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NORTH EDITION Great expectations for Benidorm with Jet2 JET2 HOLIDAYS, in Benidorm, has expressed its “great expectations” for 2013 with an 18% increase on holidays booked this year p5

Expats urged to make correct use of EHIC cards

A CAMPAIGN to explain how the cards should be used was launched in Alicante by David Pennington p8

Exchanging money HOW DO I know when is the best time to exchange my currency at the rate I want? p30

Exclusive weekend breaks

DISCOVER AND explore some fascinating and historic corners of Spain with some new and exclusive offers from RTN and Gandia Tours p39

Wenger’s gunner go, surely!? IT DOESN’T take a brave man to assume that Arsenal will now go eight years without silverware p62

Issue 697

Where there is hope there’s a way 22-28 FEBRUARY 2013

ALICANTE HOSPITAL is the temporary home for one of their tiniest residents; Ellizeah Hilton, who was born 13 weeks early and is presently in their Intensive Care Unit receiving the best of care. by Keith Nicol ELLIZEAH WAS born on Saturday 26th January by emergency caesarean weighing just 930g (about 2lb) in the ‘Hospital General Universitario de Elche’ in Alicante. After battling for life for eight days she was transferred to ‘Hospital General de Alicante’ for a life saving operation. Parents Zowie Lyons and Sam Hilton were visiting Sam’s mother Allison Treanor on a fiveday mini-break when Zowie was whisked away to hospital to have the baby. A month later, they find themselves stranded in Spain with no money, zero knowledge of Spanish and for a while, without anywhere to stay. However, sometimes things happen in mys-

Little Ellizeah in her incubator

terious ways and their predicament was picked up by the Manchester Evening News and then in Spain by Denia based charity Grant-a-Wish, who spread the word locally as to the plight of the couple. Zowie and Sam were not allowed to stay overnight in Alicante Hospital and quickly ran out of money. Hearing this, Jody Kirby, founder of Grant A Wish did not hesitate to spring into action and along with one her senior directors they drove south to meet the parents. This action was a godsend to Zowie and

Sam as Jody presented them with a four figure sum, donated by the charity Grant A Wish to help all three get through the next few weeks. For a few days the couple stayed in Elche thanks to the kindness of one local who heard of their dilemma. But this was three hours travel each way so with their donation, they booked themselves into a small hotel in Alicante, which is now just a ten-minute taxi drive away from the hospital. Continued on page 3


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Continued from front page HOWEVER, THEIR money is quickly running out, and with their stay in Spain expected to be for at least another ten weeks, any donations or possibly a pub fundraising activity, would be much appreciated. Sam’s mother Alison said on Facebook “I would just like to say thank you so much and also how proud of all three of them we are, Sam, Zowie and Ellizeah. My gorgeous tiny Barbie doll granddaughter Ellizeah is so adorable. Please can I just confirm some really kind people have offered accommodation but unfortunately it is too far away. They are in Alicante General Hospital so if anyone has any accommodation near here please contact me on:” This week, Zowie herself was readmitted to Hospital to undergo tests and had to stay in overnight, after passing out. Sam has thus been visiting both girls in his life. The British Consulate in Alicante has been very supportive, making daily calls and helping in whatever why they can. However, they do not have any funds to give to the couple but they are setting aside their restrictions and the documentation for a UK passport for Ellizeah has started. UK radio station Radio Aire has setup a fund giving website through their charity Cash for Kids is covering Ellizeah’s story in the UK. You can donate online Anyone that thinks they may be able to help can email Allison at and to find out more about Grant A Wish visit grant.awish.37?ref=ts&fref=ts On Facebook, and in Zowie’s own


RTN LIKE to warn pet loving readers who live the Jalon valley from Liber through to Parcent about the unseen danger of poisons being laid which has killed several dogs. Apparently it is game bird season and these poisons are supposed to be for their protection but are a danger to dogs, resulting in either high vet fees or fatality. Thank you to Mrs A Masterman for getting in touch.

Javea IBI ordeal over at last

Sam, Jody (Grant a Wish) and Zowie outside Alicante Hospital

words, she wrote: “To my lizzybean, You gave mummy quite a shock In the morning at 1’clock I had to wake daddy from his sleep He was counting all those sheep You little Ellizeah couldn’t wait till May To the hospital we went, yes all that way! I’d give anything for you to be back in my belly! Now my belly wobbles like jelly! We are so proud of how strong you are You are our Angel, an absolute star! Even though we can’t hold you yet Ill never forget the day we met

Soon we can hold you tight But you still need to fight!! We look forward to the day The day we can take you away Away to England, a place called home We need to buy Bumbum a big bone! She will lick you and kiss you And wag her tail, I bet she’s eaten mummy’s mail!! Lots of family can’t wait to meet you Grandma, aunties, uncles to name a few No doubt you’ll be spoilt rotten Mummy’s rule has already been forgotten! We love you baby girl”

By Jan Gamm JAVEA HOMEOWNERS are delighted to learn that the local council has decided not to carry out a new land value review. A 2005 revision of the Catastral was nicknamed ‘catastrazo’ or ‘castastrophe’ when land values were estimated with a tenfold increase. IBI bills were sky high but eventually last year the valuations were annulled by the court. LOSS 2013 land values will therefore be based on the 1995 estimates, representing a considerable loss of income for the council. Mayor José Chulvi said: “Now is not the time,” inferring that a new review could be postponed for some years in the future.

Now is not the time says Mayor Chulvi

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The White Tide demands withdrawal of privatisation for Spain’s health cover by Jan Gamm FIFTEEN CITIES around the country, including Valencia and Barcelona, have joined with Madrid in protests against the privatisation of public health. The protests, collectively dubbed ‘The White Tide’ in a nod to the signature white coats worn by many participants, are the result of combined efforts from consumer platforms, health workers and union representatives throughout Spain. One demonstration in Valencia on Sunday attracted around ten thousand supporters requiring the intervention of police to retain control. MANIFESTO A march started at noon from Campanar to Navellos Street and the Plaza de la Virgen where a manifesto against cuts in public health was read out. Demonstrators shouted their opposition not only to the privatisation of the health service but also to the exclusion of health

cover for certain groups and the outrageous delays in payments to pharmacists, many of whom went out of business as a result of being owed unacceptable arrears by the Department of Health. Demands were made for ‘fewer councillors and more doctors’ and union representatives publically deplored the way in which the government has chosen to make savings, by removing support from those groups deemed most vulnerable such as the disabled. THE BEST Throughout all the demonstrations views were expressed that the Spanish Health Service is “one of the best in the world”, now put at risk of being compromised by misguided political reforms that will result in health cover being not only more expensive but also less reliable. During one of the largest turnouts in Barcelona, thousands of people took to the streets bearing placards that read that ‘Health is priceless’ and ‘Stop Cuts’.

The White Tide fills the streets of Madrid

At the head of the demonstration, the secretaries general of the CCOO and UGT in Madrid called for the total withdrawal of the regional government’s privatisation plan. Jaime Cedrún, head of the CCOO, expressed a breakdown of confidence in the government’s competence when dealing

Barcenas makes an unmistakeable gesture to the press

MEMBERS OF the press who had waited patiently to greet ex-PP Treasurer Luis Barcenas at Madrid’s Barajas airport on Sunday on his return to Spain after spending a week in Canada were treated to a decidedly unappreciative gesture as he made his way through the arrivals hall. Barcenas is at the centre of on-going investigations into the PP’s alleged ‘corrupt payments’ scandal and is also awaiting interim measures ordered by private prosecution over the notorious ‘Gürtel case.’

with public health. Community Health spokesman Alexander Weaver stated that the Ministry of Health remains “unjust” and “out of touch” with appropriate systems of reform that ensure citizens’ justice, safety, efficiency and quality of services.

El Altet closes runway for 15 minutes for Air Nostrum flight

THE CAPTAIN of an Air Nostrum aircraft called in a ground emergency at Alicante’s El Altet on Tuesday when a failure was detected in the landing gear of flight IB8283 bound for Madrid. The 48 passengers on board were delayed for four hours waiting for a replacement plane,

three choosing to call off their journey as the working day was lost. The disruption forced the El Altet runway to shut down for 15 minutes while the plane was stuck in the header and the diversion of Easyjet, Monarch and Ryanair landing aircraft to Valencia’s Manises Airport.

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Great expectations for Benidorm with Jet2 JET2 HOLIDAYS, the company that handles sales and reservations for the airline in Benidorm, has expressed its “great expectations” for 2013 with an impressive 18% increase on holidaymakers booked this year.

An eye opener for kids

The Mayor of Benidorm, the Councillor for Tourism and Hotel association representatives join Gema Amor of Jet2 for a progress meeting

by Jan Gamm Jet2 Holidays representative Lauren Godfrey was joined by Benidorm’s Mayor, Agustin Navarro; the Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor and the presidents of Hosbec and FeTB, Antonio Mayor and Francisco Delgado at a working meeting to discuss opportunities to increase tourism for Spain’s most successful holiday hot spot. Godfrey confirmed the sale of 530,000 seats for next season with hopes to achieve a 41% increase in tourist packages. Both the Mayor and the Councillor for Tourism were delighted at the news that Jet2 Holidays has

already hired a total of 65 hotels in Benidorm for the high season. In March a co-marketing campaign with Jet2 Holidays will include ten-second TV commercials promoting Benidorm to be broadcast on ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Daybreak: a total of 120 ads to run alongside Jet2 Airways Magazine Jetaway inserts exposed to 20,000 passengers daily on all routes. Jet2 celebrated its tenth anniversary recently and sees the company’s involvement with Benidorm as “very important and significant,” which is no surprise with such spectacular growth experienced in such a short time.

RESEARCHERS FROM Sun Yatsen University in Guangzhou (China) have found that exposure to sunlight may reduce the progression of myopia. The findings were published in the journal ‘Ophthalmology’ following analysis during a clinical trial involving more than 200 children in Denmark aged between 8 and 14 years suffering with Myopia. Over six months with less light per day Myopia progressed by 0.32 diopters on average, while in the sunny summer months the average decline was 0.28 diopters. The research was conducted in Denmark as Danish children spend a great deal of time outdoors in summer and very little in winter due to extreme temperatures.

CREAMA courses start in Javea CREAMA, THE Consortium for Economic Recovery and Activity in the Marina Alta, has opened registration for new training courses at its headquarters in Javea. Due to the pressures of current economic difficulties fees are payable in most cases. However, remaining free courses are English and German (given with the help of foreign resident teachers). There will also be IT courses (Basic Computing; Word; Excel; Surfing and Social Networking - each of 20 - 30 hours at 2€ per hour). There will also be approved training for people who want to get a mandatory professional card for working in construction, and those interested in obtaining a food handler’s card.


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New Chief of Police cleaning up Benidorm by Jan Gamm JUAN CARLOS Hernandez Muñoz, the new Chief of Police in Benidorm, who took office at the end of 2012, made an undertaking at his inauguration to reduce crime in the city. In his speech he stressed the importance of residents and tourists “feeling safe” on the streets of the Costa Blanca’s most popular and successful holiday destination, expressing his determination to tighten security by increasing police presence to prevent petty crime and drug trafficking. It seems Muñoz is keeping to his word as RTN readers in Benidorm on

Wednesday witnessed around eight ‘peamen’ being handcuffed and taken into custody. NUISANCE The ‘peamen’ are notorious for harassing tourists and have become a public nuisance on the streets of the Costa Blanca’s most popular holiday destination. They ‘scam’ passers-by into playing ‘hunt the pea’, using three shells, walnuts, cups or bottle caps, one of which ‘hides’ a small pea or soft round ball. The peaman places the pea in full view but then switches the containers at high speed, leaving the player to guess which hides the pea. Bets are

taken, usually on a promise to ‘double your money’. Benidorm’s peamen lurk in all the most popular tourist haunts throughout the city. Their presence is viewed by some to be part of the local colour but in recent years their tactics have become increasingly intrusive to drum up business. And in the hands of a skilled operator, it is not possible for the game to be won, unless of course the operator wants the player to win to encourage higher stakes. Muñoz’ ‘clean-up Benidorm programme’ is expected to produce a significant number of arrests throughout the spring and summer.

Altea fire in home for the elderly A MAN aged 76 has died of burns after a fire swept through a seniors’ ‘assisted housing’ building in Altea in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is thought the fire was caused by a faulty electrical appliance in the victim’s room. Fire fighters evacuated 70 elderly people and five, all women aged between 69 and 91 years, were admitted to the district hospital in Villajoyosa suffering from smoke inhalation. A neighbour alerted emergency services at 3.55am. The evacuees were given shelter at other homes located in Benidorm or collected by relatives. Many of the evacuated residents returned to their homes the following day.

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Iberia strike gets off the ground by Jan Gamm FIVE IBERIA employees were arrested during the first day of the Iberia strike which it is feared could cost millions Unions estimated that 100% support protesting 3,807 layoffs due to restructuring resulted in 14,000 travellers being affected, although minimum services established by the Ministry of Development were maintained throughout. A total of 81 scheduled flights stayed on the ground with 135 operating as normal. Passengers were offered alternative flight arrangements or refunded the cost of their tickets. Those arrested on Monday at Madrid Bara-

Taxi driver arrested for kidnapping POLICE ARRESTED a 39year-ol Russian taxi driver in Valencia on Monday for kidnapping one of his clients. Interpol already had a search warrant on the man for a robbery committed in Ukraine. The victim got into his taxi at the train station. The driver did not know how to reach her destination so the client decided to get out. The driver prevented her from doing so and demanded that she pay the entire fare. The woman eventually escaped while the vehicle had momentarily stopped.

Valentine’s Day shootout in Alicante

A VALENTINE’S Day clash between two feuding gypsy families woke up the José Antonio neighbourhood in Alicante at around 5.30pm when a dozen gunshots were fired in a confrontation that sent alarmed residents running into the street in panic. Police arrived at the scene in response to several calls but no arrests were made and luckily no one was injured. The area was cordoned off while shell casings belonging to a 9mm calibre pistol were collected for analysis. Residents claimed that the shots were fired between two men in the street and also from a person on a balcony. Several bullet holes were found in a building on Calle Margarit Dominguez. The incident is likely to be the subject of further police enquiries.

jas are accused of making threats, civil disobedience and violations against a law enforcement officer. Police had blocked the strikers’ access to the terminal with large vans but tensions were high amongst hundreds of demonstrators insisting on trying to gain entry. The strike also affected other group companies such as Iberia Express, Air Nostrum and Vueling that require Iberia ground handling. The Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, has called on airline management and strikers to reach an agreement at the earliest possible time in order to avoid further disruption and inconvenience to passengers and damage to the economy. Consumer association FACUA (Consumers


The strike could cost millions

in Action) has recommended that passengers affected by the strike claim compensation for economic damages rather than be satisfied with mere ticket refund. Meanwhile in April Irish budget airline Ryanair is preparing to restore 17 of the 18 Alicante destinations withdrawn last October – welcome news for travellers in and out

of El Altet airport. The airline’s reduced service made a crushing impact on passenger traffic through El Altet in 2012 with an estimated one million users lost. Additionally, Norwegian Air Shuttle is to establish a new base of operations at El Altet shortly, offering flights to the Nordic region.

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Expats urged to make correct use of EHIC cards

A new campaign that is the result of an innovative partnership between the UK Government’s Department of Health and the Generalitat Valencia, approved by the European Union, is to raise awareness on the use of the UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) over the next 15 months. A campaign to explain how the cards should be used was launched in Alicante by David Pennington, Head of the Department of Health’s International Healthcare Team. “Many British citizens living in Spain are confused about how to access state healthcare and many use their EHIC cards when they should be accessing healthcare in another way,” said Pennington. “This campaign explains who can use a UK-issued EHIC and what it is for. It also tells people about other ways to access state healthcare in Spain, depending on their circumstances.” WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW The UK European Health Insurance Card should be used to access medically-necessary state treatment during the course of a temporary stay in Spain. It does not provide access to all state treatment but for those in Spain on a temporary stay it is the correct way to access state healthcare. However, British citizens who mainly live in Spain should change the way they are registered, because for them the UK European Health Insurance Card is not the correct form of health cover (the new EHIC marketing and advertising campaign will explain how to do this). The campaign will also inform administrative staff of the Valencia Health Authority how the UK covers its citizens in Spain and how the UK reimburses Spain for the cost of medical care provided to British citizens.

Martyn Standing and David Pennington launch the campaign

Comprehensive information on the use of EHICs is available at: Eighteen public talks on the new health card will commence in Denia 27th February and also in Orihuela Costa 28th February. Further details are available on the website. Additionally, an extensive radio and newspaper advertising campaign will further promote the correct use of EHICs, with

leaflets to be distributed at health centres and public events. Some two million British tourists visit the Valencia region every year and there are an estimated 300,000 British residents in the region represent some 40% of the total in Spain. Although the campaign is taking place in the Valencia area, much of the information is relevant and of interest to British citizens across Spain.



