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01-07 JUNE 2012

Balancing the books

a “realistic” 28 million euro budget has been drawn up for Calpe p3

Safety net for tourists

Paul Rodwell met with around 40 reps in Benidorm to discuss how to help holidaymakers arriving on the coast each year p4

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CAM accused of fraud by jack troughton

Spanish Property Inheritance Tax A realistic solution An effective solution can be found on p33

Showbiz Goss Find out all the latest goss with Peter Taylor p56

Long to reign over us... By Jack Troughton RTN AND its readers send hearty congratulations to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth as she celebrates 60 years on the throne. Television screens and newspaper pictures will focus on the story of a monarch who was crowned in 1952 and has continued to delight and enchant her subjects through a number of milestones and now reaches its zenith with her Diamond Jubilee. The crowning glory of year long international celebrations is the four day long ‘Jubilee Weekend’ – a double bank holiday in the UK – when the country will turn a patriotic red, white and blue. In Spain, patriotic expats will be hanging out the bunting for parties and raising a toast to Her Majesty. Next week RTN plans a spread of photos of events throughout the region to mark the occasion, why not help us create something special by sending your pictures to rtnmail@roundtownnews.com. Turn to page 6 to find out how London are preparing for the celebrations.

TROUBLED ALICANTE bank CAM was accused of corruption and fraud during a Spanish court drama involving 1.5 million euros in house deposits it was trusted to safeguard. It is alleged the bank – Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo – failed to comply with Spanish law and issue bank guarantees to people, many of them Brits and retired, buying into a luxury lifestyle development. Judge Consuelo Romero is expected to deliver a verdict in the coming days, a result eagerly anticipated by victims of other ‘off plan’ homes in the Costa Blanca and across Spain who have lost money because of failures of banks to guarantee funds. Described by the Spanish press as the “trial of the year” in Hellin, Albacete, the action was brought against CAM and developer Cleyton GES by the Finca Parks Action Group. The law states deposits must be held in ‘special accounts’ and the money only used for the purpose of building houses – in this case 600 homes in ‘real Spain’, a lifestyle and sports resort at Las Higuericas Finca Parks, a village near Hellin. Around 70 homes were completed – but have never been occupied – but the action group maintains around 100 purchasers were issued any guarantee, although another 300 people were granted the protection, after paying their deposits between 2004 and 2006. The case is about recovering the funds from the bank. Construction ended in 2009 when the developer pulled out saying the resort, funded by the bank, was financially unviable. CONTRACT During the two-day hearing, CAM lawyers argued the bank had no contractual relationship with the purchasers and it was the developer who had mishandled money from the special account. However, the action group’s legal team said the victims had been “harmed” by the failures of both the bank and Cleyton GES and as the only financial entity involved, CAM “should be condemned” jointly and separately with the developer. 5 Continued on page


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Balancing the books

01-07 JUNE 2012

by jack troughton

DEBT-RIDDEN CALPE has drawn up a “realistic” 28 million euro budget for 2012 – the first spending plan the town hall has agreed in four years. Mayor Cesar Sanchez told residents when he took office in May 2011; the town was 60 million euros in the red after years of spending with no regard of income. Speaking at a first public meeting with English-speaking residents, he said painful cuts had been made but the new budget was “a sum of money which is realistic, truthful and just.” He told the meeting at the Diamante Beach Hotel: “It is no secret, the situation we found a year ago when we took office was a situation where the town hall owed 60 million euros and a situation where the accounts bore no resemblance to what was happening.” He said between 2007 and last year Calpe had failed to comply with the law and present a budget – instead it had continued to spend on the basis of the last agreed figures – 40 million euros in 2006. “They operated on the basis of spending this figure although income was going down – in 2011 it was 27 million euros against that level of spending, which explains the debt sit-

Mayor Cesar Sanchez makes a point

uation,” said the Mayor. “The municipality had spent what it did not have and now it has to be paid for.” AUDIT And Mr Sanchez said the council planned an audit of spending, misspending and wastage to discover where the money had gone over the four years. He admitted spending had to be slashed, “but we have to make them because we cannot go on spending money we do not have.” A “painful decision” was taken to make 76 town hall staff redundant, while wages of staff, politicians and advisors had cut – while many council services, including the indoor swimming pool and nursery school, had

Card sharks caught

BIG SPENDING gangsters enjoying the illicit profits of a credit card cloning scam were caught out because of their taste for the high life. Suspicions were aroused as the gang of four Italians used the fake plastic in Denia and this week National Police raided an apartment in the Marina Alta capital to arrest the men aged between 21 and 31. Officers also seized computer equipment, a printing press, 162 plastic cards with magnetic strips waiting to be encoded, fake identity cards and counterfeit credit cards. Police say the flat was the centre of the illicit operation and cards were faked using data stolen from genuine cards being used at cash points and in restaurants.

been privatised. Mr Sanchez said the budget made a reduction of 40% of overall costs – while the spending of the mayor’s office had been reduced by 82%. In 2007, the office spent 187,000€, in 2012 it would be 38,000€. “It has been a very complicated budget. I am a politician and politicians love to spend money but there is no money to spend, but you have to be realistic.” He said the debt had to be managed and, importantly, not increased. “We have a balanced budget to the extent any budget can be balanced. One has to make assumptions but I feel it is realistic, there could be small surpluses or deficits, and the prime objective is to insure there is no increase in the burden of debt.”

Javea crime rate falls

INFORMATION RELEASED by Public Safety Councilman John Ortolá this week shows that Javea is now one of the safest towns in the Alicante province with fines falling by 55% in the last year. Javea’s police force employs 92 agents and its fleet of vehicles was recently expanded with the addition of two new vans and two motorcycles covering an area of 68sq km. Last year each police car covered around 100,000km.

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Safety net for tourists

01-07 junE 2012

by jack troughton

SUPPORTING STRANDED tourists was a key area where the British Consulate team in Alicante and holiday companies can work together on the Costa Blanca, a Benidorm meeting was told. Consul Paul Rodwell met with around 40 reps in Benidorm last week to discuss how to help the 3.5 million holidaymakers arriving on the coast each year. The representatives of Thomas Cook, TUI UK and Ireland, Jet2holidays.com, SAGA and Med Hotels, were given an explanation of how one of the busiest consulates in the world could help when things went wrong. And Mr Rodwell appealed for the companies to keep tourists informed of what the consulate team could do to help and to insure the Alicante Consulate was told when any emergency arose. Last year the consulate issued 1,250 emergency passports after travel documents were either lost or stolen and the reps were shown new information videos urging people to take care of them with the message: “Lose your passport, lose your holiday”. And with the emergency travel paper costing 122€, Mr Rodwell said it was important passports were kept safe. He accepted it was ‘independent’ travellers who perhaps did not have emergency cash with them and were the most likely not to have adequate travel insurance.

SAFE “We want Brits to get home as safely and as quickly as possible following an emergency,” said Mr Rodwell. “You do a good job as well – it is the whole advantage of taking the whole package.” However, he appealed for reps to inform the consulate of any deaths in suspicious circumstances. “We haven’t had the ‘balconing’ sensation here – if you jump from a building in Benidorm, the chance of surviving is pretty remote given the height of the buildings.” Mr Rodwell asked for reps to contact his team about vulnerable people who might wander off to “aimlessly” walk the streets or go missing. “Another tour operator could have reported them missing from another hotel.” And he said the consulate could help the victims of serious crimes such as assault or rape. “Rape is very important; the way the victim is treated in the first couple of hours can affect how they survive a horrific experience.” The consul underlined that Benidorm was a well managed report and although there were concerns about street crime and prostitution he said given the size and volume of the tourist population it was a small problem. Mr Rodwell said reps could access the constantly updated ‘ukinspain’ website and pass on safety tips to visitors, especially the “Know Before You Go” initiative.

Consul Paul Rodwell (back row eighth from left) with holiday reps

Gibraltar and Britain to find a solution

FOLLOWING A meeting between Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and his British counterpart William Hague on Tuesday, both the Spanish and British governments are resolved to finding a workable solution to the fishing dispute that continues to boil in the waters off the Gibraltar coast. After a two hour meeting Hague and Margallo confirmed that both the UK and Spain want to diffuse the tension at sea. Hague said, “Clearly our views on this differ but we both recognise the importance of establishing a dialogue between all parties.”

Pharmacists still waiting for their money PHARMACISTS IN the province of Alicante held a meeting at 8.30pm on Thursday to discuss what measures may be taken against the continuing defaults of the Generalitat Valenciana, with “…strong measures not ruled out.” The President of the College of Pharmacists of Alicante, Jaime Carbonell, confirmed that an undertaking has been received from the Minister for Health, Luis Rosado, that next Monday a monthly fee

will be paid. The Consell owes collective pharmacists in Valencia €460 million for prescriptions dispensed since last January, of which 160 million correspond to pharmacies within the Alicante province. Consell Vice President José Císcar admitted on Wednesday that the Government continues to experience “very significant liquidity problems,” and is having a hard time “making ends meet as would any family.”


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Victims protest outside Cam Bank, Hellin

continued from front page Keith Rule, of the Finca Parks Action Group, said 71 members made the journey to attend court and were “very confident” the judge would order the bank to repay the money at the climax of a battle stretching several “very stressful” years. “The problem we have and the nightmare it has turned into have nothing to do with the people of Hellin but everything to do with CAM and the developer,” he said. Keith said the Governor of the Bank of Spain had already described CAM as the “worst of the worst” and added: “We are the victims of corruption within CAM and we have a very strong case. DEPOSIT “The bank says it has no relationship with us but our relationship with Cam is set in Spanish law – the only financial entity of this project and the only one receiving deposits

and issuing guarantees.” He said victims, who had seen “ a dream turn into a nightmare”, had only paid money to CAM. “Money that under Spanish law could only be spent building houses yet there is proof money was used to buy cars and pay company bills and wages.” And he said the bank had been negligent and failed to show due diligence and failed to monitor the actions of the client, the developer. “This is why we believe CAM should be made to repay money in full with interest and our legal costs,” said Keith. “We are the innocent victims of this corruption.” Keith can be contacted via the website www.fincaparcsactiongroup.com and is also the driving force behind the wider lobby group fighting for compliance with Spanish law over all off-plan deposits, www.bankguaranteesinspain.com

No compensation for being gored A SUPREME court judge has rejected the compensation case of a woman who was gored while attending a bullfight in Ondara at Sant Jaume in July 2007 when a bull jumped over the barrier. The woman had applied for compensation of 32,000€ after she suffered a significant injury to her thigh. The court found that the woman had chosen to view the bullfight from an aisle rather than the stand and therefore took an unnecessary risk of mishap.

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London gets ready to party by louise clarke FOR THE first time this summer, all the eyes of the world will be focussed on London; on this occasion, it will be for HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. For months the UK’s capital city has been preparing to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign and last week RTN was in London to see what preparations have been made for the big event. With Union Jack’s adorning almost every street and a deep feeling of patriotism and excitement amongst every Londoner, RTN was quite envious that it wasn’t going to be there to join in the celebrations.

SHARING For those of you who would like to know exactly what is going on this weekend, RTN contacted the press office from the Mayoral Office in the City of London and they gave us some of the highlights. The majority of the events will be filmed on ITV, BBC or SKY, so if you have access to UK TV you will be able to witness some of the celebrations. Tomorrow, Saturday 2nd June, HRH the Queen will attend the Epsom Derby as she did before her coronation back in 1952. Then

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on Sunday, it’s time for the Big Jubilee Lunch; where people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends. There will be events all over the Costa Blanca, including Torrevieja, to coincide with this event. FAMOUS ARTISTS

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The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant also takes place on Sunday. This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla. Then on Monday 4th June, there will be an amazing concert outside Buckingham Palace. RTN watched the circular stage being built and it is huge! This stage will play host to an array of famous artists all performing in what is going to be one of the most spectacular shows ever staged. The BBC and Gary Barlow have brought together some of the biggest names from the worlds of music, dance and musical theatre to perform, including Shirley Bassey, Jools

Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran and Stevie Wonder. Finally, on Tuesday 5th June, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.


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Palace wins glittering prize 01-07 JUNE 2012

by jack troughton WORLD FAMOUS Benidorm Palace has been voted the best cabaret theatre nightclub in Europe as the popular nightspot prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary and launch the new 2012 show. The family-run business outstripped the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris to receive the honour – the owners saying; “We are absolutely over the moon!” And as well as the regular dinner and show, the Benidorm Palace has also hosted Julio Inglesias, Sacha Distel, Matt Monroe, Joe Longthorne and Danny La Rue. In recent times the 1,600 seat theatre and the largest hydraulic stage in Europe have regularly been featured in the hit TV comedy Benidorm – even the Palace kitchens and an outside rubbish bin have had minor roles. Christine Climent, who runs the venue with husband Vincente, son David and daughter Joanne, told RTN: “We are absolutely thrilled, totally flabbergasted and couldn’t believe it – a ‘phone call came completely out of the blue and

it is not just best in Spain but best in Europe. “We didn’t have any idea we were being considered for an award, it is absolutely fantastic.” BOOM Christine, a former nursery nurse from Widnes, first came to Benidorm on a week’s holiday - “I’m still here so it’s been a long week!” – and with her husband opened a souvenir shop at the start of the seventies’ tourist boom. When Benidorm Palace came on the market she said it was “literally on its knees” and they took over in 1990. “We knew nothing about show business but learned very quickly and learned from our mistakes, in fact we vowed never to make the same mistake twice..and we didn’t,” she said. “And it is still fun, the thing about show business is you either love it or hate it. It‘s very demanding, live shows are demanding and we are live every night.” She said years ago she travelled to Paris to

Royal British Legion Queen’s Jubilee Summer Fete

THE ROYAL British Legion Calpe Branch is to hold its Queen’s Jubilee Summer Fete on Saturday 9th June at the Chez Flo Bar and Restaurant, Fustera Beach. Festivities will begin at 3pm and continue until 5pm, opened by Carol Saunders of Calpe Council. The many attractions will include a selection of stalls and games along with a Grand Prize Draw offering superb prizes. There will also be a 3L Vodka Raffle and a 40 Bottle Stall Draw, with hot and cold refreshments available. The Friss Kids Brass Band from Holland will be playing two sessions during the afternoon, an ensemble consisting of nine young musicians. A fun afternoon for all the family – don’t miss it!

Benidorm Palace is celebrating its 35th anniversary

visit the Moulin Rouge and Lido “to see what they were doing – drooling and getting ideas.” FABULOUS Christine added: “To think we have gone beyond them and won this award is a fabulous feeling – we are told their scouts are coming here now to see what we are doing.” There is a new show at Benidorm Palace every year, it takes 12 months of planning and up to 10 weeks rehearsal – Christine thanking choreographer David Moore for his dedication in achieving the spectacular routines on stage. She said everything was done ‘in-house’ from the costume and wardrobe departments to the catering.

Owner Christine

“We like Benidorm Palace to be a bit of a fantasy, people can leave their problems at the door and come in and forget them for a few hours entertainment,” said Christine. “I think the heart of the success was including dinner so that everything is here under one roof.”

Xàbia to remove power lines THE UGLY power lines that have disfigured the skyline of Javea’s historic Old Town for so many years are finally to be removed. To improve quality and service, electricity company Iberdrola is to remove 40 low voltage lines comprising 1,500 metres supported on roof terraces and poles, relocating them underground with 16 lines at a length of 3,000 metres during the coming weeks. Iberdrola has confirmed that local electricians will be contracted for the work.


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Where have the bankers/politicians put their huge ‘pay-offs?’ THOUSANDS of ex-pats (yes, thousands) who moved to Spain for retirement (early retirement) to peter out the latter part of their lives are rueing their decision. Having found a place in the sun - and a cheaper lifestyle - (expenditure-wise) the time-Bomb that exploded since the ‘Crisis’ hit continues with Tsunami-force. Politicians and Bankers have been hand-in-hand, the stem of the downfall of Spain’s credibility (as reported in last week’s RTN). Reports of corruption have been widespread in recent years in the Town Halls within the corridors of Spain’s leaders (Mayors) along with solicitors; construction companies; estate agents; town halls - the very people that we (ex-pats) and indeed Spanish and other foreigners trusted - trust that has now bore the fruit of a disaster of which Spain (as a country) its people, including of course ex-pats, have taken the brunt. I know of a Spanish family that are ‘on the brink’- as are thousands of others. The crash of the Euro; catastrophic increases in petrol/ diesel (remember the days of cheap fuel in Spain?); big increases in Iberdrola/food, et al… Four, five years since the ‘crisis’ begun, and the fall-out (it appears) is set to go deeper. Will Spain remain in the Euro? Greece too? I read that if Greece was to come out of the Euro, the Euro currency in that country would decease 40% in value. Whether that is true, who knows? But all the same, a frightening thought. And if it does occur, will Spain also join in the collapse of

the Euro? If that was to happen, it beggars belief as to what ex-pats and everyone living in Spain can look forward to. Worrying times? Yes, for ex-pats, Spanish, German, Dutch... But not the bankers and politicians! The article in last week’s RTN - following the National TV coverage highlighting the Bankers and Politicians pay-offs - makes worrying reading/viewing. For they (especially bankers) are laughing all the way to the bank! For those out of the bankers/politicians bracket in Spain, be worried - very worried. Because the ‘Crisis’ isn’t going to go away: it is here for the long haul. Goalposts have been moved, and continue to be moved, with the latest being Residentia changes; and health changes – another boot up the backside for ex-pats, expats caught in a spider’s web: a web of deceit. Thousands of ex-pats have had to leave Spain: no jobs, no money, no future, with casas’ values decreased by up to 50%. And the Sun will go down on many, many, more expats in the months/years that lie ahead - for the final time, I’d bank on that! And the politicians and Bankers? They will be busy counting their money. A question: where have the said bankers/politicians - who got the huge pay-outs as reported in the RTN - put their money? Then again, if we ever got an answer to that question, would we get an honest answer? A. Montesinos, Alicante

Please help us I would like to make an appeal on behalf of the charity EMAUS, who support, amongst others, a children’s home in Elche. This home has 28 children aged between 6 and 18, who reside there on a permanent basis. There are many reasons why they are there but the authorities have decided that the parents cannot be trusted to look after the children. It is NOT the fault of the child. Extended families have also declined to assist in their welfare. We are starting a new music class at the home. I visit on a weekly basis and give the children lessons on playing the guitar, drums, and other percussive instruments. There are some talented kids there and they just need a chance. We might find the next Hendrix, Clapton, or One Direction! At this moment they have one keyboard and a very small guitar. Our appeal goes out to anyone who has ANY musical instruments, regardless of condition, which they would wish to donate to this cause. We are not asking for Fenders, Gibsons or KORG’s. If you have an instrument that you have not played and are not likely to play or anything percussive or just ANYTHING, we will be interested, and we will collect. Please contact Cris on crisjonson914@aol.com with details of what instruments you have and the area that they can be picked up from. Alternatively please telephone Cris on 647 149 777.

