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Getting Bucks Fizzical Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan with (centre) trainer Sarah Donohue

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by jack troughton EUROVISION WINNERS Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan have been shaping up on the Costa Blanca ready for the launch of a new album and new beginning for the band. As Bucks Fizz they tasted glory in 1981 when Making Your Mind Up won the competition and changed their lives – while the ‘skirt rip’ in the dance routine became an iconic pop moment. Next month Cheryl, Mike and friend and colleague Jay Aston release the album ‘Fame and Fortune?’ as OBF – following a legal battle they can no longer use the title Original Bucks

Fizz – and want to be in tip top condition for the rigours of promoting the record. The recording features six original tracks and six familiar Bucks Fizz songs but recorded “in a completely different way” and full of strong harmonies from the vocal band. Fittingly, RTN caught up with Cheryl and Mike at the Champagne Bar at Javea’s Arenal Beach, although because of their fitness regime, the strongest drink in front of them was sparkling water. They reformed as a threesome in 2004 and last year cel-

ebrated the 30th anniversary of winning the Eurovision Song Contest with a “really memorable” sell-out show at the London Palladium – showing the band was as popular as ever. Mike said: “We were really surprised, everyone came to it” and Cheryl added: “Take That were playing the same night in London so we thought no one would come.” Normally the three members of OBF do interviews together but Jay was unable to make the trip to Spain – although she is in touch via texts. Continued on page 8


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ADVICE DESIGNED to help British expats understand the Spanish healthcare system was criticised in a Spanish national newspaper last week. The article suggested that the British Government was proactively encouraging British residents to come to Spain and take advantage of its healthcare. The article in ABC stated: “Health tourism is just one of the burdens carried by the Spanish health system, whose standards of excellence are recognised all over the world, especially in Britain.” The article also stated that the website openly gave information on how Brits can “enjoy the Spanish health system as any taxpayer” and that Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy’s main objective is to curb medical tourism like this in order to reduce the deficit. IMAGE



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The paper then went on to say that here in the Valencia region, an estimated 800,000 British patients use the healthcare system at a cost of €15million. It then went onto say that the ‘UK in Spain’ website openly promotes the €90 per month Valencia Healthcare fee, stating: “The fee is well below the cost of private insurance in the UK and is acknowledged by the advice produced by the Embassy.” As you can imagine, the article provoked an immediate response from the British Embassy in Madrid. The statement said: “The British Government does not condone or encourage “health tourism”. The aim of the advice provided by the British Embassy is to ensure that British nationals in Spain, whether tourists or residents, comply fully with Spanish and EU legislation in exercising both their rights and their obligations.” REIMBURSEMENT The statement also said that any advice is in the interest of British visitors so they know how to access the Spanish healthcare system correctly. This prevents unnecessary administrative costs; ensuring that the UK can reimburse Spain accurately and efficiently in line with EU legislation. It stated: “Our website advice makes clear that the EHIC does not cover those who come to Spain for the specific purpose of health treatment.” It added that there are also many British nationals living in Spain who are entitled to access the Spanish healthcare system, just as Spanish nationals resident in the UK are entitled to access the British healthcare system. “The aim of our advice is to ensure that they do so in full compliance with Spanish legislation, including registration on the ‘Padron’.” As a final comment, it concluded: “British visitors make up 24% of the total number of tourists visiting Spain. The UK contribution to the Spanish tourism industry is around €10bn annually, approximately 1% of Spain’s GDP. The British Government is committed to ensuring that this important bilateral relationship is underpinned by correct, legal and efficient access to healthcare in line with EU legislation.” Well said!


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Town gets tough on dogs by JAck troughton DOG OWNERS are being targeted in a new high profile campaign aimed at making them more responsible for their pets in public places. Posters and leaflets are being distributed around Calpe reminding owners in three languages of the local laws concerning animals – dog mess is a particular problem and regularly features in the letters pages of RTN as both an unpleasant sight and a health hazard. The leaflets and posters feature a picture of a pooch with a speech bubble simply saying: “I like a clean Calpe” – it further warns owners are responsible for ‘pooper scooping’ after their pets and underlines the point by stating: “For him it is a necessity, for you an obligation.” And Calpe Town Hall says that if a dog fouls the street and owners do not clean up the poop they face fines of up to 300€. The campaign also reminds dog owners of other duties specified in local by-laws: dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time of the year; dogs should be kept on a lead at all times in public; dogs classified as a dangerous breed or animals over 25kg should be muzzled in public; and animals in bars or restaurants are only allowed on the premises with permission of the proprietor and should be muzzled. CONFUSION Councillor Carole Saunders told RTN that there was genuine confusion about local laws regarding dogs across Europe and

Carole with a campaign poster

there was no EU wide directive. “For example, in northern Europe there are places where dogs are still allowed on beaches and still allowed to walk in towns off the lead but this is not the case in Calpe and dogs are never allowed on the beach,” she said. “And I am concerned about reports I have received about people having dogs on their laps in local restaurants and feeding them titbits off their plates – it’s absolutely disgusting.” Carole, who is a dog owner, added: “People must start acting responsibly, because it is out of control.” And as part of the campaign the public is being asked to report offenders to the local police by calling 96 583 9000 and saying, for example, “Hay perros en la playa” (There are dogs on the beach).

Calpe gets twitchy

BIRD LOVERS on the Costa Blanca have been flocking to Calpe hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare Glossy Ibis, a migratory wading bird. Bird watchers – known as ‘twitchers’ – have descended on Las Salinas, the saltwater lagoon, where the bird has been seen for the first time. The Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, is in decline but there is a newly established colony in Southern Spain. It is not listed as an endangered species but classed as vulnerable. Las Salinas is an important staging post for migratory birds but it is understood it is the first time the Glossy Ibis has called in and the sighting of the juvenile bird has prompted much excitement amongst ornithologists. Known in Britain as the Black Curlew, breeding birds have reddish brown bodies and glossy green wings but non-breeding adults and young birds are much darker and duller in colour. The Glossy Ibis winters in Africa and migrates to warm areas in Europe to inhabit wetlands, lagoons and marshy lakeshores. It also can be found in Africa, Australia and the Atlantic and Caribbean regions of the Americas.



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King brakes hip whilst hunting elephants

The King appeared on the web page of the safari company, Rann Safaris

by Louise Clarke IN TYPICAL Spanish fashion, the jokes are already in abundance about King Juan Carlos and his recent trip to Botswana. The 74-yearold monarch is currently recovering following an emergency hip operation after he fell down a step going to the loo during an elephant hunting trip. When news leaked about His Majesty’s trip, Spanish citizens were up in arms, some even called for his immediate abdication. Many wondered how the state could fund a jaunt allegedly costing in the region of 30,000€, so that the trigger-happy King can get his sick kicks from killing elephants, when the country is on its knees having just announced a further €10 million in cuts to education. UNETHICAL Juan Carlos has been a keen big game hunter since he was a child. In 1956, his younger brother, the Infante Alfonso died of a gunshot wound in Estoril, Portugal, with Juan Carlos as the only witness. In Romania in 2004, he and his entourage were accused of shooting nine bears, one of which was allegedly pregnant. The Aves Foundation called the number of animals killed on that shoot “totally unethical.” This latest incident comes just one week after the King’s 13-year-old grandson accidently shot himself in the foot with a gun he wasn’t legally allowed to handle and days before he was officially implicated in his son-in-law’s

dodgy dealings. In fact, the Spanish Royals are making the British Royal Family look like the Waltons at the moment! MORAL DEGRADATION As the King was being flown home to Madrid by private jet, politicians representing all parties, with the notable exception of the PP, condemned the King’s trip. The Leader of IU said that the King showed “a lack of ethics and respect toward the many people in this country suffering a great deal.” And a spokesperson for the Catalan Republican Left publically wondered why the monarch didn’t join the national hip replacement waiting list, saying “this just highlights the monarchy’s moral degradation.” Ironically, the King is the Honorary President for the World Wildlife Federation of Spain and members immediately called for his dismissal. Following an extraordinary session on Tuesday, the organisation amended Article 6 of their statute to enable him to step down and on Wednesday, King Juan Carlos apologised to the Spanish people for going on the hunting trip while his country was in the midst of an economic crisis. He said: “I’m very sorry, I made a mistake. It won’t happen again.” If you have a comment to make on this issue, please contact RTN via

Is Madelaine in Malaga? A NEW police search for Madeleine McCann has been launched near Malaga after a ‘lookalike’ was spotted. A new squad of police has been brought in to intensify the search for Madelaine McCann in the town of Nerja near Malaga after an informant tipped off Portuguese police this week that a child bearing a striking resemblance to Madelaine, missing since May 2007, had been spotted in the resort town. Fresh inquiries in Spain are being carried out by officers from the Judicial Police Central Specialised and Violent Crime Unit. The McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer, Rogerio Alves, describes developments as a “very positive sign. Obviously the most plausible explanation for what’s happening is that information passed to or acquired by the Judicial Police in Porto has put them on the trail of something specific.”

Rajoy in Mexico to drum up support against Argentina YPF, CONTROLLED by Spanish oil company Repsol, has been under intense pressure from Argentina’s centre-left government led by President Cristina Fernandez to boost production. On Monday Fernandez announced a 51% share takeover bid for YPF with its market value of US$10.6 billion. Its share price has plummeted following months of speculation about a state takeover. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy began an official visit to Mexico on Tuesday seeking support against the intended aggressive takeover. An Argentine government representative said on Monday that Argentina holds “no hostility” against the Spanish government but simply sought to “protect Argentina’s sovereignty” as YPF investments had not taken place as they should. Mexico has a 10% share of YPF through its state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos. While in Mexico, Rajoy will participate in the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Puerto Vallarta to discuss steps taken to recover economy and employment in Spain.

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Approval for ferry terminal The new terminal rises above moored boats

by jack troughton NEW PORT facilities at Denia scheduled to open this summer received a thumbs up from politician Jose Ciscar during a visit at the weekend. Accompanied by Ana Kringe, the vicepresident of Council of the Valencian Government, Mr Ciscar said an investment of nearly 10.4 million euros in a new passenger terminal underlined the “commitment to the development of strategic initiatives� that were beneficial to the community. The ground floor of the terminal of the

building houses modern ticket and check-in facilities and a cafeteria, a mezzanine level is home to offices and passengers will access ships via boarding bridges from the first floor. It is expected 600,000 passengers a year will use the facility which will improve sea links to the Balearic Islands. And Denia Town Hall is backing plans for a shopping mall at the port. Mayor Ana Kringe said the project would be put out to tender but the council was responding to the demand for shops and entertainment facilities.

Benidorm bookings rocket

ACCORDING TO Costa Blanca hoteliers association HOSBEC, British tourism is set to boost another super summer season with 133,400 package holidays already booked and paid for and British holiday sales in Benidorm up 3% on last year. was in Benidorm this week launching a new link between Alicante and Edinburgh and the outlook is certainly optimistic for a successful season. Hospitality proprietors across the Costa are looking forward to yet another perfect summer.



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Renfeproposesfareincreases AS PART of a plan to save €288.4 million in operating expenses, Renfe has proposed to raise fares from May by 10 cents per commuter ticket. ‘Multiviaje’ tickets will increase by 5.74%, with conventional and high speed medium distance journeys to be ticketed with a 91 cent increase equating to 10.9%. According to sources at National Land Transport, this brings Spain more into line with other European countries including Britain, Germany and France, where fares are 25% higher. The proposal was discussed on Thursday at the Executive Committee for Economic Affairs.

BENEFIT THIEVES enjoying the Spanish sun could have their fingers burned this summer as the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions warned of a clamp down on scroungers.

Iain Duncan Smith with Health Minister, Ana Mato, and the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella

by jack troughton Iain Duncan Smith said Spain was the number one country for UK citizens committing ‘abroad fraud’ - illicitly claiming benefits by pretending to live in Britain but in reality residing overseas. And during a visit to the DWP’s Pension, Benefits and Healthcare team in Madrid, the politician warned British people living abroad not to break strict rules on what they could and could not claim – while urging law-abiding Brits to use a dedicated hotline to report benefit thieves. Abroad fraud was estimated to cost the UK taxpayer £43 million last year and more allegations are lodged against people living in Spain than in any other foreign country. Mr Duncan Smith said: “We are determined to clamp down on benefit fraud

abroad, which cost the British taxpayer £43 million last year. This money should be going to the people who need it most and not lining the pockets of criminals sunning themselves overseas. CRIME “The vast majority of British people living overseas are law-abiding, but fraudulently claiming benefits while living abroad is a crime and we are committed to putting a stop to it.” Since its launch in 2008, more than 750 calls to the Spanish hotline have resulted in criminal investigations, over 100 people have been sanctioned or prosecuted, 134 cases are under investigation and £3.1 million in overpayments have been identified and

The new health reforms revealed

HEALTH MINISTER Ana Mato unveiled detailed reforms on Wednesday in a bid to save €7,000 million in the sector representing around 10% of public health spending. The measures to be adopted by the Cabinet next Friday are structured around income, ages of patients and severity of illness and will become effective within two months. The situation for the chronically ill remains unchanged. However, those with incomes exceeding 100,000€ will be required to pay for 60% of their drug prescriptions with lower income brackets to pay 50%. Those unemployed without benefits will receive free drugs until they are able will be reclaimed. The DWP team in to find work, as will those classed as ‘passive: less affluent’. Spain supports more than one million Patients with lower pensions and incomes under 18,000€ UK expats but also helps prevent and per year will pay for 10% of their medication. Controls detect fraud, insure correct access to will be implemented by the creation of a new health card the Spanish health system and com- with a microchip that will include the tax information of bat misuse of the European Health In- the patient. Greater controls will be put in place to reduce surance Card. health cover for tourists and “end abuses.” The most common scams under abroad fraud involve people working while claiming sickness benefits; claims for income support and pension credit; claiming means-tested benefits while failing to notify their absence from Britain; and undeclared property abroad. Anyone suspecting someone of committing benefit fraud in Spain can call the hotline on 900 554 440, or report their suspicions via


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continued from front page Mike explained: “She doesn’t want to be left out, we always try to do things as a trio – we did a radio interview and I couldn’t get there but I was listening. Jay said I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed, so I called the station and went on air with them!” Asked what it was like winning Eurovision – the ‘Fame and Fortune?’ is released to coincide with this year’s competition – Cheryl answered: “It was the moment that changed our lives. The three minutes of the song but in particular the couple of seconds it took to rip the skirts off.” Mike added: “We were already number five in the charts so I thought it didn’t matter, but when we got there I really wanted to win.” However, Cheryl said things immediately changed. “From the moment we won, we didn’t belong to ourselves. The first year or two we spent 10 months of the year out of the country promoting Bucks Fizz around the world.” Mike said it was also “great fun and we laughed all the time” while he and Cheryl forged a friendship that she says has stood the test of time and never altered. They launched the charity Headfirst, which funds research into brain damage, after the band was injured in a coach crash in December 1984. It was after the second night of a sell-out tour and a “fantastic gig” at Newcastle’s City Hall and returning to their hotel. In roadworks, the coach was in a collision. Cheryl said: “The coach collided with a lorry, it took the side of our coach away and Mike and I flew through the windscreen – we do everything together.” Mike said: “Cheryl and I and the driver were knocked out, we have no recollection of what happened but the people who do

remember, to this day it horrifies them.” Cheryl said surgeon Mr Anthony Strong, who brought Mike back to life, said there was not enough research into brain injuries so they launched the charity. “It is still going and still making lots of money.” And she said she ran the London Marathon last year and running the New York Marathon this year in support of the Kent children’s hospice Demelza House. The pair came to be in Spain after being offered the chance to work out with Famously Fit and the Profigura Gym in Javea and turn back time under the

watchful eye of Ann Mather, celebrity nutrition advisor and co-owner of the gym, and personal trainer Sarah Donohue, a world fitness champion and champion powerboat racer. Cheryl said: “It is very much like boot camp – the diet has been fantastic but it is the exercise that gets up my nose. It’s been a killer.” Mike joked of the three daily sessions over the week: “It’s all go, go, go. It is sadistic.” Pictured – left to right: Gael Snell, coowner of Profigura Gym, Cheryl, Mike, Bob Mather, Ann Mather and Sarah Donohue. Pictures by Kirstin Dale



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Should be encouraging people EVERY WEEK in the papers there are two pages of dog sanctuaries begging people to give a dog a home. So when my old dog was put to sleep I decided I would find a new playmate for my young dog and rang a local dog charity, where the guy said: “Yes I have hundreds of dogs looking for a home.” But when I went to find one I discovered they were for sale and not to be adopted (excuse is to cover costs?) But surely by taking a dog I would reduce their costs?

