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Issue 78

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Boys failing in school Half of Murcia’s boys have repeated a grade by Keith Nicol IN WHAT amounts to highlighting even more cracks in the standard of education and teaching methods deployed throughout Spain new figures show that half all the boys of 15 years of age from the Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Murcia studying their fourth year are behind because they have been repeated at least once during compulsory education. Overall, Spanish data showed a repeat rate 38.3% of all students of 15 years; with 43.1% of boys; and 33.2% of girls. The OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, has again underlined the negative impact of repeaters on the results throughout Spain at the last International Student Assessment (PISA 2012), which accounted for 34% of the students who participated in the tests. They also highlighted the fact that of the Spaniards who have not repeated any course before reaching 15 years higher than the average of OECD and EU academic results, many others are often borderline, just achieving the minimum levels. Based on analysis of the OECD on Spain ‘Educational policy perspective’, repetition can contribute to early abandonment of education and training and is not effective in improving outcomes and can be expensive for the system. A spokesperson for the OECD said, “Repetition in Spain, represents almost 8% of total expenditure on primary and secondary education, one of the highest rates among OECD countries.” In the year 2011-2012, the Balearic’s showed repeat or failure rate among boys aged 15 of 49.2%. On the mainland, they

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Spanish data showed a repeat rate 38.3% of all students

are closely followed by Murcia where 49.6% of boys repeated, Extremadura (50.4%), Canarias (50.7) and Castilla-La Mancha (50.8%). By contrast, the rate of suitability of the boys was higher in the Basque Country (69.5%), Catalonia (67.5%), Navarra (64.2%) and Asturias (62.2%). Valencia is conspicuously

absent in taking part in the survey, although in Torrevieja, typical first year repeat rates for both sexes were estimated at about 30% with some schools repeating almost 60% of their students and having to set up an additional first year class to accommodate the repeating students.


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PSOE spends 2,250.21€ of public money on dinner

Lunch for 75 paid by public funding

by Keith Nicol AN EXPENSIVE lunch for Union members paid out of public funds by former PSOE Redován Mayor Leticia Bas was questioned this week by the City Council. Leticia Bas, paid 2,250.21€ for the banquet from public funds, to treat trade unionists of the General Union of Workers (UGT) on February 26th, 2010 when they came to the village to celebrate a “day of living.” The banquet, served at a restaurant in town, was attended by a total of 75 people who enjoyed a 30€ per person menu, paid for from the municipal coffers. This was discovered recently through an invoice that was recorded at City Hall on March 2nd, 2010, which was signed by the then socialist councillor. The former alcaldesa justified the expense saying that the banquet was

for “ceremonial purposes”. The food bill was audited by the municipal inspector who objected to the payment claiming that it, “does not correspond to an act of protocol organized by the City. This is a conference of coexistence with a union, not to do with any matters of protocol. They are a union and lunch should have been at UGT own expense.” Redován City Council is not the only Council who have been accused of lunching for votes, as in recent years, other municipalities have also invited the UGT to banquets paid for by public budgets. Another UGT free lunch happened in Guardamar del Segura, written off by the former alcaldesa Marylèlene Albentosa (PSOE) with municipal funds paying out 600€ for a meal held on November 13th, 2009, and another amount of 1.540€ paid on 19th May, 2006. The debate continues.






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The colour of purple PAINSTAKING RESTORATION of a 17th Century painting discovered on the Costa Blanca gives weight to growing evidence it is an original by a young Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish artist and diplomat.

The restored ‘Lamentation’

by Jack Troughton The picture ‘Lamentation of the Virgin, St Magdalene and St John over the body of Christ’ was purchased as a copy in a Christie’s auction and is now in private ownership in Spain. The Prado in Madrid maintains it has the original by Sir Anthony Van Dyck. However, until 1975 it was said to be by Rubens. And Dr Susan Grundy, an art investigation consultant, believes the colour purple provides a huge clue to the authenticity of the Costa Blanca painting rather than the Prado picture because of a 1667 description. The ‘fake or fortune’ battle continues but if proved genuine – Dr Grundy believes the privately-owned Lamentation is “a real contender” – it would be worth millions. She said the specialist restoration made a beautiful painting “spectacular” and highlighted the purple of the Magdalene’s dress – as described in the 17th Century at the El Escorial – rather than the red of the Prado painting. “What puts these two paintings immediately apart is the fact that the painting in private collection depicts the Magdalene in a striking purple dress and black mantle – the dress even more dramatically purple after the Valencia restoration,” explained Dr Grundy. PURPLE “This totally concords with the description of de los Santos in 1667, which says she wears a black mantle above a purple dress. This purple dress is purple whichever way you look at it. “On the other hand, the Magdalene in the Prado version wears a red dress, toned down with later over paintings to a dress of muted fawn with pinky red sleeves. Her mantle is blue.” Pigment tests on the Costa Blanca picture have shown it contains colours available to 17th Century artists, while the Prado painting – allegedly a later copy – contains “anachronisms”. Unfortunately, the Prado will not enter any

The Prado version of ‘Lamentation’

dialogue. Dr Grundy alleges “dubious scholarly practices” were used in an attempt to retain a “shaky attribution” to Van Dyck. The privately owned Lamentation was bought at Christie’s in 2001. It came from “one of the most prestigious Victorian collections”, that of Baronet Francis Cook, giving it key provenance. Dr Grundy said it was technically superior to the Prado painting. “It also presents a more sombre and elegant tonality, evidence of its greater antiquity.” STUDENT Rubens painted with Caravaggio in Rome before returning to the Low Countries when his mother was taken ill – a young Van Dyck became a student in his workshop. Dr Grundy said the restored picture showed the “exuberance” and technique of Rubens, with influences of Caravaggio. “I don’t think the art world yet understands the young Rubens – and I do lean towards Lamentation being by Rubens rather than Van Dyck.” She believes the picture was created in Spain because it bore Flemish techniques and materials but took in Hispanic drama not seen in Flemish painting. And Dr Grundy said she was in “no doubt” the restored work painting was the picture that had hung in the El Escorial for well over 100 years, painted by Rubens – knighted by both the English and Spanish courts. She said: “One troubling question remains: why would Christie’s sell a Masterpiece as a copy hoping to relegate it, in virtual terms, to the scrap heap? “The answer is complicated...undoubtedly there are few scholars who would be prepared to go against a major international museum, such as the Prado, so literally as to say they have been mistaken for over 100 years, and have a copy and not an original.”


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The great Spanish exodus by Jan Gamm THE POPULATION of the province of Alicante has fallen by 83,000 people in just one year due to the departure of foreigners returning to their home countries, according to statistics released on Tuesday by the National Statistics Institute (INE). The agency released provisional figures of census to 1st January 2014, showing that inhabitants in the area numbered 1,862,359, compared to 1,945,642 twelve months previously. PADRONS The British leaving Spanish shores nationwide number no less than 40,000, reducing the British population in Spain by more than one fifth in 2013, bringing the country’s total

population down for the second consecutive year. The total number of Brits on Spain’s town hall ‘padrons’ was 385,179 on 1st January 2013, but by 1st January 2014 that figure had plummeted to 297,229. According to Professor Raquel Huete of the Department of Sociology of the University of Alicante, Europeans are leaving due to “…unemployment, scarcity of work that is paid at a reasonable rate, higher taxes and strict conditions for access to health care, all of which contribute to the decline in residents, especially in younger age bands.” Spain’s unemployment rate is currently 26 per cent, while youth unemployment is 55 per cent. It is not all dire news, however. Spain’s ailing property market, in crisis since the economic downturn in 2008, is making a

More and more Europeans are returning home

slow recovery, mostly due to speculative purchasers anxious to take advantage of rock bottom prices. Stressed homeowners, anxious to leave and begin a new life elsewhere, are accepting ‘silly offers’ for their property prior to departure. SPANISH DEPARTURES At the same time as Spain’s expatriate population heads for home turf, Spaniards are

also leaving to look for work. Some 51,000 registered with the UK’s national insurance scheme in 2013, making them the second largest group of arrivals after Poland. Meanwhile the only foreign group that is steadily growing nationwide is Chinese. Most Chinese arrivals come to Spain with a job already in the pipeline and many Chinese residents enjoy low living costs by sharing with extended family.


Aggressive fire forces mass evacuation AROUND 3,000 people, including the residents of seven nursing homes, were evacuated on Tuesday as a forest fire swept through the Torres de Calicanto area. by Jan Gamm FIRE FIGHTERS battled the blaze with the assistance of 13 aircraft as well as military, police and civilian protection units. The fire, which razed 320 acres in an area of woodland and scrub in the municipalities of Torrent, Godelleta and Chiva, was stabilised by Wednesday although forest and fire brigades continue to work at cooling the scorched landscape with the help of 12 brigades and four irrigation vehicles. Most of those evacuated were able to return to their The fire homes. Several homes were destroyed in the fire but no fatalities have been reported. Evacurages ees who were unable to return homes have been accommodated in two shelters located in the through sports El Vedat de Torrent and the institute IVASPE L’Eliana. scrubland

Tragedy averted - just in time

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Haniya Kanaan was found hidden in a suitcase in her father’s car by Spanish Customs officials at the port of Tarifa. 38-year-old Ayham Kanaan entered Spain from Morocco on a legal work permit and was attempting to smuggle Haniya into the country “so that she could have a better life.” Haniya was taken to a hospital for checks after being found struggling to breathe in her tiny hiding place. Doctors said the little girl might have died had she been left in the suitcase for much longer. The court has ruled that provided Kanaan remains in work and that Haniya lives with her father both will be allowed to stay in the country.

Shipwrecks to be investigated

THE ASSOCIATION of Marine Fishery has authorised an investigation into a series of ‘absurd’ accidents in northwest Spain where no less than three fishing boats have sunk in calm seas in a month, leaving 18 crew members dead. The CC OO has also demanded clarification, particularly with regard to the last incident in Asturias last Thursday, when three sailors were killed and another two were missing in relatively calm conditions. The investigation will analyse working conditions and safety precautions in operation on board licensed vessels.

