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The great escape A glimpse of Sun-shine

STRANDED BRITS and a touch of the Dunkirk spirit have seen thousands beat the travel chaos caused by airlines being grounded as the skies were closed over northern Europe. Volcanic ash may have seen civil aviation authorities shut down British and European airspace but true grit and quick thinking has got peo-

by Jack Troughton ple homeward bound. The eruption of an Icelandic volcano came as families were preparing to head back to the UK at the end of the Easter holidays. With all flights cancelled for almost a week and plane journeys

backed up for some time to come after the ban was lifted on Wednesday, alternatives were needed. Visitors on the Costa Blanca were joined by people heading home from across the globe as planes could fly into Spain but not continue further north. The Spanish government allowed its airports to

become a ‘hub’ but a logistic nightmare remained over how to complete the journey. Some airlines were criticised for a lack of information and help to stranded passengers and Gordon Brown was targeted for doing too little too late. Continued on page 3

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Continued from front page HOWEVER, IT was a community spirit that got things moving before boffins decided after planes underwent test flights that the danger posed by the ash might not be so great after all. Travel companies booked coaches; people clubbed together to hire coaches and shared cars; radio stations attempted to put drivers in touch with passengers... Meanwhile, those who could afford to wait enjoyed the sunshine while those running out of cash found themselves being helped with food and drinks from generous businesses. CONVOY

Bay Radio – in conjunction with the Sun newspaper and award winning Jon Gaunt’s popular Suntalk show – organised three coaches to drive 150 people back to Blighty on Wednesday morning with a second convoy of three buses repeating the trip yesterday morning. Bay

Radio director Andy Stammers said the ‘phones went into “meltdown” when the first 150 seats were taken within 40 minutes – the second offer of a free trip also being snapped up. Andy told RTN: “We could have filled the coaches 10 times over. The telephones went into meltdown on Tuesday when the free offer was first announced and we were still getting calls at midnight. “It illustrates just how many people are actually stranded here – and how many listeners Bay Radio has. “There were calls from as far away as Almeria and Malaga. There were all sorts of stories. People were desperate to get back because a relative had died, children were due to sit exams, and people running out of medication”. SAIL

The Royal Navy also set sail to help in the growing crisis. HMS Albion docked at the northern Spanish port of

Santander, while HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean headed for the Channel. At Santander, HMS Albion, an amphibious assault ship, was ordered to take on board 500 troops heading home from the Afghan warzone and 200 ‘vulnerable’ civilians for the 40hour journey to Portsmouth and were due home yesterday. However, with hundreds of increasingly frustrated people left dockside, skipper Commander Geoff Wintle gave a change of orders. In the true traditions of the senior service, he said: “We’re going to get everyone on: nobody is being left behind.” On board, people could look forward to a camp bed, sleeping bag and hot food, being warned that life on a warship was not a five-star hotel. But at Bilbao, 2,000 people did have a taste of luxury. They boarded the £500 million cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime back to Southampton and were scheduled to disembark today.


Beach repairs Work starts on Javea beach

By Jack Troughton WORK IS underway giving storm lashed beaches a facelift before crowds arrive in Javea for the summer season. The popular gravel beaches of the port, Montanar, and Granadella, along with the sand at Arenal, were all being spruced up this week in a project scheduled to last two weeks. The resort’s coast took a battering as the worst storms for decades continually hit the coastline between November and January. At times Avenida Mediteranneo – which links the port to the Arenal – was closed after huge waves washed boulders, stones and debris across the tarmac. And to make a more even surface on the pebble beaches, small sized stones are being taken from the mouth of the Rio Gorgos – the local authority saying it would make the beaches, which are popular with sunbathers, “more comfortable”.

New junction Bay Radio and The Sun organised 3 coaches to drive 150 people back to the UK

New m oo showr pen, now opm in 9am-1a Port Jave

A NEW feasibility study is being undertaken to link Calpe directly with the AP-7 motorway and allow direct road access to the resort. Plans for a Calpe junction have long been mooted and would allow drivers to avoid the current bottlenecks at Altea and Benissa. However, it is accepted that there are technical problems because the proposed junction would be close to the tunnels through the Mascarat mountain above the town. And as part of the beautiful Sierra Bernia range, an environmental impact report would also be necessary before a new road system is given the green light.


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A wing and a prayer

World watches wedding

by Jack Troughton The happy couple By Jack Troughton ENTERTAINERS CHUNKY B and new wife Charlie enjoyed an unforgettable wedding as their big day was watched by people around the world. Family and friends were unable to fly out to Benidorm to attend Wednesday’s wedding and so became ‘virtual guests’ as local radio station Shout FM broadcast events on the internet – and the ceremony attracted an even bigger global audience. Chunky B, who also presents a show on the English language station, thanked his colleagues after watching a test link streamed across cyberspace, saying: “Thanks guys, this is going to make so many family members happy – I cannot thank you enough.” The happy couple had planned a magnificent celebration but because of the eruption of the Icelandic volcano and airlines being grounded feared a disaster. In a ‘very stressful’ week, flights were booked, cancelled and rebooked until it appeared all options had run out. And once it seemed so many guests would miss the big day, Shout FM decided to create a live stream and broadcast four and a half hours of the ceremony and party on its website. And Shout FM’s Dave Owens told RTN: “We had 125 guests who should have been in Spain viewing online – we also had people watching in Australia, Singapore, Tokyo, Italy, Holland, in the UK and Ireland. “It went very well. There was a clear picture and all the family that couldn’t get to Benidorm were watching and had a party back in Britain.”

THE JOURNEY from Saudi Arabia to London does not usually go via Spain but as Roger Tull admitted it was not a normal journey. Together with his wife Cyndi and Jade and Lisa Foster, they were heading home to Portsmouth after visiting Jade’s husband in the Middle East for an Easter break. And early on Wednesday morning, the party was patiently queuing outside the Benidorm Palace waiting to board one of the three coaches sent to rescue Brits stranded on the Costa Blanca by the Sun, Sun Talk and expat favourite Bay Radio. The final leg of the epic trek was expected to take 30 hours by road and ferry. However, as the friends had left Saudi last Friday, it seemed a small inconvenience.

Along with everyone else waiting to board a coach, spirits were high and people thanked the national newspaper and the radio for mounting the rescue mission. “We knew there was trouble when we left Saudi. We should have been home last Saturday,” said Roger. “We flew to Istanbul and with a lot of help from our airline managed to catch a flight to Barcelona.” RADIO Luckily, Roger said they had relatives in Javea and decided to come down the coast. Roger’s sister-in-law heard the Bay Radio broadcast and they managed to secure seats. “When it all kicked off, it was very much a wing and a prayer over how to get home,” admitted Roger, as he watched the Sun buses pull up.

Roger Tull’s party

“It really makes you laugh when our government suddenly says it can find 50 coaches from somewhere. I think the Government should be slightly embarrassed by the whole thing.” Little Maddison Fullarton had enjoyed a week’s beach holiday with mum Sam Fisher and dad Bill Fullarton and were also scheduled to return last Saturday. Sam said suddenly things had begun to get desperate because her daughter suffered with Gilbert syndrome and was running out of vital medication. “It is a disease that affects the liver function. LUCK

“We were lucky to get the last seats – we were sitting in my granddad’s apartment when we heard the radio station announce the free offer.” Schoolboy Ryan Coleman, 14, was travelling back to Newquay, Cornwall, with his grand-mother Cathy Bolt after having two flights home cancelled. “The next available flight was this coming Saturday,” said Michelle, Cathy. “Ryan has missed a week Rachael of school and I think was getting and a little homesick. children

“We were shocked to get the call telling us that we were on the coaches – it is a Godsend.” Friends Michelle Birtwell and Rachael Whalley were staying in Pego for a week with children Georgia, Isobel and Tom, and should have flown back to Leeds on Thursday 15th April – the first day of the air travel crisis. HOME They had another flight booked – next Thursday – and had resigned themselves to a long and expensive wait before getting home to Burnley. Michelle said: “It has been the unknown that has been most worrying - waiting for news day by day... We had another flight cancelled on Tuesday and then were told next Thursday. “However, Ryan Air have kept us informed throughout, telling us in time that we would not be flying. It has been worse for the children and we have lost a lot of sleep – but now we can catch up on the journey.” And Rachael added: “It has not put us off Spain – we will be back on the Costa Blanca in the summer.”

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Back to Blighty! by Louise Clarke AS THE Europe wide airspace ban was finally lifted, a convoy of four mini buses filled with stranded Brits trying to get back to Blighty set off on the long journey from San Javier to Calais. Nearly forty people of all ages gathered at the Plane Parking depot near Murcia Airport early on Wednesday morning to board the specially chartered mini buses; all desperate to get back onto British soil. Many of them needed to get back to work and for school and this was the culmination of a nightmare week of disruption following the volcanic eruption in Iceland, which effectively closed down European airspace for six days. The returning Brits were understandably eager to get on the buses in order to make the journey back to their various home towns and many of them understood why the ban had been enforced. However, after six days of disruption, one traveller commented: “I do think

that the authorities have been over zealous with their reaction to the situation and the airlines, without a doubt, have been under zealous with the amount of help and information given.” STRANDED Plane Parking offered the seats on the mini bus for just €250 and made the announcement about the convoy on TKO radio on Tuesday. Within an hour they were inundated with calls. Owner of the company Marianne Cullen told RTN: “We could have filled the four buses three times over.” The reason that the company decided to do this was because they have stranded customers back in the UK who needed to get back to Spain and who have left their cars at the company’s depot. So, the buses will collect those customers at Calais and bring them safely back to San Javier at the end of the week. Barry Baker lives in Playa Flamenca but had to go back to the UK for work. He should have been on a

Murder Probe A murder inquiry continues in the Marina Alta after the body of a 34-year-old woman was discovered in the kitchen of her Denia home. The victim, originally from Columbia, was shot three times in the head but the authorities say they are satisfied the killing was not another episode of domestic violence. Detectives have yet to give any motive for the attack and further publicity surrounding the death has been barred.


Marianne from Plane Parking with some of the stranded Brits

flight last Saturday to start his job on Monday but was told that the earliest time he could get a flight would be 1st May, which ironically was the day he was due to fly back to Spain. He had booked a hire car to use whilst he was in the UK for £190, but had to cancel that. When he tried to re-book, the cost had skyrocketed to £980! He said: “I don’t mind the inconvenience, but when companies start trying to rip people off, it really annoys me. Plane Parking’s price was very reasonable and so I decided to go for it.” FRANTIC Pauline Verity from Manchester was due to fly out last Thursday and now her airline, Monarch, has

said that 28th April would be the next available flight. Fortunately, her boss at MWH in Warrington has been really supportive and has even arranged car hire from Dover so that she can quickly get home and back to work. She said: “Monarch literally left us at the airport. If we didn’t have my sister’s place in La Marina to go back to, we’d still be at Alicante airport now.” Mr and Mrs Perry from Somerset both need to get back to the UK for their jobs. Mrs Perry is a support teacher and her pupils are just about to take their GCSEs. She told RTN: “It is a really important time at school and so I need to be back there for the kids.” They were booked on an Easy Jet flight to Bristol last Sunday but

have also been told that 28th April is the next available date to fly. The Harper family from Sunderland not only have their 12-yearold daughter travelling with them, they also have her 14-year-old friend, whose parents are frantic with worry and want her home as soon as possible. The girls, whilst happy to have had some extra time off school, were looking forward to getting back to some normality and came equipped for the journey with their i-Pods and Nintendo DS consoles fully charged! Plane Parking will be at this weekend’s ‘This is Spain’ exhibition. For more information on their services, call Marianne on 656 532 491.

British man murdered Day tripper A BRITISH man from London has been stabbed to death at his home in the province of Málaga. The man was 32-years-old with the initials P.F. Local papers in Malaga report that the man was at home with his girlfriend on Wednesday 21st April, when he opened the door to two aggressors who entered the house. Police report that it appears a conversation took place between the victim and the murderers, then one of the men took a kitchen knife and tortured the British man before stabbing him twice and killing him. He received deep cuts to his nose and his ear lobe was missing. The Specialist Violent Crime Unit of the Torremolinos police are investigating fingerprints found at the scene.

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MARINA ALTA residents can grab the chance of a free coach trip to Novelda on 30thApril, courtesy of Residentes Europeos in Alicante. The day out, which also includes a visit to a bodega, is being run in conjunction with Benitachell Town Hall and anyone wanting a place should email with their name, surname, NIE or passport number, nationality and an email or contact number. Full details of the excursion are on the local authority website and RTN was told there are still seats available.

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Fast track hypnosis and the grey area! Costa Blanca’s top hypnotherapist

OVER THE 25 years I have been in practice I have helped well over 50,000 people using Fast Track Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy. Some problems are quite simple, such as the Stop Smoking or Weight Control sessions, progressing to more severe problems such as confidence issues; phobias; blushing etc. But on occasions I am asked to help with problems that I would class as the ‘grey area’, in other words I don’t know if it will work until I try it and I stress this to the client. Here is a letter from one of my ex clients which is self explanatory: Dear Alan, We can’t thank you enough. For thirteen months C.... has been through so much. Having different tests done - attending hospitals every few weeks. During this time she was losing confidence in herself and because she had to wear a splint on her hand, she didn’t like going out of the house. At 12 years of age, this was having a terrible effect on her. C was only one year old when she had her thumb removed and up until then her hand was functioning well. For no explainable reason it stopped, until she went to see you. With just ten minutes into the second session her hand was working perfectly. It is unbelievable. We have been on a ‘high’ ever since. It’s great to have her back to herself again.

Thank you. R, L and C. The story behind this is that the mother had been to me years ago to successfully stop smoking and rang me about her daughter: could I maybe try something to help her even if only with her confidence. I agreed but stressed that as regards her hand not working and since all the physical tests had come back negative, we could try something but not hold out any hope. On the first session, I put her under hypnosis and did a visualisation technique with her and her fingers moved a fraction of an inch. I gave her a CD to listen to for a couple of days and brought her back in for the second session. On the second session, once again she was put into hypnosis and commenced the session. This time I got her to visualise her arm and to imagine a healing white light travelling down it towards her hand and then when it came to the blockage to clear it away and to start working again. And that is exactly what happened! The mother and father were stunned and so was I: I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. There were a lot of tears that day and I received a phone call from the mother the next morning saying that C.... had been able to put on her clothes by herself for the first time for 2 years. I was delighted to be able to help.


Alan Gilchrist Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Here are another two in the grey area: “...... One thing that amazes and delights me is that having suffered for years with imbalance of the inner ear, for which I have been taking pills three times a day, I find they are no longer needed. Apparently there is no cure for this condition only help. So how could this have happened? ...” (N.B: the person had came to me for something completely different and I didn’t know she had a problem with her balance) Dear Alan, Thank you for all your help in helping me find my misplaced necklace. As you know it was of considerable value not to mention the sentimental value. I could not have achieved this without your help.” Yours gratefully, Patricia So Hypnosis is not only about stopping smoking or losing weight. Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and is also the creator of the ‘Stop Smoking in Under 30 Minutes Fast Track System’. For an appointment, brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408. Visit his web site or

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Parcent in bloom

By Jack Troughton A MARINA ALTA community is staging its second successive flower festival on 8th May, hoping to build on the success of last year’s event. The Parcent Spring Fair features displays showing off the green-fingered talents of local people and large numbers of flowers and plants will be on sale. Restaurants and bars in the village will also offer menus at special prices and in the evening there will be music in Placa Colon.

Children are catered for with a whole range of activities and competitions, while adults will find a range of craft stalls. And a number of charities have already signed up, including: Friends of the Children of EMAUS; cancer charity AECC; and Amigos Mio, which rescues dogs. Organiser Eileen Brock said: “We want people to come along and have a really enjoyable day.” For more information or to book a stall, call Eileen on 966 405 453 or email

The mist rolling in off the sea

The fog by Jack Troughton THICK, DAMP, and merciless, thick banks of fog silently rolled in off the sea to cast a white blanket over the coast on Wednesday afternoon. It was eerily like the scenes imagined by James Herbert in his 1975 novel The Fog – but there was no lasting effect on the inhabitants of the Marina Alta and certainly no threat to

mankind after an accidental chemical weapon spill. RTN reader Ralph Hodson sent pictures of the “cloud attack” on Javea after capturing the fog on camera from above the bay from Costa Nova and Bar La Siesta. The natural phenomenon occurs from time to time along the coast but pictures of the sea mist are not always so dramatic.

Lions on parade

PROUD LIONS paraded through the streets of Teulada in the annual procession of the flowers as part of the Saint Vincent Ferrer celebrations. Groups carrying flowers walk through the town to the Ermita to pay homage to Saint Vincent – the blooms used to decorate his tiled picture in the entrance. In previous years, the serving president and his partner have accepted an invitation from the mayor to be his guests at the event. However, this year Teulada Moraira



The Lions during the parade

Lions were invited as a group and the club’s banner joined the colourful parade. Mayor Joan Antoni Bertomeu used the occasion to publicly thank the Lions for

the work they had done to help families suffering from the effects of the recession and the support they had given to the charity Caritas in Teulada.

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Coastal schools come under fire from opposition party by Louise Clarke ORIHUELA COSTA’S schools are totally inadequate, according to opposition party CLR Councillor and Party Spokesman Pedro Mancebo Gilabert, whose statement this week says: “Some very angry and desperate parents are concerned and upset with the appalling conditions of their children’s schools.” There are two schools in particularly bad shape, according to Pedro: the IES in Playa Flamenca and the CP17 Los Dolses Primary School, also at Playa Flamenca. “The secondary school in Playa Flamenca is a pre-fabricated building on the edge of a ravine. One classroom has already literally been washed down the ravine during heavy rains and some bathroom facilities had to be removed as the ravine prevented proper sewage disposal,” said Pedro, who was astonished to hear that when it rains, the children sit in their classrooms with rain dripping onto them, their school books, the desks and floors. “During heavy rain, the parents do not send their children to school at all as it is just too dangerous. Not only can the children and teachers not move around the school safely, as the floors are so full of puddles, but there is the big risk of a

further classroom being washed down the ravine,” he added: BULLYING Parents informed the Councillor that other issues are causing them nightmares; such as the lack of coordination to ensure the needs of the pupils are met. There is allegedly a real problem with bullying, which the parents believe results from the school’s inability to deal hands-on with their problems. Pedro commented: “As one can imagine, the moral of the teachers is quite low.” He added: “We cannot understand why the authorities decided to build the new school (construction of which has been temporarily halted) in practically the same location as the prefabricated school; far too close to the ravine.” DIRE Meanwhile, other parents complained of ‘abysmal conditions’ at the CP17 Los Dolses primary school.Pedro commented:“The parents feel let down by the Town Hall and asked if the PP governing party is even interested in the children of Orihuela Costa: in the last two years, not one member or representative has visited either school or attended any school board meetings. How can they know how

Construction on the new secondary school has stopped but the Town Hall says that it will start again very soon

dire things are when they do not come and see for themselves? “The children, regardless of nationality, are not receiving the education they deserve. We must start taking action to alleviate matters that the PP party is clearly not solving.” ISSUES If you are a parent on the coast and worried about your child’s education or the conditions of their school, please contact CLR on 966 761 956 or email pedro@centroliberalrenovador. es to discuss the issues further. Pedro Mancebo will be holding a surgery in two locations every Friday from 30th April: the first surgery is SUNRISE CAFÉ in Cabo Roig from 11.00 until 12.30 - the second will be held at SPUD MURPHY’S CAFE at Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre from 13.00 until 14.30. The Town Hall told RTN that construction on the new secondary school in Playa Flamenca

will soon be starting again and any issues raised regarding schools are looked into thoroughly by the Department of Education at the Town Hall. To put concerns in writing about the schools on the coast, address them to the Councillor of the Coast, Jose Antonio Aniorte, at the Town Hall in Playa Flamenca.

--------------Stop press-----------A MEETING has been arranged by the Parent Teacher Association (AMPA) for next Tuesday 27th April at 18:00 in the Instituto in C/ Nicolas de Bussi (end of Playa Flamenca Market ) to discuss the situation with all affected parents and organise a protest. Free translation will be provided for English speaking parents wishing to attend.

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Supermarket sweep by Jack Troughton A SUPERMARKET trolley stuffed with goodies was first prize in the Charity Shop of Calpe’s Easter raffle and scooped by Jan and Robin Garbett. Jan and Robin were especially pleased saying it was the first raffle they had ever won – while the €1,223 raised through ticket sales will be donated to the Spanish charity Caritas in Calpe, busy supporting families hit by the recession. Pictured are Diana

Kemp (left) of the Charity Shop with the lucky couple outside the Consum Supermarket, which sponsored the draw by donating prizes along with the Natural Beauty Salon and Restaurant No 7. The Charity Shop of Calpe can be found in Edificio Mar Azul on Avenida Gabriel Miro – behind Bar Elias and Margaret and Elena’s card shop. It opens from 10.00 until 13.00, Monday to Friday and from May 8th until July 31st from 10.30 to 13.30 on Saturdays.

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The trolley full of goodies

TRANSLATORS ARE being recruited by Jalon Valley HELP mainly to accompany patients on visits to doctors and hospitals – and volunteers would need a good command of Spanish suitable for medical appointments. The charity said costs involved must be agreed between client and translator before attending any appointment. The charity’s Sheila Skinner told RTN that in addition to fund raising, Jalon Valley HELP kept a list of translators to help out in the expat community. “Now we need help from the public.” Volunteers willing to act as translators should contact the charity at its shops in Jalon and Alcalali, Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 13.00. And people needing to use the translation service can call Jalon Valley HELP’s helpline on 659 624 643.

