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NORTH EDITION roundtownnews.com 20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our Readers & Advertisers!

AS ANOTHER successful year draws to a close RTN would like to wish all of its readers and advertisers on the Costa Blanca and the Costa Calida a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Our next edition will be out on Friday 3rd January 2014.

Run run Rudolph! The Harleys arrive at the party

by Jack Troughton SCORES OF Santas mounted on gleaming Harley Davidson motorcycles roared through the Costa Blanca last Sunday on a mission to deliver Christmas presents to youngsters cared for by EMAUS. To enjoy a real winter warmer, forget the Ready Brek and just take part or watch this joy bringer of an annual treat for a very spe-

cial set of kids living in the charity’s homes. The old saying giving is better than receiving really holds true on the Costa Blanca Bikers Espana Group ‘Toy Run’. At an emotional journey’s end in Alfaz, greeted by excited children singing ‘Feliz Navidad’ it’s understandable why bikers need to wear dark glasses. RTN readers and advertisers can feel proud of making a handsome donation to the fund raising for this event – unfortunately, it was

impossible to bottle the cracking Christmas atmosphere to reward everyone who chipped in. And because the children are wards of court and in the care of social services, RTN is unable to print photographs of delighted youngsters receiving their gifts. Imagine over 100 Santas queuing to be handed an individually wrapped and tagged present. They then give each gift to a child to the cheers

and applause of the other youngsters. Two particular little ones – both aged three-years-old – are indelibly stamped in the memory for their saucer-eyed wonder at the whole occasion. The lad received a suitably sized toy motorbike - to be ridden Flintstone style, propelled by foot power. He was off before removing all the wrapping. Continued on page 3


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continued from front page AND THE rather shy girl’s face lit up as she was presented with a doll’s push chair and was obviously delighted. So much so, a Santa had to give chase with another parcel, containing the doll destined to ride in style. The biker group’s fundraising co-ordinator Peter Emmett organised a number of events to raise 14,000€ for EMAUS during 2013. These included the Bay Radio Biker Babe Appeal; a Bikers versus Bowlers Challenge; the sale of 600 Biker Babe Calendars; and the RTN Christmas Appeal. A large chunk of the money was donated to EMAUS earlier in the year to aid the charity’s ongoing work. It also allowed the purchase of Toy Run presents for the 46 children aged between two and 16. Each received several gifts, from bicycles and prams to mobile phones and electronic equipment for the teenagers.

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And while the children waited for the Harley’s to arrive, they were entertained with a large bouncy castle, a magician and a Christmas disco – later the older ones were given a taste of life on the pillion of a Harley. PILLION RTN’s own ride on a Harley had started in Benitachell earlier on a cold Sunday morning when I vaulted onto the pillion of Ken Kennard’s Harley Davidson Electra Glide – Ken concentrated on the driving, I cracked the jokes and took pictures. Four bikes and seven riders set off. At Benissa numbers increased to six bikes and eleven riders and at MacDonalds Restaurant car park in Albir the population of Harleys grew to around the 100 mark. With a wonderfully efficient police escort – the forces of Alfaz, Atlea, Benidorm, and officers of the Guardia Civil – the group set off through Albir and onto the old N332

Santas queue to collect gifts

(from left) Fu nd-raising co -ord Peter Emmet t, EMAUS Pres inator iden Fitur and RTN’ s Jack Trough t Montse ton

down to Cala Finestrat and back onto Benidorm’s Poniente Beach for a pit stop at the Nevada Beach Cafe and much needed coffee (it was also a chance to rub some life into a now Rudolph-red nose!). Back on the machine, it was into the narrow streets of Benidorm’s Old Town to the Town Hall for a group photo before continuing along the Levante Beach, through the Rincon and back to Albir. The Harleys head along the beach to Altea return to Albir and up to Alfaz for the party. Running red lights in a stream of red-coated bikers was a real thrill. Horns were being sounded, crowds waved and bikers waved back. Such is the deep-throated rumble of a Harley engine, magnified many times over and echoing off buildings, the group warned

It’s a bike!

of its arrival long before it was in sight. And it was a show-stopper. It was impossible for people to ignore – at one bar girls switched from taking ‘selfies’ to photograph the steel and chrome procession. The Harley Davidson Toy Run? It was central heating for adults and a hugely enjoyable and exciting day out!


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Christmas in Narnia at Terra Natura TERRA NATURA has become a winter wonderland after being transformed into Narnia featuring magical unicorns, knights, and the White Witch. by Jack Troughton DAYS OUT at the theme park are now even more special and packed with exciting things to do over the holiday period – and there is chance for youngsters to be chosen as a Christmas Knight or Princess. Terra Natura and RTN has treated children living at EMAUS homes to 200 free tickets to sample the world of CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia at first hand over the Christmas. The kids and their carers will enjoy fun filled days at Christmas in Narnia and have the chance to see animals being fed and watch a series of special shows. Special events at Terra Natura run between 11am and 5pm and entrance is 15€ - with season ticket holders able to enjoy the fun for free.

ties stepping in. “This will be an absolute treat for the kids,” he said. “It will be a great day out and fantastic fun for them – it gives them something to really look forward to. “Christmas and the Three Kings can be a difficult time for the kids and their carers – it can be a reminder they have not got a family outside of their groups. “And after the holiday when they get back to school, they will be able to tell their friends that they did something special too – that they had a great time at Terra Natura.”

DELIGHT Tony Grande, who helps raise funds for EMAUS children, was delighted with the unexpected present from the theme park and RTN. He explained because of ongoing financial uncertainties, EMAUS had not been able to take the children out on regular trips and depended on generous people and chari-

Xmas Square THE PLAZA de Navidad can be found in the square underneath the Town Hall, located in the Old Town. It is a festive treat for the little ones, with various stalls and rides – but the star attraction has to be the huge ice rink! The grand opening is tomorrow and it is bound to be a hit with both young and the not so young – and skate hire is available. The rink will be open every day until 7th January… and don´t forget your gloves!

‘Padron’ deadline approaches By Jack Troughton TOWN HALLS are urging expats to check their names are on the municipal register before the Central Government deadline of Tuesday 31st December. Names on the ‘padron’ govern the size of grants for local authorities in Spain on a vital per capita basis as Madrid opens the coffers to help pay for local services. And the size of a population of a particular community also governs the provision of schools, health centres, fire stations and numbers of professionals such as doctors and police officers. RTN has highlighted the myth that

registering at the town hall has any tax implications – in fact, it opens the door to expats to enjoy many of the key services provided for the community. The government’s calculation of grants to each council for 2014 is based on the numbers registered on each padron at the start of each year. By registering – or insuring their names are still on the register – expats are helping every community enjoy the services it deserves. It is also the path to making sure they are on the electoral register to vote in the European and local elections.


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Record year for charity team by Jack Troughton HARD WORKING volunteers and members of Jalon Valley HELP toasted a successful year at the charity’s Christmas Party as records tumbled. Described as a “ding dong” 12 months because of the team’s physically achievements, the result has meant the charity has raised and donated more money than ever before. Jalon Valley HELP has 136 volunteers and members and according to President Elaine Horton “they have worked so hard to raise more money than ever before” and by the end of the year “we will have donated more money than ever before.” By the end of last month more than 67,000€ had gone into charity coffers and over 40,000€ was spent in grants to a variety of needy causes “I think Jalon Valley HELP is a charity that looks at everything in the wider sense,” said Elaine, speaking at the charity’s community base, Casa de Animo in Alcalali. “We have a responsibility to people who are sick, to children living in difficult times and conditions, and also to the wider community in terms of getting information out there.” In a new departure, the charity organised a successful Breast Cancer Seminar. “It was not full but it is something people have remembered and they are still ringing up about it.” Elaine said on the “fun side” there was the “absolutely fantastic” Christmas Bazaar, the “phenomenal” May Fair, a ‘Think Pink’ cof-

Charity members raise glasses in salute

fee morning and a series of social events that were always well-supported. She said the charity’s Alcalali shop had been refurbished while a new store was opened in the centre of Jalon. “We also have a new equipment storage facility in Jalon which has taken hours of physical effort by the volunteers to get ready.” RESOURCE And Elaine said Casa de Animo had developed as a “real community resource” with “all sorts of people coming and going.” Used every single day, the building hosted popular coffee mornings and afternoon teas where people got together and made friends;

craft groups; a ‘men’s shed’ a social gathering and skills group to be tapped by the charity, and was about to start a Parkinson’s support group. Elaine said the constant fund raising also help fund donations. Over the year Fontilles Hospital had received 5,000€; MABS Cancer Support Group 5,000€; ADIMA, the Pedregeur centre for disabled children 4,000€; and the town’s AMADEN, a centre for adults with mental health problems, 2,000€. Last Friday night nine schools in the Vall de Pop each received a cheque, the overall total almost 14,000€. Elaine said when new projects took off it was “really exciting”. She added: “What is re-

ally good for me is the way the community comes together – people are often saying ‘I can’t do much but I will do this!’.” And she paid tribute to the efforts of the charity volunteers whether they worked in the shops, or knitted jumpers to keep children warm, or visited isolated and elderly people. “We have people coming out of the woodwork and volunteering and saying ‘yes, I will do it’ and that is excellent,” said Elaine. “And while we are saying thank you and well done to our volunteers, we are also saying thank you to the whole community as well – if they didn’t stick their hands in their pockets, we couldn’t do what we are doing.”


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Mac the knife by Jack Troughton

THE DAILY Mail’s controversial satirical cartoon about life in the sun and the ongoing battle over Winter Fuel Allowance did not breach the Editor’s Code of Practice, the Press Complaints Commission has ruled. The PCC received 36 complaints about the “offensive” Mac cartoon that showed a couple reclining by their swimming pool as a delivery of wine arrives. The caption read: “Oh goody! Here comes our winter fuel”. However, the commission said the cartoon was satire and a commentary on the allocation of the benefit and Secretary of State for Works and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith’s plan to introduce a temperature test before expats receive the payment. The complaints centred on the newspaper giving a misleading

impression that British pensioners living abroad did not need or deserve the payment and the cartoon portrayed a misleading and distorted view of the life of pensioners abroad – and discriminated against retired people. THE PCC said: “Cartoons are a well-established method of newspapers making satirical comments about current affairs and the Commission would be reluctant to compromise the ability of publications to pass commentary in this matter.” It accepted papers must abide by the code of practice and take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information and whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish between comment, conjecture and fact. COMMENT It said: “The Commission was satisfied that readers generally would

have recognised that the cartoon represented the cartoonist’s commentary about the allocation of Winter Fuel Payments to expatriates rather than a genuine representation of the circumstances of expatriate Britons. There had not been a failure to distinguish between comment from fact.” Further, the PCC could not identify any discrimination against an individual, or any inaccuracy that would trigger a right to reply, nor had it breached the right that everyone was entitled to respect for privacy. “The Commission acknowledged that complainants found the cartoon offensive; however, it made clear that terms of the Editor’s Code of Practice do not address issues of taste and offence,” said the PCC. “The Code is designed to address the potentially competing rights of freedom of expression and other rights of individuals, such as privacy.

The offending Mac cartoon

“Newspapers and magazines have editorial freedom to publish what they consider to be appropriate provided the rights of individuals – enshrined in the Code which specifically defines and protects these rights – are not compromised.” But it said while there was no breach of the Code, the PCC would draw the complaints to the attention of the Daily Mail.

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Perfect answer

by Jack Troughton REGULARS AT a popular Javea pub quiz used money raised 400€ during a weekly ‘fun round’ to buy electrical gaming equipment for the EMAUS home in Vergel. Up to 62 people attend the Cafe Bar El Cortado in Javea Port to take part in the Thursday evening contest and make a donation for the special fund raising round of questions.

Hosts David and Elaine and quiz organiser Theresa Hulmes were pictured with some of the regulars last Thursday night along with a festively dressed Honey the dog. Anyone interested in taking part in Theresa’s fun quiz can ‘book’ a place by calling her on 634 202 902. She told RTN: “It has really taken off at El Cortado and it gets very busy – it is a lot of fun and we would like everyone to know where the money went.”

Santa at special school

By Jack Troughton FATHER CHRISTMAS thrilled youngsters at the Raquel Paya School for special needs children in Denia on Wednesday morning when the man in red kept a much anticipated appointment. The youngsters have varying levels of disability but like all children around the world are filled with excitement by Christmas and the Three Kings. The Original Charity Shop and Library in Javea uses the proceeds of a well-supported Christmas Raffle to buy the kids presents every year. Charity members visit the school – which takes children from all over the Marina Alta - to watch ‘Papa Noel’ deliver the gifts and be entertained by pupils, parents and staff. And the school hall was filled with clapping, cheers, and chanting of names as each youngster was called up to meet Santa Claus and receive an individual present.

Calp awards 1,100€ to three shops THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Creama in Calp has awarded cash prizes to three of its ‘best-dressed’ shops in the town over the festive period. A total of 1,100€ was handed to three delighted winners, the first prize being 500€, the second 400€ and the third 200€, awarded for the most attractive window displays.


No hiding place SPAIN HAS ceased to be a “safe haven” for British criminals as a string of arrests under the successful Operation Captura has proved. by Jack Troughton SINCE THE Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency – formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency – launched the operation and released information about criminal fugitive on the run, 56 of 76 have been brought to justice. Last month Crimestoppers named an ‘unlucky 13’ in the eighth appeal to the public for help, all described as “most wanted” fugitives believed to be hiding in Spain. Three of them have already been arrested – 78-year-old paedophile Michael McCartney was held in Alicante within hours of the appeal being launched. The pervert, from Letchworth, Herts, was found guilty of sexual offences involving young boys in March this year. He failed to attend court in April for sentencing and was arrested on 14th November. For years Spain was notorious as an appealing refuge for British criminals but this changed in 2004 when European Arrest Warrants were introduced, making it easier to arrest fugitives on the run and return them to the UK – and avoiding complicated and costly extradition hearings. RETURN Between April 2009 and April 2013, 1309 criminals were returned to Britain from Spain alone, and 377 from the rest of Europe. These included 27 rapists, 44 murderers, and 63 child sex offenders. Lord Ashcroft, the founder and chairman of Crimestoppers said: “The fact we are able to once again launch Operation Captura is an indication of how successful the last seven

Arrested fugitive Michael McCartney

years have been since its inception. “However, despite our success so far, there are still a number of dangerous criminals who see Spain as a safe haven to hide from their past, but with the support of the Spanish and UK public, we can hunt them out and bring them to justice.” And Frank Cole, head of international operations for the National crime Agency, said the body and its partners would pursue fugitives “relentlessly” to show Spain was not a haven. He said the exceptional level of collaboration and intelligence sharing with Spain had been “vital” in making arrests. “The most important thing though is the power of Operation Captura to harness the eyes and ears of the public, both in the UK and in Spain.”

Only the lonely

A STUDY by La Caixa has revealed that Spain is at the bottom of Europe’s birth rate ladder. Families with parents who ideally would like at least two children are producing an ‘only child’, mostly due to the pressures of the economic crisis. In presenting the study, Jaime Lanespa, executive director of the La Caixa Foundation, outlined some recommendations to reverse the trend, which included improving educational facilities for toddlers, which he said should be seen as “an investment and not an expense.” He pointed out that the lack of childcare facilities; the high level of unemployment; job insecurity and the lack of flexibility in working conditions are some of the factors that conspire to keep the Spanish birth rate lower than anywhere else in Europe.

Art exhibition supports the ‘Free Pantry’ LA ASOCIACIÓN Despensa Solidaria now distributes food to approximately 200 people each week as part of its project to support the children of needy families on referral from City social workers and health centres. 80% of the families are Spanish living in the Alicante area. President of the Asociation, José María Solbes, said: “We began working on this four years ago within the then Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Things were different then – there were more resources

and less need. Now it is a fight to get the provisions we need and we are totally dependent on volunteer contributions. The people we feed are working people like you and me who have suddenly become unemployed and unable to pay the mortgage.” To help support the ‘free pantry’, there is to be an exhibition of the work of artists who have donated their works for sale at the University of Alicante, to run until 9th January.

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We are now multi-cultural and tolerant SOON IT will be Christmas. Somehow it seems less Christmas living in a sunny country with Palm trees and orange trees in December. I most assuredly do not miss seeing snow, except on the telly. We were reminiscing about what Christmas was like in the past. We used to be allowed to call it Merry Christmas, but now days we have to be politically correct out of fear of offending someone. Now we have to refer to it as “Happy Holidays” or “Xmas” or “Seasons Greetings.” As a child, I used to see Christmas TV programmes about the birth of Christ. I really enjoyed those stories. Sadly those programmes have been removed since we are now multi-cultural, and ever so tolerant. As a child I still remember dreading having to eat turnips and the Turkey stuffing. I vowed, when I grow up, I will never eat turnips or Turkey stuffing. As a teenager I recall receiving polyester shirts for Christmas, the ones whose buttons would fall off. Invariably I had to return them to the shop whence they

were purchased and exchange them for something more desirable. As a teenager I recall getting Old Spice after shave as a present. Upon putting the present in a drawer, I would find another box of Old Spice aftershave from the previous Christmas that had never been used. As an adult I became a tad annoyed seeing shops advertising for Christmas beginning in October, and feeling pressured to spend too much money on presents not liked nor wanted. As an adult there was always pressure to buy many presents for the children because the neighbour’s children always got lots of presents. Keeping up with the Jones’ was something I loathed. This Christmas we are going by the motto, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” At the risk of being non-politically correct, may we sincerely offer you all a genuine Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Yours sincerely, Bernard and Danielle, San Javier

Thank you from Giving4Giving

GIVING4GIVING HAVE been involved in organising charity events since March this year to raise funds for local cancer charities which has resulted in them raising 10,400 euros. Gary would like to extend special thanks to the generous people of the Costa Blanca, the press, local radio and businesses for their support over the last eight months. The money raised has been possible by several different events and the g4g charity shop in La Nucia and they hope to carry on the good work next year. Last but not least we would like to thank Round Town News for their continuous support and we feel our success would not have been possible without their help. Thank you all.