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Animal Energy World HELP needs help Conference 2014 by Keith Nicol A VERY special event and the first of its kind in Spain takes place next month in Los Alcazares. It’s an inaugural event that explores and discusses the incorporation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for pets and wildlife. Conference organiser Marie Holliday said, “The mission of this Conference is to educate by raising awareness of the using, supporting and sharing of energy techniques and energy psychology to help all animals, pets and wildlife.” EFT techniques were first brought to the fore by Albert Einstein, who noted in the 1920´s that everything is made of energy. Using the techniques can help your pet to relax and bring positive behavioural changes that have been a major plus factor towards helping pets become more sociable, none aggressive, and in the case of abused animals, more trusting creatures. The list of guest speakers is probably as good as one would expect at any such conference worldwide and includes method founder Gary Craig via video conferencing doing a Questions and Answers session on EFT¨: Ferris Jay, Ireland presenting ‘You are vital to your pet’s healing.; Fleur

Organiser Marie Holliday with her rescued pet Ollie

Conway, Spain and her ‘Bach Flower Remedies and Animals Emotional Wellbeing’: Peter Singh, England on ‘Dogs have a lot more to teach us than we have to teach them’: Jo Peace, UK. ‘Archetypal Surrogate Tapping to empower Abused Animals using EFT¨ (Emotional Freedom Techniques): Diane and Alain Von Der Weid, Switzerland on the ‘Efficacy of EFT for Horses with Behavioural and Physical issues’

and Marie Holliday, herself discussing, ‘Animal Energy Techniques incorporating EFT and introducing The Energy Exchange Photo Techniques for animals’ among other guest speakers. The weekend event takes place at the Hotel & Spa Costa Narejos, Los Alcazares, Murcia, with more information on their website: www.animalenergyworldconference.com or phone Marie on:722 234 388

HELP MURCIA Mar Menor needs Bric-a-Brac for their car boot stall at the Sunday market in the Autocine, Los Narejos. Anything from cutlery to clothing and bags to bedding would be appreciated. The stall provides a steady income for the charity and enables it to help all kinds of people with all kinds of problems. Please help us to help others. At this year’s AGM on 17th March, the membership unanimously ratified the proposal that a donation of €10,000 be made, split between six organisations and two individual families: €2,000 to Caritas La Puebla €2,000 to Aidemar San Javier €2,000 to Afemar Lo Pagan €2,000 to Prometeo Torre Pacheco €1,000 to Caritas Sucina €1,000 to Caritas Torre Pacheco €500 for equipment and travel to a family in Roldan, and €500 for equipment and travel to a family in Cartagena FORTHCOMING EVENTS Every second Tuesday in the month there is a charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 11am -1pm. HELP has a stall at the Autocine, Los Narejos every Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm. Thursday 1st May: Carnival at La Zona, Los Alcazares starting at 4pm. Tickets or information about events available from the office on 96 857 0059 or Joan Mitchell on 678 135 467 Email: helpmmm@gmail.com


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Don’t lose your vote BRITAIN’S ELECTORAL Commission this week warned people must “take action now” for a vote in the European Parliament Elections on 22nd May. by Jack Troughton BRITAIN’S ELECTORAL Commission this week warned people must “take action now” for a vote in the European Parliament Elections on 22nd May. Expats will be unable to have a voice in the UK ballot unless they register and return their forms by Tuesday 6th May to have a say in the poll. Every British citizen living abroad and has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years can vote but if they are not on the electoral register they will not have a voice. Samantha Mills, head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said “time is now short” and asked people to “take five minutes” and to print and complete a form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/overseas She said: “It’s really important to allow plenty of time to return your form. Although online registration is being launched in the summer, the only way for expats to register for the May election is by posting the form to the local authority where they were last registered to vote in the UK.” Research shows while 5.5 million UK citizens are living abroad, less than 20,000 were on UK electoral registers at the end of 2012. “At the Electoral Commission we have also carried out

research that shows 44% of those not registered to vote mistakenly believe that they are – so it’s really important to double check,” added Samantha. “You can do this by calling or emailing the electoral registration officer at your last local authority in the UK. If you are not sure who this is, you can use the postcode search at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to find their details.” Expats living in Spain can choose whether to vote in their adopted country or in the UK but not in both. Samantha said casting the vote was more difficult for an expat and currently there were two options available – a postal vote or proxy voting, asking a trusted person to vote on a person’s behalf. Postal ballot papers are only sent out two weeks before the election and she said it was important to consider whether this left enough time to return a vote to the UK. “If not, you can appoint a proxy to insure your vote is cast in time, especially if you are in a far-flung location.” The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 7th May and to appoint a proxy is 14th May. All application forms are on the www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/overseas website. “The elections are just around the corner and the deadline to register is Tuesday 6th May – it’s your vote, don’t lose it,” added Samantha.

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A world class baggage scandal by Jack Troughton IT HAS emerged that 22 million items of luggage were ‘mishandled’ in airports around the world last year. Thieves and even border officials are suspected of secretly searching bags for valuables that may be pilfered. Travellers have long suspected that baggage handlers secretly rifle through their luggage - the expression ‘mishandled’ may cover bags that are delayed, lost, or rummaged through by ruthless airport officials. The number of ‘mishandled’ bags equates to roughly seven bags per 1,000. But European flyers are more likely to ¬suffer than anywhere else, where nine bags per 1,000 go astray or are tampered with. And the inadequate international system of baggage tagging allows international airports to consistently ‘pass the buck’ and

deny all knowledge when specific accusations are made. So be warned – don’t place valuables in your suitcase.

Goat hunting gets go-ahead THE DEPARTMENT of Environment are passing legislation which will allow the hunting of wild African goats that are devastating crops and wildlife in the region. Originally from Morocco and the Sahara, there has been a huge increase in population since 2009, with large herds detected in Benidorm, Alicante, Alcoy and the surrounding mountainous areas. Until now farmers faced hefty fines of up to 3000€ for hunting them and felt helpless as they destroyed their crops.

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IF ANY of your readers or their friends are thinking of hiring a car please let them be warned by my sorry tale. In October 2013 I had to travel to Leeds for five days to attend a funeral and had to hire a car. My flight back to Spain was very early and their hire desk was not open so I was unable to have the car checked back in by their staff. Because of this, I carefully made sure that there was no damage to the vehicle before parking it in their own car park and dropping the keys in the box provided at their desk. However, shortly after this, they took from my credit card, the full excess amount of £250 plus a £27 admin. fee, saying I had caused minor damage to the bumper, which I am adamant I did not. We argued for five months, but as it was basically their word against mine, I have had to stand the charge, but I strongly resent the implication that I am a liar. I feel this is a money making scheme on their part, especially as they informed me during our correspondence that they did not repair minor damage immediately, but took the excess from hirers to offset depreciation! So I would urge your readers never to return a hire car unchecked by a hire company, but also to take photos of its condition when you collect it, so that fictitious charges cannot be made. Michael Holdsworth, San Javier

Trumped-up charges SHOULDN’T THE British consulate take up with the Spanish Government the number of trumped-up charges the Spanish police are handing out? It has almost reached the point where you are afraid to drive your car! Last summer I park my car in Piles and had my car towed away. The police pointed to the ‘No Parking’ signs: yes, there were temporary ‘No Parking’ signs in place, but they were not there when I parked my car! I told the police this and they said the signs had been there all day. Sorry, but he was lying. HH

Thank you MABS Mar Menor Splitting hairs? I WOULD like to publicly thank MABS Mar Menor for all their help during my recent breast cancer journey. When I was first diagnosed I was in total shock. They helped not only with transport but I had reflexology from volunteer Gail Grainger (which was divine) and they were always on hand to offer practical support and advice. My fight with cancer was particularly hard as I live alone - my family were back in the UK. I did have great support from friends but essentially I was on my own a lot during gruelling chemotherapy. In September last year I was seriously ill with neutropenic fever (I had no immune system and no white blood cells) caused by chemotherapy. I rang MABS and was taken to hospital by volunteer Ellen Moores, a trained nurse. Without her and MABS intervention, I would not be here. She

and other volunteers were absolutely marvellous, looking after me during my stay in hospital and ringing every day when I returned home to make sure I was okay and coping. After chemo I then had to make visits to hospital for radiotherapy. Again MABS came to my rescue. I was taken every day mostly by Charles Grainger who waited patiently outside for up to three hours while I had my treatment. To anyone unfortunate enough to go through cancer I would say it is tough, particularly living abroad away from family, but charities like MABS are a godsend for practical support, advice and general help. You don’t have to be on your own. Do use their services and do support them: your journey will be a lot easier. Once again thank you, MABS. I am forever in your debt. There are angels that walk this earth. Angela Coady

OH DEAR - to go out and be totally obsessive about other people’s dogs! Perhaps we could be enlightened as to how many people are killed or injured by dog hairs every year… Why does Mrs T think that she has the right to impose her views on such matters in a general sweeping statement? I have lived in Spain since 2006. It’s not perfect (driving; parking anywhere; paperwork…) but get a life! Stop trying to impose your thoughts on another, different culture. There are plenty of flights back to England, where you could perhaps enjoy a dog-free meal! A Hawkins


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Province of Alicante has most fatalities at Easter ROAD DEATH mortality figures rose during both March and April in Spain, with roads in Alicante registering the highest percentage of deaths among the 35 recorded by the DGT over Easter’s Holy Week. by Keith Nicol In total, Alicante accounted for five of the 35 deaths registered nationwide between 3pm Friday 11th April and midnight 21st April, according to official data released on Tuesday by the Directorate General Traffic (DGT). Especially tragic was the loss of three people on the dangerous stretch of the N332 in Torrevieja, where a frontal collision took the lives of three people, one of whom was a popular Ukrainian priest. Two other people were killed on the same stretch of road earlier this year. Alicante is followed by the provinces of Lugo, with four deaths, and Seville and Toledo with three deaths in each, while for communities Valencia is in second place, surpassed only by Andalusia. The 35 fatalities in road accidents are the second lowest figure of the period since 1960, but far re-

moved from the 26 deaths that occurred on Spanish roads during the holidays last year. Although the DGT hoped not to exceed 2013 figures, which represented a record low, the good weather encouraged citizens to travel and nine million vehicles took to the roads - a million more than Easter last year and 400,000 more than estimated. “Those who do not aspire to great things never achieve anything,” said the general manager of Traffic, Maria Segui, adding that the DGT continues to do its part for society, striving to reach a ‘zero’ accident rate. The DGT reported that those killed in traffic accidents this year numbered 296, one less than in the Three same period last year. According to provisional data people from Holy Week, serious injuries accounted for 149. lost their lives Of the total deaths, 30 were killed in accidents on on the secondary roads, four had not fastened their seat belts N332 in and two were cyclists who were wearing helmets. Torrevieja

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Epic trek for animals by Jack Troughton ARTIST FIONNA Ashman and loyal pet Syd have arrived in France on their epic trek from West Wales to Valencia to raise awareness over animal welfare and to raise cash for a sanctuary near her home. If all goes to plan, the courageous woman and dog will arrive in El Vergel and the SCAN animal charity sometime towards the end of June. Fionna embarked on the journey on Monday 7th April from the privately run Lizzie’s Barn Sanctuary in Kidwelly, a rescue and rehabilitation centre. “Syd and I set off on our epic journey to raise funds for our sanctuary as well as to highlight the plight of animals, in particular dogs, in many parts of mainland Europe,” said Fionna. “Equipped with just a backpack, tent and bare essentials for Syd and me, we are relying on the support and goodwill of local people along the way.” The pair took a ferry from Portsmouth on Wednesday and they are now heading through Normandy. SUPPORT Barry Caulfield, President of the Society for the

Care of Animals in Need, said: “We have willingly and proudly agreed to collaborate with Fionna in supporting her on an amazing journey to highlight the plight of maltreated and abandoned animals. “In doing so we hope to raise and reinforce public and cultural awareness of what needs to be done to protect and care for God’s gifts to us, our beautiful animals.” He added: “Better understanding of the law should be enforced for animals – they have rights under the law but no one actually observes them.” Barry said Syd – a Chesapeake Bay retriever - was keeping Fionna company along the route and it was clear people were already offering the pair hospitality and support. “We will be marking the end of it with a fiesta here at SCAN and I will be writing to other charities here in Spain to try and raise funds to get her and Syd back to the UK,” he added. “We thought it unlikely Fionna and the dog will want to walk back to Wales!” Follow their progress at www.lizziesbarn.co.uk/category/news/the-long-walk - where a donation can be made – and www.scancostablanca.com

A holy mishap

Syd

Watch out – Pegasus is about!