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I READ with interest Noel’s article in the RTN 29th March regarding ‘Do It Yourself’ - I agree with the comments you make. It is a certain fact that the resident golfer here in Spain is the most loyal to golf courses: he/she will play all through the year and yet cannot get the same benefits as offered to Tour Operators, even when playing with Golf Societies. Some tour operators rely on golf societies for their business, when the golf societies should benefit from the same rates as they do. At one golf course conglomerate they refused a local league an equal rate to Tour Operators in fear of upsetting them, despite the fact that the League guaranteed 256 green fees in two months. There are some courses that have foresight and do offer Golf Societies incentives, but the resident golfer has to go to an agent to get cheaper green fees: that’s not fair or good business sense. Agents should be informed that their remit is to get in the tourist golfer, not profiteer on the resident golfer. Good luck on this one. Name and address provided

They should be encouraging people to give a dog a home not selling them for around 100€ each. I did consider getting two as I have large garden but with economy and pensions I cannot afford to buy one: do the people who run these places really want to find homes for the dogs or just make money? They can wrap it up with fancy words and jargon but they are still selling the dogs, not giving them a chance of a loving home. Regards, Norman

Putting the cat among the pigeons At the risk of ´putting the cat amongst the chickens´ I write to say that, unfortunately, I have very little sympathy for the Bar and Restaurant owners of Benidorm who are presently whinging about the rise in allinclusive hotels. The time is surely near when the cafe and bar owners have got to unite and decide exactly what future they want to see for the Town. I have, in the past, criticised the advent of all-inclusive hotels but having once again witnessed the annual spectacle of large groups of drunken, illiterate British yobs wandering the Town falling out of various pubs, is it any wonder at all that normal holidaymakers would wish to remain in their hotels? Perhaps someone could explain to me just exactly why genuine holidaymakers should have to be subjected to a barrage of beggars, con-artists, pickpockets, drunken abuse and missiles thrown from hotel balconies when walking the streets. As for entertainment, well, if visitors believe that the days of good clean family entertainment are still with us then I feel they are going to be sadly disappointed, with pornography seeming to be the order of the day. It seems to me that many bar owners are quite happy to rake in the euros catering for the dregs of society, with complete disregard for nearby residents or passers-by in the streets, but this can only be shortlived however, as soon there will not be any nearby residents and very few pedestrians. Unless the British bars and clubs in the Town, in co-operation with the Town Council, can come up with something soon more appealing to the majority of visitors to Benidorm, namely the families and retirees, then I am afraid these Bars and Clubs will soon be gone - and good riddance to them. It would be interesting to know just what proportion of holidaymakers here long for the return of Benidorm of some 10 years ago when I first came here, when the streets were regularly cleaned of rubbish and also the dross that walks them. Jim Ireland, Alicante

Bad behaviour

I READ with horror of the impending arrival of hoards of Russians to the Costas. In my personal experience, and that of many friends, they are the rudest people ever. They pile their plates with enough food for 10 people, push past on stairs with no thought of anyone else and are generally rude and ill-mannered. Many of my friends have experienced holidays in countries such as Bulgaria and Egypt where this behaviour leaves a very nasty memory and where they are almost hated by the natives of those countries who have to serve them. The only thing they seem to have is money to spend. Please don’t let them overrun the Costas too! Maybe some Russian may answer through your letters explaining why his or her countrymen act like this because it is unacceptable to normal people. Beryl Hatton

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Crime prevention in Pilar

The meeting attracted many foreign residents

by louise clarke PILAR DE La Horadada’s Security services met with residents this week to discuss how to improve their safety and welfare. The meeting, which was coordinated by members of the Guardia Civil, Local Police and the Neighbourhood Watch Association, aimed to inform all residents of the effectiveness of surveillance in order to reduce crime in the municipality. Held at the town’s Integrated Security Centre, the meeting attracted dozens of residents, many of whom were foreign residents including British and German expats. The Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada told attendees: “The purpose of this meeting is to inform our citizens of the actions that are being taken

to coordinate surveillance issues in the less populated areas of the municipality as well as working with residents in the coastal zone and Pinar de Campoverde to ensure that their neighbours’ homes, many of which are holiday homes and are unoccupied permanently, are being checked to prevent unwanted intrusion.” He added that Local Police officers will be redeployed to those areas and are will be at the residents’ disposal. He added: “There will be a permanent base for the Local Police in Pinar de Campoverde as well as another permanent base for officers monitoring the coast at Torre de la Horadada and Mil Palmeras starting from next week.”



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Redován is a ‘Fairy’ innovative town

Charlie supports BARC

by JAck troughton ANIMAL CHARITY BARC is desperate for walkers and sponsors for its important fund raising event on Sunday 6th May, part of Bay Radio’s mammoth Be Nice Day charity fundraiser. Busot Animal Rescue Centre has been chosen as the charity for the area and is determined to raise cash – 15% will go to Caritas, chosen by the radio station, while the remained to feed the animals cared for by BARC. The event begins at 11.15am at the Poli Bar, Busot, and Mayor Ale-

jandro Morant will start the walk, which will be escorted by local police and take in all the bars in the village, ending at El Raco – where there will be music, fun and games for all the family. Entry is 5€ and sponsorship forms are available from the Lucas, El Raco and Amigas Bars – or simply sign up on the day. Organisers hope people will walk in optional fancy dress and bring their pets along with them for a fun day out.

BARC’s Ann Abrahams told RTN: “We work 365 days a year taking care of unwanted and abandoned animals in the Busot area. Please sponsor a walker or a dog, or just join in and do the walk. “This is going to be a great day out and one not to be missed – we are delighted to have been chosen as the designated charity for our area, communities all over the Costa Blanca will start their walks at 11.15am, making this a massive charity event.”

By Louise Clarke THE MAYOR of Redován, Emilio Fernandez, collected an award this week after his municipality won Fairy’s Most Innovative Town of Spain. The Mayor was handed his award at a glittering ceremony, held in Madrid. Redován became the winner after three months of voting, and was shortlisted with two other municipalities, both of which are in the Valencia Region; Barriol and La Romana. The prize was awarded to the town that had made the most innovative changes during the last 30 years and wins prize money of 15,000€. The final votes came during the month of March after an open competition was held on Facebook. Fernandez told RTN that the prize money will go towards hiring 15 people for a month; all of whom

will be members of Redován families that are living in a critical economic situation. The Redován Mayor thanked Fairy for the prize and all the people of Redován for their support during the competition.

Poisoned pets

PET OWNERS are warned to be on their guard after the deaths of cats and dogs after eating strychnine bait in the countryside. SEPRONA, the environmental and animal protection wing of the Guardia Civil, has launched an investigation after the deaths of several animals – believed to have been poisoned. Hunters are suspected of leaving the poison, wrapped in meat, in an illegal method of controlling the fox population, which preys on rabbits. Calpe Town Hall issued the warning after the deaths of animals in the Quisi Barranco in the Empedrola area of the town. Unfortunately, it is not an isolated problem and similar alerts regarding poisoning have been made along the coast over the years. It is understood one dog died after its owners walked their pet in the area and drank water from the barranco – sparking fears it could be contaminated. The town hall has urged owners to use exercise “extreme caution” when out with their pets.

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London’s chariots of fire


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PRIME MINISTER David Cameron told the world it was under starter’s orders for the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday – marking just 100 days to go until “the greatest show on earth”. He said the UK capital was unique in the modern history of the sporting extravaganza as the only city to host the Games on three occasions – previously in 1908 and 1948. “These Games – and this summer – will be a proud moment for Britain. We will not only be staging what we’re determined will be the best Olympics ever, but also celebrating the 60-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen, the second longest serving monarch on the planet,” said the Premier. “I know Britain will be looking its best. We’ve built brilliant new venues – on time and within budget. We have got our city ready, our transport systems in place, and we are looking forward to welcoming the world.”

Mr Cameron said he believed the Games were about two things. Sport was at the heart of the great competition and afterwards, when the events were over and medals won, he was determined 2012 would go on changing lives for the better in a “vital legacy”. MAGIC He said when London won its bid, the UK was told it would breathe “distinctive magic” into the Olympics “and we are making sure that happens.” The Prime Minister added: “This summer when athletes and visitors arrive, they will find a whole new quarter of London around the Olympic Park in the east of the city. It’s been a powerhouse of regeneration and when the games are over, it will be the site of new homes, business and jobs.” He said the Olympics was also inspiring and creating opportunities for youngsters to play

Spanish Army under fire in court

THE SUPREME Court has upheld the penalty of expulsion imposed on a serving sergeant in the Spanish Army who used cocaine regularly and ordered soldiers under his command in the Field Artillery Regiment number 20 in Zaragoza to procure the drug for his consumption. According to his own statement from September2007 until February 2008 he asked several soldiers in his regiment to provide him with cocaine. In a separate case, another army sergeant has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexual assaults on eight women under his command.

sports around the UK – and around the world. Mr Cameron said it was also an opportunity for Britain to showcase itself, welcoming both foreign entrepreneurs and visitors to a unique blend of old and new, culture and history, and the “cutting edge” of music, art, theatre and fashion. “Hosting the London 2012 Games is a

tremendous honour. We want to make it a great moment for Britain and we are looking forward to welcoming the world to be part of it,” he said. Pictured are 260 Guardsmen of the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards on Horse Guards Parade spelling out the 100 days to go milestone.

Pilots’ strike causing heavy losses

ON MONDAY Iberia operated 63% of 343 scheduled flights, following the cancellation of 128 services (representing 37%) every Friday and Monday through to 20th July. The call of the thirty-day pilots’ strike, which began on Monday 9th April, is a continuation of the twelve made between December and February to protest against the formation of low cost subsidiary airline Iberia Express, which began operations on 25th March. The twelve days of strikes have cost the company a loss of €36 million - €3 million for each day - so the new series of strikes could cause losses of a further €90 million. The first day of the strike coincided with Easter Monday, while the final day will take place at the height of the summer season. Minister of Development Ana Pastor has called on Iberia and pilots’ union Sepla to meet for further discussion.

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The famous JAM Experiment PSYCHOLOGISTS MAKING a study of why more people are not switching electricity providers, when there are obvious benefits, came up with some very interesting information. It seems the main reason is - there is simply too much choice. Choice aversion was measured by psychologists in the famous ‘jam experiment’ - people were offered a free sample of jam in a supermarket. When the jam display

contained only six types of jam, about 30% of people went on to buy some. But when the jam display contained 24 types of jam, only about 3% went on to buy some. Basically, when given too much choice those who are looking for a better deal either give up before they start or end up with only some of the gains from switching. Some people even end up worse off. Of course, living in a foreign country presents its own set of issues. The

language barrier means most people cannot simply pick up the phone and if they could, they then have ‘mañana’ syndrome to deal with. The answer is simple: use a USC (Utility Switching Company). Iberswitch SL is Spain’s largest and most experienced have led the way since deregulation in 2009. Having also dealt with the deregulation of the telephone market in Spain some 10 years ago, they are experts in their field. For a one-off administration fee of 30€ plus IVA they will switch you from the monopoly company to one of the many alternative providers in Spain. Once connected, they continue to monitor the market and when a better deal is available, switch you again. So that no-one needs to be excluded from their service, rather than charging 30€ plus IVA each time they switch you, they charge 3.50€ plus IVA per month to manage your account and you pay nothing more, regardless how many times you are switched. They can be contacted on: 96 626 5089 or visit their website:


Bishop says therapy can cure homosexuality

Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla

THE CONTROVERSIAL Bishop of Alcala de Henares, Juan Antonio Reig Pla, has stated that many cases of people attracted to others of the same sex can be “resolved positively with appropriate therapy.” He denied that his remarks were homophobic and claimed to have received “thousands of emails and letters of support” to reinforce his opinions. Reig Pla considers that Gender ideology is becoming “obsolete” and the male and female sexual identity a product of culture controlled by political correctness. A flood of Twitter traffic called for him to step down as prelate and included observations that he is “obviously deranged.” The Administration Committee of state broadcaster RTVE is to inspect the Good Friday sermon given by the Bishop on their La2 Channel on Good Friday. And gay couples held a ‘gay Easter kiss-in’ outside the La Almudena Cathedral on Sunday in protest at the Bishop’s comments.


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Have a nice day by jack troughton

PEOPLE ALONG the Costas will step out on a gigantic fund raiser on Sunday 6th May as Bay Radio’s ‘Be Nice Day’ gets underway with a 5km sponsored walk. Charities in Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almeria are taking part and all setting off at 11.15am when presenters Bob and Noelle start the event live on air. And 15% of the cash raised from the walk will go to the local CARITAS, the Roman Catholic Church charity helping feed needy people hit by the current recession. Many of those taking part are making a day of it - making the Sunday a fiesta in their communities with music and entertainment... and even more fund raising. Be Nice Day is the brainchild of Bay Radio’s charity co-ordinator Magpie Latham who aims to “put the fun back into fund raising”. HELP She told RTN: “In December I was trying to do something to help Caritas but it was a nightmare because head office did not know

what is happening in any particular parish. “And speaking to some charities before Christmas, they said they were between 30% and 70% down in fund raising. “I wanted to help lots of people at the same time and the idea of a charity walk came – different charities walking 5km and giving a minimum of 15% to Caritas but all the money raised will be staying at a local level.” Magpie said 25 charities were on board – “there is still room for more” – and others were still waiting for the paperwork from town halls. “British Consul Paul Rodwell has said it is a great initiative and a wonderful idea and some town halls are getting involved and mayors are very enthusiastic,” she said. FUN “The idea is it will be a fun day across all the provinces. We want people to have fun and enjoy themselves. There is so much depressing news so it is something good and something fun and we hope lots of people

Official starters, Bay Radio’s Bob and Noelle

turn out in fancy dress” And if successful, Be Nice Day 2012 could be the start of something even bigger, as Bay Radio hopes to make it an annual event. “It think the Brits are absolutely marvellous at this type of event – there’s no other nationality like us, both in giving to charity and giving time to good causes,” added Magpie. “It is uniting charities along the Costas and uniting communities.”

A Springtime Changeover IT WAS smiles all round at the recent showroom changeover at Flatpaxabia in Benitachell as their latest event was well attended with many coming to see the beautiful IKEA garden furniture display as well as enjoying a coffee and a cake or a glass of cava. Several other local businesses supported the event and created a mini Easter Fayre with plenty to browse and buy on the day. To take part in the next changeover event and Mini Fayre call Bob and Rosanne at Flatpaxabia on 902 881 121 or 96 579 4090, email or visit Visit the showroom at Carretera de Moraira 16 (2nd parade of shops on the right as you turn from Benitachell to Moraira), with lots of easy parking nearby.

She said there were seven prizes up for grabs: the person who raises the most money; the person who gets the most sponsors; the team raising the most money; the team with the most sponsors; bets costume; the bar, restaurant or business raising the most money; and the charity raising the most money. For further information and to download sponsorship forms or to join Be Nice Day visit the radio station website

Cycle race comes to the coast By Louise Clarke This weekend one of Spain’s most popular semi professional cycle races is coming to Orihuela Costa. The Cinturón al Sur de Alicante, will leave on its first 80 kilometre stage from Orihuela City at 4.30pm this afternoon. Traffic is expected to be disrupted in those areas as the Guardia Civil and respective Local Police forces close off the roads to allow the cyclists to pass, so please be aware. There will be more than 150 cyclists taking part in the three day event. This is first time in the race’s ten year history that a whole stage has been held in Orihuela Costa and is being organised with the full support of the Orihuela Town Hall. The race will be featured on Spanish national TV and Pedro Mancebo hopes that it will highlight to the nation everything that is good about Orihuela Costa. All the race details and exactly where and when it will be passing by a town near you can be found on the event’s official website at



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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Matt and Rachael... I HOPE you will indulge me this week, dear reader, as I ask you to raise a glass of Mas y Mas’s finest fizz to join me in wishing my little lad and his fiancé all the best for the future.

For today at 1pm my son Matthew and Rachael are to wed at Pelham House in Lewes, East Sussex. Matthew was a regular visitor to the Costa Blanca back in my RTN days and has been an enthusiastic learner of Spanish (his abilities far

outway mine). He says he hopes to show his new bride the delights of the White Coast in the not too distant future. The couple, who are both 30, will journey tomorrow (reasonably sober, hopefully) to their honeymoon destination in the Channel Islands. So from RTN and one proud dad I’d like to say, “Congratulations, Matthew and Rachael. Here’s to a long life together and much happiness.”

Quiznightsuccess Ladies

POPULAR QUIZ Nights at the Paraiso Restaurant in Parcent have raised more than 1,000€ - and counting – for the youngsters cared for at the EMAUS home in Altea. Everyone is welcome at the restaurant on the last Wednesday of every month to pit their wits against the questions and help put more money the charity’s way. The contest and a buffet is available for 10€ with all the proceeds going to the children’s home – and big-hearted hosts David and Victoria Reeley said with the support of customers they hoped to raise a lot more cash.

night for MABS

By Jack Troughton INDULGE IN a special night out and support the MABS Cancer Support Group at a Ladies Night and Fashion Show next Wednesday, 25th April. The Benitachell Arts Centre is hosting an evening of glamour and entertainment between 4pm and 9pm with High Street Heaven showing off its summer collection, with accessories by Younique Jewellery and Funky Glasses. On stage during the evening will be a talented programme of performers, including Niamh, Encore, Gemma Goodey, Elora 3,

and ‘Dolly Tarton’. A special guest will be treated to a makeover by style coach Angela Zwaga and more than 30 local businesses will be showing off their wares such as jewellery, lingerie, cards, home ware and handmade soaps. And therapists will offer massages, manicures and pedicures, with hair styling, healing, Tarot readings and much more. Refreshments include food tasting, cupcakes, and naturally, cava, so organisers advise leaving the kids at home and enjoy a relaxing evening out with friends while helping a hard-working charity.