Get his facts correct I WAS really angry to read the letter on ‘No Heating Handouts’ from a person who does not live in Spain. This person needs to get his facts correct...in fact there are many pensioners living in Spain who are also heating only one room in their homes and cannot afford food, because the electricity/gas is far higher than in UK and these people are not getting or expecting handouts from the British Government. Many people who have not worked or even paid taxes in England are getting the money which I and many other

people living in Spain have paid into, and for other people to get the benefit. Our homes are very cold and we spend many hundreds of pounds each year to try to heat them in the winter and need fans or air-conditioners in the summer. Don’t tell me that we should not expect the heating allowance! If many expats returned to UK, the government would be paying more benefits to them there than the £100 we receive each year. How would this person feel if he paid 110€ every ten days to heat their home by using gas bottles, as some people do. If the Government had got

their house in order by not giving benefits to people in UK who certainly should not be getting them, then you can tell me that England cannot afford to give all and sundry. How dare you compare expats with the scroungers already using the Government for their lifestyle in UK... we worked very hard for the measly pension we get and the heating allowance and we certainly are not living a luxurious life as you seem to think we are. Come and spend a few days with me in my house, then you would certainly change your opinion and not assume that life is different for us in the winter than the older people in England. Name and address supplied

Life-gambling drivers RE THE ‘Letter of the week’ in issue No 735 from Andy Johnson and his concerns that a higher motorway speed limit will cause more accidents, I note that he complains of drivers behind ‘flashing lights’ in order to make him move to the SLOW lane. Once again we have the misconception that the nearside lane is the ‘slow lane’ for vehicles travelling under the speed limit - heavy goods etc. But this is not so. The lane is for all vehicles and should be used whenever possible and the outer two (or one) is be used only when overtaking. Is he aware that it is now law in England that after overtaking you must return to the inside lane which has been brought in to negate the frustrations and dangers of the ‘centre lane hogger’ who causes more accidents than any speeders? Anyone has to sympathise with his friend’s accident, but this would appear to have been caused by drunk driving rather than speed. Speed is not in itself a killer (if this was so Formula 1 would not exist). It is mainly the inability of drivers to realise their driving capabilities and keep to them. Unfortunately, Mr Johnson is driving in a country where bad driving seems to be endemic. Perhaps he should keep this in mind, drive a little more defensively and let the lifegambling drivers ‘get on with it’ as he is the one who will return home after a trip, the likelihood being that the ones he complains about will end up in a mangled mess of metal, hopefully without hurting others. L Levett


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Bah Humbug, or Ho Ho Ho? Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

IF YOU were in Alfaz yesterday, you might have noticed a character standing outside the Notary’s Office wearing little more than a grim frown, smouldering underpants, a ripped tee shirt and torn trainers – let me tell you here and now; that was me… YUP, TEN years after my Spanish adventure started it came crashing down as the old ancestral home (i.e. the kids’ inheritance) was sold for a song; or more accurately about half its original cost. If you did see me in Alfaz that small piece of paper, with wisps of smoke making concentric eddies into the air, was my cheque for half-a-crown (that’s 12.5p in new money). I’ll think I’ll put it towards next week’s Irish Lottery. “But don’t be grim,” as Eric Idle sings in, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, there’s always someone worse off. So, this isn’t a cautionary tale because I’m sure many others have trodden this path before. No instead, it is an eye to the future. And this year I’m cutting back on the cynicism and embracing Christmas with childlike wonderment. I’m going to be singing along with Slade, Wizzard, John and Yoko, Mud and Shakin Stevens (and maybe even the X Factor winner), loudly ruining all those Christmas songs we know and love. I’ll be making paper chains and putting up the tree without complaining (well, probably not too much). I’m going to be putting away mince pies by the cartload and quaffing all the fortified wine I can get me hands on. You see, I’ve had Monty at work onto me and he says, “Wattsie, ya just gotta play whatever cards you’re dealt with well.” And he’s is right, so in-

stead of being glum you’ve got to look at all the stuff you should be grateful for. Take tonight for example, my granddaughter has invited me to her Nativity. I haven’t been to one since my kids were small. And also, so I’ve been promised, along with the glorious Christmas Story there will be lots of pop and cakes. I can’t wait. I also can’t wait for next year when there will be another three grandchildren joining the fray – and guarantying Nativities well into my dotage. So you see, that character you saw in Alfaz is well on the road to recovery… He won’t have time to be glum! FELIX NAVIDAD, FOLKS… I’d like to saw a quick thanks to my shifting coalition of dramatis personae that grace these columns. Their input and comments are always welcome. So to: Squaddie Pete at the Brewer’s Arms, in Sussex; Mark at Mercian News in Tamworth; Monty and Russ at work; my stalwart neighbours Dave and Sheenagh in La Nucia; the Brigadier somewhere in Javea; Dene Michael in Batley and sometimes Benidorm, I say a great big “thank you!” Finally, as the holiday looms ever near, time to thank all those kind folks that have written to

me over the past year and made guest appearances in these columns – I do appreciate it very much. And - most importantly - to you dear RTN reader, for taking time out of your busy lives to read this utter nonsense, I reserve the biggest thanks of all: Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all. Watts in Britain because someone’s got to be


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Sales boom

A Merry Mundomar Christmas!

BRISK BIDDING at the Bombers Bar Auction in Javea Port insured sales rocketed and more than 920€ was raised to be shared between the Volunteer firemen of Balcon Al Mar and the town’s branch of the Red Cross. The bar was packed for the sale last Saturday night and the hammer came down on a host of donated goods, the proceeds to be shared equally b between the two good causes. Pictured from left are Shaun, the auctioneer’s as- sistant resplendent in a wig and donated frock, organiser and landlady Carol, and her husband and the evening’s auctioneer Brian.

BENIDORM’S POPULAR nature park Mundomar is offering a packed programme of festive entertainment until 6th January with Christmas-themed shows starring the dolphins, sea lions and parrots. And Santa will also be making an appearance! The park is open most days throughout the Christmas season except for Christmas day and New Year’s Day, from 10am until 6pm. For more information visit www.mundomar.es

Christmas in Denia

THE DENIA Ice rink has proved to be extremely popular – so much so that it has now been extended with another 280 square metres of ice ready for the festive season. Improvements to the ice rink are part of the tourist department’s incentive to draw Christmas holidaymakers to the town. An extensive programme of entertainment in Denia over Christmas and The Kings will include paintballing for the kids; a Christmas Market and a Carol Service. For more information please visit www.denia.net


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Away in a manger

CUTE PUPS and their mum have been rescued from a ‘manger’ of hay from a villa underbuild in a moving canine Christmas story. by Jack Troughton Volunteers from animal charity AKIRA were in Benimallunt in the Vall de Pop to capture another stray and noticed the Podenco family living amongst the structure of the unfinished home. And this week the charity successfully brought the five puppies and the mother in from the cold after caging the adult dog. AKIRA’s Maggie Shuck said: These pups are so sweet and now have a chance of a good life instead of being on the streets.” She added: “It was the setting that was so beautiful – the underbuild is quite big and in the middle were some bales of hay. In the middle of these was a little space containing the little ones. “When the mum was caught we went back to collect the puppies. There were three dead The rabbits together with them and one of the puppies was lying puppies against a rabbit’s fur. nestled in hay “We think that mum had been out hunting and brought the rabbits back perhaps as food for her to eat later on.” the three male puppies Franky, Balti – after Balthazar, one of With the festive season all around, the family have been the Three Kings – and Star. Their two sisters are Gaby, from given fitting names. Mum has naturally been named Mary, Gabriel, and Maggie.

Guitar Raffle! FOLLOWING THE huge success of the Christmas Gift Event at the Marriott over the weekend of 30th/1st December, the Friends of the Children of Emaus are offering raffle tickets at 1€ each for the guitar from Guitarras Francisco Bros of Jesus Pobre. To buy 1€ tickets for this hand made all wood guitar valued at approximately 400€, please contact lesleyclarkjavea@gmail.com or The Friends of the Children of Emaus: debbie@fcemaus.com Tickets may be left for collection at various points. Meanwhile the 3 Quilt raffle was won by yellow tickets 472 & 758 & blue ticket 325. The 22” TV donated by Spectrum Fincancial Consultants was won by Michelle Casaletto of Javea. The 32” TV donated by Female Focus was won by Betty & Peter. The total amount raised by the Friends of the Children of Emaus which includes the door charge, raffles, Tombola, a donation, Emaus Christmas Card sales and the Quilt Raffle is just over 5,000€. The Event will be staged on November 29th & 30th in 2014. For all information please contact lesleyclarkjavea@gmail.com

Carols by Candlelight CHRISTMAS Carols by Candlelight will be staged at the famed Grand Design House Casa La Pedrera on Sunday 22nd December when a beautiful, intimate evening of music and carols will take place. Hosted within the Grand Design House, overlooking the Pedrera Lake, Torremendo, this special evening will be celebrated with festive songs along with food and drink - including mulled wine! “We are delighted to be hosting a Carols by Candlelight evening once again at the beautiful Casa La Pedrera,” said Jenni Ray.

Michelle Casaletto of Javea


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Care of plants over Christmas by

Dick Handscombe Active gardener and author

AT THIS time of year many expats are busy with the preparations and enjoyment of two weeks of festivities stretching from Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), to Los Reyes (The Thee Kings) with the Año Nuevo (The New Year) in the middle but at the same time there are three sets of plants that need some care. Firstly those plants in window boxes or pots to cheer up the front of the house. Typically these are poinsettias, cyclamens, mini roses, mini Christmas trees , crotons, kalenchoes , azaleas, chrysanthemums, pansies and violas. Many of these will have been grown in hot houses and until a few days before delivery to garden centres were used to almost continuous tray or drip feeding. So plant all of these in a moisture retaining compost mix and water them once or twice a week to keep the compost just damp especially if they are placed where they will receive sun for most of the day. Secondly do visit the greenhouse and/or cold frame every few days as these can get warm on sunny days and cuttings and seedlings can irreversibly dry out. Thirdly emergent seedlings in the vegetable garden may

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still have shallow roots so don’tvlet these dry out. Fourthly newly purchased house plants, especially flowering ones, will need watching and timely watering. These will often have been used to a hot house with a high humidity but although living spaces in the house will be warm from log stoves or central heating the air will be dry with little humidity. So check the dampness of compost every two days and if it is starting to dry out give the plant a watering and also spray the leaves with a fine jet water sprayer. Christmas gifts may be any of the plants listed earlier plus bulbs. These are best placed on a regularly used covered terrace and if brought inside restrict the hours in a hot room. Lastly if tender potted plants have been kept on open or covered terraces, or around the front porch, for a Christmas effect do now give them protection from the possibility of freezing winds and heavy frosts during January, February and early March. I line a metal gazebo with a large sheet of plastic hoisted up over an old plastic table top and tied back

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

with lengths of wood to create a secure temporary green house for around fifty plants. In fact the cold house gets quite warm so the door is opened up once a week and if things are drying out the inside is lightly hosed with a fine jet of water. Happy year end best wishes to all our readers and do keep all those plants alive.


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A home lovers’ paradise A HOME lovers’ paradise is how I’d describe Leo’s Softfurnishings Superstore.

By Patricia Thompson When I moved to Spain I couldn’t find things that I was looking for to make my house comfortable: those cosy comforts like English-sized duvets and pillow; large rugs and lined curtains. Then my next door neighbour recommended Leo’s Softfurnishings Superstore. Based in Altea for 21 years, the family run business has everything to make your

house a comfortable home. Their friendly staff are always on hand to help but I always look forward to browsing their latest bargains. Just lately they have added an extensive range of English divans and quality mattress in all sizes, even Super King, with beautiful headboards upholstered to match storage ottomans. Of course selling beds they also have bedding, such

An ever changing choice of duvet covers and bedspreads

as mattress protectors, quality sheets and a big range of pillows: the goose down duvet and goose down pillows are recommended! Or maybe you find your mattress uncomfortable - try out their many different mattress toppers. And their advice is invaluable. Providing a great match for an ever changing choice of duvet covers and bedspreads, their curtain department is always up to date with every type of ready-made curtain available in a plethora of colours and fabrics, with tie backs and other accessories such as curtain tracks, rails and poles. An alteration service is also offered. This one stop store stocks carpets and rugs of every description for every room in the house: Oriental rugs; Turkish carpets; shag pile carpets; hall carpets and bathroom rugs, all at highly competitive prices. There is even a small section of kitchen ware such as slow cookers and egg poachers. And a beautiful range of bone china mugs. Nowhere offers better value, so check them out on the main road between Altea and Benidorm opposite Mercadona: it’s the big red shop! Phone 96 584 4848 or visit Facebook: leos.softfurnishings.store.cb.

This one stop store also stocks carpets


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by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

The New Year awaits AS 2013 draws to a close we start to wonder what will 2014 have in store for investors.

The consensus view suggests that global growth is likely to strengthen in 2014 and that interest rates will remain low for 2014. Companies in general are cash rich having cut their costs back and not expanded which means the real prospect of dividend growth across all industry sectors. Although we’ve seen some signs of recovery in Europe, this should be viewed as a statistical event coming off extremely low levels of growth. There are still many problems within the Eurozone that need to be overcome; it still faces the real prospect of deflation in the coming year due to government policies which doesn’t bode well for savers. In Spain, while unemployment remains high, consumer confidence, retail sales and PMIs have been slightly better in recent months. The gradual rebalancing of the Spanish economy towards exports is also a really positive development. Exports to non-EU countries have soared – total exports are now 20% above their peak in 2008; which

is an important step to restoring investor confidence and attracting long-term capital to the region. What’s more, the country has taken drastic measures to reduce labour costs and make the labour market more flexible. Spanish average hourly labour costs are twothirds that of France and through these labour reforms Spain is winning back its competitiveness. In addition, Spain is making major progress towards cleaning up its under-capitalised banks and strengthening its financial sector. At the beginning of 2014 we have the prospect of yet more political gridlock in the US as they try to deal with their ever growing debt problem, let’s hope they resolve it quicker this time round. Also as the Federal Reserve begins the process of unwinding its easy monetary policy, this will have a bearing on asset allocation decisions globally, and should work in favour of equities. In the UK one area that is receiving coverage is the introduction of Capital Gains Tax on non-resident owners of UK property. This will presumably also apply to properties held by non UK pension schemes such as QNUPS and QROPS and together with the Non-

Resident landlord tax on rental income would seem to make UK property a less attractive investment than previously thought. All the consultants at Blacktower would like to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. If you need independent, impartial advice on your financial future please contact me by email christina.brady@blacktowerfm.com or call me on 658 892 330 to arrange a free consultant.

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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Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2014 DEAR CLIENTS and Friends, It seems like it was yesterday when the deadline for submitting your non resident tax returns was so far away and yet the holiday season has suddenly arrived. We hope to have met our clients’ expectations when dealing with their marriages and divorces in spain and we would also take this opportunity to congratulate those clients, from different countries, who sold, purchased or exchanged their properties through our firm and kindly took our advice about the importance of having a Spanish will drafted when being an owner of a property in spain. Year 2013 has been a difficult year for some people; and we received an increased number of cases about debt recovery and indeed some of our commercial clients decided to sell commercial premises through our firm before things became harder. Fortunately only a few of our clients were involved in a road traffic accidents and

suffered personal injuries, naturally we dealt with these cases as expediently as possible and today these clients have fully recovered or are recovering having received a fair compensation. Sadly some clients and friends passed away during this year and our condolences go out to their surviving spouses, children etc; and again in these cases we have assisted as rapidly as possible to help the heirs when dealing with the inheritance in Spain and the UK. On a happier note we can tell you that we have litigated successfully in court in relation to many differing legal matters including tenancy disputes, claims against builders, contesting a will and claims against the tax office to name but a few. Finally we would like to thank all our clients and friends, who one way or another, dealt with us during this year and wish them and their families a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2014 full of happiness. The White & Baos Team

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


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JOIN NOW FOR £99 Register at www.winningexpress.com - A fabulous incentive to boost your business in the New Year Milton Express, 1st floor, Edif. 2 Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin, s/n Urb. La Zenia, Orihuela Costa Tel: 96 599 4815: Located off the N332 at La Zenia roundabout, above Alejandros Restaurant. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd, Suite 22, Sheffield Technology Parks, Cooper Buildings, Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NS.