Offering of Santa Marta’s tears

Opening Day Calpe Store Saturday 24th April from 10.00am to 3.00pm

THE ‘OFFERING of Santa Marta’s tears’ ceremony in Villajoyosa will be on Sunday 25th April and 9th May, with activities organised by the Villajoyosa town hall for centenary celebrations of the conceding of the title of the town by King Alfonso XIII in 1911. The representation of ‘Otorgament de la Carta Pobla’ in the Vila will take place 1st May. Flowers will be presented in honour of Santa Marta on 9th May while three couples from the dance group ‘Almadrava’ will dance in costumes of the Aragonés family. Festivities Councillor Xaro Escrig said, “This year we will join in the celebration of the centenary members of the group ‘Almadrava’ as an offering to Santa Marta”. Xaro Escrig also explained that the story of the family Aragonés is closely related to the history of Villajoyosa. Moors and Christians groups, the Association of Santa Marta and other representatives will also participate in the flower ceremony. CAM Bank representative Ginés Pérez explained that the celebration of Santa Marta’s tears is one in which all the inhabitants of Villajoyosa are united to pay homage to their patron. Antoine Ferrer, manager of the Nautical Club, informed the press that a traditional 222 mile boat race would mark the celebration. This year’s programme will include the medieval market in the historical part of the town; a festival of music; children entertainment; theatre; concerts; dancing and a children drawing competition.

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There are others like me who live in Spain and came to the UK: we are also stranded. I came to work because I can’t find work in Spain. I had 9 days of teaching and when I was ready to return, I was grounded. I am still here, unable to return. It is impossible for me to consider the prospect of being able to return for more than another week. I have to work here over the May Day weekend and will hopefully try to return three weeks later! Carol Naylor

Global warming Just as well for Global Warming, otherwise the worst winter in many years in the UK and the snow which fell would have been twice as bad. Also, the snow which fell in Barcelona recently would have been twice as deep. Bert Esses, La Hoya, Elche


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Greatest golfer? After reading your article recently re Tiger Woods, I thought I had to reply as I totally disagree with him. Tiger Woods is a great golfer but he is not yet the greatest golfer this planet has ever had. That accolade must surely to go to Jack Nicklaus who achieved 18 Majors and many more tournaments worldwide, spanning three decades, up against such great players as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Sevvy Ballesteros, to name but a few. Not only was he a gentleman and a great sportsman, respected by everyone, his career wasn’t

dogged by sexual slurs. Tiger has a long way to go before you can mention his name in the same breath as “The Golden Bear”. Young golfers worldwide look up to Woods, who is a sporting icon, but he has set a very poor example to them. The other point I would like to raise is that golf equipment has come a long way since Jack’s day. Remember normal size clubs made of persimmon and stainless forged steel, not the huge headed drivers that propel the ball yards further and straighter. Peter Slater, Torrevieja

Standards of hygiene My wife and I chose the scenic Javea Port to spend our annual holiday away from UK. On our first evening we decided to enjoy dinner at one of the many fashionable eating places on the promenade. After much ‘to-ing and fro-ing’, we eventually settled for the most interesting restaurant, selected our table and ordered wine and food from the menu. Clinking glasses, we toasted our 35 years of married bliss - yes, it was our wedding anniversary- and enthusiastically tucked into our dinner. However, our evening of romance was short lived when a customer walked in trailing dog pooh footprints. The staff did their very best to clean it up but the damage was done. Sickened, we left our food and wine untouched, paid the bill and hurriedly departed.

With the evening in ruins, we made our way back to the apartment, vowing never to return to Javea again whilst making sure we did not step on one of the many lumps of pooh that fouled the promenade and walkways. At this point we should ask the question; is everyone in Javea blind or is it acceptable in Spain to tread dog muck into your home or place of business? Yuk!! The town we come from is far from being squeaky clean but I do know we have the common sense and standards of hygiene to keep dinner and dog poo separate. We don’t expect this letter to go into print or make waves but as tourists we feel obliged to tell you about something which while acceptable to the natives is totally unacceptable to visitors, whom after all, we understand, provide your bread and butter. Anyway just thought we’d mention it… Cheerio, Charles and Aini Tulip

Why bother?

With reference your story on the park area in Cabo Roig,Iin 2005/06 I lived in Cabo Roig and used to walk through a park area to get to the strip as it’s known locally. You ran a story at the time about some locals who got together to clean this area up as it was strewn with rubbish and bog muck, and the tennis/netball area was in need of repair. If this is the same area, a week or so later workmen turned up and completely cleaned up the area flattened it and put up new fencing around the tennis/netball court. If this is the same area, then I have to report that before long the area was almost back to it’s previous state, the fence around the court was pulled up because the youths would not use the gate to go

around and collect their balls that went outside the court and the two petang courts were never used and also bog muck returned. All I can say is that if I was a councillor I would not want to keep putting money into projects that are not appreciated or used properly by the people they were aimed at, the Spanish just carry on the way they have for years. I know they are Spanish that did this as I tried to point out what they were doing and they were all to fluent to be Brits etc pretending to be Spanish. My point is that unless you are going to appoint a warden for the site it will only revert back after a short period. Graham E Johnson, holidaying in the UK

Tax on tax

Re: The reverend Harry Southgate’s letter RTN No 547: Yes we have checked our bills from Iberdrola and he is perfectly right. We also have been charged this ‘tax on tax’. What can be done about it? Can anyone help rectify this obviously deliberate error and what about rebates? Mrs Pat Murray, Muchamiel

Torre hospital Thank you Nearly every week in the free expats newspapers are horror stories of experiences at Torrevieja hospital and the Ambulance service, many people must be frightened and worried at this. My husband and I have on numerous occasions, outpatients and as in patients, been treated with mostly kindness and patience, sometimes abruptness, which maybe due to the language problem, and once with downright rudeness, but can we honestly say it is any different in English hospitals where we have encountered all of the above. Every time we have spoken to people about this, the usual response is “It’s because we are Brits it would not happen to the Spanish.” But would it? It would be very interesting to have a honest survey done amongst Spanish people only. Your sincerely, Iris Francis, San Fulgencio

A Charity Event was held at Sacko’s Sport bar to raise funds for care for the military in Afghanistan returning home to the UK with injuries, both physical and psychological. Many businesses offered items and the general public offered support and huge donations. The entertainers, as usual, offered their services for free and also individuals raised large sums in contribution. Without everyone’s support, the provisional sum of €1,046.32 would not have been reached and this figure could increase.On behalf of the 50+ solos, thank you all for your great support. Ruth Reid

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Headscarf gets Moroccan girl banned from school

Tragic death of four Spanish officers in Haiti A HELICOPTER crash in Haiti on Friday 16th April has killed four Spanish naval officers. The men have been named as 35-year-old Manuel Dormido Garrosa from Valencia; 37year-old Francisco Forne Calderón from Barcelona; 44-yearold Luis Fernando Torija Sagospe from Madrid and 41-yearold Eusebio Villatoro Costa from Cádiz. They were helping to transport aid, donated by Spain, to earthquake victims and were returning from a logistical trip to the Dominican Republic when the accident happened. The soldiers were travelling in one of two Augusta Bell 212 helicopters that are said to have been in perfect condition. They ran into an area of limited visibility during the flight and crashed into a mountain. Spain’s defence minister, Carme Chacón, travelled to Haiti to preside over a ceremony for the officers, saying they were “heroes.” Following the ceremony, the bodies were flown back to Spain for a funeral on Monday 19th, presided over by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

A MOROCCAN-BORN girl with Spanish nationality was suspended from school for refusing to remove her headscarf. Najwa, who is 16 and from Madrid says that she will carry on wearing her scarf (hijab) “whatever happens” because she feels good in it and it signifies “an act of submission before God.” Najwa was forced to miss three weeks of school and was worried about consequently falling behind in her studies. She says she felt “singled out.” Her father, Mohammed Malha, has accused the authorities of discrimination, and supports his daughter’s right to wear the hijab, saying that it is no different to other girls dying their hair. Najwa has now returned to school but is being made to study in isolation in the visitor’s room. Her father is asking for the regional education minister, Lucía Figar, to “restore Najwa’s fundamental right” to education. Despite the controversy, Najwa has said that she is happy to be back at school, and had received a warm welcome from some classmates and teachers.

Najwa’s classmates wearing their Hiyab in support

Zapatero forced to miss Polish funeral

Hearses carrying the coffins of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria

THE SPANISH PRESIDENT, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, had to miss the funeral of Polish leader Lech Kaczynski and wife Maria last weekend due to flight cancellations because of the Icelandic volcanic eruption. Flights across northern Europe were cancelled during the weekend for safety reasons. Although Spain has not been greatly affected by the ash cloud, a section of air space between Barcelona and Asturias was temporarily closed and 17 Spanish airports were closed for a short time. The ban of flights meant that several officials failed to make it to the Polish leader’s funeral. A total of 96 people died in an air crash over Russia on 10th April.

Hundreds of Madonna spotted in Burgos homes without TV SEVERAL REPORTS claim that Madonna was seen THE CHANGEOVER to digital TV in the province of Valencia is fraught with problems. Many households are not able to receive particular, or in some cases, any of the digital channels since the analogue signal was switched off. A study by Association of Housewives and Consumers, Tyrius (Asociación de Amas de Casa y Consumidores Tyrius) reveals that 27.5 percent of homes are reporting problems despite having TDT boxes or digital TVs.


at a Burgos petrol station on the AP-1 motorway last week. Witnesses say that she pulled up in a BMW with tinted windows and filled her car up with petrol before using the toilet and moving on. The Spanish press have been speculating as to why the star was driving through Burgos. One story suggests that she has been trapped in Europe due to the volcanic ash and was heading for Salamanca airport. However, Spain’s airspace has predominantly remained open during the eruption and so the star would have had no trouble catching a flight out of Spain and back to the USA.

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Happy birthday Percy! by Jack Troughton POPULAR EXPAT Percy Miller celebrated his 103rd birthday with friends, family, and some specially chosen music to make the party go with a swing. Surrounded by gifts and cards, and with a large cake, the centenarian enjoyed an afternoon celebration. Percy discovered the delights of Moraira when he came on holiday with his wife Joyce and family in 1970 and decided to buy a plot of land and build a villa. At the time there were around six British families in the area. “We loved it so much,” he said. “It was just a tiny place, just a tiny bit of sand to run on.” Born in April 1907, in Plymouth, Devon, he worked as an accountant and dealt with a number of South American companies, learn-

ing a highly grammatical form of Spanish. And Percy and Joyce – who sadly died in 2006 – retired to live in Moraira full time in 1978. COAST

Last year and in declining health, he went to live in the newly opened Residence of the Third Age ‘Ana Maria Espinos’ in Teulada, overlooking Moraira and the coast. And the new home was the venue for the party, where Percy was joined by an old friend, Sylvia Tatnell, the councillor for social services. When Percy knocked up his century, the local authority threw a champagne reception for their honoured guest and family – something he promised he would never forget. As a founder member of the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers, he also

Juan Antonio Samaranch dies JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH, the honorary president of the International Committee (IOC) died last Wednesday at the age of 89 in hospital in Barcelona. He suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest after being admitted the previous Sunday with heart failure. Samaranch’s family were present at the time of his death. He served as the seventh President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001; prior to that he was awarded the title of Marqués (Marquess) de Samaranch by the King of Spain for his work in support of the Olympics.

met up with the club in Jalon for a 10km walk and lunch with 120 guests. He left friends in his wake by breaking into a sprightly trot before being urged to slow down and enjoy the occasion. SECRET

Percy explained the secret of his longevity was being blessed with good genes and not smoking – although he admitted trying a cigarette and hating tobacco. “Another thing and it is very important,” he told RTN. “It that worrying is bad – that’s why successful businessmen die younger than they should. I try not to worry.” And Percy, who said he had climbed every peak in the Lake District with his wife, also paid tribute to the benefits of “fresh air and exercise.”

Percy (seated centre) celebrates

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Music Conservatory on schedule

The Mayor alongside Eduardo Dolón Sanchez, Cristina Morató, and Nicholas Figueras

By Louise Clarke THE MAYOR of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernandez Mateo, has this week visited the city’s new music conservatory, due to open towards the end of the year. The conservatory has the audience capacity for 1,800 and will provide an educational base for 240 music students. The Town Hall hopes that it will become a World renowned centre for international music learning and appreciation and will be the venue for “great concerts and music recitals.” The Mayor visited the venue alongside Councillor Eduardo Dolón Sanchez and met with the Chief Coordinator of the project, Cristina Morató, and the Chief Director of the Society of Thematic Projects, Nicholas Figueras. The new International Conservatory of Music is expected to attract students and musicians from all over the world and is located close to the San Jaime Hospital in the north of the city. The Conservatory is almost 80% complete with only some external features and the internal fixtures and fitting to be installed. It is expected to be inaugurated in the autumn.

‘Not guilty’ of shooting robbers dead A BUSINESSMAN from Valencia, Francisco Ramirez, has been found not guilty of shooting two burglars dead. The incident happened in 2006, when the burglars broke into Ramirez’s villa. He pleaded selfdefence, saying that he shot at them because he was afraid his life was in danger. Ramirez does also possess a licence for the gun he had at home. The dead men’s widows brought the case against him.

Agreement for Microsoft Centre signed

The Mayor of Torrevieja and Valencian President Francisco Camps look at the plans for the new centre

by Louise Clarke THE VALENCIAN President, Francisco Camps, visited Torrevieja this week to see the official unveiling of plans for the new Microsoft Centre of Investigations into Healthcare Systems and also to witness the official signing of the agreement between the multi billion dollar computer giant, the sponsors CAM bank and the Torrevieja Town Hall. The President said that he was delighted that Torrevieja had been chosen for this project which, in his words,

is “pioneering for both Spain and the rest of Europe.” He also thanked the Mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernandez Mateo, for his ‘vision’ in getting the centre in the city and Microsoft for their faith in the Valencian Community and its health system. He also said that he looked forward to the benefits that having such an innovative centre in the region will bring to its residents. He said: “In the future, this centre will be a symbol of what we have done for the Valencian Community and a place in which each citizen

has the same opportunity for health.” SUCCESS The centre, which Microsoft announced back in January would be built in Torrevieja, will also be the company’s Spanish headquarters and the place where they intend to develop and expand the health service system which has become such a success in Torrevieja Hospital. President Camps also underlined the importance of this project to stimulate the next generation and to introduce “technology, well-

being, development and economic prosperity not only to Torrevieja but also to the Valencian region as a whole.” The centre will use information and communication technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of the healthcare system and with its location in close proximity to Torrevieja Hospital, it is hoped that the hospital itself will be the first to benefit from any of the new technologies the centre develops; which according to Camps, “can only have a direct influence in the positive healthcare of the region’s residents.”

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Rojales celebrates the nations By Louise Clarke FOR THE first time, the Town Hall of Rojales has organised a Fiesta in a bid to integrate the predominantly Spanish residents from Rojales and the mainly foreign expatriate residents from Ciudad Quesada. The ‘Celebration of the Nations’ Fiesta will be held on 2nd May and the Town Hall has dubbed the event as: “A project that has been born with the intention of creating an opportunity for dialogue between all the citizens of Rojales.” The associations, clubs, companies and other organisations of the municipality are putting their wholehearted effort into making the event a success and it will also be an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the ‘Parochial Caritas of Rojales‘

which helps the poor and needy in the town. The Fiesta will take place at the Plaza Blanca in Quesada from 10:00 and there will be stalls, children’s entertainment and the opportunity to sample quality food and beverages from local bars and restaurants. The Councillor for Tourism told RTN: “This promises to be a great event and considering that Rojales is the second municipality in Spain which has a greater number of foreigners than Spanish nationals, we hope that the ‘Celebration’ will integrate positively all the residents, regardless of nationality and give them a chance to join together, share the experience, learn from each other and enjoying the diverse traditions, cultures and customs that they all have.”

Rafa Nadal wins sixth Masters in Monte Carlo THE MALLORCAN tennis star, Rafael Nadal, has become the first ever player to win six consecutive Monte Carlo Masters tournaments in a row. Nadal beat fellow Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, on the clay by 6-0, 6-1, last Sunday 18th April. This is Nadal’s first title this year, and the 37th of his career.



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Rosa Martinez and PSOE Executive Committee member Dee James at last year’s PSOE May Day event

by Louise Clarke THE PSOE opposition party of Orihuela is to host a special event on 1st May at the new Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima at 13.00. Entry is free and lunch is optional. May Day is a day that recognises workers all over the World and has a special significance to the PSOE political party in Spain because it is the party that represents the interests of ordinary working people. PSOE opposition councillor for Orihuela Costa, Rosa Martinez, said: “For the second year running, the PSOE party is bringing this important celebration to the coast of Orihuela. We invite everyone to join us in recognition of working people all over the World, with a short talk

about May Day as well as dancing courtesy of Raquel Peña’s sevillanas dancers, and an optional lunch for those who wish to relax and enjoy the bank holiday afternoon.” CULTURAL 1st May is also the eve of another important date for the PSOE party of Spain, which was founded on 2nd May in Madrid in 1879 by Pablo Iglesias. May Day is celebrated throughout the World by workers’ unions and socialist movements. The PSOE opposition party of Orihuela is keen to include international residents living on the coast of Orihuela in cultural events and celebrations, to enable better integration into the Spanish way of life.

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Where nature takes over WALKING ALONG the sea front yesterday in the Port of Javea, it was a joy to see the sun reflecting on the sea, yachts bobbing about, and all the restaurants tables covered in pretty table clothes just waiting for people to come and eat. I felt very envious as I had to go back to work, and I just wished I could stay and sit awhile to enjoy the beautiful weather. Then, today I woke up early to a stunning sunrise, with the fishing boats coming into the port. Thank goodness for lovely sunny days. It does not seem possible that with all the sunshine around, both here and in the UK, that there is the most devastating large black intense cloud hitting so many countries at this time. Thousands and thousands of people stranded all over the world, desperately trying to get back to their homes and life. No, it’s not my fault that the travel insurance companies are in the main not paying out on claims. Once again the British spirit of overcoming adversity is happening: taxis, boats, buses and even, I understand warships, whatever transport they can find. It just shows with all the technology that is available to us, nature has a way of hitting us all very hard when it wants to. With all the money and power that is available to us, we become very tiny in comparison to floods, earthquakes and volcanoes. I feel so sorry for those who have weddings to go to; exams to take; businesses to run; sick and dying people to tend to and stock now caught up in the docks with fresh fruit and flowers just rotting.

What a price we are all paying for the crazy world we lived in a little while ago, where we thought that everything that was available to us was our right, to either purchase or destroy; now with the worst recession since the nineteen thirties, life has become much harder. We Brits have an election to worry about and the fact that the Pound has come under pressure once again, because the City does not like the thought of a hung Parliament, plus of course, the EU in general is not having a good time. Greece is a disaster area; Germany is thinking about coming out of the Euro; Spain still not fully understanding the mess they are in, especially in the Valencia area. Whilst the UK, according to economists, is borrowing far too much and whatever Government is elected, the pain of repaying these debts is going to go on for a long time. My particular industry has been hit very badly and it is much harder than I have ever known to attract new and to retain old clients. With this in mind, the JCC Company are exhibiting at “This Is Spain’ this weekend at the Orihuela Costa Resort just off the La Zenia roundabout, where we look forward, as always, to meeting old and new friends. If it’s good weather it will be a great day out - having said that, most of the stands are under cover. The company has some great offers that are available on Health Insurance which are for the duration of your policy, including special payment terms, never forgetting the ‘Age you Join’ is the ‘Age you Stay’, and the unique ‘Guaranteed

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Ash Friday “MOUNTAINS INSPIRE awe in any human person who has a soul,” writes novelist Elizabeth Aston, “...they remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.” What Lizzie forgets to mention, more importantly, is that when these awe inspiring mounBy tains blow their tops they stop us ‘mere Watts mortals’ from ‘sailing serenely at an altitude’ on board our A320s and 747s! And so it was that just as the summer air schedules started, Mother Nature gave us a timely reminder of who really is the boss. The result: all airspace over Northern Europe became suddenly void of commercial aircraft. Yours truly, as usual being slow on the uptake, missed the chance of an extra couple of days off. Driving at 02.00 back to Gatwick from Birmingham last Friday, I was gloriously oblivious to all the goings-on in the sky; or rather the non-goings-on in the sky. Had I not been playing CDs, I would’ve heard the radio news and done a quick

Watts In Britain Paul

You can’t book it; you can’t even Thomas Cook it…

180 back up to Brum. As I passed a motorway gantry on the M42 saying, ‘Birmingham Airport Closed’ I did think, “Oh, that’s unusual.” Even stranger, the M40 signs outside Oxford read ‘Heathrow Closed’. I started to wonder... “Hmmm, this is strange…” I was slowly coming to the conclusion something was up and reached for the radio. But the news didn’t come on until I was well on the M25 - and by then I was looking at signs telling me, ‘Gatwick Closed’. Doh! Anyway, for us airport menials it has meant long, quiet days at work. With time to spare I’ve finished a magazine article that wasn’t due in for a month and also read Stieg Larrson’s marvellous tome ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’. At the time of writing (Tuesday) the airspace embargo has been on-going for six days, and is unprecedented in aviation history. It looks like being extended into Wednesday and possibly beyond. Up to Monday, Meridian Tonight on ITV reported that 618 million passengers on 63,000 flights at some 313 airports had been affected. The effects of the Icelandic ash cloud were felt beyond Northern Europe, even down as far as you folks in Southern Spain. On Sunday, airports in the Valencian Community reported the cancellation of 250 flights. At Alicante, 100 arriving and 99 departing flights were cancelled. On one of those incoming flights would have been Peter and Val from Essex. As they sat on the Gatwick transfer coach, last Friday morning (16th April) they spoke of their disappointment. “We’d just arrived on Thursday waiting for our Monarch flight to Alicante,” said

