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27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Shenanigans at Corvera by Keith Nicol CORVERA AIRPORT continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. One moment its future is uncertain while last week statements were made by the Murcia Government that not only would Corvera be open in the Spring of 2014 but that work would also commence on the Paramount Theme Park. Apparently, San Javier airport will stay open until Autumn 2014 and thus, for a number of months, Corvera and San Javier will operate in tandem. No definitive word as to how and when money owed to San Javier contractors will be paid however. And speaking of being paid, El Pais newspaper, the builder of Corvera received a surprise visit from the Guardia Civil after they,

the builder, had sent a letter to the High Court of Justice of Murcia (TSJM) that alleges their situation of “helplessness” and calls for judicial protection in the intention of the Executive ‘s Ramón Luis Valcárcel popular to “expropriate” the aerodrome. The group says the regional government is trying to seize the airfield while the regional government alleges that the builder refuses to make an inventory. Sacyr leads the consortium that in July 2007 was awarded the project of construction and operation of Corvera airport, although the Governing Council of the Community decided to terminate the contract unilaterally on 13th September, 2013 claimThe still ing that the consortium had breached its unopened obligation to open the enclosure. Corvera Continued on page 6 airport

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27 sept - 3rd oct 2013

Cala Mosca: a live issue once again

by Patricia Thompson MEP MR IRAZABALBEITIA visited Cala Mosca on 19th September together with the Mayor of Orihuela, after a long and disturbing silence following the submission to the Town Hall of CLARO’S 1,000 completed questionnaires on the subject of Cala Mosca in April this year. For nearly six months residents on the coast have wondered what follow up would be given to their suggestions for ways to save this emblematic green area on Orihuela Costa with the only remaining view of the sea. Irazabalbeitia is a member of the parliament’s influential Petitions Committee where Bob Houliston handed in a Petition more than three years ago. The Petition was organised by CLARO and signed by 7,000 people who were determined to prevent the complete urbanisation of this piece of virgin land with the building of 1,500 new houses, and where two endangered species protected by European Union environmental legislation are also present. Thanks to the CLARO Petition, the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament and the European Commission obliged local and Valencian authorities to rethink the project, to submit it to public consultation and to require an environmental impact study. The public consultation has now been held and we are waiting to see the product of the rethink. In press statements after his visit Irazabalbeitia made it clear that he would do all he

could to help to save Cala Mosca from wholesale construction and said that a public park to save the two species would be a solution, adding that the local and regional authorities would play a decisive role in determining the future of Cala Mosca. For this reason, statements made by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Orihuela were encouraging. The Deputy Mayor said that Orihuela Town Hall was negotiating with the Developer to swap land on Cala Mosca for building land in other areas of the coast. The Mayor said that in the new Master Plan for Orihuela which was being finalised, it would be possible to declassify land which had been designated for house building. The statements to the press are not the same as statements of official policy and CLARO councillor Bob Houliston and PP councillors have filed an official demand for information on the present status of the Cala Mosca project. After the years of hard work in promoting the campaign to Save Cala Mosca, organising the Petition and the replies to questionnaires during the public consultation, CLARO is determined to see the issue through to a successful conclusion, closely watching the actions of the Orihuela Town Hall as well as continuing to appear before the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee. For the enjoyment of residents and tourists, and for the sake of the two protected species, a snail and a plant, Orihuela Costa should have a big, open green area with views of the sea just as Torrevieja has achieved in Cala Ferris only a few kilometres up the N332.

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WFA changes win icy reception by Jack Troughton PLANS TO prevent British expat pensioners receiving the Winter Fuel Allowance are “illconsidered, shabby and unfair”, according to one protester in a growing Europe-wide campaign. Moves to end the payment – up to £300 depending on age – to expats living in certain European countries deemed “warmer” that the UK in winter were announced by Chancellor George Osborne earlier this year. However, the Government has repeatedly stated that the WFA is to help pensioners warm – but takes no account of plunging temperatures across Europe. Secretary of State for Works and Pensions Iain Duncan-Smith, the former Tory leader, is behind changes estimated will save the government around £30 million a year. The proposals have triggered an emotive campaign across Europe. The DWP has admitted a study to

calculate average winter temperatures in Spain and France included their overseas tropical and semi-tropical dependencies because they were in the same administrative area. David Rosemount, who lives in Scrignac, Brittany, has carried out his own research and discovered the local climate was as cold and wet as similar places in the UK – and “colder than London or the (Chingford) constituency of Mr Iain Duncan-Smith....whose brainchild is this cack-handed scheme.” FLAWED David said: “The whole policy is deeply flawed and duplicitous. It ignores the fact that many parts of France and Spain, for instance, are much colder in the winter than the relatively temperate British climate.” He added that many Government Ministers continued to think expats enjoyed millionaire lifestyles and ignored the fact many pensioners moved abroad to live a little more cheaply. “In addition many British retired expats ‘enjoy’ minimal pensions and live in quite straightened circumstances – this being true of many pensioners who will not enjoy the well-protected and generous Parliamentary and public pensions,” said David. “British expats form an exceedingly loyal group, in many cases having served their country and their communities, and they love and support their country of birth – but this is a step too far.” He added: “This is an ill-considered, shabby and unfair proposal. To put the matter into perspective, the DWP has itself wasted the entire cost of the saving that would be made in one year on a useless computer system.” David urges RTN readers to sign the electronic petition and visit for more information.

The bombing of Alcoy THE CITY of Alcoy has marked the 75th Anniversary of air strikes carried out in 1938 by Hitler’s Luftwaffe with the testimonies of three survivors, an exhibition of drawings and a visit to the Cervantes shelter. At precisely 9.50am an air raid siren sounded just as it did 75 years before, reminding in the city of the bombing raids that destroyed homes, schools, churches and factories. Sari Cambra, Liberto Mengual and Jorda Angel, children when the strikes happened, told of how they grew up overnight when the city was reduced to rubble in 1938. The exhibition ‘Llapis, paper i bombes (1936-1939)’ was opened in the Cultural Center Mario Silvestre and a commemorative plaque was unveiled. One of the survivors presented the mayor with a fragment of shrapnel.

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CMO open for business by Keith Nicol THE CMO is hidden in plain sight to the majority of Torrevieja residents. It’s the glass building located behind the Habineras Shopping centre where members of the U3A also hold their meetings. After the summer break, more than a thousand people will soon begin courses scheduled by the Department and will also be developed in the residencies of the Third Age of Torrevieja and the CMO. Councillor Inmaculada Montesinos said that last night the CMO held an opening season ‘White Party’ aimed at the Third age CMO will open the Photo Contest Exhibition on the occasion of ‘International Day of Older Persons.’ The competition is for pensioners or people over 65, who are registered in the city of Torrevieja. Inmaculada Montesinos explained that more than 1,000 people will enroll and participate in workshops and courses organized in the city of Torrevieja that will start in a few days time will include Maintenance Gymnastics, Pottery, Yoga, Handmade Cards,

Torrevieja seafront pergola deteriorating

A PERGOLA installed along the Vista Alegre walk on Torrevieja’s seafront just six years ago on a €3.1 million budget has deteriorated dramatically and now requires complete renovation. The original plans for the 150-metre pergola included using Iroko, an exotic African hardwood. The material used by the contractor, however, is not as robust as Iroko and is now showing signs of serious flaking. It will require a costly restoration project in 2014 to return the pergola to its original condition.

Little Pod helping with feral cats Hundreds of senior residents enjoy White Night at the CMO

Swarovski, Spanish Language Classes, Fabric Painting, English classes, reading and writing and Ballroom and Spanish dancing. For the first time there is also a Computer Course for elderly people, which starts on 16th October at the Third Age Residence of San Pascual . On Tuesday 1st October from 7:00pm, the Municipal Theatre will host the Gala Tribute of the ‘International Day of Older People’, with free admission by invitation. The programme includes

performances by Rocieros of Sevilla, Sevillanas groups, solo singers and dance groups of the Third Age, as well as Choirs. In short, a grand gala that aims to pay tribute to all of Torrevieja’s seniors. On Wednesday 16th October from 5:00pm, the Department of the Third Age has organized a Gymnkana, which will have fun challenges for groups and teams and on Thursday 7th November at 7:00pm, the CMO will once again host the Gala Election of the Queen of the Third Age of Torrevieja.

THE LITTLE Pod foundation has been working closely with the Orihuela City Council in the neutering and spaying of feral cats around the Orihuela Costa. This operation began in Cabo Roig, where the colony is particularly large, but will continue for the rest of Orihuela’s coastal developments. The Council is requesting the cooperation of residents who feed the feral cats. In this respect, you are asked to only give them crackers, as the traps are laid with tastier morsels. Cats prefer the chicken and sardines that are deposited in the cages as a decoy. Also, anyone who wants to collaborate in this programme, to help humanly trap the cats, can call the Town Hall in Orihuela Costa by dialling: 966 760 000, extension 44. Orihuela City Council acknowledges the invaluable assistance of ‘Little Pod’ because without the work and efforts of this association, the council would not be able to provide the necessary personnel for the collection of cats.


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San Javier offers training courses THE ADL, Local Development Agency for San Javier is offering nine trading courses for the unemployed. by Keith Nicol THE ADL, Local Development Agency for San Javier is offering nine trading courses for the unemployed. To date in 2013, the ADL has helped 44 people to find a job, nearly double that of 2012, covering a total of 27 different occupations, achieved through the use of their ACTIVE service. The new programme was announced this week by the Councillor for Commerce and Employment, Pedro Lopez, who noted that unemployment has fallen in San Javier from 3,013 unemployed in 2011 to 2,700 today. Pedro Lopez stressed the need to continue working to help those people who have not found a job yet and reiterated the commitment of the City of San Javier for training and their continued support. The Councillor of Trade and Employment made the remarks during the presentation of the training program called ACTIVE, which will be further developed in the coming months by the Local Development mu-

nicipal technician, Juan de Dios Gonzalez, for the municipality of San Javier. Among the courses offered, which are free for the unemployed, there are some novel and innovative ones including designing a mobile website for a local business: a SME management course for entrepreneurs, in order to help them launch a business project. The programme includes two communication courses, one practical to help unemployed people to function in a job interview and so forth, and another applied to improv

ing skills in selling. Courses range from 12-60 hours and will be held between San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera in October and November. The details about all courses can be found at:, where you can also formalise your registration or you can do so in person at the office of ACTIVE, located in the Civic Centre building at Almansa Park, San Javier.

Continued from front page This week, Sacyr reported that the CEO of Transport, Antonio Sanchez-Solis, accompanied by members of the Guardia Civil, visited the airport saying that nobody would be allowed to take any material from the site. The builder argued that there is no urgency to adopt such measures of control, despite the termination of the contract, which is pending an appeal. A very different version of events was given by the government team on Tuesday, saying they had “received personal notice that the company was taking equipment and material belonging to the Administration, in particular two scanners, out of the airport premises.” In the words of the Director General of Transport, Antonio Sanchez-Solis, the Murcia Executive was “obliged to seek cooperation from the Guardia Civil to prevent items being taken” to “safeguard the interests of citizens.” However, upon the intervention of the Guardia Civil, and performing an inventory, they did not find anything missing.

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Spain’s border changes ahead of EU Commission visit by Jan Gamm SINCE 19TH SEPTEMBER the Spanish authorities have made certain ‘changes’ at the border crossing between Gibraltar and the Spanish mainland. A ‘clearing area’ has been designated to attend to vehicles requiring document checks and searches, enabling the queue of traffic to move more freely. The government in Gibraltar suspects the move has been put in place to appease an imminent EU team inspection of the way in which border controls are carried out by the Spanish authorities. A spokesman confirmed that scenes of the chaos that ensued over recent weeks and caused immeasurable discomfort to travellers as a result of unnecessary border controls by the Spanish government have been caught on camera and will be submitted for EU inspection.

Kidnap attempt foiled SIX PEOPLE, five men and one woman, have been arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap the Alcoy entrepreneur Alfredo Alberola. National Police made the arrests after an investigation lasting several weeks. One of the suspects was known to have carried out surveillance of Alberola’s house, recording the movements of other residents in the house and armed with a pistol. The Spanish, Colombian and Ecuadorian suspects were captured on different days in the province of Alicante. Some have a history of drug trafficking.

Further hip problems for King Juan Carlos

THE KING is to undergo a further operation to replace his left hip prosthesis put in place a year ago which has now developed an infection. The operation will be performed in two stages by the world’s leading surgeon in hip replacement, Miguel Cabanela. The first stage will involve the installation of a temporary replacement and the second the fitting of a permanent prosthesis. His recovery is estimated to take six months. The King faced questions this week as to whether he had considered abdication or regency in favour of Prince Felipe and he answered that he had not.


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Voting appeal blocked VETERAN CAMPAIGNER Harry Shindler will not see his fight for a vote in British General Elections reach the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. by Jack Troughton A PANEL of five top judges decided the 92-year-old’s claim that losing his vote under the 15-year rule was a breach of his human rights would not proceed to the top level of the court. Harry’s solicitors, Italian law firm Oliver and Partners, said no reasons were given for the ruling and no further appeal was possible. However, the pensioner, who lives in Italy, has vowed to continue his campaign for the right to vote in UK national elections and referenda. In a statement his solicitors said: “He intends to petition the United Nations as he also believes that his disenfranchisement is in violation of the Universal Charter of Human Rights.” A growing

number of expats around the world are campaigning to win the right to vote in British polls beyond the current cut-off point of 15 years. They are currently lobbying MPs and MEPs for support. Harry joined a number of expats in Brussels earlier this month and met Viviane Reding, the Vice-President of the European Commission, who has given her “wholehearted support to the campaign”. She has publically stated that losing the right to vote meant some EU citizens – including citizens of the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Malta – “are effectively being punished for exercising their rights of free movement.” RIGHTS And the issue is one of 12 key points in the 2013 EU Citizenship Report – the Commission has already committed to “enhancing citizen’s electoral rights and promoting their full participation in the democratic life of the EU.” Harry and other delegates, including Sir Roger Gale, MP, asked Ms Reding and her officers if they would recommend a

European directive “which would bind the UK and force it to change its election rules.” Ms Reding “was adamant” the commission did not have the power to make a directive “on an issue such as this where national governments had the freedom to decide on voting laws.” But the European Commission has not ruled out a direct referral to the European Court of Justice – although such cases were very rare – and agreed the matter should be classed as urgent given the upcoming UK referendum on continued membership of the EU. Harry has already made a formal request to the Commission to prepare a case against the UK and refer it to the ECJ “as the restriction on his right to vote is a breach of the EU Treaty laws.” The commission has agreed to consider the case of other countries where expats lose the right to vote if they move to another member state in order to potentially link any actions. For more information visit

Shindler with Viviane Reding in Brussels


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Autumn in the park WITH AUTUMN just around the corner it’s time for not just the schools to return but for the volunteers of the Natural Park of La Mata otherwise know as the The Asociacion de las Rutas y Caminos de la Sal, to begin their activities once again. by Keith Nicol The tasks at hand include weeding in Torreta 3, to remove the non-native plants, which if not checked will take over from the new indigenous plants which have been planted there and are beginning to flourish. TRAC also will also be continuing their task of picking up any rubbish found as they walk their “duty” stroll around the official pathways of the Park. Plans are afoot to renew and repair the old sign posts around the park that explain what is and what is not permitted in the Park and also to make new signs. On 28th October at 10.00am there will be a guided walk for all ‘bird people; so if you are a ‘twitcher’ or you just like to enjoy find out more about the birds that are attracted to the park, it’s a perfect opportunity to do so. On November 9th at 10.00am two former Park employees will describe in detail about the birds, plants and the wine growing plan, with another a guided walk. New volunteers would be most welcome and for more information about becoming a volunteer or information on activates please call Rod on 966 797 765 or Maggie on 966 848 432. Our next meeting will be Saturday 12th October at 10.00am in the information centre of the Park at La Mata, the little white house on the hill.

