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Issue 575

Making a difference

Consul Paul Rodwell visited MABS Cancer Support

Group, Moraira, and thanked volunteers for the support they gave people across South East Spain.


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Ruined in homes scam

Key evidence before judge Homeowners in Lliber Valley were able to tell their story to an investigating judge this week. • p5

Did probing Piers go too far? Weekly TV critic Alex Trelinski reviews the Cherly Cole interview with Piers Morgan and what’s new on the box. • p38

by Jack Troughton

Laptop glare Aunty Virus answers a question about using your laptop in the sun and how to stop the onscreen reflection. • p52

Green Fees Noel Eastwell explains

how some golf clubs have lowered their prices but still have work to do get players back on the golfing green • p63

Wash and go

Childrens fun at Javeas race for life

KIDS NEEDED no encouragement from parents to jump in the foam pit and enjoy an early bath at Javea’s Race for Life. More than 250 people of all ages – aided and abetted by pets – braved the 4.4km course on Sunday to help support those ill with cancer and their families and friends. Read the full story on page 7.

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LEFT PENNILESS by a Costa Blanca scam, a retired couple lost everything to the smooth patter of cunning saleswoman. Pensioners Janette and Ken Fillingham say they were cheated out of 81,000€ in a property deal that they believed would secure a dream Finnish wooden home on a La Xara development for the over fifties. Instead of a comfortable retirement on the Lentssons Resort, they are forced to rent accommodation in the UK – returning to England last year after becoming disillusioned with corruption in Spain and the machinations of resort owner Jane Lentz. Janette told RTN they were left virtually penniless. “I cannot tell you how much hate this bloody woman and what she did not only to us but to everyone else she conned and ruined their lives. I hope she rots in hell.” The couple moved to the Costa Blanca in 2005 after buying an apartment near Javea’s Arenal Beach but were unhappy with

the noise and the condition of the development. Taken to the Lentssons resort in 2007, they paid a 3,000€ deposit for a site on the planned second phase of the development. Janette said Irish-born Lentz then said a couple had pulled out of a first phase deal and as the wood was ordered they could pay the balance and move in. However, the house was never built. “That couple never got their money back either.” She said while at the site she met Frank and Mavis Goodhall – fellow victim featured in RTN in August – and Frank helped design a perfect floor plan for the home. “Jane told us that if we wanted we wanted it we had to pay all the rest of the money straight away as the wood for the house had already been ordered,” said Janette. “We took out a mortgage on the apartment we owned in Javea so we could give Jane the money and then put the apartment up for sale.” Continued on page 3


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Fears for economy in crisis By Jack Troughton POLITICIANS IN the Marina Alta have criticised town hall plans for the local economy as being “unsustainable.” Nueva Javea called a press conference after a court ruled the local authority must pay 2 million euros in compensation after it pulled the plug on plans to develop land overlooking the town. The opposition party told journalists that while it supported protecting land from development, the council was “simply wasting money” by making decisions based on bad advice on how to act. Nueva Javea councillors said two recent court decisions had now cost Javea’s public coffers around 5 million euros. And party spokesman Paco Catala predicted the recent approval of a consultative paper for the town’s future growth “will have serious consequences for the economy as a whole.”

Nueva Javea councillors (from left) Paco Catala, Ana Vasbinder and Juan Planelles

He said plans were “economically unsustainable” and said the plans threatened to scare off future investment while convoluted legal battles were proving “tremendously expensive”. The councillor also said declassifying the Saladar area of Javea for building – Nueva Javea has proposed the building of an up market marina on the marshland – could cost millions in lost income. And Nueva Javea President Ana Vasbinder

said compensation orders imposed by the courts were “setbacks” for the community – costing as much as a new school or a long-awaited public swimming pool. The councillor said she wanted a financial plan that would allow revenue and expenditure to be balanced “today, tomorrow and for the next five years.” Instead, she said, the town hall had borrowed and would be 30 million euros in the red by the end of 2010.

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Continued from front page THEY WERE told the house would be ready in august 2007. It never materialised – instead they were fobbed off with excuses. “This went on for months and I feel so stupid now – we should have smelled a rat,” said Janette. “You ask yourselves why you did not get it checked out. “We were told it was an entirely new concept and we didn’t need a solicitor and Jane said the resort was all legal.” Janette said the scam deliberately targeted people aged over 50 “who did not have a lot of money in the first place”. She said they sold the Javea apartment in February 2008, paid off the mortgage – “realised we had said goodbye to 81,000€ - and for a time rented a villa in Jalon. TRUST “We came back because we just got fed up, everyone seemed to be out to rob you – I could not trust anyone and didn’t want to live like that,” said Janette. “Before this we had enjoyed everything about retiring to Spain – La Xara seemed to be everything we wanted and we were looking forward to living there.” She said Lentz was “all talk and very believable” and had managed to snare a number of people before the whole family vanished. A silver surfer, Janette said she had traced the Lentz family to Finland and a Lapland holiday rental business within the Arctic Circle called Lentssons resort Suomunhelmi.

Heaven and hell RTN’s Jack Troughton compares notes with ITV researcher Alex



DREAM MOVES to the sun can occasionally prove to be a nightmare and a television crew was on the Costa Blanca last week to record the experiences of unfortunate expats. The team from ITV’s Homes From Hell contacted RTN to help with some local expertise and an overview of the stories that have made the news in Spain’s favourite free newspaper. Planned to be broadcast in the spring of 2011, the programme will highlight the potential pitfalls of buying property in Spain – and advise viewers how best to avoid them.

Jane Lentz

She has a copy of a Finnish newspaper article singing the praises of the wooden lodges and its cafe and restaurant – Lentz explaining they had fallen in love with the area and wanted to escape the “hustle and bustle” of Spain. Janette added: “It makes me sick they are singing the praises of the Lentz family and how wonderful they are in looking after their customers – I am so angry at how they have treated us.” She suspects the Finland business may have been in difficulty or sold because the resort website has recently been closed down. At La Xara the wooden houses are locked away in ongoing court disputes.


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Drug plantation raided The illicit plantation

by Jack Troughton FIVE BRITISH nationals have been arrested for drug offences following a raid on an isolated home and marijuana plantation in the mountains of Alicante. Guardia Civil officers seized 46 kilos of marijuana buds – all neatly packaged in bags of 260g and ready for sale – and more than 100kg of plants. Close to the house – used as a processing plant by the gang – in an isolated location near Castel de Castells officers discovered a field of 300 marijuana plants, some three metres in height. A surveillance operation was mounted earlier this month after a tip off the drug was being grown in a very isolated area of the mountainside. Police swooped on Tuesday after officers spent four hours watching the gang at work. And a spokesman for the Guardia Civil

said: “This was an organised group dedicated to the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana. “The house was totally isolated and without other homes in the area, it prevented the illegal activity being discovered earlier. “The plantation was hidden on the hillside next to the house and was very difficult to access – the only way of reaching it was along a wild boar trail.” He said the five British citizens – variously aged between 20 and 37-years-old – were caught “red-handed” as they prepared the drug for sale. And RTN was told one room of the house was used for drying the marijuana and was equipped with powerful electrical lighting to speed up the processing of the drug. All five members of the gang were taken into custody and have been charged with crimes against public health.

20 percent live in poverty in Spain

NEW DATA shows that 20 percent of the Spanish population is living in poverty and there are almost 300,000 homes with no income. The Spanish charity Cáritas say that the number of people they have assisted has doubled this year, compared to two years ago, reaching 800,000. Cáritas give help to people who need food and shelter, or who are struggling to pay utility bills, mortgages and rent. Last year the charity gave €31 million to assist people – 25 percent more than the previous year. On the other hand, the number of donations to the charity and the number of volunteers has also increased.

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Invader munches on

Key evidence before judge

Adrian Hobbs (centre) with lawyers Monica Mas and Bernardo del Rosal Blasco

by Jack Troughton

COSTA BLANCA householders are warned to be on the alert for the spread of the red palm weevil which attacks and destroys palm trees. The invading ‘picudo rojo’ has laid eggs over the summer period but these are now turning to larvae and eating their way through the heart of the trees, particularly the Canarian Palm. In the Marina Alta area, Denia has already been badly affected by the insect but neighbouring Javea Town Hall is now increasingly concerned about the extent of the plague throughout the municipality - and the region. Fallen palms hit by the recent storms and gales have revealed they have been attacked by the weevil – prompting a fresh appeal from the local authority for help from the community. Doris Courcelles, councillor for the environment, told RTN: “We really do need citizen collaboration to save palm trees and avoid the worst of this invasion.” She said the areas of Covatelles, El Colomer and Soberana had been infected “but there is serious worry for all palm trees.” And she appealed for help from home owners and neighbours. “A lot of owners only use their properties for a few months a year and the houses are empty most of the time. SYMPTOM “If people notice symptoms like stringy and rotten palms

An infected palm

By Jack Troughton on the floor, or the central part of the tree turning yellow, fad- HOMEOWNERS DUPED into buying illegal homes in the ing, twisting or dropping, they must beware. “The problem is that the beginning of the attack is internal Marina Alta were this week and when it is detected, the damage can be serious. Fumiga- able to tell their story to an tion and drastic cutting back are necessary.” investigating judge. She said the local authority had believed Javea “was safe” More than 300 properties but now acknowledged the full extent of the invasion. in the picturesque Lliber “Javea has got hundreds of private houses over 68 square Valley were sold though an kilometres and it is difficult to supervise all of them – that is alleged criminal conspiracy why we need help because many of these trees are on private including a former land,” said Councillor Courcelles. major, town hall officials, “It is getting to the time of year when the insect is on the promoters and builders. move again.” And during a probe by She appealed for people suspecting an infection to tell their the Guardia Civil, more gardener, contact a palm specialist or call the town hall’s environmental department on 96 579 0500 x1308 or visit the of- than 150 householders gave statements to fices at Avenida Amancer, 2.

Gasmen’s cold calls and hot air

INSPECTORS ARE again knocking at the doors of Marina Alta homes demanding huge sums of money to service gas installations and issue a licence. Although legal, these fast-talking strangers work on commission and carry company identification but are not employed by energy giants Repsol and Cepsa. Angry RTN reader Carole ‘Caz’ Brad-


shaw warned the smartly dressed callers had recently been operating in the Moraira area. She said she looked after a number of villas in the area and seen men in shirts and ties or official looking boiler suits at front doors. “These men come in and always find something wrong, whether it be the pipes to the gas bottles or something else,” said

Caz. She said if people were concerned about their gas appliances, they should ring Repsol or Cepsa and book an inspection. “These companies do not come around unless you make an appointment.” And she said victims had been known to be presented with a bill for up to 400€. “It is the amount they charge and con people out of that make this wrong,” she said – advising people worried by strangers at the door to call the police.

detectives about the purchase of land and the building of their villas. Victims sold unlicensed villas have formed an action group, Abusos Urbanisticos Lliber No, to fight for their homes to be legalised or to be properly compensated. This Monday, AULN President Adrian Hobbs arrived at Denia Court with the group’s legal team to explain the plight of victims. The case continues.


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Praise for Local Police by Louise Clarke HOW OFTEN do we hear stories about heavy handed tactics by Local Police and Guardia Civil officers? RTN is always getting e-mails from readers complaining about the lack of care and concern shown to them by officers from the Spanish police authorities, so it was pleased to receive an e-mail from a reader who was so happy with the treatment she received from the San Fulgencio Local Police that she wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Audrey Radmore from La Marina was excited about going back to the UK for her granddaughter’s wedding and was due to go and get her nails done in preparation for the special occasion. She made her way to the nail salon on the urbanisation, saw a parking space just outside the shop and pulled into the space. She didn’t hear or feel anything, but then all of a sudden, a British man approached her car and started screaming at her that she had hit his car with hers as she manoeuvred into the space. Audrey said: “He started punching the car door and was calling me all the names under the sun, it was so frightening.” AGGRESSIVE Fortunately, a Spanish couple witnessed the whole incident and rushed to her aid. “They told the man that he was breaking the law by attacking the car and that he should stop immediately. The aggressive man just responded by saying; ‘you can tell that you are Spanish because you are ignorant’, I couldn’t believe it,” exclaimed Audrey.

With that, the Spanish man, called the San Fulgencio Local Police and within minutes they were at the scene. Audrey added: “He suddenly stopped shouting when the police arrived and asked me not to get them involved but by this time I was in shock, hyperventilating and very frightened.” Audrey has recently undergone open heart surgery and thanks to the fact that a paramedic was in the police car with the officers, she did not need to attend hospital. SUPPORTIVE She told RTN: “The paramedic was great and helped me to calm down. As it was a hot day, the police officers put me in their car and put the air conditioning on. The officers were fantastic with me and were helpful, friendly and supportive. When I denounced the man at the Guardia Civil in Guardamar, thee officers there were equally friendly and helpful.” She added: “You hear so many horrible things about the police here in Spain but every officer that I met was excellent in every way and I want everyone to know about it. I cannot stress enough just how wonderfully helpful they were and I want RTN to tell everyone my story.” After all that, there was hardly any damage to the man’s car, but Audrey’s has several bumps in hers thanks to his kicks and punches! She commented: “The insurance company said that there wasn’t enough damage for him to make a claim, which is quite ironic and considering the fuss he made, anyone would think that I’d written his car off!”

Officers from the Local Police in La Marina were excellent in every way

Woman stabs husband

A DOMESTIC fight between a married couple ended with the wife allegedly stabbing her husband. The local police in San Fulgencio were called to the incident in La Marina on Tuesday evening after a 112 call from a neighbour and the man was found with stab wounds to the chest. He was taken by ambulance to Torrevieja Hospital in a serious condition and his wife was taken by

Guardia Civil officers to their station in Guardamar for questioning. According to sources, the incident happened shortly after 21:00 on Tuesday evening in a house on the La Marina urbanisation and following the rapid intervention of the Local Police, Guardia Civil and emergency services, the man was able to be treated quickly; which the sources say probably saved his life.

It appears that the woman stabbed her husband in the chest with a kitchen knife during the argument and when approached by officers, is alleged to have admitted that she just couldn’t take his abuse any longer. She offered no resistance to her arrest and her husband remains in a stable condition at Torrevieja following surgery to repair a stab wound to his lung.

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Race a runaway success by Jack Troughton

Winners Oliver and Bobby with trophies

Charity all a flutter

A CHARITY Night at the Races with an Ascot feel on November 11th will raise much needed funds for the Gandia Refuge Transformer Appeal. The Gandia Area Social Club in association with Javea’s Original Charity Shop and Library are staging the fun event at Viva Espana, Oliva – there is no danger of guests losing their shirt but a prize for the winning race card. The best dressed lady and gent – kitted out for Ascot - will also win prizes, and there is also tombola and much more. Tickets cost 13€, including a three course dinner and wine, and the night starts at 7pm with all proceeds going to the appeal. The transformer is needed before homeless men cared for by Franciscan Brothers can move into a new building at the refuge – so far 15,000€ has been raised and organisers realise there is going to be a “long battle.” However, despite electricity company Iberdrola wanting 90,000€ to install the machinery – the original cost was put at 80,000€ - RTN was told: “We will not give up trying to raise money for these unfortunate people.” For tickets call Cris on 96 280 7041; Alan on 96 280 7015; or Georgie on 96 280 7610. Tables and menu choice can be made by emailing or

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DIGGING deep for cancer charities, Javea’s fifth annual Race for Life raised thousands of euros in a day packed with fun. More than 250 people of all ages – aided and abetted by pets – braved the 4.4km course on Sunday to help support those ill with cancer and their families and friends. And once again the event basked in sunshine and uncorked a unique party spirit to make the run a celebration enjoyed by families, with live music, food and drink, stalls and games. The course may have been shortened because of road works along the coastal road between Arenal and Javea Port but 14-yearold Oliver Colcutt showed everyone a clean set of heels – finishing in just under 11 minutes and 24 seconds and proudly lifting the winner’s cup.

Bobby Ogden was the first woman to cross the line and land the second piece of silverware. The 65-year-old said of her performance: “It is a triumph for pensioners!” Teresa Kirkby, one of the organisers, sad she was delighted so many people had come to enjoy a very special event on the Javea calendar. “Thanks to everyone who has taken part or has helped arrange Race for Life and the authorities who help make it all possible,” she said. “We are now a fully registered charity and have a lot of things programmed, so I ask you to continue to support us in everything we do.” And once all the money is collected, the cash will be shared between the Spanish cancer charity AECC, the children’s cancer charity ASPANION, MABS Cancer Support Group, and Expatriate Ostomates of Spain.


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Making a difference by Jack Troughton MEMBERS OF the popular charity MABS Cancer Support Group were congratulated this week for standing up and getting things done. Consul Paul Rodwell visited the charity’s centre in Sol Park, Moraira, and thanked volunteers for the support they gave people across South East Spain. He said MABS was a “key partner” of the British Consulate in Alicante and paid tribute to the work of President Jacqui Phillips MBE, her husband Bernard, and all the charity volunteers and members. The consul joked he had made an effort to dress in pink – and sported a pink shirt and tie – and paid tribute to the growing support network MABS provided. “I think cancer affects everyone,” he said. “I lost my father through cancer – it is a very tough thing. “What makes Jacqui, Bernard and all Consul of you remarkable is rather than just Paul Rodwell sitting there and feeling sorry for yourselves, you are getting up and doing with Jacqui something about it. Phillips “In a very complex and difficult part MBE

of your lives, you are getting up and saying ‘I can make a difference’.” Speaking at the charity’s monthly coffee morning, Mr Rodwell said the MABS centre at Sol Park was the charity’s first but he knew others would follow “because there is a lot more people out there who need help.” He said Spain offered cancer sufferers “fantastic” treatment and the health service was family focussed but people needed support in the community “and that’s where MABS comes in.” The consul said he was “immensely impressed” with the network of expat charities in Spain working as “part of our vision of helping people – Brits in particular but any English speaking people.” And Mr Rodwell added: “MABS does such a good job they are sending everyone here. MABS is very much a key partner of the consulate and helped all of you and hopefully, many more people to come.” He said like all charities MABs relied on fund raising and its volunteers and members – and needed the help of the press to spread the word. “What can I do to help? More than

just giving you support, what I am looking to do a lot more is bring the Spanish on board,” said the consul. This involved harnessing the power of the Spanish government and giving access to its funding. “Hopefully we do help at the consulate with some difficult and complex cases. We deal with people who actually have real problems. People who have not followed the guidance: get on the Padron and then access social services if something does go wrong.” Mr Rodwell said joining the town hall register helped people integrate and prevented expats being “sidelined” - as well as being a step to getting a vote and gaining a voice in next May’s local elections.” MABS is searching for a retired or semi-retired business manager who can help provide the strategic operational experience to help run the growing charity and allow its committee more time to directly help people. Anyone interested in the role should contact Nik Nickerson at or visit

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Murcia admits Ryanair exit is ‘bad news’ by Louise Clarke THE MURCIA Regional Government has finally admitted that the decision by Ryanair to pull all but two of its routes from San Javier Airport is ‘bad news’. Nine of Ryanair’s routes into and out of San Javier airport will cease from this Sunday and with it, the airport will lose a third of its destinations in Europe. The Director General of Tourism Infrastructure, Marina García Vidal, did not hide her concern about the impact that will have this on the region at a press conference earlier this week. The Irish low cost carrier announced in the summer that it would be cancelling the majority of its routes into San Javier but until now the regional government has remained tight lipped about the decision. Ms García Vidal told members of the press on Tuesday that the government will be in touch with other airlines to try to recover some destinations and mitigate the loss of passengers into the airport and that the government is committed to doing everything possible to reduce the damage caused. AGGRESSIVE She also stated that Ryanair would not negotiate nor accept any proposals to promote tourism, as did Air Berlin, who also

announced that they would be pulling out all of their flights into San Javier in April 2011. She said: “They came to us with a mandatory plan, demanding €12 per passenger. They said that it was either that or nothing and they knew that as a regional government, we could not subsidise airlines because it goes against European laws.” She added: “Ryanair has a very aggressive policy and they would not even attempt to negotiate. I know that this is bad news for the region of Murcia. But it is not as bad as people are trying to make out. Many passengers can still reach us through Alicante.” She also rejected the claims that the government had given the Spanish carrier Air Nostrum, which flies to Madrid and Barcelona from San Javier and was given €3 million to carry Murcian Regional advertising, preferential treatment. She said: “The Company submitted a tender under EU regulations for the advertising and it won the contract. Many companies were invited to tender but Air Nostrum was the only company to apply.” A Ryanair spokesman yesterday declined to add anything to the statement already made when the decision of the company became public.