Peter & Val keep smiling

Val, “when we heard that all movements in UK airspace had been halted.” At that point the flight embargo was expected to be lifted on Friday morning. The couple booked into the on-site hotel after being told by Monarch to come back the following morning. Peter managed a smile, “It cost us £116 for the night but I did hear a chap being quoted £240 for tonight!” Outrageous… Unfortunately, Friday didn’t bring clearance to fly and Peter and Val (still smiling in our picture) were considering driving down to Benidorm. Hopefully, by now they are happily ensconced in the Benidorm Cactus Hotel reading about their adventure in the RTN and looking forward to a nice sunny walk along Poniente beach. To paraphrase an old dictator: “One stranded traveller is a hard-luck story; a million stranded is a statistic.” Spare a thought for Dave Downham who travelled from Chester to fly out to Vienna for his chum Mike Brotherhood’s wedding on Saturday. By midday on Friday, Dave’s chances were nil. Even the overland option had passed. Dave said, “The groom couldn’t take the risk because his wife-to-be Angelina is already there

and so he took a 20 hour overland trip a bus down to Paris and then the train.” Mike’s parents spent a full 24 hours on a coach to reach Vienna. Dave, please let us know if everything went okay for Mike and Angelina’s big day. The other side of the coin is, of course, the return trip. As the situation became protracted, P+O, down in Dover, quickly converted two of their freight ships for passenger carriage and along with other ferry companies worked flat out over the weekend to provide transport for thousands of stranded Brits. A normal weekend usually sees a few hundred ‘foot’ passengers - last weekend the ferries carried 15,000 passengers! Even the Royal Navy was mobilised and marooned Brits happily clambered aboard HMS Ark Royal at Santander in Northern Spain for passage back to Blighty. Let’s hope our airspace returns to normal anytime soon because we just can’t cope without air transport nowadays; our reliance is absolute. With over a century of flying under our belts, we can’t go back to the old ways, can we? Let us know how you fared: Watts in Gatwick, bored beyond belief…

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I have paid a deposit to a Spanish developer that has gone into a liquidation process. What can I do? Is there any chance of getting my deposit back from the developer? by

Marc White & Carlos Baos English & Spanish Solicitors

Dear reader, thank you for your letter. The aim of the Law 22/2003 of 9th July that rules over these kinds of court cases (Insolvency Process – Concurso de Acreedores) is to allow the companies with problems to: have more time; be able to re-finance; be able to re-negotiate the obligations assumed, etc. All this is done with the intention of allowing the companies to continue trading. The fact that your developer has started an insolvency process is indeed bad news but does not necessarily mean that the developer will disappear and you will lose your deposit or that the property will never be finished. The first thing that needs to be done is to

provide information about your situation and your rights (credit) against the company to the trustees or administrators of the insolvency process to the court dealing with the case. This Court should be a Commercial-Company Court (Juzgado de lo Mercantil) and this communication is of vital importance as it could determine if your credit is considered as ordinary or subordinary and therefore will determine your chances to be paid. Remember that the fact that the developer has been declared “Concursado” as debtor in the insolvency process does not mean that your purchase contract is over (resolved) automatically; the contract will be valid and should be fulfilled as long as it is not terminated. (Article 61 and following ones of the law). Regarding your case, you should know that the criteria of the Commercial-Company Court Number 1 of Alicante, (as stated in the Court Order numbered 132/2009 of the 15th. of June) is that if the breach of the contract by the developer happened after

the declaration of insolvency, your credit could be considered as a credit against the assets (contra la masa), which means that it will be in the first batch to be paid, together with the salary of the trustees, etc. But if the breach took place before the declaration of the insolvency, then your credit will be considered as a normal credit (credito concursal) and you will have to wait for a much longer time and your chances to be paid will decrease. As stated in the beginning, in these kinds of cases, the first measure to be taken is to inform the Court and the Trustees of the Insolvency process; nevertheless each case needs to be studied individually as well as the criteria of the court dealing with the case. Should this be your case or the case of someone you know, we will be more than pleased to assist you. *The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

Marc White LL.B. & Carlos Baos (English & Spanish Solicitors) C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located close to the Glorieta Square at the end of Marques de Campo). © White & Baos Abogados 2010 - Tel: 966 426 185. All rights reserved. Send your questions to or

22 billion€ needed to cover losses THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund has said that Spanish Banks and Savings Banks will need as much as 22 billion€ to cover their losses if the recession gets worse. The IMF considers that the bad debt level can still rise because of the number of mortgages which will default in the country should the recession prolong. However it does note that the banks have supported current levels of bad debt well, thanks to the high reserves in place before the recession started.

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Below the radar? by

Susan Partridge Freelance reporter

TAX IS a thorny subject in Spain. It’s one of those topics which can clear the room or find some of your acquaintances afflicted with a sudden loss of hearing. Spain had a reputation for allowing people to live ‘below the radar’. Keep your head down and you can have the high life in the sun without anyone knowing any better. It’s having your cake and eating it over and over again. Not that many people intend it to be that way. Okay, there are your hardened dodgers but there are also many ‘wannabes’, who have the best of intentions but never quite get round to it. But of course, they will one day… TIMES ARE CHANGING Perhaps they will have to sooner than they think. In economically difficult times like these, the pressure is on. The laissez-fair attitude to tax is starting to dwindle. Not paying your dues isn’t just about your sleepless nights; it isn’t doing the rest of us any good either. The economy relies on us paying in. We want the services and yet the system creeks from overload of demand and loss of revenue through tax avoidance. The Spanish government isn’t oblivious to this. I’ve heard rumblings that there is more joined up thinking going on. Services and departments are speaking to one another and those who aren’t paying their taxes can no longer feel secure in their avoidance. So what is happening out there? I asked Susan Partridge Helm tax adviser from Ábaco Asesores: “The electricity companies and soon the water companies have to complete annual declarations of who their customers are and what their consumption is. They

also submit other details such as information about bank accounts and residential status. If usage is high and you’re a non-resident you’re either renting out your premises or living there yourself. Either way you should be declaring earnings for tax purposes.” Paying tax is never going to be pain free. There is no easy way of handing over a significant proportion of your earnings to fund spending decisions you might not agree with – no matter which country you live in. But the fact remains that without taxes there are no services. It’s just one of those unpleasant duties we have to get on with. And if you want another reason: watch out - that radar just might reach you. For more information about your taxes visit and read the article ‘Guide to Spanish Taxes’

Marsans says it will continue to sell airline tickets despite losing their licence The International Air Transport Association, IATA, has removed the licence from the Marsans travel company in Spain to sell airline tickets. The travel company, which is owned by Gerardo Díaz Ferrán, the Chairman of the employers’ organisation CEOE, and Gonzálo Pascual, has been in financial difficulties for some time and no longer meets the financial criteria established by IATA. They are demanding a guarantee of 20 million€ to return the permission to sell airline tickets. However Marsans has issued a state-

ment saying that despite the ban they will continue to sell tickets, and that they are considering taking legal action against IATA for damages caused by their decision to remove their licence. Marsans Chairman, Gonzalo Pascual, complained that they had always paid IATA and on time, and that the ‘serious mistake made by IATA would be corrected immediately’ and that ticket sales and attention to clients was guaranteed. He described IATA’s attitude as irresponsible, and said that it affected a collective of 4,000 workers.

Plan E to be declared as an income People who have benefitted from the Plan E car scrappage scheme in Spain and obtained 2,000 €, have been told that they have to declare the amount as an income in the income tax return for last year. The payment has to be considered as a direct grant. It means that those who earn more than 53,000 € a year will have to repay 43% of the payment received.

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British Civil Partnerships – worthless in Spain? THERE IS a large community of British same sex couples on the Spanish Costas, many of whom have been encouraged to move here after the Spanish Government appeared to recognise British same-sex Civil Partnerships in a ‘Nota Verbale’ by issued by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16th November 2007. Our office is now seeing an Solicitor, Link Point Legal increasing number of British sameand Business Services sex couples who find that their British Civil Partnership may be worthless in Spain when it comes to inheritance tax and welfare benefits. Spanish marriages between persons of the same sex are recognized in Britain as equivalent to British Civil Partnerships under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Overseas Relationships) Order 2005. However, there is considerable doubt as to whether there is in fact any reciprocal recognition by the Spanish Authorities of British Civil Partnerships. It is not possible for people who are already British Civil Partners to (re) marry in Spain as they would need a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’ to marry from the British Consulate. The Consulate would have to refuse to issue this certificate on the grounds that they were British Civil Partners. For the same reason, it is also not possible to obtain a Certificate of Civil Status to the effect that they are single and free to marry.

Michael Olmer

Most Spanish autonomous communities allow unmarried couples to register their relationship as a ‘Union de Hecho’, or common-law union, but this option is not possible for British Civil Partners, as one of the conditions for registration is that they must be single and not in any other kind of registered relationship! The law regulating registration of a ‘Union de Hecho’ in the Comunidad Valenciana is contained in Ley 1/2001 of 6th April 2001of the Generalitat Valenciana, and the procedure for registration is laid down in Decreto 61/2002 of 23rd April 2002 of the Gobierno Valenciano. Article 14 paragraph 1 c. of Decreto 61/2002 states that one of the requirements for registration of a ‘Union de Hecho’ is a Certificate of Civil Status. This would have to be obtained from the Consulate and would state that the applicant was in a British Civil Partnership, which would be a bar to registration of a ‘Union de Hecho’. This failure of the Spanish Authoritites to recognise British Civil Partnerships can have dire consequences for Civil Partners who are or who have become resident in the Comunidad Valenciana. For example, a married couple, or couple in a ‘Union de Hecho’, resident in the Comunidad, has a generous exemption from Spanish Inheritance Tax, but this would not be available


Does Spain recognise your Civil Partnership

to British Civil Partners, despite the reported terms of the Nota Verbale of 2007. In the event of the death of one resident Civil Partner, the direct financial consequences could be disastrous for the surviving Civil Partner: they would be regarded as unmarried and the survivor would be treated as an unrelated stranger and subject to the highest rates of Inheritance Tax. This state of affairs is highly unsatisfactory and is leading to a feeling of betrayal of the interests of many British Citizens by both the British and Spanish governments and our office has written to the British Consulate for

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urgent clarification of the situation. There is no suggestion that either the British or Spanish Government is homophobic, but that this is an example of a situation where the differences between the legislation of the two countries needs to be reconciled. To a limited extent, the effects of this unsatisfactory state of affairs can be reduced by proper Inheritance Tax Planning, and through the use of Wills and other devices which are available under Spanish law. If you or a member of your family are affected by this situation please contact, Michael Olmer, Chris Spence, or Ana Gay at our office for help.



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Volcanoes, UK residence, your pension fund and QROPS by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns STEPHEN IS not supposed to be here writing this week’s article. He should be writing it on his laptop on an aeroplane en route to Dubai for a long planned business trip. Instead, he is “stranded” in Moraria with an empty diary for the week! SO HOW MIGHT BEING STUCK OUTSIDE THE UK BE SOMETHING POSITIVE? Ironically, this may be additional proof that you are not a UK resident as it helps show that you have severed ties with the UK and could not get there even if you wanted to (at least for the time being). That is

unless you fancy a long queue at the Channel Ports or a swim. More seriously, the question if or when you became non UK resident is of great relevance if you have a UK pension fund, are yet to secure your benefit or purchase an annuity and are looking at the alternatives such as a QROPS. In these “volcanic” times although your finances may have turned to “dust” accessing a lump sum now from your UK pension fund by transferring your funds to a QROPS could prevent personal “eruptions” like the bank repossessing your house or your business going bust. However, to do this you need to have been a non UK resident for at least five or more complete tax years i.e. since at least 6 April 2005. SO ARE YOU, OR AREN’T YOU, A UK RESIDENT? Well a recent UK court case (Gaines-Cooper v HMRC), has

caused some “volcanic tremors” in this area. Simply not being in the UK very much might not in fact be enough. So what are the things which you might ask yourself to determine whether or not you are non-UK resident? In fact there is now no definitive answer as there is no UK legislation to help, just guidance and of course following the implications of the Gaines-Cooper case the following may guide you: 1. Have you bought a house outside the UK or entered into a long term rental contract and is this where you live? 2. Have you closed your UK bank accounts? 3. Have you resigned membership of any UK clubs or associations? 4. Have you stopped visiting the UK regularly in order to work? 5. Do you have a job or have a business here in Spain? 6. Does your family (wife, partner,

The volanco in Iceland

children) live with you outside the UK? 7. If you own a house in the UK is it rented out? 8. Have you told your UK doctor, dentist etc to take you off their books? 9. Have you registered with the tax authorities here in Spain? 10. Have you transferred your UK pension fund out of the UK? For most expats so long as you can answer Yes to the majority of the

above questions this will help prove that you have severed your ties with the UK. You can therefore be reasonably sure that you are not a UK resident. If you have any doubts then do feel free to get in touch. For further information or for a non obligation review of your UK pensions please e-mail Stephen Ward or Robert Burns: or see: or

THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN WARD AND ROBERT BURNS, April 2010. Please see our advert on Page 2. At the forefront of the industry with over forty years combined experience with pensions, regulated and authorised, liaising directly with providers and HMRC, Stephen and Robert are two of the leading authorities on QROPS. E: T: 965 790 918 W:

OriExpo takes place this weekend THE 19TH ANNUAL Orihuela Exhibition takes place this weekend. The event was inaugurated by Orihuela Mayor Monica Lorente last night (Thursday) and is open until Sunday evening. This year, organisers have divided the ‘OriExpo’ into four different areas with an exhibition area, a shopping outlet zone, a restaurant area and a window shopping street.

Tomorrow, 24th April, a FREE bus service will be available for coastal residents to visit the exhibition. The coaches leave from the Town Hall in Playa Flamenca at 10.00, 12.00 and 16.30 and return from Orihuela city at 13:00, 17:30 and 21.00. If you would like to reserve your space on the coach, please contact Stefan Pokroppa at the Town Hall on 966 760 000.

Spain beats renewable energy target SPAIN’S RENEWABLE energy sector increased its production to 12.3 percent of final energy in 2009, putting Spain ahead of the necessary target of 20 percent of energy consumption by 2020. The energy intensity and demand of the Spanish economy also fell by 3.6 percent. This was the fifth consecutive year that energy intensity had fallen, and the government say that this demonstrates that it is not an isolated incident but rather the result of efforts made in terms of energy savings and efficiency. Since 2004, the energy intensity of the Spanish economy has fallen by 13 percent. The level of energy self-supply rose to 22.8 percent (compared with 21.6 percent in 2008) thanks to the contribution made by domestic technologies such as renewable energy.

Less work permits for immigrants FROM JANUARY to September 2009 the Spanish authorities issued 57% less work permits to immigrants, compared with the same period in 2008. Of the 275,727 permits granted, 70.9% were renewals, only 5.3% were new permits. Immigrants from Southern and Central America are the majority, with 164,139 permits, 68,978 were given to people from Africa and only 11,147 to Europeans.

Expensive bureaucracies

THE NUMBER of bureaucrats across all parts of the public administration increased 32% between 2000 and 2008. The cost of the public employees has doubled over the past ten years and has now reached 125,000 million euros, or 12.4% of GDP. Last year the cost of public salaries increased 5.6%, whilst in the private sector salaries tumbled 5.4%. The average government employee salary is 40,616 euros per year, whilst the private sector is paying only 26,811. Each citizen in Spain contributes annually 2,661 euros to pay the fat salaries of the bureaucrats. There are no intentions by the government to reduce their employees’ salaries as a contribution to an austerity plan - Europe will pay!

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This is Spain

This is it! RTN IS proud to be the main media sponsor for this weekend’s much anticipated This is Spain Exhibition, which takes place at the Orihuela Costa Resort.


THE BIGGEST exhibition of its type in the Costa Blanca and the Costa Calida, This is Spain brings together the best in services and products; and who else better to promote it than RTN, the biggest, most popular and indeed the most in-demand free weekly newspaper in this neck of the woods. RTN will take pride of place at the exhibition, along with over eighty other exhibitors and it will be the perfect opportunity for you to meet not only our sales team, but also our reporters and other key members of staff. And as well as the newspaper team, RTN Network will also have representatives there to help and advise

you on how to make what will be the best decision of your life here in Spain; ditching Telefonica! NEW AND INTERESTING PRODUCTS The event, once again being held in the prestigious Four Star Hotel Orihuela Costa Resort, promises to be one not to be missed. It is a venue ideal for an exhibition like this with a purpose built exhibition hall. Exhibitors include: A2 Sat; Plane Parking; Jennifer Cunningham and Associates; The Cheese Board and New 2 You. There will also be a strong contingency of local charities at the event including: Age Concern; APAH; the

Stroke Support Group; the Samaritans and the Butterfly Children. Event organiser Christine Roche and her team have gone out of their way to source companies with new and interesting products to display. You will have the opportunity to buy some amazing products and sample some excellent food and drink and there will also be many items for the home and garden. RTN’s very own Richard and Clodagh Handscombe will be there launching their latest book and as usual, there will be insurance and financial advisers, china and household goods, furniture, jewellery, accessories and gifts. REM TRIBUTE

TKO will provide music throughout the show and there is an extensive programme of entertainment including Raquel Peña’s Sevillanas School of Dance, singers provided by Phoenix Promotions and an REM tribute. On Sunday at 14:00, Lyndyloo Bridal and Evening Wear will be putting on a fashion show for all ages and you will even be able to take a ride in an open carriage, drawn by two horses; all this for just €1 entry fee! To reach the Orihuela Costa Resort, come off the N332 at the La Zenia roundabout, head towards the sea, take the first right and follow the signs. You will find the resort on your left. There is an elegant restaurant as well as an outdoor bar and snack area. You could also bring your swim suit as there is a pool!

Spotlight: This is Spain

Raffle prizes • A voucher valued at 250 euros towards work carried out by The Service Centre • Voucher for full diagnosis health analysis, value 90 euros, from Natural Health Centre • A selection of vouchers and prizes donated by members of BGE • Cordless telephone from Crown Coatings • 4 week days or weekend at Isla Plana, donated by Old Farmhouses

• An autographed copy of Your Garden In Spain, donated by the authors, Clodagh and Richard Handscombe • 50 euros voucher towards intensive course in Spanish from El Principe Centre • A meal for four at Brasserie, courtesy of the Brasserie • A magic trick from Mr Magic

• Mobile telephone from Citrus Red

• Designer watch, donated London Emporium

• Meal for 2 at Sandhu’s Indian Restaurant, donated by Sandhu’s

• Presentation box of wines and chutneys from The Cheeseboard

• Another mobile telephone, donated by Citrus Red

• 8 week course (24 hours) of Spanish lessons from Margaluc S.L.

• A selection pack of pickles, chutneys and sauces from The Pickle Man • Free internet installation donated by Enrique, Torresat • 2 night’s accommodation and food at the Hotel Costa Narejos, donated by Angel Solano

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• 16 piece dinner service donated by Cocina de Colores • 1 week’s free parking at Murcia Airport, courtesy of Plane Parking • A meal for four at Kazbar, donated by the restaurant

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Your guide to gum disease symptoms & heart disease Gum disease ‘linked to heart problems’ Excellent oral hygiene could prevent heart attacks, by stopping dangerous bacteria entering the bloodstream, a British study shows. By

Karen Gardner

Clinica Dental La Plaza.

THE SHEER number of bacteria which can live in an unhealthy mouth – more than 700 strains – increases the risk of heart disease, regardless of how fit a person is. Evidence is now developing that links the oral bacteria of gum disease and chronic teeth infections to increased incidence of heart disease. The germs create thousands of tiny blood clots, which can cause a narrowing of the arteries; a common cause of attacks. More than 2.5 million people in Britain suffer from heart disease, and one British adult dies from the condition every three minutes. The disease is characterised by the restriction of blood to the heart, which can cause an attack. Studies have previously shown a link between having gum disease and an increased likelihood of suffering from heart disease or a stroke. However, they have struggled to explain why the conditions are linked until now. Professor Howard Jenkinson, from the University

Normal healthy teeth

of Bristol, who led the study, said: “The mouth is an easy entry for nasty bacteria. Once inside the blood stream the platelets, which help the blood to clot, latch onto the bacteria. This can cause a blood clot, which can detach and travel to the heart. This is more worrying if the blood clot actually forms on the heart’s ventricle.” He added: “We now recognise that bacterial infections are an independent risk factor for heart diseases, and there are now suggested links with cancer as well. In other words it doesn’t matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you are adding to your chances of getting heart disease by having bad teeth.” Gum disease is the most common reason behind tooth loss in adults, which shows how extremely common it is. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE AND DENTAL PROBLEMS For most people, sticking with common sense tips can head off problems. If you keep your mouth clean, it is very hard for the bacteria that cause periodontal disease to get started. You will also reap other benefits - fewer fillings, healthier gums, a brighter smile and fresh breath confidence. We have always known that a little prevention goes a long way but we used to think of it in terms of avoiding cavities and things like that. Now it seems that by using your toothbrush and your floss / mini brushes, you might also be

Advanced periodontitis

preventing much more serious health problems down the road.” TIP FROM DR KAREN GARDNER YOUR DENTIST IN JAVEA “I see very many patients who believe that they have good oral hygiene: they think they are doing the job well but the truth is that they aren´t. They cannot see the plaque, and I can. “The only way to be really sure if your oral hygiene is up to scratch is to get checked regularly at least once a year. Most people need a dental clean every 6 months and some every 3 months - depending on their own ability to keep the mouth plaque free and their own personal tendency for gum disease.” If you avoid the dentist then there is a very high chance that you unknowingly have bad breath and gum disease – and we now know that gum disease could even be a silent killer.

