to something more adventurous. Put your best foot forward, since you never know what you can do! Timing is of the essence during this week. You have to be patient if all that you seek is to become a reality, and yet you do have to make sure that you are a part of any action. Your intelligence has been sought, and you are on standby. Current energies with Mercury ensure that you are poised and prepared for any eventuality, come what may, and now face the agony of the waiting game. A wonderful time to put your energies into planning something. You are a skilful entertainer, and a celebration beckons you on to use your talents and make an occasion special. Your ability to lead and instruct means that everything has to be perfect, and your veto will balance any delegation deemed to be necessary, creating harmony and beauty all along the line. Stop anything that holds you back from forming your own opinions this week. You are a free thinking soul, and you can read between the lines when you really need to see the truth of the matter. Someone is not only being economical with the truth, they are trying to walk away from their responsibilities one way and another. Be true to your own gut feelings since you can rely on them. Make sure there is a time for you this week. You are working too hard and there comes a strong need to chill out, rest and relax, especially since a busy period beckons you onwards and upwards. A job worth doing is a job worth doing well, but let someone else take over your responsibilities, it may help to show them just how hard you work, and how motivated you really are. Spreading a little comfort brings you much joy this week. It is good for you to have the opportunity to work with your open and loving energies and it may serve to show you the price that you have already paid in the depths of your spiritual soul. What is needed is resolve, since you need no reward for the wonderful work that you do, but you do deserve that someone appreciates why you are so motivated.

If it’s your birthday this week... Why wait? You have made plans until they are coming out of your head, what’s needed now is for you to believe what you can do, and convince others you are the right person for the job in hand!


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

Sudoku

Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. See 7 Down 3. They are found in gangs and in sailing-ships (8) 8. How I will be designated in Greece (4) 9. Describing crimes that still attract police attention (8) 11. Kind of race to go from one frontier to another (5-7) 13. Variety of street dog (6) 14. More than one fairground attraction has a lively rhythm (6) 17. What he produces will eventually be enveloped! (6-6) 20. They set forth the terms for a building and its adjuncts (8) 21. Dull Celtic poet is making a come-back (4) 22. The editress somehow put up some opposition (8) 23. Dressed as a roue about fifty (4)

DOWN 1. Gear-box? (4-4) 2. External appointment to a remote spot (7) 4. Charge associated with kidnapping (6) 5. Operate near the earth to produce the necessary basis (10) 6. Find the negative in Alexandrine verse (5) 7 & 1 Across. The team display is a subsidiary attraction (4-4) 10. Finds out for sure when the fool is around (10) 12. Attributed to a writer featured in an advertisement (8) 15. This note is not man-made (7) 16. Sets at large, we hear, to suffer from the rigours of the weather (6) 18. Seven stakes embracing a betting term (5) 19. Mast can be dispensed with almost (4)

Wordwheel

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. Persia (4) 3. Suggestion (8) 8. Identical (4) 9. Richness (8) 11. Express opinions (3,4,5) 13. Vault (6) 14. Speculate (6) 17. Not for publication (3,3,6) 20. Eastern (8) 21. A continent (4) 22. Sit astride (8) 23. Amongst (4)

DOWN 1. Example (8) 2. Naval officer (7) 4. Rest (6) 5. Throbbed (10) 6. Tendon (5) 7. Ogle (4) 10. Loosed (10) 12. Cape (8) 15. Bloom (7) 16. Remember (6) 18. Aviator (5) 19. A bog (4)

Answers & Winners Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 53/54. Winner for 625 - Leanne Jones - Torrevieja

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Bardem the latest James Bond villain OSCAR-WINNING Spanish actor Javier Bardem is to be the latest in the Bond Rogues Gallery of villains set to hit cinema screens in November 2012. by Jan Gamm Bardem, confirming his new role in the 007 series in Los Angeles, says he is “delighted” to be given the opportunity to be part of the Bond screen saga. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig for the third time, the movie is labelled ‘Bond 23’ of ’23 007’ for the time being, although speculation on the film’s possible titles include ‘Skyfall’, mostly due to Sony buying up domain names featuring the word. Bardem claims to be a longtime fan of the Bond series – “My parents took me to see them all,” he said.

Bardem - the new Bond villain

Psychic event in aid of PEPA ARE YOU intrigued by the possibility of communicating with the ‘spirit world?’ Maybe you are not sure but would like to know more. Do you possess the skills required to do this? Are you a medium, clairvoyant or other form of spiritual communicator? Here is an opportunity for you to use this occasion as a platform to share the unique gift that you possess. Whatever your interest - whether as a member of the audience or as a participating psychic - please contact PEPA’s Jaine Thorne as soon as possible. There is a great deal of interest in this event, the first of its kind in this area. Please email jaineinspain@msn.com with any queries or ring 647 368 322. Further information on tickets, venue, dates and times will be published in the very near future. But, due to the nature of the event numbers will be limited so please be sure to keep an eye out for more details on Anglo Info.

Murcia Military Weekend Parade by Louise Clarke ON SUNDAY 16th October British Ex-servicemen’s associations RBL, RNA, RMA, and RAFA are to take part in a spectacular military parade under the auspices of Codex Belix, a Madrid-based association that organises historical and authentic battle re-enactments. The parade is part of a weekend of events beginning on Friday and ending with a closing ceremony. Four buses will leave from Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa and Cuidad Quesada on the Sunday morning to transport around 200 members of the British military associations, to be honoured guests at the static displays as well as principal participants in the parade commencing at 10.30am. The Torrevieja Pipes & Drums will play a principal role leading the military parade through the central streets of Murcia on Sunday morning, accompanying more than 100 British veterans and their standards and representatives of the Spanish armed forces, to the Avenida Teniente Floresta alongside the river. The veterans will be given prime seats from which to enjoy an impressive re-enactment of ‘Operation Market Garden’ (the battle leading to the liberation of Holland in 1944: World War II), commencing at around 1pm. Some 30 military vehicles will be included in the presentation and even parachutists descending from the skies! Admission to the event is completely free of charge.


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Ditch Telefonica and Win a Cruise! Would you like to ditch Telefonica or your current telephone and internet provider, save yourself a fortune and win a dream cruise at the same time…?! If so, read on because that is just what RTN Network can offer you from today until Christmas! On 1st May 2012, RTN Network has booked a luxurious two birth cabin on the MSC Orchestra for a fantastic Mediterranean cruise and it could be you sunning yourself in Tunis, Messina, Naples, Livorno or Villefranche. And to be in with a chance to go on this amazing cruise, all you have to do is sign up to the Network – IT’S EASY! The all expenses paid trip on the MSC Orchestra is available to all new RTN Network customers who sign up to one of their new ADSL bundle packages starting today, 14th

Villefranche

Is a wonderfully French village offering its visitors a unique opportunity to experience everything French. Unless you have not seen Monte Carlo, Eze, Nice and Cannes, (and want to experience them) you will not want to wander any further than this quaint fishing village. Villefranche resides on a steep hillside that surrounds the beautiful bay that Villefranche resides upon. While walking can be steep at times, the walkways that penetrate Villefranche’s parks, old section and village are simply breathtaking.

Livorno

The beautiful beaches and the green Mediterranean ma-quis, south of Livorno, are landscapes which have only been partially tampered with by man, but which retain that peace and that beauty which also stimulate the pleasure of knowledge. There are protected habitats in oases, wildlife refuges, parks and reserves which give shelter to roe and fallow deer, badgers and porcupines, falcons and flamingos.

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Naples

Is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It has a great bay with nice views of the Capri and the Ischia Islands. The city is maybe not as delightful as Rome or Florence, but it deserves a place among the destinations a tourist should not miss in Italy.

Catania

Is dramatically situated between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s greatest active volcano. As well as ruins from the ancient city, the town boasts a wealth of fine Baroque architecture.

Tunisia

It may be but a slim wedge of North Africa’s vast horizontal expanse, but Tunisia has enough history and diverse natural beauty to pack a country many times its size. With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, and where the fish on your plate is always fresh.

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by Louise Clarke THE EHCRC launched its first charity shop in Quesada on 3rd October, in Avenida de las Nationes, in the square by the side of the petrol station through the arches of Quesada. The shop opened at 9am, welcoming supporters throughout the day, some simply to have a look around and find out more about the charity and others snatching a bargain or two. Shop manager Mo – Tel: 682 288 304 - supported by volunteers, Loraine, Anne, James, Chris, Janet and David welcomed all with a glass of wine along with cheese and sausage rolls in celebration of the launch. Sue Weeding, founder of the EHCRC, would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in this exciting project and also a

APASA party rearranged APASA’S PLANNED party for 1st October was cancelled due to stormy weather. Instead their party will now take place 15th October starting at 1pm at Parque Cansalades, Pinosol, Javea. A Tombola, sizzling hot dogs and entertainment for the kids will ensure fun for all, with live music by Barry Peters. For more information, visit www.apasa.eu or call 807 429 454.

special thank you to all of our volunteers who have made the Rescue Centre what it is to-day: a home for 41 horses, ponies and donkeys. Without you all none of this would have been possible and most of the rescued horses here at the Rescue Centre would have been left to die in horrific circumstances. The Rescue Centre has open days on Wednesdays and Sundays 1pm till 4pm in its garden café with hot and cold food and refreshments, and featuring Chris’s lucky dip, raffles and Bric-a-brac marquee, second hand books and often live music. Why not come and see the horses and hear their stories on Sue`s popular horse tours - for more information or directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net or call Sue on 652 021 980.

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Are you Feeling Trampy or Tarty? FANCY DRESS Nights are great fun and later this month, Paul Cunningham Nurses will be holding a fantastic Tramps and Tarts Dinner and Dance on Saturday 29th October. It looks set to be a great night out with a chance to dress up and have some friendly, flirty fun! The ever popular ‘Dan the Man’ will be providing the non-stop music to strut your stuff to and the ticket price of just €15 includes a delicious three course meal and some wine. The event starts at 7.30pm and takes place at The Marjal (just by Nancy’s Nightclub!) on the N332. There will be great prizes for the Trendiest Tart and the Tackiest Tramp! FASHION SHOW Meanwhile, if you fancy a new dress there will be a fantastic showing of TWO Winter Collections from Looking Good Boutique in La Zenia and Gigi’s Boutique in Quesada at PCN’s Charity Fashion Show, which starts at 11am on Friday 28th October at La Herradura in Los Montesinos. With Cava on arrival and canapés served during the interval, tickets are just

€10 and once again PCN will double your money as this ticket also gives you €10 to spend in each boutique! CASINO NIGHT During the previous evening, Thursday 27th October, PCN gives you yet another chance put on a fancy dress, but this time to dress up for their Casino Night at Alex Bistro in Montebello, which is three just minutes from the Zoco market. The Casino Night starts from 7.30pm and €7 buys you a ticket which includes 20 Casino Chips! There will also be a BBQ and a Raffle on the night. Proceeds from all three events will support Paul Cunningham Nurses: to book tickets for any event, please email sueinthesun@hotmail.co.uk or call or text 639 318 526. You can win a pair of tickets FREE for each event just by sending your email details to: sueinthesun@hotmail.co.uk. Winners will be notified by email five days prior to the event.


Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

A weekly ‘cut out and keep’ feature helping you to learn basic Spanish for everyday needs

The Letter The sound of the Spanish letter D is sufficiently similar to the English D sound to mean that if we pronounced them both the same we would be perfectly well understood. However, if you listen to Spanish people speaking you will notice they do actually make a different sound when saying this letter. Their sound is softer and more superficial. So, how can we make our “D” sound more Spanish? Well start by imagining that your tongue is longer and thicker than it really is, to the extent that it starts getting in the way of your front teeth when you pronounce the D sound. Instead of spitting out the sound just using your teeth as we do in English, allow your tongue to touch the back of your front teeth, or even slightly protrude between them, creating a far softer effect. Now listen to yourself saying a word beginning with D, for example donde (where). Next, say a word with D in the middle, for example lado (side) and try to make the D even softer, and finally make it softer still at the end of a word such as Madrid. Like a number of other letters, the D sound tends to soften more towards the middle and ends of words, and in the case of Madrid you can even hear it sounding like “Madrith” in some accents. As ever many D words have relatives in the English language: déficit, (deficit), delicado (delicate), decisión (decision), diseño (design), duración (duration) to name but a few. An interesting “estranged relative” occurs with the words diversión in Spanish and “diversion” in English. They certainly look alike, but in fact have come to mean very different things. Whilst the English word means a change in direction, usually referring to traffic, the Spanish word actually means “entertainment”. On the surface these two things have absolutely nothing in common, but the root idea is actually similar – to divert or distract yourself from everyday life by being entertained – diversion!! The Spanish word for diversion is desvío, a familiar fact of life for those of us who live in ar-

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eas of urban development. Another D word I rather like is the word detalle which means “detail”, but also means “a small gift”. If, for example, you were to buy your Spanish neighbour a bottle of whisky for looking after your house, he or she might well say “Gracias por el detalle.” “Thank you for the gift”. The use of detalle here would not imply any judgment on the size of the present! A common word beginning with D which we hear quite often is dígame which people use to invite us to speak. If we translate this into English is sounds far too abrupt: “tell me”, but in fact this particular form is polite and formal in Spanish. The more familiar informal version of the same command is dime. When you wish to say something to a friend they may say dime to you to encourage you to speak. Dígame used to be the standard greeting used when picking up the phone, in the old days when we never knew who was phoning. Nowadays we have little screens to tell us the name of the caller, so it’s very common to see someone look at their mobile and then say dime from which we can deduce that their mobile screen says Mum, or someone similar. Before we say goodbye to the letter D, there is another thing I would like to point out and that is the prefix “des-” which is the equivalent of the English prefix “un-“ or “dis-“ A prefix is a part tacked on to the front of a word, so if hacer means “to do”, deshacer means “to undo”, conectar “to connect” desconectar “to disconnect”, pegar to stick, despegar to unstuck. Despegar also means “to take off” when referring to aeroplanes, as though they were “unsticking” themselves from the runway. And finally, our Spanish saying this week contains two “D” words. It is “Cuánto más deprisa, más despacio” meaning “more haste, less speed” – something we all know, but it doesn’t stop us getting into a pickle from time to time, or perhaps I should just speak for myself!

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The best summer ever...

Throughout this summer season Mintt Chiringuito Beach bar in Javea has been the perfect place to enjoy the best cocktails, spirits and food, together with varied music and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Set on the beach a few hundred yards away from the Parador Hotel, the Mintt team created a mini-paradise allowing us to kick back and relax while gazing out to sea and watching the sun go down. With sun umbrellas to provide the right amount of shade during the day, comfortable wicker chairs to relax in, modern plants and a central water feature the ambience has been stylish and calm.

And in the evenings the Bar has been transformed into a buzzing atmosphere with special lighting, live DJ’s and differing bands, giving varied and enthralling entertainment. And don’t miss the Closing Party which is tomorrow, Saturday 15th October. Come along and enjoy the last Party of the summer at the perfect place to see and be seen. So well done to all the Mintt team. Thank you for bringing your discount offers to so many RTN readers and roll on 2012, we can’t wait. While the mayhem of the Olympics is going on back in the UK, we look forward to another wonderful summer enjoying ourselves with friends and family.

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Open Day to Support Caritas by Patricia Thompson SPECSAVERS OPTICAS in Javea will mark World Sight Day and its recent store re-vamp with a fun packed open day on 15th October 2011 while supporting local charity, Caritas. Everyone is invited to the Javea store from 10am onwards for drinks, snacks, makeovers and live music from the band, GBU. A raffle will be held to benefit Caritas. Also, eye tests booked in person at the store on 15th October (for a future date in 2011) will be free. With World Sight Day on 13th October, trying to reduce cases of avoidable blindness, Specsavers Opticas in Javea want to use this occasion to bring awareness to eye health for all ages, and to offer free advice while making it a fun event for families to attend. The day’s events include free hair and beauty make-

while trying on glasses from the new designer ranges such as Benetton and Karen Millen. Optical experts will be on hand to give free style advice, and help visitors chose the best frames for them. There will then be a ‘Spectacle wearer of the day’ competition with the winner keeping their chosen pair of glasses. Caritas is an inspiring charity which focuses its activities on issues relating to poverty, social exclusion and inequality throughout Europe. They have helped thousands of families, and continue to be a big support to the local community. Specsavers Opticas want to show their support to the charity by raising as much as they can for them on the day through the raffle, donation tins and tips from the makeovers. Two local schools have been given the opportunity to be involved with the Open Day, and ten lucky children will win a free eye examination and a pair of glasses up to the value of €100. If you would like more information on the Open Day, or to book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es or call 96 646 3420.

Another great fundraiser for MABS Cancer Support Group

overs for visitors so they can feel and look amazing

FEEDBACK FROM the sell-out Cameo production staged at El Cid Restaurant in Benidoleig on Saturday 8th October included comments such as: “The best value for money evening out I’ve had in ages,” and “…absolutely fabulous: well-presented, well-rehearsed... a really good evening. Well done!” The evening began with an excellent meal and at 9pm Cameo’s ‘Rollercoaster of Love’ provided entertainment to an enthusiastic audience. MABS would like to say thank you to Cameo for making MABS their chosen charity and to all of the players who made the evening so special. Cameo’s next show, also in support of MABS, is at Inn on the Green (Javea Bowls Club) on Saturday, 29th October 2011: tickets at 15€ include a twocourse meal with wine and the show, reserved by calling the Cameo Box Office: 656 483 645 (open Monday to Friday: 10am to 2pm).

Breast Cancer Awareness Day THE FIGHT against breast cancer continues on the Promenade of Villa Joyosa on Saturday. ‘Anemone’ (a self-help group for women with breast cancer and their families), in collaboration with the Department of Health, has organised during the month of October a series of events to commemorate International Breast Cancer Day (19th October). Next Saturday (15th October) opens the programme of events with the Reading of the manifesto for Breast Cancer Memorial Day by the Councillor for Health, Beatriz Llinares, on the Paseo Marítimo. La Vila is to host other events commemorating the International Day for Breast Cancer. Anemone ‘information tables’ are in the Marina Baixa Hospital (Tuesday, 18th October

from 9.30am) and in Mercat Friday, 21st October from 9.30am. Health Councillor of the Consistory Viler, Beatriz Llinares, explained that: “The goal of the many activities organised by Anemone is to demonstrate the work of the association and also provide more information on Breast Cancer. Moreover, some of the planned activities are also designed to raise funds for the fulfillment of important

goals and the daily life of the association.” The programme will close on Sunday 30th October (Sunday) with a meal at the Beach Hotel Allon Centre, from 2pm. ANEMONE ACTIVITIES On Sunday 16th October various district associations will to hold a solidarity march in Benidorm (entry will be 6€ via the headquarters of Anemone La Vila). The march, about 12km, starts at 9am from the city. Also from the city of Benidorm, International Breast Cancer Day Breast Cancer will bring together representatives of the various municipalities of Marina Baixa to read the Manifesto memorial. Health Councillor of the Consistory Viler, Beatriz Llinares, will be participating. Registration for the various activities will take place at the headquarters of the Association Villajoyosa Anemone (C / Ciudad de Castellón, No. 8) from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. for more information, please call 650 480 839.


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Paul via email asks: HELLO AUNTY: Firstly may I say that I find your column very interesting and helpful. I have the following security, AVG 2011 (free edition), SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes installed on my laptop but seem to have had problems with printing on and off line. The printer is Kevin via email asks: a HP Photosmart and I have uninstalled and I INSTALLED AVG 2011 in December Pauline via email asks: reinstalled the printer software and sometimes 2010 and my system worked okay DEAR AUNTY. When I try to load my Gmail, it will only work with this seems to improve the problem. However, until recently when an AVG warning the ‘Basic HTML’ and not the ‘Standard View’ which I am able to get recently I could not print anything, with the display informed me: ‘The AVG toolbar with Google Chrome. Lots of functions do not seem to be working, documents being held always ‘in a queue’. was unable to connect with AVG such as printing emails and contacts. Therefore, I uninstalled the SuperAntiSpyware application’..How can I check that the Aunty Says: programme is installed & running? A lot of people have had similar problems Pauline and there have been and Malwarebytes and the printer now seems to I currently cannot update AVG 2011 a lot of different fixes. The most common culprits seem to be the MacAfee Site Advisor and Norton work without problems. My questions are: 1) is my laptop sufficiently protected, and if not can with updates as & when issued. I would Internet Security, so if you have either of these then maybe try temporarily switching them off I reinstall the other software and change some appreciate your guidance and enjoy before opening your browser. You can usually do this using the right mouse button on the small settings? 2) I have some trouble opening Word reading your column in the RTN. icon in the bottom right corner. Another common fix is to update to the latest version of Java from Aunty Says: www.java.com. Let me know how you get on before I delve deeper into this. documents sometimes and they are very slow to I think you may have two separate issues open, is this connected or a separate problem? here Kevin. The AVG toolbar is often Aunty Says: a source of problems and I normally I’ve not heard of SAS or MWB affecting printing remove it or opt out of installing it in before, but there is always the possibility. You the first place. You can remove it from Ted from Quesada asks: sort this one out for me. may need to do some experimenting here Paul the tools option within your browser (IE, HOLA AUNTY: I hope you can help me out Aunty Says: so try just having just AVG and only one of the Chrome of Firefox) and you’ll find it under with a very irritating problem with my This is a fairly new security procedure two anti spyware programs and see if you can ‘add-ons’ or ‘plug-ins’. You can also get Gmail account. When I was recently in the that Google have put in place where it rid of it by uninstalling AVG and reinstall UK I wanted to contact a couple of friends detects your are logging in from a different identify which one is interfering with your printer. Likewise with your Word document the latest one from the AVG website. but when I went online to access it, I did country and assumes you are not the problem you will need to try and eliminate Choose the ‘custom’ install and you the usual security bit but Gmail requested authorised account owner. I’m not sure whatever it is that is slowing things down. I will see the option to not install it. The my mother’s maiden name. They said it what you can do about it though Ted. If would also suggest running ‘task manager’ (Ctrl update issue may be a was incorrect! But I know it was not. I tried you are 100% sure you’ve got everything bit more sinister as this upper and lower case letters etc. but to no correct then there is obviously a problem Alt Del) and see if something is eating up all of is a typical symptom of avail. I was eventually directed to their at their end and you will need to contact your memory and CPU usage. Let me know how spyware or virus, so do a problem page and customer questions and them. Maybe setup another Gmail account you get on. full scan with an updated answers (that’s a joke) and eventually got for this purpose and email them at gmailMalwarebytes and one reply! An Indian chap offered to sort support@google.com telling them as much That’s all for this week, email me on auntyvirus@roundtownnews.com and I will do SuperAntiSpyware from my problem out for the price of €34! Yeah as possible about your account, especially my best to sort you out www.download.com right, Mate… on yer bike! Hope you can information only you would know.

