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16 - 22 MAY 2014

Pension unlocking “disaster” HUNDREDS OF families face financial and emotional meltdown after investing almost £30 million in a ‘pension unlocking’ scheme ruled unlawful by a High Court Judge. by Jack Troughton VICTIMS ARE being hounded to pay back the money they received and could receive a tax demand of up to a staggering 165%. A legal case has been launched against finance companies selling the scheme for negligence by victims Class Action Ark Pensions. People transferred pension pots into schemes run by Ark Business Consulting to exploit a loophole and gain access to their cash before the minimum age of 55. However, following a ruling by Mr Justice Bean in December 2011, a total of 486 people – around a third live in Spain - stand to lose everything in the fallout. Ark ran six pension schemes and allowed a member to withdraw 50% of their savings by making reciprocal loan of equal value with a member in another scheme – the remaining money to be invested in high-return profitable investments – described as “dubious assets” in court. Independent watchdog The Pensions Regulator appointed its own trustee, Dalriada Trustees, to administer the Ark schemes in May 2011, which is now attempting to recover loans and Brian assets – and running up extensive legal fees. Wilson At the High Court, Mr Justice Bean said

the loans between pension schemes were “unauthorised payments” which could not be used as a way of unlocking pension capital before retirement and a “fraud on the power of investment”. The judge accepted that some scheme members had a desperate need for access to their money but the point of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) legislation was to prevent people spending pension pots before retirement. Angie Brooks, a tax barrister and Director of the British Taxpayers Federation between 2003 until she retired to Spain in 2003, is championing the victims’ cause. She told RTN: “There are people out there who are emotionally and financially crippled by this mess. “There have been suicides, nervous breakdowns, people have suffered terrible health problems, and there have been broken marriages. I met one lady in London and have never seen anyone shake like that before.” Angie said pensions and personal finances had been ruined through the “debacle” with the Taxman saying the loans were taxable at 55% at the point they were made, a further 55% where they were received, and the revenue was also looking to tax members 55% whether they received a loan or not. continued on page 3


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Pilgrimage for MABS SEVEN BRAVE souls will set off to walk the Camino de Santiago on Saturday 31st May in a bid to raise funds for the MABS Cancer Support Group. by Jack Troughton Musician and radio presenter Pauline McGough decided to join her stepdad Ron – and found another five people willing to hike from Sarria to Santiago in six days. “Ron decided he wanted to walk the Camino, so I said I’d do it with him and when I mentioned it to other people, five of them said they would like to join us,” she said. “So many of us have friends and family who have suffered from cancer that we decided to see if we can raise some funds for MABS. “I think our combined ages are somewhere around 385 years and the plan is to walk for six days and get to Santiago on Friday 6th June, where we’ll be met by three of the wives, mum included!” A historic pilgrimage, the story of the Camino de Santiago hit the big screen in 2010 when Emilio Estevez directed ‘The Way’ starring his father Martin Sheen. Estevez described the movie as: “Pro-people, pro-life, not anti-anything.” Patrick Lodge, who lives in Javea, lost his wife to cancer at Christmas. He said

Pauline does some rucksack training

he enjoyed long walks so the Camino would be “an experience”. And he added: “I lost my wife lung cancer recently so the walk will be quite a spiritual quest for me. If we can raise any funds for this worthy charitable cause, it will give us the strength to complete the walk.” Stephen and Debra Williams live in Moraira and both enjoy hiking – they are passionate about walking the Camino after Stephen lost his best friend to the disease. David Bunting moved to Benitachell with his wife Sheila after retiring. Both have spent many years walking in the

Hi-Vis on the streets

Following the introduction of new rules to clean up the streets of Benidorm, club and bar promoters - often referred to as inviters, have to wear high visibility vests and identification stating which establishment they are working for. They are generally only found in the Rincon de Loix area referred to by the Brits as ´The Square´ - and most appear to be abiding by the new rules. The police make regular checks and are fining the bars heavily for those promoters found working without their vests and ID.

Lake District and north Wales and continue to walk “in the company of good friends” here in Spain. And Bernie Gould, who with wife Ali split their time between Moraira and Essex, said: “I have always loved walking so the Camino is a personal challenge. I am just thankful that at 66, I still have the health and fitness to do it and will dedicate the walk to those suffering from cancer that cannot join us.” Anyone wishing to sponsor the walkers or make a donation can contact Pam small of MABS on 634 355 528 or at smallinspain@hotmail.co.uk or Pauline at paulinemcgough@gmail.com

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continued from front page And despite tax being central to the case, she said HMRC had turned down an “invitation” to the High Court “party”. Angie said: “Plus Dalriada is now taking legal action to recover the loans plus interest – which will bankrupt many people. “Our legal team thinks that victims will never see a penny out of their Ark pensions since the whole lot is likely to be swallowed up in legal costs and tax. So, basically, 30 million quid down the pan.” She said the trustees had managed to recover some of the pension money yet Dalriada had charged nearly £2.5 million in fees and legal costs over the first two years, with the third year’s bill due at the end of the month. Brian Wilson, who lives on the Costa Blanca, transferred his £50,000 pension pot from M&S Standard Life in 2011 after being told the 50% loan was lawful, tax free, and HMRC approved – a necessity to allow the transfer to go ahead. He bought into Ark after moving to Spain and wanted money for a deposit on a house and to allow family to travel between the Costa Blanca and the UK. “It all started out as a pension rules thing, then we were given the loan – if I had wanted a loan I could have gone to a bank,” he said. “I wanted to buy into QROPS but was told it was not feasible and could not be done. “Later I was approached by an agent and said I could not access 100% of my pension but I could get 50%.” A businessman, Brian said he was now being threatened with a huge tax bill. “I am faced with paying tax on my own money and having to repay my own pension – I thought I was only getting my own money. I took 50% and the rest would be reinvested. But he said it appeared pension scheme money had been invested in speculative land deals. “It’s an absolute nightmare.” Anyone wishing to join the class action can contact Angie Brooks at angiebrooks11@yahoo.co.uk for more information. The action group also has a facebook page at Ark Pensions Disaster


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Pearl of the sea Hanging around by Jack Troughton CHEF AND restaurateur Edwin Cheeseman hopes to win heart and minds at the third ‘Festival del Mar de Xabia’ next weekend as he opens a delicacy – fresh oysters. The event in Javea Port runs from Friday 23rd May to Sunday 25th May and Edwin will be running an oyster bar to introduce the mollusc to the masses. Having run steak, seafood and oyster restaurants in the UK, he is keen to introduce more people to the treat – and dispel a few myths, while advising how to buy and store oysters. RTN was invited to the Cheeseman home in Javea to learn how to open the shells and taste raw oysters served in different ways. The first taste was ‘au natural’ – just oyster and its water, a salty taste with strong mineral flavours – including zinc...it’s good for you! Next was oyster with an onion relish, lemon juice and Tabasco, followed by a Bloody Mary shot complete with oyster, and finally ‘the ultimate’ – oyster, the shell filled with vintage champagne and caviar, truly delicious. The farmed Pacific or Rock Oysters are growing more common and growing in popularity. A black pearl is found in around one in a hundred. Edwin said: “Around 90% of people you ask if they have ever tried an oys-

Edwin eating oysters

ter they say ‘yes, horrible slimy things’ – it is very rare to find someone who says much about them if they eat them regularly, because it’s no big thing. APPROACH “I have taught people how to approach an oyster for the first time. No one has ever spat it out – and no one has said it was horrible. “People say you have to swallow them – that’s not correct, you chew them otherwise you don’t get the taste.” Native or flat oysters are rarer – stronger in taste and available between September and April - ‘when there is an ‘R’ in the month’. During the warm summer months they spawn and become plump and milky – not pleasant to eat and definitely ‘slimy’. But the milder Rock Oysters do not spawn in cold climates and are faster to mature and therefore, cheaper.

Edwin explained back in 1850 the British ate 1,750 oysters per year and exported them as far as Rome – but by 1970 consumption had fallen to around 5 million a year. However, demand is growing for them again. Once eaten by the poor, oysters were also used to flavour meat dishes, and with the fresh ‘taste of the sea’ actually clean the palate before boosting the flavours of other food – Edwin’s homemade bread became ‘doubly delicious’ in an experiment. He said oysters were now purified by law and ‘safety’ of the sea food was all about its treatment to avoid any chance of contamination – and the risk of food poisoning. Edwin, who believes the oysters should be opened and consumed immediately, added: “If they are bought right, and stored right, and opened correctly, they are just brilliant.”

By Jack Troughton SPECIALLY TRAINED workmen show a head for heights as steel netting is replaced at Javea’s Granadella Beach to prevent rocks slipping down on bathers. The safety system, designed to prevent dangerous landslips, is 10 years old and the triple twist mesh has suffered from both time and the weather. An inspection showed the net was torn in places and had rusted in others, so the team use mountaineering skills to work on the cliff face to replace sections of the mesh and extend it along the picturesque cove to improve safety.

Arrests over graffiti attack A CALPE couple were arrested this week as they launched a graffiti attack on the Partido Popular headquarters in the town centre. The man and woman, understood to be aged 25, were said to be caught in the act as they painted political slogans and a hammer and sickle on the windows of the offices.The couple will also face allegations of vandalism over spray paint attacks earlier this year on the Ermita de San Salvador, Calpe’s parish church Our Lady of the Snow, and at the town hall. RTN was told the couple had been suspected of being responsible for the criminal damage for some time but the authorities lacked the proof needed to act. A town hall insider said: “This week the couple were actually caught in the act by an off-duty police officer who was passing the building.”


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Spanish politician shot dead by Jan Gamm A PROMINENT Spanish politician, 59-yearold Isabel Carrasco, was shot and killed on Monday afternoon while crossing a pedestrian bridge over the Bernesga River in Leon. At the time there were several people in the immediate area: other pedestrians, people walking their dogs and children playing. Witnesses heard several shots just after 5pm. “We thought they were firecrackers,” said one man. The victim was the PP leader of Leon’s provincial council. A lawyer by profession, Isabel Carrasco was born in Leon and held various provincial and regional posts, described as the most powerful woman in Leon throughout the last decade. SUSPECTS Soon after the shooting, Spanish police arrested two suspects, 55-year-old María Montserrat González Fernández and her daughter, 35-year-old Montserrat Triana Martinez. The killing is alleged to have

been motivated by a personal grudge. Triana Martinez, a qualified telecommunications engineer, had worked within the PP council since 2007 and progressed quickly through the party but was recently let go, consistently passed over for promotion, allegedly on Carrasco’s recommendation. Despite initially denying that she had anything to do with the killing, the mother, María Montserrat González Fernández, wife of a chief inspector of police in Astorga, has reportedly confessed that it was she who fired the three shots that killed Carrasco as she walked the short distance from her home to the local party headquarters, claiming that moments after the shooting, she handed the murder weapon, an unregistered revolver, to her daughter to “get rid of it.” She also allegedly confessed to having planned and failed to murder Carrasco on no less than five other occasions. LOSS The tragedy has come in the final weeks of campaigning before the European Parlia-

Isabel Carrasco

ment elections on 25th May. The PP’s Esteban González Pons said that the loss of Carrasco was “devastating,” leaving the party in disarray. “Isabel Carrasco was a strong and courageous woman,” he said, “…she is irreplaceable. There are few politicians in Spain with her courage and commitment.” PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared

a three-day mourning period and all political engagements on the day following the killing were cancelled. He said: “In these hours of anguish for those who knew and loved Isabel Carrasco, on behalf of myself and the government of Spain I would like to offer our condolences to her family and loved ones, as well as share our repulsion at the violent


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Kids say no thanks to school lunch by Jan Gamm A NUMBER of children at the Rafelbunyol Virgen del Milagro school in the Valencian town of Rafelbunyol suffered Salmonella poisoning after eating a school meal on Wednesday 7th May. The infection affected more than 100 students aged between 3 and 12 years. They were transferred to various hospitals in the region with vomiting, fever and diarrhea, later released with the exception of one child with more severe symptoms. Local health authorities launched an immediate investigation and confirmed the children were infected with an outbreak of Salmonella during a school lunch on Wednesday. This week, only 230 of the usual lunch sitting of 430 kids turned up, despite receiving the ‘all clear’ from local inspectors assuring parents that there is no longer a health risk.

Shake-up for Google on privacy rules GOOGLE IS disappointed to be advised that Brussels are to force the internet giant to remove harmful or unwanted personal content from its servers on request, even if such information is published legally elsewhere in a landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ standard in data privacy. In a radical reform to the data protection regulations the ruling establishes that Google, and its indexing links, is responsible for content even if it was simply processing the information on its servers and presenting the results. The new standard would also apply to social media such as Twitter or Facebook. Requests for deletion would affect pictures of teenage indiscretions; insulting comments; poor business reviews; allegations with malicious intent and also court order notifications. Spain has 200 of such cases awaiting attention.

