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Government “targeted” Ark pensions by Jack Troughton THE DISASTER of a pension unlocking scheme was triggered by the authorities making “an example” of a company allowing investors early access to their pension pots. People who transferred existing pensions into Ark Business Consulting were promised a “no risk” and tax free scheme which allowed them to draw down half of their private pension value through a system of loans. However, since a High Court Judge ruled the scheme unlawful in 2011, the investors are said to be “emotionally and financially crippled” as they are hounded to repay the cash advances and face huge tax bills. The Ark Pensions Class Action representing 486 victims in the UK and Spain and sources close the design and marketing of the Ark in Britain agreed this week that the state had made an example of Ark – sending a warning shot across the bows of other similar schemes promising pension liberation before the minimum age of 55. RTN was told the Pension Regulator, its appointment of new trustees Dalriada, and HM Revenue and Customs, had subjected the scheme to “a monu-

mental stitch up” to make an example of Ark. And Angie Brooks, who heads the class action group, said there were other companies offering people early access to pensions. “The authorities made an example of Ark. It was splashed all over the press and internet – the government made an example of it.” Ark ran six pension schemes and allowed a member half their pot by making reciprocal loans of equal value between the companies, the remainder to be invested - a system known as Maximising Pension Value Arrangements (MPVA) or Pension Reciprocation Payments (PRP). Mr Justice Bean described the loans as “unauthorised payments” and “beyond the scope of the powers” of the trustees, and a “fraud on the power of investment”. He explained the “time-honoured” phrase was misleading to the layman but did not mean dishonesty but a financial entity acting beyond its powers. And he said of Ark: “The MPVA loans were beyond the scope of their powers, and made for an ulterior purpose. The fact that everyone involved in the transactions wished to validate MPVA loans does not prevent the loans from being a fraud on the trustees’ powers.” Continued on page 3

Saint honoured

A STATUE of the Virgen de los Desamparados arrived by boat in Moraira to mark the 75th anniversary of her arrival in the coastal community. A cheering crowd – many in traditional dress – threw rose petals as the patron saint of the helpless and abandoned was paraded to the parish church for a special mass.


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Emergency vehicle is life saver by Jack Troughton

Keith hands Simon the car keys (left)

Continued from front page The Ark source, who asked not to be named, maintained that based on “counsel’s opinion”, the loans were lawful and “were not unauthorised payments” but exploiting loopholes in current legislation. He said the architect of the Ark system was convinced, backed by legal opinion; it was “absolutely legal, pukka, above board and worked.” And RTN was told such was the publicity given to Ark, the independent Pension Regulator spurred into action and appointed Dalriada Trustees to recover loans, claw back Ark investments, and run the pension scheme. The source attacked Dalriada’s handling of investors’ money . “The extraction of fees is doing more damage than anything – that’s the terrifying part, it’s unbelievable.

“It is also unbelievable that as trustees, the money they hold in banks as cash – which represents millions of pounds – is not being invested and that’s not protecting members.” He added: “The trustees appointed by the Regulator are working in cahoots with the Regulator and working in cahoots with the HMRC. “Anger should be rightly directed between Dalriada in the first instance and HMRC in the second.” However, the Ark Pensions Class Action, which acts for Ark members and people involved in similar schemes involving MPVA or PRP or pension liberation, also has financial advisors selling the scheme in its sights. Angie Brooks believes the “disaster” has ruined almost 500 people’s lives leaving “normal people in pieces, some

THE NEW emergency vehicle donated to the Proteccion Civil in Benidoleig was scrambled within hours of its arrival for duty. The gleaming 4X4 had just been collected from a garage when it was needed in the response to help a man who had suffered a heart attack. The vehicle was bought with a 5,000€ donation from the Masonic Home of Valencia Association after an appeal for help from the newly formed volunteer team of Proteccion Civil in the Marina Alta village. And speaking at an official handover this week, association secretary Keith Hart said: “It has already been in use and saved someone’s life – as far as I am concerned, it has already paid for itself.” Keith said the association had been happy to help the team, as for the time being there was no money available from the local authority, and the money had paid for the vehicle, its equipment, special lights and paint work. Simon Lunn, the Proteccion Civil’s co-ordinator, said: “We had just picked it up from the garage and we had to attend to a guy who had just had a heart attack. “He had managed to get out to the drive of his home and we got there and helped stabilise him until the ambulance arrived. – it was a very satisfying result for us.” Simon said thanks to a number of charities, businesses and associations the team were “doing very well” in terms of equipment and it was already playing a key role in the community and helping out elsewhere.

who cannot sleep, work or function.” She said people selling financial advice had two compelling reasons for doing so – firstly, to make money in fees from their expertise. “Secondly, you have to care about the interests of the people you represent – you have to care about their financial security. Are they going to starve or have a home to live in? That’s the bottom line.” Angie said the action group’s ‘mission’ was to give members “clarity, transparency, justice, and action to get their pensions back and be put into the position they should have been in before their original pensions were transferred to Ark or any other pension liberation scheme.” For more information about the action group contact Angie at or go to its Facebook page at Ark Pensions Disaster.


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Fire watch

Ceiling collapses in Benidorm bar

VOLUNTEERS HAVE begun the annual ‘fire watch’ in Javea hoping to avoid a natural disaster in the tinderbox dry woodland and undergrowth this summer.

The ban on lighting fires in woods and parks has been brought forward

by Jack Troughton Because of the prolonged drought and the risk of a blaze, the town hall yesterday (Thursday) began to its specialised monitoring service – normally staged in the months of July, August and September. Teams from the Proteccion Civil supported by the Volunteer Firemen of Balcon Al Mar are on standby

– backed with fire fighting equipment – as the local services are usually first on the scene and key to preventing a tragedy. The town hall has already brought forward the ban on lighting fires in woods and parks which will run until 30th September – and the teams will play a part in insuring residents and visitors comply with the rules. The council also hopes the public

will respect these rules and take note of all the warnings posted on signposts, pointing out the dangers across the municipality. And the public is also urged to help out when fires are spotted by immediately calling the emergency number 112 or the local police on 96 579 0081. Pictured is a plane dropping flame retardant chemicals on a forest fire that swept across woodland last year.

LAST SUNDAY afternoon, the ceiling of one of Benidorm´s most popular seafront bars, – Daytona Rock, located along the Levante promenade, collapsed onto customers. The American style bar opened in 2002 and attracts huge crowds thanks to its atmosphere and live entertainment – with music enthusiasts flocking to listen to the rock bands. The incident occurred at approximately 3:00pm while the bar was packed, but fortunately as the weather was sunny many of the customers were outside. The staff were quick to evacuate everyone from the premises and thankfully only three needed hospital attention. The suspended ceiling was predominantly an insulation and sound-proofing layer and workmen were already at work within a couple of hours. A management statement said that the bar should be re-open in a week.

The race is on for summer jobs!

VALENCIA’S PINEDO Beach hosted a series of selection trials this week for the 140 summer jobs available for coastal safety and rescue staff. There were 884 applicants vying for positions as medics, nurses, lifeguards and ambulance drivers! Such jobs attract a vast number of applicants each summer from the ranks of the unemployed all over Spain. The trials require a high level of fitness and interviewers pick successful entrants from a selection of university graduates unable to find work elsewhere. One of the lucky chosen said: “I need this job as I have nothing else but actually it’s a great way to spend the summer!”

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Early warning system by Jack Troughton MAYOR OF Jesus Pobre, Javier Scotto di Tella Manresa has appealed to Labour International members to help him build a list of residents’ phone numbers to warn people of any emergency. The initiative comes after a recent blaze on the Montgo National park when homes were evacuated as a precaution. The PSOE mayor said he wanted to make contact with expat residents in Jesus Pobre to give “early warning messages” in the future. He attended Labour International Costa Blanca’s may meeting with Pepa Gisbert – secretary of Javea PSOE – to update members on the progress of the socialist party’s European Election Campaign and appealed for help at polling stations on Sunday 25th may. The branch also had a discussion on the issue of Scottish Independence. Labour is supporting the ‘No’ vote and participating in the cross-party ‘Better together Campaign’. Anyone wishing to join the emergency list can contact Javier on 96 575 6611 or via


White Dee to lose her benefits after Spanish spree

BENEFITS STREET personality White Dee is reportedly to lose her monthly £404 benefit payout following her April Magaluf holiday, widely publicised in both the British and Spanish press. DWP officials investigated her entitlement to the cash prompted by news reports of 42-year-old White Dee drinking champagne, shots (which she now says were actually water) and cocktails and attending a wet t-shirt competition despite claiming she was unable to work due to depression. The mother of two insists she has “done nothing wrong” and claims that she has declared all her earnings to the DWP.

Zut alors! Our stations are too small!

Javier and Pepa in Labour international t-shirts

THE FRENCH railway operator SNCF has ordered 1,860 trains that are too wide to fit into the stations for which they are intended. Worse, they are too big for two trains to pass one another side by side! The blunder occurred due to SNCF management placing the order based on documentation produced using measurements of 30 years ago. SNCF has so far admitted to having to make structural alterations to six affected stations at a cost of €50 million. However, French publication Le Canard Enchaîné reports that the figure could spiral dramatically to around €240 million as it is likely that 1,300 platforms out of the existing 8,700 in the French rail network will require costly expansion. Meanwhile France’s formidable ‘Iron Lady’, Ecology and Transport Minister Marie-Segolene Royal, is livid, calling the SNCF “irresponsible” and “stupid.” She said: “I am dismayed by this decision taken by leaders who are locked in their offices - Parisians who have no contact with reality!” The trains are reported to be around 10” too large.