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GADGET INSPECTOR

Gadget Inspector investigates the case of:

Techy T-Shirts

THIS WEEK the Inspector goes XXXXL with a trio of techy T-shirts. Originating as an item of military clothing from the World Wars, the humble T-shirt was considered underwear until the 1950s when movie stars such as John Wayne and Marlon Brando shocked Americans by wearing them on their own. In 1955, James Dean in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ helped to make the humble T-shirt a standard item of clothing. Advances in printing and ‘tie-dying’ in the 1960s allowed all manner of messages and pictures to be used, leading to T-shirts becoming lucrative marketing tools from the 1970s to the present day - with rock bands and sports teams using them as promotional media. Who will ever forget the FCUK T-shirt… And now technology and the t-shirt collide with our trio of techy tees. For the ultimate in couple-based entertainment please welcome the €15 Locked-On Proximity Sensing T-Shirts. Get one of these glowing shirts for yourself and a second for your partner, boss or mother-in-law (available in male/female versions). Powered by 3 x AAA batteries concealed in a small pocket inside the shirt, the Proximity T-shirt will constantly scan for another similarly apparelled person. Once within a few metres the radar on the shirts ‘lock on’ and detect each other.

Being typically modern, the Proximity T-shirt has no preference for the sex of the wearer of the detected shirt. Best not wear it to the next Consulate party though. Next up is the €25 Rock Guitar T-Shirt. Turn on the built-in mini amplifier (clipped to your belt and powered by 4 AAA batteries), crank up the volume and rock! Each button on the neck is a major chord – press the button and strum the strings with the magnetic pick and marvel as Stairway To Heaven leaps into life. Okay, so you´re more likely to sound more like a cross between a cat-fight and a motorway pile-up, but hey – who cares… Finally we have the €25 T-Qualizer T-Shirt. Incorporating a fully functioning graphic equalizer, the T-Qualizer is ready to react to any ambient sound or music. Powered by 4 x AAA batteries, each equalizer bar records a particular sound frequency. Probably a good idea not to get too close to whomever is wearing the Rock Guitar shirt unless you want to resemble a fireworks display. The Inspector´s Verdict: Whatever next? Presumably internet connectivity or a solar panel so you can charge up your iPhone, iPod, iPad or iGiveUp: perhaps you could display your Farcebook profile on your T-shirt, or your latest Tweet… I´d rather wear one with a picture of Wayne Rooney surrounded by Swarovski crystals, but there´s no accounting for taste these days.


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Benijofar store celebrates 1 year anniversary! Discount Electrical & Home have been trading in Quesada now for nine years, Jo opened her new shop Discount Electrical & Home in nearby Benijofar, one year ago which seems like only a few months to everyone. The main differences between the two shops are the larger store in Benijofar has what you could say an A to Z range, from an alarm clock to a Z-Bed in fact looking around the store you could just about furnish a whole house with white goods from fridges to cookers and ovens , even kettles and coffee makers, beds and mattresses three Piece suites, Dining Tables and chairs and even occasional furniture, in essence this is your “One Stop Shop” solution just about everything under one roof, and with easy parking too. Jo is constantly keeping her eye on new ranges as they become available and is constantly sourcing new ranges which arrives in-store on a weekly basis. Massive discounts will be on offer at the Benijofar store from Friday 14th October until Thursday 20th October. See our advert on the left or call in TODAY for details and see for yourself what a fantastic range we have. And remember we also have a second hand range in our Benijofar Store ideal for those who perhaps rent out their homes.

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The Quesada Store stocks a wide range of the latest electrical goods including instant access to the latest in technology TV´s as well as some fantastic offers and remember we do speak your language and have the knowledge to advise you on any purchase. PLAN RENOVE

Another fantastic way to save money you are required to present a current residencia and padron entitles you to saving of up to 145€ on a product at point of purchase, see advert below. Join in the celebrations at Discount Electrical & Home in Benijofar and grab a fantastic bargain while you are there we look forward to seeing you. And it goes without saying The Sheriff and all the staff at RTN say “Happy Birthday” and wish you the very best for the future.


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All that glitters is not necessarily gold OVER THE past few months the Spanish government has been at pains to promote Spain’s property market. Government ministers have got off their backsides to travel across Europe hawking the benefits of investing in the Spanish property market. How you view these perceived benefits depends entirely on which side of the Spanish property market fence you are standing on. If you are standing in the quagmire that is land-grab, illegal homes, failed bank guarantees and off-plan

Are you being tempted by a bargain?

fraud then these confident overtures of ‘trust’ and ‘transparency’ extolled by ministers in cities all over Europe must be bitter pills to swallow. On the other hand, if you are standing on the other side of the property fence looking in you might well be tempted by the bargain prices, a wide range of readily available quality property and 100% mortgages all wrapped up in glorious, Mediterranean sun, wine and the relaxed Spanish lifestyle. However, all that glitters is not necessarily gold. For the shrewd investor prices here in Spain have never been better. Prices have been further squeezed by a flood of re-processed properties released by the banks. Eager to recoup their property investments banks have been actively promoting deals to attract European buyers. Where once new developments would stand derelict after a developer’s bankruptcy, the banks are now promoting these properties at up to half their original price and are also giving up to 100% mortgages. The preferential financial inducements that banks are

By Guest Writer Michael Rushe of Javea Estates

Home & Garden

attaching to their own properties is a double-edged sword for both owners wanting to sell their properties, buyers looking for a bargain and the property market as a whole. In some cases banks are hi-jacking private sales when the buyer, after agreeing a sale, seeks out finance only to be induced by a better mortgage if they buy one of the bank’s properties instead of the one they originally wanted. As this practise becomes more prevalent and banks continue to aggressively cut property prices the outlook for the long term recovery of the property market looks bleak. So, is the buyer getting a good deal? Buyers should consider the costs that they may face in the future. For instance, community charges are shared equally amongst the property owners. But if all the properties are not sold then those costs will be borne by existing residents. Of course the bank may still own several properties within the community but experience shows that banks are reluctant to pay their dues and residents have been left in a financial nightmare.


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Hibiscus: a good choice for many gardens by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

THERE ARE four reasons why we would recommend you to consider including hibiscus plants in your garden: Firstly, there are hibiscus for all situations in Spain, some of which should be more widely known and promoted by garden centres. Secondly, they are fairly easy to raise from cuttings and in some cases from seeds if friends already have the plants. Thirdly, their flowers are exotic, and fourthly, as mentioned in the chapter on edible flowers in our latest book Living Well from Our Mediterranean Garden, the flowers taste good in salads and make a refreshing infusion. HARDY VARIETIES The most hardy varieties - that can survive tem-

peratures well below zero - are: The deciduous Hibiscus Syriacus varieties that graced our Windsor Garden: the three white red-throated shrubs in our garden are covered with flowers from June to September. They were grown from cuttings some twenty years ago when the garden was in its infancy). Blue, purple and white species grace several public areas of our village. The tree or spreading bush Hibiscus Mutibilis often called ‘Cotton Rose’ as its flowers look like fluffy balls of cotton white that start white and change to pink as they mature. The trees are especially impressive when in full flower with a mix of white, white and pink and fully pink flowers. Our two trees flower in September through to October. Some semi-hardy varieties withstand a few degrees of frost: The elegant specimen ‘flowered Hibiscus Coccineus: a marsh/pond plant originally from what is now Florida and Georgia in the USA. We have several plants raised from seeds growing in pots in the shallow margins of our two ponds.

The single and double red-flowered varieties of Hibiscus Rosa Sinsensis thought to have originally come from counties surrounding and islands in the Indian Ocean . These are the exotic plants used in many gardens and as garden and street lining hedges. THE MORE TENDER VARIETIES The white, yellow, orange and pink flowered versions of Hibiscus Rosa Sinsensis. If your garden is in a frost belt it is often best to use these as annuals or plant in containers that can be moved to a greenhouse during the winter months. The flowers can be dried for the preparation of interesting infusions and when we visited the Botanical Gardens outside Havana, Cuba, we lunched on a hibiscus flower salad. Yes we ate them, and with no other ingredients except for a light salad oil. It was different and delicious so now the flowers often grace our summer salads for decoration and eating by ourselves and adventurous guests. Try them - there are probably still flowers on your bushes.

Clodagh and Dick’s instructive books are available to help you achieve a great garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. You will find them in bookshops including Bookworld, Carrefor and Humpty Dumpty. For convenience many internet bookshops stock them including Santana Books, Amazon UK, Bookworld and The Royal Horticultural Society. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain.com

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A variety of Hibiscus Syriacus

Clodagh and Dicks’ current books are now five. The first four can be obtained from high street and internet bookshops. The most recent, ‘Living Well from Our Mediterranean Garden’, can be obtained via www.gardeninginspain.com or by sending 5€ to cover the book and postage and packaging to Clodagh Brown, Apartado de Correos 572, Javea 03730, Alicante.