Mayor inspects rainwater drainage system By Louise Clarke THE MAYOR of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernandez Mateo, visited the rainwater drainage works on the CV 90 earlier this week to see how they were progressing. The Mayor, who was accompanied by the Councillor for Works and Services, Javier Montoro, witnessed the workman digging the huge trenches that will become the new emergency rainwater drainage system. During heavy rainfall the road regularly floods and as a result, it makes driving conditions quite treacherous. The Mayor reiterated the importance of the work, which has been made possible thanks to money from the Infrastructure Department in Valencia. The work consists of more than two kilometres of four metre wide ditches that are designed to take the rainwater away from the road so as to avoid flooding.

The Mayor with Cllr Montoro

The Mayor also used the opportunity to announce that a new €1 million investment will be made by the Town Hall’s Environment and Infrastructure Departments to improve the drainage systems in the Doña Inés area of Torrevieja. He told reporters that the project is in the planning stages and that the Town Hall also intends to conduct further studies into flooding

avoidance in other areas of the municipality. Finally, the Mayor also confirmed that when the central government eventually gets round to starting the extension works on the N332 in the municipality, there will be a whole new rainwater drainage system installed at the same time, so that the present flooding problems which occur in Torrevieja when it rains heavily, will be fully eradicated.

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The dreaded weevil

I HAVE just removed a large palm from my garden with the dreaded red palm weevil inside... But there is a difference: the palm was a healthy Washingtonia Palm (fan palm). I have been told by all the garden centres around here that these palms are not affected by these pests. Obviously this is not true and people now need to watch out for these pests affecting these palms. I don’t know if this is ‘new news’ or whether I have just missed reading about it, but thought I would highlight this in your paper. Regards, Ian

Importance of the Padron YOUR RECENT article (“Serving the people”) in which the British Consul, Paul Rodwell, stressed the importance of signing onto the Padrón has prompted me to relate my own experience. After a recent accident at home I was taken to hospital in Dénia where I received first class care. However, I now require surgery to my arm and was told by the hospital’s administrative staff that I would have to go to Madrid for this because, despite the fact that I am now resident in Jávea and have been for almost three years, I was still registered on the Padrón in Madrid. I have got around this by getting myself discharged from hospital and then signing on the Padrón in Jávea, getting my SIP card from the local health centre on the same day. I have now been readmitted to hospital in Dénia and am due to have surgery this coming week, two and a half weeks after my fall. If I had signed onto the Jávea Padrón when I moved here Iwould have saved myself a great deal of time, trouble and pain and my recovery would be much quicker. I have nobody to blame but myself. Roger Marlow


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Charity begins at home THE ENGLISH language radio and newspapers published here on the Costa Blanca always carry many reports of fund raising activities for a wide range of charities. Those activities are very well supported by the North European ‘ex-pats’ and the beneficiaries include, of course, the local Spanish communities. In a recent conversation with a young, educated Spaniard whose family has benefited greatly from the presence of North Europeans and who, himself, lives in an expensively reformed house and drives a top quality car, I asked if he was aware, for example, of the donation by the Moraira U3A of two expensive wheelchairs to the Teulada-Moraira ayuntamiento for the benefit of all the residents of this community. He claimed to know nothing of this nor did he know anything of the fine work done by the Moraira Lions which, again, benefits the entire community. This raises two questions in my mind: does the Spanish community involve itself as actively in charitable work? - and does the Spanish press report the efforts and results of the charities organised and funded by the ex-pats who live among them? (Name and address withheld)

Another scam THERE HAS been a lot of controversial press of late about Ryanair and its charges etc. I thought your readers might like to hear about an offer that I feel is a ridiculous scam that makes this airline look squeaky clean by comparison. I have just received an email from an airline advertising a fantastic offer: ‘Free flight; just pay taxes, etc.’ Thinking ‘this sounds too good to be true’, I went through the booking procedure and managed to find a flight in late November to LGW for €20 and a return flight for

€0.01; €40.02 for two of us: not ‘Free’ but, I think you will agree, pretty good by today’s prices. So, now we move on to the next stage: add on the taxes etc and, wallop, the bill jumps to a staggering €165.00. But, we haven’t finished yet. Carrying on through the Check in, Baggage et al section and we ended up with a figure of €245.00. So all in all the flights were only going to cost €40 but the ‘extras’ a whopping €205.00, and I still haven’t had the fee for paying by Card added yet! Barry Weston, Los Dolces

Rat apartment dogs AS A frequent visitor to the Cala Finistrat/Villajoyosa area, I am horrified at the dog mess on the paths. The dog owners don’t seem to care: they have these yapping little ‘rat apartment dogs’ that are out all times of the day and night. Are there any laws in Spain about the noise or mess these dogs make? I think it would be a good idea to introduce dog wardens and heavy fines; perhaps this would solve the problem and stop a beautiful country from being spoiled. Regards, El Tel

Do not vote for these parties IN LAST week’s RTN you printed and article about a new party that is standing in next years local elections. You asked for opinions and here is mine. PDEX is planning to campaign in Alicante, San Fulgencio, Benidorm, l’Alfàs del Pi and Torrevieja and I personally think that; it is wrong to campaign on a single issue; it is wrong to discriminate politically based on nationality; it is wrong not to integrate in the adopted society and it is wrong to exclude Spanish people from a party in their own election process. I could continue to list reasons, but I think you may have got the idea that I am opposed to them and any other parties, which whilst giving lip service to being democratic, exclude, isolate and hinder integra-

tion. Imagine the uproar if, back in the U.K, a political party made up exclusively of foreigners campaigned for election; it would be the main item on the news. The electorate would be outraged and the talking heads would be saying things like; “…if they’re not happy why don’t they go home,” quite understandably. Do these people forming single issue parties have a point?.....NO If they are not happy with the status quo they have alternatives, become members of existing mainstream inclusive Spanish political parties, if the party of their choice doesn’t meet all of their objectives, they can persuade from within to promote change. In the UK immigrants have long held seats

in parliament, as far back as 1892 Dadabhai Naoroji an Indian, was elected liberal MP for Finsbury Park, this plurality is something we should all feel very proud of, however he was a member of the liberal party, he didn’t form a party for immigrants only. I am sure Dadabhai Naoroji did not agree with his party on every issue, but worked to make his and other Immigrants perspectives known within the party. I strongly urge all non Spanish people, guests in this charming but imperfect country to not vote for these parties; not support or encourage them; oppose them; make your opposition to them known; vote for mainstream parties and if inclined to, join mainstream parties. C McNamara

A great success thanks to RTN

WE WOULD like to thank you & the staff at RTN who made our open day such a great success, especially Lorraine who was really helpful. We highly recommend your paper to anyone who wants to promote their business approx 150 people came to view our mobile/park homes. Many thanks again. Carol, Camping Pueblo de San Javier La Encina

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IKEA gets go ahead THE SWEDISH furniture giant, IKEA, has signed a deal this week that will see it open a new store in Alicante. After months of speculation, representatives from the company signed the agreement at a meeting with the Mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, on Monday. The new store will be located in the Rabasa area, which is in the north of the city and will be part of a multi million euro project which also includes a huge commercial centre. This will be the first IKEA store in the Alicante province and in a statement issued by the company, they said that they were delighted to finally be given the go ahead. The document was jointly signed by

the Mayor, IKEA and the promoter of the Rebasa Project, Miguel Carratalá. The Mayor told members of the press that the process to approve the plans for the new store is already well under way, including an environmental impact study, which is due to be released within the next few weeks. The store will generate more than 2000 new jobs and IKEA officials have promised the Alicante City Hall that they will interview the city’s unemployed first. The company is investing €250 million into the Alicante store, which is expected to welcome more that 15 million people during its first year of opening.

The store will generate more than 2000 new jobs

Prostitutes given reflective jackets PROSTITUTES WHO walk along the main roads of Lleida in Catalonia have been ordered to wear reflective jackets because they are a danger to traffic. Failure to comply with the new law could see them fined up to €40. Some other odd laws from Barcelona and Granada include, no

Psychologist patient numbers skyrocket PSYCHOLOGISTS SAY that their average number of weekly patients has sored from 15 or 16, to 45, and they’re blaming the recession. Worries over losing jobs, or not being able to find a job, are driving an increasing number of people to turn to therapy. The average age of people seeking help has dropped from patients in their 30s, to those in their 20s and there are even more teenagers turning to psychologists since 2008.

Tax-evading priest faces jail A MAN who calls himself a priest - Padre Ángel - is in court facing charges of defrauding the tax authorities of €386,139 between 1992 and 2003. Ángel, from Picassent near Valencia set up his own religious order and used donations from his followers to purchase land and property in Picassent, Gandia and Valencia. He claims he was told to buy the property by the Virgin Mary and he thought that priests were exempt from paying tax. The Archbishop of Valencia says he does not recognise Ángel as a priest. The courts could impose up to an eight-year prison sentence.

noisy activities during the hours of siesta (3pm and 5pm) and a ruling that domestic repairs, including the movement of furniture, must be done between 8am and 9pm on weekdays and 10am and 8pm on Sundays, fiestas and on the evenings before fiestas.



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Local Police help avoid a ‘Lamb Hotpot’ incident THE LOCAL Police in San Javier had to escort more that 500 sheep through the town centre earlier this week in order to get them to their new grazing area. The 500 ewes along with their 28 year old shepherd and his sheepdogs made their way along La Avenida Aviación Española from one field to the other. With the Local Police on hand to ensure that the traffic was halted on Avenidas Recuerdo and Cabo Roche, the sheep made their way past the Mar Menor Secondary School, across the Cuatro Picos roundabout

and then along Avenida del Mediterráneo and Avenida de la Romería to their new field. Thanks to the police officers’ intervention, there were no sheep related collisions which would have resulted in one of them becoming ‘Lamb Hotpot’ and they all got to their destination in tact. The ewes normally spend their summer on a Finca in Recuerdo near San Javier and are then transported at the end of October to a property in San Blas, so that they can graze on new grass during the winter.

The sheep make their way through San Javier

Competition winner has a great day THE SUN was shining and the morning chill had made way for a pleasant temperature, so it was perfect conditions for a game of golf. When RTN’s Ryder Cup Competition winner Jim Gaw and three of his golfing pals tee’d off at Las Colinas Golf Course on Sunday, they had no idea what a great day of golf they had ahead of them and so when RTN met up with them on the 17th tee to get Eddie a photo, they couldn’t Scott, Mike Brown, Jim praise the course and facilities enough! and Roy They all had a Kavanagh

fantastic time and Jim said: “Thanks to RTN and the staff at Las Colinas for a great day out. The weather was ideal for golf, the course was in great condition and the facilities were immaculate as in keeping with the surroundings. I would thoroughly recommend Las Colinas as a great course to play golf on.”

Remember, remember the fifth of November! REMEMBER THE fun of bonfire night? Roaring Bonfires, Fireworks, Hot Dogs Hay Rides and Soup! Well you can re-live those memories at Casa La Pedrera nr San Miguel on Friday Night November the 5th - Jennie and Derek Ray are opening up their massive gardens for a massive bonfire and everyone is welcome! Sue and John Briffa will be leading the Country and Western style line dancing. Come along and have some fun – tickets are just €5 for Adults and €2.50 for children and every second child is free! And this November the 5th starting at 6.15pm nothing will be forgot! – You can even continue the old tradition and write down your troubles and throw them in the fire! Tickets are on sale at Casa La Pedrera call Jennie on 660 816 620 or from Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity Shops in Quesada and Playa Flamenca and at the office in La Marina or call or text Susan 629 869 959. For full details see Casa La Pedrera supports the registered charity Paul Cunningham Nurses.

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Chance loses her fight

Chance was one of the first horses rescued by the centre

IT IS with great sadness that the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre has to report the loss of one of the centre’s favourite horses Chance, who died earlier last week. Chance was one of the first horses rescued by the centre some eighteen months ago and was found in a terrible state in San Fulgencio, along with a donkey later named as Charity. A mere skeleton, Chance was kept on her own and given the name as, according to Sue Weeding, owner of the centre, “…she deserved another chance in life.” Very slowly with lots of love and attention she gained weight and formed her own personality, so much so that in the end she was given a free run of the place and acted as a meet and greet horse, always following the public on the tours hoping there would be carrots in their bags! Unfortunately, she developed pneumonia last week and was rushed to hospital where attempts to revive her failed. She will missed by all. HORSE WHISPERER On a brighter note, the centre is pleased to announce the return of Adam Shereston, the Horse Whisperer and Healer who will be returning on November 11th, 12th and 13th. For those of you have never seem him, Adam has developed an approach for working with horses over the years, mirroring the physiological and psychological symptoms within the horse. On November 11th and 12th he will also

be running a course from 10:00 until 17:00 for up to four people wishing to learn more from him about how to deal with their own horse or if you don’t own your own horse, but would like to learn from Adam, you can borrow one from the centre. For more details call Sue on 652 021 980. For anyone wishing to watch the course, a €10 donation to the centre is required. Adam will be staging a demonstration of his work on November 13th from 11:00 until 16:00. There is a suggested donation of €5 for anyone who would like to attend. CHARITY NIGHT On November the 14th the centre will holding its second Miniature Horse show from 10:00 until 14:30. Last year’s event was fantastic, so please go along and support the centre. Also, on November 15th at Sacko’s Bar in El Limonar, there will be a charity night in aid of the EHCRC. The evening starts at 19:00 and there will be live music by Ruby Blues, a raffle, traditional Spanish dancing, an auction of football shirts and other items and food will also be available. There is a €5 entry fee. Finally on November 25th, there will be a quiz night at the centre with a barbeque. The entrance fee is a suggested donation of €5. For more information on the centre, please call Sue on 652 021 980 or visit

World Animals Day

Magical masks

EXCITED YOUNGSTERS designed and crafted colourful animal masks and hand puppets as part of a celebration of World Animals Day. Nursery and Reception at the Firs Foundation – part of Xabia International College – entered the animal kingdom to learn about the different species around the globe. And during a special week of study, they were able to base their work on the story ‘Dear Zoo”.

Spain fights to get body of Paul the Octopus THE FAMOUS octopus, Paul, who predicted the World Cup football results, has died. He was living in an aquarium in Oberhause in Germany, but Spain want to keep his remains and have contacted the aquarium. The town of O Carballiño in Galicia already has an octopus museum and an octopus fiesta day each year. Businessmen from the town had offered €30,000 to buy Paul during the World Cup. Now the town wants the deceased Paul to live in their museum as a “beloved friend”. Paul was two years old.



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Torrevieja Stroke Support Group THE TORREVIEJA Stroke Support Group enjoyed a very well presented evening of entertainment by the Marina Tappers, with Billy Kelsall in a tribute to northern comedian Al Read, and guest vocalist Marie Denise at The Coopers Arms in Doña Pepa on Friday last. The evening included an excellent meal. Louie TSSG president thanked everyone for the donation received of €315. The TSSG meets each Friday afternoon in The Annex, c/Paganini, Urb. La Siesta and offers a supportive and therapeutic service to those who have suffered stroke and their carers. The Group recently increased their number of voluntary helpers and intend to offer further individualized support and activities. The Committee plan a subsidized short respite break in a hotel at Los Alcazares at the beginning of November when carers may enjoy some time out and relaxation. For further information please see their web-site or contact them at

Youth Awards success

Coastal cultural event

THE PSOE party in Orihuela Costa have organised a cultural event for coastal residents to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orihuela poet, Miguel Hernandez. The event will take place at the New Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima on Friday 5th November at 19:00. Entertainment will include a special performance by Raquel Peña and her fantastic dancers as well as music from

an American Jazz pianist. Entrance to the event is free and also includes a free buffet. This event is part of the PSOE party’s INTERGRATE programme, which has been running for the last four years and is one of the only cultural events on the coast to commemorate the poet’s birth, although many cultural activities and events have been organised in Orihuela city by the ruling PP party.

Dance Extreme

by Louise Clarke THE ROJALES Town Hall Youth Awards took place last Friday evening at the Capitol Theatre and was deemed to be, by all who attended, a huge success. The entertainment was provided by Dance Extreme who were amazing and the fabulous singing talent of Alexandra Letelier. The six awards were presented by the Mayor of Rojales, Antonio Martinez Canovas and Irene Rubio, who is Rojales’ Councillor for Youth. The first award was for educational achievement and this was awarded to Tarsilo Girona Hernandez, who joined the gala via internet video link as he is in Singapore completing his doctoral thesis on volcanoes. The second award was for sporting achievement which went to

the whole of the Rhythmic Gymnast team from the municipal school, who were the Interschool champions last year. Then it was the turn of the Monte Calvario cornet and drum band to receive a prize for culture, followed by Nada Mas, the Rojales rock band who picked up their award for recognition of their achievement to music. The biggest cheer of the night went to Dance Extreme, who picked up the award for youth initiative; their contribution to integration in the community being an example for everyone. Finally, the award for young entrepreneur was received by Antonio Lopez Martinez who has successfully taken over management of the family business. It was a great evening with huge support from the Spanish and non-Spanish communities both on stage and in the audience.