Bottomless pit! I AM sick to death of hearing how bankers are to blame for all our ills: how about the mayors; building constructers; corrupt Spanish solicitors; Members of Parliament and many others who have squandered billions of Euros on unnecessary street repairs; town Squares; street lighting; motorways; fountains; palm trees; cycle paths; statues… you only have to look at how much money Denia, El Verger, Els Poblets, Ondara and many other local authorities have spent without any thought of financial recourse or responsibility aided and abetted by The Spanish Government who have treated the European Parliament as a bottomless pit! Mick Banks


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Barbecue safety reminder

John Woof recovering in Royal Preston Hospital

by jan gamm IN THE early days of summer a number of BBQ mishaps have prompted health and safety warnings. Children with singed fingers, blistered faces and some incidents with fire accelerators have resulted in dozens of visits to emergency rooms as the warm weather brings out the flame-grilled sausages and burgers. And in the UK heat wave 32-year-old engineer John Woof was engulfed in an 8ft fireball this week when he doused his lit barbecue with petrol from his lawnmower: he is recovering in Royal Preston Hospital. SAFETY Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site and well away from trees or shrubs. Keep children, garden games and pets well away and never leave the barbecue unattended. Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for

emergencies. Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches). Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol. Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it. Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire. For gas barbecues make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder. Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well-ventilated area. If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles – tighten to fix but do not over-tighten. After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

Doctor ordered to maintain child who survived bungled abortion A DOCTOR in Majorca, as yet unnamed, who bungled a patient’s pregnancy termination resulting in the baby surviving, has been ordered by judge Jose Perez Martinez to pay 270,000€ to the mother in damages to be spread over monthly payments of 974€ per month to maintain the child until reaches his 26th birthday. The woman checked in for an abortion in April last year at eight weeks pregnant and returned three months later for another (thinking she was again pregnant). When tests revealed the gynaecologist had misread an ultrasound and the unborn baby thought to have been aborted was still alive, the clinic offered to repay the 400€ cost of the termination and referred her to another centre in Barcelona, which refused her a termination as she was past the legal time limit. Critics have described the ruling as “bizarre” and expect an appeal to be filed.

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Mexican Singer and Songwriter Waleska invited to Costa Blanca Fashion Week 2012 RTN: HELLO Waleska: How long have you been in Spain and what drove you to develop your career here? WALESKA: I came to Spain about eight years ago, living happily in Barcelona, a multi-cultural city that prompted me to build my career here. I acted on stage for national television and performed in several local productions, in radio and at renowned music festivals in Spain, most importantly with my own compositions. RTN: We know you’ve won several awards in your own country and took an important part in the Benidorm Festival 2004. Tell us a little about your career and what you have done in Mexico and Spain. WALESKA: I was sincerely delighted to receive the national award for the arts in Mexico in 1997, a special award for camera and radio broadcasters, from the UN Ambassador in Mexico. Also the national competition in Mexico’s ‘Your Song’; second in ‘The Herald’s Voice’ and Speech Champion four times nationally. I was presented with a special award for my contribution to the speech debate ‘Mexico Rejects Violence’ by President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon. In Spain I sang in the 2005 ARC awards and reached the semifinals of the 2004 Benidorm Festival. I am very satisfied with my achievements and work hard for the public that supports me, producing four plays and making two professional films in Spain as well as taking part in several national television events. My YouTube performances enjoy nearly 12,000 daily visitors. RTN: What are your plans for 2012? WALESKA: Finishing the album is top priority to hit the market in Europe, Latin America and the US. It is a Disco Dance Pop album with some Pop Rock and ballads, entitled ‘Fate’, produced by Angel Gascon, my manager and executive producer, with AG Sun Music. One of my principal dancers is international model, actor and broadcaster Sukier Vallejo, also the director of the Costa Blanca Fashion Week - a privilege to have the cooperation of this great professional and friend. Another of my goals is to make an English album. Curiously the US is one of my biggest followers on YouTube along with Germany and the UK. I am really happy my Spanish songs are so well received by English speaking nations. Mostly I want people to enjoy my music.

Spain tightens its wedding budget

RTN: What is your ambition? WALESKA: I want to show a different side to disco. I’m a fan of the Golden Age of Disco and the great Donna Summer, who recently left us but will always be the queen of the dance floor. I would like to continue along this line…fun, sensual and provocative but tasteful. For more information on Waleska visit www.waleskastar.es YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/solstar77 Twitter: http://twiter.com/waleskastar1 Models are needed to represent the UK at this summer’s glittering Costa Blanca Fashion Show in Benidorm. Anyone aged between 15 and 26 and taller than the 170cm can enter the fun. And candidates need not be resident in Spain. Applicants must send two photographs – one of their face and the second a full body picture in swimwear - to RTN at model@roundtownnews.com. Finalists will audition on the catwalk in Benidorm, 14th June.

By Jan Gamm IN SPAIN getting hitched has always been a big deal with families making a huge splash on their daughters’ big day. No expense is spared traditionally with lavish arrangements made for the ceremony, the dress, the reception and a costly honeymoon for the happy couple. FUCI (The Federation of Independent Users and Consumers) now estimates that the cost of a Spanish wedding varies between 7,580€ and 18,000€ - an average of 13,190€ representing a drop of 8.3% compared to last year, steadily falling over the last five years. Stringent cuts are being made across the bridal budget with the biggest costs being saved on the reception and honeymoon according to the latest figures. Spanish brides are spending a reasonable average on their bridal gowns but not less than 500€. To this must be added the cost of shoes, accessories, makeup and hairdressing, increasing the average spend to an average of 1,500€: grooms are spending between 310€ and 750€, while flowers account for around 1,200€. Predictably Madrid is the most expensive location for weddings with an average cost of 16,000€ followed by Catalonia at 15,900€ and Valencia 15,500€. At the other end of the scale is Extremadura and the Canaries where the average cost of tying the knot is 10,600€ and 10,500€ respectively.

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PLEASE THINK about the poor who can’t afford any food, let alone a holiday. The Food Bank at Millie Munro Services still needs your help please – you always kindly support it well at Christmas and Easter but there are real people in our community who are starving. We are always grateful for all donations. Should renters leave food in your flats or apartments when they leave please donate any unopened tins of food to the Food Bank. Drop off items at our Benitachell office between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday - or if you wish us to collect, please ring 96 649 3082.


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by jack troughton

DELIGHTED CRUISE winners Eddie and Mary Wood are queuing up to be press-ganged back on ship after enjoying a luxurious eight day trip around the Med. The couple, from Alcalali, won holiday on MSC Orchestra in a prize draw after signing up for a RTN Network ADSL package and took to the high seas earlier this month. And after being pampered throughout the journey on the 92,000 tonne ship by a crew of 987, Eddie and Mary are more than ready to get cruising again. “Tell them we are ready to test another cruise, possibly on another route,” Eddie joked. “We certainly would like to express a wish to win the next competition or perhaps we could get the Orchestra and RTN together and do our own write ups.”

Mary interjected: “We are very, very grateful to RTN Network, RTN, and Gandia Tours for the wonderful holiday.” She said the food, service and entertainment was “brilliant” and added: “The trouble is Eddie got too used to it!” RELAX They had been on a cruise before – but some 30 years ago in the Gulf of Mexico – and found life on board was now more relaxed, although there were still a couple of more formal nights. “I was slightly worried because I am not a good sailor,” said Mary. “However, at times I didn’t know I was on a ship. In fact, I was fine on board but weaving side to side back on land when we went sightseeing.”

May the Best House Win comes to the Costa Blanca

ITV1 IS currently casting for its hugely popular daytime show ‘May The Best House Win’ and is to film 10 of the episodes in Spain. The channel is keen to find Englishspeaking contributors to show off their home and compare it to others in the region with the chance to win 1,000€ and make some friends along the way. A variety of houses may include self-built bungalows or big refurbishments; colour-themed apartments or grand villas filled with artefacts - anything goes really! People interested in a bit of fun will invite three others to judge their homes and in turn go to their houses and give their opinions and scores – a sort of home-owning version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ but a light-hearted look at peoples’ varying views on interior design and ‘what makes a home a home’. RTN readers interested in taking part should contact 0044 207 157 4234 or email besthousespain@shiver-productions.co.uk And May the Best House Win!

Eddie and Mary on deck

The Woods sailed from Valencia to Ibiza, on to Tunisia, back to Sicily, Italy and Monte Carlo before returning to the Spanish port. Despite the rain and “a sea of umbrellas”, the Woods found Florence beautiful and recommended everyone should spend a couple of hours in Piza. They also had an adventure in Pompeii – the tour bus leaving them behind after

organisers failed to count heads as people clambered back on board. Mary said: “We were on time! Fortunately, we got a lift and got back to the ship.” Back home, Eddie reflected: “All in all it was very successful and enjoyable. Thank you everyone for making it possible.” And Mary said: “All we did was get RTN Network and we got this wonderful cruise!”

Constable painting to be auctioned in July IT WAS announced this week that ‘The Lock’ by John Constable, a celebrated depiction of rural life that is currently part of a collection belonging to Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, a former Miss Spain, is to be auctioned on 3rd July by Christie’s. It is thought the painting could sell for a record €32 million and the Baroness confessed she “needs the money.” The painting had been offered to Spain’s Culture Ministry against a deadline but no offer had been made. The Lock was purchased by Baron Heinrich von Thyssen in November 1990 for £10.78 million - at the time the highest amount ever paid for a painting by a British artist. It is part of a series of six featuring the River Stour and the landscape of the valley of Dedham in Suffolk that Constable produced between 1819 and 1825.


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Timely gift saves appeal

by JAck troughton THE “WONDERFUL” gift of an antique gold Rolex watch insured an appeal to buy a specially adapted car for a disabled teenager’s family reached its target. Organisers said the appeal had “stalled” at around 4,600€ until a “philanthropist” chipped in with the wristwatch – despite the best efforts of the Calpe community. And now 16-year-old Javier Garcia Cervera is mobile and can be driven around the area in the converted Citroen by his parents. Javier suffers from rare Sanfilippo syndrome, a degenerating and incurable form of Mucopolisacaridosis, but enjoys being out and about, especially watching the boats in Calpe harbour. Speaking at the official presentation of the vehicle to Javier’s mum Marie Carmen, Terry O’Hara, of Calpe HELP, who helped organise the appeal, said Princess Letizia was President of MPS, the association of those suffering Mucopolisacaridosis

and related syndromes. He said it had been hoped The Princess of Asturias or a representative could attend a presentation but it had not proved possible. “We had collected something like 4,600€ and all of a sudden reached a deadlock. This man heard about Javier, he is Spanish, donated this antique gold Rolex which sold for more than 5,000€,” said Terry. “He is a real philanthropist living in Calpe – we had reached an impasse and this wonderful man stepped in, it is a real Cinderella story.” And Terry thanked expat organisations in the town that had supported the appeal – Rotary, HELP, the Charity Shop of Calpe, and the Association of Foreign Property Owners. Pictured at the presentation is Javier’s mum Marie Carmen (third from right) accepting the keys to the blue Citroen from Terry.

Jubilee Street Party in Llosa de Camacho

BAR EMILIOS in Llosa de Camacho, in conjunction with the ‘Minestry of Fun’ girls of the village have arranged a Jubilee Street Party with traditional music; street games for young and old; a bouncy castle; tea time food; an evening BBQ; drinks and lots more. Llosa de Camacho is a sleepy little village inland from Denia, with just a church and a bar... this coming Saturday it will come alive involving both ex-pats and Spanish with loads of fun. The fun starts at 2pm and for more information call Amanda on 666 286 765.

Cover story SALES OF books help bankroll Teulada Moraira Lions’ charity work and the club has publically thanked Costa Blanca Books for its ongoing support. The Lions stage a bookstall on the first and third Friday of the month at Moraira Market and grateful members said its success depended on a good turnover of high quality reading material. Over the years Stue McCall, of Costa Blanca Books, has donated hundreds of books and last week Lions President Nico Dekkers presented him with a certificate of appreciation to thank him for the generous donations.In return, Stue said he was “totally surprised” receiving the certificate and added he “looked forward to helping your very worthwhile organisation many more times in the future”.

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Competing for tourists By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger www.almerimarlife.com

MICHAEL HOLDING, the former West Indian cricket fast bowler, and current pundit on Sky Sport’s excellent cricket coverage, has a favourite phrase that he trots out every summer in the UK. Whenever the camera pans onto someone enjoying an ice cream he more often than not makes the observation: “That isn’t a business I would want to be in here in the UK.” If he were in Spain I wonder how soon he would be saying that about the businesses looking to compete for the British tourist Pound? I don’t want to be alarmist or pessimistic but having spent the last couple of weeks driving along the coasts that comprise the Costa Blanca, Costa Almería and Costa del Sol I have to say that I feel increasingly concerned for those businesses along the Costa Almería. Discussing this with a friend recently I used the phrase ‘chalk and cheese’ to describe the Costas Blanca and del Sol to Almería. Driving up through Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola, and Torremilinos recently it is hard not to notice just how established it is. Effectively it is one seamless stretch of mature building, established businesses, vibrant beaches and people! I am not talking about a peak holiday

period either - a Wednesday afternoon in May and the place was consistently busy, and, as they say, “success breeds success.” Further up the coast I have spent time over the last month driving through Xàbia and Benidorm and again the impression is that they are comfortable in their own skin, the finished article, complete and busy doing what they know they do, and do very well. The same can be said for Malaga and Alicante airports. They may not be as busy as in previous years, but compared to Almería they are absolutely heaving with flights and people. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about the Costa Almería, who have arrived late at the Tourism party, and arrived in a hurry as well with halffinished properties dominating the skyline, and, in an increasingly depressing story, many leaving early as well with broken dreams, insolvent bars and properties sinking in negative equity in a far too familiar story. Reflecting on this I came to the conclusion that the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are like established Premiership teams. Safe in the top eight every year, they will continue to attract tourists in significant

numbers because they are established brands, consistent performers and in an age when people need to know what they are going to get for their money they deliver ‘exactly what it says on the tin’. The Costa Almería on the other hand are like the team that unexpectedly found themselves in the Premiership, survived a year or two, but then found themselves in the Championship, and are now headed in the wrong direction away from the play-offs. Unless the Costa Almería can reinvent itself and find a new form of tourism to concentrate on it is hard to see how anything will get better. In the Premiership the top teams are going from strength to strength, brand awareness is being exploited and newcomers to the market are picking the more romantic (or should I say successful) teams to support. Those teams that get promoted bring a loyal band of genuine supporters but rarely do they attract sufficient numbers to make a difference, and having flattered to deceive, and dare I say conned themselves that they belong, they often fall back into relative obscurity. Which means that the Costa Almería is in danger of being twinned with Bradford: now there’s a thing!

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


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Please release us, let us go... Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

DID YOU watch the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday? Poor ole Engelbert, despite his valiant efforts, failed to get the UK enough points to avoid embarrassment. He opened the marathon extravaganza from Baku, Azerbaijan with Love Will Set You Free but (and probably because of that early start) he seemed to have been forgotten by the time voting started some 25 years - erm sorry, 25 songs later. Even Engelbert’s lucky necklace, given to him by Elvis Presley, didn’t help and he was left bemused as only Belgium, Estonia, Latvia and Ireland awarded him any points. He ended up languishing at the bottom of the leader board. Congratulating the winner, Swedish singer Loreen (with the dance track Euphoria), Engelbert said: “I’ve had many highs in my career and Eurovision has been a wonderful experience.” He added, “I want to thank everybody, especially my fans around the world for their words of support. I did the best for my country; the rest was out of my hands.” It sure was mate – you were doomed from the start. For many years, since the contest opened up to encompass a much wider Europe, the voting has become a hotchpotch of neighbour voting for neighbour, cousin for cousin back-scratching, incestuous nonsense. Our last actual win was in 1997 when Katrina and the Waves took the honours with Love Shine a Light. And that group was, of course, fronted by an American singer called Katrina Leskanich. Hmmm, I wonder if maybe some of the voters were confused by her surname and thought, “we better vote for her – she’s one of ours!” Perhaps it’s just time to admit defeat and pull out of this farce altogether. The Daily Mirror even ran a poll suggesting just that. Their reporter noted, “Today bookies William Hill gave odds of 25/1 that the UK would pull out next year. It also offered 16/1 on the BBC turning to The X Factor’s Simon Cowell to take on the Eurovision entry for 2013.”

Mind you, I think it’s beyond even Simon Cowell to make any difference. Who would he persuade to take part? If Engelbert, with fifty plus years in the business couldn’t turn it around for Britain, who can? The Mirror states that William Hill suggests the following “odds for who would perform are the Spice Girls at 10/1, Susan Boyle at 12/1, Take That at 33/1; and both Wham and Elton John have odds of 50/1”. I’m not convinced. I don’t think even bringing back The Beatles would do it... Here is a great point of view from outside Europe - American Juan Pablo left the following message on the Daily Mirror’s reader’s page: “I hail from the other side of the Atlantic and I am not even European, but I have seen the Eurovision contest for about ten years now, and I can clearly notice how the voting is totally political. I believe the UK has the type of talent to

crush all the other countries at will. However, I sense some bitterness towards the big countries and my gut feeling tells me that (as far-fetched as it sounds) even if you sent Adele, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, name whoever you like, you would not win. Nevertheless, everybody knows where the great music comes - the UK.” Juan, thank you; that’s spot on. I still haven’t really forgiven Engelbert for being the only act ever to keep The Beatles off the number one spot back in 1967 but, that said, I thought he did a really good job last Saturday. It was a good song and as the aforementioned Simon Cowell would say, “He nailed it...” He really did! I think as far as the Eurovision Song Contest goes the UK should be singing the very song that Engelbert kept the Fab Four off the top spot with: Release Me. Watts in Britain, boom bang-a-banging...


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by jack troughton HARD WORKING volunteers at the Benitachell Charity Shop are “absolutely desperate” for new faces to come and join them. The busy premises are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm and last year the committee made 19,000€ in donations to good causes. Patricia Kyle, who heads the shop committee, told RTN the team’s numbers had been hit by serious illness and people returning to the UK. “We are absolutely desperate for shop volunteers – permanent volunteers or ‘as and when’ volunteers, their name goes down and we will ring when needed but if you can’t make it doesn’t matter.

“We are actually very busy at the moment and sales are up on last year.” Anyone with some time to spare can ring Patricia on 96 649 2307 or email patsykyle@ gmail.com, or pop into the shop itself. Last week Patricia made the first donation of 2012, 1,000€ to animal charity APASA to help build isolation kennels for new arrivals at the Javea shelter. She said “It’s time we gave something to the animals, unfortunately there are so many being dumped at present. Pictured are (left to right) Mandy Conway of APASA accepting the cheque from Patricia and shop worker Dorothy Sweeney.

Jubilee Party at Entrenaranjos THIS SUNDAY, 3rd June, at the Inn on the Green in Laguna Green, which is located in the Entrenaranjos Urbanisation, there will be a Diamond Jubilee party. The fun starts at 4pm until late and everyone is welcome. Emily Hullman will be performing and there will be darts and pool tournaments as well as fancy dress and party games. It is totally free and you can either bring your own food and drink or get it locally on the day. There is a red, white and blue theme, so make sure you dress appropriately!