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A great big thank you from Coolashade! ROB, DIEGO, Tomas, José and Pepe would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Coolashade’s customers for their orders over the last year. It’s been a very busy one! We would also like to give a massive thank you too for all those at RTN whose skills and prowess have made this another successful year for Coolashade. With intelligent advertising and wide newspaper coverage, Coolashade has had full exposure to thousands of people on the Costa Blanca and as a result of this has gained a great many happy clients, all giving positive feedback to our work. Although summer is officially over the sun continues to shine and we know too well how important the need for shade is. Having been the experts in shading Spain for the last 5 years we continue to offer the highest quality shades and the most efficient and effective installations of shade sails in the whole of Spain. Over the last year we have manufactured and installed thousands of square meters of shade sails and the outlook for the coming year is positive, with an expanding range of colours, styles and even more technically advanced products to offer as the leading installers of shade sails in Spain. Customer recommendations confirm that Coolashade’s services are well appreciated and of the best quality. We will always be around, continually supporting our clients, servicing their needs and installing the best quality shades. The Coolashade brand is better and stronger than ever! Don’t forget to contact us about our ‘Winter Take-Down’ service included free in your first year of ownership of a shade sail. Of course, this includes a ‘Put-Up’ service too, when spring comes round again! If you are new to reading the RTN and are unsure what a shade sail is, well wonder no more! Our versatile and attractive Coolashade shade sails can be seen displayed at Moha Design in Moraira and Altea, Iron Art in Gata de Gorgos and Paichi Garden Center in Moraira, as well as hundreds of gardens around the Costa Blanca and all over Spain. Remember to enter in the competitions on our Facebook page - simply search Facebook for Coolashade Shade Sails Spain - and keep abreast of the latest shading solutions by reading our blog at www.coolashade.com/news and following our twitter feed: @Coolashade

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Boost your confidence with Smile White SMILE WHITE, the exciting new revolutionary teeth whitening procedure to hit Spain, has now launched in the Costa Blanca. Teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic treatment: the procedure is fast, safe, totally pain free and affordable! Your teeth are one of the first things people notice. Having a white, bright smile can boost your confidence and enhance your appearance. The treatment is performed by fully qualified, highly trained and experienced teeth whitening technicians either in one of our many salons or if you prefer, a home visit where we will carry out the treatment in the comfort of your own home. All of our partner Salons, Gyms and Spas have the same ethos as us, we deliver a relaxing experience in a clean and comfortable environment. Cosmetic dentistry has made huge strides over the past decade but it is not as new as you might think! Cosmetic dentistry actually dates back to ancient times.

The Egyptians used to make whitening toothpaste from pumice stone and vinegar and the early Romans used toothpaste that contained urine. Although it sounds disgusting ammonia is actually a natural tooth whitening agent and variations of it were used well into the 18th Century. I would like to assure you that modern technology has moved on and we no longer use urine in our teeth whitening gels!! Teeth whitening is designed to remove plaque and discolouration caused by food, drink and tobacco products. The surface of your teeth contains millions of microscopic pores and over time organic compounds settle into these pores causing discolouration of the tooth enamel. After an initial consultation by our technician, to check that your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for teeth whitening, the treatment will begin. Your gums will be fully protected with a hygienic rubber dam whilst the whitening gel is applied and activated with a safe and clinically approved laser light which enables the gel to swiftly penetrate the discolouration on your teeth. This procedure is repeated 3 times over an hour and our active ingredient used to whiten the teeth is carbamide peroxide. Smile White prides our self on our high level of customer care and satisfaction; our customers have achieved amazing teeth whitening results and we always ensure that after the treatment they have all the information they need to keep their white bright smile. We are committed to raising standards within the teeth

whitening industry and are pleased to announce that we will be opening our Training Academy at the beginning of November 2011. Further details will be announced within the RTN within the next few weeks and full information can be can be found on our website www.smile-white-europe.com

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Are you suffering from by

Dr Ben Tinker

The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre

pain in your back? RESEARCH IS starting to show that pain is a signal that there is something wrong happening in the body. Knowing why you have pain is the question you need to ask yourself. It is true that your body can heal itself. It does so continuously throughout the day and night, for example the bumps and falls we have, minor cuts, removal of toxins and even rogue cancer cells. The system which controls the healing process is the Nerve System. This tells your brain everything which is going on in your body and sends messages of problem areas which need to be fixed. Different parts of our body take different times to heal. For example, a broken bone may take between six weeks to three months to heal; a torn

Chiropractors are considered the specialists in back pain all over the world

muscle may take three months; a cut may take a few weeks. If you are suffering for longer than normal (and some of our clients have been suffering for more than 40 years) that is telling us that your brain is unable to feel what is happening in the problem area, and there maybe an interference in the nerve system. WHO IS LOOKING AFTER YOUR NERVE SYSTEM? Back pain, in which chiropractors are considered the specialists all around the world, is normally a sign there is a problem in this nerve system. SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP YOU? At Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre we firstly do a very thorough examination to determine what is causing your problem. The chiropractors will study every case and come up with a plan. In the second visit we will explain the plan to you in a way which you can understand. Our policy is to tell you the truth, we will tell you what is best for you at the time you come in and what is not good for you as well. After that you make a commitment to help your body out and start your care plan. Linda Sainsbury, 68, who was suffering from very bad back pain, says this about our office: “Dr Ben straightened me out! After only two weeks I was feeling better and soon after the pain went away. It was very successful and thank you.” Dr Ben says: “Linda really took control of her health from the moment that she understood her problem. She was helping her back by resting properly, doing light exercise including swimming and push ups.” If you require help with back pain or other pain within your body please contact the Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre on 96 686 5432.

For an appointment with Dr. Tinker, please contact The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre on 966 865 432

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Spanish Wine Week THE COSTA Narejos Hotel and Spa in Los Alcazares will be hosting a Spanish Wine Week from this coming Sunday, 16th October until 21st October. By taking advantage of their FREE accommodation offer you will also receive a free complimentary bottle of wine per room. The hotel is a great place to spend a couple of nights away from it all and for just the cost of your breakfast and your evening meal, based on two people sharing, you can enjoy the luxurious surroundings of this four star hotel and also enjoy a complimentary spa circuit as well as the wine…what more could you ask for?! For more information, call 96 858 3980, email info@hotelcostanarejos.com or visit www.hotelcostanarejos.com.

The trouble with being self employed HAVING JUST won the pools or lottery, just retired or taken early retirement, maybe even had some redundancy money or just plain fed up with being employed, you have therefore decided to strike out on your own - I mean just how difficult could it be? Having just invested a huge amount of cash into your dream which has gone pearshaped or is beginning to go downhill is bad enough, without having someone like me telling you exactly what is going wrong. It is, believe me, a bitter pill to swallow. Bosses really don’t like being told what to do, which is why they are the boss. So, first a little advice to those who are still thinking of taking the plunge…Don’t. Although many recently closed restaurant sites are available at very reasonable prices, dreaming about it and actually doing it are many miles apart. I tell people that doing exactly what you have always dreamed about is a bit like taking up a hobby, such as playing golf: it’s unlikely to make you money - in fact it’s more likely going to cost you money. If on the other hand you want to make money then I’m afraid you will probably have to do some things that you don’t particularly like doing, remember that? Just like when you were once employed. Finding the owners of a failing business is usually

easy: if it’s a pub then they are either on the computer, at the bar, on a day off or playing the fruit machines or if it’s a restaurant, “In the office.” Believe me if you don’t have any customers you won’t need an office. What you like is usually much different to what others like, so filling your trading space with your own personal stuff is no guarantee that your customers will agree with your style, nor will playing your favourite songs be to everyone else’s taste. You can always tell when the boss is “off tonight”, as a member of staff will be playing at a much increased volume, their own particular favourites, for your enjoyment? One couple we helped remained open until the very early hours of the morning having only recently opened their place. They described the gathered throng of people as “Friends”. So I asked if these friends were the sort of people that they would invite into their own private home. “No, not really” she said. Are they the sort of friends that would invite you into their own private home? “Probably not” they both agreed. Then they’re customers, not friends. Being your own boss sounds great as no-one is going to disagree with you as it may just cost them their job. Whatever you say goes, it has to - even when you don’t want to make a decision everyone

will turn to you for advice and there is no-one else to ask. Yes, the buck stops here. If you don’t come up with a solution soon people will begin to wonder if you are competent to be a boss, so sometimes bosses make it up as they go along. Sometimes, luckily, you get it right but even when it all goes horribly wrong it’s almost impossible for a boss to say “Sorry, I made a mistake.” Our own Thieves Kitchen Company, in part, consists of a group of such self-employed bosses, spread worldwide, anonymous to outsiders who never-the-less communicate with us, and each other, as well as argue individual points occasionally, without the fear of payment being withheld or anyone being fired. I remember one particularly arrogant ownerchef who shouted at a nervous waitress who came in with a customer complaint, to tell the customer in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t like his food, which was “brilliant” by the way, that he didn’t know what he was talking about and to clear off and eat elsewhere. I simply suggested that maybe he could convey the message himself much better as the owner, than sending back the waitress; he soon changed his attitude when I then insisted that he go out personally and explain.

Edwin Cheeseman is a practical food consultant. If you have a question about food email cheeseman@roundtownnews.com


Keeping herself Showbiz Goss by

Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

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THE LATEST in a long line of Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriends, 31-year-old Holly Madison, has announced, quite openly, that she has insured her boobettes for a million dollareenos, and none other than Lloyds of London have drawn up the policy. “In case anything happens to them” said Holly in an interview with People Magazine. Looking very bottle blondie and smiley in her foto, Holly then said: “I´ve heard about people getting their body parts insured and I thought …’why not!’… if anything happened to my boobs I´d be out for a few months, and probably a million dollars too.” Aah bless … it’s a funny old game having a dandy set of headlights … come to think of it, I wonder what could possibly happen to them? Get smaller? Or bigger even? Or fall off? Is there truly that much money in guys needing to get back in touch with the original food source? Sadly, Holly rambled on a bit more, saying: “I think it’s kinda funny that they´re getting the credit they deserve.” Honestly, she said this - “They are my primary money-makers right now.” Pearls of wisdom from boobie girl Holly Madison. FOOTNOTE: Other famous folks with mega bucks insurance cover: … Supermodel Heidi Klum: Legs, $1.5 million … Fernando Alonso: Thumbs, $9 million … and bringing up the rear … Jennifer Lopez: Bum, $18 million.

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I didn’t see any of the Red or Black, a TV show formatted by people around Simon Cowell and not by him as the promotion material is suggesting, that buys audience figures by giving away a million pounds … or not! … on a 50/50 roll of the dice in a Roulette style game. But I am not here to talk about the show as, like I said, I didn´t see any of it. I am more interested in talking about the presenters Ant and Dec, as I struggle to understand why they are employed so much. All they are, in my opinion, is a couple of ‘cheekie chappies’ who were cast members of school drama Grange Hill way back when, and continue to be a couple of kids playing at being grown up, and I don’t know about you but if I had a chance at a million on the roll of a dice I would want someone a bit more mature to steer me through the tension of it all. They would be good at a TV show about the game of marbles for example with people arguing about whether it was in the circle or not, or even better a ´You are It’ show, that would work big time.

I just want to drop in a quick piece on the wee Canadian laddie Justin Beiber who’s beside himself with excitement at the thought of working with Mariah Carey on his Xmas album ‘Mistletoe’, when he´ll be singing a duet with her on ‘All I Want for Xmas is You’, a huge success for Mariah in 1994. Yes, all you young girl fans of baby boy Beiber, he will also be cranking up a few other Xmas gems on the album in the company of his mentor Usher, Boys 2 Men, rapper Busta Rhymes and country group The Band Perry. What’s the odds that wee Justin has secret thoughts of jumping into a Xmas stocking and posting himself to Mariah’s house as a special prez for his dream girl/woman… Justin’s CD ‘Mistletoe’ will be released 18th December.