TRAFICO RELEASED the second Pegasus fleet of helicopters on Wednesday 16th April to monitor road safety at the height of the Easter traffic surge. With the help of Pegasus the Guardia Civil is able to assess at 300 metres DURING THE traditional procession of dels Xiulitets in Alcoy over Easter the whether drivers are wearing seatbelts correctly, speaking on a mobile, speeding or indulging in any number statue of the Virgin fell twice during the procession that reunites the Virgin of dangerous activities whilst at the wheel. According to the Head of the Helicopter Traffic Unit, Pegasus can assess how many fillings a driver has – if his mouth is open that is! The aircraft picks up unusual patterns of Mary with her son Jesus the Saviour. One of the bearers taking part in the behaviour, whether speeding or even driving too slowly or erratically. The Management Centre of the Directorunning of the holy statue through the streets of the city tripped, causing the Virgin to topple to the ground. He recovered and resumed running but rate General of Traffic (DGT) operates centres in Madrid, La Coruna, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Valencia, Malaga and Seville. Complaints go to the State Centre for Automated Processing Complaints (Estrada) in Leon, where the the statue fell again, although this time did not crash to the ground. The fine is processed before being sent to the address of the offender. So watch out – Pegasus is about! image did not suffer any serious damage other than a slightly bent crown.


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Línea Directa advises you how to act in case of an accident

LÍNEA DIRECTA Insurance advises you of the steps to follow in case of a road accident in Spain. 1. Call the emergency number: 112. They will co-ordinate the procedure and will ask you in detail about the circumstances of the accident. 2. Remain calm at all times. Switch on the emergency lights and if the state of the vehicle permits, remove the vehicle from the road, in order to avoid delays and further accidents, to the extent possible. 3. Signal the accident location. Before stepping out of the car, put on your high-visibility jacket, which is compulsory, and place the emergency triangles correctly. The first must be placed about 50 metres behind the car in the direction of the traffic, and the second about 100m. 4. If someone is seriously injured, never try to move them, except if in danger of fire or imminent explosion. Cover the injured person, keep them calm and wait for the emergency services to arrive. 5. If the circumstances of the location allow, always fill in the European accident report, which is an essential document for speeding up the procedures and handling between the insurance companies. If you have any doubt about how to do this, don’t hesitate to call your insurance company.

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Alicante Business Club offers free networking by Keith Nicol ABC, THE Alicante Business Club meets next Friday afternoon, May 2nd, and offers local entrepreneurs and business people the opportunity to mingle, mix and network in a relaxing atmosphere. The ABC is now in its third year and from humble beginnings, has spread its wings into Alicante City and Alicante North. Locally, the club now meets on the first Friday of each month on the terrace at Studz Bar in Benimar, from 1pm until you want to go home. Spokesperson Clive Grey added, “The primary focus of the Alicante Business Club is to promote legitimate businesses

Members of the ABC making a video for The Cucaracha Club

within the Alicante region but we understand that sometimes businesses outside of this area have something special to offer group members. Anyone can join the group, our meetings are very informal and most importantly; free.” Unlike some other business clubs that restrict membership to one business type for each marketplace, everyone is welcome from photographers to real estate agents, to pool cleaners to insurance and car salesmen to translators and all other services in between. There’s also computer repairs,

Orihuela Costa April Fair ORIHUELA COSTA’S first April Fair is now open and continues through the weekend, finishing tomorrow evening, Saturday 26th April 2014. The all day long event offers plenty of activities for families, visitors and

residents and takes place at El Sarmiento Restaurant, next to Orihuela Go-Karts, best known as the former Asturias Restaurant. On Saturday there is also the Costa Blanca Business Battle taking place on the Go-Kart track from 1pm

telephone services, film making and even one member who specialises in homemade marmalade, jams and lemon curd plus local charities, who the entire group support. The group has their own Facebook page as Alicante Business Club and you can find out more information by phoning Garry on 618 048 532 or 692 767 242. Clive added, “There is no need to book ahead. Just show up on the day and remember to bring some business cards and maybe some flyers, to share with other members. And don’t forget; it’s completely free.”

and a full range of activities for children from bouncy castles to paint balling, for kids of every age also available. More information about the event can be had by phoning 617 263 922. The Program started yesterday and today Friday 25th April opens at 1pm with the serving of Andalusian food: 4pm Rumba show with “El Jilguero”: 6pm

Discotheque Sevillanas: 8pm Andalusian dinner and finishing at 8:30pm with a Sevillanas contest. On Saturday 26th April, you can enjoy an 11am Breakfast with a special horse display: 2pm Andalusian food: 6pm Choir Alba Rociera: 8pm Andalusian dinner with a special Flamenco Show at 10pm featuring “Candela” and Daniel Valera.


Los Costaleros birthday boy NOT ONLY did Los Costaleros celebrate their tenth anniversary this Easter, but Monday night was extra special as the oldest Costalero, Joseph Billet started the night aged 86 and went home as an 87 year-old. by Keith Nicol Many readers will better know him as ‘Joe the Cat Man’ and for his work with abandoned cats in and around the Quesada area. Looking at least a decade younger than his age, Joe has proudly walked the streets with the Cofradia since the conception of Los Costaleros in 2014. As he stands to attention beside the other Costaleros, his military stance is very evident and it comes as no surprise to learn that after a stint in the Merchant Navy when he was just 14, after the war he joined the Royal Artillery before volunteering for duty with the Airborne Regiment, which took him to overseas postings in Gibraltar and Hong Kong. Deciding he’d like to see even more action, he applied to join the Malayan Scouts, who had been formed out of the former wartime SAS, only to be turned down time after time. Joe said, “In their eyes, once a gunner, I was always a gunner and so they did not take my application seriously. So I got cheeky and I wrote directly to the unit Brigadier, Mad Mike Calvert, who was known for crazy manoeuvres. He liked what I wrote and I transferred to the Malayan Scouts to fight against Communist insurgents in the jungles of Malaya.” Later the ‘Scouts’ would again take on the SAS moniker and Joe can be seen proudly wearing his SAS Beret, complete with the ‘He who dares wins’ insignia and his kilt at many activities of the Royal British Legion and other military functions. Joe has lived in Quesada for 20 years and

Joe ‘the Cat Man’ Billet

as ‘the cat man’ has rescued and re-homed hundreds of cats and kittens that had been left abandoned, many of them having been subjected to animal cruelty. Just last week, he was also in Rojales joining the protest against the person who mutilated and killed the seven month old kitten ‘Oso’ as reported in RTN. Joe said, “Just because I’m getting older does not mean I am slowing down. I cannot turn my back on the cats and with the help of my partner Ruth, we will continue to rescue as many as we possibly can.” Graham Knight, Godfather of Los Costaleros said, “On behalf of all the Costaleros, we wish Joe all the best for the future and look forward to him matching again with us, for the 11th time, in 2015.”

Give a Dog a Home Fun Day! SAT IS working hard to raise funds for its new kennels in San Isidro, hosting a fun filled fundraising day on Sunday 4th May, from 12pm - 5pm on the terraces of Radio Nova by the main square in Ciudad Quesada. Entertainment by Radio Nova will be broadcasted live with local entertainers. There will be a BBQ, Tombola, pony rides, market stalls, a ‘Guess the Cake Weight’ competition and a host of other fun things to do. And in an effort to raise money for the new buildings friends and supporters are invited to purchase a brick at 1€ - all donations to be paid into a designated account. For further information on SAT fund raising activities please contact President Dave Moore on 96 572 5969 / 638 178 835, or Matt Smith (One Way Services) on 650 130 853 or visit www.satanimalrescue.com

Torrevieja celebrates International Day of Dance ON MONDAY April 28, the International Day of Dance Day will take place on Torrevieja’s Paseo Vista Alegre. The II Street Dance Marathon starts at 4pm with different readings from the participating schools and academies. At 4:30pm the performances begin, with each participant group or academy performing a twenty minutes

spot. To prepare yourself, on Sunday April 27th free dance workshops are offered in the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre. These start at 10:30am and run throughout the day. The morning is primarily Contemporary, Salsa and Belly Dance. In the afternoon, workshops are in Flamenco, Funky and Lindy Hop for couples.

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Treasure Hunt raises 120€ by Keith Nicol

A FUN Easter Egg and Treasure Hunt was the order of the day at Bar Sofia, El Raso, on Easter Monday. With dozens of prizes to be won, families headed off on foot to collect points with their special Ibex Bags and Treasure Hunt Instructions. On route, spot prizes were also to be found such as a paintbrush won four art lessons with Suzanne Stokes, a plate with a knife and fork won a meal for two at Chillies the new Indian Restaurant in El Raso, a Red T Shirt gave two VIP tickets to The Fashion Show at The Complete Woman; for finding a lovely blue butterfly in cardboard the prize was a butterfly necklace and finding a “Cinderella” single shoe the prize was a shoe money box while a fabulous long black curly wig gave the finder a prize of a cut and blow dry by local Hairdressers Pinks in Benijofar. The last item for everyone to collect was a windscreen sun protector once again kindly sponsored by Ibex. Mike Thornton from Essential Life Services helped to lay the trail and was on hand to help with registration

Treasure Hunters. Photo by Kristoff

and to give out water at the old finca and Jeanette Simpson also from Essential Life Services was on raffle duty. The entrance money and the raffle raised 120€ for The Children’s Home in Elche. The winners of the actual treasure hunt with

the maximum of 250 points were Louise, Sophie and Leonie, who win the prize of a meal at Bar Sofia. Coming up next month is The Complete Woman featuring a Fabulous Fashion Show and chances to win lots of prizes. Tickets for

this event are just 1.00€ and this gives you free tea and a taste of cake. The Complete Woman is part of The Summer Fayre coming up at Quesada Country Club on Thursday May 22nd starting at 11.00am. For more information email: sueinthesun@hotmail.co.uk.


