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Did You Know…?

The Alicante Diputation’s ‘Did You Know…?’ Roadshow has been a resounding success this week when it landed on the Costa Blanca. • p4

Golden opportunities at Christmas Strike gold this Christmas with a trip to the Portal de la Marina where you will find gifts galore under one roof. • p21

How to generate UK Tax Refunds

by Jack Troughton

Find out how you may be able to claim tax refunds in the UK by reading David Mayer and Jez Crawford of Jacksons, Chartered Accountants article in RTN’s new property section. • p32

No Go Go Hamsters

This week Paul Watts reviews this year’s top ten Christmas toy list and it’s not cheap. • p34

Wembley woe

This week Andy Kay’s writes about Wednesdays England friendly plus the recent Haye v Harrison farce. • p62

Paul Rodwell, the British Consul lays his wreath

British Consul leads the tributes on Remembrance Sunday

Wreaths were laid at last Sunday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. The British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell, was joined by the Mayor of Orihuela, Monica Lorente and the Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Ignacio Ramos Garcia, for the service. Read the full story on page 17.

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VULNERABLE BUSINESSES are being targeted in a Costa Blanca crime wave that is costing angry owners thousands of euros. A succession of night time smash and grab raids have been staged at premises along the CV70 dual carriageway in La Nucia – fast earning the reputation as the area’s badlands. And as businessmen step up security measures they are calling for better protection from the Guardia Civil and local police. ‘Labels and Tables’ was hit twice in under a fortnight; Nemo’s Bistro suffered two raids in 10 days, while Laura’s Pizzas has been a victim four times in 14 days. RTN was told of other burglaries at businesses lining the road. And John Reeves, director of

Labels and Tables, said he had named two bandits ‘Little and Large’ after they were captured on security cameras. He said the first burglary was at 23.30 on 27th October. “They tried to smash the window into the café – however, they then made a door when the frame pinged out with the force.” He said one robber had stolen a €100 float from the till while his accomplice kept watch but repairing the damage had cost around €1,200. “We called the Guardia Civil from Altea and showed them the camera footage – they said to give it to colleagues at La Nucia, which we did. We also made a denuncia but they did not seem too concerned,” said John. Continued on page 3


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Continued from front page “HOWEVER, IN hindsight, they should be because it is happening all over the place and it is the same guys. “The Guardia were not bothered about fingerprints although it was clear the robber was not wearing gloves.” CAR And at 21.30 on 9th November the two bandits returned in a white car – possibly a Ford Escort, a Hyundai or a Mazda. On this occasion the slimmer of the pair gained access through a hole in the door of the premises. “The first time he came into the store he had a hood on and looked like one of the ETA group – he returned without the

hood and we have a picture of him.” John said that “unfortunately” a laptop he had left while updating the website was stolen, along with floats from two tills and an entire – but empty – third till. Again he offered his security film to the Guardia and suggested the times could be compared by the police CCTV footage of roundabouts along the main road to catch out the thieves. John said he felt the seriousness of the situation was ignored. “Unfortunately our premises are quite secluded and there is no way round that – and also the building is glass. ROB “At the time I did not know about the other places being hit so now I am even more an-


noyed – they are up and down the road robbing and doing it every night.” But after losing €3,000 in money, goods, and making good, John is upgrading external security. “One thing is sure they will be back - however, the police will be here very promptly.” There is now a sign on the Labels and Tables doors. Written in both English and Spanish, it reads: ‘No money, mobiles or laptops are left overnight’. At Nemo’s, chef and proprietor James Hughes said in two raids burglars had smashed their way through glass at the front – which borders the main road. He said the first time the restaurant was not open but the burglars stole electrical tools. He said replacing the glass and the lost tools left a bill of more than €600. REPAIR

EXCLUSIVE Pictures from a webcam of the thefts in progress

Benidorm hotel death

By Jack Troughton A 48-YEAR-OLD British woman died on Sunday after falling 15 floors from the balcony of her Benidorm hotel. Police are investigating the death of Donna Sharp, from Barry, South Wales, at the Aquarium II hotel on the Levante Beach. Her daughter described it as “a tragic accident” on the last day of Donna’s holiday.

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The second burglary saw more than €300 worth of meat stolen along with €150 in cash and again the glass needed to be repaired. “Both raids were in the early hours of the morning but I don’t think the police are doing a great deal – they say no-one has seen anything but there are cars going backwards and forwards all the time and a Guardia station just up the road,” he said. “It’s just the mess and everything. It is really annoying.” And just doors down at Laura’s, chef Jean Pierre said he was “really very angry” af-

Dynamic divas TALENTED DUO the Dolce Divas thrilled a sell-out audience at a concert promoted by Teulada Moraira Lions club last Saturday night. Claire Post and Kirsty Orr produced a wide and entertaining selection of music from classical to popular musicals at La Senieta in Moraira. The Lions are now preparing to host a Christmas Carol concert for 19.30 on Thursday 9th December at La Senieta. Everyone will be made welcome and wine and mince pies will be served.

The Dolce Divas on stage

John Reeves

ter repeatedly falling victim “four times in two weeks”. He told police the gang – he believes there are four bandits in total – could be identified from his security camera. “But they do nothing.”


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Did You Know…? by Louise Clarke

Spain’s most expensive car sold in Marbella

THE ONE-77 Aston Martin car, worth €1.8 million, has been sold in Marbella, making it the most expensive car ever to be sold in Spain. The C. de Salamanca dealership has confirmed that the car has been sold to a middle-aged foreign businessman who loves cars. The buyer reportedly spent five months deciding on which car to purchase, after paying an initial deposit of €400,000. The car is being manufactured in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and will be personalised to the client’s specifications. There will only be 77 models of the ONE-77 made, and they will have 12-cylinder engines and 760 horsepower.

THE ALICANTE Diputation’s ‘Did You Know…?’ Roadshow has landed in Los Montesinos, Rojales, Gata de Gorgos and Torrevieja this week and has been a resounding success with standing room only in all four venues. The informative sessions, which have been organised by the Diputation in association with the various participating Town Halls, are focusing this year on the municipal register and the right to vote and have been described as ‘invaluable’ for the European residents of the Alicante Province. RTN can verify, after its attendance at the sessions, that the information that you can obtain at these sessions is extremely useful if you want to not only register on the ‘padron’ but also exercise your right to vote in next year’s municipal elections, to take place Sunday 22nd May 2011. From the initial presentation to the Questions and Answers session afterwards, the sessions are easy to understand with a power point presentation to make more difficult aspects clearer. All the information given at the sessions is available in a handy booklet

The ‘Did you Know…?’ session in Los Montesinos was well attended

which was handed out at the end of the meeting. The next sessions take place on 25th November in Orihuela Costa at the Playa Flamenca Town Hall at 11:00; 29th November in Denia at the Agencia Gestora in Denia at 11:00; and 30th November in Teulada at the Salon de Actos in the Espai La Senyeta, Moraira at 11:00.

If you can’t make it to the last of the ‘Did you Know…?’ Roadshow sessions, please visit www.residenteseuropeos. com/padron_en.php where you will be able to find the leaflet in PDF form. You can also request leaflets to be delivered to your home free of charge online at their website:

Spain’s child poverty one of highest in EU The Aston Martin One-77

UNICEF HAS published a new report revealing that the level of child poverty in Spain is one of the highest in the 27 European Union member states. Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Italy are the only countries with more prolific child poverty. A child living in poverty in

Spain does not go hungry, according to Marta Arias who led the study, but it does mean that the child is more at risk from malnutrition. The other risks include difficulty paying the costs of education and problems paying for health treatment.

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Nueva Javea fears crash over parking by Jack Troughton NUEVA JAVEA predicts “irreversible harm” will strike the Marina Alta community over a controversial decision to spend €12 millionbuying two underground car parks. The opposition party warns the “hasty” decision at an extraordinary meeting of Javea Town Council to bailout a private company resulted in a “black future” for the resort. At Tuesday night’s heated meeting, the government team of Mayor Eduardo Monfort’s Bloc – Partido Popular alliance forced through a deal to purchase the parking facilities from operator Ecisa. The company, which built the car parks, had a 40 year contract to run the two Old Town sites and agreement with the town hall to be paid compensation if they were underused. A crisis evolved as the use of the parking sites fell well short of target and Ecisa threatened court action to get its money – despite an independent expert opinion the agreement was neither commercial nor a correct use of public money.

eration (of the car parks) on all the citizens of Javea,” he said. And he stressed the “rescue” was so Mayor Montfort could go to the polls next May and “be presented as the solver of all the problems he has created.” BAILOUT Mr Planelles said the bailout was unjustified and did not look at the responsibilities for creating the Ecisa contract and the “sub-

FIGHT Nueva Javea has unanimously vowed to fight the purchase as the local authority debt climbs to €42 million after the decision to amend the 2010 budget. And the party said it would fight the decision and challenge its legality as it brought “excessive indebtedness” to Javea. Nueva Javea’s secretary general, councillor Juan Planelles, said the town government acted without attempting to agree a consensus or proper research. “It is poised to unfairly burden the financing of the construction, the risk, and the op-

(from left) Nueva Javea councillors Juan Plaelles, PacoCatala and Ana Vasbinder

sequent poor management and marketing” of the two sites. He said the mayor had boasted debt would not be more than €300 per capita “but through the government’s management it has increased fivefold, to €1,500” – taking Javea to the top ranking of debt for a municipality of similar population. Mr Planelles predicted that as a consequence taxes would rise while it would produce “some serious and irreversible” damage

to the daily life of the town and prevent the local authority operating properly or making future investment. However, he promised Nueva Javea would use “all political and legal means” to fight the “grossly unfair and detrimental” decision and called for the backing of the population. He said that if the move was found to be illegal or against the public interest, the government team and council officers must be held publically and personally responsible.


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New home, fresh challenge by Jack Troughton THE THIRD annual RTN Golf Tournament will be staged in March next year and be based at the testing El Plantio course, just outside Alicante. The contest is being sponsored by Moneycorp, the foreign exchange and international money transfer specialist, and once again the RTN Trophy and a range of prizes will be up for grabs. And an added temptation for all golfers on 14th March, 2011will be an exclusive demonstration of Nike’s new range of equipment – weeks ahead of the rest of Europe. Just 2km from Alicante airport and 3km from the city centre, El Plantio is within easy reach of every golfer looking to play on the 18-hole course and its intriguing dangers of being caught out by water, trees and bunkers. RESERVE

The course has been reserved for 68 competitors and the entrance fee has been set at €45, including a buggy. Golf professional and coach Noel Eastwell, once again organising the competition, said: “It is a new venue, a new challenge, and I sure many will find it a more exciting challenge. “Nike has agreed to show off its new golfing equipment, which is an additional bonus because it is not officially launched in Europe until the end of the month.” And RTN’s golfing guru added: “Competitors in the RTN tournament have an exclusive opportunity to test the Nike range before the rest of the field.”

Dead dolphins wash up on the Costa

TWO DOLPHINS washed up onto the beach near Almeria last weekend. Reports say that on first sight it appears that the dolphins have sustained injuries from boat propellers. Post mortem examinations are being carried out to determine the exact cause of death. The first animal is an adult of almost two metres in length, and the second a 1.5 metre striped dolphin. The total number of dolphins found dead on Almeria’s coast in the past month has now reached six.

This years winners with Noel Eastwell (third from left)

Diabetes levels high AROUND 11 percent of the population of Spain is suffering from Diabetes and a quarter of the population are at risk from developing the illness, according to the Spanish Diabetes Society (SED). The Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN) reports that most people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes are clinically obese when they are diagnosed. SED also say that there’s a connection between high blood pressure and Diabetes.

Ex child soldiers start university in Spain

TWO FORMER child soldiers from Sierra Leone, both female, are now studying at Almería University. The girls, aged 18 and 20, have been given the chance at an education thanks to the charity Todos Son Inocentes (They Are All Innocent). The educational grants awarded by the charity will enable the girls to study Spanish and then receive professional training in the healthcare sector, after which they will return to Sierra Leone.

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The spirit of Christmas past by Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS CARED for by the charity EMAUS have a date with Santa Claus at the Christmas Extravaganza at the Manor on Sunday 28th November. Organised by Little Black Dress Events, the historic Casa Santonja in Beniarbeig – a 19th Century manor house – provides at atmospheric setting for this annual festive fair. A 55-seater coach has been hired to bus the excited EMAUS children to the event in the banqueting hall and gardens. To make the scene more spectacular, it is hoped to light as many Christmas trees as possible in the grounds. Father Christmas himself will arrive by horse and carriage to open the giant manor doors at 11.00 and start this family fun day out. He will then settle down in his grotto to

New home for HELP’s bazaar JALON VALLEY HELP moves home for the charity’s annual festive treat, the Christmas Bazaar and Fashion Show. This year the fun on 2nd December will be at the Civic Centre, Pensionistas/Bar Creu in Alcalali. Entrance is free and the doors open at 15.00. There is a grand raffle with fantastic prizes, Tombola, as well as Christmas stalls, homemade cakes, preserves, books CDs, jewellery and clothing. And, of course, there is the popular fashion show with outfits put together at bargain prices. Any contributions towards the stalls will be gratefully received and can be left at the Help charity Shops in Jalon or Alcalali.

Falla statues worth thousands of euros destroyed in fire SEVERAL FALLA statues destined for the fiestas in towns across the province have been destroyed in a fire in the factory where they were being kept in Oliva. The blaze ravaged the factory last Monday night, leaving only the metal structure intact. Statues for Dénia, Gandia, Pego, Alzira, Valencia and Oliva were turned to ashes, just four months ahead of the fiesta. Some were completed already, and the value of each statue varies from €10,000 to €44,500. The Guardia Civil is carrying out an investigation but say the fire appears to have been an accident. The artists who make the statues are holding emergency meetings to decide how to replace the lost figures.

meet children and parents and discuss the all important question – what they want loaded on his sledge for December 25th. The hall and grounds will also be filled with a magical array of gift ideas from fashion to glassware, lingerie to cosmetics, flowers to jewellery. There will also be Christmas decorations and demonstrations. Singer and radio presenter Adam King will be adding his talents to the mix and a first for the event will be an Argentinean steak barbecue with a selection of pure bee cuts. And a fully stocked bar will serve traditional mulled wine and mince pies and homemade food will be on offer. Entrance is €3, kids go free. For further information and travel directions, visit or telephone 966 482 575 or 605 843 917.

Magic at the manor



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Tears as Javea remembers AN EMOTIONAL Remembrance Sunday service was staged by the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion. Legion members were joined at the Fishermans’ Church on Sunday afternoon by veterans of World War II, members of the Royal Navy Association, the Royal Air force Association, the Aircrew Association and members of the public. And Roger Dawes, chairman of the Javea Branch of the RBL, explained the service was always staged in the afternoon to allow people to watch the traditional service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in the morning. He said the Javea service was taken

by Father Robin Carter of the Anglican Church on the Costa Blanca. “Particularly moving was the Lady Elizabeth School choir, who sang so well they brought a tear to the eye of many of the congregation,” said Roger. He said the work of the RBL was ongoing and people felt particularly Father involved with British troops currently Robin fighting abroad. Carter And €877 was raised for the Poppy with Appeal in the church collection. Roger RBL added: “We are now collecting and members counting the contents of all the poppy and boxes we put out in the area to establish association how much we have raised this year.” standards

Top class JALON AND Orba Lions Club made a donation of €2,000 to the Raquel Paya School for disabled children in Denia to upgrade a classroom. Club president Stuart Aitchison and his wife Andrea presented School Director Maite Marti (pictured right) with a cheque which will fund the purchase of a computer, projector and screen for the last class to lack the valuable teaching aid. The school has around 60 pupils aged from three to late teens and has a catchment area covering most of the Marina Alta. It is part of the Valencia education system but constantly needs support to provide specialised equipment for its students. Jalon and Orba Lions will be present at Orba Christmas Fair on 4th and 5th December and are staging a seasonal musical evening on 10th December. For more information call 675 377 473 or visit www. JalonOrba

Turtle crosses Atlantic

A LOGGERHEAD turtle found on the beach near Torrevieja came from Florida, say experts. The turtle was identified thanks to a microchip implanted in its skin at birth at NMFS Galveston Laboratory in Florida in 2003. It is now recovering at the Arca del Mar centre in Valencia from injuries it sustained during its long swim.

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La Marina residents in uproar by Louise Clarke

RESIDENTS IN La Marina have been left fuming after the Town Hall decided to site a new Eco Park just yards from their homes. According to the residents, the site of the park is in an area previously allocated as a bird sanctuary and already they have witnessed dozens of people randomly dumping their green rubbish and other items down the slip road that leads to the area of the proposed new park. Brian Dickenson, who lives opposite the area, told RTN: “It would appear that the new waste site was more of a panic measure than forward planning.” He added: “The entrance to the proposed site has become an eyesore and to say that the site is not overlooked is totally untrue; our property is directly inline with the new site.” Jean, Brian’s wife, commented: “The area is always flooding in heavy rain, so what happens then? Also the current access to the site is on a dangerous bend and the increase in traffic and noise will result in this Eco Park making our nice quiet retirement a nightmare.” RESPONSIBILITY

Residents also fear that close proximity to nearby homes will mean an increase in smells and vermin as well as the usual scavengers in their dilapidated white vans. Brian concluded: “We were never informed of any proposed Eco Park by the San Fulgencio Town Hall or even invited to make comments prior to the actions planned and already underway.” Janet and Nigel Whiffen, who also live opposite the site told RTN: “We are aware that the EU directive on waste management requires the local Town Hall to responsibly manage and recycle, but why does this one have to be located so close to our homes? There are plenty of better sites in La Marina, well away from residential areas.” RTN met up with more than 30 of the affected

residents last week and they are all less than impressed with the lack of consultation by the Town Hall. One commented: “This is the only green area left in La Marina: it should be a nice park area for people to enjoy.” HELPLINE

Amongst the residents were Jeff Wiszniewski from the Citizen’s Advice Group and Paulino Herrero from the opposition party, PP. Jeff told RTN: “We are going to do everything in our power to get this site moved. It is not only an eyesore and a health hazard, it is also environmentally dangerous.” Paulino added: “There should be a better place than this. The Elche road, for example, would be the perfect spot as there are no houses within the vicinity.” Later, RTN met up with Juan Antonio Gonsalez, the Councillor for the Environment at the Town Hall. He told us: “We have installed a brand new company to look after all the green spaces, green waste and recyclable waste. It will be introducing, within the next two weeks, a helpline telephone number that will allow residents to call and report green rubbish and old white goods being dumped and they will be collected immediately. “The helpline will have English speaking operators and signs, with the helpline number on them, will be placed in all the areas where dumping is currently taking place.” He added: “The Eco Park will not be built for a while yet, but this will be the responsibility of the same company. It will be a place where batteries and oil, for example, can be disposed of safely. “San Fulgencio Town Hall has recycled 220,000 tonnes of rubbish which costs the Town Hall €50 per ton. It is an expensive process but the Town Hall is committed to the environment and to being ecologically friendly.” The Eco Park area will be covered 24 hours a day by CCTV to prevent any untoward activities taking place.

The angry residents

Opposition demands youth project investment PEDRO MANCEBO, Centro Liberal Renovador (CLR) spokesman and Orihuela Town Councillor, has criticised Orihuela Town Hall’s current and forthcoming budget as not including one single Euro of investment for youth projects. Pedro has proposed a four year plan: “The Youth Plan,” he said, “should involve all the political parties represented in the municipality to ensure that whichever party governs from May 2011, the consensus will be in place to develop and continue the plan.” “Not investing in our youth means not investing in our future,” said Pedro, “No attempt has been made

by the governing party to show interest in youth projects despite many CLR proposals at the monthly Town Hall meetings, from housing rehabilitation to the expansion of the courses on offer at the Miguel Hernandez University in Orihuela. Everything we have proposed has fallen on the deaf ears of the PP party. “Our youth must be taken into account. They are our engine for future development within our municipality and we cannot allow this young talent to escape. We have to realise that each generation is reliant on the previous generation and the previous on the next generation.”