Members of TRAC meet with Valencian Department Delegates

Language exchange in Rojales by Keith Nicol SUMMER IS well and truly over now that the schools are back and for Spanish and Foreign Residents, Rojales Town Hall are offering language exchange, interecambio, to further the joy of integration in the town, The Department of Youth of Rojales Town Hall is promoting a language exchange programme among Spaniards who are learning a foreign language and foreign residents who are learning the Spanish language and also culture. Those interested can join this programme at any time (no deadline) by filling a form in the Municipal Centre of Ciudad Quesada or in Rojales Town Hall. The language exchange is held at the Ciudad Quesada Cultural Centre and in the Social Centre, in Rojales town. There will be two kinds of studies: duo and group, talking half of the time in Spanish and the other half in the chosen foreign language. This programme also wants to promote and help integration between foreign residents and Spanish locals. A further step for social integration. The Department of Youth will run this programme for the whole year, together with other cultural and educational activities.

Classic motorcycles on display MOTORBIKE LOVERS will not want to miss the exhibition of vintage and antique motorcycles that is taking place at the headquarters of the Pilar de la Horadada Local Police. From tomorrow, Saturday 28th September, the exhibition will open to the public as part of the fiestas for the celebration of the day of the town’s patron (St. Michael), which takes place on Sunday 30th September. The collection is on display at the Centro Integral de Seguridad de Pilar de la Horadada, at Avda. de la Venta, 89. The event features 33 classic motorcycles and is held in collaboration with the ‘Club de Motos 12+1’ and ‘La antigua’. On display will be a number of iconic pieces dating back many decades, the oldest of which is from 1958. The collection will be open for three days, from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th September from 10.00am to 2.00pm and from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

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Costa Blanca’s commitment to excellence by Keith Nicol LUISA PASTOR, the president of the council of Alicante and the Provincial Tourism, met this week with representatives of the Club ‘Temps’ to address the involvement of the Costa Blanca Tourism Board in the next edition of 2014 guidance and promotional activities programme. During the meeting, which was also attended by the Deputy of Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo, and vice president of the employers’ association of the club, Antonio Serrano, discussed establishing promotional activity to boost domestic tourism in the interior of the region. Pastor noted that the Costa Blanca is a provincial brand covering the entire territory characterized by the diversity between the coast and inland, the landscape, the variety of different sports, as well as proposals of native gastronomic and cultural wealth. In this regard, the President stressed that the Mediterranean climate and beaches are our greatest asset, but we should promote also be promoting more inland to increase employ-

ment in these establishments. ‘Temps’ is the brand that gives its name and promotes the Club Lodging and Restaurant Interior of Valencia, which comprises the 37 best local inland regional Hotels, inns, cottages, vacation homes, restaurants and businesses whose excellence in service, professionalism and quality in their facilities in this group of which nine companies are in Alicante. The number of rural tourism establishments in the province has experienced growth in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year showing an increase of 3.46% of the number of places available. Tourism is a strategic sector in the economic development of the province. The Costa Blanca has many resources and scenic attractions, environmental, cultural, craft and holidays that attract visitors, proposing alternatives to the offer of sun and beach, pointed the deputy, who has realized that the cooperation between administrations and agents involved in this sector can promote service quality and creating new products and experiences that strengthen and differentiate tourism within our territory with respect to others.

Is this yours? THE CITY Hall of La Coruña is making a last ditch attempt to identify the owner of the Primitiva Lottery ticket that won a jackpot prize of €4.7 million in June last year. The winning ticket was purchased by a gentleman and then left on the counter. The ticket and been paid for and stamped but was later found by the lottery ticket seller still in his office located at Carrefour. According to regulations if the ticket remains unclaimed throughout a two year period, ownership reverts to the person who sold the ticket. In a year-long search the number of the ticket has been printed in the municipal website, placed on the announcement board and also been printed in the BOP, the Official Bulletin of the Province. The Mayor of La Coruña, Carlos Negreira, said: “I must be the only Mayor in Spain trying to give someone money instead of asking for it!”


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Laptops needed for desert adventure by Jack Troughton SCHOOL KIDS should get a taste of technology if a team of adventurers starting this year’s winter Maroc Challenge Rally win public support. Andy, Roy, and Gavin from Javea Auto Sales – who took part in the spring challenge earlier this year – hope to collect six more working laptops to add to the four they already have to distribute amongst the four schools supported by the rally organisers. The 5,000km rally begins in Javea on 29th November and ends in Erg-Chebbi in Morocco on 6th December. Competitors already take school supplies, sweets and toys for the schools and youngsters they meet on the road. “The computers don’t need to be fancy,” Andy told RTN. “And they don’t necessarily need to be working. If we collect them, as many as we can, we will get them working with the aim of getting six more working ones.” He said PC Highway in Javea has offered “within reason” to refurbish as many laptops as possible “and will professionally

strip everything out of them so people don’t need to be worried anything sensitive will be going around the world.” MODERN Andy added: “Our challenge is to get as many working laptops to the schools as we can. This is not the modern world – for example there is no Wi-Fi – but it gives the kids access to the modern world.” The rally organisers are also looking for donations of kids clothing, pencils, biros, sweets and toys. “There is a physical limit to what we can carry but they will be spread around all the cars.” The race is a five stage event and the teams take a day out to visit the schools. “But a third of supplies are given out en route – we come across hundreds of people along the route...God knows where they live.” At present there are 105 cars registered for the rally and at least 50 are expected to start from Javea’s Arenal. The adventure is designed to be a “cheap rally” and the rules state cars must be pre 1997 models. Already confirmed amongst the field are Fiat Pandas, a Citroen 2CV, a Renault

4, an Audi Quattro, VW Golf, and various four by fours. “A lot of it is about driving something reliable,” said Andy. “One of the misconceptions is that there are a lot of four by fours and yes, they are ideal and certain sections are for four-wheel drives – twowheel drives may need help in the sand but they can still go.” He said there was no age or sex discrimination. “It is a really good atmosphere and a really good introduction to a motoring event – basic mechanical knowledge is useful but not essential as everyone helps everyone else. “We will happily offer general advice or a crash course with our mechanic – the biggest cost is the fuel. “All you really need is a spirit of adventure – a lot of people camp out but there are very reasonably priced hotels if you don’t want to.” Donations can be taken to Javea Auto Sales or PC Highway. In addition contact Andy via and items can be collected – or ring 96 579 4245, or Andy on 664 388 503, or Roy on 690 650 962.

(from left) Roy, Andy and Gavin in Morocco

Murcia hosts its first Ciclovida Sunday to promote cycling ‘MAKE YOUR Life Roll’ is the motto of a new initiative that will allow cyclists to take to the main streets of the city and be able to enjoy will be all kinds of activities. by Keith Nicol It’s an opportunity to learn about the health and environmental benefits of cycling, without having to worry about or dodge anything run with a combustion engine. The City of Murcia, through the Municipal Office of the Bicycle, under Adela Martinez-Cache’s Department of Environment have developed this new program to add further measures to help promote the use of bicycles. To this end, they have organised ‘Ciclovida’ that takes place this Sunday 29th September from 10.00am until 3.00pm to encourage the use of bicycles in the Municipality of Murcia. The scheduled activities will cut off to two major traffic routes of the city of Murcia: Constitution Avenue and La Gran Vía. Scheduled activities include: Games, Bicycle Exhibition, Demonstrations, Areas with complimentary drinks, Zumba, aerobics or spinning, Educational Puppets, Skating Exhibition, Bloggers

Area and Fashion on wheels, from the Murcia Cycle Chic Bike shop where you can get advice on the use of your bike. There will be a Health Point, where health professionals advise on posture correction when playing sports,

bicycling, walking, running and other sports. All those attending the event, and to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, will be presented with a fluorescent vest, practical to use walking, or cycling.

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Young people learn to do the shopping and cooking by Keith Nicol STRANGE AS it may seem, shopping and cooking are also valuable life lessons that are usually overlooked in a child’s school curriculum. However, last week it was time for the Food and Culture Classroom of Raimundo Gonzalez, who hosted more than twenty young people in the workshop ‘Cooking without my parents.’ The workshop, for students from IES Francisco Cascales of Murcia looked at such aspects as list making, recipes, responsibilities, planning and menu creation, from a basic breakfast through Sunday Lunch. Raimundo Gonzalez covered many other aspects including budgeting, the Meditteranean Diet and healthy eating. The activity took place in the Market Square ‘Veronicas’ and is a workshop called “Cooking without my parents,” which is part of the activities scheduled within ‘Heart Week’.

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Crescendo Intl Choir ‘Play & Perform’ at Pinoso Richard and Patricia with some of the ‘nutters’

Nuts for S.A.T. by Keith Nicol

IT’S ALMOND harvesting time again and whereas the farmers of the Hondón Valley have been busy collecting almonds using large mechanical aids, a couple from Hondón de los Frailes had some other fun ideas of their own. Stepping back in time to an age before the tractor, Patricia and Richard De Ste Croix invited a few friends go and get a little fresh air and spend the day collecting the nuts and then de husking them, just as was done in the region by

local farmers many generations ago. The selling point for all the huff and puff in the autumn sunshine was to raise some valuable funds for the animal charity S.A.T. along with some invaluable awareness. So armed with long poles, large pieces of netting, carrier bins and the essential hats, the ‘nutters’ set about gathering in this year’s bumper crop. The nuts will be taken to S.A.T. in Dolores and sold in aid of the charity. S.A.T. offers refuge and medical assistance to many homeless and abandoned dogs. Especially in these times of crisis,

when more and more ‘pets’ are occasionally abandoned because owners can no longer afford the upkeep or have on occasion returned to their homeland without their dogs, there is always a home for them with the caring volunteers from S.A.T. There are always animals requiring urgent attention and then needing loving homes. If you feel you could offer such a home to one of the dogs, or have some spare time and like Patricia, could act as a volunteer, please telephone 966 710 047 for more information.

IF YOUR life as an expat is going a bit ‘flat’ you might consider joining a choir – as long as you can sing in tune. Singing is good exercise for aging lungs, improves posture and memory and creates a new group of friends. Contact details for Crescendo International Choir If you are a tuneful male you will be made more than welcome as the numbers of men need a boost! On Saturday 21st September 26 songsters and friends filled a coach for a trip to Pinoso, a small town with an interesting claim to fame as its home owners do not pay rates. Thanks to the local marble industry it has been listed as the 5th richest village in Spain. After a coffee break in the main street the coach trundled down narrow country lanes to a local hamlet called Lel. Tables were laid in front of a rustic finca for a barbeque in the garden. This country pile is owned by Jayson and Glenn. The house is 212 years old and at one time the owners produced their own wine. Little by little it is being renovated to its former glory and Jayson & Glenn invite groups of any size to enjoy their hospitality – they catered very well for 60 people on the day the Choir visited. Contact 608 383 019 or email Like most towns in Spain, Pinoso boasts a purpose-built theatre which proved to be high quality venue for the evening concert – the first of Crescendo’s 2013/14 Season. The programme consisted of four sets of three numbers – some familiar and very much associated with Crescendo programmes, and a sprinkling of recent additions. Although the audience did not take up all the comfortable seats on offer, the local Red Cross received a sizeable donation of 360€ from a retiring bucket collection. The next Crescendo concert is planned for 2nd November at the church in Dolores Main Square.


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


Have you heard the one about the depressed dyslexic cattle rancher who wanted to start a diary… PREVIOUSLY ON Watts In Britain: Well, despite rushing down at warp speed to purchase my four lights LED baseball cap from the local Aldi store, I have to sadly report that I was too late. Word had clearly gotten out and the place was stripped bare of all traces of said caps. Therefore, my promise to write an interesting and stimulating report on the headlighted headgear was a tad premature. The very nice shop assistant told me, “Once we put an item out, if it goes, it goes…” Yes, but will any more come in? “Some of our items are limited edition, if you know what I mean - we sort of try them out and once they’re gone that’s it…” And so, with a heavy heart I returned home. I was soon re-heartened by a radio item on the lunchtime news. Apparently, if we all take time to keep a diary we can possibly reduce stress. Yup, it’s all true - I heard it on the Beeb! I wonder if that includes when you’re stressed over not getting an Aldi LED baseball cap? “Yes Watts, even that; just write about it and your blues will dissipate!” Over the water at the University of Minnesota, new research shows that workers who write down the day’s events in the office actually did lower their stress levels. Wow, that’s worth knowing; I wonder if they do that at the RTN nerve centre in La Nucia? It could be why they’re always so calm - they keep diaries and log the behaviour of each other. Hmmm, I wonder what they’re writing about Danny? Now I don’t know about you but in these days of Facebook, Twitter and other social media (where peo-

ple share their most intimate and often unedifying thoughts) you’d think that something as old hat as a written diary just wouldn’t hold its own. But if the new research is write (get it?) it could even be making a resurgence. After all, diaries have a long illustrious history from the actual-factual likes of Sammy Pepys through Anne Frank and up to Tory bounder Alan Clarke; to the fictional ones of Adrian Mole, Bridget Jones or even the famous ‘Captain’s log’ of James Tiberius Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise… Yup, when you’ve got the stress of Klingons on your starboard bow, what better way to unwind than write a couple of paragraphs about the buggers in your log, eh? Ross McGuiness, Lifestyle guru of the Metro, offers us the following thoughts: “A diary lets us put who we are on paper but it also allows us to describe who we want to be. Even when the entries are mundane, there is something aspirational about them.” Hmmm, I’m not so sure about that Russ, my earliest diaries just seem to indicate when my favourite TV shows were on (e.g. Saturday 15th July 1965: “Dr Who not on today, grrr…”) or as in the example, not on. But, I guess, beyond the newly found ‘stress-relief’, diaries are also a good source of research: they provide anecdotal documentary evidence and therefore, an eye into previous times. Dr Irving Finkel has been amassing diaries over at the British Museum for years now. He says: “As long as people write diaries and as long as there are examples around, they ought to be rescued.” Irv, you can have mine from the 70s if you like - I put in so many secret

codes (for encrypting my nefarious goings-on) that I haven’t a single clue what was actually going on. Mind you, truth be told, most it was pretty mundane. “Not so Wattsie,” says Irving, “people talk about the weather and mundane things… then something happens, they meet someone, there’s an adventure and suddenly you find, whenever you peep into people’s lives, that nobody has a completely normal life.” Oh, cheers Irv, maybe I’m windswept and interesting after all? Another recently released study shows that men who have a shed to potter about it live a small percentage longer than non-shed occupiers. So, if we combine the stress relief of diary writing and the longevity afforded by shed dwelling, maybe in the future we’ll find lots more men of over a hundred years of age - and shed loads (excuse the pun) of more anecdotal evidence for dear old Irving to sort out. Watts in his shed, cranking out the copy…


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HELP Murcia Mar Menor at the Proms

HELP MURCIA Mar Menor invites you to the Last Night of the Proms at El Carmoli Restaurante on Wednesday 2nd October at 7pm for 7.30pm. Chicken, chips and wine will be served and the evening will cost just 12€. So come and join in with rousing songs, flag waving and a jolly good time. More information is available from Bernard Ash: Call him on 659 751 611 the Office on 96 857 0059 or Janice on 650 737 383.

