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by Jack Troughton
Roger and Veronica
A DESPERATE British couple face losing their dream Spanish home under a repossession order after becoming embroiled in a shady ‘black money’ scam. Roger Lines and Veronica Mitchell believe they purchased their ‘idyllic’ villa in October 2009 for 140,000€ - the value of the deal on the deeds – the ‘escritura’. But they are now being hounded for an additional 40,000€ for the house near Ontinyent, Valencia, and are facing the might of the legal establishment in a bid to save their home. And unless they can win a desperate rearguard action, they have just approached a new lawyer for advice, they will also lose the 20,000€ they have invested in the property. Roger, who has served as a Special Constable with the police in England, told RTN they had repeatedly said they wanted nothing to do with black money as it was tax fraud. But they admitted they were keen to press ahead with the purchase and ignored advice to wait for all the documentation. The pair has since discovered serious faults with the house – a hidden well in the front room and a cesspit under a rear wall – despite being repeatedly assured there were no such problems. They have already lost one court case where they attempted to get the nightmare purchase of the house declared null and void. And, not surprisingly, the ongoing struggle has taken a toll on both Roger and Veronica’s
Microsoft ‘Windows’ scam
Professional conmen posing as IT specialists are flooding homes across the Costa Blanca with calls in a bid to steal from unsuspecting victims. PAGE 4
health. Both have been very ill, Roger losing over 12kg, because of the strain and worry. EMBARGO “Since Christmas lawyers have told us the house will be embargoed, our bank accounts will be embargoed and our cars seized,” said Roger, a retired chartered engineer. They fell in love with the views from their new home but did not want to pay 180,000€. They maintained the most they could pay was 160,000€ but needed some of cash to make necessary improvements. The couple paid a total of 140,000€ - they believe it was the agreed price and it was written into the deeds. It included a 2,000€ cash deposit and 38,000€ in cash to a Spanish lawyer – a cheque was refused – for safekeeping. However, they are being sued for another 40,000€, described as a private loan in the escritura. “We have paid the 140,000€ on the deeds,” said Roger. “One lawyer said the price you pay for the house is on the deeds – but would not help us because he said the cash payment was black money. Another solicitor said to repay the loan or get kicked out.” Roger said they were told the sale was straightforward and they could share the vendor’s lawyer. “Unfortunately, it turned out he was her lawyer and not ours.” He added: “We know in Spain they declare a lower price to save tax and we were asked if we wanted to do that. We said ‘no’ because we did not want to play that game.” Continued on page 3
Top chef cooks lunch
On Monday 12th May, Michelin three star chef Quique Dacosta will lead a team to prepare a gourmet charity lunch in aid of Friends of the children of EMAUS.
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AVE train extension to Benidorm essential FOLLOWING UNSUCCESSFUL attempts by Benidorm Council to try and have the AVE train line extended from Alicante to Benidorm, certain hotel groups have found a temporary solution. by Irena Bodnarec Servigroup, Magic Costa Blanca and Poseidon are all now providing bus transfers from the train station direct to their accommodation, in a similar way to those arriving at the airport. Unfortunately, the main train station and bus terminal are at opposite ends of Alicante, which with luggage is too far to walk and so the only alternative is a taxi. Both Benidorm Council and HOSBEC, the hoteliers Association have been pressuring Sonia Castedo, the Mayor of Alicante to extend the high speed train network to the resort, but to date she is against the proposal – obviously the taxi drivers of Alicante would loose out if it was it to go ahead. At a meeting this week tourism experts for the region stated that the Mayor Sonia Castedo has a “village view of reality” by supporting the Alicante taxi drivers and excluding all other modes of transportation to Benidorm. They argue that the AVE is not sustainable without links to Benidorm – the main tourist destination of the Costa Blanca. Continued from front page And he explained they were told by the solicitor that the cash payment was so the seller could keep proceeds from her former partner. “It was absolutely nothing to do with us – the lawyer said it was normal – it was their problem not ours at all. “The woman has taken us to court over the loan and we said we are not paying because it was linked to black money. At the start of this I didn’t even know what black money was.” Roger said they found the well – there could be another in a back bedroom – when he fell through tiles and was saved from a drop into a disgusting sludge of water and sewage by the width of his shoulders. They tipped seven tonnes of concrete to fill it and then discovered a wall was sinking because of an old cesspit and had to use concrete to prevent it collapsing. The condition of the building – and the alleged lies told by the vendor and estate agent – form the basis of Roger, a selfconfessed ‘barrack room lawyer’, and Veronica’s case to have the sale declared void. “Apparently the price on the deeds is meaningless but we agreed to pay 140,000€ for the house and not 180,000€. We have got nowhere and have got through five lawyers so far,” added Roger. “All we want is this loan written off – the cash payment covers it and the bank confirms that was paid. The only people we have been cheated by are English and a Spanish lawyer.” And Veronica added: “I know people say that all the time but no one seems able to or willing to help.”
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Microsoft ‘Windows’ scam
by Jack Troughton CYBER BANDITS are flooding homes across the Costa Blanca with calls posing as IT specialists in a bid to steal from unsuspecting victims. The professional conmen pretend to be from the technical support team of Microsoft Windows in Glasgow – in fact it appears they are based at a call centre somewhere in India. Vickie Ellis had a lucky escape after repeated attempts to take money from her Spanish and UK bank accounts. She told RTN: “Fortunately I didn’t lose any money because I panicked and gave the wrong card details.” However, she said repeated attempts were made to take cash by two companies, Guiits Global Ltd of Mauritius and KBK Infotech of Calcutta. Speaking at her Moraira home, she said the unexpected call came from Microsoft came at a time she was coincidently suffering problems with her computer. Vickie said she was asked certain details about the machinery and watched the cursor move across her monitor screen as she spent an hour talking to the scammers. “I was told a colleague Leon Parker would take over my computer and run tests and clean up viruses,” she said. WARRANTY “I could see the cursor moving and then I was told I could reactivate the warranty on
Fortunately I didn’t lose any money because I panicked and gave the wrong card details
my computer for two years and get technical support with a registration fee of 71€ or £71.” Vickie added: “I feel really invaded and at the time I was really quite frightened – these people are totally heartless. I felt in my heart that something was wrong when they were on the telephone but you have to trust people sometimes.” After the call ended she was quick to cancel bank cards and change PIN numbers and has since installed new security programmes on her computer. “This is a real nightmare; I believe there is an awful lot of this going on. Certainly they were not in Scotland but in India,” she said. “In the background I could hear it was a call centre – I could hear voices talking in a language that certainly was not English. “Yet I felt I could not put the phone down because these people were in my computer – it was all quite horrific.” Vickie said it was easy to be fooled by the “sweet” talking scammers. “I know I was being stupid but I just did what they asked.”
Clandestine workshops closed down
By Irena Bodnarec FOLLOWING AN ongoing undercover operation by Regional Police, a further two illegal manufacturing workshops were closed down last week, bring the total number to 44. Most of the ´factories’ manufactured clothing or footwear and employed people with no contracts – some of which were in the country illegally and found to be working in ´ínhumane´ conditions, with total disregard of health and safety. The raids were carried out in Elche and Monóvar, located in the Northern Costa Blanca and traditionally associated with the manufacturing industry.
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On the buses
Thanksgiving service for Colin
DENIA TOWN Hall has applied for over 8 million Euros government funding for a number of projects under ‘Plan Confianza’, including a new bus station. by Jack Troughton The Hacienda was sent the plans for the bus station which would be constructed opposite the Law Courts in the Marina Alta town. The station would have nine platforms for buses, offices, public restrooms and shaded waiting areas for passengers. The project topped the list during a period of public consultation and the council has also requested funding for a number of different projects including the refurbishment of the old fish market, improvements to Denia’s historic castle, and street redevelopments. And the budget will also include more than 287,000€ for modernisation works in La Xara and over 135,000€ to install underground rubbish bins in Jesus Pobre.
A model of the new station
By Jack Troughton A FUNERAL took place for Colin Matthews at the Denia Tanatorio last Friday to celebrate the life of “a perfect gentleman”. Colin, from Javea, died suddenly on 8th April. He suffered a heart attack but beforehand had never suffered any serious illness. He was born in Grimsby in 1933 and was 17 years younger than his brothers and sisters. In his youth he had trials at Grimsby Town and qualified as a Brown Belt at judo. Colin’s National Service was mainly in Egypt and within 24 hours of his discharge from the Forces, he met Jean, who became his wife after a long courtship. A friend said: “They were devoted to each other throughout and Colin was always the epitome of a perfect gentleman, a wonderful man who will be missed so much by all who ever met him, and most of all by his widow, Jean.”
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Beg your pardon? SPAIN’S CONTROVERSIAL traditional Easter pardons were this week described as a “politically absurd” anachronism by secular opponents. by Jack Troughton THIS YEAR 21 prisoners will walk free from jail in a ritual dating back to 1759 – a tradition that imitates the release of Barabbas rather that Jesus. And every year around 20 jailbirds are set free – all are Catholic and repentant – and are given a reprieve at the request of the ‘brotherhoods’, or ‘cofradis’, organising the many religious processions of Holy Week. Spain’s Justice Ministry maintains the catholic pardons are granted under the same criteria as official reprieves given to other prisoners – impartiality, legality and to benefit the public. However, a growing part of Spanish society
struggles to accept such an outdated practice and the ‘trials’ behind the tradition. The Secular Europe group in Spain has called for an overall ban on holy pardons and maintains the concept that ‘everyone is equal before the law’ which is enshrined in the constitution. In a statement, the non-governmental organisation said: “Once again and without any law obliging them to do so, the government has granted the ‘prerogative of mercy’ to convicts, at the request of the Catholic brotherhoods.” And the NGO branded the practice as “politically absurd” that an 18th Century tradition has been accepted by every democratic government. The pardons date back to a 1759 prison riot in Malaga when inmates refused to religious processions to be cancelled despite an outbreak of plague. Ever since pardoned prisoners join the celebrations being staged by the brotherhood that won their release.
Francisco Segundo Domingo Vaquero was pardoned
Spanish regions top jobless league By Jack Troughton FIVE SPANISH regions top the EU unemployment table despite Madrid’s claims the country’s economy is on the road to recovery. Andalusia, Ceuta, Melilla, the Canary Islands and Extremadura, all have jobless totals more than triple the EU average of 10.8% for 2013 according to figures released by Eurostat this week. The unprecedented statistics top spots in the table are taken show Andalusia has an unemployment rate of 36.3%; Ceuta 35.6%; Melilla 34.4%, the Canaries 34.1%, and Extremadura 33.7% With 26.6% of Spain’s active population without work, the country is the EU’s secondworst member state. Only Greece has a higher total, 27.5%. Unemployment is over 26% And all of Spain’s regions have higher unemployment rates that the EU average – 13 – people aged 15 to 24 – Ceuta tops the list have more than double the figure. with 72.7% compared with a European And in the table for youth unemployment average of 23.4%. Also in the top ten are the
Spanish regions of Andalusia with 66.1%; Extremadura with 61.7%; and CastillaMancha with 61.6%.
15 killed in the beginning of Easter
ACCORDING TO the Directorate General of Traffic, between last Friday and Sunday midnight, 26 people died on Spanish roads; 11 more than in 2013. Add to that three more on Monday evening in Torrevieja and the Easter period is looking to be one of the worst for many years. However, the balance of claims of Easter 2013 was exceptionally low. It was the first time since 1962 that the death toll was below 30.
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Top chef cooks lunch MICHELIN THREE Star Chef Quique Dacosta leads a team preparing a gourmet charity lunch at the Republica restaurant in Denia Marina on Monday 12th May in aid of Friends of the children of EMAUS. by Jack Troughton
Quique’s own Restaurant Quique Dacosta in the Marina Alta town won its first star in 2003 and its second featured in the 2007 Michelin Guide. Last year the restaurant was awarded its third star, the highest accolade. The self-taught Quique is known for his modernist cuisine, focusing on using locally sourced ingredients, and will be leading a team an international team of chefs preparing a five-course menu. The entire amount of money raised at the lunch will be donated to Friends of the Children of EMAUS and will be used to buy summer clothes and shoes for the youngsters cared for in homes across the region. Lunch costs 45€ per person and places are limited to 80 so people wishing to sample a top chef’s fare are urged to book as soon as possible. Call 96 643 0123 or email email@example.com
Expat house sales hit nine-year high EXPAT PROPERTY buyers accounted for ten percent of all property sales in Spain last year. The British top the list of foreign buyers followed by French and Russians with people from the UK accounting for 15.1 percent of all foreign sales in 2013. Bank of Spain figures put foreign investment at 6.45€ billion however because Spain withdrew tax benefits, sales of new homes dropped nearly 37.4 percent in 2014 over the same period in 2013.
Ex-Pats make donation to local Protection Civil By Irena Bodnarec A GROUP of British ex-pats, from the Companians Social Club in Albir had a guided tour of Alfaz Police station and local branch of the Protection Civil. They were invited by Manuel Lopez Garcia, boss of the Protection Civil volunteers, following a CPR training course which he gave for the club members last month. Over 30 attended one of the two training sessions, where he taught the group the procedure of dealing with an emergency and the correct way to use a defibrillator and apply CPR. A useful thing to remember is
that the emergency number here is 112 and that by law, all the operators have to speak fluent English – which put many minds at rest! All members of the Protection Civil are volunteers, giving their time for free in assisting the police and other emergency services and all their equipment is purchased through donations and sponsorship. The club made a 100€ donation to the Protection Civil by way of thanks in the presence of Elizabeth Marandi, a representative from the Town Hall.