Article supplied by DR KAREN GARDNER, from Clinica Dental La Plaza. If you have any questions regarding this article or Dentistry in general, please call 96 646 1120 or visit website

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Specsavers voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians: for eighth year running SPECSAVERS has been named the most trusted brand of opticians by British consumers, for the eighth year in a row. Specsavers received 45% of the votes – more than twice as much as high street rivals Boots and Dollond & Aitchison combined – in the respected Reader’s Digest European Trusted Brands 2009 survey. Results for ‘Share of Vote’ in the survey’s optician category were as follows: Specsavers Local/Independent/Private Boots Vision Express Dollond & Aitchison Tesco

45% 17% 13% 9% 8% 2%

Every year, Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands survey their readers in 16 different European

countries, asking them to identify the brand they trusted most in 38 different categories, ranging from car and credit card companies to holiday firms and high street retailers. The public are asked to rate each company on quality, excellent value, strong image and its understanding of customer needs. Other category winners included British Airways, Canon, Ford, Nokia, Nurofen and Whiskas. Specsavers Marketing Director Richard Holmes says: “We are proud to be awarded this accolade for the eighth year running as it is a reflection of the hard work our stores put in to ensuring continued customer satisfaction. We would like to thank all our customers and the readers of Readers Digest for voting for us and hope we continue to be their most trusted brand of opticians in future years.” The endorsement means that Specsavers


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will continue to enjoy the benefits of being able to display the Trusted Brands logo on all UK marketing and advertising this year. Chris Spratling, managing director at Reader’s Digest UK, says: “Trusted Brands was created to name and celebrate those companies that have recognised

the importance of trust in attracting and retaining customers and we are delighted to extend our congratulations to Specsavers on their fantastic achievement.” For advice or an appointment call Specsavers Javea on 966 463 420 or Calpe on 965 835 367

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Irregular verbs Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

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

Lesson 104

THERE ARE enough irregular verbs in the simple past tense to keep us going for a good long while, but it doesn’t make sense to go through all of them. That is what you have that big verb book for - and you thought it was to prop up sideboard! However, a few more would be useful. So far, we have tackled dar (to give) and hacer (to do, to make) which allows us to ask a key question: “¿Qué hiciste ayer?” “What did you do yesterday?” Absolutely basic is the past tense form of the verb “ir” to go. Believe it or not in some tenses this verb manages to behave itself, but in the past simple to simply runs riot. There’s really no excuse at all, the only redeeming feature being that it is used so commonly some of it should stick eventually. Before we go any further, here it is: fui fuimos fuiste fuisteis fue fueron All of these words can be translated by “went” (which

incidentally is a very strange word in English to have as the past tense of “to go”). Here are some examples, just to make sure you’re with it: “Fui a la tienda” (I went to the shop); “Fuimos en tren” (We went by train) – not to the shop, these are disconnected examples. “¿Adónde fuisteis?” (Where did you (plural) go?) Notice that in this example the word meaning “where” is actually “where to” – adónde. When you hear native Spanish speakers say this, they sometimes either miss the “a” out, or give it very little emphasis so that it sounds like “¿Dónde fuiste?” This is a bit like us say “Where d`you go?” instead of “Where did you go?” which we would probably assure foreigners that we always say. “Ir” is very often used in the reflexive form “irse” (to go away). The difference in meaning is sometimes rather slight, with the reflexive form adding emphasis. “Me fui a casa a las doce” (I went off home at 12 o’clock”). Now comes the other really strange thing about the past simple

of “ir”, which is that it is identical to the past simple of “ser”. How can this be? I hear you ask. Well, it’s really simple (ha) and impossible to confuse. By way of illustration, earlier on today I was listening to a song I like very much which contains these lines: Si alguna vez fui bello y fui bueno (if I was ever beautiful and good) Si alguna vez fui sabio en amores (if I was ever wise in love) Si alguna vez fui un ave de paso, lo olvidé pa’ anidar en tus brazos (If I was ever a bird passing over, I forgot this to nest in your arms). Now you can see the sort of stuff I listen to while I’m working - but the point is that you would never mistake the word “fui” here for “went”: it has to mean “was” from the verb “ser”. We could elaborate on this more, but time is up for today. The song, incidentally, is “Lucía” by my idol Joan Manuel Serrat, who I will have less time to listen to next week, as my Spanish courses start in Torrevieja on Monday.

May Fair gala

U3A Denia Astronomy Group invitation

THE IMPRESSIVE Torrevieja May Fair is just two weeks away and this Sunday, 25th April, sees a Pre-Fair Gala take place at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre in the city. All proceeds will be donated to the ‘Alimentos Solidarios’ and the event will showcase the talents of various local choirs. Entrance is just €5 and the Gala starts at 20:30.

THE U3A DENIA Astronomy Group is inviting members of the public to a talk by the well known UK astronomer Paul Money, entitled ‘the Wonders of the Universe’; a tour through our galaxy, moving out to distant galaxy clusters; black hole; supernovae and other wonders of the universe. The talk is to take place Monday 17th May at 19.00, in the first floor auditorium of the Casa De Cultura in Denia and is expected to last ap-

proximately an hour and a half. Paul Money, a writer and lecturer in astronomy, is a Fellow of the British Inter-Planetary Society and has organised and given many talks and courses to various Astronomy groups, schools and conventions in the UK, taking part in the BBC series ‘Heavenly Bodies’ in 1995. He regularly acts as a guide on trips to view the Northern lights and solar eclipses. For information, contact Christine Ord on 671 152 686.

Oriental dance workshop

THIS SATURDAY, 24th April, sees an Oriental Dance Workshop take place at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre in Torrevieja. The event starts at 17:00, lasts until 21:00 and costs €30 to attend.

Guitar recital

TUESDAY 27TH APRIL sees duo Susana Alfonso and Guillermo Grau performing a guitar recital. The event is free and takes place at the Palacio de la Musica in Torrevieja at 20:00.

Debbie and Ralph run for the horses

Debbie and Ralph hand over the cheque to Sue and Rod

DEBBIE AND RALPH Weedon recently ran the Lisbon half marathon to raise money for the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. With sponsorship and a charity night held at Veranos bar in Quesada, a total of €669.83 was raised. On the day they presented the cheque, Sue and Rod had rescued Cookie,

whom RTN featured in last week’s paper. To learn more about what Sue and Rod and their volunteers do at the centre, please visit their website at or call and see them on a Wednesday or Sunday from 13:00 until 16:00 and you will be made most welcome!

Timeless fashion show TIMELESS FASHIONS will be presenting a fashion show at their shop in Punta Prima next Thursday, 29th April with donations and money raised going to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. The event starts at 14:30 with free admission and there will be two hours of fashion presentations, plus a surprise guest. Please give your support, bring your friends and your small change. Raffle tickets will be priced at just €2 and the first prize is a holiday. Plus there will be many other great prizes. For more information and directions, please call 966 722 103.

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Skin cancer rates soar

Complete defence CRUCIAL SELF-DEFENCE techniques for public and private security services were hosted by the Marina Alta’s Club Deportivo Washinkai Karate – showing how a pen or newspaper can be used in an emergency. The club ran its first module of Goshin Professional Self-Defence at Javea Sports Centre and was honoured by a visit from Francisco Gabriel Gonzalez, vice-president of the Valencia Karate Federation. The vice-president said he was present to show the body’s continued support for Washinkai Karate, one of the region’s biggest martial arts clubs – and the achievements of principal instructor Ray Sweeney in the nine years since he

came to Spain. The club was running its first module of Goshin, recognised by the Spanish Karate Federation as the official grading programme of the Department of Self-Defence. Different modules are taken by students leading to a black belt in Goshin and these include controls; locks; dislocations; throws; chokes and strikes; as well as defences against knives. UMBRELLA The course also explains how to utilise everyday items such as a pen, walking stick, newspaper or an umbrella can be grabbed to use as an effective defence weapon. And

Instructors and students

while the course is open to the public, it is aimed at professionals and also teaches defences against weapons such as baseball bats and guns, while the use of a baton, extendable baton and handcuffs is also taught. Instructor Francisco Gomez said: “The course gives someone an understanding of how to properly defend themselves and the police and private security services are able to apply it to their work. “For lovers of the martial arts, it adds a practical dimension and it is perfect for those individuals who want to learn a complete and realistic form of self-defence.” The next module for beginners will be in Javea in June. For more information contact Ray Sweeney on 637 564 416 or visit

By Rebecca Griffin New statistics reveal that adults in their 60s and 70s are five times more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer - than their parents. Baby boomers were the first generation to benefit from the dawn of cheap package holidays when they were in their 20s and 30s and also saw the increase in popularity of sun beds which were introduced to the UK in the 1970s. Men of this age group are the most at risk and are now more than seven times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than in the 1970s. But for both men and women, incidence rates of melanoma have quadrupled since then, death rates have doubled, and it is predicted that skin cancer will become the fourth most common cancer in the UK by 2024. Cancer Research thinks the problem will continue to get worse as today’s teenagers have access to cheap holiday destinations, as well an abundance of cheap tanning centres in countries like the UK. Jackie Phillips, President

of the MABS cancer support charity, confirmed incidences of skin cancer are also on the increase in Spain. She told RTN: “Yes, skin cancer is more common here now, not only malignant melanoma but also Basel Cell carcinoma, which is not as deadly, but is disfiguring. My husband has this type of skin cancer and it can be very uncomfortable. He thinks he fell asleep in the sun when we were living in Singapore 25 years ago, and he’s dark skinned. In those days, men didn’t apply sun creams.” Jackie confirmed the malignant melanomas she has witnessed while working for the MABS charity have occurred mostly on the shins, calves or shoulders. She advises anyone who has a mole that changes colour or size, or itches, to seek medical advice. She added: “People should also be aware that what may look like a cut that doesn’t heal properly could be the start of Basel Cell carcinoma and they should also see a doctor.” The MABS cancer support can be contacted on 693 275 779.


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ULTI-TALENTED singer/piano bar entertainer Dave Lewis arrived in Spain from London’s West End, where he was resident entertainer at the famous Smollensky’s on the Strand for over 14 years as well a popular fixture on the international piano bar circuit having played to audiences from Tokyo to New York. Dave is mainly performing at private events but he does play piano, guitar and sings at the Arena Bar in Denia every month. Last year he performed with his band at the Moraira Music Festival and they still appear late on Saturday nights at ‘Steinways Jazz ‘n Blues Club’, Calle La Mar 16, Denia. Visit for further details or contact Caroline Lewis - Tel: 676 335 821. GIGS FOR APRIL: Saturday 24th - The Dave Lewis Band - Steinways Jazz n Blues Bar, Denia Sunday 25th - Dave Lewis - Arena Restaurant, (near Port Hotel) at 15.30

The seventh International Moraira Music Festival THE SEVENTH International Moraira Music Festival will take place on Sunday June 6th on the stage by the castle in Moraira, starting at 19.00. The Festival will be part of the Moraira Moors and Christians Fiesta Celebrations, sponsored by Panache, Unisex Hair and Beauty Salon, Moraira; Cool Solutions; Mobile Re-Gas Company and Taller-Larry of Benitachell. We have a web page with the events and plenty of pictures from the previous festivals together with details of this year’s performers. For details follow the link from the web page The following acts will be performing at the Festival: Javea Rock Academy - Young Rock & Pop Band Sharni - Female Vocalist

Double Impact vocal duo

DOUBLE IMPACT, featuring lan & Gill Henry, are the combination of two unique and unforgettable talents who perform music spanning the decades with more than a smattering of comedy if required. They also worked with the legendary Lyn Paul as the ‘Sound Of The New Seekers’. Double Impact are a premier act for restaurant dinner/dances – Masonic; Lions; British Legion; Golf Societies and Bowls Clubs, either as a duo or as solo artists.

Ian Henry Gill Henry IAN HAS worked over 30 years as a professional musician and entertainer. With his own brand of humour and unique musical and vocal talent, he is a much sought after Compere and Cabaret Entertainer. Ian often plays keyboards with some of the local jazz bands and is also a classical pianist. Try and catch his latest crazy Karaoke Fun Show, a full show of music and comedy followed by karaoke.




Soul Fingers - Spanish Soul & Funk Band Susie Q - Female Vocalist The Brink Band - Rock/Blues Band Janette Galbraith - Female Vocalist Off Limits - Rock/Blues Band Last year around 3,000 people attended the concert and seating by the stage is very limited. The bars and restaurant that surround the castle and have outside terraces will be reserving seating, so please contact them direct. As this is an open air concert, come prepared for the weather. Should it rain, the concert could be delayed or cancelled. The Moraira Moors and Christians Fiesta committee will be running a bar near to the stage and we ask you all to please support this bar, as the money raised goes towards the Moors and Christians Fiesta fund.

GILL IS a cabaret star in her own right. She has worked in all the top venues and hotels as well as performing on cruise ships. Her strong voice and bubbly personality make her a must see act. Her repertoire stretches from classical to ballads via soul and pop. GIGS FOR APRIL: Saturday 23rd - Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol (Ian Henry) Saturday 23rd - Las Brisas Restaurant, Javea (Gill Henry) Sunday 24th - Spencer’s Bistro, Moraira (Ian Henry Karaoke Fun Show) For more details: 965 747 871 or Mobile: 618 508 644.

Every week Nigel Turner, Cumberland Bar, Benidorm will be doing a Focus report on the nightlife of Benidorm and the artists performing there. Should any artist/venue wish to be included :– contact Nigel on 685 550 106, email:, web site:

Tim Prince Trio - jazz/swing band A NEW venture gets underway in Benidorm commencing on Wednesday 28th April at Dolly Daydreams singers bar situated on Calle Ibiza. The Tim Prince Trio, with a line up comprised of Chic on Drums, Jose on Bass and Tim on keyboards together with vocalist Joanna James, will be presenting an evening of Jazz, Swing and Latin American Music. The evening will start at 21.00 and go through until midnight and it is hoped it will attract dancers from across the Costa Blanca. Dolly Daydreams has recently re-opened under new management and a warm welcome is assured from the friendly staff. So if you fancy an evening dancing to a live trio get

down to Dolly Daydreams every Wednesday and glide across the floor. For more information call Ann on 606 122 923 or Chic on 686 363 995.

Double trouble by Jack Troughton


LD SEA DOG Commander Chittenden soon found himself in deep water when two cheating couples were doublebooked for a week’s holiday in a luxury Portuguese villa. Taking his position as timeshare company ‘rep’ seriously, ‘Chitto’ probably thought he had found an easy berth in the sun but the navy man was way out of his depth as confusion reigned in Javea Players’ superb production of the hilarious comedy Holiday Snap. Naturally, the big-hearted sailor is soon baffled - left staring myopically at his once-trusted clipboard and reaching for a restorative gin or three - leaving mistaken identity to rule in this clever farce. And things are not going too well either for the couples looking for a naughty week away – each first mistakes the other pair for the servants and then starts to argue who should have the run of the pad. GOLF Enter a mother-in-law checking on her daughter’s barrister husband and his golfing holiday with an old

school chum, the friend also playing away at another location, and the fun factor rising alarmingly to constant eruptions of laughter. At the helm for this show at the Union Theatre, Gata, was director David Garnett who ensured the laughs came fast and furious in this slick production. Timing (let alone two timing!) was everything and the whole cast blended perfectly together to whip up this generous treat. Norman Dunnington made a splendid Chitto, slightly dim but nice, and carried the increasingly inebriated character from disaster to disaster with disarming ease. Keith Livesey’s nervous car salesman Leslie and his boss’s wife Eve, played by Gillian Hodges, were excellent as one couple hoping to enjoy a relaxing but sinful break. Their parts demanded they suddenly become a wonderfully stereotypical part of the upper crust to help the lawyer out of trouble – cranking the humour up to new highs. WEAVE Lee Hodges made a top notch Henry – snooty barrister caught short by mother-in-law’s unexpected entry and attempting to weave a web of

Dickie Ray -singer/entertainer

Dickie Ray

Dickie Ray has recently arrived in Benidorm from Northern Ireland where he has been working as an singer/entertainer for over 35 years. He advertises himself as Ireland’s most versatile performer as he has a repertoire of over 1,000 songs covering swing, rock, blues, country (both Irish and American) and Irish folk to name just a few. Due to his vast repertoire Dickie can cover an entire evenings entertainment in any one style of music or simply just mix it up. In Ireland he performed tribute shows to some of the best know singers of the Irish Showband era, and is best known for his Joe Dolan tribute. Due to the demand for tribute shows in Benidorm he is currently working on a Garth Brooks tribute. He is regularly performing in the Two Seals Bar, Sandra’s and Steptoes in Benidorm, but is available for venues around the area. For more info check out his web site: On Saturday May 1, Dickie is appearing at Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell. Le Cabaret is located in the Lirios Centre, on Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell, overlooking the sea, Javea and Moraira. For details of future events phone: 663 733 811.


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Trouble looms

almost believable lies – almost Basil Fawlty in execution - to save his neck and keep his wife’s fortune. It meant poor ‘bit on the side’ Mary was forced to become a skivvy, aided and abetted by ‘Perky’ (Rob Lee) Henry’s supposed golf partner, fellow former public schoolboy and fellow philanderer who had just been dumped and needed a spare bed. Lynne Martin’s Mary was a joy to watch as her Portugal dream of a marriage proposal crumbled. And Carole Saunders as the elegant mum-in-law floated in and

out of the action like an iceberg under the bows of Henry’s Titanic, keeping us all guessing when disaster would strike. Abandon ship sounded shortly after the arrival of Henry’s wife Kit (Geraldine Livesey). This was gold standard entertainment from the Javea Players who were on top form with this classic from the pens of Michael Pertwee and John Chapman. More of this and tissues will have to be issued inside programmes – there were several people literally in tears of laughter.

Norman has a cold… LODGER NORMAN is the only living, breathing one amongst an army of fictitious lodgers with disabilities that provide Eric with funds, to hide from his wife the fact that he lost his job with the Electricity Board two years ago. Heavy with cold, Norman staggers downstairs to find Eric has decided to ‘kill off’ his fictitious lodgers. Deception and fraud ensue, involving Uncle George and a side-line of wigs, stockings and corsets. And poor Norman is getting married on Saturday – cold permitting. Norman’s stressful day is hilarious for the audience at just €12: €10 on opening night, with a 10% discount for pre-booked parties of 10 or more for Friday and Saturday performances. Cash on Delivery is written by Michael Cooney and di-

rected by Jim Sissens. Careline Theatre, Alcalali, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th May at 20.00.

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23 APRIL - 29 APRIL 2010 FEB 26 - MARCH 4 2010

Allotments in the sky by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

LAST WEEK we promised to say more about the possibility of growing vegetables on a small scale if you live in an apartment. Well as an example, our 2.5 square metre small upstairs terrace is now packed with vegetables and they are ahead of those on our allotment because they benefit from the radiant heat of the walls of the house, warmed by day time sun. When we cut today’s salad we listed what is growing at present in a trough; growing table; cut back plastic water bottles; medium sized pots and window boxes. The crops are oriental cut and come again salad leaves; green and red lettuces; mini broccoli; Swiss chard; parsley; nasturtiums for leaves, flowers and seed pods; peas and dwarf beans; radishes; beetroots; tomatoes

and peppers; onions; carrots; chives; leeks; large and spring onions; horseradish; mint; rosemary and thyme. You will find before and after photographs in ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ as well as photos and explanations of even smaller A4 allotments only the size of an A4 sheet of paper but naturally with fewer varieties. No one has an excuse for growing nothing on a window sill, balcony or terrace, at home or at the office!! THE ‘THIS IS SPAIN’ SHOW LA ZENIA Friday, Saturday and Sunday will find us at the three day show at the Orihuela Costa Resort Hotel in La Zenia, with a Question and Answer stand which will also have some healthy plants and some of our books. So if you have gardening questions or problems about small or large scale gardening or wish to buy autographed copies of our books or indeed have books you already have autographed, do come and have a chat. At readers’ requests we will have some comfrey plantlets for the vegetable growers, raspberry plantlets for the soft fruit growers, some plants with beneficial health

No one has an excuse for having nothing on their window sill

properties for those into natural remedies and some interesting salvias for garden and apartment pots. BOOK LAUNCH AND CONTENT After various delays beyond our control, ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ was finally published last Monday so copies will be available at the show which we will regard as a launch of the book. Naturally if you are not visiting the show, the book can be obtained through high street and internet bookshops, including the publisher on and 952 485 838. Last week we promised to tell you more about the book. Firstly it is priced at €14.90 for the over 200 pages packed with useful information and illustrations. Secondly it is a must book for anyone with an apartment, village house or apartment with window sills, balconies and / or terraces.

Clodagh and Dick are practical gardeners and authors who have enjoyed living and gardening in Spain for 25 years. Their quartet of books published by Santana Books have become popular best sellers useful to both experienced and beginner gardeners. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe April 2010.

It covers the whole range of things that one can do to brighten up and make such spaces attractive and productive. Design ideas are presented for small spaces of just a couple of square metres to a 200 to 400 square metre penthouse terrace and everything in between. Naturally, lists and descriptions of suitable seasonal and all year round flowering and evergreen plants are given, plus advice on which herbs, fruits and vegetables to grow plus comprehensive advice for their planting and care. Choosing the right containers is important, so we include an A to Z of what is available today from pots and window boxes to planters on casters and growing tables. The latter is useful for growing collections of decorative and vegetable plants etc without the need to bend down. As with all our books, there is a useful English – Spanish vocabulary. So see some of you on Saturday when you can see the book for real.