Spain’s new stringent traffic laws

DRIVERS IN Spain are warned to watch their speed and observe all the rules of the road after details of new and amended traffic regulations became effective on 9th May under Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/1990). More than 20 pages of restrictions direct that drivers may be fined for exceeding the speed limit by just 1km; police can prosecute for motoring offences without stopping the vehicle – the registration number is sufficient; the Guardia Civil can and will impound vehicles carrying small children without approved seats; driving offences committed by drivers in cars registered in other European countries will be liable for fines in that country; speed limits in some towns may drop to 20kph. New regulations make car drivers more responsible for the safety of cyclists and there are stiffer penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with fines of 1,000€ or more. The new traffic law makes Spain’s roads the strictest – and potentially the most costly – in Europe.

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Food stars at charity lunch by Jack Troughton

A CUBA LIBRE of foie gras with a hint of lemon and purple rocket was the sumptuous first course prepared by three star Michelin Chef Quique Dacosta for a charity lunch. Around 80 guests tucked into to a five course feast at the Republic Restaurant in Denia Marina paying 45€ each in aid of Friends of the children of EMAUS. Hosts Jelle and Roos Van Burik were able to get suppliers to donate the ingredients of the meal to boost the money to be donated to the charity. And the food was described as being “out of this world”. Republic chef Carl Escolme created an egg and black truffle; Jelle cooked hake with black tiger sausage with a red pepper cream, Pernod and chive sauce. The main course of veal steak with broad bean salad was made by Arnaud Aertse, Head Chef at Amsterdam’s Restaurant Toscaninin, while

Eduardo Hernandez, also from the Republic, delighted diners with a deconstructed Black Forest cherry cake. Roos told RTN how Quique’s son, the chef runs Restaurante Quique Dacosta in Denia, was in the same class at school as her own son and they knew the chef personally. “The idea was to make the meal even more special and attract more people. We called Quique sat down with him and he said ‘no problem’ – I think he is doing more and more charity things.” Roos has visited the EMAUS home at Altea after finding out about the charity, which cares for youngsters in family homes across the region. “I thought that because we are doing very well, maybe we could do something to give to the people who don’t have anything. “I found EMAUS, and because we have two children, I thought we could help because these youngsters are on their own and children are the most vulnerable.”

(from left) Quique Dacosta, Roos Van Burik, and Friends of the Children of EMAUS President Carole Saunders

Penon ashtray

The volunteer team

By Jack Troughton CIGARETTES BUTTS, bottle tops and tissues were picked up by volunteers as Calpe’s Penon de Ifach was treated to a spring clean. European Clean Up Day witnessed a 15strong band of helpers aged 13 to 70 set to work on the rock, a designated natural park. They filled bags with rubbish but were alarmed by the number of discarded cigarette ends – which could easily start a fire on the tinder dry undergrowth.

Councillor Carole Saunders, who organised the operation with town hall staff, said: “Unfortunately, even though it is prohibited, people are going up the Penon and throwing cigarette butts everywhere. “This is, of course, very dangerous – especially at this time of year – very, very dangerous because of the risk of fire. If anyone is walking on the Penon and see people smoking, please tell them to stop.”


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Insure visitors have health cover by Jack Troughton

HOLIDAYMAKERS VISITING Spain could have their trip ruined should they need medical treatment without a valid European Health insurance Card and travel insurance. A medical emergency can cost time, worry and leave people with huge medical bills if they travel without the correct cover, warns the British Embassy’s Healthcare Team. The team – which is regularly called to help stranded Brits without the correct cover – hopes expats can warn family and friends of the need for health cover before they travel to Spain this summer. And a new video ‘Using your EHIC in Spain’ has been produced for people on holiday or here for a short stay to help travellers understand where and how to use the health card. Last year over 2,000 British holidaymakers found themselves in a Spanish public hospital and having to apply for a temporary replacement EHIC – adding to their stress and frustration. And the short film also underlines the importance of travel insurance – the team said many more Brits ended up in private hospitals without cover and facing medical bills of thousands of pounds. Private care is not covered by the EHIC system and is not reimbursed by the National Health Service.

One holidaymaker remembers how travelling without an EHIC added distress to illness while in a Spanish hospital. “While I was being treated I had to arrange for cover to be faxed over form the UK. In the end it took days because my name was misspelled by admissions and they did not link the replacement to me...it was awful having all that added stress, plus doing it all in Spanish, when I felt so poorly.” But because an EHIC only covers state healthcare, another traveller was caught out after being taken to a private hospital. “When I started to feel dizzy, the hotel called for an ambulance. I was taken to a nearby hospital where I was taken to a nearby hospital where I was kept in overnight. “When I went to check out, there was a 1,923€ bill waiting for me. I had been treated in a private hospital without knowing it. Having no private insurance cover, I had to pay. That was pretty much the end of my holiday.” Health Minister Jane Ellison said: “If you live in the UK, you are entitled to a free European Health Insurance Card which gives you access to healthcare when travelling in Europe. If you fall ill and are not properly covered you may have to pay. “This new video gives important information about why you need a valid EHIC and travel insurance when visiting other European countries, and how to use the EHIC should you need it.”

Wall of death erected near Melilla

CONSTRUCTION HAS begun on a five-metre high blade-topped wall near Melilla on the northern coast of Morocco, to prevent floods of illegal border crossings. The wall is being built by the Moroccan government. In March a record 1,000 people made the attempt to try to scale the triple-layer fence built by the Spanish authorities; at least half were successful. So far this month, 140 have made it onto Spanish territory. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has appealed to the European Union for funds to help manage the border.

‘Using Your EHIC in Spain’ can be seen at YouTube and at www.healthcareinspain.eu, or on the NHS Choices website under Healthcare in Spain.

Shirtless tourists to be fined SPAIN IS to clamp down on inappropriately dressed tourists. Holidaymakers and residents alike who venture into city streets supermarkets and restaurants in bikinis, shoeless and shirtless, are likely to face a stiff fine this summer. Supermarket managers have a particular aversion to topless shoppers who reach across fresh vegetable displays, dripping perspiration and sun cream onto the

avocadoes… Many commented that most of the offenders would not dream of shopping shirtless at home, so why do it here?! Majorca has already proposed a new bylaw that will see tourists fined a hefty 600€ if they go shirtless anywhere but the beach and other Spanish locations are likely to follow up with similar penalties for being just that little too laid back!


Protest over Nigeria kidnapping

by Jack Troughton DOZENS OF women staged a demonstration outside Javea Town Hall on Monday morning demanding the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by a Nigerian terrorist group. Wearing colourful head scarves to symbolise African women, the impromptu protest was organised by mobile ‘phone under the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag movement that has gone global in an international call for government action to free the students – a campaign supported by America’s First Lady Michelle Obama.

Nearly 300 girls aged between 16 and 18 at a state secondary school in Chibok in the northern Nigerian state of Borno were kidnapped by the extremist Islamic group Boko Haram – affiliated to terrorist movement al-Qaeda – on the night of 14th April. Some of the students later escaped. Teams of international experts from the UK, USA, France, China and Israel flew into Nigeria this week to advise the government after world leaders persuaded the African state to accept outside help. Meanwhile Boko Haram has offered to release some of the girls in return for the Nigerian Government handing over jailed members of the movement.

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Ryanair loses its crown to Monarch I READ with interest your article in 759 that ‘Ryanair drops out of favour’ which I feel seems to be a shame as at long last they do appear to be getting their act together, especially by allocating seats and thus ridding the ridiculous stampede mentality of many of its passengers.

I SAY appear to be, as I can no longer speak from experience as, since they have stopped Alicante/Gatwick flights, I have not been able to use them. I’m sure this applies to many thousands more people who now find the costs of flights between these two airports soaring due to Ryanair being out of the picture. With regard to sneaky, hidden costs, I think that Ryanair has lost its crown to Monarch! I am booked to fly to Gatwick at the end of May. A couple of days ago I received an email advising that I could now go to their website and check-in online totally free of charge. Apart from being sent the email (first time this has happened), this was nothing new. At least, so I thought. Upon signing in and finding my flight details, I was presented with the ‘choose your seat’ page. In the past I have simply clicked on ‘continue’ and checked in. Not anymore! Oh no! A message then flashed up to say that if I wanted to check-in online I had to buy seats at £8.50 minimum each way, thus putting my fares up by at least 13%. If I did not buy a seat I would have to check in at the airport at no charge. So this is their idea of a free online check-in! Even Ryanair never pulled that one. How this is supposed to help Monarch I do not know because there will now be longer queues at the airport whilst passengers check-in. Barry Weston, Los Dolses

Dismay at bus stop withdrawal in La Zenia AS A non-driving owner of a holiday home in La Zenia I am registering my dismay in regard to the sudden withdrawal of the bus stop at La Zenia by Costa Azul Autobuses. Whilst I appreciate the reason is that the bus company is being fined for causing an obstruction at the roundabout when the bus pulls in, to withdraw the bus stop completely without an alternative place for a stopping point seems a bit harsh. At the moment our only alternative to catch the bus after at least a

15-minute walk to Cabo Roig one way, or Playa Flamenca the other way. This causes a great deal of inconvenience, particularly if you have heavy shopping - or luggage if you are going to Alicante Airport. I would have hoped that the bus company and the local council could have placed a bus stop off the roundabout at La Zenia just past Consum, towards La Zenia Boulevard, particularly as some buses already call at the Boulevard. It would mean a diversion of only approximately 800m

to the next roundabout to turn around. As there are a lot of residents and tourists who use the bus service I am surprised that there has not been a greater protest from everyone including local businesses in regard to the loss of the bus stop and I would like to see it reinstated. As I see it the only people to benefit from this are the taxi drivers who would transport people who cannot physically make the walk to alternative bus stops. Mr K James

Downside to receiving lump sums RE: IAN STREET’S letter regarding his problem paying a cheque for a matured bond into his Spanish account, why couldn’t he have just asked for the money to be transferred directly into his bank account, Spanish or English, in the first place? The bad news for him is that if he is resident in Spain, and therefore tax resident, the Spanish taxman will want a chunk of his money for Capital Gains tax, even if it was tax free in UK. However, if tax has already been paid on it, then it can be offset against the Spanish tax. The other thing is, if his £20,000, when converted to Euros, along with other savings or investments, bumps it up to 50,000€ plus, he will have to submit a 720 Assets Declaration next year. This is the downside of receiving lump sums, premium bond or lottery wins etc., when resident in Spain. Of course, he might already be aware of these points, but others out here may not be! Name and address supplied


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Benidorm now a property hot spot for Brits by Jan Gamm THE BRITISH press has reported that Benidorm is now the most popular location for Brits’ second homes in Spain as the UK Land Registry shows that villas and apartments bought by overseas buyers in the city has almost tripled in the past four years. Benidorm holds a number of attractions for property hunters on the Costa Blanca. The city has changed its image beyond recognition in recent years from the beer-swilling sunshine paradise of the sixties, seventies and eighties to a cosmopolitan, stream-lined and sophisticated version of itself. You can still swill beer in Benidorm if you like – and many do - but you can also enjoy international cuisine, fine wines, superb service and every luxury at your fingertips in a city that never sleeps. Well – perhaps forty winks at around 6am before starting again in time for breakfast… ASTOUNDING VALUE Benidorm’s main draw for clients looking for a second home investment is the price. At an average of £158,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa that includes the obligatory sparkling swimming pool, the

value is astounding. And of course the property can be rented to other holidaymakers when not in use by the owner, providing a very healthy second income for at least two thirds of the year. And convenient to airports, with reliable transport links, Benidorm is a viable short hop weekend break for Brits escaping the dire UK weather to a sun-drenched bolt-hole, light years away from grey skies, pouring rain and biting winds. An opportunity to swap your overcoat for something skimpy and to feel the sand between your toes… REST AND RECUPERATION In the last two years the city has begun to emerge as the latest destination offering rest and recuperation for patients requiring gentle exercise, plenty of sunshine and top quality medical support available at a moment’s notice. No doubt this has also fuelled the market for retirement properties in the area – buyers wanting their retirement haven ready and waiting, but reliably rentable until needed. Despite Benidorm gradually shedding its ‘Kiss-me-Quick Hat’ image, holiday bookings show no signs of abating with yet another record-busting summer season about

Benidorm changing its image

to explode, sending occupancy figures soaring and hotel managers reaching for the anti-stress pills! Benidorm offers its legendary welcome to

everyone - party-goers, family holidaymakers, retirees, property investors, sun-seekers… More than that, it is rich in personality, hospitality and most of all – fun in the sun!