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Helping you to make the correct decision by

Jennifer Cunningham

WHILST APPRECIATING many articles are now written referring to the importance of a funeral plan, there are still many who are just leaving everything to chance. In my opinion, it is the most loving and supportive decision you can make towards each other and your family and at the same time it can be a great saving financially. I am aware that we British are probably one of the worst countries in both facing and discussing our own mortality, therefore something that should be planned by just taking one hour of your time is put to one side. Most of us are aware that funerals in Spain are carried out in a very short space of time. Therefore decisions have to be made extremely quickly and whilst you are under a great deal of stress, plus payment of which you are not in control has to be found in full before the funeral is carried out. I often hear: “Don’t worry - we are organised, as we are donating our bodies to medical science.” Yes, you will be accepted in principal. However, the document that supports your request is usually in Spanish and the recipient could believe that once this is completed and signed, everything will be taken care of when they pass away and there will be no cost or stress for their loved ones… Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Increasingly, many are not accepted when the inevitable happens for the following reasons: a) If the death happens out of the province of the University (e.g. Alicante) b) In the case of accident or any other cause of death which then requires a post mortem

c) When death occurs after surgery and the wounds have not been fully healed d) Should the death be due to infectious or contagious disease It will be the decision of the Professor of Anatomy at the time, and who knows what we are going to die of in the future. There are five potential reasons why you might not be accepted at the time of your demise, and if you come into one of these categories, what does your family/estate do then? Sadly they will have to pay the full costs which as the years go by will obviously increase and what today costs approximately 4,000€ could cost considerably more: this obviously would come as quite a nasty shock, both financially and stress wise. Can you really afford to place yourself in this potentially unpleasant situation? It comes back to what I have been advocating now for nearly two decades - take a little time to speak to one of my consultants regarding a suitable plan for your needs. You will be pleasantly surprised by the terms and conditions we are able to offer. On a lighter note, I would like to advise you that I have moved my office from Playa Flamenca commercial centre, to Los Dolses. We are located in Centro commercial los Dolses nº 136, (Villamartin) in Orihuela Costa (Tel 96 676 4823) where Martina, Claire and David will be pleased to offer existing and new clients the same service and back up as they have always done but in a far busier area, and with ample parking nearby. I am also delighted to advise you that we now have

a Spanish Abogado (lawyer) available who will be able to offer you a consultation in your own language. If you have no Spanish Will I suggest that you call the office and arrange an appointment to discuss this as soon as possible. I can honestly assure you that should you die with no Spanish will for your assets here, or no English will for your UK assets, your estate will be held up in probate and this can truly be another nightmare for you. Another company that I work very closely with and who I introduced approximately a year ago are Financial advisers, which should be particularly interesting to those with a pension that at some stage will need to be invested. The UK Government are discussing at this moment an alternative way of investing your pension. Unless you know your way around the various companies and the fiscal regulations, this could possibly cost you dearly. You need to be advised of the best tax route to take and the investment that is correct for you and your family. It is a very complex industry and not everyone will offer you the best advice. I have selected a company that is fully regulated both in Spain and the UK and each consultant carries a high indemnity insurance. They are able to offer a unique investment portfolio tailored to your personal requirements. May I suggest that if you would like to be fully informed on the benefits pertaining to your situation, please contact one of my offices for a free consultation with a specialist and decide for yourself. Once again I have given you my best advice based on years living and working in Spain.

Jennifer Cunningham Insurances S.L The Costas leading insurance consultant. If you have a question please email her at: jennifer@jennifercunningham.net Regulated and Authorised by the DGSFP in Spain.


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Choir wins standing ovation

By Jack Troughton DELIGHTED MEMBERS of the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir won a standing ovation after their performance at Benitachell Church last Saturday, part of the church’s Easter celebrations. The growing reputation of the choir meant the church was packed as they sang old favourites such as Amen and Anthem from Chess, and introduced new material such as the classic Bridge over Troubled Waters. The audience was also treated to pieces by classical duo The Dolce Divas – Claire Post, the choir’s Musical director, and Kirsty Glen, one

of the choir’s pianists – who brought variety to the evening’s music, along with accompanist Heather Butcher. Most of the material performed by the choir can be seen at the growing number of videos on You Tube and plans are underway to produce a CD of its music. The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir is next performing at a charity concert in the Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, on Friday 2nd May. For more information about the choir and its concerts, visit www.costablancamalevoicechoir.wikidot.com or its Facebook page.

Naked yoga sells out in Ibiza

FOLLOWING SELL-OUTS in the Bold & Naked yoga studio in New York, nude yoga classes are now available in Ibiza where courses are available from around 1,000€ at a luxury finca set in 20 acres of pine forest overlooking the sea. The retreat is beautifully appointed with a swimming pool and even a helipad! The bad news is the first course scheduled for May is already fully booked. Founder of FormenteraYoga & Ibiza Heathy Holidays Jax Lysycia says: “I’m delighted to add Naked Yoga to our rosta of retreats and look forward to adding more dates on to our schedule this year.” And the retreat also offers ‘transparent kayaking’ as part of its range of unusual activities. For more information on how to discover your ‘inner peace’ email katy@formenterayoga.com or call 606 117 373.

Madrid Zoo ‘having a giraffe!’

TWO BABY giraffes have been born at Madrid’ Zoo this week, extending the giraffe family to six, part of the European Breeding Programme and Conservation of the species (EEP). Giraffe mums Mica and Tatu delivered their babies on the weekend, just one hour apart. The public are welcome to visit the new-borns within their ‘maternity ward’ where they are busy bonding with their mothers prior to joining the rest of the giraffe clan. They are expected to venture outdoors sometime during the first week in May.


Chill out at the Clubhouse ONE OF the Costa Blanca’s most unique chill out zones, opened their doors in the bright Spring sunshine, to welcome visitors to The Club House Lounge in Quesada. THE CLUBHOUSE is the third quality establishment from brothers Chill out and relax at the Clubhouse Paul and David, the other two being the ever popular Stan and Ollie’s and Laurel and Hardy’s Restaurants. The Clubhouse Restaurant serves quality food from 8am until 4pm including breakfast, snacks and an extensive menu of the day, seven days a week. The Clubhouse offers the same quality food and service that we have come to expect, specialising in a menu of the day, offering an extensive choice of starters, main courses and homemade desserts with wine included, all at great prices. They also serve traditional breakfasts as well as the full English. The new Chill Out Lounge is open from noon, with extended hours into the evening during the warmer summer evenings. You can enjoy a full range of snacks and drinks from noon until 4pm with the pool area also open to the general public. It’s a perfect opportunity to relax in the sun, enjoy a cool cocktail or one of their fine range of Champagne, accompanied by the soothing ambient music to really allow you some quality time on the Costa Blanca. The Clubhouse is also available for private parties, birthdays, anniversaries and especially weddings. They have a wonderful range of cocktails, canapes, tapas, beers from all around the world, wine, cava and soft drinks plus a unique setting, complete with a small stage, perfect for organising special events. More information or to make a booking, please call Paul on The team of Nicky, Mane, Raegan, Paul, Demi and Vivi are ready to 637 583 373 or visit their face book page by searching for help you relax in style at the Clubhouse Chill Out Lounge The Clubhouse Quesada.

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Going underground by Jack Troughton

SLEEPING ON a London Underground platform and listening to the radio were two vivid memories of journalist Benny Davis who lived through the Blitz as a youngster. He told Year 6 students of the Laude Lady Elizabeth Junior School how life in 1940 was very much a ‘black and white’ world. “Survival rules were very simple. Parents, teachers and policemen were to be obeyed, news in papers, radio and in cinema newsreels were to be believed, and you ate what you were given,” he said. “Death became part of life, counselling was non-existent, the government was winning the war and the Royal Family was the leader of the nation. “It was very simple. We were the good

guys, all equal and totally united in defending our country against a common enemy.” Benny visited the school to offer an insight into life in the Second World War and bring history alive for a group studying the conflict – and he followed the recent talk given by former fighter pilot John McMullen. DEVASTATION Born in Clapham, Benny said although he grew up surrounded by death and devastation, he also had fun and gave the children a series of humorous anecdotes. Aged eight in 1940, he said his regular teachers virtually changed overnight as they left to fight the war – replaced by a band of strange and older staff he likened to the cast of movie ‘Monsters Inc’.

Classes were constantly being interrupted

However, Benny said education played second fiddle to survival. Air raids meant sometimes it was not possible to get to school and frequently difficult to get home – sadly empty classroom desks were also a reminder that children were not immune to bombs and friendships were cut short. He said classes were constantly being in-

terrupted by the sound of enemy aircraft approaching – triggering the need for a change of venue from schoolroom to air raid shelter. Benny said he had one claim to fame while at school – he left aged 15 – he was elected to serve as ‘Air Raid Monitor’. His job was to help fellow pupils climb safely down into the shelters.


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Horsepower weekend PETROL HEADS will have plenty to keep them occupied this weekend between classic car shows, show and shine displays and even team go-karting. by Keith Nicol The biggest annual event on the Classic Car calendar takes place at the IFA in Alicante; Antic Auto. The show is a must for lovers of classic and antique vehicles and is held in conjunction with ‘Collect’, part of the Collectables Fair of Valencia featuring everything from toys to stamps through to old photographs to antiques. Antic Auto offers you the chance to purchase classic and antique cars and bikes, a huge selection of hard to find parts, plus toys, antique and collectors’ items, custom clothing and accessories. One of the great attractions of the event will be the presence of iconic classic marks from private collections in Spain. Doors are open on Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th April 2014, on Saturday from 10am to 8:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 7.00pm.You can buy your tickets online at: tienda.feria-alicante.com for 4€ saving on the standard admission of 7€ while you can also download 2€ discount vouchers from the IFA website or pick up a voucher from the Torrevieja Tourism Office: If you have proof of age ID, it’s also 5€ for pensioners, children

12 years old and under go free, with the Group ticket price for Car Clubs and Associations just 4€ per person by presenting your membership card. Saturday also features the Costa Blanca Business Battle, a charity event where teams from each business “battle” it out with Go-Karts. Each team is composed of five people, each driver taking their turn behind the wheel on two occasions of seven and a half minutes as the teams try and cover the greatest distance possible during the time allowed. The main goal for the event is to raise money for ALPE; a school for people with developmental disabilities in Torrevieja and through this also promotes positively, joy and collaboration. Another goal is to give businesses the opportunity to know each

other, have a kick off for their employees and to develop new collaborations and connections between the businesses on the Costa Blanca. For more information please email; post@iberiaevent.com or call Roy on: 645 298 754. And if you still have any en-

ergy left, The Moonshiners car Club have a show and shine display and welcome everyone with classic, custom, exotic, muscle or just interesting car or bike, to show it off, on Sunday morning from 10.30am, at San Luis Lakeside.

Katarina Gezova exhibition in Calpe AN EXHIBITION by local artist Katarina Gezova is to be held at eh Liberia Europa Bookshop on Calle Oscar Espla 2, Calpe, from Friday 2nd May to Thursday 31st July. The exhibition will feature landscapes and flower studies. Admission is free and the exhibition will be open Monday to Friday from 10am until 2pm and again from 5pm until 8pm: Saturdays 10am until 2pm. For further information please call 96 583 5824.


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Murcia Blues Legends come to the Costa Blanca FOR THE first time ever, Costa Blanca blues music fans will be able to experience the rich and vibrant blues culture from the Murcia region. This cultural event is being organised by the Costa Blanca Blues Social Network, a free membership group of regional citizens who enjoy and appreciate live blues music. (CBBlues.com) It is CBBlues’ 2nd Anniversary and to celebrate they are hosting a blues matinee in Teulada on Sunday, 11th May at 2pm. Blues fans will be given a fullon exciting show starring Austin Slack, the youngest professional blues guitarist in Spain. This Murcia-based guitarist is only 14 years old yet is an accepted ‘blue blood’ in the music scene. Stop Blues Band: is a devoted

Spanish blues biker band, featuring the legendary singer / song writer Emilio Martinez Chicheri. This band plays every kind of blues classic plus many of their own originals. They are television and radio celebrities in the province of Murcia. From 1987 to 2007, Emilio was part of the ultra-famous Spanish blues group ‘Los Bluesfulos’. Tom Poole: the Costa Blanca’s very own bottleneck blues legend, will be there with some local friends like the very entertaining ‘Verde Maria’. Maria is a world travelling, soul-filled gypsy dancer and percussionist. It is going to be a full-on Sunday Roots & Blues Lunchtime Matinee Show! Tickets and lunch can be reserved via www.CBBlues.com Tel: 648 156 066.