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I found this helpful AS I am a Meniere’s Disease sufferer it was interesting to see the article about the Disease in RTN. The Disease became very severe for me in 2010 to 2012, to the point where I could not drive, or go out alone in case I had what they call a ‘spin attack’. One of the most important things is to make sure that the diagnosis is correctly confirmed; which involves a balance test and a calorific test usually performed by a qualified Audiologist. So often the symptoms of the Disease are mimicked by other conditions. What I found helpful was to become a Member of the Meniere’s Society in the UK. So for anyone out there who feels they are suffering from this debilitating disease alone and without any support here is the email address and website of the Society: I am glad to say that at the moment I am in remission having eventually had an ear operation. So I am able to enjoy outdoor activities again and of course got my driving licence back! Bridget Wood Camping Naranjal

Endless corruption in Spain and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ of its citizens I’VE LOST track of the exact number of cases of corruption among Spanish politicians or other ‘public servants’. The worst is that the average Spanish man or woman in the street is now so used to it that they almost automatically accept their daily dose of political scandal with resignation. The word ‘transparency’ recently coined by Obama enjoyed a certain amount of popularity here also until Spain’s voters discovered time after time that their political ‘representatives’, so firmly entrenched in their posts due to the notorious ‘closed lists’ had become ‘mentirosos patológicos’: so much so that the word ‘transpar-

ency’ might as well be eliminated from the Academía Real’s recent edition of Spanish Dictionary. The present situation would be worthy of a Marx Brothers movie if it weren’t so tragic: both major political parties behaving like two immature kids scrapping tooth and nail in the schoolyard. I humbly but urgently suggest that Spain’s politicians take a page from Obama’s honesty before its irate voters abandon the polling stations like rats abandoning a sinking ship. P.S. Recent UN Study on Corruption places Spain as No 30 most corrupt in list of 193 nations. Richard M McBride, Benidorm

Hit them where it hurts I HAVE read that No Smoking laws are being ignored by many, and Murcia is one of the worst areas where smoking has actually increased! Smoking is banned in hospitals including the grounds but I have come back from an appointment at the new Santa Lucia hospital, Cartagena, where yet again a blind eye is turned to this problem, the worst area being outside the cafeteria. Last year I wrote to the chief executive suggesting that the No Smoking notices should be larger and displayed more prominently with persistent offenders fined and warning messages displayed on information screens in waiting areas. Result: no action whatsoever. I received a polite letter stating that they were

committed to a healthy non-smoking hospital, reminding me that smoking is entrenched in the Spanish culture and to alter the situation would take some time. I agree it will be difficult but no action is being taken at all. Having been a nurse, I am the first to admit that a hospital is a very stressful place both for staff and patients, but that is no reason to ignore the law. If I were a surgeon, I would hesitate to offer surgery to a patient who is going to smoke and undo all my good work at taxpayers’ expense. And before anyone pipes up that the government gets lots of tax from smokers, I would remind them that caring for people with smoking related conditions costs twice as much as the tax gathered from smokers.

Within the present austerity people seem to have no trouble finding money for cigarettes, which one might think would be better spent on food and other life essentials. The only way the law will prevail will be if offenders are hit where it hurts - in the pocket. Other offenders who need a short, sharp shock are bar and cafe owners who put up awnings, closed in on all three sides. This creates an enclosed space in which smoking is banned, defeating the object! People then have a smoke filled area through which they must walk to get out and the staff has no option but to endure working there. Since so many are flouting this law I can only assume the Police are also turning a blind eye. Ellen Rose

Never the same again Totally non-political Don’t bother

FOLLOWING KEITH Nicol’s article on ‘Vandalism or Art’ (RTN Feb 15th -21st), I can agree that reporting signs and acts of spray paint vandalism to the police can have positive results. One of the ‘Listed’ monuments, that may be seen dotted around the countryside that had been spray-painted by the same low-life A/C company that was clearly evident in Keith’s picture. I took a photograph of the damaged brickwork, submitted to the

local police and the mayor in Campoverde, and within two weeks council staff had painted out the graffiti. The handmade bricks will never be as they were but it looks a lot better than it was. As to whether or not the A/C company were made to pay for the cleaning, I know not. It would be nice to think they were made to repair the damage with soap, water and a toothbrush! Robert W Barnes, Campoverde

THE RECENT dismissal of Pedro Mancebo, ex-Councillor for the Coast, by the mayor Monserrate Guillen, was quickly followed by the dismissal of Denise Wesserling who worked in the Orihuela Costa Town Hall as co-ordinator for Foreign Residents. It has been reported in the press that she was removed because of her allegiance to the CLR Party. Civil Servants have to work for the government of the day. Denise worked in the Town Hall and was totally non-political in her job. Who Denise supported politically out of work was her decision in what is supposed to be a free democratic society. No, Denise was removed for political reasons which had nothing to do with the excellent job of work that she did. Graham Robinson, Orihuela Costa

I READ with interest the article describing how Jacqui Cotterill is going to the European Union in the hope of securing voting rights. Someone should tell her not to bother! My husband and I are both registered to vote in the UK but at the last two general elections our voting papers arrived on the day before the election making it impossible to return them in time to be counted. On both occasions that I phoned to complain I was told that, for legal reasons, they could not be sent out sooner. Sylvia Pearson

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Fire fighters refuse to help banks with evictions FIRE FIGHTERS in Valencia have refused to become involved in evictions on humanitarian grounds.

A protest sparked by evictions

by Jan Gamm At a spontaneous and emotionally charged meeting of the UGT fire fighters’ union on Wednesday, Deputy Caballero Paco said: We are here to help people, not to bail out banks,” adding, “Our job is to save lives and avoid risks, not to get involved in legal issues.” Fifty fire fighters participated in the meeting and were united in their angry displeasure at being asked to participate in such services. Alberto Puchalt, head of CSI-F said “The general feeling was that to refuse to assist in such actions on the grounds of humanity is a form of conscientious objection.”

Fire fighters were prompted to make an announcement regarding the issue of evictions when they were asked to assist in the eviction of an octogenarian in A Coruna on Tuesday. They attended the scene of the eviction but promptly refused to act. Steps are being taken to request that the courts refrain from sending requests to fire fighters to attend evictions in the future. Their actions come on the heels of a similar veto by Spanish locksmiths in December 2012 and January 2013. The message is clear to Spanish banks wishing to execute evictions: Do your own dirty work.


Wing your way to the perfect swing with

Fast Track Hypnosis by Jonathan Gilchrist: Costa Blanca’s Newest Hypnotherapist GOLF IS almost a national sport on the Costas. Beloved by all ages and both sexes, golf provides a welcome addition to any lifestyle. The mind enjoys a challenge, the body loves keeping in shape and when mind and body are at one, a person is never happier! Challenges are good for the soul and there is nothing better than holding a golf trophy after a superb day on the course! However, not all of us can win. And the reason is that we simply don’t allow ourselves to do so. Self-limiting beliefs can and do hamper your ability and truly affect the way you play, stopping you from attaining your goals. Sports motivation is a relatively new technique used during the last few decades. In the nineties it hit the newspapers after Steve Collins beat Chris Eubanks to become the World Boxing Organisation’s Super Middleweight Champion. Collins had been seeing a sport’s psychologist and had been trained to hit two to every one of Eubank’s punches. Collin’s 600 hits completely swamped Eubank’s 300. NOT EVERYONE CAN WIN BUT EVERY COMPETITOR CAN ‘UP THEIR GAME’. Many golfers suffer with crises of confidence. Individual sports can be hard on the psyche: there’s no one else to blame but you if you fail. Additionally, some golfers

dislike being at the centre of everyone’s attention… It is a necessary evil but can add pressure. Sports motivation might seem like a therapy that only the pros use. But in fact amateurs can also improve their game and boost their confidence in other aspects of their lives by removing the fear of competition and dismantling the fear of losing. HOW CAN FAST TRACK HYPNOSIS HELP? Sport motivation and hypnosis creates one of the most powerful motivational tools around. Sport psychologists use hypnosis as a part of their therapy plans, but they call it something else: it can do what other therapies cannot. The mind is effectively split into two parts: The first part is active, concentrating on the everyday activities - driving or typing at the computer, for example. The second part is the subconscious mind, where emotions flourish - both the negative and positive variety! Fear, phobias, anxiety, stress... lots of negative emotions find their roots here. Here is where any therapy takes place. Unfortunately for psychotherapy, it doesn’t tap into the subconscious and this is why it takes thousands of sessions for any patient to feel the benefit of this form of therapy. Hypnosis, on the other hand, is trauma-free. Hypnosis is only a state of relaxation. It’s where the active mind rests, allowing the subconscious to come to the fore.

There’s no trauma as we seek the answers as to why your swing crumbles on the course! Hypnosis finds why you react a certain way to certain pressures and augments your ingrained capabilities such as your visualisation skills, enabling you to visualise the perfect swing and allowing you to put it into practice. We work on improving your competitive skills, boosting your confidence with positive suggestions and improving your focus as well as showing you how to calm yourself in stressful situations. Sports Motivation is a vital tool for all competitors, freeing the mind from fears and confidence-knockers. Enjoy your golf free from the heavy weight of anxiety, fear of loss and poor self-belief and start thinking like a winner. Jonathan and Alan hold their Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in Under 30 minutes Fast Track System as featured and proven on TV. Jonathan also holds sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure, or free of charge initial consultation, contact Jonathan Gilchrist on 691 784 954. Email: Follow us on Twitter @HypnosisBH

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Lucky escape from The Ciudad de la avalanche for Másmóvil’s CEO Luz springs a leak MEINRAD (MAINI) Spenger, CEO and co-founder of Spanish mobile phone operator Másmóvil, recently decided to take a welldeserved break from work on a skiing holiday to St Moritz in the Swiss Alps. He had recently led the company into the finals of the European Business Awards, achieving the Ruban D’Honneur status in the Customer Focus Category - he could have never imagined he was to be saved from a mountain slope by using a Másmóvil phone! Maini and two of his friends were skiing along one of the tracks when a huge avalanche struck, burying everything in its path, including the three friends. Dragged 800 metres down the slope, they suffered significant injuries with two of the friends completely buried by snow. Maini was trapped, but not completely buried, and eventually managed to free his left arm to reach for his Másmóvil phone, which despite being in the Alps had good

enough coverage to phone the rescue services, who arrived by helicopter some 15 minutes later. The friends were flown to the nearest hospital where they were treated for hypothermia and numerous injuries. Maini is currently recovering back home in Spain, where he tells everyone who wants to hear, never to set foot out of the door without having a reliable mobile phone! If you would like to know more about Másmóvil, or to find out where to locate your nearest distributor, go to www. or phone toll-free number 1473. Másmóvil has just launched Tarifa del Pueblo, a new rate plan giving users unlimited calls, 1 GB data and 50 free SMS, all for a low monthly quote of 28€ plus IVA, for as long as they wish. This new flat rate is available to new and existing customers who pay by direct debit and sign up before 15th March. Terms and conditions apply.

EVERYONE DREADS a pool leak! The giant water tank at the Ciudad de la Luz (City of Light) in Alicante has sprung a costly leak - the huge pit where the movies Blue Skin and The Impossible were filmed and which cost a staggering €3.1 million was drained in December and has remained empty for the last two months at the cost of several lucrative projects that have been taken elsewhere. The set that is widely acknowledged as the best and largest in Europe has experienced problems since its inception, deemed as a waste of money due to its high running costs and its ill-conceived location in Alicante, far from the cultural centres of Madrid and Barcelona.

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The police take a stand against internet bullying by Jan Gamm THE LOCAL police in Benidorm are making a concentrated stand against internet bullying and poor conduct, with the aim of lecturing more than 1,000 students in local schools over the next few weeks on internet safety for minors, peer pressure, bad behavioural trends and general responsibility. Benidorm’s mayor, Agustín Navarro, accompanied by the Councillor for Education, Ruben Martinez; Public Security Councillor José Vicente Marcet; Police Chief Juan Fuertes and Director of the IES Mediterrània school Luis Gonzalez attended one of these talks on ‘Juvenile responsibility’, accompanaied by coaching expert Isabel Montiel. DANGERS In total more than 30 lectures are planned for schools and colleges throughout the city. The content for discussion will also include

information on the dangers of becoming involved in drugs and alcohol as well as internet and social networking addiction. The local chief of police confirmed that the ugly practise of ‘cyberbullying’, often via social networks, is growing at an alarming rate, prompting the departments of Public Safety and Education to maintain an effective programme of awareness. SUPERVISION The objectives of these ‘not-on-my-patch’ police talks are to communicate the potential dangers posed for minors using the internet, especially with regard to passing on personal information and photographs online to a third party and browsing unsuitable material; appropriate use of webcams and other pitfalls. Parental supervision is often compromised by working parents and also the advanced level of students’ technical abilities compared to those of their parents. Many par-

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required and donations of clothing, books, toys and household items are always welcome to keep the service going. Full details: DIARY DATES 22nd February - Charity Auction at El Cid, Benidoleig: Call 659 624 643: Viewing from 12 noon, sale starts at 1pm

Benidorm’s Mayor visited one of the local police lectures on cyberbullying

ents neglect to protect their kids from websites that display inappropriate content such as pornography, violence and gambling,

3rd March - Sunday Afternoon Tea at Casa de Animo 8th March - Murder Mystery: book through U3A, Careline/U3A fundraiser for Casa de Animo 12th April - Spring Fashion Show: Details to follow 16th April - Orba Orange Blossom Walk 19th May - May Fayre, Jalon Details of more events following soon: keep checking the paper.

assuming incorrectly that their children are safe at home when in fact they are exposed to a very real online threat.

U3A Oliva new drama group OLIVA U3A has launched its first drama group. The initial meeting was very well attended by many talented and enthusiastic thespians. The first production, in April, will be a murder mystery night with the cast playing a wedding party and the audience as the guests. A drama workshop has taken place to get everybody warmed up and other productions are in the pipeline, including some with scripts written by the group. To find out more about this and the many other activities on offer in Oliva U3A, visit or telephone Elaine, the Drama group leader, on 96 285 5764.


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Another one bites the dust...

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

THEY CAME and boarded-up that giant temple to televisual pleasures yesterday. Yup folks, to quote Monty Python our local Blockbusters, purveyors of video, DVD, CD, games etc, “…is no more; it has ceased to be; it is an ex-blockbusters.” The town centres of Britain have altered quite a bit in the last few credit-crunching years but here in Tamworth the town centre now resembles a not-too-skilled bare knuckle boxer: lots of gaps where teeth once were. In other words it’s all gotten a bit ‘gappy’. I don’t think even Beirut in the height of its troubles suffered such a dearth of downtown retailers. First there was Woolworth, followed by Virgin (or whatever it was called in its dying days) and then a sad procession of household names all dragging their sad bottoms out of town. Even McDonalds hot-footed it from the high street – yeah, I kid you not, even the

ubiquitous MickyD’s has buggered orf! SILVER LINING… Mind you, I did get a bit of bargain this week from dear old HMV as it thrashed around in its death throes. I got the entire third and fourth series of ‘Breaking Bad’ for under a tenner (If you’re not acquainted with Breaking Bad yet, it’s a series well worth a few minutes of your time). Anyway, the dear old place looked like a garage rummage sale as the once proudly full shelves were ransacked. It’s strange to reflect on our changing shopping habits and I suppose I’m as


guilty as the rest for HMV’s departure. Back in the day (as people irritatingly say) I’d rush into town to buy the latest albums essential to my life but nowadays I’m happy to wait the few days, nay even a week, for or Amazon to send them to my door (and obviously, save a few coppers into the bargain). It’s a reversal of the way we used to deal with our photography. Back then you’d be prepared to have to wait a few days for the developing of your prints (or a week if you used BonusPrint) but now we want our photos instantly. It’s a case of, “Quick kids in the car, let’s get down to ASDA and print this lot up.” As I’ve drifted onto the subject of photography, I think a moment’s respect is due to Jessop’s. Is it really only a month since they passed away? Another gap in the town centre’s mouth…! I suppose you can blame it on the march of progress (e.g. phones that do almost everything except make the toast) plus T’internet and the rise of DIY shopping. Makes you wonder how the travel agents are managing to survive when you can book your holiday requirements from the cosy comfort of home. I bet even the CO-OP undertakers are getting worried that we might start DIY funeral arraigning next. Then there’ll be

A grim faced Watts hunts a bargain in HMV

another gap in the high street. Can you imagine it? “Tick if you require on-line check-in-and-out at the ‘crem’; tick for optional grave-digger or Bobcat machine; tick if you require renta-priest; tick if you need a nice local taxi firm for ferrying mourners; tick for wake and buffet facilities. Sorry folks, I don’t mean to show bad taste but it does make you wonder, doesn’t it? Oh well just time to snap up another bargain at HMV before they call time there. Watts in Britain, so you don’t have to be…


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Viva Las Fallas!