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Girona prize giving ON THE 6th. November the Bloc Party of Els poblets will award the fourth Girona Prizes (Premios Girona). These will be awarded during a dinner to be held in the Casa de Cultura in Els Poblets. The prizes this year will be awarded to Francisco Tomàs; the prize for Dedication to the village. For many years he has been connected with various activities at a local level, such as Pigeon breeding, Pelota, the

Artist Keith Barnes at work

Pensioners Club, and has also been a Justice of the peace for 8 years. The other prize, which is given for integration, is awarded to the “Escuadra Internacional” of the fila Cavallers de l’Apocalipsi. This group of people decided to integrate themselves into the fiestas of our village and to get to know some of our customs by participating like any other local of Els Poblets. To attend the dinner, you can contact us by email or by speaking to any of our members.

“For each of the artists is their perception of the word ‘fragile’ – it might be fragility of mind, a piece of broken crockery, or a butterfly’s wing,” she said. “A very diverse range of work is included, from delicate and decorative to some very meaty stuff – it is all the sort of work that inspires thought.” On Saturday 6th November between 8pm and 10pm there is a first opportunity to take in the show – and the exhibition continues until 30th November and can be viewed Monday to Friday between 10am and 4.30pm, on Wednesdays between 10am and 2.30pm, and on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm. For more information, call 96 575 6286 or 603 708 935, email, or visit

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What a sensitive yob he is?

WELL I and every other pundit got it disastrously wrong about Wayne Rooney didn’t we? Yes Mr loyalty, kiss my badge (kiss my a***) more like is staying at Manchester United. Well he will be when he returns from his 17 grand holiday in Dubai with long suffering wife Colleen. Evidently it’s a break to patch things up after Wayne was alleged to have been keeping the night time economy of Manchester solvent. He’s got a lot to get off his chest and it looks like Colleen has had quite a bit put on hers. Rumour has it that Wayne has paid for a boob job for her in an attempt kiss and make up.

Quite refreshing

IN THE week when World Cup hero Nobby Stiles had to sell off his winners medal and shirt for the price of one weeks wages BA BOSS talks sense. Martin Broughton is bang on the money when he slammed security checks at airports as “completely redundant”. For ages as I have stood in the queue, clutching my little plastic bag full of smellies in one hand, my shoes in the other and with my trousers halfway down my “arras” as I have had to take my belt off, thinking why the hell are we being treated like this and isn’t it a sure fire sign that the terrorists have won? Osama Bin Laden must be laughing his duck off in that cave of his as he has managed to turn flying in to a real pain and certainly no pleasure. At Luton a few weeks ago some burly guard who could barely speak English reduced a young girl of about five to tears as he insisted that she remove her boots. There was no discretion no sense and no brains on show. She was hardly on a mission from Allah was she and the last time I looked most Jihadists had northern or Brummie accents and were between the ages of 20 and 30.

Crazed contestant CHERIE BLAIR went around the globe hovering up freebies like a crazed contestant from Supermarket Sweep on speed. Now she is selling off what some would describe as her ill-gotten gains on eBay. She is the living breathing proof that you can take the girl out of Toxteth but you can’t take the Toxteth out of the girl!

What a sensitive yob he is? That’s just the kind of confidence building a betrayed wife needs isn’t it?

for Shrek, sorry Wayne, it was quite refreshing, I guess to see several modern internationals like Rio Ferdinand trying to buy them. Of course in the end United bought them and we all wish Nobby the

best for the future and a full recovery from his recent illnesses. Mind you that’s about as close as any modern England player will ever get to a winners medal isn’t it?

Similarly I don’t think the little old lady in the wheelchair poses a clear and present danger to our security or the pasty white family en route to a fortnight in Benidorm. Why the hell don’t they employ people with brains and discretion and on a wider level employ common sense? Everyone in the blooming queue, everyone in Europe knows which community the potential terrorist is hiding in so why don’t we stop treading on politically correct egg shells and target that group? And before you accuse me of racism or being anti Muslim I am sure that most fair minded Muslims would not mind this kind of profiling if it meant the queues for all of us were reduced. Finally the great philosophical question of the day has to be just how much more dangerous is 150 millilitres of hand lotion than 100mls? I feel we should be told!

OKTOBERFEST this weekend

THE TORREVIEJA Councillor for Foreign Residents, Pedro Valero, announced on Wednesday that this year’s OKTOBERFEST will take place this weekend in the Park of Nations. The event starts today, 29th October and will continue until Sunday. The festival Pedro Valero has been organised by the Town Hall along announces with the Association of Small and Medium this weekend’s OKTOBERFEST Local Businesses (APYMECO) as well as the Association of Torrevieja Hostelries. sausages and sauerkraut. According to the As well as a large selection of German beer Councillor, there will be thousands of litres on offer there will be dozens of stalls selling of beer available at very reasonable prices traditional German food including German and it promises to be a great opportunity to

TALKING OF Cherie, her half sister Lauren Booth has decided she is a Muslim and has taken to wearing a headscarf. Call me cynical but could this be anything to do with her only being able to get work with the Iranian owned Press TV? Mind you Lauren, don’t just stop at the headscarf some women and some faces were born to wear the full Burkha.

Spain assists Haiti as cholera spreads

integrate with Torrevieja’s numerous German residents and tourists. The ‘FEST’ opens at 12:00 each day and will not close for siesta.

SPAIN IS helping Haiti combat the spread of cholera in response to a plea from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). A total of €100,000 from the Spain-PAHO Fund has been released and is being used to mobilise a team of health experts and to treat the sick. Work is also being done to stop the spread of the disease by distributing medicines and providing information on water purification and safe hygiene practices.





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ADAPT triumphs at Citizens Award ceremony


Jane Cronin, the ADAPT President (centre) with the award

ON SATURDAY 23rd October 2010, an awards ceremony was held at the Teatro Cine Moderno in San Pedro to acknowledge the work of citizens, associations and groups who have contributed to the San Pedro community. ADAPT had been nominated in two of the eleven categories and was announced as the winner of the Environmental action award, for its work in conservation and environmental awareness in the salt lakes and Mar Menor areas. The “Pinatar Citizen Awards 2010” brought together hundreds of neighbours in the Cine Moderno, where the Mayor, José García Ruiz and the Councillor for Citizen Participation, María José Albaladejo, presented the awards in the 11 categories. The winners were chosen by public vote. At the opening of the Gala, the councillor

said, “The aim of these awards is to recognize Pinatarense citizens, both groups and individuals, who in the past year have demonstrated their efforts and dedication in support of the community, as well as projects that have contributed to the growth of San Pedro. During the course of the evening ADAPT was congratulated for its work on several occasions, firstly by the organizers of “Vacaciones en Paz” for their support for the Saharaui project and later by the director of AIDEMAR for their commitment to that organization, as well as their contribution to the Haiti macro-concert. When Jane Cronin, the ADAPT President went up to receive the Environmental award, the MC commented that given all the mentions that the association had received, it was as well that they had also won one of the prizes!

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43 new works for Picasso museum

THE PICASSO museum in Málaga has received 43 new works, bringing the total to 276. The museum is a famous attraction, which has

been open for seven years and has received more than 2,370,000 visitors. The additional paintings are on loan for 15 years from

Operation Kilo

STARTING IN the last week of November, for three weeks the Lions will be running their annual “Operation Kilo” collections outside supermarkets in Camposol and Puerto de Mazarrón. This will be the fourth year they have run this project. The aim of “Operation Kilo” is to bring a little Christmas Cheer to needy poor people in this region of Spain. This year the groceries collected will be donated to the “Hermanitas de los Pobres” old peoples’ residential home in Cartagena. The Lions therefore encourage you to give generously when you see them with their collecting trolleys.





Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Art Foundation (FABA), which was started eight years ago by Picasso’s wife and grandson.

The nuns who run the home have said that donations of UHT milk and yoghourt will be particularly appreciated and the owner of a cool store has already kindly donated the use of some space so the Lions can ensure the donations remain fresh. Last year over 80 bags of groceries were collected for distribution to bring a little Christmas Joy to needy persons. The Lions wish to foster integration between the English and Spanish communities and this is another initiative that will, hopefully, assist in that. If you would like to know more about other Lions Charity Events please phone Paula on 636 74 69 59 or send an e-mail to

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Ready, steady, cook

Rotary President Malcolm HughesJukes with Steven Carden

by Jack Troughton VOLUNTEER CHEFS are needed to help cook and serve lunch to homeless men cared for at the Gandia Hospice. Hospice co-ordinator Steven Carden was a guest at the Denia Rotary International Fellowship and explained there was a constant search for people needed to help make lunch at weekends. Speaking at the Orange Grove Restaurant, he explained how residents at the Gandia home were cared for by Franciscan Brothers.

And Rotary President Malcolm HughesJukes (pictured left) presented Steven with 630€ for the hospice from the club’s charity fund. The Denia Rotary Fellowship, which has members from a number of different countries, meets for lunch on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Past or current members of Rotary – or any other service club – living in or visiting the area are welcome. Telephone 96 574 8909 by noon the preceding Sunday to book lunch or for further information.

Spain talks renewable energy with India SPAIN AND India are working together on renewable energy partnerships. The State Secretary for Energy, Pedro Marín, met last week with the Indian Renewable Energy Minister, Farooq Abdullah, to exchange experiences in the field of renewable energy within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding on clean energies signed between the two countries, a sector that both the Indian and Spanish Governments have set as a priority for their energy futures.

Hair salon opens its doors to artists

One of the exhibiting artists, Maggie Batchelor, at an earlier exhibition of her work

ON SATURDAY 13th November, Michelle of No 7 Peluqueria in Benigembla would like to invite you to view paintings and pottery by local artists at the salon. Always coming up with new ideas, Michelle thought this would be an ideal opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a different way. The art and crafts stalls, which will also include jewellery and cards, will give visitors to the

salon the opportunity to purchase some early Christmas gifts and meet Michelle and her staff. How many places are there where you can have a manicure or a new hairstyle while enjoying works of art? Jot the date down in your diary and if you would like further information give Michelle a call on 96 558 1130. No 7 can be found in Partida Foya in Benigembla.

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Donation to SEM

Charity calendars launch with style

Maria Mosley presented Jose Maria with the cheque

AFTER THE second successful showing of ‘On With The Show’, the Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group raised another €1,500 for SEM, the local ambulance service in La Marina. SEM took purchase of a new ambulance in August and the €1,500 that was raised in the May show bought medical equipment which enables broken limbs to be immobilised while travelling. The group will be starting rehearsals for the Christmas Carol Concerts on 8th November at the Theatre in San Fulgencio. If you are new to the area and would like to join them, please phone Maria on 966 715 891 or for further details email

Different class

TEULADA MORAIRA Lions recently donated 700€ to the EMAUS Children’s Home in Vergel to purchase exercise and study books for the coming school year.

The 2011 calendars are now available to buy

IT WAS all systems go for SOL Productions TV at the Mind, Body and SOL Exhibition last weekend. The wonderful surroundings of the 5* La Finca Golf and Spa in Algorfa made the perfect backdrop for the launching of the 2011 Bikini Bash Charity Calendars to the 12 charities; all of whom are extremely good causes and were delighted with the results. Gina Marks, Managing Director of Sol TV said: “The charities were all so pleased with the calendars, they couldn’t wait to get them out into the local bars, business venues and their respective charity shops, so they can raise some much needed funds, hopefully just in time for Christmas, for their specific causes.” Priced at just €3 per calendar, the charities all agreed that they will sell quickly as they are so informative with local businesses and services, the ‘Red Day’ bank holidays, not to mention some stunning photos of the delightful models, the majority of which are local to our area.

Gina added: “Special thanks must also go to our celebrity, Lynda Bellingham, who supports the Costa Blanca Samaritans and granted us permission to use her publicity shot from he forthcoming UK tours of The Calendar Girls.” The calendars will make a great Christmas gift for your friends and family and all the money will be going directly to charity. So, look out for them in your local bars, businesses and the various charity shops and buy your calendar for 2011. SOL TV would like to thank all those who made it possible to make and print the calendar, especially the local businesses for their participation, without them it would not now be raising great sums of money for the charities, the total amount of money that can be potentially raised for the various good causes is €10,800 if they are all sold, so get buying! Suzanna Mace, Chairman of the Women in Business Club (WIBC), is one of the beneficiaries. She said: “We were absolutely delighted

to be contacted by Gina of Sol TV regarding their innovative idea of a Calendar with proceeds raised for local charities. The WIBC raises awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence here in Spain, so every little helps to give the victims support.” She added: “Well done to Sol TV for thinking of the idea and thinking of our cause. Good luck to everyone and don’t forget to buy a calendar!” The 2011 calendars are now available to buy so please support your local charities and buy one today. Meanwhile, if you missed the Exhibition, highlights will be on SOL TV in November. Also stay tuned for ‘The Making of the Bikini Bash Calander 2011’ as that documentary will be going to air and be available on line on in late November. For more information, email or call 966 761 050. Businesses if you would like to offer to help the charities to sell the calendars, then please get in touch with the SOL Team.

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Taxes in Spain: General issues and things to bear in mind by

Marc White & Carlos Baos

English & Spanish Solicitors

OUR FIRM has recently noticed an increase in the amount of cases dealing with the initiation of disciplinary penalty procedures and revisions of taxes by the tax authorities at different levels: Conselleria of Economy Finance and Employment of the Community of Valencia (regional level) and also by Hacienda (national level). In this sense, one of the biggest problems that we face is the fact that many of our clients, Spanish, English, Dutch or any other nationality, residents and non residents, have their

previous home and work addresses listed at the tax office and thus the tax authorities are sending the Taxman and the notices there. This problem is sometimes due to carelessness of tax payers, citizens who have moved and not notify the tax office properly, but the truth is that whatever the reason may be this could have a negative effect in the process of defending themselves and responding to the administration as many times the procedure is known too late. In some occasions we have seen cases where the process for revision of taxes is only known by the taxpayers after the provisional liquidation has been approved or even when their bank account has already been charged; with almost no time or possibility to make any allegations. Therefore it is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that tax office has your correct address. For example if you bought a

property naming your lawyer (solicitor) or any other person as your tax representative or your representative only in that Purchase Deed (Escritura) you must keep in touch with them to make sure they have your correct contact details. Please remember that you can always send a notice to the tax authorities with your address and contact details updated. Also remember that if you receive any notice from the tax authorities you should contact your lawyer immediately as you will have a limited period of time (normally a few days) to appeal the tax revision, make allegations, etc. Due to all the above specified reasons we advise you to: 1) Make sure that you are properly fulfilling your tax obligations in Spain. 2) Make sure the tax authorities have your correct address and contact details to be able to notify you. 3) If you receive a notice from the tax authorities contact us or your lawyer at your earliest convenience. 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. *This article is available in English and Spanish in our Web site:

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

Spanish tax too high? SPAIN PAYS “northern European taxes for southern European service” according to Catalonian regional presidency candidate, Artur Mas. He made the statement in Girona last weekend, and went on to say that Spanish taxes were as costly as those in more prosperous countries, yet public services and facilities were of a less proficient level. Mas called for an overhaul of the taxation system, particularly in Catalonia.

Dispute over burkhas continues THE DEBATE over whether to allow schoolgirls to wear the face-covering burkha is now taking place in Catalonia. The government there is deliberating over whether to ban the burkha, but allow the hiyab, which just covers the hair. Earlier this year, a girl in Madrid was expelled for wearing a hiyab, but officials in Catalonia say that a child should never be excluded from school on The these grounds. The argument from burka city authorities is that covering the may be banned whole face limits the ability of the but the wearer to communicate with facial hiyab expressions, which is an essential could be part of learning and integrating. allowed

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Insurance brokers and agents and liability for pets by

Michael Olmer

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

WITH SO many aspects of life requiring us to take out insurance – our cars, our homes, our health, our lives – clients often come to us seeking advice on insurance. So this week I make no apology for returning to this topic, with emphasis on insurance brokers and agents and Pet Insurance. INSURANCE BROKERS, INSURANCE AGENTS, AND YOU The number and range of insurances available for our homes, cars and lives can be bewildering. Even with cover available instantly on-line it can often be comforting to use the services of a broker to arrange your insurance. A broker is an impartial intermediary who acts on your behalf to find you the best and most appropriate cover for your needs and in your circumstances. An Agent is normally tied to a particular insurance company or limited range of companies, and only sells their products. In Spain the activities of Agents and brokers are regulated by Law 26 of 2006 which lays down their qualifications and obligations towards their clients and the insurance companies they deal with. Foreign brokers and agents who are already registered in another country

within the European Economic Area, such as the United Kingdom, are entitled to register to do business in Spain. The activities of brokers and agents are regulated by the Dirección General de Seguros y Fondos de Pensiones (Director General of Insurance and Pension Funds) and a broker or agent must show their registration number on all their publicity material, whether printed, or on-line. Article 6 of Law 26 of 2006 states that any money received by a broker or agent is treated as being received in trust for the party for whom it is intended. Most importantly, if you have paid money to a broker for your insurance premium, Article 26.4 states that the premium is only to be regarded as paid to the insurer if the broker has issued you with a written receipt for the premium in the name of the insurer, so always make sure that you get a receipt or “cover note” that not only shows the name of the broker, but also the name of the insurer, type of cover, and amount paid. Conversely, if the broker has received money from an insurance company in settlement of a claim you have made against your policy that money is to be regarded as yours.

Insurance is compulsory if your dog has a history of aggression

INSURANCE FOR MAN’S BEST FRIEND? Many of us, including me, get great pleasure from the companionship which our pets provide but this pleasure carries with it responsibilities, not only to your pet but also to third parties. If your dog bites a neighbor, or runs into the road and causes an accident, what is your liability? It is an old saying that every dog is allowed one bite, but that is not legally correct. In the regions of Madrid and the Pais Vasco it is compulsory for all dog owners to have insurance against damage or injury which their dog might cause no matter what breed of dog it may be. In other autonomous communities the obligation to have insurance is limited to certain breeds. In the Valencian

Community legislation lists 14 specific breeds and includes, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pittbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, as well as other breeds that may be considered more exotic. Insurance is also compulsory if your dog has a history of aggression which has caused injury even if it is not one of the listed breeds. If insurance for third party liability for your dog is compulsory cover, must be for a minimum amount of €130,000.00. Although not compulsory anywhere in Spain similar insurance is also available to cover cats. This type of insurance can be added to your household policy, or combined with health insurance for your pet. Whenever dealing with advisers make sure that they are properly qualified and if in doubt seek qualified professional advice.