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Planes, trains and automobiles By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

TRAVEL DOMINATED last week with Spain celebrating the 20th anniversary of the AVE high speed train, which first ran on April 14th 1992 between Madrid and Sevilla. Driving through Spain it still seems pretty rare to see these trains, although there are now 2,600km of high speed lines, connecting 23 Spanish cities, although not Spain to Portugal for the foreseeable future as the ongoing financial crisis has put those plans on hold. On the subject of driving I read with ‘interest’ that the DGT traffic authority expects to issue 3.8 million fines this year, collecting 410€ million in fines, with a reduced budget of 7.54%. Reports say that this will exceed the budget by 136€ million, with 20% of the fines paid online and 25% by telefono. A success story then!

Not such good news for Ryanair customers as the company has blamed UK taxes for their decision to axe a large number of flights from the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, including our local airport Almeria. The real story though last week was the economy, or more accurately the state of the economy and the increasing likelihood of an EU bailout for Spain. Rajoy remains adamant that a bailout won’t be required, and approved a crackdown on the black economy in an attempt to raise confidence as well as tax income. Cash transactions are now limited to 2,500€ between companies or between an individual and a company and to 15,000€ for non-residents. The problem facing Rajoy is an increasing lack of con-

fidence and the resulting increase in bond yields, with interest rates getting close to the levels seen in Greece, Portugal and Ireland before they required a bailout. It seems that every day the government announces another measure including allowing tax evaders to pay 10 percent of undeclared assets, a move designed to raise 2.5 billion€. Arguably the best news was that house prices have dropped again in Spain, with many believing that prices are more realistic now, although why anybody would want to buy a property in Spain these days is beyond me! Personally if I was an expat looking to sell a property in the UK and move to Spain I would keep my cash in the bank and take a long term rental.

Chris is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat as well as a weekly column for the RTN. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley-Davidsons and more often than not a bottle of red wine. He runs the successful expat blog, and his wife runs the cat re-homing and transport project Chris’s columns are sponsored by and on the Telegraph Expat site and by here on RTN. You can hear Chris every Friday discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on



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The new European Succession Certificate and how this will affect future International Inheritances by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

ACCORDING TO the press service of the European Parliament a legislative proposal was approved on 13th March with the intention of avoiding legal disputes and simplifying inheritance when dealing with cross border issues. In fact according to the EU around 450,000 inheritances containing an international element are managed every year. The European Succession Certificate is being introduced (though it will not be mandatory) to protect the rights of the heirs, reduce costs and accelerate procedures. But the most remarkable fact about this future legislation is the criteria that will be applied to determine the law applicable to each Inheritance and Succession. 1) The applicable Law for the succession will be the Law

of the deceased’s habitual residence at the time of death and therefore, the inheritance and processing (probate) will depend on the succession law of that country. 2) But, when making a Will, you can opt either for the Law of the country of habitual residence (which is likely to be the applicable Law) or for the law of your country of origin. This rule will not apply to the UK, Ireland or Denmark This future law is already approved by the EU Parliament and now needs to be approved by the EU Council in order to become applicable and be put into force. Mentioned also in previous articles this new regulation will affect millions of European citizens. HOW MAY THIS AFFECT YOU? Let’s take a very common case of an English citizen permanently living in Spain with no Will or with a Will drafted in order to leave everything to his wife, substituted by the children. When the new regulations are approved (i.e. assuming that the new law is approved by the EU Council), this could mean that unless the Will specifically states that this inheritance should be dealt with according to the deceased’s national Law or law of the country of origin (in this case the Law of England and Wales), the

applicable Law would be the law of habitual residence i.e. in this case ‘Spanish Law’. With the result that in this case his wife may not actually be able to inherit, since according to the Law of Spain at least 2/3 of the deceased’s assets must go to his legitimate forced heirs i.e. the children, and not to his wife. Therefore, should this be your case then please review your Will to make sure you specifically stated your wish to have your inheritance dealt with according to your national Law and thus have the freedom to leave your assets as you wish. If this is not stated in your Spanish Will the new rules will mean that it could be contested. So if you would like your wife, husband, partner etc to be the beneficiary of your Spanish inheritance then please let us draft or revise your Will, and we will be more than pleased to advice you accordingly. 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 and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

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



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Ten reasons to invest in Brazil

FOR MANY, Brazil is traditionally known for football and the Rio Carnival. However, investors have begun to realise there is a compelling longterm investment story too. Here we outline 10 by reasons why investors may wish to consider Brazilian equities.

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of 1. Fast becoming one of the powerhouses of the Blacktower Costa Blanca global economy

The Centre of Economic and Business Research’s latest economic league table showed Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world’s sixth largest economy. The economy of Latin America’s largest country has surged due to a rich base of natural resources and a wealthy middle class. 2. Brazil’s own economy is bottoming out and improving Brazil’s economy is likely to bottom out by the end of the first quarter of 2012 and then enter a recovery phase. Our expectation for GDP growth in 2012 is 3.5%. The main drivers of growth in 2012 are likely to be investments (6.70%) and household consumption (4.30%). 3. Falling poverty and rising middle class Associated in the 1980s with poor Shanti towns, Brazil tells a very different story nowadays. The most important legacies of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, were the reduction in poverty and inequalities through formal job creation, increasing access to credit. Nowadays, a strong consumption (household consumption above 60% , Government consumption close to 20%) has been supporting Brazil´s growth profile over the past two decades. Formal job creation increased from 1,2 million jobs in 2009 to 2 million jobs in 2010.

Combined with significant growth in the populations’ real disposable income since 2004, this suggests a continued shift towards a wealthier population. 4. Rich in commodities Brazil is vast and is blessed with substantial reserves of natural resources – precious metals, oil, minerals and agricultural products. It is amongst the largest producers and exporter of iron ore, nickel, aluminium, coffee, meat, poultry, soy and sugar. 5. Real interest rates are falling The real interest rate is around 4.5%. This is very low when compared to the 12% average seen over the past 15 years. We expect inflation to move from 6.5% in 2011 to 5.1% at the end of 2012 6. Undervalued and under owned Brazil’s valuations are among the most depressed when compared to other emerging markets, developed markets and even its own history. Currently, Brazil is trading at valuation multiples that are close to 2008 crisis levels. 7. Many headwinds are subsiding Brazilian equities have underperformed other developed and emerging markets over the past two years. On the upside, many of the reasons for their underperformance are no longer an issue. In 2010, headwinds included the rising interest rate cycle and Presidential elections. In 2011, it was exaggerated fears over Brazilian inflation, a credit/housing bubble and increasing intervention from the government in the management of Brazil’s Central Bank monetary policy. Going into 2012, inflation is moving downwards, the Central Bank has regained credibility and credit markets have started to accommodate lower

delinquency levels, compared to the 2008/2009 cycle. However, structural issues remain. Taxes are high and multi layered, whilst there is a high level of bureaucracy. 8. Potential for re-rating – particularly in domestic sectors A pick-up in GDP growth from 3% to 3.5% should help to close the gap of current valuations versus historical levels. We are more positive on domestic stocks, which are in our opinion positioned for local growth, over commodities. We believe the domestic economy is likely to benefit from the increase in minimum wage, historical low unemployment rates and the acceleration of investments related to infrastructure needs. 9. Plenty of policy flexibility: The robust economic picture means there is potential to accelerate the monetary easing cycle. Meanwhile, international reserves are strong at USD350 billion and reserve requirements could be cut if favourable growth does not evolve. 10. Strong infrastructure development and investment Investment in infrastructure is likely. A large amount of money is likely to continue moving towards the Growth Acceleration Plan (PAC-2) ,sporting events and the PreSalt (deep water) oil reserves., it is expected that direct and indirect investments may reach BRL 176.8 billion until 2019. The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments can rise as well as fall and emerging market funds can be particularly volatile.

To find out more about efficient pensions or for any financial advice, please contact Christina on 0034 658 892 330 or 965 058 212 or simply email her at The information contained in this article does not constitute financial advice and you should seek advice from a professional tax adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licensed in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B.


Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

Gettingyourtax dates right I’M GETTING confused with my calendars these days. The trouble is, I have just too many of them. At one time I had one. It was on the wall in the kitchen and included all the important dates - children’s return to school, birthdays, dentists and so on. Everyone knew where to look and could enter any new date. No double bookings - a simple system that worked well. You might have to find a pencil and it wasn’t very portable but apart from that it was definitely fit for purpose.

Now, it’s a different matter. I have so many portable, pencil free calendars it’s untrue. I have one on my phone, one on my laptop and one on my tablet. The result? Confusion. I never know where to look for what and never have the right one with me. Even worse it needs charging just when I have something urgent to check. Entering an item in these programmes requires a degree of digital dexterity that I am struggling to acquire. By the time the date and event is in I could have sharpened my pencil twice over. So, thank goodness I don’t have to struggle entering the dates from this tax calendar: Comunes/Diversos/Acceso_Directo/A_un_click/ Folleto_Calendario2011_en.pdf It’s the Spanish Tax Authority’s month by month list of deadlines. And it’s colossal. For tax advisers it might be riveting reading but for everyone else, I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, here are the main deadlines you should be aware of:

20th April

Rental Income Tax (for the first quarter of January, February and March)

4th May

Deadline for road tax for those living in the Alicante region where SUMA collects taxes

30th June

Resident tax declaration deadline

Around the August period

Council tax (IBI) this varies according to the region.

31st December

Non-resident tax declaration deadline

It’s important to note that for the non-resident tax declaration deadline, many firms of tax advisers and solicitors deduct the money to pay the Tax Authority in very good time; sometimes as early as February or March. At Ábaco we leave it slightly longer and begin organising payment of non-resident taxes around July time. One reason for this early collection is that not everyone’s calendar alerts them efficiently and we have to allow for a few empty bank accounts and subsequent reminders when the tax payment is due. So, if you are expecting one of these deadlines, make sure it’s in your calendar (whichever one you use) the money is in your bank account and just be thankful that you don’t have to follow the Tax Authority’s 16 page calendar instead.

You can contact us for free advice about any of these tax deadlines by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

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Theeasywaytosendmoneyoverseas by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

FOLLOWING THE launch of Moneycorp’s Online service a number of requests for further information has been received. Their online payments system for personal clients has been designed with you in mind. Easy-to-use, available 24 hours a day with competitive rates and fees, Moneycorp Online is the easy way to send money overseas for living expenses, fees, mortgage payments etc. Below covers some of the more common questions.

HOW MUCH CAN I SEND? Moneycorp Online allows you to transfer up to £20,000

HOW DO I SEND CURRENCY USING MONEYCORP ONLINE? Personal clients can simply click on ‘Send Currency’ on the Moneycorp home page and follow the steps. You can add your recipient’s details and your debit card information during the process and they will be stored for future use. You can also add them beforehand to save time – just click on the relevant home page link to do so.

If you would like further information or see an on-line demonstration please feel free to contact us. Tel: 902 887 243

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY CURRENCY? There are two ways for personal clients to pay for transfers on Moneycorp Online. 1. Debit card: When prompted, simply enter your UK debit card details. After completing the Verified by Visa authentication check, your currency is paid for. Card details can be stored securely for future use, so you don’t have to input them every time your transfer funds using Moneycorp Online. (Please note that Moneycorp does not accept credit cards). 2. Funds on account: If you already have funds on account with Moneycorp, you can use these to pay for your deal. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MAKE A TRANSFER ON LINE? Moneycorp Online offers two transfer options: Standard and Express. The Standard option (£5) is more cost-effective, and the Express option (£9) is quicker. You can choose whichever suits your needs. WHAT CURRENCIES CAN I SEND? Moneycorp Online offers transfers in 30 currencies (Express transfers are available in all of these).

IS IT EASY TO USE? Yes it is. The process is very similar to making any purchase on line and our customer service team are always happy to help.


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Are you making false economies? Take action to safeguard your healthcare in Spain: invest in your health THE SPANISH social health system is designed and funded to ensure that it can cater for the emergency treatment of all persons in possession of either a European Medical Travel emergency card (EH1C) or a SIP card. However, you will notice that the key word with the EH1C card is, in a travel emergency situation. Due to the ongoing global financial crisis, Spain will be taking a close look at where it can make even more savings. The Spanish social health system is already under staffed and grossly under funded. Therefore foreigners not contributing to the social system can no longer expect to receive anything other than emergency medical treatments while these circumstances exist. Indeed, many people who are already in possession of a SIP card are taking out a private health insurance. This precautionary measure ensures that they have all the additional benefits that this affords them: • Immediate access to private hospitals and private physicians. • A personal advisor in one of our customer service offices to support your medical needs. • No language barriers.

• No waiting periods for doctor’s appointments and/or emergency operations. • Extensive annual medical preventative check ups. ASSSA Insurance are currently offering up to 30% discount for the entire lifetime of your policy, private medical insurance premiums start from as little as 43€ per month, so there is really no reason not to have the peace of mind that results from having some form of cover in place. ASSSA offers unique guarantees: • The age you join is the age you stay – no increase in premiums due to simply growing older. • Guaranteed for life – cover is guaranteed irrespective of advanced age or your claims profile. • The flexibility to move to us from your current insurer without loss of cover for those conditions already covered by them. For a completely free non-obligatory personal quotation contact our multilingual female advisors, who will be pleased to

advise you and answer any questions, or call into one of our offices Monday-Friday 09.3013.30, later appointments or home visits can be made by arrangement. CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICES - La Zenia/Orihuela Costa: Tel: 966 761 794: Katrin Sasse/Teresa Howard - Ciudad Quesada: Tel. 965 725 421: Ilka Thiede - Altea: Tel. 966 882 680: Magdalena Koczon - Moraira: Tel. 965 744 033: Kate Taylor - Denia: Tel. 965 786 969: Ana Maria Valerio - Vera: Tel. 950 392 487: Louise Zarb - Mazarrón: Tel: 968 153 396: Diane Nolan

Katrin Sasse

Ilka Thiede

Teresa Howard

Magdalena Koczon

Kate Taylor

Ana Maria Valerio

Louise Zarb

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Vince at the curving machine - all shapes and sizes are possible

Experience counts LUX-AL has been making windows on the Costa Blanca for more than 20 years, making it the longest established British window company on the Costa. In that time Lux-Al has estimated, designed and installed every type of job and their clients keep returning so they must be getting it right! Experience counts. Most of the team has been working at Lux-Al for more than 10 years, making them well placed to make and install all types of windows, doors, conservatories and shop fronts etc. From the planning stage through to final installation, everything carries a 10-year guarantee. And because Lux-Al fabricates at their own workshop they can do virtually every design or specification in fact they welcome the challenge…! So if you have a specific requirement Lux-Al looks forward to hearing about it. Aluminium or UPVC, arched or straight, doors, windows, gates, conservatories, shutter, mosquito screen, glass curtains, sun awnings or toldos…. Lux-Al can even do one colour on the inside and another colour

on the outside with an incredible range of choice. Since the crisis began Lux-Al has kept overheads low and prices keen, with the majority of their business coming from existing customers and their recommendations. But of course they are always looking for new customers, and where possible love to give special offers. With this in mind this week’s special offer is free mosquito screens on all new window installation orders placed in March… see advert on Page 9 for more information. Call now on 96 649 3447 or 96 649 3787 or email Visit Lux-Al’s website at to see samples of their work - and the picture in their advert each week is truly one of their own installations; never a stock image but always an actual Lux-Al installation. As you can see, experience really does count: they have it in abundance and we look forward to helping you soon.

Lux-Al Manager Dennis with Mr & Mrs Southworth

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Liberty Seguros Group, once again, offsets 100% of their CO2 emissions The Liberty Seguros Group has received, for the fifth consecutive year, the CeroCO2 seal attesting to its commitment to the environment for its work in offsetting 100% of the CO2 emissions produced. • An internal audit found that the insurer has offset 6,224.69 tonnes of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere during 2010 • The Ecology and Development Foundation (ECODES) has presented the group with the CeroCO2 Seal certifying the offset and the company’s commitment to reducing its emissions in 2012 • Natural disasters generated a total loss of €81 billion for the insurance sector Following the internal audit conducted by ECODES, Cecilia Foronda, head of climate change and energy at ECODES, presented the insurer with a diploma certifying receipt of the seal. The Liberty Seguros Group has offset a total of 6,224.69 tonnes of greenhouse gases generated during 2010 through its consumption of energy, paper and transport. Enrique Huerta, CEO of Liberty Seguros Group received the CeroCO2 Seal accrediting that the four buildings in which the group is present (two in Madrid, one in Barcelona and one in Bilbao) are CO2 neutral, i.e. all emissions generated are offset. As part of the offset scheme, Liberty Seguros will be supporting an initiative to prevent deforestation in the Amazon. The initiative protects 100,000 hectares of rainforest from deforestation in the

Madre de Dios region in Peru. “In 2011, natural disasters generated a total loss of €81 billion for the insurance sector, which indicates that caring for the environment is an investment for our business that we cannot ignore. Although the topic of CO2 emissions is usually related to energy companies, at Liberty Seguros we understand that the environment is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr. Huerta. Since Liberty Seguros began its collaboration with ECODES in 2005, the insurer has offset a total of 25,247.52 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This reflects the company’s commitment to helping the environment and its concern about climate change. According to Ms. Foronda, Liberty Seguros is a pioneering example of how a low carbon emission business model is possible and can help companies improve management, reduce costs and serve a growing majority of customers concerned about the environment. In addition, the offsets in developing countries allow companies to contribute not only to climate change but also to the eradication of poverty. For more information about Liberty Seguros or for a quotation, call or click now: 902 255 258

Enrique Huerta, CEO of Liberty Seguros Group with Ms Foronda


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Geraniums galore: But! by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

APRIL AND May are the real start of the Geranium season although many plants will have continued to flower during the winter months. Now is the time to stock up your gardens and apartment terraces and plan to visit this year’s Cordoba Patio Festival during May, when patios with up to almost a thousand geraniums in wall pots will be on display. When we first visited such colourful patios our first reactions were ‘Where have the geranium moths gone?’ and ‘Who does all the watering and dead heading?’ The answers were not hard to find and made the mind boggle. Such displays were not for the amateur gardener. By the time we had visited most of the sixty plus patios open to the public – a long hot day on foot - we realised that perhaps only a quarter were dedicated to geraniums and that these were generally only prepared and fully maintained for the period of the fiesta. Others were genuine residential patios full of a wide variety of evergreen plants, succulents, pots of bulbous plants with just a few seasonal petunias and geraniums: the sort of patio garden that would be cool and colourful throughout the year. Half way through the day we wandered from one geranium temple into a more natural patio tended by a group of elderly neighbours. Their geraniums were not as virulent as the last patio. We asked why. ‘We try and keep our geraniums from year to year and take cuttings from those that survive the summer oven of Cordoba. It reached 50 degrees in the shade last year. We don’t get any subsidy from the Town Hall and can’t afford to buy hundreds of new plants every year.’