Readers’ recipes

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COOKING INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 200ºc. Coat a square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. 2. In medium bowl, combine tuna, rice, all but one teaspoon of the olives, chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, vinegar and thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Baked tomatoes stuffed with tuna and rice

3. Slice top off 4 large tomatoes and scoop out the flesh and seeds. Fill to top with tuna and rice mixture. Place tomatoes in baking dish. 4. Bake stuffed tomatoes in oven for 12-15 minutes or until filling is hot. Remove, garnish with chopped olives and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

THESE STUFFED tomatoes are delicious. Easy enough for children to help make, they would make a perfect lunch for the whole family. Use a fragrant rice to add a delicate flavour boost. INGREDIENTS • 1 (125g) can tuna, packed in oil • 100g cooked fragrant rice, such as jasmine or basmati • 6 medium-size black olives, drained, sliced and coarsely chopped • 1 small tomato, cut into cubes

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine • Salt and pepper to taste • 4 large tomatoes (beefsteak varieties work well) • 4 lemon wedges

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Ready In: 25 minutes Servings: 4

Sue Hart, Torrevieja Don’t forget: if you have a recipe that you would like featured in RTN please email to Artien is created and illustrated by Jan Gamm

Tea with the Lions EVERY YEAR in April and May, the Gardens of Marnes, near Benissa, are a riot of colour as literally tens of thousands of iris’ burst into flower. And if you think all iris’ are purple, then think again. There are pure reds; whites; yellows; mauves and browns…and just about every other shade or combination of colour you can think of! There is also a labyrinth to walk and a secret garden to explore! On 6th May, from 15.30 to 18.30, the Calpe and Benissa Lions Club will be holding their super popular annual Tea Party in the gardens in support of their charity funds. Not only will visitors be able to see the gardens, they will also be able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and homemade cakes; all for just €6. For more information and to reserve your tickets, call Lions President Hugh Stewart on 965 834 852 or 639 892 319. Last year the party was a sell out, so book now to avoid disappointment!

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Vibe talkin’ Vibes From The Costas by

Tony Poole

from www.vibesfromthecostas.

THANK YOU for all your emails, along with best wishes and support for the new column. Let’s get straight into what’s vibin’ on the live music scene. Saturday 24th April is the final concert of the 10th edition of Músicas del Alma at the Parque Almansa in San Javier, featuring Brazilian singer Leny Andrade. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she is considered to be a living legend and by many the greatest singer ever of Brazilian jazz. In the summer of 2005 she captivated the audience with her performance at the San Javier International Jazz Festival. Describing her as the Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan of bossa nova doesn’t go far enough; her voice epitomises both the body and soul of Brazil. She has performed with Paquito D’Rivera,

Leny Andrade

Luiz Eça, Dick Farney, João Donato, Eumir Deodato, and Francis Hime. Ms. Andrade is joined by the Sambop Band, five top line Brazilian musicians including the famous trumpet player Paulinho Trompete. Showtime: 10:00 pm; admission: €7: more info: Every Monday it’s Jazz Greats at the El Pescadito Spanish restaurant in Mil Palmeras playing anything from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis. Now into its fifth year, this is one of the longest jazz residencies around. Roger Eames leads the trio on upright bass with wife Christine on keyboards and drummer Keith Meyer. They frequently feature guest singers and musicians. Roger was formerly the producer of BBC Radio’s ‘Jazz Club’ with Humphrey Lyttelton, while Chris directed the Radio Leicester Big Band and won prizes as a composer/arranger in the annual BBC Big Band competition. Showtime: 20.00: Admission is free, however, customers are expected to support the live music by ordering food. Table reservations: 965 320 071; more info: 966 762 308. John Hutchings emailed VFTC to fill us in on the Costas busiest Dixieland band, All That Jazz. They are playing in the Marina Bar in Torreta 2 just outside Torrevieja every Tuesday from 13.00 onwards and have a ‘Brolly’ Parade on

Roberta Flack’s new album is now available

the first Tuesday of every month, raising money for local charities. They’re also at Bar Carlos, in the area of the Friday Market, every Sunday afternoon at 14.00 and performing a special one-off on Friday, 30th April starting 21.00 at La Marina Camping in the village. More info: Wednesday 19th May is a special Big Band Dance Night with Swingtet – Plus at the Hotel Spa Costa Narejos, Los Alcazares. There will be a raffle, with proceeds going to the Help Murcia Mar Menor Cancer Support Group. Support this one and expect more in the future from organisers Lee and Gil Monks. Showtime: 21.00: Admission €5

- tickets available from the Hotel, or Shape & Tone, Los Alcazares. For more information 968 432 630. Roberta Flack’s concert at Sala Narciso Yepes, Murcia, scheduled for 19th May is cancelled. The VFTC inside scoop is the gig was never confirmed; only booked as ‘tentative’. However, the Grammy Award singer is hopeful that a European tour will be scheduled for November, taking in Vigo; Barcelona; Castelio; Madrid; Las Palmas and Murcia. The tour will coincide with Ms Flack’s new CD, an interpretive collection of Beatles classics, as yet to be titled. ‘The Very Best Of Roberta Flack’ is currently available from Rhino Entertainment.

Full details plus you can find me on Facebook at Email news and views to Keep the ViBES ALiVE!

Coro Pilar presents...

HAVING FINISHED their rehearsal period, Coro Pilar are now ready to be seen in public again and will be presenting two new concerts. The first, ‘A Spring Concert’, can be heard in La Iglesia de la Caridad in Los Alcázares on Saturday 1st May starting at 20:30, after the Mass. The second, ‘A Mothers’ Day Concert’, on Spanish Mothers’ Day, Sunday 2nd May, will be held in La Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Pilar de la Horada, at 19:30, again after the Mass. As the concerts are being held in churches they will of course be free of charge. For further information, telephone John on 966 763 446 (English) or Kerstin 966 762 846.

Exhibition & beer festival THE ROTARY Club, Guardamar will be hosting an exhibition & beer festival in Procomobel Home Centre on Saturday the 24th of April. Starting at 10am, the event will comprise of many exhibiting stands, beer & tapas, a play area for children,

a classic motorcycle exhibition and a charity stand collecting food and clothing for homeless children. So if you want to spend your Staurday a little differently, why not pop along to Procomobel on the N332 Guardamar and show you support.

Rhythm and blues band BIG JACK’S Rythm and Blues Band are playing at Sinfonia Buffet, Carratera Las marinas 4.2, Sunday lunchtimes (starting April 25) from 11.00 to 14.00.

23 april - 29 april 2010 Win a meal for 2 at the Inn Plaice in torrevieja (Mon-Thu) or at La Pista Restaurante In Jalon (Mon-sat Lunchtimes Only) by answering the Cryptic Crossword correctly. Answers by email to: or Fax: 96 570 5328.

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Answers & Winner Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 48. Crossword winner for issue 548: Melanie Peck La Marina

Quick Crossword

Cryptic Crossword



7. Fail to understand (4,7,2)

1. Wide view (8)

Across 7. It enables one to proceed along certain lines (7,6) 8. Urge the fellow to become a journalist (8) 9. Artist’s medium to reduce friction (4) 10. Frank has the ability and accomplished (6) 12. Where a ship would be all at sea, so to speak? (6) 14. From the shelves select a receptacle (6) 16. Sort of look a cricketer may give? (6) 18. Almost reject an incitement (4) 20. After strange event Ian becomes inhabitant of Italian city (8) 22. Submit an accusation but would rather not have it free (6,1,6)


8. Chat (8) 9. Unusual (4)

2. Works for (6) 3. Indigent (4) 4. Stealing (8)

10. Redemption (6)

5. Open (6)

12. Use (6)

6. Morose (4)

14. Infertile (6)

11. Bravely (8)

16. Bawled (6) 18. Unhearing (4)

13. Miss (8) 15. Deny (6) 17. Shed (4-2)

20. Insecure (8)

19. Cupid (4)

22. Strengthening (13)

21. Team (4)

Down 1. Union that will disfigure one in a fit of violent anger (8) 2. Not open to forfeit between 100 and 500 (6) 3. Where agriculture is carried on in distant Minehead (4) 4. Marvellous enough to knock one out? (8) 5. Even whales must learn it would seem (6) 6. Water from here can’t be bad (4) 11. Lied about actual conveyance (8) 13. Lacking loose coins, things will have to stay as they are (2,6) 15. To fret is a state of conflict (6) 17. Off course, like a shallow vessel (6) 19. Not all an actor can take? (4) 21. It’s delightful by the sea in France (4)


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Time to heal I AM not allowed to say that I can heal, but I know that I can: words that I could use - must use - are that I ‘help to make people better’. Well, that’s true, I do help, but I do heal; the wording becoming unimportant because the action in this case speaks much louder than words ever could. When working in London, I accepted referrals from my GP. Guess what? He sent me patients that he himself had no time for - those who needed to talk, and these were the most deserving ones, but he was a very busy man. I was busy too, working with Love and Light and with Spirit to back me all along the way. I always look to Spirit for my inspiration. They gave me this gift and I love to use it anyway that I can. For me it is rewarding when people have the faith to travel long distances to come for ‘hands on’ healing or psychic surgery. I know very well the difference that I can make, and that is because I am able to work with Spirit Doctors who are there for me with diagnosis, intervention and prognosis. I take their intuition and their skill and I try always to use their professionalism to get the good result that I am known to get. Healing can be effected by never seeing the patient. Daily I get requests to send power healing energies all across the World, and daily too this makes a difference in the continued care of those unknown who know that they can rely on me to do a good job wherever I am. And it does work, and it works well and I have many testimonials to the difference that I have made; with Spirit to guide, love to heal, and hope and faith to enable me to succeed. I am not a Doctor, and do not profess to be one. As a physical therapist I was required to know the anatomy and physiology that helps me find the right spot, and this helps a lot in the healing process. I was always fascinated by the

human body as a child; somehow I knew that it was something that I would need to know. Initially I had the constant attention of two Spirit Doctors, Karl and Kurt Hans. Karl still does work with me, but his brother went on to do other things some ten years ago, and I miss him. My healing power though has increased under the guidance of Karl, and I just know that in a flash he brings diagnosis which often conflicts with that of the living medical profession. Time after time he has been so very correct, and I have to remember that he provides not only the really correct diagnosis, but tunes into me to heal, and to bring adequate and supportive after care and immunity from further pain. The removal of pain is always my priority and my first step. Many clients have said that the conditions that they have previously suffered do exist after healing, but that it no longer hurts, and I just know that this means that the treatment has touched the spot, and that closely to follow is the possible elimination of the condition as well. I love to heal. I have a thriving Healing List which I work with daily, and I do accept individual healing on every level. Distance and religious beliefs are not a problem as far as I am concerned. Each and every day at 22.00 CET I send out the message of healing to the World. I bless especially those who are in my thoughts, or on the pages of my Healing List. I do my best, and send out to all who are reading this article today, energy to help and heal, with love and care; and the very strongest desire to make a difference in the lives of those who really need to feel the power that such a boost of healing energy, sent with love and devotion to you all, can really send!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

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I have a reoccurring dream that causes me a lot of stress. I have had it for some ten years, and have to report that I have dreamed many versions of it, and it leaves me fearful and drained. I get a warning it is coming, and my dream seems to slot into other dreams somehow. I dream that I am driving a car and it gets faster and faster until I crash into a wall, then I can see what is behind the wall, and it is an episode from my life. What can I do? Peter McK Peter, I know what a trauma dreams can bring. The longer that you search for an answer the more you fear, and the dream keeps repeating anyway. I have helped many to come to terms with repeat dreams. This dream is linked to someone who has a very predictable and precise job, usually with a routine. The wall represents finality, maybe even death, and what lies beyond is belief, trust and consideration. It is reflecting a good, honest life and highlighting past scenes that have played their part. Try next time not to get into the car. Say you will walk instead. Once you influence your own dreams they usually have a habit of changing format, and this perpetual repeat will thus no longer exist!

New online forum! Please feel free to ask questions of Kenny and read questions and comments of others.

Kenny’s Diary Readings at Bistro Maya, Albir on Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th April. Call: 966 868 213 for information and bookings. I am currently looking for new locations to run mini readings throughout the Costa Blanca. Whether this means commercial premises, a group, a club, or an ‘at home’ party, I am available to come to you. Please call or email for any further information.

contact kenny Appointments: 96 587 8424 Mobile: 686 361 594 Web: Please contact me for inclusion in my healing list!

horoscopes by Kenny Corris Things are complicate enough as it is without the added provocations of someone who just wants to stick their oar in. Sadly, some people do not have your positive and intuitive lifestyle, or your abject composure. Blame all this on a shift as Mercury in the second house of Taurus is aided by Mars moving into Leo. Stick with your story and you will find that the support that you need right now is right out there and you will win and get your way. The Goddess of Love and Passion, Venus, interacts with Neptune and Gemini, in turn - then renegades down on Gemini and Uranus to score on Chiron in Pisces. If this sounds a little complicated then so is your life right now, and it is high time to establish control and take the reins. There is far too much on the agenda, and simplicity is the new way forward as you begin to realize that you didn’t sign up for any of this, and you can call the shots and put others well and truly in their place. Your hard working leader, Mercury is in cahoots with the currently dogmatic energies of Taurus. Beware that there is something much more than first meets the eye, and use your intelligence and Libran balance to smooth over that which you well know that you must. We do not all think alike, but we do all have a duty to do our best, and so strike while the iron is hot and establish your rights to be able to use any negativities in a positive and inspiring way. This week is all about you; as struggles fade away you can actually focus on yourself and move on without any interruptions and eliminate the need to be defensive and controlling. This is a great time to enjoy a little rest and relaxation, and to start something of your own design and concept. Following on, there is a lot on the agenda, but a strong need to prioritise that found within your comfort zone and moving on. With Mars still craving for attention in the seventh house there follows a need to make up your own mind once and for all. Much water has passed under the bridge and there is a real need to open your creative energies right now while the impetus is there and the mechanics are geared up to assist you. Taking control assumes you now have the responsibility you merit and helps you into seeing things from all angles so as to see a wider view of what’s really on offer. Saturn rests resolutely by your side and opposes Uranus in Pisces later this week. These actions bring about some subtle but necessary changes and help you to make the most of a situation that develops with stealth and foresight. There is a real need to embrace all aspects of your endeavours, allowing for those who may wish to misconstrue your good intentions; preferably by nipping things nicely in the bud, and the sooner the better. Venus rules your need to balance with love that which is needed to restore equilibrium through the peace of a new understanding. There is a real need to closely examine just what is wanted right now, and that means going against the grain to allow you to focus. Time will tell, but in the meantime your response and your calling allow you the flexibility that tells you just what to say and do that will make a difference to all that you are about to take on. Mars and Pluto have their say this week, but you can decide not to take a blind bit of notice as your two Planetary leaders work towards a new intensity of mutual respect and support for the positive energies of the future. Sadly there is much currently that could very well work against you rather than for you, and taking care of loopholes is the way forward to resolve and compromise for those concerned. Try to see things from another angle before you have your say. As your planetary leader moves onward towards Pisces, we are all subject to the energies of the Planet of Fortune, Jupiter. Bringing light at the very end of a dark tunnel, Jupiter brings changes from the outside in and stimulates the great astrological power of destiny and inner wisdom. This therefore brings closure to a situation and renews confidence to take the necessary steps into achievement that prepare to steer the ship onwards to the safety of calm waters. Your noble Saturn offers an alternative this week and just takes the pressure off so that you can take some time to restore a little calm into your fraught life. This chance brings you freedom to plan an escape, and to work with your leisure time to inaugurate a suitable project that’s worthwhile, inspiring and practical. You never know what you can really do until you try and you are to be very pleased with your findings and positive results. Chances are that you knew all along that things weren’t quite right. You gave your support, and you have now had to take sides as the going has toughened and secrets are shared. Your faith and your friendship have really meant a lot, and where loyalties lie you have been a very true friend until now. Walking away, because that is what you have to do, means walking on to pastures new, but you do so with joy in your heart and your head held high. Uranus brings an Aquarian energy into play, and you may have deep feelings that change is on the way, as you accept the spiritual energy within you. Making a difference means just that, but it is not achieved solely by word alone, and others are awaiting you reactions before they make their mind up. You have the courage of your conviction on your side and a strong need to see that justice is done, whilst trying the impossible to make sure all involved are happy!

If it’s your birthday this week... You will surprise even yourself this year if you continue to look for a way in to improve your balance and to make contact with your innermost self to maintain your energies!

8-14 JANUARY 23 APRIL - 29 APRIL2010 2010

Art in the community by

Julia Evans

BA (hons). Artist & owner of ArtHouse Gallery

WHETHER WE imagine obscure sculptures presented in immense London galleries or the paintings hanging on our own walls, we generally think of art as an item of presentation for the sole purpose of looking good. But many of us forget the good that art can do for the community. If nothing else than to make the surroundings we live in a more beautiful place. It’s an obvious fact that we are happier living in an environment that is visually pleasurable. This area of Spain seems to put a lot of money and effort into community art. You only have to take a look at some of the roundabouts to see this! Public art is not an uncommon thing. For decades artists have used their creative efforts on projects that help and uplift the community. However, government and council funding can often be rare and

hard to come by; so very often artists will take it into their own hands to brighten up the place for others. And you don’t have to be a professional artist to get involved. Public art is a fantastic way for a community to work together and a great excuse for everybody to get artistic. A good example of this is a recent local project, where a group of artists from the area, both amateur and professional, painted a mural for a special needs school in Denia. The project was organised by local artist Hilary Renson and the Art Centre Association Javea, who alongside the PTA donated all the materials used. With preparations starting in January this year, the artists gave up their time to attend a series of workshops held at the Art Centre Association Javea, discussing and preparing the logistics, funding and designing

the project. And I have to say the results were spectacular, with the final piece being a large scale mural inspired by Henri Rousseau, depicting a jungle full of animals; a subject that will no doubt bring endless pleasure to the students. After the mural was finished, time was taken to clean and regenerate the playground of the Raquel Paya School who take special needs and disabled children aged from two to twenty. In total, 19 artists helped prepare and paint the mural with a lot of the initial design work being completed by local artist Mike Cooper. The artists involved had a variety of skills, from professional and experienced amateurs to recent students, but because the design had been carefully planned and drawn, with a colour palette fixed upon and


Hilary working hard

both monitored throughout, they were able achieve a very high standard of finish. The Art Centre Association Javea is a well known non profit organisation that has been established for years, where artists of all levels of ability can

attend a wide variety of art and craft classes. If you are interested in attending the classes or would like more information, please contact Lorely on 966 472 049 or email

Julia Evans BA (hons), ArtHouse Gallery, Calle San Miguel no. 14, Gata de Gorgos, 03740 Alicante. Tel: 0034 965 756 286 or 0034 687 114 853. Email: Web: If you are an artist and have an exhibition coming up or simply just want me to view you work then email

A dog show with a difference ON SUNDAY 9th May, animal charity APAH will launch its 2010 fundraising year with ‘A Dog Show with a Difference’. The event, held at the stunning location of Casa La Pedrera on the CV95, will include the traditional show ring and will have classes such as ‘The Waggiest Tail’; ‘The Most Appealing Eyes’ and ‘The Best Six Legs in the Ring’ for dogs and owners to enter. Registration of dogs starts at 10:00 and costs just €10 for both the dog show and the ‘Scavanger Trail’ or €5 if you and your dog just want to have a go at the trail. There is no restriction on how many classes a dog can enter, but all dogs must have current vaccination certificates and must be kept on a lead. For further information on the event, or to find the location of Casa La Pedrera, contact Jenni on 660 816 620 or Yvonne on 630 422 563, or visit APAH’s web site or Jenni’s web site

MABS Mazarron Race for Life CANCER SUPPORT Charity MABS Mazarron needs volunteer drivers to take patients to and from hospital appointmentsand shop assistants to help in their shop located in Totana. On Monday 12th April, members of The Country Club with their president David Wardell and his wife Shirley presented a grateful MABS, Mazarrón

with the gift of €500 raised via social events. Each year the 4km and 9km ‘Race for Life’ supports MABS, Mazarrón and this year it will be on Sunday 24th October at 10.00 on Camposol B (not Port of Mazarrón as previously mentioned). Children under 16 can take part in the 4km section with their own sponsors. Contact our General En-

quiry Line on 620 582 418 or check our website for further information. If you or someone you know needs confidential help or support call our Helpline number: 620 422 410. For General Enquiries: 620 582 418 – 11.00 to 16.00, Mon to Fri Email: Web site: Or:

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Hospital Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News at One 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Grandpa in My Pocket 16:15 Gigglebiz 16:30 Leon 16:35 Jakers: 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:05 Tracy Beaker Returns 17:35 M.I. High 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News at Six 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Five Daughters 23:00 BBC News at Ten

08:00 Skunk Fu 08:15 Eliot Kid 08:25 Newsround 08:30 Raven: 09:00 Zoo Factor 09:20 Shaun the Sheep 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Chuggington 09:50 Louie 10:00 Charlie and Lola 10:15 Postman Pat: SDS 10:30 LazyTown 10:55 Garth and Bev 11:10 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Nature’s Calendar 12:30 The Daily Politics 13:30 Working Lunch 14:00 Gymnastics 2010 15:15 The Daily Politics Election Debate 16:00 World Championship Snooker 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 World Championship Snooker 21:00 Hidden Houses of Wales 21:30 The Hairy Bakers 22:00 Mary Queen of Charity Shops: Revisited 23:00 Have I Got News for You 23:30 Newsnight

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 GMTV 09:35 GMTV with Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 12:25 ITV News 12:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Daily Cooks Challenge 17:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 18:00 Divided 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast by the Liberal Democrats 19:30 ITV News & Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Joanna Lumley’s Nile 23:00 ITV News at Ten & Weather 23:30 Party Election Broadcast by the British National Party 23:35 Shakespeare in Love