The equestrian event of the year

Join in the Fallas fun

by Colin Rich Portal de La Marina’s shopping centre in Ondara launches its Facebook competition for Las Fallas 2013. Readers will no doubt be familiar with the upcoming Fallas celebrations in the region of Marina Alta and Safor. The incredibly impressive paper maché figures depict political and social satire in exquisite and very often raunchy detail. They are created by local teams throughout the year, before being put to flame on the night of Las Fallas. The figures are many months in the making, and can be several stories high. In play this year are 2,900€ to be divided among the three winning teams from of Denia, Pego, Oliva and Gandia. Portal de la Marina has, for the second consecutive year, given its support

to this very important local tradition. Just as in 2012, they have launched a competition on their Facebook page specifically for the Fallas in Denia, Pego, Oliva and Gandia. However, this year there will only be one prize per town, to help motivate contestants in each town and avoid all the prizes going to just one town. The competition will be run through a Facebook application where ‘falleras and falleros’ have to leave a ‘Visca La Falla’ (Viva la Falla! in Spanish) indicating the name and location of their chosen Fallas team. To vote, you first have to be a fan of the Portal de La Marina Facebook page:, then enter in the Suma Falles promo, click ENTER once again. Then leave your name, town and vote with the

phrase ‘VISCA LA FALLA DEL CONVENTO’ (then your chosen fallas team). The team that receives the most ‘Viscas/Vivas’ will win the first prize of 1,500€! The second prize is 900€ and the third 500€. The winnings will be awarded in shopping vouchers for Portal de la Marina shopping centre, Ondara. As stated in the rules, the final tally will be made in the week prior to the Fallas and prizes will be awarded to the presidents or representatives of winning teams in a public award ceremony at Portal de la Marina. Viva Las Fallas!

by Jan Gamm THE FIRST stage of the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour 2013 concludes on Sunday 3rd March with the second stage to commence Tuesday 19th March through to 7th April. Hosted by the Oliva Nova Equestrian Center, the 2013 tour offers a range of entertainment for children as well as the usual horsey attraction of the professional events and a new feature – the Pony Park, where smaller kids can enjoy a hands-on experience with beautiful ponies and miniatures. This year helicopter flights are included in the exciting activities available. And shops, stands and restaurants provide those all-important retail and gastronomic necessities to ensure a successful family day out with the emphasis on local products and cuisine. The show jumping is not to be missed, featuring tough competition between world class professional and amateur horses and riders. This year around 300 international competitors and 800 horses represent Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Italy, Japan, Portugal, the USA, South Africa and Switzerland. For more information on the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour 2013 and the Oliva Nova Resort visit or

Ignace Philips at the 2012 event

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Choice of plants for planting by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Holistic gardeners and authors gardening in Spain for 25 years

THIS YEAR plants in gardens must really wonder what season they are in. During the past month we have experienced plus 27º down to 3º and recognising that the worst frost during our living in Spain was in March 2005 when we experienced -15º we could still have a cold night or two. Today almonds and plums are forming and apricots are in flower. Pruning today peaches apricots and tangerines will follow soon, if a frost does not nip them in bud. In the flower/shrub beds Salvias, Hibiscus, Bignonias and Leonotis are still in flower while Strelitzias, Rock Roses and Margeritas are in bud, to open soon if we have the first frostless winter/early spring for years. So although garden centres are stocking up with tempting spring annuals and perennials recognise that many of the plants have been raised in conditions very different to your garden – constantly warm, moist greenhouse climates, fed hourly and spayed weekly or more often against bugs. So be patient. Wait until the microclimate of your garden is ready for spring plants. Like our articles our books such as ‘Your Garden in Spain – From Planning to Planting and Maintenance’ are written to help you realise the realities of gardening in Spain and other Mediterranean climate situations and not waste money. And it is not only temperatures that stress your plants. If you have shallow soil plants, including trees, can do well for a few years and then stunt and even die. So think about building raised beds with deeper and richer soil into which to replant existing plants and plant new ones. Recognise that even if you chose plants appropriate to your microclimate and soils, the soil may well change from one part of the garden to another, and the performance of plants also

depend on how you planted them in terms of soil conditions and full sun, semi shade, dappled shade or full shade positions. Also, while you complete your winter cutback and clean up, do review your garden and make notes of what improvements need to made ready for the coming spring and summer. IN RESPECT TO PLANTS YOUR BASIC CHOICES ARE TO HAVE: Only local native wild plants: With a slice of a mountain side you may have a good collection on day one. Others can be rescued from building sites and road widening, purchased from Cultidelta near Delta Ebro in the south of Cataluña or grown from seeds purchased from Semillas Silvestres based in Cordoba. And of course a few varieties will be available from some garden centres. Plants totally suitable for Spain and grown in Spain, often in the open air: These days perhaps only a third of what are offered in garden centres. Plants totally suitable for Spain but imported from overseas hothouses: But being forced and often large specimens they can need several years of constant care to establish root systems that enable them to survive. Plants partially suitable for Spain: These include Northern European annuals and perennials and subtropical /tropical plants most suitable respectively for the semi temperate areas inland of true Mediterranean climate conditions of coastal hotspots that never get frost. Before you make final choices walk the local countryside, visit local gardens/botanical gardens open to the public – will include a list next week - walk round the neighborhood and local parks and study the possible choices of plants described in ‘Your Garden in Spain – From Planning to Planting and Maintenance’. A book can save you facing garden disasters and unnecessary high replacement plant bills during the next couple of years. Then of course there is the choice and mixing of colours as many plants have several choices of flower colour and some have choices of leaf colour. Read Chapter 2.6 ‘Painting with Plants’

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presented in the above book before you make your final choices and purchases. Once you find plants that love your garden conditions reduce the cost of stocking the total garden by growing new plants from cuttings or seeds. Clodagh and Dick’s books were written to help you avoid problems and reduce your gardening budgets. Everyone is feeling the economic pinch these days so do support expat businesses when buying your gardening books such as the high street shops and internet shops of Bookworld and smaller family businesses such as Quick Save in Pedreguer.


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Pension crisis what crisis

WE WORKED all our lives and now’s the time we need to know that we will get the fruits by of our labour. Whether it is a Company or Personal pension we need to be certain that Norman the pension scheme is in a position to guarantee payment when it is due. Jermon

International I AM sure that even people living Financial Adviser here in Spain will recall the pension

protests in November 2011 where a reported two million people attended a day of action. Things have not improved and will only get worse. The Internet will provide lots of information as to how much debt certain Company Pension Funds are in at the moment, and it does not make pretty reading for anyone. The bigger the company, the bigger the debt... The maths are simple: there are more people retiring, voluntary or not. Workers that have retired are putting more strain on the schemes, as they are retiring earlier and tending to live longer due to improved medical practices. So this means schemes have to pay out more and for longer. On the other hand there are fewer people working or they are employed

on a short term contract basis so obviously less money is going into the pension pot. The government has tried several times to put the matter right through pension reforms but the simple answer is that unfortunately we have to look after our own interest and we can’t rely on any help from our employers or the government. There are even suggestions that some of us may not get a state pension in the future. People are looking to secure their future and these are the main reason so many people are seeking advice on SIPPS and QROPS: • Lack of confidence that a company pension scheme can meet its liabilities • Greater investment freedom with the flexibility of investing in a much wider range of funds and investments • Ability to pass on pension funds to your beneficiaries upon death

A reported two million people went on strike

• Tax efficient • Up to 30% of the fund as a lump sum • Flexible currency • Tax planning opportunities • Lower retirement age

If you would like advice on your pension or have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 661 021 194 or email

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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Exchanging money by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

I WATCH the rate as much as I can because I want to get the maximum return for my currency but deciding when to trade is very difficult as the rate can move very quickly. How do I know when is the best time to exchange my currency at the rate I want? YOU ARE not alone! Because of the recent turmoil in the financial market and the extreme volatility of currency it is extremely difficult to judge when to trade and if you use a bank, making sure you get the rate you want. As an example, the average Inter Bank exchange rate from Sterling to Euro for January 2013 was 1.195. However, the rate actually fluctuated from a low of 1.165 to a high of 1.231 throughout the month. Therefore, the potential difference of the rate you could have traded was just under 7 cents, equating to a significant saving or loss depending on which rate you took. Tracking the rate yourself is time consuming and unless you monitor throughout the time the market is open often fruitless. You then have to ensure that if you see the rate you want your bank is (a) open and (b) able to give you that rate. This is a key reason why more and more clients are turning to a currency specialist such as Moneycorp that are able to offer a range of services allowing you the

best chance to gain the rate you require without the associated hassle. For example, some of the tools used to benefit you include: Spot contracts - Buy or sell a currency for immediate delivery. Spot contracts are suitable if you want to receive your currency quickly and efficiently while achieving the best rate available. Forward contracts - Fix an exchange rate at which you buy or sell currency for delivery at a later date (up to two years). Forward contracts protect against adverse currency movements and can be used to lock into favourable exchange rates. They are also very useful in terms of budgeting e.g. if you are selling your property in Spain and purchasing a property in the UK. Stop-loss orders - Set a minimum level at which you buy or sell your currency. Your order will be fulfilled automatically if this rate is reached, effectively guaranteeing a minimum rate at which your currency will be exchanged. Limit orders - Set a higher target exchange rate at

which, if this rate is achieved, you buy or sell your currency. If you run a limit order in parallel with a stop-loss order, the exchange rate at which you trade is guaranteed within a given range, giving you the advantage of predictability. As currency markets are always on the move, your order is monitored constantly. You will be kept informed and make sure that levels are amended in response to current market conditions. The flexible nature of market orders, coupled with the expertise, market knowledge and dedication of specialist Dealers, will ensure that your foreign exchange needs are managed proactively. The process is simple and arranged over the telephone. Also, because Moneycorp deal with ‘live’ rates, the rate you agree is the rate you achieve if hit. In our experience, if a client is realistic in terms of the rates they are looking for there is a strong chance they can be achieved – we just do the work for you!


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Do step children have any bonus or reductions for the purposes of Inheritance Tax? Or are they considered as ‘non relatives’ or ‘third party?’ MY HUSBAND has three children from a previous marriage who are like my own children but I have no actual children of my own. I was told that since they are not my descendants, if my stepchildren inherit from me they will pay a huge Inheritance Tax bill, twice the normal, because they are not considered my relatives. Is that true? I believe that what you have been told should be clarified. The Law 29/1987 of the Inheritance and Gift Tax (IHT), in its Article 20 recognises certain reductions to ascendants and descendants by affinity, i.e. stepchildren, parents in law, etc... This reduction, according to Inheritance National Tax rules is of 7,993.46€. Also we can roughly say that the stepchildren pay approximately 59% more in the inheritance tax bill than if they were your own children. Please notice that normally non-relatives or strangers pay more than double. Either way it is true that the concept of relative by affinity and its tax regulation is quite problematic. For example, it has been understood by the Tax Authority,

“ The Law 29/1987 of the Inheritance and

Gift Tax (IHT), in its Article 20 recognises certain reductions to ascendants and descendants by affinity, i.e. stepchildren, parents in law, etc...


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that the reduction stated above will only apply whilst your link with the parent remains, that means that, in your case, if the father dies or you get divorced your step children will not keep their ‘affinity relationship’ with you. Therefore according to the administration, if your husband dies before you or you get divorced and your stepchildren inherit from you, they will not be eligible for the reductions stated, as they will only apply if, when they inherit from you, their father is still alive and married to you. Despite the above theory, there is some debate, since the Spanish Civil Code does not indicate that the affinity relationship terminates with death. The High

Court of Justice of Murcia and Asturias has followed this line of reasoning and ruled understanding the theory to be erroneous. Therefore, we can say that your stepchildren will be able to enjoy the said tax reduction if they inherit from you whilst you are still married to their father. However, in the event that their father dies before you, and they inherit from you, the taxman may understand that the tax reduction is not applicable, although there are legal arguments to fight that decision. If you need help on any matter relating to an inheritance, will or in relation to inheritance taxes, our firm can assist you.

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


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La Marina’s push for the Padron


A wedding or a home?

THE PUSH for the Padron has been highlighted and promoted this year by Giles Paxman, the current British Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Spain. by Keith Nicol Through meetings and workshops in Alicante, the Ambassador has been promoting this vital aspect of Spanish statistical life to the thousands of expatriates from the UK, who might find themselves in a residential wilderness, if they are not registered in the correct manner. One of the more progressive municipalities in promoting Padron registration is the Urnbanization in La Marina, whose population far outnumbers that of the ruling village of San Fulgencio. San Fulgencio’s official population is now around 12,500 people, however, the ‘real’ population of the area, based upon such factors as water and electricity consumption and garbage removal, possibly places the floating residential status of the region at about double this figure! According to the The National Statistics Institute ( INE ) Census, San Fulgencio had a population of 12,529 inhabitants, of which almost 80% are

of foreign nationality, representing the highest percentage of foreign residents throughout Spain and one of the largest in the EU. It is the only Spanish city where English is the language spoken by the majority of the population as there are officially 6, 325 British residents followed by 1,459 German but only about 2,000 Spanish nationals! June 2011 brought in a new coalition government in San Fulgencio made up of eight conservative Partido Popular councillors and one PIPN councillor. Scottish PIPN councillor Jeff Wisniewski now holds the position as Councilor for Urbanizations and is San Fulgencio’s Deputy Mayor and he is very proactive in trying to get the best services possible for the expat community. La Marina now has its own satellite Town Hall and beside this, you find Jeff’s office, which has become a local drop in centre for advice and information. The office deals with all manner of enquires but especially paperwork issues. Putting your name on the Padron

has never ben easier and all you need is your Passport, a copy of your escatura (or a notarized copy of the owner, if you are renting) and your NIE, if you have one. Head down to the Town Hall and registrar your name on the Padron. While you are there, you will be asked if you wish to be included on the electoral role, so if you’d like to have your say in both local Spanish Elections and European Elections, please let them know, and this will entitle you to a vote. Jeff’s office also has a food bank, to help the needy and homeless, and anyone wishing to drop off non perishable supplies are encouraged to do so. Every other Friday, Age Concern can be found there to answer any questions and it’s the place go regarding information on cultural performances, fiestas, emergency procedures and all things official in the community. The office is open from 9.30 to 1.30 (until 3.00pm for emergencies, phone: 966 443 002; website

Many couples cannot afford to get married and buy a house

A UK high court judge claims that the inhibitive cost of housing is seriously undermining traditional marriage because people cannot afford a home and a wedding. Sir Paul Coleridge says that many couples settle for ‘other arrangements’ more prone to break-up, taking the option of buying a home and foregoing a wedding until long after children come along. He added: “Many people are forced to delay marriage while entering into significant financial commitments and starting families while they are ill-equipped to manage the risks entailed.” In Spain couples tend to get married and ‘live with family’ as a mortgage continues to be difficult to secure. However, many Spanish couples are now taking advantage of opportunities offered by ‘rent with a view to buy’ options arranged by local councils.


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The RTN Money Matters page has been created to help you our readers by giving you as much information about current financial matters and products as possible. If you would like us to cover any specific topics or products please email Also if you have any questions that you would like answered by our panel of experts, email them to

British banks: Watchdog accuses them of gambling your nest eggs JUST WHEN you thought it might be safe to dip your toe back into the water and start using the British Banks for investment advice again they have been accused of giving poor and misleading advice and gambling the hard earned savings of their customers by selling thousands of risky investment plans. Yet again these big institutions are putting profits before anything else; it seems that still ‘greed rules’ within the Banking world’s culture and this is going to be hard to stop. It is the latest damaging revelation as they desperately try to restore their reputations in the wake of the interest rate rigging scandal. One Major name on the High Street and across Europe has been accused of recommending investments that were far more risky than customers should have been offered: could this be because these investments earned the Bank more commission I wonder? This Bank is now facing fines totaling millions of pounds and compensation payouts after

being referred to the City watchdog’s serious investigations unit. Although the FSA it is not expected to name the worst offenders, a number of big names have already made changes to their sales staff. On 7th December, Spanish-owned Santander suspended its 800 investment advisers. Many have been sent on an ‘intensive’ retraining programme. Santander refused to confirm whether it had been warned by the FSA. Justin Modray, founder of advice website Candid Money, says: “Banks have long been among the worst culprits of giving bad financial advice.” If you are fed up with the way Banks treat you call and make an appointment with one of our financial experts who will help you get on the right track. Call 96 507 0240 or email to receive truly independent financial advice from a qualified expert.