Third MABS Race for Life in Los Alcázares is a huge hit

MABS Fundraising event

A GLORIOUS day greeted MABS Murcia/Mar Menor Race for Life participants in Los Alcázares last Sunday when almost 350 people turned up to run, walk or ride in scooters and even wheelchairs and wheelbarrows! Others came in fancy dress or pink wigs and bras: “The event gets bigger every year” said Fundraising Co-ordinator, Janet Bell, “…and it was lovely to see so many people lined up at the start.” Before the race began, there was a one minute silence to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country. MABS Director Lyn Baines started the race before dashing by motor scooter to welcome finishers: “I’d like to thank all the MABS volunteers who worked so hard to make this event so successful, and the Ayuntamiento of Los Alcázares for support with equipment, the emergency services and also Zigi, who helps everyone warm up before each race. A special

thanks to Exite FM Radio, who have attended every race since we started three years ago.” Geraldine and Helen Lynch came from Wales and London respectively; Kerry Lawrie made a special trip from Glasgow, running in memory of her dad, Ronnie. Maggie Diaz, a breast cancer survivor, came with friends Lillian Gleadell and Doris Fletcher. Spanish resident Elvira Gonzalez of Los Alcázares, in her sixties, took part for the first time this year, promising to come back in 2011. MABS 2009 figure of €7,600 is expected to be topped; the total has already reached €4,500. “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity and support. And it’s been a pleasure to see everyone enjoying themselves.” remarked Lyn. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area affected by cancer. To volunteer, donate or if you need help, contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit

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Calpe Specsavers Birthday

Xabia International College Christmas Market

A busy stall

Receive a free eye test at Specsavers

TWELVE MONTHS ago, Calpe Specsavers store opened its doors for the first time and on Saturday 27th November, they are holding their first birthday party at the store between 10.00 and 14.00. There will be live music from the Calpe town band and a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal: an opportunity to meet the team and have some birthday cake and a glass of Mistela! Store Director Mike Stone said, “We opened the Calpe store last November with more than a little trepidation. Economic forecasts were gloomy as the recession deepened, with everybody having to tighten their belts as the value of sterling plummeted against the Euro. In tough times you have to prioritise your spending and although the two for one offer remains our best value for money offer, a significant number of customers were looking to buy one pair of glasses with a discount. “With this in mind, we now market ‘Our best ever offer’ in both Calpe and Javea stores - if you purchase a €75 frame, you can choose your free item – Free Bifocal lenses; or Free Standard Varifocals; or Free Reactions (change

colour in the sun); Free anti reflection coating, or a Free second pair. This offer is unique in the market to Specsavers and has generated a huge amount of interest in the Spanish community hit very hard by the recession. “It’s been an interesting year and we have met people of many different nationalities, one case in point would be Sr. Serrano; he was fascinating and one of the reasons we are supporting The Poppy Appeal. I had a call from a Spanish nursing home in Calpe who enquired whether it would be possible to visit and sight test Sr. Serrano who was not able to get to the store. Although it was possible, using the latest equipment at the store gives a far better result, so we collected him by car for his appointment. “On the journey, he recounted the fact that during World War II he left Spain to go and live in the UK, and as a pilot he volunteered to join the RAF. I was astonished to hear that he ended up commanding a Spitfire Squadron! “To celebrate Specsavers Calpe’s one year anniversary, RTN readers are offered a free sight test: just bring the coupon.” which can be found on page 8.

In Memorium: Owen O’Reardon

OWEN O’REARDON passed away after a short illness on Tuesday 9th November 2010 aged 89 years after a long and happy life. He will be missed by his wife, Judith, and daughters, Ramona and Marcella, sons-in-law and grandchildren. A Requiem Mass was given last Thursday 11th November, Any donations in his memory should go directly to Denia Help, who were a tremendous support in his last months.

SCHOOL’S OUT on Saturday 27th November when Xabia International College stages its annual Christmas Market and spreads some seasonal cheer. From noon until 18.00 at the secondary school site, opposite the Chemists, at Ctra Cabo La Nao 21, Javea, there will be mulled wine, mince pies, a bar and barbeque. And stalls will sell jewellery, books, cards gift wrap, as well as offer children’s games, a chance to meet Father Christmas, tombola and a raffle.

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Two luxury hotels close to Terra Mitica apply for bankruptcy XERESA GOLF, company owner of the two luxury Hotels in the Villaitana complex in Benidorm, has requested voluntary bankruptcy to creditors. The company belongs to Javier Cremades, one of the original founders of Terra Mitica Park. Xeresa Golf promotes and administrates both five and four stars hotels created in the resort, before called Real de Furla and after the firm Starwood left it became Villaitana. The complex also includes two golf courses and a spa. The land where it is built has been appropriated by the Sociedad Parque Tematico de Alicante (Theme Park Association of Alicante), the present Sociedad Proyectos Tematicos (Theme Projects Association), through a 75 year concession in exchange of an annual fee for the rights to the land. Apparently this decision of holding the payments is part of a viability plan from the company and it ensures that they are not going to cease activities in any installation, and affirms the temporary payment suspension is due to an old debt. The company has discarded the possibility of making the staff redundant.

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Red Riding Hood at El Capitol Teatro Rojales

THIS YEAR’S Pantomime promises to be another resounding success, with the timeless classic Red Riding Hood. Barry Cox as the inimitable Pantomime Dame Hood and daughter Rosemary are skint; the only things left to sell being Bo Peep’s sheep. Squire Falsehood Brown (Peter Sinclair) wants to marry Red Rid-

ing Hood but she has fallen in love with the Woodcutter, aka Julie Schofield as the Prince. Bungling sons Hardy and Foolhardy, aided by the Wicked Imp and the Big Bad Wolf, conspire to prevent Jaqui Reed as Red Riding Hood getting the Family Fortune. The Good Fairy played by Ingrid Bouwer

thwarts villains throughout with the bumbling sons portrayed by Tina Sinclair and Christine Smith, with Bridget Oldroyd as the scary Wolf and Lorraine Lang as Sheerspite. Produced and directed by Bridget Oldroyd with musical direction courtesy of Cyril Derbyshire and song lyrics by Barry Cox, Red Riding Hood is guaranteed to

enchant Wide Eyes (all the better to see us with) of all ages on 3rd and 4th December for a 19.00 curtain (doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance). Sunday matinee: 14.00. Four free tickets are on offer to an RTN reader who can answer the following question: Who wrote Little Red Riding Hood? The first correct answer to be sent to will win the tickets. Usual RTN competition T & Cs apply.


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No better off

AMONG ALL the excitement and comments concerning the planned increase in the basic UK state pension in 2015 announced by the government, many pensioners are failing to realize that they would be no better off in 2015 than they are now. In fact they may even be worse off. Council tax, gas, electricity, food prices, etc. would have all gone up and we may even lose free bus passes.It would only benefit pensioners if the £140 per week basic pension was to be given from April next year. This, however, must be followed by reasonable annual increases in order to reach a pension comparable with other rich European countries. As a current example, Spain’s basic state pension is €862 euros per month for a single old age pensioner, i.e. £188 per week. By 2015, The Spanish pension and those of other European countries would have surpassed any UK state pension if we are denied good annual increases in order to stay abreast with the EEC affluent nations. If we were already getting reasonable annual increases, we would have reached the £140 basic pension anyway. With unemployment due to rise rapidly, more poverty and loss of some essential benefits, the government will have little left to lure ordinary voters to support them in the next general election except by harbouring the pensioners; a typical political ploy. G.A. Marques

Recovering well ON SATURDAY 28th August 2010 my wife had to go to the Emergency Clinic at La Nucia complaining of pains in her chest and arm. On seeing the doctor on duty, she was immediately dispatch to Hospital Marina Baixa at La Vila Joiosa, where she was told it was serious and would be going to San Joan Hospital, Alicante for an operation to place stents in her heart. All was a wonderful success and she is now home and recovering well. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses of all these hospitals who treated my wife with care and compassion and carried out their duties with expertise and competence. Barry & Jean Charlton


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An idiot’s choice FROM 2ND January 2011, I will be able to go into any restaurant or bar without having to run the gauntlet of breathing in other peoples second hand smoke! Maybe at last smokers will read and take seriously the messages that stares them in the face every time they buy a packet of cigarettes and give up, not only for the sake of their own health but for that of those around them. Under the new law, those who must will still be free to smoke, provided they are off the premises or away from public places; but please, away from the entrances! There are many good restaurants and bars that non-smokers are prevented from entering because

of their concerns about the effect on the health of their family and themselves from stinking second hand cigarette smoke. Why should the 25% of the adult population over the age of 16 that are smokers (I quote from www., dictate to the 75% of us that are not, which places we can and cannot eat and drink? The only thing the 75% majority wants to dictate to others is that all 100% of us must breathe clean air in public places and establishments. I believe of the Spanish adult population, something like 34% smoke (UK 1987 levels). Smoking is an idiot’s choice (and it makes you stink!) Pilar Peon

Appalled by Playa de Los Naufragos HAVING SPENT what was an almost perfect day at the above Playa (6th November 2010), which I believe has recently been awarded a good rating as a Playa, I was appalled at the conditions of its so called ‘conveniences’. My husband and I have visited this area and the Playa in question for almost 30 years and to be hones,t seven times out of ten the conveniences have been in a poor state of hygiene. It would have been preferable to walkthrough a pigsty. One can only wonder what condition these conveniences are like in the height of the tourist season and I think that many of the people who venture into the water are doing so to avoid going to the official convenience! How difficult can it be for whoever is responsible for the siting of these units that they don’t seem to think that regular servicing is an essential to personal hygiene. Genuine tourists to this lovely part of Spain must be horrified! E. Mitchell, Torrevieja

Stolen sunny days in Spain? IN REPLY to the letter ‘sun went down in Spain’ I see Anon has resurfaced with misinformation, dubious facts and miscalculations of figures: let’s see if we can expand on the story he tells. The £81 billon that needs to be saved from government spending is mainly being made from the public sector, where they have been over manned and over paid for years in many departments. Anon and his wife must be from this sector as he mentions a £5,000 loss of earnings. So we can take it that they both work and earn the same. Therefore a total loss of £10,000 can be reasonably assumed. If this is only a 5% cut of their total yearly salary, their salary must in the region of £200,000 per year, times the 7 years he claims to have been “stolen” on their retirement equals something like £1,400,000 to be paid to them over this time.

Now if we take off the cost to them some £150,000 it still leaves some £1,250,000 divided by the 7 years: they have something like £178,571 per year to live on. Not bad as there are some of us who have the mighty sum of £10.000 per year to live on. These figures are worked out before tax ECT. Your figures are not quite right, as I think you will find out. Your wife at her age should retire at 65 anyway. This changed some years ago with equality. So you have only 2 years extra to work between you and you are not made to work to the new ages setting; you can retire whenever you choose and enjoy the days in the sun in Spain whenever you want. So, Anon, stop crying about your situation: you have a guaranteed job and a choice to do whatever you want. Pete, Property owner, Torre

Remembrance Day, 2010 REMEMBRANCE DAY has special memories for me. In the RAF until I was 30, I played the ‘Last Post’ on Remembrance Days at the Cenotaph in London, along with nine other RAF Apprentices, in 1955, 56 & 57 to mark the start of the two minute silence. This year, the solemn two minute silence was spoilt, specifically by Muslim immigrants abusing the hospitality that Britain has afforded them. It causes great concern because it looks like the Enoch Powell 1968 Conservative Association meeting speech in Birmingham, predicting “rivers of blood will flow in the streets,” now has a very good chance of soon coming true. Why do we not listen to loud warnings about radical Muslims’ obvious plans (they shout them out in public) to take over the West? The radical imams have seen that we have been weak with other terrorist organisations in recent decades who murdered their way to power, even supporting them by believing the carefully prepared and expertly

disseminated propaganda they issued. Modern benefits are being quickly destroyed under new, inept and cruel governments. As has been discussed recently, and I have said to Moslem friends in the past when civilly discussing Saddam and other events in these two countries with barbaric governments and political (Islamic) systems: why should we in the West have gone into Iraq and Afghanistan when the leaders were doing such good jobs of killing other Muslims, using genocidal methods to stay in power and medieval rules as written by their prophet . I will hopefully be long gone before we are all living under ‘Sharia Law’ which could happen despite all the liberals putting their heads in the sand thinking they can control the spread of hate against our ways of life from the fifth columnists in our midst and unless we do something quickly and strongly to stop the spread of this cancer, as Enoch said, “Blood will be flowing in the streets of Britain”. Brian Deller, Malaga

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trying to locate them via Facebook etc. where I came across an article you published by RTN in January 2008. I know they bought the beach bar ‘103’ in Torreveieja before we left Spain. I am not sure if they still live in the area but any help would be most appreciated. Please email if you can help. Jan

I AM hoping to locate Jacky and Philip Thomas. I lived in Quesada for six years before relocating to Brisbane Australia and the Thomas’s became good friends of ours. What with the move and general upheaval, I lost their contact details and have been

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Hanging around by Jack Troughton TALENTED MEMBERS of Javea’s Art Centre Association are showing off some of their pictures in a colourful exhibition in the heart of the Marina Alta resort. Home to this collection of pictures is – fittingly – Café D’Art in Calle Andres Lambert, in Javea Port, and there is a chance to see the work of instructors, amateurs and beginners until 27th November. The exhibition features 30 association members and 90 pictures – embroidery as well as paintings – and a variety of subjects and mediums. Lorely and Glyn Griffiths founded the Art Centre Association after retiring to Javea and the centre itself is in a quiet country house in Lago Tana 6, behind the urbanisation Las Laderas,

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near the Inn on the Green. Lorely told RTN the association had 300 members with about 200 artists of all levels attending classes. “The remainder are ‘sleeping’ members. They come and go and come to classes as they want. “We have been going eight years and try to have an exhibition of our members work every year, a mixture of professionals, amateurs and beginners.” She said her “mission in life” was to promote the centre and welcome people living in the area “with time on their hands” who would enjoy learning new skills. Lorely added: “It is a great way to meet people and we really are a sociable bunch.” The Café D’Art exhibition is open every day: Monday to Thursday 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 22.00; all day Friday and Saturday and 10.00 to 14.00 on Sunday. For more information about the group, call Lorely on 966 472049 or email



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HAH meet the British Consul WHEN BRITISH Consul Paul Rodwell opened new offices for HELP Murcia Mar Menor at Los Narejos on Friday 12th November, HAH (Help at Home, an autonomous sub-group of HMMM) were invited along. Mr Rodwell was impressed with the work that HAH is carrying out in the local community and the group’s rapid growth. Last week, 52 FREE hours of care were spent helping clients struggling to cope, with this figure growing all the time. If you are struggling to cope, or anyone you know,

We will remember them by Louise Clarke

Lesley and Paul Eburne meet the British Consul

please ring HAH on 633 673 034, Monday – Friday: 09.3018.00. If you have a few hours to help others or fundraise for HAH, call Lesley Eburne on 968 134 978 or email

Our next volunteers meeting will be at Las Claras Municipal Centre, Los Narejos on Tuesday 30th November at 11.30, not 23rd November as stated last week. Visit

MORE THAN 200 people attended the Armistice Day service at La Siesta Church last Thursday, led by RBL Chaplain Philip Haward, paying tribute to the fallen from past and present wars. As the warm November sun shone down on the church, which was filled inside and out with former military personnel and their wives and husbands and dignitaries from the British Consulate and Torrevieja Town Hall, we remembered them with esteem, honour and praise. The Torrevieja Town Hall provided a loud speaker system for those members of the congregation who were sat or stood outside, the last post signalled the start of the two minutes silence and the congregation was encouraged to remember the great sacrifices made by the men and women who not only died in the first and second world wars, but also in recent conflicts in the Falkland Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan. Only the tweeting of the birds in the trees

could be heard during the silence which ended with the trumpet sounding the Reveille. Prayers and two bible readings followed the two minute silence and the Chaplain then addressed the congregation with his own thoughts and experiences. This was the 92nd Armistice Day and the Chaplain talked about the current conflict in Afghanistan and spoke about the differences between this 21st Century war and that of World War 1. The service finished with another hymn and the British national anthem before the traditional wreath laying service took place outside the church accompanied by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums. The Councillor of Culture and newly elected Mayoral Candidate Eduardo Dolón led the tributes on behalf of Torrevieja Town Hall,accompanied by the Councillor for Foreign Residents, Pedro Valero; the Councillor for Social Services, María Dolores Canales; the Councillor for Promotion and Development, José Antonio Sánchez and the Director of the Municipal Office for the Attention of International Residents, Graham Knight.

Outside the church after the floral tributes had been laid

Events in Los Montesinos THERE WILL be a Recycling Festival at the Town Hall Square this Saturday, 20th November from 11:00 to 14:00. There will be games and workshops for all ages. Please bring plastic bottles, tins, cardboard boxes, carrier bags, etc and turn them into something useful! Help the Earth breathe: Recycle; Re-use; Respect and Reduce. There will be a Planting Day at the Parque Comunidad Valenciana in La Herrada on Saturday 27th November at 10:00. As part of a series of re-forestation activities undertaken by the Regional Government, a selection of herbs: Rosemary (Romero) - Lavender (Lavanda) - Juniper (Enebro) - Thyme (Tomillo) etc. will be planted at the Comunidad Valenciana Park. Snacks and refreshments will be available to all participants afterwards. The Town Hall hopes you will be able to join in.

British Consul leads the tributes on Remembrance Sunday

The Mayors and British Consul prepare to lay their wreaths

by Louise Clarke THE BRITISH Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell, was joined by the Mayor of Orihuela, Monica Lorente and the Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Ignacio Ramos Garcia, at last Sunday’s Remembrance Day ceremony at the Mil Palmeras church on the Orihuela Coast. Ms Lorente was accompanied by the Councillor for the Coast, Jose Antonio Aniorte and Manolo Abadia, the Councillor for Commerce and Infrastructure and the Councillor for Finance, David Costa and she along with the Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada lit two candles of remembrance during the service, which was conducted by Keith Brown, Lay Reader and Branch Chaplain at the Chaplaincy of St. Peter and St. Paul in Torrevieja. The lessons were read by the well-known flamenco dancer Francesca Samper and the British Consul read the second lesson: Matthew 5:1-12. SUPPORT Following the service, which included several hymns, prayers, a blessing and, of course, two minutes silence, the dignitaries and members from the various Armed Forces Associations in the southern Costa Blanca laid

wreaths of poppies at the new International Garden of Remembrance in the grounds of the church. The new garden, a replica of the one located outside the church in La Siesta, Torrevieja, was recently constructed by Eddie Coleman and Keith Carter and their band of helpers. The Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion wish to acknowledge the help and support of the mayors and town hall staff from both Orihuela and Pilar de la Horadada and also wishes to acknowledge the assistance and support of the clergy and congregations of the church at Pilar de la Horadada, particularly the congregation of the Capilla de Mil Palmeras for allowing the branch to use the church for last Sunday’s ceremony as well as allowing them to install the permanent Garden of Remembrance in the church grounds. Following the wreath laying ceremony, members of the congregation marched behind the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums to the nearby Olympia Restaurant for refreshments, passing and saluting along the way the British Consul and the distinguished members of the Orihuela and Pilar de la Horadada town halls.

Diputada visits London THE DIPUTADA in charge of the European Residents Department, Maria Asunción Prieto, attended last weekend’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This festival, organised by the Royal British Legion to remember the victims of past and present wars, takes place every year and is attended by member of the Royal family. The Royal British Legion is the United Kingdom’s leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to those who have served or who are currently serving in the British Armed Forces, and their dependants. In Spain, they have more than 4,000

members and actively help the British population in our province. HM Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family were present during the Festival and the Diputada had the honour of being accompanied by London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and his Spanish wife, Miriam González. The Diputada attended this event, together with a member of the Department of European Residents, so that she can learn more about the Royal British Legion and witness first hand the organisation of

this event. The Diputación of Alicante is collaborating with the organisers of next year’s RBL 90th Anniversary celebrations, which take place on 2nd April in Alicante. Ms Prieto told RTN: “This Festival is going to be celebrated by the Royal British Legion and Diputación for the first time outside the UK and this new initiative shows the constant work of the Department of European Residents to integrate with the different cultures present in our Province. It will surely be a relevant event for the “Alicantinos” and the 127,000 British nationals currently registered in the Province of Alicante.”