07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Frasier 09:50 Will and Grace 10:20 Coach Trip 11:20 Deal or No Deal 12:05 Wife Swap USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 The TV Book Club 13:35 Will and Grace 14:00 A Brief History of Fun 14:20 Cloak and Dagger 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Iron Chef UK 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 Young, Autistic and Stagestruck 22:00 Blitz Street 23:00 The World’s Richest Teenager and Me 24:05 Party Election Broadcast 24:10 Russell Brand: Skinned

09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:25 Thomas & Friends 09:35 Ben and Holly’s Kingdom 09:45 Ebb and Flo 09:50 Castle Farm 09:55 The WotWots 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 13:40 Five News 13:45 Brighton Beach Patrol 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 The Family Recipe 15:55 The Long Shot 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live From Studio Five 20:25 Party Election Broadcast 20:30 How Do They Do It? 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 FlashForward 23:00 Justin Lee Collins: Good Times 24:00 Red Water

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Hospital Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News at One 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Grandpa in My Pocket 16:15 Gigglebiz 16:30 Leon 16:35 Jakers 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:05 Natural Born Hunters 17:35 Andy’s World Cup Goal: Blue Peter Special 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News at Six 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Five Daughters 23:00 BBC News at Ten 23:30 Regional News 23:45 Party Election Broadcast 23:50 Election 2010: The Regional Debate

09:00 Zoo Factor 09:20 Shaun the Sheep 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Chuggington 09:50 Louie 10:00 Charlie and Lola 10:15 Postman Pat: SDS 10:30 LazyTown 10:55 Garth and Bev 11:10 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Nature’s Calendar 12:30 The Daily Politics 13:30 Working Lunch 14:00 World Championship Snooker 15:15 The Daily Politics Election Debate 16:00 World Championship Snooker 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 World Championship Snooker 21:00 Grow Your Own Drugs 21:30 The Delicious Miss Dahl 22:00 The Story of Science 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Party Election Broadcast 24:25 Mad Men

07:00 GMTV 09:35 GMTV with Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 12:25 ITV News 12:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News & Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Daily Cooks Challenge 17:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 18:00 Divided 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast by the Conservative Party 19:30 ITV News & Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Children’s Hospital 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity 22:00 The Bill 23:00 ITV News at Ten & Weather 23:30 Party Election Broadcast by the Green Party 23:35 Campaign 2010 with Jonathan Dimbleby 24:40 River Monsters

07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Frasier 09:50 Will and Grace 10:15 Supernanny US 11:10 Deal or No Deal 11:55 Iron Chef UK 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 The TV Book Club 13:35 Country House Rescue 14:40 Yangtse Incident 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Iron Chef UK 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 Heston’s Gothic Horror Feast 23:00 Shameless 24:10 Party Election Broadcast 24:15 The Good Wife

09:10 Peppa Pig 09:25 Thomas & Friends 09:35 Ben and Holly’s Kingdom 09:45 Ebb and Flo 09:50 Castle Farm 09:55 The WotWots 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 13:40 Five News 13:45 Brighton Beach Patrol 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visit 16:05 Heart of a Stranger 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live From Studio Five 20:25 Party Election Broadcast 20:30 Chinese Food in Minutes 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: Miami 24:00 CSI: NY

08:00 Brainiac: Science

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Hospital Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News at One 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Grandpa in My Pocket 16:15 Gigglebiz 16:30 Leon 16:35 Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Winks 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:05 Dani’s House 17:35 Hollywood, Here Comes Joel: Blue Peter Special 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News at Six 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 DIY SOS 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News at Ten 23:30 Regional News 23:45 Party Election Broadcast 23:50 The National Lottery Draws 24:00 Crimewatch Update

09:00 Zoo Factor 09:20 Shaun the Sheep 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Chuggington 09:50 Louie 10:00 Charlie and Lola 10:15 Postman Pat: SDS 10:30 LazyTown 10:55 Garth and Bev 11:10 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Nature’s Calendar 12:30 The Daily Politics 13:30 Working Lunch 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Car Booty 15:15 The Daily Politics Election Debate 16:00 World Championship Snooker 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 World Championship Snooker 21:00 The Edible Garden 21:30 Cracking Antiques 22:00 Monty Halls’ Great Hebridean Escape 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Party Election Broadcast 24:25 World Championship Snooker Highlights

07:00 GMTV 09:35 GMTV with Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 12:25 ITV News 12:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News & Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Daily Cooks Challenge 17:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 18:00 Divided 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast by the Labour Party 19:30 ITV News & Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Party Election Broadcast by the UK Independence Party 23:35 UEFA Champions League 24:40 Cops with Cameras

07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:50 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Frasier 09:50 Will and Grace 10:15 Supernanny US 11:10 Deal or No Deal 11:55 Iron Chef UK 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 The TV Book Club 13:35 Country House Rescue 14:35 Grudge Match 14:45 The Big Trees 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Iron Chef UK 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 Three in a Bed 22:00 Jamie Does... Stockholm 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 Party Election Broadcast 24:05 Shameless

09:10 Peppa Pig 09:25 Thomas & Friends 09:35 Ben and Holly’s Kingdom 09:45 Ebb and Flo 09:50 Castle Farm 09:55 The WotWots 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 CSI 13:40 Five News 13:45 Brighton Beach Patrol 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 The Family Recipe 15:55 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visit 16:05 Nightscream 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live From Studio Five 20:25 Party Election Broadcast 20:30 Heads or Tails 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 Lucie Blackman Murder: Crimes that Shook the World 22:00 NCIS 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 Numb3rs 24:50 Women’s World Open IV

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Cold Case 11:00 UK Border Force 12:00 The Lion Man 13:00 The Biggest Loser USA 14:00 Medical Emergency 14:30 Cold Case 15:30 Angela and Friends 16:30 Project Runway 17:30 Wedding SOS 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 20:00 The Simpsons 21:00 Pineapple Dance Studios 22:00 The Real A & E 23:00 A League of Their Own 23:30 Mission: Impossible II

tv Tuesday

tv Wednesday

08:45 Supersport 09:30 Superbike 10:15 Snooker World Championship 11:00 Live Snooker World Championship 14:00 Cycling 15:25 Planet Armstrong 15:30 Live Snooker World Championship 18:30 Eurogoals 19:15 Champions Club 20:15 FIFA World Cup Giants 20:45 All Sports 20:50 WATTS 21:00 Pro Wrestling 21:30 Pro Wrestling 22:25 All Sports 22:30 Champions Club 23:30 Snooker World Championship


08:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 09:00 Will and Grace 10:00 Four Weddings 10:30 Passport Patrol 11:00 America’s Next Top Model 12:00 Maury 12:55 Celebs 24/7 13:00 60 Minute Makeover 14:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 15:00 Four Weddings 15:30 Passport Patrol 16:00 Ghost Whisperer 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Ghost Whisperer 21:00 New Australia’s Next Top Model 22:00 Four Weddings 23:00 Cougar Town 23:30 Cougar Town 24:00 Criminal Minds

Watch Coronation Street for Free with Europa call 902 050 999

Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Cold Case 11:00 UK Border Force 12:00 The Lion Man 12:30 The Lion Man 13:00 The Biggest Loser USA 14:00 Medical Emergency 14:30 Cold Case 15:30 Angela and Friends 16:30 Project Runway 17:30 Wedding SOS 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Stargate Universe 22:00 UK Border Force 23:00 Fringe 24:00 Lost

08:30 Eurogoals 09:15 Champions Club 10:15 Snooker World Championship 11:00 Live Snooker World Championship 14:00 Live WTA Tennis 15:45 Live Snooker World Championship 18:30 Live WTA Tennis 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Live WTA Tennis 20:00 Live Snooker World Championship 23:00 Freeride Spirit 23:15 Motorsports Weekend 23:30 Boxing 24:30 Snooker World Championship

Five Daughters 22.00, BBC 1

08:35 Freeride Spirit 08:45 WATTS 09:00 Champions Club 09:15 WTA Tennis 11:00 Live Snooker World Championship 14:00 Live WTA Tennis 15:45 Live Snooker World Championship 18:30 Live WTA Tennis 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Live WTA Tennis 20:00 Live Snooker World Championship 23:00 Cycling 24:20 Planet Armstrong 24:30 Snooker World Championship

Lucie Blackman Murder: Crimes that Shook the World

21.00, Five

08:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 09:00 Will and Grace 10:00 Four Weddings 10:30 Passport Patrol 11:00 America’s Next Top Model 12:00 Maury 12:55 Celebs 24/7 13:00 60 Minute Makeover 14:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 15:00 Four Weddings 15:30 Passport Patrol 16:00 Ghost Whisperer 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Ghost Whisperer 21:00 Four Weddings 22:00 Cougar Town 23:00 Drop Dead Diva 24:00 Criminal Minds

08:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 09:00 Will and Grace 10:00 Four Weddings 10:30 Passport Patrol 11:00 America’s Next Top Model 12:00 Maury 12:55 Celebs 24/7 13:00 60 Minute Makeover 14:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 15:00 Four Weddings 15:30 Passport Patrol 16:00 Ghost Whisperer 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Ghost Whisperer 21:00 Superdaddy 22:00 Supernatural 23:00 Medium 24:00 Criminal Minds

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Hospital Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News at One 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Grandpa in My Pocket 16:15 Gigglebiz 16:30 Leon 16:35 Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Winks 16:55 Shaun the Sheep 17:05 Safari 8 17:35 Prank Patrol 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News at Six 19:30 Regional News and Weather 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 21:30 The Prime Ministerial Debate 23:00 BBC News at Ten 23:30 Regional News and Weather 23:45 Question Time 24:45 This Week

07:00 Fimbles 07:20 Me Too! 07:40 Clifford’s Puppy Days 08:00 Skunk Fu 08:15 Eliot Kid 08:25 Newsround 08:30 Raven: The Dragon’s Eye 09:00 Zoo Factor 09:20 Shaun the Sheep 09:30 Timmy Time 09:40 Chuggington 09:50 Louie 10:00 Charlie and Lola 10:15 Postman Pat: SDS 10:30 LazyTown 10:55 Garth and Bev 11:10 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Nature’s Calendar 12:30 The Daily Politics 13:30 Working Lunch 14:00 World Championship Snooker 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 World Championship Snooker 22:00 Welcome to Lagos 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 World Championship Snooker Highlights

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 GMTV 09:35 GMTV with Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 12:25 ITV News 12:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News & Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Daily Cooks Challenge 17:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 18:00 Divided 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News & Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys Jones 23:00 ITV News at Ten & Weather 23:35 Police, Camera, Action! 24:35 Party People: Election 2010

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:50 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Frasier 09:50 Will and Grace 10:15 Supernanny US 11:10 Deal or No Deal 11:55 Iron Chef UK 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 The TV Book Club 13:35 Will and Grace 14:05 3 Minute Wonder 14:10 The Bad and the Beautiful 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Iron Chef UK 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Party Election Broadcast 21:00 The Landscape Man 22:00 How the Other Half Live 23:00 You Have Been Watching 23:50 Napoleon Dynamite

08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Thomas & Friends 09:35 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 09:45 Milkshake Monkey 09:50 Castle Farm 09:55 The WotWots 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 13:40 Five News 13:45 Big, Bigger, Biggest 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visit 16:05 Danielle Steel’s Zoya 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live From Studio Five 20:25 Party Election Broadcast on Behalf of Plaid Cymru 20:30 Europa League Football 23:15 Outlaw

07:00 Good Morning Sports Fans 08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Cold Case 11:00 UK Border Force 12:00 The Lion Man 12:30 The Lion Man 13:00 The Biggest Loser USA 14:00 Medical Emergency 14:30 Cold Case 15:30 Angela and Friends 16:30 Project Runway 17:30 Wedding SOS 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Modern Family 21:30 Modern Family 22:00 A League of Their Own 22:30 Glenn Martin, DDS 23:00 Bones 24:00 NCIS: LA

Crossword Answers 548 Cryptic solutions Across: 1 Gala; 8 Left-winger; 9 Impolite; 10 Pawn; 12 Acting; 14 Sphere; 15 Fiends; 17 Astute; 18 Rear; 19 Overturn; 21 Bring round; 22 Eyes. Down: 2 Atomic pile; 3 Alto; 4 Offing; 5 Sweets; 6 Snapshot; 7 Grin; 11 Work to rule; 13 Ignorant; 16 Scours; 17 Avenue; 18 Ribs; 20 Tide. Quick solutions Across: 1 Ache; 8 Accelerate; 9 Et cetera; 10 Good; 12 Honest; 14 Extend; 15 Elapse; 17 Finish; 18 Aria; 19 Ecstatic; 21 Deliberate; 22 Note. Down: 2 Controller; 3 Ease; 4 Accent; 5 Please; 6 Frighten; 7 Vend; 11 Omniscient; 13 Emphatic; 16 Eyelet; 17 Fiscal; 18 Aide; 20 Amen.

08:30 Olympic Games 09:00 WTA Tennis 10:00 Snooker World Championship 12:00 WTA Tennis 14:00 Live WTA Tennis 15:45 Live Snooker World Championship 18:00 Live WTA Tennis 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Live WTA Tennis 20:00 Live Snooker World Championship 23:00 Pro Wrestling 24:00 Pro Wrestling 24:30 Snooker World Championship

07:30 Home Shopping 08:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 08:30 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 09:00 Will and Grace 10:00 Four Weddings 10:30 Passport Patrol 11:00 America’s Next Top Model 12:00 Maury 12:45 Celebs 24/7 13:00 60 Minute Makeover 14:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 15:00 Four Weddings 15:30 Passport Patrol 16:00 Ghost Whisperer 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Ghost Whisperer 21:00 Drop Dead Diva 22:00 Grey’s Anatomy 23:00 Criminal Minds 24:00 Criminal Minds

Suduko Answer

23 april - 29 april 2010

The Angel’s Game Book Review by

Danny Collins

HERE WE have a Spanish author that needs no introduction to those who were made captive of his superior prose in The Shadow of the Wind translated as this by the masterly – should that be ‘mistressly? – Lucia Graves. Previous readers of Ruiz Zafón will find themselves in familiar territory – once again in the Gothic streets of early 20th Century Barcelona and smelling the musty heaven of Sempere & Son’s bookshop, along with a visit to the Home of Forgotten Books - but the theme of the book under review is quite different... The chief protagonist, a writer, is approached by a mysterious figure and asked to write a book on a particular theme for a huge amount of money. As all writers would, our hero avidly agrees and finds himself drawn into a web of enigma and death where those who stand in his way, as in the case of two seedy publishers to whom he is bound by a previous contract, are mysteriously murdered and he is miraculously cured of a lethal brain tumour. Ruiz Zafón writes with such

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (hardback) Price: €24.70 ISBN: 978 0 297 8554 5

credibility that the reader is happily swept along in a state of suspended disbelief, in which all seems possible and nothing is incredible as the plot darkens and thickens like molasses. Such is the author’s technique with characters that on each one’s introduction the reader is immediately drawn to love, sympathy, or distaste and lives

the twists and turns of the plot alongside them. Ruiz Zafón is a master of his art and this book is an example of the best on offer from modern Spanish literature. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world and although my copy was for review I would gladly have paid the mortal price to have it on my bookshelf.

All the featured books are available off the shelf or by mail order from Librería Europa, Calle Oscar Esplá 2, 03710 Calpe. Tel: 96 583 58 24; e-mail: Take along or send this review for a discount of 5% on your purchases.


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John via email asks: Hi Aunty, I hope you can give some advice on a problem I have. Recently I bought a new tower & keyboard from Dell in Spain and requested English software and keyboard. The software is okay but the keyboard has several problems, e.g. there is a $ sign over the number 4 button but there isn’t a Pound sign anywhere, the € sign is noted on the number 5 button but you have to press Ctrl, Alt and the number 4 button to produce the € sign; the @ sign appears on the number 2 button but you have to actually press (in shift mode) the button next to the enter key to get it and this same button has the “ and ‘ signs on it but you have to actually press (in shift mode) the number 2 button to get it. I have spoken to the guy at Dell who sold it to us but, as with all big companies in Spain, although he could speak English during the sale, he suddenly


Michael via email asks: Hi Aunty, could you please advise the difference, if any, between your recommended SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and AVG programs? Do we need to have and run all three separately or does just one do the job of all? Your weekly article is great, keep it up. Aunty says: Hello Michael. The two anti spyware programs (Mbytes and SAS) do the same basic task of detecting and removing malicious spyware but they use different technologies in the way they search, so yes you should keep both. AVG is different again, in that is specifically aimed at Virus and Trojans, so all three together is my recommendation.

couldn’t when I asked him about the problem. I have sent several emails but these are not responded to. Do you know of any fix? Aunty says: It sounds like you have a US keyboard John. The two options you have is to get someone coming over to buy a common or garden UK keyboard for around £10 or type ‘usb uk keyboard’ into and buy one with free delivery (probably from Hong Kong)

USB stick Kath via email asks: Whenever I plug my USB stick into my laptop I get the dreaded blue screen appear and my computer reboots. It also happened when I borrowed a friends harddrive from work, how can I stop this happening? It is driving me crazy! Aunty says: Hi Kath. The first thing I would do is lock the offending USB stick in a drawer as you could do some irreparable damage to

your laptop and/or works PC. Do other USB sticks work okay on both machines? There is a slight chance that this could be a data corruption problem, a driver issue, or even a virus, but I suspect it is most likely a physical problem with the USB stick, causing an electrical short circuit. I had one once where a small piece of foil had got into the plug on the USB stick but if there’s nothing visible I would seriously consider replacing it with a new one.

Playing DVDs Bob via email asks: Dear Aunty, I am unable to play DVDs on my Acer Aspire 5535. I am using Vista Basic and have tried downloading VLC free which allows me to view a film, but when switched off it loses the download, saying unable to locate. I am also unable to download AVG9 with the same problem. Your help is much needed. Many thanks and keep up the good work. Aunty says: Not too sure about this one Bob, it almost sounds like your

computer is somehow reverting back to a previous state each time you restart. When you download VLC media player (or AVG9) from you should see a message informing you that the file has successfully downloaded and “do you want to install the program?” After the install is complete there should then be an icon on your desktop that will start the player when double clicked. If this doesn’t happen then I will need to know any error messages that appear.

Phone pictures Margaret via email asks: I wonder if you can help me. I have a Nokia phone with a camera and I want to download from this onto my Acer Extensa 5635Z laptop. I have been to my techi help guy and he told me to go to Movistar with which I have the mobile contract. They told me that they could not order this cable for me. Do you know of anywhere that I can get this cable? The port on the phone is quite small. I would hope that you could download with the right cable. I would be grateful if you could assist me and point me in the right direction. Aunty says: Margaret: you will need to type in the exact model of your phone followed by ‘USB data cable’ and you should find one for under €5 from Hong Kong, and with free delivery you can’t argue with that.

That’s all for this week, email me on and I will do my best to sort you out

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The original Iron Art Quality craftmanship and professional service IN THESE current economic times, there aren’t many businesses on the Costa Blanca that can boast 23 years of operating success. The Original Iron Art has now been trading on the Costa Blanca since 1987 and is continuing to provide high quality craftsmanship, reliability and a professional service to its many satisfied clients. This, however, has not happened by chance. Business owners Michael and Jackie Hamnett have strived over the years to provide this quality service which makes them the premier provider of iron work items on the coast.

The original Iron Art, based in Quesada, provides a bespoke manufacturing service for all iron security grills; doors; gates; fencing; balustrades; railings; staircases; gazebos and more. Any item you wish can be fabricated exactly to your very own personal requirements. All of the iron work is powder coated to make it more durable and to avoid chipping and peeling which happens when conventional painting techniques are used. All of the iron work products are also manufactured from solid iron bar, as “cheaper isn’t always better”.

All of the iron work is powder coated to make it more durable

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The Original Iron Art has now been trading on the Costa Blanca since 1987

Iron Art believes that clients must be aware that when choosing items which will be exposed to all of the Spanish weather elements, they should choose a quality crafted item that has not been manufactured en masse in factories across the globe that will not stand the test of time. Michael and Jackie are both adamant that “At the original Iron Art, the strength is in the name: we will not compensate quality materials in order to produce a second rate product that will not stand the test of time. Other competitors have tried on occasion to use our recognised reputation to their advantage but there is only one Iron Art Quesada, operating a quality manufacturing service for over 20 years.” It is this strong belief in quality and service that set the original Iron Art apart from its competitors. From the moment of enquiry, clients feel in safe hands as every individual is visited at home by an experienced surveyor who will explain all options and present

alternatives available to the client as a free, no obligation service. It is due to this outstanding customer service that many urbanisations look to Iron Art to undertake their community projects, including communal gazebos, gates and fencing. So if you are thinking of new iron work or upgrading existing iron work, then give Iron Art a call or pop along to their factory in Quesada to view their display area and see the masters at work creating individual items for their individual clients. The Iron Art factory and display area is open Monday to Friday, 08.00 to 18.00 and Saturdays 10.00 to 14.00. Or alternatively visit their stall at Zoco market on a Sunday for a chat and see some of their fantastic bespoke work. Iron Art covers the whole of the Costa Blanca, so wherever you live they can visit you and make a free, no obligation quote for your iron work desires. For more information, call their office on 965 725 740 or visit


23 APRIL - 29 APRIL 2010


UK car tax in Spain by

Brian Deller

Author of Motoring in Spain

DEAR MR Motoring in Spain, I have a big problem when I was stopped in my UK registered car and asked by the local police to show the tax receipt disc for it as the windscreen was empty; this because the car has been here for over a year and I have not paid it in the UK as I now live in Spain. I told the policeman this and he immediately organised the car to be taken away on a grua to the council compound where all the other confiscated vehicles are kept. Surely he cannot do this? What is the situation please? Roger, Torrevieja Dear Roger, I must admit I thought your letter was a late ‘April Fool’ stunt but a similar event took place recently near where we live on the Costa del Sol. Many expats in Spain bring over a personal vehicle and do not bother with EU and Spanish regulations (and they apply in the UK etc as well) where you have up to 60 days after arrival to place it on a Spanish registration, or 30 days if it is being used for business. As far as I am aware, you cannot operate a motor vehicle on public

roads anywhere in the World without legal documentation so why should it be different here? In most cases, if we are honest, the expats who are doing this are avoiding taxes in the UK and in Spain. So many other expats who are legal get understandably upset and some have emailed me in the last couple of years to start a campaign to expose them. I recommend in my book that unless the personal vehicle is of special value such as a classic, etc, sell it in the UK and buy locally, otherwise get your UK or foreign vehicle legal as soon as possible. Do not listen to bar-room lawyers who tell you it is not really necessary, as many more than you would think are actually caught. The fine is usually about €100 with 30 days given to get the vehicle re-registered with documentary proof. Increasingly, such vehicles are being impounded, with costs for the grua and a daily compound charge, where your vehicle is not particularly secure from ‘spares’ thieves. To get your untaxed car out quickly you will need to take a current new

tax receipt/disc to the police station to advise that you are re-registering it onto Spanish plates and need the vehicle at the ITV station as part of the procedure. They will probably check your insurance and let you take the car if the insurance etc is valid. The lack of a UK address might cause

problems paying the tax amount to get a new disc. At least here the car is not immediately crushed, as in the UK: YET... Advice on how to do the transfer here is explained in my book. Good luck and please let me know how you get on.