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Taxi drivers want it all for themselves by Keith Nicol DRACONIAN METHODS are to be introduced on May 1st 2014, ironically worker’s day, to limit all non-Elche registered taxis to a maximum of only six monthly airport runs, or 72 total visits, to the airport each year. Having failed miserably to enforce measures against illegal ‘black’ taxis, this is one of the latest measures that ilicitano taxi drivers have insisted upon. The Elche mayor, Mercedes Alonso, also announced the intent of installing a license plate reader by Aena in the arrivals area to control the influx of foreign taxis. According to sources of the Auto-Taxis Association of Elche, the level of intrusion by non Elche taxis to the airport, located in the municipality of Elche, reaches forty foreign taxi drivers a day, mainly from Torrevieja, Murcia and Cartagena, compared to 82 of Elche. Their complaint is that on occasion, these taxi drivers were making about six daily runs, while in Elche, taxis only had three or four. Local businesses along the coast, especially in the sales and rental property market, are
unsure if the new ruling applies to them, as their services are offered as part of a package and they do not profit directly from airport runs. One rental expert had special lettering applied to his car to state exactly that. Should this ruling apply to them, with taking clients to and from the airport, they would be limited to 36 clients a year. If that was the case, many more companies might go out of business or be forced to purchase a fleet of vehicles, so that different cars can visit the airport, all with different registration numbers. However, Policia Local officers can still be seen hassling drivers in the arrivals area, if they are holding up name cards. Last week, a couple that were holding up a fun sign, to welcome friends, was also intimidated by the police to remove it. One of the major problems has always been that Elche drivers have a poor knowledge of costal urbanisations. Visitors to Alicante often have nothing more than just a basic address and in areas such as the Orihuela Costa, street names have often been changed, that are not reflected on mps not GPS systems. On randomly contacting six Elche taxi compa-
Car leasing scam smashed
By Irena Bodnarec NATIONAL POLICE have arrested 24 members of an organized crime syndicate which rented cars in Spain and transported them to other European countries to sell on with false documentation. 31 vehicles have been recovered, 16 of which were on route to France when police intercepted and arrested the two drivers in Pampelona. Police were alerted when a rental company contacted them about suspicious hire leasing by two individuals, both French nationals, one of which turned out to have a European arrest warrant for fraud and absconding police bail.
Elche Taxi drivers want their monopoly
nies, none of them could efficiently explain to me how and where my house was in Torrevieja, for a pick up. Three of these did not speak enough English to confirm where the pick up might be. Elche taxi drivers have a poor reputation of being able to find addresses along the coast but still charge whatever is on the meter, even if it is their fault that they cannot find the ad-
dress. One rental property organiser flippantly suggested that many Elche taxis could find themselves doing lots of pick ups and drop offs in Santa Pola, where local companies and ‘foreign’ taxi drivers could take over the ‘fare’. The new measures will possibly also help Bus bookings, as International residents and visitors grow disillusioned with the monopoly wanted by the mayor and Elche drivers.
Eye in the sky By Jack Troughton A SECOND Pegasus helicopter fitted with 160,000€ of stateof-the-art radar equipment has come into service with Spanish police’s ‘Trafico’ department. The chopper became operational on Wednesday,
the start of Holy Week, and its mission is to catch out speeding drivers – the main cause of the annual carnage on the roads over the holiday when some 7.5 million extra journeys are made. The Director General of Trafico plans to have four Pegasus
helicopters as part of its fleet of 18 aircraft patrolling the country.Two cameras are fitted to the skids of the chopper. One tracks a vehicle and accurately detects its speed, while the second has a telephoto lens read number plates.
Independence equals EU exit AN INDEPENDENT Catalonia would not automatically enjoy membership of the European Union, Brussels insisted this week.
by Jack Troughton EU CHIEFS have hit out at Catalan nationalists claims that the region would retain membership of the union – just a day after Catalonia’s premier Artur Mas was told by advisors as an independent country it would be allowed to rejoin the EU, if it was expelled at all. Brussels warned that a declaration of inde-
pendence would automatically result in the region leaving the EU. It is a stance taken by EU leaders since the push to become a sovereign state began - Catalonia would have to start from scratch and apply for membership, with no fast track available. Nationalists were told there was no readymade solution and any decision to allow an independent Catalonia into the EU would be based on “political and economic criteria”.
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I THINK the public have a right to know what is going on with the police. My wife and her friend had a nice day out shopping recently and they were stopped by the police and asked for papers. Everything checked out fine and they thought they were going to be sent on their way. But no, the policeman pointed to my wife who was the passenger in the front seat.He said she was “pulling her seat belt away from herself.” It was clipped in. He said he had seen her do it and this was an offence. This was a total lie. He then asked for a 100Euro fine to be paid in cash. They didn’t have that with them. He then said in that case he was impounding the car. At this point my wife’s friend said she will pay it on a credit card, which she had to do. While this was going on other policemen were stopping other cars but only those with women. So it appears they are targeting women to get easy money. I think they should be shown up and the public need to be warned. Allan Bennett
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CONGRATULATIONS! OVER these past three weeks we have read with great interest about the winners of the Louise Clarke writing competition. I remember when RTN published the winning stories a couple of months ago, accompanied by the cartoons illustrating the said winning stories. It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise to discover such talented writers in our midst. Having such writing competitions and illustrated by your resident cartoonist assuredly gives RTN a decided edge over competing newspapers. I am sure the opinion of numerous RTN readers join with me in saying congratulations on this first writing competition and may there be many more in the future. Huw Thomas, Altea
A similar experience... MY HEART goes out to Jane Palmer and her letter in Issue 753 as I had a similar experience renting a three bedroom town house, fully furnished, on behalf of a young woman whose husband was killed in a road traffic accident only five weeks after moving to Spain from the UK. The couple had three small children and just days after the husband was killed 9,000€ was fraudulently taken from her bank account which the bank refused to compensate. When the family were repatriated by the British Consul the young woman asked if I would take care of the property to help her financially. I let the house out for her for several years with no problems until I let it to an English woman who rented it for eighteen months then cleared the place out right down to the last teaspoon. She had only moved a few streets away so armed with photos of every item and an inventory signed by the tenant I went to the local police who told me to see a solicitor. This I did but although the solicitor was willing to take on the case she told me it would be several years before the case even came to court. I paid the consultation fee but decided to cut my losses and not pursue the matter further. It’s not only some of the Spanish that are thieves but all nationalities. J Billet
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Call to axe monarchy DEMONSTRATORS CALLED for Spain’s constitutional monarchy to be scrapped and replaced with a republican government this week. by Jack Troughton More than 2,000 people marched through Madrid under the tricolour of the second Republic and the Spanish communist Party flags demanding the country change its current form of government. Art student Miriam Jimenez claimed: “We are here today because we believe that having the king as a figurehead is useless.” And pensioner Concha Torralba – wearing a purple top, one of the colours of the old Republic’s flag, said she lived in silence after the Civil War despite an uncle who vanished and her father being imprisoned. “I came here to march in our true colours and not those of the occupational forces,” added the 70-year-old. And one of the demonstration organisers, Francisco Perez Estaban told reporters: “The economic crisis has now brought on a political Demonstrators crisis – we believe that the only way out is to march through Madrid establish a new Republic.”
Old gay people’s home By Jack Troughton AN OLD folk’s home for the elderly gay community is being opened in Madrid to offer a refuge from the rejection and bullying suffered from generational peers. December 26th Foundation – an association taking its name from the date in 1978 when the country’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community was no longer legally classified as ‘dangerous’ – has 40 apartments to offer older gays and lesbians. It also aims to open a civic centre. Head of the foundation Frederico Armenteros believes it will stop the “invisible” elderly gay community going back into the closet and never coming out again. He said society pretended elderly lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals did not exist – despite there being 160,000 affiliates in the capital alone. “Many managed to come out, some still kept their sexuality under wraps, but an overwhelming majority went back into the closet the moment they ended up in care homes,” said Frederico. “The older generation was brought up with a different set of values, very repressed, and in general they still struggle to accept the LGBT collective.”
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Rojales unites against kitten murder
La Plasa adds new attractions by Jack Troughton
By Keith Nicol HUNDREDS OF animal lovers united in Rojales on Sunday evening to show their support against a brutal murder of a small kitten. Last week, the dead and mutilated remains of ‘Oso’, a seven-month-old kitten, was dumped on its owner’s doorstep. The alleged animal killer has been denounced to the police. The defenceless and trusting kitten was killed around April 2nd in Rojales. Its neck was sliced open and limbs were cut off using a spade or similar tool. The owner has denounced this act of animal cruelty via SEPRONA in Alicante. A petition was signed against this act of animal cruelty during the demonstration. Well known supporters for abandoned pets, such as Joe the Catman and his family, Linda from Animalaid and hundreds of others, all showing their support of bringing the matter to justice by signing the petition. A spokesperson said, “The overriding point of the demonstration was to highlight what happened to Oso and to inform people that there are laws in place to deal with this. Too much of this goes on and denuncias are needed to stop it.” The legal demonstration had the support of the Town Hall and was organised by the Protectora de Animales and Plantas in Alicante, plus other groups. For more information about the fight for justice or to find out how you can help stamp out animal cruelty, please contact Steve Cook on 619 152 141.
THE ICONIC La Plasa shopping centre added another new attraction this week as one of the city’s most exclusive shops, the gourmet outlet ‘Comedus’ took over one of the empty booths on the ground floor. La Plasa is high on the agenda of the Municipal council in their efforts to turn it back into a thriving hub of activity and a major attraction in the city centre. Comedus is best known for offering what is probably Torrevieja’s largest range of bottled beers, including their own micro beer, the Bella Luna. The latest ‘wave’ of new establishments that are taking up all the empty spots that existed in this emblematic place, are slowly giving a new life to the commercial centre that the council and stall owners hope will see a resurgence of activity to the zone that offers such good facilities. Comedus has a dedicated wine cellar, where the stars are the wines of Bod-
Newly opened Comedus
egas Muñana and fine wines Altiplano de Granada and adds different choices to the typical fruit, meet and fish sale of the market zone. The first floor of La Plasa still only has a guitar shop open for business while all of the other units are for sale. The cinemas on the top
floor remain closed although enquiries have been made by the Town Hall, Apymeco and the new film club, as to the viability of reopening the cinemas and also of sprucing up the first floor facades, while new ownership possibilities are explored.
Murcia hosts Photowalk I MURCIA WILL host their first Photowalk on Saturday, April 26th. The I Photowalk is to be held in the city as part of the Spring Festival, and has been designed with the aim of spreading the beauty and values of the city. The Photowalk, as the name might suggest, consists of a walk through the most emblematic streets of Murcia, where photos will then be shared through an internet application. At each location, the tour guide will give a short historical and artistic explanation of the chosen site, before letting participants take photographs with their smartphone or tablet on either the Apple iOS or Android platform, before launching them to: Posing_life. If interested you must enter page www.murcia.es and register through the banner marked Photowalk to be eligible for selection. Only 30 people will have the opportunity to participate.
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Family values by Jack Troughton
VOLUNTEERS FROM 18 charities and organisations were welcomed to the first annual Bay Radio Charity Gala as a special “family” dedicated to helping others. Special guest British Consul Paul Rodwell described the black tie event at the Denia Marriott Hotel as “Hollywood comes to Javea” and said it highlighted the importance of working together. The red carpet event was run like an Oscars award night but instead of giving away the famous golden statues around 5,700€ was raised by a raffle and auction to benefit the children cared for at the Preventorio de Gandia –a cause long supported by the Javea-based radio station. And on the glittering evening VIPs included Javea Mayor Jose Chulvi and Deputy Mayor Oscar Anton – and the organisers were delighted to welcome Francisco Nadal, the founder of EMAUS which cares for children in a series of family units across the region. Bay Radio’s Managing Director Graham Barber welcomed everyone to the gala. “We are bringing together a family that represents the fantastic people who give up their time to help charities and organisations of all aspects of life. “I feel very honoured and humble to stand here this evening to recognise people who make such a difference to
Hollywood came to Javea
so many worthy causes, all of which are so deserving.” He said it was “absolutely impossible” to invite every single Costa Blanca charity. “If we had done so we would have needed a room the size of the 02 Arena.” However, Graham said it was important to recognise volunteers who were not present and the work they did. “Although there are 18 different charities and voluntary organisations represented here this evening, you are a family with one thing in common – that’s being dedicated to helping people less fortunate than ourselves who need care and providing services to the community,” he said.
“You all work tremendously long hours to make a difference and, interestingly, as well tonight, we have the opportunity to talk to each other and understand what other people and charities and organisations do in the family.” And Graham said a “huge thank you” had to go Alan and Maria Dobinson of Europa Network for their sponsorship of the evening. “They are a great organisation and a very good social responsibility programme.” Pictured are (left to right) Bay Radio’s Danny Sanders, Graham Barber, Mayor Jose Chulvi, Deputy Mayor Oscar Anton, Consul Paul Rodwell, and Bay’s Andy Stammers.
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Costa Blanca pawn star
Giant Bunnies are on the loose this Easter
The Cash Kings team
by Jack Troughton ONLINE PAWNBROKER ‘Cash Kings’ was officially opened in Orba last Saturday offering loans against possessions for people from across Spain – marking a rapidly growing industry. Owners Lee Mouncher and Danny Hughes believe there is a gap in the market for the business – triggered by the ongoing recession. “A lot of gold shops are closing now because the price of gold has crashed,” said Lee. “And we offer loans against anything, from power tools to a car. “Pawn broking is the second biggest growth industry in the UK, just behind online gaming. It is not what it was, it is no longer a back street industry – it is
a completely different ball game, there is no longer any shame in it – we want to eradicate that completely, that’s why the shop is painted in funky colours.” And he added: “I think the growth of pawn broking is because of the recession. People are still losing their jobs, there is no money coming in but bills still have to be paid.” VALUABLE Loans can be arranged against valuables over three months or an item can be bought outright – Cash Kings works in tandem with Carters pre-owned quality household goods. By using a website, the business uses recorded mail to receive valuables from across the country - say a Rolex from Madrid. Once appraised, an offer is
made and if accepted money is in the bank within 24 hours. Lee said valuing a car or a power tool was easy because they had an idea of the price. “We have all the equipment to test gold and jewellery. If I am not sure I will take advice,” he said. Orba’s Deputy Mayor Pablo Serger cut the ribbon to declare Cash Kings open with the Cash kings team.
IF YOU see a giant bunny around the area of Marina Alta this Easter, it may not necessarily be a sign to put down the beer glass. Giant bunnies are under the employ of Portal de la Marina Ondara to distribute surprise gifts via Easter Eggs. The campaign is called “ Toca Huevos.”, literally Touch Eggs, playing on the Spanish term tocar …to win. Giant bunnies are already touring various locations in the Marina Alta and La Safor distributing hundreds of gifts between those who do their shopping at the mall from 18th to 26th April. Dénia was the first town visited by the giant ‘’Leporidae’’ (thanks Wikipidia!). Wednesday the rabbit will be flopping through the streets of Calpe, and Thursday is Javea’s turn. Friday they will be in Portal de la Marina and also visiting Teulada- Moraira and Benissa. “ The Toca- Huevos “ will run until Saturday 26th of April. To participate simply submit a proof of purchase over 30€ in the stand within the shopping centre. The rabbit will also make several gifts through the centres social networking sites.