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Life TV

20th December - 2nd January

FRIDAY 20th December BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.15 Heir Hunters 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer 12.00 Caught Red Handed 12.30 Helicopter Heroes 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.30 Regional News; Weather 14.45 Perfection 15.30 Escape to the Country 16.30 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 17.15 Flog It! 18.15 Pointless 19.00 BBC News; Weather 19.30 Regional News 20.00 The One Show 20.30 A Question of Sport 21.00 EastEnders 21.30 Citizen Khan 22.00 Have I Got 2013 News for You 22.30 Live at the Apollo 23.00 BBC News 23.25 Regional News 23.35 The Graham Norton Show 0.25 Matt Lucas Christmas Awards 1.05 Virus

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.30 Homes Under the Hammer 8.30 Helicopter Heroes 9.15 Sign Zone: Don’t Panic - The Truth About Population 10.15 Sign Zone: Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains 11.15 Animal Park 12.00 BBC News 12.30 BBC World News 13.00 Importance of Being Earnest 14.30 Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam 15.00 Cash in the Attic 15.45 The Truth About Lions 16.45 Cagney & Lacey 17.30 Are You Being Served? 18.05 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18.30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20.30 Christmas University Challenge 21.00 Mastermind 21.30 Kangaroo Dundee 22.00 2013: Moments in Time 23.00 QI 23.30 Newsnight 0.00 Weather

7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 ITV News Local News 15.00 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover 16.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal: Text Santa Christmas Special 16.59 ITV Local Weather 17.00 Show Me the Telly 18.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special 19.00 ITV News Local News 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 Text Santa 0.00 ITV News and Weather 0.30 ITV News Local News 0.45 Text Santa Highlights 2.05 Jackpot247 4.00 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man 5.30 ITV Nightscreen

7.10 According to Jim 8.00 Will & Grace 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10.00 Frasier 11.00 Ruth Watson Means Business! 12.00 The Big Bang Theory 13.00 Come Dine with Me 15.10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 16.10 Countdown 17.00 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Four in a Bed 18.30 Come Dine with Me Christmas 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 20.55 4thought.tv 21.00 Gordon Ramsay’s Festive Home Cooking 22.00 Big Fat Gypsy Christmas: Carols and Caravans 23.00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 0.05 Stand Up for the Week 0.55 Gogglebox 1.40 Barney’s Version 3.50 The Big C: Hereafter 4.50 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

7.00 Childrens TV 9.15 Peppa Pig 9.35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10.00 Tickety Toc 10.15 The Mr Men Show 10.25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10.45 Inside Hollywood 10.50 Paul Merton in Europe 11.50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12.50 Pothole Britain - Drivers Beware! 13.50 5 News Lunchtime 13.55 Neighbours 14.25 Chinese Food in Minutes 14.30 The Christmas Heart 16.15 Santa Jr 18.00 5 News at 5 18.30 Neighbours 19.00 The Dog Rescuers 19.30 NewsTalk Live 20.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 21.00 Stobart: Trucks, Trains & Planes 22.00 Eraser 0.15 Mobs & Yobs: Caught on Camera

7.00 Emmerdale 7.55 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 8.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 9.30 The Real Housewives of New York City 11.25 The Xtra Factor: Overs All-Time Best and Worst 12.25 Cinderella 14.00 Emmerdale 15.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17.10 The Xtra Factor: Overs All-Time Best and Worst 18.10 The Iron Giant 20.00 You’ve Been Framed! 20.30 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 21.00 The Xtra Factor: Judges All-Time Best and Worst 22.00 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 0.10 American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile 2.15 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part One 3.10 The Only Way Is Essexmas 4.00 MC Hammer’s Big Shot Academy

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7.00 Switched 7.25 Ugly Betty 8.10 Charmed 9.00 Glee 10.00 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 10.30 2 Broke Girls 11.00 Rude(ish) Tube 12.00 Rules of Engagement 12.30 Charmed 13.30 Hollyoaks 14.00 How I Met Your Mother 15.00 The Big Bang Theory 16.00 Rude(ish) Tube 17.00 Rules of Engagement 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.00 Hollyoaks 20.30 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 The Big Bang Theory 21.30 How I Met Your Mother 22.00 Die Hard 0.40 The Big Bang Theory 1.40 PhoneShop 2.15 Facejacker 2.50 Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy 3.15 Chris Moyles’ Christmas Quiz Night

SATURDAY 21st December BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 11.00 Saturday Kitchen 12.30 Nigel Slater’s Christmas Suppers 13.00 Football Focus 13.45 Saturday Sportsday 14.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 14.15 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 14.45 Live Equestrian 17.30 Final Score 18.20 BBC News; Regional News; Weather 18.40 Pointless Celebrities 19.30 Strictly Come Dancing 20.55 Atlantis 21.40 Strictly Come Dancing: The Results 22.50 The National Lottery Live 23.00 BBC News; Weather 23.20 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 0.45 The Football League Show 2.05 Weatherview 2.10 BBC News

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.15 Natural World: Heligan Secrets of the Lost Garden 8.15 Antiques Road Trip 11.15 Restoration Home 12.15 Alex Polizzi’s Christmas Fix 13.15 The A to Z of TV Cooking 14.00 12 Dates of Christmas 15.25 Confessions of a Shopaholic 17.00 Are You Being Served? 17.30 Flog It! 18.25 The Young Victoria 20.05 Christmas University Challenge 20.35 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 21.20 Dad’s Army 22.00 The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings 23.00 Ronnie Barker: The Many Faces Of 0.00 The Two Ronnies: The Studio Recordings 0.30 The Wrong Mans

7.00 Childrens TV 10.25 ITV News 10.30 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 11.25 Murder, She Wrote 12.25 ITV News and Weather 12.30 Surprise Surprise 13.30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14.30 The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd 15.00 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 17.05 Harry Potter: Behind the Magic - The Order of the Phoenix 18.05 ITV News Local News 18.15 ITV News and Weather 18.30 The Chase: Celebrity Special 19.30 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 22.10 The Illusionists 23.15 ITV News and Weather 23.30 You, Me and Dupree

7.20 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 9.00 The Morning Line 10.00 American Football Show 11.00 Frasier 11.30 The Big Bang Theory 12.30 The Simpsons 13.25 Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas 14.30 Channel 4 Racing 17.00 Gadget Man 17.30 Come Dine with Me 20.05 Channel 4 News 20.15 Deck the Halls 22.00 Four Christmases 23.40 Sanctum 1.50 Stand Up for the Week 2.35 Fresh Meat 3.20 Hollyoaks 5.35 90210 6.15 Suburgatory 6.40 American Football Show

7.00 Childrens TV 8.00 Roobarb and Custard Too 8.10 Bananas in Pyjamas 8.25 Make Way for Noddy 8.45 City of Friends: Christmas Special 9.20 Little Princess 9.35 Angelina Ballerina 9.55 Rupert Bear 10.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10.25 Jelly Jamm 10.45 LazyTown 11.10 Inside Hollywood 11.20 The Dog Rescuers 11.50 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 12.55 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13.55 Home Alone 4 15.40 Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan 17.25 A Cinderella Story 19.15 Secret Santa 21.00 A Christmas Carol 22.55 5 News Weekend 23.00 The Bible 0.55 Inside Hollywood 1.00 SuperCasino

7.00 Union J: The Hot Desk 7.10 Coronation Street 9.00 Emmerdale 11.55 The X Factor USA 15.50 The Xtra Factor: Judges All-Time Best and Worst 16.50 The Only Way Is Essexmas 17.50 Peter Andre: My Life 18.55 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 20.00 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 21.00 The Xtra Factor Winner’s Story (2013) 22.00 The Shawshank Redemption 0.55 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part One 1.55 Through the Christmas Keyhole 2.50 Tricked: Favourite Tricks 3.40 The Magaluf Weekender 5.20 Girlfri3nds 6.10 Girlfri3nds

7.00 Switched 7.20 Charmed 8.10 Made in Chelsea 9.05 The Mindy Project 9.30 Rules of Engagement 11.55 2 Broke Girls 13.55 Space Chimps 15.30 Rude(ish) Tube 16.30 The Big Bang Theory: Geekiest Guest Stars 19.30 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 0.00 The Big Bang Theory 1.00 The Inbetweeners 2.10 Rude Tube 3.15 The Big Bang Theory 3.40 Rules of Engagement 4.30 Glee 5.55 Charmed

SUNDAY 22nd December BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 8.30 Match of the Day 10.00 The Andrew Marr Show 11.00 Fern Britton Meets Christine Ohuruogu 12.00 George of the Jungle 13.25 MOTD2 Extra 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.15 Christmas Kitchen with James Martin 15.00 When Miranda Met Bruce 16.05 Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death 16.35 Snow Babies 17.35 Big Sing: The UK’s Top 10 Carols 18.15 Alice in Wonderland 19.30 BBC News; Regional News 20.00 Countryfile Christmas Special 21.00 Antiques Roadshow 22.00 The Whale 23.30 BBC News; Regional News 23.55 Sting: When the Last Ship Sails 1.15 The Magdalene Sisters 3.05 Weatherview 3.10 BBC News

7.00 This Is BBC Two 8.00 Natural World: The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales 9.00 Antiques Road Trip 11.00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12.30 Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas 13.00 Food & Drink Christmas Special 14.00 EastEnders 15.55 Flog It! 16.25 Nativity! 18.05 Ski Sunday 18.50 The 12 Drinks of Christmas 19.50 Porridge 20.30 Top of the Pops 2: Christmas 2013 22.00 The Choir: Sing While You Work 23.00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme Christmas Special 23.30 Hebburn 0.00 A Bunch of Amateurs 1.35 Tai-Pan

7.00 Childrens TV 8.35 Horrid Henry 8.50 Victorious 9.15 Bottom Knocker Street 9.30 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 10.25 ITV News 10.30 Storage Hoarders 11.30 Sunday Side Up 12.30 Sunday Scoop 13.30 ITV News and Weather 13.35 Inside the National Trust 14.35 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 15.35 Show Me the Telly 16.35 Midsomer Murders 18.35 Harry Potter Behind the Magic: Half Blood Prince 19.35 ITV News Local News 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Coronation Street 20.30 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 23.30 Sex, Lies and a Very British Scapegoat 0.35 ITV News and Weather 0.50 The Cube 1.45 Premiership Rugby Union

7.40 Garfield Gets Real 8.55 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 10.30 Sunday Brunch 13.30 The Big Bang Theory 14.25 The Simpsons 15.20 Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas 16.25 A Great British Christmas with Sarah Beeny 17.25 Channel 4 News 17.30 Scrooged 19.25 The Snowman 19.55 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 22.00 Homeland 23.25 Never Let Me Go 1.20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2.15 American Football Live 5.45 KOTV Boxing Weekly 6.10 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 6.35 Suburgatory

7.00 Childrens TV 8.10 Bananas in Pyjamas 8.25 Make Way for Noddy 8.35 City of Friends 8.50 Little Princess 9.10 Angelina Ballerina 9.25 Rupert Bear 9.40 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10.00 Jelly Jamm 10.15 LazyTown 10.45 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10.55 The Mr Men Show 11.15 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 12.15 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13.15 Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 14.50 Hats Off to Christmas! 16.35 It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 18.25 The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas 19.40 The Family Man 21.55 5 News Weekend 22.00 The Bible 23.50 Far and Away

7.00 Plan B: The Hot Desk 7.10 Emmerdale 9.55 Coronation Street 11.55 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 12.25 The Iron Giant 14.15 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 15.55 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 18.25 Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 20.15 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 20.45 Miss Congeniality 23.00 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2013 0.00 American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile 2.10 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2013 3.05 The Vampire Diaries 3.50 The Magaluf Weekender 5.30 Girlfri3nds

7.00 Ugly Betty 7.50 Glee 8.35 Rules of Engagement 9.30 How I Met Your Mother 10.30 Father Christmas 11.00 Hollyoaks 13.35 Made in Chelsea 14.35 The Mindy Project 15.05 Rules of Engagement 16.05 The Big Bang Theory 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 20.00 The Big Bang Theory 23.00 The Inbetweeners 0.10 Rude Tube 1.15 The Cleveland Show 3.10 Rules of Engagement 3.55 Bob’s Burgers 4.15 Hollyoaks

MONDAY 23rd December BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.00 The Snow Queen 11.00 Donkey’s Carolling Christmas-tacular 11.05 Ella Enchanted 12.35 Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers 13.10 Only Fools and Horses 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.30 Regional News; Weather 14.40 The Santa Clause 16.15 Toy Story 17.30 A Christmas Carol 19.00 BBC News; Weather 19.30 Regional News Programmes 20.00 Celebrity Mastermind 20.30 A Question of Sport: Christmas Special 21.00 EastEnders 21.30 Would I Lie to You? At Christmas 22.00 John Bishop’s Christmas Show 23.00 BBC News 23.25 Regional News; Weather 23.35 Match of the Day 2 0.35 Citizen Khan 1.05 The Graham Norton Show

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.20 Natural World 8.20 Sign Zone: Food & Drink Christmas Special 9.20 Sign Zone: Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas 9.50 Sign Zone: The Culture Show: Derry Londonderry A New Chapter? 10.20 The Bishop’s Wife 12.05 Westminster Abbey 13.05 Operation Iceberg 15.05 Equestrian 16.05 Secretariat 18.00 Flog It! 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special 20.30 The Good Life 21.00 Christmas University Challenge 21.30 Jane Eyre 23.20 QI XL 0.05 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 0.35 Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve 1.35 Witchfinder General

7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 Murder, She Wrote 11.25 The Mighty Ducks 13.25 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14.25 ITV News and Weather 14.40 ITV News Local News 14.45 Rod Stewart’s Christmas 15.55 Hulk 18.30 You’ve Been Framed! 19.00 ITV News Local News 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 Gary Barlow: Journey to Afghanistan 23.00 ITV News and Weather 23.10 ITV News Local News 23.20 Panto! 0.45 All Star Family Fortunes

7.00 The Treacle People 7.15 Valiant 8.25 That Darn Cat 10.05 Father Christmas 10.40 The Simpsons 11.10 White Christmas 13.30 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross 16.40 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 17.40 Celebrity Come Dine with Me Christmas Special 18.45 Channel 4 News 19.00 4thought.tv 19.05 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Nigella Bites Christmas Special 21.00 Food Unwrapped’s Christmas Dinner 22.00 Heston’s Great British Food 23.00 Fresh Meat 23.50 Raised by Wolves 0.25 Peep Show 3.25 Nashville 4.05 90210

7.00 Childrens TV 8.20 The Mr Men Show 8.35 Thomas & Friends 8.45 Noddy in Toyland 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.10 Peppa Pig 9.25 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.35 Bananas in Pyjamas 9.55 Tickety Toc 10.05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.15 Roary the Racing Car 10.30 The Mr Men Show 10.45 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 12.00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13.00 Building the Ice Hotel 14.00 Harvey 16.10 Oklahoma! 18.55 Christmas with the Kranks 21.00 The Gadget Show Christmas Stocking 22.00 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2013 0.50 Building the Ice Hotel

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 Coronation Street 8.25 Tinie Tempah: The Hot Desk 8.35 Christmas Bonkers Guinness World Records 9.00 You’ve Been Framed! Christmas 9.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Trials and Tribulations 10.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Best of the Bush 11.30 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Crown Jewels 12.30 Boyzone at 20: No Matter What 13.30 Emmerdale 14.00 Coronation Street 15.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17.15 The Xtra Factor: Overs All-Time Best and Worst 18.15 The Xtra Factor: Judges All-Time Best and Worst 19.15 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 20.45 Ant & Dec’s Christmas Show 22.00 Peter Andre: My Life at Christmas 23.00 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part One 0.00 Pitch Black

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 10.00 Suburgatory 10.30 Hollyoaks 11.05 The Bear 11.40 Father Christmas 12.10 How I Met Your Mother 13.15 Planet 51 15.00 Rules of Engagement 16.00 The Big Bang Theory 17.00 Rude(ish) Tube 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.05 Hollyoaks 20.35 St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold 22.45 Rude Tube: The Best of the Best 23.00 Made in Chelsea 0.00 Geeks 1.05 The Big Bang Theory 2.00 Rude Tube: Love Bytes


20 DEC 2013 - 2 jan 2014

Tuesday CHRISTMAS EVE BBC1

BBC2

7.00 Breakfast 10.00 The Gruffalo 10.30 CBeebies Christmas Carol 11.10 Sarah & Duck: Christmas Special 11.20 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 12.45 Only Fools and Horses 14.10 BBC News 14.20 Regional News; Weather 14.30 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 16.40 Toy Story 2 18.10 Shrek the Halls 18.35 BBC News 18.50 Regional News 18.55 Finding Nemo 20.30 EastEnders 21.00 Holby City 22.00 Last Tango in Halifax 23.00 Not Going Out Christmas Special 23.45 Outnumbered 0.30 BBC News; Weather 0.45 Westminster Abbey: The First Eucharist of Christmas

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.50 Natural World: Animal House 8.50 Herbie Rides Again 10.15 Westminster Abbey 11.15 An American in Paris 13.05 Splash! 14.50 Guys and Dolls 17.15 Fantasia 19.15 Carols from King’s 20.30 The Perfect Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special 21.00 Victoria Wood’s Midlife Christmas 22.00 QI XL 22.45 Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things 23.45 Comedy Connections 0.25 The Awakening 2.05 The Spiral Staircase