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Costly clauses


Inequality rears its ugly head

WE ALL know how difficult it can be to work your way through small print. Who actually does? OFTEN WRITTEN in legal terms, and as the name suggests, in very small letters, it is unintelligible to the majority of us. So, no wonder it caught some people out when they agreed their mortgages. The clause was hidden within the agreed loan variable rate and was very difficult for the contracting customers to pick up on. We all know that we should read the small print but the majority of us rely upon being informed of any major conditions that we should be aware of. Unfortunately not everyone was. The clause states that even though the rate of the mortgage might be linked to the Euribor there is a limit on how far the rate might fall: in other words preventing mortgage holders from benefiting from a really low Euribor. What makes it worse is that this capping of a limit at the bottom end is not matched at the top end. There is no

accompanying clause ceiling so, if the Euribor should suddenly climb steeply, those same clients who were prevented from gaining the benefit at the lower end are not protected from a high Euribor. Where there is a clause ceiling, it tends to be so high (8%, 9% or even as high as 20%) that it is never likely to be reached. What’s particularly disturbing is that the banks were well aware of all this when they set up these mortgages. They knew at the point of sale that they were not in the best interests of the clients they were selling them to. What can you do? Although there has been some discussion about this in Parliament it has not resulted in any legislation. However, the amount that might be lost over a period of years is quite substantial and it is worth mortgage holders considering taking legal action against their bank in order to change their mortgage and shake this expensive clause from their contract.

Ă baco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

Women must work 82 more days per year for the same pay as men

FOLLOWING SURVEY results released by the UGT on Equal Pay Day, the Secretary for Equality, Almudena Fontecha, has warned that wage gaps between men and women performing the same job are widening. Spanish women have to work 82 more days per year than their male counterparts for the same remuneration, the figure equating to a 22.55% gap. Last year that gap was 22%. The number of women entering the job market in the last year has increased, but this has been in part-time jobs that are more precarious and attract lower pay. It was stressed that women are earning lower wages because better paid jobs are being given to men with more secure contracts that provide better pensions and benefits.


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Línea Directa becomes the first insurer to sell its products via mobile LÍNEA DIRECTA has launched its new website for mobiles, making it the first insurance company to distribute its products via smartphones.

THE NEW site, which uses xhtml technology, is compatible with the iOS, Android and Blackberry operating systems and is capable of offering customers a price in less than 3 minutes while asking no more than ten questions. In addition, unlike other websites, which use ‘masks’ in their mobile versions, Línea Directa’s new quoting system is 100% adapted to smartphone technology. The website will initially be available for offering car insurance quotes and will then be extended to cover the company’s motorbike and home insurance sectors. Linea Directa’s new page for smartphones also includes information on the insurer’s main products and services and offers a click-to-call service which allows users to send a request for the company to call them if they have any questions or if they wish to purchase the policy with the help of an operator. With this new tool the insurer hopes to record over 150,000 quotes per year and strengthen its position as the leader in Internet and mobile applications. The new quoting system has been designed taking into account aspects such as Internet surfing habits, easy operability, simplicity and user-friendliness for

the customer. Línea Directa’s commitment to mobile technology is part of the growing importance of Internet searches on smartphones, due to the fact that in 2015 over half of all organic searches on the Internet will be carried out using these devices. Call now for more information on 902 123 104.


Exclusive weekend breaks

By Jack Troughton ALL ABOARD for an opportunity to discover and explore some fascinating and historic corners of Spain with some new and exclusive offers from RTN and Gandia Tours. Anyone looking to broaden their horizons and see more of the country will enjoy these April and May mini-breaks designed to share a few secrets with travellers. And as always the trips combine quality with the best prices available – so the message is book early to avoid disappointment because spaces are limited. Cordoba is world famous for its medieval streets and cathedral but every year in May the streets and patios of homes in the old town become a riot of colour as residents compete for prizes in a flower competition. The prizes are a recent addition – the town hall naturally wanting maximum results to boost the festival’s tourist attraction. Traditionally, pride is at stake for green fingered city dwellers. Old Cordoba homes are built around a patio. For three weeks in May these picturesque courtyards become the backdrop to the flower decorations and gates are opened by householders for the world to admire their skills. In a time honoured rivalry, a resident wants to be better than his neighbour, the whole street wants to be a cut above an adjacent thoroughfare and neighbourhoods want to be top dog over adjoining areas. However, while town halls across Spain take pride in the appearance of their locality, for 15 days a year it is the people themselves rather than commercial gardeners who are showing off their skills.


Enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the beautiful Cordoba Patios on a three day trip departing on 7th May. A three-star city centre hotel offers bed and breakfast at 160€, while a similar class hotel out of town charges 130€ per person, full board and including wine and water. On 7th April people can head north from the Costa Blanca for a four day trip to the enchanting fortified Castellon port of Peniscola and its castle built by the Knights Templar. Known as ‘the city in the sea’, many visitors compare it to Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel. This is a four day break costing 180€ and accommodation is in a four-star front line hotel with access to the long and unspoiled beach. The hotel offers half board with wine and water. The trip also includes a visit to explore the inland walled city of Morella and its historic medieval castle.

Overnight accommodation is half board and at a four-star hotel in Torrejon before travellers are taken on to Cuenca and its well-preserved homes built on top of a cliff face, with the modern town built at its foot. Finally, on 26th May there is a six day visit to historic Granada and a chance to really get to know this mesmerising city packed full of both history and charm. Accommodation is provided at the three-star Hotel Navas in the city centre. Choose between bed and breakfast at 160€ per person or 190€ for half board. The longer stay has been arranged by Gandia Tours after requests for more time to discover Granada and its famous attractions. It is an ideal place to explore on foot with a host of bars offering refreshment – including worldrenowned tapas.

PRESERVE The shortest trip is for two days and costs 75€. It leaves on 19th April to take in the wonderful and unspoilt architecture of Chinchon, near Madrid. Preserved through protection orders, there is a rare circular plaza – once typical of the region, the majority were lost to development.

To book any of these excursions, call 966 106 872. Gandia Tours offices are open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm and 4pm and 7.30pm.

Granada Morella



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Life tech

with Aunty Virus

Restrictions on a laptop


HI AUNTY: I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate on my Acer Aspire laptop. On attempting to open some attachments received with incoming Emails I receive a pop up box containing the following message: This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator. I can’t seem to work my way round this one: any ideas, Aunty? Many thanks, Pip Aunty says: This is a common problem and is usually to do with a setting just not working correctly, and the system cannot identify what programme it should use to open the attachment. In the majority of cases, putting the settings back to their ‘default’ can solve the problem. 1. Open Internet Explorer. 2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options. 3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click the Reset button. 4. On the Programs tab, under Internet programs, click Set Programs, then ‘Set your Default Programs’, select your email program and click ‘Set this program as Default’: Repeat for Internet Explorer. 5. Click OK and close the dialogs. Note: You need to set Internet Explorer as default and verify the problem is fixed. If you prefer a different browser, you can set it as default later.

Formatting data HOLA AUNTY: With a TDT Digibox that has a recording facility via a USB port is it possible to attach a 1TB external drive to this to record on? Also, some boxes have minimum and maximum drive size limitations. Also, using Win XP pro - a memory stick has lost its format and data - not bothered about the data - but how to re-format the stick as using the format facility it states that windows is not able to format it (after doing about 90% of it) Brian.

2. Performance and Maintenance, 3. Administrative Tools, 4. Computer Management, 5. Disk Management, 6. Find the USB drive (usually the last storage device before the optical drive), 7. Click on the USB drive, 8. Right click on it and you will see the options (New Partition or Format) 9. Follow the instructions to format (but do NOT choose Quick Format)

Aunty says: If you can record using a USB stick, then there is no reason why you cannot record on an external drive. However, the drive may have to be cleaned and formatted before the TDT box can record on it. If you cannot format a USB Drive via the options in Explorer then there are two other methods. Try these steps on Windows XP: 1. Start, Control Panel,

If that does not work then you will have to use a third party format tool, such as HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Google search, download, install, run, and follow the options to format the USB Drive. Of course with these format tools, make sure you have selected the correct drive you want to format! You do not want to format the drive containing your Windows!

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Kitvision Digital Photo Frame In the age of the digital photo our computers and smartphones have turned into the new family photo album. But what if you want to display a few photos more traditionally around the house? Sure, you could get prints made and put them in a conventional frame – but why be so inflexible when you can have the best of both worlds: a conventional looking frame you can place anywhere you want with the ability to change the photos shown as easily as you do on your computer. The Kitvision 7 inch Digital Photo Frame allows you to easily view your pictures and even listen to music by simply inserting a supported memory card. Supported cards include - Secure Digital Card (SD) (mini and micro SD when used with an adapter), MultiMedia Card (MMC), Memory Stick Cards (Pro/ Duo/Pro Duo) and USB Flash drives. And it couldn´t be easier to use. Just insert your memory card or USB drive, plug in the power adapter (UK 3 pin, Spanish adapter required), switch on and your photos will appear automatically as a slideshow. Control buttons on the frame back allow you to ‘pause’ the slideshow or make display adjustments. The built-in menu is simple to use and takes you through the process of adjusting the display of your images. The Kitvision also comes with 8MB of built-in memory allowing you to permanently store 8-10 pictures. This means you don’t need to keep your memory card/USB drive plugged in to be able to view your favourite snaps. The frame also has a rotatable bracket that allows portrait or landscape viewing and

if you have a mixture of photos the slideshow can be set to rotate the images automatically. The frame features a Bright 7 inch TFT active matrix LCD screen with a resolution of 480x234 pixels and supports jpeg image files. Images displayed can be cropped or stretched to improve appearance and remove those annoying black borders that distract from the photo. The slideshow is also fully configurable with a number of transition effects that can be used, or just set the sequence to random to get a variety of differing effects. The display interval can also be adjusted to suit your taste choosing between 4, 10 and 60 second intervals. The adjustments don´t stop there either. The frame allows an image to be rotated and zoomed and the contrast and colour intensity of the images can also be adjusted. You can even choose between English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch or Russian for the language of any text displayed! The Inspectors Verdict: The Kitvision Digital Photo Frame is compact, flexible, easy to use and makes a great gift. They say a picture is worth a thousand

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HealthTap HealthTap is a useful medical app where you can ask real doctors questions live from your phone.

words – so just be careful what pictures you display. Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit to purchase the Kitvision Digital Photo Frame for 29€. Please note the power supply has an integrated UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

Get fast, free, trustworthy health answers and healthy tips on any symptom, condition, medication, health concern, or even wellness topics from over 32,000 licensed doctors from the comfort of your mobile device. This app is American though so it is heavily geared towards the US user and obviously the doctors registered are looking for follow up consultations but the information available on here is fantastic, up to date and no doubt much better than Googling your ailment and ending up imagining that you have something life threatening when in fact it is quite the opposite. Available to download from Google Play on all Android devices.


22-28 FEBRUARY 2013

Life Showbiz Goss


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

A golden hue around Hugh I REMEMBER seeing Hugh Laurie playing Prince George in the third series of Blackadder and thinking how convincing he was as a bumbling fool, which proved to me he had moved on from his work as a buffer for Stephen Fry in ‘Jeeves and Wooster’. As most of you are now aware Hugh has reached the pinnacle of his acting talent having wiped the floor with all the other drama shows last year with his enigmatic performance as Dr Gregory House in the hugely successful US TV show ‘House’. Now one of the top celebrity gossip publications in the US, The Hollywood Reporter, has apparently been spreading rumours that Hugh baby has agreed

to play a nasty villain opposite George Clooney in an upcoming Sci-Fi movie called Tomorrowland. It could well be that the rumour-mongers are bigging it up, but the same newspaper has suggested that the new film will be similar to Steven Spielberg’s classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. That’s big talk is that: one extremely strong similarity is that the script of Tomorrowland is most definitely about UFO’s. Since moving on from House last year Hugh has had countless offers from across the film and TV world, and has just completed a slightly surprising choice as Mr Pip in a reworking of Charles Dickens

‘Great Expectations’. He perhaps took on the role to re-ground himself after the bizarre drug-addicted doctor character he played in House and now it seems he is about to become Mr Mega-Nasty! There is no doubt in my mind that Hugh Laurie is one of the finest actors Britain has produced in many a year, and maybe if he pops over to the Costa Calida for a plate of paella and chips I might get him in for a chat on my programme on Radio Nova.

Tim felt pretty tiny

HAVING WORKED as a musician for many years I can empathize with the story that caught my eye about Tim McGraw, one of country music’s top artists, who blew it big time at a bash in the US last week to honour the huge contribution Bruce Springsteen has made to the world of music. All had gone well earlier on in the show with Tim having performed a duet with his lovely wife Faith Hill, but as the evening drew to a close and the various dignitaries took to the stage, famous peeps like Sting and Sir Elton John, it all started to go downhill for our hero. Let me bring you up to speed with Tim’s very own words. “I was standing on the end of the stage and I’m trying to hide a little bit and Bruce says, ‘Tim, come and sing the second verse to Glory Day’’ with me’… a song that is as good as Bruce Springsteen’s anthem I might add … and yep you got it! Poor Tim forgot the words but had the courage to later share it with us when he said: “I came in late then the teleprompter was going and I couldn’t find my words and so I just had to laugh and hand it back to Bruce ... It was pretty embarrassing.” I’m sure the guys hung out afterwards and had a brew or three and a good old chuckle, however, with notoriety generally having a positive effect in the world of showbiz, chances are Tim McGraw’s album sales might well be on the increase.

Willis on women

IT COULD well be I’m in the minority having never been a fan of the Die Hard movies, and to see that Bruce Willis has made yet another episode of his gun tottin ‘n car poppin’ crapolla defies reason. If you saw him in ‘The Sixth Sense’ you might get where I’m coming from, a movie that continues to ride high in the video listings. He was also in a run of ‘Friends’ and was brilliant playing the love-interest to Jennifer Anniston’s ‘Rachael’. I saw the man on the One Show last week, and of all things, the subject of women came up. He was extremely kind when talking about his ex-wife Demi Moore and called his three daughters “fabulous young women,” but it was what he said about the lady in Buck House that I loved the best. His words were “I’m a big fan of the Queen and all the Royals, but I like that Queen, she’s as tough as nails…a sweetheart.” Nice one Brucie!

Life TV

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22nd - 28th February

FRIDAY 22nd February BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Room 101 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:25 Pretty Woman







07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 17:15 Live Cycling 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Sea City 22:00 Wild Arabia 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:50 Southern Comfort

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 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Three Kings

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:15 Distant Drums 15:15 Face the Clock 15:40 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 The Last Leg 23:20 Paddy’s TV Guide 24:10 Hot Shots!