Reliable witness to Carrasco shooting by Jan Gamm AN EYE WITNESS account of the tragic murder of PP politician Isabel Carrasco on 12th May has confirmed that 55-year-old Maria Montserrat Gonzalez, her face covered with a blue scarf, carried out the shooting as her daughter, 35year-old Triana Monserrat Martinez, watched from the riverbank. The witness, a retired police officer, clearly saw the events unfold as he walked near the river with his wife, alleging that Carrasco was shot once in the back and fell, then shot twice more as she lay on the ground before the killer fled, passing

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the murder weapon to her daughter, both leaving the scene “briskly but calmly” but shortly apprehended by police. Both suspects, along with a third woman allegedly suspected of aiding and abetting the crime, are being held in a Leon prison following the mother’s confession. The killing is alleged to be motivated by revenge. In 2011, the daughter’s temporary contract with the León provincial council ended and another candidate was selected as her replacement. In the labour dispute that followed, the council claimed to have mistakenly ‘overpaid’ Martinez by 12,000€ and demanded the return of Condolence the money. Just days before Carrasco was killed, flowers and candles the court found in favour of the council and the placed on daughter was required to pay 6,500€. the bridge

Montserrat hands over Cullera mayor gets his fingers burned with half a million in tax possible negligence charges

POPULAR SOPRANO Montserrat Caballé has returned half a million euros in tax to the Spanish treasury following accusations by state prosecutors in April that she failed to declare earnings from concerts in 2010. Magistrates interviewed the 81-year-old star at her Barcelona residence over allegations that she evaded the half million in tax. At first the opera diva denied the charges, telling the authorities to sing for their money, but later paid 300,000€ with the balance left outstanding. Following a further hearing on 9th May, the balance of 208,000€ has been handed over.

A PUBLIC Ministry inquiry could lead to the imputation of Cullera’s mayor, Ernesto Sanjuan with reference to the fire that caused significant damage to Cullera Castle on 26th April when fireworks from an organised display started a blaze. The firework display went ahead despite the presence of a Level 3 risk warning throughout the region. The mayor will be questioned on decisions made to hold the display on also why the firework celebrations continued even after the hillside went up in flames. The prosecutor has provided all the mayors of the province of Valencia with a decree to prevent disasters caused by negligence or lack of responsibility, reminding municipal authorities that shooting fireworks as part of organised activities does not exempt those responsible from liability.


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All change at WIB WOMEN IN business, the Costa Blanca networking and charity club, is in need of change and a new direction, members heard at the Annual General Meeting. by Jack Troughton Although the committee stepped down at the meeting – and there were no volunteers to take over – consultation is ongoing discussing the future of the organisation. Currently there are discussions with people interested on taking on the business and networking side of the organisation. And it is possible the charity side, the key work with the victims of domestic violence and supporting the shelters, could be moved under the wing of a larger association. A WIB spokesperson said: “The club is in need of a change of direc-

tion and identity and it is hoped that a group of people can be found to take the association forward. “The committee maintains that all current responsibilities toward the shelters and charities that have been made will be fulfilled. The association is not closing down.” She added: “The committee would like to thank all our sponsors who have helped in the past year, the volunteers for their help at the events, members for making the exhibitions a success, and, of course, visitors to the exhibitions for their support.” And it is hoped a new committee will be elected to take over in due course. Further in-

Tio Ximo Chiringito THREE APPLICATIONS have been submitted for running the Chiringito beach hut at Tio Ximo Cove. The closing date has now terminated and the Technical Department of the Council are vetting the applications. The annual rent had already been established at 6,000 euros per year for a four year term and it will be open from June until September…. so don´t expect beer prices to be the same as in the Rincon!

formation is available at and details of continued networking meetings will be announced on The AGM also heard that fund raising in 2013 beat totals from 12 months earlier and were used to support the shelters and other charities – helped by generous donations for advertising, printing and costs of staging events. Members were also told of the success of the annual fairs held by A stall the association – and WIB had preat a sented Javea’s Parador Hotel with WIB fair a ‘Supporter’s Certificate’ for its at the help in staging events. Parador

Mayor Cesar Sanchez

Town hall’s open doors By Jack Troughton CALPE TOWN Hall’s website has gone multilingual from today (Friday 23rd May) to allow foreign residents to access information and have an input on community affairs. The council’s internet pages will now available in English, French, German, and Dutch, in a bid to make the local authority totally

transparent. And as well as a direct link to councillors, people will be able to find out up to date information about what is going on in the town and social events being staged – as well as being able to ask questions about current issues. Mayor Cesar Sanchez said through the website “we want to open the doors of the town hall”.


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UK gets voting lesson CANADA HAS given its citizens round the world the right to political representation in their homeland for life as British expats continue to fight for a voice. by Jack Troughton In a situation that closely parallels the relationship between the two countries and their expatriates, Canada dropped its five year rule on voting after leaving for foreign shores – the UK, despite criticism, maintains a 15 year deadline. A campaign to give Brits abroad a vote for life – supported by EU Vice President Viviane Reding - has been given a fresh impute by the Canadian Government recognising the significance and interests of her expats. Canada’s Supreme Court said the ban on voting rights after five years was “arbitrary and unreasonable” and underlined many Canadian expats “care deeply about their country”. And veteran campaigner Harry Shindler MBE commented: “Great Britain that one prided itself that it taught the world democracy, and whose people died to defend that democracy, is now being given a lesson in what democracy really means.

“The giving back to Canadian expats their right to vote by their government cannot now be ignored by the UK government. “It leaves our government sitting almost alone on the branch with Cyprus, Denmark, Ireland and Malta.” The 93-year-old former soldier, who lives in Italy, added: “Britain’s one million plus expats in Europe call on our government to follow the lead of the Canadian government and give us our right to vote at the next general election in 2015.” Margaret Hales MBE, who leads the campaign on the Costa Blanca, said she was “delighted” Canadians living abroad now enjoyed universal suffrage. “I assume Her Majesty has given her royal assent to the Canadian Act. How I wish she could do the same for us – Harry will the British Government ever listen to the people who Shindler elected them?” with For more information about the campaign, go to Viviane Reding

Teen under arrest for seditious Tweeting

A 19-YEAR-OLD Spanish man has been arrested for sending messages via Twitter that ‘justify’ last Monday’s murder of Spanish PP politician Isabel Carrasco. The messages read: “Put them in a row, or side by side, and give me an AK-47 and you’ll see how I get rid of these fascists.” Also – “Damn that’s how you do it. Let’s kill all of them.” And: “Now we just need to kill Rajoy and Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría,” he allegedly Tweeted, listing other Spanish politicians. Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, said on Tuesday that authorities would “crack down” on anyone posting such offensive content on social networks.

The sad statistics of eviction

IN 2013, a total of 49,700 families lost their homes to repossession according to The Bank of Spain – a worrying 11% more than in 2012. Of these, nearly 80% were the main residence of the evicted families. And more than 20,000 were evicted by judicial decision after reaching an agreement with the bank. Incidents of forcible evictions dropped by 57% from the previous year; the police called in to evict 346 families from their homes. Almost 18,000 homeowners vacated their properties voluntarily.

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Spain’s PP Euro candidate begs forgiveness for sexist comment

by Jan Gamm MIGUEL ARIAS Cañete, Spain’s PP candidate for the European elections, finally caved in to pressure on Tuesday and apologised for his sexist comments directed at his Socialist opponent, the PSOE’s Elena Valenciano. During a TV debate he labelled Valenciano “a defenceless woman,” sparking a barrage of social network comment that branded him “chauvinistic,” “sexist” and even compared him to a ‘gorilla’

and a ‘caveman’. The incident then spiralled into a political and public insult-hurling bunfight between the two rival parties. Finally the influential Esperanza Aguirre indicated that “…an apology would be made,” leaving Cañete with no option than to say: “Anyone who knows me knows what I am like and that I have always valued people regardless of whether they are a man or a woman. My career shows that. But if I have offended anyone, of course I beg their forgiveness.” Nicely put!




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Origin of the word ‘OK’ MARTIN VAN Buren, the eighth president of the USA, was born in the village of Kinderhook in the state of New York. Van Buren became a state representative of this district, later senator and finally president of The US for one term (1837-1841). When he first arrived to the state legislature representing Kinderhook and its ‘country bumpkins’, his erudite city-slicker colleagues (from NYC, Syracuse, Buffalo, etc.) mocked and kidded him for his farm boy roots and upbringing, but soon he became not only a good politician (if such an animal exists!) but also earned a reputation as a ‘decent’ humanitarian, often visiting and consoling children in hospitals and performing numerous charitable deeds in general.