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Busted for running illegal tourist trips A BRITISH man has been arrested after being caught running illegal trips by motorbike through a nature park in Nerja. The bikes were registered outside of Spain and the man was taking bookings over the internet from clients wanting a guided trip around the Sierra Tejeda Nature Park. The police caught the man whilst he was on a trip with

13 bikes and have now impounded the bikes. The man was charging between €400 and €500 for the trip package and not paying any tax. The alert was raised when the trips were being run during the summer, when motor vehicles are banned from the park due to the risk of forest fires.

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A Christmas Fair with a difference What a view

Brian and Liz from the Iron Art Home and Garden Centre in Gata de Gorgos want to say a really big THANK YOU to the 1000 plus people who came along to the Christmas Gift Fair last Saturday. The event was in aid of EMAUS, the charity that currently supports 140 neglected and abused children ranging from 4 months to 18 years in their care homes on the Costa Blanca, and visitors to the Fair had been asked to “Think Children” and bring donations both new and old. There were 42 stalls of all varieties, lots of homemade goodies, drinks were served amidst a fantastic atmosphere throughout the whole day, fortunately blessed by perfect weather. At the end of the Fair the Iron Art lorry (which is a big one!) was half full of really lovely gifts, presents and essential items for the children. On Monday Brian and Liz took the presents to the EMAUS sorting house in Altea and the charity is incredibly grateful for all the items. €214 in cash had also been collected from kind visitors, and this was given as well. So, from Brian and Liz, and all the Stallholders, thank you for supporting such a great cause.

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NHW donates to Easy Horse Care

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch in El Raso, Guardamar, held a car boot sale recently to raise money for charity. It was decided that they would donate €200 to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales to help them continue in their wonderful work caring for abused, injured and starving horses that are rescued from terrible situations. Sue from the centre was on hand to receive the cheque from David Burley and Ralph Roebuck from Neighbourhood Watch. The centre has a web site www.easyhorsecare. net which details the work that they do and visiting times for the centre which you are welcome to visit. Riding lessons are also available for both adults and children. Pictured are Sue from the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre with David Birley and Ralph Roebuck.

AFA Residential Home on its way!

THE ALZHEIMER’S Association (AFA) has started building the wall of their new residential home for sufferers of dementia, the commonest form of which is Alzheimer’s. Founder Matilde Sanchez’ husband of 52 years, Sadarñiño, suffered with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for 11 years before his death in 2009. His illness brought Matilde’s attention to the fact there was little or no help for such patients and that someone had to do something about it. In 2004, she started the Torrevieja Alzheimer’s Association and six years later continues to raise funding for the day centre in Torrevieja. The patients are a multi-national mixture, mostly Europeans, reflecting the cross section of residents in the area, with a waiting list of more than 50 people. The Town Hall of Torrevieja supports the AFA Centre with a generous €90,000 each year, without which their work would just not be possible. Matilde told RTN: “Unlike other charities, our running costs are high as we must employ qualified professionals, ably assisted by volunteers and an in-house Social Worker helps new families with documentation to achieve financial help. We are proud that all and any patient suffering this cruel disease is welcomed and helped. Space is short – it is no good saying in the future

Wedding and Home Fair

more homes will be available – our waiting list patients do not have the time to wait – please help us to help them, NOW. “There gentlest form of dementia comes with old age, where one simply loses one’s memory of day to day events, whilst childhood memories are retold, sometimes many times in the same day. The cruelest form is Alzheimer’s’ Disease: incurable, degenerative and terminal, often found in people over 65 but occasionally occurring earlier. “Often the earliest symptoms are mistaken for ‘age-related’ concerns or stress. Cognitive tests and behavioural assessment and a brain scan can confirm the diagnosis. Some treatments offer a small symptomatic benefit but as yet nothing delays or halts the disease. However, progress is being made and a number of medicines help to slow down the disease.” The carer is under a huge burden socially, psychologically and physically. Alzheimer’s is incurable, with four distinct and defined stages: Pre-dementia; Early; Moderate and Advanced. Patients and families are often socially alienated as outsiders do not know how to react to this stranger in the body of an old friend or relative…

WEDDING FEVER is hitting the UK this week following the announcement on Tuesday of the engagement of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton. With the Royal Wedding scheduled for spring or early summer, the main subject of conversation is the dress. What will she wear? Will she go for a large meringue or a straight

Matilde concluded: “Each month we will cover each of these stages in more detail. If this article has caused you any concern, or you have a question to ask, call our Centre for an appointment one: 647 119 991 (Spanish) or Mobile: 610 082 593 (English)” TO BUY A BRICK Come to the Centre, the AFA shop in the centre of Torrevieja, pay directly in to Bankinter (Account No.0128 0639 65 0500001497-AFA Torrevieja: this is a dedicated bank account for the project only), or telephone Judy on 610 082 593 or Matilde on 647 119 991. ‘Brick’ collection boxes will be placed in popular venues soon!

and sleek number? Well if like Wills and Kate you are getting married next year, and need some inspiration for your big day, the one and only place to visit this weekend is the 2010 Wedding and Home Fair at the IFEPA Centre in Torre Pacheco, Murcia. The Fair starts today, 19th November and continues until Sunday, 21st November

and for the first time includes a large section with items and clothing for Mums to be and babies as well as exhibitors selling children’s clothes. The Fair is open all day from 10:30 until 20:30 without a break for siesta and costs €6 per person to enter but is only €4 to enter if you have a discount voucher.

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Golden opportunities at Christmas by Jack Troughton

STRIKE GOLD this Christmas with a trip to the Portal de la Marina and the chance of a superb shopping experience - and finding gifts galore under one roof. Staff at the modern shopping centre at Ondara are gearing up for the festive season and getting ready for the annual December rush. The commercial centre is within easy reach of everyone living in the north of the RTN region and is situated just off the N332 and a stone’s throw from the AP7 motorway junction 62 with plenty of free parking. And why not make it a family day out in this winter wonderland? Not only are there a host of shops to suit every taste and budget, there are also restaurants, bowling, an

amusement arcade, and an eight screen cinema complex. The Portal de la Marina is open seven days a week throughout December and the first two Sundays of the New Year but plan a visit to the centre on a Thursday for a real winning experience. TICKET

The centre’s ‘Leisure Thursdays’ offer lunch or dinner, a cinema ticket and bowling for an unbeatable €12.95 – just buy tickets in advance at the front reception desk and get details of participating restaurants, including: Eddie Rockets; Lizarran; Cerveceria El Mollete; McDonalds and Brasapan. From November 29th decorations by designers Victoria and Lucchino at the Portal de la Marina will spread colourful winter cheer and

The commercial centre

the centre will sport a huge and traditional Christmas tree. And to mark its standing as the gateway to the Marina Alta, the Portal de la Marina also introduces expats to a festive Neptune – the king of the sea. However, Father Christmas and his helpers will be very much in evidence and ready to greet youngsters between 17th December and Christmas Eve. Running up to the traditional Spanish day of swapping gifts, the Three Kings will be on hand between 27th December and 5th January. Portal de la Marina and its 90,000 square metres – including the hypermarket Eroski - offers an experience known as ‘shopping immersion’ but to keep prying eyes Decorations away from packages and to keep at Casa the kids happy there will be special

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FASHION Fashion and accessory stores cover the centre’s two floors and so whether it is to find something special to wear for the party season or a Christmas present there is something for everyone. Shoppers will find well known and loved brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Pull and Bear; Springfield, Jack Jones, C&A, Benetton and Esprit across the centre. Gifts large and small are catered for at shops like Bookworld, two perfume outlets, sports shops, Ale Hop – its welcoming cow currently wears a Santa hat – mobile ‘phones and jewellers. And for decorations and furnishings call in at Casa, Zara Home, JYSK,

or for more practical needs there is Tien 21 and Eroski for home appliances and Bricohouse for the tools to make Christmas happen. The commercial centre has a full list of shops and restaurants on its website, and their advert can be found on page 12.

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See Jon live on Sky News with Eamonn Holmes each Wednesday morning at 7.40am and 8.40am with a review of the UK papers and don’t forget you can listen to Jon on BayRadio each Wednesday morning from 11.00am and Friday afternoons at 4.30pm with his current affairs review.


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Burying bad news and carrying the can

OLD HAG Gillian McKeith made a mint inspecting other people’s you know what. Now she is spouting it in a desperate attempt to revive her flagging career but instead of turning herself into a national treasure she is alienating the whole of the British public. She truly has the Midas touch in reverse: everything she touches turn to a crock of... . She’s not just got one hang up, she is completely jungle phobic - something you would have thought the producers would have spotted before dropping this hag into the camp. And just tell me, why is that that those

I DON’T think I can stand another eight months of this sugary, syrupy sycophancy about the blooming Royal wedding can you? Don’t get me wrong, I wish Wills and Kate (or is it Katherine now she’s about to be Royal!) all the best in the world and they seem like a nice couple but… And it’s a very big ‘but’ - I don’t want this one-day event to dominate the headlines and effectively be a cover for burying bad news. Let’s face it the timing of the announcement was highly suspicious. Coming on the day that the UK was effectively going to bailout the Irish with

7 Billion quid; the day the Government were stuffing tenners into suspected terrorists’ pockets faster than an alleged American torturer poured water over their heads in Guantanamo and the day that Cuddly Cameron sacked his vanity photographer. One Royal wedding, however, will not cover up the mess we are in so let’s get to the serious news: Why the hell are we in the UK expected to bail out the Irish for the mess they’ve got into since they joined the single currency? I take no joy in the Celtic Tiger’s death throes but it was clear that you cannot

tie the economy of a country like Ireland or even worse, a country like Greece, to the economic powerhouse of countries like Germany. That’s why this so-called economic union is a farce and it is again why we the British people must have a vote on whether we stay in or not. Ireland’s problems, just like the UK’s and even Spain’s, lie largely with the bankers and lax regulation over borrowing but as per usual those responsible, the very same bankers and politicians, have got away scot free. But it is the ordinary people who are carrying the can.

Are UK residents living on a sceptre isle or a sceptic Isle or even a septic Island? who think and preach that their body is a temple always look so flipping wretched? She’s got a face that sank a thousand ships and looks like it’s been in a scrap with a Black and Decker sander and came out worse. Her body should be plastered on everyone’s fridge to illustrate the benefits of unhealthy living. HOWEVER, make sure you keep voting for her to stay in and do the trails because she is living breathing proof that your mum was wrong when she preached that you shouldn’t take pleasure in other people’s misery.

Meanwhile, the British government are giving away millions of our cash to suspected terrorists. I say ‘suspected’ because we will never know whether these men were guilty or not or whether they were indeed tortured, because the government have stuffed them full of hush money. I’m sorry but I believe in the rule of law and our judicial system and I wanted these men tried and I also wanted their allegations of torture investigated in a

British court, whatever the cost both financially and in terms of time. Finally, on this good day to bury bad news, Cameron eventually woke up and smelt the coffee and decided that employing a personal vanity photographer “sent out the wrong signal at this time to the British people.” Who says the political elite are out of touch with the rest of us? The problem with Cameron and Osborne is that they are both so uber rich they just haven’t got a clue what the man in the street thinks; they are as much out of tune with the British public as Robbie Williams was on X Factor last Saturday. Remind me again - are UK residents living on a sceptre isle or a sceptic Isle or even a septic Island?

Brian does it for MABS Mazarron BRIAN DOOLAN chose to spend his 60th birthday climbing part of the Kilimanjaro range along with his son Mark, who financed the trip as a ‘treat’ for his father. They joined a trek of 12 other people that included a lady and her son. Brian was the eldest in the group by 16 years. Led by two experienced guides, the group took 7 nights/ 8 days to climb within reach of the peak. A further 16 hours was needed to climb the peak; the most difficult part due to high altitude and lack of oxygen. As several members of Brian’s family have suffered from cancer, he decided to be sponsored and raise money for MABS Mazarron Cancer Group (helpline 620 422 410). Brian, pictured with his son and two guides at the top, raised €187 for MABS Mazarron Cancer Group. Volunteers welcome.





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Ho Ho Ho! Santa visits San Luis!

SANTA HAS been and gone but don’t worry kids, he will be back! He visited the Christmas Shop in San Luis last Saturday during their special Christmas Funday. It was a great day for all the family which saw a train ride to visit Santa and lots of fun and traditional Christmas activities. Paul Cunningham Nurses were delighted to be supported by the event and would like to thank the amazing Lucy from The Christmas Shop in San Luis for all her hard work and fantastic organisation of the event. This was the second year running that Lucy and her elves have organised this major event and Santa arrived in true Santa style with his ‘reindeer’ drawn sleigh and throwing sweets in traditional Spanish fiesta manner to the crowds of children who had gathered to meet him. TKO Radio came ‘mob handed’ with its own band of elves. Managing Director, Ian Rockford, was ably assisted by Jo Morris and regular DJs Davy Jones, Andy James and Dennis Christian and everyone had a whale of a time! TKO are also great supporters of the PCN


Santra visited the Christmas Shop in San Luis last week

charity and you can hear all of their events broadcast on TKO radio every day; so tune in to 91.9 or for TKO Gold, 96.7. The fabulous Velvetones, looking very festive, also came along and sang to entertain the audience. Susan Reader, Fundraiser for Paul Cunningham Nurses told RTN: “This event was amazing. Mother Christmas, Lucy, did the work of at least two people and had an incredible group of helpers, all well organised and with everyone so happy to help.” The Christmas Shop on Lakeside Commercial Centre has everything you need to make your Christmas special this year. From inflatable Father Christmases and Santa maracas to snow machines, stockings and fibre optic trees, the shop has it all. They even have fibre optic door wreaths and special plates for Santa’s mince pies as well as the usual tree decorations and lights, tinsel, Santa hats, wrapping paper and Christmas cards. The Christmas Shop is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 until 18:00. For more information please call 672 544 744.

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Donation to Day Centre THE SISTERS at The Javea Day Centre, Santa Maria de Betania, were pleased to receive a donation of €250 from The Valerie Jean School of Dance, from the proceeds of their dance spectacular ‘Gotta Dance’ at The Careline Theatre, Alcalali, in May. The principal of the dance school, Valerie Jean Bale and teacher Lucy Glister were treated to a tour of the day centre and met some of the folk who attend. Valerie and Lucy were impressed with the centre and the hospitality of the carers. They both





agreed that Javea is fortunate to have such a wonderful centre for the elderly. Students at the dance school are now working hard for their ballet, tap and jazz exams which will be taken in a few weeks and looking forward to another fabulous showcase this Christmas. For more details on how to become a part of this exceptional school please call Valerie on 667 989 430 or email

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Accessing a lump sum via a QROPS or pension reciprocation: maybe both? by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns IN THE same way as we were the first advisers to bring QROPS to Spain, we are again able to blaze the trail, with a pair of products which together give access to funds for any expat (or UK resident for that matter) who has a UK pension fund from which income has not been secured with an annuity. We understand that times are hard. Therefore, it can be frustrating to have a pension fund asset which in eventual pension value terms will make little difference to your long term finances, whilst representing a tidy sum. Access to some or all of this for many can literally be a financial life saver. If you left the UK before 6th April 2005 we can arrange the transfer of your fund to a QROPS in New Zealand. The full fund after fees then can be released to you as

a capital sum. We have now arranged well over 800 such transfers and the entire process is straightforward. PENSION RECIPROCATION Until recently we could not assist either the expat who left the UK after 5th April 2005 or those clients (often with a base and family in Spain) who remain UK residents yet need an immediate capital sum. The good news is that now we can, through a process known as pension reciprocation. This technique enables you to access an immediate lump sum, up to 50% of the value of your pension fund. This is achieved through HMRC registered UK pension arrangements. The funds do not come from your own pension fund - in a sense they come from somebody else’s pension fund. It is this mechanism that called ‘pensions reciprocation’. The icing on the cake is that we have had put together an international version of the pension reciprocation plan. The way this works is that it facilitates access to an immediate lump sum for the expat with private UK pension rights who only left

the UK relatively recently. Five years later, the entire fund can be released into cash following a transfer to a New Zealand QROPS. As an example, if this expat has a pension fund of £50,000 they can access a lump sum of £25,000 today with a further capital sum paid in 5 years time. No other advisory firm can offer this unique combination of pension solutions. There is far more in our advisory armoury than you will find anywhere else. SOME IMPORTANT WORDS OF WARNING We have been alerted that a small number of people may have been advised to transfer their UK pension fund to a Spanish QROPS which has a post box address in Benissa, Alicante. We have every reason to believe that this scheme may be under investigation by HMRC with the risk that anyone transferring into it may end up with a substantial tax penalty. If you have received advice of this nature please contact us urgently. For further information about PRP, QROPS, QNUPS and other pension solutions please e-mail or see or

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

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Legalisation of illegal works after 4 years by

Marc White & Carlos Baos English & Spanish Solicitors

WE PURCHASED a property in Alicante during 2003 that has an extension to the main dwelling. The extension has become a separate apartment that is not mentioned on the Purchase Deed (Escritura). We have spoken to the architect who oversaw the works and he has confirmed that it was not included on the Deed because, according to the Town Hall standards and the urban rules and laws, it was not a legal build and could not therefore have been included in the project or the licence. He has also confirmed that since 4 years have elapsed from the time of

completion, it is now perfectly legal. Could you please confirm if this is true, and what I should do now if anything? According to the Law 16/2005 of December 30, of the Urban Valencia Community (LUV), at Article 238, breaches of serious urban works normally expire after four years, which run from the date of the violation and if this date is unknown, from the date that external signs shows the fact that the law has been violated. We must remember that this period of 4 years does not apply where illegal construction has been carried out in green areas, roads, open spaces, spaces for public use, land or buildings belonging to the public or included in the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage of Valencia, rustic protected land. In such cases the administration could start a proceeding against this works at any time, even after the 4 years mentioned. Thus if in your case the illegal construction

work was not done in a way that could affect roads, green areas etc, then it would be right (as previously stated) to say that the administration will not be able to start a penalty process against you, because the passage of time. The property could then be registered at the Land Registry since over 4 years have passed and there are no proceedings against it. Spanish Court precedents states that in cases like yours, where an illegal construction was built (as per the information you have provided, without a licence and in breach of the applicable planning regulations) which barred the infringement it cannot be demolished and no disciplinary or legal proceedings can be initiated by law, then property will be considered as FUERA DE ORDENACIÓN. The Law (LUV) states in its Article 111 when referring to constructions ‘fuera de ordenación’ that where the development is clearly incompatible with the relevant planning regulations (Planning), only mere conservation works will be authorised. It is important to check if the Town Hall of your municipality has any specific regulations regarding the works allow to be done in the properties considered fuera de ordenacion, that may provide you with an indication as to what you can or cannot do in your case.

We can therefore say as per the above that as a general rule, in unauthorised constructions fuera de ordenacion only mere conservation works will be allowed and no works of consolidation, improvement, strengthening which can extend the life of the construction will be permitted. The underlying principle here is not to allow any type of work on the property that could extend its life since it is foreseen that this construction will disappear over the years. It could also have implications in the case of a possible expropriation or compulsory purchase by the State, as the illegal works would reduce the amount of compensation the administration would be required to pay. Another aspect to bear in mind is whether your property considered fuera de ordenacion complies with the current regulations for the purposes of obtaining a second occupation license ( i.e. number of kitchens, height of the ceilings, etc); as if it does not it would be difficult to obtain this license. Should this be your case, or the case of someone you know, we will be more than pleased to assist you. *The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

Marc White LL.B. & Carlos Baos (English & Spanish Solicitors) © 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

PP calls for smoking to be allowed THE PP party is calling for special smoking areas to be created in bars and restaurants in 2011, when

the new anti-smoking legislation comes into effect. The new law is designed to ban smoking in all

closed public areas, but the PP say smokers’ rooms should be created. This is the second time the right-

wing party has called for a change in the anti-smoking legislation – the first time being in congress, where they found no support. This appeal is to the senate and they

will have to debate over the decision before 16th December. Depending on the senate’s verdict, the new law will come into effect on 2nd January 2011.