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Person of Interest 16:15 Stolen Innocence 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Winter Road Rescue 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 CSI 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Fast & Furious 24:10 The Chronicles of Riddick

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 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 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Joy Ride 24:00 Revenge




SATURDAY 23rd February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:20 BBC News 17:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 20:00 Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 21:25 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 21:40 Casualty 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show


08:30 Great British Menu 11:00 A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00 Meet the Ancestors 12:30 Map Man 13:00 Indian Food Made Easy 13:30 Mastermind 14:00 University Challenge 14:30 Talking Pictures 15:15 The Black Shield of Falworth 16:50 Coast 17:00 Flog It! 17:30 Final Score 18:15 Live Cycling 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Dad’s Army 21:30 Natural World 22:30 Howard Goodall’s Story of Music 23:30 Funny Business 24:30 The Men Who Stare at Goats

SUNDAY 24th February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Countryfile 12:55 Weather 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Call the Midwife 14:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Songs of Praise 18:05 Penguins - Spy in the Huddle 19:05 Deadly 60 on a Mission 19:35 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 Ripper Street 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 The League Cup Show


07:20 Once upon a Honeymoon 09:15 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 09:45 A to Z of TV Gardening 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Live Cycling 15:05 EastEnders 17:00 The Lions’ Roar 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Restoration Home 19:15 Food & Drink 19:45 Ski Sunday 20:30 Open All Hours 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Wonders of Life 23:00 Dancing on the Edge 24:05 Six Nations Rugby Union 24:50 10 Rillington Place

ITV1 07:00 Handy Manny 07:25 The Hive 07:45 Dino Dan 08:10 Canimals 08:25 Bookaboo 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Kick Buttowski 09:30 Victorious 10:00 Jessie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:25 Tasty Travels 12:25 Dinner Date 13:25 Countrywise 13:40 ITV News and Weather 13:45 Carry On Up the Jungle 15:30 The Chase 16:30 Midsomer Murders 18:30 ITV News Central 19:00 Totally Framed! 20:00 Ant & Dec’s Takeaway 21:20 Take Me Out 22:50 Jonathan Ross Show 23:50 ITV News 24:05 The Gauntlet

ITV1 07:00 Handy Manny 07:25 The Hive 07:45 Dino Dan 08:10 Canimals 08:25 Bookaboo 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Rated A for Awesome 09:30 Almost Naked Animals 10:00 Aquabats Super Show 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:25 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Carry On Henry 15:15 Doc Martin 16:15 Agatha Christie’s Marple 18:15 You’ve Been Framed! 18:45 ITV News Central 19:15 Dancing on Ice 20:45 All Star Family Fortunes 21:30 Dancing on Ice 22:00 Mr Selfridge 23:00 ITV News 23:15 Her Majesty’s Prison 24:15 Premiership Rugby

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:25 Freesports on 4 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:20 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:50 Frasier 11:20 Frasier 11:50 The Big Bang Theory 12:20 The Big Bang Theory 12:45 The Simpsons 13:10 The Simpsons 13:40 The Secret Millionaire 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 The Queen’s Mother in Law 21:00 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 22:00 Terminator: Salvation 24:10 Rising Sun

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:20 Looney Tunes 12:25 Monkey Life 12:55 Police Interceptors 13:55 I Dream of Murder 15:40 Corrina, Corrina 17:55 5 News Weekend 18:00 Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man 19:55 CSI: NY 20:40 NCIS 21:35 NCIS 22:30 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:25 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:25 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Coronation Street 09:10 Emmerdale 12:10 Brit Awards 2013 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 You’ve Been Framed! 15:30 You’ve Been Framed! 16:00 You’ve Been Framed! 16:35 Toy Story 2 18:30 Mr Bean’s Holiday 20:20 Jurassic Park 22:50 Take Me Out - The Gossip 23:50 Fake Reaction 24:40 Gremlins


07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:10 Greek 09:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 11:10 Make It or Break It 12:10 Ugly Betty 13:05 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Scrubs 16:35 Rules of Engagement 17:05 Rules of Engagement 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Rules of Engagement 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Beverly Hills Cop II 24:05 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Big Bang Theory





07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 The Hoobs 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:10 The Big Bang Theory 13:40 The Big Bang Theory 14:10 The Simpsons 14:40 The Simpsons 15:10 The Wedding Planner 17:20 Time Team 18:20 Deal or No Deal 19:20 Channel 4 News 19:50 The Political Slot 19:55 20:00 Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast 21:00 A Great British Air Disaster 22:00 Unstoppable 23:50 Runaway Jury

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Disney Shorts 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:20 Once Upon a Time 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:20 Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo 15:35 Stuart Little 2 17:05 To Hell and Back 19:10 Beat the Ancestors 20:05 Mosquito Squadron 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 Saw: the Final Chapter 24:50 The Exorcist: The True Story

07:00 The Biggest Loser 07:55 The Hot Desk 08:10 Emmerdale 11:10 Coronation Street 13:40 Dinner Date: Australia 14:35 You’ve Been Framed! 15:05 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 16:25 Take Me Out 17:55 Take Me Out - The Gossip 18:55 Babe 20:45 Ocean’s Eleven 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 The Grudge

07:00 Switched 07:20 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:15 Make It or Break It 09:10 Ugly Betty 10:05 Scrubs 10:40 Scrubs 11:10 Hollyoaks 13:40 Glee 14:40 Charmed 15:35 How I Met Your Mother 16:05 How I Met Your Mother 16:35 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 Revenge 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 New Girl 20:30 New Girl 21:00 Edward Scissorhands 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 My Mad Fat Diary

Babe 18.55


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Life TV

22nd - 28th February

MONDAY 25th February BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Penguins - Spy in the Huddle 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Being Eileen 24:05 Have I Got Old News for You 24:35 The Graham Norton Show

07:10 Homes Under the Hammer 08:10 Saints and Scroungers 08:55 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:25 Show Me the Monet 10:10 Great British Menu 10:40 Countryfile 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Six Nations Rugby 15:15 Coast 15:20 Mastermind 15:50 Britain’s Heritage Heroes 16:20 British Food Revival 17:20 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Food & Drink 22:00 Dancing on the Edge 23:30 Newsnight 24:35 Wonders of Life

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 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Her Majesty’s Prison - Aylesbury 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 Monk

07:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:25 Everybody Loves 09:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Wild Things 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Black Mirror 24:05 True Stories

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Ladies of the House 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Beat the Ancestors 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 23:00 Horsemeat & Other Food Shockers 24:00 Striking Distance

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Animal Practice 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Ben and Kate 22:30 Ben and Kate 23:00 The Big Reunion 24:00 The Invention of Lying






07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live FA Cup Football 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 FA Cup Football Highlights 24:40 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Britain 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 Secrets of Pickpockets 23:00 Shameless 24:05 Derek 24:35 Random Acts 24:40 One Born Every Minute

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Dirty Great Machines 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Looney Tunes 16:20 Jane Doe 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 CSI 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 Dallas 24:55 CSI: Miami

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Love in the Wild 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 666 Park Avenue 24:00 The Big Reunion

07:00 90210 07:45 One Tree Hill 08:35 Scrubs 09:00 Rules of Engagement 09:25 Charmed 10:20 90210 11:20 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 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 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 Rude Tube 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:35 The Inbetweeners 24:10 Rude Tube

TUESDAY 26th February


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 15:45 Perfection 16:30 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 My New Hand 24:35 Who Do You Think You Are? US


07:00 Close 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 Great British Menu 10:35 Natural World 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Super League Show 15:15 Coast 15:20 Mastermind 15:50 Britain’s Heritage Heroes 16:20 British Food Revival 17:20 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Alex Polizzi 22:00 The Railway 23:00 Heading Out 23:30 Newsnight

WEDNESDAY 27th February



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 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 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 Revenge 23:00 My Little Princess 24:05 The Inbetweeners 24:40 The New Normal








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Holiday Hit Squad 22:00 Child of Our Time 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Film 24:40 The Mothman Prophecies

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 Great British Menu 10:30 Food & Drink 11:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Britain’s Heritage Heroes 16:15 British Food Revival 17:15 The Living Planet 18:10 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Hairy Bikers 22:00 MasterChef 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Railway

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 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Food Glorious Food 22:00 Lightfields 23:00 ITV News 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 From Romania with Love 24:35 Safari Vet School

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Derek 23:35 The Making of Derek 24:05 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:55 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Dirty Great Machines 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 The Tenth Circle 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 21:00 Born to Kill 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 CSI

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2012 24:50 Girls Aloud - Ten Years at the Top

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 Ugly Betty 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 Ugly Betty 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 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 Stardust 23:35 Rude Tube 24:40 The New Normal

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THURSDAY 28th February BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Child of Our Time 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 Great British Menu 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 15:00 Coast 15:20 Mastermind 15:50 Britain’s Heritage Heroes 16:20 British Food Revival 17:20 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Planners 22:00 The Sea King 23:00 Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Winterwatch 1963 - The Big Freeze

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 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Nursing the Nation 22:00 The Wedding Shop 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:35 Grimefighters

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Britain’s Secret Shoppers 22:00 Hugh’s Fish Fight 23:00 Bank of Dave 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Dirty Great Machines 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Disney Shorts 16:20 Abducted 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Horsemeat & Other Food Shockers 21:00 Murder Files 22:00 Jack Taylor 23:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:50 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Corrie Years 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Fake Reaction 24:35 Lemon La Vida Loca

Crossword solutions 696 Cryptic Solutions Across: 1 Of matches; 8 Box; 9 Drawing near; 11 Compere; 12 Cache; 13 Rounds; 15 Gladys; 17 Treat; 18 Omnibus; 20 Counterpart; 22 Lea; 23 Statesmen. Down: 2 Far; 3 Trite; 4 Higher; 5 Stencil; 6 Abracadabra; 7 Expresses; 10 Armoured car; 11 Card-table; 14 Detours; 16 Portia; 19 Nurse; 21 Rye.

Quick Solutions Across: 1 Appraisal; 8 Oar; 9 Prohibition; 11 Entreat; 12 Unite; 13 Intact; 15 Resent; 17 Mince; 18 Company; 20 Impropriety; 22 Inn; 23 Resilient. Down: 2 Par; 3 Arise; 4 Shifty; 5 Leisure; 6 Considerate; 7 Presently; 10 Outstanding; 11 Enigmatic; 14 Cheaper; 16 Across; 19 Moral; 21 Tun.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 Ugly Betty 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 Ugly Betty 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 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 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 My Little Princess

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at

Friday 22nd Feb An Evening With... the world famous Ray Lewis of the Drifters. 19.00 Saturday 23rd Feb Let’s Talk – Everyone’s got a story to tell. Simon talks to Billie Gaddess and Iris Luke 18.30 Sunday 24th The Wedding Show (series) – Often overlooked but done right they look terrific - flowers. 18.00 Monday 25th The Consulate – Conexiones is an initiative where

Spanish authorities join forces with expat charities to support local people in need of all nationalitites. 18.15 Tuesday 26th Let’s Talk Special – ex London gangster and self confessed murderer, Dave Courtney in a no holds barred interview. 19.00 Wednesday 27th Entertaining Angels – Dramatic Licence perform this brilliant funny and poignant play written by Richard Everett. 18.05 Thursday 28th Spanish Eye – Carnival Girls – behind the scenes with some of the girls who help to make the Carnival parades so colourful and glamorous. 19.30

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Life spanish


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 20 WE ARE now looking at how to express commands or orders which are addressed to more than one person. In other, more grammatical, words, we are learning about the second person plural (vosotros) imperative form. I GAVE a few examples at the end of the last article as follows: “venid aquí”; “leed el texto”; “dejad de gritar”; “abrid los libros en la página 8” These are orders or commands that a teacher might give to a group of children or some other kind of leader might give to participants in any activity. It is also the form a parent would use to talk to more than one of their offspring. Basically, as you can see, we have replaced the “r” at the end of the infinitive form with a “d”. So, a teacher might say “escribid en vuestros cuadernos”; an activity leader might say “escuchad atentamente” and a parent might say “dejad de hacer tanto ruido”. I saw another example on the telly yesterday. The ex-pope said to his assembled followers “Rezad por mí” “pray for me” from the verb “rezar” to pray. As far as the pronunciation is concerned, as the letter “d” is a much softer sound in Spanish than in English, you may be forgiven for actually confusing it with the infinitive “r” ending. In practice the two forms sound remarkably similar, especially when followed by other words as in the examples already given. In previous articles we have learnt about reflexive verbs, and they popped up again an article or two ago when learning the singular (tú) imperative. “Quítate el abrigo” (take off your coat) is a command using the reflexive verb “quitarse” - to take off. “Ponte las gafas” (put on your glasses) is the same thing, using the reflexive verb “ponerse” – to put on. As we have seen, we can replace “el abrigo” and “las gafas” with object pronouns like this: “Quítatelo” “póntelas”.

Now then, I hear you ask, how do we give these kinds of orders, using reflexive verbs, addressing the plural “vosotros” form instead of the singular “tú” form? Well, there’s the theory and then there’s the practice. The theory is that we drop the “d” from the verb (with the exception of the verb “ir”) and then add the reflexive pronoun. Like this: “cállate” (tú form meaning “be quiet!) “callaos” (vosotros form meaning be quiet, made up of “callad” plus “os”, dropping the letter “d”. Try screaming it at the neighbours’ kids “¡¡¡CALLAOS!!!” The accent incidentally goes on the last but one syllable which is the second “a”, like this: “callAos”. However, (there always has to be a “however” doesn’t there?) for reasons to do with ease of speech and changes in fashion and usage, many Spanish speakers insert the letter “r” between the verb and the pronoun, like this “CALLAROS”. This variation is technically incorrect but has now become so widespread that it is considered acceptable. Another example is the verb “ir” which is slightly different as I have mentioned. To go is “ir” and “irse” to go away. The singular imperative of “ir” is “ve” (go!) and of “irse” is “vete” (Go away!). In the plural, the imperative of “ir” is “id”. In this case we have to keep the “d” giving us “idos” but you will just as often hear “iros” – the order to more than one person to get lost. I’ll leave you to think of a context in which you would want to use it. I can feel you glazing over on this one, and I think I’m slightly glazing over myself so I’ll leave it there for today.

HORSE MEAT SCANDAL Iwan Thomas mbe@Iwanrunner: Everybody is going on and on about Tesco burgers containing horsemeat, but I just bought some B&Q flooring.... Lamb in it! Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle : Never mind horse in lasagne, I’d like to see a DNA test done on a Haggis. That thing is essentially Noah’s Ark in a bladder. THE SARCASTIC TWEET Jack Whitehall@jackwhitehall : About to get on a plane, can’t wait to sit back relax and enjoy this new Denzel Washington film Flight, I’ve heard great things. THE POPE SAGA Danny Baker@prodnose : I really think the next Bishop Of Rome should be Italian. This whole foreign manager thing has gone far enough. Joan Rivers@Joan_Rivers : I totally understand why the Pope resigned. I’d be furious too if they made me work on Christmas and Easter. THE RANT Piers Morgan@piersmorgan : Alex Ferguson would be long gone at United with Wenger’s record over last 8yrs at Arsenal - and we all know it. LONG gone. THE FUNNY TWEET Jeremy Clarkson@JeremyClarkson: People of America. Have we done something wrong in the UK? Why is Piers Morgan back here this weekend?

Life books

Danny Collins -

The Darkening NICK CLOSE sees the dead reliving their last moments on earth. HIS WIFE Cate fell from a stepladder and broke her neck but, although Nick was physically miles away, he sees her fatal fall re-enacted over and over whenever he visits the fateful scene. After his wife’s sudden death Nick returns to his hometown in Australia. He is still haunted by the murder of his friend Tristram thirty years ago and a strange sense of foreboding now overshadows his arrival. Soon after, a child’s body is found in the woods at the edge of town, a death that closely echoes that of Tristram. Nick continues quietly probing into the town’s secrets and uncovers a string of unexplained disappearances and brutal killings, some decades old. Every one leads him back to the twisted maze of the woods. But there is one other connection and Nick begins to realise that it hadn’t been Tristram who was meant to die…. This chilling read should keep you out of the woods for a while. Stephen M Irwin is a new writer and The Darkening is a chilling debut in supernatural suspense. Well done Sphere for agreeing to publish such a frightener. Now we can all lie awake listening to the branches tapping on the window…

Suduko Answer

Author: Stephen M Irwin Publisher: Sphere (paperback) Price: 9.10€ ISBN: 978 0 7515 4396 4


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Life health


Michael Lord

BPharm(hons) MRPharmS UK Pharmacist with 20 years experience

Asthma and its treatment ASTHMA IS a common condition affecting almost 10% of the population, characterised as intermittent, reversible difficulty in breathing caused by narrowing of the airways, inflammation and excessive mucus. There are a number of triggers which can initiate an attack such as allergy, cold air, exertion (e.g. exercise), infection and stress. The main symptoms are: shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing (especially at night and early morning) and a feeling of tightness in the chest. The aim of treatment is to keep the condition under control so as to minimise the effects on the sufferers’ lifestyle as much as possible. This is achieved using an on-going stepwise approach in order to match the treatment to the severity of the condition: the aim is to reduce the number of asthma attacks to three or less per week or no more than one night time episode per week.

Mild asthma can often be controlled sufficiently by the use of short acting beta-2 agonist inhalers (e.g. salbutamol = Ventolin™ or terbutaline = Bricanyl™). These act by relaxing the muscle in the airways causing them to open. They act immediately but can cause side effects such as shaking or tremor. Unfortunately, in most cases, additional drugs are required to achieve adequate control and the next step is to add a steroid inhaler (such as beclometasone = Becotide™ or budesonide = Pulmicort™). These act by reducing the inflammatory response in the airways and can be very effective if used regularly. They must be used for several days initially before reaching their full effect. Low doses have few side effects, but can cause oral thrush so rinsing the mouth with water after each use is advised. Higher doses can result in typical steroid side effects of; weight gain, lowering the immune system (leading to infections), glaucoma and acne. More severe asthma may require other forms of treatment if high dose inhaled steroids are still insufficient to control symptoms. The next step is to introduce a long acting beta agonist (LABA) inhaler (salmeterol = Serevent™ or formoterol = Oxis™). These act in the same way as the short acting types, but their actions lasts for several hours and are delayed. They do NOT give immediate relief and so mustn’t be used for acute attacks. There was some concern after a large study found that people using LABAs were more likely to suffer from severe asthma that required hospitalisation

or caused death. It is very important to use these products correctly and in combination with other treatments, never alone. It is imperative that any worsening of asthma symptoms are reported and treated quickly. If asthma symptoms are still troublesome the next step is to add oral medication, either; a leukotriene receptor antagonist (Montelukast = Singulair™), theophylline = Uniphylline™ or a beta 2 agonist tablet (salbutamol = Ventolin™). The last step in treating unresponsive asthma is to add the oral steroid tablet prednisolone. This is often used for short periods of 5 to 10 days for asthma flair ups, such as may occur with a chest infection. Long term treatment is associated with a number of complications and patients should be monitored for: high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cataracts, adrenal suppression, diabetes and high blood fats. The regular use of asthma drugs saves lives but it is important to use them correctly. If you have difficulty using the normal pressurised inhaler, then using a spacer device or a different type of inhaler (powder inhaler or breathe activated inhaler) may improve treatment tremendously. If asthma symptoms worsen or reliever inhalers fail to have their normal effect, medical advice must be sought without delay. Emergency treatment with nebulised drugs, oxygen and steroid injection are not uncommon and is often avoidable if the worsening symptoms are reported early. In the UK alone three people die every day from asthma and it has been estimated that 75% of hospital emissions for asthma could be avoided. Asthmatics should have their condition and treatment monitored regularly and their medication adjusted accordingly. The step approach outlined above can be used in both directions, so some drugs can be reduced or stopped if symptoms improve sufficiently.