Mary,Mary

This one is a genuine pre-plagiaric Book article so fans of Patterson’s Review by Danny psychologist and FBI agent Alex Cross Collins and family will not be disappointed. copy@dannyjpcollins.com ONE OF the last from author James Patterson before he began his annoying trend of collaborating with unknown hack writers anxious to put their name next to his – albeit in smaller text – on the cover, thus saving the aging Mr Patterson the bother of actually writing anything and allowing his publisher to produce a mediocre book in the process, no doubt with the exhortation to buy because it’s James Patterson. Don’t be fooled – it’s not. But this one is the genuine pre-plagiaric article so fans of Patterson’s psychologist and FBI agent Alex Cross and family will not be disappointed. Nana Mama’s pleas have prevailed and Alex has left the FBI to concentrate on his psychology practice and that’s probably just as well because Little Guy Alex Jr is now permanently (we hope) back in the family. But there’s a problem for Alex Sr. Wouldn’t you know it but Hollywood has a new psycho and Cross in on the case, lured their by his old pal Sampson and his old boss at the Bureau? Cross isn’t too upset, however, because this case also puts him on

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the track of the man who killed his wife María in a long past drive-by shooting. The thrills are on as that enquiring mind goes into action and Cross’s date with the Tinsel town psychopath gets nearer: thrills on tap for everyone. Author: James Patterson Publisher: headline (paperback) Price: €11.20 ISBN: 0 7553 2305

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BENIDORM’S GAY Business Association (BGBA) is pleased to announce the programme for Benidorm’s first ever gay pride over three days from 21st to 23rd October, attracting thousands of gay men and women from around Europe. Madrid, Barcelona, Sitges and Gran Canaria have all hosted Gay Prides for many years with great success, each attracting thousands of visitors. Benidorm is the latest resort to step up to the mark. Careful consideration was given to the dates of the event so it didn’t conflict with any other major Pride events in Europe. Benidorm already hosts a Gay Village in the old town of Benidorm that has been established for many years. Unfortunately Gran Canaria and Sitges have stormed ahead achieving visitor numbers unheard of in Benidorm. Benidorm Gay Business Association (BGBA), a collective of over 70 local Spanish, English and Dutch businesses, have planned the event to show how eclectic the gay scene is here in Benidorm. Gay visitors are going to discover the jewel in the Costa Blanca Crown. Major sponsors feature local and National companies who have thrown their weight behind the event. Spokesperson Julia Grant says that the Town Hall has been so supportive of this event it can obviously see the benefits of encouraging gay tourism to choose Benidorm. The BGBA submitted a 5 year plan to host the event.

The event starts “Friday 21st October with a themed Parade: ‘Come as you Dare’.

Gay Pride 2011 is a community fundraising event and the organisers are selling PledgeBands with a donation of 10€ to go to local charities. Entrance to the park area is by donation but only PledgeBand Holders will be allowed into the main stage arena - the Julio Iglesias Arena where all major artists will be appearing. A spokesperson for the BGBA hopes all participants and visitors will buy PledgeBands and support the fund for good causes. PledgeBands are available at all BGBA members’ bars and also on the main gate to the event. The event starts Friday 21st October with a themed Parade: ‘Come as you Dare’. This colourful spectacular will soon become a major event in the Spanish Fiestas calendar - Expect to see the colourful and the outrageous on the streets. The parade will start at Avda Madrid and proceed down Avda de Alcoy, Avda Bilbao Avda Del Mediterraneo, Rotonda de Correos and Parque De La Higuera, finishing at the entrance to the park. On entering the park, two main stage areas will provide entertainment over the next three nights. Mayor Augustin Navarro will welcome visitors to Benidorm. Molino Benidorm will entrance the crowd with the opening spectacular followed by a tribute

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BGBA will provide their own forms of entertainment through till 6am. The first of three major themed night parties starts at 2am. Frenetica are launching off the Party season: these scintillating events are to become a monthly feature on the Benidorm Gay Scene. Revellers are going to meet on the Freedom beach on La playa del Mal Pas Saturday and Sunday before the entertainment and parties begin back in the park. The park will open at 12pm featuring top tunes from Hotmale Radio 95.5 here in Benidorm and 105.7

event has three main “ The stages 56 hours to Zanzibar Revisited, a famous old gay bar that has been closed for many years. Benidorm Palace will provide the Glitz and Glamour, in a special tribute. We will then see several headliners to close the show in the Park. Two satellite stages open at 9pm, the first in Plaza Constitucion and also Escanario Mercado. These stages will host local talent through till 2am. Members of the

of entertainment with 135 artists appearing from all over Europe.

throughout the Costa Blanca. At approximately 2pm, the entertainment will begin, featuring top English and cabaret artists from the gay scene. At around 7pm an amazing Fashion Show will feature on the main stage area showing the latest ES Collection Headliners will finish off the Saturday night before returning to the Satellite Stages through till 2am. Fiesta Blanca hosted by Gaydar Es will be the Party to be seen at, starting at 2am and continuing until 8am; one of the major events for the party people attending. All the parties are ticketed events and all three parties tickets are 15€. Those with staying power have it all to go through again on the Sunday at the park and the parties. There will be a time to reflect on Sunday Night when at approximately 8.30pm a Candlelit Vigil will remember all our friends present and past. This emotional hour will be followed by closing artists. Back to the Satellites till Midnight and then those that have the stamina will proceed to The Underground where ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ will be the closing party to end our celebrations. We encourage members of the public to get down and see the parade and support their families and friends who will be in the Parade. The event has three main stages 56 hours of entertainment

Angie Brown with 135 artists appearing from all over Europe. The gay community, both English and Spanish, need to get behind this event to show Benidorm that we are all PROUD of who we are. *Artists correct at time of printing


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Poppy-Luv Variety Concert Compiled by

Eric Taylor Presenter Heat Gold 94.1FM

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VERY special Variety Concert, ‘Poppy-Luv’, has been organized on Friday 21st October at the Casa del Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, to benefit the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2011. This concert will bring you the talents of Paul Melba, impressionist; Vince Tracy the man of many faces including Father Ignacio and Rocking Rupert; Dawson Chance, ventriloquist and comedian; the lovely Liverpudlian song-bird Jenny Renn and Costa Blanca favourites Barry Britten and Chris Allen. This will be a variety show of the old school but updated: good clean fun incorporating song, music, and humour. The show will start at 8pm and tickets are 10€ available from Pamala Dawson-Tasker at her box-office: 96 686 0735 (phone any time but if you get Ansafone, just leave your number for a return call) or email: pdawson802t@cv.gva.es. Tickets are also available from the cafeteria of the Casa de Cultura, Monday to Saturday.

Anna Summer Female Vocalist

ANNA SUMMER is a new female solo artist on the Costa Blanca, offering gentle background music for restaurants and quieter functions, or raucous party music for larger venues and bars, or for special occasions, and private parties. Her repertoire covers music from Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, through to the vibrant 80s and Blondie, Eurythmics and Cher. She is also the vocalist with ‘Bunty & the Beano’s’ and The Rommy Baker Orchestra. For more info phone: 96 646 2317 or 675 860 665. GIGS FOR OCTOBER Friday 14th, Vocalist with Rommy Baker Orchestra, Canor Saturday 15th, Spencer’s Bistro, Moravit, Moraira Wednesday 19th - Thursday 27th (Holiday) Friday 28th, Arena Bar, Denia Saturday 29th, Private Party, Denia

The KC Experience Ian Henry – Musician/Entertainer Acoustic Duo

THE KC Experience is an acoustic duo formed by Kelly Lee (from Black Glitter) voice, piano and Carlos Bou (from Black Glitter) on acoustic guitar. Their repertoire includes well know jazz standards, Eva Cassidy, Amy Winehouse, Metallica. This is a Duo to see, listen to and by the end of the evening they will have you singing and dancing to the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and the likes of Coldplay, Duffy and Agnes. This Duo is strictly acoustic! The KC Experience performs every Tuesday at Steinways, Jazz n¨Blues Club in Denia. For more information you can visit them on Facebook.

IAN HENRY has worked for over 30 years as a professional musician and entertainer. With his own brand of humour and unique musical and vocal talent, he is a much sought after compere and cabaret entertainer. Ian often plays keyboards with some of the local jazz bands and is also a classical pianist/organist so has the chance to play at many a Costa Blanca Wedding. He and his wife Gill also worked with the legendary Lyn Paul as the ‘Sound Of The New Seekers’. Try and catch his latest crazy Karaoke Fun Show, a full show of music and comedy followed by karaoke. Ian is ideal for any event as he is a versa-

tile and professional performer. Read more about him at www. doubleimpactmusic.com GIGS FOR OCTOBER Saturday 15th, La Mesa Rte, Los Limonares Hotel, Moraira Sunday 16th, Satari’s Restaurant, Moraira (piano) 1.30pm Wednesday 19th, Malibu Piano Bar, Benidorm (Jazz Trio) Thursday 20th, The D’Ricardo Restaurant, Gran Alacant Sunday 23rd, Satari’s Restaurant, Moraira (piano) 1.30pm Sunday 23rd, Spencers Bistro, Moravit, Moraira Saturday 29th, Satari’s Restaurant, Moraira (Halloween Party) Sunday 30th, Satari’s Restau-

rant, Moraira (piano) 1.30pm Sunday 30th, Spencers Bistro, Moravit, Moraira

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 or 659 921 875 or email: etinspain@hotmail.com. If there are any music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column,please contact Eric directly.