Culture Vultures of Mazarron ANNIE BUSCH of La Majada is organising coach trips to theatres in Cartegena and Murcia from the Mazarron area. The events chosen are three ballets, an opera and some jazz, scheduled in October, November and December. Anyone interested in joining the group should call 96 859 9031 or email

Sitting tenant helps out by Jack Troughton BUMS WILL be on comfortable seats after the Union Musical in Gata de Gorgos after twice annual tenant Javea Players gave a hand in a long-awaited face lift. The Union Musical Gata Association was founded over 80 years ago and has used the concert hall – complete with second-hand cinema seats – for the last 30 years for concerts and rehearsals. New seats have now been installed by Javea Players – and the theatre group has also lent some of its expertise in the fields of light, sound and acoustics. New ceiling lights have been put in place, the stage has been extended and the walls of the stage have been lined with wood to improve acoustics – while speakers at the rear of the hall insure everyone will hear what is

happening on stage. Over the last decade Javea Players has used the Union Musical for two shows a year and it was felt appropriate the group helped out with the renovations. Javea Players spokesman Bernard King said: “At long last everyone will have a comfortable seat. Hitherto, the seats in the Union musical were pretty uncomfortable antiquities. They were over 50 years old and had been bought from a cinema in La Xara. “The new seats, assembled by members of Javea Players and installed by Union musical members, are much wider and very much comfortable.” The audiences at the Spanish premiere of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ have the opportunity to test drive the improvements when the show opens for a five night run from 21st October.

San Miguel art exhibition By Keith Nicol LA CUEVA de La Maria, in San Miguel will be the setting this weekend for a very special art exhibition from Olga Sánchez. An exhibition of her work in La Cueva de La María, Calle Góngora, San Miguel de Salinas will be on show over the next two weekends in the very unusual cave houses that have become home to local artists. Olga, a native of San Miguel and a graduate in Fine Arts

from the University of Valencia, has won many prizes for her work, including the first prize for the Rapid Painting Competition held annually in Torrevieja and on two occasions, the winning posters for the Semana Santa Week. She has exhibited throughout the Valencian region and also taught drawing and painting in various centres in the regions of Murcia and Valencia. The local educational institute in San Miguel is fortunate to have

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New seating arrangements

her as their art teacher. This is Olga´s first exhibition for some time with new drawings and colourful paintings. Everyone is welcome to view her work in this unique setting. Times are as follows: Friday 27th September - 7.00pm for the Inauguration: Saturday 28th September 11.00am until 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm and on Sunday 29th September from 11.00am to 2.00pm. The second weekend the exhibition is open on Friday 4th October 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 5th October 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm and Sunday 6th October 11.00am until 2.00pm. Don’t miss it!


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Préstame tus ojo: Lend me your eyes, enters third year THE PROGRAMME Préstame tus ojo: Lend me your eyes, has entered its third year with an overwhelming response from those wishing to volunteer their time on the initiative. by Keith Nicol RECENTLY, THE courtyard of the library hosted a preparatory meeting of the representatives of the various working groups of the project ‘Lend me your eyes’, with the director and the coordinator of the scheme, Fernando Guardiola and Carmen Muñoz. After visiting all the homes on the program that morning, they set the standards in terms of days and hours in which different groups will provide their service in the residences of La Loma, Sisters of Carmelite, The Gardens of Clara and the new ad-

Movies and Musicals from Cardendal Belluga

Some of those attending the first meeting of Lend Me Your Eyes for 2013/14

dition, this year, Levantine at Playa del Cura, as well as private homes. It so happens that there is currently a waiting list of nearly a hundred readers who hope to join the project, but this season only eight additional readers are needed. The service has also been offered to the International community through Age Concern. However, according to their spokesman, English speaking residents are often ill with dementia or Alzheimer’s, reducing the chances of developing the role of readers entrusted to them. Thus the campaign is openly

asking if anyone knows of people who are incapable of reading and wish to receive the service of ‘Lend me your eyes’ to please contact Age Concern or the project managers in order to harness the full potential on offer. This can be done by visiting Age Concern, calling 695 075 626 or through the Municipal Public Library. The reading programme began on Wednesday 25th September in the mornings and afternoons. ‘Lend me your eyes’ has more than 100 potential readers and serves about one hundred and twenty people today.

By Keith Nicol MOVIES AND Musicals instantly evokes thoughts of MGM Musicals, a little bit of song and dance and a night out on the town. Now out of their Summer hibernation mode, the Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group are busy rehearsing for their next production of ‘Movies and Musicals’. This goes live on stage for one night only, on Friday October 18th at 8.00pm in San Fulgencio’s Cardenal Belluga Theatre, from where the group takes their name. Tickets are on sale from the Tourist Office and Butterfly Charity Shop in La Marina, the Benimar Card Shop or you can order tickets for collection at the door through Maria on 966 715 891. Tickets are only 6€ and all ticket sales go to the local ambulance charity, S.E.M.. The theme of this show evolves from the earliest black and white silent movies (and yes all will be explained during the show how a silent movie could also be a musical!) through to the blockbuster award winning musical of 2013, Les Mis. The feeling among members is that if you’ve seen their shows before, you’d probably agree that each year outshines the previous production and that this year continues that trend and will not disappoint. The performance features delightful costumes, hilarious comedy sketches, many memorable songs and even some equally impressive dance routines. There are few other places where you can experience such a varied evening’s entertainment for just 6€. For more information about the show or to join the group on stage or back stage, please checkout their website:

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by Keith Nicol

THROUGHOUT THE year members of the Royal Air Forces Association Branches worldwide, work continuously to raise funds in support of this charity, whose aim is to help both past and present members of the Royal Air Forces and their dependents, when they are in need. Whereas in the past most of the support went to the older generation of ex-RAF personnel, recent conflicts have vastly increased the need to support the younger ex-RAF personnel and those presently serving their Country. This year, a total of 6,000€ has been raised through fund raising efforts. The one concentrated fund raising event of the year, took place in the two week period from 7th to the 19th September. In the first week, ‘WINGS WEEK’ the managers of the Iceland stores located in San Fulgencio, San Javier and Torrevieja once more gave their permission for members to collect donations within their stores. This kind act resulted in over 3,000€ being donated by a most generous public and RAFA wished to pass on their sincere thanks to store managers and their staff and all those members of the public who so generously supported this cause. In the second week, on Thursday 19th September, a Grand Charity Draw was made at the Battle of Britain Dinner/Dance held at the El Prado restaurant in San Miguel, which resulted in a further 600€ being raised.

Valencia pedals for UNICEF…

VALENCIA BICYCLE Day was commemorated this year with a day of solidarity, sport and family entertainment involving an estimated 10,000 participants. The day began at 10am with a tour that continued until 1.30pm with prizes and gifts awarded. ‘Pedal for the Children of UNICEF’ was the support slogan for the event with the aim of drawing attention to the plight of children suffering from Polio worldwide. ‘1 + 1 euro = 2 vaccines’ was the banner on flyers, registration forms and posters.

Marina Bar triumphs again

RAFA’s major event of the year, their dinner dance

LAST SATURDAY, reach Out Charity held a fun day at the Marina Bar, Calle de las Rosas in Torrevieja. The Marina Bar held yet another fun afternoon, which was an outstanding success, raising an impressive 600€ for the charity. The afternoon featured a Style fashion show, Indian head massage, Tombola, Auction and various stalls selling jewellery, cakes, Avon cosmetics and more, all under the watchful eyes of Dave and

Rita Monaghan who run the bar so successfully. Reach Out wanted to thank Pat, Isobel, Angie Pete, Debbie, Dennis, Pam, Duncan and the bar for all their monetary donations. A special mention must go to the anonymous couple who kindly donated 50€ to the charity and of course to all the support from the many people attending the event. All in all a very heart warming and successful day raising money for this very worthwhile charity.

Raising the standard by Jack Troughton A NEW standard for District North of the Royal British Legion in Spain was officially dedicated on Tuesday at a moving ceremony attended by over 120 members and friends. The flag was presented to the district – its boundaries run from the French boarder to Baza in Granada – as a gift by Chairman Chris Wyatt and his wife Peggy. The ceremony took place at the little church at Mil Palmeras, Pilar de Horadada, and guests were treated to the thrilling sight and sound of the Torrevieja Pipes and drums leading the standards of the various branches of the Legion. District Chaplain, Reverend Canon Terence Sampson took the service

and the standard was presented by Chris into the safe keeping of Keith Carter, District Ceremonial Officer and Standard Bearer. The Pheonix concert Band accompanied the congregation with hymns and ended the service by playing the evocative ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’. The band’s soloist played the Last Port and Reveille to mark the start and end of an emotional two mionute’s silence. CROWN All Legion standards are made with the Union Flag in the top left hand corner – symbolic of unity and loyalty to the Crown, community and nation. The Royal Blue signifies fidelity and the gold band recalls all those who died in service of the United Kingdom. Chris said afterwards: “I am very

proud to be able to present District North with a standard to be paraded at many of the events in the area. “Earlier this year our district was awarded the Maurice Cup for efficiency, having been pitted against other counties and districts of the Legion worldwide. Part of this award was a scroll which is included on the standard.” The next big event for district North is the launch of the 2013 Poppy Appeal in Benidorm on 16th October. Pictured (left to right) are Keith Carter, District Ceremonial Officer and District Standard Bearer, Barry Waddington, Band Major, Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, Julie Schofield, Phoenix Concert Band, Chris Wyatt Chairman, Peggy Wyatt, Reverend Canon Terence Sampson, District Chaplain.

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Time for Associations day photo THE V ANNUAL Associations Day will take place on 20th October 2013. And to make the occasion extra special, Torrevieja’s Department of Citizen Participation has awarded the task of shooting the huge associations gathering photograph to the team of ‘Objectivo Torrevieja’ “Objetivo Torrevieja”, Pedro Grimao, Alfonso Pascual and their director Fernando Guardiola. 2013 marks the fourth ‘Associations Photo’ and it will be held to coincide with the celebration of V Associations Day on 20th October, in the specially erected tent that will be installed on the Paseo Vista Alegre. The exact place and circumstances of where all association members will pose for the special photograph will be revealed in the near future. The first such photo was taken on Playa de los Locos by Justo Gil and his team from ‘Forofoto’. In 2011, the stage chosen was Torre del Moro and the photographer in charge was, Antonio García. Last year the “heart” of the associations was photographed by Eliseo Montesinos, in the Nelson Mandela Stadium. This year Objectivo Torrevieja have this opportunity, and ask as many people as possible to participate in the the moment as their aim is to have the most citizens in any photo to date.

Setting up for the first Associations day photo in 2011


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The survival of the fishing net lady JOSEFA RUIZ is a 73-year-old widow and the only woman left in the fishing village of Santa Pola who can still make fishing nets.

Josefa, or ‘Pepita’, making fishing nets

by Jan Gamm “At one time all the fishermen’s wives sat in the doorways of their homes making nets,” said Josefa, “…now there is only me!” Josefa, affectionately known in Santa Pola as ‘Pepita’ keeps the craft of making fishing nets alive after spending 50 years perfecting the art. In the little kitchen of her village house she makes nets that can carry up to 40kilos of fish or shellfish for her children and grandchildren and she also takes outside orders to augment her pension. And although some of the local fishermen try to make and mend their own nets, Josefa says with confidence that they are not as strong as hers! ‘Pepita’, who lost her husband four years ago and has since battled to survive cancer, has now begun to teach her granddaughter the art of making fishing nets in the hope that her craft will not die out.

Alicante the Garden of the European Union

ALICANTE’S AGRICULTURAL export sales have grown by 15% so far this year, the sector supporting 116,000 jobs and earning the province the nickname ‘The Garden of Europe’. Many of the skilled agricultural workers who left to work in the construction industry throughout the nineties have now returned to the fields.

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Nuisance Tripping RCDs ONE WAY of dealing with nuisance tripping is to fit an automatic ‘recloser’ RCD. This was the subject of my article in RTN 726. The issue produced a spate of emails from our readers who experience the problem from time to time. In the vast majority of cases the fault is downstream, somewhere in the property. Invariably the trips are caused by deteriorating insulation on heater elements in water heaters, cooker elements, electric kettles, tubular heaters or even the defrost cycle on the fridge. Inevitably the tripping is caused from the ingress of damp or water into the electrical system. Although regarded as a nuisance the fault is with the deteriorated element and not the RCD, replacing the offending element or appliance will resolve the problem. An unusual characteristic of a RCD is that they can become weakened over a period of time, replacing the device can cure the problem. Across Spain it is common for the whole installation to be on a single RCD. This can cause secondary safety problems with loss of lighting and defrosting of food if a trip occurs. The cause of the nuisance tripping can be due to accumulated or burden currents caused by items with lowered insulation resistance. This may occur due to older equipment or even wiring in buildings where prolonged damp and rain conditions can cause the insulation resistance to lower due to the ingress of moisture. The individual

items may each be electrically safe but a large number of small burden currents accumulates and reduces the tripping level. Dividing the circuits and fitting additional RCDs can solve the problem. Given certain conditions outside the property, upstream faults can cause nuisance tripping. While voltage and current on the earth line is usually fault current from a live wire, this is not always the case, thus there are other situations in which an RCD can nuisance trip. When an installation has two connections to earth, a nearby high current lightning strike will cause a voltage gradient in the soil, presenting the RCD sense mechanism with enough voltage to cause it to trip. If you are experience tripping during lightning storms it is recommended to fit a Surge Protection Device. If the installations earth rod is placed close to the earth rod of a neighbouring building, a high earth leakage current in the other building can raise the local ground potential and cause a voltage difference across the two earths, again tripping the RCD. For upstream faults, due to the logistics involved in tracing the problem, the most practical solution is to fit a recloser RCD. Contact or visit


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Growing your own fruit by

Dick Handscombe Active gardener and author

WITH THE continuing widely promoted message ‘Eat five or more portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day for a healthier diet’ no Spanish garden or apartment terrace should be without fruit trees or plants. In less than a square metre it is possible to grow alpine or ordinary strawberries in a strawberry barrel or window box and citrus, peach, apple, pear, pomegranate, avocado and fig trees on dwarf root stocks grow perfectly well in containers provided you fill the containers with a rich in nutrient and water retaining/ well draining soil mix. In a larger garden it is not difficult to fit in ten types of fruit that mature in different months of the year and to be able to harvest one fruit crop or another on every day of the year. The thing is to select varieties of fruit that you like to eat raw or cook and which are appropriate for the microclimate of your garden. Over seventy types of fruit are described in ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ with indications of their frost and drought hardiness to help you make a wise choice. There are plenty of possibilities for all regions and locations. Favourites from our garden are the winter tangerines and mandarins, spring to winter raspberries (yes for eight months of the year), early summer wild strawberries and apricots, late summer figs almonds and grapes (plus mangoes until the heavy frost of 2005), autumn cacti fruit quince and persimmons, and lemons on almost every day of the year from a

perpetual flowering and fruiting Lunar lemon tree. Unfortunately, we often lose the avocado and pistachio nut flowers to a spring storm. Most families do not require a large orchard. Indeed, many inland expatriates with 10,000 square metre plots have discovered that it is impossible to cope with the ripening fruit of several hundred trees and vines. Spaniards feed surplus oranges to their sheep and goats as it is less expensive to do so than pay to harvest fruit that can be only sold for very low prices. Luckily, many fruit trees have multiple benefits so they easily fit into mixed gardens for they are among the best trees for spring blossom, then the colouring fruit add interest followed by the vivid autumn leaf colours of the deciduous trees and early winter colours of persimmons and pomegranates well after the leaves have fallen. Combine the above with growing your own vegetables and you can become largely self sufficient in fruit and vegetables in even a moderate sized garden here in Spain, and it’s much easier to do so than in rain-ravaged Britain. When you have gluts, as said last week, it’s not difficult to process many excess crops for later use by freezing, bottling, making jams and chutneys, and drying them in the sun or rather easier in a heated air tray dryer. There is a full article on our website telling you how.