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Comical cover up CARELINE THEATRE returns to its comic roots next with a fast and furious farce ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’ running from 15th to 17th May at the Alcalali theatre. By Jack Troughton WRITTEN BY Dave Freeman and directed by Jim Sissons, the action takes place on a health farm run by harassed Roland and his wife Julia – under the beady eye of his mother-in-law. Roland and Julia bought the business with the cash of a hefty insurance payout following the demise of her first husband Sidney. However, as well as being hassled by guests in search of outlawed sweet treats, Roland’s life gets even more complicated when Sidney resurrects himself and turns up at the health farm – just as Vanessa, the wife of Roland’s former boss at the Kindly Mutual checks in. Chaos, naturally, follows. Doors open each evening at 7.30pm and curtain up is at 8pm. Proceeds from the first night are being donated to the MABS Cancer Support Group. Tickets are 12€ with 10% off for pre-paid bookings of 10 seats or more. The Box Office is open for bookings on 652 294 750 or by email to carelineboxoffice@gmail.com. For more information about Careline Theatre visit www.carelinetheatre.com


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home & garden

Easter gardens

by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

WELL THE 14 day weather forecast at the time of writing shows a good run of warm sunny weather until some heavy showers on Tuesday 22nd April. Hopefully nothing changes as the first third of April brought gales, the dirtiest rain I have seen in 27 years and a thunderstorm which luckily cleaned up the plants with clean rain having blown in from the west. So hopefully we enjoyed dry Easter processions and the traditional Easter roast suckling pigs and lambs and fully fledged Valencian Paellas. Each type of lunch is a traditional way, in various provinces, of enjoying a first family gathering and feast after the careful light eating of Lent. I prepared a paella for an international/ Spanish group of friends naturally

Varieties of courgettes

following the traditional recipe described in my Paella book which is now in Spanish as well as in English. With Easter being late gardens will be really green colourful and scented as a welcome backcloth to the start of months of outdoor cooking and eating. Then beyond Easter it will be time to plant up the last of spring plantings of flowering plants to enable them to start to expand their root balls before the hotter weather arrives and also to sow and plant summer vegetables including dwarf and climbing beans, courgettes and squashes, peppers and aubergines, carrots and parsnips, and small and large varieties of tomatoes. If you have not the space or inclination to prepare a vegetable plot or raise beds considerable amounts of vegetables can be grown on growing tables or in large black builder’s buckets provided you mix up a rich water retaining compost mix. It is beneficial to work in a bag of worm compost and some TerraCottem moisture retaining gel. Re the latter have a look at the Terravida website via which one can buy direct. Agricultural trials have reduced irrigation needs by up to 70 percent. Naturally shade is not only valuable if growing summer salad crops but also to enjoy Spain’s sunny weather from now to the end of autumn. If you have no natural shade from mature trees there is still time to construct canvas or plant covered gazebos or organise a large shady terrace on the north and west sides of the house.

A growing table with useful mid-day mid-summer shade

An Easter garden

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE THE HANDSCOMBE’S BOOKS - With the demise of many of the bookshops and distributors that used to handle Santana Books the most convenient way of obtaining information about and purchasing the gardening and lifestyle books written by Dick Handscombe is to use Amazon Books. A search for ‘Dick Handscombe’ on first entering the Amazon Books site will normally bring most of the books up in one go. ©Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com


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money

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Keith Littlewood International Financial Adviser

Your Pension Fund: Money in or money out?

FOLLOWING THE budget announcement on 17th March more people will have access to withdraw more cash from their pension funds after April 2015. In fact measures were issued instantly to allow people drawing down money from their Pension Funds to draw down more than they were previously allowed to. The message attempted to be sent out by the government is that each individual should have ‘freedom and control’ of their own pension pots. This is great if the ‘individual’ has a strong understanding of the future with regards to life expectancy, future income requirements and inflation to name just a few factors. What is essentially evident now is the need for

a qualified professional to help people make the correct decisions for them. Cynics would say this is a ploy to win votes, raise tax revenue quicker and reduce benefit claimants while at the same boost the economy with more money being made available to retirees and thus creating a ‘feel good factor’ as more holidays, cars are purchased and more home improvements are being bought with this sudden injection of cash availability. I would ask, what happens when the cash runs out for these individuals? Now, even more than ever before, the importance of receiving advice and retirement planning before making a decision of what to do with your pension pot is absolutely critical. Questions to ask are: Where will I live? What lump sum should be taken?

What are the tax implications? What about my partner? How much income will I need in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years’ time? What happens if the pot is empty at age 80 and I am still alive? In today’s financial climate it is essential you do everything you can to make sure

your money is safe and secure and what you want to transpire in the future has the best chance of happening. If you need advice or if have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 657 684 094 or email keith.littlewood@blacktowerfm.com

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


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legal

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Carlos Baos

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The Spanish public notary system LIABILITY OF a Spanish Public Notary in the purchase of a property with embargoes and charges WE ALWAYS inform clients, readers and friends, that in Spain it is extremely important to hire the services of an expert lawyer, familiar with all of the buying process in Spain, when buying or selling a real estate property. As most people are aware, in Spain we have a notarial system and the completion of the purchase takes place before the public notary, so they assume he will check that everything is correct, and therefore there is no need to seek any other legal advice. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Spanish public notaries do not check, because it is not their obligation to do so. For example, it is not their obligation to determine whether the property has an occupation license, what is its urban situation, the existence of urban discipline or penalty proceedings, the existence of outstanding debts or obligations for the urbani-zation of the area, the wording of the private purchase contract and the commitments agreed by the parties, etc. Therefore, notary duty does not cover all aspects of the sale, it is limited to state on the Public Deed the

The notary performs a very important role in the buying process, but do not substitute the role and work performed by a lawyer

agreements and information provided by the parties, to check the land registry registration status, cadastral situation, debts on local tax (IBI, etc.), and warn about the necessity of paying taxes, etc. Indeed, a recent court order from the Supreme Court of Spain confirmed a previous judgment against a notary for authorizing a sale of a property with a charge (embargo), without informing the buyer properly, forcing the notary to compensate the purchaser for damages with 2,450,000 euros. The court understood that the land registry faxed the information of the existence of the embargo four days before the signature of the deed, and the notary must have received it, although the notary denied this. The court concluded that in any case, the fact and truth is that the communication and information between land registry and notary was inadequate

The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. White & Baos Abogados. Tel:+34 966 426 185. E-mail: info@white-baos.com White & Baos 2014 – All rights reserved Send your questions to spanishlawyer@roundtownnews.com or info@white-baos.com

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PENNICK BLACKWELL Financial Services are offering a free Samsung Tablet along with your Pension Transfer and 30% Lump Sum with Pennick Blackwell QROPS. The offer applies to any new customer who contacts the company throughout the month of April. You will receive your free tablet when your funds are transferred. And if you introduce a friend who completes transfer you also get a free night at a Costa Blanca hotel! Call Pennick Blackwell Financial Services on 865 674 038 or 0034 657 076 055, visit www.pennickblackwell.com see Facebook page facebook.com/pennickblackwell or pop into the office at Avda. Albir 73 for a quick chat.

and did not work, and the lack of knowledge of the notary about the existence of a charge, does not prevent him for being responsible for the damages caused, due to his negligence. All according to Article 146, of the known as the Notarial Regulation, which reads “ The Notary is civilly liable for damages caused by their actions when they are due to fraud, fault or inexcusable ignorance. “ The notary performs a very important role in the buying process, but do not substitute the role and work performed by a lawyer. If you have any problems before, during or after a purchase or sale of a property in Spain, our firm can help. You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: www.facebook.com/WhiteBaosAbogadosLawyers


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travel

Discover the beauty of Andorra only

320€ pp

River Ebro

5 Days Half Board from 7th June at only 320€! EARLY DEPARTURE on Day One for Teruel with stops en route and free time in the city on arrival. Continue to Zaragoza for dinner and accommodation. Breakfast on Day Two: visit the city on the banks of the River Ebro, with its famous Plaza de las Catedrales, Basilica and Ionja, with an optional visit to the Palacio de la Aljaferia. The afternoon departure takes you to Andorra, arrival at the hotel: dinner and accommodation.

Day Three: Half board in the hotel: Free time for shopping in the town centre or enjoy the Caldea thermal Spa Centre. On Day Four after breakfast depart for Peñiscola, visiting Montblanc and the Unesco World Heritage site the Monastery of Poblet (entrance not included) followed by arrival at the hotel and dinner. Breakfast and free time on Day Five before returning to the Costa Blanca. For more information call 966 106 872.


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a fabulous outdoor pool that has recently been refurbished. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED, the hotel is ideally situated for access to Granada city centre 1.5km away and a regular bus service is on the doorstep. Spanish-Muslim art dominates Granada, particularly in the Alhambra Palace and the romantic gardens of the Generalife with its remarkable diversity of flowers and fountains – not to be missed. And the package includes a day excursion to the Sierra Nevada, a chance to escape the crowds and noise of the city for the natural habitat of a large variety of Spain’s flora and fauna. Spend a day exploring the rocky massif with its breath-taking views. Leaving 24th July, four days, half board, wine and water included, this Granada summer getaway is only 180€ PP. Call 966 106 872 for more information and to reserve your seat.

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Life The Best of Times is Now THOSE LOVEABLE Rascals are treading the boards again on

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May at the School of Music and Culture in Montesinos with their new show; ‘The Best of Times is Now’. By Keith Nicol They follow this up with further performances on Thursday 29th May at the Casa de Cultura, Guardamar and Sunday 15th June at the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja. This lively show is a true variety show covering different genres of song and dance interspersed by comedy routines, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The show opens with the cast of Bugsy Malone and contains snippets from other

popular musicals including Oliver, Chicago and the Blues Brothers are all included in this special production. Raising the temperature even higher will be a visit from the The Spice Girls while the show will also transport you to the glamorous days of the 60’s and 70’s and the Talk of the Town where you will be entertained by Crystal Gayle, Lady Gaga, Adele, Susan Boyle, Michael Buble and Amy Winehouse plus to spice things up even further, there’s a

Bollywood Dance in authentic costumes. The cast have had the best of times rehearsing this show and they will make sure you do too. To enjoy this experience book tickets via Sue on 966 784 874 or look for ticket outlets. All performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are just 6€. For more information on the Rascals, their shows or how to become involved with their activities, check out their website at: www.therascals.org.