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Starting a new business ANYONE CONTEMPLATING setting up a business in today’s current climate will almost certainly be called ‘foolhardy’. There will be vigorous shakes of ‘wise heads’ around you. People will point out that investors are as rare as rocking horse dung, that banks are clinging to their cash like kids to their comforters, and that, generally, now is not by the time to launch a new enterprise. Wrong! If you’ve had a great business idea you need to act on it – and do so fast whatever the prevailing The Business Doctors, emergency economic conditions. Prevaricate, and someone with a sevice for business in Spain similar idea may leap in before you. Remember this: the market – whatever the conditions – will always be receptive to new and exciting concepts and if you think you’ve hit on one get moving quick. Meticulous preparation is the key. You may have conceived an enterprise that will possibly make you the next Bill Gates, but without expert guidance you are likely to come badly unstuck. It’s an unhappy fact that 89 percent of businesses started by people lacking business experience will fail within the first two to three years. Why? Because a good business idea does not translate miraculously into a viable business – it has to be made to work. Unfortunately, if you haven’t the knowledge to make it work, you will fall off the swing before you can utter the words, “Look at me, daddy!” Conversely, 80 percent of businesses started by experienced businesspeople do succeed, because experienced businesspeople know what to do. They

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know how to source their raw materials and service; they know how to negotiate with suppliers; they know how to raise money; they know how to negotiate leases; they know their target markets and they know how to sell and to promote their products or services. They know how to manage their finances. And, above all, they know how to surround themselves with trustworthy, competent people. It’s a lot to absorb, and, let’s face it, it all sounds pretty damn daunting. But fortunately, there are people out there who have made it their business to make your business work. And they are worth their weight in ethically-sourced diamonds. The Business Doctors immediately spring to mind. With their expert guidance, you can rest assured of a place among the 80 percent of entrepreneurs who do succeed. SO, JUST HOW DO THEY WORK? Let’s take the vital issue of marketing as an example. All businesses should have a strategy firmly in place well before their grand opening, but in many instances they don’t, or their initial marketing efforts are so badly-planned and uncoordinated, they receive poor, fragmented responses. The Business Doctors are there to make sure that you have a marketing strategy that is fit for purpose. Then there is advertising. With their help you will be able to construct an effective media campaign designed to ensure that your marketing and

A good business idea does not translate into a viable business

promotional efforts are successful and affordable. Other services offered by The Business Doctors include expert advice on websites; public relations; effective branding; and the building and retention of customer loyalty. So, if you’re ready to meet the challenge of launching a new business, don’t be put off by negative ‘naysayers’, but instead enlist the help of those who can turn your business idea into a great business. Give The Business Doctors a call now.

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Whose tax is it anyway? by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

THINK YOU know something about tax? Here’s a little quiz for you: Case study 1: Mr. A - Rich and famous person lives in Switzerland and is a resident in Switzerland. When he dies he wants his ashes to be spread in Wales. Where should the property inheritance tax be paid: Switzerland or the UK? Case study 2: Mr. B - Resident in Spain, lives in Spain, pays taxes in Spain, has UK golf club membership, and his son is at a UK university. Where should be pay his taxes? Case study 3: Mrs. C Resident in UK. Has a holiday home in Spain, visits Spain for two months every year. Where should she pay her taxes? THINK YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS? READ ON. In the first case study, believe

Town hall pays for gypsies to go back to Romania A SHANTY town where gypsies were living has been demolished and the residents are being sent back to Romania. The unofficial dwellings were in Motril, near Granada. The town hall has agreed to pay for the bus trip back to the gypsies’ home country now that they are homeless. Three occupants are refusing to leave because they have jobs, but the Romanian Consulate in Seville is reported as saying that majority of the gypsies have volunteered to return home.

it or not, the answer is the UK. At least this is the case that HMRC made. They argued that inheritance tax was still payable by Richard Burton’s inheritors in the UK because he evidently still had emotional ties there and was expected to return. In the second case study, give yourself a pat on the back if you said Spain. However, be aware that although in this case it is Spanish tax that Mr. B should pay, HMRC did open up an investigation to check whether he should be paying tax in the UK as well. Fortunately, he had completed all his Spanish paper work and was able to demonstrate through his tax declarations that the ties to the UK did not oblige him to pay any tax over there. And finally, the third case study: the correct answer is the UK AND Spain. This is where many non-residents with holiday homes in Spain get confused. It might come as a surprise that although there is a double tax agreement between the UK and Spain and although Mrs. C was already being taxed on her income in the UK, she also needed to pay Spanish income tax on her holiday home here. As a resident in the UK who is paying tax there, Mrs C. does not have to pay tax on

all her worldwide income in Spain. However, she does have to pay what’s called ‘imputed income tax’ on her holiday home. That’s because even though she doesn’t rent it out she could do and if she did she would need to pay tax on the rent. It is rather confusing, especially when we talk in the UK about our income tax being related to our salary or self-employed income. In the UK, if we have two houses we only have to pay income tax if we actually rent one out. That’s not the case in Spain. If this is news to you, don’t worry. Making your annual tax declaration and paying imputed income tax is neither expensive nor difficult. It just needs to be done. Ábaco are making declarations for non-residents from now until the deadline of the 31st December. You might not be a member of a golf club or a multi-millionaire but the tax authorities are still after what they can get. Make sure it’s not you they’re chasing. Call us if you would like to complete your non-resident tax declaration in time for the 31st December deadline and take advantage of our free offer (see advert on the top of this page). ÁbacoConnect Help-line 966 703 748


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No Go Go Hamsters... Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

IT’S STARTED... the Christmas rush is here. I stupidly tried to get to the Birmingham Bullring last Saturday but was forced back by sheer weight of numbers. What was going on? What spectacular attraction was drawing such vast Brummie crowds? I don’t know because I gave up and headed for the pub. What I do know is this: it was a scene re-lived all over the country. The BBC reported record numbers of people hitting the stores. Maybe it’s the prospect of twenty percent VAT in January or maybe it’s simply parents that are worried by a repeat ‘Go Go Hamsters’ situation. Did you know that since July retailers have had their top ten Christmas toy lists already compiled? As a consequence of this Toy Shop UK warns: “Being mentioned in these lists can often lead to a toy being particularly hard to find in the run up to Christmas, something that was particularly evident last year when Go Go Hamsters were virtually impossible to find during November and December.” Tell me about it; I remember years ago searching half the south of England trying to find a spare copy of the Noel bloody Edmunds, House Party Game. Never heard of it? No, well you wouldn’t have apart from that one Christmas when everyone and his wife wanted it. The same thing happened again in 1996 with Buzz flippin Lightyear; you just couldn’t get hold of him for love nor money! And as for the dearth of Care Bears, that particular Christmas, well.... Toy Shop UK says: “It looks as though high-tech toys are very much back on the agenda. This is a far cry from the rather austere, recession-conscious top toy lists of 2009 when every product was aimed

at price-aware families and cost less than £50.” Oh dear, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents that’s most certainly a warning to our wallets - don’t think you’re gonna get away with a miserly fifty quid’s worth of toys this year. Hang on though, Toy Shop UK, no one’s told us that the recession had ended. Surely, those same ‘recession-conscious and price-aware families’ are still around. They can’t all be lining up to buy the Audi ‘Type C’ Pedal Car, can they? Ah, you’ve haven’t heard of the Audi ‘Type C’ Pedal Car, eh? Well, let me tell you it is a highly sought after toy and top of one retailer’s, Top Ten Christmas Toys. Let’s look at one of these lists shall we? Now, who to pick… Argos; Toys R Us; Early Learning; Hamleys or Selfridge’s? Hmmm… I know let’s go with ‘Selfridge’s Top Ten for 2010’. Cue Alan ‘fluff’ Freeman. Cue music, der der der dah dah der... Deep breath Alan… Okay Toy-pickers, here we go... At 10 making his first entry is: Stinky The Garbage Truck. Apparently, “Stinky’s big personality ensures he’s well on his way to being one of the most hard-tofind toys of Christmas 2010.” Oh great, endless trudging around to find one. I’m guessing he comes complete with the ‘no stools in this vehicle overnight’ sticker. (Get it?) At 9: Lego Man Dynamo Wind Up Torch. The perfect gadget for LEGO fans of all ages. Did you know that “this torch can be powered simply by cranking Lego Man’s arm a few times!” Perfect, especially for environmentally aware parents and those that always forget to buy the batteries. At 8 it’s: Paper Jamz Guitar.Something that offers “guaranteed fun for the whole

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family on Christmas Day!” Much like Noel Edmunds’s House Party Game did ‘back in the day’. This year’s number 7 is: Razor Rip Rider 360. This 3-wheel trike has “stunning manoeuvrability and is undoubtedly one of the trendiest ride-ons to have been released this year.” New in at 6: the Parrot AR Drone. The drone can be controlled using “an iPhone or iPod. This has to be every gadget fan’s dream toy!” Yeah, and every parent’s nightmare as, presumably, they’ll have to provide an iPhone or iPod as well. Dig deep Mon braves... OK pup-pickers at 5 it’s the: FurReal Go Go My Walkin’ Pup. “Simply attach Go Go’s lead and watch this adorable puppy come to life with realistic barking and walking movements!” I’m guessing he comes complete with politically correct poop-scoop and disposable doggydoo bags, eh? At 4,making a welcome comeback is: Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack. Buzz, not content with making parents’ Christmas shopping a misery back in ‘96 has returned and makes his way onto no less than three Christmas top ten toy lists.

RBL Gandia Remembrance Day service

Members attending the Remembrance Day Service

IT WAS a somewhat poignant occasion last Sunday when we attended The Remembrance Day Service in Gandia, thinking of the fallen heroes in Iraq and the boys and girls currently in Aftganistan as well as members of our Armed services from previous conflicts dating back to WW1. The service was held in the Ducal Palace in Gandia, under the banner of the new Branch Standard in the church packed with members of the Gandia and District

Branch of the Royal British Legion as well as many members of the public. Following the service, some 40 members and guests adjourned to the Canadiense Restaurant at Oliva Playa. The event was completed on the restaurant terrace in the Spanish Autumn sunshine with coffee and brandy, watching the sun go down. For general enquiries regarding RBL Gandia, call our secretary, Cilla, on 644 113 889 or for Social events Janet on 962 865 485.

You can’t keep a good money-spinning superhero down. At 3 the: Plan Toys Doll House. This is a 2-storey Victorian dolls house that’s “designed and built to perfection.” Yawn... It’ll be collecting dust by 27th December. Ahead of the top spot at number 2 is the: Audi Kids Car. “Perfect for children aged 4-8.” It may be perfect but why would you want that one when... Finally, toy-pickers the moment you’ve waited for: this year’s Selfridge’s number one toy, the Audi ‘Type C’ Pedal Car. This ‘toy’ is an “exact replica” of the 1936 race car. The “1:2 scale copy of the classic Grand Prix car has been limited to just 999 copies” and is a snip at just £10,000. Hang on, ten grand? Yes, ten thousand pounds will secure you this top toy. So, what’re you waiting for? Rush out right now. Quick though, before it does a Go Go Hamsters. Just look at the ‘spec’: “…it boasts an all aluminium frame, hand brake lever, hydraulic double disc brakes, real oak dashboard with leather steering wheel and a 0 horsepower, 7 speed, chain drive, pedal-it-yourself engine”. I want one! Watts in the Bullring, looking for some Go Go Hamsters

War heroes remembered Nigel & Yvonne Turner with Servicemen & Women Past & Present

A SERVICE of Remembrance took place at the Cumberland Bar in Benidorm, led by the Bar’s owners Nigel and Yvonne Turner. Around 140 people attended what has now become a tradition on Remembrance Sunday. War poems were read and two minutes silence was observed at 11.00 with the Exhortation read by Mr. Jack Johnson, Chairman of

the Benidorm & District Branch of the Royal British Legion. At the conclusion of the service all joined in with the singing of the Hymn Jerusalem and a collection was taken on behalf of the charity Help for Heroes, which raised a total of €424. The service went out live on local radio station Fab FM and was listened to worldwide via the internet.


Overeating – the root cause by

Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

THE AMAZING thing about peer pressure is that it affects more than just children and teenagers. It follows us through our lives and is in reality, a constant companion. We may feel as though we free ourselves from it by leaving the school playground, but we carry the burden at work and with friends. The media is no help and we’re constantly tugged and pulled in different directions until we’re no longer the person we thought we were. One of those pressures comes from the superficial society we now live in. The need to look good is a vital commodity in today’s world and we’re scorned if we’re not size sixes and primped and teased into looking perfect. We’re judged if we don’t have six packs and bulging biceps. The problem is that the perfect size is constantly dropping and the pressure can be immense

to lose those extra pounds. Sometimes there is a reason behind weight gain, like an illness. But in most cases there is a root cause behind overeating and subsequent weight gain. If it’s hard to diet and impossible to drop the pesky pounds then it’s worth phoning Mark at Phoenix Hypnotherapy for a free consultation to see whether or not he can be of help. Comfort eating is a major source of weight gain. It is easy to understand why. Life is filled with daily strife and it’s natural to seek succour from a reliable source and what could be more reliable than food? There are thousands of ‘wonder diets’ and so-called dos and don’ts to dropping weight but in the end, they always fail. Again, it’s easy to understand why. Diets sometimes fail to address the root cause behind a person’s

weight gain. They don’t always take into account then when we’ve had a bad day at work or had an argument with our partner: we hunt out every chocolate biccie in the tin and gorge ourselves on the lot! Diets don’t help us address the stress in our lives and certainly don’t teach us how to combat it. It seems so easy to pick up a magazine with the latest fashionable diet and start it but the unlikely parameters of eating only bananas for seven days will soon have us quitting and heading to the crisp cupboard and feeling guilty for doing so too! Looking to the real reason of why we’re overweight will help the pounds drop off. Hypnotherapy and Pure HypnoAnalysis can help with weight loss as it does address the real issues. Within a few sessions, we can learn why we always head to food for comfort and can learn the triggers and most importantly, how to counteract them. Dealing with surface issues is always easy. But seeking out the root is the only way to end the problem for good. As well as aiding with weight

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loss and gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves, hypnotherapy is a natural stress reliever too. I use three different methods to enable you to lose weight and keep it off, one of which is my Flagship ‘HYPNOBAND Clinic’ the only one in the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. Many readers will know how successful it is, as it has been shown on UK TV, has been mentioned by many celebraties including Anne Diamond and even Shane Richie (Alfie Moon - Eastenders) and is about to be aired on Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’. It is a combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to address your habits and deal with them, then using hypnotherapy to make you feel like you have had a gastric band fitted. The second method is my highly successful one off weight control session. The third method is Pure HypnoAnaslysis, a course of Hypnotherapy/ Psychotherapy to address more deep rooted issues. I am the only registered HypnoBand Practitioner, consultant Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Pure


HypnoAnalyst and the sole IAPH member on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. If you are suffering with a phobia or other emotional issues that are affecting your life, if anxiety or depression is weighing you down, if you need to lose weight or stop smoking easily in less than 30 minutes of hypnotherapy, visit me at The English Medical Clinic in Albir (near Benidorm); International Clinic Moraira, Moraira; Consultas Medicas ICA, Camposol or The Physical Therapy Clinic, Villamartin (Torrevieja). I am permanently based in Spain and registered with the Spanish Authorities and have Spanish Civil Responsibility Insurance (a legal requirement if working in the country for more than 60 days). For your free initial consultation please feel free to call Mark Phoenix Murphy directly on 654 202 996 or visit his websites: or for more details. Also call to find out more about Gift Vouchers for Stop Smoking in Thirty Minutes and the HypnoBand.

To change your life, pick up the phone. For a free initial consultation, call Mark direct on 654 202 996 or visit, or for more details. NB: Every other week you will find the Phoenix Hypnotherapy advert on page 2.

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Fabulous looks without surgery! By

June Hutchinson

Clinica Dental La Plaza.

OUR SPOTLIGHT this month shines on our resident semi-permanent make up artist, June Hutchinson. Having worked in the beauty industry all her working life, six years ago June trained with the World renowned Finishing Touches, in the basic, advanced and medical tiers of this exquisite and delicate art form. Semi permanent make up redefines eyebrows, eye-liner, lip liner as well as the full lip tint. This is especially useful

in Spain as it comfortably withstands the pressure of the heat where normal make up would panic and run south! June specialises in non-laser tattoo removal: a painless way to bury any past indiscretions! June’s extensive experience has taken her all across the UK from the North East (where she hails from, incidentally) to Liverpool, The Isle of Man, Bristol and London’s famous Harley Street. June established an impeccable reputation in our very own area of Spain with many ex-pats now waking up beautiful every day thanks to her fine art. June continues to live and work around Southern Spain and can be seen as a team player amongst the highly skilled experts at Medaesthetics. Many people think that the only way to go to look great as they get older is expensive surgery: not so! A massive difference can be made to our looks without the expensive price tag. Two of the most youthful things on a face are the teeth and the eyebrows, and both can knock years off our looks as recently pointed out in the TV programme ‘10 Years Younger’ The fabulous eyebrows can be achieved by semipermanent makeup; a painless treatment which gives an instant face lift! And puts an end to smudged brows in the heat! Add an eyeliner or a lip liner, or even a full lipstick colour and wow!! If you then add on a Botox treatment and a subtle lip enhancement (painless injectable hyaluronic acid) the result is even better. At Karen Gardners practice we work together to

make you look wonderful and Karen can explain all the inexpensive ways to make your teeth look whiter, younger and more sparkling. In Addition, she can give you advice on anti ageing treatments available to improve your face and hold back the years. At the moment and until Christmas we are offering semi permanent eyebrows for €300 with a free eyeliner thrown in: Semi permanent makeup by June Hutchinson. Please contact us for advice or a free consultation. Clìnica Dental, La Plaza, Javea (next to ‘Club de Tenis’): Tel: 966 461 120 Email:

Article supplied by June Hutchinson, of Clinica Dental La Plaza, Edificio La Plaza, next to Club de Tenis – Javea: Tel 966 461 120 for a free consultation, check-up and advice.

Chinese medicine has been treating gout for well over 2000 years! by

Robert Vandevelede

Ex-president Australian Acupuncture & Chinese medicine Association

GOUT IS one of the most frequently recorded medical conditions throughout history. It is sometimes called a ‘rich man’s disease’ because it is often associated with the intake of too much rich food and alcohol. It is one of the most painful forms of Arthritis. Gout occurs when there are abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood resulting in a build-up of needlelike urate crystals in the joints or soft tissue. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passed through the kidneys into the urine, where it is eliminated. URATE CRYSTALS USUALLY DEPOSIT IN: • Joints: acute gouty arthritis • Soft tissue: tenosynovitis • Urinary tract: Kidney stones When uric acid builds up in the joints it

causes inflammatory arthritis. That in turn leads to swelling, redness, burning, pain and joint stiffness. For most people, gout starts in the joints of the big toe. Many other joints and areas around them can be affected. Other deposits of uric acid can appear as lumps under the skin that surround the joints and cover the rim of the ear. Uric acid can also collect in the kidneys where they form kidney stones. WHAT CAUSES GOUT? • An increase in the production of uric acid in the body • The kidneys do not eliminate enough uric acid • A person eats too many foods high in purines, like liver, brain, kidneys, canned sardines and anchovy, herring and game RISK FACTORS FOR GOUT You are more likely to have gout if you: • Have a member in the family with the disease • Are a man • Are overweight • Eat too many foods rich in purines • Drink too much alcohol • Have an enzyme defect that makes it hard for the body to break down purines • Are exposed to lead in the environment • Have had an organ transplant • Use some medicines such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine etc. • Take the vitamin Niacin

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GOUT? The most common site for gout attacks is the base of the big toe, but gout can affect ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and fingers. Symptoms include: • Sudden intense joint pain • Inflammation with swelling and heat in the joint. • Marked tenderness of the joint PREVENTION OF GOUT • Maintaining adequate fluid intake to promote the excretion of uric acid • Weight reduction. • Avoid purine rich food such as shellfish, organ meats, anchovy and sardines • Reduction or elimination of alcohol intake WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR GOUT? The most common treatments for an acute attack of gout are nonstreroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or corticosteroids, taken orally or injected in

the affected joints. However, many NSAID’s have long term negative side effects such as increased risk of heart attack or dementia. Corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatory hormones, the most commonly prescribed being Prednisone. TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE TREATMENT Historically, reports of gout are found in Chinese medical works through the ages. Zhang zhong-jing, a master acupuncturist in about 300AD already gives a detailed analysis in his work “the treatise of febrile diseases.” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds that the main causes for gout is rich and greasy food which leads to internal build-up of heat and damp blocking the free movement of Qi (energy) and blood. Traditional acupuncture treatment is thus aimed at clearing heat and damp and remove stagnation in the channels. In stubborn, chronic cases, Acupuncture may be supplemented with Chinese herbs for better results. If you have any queries, please email me at

Written by Robert Vandevelde Former President Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association, Contact him on 660 032 862 Write to me at




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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rewind the 60s 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 The Indian Doctor 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trapped Ever After 16:30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Fee Fi Fo Yum 17:30 Horrible Histories 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 Children in Need 2010 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Children in Need 2010

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: Wild in Africa 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Car Booty 15:15 Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time 16:00 Murder, She Wrote 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 Live International Rugby Union 22:30 Harry & Paul 23:00 Mastermind Children in Need Special 23:35 Newsnight 24:05 The Review Show 24:50 The National Lottery Draws

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 15:00 Dinner Date 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 Cheetah Kingdom 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Tango & Cash

Crescendo’s Christmas sing-along IT’S THAT time of year again! Chas Smith hosts a singalong concert with Crescendo Choir on Friday 10th December at Casa Ventura in San Luis, starting 19.30. Tickets are only €3 with the usual enormous hamper of Christmas ‘goodies’ raffled. OTHER CRESCENDO CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: Saturday 20th November at Los Balcones as guests of the Harmonisers Sunday 12th December at La Zenia Church Wednesday 15th December at Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Sing along tickets can be ordered from Mary, telephone 965 725 641 or Margot on 653 085 833.