Michael Lord BPharm (hons) MRPharmS UK Pharmacist with 20 years experience. Now at Health & Beauty Abroad, Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre, Orihuela Costa. Tel: 965325116

Week 5

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

22-28 february 2013

Lloyds Bank International: Costa Blanca Supporting the Royal British Mountain Walkers Legion in Spain


SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY Cabo San Antonio and watchtower: Moderate with some rough terrain: 14kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 300m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Alan 96 558 3637. El Cao, anticlockwise: Strenuous, with some rough terrain covering 12 kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 600m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Charles 606 523 445.

Shirley Adams, Financial Services Advisor, La Zenia; Chris Wyatt, District North Chairman; Torsten Loesch, Branch Manager, La Zenia and Robin Hargrave, District Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator

LAST YEAR over 171,000€ was raised in District North Spain for the Poppy Appeal. This was a tremendous result and brought together not only its 20 Branches but also many local churches, organisations and businesses whose combined support is vital to the continuing welfare work of the Legion in Spain. This week saw the presentation of a cheque for 140.86€ for the Poppy Appeal, raised in the branches of Lloyds

Bank International in the District. Robin Hargrave, the District Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator, said, “I am most grateful to Lloyds Bank International for their continuing support and would like to thank Financial Services Advisor Shirley Adams and her colleagues, who assisted me with the distribution of boxes of poppies last year.” Paul Lister, Regional Sales Director East of Lloyds Bank International, said: “We are always delighted to support the

RBL Poppy Appeal throughout the Costa Blanca and the Costa Calida where we have several branches. The RBL do an excellent job all year round and the funds they raise help the ex servicemen and families of ex servicemen in many parts of Europe. I am sure we all know someone who is involved in the Armed Forces.” If any other businesses would like to lend their support, please visit: spain-north for further information.

WEDNESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY Col de Faixuc: Note later start time of 10.30am: Moderate with mostly good tracks: 9kms of 4 hours’ duration with a 350m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Geoff 676 616 101. Castells circuit East: Strenuous over mostly good tracks: 16kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 650m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Ralph 699 784 253. Ponoch summit: Strenuous and some rough terrain: 14kms of 6 hours’ duration and a 720m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact John 620 865 267. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots, packed lunch and adequate drinking water are required. First aid kit is recommended, as well as protection against sun, wind and rain. Walkers participate at their own risk. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the time stated for each walk will always depend on the fitness and ability of the walkers and also the weather and passage conditions on the day of the walk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given at: Please also refer to this website for any last minute changes to the walks.


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Life people

Legally blonde by Jack Troughton DELIGHTED BENIDORM dog owner Jose this week thanked all his friends in the Rincon for helping keep his only family together – his two friendly dogs. Wheelchair-bound Jose and his canine pals are frequently seen outside the indoor market but police threatened to take blondecoloured dog Chippie away because she did not have a pet passport and microchip. And when expats heard of the situation they collected money to have the pet made legal and keep him with Jose and his other dog, Blackie. And so a collection was made and vet Natalia of Vet Express insured Chippie fully

Iron Art’s charity fair By Jack Troughton IRON ART is staging a charity fair in aid of the MABS Cancer Support Group on Saturday 16th March between 10am and 4pm. Situated on the southbound N332 just outside Gata de Gorgos, entrance to Iron Art’s Fair is free and there will be a range of trade stalls to browse. In addition, expect a raffle and tombola, arts and crafts, jewellery and bric-a-brac, greetings cards and books.

complied with the law – and also gave the dog “every vaccination she could think of!” – leaving enough cash to buy sacks of dog food and treats. The businesswoman who organised the appeal – who asked not to be named – said a recent clampdown had seen Jose fall foul of the authorities. “Jose just wants to say a very big thank-you to all his friends in the Rincon who helped out,” she told RTN. “The two little dogs are his life.” Jose lives with the dogs in a shack in the campo but was described as a “genuine” person who could not work because of ill health and was not a professional beggar but a “real Benidorm character.”

Jose with Chippie and Blackie.

A royal connection By Jack Troughton TALENTED FLOWER demonstrator Beryl Cotton will be welcomed by the Marina Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club on Thursday 28th February on a visit “not to be missed”. Beryl has been a master florist for over 30 years and has helped with floral displays in Westminster Abbey and has also enjoyed the honour of creating a bouquet for the Queen. A past director of the NAFAS, she also helped arrange the flowers in the Abbey for the historic visit of Pope Benedict in 2010. Her theme for her visit La Senieta, Moraira, is “I Dreamed a Dream’ and she says: 2I love flowers, they give me so much pleasure.” Anyone wanting to share her pleasure is welcome to the demonstration. Doors open at 2pm and everyone is asked to be seated by 2.45pm. Entrance is 5€ for club members and 8€ for visitors. For further information call Sue 96 689 6350 or Tina 96 583 3197, or visit the club website

Life recipes

Creamy moussaka MOUSSAKA IS one of those classic dishes that everyone has tasted on Greek holidays, but very few people cook it for themselves. The principal ingredient is aubergine and the Greeks would use minced lamb. This is my version using minced beef and the topping is a classic Béchamel sauce smothered with cheese. • 2-3 large aubergines, sliced into rings about 1cm thick • 500g minced beef or lamb • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped • 1tsp dried mixed herbs • A 400g can of chopped tomatoes • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped • Olive oil • Salt and pepper • 50 g grated cheese For the Béchamel sauce • 400 ml milk • 10 whole black peppercorns • A few parsley stalks • A small piece of onion • A bay leaf • 40g butter • 25g plain flour • ½ tsp grated nutmeg 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. 2. Season the sliced aubergine with plenty of salt and pepper. Add a good measure of oil to a large frying pan and fry the aubergines for 3-4 minutes on each side until they begin to brown. (You may need to do this in batches). Set aside. 3. In the same frying pan, cook the onion and minced beef until the meat is just brown. Add the mixed herbs, garlic and tomatoes and heat until bubbling. Season with salt and pepper and set

Everyone has tasted Moussaka on Greek holidays

aside while you make the Béchamel sauce. 4. In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk with the peppercorns, parsley stalks, onion and bay leaf. Allow to simmer for a few minutes then strain the milk into a jug and discard the other ingredients. Melt the butter in the pan then remove from the heat and stir in the flour until you have a thick paste. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring all the while until you have a smooth sauce. Return the pan to the heat and whisk until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the nutmeg.

5. Now it’s time to assemble the dish. Place half the fried aubergine in the bottom of a shallow ovenproof dish, then cover with the minced beef mixture. Add the rest of the aubergines in a layer, then spread the Béchamel sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Serve immediately with crusty bread and a crisp green salad. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

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New choir on the block

by Jack Troughton MAKING AN exciting debut on 2nd March in the church at Rafol d’Almunia is the Costa Blanca’s newest choir Music Unlimited. As the name suggests, the group performs music of all kinds – from 16th Century motets through to modern close-harmony arrangements. Music Unlimited is made up of experienced singers from along the coast and the choir was founded and is led by Joanna Baldwin, musical director of the English

Choir and other musical groups, as well as being a stage [performer and soloist in her own right. Jo said: “I feel proud to direct such a lovely group of singers and friends and I am excited by the prospect of our first public performance.” The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are 10€ on the door. Proceeds from the night will support the Rafol and Alcalali churches, Jalon Valley HELP, and the animal charity SCAN. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Jo on 636 594 014.

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Life events

The CATS whiskers By Jack Troughton HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to Footlights Youth Theatre for producing the magical spectacle of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS last week. Hugely enjoyable, from the off this vibrant show had ‘smash hit’ written all over it – a triumph for each and every one of the young cast, the band and back stage crew. Inspired costumes, wigs and makeup brought a wonderful palette of colour to Calpe’s Casa de Cultura stage – at times the action was so fast it was almost like watching one of the Costa Blanca’s renowned firework displays. Almost incredibly this was Footlights Youth Theatre’s first production. However, given the talent on stage, it was no surprise most of the youngsters have been treading the boards for some time in a variety of stage and dance schools. CATS is based on the poetry of TS Eliot found in ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Lloyd Webber putting them to music, with the addition of the hit song Memory. Beware, go to the show and find yourself humming this for days afterwards. And last Thursday night’s opening performance made a little slice of history by becoming the first amateur performance of the show in Spain – and possibly Europe. ADVENTURE The show centres on the annual night time reunion of the ‘Jellicle Cats’ when the felines gather to relate their stories and

Treat for jazz fans By Jack Troughton JAZZ DRUMMER and singer Mike Brain returns to Spain for a one-off gig at Mil Palmeras on Monday 25th February at 8.30pm. A familiar face on the Mediterranean coast as a live and recording musician, he is playing El Pescadito and will be joined by Christine and Roger Eames. Mike’s own jazz style is said to remind music lovers of the velvet tones of legend Mel Torme.

adventures to each other – leading to some energetic and exciting dance routines. All the action takes place on a rubbish dump somewhere in London. Tony Sim built a memorable set on stage – outsized discarded items from the dump created to be in scale with human sized cats. Its design also allowed spectacular surprises to be incorporated into the various routines. And what routines they were. Fantastic choreography from Giovanny Wallis insured there was never a dull moment when the cats were in full flight - a mixture of modern dance, ballet and acrobatics. CATS was very much a team effort. The principals were well cast, fine-honed from rehearsals and were in excellent voice

throughout. Equally impressive was the continual acting by the members of the chorus, always doing little random cat-like things in the background. A purrfect night out and amidst all the caterwauling, it was noted from a piece of on-stage scenery that dogs are from Mars, cats are from Venus. So that’s the difference then! There is a final opportunity to catch this Footlights Youth Theatre production on Saturday 9th March when CATS is performed at the Teatro Municipal de Torrevieja at 8pm. Tickets at 12€ (8€ for children under 14) are available from the theatre box office or via

Life music Sharni: Female Entertainer 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 60’s to the present day, from a repertoire which she constantly up dates. Starting on Friday 22nd February, Sharni, will be returning to her regular gig at Rusty’s Bar & Restaurant in Benitachell/Moraira (next to Mercadona). For bookings and more info check out: FEBRUARY GIGS Friday 22nd, Rusty’s Bar & Rte, Benitachell/Moraira, Moraira (next to Mercadona) Saturday 23rd, So What Bar, Av de Europa, Calpe Tuesday 26th, Chino Shang Hai, Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira MARCH GIGS Friday 1st, Rusty’s Bar & Rte, Benitachell/Moraira, Moraira (next to Mercadona) Every Friday Saturday 2nd, L’Almerca Restaurant, Teulada Tuesday 5th, Chino Shang Hai, Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira (Every Tuesday)

Susie Q – Female Vocalist SUSIE Q started her singing career on the Northern pubs/clubs circuit where she has supported many stars in cabaret and corporate functions. Her act includes the songs of Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Diana Ross, The Carpenters as well as her ‘Ultimate Tribute Show’ featuring: Amy Winehouse, Lady GaGa, and Tina Turner. Susie is a performer who is ideal for private parties, Bowls Clubs, Dinner/Dances, Golf Societies, etc. For more details phone: 688 238 225. GIGS FOR FEBRUARY Friday 22nd, The Forum, Alfaz del Pi Saturday 23rd, Bar Ambiente, Moravit, Moraira Sunday 24th, El Cisne Rastro, Benidorm: 4pm GIGS FOR MARCH Saturday 2nd, The Hills Bar/Rte, Altea La Vella Thursday 7th, Levante Hotel, Benidorm

Bar Planet 100, Parcent: Friday Acoustic Sessions ON FRIDAY 22nd February, Bar Planet 100 in Parcent is starting a new venture - Friday Acoustic Sessions. They promise to bring you the finest musicians performing pure, unadulterated acoustic music. There is no cover-charge and no overpriced drinks, just good music in a fantastic atmosphere. This promises to be something very special for everyone living and visiting the Jalon Valley. To keep your finger on the pulse of this new weekly music event you can ‘like’ their special Facebook Page. Just search for ‘The Planet Acoustic Sessions’.

LINE UP FOR MARCH March 1st - Celtic Knot March 8th - Chill Factor March 15th - Jazzify March 22nd - KC Experience March 29th - Paul Harris In April they aim to introduce even more varying styles of acoustic solo artists and duos. So - watch this space! ‘Support Live Music’: To enquire about performing phone: 676 507 791 To enquire about booking a table phone: 96 640 5395

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Life horoscopes With the Mercury retrograde in process it is a time for reflection and calm, even if those around you seem to be losing it right now. You are focussed on what you both want and need and have everyone’s future neatly in your hand. Rest assured that though you may suffer a delay in breaking through, resolve is close.

Venus enters into Pisces and this, coupled with the trauma of the start of the Mercury retrograde, forces you to take stock and to shelve plans until a controlled balance can be found. Use this time profitably because it allows you to examine more carefully a loophole which may very well change your mind about something. Hesitation is brought about by current planetary events all across the Cosmos at the commencement of the Mercury retrograde. Whatever you do make sure that you do not sign your name on any document, and check your finances too as a corner shows that savings may have to be broken into. Do what you can as soon as you can. Time to eliminate your unwanted clutter, and then you can better love what is left behind. There is a clear need to set the records straight and to make a decision which seems to have been hanging over your head for some time now. With all the will in the World follow your gut instincts and go for what seems right. Forgiveness is the balm that will soothe somewhat a conflict of interests, and at last you have emphatically shown your true colours and where your loyalties lie. As others all seem to have a say in your future take control of your destiny and show them, once and for all, that you are where you need to be, and not to be messed with. With all the will in the World you are stubbornly clinging on to what you hold dear, and what you have worked hard to achieve. There comes a time when you will be tried and tempted, but just now you need to know just where you are in the current scheme of things and, above all, who is alongside you. Venus is involved in a strong conjunction with Neptune at the end of a busy week. Nothing is at it seems at present, and yet you are being shown an alternative that could be just what you are looking for. Mighty Neptune brings innovation and stability, and these should go hand in hand with what you have in mind. Mars acts up to a retrograde Mercury and you will see better the error of your ways just now, with a view to getting your act together. Something on the Love stakes has captured your heart recently, and a romantic and passionate affair begins to blossom as you start to accept the ground rules and re run your innermost desires. With Jupiter in an indecisive Gemini and the current disconnection from the Mercury retrograde, it is time to take the bull by the horns. So much time has already been wasted but right now is the best time to make the plans which will see you taking a well deserved breather and a very welcome change of scene. Do your detective work, since your highly talented psychic energies have made you curious and determined. Whilst you cannot put your finger on what is really going on there is a need to know exactly where you stand so you can best plan your response. Be careful that you may wish you weren’t involved. Ebullient Pisces brings mystery and imagination to your doorstep; as you try to filter out the truth from a hot bed of gossip, in order to set the record straight. Things just don’t seem to be as they should be and someone is holding back from telling their story, knowing that you won’t approve of their intervention. Much Cosmic energy surrounds you this week. There is firstly the flirtatious entry of Venus, followed by the conjunction of a thundery Mars with retrograde Mercury. But it is when Neptune scores with Pisces at the end of the week that the cat is well and truly set amongst the pigeons and anything could happen and probably will!