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by Jack Troughton

HOUGHT PROVOKING and at times wickedly funny, Careline Theatre clambered between the sheets to examine relationships, marriage and sex in A State of Affairs. By Graham Swannell, it takes a look at the darker side of life – whether thinking of cheating, engaging in an illicit romance, being caught out, or facing up to the damage done. There was also a lot of evidence that the female of the species – praying mantis like – really is stronger than the male. The series of four individual plays were a challenge for a talented 11 strong cast and it was a tribute to their skills that last Thursday’s first night in Alcalali was such an enjoyable evening’s entertainment. However, the demands of the script mean long monologues and quick interchanges of dialogue that did take a toll and at times reliance on the prompt broke up the flow of words. In ‘Stuttgart’, Dennis Arthurs was bumbling Terrence, a middle-aged man rehearsing how to tell Caroline, his younger wife, that his appetite for “doing it” is declining and makes the mistake of adding his doctor had suggested an affair as a cure. Caroline, a wonderful Leigh Patterson, is not amused – especially at the suggestion of a ‘once-a-month’ frolic. She takes control by reminding Terrence of the fun they enjoyed in the German city before stripping to her lingerie to demonstrate. Problem solved. Love was not in the contract repeated Jack (Neil Carter) in ‘Consequences’, after climbing out of bed with Candy

Jim Sissens and Leigh Patterson in Day of the Dog

Wright’s Frances. However, she firmly believed the affair was all about love and has already told Jack’s longsuffering wife Milly (Brenda Taylor) and her own hubby. The die was cast before Milly turns up at the “sordid” room to confront Jack – and his house of cards tumbled down. ‘The Day of the Dog’ was the easiest of the four pieces to digest. A miserable and guilt-ridden Allan – excellently portrayed by Tony Lawley - nurses a stiff whiskey in a pub beer garden. He has been thrown out after confessing to his wife he had bedded a solicitor’s wife. Enter ‘Jack-the-lads’ Andy Crabbe and Jim Sissens, who not only claim to have enjoyed a “dabble” with the same lady, but continually boast of their own conquests, hand out some highly dubious advice – and then pick up two

sun-bathing lovelies. A tribute to director Lee Walker’s skill in making sure actors without lines continue to perform – illustrated here as Leigh Patterson and Candy Wright actually say very little but are constantly and believably acting. The final play was ‘Commitment’. Robin Baxter as Ellis and making a winning debut with Careline, Michele Averard as Joanna, were a young and exhausted couple wondering where the fun in their lives had gone after the birth of their son – and start envying their friends. But when an emotional Julia (Linda Arthurs) arrived to say her husband has run off with the busty help, Ellis and Joanna realise the importance of their family unit – and the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show - La Senieta, Moraira

LE CABARET Promotions have teamed up with Heat Gold 94.1FM to present The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show on Tuesday 18th October and Wednesday 19th October at the La Senieta, Moraira at 7.30pm. Starring the legendary Irish comic and comedian, Jimmy Cricket, plus support from Barry Moon, Mike Lee, and May (Mrs Cricket). Tickets are 12.50€, to book phone Mike & Val on: 663 733 811. Tickets also available from these locations: Spencers Bistro, Moravit, Moraira - 96 574 9129 Panache Hair & Beauty Salon, Moraira - 96 574 5357 Heat Gold Studio - (text 65 66 34000) Above Global Cars, Moraira

5 course fine dining including ½ bottle wine pp bread, ali-oli and dips-

12.95€

Live Music with ROB SWEENEY October 14th Now taking bookings for Christmas & New Year, early

reservations are advised OPEN FOR SUNDAY LUNCH. CLOSED SUNDAY NIGHT & MONDAY, OPEN AGAIN FOR TUESDAY LUNCH

HALOWEEN PARTIES: 28th October ZODIAC 31st October JOHN THE FIDDLER


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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Celebrity MasterChef 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Sofa Surfers 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Dick & Dom Go Wild 17:30 Planet Dinosaur Files 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Would I Lie to You? 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Come Fly with Me 24:05 Come Fly with Me

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:35 Charlie and Lola 10:45 Nuzzle & Scratch 11:05 Get Squiggling! 11:20 Zingzillas 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 World Gymnastics Championships 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Culture Show 21:00 Gardeners’ World 21:30 Autumnwatch Live 22:30 Autumnwatch Unsprung 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 There’s No Taste Like Home 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 DCI Banks 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Troy

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Supernanny USA 10:55 Supersize vs Superskinny 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Restoration Man 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:15 River Cottage Bites 14:25 They Rode West 16:05 Channel 4 Presents 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal Live 18:00 Celebrity Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Comic Strip Presents: The Hunt for Tony Blair 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:35 Ricky Gervais: Science 24:35 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 I Do (but I Don’t) 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 Ultimate Police Interceptors 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Bachelor 24:00 Big Brother 24:30 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

06:00 Formula 1 08:30 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Formula 1 15:15 Racing from Ascot 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News 18:25 Celebrity MasterChef 19:25 Strictly Come Dancing 21:15 Merlin 22:00 Casualty 22:50 National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:45 The Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 Pixelface 09:35 Splatalot 10:00 Live ‘n’ Deadly 11:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 11:30 I Want My Own Room 12:00 Deadly Art 12:15 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 Top Hat 14:35 Racing from Ascot 15:15 Coast 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 The Great British Bake Off Masterclass 17:30 World Gymnastics Championships 19:10 Six Days Seven Nights 20:45 Flog It! 21:15 Dad’s Army 21:45 A History of Ancient Britain 22:45 QI XL 23:30 Lulu - Something to Shout About

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:00 Live Rugby World Cup 12:45 ITV News 12:55 Coronation Street 15:15 Racing Stripes 17:15 Rugby World Cup Highlights 18:15 Granada News 18:30 ITV News 18:45 You’ve Been Framed! 19:15 All Star Family Fortunes 20:15 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:45 The X Factor 22:55 The Jonathan Ross Show 23:55 ITV News 24:10 This Is Michael Buble

08:00 British F3 International Series 08:25 Glasgow Riverside Rat Race 08:50 Channel 4 Presents 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Professor Green’s Hijack: Party Starters Top 20 10:50 Smallville 11:45 Video Exclusive 11:50 Big Bang Theory 12:20 Made in Chelsea 13:25 Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Simpsons 14:25 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Channel 4 Presents 17:10 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:15 4thought.tv 20:20 Father Ted 20:45 A Time Team Special 21:45 World War II: The Last Heroes 22:45 Die Hard 2

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:15 Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Animal Families 11:00 The Gadget Show 12:00 Big Brother 12:55 Big Brother 13:25 Hotel Inspector 14:25 Captain Horatio Hornblower 16:40 Clash of the Titans 19:00 Jason and the Argonauts 20:50 5 News Weekend 20:55 NCIS 21:55 NCIS 22:55 Big Brother 23:55 Extraordinary People 24:55 Inside Hollywood

06:00 BBC News 06:30 Record Europe 07:00 Formula 1 10:15 The Andrew Marr Show 11:15 Sunday Morning Live 12:15 The Politics Show 13:20 A Question of Sport 13:50 Match of the Day Live 16:00 Formula 1 18:00 Lifeline 18:10 Points of View 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 BBC News; Regional News 19:25 Countryfile 20:25 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Spooks 23:00 BBC News; Regional News 23:25 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:10 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:45 American Flyers

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06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:30 Live Rugby World Cup 12:40 ITV News 12:50 Smokey and the Bandit 14:35 The X Factor 16:45 Downton Abbey 18:00 Rugby World Cup Highlights 19:00 Granada News 19:15 ITV News 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 Holding Out for a Hero 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Downton Abbey 23:15 That Sunday Night Show 23:45 ITV News 24:00 Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son

07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 Channel 4 Presents 07:50 Great East Swim 08:45 One Tree Hill 09:30 Hollyoaks 12:00 Professor Green Unseen 12:25 Live and Lost: Chipmunk 12:30 Celebrity Coach Trip 13:05 Celebrity Coach Trip 13:35 Celebrity Coach Trip 14:10 Celebrity Coach Trip 14:40 Celebrity Coach Trip 15:10 The Simpsons 15:40 The Simpsons 16:10 Grand Designs 17:20 Deal or No Deal Live 18:20 Channel 4 News 18:50 The Political Slot 18:55 4thought.tv 19:00 Night at the Museum 2 21:00 River Cottage Veg 22:00 Secret Millionaire 23:00 What Happens in Vegas 24:55 Comic’s Choice

07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Little Princess 09:05 Milkshake! Monkey 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:10 Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Animal Families 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:10 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 12:05 Highland Emergency 12:35 Big Brother 13:35 The Love Bus 14:05 Angels in the Outfield 16:00 TMNT 17:35 Toy Story 19:20 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Behind Enemy Lines

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tv Sunday 08:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 09:35 Match of the Day 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 MotoGP 13:45 Hondo 15:05 EastEnders 17:00 World Gymnastics Championships 18:25 Dances with Wolves 21:15 Top Gear 22:00 Fry’s Planet Word 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:10 Mock the Week 24:45 Never Mind the Buzzcocks

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Gossip Girl 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 The Cube 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 22:00 The X Factor USA 24:00 The Only Way Is Essex 24:45 The Only Way Is Essex

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Privileged 12:10 90210 13:00 Greek 13:55 Scrubs 14:55 Hollyoaks 15:25 Gilmore Girls 16:20 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 22:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 23:00 Embarrassing Bodies 24:05 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers

10:00 Deal or No Deal 10:55 D-Day the Sixth of June 13:00 Deal or No Deal Live 14:00 How Clean Is Your House? 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Grand Designs 22:00 Dogma 24:25 Heroes of Comedy

Wild Britain with Ray Mears ITV1, 21.00

07:00 Emmerdale 10:00 Models, Misfits and Mayhem 11:00 Minute to Win It 12:00 You’ve Been Framed! 12:25 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 13:00 The X Factor USA 14:30 The X Factor USA 16:20 The Only Way Is Essex 17:05 The Only Way Is Essex 17:50 Back to the Future 20:10 The Hot Desk 20:20 Grimefighters 20:50 Homes from Hell 21:50 Superhuman 22:55 The Xtra Factor 23:55 Matt Cardle: Into the Light 24:55 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched Up! 07:50 How to Look Good Naked 08:45 How to Look Good Naked 09:45 Wife Swap USA 10:45 Supernanny USA 11:35 Supernanny USA 12:30 Wife Swap USA 13:25 Gok’s Fashion Fix 14:25 Hollyoaks 17:00 Made in Chelsea 18:05 One Tree Hill 19:05 Samantha Who? 19:35 Big Bang Theory 20:35 Happy Endings 21:05 How I Met Your Mother 21:35 Big Bang Theory 22:10 Rude Tube 22:45 Run Fatboy Run 24:45 Big Bang Theory

10:00 A Place in the Sun 10:35 3 Minute Wonder 10:40 Time Team 11:40 Time Team 12:40 Time Team 13:45 Time Team 14:45 Journey to the Center of the Earth 17:20 Grand Designs 18:25 Grand Designs 19:30 Grand Designs 20:35 Grand Designs 21:40 Grand Designs 22:45 The Story of Film: An Odyssey 24:10 Dogma

World War II: The Last Heroes Channel 4, 21.45

07:00 Coronation Street 09:05 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Street 15:00 All Star Family Fortunes 15:40 71 Degrees North 16:45 The Xtra Factor 17:45 Matt Cardle: Into the Light 18:45 Back to the Future Part II 21:00 Grimefighters 21:25 Grimefighters 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:15 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 Models, Misfits and Mayhem

07:00 Switched 07:25 Supernanny USA 08:10 Supernanny USA 09:05 How to Look Good Naked 10:05 How to Look Good Naked 11:10 Supersize vs Superskinny 12:10 Supernanny USA 13:10 Supernanny USA 14:05 How to Look Good Naked 15:10 How to Look Good Naked 16:15 Supersize vs Superskinny 17:15 Smallville 18:10 Independence Day 21:00 Stardust 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:00 The IT Crowd 24:30 Derren Brown: How to Be a Psychic Spy