Ruta “Arte en las Cuevas” in San Miguel

MANY PEOPLE have heard and seen the cave houses in Rojales, but in San Miguel there are also some of these houses. Earlier this year a group of artists in San Miguel formed MASM (Movimiento de Artistas de San Miguel de Salinas). For the first time they are displaying their work in four of these caves, Tia Ramblera, La Cueva de Maria, La Cueva de las Gachas

and Cueva No 4. This weekend the caves will be open, today, Friday 1st June 18.00 – 21.00; tomorrow, Saturday 2nd June 18.00 – 21.00 and Sunday 3rd June from 11.00 – 14.00. There is a map available at the San Miguel Tourist Office and at the Town Hall, pick one up and follow the route through the old cave houses of San Miguel and enjoy the art exhibition.

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St. George’s Day Charity Success by louise clarke NOT ONLY did St George slay the dragon at the recent St George’s Day fiesta in Playa Flamenca, ‘he’ also managed to raise a whopping €1,409 for charity. Orihuela’s Councillor for Tourism and Beaches, Pedro Mancebo, who organised the fiesta day on the paseo, announced the fabulous amount earlier this week and said he was delighted that local charities would benefit so much from what was essentially a great day of fun. HARD WORK Pedro told RTN: “I would like to say a very big thank you to the Royal British Legion, Paul Cunningham Nurses, Age Concern, HAH and The Little Pod Foundation for all their hard work and support on the day. Together with the charities from Orihuela, we had quite a market down on the promenade.” He added: “My thanks also go to the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Neighbourhood Watch and

the German association, dTOC (Deutschsprachige Tisch) who, although are not charities, were present at the fiesta and supported the event.” WELL EARNED Mancebo commented: “It is just amazing how our neighbours and residents are willing to help each other. Not only did we all have fun on St George’s Day but the charities can give themselves a well-earned pat on the back for their hard work for their own charity and supporting the fun day for all.” “The charity stalls were a super idea for this type of fiesta,” concluded Mancebo, “they will be definitely down on the list for the next fiesta and a very big thank you must also go to all our residents and guests who attended Pedro and supported the fiesta you are amazing!” Mancebo


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Tribute to John

by JAck troughton CELEBRATING A fifth anniversary Charter Dinner was a proud night for the Lions Club of Ondara Jalon and Orba as they welcomed special guests - members from other clubs across the Costa Blanca and representatives of the charities supported over the year. The event at the Salamanca Restaurant, Jalon, was a huge success and club President Anna Cameron said: ‘We were delighted to welcome so many of our fellow Lions and representatives of the organisations we have helped to support during the year – it was a pleasure to see so many of them at our celebration. “We also want to thank Helen of the Salamanca Restaurant and her staff for looking after us so well on the night – the food and the service were magnificent.” And she said: “In addition, our thanks go to Ménage à Trois for the entertainment – many people took the opportunity to dance. It was particularly pleasing to have them with us as Philip Ashley, of the trio, of Sounds Familiar and many other musical ventures in the area, is one of our Lions.” Among the guests were Harold Lewis, Zone Chairman and Charter Secretary of the Teulada Moraira Lions Club with his wife, Viola; Nico Dekkers, President of the Teulada Moraira Lions Club with his wife, Cora; Mike Warnes, President of the Calpe and Benissa Lions Club with his wife, Pat; Jacqui Phillips MBE, President of MABS with her husband Bernard; Nora Verdon, President of the Costa Blanca Samaritans with her partner, Jeffrey Balestre; and Officers and Members of the Lions Clubs of the Zone.

John Bennetts

ENTERTAINERS ON the Costa Blanca come together on Saturday 9th June to pay tribute to the late John Bennetts who tirelessly worked organising concerts and shows. The “friends” of John – who died earlier this year – are staging the farewell at the Casa del Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, from 8pm. Producer Pamela Dawson Tasker told RTN: “John worked with many musical and theatrical groups and many other entertainers - and with me too on some 60 concerts over the years. “Many of them asked me to produce a concert that would be a tribute to him from all of us. As a result we have a unique show with an incredible number of artists contributing.” The show is presented by Barry Britten and entry is by donation, with all proceeds being donated to the AECC, the Spanish cancer charity.

New radio station in Benidorm

Anna and Peter Cameron

BENIDORM IS to get a new radio station on Monday June 4th. The launch party will come live from Great Britain as Her Majesty the Queen enjoys the very best of British music in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey are amongst the artists set to be featured in a special broadcast on Monday night. Listen out for more details on Black & White Radio in Benidorm, Altea and surrounding areas on 96.2FM. It’s really rather nice!


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AT THE San Miquel de Salinas ‘House garden and outdoor living’ show last week many visitors purchased our book ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’to help them develop their terraces, balconies and windowsills into more colourful productive and liveable spaces. Hopefully more follow as these outdoor spaces can be as large as 10% to 400% of the indoor living space, the higher number being for those lucky enough to live in a penthouse. Today when one looks at apartment buildings only some 10 to 20% show signs of plants in containers ranging from pots to

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window boxes, troughs and growing tables or of being regularly used s a attractive and productive outdoor living spaces. The worst look like untidy outdoor storage areas with a few token dead plants not cleared out of pots since last summer... The best integrate to varying degrees facilities for enjoying the sun and alfresco eating and drinking with the growing of flowering and evergreen plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables and occasionally an egglaying hen. With modern day containers and composts it is not difficult. Indeed Part Six of Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style includes an A to Z of the types of useful containers now available while Part Four describe and illustrate the best hundred plants to use for sunny, semi shaded and shaded situations. Throughout the book there are numerous coloured fotos to show what can be done, often with very limited budgets… In many ways growing things is easier and less time consuming for apartment owners than for the owner of a villa with a sizeable plot to landscape and care for. So think about preparing a Garden of Eden or Shangri-La in the sky in time for this year’s summer. If you miss the allotment you used to have back in England vast amounts of vegetables can be grown in just one or two square metres. Indeed once this article is posted a couple of lettuces will be harvested off a three square metre terrace off our bedroom to take downstairs to the kitchen. We set it up originally to obtain a foto for the book ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ showing how more than twenty vegetables could be grown in such a small space by using the walls as well as the floor space. With flowers, herbs, veggies and fruit your terraces can not only be better used but the block of apartments will start to look more attractive. Many will say it’s too hot to do so. But this not true if colourful awnings and blinds are installed to protect people, plantsand pets from the hottest sun. When a champion bonsai grower asked us to visit to see his large bonsai collection we were surprised to find them covering a roof top terrace in the centre of Gandia. The entire roof top was covered with a roof wide awning with a living

More than 20 vegetables can be grown in a small space

area in the middle of the collection. He now has a copy of our book to further improve the overall use of his terrace. Have a go - it would be nice to be able to wander along the coastline looking up at a modern day Hanging Gardens of Babylon!

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

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How to throw the perfect Diamond Jubilee party The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday June 2nd to Tuesday June 5th 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the UK and by the expats on the Costa Blanca. If you’re thinking about hosting a party to toast Her Majesty’s sixty years on the throne, Fiesta Crafts has a few handy hints and tips to make your day a rip roaring success. First decide on the time, place and venue for the celebration. It could be a small afternoon tea for a group of friends or a grand street party to bring the local community together. The Union Jack lends itself very nicely to street parties with the red, white and blue colour scheme excellent for brightening up even the dreariest of streets or rooms. Think nostalgic with the decorations; hang bunting, paper lanterns and red, white and blue balloons. You can even get the kids involved in making decorations with royal inspired headwear, paper lanterns, paper bunting and paper chains. To save on the washing up adorn your table with colourful union jack plastic table covers, paper plates, bowls, cups and napkins.

Add a little bit of sparkle with table confetti or glamour with imitation diamonds as a tribute to the Queens Diamond year. Also have a supply of union Jack flags, horns and streamers handy to create the party atmosphere. While the mums and dads are gossiping over a cup of tea or a glass of wine, get the kids involved in nostalgic games such as pass-the-parcel, musical statues or organise drawing and painting competitions. Have a bag of pocket money toys to give as prizes. Also have a supply of red, white and blue balloons to play traditional games such as Balloon Balancing. For this balloon game, you require paper plates and of course balloons. Ask each child to balance a balloon on the paper plate and then hold the plate in their hand. They then have to walk a certain distance all the while not letting the balloon fall to the ground. The one that finishes first, without dropping the balloon from the paper plate, wins. Face painting is also always popular. At Fiesta crafts we have a range of face paints in patriotic colours that can be en-

joyed by young and old. Think traditional food and serve sausage rolls, sandwiches and crisps. Let your imagination go wild with the deserts, and serve paper union jack bowls of jelly and ice cream and cup cakes with edible decorations. Fiesta Crafts have a range of edible pearl decorations in red, white and blue. Make a large celebration cake coated in delicious sugar paste icing. Then top your deserts with a union jack flag pick. Whatever you are doing for the Jubilee weekend start your celebrations with a trip to Fiesta crafts for all jubilee party and craft essentials.

Fiesta Crafts, Local 22, Moreras del saladar, Avinguda del pla, Ctra Cabo La Nao, Javea, 03730. Tel 96 646 1788. www.fiestacrafts.eu

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Swimming pool safety By Roddy Cunningham DON’T LET your child or grandchild become a terrible statistic… With the summer here, families and friends from the UK are beginning to flock in for the season: please consider the very real dangers of your swimming pool. As a whole over the last 10 years in Spain there have been between 70 and 150 infant drownings per year, of which 70% have been in private or community swimming pools - the rest were at beaches, public pools, or rivers and lakes. And by age group, drowning is the leading cause of injuryrelated death among children ages one to four and the second leading cause of death in children aged 14 and under. On top of this, for every death there are approximately 2,000 non-fatal accidents involving water, but these may nevertheless result in permanent injury or brain damage. In France and Australia pool surrounds are already required by law and there are already various EU directives concerning pool safety. No doubt pool fences and gates will eventually be mandatory in Spain as well but how many children’s lives will be needlessly lost or ruined before this comes into place? Two companies on the Costa Blanca are particularly focusing on pool safety. The first company is concerned with stopping an infant or child being able to get to a pool in the first place. The second company is concerned with making sure that people have sufficient First Aid knowledge to make a difference in the event of a drowning incident happening. NEATER POOL GUARDIAN Tony and Richard of the well-known company ‘Neater Heater’ have long had it in their minds to branch out into a pool surround safety business. “The catalyst for me to start looking into pool fencing was the near-drowning of a child of some close friends,” says Tony. “The toddler fitted the classic profile

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of evading parental supervision when they thought he was safe somewhere else. They found him at the bottom of the pool! “The doctor checking him over in Denia hospital casualty department said he was the third swimming pool emergency case that day. Swimming pool safety has therefore always been on my mind, and now that Neater Heaters are a household name and doing very nicely in the winter, Richard and I are now able to devote our time in the summer to pool safety. “We have done extensive research and selected one product from the USA, and one from France that we can offer to clients. Both are ‘kite marked’ qualified, tested to the highest

specifications, unobtrusive and visually pleasing. A glance will tell you that your pool is protected and your children safe.” Richard comments: “The truth is that if you’re not prepared to handcuff your children to your wrist all day, or fill in your pool, the only safe option is to prevent them reaching the pool with a barrier, preferably one complying with EU regulations, which gives you peace of mind about its quality, design and robustness to be continually effective.” If you would like peace of mind knowing your children are safe then please contact Neater Pool Guardian on 634 312 171. Next week we look at first aid courses

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Liquid ice to clean the pipes

Altea to support unemployed green fingers ALTEA IS to make abandoned farms near the town available for agricultural training purposes for the unemployed to learn about organic farming. Environment councillor Miguel Angel Chapel said the purpose of the programme is to “encourage the cultivation of neglected tracts of urban land and eliminate plots that are in a deplorable condition, thereby improving the landscape and providing an opportunity for the unemployed to find work in organic farming.� The city will undertake to prepare the plots for cultivation and also provide irrigation systems. 45 plots will be available between 60 and 90 square metres. And the Department of Environment is to organise a traditional monthly market where producers can sell their surplus.

Home & Garden

AGUAS DE Alicante are applying a pioneering system to clean potable water pipes by using liquid ice, a new technology patented by the concessionaire of water services in the city. The system will be especially useful in areas where second homes are popular: second homes tend to be susceptible to deposits and rust in the water pipes. The application involves forcing liquid ice through the pipes, a descaling system found to be one thousand times more effective than using water alone.

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01-07 junE 2012

currency

Greece poll crucial to euro STERLING’s VALUE against the euro will soar if Greek politicians opposing bail out and austerity win the election on 17th June, predict market analysts. By Jack Troughton They believe the pound – already at a three and a half year high and moving in the 1.23 to 1.258 range could break the 1.30 barrier and perhaps even reach the giddy heights of 1.35. Moneycorp analyst David Kearns said the currency market was in flux because of Eurozone uncertainties over both Greece and the Spanish banks, especially giant group Bankia. “It is very much about the euro’s weakness rather than the pound’s strength – it is the same old story and it has been the major driver over the last month,” he said. David, dealing manager in the foreign exchange expert’s private client department, said the Greek ‘pro-bail out’ faction failed to win enough votes to form a coalition after the first poll while the ‘anti-bail out’ group led by political party Syriza was in a strong position. He explained the ‘anti’ lobby was against the EU and IMF austerity measures and if they gained power on 17th June wanted to stay in the single currency although they aimed to renegotiate the package “and reduce the amount of public sector cuts and perhaps extend the time frame to make life easier for the Greek population.” David added: “There is clearly an expectation that Greece

could very easily leave the single currency, where before it was very unlikely. OPINION “And the value of the euro is beginning to swing by the day depending on what the Greek opinion polls say, whether it is the pro or anti-bail out parties in the lead. It is very much politically driven.” He said if Syriza gained a majority at the ballot box and took power “then in all likelihood there will be a very weak single currency very quickly and prices of 1.30 and even 1.35.” However, David said if the pro-bail out parties New Democracy and PASOC won and formed a coalition “I would expect the euro to strengthen and the exchange rate to slip back to 1.20 against the pound. There is a lot riding on this election and we are in very worrying times.” He said unfortunately Spain had come back to the forefront and it was placed there by concerns for the banking system. David said the Bank of Spain had injected 4.5 billion euros into Bankia but the troubled group urgently needed another 19 billion euros of capital. “The issue we have now is where the money is coming from. If it is through the tax payer, through the Bank of Spain, Bankia will be nationalised, like Northern Rock in the UK,” he explained.

INFLUX “The central bank is very reluctant to do that and it would be very unpopular – they hope to attract European Central Bank funds for an influx of money into Bankia but that door has been closed by the ECB.” He continued: “It is an awkward time to raise funds anyway but with a bank on the point of collapse, it is even more difficult.” David said other Spanish banks were also in trouble and there was 50 billion euros of debt to be written down. “All banks need a massive injection of capital. One newspaper says to the tune of 180 billion euros.” And he said the market was again talking of Spain as “too big to fail, too big to bail” yet government borrowing costs on 10 year bonds were already approaching the unsustainable rate of 7% - the level Greece, Portugal and Ireland needed help. David concluded: “We keep coming to talk of Euro Armageddon but in the past it has always stepped back from the precipice – perhaps this time Greece will fall and the remaining countries could move together to strengthen the euro. “But if Spain was to go it would be the end of the Eurozone because it is such a very, very big economy.”


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Paying tax can be painless by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

We spend a lot of time persuading people that it is a good idea to make their tax declarations. For some people the prospect of making their first appointment is received with the same level of enthusiasm as going to the dentist. OK it can be painful parting with money but many of the residents who do make a declaration have a nil return with nothing to pay and it can save you money in the long run. Along with the prospect of reducing inheritance tax and capital gains tax comes a possible discount on prescription charges and access to medical care. ‘It’s usually much more straight forward than people think,’ explains Natalia Mozgunova, ‘For those residents who are already clients, there is relatively little to bring to the office and most of the information can be accessed online. So, for example, we have access to bank accounts and previous declarations.” Natalia is one of the six multi-national tax advisors at Ábaco. Based on the fifth floor she and her colleagues have been preparing and sending tax returns now for weeks to make sure that everyone’s declaration is presented before the 30th June, ‘The appointment takes about half an hour and is usually quite straightforward. It’s done online now and we can tell our clients by the end of the appointment whether they have tax to pay, a nil return or even if they have overpaid tax to collect.’ One of the main confusions that British residents

experience is around the different Spanish and British tax years. In Spain the tax year is from January to December and the June tax return refers to income from the previous year. ‘So, for the tax returns for June 2012 we need bank statements spanning the period January 1st 2011 to December 31st 2011. That can be confusing for people at first,’ explains Natalia, ‘we also sometimes have problems with getting the P60s on time’. In some cases people will even be due a refund, ‘The Tax Authority must return any overpaid tax within 6 months and if you’ve made your declaration in good time it can come through quite quickly.If you are entitled to a refund it will be paid directly into your bank account.’ Ábaco have recently received a notification from the Tax Authority to warn people about some ‘phishing’. Emails are being sent out promising that overpaid tax will be returned if the taxpayer provides their credit card details. ‘Neither the Tax Authority, nor any other official Spanish department would expect you to directly insert confidential details such as this through an email.’ So, it’s not about pulling teeth and it’s nothing to be afraid of. Once you’ve had your first one, and you become a veteran resident tax declarer you can feel suitably satisfied with yourself. If you would like Abaco to complete your resident tax declaration before the deadline or you would just like more information about it please contact our Helpline on 96 670 3748.