Kenny corris

Lone soul

LONELINESS IS a terrible thing, and it is not to be confused with being alone; here are two very different concepts. Loneliness can be felt when you are surrounded by people, and being alone is sometimes a choice or a preference. Alone is a great chance to work with inner guidance and meditation, a chance to establish an inner peace and to contemplate. Whether you talk to yourself, or to God, or to Spirit the message is personal, individual and unique. We are strange in our wants and needs. Sometimes we strive to have time to ourselves, to be alone to complete tasks or to have grateful solitude and time to just be who we are. Then when we get the chance we don’t necessarily like it and are caught up in our own loneliness or an uncomfortable silence. Often what we ask for is not what we really need after all, even if we think that we do. Alone we can talk best to our inner selves. This can spur us on and motivate us, we may even find that we can plan ahead with the clear space of our own thoughts in our own space and under our own conscious control. There will be nobody to change our mind and nothing to stop us but ourselves. Loneliness is a terror. It is the sheer absence of company and fellowship that we may seek. But we are each different in any endurance and must balance this with interpersonal intention. One wonderful experience I had was to travel above

Kennys diary Albir Readings: The End of the Mayan Calendar has brought the Maya Bistro in Albir a brand new name. In future it will be known as SOMETHING ELSE. Readings are available on March 4th and 6th from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. Service at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz: All welcome to a demonstration of Clairvoyance and Mediumship at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation at 18.30 on Thursday February 28th. DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in February, or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

If it’s your birthday this week

the glacier line on a Norwegian Fiord. When I first saw the little shack that I was going to spend 24 hours in I was worried. When I found out there was no internet or telephone at this altitude I became very grateful to hearing the bells around the necks of the grazing goats, appreciative of the river behind the hut which was bathroom and toilet and the source of my supper too. I never was a fisherman, but I became one. On this occasion I became part of the terrain, learnt on my feet and was blissfully alone with my thoughts. There was no pain to talk to myself, and nobody to answer back or to help me to change my mind. The next day I didn’t want to leave, and even after such a short time I had adapted to my surroundings, and shunned the mechanistic world out there. Was I lonely? No….was I alone, No, I felt protected and safe. BUT that is because of my own negotiation with Spirit. My connection over the year’s means that I am never ever lonely, and that I can comfortably be alone too, knowing that I am being taken care of always. There is no interference, and I still call the shots and always will, but just to know that I am never alone is a comfort. There will be times when my own space and my inner peace are what I crave, and other times when I need the company of even strangers in preference to the solitary presence of only me. Dialogue is always there if Spirit are involved and though I may get lost walking the face of this Planet Earth, somehow someone knows the right way and shows me where to go; as even a wrong turn can be a part of spiritual destiny and where I, as a lone old soul, may need to be.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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DEAR KENNY, when you told me during a reading, that I had specific powers I was surprised. I thought that you had told me what I wanted to hear, and not what you saw, or felt. I have been reading up and have joined a circle here in the UK. It seems that you were very right because I am developing my skills and opening to Spirit, just the way you said that I would. I can’t thank you enough, and I hope we will meet again. Paula J. Thank you Paula. I meet so many gifted people and it is always so good to hear that this may have started you off along your current spiritual pathway. I hope you get all the guidance you need, and always remember that if you need an answer from me I will help. Working in Circle is a wonderful way of working towards spiritual enlightenment, and it adds the fellowship of like minded others; each of whom will help you if you need it, and catch you if ever you fall. Thank you for finding the time to write, and God bless you on your journey! I hope that we do cross paths again too.

Be assured that you are coming out of the tunnel at last. Yes, you have had some false starts….that is true, but you have now all that you need to ensure that this year is very much yours for the taking!


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. A convict returns to the fete (4) 8. But he could be backward politically and no Socialist in sport (4-6) 9. Although discourteous, I am to take a European round it (8) 10. Game piece for Uncle? (4) 12. On stage in a temporary capacity (6) 14. The ball is in her grasp, her expert grasp (6) 15. If taken aback, sees the last of the demons (6) 17. Statue shows cunning construction (6) 18. Bring up to be last? (4) 19. Take the corner too lightly and capsize (8) 21. Fetch ring to restore consciousness (5,5) 22. With which orientals show agreement? (4)

Word Ladders


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2. There’s surely a fortune to me made in nuclear science (6,4) 3. A singer is included in most normal tours (4) 4. In sight in it, but apparently not likely to be on (6) 5. We are in groups eating confections (6) 6. Photographs from an overheated camera? (8) 7. The smile of the bearer, perhaps (4) 11. Try hard to get power by taking industrial action? (4,2,4) 13. No rating is lacking in knowledge (8) 16. Scrubs most of the finals course (6) 17. A place to meet in the street (6) 18. Makes fun of bones (4) 20. Bound, say, to have water movement (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.

Quick Crossword

Across 1. Pain (4) 8. Speed up (10) 9. And so on (2,6) 10. Virtuous (4) 12. Upright (6) 14. Stretch (6) 15. Pass away (6) 17. End (6) 18. Operatic song (4) 19. Rapturous (8) 21. Intentional (10) 22. Record (4)

Down 2. Director (10) 3. Comfort (4) 4. Stress (6) 5. Gratify (6) 6. Terrify (8) 7. Sell (4) 11. All-knowing (10) 13. Forcible (8) 16. Loophole (6) 17. Financial (6) 18. Military assistant (4) 20. So be it (4)

Euromillions Draw

Friday 15th February 2013


4 22 28 42



No ticket won the 52,030,590 Euros

Tuesday 19th February 2013

12 15 28 30 44



One Swiss ticket won the 60,298,933 Euros




1.4 ACTIVE 5P - 88,600KM

4,300€ March


CITROEN C4 - 2012


27,900€ February


CITROEN C4 - 2012

1.6CDTI 110CV - 13,200KM

HDI 90 BUSINESS - 22,313KM






CITROEN DS3 - 2011

FORD KA - 2005



1.3i - 102,193KM


11,900€ April

CITROEN C5 - 2012



3,300€ March

11,900€ May


CITROEN C4 - 2011

C 1.2i - 50,000KM

VTI 120 SEDUCTION - 38,760KM








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PRICE 3,550.00 6,500.00 5,700.00 6,350.00 3,850.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 3,900.00 3,500.00 8,500.00 9,200.00 10,000.00 9,750.00 10,000.00 8,700.00 9,000.00 10,000.00 10,600.00 12,850.00 13,500.00 11,400.00 13,000.00 5,600.00 5,950.00 13,000.00 11,400.00 27,900.00 32,700.00 16,300.00 16,300.00 16,300.00 8,600.00 18,900.00 9,000.00 14,500.00 4,600.00 3,700.00 7,500.00 8,900.00 4,900.00 4,900.00 12,900.00 11,900.00 13,800.00 18,990.00 28,900.00 13,000.00 8,600.00 13,200.00 13,200.00 5,300.00 7,900.00 8,300.00 3300.00 8,400.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 11,900.00 8,990.00 7,900.00 8,990.00 9,450.00 8,990.00 8,990.00 8,990.00 9,450.00 7,900.00 13,300.00 9,450.00 8,990.00 7,900.00 12,900.00 13,500.00 13,900.00 13,500.00 13,900.00 13,900.00 6,700.00 4,500.00 2,995.00 4,300.00 3,950.00 4,500.00 8,000.00 6,200.00

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Life cars


Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

“Make every component as light as possible” WHO STOLE My House? is a great children’s book that my little daughter and I enjoy reading together. It tells the story of a snail who takes off his shell to have a bath and then forgets where he’s left it. A common problem, you can imagine. Nature knows that the weight of a snail’s shell cannot be too heavy otherwise it would have disastrous consequences. The same is true in car production and the engineers at Mazda have given it considerable thought with the Mazda 2, which weighing a tad over 1,000kg almost 100kg lighter than Vauxhall’s Corsa. That sack of spuds’ difference leads the manufacturer to

claim that its 1.3-litre petrol five-door hatchback will return 56mpg as its lighter shell makes for a more efficient vehicle. All sounds good on paper and should mean that the 42 litre tank will see the car travel 500 miles. A lighter body does mean that it feels a bit leaf-like in high winds or when a lorry overtakes. But overall it provides an enjoyable drive and its five-speed gearbox is smooth and decisive - among the best on the market. Distinctive and attractive styling boosts the Mazda 2 package as you can in the video at It’s a good quality and well put together vehicle. But to me the rear

Distinctive and attractive styling boosts the Mazda 2 package

wiper looks out of place and the rear washer could be better positioned as water seems to miss the wiper when cleaning the screen. Inside the interior is comfortable if a little drab and black but there is reasonable leg room for both front and rear passengers. Rear passengers get privacy glass and the driver gets a useful left foot rest. The seats are comfy and the dashboard is well designed and easy to navigate. The stereo speakers seem to be of high quality picking up instruments that I was unaware of in my favourite tunes. I like the design of the glove box, too. The electrically folding wing mirrors prove particularly useful during a long traffic jam where I can only fit into my chosen lane by folding the mirrors to get past a van. It works a treat. Parkers, the car experts, say: “The Mazda 2 introduced the world to the Japanese firm’s belief that light weight was every bit as important in the fight against emissions and fuel consumption. The philosophy of Mazda with the 2 is to make every component as light as possible.” Despite my best efforts I have only experienced 49mpg when travelling at a constant 50mph. Travelling at 70mph drops this nearer to 40mpg. Although Mazda has shied away from incorporating engine start stop technology perhaps this would help improve efficiency as might fitting a six-speed gearbox and cruise control. Mazda 2 1.3-litre Tamura (2012) five-door hatchback New price range: 13,013.10€ - 18,345.94€ Economy: 46mpg 0-60mph: 13.2secs Top speed: 106mph Power: 82bhp Fuel tank: 42 litres

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Wenger’s gunner go, surely!? AFTER A shocking week in the cups (FA Cup elimination at the hands of Blackburn and a Champions League hiding off Bayern Munich), it doesn’t take a brave man to assume that Arsenal will now go eight years without silverware. For a club their size, and the players they’ve boasted in recent times, such a dry spell is absolutely shocking. To stave off criticism, manager Arsene Wenger usually attempts to divert attention away from the Emirates trophy cabinet (if they still have one!?) and instead guide critical eyes towards the Arsenal balance sheets and the fact that he’s qualified for the Champions League in each of his sixteen-plus years in charge, but I’m not sure for how much longer he’ll be able to get away with that. Don’t get me wrong, to consistently finish in the Premier League’s top four whilst maintaining a sound business model is commendable but the emphasis Wenger has placed on top European qualification could, by the end of this season, be his undoing. The Gunners currently sit four points behind fourth place Tottenham and although Arsenal overhauled a ten-point deficit last season, Spurs look

the real deal this year and certainly the more likely to be playing Champions League football next season. Certain sections of the Arsenal hierarchy have seemed willing to forego trophies in favour of Champions League money in the past but if that stream of cash were to dry up, would their patience with the Frenchman also run out? Personally, I’m surprised has hasn’t been removed already. Yes the club entertain Europe’s best sides each year and yes they aren’t reliant on an oil-rich sugar-daddy who could get bored and walk out on them tomorrow but it’s trophies and glory that the fans want. Arsenal have indeed made a profit over the past few years, but the likes of Portsmouth, Birmingham and this weekend either Swansea or Bradford have been winning cups! As a fan, it’s tough to get excited that your team’s on a secure financial footing or that your growth outlook for the upcoming fiscal quarter is promising. You won’t win many pub points with an argument like that and if you think people will organise an open-top bus for it then forget it! In my opinion, the Arsenal fans are being lied to. The suits (and I include Wenger here) at The Emirates tell them the reason they don’t truly compete for trophies is because their nearest rivals have far greater resources but loyal Gooners were also told that moving from Highbury (and paying more money!) would make them more financially competitive. A further contradiction comes around every transfer window when at least one board member releases a statement saying that the manager will be supported and has X-amount of millions to spend but the team instead loses their best players because they aren’t offered

better contracts!? The reality appears to be that Wenger’s only able to spend money he makes from sales which yes, is criminal from the board, but the manager has final say on transfers and the £100million he’s spent in the past eighteen months has been, for the most part, completely wasted. Buying Gervinho for instance, for £11million, should be a sacking offence in itself! If the bottom line really is THE bottom line then the carefully saved pennies must surely be spent more wisely and by someone else because, for me, the days of Wenger buying diamonds in exchange for coal are long gone. Obviously the pundits will tell us we should be careful what we wish for because a new manager may mean an initial dip in performance but a phoenix rising from the ashes would surely be preferable to the current slow, painful death? Wenger’s got to go sometime; he can’t go on forever and, for my money, that time is now. THIS WEEK IN “THE LIONS”: Sat 23rd Feb: Fulham v Stoke (1.45pm) Italy v Wales (6 Nations – 3.30pm) Arsenal v Aston Villa (4pm) QPR v Man United (4pm) England v France (6 Nations – 6pm) Sun 24th Feb: Man City v Chelsea (2.30pm) Newcastle v S’hampton (2.30pm) Scotland v Ireland (6 Nations – 3pm) Bradford v Swansea (Cup Final – 5pm) Tues 26th Feb: Barca v Madrid (Copa del Rey – 9pm)

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Taking Root on the international stage

The Final Whistle

GEOFF BOYCOTT isn’t known for handing our plaudits willynilly so it’s worth bearing in mind that he’s been positively purring over England newcomer Joe Root. THE YOUNG Yorkshireman starred for England in the second one-day international in Napier, scoring 79 from just 56 balls and, in the process, became the first Englishman to score more than 30 runs in each of his first six one-day matches. Speaking on Test match Special, Boycott said “I thought Joe Root played marvellously well, he’s got a range of shots that most people don’t have. He plays without fear, he looks very comfortable and he’s here to stay.”

Now, when an old curmudgeon like Boycs starts issuing compliments like that, you can be pretty sure that England has a very special talent on its hands. That said, having now surely put the kiss of death on the young man, it’ll be interesting to see how he goes in the third and deciding one-day game in Auckland tomorrow. RFL TACKLES PROBLEM HEAD ON Having had a quick trawl through You Tube over the past few days, it’s clear that some of the most explosive ‘hits’ in rugby league involved a shoulder charge. Perpetrators fling themselves at the opposition at high speed with the victims often left dazed and confused on the ground, more often than not having coughed up the ball. However, I’ve never quite understood how the shoulder charge has ever been classed as a tackle seeing as it closer resembles a form of assault. Not anymore however. The RFL in the UK has followed the lead of their Australian counterparts and have banned the shoulder charge with immediate effect. This may upset some traditionalists but with players getting bigger, heavier and more muscular it was only a matter of time before one of these so-called

The Blupadel Tour 2013 gathers momentum

tackles caused serious injury or worse. The authorities have done the right thing. ROBSHAW COULD BE LIONS MAIN MAN During the autumn international season, England captain Chris Robshaw looked a little out his depth. While playing well enough, his nous as skipper was called in to question with his overly optimistic approach against Australia then his safety first game plan in the dying stages against South Africa. England lost both matches. But then came the record victory against New Zealand which has been followed by two wins out of two in the Six Nations Championship. Success against France this weekend will see England closer to the Grand Slam and quite possibly, Robshaw another step towards the captaincy of the British Lions this summer. Should he get the job, it’ll be an amazing turn around for the 26 year old Harlequin and proof positive that genuine hard work plus self belief can pay off.

Fishing Maggots End by

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THE COMPETITION this week was the 4th round of the Coastrider Challenge cup. The venue (wait for it) was the Embalse de Pedrera. Well, we have had some windy days but this one beat those. The wind blew from the north, north-west direction all day. If you didn’t nail your gear to the deck then it went away with the waves. We were just waiting for a windsurfer to come past it was that bad. The water is still receding as more water must be being drawn off for the farmers! What about the summer? Who knows… TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot with 4.56 kilos 2nd - Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the feeder using tares with 4.54 kilos 3rd - Ian (From the Darkside) Haughton fishing the feeder using maggot with 4.02 kilos

THE ANNUAL Blupadel Tournament begins in Alicante 1st March and will continue until midDecember. Enthusiasm for the sport has grown and this year the tour will deliver up to 70,000€ in prizes and gifts not only to the winners but also among all those registered and taking part. Players of all categories and skill levels are welcome to play, giving beginners and intermediate players the opportunity to play alongside seasoned competitors throughout six heats and a ‘Masters Final’. In addition, the Blupadel centre offers a leisure complex of 12,000 m2 of which 5,000 are specific for indoor athletics, with 13 tracks of the highest quality, two singles courts and a tennis centre with a capacity for 750 spectators drawing a full calendar of competitions at all

levels throughout the year. Increasingly popular with participants aged 20 – 30 years, padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court about half the size of a tennis court. The balls used and the scoring is the same as normal tennis, just with a little less pressure. The biggest difference is that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way to squash. The popularity of the game with Spain’s younger generation is probably due to its success as an efficient fitness routine and also it provides a busy social scene. Padel is ‘the sport to play’ on the Costa del Sol and it is now also popping up all over the UK. Interested participants have until noon on 26th February to join up and register. More info on 96 511 5556 or visit

Although an exceptionally bad day due to the weather there was only one dry net! The peg I fished will have a blue cross put on it, as I never lost any gear on snags OR any fish finding snags!

although the water level is down we had an average of four feet. It was a cold day and very windy and the fishing was hard, but once again there was only one dry net.