Tacky methods by low-cost airlines

Owing to this reputation for warm-hearted kindness and decency, his colleagues began to refer to him affectionately as ‘Old Kinderhook’, and the nickname stuck forever. When finally he became a candidate for the presidency of the entire nation, his manager decided on the slogan: ‘Old Kinderhook for Prez’. But since the nickname didn’t fit on the campaign buttons they settled for the initials: ‘OK for Prez’. Van Buren was elected but unfortunately didn’t turn out to be an exceptional president, although his reputation as a decent, humane individual remained unsullied and intact. Since then people began to refer to almost anything that was good, valid or decent as ‘OK’. OK? Richard M McBride, Benidorm

REGARDING THE tacky methods used by low-cost airlines to nibble that extra bit of cash from you, Mr Weston (issue761) should know that Ryanair is still the king at this! For months now, they don’t allow you check-in your out-flight and return-flight at the same time unless you pay to choose a seat. They do this by reducing the check-in window for the return flight to seven days. (It doesn’t affect trips of less than seven days – at the moment!) Despicably, this means also that if you don’t pay to book a seat you may be separated from your partner or family members on the flight. This amounts to blackmail when you have children with you! It wouldn’t surprise one to think that travellers with the same surname are deliberately separated if they don’t pay the extra. Last time I travelled I swapped my (random) seat so a married couple could sit together for the flight! Charlie Dowling, Orihuela Costa

Car hire reluctance I HAD a similar experience to Michael Holdsworth last year. I also went back to the UK, to attend a funeral in May 2013. When I phoned to book the hire car, I was quoted a price of about £165. I pointed out that the price advertised in the local free newspaper was £99. I was then offered a car for £109, which I accepted. On returning the vehicle, the car was inspected by the security attendant who confirmed everything was okay but one month later when I received my statement, I was

charged an additional £50 plus £27 administration fee. I called the hire car company four times on a premium rate number, (at a cost of 35€) The damage was said to be a scratch on the front bumper. Although I pointed out the car had been inspected on returning the vehicle I was still charged the additional fee. I complained to my credit card company, who were unable to help. I would be very reluctant to hire another car in the future. Derek Hackney, Mazarron

Last century direction!

REGARDING THE report on new penalties for driving offences: whilst one can understand that some motorists may drive carelessly at some time in the course of a journey, albeit unintentionally, the ability of the police force to prosecute a possible offender of a traffic infringement purely on their say so, without stopping, photographing or producing any ‘physical’ evidence is to say the least a very frightening and sinister development in the thinking of the present Spanish government. This type of accusation would be very difficult to plead innocence to, since it would be solely the word of the charged against that of a policeman. We all trust that policemen are diligent and above all honest in their duties. However, past court cases have proven otherwise. With the pressure put on police by higher officials to achieve targets, one could see a big increase in fines - justified or not. With the imposition of the 720 tax disclosure recently one could well perceive that Spain is slowly being taken in a direction similar to that of Germany in the last century! David Knight, Beniarbeig

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Post code gender violence THE CATALAN Justice Department rejected 63% of applications for protection from violence last year. by Jan Gamm In Madrid 55% were rejected. In contrast, Murcia and La Rioja embraced protection for whistle-blowers. Effectively this means that you stand a better chance of receiving justice if you are being abused in Murcia than you might in the Catalan region! La Rioja rejected only 8% of applications – Murcia 14% and in Andalucia 37%. ‘Protection’ usually involves a person charged with gender violence wearing a GPS tracking device in the form of a bracelet. 3,000 of such bracelets are available – yet only 700 or so are in use. Pablo Jaime María Angeles, president of The Centre for Gender Violence and Research, said: “It is creepy that effective legal response is so varied in different communities.” The Centre is investigating the disparities in policies in different comA man munities within Spain in an effort to wearing unify the approach to tackling gender one of the violence countrywide. bracelets


Desperate stowaways

A PAIR of stowaways balanced precariously over the turning propellers of a ferry bound from Tangier to the Cadiz port of Tarifa in Southern Spain this week were apprehended by police as they attempted to enter the country illegally. Spanish police are becoming increasingly concerned by the high numbers of immigrants attempting to enter the country at serious risk to their own lives: this is the second such incident in only two weeks and more than 30 dangerous attempts have been made to slip into the country in engine cavities so far this year. The stowaways, aged 29 and 31, made the 20-mile journey from Tangier only inches from the deadly turning screws of the engine, perched on a narrow metal shelf. Border guards arrested them as they climbed off the ferry to go ashore.

eBay cyber-attack

ONLINE AUCTION and sales giant eBay advise that all members should change their passwords following a cyber-attack. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that a database containing encrypted passwords had been breached. The company confirmed that financial data, including credit card information, was stored separately and was safe. However, hackers were able to gain access to eBay employee log-ins, which in turn gave them access to encoded passwords. If you are an eBay user – change your password.


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Bring me sunshine...

FAMILIES LIVING in a “beleaguered” Zimbabwe village will each receive a ‘Little Sun’ – a high-quality and solar powered LED lamp – if a Costa Blanca appeal is successful. by Jack Troughton Javea International Baptist Church (JIBC) is sponsoring the ‘Light up a Village’ to help the 197 households that make up Mazwi Village, near Bulawayo. The Little Sun lamps have been developed by artist Olafar Eliasson and engineer Frederick Otesson – aimed at giving clean, reliable, and affordable light to 1.6 billion people around the world who have no access to electricity. The move to help the people of Mazwi has been triggered by JIBC’s friends Sarah and Graham Giles who work as missionaries for ACACIA – Assisting Communities and Children in Africa. Last year the Costa Blanca church stepped in and raised 730€ to buy food when during elections in Zimbabwe meant the village went hungry as the country’s organised supply chain broke down. And now JIBC has already raised 1,583€ which has been given to Sarah and Graham of ACACIA to buy 132 of these “fantastic self-powered lamps”. The church

The ‘Light up a Village’ campaign

hopes to find funds to buy another 64 to insure every home gets a light. Anyone who can help is asked to go to where there is information on how to make a donation. Each Little Sun costs 12€ or 12.80€ if paying by card because of

additional charges. The lamps are already being distributed in seven African countries: Ethiopia; Uganda; Kenya; Burundi; Senegal, South Africa; and Zimbabwe. For more information about the project, visit

Adult education By Jack Troughton PLANS TO open Xabia International College to offer a range of courses for adult education over July are making “excellent progress”, according to the school. Classes will encompass a range social, leisure, and academic, courses, and an open day for Javea residents and people from the surrounding area is being staged on Saturday 21st June at the secondary school between 10am and noon - an opportunity to meet tutors and enrol. Howard Westcott, Director of Development at XIC, said: “The courses on offer range from floristry, all languages at different levels, art appreciation, computer skills, meditation, a film school, beginners guitar, an introduction to psychology, how the economy works, and yoga. “I have a passion in the fact that ‘learning is for life’ and these opportunities are open to all ages and backgrounds. I feel there is a need for these opportunities in Javea for those who may have missed out on education at an earlier age.” For more information, contact Howard at howardwestcott@ and he will forward a full programme with details on available tutors. And if the XIC summer courses are successful it is possible a full adult education programme will start in September.

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Artist funds animal charity ARTIST AND animal lover Jenny Morrison is backing Pego charity LAPS with proceeds of her current exhibition and by donating a picture for auction. by Jack Troughton The Local Animal Protection Society was officially launched five years ago – although President Chrissie Edwards had started fund raising 10 years ago by opening a second hand book stall at Pego Market splitting the money to care for both animals and children. And to date LAPS has raised over 92,000€ and 989 dogs and 315 cats have passed through the gates of its shelter. At the opening of the exhibition at Bar L’om in the centre of Pego, Chrissie thanked Jenny for her help. “She very much wanted to support us and this is very much her idea. “It is very important for us because it is

getting more and more difficult to raise money because there are so many other good causes making demands.” LAPS Chairman Stan Edwards said the charity thanked the artist for her support, pledging a percentage of money from sales and donating the original and “very Spanish” painting. Jenny said she was “very much an animal lover” but because of her busy schedule did not have a pet at the moment. “This is my second year living here and I am just beginning exhibiting and introducing people to my work.” The exhibition at Bar L’om has been extended and Jenny’s work can be viewed until Thursday 29th May.

(from left) Chrissie, Stan and Jenny with the Flamenco inspired painting

Charity shop boosts fund

By Jack Troughton MORAIRA CHARITY Shop presented the Freemasons of the Provincial Grand lodge of Valencia with 2,500€ on Monday for its Festival 2014 fund. During nearly three years of funding raising, the Provincial Grand Lodge has been buying ambulances for the Red Cross across Valencia – and the shop has now contributed a total of 12,500€. Pictured are (from left) Bill Nightingale and Keith Hart of the Masonic Home of Valencia Association, Jim Jordan, President of the 2014 Festival, Bernard Wilson, President of the Masonic Home of Valencia Association, and shop volunteer John Griffiths.