If you would like Ábaco to complete your resident tax declaration before the deadline or you would just like more information about it please contact our Helpline on 96 670 3748 or visiting our website www.abacoconnect.com

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by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

money

Concerns over Banks and the Euro continue to grow AS I write this article five Spanish Banks, Banco Popular, Bankinter, Banca Civica, and Bankia along with its parent Banco Financiero y de Ahorro (BFA), were downgraded by S&P. One of these, Spain’s fourth-largest bank, Bankia, has asked the government for a bailout worth 19bns euros ($24bn; £15bn). Bankia is now saying it made a 2.98bn-euro loss for 2011 rather than the 309m euros in profit it announced in February. Earlier on Friday 25th May, trading in Bankia shares was suspended on the Madrid stock exchange while its management put together a restructuring plan. Yet only two weeks ago, Bankia had a 4.47bn-euro loan by the Spanish bailout fund. The IMF announced on 21st May 2012 that Spanish banks losses could be larger than expected at Euro 220 – 260 bln, implying that the government will have to step in massively to support its Banks and Cajas. We wonder how? We are edging worryingly close to a run on banks in major European economies, according to Russell

Investment’s Al Jalso. Speaking to Citywire Global, Jalso – who is lead manager on firm’s $1.8bn global bond fund – warned Italian and Spanish citizens spooked by further deepening of the Eurozone crisis could suddenly withdraw vast amounts of money from the countries’ respective banks. “We have had 30% of deposits withdrawn from Greek banks. We don’t yet have massive deposit withdrawals in Spain and Italy but if there was a run on banks in these countries then it could force politicians into serious action,” said Jalso. This could lead to limits on how much people can withdraw from the Banks. Also the relative credit-worthiness of Santander UK - the UK’s fifth biggest High Street bank - has been questioned by one of the main financial credit rating agencies, Moody’s. The downgrades also included Santander’s parent, Banco Santander, one of Spain’s biggest banks. So the big question is: where do you put your money? when the traditional safe haven of the Bank now

seems the least safe option. You could take your money out and put it under the mattress, but not a good idea. You could convert your Euros back into Sterling, but you would lose out due to the current exchange rates, we should see Sterling gain in strength against the Euro (good news for pensioners living here who have their pension paid in Sterling). This is due to the mess in Europe not the strength of the UK economy, which as you know is back in recession. If you do convert then you are still left with the question, where do you put your sterling once you have it? Well the good news is it’s not all doom and gloom there are some countries out there seen as safe havens that to date have not been affected by this crisis and products that have weathered the storm. In this time of financial uncertainty if you would like free impartial advice regarding your money and investments, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 658 892 330 email christina.brady@blacktowerfm.com

The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management Ltd is licenced by the UK by the Financial Services Authority and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV. Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licenced in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B and registered with the DGS in Spain.


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Spanish Property Inheritance Tax – a realistic solution AN EFFECTIVE solution to the IHT problem in Spain is for the owner(s) to invest the property into a UK Private Limited company which they would own as Shareholders. by

Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

This method can avoid taxes in Spain in the future, in respect of the property, as under EU Treaties a UK company is only taxed in one jurisdiction, which can be the UK, and no taxes should be payable during ownership in Spain. A UK company is not classed as an offshore company unlike a company of Gibraltar or the Isle of Man, which would be charged an annual tax by Spain of 3% as neither are part of the European Union. Contrary to popular belief there would be no 7% Property Transfer Tax payable on this transaction, unlike other property transactions in Spain. There is also no Capital Gains Tax implication in Spain when you invest a

property into a UK Limited Company. This is because the Hacienda calculates an investment value based on the original purchase price, as shown in the Public deed. Coupled with this, Spanish Tax Residents who are over 65 when they invest their property into a UK company do not have any CGT liability in the majority of Regions, on the basis that the property is the owner’s habitual residence. Shares in the UK Company can be dealt with in a UK Will and, depending on the structure of the company the shares may also be exempt from Inheritance Tax in the UK. A further advantage of the company structure is that ‘attributable expenses’ such as mortgage interest and utility bills can all be tax deductible by the company.

This is a simple solution costing less than most probate and legal fees in Spain when an owner of a Spanish property dies. A further benefit is that the beneficiaries will not be required to obtain an NIE number in order to inherit. This unique service is available to all Nationalities including both Residents and Non Residents of Spain and can be completed within 2 to 4 weeks, if required, by Wincham Consultants. Wincham has been operating in Spain for almost 20 years and owns a portfolio of properties using the same UK Company structure which we advocate our clients useand are the market leader in this type of transaction.Clients can also be assured, when talking to Wincham, that they are dealing

Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca) UK Tel: +44 (0)1260 299 700 | Spain Tel: +34 965 830 991 | Email: iht.info@wincham.com | Web: www.winchamiht.com

with professionals with a combined experience of over 65 years and who operate in this type of business on a daily basis. Wincham Consultants provide 20 year Defective Title Deed Insurance as standard on any property transfer undertaken on behalf of clients subject to the T&Cs of the policy. There are many occasions where issues from the past may cause repercussions to your ownership or ability to sell. Simply register on our website www.winchamiht.com or call our UK or Spanish office numbers below and a member of our experienced team will be available to help. Wincham - Providing solutions to your problems.


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01-07 junE 2012

Costumer complaints and claims against banks in Spain by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

WHAT CAN a costumer do when the bank charges higher fees than agreed? What action can a customer take if the bank does not inform costs of a bank product or the risk involved? First of all, it is quite common for people without a good knowledge of Spanish to get lost with all the different names given to the banks in Spain: caixa, kutxa, caja, banca, banco etc. The truth is that nowadays, this picture has been simplified, at least concerning names and types of banks, as right now all the financial entities in Spain must be banks and as such are under the control of the Bank of Spain. We quite often receive in our office queries and appointment requests from bank customers / users in search of the correct

information about their rights and possibilities to complain or claim against a bank for being charged a higher commission than agreed, or for taking too much time to transfer or release money. In these cases, when the issue with the bank is a serious problem and the amount to be claimed is highly important, our firm can provide advice and assist the customer to take the necessary actions. However, on many occasions the commissions charged are so small that hiring a law firm is not practical: not everyone can afford to hire a lawyer to claim against a bank for an improperly charged commission of 18€. It is good for our readers to know that they can deal themselves with any small banks complaints, first at their bank branch and when necessary in front of the Bank of Spain but please also keep in mind that when it is a serious problem or the amount is significant we advise seeking the services of a lawyer - of course our firm would be more than pleased to assist you with this issue. First the customer should direct the complaint to the attention of the bank’s Customer Services or Ombudsman, who have the obligation to provide a contact form and other details for this service. If the consumer fails to receive a response from the Customer Service Office or the Ombudsman at the branch or if the

response received is unsatisfactory, the complaint may be directed to the Bank of Spain as a user of the bank services. The consumer can initiate a complaint procedure by personally submitting the complaint in any branch of the Bank of Spain either by post or through the virtual office created for this purpose. Besides providing proof of identification as well as the relevant data from the bank /branch against which the complaint is being filed and explaining the reason for the complaint and attaching the documents supporting his arguments, the consumer should also provide proof that he previously addressed the Customer Service Office or the Ombudsman at his bank branch. The claim should be resolved by the bank of Spain Complaint Department within 4 months from the presentation date. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at http://www.white-baos.com/blog/ and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated. This article is available in English and Spanish at www.white-baos.com

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


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PAS, low km, great school run car @ less than half the price of new......................... 5,999€ 03 SEAT TOLEDEO 1.9 TDI in met champagne, FSH, climate ,CD as new, big boot... 5,999€ 99 AUDI A8 4.2 QUATTRO AUTO silver, cream hide, stunning....................................6,999€ 03 HONDA CRV 2.0 AUTO in metallic deep green, elec roof, few and far between.....6,999€ 08 FORD FIESTA 1.4 TDCI in met fern green, climate, CD, etc, hurry @ .....................6,999€ 01 MAZDA MX5 SPORTS 1.6 WITH HARD TOP AND SOFT TOP in red, 1 owner, 32000miles FSH, RHD/SPANISH a little gem 6,999€ try find another quality MX5 for this price yes 6,999€ 07 mod PEUGEOT 307 Hdi climate, CD, glacier white, face lift, gift at ......................5,999€ 08 FORD KA 1.3 COLLECTION A/Con, CD, met zinc grey, as new............................... 5,999€ 00 RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 COUPE this is in stunning yellow, with alloys, AC, PAS, immaculate throughout, exceptional value at only...................................................... 1,999€ 99 RENAULT MEGANE 1.6, 5 DO0R in white, a/c ,pas clean px ................................1,999€ 98 RENAULT MEGAN CLASSIC 4 DOOR AUTOMATIC, A/C, PAS, met dark blue .......1,999€ 97 YAMAHA 1100CC BIG TOURING BIKE ................................................................ 1,999€ 96 SUZUKI AUTOMATIC a few dings and dongs but as cheap as chips for an automatic, very low km, drives 100%...................................................................................................... 999€

6,999 try find another you wont yes.......................................................................... 6999€ 08 FORD FOCUS TDCI 1.8 EST in rich royal blue met, FSH as new .......................... 6,999€ 03 PEUGEOT 307 HDI 2.0 HDI EST S/W in silver 70000km only with panoramic glass full roof , climate,3 x captains chairs in rear gift at.......................................................... 5,499€ 06 mod/2011 plates MERCEDES A200 CDI AUTO SPECIAL EDITION in ice gold, half hide, full sun roof, alloys, FSH, as new, CD, parktronic 13,999€ 02 RENAULT TWINGO AUTO in purple blue, low km, gift @................................... 4,999€ 2010 HONDA CIVIC 1.4 5/door hatch in metallic black, climate, CD, alloys, low km, lady 02 PEUGEOT 206 HDI XR 5 door, in white, fab MPG, fab car..................................... 3,495€ owner, as new, factory warranty............................................................................ 14,999€ 96 PEUGEOT 306 AUTOMATIC, A/C, PAS, met cobalt blue ..................................... 2,499€ 03 MERCEDES E220 CDI AUTOMATIC ELEGANCE met. silver, FSH, climate, CD, alloys, 02 FIAT SEICENTO fuel-miser, A/C, PAS, one owner, 32,000km,FSH,in white blue trim....... 2,495€ e/s roof, NAV, parktronic, 2007 plates, stunning, 5 litres per 100km, first to see will buy at............................................................................................................................ 12,999€ 94 FORD SCORPIO 2.4 AUTOMATIC AC, PAS, an old-timer looking for a good home, in 09 FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCI 5dr, diamond white, climate, CD.................................. 10,999€ metallic silver, cost a fortune new, gift ...................................................................... 1,499€ NOV 06 VW PASSAT 2.0 FSI SPORTLINE met ice silver blue, climate, 10xA/B, CDx6, PIAGGIO PORTER MINI PICK-UP in pale blue, a three wheel pick-up, a great promotions alarm, cruise, alloys, bi-xenons, bluetooth, tel, nav, DVD, multif. Steering wheel, FSHcar, (Italian papers @ 1,999€)..................................................................................... 999€ 87,000km=54,375miles, as new fab car, fab value, executive motoring for only ......9,999€ 99 CITROËN BERLINGO clean van, need s/h engine, take away ....................... 600€ 2010 CITROEN C3 1.4 SX PLUS 5 DOOR in gleaming white full roll over windscreen into roof top trim ,1 owner, 21000km full history.............................................................9,999€ 08 NISSAN PRIMASTAR 2.0 Cdi COMBI white, 6 seater+ cargo ideal dual purpose van immaculate IVA RECLAIMABLE................................................................................. 8,999€ 08 TATA GRAND SAFARI 3.0 DIESEL in met claret, 1 owner, FSH, 29000km with tow bar , 08 CITRÖEN NEW C5 1.6HDI 4dr, 42K miles, Full History, 12m UK MOT Tax till end of May. climate, alloys, AC, ect as new gift at..................................................................................................8,999€ CD, met mauritius blue, as new.............................................................................................................12,999€ 07 MOD VW PHAETON 3.0 TDI AUTO, met black, cream hide, 5 seater, alloys, bi-xenons, 09 CHEVROLET LACETTI 1.8SX AUTO EST. rich royal blue, alloys, CD, A/C, 15Kmiles, full history, UK MOT till 08 RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 DCI GRAND TOUR EST S LINE EDITION in glacier blue met, GPS nav, parktronic, elec. memory seats, hot seats, 4 zone climate, rear climate, no better Jan 13, UK TAX till July 12, as new...........................................................................................................9,999€ luxury! FSH, cost 80,000€+ a gift at......................................................................... 19,999€ alloys, climate, CD, 6 speed, panoramic sunroof etc, Facelift-all colour coded .........8,999€ 2005 KIA MAGENTIS 2.0 LE AUTOMATIC SPORTS H-MATIC, one owner, 43,000miles, FSH, taxed and 03 AUDI A6 2.4 MULTITRONIC met ice blue , climate, alloys, CD ect FSH................ 7,999€ 07 MOD MERCEDES CLK 200 ELEGANCE AUTO COUPE ice blue met, blue/grey hide, MOT until August 2012, cost 14,500pounds new, great ride home tremendous value for money @ only 4,999€ xenons, parktronic, CD, ipod, climate, alloys, 39,000km, FSH, stunning...................18,999€ 07 OPEL CORSA NEW SHAPE 1.3 CDTI in lime green, A/C, PAS,these are funky cars fab 2000 ROVER 825 AUTOMATIC FAST BACK in met blue, one owner, 71,000miles, full UK MOT, luxury @ 1,999€ MPG............................................................................................................................ 6,999€ 02 CITROËN BERLINGO 1.9 DIESEL VAN, immaculate, alloys, 11m MOT......................................... 2,999€ 07 BMW MINI COOPER AUTO (SIDE WALK) CABRIO Limited Edition model, cost 03 SMART ROADSTER COUPE (VERY RARE) AUTO a/c, alloys, 1 owner, 20000km only 99 BMW 523i SE AUTO, blue, grey hide, alloys, v.clean,UK MOT to Oct’12......................................... 1,999€ 33,000€. It’s in smoke silver met, tan leather seats with piping, 17” alloys, climate, CD,

lamps, 50,000km WITH FULL HISTORY only .....................................................4,999€ 00 PEUGEOT 306 EST 2.0 HDI glacier white, as new, A/C, PAS, CD........................ 3,999€ 01/10 plates MAZDA 323, 5 door, in met blue, (focus size) A/C, PAS, gift @............3,999€ 05 DAEWOO MATIZ 5 door, A/C, silver, fab mpg, as new gift @ ...........................3,999€ 02 HYUNDAI 1.6 MATRIX 5 door, met blue, AC, PAS, clean car sitting on 4 new tyres, lady owner, gift @ ..............................................................................................................3,999€ 98 SEAT ALHAMBRA 2.0, 7 SEATER A/C, gleaming white, great family bus only.... 2,999€ 07 FIAT PANDA 1.3 DIESEL, 5 door van, A/C, PAS, small auto at only....................2,999€ 02 FORD KA 1.3 A/C, PAS, in met silver, clean, as new, P/X gift @ ........................2,499€ 02 HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.3 LS in red, A/C, PAS, immaculate throughout ..................1,999€ 00/04 ROVER 825 AUTO FAST BACK, met blue, luxury for only ..........................1,999€ 97 NISSAN ALMERA, A/C, PAS, emerald green, gift @ ......................................1,999€ 88 MERCEDES 230 TE EST met dark green cheap as chips............................................ 999€


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Paint the coast pink

By Louise Clarke MARIA AND the Pink Ladies will be hosting their third charity walk next Sunday, 10th June. The five kilometre sponsored walk and fun day is in aid of breast cancer awareness and is supported by the Orihuela Town Hall. All proceeds from the event will go to the AECC cancer charity. The walk starts and finishes at the promenade in Playa Flamenca in front of Surfers Bar and adjacent to the Playa Flamenca Post Office. The registration fee is just 5€ and if you can raise any more money from sponsorship, that would be appreciated too! Last year nearly 500 took part in the event and an

amazing 19,000€ was raised as a result; a figure that the organisers would really love to beat this year. Everyone is welcome; men, women, children and dogs and you are all invited to wear something pink! LIVE MUSIC There will be individual prizes and group prizes for fancy dress and after the walk, there will be a great fun day at the promenade with something there for all the family; from market stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting, live music and much more. There will also be refreshments provided by

Breakaway’s Bar and Surfers and of course, a traditional hog roast, paella, tapas, burgers and hot dogs and even an icecream van! For registration information, please email: spanishpinkladies@hotmail.co.uk or call 672 875 251 – 660 233 972 – 634 198 351. You can also just turn up on the day and pay. The event starts at 10.30am but get there before 10am to make sure that you are registered and ready to go! RTN will also be there with its camera so look out for your photo in the following week’s paper.


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01-07 junE 2012

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Blogs about Spanish FISH STREETS Some false friends are just downright unfortunate. There is a large and prestigious (well it was prestigious) residential complex near here whose creators had the marvellous idea of naming its streets after fish. It came to mind recently as I had to go and visit someone in calle Lubina (Sea Bass Street). I mean, whoever convinced them that was a good idea in either language? Bearing in mind that a large proportion of the residents are English speaking, I really think that ‘Monkfish street’ takes the prize. Do you know what that is in Spanish? ‘Calle Rape’. I wonder how much their advisors were paid to come up with that idea.

THE LAND OF THE BLIND “En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey.” I find this saying very appealing as it describes the truth rather too often about our own incompetence and that of people around us. The saying contains a super word “tuerto” which means “one-eyed”. Don’t you think it’s great that the Spanish have a special word to describe someone who is one-eyed? Does this reflect a violent history I wonder? It’s rather like the word “manco” – one-handed or one-armed. Cervantes was nicknamed “el manco” because he lost a hand in the Battle of Lepante, a fact which rather reinforces my question about Spanish history. Sorry – back to the point. The saying we are looking at is: “En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey” “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed person is king”. I find this is applicable in many situations, for example when trying to work out what’s wrong with your computer. Nobody has a clue, but the one person who knows a little bit more than the rest, is hailed as an expert. That’s what the saying actually means! SPANISH ROAD SIGNS - DIVERSION Well you can’t say that Spain road workers aren’t partial to

diversions. You arrive anywhere you haven’t been for a while, and all of a sudden you can’t go the way you remember. There’s a big sign pointing you the other way, but it doesn’t say “diversión” does it? It says “desvío”. So, I hear you say, what does “diversión” mean? Well, it means entertainment! I’m sure you’ll agree that there isn’t an immediate association between this and negotiating a load of backstreets in your car, but there is in fact an interesting link there. In Spanish “diversión” means to get away from the norm, to divert from the routine and amuse yourself with other things. Something that is fun is “divertido” – it distracts you from your daily routine for a while. So there is a connection between this and “diverting” you from that well known path for a while. I’ll leave you to think about that, perhaps next time you are following one of those wonderful diversions or “desvíos” that not only take you off the beaten track, but forget to tell you how to get back on it again at the other end. MY FAVOURITE SPANISH WORD 18th June is the day of the Spanish language, and for the last couple of years this has been marked by speakers and students of Spanish choosing their favourite word. Some people like words with positive meanings, like “solidaridad” and “amor” whilst others go for the sound of the word itself, like “meliflua” and “murciélago”. My favourite Spanish word is “azul”. It has a long, breathy sound like the wind, and I like the way the Spanish clearly say the “l” at the end of the word. To experience this for yourself just ask a Spanish person to name the colour (that should be easy to do, just point to a blue garment and say “Cómo se llama este color?”) and maybe you will share my aesthetic appreciation. On reflection, it might be better to ask someone who’s selling you some material or something, rather than some old chap sitting at a bar.

This article is made up of items that have been appearing over recent months in my blog http://janecronin.wordpress.com which you can also get to via the homepage of my website. They come under various categories such as “false friends” “favourite sayings” “Spanish society” and so on. I hope you enjoy them.

