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Hepatitis on the Costa Blanca: who is to blame? by Jan Gamm THE PSPV has demanded an urgent hearing with Health Minister Manuel Llombart over the treatment of Hepatitis in 2011 and whether health cuts are responsible for the spread of the contagion. El Defensor del Paciente (The Patient’s Advocate – a private practice dealing with compensation claims) has taken steps to begin legal proceedings against the Generalitat. Their 35-year-old client was one of ten people treated at the Marina Baixa’s La Vila Hospital in 2011. During later investigations to establish the source of the infection it emerged that hospital medical staff allegedly used multi-use vials to administer saline instead of single-use units. FACTS ON HEPATITIS

Benidorm fun run

Carnival Fun Run CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS started early last Sunday when Benidorm organised a fun run with a Carnival theme. See the full story on page 41.

The incubation period is around seven weeks, initially presenting as a ‘flu-like’ malady, progressing to more unpleasant symptoms: fatigue; nausea and vomiting; loss of appetite; weight loss; jaundiced skin and eyes; rashes; pain near the abdominal region… The liver swells enormously, giving the patient an appearance of pregnancy. There is no ‘cure’ for Hepatitis, rather medicines are prescribed to alleviate discomfort and try to limit long term damage as the disease runs its course, eventually

vanquished by the immune system which can be left ravaged and exhausted. And medicines administered to relieve the aches and pains of Hepatitis can produce similarly unpleasant side effects. Patients are isolated, usually kept on a drip and given daily injections to help boost the immune system. Hepatitis is a major public health concern as it spreads like wildfire and is a disease known to stealthily creep through communities as some infected patients will not develop obvious symptoms; hence its danger as a long term risk. DISGRACEFUL Hepatitis sufferer and Marina Alta resident Christine Donnolly spoke exclusively to RTN on the dangers of the disease: “If this has spread due to doctors and nurses using multi-use utensils it is disgraceful. And surely these professionals were aware of how contagious this disease is so why would they use multi-use vials? I walked around with Hepatitis for weeks before it was diagnosed so I was a chronic sufferer. Everything had to be boiled – sheets, clothing and so on, I was completely isolated from the rest of the family and had exclusive-use eating utensils yet I still passed the illness to my mother. Continued on page 3


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Javea marchers against repression in Venezuela



Bankia to pay young girl 35,000€ Javea supporters of Lopez cry for support for Venezuela

by Patricia Thompson AROUND 70 Venezuelan nationals turned out in the old town of Javea on Wednesday to march against repression in their homeland. Some were dressed in white to demonstrate solidarity with detained opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, wanted for inciting violent civil unrest, now in police custody in Venezuela after handing himself in. This week thousands Continued from front page “Hepatitis is painful with an unpleasant aftermath – frailty; weakening of gums; depression; possible long-term damage to the immune system…recovery can take years. My liver has never fully recovered and I shall never be able to touch alcohol again. Whoever is responsible for allowing this awful disease to spread should be removed from a position where they might

of supporters wearing white and waving Venezuelan flags gathered in Caracas in support of Lopez, who released a video statement on Sunday declaring that he had not committed any crime, insisting that allegations against him were untrue. In Javea Yorley Perez said: “Venezuela is experiencing a situation bordering on civil war with the population suffering shortages and the severance of civil rights. So we are launching a desperate cry for Venezuela right here in Javea.”

compromise public health.” CCOO union spokesperson Marisa Corcóstegui representing health workers at the Hospital de La Vila noted: “The facts are extremely serious. The working conditions of professionals in local health institutions are lamentable due to the lack of means.” Corcóstegui cited as an example the lack of surgical gloves and also pointed out that blister packs of single-use

saline vials only became available in 2013, coinciding with the onset of the investigation into the 2011 contagion, adding: “There is a clear ministerial responsibility here.” Socialist spokesman Ignacio Subías emphasised the need for explanations from Llombart: “This could result in a malpractice case as the result of negligence. If so, this will become an even more serious issue.”

A MADRID court has ordered Bankia to return to a nine-yearold girl the amount of 35,000€ invested in her parents’ name in preference shares. The judge found that the bank had acted inappropriately and prioritised its own interests, at the same time failing to properly inform the parents of the risk involved in their investment. They had followed the advice given by employees of the bank, believing they would generate a healthy return on the money ear-marked for their child’s education.


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Coca-Cola workers denounce the company WORKERS FACING redundancies as a result of the imminent closure of the Coca Cola bottling plant in Alicante are denouncing the company amid claims that it has effectively denied their ‘right to strike’. by Jan Gamm General Secretary of the UGT FITAG in Alicante, Joaquin Gil, said the decision was taken when ‘evidence’ emerged that the company had replaced striking workers and used a nearby distribution area for incoming merchandise from other plants. Coca-Cola Iberian Partners reiterated in a public statement this week that the decision to remove 1,253 jobs and close four plants was “…essential for the viability of the company” and there will be “no reversal of plans to shut down those plants earmarked for closure.” ERE On Monday President of Coca-Cola Spain, Marcos de Quinto, urged Iberian Partners to negotiate an early

ERE (Expediente de Regulación de Empleothe, the system within which Spanish employees are offered early retirement or redundancy). “I cannot speak for them as they are an independent company,” said de Quinto, “However, in France CocaCola operates with three plants, while in Spain there are 11 with a proposal to close four. And I think the offers put forward are generous.” COMPETITORS Disgruntled workers have nonetheless made a dent in the smoothness of Coca Cola’s operation. Competitors of Coca-Cola are seizing the opportunity to cash in on the plant’s distribution problems and other complications that have occurred since strikers started their protests. A number of bars and restaurants in the area are

resorting to an alternative supplier when ‘the real thing’ becomes difficult to come by. Lalo Díez, president of an association of entrepreneurs with an interest in the nightlife of the city, pointed out that organisers of large entertainment venues, especially large events, depend on a reliable supply of soft drinks. “When that supply becomes inconsistent, catering managers will understandably look elsewhere, said Díez, “… an unheard of phenomenon when dealing with one of the world’s biggest and most powerful suppliers. And although in the past many smaller companies could offer a better package, Coca-Cola has always been an untouchable competitor.” For now, Striking however, competitors are ‘seizing the workers moment’ and making the best of Cocaon 1st February Cola’s temporary discomfort.


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The land that time forgot… by Jan Gamm THE SPANISH government is treating the campaign to adjust the country’s working hours ‘seriously’ although as yet no action has been taken to ‘turn back time’. An article by Jim Yardley entitled: ‘Spain, Land of 10pm dinners, asks if it’s time to reset the clock’ was published by the New York Times on Monday. DEBATE It is true that while in most countries people prepare to ‘wind down’ at around 10pm, the Spanish evening is just beginning and the average Spanish family could typically still be watching the TV at 1 – 2am, sparking yet another debate on whether Spain in its struggle to recover from a crippling

Telefonica to be investigated for fraud and forgery THE NATIONAL Court is to investigate allegations that Telefónica along with two other companies swindled participants in a contest estimated to have earned €46 million. The Prosecutor of Santiago de Compostela will examine evidence against Telefónica Móviles, SA and Zed Worldine and Alvento Solutions SA for the alleged commission of an ongoing crime of fraud and also of forgery suspected to have manipulated the Emotion Movistar Million Contest in 2009.

One of Spain’s Most Wanted in custody

JULIO GONZÁLEZ Rubio, one Spain’s ten most wanted fugitives, was placed under arrest on Tuesday at a police station in Palencia, where he had personally turned himself in. The fugitive is wanted for a murder in Madrid. It is thought that he had been residing in Valladolid. Other criminals on the list are wanted for a variety of homicides; assaults; drug trafficking and robbery. Anyone with information that might be relevant are request to contact the police by email at fugitivos@policia.es or call 915 822 510 / 091.

downturn should consider falling into line with the rest of the world and opt for a nice traditional nine to five schedule. MYTH Contrary to the myth that Spanish workers are idle wasters who spend their extended lunch hours downing beer and wine followed by hours on their backs, urban Spanish workers are actually advocates of what they see as an ‘easier option’ of an eight hour stretch broken by a half hour lunch. The current working day is fractured with a lunch that starts at 2pm and a 4pm return to work, followed by a lengthy stretch that might continue until late evening, perhaps 8pm or 9pm, depending on the mood of the management. Ignacio Buqueras, an eloquent advocate of changing the Spanish timetable, confirms: “We want to see a more efficient

culture. Spain has to break the bad habits it has accumulated over the past 40 or 50 years.” PRESSURE 37-year-old lawyer and mum of two, Paula Del Pino, says: “These working hours are not good for families - an 8-to-5 workday would ease the pressure, “…but Spanish society is still old-fashioned. The people in charge are old-fashioned, and here they like it like it is.” Whatever the outcome regarding the Spanish working day might be, for sure it will be a Spanish decision as to exactly how and when changes will take place. A parliamentary commission recommended in September 2013 that the clocks go back an hour and an 8-hour day should be introduced but as yet no real action has been taken.


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EU investigates Spanish border guard shootings

Tax inspectors request cash for whistle blowers

THE EUROPEAN Commission in Brussels is demanding an explanation from the Spanish border authorities after Spanish border guards allegedly fired rubber bullets at migrants attempting to swim to safety off the coast of the Spanish-held enclave of Ceuta, North Africa.

THE PROFESSIONAL Organisation of State Tax Inspectorate (IHE) is requesting a budget to cover payments made to informers who impart confidential information in exchange for cash. The organisation’s Julio Pérez Boga Ranses explained that this would be a figure similar to that used by the Ministry of Interior for the use of police or Civil Guard.

by Jan Gamm The shootings occurred earlier this month and it was confirmed on Thursday 13th February by Spanish Minister of the Interior Jorge Fernandez Dias that 12 people drowned in the incident, prompting Amnesty International to urge the EU Commission, as guardian of EU treaties, to begin investigative enquiries. EXPLANATIONS EU Home Affairs spokesperson, Michele Cercone, said: “The commission will be requesting explanations from the Spanish authorities on these events as they continue to unfold.” The 12 fatalities were among 250 other migrants attempting to enter Ceuta from Moroccan territory on 6th February, some taking the land route and others braving the man-made breakwater separating Moroccan and Spanish waters. Rubber bullets were fired at a range of 25 metres to prevent the migrants reaching Spanish territory. AGGRESSIVE Dias said the guards did not fire directly at the people in the water and re-

marked that the shootings were “appropriate” due to what he described as the “aggressive behaviour” of the migrants, Reuters reports. 23 people who made it to Ceuta’s El Tarajal beach were immediately turned over to Moroccan authorities despite EU laws against ‘push-backs’ that specify asylum seekers must be given a hearing before being turned away. The Federal Union of Police (UFP) has appealed for help to “confront the brutal migratory pressure in Ceuta and Melilla,” claiming the police were “completely overwhelmed” by the numbers of immigrants that threaten

The border is patrolled by Spanish and Moroccan guards

Spain’s border defences. Spanish and Moroccan border patrols monitor the area jointly since 2004. And the Guardia Civil has intercepted 4,370 migrants trying to enter Spain this year alone. A spokesman for the police union, Serafin Giraldo, said police feared that in coming days ‘fence-jumping’ in Melilla could become routine. “We have neither the equipment nor the infrastructure to deal with this challenge,” he said. “Everyone - Morocco, the NGOs - washes their hands leaving the problem to the police and the civil guards.”

Alicante resident denounces 112

AN ALICANTE lady has denounced the 112 service after it failed to respond to an emergency last Thursday. Isabel Navarro called 112 when her 91-year-old mother suffered a seizure. The emergency occurred away from her home in Calle Orion, a well-known area off the Gran Via. However, after 20 minutes the service informed the caller that they could not respond as the street ‘did not exist’ and was ‘not registered on the system’, though a Google search renders a map of the street and its surrounding area in seconds. The elderly, frail and semi-conscious Rafaela Aznar was eventually helped by passing pedestrians who ran to the nearest hospital and organised an ambulance. Isabel said: “It is gross negligence and a shameful way to treat a 91-year-old.” This is just one of several similar incidences that have occurred since the 112 service was centralised in Valencia. The 112 operation centre has not commented on the matter. Rafaela is now recovering at home.


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UK and Spain working together to improve public services BRITISH MINISTER for reform Francis Maude was in Spain last week to discuss issues concerned with public sector reform, looking at ways that Spain could learn from Britain’s experience of delivering an ambitious efficiency agenda. by Jan Gamm A NUMBER of visits between Spanish and British officials in the last year have aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries on this shared agenda, including a visit by Deputy Secretary of the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office, Jaime Pérez Renovales, to learn about the British Government’s efforts to modernise and increase efficiency in the UK’s public administration. On 10th February in Madrid the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude attended an international conference on public administration reform, hosted by Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría. Building on the well-established relationship between the Spanish Government and the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude showcased the UK’s initiatives to reform public administration, comparing the UK experience with his counterparts. The Minister explained the UK’s determination to make public services better while saving hard-working taxpayers’ money and reducing the deficit. The Minister’s ‘no-nonsense’ approach saved the UK taxpayers £10 billion last year, with £500 million alone saved by stopping projects not aligned to IT spending controls. Reviewing, renegotiating and opening up public contracts to small businesses also had

a huge impact: “One great example of the potential from small businesses was when we re-tendered a hosting contract. The incumbent big supplier bid £4 million; a UK-based small business offered to do it for £60,000. We saved taxpayers 98.5%,” the Minister explained. Digitalising public services is also a key part of the UK’s long term economic plan. The Government has committed to make 25 services fully digital, from registering to vote to applying for a visa, in a bid to ‘make life better for citizens and businesses and change the way people think about how government works’. And the resulting savings are indisputable. The cost of digital transactions is 20 times lower than over the phone, 30 times lower than by post and 50 times lower than face-to-face. Digitalising public services could save citizens, the Exchequer and businesses £1.2 billion over the course of this parliament, rising to an estimated £1.7 billion each year after 2015. The Minister is ‘unashamedly militant’ about enforcing efficiency and innovation across the board to help Britain succeed in the global race, saying: “The work goes on. Not just to deliver digital-by-default, but more broadly, because making government more efficient and delivering simpler, clearer, faster services is a task that should never end.”