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Channel 5, 19.20

10:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 11:00 Scrapheap Challenge 12:05 Scrapheap Challenge 13:05 Scrapheap Challenge 14:10 Scrapheap Challenge 15:10 Channel 4 Presents 15:15 Channel 4 Presents 15:20 Channel 4 Presents 15:25 Four in a Bed 16:30 Four in a Bed 17:35 Four in a Bed 18:05 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 20:25 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Jamie at Home 21:30 Jamie at Home 22:00 Jamie’s American Food Revolution 23:00 The Real King’s Speech 24:05 Curb Your Enthusiasm


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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Celebrity MasterChef 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Barney’s Latin America 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Dick & Dom Go Wild 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Motorway Cops 23:00 BBC News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Spooks

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 I Can Cook 11:25 Louie 11:30 Baby Jake 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 A History of Ancient Britain 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Home Cooking Made Easy 22:00 Origins of Us 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Dragons’ Den: How to Win in the Den

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 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 There’s No Taste Like Home 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Little England 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Exposure 24:35 That Sunday Night Show

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 10:55 Supersize vs Superskinny 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 14:05 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 14:30 Man with the Gun 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal Live 18:00 Celebrity Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Return of the Worst 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Brave New World with Stephen Hawking 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Fresh Meat

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:20 The Wishing Well 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Celebrity Wish List 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 New Hotel Inspector 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Celebrity MasterChef 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Barney’s Latin America 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Body Farm 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Kid’s Speech 24:25 Cherry’s Parenting Dilemmas

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 I Can Cook 11:25 Louie 11:30 Baby Jake 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 A Culture Show Special 20:30 Escape to the Country 21:00 Coast 22:00 This World 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 RTS Huw Wheldon Lecture 2011: TV: Modern Father of History

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07:25 Treacle People 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Undercover Boss USA 10:55 Supersize vs Superskinny 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 14:10 Channel 4 Presents 14:15 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 14:45 Comanche Station 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal Live 18:00 Celebrity Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Return of the Worst 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 22:00 Mary Queen of Frocks 23:00 Shameless 24:10 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Picking Up and Dropping Off 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Real Food Family Cook Off 21:00 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 22:00 CSI: Miami 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Gossip Girl 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:35 Loose Women 18:30 The Only Way Is Essex 19:15 The Only Way Is Essex 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 Minute to Win It 22:00 Vampire Diaries 23:00 Models, Misfits and Mayhem 24:00 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Celebrity MasterChef 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Barney’s Latin America 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Serious Explorers 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Waterloo Road 21:30 Planet Dinosaur 22:00 Britain’s Child Beggars 23:00 BBC News 23:35 National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:20 Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Charlie and Lola 10:45 Mister Maker 11:05 I Can Cook 11:20 Louie 11:25 Baby Jake 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Coast 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 A History of Ancient Britain 21:00 All Roads Lead Home 22:00 Faster Than the Speed of Light? 23:00 Rab C Nesbitt 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Lions - New Zealand 1971

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 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 There’s No Taste Like Home 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 UEFA Champions League 24:35 Ladette To Lady: Australia

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Undercover Boss USA 10:55 Supersize vs Superskinny 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:15 Panic in the Streets 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal Live 18:00 Celebrity Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Return of the Worst 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Britain 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:50 Shameless 24:55 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 It Had to Be You 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Dangerous Drivers’ School 22:00 Paul Merton’s Adventures 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Impossible?

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Gossip Girl 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 Gossip Girl 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Bourne Ultimatum

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07:00 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Gossip Girl 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of New York City 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:30 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 19:50 The X Factor 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Corrie Extra: Just Rosie 23:45 Bourne Supremacy

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Privileged 12:10 90210 13:05 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 My Name Is Earl 22:00 One Tree Hill 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 Misfits

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 Carry On Constable 12:40 Channel 4 Presents 12:45 Channel 4 Presents 12:50 Channel 4 Presents 12:55 Channel 4 Presents 13:00 Deal or No Deal Live 14:00 How Clean Is Your House? 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Grand Designs 22:00 Three in a Bed 23:00 Country House Rescue 24:05 8 Boys and Wanting a Girl

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10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 D-Day the Sixth of June 13:00 Deal or No Deal Live 14:05 How Clean Is Your House? 14:40 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Grand Designs 22:00 Come Dine with Me 23:00 True Stories 24:45 Come Dine with Me

Emergency with Made in Chelsea Angela Griffin E4, 21.00 Sky1 21.00

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Greek 08:35 90210 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Privileged 12:10 90210 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:30 Glee 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:25 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:25 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Independence Day 23:45 Run Fatboy Run

Emergency Kirstie’s with Angela Griffin Handmade Britain Sky1 21.00 Channel 4, 21.00

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 White Feather 13:00 Deal or No Deal Live 14:00 How Clean Is Your House? 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 20:55 Grand Designs 22:00 Time Team 23:00 Time Team 24:05 Camelot


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07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Charlie and Lola 10:45 Mister Maker 11:05 I Can Cook 11:25 Louie 11:30 Baby Jake 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Diagnosis Murder 14:45 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 A History of Ancient Britain 21:00 The Great British Bake Off Revisited 22:00 Mixed Britannia 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Burnistoun 24:50 Women!

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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 Granada News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 There’s No Taste Like Home 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Party People

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07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Undercover Boss USA 10:55 How to Look Good Naked 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Restoration Man 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 River Cottage Bites 14:25 The Hound of the Baskervilles 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal Live 18:00 Celebrity Coach Trip 18:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Return of the Worst 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 22:00 Educating Essex 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Secret Millionaire

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Expiry dates on medicals

The new BMW out today

Hello Brian: I refer to your article in the RTN dated 16th - 22nd September. Like your reader, Pat Montgomery, my wife and I had medicals at a local medical centre, on by Brian 4th October 2010 and believed they were good for three years. Deller On reading your article and checking the small print, Trafico Director (as soon as I can get an appointment) to take

Author of Motoring in Spain

via Google translator, we too have paid out 120€ for what was 90 days cover. This also means that it is going to cost us €480 a year for medicals. That’s a nice little earner for the centre? The classifications on the certificate are B - EB. What are they? The most worrying of all is that we have been driving around not covered by the medical. I am almost 73 my wife 71. Does this nullify our car insurance? I am hesitant to go and have another medical: what is your advice here? For your information I have just renewed my driving licence in UK via the Internet. It took five days from my applying online to receiving the new licence, with no cost or medicals! It appears that the Spanish do everything they can to fleece the expats - or am I being biased? If you can advise we would appreciate your reply. By the way I enjoy your column each week; thank you. Charles Cuthbert, Benichembla Dear Charles, It would appear that we expats are being fleeced but I am sure that it is an oversight by the higher echelons (bosses) in Trafico, the organisation that the clinics report to for motoring medicals and I am soon to visit the local

up the matter with him/her so the anomaly can be corrected. I have a Spanish licence but in May this year for just about all the nine classifications I hold, I was charged €60 (I am 73) but it was renewed for another three years. Personally, if I were you, I would continue driving but carry the medical certificate just in case to show you have had one but do not show it unless asked. The average policeman is ignorant of the rules governing expats and in this case it will only matter if you are involved in an accident where an injury occurs, (but tell your insurance broker) as the lawyers and Courts know of the rules for us. By then I should have an answer to solve the problem. I am willing to bet even the insurance-broker is unaware of the rules. My book has thirteen pages on all the various licence classifications in detail. Too much to put here, but ‘B’ is for normal cars; B+E is for a normal vehicle, e.g. car or van, up to a MAM of 3 500Kg towing a trailer with a MAM of up to 750 Kg: (MAM = maximum authorised mass). The licensing details are quite involved and I bet there are some expats with e.g. horse-boxes etc. unwittingly breaking the law, but as they say, ignorance is no excuse.

There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’ www.spainvia.com. Tel: 666 888 870 Brian Deller, author, book Motoring in Spain, ISBN No 978 84 611 9278 6. Shops’ addresses in my web site at: www.spainvia.com/bookshopslist.htm

BMW FANS look away now if you don’t want to see the interior of the new BMW model to be released today, 14th October; the sixth generation of the popular 3-series. The interior of the F30 3series features an enormous navigation screen, a plethora of wood finishes and a sporty, wider centre console. A brand first, the new 3-series F30 will feature signal indicators placed on the side mirrors, a design cue driven by European car safety regulations. Despite complicated and demanding pedestrian safety regulations, BMW has managed to keep the car’s nose sitting low, with a dynamic look echoing the 5 Series sedan.

World’s first ‘super bus’ to hit 155mph A SHEIK from the United Arab Emirates has asked for a ‘super bus’ to take him from Dubai to neighboring Abu Dhabi in under 30 minutes. A Dutch development by an astronaut and a former Formula One aerodynamics expert, the new bus is an electric vehicle costing £7million. The new super bus at 49ft long, 8ft wide, and 5.5ft high is made from lightweight materials including aluminum, carbon fiber, fiberglass, and polycarbonate, offering interior space for 23 passengers: it can achieve an impressive top speed of 155mph. Abu Dhabi’s traffic police chief, Brigadier General Hussein al Harethi, said: “Electricallypowered vehicles like this would not only alleviate traffic congestion but reduce air pollution. Electric vehicles are the transportation methods of today and we want to see more of them.”


Seat’s new city car is unveiled

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The Seat Mii is available in Spain from next month and the rest of Europe in 2012. THE SEAT Mii, represents the third variation part of Volkswagen’s city car offensive, is expected to go on sale in Spain next month, with the rest of Europe receiving it from spring 2012. The Mii, like the VW ‘Up’, will initially be available as a three-door, but a 5-door body style is also to enter the market toward the end of next year. Offered with two equipment packages (Chic and Sport) and three trim levels, the 2012 Seat Mii takes its power via 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol, offered with two power stages (60HP and 75HP). 60 HP will emit 105g/Km of CO2 requiring 4.5-litres of fuel per 100km while the 75HP model has CO2 levels of 108 g/km covering 100km on 4.7L of fuel. The Ecomotive pack available for the new Seat Mii consists of Start Stop and energy recuperation technology to reduce those figures to 97 grammes of CO2 per km: the two models will be able to achieve top speeds of 160 Km/h and 171 Km/h respectively. The Mii will be fitted with a manual gearbox as standard, with automated transmission also available. The car comes with the City Safety Assist system which works below 20 mph and warns and prevents collisions by automatically applying the brakes, and the Seat Portable System, integrating Sat-Nav, hands-free communication and on-board computer functions. The price of the Seat Mii is not yet available.