ITV1 7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 The Christmas Takeover 12.30 Catchphrase 13.15 ITV News and Weather 13.30 Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel 14.30 Steppin’ Out with Katherine Jenkins 15.45 Gary Barlow: Journey to Afghanistan 16.45 Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me 18.15 The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Song 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 You’ve Been Framed! At Christmas 21.00 Midsomer Murders 23.00 ITV News at Ten 23.15 Christmas Carols on ITV 0.15 Couples Retreat 2.15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 3.00 ITV Nightscreen

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CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

itv2

E4

7.20 Wilde Stories 8.15 The Bear 8.45 The Nativity Story 10.45 The Big Bang Theory 11.40 The Simpsons 13.10 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 14.10 It’s a Wonderful Life 16.50 The Grinch 19.00 The Simpsons 19.25 Hollyoaks 19.55 Channel 4 News 20.00 4thought.tv 20.05 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 20.30 The Snowman and the Snowdog 21.05 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: Carols and Caravans 22.00 The IT Crowd Special: The Internet Is Coming 23.00 The IT Crowd Manual 0.05 The IT Crowd: The Fans’ Favourite Episode

7.00 Childrens TV 9.25 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.40 Bananas in Pyjamas 9.55 Tickety Toc 10.05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.15 Roary the Racing Car 10.30 The Mr Men Show 10.45 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11.00 Chinese Food in Minutes 11.05 The Dog Rescuers 11.40 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 12.40 Eddie Stobart’s Christmas Cracker 13.40 Clash of the Titans 16.00 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 18.10 Scrooge - A Christmas Carol 20.00 Eddie Stobart: 12 Days of Christmas 21.00 The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas 22.10 Greatest Ever Christmas Movies 1.05 Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 Coronation Street 8.25 Free Willy 3: The Rescue 10.15 The Big Christmas Reunion 11.15 The Only Way Is Essexmas 12.15 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 13.15 Emmerdale 13.45 Coronation Street 14.45 Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 16.45 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 19.15 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 22.00 The Bourne Supremacy 0.10 Celebrity Juice: Christmas Special 1.10 A Celebrity Juicemas Carol - Chapter 1 2.10 A Celebrity Juicemas Carol - Chapter 2 3.10 Britain’s Got More Talent: Singers & Dancers

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 10.00 The Mindy Project 10.30 Hollyoaks 11.00 Rude(ish) Tube 12.00 How I Met Your Mother 13.00 Space Chimps 14.40 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 15.05 Rules of Engagement 16.05 The Big Bang Theory 17.05 Rude(ish) Tube 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.00 Hollyoaks 20.30 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 The Big Bang Theory 22.00 Die Hard 2 0.25 The Big Bang Theory 1.25 Rude Tube: Love Bytes 2.30 The Cleveland Show 4.05 The Inbetweeners 4.55 Charmed

wednesday CHRISTMAS DAY BBC1

BBC2

ITV1

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

itv2

E4

7.00 Breakfast 10.00 The Gruffalo’s Child 10.25 The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper 10.40 Old Jack’s Boat: The Christmas Quest 11.00 Christmas Day: Live from Westminster Abbey 12.00 Chicken Run 13.20 BBC News; Weather 13.30 The Princess and the Frog 15.00 Top of the Pops Christmas 16.00 The Queen 16.10 BBC News; Weather 16.20 Toy Story 3 18.00 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 19.15 Call the Midwife: Christmas Special 20.30 Doctor Who 21.30 EastEnders 22.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 23.05 Michael McIntyre’s Showtime 0.05 BBC News; Weather 0.20 On Christmas Night 0.25 The Vicar of Dibley; National Lottery Update.

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.20 Natural World: The Real Jungle Book Bear 8.20 Herbie Goes Bananas 9.50 The Red Shoes 12.00 Carols from King’s 13.15 Music of the Monarchy with David Starkey 14.20 Swingin’ Christmas 15.45 The Perfect Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special 16.15 Doctor Who at the Proms 17.30 An Adventure in Space and Time 19.00 Sign Zone: The Queen 19.10 Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty 20.40 Christmas Night with the Two Ronnies 21.30 Morecambe & Wise: Leading Ladies 22.30 The Tractate Middoth 23.05 MR James: Ghost Writer 0.05 QI XL 0.50 Hebburn 1.20 Dead Poets Society 3.25 This Is BBC Two

7.00 CITV: Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7.10 Dino Dan 7.40 Sooty 7.50 Bookaboo 8.05 Horrid Henry 8.20 Almost Naked Animals 8.55 Bottom Knocker Street 9.25 Dinner Date 10.25 Santa Claus: The Movie 12.25 The Chase: Celebrity Special 13.30 The Big Christmas Reunion 14.30 You’ve Been Framed! At Christmas 15.00 River Deep Mountain High: James Nesbitt in New Zealand 16.00 The Queen 16.10 ITV News and Weather 16.20 Tangled 18.15 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas 19.15 Emmerdale 20.15 ITV News and Weather 20.30 Coronation Street 21.30 Downton Abbey 23.30 ITV News and Weather 23.45 Love Actually 2.10 Christmas Carols on ITV

7.10 Ivor the Invisible 7.35 Prep & Landing 8.00 Famous Fred 8.25 Little Wolf’s Book of Badness 8.55 Olive, the Other Reindeer 9.50 James and the Giant Peach 11.25 Horton Hears a Who! 13.05 The Big Bang Theory 14.05 The Simpsons 14.40 The Snowman 15.10 Snowman and the Snowdog 15.45 The Simpsons 16.15 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 17.15 The Alternative Christmas Message 17.20 Channel 4 News 17.30 4thought.tv 17.35 The Muppet Christmas Carol 19.15 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 21.30 Bear’s Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry 22.30 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas Special 23.35 Man Down Christmas Special 0.05 Father Ted Christmas Special 1.15 Father Ted 4.05 A Matter of Life and Death

7.00 Milkshake!: Igam Ogam. 7.10 Fireman Sam 7.20 Milkshake! Bop Box 7.25 Milkshake! Monkey 7.30 Little Princess 7.40 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 7.55 Thomas & Friends 8.05 Noddy in Toyland 8.15 Peppa Pig 8.30 Toby’s Travelling Circus 8.40 Bananas in Pyjamas 8.50 Tickety Toc 9.05 Scrooge 11.15 Gone with the Wind 15.35 Casablanca 17.40 Greatest Ever Christmas Movies 20.30 Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights 21.30 Eddie Stobart: 12 Days of Christmas 22.30 Michael Jackson’s This Is It 0.40 Greatest Christmas TV Moments 3.35 SuperCasino

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 Britain’s Got More Talent: Singers & Dancers 8.20 Britain’s Got More Talent: Cutest Moments Ever 9.20 Peter Andre: My Life at Christmas 10.20 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas 11.20 Ant & Dec’s Christmas Show 12.40 Peter Pan 14.50 Emmerdale 15.20 The Xtra Factor: Girls All-Time Best and Worst 16.20 The Xtra Factor: Groups All-Time Best and Worst 17.20 The Xtra Factor: Overs All-Time Best and Worst 18.20 You’ve Been Framed at Christmas! 19.20 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 21.30 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 0.15 Shaun of the Dead 2.15 Celebrity Juice: Christmas Special 2.50 Through the Christmas Keyhole

7.00 Ugly Betty 7.50 Lost and Found 8.15 Prep & Landing 8.35 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 9.00 Glee 10.00 New Girl 10.30 Rules of Engagement 11.00 Rude(ish) Tube 12.00 How I Met Your Mother 13.00 Rules of Engagement 14.00 Rude(ish) Tube 15.00 The Big Bang Theory 16.00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 16.25 The Big Bang Theory 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.00 The Snowman 20.30 The Snowman and the Snowdog 21.00 The Big Bang Theory 22.30 The Inbetweeners 1.45 The Big Bang Theory 2.40 2 Broke Girls 3.35 The Inbetweeners

Thursday BOXING DAY

BBC1

7.00 Breakfast 10.00 Room on the Broom 10.25 Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time 10.55 101 Dalmatians 12.30 Flushed Away 13.50 BBC News 14.05 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 15.25 Alice in Wonderland 17.05 Cars 2 18.45 BBC News 19.00 Regional News 19.05 Gangsta Granny 20.15 EastEnders 20.45 Still Open All Hours 21.15 Death Comes to Pemberley 22.20 Len Goodman’s Perfect Christmas 23.00 BBC News 23.15 Regional News; Weather 23.25 Match of the Day 0.55 Have I Got a Bit More 2013 News for You

BBC2

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.05 Natural World 7.50 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo 9.35 Westminster Abbey 10.35 Earthflight 11.35 Pride & Prejudice: Having a Ball 13.05 Emma 15.00 Operation Snow Tiger 17.00 Final Score 18.15 You Have Been Watching - David Croft 19.15 Dad’s Army 20.45 Christmas University Challenge 21.15 Idris Elba - King of Speed 22.15 Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert 23.15 King Arthur 1.10 Dracula 2.30 Sign Zone: Jane Eyre 4.20 This Is BBC Two

ITV1 7.00 Childrens TV 8.05 Horrid Henry 8.20 Almost Naked Animals 8.55 Bottom Knocker Street 9.25 Dinner Date 10.25 Problem Child 12.00 The Flintstones 13.45 ITV News and Weather 14.05 Casper 16.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Behind the Magic 17.00 Off Their Rockers 17.30 The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song 19.00 ITV News and Weather 19.15 Emmerdale 20.15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 23.05 I Am Britney Jean: Britney Spears in Las Vegas 0.05 ITV News and Weather 0.20 Through the Christmas Keyhole

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

itv2

E4

7.15 Mysterious Island 9.00 Morning Line 10.00 Frasier 11.00 The Big Bang Theory 11.30 The King and I 14.05 Channel 4 Racing 16.35 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 17.35 Come Dine with Me: Comedians Christmas Special 18.35 Hollyoaks 19.05 Channel 4 News 19.15 4thought.tv 19.20 Independence Day 22.00 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013 0.05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas Special 1.10 Machete 3.00 Legend 4.35 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 5.35 Secret Removers

7.00 Childrens TV 8.55 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.10 Peppa Pig 9.25 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.35 Bananas in Pyjamas 9.55 Tickety Toc 10.05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.15 Roary the Racing Car 10.30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10.45 World’s Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers 11.45 Eddie Stobart: 12 Days of Christmas 12.45 World’s Most Pampered Pets 13.45 High Society 15.55 Meet Me in St Louis 18.15 The Wizard of Oz 20.15 Michael Buble’s Christmas Special 21.15 World’s Strongest Man 2013 22.15 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs 1.10 Michael Buble’s Christmas Special

7.00 Rita Ora: The Hot Desk 7.10 The Xtra Factor Winner’s Story (2013) 8.00 Emmerdale 8.50 Coronation Street 9.50 The Xtra Factor: Groups All-Time Best and Worst 10.50 Cinderella 12.25 Emmerdale 13.30 Coronation Street 14.40 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 17.20 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 20.10 You’ve Been Framed! Calendar Special 21.15 Johnny English 23.00 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part Two 0.00 Hot Fuzz 2.25 Celebrity Juice: Christmas Special 3.25 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part Two

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 9.55 Suburgatory 10.25 Hollyoaks 10.55 Rude(ish) Tube 11.50 New Girl 12.20 Rules of Engagement 12.50 The Snowman 13.25 The Snowman and the Snowdog 14.00 The Big Bang Theory 14.55 Rude(ish) Tube 15.25 Alvin and the Chipmunks 17.10 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice 17.35 Rude(ish) Tube 18.05 How I Met Your Mother 19.05 Hollyoaks 20.05 The Big Bang Theory 21.00 Rude(ish) Tube 22.00 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Friday 27th December BBC1

BBC2

ITV1

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

itv2

E4

7.00 Breakfast 9.20 Match of the Day 10.50 102 Dalmatians 12.25 Bedtime Stories 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.15 Regional News; Weather 14.25 Open All Hours: A Celebration 14.55 Len Goodman’s Perfect Christmas 15.35 Enchanted 17.10 Megamind 18.40 BBC News; Weather 18.55 Regional News 19.05 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 21.00 EastEnders 21.30 Miranda 22.00 Death Comes to Pemberley 23.00 BBC News 23.15 Regional News; National Lottery Update. 23.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 0.00 Not Going Out Christmas Special 0.45 John Bishop’s Christmas Show

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.30 Natural World: Tiger Dynasty 8.30 Sign Zone: Great Continental Railway Journeys 9.30 Sign Zone: Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains 10.30 Africa 11.30 Earthflight 12.30 War and Peace 15.50 How the West Was Won 18.15 Flog It! 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 The Choir: Sing While You Work 20.30 Christmas University Challenge 21.00 Idris Elba - King of Speed 22.00 Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert 23.00 Cast Away 1.15 Ambassadors 2.15 The Mummy 3.40 Sign Zone: Imagine Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli?

7.00 CITV: Babar and the Adventures of Badou. 7.10 Dino Dan 7.40 Sooty 7.50 Bookaboo 8.05 Horrid Henry 8.20 Almost Naked Animals 8.55 Bottom Knocker Street 9.25 Dinner Date 10.25 Murder, She Wrote 11.25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12.25 Batteries Not Included 14.25 ITV News and Weather 14.35 ITV News Local News 14.40 Step Up 16.45 The Chase 17.45 Downton Abbey 19.35 ITV News Local News 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 You’ve Been Framed! 21.30 Coronation Street 22.00 Vicious 22.35 Bridget Jones’s Diary 0.20 ITV News at Ten 0.35 The Cube 1.25 Jackpot247

7.15 Suburgatory 7.40 According to Jim 8.30 Will & Grace 9.20 A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures 11.00 The Big Bang Theory 11.55 The Simpsons 12.55 Aliens in the Attic 14.35 Dr Dolittle 16.15 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 17.15 Come Dine with Me Christmas Special 18.20 The Simpsons 18.50 Hollyoaks 19.50 Channel 4 News 20.00 4thought.tv 20.05 Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking 21.00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 22.00 The Inbetweeners Movie 23.55 Queer as Pop: From the Gay Scene to the Mainstream 0.55 Chic: iTunes Festival Special 1.55 Kylie Minogue: Showgirl Live At Earl’s Court 2.55 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 4.35 90210

7.00 Childrens TV 7.50 Milkshake! Bop Box 7.55 Milkshake! Monkey 8.00 Little Princess 8.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 8.25 The Mr Men Show 8.40 Thomas & Friends 8.55 Noddy in Toyland 9.15 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.25 Peppa Pig 9.45 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10.15 Tickety Toc 10.30 The Mr Men Show 10.45 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013 12.00 Eddie Stobart’s Christmas Cracker 13.00 633 Squadron 14.50 Zulu Dawn 17.10 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 20.00 Eddie Stobart’s Christmas Delivery 21.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013 22.00 Merry Christmas Mr Bean 22.30 Do It Yourself Mr Bean 23.00 Tommy Cooper’s Christmas 0.05 The Plank 1.15 SuperCasino

7.00 Emmerdale 8.00 You’ve Been Framed! 8.30 You’ve Been Framed! Calendar Special 9.25 The Only Way Is Essexmas 10.30 What a Girl Wants 12.40 Emmerdale 13.40 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 15.20 Horrid Henry: The Movie 17.15 Casper 19.15 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith 22.00 The Shawshank Redemption 0.55 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part Two 1.55 Through the Christmas Keyhole 2.55 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2013 3.50 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 5.20 Girlfriends 6.10 Girlfriends

7.00 Switched 7.25 Ugly Betty 8.10 Charmed 9.05 Olive, the Other Reindeer 10.05 Happy Endings 10.35 Hollyoaks 11.05 Rude(ish) Tube 12.00 How I Met Your Mother 13.00 Astro Boy 14.45 Prep & Landing 15.10 The Big Bang Theory 16.05 Rude(ish) Tube 17.00 The Big Bang Theory 18.00 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 19.50 Hollyoaks 20.50 Rude Tube: The Best of the Best 21.00 Home Alone 23.05 The Big Bang Theory 0.00 Rude Tube 1.00 PhoneShop 1.35 Facejacker


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20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

Life TV

20th December - 2nd January

SATURDAY 28th December BBC1

BBC2

ITV1

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

7.00 Breakfast 11.00 Saturday Kitchen 12.30 Nigel Slater’s New Year Suppers 13.00 Football Focus 13.45 Saturday Sportsday 14.00 BBC News 14.15 F1 2013 - A Record Breaking Year 15.15 Bargain Hunt 16.15 Call the Midwife: Christmas Special 17.30 Final Score 18.10 BBC News 18.30 Celebrity Mastermind 19.00 Pointless Celebrities 19.50 Up 21.15 Atlantis 22.00 Death Comes to Pemberley 23.00 The National Lottery Live 23.10 BBC News; Weather 23.30 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 0.50 Rogue

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.40 Natural World: Grizzlies of Alaska 8.40 Antiques Road Trip 10.40 Africa 11.40 Ice Princess 13.10 Revenge of the Bridesmaids 14.35 The Accidental Husband 16.00 Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert 17.00 Flog It! 18.00 The Guns of Navarone 20.30 Dad’s Army 21.00 100 Years of the Palladium 22.00 I Am Number Four 23.40 Charlie Brooker’s 2013 Wipe 0.40 Ambassadors 1.40 The Curse of Frankenstein 3.00 Sign Zone: Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface - Natural World 4.00 Sign Zone: The Silent War 5.00 This Is BBC Two