The 2014 World Press Freedom Index THE 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of countries that appear on the list is affected by ‘the right to inform and be informed’. Finland is at the top of the list this year, followed by the Netherland sand Norway – at the bottom of the freedom pile is Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, defined as ‘information black holes’. This year’s index covers 180 countries with its latest entry, Belize, ranking 29th. Spain ranks 35th, behind Slovenia at 34th and only two places behind the UK sitting at 33rd.

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“You are more gullible than you think” YESTERDAY I watched an advert from a bank with a warmly smiling bank manager saying in his promotion pitch: “You are richer then you think.” The gist of the advert was the manager comforting clients and recommending they take a break from the pressures and worries of their monthly mortgage payments by getting another bank loan to take a well-deserved vacation. Of course the advert portrayed a young couple laughing and sipping Margueritas whilst sunbathing on a deserted tropical beach with not a care in the world. The bank was advertising for customers to take a break from the pressures of having to worry about monthly mortgage payments and the mandatory life insurance policy through the said bank, and to take out an additional loan to pay for a vacation. So after that, the customers would be even further in debt and the fantasy of sipping Margueritas on a deserted tropical beach would have long since evaporated, unlike the increased debt. The smiling bank manager used the catch phrase: “You are richer than you think,” but that really means ‘further in debt’. The real phrase should read: “You are more gullible than you think.” Barbara Burns, Rojales

Park somewhere else YET ANOTHER year gone by and still nothing has been done about the motor homes that blight our Mercadona car park. Has the present council gone completely mad or don’t they care? Did you know that someone has it on line that Mercadona car park is ‘free parking for motor homes!’ What exactly is wrong with the brains of this council? These people stay there for free! The

council is looking for ways to get money - well there it is right under their noses! I seem to remember that at some point last year it was stated that the police were keeping check and that they were only allowed to stay 24 hrs - just who is kidding who! Over the Christmas period there was hardly any room for people to park when going shopping. Help stop these people and get them to go and pay in the beautiful sites provided for them. Mrs Parrish

Upgrading the Trenet line to Denia WE ARE very interested in the news that money is to be spent on upgrading the Trenet line as far as Denia. We very much hope that part of this can be used to create a ‘spur’ to serve the new Marina Alta Hospital at La Xara. Anyone using this hospital knows the frustration of finding a parking space there. In addition, many people who do not drive have to rely on friends or pay high taxi fares to get to the hospital. It is possible take the train to Denia and then a bus but it is not an easy option. We use the line frequently from Teulada to Alicante and are always envious to see people leaving or joining the train at the stop serving the Marina

Baja hospital near Villajoyosa. Right next to the stop! As many will know, the original Marina Alta hospital at La Pedrera in Denia also had a train stop –still used for patients attending the old hospital building there. My main point in this letter is to try to encourage as many people as possible to request a stop near the new hospital. Unfortunately, we are not familiar enough with the system to know how or where to begin such a campaign. Perhaps the local press and social groups of all nationalities could help with this? There was fierce opposition recently when it was rumoured the line would be closed. Perhaps we could now gather the same enthusiasm to

campaign for a stop near to the Marina Alta hospital? Who knows, this may already be under discussion by the Generalitat, but if it is not and not considered at planning stage, it’s unlikely to become a reality! It is probable that there would be opposition from some local landowners whose land might be needed for this project. Perhaps I am naïve, but I thought this kind of opposition was the very reason behind the LRAU law in the first place –which was then so appallingly abused by those who found loopholes to line their own pockets, instead of being used for the good of the majority. Lorna, Moraira

Benefits us all

I WOULD like to refer to the letter in the current issue of the RTN headed ‘Only interested in themselves’ from Joan Ashmore of Playa Flamenca, in relation to the flying of small planes over the area of the Orihuela Costa. I believe that they operate from San Javier airport which has as its main purpose the training of pilots for the Spanish Air Force. The airport is owned by the Air Force and shares its facilities with commercial aviation. The pilots will no doubt progress to be fully employed keeping the airspace of Spain safe for the benefit of us all. Chris Poole


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Further incursion by Spain into British-held Gibraltar by Jan Gamm

DARK CLOUDS are gathering over Gibraltar yet again as the British Foreign Office prepares to issue a ‘formal protest’ after a Spanish ship entered British-controlled waters around Gibraltar on Tuesday, disrupting a Royal Navy parachute training exercise. The incident is the latest in a long series of events the Foreign Office describe as “violations” - the most serious of which being the opening of a British diplomatic pouch at the Gibraltar-Spanish border at the end of last year and also the alleged firing of plastic bullets at a British jet-skier by Spanish police in July 2013. A Foreign Office department spokesman said it would be raising the incursion that occurred on Tuesday at “a high level.”

A British Ministry of Defence representative said the Royal Navy patrolled and challenged “all unlawful incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters” as part of the UK’s “commitment to uphold our sovereignty against unlawful incursions with a range of proportionate naval, police and diplomatic responses,” adding: “There must be no doubt that the MoD remains absolutely committed to ensuring the defence and security of Gibraltar.” Despite government assurances that Gibraltar is rock solid and under the protection of Britain’s political and military British leaders, Gibraltar residents confess to naval exercises having an uncomfortable premonition that another incident is bound to occur in Gibraltar scuttled by – and soon - to disrupt their peaceful Spanish community. incursion

Helena Bonham Carter appointed by Holocaust Commission

HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS Helena Bonham Carter who starred in ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘A Room with a View’ and appeared as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies joins the Holocaust Commission along with a panel of cross-party senior politicians and a senior rabbi. The 47-yearold Bonham Carter follows in

the footsteps of her Spanish grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón, a diplomat based in France who facilitated the escape of hundreds of Jews from the country during the Nazi occupation of 1940 to 1944. “I am honoured to be asked to join this commission,” said the actress, “…and do so in particular memory of those

members of my family who died in the Holocaust and as an inherited responsibility to my grandfather, who made a significant personal sacrifice to save hundreds of lives.” The public may submit evidence for consideration prior to the commissioners’ report to British Prime Minister David Cameron before the end of 2014.


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Linda Bell takes top award

Linda Bell, first prize winner of the Louise Clarke Writing Contest

by Keith Nicol A DELIGHTED Linda Bell won RTN’s top award, in the Over 18 Category of the Louise Clarke Writing Contest 2013. Her adventure story, about the Moors and Christians; scooping her first prize. Linda and husband Eric sold up home in 2004, packed their little VW Golf to the brim and drove to their new home and life in El Raso, Guadamar, “another story by itself” as Linda added, back in November 2014. They soon settled into the Costa Blanca lifestyle, with both enjoying socialising with friends, playing Petanca with the El Raso Bandits while along with writing poetry, Linda get pleasure from watercolour painting, learning Spanish at the local college and the regular visits from their son, daughter and three grandchildren.

Linda said: “I often receive my inspiration in the middle of the night and need to get up an write down my thoughts before I can go back off to sleep, which is exactly what happened when I thought of this story. We visit the Moors and Christians every year and enjoy the colour, noise and atmosphere and I quickly wrote a 900-word story. The most difficult thing was cutting it down to size and having to leave out all the juicy bits,” she added with a twinkle in her eye. Linda still writes poetry and said that this was a real inspiration to her to start writing again. She also had a story published in a short story competition in 2008, called ‘Torrevieja: Another Look’ and feels that there is at least one novel inside her. All of us at RTN would like to congratulate Linda on her winning first prize and encourage her to write that novel.

Luz Parra Exhibition in Ondara AN EXHIBITION by Madrid artist Luz Parra opened at the Exhibition Hall at the Ondara Casa de Cultura last Friday and will run until 28th February. The exhibition includes a number of portraits and figures in strong colours. One of the exhibits is on loan from the Pedreguer Buddhist monastery: Lama Rinchen of the monastery attended the opening accompanied by Ondara Councillor for Culture Vincent Vives.

Finestrat unveils tourist website By Irena Bodnarec MANY PEOPLE that come to Benidorm never venture further than the beach – with La Cala being particularly popular with families. But most do not realise that it actually belongs to the town of Finestrat as opposed to Benidorm. The popular La Marina shopping centre also belongs to Finestrat. For this reason the Department of Tourism for Finestrat have developed and launched a website which can be accessed at www.turismo.finestrat.org: The site is available in five languages including English and gives a flavour of the attractions Finestrat has to offer. These include popular hiking trails; a hotel and restaurant guide; historical facts; transport links and the site also includes some beautiful photographs of the town.


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Energy poverty in Spain by Jan Gamm RISING ENERGY prices and falling incomes have resulted in four million consumers falling victim to ‘fuel poverty’, causing more than 2,300 fatalities a year representing an increase of 55% since 2012, according to Kelisto.es. That is more than the number of road accident fatalities. In more than half of the Member States of the European Union consumers are protected from outages during the coldest months and also have reduced rates for ‘at risk’ groups. LITTLE SYMPATHY In some cases, such as Sweden, the social protection system takes over unpaid bills yet in Spain there is little sympathy for consumers facing unaf-

fordable winter fuel bills: in Spain there is no official definition of ‘fuel poverty’. However, the contributory factors to the high number of deaths as a result of fuel poverty are not difficult to assess. Families with little spare cash who cannot afford life’s necessities such as a healthy diet, medicines, school books and uniforms and who live in poorly insulated and sometimes badly constructed homes offering little defence against the cold, corners have to be cut somewhere and that somewhere is often the gas or electric bill. EAT OR HEAT

Families in Spain

As more Spanish families face a decision on whethmust er to ‘eat or heat’ it has emerged that cash-poor house- decide holds must spend well in excess of 10% of their in- whether comes to keep the home fires burning while suppliers to eat or heat continue to generate huge profit margins.


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Buyer beware by

Jennifer Cunningham

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to pass on my years of knowledge and experience in the insurance business in Spain, to assist you when you are thinking about purchasing or even renewing your car, house, life or travel policies. When comparing different policies, please do not take the verbal word but confirm that it is written in the policy documents. For example, buyer beware if the house policy seems very cheap - it will be for a reason and should you have to make a claim, you could discover this but by then it could be too late. No company can offer a lost leader on such a vital cover and I would like to point out a few questions you would be advisable to ask: Firstly, with regards to content cover, people have differing needs depending on the number of belongings they own. When you sit quietly and think how much it would cost to replace all that you own, bearing in mind that if you turned your house upside down everything that falls out is contents and include your complete kitchen, you would be quite shocked at the amount you require to be fully covered. If you don’t have sufficient cover you will be classed as ‘underinsured’ by the assessor, who will then apply

the proportionate rule and you will be paid far less than you would need to purchase the items again. Also at the same time check that the square metres of your patios, terraces, swimming pools and retaining walls are included in the policy: on so many occasions to keep the cost low companies often exclude them. How many claims are you allowed per year? And do you understand the exact cover that you have, or is it written in Spanish and not been explained to you? If you answer yes to some of these questions, then you could be unfortunate enough not to receive as much compensation as you expect. The last piece of advice is to check that you have new for old cover. Again if this is not the case, replacing some or all of your belongings could be prohibitively expensive. Liberty Seguros have three levels of cover therefore have a level to match each personal need and pocket. Car policies to a vast degree are very similar. However, there are a few vital points to check. One way that companies are able to reduce the price of the premium is by only insuring the driver and not the passengers. This would mean that should an accident occur and the passengers be injured they

would not be covered. ‘Unbelievable’, you may be thinking, but I can assure you that when prospective clients have brought in their car documents for us to check, many have discovered to their horror that their passengers have not been covered. So please, all of you, check your car documents, and again do not rely on the verbal word. Do you have a protected no claims bonus? Is it written into your policy documents? Finally with regard to full European cover, never assume this is automatically covered and be aware that some companies limit the mileage that a tow lorry is authorised to transport your car (even in Spain) in case of breakdown or accident. Again, none of this applies to Liberty Seguros. The third policy that concerns me is Life Insurance. I am very conscious of wanting to help clients to save money and often we can offer a premium up to 50% lower than the banks. Also when you took out your policy were you asked to declare any pre-existing health issues? If not, then your beneficiaries could be in serious trouble when making a claim as it could possibly be classed as pre-existing and not declared when taking out the policy, this means it would be exempt from payment. As

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long as you give two months required notice, there is no legal reason why you cannot cancel your policy and transfer to us for a better cover and a reduced premium. Finally, never be tempted to travel without travel insurance to cover accidents, delays… Cancellations for illness or death do occur and you need to be protected. Your EHIC card will assist you in Europe with any healthcare emergency but obviously nothing else. The cost of medical care worldwide is prohibitive and must be taken into account. I understand that on all cruises it is obligatory. My company can offer a comprehensive plan with three different levels and also up to 85 years of age. So bearing all the previous comments in mind, why not contact us? We can advise you on your existing policy and at the same time offer you a very competitive quote with one of the leading Insurance Companies in the world with years of experience in the industry behind them. Become one of our extremely satisfied clients. We have offices in various locations: ring your nearest branch or check out www.jennifercunningham.net

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


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New draft bill hits search engines for copyright payments THE PP government introduced a new intellectual property law last Friday that allows news media companies in Spain to charge search engines such as Google and Yahoo for displaying copyrighted content. Following the example of Germany, Belgium, France and Portugal, Spain will push for a share of the revenue generated by ads that appear alongside copyrighted material including news items, links and headlines. REMUNERATION Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria announced in a news conference that the PP government has drafted the new law for parliamentary approval but did not elaborate on exactly how the revenue would be collected. She clarified that search engines would not be required to seek permission to publish but would be required to equitably remunerate the copyright holder for use of content. A Google spokesperson responded by commenting: “Google in Spain has not yet seen the exact wording of the new bill and therefore cannot comment.”