Chemical leak closes motorway

TWENTY-FIVE people had to be evacuated on Tuesday morning in the service area of the AP-7 in Benicarlo (Castellon) due to the leak of around 50 litres of hydrochloric acid from a tanker. The fire service was called in at 6.40am and immediately cordoned off the area before starting the eviction process. Firefighters in protective suits then tackled the leak to prevent the runoff contaminating sewers while the balance of the dangerous load was transferred to replacement tanker. The road remained closed until thoroughly cleaned.


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Your Caixa or mine?

PASSERSBY OUTSIDE the Alcalde García Conde in Oviedo at around 4am on Sunday were surprised to see a naked couple having sex in the ATM glassed area. Their clothes were strewn around the floor although according to an eye witness “…both still had their socks on.” The spectacle attracted quite a crowd despite the early hour and one of the witnesses called the local police. An officer arrived and peered through the glass before knocking politely but the couple were intent on the business in hand, concluding their ‘activities’ to roars of encouragement and a round of applause before they finally realised they were being watched. Police have noted the personal details but are protecting the identities of the lovers and so far no charges have been brought. The incident has instigated a barrage of ribald comments on Twitter such as ‘Your Caixa or mine?’ and ‘Making a special deposit’. Only in Spain…

Costa Blanca promoted in Milan by Keith Nicol SPAIN IS becoming more and more popular with Italians as both a holiday and residential destination. This week the Costa Blanca Tourism Board continued their European promotional campaign with a visit to Milan, Italy, to encourage Spanish Tourist activity. This initiative is one of their early efforts to try and recover one of Spain’s traditional markets, building upon tourist improvements and increased air connections linking Alicante with three Italian airports. Among the activities taking place in Milan were meetings with professionals, tourism industry members and incentive groups, along with the allocation of promotional merchandising to reach into the nine counties that make up the province. Italy is the fifth most important international tourist destination for visitors to Valencia and the Costa fifth most visited destination by Italians coming Blanca to Spain. promotes The financial crisis slowed down visits to Spain, the region to Milan declining sharply since 2011, however despite the decline in the arrival of Italian tourists and over- many often travelling without purchasing any night stays, authorities have detected an increase tour package. In 2013 the Alicante-Elche airport received 81,152 passengers from Italy, while between in daily expenditure per person. Not surprisingly, our beaches are the favourite January and March this year the figure totalled activity for Italian tourists visiting Alicante with 12,321, down 6% on the same quarter of 2013. The

main focus of the Costa Blanca Tourism Board is to try and rekindle interest in the zone, with hotel prices being low compared to Italy, air connections being improved and with Italians having few difficulties with the Spanish language.

Benitachell in the movies THE PICTURESQUE cove of Moraig El Benitachell became a film set this week as a film crew shot a commercial for an international telephone communications company. A team of 100 shot various scenes featuring around 400 extras during three days of filming. The location was chosen from a shortlist of various beauty spots along the Costa Blanca. Post production work will Moraig El continue in Italy. Benitachell


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Painting the town red THE WEAR Red Campaign was a successful fund raising event for ‘Ambulancia Para Javea’, the group aiming to provide the Marina Alta town’s Red Cross with a new ambulance. by Jack Troughton Red Cross volunteers were out in force – backed up with a state of the art emergency vehicle borrowed from colleagues in Denia – for the Dance Until You Drop event on the Arenal Beach. The ambulance was to show what the town needs and the weekend was to get some cash in the kitty and raise awareness of the situation, while having fun. The dance event was staged outside Peca 2 restaurant with music supplied by Total FM and led by the mysterious Beach

Sale success CANCER CARE raised over 1,700€ at its successful annual May Day Auction thanks to brisk bidding at Javea’s Inn on the Green. The charity thanked local businesses for sponsoring the sale and donating goods and services to go under the hammer. RTN was told: “Without this support we would not be able to hold such successful events.”

Ondara prepares for its 16th Walkathon!

Having fun on the Arenal

Dancer, known as ‘Loco de Javea’ – dancers joined by members of the Red Cross. And Peca 2, providing a refuelling station, donated 2€ for everyone who enjoyed coffee and a cake to the cause. FASHION The fund raising continued in the afternoon with a fashion show organised by the Original Charity Shop and Library at the Dance Cafe, Toscamar, and later a party was staged at the Lancora Tennis club featuring Hangover Tuesday and the Working Party Blues Band.

Sandy of Ambulancia Para Javea said: “I thought it would be a good idea to have a dance event to kick off our Wear Red Campaign weekend to spread the word as the first of many fund raising events over the weekend. “It was a brilliant and delightful way to start our day with Peca 2 donating 2€ for every person who had coffee and a cake to the fund...eat cake and dance it off. “A big thanks to all our Red Cross volunteers and all those lovely people who donated so generously and enjoyed the event.”

THE 16TH Edition of the Volta a Peu Vila d’Ondara (walking race) is to take place in Ondara on Saturday 24th May, organised by the Athletics Club of Ondara and the City Sports Department. An incredible 2,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life are expected to take part on the day which promises to be full of fun and achievement. The Ondara Councillor for Sport, Jose Miguel Mari, and the secretary of the Athletics Club of Ondara Pep Giner, presented registration details on Monday. Adults may register via the website www.somesport.com Children may register via schools and entries can be made until Thursday 22nd May. Organisers have confirmed that proceeds from the event will go to Caritas to help support disadvantaged families. They add their thanks for sponsorship from Radio Denia-SER; somesport.com Matt Bags; Sports Colau; calygat.com; Catalan West Tutriatlon.com; The Marriott; Masdemilviajes and the Portal de la Marina.


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Success story YOUNGSTERS IN El Vergel can enjoy hours of reading after Grant A Wish and the Book-X-Change donated more than 150 children’s titles to the town’s school. by Jack Troughton Mayor Miguel Bano and school principal Salvador Ciscar were delighted with the donation and the growing relationship between the charity and the community. The books were exported from the UK using Book-X-change’s Stu McAll’s suppliers after Grant A Wish founder Jody Kirkby asked for a little help.

The charity’s next big fund raising event is the Bay Radio Rock BBQ on Saturday 21st June at El Vergel’s giant park running between noon and 2am. And Grant A Wish is hoping to enlist more volunteers to join a successful team and work in the Alicante to Gandia area helping put a smile on the faces of less fortunate people. Call 96 500 8816 or email karen@grantawish.es

Tales of the river bank

By Jack Troughton MEMBERS OF Javea U3A travel group headed inland for the legendary Madera Festival at Cofrentes where the fun starts with a parade of log drivers on the River Cabriel. The party, members of the travel group, enjoyed a trip on the river (pictured) but were aboard a pleasure cruiser rather than the rafts used to help move wood. They were also able to take in the colourful ‘fiesta’ in the town under the shadow of the castle and watch the cooking of a traditional giant paella. And the next day the group travelled to Albarracin, a historic Spanish town and a World Heritage site, famous for its well-preserved buildings – including the castle and cathedral. For more information about Javea U3A visit www.u3ajavea.org

Home grown and homemade By Jack Troughton ORGANIC AND natural products are being sold at the Orba Land Market on Saturday (17th May) in the town’s main square. Visitors can expect to find a host of goodies including cheeses, meats, vegetables, homemade soap, home baked breads, beers and wines, and preserves.


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16 - 22 may 2014

Party with Big Jack

Big Jack on stage

by Jack Troughton VETERAN ROCK ‘n’ roller Big Jack has celebrated a 73rd birthday with no signs of quitting an 18 year long career on the Costa Blanca. Playing the piano with a style influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis and a voice sharpened by the sound of traditional blues and the high notes of Little Richard, Hans Heiser – better known as Big Jack as he stands 1.9m tall – takes his

piano to the bars and restaurants of the area to make music. Playing solo or with Big Jack’s Rhythm and Bluesband, he has had people up on the dance floor at intimate venues or when performing for hundreds at events like the Calpe October Beer Festival. And he has no plans to slow down. “When I am sitting at my piano with the guys in the band, I am the happiest man in the world. “This attitude also reaches the audi-

ence – it is real live music and shows there is a little bit of youth in all us old pensioners!” Every Friday, Big Jack plays Hotel El Bichet, Els Poblets on Carratera Las Marinas, from 8pm. Sometimes he appears solely as a honky-tonk pianist and at others with the band. On Saturday 31st May Big Jack’s Rhythm and Bluesband is playing at the Lavender Gardens, Finca La Cuta, Lliber at 8pm. And on Sunday 8th June, the band is playing for the Lions Club in Els Poblets Park.


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16 - 22 may 2014

Catwalk show helps appeal

Ready for the races

by Jack Troughton AN INTERNATONAL team of 16 models graced the catwalk at the Original Charity Shop and Library’s Fashion Show to help raise 500€ for the Javea Red Cross Ambulance Appeal. The

models – from Britain, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Germany, New Zealand and Spain – each showed four outfits at the Dance Cafe Toscamar. An enthusiastic audience were treated to a rainbow of colour as the team showed clothes

suitable for both casual and elegant day wear; an afternoon at the races – complete with matching hat – and elegant evening wear ready to dance the night away. And on Friday 30th May and back by popular demand, the Original Charity Shop at Avenida Fontana

14, Arenal, Javea, is holding a special evening sale from 5pm until 8pm. Customers will be treated to a glass of cava while the browse the rails of spring and summer clothes and have an opportunity to take advantage of special offers.

U3A Photographic Exhibition in Moraira

ESPAI LA Senieta in Moraira has opened an exciting and refreshingly different exhibition of photographs. The amateur works by 22 members of the U3A MorairaTeulada Photo Group portray their widely varied interests and pursuits as they enthusiastically embrace the vibrancy and fun of ‘la vida Mediterraneo’. Their formula for success focuses on social aspects and the group relies solely on the sharing of various skills and talents amongst its members whilst visiting local places of interest that offer photo opportunities and the chance to explore their cameras’ hidden facilities. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10.30am at Bar Mediterraneo, Teulada. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 8pm at weekends, at Espai La Senieta in Moraira. The exhibition closes on Saturday 24th May.

An action packed night with Velocity Racing Spain!

A SPECTACULAR display of racing from all at Velocity Racing Spain took place on the evening 4th May at the Cartagena Oval! Lightening Rod Ryan Smith took three wins and nearly had a 4th had he not been black flagged for trying to continue out of a mad spin nearly causing a three-car smash up. Thanks to his sharp thinking a delighted Graeme Stannard took the win with precision. Last year’s champion Nick Kelly had to give in to a head gasket blow out! Paul Drewett (Fat Boy) dramatically leapt over the finishing line to take the first Rookie race win after hitting a tyre. No surprise that young Rookie Rod Jaz Lawrence took three more wins and is still improving her game. A sensational drive by Champion Rookie Rod Caroline Capel as she took on three cars on the outside, securing her win of the night. Young Rookie Rod, 16-year-old Alex Knight from the La Marina team, deserves a mention as he worked so hard holding off Jaz: he caused a gasping moment as he cut across her path but that will come with experience! Carl Knight’s 1st race meeting alongside his son Alex and La Marina team mate Chris Layrock saw some highly competitive driving skills. The thrills and spills continue on 17th May: gates open at 6pm and the racing starts at 7 – 9pm! 2€ on the gate for spectators and kids go free! Check out www.velocityracing.eu for directions! Find them on Facebook Velocity Racing Cartagena Oval! New drivers welcome and cars for hire: contact them on 674 256 146/7.


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Dig out your glad rags and polish up your dancing shoes...! THE SPECTRUM FM ‘Titanic’ Summer Ball is here! FOLLOWING THE hugely successful Spectrum FM Christmas Ball, the ‘Titanic’ Summer Ball is to take place on 13th June, sponsored by de Vere Spain in aid of cancercarecharitycentre. A glitzy affair is guaranteed on a ‘Titanic’ theme and Spectrum FM is flying in for this event. The fabulous Amanda Russell is to perform her world acclaimed Celine Dion tribute act, followed by her incredible ‘Diva Show’ to get the dance floor pumping! The evening will start with a cava reception served in the beautiful gardens of Salon de Canor in Teulada with a live string quartet, followed by a delicious fourcourse dinner served in the grand hall of

Amanda Russell

Salon de Canor. Amanda Russell will headline the show, a classy lady with a real class act! Amanda has been a professional singer for many years, performing at the very highest level worldwide, singing with some of the greatest names in the business. She also taught (and continues to teach) some hugely talented artists. You can listen to Amanda via www.amandarussellvocalist.co.uk. As always to finish the evening Spectrum FM will be playing ‘the music you love’ from 1am until the evening finishes at 2.30am!