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

Winter demonstrations

UNIONS HAVE called for demonstrations in many provincial capitals across the country on December 18, complaining about the blocking of talks on the wage round. UGT and CCOO say they want to see ‘massive’ demonstrations. They estimate that only 11% of workers have reached an agreement so far. Unions say they want to see an autumn of discontent, and a grand demonstration calling on Zapatero to rectify his economic policy.

Spain’s deficit down 42% compared to a year ago THE DEFICIT in Spain for the first nine months of the year has fallen 42%, compared to last year, to 36.363 billion€ thanks to the increase in IVA/VAT introduced in July and the ending of the 400€

income tax rebate. It now stands at 3.42% of GDP. Income from VAT in the year to September has increased by 57%, and during the month overall income was up 9.9% while costs fell by 2.2%.



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The importance of a community in the sale and value of a property in Spain WHEN A buyer acquires a property in Spain that belongs to a community this person is not only investing in the property but also the community it is located in. This may be beneficial or negative depending on the way that the community conducts itself. A community has to be created by law if there is community property i.e. a swimming pool within its ownership. This applies to all types of property even where townhouses have a communal roof. The Spanish law that applies to communities is the Horizontal Property law. Many buyers of community property bought off-plan in the boom years in Spain and consequently there was no community existing when they signed to buy their property, and consequently it did not have any influence on their decision to purchase. Today things are very different, where a lawyer acting for the buyer will ask to see the Minutes & Accounts of the community to form a view on the community that his client is buying into.

Hence a poorly run community which is not meeting its obligations to maintain & administer its affairs in a businesslike manner, or which is unable to agree expenditure for improvements or renewals is not a attractive proposition to buy into, leaving the seller in a situation where his investment has lost value to the market. On the reverse side a well run community with good members acting in the majority in their community becomes an attractive proposition to buy into adding value to the owner’s property & giving it the edge in selling in a competitive market. I am asked many similar questions by Presidents & owners in communities these usually follow on the lines as follows: Q. Can I as President be the Administrator as well, and is this of benefit to the community? The answer is yes, the President can also be the Administrator and yes this can be beneficial to the community in the day

to day control, particularly with regard to the collection of service charges from the members, efficiency in the day-to-day running of the community, and it also should lead to lower expenses & savings on administration costs. Q. I do not receive notice of meetings, minutes or accounts of the community? This is bad administration and the information can be recovered from the Administrator by formal request (in writing by certificated post is recommended). A well run community usually has a community website which provides transparency to its records with historical accounts, minutes and information on the next forthcoming meeting with regard to its agenda and status (ordinary, extra ordinary or annual). The law provides for a meeting to have a 51% attendance to vote on matters but it is normal that the meeting will have two times, 30 minutes apart, where by the second later meeting time does not require this quorum and consequently a small number of owners are able to steer the community in their preferred direction. If you find out about a meeting that you disagree with the outcome of, you are entitled to go to court within 3 months of this discovery to make an application to have the meeting made invalid.

Q. The community meetings are in Spanish and so are all the subsequent documents and I do not understand what is happening in the community? Documents that need filing legally in Spain with the appropriate authority have to be in Spanish. However by majority of owners vote the language of the meetings can be changed to English or any other language; this changes the minutes and other written documents of the community too. It is considered good practice by an Administrator to have the appropriate language skills available for community members. Q. I have had to pay extra service charge to a new fund for renewal works but these works have never been carried out? This fund will be the result of an extraordinary general meeting convened to approve a major spend by the community. Often this is to paint the whole building. The minutes of the meeting should provide for record of the use of the money & also the approval of the competitive tendering for the cost of works provided to the community at this meeting by the community officers. The new funds paid should be paid to a separate community account to provide for these works & the President & community officers are obliged to provide details of the conduct of these funds at a community meeting.

Written by Tom Parkinson. Jacksons are Chartered Accountants & Surveyors advising on property administration, company & personal financial & tax matters. Contact: Telephone: 966 424 380 Office address: Calle Explanada Cervantes no 4, Denia, 03700 Alicante. What? Padron - a list of all the people who live in a certain town Empadronarse - the act of registering yourself on this list with your local town hall Who? All residents in Spain are required by law to register on the padron How? Fill in the form provided by your town hall. You will need to show your passport, an NIE card or residency certificate, a recent utility bill in your name and the deeds to your house or a copy of a rental contract Why? Better public services including provision of health centres, police officers, fire fighters and schools. Access to financial benefits and social care. A potential reduction in local taxes. Voting rights in local and European elections. An easier life! More information can be found at:

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Best buttons for your business website by

Karla Darocas

Information Technology & Communications

WHEN YOU are designing your business website, it is interesting to note that researchers has discovered that “Call to Action” buttons perform better than just normal text links. A button that urges the viewer of a sales promotion message to take an immediate action, such as Buy Now or Click can really make an impact on your website. In fact, a business website without Call to Action buttons is considered incomplete and ineffective. What do you need to know about the creation of your Call to Action buttons in order to get the reaction you want? 1. Size can create an impact simply by being big. The more important the button the larger the size. The eyes are drawn to the button because of its larger size in relation to surrounding elements. A web page may have multiple calls for action. To indicate the relative importance of a call to action with respect to other actions, you can vary their sizes. 2. Prominent place on the website will grab attention. The placement of call to action buttons on a web page is critical to drawing the eyes of visitors. Placement in prominent locations such as the top section of a web page can lead to higher landing page conversions because users will likely notice the call to action button and take action. By putting the button in a very prominent area, it is more likely that the user will notice it or remember it later, after they have looked at the website content. Placing a button in the middle of a web layout with no elements can be an effective way of drawing attention and enticing an action. 3. Contracting colours will help the button to

Using words such as “now” can convey urgency

distinguish itself. Decide what colours make the most impact with your website design and then contract the buttons to make them stand out from the background and other elements on the webpage. Dark and light buttons that contrast will also grab attention. 4. Use white space to make your buttons stand out from other elements on the webpage. The use of white space around a button is an effective way of making it stand out. Even a small button that is surrounded by white space – will stand out. 5. Call to Action wording on the button that will make the user feel the urge to act. These buttons usually start with an active verb: learn, place, add, submit, get, modify, edit, etc. You need to convey a sense of urgency with your phrasing. The words and the text must be bold, confident and commanding. It must convince them that they should not wait any longer or the result will be a missed opportunity. For example, with “Buy Now” buttons often there will be another button that says “Intro price”, which subtly suggests that the longer the user waits to take action, the higher is the risk of having to later pay more when

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the introductory price has passed. Using words such as “now”, “immediately” and “right now” can convey urgency but they can also scare certain people. So adding more comforting words such as “free”, “easy”, “no spam emails” 6. Use clear, easy-to-read fonts. For example, use Verdana, Arial, not Times New Roman or Courier. Don’t use unusual fonts which stand out solely by their inappropriate look. Of course there will always be web users who are hesitant to take action no matter how great your buttons look. This is because they have had a bad experience and their trust has been burnt. So – to increase button use and build trust you must learn to anticipate the users’ skepticism and tell them what they will gain by taking action and clicking your button. When designing a button, think of all the potential questions users will have, and make sure that you answer them in time. For example – will this product really be free or just free for 30 days? A “call to action” is a “request” for your site visitor to do something. It can request a sale, a contact, a subscription, a lead, or whatever meets your objectives. Good “call to action” buttons will increase the likelihood of the visitor doing whatever you request, which equals a “conversion.” I have made a few “Call to Action” buttons for you to copy and use on your website

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Autumn is well and truly here. Well, it is here in Blighty but I gather from my chums on the Costa Blanca that you folks are enjoying some fine sunshine at the moment. Good for you is what I say, as I dream of having a stroll down Albir seafront and popping in for a cafe con leche at the Buddah Coffee Bar - just across from the sparkling Med. Is it still there? Buddah’s that is, not the Med. That’ll still be there when I’m long gone... Oh dear, can you catch a hint of pre-autumnal blues in this sad hack? Sorry, it’s just me bracing myself from my least favourite event of the year: the clocks going back. Yup, in two days time we’re back to GMT in Britain. And if that’s not enough to be going on with the date for the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review is drawing near, and posh-mate-David and his cabinet colleagues are seeking to justify the predicted cuts – most particularly the cuts in longterm benefits – on the ground of fairness. I recently interviewed Martyn Oliver, an ex-reader of philosophy at Sussex University, on this subject for local radio and what he had to say about fairness was most interesting. Below are some verbatim ‘chunks’ of that interview. I have edited out myself and given Martyn the floor. Over to you then Martyn: “The distinction the government seems to make is between the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’ poor. It all sounds very Victorian, and smacks of the workhouse, but in essence the politicians are right. It can’t be equitable that those who are too idle, or too cynical, to make a contribution to the collective efforts of society should be better off than those who are prepared to work. But the government’s strategy for remedying the situation is wrong. Why? Because it’s not fair! “It’s not fair, for instance, for the government, in order to preserve the vote-saving token of universal benefits, to increase the tax burden of higher earners in order to claw back their child benefit. Especially when one takes into account the anomaly of the two-

parent family whose wage-earners both come in just under the threshold and thus keep their entitlement to the lot, while the single parent whose sole salary tips them over the brink loses out. Why not just get rid of the notion of universality – it’s illusory anyway – match child benefit entitlement to household income, and be done with it? “And it’s not fair for the government to re-assess those on incapacity benefit with the declared intention to get them back onto the job-seekers register, using yet another arbitrary box-ticking exercise, especially when they cite as justification the specious platitude that the claimants’ health will be better if they do a job of work. Agreed, there is likely to be a proportion of malingerers among them, but these could be much more efficiently and fairly weeded out by means of a proper medical assessment. Too dear? Not if one takes into account the cost of the appeal tribunals that most of the tick-box-decided cases go to, and which evidence suggests most of them win. “It’s worth asking what fairness is, in relation to society. Arguably we had a much fairer society in the middle of the last century, for instance, although it took a world war to achieve it. Take the case of women, who were enabled to work in the place of men sent off to fight, and they did a magnificent job of it too, gaining volumes in self-respect into the bargain. And though there was some slippage when the war was over, the attitude to women in society has remained much more equitable since then. Rationing, too, was applied equally across society. The rich were entitled to the same pinch of dried egg per week as were the poor. There was always the black market, of course, and money could make life a lot more bearable; but even so there was a sense of levelling, of being “all in the same boat” brought about by rationing. “More specifically, it can be argued that fairness is an attribute of the way that society deals with individuals that doesn’t disadvantage one against another,

and at the same time takes their dignity into account. Another view of fairness would discount the individual in favour of the greater good of the community. “The coalition government’s way seems to rest on making distinctions on the grounds of input, regardless of capability (‘Put more in and you’ll get more out, and never mind the fact that you’re physically or emotionally unfit to work’). And that’s not fair! “Finally, we should ask what work is there for our unemployed masses to do? Very little. Very little, at any rate, that brings a sense of self-respect to the worker. It’s all very well for (the otherwise admirable) Iain Duncan Smith to prate about so many million jobs available on the Job Centre lists. But how many of them are real jobs in which, at the end of the working week, something has been made, something that can actually be used, maybe even – heaven forbid – exported? “No. Our ‘me’ society has forgotten – abandoned – its work ethic, preferring instead to be managers or entrepreneurs, getting fat on the sweat of someone else’s manual labour. Except there is no labour for someone else to do, because we sold our manufacturing industry down the river 30 years ago. The overwhelming majority of employment ‘opportunities’ are in serviceindustry jobs, part-time and at minimum wage. And if the claimant is fortunate enough to land one of these shameful excuses for a job, then it will almost certainly be three bus rides away in another town, and most of the paltry income will be sucked up in fares. And that’s not fair!” “Me, I’d just as soon dig holes in the ground, or paint window-frames for OAPs, or whatever other modernday Speenhamland system is devised to give me some notion of achievement and self-respect.” ... thanks Martyn and now a song from Abba. Phew! A lot to think about there folks. Is Martyn right? What do you think? As always the email is

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What is causing this dizziness?


Lawrence King

The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre

STEADINESS AND a sense of balance is controlled by messages from the eyes, inner ears and sensation felt through the limbs. Information from these 3 sources intercommunicates to tell the body where it is and what position it is in. When one of these systems fails it will result in a feeling of unsteadiness on the feet or a feeling of dizziness. Dizziness can be widely categorized into 2 types: light headedness and vertigo. Lightheadedness will present a feeling as if you are about to feint, compared with vertigo, which presents as a spinning sensation inside your own head or of the room around you. Symptoms of vertigo present as a result of irritation of the structures of the inner ear and associated nerves, with symptoms of spinning lasting

from seconds through to hours. Other symptoms often include nausea and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Lightheadedness is usually a result of decreased blood flow to structures of the head and can be caused by low blood pressure (hypotension), anemia, heart problems and arrhythmias. Other causes include anxiety or secondary effects from medication. CASE STUDY – ANNICA Annica suffered from headaches and dizziness for 10 years prior to consulting the chiropractic centre. At its worst headaches and dizziness were occurring 3-4 times per week. A chiropractic examination revealed some misaligned vertebrae in the upper neck, which were responsible for the headaches and dizziness. After a course

Dr Lawrence with Annica

of chiropractic adjustments Annica reports, ‘I am now delighted with the results, the headaches have gone and so has the dizziness.’

If your seek a drug free approach to dizziness, headaches or other spinal complaints call the Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre on 96 686 5432.

For an appointment with Dr. Lawrence, please contact The Costa Blanca Chiropractic Centre on 966 865 432 or call Dr Lawrence direct on 656 589 740.

Question: My elderly mother has been advised to have pneumococcal vaccine. I have never heard of it. Can you please tell what is this vaccine for and why has the nurse told her that she needs it?

Ask the Specialist by

Dr Colin Evans


PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria and can result in illnesses including otitis media, pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. Anybody can get pneumococcal disease but some people are at greater risk than others and should be vaccinated, including: • All adults 65 years of age and older. • Anyone 2 to 64 years of age who has a longterm health problem such as: heart disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, alcoholism, cirrhosis, leaks of cerebrospinal fluid or cochlear implant. • Anyone 2 to 64 years of age who has a disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: Hodgkin’s disease; lymphoma or leukemia; kidney failure; multiple myeloma; nephrotic syndrome; HIV infection or AIDS; damaged spleen, or no spleen; organ transplant. • Anyone 2 to 64 years of age who is taking a drug or treatment that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: long-term steroids, certain cancer drugs, radiation therapy. • Any adult 19 to 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma. • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

Adults over 65 can get vaccinated

Most people require only 1 shot of pneumococcal vaccine; however certain groups need a booster dose which is normally given after 5 years. Your mother may have been advised to have this vaccine based purely upon age and/or because she fits into one of the other at risk groups. Pneumococcal vaccine can be safely administered at the same time as the annual Flu vaccine which Mother is likely to need also.

Article written by Dr Colin Evans (MB.ChB., F.R.C.S., BDS., FDSRCS.) The English Medical Centre, Avda del Albir, 72. Edificio Primavera, Bloque 1. ALBIR, (Alicante) 966 868 013. Email:

OCT - 4 NOV2010 2010 15-2129JANUARY

Glycolic acid (chemical) peeling CHEMICAL PEELING is exactly what it says – the peeling of the skin using a chemical. It removes the outer layer to freshen the skin, removing some sunspots and rough scaly patches, and reducing freckles and irregular pigmentation. It also reduces fine by lines and wrinkles and improves skin that is thin and fragile. Older and sun damaged skin can be significantly rejuvenated. BA. As we age and accumulate skin Face of Beauty, La Marina damage, the rate at which skin cells renew themselves slows down: it takes on average 28 days for a turnover of cells in a young person and 35 for older people. The result is the surface of the skin becomes blocked and clogged with dead, roughened skin cells. Glycolic Acid is part of the alpha hydroxy family, Alpha Hydroxy acids, AHA’s, are produced naturally from, among others, sugarcane, sugar beets, pineapple, canteloupe and unripe grapes and is the smallest in molecule size of all alpha hydroxy acids. This means that it penetrates the skin more easily than other AHA’s, resulting in more dramatic, faster results. Application of Glycolic Acid Peels loosens the glue-like substance that binds skin cells together, removes the top layer of dead cells, allowing new skin cells to surface more quickly and

Gordon Wheatley

easily, revealing a new layer that is smoother textured and more vibrant looking. These peels help with fine lines, minor skin discolourations (such as age spots) and dry patches. It may also have an effect on acne conditions by unblocking follicles which lead to acne conditions. The new skin may also have a more rejuvenated look, producing a more even colour and smoother texture. An additional benefit of Glycolic Peels is these peels may increase cell turnover and improve the production of Collagen, the protein in the skin that prevents the skin from wrinkling and sagging. When applied to the skin, Glycolic Acid peels the topmost surface, as in a heavy duty exfoliation session. Glycolic applications can be done in a salon or clinic, or by using a glycolic acid home peel kit. Obviously salon or clinic treatments use a higher strength of glycolic acid, and because of the short duration that they take (15 - 20 minutes) are sometimes called ‘lunchtime peels’. Salon strength peels contain acid between 20% and 50% or higher, by comparison over the counter products typically contain only 3% to 10% with questionable usefulness. With salon treatments you may feel stinging, which will disappear after a few minutes, your skin may take on a sunburn appearance


Glycolic Acid Peels can benefit a number of skin conditions

becoming pink or red depending on your skin tone but should disappear by the end of the day. A small amount of skin peeling may also happen over the next few days, or it may become dry which can be relieved with a moisturiser. You will need to wear sunscreen for several weeks to protect your new skin, as this is more

Written by Gordon Wheatley BA, Face of Beauty, La Marina, 966 797 759 or 616 110 514, and physio to San Fulgencio football club.

vulnerable than usual to sunburn. In short Glycolic Acid Peels would benefit the following skin conditions to reveal a bright smoother skin texture: sun damaged skin; rough keratanised skin; finely lined skin; age spots; brown marks; mild scarring and hyperpigmentation. They can also improve acne prone skin.