We then walked through an arch into an adjacent patio where 800 fresh plants festooned the walls. Not a dead head or poor plant to be seen. We chatted to the owners. ‘No we don’t keep this up all summer. We water and dead head in preparation for and during the festival but then cut back on the watering and hours of daily care. We can only water with a small half litre tilting can on the end of a 4 or 5 metre pole. It takes us 4 hours a day to just water each plant every other day. Just a few weeks after the festival most will have succumbed to the sun and geranium moth. It would be difficult to spray chemicals within these four high walls. Yes, we buy 800 new plants every March! It’s worth all the effort if we win a prize this year’. In practice only fifteen of the sixty patios we visited were in the competition. The others were kindly opening their cherished homes to the public for ten days to demonstrate that living in an old town house can be delightful. So when you visit your local garden centre recognise that many of the geraniums for sale will be from the controlled environment insect-free hot houses of Holland, Italy, Germany etc as well as Spain. Without care not all will make through the summer in the real world, particularly the upright zonal varieties which are the most susceptible to attack by the dreaded geranium moth. Interestingly 95% of geraniums in Cordoba were of the ivy-leaved trailing varieties or crinkly leafed pelargoniums that are more resistant. So whether you have space for one or ten or more geraniums in pots, window boxes or flower beds only purchase strong healthy plants. Recognise that there are several types of geraniums for sale namely: Trailing geranium –pelargonium peltatum Crispy leafed geranium – pelargonium regal or gradiflora Upright geraniums – pelargonium zonal Geraniums gravolens – These are the rose and lemon scented varieties that are not normally attacked by the geranium moth. Geranium oil is distilled from these plants and the oil can be diluted to

Clodagh and Dick Handscombes books can be obtained from bookshops or by mail order from info@santanabooks. com or 952-48-58-38, or Amazon. In the UK the books can be ordered through bookshops or for some more conveniently by a freephone call to 0845-260-4505 which is the The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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Trailing geranium – pelargonium peltatum

spray other varieties of geraniums to deter the moth. Assume the worst and spray new plants against the geranium moth the day you get them home from the garden centre. Ensure you then re-spray weekly. Recognise that although you may kill off the existing population of moths in your garden there are many more about to hop over the wall from unsprayed gardens, especially if adjacent properties are rarely occupied. Watch out for the small holes surrounded by a black circle that indicates that a geranium moth has been around in spite of your spraying. Prune out affected stems. Water to just keep damp: probably every other day if in full sun during hot weather. Feed container planted geraniums with a dilute geranium fertilizer once a fortnight. Dead head, and remove dead leaves weekly. Also remove any rubbish that builds up on the top of the soil in pots. Take cuttings now or in the autumn to produce your own new plants for an even better and less expensive display.

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Meals On Wheels Spain MEALS ON Wheels is a well-known concept in the UK but very new here in Spain. The service was launched last year using an area of the Costa Blanca as a test area. The plan was to roll out the service at the end of 2012. However, the Meals On Wheels team received a larger number of calls than expected from outside the initial area and decided to bring their plans forward. The focus is on delivering home cooked food of the highest quality possible for a person to enjoy in their own home. At the moment Meals on Wheels have a variety of customers and a lot of people use the service so they get a nice ready prepared meal without having to go the shops or do any cooking. Some customers find it difficult both to shop and prepare their own food: others just appreciate the convenience of a ready made home cooked meal. The meals are delivered frozen so the customer can make up their own weekly meal plan. A lot of attention has gone into sourcing the ingredients

and also making sure the meals provide good nutritional value. The meals are low salt and come with easy to follow cooking instructions. There are also meals for two available so if you are catering for more than one Meals On Wheels can also cook for two. Prices start from 3.95€ and the menu includes everything from Sausage and Mash to Chicken wrapped in Bacon. To order is easy – you can phone through an order or use the website which is easy to use. An order confirmation is sent giving the date and time of delivery and confirming the cost. If you order by phone the delivery will also be confirmed so you know when to expect your order. The meals are delivered over rather a large area from Denia to Benidorm also covering nLa Nucia, Alfaz del Pi and Albir. Meals on Wheels most popular meal is their generous pie meals. Rod of Meals On Wheels says: “Everybody loves a pie and our pie meals are very filling and home cooked!” Other favorites are Salmon and Broccoli – along with Beef and

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Charlie Dimmock is coming to the Costa Blanca! MAKE SURE that you put the following dates in your diary because SOL Productions is bringing to the Costa Blanca an event not to be missed. On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May the inaugural Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show will bloom into action at the stunning Castillo de Conesa in San Miguel de Salinas. Brought to you in association with GM Events, this new and exciting show promises to be the next high profile and positive event to burst on the scene right here on the Costa Blanca. And everyone’s favourite gardening guru, Charlie Dimmock from UK TV’s Ground force, will be HERE on the Wednesday to chat, give advice and sign autographs. WINE TASTING Following the success of the Lifestyle and Expo Fiesta exhibition at the IFA last November, which attracted more than 16,000 visitors, GM Events has created the Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show 2012, set in the superb grounds of the stunning San Miguel Castle, just ten minutes from the main AP 7 motorway. The Castle will be open to the general public during the two day event and the

grounds will be filled with all things related to homes, gardens and lifestyle and with a market area to a prestigious showcase area, plus the indoor salon, with wine tasting, it promises to be an event for everyone, whatever your spending budget. There will also be an Art and Photographic competition, sponsored by Avalon Lifecare Services, a Moroccan tea terrace and Sol Bar for all your refreshments with a small beer or glass of wine priced at just one euro. GM Events Managing Director, Gina Marks said: “We have thought of everything to make this event a superb day out for all the family.” CLASSIC CARS As well as Charlie Dimmock, there will also be a whole host of local Costa Blanca experts who work in the relevant industries; ensuring that this event is packed with information and expert advice, combining interesting topics which are relevant to our homes, gardens and the lifestyle of Spain. Additional features include gastronomy delights and a classic car showcase as well as various prize winning competitions which are being organised for the visitors, alongside friendly petanca matches for the EMAUS charity which looks after children in care. Sponsored by Sporting Arbitrage, the Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show has all the ingredients to give you a super day out. Log on to for more information. If you would like to participate in the show, please contact the sales department at SOL Productions on 610 246 091 or 966 761 050 or email Gina concluded: “We look forward to welcoming you to this high profile event right here on the Costa Blanca.”


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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Blogs about Spanish This article is made up of items that have been appearing over recent months in my blog which you can also get to via the homepage of my website. They come under various categories such as “false friends” “favourite sayings” “Spanish society” and so on. I hope you enjoy them. IMPOSSIBLE WORD? Well, I consider my Spanish to be pretty good these days, and I think I can tackle saying most words without too much trauma. However, I have to admit to struggling with a word that is written on the side of a van (quite a long van I have to say) which often parks near my house.  This is it: IMPERMEABILIZACIÓN. It means “water-proofing”, and yes, there are times when English is definitely easier than Spanish.  If you’re stuck for something to do for the next few hours, try learning to say it – firstly reading slowly, then speeding up, then memorizing and finally, rattling it off like a native.  Who knows when you might actually need to say it! TIQUISMIQUIS You’ve met them, you may live with one, you may even be one yourself!  That is “un tiquismiquis” – a “fuss pot”.   My only really claim to fussiness is with food.  I am, and always have been, the most “tiquismiquis” eater you could care to meet.  I’ve spent far more time in my life moving things round on my plate than actually putting them in my mouth.  My mother could have called me “tiquismiquis” but I think she had other expressions. Some people are “tiquismiquis” about having everything in order, put back in the right place, clean and sparkling.   That’s not my particular vice, but it might be yours. Are you “tiquismiquis”? JUST AN ORDINARY GAL It’s a while since we’ve looked at a “False Friend”, those niggly little things that trip us up when we’re least expecting it.  Today’s offering is the word “ordinario”.  I know, you would think it meant “ordinary” wouldn’t you, and in fact it does in some prosaic contexts like the post office. However, don’t ever use it to describe yourself, or anyone else unless you wish to insult them, because “ordinario” means “vulgar”,

“common” or as we like to say “common as muck!” Just be careful, that’s all I’m saying. EASY PEASY Do you know how to say “It’s a cinch” in Spanish? That is “dead easy”, “a walk in the park”, “like falling off a log” (I say that one quite often but I do think it must be quite painful), “a walkover”  “a nobrainer”.   Well, now I’m going to tell you … ¡¡¡¡CHUPAO!!!!  It comes from the verb “chupar” which is “to suck” so it relates presumably to something even a baby can suck.    Just to be very boring for a minute, the form is actually a past participle “chupado” pronounced in a way that drops the “d” (just think “gonna” in English). Give it a try some time when something is really easy, or you’re just being ironic about your language skills. COMIC-SPEAK IN SPANISH Just recently I came across a misunderstanding created by the use of “jajajajaja” as a response to a message on Facebook.  Try saying it, with the correct pronunciation of course which is a strong throat “h” sound.  Smile as you’re doing it … doesn’t it sound just a little bit as though you are laughing?  Possibly not, but anyway, that is exactly what it is meant to be – the equivalent of “hahaha”, or should that be “ha ha ha”? It turns out that all those Dennis the Menace type words, like “splat” and “urgg” are different in Spanish!  A favourite one of mine is ZAS!!!  It’s the sound of slap on the face.   Sometimes when people think they’ve won an argument which silences an opponent with some brilliant statement or revelation, they say “zas en toda la boca”!!  Not very nice really. I know, now you want me to tell you some more, but that’s your job.  Go to a bookshop, buy a “comic” and expand your vocabulary with really important words!

The Twit Of The Week Max Rushden@maxrushden : six pack update day 19. i do not have a six pack. The Voice UK Tweets Al Murray@ajhmurray : Youngest just declared that Will.I.Am “is really creeping me out!” ian hyland@HylandIan : Jessie J’s not annoying at all. Not one bit #thevoiceuk The Tragedy Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Appalling news of the death of Piermario Morosini. Another young footballer collapsing during a game! #RIP The Rant Marcus Collins@MarcuscollinsUK : RAGEING! This soft twit has cut all me beard off! #look about 14 fuming The Nut Miley Ray Cyrus@MileyCyrus : Can’t. Quit. Eating. Walnuts. The Funny Tweets Dan Walker@danwalkerbbc : Panic buying of petrol, pasties & now stamps! I’m going to start panic purchasing lettuce. Tony Blackburn@tonyblackburn : Save the rainforest, eat a vegetarian Kirk Norcross@kirk_official : I’m shattered been playing cops n robbers with my lil bro and he goes n pulls out some big nerf gun and sprays me up! #RubberBulletsOuch x Graeme Swann@Swannyg66 : A good day for the Swann family on the National as max and paddy’s choice won by a nose hair. It’s Sheba for them for the next fortnight.

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Shadow Man FBI SENIOR agent Smoky Barrett is the victim of a serial killer who first kills her husband and daughter before raping and disfiguring Barrett herself. Barrett survives the onslaught to get to her gun and kill her attacker. Months of painful therapy pass before she is judged fit to return to duty only to find that another crazed killer is on the loose in her home town of Los Angeles – and this time he has killed her best friend. Barrett swings her team into action as those closest to her come under threat from the Shadow Man. Author McFadyen takes the reader through an investigation scenario that reveals the FBI’s most modern forensic processes and interrogation techniques used to catch the USA’s serial killers and all the time Smoky Barrett and her team of veteran investigators are closing the net. All will be scarred either mentally or physically before the Shadow Man faces Barrett’s gun and his victims are brought peace. The narrative is shudderingly real and McFadyen’s knowledge of criminal procedure is authentic enough to make the reader smell the blood and decay. Lock the doors before you read it – who knows who’s waiting for you in the shadows? Author: Cody McFadyen Publisher: Hodder (paperback) Price: 10.40€ ISBN: 978 0 340 84007 8

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Life food Bet you can’t eat just one? BUYING IN bulk you would think would be a sensible way of saving money, stocking up with your favourites, cutting down the time spent shopping and saving fuel costs all at the same time. Two for one and three for two it’s a keen shopper’s paradise as long as you are either good at mathematics or have a handy calculator with you. In America any ‘two for one’ offers also mean that you can still buy just one of a ‘two for one’ offer, at half price - something the UK supermarkets have failed to pick up. It makes more sense to check the individual price of an item before buying more than you need at a more expensive price. Of course nothing is a bargain if it sits on a shelf unused or even in the fridge till it rots. Having tins of artichoke hearts which you managed to get cheap is fine, but only if you like them. For restaurants buying in bulk can be a better way to get the best from a supplier. We used to buy all our vegetables and seafood by the case which meant less work for the suppliers and distributors. No additional handling, no weighing out, and produce bought by the case was fresher as open boxes

in use already obviously contain the oldest products. Buying a case of sea bass for instance meant we could buy much cheaper directly from the boat; watercress came directly from the farm as did apples and potatoes and asparagus, saving the trip to a wholesaler who would have to open the boxes and then weigh your order and then repack it before finding a delivery route which would probably be the next day. It takes a bit of getting used to but for some of us, it’s the job, we can’t just rely on ‘special offers’ or ‘two for ones’ to find the right price, we ought to know the market price already. It appears that these special offers are for your benefit and to help you, but do me a favour and ask anyone in a supermarket which of the ‘fresh’ tomatoes priced by the pound, priced by the kilo and priced by the packet, which one represents the best value for money. In my experience even the produce manager as well as customer service won’t be able to tell you. When we look into the store cupboards of failing restaurants who are stocking loads of packets of, let’s say minestrone, even though it’s not on the

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menu, telling me it’s “cos it was cheap” does not bode well for the owner. Nothing is cheap if it sits on the shelf. Having the right stock levels is an art. Knowing not only how many customers are likely to come in this week and approximately what they will order is part of the professional’s duty but having too little in stock is often as bad as having too much. One mention of the words “it’s off” will probably mean the customer will be off soon too. One dull and dreary winter’s lunchtime two customers were surprised somewhat to see that we were offering three different Iranian caviar choices on our menu. They were 25g Sevruga for £25.00p, 25g Oscietra for £48.00p and 25g of Beluga for £108.00p. This included the accompaniments and of course instruction if needed. I was surprised when they ordered the Beluga. Following a main course of both fresh lobster and steak I asked if there would be anything else we could offer in the way of dessert, to which they replied “Yes we’ll have another Beluga Caviar for dessert as we don’t believe you have more than one in stock”…Oh but I did.

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

Cash for fire fighters By Jack Troughton VISITORS TO a spring market organised by a neighbourhood association in aid of the Voluntary Firemen of Balcon al Mar, Javea, helped raise 2,700€. Organised by the international group ISVH – the Inter Sociedad Vecinos Hisapnofilos – on Palm Sunday the money will help the ‘Bomberos Voluntarios’ continue its work preventing and putting out fires, and maintaining a fire-watch through the dry weather. And ISVH, whose premises adjoin the fire station, said the amount raised this year had “exceeded all expectations” and will be spent purchasing protective clothing for firemen to use on call-outs.

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Ladies come and join in with the fun of our ladies night with ... VAL & MAG’S. At Bar Stone, Albir on Monday 30th April starting at 8pm. Arrive on time between 7.45pm and 8.15pm to receive a FREE welcome drink!!! Come and enjoy a fun evening with: val’s avon cosmetics, jewellery, lingerie and much more .... Mag’s naughty nickers and sex aids/toys & fun & frolics with games. Special offers especially for the night - so don’t miss it. Tell your friends - the more the merrier.