The evening will also include some great surprises with a raffle and an ‘Irish Auction’ with a truly magnificent prize! Dig out your glad rags and polish up your dancing shoes! Dress code: Formal Tickets at 44€ with a 10% discount offered for groups of 10 or more are available at Quick Save Javea Arenal or David’s Fish & Chip Diner (Moraira-Calpe Rd). For more information call 634 393 696, Face Book (FB logo) Spectrum Costa Blanca or email costablanca@spectrumfm.net


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Carnival magic THE SPIRIT of carnival came to life on Sunday as Jalon Valley HELP staged its annual May Fayre and launched a party to remember. by Jack Troughton The charity raised “a magnificent” 5,000€ while providing a venue where helpers and visitors wore colourful costumes and swayed to the carnival beat. Live music was fittingly provided by the Poco Loco Steel Band and Spectrum FM joined in the fun when the musicians took a break and sold requests at 2€ a time. And amongst the stalls there were “mountains” of food on offer including burgers, hot dogs, sausage rolls and cakes. Schools from the Vall de Pop also joined in the fun. A parade of youngsters in homemade masks entered their creations in a special competition to win cash prize for their schools. Jalon Mayor Joan Miquel Garces judged the entries – the school at Murla winning first prize of 100€, Lliber winning

The winners with mayor and Pam Brooks

60€ and 30€ in the second and third categories. Pictured are winner five-year-old Batiste Ordonez from Murla; second place Danny Singh Shoker, aged nine; and third prize winner six-year-old Inma Sanchez Ferrer, with the mayor and Pam Brooks, HELP’s secretary.

Pam, who is one of the fayre’s central organisers, said she was especially pleased with the “Spanish involvement” in the event – with six stalls – including the schools of Alcalali, Murla and Lliber, and young magician Kiko, who performed a number of tricks.


European glory at Emirates Stadium

Andrei Grayson

by Jack Troughton COSTA BLANCA ‘Gooners’ tasted cup glory when they won the Arsenal Supporters’ Club Tournament in London last Saturday. Teams from across Europe entered the contest at the football club’s Emirates Stadium with the Spanish based side going all the way on the hallowed turf. The side cruised through group stages with victories over North West England, Banbridge, and Italy. The Costa Blanca players beat Sweden in the quarter-finals after being awarded a late penalty - and a closely fought semi-final against Ireland’s Drogheda won a final place with a narrow 2-1 result.

It was a nail-biting final against Slovakia for the first 45 minutes, everything equal at 2-2 by half time. However, the Costa Blanca team shone after the break, comfortably winning 5-2. The side was led by Javea-based Andrei Grayson – pictured with the trophy – and the prize will be put on display at the club’s headquarters, Cheers Bar in Javea Port. All Arsenal fans are given a warm welcome by the club and this weekend will see supporters cheering on the Gunners in the FA Cup final. For more information about the Costa Blanca Arsenal Supporters’ Club, call Jack on 660 782 097.

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Golfers chip in for EMAUS

By Jack Troughton GOLFERS ARE invited to enjoy a day’s competition with great prizes – and help support charity Friends of the Children of EMAUS. Alicante Golf is hosting the contest on Monday 26th May and a round of golf and buggy is 50€, including a 10€ donation to the charity. It promises to be a fun day out with friends and an opportunity to help the youngsters cared for in EMAUS homes feel just like ordinary kids. Places are limited, to book contact Noel at noeleastwell@yahoo.co.uk


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Al Matthews talks Cucaracha Club

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Carnival cuppa for U3A

U3A’s home brew

By Jack Troughton THIRST QUENCHERS were at hand during the annual Jalon Valley HELP May Fayre as members of U3A Vall del Pop ran a successful Carnival Tea Party. Visitors enjoyed tea, coffee and homemade cakes served by association members – dressed in grass skirts to fit the event’s Carnival theme. The stall was busy throughout the day and earned 233€ for the charity.

Al Matthews

by Keith Nicol VETERAN ACTOR, broadcaster, singer, entertainer and local celebrity Al Matthews popped into TKO fm radio studios the other week to talk about his career and future film plans. Most readers will know him for his appearance as Sergeant Apone in the James Cameron film ‘Aliens’ from 1986, although his varied career has featured him as fire chief in ‘Superman III’ (1983), General Tudor in ‘The Fifth Element.’ (1997) and Master Sergeant #3 in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997). Al has called the Southern Costa Blanca home for more than 30 years, speaks perfect Spanish and still jets back to the UK, Ireland and the USA for occasional appearances, with one of his next trips being to Dublin and Comic Con, in August, to sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about working on ‘Aliens’ which he says: “I’m always amazed at the continuing popularity of the film and that people still remember me and ask me to appear, for which I am most grateful because I love meeting new people and old friends” Al also worked on British television, appearing in Grange Hill as the father of Benny Green, as well as in theatre and radio. Al added “I was the first black voice on England’s national station, ‘Radio 1’; I take pride in that. I worked for London’s ‘Capital’, for ten years, where I hosted many programs, among them my award winning program, ‘When the spirit moves’, a show that won ‘best gospel music’ program six years running.”

Al also scored a Top Twenty hit record and appeared on Top of the Pops in 1975, with the UK Singles, ‘Fool’, which reached number 16 in the chart. Of his website, www.almatthews.co.uk, he says; “The purpose of this site is to keep my fans and friends informed. I am not dead, in spite of rumours circulated on the World Wide Web. I’ll bet you don’t know of any other actor that has returned from the dead?” If the name or face doesn’t ring any bells yet, hearing his voice is bound to, as over the years he has recorded more than 5,000 TV, Radio and Film commercials and spots, including video games. Al is far from hanging up his boots and providing his acting talents for free to the production of the independent, low budget film ‘The Cucaracha Club’ which should begin filming around the Costa Blanca this autumn. He’s also appearing at a number of fundraising events for the film and hopes to be at the first public performance of the film’s title song, ‘The Cucaracha Club, written by Peter Taylor and performed by Chloe Leigh with backing from the Fabulous Replays on May 27th at ‘Black 7’ in Los Montesinos. More information on Facebook or: siestaproductions.homestead.com. Al will be at a number of events, so bring your camera, find copies of photos from any of his 60 plus films and TV roles, and he’d be delighted to autograph them for you and talk about his fascinating life in the entertainment world.


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advertising feature

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16 - 22 MAY 2014

home & garden

Bougainvilleas - Part Two

by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

PLANTING IN THE GARDEN Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and fill with a good organic 2:1 compost/soil mix. If you are planting on a new building site and find a lot of builders rubbish dig deeper and infill with the same mix up to the planting level: aim to plant to the same soil level as the pot from the nursery. Before planting fill the hole with water and allow it to drain off: remove the plant from its pot and if the roots are very compacted against the side of the pot, loosen them slightly. Then place in your prepared hole; infill; firm down well; and water again. Stake and tie up to a wall, fence, post or tree. Shade roots by covering with gravel, rocks or mulching. Many people find that young plants purchased in full bloom soon lose all their flowers. Don’t worry - the priority of the new plant is to put down roots, especially if the root ball is small in relation to an abundance of forced top growth. PLANTING IN TERRACE POTS We recommend that you plant in not less than a 50cm pot to allow for significant growth. A 30cm pot can be used if you are planning a more compact plant. Fill with good organic 2:1 compost/soil mix. It is advantageous to mix in a tablespoonful of a waterabsorbent gel into the soil below the root ball before planting. We use TerraCottem which you can buy in 5kilo plastic tubs for economy. Potted plants should be staked to support the plant especially in windy positions. They grow particularly well in the corner of a walled terrace.

WATERING When Bougainvillea is first planted it must be kept well watered and not allowed to dry out. A battery-operated drip system coming on even 5 minutes every 24 hours is normally sufficient, especially if you have mulched around the base. Remember that plants have often come from hot houses where they were on a continuous watering system. Once the plant is growing strongly, usually in its second year, reduce watering to a good soak once a week. Full grown specimens generally don’t need watering as their roots go down very deep finding water. Terrace pots need regular watering and it helps to have a good watering tray underneath the pot.

FEEDING Young plants benefit from a dilute liquid feed every two weeks to encourage strong growth. Use a general proprietary liquid feed. Larger plants would benefit from an autumn or spring feed. Use granules such as 15:15:15 available at your local ‘co-operativa’ or ask at your garden centre. Use sparingly and keep away from the base of the plant as they can burn. Feed terrace pots every two weeks with a dilute liquid feed. SUMMER PRUNING OF MATURE PLANTS During the summer months keep tidy by trimming into shape and cut out any suckers/water shoots. These are the pale green long straight shoots with larger leaves and often long spikes.

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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16 - 22 MAY 2014

money

by

Christina Brady

Yet another familiar Banking name bites the dust

Regional Manager of FIRST LLOYDS announced it was pulling out of Blacktower Costa Blanca

the Spanish banking market and that it had sold its branches to Sabadell CAM, which upset a huge number of its clients. Now its Barclays’ turn: Barclays announced last week that it was pulling out of Spain, Portugal Italy and France. Barclays have said that these branches will be moved to a non-core business entity; this will become part of their planned ‘bad bank’ which will eventually sell or close all of the £115bn of non-core operations. ‘Bad banks’ have been used by a number of institutions since the global financial crisis as a way of ring-fencing risky loans and assets. The carve-up will give greater prominence to Barclays’ retail operations in the UK, its Barclaycard credit card arm and its African business. “This is a bold simplification of Barclays,” said chief executive Antony Jenkins. “We will be a focused international bank, operating only in areas where we have capability, scale and competitive advantage.” So for all of you who Bank with Barclays you now know what the bank thinks of its loyal expatriate banking

customers. They are placing you in a bad bank, severing their responsibilities to you. My advice to you is to act now, get your money and investments out. It’s not just Barclays; in February this year Norwich and Peterborough Building Society announced it would close its Gibraltar branch at the end of this year. In January this year HSBC Bank International (HBIB) completely closed down its Isle of Man and Guernsey centres for international clients who are based overseas. The list seems to go on and on, the sad truth is as stated in a previous article I wrote in the RTN in February 2014 is: “The main reason for this is that Banks just don’t want or need your money. According to the British press banks and building societies have built up a £130billion war chest of dirt-cheap cash. These intuitions have been stockpiling money and paying little or no interest on it as a result for the foreseeable future they don’t need to pay struggling savers any extra interest or work to keep existing clients.” If you have been or will be affected by the above, there is no time like now to act, if you are unsure as to what

Barclays is pulling out of Spain

is available and what option is best for you just contact me at by email christina.brady@blacktowerfm.com or call me on 658 892 330 and I will be more than happy to run through the options with you. My advice is free so why not take advantage of this.

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


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16 - 22 MAY 2014

legal

by

Carlos Baos

from White & Baos Abogados Solicitors Lawyers

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Sale of a property in Spain

DO YOU have to pay local tax (Plusvalia Tax) when there is no real gain? DEAR LAWYER, I am selling my house in Javea below the price at which I bought five years ago. Even so, the Town Hall confirmed to me that I must pay a local tax ‘municipal plusvalia’ for the land’s value increase, when in fact its current value is lower. Can I do something about it? Dear reader, thank you for your inquiry. As you said, when someone sells a property in Spain they are subject to separate taxes, one for income tax (capital gains tax) which is a national tax, and one local tax known as ‘municipal plusvalia’ to be paid to the Town Hall. Spanish capital gains tax (CGT) will be zero if the acquisition value is higher than or equal to the transfer value. The problem comes in relation to the ‘municipal plusvalia’ tax, actually called Tax for the Increment in Value of Urban Land (Impuesto sobre Incremento del Valor de los Terrenos de Naturaleza Urbana IIVTNU), because its calculation is not based on what was the real property cost when it was purchased and the money obtained at the sale, rather it is calculated in relation to the property value for local property tax (IBI) purposes.

Therefore, in theory it is possible (and in these times of crisis it happens quite often), that even though you sell your Spanish property for less money than you paid for it, on the sale you will be asked to pay this municipal local capital gains tax (Plusvalia), because according to the value for the purposes of the IBI, there is a gain or an increase. This is a complicated legal issue, as not all tribunals and courts agree if this Plusvalia tax must be paid or not, in case of real loss in the sale. Some judges understand that the Plusvalia tax cannot ignore the economic reality of the sale, and therefore if in fact there is a loss, this tax must not be paid, because its essence is the increase in the value of the land, although legally it is calculated by using an independent calculation not based on the real property costs, the tax should not and cannot ignore the reality. We highlight a court order of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia granted on the 18th/07/2013, which reads: “When it is shown and proved in a specific case, that there has not been any increase in real and economic terms, the Plusvalia Tax IIVTNU must not be asked for.” So if you have had a loss and if your Plusvalia local

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Benidorm Fiestas

5 nights

150€ pp

EVERY YEAR in November Benidorm rocks during the Costa Blanca’s favourite fiesta week, celebrated from the Friday of the 2nd weekend in the month until the following Wednesday, ending with a spectacular firework extravaganza.