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Award for Legion’s Poppy volunteer LOYAL POPPY Appeal volunteer Aldona Wagrocka Stockbridge has won a Royal British Legion award for 25 years service. by Jack Troughton The pensioner is one of Benidoleig and District Branch’s most successful collectors and a “very loyal and keen” member of the branch which meets at the El Cid Restaurant. The ‘For Merit’ badge and a letter of congratulations from the National Chairman of the charity were presented by Ron Clements, Branch President. Aldona, originally from Poland, first started volunteering a quarter of a century ago as her husband served in the armed forces – she was so impressed with the Legion’s work she said she would have liked to have started something similar in her homeland. She attends meeting whenever she can, also helps with the Poppy Appeal count, and has a wealth of knowledge of the Second World War. Anyone wishing to help this November can contact Diana Faver, Poppy Appeal Organiser, on 96 558 7586 or Anyone who has given five, 10, 15 or more than 20 year’s service will also be eligible for an award and should contact Diana. The branch also welcomes new members – people do not have to be former servicemen and women - and should con- Aldona tact Peter Smith, the recruitment officer, on 96 558 4272 or and Ron email

Food glorious food! A GOURMET charity lunch at the Restaurante Republica in Denia raised 4,770€ for Friends of the Children of EMAUS and will help kit out youngsters for the summer. Every older child cared for in family units at EMAUS homes across the region will receive a voucher to spend on clothes and shoes they pick out – while every baby and toddler will have something special bought for them by the social worker looking after them. Three star Michelin Chef Quique Dacosta led a team of chefs creating an elegant five-course meal enjoyed by almost 100 guests – the food was donated by the restaurant’s suppliers. And the restaurant is already planning its next charity event to raise more money for EMAUS youngsters.

The Magic of Music FOLLOWING THE success of last year’s ‘Musical Evening’ the production team and cast are staging another performance this year with ‘The Magic of Music’, featuring songs by Elvis, Adele, Céline Dion, Pavarotti, Miley Cyrus and a host of other stars, at the Auditorio Social del Llar del Pensionista Social Centre Theatre) in Villajoyosa on Saturday 31st May. A selection from Les Miserables will be performed by 12 wonderful voices under the direction of voice coach and singer Frank Valdecruz, who will also perform songs from his latest CD. All are welcome at what promises to be a memorable evening! Tickets at 4€ may be purchase half an hour before the 6.30pm curtain, with proceeds to the Ahedysia Association which supports children with rare and degenerative diseases.

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The benefits of physical activity by

Jennifer Cunningham

I RECENTLY joined Dr Henk Landa on Bay Radio for a very interesting and helpful discussion on the benefits of healthy exercise. BEING of a particular age myself and a diabetic, I appreciate how important it is to keep fit, and the implications of not sitting on my derrière, which could have devastating effects on my future well-being and longevity. I therefore found the doctor’s information very clear, helpful and explicit, so for those who missed my programme, I want to share this with you, as I feel very strongly on the subject. We all know how exercise can benefit us, but getting round to doing it every day is very hard. Regular exercise or physical activity helps many of the body’s systems function better, assisting in the fight against Heart Disease, Diabetes and even Cancer, plus keeping a host of other diseases at bay. It is also a key ingredient toward losing weight. How much exercise you need depends on your genes, your diet, how much muscle and fat you carry on your frame, how fit you are and your capacity for exercise. Consult a fitness instructor or a doctor before starting on an exercise regime. Dr Landa’s information came from a study by the University of Harvard in America, yet to be fully completed, on how exercise is vital to your long term health from a very early age. If children do not exercise regularly the problems that can occur especially in later life are many and of every description - I wonder just how many people are really aware of this. As I understand it the older we become, lack of exer-

cise increases the probability of serious illness, whilst exercise improves your chances of living a longer and healthier life. For example you will protect yourself from certain cancers, whilst helping to prevent type 2 Diabetes and osteoporosis. It can relieve depression, anxiety, and your mood will automatically change for the better. Obviously your sleep pattern will improve, not forgetting the advantages of remaining supple which is an absolute joy - and improvement to your balance, which of course can be very dangerous as a fall could be fatal. I myself have benefitted from doing regular exercise, although I need to do more, and can personally tell you that my balance is 100% improved in a very short space of time. You will notice the benefits of starting an exercise regime in a few short weeks, whilst a sedentary lifestyle does the complete opposite: it increases the chances of becoming overweight and developing a number of chronic diseases. Despite this, there are approximately only 30% of adults in America following any of these guidelines. What does that say about us? WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE I HEAR YOU ASK? Moderate activity that causes an increase in heart rate: walking every day as briskly as possible; riding a bicycle; swimming; tennis; dancing… all made so much easier in a country with such a glorious climate. The doctor did not recommend that you immediately

join a gym where of course the weights improve your muscles, unless you have already built up a certain level of fitness. For those more interested in a structured form of exercise there are Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi, which of course have an added benefit in bringing calm into your life, also bringing you into contact with some interesting like-minded souls. Remember to start slow and increase as your fitness grows. The bottom line is: move more and sit less… I wish you the best of luck. PS: Regular exercising does not give you permission to eat and drink as much as you want. You may wish to take this opportunity to look at what you are eating to see if you can cut out some of the ‘nasties’. I have just visited my new office in Los Dolses, situated just above Bankinter, in a pleasant area where you can enjoy a drink or a meal, therefore combining a little bit of business with pleasure. Although it has been open less than a month, we are becoming increasingly busy which is always a good sign. Martina, David and Claire would be delighted to offer you a quote on your renewal or new policy, explain the Asssa health insurance or our funeral plans to you, or why not contact the office for a quote on life insurance which could save you as much as 50 %. Now with all those benefits, aren’t we worth a visit to become one of our many happy clients!

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


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U3A goes inter-city

A GROUP of 49 members of U3A Vall de Pop enjoyed a four day trip exploring the cities of Cordoba and Seville. by Jack Troughton First stop was Cordoba, and the visit was timed to coincide with the opening to the public of the famous and beautiful Patio Courtyards. There was also time to discover other places of interest such as the Alcazar, and the city’s cathedral and mosque – and members also took a pony and trap ride for a relaxing piece of sightseeing. Temperatures rose in Seville, another Spanish city packed with history. The group walked to the “lovely” Plaza de Espana, visited the cathedral, and the more energetic climbed La Giralda Tower to see its 25 bells, before moving on to the royal palace. And planning ahead meant everyone could enjoy a cooling boat trip along the River Guadalquiver at the end of the day.

A Cordoba courtyard


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Don’t be fooled: Passports - the FACTS

FINALLY SOME good news for hard pressed Ex-pats: Passport fees for overseas UK Citizens have dropped to the same level as the UK - a reduction in the total price of £45. by Patricia Thompson It seems that since the recent changes in the price and changes to the application process everyone is offering a renewal service! One recent publication offered a UK passport for £83Gbp - true but very misleading! The actual costs of passport renewal are: - UK Passport: £83 - Overseas courier & security fee: £19.86 A total of £102.86, which is paid to the Passport office - the true cost and not just a headline! These fees are paid by a valid debit or credit card. You will also need new photographs and a secure delivery service as well as – usually - help and advice

along the way. If your lights went out you would call an electrician. It’s the same with the most important document you will own - your Passport. You need to make sure that this is 100% safe from when it leaves your hands to its return - and for that you need a professional service with a proven track record. The best service to use is one which tells you the correct price up front and has no hidden fees with a proven track record. The Post and Passport Renewal Centre, located within the Card and Gift Shop in Quesada, has over 5 years’ experience in all aspects of UK Passports including Lost and Stolen, Child’s First and even Renewals!

Experts in the passport renewal process

Now that all applications may be completed online there is even more pressure to get it right. As Jackie from the Passport Renewal Centre says, completing the form online is just the start. You then have to remember to save and print at certain stages, and the system only gives you 20 minutes to get the application completed before it times out. Once the application is completed you then have to print it, sign it and securely send it with your new photos and old passport, to the appropriate office in the UK. This is one area where there has been a lot of confusion: the only safe way to send is through a guaranteed, insured and fully tracked service. Passport photographs have changed dramatically in the last couple of years. Photos taken in Spain for ID purposes, such as driving license or NIE, are not suitable for your passport. In fact the Passport Office insists that the photo must be taken in the last month. 95% of delayed applications are due to incorrect photos… With all the steps and stages all included in one place it makes sense to use an expert service, especially one that is priced well below others offering the same. They are experts in the process completing hundreds every year and can even arrange for customers to pay in cash as not everyone has the ability to pay by card. Complete service for one person is 29€ or 50€ per couple: this includes photographs as well as a secure guaranteed service - a saving of 15€ compared to nearest rivals.

More than 25,000 antiques on sale The Institution Ferial Alicante (IFA) hosts the III Antiques Fair, opening their doors today, Friday, May 23rd through to Sunday evening, 25th May. Admission is 4€ or free with an IFA card. The event, organized by Curiosity Antic, features the participation of over 45 antique dealers and auction houses from different parts of Spain plus international exhibitors from countries like Belgium, England, France and Holland. Exhibitors will be offering over 25,000 items ranging from the sixteenth century to objects with a minimum of 40 years old. Among them are some important papers and maps from the area of Alicante and Valencia, dating back to 1570. Moreover, specialists in stamps and coins as well as prestigious art galleries will be offering their goods at really affordable prices. One of the attractions of the III Alicante Antiques Fair will be auction ‘Antic Curiosity’ to be held on Saturday, May 24th, at 6:00pm. The Auction will feature an object from each exhibitor with starting prices from just one euro. In this way, just the gesture of raising your hand may result in you carrying home some real bargains. On Sunday, May 25th, there will be a draw for 200 euros among those attending the fair. Thus, the Antiques Fair comes to Alicante with numerous attractions and a wide range of items as this event has now established itself as a benchmark in the sector in the Valencian Community.