Easter fair in Javea
THOUSANDS OF visitors are expected in Javea Old Town over the Easter holiday to enjoy the traditional craft fair. More than 100 stalls will fill the Church Square and surrounding streets selling home made products such as toys, candles, and clothing to delicacies such as breads, sausages and meats, and – naturally - chocolate. The official opening is at 1pm tomorrow, Good Friday, and the fair continues through Easter Saturday and Sunday. The fair enjoys a 30 year history and as well as the stalls there are a number of workshops which help to attract crowds from across the region.
Castles’ keep sake by Jack Troughton BRITISH EXPAT Michael Stephenson has donated a unique collection of scale plans of over 50 of the region’s castles to Javea’s Soler Blasco Museum. The gift was arranged through AMUX – the Friends of Javea Museum – and the society is now putting together a team to prepare the material for an exhibition. Museum director and municipal archaeologist, Joaquim Bolufer is delighted and grateful to receive Michael’s painstakingly prepared plans. He said: “Many of the plans are the most accurate inexistence – they will provide material for a unique exhibition of interest, not only to Javea residents but to people all over the Marina Alta and Baixa, and El Comtat.” Over the years Michael, a long term resident of Spain, together with friends Anne Scott and Ted Adams visited the many ruined castles of the area. “I was always curious about the number of castles I spotted from the road when I drove to Valencia,” he said. “This, combined with my love of walking, provided the stimulus for the project. “My friends and I took photographs to indicate the topogra-
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phy and carefully measured the layout of the walls and other structures so we could prepare accurate scale drawings.” AMUX members have stepped up to the mark to help prepare the material for an exhibition, including local archaeologist Josep Castello Mari and Christine Betterton-Jones. They have already insured some of the plans on the AMUX blog, together with articles written by Michael. And retired librarian Milagros Uriate will use her expertise – she trained at the Biblioteco Nacional and worked in the Biblioteca del Institute Geographico Nacional and the institute of social studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. “I realised that my training and experience in cataloguing would be very useful to the project,” she said. “And it would also be something that I would enjoy doing – I have just retired to Javea and it is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history of our area.” AMUS has started work on sorting the 12 archive boxes of material and would welcome assistance with the exhibition – people are needed to take new photographs, research background material and write and translate the exhibition texts. Anyone interested in getting involved can email email@example.com Michael
By Jack Troughton PROUD XABIA International College student Lucia Reese has won a national dressage competition at Level 4 in Toledo. The college’s Head of Secondary School Fiona Phillips said of the Year 10 student: “In a competitive field this was an excellent performance by Lucia and XIC will follow and support her equestrian career in the future.”
The Blitz spirit
By Jack Troughton YOUNGSTERS AT the Laude Lady Elizabeth Junior School turned back the clock to sample life in the Second World War as part of an ongoing history project. The whole of the school enjoyed a Design Technology Day but Year 6 students concentrated on a number of workshops linked to the dark days of WW2. And the children wore period costume for the occasion – there was a Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain – later replaced by Winston Churchill as Britain’s wartime leader - soldiers, evacuees, fighter pilots, land girls, and housewives. They built an Anderson Shelter, a refuge from the bombing of the Blitz, and cooked using wartime ingredients with special consideration on ingredients that would have been rationed, and so soup, bread, carrot cake, fruit salad and sandwiches were on the menu. The students also took part in a photography workshop, creating scenes to bring the wartime spirit alive and used modern technology to design and create their own shelters.
Penelope Cruz: a new Bond girl? NEW RUMOURS suggest that the Spanish actress will join the twenty-fourth instalment of the next James Bond 007 film. The rumour comes from Sony as reported by the magazine ‘Premiere’, which included Cruz’s name in the cast of the film along with Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes will return for the fourth film staring Daniel Craig as 007, with release scheduled for November 6th, 2015.
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Hospital’s foot doctors TWO FOOT specialists at Hospital Clinica Benidorm are on standby to offer keyhole surgery to remedy a number of painful complaints affecting the area. by Jack Troughton Podiatrists Luis Miguel Marti Martinez and Ruben Lorca Gutierrez are highly qualified and use the hospital’s operating theatres to perform minimal invasive surgery – it cures the problem and the results are aesthetically pleasing. Most techniques involve between one and three incisions, the openings are just 2mm or 3mm in length and quickly heal. Patients are able to walk away from theatre. And such is the success of the treatment; people are now travelling for a cure to frequently take the opportunity to recover on a Costa Blanca break. Luis told RTN that the surgery was used state of the art techniques developed in the United States of America. “More and more people are demanding podiatry because orthopaedic surgeons normally do not want to work with these sorts of problems. “The solutions we offer here are very easy for the patients. We are legally qualified to be in the operating room and work with an anaesthetist and theatre team.” There are 26 bones in the foot and the pair deal with bunions; in growing toenails; corns,
spurs on the heel; and misplaced metatarsals. “Many years ago foot surgery was very painful and uncomfortable – you only went ahead with any really big problem,” added Luis. “This has now changed. It is a very small intervention and we use techniques to offer pain free surgery. The keyhole surgery avoids damage to tendons, ligaments and soft tissue and because of this the patient doesn’t feel any pain afterwards.” He said people were able to leave the hospital the same day on their own feet – without the need for crutches or a walking frame. SOLUTION “We have a solution not only for the pathology but also aesthetically – the problem disappears in the operating room and it looks good afterwards! After a couple of months you will forget you were ever in the operating theatre.” The podiatrists use an x-ray machine and watch a screen to guide the instruments in theatre. “It is also very, very safe,” said Luis. “With such small incisions, it does not matter if there is bleeding because we are watching the screen. “It means there is no need to stop the
Podiatrists Luis and Ruben discuss a case
bleeding and therefore no problems with a thrombosis or dealing with patients who have circulation problems. “And there is no problem with blood loss because there is not a lot of blood anyway – the patient always remains very stable.” He continued: “There is no need to insert anything metal to preserve soft tissue and this means we preserve the stability of the joints, which is very important.” Both Luis and Ruben – “we are a young team” - have been to the USA to gain experience in their specialised field and perfect the procedures and are fellows of the Academy
of ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery, and lecture in podiatry at Spanish universities. “There are 26 bones in the foot and surgery can be complex because of that, they are very small bones. Years ago people undergoing surgery did not have a very good experience but low invasive surgery has changed that,” said Luis. “We have expanded the services available here at Benidorm and they are very much in demand.” For more information about Hospital Clinica Benidorm call 96 585 3850 or visit www.clinicabenidorm.com
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Walking the dogs
Harmonisers say goodbye to Jim
Pauline, Claire and Lula with APASA dogs
by Jack Troughton ANIMAL CHARITY APASA is staging its second annual sponsored dog walk on Sunday 4th May to help raise money for the animals in its care. The event starts at Mr Punch Cafe in Javea Park at 11am and the route
takes humans and canines to Mas y Mas on the Arenal, down to Javea Port and back. The registration fee is 5€ and everyone is welcome. People can walk with their own pet or take an APASA dog for ‘walkies’. The rescue dogs will again be wearing high visibility coats as they
look for new homes. Last year the walk raised 1,570€ for APASA and the organisers hope to raise even more cash for the charity this year. Sponsor forms are available from Mr Punch, the APASA Charity Shop, and the dog shelter in Javea.
By Keith Nicol SADLY, TORREVIEJA Barbershop Harmoniser Jim Collins recently passed away following heart valve surgery. Club President Tony Wagstaff said, “Jim was a wonderful optimistic and inspirational fellow singer with a beautiful lyrical Bass voice and unsurpassable enthusiasm. He gave amazing support to TBH over almost 25 years and was a friend to the hundreds of Barbershop singers who manned the risers during those times. We miss him and have lost a greatly loved friend.” TBH are organising an Open Social Evening in memory of Jim and they are trying to contact as many of the people who sang with him as possible and invite them to attend this special evening. The event will take place at Los Rosales, on the Lemon Tree Road, commencing at 7pm on 22nd April 2014.It’s a charity event with dinner costing just 10€ per person including a drink and will be served from about 7.30 pm. For seating and catering arrangements, please contact Steve Harper on: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but you will, of course be welcome on the door. All profits for local charity and in memory of Jim Collins.
Less Artists to tour Spain
THE RISE in the rate of IVA from 8% to 21% on ticket sales has caused major entertainers to rethink adding Spain to any European tour. 2013 saw a massive 29% drop in income from concerts last year. Revenues fell from 223€ million to 177€ million, a decrease of 20.53%, over the last 12 months. According to estimates by the Music Promoters Association (APM) industry losses will cost the state treasury 30€ million, in 2014 alone.
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New season’s fashion The models strike a pose
LONDON BOUTIQUE models skilfully showed off the new season’s fashions in a show to benefit Jalon Valley HELP. by Jack Troughton
The models were greeted with applause by an appreciative audience and many of the guests were anxious to try on some of the items they had admired on the catwalk – as the queues for the changing rooms bore witness. The Jalon boutique provided a free glass of wine for the guests and a 20% discount on all clothes bought. The charity thanked Ann Cronk and her staff for their support and the event, including a raffle, raised more than 250€ for HELP.
Lions in Penny Lane
BEATLE MANIA came to the Costa Blanca when Teulada Moraira Lions Club organised a theme dinner and dance at the Denia Marriott hotel at La Sella – earning the charity 1,858€. Around 250 guests – many in sixties costume – turned up to enjoy The Liverpool Band, said to be the premier tribute bands of the Fab Four in Spain. The band, which frequently plays at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, justified their billing and reproduced hit after hit from the Beatles’ back catalogue, winning a new group of fans in the Marina Alta. And while the music insured the dance floor was packed, the Lions will use the proceeds to help fund ongoing community projects and finance new ideas still in the pipeline. To receive details of Teulada Moraira Lions club’s ongoing fun fund raising events, email email@example.com
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by Jack Troughton CHAMBER CHOIR Music Unlimited is celebrating its second anniversary with a debut performance on Sunday 4th May at the Iglesia de la Santa Cruz in Pedregeur. From classical and Renaissance composers to Queen and the Beatles, the choir will also give world premiers to two pieces composed by local music director Gordon Lawson. Music Unlimited hopes to live up to its name under the direction of founder Joanna Baldwin by featuring a variety of styles and languages in a fascinating mix that promises to delight its audience. The evening, which starts at 6.30pm, is mainly to be sung ‘a capella’ but some pieces will be accompanied – including Mozart’s ‘Laudate Dominium’ and Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ - by Pedregeur’s talented organist Josep Vicent Giner. Tickets are priced at 10€. They are available at the door or can be reserved by contacting choir members, or from Joanna Baldwin by calling 636 594 014 or email Music firstname.lastname@example.org Unlimited
Good Friday Service By Jack Troughton THE ANGLICAN Church in Albir is staging its annual Good Friday Service tomorrow (18th April) at noon in the Norwegian Seaman’s Church. Everyone is welcome at the church
in Carrer Mart, Albir, and there is the regular weekly service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday at 9.45am. To find the church, turn right after the Consum supermarket car park (or left coming from the
sea) and turn right in front of the Rober Palace Hotel. The church is first left and parking is available. For more information visit the church’s website www.costablancaanglicanchaplaincy.org
CELEBRATE EASTER Sunday at the Kings Church, Benissa, when the Rev Michael Adams takes charge of the service at 11am. For more information about the service on 20th April call 685 006 562. RTN has been asked to make it clear there is no Maundy Thursday service today (17th April) at the Ermita Church, Del Popul, Jesus Pobre. There is, however, an AGAPE meal at 6pm at La Fustera.
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Dogs enjoy their big day by Jack Troughton CANINE BRIDE and groom Daisy and Basil walked down the aisle on Tuesday to get hitched in front of guests wearing their wedding best. A short ceremony was conducted by 10-year-old Milly Cowling after her younger sister Lottie came up with the idea of marrying the two West highland terriers, watched closely by a third, bridesmaid Poppy. Both the dogs exchanged rings during the ceremony at Moraira Castle. The sister’s grandmother Estelle – Daisy’s owner - lives in Moraira and the girls were on holiday from Berkhampstead. The unusual ceremony attracted a curious crowd who were quick to take photos of the happy couple. Lottie told RTN: “I saw a dog wedding on television and I thought it would be a good idea. I decided to do it a few months ago and nanna said go ahead because it would be fun. “I like animals very much. I have two pets, a fish called Lucky and a dog called Digby.” The wedding music included a number of favourites, many with a doggie flavour such as ‘How much is that Doggie in the Window?’ and ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ And instead of wedding presents, guests donated cash The to animal charity AKIRA – although Daisy, Basil and Poppy wedding did wolf down a number of treats – raising 100€. party
Secrets of the marine reserve By Jack Troughton DELIGHTED MEMBERS of the public are being shown the protected wildlife that lives in the marine reserve off the Marina Alta’s Cap San Antonio. Small groups are being given a guided aquatic tour of the area organised by Denia Town Hall and more than 60 people from across Valencia have already applied to take part. They are briefed on how they can identify the species of whales and dolphins they may spot in the sea, the See the various birds nesting on the cliffs, and the wildlife in Denia animal and plant life on the seabed.
San Miguel students learning English
By Keith Nicol ON THURSDAY afternoon, eighteen students received diplomas from the Mayor of San Miguel, Alcaldía Ángel Sáez Huertas, for attending 100 hours of English language study. Now in its fourth year of operation, the free classes are provided to residents of any nationality who wish to improve their English. This term’s class were the first to receive a certificate for completing 100 hours of study, spread over two days a week, Monday and Thursday, from 10.00am until noon. The courses take place in San Miguel’s Old Town Hall, with a new course being planned for the autumn. They are always on the lookout for more volunteers to help with the program, and anyone interested can contact Ian on 651 973 785.