The Marina Hotel

The celebration honours the Virgen del Sufrage and St Jaime the Apostle, Benidorm’s patron saints. Throughout the five day event there are sporting competitions, live music from local performers, parades, colourful costumes, dancing and general merry-making in the true Benidorm tradition. The main parade features the Virgin herself, decked in rich blue and gold, escorted by carriages filled with flowers through the city streets to the Plaza of the church of San Jaime. Outdoor theatre performances; marching bands; delicious food and rivers of bubbly… rock concerts… And residents cover their houses in flowers to mark Benidorm’s favourite and not-to-be-missed party week! Hotels.tv is offering five nights at the outstanding 4-Star Marina Hotel during fiesta week: 150€ per person, half-board: Call 965 854 673 or 865 674 036 or email costablanca@hotels.tv


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Ajaccio on the West coast of Corsica

attractions with everything available within a short walk. It’s full of delightful restaurants and wonderful shops! You are here for the whole of the day so make the most of this cruiser’s paradise. Reluctantly departing after dinner for a relaxing day at sea en route to Valencia… This Ibero holiday takes you to some of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque locations on an all-

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Life

Working up an appetite LOCAL HISTORIAN and author Mike Rendell had 1,230 members of Javea U3A eating out of his hands as he took them back to the 18th Century and talked about how the Georgians loved their food. By Jack Troughton His talk ‘Eat Drink and be Merry’ at the Parador Hotel focussed on his ancestor Richard Hall and the book he researched from diaries written by his great-great-greatgreat-grandfather, The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman’. It was a fascinating account of how businessman – Hall was a well-off hosier and owned a shop at No.1 London Bridge – spent a great deal on food and drink, as proved by the shopping lists in Mike’s possession, showing the feasts he gave guests. The historian told how meals had evolved over the years and how now common expressions in use in the language are derived from the dining room. For example, guests used to sit on boards around large tables, while the host sat at the head of the table on a chair – thus in modern English we have ‘the chairman of the board’. Javea U3A’s new President Stephen Burke and VicePresident Francis McNeil earlier addressed the meeting for the first time and welcomed 17 new members, who joined the same morning.

Mike Rendell and his book about the life and times of Richard Hall


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friday 16th May BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 First Time on the Front Line 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Link 16:00 Countdown to Chelsea 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 MasterChef 22:30 Have I Got News for You 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:20 Bad Education 24:55 EastEnders

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:20 Homes Under the Hammer 08:20 Caught Red Handed 08:50 First Time on the Front Line 09:20 Countryside 999 10:05 Great Interior Design Challenge 11:05 Mary Berry Cooks 11:35 The Travel Show 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 One Man and His Campervan 15:15 The Pallisers 16:05 Coast 16:45 Great British Garden Revival 17:45 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Minster 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Story of Women and Art 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:33 Party Election Broadcast 23:35 The World Is Not Enough

06:50 Deal or No Deal 07:45 According to Jim 08:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:55 Undercover Boss USA 11:55 Come Dine with Me 12:20 Come Dine with Me 12:55 Channel 4 News 13:00 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Come Dine with Me 14:00 Come Dine with Me 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Draw It! 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:35 Unreported World 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 Gogglebox 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 Mystery Woman: Redemption 17:55 Access 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 19:55 Party Election Broadcast for the European Parliament 20:00 Bloody Tales of the Tower 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 23:55 Bangkok Brits 24:55 Access

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Miami 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The 40 Year Old Virgin 24:20 Take Me Out

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 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 Dilemma 24:15 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:50 Friday Night Dinner

saturday 17th May BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigellissima 13:00 Homes Under the Hammer 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Live Athletics 15:50 Bargain Hunt 16:35 Escape to the Country 17:35 Celebrity Mastermind 18:05 Enchanted 19:45 BBC News 20:00 Pointless Celebrities 20:55 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:45 Casualty 22:35 The Guess List 23:15 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:45 BBC News; Weather 24:05 Meet the Parents

07:15 Dangerous Mission 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 The Living Planet 11:55 Coast 12:00 Fred Dibnah’s Industrial Age 12:30 Great British Railway Journeys 13:00 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 13:45 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 13:50 Talking Pictures 14:25 Wuthering Heights 16:05 Pride and Prejudice 18:00 Natural World 19:00 Flog It! 20:00 Museums at Night 21:00 Bob Larbey - A Tribute 21:15 Comedy Connections 21:55 All About The Good Life 22:55 QI XL 23:40 Gone Baby Gone

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:50 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:05 Sooty 08:20 Digimon Fusion 08:45 Horrid Henry 09:00 Adventure Time 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 The Hungry Sailors 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 12:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 13:25 Storage Hoarders 14:25 All Star Family Fortunes 15:10 Off Their Rockers 15:35 ITV News Central 15:45 ITV News and Weather 16:00 Live FA Cup Football 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 21:50 Amazing Greys 22:50 The Americans 23:45 ITV News and Weather 23:59 ITV Central Weather 24:00 FA Cup Football Highlights

07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 Trans World Sport 08:30 FIM Superbike World Championship 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Weekend Kitchen 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:55 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:50 The Simpsons 13:20 The Simpsons 13:45 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:45 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 20:05 The Restoration Man 21:00 Grand Designs 22:00 X-Men: First Class 24:35 Top Gun

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:35 LazyTown 11:00 Access 11:05 Police Interceptors 12:05 Classic Car Rescue 13:05 Attack on the Iron Coast 14:55 633 Squadron 16:45 Columbo: the Conspirators 18:45 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice 20:15 8 Seconds 21:05 NCIS 22:00 NCIS 22:55 5 News Weekend 23:00 Live International Boxing

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Make It or Break It 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 The Mindy Project 11:30 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rude(ish) Tube 14:30 Rude(ish) Tube 15:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:30 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Made in Chelsea 18:00 Youngers 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Remember Me 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:45 The Big Bang Theory

sunday 18th May

09:35 Coronation Street 12:00 Tom Daley Goes Global 12:55 Britain’s Got Talent 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 You’ve Been Framed! 16:05 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 The Iron Giant 18:55 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 21:50 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:50 You’ve Been Framed! 23:20 Celebrity Juice 24:10 Britain’s Got Talent

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07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Countryfile 15:10 Flog It! 15:50 Escape to the Country 16:35 Points of View 16:50 Brazil with Michael Palin 17:50 Lifeline 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 19:35 BBC News; Regional 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 British Academy Television Awards 23:05 BBC News 23:30 Imagine

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:10 Affair with a Stranger 08:35 Safari 10:00 Gardeners’ World 10:30 The Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Live Athletics 13:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 15:00 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 15:30 Live Gymnastics 17:30 Triathlon 19:00 Athletics 20:00 Australia with Simon Reeve 21:00 The Best of Top Gear 22:00 Dylan Thomas: A Poet in New York 23:20 Edge of Darkness

07:00 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:50 Canimals 08:05 Sooty 08:20 Digimon Fusion 08:45 Horrid Henry 09:00 Big Time Rush 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 May the Best House Win 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 Love Your Garden 13:25 ITV News and Weather 13:34 ITV Central Weather 13:35 Big Star’s Little Star 14:40 The Chase 15:35 Britain’s Got Talent 16:55 You’ve Been Framed! 17:20 Midsomer Murders 19:20 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 19:45 Catchphrase 20:30 Off Their Rockers 21:00 Vera 23:00 Perspectives 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Premiership Rugby Union

07:15 British F3 International Series 07:40 How I Met Your Mother 08:05 How I Met Your Mother 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Secret Eaters 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 The Simpsons 16:05 The Simpsons 16:30 Tooth Fairy 18:35 Deal or No Deal 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Four Rooms 21:00 For the Love of Cars 22:00 Fargo 23:05 The Wolfman

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Mio Mao 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:35 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 14:10 CutThroat Island 16:35 Around the World in 80 Days 18:50 5 News Weekend 18:55 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 20:35 X2 23:00 21 Jump Street

07:00 Beauty and the Geek

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:50 Ugly Betty 08:35 Charmed 09:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:00 Rude(ish) Tube 10:30 Rude(ish) Tube 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:30 Youngers 14:00 Made in Chelsea 15:00 Revenge 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 The Big Bang Theory 18:00 The Tomorrow People 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Troy 21:00 17 Again 23:05 The Inbetweeners 23:40 The Inbetweeners 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory

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07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Gino’s Italian Escape 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 All New It’ll Be Alright on the Night 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Benidorm 24:35 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

06:50 Deal or No Deal 07:45 According to Jim 08:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 French Collection 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Draw It! 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Britain’s Most Extreme Weather 22:00 Island with Bear Grylls 23:00 Man vs Weird 24:00 Gogglebox

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Taken Back: Finding Haley 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Classic Car Rescue 21:00 DIY Dummies 22:00 D-Day’s Sunken Secrets 23:35 Valkyrie

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

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 Party House

monday 19th May BBC1

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07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:20 Homes Under the Hammer 08:20 Caught Red Handed 08:50 First Time on the Front Line 09:20 Countryside 999 10:05 The Planners 11:05 Real Lives Reunited 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 One Man and His Campervan 15:15 The Pallisers 16:05 Coast 16:45 Great British Garden Revival 17:45 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 18:15 Flog It! 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:00 The Battle to Beat Polio 23:00 The Culture Show

07:45 The Hot Desk 07:50 Emmerdale 10:45 Coronation Street 13:10 The Mighty Ducks 15:25 Nanny McPhee 17:25 Britain’s Got Talent 18:45 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:45 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope 23:00 Viral Tap 23:45 Saw II


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07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Caught Red Handed 08:35 Call the Council 09:20 Countryside 999 10:05 Watchdog 11:05 Real Lives Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 14:05 The Super League Show 14:45 One Man and His Campervan 15:15 The Pallisers 16:05 Coast 16:45 Great British Garden Revival 17:45 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 18:15 Flog It! 18:55 Party Election Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:00 Watermen: A Dirty Business 23:00 Later Live - with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Thalidomide - The Fifty Year Fight

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Endeavour 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Cube 24:35 Wild Britain with Ray Mears

07:00 Countdown 07:45 According to Jim 08:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 French Collection 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Draw It! 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 Mr Drew’s School for Boys 23:00 16 Kids and Counting 24:05 Coppers

07:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Classic Car Rescue 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Honeymoon for One 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 21:00 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic 22:00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 23:00 The Mentalist 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Miami 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 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 Duplicity

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Romancing the Stone 23:10 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory

wednesday 21st May BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Call the Council 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Link 16:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Del Boys & Dealers 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 The Quite Remarkable David Coleman 24:35 A Question of Sport

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Caught Red Handed 08:30 Call the Council 09:15 Countryside 999 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Bang Goes the Theory 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 One Man and His Campervan 15:15 The Pallisers 16:05 Coast 16:45 Great British Garden Revival 17:45 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:10 Coast Australia 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Watermen: A Dirty Business

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Coronation Street 20:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 23:15 ITV News at Ten 23:45 ITV News Central 23:50 Hot Fuzz

07:00 Countdown 07:45 According to Jim 08:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 French Collection 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Draw It! 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 The Supervet 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Derek 23:30 Cardinal Burns 24:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Out of Control 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 21:00 Minute by Minute 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Jack Taylor 24:50 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 08:00 The Hot Desk 08:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 09:00 You’ve Been Framed! 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Vancouver 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 Fearne And 23:00 Saw II

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Youngers 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 Made in Chelsea

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Call the Council 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 BBC Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Link 16:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 From There to Here 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 Vote 2014

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Caught Red Handed 08:35 Call the Council 09:20 Countryside 999 10:05 Natural World 11:05 Gardeners’ World 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Lifeline 14:55 A to Z of TV Gardening 15:15 The Pallisers 16:05 Coast 16:45 Great British Garden Revival 17:45 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:00 Horizon 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Battle to Beat

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 It’ll Be Alright on the Night 24:35 Harbour Lives

07:00 Countdown 07:45 According to Jim 08:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:35 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:40 French Collection 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Draw It! 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Posh Pawn 22:00 Heston’s Great British Food 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 23:55 Island with Bear Grylls

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 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Concrete Canyons 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Trauma Doctors 23:00 Person of Interest 24:00 Person of Interest 24:55 Cricket 2014

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 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 Fearne And 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 Viral Tap 24:45 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 Rude Tube


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Hide the pies when the Princess gets here! IT ALL began in 1977 for Carrie Fisher when the very first Star Wars movie hit the cinema screens, and here we all are 43 years on sitting on the edge of our seats in anticipation of Star Wars 7 landing on board planet earth. FILMING BEGAN on location in 2012 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, and they are now at Pinewood Studios in England setting up the photography, before jetting off to Morocco and Tunisia. It’s a tough life in the movies eh? Carrie Fisher will again play Princess Leia and she’s found her way into the gossip columns on the back of her mother Debbie Reynolds saying on top USTV show ‘Extra’. “She’s been on a diet ever since she was cast in the film and she’s lost 40 pounds… and looks terrific!” This statement created quite a stir in the tabloids, with Carrie being reminding about her very public battle with weight in 2011 when she announced that she had lost 50 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet. She joked at the time that she could now get into the famous ‘metal bikini’ and walk around the house like an idiot!” Whatever shakes your tree Hun! Mother Debbie Reynolds, who appeared in her first film in 1948 and was part of the cast of ‘Singing in The Rain’ in 1952, redeemed herself reasonably well after being so open about Carrie’s weight issues when she said, “She’s very excited, as we all are, because we all love Star Wars.” Yep, small grovel never went amiss Debs! I’m sure we are all together on hoping Carrie gets rid of the heffalump look when the film comes out late next year, and with her having been spotted out on the town flashing a reasonably svelte figure in London recently, chances are we’ll get our Princess once again.