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Cancer charity walk success THE SECOND annual ‘Walk for Life’ organised by charity Bruised but not Broken was “a grand day out” success and raised more than 3,000 Euros...and counting! by Jack Troughton A total of 58 people and three dogs walked or ran more than 10km along the beach front between El Campello and Muchavista to raise funds for cancer care. Cancer survivors, those undergoing treatment, and people taking part to honour a relative or friend who lost their life to the disease took part in the event – which attracted toddlers through to octogenarians. Charity founder Lorraine Brown said: “Thank you to everyone who took part for their kindness, stamina and generosity of spirit – and well done! “To everyone who sponsored us and in particular to Bernie for providing the splendid buffet at the end of our work and his staff for looking after us so well, many thanks.” Lorraine added that Bruised but not Broken’s main aim was to provide respite care for family carers of cancer patients. “But we will, of course, help in any way that we can, be it financial or emotional support.” She said the amount raised was 3,127€ with money still coming in. “Once again I am astounded at the generosity and delighted and heartened at how much people do care.” She said anyone who knew people who could benefit from the charity’s support could call 96 562 6036 or 608 524 896, or email The charity also has a website and a Facebook page. Alternatively contact can be made through the English Shop in El Campello.

Picture a poppy

AMATEUR PHOTGRAPHERS are being challenged to snap pictures of poppies in a competition being held by the Royal British Legion in Spain. The flowers – the symbol of the Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal – are in stunning bloom across the region at the moment and make a colourful spectacle. The competition is open to all amateur photographers resident in Spain and people do not need to be members of the Royal British legion to take part. To enter, email poppycompetition@ for an application form and full information after 1st June. Closing date for entries is Friday 4th July. Winning entries will be included on the website and in future publicity about the Legion in Spain. And for more information about the Royal British Legion in Spain, visit www.britishlegion.



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Norway came to Alfaz by Irena Bodnarec ALFAZ DEL PI came to a virtual standstill last Saturday morning as the towns Norwegian residents came out in force to celebrate their National Day. May 17th is the date of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution – which this year commemorates the 200th anniversary. Well over a thousand turned out for the parade, in which the Mayor, Vicente Arques proudly took part, walking at the front beside Bjorg Svedbergh – President of the Norwegian Club and Jan Arild Nilsen – the Norwegian Consul. Alfaz del Pi is very popular with the Norwegian community, with over 2,500 officially registered on the pardon. Many turned out in the traditional National costume but all had one thing in common – a flag and pride in being Norwegian. Following official speeches outside the Casa de Cultura they headed of to the newly opened social centre nearby where they had an afternoon of fun activities and much toasting of champagne.

Over 1,000 people turned out for the parade

The Farmers Market in Jesus Pobre

LESS THAN a year since the Jesus Pobre Farmers Market began it has become one of the best options for a good day out. If you still have not made a visit, here are a few reasons why you should check it out! All of the produce is locally produced from delicious preserves (the marmalade is to die for), pates and oils to traditional cakes and sweets. Everything is local and there are homemade gifts including hats, baskets, recycled paper boxes, lamps, leather goods, bags and

patchwork bedspreads - just of the few of the wide variety of crafts. The market regularly offers workshops for all ages to paint mandalas; decorate pumpkins and perhaps make necklaces from recycled t-shirts - encouraging creativity while you enjoy live music from various talented musicians in the shade of the old Carob tree. The market is open every Sunday in the summer from June to September – and there is plenty available to eat and drink. See you there!

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GAC Pindar supports Volvo Ocean Race FIVE VOLVO Ocean Race 201415 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations, giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea. by Patricia Thompson The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the United Kingdom ahead of the race that starts in October this year. “We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up, with all the crews reporting back to us positively on their progress so far,” said the event’s Race Director Jack Lloyd. The trips have put the Volvo Ocean Race’s Official logistics partner, GAC Pindar to the test, assisting all teams with their global transport challenges. Lou Newlands of the Dongfeng Race Team said: “We are delighted to have the expert support of GAC Pindar in the build-up to and during the Volvo Ocean Race. Plans can change at a moment’s notice and GAC Pindar has always responded effectively under tight deadlines. We look forward to working with them more closely as the race gets underway.”

The Dongfeng entry being loaded at Southampton en route to Hong Kong

GAC Pindar will provide a complete logistics support package for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, including transportation and customs clearance of pavilions and hospitality infrastructure for the Race Villages as well as broadcast and other support equipment for the ports the Race will

visit over the nine months. The 12th Edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will begin in Alicante on 4th October 2014, with 11 teams covering 38,739 nautical miles, culminating on 27th June 2015 in Gothenberg, the Swedish home of Volvo.


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Dreams are made by cycling to England A COUPLE of Pensioners are off on the trip of a lifetime. On 31st May, two men are embarking on an epic 21-day cycle ride from Murcia to Stroud and raising money for two great causes along the way. by Keith Nicol Over the three weeks their trip will take them from Murcia to Alicante, Benidorm, Gandia, Valencia, Tortosa, Pamplona, Hendaye and into France at Bayonne to Mimizan, Royan, La Rochelle, Montagen ur Sevre and Caen. They get to enjoy a cruise on a ferry crossing to Portsmouth before the last leg of their trip, taking them to Stroud, to finish on or around 20th or 21st June. Since moving to Spain in 2004, and retiring in 2006, Keith, who is now 67, has had a long held dream to cycle from Spain back to the UK. Keith has been an avid cyclist for several years and has previously cycled from the Spanish Border to the UK, around France and also around Majorca, albeit this was now some 20plus years ago. When asked about the venture, Keith said “Whilst having a drink with my friend George (aged 70) one day at a local bar, the topic of conversation turned to this ‘idea’ and after a few beers had been drunk, George felt that he was also up for the challenge and the plan was born.” Some essential padded shorts were bought, as they will be carrying all their own personal belong-

ings, a tent and sleeping bag each, plus all the necessary camping equipment. Whilst this is very much a personal journey and a major achievement for both Keith and George, they both felt that it would be a wonderful opportunity to help raise funds to support their choKeith sen Charities. In this case, Keith has chosen MABS and Cancer Charity and George is looking for support George for his charity, Cystic Fibrosis. Sponsorship forms at the are available at the MABS Charity Shop and more ready to details on their Facebook page: cycle to England

Ireland comes to Spain! THE CURRAGHGOWER Singers from Limerick in Ireland are to perform a Gala Concert in the Sancta Maria del Mar Church, La Zenia at 8.30pm on Sunday 8th June. Tickets are 5€ and all proceeds from the Gala Concert will go to the Church Building Fund. The singers will also perform a

concert on Wednesday 11th June in Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Church in conjunction with the TCF Choir at 7pm, with all proceeds going to ‘Reachout’ to help the homeless and needy in the Torrevieja area. The 140-member 4-part Curraghgower Singers are an amalgamation of two com-

munity choirs under the musical direction of the dynamic Timothy Schinnick. Since their 2011 debut they have raised thousands of euros for charities throughout Ireland and now wish to raise funds for charities in Spain. The Gala Concerts feature favourites such as ‘Danny Boy’, ‘The Nuns Chorus’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’and the famous Military Wives Choir iconic ‘Wherever You Are’.

The pony in the palm plantation by Patricia Thompson JILL SHEPPARD, owner of Sheppard’s Rest Camp Site in Dolores, was astonished to spot a small, very frightened pony in an appalling condition in a palm plantation on her way back from Alicante airport. Jill and her friend Berice didn’t want to scare the pony further so rushed home and phoned the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre: half an hour later Sue Weeding and her husband Rod were on their way with a horse box. Sue was shocked to find the pony with bale twine round her neck and front hooves to prevent escape. Dehydrated and malnourished, she would have suffered a terrible death within days, had she not been discovered. Rod and Sue took her back to the centre, where she has since received vital care and attention. Sherrie, as she is now called, has settle into her new life in just a few short days and is now well on the road to recovery. She was soon joined by Ellie, an elderly pony found tethered in the campo without food or water. Ellie, named for the daughter of the lady who found

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Rioja reaching out

By Keith Nicol LAST YEAR with the help of many local businessmen and women in the Orihuela Costa area, the businesses, their staff and customers at the Rioja Commercial Centre raised over 2,000€ for local charities and good causes. This year they have planned various special events, with the next one being staged on Saturday 31st May, with the main beneficiary being the Reach Out Torrevieja Charity for the homeless. If any business or individual wants to run a stall on the day or donate a prize for a raffle or tombola please, please contact Neil at The IT Place: 966 844 788; email: Ideally they are looking for someone with something different to offer on the day. Reach Out have a great selection of second hand items so new quality goods would be most welcome. The fun starts at noon and runs until 5.00pm. It features music and entertainment from local acts and Sunshine FM. There are food stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, and other fun activities plus a superb Hog Roast, with funds going to the charity for the homeless: Reach Out.