THE HAPPY TWEET Paris Hilton@ParisHilton: There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better. THE RANDOM TWEET Alastair Campbell@campbellclaret: My first iPhone dream was teaching Bill Keegan of Observer to use one and the keys all fell into an ice bucket as I touched them. THE TRUTH Francesca Sandford@FrankieTheSats : As far as I’m concerned if u don’t have cheap cheese at a BBQ U may as well not have one. Lol.Allll about cheap cheese! Jay McGuiness@JayTheWanted: ‘Lights will guide you home.’ – Coldplay, ‘Google maps will guide you home’. - The truth. THE ANNOUNCEMENT Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Looks like you may be stuck with me for a while. BBC Sport has agreed additional 3 year deal for Premier League highlights #MOTD THE FUNNY TWEETS example@example: Used some irresistibly smooth moisturiser and now I can’t stop touching my arms. Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle: Watching the Olympic torch on the news: Haven’t seen a flame being cheered like this since the riots. Jack Dee@TheRealJackDee: My new hobby is repositioning my Live CD in front of DaraO’Briain’s in service stations.

Life books

Danny Collins - copy@dannyjpcollins.com

Leaving Tangier A RECENT review in this column featured the author’s previous work ‘A Palace in the Old Village’. I was so impressed by that work written by recognisably one of the world’s greatest writers that I asked Gil Gatoff of Librería Europa in Calpe who provides the books for review in this column to send me other works by the same author. Subsequently ‘Leaving Tangier’, translated from the French by award winning translator Linda Coverdale, arrived on my desk this week. Ben Jelloun’s evocative story recalls the thoughts and actions of Azel, a young Moroccan facing a grim future in a country that has failed its society and of his dream to ‘burn the water’ that separates his homeland from the Spanish coast and the better life which he believes awaits him there. Intent upon leaving in any way possible but shunning the illegal pateras and the treacherous waters of an illicit Mediterranean crossing, Azel meets Miguel, a wealthy homosexual Spanish art gallery owner who takes him to Barcelona as his lover. Placed in a position that does constant battle with his conscience and self esteem, Azel faces a different kind of hell

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than that which he has left in Tangier. This is truly a book that causes the reader to reflect on the lottery of birth and the misfortunes faced by Third World immigrants anxious to improve their lot. ‘Leaving Tangier’ invites deep thought from us on the problems facing Europe today. A true masterpiece of modern story-telling on a subject that our society wishes to ignore but that will someday come to haunt all of us. Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Translation: Linda Coverdale Publisher: Arcadia Books (paperback) ISBN: 978 1 9064 1 333 0


Los Alcazares Rio Nalon

FOR A great day out for all the family this summer, Los Alcázares is the place to go. Located on the shores of the beautifully calm and tranquil Mar Menor, the town has an abundance of history and also boasts a thriving business district with great shopping and dining areas such as the Rio Nalon, which is located close to the locally known ‘Mercadona Square’.

Some of the great shops at the Rio Nalon

Rio Nalon has lots of great shops, bars and restaurants that can provide you with whatever you want or need. From lingerie to linguini the Rio Nalon has it all and offers you a great shopping and social experience and because it is fully pedestrianised, it is extremely safe for children to run around and have fun, whist you enjoy a quiet drink or a delicious meal. Los Alcázares boasts some of the

finest beaches on the Costa Calida and because the sea is so calm and warm – bath like in fact – it is also safe for children of all ages. As well as being ‘bath like’, the Mar Menor is well known for its healing powers thanks to its very high salt content and you can float away for hours to heart’s content! The area also plays host to some of the best water sports facilities in the whole of Spain.

Los Alcázares attracts visitors from all over Spain and has a permanent population of 15,000 residents although during the summer months that number increases ten fold. Golfers, in particular, like the area as there are several championship golf courses within the locality. So, what are you waiting for? Get down there now and enjoy all that Rio Nalon and Los Alcázares have to offer.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus

Email auntyvirus@roundtownnews.com

Stopping spam Pam from La Marina asks: HI AUNTY, I have used my Hotmail email address for about 10 years and have not had any problems until now. I am getting spam emails, which, admittedly, are going into my Junk box. Some are asking for my details like name, address, bank details etc. (i.e. One from HM Tax office saying I am due a refund, and asking for my details, and one from Paypal, again asking for my details - this one I forwarded on to PayPal Security Dept.) and quite a few from individuals from various countries. I click them all as Junk Mail, and delete them straight away. I have the latest AVG, Super Anti-Spyware and Malwarebytes, and I have scanned with all these in Safe mode, but I am still getting them. Is there anything I can do to stop these emails coming through? Aunty Says: I’m afraid not Pam. It won’t be due to anything untoward running on your computer. Simply your email address has got onto various spammers and companies databases. If the Hotmail Junk Mail function is doing its job I wouldn’t worry too much about it and well done for taking the time to inform PayPal as I know they take this kind of thing seriously. A quick reminder to everyone to regularly check your spam folder (if you have one) as I sometimes find legitimate emails have been mistakenly dumped in there.

Cannot play CD’s Viv from Albir asks: HI AUNTY, I had Windows XP in England and bought Family History CD’s. I now have Windows Seven and it won’t accept the CDs - its saying I need to register them, but I already have and the company gave me a new registration no. which the computer won’t accept. Can you think of a reason why the

computer won’t accept them? I tried emailing the company without much luck. Aunty Says: The most likely reason is that the version of the Family History program you have was written for XP and not for Windows 7, quite a common complaint I’m afraid. You may find there is a later version available from the software company that makes the program. There is a thing called the ‘Compatibility Wizard’ which you can get from ‘Start’ ‘Control Panel’ ‘Programs’ ‘Use an older program with this version of Windows’ and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Scanning without instruction Freda via email asks: HELLO AUNTY. When I restart my computer following a Spybot scan and fixing of problems, a new scan starts immediately without any instruction. Also the same problems appear to crop up after updates. Do you think I have a problem? Aunty Says: I think you do, Freda. You could try starting you computer in Safe Mode (F8 before Windows starts) and running Spybot again. Also download, update and run Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware from www.enetcomputers.net which should cure the problem or give you a better idea what is causing it.

Backing up computer files

Derek from asks Alcalali: HI THERE. Many thanks for all your help in the past. Although I’ve used a computer for quite a while I have to admit I am not that confident with some aspects I would like to become more computer literate. I would like to back up everything on my computer in case of future failure, I know it is strongly advised but I’m not sure how to go about it. Also I have many photos which I do not want to completely discard but would like to store them on a disc for future reference. I have a few books on computers but they are not particularly helpful & you can’t ask a book questions. I will be glad of any help you can give me relating to this. Also I would like to back up separately i.e. documents and photos etc. Aunty Says: Probably the easiest way these days is to copy it all onto a USB memory stick. You can pick up an 8GB one for under €10 and that will hold 2000 to 3000 photos, depending on the quality/resolution of the photo. When you plug the USB stick in it will appear as the next available drive letter in My Computer. I simply use the copy and paste function of Windows in the same way you would copy a document from one folder to another.

Updating pages on websites Billy via email asks: I AM on Yahoo homepage and on 29th July Yahoo welcomed me to new homepage. Since that date the same page has shown with the same unchanged picture and news items. Any ideas how I can move this and change it so I get the updated page when I switch on? Many thanks. Aunty Says: Sometimes simply pressing the F5 key does the trick. The other way is a little more complicated and involves clearing out your temporary internet files etc. Let me know how you get on Billy.


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Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Hydrating Hi-Jinks THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at a couple of gadgets designed to ensure you stay hydrated while out and about exercising – and no, that doesn´t include walking to the bar. As we all know, keeping hydrated is very important, particularly living in a hot climate such as we have in Spain. Add exercise into the equation and this becomes even more vital. Did you know water is an important nutrient that composes approximately 50-60 per cent of our total body weight? With this in mind what does the gadget world have to offer on the hydrating front? Firstly we have the Veleau Bicycle Mounted Hydration System – designed specifically for all types of recreational and touring cyclists. Forget about those clumsy backpackmounted bottles or old fashioned clip-on bottle holders: this cycling hydration solution is simplicity itself. Comprising a clever 1.25 litre water pack that fits neatly under your saddle, and a retractable tube bite valve attached to the crossbar, the Veleau Bicycle Mounted Hydration System makes hydrating on the move a cinch. Just pull the tube bite valve up to take a drink, then just let go – the magnets will return it to its resting position on the crossbar. This cycling hydration system most definitely sucks! But what if you’re going to the gym or exercising at home? The Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle has an ingenious on-board computer that continuously tracks your intake of water and reminds you when you need a drink in line with your daily recommended intake. The Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle can even offer advice on your water intake based on your weight

01-07 junE 2012

Real Drum

Real Drum - Finger Drumming to Android The most fun experience in finger drumming to Android! Drum kit with acoustic percussion sounds. To play live music. Features * Multitouch * 13 drum pads * Complete acoustic drum kit * 13 realistic drum sounds * Studio audio quality * Instruments like kick, bass, snare, tom, floor, cymbal, hi-hat, ride, crash and splash * A real drum set * Works with all screen resolutions – Smartphone and Tablets (HD) The best battery pad style on the market! and exercise routine duration. It even allows for factors such as heat, altitude and pregnancy. With a handy 650ml capacity hydrating has never been easier or more scientific! The Inspectors Verdict: Whether you’re at home, at the gym or doing the Tour De Spain the Veleau Bicycle Mounted Hydration System or Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle will be there to make sure you stay hydrated. Now all you need is one of those clever mobile pee collectors – or you could just wear an adult nappy… Visit http://www.gadget-hound.co.uk/cyclinghydration/ to purchase your Veleau Bicycle Mounted Hydration System for 93€, and http://www.gadgethound.co.uk/hydracoach-water-bottle/ to purchase your Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle for 38€. Both prices include delivery to Spain (subject to exchange rate fluctuations).

For more information or to order your unbeatable android mobile phone package call 2020tel on 966 260 777

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Life health

Auction’s Spanish flavour By Jack Troughton HIGHLIGHT OF an auction in aid of single parent support group Guardian Angels was a beautiful flamenco dress as the charity netted more than 500€. Bidding for the garment – modelled by Shara (pictured) – was described as “feverish” and reached 30€ before the hammer came down. Tricia Barr, founder and President of Guardian Angels, watched the drama unfurl at the El Cid Restaurant, Benidoleig. “It was an exciting event and we raised over 500€ for the group,” she said. “We are a registered charity receiving no grant from the government. It will help us continue our work supporting single parents throughout the Costa Blanca and we certainly do this again.” The charity plans a number of ‘fun days’ for members on the beach at Javea over the summer. Details of these and all future events can be found on the website www.guardian-angels.es, or by calling Tricia on 622 795 542, or emailing tricia@guardian-angels.es

Charity Competition Golf at La Sella

HELP OF Denia and Marina Alta are having a charity golf competition day on 21st June to raise funds and provide help to those in need throughout the area. The La Sella course as one of the most popular and challenging in the region will host the competition that promises to be a great day out and is sure to be well attended. There will be two competitions. Starting at 9.30am with a shotgun start will be a pairs Betterball at a cost of 50€ per person, to include food afterwards. To non-players food will be 15€ and include wine. Buggies will be available at 20€. Starting at 12 o clock there will be a 9 holes Texas Scramble, again with shotgun start, at a cost of 40€ including food, with buggies available at 15€. To book your place in either competition please contact Steve Patton via pegocaptain@gmail.com or by phone on 96 647 4589. We are indebted to Campbell Lamont for his help in setting up this day. Details are also available from his website at www.clgolf.es, or email Campbell.lamont@yahoo.co.uk. Alternatively call 608 123 253. Please help us to make this a successful day for all.


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Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

Realise your weight loss goals IF YOU’VE struggled with your weight for years, have starved yourself, exercised yourself to near-collapse and all to no avail, then how wonderful is it to realise that your weight loss goals are right around the corner? Eighty percent of women who took part in a recent survey admitted to thinking about their weight, body shape and image on a daily basis: a shocking one percent of young women were happy with their figures. These numbers are distressing and tell the true tale of how we really feel about our bodies. The ultimate treatment for weight loss is the infamous Gastric Band; a surgical procedure with high costs and sometimes high risk. Imagine achieving the same results with a virtual gastric band, but without the trauma of surgery and without the huge costs…The alternative? The HypnoBand ™, The Virtual Gastric Band, could be the way forward. Reported heavily in the UK national press and TV programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies, it was brought to the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida over two years ago by licensed Hypnoband Clinic, Phoenix Hypnotherapy, and yes, as results suggest it really can alter your life forever. It sounds like a wonder cure and for many it really has become the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Hypno-Band™ hypnotherapy system creates a state of mind where you believe that you actually have a Gastric Band fitted. It works in the same way as the surgery - you’ll eat less and feel satisfied for longer; this therapy is a long term solution for your weight problems. The treatment takes place over four sessions, and done so for a reason and by using hypnotherapy, suggestions and visualisation, … I’ll take you through the process of having the band fitted, but this will take place only in your mind: your mind will be convinced that your stomach has become smaller and you’ll need to eat less. As this process continues, by eating less you’ll gradually lose weight. The process uses hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral techniques to help you achieve your ideal weight - and stay there! The HypnoBand™ system is a world leader. It is trademarked to ensure you get the same treatments you have read about or seen… It utilises the vast knowledge of therapists worldwide to ensure you lose the weight safely and effectively. The programme comprises of four sessions plus a CD or mp3 recording which you use for reinforcement in between sessions. A full dietary and medical history will be taken and free initial assessment done during the first session. With the HypnoBand you get what you pay for….and more. No surgery… no pain… no side effects. My practices are in established clinics: I hold weekly clinics in Albir, Moraira, Camposol, Torrevieja and please check my credentials online or in person. For more details, please call Mark on 654 202 995 or Skype HypnoSpain: or visit www.HypnoSpain.com or www.Hypno-Band.com

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


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01-07 junE 2012

Life health

by

Dawn Blythe S.R.N. R.M.

Family Medical Centre, Albir

Babies living in smokers’ homes at increased risk of Cot Death APPROXIMATELY ONE in 2,000 babies die due to Cot Death (sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS). Although the cause is unknown, there are predisposing factors that can influence risk to the baby. Cigarette smoke is one of the main risk factors for cot death. And smoking during pregnancy increases the risk: the greater the number of cigarettes smoked the greater the risk. Most parents are aware that their babies should be protected from the risks of exposure to cigarette smoke. However, in reality, try as they might many just can’t ‘kick the habit’. The absolute ideal time to give up smoking is prior to pregnancy. This goes for both Mum and Dad. Obviously not all pregnancies are planned but once pregnant, smoking should be stopped immediately. If both partners smoke it is much easier to face quitting smoking together. Partners will support each other and ultimately provide a smoke-free home environment for their baby. Research has shown that the success rate for quitting smoking is only 5% when no intervention or help is given i.e. when somebody tries to ‘go it alone’ and give up by sheer will-power only. There are various methods and treatments that can help you to kick the habit including medications, hypnotherapy, nicotine replacement therapy, nicotine tapering, acupuncture and electronic cigarettes. If you are planning a baby, already pregnant or have a

There are various methods that can help you to kick the habit

young baby at home, there will never, ever be a better time to give up smoking. However, don’t try to quit without help.

Do visit your family GP who will be able to help, support and advise you of your options.

Article supplied by the Family Medical Centre in Albir. Find us at Avenida de L’Albir No 66, opposite the Bazar Asia and next to the Norwegian Bok Cafe, Albir. Telephone 966 865 072 and email info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com

Charity book sale MABS CANCER Support Group is setting up a charity bookstall in the car park at Iceland Javea on Saturday 23rd June from 10am to raise money for the charity.

Followers of fashion

Enjoying last year’s fashion show and lunch

By Jack Troughton DEDICATED FOLLOWERS of fashion will enjoy the Lions Club of Calpe and Benissa’s annual fashion show and luncheon on June 14th and help raise cash to support Caritas – the charity helping local families through the crisis. During the meal models will drift from table to table on the shaded terrace of Restaurante Puerto Blanco, showing off the latest collection from Calpe’s Boutique Carol and

creations by Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Pause cafe and Pomodoro. Tickets to the event, which starts at 1pm, are 24€ which includes a three course meal especially devised by Chef Patrick Menguette. With room for only 100 guests, reservations are essential and tickets can be booked by calling 96 583 4852 or 629 478 007, or by email to hughstewart@telefonica.net


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What Four Band

FORMED IN 2011, the ‘What Four Band’ consists of Martin Fielding (Bass & Vocals); Dave Hale (Lead, Rhythm Guitar & Vocals); Terry Hayes (Drums) and John Daniel (Rhythm Guitar). They recently performed at ‘The Who’ themed jam night at El Cid in Benidoleig on Tuesday, 29th May. Great news: What Four are playing on Sunday 3rd June at the Mystique Music Bar in Moraira, starting at 10 pm and the Bar 121 (Jesus Pobre Road), Javea, on Friday 15th June at 8.30pm. They hope to see all friends and acquaintances there: For more information check out their page on Facebook.

Des Mcgillycuddy - Irish Des IRISH DES sings, plays guitar and piano and as you would guess from his name, is from Ireland. He sings all the Irish favourites and is delighted to play requests, with the emphasis on creating a ‘good craic’. Although he has a great love of Irish music, he also performs a wide ranging set of pop, rock, country and jazz standards, to cater for most musical tastes. Des is also the lead guitarist and singer with ‘The Shamrockers’ – local celtic band. He has also formed a Duo with Kirsty Glen (piano/ vocals) called ‘One Spirit’ playing smooth cocktail music and classic love ballads

with a hint of Celtic. For more info phone: 665 917 772 or email: irishdes@wanadoo.es GIGS FOR JUNE Irish Des Saturday 2nd - Noggy´s Sheila Bar, Centro Commercial, Albir Friday 15th -Bar Aleman, Urb. La Cometa II, Calpe Monday 18th - Bar Ambiente, Moravit, Moraira Friday 29th - Bar Aleman, Urb. La Cometa II, Calpe The Shamrockers Sunday 3rd - San Fulgencio Jubilee Street Party: 5pm. Sunday 18th - Bar Quo Vadis, Javea: 5pm.

The Sharni Show

SHARNI HAS over twenty years’ experience in the entertainment business with residencies in five star hotels in the Middle East and major holiday/leisure resorts in the UK. Since arriving in Spain, Sharni has been in great demand at many venues in the area and she now has a full laser and light show. She is ideal for cabaret, dancing or easy listening – singing hits from the 60s to the present day, from a repertoire which she constantly up-dates. For bookings and more information check out her new web site: www.thesharnishow.com Saturday 2nd June - Bar Tropicana, Paichi Centre, Moraira Sunday 3rd June - Café del Mar, Cala Andragó, Moraira: 2 pm Sunday 3rd June - Bar La Copa, Calpe: 10pm (Every Sunday) Monday 4th June - Bar Chez Flo, La Fustera, (Ctra. Calpe to Moraira) Thursday 7th June - So What Bar, Av de Europa, Calpe Saturday 9th June - Noggy’s Bar, Albir Tuesday 19th June - Bar Ambiente, (Ctra. Moraira-Calpe), Moraira Thursday 21st June - So What Bar, Av de Europa, Calpe Saturday 23rd June - Café del Mar, Cala Andragó, Moraira Friday 29th June - Noggy’s Bar, Albir

Valerie Jean School of Dance Spectacular THE VALERIE Jean School of Dance is to stage its annual spectacular ‘Dance Revolution’ at the Careline Theatre, Alcalali, on Saturday 9th June with curtain up at 7.30pm. The Spectacular will present a wide variety of dance, including ballet, tap and funky jazz. One of the students performing is 16-year-old Sam Cox, recently granted a three year scholarship worth £52,000, funded by the Dance and Drama Awards at the Performers College, Corringham, Essex, commencing in September 2012. Teachers Valerie Jean Bale and Lucy Glister are extremely proud of Sam. Valerie Jean says that it is all down to Sam’s “hard work and dedication” that he has achieved this scholarship. Don’t miss the fabulous opportunity to come and see this all-singing and dancing spectacular with children from 3 years of age. Be sure to book your tickets soon: Box Office 618 890 607 or www.valeriejeandance.com. The School has also been invited to participate in the Javea International Festival on 28th June from 9pm-10pm.