Stian Vikra’s Swim for Life
STIAN VIKRA, the Norwegian long distance swimmer is preparing himself for his next long distance challenge at Torrevieja’s Sports City. by Keith Nicol The experienced Norwegian athlete and creator of the charitable project ‘Swim for Life’, dedicates his time and efforts towards fund raising and awareness campaigns for Organ Donation. Last week, Vikra announced his new challenge. It is a goal never before achieved by anyone, which is, after all, what really motivates this unique Nordic athlete. Stian said, “My new challenge for the ‘Swim for Life’, is to swim across the Skagerrak Strait, linking Denmark and Norway; specifically to swim the strait from the town of Skagen in Denmark to Hvaler, Norway.” Stian Vikra said that he expects to attempt the crossing this summer, when the temperature of the sea at these northern latitudes is a little warmer and to ensure the viability of this difficult challenge. He added, “Crossing the Strait of Skagerrak not only involves swimming the distance of 150 kilometres, but also
Stian Vikra and his ‘Swim for Life’
involves the added difficulties of tides, that are especially strong in this narrow strait, and obviously the waves, that will add to the difficulty of the challenge.” Stian will perform the swim with fins and is preparing himself in the facilities of the Sports City of Torrevieja, with the collaboration of Imas Torrevieja Swimming Club. Norway’s National
By Irena Bodnarec An amazing 3,000€ was raised from the special musical production ´A Journey through Time´ which was performed at the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi last week. A presentation of the cheque will be made in due course – 100€ has been withheld incase they have to pay a fee for performing rights, but if not then
TV Station is covering his preparations and the record attempt to cross from Denmark to Norway. They have followed him from Day One. Those who would like to know more about Stian and his Organ Donation campaign are welcome to stop by the Infanta Cristina swimming pool where he will be training until at least June.
that will also go to the charity. The organsiers would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone that was involved in the production and also to all those that came and supported the cause. A raffle was held on the 2 nights and a number of prizes remain unclaimed – please contact Melanie Howell on 638 598 095 if you are holder of any of the following: White 341 & 591; Yellow 307 & 508; Pink 277 & 495; Dk Pink (serial AB) 210 and Pale Green serial 23, 223 & 338
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Rendezvous Relay raise money for PCN A FANTASTIC day was had by all at The Rendezvous Relay on Sunday 6th April at the Rendezvous bar at Tiro de Pichon near Campoamor Golf. Lou Richardson walked a total of 50k from 8am until 6pm assisted by walkers who completed a 5k lap with her and individually and raised a minimum of €100 sponsorship money. The evening entertainment kicked off with Sunflower Valley then individual sessions from students from the Matrix Studio. Dan Davy then gave a fantastic performance topped off with the voice of the Costa Blanca, Paul Michael. It was a fantastic atmosphere with everyone busting their moves on the dance floor and the show wrapping up around 11.30pm. The total amount raised on the day was 2,375€ and this will help the Paul Cunningham Nurses tenfold as this is a very difficult time for the charity. Please visit their website at www.paulcunninghamnurses.com for further events in your area.
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Classic cars in Guardamar
by Keith Nicol LAST SATURDAY, Rotary Club Guardamar organised a special display of Classic Cars. The ‘III Fiesta del Motor’ attracted more than three thousand visitors to the event, if ticket sales for the Giant Paella were anything to go by. Organisers, the Rotary Club said that it was still an excellent turn out of both vehicles and spectators for this new event with more than 60 classic and custom cars on display. The ‘III Fiesta del Motor’ is an initiative to raise awareness of the work of the Guardamar Rotary Club and to help out the city’s school Book Bank, to ensure that old school text books are put to good use for future generations, at low prices.
A selection of more than 60 classic, custom and specialist cars along with the addition of bikes, scooters, trikes and sidecars, all gathered in and around the Plaza de La Cosntitución, in front of Ayuntamiento, an excellent central point for the display, side stalls, giant paella, beer tent, live music and dance displays from local dance companies. Such was the success of this year’s event that the fourth edition is already being planned for 2015. For Classic and Specialist Car fans, there are a number of events coming up soon. The first is Antic Auto at the IFA Exhibition Centre in Alicante on April 25th and 26th, while the same last Sunday of the month will have a gathering of classics at San Luis, lakeside for the Moonshinners, classic and custom car event.
Diamond Wedding Anniversary
GORDON MCMURRAY Blythe and Daisy Caroline Parris were married in the Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King, Tanglin Barracks, Singapore on 24th April 1954. They will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Thursday 24th April 2014 by renewing their wedding vows in the church of Altea la Vella with family and friends, and afterwards at the Don Cayo Golf Club for a reception and luncheon. Gordon and Caroline retired to live in Altea, Spain in 1993 and have remained here ever since. A letter of congratulations from HM Queen Elizabeth II has been sanctioned and will arrive by courier on the day.
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Torrevieja Cup 2014 begins today by Keith Nicol THE YOUTH Football Tournament ‘The Torrevieja Cup’ kicks off today, Thursday as more than 1,200 players descend on the Sports City. The popular tournament is an international football tournament, which seeks to combine football with
More than 1,200 footballers are playing
tourism and entertainment, promote coexistence among the players and their families and to promote athletic endeavour, and runs until the finals on Sunday morning. The tournament is the largest of its kind held at the Sports City and along with the players attracts 200 technicians plus 80 people on hand organizing this event, which attracts more than 5,000 visitors daily. All male and female age groups are catered for, in seven
categories, pre-benjamín, alevin, juvenile, infantile, cadet, Benjamin and the ladies with three teams from Norway plus teams from Torrevieja, Elche, Alicante, Hércules, Los Montesinos plus local side Junior Strikers. The tournament will be broadcast live via the internet on Saturday and Sunday. More information, updates and results for the Torrevieja Cup are available on Facebook and futbolme.com and icompetición.com results.
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New personal bests for swimmers This weekend was the last regional league time controls for the younger swimmers from Club Natacion Torrevieja and other regional clubs. It also contained some of the hardest races for the young swimmers. Over 200 swimmers competed in the 200m medley or the 400m freestyle races. For most this was the first time that they had swam these distances under competition environments. The Torrevieja team was slightly depleted due to illnesses but 9 of the 13 clubs members participated. Paula Garcia, Vicky Pigneur and Samira Lucumbi all had good swims in their 200m girls 200m medley with all 3 girls gaining regional autonomic qualifying times with new PBâ€™s. Skye Burns, nervous, swam the medley for the first time and also had a good swim. Then it was on to the 400m freestyle races. For the clubs younger members 9 and 10 year olds racing the 16 lengths of the 400m was a daunting task. Densel Fusha, Vitalio Veres and Amy Connolly all had good swims giving themselves new times and Polina Maltsev and Konstantin Murskiy swam well in the 200m freestyle. Now the clubs swimmers
Benjamin & Alevin swimmers
have a rest over the Easter period and are back with the Masters team next in the pool in Elche on the 4th May. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming
Club please contact Rosa â€“ 665 454 126, President Felipe on 609 418 776 or Vicki 669 637 015 or by e-mail on email@example.com
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Can Osborne deliver on his budget pension promise?
Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca IN THE budget last month, George
Osborne stated that anyone aged 55 or over will be able to take their entire pension pot as cash from April 2015, the amount will be subject to income tax which will be anywhere between 20% and 45% depending on the size of the pension pot. He also stated that they would be offered “free, impartial, face to face advice” on their retirement options. A consultation document published alongside the Budget confirmed the service would provide guidance, not advice. UK advisers are sceptical about the capacity of the industry to provide an estimated 500,000 people a year with the help they need when they are approaching retirement. The ambitious 12-month timetable for
creating the guidance service and the meagre £20m start-up budget from the Treasury have also led to serious concerns about whether the Government will honour its promise. “FREE” As well as the £20m to set up the initiative, the Government will also introduce an as yet unspecified levy on providers and trust-based pension schemes to fund the remaining costs. Apfa research shows the average flat fee charged by an adviser for annuities advice is £681. With an estimated 500,000 members of defined contribution schemes retiring each year, based on ABI figures, a fully advised service would cost £340.5m annually. Providers say the cost cannot be absorbed and will lead to higher charges for consumers.
“IMPARTIAL” The main question is who is going to offer this impartial advice. Intelligent Pensions technical director David Trenner says: “There is no way someone who is making money selling products can then be impartial when offering guidance. Free, impartial, face to face guidance is a great idea but it is totally impractical.” “FACE TO FACE” Osborne’s guarantee that the atretirement guidance will be “face to face” also presents significant challenges. LEBC longevity division director Nick Flynn says: “The £20m the Government is putting forward is just a drop in the ocean. “Face to face seems like an unnecessary commitment. It will be incredibly difficult to deliver, particularly for the mass of people with small funds.”
“ADVICE” In the wake of the Budget, advisers criticised the Government for “misleading” savers in referring to the guidance service as a “right to advice.” “Advice is regulated, and it carries significantly greater consumer weight than guidance. It was wrong for Osborne to use the word advice in the Budget speech.” If you are an expat and have a pension and need advice on what your options are Blacktower are completely independent we are not tied to any provider or product. So if you would like to benefit from free independent, impartial advice on your financial future please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 658 892 330 to arrange a free consultant.
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from White & Baos Abogados Solicitors Lawyers
Jointly owning a property PROBLEMS BETWEEN owners of a jointly owned community property, payment of expenses etc… I AM the owner of a house in Javea, that I bought with my ex partner. He does not want to know anything more about the property and has not paid the mortgage loan for the last seven months. He says that as he does not want the property, he does not need to pay anything. Does he have to pay? And if so, how much? If you are the owner of a property with another person, and this other owner is also a debtor on the mortgage loan that encumbers the property, then, in principle, they cannot just waive or ignore their obligations as owner and also as debtor to the bank, as they have assumed some commitments that must be met. If your ex partner does not fulfil them, and if you do it for him by paying his share, you could claim for the costs paid on his behalf. By owning a property together with different persons, according to the Spanish Civil Code, Article 392, you form a community. If there is no specific agreement between you, then this community shall be governed by Articles 393 and
following the Spanish Civil Code . According to Article 393, each of you, as owners who are part of the community, will be responsible for costs and expenses in proportion to your shares. If you are 50/50 owners of the property, then you should pay for half the property’s costs and expenses such as the mortgage, local taxes (IBI), insurances, etc. Also, according to Article 395, you and any joint owner are entitled to force the rest to contribute to common asset maintenance costs. An owner may be exempted from this obligation only if and when they renounce their share of the property. Therefore, if your co-owner does not want to face the costs of the common property conservation, you must demand he waive his ownership rights. In this sense, we highlight, among other precedents, the Spanish Provincial Court of Madrid Court Order number 529/2010 of 29 October, that says: “It is an undisputed fact that the plaintiff and defendant acquired a house equally and in community and equally they assumed the mortgage , so they are
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both responsible for half the payment of mortgage loan ( art. 392 and followings).” If you have any problems with other owners of your property, or if you want to sell or buy them out, or sell the common property, our firm can help. You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: www.facebook.com/WhiteBaosAbogadosLawyers
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home & garden
Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author
Don’t just put flowers in vases, eat them too! I HAVE had a garden since the age of five - that means that for 72 years I should have been eating mostly home grown ecological food for every meal every day of the year. But like many, poor school food, poor cooking by a busy mother and ‘snacks on the run’ during a busy business life diverted me from eating free health foods from the garden. And at 10-years-old while helping my father in his bakery, crystalised violet flowers for decorating cakes was in hindsight not the healthiest product to add to already heavily-laden iced cakes. When I retired in 1994 following two cancer operations, I followed the surgeon’s advice to eat a healthy Mediterranean diet. Fortunately our holiday home was in a self-sufficient valley that ate and exported
fresh produce daily and the older folks still gathered wild herbs and flowers for culinary and medicinal purposes, a good number living well into their nineties. For decades we had eaten Globe artichokes, the flower bud of the plant, and when harvesting nasturtium leaves to add zest to salads we added a few flowers for decoration and their subtle taste. Likewise rose petals were added to salads and elderflowers were used to make a home-made wine in the kitchen. Then we started to make Kombucha and added elder rosemary and thyme flowers to add interesting and beneficial tastes. When we walked the local mountains we chewed the flowering tips of rosemary stems for the energy giving oil and romanesque and cauliflowers were often eaten as vegetables. Within five years of living full time in Spain the village and valley lost its self sufficiency as families moved off the land to work in the construction industry, so we started to grow all we could to the state of being self sufficient in vegetables, herbs, fruit, meat and beneficial edible flowers.
In 2002 we visited Cuba for a month. Not to visit tourist resorts but to wander around the countryside to study the green revolution of communal allotments outside towns, villages, schools and factories. After trying a Hibiscus Salad we learned the flowers were a relaxant and helped control blood pressure. The list of edible flowers in our diet soon grew. The following are from a list of forty flowers: Chive flowers while still fresh to add interest to salads and their anti-oxidant properties. Brocolli flowers for their vitamin and folic acid content. Borage flowers to add to cider or cold herb infusions. Courgettes flowers for stuffing to steam or bake. Day lilies, going in our salad tonight, are said to be good for ones’ hair and nails. Marigold petals are an interesting colourful addition to salads. Rose Petals to add colour and flavour to salads. Rosemary flowers for taste and colour and oil content.