08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:40 Frasier 10:10 According to Jim 10:40 Cook Yourself Thin 11:10 One Tree Hill 12:05 Smallville 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Atlantic 13:10 River Cottage Bites 13:20 The Bridge on the River Kwai 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Celebrity Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Unreported World 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 The Event 23:00 Good Luck Chuck

All That Jazz in aid of K9 ALL THAT Jazz will raise funds for the canine charity K9 at the Hillside Club, La Marina on Saturday 20th November. The evening kicks off at 20.00 on a ticket price of €10, which includes delicious Sausage and Mash (vegetarian option available). For ticket information, contact Brenda: 966 796 436; Mark: 676 447 682; Sheila: 966 797 955 or Sue: 965 728 456.

08:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:50 Hana’s Helpline 10:00 Pocoyo 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:10 House Doctor 13:40 Five News 13:45 Emergency Bikers 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Rough Guide to Bang for Your Buck 16:05 Donald Duck - Winter Storage 16:10 Taking a Chance on Love 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 Fifth Gear 21:00 White Van Man 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 CSI: Miami 24:50 Cops in Crisis

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 08:55 Bite Size Brainiac 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 11:00 Cold Case 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 New Parent Nightmares 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 UK Border Force 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Bones 18:00 WWE Superstars 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Oops TV 22:00 Ross Kemp on Gangs 23:00 House 24:00 Thorne: Scaredy Cat

08:30 WATTS 08:45 Live World Touring Car Championship 09:45 International Football 10:45 International Football 11:30 International Football 12:30 International Football 13:15 Winter Olympic Finish Line 14:15 International Football 15:15 International Football 16:00 International Football 17:00 International Football 17:45 International Football 18:45 Eurogoals Flash 18:55 Timbersports Series 20:00 Strongest Man 21:00 Poker 23:00 Winter Olympic Finish Line 24:00 Freeride Spirit

08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Maury 10:55 Celebs 24/7 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 12:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 Four Weddings 20:00 CSI: Miami 21:00 Criminal Minds 22:00 Medium 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:00 Criminal Minds

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Watching the detectives The TV Round Up by

Alex Trelinski

Broadcaster and freelance journalist

WITH SO many counterattractions popping up on a Sunday night, the best new TV detective in some time has crept almost unnoticed onto the box. I’m talking about David Morrissey’s portrayal of the CID officer, Tom Thorne on Sky 1. It’s one of the best things that Morrissey has done, working with Thorne’s creator, Mark Billingham, on bringing his award-winning novels to the small screen. The adaptations have had good money thrown at them, which is amazing as we are talking about a Sky drama commission. Rupert Murdoch’s tight purse strings have been clearly loosened in a move akin to Moses parting the sea, but it has been worth it. The graphic language and some of the scenes are not suitable for the squeamish but I’ve found it gripping all the way as the second story ended last Sunday. It’s been a six week run of intelligent drama which I believe would have had everybody talking about it, if it had been on a UK terrestrial channel. Sky 1 needs more of this to prove to the critics that it is more than a relay station for expensive American imports. Expensive is not the word

I would use for the BBC’s cheap Yankee daytime fodder like ‘Murder She Wrote’ and ‘Diagnosis Murder’. It’s a million light years away from ‘Thorne’, but I’m pleased to say that the Beeb bosses have been ordered to stop constantly recycling this trash, and to replace it with new British shows. What I’ve never been able to understand is that with such a wonderful archive, why daytime viewers have not been able to enjoy shows like ‘The Onedin Line’ or ‘Poldark’, rather than these secondrate transatlantic fillers? The irony is that there is plenty of good stuff to be viewed on satellite channels like ‘Yesterday’, which is currently showing the brilliant ‘Colditz’ from the early seventies. I’ve been delighted to see this again after a 38 year gap. Despite some technical clunkiness of switching between location filming and studio-based videotape, the stories and acting are first rate.

It’s also been fun to see a range of British performers climbing up the ladder, like a young Dennis Waterman convincingly playing a Gestapo officer, three years before he found fame as Detective George Carter in ‘The Sweeney’. By the way, great to see re-runs of that during the day on ITV4, which would have been unthinkable back in the seventies, as it was transmitted firmly postwatershed because of its violence. There’s no shortage of that in the latest hit American show to star a Brit, ‘The Walking Dead’ on FX UK and FOX Spain, the creepiest thing I’ve seen on TV since Michael Barrymore. It stars Andrew Lincoln (remember him as Egg from the wonderful ‘This Life’ and ‘Teachers’) as a deputy Sheriff in Georgia who wakes up from a coma amidst a zombie invasion. Lincoln’s picked up a wonderful southern accent akin to Deputy Dawg, in what is very much a career-changing role for him. The zombies are especially nasty, somewhat akin to an unruly queue hearing an announcement of a late departure gate change at Alicante Airport. There’s good news that a second series is already in production after rave reviews for the first two episodes. Whatever happens, though, with British viewing habits over the next two decades, I can’t ever see this getting an afternoon airing sandwiched between ‘Doctors’ and ‘Cash in the Attic’! Sky 1’s Thorne

tv Saturday 06:00 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen 12:30 Nigella Kitchen 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Formula 1 2010 Season Review 15:00 Live International Rugby Union 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News 18:30 Children in Need 2010: The Best Bits 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 20:45 Merlin 21:30 National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 21:45 Casualty 22:35 The Armstrong & Miller Show 23:05 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 24:45 The Football League Show

08:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Live ‘n’ Deadly 11:00 Little Howard’s Big Question 11:20 Sam & Mark’s Guide to Dodging Disaster 11:50 Dennis and Gnasher 12:00 Roy 12:30 The Big Performance 13:00 The Cut 13:25 Teensville: Teens from a Small Island 13:50 Popatron 14:20 The 5:19 Show 14:35 The Season 15:05 Revealed 15:25 In Search of the Castaways 17:00 Great British Bake Off 18:00 Live International Rugby Union 20:30 Coast 20:50 Dad’s Army 21:20 American Dream 22:20 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 23:05 QI XL 23:50 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:20 Later with Jools Holland

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08:25 Toonattik 10:25 Cool Stuff Collective 10:50 Planet Sketch 11:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 11:30 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 12:30 This Morning: Saturday 13:30 News 13:39 Granada Weather 13:40 All New You’ve Been Framed! 14:10 Racing Stripes 16:00 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 18:45 Granada News 19:00 ITV News 19:15 All Star Family Fortunes 20:00 All New You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 The X Factor 22:20 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:20 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Kelly Osbourne 24:20 ITV News 24:35 Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run

08:00 World Sport 08:25 Britain’s Favourite Yacht Race 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Friends 10:20 Friends 10:50 Ugly Betty 11:45 Koko Pop 12:20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: T4 Movie Special 12:50 Take That: Our Story 13:50 Scrubs 14:25 Shooting Nicole Scherzinger 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 17:25 Come Dine with Me 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Come Dine with Me 18:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 The Political Slot 19:30 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Grand Designs 21:00 Apocalypse: The Second World War 22:00 The Pillars of the Earth 24:15 Into the Wild

08:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:10 Little Princess 09:20 Milkshake! Music Box 09:25 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:40 Play! 09:45 Castle Farm 09:55 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 George Shrinks 11:00 Fifth Gear 11:30 How Do They Do It? 12:00 The Gadget Show 13:00 Megastructures 14:00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 15:00 Farscape: the Peacekeeper Wars 18:00 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 20:25 Five News 20:30 The Mentalist 21:25 NCIS 22:20 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:20 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:20 CSI: NY

07:00 The Fluffy Club 08:25 Toonattik 10:25 Finger Tips 10:40 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 11:10 The X Factor 12:30 This Morning: Sunday 13:30 News 13:34 Granada Weather 13:35 Coronation Street 15:55 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Granada News 18:15 ITV News 18:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Behind the Magic 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 The Cube: Celebrity Special 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:30 ITV News 23:45 Kings of Leon: Excess All Areas 24:45 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Kelly Osbourne

06:25 Countdown 07:10 Planet Cook 07:30 Cardiff Half Marathon 08:20 Great London Swim 09:15 World B-Boy Series 09:45 Hollyoaks 12:20 Live and Lost 12:35 Ugly Betty 13:35 Friends 14:10 The Simpsons 14:50 The Simpsons 15:25 T4 Stars of 2010 17:55 Deal or No Deal 18:50 Deck the Halls 20:30 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage Best Bites 22:00 Any Human Heart 23:45 Desperate Housewives 24:45 The Real Housewives of New Jersey

08:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 08:55 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:10 Little Princess 09:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:35 Family! 09:50 Castle Farm 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 George Shrinks 11:00 iCarly 11:35 True Jackson, VP 12:10 Your Sport 12:25 Andre Rieu in Concert 13:10 Street Market Chefs 13:40 Zoo Days 14:10 Emergency Bikers 15:10 The Sheepman 16:55 Five News 17:00 The Showbiz Variety Club Awards 2010 18:00 A Bug’s Life 19:55 Ghostbusters II 22:00 Speed 24:15 11:14

08:00 The Zoo UK 09:00 Malcolm in the Middle 09:30 Malcolm in the Middle 10:00 Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker 11:00 Soccer AM 13:00 Best of Oops TV 14:00 Malcolm in the Middle 14:30 Malcolm in the Middle 15:00 Oops TV 16:00 Liza and Huey’s Pet Nation 17:00 The Real A&E 18:00 Futurama 18:30 Futurama 19:00 The Middle 19:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Fat Families 22:00 Demolition Man 24:15 Fringe

08:30 Freeride Spirit Show 08:45 Eurosport for the Planet 09:15 WATTS 09:30 Winter Olympic Finish Line 10:30 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 10:45 Live CrossCountry Skiing 11:45 Alpine Skiing 12:30 Live CrossCountry Skiing 13:45 Wintersports: Breaking the Ice 14:00 Figure Skating 15:30 International Football 16:30 International Football 17:30 Cross-Country Skiing 18:30 Cross-Country Skiing 19:30 Figure Skating 21:00 Fight Club 23:00 Cross-Country Skiing 24:00 WATTS


08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 11:00 My Wife and Kids 12:00 Will & Grace 13:00 Changing Faces 14:00 Nothing to Declare 14:30 Nothing to Declare 15:00 Nothing to Declare 15:30 Nothing to Declare 16:00 Save the Last Dance 18:20 Celebs 24/7 18:30 Nothing to Declare 19:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 22:00 Criminal Minds 23:00 Criminal Minds 24:00 Criminal Minds

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Kelly Osbourne ITV 1, 23.20

tv Sunday 06:00 BBC News 06:30 Record Europe 07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 The Politics Show 14:05 Escape to the Country 15:05 EastEnders 16:35 Drop Zone 17:35 Lifeline 17:45 Points of View 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 BBC News 19:00 Jimmy’s Food Factory 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Garrow’s Law 23:00 BBC News; Regional News 23:25 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson 23:55 The Apprentice 24:55 The Lonely Guy

07:25 Penelope 07:30 Guess with Jess 07:40 Postman Pat 08:00 Arthur 08:15 League of Super Evil 08:25 Sportsround 08:40 Bear Behaving Badly 09:00 Scoop 09:25 Hotel Trubble 09:55 Diddy Dick & Dom 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Horrible Histories 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 International Rugby Union 13:30 Live Horse Racing 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 18:00 Coast 18:10 Goal! 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Making Scotland’s Landscape 22:00 JFK: The Making of Modern Politics 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Match of the Day 2 24:30 JFK

08:00 The Zoo UK 08:30 The Zoo UK 09:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 10:00 Customs 10:30 Customs 11:00 WWE Superstars 12:00 WWE: Experience 13:00 The Real A&E 14:00 Dog Squad 14:30 Super Nurses 15:00 Real Filth Fighters 15:30 Emergency Animal Rescue 16:00 Fat Families 17:00 The Real A&E 18:00 Harry Potter Special 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Futurama 19:30 The Middle 20:00 Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker 21:00 The Simpsons 21:30 Modern Family 22:00 Bones 23:00 House 24:00 Cold Case

08:30 World Touring Car Championship 09:30 WATTS 09:45 Cross-Country Skiing 10:45 Live CrossCountry Skiing 11:45 Cross-Country Skiing 12:30 Live CrossCountry Skiing 14:15 Cross-Country Skiing 15:15 World Touring Car Championship 16:15 WATTS 16:30 Figure Skating 18:00 Cross-Country Skiing 19:00 Cross-Country Skiing 20:30 Boxing 22:30 Motorsports Weekend 22:45 Cross-Country Skiing 23:45 Cross-Country Skiing

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08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:25 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 11:00 My Wife and Kids 12:00 Will & Grace 13:00 Ghost Whisperer 14:00 Save the Last Dance 16:20 Celebs 24/7 16:30 Passport Patrol 17:00 Nothing to Declare UK 19:00 Morbidly Obese 20:00 Four Weddings 21:00 Nikita 22:00 Criminal Minds 23:00 CSI: Miami 24:00 Criminal Minds

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08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 11:00 Emergency Animal Rescue 12:00 Super Nurses 12:30 The Real A&E 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 UK Border Force 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Bones 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Best of Oops TV 22:00 Back Inside Britain’s Fattest Man 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 24:00 Law & Order

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 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 Missing 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trapped Ever After 16:30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 British Schools, Islamic Rules: Panorama 22:00 Accused 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Don’t Hit My Mum 24:40 A Walk to Remember

08:00 Childrens TV 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: Wild in Africa 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Coast 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 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 Michael Wood’s Story of England 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Giles & Sue Live The Good Life 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 JFK: The Making of Modern Politics

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Deadliest Bite: Tonight 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Real Crime with Mark Austin: Rachel Nickell - Case Closed 24:35 Robson Green’s Wild Swimming Adventure

08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:05 According to Jim 10:35 Cook Yourself Thin 11:10 One Tree Hill 12:00 Smallville 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 In Your Dreams 13:15 A Place in the Sun: Home or USA? 14:20 Pink Panther Strikes Again 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal Fifth Anniversary 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches: City of Fear 22:00 Coppers 23:00 Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night 23:55 Commando

08:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 Hana’s Helpline 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:10 House Doctor 13:40 Five News 13:50 Emergency Bikers 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Animal Rescue Squad 16:05 Touch the Top of the World 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 How Do They Do It? 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 23:00 Kickboxer

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 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 Missing 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trapped Ever After 16:30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 My Genius Idea 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Turn Back Time - The High Street 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Imagine 24:40 Where the Truth Lies

08:00 Childrens TV 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: Wild in Africa 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Coast 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 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 Coast 21:00 Alan Titchmarsh’s Garden Secrets 22:00 The Foods That Make Billions 23:00 Mock the Week Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 American Dream

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dinner Date 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 River Monsters 21:00 The Zoo 22:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Celebrity Juice: X Factor Special 24:20 Swingtown

08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:05 According to Jim 10:35 Cook Yourself Thin 11:05 One Tree Hill 12:00 Smallville 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie at Home 13:35 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:35 Revenge of the Pink Panther 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal Fifth Anniversary 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Homemade Home 22:00 The Family 23:00 Frankie Boyle Live 24:05 1 Day

08:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 Hana’s Helpline 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:10 House Doctor 13:40 Five News 13:50 Emergency Bikers 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Animal Rescue Squad 16:05 Another Day 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 Street Market Chefs 21:00 Sea Patrol UK 22:00 CSI: Miami 23:00 CSI: NY 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 11:00 Emergency Animal Rescue 11:30 Emergency Animal Rescue 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 The Real A&E 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 UK Border Force 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Bones 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 UK Border Force 22:00 Stargate Universe 23:00 Fringe 24:00 Croc

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 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 Missing 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trapped Ever After 16:30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Little Howard’s Big Question 17:25 Deadly 60 Bite Size 17:30 Dani’s House 18:00 Newsround 18:15 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 23:35 National Lottery Draws 23:45 Film 2010 with Claudia Winkleman 24:25 Thirteen Days

08:00 Childrens TV 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 Film 2010 with Claudia Winkleman 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 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 20:30 Miranda 21:00 Edwardian Farm 22:00 Ancient Worlds 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired! 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Foods That Make Billions

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Dinner Date 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

08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:05 According to Jim 10:35 Cook Yourself Thin 11:05 One Tree Hill 12:00 Smallville 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie at Home 13:35 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:35 The Ghost and Mrs Muir 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal Fifth Anniversary 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Animal Madhouse 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 The Event

08:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 Hana’s Helpline 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:10 House Doctor 13:40 Five News 13:50 Emergency Bikers 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Animal Rescue Squad 16:05 Loving Evangeline 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 Highland Emergency 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 23:55 Law & Order 24:55 Poker

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 11:00 Emergency Animal Rescue 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 Medical Emergency 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 UK Border Force 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Bones 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 The Little Couple 21:30 Raising Hope 22:00 Bones 23:00 Demolition Man

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08:30 Motorsports Weekend 08:45 World Touring Car Championship 10:00 Ski Jumping 11:00 Ski Jumping 12:00 World Touring Car Championship 12:45 Cross-Country Skiing 13:45 Cross-Country Skiing 15:00 Ski Jumping 16:00 Ski Jumping 17:00 Cross-Country Skiing 18:00 Eurogoals: One to One 18:15 Eurogoals 18:45 Champions Club 19:45 Strongest Man 20:45 World Touring Car Championship 22:30 Fight Club 23:30 Eurogoals 24:00 Champions Club

08:30 Eurogoals 09:00 Champions Club 10:00 Ski Jumping 11:00 Ski Jumping 12:00 Cross-Country Skiing 13:30 Eurogoals 14:00 Champions Club 15:00 Ski Jumping 17:00 Cross-Country Skiing 18:00 Cross-Country Skiing 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Olympic Magazine 19:15 Eurogoals 19:45 Eurogoals: One to One 20:00 Boxing 21:00 Boxing 23:00 Freeride Spirit Show 23:15 World Touring Car Championship 23:45 WATTS 24:00 Champions Club 24:30 Ski Jumping

08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:25 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Maury 10:55 Celebs 24/7 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 Four Weddings US 20:00 CSI: Miami 21:00 America’s Next Top Model 22:00 Four Weddings 23:00 Sex Change Soldier 24:00 Criminal Minds