Let’s go to the hop!

By Jack Troughton SINGER CHLOE Hooper and guitarist Bernie Price’s polished country show ‘Cowboys and Cowgirls’ headlines the entertainment at Teulada Moraira Lions Club’s Barn Dance on Saturday 9th June. A thrilling night out in aid of charity is being staged at the Brevis Restaurant, Sol Park, Moraira, complete with a BBQ buffet. The fun starts at 7.30pm and guests have the chance watch line dancing experts at work with an appearance of the Rodeo Stompers. There is also a raffle and a prize for the best cowboy and cowgirl. Tickets at 12.5€ are available by calling 96 649 9954 or 96 574 4253, and are also available from the Brevis and El Corregidor Restaurants.


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Noggy’s Jubilee Weekend NOGGY’S IN Ablir would like to invite all clients new and old to a great Jubilee weekend starting Saturday 2nd June until Monday 4th. Noggy’s has been refurbished and now boasts a beautiful black piano in the bar. A special Jubilee Breakfast Brunch Buffet will be served from 10.30am until 2pm, consisting of ‘the works’, everything English and more, including bacon; sausage; black pudding; eggs; tomatoes; beans; toast; fried bread and hash brownsfor an amazing 5.45€ including coffee, tea or orange juice. For those who like to be a little healthier the above offer also includes Noggy’s salad bar. Live music will be played though out the weekend starting on 2nd June from 1pm until 11pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. To celebrate the Queens Jubilee,Noggy will be extending the

Noggy’s are celebrating the Queens Jubilee this weekend

famous ‘Friday’s homemade chips, fish and mushy peas for only 5.50€’ offer over the whole weekend. On Sundays Noggy’sCarvery is served from 1pm until 8pm. There is always something happening at Noggy’s: every Friday and Saturday

Love jazz love Bar Tropicana

ON SUNDAY 3rdJune from 3pm until 6pm Bar Tropicana would like to introduce the newly formed Graham Shephard Jazz Quartet.

night there is live music and on a Wednesday and Sunday Noggy’s hold a great jamming session. So whatever you like from fantastic food at unbeatable value to great music,Noggys has something for everyone in the family. Come along and have a look for yourself.

Bar Tropicana is a large air-conditioned bar with a beautifullywalled beer garden and lovely shaded areas to sit and enjoy the music. The kitchen will be open from 2pm until 8pm with a full menu available including fish cakes, scampi, pan fried salmon, rib-eye steak and Michelle’s famous ribs with homemade BBQ sauce just to mention a few. All of the meals on the menu are accompanied by either chips or jacket potato with a salad garnish. And if you thought it could not get any better, to go with the fabulous surroundings and great food Bar Tropicana also offers possibly the lowest priced drinks in Moraira! Booking is highly recommended for this event: call today to avoid disappointment on 669 830 196 or 626 442 079.

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Heatwave Promotions brings Chubby Brown to the Costa Blanca ROY ‘CHUBBY’ Brown is to perform at the Benidorm Palace as part of his 2012 Spanish Tour. Crude, lewd and much loved, the popular comedian with his multi-coloured suit and flying helmet will deliver his hilarious, more than slightly blue performance on Sunday 10th June. Chubby has toured in the UK every week of every year for the past 30 years and his DVDs are still selling in their thousands. And Chubby is to be immortalised in wax as part of Madame Tussauds Blackpool collection of local celebrities: “It is a wonderful honour and a great privilege,” he said. Promotor Stuart Little for Handshake Ltd said, “You can always rely on Chubby to shock but never disappoint. There is nothing this man is afraid to talk about!” To see Chubby call The Benidorm Palace Box Office: 96 585 1660; Roundtown Travel on 96 681 3261; the Heatwave Hotline numbers which are 96 679 2595 / 629 056 720 or visit www.heatwavepromotions.com. Chubby’s Costa Blanca Benidorm Palace show, in association with Spectrum FM, is sponsored by Jennifer Cunningham Insurances SL, HACO Muebles of Altea and Iceland. Warning: Those easily offended should stay away. Win tickets to see Chubby Brown RTN have two tickets give away to see Chubby Brown in Benidorm. For your chance to win tell RTN how many years Chubby Brown has toured in the UK for by emailing rtnmail@roundtownnews.com. The lucky winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email.


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Campaign to bring back smoking (part 2)

CHOOSING YOUR products well for smoking is a must as although there is no guarantee that your first attempt will produce the exact results you hoped for poor quality product will not increase in quality no matter how long you smoke it. The degree of salting and the length of the smoke are questions of individual taste but good preparation is essential to reduce the risks. Although there are some ready made mixtures of curing salts which permit small quantities of potassium nitrate E250 and sodium nitrate E251 I prefer my smoking… naked. There is also no need for my method to use saltpetre E252 although a permitted preservative its use is strictly controlled and is usually used to keep bacon pink. Neither do I favour the practice of injecting any product with any solution as with some commercial businesses as any route for solution becomes a potential route for bacteria. So, the secret to smoking is in the quality of the product, the brining by salt or solution, the time and recipe, hot or cold smoke, and no, liquid smoke will not do and is not the same, the temperature and length of smoke and of course the type of medium and wood you use. Simple really, and there is plenty of information on the web as well as countless books on the subject. I try to use a minimum of salt and prefer cold smoking to hot and

Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman use chemical free Oak chippings. Start simply, at home perhaps, and choose a Spanish staple as well as a well known favourite of pork to start, believe me as our last smoking session proved, two slices of fried own smoked bacon in-between two slices of homemade bread makes the best bacon sandwich ever. At the same time we also produced two sides of smoked salmon, four ham hocks, a couple of racks of ribs, some quail and even some smoked salt. It is worth mentioning that I have not forgotten the complicated American style of smoking and all of its variations and styles and more commonly referred to as Barbecue, Bar-B-Que or even just BBQ but there needs to be a lot more room for research which we are currently engaged in as well as print space before I can interpret it properly without offending too many aficionados. After much searching I have at last found a source of French oak wood chippings and at a very reasonable price but unless I can find a way to transport them to Spain cheaply I shall have to continue explaining to airport staff why my bags are stuffed full of sawdust. “Pinocchio has committed suicide” or “My ventriloquist dummy Alan has fallen victim to a veracious African termite” may work as an excuse once or twice but the trouble is, if I’m honest and say that I’m a smoker I’ll probably get locked up.

MY RECIPE FOR YOUR OWN DRY-CURED SMOKED BACON 2kg piece boned belly of pork 500g coarse sea salt 125g Demerara sugar 25g juniper & allspice berries, lightly crushed Mix together the salt, sugar and spices. Find a non metal container to snugly hold the meat (a few holes in the base will let the excess liquid drain but this is not essential), put some of the mix in the base, then the meat and rub more mix on the top, retain some of the salt mix. Cover and store somewhere cold such as the bottom of the fridge. After 2 days drain off the excess liquid and repack with further salt/ sugar mix. Repeat this for the next 2 days. After this time rinse off the meat and pat dry and leave the meat somewhere uncovered to dry for up to 48 hours (although the meat should ideally be hanging for this time in practice you are likely to leave it in the fridge). You now have green bacon, ready to smoke. You can now fire up your smoker with your desired choice of chippings. Smoke for between 24 to 48 hours at an ideal temperature of between 21c to 32c. But do not worry if whilst getting used to your smoker the fire goes out, or gets a little hotter, it is a matter of trial and error. Slice and enjoy, this will keep for a couple of months somewhere cool and dry, or longer if frozen.

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The Joanna James Quartet at L’Estanc in Altea IF YOU enjoy ‘American Song Book’, Swing and Latin and Blues, the Joanna James Quartet is the band to listen to, 10th June, 6pm until 9pm at L’Estanc, Altea (formally the Blue Tomato). On piano is Fabio Miano: An accomplished pianist, Fabio has performed all over the world with many famous jazz artists. On locating to Spain he co-founded the Miles Stone Trio, accompanying jazz stars such as Scott Hamilton, Terrell Stafford and Bobby Watson to name a few. On drums is Chic Gammidge from the North of England who inherited his musical abilities from his father, himself a professional musician. Chic gained his experience working with numerous big bands in the Manchester area. Bass: Jose Luis. Jose is a versatile musician – singer/ resident bass player at Benidorm Palace. Jose sings in three languages and has worked in many European countries with various groups. Vocalist Joanna James: ex singer with BBC Manchester, Jo has experience in cabaret with big bands and theatre and pop concerts with many stars such as the Walker Bros, Searchers and The Three Degrees. Later cruise ship engagements took her all over the world. Jo loves big band swing and any style of music as long as it is performed live. The Joanna James Quartet is to pay tribute to saxophonist George Watts. A valued member of the band, George sadly passed away in April and is sadly missed. His many friends are invited to join musicians to celebrate the life of ‘Gentle George’ and his dedication to music. For band enquires call Chic on 686 363 995

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Life horoscopes Mars takes on Virgo as there comes a time to make some ongoing plans of a domestic nature. With problems now behind you, positive energy will see you best able to ensure that things go your way and this means closely looking at all the available options and playing your cards close to your chest. Start off as you really mean to continue and leave no stone unturned.

Venus has a lot to answer for this week. The squaring of Mars midweek is the precursor for a transit across the Sun. This rare action, seen last in 1882, emphasises the powerful energy of the Divine Feminine and brings love in all directions it is needed in. Cosmic energy in the highest feminine form is sent out with love to all who have the temerity to use it. Mercury calls the shots as Venus makes a brief encounter just before her midweek transit. You have exhausted all means of finding out the truth about something you know just isn’t quite right. Your strong inner energies are fuelled by a psychic need to resolve and renew something that you still can’t quite put your finger on but which you know begs for closure. Mercury enters towards the end of the week, bringing a chance for you to get your inner message out. You have been so patient and calm and your rewards are even closer than you think they are. Those who have closed their ears to you now need to open them and hear what you have to say. There are reasons why you did what you did when you had to. Everything comes to he who waits, and this could very well be a lucky break for you if you play your cards right. New horizons beckon you towards making some lifestyle changes all across the board, and investing in a different future. With Mercury opening to a viable Gemini in Venus there comes a chance for Love, Luck and Happiness surrounded and supported by Change. If warring Mars has taught you anything over the past weeks it is that you should never underestimate your own strength and sense of purpose. Things haven’t been exactly perfect lately but you have put on a brave face, and taken on all that you possibly could. Not only are there better times ahead, the future now is going to be what you make it, as dreams really do come true. Saturn is retrograde in your seventh house of mystery and imagination this week. You are very close to achieving all that you desire right now, but things won’t get better until you put yourself first for a change. Take an opportunity to ask for what you really want, and be decisive and distinct in the process. Above all know you deserve better and just go for gold. Keeping calm is very best thing that you can do, though you may very well be seething inside. It isn’t an option to let off steam right now because you need your highly sensitive skills and the stability of hard work to see you safely through. Use your inner skills of intuition to test the water before you make your move, or make any decisions you may live to regret. The Midweek Total Lunar Eclipse is grounded in your first house of reception and feelings. Together with a Full Moon there sets a scene whereby you are seeking clearance, respect and a quest for the truth, amidst the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Yes you need answers and you may never know exactly why but this stab at the heart is brave and inspiring. Still in the clutches of Pluto there comes a time to examine a situation for what it really is. It isn’t worth letting the cat amongst the pigeons, and what would it achieve anyway? Whilst someone is currently being economic with the truth you do have the right to remain silent. Wait for a better time and you’ll have your cake and eat it too! There seems little time for you these days and planning a break is the right thing for your health and happiness. Some rest and relaxation should see you back on track and feeling better about yourself. With the combined energies of Neptune and Uranus there is Cosmic backing that sees you safely through a rough patch that develops midweek. Neptune in retrograde brings a reversal of fortune this week and you will be advised not to sign anything or begin or end contracts, even if the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted. Until next week take things in their stride and adopt a wait and see policy until things are back to normal and things seem right again. Beware of any shift, but do stay faithful to your principles as they are tested too.

Kenny corris www.kennycorris.net

Laughing gear

IF THERE is one gift I treasure more than anything it has to be my sense of humour. To be able to laugh at things and to see the funny side has kept me giggling within over the years, and has greatly helped me to make connections with the Spirit World. To laugh is such a wonderful medicine and under stress it isn’t easy, but it does help us to have a great sense of humour. Our minds are finely tuned instruments. They can recall times when we laughed and laughed, remembering often the detail exactly, because that was what made us laugh. We have the very happiest memories when we were laughing and carefree and sniggered our way through childhood. Laughter was a daily activity then, as it should be now, but adulthood brings responsibilities and we become more serious; and less likely to laugh something off. The ups and downs of life have prepared us for what may happen, but nothing brings resolve more than to see the funny side, and laughing is better than crying any day. Happiness often has to be worked at very carefully, and a smile is our outward indication of our feelings, a sign to show to the World that despite all, we can still send a strong message out to anyone and everyone. I was taking a service in Belgrave Square, London, one Sunday afternoon when I spotted a large woman at the back of the room. I got the feeling that she had digestive problems and suggested trapped wind, a sign of extreme stress sometimes. The audience were silent, and before the poor woman could reply there was a loud and audible reply, not from her lips; and shall we just say that some of the wind wasn’t trapped

Kenny’s diary AN AUDIENCE WITH KENNY CORRIS: A Show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit: currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain are still available to help boost your Charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594 2012 Lightworkers Course: Day Workshop held in Finestrat: How to enter the Fifth Dimension Now listing for Saturday June 23rd. Call 686 361 594. CLIMBING THE LADDER: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to start an effective connection with Spirit: Now listing for Saturday June 16th: Call 686 361 594.

anymore. Smiles appeared all around, then they quickly disappeared again as we all returned to the serious business of connecting with loved ones from the other side. In demonstrations I like to help people to see that Spirit does have a sense of humour, and if the audience can laugh it does lighten the energies, dispelling fear, often encountered by those who do not know why they came and are nervous. I always wondered why an extra large man, like me, could ever be called a Medium by any stretch of the imagination. But it is so! And yes, I do like my steak Medium Rare actually. Facing a sea of people in public events often includes those who are grieving, the desperate who want to make contact with a lost one who has passed over. But often it is the knowing smile of a true Spiritualist that grabs my attention first. That smile says that despite all, their loved ones are there in the Spirit World, and the smile shows that they know it. We are born on this Earth with no plans as to where we will go, how we will travel, or who is going with us. We have had the knockbacks and the tears and yet with faith in Spirit we are never alone if we do not want to be. On this the true Spiritual pathway of life we can and do fall over sometimes, but we can and do laugh it off, pick ourselves up and carry on. We know that we are Spirit living in a body, and that the Earthly body ages and dies, leaving us free to enter the Spirit World. This life we live today is maybe one of many, come what may. Get your laughing gear around that!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

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If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: kennycorris@roundtownnews.com MY DREAMS are very strange at the moment. I am often running along a runway waiting to take off, and then I seem to fly. What does all this mean Kenny? JS What you describe is the start of something very new, hence the runway and the take off, and the flying is the success of the project! I do not rule out here that you may be ‘astrally projecting’ also. If this is so then you can harness this ability to fly and through meditation take it to your subconscious state rather then the unconscious and unknown depths of sleep. I may be able to help you tune into the latter, but something good is coming your way involving change however you look at this! Keep in touch!

Stay tuned but do not rush into something that you very well may regret. There is more to a recent action than meets the eye, and until you know what you are really up for, take things happily in your stride.


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Sudoku

Wordwheel

Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword Across 1. The spirit of the overventuresome (5) 4. Does old inconsequential designs (7) 8. They pinch children (7) 9. Musician seen in Chapel Gardens (5) 10. Restricted, we hear, but free to come in and go out (4) 11. In which there’s many a patient rehearsal (8) 13. Poisonous growth from Pennsylvania in America (4) 14. See 23 Across 16. He has progressed to some degree and remains unmatched (8) 17. Stimulus needed to produce endless acceleration (4) 20. One needs to do business to achieve this (5) 21. Beginning to make a breach (7) 22. Shows contempt for a bad deed, sir (7) 23 & 14 Across. Excellent pace in bottom gear? (5-4)

Word Ladders

Down 1. Italian unable to see window fitting (8,5) 2. Quick and quiet in attack (5) 3. A word of agreement by eastern observers (4) 4. What is wanted of French king (6) 5. Garment that’s worn out (8) 6. Fuel to set fire to after the end of the coal! (7) 7. Waits upon you and me properly - it’s our fault! (6,2,5) 12. Put a name to the boy embracing the pretty girl (8) 13. Faint - when relative arrives? (7) 15. This clue won’t hold water (6) 18. Previously the Father of the House? (5) 19. Chain of rocks here - furl the sails (4)

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

Across 1. Accumulate (5) 4. Salary (7) 8. Delight (7) 9. Squeeze (5) 10. Frank (4) 11. Cape (8) 13. Dash (4) 14. Advance payment (4) 16. Exactness (8) 17. Saucy (4) 20. Unsuitable (5) 21. Ruin (7) 22. Innate (7) 23. Lock of hair (5)

Down 1. Cluster (13) 2. Proverb (5) 3. Team (4) 4. Vocalist (6) 5. Cheeky (8) 6. Raise (7) 7. Drawbacks (13) 12. Story-teller (8) 13. Charm (7) 15. Real (6) 18. Banish (5) 19. Revise (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 25th May 2012

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Tuesday 29th May 2012 Last weeks crossword winner: Graham Haines, La Nucia

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Life showbiz goss

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Writer and Broadcaster

Hi Ho Johnny! … Away! When I heard that Johnny Depp was going to appear in the film version of The Lone Ranger I naturally assumed he would be playing the part of the masked hero, but to my surprise he will in fact be playing the role of Tonto his faithful Indian friend, and here´s a fairly good reason as to why this might be the case: Over the last few years Johnny has been going on quite a bit about his unique ancestry and recently revealed that his great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian. So, working on the premise that Johnny is not pulling everybody´s plonker just to promote the movie, I

really do hope this to be the case, as a man called LaDonna Harris, who is president of the Americans for Indians scheme said: “As Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honoured that he so enthusiastically agreed.” Depp, wearing ripped jeans and eyeliner, arrived at the ceremony bearing gifts, a customary sign of appreciation for the tribal elders, and several photographs were taken on this great occasion by his newly adopted family. However, it’s not

Howard´s got trouble

the first time Depp has met with tribal officials, as before they started filming he took part in a summit with Navajo leaders to make sure they were okay with him filming on sacred land. One of the top elders said: “It was a great honour and privilege to meet Johnny Depp and we are honoured the movie is being filmed here on the Navajo Nation.” If this is all just a publicity stunt, Johnny could well be in for an interesting new haircut.