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Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips DANNY DYER, self-styled wide boy and landlord ‘daan the Vic’ in Albert Sqaure, has a daughter who’s also called Dani and she’s landed herself the lead in gangster type movie called ‘We Still Kill the Old Way’, … sounds really sweet doesn’t it. Daddy Danny has a lot of experience in this kind of role, so his rather sweet daughter Dani best take care as she could well turn into Ma Baker! Cilla will be 70-years-old on 27th May, a day that is sure to include a mad party, but there’s another one on offer this Sunday as she is to be honoured at the TV Baftas in recognition of her 50-year career. Cilla had two No 1s in 1964 and went on to even dizzier heights with ‘Blind Date’ and ‘Surprise Surprise’ in the 80s and 90s. She’s gonna have a ‘Lorra Lorra Fun!’ Previous Dr Who Matt Smith seems hell bent on being type cast as it’s been announced that he is to appear in the new Terminator Trilogy, with film website Deadline writing “…he will feature in all three of the forthcoming films, and is likely to become more prominent in the sequels.” So not too prominent in the first one then... Sounds like his agent got him a big pay-day there! … What about some proper acting Matt! Channel 5 has a new show called OAPs Behaving Badly, and the ’stars’ of the programme are a host of over-60s in Tenerife who go around blowing their pensions and winter fuel allowance on cheap alcohol and crazy parties. There’s Leapy Lee, a 74-yearold Viagra-using pub entertainer and Pete, a man who has Jäger shots for breakfast. Oh dear … oh dear … oh dear…


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Javea Home Finders: the key to selling your property JAVEA HOME Finders have been going from strength to strength since opening on the eve of the global financial crisis 7 years ago. So much so they have doubled the size of their office this year, situated right in the very heart of the Arenal in Javea. The sales team consists of 4, and the immediate impression one gets when entering their bright office is of a friendly professional group. Mike, the owner, has striven to give his customers the best, and together with his team of Anthony, Marie-Laurie (French), and last but not least, office manager Paula (pictured next to Mike on the left), they have obviously succeeded, since a large number of their clients who have either bought or sold with them in the past now won’t entrust their purchase or sale with anyone else. Just recently they sold the same apartment twice in a 12 month period.

LISTED ON FRIDAY, SOLD ON MONDAY! Selling well in what could have been described by others as a difficult market, the one thing the company could do with more of is property to sell. They are in the lucky position of constantly having new buyers looking, currently they have a portfolio of direct listed property of around 300, but they always need more because the properties are being sold. Very recently they sold a villa in literally 4 days, published on their website Friday and sold on the Monday, and at 97% of the asking price. Mike explains why sellers can expect results when they list their property with the Javea Home Finders. JAVEA, LONDON, NORWAY, HOLLAND AND FRANCE Locally, we are perfectly located to catch would-be buyers, with the

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office positioned right on the main walk in the Arenal and our signed company cars. Whilst we have built a solid reputation locally, we also invest a lot in advertising and new technology. The fact you are reading this shows our commitment to selling the property listed with us. Your property will also be uploaded and listed on all major international property websites, as well as our own constantly updated

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Niamh O’ Sheehan: Female Vocalist

NIAMH OFFERS an energetic performance of popular favourite folk-pop-soul-blues - all events catered for - whether you want atmospheric background music during dinner or up-tempo dance music for after dinner. Together with Matthias Coblenzer, both from the band ‘GateCrash’, they are ‘Celtic Knot’, a duo performing an acoustic guitar set with Niamh focusing on singing traditional Irish ballads and folk music. Check out Niamh’s powerful vocals on her website where you will find videos, demos, photos and testimonials: www.costablancamusica.com Theme nights a speciality, i.e. Irish Night! For more information phone: 676 507 791. GIGS IN MAY Friday 16th - Paddy O’Connells, Denia: 12.05am (Celtic Knot & Joses) Sunday 18th - Café Alta Ego, Denia: 7pm (Celtic Knot & Joses & Markus K) Thursday 22nd - Paddy O’Connells, Denia: 12.05am (Gatecrash)

Friday 23rd - Sunset Cruise, Denia: 5pm (Niamh Solo) Thursday 29th - Paddy O’Connells, Denia: 9pm (Celtic Knot & Ros) Saturday 31st - Red Cross Gala Dinner, (Gatecrash)

Black Glitter: Rock/Soul Band

BLACK GLITTER is 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 information on the band phone Kelly on: 650 957 914. MAY GIGS Friday 16th - Champagne Bar, Arenal, Javea: 10pm Saturday 17th - Steinways Jazz and Blues, Denia: 12.30am Sunday 18th - Chez Flo Bar, La Fustera, Ctra. Calpe-Moraira: 5pm Thursday 22nd - La Rambleta, Valencia Saturday 24th - Blues Bar, (Near Marina), Denia: 12.15am Sunday 25th - Aleluya Bar, Jalon: 7.30pm

Timewarp Duo: Tribute Shows HUSBAND AND wife duo Justin James and Jaime Lee are better known as Timewarp. Both Jaime and Justin have a true talent for singing whether performing haunting ballads, powerful rock anthems or pop classics. They have been performing professionally together for the past 15 years. All ‘Timewarp’ shows are known for their feel good and upbeat music for all generations to enjoy, where the audience is invited to relax and sing along or get up and

dance the night away. Phone: 671 354 188 or visit www.timewarpduo.com

MAY GIGS Friday 16th - Bar Ca Pep, Orba: 9pm Saturday 17th - Bar Aleman, (Imperial Park), Calpe: 9pm Friday 23rd - Metro Bar, Calpe: 8.30pm Friday 30th - The White Swan, Palma de Gandia, Palma de Gandia: 9pm Saturday 31st - Bar Aleman, Calpe: 9pm


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MERCURY trysts with Saturn and brings a new light on to an old problem allowing you to see something you didn’t before. You are psychically charged by the mysterious planet of Saturn, and aided greatly by having clear cut lines of communication brought in by Mercury. This combination effectively and permanently removes all doubts and fears. A busy time for Venus, who takes on lucky Jupiter, wily Saturn and a demanding Ceres in planetary actions through this week. You may feel as if you are under a pressure, but it certainly won’t be for very long, and it will enable you to ring all the changes and start again. You can move on now, but there is to be absolutely no running away! Poised for a different instruction much diversion occurs this week as Mars Directs and Saturn influences Mercury. The unexpected changes you will experience will act to augment your immediate needs and wishes, and supplement those further plans that you are waiting patiently to put into practise. A new start beckons. Heading towards a Full Moon it is time to lay your cards on the table, and to start to eliminate that which you have to, enabling you to greatly simplify things. Remove any debris that you hold onto for all good reasons. A family connection is greatly strengthened as others get to hear your say about current problems and their speedy resolve! With the Sun in Gemini you are in two minds at the moment, and you may also be hard to pin down. To be so hesitant suggests that you know something that others do not, and that your actions are to protect those who need this right now. Because you cannot immediately spill the beans, keep all this to yourself because time will tell. Mercury takes on Ceres, indicating an acute timing for something whilst touching on a passing emotive Saturn. Will you re think something that you need to? Or have you run out of patience? Whatever, do not give in to your gut feelings right now, there is something wrong and you can feel it, just don’t let it put you off your step; now or ever. Noble Venus takes on Saturn and is open to suggestions as to how their combined energies can make a difference. This mirrors a current event which enables you to take the spotlight; but not before you have ironed out a nagging doubt and have received news that confirms that you were right to sit tight and wait for further instructions. The midweek Direct of Mars greatly underlines your current need to take control of finances and to balance the books as well as you can. Saturn’s three way with both Mercury and Venus serves to show just where the problem lies, and forewarned is forearmed if you are to fight your corner, and check out your finances before things worsen. Romantic Venus shapes up to lucky Jupiter as this is a great time to let your hair down and have a well earned break. Forget the worries of late and the pressure of the past weeks and just enjoy some healthy rest and relaxation while you can. Those who have your interests at heart will generously support you and enjoy your respite. There is something brewing that should be well and truly nipped in the bud before you end up taking the blame and the responsibility. In hindsight you would have avoided this at all costs, but right now go for the benefit of the doubt and clear the decks, as this will alleviate current pressure and assure others you are not to be messed with. In the real world there is work to be done, and if somebody thinks that you can be bought so cheaply, then they have another think coming. You haven’t reached the pinnacle of your success to be distracted by false claims and unreal actions. Uranus showers attention of your strengths and actions with Mercury ensure the message is understood Things have a habit of hanging around and this week whilst you appear to be at sixes and sevens you are really testing the buoyancy of the market, Make no decision until the next weekend since the Direct action of Mars bodes ominously as you check out just what you know you have to. Something doesn’t seem to add up at all! Be warned!

If it’s your birthday this week

Sudoku

Keep your friends close and those who do not understand you even closer. As somebody who thrives on networking and close calls you are being led down the garden path. Be quite sure what you want is what you get, after all.

Silas

SILAS WAS wheeled to me in his large pram. He was sent for healing and I was immediately drawn to his wide blue eyes circled in black. Blinking was uncontrollable for this threeyear-old spastic boy. He had an involuntary violent side-toside movement of the upper body, and both of his hands were closed tightly. The body was arched and the back legs tucked towards the body. My first thought was to heal him in clinic, not with an attending audience around me, but in the safety and comfort of a treatment room. I asked Silas’s parents to please bring him to see me the very next day. Focusing on Silas I gave him two clear instructions, and he thrashed around quite violently as I spoke to his soul. I asked Silas to pass a test for me. I asked that he show me a sign that healing was what he wanted, because if he was tired then I would be able to tell him to move on instead… asking that he choose. Silas had been given three months to live. The Doctors explained that he was not making an enzyme that he needed as his gall bladder was redundant. This meant that sadly, little Silas had a virtually unprotected nervous system and that the myelin sheath of protection had broken down. Both parents

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looked so worn out and tired, but their devotion to their sick little boy was inspiring. Silas was wheeled to me the second time, and already his parents told me that he had eaten three meals, and appeared hungry. This was a promising sign. When the healing began Silas could only look at me. The violent movement in the chest stopped and Silas began to breathe deeply. As the parents watched Silas began to open one of his hands. He opened wide all the fingers and then turned his attention to the other hand which opened very slowly and closed again. Healing was sent and it appeared to send Silas off into a deep sleep. He closed his eyes, and I hoped he was taking in the healing properties sent to him with love. Silas screamed as he left me. He let out a terrifying scream and arched his body which made him hard to pick up. I felt that something had happened, and I hoped for the best. A week later and Silas still has one open hand. He is sleeping better than he ever has, and the violent movement is hardly there any more. His Doctors have said he can have surgery if he continues to thrive. My need to help him turn this all around has made me so grateful for just what I have. I will be in close contact with Silas’ parents, bless them they have slept better lately too. Love is the greatest healer, so please send yours to help this little boy: he needs and deserves, all the healing he can get!

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

KENNY, MY husband is so stubborn. He won’t come to you for healing, but I know the difference that healing can give him, as I have worked with healers myself in the UK. What can I do? Marjorie K Marjorie, try to heal him yourself. I know it is harder to heal those that we love, but your need for him to be healed can conquer all that. With some practical details I can send distance healing, which may seem second best, but is better than nothing. I have healed so many that I have never met. Let’s heal hubby together!