7.00 Childrens TV 8.50 Om Nom Stories 8.55 Bottom Knocker Street 9.20 Horrid Henry 9.30 Victorious 10.00 Deadtime Stories 10.25 ITV News 10.30 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 11.30 Murder, She Wrote 12.30 ITV News and Weather 12.35 Dinner Date 13.35 Midsomer Murders 15.35 One and Only Cilla Black 17.05 Off Their Rockers 17.35 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas 18.35 ITV News Local News 18.45 ITV News and Weather 19.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special 20.00 All Star Family Fortunes 21.00 The Cube: Celebrity Special 22.00 Jonathan Ross Show 23.15 ITV News and Weather 23.30 The Holiday

7.15 Ramona and Beezus 9.00 The Morning Line 10.00 The American Football Show 11.00 Frasier 12.00 The Big Bang Theory 13.00 The Simpsons 14.00 Channel 4 Racing 16.35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 18.40 Channel 4 News 18.55 4thought.tv 19.00 George Clarke’s Amazing Christmas Spaces 20.00 The Italian Job 22.00 50 Funniest Moments 2013 0.05 The Inbetweeners 1.35 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 4.10 Hollyoaks 6.25 Suburgatory 6.50 The Treacle People

7.00 Childrens TV 7.35 The Mr Men Show 7.50 Chloe’s Closet 8.00 Roobarb and Custard Too 8.05 Bananas in Pyjamas 8.20 Make Way for Noddy 8.30 City of Friends 8.45 Little Princess 9.00 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9.15 Angelina Ballerina 9.35 Rupert Bear 9.50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10.00 Jelly Jamm 10.20 LazyTown 10.45 Chinese Food in Minutes 10.55 The Dog Rescuers 11.25 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 14.15 Oklahoma! 17.00 The Princess Bride 18.50 Michael Jackson’s This Is It 21.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013 21.55 5 News Weekend 22.00 Abduction 0.05 Superbad 2.25 SuperCasino

7.00 Tinie Tempah: The Hot Desk

ITV2

7.10 Coronation Street 10.15 Emmerdale 13.40 You’ve Been Framed! 14.10 Peter Andre: My Life at Christmas 15.15 Cinderella 16.45 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith 19.30 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 22.00 The Bourne Supremacy 0.10 Celebrity Juice 0.50 Plebs 3.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 5.05 Girlfriends 6.45 Little Mix: The Hot Desk

E4

7.00 Switched 7.25 Charmed 8.10 Olive, the Other Reindeer 9.10 Lost and Found 9.40 The Bear 10.10 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 10.35 Rules of Engagement 12.30 Planet 51 14.15 How I Met Your Mother 15.10 Rude(ish) Tube 16.05 The Big Bang Theory 18.05 Alvin and the Chipmunks 20.00 How I Met Your Mother 20.30 The Big Bang Theory 22.00 Hot Tub Time Machine 0.00 The Final Destination 1.40 Rude Tube 2012 3.40 The Cleveland Show 5.10 Rules of Engagement 5.50 Charmed

SUNDAY 29th December BBC1

BBC2

ITV1

CHANNEL 4

CHANNEL 5

ITV2

E4

7.00 Breakfast 10.10 Match of the Day 11.30 Father of the Bride Part II 13.15 MOTD2 Extra 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.15 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave 14.45 Shrek: The Pig Who Cried Werewolf 14.55 Monsters vs Aliens 16.20 That Puppet Game Show 17.00 Comic Relief 2013: 100 Million Laughs 18.00 Songs of Praise 18.35 BBC News; Regional News 19.00 Countryfile 20.00 Antiques Roadshow 21.00 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 23.05 BBC News; Regional News 23.30 Match of the Day 2 0.50 The Football League Show 2.05 Weatherview 2.10 BBC News

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.10 Natural World: Bringing Up Baby 8.00 Antiques Road Trip 11.00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12.30 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13.15 EastEnders 16.15 Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert 17.15 Flog It! 18.15 Force 10 from Navarone 20.15 Porridge 21.00 Morecambe & Wise: The Curtains 22.00 Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World 23.00 QI 23.30 2013: Moments in Time 0.30 Top of the Pops 2: Christmas 2013 2.00 Ambassadors 3.00 The Abominable Snowman 4.25 Sign Zone: Countryfile Christmas Special

7.00 Childrens TV 8.35 Kick Buttowski 8.45 Om Nom Stories 8.55 Share a Story: The Winners’ Journey 9.20 Horrid Henry 9.30 Victorious 10.00 Deadtime Stories 10.25 ITV News 10.30 Storage Hoarders 11.30 Sunday Side Up 12.30 Sunday Scoop 13.30 ITV News and Weather 13.35 Inside the National Trust 14.35 Midsomer Murders 16.35 Love Your Garden 17.35 Just Henry 19.35 ITV News Local News 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Christmas Catchphrase 21.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 23.00 ITV News at Ten 23.15 The Break-Up 1.10 Premiership Rugby Union 2.10 The Store

7.00 American Football Show 7.55 Boo, Zino and the Snurks 9.30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Sunday Brunch 13.30 The Big Bang Theory 14.00 The Simpsons 14.30 Inkheart 16.30 Channel 4 News 16.50 4thought.tv 16.55 Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events 19.00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 20.00 Bear’s Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry 21.00 Speed with Guy Martin 22.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special 23.00 Rude Tube’s Christmas Cracker 2013 0.05 Mashed 2013 0.40 The Inbetweeners 2.10 American Football Live 5.45 Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind

7.00 Childrens TV 8.45 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9.00 Angelina Ballerina 9.15 Rupert Bear 9.30 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 9.50 Jelly Jamm 10.20 LazyTown 10.45 Olly the Little White Van 10.55 Inside Hollywood 11.00 The Dog Rescuers 11.25 World’s Strongest Man 2013 13.25 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14.30 21 16.45 Yanks 19.20 Snow White 20.55 5 News Weekend 21.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013 22.00 An Audience with Bruce Forsyth 23.05 Bruce Forsyth’s Comedy Heroes 0.05 Shirley Valentine 2.15 SuperCasino 4.05 Louis Smith: Living with ADHD

7.00 Union J: The Hot Desk 7.10 Emmerdale 10.15 Coronation Street 13.50 The Xtra Factor: Boys All-Time Best and Worst 14.50 Peter Pan 17.00 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 19.30 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 22.00 Shaun of the Dead 0.00 Pitch Black 2.05 MC Hammer’s Big Shot Academy 3.05 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 3.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4.15 No Reservations 6.00 Girlfriends 6.50 Conor Maynard: The Hot Desk

7.00 Switched 7.25 Ugly Betty 8.10 Charmed 9.00 How I Met Your Mother 10.00 Suburgatory 11.00 Hollyoaks 13.35 Made in Chelsea 14.40 Come Dine with Me: Made in Chelsea Special 15.40 Lost and Found 16.10 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 16.40 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 18.25 The Big Bang Theory 19.25 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 The Big Bang Theory 22.00 Die Hard 2 0.25 The Big Bang Theory 1.25 Rude Tube: Welcome to 2013 3.30 The Cleveland Show 4.15 Hollyoaks

MONDAY 30th December BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.10 Bridge to Terabithia 11.40 Sky High 13.15 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News; Weather 14.10 Regional News; Weather 14.20 The One Show: Best of 2013 14.50 A Question of Sport: Christmas Special 15.20 Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out 15.45 WALL.E 17.15 Mary Poppins 19.30 BBC News; Weather 19.50 Regional News Programmes 20.00 Celebrity Mastermind 20.30 Shrek Forever After 22.00 EastEnders 22.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Special 23.10 BBC News 23.25 Regional News; Weather 23.30 Comic Relief 2013: 100 Million Laughs 0.30 BBC News: The Editors 1.00 Disgrace

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.30 Natural World: Komodo - Secrets of the Dragon 8.30 Sign Zone: The House That #100K Built 9.30 Sign Zone: Britain’s Empty Homes 10.00 Africa 11.00 Earthflight 12.00 The Great British Bake Off 14.00 Antiques Road Trip 15.00 Ice Station Zebra 17.20 Attenborough and the Giant Egg 18.20 Flog It! 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 The Secret Life of Mary Poppins: A Culture Show Special 20.30 Dad’s Army 21.00 Christmas University Challenge 21.30 The Sacred Wonders of Britain 22.30 The Thirteenth Tale 0.00 Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things 1.00 Respect: A Felix Dexter Special

7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 Murder, She Wrote 11.25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12.25 The Railway Children 14.35 ITV News and Weather 14.45 ITV News Local News 14.50 Dinner Date 15.50 Christmas Catchphrase 16.50 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 18.35 You’ve Been Framed! & Famous 19.00 Aussie Animal Island 19.30 ITV News Local News 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.30 Quantum of Solace 23.30 ITV News and Weather 23.45 The Game 2.05 Jackpot247 4.00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA

7.00 The Treacle People Christmas Special 7.20 According to Jim 7.45 Will & Grace 8.35 See Spot Run 10.20 How I Met Your Mother 11.20 The Big Bang Theory 12.20 The Simpsons 13.20 Space Chimps 15.00 Coraline 17.00 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19.00 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 20.05 Gok Does Panto 21.00 Jamie’s Festive Feast 22.00 Doggy Styling 23.00 Twit of the Year 0.30 C4’s 30 Greatest Comedy Shows 2.25 Vampires Suck 3.50 Nashville 4.30 90210 5.15 Suburgatory

7.00 Childrens TV 9.20 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.35 Bananas in Pyjamas 9.45 Tickety Toc 10.00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.05 Roary the Racing Car 10.15 The Mr Men Show 10.30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10.50 Inside Hollywood 10.55 The Dog Rescuers 11.25 Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights 12.25 World’s Strongest Man 2013 13.25 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14.25 Winter Road Rescue 15.25 The Alamo 18.10 The Four Feathers 20.30 Eddie Stobart: 12 Days of Christmas 21.30 World’s Strongest Man 2013 22.30 Dirty Dancing 0.35 Jesus Christ Superstar 2.50 SuperCasino

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 Coronation Street 8.25 You’ve Been Framed! 8.55 Free Willy 3: The Rescue 10.45 Dragonheart 12.45 Emmerdale 13.15 Coronation Street 14.25 Horrid Henry: The Movie 16.20 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 18.50 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi 21.30 You’ve Been Framed! 22.00 Love Actually 0.45 Celebrity Juice 3.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 4.25 Fool Britannia 4.50 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 6.10 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Trials and Tribulations

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 9.55 Glee 11.00 Hollyoaks 12.00 Rules of Engagement 13.00 How I Met Your Mother 14.00 Rude(ish) Tube 14.55 The Big Bang Theory 15.55 Penelope 17.40 Rude(ish) Tube 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.00 Hollyoaks 20.35 Rude(ish) Tube 21.00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 21.30 The Big Bang Theory 22.00 Rude Tube: All Things Weird and Wonderful 23.00 Made in Chelsea: End of Season Party 0.05 Geeks 1.10 The Inbetweeners

TUESDAY NEW YEARS EVE BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.10 Bee Movie 11.30 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 13.00 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News 14.15 Regional News; Weather 14.20 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 16.35 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five 17.00 How to Train Your Dragon 18.30 Top of the Pops New Year 19.30 BBC News 19.45 Regional News Programmes 20.00 Celebrity Mastermind 20.30 EastEnders 21.00 Holby City 22.00 Two Doors Down 23.00 BBC News; Weather 23.15 The Graham Norton Show; National Lottery Update. 0.15 Gary Barlow’s Big Ben Bash Live 0.55 New Year’s Eve Fireworks 1.10 Gary Barlow’s Big Ben Bash Live 1.30 John Bishop Live: Rollercoaster Tour 2.50 Kevin and Perry Go Large

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.25 Natural World: Madagascar, Lemurs and Spies 8.25 Short Circuit 10.00 Africa 11.00 Earthflight 12.00 Great British Bake Off 14.00 Antiques Road Trip 15.00 First Knight 17.05 The Queen’s Palaces 18.05 Flog It! 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 Blackpool: Big Night Out 20.30 Christmas University Challenge 21.00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 22.00 Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas 23.00 Mock the Week 23.30 Dara O Briain - Craic Dealer 0.30 Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2013 2.30 Glastonbury 2013 Highlights

7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders 12.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13.00 All Star Family Fortunes 13.45 ITV News and Weather 14.05 The ‘Burbs 16.00 The Cube: Celebrity Special 17.00 The Nation’s Favourite Dance Moment 18.30 Off Their Rockers 19.00 You’ve Been Framed! 19.30 ITV News Local News 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Aussie Animal Island 21.00 Mamma Mia! 23.10 ITV News 23.15 2013: A Funny Old Year 0.15 Vicious 0.45 ITV News and Weather and New Year’s Bongs 1.05 Waterworld

7.00 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 8.20 Little Manhattan 9.50 How I Met Your Mother 10.45 The Big Bang Theory 11.50 The Simpsons 12.50 Imagine That 14.55 Home Alone 3 17.00 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Footballers Special 19.00 The Simpsons 19.25 Hollyoaks 19.55 Channel 4 News Summary 20.00 Deal or No Deal: Christmas Stars 21.00 Celebrity Fifteen to One 22.00 Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 0.05 50 Funniest Moments 2013 2.05 Toast of London 4.45 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 5.40 Countdown 6.20 90210

7.00 Childrens TV 8.20 The Mr Men Show 8.35 Thomas & Friends 8.50 Noddy in Toyland 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.10 Peppa Pig 9.25 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.40 Bananas in Pyjamas 10.00 Tickety Toc 10.20 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.25 Roary the Racing Car 10.40 Inside Hollywood 2013 10.45 The Dog Rescuers 11.15 Michael Buble’s Christmas Special 12.15 Fiddler on the Roof 15.50 Pal Joey 18.00 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 20.00 The Gadget Show 21.00 World’s Strongest Man 2013 22.00 Greatest Stand Up Comedians 0.50 The Plank 1.55 SuperCasino

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 Coronation Street 8.25 You’ve Been Framed: Top 100 Animals 9.15 The Xtra Factor Winner’s Story (2013) 10.15 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Trials and Tribulations 11.20 What a Girl Wants 13.30 Emmerdale 14.00 Coronation Street 15.05 You’ve Been Framed! 15.40 Beethoven’s 2nd 17.30 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi 20.10 Mr Bean’s Holiday 22.00 Hot Fuzz 0.25 Celebrity Juice 2.40 Celebrity Juice: X Factor Special 3.25 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 4.15 Fool Britannia 4.40 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 10.00 Glee 11.00 Hollyoaks 12.10 Astro Boy 14.00 How I Met Your Mother 15.00 The Big Bang Theory 15.55 Meet Dave 17.40 Rude(ish) Tube 18.05 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 19.55 Hollyoaks 20.30 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 The Big Bang Theory: Viewer’s Choice 23.30 The Inbetweeners 0.00 The Inbetweeners Top 10 Moments 1.05 Rude Tube 2012 3.10 Rude Tube: Welcome to 2013


20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

Text Santa

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Ant and Dec may have the jokey, comedy duo presenting act down to a T, but when it comes to the more serious stuff, the pair can be relied on to step forward and do their bit as well.

Text Santa , Friday 20th December (ITV1, 9pm)

By Carrie Gregory SO, GIVEN that it’s that time of year again, they’re on board to co-present ITV’s annual charity appeal, joining Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness. For the uninitiated, Text Santa (Friday 20th December, ITV1, 9pm) is a three-hour-long fundraising extravaganza filled with celebrities doing all manner of silly things, as well as festive performances and tear-jerking reports about those who stand to benefit from the money raised. Chances are this won’t be the first you’ve heard of Text Santa and all it’s doing this year for Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices. This time around, the build-up towards the main event started early, with Davina McCall’s summertime celeb dance show Stepping Out offering 15p from each vote to the cause, and This Morning’s `Take a Moment” campaign, which ran during the autumn contributing £167,390. In tonight’s festivities, stars of Coronation Street perform a special version of Fairytale of Weatherfield - featuring Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, while the cast of Emmerdale do their bit by appearing in an exclusive sketch with a Text Santa twist. Meanwhile, Mr McGuinness will no doubt feel right at home, as we’re treated to a unique edition of Take Me Out, with older people looking for their perfect partner for Christmas. And as if that little lot wasn’t enough to keep you entertained for the night, there’ll also be a chance to see the results of the Big Reunion Christmas single. Blue, 5ive, 911, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, B*Witched and Liberty X have been back in the studio, recording Wizzard’s hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. It may all be fun on the night, but the presenters don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s all in aid of a great cause. “When you hear some of the stories, they really do make your heart ache,” reveals Dec. “I do well up. Most of us are having a really good time with family and friends at Christmas but not everyone is as lucky and so it is a really nice thing to be able to help people at that time of year.” Last year saw the show bring in a whopping £5.5million for its chosen charities – can this year’s total top that?