The Spanish media has been severely affected by the prolonged economic crisis in recent years, with advertising revenue dropping and thousands of supporting staff made redundant including 9,500 journalists.

by Jan Gamm

REDUNDANCIES Irene Lanzaco, deputy director of the Association of Spanish Newspaper Editors (AEDE) said: “The association is pleased to support the new intellectual property regulations that recognise a long-standing demand from news editors.” The Spanish media has been severely affected by the prolonged economic crisis in recent years, with advertising revenue dropping and thousands of supporting staff made redundant including 9,500 journalists. Last year, Google earmarked €60 million to assist the media in France in ‘internet development’ but did not take the step of paying for the publica-

tion of content. And Germany’s new copyright law introduced in March 2013 allowed the media to charge search engines for using content but the original bill was diluted, leaving the use of links and small excerpts exempt from payment. PIRACY Another area being addressed within the new law is Spain’s involvement in piracy - one of Europe’s worst offenders for allowing the illegal downloading of movies, games and music. The new draft covers the introduction of speedier processes for shutting down piracy sites and implementing sanctions for sites that direct traffic to illegal downloading activities.

Footloose and happy singles in Spain AN INTERESTING study carried out in 15 countries by Ipsos has exploded the myth that people need to be in a relationship to be happy. It has been revealed that 70% of unattached Spaniards are as content as those in a long term relationship, leading to the conclusion that the majority of Spain’s population is ‘emotionally secure and independent’. 67% of singles worldwide are declared ‘happy’ compared with 78% of those with a partner: the difference is just 11%.

The Masons go public

MASONIC LODGES with their tradition of discretion and secrecy have traditionally ‘kept themselves to themselves’ but it seems that the Javea lodge is departing from convention and adopting a more ‘transparent’ personality! The access road into the town is now sporting a large sign that is hard to miss, boldly displaying the Masonic badge of the Grand Lodge of Spain and Iberia with accompanying information text.


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Oh Mummy! A SPANISH archaeological team in Egypt has discovered a 3,600-year-old mummy. by Jan Gamm The top of the mummy’s wooden sarcophagus, estimated to have been made during the reign of the Dynasty of the 17 Pharaohs, is decorated with colourful representations of bird feathers of various shapes and sizes. The discovery was made during excavation work on the west bank of Luxor in the necropolis of Dra Abul Naga. Team manager José Galán said: “The casket is very ancient and few items of this type have discovered.” The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim confirmed that the find had been dubbed the ‘Sarcophagus of the Feathers’ and added that although the casket has not yet been opened it has been ascertained by “…peeking through a small slit in the casing” that the mummy inside is in good condition. The Spanish mission began excavation in the tomb 13 years ago, finding many objects made during various dynasties of the New Kingdom.

Excavator runs aground on Denia beach

AN EXCAVATOR ran aground on one of Dénia’s beaches on Friday when the driver took his machine just a little too close to the soft sand near the water’s edge. The excavator keeled into the sea and partially sank. The rescue operation afforded onlookers amusement for some hours while the vehicle was towed to safety by two other machines.

Fundraiser for MABS in Albir

By Irena Bodnarec A YEAR ago this month one of Albir’s favourite landlords, Willie of Lill’s Lounge, succumbed to stomach cancer. Throughout his short 10-week battle with his illness he and his wife Deborah Lilley received tremendous support from MABS – both morally and with equipment loan. By way of thanks Lill’s Lounge continues to support this very worthy charity and tomorrow night, Saturday 22nd February, they are holding a fundraising 60’s and 70’s Fancy Dress Theme Night. There will be karaoke, games and a raffle, with some fabulous prizes donated by many local businesses. Lill’s Lounge can be found on the Bld de los Musicos, next to the Roman Ruins.

The ‘Sarcophagus of the Feathers’

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money Spain closes 2013 with highest debt in 100 years SPAIN IS set to exceed €1 trillion in public debt which reached €961.555 million at the end of 2013, representing 93.7% relative to GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the highest it has been for 100 years. Latest report studies by BBVA, warn that ‘there is still a long way to control public balance’. Experts point out that “…to redirect the path of debt below the 60% threshold it is necessary that the nominal growth of the economy is higher than the rate implicit public debt interest.” In a report published by the IMF last month Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff hold that “…restructuring will be needed particularly on the ‘periphery’ of Europe: given the magnitude of the debt and forecast it is doubtful that fiscal austerity is sufficient, even combined with financial repression.”

Spain’s valiant female breadwinners By Jan Gamm STUDIES BY the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) reveal that women in Spain are taking significant roles as breadwinners as a result of the economic climate. The wage gap between men and women reached almost 23% according to the latest available data (which relates to 2011). This means that a woman has to work 84 days a year more to earn the same as a man. It also means that when women are between jobs their social remuneration is considerably lower, causing even more hardship for families in recession-hit Spain. UNDERGROUND The economic difficulties women must cope with in a country torn by unemployment and the imbalance in the wage scales between the sexes drives the female workforce ‘underground’ to seek second or even third sources of work for survival cash. This makes it near impossible to assess the real state of the average income of families in Spain. A recent report presented at a

press conference by Equality union representative Almudena Fontecha finds that a huge percentage of households with dependent adults and children are supported by women receiving lower incomes than men. WOMEN ARE CHEAPER In an example where a man in Spain in 2011 earned about 25,667€ a year, a woman had a salary of 19,767€ leading to another obvious truth - that companies struggling to survive a crippling economic climate might feasibly make attractive savings on their payroll commitments by employing women instead of men. Figures also show that women remain unemployed for a shorter period than men. In 2012, more than 7.7 million women were employed: of these, 1.7 million were on a ‘lower’ income – that is defined as 612.9€ per month – in other words below the poverty line. Only 51.4% of women earn 1.5 times the minimum wage of 641€ per month and only 0.27% of them outperform it tenfold. The study concludes that women’s ‘impoverishment’ is a

The wage gap between men and women reached almost 23%

direct result of their lower wage average. PENSIONS Going a step further along the line, lower wages have a detrimental effect on the size of women’s pension entitlements on retirement. Women are mostly found in the lower amounts of contributory pensions, with an average of 440.25€ per month compared to 849.79€ per month for men - 32.58% less. More than a million retired

women today are suffering the consequences of discrimination throughout their working life. And these emerging trends will have a far-reaching effect on the country’s demographics. The birth rate is dropping year upon year as women focus on sustaining the incomes of smaller families rather than committing to having more children, in some cases having fewer children than they would like, and also taking an independent decision to have children later in life.


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Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

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Taking the advice of the bike-hire man

IT’S THE end of the February half term holiday for most children from the UK. THE AEROPLANES will be full and they’re on their way back to homework, the exam season and all the other trials and tribulations of school life. Most will be sad to go back. Hopefully they have had a few pleasant days away from the floods and perhaps even managed to play on the beach. For many people who come to live in Spain, this is how their Spanish experience begins. One holiday here can lead to more and from there to the big decision to buy a holiday home, perhaps with a view to moving out here one day. I remember after a particularly long summer holiday complaining to the bike-hire man that I didn’t want to go back to the UK. His answer? ‘Some of us never did’. It started me thinking and perhaps he, inadvertently, is responsible for our move out here and that life-

changing step from non-resident to resident status. It’s not such a leap for some people. There are those who are retired already, with a home in both countries who find they can split their time comfortably between the UK and Spain: five months here and four months there. It’s a perfect combination for some, but how you split that fifth month is crucial. You cannot be resident in two countries. One must be your main country of residence. In theory it’s wherever you spend your 183rd day. That’s your home. It might seem a relatively light decision to make but in fact it has enormous consequences. If you decide to make your 183rd day in Spain then you will need to secure your civil residency here, your health care and your driving licence. You will also, in the vast majority of cases, need to pay tax to the Spanish Tax Authority on your worldwide income

here, including on pensions, rental income, income from interest and other investments. This must all be declared by making a resident tax declaration before the 30th June each year. (The only exception is if you receive a crown service employment pension when the tax must be deducted in the UK). In some ways, applying for residency is the easy part of making a move to Spain. For many, the more difficult issues are those around leaving and missing family and how they balance the temptations of living in a holiday destination with their own health and sanity. However you decide to do it, there is no doubt that it can be the most rewarding, if occasionally frustrating, experience. If you are hovering over where you really want to live, perhaps you need the timely words of a bike-hire man too.

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


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legal

by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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Transferring a property in Spain to a Limited Company (SL) SIR, I am British, and for tax reasons I would like to transfer a property I own in Alicante to a Limited Company (SL). Could you please indicate what is the best way to do so, transfer the property into the company as capital base, or by selling it? DEAR READER, thank you for your enquiry. These are two completely different types of transactions. Therefore, to answer properly, we should know the circumstances of your case and know what is your ultimate goal. If you want to know which of these two options is the most economical, then you should know that: The first option, i.e., the contribution or transfer of a property into a company, means that you transfer your property into the company in exchange for equivalent value in shares. This operation is taxed by the Corporate Transactions Tax. Normally this is 1%, but depending on where you have to pay taxes, it can vary, being set by each region Thus, it is not a property sale to a company, but it is a contribution as its capital base, for this reason it is not taxed as a transfer. This is the cheapest option.

The second option, the sale, is a completely different transaction. You sell your property to a limited company (SL), who purchase it, without other consequence or involvement, i.e.: there is no change in the company capital base. You do not become a shareholder of the company, etc. Of course, the company will need to pay you the property price, and the payment must be duly accredited in accordance with money laundering regulations. Sometimes, real estate properties are incorporated into companies with the aim of later on transferring the shares to try to avoid transfer tax on property sales, which in the Valencian Community currently amounts to 10%. Under Article 108 of the Spanish Securities Market Law (Ley de Mercado de Valores), the transfer of company shares do not incur Transfer Tax or VAT. However, these taxes must be paid if the shares’ sale

actually intended to convey property without paying taxes. That article outlines some of the cases where it would be understood that the intention is to avoid the property transfer tax: i.e.: when the buyer of the shares gains control of a company whose assets are formed in at least 50 % by properties in Spain which are not subject to a commercial, company or professional activity , etc. If you want to buy a property through a company, or transfer a house to a company, our firm can help you, informing about the most effective way to do so, and advise on your best course of action, depending on your circumstances , current legislation , etc . You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ WhiteBaosAbogadosLawyers

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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money

Insurance chief:

by

Wayne Martin

International Financial Adviser

‘Serious questions over annuities’ TOO MANY pension savers are led into buying annuities when they retire, the head of the insurance industry has indicated. THE STARTLING comments were made in the wake of a report showing that insurers short-change 150,000 customers on their retirement income every year. Regulators calculated that savers are deprived of £11m in annual income because they are sold poor-value annuities by their existing pension provider. The chief executive of the insurance trade body said there were “serious questions” over whether annuities should be so widely sold in future. He said: “The annuity concept has enormous merit but it was designed for an era when life expectancy was much shorter than today.” Annuities turn a pension into a guaranteed income for life. They are bought by 400,000 people each year. Just one financial adviser in 10 would buy a conventional annuity while rates are at their current lows, a survey has found. If you are in the position of thinking about buying an annuity, you need to shop around to get the best deal. For people who intend to move or live abroad there is the option of a QROPS which has enormous advantages over a traditional pension or annuity in most cases. Last year the ABI implemented a code of conduct to help savers make better choices. However, the number of people switching providers has barely increased since the code was launched. If you don’t talk

to your financial adviser you could be seriously jeopardising an opportunity to increase your pension benefits on retirement. A relatively short discussion with an independent financial adviser will soon reveal if you are likely to be missing out on the ability to enhance your pension pot and enjoy tax efficiency and other significant benefits like the potential to pass on the whole of your pension to a nominated beneficiary on your death. You need to act now: the more that you delay the less time there is to put things on the best footing. In the current uncertain economic climate I would urge you to speak to a professional financial adviser today and arrange a review of your circumstances don’t delay, get in touch today. Look after your wealth and your wealth will look after you. If you have any questions or need any advice regarding the above you can contact me on 636 361 588 or email wayne.martin@blacktowerfm.com

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


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currency

by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Costa Blanca North

Making your house sale funds go further WHEN I sell my house in Spain, what is the best way to maximise the amount of Sterling I receive into my UK bank account? Secondly, how can I ascertain the amount of Sterling I will receive given the completion on my property is six weeks away? This question is interesting because when using a Spanish bank to exchange the Euros to Sterling it is not only the rate but also the fees that have to be considered. Typically, charges can be up to 1% for simply depositing the draft from the notary and transferring the Euros out. Add to this the rate of exchange and you really could be losing out. Using a currency company such as Moneycorp is a way to ensure that you are receiving the most competitive exchange rate. However, we can also save clients money on the bank fees, ensuring

more Sterling arrives into your UK bank account. As an example, the additional Sterling generated on a property sale price of 200,000€ could be as much as £4,500 by using Moneycorp instead of your Spanish bank. For the second part of your question there is of course no way of predicting at what level the £/€ rate will be in 6 weeks’ time. However, relating back to a previous question on the timing of transfers, you do have an option that can help. Once your property is sold and the 10% deposit secured you are able fix the exchange rate for delivery of the Sterling at a later date (to coincide with your completion). Forward contracts protect against adverse currency movements and can be used to lock into favourable exchange rates. This will also mean that you will know to the exact penny the Sterling amount you will receive after completion. The process is simple and requires only a small deposit as the balance is payable once you have the proceeds of the sale. For further information on the range of services discussed and guidance when selling your Spanish property please see www.moneycorp.com/roundtownnews or call 0034 902 887 243 Regards – The Moneycorp Team


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Start winning and start earning “Win, lose or draw,” says Milton Express director John Murray, “…we’re more than happy to illustrate how effective following our sports betting advices can be. We always, always stress that the sports betting advices pay in the longer term. They’re by definition volatile, unlike our arbitrage facility, but will definitely outperform that return over any sensible protracted period.” Winning Express will be advertising its monthly results locally on radio stations. And results certainly seem to justify the company’s confidence. Mr Murray explained that since January 2013, anyone following the sports betting advices, placing the bets themselves and adhering to the carefullycrafted staking plan, would have seen a 62% increase on their original capital by the end of December. “Sticking to the staking plan is crucial,” adds Mr Murray, “Our advices are proofed to the national UK press and a firm of chartered accountants. We advocate transparency but those results and returns are all intrinsically linked to the staking plan explained to everyone who joins Winning Express.”