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08:30 Freeride Spirit Show 08:45 WATTS 09:00 Winter Olympic Finish Line 10:00 Ski Jumping 12:00 Swimming 13:30 Winter Olympic Finish Line 14:30 Champions Club 15:00 Ski Jumping 17:00 Winter Olympic Finish Line 18:00 Swimming 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:20 Wednesday Selection 19:30 Equestrian 21:30 Riders Club 21:35 European Tour Golf 22:05 Ladies European Tour Golf 22:15 Golf Club 22:20 Yacht Club 22:25 Wednesday Selection 22:45 Sport Destination 23:00 Eurosport for the Planet 23:30 Swimming

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08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:25 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Maury 10:55 Celebs 24/7 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 Four Weddings US 20:00 CSI: Miami 21:00 Dating in the Dark US 22:00 America’s Next Top Model 23:00 Party Wars 24:00 Criminal Minds

08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:25 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Maury 10:55 Celebs 24/7 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 Four Weddings 20:00 CSI: Miami 21:00 Four Weddings 22:00 Ghost Whisperer 23:00 Criminal Minds 24:00 Criminal Minds

tv Thursday 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 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 Missing 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Trapped Ever After 16:30 What’s New Scooby-Doo? 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Deadly 60 17:30 Combat Kids 18:00 Growing Up in a War Zone: A Newsround Special 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:30 Traffic Cops 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Live at the Apollo 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:40 This Week

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: Wild in Africa 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Due South 14:45 Lifeline 14:55 Coast 15:00 Live Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 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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06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dinner Date 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 21:00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 22:00 Coronation Street 22:30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Something’s Gotta Give

07:20 The Treacle People 07:30 Planet Cook 07:50 Yo Gabba Gabba 08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Frasier 10:05 According to Jim 10:35 Cook Yourself Thin 11:05 One Tree Hill 12:05 Smallville 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:15 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:15 A Room with a View 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal Fifth Anniversary 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare 22:00 Secret Millionaire 23:05 True Blood 24:20 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 Thomas & Friends 09:40 Hana’s Helpline 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Milkshake! Music Box 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:10 House Doctor 13:40 Five News 13:50 Emergency Bikers 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Lonesome Ghosts 15:55 Animal Rescue Squad 16:10 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember it Well 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 Jaguar Adventure with Nigel Marven 21:00 Demolition: The Tallest Tower 22:00 Behind Enemy Lines 24:10 Police Interceptors

07:00 Biggest Loser US 08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 It’s Me or the Dog USA 11:00 Vet Adventures 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 Medical Emergency 13:00 Biggest Loser US 13:50 Bite Size Brainiac 14:00 UK Border Force 15:00 Stargate Atlantis 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Bones 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 Modern Family 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Modern Family 21:30 The Simpsons 22:00 An Idiot Abroad 23:00 Raising Hope 23:30 A League of Their Own 24:00 Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker

08:30 World Touring Car Championship 09:00 Champions Club 09:30 Live Swimming 12:00 Winter Olympic Finish Line 13:00 WATTS 13:30 Ski Jumping 15:30 Swimming 17:00 Live Swimming 19:00 Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Ten Pin Bowling 20:00 Fight Club 23:00 Swimming 24:45 Ski Jumping

08:00 The Jerry Springer Show 08:25 The Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Maury 10:55 Celebs 24/7 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 12:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Miami 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 Four Weddings 20:00 CSI: Miami 21:00 Drop Dead Diva 22:00 Nikita 23:00 Chuck 24:00 Criminal Minds

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Let your pool hibernate this winter ALONG WITH the pleasure of owning a pool there is the constant need for regular maintainence to keep the water fresh and clean. For most pool owners, the swimming season on the Costa Blanca is only four months; for the remaining eight months the pool is not in use but still needs regular

The elastic straps are placed at 50cm intervals

upkeep. A specially designed winter pool cover, installed correctly, will seal off the pool and significantly reduce maintainence, chemicals and energy costs. Toldos Alchemy pool covers are made from reinforced polyester vinyl and the seams and hems are heat welded for added strength. Each cover is made to measure for a precise fit and held in place by tight elastic straps that make it difficult for children to remove or lift the cover. The tensioned cover will effortlessly support a child’s/pet’s weight, providing significant safety benefits. Once the cover is in place, the pool pump is switched off and no chemicals are needed until the cover is removed in the Spring. The opaque vinyl canvas is blue topside and black underneath which ensures that no light enters the pool and therefore stops microorganism growth. The elastic straps are placed at 50cm intervals and attach to a stainless steel/brass fitting that screws down flat when the cover is not in use. All covers are made with a central membrane which allows rainwater to filter into the pool and exit through the pool overthrow. The cover is removed at the start of the

Nigel Evans, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons visits the Costa Blance THE JÁVEA Conservatives Abroad Christmas lunch is special this year! The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP, is flying out from the UK as our guest and will be speaking at the lunch on Satur-

day 4th December at 13.30 for 14.00: we have chosen Pepe’s in Alcalalí as the venue. We have arranged a festive all-inclusive menu for the excellent price of €25 (with a reduction to €22 for Members). There will be a Christmas raf-

The tensioned cover will effortlessly support a child or pet’s weight

swimming season and simply folded away and stored until needed. We also offer a cover fitting/removal service should you require it. Toldos Alchemy has been installing sun blinds throughout the Costa Blanca since 1992 and for the last two years has been installing winter pool covers to the same high standard. If you would like more information please contact Tony Bowers on 659 464 992 or contact us via our website at Email

fle, an iced Christmas cake to win and, if there is time, a few Christmas carols! In addition, of course, there will be an address by our guest of honour Mr Evans and the drawing of our Election Year Raffle. To join us please contact Gerald Hales on 966 197 239 or email

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Charity auction in aid of PEPA ALADDIN’S IS to hold an auction to support animal charity PEPA on Saturday 27th November, on the Pedreguer Industrial Estate off the N332, Poligono les Galgues (next to Renault). Registration is at 10.00 with the auction starting at 11.30. All items are accepted for auction but unsold items must be taken away. Alad-

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Read all about it! Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed



Vibes From The Costas by

Tony Poole

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UNDAY’S FINALE at the Cartagena Jazz Festival features Boston-born Brooklyn-based soul sensation Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed. With two independently released albums ‘Sings Walkin’ And Talkin’, and ‘Other Smash Hits And Roll With You,’ he has built a strong international reputation showcasing his genuine fascination and love for soul music’s golden era. With the release of his third album, ‘Come And Get It’ on a major label, comparisons have been made, calling him “the male Amy Winehouse.” It’s produced by Mike Elizondo, whose credits include Eminem, Pink and Gwen Stefani. Rolling Stone magazine named him ‘Breaking Artist’ and he received a nomination at the 2009 MOJO Awards for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’. On “Come And Get It”, Reed proves to be the life of a soulful, sweaty party in which everyone eventually gets dragged onto the dance floor. He incorporates the feel of classic R&B and soul into a largely self-penned, 12-song set. Admirers have likened Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett; the Boston Herald called him “Boston’s answer to Sam Cooke.” Even as a youngster, Reed displayed unusually sophisticated good taste, working his way through his dad’s extensive record collection. Reed absorbed early rock and roll (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Coasters) before moving on to the country radio hits of the day. The first record he bought was Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart’s single, ‘The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’. Then he fell for Howlin’ Wolf and the blues. However, the defining moment in Reed’s youthful musical education came when his dad bought Ray Charles’ Altantic boxed set on cassette, “That was my introduction into soul music, it really changed my life. During one summer vacation, when we were in the car, we listened to those three tapes over and over again.”

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed

Now, at 26, Reed has the nickname ‘Paperboy’ attached to his name: the singer used to wear his grandfather’s paperboy hat and took the name after it. “It’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure,” admits Reed, looking back at the incredible journey that took the boyish-looking yet preternaturally mature soul belter from a Boston high school band room to a Mississippi Delta juke joint, from Sunday morning gigs behind the organ at a tiny South Side Chicago church to headlining the coolest clubs in Brooklyn and now, signed to Capitol Records. “It’s all about writing pop songs,” says Reed, “Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century and its influence is so far-reaching.” While he was making ‘Come And Get It’, says Reed, “I was listening to a lot of late 60’s, early 70’s soul music from Chicago, in particular Mel and Tim and Tyrone Davis. It’s all very lavishly produced stuff, a lot of horns, a lot of strings, but it’s also really tough, the rhythm section is always really funky. I was going for that sort of vibe.” “People say you make your own luck,” Reed concludes, “I’ve definitely made it a point to seek out some of the people who’ve inspired me but some of the things that have happened so far have just been amazing, and I have been unbelievably lucky.” Tickets for Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed are €20. Tel: 968 501 615, or ticket agents Tel: 902 150 025. More info at

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HELP Christmas Fayre HELP of Denia and Marina Alta are once again holding their annual Christmas Fayre at Casa Holanda in Denia (next to the Tennis Club) on Saturday 4th December, with admission at €1: the admission fee automatically enters every

visitor into a free Raffle. The event opens at 10.30 and doors close at 13.00. There will be all the usual Christmas attractions including Carol singers and of course Santa. For more information please visit


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Estar in the past

Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

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

Lesson 134

THIS ARTICLE is one of a short series on the uses of “ser” and “estar” in two of the most common past tenses. Another way of saying the same thing is that the articles are about the translation of the word “was”, although as I have already explained, any attempts at direct translation can lead us down a number of blind alleys. Last week we talked about the use of “ser” in a general way in both past tenses, so this week we have to look at examples of the use of “estar” in the past. However much I nag about these two verbs, (and believe me, I can nag) I still find people clinging to the belief that the difference between them is connected to the ideas of “temporary” and “permanent”. This explanation may help us initially, but as soon as we start to explore the use of the two verbs, it creates more problems than it solves. The basic problem is that this concept of the two verbs relies on an idea related to “time”. Once we start changing the time scale, i.e. by putting “ser” and “estar” into past or future tenses, we are losing any meaningful concept of “temporary” and “permanent”. I talked about this last week, so I won’t go on. Instead I will start by referring back to my imperfect, but much more useful, definition of “estar”, as referring to “how” or “where”. I think it is quite clear that we can talk about “how” or “where” things were in the past. Here are some examples: “estuve en su casa ayer” (I was at his (her or their) house yesterday). “Estaba en

su casa ayer cuando vino el cartero” (I was at his (her or their) house yesterday when the postman came). Don’t forget, my mission at the moment is not to explain why the first sentence uses “estuve” and the second uses “estaba”, I am simply giving examples of when this particular verb is used (and not “ser”) to express the idea of “where”. Now here are some examples of “how” in the past tense: “Yo estaba enferma cuando me vino a visitar” (I was ill when he came to see me). “Estuve muy enfadado con él por su comportamiento ” (I was very angry with him because of his behaviour). Both of these examples describe “how”, that is in what “state” someone was in, in the past, in this case ill and angry, although they don’t have to be negative states! As you may realise I am treading very carefully on stepping stones here, and probably raising as many questions as I am answering, but the idea is that each point regarding verbs and tenses will be covered step by step if you just stay with me for a few more weeks! One other use of “estar” which I have not yet mentioned is that it can combine with other verbs to form a continuous tense. In the present we can say, for example, “estoy aprendiendo español” or “estamos escuchando música” (I am learning Spanish. We are listening to music). This formation can also be used in the past – “estaba aprendiendo español” and “estábamos escuchando música”. Again, this leads

Christmas Market and Hog roast

LO CRISPIN Residents Cultural Association is to hold a Christmas Market and Hog roast on Friday 3rd December at the Lo Crispin Market site adjacent to the Tavern Inn starting at 09.00. There will be a large number of stalls selling a wide range of Christmas fare. Free mince pies and mulled wine will be available during the morning. On completion of the market there will be a Hog Roast, served with apple sauce and all the trimmings, including wine. (Tickets available on the day at €6 or by calling John on 617 294 225). At 16.00, entertainment will be provided by the brilliant TAABS Charity singing Group and the Studio Dance group. Proceeds from the day will be donated to Algorfa Charities.

to other questions about the meanings of tenses, but really all I am trying to do at the moment is illustrate three uses of the verb estar, namely – where, how and as part of some compound tenses. You can now go and recover from reading this article, and I will go and recover from writing it. Hopefully you will be up to reading the next episode next week. See you then.

Carol singing THE CARDENAL Beluga Theatre Group has once again had a very successful year. The two shows performed in October and May provided €3,000 to the San Fulgencio - La Marina SEM (Ambulance Service.) The performance year runs from October 2009 to October 2010. To end 2010 on a Christmas note, two carol concerts will be

staged, the first in the Grey area Fase 4 on La Marina outside Ramons Bar on Friday, 17th December at 20.00 and the second on Sunday 19th December at the Market in La Marina at 11.00. The service is free to everyone and our members and friends will be doing a ‘bucket collection’ on both days. The local charities we have chosen for these donations are K9 Animal Welfare and The Easy Horse Rescue Centre. Come along and join us; after all, Christmas isn’t Christmas without carols!

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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. Scheme that gives little professional status (11) 9. If most of it was eradicated there would be few complaints (7) 10. Boat propeller (5) 11. Multitudes in pubs (5) 12. The first mate takes the other for a tough climb (7) 13. No society for a person of no importance (6) 15. Unusually astute piece of work by an artist (6) 18. Does it lead to brave conflict? (3-4) 20. Best conceivable thought to fifty (5) 22. Goes in front, using a sled (5) 23. Pays a quick visit and watches TV (5,2) 24. They take steps in many ways for progress (11)

DOWN 2. Keeps turning over lists of names (5) 3. How the iron was put into service? (7) 4. My sets are methodically arranged (6) 5. Experience discrimination (5) 6. There’s no let-up for the rich (7) 7. Prayer for good health, and where to make it? (7,4) 8. Washing may depend on it (7,4) 14. A fire screen, perhaps! (7) 16. Journey with crude oil in N. Africa (7) 17. A few words about the French hut (6) 19. Passage in this cinema is lengthy (5) 21. German town seen in countless engravings. (5)



1. Waywardness (11)

2. Change (5)

9. Open-air (7)

3. Reasons (7)

10. Collide (5)

4. Flog (6)

11. Nobleman (5)

5. Recess (5)

12. Jersey (7)

6. Strew (7)

13. Help (6)

7. Patience (11)

15. Char (6)

8. Understaffed (11)

18. Slander (7)

14. Highest (7)

20. Fruit (5)

16. Console (7)

22. Unsullied (5)

17. Leave (6)

23. Messenger (7)

19. Scope (5)

24. Hatred (11)

21. Game of chance (5)


Quick Crossword

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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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No ticket won the 16,141,033 Euros (£13,716,650) jackpot prize

ANSWERS & WINNER Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 41. Crossword winner for issue 578: Irene Blythe, Moraira


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music scene Rommy Baker Orchestra Concerts – Calpe 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.


HE NEXT Rommy Baker Orchestra Concert will be held at the Diamante Hotel, Calpe on Sunday 21st November. The Orchestra has been performing on the Costa Blanca since 1990 and plays music from Chicago Jazz to New York Swing – so come along, sit, relax, listen or dance. The concert starts at 21.00 - tickets are €10 – pay on the door. For more information - phone Rommy: 965 834 715.

Jimmy Cricket - Le Cabaret, Cumbre Del Sol ON TUESDAY 23rd November, Jimmy Cricket, the Irish comic and comedian is appearing at Le Cabaret, Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell. He was given his own TV series called ‘And There’s More’ and also had his own radio series for BBC Radio 2. He

Stewart Collier – Guitar/Vocals

also appeared on the Royal Variety Show in 1984. Jimmy Cricket’s humour is entirely clean, in marked contrast to some other Irish comedians. A popular theme of his comedy is Irish logic and the ubiquitous letter from his ‘Mammy’. He almost always appears in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, tuxedo, hat and wellies marked ‘L’ and ‘R’

Rio - Melodic Rock Band

RIO CONSISTS of four of the most highly respected international musicians presently working in and around the Costa Blanca. Pam (vocals) and John Pearson (guitar) have recorded their original songs in London at RAK studios for, and produced by, Mickie Most. They are currently working as the popular duo Chill Factor. Jack Hazebroek (drums) has recorded and toured with many renowned artists such as Bill Wyman and Andy Fairweather Low. Luc van Breda (bass) has STEWART COLLIER is a writer, producer, guitarist and singer, with 20 years’ experience in live performance, mixing and recording. RFN studios in Javea are offering solo performers a special recording offer. The studio has a separate live room and vocal booth and runs Pro Tools, Cubase, and Acid Pro 7 – so it can be used for updating your promo discs or creating a professionally

recorded, mixed, pressed and printed CD. The offer includes two hours recording, mixing and CD cover art giving you a finished product in one day. Total cost is €50 Euros, so if you have your singing voice together, you could have an album in a day and make your money back by the end of the week. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this offer can contact Stewart on 608 861 331 or email




worked on the production side for artistes such as Prince and Tina Turner. He has played bass with Off Limits and along with Jack is currently part of the Brink Band. Featuring Pam’s warm soulful voice, John’s impressive guitar skills and supported by the tight rhythm section of Luc and Jack, they play a mix of melodic rock. Rio will be performing on Sunday 21st November in the Don Quijote Bar, Paichi Centre, Moraira. For more details phone: 965 528 671 or 696 731 290.

The Belles are swinging WELL THEY certainly will be at our ‘Swingle-Belles’ concert on 7th December in Alfaz del Pi. Three beautiful belles Joanna, Ami and Eva will be performing all your favourites from the Era of Swing and with a Christmas sparkle. Backed up by the choicest professional musicians on the coast we can promise you an evening that will make you glad you bought a ticket. ‘Swingle-Belles’ will be a great, light-hearted concert that will leave you with a song in your heart and swing in your step. The concert will benefit the Spanish Cancer charity AECC and help them in their work on the Costa Blanca. At Alfaz Casa de Cultura: Tuesday 7th December at 20.00. Nights are closing in so the curtain falls at 22.30. Tickets at €10 are available from the cafeteria of the Casa de Cultura or do it the easy way – just call Pam on 966 860 735 (if no reply leave your details on ansafone or e.mail 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:

Ricky Reed: Vocalist/entertainer THIS WEEK we focus on a singer who has been over here on the Costa Blanca for almost a year. Ricky Reed arrived in January after being in the entertainment business for many years in the UK. Originally from Hull, Ricky started his musical career at the age of 16 when he was on lead vocals for various bands around the clubs on the Northern Circuit. After a few years break from singing he became the landlord of the Kettleworth Arms in Wakefield and then began singing again. Dubbed the ‘Singing Landlord,’ he toured the

for Left and Right, but worn on the wrong feet! His catchphrases include “come ‘ere” and “...and there’s more.” Tickets are €12 with basket meals available. For bookings and details of future events phone: 663 733 811. Le Cabaret is located in the Lirios Centre, on Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell, overlooking the sea, Javea and Moraira.

venues of the north once again and won many awards including club readers’ best male vocalist for three years running. He decided to move over here due to his wife’s health and has already made a name for himself in many venues. You can catch his show as follows: Fridays - Plaza, Rincon, 23.00 Saturday & Sunday - Rock ‘N’ Roll House Benidorm Tuesdays - Camping El Raco For more information, call Ricky on 633 364 797.