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Wednesday NEW YEARS DAY BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.00 The Ant Bully 11.20 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 12.55 Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice 13.45 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message 13.50 BBC News 14.00 Regional News 14.05 Gangsta Granny 15.15 The Sound of Music 18.05 Kung Fu Panda 2 19.25 BBC News 19.35 Regional News 19.45 Gnomeo & Juliet 21.00 EastEnders 22.00 Sherlock 23.25 BBC News 23.40 Regional News 23.50 Match of the Day; National Lottery Update. 1.20 Graham Norton Show

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.50 Natural World: Zambezi 8.50 Flight of the Navigator 10.15 Great British Bake Off 12.15 New Year’s Day Concert 13.40 The Many Faces of Michael Caine 14.20 The Eagle Has Landed 16.30 Sports Personality of the Year at 60 17.30 Final Score 18.20 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message 18.25 Christmas University Challenge 18.55 The Terminal 21.00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 22.00 Glasgow: Big Night Out 23.00 The Many Faces of Stanley Baxter 0.00 The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Christmas Television Programme 0.40 The Resident 2.05 Shadow of the Vampire

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7.00 Childrens TV 7.50 Horrid Henry 8.20 Om Nom Stories 8.25 Share a Story: The Winners’ Journey 8.55 Bottom Knocker Street 9.25 Dinner Date 10.25 Murder, She Wrote 11.25 Columbo Goes to College 13.20 Dickinson’s Real Deal 14.25 ITV News and Weather 14.50 Uncle Buck 16.40 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 18.40 The Illusionists 19.45 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Coronation Street 21.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 23.30 ITV News and Weather 23.50 2013: A Funny Old Year 0.50 The Jonathan Ross Show 1.55 Jackpot247

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7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 8.00 Freaky Friday 9.50 How I Met Your Mother 10.50 The Big Bang Theory 11.20 Planet 51 13.05 Deal or No Deal 14.05 Channel 4 Racing 16.40 The Simpsons 17.10 Big 19.10 Channel 4 News 19.20 The Karate Kid 22.00 David Blaine: Real or Magic 23.20 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013 1.20 Alien 3.20 The Quiller Memorandum 5.05 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 6.00 Countdown 6.40 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard

7.00 Childrens TV 8.10 The Mr Men Show 8.25 Thomas & Friends 8.35 Noddy in Toyland 8.45 Fifi and the Flowertots 8.55 Peppa Pig 9.10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.20 Bananas in Pyjamas 9.35 Tickety Toc 9.45 Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway - The Movie 10.55 Inside Hollywood 11.10 The Dog Rescuers 11.40 World’s Strongest Man 2013 13.40 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14.40 The Glenn Miller Story 16.55 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 19.30 The Dam Busters 21.55 5 News 22.00 An Audience with Ken Dodd 23.55 An Audience with Cliff Richard 1.35 Michael Buble’s Christmas Special

7.00 Emmerdale 7.25 The Cube 8.15 You’ve Been Framed! 8.40 You’ve Been Framed! Funniest 100 9.35 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Best of the Bush 10.35 The Mighty Ducks 12.45 Emmerdale 13.15 Casper 15.10 Ice Age: The Meltdown 17.00 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 19.10 Johnny English 21.00 Two and a Half Men 22.00 Love Actually 0.40 Two and a Half Men 1.40 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part One 2.40 Celebrity Juice: Parallel Juicyverse Part Two 3.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 10.00 Glee 11.00 Rules of Engagement 11.30 Rude(ish) Tube 12.30 The Big Bang Theory 13.30 Rules of Engagement 14.25 Rude(ish) Tube 14.55 Home Alone 17.00 The Big Bang Theory 18.00 Rude(ish) Tube 18.30 The Big Bang Theory: Viewer’s Choice 21.00 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 23.30 Final Destination 3 1.15 Rude Tube’s Christmas Cracker 2013 2.20 The Big Bang Theory 3.20 Made in Chelsea: End of Season Party

Thursday 2nd January 2014 BBC1

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7.00 Breakfast 10.00 Match of the Day 11.30 The Pacifier 13.00 Bargain Hunt 14.00 BBC News 14.30 Regional News 14.45 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 16.25 Escape to the Country 17.10 Flog It! 18.10 Pointless Celebrities 19.00 BBC News 19.30 Regional News Programmes 20.00 Celebrity Mastermind 20.30 EastEnders 21.00 Dolphins - Spy in the Pod 22.00 Silent Witness 23.00 BBC News 23.25 Regional News; Weather 23.35 Pretty Woman 1.30 The Rebound

7.00 This Is BBC Two 7.30 Natural World: Queen of the Savannah 8.30 Sign Zone: Tudor Monastery Farm 9.30 Sign Zone: Britain’s Empty Homes 10.00 Africa 11.00 Earthflight 12.00 Great British Bake Off 14.00 Antiques Road Trip 15.00 The Heroes of Telemark 17.05 The Queen’s Palaces 18.05 Vintage Antiques Roadshow 19.00 Celebrity Eggheads 19.30 Glasgow: Big Night Out 20.30 Christmas University Challenge 21.00 Top Gear 22.00 PQ17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster 23.00 Rab C Nesbitt 23.45 John Sergeant Meets Rab C Nesbitt 0.30 Idris Elba - King of Speed 2.30 Sign Zone: World’s Busiest Maternity Ward

7.00 Daybreak 9.30 Lorraine 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11.30 This Morning 13.30 Loose Women 14.30 ITV News and Weather 14.55 ITV News Local News 15.00 All Star Mr & Mrs 16.00 Secrets from the Workhouse 16.59 ITV Local Weather 17.00 Tipping Point 18.00 The Chase 19.00 ITV News Local News 19.30 ITV News and Weather 20.00 Emmerdale 20.30 Do You Know Your Neighbours?: Tonight 21.00 Emmerdale 21.30 Birds of a Feather 22.00 Benidorm 23.00 ITV News at Ten 23.30 ITV News Local News 23.35 The Americans 0.55 The Unforgettable Leslie Crowther 1.20 Jackpot247

7.05 According to Jim 7.30 Will & Grace 8.25 Flicka 10.05 How I Met Your Mother 11.10 The Big Bang Theory 12.05 The Simpsons 12.35 Flash Gordon 14.50 The Jewel of the Nile 17.00 Deal or No Deal 18.00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 19.00 The Simpsons 19.30 Hollyoaks 20.00 Channel 4 News 21.00 The Restoration Man 22.00 My Big Fat Gypsy Holiday 23.00 Secrets of the Scammers 23.50 Aliens 2.40 Coming Up 3.05 Emily’s Song 3.25 Food Unwrapped’s Christmas Dinner 4.20 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 5.15 Deal or No Deal: Ideal Christmas 6.10 SuperScrimpers 6.25 Countdown

7.00 Childrens TV 8.20 The Mr Men Show 8.40 Thomas & Friends 8.55 Noddy in Toyland 9.05 Fifi and the Flowertots 9.15 Peppa Pig 9.35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 9.50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10.05 Tickety Toc 10.20 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10.30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10.55 Cowboy Builders 11.50 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12.50 5 News Lunchtime 12.55 Titanic 16.10 Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light 18.00 5 News at 5 18.30 Cowboy Builders 19.30 NewsTalk Live 20.00 Got Thin - Got Fat Again! 21.00 Too Fat to Fly 22.00 50 Shocking Facts About Diet and Exercise 0.00 Fat for Cash 1.00 SuperCasino

7.00 Union J: The Hot Desk 7.10 Emmerdale 7.35 Coronation Street 8.00 King Ralph 9.55 You’ve Been Framed! 10.20 Britain’s Got More Talent: Singers & Dancers 11.20 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Crown Jewels 12.20 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Coming Out 13.25 Emmerdale 13.55 Coronation Street 14.25 You’ve Been Framed! 14.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17.00 You’ve Been Framed Rides Again! 18.00 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 20.00 You’ve Been Framed! 21.00 Two and a Half Men 22.00 Tricked 23.00 Fake Reaction 23.50 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2013 0.50 Two and a Half Men 1.45 Tricked 2.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

7.00 Switched 7.25 90210 8.10 Ugly Betty 9.00 Charmed 10.00 Glee 11.00 Rules of Engagement 11.30 Rude(ish) Tube 12.30 Charmed 13.30 Hollyoaks 14.00 How I Met Your Mother 15.00 The Big Bang Theory 16.00 Rude(ish) Tube 17.00 Rules of Engagement 18.00 How I Met Your Mother 19.00 The Big Bang Theory 20.00 Hollyoaks 20.30 How I Met Your Mother 21.00 Grease 23.15 The Final Destination 1.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Christmas Special 2.00 The Big Bang Theory


20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

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Death Comes to Pemberley Boxing Day, BBC One, 9.15pm

WHAT’S WORSE than spending the festive season with your family in Midsomer, the place where, if you hear footsteps on the roof on Christmas Eve, it’s probably a serial killer rather than Santa Clause?

Midsomer Murders Christmas Eve (ITV, 9pm)

By Rachael Popow WELL, HOW about spending it in Midsomer in a hotel all on your own? Because that’s the fate facing DCI John Barnaby’s new sidekick DS Charlie Nelson as the hugely popular detective series begins. But even once he’s found somewhere to stay, adjusting to life in Britain’s most picturesque death trap proves difficult. Gwilym, whose previous credits include The Hollow Crown, Restless and Fresh Meat, explains: “DS Nelson is from the city and he finds village life and the pace a bit different. It’s daunting

how everyone knows everyone else’s business. He comes in with lots of police jargon and tends to talk too much.” This seasonal episode gets off to a grisly start when furniture-maker Conor Bridgeman (Jonah Russell) is stabbed with an antique sword during a ghosthunting party at a supposedly haunted manor house in Morton Shallows. Local historian Brendan Pierce (Les Dennis) believes the killing could be the work of Rose Wilton, a blacksmith’s daughter who’s been dead for 127 years. A ghostly recording of a girl’s voice

Sherlock

made on the night of the murder seems to back up his theory, but there may be a few living locals with a motive as well. The coppers discover that Conor was a serial philanderer, who also happened to be involved in fractious negotiations with the owner of the haunted house, Simon Fergus-Johnson (Mark Heap), whose family has plenty of problems of its own. But while Nelson may be wondering just what he’s let himself in for, Gwylim couldn’t be happier with his new job. “It’s like joining a big family. All the cast and crew have been very welcoming.”

NO OFFENCE to Doctor Who, Gangsta Granny or even Mrs Brown, but for many viewers, the best present the BBC can give us this festive season is a new episode of Sherlock. Not only is it one of the most acclaimed dramas of the past few years, but some of us have been getting a little tired of waiting to find out just how the world’s greatest sleuth managed to fake his own death. If you didn’t see the last episode of series two, which aired all the way back in January 2012, it saw master criminal Moriarty cooking up a fiendish plan to discredit the sleuth. But not content with merely destroying his arch-rival’s reputation, he then went one step further, telling Sherlock that unless he committed suicide, everyone he cared about (admittedly, not a very long list) would be killed. The detective duly threw himself off the top of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, leaving his sidekick Dr John Watson grief-stricken – yet the final shot revealed to viewers that Sherlock was still alive. Sherlock Be ready to be gripped again as we catch up with Watson. As in real-life, two years have New passed since the devastating events of The Reichenbach Fall, and he seems poised on the brink Years of domestic bliss, even if he does still miss his eccentric former roommate. Day But when London is threatened by a terrorist attack and Sherlock dramatically rises from the (BBC1, grave, will Watson be left wishing his friend had just carried on playing dead? 10 pm)

IT IS a truth universally acknowledged that people just can’t stop tinkering with Pride and Prejudice. Whether it’s adding a scene of Mr Darcy in a wet shirt for a TV version, updating the plot for Bridget Jones’s Diary, or rewriting the entire book with zombies, Jane Austen’s classic has been reworked many times. However, there’s one homage that seems to have impressed even the most hardcore Austen purist, and that’s PD James’ sequel Death Comes to Pemberley. The crime writer’s acclaimed novel takes some of the book’s much-loved characters and puts them in the middle of a detective story. And now to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, it’s been brought to the screen in this threepart adaptation.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2013, New Years Eve, (BBC2, 0.30am)


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A good or bad year? by

HOW HAS 2013 been for you? The end of the year is a good time to reflect on just how

Suzanne O’Connell well the previous 12 months has passed. We’ve all had our ‘annus horribilis’ at one time or Customer Care at Ábaco

another. Those years when circumstances seem to have conspired against us. Equally, most of us have had golden years that will stick with us and soften those less favourable times. HOPEFULLY, IF you chose 2013 as the year in which to buy your Spanish property then you will agree now, and in the future, that it has been a year to remember for all the right reasons. Making the decision to buy a holiday home is a big one that can bring huge enjoyment and added value to your life. However, it is also an investment that needs continued TLC. It can be so easy once you have purchased your property and returned to the UK to put it out of your mind until your next break away. This shouldn’t cause a problem provided you are sure that all tax matters and legal affairs are being taken care of. For us at Ábaco, the 31st December has a meaning

other than seeing out the old and welcoming in the new. It’s also the last date on which we can submit non-resident tax declarations. Hopefully, if you have bought a home here as a non-resident the implications of your tax obligations have been carefully explained to you. If not, it is important for the continued enjoyment of your new home that the correct non-resident property taxes are paid. There are two taxes to pay if you don’t rent out your property: * IBI – council property tax, payable to the town hall * Imputed income tax, payable to the government If you rent out your property you must still pay IBI but will pay rental income tax instead of imputed income tax. To pay your imputed income tax,

you must complete the annual non-resident tax declaration, and time is running out. We do sometimes come across people who think that paying this tax is an option. It’s not. Failure to pay doesn’t mean the tax goes away. Instead the amount you owe is banked up and must be settled before your property is sold or inherited. On occasions, it can even lead to an embargo on your bank account. Some of our more difficult years are just down to bad luck and circumstances. Others are of our own making. Make sure your enjoyment of your place in the sun isn’t tarnished by failing to pay your taxes. If you would like to find out what taxes you should be paying you can contact us for a free calculation. We are also happy to answer any queries you might have.

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


Life Kids go ‘radio ga ga’ at Christmas

BAY RADIO’S seventh annual Christmas Party for the youngsters of the Preventorio de Gandia was once again a packed afternoon of festive fun. By Jack Troughton FROM THE moment nearly 50 children flood into tinseltown – Javea’s football ground – to the moment they left on Tuesday the air was crackling with excitement. The Javea-based radio station asks its listeners to chip in with donations and presents for the children cared for by a handful of nuns and volunteers in Gandia and a similar establishment in Elche, and every year the public generously responds. The logistics of Operation Christmas Party are quite

impressive. A team of 12 volunteers – many from the Javea International Baptist Church – took four days to wrap the gifts. They used around 110 metres of festive wrapping paper, 50 metres of wrap kindly donated by Quicksave Javea. And on the big day the children and carers are bussed down to Javea for an action packed day, with a slap-up meal filled with favourites like chocolate and crisps...and the odd sensible morsel. MAGIC They also take the opportunity to test out two bouncy castles, the football field – Sister Amelia can be very competitive – face painting and jewellery making. There was also magical entertainment provided by a clown. The highlight of the party was once again the arrival of Father Christmas who

handed each of nearly 50 young and impressively polite guests plastic sacks stuffed with presents. Bay Radio’s Graham Barber thanked everyone who had again supported the station’s appeal. “It never ceases to amaze us how, in difficult times; our listeners club together in some way to help change these children’s lives and give them a little faith in the future.” He said the appeal helped provide something for the little ones who were the future. “It is a real reason to have faith in people and it does not matter who you are, when you see the kids go up and get presents from Father Christmas you see how much they appreciate it rather than take things for granted. “These kids look forward to this day every year and with the sisters and volunteers who look after them it is just brilliant.”


Life Showbiz Goss

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Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

A not so ‘Golden’ Sir Steve now! IT’S ALWAYS good to find info for you about up-coming shows and when I spotted an item last week about such a scenario, and it had Sir Steve Redgrave’s name on it, I was immediately interested to take a closer look. Sadly, as I read on my master plan took a serious downward turn, and when you find out what I’m banging on about, the word ‘downward’ fits very nicely in the pun area. In Sir Steve Redgrave we have

Celebrity Clips BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH has been very smart in getting the word out about Sherlock, and he has done it in the most perceptible way. I reported last year that CBS were to run a show called ‘Elementary’ featuring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and female Lucy Liu as Dr Watson, and Benedict has come out and said how much he loves it. He then reminded us that Sherlock is back on the BBC1 on 1st January 2014 at 10pm ... cheeky boy! Taylor Swift has had quite mixed bag of a year having started it with all sorts going down about her and Harry Styles being on, then off, then on again, then … and her single ‘22’ giving her a fourth top 10 in the UK. It has now closed very nicely with her fans in Perth, Australia, singing an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ to her and reminding her she’s actually 24 and not 22. Staying in Australia, four lads, Jay, Neil, Simon and Will, they of Ch4’s ‘The Inbetweeners’ fame are down-under to film the follow up movie to their hugely successful first outing in 2011. The accompanying foto shows the boys in their usual naff kit at an amusement park, and the film follows them on a trip round Australia. Due for release next summer: Hoorah! This time we stay in films and news of the Naked Gun franchise, but it might not be quite what you are expecting to read. Leslie Nielsen, who made the lead role his own, won’t be in the new film. Ed Helms, a guy I´ve not heard of before, will take over the role, so let’s hope he’s got thick skin as he might well need it.

possibly one of the most iconic sportsmen of modern times, and for him to have sold his soul to the Reality Show devil is shameful in every sense of the word. Yet again we will be subjected to a bunch of ‘C’ listers showing us how crap they are at doing something as they strut their stuff in a show that is about winter sports, like bobsleighing, speed skating and the downhill ski-jump. The even worse news is that the show will go out on 10 consecutive evenings early next year ... Oh dear! Sir Steve will be okay though as he’s got ‘Eddie the Eagle’ on the show who will be mentoring the ski-jumpers…Yep…! Honestly…! The man who represented the UK in the 1988 winter Olympics who was, and still is, the laughing stock of the sport will be showing peeps who know nothing about ski-

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jumping everything he doesn’t know about ski-jumping! … Oh dear, oh dear! I was only saying last week about how we should all support Ch4, and I might have to chew a bit of dirt here as ‘The Jump’ will go out on that channel. The ever present Divina McCall will once again be fronting the show, but for me it’s all shaping up to watching some catch-up programmes on the channel and passing on Sir Steve selling out to the green back dollar.