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Andy Kay With Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

RTN Golf Club update

Not a meeting of minds Dennis Jordan NORTH REGION

Mike Probert COSTA BLANCA REGION OF ALL the comments I’ve seen and heard since England’s demise at the Rugby World Cup, one has bothered me more than most. Speaking after the defeat to France, full back Ben Foden said: “The coaches analyse everything to the nth degree. In fact, we have so many meetings analysing the opposition and ourselves.” I wonder if a few of these meetings (dominated by tekkies, their lap tops and endless video clips) should have been replaced by some skills sessions where the majority of England’s players could have learnt how to pass to a man in space, how not to kick the ball directly in to touch, how to catch the ball without knocking it on and how to play to their full potential as opposed to running around like headless chickens. Just a thought…

Murcia Golf Hound Murcia Region

EVERYTHING BUSY on the courses with tee times difficult to get at the moment and a slow round reported on lots of Golf Course RTN Price Comments the courses: this will soon ease off and hopefully get back Alenda €45 Single Green fee (Buggy 28€) to a comfortable four hour round on most courses. €53 Single Green fee Greens are back to their excellent standard at Bonalba Alicante Golf after all the much needed repairing finished. Opening of Bonalba €42 Single Green fee (Buggy 24€) the new lake feature has now been put back, new date to Don Cayo €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 28€) be advised shortly. El Plantio €46 Single Green fee (Buggy 24€) To book any Twilight offers before the clocks go back on Font del Llop €40 Single Green fee (Buggy 20€) the 29th October here are a couple... €38 Single Green fee inc Buggy Twilight offer at El Plantio is excellent with a single green Villaitana Par 62 Villa Aitana Par 72 €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 30€) fee at 35€ booking late afternoon. Twilight offer at Don Cayo for 9 Holes is 24€ including For more information email Dennis at a buggy. If you would like to book any discounted green fees email dennis@roundtownnews.com or direct to www.benidormgolf.com on 630 714 373. rtngolfnorth@gmail.com or call us on 00 34 630 714 373. WE SEEM to be experiencing an ‘Indian Summer’ here in Spain as the weather forecasters keep threatening rain but we keep having beautiful sunny days. Most courses have now finished their hollow tining although Altorreal started this week and La Peraleja is still to determine when it will start its maintenance programme. Not a lot of change on the western front regarding autumn deals with those that exist trying to tempt you to play in 4 balls or at twilight times. The best autumn deals are still at Altorreal and Vistabella where you can still play at competitive rates and taking a drive to La Serena and La Peraleja will result in some of the lowest high season prices available.

LAST WEEK saw the Europro Tour visit Mar Menor Golf & Spa Resort near Torre Pacheco,with their season-ending grand finale – The Tour Championship. Our congratulations go to James Busby who won on the 3rd extra play-off hole after 3 impressive rounds totalling 14 under par! With such a large event being held at Mar Menor I thought that I would pay a visit to the course and investigate more for myself. Upon arrival it is easy to see why such a tour would choose Mar Menor as the destination for their season ending tournament. With the impressive 5* Intercontinental Hotel, excellent practice facilities and polite caddy staff, Mar Menor impresses from the moment you arrive. If you are yet to play Mar Menor then I can seriously recommend it. Look out for holes 13,14 and 15, which I thoroughly enjoyed and challenge anyone who plays here not to enjoy this stretch of the course!

Golf Course

RTN Price

Comments

Vistabella

€65

2 PL and 1 Buggy (weekend pm)

Altorreal

€55

2 PL and 1 Buggy ((Mon& Fri)

Las Colinas

€90

2 PL and Buggy (from3pm)

La Peraleja

€145

4 PL and 2 Buggy

La Finca

€228

4 PL and 2 Buggy

La Tercia

€65

2 PL and 1 Buggy

Las Ramblas

€200

4 PL and 2 Buggy

Roda

€98

2 PL and 1 Buggy (from 2pm)

For more information contact Mike at mike@roundtownnews.com or direct at Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931.

Golf Course

RTN Price

Comments

Alborán

€48

Single Green fee

Cortijo Grande

€29

Single Green fee

Aguilon

€44

Single Green fee

Desert Springs

€70

Single Green fee

Valle del Este

€35

Single Green fee

La Manga Club

€80

Single Green fee

For more information contact the Hound on Facebook, twitter: murciagolf@roundtownnews.com or 96 817 5716

ELCHE 7’S Still with rugby, if you’ve been enthused watching the running game served up by Wales in New Zealand, the place for you is the Stadio Martinez Valero in Elche on Tuesday 1st November. That’s the venue for the Elche international 7’s tournament which features men’s teams from England, Scotland, Wales Portugal, France and Spain and a women’s event with sides from Portugal, Holland, France and Spain. This is a serious attempt by the local rugby authorities to bring the IRB 7’s circuit to the Costa Blanca so your support would be much appreciated. Tickets are just €5 and can be bought from Garry on 692 676 242. LIVERPOOL BREAKAWAY Liverpool FC has a huge following in the Far East. So big in fact that the club’s Managing Director Ian Ayre wants them to go it alone with regards to negotiating overseas TV rights when the current collective Premier League deals end in 2013. Ayre needs 13 further clubs in the EPL to agree with him for a rule change and that is not going to happen because there’s no way that the smaller earning clubs like Bolton, Wolves and Wigan will support the idea. You only have to look at the two-horse race that is La Liga here in Spain to work out that rich clubs getting richer (Barcelona and Real Madrid have their own TV deals) does not make for a competitive or interesting league. And at least they’ve both won something recently. Having done diddly-squat since 2006, Liverpool still receives £23 million as part of the current agreement which isn’t bad for a bunch of serial under-achievers. Instead, perhaps Liverpool could add to their revenue by not paying for Mr Ayre’s transport costs. I mean, it must cost a fortune to fly him return from the Planet Tharg (or whatever planet he lives on) on a weekly basis!

ANYONE FOR FOOTBALL? Aged between 20 to 40 ? Torrevieja area Call Doug on 628 789 335


Handicapped!

Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

OVER THE last three or four weeks I have received a few calls and emails about the never ending problem of handicaps. This is a subject that drives most golfers potty. I wonder if we will ever really get a system where we all follow something that is simple and conclusive? The European Golf Association is responsible for the administration of golf handicaps all over Europe and they have a system that I personally think works perfectly for the type of golf played by most amateur golfers in Europe. Just why we cannot all adopt this system is beyond me and many others who have the responsibility to see fair play. Practically all of our golf societies have their own way of calculating handicaps to try and make sure that the prizes are spread around the largest percentage of members possible. Why this is so I do not know. Why can the best golfers not continually win until such time as others in the society rise to the challenge?. The very big problem of course comes when the society golfer comes to play outside his or her society and then have to play off their RFEG handicap or indeed the handicap they brought from the United Kingdom. This often sees them play off handicaps that are considerably higher than they should really be playing off and leads to accusations of cheating. This then causes considerable problems for those organising ‘open’ competitions - after the winner is announced we often get people asking: how is he playing off that handicap when he plays with XYZ Golf Society off half that? Many people have told me they will not play in League Matches because of the way handicaps are calculated. This means that the best players are not always present in these matches and that should not be the case. I can fully understand this question being asked but until we see all golf societies get into the real world and agree to use the EGA Handicapping System

we are never going to see this problem resolved. Amongst many societies there are players who just want to pick up a prize every week or so without ever having a handicap reduction. Now I may be wrong but when I was playing amateur golf I thought the whole idea was to get your handicap lower and be the best you could be. Has that become old fashioned or do we have a breed of golfers who just want to stay in a ‘comfort zone’ and not improve at all? Golf is all about fair play: is it not time to see more of it? WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over 180€ will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews.com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 14TH OCTOBER 2011 Thomas Bjorn comes from which country? A. Denmark B. Sweden C. Norway All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st October 2011 to be entered into October’s draw, which will be made on 31st October. The winner will be announced in RTN on 4th November 2011. WINNER OF SEPTEMBER’S DRAW Tony Sangwine NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Top quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to golf@roundtownnews.com

International Rugby 7’s in Elche

Futbol Club Torrevieja News AFTER MIXED fortunes in back-to-back away games against Muro resulting in a 20 defeat and a Levante B 2-2 draw (which was almost a win but for a last minute equaliser) Torry return to home soil on Sunday with a 6pm kick-off, to play Crevillente. FC Torrevieja now lies in 7th place and needs to win.

ON TUESDAY 1st November, a Spanish bank holiday, at the Martinez Valero football stadium in Elche, the 7’s European warm up tournament prepares for the IRB 7’s world circuit. The men’s teams taking part will be Spain, England, Wales, Scotland, France and Portugal: the women’s teams are Spain, Portugal, France and Holland. The more successful we make this great day of international rugby the more chance we have of getting the world 7’s IRB tournaments to Elche for everyone to enjoy. So come along and support this great day out of international rugby. The rugby runs from 10.30am to 7pm with entry at 5€ per ticket or 10€ for a ticket and commemorative t-shirt. Ticket outlets are as follows: the Butterfly Children in Sax; La Marina and Pueblo Bravo; Card Place in Benimar, Punta Prima and Los Balcones; So Bar in Benimar; Shenanigans, Bridge Bar and The Steak House in Rojales; The Leader in La Zenia and FireFly and Mr. Smiths in Quesada. You can also get your tickets from Garry, (Dutch) by calling 692 767 242.

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Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare

968 199 279

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@hotmail.co.uk THE MATCH this week was held on the Rio Segura, Eden canal stretch. Again this week, where the bamboo has grown, most anglers had to cut some vegetation away just to enable a reasonable day’s fishing. The match was the first of the RTN team matches: this is a series of five matches with the best four counting. This week was the calamity week for me. Just into the last hour of the match, float goes under, I strike and pull back the pole to see my top 2 sections going in a different direction to that of the pole. I watched as they started to go through the undergrowth on the far bank then stopped with just 3-4 inches showing above the surface. Then the record from the Clash came to mind ‘Should I stay or should I go’- kit off down to my underpants and dived into the river: it’s probably easier to say what you won’t catch than to describe what actually might be there! Anyway I grabbed my pole section with ‘no fish on the end’ and swam back desperately trying not to touch anything. My mate next door helped me out, giving me a low score for the entry but top marks for the recovery... Kids – don’t try this at home…! TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell, fishing the pole using pellet with 17.76 kilos 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts, fishing the pole using pellet with 14.26 kilos 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare, fishing the pole using corn with 14.18 kilos As with all team matches this year they will be decided on weight. RESULTS Abbey Anglers with 52.74 kg Rods and Reels with 50.18kg PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 667 407 026. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen The 4th round of the Winter League was again fished on the river Segura in Murcia town centre, 4th October. The water level has now

dropped about a foot with little flow and is now drying up nicely under the bridge. All the top Anglers seemed to be drawn together on the first six pegs: this made for an interesting fishing match. 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 16.620kg fishing corn and maggot on the pole 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 15.840kg fishing the pole and pellet 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 15.040kg fishing pole pellet and corn All details are available on our web site www. abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 065 328 368. Anglers Together WE HAVE been having a lot of enquiries about licenses from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish ‘Pensionista’ card; otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from either Town Halls or the Caja Rural Bank if in Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents to obtain your license, i.e. passport photo-page, NIE and insurance. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. NEXT MEETINGS Friday 11th November at 12pm at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada): Saturday 12th November at 12pm at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron: email anglerstogether@hotmail.co.uk



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