Winning Express will be hosting a Presentation Day & Business Opportunity Meeting at The Hi Five Eatery, Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Via Park II, Playa Flamenca, on Wednesday 12th March at 3.30pm. Please contact the La Zenia Office to arrange an appointment.

FORTHCOMING EVENT Members benefit not only from the services themselves: Winning Express offers an outstanding double-edged business opportunity - earn generous commissions and build a substantial income by recommending the services to others. This business can change your life for the better: come and learn more. Winning Express will be hosting a Presentation Day & Business Opportunity Meeting at The Hi Five Eatery, Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Via Park II, Playa Flamenca, on Wednesday 12th March at 3.30pm. Please contact the La Zenia Office to arrange an appointment. So whether your goal is achieving a regular tax free monthly return, along with access to their arbitrage trading facility or if you’re looking for a lucrative home-based business, Winning Express is the ideal vehicle. WINNERS CIRCLE Congratulations to Neil Ryder, our latest competition

MILTON EXPRESS, originators of the arbitrage scheme that has consistently paid clients a monthly return of over 2%, actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility.

winner, along with his wife Christine: they will be enjoying five days in Dubai, staying at the Royal Meridian Hotel and taking in a visit to racing’s World Cup. Join Winning Express for a trial period with a money-back guarantee and not only will you benefit from all the services you’ll have the chance to enter some fabulous competitions available to our members. Winning Express exists to provide its members with tax-free returns, along with an earnings opportunity and a sense of enjoyment in simply belonging to a club dedicated to mutual success. JOIN NOW FOR £99 And sample the full services for three months: appointments can be arranged at the office, your own home or a venue to suit. 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.


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home & garden

by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

Making your garden healthy and ecological WHILE PROGRESSING the winter cutback and clean-up did you find any sign of insect and fungal attacks to plants suffering from a shortage of nutrients? THE ANSWER for most gardens will be no except for mild minero insect attacks on citrus leaves that first appeared in the 1980s in a big way; geraniums attacked by the dreaded geranium moth that appeared in the early 1990’s; sooty leaves on citrus and bay trees; wooly aphids in the hearts of citrus trees where light does not get in or you are over-watering and getting honey fungus on stone fruit trees. And if they are present ecological solutions are readily available as explained in the pest control chapters of our four main gardening books: ‘Your Garden in Spain’, ‘Apartment Gardening’, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’. Suggested ecological solutions are as follows: Weekly garlic in water sprays for geranium moths. Potassium soap solutions with added neem for woolly aphids and let sun and air into the centre of affected plants and consider whether you are over watering established plants or co-planting thirsty and drought resistant plants. Propolis in water sprays for sooty leaves and honey fungus.

Minero attacks: cut off affected leaves and spray with a neem and water spray – 3 to 5 ml per litre of water. We also keep an eye open for companies that are offering increasing ranges of ecological products, often initially developed for large scale agriculture but now being made available for gardens. Some we test ourselves for interest. Some company names to look out for in horticultural shops, agricultural cooperatives, animal feed warehouses that also sell vegetable plants and fruit trees plus appropriate care products, garden centres are Flower, Neudorff, Idai, Seipasa, Soljivit and Trabe. One can of course also visit their websites to find out more about individual products and ask for the address of the nearest stockists. In some cases like Agroitems and Trabe one can buy direct by mail order. One way to have a healthy garden is to improve the soil before planting with 20 to 30 percent of composted garden material including 10 percent of well composted animal manure. I use goat, chicken and rabbit manures, plus in containers some worm compost.

This will enable plants to grow well without having to resort to using inorganic pelleted or liquid feeds. The only vegetables that we feed while growing are fruit vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette, melons and squash which we generally feed with a diluted comfrey feed. The feed for diluting we make by filling a medium sized plastic dustbin with cut leaves and then filling it with water. This is usable after three or four weeks. In addition to the ecological solutions mentioned above I also use natural yellow sulphur powder to dust the leaves of fruit vegetables and grape vines against mildew attacks and ecological Terra-Cottem to improve the moisture holding capacity of the soil at the bottom of planting holes, especially when planting in the spring. Another thing we think about is what to plant near what. Mindful co-planting can avoid potential problems such as planting a row of onions or garlic around carrots to deter carrot flies and garlic under roses to deter aphids. But this is for another article and it is discussed in the vegetable book.

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


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advertising feature

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Moving with the times

THE NAME Siesta Group may be new but the company certainly isn’t, formerly trading as Iron Art Factory Outlets, one of the largest suppliers of garden furniture and accessories on the Costa Blanca for more than 15 years. Products are handpicked to ensure unique value for money on products that will enhance any home and garden, with garden furniture designed directly with the factories to produce an exclusive range that is competitive on price and one step ahead of the market. As well as an extensive range of quality garden furniture, Siesta’s Gata De Gorgos and Los Montesinos outlets offer an extensive range of leather sofas and home accessories. The range

Garden furniture is designed directly with the factories

To move with the times and trends the Siesta Group decided to change its company image and profile with a name that is easier to remember, more in keeping with the company’s products and bringing to mind relaxation, comfort and tranquillity. The Siesta Group has beautiful showrooms at Gata De Gorgos, Guardamar Del Segura or Los Montesinos and customers may also shop online via www.siestagroup.com.

The Santa Cruz high back convo set

is now to be extended to include a range of designer fabric suites at excellent prices with three containers arriving at the end of March. The recently renovated Gata de Gorgos showroom now boasts 2000m2 of garden and showroom space, incorporating Ye Olde Tearoom where Deb will rustle you up a tasty snack, very popular with local clubs who want to meet up and have a meal and a catch up without paying expensive restaurant prices. Management team Deb and Mick are always happy to oblige anyone interested in hosting an event and they can be contacted on 96 575 7775. The popular Los Montesinos showroom celebrated its first anniversary in November by extending space from 400m2 to 800m2, managed by newlyweds Dave and Elena: contact Dave on 608 002 165. The Outlet at Guardamar Del Segura, still based within the Procomobel Home Centre, has 500m2 of showroom space in a purpose-built gazebo, enabling the garden furniture to be displayed

in natural daylight. Managed by Tracy, who has been with the company for eight years, the site has an excellent relationship with a regular clientele: telephone Tracy on 96 672 6891. And an added attraction on a Saturday morning is the Moncayo market held in the grounds of the Procomobel Home Centre, open from 9am to 2pm. If you dislike trudging around the shops the new website at www.siestagroup.com is clear and informative and gives customers the chance to shop in the comfort of home, especially useful if your property is a holiday home and you don’t want to spend precious family time shopping. Pick your furniture, pay on line and leave the rest to us! We will arrange delivery to suit (wherever possible) using our experienced driving team or via a trusted courier service. Siesta Group offers expert advice and valuable information: visit or telephone the sales hotline on 0034 96 672 6891, Monday to Friday, 10am – 8pm: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm.


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travel

Cruise Spain, Balearics, Italy & Corsica SEVEN DAYS departing from Valencia, this fabulous cruise offers an insight into fascinating cultures, a kaleidoscope of colours and incredible tours. And an opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved vacation with complete freedom to regenerate both mind and body. Valencia (Spain) - 6pm Palma de Mallorca (Spain) - 7am – 1pm Olbia (Italy) - 3pm – 9pm Civitavecchia / Rome - 8am – 7pm La Spezia (Italy) - 9am – 7.30pm Ajaccio (Corsica) - 9am – 7pm Navigation Valencia (Spain) - 4.30pm EXCURSIONS Palma de Mallorca: Discovering Palma, either by bicycle or on foot, is an exciting

adventure offering inspiring views and unique insights into Mallorcan life. Of particular interest is a visit to Valldemossa, one of Mallorca’s prettiest villages about 17km from Palma. Here you will find the 13th Century monastery known as the ‘Real Cartuja de Valldemossa’, where Chopin lived from 1838-1839. The village is surrounded by lush forest and is a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts. Another attraction is the impressive ‘Son Amar’, combining traditional Spanish Ballet and Flamenco with Michael Jackson and Can-Can! A not-to-be-missed spectacular with top reviews. (Valid only for ports of call until midnight). Calling at Olbia – a little fishing village that grew to be Sardinia’s busiest ferry port. The area is aromatic with wild herbs and the sea is electric blue!

La Spezia

ON TO ROME Departing from the port of Civitavecchia, cruise to imposing and ancient Rome, rich in monuments, gardens, opulent villas and timeless art. From the Colosseum to the Campidoglio; the Basilica of St Peter and the ancient Ostia; mosaics from the Baths of Neptune; the Theatre; the Temple of Rome and Augustus and the Forum surrounding the ancient government buildings of old Rome… La Spezia, one of Italy’s most exciting ports of call between Genoa and Pisa, an important Naval base and rich in galleries and museums. …and Ajaccio in Corsica is a fun destination at any time of year with gorgeous beaches and excellent restaurants.

Cruise on THE GRAND CELEBRATION the Grand Renovated and adapted to Spanish taste Celebration

in 2008, The Grand Celebration is a luxury floating resort offering everything you could possibly need to make your dream cruise an unforgettable reality. Spacious outdoor areas afford a great opportunity to enjoy the sun with an elegant cocktail or lounge by one of the two swimming pools - or try a relaxing Jacuzzi with breath-taking sea views guaranteed! The ship boasts three restaurants and three indoor bars, each with its own unique personality. Entertainment is found 24/7 at the Grand Theatre Mirasierra or the Attica Nightclub where you can dance the night (and day) away. And for those who like to keep fit there is a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, weight room and a wealth of therapy treatments available. Prices start from only 480€. Call Gandia Tours on 96 610 6872 to reserve your cabin today!


Life

Celebrate the Saints in Benidorm! DON’T MISS the opportunity to celebrate two famous Saints days in the party capital of Europe.

Join in the street parades to celebrate the Fallas

ROUND TOWN Travel is proud to offer you a fantastic 4-day, 3-night mini break in the heart of Benidorm, putting you right in the centre of the festivities so you won’t miss a thing! The first saint to be celebrated is that of St Patrick and for this special occasion there’s no better place to be than at Benidorm’s biggest Irish venue ‘The Shamrock’ hosting an actionpacked, fun-filled day (and night) for all to enjoy. There will be authentic live music from some of Ireland’s finest musicians with a guest appearance and dancing by ex ‘Riverdance’ star Matt Hogan; traditional food; lots of free giveaways and of course plenty to drink! The bar will open its doors at 10am for those who want an early start or a spot of breakfast, before the official line up starts at 1:30pm, guaranteed to go on into the early hours of the morning. After a few hours sleep, you get the chance to do it all over again, but this time, in Traditional Spanish style, joining the street parades and parties celebrating the fiestas of the Fallas! There will be parades, parties, lots of loud bangs and you must see the intricately detailed, brightly coloured statues and figures that are finally burnt in the streets to commemorate the patron saint of carpenters, San José. This celebratory 4-day, 3-night mini break, checking in on Monday 17th March and leaving on Thursday 20th March, is available from just 55€* per person in a self catering apartment or just 85€* per person in a 3* hotel on a full board basis. To book and for further information call Round Town Travel on 96 681 3261 or book on-line at www.roundtowntravel.com. * Prices quoted are based on two people sharing.