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HAVE YOU looked at your policy schedule? Do you actually have one? Is your policy in English? I am sorry to say that most people take insurance for granted or simply think that the insurance will cover everything. You will be amazed at the number of people who blindly contract an insurance policy without checking what they are covered for. Everyday I hear the same thing: “I thought that I had contents cover but my bank had only insured the building.” “I thought that third party cover meant third party, fire and theft.” “The gestoria / estate agent / bank / friend sorted out the insurance for me: I never knew what I was covered for or with which company I was insured through. When I had my jewellery stolen, I wasn’t covered as they said that I did not have insurance for this.” “My medical insurance did not pay for my medication – I thought that I was

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DEBTS COLLECTED Europe or Worldwide. Investigations and attorney service. 965-326-442/ 659-696-455 WELD IT RITE Mobile welding/ repair service, Metal carpentry/ Fabrication projects. Time served & quallified. tel: 966-490-338 Mobile 638-479-467 Email iwanegan@ (Moraira based) LOG CABIN FOR SALE 25sqm including all fixes &fittings. 3,500€. Tel: 675-878-601 QUALIFIED BRITISH TELEVISION SATELLITE SERVICE ENGINEER... Same day service, all work guaranteed. Call Steve 617-911-118. GUALIFIED TRADESMEN Air Conditioning. Satalitle TV installation, plumbing, electrical, boilers, fencing, painting, balustrades, tiling & general maintenance. Small jobs welcome. Torrevieja surrounding area. Tel: 965-328-361/ 680-934-549

FORD TRANSIT RHD English TAX & test, year 2000, boarded out SLD & window. Economical diesel. Good condition. 2,100€. ono. 605-453-920 HYUNDAI GETZ 1.2 2004, 75,000kms, CD, aircon, 5 door, white, 4,500€ ono. Call 661-938-806 RHD FORD TRANSIT 2001, 2.4d, Semi High Top, LWB, Tax & MOT. Clean, drives well. 2500€. Ph 628-667-582 SEAT IBIZA, RED 1.4 petrol, 4 door, 1998. All electric, ITV, 1195€ ono. Call 966-772-153 or 616-343-218 FORD FOCUS TDCI ESTATE 2003 Spanish car, 130,000Km, new clutch, drives superbly. 4,460€. Denia 686-624-102. OPEL CORSA 1.4 - YEAR 1995 Ideal as a first car for a new driver. A few “dings” in the bodywork but well maintained and cared for. 3 new tyres, MOT to Jan 2011, DVD player etc. 995€ ONO tlf 691-202-307. Altea area (close to Benidorm) 2001 AUDI A4 TDI Black/ Beige leather, Electric seats/ 18’’ Alloy Wheels, Electrical sunroof/ LHD Spanish plates. 10.900€ Negociable. Call 697-421-568 RENAULT MEGAN II COMFORT EXP 1.9DCI 2004, 5dr, L/H/D, 87,000klms, 2yrs ITV, SILVER. Climate Control. Trip comp, E/W, E/M, Remote C/L, Keyless start. CD Stereo player, 6 Air Bags, Censor

lights/mirror Alarm & Imob. Recent tyres, battery, front disks& pads. Very economical, VGC, genuine reason for sale, 5495 euros ono. Tel: 680159-391. (RTN apologize for a mis print on the price last week) WANTED I buy any car, van, Caravan, 4x4 Etc. British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873 FORD FOCUS diesel, silver 1.6, full service history from new. 42,000kms. 5,300€. Tel: 965-796-702 IVECO 7.5 TONNE BOX LORRY 2001. Tail lift, ideal for taking back to the UK. £1200 recently spent on MOT etc. 3200€. Call 616-343-218

IMPORTING YOUR CAR need headlights. Contact www. Tel: 966-875-497 or 618-592-396 WANTED UK registration right hand drive cars. Immediate cash settlement. Please phone Rod 687-434-950 or 966-462-089

HARLEY DAVIDSON Harley Davidson custom sportster XL883C 2004 hardly ever used. Spanish registered and pristine perfect condition, blue. Offers around 5,500€. Phone 670-477-010 or 965-319-232

AITANA STATIC MOBILE HOME 3 years old, camping Almafra, benidorm, 2 bedrooms, aircon, washer, television, large raised decking. Many extras!. 27,000€. Rita 625-733-611 MOBILE/ PARK HOMES from 18.000€. TV, A/C, Tel. Some with conservatories, permanent site, pool, Tennis, bar, supermarket, 5 mins walk San Javier. All amenities, 3km beach & hospital. 7 mins Murcia airport by car. Also bungalows to rent. Carol 968-192-425/ 626-055-622. EMAIL: haydn47@ Web: www.

WAYFARER YACHT by Westerley boats UK, L4.80mtr, 1.80mtr trailer, launching trailer, 4 sails, export, import papers, new paint all over and antifowling. Excellent condition. 1,800€. 610-971-590 SPORTS POWERBOAT 5M comes with 90 hp engine, trailer and all equipment, can be seen working. Excellent condition only 6,500€. Call 638-056-224

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23 APRIL - 29 APRIL 2010 FAMILYBIKEHIRE.COM Hire-SalesRepairs. The largest selection of bike hire equipment on the Costa Blanca, free delivery and collection. Tel: 966-774-598/ 655-338-066. See us at WWW.CostaBlancaBikeHire.COM (Spanish registered)

WANTED private individual find us reasonably prices property or serious cash buyers. Commission paid. 965-728-178 AVON NEED AGENTS AND LEADERS work hours to suit you. For info Phone Rosh 966-785-520 CHEF/COOK REQUIRED FOR POPULAR RESTAURANT IN EL RASO. Part time leading to full time for the right applicant. Experience essential. Previous applicants need not apply. Call 636-889-232 FEMALES AND COUPLES 18 to 65 required for adult internet photo and video modeling. Excellent rates. 697-697-842.

LINE DANCING every Friday, absolute beginers 11.00AM- 12noon. Improver intermediate 12Noon -1.30PM. Bar Patricia’s, Torreta’s Torrevieja. New classes commencing 30th March @ Vistabella Gold Club 10,00am-12.00. Call John or Amanda 606-783-989/ 688-611-789 BALLROOM/ LATIN/ SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. Los Arcos Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres, Torrevieja, SOCIAL DANCE: Saturday 7pm- 10pm: TUITION: Beginners Monday 10.30am. Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant La Zenia: Beginners Wednesday 7.30pm; Thursday 11.30am; Intermediates Friday 11am. Tel: Andrea 616-478-157 SINGLE IN SPAIN? DON’T BE! Spain’s No1 online dating site. Bringing Ex-Pats and other English speakers together DATEMED.ES Great new online dating site for English speaking people on the Costa Blanca. Free memberships - Join Now!

JADE my new 21 year-old blonde British girl friend is wearing me out, please help. Men, women and couples - she likes it all. I can join in or you can have her just to yourself in private. In addition we have a selection of our own home made DVDs for collection or by post. Call Steve 697-892-969 NEW ONLINE SEX SHOP Over 3000 items privacy assured. LETS HAVE FUN! 63yr old sub/ Dom, switch for men, woman, couples, love mature woman, same sex, couples & crossdressers. Call me (low rate) 655-058-554 TORREVIEJA CHINESE SUPER SEXY GIRL! Young and beautiful. Calle Orihuela Nº60, 2º1 NATACHA divorced very sexy erotic complete massage. Private apartment. Discreet and hygenic. 50€ half hour. Call La Loma 97, near Avda. Habaneras. Torrevieja centre. 677-676-554 DVDS! Gay, Sado, Bestial, you name it! 7 for 25?. Tel: 697-647-367 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. NEW PLACE! TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, economical prices from 40?.

NEW ADDRESS Zone Los Locos beach. 639-622-285 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118 GORGEOUS ENGLISH BLOND 45 years, gives discreet massage, 1 hour or over night stay, 15 mins Alicante airport. Tel: Karen 662-049-021 THE WEATHER MAY HAVE COOLED but Tanya is still hot! All inclusive 40?. Tel: 626-324-088 SEXY MALE MASSEUR offers relaxation and comfort for women. At my apartment or yours. Discreet. Call Sebastian 663-478-337 SEXY COUPLE OR SEPERATE offers fun for couples, women, men. Relaxed, discreet at our apartment or yours. Call Jasmine/ Sebastian 663-478-337 PETER good looking male offers ladies fun & pleasure, visiting only. Very discreet. Tel: 607-459-425 ATTRACTIVE MATURE ENGLISH LADY For escorting, dinner dates & more. My Villa is between Torrevieja & Alicante. Also available as an m/f couple. Call (0034) 648-676-277 JAVEA, MORAIRA East European lady, super erotic massage and more. 661-034-261 Hotel & Home visits

SOLO GUITARIST/ VOCALIST seeks work, blues & Country. In bars etc. No set price. Pay what you can afford. Tel: Charlie 691-622-804 bluesmancharlielindsay

PERSONAL TRAINER/ Ex-world kickboxing champion. All martial arts taught, weight loss, all ages, private gym. 965-326-442/ 659-696-455 PRESTIGE NURSING offers Legal, Registered and Professional Home Care on the Costa Blanca. All your home nursing care service needs can be undertaken by our highly trained nursing/ domiciliary team. Call Prestige Nursing on 687-015-517 PRESTIGE NURSING offers Legal, Registered and Professional Home Care on the Costa Blanca. All your home nursing care service needs can be undertaken by our highly trained nursing / domiciliary team. Call Prestige Nursing on 687-015-517 JODIE’S GELS Nail technician: Gel nail extensions, gel nail overlays, gel toenails. Finishes: French, colour, glitter. Repairs. Tel: 622-244-613. WEIGHT WATCHERS Call our free English Call Centre now to find your nearest Meeting. 900-818-794 CREATIVE NAILS Creative acrilic nails. You come to me (Alfaz Del Pi) or I’ll come to you (Altea Villajoyosa). Fully qualified, 15 years experience. Tel: 669-126-281.

PAWS PET TRANSPORT door to door service, all pets are fully insured, vehicle has a/con. your pet will be exercised every 2/3 hours, and be rest assures your pets will be treated as if they belonged to us, we may have the cheapest rates in

FOR SALE 4 seats from Alicante to Bristol 29th April oneway Ryanair offers Tel 96 679 0986

Spain so why not give us a ring for a chat on 966-074-576/ 650-341-087 or email pawspettransport@hotmail. com Web: FREE TO GOOD HOME 2 Yorkie puppies Re-homing, AKC REG, contact me via email for more details on: PETZBACK HOME LTD Professional door to door pet transportation. UK/Spain/UK. Travel in our petmobile with your pets for free (subject to availability). Or treat yourself in one of our air conditioned luxury vehicles with our fully chaperoned Limo Service. A regular, reliable and safe service. Defra pet passport advice given. Credit or Debit cards accepted. Telephone UK office 0044-1209-843-971 NEED YOUR DOG TAKING CARE OF? No Kennels, Just a friendly home. Larfe fenced garden (Altea) Tel: 699-790-080 HOME FROM HOME caring dog boarding with experienced owner in my rural home near La Marina. No kennels. Inspection welcome. Tel 616-459-599 SMALL DOGS CARED FOR IN OUR OWN HOME so if you need to go away on holiday but don’t want your dog to go into kennels then we will look after them. References available on request. Call Diane and Trish: 965843781 or 622514980 (Altea Area)

WANTED!! LARGE BIRD CAGE or Aviary for lovebirds. 638-253-684 WE BUY YOUR STOCK FOR CASH We purchase closing down stock, over runs, buy bankrupt stock, salvage and clearance stock. Contact us NOW for quick cash on 675-218-436 or 966-196-777. or email your inventory or queries to Or if you’re looking for stock to buy, visit our website at HOUSE/ PET SITTER AVAILABLE July & August, UK - Spain. Call Gail 669-126-281.

DRIVING TO THE UK? English owned B&B in France close to the Spanish border. Peaceful location, ideal for your stopovers. Please ring for details: 0033-562-33-19-62 or visit website: www.millefleursbb.

AT MICHAEL’S Customer-tocustomer Service: you can sell your furniture on our website for only 3:- euros per item! For more info look at: www.michaels-javea.comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Two matching swivel chairs with foot stools, as new. Two soft yellow leather sofas. 3 dark brown mock leather recliners. See photos (updates every 5-6 days): AT MICHAEL’S Industrial Miele tumble dryer. Two industrial large fridges with locks. Large American fridge. Portable Jacuzzi (NEW in box). Video players. Look at: AT MICHAEL’S Bunk beds, English divans (New and pre owned). Beds with motors. Guest beds. Large King size pine bed and more. See over 600 photos on: www.michaels-javea. comTel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S you also get NEW high quality Spanish beds. All sizes available as we deal directly with the manufacturers! Famous brands like United Colors of Benetton, etc PINE FURNITURE SALE PINE FURNITURE SALE King size bed + under-bed drawers 285€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Double bed + under-bed drawers 270€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Double wardrobe 180€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE CD stand 80€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Hall mirror 85€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Gate leg table 60€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Bookcase 57€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Wine table 30€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Side table 30€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE Dressing table mirror 30€. Tel: 628-499-448. PINE FURNITURE SALE 2 drawer bedside 23€. Tel: 628-499-448. RECORDS AND CDS WANTED Pop, Rock, Jazz, Etc. Specially collections and lots. Top cash paid. 630-665-363 LOOSE COVERS Curtains etc. Made to measure. Choose from a wide range of beautiful materials in your own home. Javea based. Tel: 965-771-397/ 686-453-827 LA MARINA FURNITURE All Furniture Bought & Sold At Unbeatable Prices. Now Also In Shop, New Linen, Lingerie, Jewellery & JML Products. Also Cars Bought For Cash. Come and visit La Marina Furniture shop on the main street through La Marina. Call Allan on 966-443-370 or 625-985-491 FLYING FLOWERS beautiful bouquets to any UK address. Order by credit or debit card. Call Kelly’s 965-761-595/ 966-425-713 POOL TABLES, SNOOKER TABLES Table Tennis Tables Tel; 666-933-726


2nd Hand Furniture bought for cash 966 723 437 or 965 720 817

Fully Qualified Nail Technican, working with Acrylic and Gel nails, required for well established Hair and Beauty Salon in Moraira. Must be competent in all aspects of the business. Telephone Angie at: Shop 96 574 5357 or Mobile 659 921 877.


Karen is organizing a fashion show for the LIONS Charity and is still looking for models who are interested to show on the catwalk. Unfortunately this is not paid, as it’s for a charity. But certainly good exposure and experience for yourself. Pictures will also be taken for free which you can use in your portfolio. This will happen JUNE 12TH.

Call Karen for all details 669 030 892 Costa Blanca Models


ALADDIN’S Disappointed with offers elsewhere on Jewellery etc? Telephone 966-457-291 WANTED INSTANT CASH PAID Antique and modern jewelley, bought sold & part exchanged, insurance valuations. Jewellery & watch repairs. Alexanders, Javea Port seafront near Bar Esquina. Established since 2003 Tel: 965-792-595.

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DISH WASHER model Fagor, colour silver. Excellent condition. 80.00€. 610--971-590 FOR SALE- OFFICE FURNITURE DESKS, CHAIRS & PHONES. Brand new and in perfect condition. Call 636-889-232 WHEELCHAIR Light, foldable, hardly used, LIKE NEW. 175.00€. Tel: 627-019-403. LA MARINA FURNITURE All Furniture Bought & Sold At Unbeatable Prices. Now Also In Shop, New Linen, Lingerie, Jewellery & JML Products. Also Cars Bought For Cash. Come and visit La Marina Furniture shop on the main street through La Marina. Call Allan on 966-443-370 or 625-985-491 FOR SALE Beautiful old convertible snooker/dining table with original ivory balls. Slate base. Gd con. 2.00m x 1.10m. 750?ono. Call Andy 630949883. ALADDIN’S For quality furniture and second hand household goods at prices that won’t dent your wallet telephone 966-457-291


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Classifieds Agents

Now it’s even easier to place a classified advert with the RTN by using our official agents listed below! Cars, Houses, Boats, Computers find them all in the classifieds section. Or maybe you have unwanted items to sell or something to offer? Our classified agents will be happy to help you whatever your needs.


ROUND TOWN TRAVEL 1, Avenida Dr Severo Ochoa, 1, Urb. El Admiral, Local 1, Rincon Benidorm, 03503, Alicante. Lisa 966 811 123 BENIDORM ROUND TOWN TRAVEL 2, Calle Gerona, 39, Benidorm, 03503, Alicante. (Next to Hotel Ambassador) Kerry/Gemma 966 813 261 BENIDORM ROUND TOWN TRIPS, Calle Narcisco Yepes, 4, Local 8, Albir, 03581, Alicante. (Opp. Golf Course, next to Kwik Save) Lee/Jackie 966 867 294 • ALBIR PROMINENT, Teulada Industrial Est. Calle Llanterner, 2 alto, 03725, Teulada, Alicante. Marja 965 793 229 • MILLIE MUNRO INSURANCE, Avenida Lepanto, 6, 03726, Benitachell, Alicante. Millie 966 493 082 • MICHAEL’S FURNITURE SHOP, Avenida Lepanto, 9, Javea Port. Cristina 965 791 328 • EASYBUY, Avenida del Portet 24, Moraira. 03724 Alicante 965 745 969



BARGAIN BOOKS, Plaza Juan Carlos 1, Nº 2, San Miguel de Salinas, 03193, Alicante. (Opp. Tourist Info) Gaynor/Lee 688 667 389 • SAN MIGUEL JOHNSONS EL LIMONAR,JCP Commercial Center, Local 31, Los Altos Del Limonar, Torrevieja, 966 785 600 TORREVIEJA JOHNSONS QUESADA, Ava. Las Naciononies 1a -17, Quesada, 966 717 848 QUESADA JOHNSONS ALGORFA, Local 30, Commercial Center La Finca Golf, Algorfa, 966 729 647

ALGORFA THE POST ROOM, Centro Comercial 5, Via Park III, Calle Panticosa Nº 2, Los Altos, 03189, Orihuela Costa, Alicante. Aoife/Chris 965 319 665 • ORIHUELA PENNYS SUPERMARKET, Flamenca Beach Comercial Centre, Unit 123, Playa Flamenca, 03189, Orihuela Costa, Alicante. Peter/Sarah 966 733 257 • ORIHUELA PRINT SOLUTIONS, Avenida Londres 136, La Marina Urb, San Fulgencio, 03177, Alicante. Jim/Trish 966 790 520 • SAN FULGENCIO INTERPOST, Avenida de la Alegria Nº 32, La Marina, 03194, Alicante. Malika/Malcolm 965 419 673 •


VILLAMARTIN SATELLITE CENTRE, Avenida Las Brisas 33, Villamartin, 03189, Alicante. (Near Supervalu, Los Dolses) . Sarah/Heather 966 764 878 • VILLAMARTIN BEST WISHES, Local 30, Comercial Centre Hispania, Avda de la Union 72, San Javier, 30730, Murcia. Kathy 968 192 235 • MURCIA ONONIX MAR SL, Calle Mayor 30, bajo derecha, Guardamar, 03140, Alicante. Ron/Alicia 965 728 178 GUARDAMAR

For sale by Private Seller

Royal Albert Bone China, design Belinda (white back ground, gold edging on rims and pretty country-flower border). This would make and ideal wedding/anniversary present. Tea Set, comprising: Teapot, Milk Jug, Sugar Basin, 6 teacups and saucers, 6 cake/bread and butter plates, Large B & B/Sandwich plate, 3 tier cake stand Tea Set Value (+/-) 325euros....sell for 275euros Coffee Set, Comprising: Tall Coffee pot, 6 coffee cups and saucers, Creme Jug, Sugar dish. Coffee Set value (+/-) 180euros.... sell for 150euros Dinner service, comprising. 6 large dinner plates, 6 salad plates, large oval meat platter, round chop plate, gravy/sauce boat & plate, vegitable tureen with lid. Dinner service value (+/-) 400euros....sell for 350euros. All in excellent condition. Will sell as three seperate lots but would prefer to see all go to the same home. Also, 6 x large, Bohemian crystal sundae dishes, matching design but different colours. Value (+/-) 56euros...sell for 35euros. 4 x Fine Glass, Irish Coffee Mugs sell for 25euros.

Tlf: 96-584-4801/691-202-307.