AKIRA celebrates first anniversary By Jack Troughton CHARITY AKIRA celebrated its first birthday in style with 50 guests enjoying a sun-kissed birthday party where fund-raising added another 515€ to help animals. In its first year AKIRA has raised more than 11,000€ and is always on the lookout for new volunteers to share the workload. In its first 12 months, the charity has been busy fostering rescued animals and finding new homes for dogs and in constant negotiation with both Benissa and Teulada Moraira Town Halls in a bid to secure land to build an animal shelter. At the party, the charity’s Vice President Pauline Curtis thanked everyone for supporting the celebration at Bogart’s Restaurant, La Fustera, Benissa, and praised singer Barry Peters for the music and Ann of

AKIRA committee members (from left) Elaine, Maggie, Nikki and Pauline

My Little Cake Shop for the birthday cupcakes. The next event in the AKIRA calendar is a May Country Fair on 1st May at Font Santa, Moraira. Entrance is free to an event with live music, over 30 stalls,

a barbeque, although donations to AKIRA are welcome. Membership of the charity costs 20€ a year, for more information contact Elaine Sydny at

Wear it well THE ORIGINAL Charity Shop is staging its ‘Original Style’ fashion show on Friday 27th April to raise money for the Franciscan Refuge Transformer Appeal. Entrance is free to the event starting at 5pm in the Aparthotel Pinosol, Javea, and the charity hopes it will boost its appeal to help new buildings at the Gandia refuge be connected to mains electricity. Organisers aim to show guests how to combine designer wear and pre-owned clothing sold at the Javea charity shop to create an original and fashionable style.

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Join MABS for a cuppa MABS CANCER Support Group’s Albir and Benidorm Branch is staging its monthly coffee morning on Wednesday 25th April at 11am. The venue is the new social centre in Albir, behind the Mercadona supermarket and everyone can expect a warm welcome by the charity’s Sue Reula and her team of volunteers.


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A 60 year old needs 10 times more light to drive than a person who is aged 20 According to the Traffic Department, up to 5% of accidents whose causes are medical, could be caused by disorders of vision. Sight starts to deteriorate after 40 years when conditions such as nearsightedness become severe and begin to appear alongside other problems such as eyestrain and cataracts. Experts recommend that drivers over 60 undergo regular eye tests, which can help detect and minimize vision problems associated with aging such as cataracts, presbyopia or glaucoma. “Older drivers suffer a general deterioration of the visual system that is manifested in various ways. For example, having lower performance of eye movements and poorer spatial perception, also adaptation to the dark, glare recovery, colour vision, attention and visual search are more limited, “ says Dr. Fernando Llovet, Medical Director of Clínica Baviera. “The best example is that a driver aged 55 needs eight times longer to recover from glare than a person aged 16 “. Vision defects associated with age

affect road safety especially at night, since night vision accuracy is reduced to 20% (distinguishing separate objects, known as visual acuity) and the contrast threshold increases considerably from age 50. 33% of fatal accidents occur in the hours between 8pm and 8am. Clínica Baviera specialists recommend that drivers should auto limit their driving in conditions of low light or at night. “When there is a change in brightness, the time the eye needs to adapt to increases as we age. A 60-year-old needs ten times more light to drive than a 20 year old “, says Dr. Llovet. Carrying vision glasses if needed, trying to drive as little as possible at night, avoiding driving in low visibility, and choosing the right vehicle with large mirrors and anti-glare, is part of the advice from Clínica Baviera. “But most important is that people over 60 are aware of the limits imposed by age in one’s vision and driving.

Experts recommend regular eye tests to help detect possible visual problems as we get older

It is best to undergo annual reviews in which they locate the problem, if any, and address it with the right treatment sooner rather than later “ advises the Medical Director of Clínica Baviera. Silvia Moner, from Clinica Baviera in Denia, has thanked RTN readers for the high response to their recent campaign. ‘We have welcomed many RTN readers taking the offer of a free no obligation consultation to examine their eye health,

and explore treatment options if and when it was necessary’ Clínica Baviera has 7 clinical centers in the Valencian Community, and offer finance treatment with 12 months interest free. To request further information, or an initial free consultation, see the contact details below, and advert on this page. Clínica Baviera DENIA c / Calderon 4-6 966 42 61 21

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Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

Hypnotherapy and Pure HypnoAnalysis FIRST IMPRESSIONS of hypnotherapy are usually found by watching television and stage hypnosis: this can lead people to believe that they may be controlled or manipulated or made to do something ‘silly’....though nothing could be further from the truth. During hypnosis your senses, concentration and awareness are actually heightened - you will not fall asleep (although sometimes you are so relaxed it indeed can feel like you are) and you can even talk quite easily whilst relaxed (and in Pure Hypnoanalysis are expected to do so). It is also a commonly held belief that there are some people that ‘cannot be hypnotised’ but this is again is inaccurate. Everybody, children and adults, can easily achieve the state of hypnosis and enjoy its benefits such as relaxation. The only problem that I would say I have is treating somebody who is under the influence of drink at the time of the session, or persons who have or had a history of Psychosis. A good definition of hypnosis would be a “heightened state of relaxation and concentration brought about by suggestion.” As a Spanish registered Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist I specialise not only in the leading virtual gastric band…the well-known HYPNOBAND™ and Stop Smoking in 30 minutes, but also in an amazing system called

Pure HypnoAnalysis. So what is Pure HypnoAnalysis and how does it work? This isn’t just ‘counselling’ or talking through ‘any-old stuff’...every symptom caused by psychosomatic forces must have an originating cause, and Pure Hypnoanalysis uses a very specific, gentle, open and non-directive process to allow you to fully resolve your anxiety/emotions. My clients and I build up a trusting relationship and work together in an open, honest and non-judgmental atmosphere to resolve their symptoms once and for all. TREATING THE ROOT CAUSE Some therapies try and get round the problem by giving you medication to mask the symptoms. Sometimes people try and talk you through your worries (but usually only picking on the things which the therapist ‘thinks’ is important!) which, although beneficial, usually provides a short term but not a long term benefit. Most therapies just simply don’t deal with the root cause of the problem. A natural and gentle therapy and by far the quickest,

easiest and simplest way of dealing with anxietyrelated problems is simply to go back to the main emotional conflict (almost always from childhood), and bring those emotions up in a very safe, non-judged, comfortable and supportive atmosphere. This is a completely natural process. Doing this gently and safely takes a few sessions but Pure HypnoAnalysis is liberating, enlightening and can often be life-changing: these sessions are ideal to help treat problems such as phobias, stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sexual problems and other matters of the mind. Pure HypnoAnalysis involves a weekly session of about 50 minutes, and the course of therapy usually lasts 6-12 sessions.

Please call Mark now on 654 202 996 to book your free initial consultation or visit him at Mark’s clinics are held at the Family Medical Centre, Albir; The International Clinic Moraira; The Physical Therapy Clinic Villamartin and the Dental Clinic Camposol in total confidentiality.


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A change for the much, much better! LUC VAN der Heyden, who is 82, lives in Calpe. Previously one of the most active people you could hope to meet in life, he was formerly a painter, then an architect, then a technical draftsman involved with ship propeller design before becoming involved in the wine industry in California. He has lived all over the world but finally settled in Spain with his wife because of the warm climate. Sadly Luc’s wife passed away two years ago and he turned to a home care agency for support. But evidently not all home care agencies are the same. The relationship with the home care

company started well, and on a professional footing, and Luc was quickly introduced to and cared for by Rita Bratuszewski who was new with that agency. Sadly the two of them meeting was virtually the only good thing to come out of that agency. Very quickly both Rita and Luc discovered that the backup provided was completely inadequate. Rita was pretty much left on her own, and when she had any doubts about the care for Luc there seemed to be noone for her to turn to. Neither Rita nor Luc considered that he was getting value or a proper service for what he was paying.

Home carer Rita on the left, with Luc, seated, and Paula Reed, Nursing Coordinator

“Proper support was seriously lacking” says Rita. “It was worrying me where care for Luc was concerned. Every nurse and carer has to be confident that in an emergency or case of need, proper and rapid assistance will come from their organisation. But it got to such a point where Luc and I were feeling that there had to be something better than that agency for both him as the patient and me as the carer. Then by pure good fortune we read about Anneke Integral Care Services and we visited the company in Anneke Residence, Alfaz del Pi. “We were warmly greeted and shown around the Residence by Lisette de Leeuw, the General Manager, and we were immediately impressed.” Rita continues: “There is something very welcoming about the home, it has a lovely atmosphere, and everyone working there seems pleasant. Even better, apart from the Nursing Home Anneke has a full Home Care team, professionally run, trained, overseen and with full back up from the nurses, doctors and experts at the Residence if ever help is needed.” “This was everything that Rita and I needed to know,” explains Luc. “What Lisette showed us at Anneke Integral Care Services was totally reassuring. Right from the start we were affectionately welcomed and able to appreciate the professional atmosphere. And the fact that there is a full homecare team was absolute music to my ears.” The result of the meeting was that both Rita and Luc rapidly jumped ship! Rita left her previous firm, and has not for a second looked back. “Now I have companionship, access

to expertise, to colleagues and to the best equipment. How much better equipped I feel!” Luc is now so much more reassured and comforted. Rita has remained his main carer, but with Anneke there is always someone on hand 24/7 should she have a query, or Luc have an emergency of any sort. And there is full professional cover available whenever Rita takes a holiday. “I am absolutely delighted with the care I receive from Anneke: they are the best” he says. “I feel settled, they are all nice colleagues for Rita and I am in good hands.” If at any time either Rita or Luc have any problem they can call Paula Reed, Anneke Nurse Co-ordinator. The Anneke Integral Care Services is made up of a team of qualified carers who all speak English, all have full in-service training at Anneke and indeed Anneke has its own fleet of specially equipped vehicles designed for wheelchairs etc., to access patients whenever needed. If you or one of your loved ones needs assistance, or would benefit from homecare, then Luc and Rita’s experience is important to bear in mind. The Anneke Home Care team are well trained, meet regularly to discuss patients’ progress and care plans, are properly supported and supervised, and really care about their patients. For more information or to make an appointment to view the Nursing Home or discuss Home Care requirements please call Anneke Integral Care Services on 96 681 4034 or contact Paula Reed, nurse coordinator, for the Home Care service on 626 960 773.

Helping fund cancer research

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Exercise promotes better sleep Struggling to fall asleep? Or stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

By Jack Troughton VOLUNTEERS OF the Roundabout Charity Shop have voted to support the ECMOR cancer research project launched by fellow Javea charity Cancer Care. Since the seventies, the charity shop has raised cash for numerous projects under its official name of ‘Union Benefica Carousel de Javea’ and every year an AGM decides where the money will go. Having read and heard about the new project at Denia Hospital, the Roundabout team voted that some of the money they raised in 2011 should go to Cancer Care and its English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research, which uses the latest high tech machinery to enable individual treatment for every patient. Pictured is President of the Roundabout Charity Shop Gill Rose presenting a cheque for 3,000€ to Vice-President of

Cancer Care Eileen Saville – who thanked the volunteers for their generous contribution. The Roundabout is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 1.30pm, for more information call 96 579 6846 or the shop on 96 579 0129.


20 APR - 26 APR 2012

Life showbiz goss Whoever gives this guy work? I´ll make this short as it concerns that talentless idiot Russell Brand. I´ll make this short as it concerns that talentless idiot Russell Brand. I´ve been pretty hard on him for some time now and had more or less lost interest in any more Brand bashing… more or less. The story I picked up on started off quite tamely with news of him having lunch with an unknown blonde in a trendy eatery in Los Angeles, generating mucho speculation in the press over there that his liaison with Hungarian beauty Nikolett Barabas was done and dusted. Their relationship got all the way to Brand introducing the young model to his mother and her gushing about the him to Life & Style magazine saying, “He’s amazing, so funny, I like being with him, he’s a good person.” And it’s that last bit where it all goes wrong for me … he´s far from being a good person and rather than just quote the Radio 1 incident, here is what he said to People magazine recently about his split with Katy Perry: “I’m doing well ... You don’t need to brush it off if you don’t get it on you in the first place.” Russell Brand is a nasty piece of work and I´m sorry Nikolett, but he´s about as funny as chips ‘n custard.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Cybil tells all but doesn´t Quite a few of you will remember ´Moonlighting´, a US TV show that ran for four years in the second half of the 80s starring Cybil Shepherd and Bruce Willis. A lot was made at the time of the couple´s off-screen squabbles, but according to an interview Cybil gave to US news show ‘Access Hollywood’ last weekend, there was a lot more to the story. The blonde beauty surprised one and all on the top US show when out of nowhere she said, “ the show had been running for a couple of years and we’d been getting along well for a while and one night he showed up at my house like he wanted to … well you know … have sex … then I said, we shouldn’t, then he

said, we shouldn’t, and so we didn’t” ... aw for goodness sake! … What a letdown … however the presenter on the show probed a little more and Cybil added, “It was at my house” ...yeah we know that bit! … “just the two of us” … and that bit! … “there was a big bottle of whisky, or something.” … aha! OK! … and then? Sadly folks, that truly is all of it, although Ms Shepherd did add that she considered a romance with her co-star again towards the end of the show’s run when she said, “I was ready to near the end, but he had Demi Moore.” Shameful - and at the same time honourable. Cybil then very neatly changed tack in the interview right at the end when she said that her links to Willis might not be over “I hear he’s gonna put me in his new Die Hard movie, wouldn’t that be great?” … Cybil! … (What’s Basil Fawlty doing in here?)

Debbie ´n the artist ´n the rain

The movie ´The Artist´ has come in for heaps of praise in the wake of so much success at The Oscars in February winning 5 awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. However The New Post carried a story last week of an interview they had with Debbie Reynolds that is far from complementary. ‘The Artist’ storyline follows the career of a silent movie star who fell on hard times with the introduction of sound, and Debbie has reminded us that this was the same plot idea as ‘Singing In the Rain’, a film she starred in with Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly. “I thought ‘The Artist’ was a very good film,” said Debbie “with talented personalities, but they took the basic premise of our movie, and it’s not in colour, and the musical numbers aren’t as good.” Bless you Debbie, it must be difficult to accept something so radical when you were part of such a glorious movie like ‘Singing in the Rain’. Another absurdity about this amazing film is that it didn´t win one Oscar when it went on release in 1952, and has since been named fifth in the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. Yeah, I’m thinking about the Morecombe and Wise version as well…

Life TV

20 APR - 26 APR 2012


20th April - 26th April

FRIDAY 20th April BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Incredible Edibles 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 All Over the Place 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Not Going Out 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show

BBC2 07:00 Childrens TV 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Nature’s Top 40 14:30 Instant Restaurant 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past 23:00 Twenty Twelve 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

SATURDAY 21st April BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 British Olympic Dreams 14:30 Snooker 17:30 Final Score 18:20 Formula One 19:40 BBC News 20:00 The Voice UK 21:30 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News and Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show


07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 10:00 The Slammer 10:30 Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:00 Animals at Work 11:35 Splatalot 12:05 Copycats 12:30 OOglies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:05 Escape to the Country 13:35 Advise and Consent 15:50 Cheyenne Social Club 17:30 Snooker 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em 20:00 The Good Life 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 TV 1973: The Defining Shows 22:00 I Love 1971 22:55 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

SUNDAY 22nd April

ITV1 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 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 The Great British Taste Tour 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Poms in Paradise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Ray



07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 SuperScrimpers 12:00 Secret Location 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Location, Location, Location 14:30 Guns of Fort Petticoat 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 Rude Tube 24:35 Random Acts 24:40 Slither

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Thirst 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Switched 07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:25 One Tree Hill 07:50 Coronation Street 08:05 Glee 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:10 Judge Judy 09:50 One Tree Hill 09:35 Judge Judy 10:40 Scrubs 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:10 Scrubs 11:30 Judge Judy 11:35 90210 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Desperate Housewives 12:30 Judge Judy 13:25 Greek 13:00 Emmerdale 14:20 Scrubs 13:30 Emmerdale 14:45 Scrubs 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:10 Hollyoaks 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:45 90210 16:40 The Real Housewives 16:40 Glee of Orange County 17:35 Rules of Engagement 17:40 Judge Judy 18:00 Desperate Housewives 18:05 Judge Judy 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:45 Britain’s Got Talent 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 American Idol 21:00 Supernanny US 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 22:00 Transformers 23:45 The Only Way Is Essex 24:30 Peter Andre: My Life 24:50 Shameless






07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:15 Murder, She Wrote 14:20 ITV News and Weather 14:25 Free Willy 16:35 Planet’s Funniest Animals 16:50 The Mirror Crack’d 18:50 Granada News 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 The Cube 21:30 Britain’s Got Talent 22:45 Benidorm 23:45 ITV News and Weather 24:00 The Last Boy Scout

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 The Grid 08:25 British GT 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 The TV Book Club 10:25 Koko Pop 11:00 Made in Chelsea 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 13:15 The Simpsons 13:50 Deal or No Deal 14:50 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Come Dine with Me 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 Channel 4 News 19:15 19:20 The Italian Job 21:10 Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime 22:45 The Million Pound Drop Live 24:20 Top Gun

07:00 Childrens TV 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:10 Restaurant Inspector 12:10 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 13:10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14:10 Trapeze 16:15 The Vikings 18:30 Beetle Juice 20:15 5 News Weekend 20:20 NCIS 21:10 NCIS 22:10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:10 CSI: NY 24:05 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 Coronation Street 09:15 Emmerdale 12:10 Peter Andre: My Life 13:10 American Idol 15:00 American Idol 15:55 The Cube 16:55 All Star Family Fortunes 17:40 You’ve Been Framed! 18:40 Jurassic Park III 20:25 The Zoo 21:25 Super Tiny Animals 22:30 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 22:45 Britain’s Got More Talent 23:45 Celebrity Juice 24:30 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid



07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Switched 08:10 Switched Up! 09:15 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:15 Supernanny US 11:10 Supernanny US 12:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 13:10 Supernanny US 14:05 Supernanny US 15:05 Hollyoaks 17:35 Made in Chelsea 18:40 The Big Bang Theory 19:05 The Big Bang Theory 19:35 The Big Bang Theory 20:05 The Big Bang Theory 20:35 Rules of Engagement 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Happy Endings 22:00 The Transporter 2 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 24:15 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 09:30 Athletics 15:00 Sunday Politics 16:05 Human Planet 17:05 Lifeline 17:15 Songs of Praise 18:00 Formula One 19:20 BBC News Regional News and Weather 19:45 Countryfile 20:30 The Voice UK 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News Regional News and Weather 23:25 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:10 Room 101: Extra Storage 24:50 The Love Letter

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Deadly 60 Bites 08:05 Extreme Animals 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 Natural World 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Great British Menu 13:00 Flog It! 14:00 Escape to the Country 15:00 Snooker 18:00 London Marathon 2012 Highlights 19:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 20:00 Frank Wild: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero 21:00 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 22:00 Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:10 Twenty Twelve 24:40 Grandma’s House

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Ade in Britain 11:30 May the Best House Win 12:30 Long Lost Family 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Britain’s Got Talent 14:50 Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:10 Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:35 Columbo 17:30 The Betty Driver Story 18:30 You’ve Been Framed! 19:00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 19:30 Granada News 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 Vera 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:15 Perspectives 24:15 Premiership Rugby Union

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 08:30 Channel 4 Presents 08:35 Sailing 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:25 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 The Simpsons 15:25 Jungle 2 Jungle 17:25 Coraline 19:25 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 20:20 Channel 4 News 20:50 20:55 Time Team 22:00 Homeland 23:00 East Is East 24:55 Dabangg

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Chinese Food in Minutes 11:10 Grey’s Anatomy 12:05 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:05 Police Interceptors 14:05 Cowboy Traders 15:05 Corrina, Corrina 17:20 The Water Horse 19:25 5 News Weekend 19:30 The Magnificent Seven 22:00 Once Upon a Time 23:00 A Perfect Murder

07:00 Gossip Girl 07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:00 Winners & Losers 13:55 Olly: Life on Murs 14:55 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 15:35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 16:00 The Only Way Is Essex 16:45 The Only Way Is Essex 17:35 Britain’s Got Talent 18:50 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:50 Back to the Future Part II 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Olly: Life on Murs 24:45 Bridget Jones’s Diary

07:00 Switched 07:20 Switched 07:45 Privileged 08:40 One Tree Hill 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:10 Watch 12:30 Smallville 13:30 Scrubs 14:00 Scrubs 14:30 Listen 14:40 Perfect Couples 15:05 Playing It Straight 16:05 Ugly Betty 17:00 Glee 18:00 90210 18:55 The Big Bang Theory 19:25 The Big Bang Theory 19:55 Edward Scissorhands 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 Made in Chelsea


20 APR - 26 APR 2012

Life TV

20th April- 26th April

MONDAY 23rd april BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Incredible Edibles 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Late Kick Off

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Chaplains: Angels of Mersey 21:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 22:00 The 70s 23:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker

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 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Secret Millionaire USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Location 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Glamour Puds 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 The African Queen 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Inside Nature’s Giants 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:00 Homeland

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Show Songs 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Recipe for Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Traders 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 23:00 10 Things I Hate About 24:00 National Security

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 Gossip Girl 22:00 Batman Begins 24:45 Celebrity Juice

TUESDAY 24th April



07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:45 Made in Chelsea 09:45 One Tree Hill 10:40 Scrubs 11:05 Scrubs 11:40 90210 12:35 Desperate Housewives 13:30 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:25 Hollyoaks 15:55 90210 16:45 Glee 17:40 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 My Name Is Earl 21:30 My Name Is Earl 22:00 One Tree Hill 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 Rude Tube








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Incredible Edibles 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Who Let the Dogs Out? 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 Syndicate 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Matt Lucas Awards 24:10 Kevin Bridges: What’s the Story? 24:40 The Estate

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 22:00 Meet the Romans with Mary Beard 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Countrywise Kitchen 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity 22:00 The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Battle for London: The Mayoral Debate 24:45 The Unforgettable...

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:00 Secret Millionaire Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Location 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Glamour Puds 14:10 Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 14:20 The Admirable Crichton 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 Hidden Talent 23:00 Facejacker 23:30 Hit the Road Jack 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Mystery Woman 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 21:00 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: Miami 24:50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre: My Life 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Total Recall

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:40 Scrubs 11:35 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 David Blaine: What Is Magic? 22:00 90210 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 Napoleon Dynamite 23:55 The Ricky Gervais Show 24:30 The Big Bang Theory 24:55 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Incredible Edibles 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Horrible Histories 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rip Off Britain 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Snooker 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Our Food 22:00 Divine Women 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 UEFA Champions League 24:35 Total Emergency

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Secret Millionaire Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Location 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Glamour Puds 14:10 Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 14:20 Town on Trial 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 Queen Victoria’s Last Love 23:00 BodyShock 24:05 2 Broke Girls

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Love Begins 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Gremlins

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:45 Scrubs 11:10 Scrubs 11:35 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Clueless 23:00 Saw

20 APR - 26 APR 2012

THURSDAY 26th April









07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Incredible Edibles 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Buzz and Tell 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Two Greedy Italians 22:00 Louis Theroux 23:00 Grandma’s House 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 The Cube

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Secret Millionaire USA 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Location 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 Glamour Puds 14:05 Pony Express 16:05 Channel 4 Presents 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Get Your House in Order 22:00 The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes 23:30 Extreme A&E 24:35 Random Acts 24:40 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 The Family Recipe 16:25 Polar Storm 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 19:55 Police Interceptors 20:55 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:15 Flight of Fury

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 American Idol 22:00 Olly: Life on Murs 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 You’ve Been Framed! 24:45 Analyze This

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:45 Made in Chelsea 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:00 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:20 Desperate Housewives 13:15 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 90210 16:35 Glee 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 Rude Tube 24:00 PhoneShop

Crossword Solutions for 652 Cryptic Solutions Across: 7 Railway ticket; 8 Pressman; 9 Oils; 10 Candid; 12 Inland; 14 Vessel; 16 Glance; 18 Spur; 20 Venetian; 22 Prefer a charge. Down: 1 Marriage; 2 Closed; 3 Farm; 4 Stunning; 5 School; 6 Well; 11 Delivery; 13 No change; 15 Strife; 17 Astray; 19 Part; 21 Nice.

Quick solutions Across: 7 Make nothing of; 8 Converse; 9 Rare; 10 Ransom; 12 Employ; 14 Barren; 16 Yelled; 18 Deaf; 20 Unstable; 22 Consolidation. Down: 1 Panorama; 2 Serves; 3 Poor; 4 Thievery; 5 Unwrap; 6 Sour; 11 Manfully; 13 Overlook; 15 Refuse; 17 Lean-to; 19 Eros; 21 Side. Wordwheel: DECEITFUL

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN will highlight every week some of their brilliant programmes starting with tonight at 7pm, An Evening With... features local theatre group, Dramatic Licence with an hilarious selection of plays and sketches. Tomorrow, Saturday 21st April at 6pm, FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions gets the answers to a selection of questions about electrics and Home Care in Spain and on Sunday, at 7pm, Let’s Talk sees Simon Baldock chatting to Royal British Legion Chaplain, Keith Brown and his lovely wife and entertainer Cathy Carson. Onto Monday at 6pm, Viva TV visits The British Consulate in Alicante where they were granted a rare interview with the British Ambassador, Giles Paxman. On Tuesday 24th at 6.30pm, Spanish Eye highlights the military

re-enactment of the battle of Arnham or Operation Market Garden as it was known in Murcia. Then on Wednesday 25th at 6pm, the Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary Celebrations in Alicante includes interviews with the key participants, organisers and features performances from top international entertainers. To end the week of Viva TV highlights, on Thursday 26th at 7pm, there will be a Let’ s Talk Special with Chas & Dave’s Chas Hodges, who took time out from his busy schedule to regale us with some great anecdotes from his long career. This is just a highlight of the great programmes made by Viva TV; tune in now to see much more or visit their website at


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Life music

The Hoax:

Cruising with Freeway EXCITING NEW Costa Blanca band Freeway hits the road this month with its unique sound sharpened with several months of rehearsal. The band consists of Freddie on vocals and bass; Tony on vocals, lead guitar and percussion; and Carmen on saxophone. The trio are all experienced musicians and understand the work needed to build a reputation as a new band and the difficulties face by local venues in the current economic crisis – and so Freeway is offering its first booking for free, confident that once heard the band will

Mystique Music Bar, Avenida De Madrid, Moraira: Saturday 21st April: 9.30pm AS A guitarist and singer Danny Whybrow has been gigging solo for the past year in Moraira, Jalon and Benidorm after playing with both SFM and The Shy. The Hoax happened when Danny linked up with three new mates from Drama School. Bass player, George Parker, and guitarist, Ben Davis, had been looking to start a band up when they met Danny, and drummer Seb Baldwin made up the package. The band has gigged mainly in the Jalon Valley so it’s now time for its Moraira debut. The Hoax covers bands like Snow Patrol and JET in their set, with a little Hendrix in the mix. They have an enthusiasm that boils over in their live sets and sucks you in, described as “an awesome new teen rock band!” So come and judge for yourselves!

The Hoax

Country Music Jam Night

THERE IS going to be a new Country Music Jam Night at La Placeta Bar in Calpe at 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. The next night is Monday 23rd April, so do come along and support, bring your instrument, voice, or come to do some line dancing. Should be fun! The two duos running the night are Eric Thoms and his wife Lesley (he sings professionally to backing tracks, making his living in the Marbella area for the past ten years and has recently moved to this area). Eric’s phone number is 609 155 741. His email address is The other duo are Country Flavour - another man and wife team. Barrie can be contacted on 96 583 8311 or email: The Not Necessarily Folk Club will still run at La Placeta on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Imported trombone JAZZ FANS can enjoy a special one-off gig on St George’s Day when top trombonist Rob Wiffen makes a welcome return to Spain. Backed by Christine Eames on keyboards and Roger Eames on string bass, Rob is playing at the El Pescadito Restaurant in Mil Palmeras – a musical haven and well known for past performances by drummer Mike Brain, clarinettist Paul Bridgewater and many others. The programme on 23rd April will be drawn from a wide repertoire of jazz, from Louis Armstrong through the big band era to Miles Davis, and will also feature Eve Suffield on vocals. For more information call 96 676 2308 or for bookings call 96 532 0071.

not be forgotten and will capture repeat invitations to play. Freddie Kool also performs solo, while Tony & Carmen are also members of the charity band Pastiche. For more information about Freeway, call Tony on 626 722 87 or email Upcoming gigs: 28th April, PEPA Charity event La Drova; 30th April, La Luna Bar, Javea; 13th May, L’Om Restaurant, Pego; 16th June, Bella Vista, Monte Pego; 21st July, Bela Vista, Monte Pego; and 1st to 8th October, UK Tour.

Jazzify - Smooth Jazz Trio THE JAZZIFY trio will host a jazzy night at the Cafe Del Mar in Moraira every last Thursday of the month starting Thursday 26th April. So if you like jazzy-flavoured music, be sure to hop down to the Cafe Del Mar located at L’Andrago Beach directly opposite the Day & Night Beach Bar. The music starts at around 9pm and local and international guest jazz musicians will be featured on a regular basis. So, music lovers: remember to mark down every last Thursday of the month in your agendas! For more information, please visit

Broadway glamour

By Jack Troughton SHOW GROUP Sounds Familiar are putting the final sparkle into its new show ‘Broadway Baby’ ahead of its debut on Friday 27th April at the Casa de Cultura, Calpe. The group is again supporting Friends of the Children of EMAUS and a donation of 25% of each ticket sold will go directly to the charity. Membership of Sounds Familiar has soared since its first performance in 2009, and Broadway Baby has a cast double the size of the group’s first outing 30 months ago. Musical director Philip Ashley said it will be the first time Sounds Familiar will perform the entire show without assistance from other groups – in fact, not all members will be cast in Broadway Baby itself and they have formed a small choir to assist in the singing. He hopes the audience will appreciate and enjoy the new format and the big production numbers from a selection of Broadway hit productions including Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, La Cage Aux Folles, My Fair Lady and 42nd Street.

Tickets are priced at 12€, 8€ for under 14s, and the doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets are available from Margaret and Elena’s Book and Card Shop in Galerias Mar Azul, Gabriel Miro 9, Calpe, by calling 96 558 1483, or online at


20 APR - 26 APR 2012

Life tech Website updated but can’t get on to site

David via email asks: BARCLAYS ONLINE have updated their website and I find out that my Windows XP will not get into the site and they tell me that I should update my Internet Explorer. It currently shows sp2 which they tell me I can update. Please treat me as a novice and give me the details how to do it. Aunty Says: Hi David. I think there are two different (but related) things you need to address here. The SP2 (Service Pack 2) is not referring to IE (Internet Explorer), but to Windows XP itself, and to access the Barclay’s website properly your version of IE will need to be at least IE7. You can auto initiate these updates from ‘start’ ‘all programs’ ‘windows update’ or manually by going to the ‘support’ tab on If you run into any problems and want a quick fix then maybe try using Firefox or Chrome from which should work without the need for any Windows updates. You should at a later date plan on installing XP SP3 and IE8, but I don’t think that will be necessary for this purpose.

with Aunty Virus


Printers and Windows 7

Allen via email asks: DEAR AUNTY. I read with interest your article this week regarding problems with printers using Windows7. I am also having a similar problem in as much that I took your advice which stated ‘Go to the Epson website and look under support section for my model’ but I am unable to find my particular model, which is Epson Stylus SX115. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Aunty Says: Hello Allen. I think I have found one for your printers on the website so I have emailed you a link. Depending on your version of Windows7 you may need to choose between the 32bit or 64bit version. You can check which version of Windows you have by clicking on the Start icon and then right clicking on ‘Computer’ and choose ‘Properties’.

Burning CD or DVD’s Warning to others Irene via email asks: I HAVE Windows7 Home and recently when burning to a CD or DVD my computer shuts down. Have you come across this fault before? Can you make any recommendations? Aunty Says: Hello Irene. This is a bit tough to diagnose without seeing all of the details so I can only suggest the most common cause that I have come across. Firstly I would recommend checking that your DVD burning software is compatible with Win7. You can do this by running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the bottom of www. Windows7 has a pretty good built in CD & DVD burning function which is activated when you insert a blank disc into the drive. From there you simply drag and drop the files you want onto the CD drive window.

Alex from Olivia asks: HI AUNTY. I had a phone call supposedly from Microsoft Tech saying they had detected many error reports on my computer and that my Firewall had expired. Basically they wanted between 110€ & 330€ to renew it. I hung up but within seconds all my icons disappeared. I restored to the week earlier and everything is okay but this morning Google had vanished. This afternoon I had another call from the same people and phone number, and for reference the number was 212 210 2100. Would Microsoft ever phone a private number? Aunty Says: Hello Alex. Microsoft won’t proactively call you regarding problems on your computer, and this is a known scam that’s been rapidly gaining momentum recently. You did the right thing by hanging up, but you should do a complete security scan of your computer with your antivirus and antispyware programs, just to make sure there are no nasties on there.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case

THIS WEEK the Inspector finds out if the Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case is answering a call for help or just a case of hype. The launch of the iPhone 4 generation of smartphone has spawned a huge after-market of accessories worth millions every year. And with phone cases amongst the most popular you would think that the ideal case was easy to find. Not necessarily so - if you want to protect your valuable Apple gadget (who doesn´t?) the choice of chunky cases that can do the job will mean your sleek, stylish iPhone now resembles an iBrick. Or of course you could go for a sleek and stylish case instead, and get enough protection to cover a gust of wind blowing some dust onto your pride and joy. But what if you want the protection, but don´t want to turn your phone into an 80s throwback replica? Well, Lifeproof think they have the answer with the Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case. Tested to military specifications by the same people who were behind black-box flight recorders the case will protect your iPhone from shocks, drops of up to 2m, dirt and splashes: unbelievably, it´s even waterproof to 2m! And all this protection will add a mere 1.3mm to your still stylish iPhone. Double coated optical

glass protects the camera lens, ensuring protection and yet still retaining the crystal clear photography. The delicate touchscreen is covered with a tough and very thin film to retain the functionality – vital for this type of phone. But we´re not finished yet, the Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case also includes a miniature subwoofer built into the back cover – great to add depth to your tunes. The case also comes with a screw in waterproof headphone lead, though you´re not going to want to plug in your standard earpieces and go swimming… Available in Black, White, Pink and Purple there is sure to be a colour to suit. And for outdoor types there’s a bike mount accessory available separately that clips to the handlebars and holds your precious gadget securely on those cross-country treks. Wowsers! The Inspectors Verdict: Now you can have your case and eat it. The Lifeproof iPhone 4 case gives you the protection you want without sacrificing the style. Now all you need is an iPhone 4 or 4S to put in it. Visit to purchase the Lifeproof iPhone 4 Case for 78€, and the Bike Mount for 42€. All prices quoted include delivery to Spain (subject to exchange rate fluctuations).