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what’s on

UB40 are coming to town! TIME TO get out the dancing shoes and perhaps a glass of ‘Red Red Wine’ - yup, UB40 are coming to town! The three founding members, Ali, Astro and Micky, have reformed the band and as well as working on a new album they’re going to be touring places as far flung as Dubai, Derbyshire, the Azores and … Benidorm! BENIDORM PALACE Due to their sell out concerts in Torrevieja and Marbella in 2013 and the demand to bring them back, a one-off concert is to take place at the Benidorm Palace on Sunday 27th April when UB40 will perform their famous hits for two whole hours! The band formed in 1978 in Birmingham and achieved more than 50 hit singles in their long career, notching up an incredible 70 million record sales with legendary songs such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, keeping toes tapping for decades. Doors open at 8pm and the concert will begin at 9.30pm. Tickets start from just 40€ and are available from: Benidorm Palace Box Office Tel 0034 96 585 1660 Round Town Travel Tel: 0034 966 813 261 Or direct from the promoter, Heatwave Promotions: Tel: 0034 96 679 2595 or 0034 629 056 720. www.heatwavepromotions.com www.UB40.org

Vicars and tarts invade San Miguel IF YOU fancy a little dress up, fantasy action for a good cause, then the ‘Vicars & Tarts Ball’ on Thursday 6th March is the place to be. After the success of APAH’s Halloween Ball in The New Tavern in San Miguel de Salinas, APAH are returning there once again and are delighted to announce that the fantastic ‘Woody’ from ‘Woody & The Peckers’ has agreed to provide the entertainment at the next fund-raising event for APAH Animal Rescue Charity. Fancy dress is optional, but lets face it, most of the guys will jump at the chance o dressing up as a tart, while organisers expect a few cross dressing vicars to be in attendance too, But whether you choose to dress up, or just go along and enjoy the fun and entertainment, you will be helping to support a very worthwhile cause. The action starts at 8.00pm with tickets priced at just 8.50€. More information on tckets from Yvonne on 630 422 563.


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showbiz gossip

Is it the handbag or LaBeouf? WE ARE very much in a time when famous folks will stoop to almost anything to get their name in front of us paying customers, and over the last 7 days I have dug out 2 possible candidates for what is my ´Saddo of the Week´ Award. The first contender put their product in full view at the worse possible moment, and in the second case an actor proved that he will go to any lengths to make sure we know he exists. The first item features fashion house Valentino and one of their handbags. Amy Adams, who starred with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2012 movie ´The Master, ´ attended his wake and yes you guessed it, she was photographed on three separate occasions with a ´Valentino´ bag on full view. All sorts of “we regret …” and “We deeply regrets …” have been offered, but the die is cast is it not ... corporate greed at its most offensive!! The second candidate for the award is Shai LaBeouf, a 27 year old actor who decided to sit himself down in a Los Angeles Art Gallery as part of the exhibition, for a full week, and hand out ´implements’ that relate to some of his films, including a whip and Transformers toys … Super Sad? … Sure is! Other objects offered to visitors included a pair of pliers, (Qué!), a bottle of Jack Daniels (that´ll do me!), and a bottle of Cologne? … LaBeouf however is the star of the show sitting on a table in a small room next to a bag declaring ‘I am not famous anymore’, which he wore at the Berlin Film Festival … Over his head!! Both these fools qualify for my ´SOW´ award, but as I only have one I´ll let you all decide whom it should go to … Send in your choice written on an old 20 euro note.....

by Peter

Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips

Quick reminder about the ´Muppets Most Wanted´ movie that is due for release on March 28th. Apart from reminding you, it’s here as we discover that Miss Piggy might well finally get married to Kermit in the film, and that Vivienne Westwood has designed the dress … “it’s a white pearl sequin fabric made from recycled water bottles, and is the perfect choice for a royal sow,” said Vivienne ... Pig-tastic!! Naill Horan of One Direction has taken up a challenge from Welsh rugby player Mike Phillips, but a seriously stupid one. Horan called Phillips an “arrogant idiot” about a scuffle he was in at the end of a match, and Phillips tweeting back “come down to training big boy, and bring the rest of The Beatles with you.” Love it!! It’s always been difficult for me to accept John Travolta as a baddie in movies, even as mega he has been in that type of role. I appreciate that actors want to take on fresh challenges, but his Danny Zuko in Grease was so outstanding I would love to see him take on that type of character again. I say this as the news is JT is punting for the villain role in a Bond movie … Tilt! On 12th February 1974 the BBC first broadcast children’s TV show Bagpuss, and come 1999 it was voted the most popular show in kids TV. Emily Firmin, daughter of co-creator Peter said “I can´t believe its 40 years since I sat in that old Victorian outfit and posed with him, I’m so delighted he’s as popular as he ever was.” They only made 13 episodes and repeated them for 13 years ... Amazing!!


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Friday 21st February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin: Home Comforts 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:25 Room 101 20:55 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Pound Shop Wars 24:55 EastEnders

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:20 The Great Interior Design Challenge 08:20 Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day 09:20 Lifeline 09:30 Live Winter Olympics 13:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:30 Live Winter Olympics 20:00 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 22:30 QI 23:00 Alan Davies Apres-Ski 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Synecdoche, New York

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Edge of Heaven 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Americans 24:40 The Chase

07:15 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Ireland 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Extreme Dog Styling 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 23:00 The Last Leg 23:50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 24:20 The Naked Gun 21/2: the Smell of Fear

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Benidorm ER 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Recipe for Murder 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Fastest Train 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 23:00 Navy SEALs

07:00 Emmerdale 08:00 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 2 Fast 2 Furious 24:10 Take Me Out

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 16:30 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Role Models 24:00 Troy

Saturday 22nd February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Food & Drink 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 16:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 18:55 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:15 Pointless Celebrities 20:00 The Voice UK 21:30 The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:55 The Football League Show

07:00 Little Polar Bear 2

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:45 Canimals 07:55 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:15 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Dinner Date 11:30 Murder, She Wrote 12:30 ITV News and Weather 12:39 ITV Central Weather 12:40 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:10 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 14:05 Casino Royale 16:35 Midsomer Murders 18:35 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 The Cube 20:00 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 21:20 Take Me Out 22:50 Jonathan Ross Show 23:50 ITV News and Weather 24:04 ITV Central Weather 24:05 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

07:00 SuperScrimpers 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Trans World Sport 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 How I Met Your Mother 13:00 How I Met Your Mother 13:25 The Simpsons 14:00 The Simpsons 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:00 The Restoration Man 21:00 Walking Through History 22:00 Hostages 22:55 Transporter 3 24:55 Cop Land

07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Access 11:15 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 13:00 Sabrina 15:25 Diagnosis Murder 16:25 Columbo: A Bird in the Hand 18:20 Columbo: the Most Crucial Game 19:40 5 News Weekend 19:45 NCIS 20:30 NCIS 21:30 NCIS 23:10 Nora Roberts’ Midnight Bayou

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 Coronation Street 10:05 Emmerdale 13:00 You’ve Been Framed! 13:30 All New You’ve Been Framed! 14:30 The Mighty Ducks 16:40 Brit Awards 2014 18:55 The Perfect Man 21:00 Ocean’s Eleven 23:20 Celebrity Juice 24:10 Hannibal

07:00 Switched 07:25 Make It or Break It 08:10 Ugly Betty 08:55 Charmed 09:55 Glee 11:00 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 How I Met Your Mother 12:00 The Mindy Project 12:30 Rules of Engagement 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 Rules of Engagement 15:00 The Mindy Project 15:30 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 Rude(ish) Tube 18:00 Rude(ish) Tube 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Airplane! 23:50 Rude Tube 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

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07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Freesports on 4 08:30 Arenacross 09:00 Frasier 09:25 The Taste 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 14:55 How I Met Your Mother 15:25 The Simpsons 16:00 The Simpsons 16:30 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:35 The Devil Wears Prada 20:40 Channel 4 News 21:00 Time Team 22:00 Bridesmaids 24:25 Sex and the City: the Movie

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 Olly the Little White Van 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:00 Access 12:10 The Dog Rescuers 12:45 The Hotel Inspector 13:45 Ice Road Truckers 14:45 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 15:45 The Kid 17:45 Over Her Dead Body 19:35 5 News 19:40 Man in the Iron Mask 22:00 Daybreakers 23:55 The Matrix Revolutions

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:05 Take Me Out 14:35 You’ve Been Framed! 15:05 Kangaroo Jack 16:50 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 18:15 Junior 20:30 Ocean’s Thirteen 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 24:00 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments 2013

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:35 Charmed 09:30 How I Met Your Mother 09:55 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:55 Hollyoaks 13:30 Revenge 14:30 Rude(ish) Tube 15:00 Rude(ish) Tube 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 17:00 The Tomorrow People 18:00 Troy 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 23:00 The Big Bang Theory 23:30 My Mad Fat Diary 24:30 Rules of Engagement

08:15 The Magic Box 10:00 Live Winter Olympics 12:30 Escape to the Country 13:00 Flog It! Trade Secrets 13:30 Live Winter Olympics 17:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:50 Final Score 18:05 Live Winter Olympics 18:35 Final Score 19:00 Live Winter Olympics 20:10 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 The Culture Show 23:00 QI XL 23:45 There Will Be Blood

Sunday 23rd February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:15 The Indian Doctor 15:55 Flog It! Trade Secrets 16:30 Escape to the Country 17:15 Deadly 60 on a Mission 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 Pointless Celebrities 19:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Blandings 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 The Musketeers 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:35 The Devil’s Double

07:00 Bachelor Knight

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 08:30 Monty Don’s Italian 07:45 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories Gardens 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 09:30 Countryfile 10:25 Murder, She Wrote 11:20 Dickinson’s Real Deal 10:30 Live Winter Olympics 12:20 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 15:30 Live Winter Olympics 12:30 Countrywise 12:45 Inside the National Trust 17:00 Live Winter Olympics 13:45 Evil under the Sun 16:00 On Her Majesty’s 20:00 Hunt vs Lauda: Secret Service 18:50 ITV News Central F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Dancing on Ice 20:45 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 Top Gear 21:30 Dancing on Ice: 22:00 Dragons’ Den The Skate Off 22:00 Mr Selfridge 23:00 Alan Davies Apres-Ski 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:14 ITV Central Weather 23:30 Line of Duty 23:15 It’ll Be Alright on the Night 24:15 Premiership 24:30 Of Time and the City Rugby Union

Brit Awards 2014 16:40

Junior 18:15

Monday 24th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin: Home Comforts 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Have I Got Old News for You 24:20 BBC News: The Editors 24:50 The Graham Norton Show

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Saints and Scroungers 09:20 Helicopter Heroes 10:05 Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain 15:45 Cagney & Lacey 16:30 Bergerac 17:20 Are You Being Served? 17:50 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Food & Drink 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Culture Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 DCI Banks 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald

07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:35 Frasier 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:35 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Four in a Bed 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Troy 24:50 BodyShock

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Ultimate Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:20 McBride: Fallen Idol 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! 23:00 Criminals: Caught on Camera 24:00 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Mom 22:30 Dads 23:00 The Job Lot 23:30 Plebs 24:00 Fake Reaction 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 08:55 Charmed 09:55 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 How I Met Your Mother 24:35 How I Met Your Mother


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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin: Home Comforts 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Traffic Cops 24:35 Who Do You Think You Are? USA

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Helicopter Heroes 10:05 Great British Garden Revival 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain 15:45 Cagney & Lacey 16:30 Bergerac 17:20 Are You Being Served? 17:50 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:00 The Planners 21:00 Great British Sewing Bee 22:00 The Necessary War 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Horizon

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Sports Life Stories

07:20 Countdown 08:05 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Four in a Bed 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 21:00 Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds 22:00 The Taste 23:00 Strippers 24:05 8 Out of 10 Cats

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Trauma Doctors 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 The Shell Seekers 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Dog Rescuers 20:30 Police 5 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 Body of Proof 24:55 CSI: Miami

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 2 Fast 2 Furious

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 10 Things I Hate about You 23:00 Troy 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

wednesday 26th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin: Home Comforts 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Outnumbered 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Film 2014 24:35 Blandings

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Countryside 999 08:45 Caught Red Handed 09:15 Helicopter Heroes 10:00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 11:00 An Island Parish 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain 15:45 Cagney & Lacey 16:30 Bergerac 17:20 Are You Being Served? 17:50 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:00 The Planners 21:00 The Restaurant Man 22:00 Line of Duty 23:00 Inside No 9 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Necessary War

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Live FA Cup Football 23:20 ITV News 23:50 ITV News Central 23:55 FA Cup Highlights 24:55 Jonathan Ross Show

07:20 Countdown 08:05 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Four in a Bed 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 21:00 The Restoration Man 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 First Dates 24:00 Bodyshockers

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 The Shell Seekers 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Trauma Doctors 21:00 Born to Kill? 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Suspects 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport: Sydney 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Cube 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Party Wright Around the World 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 The Big Reunion 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:30 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 My Mad Fat Diary

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Operation Hospital Food 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 James Martin: Home Comforts 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Pound Shop Wars 21:30 Inspector George Gently 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Helicopter Heroes 10:05 Italy Unpacked 11:05 An Island Parish 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain 15:45 Cagney & Lacey 16:30 Bergerac 17:20 Are You Being Served? 17:50 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:00 The Planners 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure 22:00 Jumbo: The Plane That Changed the World 23:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Restaurant Man

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Emmerdale 20:45 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:10 ITV News and Weather 23:40 ITV News Central 23:45 Edge of Heaven 24:45 The Cube

07:20 Countdown 08:05 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Four in a Bed 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Coach Trip 18:30 Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Paralympic Winter Games - The Countdown 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 The Storms That Stole Christmas 23:00 The Repo Man 24:05 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 Hunger Point 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Royal Funerals: The Inside Story 21:00 Henry VIII & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Brain Hospital: Saving Lives 24:00 Extraordinary People 24:55 Access

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Fake Reaction 23:50 Mom 24:20 Dads 24:45 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 The Inbetweeners 23:00 The Midnight Beast 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 Rude Tube


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Carnival Fun Run

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Dance like no one is watching

BENIDORM KICKED off the fiesta celebrations early last Sunday by hosting a Carnival ‘Fun Run’.