Passion flower infusions we found relaxing. Rocket flowers as well as leaves add a spiciness to salads. Sunflower seeds can be dried and chewed as a snack. Viola flowers can relieve, as an infusion, hay fever and allergies. Violets were, again as infusions, a traditional relief for varicose veins. Hope that these thoughts add to a new interest in what you grow. But do not spray flowers that you intend to eat with chemical insecticides. Please note that the book ‘Living Well from our Garden – Mediterranean Style’ is only available from Amazon Books.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE THE HANDSCOMBE’S BOOKS - With the demise of many of the bookshops and distributors that used to handle Santana Books the most convenient way of obtaining information about and purchasing the gardening and lifestyle books written by Dick Handscombe is to use Amazon Books. A search for ‘Dick Handscombe’ on first entering the Amazon Books site will normally bring most of the books up in one go. ©Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com
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Get ready for summer with A Time 4 A Change
NOW IS the perfect time to get your home ready for the summer. Whether you live here permanently, or you own a holiday home, at A Time 4 A Change, El Algar, you can find everything you need to furnish your property, inside and out, at the largest stockists of quality used furniture on the Costa Calida. The showroom is arranged over 1,000 square metres. On the ground floor there is everything you need for your lounge and dining room, including lamps, pictures and accessories. The first floor stocks everything from a single bedside table to a complete bedroom suite in the bedroom department, including the latest in mattresses, pillows, quilts and bedding. And currently there are several sets of garden furniture with prices starting from only 50â‚Ź. Discounts are always offered for multiple purchases: the more you spend, the more you save. Delivery to local areas is free. A Time 4 A Change has stock arriving all the time. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please leave your details and we will do our best to source what you need. Visit our extensive showroom at Carretera Cabo De Palos Km1, El Algar 30366: call 96 813 6501 or visit www.atime4achange.com
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Fabulous 4 night stay at the The SH Ifach**** in Calpe
CALPE IS a coastal town located in the Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante by the Mediterranean Sea. The town is located 67 km from the city of Alicante, lying at the foot of the Natural Park of Peñón de Ifach. The economy of Calpe is mainly based on tourism and fishing. Some of the most important monuments in Calpe are the ruins of Els banys de la Reina, (the Queen’s baths), the flooded salt flats, a bird sanctuary for migratory birds, its Gothic Catholic church and the tower of La Peça, dating from the 18th century. Calpe offers a choice of beautiful beaches, including the two main beaches of Playa Levante (La Fossa), and Playa Del Arenal (Bol) where you can relax or enjoy a range of activities and sports. Several of the beaches have blue flag status, and are amongst the best in Europe. Some of the more popular Coves in Calpe include Playa Del Cantal Roig at the Harbour, and the wonderful Playa del Puerto Blanco which has lovely shaded areas on the beach. Next to the seafront promenade are the remains of an ancient fish salting factory from Roman times. Calpe’s fishing port comes alive with hustle and bustle as the afternoon fish auction draws near. On restaurant terraces the costumers have the possibility to try some of the fresh local shellfish. THE SH IFACH **** SH Ifach Hotel is one of the best located Calpe hotels. Located next to the promenade, just a walk of 150 meters from the beach
144€ pp of La Fossa and the port of Calpe. With excellent views of the Ifach Rock, both the most famous icons of the east coast. Few Calpe hotels have indoor and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, special beach for children and monitored activities for children and adults. 4 nights in the SH IFACH for two people from the 26th May is just 144€ PP. Accommodation only. From www.hotels. tv/calpe-hotels, local booking agents in Calpe and the Costa Blanca. Hotels.tv hand selects the finest hotels and offers a personalized booking service for individuals, conferences and events. Managing bookings with savings up to 50%. Call 965 854 673 or 86 567 4036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bilbao to Valencia: 11 delightful days
CRUISE ON The Empress and discover all the delights that Spain has to offer. DAY 1 of your holiday takes you by luxury coach to Logroño in northern Spain, arriving at a comfortable 3 Star hotel where you can check in before enjoying dinner. Day 2 takes you to Bilbao via Haro, in the Northwest of the La Rioja wine growing region and a visit to a Bodega to see – and hopefully taste – fine wines in the making! A guide will take you through the process and show how the wine is transferred to barrels. Check into your 4 Star hotel on arrival in Bilbao in time for dinner. Day 3 is spent in the fascinating city of Bilbao in the Basque country in the company of an official guide: The Guggenheim Museum; Bilbao’s medieval old town, the Casco Viejo and the fabulous Plaza Nueva bursting with pavement cafés and bars… The square is used for every conceivable fiesta and celebration, the centre of Bilbao life.
CRUISE PROGRAMME Day 4: Embark at Bilbao. The Empress boasts bars and restaurants offering delicious international cuisine as well as saltwater swimming pools and therapy treatments to help make your Holiday experience memorable. Sailing via La Coruña, Lisboa and Casablanca takes us to Day 9 and Gibraltar, the British-held territory affectionately known as ‘The Rock’, featuring a traditional British ‘Main Street’ and the famous Barbary Apes who roam freely on the rocky cliffs above the town. Malaga, birthplace of one of Spain’s most famous sons Pablo Picasso, is the destination on Day 10 with its ancient central market and Centre for Contemporary Art. Finally on Day 11 we reach Valencia, dominated by the City of Arts and Sciences its main shopping area centred at the historical Bullring, the heart of Spain’s third largest city. One of the country’s cultural centres, Valencia is crammed with theatres, galleries and special interest shops with plenty to see and do. Don’t miss this wonderful cruising holiday departing with Pullmantur Cruises 17th September: From 844€ per person plus 191€ tax, transport and hotels included. For further info please call Gandia Tours on 966 106 872.
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Sunglasses trends AS SPRING begins and summer comes into view, sunglasses are a must to protect the eyes and look the part. There are key trends for sunglasses each year which can update a look and you can really have fun with different sizes, colours and details. Specsavers Opticas’ trend experts have put together these style tips for following the trends and staying true to your style for spring/summer 2014 – Select the right shape - There are styles to suit all face shapes and you can have fun with your sunglasses choosing the new bigger frames and retro shapes. RETRO From round-eyed sunnies and specs to bombers and bowling shirts, the 50s, 60s and 70s are making a comeback. Creating a retro look with your sunglasses is easy. Deep statement shapes and round-eyed styles suit both genders, cat’s-eye specs look great on women and Aviator inspired looks have a classic vintage vibe.
Oversized frames – If you want to make a statement this year go for big, or rounded styles which dominate your face. Sun RX have got some good versions of this style in different colours and materials, such as purple and metal detailing. CAT’S-EYES This year’s cat’s-eyes shapes are exaggerated and embellished with metal and interesting finishes, these will be sure to get you noticed with a funky vintage feel. TORTOISE-SHELL This material is being applied to a lot of different styles and shapes of glasses in 2014. Tommy Hilfiger has some great 1980s feeling frames which use the material to good effect. COLOURS The future is bright with pops of eye-catching colours in graduated tones or simple colour blocking. The right pair of colourful specs instantly updates a wardrobe by seamlessly blending with the new season’s clothing trends. Newer hues of blue, green, red, purple and grey are bang on trend; choose one of these shades for the ultimate kick of colour. Roxy have made a statement with hot pink, Red or Dead have been producing green cat’s-eye frames and Osiris have gone for hot orange and black designs, as well as light blue translucent frames. Specsavers Opticas’ Wall of Sun features a wide range of styles, colours, sizes and shapes which all offer a high level of UV protection. Style advisors are on hand to help make the right choice for each face shape. In May Specsavers will be running a competition to find people who love their glasses and look great in them. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page - specsaversopticas, website www.specsavers.es and in store for more details.
Your perfect dream home in the sun HERE IS a rare chance to achieve your dream on the Mar Menor and to buy a home on Camping Pueblo de San Javier, one of the best mobile home parks in the area, ideal for retirement or holidays. THIS QUIET, legal, permanent and family run site is ideally located on the Balsicas road between San Javier and the AP7, an easy-going, relaxed site offering several exquisite pre-owned park homes for sale. And due to the recession all are under half price from 10,000â‚Ź. They can also be rented out to bring in an income. The site boasts a fabulous swimming pool; gym units, tennis and basketball courts and a childrenâ€™s area. The lounge bar has darts, quiz, cards, entertainment nights and TV sports, etc. Great food is on the menu and everyone is welcomed to use the bar - come and have a look around. The homes are completely fitted out with white goods, TV, phone, internet, sheds, patios, some have conservatories and are ready to move into. Post is delivered daily and the main gates close at midnight. There is also a night watchman. The site has a safe and secure environment allowing people to relax and enjoy themselves all year round. There is a supermarket just 100m away and San Javier is within walking distance offering seven more supermarkets, including Iceland. There are plenty of amenities, with the airport and beaches nearby and a hospital 10 minutes by car. Also just 10 minutes to golf and bowls facilities and 20 minutes to aqua and safari parks, Torrevieja and Murcia. If you would like to come and look around please contact Carol on 96 819 2425 / 626 055 622 or email email@example.com. Also visit: www.mobilehonesmarmenorspain.com
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Writer and Broadcaster
The things you find when you go ferreting! IF, LIKE me, you were a fan of fine comedy actor Peter Sellers you´re going to love today’s lead story. Back in 1996 a film buff from Southend did what film buffs do and went ferretting around for old film reels. However like most collectors, rather than take a look at what he´d found, he just stored them safely in his house ... oh yes, and he picked up these particular reels in a London skip! Two of the films he found that day star Peter Sellers, and were made way back in 1957, at a time when he was trying to cross over from radio to movies, a period in his career as yet undiscovered ... Solid Gold!! … And the man sat on it all for 27 years!! There is now a company called Dimwittie Films, named after a Sellers´ character in one of the films, and after a hi-tech scan both films are now ready to be shown, and will be played at the Southend Film Festival in Essex on May 1. Festival organiser Paul Cotgrove, who set up Dimwittie Films said “because of their rarity value I’ve had a lot of interest from members of the Sellers family, as well as his friends and former colleagues and we expect a lot of them to attend the event … fantastic!! Peter Sellers true genius came out in his glorious creation, Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, and with Paul Cotgrove also saying “He appears to treat the films as show reels to demonstrate to film producers his considerable talents,” the chances are these two 57 year old movies will show us the beginnings of that genius, and I´m thinking I´d better get off and buy myself a ticket to Southend!
Celebrity Clips YOU MIGHT not have heard of Ben Miller but all of that will change come the autumn when Dr Who returns to the screen. Showrunner Steve Moffat said “Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode and we knew we needed somebody like Ben Miller to send everybody behind the sofa!” 48 year old Miller has been kicking around for ages doing top work and it now seems this is his time. I have news of a movie re-boot, and am surprised to find out its Police Academy. Of all the 80s movies to remake for a 21st Century audience Police
Academy is surely way down the list. The storyline of a bunch of misfits training to be police officers, mixed with endless juvenile ´comic complications´ has surely long gone. The two guys with the nuts to fund it better keep the car running. With filming due to start on the next Bond movie in the summer, the fact that the villain has not been cast yet is causing concern at 007 HQ. However the news is now that academy award winning actor Chieti Ejiofor ( Solomon Northup in 12 years a Slave ) is the man who will make a good baddie, with sources insisting ´he is the front-runner for the job.’ Release date … November 2015 … can’t wait!!
Sue Townsend was born in Leicester and passed away last week having left behind her wonderful collection of Adrain Mole books that will surely now reappear on the bookshelves across the UK. Stephen Mangan, who played Adrian Mole in a 2001 television adaptation, tweeted his condolences, saying: “Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died, “One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.” If you´ve not yet read the books, give them a try.
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Thursday 17th April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Parking Mad 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Life and Death Row 24:35 The People’s Portrait
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 10:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 10:45 Gardeners’ World 11:15 Animal Park 12:00 Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 13:35 Jason and the Argonauts 15:15 Great British Bake Off 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 Coast 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter 22:00 Protecting Our Parents 23:00 Happy Birthday BBC Two 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Ian Hislop’s Olden Days - The Power of the Past in Britain
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Ade at Sea 22:00 The Walton Sextuplets at 30 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Mercury Rising
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Lent Diaries 21:00 Posh Pawn 22:00 15,000 Kids and Counting 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 24:05 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic
07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:20 The Front 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Harold Shipman 23:00 Person of Interest 24:00 Gypsies on Benefits & Proud
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 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 Miami 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 Miami 18:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:30 Dinner Date 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Tom Daley Goes Global 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Dads 24:20 Two and a Half Men
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 The IT Crowd 24:05 Party House
Good Friday 18th April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Helicopter Heroes 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 Saints and Scroungers 13:00 The Great North Passion 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 BBC Regional News 14:20 101 Dalmatians 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:45 Flog It! 18:45 Pointless 19:30 BBC News 19:45 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 MasterChef 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Outnumbered 23:00 BBC News 23:15 BBC Regional News 23:20 The Graham Norton Show 24:05 Bad Education 24:35 EastEnders
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 The Travel Show 09:40 The Road to El Dorado 11:00 Skyrunners 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 King of Kings 16:35 Coast 17:35 Becoming Jane 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Natural World 23:00 The Trip to Italy 23:30 QI 24:00 Later with Jools Holland
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 The Unforgettable 11:55 Tipping Point 13:00 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:25 Mystery Map 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:35 ITV News Central 14:40 Dickinson’s Real Deal 15:45 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 18:35 The Chase 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:14 ITV Central Weather 23:15 Bourne Supremacy
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 Lent Diaries 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 Gogglebox 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Dirty Dozen 18:05 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Scooby-Doo 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 23:55 Britain’s Crime Capitals 24:55 Access
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Mission: Impossible 2 24:25 Rude Tube
Saturday 19th April
07:30 Emmerdale 08:00 You’ve Been Framed! 08:50 The Hot Desk 09:05 Dennis 10:55 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 12:35 Emmerdale 13:05 Emmerdale 13:35 Nancy Drew 15:45 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:50 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:00 You’ve Been Framed! 18:35 Ice Age: the Meltdown 20:15 Johnny English 22:00 Knocked Up 24:40 Take Me Out
07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 James Martin: Home Comforts 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Formula 1 15:30 Snooker: The World Championship 17:30 Final Score 18:15 Shrek Forever After 19:40 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Pointless Celebrities 20:50 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:40 Casualty 22:30 The Guess List 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 The Football League Show
07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:10 Sword of Sherwood Forest 08:30 Great British Menu 09:00 Great British Menu 09:30 Great British Menu 10:00 Great British Menu 10:30 Great British Menu 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 The Great British Bake Off 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 15:30 Henry VIII and His Six Wives 17:30 Snooker: The World Championship 18:45 Easter from King’s 20:00 Snooker: The World Championship 21:00 University Challenge: The Story So Far 22:00 University Challenge 22:30 Messiah at the Foundling Hospital 23:30 Pop Goes BBC Two
07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:50 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Murder, She Wrote 11:30 Dinner Date 12:30 ITV News and Weather 12:39 ITV Central Weather 12:40 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:10 Never Say Never Again 15:40 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 18:35 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Britain’s Got Talent 21:20 Amazing Greys 22:20 Law & Order: UK 23:15 The Americans 24:15 ITV News and Weather 24:29 ITV Central Weather 24:30 Through the Keyhole
07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Trans World Sport 08:30 FIM Superbike World Championship 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 10:55 The Big Bang Theory 11:25 The Big Bang Theory 11:55 How I Met Your Mother 12:20 How I Met Your Mother 12:45 The Simpsons 13:15 The Simpsons 13:45 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:00 Lent Diaries 20:05 Grand Designs 21:05 Hostages 22:00 Taken 23:50 Made of Stone