WiMax – Wireless internet expanded EUROPA NETWORK has been supplying wireless internet for 2 years using privately owned masts. We are the ONLY wireless supplier to give up to 6mb of internet speed. Due to an overwhelming response and need for a reliable and fast internet connection we have now expanded our system. With new masts in both Gandia and Calpe this means we can now offer this system in ALL areas in-between these two towns. To find out if you can benefit from the lowest rates in Spain (starting from just €14.95 per month) then call the wireless department on 965 794 488 or email

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Life horoscopes Resident planet Mercury takes on Mars in an inconjunction in the seventh house of psychic energy and intuition. This powerful event paves the way for you to use your innermost talents to make any difference that you need. With so much to do in a busy week, make sure you prioritise on what you really do want, because it will be much closer than you think. We can all celebrate the positive power of the Sun in Taurus as love and light spreads across all the signs of the horoscope, and Cosmic energies are activated. Taureans will use this wonderful time to charge their energies and to bring a little sunshine to those that they love. It will be a time to let go, but the water will have been well tested first just to make sure! Negative energies see you looking in on your opposing sign of Sagittarius this week. Here connections with Jupiter are bringing resolve, closure and transparency back on the cards for a change. With all the will in the World you have to accept that just talking about something doesn’t make a difference, and that actions will speak much louder than words ever could. Just do what you know that you have to regardless of what others may be saying about you right now. Somehow someone has got their wires crossed, but you have to carry on regardless, knowing that a job worth doing is worth doing well. Blame anything untoward on the energies of Pluto in your opposing sign of Capricorn, and keep your head down. Uranus brings an injection of something very special into an unfinished project, which will benefit from expertise and down to earth planning. See to it that you have crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on any signed sealed and delivered document that may come your way in the next few days. Above all, Is what you have what you really want? Except no compromise, above all. The complications brought about by a warring Mars are simply sent to try you, and to ascertain whether you are acting the way that you currently are, for good reason. Stored anger does you no good whatsoever, but keeping calm in a sea of turbulence isn’t a laughing matter. Someone is stirring up trouble and needs taking in hand, so do what you have to. Saturn brings wisdom even on the darkest of days, and you are about to enter into something that delves into your own emotions and needs a decision. Immediately take off the pressure so connected with all this, and stall for time if you really have to; since present pressure isn’t helping you any way. A break away right now would allow you to see things from another direction. You need something that you can get your teeth into right now, especially as a door has recently closed for you. Sometimes you have to be protected from yourself, but you have at least bitten your tongue, since telling the absolute truth now is not an option; and you know that you have absolutely nothing to lose in telling it like it is. Time will heal all this very nicely. Cosmic action and subtle planetary moves allow you to see many positive changes on the near horizon. As somebody who copes with change better than most, there comes a time to move on to pastures new when you are sure that the grass is greener, and the time is right. Meanwhile you have priorities and work to do and a loophole beckons. Pluto is examining you closely, with always an ulterior motive. On a positive level maybe there is something that you need to see; and this will help you to find anything currently missing from your life. Otherwise time to put your foot down and change the rules somewhat, because taking control will show others just what you are capable of, and that you are not to be messed with. Look after yourself, since there seems to be so much that is currently receiving your attention, with your own wants and needs taking a back seat. Rest and relaxation are on the cards, since you need to know how committed someone is when you are not around. Positive energies bring out your psychic senses, and something doesn’t really add up. Inspiring Chiron connects you well and truly with your artistic abilities and puts you where you should be in the current scheme of things. You are so ready to take on new concepts and to make them your own, all that ever holds you back is your indecisive mode which puts a spanner well and truly in the works. See this for just what it is; your best chance yet.

Kenny corris

Ask At a recent Show, here in Spain, the audience were full of questions. I like that. I would rather overrun than have that dreadful ending to a performance when no questions whatsoever are asked. I always say that the asking of a question shows what the audience wants to remember. I have to accept that questions are often asked by an off stage whispering in my ear. Spirit is a very private energy, and though it thrives on the energy of a supportive audience there are things that I just cannot and will not say in public. A quiet whisper cannot be shared and this is the highly personal way that things have to be sometimes. At this particular Show questions came up about 2012, and what can we expect to happen? With people talking about death and destruction and December 21st being the end of the World; others were resolutely asking about Ascension facilities to the Fifth Dimension. I realised that mixed messages have been received and everyone has some question or misgiving around the events that were prophesied for later this year. 2012 is simply about entering a new dimension in energy, and being as part of it. You have to have faith and connection to allow yourself to see the great differences that will be made and how to make yourself a part of these. Believe, or go and believe in something

Kenny’s diary 2012: THE GOLDEN AGE: INTO THE FIFTH DIMENSION Saturday April 21st at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz 10,00 to 5.00. Show with Kenny Corris and Torben Thoger, Mette and Laerke Lund. Advanced Booking at: or 686 361 594. Tickets 25EUR. Credit Cards Accepted by PayPal. Bookable Lunch or Vegetarian Lunch: 10EUR. Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th April: Readings at The Bistro Maya in Albir. Next to the BBVA bank, close to the beach front. Bookings from 16.30. Call Els or her team on: 966 868 213 “An Audience with Kenny Corris” A Show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit. Currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain still available to help boost your Charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594

else if that’s what you want. What can we do? Well, we can become more aware. We can forget that not so long ago we were dubbed conspiracy loonies and that this was because so many didn’t want to think that anything bad could happen to them. Persistence brought about by the love and light of the unification of the Spiritual World have made such differences to the threats that things are no longer so gloomy. The end of the financial pressures brought about by an artificially enforced World economic crisis is having a positive effect too. All will be well. But we have to remain strong, and we have to keep on talking about it. Keep asking questions and be vocal in your condemnation of that which you know is wrong. Be true to yourself. If you don’t know, ask! When I meet you one day up there in the fluffy clouds of the Spirit World I do not want you to ask me why I didn’t say something about the World changes we are about to experience, because my reply will be that I did try to, and that maybe you weren’t ready to listen way back when?

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: Kenny, my great grandfather committed suicide and my Mother says that he was buried outside the grounds of the Church because he wasn’t allowed to be buried in consecrated ground. Is it right for me to take this up and have him moved into the Churchyard, where he belongs? Kirsty F. How dare the Church damn your Great Grandpa because he took his life! I get angry when Man makes laws like this. I thought forgiveness was so important, how forgiving is it to force someone to be buried out of the garden of God, which each churchyard should be? Often I have been told that if you take your life then you can’t enter into the Spirit World, well, it’s not true; I have had dialogue with countless people who have taken their lives, made their transition and are very happy. I guess Gramps is happy to be a part of nature and to sleep in the soil with unconsecrated ground around him. Leave him be is my suggestion, but if you can find the place of his grave, and these were usually so he could see the church in question close by, then why not give him a cross, or a headstone?

If it’s your birthday this week

Stop waiting for something that never seems to come. Take control and be distinct. What you want is to make things happen in a whole new way, and that demands a whole new you to call the shots!


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword Across 6. Getting up a revolt? (7) 7. It just goes to show how time passes! (5) 9. Our first cardinal (3) 10. River rose, perhaps, to fill it? (9) 12. An order which doesn’t require attention (5,2,4) 15. Father, in making wagers, is very careful (11) 17. They may struggle to break locks (9) 19. Consumed stirred tea (3) 21. Complete set of notes (5) 22. Make believe (7)

Down 1. Odd person to alter the motion? (5) 2. One who could be taken for a ride (3) 3. Low joint keen to be reformed (4) 4. Madly in love and such a romantic place (3,6) 5. Put in the shade, naturally (7) 8. Comment about foreign (6) 11. Doesn’t sit inside and is conspicuous (6,3) 13. Sting to anger (6) 14. Good route for a longdistance driver (7) 16. Baby bird? (5) 18. Bird you can play with (4) 20. The first mate (3)

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.

Across 6. Liken (7) 7. Serpent (5) 9. Attempt (3) 10. Shows (9) 12. Prophetic vision (6,5) 15. Understaffed (5-6) 17. Society (9) 19. Wicked (3) 21. Pangs (5) 22. Immense (7)

Down 1. Fret (5) 2. Secret agent (3) 3. Region (4) 4. Not resolved (9) 5. Not detailed (7) 8. Concealed (6) 11. Harm (9) 13. In one’s possession (2,4) 14. During (7) 16. Bisect (5) 18. Rip (4) 20. Enquire (3)

Euromillions Draw Friday 13th April 2012

8 13 26 39 43

One ticket won

Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 45. Winner for 652: Brian Richardson, Ciudad Quesada

Tuesday 17th April 2012

10 28 33 48 49

No ticket won






20 APR - 26 APR 2012

Life cars Bits and bobs

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

TO THOSE who have read this column in recent years, (it started in 2004) I am not only a “wrinkly” (74 years young in February) who has taken an interest in the motoring laws in Spain because not much was available in English when I needed advice, but I also used to be an engineer specialising in aircraft engines. Until the age of 33 years I was retrenched from Rolls A new way of Royce Aero Engines in 1970 when RR went into liquidation, accessing I was, after being offered a good job with JCB Excavators a car (at a higher salary) based at Rocester in Staffordshire, without a travelling the World on dealer development training dealer key management and the mechanics at all our export dealers introduced for cars and motorcycles and will pass on those in countries as far as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, that are interesting as most of us expats probably do not Papua/New Guinea and more. I must have been OK for 10 want to afford the expense of buying a new car, and one that months later they gave me a 44% salary increase. I went springs to mind is the new way of accessing a car now where home that day almost with tears in my eyes, to tell my wife you just walk up to it with the transponder device on your and three children. I see that JCB has made a very big profit key-ring even in your pocket and you can open the doors in 2011. That well managed company deserves it. and even start the engine with the keys still in your pocket. I transferred to that type of machinery which after the My comment about affording a new car seems a bit silly high technology of aircraft engines was very easy albeit when I admit that we have just bought a new Ford Focus in seeming to be going down a bit after the high technology of late 2011 and it has a lot of these electronics on it so that the aircraft industry but the income was much higher if you the makers can justify charging more for their products. Men worked hard, so what! especially like gadgets and one on the Ford ranges is called I write this because every now and then I study the new “Intelligent Access” where, as I have just written, you do not technical advances (well some of them) that are being put a key into a slot any more. Just have a small transponder

that the car system can read in your pocket or handbag and as you approach the car, you simply open the door handles, listen to the steering wheel lock “whir” briefly as it moves to the wheel-free position, and then press a starter button that doubles as a stop button on both petrol and diesel models and away you go. If you have an automatic transmission you have to put your foot on the brake with the lever in “Park” otherwise you cannot start the engine and keep the brake engaged to move the transmission lever into Drive. This system is designed for the USA market where they need these safety devices to reduce the litigation culture. Spring is here at last. Be careful out there. The government, is desperately short of money.

There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’ 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:

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SATURDAY SAW a good number of Freewheelers attend the 9th annual International Classic Car Show at the IFA in Alicante. Some met in La Marina and drove to the show together where they met up with those who had gone direct. Although there seemed to be fewer exhibitors this year than in the past there was still a good array of vehicles on display ranging from a very modern Rolls Royce to the humble 2CV. Some of the vehicles for sale seemed a tad expensive even with a claimed discount for the duration of the show. A good selection of tools and associated equipment was of more interest to some and the odd moth could be seen escaping captivity. After a couple of hours the Freewheelers travelled back down to La Marina Urbanisation and enjoyed a excellent if some what leisurely three course lunch. The next Freewheelers event is the Concentration of Classic Cars and Bikes in conjunction with Marjal Luxury Camping at their site in Catral on the 13th May. This promises to be a very large event with many clubs having been invited. If you require further details contact Freewheelers on


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Grass is Best

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

The vast majority of golfers here in South Eastern Spain have to use mats made of a combination of rubber and nylon when they go to practice instead of playing from grass. Mats are good if there is nothing else available but they can cause injuries of various types. In particular impact injuries are common because of mats that are too old and really should be replaced. At a time when money is tight many golf clubs see the driving range at the very bottom of their list of priorities when it comes to maintenance and are just happy to collect the money as an added bonus to the green fees they sell. Unfortunately we are seeing more and more golf clubs use mats for longer and very many are now so thin that the concrete that many sit on comes into play when we hit a golf ball. This as many will understand can cause serious injury that will last a considerable time to recover from. Golfers need to be aware that unless the mats are on a soft surface such as another old mat or grass they are likely to be injuring themselves by continually playing from hard surfaces. Grass is obviously the best surface to play from as there is considerably more give in the ground. Just this week I have had two golfers speak to me about injuries they feel the suffered by hitting balls from worn out mats that have become really hard. Grass ranges are few and far between but they are well worth the extra travelling in many cases if you are serious about practicing your game. The golf club

is likely to be travelling in excess of 100 KPH when it makes contact with the ground so impact will be felt if the surface is hard. Rubber mats also give a false impression of how well you are striking the golf ball as the club will skid along the nylon surface giving extra clubhead speed and therefor extra distance than you would usually get. So be aware of the risks of playing from any artificial surface when practicing or indeed when you go for a lesson. Grass is the true surface and will always give you a truer feel of what is happening when your strike the ball. Win a round of golf for 2 including buggy at the beautiful El Plantio Resort in Alicante Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 20th April 2012: Sean Foley is coach to which well-known golfer? A. Lee Westwood B. Tiger Woods C. Luke Donald All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th April 2012 to be entered into March’s draw, which will be made on April 1st. The winner will be announced in RTN on 4th May 2012.


The European Tour is now half way through a three week visit to The Far East before returning to Spain. Last weekend Malaysia hosted The May Bank Malaysian Open where a surprisingly big number of the games top players turned out after the exertions the week before in America. There was also a chance for many of the ambitious players from The Far East to compete against some of the best from Europe in what is a cosanctioned event with The Asian Tour. Deep rough and narrow fairways together with very high humidity made sure that players were going to have to work hard to win the tournament. Some big names failed to get over the jetlag and got an unexpected weekend off. Others such as Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel

continued the fine form they showed the week before and put themselves in contention come the close of play early on Saturday due to heavy rain. On Sunday Oosthuizen played superbly all the way around his final 18 holes to secure a well-deserved win by three shots over Stephen Gallacher and his second European Tour title of the 2012 season. Meanwhile over the other side of the pond Luke Donald needed to finish inside the top eight at The Heritage Classic to retain his top spot in The World Rankings. On a course where he lost in a playoff last year his hopes were high but a poor first round left him with too much to do and so the mantle of World Number One passes back to Rory McIllroy for a short time at least. This week some of the top players on The European Tour turned up in China for The


Volvo China Open and compete against their Asian counterparts for one of the richest events in the Far East. This will be an interesting weekend on a golf course that is new to many players so scoring will be perhaps a little more difficult as a result. The third week in the Far East will conclude with the Ballantines Championship where Lee Westwood will defend his title over what the sponsors promise will be a very tough test of golf. This event will have a World Class field and will provide lots of ranking points for the lucky winner. Golfing tip of the week. Putting practice will do more for a golfer than hitting an extra 20 balls on the range. Noel Eastwell Golf Academy at El Plantio. Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.


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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

NETWORK RAIL decided 18 months ago that they would undertake major engineering works over the bank holiday weekend in May and they communicated that decision to all and sundry at the time. However, that hasn’t stopped the Football Association from scheduling the FA Cup final for a 5.15pm kick off on Saturday 5th.