29 OCT - 4 NOV 2010

Did probing Piers go too far? The TV Round Up by

Alex Trelinski

Broadcaster and freelance journalist

THE UK paper hankie manufacturers should decide to sponsor ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ on ITV1, rather than the spirits producer that has its name wrapped round it. After Russell Watson’s recent emotional interview, last Saturday trumped it with profit, as Cheryl Cole bared all. It was riveting television and who doesn’t like Cheryl, despite her poor X-Factor decision over Gamu? Morgan spoke for all of us as he called Cheryl’s ex, Ashley, an idiot, but at times the interview wobbled dangerously over the line as to how far you should push and probe into a person’s life on what is essentially an entertainment show. That didn’t stop it from being a great watch, but I felt that Cheryl didn’t really expect the intensity of questioning that she got, as the tears flowed freely like the water crashing over Niagara Falls. What a pity though that Piers didn’t get so probing with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a nauseating piece of pre-election bottom licking earlier in the year! There was an altogether different mood with the return of ‘The Graham Norton Show’ in a new Friday night slot on BBC1, filling the gap for the departed Jonathan Ross. Though Ross can be an excellent interviewer when he puts his mind to it, the overall feeling of fun and banter that Norton exudes with his guests and the audience is vastly more entertaining and puts you just in the right mood for the weekend. Television history is littered with many wannabes who thought doing such a show is easy, and have failed miserably, often with career-damaging results. The genial Irishman gets it just right, and recordings should be shown to Alan

The successful Downton Abbey

Carr, who for my money does not cut it in his Channel 4 shows, despite his bosses thinking he does. Talking of not cutting it, Claudia Winkleman has taken over from Jonathan Ross in presenting ‘Film 2010’ on BBC 2, and frankly the programme has a ‘dumbed-down’ look about it, as she trades opinions with film critic Danny Leigh on a sofa. What I liked about Ross, and his predecessor Barry Norman, was that you got a direct review of a movie, along with some decent interviews, with both men being passionate about films. The new format just has no gravitas about it, and I’m afraid it is down to the people doing it. Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode who do a great job on BBC Radio discussing movies would have been just the ticket. Channel 4 has premiered its big new

American import of the autumn, ‘The Event’, and after the first two episodes I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Featuring a government conspiracy and some aliens and a man on the run, this has all the feeling of being a hybrid of shows like ‘24’, ’The X Files’, and ‘Flash Forward’. It is slickly made, but I need to be convinced that something truly original is going to pop up, to stick with it for the full run. American viewers have already started to switch-off, so even at this stage, don’t expect the series to return next year! No such problems for ITV 1‘s ‘Downton Abbey’ which I continue to love. With a second run announced for 2011, news has come out that the creator and writer, Julian Fellowes is already working on a third series. Great news indeed!

Raquel Peña triumphant return

THE CELEBRATED Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company is set to return to the Capital Theatre, Rojales, by popular demand. It has been described as one of the most spectacular Andalucian shows to be seen in this area and we are very fortunate to have this group in our midst. There will be many new dances, new costumes and a guitarist/singer as guest artiste. Dance diva Raquel Peña, who is set to make a personal appearance, says she is always saddened when theatre goers are turned away disappointed. As always her regular outstanding soloists and dancers will guarantee a first rate Flamenco Show. The legendary dancer, who recently packed them in at the Orihuela Costa Resort, has entertained U.S. Presidents and British royalty during worldwide performances. Tickets are priced at €10; sponsorship is welcomed and generous donation will be made in favour of Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur. Enthusiasts are urged to reserve tickets by calling 630 689 431 to ensure their seats at the 17:30 start of the show at the town’s 700 seat Capital Theatre. This show is made possible with the much appreciated collaboration of the Cultural Department of Rojales Town Hall.

The Bushwacka fancy dress halloween party THIS SUNDAY, 31st October, is the Bushwacka Fancy Dress Halloween Party with the No.1 DJ on the Costa... DJ JAMES! There will be cash prizes for the best fancy dress and special bar prices. As always there is only one place to party on Halloween. And don’t forget Monday is a Red Day, so you can have a lie in with your Halloween hangover!

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08:00 Childrens TV 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Ready Steady Cook 15:15 Instant Restaurant 16:00 Diagnosis Murder 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Big Silence 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 A Life without Work 23:00 The Stephen K Amos Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cheetah Kingdom 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Paul O’Grady Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Amityville Horror

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Moving On 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Copycats 16:30 Big Babies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Spooks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:15 The Graham Norton Show

08:00 Childrens TV 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Film 2010 with Claudia Winkleman 15:15 Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time 16:00 Diagnosis Murder 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Tea Party America: This World 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Little House 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Real Crime with Mark Austin 24:35 Monte Carlo or Bust

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08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Coach Trip 10:25 Coach Trip 10:55 Coach Trip 11:25 Coach Trip 11:55 Coach Trip 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:20 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:20 The Moonraker 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Homemade Home 22:00 Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 24:05 Seven Days

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Moving On 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Copycats 16:30 Big Babies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Little Howard’s Big Question 17:30 Sarah Jane Adventures 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention 21:00 Jimmy’s Food Factory 21:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 National Lottery Draws 23:45 Film 2010

08:00 Childrens TV 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 Toddworld 10:50 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford’s Puppy Days 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Ready Steady Cook 15:15 Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time 16:00 Diagnosis Murder 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Natural World 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired! 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Whites 24:50 Harry & Paul

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time

08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 According to Jim 10:55 Three in a Bed 11:55 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:00 From Hell to Texas 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Animal Madhouse 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 The Event

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08:30 Motorsports Weekend Magazine 08:45 FIA World Touring Car Championship 09:45 Table Tennis 10:45 WTA Champ. in Qatar 12:30 Tennis Players Lounge 12:45 FIA World Touring Car Championship 13:45 Table Tennis 14:45 Rowing 16:15 WTA Champ. in Qatar 17:45 Tennis Players Lounge 18:00 Eurogoals One To One 18:15 Eurogoals 18:45 Football Champions Club 20:00 Strongest Man 20:50 All Sports: Watts 21:00 Pro Wrestling 21:30 Pro Wrestling: Vintage Collection 22:30 Fight Sport: Total KO 23:30 Eurogoals

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08:00 Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 America’s Next Top Model 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Four Weddings 21:00 America’s Next Top Model 22:00 Honey I Suckled the Kids: Hidden Lives 23:00 Nikita 24:00 Criminal Minds

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08:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Buzz and Tell 10:10 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:25 The Large Family 10:40 Toddworld 10:50 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford’s Puppy Days 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Ready Steady Cook 15:15 Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time 16:00 Diagnosis Murder 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Culture Show 21:00 Nigella Kitchen 21:30 Autumnwatch 2010 22:30 Autumnwatch Unsprung 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Culture Show


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08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:25 According to Jim 10:55 Three in a Bed 11:55 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 The Englishman Who Went up a Hill, but Came down a Mountain 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage Every Day 22:00 What the Green Movement Got Wrong 23:20 What the Green Movement Got Wrong: The Debate 24:00 True Blood

08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:50 Igam Ogam 10:00 Pocoyo 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House 13:40 Five News 13:45 Warship 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Meals in Moments 16:00 Meals in Moments 16:10 Mystery Woman 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:10 The Detonator

06:10 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? 07:00 The Biggest Loser US 08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Liza and Huey’s Pet Nation 11:00 Cold Case 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 Medical Emergency 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 Customs 14:30 Customs 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Cold Case 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Middle 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Modern Family 21:30 The Simpsons 22:00 An Idiot Abroad 23:00 A League of Their Own 23:30 A League of Their Own 24:00 NCIS: Los Angeles

08:30 FIA World Touring Car Championship 09:00 All Sports: Watts 09:15 Football Champions Club 09:45 Rowing 11:00 Rowing 14:00 Snooker 15:30 Football Champions Club 16:00 Rowing 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Strongest Man 20:00 Fight Sport: Fight Club 23:00 All Sports 23:05 All Sports: Watts 23:10 Pro Wrestling 23:40 Pro Wrestling Vintage Collection 24:40 All Sports

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Free celebrations for Jazz Cartagena


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O CELEBRATE the XXX edition of the Cartagena Jazz Festival, the opening concert is free. Juan de Marcos González presents his Afro Cuban All Stars with a performance at the Puertas de Murcia on Friday November 5th at 20:00, by the statue of the Icue in the centre of Cartagena. Closely linked the Buena Vista Social Club, mixing old with the new, they present traditional Cuban music styles; son montuno, merengue, cha cha, danzon, guajira, timba and Afro-Cuban songs. It’s a cultural project that takes in four generations of musicians, ages ranging from 13 to 81. Over the years, many of its members have become internationally known figures including musicians Rubén González, Orlando Cachaíto Lopez, Guillermo Rubalcaba and Manuel El Guajiro Mirabal. They are known internationally for their 1997 album “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta”, which was recorded at the Buena Vista Social Club sessions. Later the same evening at 22:30, The Manhattan Transfer celebrate forty years on stage at the Nuevo Teatro Circo with a line up that remains unchanged since 1978, consisting of Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne. The American vocal group is best known for its jazzy repertoire that features swing, be-bop, and pop. The authors of more than 20 albums, among them Brazilian projects, which involved collaborations with Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento and Djavan. The group’s name comes from John Dos Passos’ 1925 novel “Manhattan Transfer” and refers to their New York origins.

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Masters of Vocalese, their 1985 album of the same name is considered to be the groups most critically acclaimed album. It received 12 Grammy nominations, making it second only to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the most nominated individual album. Vocalese is a style of jazz singing wherein lyrics are written for melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or improvisation. In Cartagena they will present their latest work, “The Chick Corea Songbook,” singing some of the best compositions by the great jazz pianist and composer, along with some highly sophisticated melodies and songs, such as “Spain” and “500 Miles High.” Tickets are €28, available from the Nuevo Teatro Circo, tel. 968 501 615, or ticket agents, tel. 902 150 025. Other artists performing at the festival are the Buena Vista

Social Club, Wayne Shorter, Maceo Parker, Macy Gray, Rob Mazurek’s Starlicker, Stacey Kent, Michel Camilo & Tomatito, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Maria de Medeiros, Howe Gelb & the Band of Gypsies with Raimundo Amador, Zenet, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, the Portico Quartet and Sax Summit featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane. More info at Latest news from Heatwave promotions presenting Richard Street former lead singer with the Temptations at the Orihuela Costa Resort on Friday 3rd December, is that tickets are flying out. Ann Brown said “We’ve been overwhelmed with the interest in the show and the speed with which the tickets have been snapped up.” So if you plan on going, don’t delay getting your ticket. The VIP tickets are sold out. Tickets are €45. Tel. 966 792 595 or 965 724 939. More info at

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IT WAS an evening of entertainment at the Los Aros restaurant for “The Laura Appeal” on Wednesday 20th October which was organised by Lyn and Ken Adams. Los Arcos was full to capacity as the crowd were entertained by Tony Lincoln followed by singer/guitarist Erik Nova. Prizes galore were then raffled followed by an auction. Bery Powell had painstakingly made a large cake for this and the bid of E45 was made fro Beryl Holt. Then it was a good ol’ rock’n’roll session as Timeless. The amount raised was €704.70. Also on 2nd October a Fun Day was organised by Ken and Lyn Adams at Bar Alan’s, Calas Blancas. Tickets were €5 which included meals all of which were donated by Alan. A total of €280 was raised for The Laura Appeal. Ken and Lyn Adams would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their continued support for without them the appeal would not have been a success.


29 OCT - 4 NOV 2010

The verb “ponerse”

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Jane Cronin

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Lesson 131

FOLLOWING ON from last week’s article about common errors, I have one thing left to nag about which there wasn’t room for. It is about English speakers’ persistent use of the English “sh” sound when speaking Spanish. As common as this sound is in English, it actually does not exist in Spanish. To prove my point I would now like you to do a small experiment. Listen carefully to yourself saying the following words out loud, in your usual accent: “estación”, “oficial”, “especialista”, “recepcionista”, “urbanización”. I know I can’t hear you, but I’d put money on the fact the vast majority of readers will have said: “estaSHon”, “ofiSHal”, “espeSHalista”, “resepSHonista”, “erbanizaSHun”. Notice that in each case, the letters you have been replacing are the “ci” combination, and this, as I am sure you know, is pronounced like the English “th” sound, and followed of course by other wellenunciated vowels. Now for the actual subject of this article which is something entirely different. It is in fact the use of the verb “ponerse”. This can be loosely, and most unhelpfully, translated as “to put oneself”, on the grounds that “poner” means “to put” and the “se” ending means that it is a reflexive verb. However, this translation is not a great deal of help so we are better off looking at examples of its use. The first and most basic example is in relation to putting on clothes. A mother might say to a child: “Ponte la chaqueta”, when we would say “put on your jacket”. A more literal translation would be: “Put the jacket on yourself”.

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UTOPIACATS adoption day is at Pet Shop Patricia on the main road of La Marina village, on Monday, 1st November, from 11.30 to 13.30. UtopiaCats is a small group of people re-homing abandoned cats. You can view those ready for adoption on the 1st Monday of every month. If you are not available to meet us there but are interested in visiting the cattery, call 654 886 108. As always, if you do not want to adopt now, you can still help by donating cat food, cat litter, or a few euros.

Notice that in this kind of sentence we don’t say “your jacket” (tu chaqueta) but “the jacket” (la chaqueta), whilst the verb is reflexive (giving us the “you” bit). “Ponerse” has other uses which are often to do with reactions to situations: for example “Mi padre se puso muy enfadado” (my father got (put himself) very angry). “Me puse roja como un tomate” (I went (put myself) as red as a tomato). “No te pongas nervioso” (Don’t get (put yourself) nervous). As you can see I am using different verb forms and tense in my examples, but they are all variations of the infinitive verb “ponerse”. The other evening I had to attend a gala ceremony, which I’d love to tell you about but now is not the moment, prior to which I was instructed by a friend here in San Pedro with “ponte guapa”. This does not mean (as the literal meaning “put yourself pretty” sounds) that I had to rush off and have emergency plastic surgery, however necessary that might be. What she meant was that I should “pretty myself up” or perhaps “put on my glad rags”, which I duly endeavoured to do. There is quite a wide range of other uses of “ponerse”, for example “me pongo delante” means “I’ll go (put myself) in front”, likewise “me pongo detrás” (I’ll go behind). Both phrases would be suitable when deciding where to sit in a car. Also, when we want to contact someone we can say: “Quiero ponerme en contacto con Paco”. My choice of the name Paco is not as random as it might appear: I have a theory that most of the people here who actually get anything

Autumn Afghan Heroes Events HALLOWEEN 4 Afghan Heroes is on Saturday 30th October from 20.00 at JD’s Bar in Lo Pagan (opposite the windmill) in San Pedro, with popular Cathy Carson donating her time, joined by Pride of Spain winners in 2009 TAABS, and providing the dance element are the colourful Iceni Dancers. Tickets at €5 are available from Paul at JD’s Bar on 968 178 126, with food available on the night. All ticket and raffle proceeds to Afghan Heroes: fancy dress is optional, but we will be making an effort! The Club in Quesada will host a night of entertainment with Tony

done are called “Paco”, therefore they are the most useful people to get into contact with. This theory is based on years of research. And finally, an excuse for not attending your Spanish class – “Mi perro se puso enfermo anoche” (my dog fell ill last night) – which is a variant on “The dog ate my homework”, and is equally unacceptable. See you next week.

Lincoln on Wednesday 3rd November at 20.00. Marie Evans will add a touch of glamour; Nick Barker with his fun style and Charles Cole, (Coles County) brings 50’s, 60’s and Country Music. Tickets are €5, on sale at The Club, Quesada; The Post Room, Benijofar and by contacting Chrissie on 966 181 943. The Afghan Heroes ‘Ello, Ello’ after show party will be held at Casa Ventura on Saturday 13th November from 19.30: Cathy Carosn, TAABS and The Iceni Dancers will be performing. Tickets €5; details as above. Volunteers to raise funds for Afghan Heroes please call Jackie on 697 501 992. Also visit

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

Cryptic Crossword

Sudoku ACROSS 1. A pen, or its holder (6-6) 7. A point in favour of New Guinea, initially (5) 8. A self-made counterfeiter may be so described (5) 9. I will be briefly unwell (3) 10. Receptacle used on certain orders (9) 11. They are outside or is it just speculation? (6) 12. Enough furniture for 501 vehicles (6) 15. Promote a murderer and cause uproar (5,4) 17. Fellow in command (3) 18. Unlikely to be outwitted or feel pain (5) 19. Put your foot down! (5) 21. Deeply sad tendency in an audience (12)

DOWN 1. A money-lender may, but it won’t appear in his books! (4,8) 2. I personally go East to begin with (3) 3. They carry on among wits (6) 4. Result of a big blow to the economy? (9) 5. She’s found in excellent surroundings (5) 6. Showing pre-arranged loathing (12) 7. It naturally beats peas and beans (5) 10. Craftsman who may have to take a plane (9) 13. Directed me to help out (5) 14. Actors show they have star potential! (6) 16. I am on time for the picture (5) 20. One is confused for a long time (3)



1. Prodigality (12)

1. Freeing (12)

7. Navy (5)

2. Wonder (3)


Quick Crossword

3. Shrewd (6)

8. Grieve (5)

4. Excellent (9)

9. Dog (3)

5. Induce (5)

10. Meddle (9)

6. Autonomy (12)

11. Powerful (6)

7. Leading (5)

12. Blunt (6)

10. Lack of

15. Forbearance (9)

knowledge (9)

17. Useless (3)

13. Beneath (5)

18. Ancient (5)

14. Weak (6)

19. Deduce (5)

16. Burdened (5)

21. Unending (12)

20. Jollity (3)

Win a meal for 2 at the Inn Plaice in torrevieja (Mon-Thu) or at by answering the Cryptic Crossword correctly. Answers by email to: or Fax: 96 585 60 54

You can play these wordwheels by whatever rules you like. But there is at least one nine letter word hidden in each wordwheel (and thus using every letter in the wordwheel). For many players the fun element and biggest challenge of the wordwheel is to find a nine letter word. Other than that, the rules are up to you - but generally you should restrict yourself to only finding words that contain the central letter, as otherwise you will find huge numbers of words in many puzzles!



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One French and one Spanish Please call 966 709 893 for reservations or to pre-order your takeaway. Call for directions on 678 571 117

ticket each won a 14,710,590 Euros (£13,115,962) jackpot prize

ANSWERS & WINNER Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 41. Crossword winner for issue 575: Justin Ingram San Luis


29 OCT - 4 NOV 2010

music scene Gina Johnson – Le Cabaret, Cumbre Del Sol

Compiled by

Eric Taylor

ET’s Golden Oldies Disco Tel: 965 748 199 659 921 875 or email:

If there are any music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column, please contact Eric directly.


N SATURDAY October 30, “Gina Johnson” is appearing at Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell. Gina ia a beautiful, vivacious singer who can captivate and relate to audiences with the power and range of her voice that has won her worldwide praise. She has performed at major venues/hotels/ cruise ships all over the world and included in her repertoire are the songs of: Shirley Bassey, Elkie Brooks, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross and other Motown favourites. Tickets are 5 euros – meal available. Le Cabaret is located in the Lirios Centre, on Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell. For details of future events phone: 663 733 811.