ANIMAL AID TEL: 965725794 WWW.ANIMALAIDCOSTABLANCA.ORG SNOWY is simply stunning! He’s a Samoyed, with a beautiful, fluffy, white coat. His owner sadly died recently, but he was re-homed, however now these people have to return to the UK, leaving poor Snowy. Snowy has a lovely nature & is very well-behaved. Please call Linda tel: 965725794

OZ KENNELS 968 431 265 OR 968 431 590 Hoppy is a 3 year old (approx) Tibetan spaniel He was found outside our kennels with a broken back leg but has now had his operation had has made a full recovery,he is a loving and funny little boy but is jealous of other dogs as he wants all the love,would make a good companion for an older couple

APAH CONTACT YVONNE ON 630 422 563 APAH is hoping to find a loving home for a family of three cats, who were signed over to us when their owner returned to the UK. Chikita and Timilia are two tri-colour sisters, and Pepito is their black and white brother. Born on the 28th April 2007, they will be three years old next month, and have lived their whole life as a family.


A.P.A.S.A. 618 754 635 WWW.APASA-JAVEA.ORG


ALDEA FELINA-DENIA LYNDA - 648 100 629 Misty is a gorgeous bundle of black fur needing a home now. If you would like to adopt Misty, or any of our other cats/kittens please call. See our website



K9 Club 676 447 682

EASY HORSE CARE RESCUE 96 596 7033 or 652 021 980

JOE THE CATMAN 96 671 9272

WWW.GIVEADOGAHOME.ES 619 938 955 Toy Terriers. Little beauties, 2 female, 3 male. Born at the kennels and ready for new homes. Fully weened. Ideal for small dog lovers !! for more info on any of our dogs call 619938955. or visit our website


APAH has several puppies of ages between 6 weeks and 8 weeks old who are now ready to be adopted into loving homes. They will grow up to be varying sizes between small dogs to medium/large dogs. Some were lucky enough to have their mother look after them, others were unlucky and have had to be bottle fed by volunteers.

Monte is a 4 year old Boxer X Staff. He is neutered, vaccinated and has his pet passport. He is a very loving dog and doesn’t bark, loves people and other dogs and has not got a nasty bone in his body, if anything he is a big chicken. He loves to be of his lead catching and retrieving a stick. PAWS LINDA ON 646 645 035

Jo is a beautiful boy of around 6 months. His owners have to move back to the UK and can´t take him with them so he needs someone to love and look after him. He is a sweetheart and will make a loving companion. If you are interested in Jo, or any of the cats or kittens that we have, please contact Linda on 646 645 035

DESIREA, female, Shelter since 14.10.2007 Spaniel Cross, DOB approx. Oct. 2006 – 45 cm She’s rather like a jack-in-thebox and is continually ready for affection and a game. Desirea would like to have a sportive family who would have a lot of action with her. She walks well on the lead and she is very fond of water Paddington Bear was born mid January and from an early age has been handled and fed by people. She’s therefore a well socialised and affectionate pup. Her vet stated that she will be a small GSD looking dog. Paddington has all her puppy vaccinations. A riding stable favourite, Luna was so popular she was overworked. When not used, she was tied, unable move. Finally, riddled with arthritis, she couldn’t work. Without the centre she’d have been destroyed without ever living freely and enjoying life. Open days Wednesday & Sunday 1-4pm.

Urgent! Baños de Fortuna. Female dog, German Shephard type, 9 years old, ca. 25kgs, 21 inches high at the shoulders, sterilized and with all her vaccinations, shy and loving. Male dog, large mix-breed, 4 years old, ca. 25 - 30 kgs, 28 inches high at the shoulders, sterilized and with all his vaccinations, friendly and loving. Owners must return to England for assisted living and cannot take the dogs with them. Call Ayisha or Michael at 968 685 837

THE R GANG are a litter of 6 puppies who came to the kennels last month. They are cute little dogs who love playing with their siblings and their toys, running around one minute and sleeping the next. They have started their course of vaccinations and will soon be ready for a new home.

Dixie has been in our pen for over two months, she is very friendly and loves to sit on your lap. She gets along well with the other cats in the pen and will make a very loving addition to any family. Please call Joe (The Cat Man) on 966719272 Luna is a 20 month old miniature Poodle and was left with a neighbour when he moved away. She has a microchip and full record of vaccinations. She has a lovely appealing nature and loves to sit on your lap. or more information please call 676 447 682


23 APRIL - 29 APRIL 2010

The final whistle Remember the Bridge With Andy Kay

Chelsea were denied 2 stonewall penalties

I WAS surprised at the reaction of some Barcelona players after their 3 – 1 defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League this week. ‘Not fair’ they cried. ‘The referee made too many mistakes’. And, to be fair, he probably did. But I don’t remember too many of the same players saying much on that very subject a year ago in London. On that occasion, the Spanish side went through to the final of Europe’s premier club competition on the away goals rule at the expense of Chelsea who were denied 2 stonewall penalties plus a couple of other decent shouts for a spot kick. Unlike Chelsea, Barcelona can do something about it in the second leg. As for moaning about the ref’s performance at the San Siro, perhaps they ought to remember that what goes round comes round. That’ll be of no comfort to the Blues but it made me smile... HONEST BRIAN DAVIS Golfer Brian Davis won’t win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in December but should the corporation present a Sporting Gesture of the Year award, he’ll be a nailed on certainty. In line for a potential $1 million pay day at the Heritage Classic, the Englishman called a two-stroke penalty on himself during a play-off against Jim Furyk. Davis had inadvertently brushed a reed on his backswing when attempting to play out of a hazard. The referee didn’t notice and nor did the TV cameras. But Davis did and immediately informed tournament officials of his unintentional indiscretion. “It was just one of those things,” Davis said. “I had to call it and I did. That is what makes our sport so special.” All shirt-pulling, diving, play-acting and referee baiting footballers please take note. HOW MUCH!? I’m all for an equal days pay for an equal days work but the news that both the men’s and women’s champion at Wimbledon this year will both walk away with a top prize of £1 million has upset me. Equal prize money at the All England Club has been the norm for some years now, although not before in seven figures. But get this: if Serena Williams repeats her success of last year in exactly the same way, she’ll play 16 sets. If Roger Federer does the same, he’ll play 24. Hardly equal eh? Moreover, if both players are taken to a deciding set in each round, Williams would play 21 sets and Federer 35. Now tell me, is that fair? In 2008, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams each took home £750,000 for winning their respective singles titles: Nadal played 24 sets and Williams 14 - the same money for doing 40% less work. New balls please! ADRIAN AND ME I like Adrian Chiles. On the very first morning of BBC Radio 5 Live back in 1994, Jane Garvey and Peter Allen presented the breakfast show, Adrian did the business news and I was responsible for the sports bulletins along with Marcus Buckland. 16 years on, Chiles has a £1 million a year contract with ITV and I’m writing columns for the RTN. I have to ask this question: when, I wonder, did it all go wrong for poor Adrian?

Good deeds undone FC TORREVIEJA 0 VILLARREAL 1

FC TORREVIEJA’S recent good deeds were undone in a disappointing match which offered little cheer and failed to nail down the relegation trapdoor, which has creaked slightly open again. After a fine home win over J Barrio Cristo, and a midweek goalless draw at Ribarroja, the omens seemed good for some entertaining fare against a Villarreal side that have a reputation for wanting to play attractive football. Sadly, attractive was hardly a description that could be used for this game which produced an insipid first half. Staring into the skies for minute traces of volcanic dust would have been a more profitable enterprise, rather than having glances fixed on the 22 players. Anybody wanting to count the number of misplaced passes would have had a field day, with Torrevieja not being able to take a measured approach and failing to realise that taking some time could yield them better dividends. There were half chances from a Jorge header straight into the hands of the Villarreal keeper, Marino, and Maikel hit a shot high, wide, and not so handsome just before the break. At the other end, Aurelio just had

one piece of major activity as he used his legs to keep out a strike from the visitors in the eleventh minute. Torrevieja started the second half in a much better frame of mind, with Corcoles heading wide after fifty four minutes. Matias, who came on to replace Ramiro on the hour, quickly got into his stride two minutes later, when he laid on a fine pass for Torres, who headed wide. Shortly afterwards, an excellent long ball from Bailen set up Aitor in the penalty area, but he failed to make the most of it. Torrevieja seemed to be the more likely side to score, but they lacked the edge of their last two home matches and a mistake by Jorge almost gifted Villarreal the lead on the sixty seventh minute, as Nico shot over the bar. Though Villarreal had to defend for most of the time, they took full advantage of a corner eight minutes later. A cross came in from Cesar, which was picked up by the unmarked Joselu in the penalty box, who slotted the ball to the right of Aurelio. But it took just four minutes for Torrevieja to be given a golden chance of getting back into the match. A long throw by Carrasco into the Villarreal penalty area saw a defender handle the ball and the referee had

no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Aitor stepped up to take the kick, but the keeper Marino blocked it with his legs, and the defenders just managed to clear it away for a corner. And that was pretty much it, with just over ten minutes remaining. Torrevieja didn’t really look like scoring and the visitors were more than happy to defend. There was no late excitement with an injury time goal as had been the case in the last two home games and Villarreal’s delight in grabbing the win in their quest for promotion was there for all to see at the final time whistle. For Torrevieja, it was nowhere near as awful as some of their home performances over the winter. Some decent chances were created in the second half, but it was very frustrating and disappointing for their home supporters who had recently seen their side raise the bar in terms of quality. Director of Football, Tommy Taylor described the first half as “dreadful”, and “the recent high standards had not been maintained.” There are now three matches remaining this season for Torrevieja and they travel to Jove next Sunday; a team who are just a couple of places above them in the table.

Podium place for Alex Campano magic floors Los Albinegros Gimnastic Tarragona 3 FC Cartagena 2 By Steve Hibberd TWO ABSOLUTELY brilliant long range free kicks by Campano, midway through the second half put a sizable dent in the promotion aspirations of FC Cartagena. Had it not been for a world class performance by man of the match keeper Ruben, Cartagena would have suffered a proper mauling. Surprisingly, it was the visitors who took the lead on 64 minutes, Lafuente converting a Victor cross at the far post. The lead lasted for only 2 minutes, before Campano took centre stage, scoring twice in 4 minutes. When Navarro added a 3rd for the home side on 84 minutes, there looked to be no coming back for Cartagena, but with only 4 minutes of normal time remaining, Exposito slammed home a cracking free kick, to set up a nail biting finish. In between, Cartagena had 2 cast iron penalty appeals, for fouls

on Victor and Toche, turned down. Having also won at Cartagonova Stadium back in November, the men from Catalonia completed a thoroughly deserved double over a shell-shocked Cartagena side. This defeat leaves Los Albinegros in 3rd place in div 2a on 54 points; 5 points behind leaders Real Sociadad and a point behind 2nd place Levante. FC CARTAGENA LINE UP: Ruben; Exposito; Txiki; Signorino; Mariano; Falcon (Vigil); De Lucas (Tato); Lafuente (Balboa); Victor; Toche. Next up for Cartagena is a mouth watering encounter against table topping Real Sociadad. This match takes place at Cartagonova Stadium on Sunday 25th Apr, with a 12.00 (midday) kick off. For up to date info on FC Cartagena, visit or


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LAST WEEKEND, Alex Tullett competed in the first kart meeting of the Wild Wolf Copa Valles 2010 at Benicassim Kart Track. This was the first competitive outing for Alex and his new RabbitFX sponsored kart, so it was disappointing to have to practice in damp, changeable conditions on the Saturday, as it was very difficult to gauge how well each driver was doing, but Alex was consistently in the top three drivers. In the qualifying session, Alex managed to find some space in a very busy session, to register the fourth fastest time. The first race is a reverse grid race and therefore Alex was starting close to the back of the field, but managed to fight his way up to fifth place in a very exciting race. For the second race, the aver-

age results of qualifying and race one set the grid and Alex started on the second row in third place. At the first set of corners there was plenty of bumping as drivers fought for position. Unfortunately, Alex became involved in a small incident and dropped to sixth place, but from there he drove very bravely in a keenly contested race and by the end, managed a well earned third place. This result also meant that Alex took third place overall for the meeting. The championship now moves to Alex’s home track at Finestrat, near Benidorm, on the weekend of the 8th-9th May, and he hopes to be able to continue his good start to the season.

Noel’s world of golf by

Noel Eastwell Professional coach and RTN golf expert 639 730 891

Confusion reigns HAVE YOU ever had a lesson with a golf coach and then gone to the range to practice what you had learned? Very many of you will have done this. Have you then had an expert mid to high handicapper come along and impart some of his vast wisdom on you and confuse you completely? Once again very many will have suffered this fate. Just why so many golfers consider themselves to be quality coaches without proper training astounds me. There is no doubt that many amateur golfers will have a good understanding of the golf swing gained from many lessons. Unfortunately, many will have read articles in magazines and books that they have completely misunderstood. These well meaning people will have now wasted all the money and time you have spent having lessons from a qualified coach, thanks to their often unsolicited advice. There are so many well meaning golfers on all of our driving ranges and golf courses ready and willing to pass their advice and experience to new and inexperienced golfers that I see them nearly every day, confusing someone and destroying any confidence that they had. The best thing that any learner golfer can do is have a series of lessons from a person qualified to coach and ignore the well meaning amateur. The same can be said for any golfer who has played the game for a while. Go to a recognised coach and commit to what they are doing with you. You will be amazed how well you can develop when you listen to only one expert. I demand from my students that they commit fully to what I am coaching them - if they do not I will not coach them. There is no room to confuse people who want to improve their golf. The game is hard enough to play without the confusion of having many people telling you different things. Let me tell you about something I witnessed last week while I was have a rest between coaching two of my clients. A man and his wife came along and took up two spaces on the range. The man was the expert, with a swing of perhaps a 36 handicapper. The lady had a better swing but she was the learner. The man proceeded to show his pupil how to swing the golf club and asked her to repeat the moves he was making. She was clearly not capable of swinging as bad as him but his enthusiasm knew no bounds and he continued to confuse her for another forty five minutes before they ran out of golf balls. They then went for a coffee and returned with renewed vigour. I was able to watch again as my class had finished. The teaching got gradually worse until the poor lady had had enough. She went home totally and utterly confused by the look of her. She may not know it yet but that lady probably had the best lesson she will ever have: don’t let unqualified people teach you one of the most complex moves in any sport. Golf swings are things that need to be learned in detail; near enough will not do for the long term. There is no doubt that there are many good intentioned golfers willing to help people into the game, however,

the best advice these good natured people can give anyone is to go and see someone qualified to help. The above example is an extreme example of a good intention being one of the worst things that man could have done for his student in sporting terms. That poor lady will never enjoy golf until she has some instruction that she can understand. Every day I see similar but thankfully less extreme versions of this story and it never fails to amuse me. I am well aware that not all can afford to have golf classes but if you are to play this game at a level that you can enjoy it then a starter pack or improver pack of lessons is a worthwhile investment. Many clubs will have group lessons where the cost is about ten euros per head for a series of six to eight lessons. Starting this way is as good as many and certainly better than trying to teach yourself and therefore ingraining bad habits from the very start of your golfing experience. Bad habits once ingrained will return to haunt you throughout your golfing life unless you get rid of them from the very start. The game was never meant to be easy but with proper training it can be easier and therefore much more fun. Start as you mean to go on and your golfing career will be much more fun. THE PROFESSIONAL TOURS The European Tour resumed with a trip to China for The Volvo China Open. Many of the big names chose not to take the thirty hour journey after last weeks US Masters and the field was relatively weak as a result. The Welsh players dominated the leaderboard for much of the time and at one stage it looked like a Welsh PGA Championship. US PGA Champion Y E Yang was the man who produced the best scores over the four days and his 15 under par score was enough to beat Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd by 2 shots. The PGA Tour moved on to Hilton Head in South Carolina. The course for The Verizon Heritage Classic is the shortest on tour and yet proved one of the most difficult for a good quality field. It was the English who looked the most likely to win as the event went into the weekend. Brain Davis and Luke Donald were the players who looked down on the others. Unfortunately, Donald fell away as Davis battled away against Jim Furyk. The regulation 72 holes were not enough to separate the pair and it was Furyk who came out on top after the first extra hole. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over €180 will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@ The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 23rd April 2010: Who is this year’s US Ryder Cup Captain? A. Cory Pavin B. Ray Floyd C. Jack Nicklaus All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 30th April 2010 to be entered into April’s draw, which will be made on 1st May. The winner will be announced in RTN on May 7th 2010.

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23 april - 29 april 2010


Costa Blanca round-up

Maggots end by

David Hoare

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RODS AND REELS RTN challenge cup FIRSTLY, MANY thanks to RTN for sponsoring this series that grows from year to year. This week’s match was the last in the ‘Clash of the Titans’ between the teams for the RTN Challenge Cup. The venue, as before, was the Rio Segura at the Eden Canal stretch. We had 3 dry nets but still managed on the day to have equal points with our opponents. Due to our 2 point deficit, we lost by the narrowest of margins. Jim Rouse, in my team, fished a blinder in managing not only to win his section but the overall match. This he achieved in the last hour, and by catching his best fish on the whistle. 1st Jim (The Chairman) Rouse, fishing the pole using maggot, with 6.500 kilos 2nd Paul (Poco Loco) Baxter, fishing the pole using corn, with 5.340 kilos 3rd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell, fishing the pole using bread, with 4.580 kilos Pete Hampshire now has full permission to have his replacement hip joint, as the series is finished, and he will have a year to recover for the next series. The picture shows the majority of the two teams relaxing in the sunshine, as always, at a bar enjoying the day. Anglers Together IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The Friday Campoverde meetings will now be held at Mary’s Bar/

Restaurant. Taking the CV 925 from Pillar de la Horadada, turn right at the 1st roundabout into Pinar de Campoverde, then first left and following the slip road (past Fibber Mcgee’s and Lounge Bar 6) until you get to the next parade of shops. Mary’s Bar is the 3rd / 4th unit up. The next meeting will be held on Friday, 7th May at 12.00. The Puerto de Mazarron meetings remain at Los Galayos Bar/Restaraunt on the paseo, adjacent to the beach. The next meeting will be held on Saturday 8th May at 12.00. Subs will be due at these meetings for the forth coming year. Work is still continuing on the Rio Segura at Murcia but it is still fishable and fishing well. Embalse de Pedrera: the water level seems to have steadied - in saying that, water is still being poured in, but with an equal amount being taken out. Sweetwater: the final dredging has taken place and the works personnel have cleared the surrounding road of all the silt deposited there. However, there are still workmen there. The banks are now angled and swims need cutting in! Anglers Together continues to grow as a club with many friendships formed over the past 3 years. Many members fish together regularly and say they are pleased that they have taken up a sport that they once followed in their youth. We have the occasional organized outings but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the fishing venues. The joining fee is €10 for new members and €5 for renewing members. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, either come along to one of the meetings or contact Dave (Alan is away on his annual trek to Oz). or telephone Dave Hoare on 968 199 279. Tight Lines, Dave Hoare

Javea take chances Javea Bulls 35 pts Castellon 7 pts

JAVEA BULLS played the second leg of this quarter final play-off match against Castellon, facing an 8pt deficit from the first leg. The first leg was a very close encounter with the home side taking its chances better than Javea Bulls. For today’s match, a quirk of fate robbed the Bulls of 3strike runners who were stranded at airports in the UK because of the volcanic eruptions over Iceland. With key injuries to 2 other players, the side was depleted even further. Today’s match was whether the Bulls could play the whole match without any injuries as on paper there was only two players with enough experience at this level on the replacements bench. It was so important that the Bulls put the first score on the board. The match started very evenly intimating again that the outcome of this match would be decided on which team took their chances. The Bulls, however, were rucking, as coach Price had wished previously the Bulls dominated the opposition scrummage and was making life quite awkward in the lineouts. This was a total transformation from the previous match. There were several close encounters from Javea before a slick passage of

play on 20 minutes from the forwards allowed quick ball to the backs who made no mistake for the winger to score the first try of the game for Javea. The Bulls, inspired by the success they were having, dominated the play and were further rewarded after 25 minutes when for the first time in this 2 legged contest the Bulls took the lead with a converted try. A further penalty on 40 minutes took the Bulls into a 15 to 0 half time lead, equating overall to a slender 6pts lead. The half time team talk saw Vice President Fitzpatrick, who is also the backs coach, emphasise that the next 10 minutes of this match was so important that it would probably decide the final outcome. The team took the field once more and maintained their concentration and took the game to Castellon who seemed to have no answer to the power of the pack, coupled with the slick handling of the backs and it took just 5 minutes for Javea Bulls to increase their lead overall to 11pts, with a well executed try by the backs. The Bulls were now rampant and further tries on 52 and 69 minutes saw the game firmly in Javea Bulls’ favour. A further penalty took the game to 35 pts to nil before an away side consolation try on 80 minutes saw

Castellon go home with some respectability. Today’s performance was about proving to ourselves that Javea Bulls has not only the ability to reach the semi final but also to go one step further and challenge for a promotion place to the higher league, which in the first year of their existence is very high praise indeed. The two legged semi finals will have the first leg played on Saturday and will pair Javea Bulls v Cau from Valencia and Elche v Denia. How to get our key players from the UK back to Javea will be as tough a job as facing the North Division Champions in the first leg of this crucial tie without them. The first major event for the youth side of the club is the ‘Come and Try It’ days to be held on 5 consecutive Sundays, beginning on 23rd May, commencing with the player registration at 10.00 in the large car park end of the Arenal Beach, Javea. These non contact sessions for children between the ages of 6 to 16 years will give the children the opportunity to sample the delights of being coached to play rugby in a safe enviroment. To enlist on the ‘Come and Try It’ days or for further information, please contact stacy. spencerbarclay@ or

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