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Cellist Georgina Sánchez Torres in concert


OLLOWING THE successful and well attended opening concert of tenor José Luis Luri and a popular wine tasting by the bodega Vicente Gandía, Ilusión-arte is proud to introduce 25-year-old cellist Georgina Sanchez Torres from Valladolid, in Calpe on Friday 26th November at 20.30 in the Church Virgen de las Nieves in the old town. From the age of seven, Georgina astonished her teacher not only as an impressive cellist but also as a competent composer, now studying orchestral conducting at the Conservatorio Real in Madrid. She is a laureate of almost all the musical Awards existing in Spain; in September

she received the ‘Primer Premio de Arte Joven de Castilla y León’. In Calpe Georgina will perform a solo recital with works by the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz, the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, the Italian composer Giovanni Sollima and some from her own repertoire. As for her compositions, Georgina explains that they are based on the harmonies and rhythms of the folk music of her home town Extremadura. Admission is free – everyone is welcome to join ILUSIÓN-ARTE to support further cultural activities. For more information please visit or email

From Italy – the Frank Bridge Trio THE CLASSICAL Music Society of Alfas del Pi is proud to present the Frank Bridge Trio from Italy for its concert on Saturday, 20th November at 20.00 in the Forum Mare Nostrum, Alfas del Pi. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin. The Trio was founded in 1996 by Roberto Mazzola (violin), Giulio Glavina (cello) and Mariangela Marcone (piano), with musicians already performing as soloists and members of different chamber ensembles and orchestras. Frank Bridge was an English composer and

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A welcome return PETER AND Jill and all the staff at La Pista Restaurant in Jalon are currently open and are looking forward to the return of Michael Yaffe, their Master

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teacher (his most famous student was Benjamin Britten), conductor and violinist (1879-1941). His name is well known, but his music has not been widely performed. Further details of this and future concerts can be found on the Society’s website:

Chef, on 1st December following his short break after a minor operation. They would like take this opportunity to wish Michael a

speedy recovery and look forward to seeing customers and friends in the run-up to the festive season and are now taking bookings for Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve. Telephone 96 648 0125 for reservations.


TICKETS ARE selling fast for the next performance of The Cameo Oscars on Saturday 27th November at the Marina Alta Pensionistas Association in Benitachell. The tickets cost €12 including a two-course buffet meal and it promises to be another sell-out show for Cameo – call the Box Office on 656 483 645 between 10.00 and 14.00, Monday to Friday to secure a place.


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Iberflora Gardening Show by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

AS PROMISED we continue to introduce some useful products found at this year’s Iberflora gardening trade show. NOVEL POOL SURROUNDS Knowing that many expats have installed wooden decking on terraces, we include Eureka wooden tiles for pool surrounds and terraces in this years selection. They also sell an interesting range of decking materials. See By the way they have a store in Pego near the Agricultural Cooperativa. ECOLOGICAL NATURAL SWIMMING POOLS

More and more people around the world are installing ecological natural pools or adapting existing pools. The advantages being the natural appearance, water keeps clean even in the winter, and without having to use chemicals or salt. Now Eco Aqua based in Totana, Murcia, are designing and constructing such pools in Spain. See for pictures and more information. NEUDORFF ECOLOGICAL PRODUCTS

The growing Neudorff range

Neudorff has been making eco garden products since 1854 and is again expanding its range in Spain next year. Unfortunately all can’t come in one go. Having been approved for Germany and the EU, they then have to be approved again for Spain! If products are not yet in your local garden centre, telephone Wooden pool Juan Luis on 646 725 434 to find out your surrolunds nearest supplier.

REGIONAL GRASS FERTILIZERS Vitaterra now offer three mixes of lawn fertilizers, each suitable for one of the three geo-climate zones experienced in Spain, namely Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic. As shown in the photograph the fertilizers come in handy storage containers. For more info search

Regional lawn fertilisers

TREATING PALM TREES Several companies were promoting chemical preventative and curative treatments to save Spain’s palm trees from the plague of palm weevils. Treatments seem to cost several hundred euros per tree with no guarantee of success. Although an International conference is being held in Valencia in 2011 it appears that at present, as with geranium moth, there is really no practical way to stop the plaque from spreading. The material we read included a long list of countries already affected seriously by the plague and indicated that the number of varieties of palms being affected is increasing. TRIMMING DECORATIVE OLIVE TREES Although there were less plant novelties that in earlier shows many nurseries were

Clodagh and Dick have now lived and gardened in various parts of Spain for 25 years. It is not too late to plant some vegetables and fruit trees, brighten up window boxes for Christmas, and with the winter cut back coming up soon, it is timely to buy one or more of the books for yourself or as Christmas presents. Don’t forget that have a special offer if you buy a set of three of the books. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe November 2010.

exhibiting sculptured olive trees similar to those illustrated. All were expertly trimmed and most trees were small so that the trimmed ‘plates’ of growth could be reached with a step ladder for the monthly trim recommended by several of the stands. But how would you manage the house high specimens being marked by the specialist nurseries such as those on the N340 in Castellon/Tarragona provinces, without hiring a lorry with a street light cleaning lift? DWARF FRUIT TREES At last a company was marketing dwarf fruit trees for growing in containers as described in our books ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’. Their website is In the latter book we also list who use Angel Lopez as one of their suppliers. Well that’s it until next year. This year’s show was smaller due to the economic climate so five versus eight hours was sufficient to get round the show. Next week we will consider Christmas plants.

Sculptured olive tree

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Nineteen Minutes

Book Review by

Danny Collins

THIS IS one of Jodi Picoult’s books in which she asks the reader to consider what they would do in the given circumstances. This one poses the question: when your son is bullied unmercifully at school and his revenge is to gun down 29 of his tormentors, leaving ten dead and many seriously wounded, what would you do? The author then tells the story of Peter Houghton, who sweeps Sterling High School in a swathe of blood and bullets in a bloody encounter that lasts just 19 minutes.

Lying alive among the dead and dying in a locker room is Josie Cormier, the daughter of high court judge Alex Cormier. Josie has sustained a head wound on striking a locker as she apparently fainted but is otherwise unharmed. Beside Josie is the body of her boyfriend Matt Royston, shot once in the stomach and once in the head. Peter Houghton sits sobbing in a corner of the room, a Glock pistol still clutched in his hand. Another pistol lies nearby. Had Royston fired in self defence before being cut down? Yet forensic evidence proves Houghton brought both guns into the school. The mystery will not be resolved until the last day of Houghton’s trial when Detective Patrick Ducharme, Alex Cormier’s lover, revisits the locker room and pieces together what happened in the 19th minute of that fateful day.


Sweet and sour 2 Pears 1/4 of a Pineapple 1/2 inch of Ginger Ice The sweetness of the pears and the pineapple are balanced out by the kick of the ginger. Another fantastic juice to have when you feel you are going down with something as it boosts the immune system and aids quick recovery. Juice all the ingredients and add the ice as required. A definite Christmas gift

The story is gripping and I found myself deeply enthralled by the mystery – but I found the ending a little over-contrived. That’s just me, and I don’t doubt other readers will find the whole thing acceptable but I thought the outcome too far reaching and I was surprised that Picoult didn’t go for the easier

and more logical ending. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book as a real page turner. Definitely another one for the Christmas stocking. Author: Jodi Picoult Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (paperback) Price: €12.80 ISBN: 9 780340 93579 8

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.

PEARS contain Vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Their juice helps protect the colon PINEAPPLES contain vitamin C, potassium, iron and folic acid. Their juice cleanses the intestines and also helps to boost the immune system GINGER is a natural antibiotic; it aids digestion and can also reduce nausea and motion sickness. These recipes are supplied by The Kamala Centre. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at The Kamala Centre on or call us on 965 985 869. If you would like a copy of any of these recipes you can download them at our website Andy and Carol, The Kamala Centre

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Hidden talents THE WORLD is full of sceptics. They are convinced that they are right, but their lack of opinion, although they are entitled to it of course, brings considerable negative energies; especially when spiritually matters are concerned. I have been asked to prove that I am a Medium, and my instant reply was to ask the questioner to prove I was not. The trouble is that if I was to give a demonstration to the sceptic, they wouldn’t stay around to see or hear what I had to do. So there comes stalemate. But if you have no faith whatsoever, and cannot see beyond the box, then maybe you are fuelled by negativity to start with. Spiritual readers ask me to convince their non believing partners that the Spirit World exists, and this is very hard to do. Rather than to keep an open and free mind these sceptics block all possibilities, and then in return offer no solution to the matter whatsoever. Closed minds and closed hearts. One wonders what they do believe in!? Of course it isn’t easy to believe in the unseen. World religions trot out stories from the past that maybe we cannot identify with, and ask people to believe in miracles, and it is a hard concept and a personal choice to choose to believe or not. Beliefs are a contract after all, and a contract that many do not wish to sign. The ancient Egyptians worshipped what they could see, and elevated to Gods the River Nile, Cats and Dogs and the Sun. This meant belief could be harnessed by actually being able to see the object of worship and to glorify the status received as a result. When I was told the story of Creation, and that Cain killed his brother Abel and then took a wife: I couldn’t understand where that woman came from. Was she Cain’s sister? We were told that there were no other people on the Earth other than the direct descendents of the fatally attracted Adam and Eve. Curious? Well I have asked the question of how it happened to exalted members of religious

organisations, and they have replied to me as any good politician would - with no promise of a direct response. We Spiritualists are a minority group, albeit a group that I am very proud to be a part of. We believe quite simply that the human body is a vehicle for the soul, and that stored in this soul is the journey of life as we have lived it. Only the body dies: the soul survives! It records all that we have achieved as a raw emotion, and guards it within until we pass over on death to the other side. Here Spirits gather and wait to be assigned, and it is at this time that messages can be sent, proving survival of the soul and underlining the love and devotion of those who have passed, but who wish to establish a conscious communication with Earthbound souls. That is to Earthbound souls, who believe that the two way communication is possible. Sceptics will not accept this ability to communicate, because they have closed down their facility to do so in this way. Talking to sceptics, I ask them what they think that I have been doing for the past forty nine years? How people are able to recommend me to others because of the level of the work that I do, and that I do not generally advertise my services, but, of course, I do actively promote them. I am pleased to say that I have managed to change the status of many who close the door to Spirit so firmly. Talking to me, many have taken up my advice to keep an open heart, and a very open mind. So many that do not believe really fear Spirit, or bear a grudge that their loved ones have gone, and not communicated with them. Here is Catch 22: without faith the wheels of Spirit will not turn. Many sceptics too, sometimes, are amongst the most spiritual of all, and they do not know it. Whatever, whenever I call direct upstairs there is often someone waiting, just waiting, for an initial call that only the living believer can send!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Kenny’s Diary

Postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY, MY daughter died when she was only eighteen months old, almost twenty years ago. A spiritual friend told me that sometimes children can grow in Spirit and that I may see her as the young lady that she would now be. Is this right? Grace M. Yes, Grace it is true, but there is no rhyme or reason just why and how it happens and nothing whatsoever on this level can be taken for granted. Some, under the same circumstances exactly, will come through as toddlers, whilst others will manifest as adults, as they have grown and have been nurtured by Spirit. The voice, if manifested, is very interesting because those who have grown into adults will speak in the voice of a child because nobody has trained them. I am sorry for the loss of your daughter and I hope that she feels that she can manifest to you any which way, proving her survival in the Spirit World!

Spiritual Fair: Maya Bistro, Albir, Saturday November 20th from 12.00 to 17.30: Mini readings available at €25: Tarot, Crystals, Healing, Gifts. Information from Els and her team: 966 868 213. Readings at Maya Bistro: Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th November, from 16.30 to 19.00. Service at The Forum Mare Nostrum, Alfaz for the ASF. All are welcome: 18.30, Thursday 9th December. Christmas Fair at Serendipity Holistic Centre and Shop. Castalla, from 11.30 to 17.30: Readings available: Contact Sarah on 630 142 442.

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

Lions and friends at the Races TORREVIEJA COSTA Lions Club and friends held a fun race night in Restaurant Lo Marabu on Tuesday night. The event was a huge success and a good number of those present were winners although the real winners were the Lions Club raising in excess of 420.00 euros for their childrens charities.

At this time of year the Lions are always very busy with fund raising, the next event is at ICELAND in La Marina on Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th December from 10.00-15.00, where there will be a prize draw. On the Friday from 11.30-12.15 entertainment will be provided instore by the Velvetones and on the Saturday from 11.30-12.30 entertainment will be provided by The JB Brass band.

horoscopes by Kenny Corris You are being shown a new direction on the distant horizon, and this establishes the hope within you to make the changes that you know you want to. Tread carefully and wait just a little longer before you put your plan into operation because the subtle change you must make is a reaction to something shortly coming your way, and patience will be rewarded if you just give yourself the extra time. Love enters into the Taurean heart and brings you nothing but a positive energy to aspire to, and a new need to drop your defences right now. Remove suspicion and just give this a go, you have everything to lose and nothing can be gained by holding back or playing safe: look where they have got you just recently. Above all, love yourself for coming to satisfactory conclusions and accepting your fate. The making of a crucial decision has fallen into your hands, and now you may be able to see what others have been warning you about. Play your cards close to your chest, and play to win hands down but don’t play your joker. Keep something well and truly up your sleeve just in case, and be prepared to fight if necessary for what you know is the right thing to do right now! Retreating into your shell this week may be the best option as it keeps you away from a brewing conflict that veers somewhat out of control. Time was when you could allow things to float by you, but you know that there is a danger you will lose your temper over a recent event and how it has been handled. Implication brings a new version of an old story, so keep your temper whilst others lose theirs. A friendship develops from a passionate affair. Don’t look at this as failure, more a soul connection that leaves you wanting more. Inner energies are inspired by a need to achieve and to ensure that the truth, and particularly your version of it, gets to be known by all who have chosen to concern themselves with what is your own personal business. Show all what you are made of and you will surprise yourself too. Planetary changes see that you are pulled in many directions and that you have to closely examine the end result to see if you really want it. Someone has been stirring things and in so doing they have actually done you a favour by highlighting a loophole which will work for you in the end. Don’t lose the track of your intention, but be open to make something of this and all it will bring. With all the will in the world you cannot please everyone so please yourself. Gaining strengths bring endless opportunity to your door, and it is about time you took the reins for a change as further responsibility beckons you on. Ask yourself where you want to be in six months time, and then make sure that you get the head start that you need to when all others are fighting to keep up with you. Temper flares and you would be advised to keep calm and just to focus on strengths rather than on weakness. Look deeply into how you are handling a situation and know that you couldn’t have done any better, you will eventually win hands down. Someone close needs help, and is too frightened to ask for it, though they know that you would be the best person to help them. Jupiter is on course to bless you as you take steps into unknown territory. Make sure that you keep your defences open and you will be called upon to take things to a new and challenging level. Responsibility given to you will let you have a chance to show others what you can do, and will be one in the eye for someone who is so bent on trying to prove you are wrong any which way. Mighty Uranus and soul seeking Saturn let you make choices based on your own consciousness. The urge right now is for you to connect with your inner self and to ensure that you achieve the balance that you need inside. This isn’t selfish it is self preserving and it will help you to start to network and raise awareness in aspects of your own development and your need to commit. Taking the bull by the horns there is a need to establish the ground rules in a relationship. With your need for consistency and by the light of your own sheer determination you are seeking to start as you wish to go on, but you must also show who is boss. Taking control means just that and you need to prove that there is very little room for any minor and conflicting errors of judgment. Your connection with Ceres brings a strong need to complete a project started that has led you further along the line than was first thought. In solving and resolve you have encountered that which you hoped to avoid but this week there is a chance to face things head on. Take it. Have your say, because you will be surprised that your spiritual pathway has taken you so far; for reasons about to be revealed.

If it’s your birthday this week... This is the start of a challenging and inspirational astrological year. Don’t look at individual achievements so much as the whole picture; and stay focused and stubborn when you know that your way is the best solution to a problem!

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Choir marks season change THE ENGLISH Choir’s performed its Autumn Concert to a full house and funded a generous donation to the Alzheimer’s Day Centre in Teulada. The performance at La Senieta Theatre in Moraira was directed by Joanna Baldwin and assisted by Heather Butcher took the choir through an extremely varied programme. It ranged from popular songs from shows such as Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady to the contrast of Panis Angelicas and Leonard Cohen’s arrangement of Hallelujah, a sprinkling of Gilbert and Sullivan to – naturally – Autumn Leaves. Pictured presenting a cheque on behalf of the English Choir to Joanna Vives Andres (centre) is President Colin Stewart and Treasurer Carole Saunders.

The English Choir will be performing a concert of carols and Christmas music in conjunction with Teulada Moraira Lions Club at La Senieta, Moraira, on Thursday 9th December at 19.30.

PAWS animal rescue charity Leos help Haiti

RECENTLY A fundraising event was held at Camping International, La Marina Village with all funds going to PAWS Animal Rescue. Despite a few problems with the sound system at the beginning (and thanks to Charles Cole for coming to the rescue), it was a fantastic evening and a wonderful €525 was raised for PAWS. Linda of PAWS would like to thank Cole´s Country, Jo Sutherland,

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Angie Evans, Andy Copp and of course Camping International for providing their services totally free of charge and also everyone who attended and helped to raise the money. This will be used to pay our ever increasing vet bills and to look after the cats and kittens that we have in our care. Pictured is of the artists who performed and Linda, Maria and Michelle of PAWS

By Jack Troughton HARD WORKING Leos at the Laude Lady Elizabeth School helped by fellow students have raised €1,000 to help Haiti recover from the ongoing devastation caused by the earthquake. Members of the Leos – the junior section of the International Lions Club – recently welcomed a visit by Lions district governor Esperanza Pelegrin Feliu and Zone Chairman Harold Lewis. Both guests said they were pleasantly surprised at the good work of Leos in the local community. Pictured are Leos President Adam Pimlott and club member Karis Goodwill after being awarded certificates by the district governor.

Helping EMAUS kids

VOLUNTEERS OF Jalon Valley HELP provided the money to modernise the bedrooms of youngsters at the EMAUS home in El Vergel. A total of €2,100 was spent providing study desks, wardrobes and storage space – money raised by the charity at its shops and events thanks to generous community support… Pictured is HELP chairman Josie Lucas (left), Dori the cook (centre) and at the right, House Manager Christina.

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WIFI woes

Losing sound

Les via email asks: Hi Aunty, hope you can solve this one. I have XP with 3MB ADSL and I have suddenly lost sound but only on email videos and Youtube. I am unaware of changing any settings. CDs and stored tunes play fine. The Help section does not seem to cover this problem, so I am baffled: any ideas? Aunty says: Hi Les. This could well be a plugin or add-on associated with your browser but before we go up that treacherous route make sure you have the latest Flash player from adobe. Test with another browser, such as Google’s Chrome or Firefox, to see if that fixes it. Plugins and add-ons can be removed and re-installed from ‘tools’ ‘internet options’ but lets see how you get on with Flash player and keep me posted.

Stella and Ray via email ask: DEAR AUNTY, a couple of problems. First one is we have 2 laptops, one in a bedroom nearer to the wireless router, the other in a room which is further away. If I use the laptop which is nearer it connects to the internet okay but when I try to use the other to connect it is not possible; just a red cross on the internet icon at bottom right corner. How do we overcome this? Problem No.2 is whenever I switch on my laptop I get a SAS (SuperAntiSpyware) window asking me to update and download. When I try to download, another window pops up

telling me that “update must be done from an account with administrator privileges”, what do I do? Aunty says: The wireless problem sounds like the signal strength is too weak. Try moving the aerial on the router, and maybe even the router itself. Funny thing, Wifi, as I have found a few further feet away from a computer can actually increase signal strength. Your second problem is probably easiest resolved by uninstalling SAS from your computer and downloading the latest free version from Just to be sure you will need to check for spyware with SAS and Malwarebytes as I have seen some spyware cause this error message.

Unable to make purchases Barry via email asks: Dear Aunty, I am having a problem making purchases on Amazon. I get to the Amazon website and select an item, add it to my basket, click on checkout but I get a message: “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” a similar message appears when I try Chrome or Firefox. A colleague has checked to see if there are any security problems but can’t locate any. Have you any solutions to my problem? Aunty says: If all three browsers are having a problem then you

with aunty virus

Importing emails Jon from Mazarron asks: I have just migrated from an old laptop to a new desktop. How can I copy my email addresses and messages from (OE) Outlook Express to Mozilla Thunderbird which I am now using? Alternatively I could start using Outlook Express if that makes the transfer easier?

should maybe look at your firewall settings and check you have the latest Java from and DirectX from Microsoft. You can temporarily disable your

firewall and antivirus just to see if the problem goes away but remember to re-enable it immediately afterwards and let me know how you get on.

Aunty says: Hello Jon. I think you may have to import your messages and address book into OE (or Windows Mail as it is now called) on your new desktop before Thunderbird can perform the import. There is a transfer wizard built into Outlook Express under ‘file’ ‘export’ where you can choose to export messages or address book into a folder. I find exporting to a USB memory stick works fine, but importing from the USB stick into Windows Mail or OE on the new machine can be a bit temperamental. If you have problems then try copying the address book (.wab file) and the message files (.dbx files) from the USB drive to your ‘documents’ folder before you run the ‘import’.