07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Access 11:05 The Dog Rescuers 11:40 Cowboy Builders 12:40 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 13:40 Murder at the Gallop 15:20 Barabbas 18:00 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 19:40 The Cancer 20:30 NCIS 21:25 NCIS 22:20 5 News Weekend 22:25 Britain’s Favourite Detectives
07:00 Ugly Betty 07:50 Made in Chelsea 08:40 Rude(ish) Tube 09:35 Charmed 10:35 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 Rules of Engagement 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 Made in Chelsea 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Snakes on a Plane 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory
07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:50 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Dickinson’s Real Deal 11:30 Columbo Goes to College 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:40 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 14:10 The Unforgettable 14:40 Big Star’s Little Star 15:40 Britain’s Got Talent 16:55 A View to a Kill 19:20 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Catchphrase 20:30 Off Their Rockers 21:00 Endeavour 23:00 Perspectives 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Premiership Rugby Union
07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Make Way for Noddy 08:30 Little Princess 08:50 King of the Railway 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 10:55 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:30 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:05 Access 12:15 The Dog Rescuers 12:45 Eragon 14:40 Spider-Man 3 17:20 Sound of Music Live! 20:00 5 News Weekend 20:05 Forbidden Kingdom 22:00 Act of Valor 23:50 Punisher: War Zone
07:00 Beauty and the Geek
07:00 Make It or Break It 07:50 Ugly Betty 08:35 Charmed 09:25 How I Met Your Mother 09:55 Youngers 10:25 Youngers 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:35 Made in Chelsea 14:35 Revenge 15:30 Rude(ish) Tube 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 The Tomorrow People 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Independence Day 24:00 Rude Tube
Easter Sunday 20th April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 09:35 Match of the Day 11:00 Easter Worship from Leicester 12:00 Urbi et Orbi 12:35 Flog It! 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 More Creatures Great and Small 15:30 Formula 1 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:00 Lifeline 18:10 Songs of Praise 18:45 Pointless Celebrities 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 The Crimson Field 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:35 Live at the Apollo
07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Countryfile 08:30 Gardeners’ World 09:00 The Beechgrove Garden 09:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:15 Custer of the West 15:30 Snooker: The World Championship 19:00 Davis v Taylor: The ‘85 Black Ball Final 20:00 Morecambe & Wise in Pieces 21:00 50 Golden Years of Sport on BBC Two 22:00 All About Two 23:40 The Making of QI 24:40 Snooker: The World Championship
08:40 Lassie 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Secret Eaters 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 The Simpsons 17:00 The Simpsons 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:35 Channel 4 News 19:05 Lent Diaries 19:10 Hop 21:00 For the Love of Cars 22:00 Fargo 23:30 Heat
09:50 Coronation Street 12:15 Tom Daley Goes Global 13:15 Britain’s Got Talent 14:35 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:35 You’ve Been Framed! 16:20 The Hot Desk 16:30 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 18:50 Dungeons & Dragons 21:20 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:20 You’ve Been Framed! 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Crazy Beaches 24:20 Britain’s Got Talent
07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:00 You’ve Been Framed! 13:40 Valiant 15:15 Despicable Me 17:15 Britain’s Got Talent 18:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:30 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 22:00 Quantum of Solace 24:10 Hostage
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Easter Monday 21st April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Helicopter Heroes 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 Saints and Scroungers 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 BBC Regional News 14:25 102 Dalmatians 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:15 BBC London News 19:30 The One Show 20:00 24 Hours on Earth 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Jamaica Inn 23:00 BBC News 23:15 BBC Regional News 23:20 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:05 The Graham Norton Show 24:50 The Football League Show
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Letter from an Unknown Woman 09:30 The Island at the Top of the World 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 The Great British Bake Off 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester 22:00 Business Boomers 23:00 Rev 23:30 All About Two
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 The Unforgettable 11:55 Storage Hoarders 12:55 All Star Family Fortunes 13:40 Mystery Map 14:40 ITV News 14:50 ITV News Central 14:55 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 18:35 The Chase 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 I Never Knew That About Britain 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This 24:00 ITV News 24:19 ITV Central Weather 24:20 Women Behind Bars with Trevor McDonald
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade 21:00 Food Unwrapped 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Lee Mack Live 24:05 Gogglebox
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 Home and Away 13:45 Neighbours 14:20 Ben-Hur 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Neighbours 19:55 5 News Update 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Classic Car Rescue 22:00 Britain’s Crime Capitals 23:00 Soho Blues 24:00 Rocky Balboa
07:00 Emmerdale 07:30 Coronation Street 08:00 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:50 You’ve Been Framed! 09:50 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 12:05 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 13:45 Emmerdale 14:15 Coronation Street 14:45 Coronation Street 15:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:20 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:25 You’ve Been Framed! 18:30 Valiant 20:05 Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 22:00 Shaun of the Dead 24:00 Educating Joey Essex
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 How I Met Your Mother 09:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 12:30 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Rules of Engagement 15:30 Rules of Engagement 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 The Big Bang Theory 18:00 Hop 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 Party House
Tuesday 22nd April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Jamaica Inn 23:00 BBC News 23:30 BBC Regional News 23:40 Life and Death Row
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 Great British Garden Revival 10:30 Great British Railway Journeys 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:15 Super League Show 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Big Allotment Challenge 22:00 Watermen: A Dirty Business 23:00 Later Live with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Story of the Open University
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Wild Britain with Ray Mears
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 New Worlds 23:15 The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles: A Bodyshock Special 24:15 Alan Carr: Chatty Man
07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Classic Car Rescue 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 A Woman’s Rage 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 21:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 Body of Proof 24:55 Body of Proof
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:50 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:35 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:25 The Real Housewives of Miami 13:00 You’ve Been Framed! 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 Miami 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Hostage
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Sister Act 23:05 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory
wednesday 23rd April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Jamaica Inn 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Room 101 - Extra Storage 24:45 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 Antiques Roadshow 10:30 Great British Railway Journeys 11:00 Snooker: The World Championship 13:00 Great British Bake Off 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job 22:00 Ian Hislop’s Olden Days - The Power of the Past in Britain 23:00 Happy Birthday BBC Two 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship
07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Big Star’s Little Star 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans 24:35 Baboons with Bill Bailey
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 How to Get a Council House 23:00 Derek 23:30 Game Face 24:00 Jimmy Carr: Telling Jokes
07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 A Deadly Encounter 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Benidorm ER 21:00 Killing Spree 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Castle 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
07:00 Emmerdale 07:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 08:20 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 Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Through the Keyhole 23:00 The Sweetest Thing 24:50 Two and a Half Men
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Party House 24:00 Made in Chelsea
thursday 24th April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Perfection 15:30 Escape to the Country 16:30 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Parking Mad 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Life and Death Row 24:35 Two for the Money
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 10:15 Gardeners’ World 10:45 Lifeline 10:55 Animal Park 11:55 Duel in the Sun 14:00 Snooker: The World Championship 18:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Escape to the Continent 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter 22:00 Protecting Our Parents 23:00 Happy Birthday BBC Two 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker: The World Championship
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 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Ade at Sea 22:00 Wanted: A Family of My Own 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Births, Deaths and Marriages 24:40 Harbour Lives
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 14:40 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Fifteen to One 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Posh Pawn 22:00 Kevin’s Supersized Salvage 23:30 Inside Rolls-Royce 24:35 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic
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 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 Gospel of Deceit 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Harold Shipman 23:00 Person of Interest 24:00 Law & Disorder: Catching Crims Live
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:20 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 Miami 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 Miami 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Tom Daley Goes Global 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Dads 24:20 Two and a Half Men
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Charmed 12:00 Rude(ish) Tube 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Charmed 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:35 The IT Crowd 24:00 Rude Tube
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Talk the talk MULTI-LINGUIST JENS Bagger speaks five languages fluently and has a ‘working knowledge’ of three more and believes U3A is an ideal organisation for anyone with a “reasonable” command of English. By Jack Troughton JENS IS one of the new faces on the committee of U3A Vall del Pop, and is assistant to Stewart Beattie, the Groups Co-ordinator – there are more than 50 groups covering a wide range of interests. A Dane, Jens is looking forward to the challenge of helping run U3A and thinks it offers everyone the opportunity to mix with other nationalities – he hopes to attract more Spanish members. His background is management and he enjoys a number of interests from ballroom to bike racings, as well as brewing beer, singing and tennis. Stewart and Jennifer Beattie, from Dundee, are also ‘new kids on the block’ and moved to Spain last August – and as part of the co-ordination team with Jens, Stewart hopes to encourage group leaders to get the most out of activities and develop new ones, including a wine tasting group. And like Jens, he has a background in management and brings a wealth of experience to the organisation. Stewart is keen on sport – he plays golf, bowls, and supports both Dundee and Aston Villa. Jennifer is assistant to Treasurer Jim Lockhart and had a long career in banking and auditing for the NHS. She enjoys cooking and baking and, to work off the calories, singing and line dancing.
PCN charity events
ENJOY YOUR Easter at one of the PCN charity events being held this weekend: “Glenn’s Bar”, in San Luis, Torrevieja, on Good Friday (18 April), commencing at 14:00. There will be various activities going on throughout the afternoon including a raffle, egg decorating and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The evening’s activities will kick off at 20:00 with a special Easter Quiz, before talented Musician “Stevie” takes the stage providing a range of tunes from the 60’s to today. A selection of tasty tapas will also be available free of charge. “Izzy’s Bar”, in Torreta II, Torrevieja, on Easter Sunday (20 April), commencing at 16:00. T’Pau will open the event with a Krazy Karaoke session, before Pid takes us into the evening from 19:00 with his selection of Old Skool Disco classics and an opportunity to hit the dance floor! Supporters are invited to come in fancy dress, with costumes following a 60’s, 70’s and 80’s theme- a prize will be available for the best outfit. Additional raffle prizes are urgently required for use at this and future events. If you can help contact Heidi on 634 374 594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “Los Lobos” Bar, Via Park III, Los Altos, on Easter Monday (21st April). The fun begins at 13:00, with various activities continuing throughout the afternoon, including a Raffle with a variety of prizes up for grabs. A range of fabulous Musical Entertainment is also lined up, kicking off with Country Rock Star “Red Strokes” at 14:00, followed by local band “Coast to Coast”, before talented vocalist Sandy Fitz takes the stage at 18:00.
Help Vega Baja charity extravaganza THE CHARITY event ‘In The Mood’ on Tuesday 29th April 2014 at Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Road, has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances
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CrossFit Albir PREPARING THE body ”Not only for the known, but also for the unknown” is the mantra for CrossFit, one of the fastest growing strength and conditioning programs today.
OUR SPECIALITY IS NOT SPECIALISING By doing this, CrossFit targets what it calls the major components of physical fitness: cardio respiratory fitness, stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy. CrossFit workouts combine explosive exercises done in a circuit format: One exercise follows right after the next, with very little rest between. Exercises involve the whole body and include pushing, pulling, running, rowing and squatting. Other examples are variations of push-ups, sit ups, pull ups, kettle bells (weighted belt with a handle on top) medicine balls, climbing ropes, jump ropes and rowing machines. CROSSFIT ALBIR WODS CrossFit Albir posts a workout every day (WOD) on it’s website. Some of the WODs are specially named after women or military heroes. The WOD changes each day and there are a lot of them and can be quite demanding. CrossFit Albir isn’t your typical health and fitness club. You will not see the endless supply of cardio equipment or resistant machines, and members don’t perform there own personal routines, it’s a warehouse-like facility where the exercise equipment consists of a bunch of bumper-plated Olympic weights, plyometric boxes, medicine ball, dumb bells and kettle bells, pull up bars, climbing ropes, gymnastic rings. The only cardio equipment you will see are rowing machines. If you want to run hit the road of the surrounding area. The workout is completed in a group setting everyone does the same WOD and it is different every day. CROSSFIT ALBIR: ADVANTAGES CrossFit Albir workouts are highly intense and do not take a long time to complete so you can get a great workout in a shorter period of time. This article was supplied by CrossFit Albir. www.crossfitalbir.com – email@example.com Call 684 100 600. Calle Santo Domingo 8. Partido Albir, Albir (inside 4KWATRO)
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people Vintage & Luxury: A charity shop with a difference THERE IS now a charity shop with a difference on the N332 at the entrance to Altea, directly opposite the railway bridge. It offers first class, second hand luxury designer fashion at excellent prices. Designers such as Escada; Burburry; Versace; Valentino; Moschino and many more are all available and for a little money a fashion conscious customer can look like a star. And the profits from all sales go to a charity project for animals and children. ADVICE Professional advice and a complimentary glass of champagne are always on hand. In a very short space of time the word has spread amongst lovers of anything unusual that there is a new meeting place to find your latest outfit or just pop in for a drink and a chat. You can find the shop on the N332 C/La Mar 197 or call the shop on 606 323 446. All profits go to the school project SOS- Animalhelp. Already 2000 children in the Valencian province are participating in lessons that include training and
education in behaviour and most importantly how to care for pets, with the emphasis on dogs. The aim is to teach children from an early age how to behave correctly around dogs to avoid incidences. In most countries this programme carries a fee to participating schools but SOS Animalhelp offers the tuition free of charge in Spain to schools, kindergartens and summer schools.
PREVENTION Animal care starts with the children through prevention, education and information so we can stop all the shelters from bursting at the seams and prevent animal suffering. Research has shown that 62.4% of all biting incidences are caused by provocation, either intentionally or unintentionally, by children. Through this project children learn from an early age how to Second handle and behave with animals, giving them a basis hand for a long and happy life with pets. luxury Find more information on the programme on designer www.sos-animalhelp.com under ‘Kidsclub’. fashion
Elvis Mania hit Benidorm By Irena Bodnarec FOR THE fourth successive year ´Elvis Fest´ came to Benidorm for a 3 day tribute to ´The King of Rock n´ Roll´. Hundreds of fans arrived from across the globe to enjoy the weekend extravaganza dedicated to their idol, with many even dressing up to resemble the legend – sideburns, quiffs and
loud clothing were certainly in abundance. Ten top Elvis Tribute Artistes from around the world performed to fans, with shows going on at three separate venues: Melia Hotel – the festival base, the Rock & Roll House and Levi´s Showboat. Hotel guests were treated to some fantastic free entertainment, with performances going on
at the poolside stage throughout the day. Next year will be the 5th anniversary and the organisers are planning a spectacular closing show at the Benidorm Palace. It will take place on Sunday 19th April 2015 and will feature 12 of the worlds top Elvis´s, all on one stage – an event not to be missed if you are an Elvis fan.