A GREAT day was had by all in Javea last Saturday at the fun Charity event ‘Dance like no one is watching’ organised by Spectrum FM in aid of Javea Cancer Care and EKA. Javea Mayor Jose Chulvi, pictured with local attraction ‘The Beach Dancer’, joined in the fun on the Javea Arenal ‘David Ferrer’ promenade on a glorious sunny day. Hundreds of people danced the afternoon away and nearly 700€ was donated to charity and either had a good old boogie or watched from a safe distance! Spectrum FM’s John Migan spun the ‘happy tunes’ while free coffee and croissants were supplied by the newly reformed Nostro Restaurant. Plans are already underway for an even bigger follow event so watch this space!

Some of the fancy dress runners

By Irena Bodnarec Following the huge turnout and success of the San Silvestre race just after Christmas, the organisers arranged the first of what will hopefully become a regular Carnival run. The 5km course looped along the length of the Poniente beach front and consisted of a mix of serious club athletes at the front and those participating just for the fun of it lagged behind. As it was a ‘Carnival’ theme, many of the runners turned up appropriately dressed in a selection of colourful fancy dress outfits to capture the mood.


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British exhibition in Villa Joyosa

British Objects exhibition at La Barbera Museum

By Irena Bodnarec VILLA JOYOSA tourism department currently has an interesting exhibition on at the La Barbera Museum entitled ‘British Objects – Welcome to a taste of Blighty’ showcasing the Victorian era. The exhibition, on for the entire year, endeavours to impart a taste of what

daily life was like - culture, fashion and main industries during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th Century. Some of the items on display, such as china, a crockery set and biscuit tin, were provided by the Royal Household! Organised school groups have visited as part of an educational

experience and even tasted a traditional afternoon tea. The tour and exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday at 12 noon - no reservation is necessary, just turn up. For more information either visit the web at www.vilamuseu.es or call 96 685 1001/Ext 2805.

Masonic Homes AGM THE ANNUAL General Meeting of the Masonic Homes of Valencia Association will be held at the Espai la Senieta in Moraira on Thursday, 20th March at 2pm.

Marina Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club

THE MARINA Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club looks forward to welcoming UK NAFAS Demonstrator Judith Clancy on Thursday 27th February at the Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira. Floral Designer and Arranger Judith helped to design a spectacular Festival of Flowers at Durham Cathedral entitled ‘Jewels of the North’ at the end of August 2013, featuring more than 50 magnificent floral arrangements.

Doors open at 2pm and everyone is asked to be seated by 2.45pm: all are welcome with admission for members 5€ and visitors 8€. For enquiries ring Sue on 96 689 6350 or Tina 96 583 3197 And Judith will be holding a workshop at La Senieta on Wednesday 26th February from 10am – 1pm. Those who would like to attend should contact Jo on 96 558 1609. Further information may be found at: www.marinaaltafloralclub.com


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Actions of Venus show that it may be a good time to enact a truce. You have made your point and backed your decisions with sensitivity and loyalty, and yet things have still not changed as they should have. The retrograde actions of Mercury have meant that messages have fallen on deaf ears, but it is actions now that will see things through.see things through. Venus sextiles with Saturn bringing together two vital elements that need to be addressed. It is vital that you see things from another dimension since wily Saturn brings sound advice and consistency with both wisdom and resolve. Whilst your emotive energies are challenged, please do not give up on something that is well and truly worth it. Mighty Uranus, planet of technology and experimentation errs on the side of caution after actions midweek with a lucky Jupiter. This is the very best of times to go out on a limb and to undertake anything remotely connected with enterprise and new undertakings. Nothing ventured nothing gained, and you are entering a new phase. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. Someone is being wilfully stubborn, but instincts tell you to hang on, and that all will be well in the end. The Sun touches on Neptune bringing in expansion on a recent deal, and expectation as the mood changes for the better, and you are gifted and guided to make the most of it. Uranus has been instructive in delaying your recent actions and the take on with Jupiter means that some, if not all, clouds may very well have a silver lining. What has gone from the agenda is your need to fight, and this loss of having to be defensive allows you to use energy in other more positive and more grounded ways all round. Time to get of your high horse and to practise what you preach. You have been rewarded for the uphill struggle and the difference that you have made, but it is high time for you to rest on your laurels and take a back seat. With the current actions of the Sun and Ceres, it is time to use your expertise with another project to get your teeth into. Balancing the books right now demands that you focus on financial matters that are needing restructure and resolve. Unexpected expenditure has made you dig deep, and has now to be rectified. Uranus brings the impetus to turn things around, and urges you to nip things in the bud before a drama really does become a crisis of your making. Temper, temper! Keep yours above all, whilst other people, all around you, appear to be losing theirs. There has been slow progress, and you have had some false and diversionary information which you should take with a pinch of salt. With Saturn now in plain view and a resilience brought about by an inner anger, you’ll get by, for sure. Jupiter takes an active interest in what you are trying to do right now, bringing assistance and reveal to ensure that you stay there, on top. The balance and mighty power of a determined Uranus brings dividends in disguise, as initially there is some purposeful work that you have started but not finished and which now needs completion! With the Sun in Neptune you are blessed with new responsibilities and the freedom of realising your own success. Your planetary leader, Uranus is in cahoots with Jupiter, in addition, and if ever there was a time to go out there and get what you want, then it is now. Ideas and even your dreams all point you onwards to new valid ventures. With the Sun in Neptune you are blessed with new responsibilities and the freedom of realising your own success. Your planetary leader, Uranus is in cahoots with Jupiter, in addition, and if ever there was a time to go out there and get what you want, then it is now. Ideas and even your dreams all point you onwards to new valid ventures. You seem to be playing a game, albeit a game to win, right now. With pressures building and time on your hands it is time that your tried and trusted policies are adhered to. Change will come when it does, so do not worry that you have fingers in all the pies because there are some new and important leads that will come to your assistance.

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Cosmic energies point towards a culmination of power and enterprise. Be inspiring and determined because these are talents well sought, that will work well with current global demands; and your own self development issues.

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Kenny Corris For Readings, Consultations and Castings email: kennycorris@hotmail.com / www.kennycorris.net Mobile: 686 361 594 / Tel: 965 878 424

IT IS good to be back once more. Writing this article is the highlight of my week, and it is a wonderful way of uniting those of us with even the slightest spiritual leaning. YOUR MESSAGES have taught me one thing for sure….that sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until you no longer have it. Rather like electricity, it is taken for granted when you have it and sorely missed whenever you suffer a power cut. Life is easier when the lights are on. The past few weeks have literally flown by and many people have been very concerned on global warming issues, blaming this for the subsequent bad weather that

has lashed its way through the UK and unleashed panic and wildscale flooding I am sure that we all would join together to hope for a calm resolution to storms and conflict and the misery that this weather has brought to all who suffer and continue to do so. I have encountered flooding hands on. In London, just before my departure to Spain some twenty years ago, my apartment was devastated by a burst water main. The smell,

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the rotting of furniture and the distress caused was unbelievable and unforgettable. It did however greatly help me decide what to take and what to throw away, and I believe it was Spirit’s way of allowing me to make a fresh start here in Spain…..which I did. As the winds blow, and temperatures drop here, Spring isn’t too far away for us now, buds are on the bough, blossoms are heavy, and I will be back with you next week, God willing and weather permitting!

Email your letters to me at: kennycorris@roundtownnews.com

KENNY, HOW do I get help for my youngest daughter? She sees Angels and says she talks to someone in her room… do I just let this go by, or do I get her help now? Kat.J Kat, this all depends on how your daughter feels about these close encounters, and how old she is. If they are causing distress, then a focus has to be made to resolve; otherwise just be sure that she draws what she sees, that would help greatly, and let’s meet up to discuss what we can do if we need to!

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Across 6. Liken (7) 7. Serpent (5) 9. Attempt (3) 10. Shows (9) 12. Prophetic vision (6,5) 15. Understaffed (5-6) 17. Society (9) 19. Wicked (3) 21. Pangs (5) 22. Immense (7)

Across 6. Getting up a revolt? (7) 7. It just goes to show how time passes! (5) 9. Our first cardinal (3) 10. River rose, perhaps, to fill it? (9) 12. An order which doesn’t require attention (5,2,4) 15. Father, in making wagers, is very careful (11) 17. They may struggle to break locks (9) 19. Consumed stirred tea (3) 21. Complete set of notes (5) 22. Make believe (7)

Down 1. Fret (5) 2. Secret agent (3) 3. Region (4) 4. Not resolved (9) 5. Not detailed (7) 8. Concealed (6) 11. Harm (9) 13. In one’s possession (2,4) 14. During (7) 16. Bisect (5)

Down 1. Odd person to alter the motion? (5) 2. One who could be taken for a ride (3) 3. Low joint keen to be reformed (4) 4. Madly in love and such a romantic place (3,6) 5. Put in the shade, naturally (7) 8. Comment about foreign (6) 11. Doesn’t sit inside and is conspicuous (6,3) 13. Sting to anger (6) 14. Good route for a long-distance driver (7) 16. Baby bird? (5)


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Asking people to repeat themselves: a sign of Hearing Loss? HAVE YOU ever been told to turn the volume down on the TV? Or maybe you can’t quite understand what people say, especially in noisy places. NONE OF us like to think we are getting old but hearing loss is actually more common than you think. For the over 50s, 1 in 5 people have some degree of hearing loss. It usually creeps up on us over a number of years and since it is usually painless it might be a while before you realise your hearing is no longer as good as it used to be. The realisation that your hearing has deteriorated might be when your grandchild comments on the sound of a bird singing and you can’t hear it, or even that you have difficulty hearing your grandchild’s voice clearly. You may even have difficulty hearing others at social gatherings, particularly if there is a lot of background noise and not just because the music is too loud! Hearing loss can leave an individual concerned, feeling isolated, frustrated and even depressed. But there is no need to be, in fact, you can do a simple Self -Test right now, just look at this list of common signs of hearing loss:

Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves? Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy or busy place? Do you misunderstand conversations? Do you find that you can hear people talking but you can’t make out the words? Do you turn up the volume on the TV or radio? Do you avoid social occasions? Do you have greater difficulty hearing female or children’s voices? Have your family, friends or colleagues suggested that you have your hearing checked? If you have answered yes to any of these questions it might be time to take that step and have a hearing evaluation carried out by a qualified registered hearing aid audiologist.

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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Looking after your feet THE FEET are anatomically complicated structures which we tend to use; abuse and take for granted. The foot and ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated) and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. The heel bone is the main weight-bearing bone in the foot and has a layer of fat underneath to cushion it. In the mid section, two longitudinal and one transverse arch are maintained by the interlocking bones, strong ligaments and pulling muscles during activity; these arches serve as a shock absorber for the body. Excessive strain on the tendons and ligaments of the feet can result in fallen arches or flat feet. At the tip of the foot are the toes which are crucial, especially the big toe, in maintaining balance, which needs

constant adjustment especially on uneven surfaces like Spanish pavements. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO TAKE SOMETHING THIS GOOD FOR GRANTED? Due to their position and function, feet are exposed to a variety of infections and injuries, including athletes foot (caused by a vegetable parasite or fungal infection); bunions; corns; calluses; hammer toes (caused by ill fitting shoes); Verucaes and warts (caused by viral infection). Stress fractures or damage to tendons and ligaments are caused by over use or damage, and ingrown toe nails are caused by incorrect cutting of the nails. And these are just some of the more common problems. One of the most common problems is sweaty feet: as feet have 250,000 sweat glands this shouldn’t be a great surprise. It is an uncomfortable condition that causes problems in everyday life. Shoes can be ruined; it can be difficult to wear sandals or for women to wear heels because of the tendency to slip and sweaty feet may lead to foot odour and fungal infections, particularly between the toes and under the toe nails. Synthetic materials in footwear or wearing the same shoes day in day out so that shoes don’t get a chance to dry out in constant use can be contributing factors. Also, being on your feet all day can cause Diabetes or obesity. LOOKING AFTER YOUR FEET IS ESSENTIAL IF YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GOOD Wear clean socks or tights daily; wash and thoroughly dry them at least twice a day; cut toe nails straight across and not too short to help prevent them growing inwards; wear comfortable, well fitting shoes, preferably leather and change them regularly. Never wear high heels for long periods of time - high heels are known to throw off the natural weight balance which can also affect the lower back. Use a quality moisturiser on your feet and if the skin is very dry, liberally apply moisturiser, then wear socks. Soaking the feet and then using a foot file, rasp or pumice stone is good to help remove callus; some beauty salons offer specialised treatments for this. Have regular pedicures, not only to improve how your feet look and feel but to give your therapist a chance to check them over and advise on any suspected infections; corns; bunions, etc. Seek medical advice.

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Tengo que

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

LAST WEEK you had some more homework to do, so here are the answers as usual. This time you had to translate into English. Necesito firmar esto para comprar mi casa. I need to sign this in order to buy my house. Voy a volver a casa para ver el fútbol. I’m going to return home to watch the football. Quiero aprender español para hablar con mi vecino. I want to learn Spanish in order to speak to my neighbour. Notice that sometimes it’s appropriate to say “to” and sometimes “in order to”, as the two have the same meaning. This week we’re going to look at one more “first person” expression, before moving on to pastures new in the next lesson. This time the expression consists of two words: tengo que. Tengo que means “I have to”, so therefore expresses an obligation. We all have obligations; I know I have plenty, though sometimes I despair when I’m teaching students who tell me they left all their obligations behind them when they moved to Spain! I think I’ll tell you some of my obligations so you can feel sorry for me as well as learn some more Spanish. Tengo que levantarme temprano. Tengo que llevar a mis hijos al instituto. Tengo que ordenar la casa. Tengo que preparar mis clases. Tengo que dar de comer a mi gata. Tengo que hablar con mis estudiantes. Tengo que conducir mucho.