Rob Sweeney Singer/Entertainer ROB IS a seasoned performer with a rich and powerful voice which he puts to excellent use, whether singing pop and soul classics or songs from the shows - some of which he’s starred in having studied and performed in musical theatre over the previous few years. As a cabaret artist he’s toured extensively throughout the UK being especially well received in Blackpool where, after battling through several grueling heats he won the Bass Brewery Star Search 2000 securing some prestigious work performing in their touring road shows. Rob is a class act with a versatile repertoire to suit all audiences. For more info phone: 609 320 924. website: http://robsweeney-singer.

Don Dimo Guitarist extraordinaire DON DIMO has it all, he is a brilliant guitarist whose act ranges from breathtaking Spanish guitar to Dire Straits, Jimmy Hendrix, Gary Moore, Pink Floyd, BB King and many others. Don is also a great entertainer who interacts well with his audience. For bookings: 627 657 073 - Web site: GIGS IN NOVEMBER: Thursday 4th: The Lees Bar, Orba Friday 5th: Bar Quo Vadis, Javea Saturday 6th: Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell Saturday 20th: Rte. El Paraiso, Parcent Sunday 21st: Jaspers Lounge Bar, Bacon al Mar, Javea. 14.00 Friday 26th: Rte. El Paraiso, Parcent Saturday 27th: Bar Quo Vadis, Javea

GIGS FOR NOVEMBER: Friday 5th: Pizza Time, Albir Friday 12th: Bar El Pozo, La Nucia Saturday 13th: Bar So What, Calpe Port Friday 19th: Liberty Bar, Calpe Saturday 20th: Bar Pavarotti, Albir Friday 26th: Pizza Time, Albir Saturday 27th: Bar Pavarotti, Albir

The Nomad - Live Music Show BRUCE IS the incredibly lively singer, blues harmonica and saxophone player with the trademark long black coat, top hat, and stuffed white rat on his shoulder. Previously Bruce specialised in rock and blues music, but now The Nomad - Live Music Show contains a much bigger and wider, range of songs. Bruce can be contacted on: 629 809 638, or via his website: GIG LISTING Saturday 30th October: Metro Gastro Bar, Calpe

M R O D N E B Carlita: female vocalist The

ers Newcom e Welcom


Sunday 31st October: Magnum’s Bar, Oliva Saturday 6th November: “So What International” Bar, Calpe Port Saturday 13th November: Bar Wifi, Camping Los Llanos, El Vergel Friday 19th November: Bonnies Bar, Pinoso Saturday 20th November: “So What International” Bar, Calpe Port Thursday 25th November: The Lees Bar, Orba Saturday 27th November: Magnum’s Bar, Oliva

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:

THIS WEEK’S focus zooms in on Carlita, a dynamic female vocalist who has been working on the Costa Blanca for a little over 2 years, during which time she has performed at many hotels and venues including the Ambassador Playa Hotel, the Cumberland Bar, Villasol and the Two Seals to name but a few. Whilst she is predominantly over here in Benidorm, she still makes the trip back to the UK frequently to perform by popular demand at many holiday camps, clubs and army functions and also as a vocalist with the Grenadier Guards Dance Band. Her repertoire is varied as you will hear songs from the 1960s to present day by recording artists such as Alison Moyet, Tom Jones, The Drifters and Bette Midler as the show goes on. Her main employment in the UK was for the NHS where she was Commissioning Manager for a Primary Care Trust. She holds a Master’s Degree from Warwick University in Business Studies in addition to a Black Belt in Karate. Carlita can be seen most nights in The Cumberland Bar,

where she regularly sings and hosts the evening’s entertainment and on Saturday at the Malibu Bar on Calle Berlin in the Rincon area of Benidorm. For further information or to book Carlita, call her on 685 550 106.

29 OCT - 4 NOV 2010

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For your reservation please call 96 648 0125 C/Inglesia No. 14, JALON Now taking bookings for Christmas Lunch and New Year’s Eve

Pharaoh (Andy Headford) with Joseph (Harry Woodford)

by Jack Trougton


OCK AND ROLL ‘Pharaoh’ Andy Headford is troubled by his dreams and turns to Joseph for an interpretation – all part of a famous scene in the new Footlights production. The Egyptian is performed as an Elvis spoof as ‘the King’ and Andy wears a superb costume, including blue suede shoes, designed and made by Ian Underwood for next month’s performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The family show, with a cast of 30 and featuring the Laude Elizabeth School Choir, opens at the Auditori de la Mediterrania, La

Nucia, on Friday 12th November and continues at the theatre on Saturday 13th November. On Wednesday, 17th November and Thursday, 18th November, the show switches to the Casa de Cultura, Calpe. Tickets are on sale at €12 each. For the La Nucia shows they are available online from, by calling Freephone 902 444 300 and direct from the Auditori theatre for personal callers paying cash Mondays to Fridays between 10.00 and 14.00 and 18.00 to 20.00, and on Saturdays between 10.00 and 14.00. For Calpe seats, call 656 376 769 Mondays to Fridays between 10.00 and 13.00.

Bring and Buy and Coffee morning AFTER THE very successful and wonderful Anievas Recital, our next event will be the Annual Bring and Buy and Coffee morning on Tuesday 9th November from 10.30 am at Jenny and David Decker’s villa in Javea. For your entry of 2€ you will have refreshments and a lucky raffle ticket! We need cakes and pastries (calling all cooks) and bottles, as well as items for the white elephant/bric-a-brac stall and book stall. You bring and donate items, we sell them on to people who attend and the surplus, if any, helps to swell Party funds. Any unsold items are donated to the local charity shops. None of our preparation is any good without your help and support, so we do hope to see you there. For more details please phone - 966 197 239 or email -


Restaurant El Paraiso Closed for Holiday Mon Nov 1st – Wed Nov 17th Friday Nov 26th Music with Rob Sweeney & Suzie Q Christmas Corner Shop opening soon!

Now taking bookings for Christmas Lunch, & New Years Eve Also Boxing Day with

THE NOMAD Tel 96 640 5398 For reservations

Fair play

INTRIGUING THRILLER ‘Time to Kill’ promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats while appealing to their sense of fair play. Penned by Leslie Darbon and directed by Jeff Corbett, Monte Pego Theatre Company is busy in rehearsal for performances on 25th, 26th and 27th November. Thelma Edmonds plays the highly strung Helen, a woman used to being dominated but extremely dangerous when pushed close to the edge, while Kaye Stubley is cast as ‘Dizzy Lizzie’, the scatty secretary who married the boss and likes to preen. The play tells of four bored housewives who decide to put a man on trial – shackled in a chair – for the killing of a woman. The show is being performed at the theatre in Rafol D’Almunia. Tickets cost €12, which includes


Thelma (left) and Kaye rehearse

a charity donation and a free interval drink. Call the Box Office on 635 688 990 or email

OCI Radio is back broadcasting in English!! And to prove it Pauline McGough will be on 94.6fm Mon-Fri from 3pm-4pm Tune in all you old and new Onda Cero listeners, you’ll love it! All your local news, information, keeping you up to date with what’s going on around the area plus much, much more. One whole hour of talk radio in English every day, Mon–Fri 3pm-4pm. Don’t miss it!

MON: Pamela Dawson Tasker – Costa Commentary TUES: Paul Freeman - Quiz Master WED: Jerry Lane – Celebrity Showcase THURS: Mark Kitchen – Sky Flicks FRI: Points of View Just some of the highlights of the week!! If your business would like to advertise on Onda Cero call Pauline on 669 315 657 or email


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Plant plantlets for productivity

Garden Club of Vega Baja


Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

October and November are good months to grow vegetables

OCTOBER AND November are good times to start to grow vegetables in Spain but if you have not done so before plantlets rather than seed provide an easy and productive option for a good number of types of vegetables, especially if you plan to grow your vegetables in restricted spaces such as containers and raised beds.

Typically plantlets available in the autumn include the following:

THE BENEFITS OF PLANTLETS The main reasons for starting off with plantlets rather than sowing your own seed are: You do not need to spend the time and effort necessary to successfully raise your own plantlets from seed in the green house or open air. A reasonable selection of seasonal plantlets can be purchased economically in many local markets, garden centres, commercial greenhouses and agricultural co-operatives. Ask a neighbouring Spaniard who grows vegetables where the best local source is. Often the plantlets have been grown according to organic principles.

NEEDING MORE SPACE: Broad Beans, Cauliflowers, Broccoli, Romanesque, Cabbage and Globe Artichokes: can be planted in very large pots, trailed down the side of raised beds, grown up trellises to save space, or of course reserved for the vegetable plot. For productivity of space utilisation, those that need little space can be planted in blocks rather than rows to use the available area most productively. The day you plant you can start picking off the odd leaf of lettuces, Spinach, Basil and Parsley for tasty salads. As soon as you harvest a few plants they can

NEEDING LITTLE SPACE: Onions, Lettuce, Spinach, Beetroot, Swiss Chard, Parsley and Chives: they can be planted in large pots, containers, old bath tubs, and one metre square raised beds

be replaced by a new plantlet of the same or different type ensuring that your mini vegetable garden is always fully planted. THE DISADVANTAGES OF PLANTLETS The main disadvantages of buying rather than raising your own plantlets or sowing directly in the ground are: The range of vegetables and the number of varieties of each will be limited You may need to get to the local market etc. early to have first choice of the plants. In some cases you will be able to place an order in advance. If you purchase plantlets from a hot house or from a coastal source when you live inland you may need to first plant them in pots/trays to harden off before planting out on a wind blown vegetable plot. Sometimes they have not been raised organically. The best selling book ‘Growing healthy vegetables in Spain’ expands on these issues.

Clodagh and Dick have now lived and gardened in various parts of Spain for 25 years. There books are packed with useful information with vivid illustrations that are gardening bibles for many expats and English speaking Spaniards, whether experienced or beginners. You will find ‘Your Garden in Spain, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’, ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and the latest one, ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ in high street and internet bookshops. has an autumn offer for the first three. You can always keep the one you don’t already have and use the other two as birthday or Christmas presents. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe October 2010.

THE OCTOBER meeting of the Garden Club started with the AGM. As all committee members were prepared to stay in office the official business did not take long. There was a talk by Harry and Anna. They are two of the early members of the club and a fount of information on all sorts of plants but most especially grapevines. They brought along a tray of seed and leaf specimens for each table and explained the variety of seed pods and leaf shapes that there are, telling us that plants as far apart as onions, lilies, palms and rice are related by the type of leaf they have although they come from vastly different plant families. November speaker will be Therese Gantley who has just completed a years gardening diploma course which is supported by the Valencian region. December will be our usual Quiz and Nibbles meeting, there is no meeting in January but it is hoped to arrange a New Year lunch around the middle of the month. February will see the return of Mike Wyatt who will talk about care of fruit trees. Why not come along and join us at our next meeting….. Nov 1st at Los Rosales on the Lemon Tree Road from 2-4 pm.

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Discover the Costa Blanca

Derek Workman continues his series of excursions from his book ‘Inland Trips From the Costa Blanca’ which features 22 detailed trips that lead you to spots you’d never find by yourself.

Works of Art in Miniature The Orange Museum of Burriana THOSE IN the know will tell you that during the hey-day of the orange, from the early 19th century until the middle of the 20th, Burriana was the centre of orange production and exportation in the Valencian region. At least they will if they come from Burriana but, just as there are plenty of towns that would dispute Llíria’s claim to be the first place to have a town band, so there would no doubt be plenty to challenge Burriana’s assertion of its orangey fame. However, what it can quite rightly claim is to have the only orange museum in Europe, the Museo de Taronja, the result of one man’s obsession, that man being Vicente Abat, a real, live Doctor Orange, because he has a doctorate in everything you could possibly want to know about the citrus fruit. At first sight of the collection of ancient agricultural machinery, with its vicious prongs and blades, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have to be seriously sad to get any fun out of a visit to Vicente’s pride and joy (although for the fashion conscious there are a few fine examples of upper-crust clothing in silk and lace from the 18th and 19th centuries) but the crown jewels of the collection are the labels used to carry the name of Valencian oranges worldwide. Most tourist info tells you that the orange

Kiosk model

was first brought to Spain by the Moors in about the 7th century, as indeed it was, but that was a bitter variety used in cooking. The deliciously sweet fruit that provided the commercial backbone of the Valencian region for generations actually arrived from Gerona in the early 18th century. Britain became the biggest market for the fruit thanks to the coal industry. In the days when the British Raj relied on steamships plying between India and the UK, coal ships would leave their loads at various bunkering ports throughout the Mediteranean and would pick up Valencian oranges so as not to return empty handed. Initially the fruit would be delivered in bulk in large crates and sold at auction, but eventually wily producers wanted to have their own brand names known and began to label the boxes so that the greengrocer would ask for his specific brand. The next stage was to wrap the orange itself in decorated tissue paper, known as papel seda¸ silk paper, because it was so fine, although not actually made of silk, so that the ultimate buyer – the housewife – would do the same. (Although there was a secondary reason for using the paper in that, in the times before refrigeration, it protected the fruit from being contaminated by rotten fruit next to it.) From these simple promotional ideas came the stunning artwork on display in the museum. There’s barely an illustrative device that hasn’t been used in creating the ‘orange artwork’; sports, folklore, luscious ladies and equally luscious fruit, geometric forms, animals, cartoons, fantasy, exotic, all beautifully executed, even though they were only ever intended be slapped onto the side of a wooden crate. As much of the fruit was exported to the UK, the Union Flag and various iconic British images feature in the display; The British Boy Scout, who for some unknown reason, stands on top of a mountain with snowy peaks in the distance, perhaps showing a sense of alpine adventure, The English-Bull Dog (sic), looking more woeful than proud, The Grand National, and Our Sam, which illustrates a rugby ball set vertically for kick in a crowd filled stadium, with the image of a lantern-jawed player in a navy and white striped shirt with that stern Wigan-ish short

To discover more about Spain, visit and are random notes about life in Spain. Derek Workman’s books, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain are available from most good books shops or direct from the publisher, Santana Books, or Tel. 952 485 838.

Guided archaeological tours UPON THE discovery and appreciation of the Jewish quarter of Lorca (Murcia), Lorca Taller del Tiempo is organising guided tours to this important archaeological site in the Lorca Castle (Murcia), where you can visit a real archaeological excavation and learn how archaeologists work, as well to check for yourself the jewish archaeological remains of Lorca. Moreover, to complete this historical journey, Lorca Taller del Tiempo offers you a special menu to enjoy the beautiful overviews of Lorca from the restaurant site at the old stables of the Lorca Castle. The visit takes place Saturday at 10.30am and costs 8€ For more information visit

Medieval Market in Alcàsser THE LITTLE town of Alcàsser (or Alcacer if you prefer Castellano), just south of Valencia, will celebrate its 6th medieval market. This year the event will move from the square in front of the Town Hall to the market square. Young and old can have a try at medieval dancing and all the medieval characters that mix with the crowd - beggars, soldiers, a ferocious axe man, a wild faun on stilts controlled by an elfin, a puppeteer - will guarantee an authentic atmosphere. At night

ghosts will wander around the market and every evening jugglers and acrobats close the market with a lively fire show. There will be some 40 stalls with good quality craft work, as the market is again organised by craft association Amata, which checks that all goods on sale are hand made by the same person that stands at the stall. The market opens on Friday the 5th of November at 6pm; Saturday and Sunday opening times are from 11am till 2pm and then again from 5pm till 10 or later, according to the weather. More information, also in English, on 639 979 678. Photos of previous Amata markets on their web site at

English Bull Dog label of look of a champion. One of Vicente Abat’s uncles is represented with The Wireless Brand, where an ancient wireless radiates the lightning rays symbolic of the radio signal, at whose tips are written Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Southampton, the British ports most used by the Valencian companies. Below the radio, the strap-line’ All Stations Calling “Eat More Fruit” ’ reflects a promotional phrase of the British Government at the time. You can just imagine the elegantly archetypical British tones of Bob Danvers Walker calling out “Broadcasting Sweetness”. Disney is represented by Donald Duck, Les Trois Petits Colchons (The Three Little Pigs) and De Zeven Dwergjes, with Snow White holding a glistening orange instead of the poisoned apple

her stepmother provided for light refreshment. The sultry American actress Jeanette MacDonald peeps coyly from behind a sprig of orange blossom, advertising the Extra Extra Selected, which must be as good as you can get, and a one curious label for Vater Und Sohn, depicts a very disgruntled baldy with a nipper bent over his knee getting a darn good spanking. Probably best not to enquire further about that one! Vicente Abat considers his labels to be works of art in miniature, and I know of at least one person – me – who would happily spend more hours gazing at his collection than at a dozen galleries of Rembrandts, Goyas or Picassos. Perhaps it’s the ‘art cretin’ in me! Museo de la Toronja, Carrer Major 10, Burriana, Castellón. Tel 96 451 5415

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In it

TIME IS an illusion. It can fly by and we wonder just where it went and sometimes it drags, and we can’t keep our eyes off our watch. When we are having a good time the hands of the clock are speeding by, and when we wish we weren’t where we were, time goes so by slowly that every minute seems to pass slower than the last. We wait for things to happen, and it can feel like an eternity until they do, and then, only then, does the time fly on by and we wish time would stand still. Time compartmentalises our lives into structure. The one hour lunch break, the two hour flight, the half hour dental treatment; on each occasion our lives are under the strict and relentless passing of the hours of time, and we have no control of it whatsoever. The snooze button on my alarm allows me to have just ten minutes more in bed. Just pressing it actually puts me back in control when it is almost time to get up. I can delay a new day starting with the knowledge that I can snooze for just ten minutes more. So why does the alarm seem to wake me only a few seconds later? Later on in the day when I need ten minutes for a coffee break there is never the time. Time was when I was young when playing all day was the order of the day. There were no restrictions on time whatsoever. You were called for meals and then just fell asleep in a comfortable bed at the end of a long day. There were friends all around you, and toys, and new experiences and you couldn’t even tell the time, even if you knew conceptually what it was anyway. There was then no such thing as time. Then alarm clocks woke you for school, and bells rang when lessons loomed and playtime was over; though it went so quickly, and

double Geography always dragged. My father bought me a watch and told me how to tell the time. Since that day I have worn a watch, and nothing will allow me to take it off. I am well and truly harnessed to time, and I am the product of it. Time then found its way to test us by examinations. O and A levels, swatting, trying to read notes, and then regurgitating it all in three hours against the clock, knowing that the result would change lives. University was a time trip, socialising for hours over cheap wine, and then staying up all night to get an essay done. Nobody ever told you how to balance your time and be responsible, maybe they never will. Time is now ours and we do what we have to with it. We say that in a busy World we have no time to do the things that we want to; turning it sometimes into a perfect excuse for not doing what we do not want to do. Time changes are to be experienced in the future. Firstly we look back at our life, and the progress that we have made, and then we look forward to what we can expect. Spirit calls us all through life. Some of us hear the call early as I did, and others heard it but said no because they weren’t ready. Time goes by and then we all begin to realise that we aren’t going to live forever. Time has brought us to where we are and it will take us surely onwards to where we have to be. We open our hearts to what is yet to come, not knowing the time that we have left, or what we have time for. Suddenly we are back to where we started. There will be no such thing as time and we can rest assured that we can play with the wisdom of our soul within for ever and a day. Many are brought to Spiritualism in time, and it is never too early or late to realise just where you are right now and where time has taken you to, with all your life ahead of you. We belong to this minute, and we’re in it!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: FOUR YEARS ago in a reading you told me about finding a South African shilling note with a message in a brown envelope. It meant nothing to me at the time, but on the recent death of my Grandmother the envelope was discovered with a South African 10 shillings and a note from my Grandfather. Thank you Kenny for providing the accurate message my Grandfather sent way back then! Janice. F. Thanks for finding the time to tell me, and for rounding off the story. Your Grandfather expected that you would get his message, and though it did take time, you did. I am only the messenger boy, but this message proves the survival of your Grandfather in the Spirit World, and his love to want to contact you. You can’t buy much for ten shillings, but priceless is the memory and the spiritual connection here!