The Handscombe’s books can be most conveniently purchased from Amazon Books, Santana Books website or 95 248 5838, The Book Depository or The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop. ©Dick Handscombe


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We hold the knowledge, you ask the questions by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

ARE YOU any good at pub quizzes? If I asked you: which is the third highest mountain in the world would you know? Some people are just sponges for absorbing facts. At the Dog and Whistle Monday night quiz, everyone wants them on their team. At any other time, their accumulated knowledge has limited value. We are surrounded by means of accessing information and carrying too much knowledge around with us really isn’t necessary. It’s excess baggage. Okay, it’s handy to have a few ‘wow’ facts to amaze your family and friends but apart from that, we all have better things to be thinking of. Don’t we? ‘Knowledge’ versus ‘skills’ continues to be hotly debated amongst educationalists in the UK. The coalition government is keen to raise the profile of ‘core knowledge’ that everyone should know, such as battle dates and Kings and Queens of England – a feature of my own education that I struggled with at the time and have conveniently forgotten since… In the skills corner are people, like myself, who believe that it really isn’t necessary to carry around

with you a trunk-load of information; that with the right skills you can quickly find all that you need - a kind of ‘hand luggage’ approach to life. This is fine provided you can find information you can trust when you need it. The internet is an excellent research tool but it does have a major drawback: everyone and their mother (father, aunties and uncles) can put up whatever they like there, without their accuracy being checked. Dates and sources are unfortunately missing from the majority of posted items and it can be difficult to check out the person who claims to have the answers to your questions. That’s where our Forum comes in handy. The Forum on the Spain Explained pages of the Ábaco website can provide you with a reliable source of information about Spanish law, conveyancing, taxes, inheritance, even life in Spain generally. FOR EXAMPLE, HERE’S A QUESTION WE RECEIVED RECENTLY: We have been asked for an Apostille to validate our British marriage certificate. Where do I send the document? How much does it cost?

AND HERE IS THE ANSWER: Your marriage certificate needs to be sent by registered mail to the Legalisation Office which is part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes. It costs £ 30 but you also have to pay for return postage. You can complete most of the process online by visiting the website what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/ Legalisation/. You will need to send your certificate securely to the address provided on the site. Then just wait for the legalised version to be returned. It is quite a quick process and is usually returned in a week. The great advantage is that you can be sure that your question will be researched, checked and answered by the experts at Ábaco. You know the source and in the meantime, you can travel light, enjoy your property in Spain, and let us carry the baggage for you. To browse the forum visit: forum It’s free - it’s informed - so please use it.

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Location, location, location…

Keith DOES NOT just apply to the property Littlewood market - latest figures show that International Financial Adviser

pensioners are being deprived of £43,000 over the course of retirement when they buy an annuity from the wrong provider or in the wrong country. THE INSURANCE industry has at last come clean on the abysmal way it treats loyal pension customers at retirement. In a landmark move, its trade body has forced firms to disclose the rates offered to savers when they turn their nest egg into an income for life by buying an annuity. The data, made public for the first time last month, suggests some firms make ‘excessive’ profits by steering existing customers into poor deals. The worst offenders are short-changing long-standing customers by up to 30pc. This is a loss of £1,444 on the yearly payout from a £100,000 pension pot, compared with an identical offer available if shopped around. This is a huge problem because an annuity purchase is irreversible and you can lose your capital without a risk warning. Most people just go ahead and take their annuity from the pension provider without seeking Independent Advice or looking at alternatives. Savers persuaded to take substandard deals are locked in for life, turning the £1,444 annual loss into £43,320 over a 30 year retirement. Many pensioners will die before their life savings are returned in full, calculations show. On the poorest rates, someone would need to live to 86 just to get his or her money back. In some instances, savers suffering illnesses are being offered less than half the going rate for their shorter life expectancy. More than half of the 420,000 people who buy an annuity each year could be affected. Research shows that 52pc accept the deal offered by their existing pension provider, netting providers an estimated £1bn a year. Residency is very rarely taken into account, and the massive potential benefits that could be available if someone no longer lives in the UK If you have a UK pension or are soon to start taking benefits from pension please do not do anything until you have taken Independent Financial Advice and explored all your options If you need advice or if have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 657 684 094 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.



Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Spanish family law


Counterfeit shoe gang busted

IS IT possible to change a divorce court order and agreement? SOME WEEKS ago, we received from the First Instance Court No.2 of Molina del Segura, in Murcia, a court order agreeing with our petition and defence. The ruling was that the economic agreement reached by the ex-spouses (an English man and a Spanish woman) in their divorce in the United Kingdom should not be changed. The former wife of my client, an English man, petitioned to change the previous divorce agreement, due to her difficult economic situation. In her claim she asked for the costs of the children’s trips to see their father in England during holidays, be paid now by the father, although in the divorce

agreement it was agreed that she would pay for them. This kind of legal action is known in Spanish Family Law as a modification of divorce or separation measures. The basis of these kind of legal actions, is article number 91 of the Spanish Civil Code, which states that in the court’s separation orders, the judge must decide the following measures: children, family home, charges and debts of the marriage, and liquidation of the matrimonial economic regime, etc. They also state that these measures could be modified if the circumstances changed substantially. This was the key to the above court case. We argued in our conclusion in the hearing that the claimant did not provide proof of the substantial change in her circumstances.

Nor was evidence provided to the court about her income and economic situation at the time of the divorce, or any major change in her circumstances now that would justify the revision and modification of the divorce agreement. Therefore, readers should remember that if they are divorced or separated, their court order it is not definitive since by definition, in Spanish family law all divorce and separation court orders could be changed and reviewed if it is proven that there are substantial changes to the circumstances. If you have a family law problem, if you want to get divorced or separated, or if you want to review your divorce or separation court order because your circumstances are different now, we can assist you.

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A BENIDORM operation marketing more than 420 pairs of fake designer shoes has been busted with two arrests made and individuals charged with imitating and reproducing prestigious sports brands without authorisation. Those arrested were two men aged 47 and 23 after they were caught selling the goods from market stalls.



27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Spanish Inheritance Tax (IHT) by

Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

Some common myths corrected SINCE 1994 Wincham has been successfully helping people of various nationalities who own Spanish property with the burden of Spanish Inheritance Tax (IHT). Over the years we have experienced many misconceptions surrounding the ownership of Spanish property within a UK Limited company and some of these are explained below. SPANISH PROPERTY OWNERSHIP WITHIN A UK LIMITED COMPANY There is often confusion between a UK Limited Company and an offshore Company. A UK company is not classed as ‘offshore’, and in line with EU treaties, UK Companies cannot be charged the 3% annual tax that offshore companies have to pay in Spain. Following the 2008 UK Finance Act and Budget the Directors of a UK Limited Company are no longer subject to ‘Benefit in Kind’ Tax on the ownership of foreign property. A further advantage of the UK company structure is the ability to offset certain expenses such as council tax bills, maintenance/

upgrades, car hire and flight costs for the Directors when travelling to and from Spain. SELLING THE SPANISH PROPERTY The property can still be sold from the UK company should the purchaser prefer not to retain the ownership in the UK company. The advantage of purchasing the property in a UK Company is that there are no Spanish Inheritance Tax implications for the Beneficiaries and no 7-10% property purchase tax payable on the purchase of the company: in addition the seller does not pay the 3% Withholding Tax following the UK Company sale. COSTS & TIME The UK Corporate structure is a simple solution costing less than most probate and legal fees which also saves the additional Spanish reporting and taxation burdens for the Beneficiaries. Our unique service is available to all Nationalities including both Residents and Non-residents of Spain and can be

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

completed within two to four weeks if required. PURCHASING / TRANSFERRING THE PROPERTY INTO YOUR CHILDREN’S NAMES Using either of these methods would mean that you would need to pay Spanish Inheritance tax to keep your own property should your children predecease you. There are also gift tax implications to consider both in Spain and the UK when moving the ownership of the property in this transaction. THE WINCHAM SOLUTION Our solution to the IHT problem in Spain is for the owner/s to invest the property into a UK Private Limited company which they would own as Shareholder/s remaining in complete control of their asset. To receive your ‘complimentary’ Spanish Inheritance Tax illustration please visit or contact one of our advisers on +44 (0)1260 299 700 (UK) or 0034 965 830 991 (Spain).

Crissy Rock’s NOW OPEN DEEP IN Benidorm’s Old Town in an area known as ‘The Triangle’ a new bar has opened promising to be a little special. Fronted by our very own Queen of Benidorm Crissy Rock, award winning actress, comedienne, author, artist and star of the hit television series Benidorm. The hugely popular star and much loved character in town has had recent appearances on I’m a Celebrity... Come Dine With Me, The Chase and Mastermind and is very much in demand but has no reservations about coping with another commitment in Benidorm. Full of personal mementos and memorabilia from her days on set and time in the Jungle, Crissy truly has created a ‘Fun Pub’ and hopes to spend as much time there as possible. She feels very lucky in persuading a family team to carry out the management of Crissy Rock’s - “I was fortunate to be introduced to Steve & Pauline Stevens, they bring great experience to my elegant establishment. There are a wide range of drinks now complimented by Pauline’s homemade cooking.” “I’m so chuffed,” she continues, “they are real characters and amazing hosts.” Crissy would love her Benidorm friends to call in and see her playing the role of Bette Lynch. “I always fancied playing a starring role behind the bar of The Rover Return,” she quips, “but it never happened. Perhaps this is the next best thing?” Crissy Rock’s is now open for business.

Our mystery man on the street …TAKES A sneaky look at one of the top rated hotels in town RIVIERA BEACHOTEL 4* CURRENTLY THE number two hotel in Benidorm according to 700 trip advisor reviewers, our man on the street decided to check out the facilities and see if the hotel lives up to all those glowing reports putting it in the number two spot. THE HOTEL The hotel is located only a very short hop from the heart of the entertainment hub of Benidorm in the Rincon de Loix and only five minutes from the Levante beach making it in a perfect location. Following a complete refurbishment from the ground up the Riviera Beachotel re-opened the doors just two years ago. This is a modern and rather funky hotel with impressive architecture and some of the most stunning lighting effects which create a quite unique atmosphere once the sun goes down. THE ROOMS Everything is new with exactly what you would expect from a newly refurbished 4* hotel of this class. Really comfy beds for a good sleep plus of course facilities such as a mini-bar, big flat screen TV, electronic safes, Wifi and nicely designed bathrooms and Ladies, yes there is a hair dryer. Most rooms offer superb big walk-in showers. Rooms are not massive but are very adequate and bright with soft lighting that creates a relaxing mood. The room we saw offered a lovely feature round window too with excellent views of Benidorm from the terrace. Overall very deserving of the 4* rating with little extras such as better quality fluffy towels and a decent selection of toiletries. Oh! And you really could eat of the floor, the cleaning was impeccable, a credit to those often forgotten housekeeping staff.

THE FOOD This is where the Riviera really does come up trumps. Friendly and happy staff (makes a change!). Meals are served buffet style, but, with a superior choice to that served in some hotels! Replenished often (keeping food fresh) with a great choice of salads, hot dishes and very much geared toward the high numbers of British guests who stay here this time of year. This is reiterated time and again in many online reviews. Breakfast will fill you up for the day! THE POOL Perhaps the only drawback is the hotel pool which is a tad small and tends to get little sunshine until the afternoon. However, it is a really pleasant area to sit and the pool bar offers very cheap drink (the hotel do not charge 4* prices) and a snack menu that offers excellent value too, just in case you are still hungry after the massive breakfast. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW When compared to other hotels in Benidorm the Riviera Beachotel is small with just 99 rooms and is therefore not going to be overly crowded at meal times, around the pool or in the bar during the daytime. The terrace bar is open to the public and is a popular place at night due to the low prices (Bucket of 5 bottles of beer from only 4.50€) and entertainment so grab a seat early! This is now a top selling hotel in Benidorm and should be booked as early as possible to ensure you get a room. Guests staying here get up to 25% off at the Western Saloon, Morgan Tavern and the UK Comedy Club.

A typical 1970´s building lovingly refurbished, we liked very much. Book this and over 400 Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels by visiting

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What do you take back? WHEN VISITORS come on holiday to Spain they often have a shopping list of things to take back with them. Obviously, cigarettes and alcohol top that list whether you are a smoker or not. Although technically illegal, many will bring back a carton or two for friends and family. Remember to only buy at authorized outlets – there is one at the airport on floor-2, where all the shuttle buses depart from. The savings in comparison to UK prices certainly makes it worthwhile. Spirits are also considerably cheaper - not so much the premium ones such as Smirnoff but the local Spanish brands such as ‘Aguilar’. Take, for example, a litre of Vodka or Gin - you can pay as little as 4.95€ and it comes in a plastic bottle too! But the current ‘must buy’ items are ‘Flossy’s’ – vividly-coloured canvas pumps / deck shoes in a variety of styles. They can be bought here in most shops for less than half of the UK price - this probably explains why holiday makers are now doing Flossy runs instead of cigarette runs! I wonder what the next craze will be…


“QROPS� (Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme) have been available to ex-pats since April 2006. There is no mystery to them, they are basically the same as your UK pension but offer better benefits than the UK. Benefits: I. Return of fund to spouse on the death of the member, then left to your depends on spouses death. (not so in the UK) II. No Inheritance tax. (not so in the UK) III. Possibility of no income tax. (not so in the UK) IV. Freedom of investment choice. (not so in the UK) V. Income paid in a currency of your choice, plus many more benefits. (not so in the UK) The process is very simple and takes approximately three months to complete. In the UK you may not take any benefits before you are 55 years of age. If you are 50 or above and have been outside the UK for 5 complete tax years you may withdraw 25/30% and then an income at 55. If you are pension rich but cash poor, this could be a way of solving temporary financial difficulties.

To find out if you qualify to release money now call 951 206 138 or email or visit and complete the free assessment form.