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

A dying laptop

Ken and Val via email asks: I have a Toshiba laptop which has now developed a purple horizontal line approximately 20 cm from the right edge of the screen. Any ideas please why this should happen? Aunty says: This normally indicates that the screen is on its way out I’m afraid. There’s a chance it is a loose cable or something called an ‘inverter’ but 99% of the time this is the classic symptom of a dying LCD screen. Give Enet Computers a call (687 362 844) as I know they fix laptops and will certainly advise you of the best solution.

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Rally Review: WRC Rally GB 2010

Rally Preview by

Andy Stephenson Citroen, Benijofar

SUNDAY 14TH November, Sebastian Loeb set the final Diamond in his WRC championship crown by winning rally GB by over 19 seconds, making this the 62nd WRC victory of his career. Loeb ended day one only 1.8 seconds ahead of Norway´s Petter Solberg, who drove an almost faultless rally in his privately entered Citroen C4. The stages were, as normal in Wales, ultra-slippery, giving every driver a real challenge. The forest stages of Rally GB are mainly compact gravel. However, after two or three cars have tackled the stage it becomes like a floating mud and stone sludge, difficult to walk on let alone control a 300bhp rally car! This is when you see rally drivers displaying their skills to the full. After finishing day one, Loeb confirmed that the stages weren´t easy: “The conditions have been very hard today and if you push too much it is very easy to go off the road,” said Frenchman Loeb. “The grip improved a bit in the afternoon but still it was not easy.” From the end of the first day and for the rest of the rally Solberg, Latvala, Hirvonen and Ogier were pushing hard to get the last few pionts of the championship, which was to decide second and third place as Loeb had already bagged first place. Sebastian Ogier tried to keep up with the stage times of the top four drivers, but the

former JWRC champion admitted to struggling with his car and the slippery conditions, just not being able to find any grip. Day two saw again a strong fight for title points and all drivers came out of the blocks at a stunning pace. The longest day of WRC rally GB with almost 154 kilometres of competitive stages, would be a test for Drivers, cars and teams alike. Stage8 was a disater for Ogier. Only 500 meters from the end of the 14.78km Radnor stage, Ogier slid wide and left the road with his C4 rolling into a ditch, seriously damaging the roof of the car and putting him out of the WRC event: “I came too fast into the corner and that was it,” said a distraught Ogier. “The car rolled once - but slowly - but now we are stuck and it’s impossible to restart. The conditions were as slippery as I expected them to be. I’m stupid.” By the end of day two, the first three drivers were seperated by 4.8 seconds and 1.23 seconds respectively. It was clear to see that Solberg was on a charge. Day three with only four stages and 76 competitive kilometers was the decider. Most of the day’s stages went without problems, apart from a slight mistake by Solberg, who clipped a large stone by the side of the road which knocked him slightly of his pace. By the end of Sunday, Sebastian Loeb had

Sebastian Loeb taken his 62 WRC victory followed in second place by Ford´s Jarri Matti Latvala then Petter Solberg in third place just two points behind the Ford driver. Reflecting on the final WRC event for the current-era Word Rally Car, Loeb’s co-driver, Daniel Elena, said: “It’s a fantastic car and it’s a very good moment to have this victory in the last race with the C4. Now I hope the [new] DS3 is the same but next year is a new challenge and it won’t be easy.” What a season! I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading the WRC rally reviews over the last months. The 2011 kicks off in Sweden on the 10th of February where new teams, drivers and most importantly new cars with turbocharged 1600cc engines show their face for the first time.

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Fast Fit Tyres: from strength to strength WITH EIGHTEEN months of successful operations behind them, Martin Kyme and Kim Lowenstein explain the reason why their mobile tyre fitting service, which is available to all Costa Blanca residents, has become so popular. With 40,000 tyres at their disposal in a very large warehouse in Alicante, it means that Fast Fit Tyres can have any make and any size of tyre available to the customer the very same day. As a Spanish registered company they are able to buy tyres direct from the two largest tyre suppliers in Spain. Many people are surprised that even if they require large tyre sizes, these can be fitted from stock on the same day, as many are told by local garages that it will take several days for their tyres to arrive from abroad. Take a look at the easy to use, customer friendly, Fast Fit website where you can enter your own tyre size and choose from the full range of makes available - from the budget tyre all the way up to the top brands, with the total prices all shown clearly. As it says on the web page - the price you see is the price you pay, as this includes fitting, computer balancing, new valves, and IVA. No hidden costs and no added extra charges: all this - and we come to you! Fast Fit Tyres have become the first choice on the Costa Blanca when it comes to tyres and the reason why? Fast, professional and friendly service, and having low overheads can almost always guarantee the lowest price. For more information, telephone Kim on 663 996 393 English/Danish or Martin on 663 995 393 English/Spanish. Please visit our website:


The newly perfected Volkswagen Eos THE INTERNATIONALLY successful cabriolet coupé has been technically perfected, visually updated - front and rear - and refined with numerous new features. The appearance of the new Eos follows Volkswagen’s ‘design DNA’ is marked by clearly structured, horizontal lines. Extending between the new headlights now is a radiator grille protector consisting of three shiny black struts, each trimmed with a narrow chrome strip. The main headlights can be ordered in halogen (H7) or optional bi-xenon format. Within the housings of the bi-xenon headlamps, 14 LEDs form the daytime running light. A new optional extra for both types of headlight is the Light Assist main beam assistant. When turned on, it takes over the function of switching between dipped and main beam, automatically adapting this to the traffic conditions. The Eos can be recognised from behind by its reworked, two-part LED rear lights and rear bumper, which, in keeping with the front, has also been redesigned. A striking feature of the technical and visual structure of the two-part rear lights (worked into the boot and wing) is a stylised M that incorporates the LEDs for the tail and brake lights. The interior of the Eos has

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new trim on the dashboard and doors, with ‘Matt Chrome’ details applied as standard. The Ambience Pack has also been reconfigured. When this pack is ordered the Eos’s interior fittings include decorative ‘Black Peak’ elements (dark aluminium accents with chrome edging). As an alternative, the Ambience Pack is also available, as previously, with elegant ‘Walnut Root’ or ‘Poplar Grain’ trim. The window buttons and light switches are now also always framed in chrome. In technical terms, numerous new details distinguish the 2011 Eos. These include the ‘Premium’ multifunction display with colour screen, the

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HELP REQUIRED Gordon & Pat Ellis are well known in the Torrevieja area; Gordon prior to retiring had Bar El-Gordo in the Torettas. Gordon was also involved in the Torrevieja model boat club, during this time it was decided by the town hall that a Maritime Museum would be opening in Torrevieja. The two boats (ships) as picture were donated by members of the model boat club to Gordon, both required some care and attention. Gordon has spent a great deal of time renovating the models but they could still be doing with further work being carried out. One is a large scale copy of a salvage tug and the other a yacht first is motorised second semi motorised. PROBLEM: Gordon & Pat are soon moving house and will have no space to store the aforementioned The Tug is approx 1.8 metres and the yacht 2 metres in length the yacht has an 8 foot tail mast. The Tug is fully loaded with motorised anchors radar – sirens etc. Please contact Gordon or Pat on 600 333 750 if you can help store these items until the museum eventually opens, they would look good in a restaurant but please remember they are both large. You can also contact The Sheriff from RTN on 678 571 117 or if you can offer some help.

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Manga Club and the Lady The final whistle La Taverners Charity 20/20 Wembley Cricket Tournament woe Mike Gatting, ex England Captain

The England Rugby team

WHAT A huge difference between the displays of the England rugby and football teams this past week. While the rugby union side produced a breathtaking 80 minutes to turn over a much fancied Australian team, the football XI were awful against France at Wembley on Wednesday. The gulf in class was truly frightening. France, who have made great strides under Laurent Blanc following their World Cup implosion, were so superior in all facets of the game that at times it was embarrassing. Geez, at one point I was so disheartened I nearly switched over to watch ‘I’m a Celebrity’ before common sense kicked in. I’d love to know what it is that Fabio Capello does on the training pitch before a big game. Does he ensure that the back four play a few non-threatening square balls to each other before aimlessly hoofing it down the pitch? Or does he insist that whenever under pressure, England back pedal and pass the ball to the ‘keeper so he can launch it in to the opposition’s half where inevitably possession is lost? I work out that in the 3 days the England players were together, Capello earned over £40,000 from his incredibly generous FA salary. Talk about a waste of money. Okay, a few key players were missing but nonetheless, Capello looks to be taking the team backwards which, ironically, is the way that most England players seem content to play the ball these days. ASHES SERIES Still on the international scene, isn’t it encouraging to see how well England has started the Ashes tour of Australia? Coach Andy Flower has got them playing with skill and purpose and so far they have outclassed every team they have come up against. Meanwhile, the Aussies seem to be in turmoil with an impossibly large squad of 17 named for the first Test, the home media on their case and more than a few players playing well below par. Of course, that hasn’t stopped former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath coming out with his usual prediction of a 5 – 0 Ashes whitewash. But at this stage, he might be wise to clarify to which winning team he was referring! HEAVYWEIGHT FARCE I was in Brussels last weekend and was forced to watch the David Haye v Audley Harrison fight on a German TV channel. But I didn’t need to understand the commentary to work out that my Mum would have given Haye a better work-out than that offered by Harrison. It was a total non-event and certainly, if I’d bought a ticket to be ring side or paid the Sky box office fee, I would be feeling short changed right now. However, the one good thing to come out of the fight (if indeed you want to class it as one) is that Haye now must sign to meet one of the Klitschko brothers. I said in this column before last weekend’s encounter that they needed Haye more than he needed them; now it’s the other way around.

This year’s Charity 3rd 20/20 Cricket Tournament was Held at the La Manga Club, Murcia on the 5/6/7th November by the Sponsors, La Manga Golf Resort, for the Lady Taverner’s Charity, well attended by a host of celebrities and guests. Five teams took part. Our Guest from the Taverners was our own Lady Rachel Hayhoe Flint, Sue Simmons and Mike Gatting, ex England Captain. From the Leukaemia Research Charity Miss Sarah Botham, Sir Ian Botham’s daughter and a special guest appeared, Gordon Strachan, Ex Celtic Manager. Teams from the UK included the United Asians UK with Sinjun Grammarians CC; from Norway Oslo CC and the Barmy Army Select XI. Our own La Manga CC won their league and the La Manga 20/20 in September and was looking to add another Cup for a treble this year. The tournament match schedule was 5 games a day for two days with a play off for the Semi and then the Final. All the games were played hard and the quality of cricket was evident from the first ball bowled. The Saturday night Gala featured a superb dinner and wine was flowing for

our Umpires, who were well supported. Fund raising brought in a good sum for the Lady Taverners. On the Sunday La Manga CC Chasseing a Low Total and still wining there match on the Last Ball, needing 4 of the CC fought all the way to the Semi Finals against Sinjuans, then a classic game against Oslo ‘Last Ball’; the Batsman T Iqbal did manage to get the ball to the boundary for 4. In the Grand Finals, La Manga CC v United Asians CC, La Manga won the toss and elected to bat first: the Home Team never got to the party and they massed a total below average, finishing on a total of 116 in 20 overs. The United Asians Bowled well and held all their catches. Catches win matches as they did, winning this battle against the La Manga CC, passing the 116 with two overs to spare. Cups and medals were presented by Resort Managing Director Julio Delgardo and Lady Hayhoe Flint and the Director of Spanish Cricket, George Wambeek. Many thanks to all the clubs who took part, helpers and ground staff at La Manga CC, Umpires and Scorers and all who helped to make this a memorable Tournament.

Thirty minute madness RC Recreativo Huelva 3 FC Cartagena 0 AGAINST LOWLY Recreativo Huelva, in front of 8,812 fans inside the Nuevo Colombino Stadium, Cartagena turned in a sloppy 2nd half performance, having held their own during the first 45 minutes. Los Albinegros should have been awarded a penalty in the 1st half, but the ref adjudged that Huelva’s keeper got the ball before bringing down Keko. In the 2nd half, it was Huelva who should have got a spot kick for a clear handball, but once again the ref was unimpressed. Huelva took the lead on the hour mark, courtesy of a fierce drive by Acuna, which somehow found a gap through a crowded penalty area. Twelve minutes later, direct from a corner, Lamas rose high to plant an unstoppable header past a shell shocked Casilla for goal no 2. Only the post denied Huelva extending their lead, before Dani beat the offside trap to shoot past Casilla on the stroke of full time. These 3 points for struggling Huelva lift them off the foot of div 2a. Cartagena, meanwhile, need to regroup swiftly, for on Saturday 20th November, KO 18.00, they take on mighty high flying giants Real Betis at Cartagonova Stadium. Bookings for Moral, Cala, Mariano and Riau rubbed salt into a deep wound which needs urgent treatment if the giant is to be slayed come Saturday. For further information on FC Cartagena visit or FC CARTAGENA LINE-UP Casilla, Clavero (Riau), Cala, Cygan, Exposito (Julien), Mariano, Longas, Keko (Goiria), Toche, Moral, Botelho


Maggots End by

David Hoare

968 199 279 THIS WEEK’S match was the 5th in the winter championship and the venue was the Rio Segura, Eden canal stretch. This had been fishing very well in the past couple of weeks. However, on match day that all changed, mainly due I believe to the change in wind direction. Oh the joys of fishing… We had only one person with a double figure weight and there were 6 dry nets. Almost all anglers struggled just to keep the bites coming for the duration of the match, with some only having one or two bite: a disappointing day for most. TOP ANGLERS ON THE DAY 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts, fishing the pole using maggot and pellet with 11.820 kg 2nd Jim (The Chairman) Rouse, fishing the pole using maggot with 8.82 kg 3rd Pete (The Peg) Hampshire, fishing the pole using maggot and pellet with 7.94 kg: this is Pete with his new hip fitted nearly firing on all cylinders. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: supplied by Terry Screen The first match of the Winter League was fished at Murcia on 2nd November: with the altering of the clocks at the weekend it provided an extra hour of daylight in the early morning, making it easier to peg the Match. It looks as if the cooler mornings are now here to stay, with the temperature down to only 6º at 07.30: definitely chilly! Most anglers were struggling for bites but the eventual outcome was as follows: 1st Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using maggot with 12.420kg 2nd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the pole using bread with 9.640kg 3rd Alan (The Emperor) Roscoe fishing the feeder using maggot with 7.220kg We have now secured an appointment with the Murcian Federation President, with regards to joining the Federation for the coming year. All match details are available from Terry Screen, the Match Secretary, on 965 328 368. The 2nd Match in the Winter League was fished on 9th November at the Drain\canal off the N332 by Mercadona Supermarket.

The water had been fishing well the week before the Match, but with the wind changing direction to the north it brought the temperature right down and the fish were reluctant to feed. With most Anglers struggling against the wind, the results as follows: 1st Richard King with 6.620kg fishing the pole with sweetcorn. 2nd Ian Dalzell with 5.180kg fishing the pole with pellet. 3rd Bill Reade with 3.620kg fishing the ledger with sweetcorn. A WARNING TO ALL ANGLERS Make sure your car is locked and all valuables are out of sight when you are fishing. At the match this week one of our angler’s cars was robbed and his valuables stolen, as his car was left unlocked even though it was parked only 20ft behind him. HONDON TROUT FISHERY Trout farm Hondon Trucha in Hondón de las Nieves has opened and as usual, the start is at 08.30. Prices are the same as last year. For more information please check the website ANGLERS TOGETHER 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 10th December at 12.00 at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 11th December at 12.00 at Los Galayos Bar, opposite the beach front at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email:

Joinourclub! PLAYING GOLF for RTN Golf Club members could not be better as everyone scores a hole in one to enjoy a complete discount package at the best prices possible. Players can get out on 30 Costa Blanca courses and pay the most competitive green fees available. This ‘superb’ deal means a RTN Golf Club member and up to seven guests can all be enjoying spectacular discounts at clubs along the coast. To book a round, all members have to do is to send their requirements to the two agents, who will deal with requests quickly and efficiently. For the south email: and for the north email: To apply for your membership card go to and click on the Golf club logo on the homepage. Allow 21 days for delivery

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

THERE IS nothing more frustrating for a golfer from the United Kingdom than taking over five hours for a round of golf. Sadly it has become the norm here in Spain for a round of golf with a society to take this long. Just why should it take nearly twice the amount of time for eighteen holes than it does in the United Kingdom? Here in Spain the heat is certainly a factor in summer. Nobody with any sense wants to run around a golf course at any time of the year let alone when the temperature is in the thirties. It is not in the thirties all year round though. Most of the problems I see come from people not being ready to play when it’s their turn or fialing to play a provision ball off the tee when they should. The rule regarding a five-minute time limit for looking for lost golf balls also seems to be ignored in many cases. Then there is ‘The Fisherman’ - the golfer who has a ball retriever who thinks all the balls that he can see and reach in the water hazards are his. Given the right support, our Course Marshall’s would solve a lot of these problems at a stroke. Many of these volunteers are experienced golfers who could advise the golfers of their obligations in a polite and firm way. The trouble is many of them are frightened to speak to players for fear of getting reported to their managers for being rude or spoiling golfers’ games. The course owners could rule out some of these problems with slow play as well, in some cases very easily. One way is to put notices around the water hazards advising golfer how dangerous they can be and informing they are not allowed to remove balls from the water that are not within easy reach or likely to be theirs.; that way the Marshall would have the authority to move the group along. I watched last week at a local course waiting to play a shot on a par three for twelve minutes whilst

a golfer fished for balls. He did not even think he may have been holding up the group behind, unfortunately, neither did his playing partners. By only allowing four hours for a round of golf, plenty of time in the vast majority of cases, the courses could ensure that a lot more enjoyment is taken from the game that at present. The course would also be able to fir more golfers onto the course in a day thereby enhancing their profits. It seems like a way for all to benefit from where I am sitting. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over €180 will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@ The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 19TH NOVEMBER 2010 Who won the 2010 US PGA Championship? A. Graeme McDowell B. Martin Kaymer C. Phil Mickelson All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 30th November 2010 to be entered into November’s draw, to be made on 30th November. The winner will be announced in RTN on 3rd December 2010. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO For the very best in golf tuition, contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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19 - 25 NOVEMBER 2010


Denia Rugby Club

Denia 17 v 7 UPV DENIA GOT their Liga 1 campaign back on track last Sunday with a win against Universitat Politecnica Valencia. The win was well deserved by the Denia team who are starting to play some entertaining rugby. Denia knew that UPV would play a quick open game and had practiced in the week with Nacho Rouyet (ex Denia player), who now plays for Benetton Treviso and is an Italian International prop forward. He worked with the Denia players on their defence and how to turn defence into attack. Nacho, who had been given a break by his club and country, is the brother of Mariano and Rodrigo who play for Denia. Both teams started the game with some open play which was good to watch. Both sets of forwards got into the game and supported every attacking opportunity. Denia broke the deadlock between the teams in the 21st minute with a penalty from Guilliano. Three minutes later, UPV exploited the blind side of a maul and forced their way over the Denia line to score. With the conversion the score was 3 v 7. Denia, suddenly realising they were behind, started a forward drive well inside their own half and from the breakdown instigated a

well practiced three quarter move with Yovanni breaking through the UPV defence to score, conversion by Guilliano (10 v 7). At half time, Denia knew they had to score again to stretch their lead because UPV always posed a threat when they had the ball. Denia started the second half determined to break the UPV defence, which was standing firm. The Denia forwards were starting to gain advantage from their opposite numbers and after some close support play and inter passing, tight head prop Alejandro found himself in open space with the full back to beat. A quick side step beat the full back leaving him a 15 metre dash for the line…a contender for try of the season. Conversion by Guilliano: 17 v 7. As you would imagine this lifted the Denia team and allowed changes to be made giving other squad members a chance to play a part in the game. In the last minute of the game following some fine play between both sides UPV converted a close range penalty which earned them a deserved bonus point. This weekend Denia travel to Alicante to play UPA and the following week they travel to Cau B in Valencia. Both fixtures will be a huge test for the Denia squad who are improving week by week.

RTN North Edition 579  

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