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

Quick or Cryptic Crossword

ACROSS 6. Malady (7) 7. Beneath (5) 9. Crease (5) 10. Least (7) 12. Command (11) 14. Component (11) 18. Unaffected (7) 19. Amusing (5) 21. Player (5) 22. Move forward (7) DOWN 1. Passage (5) 2. Keep (6) 3. Employ (3) 4. Maintain (6) 5. Assault (3,4) 8. Alcoholic cordial (7) 11. Moral (7) 13. Sovereign (7) 15. Coma (6) 16. Usual (6) 17. Negligent (5) 20. Uneven (3)

ACROSS 6. Late tributes to somebody coming from the wars! (7) 7 & 9 Across. Could they be the barriers between political factions? (5-5) 9. See 7 Across 10. Daily record at the saw-mill? (3-4) 12. A man with unbelievable relations! (5-6) 14. He displays an advertisement for William’s watch (4-7) 18. Strike another match (7) 19. Could possibly be synonymous with power (5) 21. Young attendants used by bookmakers (5) 22. One who will produce hand-made predictions (7) DOWN 1. Put your weight on a rung of the ladder (5) 2. Plaque that shows a different battle (6) 3. No-one who is brazen will be cast! (3) 4. A jagged point will get the Spanish fish (6) 5. Swimming movements for oarsmen! (7) 8 & 20 Down. Get in touch with the fellow - he’s an intermediary (7,3) 11. See 17 Down 13. According to the letter, it’s illuminated with real variation (7) 15. He conducts the German songs we hear (6) 16. This is quite a problem - give me a gin well mixed (6) 17 & 11 Down. Could they be authors of “The Wraith” and “The Phantom Spirit”? (5-7) 20. See 8 Down


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HIV: the basic facts (Part 1) HIV (HUMAN Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus identified in the 1980’s. It attacks the immune system and can lead to serious infections and cancers. THE VIRUS is present in blood and genital fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids and moisture in the rectum. It is also present in breast milk. HOW IS HIV TRANSMITTED? • Through unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex • Sharing drugs and injecting equipment • Mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding FACTORS THAT INCREASE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF HIV VIRUS: • The amount of virus in the person with HIV, the more virus in the body will increase the risk of transmission • Unprotected anal intercourse is riskier than unprotected vaginal intercourse and oral intercourse • If other sexually transmitted infections are present this will enable the transmission of the HIV virus to enter the body HIV IS NOT TRANSMITTED BY: • Hugging, kissing, shaking hands

• Sharing cutlery or crockery with someone who is HIV positive • Sneezing, coughing or spitting HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CONTRACTING HIV VIRUS: • Use condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex • If you inject drugs do not share needles or any other drug equipment HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE HIV? Approximately 30-60% of people will have symptoms. Symptoms occur 2-4 weeks after exposure to virus, and last a few weeks. This is known as seroconversion. Symptoms are generally similar to flu symptoms such as aches, fever, sore throat, rash and swollen glands. The only way to know if you are HIV positive is to visit your local Sexual Health Clinic or ask your Doctor for a test. If you have had general blood tests at your family doctors or hospital in the past it is unlikely that you have been tested for HIV. In Part 2 we will look at the importance of early diagnosis, latest treatments and improved prognosis.

Article written by Carmel Consultancy, Sexual Health Care Specialist, Family Medical Centre, Albir. Dedicated Sexual Heath Service phone number: 96 502 0534


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Clinica Dental Costa Blanca FOR MANY, going to the dentist is often a stressful experience, but at ‘Clinica Dental Costa Blanca’ it is anything but.

CENTRALLY LOCATED in the heart of the Old Town on Avd de Martinez – almost opposite the Ale Hop store at the bottom of the Avd Ruzafa, you can´t fail to miss the huge green tooth sign hanging outside. If coming from the Rincon de Loix , go to the end of the Avd Mediterraneo and then walk to the top of Calle Gambo –the pedestrianized street and you will see the clinic at the end to your right. The clinic is situated on the first floor and upon entering you are instantly put at ease by the tranquil relaxing environment. Dr Thomas Anton together with Dra Rosa Zaragoza & dental assistant Lisa are all completely fluent in English – often a stumbling block for many and over half of their clients are British. They are open Monday to Friday from 10:00am till 2:00pm then again from 4:00pm until 7:00pm – however, they are always on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for emergencies (contact 695 055 330). Dr Anton is proud to have built a practice based on quality, honesty and a commitment

to providing his patients with the highest quality dental care – his soothing and gentle approach will put even the most nervous patient instantly at ease. He has been practicing dentistry in Benidorm since 1991 and moved to the current premises in 1997. The clinic has all the most up to date, modern high tec equipment, including a digital panoramic x-ray machine. In addition standard dental work they also offer other dental services such as teeth whitening, veneers and dental implants – for which a specialist comes in who has successfully carried out over 10,000 implants. ´Clinica Dental Costa Blanca´ offer free check ups and estimates for work and procedures and will provide any holiday makers requiring emergency work with fully itemized invoices for insurance claims. Out of his work environment Dr Anton is an accomplished sculptor – specializing in alabaster and marble, who has exhibited his works in many prestigious venues. For more information call 96 586 4777 or visit www.clinicadentalcostablanca.com

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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Changing verbs from second to third person singular WE ARE well on the way to understanding one of the most fundamental things about Spanish verbs and that is that a subtle change of a couple of letters makes a big difference to the meaning. This is so alien to us English speakers and really explains why we develop such a phobia about them. Another reason for our angst about verbs is that unlike the Spanish, who study their own language in a very conventional way at school, most of us have little grounding in English grammar so therefore are at a complete disadvantage if someone starts to teach us Spanish in a grammatical way. And there’s a third reason! When you are born into a particular language community your brain develops according to the language that you are brought up speaking, so trying to convince your brain to put words together differently is a bit like trying to make a computer use a program that it is not designed for. These reflections are supposed to encourage you rather than make you want to give up! It is my belief that if someone really wants to learn and has the language explained to them in a way they can relate to, then they will slowly grasp it and start to make progress. This requires patience and also a certain amount of self-belief and self-confidence. If you say you’ll never learn it, you never will. If you are positive and determined to go forward, you will, in your own way and at your own pace. So, the fact is that in English we hardly make any changes to verbs. Take a verb like “play” – it can only change to “plays” “played” and “playing” – that’s it! Any other information we want to communicate, about who plays or when they play, has to be done by adding other words, such as people words: I, you, he, she, we, they and other little words like : do, did, does, will, won’t, be, am, are is etc. So in English we make combinations like: “he plays”, “they will play”, “I have played”, or “she will be playing”. In Spanish we can indicate the same information of who and when by changing the endings of the verbs themselves. Whereas “play” in English only has four possible forms, its equivalent in Spanish will have about 50 variations!

But the good news is that we have already started to see and accept this gradually, as in the course of these articles we have learnt some of these subtle variations. For example we now know all of this about the verb “speak”: hablar (to speak) hablo (I speak), hablas (you speak – informal), habla (you speak – formal). But now to what I promised you for today – how to change verbs so that they mean “he” or “she” does something. This is just so easy! All we have to do is take the informal “you” form and remove the letter “s” If this operation looks familiar to you it should do, as it is identical to the way we produce the formal “you” or usted version. As usual, some practical examples are needed. Hablo inglés - I speak English Hablas inglés - You speak English (informal) Habla inglés - You speak English (formal) Habla inglés - He speaks English, she speaks English. Voy a dormir - I’m going to sleep Vas a dormir - You are going to sleep (informal) Va a dormir - You are going to sleep (formal) Va a dormir - He is going to sleep, she is going to sleep. In the sincere hope that you are still with me and that all this is meaning something – I will now anticipate another question that you might ask, as people often do. If the same form is used to mean “you”, “he” and “she”, then how on earth do we know which one is meant in a sentence? Aha – the answer to this is easy! It is the real life context that tells us. Just as in English, if I say “he speaks English” I assume you know who “he” is, otherwise I would add the person’s name: “Bill speaks English”. Similarly in Spanish, we assume knowledge of the person otherwise we have to add that information: “Bill habla inglés”. If however I am referring to “you” in a polite way and not to a “he” or a “she”, then if necessary I can add the word usted just to make this clear.

Norwegian Day celebrations in Alfaz

By Irena Bodnarec TOMORROW IS Norway´s Constitution Day and an official national holiday observed in Norway on 17th May. The town of Alfaz del Pi has the highest concentration of Norwegians registered outside of Norway and a day that is embraced and also celebrated here every year. Many of the 2,500 residents will take part in the celebrations, dressed in their colourful national costume. A parade will set off from the Hotel Moli at the top end of Alfaz at 11am and make its way past the church and to the main square in front of the Casa de Cultura, where the Mayor Vicente Arques, will deliver a speech at 11.30am. An afternoon of cultural activities will then take place at the Parque de la Paz, opposite the newly opened Norwegian Social Club to which everyone is welcome.

Costa Blanca’s first Gospel Choir

DO YOU enjoy singing? Do you like Soul, Rhythm and Harmony? Come along and join the Costa Blanca’s first Gospel Choir! Joyful Gospel Costablanca is a friendly, multinational choir rehearsing every Wednesday from 2pm till 4:30pm at the Teatro del Sol, C/ Paris 9, Urb. Bello Horizonte, La Nucia. Look for the choir’s page on Facebook or email Ruth Zange at info@joygospel.nl for more information.

Swing...just let it be By Jack Troughton TOP JAZZ pianist Richard Busiakiewicz – who boasts an impeccable CV including playing at Paul McCartney’s wedding – makes up a five piece playing the very best of Duke Ellington in Javea on Friday 23rd May. The band is fronted by the ever-popular Enric Peidro on tenor sax and this talented bunch will play a complete programme of arrangements from the Duke’s songbook at the Parador Hotel. Enric has called on some of his favourite jazz ‘amigos’ for the night. Pianist Richard is one of the most respected UK jazz musicians, he regularly gets on stage with visiting American musicians – and as well as playing for the former Beatle, he has tickled the ivories at a private party ‘at home’ for rock star Bryan Adams, and helped out at Prince Charles’ birthday bash at the Ritz in front of the Queen and other Royals. Joining Enric and Richard onstage at the Parador is the Spanish pairing of trumpeter Fede Crespo and Jodri Vila on bass. The quintet is completed by American drummer Jeff Jerolamon. It promises to be a ‘swingsational’ event – for one unique night only – and seats are on sale now at 12.50€ each. The concert starts at 8.30pm and tickets can be purchased directly at the hotel’s reception desk or by email to Saxman Enric reservasjazzparado@gmail.com


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with Aunty Virus

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PC making a crashing noise DEAR AUNTY: I am running Windows 7 but recently when starting up it makes a crash noise and says that it is missing a file to start up. The file is: c:\users\sueandsyd\AppData\Local\Conduit\ BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll: I ignore it and continue and it seems to work okay. I have Avast antivirus and also registry pro installed and have run both of these to try and find the file. I tried restoring to an earlier time but it said could not because of missing file. I’m at a loss - can you help? Sue. Aunty says: It looks like you have installed some software that as part of the default install process has installed the ‘conduit’ search system. This is some malware that takes over your home page and search engine options. This is why when you install software, especially ‘free’ software from internet download, to do an expert install, you can see and choose what is installed and what options will be changed on your PC. It may be that your Avast /RegPro may have removed some part of the Conduit software, but not all of it, hence the error messages. To remove conduit fully and properly, you have to do the following: Uninstall the Conduit software programs via Control Panel Remove Conduit from Internet Explorer, Chrome, or other web browser you are using. Remove Conduit from your PC. How to do this is detailed at this link: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/search-conduit-virus-removal/

Scammers

HI AUNTY: Just read this week’s column about the scammers giving a Glasgow phone number. I have had calls on two consecutive days this week which came from 00212777345 a Moroccan number! The background noise simulated a call centre. Knowing that we are onto them via newspapers such as RTN, the scammers are obviously changing tactics! Jo. Aunty says: Many thanks for that information. But I would say the scammers are able to use a number of numbers if they wish to...

Computer running slowly GOOD DAY AUNTY: With the demise of Microsoft Security Essentials I have installed Avast Antivirus on my XP desktop. I already had Malwarebytes Antimalware installed. Since installing Avast, the PC speed has slowed considerably. Have you any advice and should I delete Microsoft Security Essentials? Barrie.

Aunty says: The reason your PC will have slowed is that you have two Antivirus programs running at the same time - MSE and Avast. Each file the PC opens to run, both will be scanning that file - slowing the PC down. Uninstalling MSE would be a start. Also note that if using XP then use a different internet browser, like Chrome or Firefox, to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. IE is no longer supported in XP, and so no new security updates will be made should an exploit be found. Chrome and Firefox will continue to be XP supported for the foreseeable future, and should therefore be more secure than IE.