Granada ROMANTIC THOUGHTS of gypsy dancers swirling to beat of Spanish guitars actually come to life in the Albaicin district of Granada. FOR MANY centuries, most of the population have lived in cave houses hewn out of the soft rock in the hills above the city centre. From the Albaicin on an autumn night you can marvel at the beautiful sight of the world famous Alhambra Palaces floodlit against a darkening sky. Below the palaces the valley is filled with the autumn colour of the thousands of trees that adorn the valley and the sloping hillside. A daytime visit leaves you astounded at the combination of sheer strength and power of the surrounding walls and the incredible artistry of the sensitively designed interior. In the central gardens of the ‘Generalife’ you can almost smell the aroma of the herbs and spices which attended the preparation of outdoor meals prepared for the medieval Sultans by their long suffering ladies. Contrast this with the large powerful palace of Charles V. Built with the true attention to strength and severity which seemed to accompany all the actions of the Catholic Monarchs. Yet this mighty building sits next to one of the most beautiful and carefully prepared palaces in Spain, built by the noble Nasrids as their final contribution to Spain, leaving a fitting tribute to a dynasty whose governance of Spain after 800 years was shortly to be brought to an end. The grounds and the buildings of the Alhambra Palaces are recognised internationally as the finest example of Muslin architecture in Western Europe. Below the palaces the city of Granada buzzes day and night. The Alcaiceria, the old Moorish trading district with its horseshoe-shaped gateways give the area an Arabic flavour and offers all sorts of goods.

Amongst these are the fine silver objects and printed leather for which Granada is known. A cathedral which dates back to the times of the Queen Isabel and her consort Ferdinand is very much a part of the city centre. Charming squares, filled with cafes are to be found in all parts of the city. Close to the Cathedral in the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel), within which lie the remains of Queen Isabel, Ferdinand, their daughter Joana the Mad and her husband Philip the Fair. Granada is a fairy tale city with a powerful historical twist: definitely worth a visit. David’s Coachtrips SL are currently offering a threeday excursion in a 4* city hotel B&B for only 112€. Next available dates are October 10th -12th and 28th-30th. Please telephone 966 785 910 or visit for more information.

Life Showbiz Goss

27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013



Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Jack Torpedoes ´Gutter Mob´ with Style and Panache JACK NICHOLSON was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald last week amid rumours that he is suffering from memory loss, and boy did he answer this rather unpleasant criticism in a way we might expect from him. He is a man who has always been at the front line of acting, taking on the more difficult roles and not being like some puppet dancing around copious amounts of special effects, making him an actor in the real sense of the word. When quizzed about the memory loss rumour Jack said to the Ozzie paper “I’m not going to work until the day I die, that’s not why I started this, I’m not driven, I was driven – now I’m not, I don’t have to be out there anymore, in fact there’s part of me that never really liked being out there,” … every word exactly as he said them. Then he really got into the meat of

Celebrity Clips ALL YOU soap lovers could well be beside yourselves now that Barbara Windsor is back in Walford Square, but her comments on ´This Morning´ suggest she is not best pleased with the BBC. She said she thinks killing off Pat Butcher was a disgrace and how Pam St Clement called her and said she didn´t want to leave the show. Babs also said she´s not sure about staying in the show for very long ... Bit of papering over the cracks going on here I´m thinking. Fancy owning a James Bond motta? Got a cool Million? Ifthe answer is yes in bioth cases then the job is more or less done. The Lotus Esprit, the one that Roger Moore plunged into the sea in ´The Spy Who Loved Me’ in 1977, is expected to fetch between £650,000 and £950,000 when it goes up for auction at RM Auctions in Battersea, south London. The American guy who owns it had no idea how much the car was worth until his neighbour’s children asked him why he had Bond’s car in his driveway.

things when he added “I only want to do films that move people, films about emotions and people ... I had the chilling thought that maybe people in their twenties and thirties don’t actually want to be moved anymore, that they just want to see more bombs, more explosions, because that is what they have grown up with, and I’ll never do that type of movie,” again every word exactly as the great man said them. Heavily used website Radar Online started the ´memory issues´ rumour and NBC, to whom he is contracted, dismissed the reports as ’100% false’, saying he was ‘actively reading scripts and looking forward to his next project’. It would be an awful lot better if Radar Online detracted their story, but sadly that’s highly unlikely to happen ... Not Gutter Press … Gutter Online!!

Ray´s ´Moonfleet´ and Reality Mugging LAST WEEK Ray Winstone was at the launch event of a new period drama coming to Sky1 later this year called ´Moonfleet,´ but I´ll get to that in a mo, as the no holds barred London boy took the opportunity to have a pop at the world of Reality shows and Cookery programmes. First off Ray said “the drama genre was close to going through a golden age, now you turn on the TV and all you see is cookery programmes, and Big Brother and all that kind

of stuff, as a viewer, I want to watch great drama, I don’t want to see some geezer boiling an egg,” priceless Winstone … he did concede that ‘Keith Floyd was alright,’ although maybe his ´slurps’ of vino played a part in the admiration. Although Ray has become synonymous with betting online he has never lost his credibility, delivering his punting for punters with all the ´in your face´ aggression we have grown so used to from him. Ray Winstone has been out

there doing it since the mid 70´s with parts in shows that include The Sweeny, Birds of a Feather, and ´Auf Wierdersehen Pet´ and let’s hope ´Moonfleet´ gets to our TV screens sooner rather than later as in Rays words ”I play the head of a gang of smugglers in the adaptation of a John Meade Falkner novel, and I believe the series will strike a chord with viewers because of the stories of ‘people trying to survive’. Sounds good to me Tommy!!


27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life TV

27th September - 3rd October

FRIDAY 27th September BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Claimed and Shamed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Country Show Cook Off 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Ronnie’s Animal Crackers 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Strictly Come Dancing 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 John Bishop Live: Rollercoaster Tour 24:55 The Love Letter

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Claimed and Shamed 09:15 Wanted Down Under 10:00 Flog It! Trade Secrets 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Mastermind 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Oceans 16:45 Elephant Diaries 17:15 Incredible Animal Journeys 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Everyday Gourmets 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Later with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Gino’s Italian Escape 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Break-Up

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Will & Grace 08:55 Frasier 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Four Rooms US 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 River Cottage 14:35 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 Countdown 17:15 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 The IT Crowd 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:20 Big Fat Quiz of the 80s

07:00 Childrens TV 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Milkshake! Monkey 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Police Interceptors 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 The Mentalist 16:15 Tornado Warning 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Strongest Man 21:00 Monster Moves 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 The Punisher

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 727 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Show; 3 Brigands; 8 Iota; 9 Unsolved; 11 Cross-country; 13 Setter; 14 Swings; 17 Letter-writer; 20 Premises; 21 Drab; 22 Resisted; 23 Clad. Down: 1 Suit-case; 2 Outpost; 4 Ransom; 5 Groundwork; 6 Never; 7 Side; 10 Ascertains; 12 Ascribed; 15 Natural; 16 Freeze; 18 Evens; 19 Spar.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Iran; 3 Proposal; 8 Same; 9 Opulence; 11 Air one’s views; 13 Cellar; 14 Gamble; 17 Off the record; 20 Oriental; 21 Asia; 22 Straddle; 23 Amid. Down: 1 Instance; 2 Admiral; 4 Repose; 5 Palpitated; 6 Sinew; 7 Leer; 10 Unfastened; 12 Headland; 15 Blossom; 16 Recall; 18 Flier; 19 Moss.


07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Life’s Funniest Moments 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Pitch Black


07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Cloverfield 23:40 Rude Tube 24:45 The Big Bang Theory

What’s on Viva TV this week Viva TV broadcasts on the Torresat Network every day from 2.00pm until 10pm And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 27 Sep FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions – Although crime is on the wane here on the Costa, it’s still important to think about home security. 18.05 Saturday 28 Sep Viva La Vida (series) – Carla Stone hosts the Costa’s best weekly live music show featuring Joe Longthorne, Shani and Paul Christie plus lots, lots more. 19.00 Sunday 29 Sep Spanish Eye –The affordable car racing craze that’s sweeping the UK is now here in Cartagena. 19.45 Monday 30 Sep Buying A Car In Spain – If you are looking to purchase a new car here then check this out for some important hints and tips. 18.30

Tuesday 1 Oct Dead Frequency (Film) – Sam Stewart, by night a radio presenter, by day a member of a modern day vampire clan is in love with a mortal but afraid of giving in to his feelings. 18.05 Wednesday 2 Oct An Evening With... Part 2 of Stevie Spit’s Jubilee Show. A collection of some of the very best artists from around the Costa Blanca at the Municipal theatre in Torrevieja help celebrate Stevie’s 25 years in the business. 19.00 Thursday 3 Oct Let’s Talk Special – Michael Redfern is probably best known as the husband in the Oxo ads. We caught up with him just before he tread the boards for the first time here in Spain. 18.05

SATURDAY 28th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Paul Hollywood’s Bread 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Homes Under the Hammer 16:00 Live Cycling 17:00 Final Score 18:10 BBC News 18:30 I Love My Country 19:15 Pointless Celebrities 20:00 Strictly Come Dancing 21:25 Atlantis 22:15 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 22:25 Casualty 23:15 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:55 The Football League Show

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 From This Day Forward 09:00 A Damsel in Distress 10:40 Reel History of Britain 11:10 The Life of Birds 12:00 Fred Dibnah’s Industrial Age 12:30 University Challenge 13:00 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:45 The Hairy Bakers 14:00 Live MotoGP 15:05 EastEnders 17:00 Live Cycling 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 The Wonder of Dogs 20:00 Dad’s Army 20:30 Count Arthur Strong 21:00 The 70s 22:00 Mock the Week 22:30 The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme 23:10 Dara O Briain Craic Dealer 24:10 Wonder Boys

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Horrid Henry 08:45 Horrid Henry 09:00 Bottom Knocker Street 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Fish Hooks 09:45 Fish Hooks 10:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Saturday Cookbook 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:35 Surprise Surprise 13:35 All Star Family Fortunes 14:20 Catchphrase 15:05 Doc Martin 16:05 The X Factor 17:05 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 18:55 ITV News Central 19:05 ITV News and Weather 19:20 You’ve Been Framed! 20:20 Stepping Out 21:20 The X Factor 22:50 Through the Keyhole 23:50 ITV News and Weather 24:05 10,000 BC

07:15 British F3 International Series 07:40 The Grid 08:05 The Great North Swim 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 The American Football Show 11:05 Frasier 11:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 The Secret Millionaire USA 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:45 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 21:00 Grand Designs 22:00 The Taking of Pelham 123 24:10 Hitman

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Mr Men 11:15 Power Rangers: Megaforce 11:50 Slugterra 12:15 Inside Hollywood 12:20 Animal Maternity 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Columbo: Caution - Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health 16:10 The Kentuckian 18:15 The Magnificent Seven 20:45 The Wonderful Country 22:40 5 News Weekend 22:45 Point Break

07:00 Coronation Street 09:10 Emmerdale 12:00 The X Factor 13:05 The X Factor USA 15:00 Girlfriends 16:00 Peter Andre: My Life 17:00 The Hot Desk 17:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:45 You’ve Been Framed! 18:15 You’ve Been Framed! 18:45 Happy Feet 20:50 Evan Almighty 22:50 The Xtra Factor 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:40 The Magaluf Weekender

07:00 Being Erica 07:45 Gok’s Style Secrets 08:35 Ugly Betty 09:30 Charmed 10:25 Glee 11:25 90210 12:25 Rules of Engagement 12:50 Rules of Engagement 13:20 Rules of Engagement 13:50 Rules of Engagement 14:20 The Mindy Project 14:50 The Mindy Project 15:15 The Big Bang Theory 15:40 The Big Bang Theory 16:10 2 Broke Girls 16:40 2 Broke Girls 17:05 Rules of Engagement 17:35 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 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 Suburgatory 21:00 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 Marley & Me 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 Rude Tube

SUNDAY 29th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Homes Under the Hammer 16:00 Ronnie’s Animal Crackers 16:30 Ronnie’s Animal Crackers 17:00 Points of View 17:15 Escape to the Country 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 19:35 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 By Any Means 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 New Town Killers

07:00 Borderline 08:30 Around the World in 80 Gardens 09:30 Gardeners’ World 10:00 The Beechgrove Garden 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 12:30 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 13:00 James Martin’s Food Map of Britain 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:15 Live Cycling 17:15 Flog It! 18:00 Super League 19:00 Great British Railway Journeys 19:30 The Great British Bake Off 20:30 The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek 21:00 The Crane Gang 22:00 The Story of the Jews 23:00 The Wrong Mans 23:30 QI XL 24:15 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:45 Sus

07:00 Childrens TV 07:50 Dino Dan 08:00 Canimals 08:10 Canimals 08:15 Canimals 08:25 Sooty 08:35 Horrid Henry 08:45 Horrid Henry 09:00 Bottom Knocker Street 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Fish Hooks 09:45 Fish Hooks 10:00 Big Time Rush 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Ade in Britain 11:25 Columbo: Dagger of the Mind 13:25 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Murder, She Wrote 14:35 The X Factor 16:05 You’ve Been Framed! 16:35 Big Star’s Little Star 17:35 Downton Abbey 19:05 ITV News Central 19:30 Surprise Surprise 20:30 The X Factor 22:00 Downton Abbey 23:05 ITV News and Weather 23:20 Larry Crowne

07:35 The American Football Show 08:30 Hard Knocks 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:50 The Simpsons 14:20 The Simpsons 14:50 The Net 17:00 Location, Location, Location 18:05 Channel 4 News 18:25 The Political Slot 18:30 American Football Live 21:00 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 22:00 Big Fat Quiz of the 90s 23:35 Gogglebox 24:20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Peppa Pig 08:20 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:20 Mio Mao 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 The Mr Men Show 11:15 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:50 Slugterra 12:15 Inside Hollywood 12:20 Police Interceptors 13:20 The True Story 14:20 Vertical Limit 16:40 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 19:20 Superman 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Gone in Sixty Seconds 24:25 Timecop

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:40 Emmerdale 10:15 Coronation Street 12:45 The X Factor USA 14:35 You’ve Been Framed! 15:10 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 17:40 The X Factor 19:10 The Xtra Factor 20:10 Mr Bean’s Holiday 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 Fast & Furious

07:00 Charlie’s Angels 07:40 Charlie’s Angels 08:20 Ugly Betty 09:05 Charmed 10:05 How I Met Your Mother 10:35 How I Met Your Mother 11:05 Hollyoaks 13:35 2 Broke Girls 14:05 2 Broke Girls 14:35 Rules of Engagement 15:00 Rules of Engagement 15:25 The Mindy Project 15:55 The Mindy Project 16:25 The Big Bang Theory 16:55 The Big Bang Theory 17:20 The Big Bang Theory 17:50 How I Met Your Mother 18:20 How I Met Your Mother 18:45 How I Met Your Mother 19:15 Rules of Engagement 19:45 The Big Bang Theory 20:15 The Big Bang Theory 20:40 The Big Bang Theory 21:10 The Spy Next Door 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

27 sept - 3rd oct 2013


monday 30th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Claimed and Shamed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Country Show Cook Off 17:15 Flog It! 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 A Question of Sport 22:00 Motorway Cops 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Panorama 24:05 BBC News: The Editors 24:35 The Name of the Rose

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Claimed and Shamed 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Watchdog 11:05 The Incredible Spice Men 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Mastermind 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Oceans 16:45 Elephant Diaries 17:15 South Pacific 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Everyday Gourmets 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Through the Keyhole 24:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:25 Will & Grace 08:55 Frasier 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Four Rooms US 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 River Cottage 14:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 14:25 Green for Danger 16:10 Countdown 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 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 21:30 Gadget Man 22:00 The Fried Chicken Shop 23:00 Porn on the Brain 24:05 Educating Yorkshire

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Hustling America 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Castle 16:15 Her Fatal Flaw 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Nature Shock 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Broadmoor: The Inside Story 23:00 Under the Dome 24:00 Hostel

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 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 Vancouver 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 The X Factor 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Bridget Jones’s Diary

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 90210 23:00 Slither 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

tuesday 1st October BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Claimed and Shamed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Country Show Cook Off 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Stephen Lawrence Unity Concert 24:35 Who Do You Think You Are?