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Venus takes on Mars as a tug of war shows you just where you are right now, and it is extremely doubtful that this is where you feel that you should be. With the negativity of warring Mars there comes a chance to examine just what your next move could be and why you should be even thinking of having to play games right now anyway! It is a lovingly resplendent Venus who interacts with lucky Jupiter this week. With love as the objective you will feel as if lucky chance and rewards come nicely into play reflecting exactly your specific wants and needs right now. Don’t waste time with conjecture, but do reach out and take this opportunity to consolidate your wildest dreams. Mercury takes on both Ceres and Saturn, thus combining good timing and wisdom to boot. Keep cool and carry on because things are about to be made clearer for you, and your immediate patience is tested with a view to smoothing out the snags that have held you back for so long. Think long and hard about future plans and changes. Fleeting energies of an investigative Pluto just allow you time to get your own act together and to prove to those who matter that you have really turned over a new leaf. With a highlight on finances and providing, make sure that you have got your sums right, and invest in your own future by taking the excellent advice you have been given. Basking in the Sun of Taurus, your romantic and dreamy energies have the effect of lifting you to new heights. Be very sure that you are at this stage in control of your destiny as you pursue your spiritual blueprint to good avail. Whist nobody can now rain on your parade, take steps to see that you get what you want every which way you can. Mercury dallies in favour with an exalted Taurus and takes energy from instruction from the Sun. There has been some hesitation of late and you have taken second best quite happily, however things are about to change drastically as you are guided into a new phase which highlights prosperity and removes fear of the future. Venus sextiles Pluto and is underlined by Mars just as it is feted by Jupiter. This brings a mixed bag to your door, but change and promotion are the keynote to just what you should be doing right now. Re thinking where you are, and focusing on where this could lead you is inspiring, and your best way out of the doldrums of broken promise. Mars squares on Pluto, and thus your two planetary leaders are ensconced in providing you a way out. If things haven’[t turned out as they should then this is only because there is something much better for you, and it is closer than you think as well. Putting all your eggs in one basket may be foolish for some, but very right for you now. Jupiter trysts with both Venus and Mars, and there is a method in your madness right now. With such an intriguing choice offered to you, you need to carefully weigh up the pro’s and the con’s before taking any actions you may live to regret. Just solely following your heart may get you into trouble, so be forewarned and act appropriately. Reverberations can be felt in your opposing sign of Cancer this week. You maybe won’t be able to make a necessary decision because you know what impact it will have each and either way. If things were different right now you could have your own say, but you know that this will impact on the whole shebang, and all you need is a way out. Taking everything into consideration you have ridden the storm and nothing but peace can come from your standing up and being counted. To you it is so important that you offer a balanced option to others and your strength and resilience have brought others so much help. Time however to focus on you, and what is out there for you now. Mercury is en route to the second house of Pisces and will allow you to tell things as they are. You are not running away but you are moving on and need the experience of communication to bolster your trip and show others what you are made of. You haven’t always had the help you need but a help is coming your way, so hang on.
If it’s your birthday this week
Please make a new connection with yourself as soon as you can. Old values got you nowhere and should be dumped well and truly in favour of showcasing your talent.
It was on stage in Bergen, Norway when I experienced a wonderful phenomenon sent directly from Spirit. I love to experience new things, especially if they are directly connected with Spirit. I was actually on stage and had a rare few empty seats out there in the audience. I asked Spirit to fill the empty seats for me, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when Spirit figures started to enter the auditorium and take seats. Spirit entities actually came from all directions and gave me the full house I had asked for. All shapes and sizes came, and from all walks of life, my phantom audience spanned many years, and some translucent beings made an appearance, as did some three dimensional folk. My eye was fixed on a Bergen lady of the early 20th century. She was upright, haughty and wore a beautiful hat to compliment a stylish Victorian dress with a parasol in her hand. At this stage someone in the audience shouted out,” Do
you have a message from my Grandmother?” The name Lily came into my head, but there were four Lilies presented to me, quite clearly. One, I thought, was my Bergen Victorian, another was a woman sitting next to the one who had called out. The lady who called out also was shown to me, and then a small oddly shaped shadowy grey figure also claimed to be Lily too. As I called out to my caller I asked her who was Lily, and she flooded with tears. My caller was Lily and I suddenly shuddered as I then knew that she had lost her grandmother recently. This was confirmed, but my Victorian Lady was a Lily too, and what was this shadowy grey figure? All was sorted by Spirit whispering in my ear. Great Grandmother had come to connect with her family complete with ribbons and lace, and she really was my Bergen Lady, also a Lily. The shadowy figure? I asked the lady who started all this if she was pregnant and expecting a baby girl? Her positive reply revealed that she was expecting a girl, and that she would be the fourth Lily! As I left the stage the sound engineer disconnected my headphone and asked if he could speak to me. He said that he didn’t believe in Spiritual matters, but he told me that he had had a fleeting glimpse of his Father who had died recently, and yet was visible in the audience. Also, he looked worried to tell me, why was somebody or something touching his hair all through the show? Was this something normal? All in a day!
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KENNY, I am sure that my Mother comes to me at night and sits on the end of my bed from time to time. Does this mean she is unhappy? I worry about her. Fiona G. Fiona, your Mother is worrying about you as you worry about her. However if she has the strength to return to Earth on a fairly regular basis then she is doing very well! I think she is being the good Mother that she was and that she takes comfort from checking that all is well with you. Night time is a time that she can come and go without bringing you any fear, and yet you are feeling her in your subconscious mind. Her survival in Spirit is evidence of her determination, but if this whole thing scares you, you have to say something and it will stop, I promise!
Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 54.
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Quick or Cryptic Crossword
ACROSS 1. Combat (6) 4. Private (6) 9. Invite disaster (3,3,7) 10. Satisfy (7) 11. Creek (5) 12. Rascal (5) 14. Harden (5) 18. Accumulate (5) 19. Disparate (7) 21. Counter-charge (13) 22. Banish (6) 23. Hound (6)
ACROSS 1. Liking a bit of a quarrel? I should say so! (6) 4. Engulfs in the fens (6) 9. It offers short cuts for calculating people (5-8) 10. They change battles, and may commemorate them (7) 11. Number of half even shares (5) 12. Filch 20 (5) 14. A number are beaten by a very narrow margin (5) 18. Where a leader should be, presumably (5) 19. Pretentious person is out of bed to begin with (7) 21. Not a capital expression (13) 22. Egghead will be swallowed up yet rise into notice (6) 23. Creatures need new nibs, for example (6)
DOWN 1. Limb (6) 2. Play safe (4,2,7) 3. Slack (5) 5. Feeling (7) 6. Stirring up the mob (6-7) 7. Negotiation (6) 8. Condition (5) 13. Weighty (7) 15. Enmity (6) 16. Cower (5) 17. Glimpse (6) 20. In high spirits (5)
DOWN 1. I tarry, but it’s almost unique (6) 2. Compel to follow the scent? (4,2,3,4) 3. Some nasty legal fashion (5) 5. Vigilant fellow finally gets a fluke break (7) 6. The appearance of ruinous famine at the post (13) 7. Swerves with salver in ship (6) 8. 12 couldn’t be smaller (5) 13. Spoiling by tacking on about fifty (7) 15. Get specimen from politician in auction (6) 16. A fistful of drink? (5) 17. They may pay for corresponding deliveries (6) 20. 8 are not fresh (5)
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RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing Michael Burke
Hearing aid ear moulds FOR THOSE who wear behind-theear hearing aids, ear moulds are an essential part of the system. These moulds are tailor-made to each individual ear and its hearing loss. They come in many different styles, colours and materials. MATERIALS Most ear moulds are made of hard acrylic. These are longerlasting, more durable and can be re-shaped after manufacture if any discomfort is experienced. They are suitable for most hearing losses but ideally not used for very severe or profound hearing loss. For these hearing losses one of a variety of soft silicon materials is better as they cling to the ear canal, preventing amplified sound escaping and causing
feedback (whistling). This type of mould cannot be modified after manufacture and also some people find the skin in the ear reacts to the clingy material and can get sore, in which case a hybrid mould is recommended. The hybrid is a hard acrylic mould with a soft tip. This allows a more comfortable outer fit while still preserving a very tight seal at the tip of the canal. STYLES Ear moulds come in many different shapes and sizes – from the small canal tip to the full concha. Some are solid, some hollowed out to give a lighter weight, but as a rough rule of
thumb the larger the mould and the softer the material the more power that can be achieved before any danger of feedback occurs. All moulds can be any colour, even spangled with stardust if required! (They can also incorporate the crest of your favourite football team if you want – ideal for children who have to wear hearing aids.) There are two other features of the ear mould to consider: a) the vent and b) the tube. The vent is an air hole in the mould that allows the ear to breathe. The bigger the vent the more air can circulate but also the greater danger of feedback. The size of
Ear moulds come in many different shapes and sizes
each vent on each mould has to be calculated according to that ear’s hearing loss and to provide maximum airflow without any feedback. In the case of the most severe losses some moulds have no vents at all. The tube connects the hearing aid to the mould. This needs to be
kept clean and free of all moisture; otherwise loss of sound will occur. When new, these tubes are soft. Over a period of time, especially when exposed to sunlight, they harden and this adversely affects the quality of sound delivered to the ear. They should be changed at least once every year.
If you have any question’s about this week’s topic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Michael Burke at Digital Hearing, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, Quesada: Tel 698 418 642.
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How old you are is your business How young you look is ours!
The new salon
By Salon Claire’s Salon Claire’s has recently moved. Still in Albir, still in a central location, but now, the salon is far more spacious than the previous one; meaning there is more space for extra treatments. Pop in and have a look at the special opening prices, the new treatments on offer as well as the opportunity to take a peek at the new, luxurious treatment rooms. Now open an extra day, the salon is no longer closed on Tuesdays, whenever you visit, you’re putting yourself in the safe hands of trained stylists, qualified and experienced technicians and all in a stylish locale. Salon Claire takes pride in making you look beautiful from the inside out and that pride extends to the luxuriously decorated salon.
There is more space for extra treatments
With such low prices for such a quality salon, you might think there’s a catch. Not at Salon Claire’s. But until you pop in and chat with the friendly staff, speak with Claire and discuss your beauty dilemmas and find a solution, you don’t know that! As is Salon Claire’s motto, how old you are is your business, but how young you look is ours. Have a nosey and become a believer in the sheer value of the beauty salon. And Salon Claire also has a top of the line toning bed salon right on the premises. Get fit in a proven, effective manner but as always with Claire’s; your pockets don’t get the majority of the workout! As always, we have marvellous offers and our opening month is no different. Here are just a few: • 7€ per session • 35€ for 6 sessions • Monthly membership: 60€ (3 sessions per week) • 3-Month membership: 150€ (3 sessions per week) To make your appointment for a session on a toning bed, call: 965 084 816. For a hair, beauty or nail appointment, call: 965 053 144. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10 - 4pm
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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin
Direct object pronoun – “lo” At the end of the last article I gave you a short paragraph to translate. I have to admit the contents are a bit weird but it does give us examples of almost all the adjective forms we were talking about. Here it is again, with my translation below. Notice there is often more than one way to translate something, so I’ve given you some alternatives in brackets. Los dos hijos, el guapo y el feo, van a visitar a su familia este verano. Lo triste es que el guapo es más popular que el feo, aunque el feo es mucho más simpático, y es el más generoso de toda la familia. Lo más curioso de todo es que el guapo tiene muchos más amigos que el feo, pero el feo es el más feliz. The two sons, (or both sons), the handsome one and the ugly one, are going to visit their family this summer. The sad thing is that the handsome one is more popular than the ugly one, although the ugly one is much nicer, and is the most generous one (or member) of the whole family. The strangest (or most curious) thing of all is that the handsome one has a lot more friends (or many more friends) than the ugly one, but the ugly one is the happier (of the two). And now for something completely different! We looked briefly at the word “lo” last week and saw that it can mean “the”. However “lo” is really quite a pesky word with all sorts of meanings depending on how it’s used. Today we’re going to look at it and what it means when it’s tacked onto the end of a verb. First of all we have to think back a few lessons to when we were looking at verbs in their “infinitive” forms. For example, we had sentences like quiero beber (I want to drink) or necesito limpiar (I need to clean) and puedo ver (I can see). We saw that quiero, necesito
and puedo were verbs in a particular form expressing “I”, or the “first person”, and that beber, limpiar and ver are what we call infinitive forms of verbs. We then saw that we can add other words to these sentences. For example quiero beber el café, (I want to drink the coffee); necesito limpiar el coche, (I need to clean the car); puedo ver el edificio (I can see the building). In grammar terms, the words café, coche and edificio used in this way are called “objects” because they receive the action of the verb. Now as you listen and look around you, you may have come across words from time to time like this: beberlo, limpiarlo, verlo. Well, these words are compounds – they consist of verbs in the infinitive form and the word lo, which here means “it”. We can now see that quiero beberlo means “I want to drink it”; necesito limpiarlo means “I need to clean it” and puedo verlo means “I can see it”. In other words, lo is replacing the objects (coffee, car and building) in receiving the action of the verb. As I said at the beginning, this is only one use of “lo”. There are also occasions similar to those above where it can mean “him”. In grammar terms though, this would still be referred to as the “direct object pronoun”. One last comment about compound words like “beberlo”, is that you will not find them in the dictionary! That is why we need to have some understanding of the way words can be transformed so that we can then understand which basic forms we can find in the dictionary and which altered forms we can’t! Well, I think I’ve run out of space now, so tune in next week for the next exciting episode.
Velvetones get the X Factor!
HERE ARE five of the six new members recently recruited during the Professional Coaching Course by Sweet Adelines, Aberdeen Chorus members Gwen and Dorothy. The Velvetones Harmony Ladies were delighted to hear that Maria (pictured left) was an X factor contestant several years ago in the UK! So she is able to give the chorus some tips from Simon, Sharon and Louis! So if any ladies on the Costa fancy a sociable and fun hobby - come along to El Paraiso, Jardin del Mar, Torrevieja (behind Carrefour and McDonalds). The Velvetones are available for entertaining at parties and do much of their singing for charity - check out the website www.velvetones.org if you would like to book them - or call Ena on 96 570 7598 or email email@example.com
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Vibrant personality FLOWER ARRANGER June Borrowdale brings her “vibrant personality” to the Marina Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club next Thursday, 24th April. By Jack Troughton IT IS the club’s penultimate demonstration of the year and the club believes June will be bringing the flowers alive with her “warmth and energy” in her show of floral art, called ‘Florabundance’. Doors open at the Salon de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira, at 2pm and everyone is asked to be seated by 2.45pm for a prompt start at 3pm. Everyone is welcome and entrance is 5€ of members and 8€ for visitors. For further information call Tina on 96 583 3197 or Lynn on 96 640 5426.