There’s a man in America called Howard Stern who has a huge following on both radio and TV and has even had a film made about his meteoric rise to fame in the late 70´s. He is known as the ‘Shock Jock’ due to his outrageous line of questioning with guests on his shows and the way he bluntly deals with people who phone in whingeing about something or other. Since watching the movie of his early years I have admired greatly the way he broke new ground in the medium of broadcasting, but boy did it all go bosoms up for him last week. Howard decided to take on a judge’s role on yet another one of these half-baked TV shows America’ Got talent. On comes a 7-year-old lad from Philadelphia called Mir Money who starts rapping and Howard buzzed him off, and as he started to explain his decision the wee boy started to cry, the crowd started to boo, then Howard got up onto the stage, gave the lad a hug and said, “I’m so sorry, you’re a terrific young man, you’re so brave.” Then he turned to the baying audience and said, “I’m not cut out for this, man, I’m not cut out for it, I’m shaking, man, I can’t do it, radio is for me - this is not for me.” And in the true controversial Howard Stern way, that was the end of that. He only joined the show the week before as Piers Morgan’s replacement.

Peter Taylor

Batman and Robina Warner Bros and DC Comics plan to release two brand new animated Batman movies on DVD later this year, and holy moly, Batman’s sidekick Robin is set for a sex change as the caped crime fighters´ buddy is to be voiced by a girl. According to the Hollywood Reporter Ariel Winter who found fame on US TV show Modern Family, will play Carrie Kelly, the brand new Robin, Peter Weller will take on the lead role of Batman/ Bruce Wayne, and Prison Break’s Williams will double up as Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is the planned title for the series … hands up all of you who just can’t wait to get down to your local video shop.

It’s all a bit blurry to me If you are a Blur fan and are beside yourself waiting for their first album since they decided to reform last year, sadly you are in for a bit of a long wait. Front man Damon Albarn has apparently blown the possibility of a new Blur album by walking out of a recent recording session. The album´s producer William Orbit has revealed they have been laying down new tracks in secret sessions ahead of their planned reunion gig at London’s Hyde Park in August. The inside track, according to Orbit, is that the whole thing was aborted when Albarn threw his toys out the pram before quitting without warning. He told NME magazine, “They were getting some demons out of the way, and the new stuff sounded amazing, then it all suddenly stopped and the rest of the band were like, ‘Is that it?’ … More demon talking needed am thinking.


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1st - 7th June

FRIDAY 1st June BBC1

BBC2

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales 22:00 EastEnders 22:30 Have I Got News for You 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Louie 11:35 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Odd Man Out 14:30 Live Horse Racing 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 TOTP2 20:30 Diamond Jubilee - The Queen on Tour 21:00 Great British Menu 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Great British Story: A People’s History 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Frida

SATURDAY 2nd June BBC1

06:00 BBC News 06:30 Our World 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Football Focus 13:50 Live Horse Racing 17:30 BBC News 17:45 Pointless Celebrities 18:35 Ratatouille 20:20 The Voice UK 22:20 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 22:30 Casualty 23:20 BBC News 23:40 The Apprentice 24:40 Live at the Apollo

BBC2

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Blue Peter 10:30 Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:00 Animals at Work 11:30 Splatalot 11:55 Copycats 12:25 OOglies 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:10 Robin and the 7 Hoods 15:10 Shall We Dance 16:50 Escape to the Country 17:50 Flog It! 18:50 The Story of Light Entertainment 19:50 Dad’s Army 20:20 Arts Troubleshooter 21:20 The Culture Show 22:20 QI XL 23:05 Robin Gibb: Me and My Songs, a Tribute 23:35 TOTP2 24:20 Sings Bee Gees 24:50 Fame

SUNDAY 3 June

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Poms in Paradise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother 23:10 ITV News 23:40 Granada News 23:45 Stiff Upper Lips

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

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E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:05 One Tree Hill 11:00 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Beverly Hills Cop III 24:00 Shameless

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 According to Jim 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Four in a Bed 13:35 The Kitchen Pharmacy 13:50 Battleground 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 Very Important People 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Stand Up for the Week 24:55 Channel 4’s Comedy Gala

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Restaurant Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Carolina Moon 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 War Hero in My Family 21:00 Mega Builders 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Big Quiz 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Peter Andre: My Life 24:45 The Fugitive

CHANNEL 5

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07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:15 Live French Open Tennis 17:00 Granada News and Weather 17:15 ITV News and Weather 17:30 Live International Football 20:30 You Cannot Be Serious! 21:00 The Cube 22:00 The Greatest Footie Ads Ever 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 International Football 23:45 Demolition Man

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 British Formula Ford Championship 08:30 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 T4 Movie Special 10:25 Made in Chelsea 11:30 Love Shaft 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:40 Revenge 13:45 The Simpsons 14:20 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:50 Channel 4 Racing 16:50 Deal or No Deal 17:45 Come Dine with Me 19:50 Channel 4 News 20:15 4thought.tv 20:20 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 24:05 Alien

07:00 Childrens TV 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:05 The Gadget Show 12:05 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:05 Carson City 14:50 Objective, Burma! 17:35 5 News Weekend 17:40 The Secret Garden 19:45 NCIS 20:45 NCIS 21:35 CSI: Miami 22:20 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:20 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

ITV1

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CHANNEL 5

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06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Live French Open Tennis 19:00 Granada News and Weather 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 All the Queen’s Horses: A Diamond Jubilee Special 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Vera 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:20 The Cube

07:15 The Treacle People 07:25 The Hoobs 08:15 Channel 4 Presents 08:20 FIM World Superbikes 08:45 Slateman Triathlon 09:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:50 The Simpsons 15:25 She’s the Man 17:25 Charlotte’s Web 19:15 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 20:20 Channel 4 News 20:50 4thought.tv 20:55 The Political Slot 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 District 9 24:05 Broken Arrow

07:00 Childrens TV 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 Meerkat Manor 11:45 Grey’s Anatomy 12:45 Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration 13:45 War Hero in My Family 14:50 Riders of Vengeance 16:25 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 18:40 Big Daddy 20:30 Once Upon a Time 21:30 Ultimate Police Interceptors 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 The Ninth Gate 24:30 The Walking Dead

06:40 ITV2 Nightscreen

07:00 Switched 07:20 Switched 07:45 Sorority Girls 08:40 One Tree Hill 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:10 Watch 12:30 Smallville 13:30 Scrubs 14:00 Scrubs 14:30 Listen 14:50 Perfect Couples 15:15 Ugly Betty 16:10 Glee 17:10 90210 18:05 The Big Bang Theory 18:35 The Big Bang Theory 19:05 Revenge 20:10 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

06:35 ITV2 Nightscreen 06:50 ITV2 Nightscreen 07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:15 Coronation Street 09:30 Emmerdale 12:25 Peter Andre: My Life 13:25 The Exclusives 14:25 Free Willy 3: the Rescue 16:10 America’s Got Talent 18:00 America’s Got Talent 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 About a Boy 22:00 Notting Hill 24:30 Eyes Wide Shut

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched Up! 08:10 Make It or Break It 09:00 Supernanny US 10:00 Supernanny US 10:55 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 11:55 Supernanny US 12:50 Supernanny US 13:45 Charlie’s Angels 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:35 Made in Chelsea 16:35 Charlie’s Angels 17:30 Revenge 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Zoolander 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Cleveland Show

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06:00 BBC News 06:30 The Record Europe 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Songs of Praise 14:05 BBC News 14:30 The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Gary Barlow - On Her Majesty’s Service 21:30 The Apprentice 23:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:55 The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant Highlights

BBC2

07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Scoop 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:50 Shaun the Sheep 10:00 Friday Download 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Great British Menu 13:00 Escape to the Country 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:00 World BMX Championships 15:30 Gymnastics 17:30 Triathlon 18:45 Points of View 19:00 Flog It! 20:00 Singapore 1942: End of Empire 21:00 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 22:00 Coast 23:00 TOTP2 23:30 When Disco Ruled the World 24:30 Episodes

07:00 Gossip Girl 07:45 Gossip Girl 08:30 Emmerdale 11:25 Coronation Street 13:50 Winners & Losers 14:50 All Star Family Fortunes 15:30 The Only Way Is Essex 16:15 The Hot Desk 16:30 The Flintstones 18:20 Richie Rich 20:15 Mr Bean’s Holiday 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Wanted


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Life TV

1st - 7th June

MONDAY 4th june BBC1

BBC2

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CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Fake Britain 10:45 Fake Britain 11:30 Homes Under the Hammer 12:30 Cowboy Trap 13:15 Bargain Hunt 10th Anniversary Special 14:15 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales 15:45 Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 16:45 The Queen’s Palaces 17:45 Pointless 18:30 BBC News 19:00 Regional Programmes 19:30 The One Show 20:30 Diamond Jubilee Concert 23:45 BBC News 24:00 Regional News 24:10 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:50 The Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Ring of Bright Water 14:10 College Road Trip 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 The Battle of Britain 23:30 The Terminator

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Murder, She Wrote 13:25 The Chase 14:30 ITV News 14:40 Granada News 14:45 Midsomer Murders 16:45 Countrywise 17:45 Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother 19:00 Granada Reports 19:15 ITV News 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Queen and I 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Quantum of Solace 24:00 ITV News 24:15 In Plain Sight

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Channel 4 Presents 13:40 Star Trek: the Motion Picture 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 4thought.tv 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:30 Gok Cooks Chinese 22:00 The Secret Millionaire 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 23:50 Hoarder Next Door 24:50 Random Acts 24:55 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:15 Meerkat Manor 13:45 Home and Away 14:15 Neighbours 14:45 Law & Order 15:45 Wonderful Life 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Police Interceptors 20:35 World’s Most Extreme Airports 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Countdown 23:00 The Walking Dead 24:00 The Ninth Gate

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:40 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 10:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 11:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 12:30 Emmerdale 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Planet’s Funniest Animals 17:05 A Little Princess 19:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 19:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 21:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 23:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 24:00 Passenger 57

TUESDAY 5th June

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E4

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Desperate Housewives 12:00 Scrubs 12:30 Hollyoaks 13:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:00 Rules of Engagement 16:00 Muppets Take Manhattan 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Love Shaft 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The IT Crowd

BBC1

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CHANNEL 5

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 The Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:15 Regional News 14:30 The Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession 16:45 The Diamond Jubilee Concert Highlights 18:30 BBC News 18:45 Regional Programmes 19:00 The One Show 19:30 Rolf Paints - the Diamond Jubilee 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Diamond Jubilee Weekend Highlights

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Teacher’s Pet 13:40 Tom’s Midnight Garden 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Horizon 23:00 QI 23:30 The Prestige

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Trash to Treasure 21:00 Countrywise 22:00 Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:10 Granada News and Weather 23:15 The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song 24:45 The Unforgettable

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 River Cottage 13:50 Channel 4 Presents 13:55 Star Trek: Generations 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies 22:00 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket 23:00 All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Animal Rescue Squad 13:35 Home and Away 14:05 Neighbours 14:35 Viva Las Vegas 16:15 Mystery Woman 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 War Hero in My Family 21:00 Big Brother 22:00 Big Brother 23:45 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:45 Urban Legend

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:30 Holiday Showdown 09:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 11:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 12:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 All Star Family Fortunes 17:20 The Flintstones 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Peter Andre: My Life 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 America’s Got Talent 23:00 Nutty Professor 2: the Klumps

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Desperate Housewives 12:05 Scrubs 12:35 Hollyoaks 13:10 How I Met Your Mother 14:05 The Big Bang Theory 15:05 Rules of Engagement 16:05 Andre 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 90210 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 Cardinal Burns 24:00 The Ricky Gervais Show 24:35 The Cleveland Show

WEDNESDAY 6th June BBC1

BBC2

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 HH: Gory Games 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 22:00 DIY SOS 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Football Focus 24:30 The Getaway

07:00 Childrens TV 11:40 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:50 Waybuloo 12:10 In the Night Garden 12:40 Anne of Green Gables 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Animal Park 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 The Secret History of Our Streets 23:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Barry Hearn: The People’s Promoter

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 The Eiger Sanction

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:05 Ivanhoe 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 The Killing 23:55 Random Acts 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 Desperate Housewives

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Animal Rescue Squad 12:25 5 News Lunchtime 12:35 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Ike: Countdown to D-Day 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Holiday Showdown 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Fugitive

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:50 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Glee 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:05 Scrubs 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 23:15 Slither


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THURSDAY 7th June BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 22:00 Call the Midwife 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 Proof

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Iconicles 11:25 Woolly & Tig 11:35 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Anne of Windy Poplars 14:00 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Springwatch Unsprung 22:30 The Fruit ‘n’ Veg Market: Inside New Spitalfields 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Football Focus

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 William at 30 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar 24:35 A Very Long Engagement

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Three in a Bed USA 14:00 Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 14:15 The Violent Men 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 22:00 The House the 50s Built 23:00 24 Hours in A&E 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket

07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 Law & Order 16:20 Jane Doe 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars 23:00 Big Brother 24:00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Exclusives 23:00 Wanted

07:00 Switched 07:50 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Glee 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:05 Scrubs 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 Very Important People 24:00 Cardinal Burns 24:35 Ricky Gervais: Science

Crossword Solutions for 658 Cryptic Solutions Across: 3 Forestall; 8 Paid; 9 Setsquare; 10 Region; 11 Seven; 14 These; 15 Romp; 16 Relic; 18 Rout; 20 Route; 21 Third; 24 Switch; 25 Resembled; 26 Lion; 27 St. Bernard. Down: 1 Spare tyre; 2 Single out; 4 Open; 5 Ensue; 6 Tourer; 7 Lark; 9 Sober; 11 Solid; 12 Not up to it; 13 Upper hand; 17 Crowd; 19 Thieve; 22 Robin; 23 Beat; 24 Seer.

Quick Solutions Across: 3 Unsavoury; 8 Roar; 9 Samaritan; 10 Absent; 11 Blend; 14 Demur; 15 Turn; 16 Eight; 18 Wind; 20 Amble; 21 Yearn; 24 Disown; 25 Interpret; 26 Knot; 27 Legendary. Down: 1 Breakdown; 2 Parsimony; 4 Neat; 5 Avail; 6 Orient; 7 Real; 9 Snare; 11 Begin; 12 Dumbfound; 13 Indemnity; 17 Tacit; 19 Delete; 22 Rapid; 23 Once; 24 Dear. WORDWHEEL: AMBITIOUS

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at www.vivatv.es. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN will highlight every week some of their brilliant programmes starting tonight, Friday, 1st June. At 6pm, FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions will be looking at QROPS and what they could do for you. Tomorrow, Saturday 2nd at 7pm, An Evening With... features Joe Longthorne who delighted crowds in a memorable concert during his last visit to Spain. On Sunday 3rd at 7pm, Torrevieja Rugby Club play host to the Chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union who came to visit the club as part of his role of European

Rugby Development and was also greeted by Mayor of Torrevieja, Edwardo Dolon, at the new sports facilities in the town. On Monday 4th, at 6pm, Spanish Eye highlights the recent Operation Market Garden re-enactment which was enjoyed by thousands of onlookers and participants in Murcia. Then on Tuesday 5th at 6.30pm, Learn the Lingo will be helping all those who find learning Spanish a chore in a lighter way with the lovely Martine. On Wednesday 6th at 6pm, The Boat Show features all that is involved in owning a boat and finally at 7.30pm on Thursday 7th, Viva Vino highlights some of the best winemakers in Spain. This is just a highlight of the great programmes made by Viva TV; tune in now to see much more or visit their website at www.vivatv.es.


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Life cars The days of action and expense approach

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

A FEW months ago I advised that the EU was working on harmonising all the traffic authorities’ databases within the EU so they can be easily accessed by the authorities in all EU countries.

What this means is that in Spain the police authorities will be able even at the roadside to key in the details of even foreign EU vehicles, such as registration or VIN details, into their PDAs or lap-tops in their cars. Within a couple of minutes they can see if the vehicle is legal with all the owners’ details etc. and also whether the relevant taxes have not been paid, ITVs/MOTs done etc. Also camera number plate recognition systems will be in operation to automatically flag the traffic police. I gain no pleasure in advising this even though I have over the last few years had a few emails from Brit expats who are fed up with those who have not done the necessary. It was suggested that I start a campaign to expose all the illegal vehicles where the Brit owners have ignored the laws and failed to change the registration plates over to Spanish ones. As a retired person, I cannot carry out such actions for the obvious reasons. In fact I have had a couple of local expats look as if they wanted to attack me for being the bearer of bad news when they find out the costs involved. The new proposed system is still being finalised in Brussels and then it will take a few months to set up the computer

changes so you still have time. What are the points to watch? How long have you been here? If you have not paid your UK Road Fund taxes or have no MOT, the distinct possibility is that your vehicle has been written off the DVLA system, or the Vehicle Operator as exported, so legally your vehicle does not exist. You will have to prove ownership and also that the VAT has been paid in the country of origin e.g. the UK: this will present a problem to Trafico who may penalise such owners with fines. Also there are fines up to £1,000 for each offence where the vehicle has been exported without advising the DVLA or the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA). As the UK will have access to Spain’s records they may decide to fine those who have not obeyed this law. See, www.vosa.gov.uk/ - or www. dvla.gov.uk. The vehicles will be treated as imports as it will be too late to register them as personal belongings with no import duties to pay so you may be expected to pay 4% of the value of the vehicle as specified in the Spanish tax listings (Agencia Tributaria). Another caveat is that if your vehicle is an old diesel or worn out petrolengine car, then it may be unacceptable

to be imported due to too high an exhaust pollution output. Perhaps the only way then to legally import it is, if it is 25 years-plus old, as a ‘Historic’ which could cost up to €1,000, and a lot of specialist help. But then we can expect that such cars will be banned from regular use in city centres unless they are attending a properly organised and officially approved old vehicle rally - this is already happening in Germany. I will advise more as the new legislation is formalised and finalised, but I suggest that those affected do not leave it too late unless you plan to scrap the vehicle any way. Some that are older than ten years or more are potential future classics so if you have room under cover to store them. More as the proposed legislation unfolds. Swimming weather is here again: already searched out the costumes so good luck to you all and please drive carefully. I have met some mad people on the roads recently, speeding and overtaking over the double white lines on tight twisty roads. It ruins a gentle day out but I know one reason they do it. It is because I have overtaken them when safe to do so and they then feel that their ego must be satisfied after being overtaken by a man with a head of white hair.