The result is that a huge number of Liverpool fans who attend the game won’t be able to get home on the day and even those who will be forced to wait 24 hours for suitable transport face journeys of up to 5 hours as they travel back to the North West. The FA has, of course, defended their decision to move to a later kick off time saying it was taken after studying extensive fan research. However, the real reason for the switch comes later in their statement which reads: “The later time also maximises a bigger domestic and global TV audience for broadcasters.” In other words, the FA doesn’t care a jot about the supporters who will go to

Wembley, making the day one of the best in the domestic football calendar but rather they’ll be concentrating on keeping the broadcasters happy which means more cash for them from TV revenues. If anything, the FA’s disdain for the travelling supporters is only devaluing their premier competition and it’ll surely only be a matter of time before fans decide, despite club loyalties, that they’d rather give their hard earned cash to somebody else. DODDERY DROGBA Didier Drogba scored the all-important goal for Chelsea in mid week as they beat Barcelona 1 – 0 in their Champions League semi final, first leg at Stamford Bridge. He also led the line and covered every inch of the pitch, though sadly for us neutrals watching on TV this was mostly on his backside and in supposed agony. Talisman though he is to the club, Drogba’s play-acting and time-wasting activities are thoroughly infuriating: the Ivorian is due to leave Chelsea at the end of the season on a free transfer. Rather than going to another

Fishing Maggots End by

Final Farce

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK’S competition was the final round of the Gary Smith Challenge Cup, the venue being the Rio Segura at Murcia. The river was in fine form, with the grey colour gone and back to the greener hue of last year. The river didn´t disappoint, as can be seen from the results: some good weights were achieved. The majority of fish were on the small side with Dave Hutchinson having 88 fish and myself 106 fish. Still, do not know when the dredging is going to start, but if the fishing stays as it, is the longer the better. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using pellet with 27.96 kilos 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 22.60 kilos 3rd Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using corn with 22.28 kilos TEAM RESULT Abbey Anglers with 78.36 kilos Rods and Reels with 93.54 kilos Therefore points after 4th round Abbey Anglers 27 points Rods and Reels 30 points Well done to Rods and Reels PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. CHARITY MATCH The club holds an annual charity match for a different charity each year. This year’s charity is Asociacion Emaus, founded in 1979. This charity looks after children from the day they are born up to the age of six years, where they move on to a further Asociacion. The government, due to austerity measures, has cut all funding and the charity is now struggling with utility bills and basic items. Within the club on a weekly basis we are providing some basic items such as toilet rolls; soap powder; shampoo; soap; shower gel; tooth brushes and tooth paste; nappies and baby milk etc. If you feel that you could help, even if it is only one item to give

club, perhaps he could offer his services to the groundsman at Lords, who I understand is on the lookout for a new roller. MICHAEL LYNAGH The former Australian fly half Michael Lynagh is truly one of the kindest, honest and most generous men in sport. I have been lucky enough to meet him on a number of occasions, most memorably when he was a guest on Michael Parkinson’s Radio 5 chat show some years ago. Lynagh had forgotten that the night in question coincided with his wedding anniversary celebrations. Rather than cancelling his appearance, he turned up at the studios at Broadcasting House with his wife and after the show, took us all out to dinner. Michael is currently in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a stroke while on a long haul flight from London to Queensland. I’m sure that all sports fans on the Costa Blanca will join me in wishing him a very speedy recovery.

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to the above charity, please visit to find the nearest location for this charity. Thank you. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen Our first visit of the year to the Embalse Argos on 10th April was the fourth round in our spring series of matches. There was some colour to the water and it was high, backing right up into the tree line. This is a venue that some four years or so ago would produce many catches of 100+lbs, but nowadays I’m afraid weights are much lower mainly because of the number of anglers that consistently take large amounts of fish allegedly for the table, which are probably caught illegally - i.e. with more than two rods, long lining and also by anglers with no licenses. While we were there on this visit I was pleased to see the Guardia come down and check the licenses of anglers that were there, and presumably because they had no licenses told them to leave: they also came back later in the day to check if they had returned. 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 34.18 kilos: this was nearly all barbel 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attaché) Bolton fishing the feeder using maggot with 32.16 kilos 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste with 17.66 kilos All details are available from our website www.abbeyangling. com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email: Tight lines… Dave Hoare

Supermoto comes to Alicante

BRITISH EXPAT Supermoto racer, Anthony Ford-Dunn, who lives in Bullas, near Murcia, is making final preparations for next week’s first round of the Spanish Supermoto Championship which take place at the Chicharra Kart Circuit in Villena next Sunday, 29th April. Anthony, who is no stranger to the highly competitive racing, was runner up in the championship in 2010 and 4th overall in 2011 despite crashes and injuries forcing him to miss some races. Race organisers have been busy preparing the Chicharra circuit for the season opener and made several modifications to aid the riders. The racing is sure to be close and Anthony has been training hard over the winter months for this moment. “We have already raced at two rounds of the Catalan championship this year,” he told RTN, “and I finished 2nd overall at both of those, just behind the current Spanish champion. I am sure that I will be right with him come the race at Villena, as it’s our home track and I really want that win.” The venue is open to spectators who will experience the thrills and spills of high speed Supermoto racing in Alicante. Anthony is riding for the Supermotoland team and he love to see as many people as possible go along

FC Torrevieja news

TORRY HAVE had mixed fortunes in the last couple of weeks. A week last Wednesday Torry lost to a last minute goal at CD Castellon despite playing against 10 men for the last 55 minutes after the opponents had a man sent off. Last Sunday they beat Ath Saguntino at home 2-0 with goals from Burguillos and Manu Amores with Torry themselves having a man sent off and having to play 50 minutes with 10 men. Torry remain in 7th place, still 4 points off the 4th and final play off spot and on Sunday travel to play 3rd placed side Alzira which won’t “on paper” be an easy game.

to the event and support him. Directions to the circuit can be obtained at and the action starts at 10.30am on Sunday 29th April with an entrance fee of 3€ which includes a free drink. There is also a very good restaurant on site, as well as mini golf, kart hire and kids play-park so it will be a great days entertainment for all. RTN will be there to watch all the action and will let you know how Anthony gets on. We might see you there!

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AT MICHAEL’S Several dining sets to choose from in different styles, classic, modern, bamboo, pine, glass etc. Many with matching sideboards: AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos (updates every 5-6 days): AT MICHAEL’S Large red/black corner sofa with adjustable head rests. Beige corner sofa. See over 600 photos on: www. AT MICHAEL’S NOW 20% off on certain NEW mattresses!! Free deliveries in our area - usually the same day! Look at: www. MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www. Tlf:965-791-328.

CLASSIC KITCHENS 20 years on the Costa Blanca. Free quote and 3D design call Adrian on: 676699700. LOOKING FOR A KITCHEN OR BATHROOM? Have a look at www.! Fitted wardrobes as well! Tel: 96 573 4585

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

BALLROOM/LATIN/SEQUENCE DANCING WITH LA BAMBA’S. At La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja. Saturday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm Starting 9th January 2012 - Monday - Beginners Class - 10am - 11.30am Monday - Intermediate Class - 11.30am - 1pm Tuesday - Popular Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month]. At Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting 12th January 2012 - Thursday - New Beginners class 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Intermediate class 8.30pm - 10.00pm. For more information contact Andrea 616 478 157.

YAMAHA QUAD GRIZZLY BLUE 650cc €1600 ono. Tel : 679 164 904 SUZUKI BANDIT 1200S MAROON only 7,200 miles spanish registered €2,995. call 966 576 988 or 656 400 792

APRILIA SR50, 2006, 50CC SCOOTER Red, one owner, pristine condition, totally original, 1495€ 965 368 274 FORD FIESTA, 2005 1.4 Ltr TDCi Diesel Spanish LHD, Mid Blue Metallic. 5 door hatchback, air conditioning, CD player and electric windows in excellent condition throughout. 5995€ 965 368 274 FIAT BRAVA,1996 1.4 Ltr SX petrol 5 door,champagne. Spanish LHD, Electric windows, stereo. 1495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 SUZUKI BALENO, 5 door estate, 1997, 1.6 Ltr petrol, burgundy, Spanish LHD, air conditioning, all round electric windows and roof bars. Really clean

estate car. 2250€ 965 368 274 RENAULT KANGOO COMBI, 2007, 1.5 Ltr DCi diesel, Red, Spanish LHD, air con, electric windows, sliding side door and full main dealer history, excellent condition throughout. 6495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 SEAT IBIZA, 2002, 1.9 Ltr diesel, Mimosa Yellow, Spanish LHD, 5 door hatch, air con, electric windows and FSH 3495€ 965 368 274 AUTOMATICS IN STOCK BMW X1 2.0 X Drive, 2010, 32,950€. Mercedes A180 CDI, 2010, 18,750€. Mercedes E320CDI, 2005, 17,950€. Chevrolet Captiva 7 Seat, 2.0 VCD, 2007, 16,950€. Porsche Boxster 3.2S, 2002, 13,500€. Peugeot 308 1.6 Auto/Tip Sport Premium, 2008, POA. Lexus RX 300 4x4 3.0 V6, 2003, 11,950€. Mini Cooper 1.6, 2004, 11,450€. Ford Focus 1.6, 2008, 9,950€. Opel Zafira 1.9 TDCI, 2007, 9,950€. Ford Focus 1.6, 2007, 8,750€. Kia Carens 2.0 CRDI, 2005, 8,250€. Ford Focus Estate 1.6, 2005, 6,950€. Citreon C2 1.4 Hdi VTR, 2007, 6,250€. Smart Passion Fortwo, 2005, 4,650€. BMW 316i, 1994, 1,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 FORD TOURNEO CONNECT GLX Met Blue,110bhp, top specification with every extra Incl. Rear Parking sensors, 120k klms, looks and drives lovely. Recent ITV. Only reason for sale is returning to UK. May consider PX with a RHD vehicle of similar or higher value. 7450euros no offers as this is well below trade price. 637364400 Dave. CITROEN XSARA PICASSO 2,0 HDI Spanish registered october 2005, dark red,

67,000 miles , itv nov 2013, SERVICED BY CITROEN FROM NEW, showroom condition €6500 ono 968 970 630 or 610 632 152

VAUXHALL (OPEL) OMEGA 2.5 V6 Silver Grey, Auto, RHD with Spanish Plates.Itv April 13, Recent Full Service, New Battery & Drive Belt-1200 Euros. RENAULT LAGUNA 2.0DCI 150CV Initiale Automatico, 2008, 139000kms, 14.999€ Info: 696 463 468 FIAT ULYSSE 2.0 JTD 16V DYNAMIC 2003, 87835kms, 7.000€ Info: 696 463 468 FIAT UNO 1.0, 3 DOOR 1993, 106000kms, 900€ Info: 696 463 468 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF CABRIOLET 1992, 194000kms, 4.500€ Info: 696 463 468 MERCEDES 300 DIESEL AUTOMATIC 1987, 200000kms, 2.000€ Info: 696 463 468 OPEL VECTRA 2.0 DTI 1.6V. CONFORT 2000, 164000kms, 2.000€ Info: 696 463 468

PEUGEOT PARTNER II 1.6HDI 75CV TOTEM CB 2007, 68145kms, 5.500€ (Iva Incl) Info: 696 463 468 CITROEN JUMPY 2.0HDI 120CV L1H1 227 FG 2008, 73249kms,10.500€ (Iva Incl) Info: 696 463 468 MITSUBISHI MONTERO 3.2 DI-D INFORM 3door, 2008, 76115kms, 16.500€ Info: 696 463 468 SUZUKI GRAN VITARA 1.9 DDIS JLX 129CV 2008, 67328kms, 14.000€ Info: 696 463 468 MERCEDES SLK 230 KOMPRESSOR 1999, 83350kms, 7.999€ Info: 696 463 468 CITROEN C5 1.6 HDI SX 110CV 2005, 49061kms, 7.000€ Info: 696 463 468 RENAULT SCENIC 1.6 16V PRIVI. AUTOMATIC 2001, 80151kms, 5.500€ Info: 696 463 468 RENAULT MEGANE GTOUR 1.5DCI CNF 80CV 2007, 65342kms, 7.500€ Info: 696 463 468 PEUGEOT 308 1.6 HDI CONFORT 90CV 2008, 53228kms, 8.500€ Info: 696 463 468 VOLKSWAGEN NEW POLO 1.4 85CV ADVANCE 5 door, 2009, 51049kms, 9.500€ Info: 696 463 468 FIAT GRANDE PUNTO 1.3JTD DYN 90CV 2007, 59216kms, 6.499€ Info: 696 463 468 OPEL CORSA 1.2, 3 DOOR 2005, 53.995kms, 3.500€ Info: 696 463 468 FORD FIESTA II 1.4TDCI AMBIENTE 5door, 12/2006, 67233kms, 5.999€ Info: 696 463 468 FORD FIESTA COUPÉ SPORT 1.6 TDCI 90cv 3P 2008 35178kms 7.499€ Info: 696 463 468


20 APR - 26 APR 2012

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 15 years experience. 8 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. regrouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 CHEAP TYRES & DISCOUNT BRAKES In Teulada, La Nucia and Alicante offer Quality New Tyres & Brakes at HUGELY DISCOUNTED PRICES! See our main ad on Pg 3 of RTN North edition for the address details of our 3 outlets. Or call 966 487 061 or email for details.

WANTED Scrap cars, vans, lorries, plant and caravans. Turn your scrap into cash. From Valencia to Alicante. Free collection. Tel: 689-929-395 WANTED I buy any car, van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600781-873

EXTERIOR PROPERTY REPAINT DUE? Genuine discount for Spring Promotion. GUARANTEED FOR UP TO 15 YEARS! Call 968 032 672/634 356 686 NOW for no obligation quotation or more information on this amazing offer.

GENERIC VIAGRA AND WEEKENDERS for best service, Results and Friendly advice. Call Derek : 685 207 378 WE GET YOUR GOODS TO YOU FAST! Unbeatable shipping and handling service from the UK’s premier online adult retailer FREE Delivery on ALL UK Orders! No minimum spend - Royal Mail Super Saver Delivery is FREE! Spend over £30 - Royal Mail Tracked Delivery is FREE! Spend over £50 - Interlink Next Day UK Delivery is FREE! Delivery to Spain is only £10. £10 off your first order when you spend over £50 SPRING OFFER Super strength little blue helper Costa Blanca South, contact Steve 682 454 519. THOSE LITTLE GET YOU UP BLUE PILLS are now available from Tony on 638 352 129. LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address: Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury private chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Come and enjoy at: Avenida Asociacion Victimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

GREAT VALUE IN JACARILLA Large 3 bedroom apartment, fantastic views, 20mins from the beach and golf courses in the lovely Spanish village of Jacarrila.€300 per Michael UK 00447831123631 FOR RENT APARTMENT IN CANOR BENISSA 2Bedrooms. Furnished. Aircon/Heat. Private Pool. 550€/ Month (water&electricity included). Info: 696 463 468

TEULADA – LONG TERM LET 3 Bed 2 Bath Apartment Central Heating 154 M2 €450 p/m + bills Tel: 615 813 076 ALTEA LA VELLA, COSTA BLANCA Holiday let for 4 people in a 2 bedroomed, first floor, fully furnished apartment. A/C + C/H plus much, much more. Tlf:966-881-048 or email foundation@ for more information and photographs FOR RENT/SALE 400€PCM 120.000€ Classic Spanish Old Town House, 3 double bedrooms (1 with en-suite bathroom) master bathroom, modern kitchen, downstairs toilet, sun terrace with view of mountains, BBQ terrace with summer kitchen, recentley refurbished and fully furnished. Callosa de en Seria near La Nucia. Tel: 609 177 032

PLUMBING & HEATING BATHROOM REFORMS - TILING - WATER HEATERS - GENERAL PLUMBING. Tel: 630 049 773. email: www. NORTH COSTA BLANCA SINCE 1996 FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES OF SHOWER and bath screens call Don the Showerman on 96 579 2285 or 639 292 081. Immediate delivery on all products from our stock. See our advert on Page 5 North for a map to our showroom

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


SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 ARE YOU MALE, FEMALE OR A COUPLE? Need some Sexy FUN? Contact me soonest. 63 year old Dom/Sub switch. Available for fun with Males, Dom and Sub and Cross Dressers, Females Dominatrix and Submissive. Couples including Same Sex Couples. “Anything Goes” Can sometimes accomodate. Home Visits no extra Charge/ Low Fees. Call me now on 693-478-573

MOBILE/PARK HOMES ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER FROM 17,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 EASILY MAINTAINED, DETACHED F/F,2 BED VILLA in l´Alberca, Polop-dela-Marina. 249m2 flat plot. Lots of extras. Solarium with 360º views of sea and mountains. Community pool and Gardens, easy and low maintenance. 123,000€ Tlf Lynn: 966-881-048/691-202-307 or email for photographs and more information

FIRST CLASS DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE To and from Spain with a single box 35 Euros to a full load. Call today for free advice and a free no obligation quote tel: 676 582 333 or +44 1268 728 855 MAN WITH A LARGE VAN local removals, deliveries, collections, house clearance, rubbish removal and disposal. No job too small - call now for competitive no obligation quotation tel: 666 703 499 EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965-300959 Mobile 0034-648-102-529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email JUST HIRE IT ONE WAY ! Van Hire To UK, Spain and France, different van and car sizes available tel: 952 541 147 / 667 235 205 MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 SPAIN2UK2SPAIN MAN AND VAN departing Costa Blanca twice a month. Full loads/part loads. Excellent rates Tel Christine 965 571 837/638 261 341 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact joe on 966074576 or 650341087 or MAN & LWB SPRINTER VAN going to UK- Spain twice a month. Tel: 610-846260 or 0044-7519-186-355 email:-van.

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

QUALIFIED TRANSLATOR Bi-lingual Spanish-English and high level French and German. Confidential and reliable accompaniment service. Competitive rates. Torrevieja and surroundings. Virginia 629201192.

SPECIAL SPRING OFFER Driving to or from the UK? English guest house in France. Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal for two, only 50 euros! Conditions apply.

LEARN TO SPEAK SPANISH The best online Spanish lessons. Focus on speaking ability. www. NAIL COURSES now available in Albir, call Claire 633147881 BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers Primary/Secondary English Mathmatics. Telephone Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965-350-516 Mob: 616-660-687

SKYSUPPLIES for Sky+HD, Humax, Freesat and Free-to-air Satbox`s. Skycrds, Spare remotes, LNB`s, Satellite dish`s, Realignments, Advice and Backup. 966194013/600899096. CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV for all your digital and TV requirements. No Annual Fees on Sky Cards. Steve:-660-186-505/Ros:965-584-097. info@

TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Brica-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/618-165-877 RECORDS AND CD´S WANTED Top cash paid. Pop, Rock, : 630-665-363

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