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Long term problems with Spanish THERE ARE certain aspects of the Spanish language which advanced learners and even fluent non-native speakers have problems with, so if you have the same problems, at least you know you are in good company! Here is a list which might help you feel better, or at least specify the things you need to work on, with patience and over a long period of time. When to use direct and indirect object pronouns, especially “lo”, “la” “le” and “se” (along with the plurals “los” “las” and “les”: it might help you to know that even the Spanish get these wrong at times, the only difference is that they probably don’t worry about it. When to use the subjunctive: The problem here is that sometimes the reasons are very subtle. The good news is that you will always be understood even if the subjunctive makes no appearance in

your Spanish whatsoever. When a verb is reflexive and why: There are times when both reflexive and non-reflexive forms mean the same thing. When in doubt, err on the side of the reflexive as the Spanish are very fond of them in general. When to use “ser” and “estar”: I have no words of comfort about this - it is an on-going battle. However, going back to basics sometimes helps and I’ve always found this rule of thumb extremely useful: SER for “who, what, when” and ESTAR for “where, how”. Which past tense to use - out of so many that seem to mean the same: again, this comes with time, and sometimes more than one can be correct anyway. One strategy is to get comfortable using one past tense and then move on to another one when you’re good and ready. If you are an elementary Spanish

Food Drive 2013

learner then not all the above will make sense to you of course, but if you are an intermediate learner or beyond, you will probably identify with every point. However, all learners need to have realistic expectations of what they can achieve when studying Spanish. In my opinion, these are the things that a student should be gaining for their Spanish lessons:

A good general understanding of the basic logic and structure of the Spanish language A basic grasp of pronunciation and an increased comprehension of speech Confidence to start communicating with whatever language you have at your disposal Most important: the inspiration and enthusiasm to keep learning more inside and out of the classroom.

Millie and Simon Nathaniel with this years Food Drive

THANK YOU to all who came to the Millie Munro office and made donations for this years Food Drive, especially Larry the Benitachell mechanic whose donation again this year has been overwhelming. Our office in Avenida Lepanto 6, Benitachell, is open for donations each weekday of the year from 9.30am until 2.30pm.

Life books

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The Peñíng Guide to Spanish Wine THIS GUIDE for would-be wine buffs was included in my Christmas Book Review but here is an opportunity to review it at length. It’s the ultimate guide for those who shove their nose into a glass and look like they’re after a dead rat or those who swish the wine between their teeth like it was a Listerine mouthwash. Me? I swallow and enjoy the buzz. It works for me anyway. I admit that wine buffs make me uncomfortable. They won’t take hours examining the DNA of the steak or the specific density of a sprout but they’re determined to show their host up as a cheapskate when choosing wine in the supermarket. I like Ribero del Duero or Rioja and I’ll drink those. The truth is I’ll drink anything put before me and avoid the sniffing and gargling which I’m pretty sure is done for effect anyway. But this guide is full of expressions like ‘creamy, oaky’ and ‘toasty on the palate’, which would be whizz to announce after a Author: Carlos González, Pablo Vecilla, Jávier Luengo Publisher: guiapeñín.com Price: 33.25€ ISBN: 978 84 95203 88 5 Stars: 10

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suitable smacking of the lips. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out what your host is serving and look it up beforehand and be able to smirk at the bloke who’s going at it like a Hoover! The three compilers – all Spanish, you note, as men who know their plonk – have tasted more than 9,800 wines to bring you this book, so don’t let such magnificent renal sacrifice go unrewarded. I certainly won’t.


Life people

Market forces By Jack Troughton A SACK full of festive fun was enjoyed by everyone at the EKA Christmas Market staged at the Tortuga Bar and Restaurant in Jalon – raising more than 400€ for the charity helping young people achieve their goals. Members of the European Kids Association helped create an exciting atmosphere for visitors – children were given the opportunity to have faces painted as they waited for Santa Claus to arrive. EKA encourages young people to get involved in local community projects and will launch a series of ‘EKA Meet Ups’ in the New Year – the first to be held in Altea. Anyone wishing to be involved – whether youngsters or parents – can use the EKA Facebook site to contact either Babs Javori or Dan Kerby, or call the association on 665 012 228.

Babs at the Gingerbread Stall

U3A helps out

FESTIVE FUND raising by members of U3A Vall de Pop has helped good causes as people get into the spirit of Christmas. The organisation’s Casual Choir visited the Casa de Cultura in El Vergel to take part in a carol concert organised by SCAN, helping put a much-needed 542€ into the popular animal charity’s coffers. And a raffle held at the Christmas Extravaganza raised 200€ - a cheque later presented to Catherine Perez of HELP of Denia and the Marina Alta by U3A President Bob Welham. A grateful Catherine said the money was most welcome and would help the charity’s work at a demanding time of year.

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Retiring with thanks By Jack Troughton GRATEFUL MEMBERS of the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion thanked retiring Chairman Roger Dawes for his hard work and loyalty at the annual Christmas Lunch. Roger was presented with a painting of Old Javea and a restaurant voucher to enjoy a meal during the celebration at La Cocina Restaurant. Following his arrival in the Marina Alta resort in 2002, he served a total of 11 years as first Vice-Chairman and then taking over the helm of the branch – he was following in the footsteps of his father, a previous branch President. And during his time in office, Roger helped attract new members who enjoyed the social side of the branch and helped raise cash for the Poppy Appeal. In recent years, Roger has been proud to announce the annual appeal has reached the 11,000€ mark, a period of collecting that culminates in the Sunday afternoon Remembrance Service at the Fisherman’s Church in Javea Port. The branch meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at L’Ancora, Arenal, at 11am.


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Life people

Help for families over Christmas MEMBERS OF Teulada Moraira Lions Club were in Ondara this week to present a cheque for 3,000€ to the town hall to help families in need over the festive season. By Jack Troughton Pictured from left are Club Vice-President Colin Lilley and immediate past-President Peter Johnson with the Mayor of Ondara Ximo Ferrando and Head of Social Services Maria Jorda. The money was raised at the recent successful Queen tribute concert by rock band Chess at the town’s municipal auditorium. The gig was arranged by Peter’s company Magnum sound and Lighting, which provides sound and lighting for events throughout the Costa Blanca, and as a long-serving Lion he generously offered to donate the proceeds to the club to help the local community.

Party invitation

By Jack Troughton A STRING of successful parties staged by the 1,500-strong members of Javea U3A has the association inviting people to join in time to celebrate Christmas 2014. Hundreds of revellers have been putting on their finest to eat, drink and dance the night away as the festive season gets into full swing. At the ‘Not Just Folk Music’ knees up at the Inn on the Green, group leader Ian Mackenzie (pictured) managed to play a whole session with a Christmas tree attached to his head. And around 90 people enjoyed a Christmas lunch at La Masena Restaurant, while those a little more energetic headed for the Dance and Dine Group’s bash at the Toscamar Dance Cafe. For details of the many groups within the organisation, visit website www.u3ajavea.org – and get ready to celebrate in 12 months time!

Winter rowing challenge: Ibiza to Benidorm A GROUP of intrepid Benidorm veterans are planning to row an impressive 20 hours from Ibiza to Benidorm in January! Around 45 rowers with an average age of 50 will start the 121-mile (75 nautical miles) crossing on Saturday 25th January at around 4pm in a feluccastyle craft, scheduled to arrive in Benidorm at around 12 noon the next day. Several supporting boats will accompany them on their journey so they will not be alone. The trip is planned in January due to the calm seas at that time of year.


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Kenny Corris www.kennycorris.net Mobile: 686 361 594 Tel: 965 878 424

Time to put your best foot forward and to take a step in a new direction. It is high time that others saw you in your true light of perspective. You are far more than you think you are, and you will have fun in showing others that you are very prepared for rewarding and satisfying changes and all that this will bring you in the coming year ahead.

The time has come to make your mind up one way or another. Whilst everyone has their idea of what you should be doing right now, only you can make this decision….and nothing anyone has to say should influence you or force you to change your mind. The New Year brings with it a resolution that you take control and the consequences too.

Signs are that a recent compromise has brought about more conflict than the calm it was meant to represent. Your current view has been taken as just a pinch of salt, even though nobody else has come up with anything close to a call in the form of a liable or stable alternative to what’s now definitely up for grabs in the year ahead!

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Transient and profound planetary influences embrace that which you have to do. This gives you the thumbs up in the formation of a new project, heralding change and positivity for all you decide to put your hand to. The new agenda declares a sincere need to get to grips with a family matter which cannot be swept under the carpet. Jupiter comes to the rescue and shows others your pattern of good intentions which have been shrouded in somewhat of a mystery of late. Since your version of the truth is the correct one then it can only be a matter of time before others come around to your way of thinking, and if they do not, well then who really needs their help anyway?

If you are clever then you will be true to yourself and stick to your guns rather than have to prepare a smokescreen that throws others off the scent. This adds greatly to a list of complications best avoided by all concerned right now and shows others that you are back in business and ready for action on your own terms. You will undoubtedly find it hard to put your finger on something just now, as it appears to be constantly out of your direct reach. Remember your very first impression of the current scheme and know that it would be wise to practise what you preach and take a back seat that allows you to take your rightful place when the time comes.

Pluto issues you with a stark warning that you should prepare for great changes in the weeks ahead. Since you have worked tirelessly for others it seems that you have some sorting out to do close to home and some benefits to reap. Time to think of yourself for a change, and those who really love you, as they will, for sure, back you all the way.

Burning the candle at both ends has had its desired effect…. but just right now you need to experience the peaceful calm of rest and relaxation in terms of your own personal commitment. Take the time to explore what your innermost energies are really telling you and how you yourself feel as you take on a busy start to another year. Such astute planning has left you confident that you have left no stone unturned. However, there is a need to look at things from a different angle before you decide to take things to the very next level. Looking both ways before you leap allows you to sail through the festivities and allow you to approach the New Year with a duty of purpose.

Start the new Year as you wish to continue because everything points you towards an eventful and resourceful new year, based on your talents and strengths and personal drive. Though you can expect a slow start to 2014 this a year of challenge and achievement, and you are motivated and strong enough to pull it all around you! Chiron directs and enlightens the burden of the end of a year in which you have managed to hold everything together somehow, and it hasn’t been easy. Now more than ever everything is in place and ready to be inspired by your creativity and zest for life. Start 2014 with the light of positive and challenging energies; which won’t disappoint!

If It’s Your Birthday In the Next Two Weeks

Some inspiring changes are out there but need to be tamed if they are to be of any use to you right now. Because you will finish what you have started, roll up those sleeves and embrace that there is work to be done and that you are now the right person to do it!

Home for Christmas? I MUST be getting old. Yet another year goes by and it is time to write another Christmas and New Year message again. This year has been very hard for so many, and there seems to be suffering still all over the World, sadly closer to home than ever before. The message of Christmas can be well forgotten by many who are struggling out there and yet there amidst the tinsel and the turkey roast we somehow get by and live to celebrate the passing of yet another year. Tightening our belts and cutting back has reached a new height and we are resolved to it. The gift may be small, or maybe it has to be reduced to a smile and a card, but let’s face it… we need a diversion to break up the wintertime and January is the slowest month of the year. Christmas is a great time to reflect and to savour what we have. A family time where love is the prize, and we are all hunters pursuing it each

our own way. A time to show love and affection to those we care for, or to annually reward those who make our life so special in so many different ways. The snowy cold nights on the Lebanese border has seen tent dwelling Syrian refugees huddling to keep warm. Homeless and abandoned it would seem there is no hope for them as their country fails them hands down. Closer to home Moroccans take on the great swim to the Spanish mainland, and die in the process orphaning children and widowing wives in a desperate attempt to enter a civilised country for a better life; to survive. Homeowners are still homeless after still not receiving their claims for the damages brought about by Hurricane Sandy last year in the US, and many a UK home owner won’t have too good an end to the year when they too count the damage of tempest, storm and floods that have recently

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caused havoc. You don’t have to look too far to see people searching supermarket rubbish bins here in Spain, and I deliver clothes and shoes and food to the some of the many I know who are out there sleeping on the streets of Benidorm, as I write to you tonight, selfishly grateful in front of my log fire. I am constantly asked why does Spirit allow people to suffer if they are so concerned with wellbeing and considerate with their care. Simply they do what they can, and heaven knows what would happen if their tireless resolve and repair became unavailable. It would bring more suffering when what is really needed is the elimination of suffering and pain for all. They do what they can. Believe me. There are signs of change as a new prosperity in theory is rolled out to tempt us, but, yes, everyone has to do what they can, however hard it gets. We can do so much to be generous if only it comes in the form of care and consideration for those who would benefit from our tender love and care in any form whatsoever. We can look back

ACROSS 1. Founding (6) 4. Fit (6) 9. Discomfiture (13) 10. Right (7) 11. Banish (5) 12. Impediment (5) 14. Blemish (5) 18. Intelligence (5) 19. Take out (7) 21. Prosaic (13) 22. Give (6) 23. Made smooth (6)

ACROSS 1. Cut the corner? (6) 4. As drunk as a herring! (6) 9. Could they be hard-fought sewing contests? (6-7) 10. Organise a place for firing practice, we hear (7) 11. One has a nose for this (5) 12. Light meal container required about the end of the afternoon (5) 14. Transport by sea is a matter of skill (5) 18. This peg is fixed in the window elsewhere (5) 19. Where Arthur arrived with many more (7) 21. This provides solidity for one on the way to the bank (8-5) 22. Famous seaman shows a hold one can’t escape from (6) 23. Twists and relaxes, we hear (6)

DOWN 1. Rupture (6) 2. Inferiority (13) 3. Cherish (5) 5. Esteem (7) 6. Rainfall (13) 7. Decaying (6) 8. Offensive (5) 13. Touch (7) 15. Ridiculous (6) 16. Send (5) 17. Be present (6) 20. Track (5)

DOWN 1. The sort of weight for cock-fighting? (6) 2. It’s enough to drive you round the bend! (8-5) 3. Stop and pass on (5) 5. Exit in the open air (7) 6. They help to fill up a form at the same time (6-7) 7. Make an unauthorised departure in a private capacity! (6) 8. Brown figure without a head (5) 13. Extempore song and a variety of plays taken in by the company (7) 15. Describing the strong favourite “Rum Boy” (4,2) 16. Street contains one bin - hardly enough (5) 17. Aquatic creatures made to rest (6) 20. A man of endless wretchedness (5)

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to nostalgic elaborate Christmas parties of the past and enjoy the memories of happy days when we celebrated and didn’t have to count the cost. Those mind you were the days when a computer was the same size as Battersea Power Station, and there might have been an apple and an orange and dare I say it? A sixpence too, in your stocking. Oh dear… I am not getting old, I am old, but old enough to know that magic happens this time of the year if you let it. The year ahead has some amazing planetary moves that herald an upswing and cut a swathe through any transient gloom and doom that this year has brought to our door, once and for all. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and sincere wishes for a wonderful start to the New Year in January and all that 2014 brings you. Thus holiday season is always a mixed bag to be opened, but it just maybe too the start of something rather wonderful! I hope so, for all, I really do!


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Life health

Hearing evaluation/ consultation

ONCE YOU suspect your hearing has declined, it’s time to take action. The next step is to seek out a hearing care professional, who will give you a thorough evaluation and help prescribe and administer treatment. A consultation will normally take an hour to an hour and a half to fully and accurately assess your hearing impairment and individual needs. It is always helpful to have a friend or partner along to establish the lifestyle/ social effects of the impairment.

MEDICAL HISTORY History will include information regarding any operations on the ears and their general health; medical conditions that relate

to general health; information regarding the onset of the hearing loss and its duration. LIFESTYLE QUESTIONNAIRE Your hearing professional will want to know the types of sound environments you frequent, the activities you enjoy, and will ask other lifestyle-related questions to help customise the best solution.

OTOSCOPY Your ears will be examined visually with an otoscope to establish the general health of the ear, ear canal and eardrum. HEARING ANALYSIS /AUDIOMETRY Audiometry will be completed in accordance with the British Society of Audiology Recommended Procedure for Pure-tone air-conduction and boneconduction threshold Audiometry with

and without masking, and will include Air conduction testing, Bone conduction testing, Masking as required and an Uncomfortable Loudness level measurement. www.bsa.org EXPLANATION OF RESULTS An explanation of the audiogram detailing hearing thresholds in right and left ears - the degree of hearing loss, type of hearing loss. How the hearing loss will affect the individuals lifestyle. DISCUSSION OF RECOMMENDATIONS / HEARING AID OPTIONS If it is determined that hearing aids can help your hearing professional will show you the best solutions to fit your unique needs and lifestyle. Call now – you have nothing to lose and your hearing to gain!