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25th April - 1st May

friday 25th April BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 MasterChef 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Outnumbered 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Bad Education

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 The Great Interior Design Challenge 10:30 Mary Berry Cooks 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 Great British Bake Off 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:00 Great British Menu 20:30 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Natural World 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Later - with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Bourne Ultimatum

07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:30 The King of Queens 08:50 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:50 Frasier 10:20 Frasier 10:50 Undercover Boss USA 11:50 Come Dine with Me 12:20 Come Dine with Me 12:50 Channel 4 News 12:55 Come Dine with Me 13:25 Come Dine with Me 13:55 Come Dine with Me 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 Gogglebox 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Benidorm ER 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:15 The Good Mother 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 24:00 Britain’s Crime Capitals

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Quantum of Solace 24:10 Take Me Out

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Snakes on a Plane 24:10 8 Out of 10 Cats

saturday 26th April BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigellissima 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Snooker: The World Championship 15:00 Live Challenge Cup Rugby League 17:30 Final Score 18:20 Madagascar 19:40 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Pointless Celebrities 20:50 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:40 Casualty 22:30 The Guess List 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 The Football League Show

07:05 Caught 08:30 Great British Menu 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 13:45 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 14:30 Escape to the Country 15:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:30 Mountain Gorilla 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 Porridge 21:30 Mozart in Prague: Rolando Villazon on Don Giovanni 22:30 Generation War 24:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 24:30 Snooker: The World Championship

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Adventure Time 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest 12:10 Dinner Date 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:24 ITV Central Weather 13:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 14:20 The Unforgettable 14:50 Tipping Point 15:50 All Star Family Fortunes 16:35 A Touch of Frost 18:35 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Let Me Entertain You 19:30 New You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Britain’s Got Talent 21:15 Amazing Greys 22:15 Law & Order: UK 23:15 The Americans 24:15 ITV News and Weather 24:29 ITV Central Weather 24:30 Through the Keyhole

07:00 River Cottage Bites 07:15 Trans World Sport 08:10 The Grid 08:40 A Day at the Races 08:55 The Morning Line 10:00 Weekend Kitchen 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 11:55 How I Met Your Mother 12:25 How I Met Your Mother 12:50 The Simpsons 13:20 The Simpsons 13:45 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:15 Grand Designs 21:15 Avatar 24:25 Showgirls

07:00 Childrens TV 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:05 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 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Access 11:05 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 12:00 Benidorm ER 13:00 Cowboy Builders 14:00 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 15:55 Private Benjamin 18:00 Jesse Stone: Sea Change 19:40 Tuscan Red 20:30 NCIS 21:15 NCIS 22:05 5 News Weekend 22:15 Britain’s Funniest Comedy Characters

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Ugly Betty 07:45 Made in Chelsea 08:40 Rude(ish) Tube 09:05 Rude(ish) Tube 09:30 Charmed 10:30 Rules of Engagement 11:00 Rules of Engagement 11:30 Rules of Engagement 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Rules of Engagement 13:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Hop 17:00 Made in Chelsea 18:00 Rude(ish) Tube 18:30 Rude(ish) Tube 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 The A-Team 24:25 The Big Bang Theory 24:55 The Big Bang Theory

sunday 27th April

09:45 Coronation Street 12:05 Tom Daley Goes Global 13:10 Britain’s Got Talent 14:35 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:40 The Hot Desk 15:50 Dungeons & Dragons 18:00 Despicable Me 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:45 You’ve Been Framed! 21:15 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:20 You’ve Been Framed! 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Crazy Beaches 24:15 Britain’s Got Talent

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07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Monkey Planet 17:45 Points of View 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:45 Pointless Celebrities 19:35 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 The Crimson Field 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:40 Reggie Yates: Extreme South Africa

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:25 Cornered 09:05 Countryfile 10:00 Gardeners’ World 10:30 Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:15 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 14:00 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 14:45 Coast 15:30 Snooker: The World Championship 19:00 50 Golden Years of Sport on BBC Two 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 Natural World 22:00 The Artist 23:35 QI XL 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Sooty 08:20 Digimon Fusion 08:45 Horrid Henry 09:00 Victorious 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 11:25 Columbo: Agenda for Murder 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:29 ITV Central Weather 13:30 Big Star’s Little Star 14:30 The Unforgettable 15:00 Britain’s Got Talent 16:20 Let Me Entertain You 16:50 The Living Daylights 19:20 ITV News Central 19:45 Catchphrase 20:30 Off Their Rockers 21:00 Vera 23:00 Perspectives 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:19 ITV Central Weather 24:20 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:20 Freesports on 4 07:45 Freesports on 4 08:10 British GT Championship 08:35 How I Met Your Mother 09:00 How I Met Your Mother 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Secret Eaters 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Simpsons 16:00 The Simpsons 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Posh Pawn 21:00 For the Love of Cars 22:00 Fargo 23:10 The Haunting in Connecticut

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Milkshake! Monkey 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:00 Access 12:15 The Dog Rescuers 12:45 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 13:40 Land before Time 15:10 Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey 16:45 Lilo & Stitch 18:30 Freaky Friday 20:10 5 News 20:15 Rush Hour 2 22:00 The Other Guys 24:10 Bad Boys

07:00 Beauty and the Geek

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:50 Ugly Betty 08:35 Charmed 09:30 Rude(ish) Tube 09:55 Youngers 10:30 Youngers 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:35 Made in Chelsea 14:35 Revenge 15:35 Rude(ish) Tube 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 The Big Bang Theory 18:00 The Tomorrow People 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Sister Act 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 How I Met Your Mother 24:35 How I Met Your Mother

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07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Gino’s Italian Escape 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Prey 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Smokin’ Aces

06:50 Deal or No Deal 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Britain’s Most Extreme Weather 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Love for Sale with Rupert Everett 24:00 Gogglebox

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 A Decent Proposal 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 World’s Busiest 21:00 Classic Car Rescue 22:00 Secret History of UFOs 23:00 Aliens: Are We Alone? 24:00 Did We Land on the Moon?

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Mom 22:30 Mom 23:00 The Sweetest Thing 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 Party House

monday 28th April BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 First Time on the Front Line 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Crimewatch Update 23:45 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:25 Late Kick Off

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07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 10:00 The Planners 11:00 Great British Railway Journeys 11:30 Triathlon 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester 22:00 Vets in the Disaster Zone 23:00 Rev 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship

07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:00 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 15:35 Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 17:30 Britain’s Got Talent 18:45 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:45 You’ve Been Framed! 20:20 Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace 23:00 Viral Tap 23:50 Forgetting Sarah Marshall


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tuesday 29th April BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 First Time on the Front Line 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Happy Valley 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Over to Bill 24:05 Comedy Playhouse: Where It All Began 24:40 The Guess List

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:15 Homes Under the Hammer 08:15 First Time on the Front Line 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 Collectaholics 10:30 Great British Railway Journeys 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 Big Allotment Challenge 22:00 Watermen: A Dirty Business 23:00 Later Live with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 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 Wild Britain with Ray Mears

07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 Mr Drew’s School for Boys 23:00 Last Chance School 24:00 Coppers

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Classic Car Rescue 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 21:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 22:00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 23:00 The Mentalist 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Forgetting Sarah Marshall

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 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 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 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 Bride Wars 22:50 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 23:50 The Big Bang Theory 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 Rude Tube

wednesday 30th April BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 First Time on the Front Line 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Panorama 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Room 101 - Extra Storage 24:45 A Bronx Tale

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:15 Homes Under the Hammer 08:15 First Time on the Front Line 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 Antiques Roadshow 10:30 Bang Goes the Theory 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job 22:00 The Birth of Empire: The East India Company 23:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Big Star’s Little Star 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 On Assignment 24:10 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 How to Get a Council House 23:00 Derek 23:30 Cardinal Burns 24:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Milkshake! Monkey 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 McBride: Tune in for Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Benidorm ER 21:00 Killing Spree 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Castle 24:00 Castle

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Britain’s Got More Talent 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Through the Keyhole 23:00 40 Days and 40 Nights

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 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 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Party House 24:00 Made in Chelsea

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07:20 Homes Under the Hammer 08:30 First Time on the Front Line 08:50 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:35 Horizon 10:35 Gardeners’ World 11:05 Animal Park 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Menu 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 22:00 Protecting Our Parents 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 22:00 Wanted: A Family of My Own 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Births, Deaths and Marriages 24:35 Harbour Lives

07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:10 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Posh Pawn 22:00 Heston’s Great British Food 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:15 Stealing Paradise 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Family Massacre: The Jersey Slayer 23:00 Person of Interest 24:00 Person of Interest

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Tom Daley Goes Global 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Viral Tap 24:35 Dads

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 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 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 Rude Tube


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by Peter

The Tale of Harry, Hanks, The Coat and The Cloakroom Attendant! PRETTY BOY Harry Styles is in the gossip columns so much, if I were so inclined Showbiz Goss could be entirely about him. Having said that, todays lead story is indeed about our hapless Harry, and I use this word intentionally, as there´s something so mega embarrassing he got himself into earlier this year I just couldn´t resist it. He was at an Eagles gig in Los Angeles and was sitting next to a top comedienne over there called Kathy Griffith who was afterwards quoted as saying “he was ruthlessly busting his b**ls, and he seemed very, very drunk!!” … not quite sure about the busting b**ls bit, but we all understand drunk Kathy. Then things start to heat up, big time! It seems that Harry boy made his way backstage after the show as did our heroine Kathy, and as she walked about she saw Harry again and this time he was deep in

BRITNEY SPEARS´ returning to a more regular lifestyle is currently running at both really good and really bad. On the down side her father, the man who has legal control over his daughter, has forbidden Britney to marry boyfriend David Lucado … and on the up side her residency in Las Vegas has won critical acclaim. Sounds like daddy needs to up clean his act ... Clown!

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conversation with Tom Hanks, and overheard the lad say to the American actor “Were you scared on the boat shooting Captain Phillips? ... Were you scared? It seemed so small,” to which Tom Hanks replied “Em … Harry! This is Kathy Griffin - she’s a comedienne, …” but sadly Hanks had to say it to drunk boy over and over, but even worse than that Harry mistook Griffith for the cloakroom attendant and kept handing her his coat ... no word of a lie!! Kathy was great about it afterwards, but did admit “ I almost kept his coat as a souvenir after he repeatedly handed it to me … I was going to steal it but my boyfriend talked me out of it so I didn’t get arrested!” I´m sure Harry the Hunk is not overtly pleased this story has surfaced on the global network, but he´s such a loveable rogue, I´m equally sure he won’t be considering going into hiding.

SPECTACULAR NEWS last week that British Pathé have given their entire back catalogue to YouTube for all us lovers of times gone by to savour, over and over again! Company manager, Alastair White said “British Pathé is considered to be the finest news reel archive in the world.” Everything from 1896 to 1976 will be presented in newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries.” Fan-dabbie-dozzie!!!

RICKY GERVAIS has been bandying his alter-ego David Brent about again saying “I´m thinking of filming a documentary of David Brent trying to be a pop star – he thinks it’s like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but really it’s a Where Are They Now? ‘It’s going to be tragic!” Ricky then added ‘I love the songs, everyone knows they’re a spoof, but it’s great to be a pretend rock star for a day.” Rock on Ricky!!