New walkers route in region

Sherrie (left) and Rocky

her, is getting stronger every day. The EHCRC welcomes any donations or sponsorship to support their excellent work. If you are a bar owner or business that wants to hold a charity event to support the Rescue Centre please get in touch with Sue Weeding on 652 021 980 or email David East, PR volunteer on

Why not visit the centre on open day - every Sunday between 1pm and 4pm: refreshments and tasty food are available in the garden café. Entrance is free - the first horse tour commences at 2pm - meet the residents! For more details about the EHCRC and directions to the centre, just outside Rojales, visit

THE FEDERATION of Walkers &Mountain Climbers in the Valencian Community has approved a new route on the PuigCampana mountain range. The new route, along the North face has been given the route number PRCV 289.1 and follows an East West direction. The Department of Tourism in Finestrat have included the new route in all updated literature relating to the PuigCampana. The Council have also renewed all the signage along the route and refurbished the information boards at Font de Moli and La Fonteta.


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Success for Adam and Lucy

LAST WEEKEND the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation held the European Championships at the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex, Southampton, on 10/11th May. More than 150 Down Syndrome athletes took part from eight different countries including Spain. Only four of the 12 Spanish swimmers could attend the Championships: Nacho from Elda;Loli from Murcia and Adam and Lucy from Orihuela Costa. The competition produced one World record and seven European records with 78 swimmers making qualifying times for the World Championships in November in Mexico. Brother and Sister Adam and Lucy Stewart had a very successful weekend with nine medals and a placed ribbon between them. Adam picked up four gold; two silver and one bronze as well as now holding the new European record for the 800 meters freestyle with a time of 13:04:88: Adam claimed personal bests in all his seven races. Lucy developed a gastric virus the night before the competition but was determined

to swim and won two gold medals and a placed ribbon, again with personal bests. Monday afternoon saw them back in the pool training for the ‘1st Masters Murcia Open Competition’ on Saturday 24th May, followed by Adam and Lucy with the Masters Team in the Valencian Summer Regional Autonomico Competition held in the 50m home pool, Torrevieja, on 31st May and 1st June. Adam and Lucy would like to thank coach Juanma for his hard work, Club NatacionTorrevieja Masters Team for their encouragement and Paula and Yuli for the gym workouts. Thanks also go to Pretty Neat and Stevie the barber for their long term support. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa – 665 454 126, President Felipe on 609 418 776 or Vicki 669 637 015 or email

Fashion, sunshine, music and MABS! THE COURTYARD at San Javier’s Country Bowls Club hosted a cool fashion show recently with elegant models showcasing superb summer fashions and guests entertained by the strains of Wendy Grant’s Cool Sax while they waited for the show to begin. Amazing outfits priced at only 5€ - 15€ included brand new designer labels generously donated by a shop that had recently closed. Charity Shop Manager Sue Savage said: “It never fails to amaze me the amount of clothes we are given - people are so generous.” Sale of accessories and a Raffle brought the amount raised to a staggering 679€ to the delight of the hard-working volunteers who made the event so popular. Cancer does not discriminate and neither do MABS: we help anyone of any nationality affected by Cancer: Helpline No: 693 275 779. If anyone has donations of furniture, bric a brac, clothes & books please contact the Charity Shop on 96 895 0917. Also see Facebook: MABS Murcia Mar Menor.


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by Jack Troughton

ROLAND DICKERBY is constantly in hot water at the health spa he runs along with wife Julia – a veritable madhouse which puts Bedlam to shame. A modern day Billy Liar, Roland’s tall stories were central to the fun in ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’, a modern farce brought to life by Careline Theatre in Alcalali last week. An effervescent Philip Anderson played the harassed hero – a man not exactly cut out for managing a health farm and constantly on the alert for the dragon, his mother-in-law Olivia. Roland is a former insurance salesman who worked for Kindly Mutual – motto: ‘Kindly keep it covered’ - and sold a little piece of life insurance to Julia’s first husband Sidney...who promptly slipped his mortal coil. Kindly Mutual kindly stumped up allowing Roland and Julia the cash to open Dickerby’s Health Spa, although it cost our hero his insurance career. However, pandemonium ensued when up pops rogue Sidney in search of a key to the lucrative contents of a safe deposit box. Dorothy Fish as Olivia, a downright snob, and Andy Headford-Lord as villainous Sydney were both able to go completely and enjoyably over the top. Olivia all wide-eyed outrage (until she is nearly drowned by a stuffed camel – one of Roland’s mistaken auction buys) and Sydney quickly swapping from returned-from-thedead wideboy to French doctor, frequently

From left: Sidney, Roland and Julia (by Benny Davis)

tending a dead body (actually a mannequin and another of Roland’s mistakes). FRAUD Vanessa, wife of the Kindly Mutual boss, a meek and gentle Marian Carter began to smell a rat and believes there is not only a fraud but also various other bad guys at bay. She gets thoroughly confused by Roland and Sidney and was finally convinced something in the water – guests must drink two litres a

day - has caused her hallucinations. Candida Wright was long-suffering Julia. A long-serving Careline actor she again hit the comedy nail on the head as the dutiful peacemaker... and Fairy Queen, the action is after all set on Midsummer Night. Alan Gill played Hooper, the ever-hungry guest who first snaffles a tin of chocolate biscuits and in calorific terms at least, wins the lottery when he snaffles the police band, the entertainment for the spa’s Midsummer

Night’s Ball, refreshments – a picnic hamper stuffed with sarnies, doughnuts and beer. Campbell, the copper investigating the theft of said hamper, patiently listened to allegations of wrongdoing before coming to the obvious conclusion – everyone at the spa was mad. It was an entertaining night out with some hilarious moments in a play penned by Dave Freeman. However, it was also a shame there were not more bums on seats on first night to enjoy it.


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Voices fill valley village MUSIC FILLED the streets of Benigembla when the choir Valley Voices performed a concert last Thursday evening at the Syndicato. by Jack Troughton MUSIC FROM Films, classic show songs, fun numbers and popular hits were brought to life by the international choir of 30 singers. And the singing was supported by individual performances from well-known cellist Paul Kears and piano accompanist Kirsty Glen, both adding to the party atmosphere. Valley Voices enjoyed a standing ovation and performed an encore with a repeat of the Abba hit ‘Mamma Mia’. The choir’s co-leader Jennie Tollan said: “The success of this concert was achieved through the support of local people – the Mayor, the School and residents.” The following night the choir was back in action performing at the Casa de Cultura in Benissa before a large audience. The Lion King song Hakuna Matata proved to be great success with the audience. Musical director Aileen Lightfoot said afterwards: “This was our best yet”, while Valley Voices second co-leader Joan Stock added: “All the effort was worthwhile. The audience enjoyed the show and the choir too.” Proceeds from the first night were donated to La Penya Blanco School, Benigembla, and from the second performance to Friends of the Children of EMAUS.

Double dose of magic

The El Divo tribute

By Jack Troughton DEMAND FOR tickets for Teulada Moraira Lions Club’s show ‘A Night of Magic’ prompted organisers to quickly arrange a matinee performance. Both concerts featuring the El Divo Appreciation Tribute Band and Duo Intermezzo in Moraira sold out – raising more than 3,000€ for the charity. Duo Intermezzo opened the show and enthralled with everything from classical Spanish guitar to songs from ‘Phantom’. The duo has been together for 11 years, as witnessed in the quality of the performance and the warmth and humour of the pair. The El Divo tribute had to take to the stage without a customary sound check – the band lost its way and arrived late – but things were soon on an even keel as the three members unleashed their voices on a wide repertoire from Nessun Dorma to Delilah. The money raised will swell the coffers of the Lions’ Charity Account and support its much-needed work in the area. Duo intermezzo sold around 25 CDs on the night. Unfortunately some contain Christmas songs by other artistes. Anyone in possession of an ‘errant’ recording can swap it for the real thing at the Lions’ Bookstall at Moraira Market on the first and third Friday of the month – and, starting this year, on the fifth Friday of May and November.