If you have a concern about your hearing then call Richard G Sykes, RHAD FSHAA of Premier Hearing Services on 659 644 106 (premierhearing@hotmail.co.uk / www.premierhearingaids.es) for professional and personal advice. Richard covers all of the Costa Blanca area, and offers a free Hearing Test. The latest digital hearing aids are available and Richard is able to offer 50% off UK prices. Call now – you have nothing to lose and your hearing to gain!


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Life recipe

Fillet steak with tomato and red wine sauce

Torrevieja Dining Club

A TENDER fillet steak is a real treat but it needs a good sauce – and this one is rich, red and robust. It will take an hour or so to prepare, but it’s well worth the effort. • 2 fillets steaks • A knob of butter • Half an onion, finely chopped • A clove of garlic, chopped • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered • A sprig of rosemary • A couple of sprigs of thyme • A glass of red wine • 200ml beef stock • A pinch of sugar • Black pepper

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and gently sweat the onion and garlic until soft. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook gently until they begin to break down. Next, add the rosemary and thyme with the wine, stock and sugar. Simmer gently for about half an hour. 2. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve

and press out all the juices. Return the liquid to a clean pan and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes until you are left with about 6 tblsp of glossy, slightly sticky sauce. 3. Season the steaks with black pepper

and grill or fry to your liking. Serve on hot plates with the sauce spooned over and around. Serves: 2, Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour

If you have a recipe you would like to share with RTN Readers, email your recipe and if possible a photo to rtnmail@roundtownnews.com

THE TORREVIEJA Dining Club has for many years given generously to organisations that make life easier for others. For example: Alzheimer’s; Samaritans; Sunshine Club; Aspinal; Lorca Earthquake Appeal & the Red Cross - each of these were consulted to their individual needs then suitable gifts were given rather than monetary help. This year will be the third time the town of Rojales has received food and basic goods to the value of 1,500€. Social Services will then distribute as required for a few months to those families most in need. Many thanks to all our members who contribute towards our charities, at the same time enjoying our monthly luncheon at the Olympia Restaurant. Over the last twelve years 21,150€ has been donated to charity by the Torrevieja Dining Club. We know clubs and organisations in the area have helped many causes throughout the year to those most in need. All those drops add up to quite a pool!


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Life what’s on

Whittington returns CARELINE THEATRE plans to light up the New Year with the tale of political intrigue, part love story and an expose of the rat pack haunting the London underworld that is Dick Whittington and His Cat.

availchildren and Ladies now Kick Boxing classes for able! Call for details!

By Jack Troughton It is panto time again in Alcalali with a show to thrill children aged between eight and 80 and tickets already flying out of the Box Office. The show runs from 8th to 12th January and celebrates the centenary of the first recorded pantomime version of the much loved story of Dick and his cat (these days that might be Kat!). Once again Dick is off to London seeking fame and fortune but (as usual) needs the help of the audience as fate takes them on a journey across exotic lands and mystical worlds. Feel free to cheer, hiss and sing along to aid the popular hero become Lord Mayor. It is a rags to riches story and a musical extravaganza for the whole family. Can Dick and his loyal pet Tommy defeat Queen Rat and the vermin gang, will he win the hand of the lovely Alice, and will he come up trumps in the fortune stakes? You bet he will! Tickets are 12€ for adults and 8€ for children under 12, with a 10% discount for pre-paid tickets for groups 10 and over. The Box Office is open for bookings on 652 294 750 or carelineboxoffice@gmail.com. Doors open each night at 7pm with curtain up at 8pm. Matinee performances on Saturday 11th January and Sunday 12th January start at 3pm. The proceeds of the first night are being donated to Jalon Valley HELP and HELP of Denia and the Marina Alta. For more information about the panto and Careline Theatre visit www.carelinetheatre.com

Dick Whittington (Olivia Partington) and Tommy the Cat (Abigail Baldwin)

Join the carol singing

GET IN the Christmas spirit and join Javea International Baptist Church with some open air carol singing in Javea Port from noon this Saturday (21st December). Everyone is invited to the square opposite the Miramar Hotel where they can enjoy a coffee or drink with family and friends at the nearby cafes and bars – and warm up the vocal chords. The church members have planned a mixture of traditional and modern carols and hope to spread some good cheer. For more information and directions please access www.javeabaptist.com or call 96 579 5847.

Rhythm and blues returns By Jack Troughton BIG JACK’s Rhythm and Bluesband bounce back over the festive season with a popular homage to fifties rock and roll. The band plays Hotel El Bichet, Els Poblets, at Carretera Las Marinas km8.2 on Friday 27th December from 7pm with a ‘Barrel House Party’ featuring a sack full of honky-tonk piano. And on New Year’s Eve they provide the entertainment at Restaurant Yamasaki, El Vergel, Avenida Valencia 58. There is a special menu and bookings can be made at 96 575 1379. The band’s run at Restaurant Kalea in Calpe has now ended.


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Life music

Juan Saez: Spanish Guitar/Vocals JUAN SAEZ has been singing and playing his guitar for over 15 years here on the Costa Blanca. His easy listening Spanish and English interpretation of classic tunes has become hugely popular in elegant restaurants along the coast. A combination of Pablo Alboran, Joan Manuel Serrat, Jason Mraz, Francis Cabrel, Joaquin Sabina, are among many of his tunes that make for a relaxing musical evening. To see Juan live make a reservation at one the following restaurants. For more info: 645 390 994. GIGS IN DECEMBER Friday 20th - El Gaucho Rte. (Ctra. Javea to Jesus Pobre), Javea Sunday 22nd - Marriott Hotel, La Sella Brunch, Javea/ Denia: 1pm Thursday 26th - Rte. Plaza No. 6, Javea Port: 8pm

Friday 27th - Rte La Renda, Javea Port: 8pm Sunday 29th - Marriott Hotel, La Sella

Brunch, Javea/ Denia: 1pm Tuesday 31st - El Gaucho Rte. (Ctra. Javea to Jesus Pobre), Javea

The View: Guitar Duo

THE VIEW is a highly professional music duo that caters for all music tastes and styles. They consist of Andy and Debby Price, two accomplished musicians, which adds to the live atmosphere at every performance. For the past few years they have been working on cruise ships but they are now back on the Costa Blanca for a holiday. Take time out to see these artists performing – it will be a great evening of live music. On Thursday 26th December, ‘The View’ will be appearing at the Don Quijote Bar, Paichi Centre, Moraira at 8.30pm with a three course menu from 25€: for more info call: 606 721 288.

Paul Harris: Singer/Guitarist PAUL HAS had many years’ experience performing in the UK and also in Athens and Skiathos, Greece. Renowned for his high quality acoustic rock sets, all Paul’s performances are pure acoustic with no backing tracks and singing with passion and originality. His extensive repertoire covers everything from 60s and 70s, Rock & Pop including Rolling Stones, Beatles, Doors, Everly Brothers, The Who, Bad Company and Buddy Holly, etc. More recent music includes U2, Green Day, Oasis, Paul Weller, Van Morrison, REM, The Calling, Nirvana, Snowpatrol, The Verve, Crowed House, David Gray and many more. For more information and bookings please contact Paul on 671 110 097 or email: paulharris7@live.com. GIGS IN DECEMBER Saturday 21st - Tony’s Place, El Campello: (The Rockafellas) Tuesday 25th - The Pasaje Bar/Rte., Orba, Orba

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Life tech Magnet link

HI AUNTY: I have lost magnet link, how do I restore it? Can you help? PJH Aunty says: I assume you mean you are having problems with a ‘magnet link’ on a download site. Usually you simply click on a magnet link on a torrent website, and it opens in your p2p filesharing program. If you mean when you click on a magnet link and it does not do anything then: A) Make sure your p2p program is installed correctly and B) Make sure your file associations within that p2p program are correctly set up for magnet links. How you do these will depend on which of the many p2p programs you are using…

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HI AUNTY: Here is a question that none of my computer friends seem able to answer: In the add or remove programs and updates I have hundreds of updates listed ranging from: Microsoft. NET Framework 2.0 Service pack 2 installed 26/11/2009 through to Service pack 4 Updates for IE8 from 2009 thru to 10/10/2013: Updates for Windows XP from 15/01/2008 thru to 10/10 2013: The question is, can I safely delete the earlier updates keeping only the latest? Can you please help as if these earlier updates are no longer required I could save some disc / memory space: Paul Aunty says: It may not be a good idea to remove all the updates, as some of them may still be relevant, and may not have been updated with later updates. However, if you are no longer using IE8, then yes remove those updates - no point in having updates installed for something you know is no longer used.

Best protection

DEAR AUNTY: Please could you advise me of the best protection against mal viruses that I should use in general as when I had to put my laptop in to sort out a virus problem it came back without my Anti malware (Malwarebytes I think it was) and also my Ccleaner which I used on a regular basis. Morag. Aunty says: These days most Antivirus software also try to protect against malware. So it may be your current antivirus is fine. Otherwise, yes install Anti-malware bytes. CCleaner is more of a system registry and system cleaner tool, than an antimalware tool.

Recovering problems DEAR AUNTY: Sometimes all goes sweetly but frequently I get the message ‘program (name) or website (name) is not responding’ with ‘recover website’ if a website followed by a long wait before anything happens or I give up and restart. If I click the ‘recover’ button a small window usually - but not always - opens saying that ‘Windows is trying to diagnose the problem’. Again sometimes the problem is fixed fairly rapidly but sometimes not. If you have any ideas I should be grateful to see them. Tony. Aunty says: In many cases a ‘windows Explore’ crash can be down to a ‘plug in’ ‘add in’ or toolbar not working correctly, usually from a third party provider. One of these may not be installed correctly, or conflicting with another program, or being blocked by antivirus / antimalware software. You can see your ‘addins’ from the option in the IE10 Menu. However, even my IE10 frequency crashes with the same messages...which is why I tend to use other browsers like Chrome or Firefox. I hope the newly released Internet Explorer 11 is better...


20 DEC 2013 - 2 jan 2014

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Sim-Free Smartphone These days your phone is much more than just the device you make calls on and access your texts with. Nowadays it’s a multimedia device with camera, internet access, social media, games, music and much more besides. But not everyone wants to be locked into a mobile contract to enjoy all of this, so what could be better than a Sim-Free model. Basically this means you can install your sim card from any operator, in any country with compatible networks (UK and Spain are fine…) and off you go! So let’s take a look at the Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace. The Samsung is compact measuring in with a pocket/ purse friendly 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5mm and weighing a mere 113g. But this does not mean this smartphone is short on performance, with a 832MHz processor and 138Mbytes of RAM (expandable up to 32GB by microSDHC card), and running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), you´ll be whizzing along in no time. And the Samsung is a tough little blighter ready for modern life – the 3.5” 480 x 320pixel TFT touch-screen features Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance. And when you want extra functionality the Samsung has access to over 300,000 apps from the Android Market – so whether it be games or a kitchen timer you´ll find something to do the job. And there’s no need to worry about battery life with a talk time of up to 19 hours and standby of 964 hours! The Samsung can also access the internet via WiFi or your mobile network, and likewise your email and social media too. And if you want to take a picture there is a built in 5 megapixel camera with flash which can also take video. The Inspectors Verdict: Need a second phone? Want to be able to use it wherever you are? Want to have

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smartphone features without having to pay a fortune? Well, you won´t go too far wrong with the Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Sim-Free Smartphone – but be warned, you still have to pay for your calls! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound.co.uk/samsung-galaxy to purchase the Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Sim-Free Smartphone for 99€. Please note the power adapter has a UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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20 DEC 2013 - 2 JAN 2014

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‘Cross the line’ only when you are ready It was Nick Faldo who said: “Ninety per cent of golf is in the mind. The other 10 per cent? That’s in the mind, too.” IT IS no surprise that virtually all of the top professional golfers – and players in other individual sports – have mind coaches in their support teams. For professional golfers, the game is their livelihood. Their chances of winning money are greatly improved by thinking only positive thoughts. It is different in the amateur game where there is little awareness of just how destructive negative thoughts can be. Phrases such as: ‘I don’t like this course’; ‘I never get over that water hazard’; ‘I just can’t get out of bunkers’ – we’ve all heard these

excuses, or similar, at the start of a round. This is called Destructive Self Talk – and is the reason why you can be virtually certain that those same people won’t enjoy their round; will go into the water they are trying to avoid; and make a hash of playing out of the first bunker they land in. What I want to explain to you here is how to avoid negative thoughts in the time leading up to striking the ball. First, we need to divide the game of golf into two parts – Thinking and Playing– and to illustrate this I place a length of ribbon on the ground to separate the two areas. The Thinking area is one in which you visualise how you want the ball to fly. The Playing area is the one in which you will swing the club and strike the ball. While in the Thinking area, you need to ask yourself a number of questions because, before choosing the club you are going to use, you need to assess factors such as the distance you have to cover to reach your target, the speed and direction of the wind and the condition of the course. Then, and only then, when you think you have the answers, you should cross over to the Playing side of the line. This is the time to go into a pre-shot routine of picking a target in the distance on which to line up, bringing that down to a point about a metre in front of the ball (a few centimetres in the case of a putt) addressing the ball and making the swing. And here’s an extra tip: make sure you are breathing! It’s surprising how many players hold their breath while gripping the club. This leads to tension in the big muscles, restricts movement and leads to a poor shot. One final tip is to ‘live in the now’. For instance, if you have a good score going into the last few holes forget what’s gone before and don’t think about what lies ahead at the next hole. Focus only on the shot you are faced with. People who move forward, particularly in golf, are the people who live in ‘the present’, able to close their mind to anything else.

Head 2 Head

Which Nike man will Roary the loudest in 2014?

Tony: I’m looking forward to 2014. Will it be as good as last year? Campbell: The big headlines this time last year were about Nike paying the GDP of a small country to sign Tiger and Rory. Tony: That was money well spent. Duh! Did they actually win anything? Campbell: Tiger won plenty. Rory just had a bad year. Tony: A bad year? That’s like saying Manchester gets a bit damp. Do you think that maybe Tiger resents anyone else being called Rory? Campbell: Why would he? Tony: Well, tigers roar so maybe Tiger thinks he should be the one that is roary! Campbell: That must be the silliest point you have ever failed to make. Tony: I do it to make you look good. Follow the banter on Focus on Golf on BayRadio Saturday mornings (11am – noon)

Sergio bags a win at last SERGIO GARCIA has had seven caddies in the last 18 months. But you get the feeling the partnership with his latest bag carrier may last a little longer than the others. After all, Katharina Boehm is his girlfriend. And Garcia has just won his first tournament of 2013 – the Thailand Golf Championships, beating this year’s outstanding talent Henrik Stenson in the final round. Question is, will we be seeing more ‘partners’ as caddies on local courses? Asked if he had thought about asking his wife along to help change his luck after a winless year, one Costa Blanca society member replied: “No chance. The only bag she carries is the one with my money in it.”


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Life cars Suzuki Grand Vitara Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

THE WORD ‘grand’ is slowly creeping into motoring parlance. Only recently I tested the Chrysler Grand Voyager, which was certainly a large and capable people mover. So now I find myself confronted by another big vehicle, this time in the guise of the Suzuki Grand Vitara. It’s not as cumbersome as the Chrysler but the Japanese manufacturer uses the adjective to distinguish this large five-door model from the smaller three-door. Now that I have two little daughters, each with bulky car seats, such sizeable vehicles have become increasingly appealing. Inside the Vitara there is plenty of room and the black leather interior is stylish and robust, like the vehicle in general. With its burgundy finish and distinctive chrome Suzuki logo on the grille it is certainly eyecatching as you can see in the video at testdrives. biz. Dubbed a ‘soft roader’ Suzuki first introduced its rugged Grand Vitara in 1988, when I was still at school. Twenty-five years on and there are a plethora of 4x4s to choose from manufacturers that once shied away from this marketplace such as BMW, no doubt swayed by Suzuki’s success. And so it is somewhat gratifying to note that Suzuki has stuck to its guns with the model name and not decided to replace it or radically change the vehicle. Externally this third generation model doesn’t really seem to have changed much at all although perhaps looking slightly bulkier and modern;

testament to a strong design in the first place. I wonder did Land Rover draw inspiration from this model for its Freelander? There do seem to be similarities in its styling. The last time I drove a Grand Vitara it was fitted with a punchy but quite thirsty petrol engine. This time I am presented with a more frugal diesel unit. A decade ago it was hard to find a Suzuki with a diesel engine but now they are readily available across the whole range. The manufacturer claims that the 1.9 litre diesel unit fitted to this vehicle returns almost 40mpg and that it travels almost 400 miles on a tank. A journey to Brighton allows me to put it through its paces and it proves to be a competent motorway cruiser with very little buffeting despite relatively high winds. The steering wheel mounted cruise control is easy to operate. In these days of six and seven speed gearboxes it is quite surprising to only have a five-speed manual but this low ratio version enables it to be far more productive off road, when required. This becomes useful when my oldest daughter

suddenly alerts us to the fact that she wants to go to the toilet. We happen to be passing a field and the gate is open so no better time to do a spot of off-roading and find a suitable venue. New price range: 18,789€ - 28,043€ Facts at a glance: 0-60mph: 12.8secs Top speed: 106mph Economy: 37mpg Power: 127bhp Watch the video at testdrives.biz

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