YET ANOTHER kids TV show character has made it onto the big screen, so brace yourselves for another merchandise onslaught when Postman Pat : The Movie opens on May 23rd. In the storyline Pat enters a talent contest and sings, well Ronan Keating sings, and voices the postie, and yes, Pat now has an Irish accent! Sounds like a bag of laughs … oh yes, and the nasty judge is called Simon Cowbell.


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Reggae reaches Benidorm

Astro, Ali and Mickey are back together again

By Keith Nicol WITH SEVENTY million album sales behind them, UB40 are easily the world’s biggest selling reggae group in the world. If you want to hear that original sound again in person, you need only visit the Benidorm Palace on Sunday night, where original members Ali Campbell, Astro Wilson on vocals, trumpet and percussion plus keyboard player Mickey Virtue, are joined by eight other musicians on stage to make it a reggae night to remember. Ali said in an interview with RTN. “I sat back and was quiet for five years, watching the band I helped found as a reggae band destroy itself, and when they decided to go country and western, Astro also left the band, contacted me, and we decided to reform UB40 along with Mickey, and play the music that UB40 was meant to play; Reggae.” Ali was just finishing work on his new album when Astro contacted him so the two decided to remix a few of the tracks, add Astro’s unique vocal styling and the album is due to be released in the next month or so after their next single is released. Ali has just finished recording a reggae version of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ with Fun Loving Criminals and produced the video to accompany it last week. The first UB40 single featuring the original voices of UB40 have recorded their version of the Dennis

Brown single, ‘Silhouette’ to follow that up. As coincidence would have it, Ali is recording it at Mickie Most’s Rak studio, where Most produced the same song as a chart topper for Herman’s Hermits back in 1962. UB40 are on a World Tour, visiting the Benidorm Palace in Spain on their way to Portugal, having just performed in front of thousands in Papua, New Guinea, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Ali said, “I have no idea how long the tour will be, as dates are added every week, but we will be playing around the UK, Europe, India, Africa and even Hawaii. We are really looking forward to performing again in Spain and can promise the audience they will hear the true sound of UB40’s original vocalists. We’ll also be performing our new single Silhouette, plus Reggae Music, which we released as a download back in February but the concert will contain all of our hit records that sold over seventy million copies, on 24 albums that we produced over the past 28 years.” Ali added, “Big love and respect to everyone and we look forward to making it a real reggae party night to remember.” UB40 perform at the Benidorm Palace on Sunday 27th April at 9.30pm. Tickets are available by calling 965 851 660 and are priced at 40€, 50€ and 75€. More information at www.HeatwavePromotions.com.

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Mercury helps you establish a communication that has been fraught with problems for some time. Don’t look at this as any kind of failure because the way ahead is far more important and relevant than dwelling in the past. With a new agenda and now, at last, a clearer way forward you are in the right place at the right time and ready for action. As Venus trysts with Saturn there is a method in your madness right now. Whilst others seem to be full of unwanted advice for you right now it is clear that you have planned a way ahead. It is after all what you know that they don’t that makes the difference. Saturn’s wisdom is at your side during a week in which more will be revealed to you. Mercury’s lucky actions with Jupiter bring you some much needed good fortune, which you can use as the basis for a new project. If ever you needed a sign to show you the way, this time around you have it in the palm of your hand. Be careful what you wish for because for sure if it is well within your destiny, it is going to be yours for sure. The New Moon and the Annular Eclipse of the Sun are together in a new phase at the end of the week. Such cosmic connection is rare and brings all possibilities into play. Plans will have to be slighty adjusted but they will be still tuned to your hopes wishes and desires, delivering you much more than you thought that they ever could. The Sun and Mercury combine to illuminate a situation that was veering out of control. Under the watchful eye of the Cosmos there seems to be a great time of coming together and forgiveness all around. As you deal with what you have to, remember that peace brings the solution to many problems and love will somehow always win through. Mercury’s take on with Neptune brings some inspiration to you just when it appears to be needed. You are indecisive and confused with what appears to be a problem that is not of your causing. The solution will be an interesting procedure that proves you were right all along. Mighty Neptune rules the waves, and the tide is turning! Look to the inner you, and you may just like what you see for a change. A recent offer was made sincerely and you appear to have ignored it, but change is good for you and you shouldn’t leave your options open for too long. Being able to have a focus right now is inspiring and may very well change your life for the better one way or another! Your two planetary leaders are intensely involved in actions this week. Mars reacts with Mercury sending out a highly positive message and connecting with further action with Pluto. All must seem very calm and peaceful just now, as you can relax after a job done well and yet the motivation that steers you has one eye well and truly open. Your freedom of Spirit has seen you through a bad patch and you have emerged leaner and keener to take matters in hand, because you can. As Jupiter sextiles Mercury at the end of the week there comes a chance to have your say at long last. Don’t worry that you may be talking to closed ears, just download all of that tension! Someone is barking up the wrong tree if they think you are changing your mind, or merely walking away from something you never really wanted to get involved in. Your positive attitude has been your inspiration, and your survival demands that this continues to be your guiding light, whilst all around you seems to be in utter chaos. Time to check things out as an offer appears to be too good to be true. Uranus has completed some complicated actions with Mars, and things seem to be in place for you to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Nothing must stand in your way as you piece together that which you need to prove the positive. The Sun sextiles Neptune bringing a chance to work with your own spirituality. You will be strangely clairvoyant and psychic energies will be charged and poignant to you. You can see best now the way ahead that takes into consideration all that you hold dear, and it is your translation of this that will bring you the best results.

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ORIGINAL IS best, so be natural when you are dealing with all aspects of your emerging energies. There is a need to assume power and to take a raincheck on that which holds you back whilst you boost your faith in yourself.

Big brother THE FARMHOUSE was facing the sea, and the low calling of the cows in the barn during milking was pervading the salty air on a sunny but cold day. I had been called on my travels to visit a ninety year old woman who needed healing and who wanted to meet with me as she had heard what I do. No sooner was healing mentioned then she was ready for it. She had checked with her local priest that what I was going to do was holy, and luckily he had said that it would do her nothing but good, so we began a healing session in the farmhouse with her two daughters, one on each side. Healing came very quickly, and I could feel a lot of heat coming through from my palms, as is natural. The atmosphere in the farmhouse seemed to begin to change, and then there was a stillness of the air which seemed to be electrically charged. Healing was taking place on all levels, and I concentrated on sending this healing to just where it was specifically needed in the joints, especially the hips. All was going so well when suddenly a presence came into the room. It was a tall dark haired blue eyed man, in his late twenties and he had a smile on his handsome face.

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Both attending daughters gasped and looked at each other, but my client was needful of my continuing healing so I did not stop for anything, though I too was aware that we were not alone and that someone in Spirit was near us. The farm alarm started to ring in three minute bursts continually as it had detected the electricity generated by a homecoming spirit here on Earth. Healing over we sat all four of us in the sunlight and it was some time before anyone spoke. My client had lost her only son several years ago, and he was twenty seven when he passed over as a fever took his life. He had made a decision to come back to his family home and to take part in the healing of his Mother. It is no wonder that his sisters gave each other such a look, they were small when their big brother passed over, but they had witnessed that he had returned to help heal their Mother through me. I have to tell you that the alarms continued to ring until our Spirit entity decided to leave. My client has taken well to her healing and is more energetic than ever, her arthritis is bad in winter and for her body a little summer came early to heal her nicely. Both sisters have had successful conversations with their brother in Spirit. All is well on the farm.

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KENNY, WHAT do I do to get rid of a Spirit around me in my home. It is starting to really freak me out as it gets worse whenever I am alone and I get scared. Karin S. KARIN IT is time to take control. Firstly ask that whatever it is that is around you, they do not belong here on Earth and should immediately go. Next stage is to show your anger a little more and if the polite rebuttal is refused then threaten them with someone whose profession is to banish them. Be firm and if the third stage is needed then call me and we can work this out together. Whatever, start as you mean to continue saying to yourself that whatever happens they are going to have to go and that you will not have any further disturbance to your life.

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1. Hew (4) 8. Uneducated (10) 9. Passage (8) 10. Scoff (4) 12. Prophet (6) 14. Treat (6) 15. Ridiculous (6) 17. On fire (6) 18. Aperture (4) 19. Purity (8) 21. Scruples (10) 22. Reed (4)

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ACROSS 1. Gin not all knocked back (4) 8. Unable to read, as I shall repeat (10) 9. Not topping up the battery for nothing (8) 10. It’s not hard thus to take short measure (4) 12. Story about abstainer is idle talk (6) 14. Divers lose moisture in the golden warmth (6) 15. Didn’t dissent from an insatiate longing (6) 17. Red and having had a hole mended (6) 18. Ring missing from instrument 6 may have (4) 19. Many too old for insurance risk (8) 21. Resistance to work taking place (10) 22. The stronghold is obviously not to be lost (4) DOWN 2. The correct point of view is neither acute nor oblique (5,5) 3. Mole is result of pastry given to redhead (4) 4. Fish has one in position (6) 5. Points reached by actors, perhaps (6) 6. He’d take a liberty if he could (8) 7. Political radicals went out (4) 11. Set machine alight: it fights the deeds of arsonists (4-6) 13. Time of the first house-boat party? (3,5) 16. Mistakenly cede it through guile (6) 17. Do dive: it’s empty (6) 18. Cut off many who go one leg (4) 20. The class is wild (4)


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health

Preventing hearing problems IT IS estimated that more than 2,500,000 people over the age of 65 in Spain alone suffer from Presbycusis - a gradual loss of hearing: this figure will likely increase in the coming years due to longer life expectancy and an increasingly aging population. Hearing loss can affect any age, although older people are the most affected. Studies indicate that this condition increases with age and those affected gradually lose about 9 decibels per decade from the age of 40. The data, collected in the first White Paper on presbycusis in Spain, suggests that hearing loss in those over 55 years of age (the age at which problems generally start to appear) is the third chronic disease after hypertension and osteoarthritis. In Spain it is estimated that Presbycusis affects approximately 25 % of older people aged 65 to 75. After 75, the incidence can reach up to 65% and from age 80 reaches 80% of the population.

The genetic background may be a key in the development of Presbycusis. However, there are other risk factors that may predispose us to getting it, including: having worked in noisy environments; suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension; or from having type II Diabetes. ALLEVIATE HEARING LOSS BEFORE IT AFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE The onset of Presbycusis has serious consequences for our quality of life (congnitive isolation and deterioration). Some symptoms that warn of hearing loss are the need to increase the volume of the TV, asking others to repeat words or having difficulty

following a conversation. When these problems begin to hinder our daily lives and relationships with others, it’s time to take steps to alleviate hearing loss before it is too late to recover 100 % of our hearing, so GAES recommends an annual hearing review/check from age 50 onwards. In GAES, hearing reviews are always free. GAES, founded in 1949, has more than 65 years’ experience and over 500 hearing centres in Spain, at the forefront of the hearing industry offering a total satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Don’t wait, book your free hearing check up today at your Local GAES hearing clinic. See our advert every week on Page 9 in RTN.