Valley Voices in action



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home & garden

Bougainvilleas - Part Three


Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

THE WINTER CUTBACK In January and February do your main annual pruning but first decide on the shape and size of the final plant that you wish to create. By careful pruning wonderful specimens can be produced. Even if the plant is still in flower don’t be afraid to prune back hard. If you don’t you will have a very leggy and untidy plant for the next season or you may find that the weight of the bougainvillea will pull it off the wall causing considerable damage. Decide which main branches you want to keep and cut off all the side shoots tightly along these branches. Again cut out any suckers that you missed during the summer months. Sometimes you can leave the odd sucker to grow on especially if you are trying to train your plant up over a higher terrace. The purple variety really needs a tight cut back to keep its lovely compact shape. The reds, pinks and yellows etc. you may want to leave more trailing so cut slightly less off the side shoots. You will need to use your own judgement. Don’t panic if your plant is completely devoid of leaves when spring comes - they will quickly come back to life. PRUNING OF YOUNG PLANTS If grown as a climber on a wall or up an old tree trunk, decide on the main branches to be trained up the wall or around the trunk and tie in well. Prune

as described above for mature plants and make sure you remove all suckers as they appear. If you want to develop a standard or half standard bush remove all side branches on the main stem up to the desired trunk height and cut out the top of the main stem to stimulate a bush of side shoots. Trim top side branches to your desired shape annually and any straggly branches during the summer. PROPAGATING Take cuttings from second year growth. Put each cutting in a small pot or sectioned 4cm seed tray with a good potting compost. Stand the pots or tray in a tray with some potting compost or special absorbent matting. This helps retain moisture and encourages root formation. Place in a garden frame, greenhouse or in semi shaded corner of the garden. Keep moist at all times and feed weekly with a dilute liquid plant fertilizer. When roots appear at the base of the pot, replant into a pot twice the size. You will see hundreds of plants being propagated successfully in large hot houses at major garden centres. All you need is light, heat, water and fertilizer!


as a DISEASE CONTROL climber Luckily Bougainvillea rarely gives any problems in on a this respect unless you over water them. wall

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

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How to take care of Orchids

CONSIDER HOW flowers grow in nature, I always say! Most Orchids grow in trees where there is high humidity and quick evaporation. This explains why Orchids are potted with tree bark-chunks and no earth. They will thrive in outdoor pots especially for Orchids, hung where there is plenty of light but not in direct sun. Once a week, water the bark-chunks and drain well so the Orchids are not sitting in water. If you have a question for your Home & Garden flower specialist send it to:

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23-29 MAY 2014


HMRC and the Pension Tax Grab


Keith Littlewood

International Financial Adviser

IT NOW appears that the UK tax office are doing all they can to stop Ex Pats moving their pensions out of the UK. LATEST SOUND bites are that from April 2015 Public Sector Pensioners will NOT be allowed to transfer their Pensions to QROPs. It has been a problem for the UK for a few years now because transfer values have been much higher than the norm due to Low Annuity rates over a long period of time, therefore making cash equivalent transfers attractive to the Ex Pat and thus losing out on large amounts of tax revenue. The HMRC are also trying to prevent all company pension funds escaping the UK tax net by trying to prevent all transfers abroad. If this is successful it will be a huge tax boost to the Inland Revenue coffers and couple this with the new rules allowing more of the pension pots to be realised quicker, the inland revenue windfall could be massive. None of this really benefits the individual pension holder or retiree who could lose out in many ways by this narrowing of individual’s options. It would be my recommendation

that if you have a preserved or frozen pension pot in the UK then have a look at what your options are available now and do not leave looking at it until after April 2015 – huge financial benefits may be pulled away from under your nose. At least find out how this would affect you now. One of the services I provide at Blacktower is a free and comprehensive review with a detailed report of all your retirement options. In my 25 years working in the Pension industry never has there been a more critical time to at least understand how this affects you, especially if you are retiring in the next five years. In today’s financial climate it is essential you do everything you can to make sure your money is safe and secure and what you want to transpire in the future has the best chance of happening. If you need advice or have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 657 684 094 or email

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

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Carlos Baos

from White & Baos Abogados Solicitors Lawyers

What is the deadline to claim against the builder, architects, etc. regarding a structure and foundation problem? I HAVE a property in Montepego with cracks and fissures problems. Although they were repaired, they have reopened. Recently, an expert has confirmed that it is a structural problem with the house foundations. After long discussions with the developer and builder, they say that since its two years since the cracks appeared without me reporting it to the architects and the insurance company, I cannot legally claim against them. Is that true ? Dear reader, thank you for your enquiry. In principle, under Spanish Building Law ( LOE ), there are 3 warranty periods. Finishing defects must appear within the first year, the habitation, occupation and construction problems within 3 years, and 10 years for structural defects which must affect the stability of the building. These periods are counted from when the works were finished and legally received by the owners.

In the event of having a contractual relationship with the architects, builders, etc. . , for example if you are a self promoter who hires the services of the builder or architect directly, these deadlines and periods are different. If your structural problems have appeared within 10 years, according to Article 18 of the LOE, you had 2 years from when the damage is occasioned to claim against those responsible. Therefore, it would seem that they are right in what they have said. But, you must also know, that this differs in the event of continuing damage or a building pathology which is active, according to the different court orders from the Spanish Supreme Court, including the court order Number 95/2010 of 25th of February, “It is a settled doctrine from this Court that when in relation with continuing damage of successive and uninterrupted production , deadline to start the legal action can not start until the final outcome ... because it is understood that only then, the affected person is able to assess the

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

whole harm and value the amount to be compensated…” Therefore, if your foundation problem is not just a single problem due to one settlement of the construction, but it is an active and continuous structural problem causing property damage, such as cracks that reopen even after being repaired, the said deadline to start the legal action of 2 years should start not from the time when the first cracks appeared, but from the moment when it was possible for you or your technical experts to know and assess the nature of the problem, its harmful consequences, etc. In any case, generally we advise in these files, that as soon as a construction problem appears, technical and specialized legal advice must be sought, all parties who took part in the building process and who could have some responsibility must be notified by registered letter, telegram or similar, as to the existence of the building defects. If you are in this situation or similar please contact us and we will advise you appropriately.


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AN EARLY morning departure for Teruel includes various stops. On arrival there will be plenty of free time to enjoy the city sights such as the famous towers in the Mudejar Roman and Muslim style, the Plaza de Torico and the Iglesia de San Pedro with it’s Mudejar style tower and monument dedicated to Los Amantes. Your journey continues to Zaragoza: arrival, dinner and accommodation. ZARAGOZA-ANDORRA Following breakfast there will be a free morning to visit the city, located on the banks of the River Ebro with its famous Plaza de las Catedrales, Basilica and 16th Century La Lonja built in the Renaissance style. This will be followed by an optional visit to the Palacio de la Aljaferia before an afternoon departure for Andorra: arrival at the hotel, dinner and accommodation. ANDORRA Half board in the hotel with plenty of free time for exploring the numerous shops on the main street. Or if retail therapy is not your thing enjoy another kind - the facilities of the Caldea thermal Spa centre.

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Classic Car Rally THIS WEEKEND the European Classic Car Club “Los Antiguos� will be setting off from Alfaz del Pi on a seven day rally to Castilla La Mancha, covering approximately 1200 km. by Irena Bodnarec Representatives of Alfaz Town Hall endorsed the event on Monday morning, where President of the Car Club Will Claeys and several classic car owners arrived with their cars. For any car enthusiasts, tomorrow, Saturday 24th there will be around 70 classic cars on display outside the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi - the oldest car belonging to the club is a 1954 Kaiser Manhatten. The owners, coming from as far as Torrevieja and Valencia, will all meet at 11:00am to show off their pride and joy before setting off on a tour of the streets of Alfaz the heading down to Albir, where they will be stopping for lunch. The rally will set off at 11:30am the following day, Sunday 25th and be officially started by the Mayor Vicente Arques, with 25 participants taking part. The first stop will be in Albacete and cover 220km and finish in Castilla La Mancha on Saturday.

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With the approach of the Sun and the Direct of Mars things seem to be looking up all around. You are buoyant and finding ways to spread your positive energies all around. Having dealt successfully with the negative aspects, and with a view to making some definite changes the future gives you the chance to show others just what you can do.

Venus and Saturn have colluded to make hay whilst the sun shines. This is a wonderful time for you to get your teeth into something that you have always wanted to do. The timely backing of Ceres takes off just a little pressure, and this enables you to see things better in context as you go for gold and plan your next move. Mercury’s sextile with Venus brings your deepest passions to the forefront, as you accept a joyful proposal and eliminate fear of the past. Love is different this time around, and don’t you forget it! You have your work cut out now in making plans and thankfully widening your schedule to take in all that you must to get the show going. Mercury is en route to enable you to complete something that is both tender and dear to you. It wasn’t your fault that somebody moved the goalposts, but even the darkest cloud can have a silver lining; and look where this can take you. Others have been supportive and fundamental to your plans and it is time to reward richly. As the Sun takes on Neptune so the question of finance rears its ugly head. In the current scheme of things you are close to a breakthrough; but the day to day management of your finances does bring a lot to be desired and now needs to be truly faced up to, so that resolve and calm can govern your expenditure and control income. You have doubts, and you are bound to be in the middle of things as what has happened has knocked you for six. However, help is at hand and it is time to take the advice that others have been trying to give you. Pluto and Mercury have plans as to what you should do next, and that is possibly why they are really at loggerheads. Wait and see! Venus trysts with Mercury as the two hardest working planets are locked into action to prevent any unnecessary repetition. The energies of the fifth house of Mars have seen a conflict, and it is actions rather than words this time that will make the difference; allowing you to see things in a new and light and to act accordingly. Pluto appears to have the upper hand, and this may lead to you feeling you have lost the grip of a situation. As usual you will come up smelling of roses, but conflict right now is the very last thing that you need. Above all keep your temper, even if it seems that all around you seem to be losing theirs, and for very little reason or purpose, too. A deal is a deal, and someone thinks that they can play you both ways when they have themselves refused to take adequate responsibility for their actions. Playing on your sensitive side they really do think that they can have their cake and eat it too! Jupiter trines with sage and savvy Saturn, who knows how to sit this one out, and play to win… Time was when you would have flown off the handle but there seems to be no point in crying over spilt milk. Action is focussed on work aspects whereby it seems that the wrong person has been chosen to complete a task that should have been yours. Time will tell, and putting things right will showcase just what you are capable of! Plain sailing in a rough sea, you have had more than one opportunity to jump ship, but something keeps you where you despite a host of niggles that you currently face. Uranus, mighty planet of technology, knows that the proof of the pudding is in the eating and that someone may be forced to eat humble pie to your great advantage. Take good care of yourself, you are being challenged and have contemplated closing down your specific energies as they do not seem to be helping you the way that they once did. A project beckons and needs you at the helm to take control. Only you can say what you want, but being needed has always got the very best responses!