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.

1st - Dave (The sweetie man) Hutchinson with13.580kg fishing the pole using paste 2nd - Bill (The Master) Reade with 6.120kg fishing the feeder using sweet corn and bread 3rd - Terry (Swing em) Screen with 5.600kg fishing the feeder using bread and maggot

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen This week’s 6th round of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished on the river Segura at Murcia on 12th February. The walling on the opposite bank is just about finished and we will have to wait to see what will happen next. We decided to give ‘A section’ a try which is opposite to the hospital. The water there is narrower but deeper, and

We have now received official confirmation of all our matches booked in Murcia and Valencia regions and our fixture lists are now available. These and all details are available on our website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368

FC Torry news

LAST SUNDAY Torry took on 3rd from bottom Denia at the Nelson Mandela “Rugby” stadium. The game had been switched there because of the poor condition of the pitch at the Vicente Garcia. Torry needed to win to climb the table to relative safety. Denia appeared in an All Black kit. Thought it was the Kiwi’s. Some of the play was reminiscent of Rugby with a few rugged challenges and “up and unders”. The first half was pretty uneventful. Torry seized the initiative in the second-half and took the lead after 53 minutes with a goal from sub Cuco Ros. The Torry cause was then helped in the 73rd minute when a Denia player was dismissed for scything down Villanueva. Torry created chances but failed to take them and they paid the price when in the last minute of stoppage time the opposition equalised directly from a free-kick. Somewhat Harsh on Torry. Torry are away to At Saguntino on Sunday.


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No hope for the future? NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

JUST A few weeks ago I attended a golf tournament that was run over three days for the ranking system here in Spain. I attended with lots of expectations including perhaps learning from some of my fellow coaches who would also be there watching over their charges. The event attracted some of the best golfing talent in Spain and some travelled from as far away as Galicia and Andalucía to compete so the attraction of the tournament is plain for all to see. There were also a number of talent scouts around the venue for various organisations within golf. As the first round progressed I chose a group of three players to follow whom I thought would provide some good golf and that I could learn from. I certainly learned more than I bargained for and was extremely disappointed at what I saw going on right under the nose of official referees appointed by the Real Federacion Española de Golf. The group I followed started on tee 10 and after only the second shot of the day I encountered the first bit of the cheating that others had warned me of. A player hit a ball into the water and as I informed the group where the ball crossed the line was constantly ignored,

presumably because the fourth shot would have been a difficult one over a larger expanse of water than where the competitor wanted to drop the ball. The ball was dropped in the wrong place and hit onto the green whilst witnessed by the referee, who also ignored the position from where the ball should really have been played. The competitor continued to post a score that was absolutely incorrect, as a penalty should have been added for playing the ball from the wrong place. In the second incident, a competitor took a triple bogey seven and promptly informed the other players in the group that a six was scored. Once again this incident was recorded under the nose of an appointed referee who ignored this false declaration. How on earth are these people going to get on in life when they are blatant cheats? To be allowed to get away with this level of cheating is totally unacceptable to all who love golf and confirms the reasons why so many expatriates will not play in official competitions. The really sad thing is that I witnessed these incidents along with a friend who confirmed I was right in my understanding of both incidents and I wonder just how much cheating went on in the other groups

on the golf course that was ignored by referees. Has our sport here in Spain really sunk this low or is this just an isolated incident? I really do hope that it is an isolated incident but perhaps it would explain just why when some of the talent from Spain plays in the United Kingdom they miss cuts and get knocked out in the first rounds of tournaments that they should be competing for if their handicaps are correct. WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 22ND FEBRUARY 2013 In what US state is Pebble Beach Golf Links situated? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 28th February to be entered into February’s draw, which will be made on 1st March 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th March 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to - Free golf lesson for all new RTN Golf members! Sign up now, limited offer

RTN Club Scene THE GOLF course was definitely the winner last week at Alicante Golf as high winds saw a depleted field compete in our second round of RTN Golf League 2013 matches. In relatively high winds throughout the day scoring was going to be difficult but as usual our golfers rose to the challenge and great enthusiasm saw a gritty performance from Vic Smith in particular, who came in with 31 Stableford points to take top spot and take home the winner’s Ashworth polo shirt presented to the best score returned every week. This prize has a retail value of around 55€ and is perhaps the best value prize presented at any weekly golf society meeting in the area. Louvain Smith also returned a good score in the conditions as did Steve May who consolidated his position at the top of the leaderboard. Each week we continue to be presented with new challenges at Alicante Golf and we would love to see the continuation of the number of new members who come along to play their golf at the area’s best golf course at a price that represents excellent value for money. All members of RTN Golf Club and their guests are welcome to play with us: just email your names and handicaps to and we will confirm your tee time. In other news for our members we have a special deal arranged with Alicante Golf for annual membership that is exclusive to members of RTN Golf Club, with or without the use of a buggy included. Annual memberships are probably the most economical way to play golf, particularly if you want to play more than once per week: Call Noel on 639 730 891 for more information.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 26th February - RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 5th March - RTN weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 12th March - 3rd RTN Golf League 2013 meeting at Alicante Golf NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members held at Alicante Golf: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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22-28 february 2013 LADIES DANCEFIT WITH L.A DANCE at 4kwatro in Albir, Mondays at 7.30pm, call Louise on 655 781 068 for more information TAPPY TOES DANCE CLASS FOR BABIES from 18 months, at 4kwatro in Albir, 11am, call Louise on 655 781 068 for more information. LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.00pm [Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.00pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm 3pm Improvers Class 3pm - 4pm Intermediate Class 4pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at 4kwatro in Albir, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

ALEXANDERS ANTIQUE JEWELLERS pay Top London prices, Est. 2003. Open Mon-Sat, 10am - 2pm. Javea Port seafront. Tel: 965 792 595 / 667 270 969

REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILLS By at least 33%. please call 698 320 434 for demonstration MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & Appliance & Boiler repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434 REPAIRS Washing machines, Dishwashers & Dryers. Also Boilers and any electrical problems. 24hours. Cheap prices Tel 626 805 709

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. Try us out so we can prove how good we are, book 2 hours and only pay for 1 on your first booking. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707 BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424

MLM Searching for MLM professionals or MLM experienced people for a new to launch MLM company Calvin 695645799 ENTHUSIASTIC AGENTS NEEDED for Avon cosmetics. Meet people and turn spare time into cash. Phone Rosh 966 785 520 OUTBOUND CALL CENTRE OPERATORS part time contracted position. Staff required for new outbound call centre based in Javea with well-established company. This is a salaried position working hours 10:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday with 4 weeks paid leave + Local and National fiesta days. Previous cold calling experience a distinct advantage. If you have experience of working in a target driven and team environment we would like to hear from you. Immediate starts available.Please call Lee on 602 526 748 for more information and to arrange an interview.

QUALIFIED DENTAL NURSE RECEPTIONIST seeking work, 18 years experience. Bi-lingual English/Spanish. Driving licence and own car. Call Eli on 965 780 171

MINI DIGGER FOR HIRE with operator Tel 679 542 665 NEW LAWN/LAWN PROBLEMS Call the lawn specialist for a solution on 676863778

S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-HomeHealth-Comercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787123/622-275-561/686-116-297

QUALIFIED DENTAL NURSE RECEPTIONIST seeking work, 18 years experience. Bi-lingual English/Spanish. Driving licence and own car. Call Eli on 965 780 171

INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINES Juki needle feed, walking foot, with stand, with cotton stand. 400€ ono. Brother Industrial machine, flat stitch, self oiling, with cotton stand. 300€ ono. Overlocker sewing machine, Singer, twin needle, self oiling, with cotton stand. 300€ ono. Buyer Collects. To view answerphone 966472400 or mobile 626247827 LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIR Folding, immaculate.150 euro. Mobility scooter.40km range. Road legal. Hardly used.499 euro.627019403 LAPTOP FOR SALE HP LAPTOP WINDOWS XP DVD DRIVE CLEAN HARD DRIVE CHARGER 100.00 EUR TORREVIEJA TEL 693 956 707

AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S Display cabinets, desks, sideboards, book cases,etc. More than 600 photos on: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. w Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Bunk beds in wood or metal. Iron head boards. English Divan bed with remote control. Photos: MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: Tlf: 965-791-328.

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

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.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 619 269 408 email: 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. (Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506

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OPEL ASTRA 1.6 TWIN PORT AUTO 2005, 2 owners, 45,000kms, FSH, alloys, AC, front headlamp wash, rear head restraints, metallic grey, stunning condition. 6,750€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 MAZDA 5, 7 SEATER, 2 LITRE DIESEL 2008, 2 owners, FSH, 130,000kms, 6 speed, alloys, front fogs, roof rails, twin side sliding doors, rear head

PROBLEMS WITH INSECTS? Cockroaches, rats & mice. Call 626 828 974 All insects

restraints, rear luggage cover, metallic grey. 10,450€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 OPEL ZAFIRA 1.9CDTI, AUTO TIPTRONIC 7 seater, 2008, 1 owner, 82,000kms, alloys, AC, cruise control, rear head restraints, rear luggage cover, stunning condition, metallic black. 12,950€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576 MJB MOBILE WELDERS Gates, grills, hinges etc., repaired or new. No job too small. Fast service. Low prices. Free Quotes. Call Terry: 966 845 414 / 625 995 470 HYMER 544, LHD, ENGLISH PLATES 1xdouble, 2xsingle, low mileage, twin leisure batteries/LPG bottles, solar panels, cabin A/C, alarm, new tyres, new cam belt, awning, new MOT on sale, Taxed Oct 2013. 29,500€ Tel:616727466

LOOKING FOR A CAR? We have over 75 LHD and RHD vehicles in stock for sale or exchange. We have a good selection of vehicles to clear from only 800€ Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, WARDROBES Classic Kitchens, 20 years on the Costa Blanca, call Adrian 676 699 700 SHOWERMAN fits shower and bath screens of all shapes and sizes. Immediate delivery. Unbeatable prices guaranteed. Best service in Spain 639 292 081 or 965 792 285 see our main advert on page 5 MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781873 ONE WAY VEHICLE DELIVERY Spain - Uk - Spain Tel 671 797 151 Or 0044 2380 66 8000 onewayvehicledelivery@

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777

THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. From €2, other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 BLUE PILLS, JELLIES AND WEEKENDERS to improve your love life. Pay on Delivery. Local and nationwide service. www. or phone Colin 680878735 LOOKING FOR COMPANY? Do you want to explore your sexual fantasies with beautiful Brazilian and Oriental ladies? 24 hours, hotel or home visit Telephone 689526354 PLEASURE HOUSE TORREVIEJA Sexy girls from South America. Come and enjoy, low rates from 40€. Address: Calle Finlandia. 682-776-068 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

MINI DIGGER FOR HIRE with operator Tel 679 542 665

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 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966774-199 or 678-080-500 www. NO CALLOUT CHARGE 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


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MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. roundtownnews 3 BED APARTMENT ALTEA LA VELLA 110m squared, 3 double bedrooms - 2 with patio doors and balconies and mountain views, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, separate fully fitted kitchen, large living room with 2 patio doors onto large terrace with mountain views and open views onto orange groves, large trastero and private parking space. Central village location. 1 min walk to supermarket, bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bus stop. 2 mins to AP7 motorway. Private sale. 170,000€. Tel: 617 893 036 or email:

TORREVIEJA, LOS LOCOS Downstairs f/f Apt., balcony terrace. Fully fitted kitchen, 2 bedrooms. 350€ pcm with contract. Ref: 152. Tel: 644124370 TORREVIEJA - ALTOS DE LA BAHIA 2 bed f/f upper bungalow. Long term to May or holiday lets. Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom. 400€ pcm. Contract provided. Ref: 121, Tel: 644124370 TORREBLANCA, TORREVIEJA f/f grd flr apt. 2 twin beds. Kitchen, Lounge/diner. Contract provided 350€ pcm. Ref: 88. Tel: 644124370

EL CORAL, TORREVIEJA 2/3 bedroom f/f quad. Lounge diner, kitchen. Cloakroom. Bedroom 1 dbl. Bedroom 2 twin. Bathroom. Balcony. 3rd bedroom. 425€ pcm with contract. Ref: 140, Tel: 644124370 LOS LEANDROS, TORREVIEJA 2 BED f/f grd flr. Apt. Lounge/diner. kitchen. twin beds. Bathroom. Contract provided 375€ pcm. Ref:72. Tel: 644124370 2 BED + 2 BATH a few steps from the beach with great sea views in VIllajoyosa. Long term price 450€ per month 966260877 MODERN 3 BED APARTMENT in quiet urbanisation. Parking and furniture included. 545€ per month 966260877 1 BED APARTMENT IN LA CALA walking distance to the beach. Priced at just 395€ per month 966260877 FOR RENT 4 large rooms with toilets, changing rooms & showers ideal for gym or crèche at 4kwatro in Albir, call 634 147 515 NEW 2 BED unfurnished/ furnished apartment. Algorfa town centre, swimming pool, 250€ per month OR yearly advance €2400 plus €150 bills monthly. 0044-7949-589539 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com LONG LETS - HOLIDAYS Best Price Rentals Paul 966785891 659647616 miramarproperties@ www.miramarholidays. com 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 350pcm. 96 672 3437 or 636615716 FOR RENT/SALE 350€PCM 85.000€ Classic Spanish Old Town House, 3 double bedrooms (1 with en-suite bathroom) master bathroom, modern kitchen, downstairs toilet, sun terrace with

view of mountains, BBQ terrace with summer kitchen, recentley refurbished and fully furnished. Callosa de en Seria near La Nucia. Tel: 609 177 032

SEARCHING FOR A LONG TERM RENTAL in Rincon de Loix, 2 or 3 bed apartment and will pay unto 550€ per month. 966260877 WE REQUIRE A 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE or villa close to the Norwegian school in Alfaz. Ideally with a garage and pool. 966260877 LOOKING FOR 4+ BEDROOMS modern villa with under build and pool. Would consider Altea or Albir. 966260877 EARN EXTRA €€€€’S Rent your villa this Summer! We urgently require good quality villas with private pools for upmarket clients flexible packages and dates available. Fully managed service if required. We are the number one villa agency on the Costa Blanca and number one on Google. For a no obligation chat or more information please call Direct Villa Holidays on 696034522 PENTHOUSE ON THE LAS MARINES, DENIA Looking to buy or rent. Requirements, penthouse on the Las Marines, Denia 2km to 4km (at the start of Las Marines) South facing with sea views,min 2 bedroom. Monthly rental price 850 euro or to buy 100,000 euro. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 LONG TERM RENTAL ORBA,PEGO,DENIA Rental long term, looking for 2 bedroom apartment, Orba, Pego or Denia. 350 euro per month. Furnished or unfurnished, coming back over within a few weeks. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 WANTED LONG TERM RENTAL JALON Rental client long term, looking for: Jalon valley, 3 bedrooms, 650 euros. Private pool, south facing with garden. Looking to rent end of February. Furnished or unfurnished. In the campo not urban. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 CASH BUYER Looking for villa

in Denia area. Quick completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorthcostablanca@gmail. com Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

DIGBY REMOVALS Weekly removals to and from Spain. 1 box to full household. Storage - UK & Spain. Insurance included. Call today for FREE advice no obligation quote. Tel: 676 582 333 or +44 1268 728 855 email: or visit:

B.M.C.REMOVALS UK-LOCALEUROPE FULLY INSURED, professional, reliable service. We also transport: Cars, Caravans, Quad Bikes, Motorbikes, Scooters, Small Boats and Jetskis. Office (0034) 966 19 19 11 Mobile (0034) 620 044 983 bmcremovals@

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SKY SUPPLIES FTA, Sky+HD and Humax Freesat 500GB, 1TB, 2TB new/refurbished receivers. Full Sky (Sports/Movies/HD) from 15e/mth. Complete systems installed, 1.1m 225e, 1.4m 299e. Repairs,Realigns, Spare remotes, Advice. 966194013/600899096 CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038 Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S&W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA

package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097 www.

SOLAR BATTERY 1100 AMPHOUR Good condition 650 euros Various solar panels from 100 euros Charge controllers from 50 euros Call 675878601 or 965078483

CAMPUS ACADEMY English Language school in Cartagena looking for people keen to teach english to children and adults. Experience & qualifications preferred but not essential. contact Chris Eden info@campusacademy. es or tel 687324379.

I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/618-165-877

SMALL REMOVALS, DELIVERIES & STORAGE SpainUK-Spain. Budget prices. www. UK 01209 843971 or Spain 678 756 644 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/ SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or

SEWING SERVICES All types of clothing alterations, repairs, soft furnishing and dressmaking. turn your old clothes into new. Revamp your wardrobe. Call Chris 670385636

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