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Real Rescues 08:50 Claimed and Shamed 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 11:05 The Incredible Spice Men 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Mastermind 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Oceans 16:45 Elephant Diaries 17:15 South Pacific 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 20:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Wrong Mans 22:30 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:00 Later Live - with Jools Holland

wednesday 2nd October BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Claimed and Shamed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Country Show Cook Off 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 The Great British Year 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Father Figure 24:05 Room 101 Extra Storage 24:45 Judgment Night


07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Real Rescues 08:45 Claimed and Shamed 09:15 Wanted Down Under 10:00 Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Back on the Road 11:00 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 11:30 See Hear 12:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Mastermind 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Oceans 16:45 Elephant Diaries 17:15 South Pacific 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 20:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 21:00 The House That £100K Built 22:00 Science Britannica 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference

ITV1 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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA

ITV1 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 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Big Star’s Little Star 22:00 Whitechapel 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Exposure 24:35 James Nesbitt’s Ireland

CHANNEL 4 07:25 The Treacle People 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Will & Grace 08:55 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 River Cottage 14:10 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:30 The Siege of the Saxons 16:10 Countdown 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 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 23:00 London Irish 23:30 My Tattoo Addiction

CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Animal Maternity 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 16:15 Inside Hollywood 16:20 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Castle 23:55 Body of Proof 24:50 Law & Order: Criminal Intent

itv2 07:00 Emmerdale 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Peter Andre: My Life 22:00 The Magaluf Weekender 23:00 Crazy Beaches 23:30 Celebrity Juice 24:20 Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies


07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Rules of Engagement 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 Run Fatboy Run





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Will & Grace 08:55 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 River Cottage 14:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 14:30 Bugles in the Afternoon 16:10 Countdown 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 The Three Day Nanny 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Gogglebox 23:45 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 24:50 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Railway: First Great Western 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Seventeen and Missing 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 21:00 Animal Maternity 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Wentworth Prison 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 The Xtra Factor 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Girlfriends 23:00 Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Bandslam 23:15 Rude Tube 24:20 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut


27 sept - 3rd oct 2013

THURSDAY 3rd October BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Claimed and Shamed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Country Show Cook Off 17:15 Flog It! 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 Mayhem & Mishaps: Britain Caught on Camera 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Real Rescues 08:50 Claimed and Shamed 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Robert Peston Goes Shopping 11:05 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Mastermind 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Oceans 16:45 Animal Park 17:15 South Pacific 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 21:00 The Wonder of Dogs 22:00 Peaky Blinders 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Science Britannica

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The 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 Pat and Cabbage 22:00 Women Behind Bars with Trevor McDonald 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Magicians

07:25 The Treacle People 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Will & Grace 08:55 Frasier 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Four Rooms 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 14:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:20 The Day the Earth Stood Still 16:10 Countdown 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 Location, Location, Location 22:00 Educating Yorkshire 23:00 My Tattoo Addiction 24:05 The Fried Chicken Shop

07:00 Childrens TV 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 The Perfect Teacher 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The True Story 21:00 The Railway: First Great Western 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:50 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Life’s Funniest Moments 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 22:00 Utterly Outrageous Celebrity Frock Ups 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 The Magaluf Weekender 24:50 Crazy Beaches

E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 iTunes Festival 2013

Life tech

27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

with Aunty Virus


Potentially unwanted program HELLO AUNTY: I am having problems with a virus called PUP.Optional.T. Either Superantispyware or Malwarebyte picks it up normally three times when I do a scan but it keeps coming back even if I close down the computer after removal. I have looked on the net for a solution but they offer different ideas on its removal and they appear complicated. Can you help? Trevor. Aunty says: A Pup means a Potentially Unwanted Program. In short your antivirus thinks you accidentally installed a potentially harmful program - usually some sort of ‘toolbar’ or search engine setting. Or it may be a legitimate problem. Although Superantispyware or Malwarebyte pick it up and say they remove it, they may not have removed

every trace of the unwanted program, which is why it keeps coming back. One option is to perform the scans again, (do not reboot the PC) then go through the list of installed programs (in the install / uninstall option in control panel) and see which of them should not be there and uninstall it. Re-run the scans again, and hopefully it will be removed. Also, go into the ‘options’ of your internet browser and see if you have any unwanted ‘add ons’ or ‘tool bars’ and uninstall those. Also, check your browser’s ‘search’ settings, which may have been changed so you are no longer using your preferred search engine. Installing some programs using the common install settings installs adware and tool bars: Installing using the ‘advanced’ options

Internet error message Hi Aunty: I have a VAIO laptop. Each time I open the internet I get the message ‘Internet has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available’. I click on ‘close program’ and the internet comes up. Do you know what the problem is and how I can rectify it? Jacqui Aunty says: The problem is that there is an issue with the browser you are using. This may be down to: The browser not being installed correctly - reinstall the browser or use another such as Chrome or Firefox. A ‘third party’ toolbar or ‘addon’ is not installed correctly or crashing - uninstall toolbars that you may not need - or an addon like Adobe Flash is not installed in the browser, and the pages you are trying to view need this to work.

usually gives you the option of what you want to install and uninstall, thus reducing the risk of installing unwanted programs. This is a particular issue with ‘free’ programs that rely on adverts and toolbars for income.

Moving emails HELLO AGAIN Aunty! I want to transfer some of the e-mails I have saved in folders on Yahoo also onto a memory stick. I have looked for an answer on the internet but each one needs expensive kit buying which as a pensioner is not possible. Can you advise me, once again? Lorna.

Aunty says: Yahoo stores emails ‘in the cloud’ - on the internet. As far as I am aware Yahoo has no export function so you cannot export emails directly from Yahoo. The only way to export Yahoos emails to a USB stick, is to use a third party program like Thunderbird, or Incredimail, or Outlook, that downloads and stored the emails on your PC. Then you can save whole folders or individual emails to another place.


27 sept - 3rd oct 2013


Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Samsung D3 2TB External Hard Drive THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Samsung D3 2TB External Hard Drive.

With the coming of the digital age and our ever burgeoning music and video collections came the nuisance of forever shuffling around and deleting our files to fit what we wanted to keep on the space available on our computers hard drives. We must also not forget the need to keep our valuable data backed-up in case of loss or failure, even now something a lot of people neglect to do – and believe me one day you’re very likely to regret that oversight. Not so long ago an external hard drive (or storage) was an expensive, not often very portable or compact product that didn’t actually offer that much additional storage. But fortunately that situation is no longer the case. With a whopping 2TB capacity the Samsung D3 gives you enough room to store 200,000 pictures taken on a 10 megapixel camera, or 17500 hours of digital music! It can also be used to store a backup of your PC or laptop keeping your valuable data safe and secure. And it won´t take up much space measuring a compact 8cm x 26.1cm x 23.5cm and weighing only 739g. Connection is easy – just connect the

supplied USB cable to your device and you’re ready to go. The Samsung D3 supports both USB2 and the newer USB3 connections and will work with Windows PCs running Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Apple Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later. The Inspectors Verdict: The Samsung D3 2TB External Hard Drive is great for anyone needing more space for their files or somewhere to back-up their valuable data. And with its compact size and portability it won´t take up too much valuable desk space... Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement visit samsung-disk-drive to purchase the Samsung D3 2TB External Hard Drive for 83€. Please note the power adapter has a 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).

Swype Keyboard All our smartphones have a nice small smooth screen with a teeny weeny keyboard on it so even the most slender of fingers make no end of typos, let alone those blessed with sausage fingers for whom writing a quick message to someone can sometimes take forever! Well Swype may well be the answer to this problem. Instead of typing each letter for a word you literally ‘Swype’ your finger across the keyboard to and from the letters which make up the word that you want to write and then Swype predicts the word or phrase that you have just Swyped. It learns your unique style of input and continuously adapts to your typing patterns for a truly personalized and accurate keyboard experience. It does take a little while to get the hang of but it is definitely worth it. Available to download on Google Play on all Android devices.

27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013


Life travel Teruel: with only a small amount of bull IN THE southern most province of Aragón, Teruel city is only a couple of hours away from bustling Valencia and the shimmering beaches of the Costa Azahar, but a world away in temperament. Teruel is a little gem architecturally and the city is best known as the centre of some of the most beautiful examples of Mudéjar architecture in Spain. Mudejar emerged as an architectural style in the 12th Century on the Iberian peninsula as a result of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures living side by side. It is characterised by the inventive use of brick and glazed tiles in architecture; tile-work will often be cobalt blue and white, although a lustrous green predominates in Teruel. The most glorious examples of this beautiful architectural style in the city are the Towers of San Pedro, San Martín, El Salvador and the Cathedral. The tower of El Salvador is the only one that can be ascended but for an unusual look at it go to the first floor of the Café El Torre next door; you get a wonderful view of the tile-work glistening above. The Cathedral of Santa María has a beautiful belfry-tower but it’s worth paying the couple of euros entrance fee to have

a gander at the ceiling of carved panels painted in polychrome wood with images that represent Teruel life in the middle ages. You need to get there just as the guide begins her chat (in Spanish) because the ceiling is only lit until she moves on to the next part of her tour. On top of a pillar in the historic centre, the Plaza Torico, sits the symbol of Teruel, el Torico itself, a statue of a bull atop a fluted column. The name comes from one of the many ways the Spanish use to create a diminutive, in this case –ico, thus describing their icon as ‘the little bull’ – and it comes as a shock to see how small the statue actually is, given the Spanish propensity for big and bold in public sculpture. Legend has it that in the 13th-Century two young people, Diego de Marcilla and Isabel de Segura, fell in love and wanted to marry. Isabel came from wealthy stock, but Diego was skint and her parents forbade the match. In a sort-of magnanimous gesture, Isabel’s father gave Diego five years in which to make his fortune. At the end of this time he returned to Teruel a wealthy man, only to find his bride-to-be already married to a

local nobleman. Poor young Diego died of a broken heart and Isabel, full of despair at his death, snuffed it the following day. In true fairy story style, the story of the Spanish Romeo and Juliet was made into a film, but you can see the couple, forever linked by alabaster hands, in the cloisters of the Church of San Pedro. A couple of streets beyond, on Calle del Rincon, is Fonda del Tozal, said to be the oldest hostelry in Spain – and where have we heard that before? – Although judging by its interior, it’s quite possible. From its narrow entrance it opens up to a cavernous interior of ancient bricks, massive stone blocks and great stout beams. Jugs, agricultural gubbins and other object-bric-a-brac fill shelf space, but where ostlers and travellers would have once argued over the cost of a bag of hay for the horse outside, ancient locals and pre-discotime youths share counter space, surrounded by games machines, wide screen TV and brain-sludging music. But worth a quick look. There’s plenty to see without going outside the Valencian Community, but if you feel a little adventurous one day it’s worth the trundle up the road from Valencia to lovely old Teruel.

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27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life fashion

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Autumn: a time for change ALONG WITH the cooling temperatures comes the time to say a fond farewell to all those skimpy tops and shorts and say hello to long sleeves, fine knits and full length trousers. CHRISTMAS IS just around the corner so we need to think about what needs to be put away until 2014. In Spain we enjoy a much longer Spring & Summer season than the majority of Europe. When you are accustomed to high temperatures, a 15º drop can seem positively ‘polar!’ Cold is cold no matter where you live so we need to prioritise our wardrobe space. The secret to being prepared for the changing season is to multilayer with confidence so you can shed a layer if you feel too warm. A lightweight jacket can be worn from cool September evenings through to chilly April days - a useful addition to any wardrobe and when mixed with a lovely top or tunic underneath is stylish, smart and warm. Knitwear is hot this season, both chunky and fine and gilets are back again; versatile and feminine without restricting movement, in mix-and-match colours. Shorts are banished to under the bed and out come all the full length trousers. And now is a good time to make sure you are up to date on this season’s colours: berries and blues for Autumn/Winter 2013, and co-ordinate your existing wardrobe with a few well-chosen fashion coloured pieces. Skinnies and leggings

are also hot this Winter: a great fitting pair of jeans will compliment all ladies regardless of age or size. A range of MAC jeans in the boutique are the best fitting jeans: they are the right waist rise and shape and have been voted the Number One jeans by our customers: they create a great silhouette and are very comfortable. Move effortlessly from Summer to Autumn by adding co-ordinating layers. Moving toward the Christmas party season on trend with colours that are the highlight of the Winter collections - and you will be spoiled for choice here in the boutique. Top designers Joseph Ribkoff and Didier Parakian have beautiful Christmas/Cruise Collections with soft palazzo pants, stylish full length dresses and amazing evening coats, all timeless and classic pieces that may be used again and again. Embrace the changing seasons and update your wardrobe with a few inspired additions. We are here to help so come along and see us soon - we offer you the very best Truly Beautiful Clothes on the Costa for any season.

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27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life health

Copper insoles heal chronic arthritis pain JEAN DAVIES, scheduled for hip replacement surgery after suffering with arthritis for 18 months, has been advised by her doctor that the surgery will no longer be necessary. By Tammy Hughes SINCE COPPER insoles have been fitted inside her shoes apparently her chronic arthritis has all but disappeared! 72-year-old Mrs Davies of Dunster, Somerset, mother of two and grandmother of three, wore the insoles for a period of six weeks prior to a pre-surgery check that revealed her arthritic hip no longer warranted a 5,000€ operation at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital. “The difference was incredible,” says Jean. “The pain had become so bad it was affecting my life and my ability to do the things I enjoy, like gardening. The doctor x-rayed my left hip and told me I had severe arthritis. And physiotherapy failed to make a difference. “I was really apprehensive when I was told I would need a replacement hip, so I was given some time to consider it. Unknown to the doctor, I already had the Copper Heelers insoles in my shoes that day. Within six weeks I was totally pain free. When I went back to the doctor he was amazed!”

Jean added: “I have been fine! I get the odd twinge when I walk up stairs but apart from that it is wonderful. All thanks to a pair of €39.95 copper insoles.” The ancient Greeks wore copper bracelets, believing they eased aches and pains. Tony Andrews of The Original Copper Heeler, the company which developed the gadgets, says: “Coppers Heelers are a drug-free, cost effective remedy for arthritis.” Find Copper Heelers at Costa Blanca’s La Marina market on Saturdays or the Zoco market on Sundays, visit the online shop at or telephone 96 676 3770 / 628 274 048.