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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

boat trips More direct object pronouns Easter with Sunshine

WELL, WHO would have thought that in an Essential Spanish course we would spend so much time on the meaning of the word lo? It’s one of those fiddly little words that give us so much trouble. In fact if we could abolish any word from Spanish that contained two letters or less, we poor English speakers would be a lot happier! So, the task at hand today is to look at the word lo when it means “it”, and how it can be tacked on to the end of other words. Lo meaning “it” can stand on its own in many sentences, but they are a bit more complicated to explain, so for now we will just see how it can be linked onto the end of the infinitive of verbs. After that we will see how la, los and las can work in the same way, and what they mean. In the last article we saw the following sentences: Quiero beberlo - “I want to drink it”; Necesito limpiarlo - “I need to clean it” and Puedo verlo - “I can see it”. Lo here is replacing something that it already understood. Its grammatical label is a “pronoun,” something that goes instead of a noun. For example if we say: “I want to drink it,” the speaker and listener must already know what “it” stands for otherwise it doesn’t make sense. In fact the full sentence was “Quiero beber el vino” - I want to drink the wine. Now then, what I haven’t yet told you is that lo in fact refers to things that are masculine and singular (oh no, here we go again!) El vino is a masculine singular word, which is why lo is the correct pronoun to replace it.

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If we wish to say “it” about something that is feminine and singular, we use the word la. Here are two examples which should make this clear. Voy a cocinar la tortilla - “I’m going to cook the tortilla” Voy a cocinarla - “I’m going to cook it”. No puedo cerrar la ventana - “I can’t close the window” No puedo cerrarla - “I can’t close it”. And to complete this tale, we can now look briefly at how to make the plural of “it”, that is “them”, using los when referring to masculine plural and las for feminine plural. Again clear examples ought to do the trick. Me gusta ver las películas - “I like watching the films” Me gusta verlas - “I like watching them” ¿Necesito firmar los papeles? - “Do I need to sign the papers?” ¿Necesito firmarlos? - “Do I need to sign them?” I think that is all relatively easy to understand in theory. The big challenge of course is remembering when you’re speaking whether what you are referring to is masculine or feminine, or even singular or plural. This actually takes all of us a very long time and we make plenty of mistakes along the way. You should never worry about this as you will always be understood by using the masculine form lo. Remember the whole point is that both speaker and listener already know what is being referred to!

THE KIDDIES’ boat party on Easter Monday was a great success. Sunshine Sunset Cruises rallied a few friends and their children and took the boat out for an afternoon of face painting, balloons, dancing and games while cruising down the Coast before returning to Torrevieja harbour so the kids could continue to dance and play. This is the type of boat outing that will be popular in the summer once the kids schools break up for their 12 week long holiday. Tickets are only 8€ and 28€ for a family ticket for four. So if you would like to treat the children or grandchildren to something different this summer keep your eyes peeled for the next children’s boat party. Sunshine Sunset Cruises also organise parties for adults: Rock, Motown and Disco for the young and mature. See Facebook Sunshine Sunset Cruises or visit www.torreviejaboatparties.com


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DEAR AUNTY: I have just put internet onto my old tower PC. It has XP Installed. My problem is, I can’t remove my old AVG 8.5 to install the latest version. I have tried to remove it via control panel but keep getting ‘uninstall failed’ 1 error and 3 warnings occurred. What can I do next? Your help would be appreciated. Keep up the good work. Regards, Jim. Aunty says: AVG provide a ‘removal tool’ to help remove their programs just in case the automatic uninstallers do not work. They can be found at: http:// www.avg.com/gb-en/utilities You just have to make sure you use the correct 32bit or 64bit version for your version of Windows. Failing that, ���revouninstaller’ usually works where others fail. http://revo-uninstaller. en.softonic.com/

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Cash Gen download DEAR AUNTY: I am in desperate need of you help once more. I run Windows 8.1 on my laptop. Last week a download called ‘Cashgen’ appeared in C:\User\cash gen. I think it may be a Microsoft programme (but it may not be). It appears in lots of my files. An Icon has even appeared on my smart TV. Since its introduction my shortcut to my external hard drive has stopped working. The hard drive does not appear in devices so I can no longer use it and the external hard drive used to record on my smart TV is not available anymore. I have looked in the uninstall programme to uninstall it but it is not there! I have tried to find out about it on the internet without success. Can you please tell me what this programme is? Can I uninstall it without causing too much trouble to other programmes? If so please could you explain how to go about this? Many thanks. Keep up the great work - I keep learning so much from your articles. Eric. Aunty says: With the information you have provided I cannot say for sure what the ‘cash gen’ program is. My instinct would say that it is some form of adware / malware / virus. And according to my investigations the Cash-Gen.exe file is installed and associated with Bumat!rts virus. This link will help you remove it: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/ trojan-win32-bumat-rts-removal/ But it would be advisable to run all the antivirus programs you currently have installed to see if they pick up anything first.

Blocking adverts HOLA AUNTY: For about two years I have successfully watched ITV I/Player via a proxy in the UK and ITV did not show adverts. Recently when trying to get ITV a message comes up stating I have an AD BLOCKER which is preventing viewing as they now use ads on i/Player. However Channel 4 is unaffected even though ads played. I have tried to find the Blocker on I E, Google Chrome & Firefox to temporarily disable it but to no avail. Can you help with any suggestions? Regards, Colin.

Crossword Solutions for Last Week CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Relish; 4 Swamps; 9 Ready-reckoner; 10 Tablets; 11 Fifty; 12 Steal; 14 Close; 18 Ahead; 19 Upstart; 21 Provincialism; 22 Emerge; 23 Beings. Down: 1 Rarity; 2 Lead by the nose; 3 Style; 5 Wakeful; 6 Manifestation; 7 Strays; 8 Least; 13 Addling; 15 Sample; 16 Punch; 17 Stamps; 20 Stale. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Battle; 4 Secret; 9 Ask for trouble; 10 Content; 11 Inlet; 12 Scamp; 14 Inure; 18 Amass; 19 Unequal; 21 Recrimination; 22 Dispel; 23 Beagle. Down: 1 Branch; 2 Take no chances; 3 Loose; 5 Emotion; 6 Rabble-rousing; 7 Treaty; 8 State; 13 Massive; 15 Hatred; 16 Quail; 17 Glance; 20 Elate.

Aunty says: ITV want you to watch the adverts - it is how they make their money. So use of an adblocker on ITV, that is meant to prevent the start of video adverts, is not what they want. However, if you do not have an adblocker installed, then it may be that the ITV systems have identified you are using their service via a proxy, and that is triggering the system into the message. Perhaps your proxy provider may be able to help, or if they have a help forum, perhaps other people have asked the same question on there.

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Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Busbi Negative and Slide Scanner We’ve all got a box of old negatives or slides inherited from our parents or grand-parents languishing un-loved and unseen in a dark corner somewhere. Images of Great Uncle Bulgaria on the fabled ferret hunt of 1954 in Upper Basildon wait eager to be discovered, yet rarely seen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring those images of familial times past into the digital age for future generations to share? Or at least have a good laugh at if nothing else… Well now you can with the Busbi BUSIMG001 Negative and Slide Scanner. Just connect to a laptop/PC using the USB cable (no power connection required), install the Arcsoft Media Impression 2 software (Windows and Mac compatible) and you´re ready to start. The included slide carrier holds three slides and will scan at resolutions up to 5 megapixels (2592x1944) using it´s built in CMOS sensor. This is a scan resolution that equates to a conventional scanner at 1800dpi. The slide holder is a little fiddly to use, but will probably ease with use. Scanning is quick taking only a few seconds at the highest resolution setting. Detail is also good, but do bear in mind this is also dependant on the quality of the original slide – if it was a rubbish image you’re going to get a rubbish scan! The Inspectors Verdict: The Busbi BUSIMG001 Negative and Slide Scanner is a great way to digitise your old family slides/negatives and preserve them for posterity in the digital world. No more fiddling with slide viewers or projectors, the scanned images will be on your PC with your other photos ready to be viewed however you choose. So come on, Great Uncle Bulgaria deserves it! Please note the following is for information and is not

intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound.co.uk/slide-scanner to purchase the Busbi BUSIMG001 Negative and Slide Scanner for 41€. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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Focus on Golf Powered by Campbell Lamont Golf, partnered by BayRadio

The same old question

IF A player gains no advantage from an action which was unintentional - should it result in a penalty? By Tony Myles AS THE excitement of the first major subsides there remains one incident that is still worthy of mention. Mainly because nobody noticed it! Just a few weeks ago I wrote in this paper about the ludicrous situation where a player makes an unconscious action that falls foul of the rules and, as it is inconsequential, nobody is aware that it has happened - including the golfer in most cases. That is with the exception of the TV viewer who is less interested in the sport and more motivated by the opportunity of spotting an infringement. So it was that Luke Donald walked off the 18th at Augusta feeling disappointed at his 77, only to be advised that he was to be penalised by a further two shots. What had he done? Kicked the ball nearer the hole? Thrown it out of a bunker? Sworn at the referee? No none of those.

Luke Donald was given a 2 point penalty

Head 2 Head

Pablo takes a dip

He had touched the sand!!! What? In his own words - “ Got a 2 shot penalty on the 9th today. Left my bunker shot in the bunker and touched the sand before my next shot. Pretty dumb mistake” If you add to this the subject of a recent Bay Radio conversation with Campbell when he confirmed that if a ball comes to rest in a bunker against a rake - that some other player has left in the sand, there is a possibility that you could be penalised by one shot for something over which you have NO control or influence. The purists (including Campbell) will rally behind the rules and call me a heretic for even daring to be disdainful of them but I remain heretical whilst these farcical situations maintain. So will my soap-boxing have any affect? None whatsoever, but at least any non-golfer seeing these episodes will at least be aware that there are golfers who acknowledge the absurdity of some of the rules.

Tony M - Did you see Pablo jumping into the water in Malaysia?

I must allocate some space to the incredible events that beset our local man Pablo Larazabal last week in the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur . The 30 year old pro from Barcelona was chugging along quite nicely when, at his fifth hole, he was attacked by a swarm or hornets. Authorities on the subject confirm that these are three times the size of our bees and so their sting must be equally more painful. Pablo threw off his shoes and shirt and ran into the water alongside the fairway. Incredibly after some local medical attention, he returned to finish the hole with a birdie and went on the complete the round in 68. He followed this with a third round 70 and a final round 67 to secure 9 under and a share of eighth place. An incredible result and in fact one of his best of the season. In passing I must offer congratulations to Lee Westwood who completed the competition in 18 under and 7 shots clear of his challengers.

playing golf?

Campbell - What a star he is. Having been stung by hornets he then went on to have the best rounds of his year so far.

Campbell - Not really, don’t forget that I played most of my golf in Scotland where you were more likely to get frostbite than an insect sting. What about yourself?

Tony M - Have you ever been stung while

Tony M - I do remember our first round

when you bet me five Euros you could birdie the par five third hole at La Sella. Then you took a nine iron for your second shot to within six inches of the pin - I felt I had been stung at that time. Campbell - Ah yes I think I can still feel your pain.


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