Crossword Solutions for Last Week CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Matches; 7 Bound; 9 Act; 10 Breakdown; 12 Close second; 15 Dance for joy; 17 Stampeded; 19 Tip; 21 Media; 22 Drought. Down: 1 March; 2 Ice; 3 Bear; 4 Conductor; 5 Untwine; 8 Raiser; 11 Blackmail; 13 Soften; 14 Bay-tree; 16 Right; 18 Eire; 20 Cue. QUICK SOLUTION Across: 6 Display; 7 Later; 9 Due; 10 Delivered; 12 Drunkenness; 15 Precipitate; 17 Conscious; 19 Top; 21 Felon; 22 Clarity. Down: 1 Minus; 2 Apt; 3 Rate; 4 Paternity; 5 Release; 8 Bisect; 11 Precision; 13 Napkin; 14 Crooked; 16 Booty; 18 Ugly; 20 Ire.

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Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder & VCR THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder & VCR. In recent weeks we’ve been looking at solutions to keeping those outdated media available on modern technology. Today it’s the turn of the good old VHS tape, and you could say soon to join it DVD! In these days of digital this, on demand that and live streaming the other, many people still want to be able to play their VHS tapes or DVD collection without having to resort to hooking up something to their PC and converting it to a media file. They just want to put in the tape or load the DVD and watch. Well now it’s easy with the Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder & VCR: no need for separate VHS and DVD players - and it’ll even copy your VHS to recordable DVD disk too! Connecting to your TV is a cinch an HDMI connection makes it easy to connect to your High Definition TV and the Toshiba can upscale standard definition DVDs too. There is support for a wide range of DVD and CD formats, as well as DivX movie downloads, digital photos and MP3 CDs. Don’t worry if your television does not have an HDMI connection, standard SCART sockets and audio/video RCA outputs are also available so the Toshiba will connect to anything you may have. But the real deal winner is the VHS recording capability.

Not only will the Toshiba play your copy of Mary Poppins, but if you insert a recordable DVD disc it’ll copy it for you too. So now you can transfer that valuable VHS recording to DVD and keep it safe for the future. The Toshiba also provides USB connectivity should you wish to playback your compatible videos, music and photos. DivX movies, JPEG photos and MP3 music are all easy – just plug the memory stick into the USB port and play. A built-in Freeview tuner with up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations is also included – though this will not work in Spain, only if you take the player to the UK. The Inspectors Verdict: The Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder & VCR provides the perfect one box solution for

those old VHS and DVD players, and allows you to continue enjoying your movie collection. And with the added bonus of being able to copy your VHS tapes to DVD you’ve no need to worry about wearing out that valuable and probably irreplaceable VHS tape! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement – Visit www.gadget-hound. co.uk/toshiba-vhs-dvd to purchase the Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder & VCR for 265€. The mains lead is fitted with a UK style 3-pin plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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

Great drive - shame about the chip! IF YOU check your score card after each round and then analyse where you spent most of your time, it would be within close proximity of the pin. And yet it is unlikely that you spend more than 25% of any practice time on that aspect of your game. “I’M JUST going to hit a few balls in the driving range,” is the norm. Why is that? Is it because the short game is less exciting? I can confirm that without exception my best rounds have been those when my putter was ‘working’, or my wedge was ‘performin’’. What a difference that can make and yet how many times have we enjoyed a good drive off the tee then lobbed it too close to a bunker or run off the back, thereby ensuring that our awesome drive is followed by a less than awesome chip or three putts. Then as you smash your wedge into the ground you ask yourself: “Why did I do that?” So you take two shots to travel 300 yards and then three more to travel 25 yards. Does that sound familiar? ALL MEN ARE EQUAL There have been occasions when my putter has rescued me from total humiliation and for the high handicapper it is the one club that should be as friendly to you as it is to the scratch player.

Justin Rose

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Head Other courses Campbell: We must take the opportunity of getting out to some of our local courses over the summer. Tony M: Yes, although we have intended to do that in the past we rarely manage it. Campbell: We are so well placed here with some of the best courses in Spain right on our doorstep.

The putter is the one club that should be friendly to you

You do not need lots of muscle control. Being super fit is great but once on the green all men are created equal - only some are more equal than others and these are the guys who spend a fair proportion of their practise regime on their short game and putting. I have no closely guarded secret that will knock shots off your next round but I can share with you a putting routine that has benefited me and so, with no guarantees whatsoever, here it is: I have noticed that most people practising with their putter do so from the same distance and in the same direction whereas I have found that by using a clock formation I can work on various lengths and speeds. So I will place three balls at varying distance from the pin starting at a position of twelve o’clock. I then try to sink each one in no more than one shot. I persist with this until I am successful with all three. Then I move to 3 o’clock and repeat the exercise; then onto six o’clock and nine o’clock. I have found this exercise has a significant effect

on my level of concentration and hence beneficial results on the golf course. RULE 18.4 - TV Is this a bit of good news for the application of common sense? During the Players Championship over the past weekend Justin Rose was penalised two shots because his ball moved just as he was about to play it. However, the movement was only discernible if you watched it in slow motion and on a High Definition TV. The application of Rule 18.4 allows officials to determine that the movement was of such insignificance that no penalty should be applied, and so the two shots were replaced on Justin’s scorecard. Having aired my views on this issue on numerous occasions no one will be surprised that I am applauding this decision very loudly and I will take it as one small step in the right direction to ensure that trial by armchair jury becomes a thing of the past. Now about that long handled putter…!

Tony M: That’s right and every week we have reports on Bay Radio about how good these courses are. There is only one small drawback… Campbell: Go on then… Tony M: Well I like to play very early so I tend to tee off no later than 8am. Campbell: I expect that is so you can then have the rest of the day for other activities. Tony M: No it is so I can have some lunch and then nod-off in the sun.


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road test

In a league of its own BENTLEY AND Maserati had experienced a double digit growth during 2012 and so it was no better a time to test a Maserati GranTurismo, as owned by pop star Britney Spears. Other owners include Manchester City star Mario Balotelli, who famously gave his a matt finish while Arsenal defender Andre Santos was arrested on suspicion of driving his dangerously following a 140mph police chase. That is a lesson to us all because the unique selling point of a Maserati is that it is a road going racing car at a pretty reasonable price (between £83,000 and a £111,000) when you consider the cost of a typical racing car. Any vehicle is a lethal weapon but the Maserati GTS is in a league of its own meaning that its pilot carries with them tremendous responsibility. The temptation to floor this beast (and that grille does literally make it look like a monster as you can see at testdrives.biz) at every opportunity is immense and therefore young owners such as the aforementioned need to be particularly careful when behind the wheel. “There’s little skill required in driving such a car,” says a long-in-the-tooth motoring hack, eyeing the six-speed automatic gearbox. “You don’t even need to think about changing gear, which is why it appeals to mindless footballers…” That’s perhaps a little unfair and I detect a hint of jealousy as I show him round the pearlescent white GTS. The fact of the matter is that it is possible to drive it as a manual thanks to the

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

paddle shifts either side of the steering wheel. It’s also important to note that Maserati is a responsible manufacturer that offers driving courses for both owners and enthusiasts, details of which can be found here: http://www.maserati. com/maserati/en/en/index/service.html For sheer seat-of-the-pants driving and gut-wrenching G-force it takes much to beat a Maserati. Add the unmistakable throaty roar of the dual exhausts and the rumble this brute produces it is no surprise that Maserati has been a beacon of light during the bleak slump. Car experts Parkers write: “More than 60 years ago, the idea of slotting a racing car engine under the bonnet of a road-going model-led Maserati to create its first GranTurismo model. The dream and the name have lived on through the years and the latest rendition - another masterpiece of design from Pininfarina - won instant acclaim when it was launched at the end of 2007. It is hardly surprising that this GranTurismo has customers queuing around the world. Arguably the most attractive car of its kind currently available, it oozes the

opulence and feel of a thoroughbred and presents stiff opposition to the evergreen Porsche 911 and the revitalized Jaguar XKR. With 433bhp available from its 4.7-litre V8, performance is exhilarating.” Owners will be able to afford regular track days or might even own the race track ensuring that they will be able to enjoy the GT at its best: blisteringly fast. MASERATI GRANTURISMO S New price range: 103,000€ to 138,000€ Economy: 17mpg 6 speed auto 4.7 litre V8 0-60mph: 4.7secs Top speed: 183mpg Power: 433bhp Valves: 32 Fuel tank: 86 litres (18.9 gallons) = 320 miles to a tank 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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POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080500 www.pristineswimmingpools.com NO CALLOUT CHARGE. SEE MAIN ADVERT ON FRONT PAGE OF CLASSIFIEDS Why go to the shop? When we come to you saving you time and money! SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048 www.pooltechspain.com

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

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

3 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME in lovely spanish village of Jacarilla.Kitchen Diner,Large Bathroom,Garage,Lounge with Fireplace.Lovely country walks.110,000€ ONO 622 380 290 DETATCHED VILLA SAN MIGUEL 3 Bedrooms,2 Bathrooms,LoungeDining,kitchen,Utilty room,Garage,Swimming pool,Storage.Excellent condition,Part Furnished.149,500€ Contact agent TEL:966798222

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HOUSES WITH LAND CASITA PEGO,75 square metres and 3,449 square metre plot with orange trees.79,000€. MOUNTAINHOUSE GATA DE GORGOS,160 square metres and 825 square metre plt,75,000€. BENIMELI MOUNTAINSIDE PLOT,54,000 square metres with house,45 square metres,only 37,000€. 629991543

ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTS & REMOVALS SPAIN-UK-SPAIN Van leaving Spain 28 May and then leaving UK on 3 June. Regular Trips. From parcel to full load. International, Local & Storage: affordable and Reliable Service. Fully Insured. Tel. Wayne on 633 933 391 email: spainukremovals1@gmail.com www.roadrunnertransports.com

GREAT VALUE IN JACARILLA Large 3 bedroom apartment, fantastic views, 20mins from the beach and golf courses in the lovely Spanish village of Jacarrila. Price €295 per month. Please call Michael UK 00447831123631

SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. www. moneycorp.com/roundtownnews

SOPHIE ESCORT Slim elegant naughty lady. Hotel/home visit available. Tel:693 357 526 GENERIC VIAGRA EXCLUSIVE First time in Spain 120mgs. Also Kamagra 100mgs, Generic Cialis 20mgs, and jellies. Local and Nationwide service. Pay on Delivery. www.costablues.com or phone Colin 680 878 735

LOCK UP GARAGE required, long term rent to house classic car.Anywhere within 10 kms of Javea. Phone 628 842 646 LONG TERM RENTAL WANTED Cartagena/Los Alcazares area. Unfurnished,2 Bedroom minimum. Outside space,Terrace/Garden.Retired English Lady with a small dog. sunrainbow333@gmail.com LOG CABIN TO LET in Pego.Fully fenced and private.For more info Call: 965048483/675878601 VILLA FOR LONG TERM RENTAL 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms,Fully Furnished,Own Garden,Communal Pool.La Regia area area.For more information Call:603 276 598

VAN LEAVING UK TO SPAIN 1st June,Returning Spain to UK 10th June, space available 0034679042805 / 0044(0)7552985343 keithmarion9@yahoo.co.uk

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628 191 897 eduardo@roundtownnews.com

SPANISH MOVES Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken also pet transport catered for. www. spanishmoves.net. Telephone UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 960 130 537


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SPANISH SEMI INTENSIVE COURSES only 5euros per hour. Small groups,Explanations in English. All Levels.San Miguel de Salinas. Email info@elprincipecentre.com, Ring 965999047/696102874 or visit the website www.elprincipecentre.com

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

LOST YOUR ENGLISH TV CHANNELS? - DON’T WANT MONTHLY FEES! Free UKTV, Free PREMIUM Movies, Free Sky Sports, Free Catchup, Free Adult, From only 129e For more info visit: www.costasmarttv.com or Tel: 657 766 341

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

RECORDS AND CDS WANTED Pop,Rock,Jazz,Blues.Top Cash Paid. 630665363 I BUY RECORDS LP’S SINGLES AND CD’s ANY STYLE, JAZZ, BLUES, POP, PUNK, ROCK, ETC... TOP CASH PAID. 622 750 117 TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/663-012-541

SIERRA COMMS No Landline necessary. Wireless! Internet and Phone. Calls to UK or other European countries FREE to Landlines. Also with a UK number which is routed to Your home in Spain. Give us a call: 965993259 Mobile: 693051612. UK 07540932133. www.sierracomms. com dunlinservices@yahoo.com



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