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27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life horoscopes With Mars in Leo and romantic Venus squaring up to the deal there comes a time to unleash whatever it is that you hold within yourself. This week is all about reveal and subtle choices when you have the very best chance to take things to a higher and more inspiring level. Show others just what you are made of, and surprise yourself too. Venus has shacked up with your opposing sign of Scorpio this week so expect fireworks as somethings gotta give! Take this opportunity to use your many skills to bring some attention to whatever is said and done right now. Your change of heart is only to be expected, and you will be richly rewarded for getting things off your chest into the bargain. You may think that you have taken the wrong pathway of late as the way ahead seems peppered liberally with pot holes and you may have felt that you are falling. It would appear that the Cosmos is testing you big time, so keep your eyes on a far wider agenda because when the going gets tough for sure the tough get going….as they can! There are some things that cannot be swept under the carpet, and clarity and simplicity are ways forward you need to examine. Someone is making things unbelievably difficult right now, and it takes two to tango, so show them what you are made of. With both Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio believe you me, you have got the backup! Mars sets the cat amongst the pigeons but this can and will work to your advantage if you just let it be. Keep cool and carry on because it is others who will lose it big time this week, and you can guarantee that you will always finish what you have started. Resilience and self motivation can work well for you, so go for it whilst you have the time. The Mercury and Neptune trine allows you to see things from a different angle. There is not only time to change your mind, but a sense of purpose in considering the modus operandi of those who seek to judge you. Keep an open mind even though your suspicions are aroused because there is only going to be one winner in this race! Fleeting Venus takes on a warring Mars, and the message that is received is really a fair truth between love and war. You are so tempted to show the object of your true desire, but you have to be sure; and your indecision is what brings in the insecurity of negativity. Hedging your bet then all will be well and there are plenty more fish in the sea. Venus, Mercury and Saturn all revolve around your somewhat hardened exterior this week. As they contribute gifts of love, connection and wisdom into your flailing energies they are indeed rich rewards which should help to steer you safely through a flaky patch. A better understanding of what exactly you need though is called for. Mercury is diverted by a hesitant Mercury and a wily Saturn, and surely this is what they call the start of something new. It is not so much out with the old as forging a new direction that lifts and inspires you, and which leaves no stone unturned in the effort to identify your currently deserving wants and needs, every which way. Pluto stands in the way of your love interests, playing gooseberry and devil’s advocate all in one. This gives you the benefit of the doubt, but it is a sure test of your true feelings, which have seen you in shreds and tatters. Since the road ahead is paved with good intention, it is Neptune with Pisces that acts as the good fairy and saves the day. Uranus in Aries brings you niggling conflicts and some irritating delays this week. Changes in schedule and a minor setback all point towards taking a new direction better suited to what you really need to happen right now. Take it all in your stride, what will be will be, and all alternatives indicate a far better outcome in the long run. Neptune joins Chiron in the vain hope that you will start to take better care of yourself. You seem good at helping others, but do not neglect yourself and plan some rest and relaxation to boost your energies. Keeping busy takes your mind off things, but you can still be a part of the main event if you stop and take a well deserved breather.

Kenny corris Mobile: 686 361 594 Telephone: 965 878 424


SENDING OUT an S.O.S is an international alert signal sent to rescue people in need. International and a High Priority, the message is to “Save Our Souls” and it sets in process all the necessary requirements to save a life in an emergency. Why we refer to our bodies as a soul, when some of us have never acknowledged the mere existence of such a spiritual receptor within our bodies; I do not know. I do know that the soul is the black box of our lives. Within us is the apparatus that records freely from birth to death that which we have taken into our conscience. Good or bad actions may have guided us along the way, but that which is pure and of good content is embedded within the confines of the conception of our individual and highly tuned inner self in the form of a safe keeping soul. I have run many workshops on working with soul energy. I have always begun them the same way. I ask that everybody closes their eyes and places their right hand on their liver. The result is very funny, especially as many people have no idea whatsoever about the workings of their own body, even though the liver is the hardest working organ of all of them. Thus the hand can appear to be placed in various places of the body. My response never changes. People have come to work with a visionary part of the body, but they don’t know where fixed body organs are. The living soul is a seat of energy and has scant regard for anatomy and physiology. It exists in the body as a receptor of the font of human kindness. It is the unwritten word of love that has spoken for you on many occasions. It is your Alpha and your Omega, and it will never let you down. My favourite restaurant in New York is in Harlem. It has

Kennys diary Coming Soon: Autumn Spiritual Fair in Altea La Vella. Please contact for information and further details. Readings in Albir: Mini readings available Monday October 7th and Wednesday October 9th at: Bistro Something Else (formerly The Maya Bistro) from 16.30. Bookings 966 868 213. DNA: A Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. A comprehensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in September/October, 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. Meditation Workshop: Working with your Sanctuary is a half day workshop in Meditation technique. No previous experience necessary and all welcome as we explore our hidden depths. New dates. Call for info.

If it’s your birthday this week

been serving Soulfood for eighty years, and sends out dishes for the hungry and the heartbroken. Just how much meatloaf and mac and cheese and whipped potatoes it turns over in a year I wouldn’t like to guess, but comfort foods do so much to ground us and make us feel warm and centred. Feel the soul and you feel the body too. Soul music is designed to be taken into the heart, since it is played by those who acknowledge this and manufacture it for the benefit of others. Can there be a more soulful purpose than to share a soulful tune with someone knowing that it will go straight to their soul? Music in general has appropriate effects on us, and our appreciation is soul based, and as such highly personal and enjoyable. The soul is a source of learning about ourselves, and we all need to do this to survive. Charging the soul is a personal thing as we indulge in pleasures that reverberate within us. Linked very strongly with our conscience the soul is able to record and store that which we have done to charge it. It proves a highly tuned and highly sensitive record of ourselves and is highly personal and unique. The good things we do on this Earth bring us vibrations which can be stored in the soul. The great achievements of our past have all played a part in the vibration of our tender soul at some time. The kindnesses and the thoughtful care that we have imparted is our individual expression. Sailing through life the soul is the only part of the body that survives death. Our bodies will shrivel and perish, but it is the soul that will send our energies onwards to the other side. Coated in an etheric coating, the soul departs for the longest journey of our experience and sends the content of our consciousness across new Worlds to a new destination, where it will be translated as our greatest book of love, ever.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Kenny, I have always had faith in my Angels, but they did nothing to help my little niece as she died, aged seven, from a heart complaint. I am finding it hard to cope with this especially as I am known to be the spiritual one of the family and everyone has turned to me. Kelly K. Kelly, I know how you must be feeling, and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is hard, and it tests our faith when bad things happen, and they do. Not all can live, and none of us can live on this Earth for ever. We are born into a lottery and will experience death all around us as it is the culmination of this Earthly life for us all. Some get many years and others enjoy such a short time. Our time is our time. Hopefully your niece has made her transition, and I know that she is being looked after. There is no pain and suffering in the Spirit World, and maybe, though it is cold comfort, this is the message that you can pass to the family, who after all cannot blame you for your faith. I would get comfort knowing that years of terrible pain may have been the alternative to what was a short sweet life and a painfree passage to a better World?

The courage of your convictions brings you a route to success that will surprise you. Stay true to yourself and do things your inimitable way, it bodes well and you deserve to make all necessary changes!


27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013


Quick Crossword

Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 3. In a deadlock four will be imperturbable (9) 8. Keep an eye on one’s appearance (4) 9. Read plays deprived of action, maybe (9) 10. One who guards a hideout used during hostilities? (6) 11. Spree that will make five stagger around! (5) 14. Unusually eager to correspond (5) 15. Remove any coarseness if found in the street (4) 16. Period dress for hooligans, we hear (5) 18. The kind of desk that looks the same both ways (4) 20. Potter uses this revolver (5) 21. Means the parson’s address has been rewritten (5) 24. A man from Spain, we hear, is not so young (6) 25. Prudence will help you to get on target (9) 26. Don’t allow one who tends animals near the ring (4) 27. Gets ahead of the clock, as the conductor does (5,4)

Last weeks crossword answers can be found with the TV listings.

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. Hurricane lights? (4-5) 2. Palace apartment used at trying times (5-4) 4. Fellows holding a middle position (4) 5. Having been informed of a conflict over the East (5) 6. They show what it is fashionable to assume (6) 7. Six get two points and make a scene (4) 9. The boy from Cape Territory (5) 11. Gun fire dispersed about fifty (5) 12. Methods of survival of interest in cheiromancy (4-5) 13. The butler’s pantry is not yet completely full, apparently (5-4) 17. The heart of a lover! (5) 19. What the inventor seeks in quite clear (6) 22. Displace a loose garment (5) 23. The donkey is all right with me around (4) 24. Pretence will be endless disgrace (4)

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

ACROSS 3. Exactness (9) 8. Genuine (4) 9. Subdue (9) 10 Scanty (6) 11. Dissuade (5) 14. Concise (5) 15. Call (4) 16. Proportion (5) 18. Invalid (4) 20. Embrace (5) 21. Instruct (5) 24. Younger (6) 25. Pointer (9) 26. Fair (4) 27. Assertion (9)

DOWN 1. Antiquated (9) 2. Clumsy (9) 4. Roam (4) 5. Blaspheme (5) 6. Oral (6) 7. Frank (4) 9. Command (5) 11. Trench (5) 12. Greedy (9) 13. Mild (9) 17. Happen (5) 19. Cease (6) 22. Entrance (5) 23. Standard quantity (4) 24. Connect (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 20th September 2013

5 11 35 38 45





No ticket won the jackpot Tuesday 24th September 2013

10 20 26 28 43

No ticket won the Jackpot


27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life events

Grease set to rock Torrevieja THE STAGE version of one of the most popular film musicals is headed to Torrevieja next month as part of the Autumn Cultural programme. By Keith Nicol THE FILM was the iconic Grease, which made John Travolta and Olivia Newtown John household names through their roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Grease. The soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, another film starring Travolta and contained such popular numbers as ‘Summer Nights’, ‘You’re the one that I want’ and ‘Grease Lightning’. For four nights, ‘Grease, The Musical’ will be performed in Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th October. A total of seven performances of ‘Grease, The Musical’ will be presented in this new and spectacular production. It features ambitious staging, created for the 40th anniversary of the Broadway premiere and contains eight new musical numbers that were left out of the movie but that did appear in the script of the original musical. However the production is in Spanish but everyone should be able to follow the script and recognise the majority of the songs. The show features more than two hours of entertainment and excitement with this 2013 tour featuring 40 artists, singers, dancers and musicians on stage, plus six trailers that transport the material needed for this, plus overhead LED high resolution screens, 70 moving lights, special effects,

costumes and scenery. A team of over 100 professionals is responsible for the success of the tour that promises to be one of the major highlights fo the Autumn Cultural program in Torrevieja. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Teatro Municipal and Instant Ticket, with prices ranging between 45 and 49€, depending on your choice of seating. The planned sessions are: Thursday 17th October at 8:30pm: Friday 18th October at 6:00pm and 9:30pm: Saturday 19th October at 6:00pm and 9:00pm and Sunday 20th October 20th at 5:00pm and 8:30pm.

Back to the future with a smile

RECENT CHARITY fund-raising nights at ‘El Alto La Dolores Restaurante’ have been totally sold out and the ‘Smile Charity Group’ is pleased to be organising another Rock n Roll Night in conjunction with the owners on Wednesday, 9th October. The Costa’s most popular band, Woody & the Peckers, will entertain the audience with their authentic sound of the 50s and 60s, including a superb tribute to Buddy Holly & The Crickets. Tickets at just 10€ include a two course meal and available from El Alto La Dolores; The Post Room Benijófar and the Card Place in Benimar - or by calling 692 866 536. The last Rock n Roll Night with Woody & the Peckers was sold out a week before the event, so book early to avoid disappointment. Proceeds from this last event, 950€, was given to the Social Services Department of Benijófar to provide food, clothing and school books for families in need. So dig out those Blue Suede Shoes, slick your hair back, and get on down to ‘El Alto La Dolores’ for some good old Rock n Roll.

27 sept - 3rd oct 2013


€72? You’re crazy! Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

LAST FRIDAY I was in the professional shop in Alicante Golf when a secretary of one of our local golf societies came in to pay the green fees for his members who were about to enjoy playing. This golf society is one of the best run and most respected in the area and should be admired for the way they do business with the local golf courses. It is well established and their members are always polite and well turned out. As a result they receive good treatment at the golf courses they play on their rota. I was lucky enough to enter into a conversation with the secretary who told me how he was recently making reservations with the golf courses they had chosen to support for the next year and where they could get fairly priced green fees. He was impressed with most of the golf courses he had dealt with because they were open to do a deal directly with the society and cut out any middle man.

Imagine my reaction then when he told me one of the courses he had approached informed him that for May 2014 the society would have to pay 72€ per player including buggy for a round of golf! That is a totally unreasonable amount to ask anyone to play any golf course here in South East Spain. My attitude towards this and other golf courses that blatantly overcharge their loyal customers is simple: boycott every one of them until they see sense and tell all the other societies in the area to do likewise. They will soon come around to the correct way of thinking. In recent years we have seen European Tour Stage two qualifying events at a number of our local golf courses and that has been a tremendous boost to golf here in our area but the golf courses must realise that they are not that special just because they have been chosen to stage such an event. The only reason they are chosen by the tour is because they are convenient. Okay they are reasonably good golf courses but they are not as special as they seem to think they are. To blatantly try and overcharge any golfer is wrong; to overcharge the people who pay the basic

bills each year is a horrendous act of racketeering that must be stopped. It is up to you society golfers to do it and vote with your feet. Play the golf courses that look after you, not the ones ready to rip you off at the first opportunity. 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 SEPTEMBER 20TH 2013 Who won last weekend’s $10 FedEx Cup? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th September to be entered into September’s draw, to be made on 1st October 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 4th October 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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Tour Talk THE FEDEX Cup is the USPGA Tour’s way of ending their season with a bang. Certainly the possibility of earning $11.44 during that week is sure to get you a tremendous amount of publicity. Over the years the Tour has changed the way the FedEx Cup has been run a number of times and they now seem to have got the formula just right. No longer is it a foregone conclusion that the leader of the money list will win and this year the list of winners meant that we would not know who would win until the last minute so any keen golfer had the perfect excuse to stay glued to the TV over the weekend as some of the best players on the planet tried to win a pension pot that

most of us can only dream of. Henrik Stenson of Sweden had the pressure of leading the event from start to finish and became the first European to win the FedEx Cup thanks to a welcome return to form this year. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 1st October, RTN League Match at Alicante Golf 8th October, RTN weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 12th October, Callaway Demo day at Alicante Golf 19th October, RTN weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf

€11.5m man; Henrik Stenson

27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

Life cars Road Test - Chrysler Grand Voyager Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