Tengo que hacer las compras. Tengo que usar el ordenador. Tengo que escribir este artículo. Tengo que ….. … well, I’m beginning to feel sorry for myself, anyway. Here’s what I just said: I have to get up early. I have to take my children to school. (Instituto is secondary school). I have to tidy up the house. I have to prepare my classes. I have to feed my cat (nearly forgot her). I have to speak to my students (always helps). I have to drive a lot. I have to do the shopping. I have to use the computer. I have to write this article. Now I’d like you to rack your brains for things you have to do. There must be something like: Tengo que usar el mando de distancia. (I have to use the remote control). Please – I’m only joking. Some people find it strange that by adding the word “que”

to “tengo” we can change the meaning from “have” to “have to”. This is only strange if we are still expecting to be able to translate word for word between the two languages. “Que” does not generally translate as “to”. It usually means “that” or “what”. The point is though that individual words, and especially these small linking words, have to be understood in a context as part of a whole expression. I expect that most of you know that tengo on its own means “I have”, and I’m sure many are aware that this changes to tienes to make the familiar form “you have.” Exactly the same change occurs with tengo que, (I have to), and tienes que, which therefore means “you have to.” This form can be useful in questions as well as in giving instructions: ¿Tienes que trabajar hoy? Do you have to work today? Tienes que tomar este medicamento. You have to take this medicine. There are many examples of how this can be used, but what I want to do is give you the general picture of how these simple forms are put together. Your homework this week is to write down all the things you have to do, beginning with tengo que. Remember that the next word is a verb in the infinitive (Tengo que estudiar español, for example) You can use a dictionary to find the words you need, but don’t get too complicated. Do what I do and keep it simple!!

Put a spring into your step for charity

FANCY STRETCHING your legs and raising a few euros for a worthwhile cause: then The Grand Design House is the place to be on Sunday, March 2nd? This is the sixth running of the popular Lakeside Challenge event with fund raising efforts going this year to the Elche Children´s Home. You can pick and chose your distance, which this year ranges from either a 6 or 12km walk, which starts and finishes at Casa La Pedrera - The Grand Design House. This year the walk will meander amongst the blossoms, orange groves and wild flowers, skirting the border of Torremendo’s sparkling ´blue lake’, with the majestic eastern most part of the Andalucian Mountain range in the distance and your four legged friend is most welcome, but they must be kept on a lead. You can also help by donating an item of food for the Hamper to be raffled on the day. The organisers are asking all walkers to try to get a minimum sponsorship of just 20.00€ but everyone is welcome to pay just a 5€ registration fee on the day. After the walk there will be tea, coffee and other activities. Non-walkers are very welcome to just come along and join in the fun. For more information you can email Jenni on granddesignhouse@gmail.com or you can call her on 660 816 620. More details and a map can be found on the website www.thingstodoinspain.com which has a link to the facebook page.


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Capture the ‘rapture’ of El Greco EL GRECO (1541–1614) was the most unusual painters of the 16th Century. He developed a unique style of painting that became extremely popular with the church going Catholics of Spain, especially in Toledo. El Greco could capture the ‘rapture’ of faith in the eyes of his subjects like no other painter of his time. He was a master draftsman whose paintings combine courtly elegance with religious fervor. He intentionally distorted forms to emphasise the spiritual quality of a figure or event. His saints are ghostly creations of his imagination and his portraits of noblemen are elegant and realistic. Through the study of El Greco, one discovers the historical and cultural foundations of Spain during its Middle Ages.

‘The Spanish Masters’ are a series of Educational and Introspective lectures highlighted with a multi-media slide show. These lectures benefit both students and lovers of Spanish art, history and culture. Lectures are held at the Hemeroscopea Training School, Javea El Greco Lectures: 10:30am – 1:30pm Tuesday 4th or Friday 7th March The registration deadline for El Greco is 1st March: register online at www.SpainLifestyle.com or phone 648 156 066.

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Ondara gymnasts achieve 13 podium wins An impressive 13 podiums

PHASE I of the Municipal Sports Gymnastics League for 2013-2014 was held on Sunday with participating schools from Ondara, Denia, Benissa and Benitachell. Ondara achieved a remarkable 13 podium places, earning welldeserved congratulations from Ondara Sports Director Jose Miguel Mari. The second phase is to be held in Ondara on Sunday16th March.


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Musical mean streets By Jack Troughton SIMMERING RACIAL tensions, love, violence and ultimately death in the backstreets of the Big Apple were superbly brought to life by the youngsters of Footlights Youth Theatre in West Side Story. The hit musical remains highly charged over 50 years on and based on The Bard’s Romeo and Juliet, it is an evergreen tragedy that keeps audiences hooked. A cast of 25 played out the drama after six months of rehearsals and first night – bar a few sound problems - was finger-clickingly excellent from the outset with a wonderfully edgy sound coming from a live six-piece band. Two tribes go to war in West Side Story. New kids on the block are the Sharks, a street gang made up of recent Puerto Rican immigrants, their opponents are the Jets – from Polish stock who now think of themselves as 100% made in the US of A and rightful owners of the local turf. Misplaced pride and prejudice rules and all too soon there is a body count. Suddenly it is clear everything ain’t free in America. Thrown into the mix are an enjoyable number of comic moments - not least the slick routine of ‘Gee, Officer Krupke’, which takes the Michael out of the local flatfoot - a cartoon figure that Top Cat might have dragged in – bringing relief to the edge of the seat stuff. Naturally, the key to the success of the show were the two leads. Joseph Altamira as Tony aka Romeo and Abigail Tucker as Maria – or Juliet – were excellently cast as the star-crossed lovers and cast a charm spell over Calpe’s Casa de Cultura. Both had the magic three ingredients for a musical – they have excellent voices,

are good actors and can dance.

STAB Tony remains on the cusp of the gang – essentially he is growing up into a bigger world. Attempting to be a peace maker, he is drawn back into the conflict and snaps to kill Sharks leader Bernardo – Maria’s brother - after the Puerto Rican fatally stabs his long term friend and Jets leader Riff. It leads to Tony’s own tragic death. It was an outstanding performance by Joseph. And three cheers for Abigail as newly arrived, wideeyed Maria. She made a wonderful heroine, especially the emotional acting at the climax of the show. Philip Sim as Riff and Sebastian Baldwin as Action were key members of the Jets, as was Lauren Glencross as tom boy Anybody’s, desperate to be accepted into the gang. Over the street in the ranks of the Sharks, Luke Marriott did sterling work as Bernando, Annie Johnstone was in fine form as his girlfriend Anita, and Hannah Glencross as Rosalla delivered a spine=tingling version of the song ‘Somewhere’. A special mention must go to choreographer Pictures: Giovanni Wallis for providing the key routines, (BY especially managing to bring such menace to the BENNY stage in the gang scenes. DAVIS) In the 21st century it may all seem a bit tame, but Maria when the Oscar-winning film version of West Side (Abigail Story was released it was banned in Singapore – the Tucker) authorities rather took against the gang fights and and Tony flick knives. Footlights admirably rose to the challenge (Joseph Altamira) of bringing the love story with thorns to life.


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music

Sharni

Female entertainer SHARNI HAS twenty seven years experience in the entertainment business with residencies in five star hotels in the Middle East and major holiday/leisure resorts in the UK. She now has a full laser & light show, plus a 6ft Digital HD Screen. Sharni is ideal for cabaret, dancing or easy listening – singing hits from the 60’s to the present day, from a huge repertoire which she constantly updates. Sharni performs every Tuesday, at the Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira and every Friday at Rusty’s Bar & Restaurant in Benitachell/Moraira (next to Mercadona).For bookings and more info check out her web site: www.thesharnishow.com FEBRUARY GIGS Friday 21st: Bar/Rte. Ca Pep, Orba Saturday 22nd: The Black Bull, Castalla Tuesday 25th: Chino Shang Hai, Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira Friday 28th: Rusty’s Bar & Rte, Benitachell/Moraira MARCH GIGS Tuesday 4th: Chino Shang Hai, Ctra. Moraira-Calpe, Moraira Friday 7th: Rusty’s Bar & Rte, Benitachell/Moraira Saturday 22nd: Metro Bar, Calpe

Black Glitter “BLACK GLITTER” are an exciting band with a line up of Geoff Britton (drums), Kelly (vocals), Carlos (guitar) and Chema (bass). The band’s repertoire includes the great lady vocalists of rock and soul, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle etc. There is plenty to enjoy, quality musicians, classic songs and some great dance music. A big thank you to Tony Rivers who stood in for Kelly whilst she had her baby daughter, Alma. The first gig welcoming the return of Kelly will be on Sunday 23rd February in the Aleluya Bar, Jalon. For more info on the band phone Kelly on: 650 957 914.

Timewarp Duo Tribute Shows HUSBAND AND wife duo Justin James and Jaime Lee are better known as “Timewarp”. Both Jaime and Justin have a true talent for singing whether performing haunting ballads, powerful rock anthems or pop classics. They have been performing professionally together for the past 15 years. All “Timewarp” shows are known for their feel good and upbeat music for all generations to enjoy, where the audience is invited to relax and sing along or get up and dance the night away. Phone: 671 354 188 or visit www.timewarpduo.com FEBRUARY GIGS Sat 22nd: Metro Bar, Calpe, 8.30pm MARCH GIGS Sat 1st: L’Almerca Restaurant, Teulada (50’s & 60’s Show) Fri 7th: Bar/Rte., Ca Pep, Orba 9pm

Tuesday 11th: Private Function (Marina Alta Golf Society) Sun 23rd: Private Function (Ifach Golf Club) Sat 29th: Metro Bar, Calpe. 8.30 pm

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Glenn Miller comes to Valencia ONE OF the most popular ‘big bands’ in the US and probably the best Swing orchestra ever is coming to The Palau de Musica de Valencia on 13th March. The hugely successful Glenn Miller Orchestra brings the war years to life with tunes that are as popular now as they were when Glenn Miller penned them back in the late 30s and 40s. 80 years later the band still maintains the essence of the original: five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three percussionists, plus a male and female vocalist. The show curtains at 8pm: tickets are available from 34€.


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with Aunty Virus

Email auntyvirus@roundtownnews.com

Outlook and browser

HELLO AUNTY: Your reply in a recent issue with the headline Outlook Sign In: it worked for me when I used Internet Explorer as a browser to open my hotmail. But as I prefer Mozilla Firefox, how do I make it work with this browser? Tony. …And Hello Aunty: I read with interest your answer to a problem in the 17th-23rd Jan issue. I use Firefox. Since Hotmail was taken over by Outlook, I have to continuously sign in to my email account. I followed your answer to try to solve the problem. I clicked on tools but could not follow the route you described in your answer. Is there an answer to this problem or is my system too outdated? Always enjoy reading your column. Jean. Aunty says: Firefox will remember passwords by default. You may have disabled this feature, or told Firefox to never remember passwords for a particular site. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options Select the Security panel. If it isn’t already check marked, check

Remember passwords for sites. To the right of Remember passwords for sites, click the Exceptions…button. Make sure that the site you’re trying to log in to isn’t in the list: if it is, select the entry and click Remove. Click Close. Click OK to close the Options window. Now that you’ve configured Firefox to

remember passwords, try logging in to the site again. However, to help improve security, websites can define that the browser shouldn’t save passwords, which may be the case for Outlook. So Outlook on Firefox requires you to always sign in. You could use an ‘addon’ like the following to circumvent such restrictions: https://addons.mozilla. org/firefox/addon/remember-passwords

Desktop icons lost

HI AUNTY VIRUS: Help! I turned on my laptop today and at startup I have a message ‘preparing your desktop’. I have some and lost certain icons that were on the desktop. I have no files in Document Folder, Pictures, Video folders… Any programmes I had are no longer there. Can you help or have I a major problem? Andrea Aunty says: This is happening because of a problem with your ‘original’ profile which has for some reason become corrupted. This profile holds all your data for personal folders, and desktop icons. As it has become corrupted, Windows has made a new profile for you. As it is a new profile all of your personal folders and desktop icons have not been added to the new profile. It does not mean they are lost. In W7, start explorer, C Drive, Users, and you should see all the profiles on the PC...including - hopefully - your old profile. Now you may be able to access the files in the various folders. There are a few methods to try and correct this, with one from Microsoft: http://windows. microsoft.com/en-us/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7

Windows 7 and SC5

HI AUNTY: I have a laptop running on Windows 7. My previous PC had XP and served me for many years, so I used a lot of programs from the DOS days, amongst others SuperCalc5. Unfortunately I could not make SC5 run on my W7 laptop. I did not find a conversion program for converting SC5 data files into Excel format, nor could I make SC5 run under W7. I tried ‘compatibility tool’ with no result. Aunty, can you help me? Ron.

Aunty says: Most of my investigations say you cannot run Supercal5 in W7. And they also confirmed that there are no tools for converting them to Excel. However, someone did get it to work using a ‘dos emulator’: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1: And maybe openoffice.org, a free ‘office suite’ can open the SC5 files directly? Response: Thanks very much for your help! I shall try your suggestions.