Kenny’s Diary Readings at Bistro Maya in Albir: Wednesday 3rd November from 16.30 to 19.00. Spiritual Fair at the Maya on November 20th! Please call: 96 686 8213. Service, and Demonstration of Clairvoyance at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation at the Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz Del Pi on Thursday November 4th at 18.30. All Welcome! Readings at Hair Zone in El Limonar, Torrevieja on Tuesday November 9th. Mini readings back by request at this popular and friendly salon from 17.00 onwards. Book now to avoid disappointment: 96 678 6722 or 627 065 301

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

horoscopes by Kenny Corris This week brings you a chance to refocus your ideas and to modify any of your plans that are already in the pipeline. Mercury’s stern networking abilities give you a chance to spread the word, and to echo your own wants and needs right now that have to be taken into consideration. Staunch support finds you veering towards turning over a new leaf, and that’s not before time either. Planetary influences currently illuminate a loophole that may very well work to your advantage in the near future dexterity; if you act with your usual temerity and speed. You seem to have put all of your eggs in one basket, and the chance to make amends may be a lifesaver. Don’t listen to the advice of others, since they do not know just how you are implicated, and just how lucky you are. Blame actions with mighty and structuring Uranus to bring you back to your senses. There was always more than met the eye on the home front, and for once, with all the will in the World, things can’t be just swept under the carpet. Someone won’t stand up for themselves, and in their defence you are making a rod for your own back and not solving the real matter in hand. Take control of an emotional situation which has gone somewhat off the rails, and which threatens to end in heartache and misery. Knowing the truth and seeing the current version of this in action you know very well the difference that you alone could make. If you stay silent it is possible that nobody will be any the wiser, but implications will see the ball back in your court and you don’t need that. Libran balance is the way forward and it does have immediate effect in lightening the heavy pressures of recent events. You may never get the apology that you deserve, but you can rest in the knowledge that you did what you could, which is far more than anyone else has. Blame a wayward Mars and a transient Jupiter for you having to go against the grain to get the job done. A calm week with none of the surprises of late which have coloured your mood and somewhat zapped your energy recently. See a new horizon as being a chance to move on, but know that you are not running away this time. With extra work coming from all directions it is time to get your head down and do things your way, and in so doing you will show everybody just what you are capable of, and may very well surprise yourself in the process. Actions in your sister Planet of Taurus herald a new start and the chance to create something new. There have been some false starts, but current planetary actions involve Ceres, and Neptune who together help you to lift your mood and tune into positive energies. The way forward is paved with better opportunities and even if you do fall over on the way you can also pick yourself up! Love enters into your heart as a relationship turns a corner and you realise that you are not only together for a reason, but united in your soul energies as well. The comfort that companionship brings and the depth of love and attention on both sides is inspiring and comforting. The next move will bring with it a test to gauge your devotion and will bring you closer than ever. A financial corner is developing and needs some attention before it spirals completely out of control. This is a warning that you will find is not adequately repeated, but which urges your constraint and compliance with that which can help you see your way out of the wood. You will emerge from this leaner and keener, and better equipped to balance the books in the future. A time to start a new project, or to birth something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and there is every chance that you are onto a winner this time. Don’t let the errors of the past colour your judgment in any way, but be open to take advice to ensure that you stay on track. If others give your plan the cold shoulder then they really do not know what you can do if you put your mind to it. Taking charge means that you have your work cut out this week, but can rest assured that you take things in your stride. There is no room for sentiment as you take on a role that was made for you and which empowers you. This is a great time to make plans for a future trip as Neptune and Uranus play for your attention, and scheming Mercury calls the shots once and for all. Take a step back and see how comfortable you are just now. What you need is a challenge to prove what you can do, and to be just left alone to do it your way and in your own time. Finding out your limits puts you in the right frame, for a change, and consolidates once and for all what you are really made of and how determination will help you win in the end. Slow and steady wins the race.

If it’s your birthday this week... Take time out for yourself. Not only are you winding up for pressure on the work front, but you need to experience some relaxation so you can better plan your next move and just where it is going to take you!

29-OCT - 4 NOV 2010 FEB 26 MARCH 4 2010

Portrait Of A Killer – Jack The Ripper Case Closed

Book Review by

Danny Collins

HERE’S A good one to read as the wind whistles around the house on Halloween. Some years ago I read a book by the short-lived author Stephen Knight entitled Jack the Ripper, the Final Solution. Knight, who died in 1985 aged 34, attributed the Whitechapel murders of November 1988 to the eccentric British impressionist painter, Walter Sickert. Knight based most of his story on the alleged confessions by Sickert to Sickert’s ‘son’ Joseph, although whether Joseph was truly Sickert’s son has always remained in question. If he was, he was rightly due the HRH endorsed on his cheques by the Royal Bank of Scotland, for Jospeh would have been one of two brothers born to Sickert out of his relationship with Alice Margaret Crook, the illegitimate daughter of HRH Victor Albert, the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, with a shop girl named Annie Elizabeth Crook – not a prostitute as legend would have us believe. Joseph Sickert, formerly known as Joseph Gorman, may have invented the tale – he was an artist and may have been familiar with Walter Sickert’s eccentric lifestyle – or perhaps it was all true. If it was, and Knight believed every word, then the Whitechapel murders were unleashed on the community to cover up Victor Albert’s (aka Prince Eddie’s) dalliance and marriage with a Catholic shop girl and were perpetrated by Queen Victoria’s physician Sir William Gull, aided by Sickert Sr who was into a bit of sadism and gore. The royal theory has been around for years but now enters ace novelist and forensic whizz kid Patricia Cornwell, famous for her fictional chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Miss Cornwell, who is no slouch herself in forensic matters – she’s actually Director of Applied

HAH to help Author: Patricia Cornwell Publisher: Sphere Price: 11.20 euros ISBN: 978 0 7515 3359 0

Forensic Science at the National Forensic Academy – weighs in with DNA, contemporary witness statements, and autopsy reports. It is gruesome reading and while Cornwell doesn’t consider the royal theory as credible she does fix on Walter Sickert. She matches mitochondrial DNA on stamps on envelopes containing taunting letters written to the police by ‘Saucy Jack’ to letters written by Sickert and she points to the artist’s paintings as containing hidden clues to the murders. It’s all very plausible and I enjoyed the detective work but as should be expected some of the reporting is gory. However, that doesn’t outweigh the unique experience for the reader to follow Ms Cornwell at work as she matches modern forensics and DNA technology to a 19th century case that baffled the best of Scotland Yard. A truly historic milestone in true crime reporting that should have pride of place on any amateur sleuth’s bookshelf – and it wouldn’t go amiss on the reading list of a few professionals as well.

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.

Annual IFEPA dog show YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) the details of next week’s annual Canine Exhibition at the IFEPA centre in Torre Pacheco were announced by Torre Pacheco Mayor and President of the IFEPA Centre, Daniel García Madrid. The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Murcia School of Veterinarians and the Canine Society of Murcia, will be at the exhibition centre during next weekend, 6th and 7th November. The annual dog show at IFEPA is considered by dog experts to be one of the best in not only Spain, but also in Europe and attracts some the best dog breeders in the world. It is a perfect opportunity to see some of the rarest breeds and several of the dogs

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that have been confirmed to attend the event have won European and World Championship prizes for their breeds. As well as the shows, there will also be agility competitions and displays as well as the traditional parades of breeds. There will also be a wide range of exhibitors selling canine related products from collars and leads to dog insurance and homeopathic remedies. A number of vets will also be on hand to discuss canine nutrition, treatments and ailments and offer advice to dog owners about how best to care for their pooch. In order to get 33% discount off the entrance fee for the show, please cut out the advert in this issue of RTN and take it with you.

A swinging total for

Paul Cunningham Nurses

RECENTLY AT Mil Palmeras, the Phoenix Promotion Evening for the Golden Era of Swing was a huge success, with every seat in the house taken. Tony Kelly, Patti Ross and Keith Monk were amazing. Karen from PCN said she only had to watch the faces in the room light up remembering the tunes and also listen to everyone joining in their favourite songs to know this was a successful evening. Paul Cunningham Nurses would like to thank everyone for their generosity on the evening after €250 was raised for the charity following a raffle. Norma from Phoenix Promotions is a wonderful, bubbly person who put the evening together and did her very best to support the raffle, PCN would like to thank her once again for all her support. FUN CASINO Coming up on the 24th November, Norma and Phoenix Promotions have arranged another joint evening with PCN which will be a swanky night out to kick start the festive season. Phoenix will be hosting a glittering Monte Carlo Night at Los Arcos, Torrevieja with a Fun Casino where everyone can enjoy the feel of a real casino without the risk of losing their shirts! Karen from PCN says she cannot wait for Casino Night ...she will certainly at the front of the queue to volunteer her services! Keep watching the press and checking our website for details of this and our other forthcoming events.

SINCE ITS launch, HAH (Help at Home) has gone from strength to strength, already helping 14 clients and their families cope with a variety of health problems. HAH are proud to offer qualified nurses and carers, counsellors, a translator, fundraisers, and lots of other willing hands to help in so many ways, such as hospital sitting, respite car, driving (hospital, Doctors appointments), home care etc. We offer as much help as possible to our clients, but cannot provide full-time home care. We will, however, offer as much help as possible FREE OF CHARGE. Please call us on 633 693 034, Monday to Friday between 09.30 and 18.00. Visit for news of forthcoming events. Email or telephone 633 673 034 for further information.

EVENTS Thursday, 4th November from 14.00: Open afternoon at SOS fashions, Mercadona Square. 10% of all sales to HAH. Details Tel: Celia 968 574 576. Monday 15th November Demonstration and lunch at Campbells, Roda. Details to follow shortly. Tuesday 23rd November Table Top Sale at La Zona, Alcazares from 12.00: £5 pitch (bring your own table, and sell unwanted items): To book/details Tel: Celia on 968 574 576. Wednesday 1st December Beauty Demo, wine etc. at Gala. For further details ring Celia on 968 574 576. Friday 3rd December 20.00: Concert at Civic Centre Sucina. Featuring Showaddywaddy legends, including a finger buffet at €10: Tickets from Heather 968 371 080 or Jenny 968 371 078.

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Antivirus cover

Brian from Denia asks: Hi Aunty, always enjoy your weekly column. The laptop I bought in the UK from PC World is nearly a year old. I paid extra to have Norton antivirus installed for 1 year and now have to decide whether to pay £70 to continue with it for another year. Do you think it would be worth the expense or should I subscribe to an alternative, maybe a free, protection system? Aunty says: Hi Brian. I’ve drifted away from Norton over the years, mainly due to the overhead it has on your computer and the huge choice of freebies available. As always I recommend AVG for the anti virus protection plus SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes for spyware protection. There are good free ‘total protection’ programs out there such as Microsoft’s ‘Security Essentials’ but I don’t like to keep all my eggs in one basket so to speak.

Laptop glare Amos via email asks: Hello Aunty, my question can’t be a new one to you as it affects every one of us who tries to use a laptop in Spain. We love the sunshine but the onscreen reflections are a problem - and one I haven’t solved. Can you? I’ve seen adverts for a stick-on screen filter device but I’m reluctant to try anything like that till I know more about what it does - particularly if taking it off again damages the screen itself. Any suggestions would be appreciated but I want to know how they do it like they do on the TV and in films and use their laptops out of doors.

with aunty virus

Aunty says: Hi Amos. There are few things you can try. When most laptops are used outside they are running on battery and subsequently the power settings in Windows usually dims the screen to save power. In ‘control panel’ ‘power options’ you should be able to change these settings. There should also be a brightness/contrast key sequence on the keyboard which often a blue FN key and a sun symbol. Obviously positioning yourself out of the sun and under the shade of a parasol will help. I know used to make a funky fold up laptop shade for around €30 which does a good job but I certainly wouldn’t recommend sticking any kind of filter on a laptop screen.

Torrent sites Irritating English websites

Georgina via email asks: Can you advise me on a good safe site for downloading movies and DVDs? If not, is there any of your readers that can?

Aunty says: There are loads of ‘torrent’ sites out there Georgina, but you access and download from them at you own risk. The legality of downloading copyrighted films and music is as about as complicated as it gets, so make sure you read up on the rules before you begin. The Pirate Bay and isohunt still seem to be very popular websites to find downloads and you’ll need a downloader program such as Utorrent or Bitcomet to manage the files. Make sure your antivirus program is up to date and scan for spyware at least once a week as it can get a bit scary out there.

Les via email asks: Perhaps you could help me with the following two queries. Firstly, you must have answered 100’s if not 1000’s of questions in your weekly column, are these back issue answers available to readers as FAQ’s or indexed, if so how accessed? Secondly, I get very irritated by English web sites that change to Spanish language the moment I enter my Spanish address (for credit card statements, etc) or by web sites ending being altered by my ISP to a

.es extension regardless of what I type in the browser. Even when I use a UK proxy server, boxed Spanish adverts sometimes occur amid the English text. Are there any ways around these problems?

Aunty says: All the back issues from the RTN are available on their website under the archives section. You can also subscribe to get my latest article emailed directly to your inbox. Go on to and enter you email in the ‘subscribe’ box. You will be asked

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

to verify by entering a series of letters and that should be it. You can try a few things to get around the geographical website issue, but it seems to be an increasingly annoying problem these days. Normally they detect your IP address and can tell you are in Spain so I’m surprised using a UK based proxy server doesn’t cloak this. In ‘control panel’ ‘regional & language options’ you can try setting your location to the UK and clear out all your temp files and web cache using the wonderful Ccleaner.

Letters and numbers David via email asks: Hi Aunty, I am a regular reader of your column and so far I haven’t had to write in with a problem. I have a friend from the UK staying at the moment with a keyboard problem. Each time he presses ‘G’ a G and a ‘6’ comes up, similarly for an ‘H’ he gets an ‘H’ and a ‘5’ and this happens while using any program he is running Windows XP. Aunty says: Hi David. I remember there being a problem with some Dell laptops where this occurred and it turned out to be a faulty keyboard. There maybe a way you can switch the number pad function off via control panel, as the G and H keys double up as 5 and 6 when the num lock status is activated.

29 OCT - 4 NOV 2010



Transfering vehicle ownership by

Brian Deller

Author of Motoring in Spain

REGARDING THE sad tale of the Strikers who failed to make sure that the transfer of their vehicle here in Spain was completed correctly after Mr. Striker sold his van to an employee in 2007, before returning to the UK: the van was later involved in an alleged ‘hit and run’, still registered at Trafico in Mr Striker’s name. He was summonsed to give his account as to who could have been driving at the time. As he could not prove for sure who may have been involved in the ‘hit and run’ accident (the driver’s name) where someone was injured and road furniture (traffic lights) badly damaged as a result, there were reported substantial damages awarded by the Court against the registered owner who was still Mr Striker. Well, what can be said? He has been charged, found guilty subject to an expensive appeal to the Court, and landed with the total costs including, I guess, the usual fine for not transferring ownership within 30 days of the sale: a reported total amount including costs of €20,000. This has reportedly almost ruined the family who say they will have to sell their home here in Spain as a result. It is a crying shame because Mr. Striker seems to be a very honest man; the report bears this out as he apparently refused the former employee’s suggestion to lie to the police and the Court. When I wrote my book in 2004, with subsequent updates/editions as well as those on my website,

it contained information vital to Brit expat vehicle owners and drivers here in Spain. It is important to not only transfer ownership promptly when a vehicle is sold but also to adhere to the correct procedure when scrapping the vehicle. Subsequent editions provide detailed and easy instructions on how to perform these vital actions yourself or check that someone else has carried them out correctly. In early October this year, the Guardia Civil spent an afternoon checking vehicles on foreign plates and issuing denuncias to four that were not appropriately transferred. Most did not have any Road Fund disc receipts or were out of date; an obvious giveaway. One UK plated vehicle was impounded. I have tried to obtain a copy of a denuncia to show to the reverend Harry Southgate with whom we have a bet for €50 (as regular RTN readers will know) to show that expats are indeed currently still being caught and fined for this offence but at this time I am being quoted the Data Protection Act by the GC as a reason why not they cannot give me a copy. It is a shame as the money will be donated to charity. People are only human beings with all the failings that we can have as in the case of Mr Strikers’ former employee who has let the Strikers down in a very big way. Stay safe out there.