THERE IS only one luxury people mover and that is the Chrysler Grand Voyager. It is fortunate that I have a grand voyage of my own planned to really put it through its paces. And I am pleased to report that it scored very highly with the Saunders family. I want to whisk my family away for a long weekend to Tichborne’s Farm Cottages in Wiltshire, UK and all our belongings would not have fitted into a standard car. It is only when you have at least two children that you realise many cars just aren’t big enough anymore. They won’t fit all the paraphernalia. But this cavernous yank easily swallows everything including our cumbersome tandem pushchair, together with one crib, four days of food for the self-catering break, various

suitcases for the girls and a couple of shirts for me... Life is so very easy with the Chrysler. Everything is electrically operated including the power folding wing mirrors and front seats. The rear doors and boot can be opened or closed by pressing the appropriate button on the keyfob or by the front seat occupants who can push the roof mounted switches as you can see in the videos at testdrives. biz. The rear passengers aren’t forgotten either because there is a button close to the inside of each door for them to use if desired. The doors also automatically slide open when the external handle is pulled. These rear doors are especially user-friendly when children’s car seats need fitting because there is so much space. Traditional car doors that open outwards often pose a problem when they cannot be fully opened, for instance where there’s another car parked next to you in a car park. The third row of seats accommodating three passengers, are easily lifted at the click of a button in the boot. These rise or fall with ease and when stowed, the boot is simply enormous. My wife likes the fact that there is a space between the two seats in the second row,

giving passengers plenty of room and allowing for long items to be easily stored. Simple to pull up blinds are also fitted inside all the blacked out rear windows for extra protection from the sun. As a treat my eldest daughter was allowed to watch a DVD and headphones are stored in a useful overhead compartment. This large vehicle is famed for its regular appearance in BBC1’s The Apprentice, where it ferries hapless candidates to Lord Sugar’s various challenges. It’s an ideal vehicle for such activities because there is plenty of room inside, making it perhaps more user-friendly than the slightly cheaper but more traditional black cab taxi. With its brilliant black finish, chrome grille, door mirrors and handles it cuts a dashing figure commanding many a second glance from admiring motorists. FACTS AT A GLANCE: Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD Limited OTR price with options: 43,359€ 0-60mph: 12.8secs Top speed: 115mph Economy: 30mpg Road tax: £600 a year Watch the videos at

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2008 NEW MODEL HYUNDAI, i30 SW CRDI DIESEL ESTATE. Premium edition. Graphite metallic with black half leather trim A/C climate control. Heated seats cruise alloys CD i pod Full spec !! €8995 2009 MODEL, RENAULT CLIO 1.2 EMOTION Eco 2, (50mpg) 5 dr, aqua blue met, with grey trim, a/c, c/d, cruise, high spec, low kms 6995€ 2012 RENAULT TWIZY Only 6 months old, fully electric car, pearl white met, gull wing doors 5995€ 2004 NEW MODEL RENAULT LAGUNA 2.0 AUTOMATIC priviledge. white with grey half leather trim, alloys, xenons, c/d, 1 owner 5995€

2002 TOYOTA CELICA 1.8 VVTI COUPE silver with grey sports trim,a/c, c/ d, alloys,very low km,s, as new


Blue over silver, alloys radio/ c/d, p/ex to clear

1995€ 1998 SUZUKI VITARA 1.6 4x4 SOFT TOP Blue over silver, alloys ,radio/ c/d, p/ex to clear 1995€ 2000 MODEL RENAULT MEGANE 1.4 RXE 5 dr emerald met with grey trim. Alloys, a/c, low kms p/ex to clear 1495€


2004 MAZDA MX5 CABRIO magenta mica met,with black trim, c/d, hi-fi, alloys, FSH, immaculate! 3995€ 2004 FORD FIESTA1.4 LX, 5 dr,blue met with charcoal trim,a/c ,c/d,,tax& mot, 2695€





Tel: 965 876 030

Mob: 699 034 138


Over 50 + cars in stock

We buy cars for cash.

Open Mon – Fri 9:30 – 19:00 - Sat 9:30 – 14:00

Tel: 966 730 116 or 672 072 720 - - Email:

Visit us at La Zenia, Orihuela Costa


* AUTO *


* AUTO * NISSAN NOTE 1.6i TEKNA AUTO “2009” 9995 €


HYUNDAI GETZ 1.1i HATCH “2006” 4500 €


OPEL CORSA 1.3CDTi ENJOY “2008 7995 €

RENAULT CLIO 1.5 DCi DYNAMIQUE “2009” 7500 €

VW PASSAT VARIANT 1.9TDi ONLY 24TKMS “2005” 9500 €

SEAT IBIZA 1.4i 16v COOL “2007 5995 €


HONDA VFR 800i VTEC abs 8000kms “2007” 6995 € U * A TO *

* 34000kms * HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.4i “2009” 6995 €

PEUGEOT 308 1.6i 16v CONFORT “2010” 10995 €

* AS NEW * HYUNDAI I20 1.2i CLASSIC “2011” 8995 €


* AUTO * HYUNDAI I30 1.6CRDi CLASSIC “2011” 9995 €

OPEL ZAFIRA 1.7CDTi ECO 7SEATS “2010” 11995 €

HONDA CIVIC 1.8i V-TEC SPORT “2009” 11995 €

FORD FOCUS EST 2.0TDCi SPORT “2006” 6500 €

MAZDA 3 1.6i ACTIVE “2008” 8995 €

TOYOTA AURIS 1.4 D4D ACTIVE “2010” 10995 €


2 x FIAT BRAVO 1.6 JTD ACTIVE 44k kms & 53k kms “2009” DIESEL 7995 €


NISSAN QASHQAI 1.6i TEKNA SPORT 4x2 “2009” 12995 €

OPEL NEW ASTRA 1.7 CDTi ENJOY “2010” 11995 €

VW GOLF PLUS 1.6 TDi ADVANCE “2009” 12995 €

OPEL NEW MERIVA 1.4 TURBO ENJOY “2011” 11995 €

* AUTO * OPEL VECTRA EST 1.9CDTi “2006” 6500 €

OPEL CORSA 1.3 CDTi “2004” 4500 €

NISSAN MICRA 1.4i ACCENTA AUTO “2008” 7995 €

FORD FOCUS EST 1.6TDCi TREND “2010” 9995 €

* AS NEW *

CITROEN NEW C3 1.4i LX “2010” 8995 €


FIAT PANDA 1.2i ECO “2012” “2012” 7995 €

HONDA CIVIC 1.3i HYBRID AUTO “2008” 9995 €

FORD FIESTA 1.3i TREND 15Tkms “2011” 9500 €

CITROEN C5 1.6HDi PREMIER SEDAN “2009” 10500 €

* AUTO * SAAB 93 2.0T SPORTS SEDAN AUTO “2008” 11995 €

NISSAN NEW MURANO 3.5i V6 PREMIUM “2009 19995 €

CITROEN C3 1.4 HDI MAGIC “2003” DIESEL 3995 €

MAZDA 5 2.0 CRTD 1OWNER 7SEATER “2007” 8500 €


NISSAN QASHQAI 2.0i 4X2 TEKNA AUTO “2008” 12995 €

Cars of the week

* AUTO * FORD FOCUS 1.6i TREND AUTO “2008” 8500 €

FORD FOCUS 1.6i TREND PLUS AUTO “2011” 10995 €

Classified Ads 27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013

All Major Credit Cards Accepted - 0.31€ per word + IVA


Book your advert now 902 118 999 (ext 2)


• Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired with a proven guaranteed success rate • Structural leaks investigated and repaired • Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, Ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed • Refurbishments & upgrades undertaken • Weekly maintenance contracts

British Trained & Qualified in the UK Pool Industry with over 18 years experience. Legal & established for over 10 years in Spain. Extensive references. All work guaranteed. WHY GO TO THE SHOP? WHEN WE COME TO YOU SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY!

TEL: 966 774 199 / 678 080 500 NO CALLOUT CHARGE WITHIN THE LOCAL AREA Torrevieja and surrounding areas plus Costa Calida

UK-SPAIN-IRELAND All European Destinations

Removals with the personal touch. Full/part loads. Parcels, flat packs, luggage, door to door service, Storage available, pets transported

Phone 965 696 750 • 0044 (0) 744 791 8589 email:


27 sept - 3rd oct 2013 PET TRANSPORT we treat your pet as if they belong to us and that is our promise. Van fully air conditioned we believe we have the best rates so give Joe a call on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 for a chat or e mail PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. tel: 965 756 371 SMALL DOGS CARED FOR IN OUR OWN HOME So if you need to go away on holiday but don’t want your dog to go into kennels then we will look after them. References available. Tel: 965843781 Mob: 622514980 (Altea area Costa Blanca North) TRANS-PET We do regular, doorto-door journeys between the Costa Blanca and the UK.Our aim is to provide a professional, caring service for your pets.Boarding facilities for Cats and Dogs. This may be for an overnight stay or of longer durations.Tel:600-552-030/ 965-960-658

WWW.LOWCOSTPARKING.ES The smartest was to park in Alicante Airport. 1 week only 27,99€ with basic wash included. Tel: 96 644 28 83 or 663 395 339

PET TRAVEL UK family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pet for free. All air conditioned vehicles (no vans) www.pettraveluk. UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 678 756 644 APAD (ANIMAL) CHARITY SHOP Calle San Antonio 1, Jalon. Open 9.30/1.00 Mon- Sat. Stock needed - clothes, toys, misc. For more info. Tel: Jane 680717118 ALSTRAYS TRANSPORT SERVICES Monthly cat and dog transports between Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK. DEFA certificate and license. Tel: 676 653 681

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - COSTA BLANCA Confidential Helpline, South 625 912 078, North 648 169 045.

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

YOUR BLINDS IN SPAIN Family run business supplying the best quality products at rock bottom prices. Rose Fabrics, Railux designer Roller blinds, Awnings & Canopies, Venetian Blinds, Pleated Blinds, PVC Blackout fabrics, Rainforest Fabrics, Mosquito Screens. Contact us now for a free no obligation quotation or visit us at Zoco Market every Sunday. Tel: 965 701 984 / 658 338 123. Website: Email:

GENERAL BUILDING, PLASTERING, TILING Maintenance/New Build. Benidorm and surrounding area. Tel: 634 617 771/ 966 877 757


27 sept - 3rd oct 2013

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424

NEED EXTRA BEDROOM OR TRAVELLING BACK? Elvis Tourer Caravan, 4 berth, excellent condition, fully equipped with awning, 1,250€ or swap for gold jewellery Tel: 667 270 969 MOBILE/PARK HOMES FROM 15,000 € Fully furnished ready to move into, Camping Pueblo San Javier. Also homes & plots for rent. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 622

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 DANCING Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class starting 4th September 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 Villamar Campsite in Albir/Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

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

the UK whilst still living in Spain. Full training provided through our award winning training team. Take the first step in starting a new career with Helping Hands and make a real difference to someone’s life by calling +44(0)1789 767966 or visit FEMALES OVER 40 required for adult Internet modelling. No males. Excellent rates. 966 182 714

DO YOU NEED EXTRA HELP AT HOME? I can help you at home with light duties, cleaning, cooking, housework, shopping etc as a carer. References available. Altea, Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi area. Call Trisha for more information on 622 514 980 or 965 843 781

EARN £400-500 PER WEEK As a Live-in carer for Helping Hands in

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

27 sept - 3rd oct 2013


beige sofa sets + 3-piece suites. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Now you can see all our NEW beds on our site (over 100 items!) Look at: WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 CHEVROLET DAY VAN LHD 1995 White, UK Reg, New MOT, TAX, Tyres, Superb condition, 8,500€. Tel: 667 270 969

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

SOS INSURANCE Best prices available. CALL US FIRST for all your insurance needs, including best deals on Funeral plans. Buildings and contents cover from just 98 euros per year. Tel 966787123 / 686116297

MICHAELS AT MICHAEL´S Several very high quality coffee tables, large & small. See more than 600 photos: AT MICHAEL’S Fantastic black recliner / massage chair with built in soothing music. Must try! Photos on: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. www. Tel 96-579 1328 MICHAEL’S 30 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: www. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIR Folding, immaculate.150 euro. Mobility scooter.40km range. Road legal. Hardly used.499 euro.627019403 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 Two grey leather sofas and also several high quality

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

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

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: pammcmurchie@ 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

Cars wanted dead or alive

Working or non working Spanish or English All paperwork sorted Also, caravans motorbikes etc.

Call Velocity now on 674 256 147 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 WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873


27 SEPT - 3RD OCT 2013 istered 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

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious 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 966-774-199 or 678-080500 www.pristineswimmingpools. com NO CALLOUT CHARGE. SEE MAIN ADVERT ON FRONT PAGE OF CLASSIFIEDS Why go to the shop? When we come to you saving you time and money! SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and reg-

FEMALES OVER 40 required for adult Internet modelling. No males. Excellent rates. 966 182 714 GENERIC VIAGRA EXCLUSIVE First time in Spain 120mgs. Also Kamagra 100mgs, Generic Cialis 20mgs, and jellies. Local and Nationwide service. Pay on Delivery. or phone Colin 680 878 735 SOPHIE ESCORT Slim elegant naughty lady. Hotel/home visit available. Tel:693 357 526 ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning,

near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. Other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378 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

ALGORFA 5 MINUTES TO GOLF COURSE 2 bedroom apartment, large living area, separate kitchen, utility, 2 terraces, 55,000€. Tel: 966782031 VILLAGE HOUSE, GOOD DECORATIVE ORDER 2 bedrooms, new roof, woodburner. Oil Fired central heating, peaceful location, fully furnished. 120,000€. Tel: 965 587 632 / 07717 407 610 SPACIOUS GROUND FLOOR 2 BEDROOM 2 bathroom duplex. Fully furnished. In Dreamhills 2 with 2 communal pools. 81,950€. Tel: 672 532 790 ALMORADI HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate lounge, solar water heating, large porch. 153,000€. Offers considered. Tel: 965 702 521 200,000€ 2KMS FROM ONTINYENT 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa, 145 in 1600 metres squared. Air conditioning, central heating, pool, garage. Tel: 962 135 223 VILLA FOR SALE NEAR CATRAL 3 bed, 2 bath and pool. 2500 square metres of landscape gardens. 229,000€. Tel:966 190 878/693 371 945 EL CAMPELLO, 3 BEDROOMS 2 bathrooms, large lounge, kitchen, dining room, summer kitchen, established garden with 3 garages. 299,000€. Tel: 965630186 BUTIA ESPANA ARE YOU TRAPPED Need to sell quick. We

us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118


TORREVIEJA.TEL 698.210.201

ANÚNCIATE TLF: 628 191 897

are the only answer for a speedy sale. UK buyers waiting. Telephone 0800 612 7514 or Spain 678 756 644 MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. 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

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.

27 sept - 3rd oct 2013

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 616493487


JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038 Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S&W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA

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.

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 or tel 687324379. & Sky Movies on new Internet box 299€ no dish required. Steve 660186505 Ros 965584097 www.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT LOSING YOUR TV CHANNELS Free UK TV, Free Movies, Free Sports, Free Catch-up, Free Adult NO MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION! For more information visit: or call Tel: 657 766 341

VAN LEAVING SPAIN FOR UK 4th October returning UK to Spain 10th October. Space available both ways. Tel Christine 965 571 837 or 638 261 341 COAST 2 COAST REMOVALS Spain UK Spain. Fully Legal, Fully insured. Covering the whole of the UK. Also pets carried. Tel: 617 500 876 or email: MOVE IT NOW Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. Telephone UK 0800 612 4922 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

SINGER WANTED to join a general covers band. Playing 60’s to present day music. Aged 40 plus. Only good singers need apply. Tel: 661 350 963 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


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