Crossword Solutions for 748 Cryptic solutions Across: 7 Railway ticket; 8 Pressman; 9 Oils; 10 Candid; 12 Inland; 14 Vessel; 16 Glance; 18 Spur; 20 Venetian; 22 Prefer a charge. Down: 1 Marriage; 2 Closed; 3 Farm; 4 Stunning; 5 School; 6 Well; 11 Delivery; 13 No change; 15 Strife; 17 Astray; 19 Part; 21 Nice. Quick solutions Across: 7 Make nothing of; 8 Converse; 9 Rare; 10 Ransom; 12 Employ; 14 Barren; 16 Yelled; 18 Deaf; 20 Unstable; 22 Consolidation. Down: 1 Panorama; 2 Serves; 3 Poor; 4 Thievery; 5 Unwrap; 6 Sour; 11 Manfully; 13 Overlook; 15 Refuse; 17 Lean-to; 19 Eros; 21 Side.

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Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Lenovo G500 15.6-inch Windows 8 Laptop PC THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Lenovo G500 15.6-inch Laptop PC with Windows 8 Home Premium, a powerful, modern budget laptop ideal for everyday computing needs. If you’ve been thinking about replacing that trusty old laptop then the Lenovo G500 is an ideal candidate. The basic specifications are impressive for a budget machine – Intel Pentium 2020M Dual Core 2.4GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, DVD burner, fixed and wireless network connection, built-in webcam, Bluetooth and Windows 8 Home Premium installed! But first let’s address the ‘elephant in the room – Windows 8. Having grown to accept Windows XP/7 the new ‘metro’ tile style Windows 8 is somewhat of a culture shock for many. Sure, a lot of people have been put off upgrading their machines because of it – but should you be? One of the biggest complaints has been the loss of the much loved Start button – but there are solutions - a number of downloads are available to emulate this functionality without affecting your warranty. You’ll still need to adapt a little, but it’s not all doom and gloom. The Lenovo has a 15.6 inch widescreen LED display with a maximum resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels, producing sharp images and bold colours, re-producing your HD content crisply. And if you want to watch your HD content on your TV it even has an HDMI port to connect to an HD TV for full

screen viewing. There’s no skimping on connectivity with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 LAN port, VGA monitor connector, HDMI out for modern monitors/TVs and a Multi Card Slot that accepts SD, MMC cards. Battery life is pretty good too, just under five hours during average web / gaming use. The Lenovo is not noisy either most of the time it is pretty quiet, it’s even possible to adjust this so it rarely comes on to save even more battery power, but at 5 hours average this shouldn’t be necessary. The keyboard and trackpad also perform well – the trackpad is big and responds accurately and offers multitouch support for easy browsing. The keyboard buttons are soft-touch and virtually silent with a spacious layout. Weighing in at just 2.6kg it won’t feel heavy. The Inspectors Verdict: The Lenovo G500 15.6-inch Windows 8 Laptop PC covers all the bases, whether you want a multimedia pc to play your HD movies, surf the web or chat with friends on Skype, providing the power and flexibility to cope with ease. And as with all of Lenovos’ products it’s solidly built so should be good for years to come! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound. co.uk/lenovo-w8laptop-pc/ to purchase the Lenovo G500 15.6-inch Laptop PC for 365€. Please note the charger is

fitted with a UK style 3-pin plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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

Guilty until proven innocent WE LIVE in an age when the concept of privacy has changed significantly when compared to the situation just a decade ago. By Tony Myles - tony@bayradio.fm SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS sprout up on every corner. Satellites provide detailed views of every activity on Earth. In recent weeks we have heard about the US snooping on our emails and whilst they may not be interested in the arrangements for meeting our mates for a beer or some funny pictures of our cat, they undoubtedly do uncover information that aids their efforts at state security. So why is this of relevance to the golfer? The answer is that the cost of television coverage has dropped significantly as technology has advanced in order to support the need for greater security. So therefore many sporting events now have television coverage when just a few years ago this would not have been economically and technically feasible. The same technology has made the mobile phone the site of significant convergence. Making a phone call is now accompanied with

high speed Internet access, video and stills camera, music for every occasion, television coverage and everything combined into a device no bigger than a wallet. SO WHAT? The result is that armchair enthusiasts can now deliver judgments on actions which previously would have been missed completely. We have seen this with the recent example of Simon Dyson having been found guilty of an illegal action and suffering a ban and a fine as a result. Nobody close to him during the game noticed anything amiss but Joe Bloggs watching in his armchair at home spotted it. Shortly afterwards Sergio Garcia appeared to have

Head 2 Head Tony M - What is the hardest course you’ve ever played. Campbell - I think El Saler is pretty tough and then St Andrews. PGA Catalunya must rank up there too. Tony M - All very tough courses Campbell - What about you? You must have played a few difficult courses. Tony M - I have been fortunate enough to have played some great courses around the world but I think that the toughest one was probably the very first golf course that I joined when I first started playing. Campbell - I expect it appeared tough because you were new to the game. Tony M - There was that, but also it was built on a reclaimed rubbish dump and if you took a divot your club could bounce off an old tyre. Campbell - That must have been off putting! Tony M - Yes it can be disheartening when your ball doesn’t move and your wedge goes flying backwards.

committed a similar infringement. In fact Sergio was found not to have committed an illegal act and most would applaud that common-sense decision. So the big question is - should actions which are not reported live be accepted if subsequently reported as a result of television coverage? TWO SIDES - DIVIDED OPINIONS As always there are two diverse opinions. For the Prosecution the argument is clear. Irrespective of how it is reported, if any act which is against the rules has been observed, then it should be prosecuted. For the Defence. If an action was not witnessed by others when it was undertaken then no action should be forthcoming. One of the arguments being that in order to be even-handed you must ensure total coverage of all players at all times. You must also take cognisance of the vagaries of the Rules of Golf and whilst most times they are unambiguous and therefore not subject to interpretation, these must surely be balanced with the “Spirit of the game”. Golf is demonstrably the most honest of sports with no participant seeking an unfair advantage and incidents such as brushing a leaf aside as you make a shot in a hazard or tapping down spike marks should be tolerated as not affording the perpetrator any benefit. Surely if those around you while you are playing fail to see an ‘illegal’ action then that must demonstrate the fact that no advantage was accrued. Or should we encourage the armchair enthusiast to devote his time to policing the game. Tough choice!


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road test

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Urban crossover THAT’S WHAT Peugeot calls its 2008; a five-door estate that sits high off the road like a 4x4 but without the uneconomical, permanent all-wheel drive. However, it’s fitted with a grip control that features modes for mud, sand, snow and normal everyday driving, making it more agile than a standard car (watch the video at testdrives.biz). This function provides much needed traction to the front wheels when required. It can also be cancelled at speeds of up to 30mph, giving the driver ultimate control. I’m testing a 1.6 e-HDi Allure model, which is basically the mid-range offering. Standard features include 16” alloy wheels; power folding chrome door mirrors; rear parking aid; dark-tinted rear windows; stainless steel front and rear scuff plates; cruise control; speed limiter; all round electric windows and air conditioning. Parkers, the used car experts says: “Skid plates front and rear supplement more aggressivelystyled alloy wheels, either in 16 or 17-inch sizes, sitting beneath squared-off wheel arches. A kink in the roof above the rear door evokes memories of an early Land Rover Discovery, though it embellishes the space with chrome rather than glass. It’s a material used throughout the car’s exterior. That familiar, and slightly fussy, Peugeot family face is adorned with a bold grille outlined in the shiny metal, as are the roof rails, door bottoms and wing mirrors. It makes for a rather glitzy ambience to what could otherwise be considered a slightly derivative design statement.”

Over the course of our time together we head into the New Forest, Hampshire and on into Dorset and Wiltshire, which provides ideal terrain for testing its abilities. The concept is simple: Peugeot has created a more robust estate car that embraces the challenges that the modern family will throw at it - a family like the Saunders clan, which decides to take a few days out and have a well-earned rest at Sandy Balls, the self-catering holiday park in the New Forest. That means loading everything into the car but the kitchen sink. And although the boot is not large enough to accommodate our tandem pram, it does tackle the smaller single pushchair; a reasonably-sized suitcase and of course eldest daughter Harriett’s Trunki. Fortunately, a Farad roofbox from www.roofcarriers.co.uk provides extra storage space, making for a more comfortable journey. Otherwise everything else would have to go inside. With comfortable leather trimmed seats and smatterings of metal trim throughout, the 2008 Allure feels

well put together, if a little minimal in its interior design. FACTS AT A GLANCE: New price range: 20,395€ 0-60mph: 12.8secs Top speed: 113mph Economy: 78.5mpg (extra urban) For more information about roof boxes visit: www.roofcarriers.co.uk Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz

Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. For more independent unbiased car reviews and videos visit www.testdrives.biz


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21 - 27 FEB 2014 JAYS OF JALON New beds and sofas at factory prices,free delivery and disposal of old ones. Also preowned furniture bought and sold.966480757/636100873 BAR BILLIARD TABLE Complete, as new cost €2,000, yours for €950 o.n.o. Tel:- 966 456 533 BAD BACK sort it with a Massage Bed. No more therapist costs and treatment in your own home. As new, cost €2,700 yours for €975 o.n.o. Tel:966 45 6533. 10 LAPTOPS FOR SALE Wifi 70€, non 60€. All in good working order. Internet ready. Torrevieja. 693 956 707 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S on our website you choose from over 95 different paintings, 64 different mirrors, 23 carpets, etc: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S Several very high quality dining sets and bedroom suites. See more than 950 photos on: www.michaels-javea.com AT MICHAEL’S Very high quality grey bed settee with new Aloe Vera mattress + more bed settees. See: www.michaels-javea.com

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

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, plumbing, general & appliance & boiler repairs. No Call out charge. 698 320 434

MJB MOBILE WELDERS Gates, grills, hinges etc., repaired or new. No job too small. Fast service. Low prices. Free Quotes. Call Terry: 966 845 414 / 625 995 470 WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873 ibuyanycar@hotmail.com

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

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

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

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 www.pristineswimmingpools.com NO CALLOUT CHARGE. SEE MAIN ADVERT ON FRONT PAGE OF CLASSIFIEDS Why go to the shop? When we come to you saving you time and money!


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FOR SALE LARGE DETACHED VILLA 5 bedrooms, 1 bedroom is en suit, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges 2 kitchens, 8x4 metre pool, 9km from Gandia beach, 169,000€ 96 250 8052

LOVELY S/DETATCHED BUNGALOW QUESADA 2 bedrooms,bathroom,fitted kitchen.Sun lounge with sea views.Seperate en-suite apartment underbuild exceptionalviews.110,000€.966719561 LOVELY S/DETATCHED BUNGALOW QUESADA 2 beds,bathroom,fitted kitchen.Sun lounge with sea views.Seperate en-suite apartment underbuild exceptional views.966719561 SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money.

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3 BED FAMILY HOME Lovely spanish village. Kitchen diner,Large bathroom,Lounge with fireplace,Garage and lovely country walks.Jacarilla.110,000€ or nearest offer. 622380290

Rentals can help!!! We have clients waiting for both long term and holiday lets in the Jalon and surrounding areas. Call Costa Valley Rentals today to speak with our friendly and professional team on 606 989 391 or email: info@costavalleyrentals.com

WIDOW SEEKING LADY/GENTLEMAN (60+) For companionship and to live in.Own bedroom and en-suite facilities,sharing villa and garden and must be conversant in computer/internet. Close to shops and beach.Cabo Roig area.Contact:603276598 WANT TO EARN EXTRA CASH? Thinking of renting your property long term or for the summer? Well, Costa Valley

FLAT SHARE OLD TOWN BENIDORM Mature lady has 2 bedroom flat to share in Old Town Benidorm. Double room, shared lounge, shared kitchen. Internet and all bills included. 275€ per

THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER also Kamagra and weekenders. Call Derek 685 207 378 SOPHIE ESCORT Slim elegant naughty lady. Hotel/home visit available. Tel:693 357 526 ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/ MIXED RACE- Absolutley

stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, PRIVATE WEBCAM SHOWS NOW AVAILABLE VIA SKYPE, 665 883 576 GENERIC VIAGRA EXCLUSIVE First time in Spain 120mgs. Also Kamagra 100mgs, Generic Cialis 20mgs, and jellies. Local and Nationwide service. Pay on Delivery. www.costablues.com

or phone Colin 680 878 735 SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412

month. Suit mature person, male or female. Call 619 236 428 for more information

WANT TO EARN EXTRA CASH? Thinking of renting your property long term or for the summer? Well, Costa Valley Rentals can help!!! We have clients waiting for both long term and holiday lets in the Jalon and surrounding areas. Call Costa Valley Rentals today to speak with our friendly and professional team on 606 989 391 or email: info@costavalleyrentals.com

leaving Spain end February. From parcel to full load. International, Local & Storage: affordable and Reliable Service. Fully Insured. Tel. Wayne on 633 933 391 email: spainukremovals1@gmail.com www.roadrunnertransports.com VAN LEAVING UK TO SPAIN 9th March return Spain to UK 16th March. Space available 0034 679042805 / 0044 [0] 7552985343 keithmarion9@yahoo.co.uk

ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTS & REMOVALS SPAIN-UKSPAIN (Monthly Trips) Van leaving UK 14 February and Van

CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

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VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/ SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or civic1235@msn.com

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

HOT TUBS, SPAS, JACUZZIS Quality spas at factory Prices. Also spares, filters and Repairs. Used and ex-display spas available. We part ex and buy spas, best prices in Spain. Established 12 years Eurospas 650 722 905

I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/663-012-541


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