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

Year Model Saving NOW Was SOLD SOLD 2006 Zafira 7 seater CDTi 11995€ 12995€ 1000€ SOLD SOLD 2000€ 2006 Tigra Cabriolet Auto 9995€SOLD11995€ SOLD 2006 Megane 1.5DCi 4dr 8695€ 8995€ 300€ 2007 Fiesta 1.4 TDCi 5dr 7995€ 8995€ 1000€ 2008 Chevrolet Aveo 4dr 8495€ 8995€ 500€ 2007 Focus 1.8TDCi 4dr 7995€ 8695€ 700€ 2006 Focus 1.6TDCi 3dr 8495€ 8695€ 195€ 2008 Fiesta 1.4 Futura 5dr 7995€ 8495€ 500€ 2006 Suzuki Ignis Diesel 5dr 7695€ 8495€ 800€ 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 7695€ 7995€ 300€ 1999 Audi TT Coupe 7695€ 7995€ 300€ 2005 Kia Rio 1.5 LS 4dr 6295€ 6995€ 700€ 2007 Ford Ka 1.3 3dr 5995€ 6495€ 500€ 2003 Suzuki Jimny 4X4 5495€ 5995€ 500€ 2003 Peugeot 206GTi 3dr 5695€ 5995€ 300€ 2004 Hyundai Atos 5dr 4995€ 5995€ 1000€ 2001 Astra Estate 16v 4695€ 4995€ 300€ 2001 Hyundai Accent auto 4695€ 4995€ 300€ 2001 Hyundai Accent 5dr 2995€ 3795€ 800€ 2001 Megane cabriolet 2995€ 4995€ 2000€ 2006 Chevrelet Aveo Sedan, very low kms, red – ONLY 6,495€ 2005 Peugeot 307cc, Silver, only 53,000kms – ONLY 11,995€ 2003 Hyundai Hi, 9 Seater, Diesel – ONLY 7,995€ 1999 VW Cabrio, 1.6 petrol, perfect condition – ONLY 5,995€ 2002 Going Home? Landrover Freelander, Serengeti SE ONLY 5,295€ 2002 Renault Kangoo Combi, 5 seats, diesel – ONLY 4,995€ 2000 Renault Megane Scenic, 1.6i – ONLY 4,995€ 2005 2 x Ford Focus, 1.6 TDCi Diesels – ONLY 7,495€ 2005 2 x Ford Focus Estates, 1-6 TDCi – ONLY 7,995€ 2007 Kia Sportage 4x2, alloys, SOLD a/c silver withSOLD black tint 11,995€ SOLD 2005 Hyundai Getz, 3dr Low kms Silver 5,695€ 1999 Mitsubishi Spacerunner 7seater, Rhd, sp plates 3,995€ Just Arrived 2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCi, 50,000kms, champagne, 6 speed ONLY 8,995€ 2004 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi, black, Alloys ONLY 7,995€

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Ford C-MAX – Feel the difference EVER NOTICED how some people thrive on family life, always on to a fresh challenge? You’ll see a lot of them behind the wheel of the C-MAX making full use of the versatile interior as they take family, friends and all their gear to the next new activity. Lean, elegant and agile, this is a car designed to keep pace with the busiest of lives, leaving other cars trailing in its stylish wake.

BOLD STYLING The C-MAX has dynamic front and rear, contoured lines and a distinctive trapezoid grille, giving it a contemporary look. Other key design features include dramatically styled headlights, and an elegant one-piece bumper to emphasise the car’s visual appeal. At the rear they have added a subtle spoiler, plus LED tail lights for powerful illumination and a sporty feel. FORD KINETIC DESIGN The Ford kinetic Design principles are vividly brought to life in the sculpted profile of the C-MAX. On the outside, stylish front headlights and lowered bumper add to the sportier look. At the rear they have added a subtle spoiler, plus LED tail lights for powerful illumination and a more contemporary feel. Opt for the panoramic glass roof, and you can look forward to the interior being flooded with natural light. INTERIOR DESIGN AND OPTIONS The interior of C-MAX has been designed to make you and your family feel right at home. The cabin is spacious, incredibly versatile and equipped with everything to make every journey a rewarding experience. They have added a number of thoughtful features and innovative technologies to make driving C-MAX even more pleasurable. • Sculpted seating • Flexible seating • Quickclear heated windscreen • Dual Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) • Panoramic glass roof • SONY DAB audio systems TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS AND OPTIONS The C-MAX has been equipped with all the technological advances that will help make travelling in its comfortable and roomy interior a real pleasure, and includes options such as: • Halogen Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) • Auto-headlights • Rain-sensing wipers • VPark Assist ENGINE OPTIONS Engines will include the new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine, available in two power outputs, plus updated versions of the 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, the latter of which now achieves 119 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Colin Rich from RTN, Carolina from Autochristian, Denia next to the new Ford C MAX

Article supplied by Ford Autochristian. The English speaking team at Ford Autochristian in Javea and Denia welcome RTN readers to come along and test drive their latest cars, including the amazing new C-Max with V-Park option! They are situated in the entrance to Denia from Ondara, and in Javea, between the Port and Arenal. Please see their advert below.

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The final whistle Going Haye-wol

Quesada Golf


Boxer: Dave Haye

THE PRE-FIGHT hype between David Haye and Audley Harrison picked up pace this week and let’s hope that the all British heavyweight bout is as good as the chat. But, providing he wins, I still can’t see Haye signing up to fight one of the Klitschko brothers after discovering the type of contract they offer to potential challengers. As an example, you only have to look at what British fighter Derek Chisora had to agree to before signing to fight the IBF, IBO and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in December. Under the terms of the deal, should he prove victorious in Germany, Chisora will next have to fight Vitali Klitschko and should he beat him, then give Wladimir a re-match. One can only applaud Chisora both for his bravery and for taking such a once in a life opportunity but I can’t see Haye agreeing to such a one-sided deal. NICE FOR NOBBY Regular readers of this column will know that I am no great fan of Manchester United. However, the club went up in my estimation this week after forking out nearly £270,000 (or put another way, about 10 day’s wages for Wayne Rooney) for some important memorabilia put up for auction by Nobby Styles. The club, for whom Styles had an illustrious career, bought his World Cup and European Cup winners medals plus the blue shirt he wore against Benfica in the 1968 match and will display all three items in their museum. Great for Styles who has some serious cash in his bank account to aid his retirement and good for British football that such key pieces of history can be enjoyed by a new generation of supporters. ROONEY’S DEAL Still on United, I found it strange to read a number of respected columnists in the UK press this week arguing that keeping Wayne Rooney at the club was a victory for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Remember, Rooney questioned United’s ambition, which must have hurt his coach, and also suggested that he was too good to play with a number of the current squad. His reward for such inflammatory comments was a new five year deal and £200,000 a week, double his old salary. If that’s a victory, I’d hate to be around when the club loses a contract negotiation. THE ASHES England’s cricketers have flown out to Australia with the intent of defending the Ashes. Now, I love the Aussies. I work for an Australian company from time to time and find their views on life and sport quite refreshing. However, one thing grates and it’s this. If they say they are going to win the series, that’s confidence. If I suggest that England will win, that’s arrogance. So, let me arrogantly predict that England will return to the UK with cricket’s ultimate prize courtesy of a 2–1 series victory. Hey cobber, stick that on the barbie and smoke it!

Our Handicap and Matchday Secretary, Terry Williams, organised a fund raising event in aid of Spinal Research. He chose this charity in support of his partners son-in-law George Eyles who was forced to retire from rugby through a spinal injury. Since then he has been raising money for Spinal Research and is endorsed and supported by Wasps Rugby Union Club. To date he has raised 30,000 pounds and intends to continue until he has reached his target figure of 50,000 pounds. The event took place at the Sportmans Bar in Quesada and was attended by around 50 golfers, partners and friends. Entertainment was provided free of charge by ex-liverpudlian Colin Day who sang a range of songs from the 50’s through to the 70’s and in between told a few jokes and got the audience going. El Plantio golf course gave the society 4 free green fees which they agreed could be used on our next society visit against payment for our group of players. A raffle was also held for which each winner won a free round of golf at one of the four golf courses which had so generously donated free games. These courses were Font De Llop, Las Colinas, Vistabella and La Tercia. The amount raised came to 765 euros and was way beyond Terry’s expectations and he would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity. That is around 680 pounds less to raise by his partners son-in- law George to reach his target which will be a wonderful achievement.

Veteran Victor Views Vital Victory FC CARTAGENA - 1 AD ALCORCON - 0 By Steve Hibberd AGEING STRIKER Victor scored his first goal of the season, in this physical but at times entertaining, divison 2a clash with Madrid based side Alcorcon. The home side started brightly, when a fiercely taken long range free kick by Moral was deflected behind for a corner after only 4 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Toche was in a great position to score, but his close range shot was well blocked. It was Botelho who provided a peach of a through ball into the path of Victor, who from the edge of the box cheekily flicked the ball past an on rushing keeper to score the games only goal. Apart from a Lafuente drive which just eased over the bar, the game took a lull in proceedings until a well worked move resulted in Toche once again squandering a glorious opportunity, when he shot wide after 34 minutes. A 22 yard free kick by Victor required another superb save by Herrera, whilst his opposite number Casilla did not have a shot on goal to save, in a half which the home side

totally dominated. It took 77 minutes before Alcorcon put in a decent strike, when Nagore shot just over from long range. Man of the match just had to be the magnificent Cygan who won everything at the heart of Cartagena’s defence, followed closely by Alcorcon keeper Herrera who once again came to his sides rescue, this time taking the ball of the feet of Botelho, thus denying another certain goal.


Maggots End by

David Hoare

968 199 279 RODS AND REELS THIS WEEKS match was the third in the winter championship, the venue being the Embalse de Argos. What a change in the weather in only a few weeks. This week upon arrival it was 4 degrees, with only a few weeks ago being in double figures. With the drop in temperature there was a degree of optimism as to how good/bad it was going to fish. Anyway, it certainly fished better than most of us had predicted. Top rods on the day. 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot with 24.92 Kg. 2nd Lenny (Excultural Attache) Bolton fishing the pole using paste and pellet with 20.02 Kg. 3rd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill fishing the feeder using corn. NOTE To Chairman: JIM, DON´T FORGET YOUR FEEDER ROD WHEN YOU GO FISHING. At present there are no vacancies for membership, if you are interested and wish to be registered on the waiting list please apply to Sue Swann on 966 729 293. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The 9th Match of the Summer Series was fished at Argos on the 12th October 2010: 1st Ian Dalzell - 23.160Kg fishing the feeder using Pellet 2nd Terry Screen - 17.800Kg fishing the feeder using Pellet 3rd Mike Hill - 14.200Kg fishing the feeder using corn. The 10th Match of the Summer Series was fished on the 19th October 2010 on Eden Canal 1st Stan Roberts - 6.900Kg fishing the Pole using Corn 2nd Lenny Bolton - 5.640Kg Same method 3rd Mike Hill - 5.260Kg Same method The 11th and final Match in the Summer Series is 26th October 2010 on the 8ft drain at 7.30am. For further informa-

tion contact Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. ANGLERS TOGETHER A group of 4 anglers from local clubs recently visited the River Ebro and during the week caught 7 common carp (all over 20 lb, the largest 45lb) and 11 catfish over the magic 100lb; the best being 179lb (in picture) caught by Alan Reid (Abbey Angling). Unfortunately, due to rain on the first evening of the week, the fishing wasn’t as good as expected but everyone was pleased with their catch and all had personal bests of both carp and catfish. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month (depending on public holidays and local fiestas). Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings will be held on Friday 12th November at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 13th November at 12 o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. Members please note there will be a tour of the waters around Murcia on Monday 1st November. Please contact Alan if you are interested in taking part. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email:


FC CARTAGENA LINE UP Casilla, Cygan, Txiki, Mariano (Julien), Botelho, Toche (Goiria), Longas, Lafuente (Clavero), Cala, Moral, Victor FORTHCOMING FIXTURE Next week, Cartagena face Villarreal ‘B’ inside the small Ciudad deportiva Villarreal stadium (1,500 capacity), on Saturday 30 October, ko 6pm (this game will be shown live on Murcia satellite TV station 7RM). Following the weekend’s results, Cartagena move up to 11th on 12 points, whilst Villarreal lie 16th, 2 points less than their next visitors. For regular updates on FC or

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Green Fees, we’re getting near the correct price

THANKFULLY OVER the last year or so we have begun to see green fee prices come down to a level that peoBy Noel Eastwell ple can afford. In my opinion though some golf courses Teaching Professional have a way to go to get people back on the fairways of Campo de Golf El Plantio our golf clubs. 639 730 891 There are still a number of clubs that seem to think they are better than the rest while offering nothing more than eighteen holes of golf over a relatively ordinary golf course. For clubs to carry on blindly ploughing this furrow is ridiculous in this day and age. We are in an age where only the strong will survive and customers are demanding better and better value for money all the time. Just when the overcharging golf clubs will learn is anybody’s guess. In modern times you can only get away with charging more money if you offer something extra. Customer service is not big amongst many golf clubs and they don’t seem to want to learn that this is very important to golfers. Staff that do not make paying customers feel special are another major problem, this fact is solely down to bad management. A good manager will offer various incentives to staff that will get them operating in the customer service environment that golfers demand and deserve. The current economic environment means that many people involved in the golf industry have had to take pay cuts or lose their jobs. This though does not give them the right to be miserable and make customers feel unwanted. Far too often I hear stories from golfers that tell me that the people at some golf courses just seem to see the customer as a nuisance. That’s no way to survive. The golf industry here in Spain will not survive if we don’t see some big improvements in customer service and value for money. The World is a much smaller place now and golf holidays in countries we would never have dreamt of visiting for golf a few

short years ago are now easy to get to and offer more for the golfer in some cases. It is important for all us golfers here in all parts of the country to provide feedback to the golf course owners or managers about all things, good and bad that we come across on our days at the golf course. By doing so we can ensure the golf tourism industry thrives and with it the quality and number of our course will increase. THE PROFESSIONAL TOURS Mateo Manaserro, remember that name. That young man, just 17 years old, became the youngest winner in European Tour history last Sunday when he won The Castello Masters. Starting 3 shots adrift he ended 4 ahead to take what will be the first of many titles. Where are the Italians getting all these top players from? 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 euros will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 29th October 2010: Who won the 2010 FedEx Cup on The PGA Tour? A. Luke Donald B. Jim Furyk C. Tiger Woods All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st October 2010 to be entered into October’s draw,

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Denia Rugby Club SAN ROQUE 26 - DENIA 5 DENIA TRAVELLED to Valencia last Sunday with one thing on their mind and that was a win on their second weekend playing in Valenciana Liga 1. The game started with Denia applying all the pressure but an experienced San Roque team defended and spoiled all of Denia’s attacking options. This frustrated Denia who just could not break through a solid defence. San Roque played a kick and chase game on a very wide pitch which resulted in them scoring after 23 minutes and just before half time. (12 v 0) Denia suddenly realised what was happening and a driving maul from the forwards down the centre of the field gave Gevinno space to penetrate the San Roque defence and the Gavea pass inside to his brother Guilliano to score. Half time 12 v 5.

The second half was totally different from the first. Denia looked to have fallen asleep allowing San Roque to score just after the restart. Denia tried to change their game plan and adopt the kick and chase tactic, but this just proved to waste good well earned possession. It was San Roque who started to play some running rugby and they would have scored more points if it was not for a sound Denia defence. However San Roque did score in the last minute from a blind side break and a fast winger. Final score 26 v 5 which left the Denia squad realising that if you stop playing in this league then you will be punished. Denia are ready for a better performance on Sunday at home against Akra Barbara from Alicante. Kick off at 12.00 midday at the Polideportivo in Denia.

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Torre lose away to Xativa AGAINST UNBEATEN Olimpic Xativa, Coach Mario Barrera elected to bring Jorge back into the starting line up at right back, moving Vicente Boix into midfield, presumably to counter the attacking threat of Olimpic’s winger Pierrick. With Carlos continuing in goal, deputising for the injured Tomas, Torry played a back four of Jorge, Keko, Meijide and Pablo. Vicente Boix, Abel, Abraham, Ivan Angel and Ramiro made up a five man midfield, with Corcoles the lone striker. The game had a cagy start with neither side asserting themselves on the artificial pitch, though Corcoles woke the crowd up when he was booked after an incident in which he himself had been fouled off the ball as Torre tried to get forward. The referee had probably had enough of his protests and he eventually got a card after picking himself up. EXPOSED A warning about what was to follow came when Kike Alcazar was allowed a free header

following a cross from the left but Pablo managed to get his head to the ball on the goal line and turn it onto the bar and out of danger. A cross-shot then flashed across the Torry goalmouth as the visitors lived dangerously. Torre were finding it hard to get any rhythm into their play but they eventually managed to win a free kick some 30 metres from goal. With two runners going to the right, Ramiro switched the ball inside to Vicente but his shot, though on target, was comfortable for keeper Francis to deal with. After 35 minutes, Olimpic took the lead following a free kick on the left. Torre’s defence was static as defender Sergio Heras stole in unmarked to stoop low and head in past the exposed Carlos. Another header flashed over as the locals took advantage of Torre’s suspect marking. Before the restart Barrera made two substitutions to try and change the game, with winger Manu coming on to replace Vicente Boix and Rulo was swapped for

Not a good weekend for Orihuela RFC

THIS WEEKEND was a weekend to forget for Orihuela RFC. The only team that can really truly hold their heads up high are the Cadetes, who showed true fighting spirit and determination to win their game The juveniles were first up, and looked for some reason out of sorts, not playing with their normal composure and flare. The final was 32-15 to Torry. Next up was the Cadetes, and went right to the wire with a fantastic win against a far more experience side and all of the players can hold their heads up high. Orihuela a hard earned and well deserved win 34-30. The Infantiles were playing their first every game of rugby, and for this reason they did well against a vastly more experienced team who had been playing for the last three years. They lost 60-10. Next up was the seniors at home against Novelda later that evening, and what can I say about this? It was probably one of the most disappointing games I have seen Orihuela play. The final score to 10-10. The next games are in two weeks time with the juniors at home to La Vila and seniors away to Javea Bulls.

Corcoles, who looked like running the risk of talking himself into a second yellow card. BLOCKED Whatever the plan was, before it could be put into action Xativa scored again. This time they worked the ball down the right hand side and midfielder Carrasco found himself completely unmarked in the penalty area to put a strong diving header into the corner of the net. Torre was demoralised and a bad day got worse when Keko stumbled in possession at the back and Pierrick nipped in for a free run on goal. The Torre centre half blocked him and the referee had no choice but to give Keko a red card. Barrera was also sent to the stands for protesting, though this was probably out of frustration as it was hard to argue with the referee’s decision. Jorge then blotted his copybook by failing to control a pass out by Carlos allowing Da Silva, who had only just entered the fray, the simple task of beating the stranded Carlos and making it 3-0. Rulo managed to put a snapshot on target near the end but it was nowhere near enough against a slick home side who moved up to second in the table with this win.

FC Torrevieja entertains Puzol this Sunday, 31st October, at the Vicente Garcia Stadium with an earlier kick off at 12.00. Please go and support the Torre team, it’s a great day out for all the family. With thanks to

Excitement over ‘cool’ rugby family day LA VILA Rugby Club, along with their new friends at Cool FM radio station, hosted a much enjoyed Club Family Day on Sunday. With perfect weather conditions and a great atmosphere, the only thing missing on the day was a win from the home team. Unfortunately La Vila lost to Barcelona’s Santboiana 30-38, breaking their previously un-

beaten record. Although the game itself was a disappointment, the overall day was a great success. The Cool FM presenters were there in full force, broadcasting live all day, while popular Benidorm performers took care of the post-match entertainment. It was a special day for all concerned and will hopefully be on the club calendar again sometime soon.

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