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


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This should not happen Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

EARLIER THIS week I met with the secretary of a golf society when I was out to dinner with some friends. He told me a very interesting story about his golf society and how over the last few years they have used an agent to arrange their golf days rather than book the golf courses themselves. The idea was that because the society were dealing with a British agent they would get a better service and should they need to make a complaint then it would fall on sympathetic ears and maybe something would get done. This turned out to be somewhat fanciful at best. At one venue the society arrived expecting to find twenty buggies reserved for them. There were twelve reserved and consequently there was a wait for some players of over one hour for a buggy. A complaint was made but little if anything was done to get an apology of some kind from the golf course and an assurance that there would not be a repeat the next time they come. Last week they arrived at another club only to find more grass in the car park than on some tee boxes and greens that were as smooth as the local rugby field. Once again the telephone call to the agent was

disappointing to say the least. He was told that all the agents do is book the tee times they were not responsible for the condition of the golf course. Not an untrue statement but you would think there would be a good deal of sympathy shown and at least some representation made to the course manager in an effort to get some form of compensation copied to the golf society. No such thing. So once again I ask why use agents and give them good money to make arrangements that can be done in seconds directly by email? At least by making the booking direct the secretary would have had a contact at the club to meet with and speak to so that something was done to assure members this sort of thing would not happen again. Golfers pay good money that does not come easily to the vast majority to play golf. They deserve to be looked after by their society committees; anything less is totally unacceptable and shows a blatant disregard for the responsibilities committee members have to their own members. The people who elected them to look after their best interests.

WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews.com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 1ST JUNE 2012 At which famous old golf course in Scotland is ‘The Road Hole?’ A. St Andrews B. Carnoustie C. Royal Troon All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th June 2012 to be entered into June’s draw, which will be made on 1st July. The winner will be announced in RTN on 6th July 2012.

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The Professional Scene THE PGA Championship at Wentworth once again proved the depth of talent we have on The European Tour as so many new names came to the top of the leaderboard over the first few days. The West Course stood up to recent criticism and was in superb condition for the flagship event on The European Tour. Some surprising names had a long weekend with perhaps the performance of World Number One Rory McIllroy being the most worrying to many. His inability to be able to make good contact with the golf ball was severely punished and left him stating that he needed to work harder. Has the burning desire to be a record breaker left him already? Over the first three days the tournament was anybody’s to win and with complaints from many after Saturdays play course designer Ernie Els exploded in a surprising dig at those in authority as he joined many of his fellow professionals in stating the greens were too dry. Justin Rose and Luke Donald however saw this as just another challenge and found their attitude pay huge dividends as they finished top of the leaderboard before Sunday’s final round. In the last year and a half Luke Donald has become extremely comfortable in his own position as a true golf superstar and his

performance on Sunday just confirmed what most of us know: there is nobody to touch at the moment when he is on form. His final round of sixty eight was enough to enable him to retain a title for the first time in his career and return to the top of The World Rankings for his forty-sixth week at the top. Luke, along with many of the games top players, will rest up before the start of The US Open in two weeks and miss out on The Wales Open this weekend. Paul Lawrie put in another sterling performance as he continues his pursuit of a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September in Chicago with a tied second place finish alongside Justin Rose, sure to be a teammate in a few months’ time. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Many golf grips will help you hold the club correctly - those lines are there for more than decoration so use them to your advantage. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members: contact Noel on 639 730 891.


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The Final Whistle

MARIO BALOTELLI may be as mad as a bag of weasels but he’s dead right to threaten to walk off the pitch should he encounter any racial abuse at the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland. UEFA will be desperately hoping that its tournament goes off without a hitch but with families of black players in the England team having decided not to travel for fear of violence and abuse, it’s already clear that UEFA’s decision to award the two countries the competition in the first place was a massive gamble.

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Indeed, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex OxladeChamberlain and Ashley Cole in the England squad, the game with Ukraine on 19th June could turn out to be hugely unsavoury. Let’s hope it doesn’t but if racism does rear its ugly head, let’s also hope we get a TV shot of Michel Platini squirming in his VIP seat. Perhaps then UEFA and FIFA will admit that the problem does exist despite all their highly financed yet largely cosmetic campaigns. TIP-TOP AT TWICKERS Here’s a shock...the Rugby Football Union did something rather sensible this week. Rather than banning England centre Manu Tuilagi for his borderline tip-tackle on Danny Care during the Premiership final, they decided to clear him after agreeing that the Quins’ player’s knee had hit the ground before his torso. Their decision backed up that of referee Wayne Barnes who copped a bit of grief for not sending off Tuilagi at Twickenham. However, the disciplinary panel agreed with him that a penalty kick was suitable punishment for Tuilagi’s reckless, but not malicious tackle. Probably even more relieved than Barnes will be England coach Stuart Lancaster. His charges have just embarked on what promises to be a really tough tour to South Africa and Tuilagi is his only stand-out midfield star. Losing him to a ban would have been a disaster but I’m sure that his potential participation in the Test matches will have had little to do with the RFU decision. I mean, that would imply that someone at HQ had a modicum of common sense but as we all know, given the way the game has been run over the past 2 or 3 years, that’s highly unlikely.

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THIS WEEK’S competition was the 5th round of the Summer Championship: the venue was the Eden Canal stretch of the Rio Segura. This was the first time for some time that we have fished here and the bamboo reeds are desperately trying to take back the areas that we have cleared to fish. Virtually all pegs needed some TLC although they are continually fished. The water level was down some 18 inches to 2 feet but with a slight flow. The weights were not as good as some previous matches, and quite a few anglers lost big fish. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 9.40 kilos 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) fishing the pole using pellet with 7.96 kilos 3rd Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using pellet with 6.42 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on

96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 10th and penultimate round of the Spring Series was fished on 22nd May at Blanca, aptly named because of all the blanks that occur. Today there were five dry nets and there would have been more if it had not been for the Bleak. Some of the top anglers in the area are struggling for bites, but the ‘Sweetie Lady’ showed these anglers the way home winning the match with 9kgs. I have been reading a report in one of the local freebie papers that the Reservoirs are only half full but the three large ones that are used for match fishing, i.e. Beniarres, Argos and Pedrera, have just started to recede from being brim full. I have not seen any of these three Reservoirs half full for 6-7 years. The road over the broken bridge at Pedrera was always accessable until 3-4 years ago, and is now flooded to a depth of 5-6 feet - this has made fishing Pedrera almost impossible in many places. 1st Marlene (The Sweetie Lady)

KICKING A MAN WHEN HE’S UP GB Taekwondo has received £4.8 million of public funding since 2009 but despite this its officials are completely unaccountable when it comes to outlining how their selection policy works with regards to the British team at the London 2012 Olympics. So far, no-one from the sport has taken the trouble to explain why Aaron Cook, the reigning European champion and likely number one seed for the games has been left out of the team. The thinking is that in a sport which is designed to put a few noses out of joint on that mat, Cook has done exactly that in the hallowed offices of the governing body after leaving their high-performance training programme. Cook has appealed the decision to Sports Resolution, the UK Sport funded body that will hear both sides of the story. His argument looks pretty clear cut but as for the blazer brigade in charge of the sport, I’m rather hoping that their defence that ‘he’s not our cup of tea’ gets laughed out of court.

Hutchinson with 9kgs fishing the feeder and using corn 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 4.360kgs fishing the feeder and using pellet 3rd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 3.300kgs fishing the feeder and using corn All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368 Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email: anglerstogether@hotmail.com Tight lines…

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FAMILY RESTAURANT AND TAKE AWAY FOR SALE in Moraira. Just been completely refurbished including new kitchen. The restaurant boast a lovely terrace and bright interior. Start earning more straight away no work required. Call 622 810 735 10am 12pm ARE YOU OR ARE YOU THINKING OF LIVING IN SPAIN, and dont know what to do? -----HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY-------- Well established publicity agency with big clientel base, for sale due to ill health. A company with big potential. Capital needed 55.000€ +taxes. For more information please write to smrevista@hotmail.com COLD DRINK / SNACK VENDING MACHINES EXCELLENT RECESSION PROOF BUSINESS WITH NO OVERHEADS AND ALL CASH. 5 COLDDRINK VENDING MACHINES €24,900. 25 PRINGLE MACHINES €14,900, ALL WITH GUARANTEED SITES. 619307318.

LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE LA RUSTIKA [LOS ARCOS] restaurant, Avenida Baleares 34, Torrevieja. SATURDAY - SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm - 10pm, MONDAY - New Beginners Class - 10am - 11.3am. Intermediate Class 11.30am - 1pm. Tuesday - Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month] . CASA VENTURA, san luis, Torrevieja THURSDAY New Beginners class 7.30pm - 8.30pm Intermediates 8.30pm - 10.0pm 5 EUROS. For more information CONTACT Andrea and Brian 616 478 157

NEED WORK & EXTRA MONEY? Be your own Boss & Earn 200-500 euros p-t. No risk - No Outlay. Call 618990571 / email stuandkie@hotmail.co.uk

PC AND MAC SUPPORT Support for all Apple devices, setting up, connecting with iCloud, problem resolution, tuition, tips and tricks Also support for PCs, wireless network setup and Troubleshooting. Covering the Costa Blanca area from Gandia to Benidorm. Email neil.pc.mac@gmail. com Movil 680 105 003 REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN FOR €10.00 Hosting plan with FREE Domain for €2.99 per month www. crisiswebhosting.com MBIT COMPUTERS Goes mobile, repairs in your own home. Denia to Benidorm and inland. free pick up and delivery to our workshop if necessary. 639 915 821. BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424

WE HAVE A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY for a dedicated professional sales/marketing person at Orbit media. Local and national sales acros Spain, Portugal and The Canary islands. Involving direct and email/telephone sales. This position is for radio and digital advertising sales in store and on line. Email your CV now to info@orbitdvmedia.com SPARE TIME, WANT EXTRA CASH? Start earning immediately by becoming an AVON representative. Info: ring Rosh 966785520


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01-07 junE 2012 any amount, any carat, at the highest price around. Open all dat. C/Gerona 8. Call: 627019403 ALEXANDERS PAY TOP LONDON PRICES Javea Port seafront open Monday to Saturday - 10am till 3pm. Established since 2003 Tel: 965792595 or 667270969

exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details. AT MICHAEL’S NOW 100:- euros discount on several of our high quality corner suites. Outdoor garden sets. www.michaels-javea.com Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos (updates every 5-6 days): www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S NOW 20% off on certain NEW mattresses!! Free deliveries in our area - usually the same day! Look at: www.michaelsjavea.com AT MICHAEL’S Several different recliners and a brown leather electric recliner massage chair. See over 600 photos on: www.michaels-javea.com MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www.michaels-javea.com Tlf:965-791-328.

GARDNER 25 years working in Spain. English/Spanish spoken. Private gardens and communities. Free Quotes billthegardner@hotmail. es Tel 699 682 630 OASIS GARDEN pool maintenance. Calpe to Javea. Telephone Martin 669 261 868

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990.

MR FIXIT FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, GENERAL & Appliance Repairs. No Callout Charge. 698 320 434

ALTEA GOLD CENTRE, 70 CAP BLANC, ALTEA Tel: 965 845 901 or 697 193 941 centrodeoro@hotmail. com or eurogoldspain@hotmail.com SEE OUR ADVERT IN THE MAIN NEWSPAPER

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S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-HomeHealth-Comercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787-123/622-275561/686-116-297

SATELLITE DISH 1.85METRE Techniserve Prime Focus fourtech star plus LNB. 125€, Call 966462596 (Javea) dave.clarke@hemotion.co.uk DIESEL GENERATOR 10KVA silent running,3 cylinder water cooled engine,with 200 litres of fuel in it,,cost new 12000 pounds,accept 5000 euros delivered tel 965078483 or 675878601 WURLITZER ORGAN full keyboard including rhythm keys, chord stops, base pedals, cassette record and play facility fitted, solid wood cabinet. Offers tel: 966180190/660717004 STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices.Tel: 610 634 506 WHEELCHAIR, LIGHT, FOLDABLE 150€. Electric Mobility Scooter, SUNRISE MEDICAL 40km range 499€. Both like new! call: 627-019-403 SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and

CLASSIC KITCHENS 20 years on the Costa Blanca. Free quote and 3D design call Adrian on: 676699700.

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

RE-OPENED RUSSIAN SHOPMATRYOSHKA We offer Russian souvenirs, khokhloma and other foodstuffs, red salmon caviar and chum salmon caviar, Kamchatka herring, smoked mackerel, variety of russian vodka, gingerbread, meat dumplings and lots of other Russian foodstuffs. We open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. Address: At the intersection C/Radio Murcia 39, C / Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, PC 03182, Torrevieja (Alicante)

HONDA JAZZ GRAPHITE 2005 Ice blue metalic paintwork 105.651 kms ITV 18th July 2013 5,500.00 euros Excellent condition. Sale due to daughter moving to England. Phone: 96 574 8199 FIAT PUNTO LATE 2003 5 DOOR itv dec 2013 suma paid a/c , cd radio, 98,000kms , great little car good condition in&out, 2,500€ inc transfer 698219920 FIAT PUNTO 1.2 ACTIVE 5 door, 2 owners, 74,000kms, Fully serviced, aircon, dark metallic blue 3,950€. Fiat Marea Estate 1.6 16Valve, 2001, Right hand drive Spanish registered, aircon, roof rails, CD etc, lovely condition, FSH, 2,450€. Ford Mondeo 2 litre TDCI Ghia Automatic (Diesel) 2003, 5 door hatchback, 2 owners, 87,000kms, FSH, Alloys, climate, high spec model finished in metallic Silver. 5,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. fwreurocars.com KIA PICANTO, 2006, 1.1 LTR LX petrol 5 door hatch, black. Spanish LHD One owner, with Cd player, electric windows ,only covered 9000 KLM. Excellent condition throughout. 5495€ www.venuscars.com 965 368 274 LANDROVER DISCOVERY, 2001, TD5 2.5 LTR diesel automatic 4X4 with 7 seats ,dark blue metallic with grey leather/suede interior. Air con, alloy, and a tow bar and service history. 5995€ www.venuscars.com 965 368 274 FORD FIESTA, GHIA, 2005 silver, 1.4 ltr petrol, 5 door hatch, Spanish LHD, CD Player, air con, electric windows, excellent condition throughout, 2 owners 5495€ www. venuscars.com 965 368 274 FIAT BRAVA,1996 1.4 LTR SX petrol 5 door,champagne. Spanish LHD, Electric windows, stereo. 1495€ www. venuscars.com 965 368 274 FORD FIESTA, 2005 1.4 LTR TDCI Diesel Spanish LHD, Mid Blue Metallic. 5 door hatchback, air conditioning, CD player and electric windows in excellent condition throughout. 5995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 FORD MONDEO, GHIA 2003 2 Ltr TDCi diesel Automatic , champagne, 5 door hatch, Spanish LHD, FSH, 2 owners, excellent condition throughout. 5495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 LOOKING FOR A CAR? We have a good selection of LHD or RHD

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vehicles for sale or exchange. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www.fwreurocars.com RENAULT MEGANE GTOUR 1.5DCI CONFORT 100cv 2007 7.000€ Info: 696 463 468 MERCEDES BENZ ML 280CDI AUTOMATIC 2006 FSH 22.000€ Info: 696 463 468 SEAT IBIZA 1.9TDI STYLANCE 109CV 2008 46.125kms 7.499€ Info: 696 463 468

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF CABRIOLET 1992, 194000kms, 4.500€ Info: 696 463 468 MERCEDES 300 DIESEL AUTOMATIC 1987, 200000kms, 2.000€ Info: 696 463 468 OPEL VECTRA 2.0 DTI 1.6V. CONFORT 2000, 164000kms, 2.000€ Info: 696 463 468 PEUGEOT PARTNER II 1.6HDI 75CV TOTEM CB 2007, 68145kms, 5.500€ (Iva Incl) Info: 696 463 468 CITROEN JUMPY 2.0HDI 120CV L1H1 227 FG 2008, 73249kms,10.500€ (Iva Incl) Info: 696 463 468 MITSUBISHI MONTERO 3.2 DI-D INFORM 3door, 2008, 76115kms, 16.500€ Info: 696 463 468 SUZUKI GRAN VITARA 1.9 DDIS JLX 129CV 2008, 67328kms, 14.000€ Info: 696 463 468 MERCEDES SLK 230 KOMPRESSOR 1999, 83350kms, 7.999€ Info: 696 463 468 CITROEN C5 1.6 HDI SX 110CV 2005, 49061kms, 7.000€ Info: 696 463 468 RENAULT SCENIC 1.6 16V PRIVI. AUTOMATIC 2001, 80151kms, 5.500€ Info: 696 463 468 PEUGEOT 308 1.6 HDI CONFORT 90CV 2008, 53228kms, 8.500€ Info: 696 463 468 FIAT GRANDE PUNTO 1.3JTD DYN 90CV 2007, 59216kms, 6.499€ Info: 696 463 468 OPEL CORSA 1.2, 3 DOOR 2005, 53.995kms, 3.500€ Info: 696 463 468


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POOL HEATING SYSTEMS 8x4, 1500€ fitted. Any size made. For info tel: 675878601/965078483 or email solarmanenergia@gmail.com

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removals, deliveries, collections, house clearance, rubbish removal and disposal. No job too small - call now for competitive no obligation quotation tel: 666 703 499 EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965300-959 Mobile 0034-648-102-529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email info@ euromove4u.eu MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 SPAIN2UK2SPAIN MAN AND VAN departing Costa Blanca twice a month. Full loads/part loads. Excellent rates Tel Christine 965 571 837/638 261 341 enquiries@spain2uk2spain.com MAN & LWB SPRINTER VAN going to UK- Spain twice a month. Tel: 610-846260 or 0044-7519-186-355 email:-van. man@hotmail.co.uk

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TEULADA – LONG TERM LET 3 Bed 2 Bath Apartment Central Heating 154 M2 €450 p/m + bills Tel: 615 813 076 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS BOTH EN SUITE FULLY FITTED ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. FULLY FITTED. ON CAMPING PUEBLO . WITH LOTS OF AMENETIES. GOLF COURSES, BEACH, AIRPORT,HOSPITAL,5 MINS BY CAR. WALKING DISTANCE TO SAN JAVIER CAROL TEL 96 819 24 25 MOB. 626 055 6622 EMAIL. haydn47@hotmail.com www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain.com ALTEA LA VELLA, COSTA BLANCA Holiday let for 4 people in a 2 bedroomed, first floor, fully furnished apartment. A/C + C/H plus much, much more. Tlf:966-881-048 or email foundation@ rtnnewsgroup.com for more information and photographs www.fincafeliz.com

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

Properties for sale MORAIRA PENTHOUSE. 3 BED. 2 ½ BATH Large sea view terrace. Lift/ storage & garage parking. €425,000.

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