Charity auction for Cancer Care
The final demonstration of the current ‘floral year’ is on Thursday 22nd May, when Avril Hill makes a return to the club. A UK National Demonstrator, her exhibition is called ‘Art and Imagination’. The same times and entrance fees apply. The club takes a break before starting a new season in September and the club hopes people will take the opportunity to enjoy two talented women sharing their love of flowers. To find out more about the club visit June www.marinaaltafloralclub.com or visit its Facebook page. Borrowdale
CANCER CARE Javea is staging an auction of ‘high end’ goods at the Inn on the Green on Thursday 1st May. Entrance is 1€ and everyone attending from 11am will enjoy a free glass of cava. The sale is in association with Javea’s Inn on the green and High Street Heaven.
Good Friday party
By Jack Troughton THE EVER popular Big Jack’s Rhythm and Bluesband hope to fill the dance floor tomorrow (Friday 18th April) at the Hotel El Bichet at Els Poblet’s Almadrava Beach. The band will bring the sounds of the fifties and sixties alive and is playing between noon and 3pm during the free all day party and barbeque. And from 3pm until 5pm all the family will enjoy ‘Mr Magic’ and his tricks using playing cards, while Chill Out Chiana follows with some sounds to get people dancing again.
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ENCORE! FORMED in January 2012, when Amanda & Suzanne recognised a mutual love of “proper music”. TOO MANY performers today rely on loud backing music and repetitive lyrics to perform their shows and they wanted to create something “Purer”.Their show is beautiful blend of swing, jazz, and easy listening music for a relaxed, chilled out atmosphere featuring songs from the 30´s right through to present day, and also a party mix with upbeat classics from Abba, Dusty Springfield, Olly Murs, Creedance Clearwater Revival and Bryan Adams to name a few for a fun and lively evening.Encore are available for bars, restaurants and private bookings and have played in various locations around the Costa Blanca. For more information contact Amanda (646 329 403) or Suzanne (686 832 452) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ EncoreDuo. PUBLIC BOOKINGS FOR APRIL Saturday 19th: Bar La Cova, Monte Pego, 8 pm Saturday 26th: Kathmandu Indian Rte, Las Marinas, Denia, 8 pm
Black Glitter – Rock/soul band “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. For more info on the band phone Kelly on: 650 957 914. APRIL GIGS Friday 18th: Champagne Bar, Arenal, Javea. 11 pm Saturday 19th: Steinways Jazz and Blues, Denia. 12.30 am Friday 25th: La Plaza Bar, Altea. 12.30 am Sunday 27th: Aleluya Bar, Jalon. 7.30 pm Wednesday 30th: El Volander, Valencia.
Jazz at the Parador, Javea THE HIGHLY successful Jazz at the Parador series of monthly concerts continue with extra nights added. The next concerts will be on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April, featuring jazz and blues singer Sylvia Howard, who is flying in from Paris. Her career has taken her all over the world performing in countless festivals and top concert venues ranging from Thailand to Ireland and Singapore to Switzerland. Concert commences at 8.30 pm and tickets are now available at 10€ from the Javea Parador reception desk, or email: email@example.com. Advance reservations highly recommended as all concerts to date have been sell-outs well before performance dates.
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with Aunty Virus
Computer not operating Hi Aunty,I have a 7-year-old Dell desk top Dimension 3100 and no operating system CD! I am always prompted to install ‘Windows service pack 3’ and when trying to do so I am again asked to insert the
CD-rom ‘Microsoft office XP professional with front page’ and if it cannot be found try to find the installation package ‘Proplus MSI’ which of course I cannot find. Service pack 3 is in my list of programs to be installed but I therefore cannot do so and as a result the computer is not operating properly. Thanks in advance for any help. Patrick Aunty says: Some files these days are stored on a hidden part of the hard drive, so no installation CDs are required. And as they are stored in a hidden folder, unless you change the options to see the hidden files and folders, you will not be able to locate the hidden file. To display hidden files and folders: Open Control Panel Open Folder Options in Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options. On the View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders. Then do a search for ‘proplus’ and it may find it.
Updates affecting internet connection HI AUNTY: I have a laptop operating with Windows 7 and Microsoft Security Essentials. My windows updates were automatically downloaded when I shut down my computer. After this took place and I switched on my computer afterwards, my internet connection was showing ‘disconnected’. Despite trying to fix connection, I could not restore it. The only way I have found to reinstate my connection was to take my computer to a point before the update. I have changed my windows update setting so they are not automatically downloaded to ensure my internet connection is not disconnected but obviously my ‘Windows’ is not up to date. Do you have any suggestions on how I can
download the updates and still maintain my internet connection? Brenda Aunty says: One option would be to make sure you have the up-to-date drivers for your network / Ethernet connection. Failing that I think the only way of seeing which update has caused the problem is by downloading and installing each update one by one and seeing which one causes the problem. Or look down the list of updates, and try to locate one that may change the Ethernet driver settings, and do not install that one. Response: Thank you for getting back to me. I have done what you suggested and identified which update was causing my problem.
Apps will not open in Windows 8
Recording radio programmes HI AUNTY: I hope you can help me: I like to listen to Radio 4 extra on my laptop. Is there a way I can record the plays on a CD so I can listen over and over again? Robert. Aunty says: You can download and install a programme called: www.streamtransport.com/ Then you go to the BBC Radio Player and locate the programme you want to record. Copy the url / web address: it will look something like : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k1z7 Open streamtransport: Paste the URL / web address into streamtransport: Click on ‘listen in pop out player’ in the radio player in the streamtransport window. When the programme loads and starts to play - pause it. In the bottom half of the screen will be the URL of the stream. Click on download, and streamtransport will download the file to your PC. You can then do with it as you please, including burning as an audio file to a CD.
HI AUNTY VIRUS: I have a problem with my Windows 8, I can only open 2 of my apps on the start screen. Is there a solution? May. Aunty says: There are many reasons why apps will not open, including: An antivirus system, like Kaspersky 2013, avast or Macafee , is causing a problem - turn off, or use another AV program. Incorrect screen resolution - all Windows 8 applications requires 1024 x 768 screen resolution at least. Right click on the desktop, select Screen resolution and go to make changes. If you have turn User account control (UAC) ON, disable this security feature (see link www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-metro-tiles-responding-windows-8 )
Crossword Solutions for Last Week Cryptic Solutions Across: 7 Hearts; 8 Laxity 10 Regally; 11 Latin; 12 Till; 13 Beard; 17 Glare; 18 Fair; 22 Aside; 23 Express; 24 Resign; 25 Grouse. Down: 1 Charity; 2 Largely; 3 Still; 4 Gallery; 5 Lists; 6 Hyena; 9 By degrees; 14 Allergy; 15 Careful; 16 Dresser; 19 Harry; 20 First; 21 Sport. Quick Solutions Across: 7 Option; 8 Docile; 10 Perplex; 11 Peace; 12 Roll; 13 Sever; 17 House; 18 Lone; 22 Craft; 23 Vagrant; 24 Urgent; 25 Victor. Down: 1 Compare; 2 Startle; 3 Jolly; 4 Complex; 5 Final; 6 Never; 9 Expensive; 14 Content; 15 Loyalty; 16 Venture; 19 Scrub; 20 Range; 21 Again.
Gadget Inspector Investigates: Kärcher WV60 Cordless Window Vac THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Kärcher WV60 Cordless Window Vac – the complete window cleaning vacuum kit. The idea of vacuuming windows creates a somewhat surreal image of someone using the Dyson in what would appear to be a futile attempt to clean them. The reality, however, is not as bonkers as it may sound. The Kärcher Cordless Window Vac works by sucking surfaces dry and as a result makes it easier to achieve streak free windows due to the design of the rubber blades, allowing the liquid to suck straight from a smooth surface. Powered by a re-chargeable Lithium-Ion battery the Kärcher will clean up to 45 windows on a single charge. It is also designed to remove liquid from other surfaces including mirrors, tiles, shower-screens and can even deal with spills on worktops and floors. And the Kärcher even has it´s uses in the damper months being very handy at dealing with any condensation build-up on windows and other surfaces. And when you’re done simply empty the collected liquid from the 100ml tank and connect
to the re-charging unit ready for the next time! The kit also comes with a small 170mm blade designed to clean smaller windows - simply disconnect the current blade and click the small head into place. Also included is a handy spray bottle from which detergent can be sprayed and then cleaned with the micro-fibre cleaning cloth attached to the spray bottle head. The Inspectors Verdict: The Kärcher WV60 Cordless Window Vac is one of these gadgets you never realised would be such a boon until you tried it. So why continue to make such a necessary chore just that? Instead make it a breeze and get yourself a Kärcher Cordless Window Vac! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadgethound.co.uk/window-vac to purchase the Kärcher WV60 Window Vac for 81€. Please note the charger unit has a UK 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
The Masters the first Major of 2014 - was it one of the best? By Tony Myles THE ABSENCE of Tiger Woods was soon forgotten as the Masters got underway and it was apparent that the great Augusta course was going to be taking no prisoners. As the second day started to take its toll, many of the superstars of golf were looking anxiously at the leading score hoping that they might just scrape into the weekend reckonings. Many failed to do so and the roll call of those who were required to take no
further part read like a Who’s Who of Golf - Phil Mickelson would be a spectator as would Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Jason Duffner, Dustin and Zach Johnson and Graeme McDowell. Also missing was the self proclaimed “Top-five Golfer” Patrick Reed who having lifted his third trophy by winning the WGC Cadillac Championship in March, decided it would be a good idea to verbally leapfrog over several fellow professionals. Patrick Reed said after his win “I feel like I’m one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I’ve proven myself,” Which raised plenty of eyebrows around the golf world After two days of the Masters he was fourteen shots adrift of the leaders. He finished the second round at eight over and failed to make it into the weekend
events. Will he learn for that? Of course he will and no doubt he will mount a serious challenge at subsequent Majors and one day he could indeed make it into the top five. The Defending Champion Adam Scott had three rounds that tested every shot in his repertoire and, despite many pundits feeling that he was ideally placed at just three off the lead on Saturday, he then
produced a final round of four over which removed all hopes of a double. It was left to the allergy conscious Bubba Watson to sustain the impetus that he had created over the first three days and, despite the occasional blip, that is exactly what he did. His performance was one that will cause the European fans to anticipate this year’s Ryder Cup with a little less eagerness. Any review of this event has a responsibility to find space to commend some of golf’s elder statesmen whose names appeared on the Leader board and not merely for the first few hours. Top of that list is Miguel Angel Jimenez who at 50 years old has now played in 14 Masters tournaments. He produced a brilliant fourth round to claim fourth place and only one shot away from the two players who shared second place. And would you have expected 56 year old Bernhard Langer to produce a final round of 69 which included TWO double bogies. Final mention must go to the man who first entered the competition in 1985, Jose Maria Olazabal, winning it twice in the intervening years and more recently captaining the European team to such a memorable Ryder Cup victory. On a recent trip to La Sella he confided in Campbell that he was feeling confident about his game and was looking forward to competing. With two rounds of 74 and two rounds of 73, he clearly demonstrated that his confidence is well placed. Now whilst everyone is studying how Bubba Watson can possibly retain any accuracy while employing a swing style more akin to a hammer-throw than a golf shot, we can look forward to the next Major and hope that Justin can defend his win in the US Open.
Miguel Myles and Jordan Lamont Tony M - Your tip for the Masters did very well and for much of the last day I thought he was going to do it. Campbell - Yes young Jordan Speith. He produced absolutely amazing and consistent golf over four days. It is hard to believe that he is only 20 years old. Tony M - Exactly and don’t forget there is also Miguel Angel performing equally well and thirty years older. Campbell - Yes of course. For some reason that reminds me of me and you. Tony M - Oh really. So I presume you can see me as the old campaigner. Campbell - Well to a certain extent. Tony M - And so you must be the Jordan Speith of our duo. Young, articulate, wealthy... stop me if you start to see the flaw in this...
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Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer
Feel at home in the SX4 S-Cross FIRST IMPRESSIONS matter. In business it is that care and attention to appearance, dress and general conduct that makes a lasting impression. The same can be applied to vehicles and that’s where Suzuki scores highly. From that first moment of opening the door and sitting in the driver’s seat I feel at home in the SX4 S-Cross. Bear in mind that I drive a lot of cars and yet Suzukis always stands out because they are all comfortable. I test the Suzuki during the worst weather for 100 years. At one point over 100,000 homes are without power and some unfortunate residents in Somerset have been without power since Christmas. Flooding is encountered on almost every route but my Japanese friend with its raised ride height is ideal in such situations. High winds and water logged roads ensure that it is nigh on impossible to exceed 60mph. Those gusting high winds do buffet the Suzuki but it feels confident enough. It is quite sluggish though especially on start-up and so it is pleasing to find
that it is equipped with a sport mode that livens things up. In fact it remains on this mode for most of the test because I find it gives it the ‘oomph’ that I require. Interestingly it doesn’t affect fuel economy that much either with the vehicle still returning over 40mpg, which I’m quite impressed with considering it’s a 1.6-litre petrol. When conditions become too slippery it is easy to turn the centre mounted dial to ‘snow and mud’ mode, which is also extremely useful during the test. Some of the routes that I am most familiar with have been closed due to the floods and workmen try hard to remedy the situation. All this talk of climate change being the problem - Queen Victoria reported similar circumstances in her diary many years ago. Whatever the reason, you’re grateful to be driving the SX4 S-Cross. The raised ride height, the permanent 4WD and the powerful windscreen wipers and washers make driving in these challenging conditions enjoyable rather than a chore. My two girls in the back quickly
fall asleep and my wife Caroline finds her heated front seat comfortable. “I like the lemon fragrance to the windscreen wash,” she says, adding that sometimes it can be very overpowering requiring the windows to be wound down. The large glass panoramic roof makes the cabin feel light and airy and on just one of the days of the test the sun actually appears
bringing the glass roof really into its own. I like the fact that the front part also has a tilting sunroof function. New price: 18,117€ to 28,444€ 0-60mph: 12secs Top speed: 108mph Economy: 40mpg 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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