If it’s your birthday this week


Whilst things seem to be happening slowly for you, take time to work out how you got to where you are, and wait and see your next destination, it may be further than you could think that it could be, but it is also where you should be right now.


INCREASING NUMBERS of readers are asking me to reveal once again my ways of achieving financial blessings. Many people quite wrongly think that money and spiritualism can’t mix and yet they are really hand in hand. We use cash as our way of settling debts and so it is not the money that is wrong, but the poor distribution of it is to blame. Whilst some have more money than they could ever need, others have no money at all; and most of us float around somewhere in the middle of this. If you have ever been without money, for sure none comes, but money is greatly attracted to money and always will be. Try keeping the highest note in your wallet, but agree not to spend it. You will find that although money does come and go you will never ever have to spend your big note. Money becomes a part of the law of attraction and it works…try it. If another note of similar, or even higher value comes along save your previous note, by then you will have ceased to even count it in your wallet. Money flows in such a way. The other spell for making money involves a white candle on a white plate, both as plain as possible. You will need

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enough coins of a few centimos and the odd euro to make a ring around the candle. On a Thursday, which is the weekly day for asking, place your candle on the plate and light it. Place a small circle of the coins around the lit candle and ask that these few coins be blessed. Blow out the candle at 12.00 midnight, reserving the coins separately. You have from then 24 hours to place the blessed coins into the hand of someone who is begging: sadly they will not be difficult to find these days. As you pass on the money ask that you too be blessed with the money you need to have. This action connects you to the Universal flow of money, and all who do connect can be sure that they are rewarded. Repeat the exercise whenever you need and wait to see what comes your way. Your reward may not be immediately a financial blessing, but you are working towards acceptance and generosity on a global level. It is never wrong to ask for money if you need it. Ask for what you deserve and on receipt see that a few coins go back into the pot to help others. Be a part of finance and do not fear riches by any means, because you can use them to profit others in the scheme of financial security. Let money start to work for you, it follows this instruction as law, very well. Let me know how you get on!?

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KENNY, THINGS have gone out of control and I have serious doubts that I can afford to continue to live here in Spain. If I feel that returning to the UK is running away, what options do I have? Angela G. ANGELA YOU won’t be running anywhere if you see your next move for what it really is: moving on. Those who run are those who wish to escape and never look back. You, on the other hand, have a need to return to your country and start afresh. Make whatever you do happen and look at this as continuing your destiny. I have every faith that there are many reasons for your return, and do please eliminate any fear of failure. Life will continue for you, and I suspect for the better, especially if you keep your positive energies as a backing!

Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 54.



Quick or Cryptic Crossword

ACROSS 1. Wither (4) 3. Closet (8) 9. Nonprofessional (7) 10. Parrot (5) 11. Hymn (4,2,6) 13. Diffident (6) 15. U.S. inventor (6) 17. Sea bird (6,6) 20. Unsuitable (5) 21. Bandits (7) 22. Enrolled (8) 23. Boss (4)

ACROSS 1. You need capital to go all over the place, we hear (4) 3. An alarming rush associated with stock (8) 9. A short dress, mother, to say the least! (7) 10. Plane in trouble in the Himalayas (5) 11. Outstanding occasion when the mail from Moscow arrives! (3,6,3) 13. What employees in the box-room do? (6) 15. Fruit ring is given scope (6) 17. The scene of fighting is part of the engraving just inside the cover (12) 20. A place for storing hay high up (5) 21. Rouse no confusion - it’s oppressive (7) 22. She produces an unusual stir in the army canteen! (8) 23. Provide sustenance, being paid for services (4)

DOWN 1. Terrible (8) 2. Empty (5) 4. Immature (6) 5. Artillery attacks (12) 6. Charges (7) 7. Daybreak (4) 8. Shows (12) 12. Enveloped (8) 14. Obedient (7) 16. Past (6) 18. Respond (5) 19. Reign (4)

DOWN 1. Observed and checked by the teacher again (8) 2. Laid with explosives - be careful, one hears (5) 4. The automaton envelops juicy food (6) 5. Sounds like an insignificant gain for Malachi, maybe (5,7) 6. Account for what was once flat country (7) 7. They slip from the reel, squirming (4) 8. He’s not himself! (12) 12. Marsh grass round the fields no longer enclosed (8) 14. Loads for the motor works! (7) 16. Somehow I stop about fifty navigation experts (6) 18. Parcel opened - bolt inside! (5) 19. Laboratory comes up with the start of mysterious ointment (4)


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friday 23rd May BBC1







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 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 21:00 The Food Inspectors 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Room 101 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:40 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Uncle 24:55 EastEnders

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 The 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 Vote 2014 14:00 Great British Garden Revival 15:00 Vote 2014 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:00 Story of Women and Art 23:00 The Fast Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Later - with Jools Holland

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 The Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Tonight 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:35 Die Another Day

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 10:00 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 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 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 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:40 Police Interceptors 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 5 News Lunchtime 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 The Obsession 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Freaky Eaters USA 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 Murdered: The Bodies in the Bog 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 23:55 Bangkok Brits 24:55 Access

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 The 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 Emmerdale 14:00 The Cube 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Shawshank Redemption 24:50 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 15:30 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 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Remember Me 24:15 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:50 Friday Night Dinner

saturday 24th May BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigellissima 13:00 Homes Under the Hammer 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:15 Father of the Bride 17:55 A Question of Sport 18:25 Formula 1 19:40 BBC News 20:00 Pointless Celebrities 20:50 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:40 Casualty 22:30 The Guess List 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 24:00 Live at the Apollo 24:30 The Football League Show

07:15 Slaughter Trail 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 World Cup Films 11:15 World Cup Films 12:45 Inspire: Rwanda Special 13:00 Two Greedy Italians 14:00 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 14:30 Talking Pictures 15:05 El Cid 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 Golf: The PGA Championship 20:00 The Mysterious Mr Webster 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 22:00 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy 24:00 Bend It like Beckham

07:00 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 07:25 Childrens TV 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 The Hungry Sailors 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:15 ITV News 12:24 ITV Weather 12:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 13:20 Storage Hoarders 14:20 Beethoven’s 4th 16:05 60 Minute Makeover 17:05 Off Their Rockers 17:35 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 18:35 ITV News 19:00 Let Me Entertain You 19:30 New You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Live UEFA Champions League 23:15 ITV News 23:29 ITV Weather 23:30 The Americans 24:30 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 Trans World Sport 08:30 The Grid 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Weekend Kitchen 11:00 Frasier 11:25 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 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:05 The Restoration Man 21:00 Grand Designs 22:00 Breaking Dawn Part One 24:15 Copycat

07:00 Childrens TV 11:00 Chinese Food in Minutes 11:15 Access 11:25 Classic Car Rescue 12:25 633 Squadron 14:15 Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown 16:15 Columbo: Caution - Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health 18:10 Jesse Stone: No Remorse 19:45 5 News Weekend 19:50 Dogs, Horses and Indians 20:40 Dogs, Horses and Indians 21:30 NCIS 22:30 NCIS 24:15 NCIS

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 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 The Mindy Project 12:30 Rules of Engagement 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 Die Hard 2 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

sunday 25th May

09:10 Coronation Street 11:45 The Hot Desk 11:55 Britain’s Got Talent 13:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 14:10 You’ve Been Framed! 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 16:20 The Mighty Ducks 18:30 Nanny McPhee 20:25 Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope 23:00 Celebrity Juice 24:00 Viral Tap 24:45 The Nutty Professor








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 15:15 Flog It! Trade Secrets 15:45 Escape to the Country 16:15 Points of View 16:30 Brazil with Michael Palin 17:30 Songs of Praise 18:05 Formula 1 19:35 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Quirke 23:30 BBC News 24:00 Vote 2014

07:15 The Saint’s Double Trouble 08:20 The Saint Takes Over 09:30 Beechgrove Garden 10:00 World Cup Films 11:25 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:55 Two Greedy Italians 13:55 They Came to Cordura 15:55 Gymnastics 18:30 Charley Hull Teenage Tigress 19:00 Golf: PGA Championship 20:00 Tropic of Cancer 21:00 The Best of Top Gear 22:00 Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s 23:00 Absolutely Fabulous 23:30 Steve Coogan: The Inside Story 24:30 A Cock and Bull Story

07:00 Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge 07:25 Childrens TV 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Weekend 10:25 May the Best House Win 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 Love Your Garden 13:25 ITV News 13:29 ITV Weather 13:30 Long Lost Family 14:35 All Star Family Fortunes 15:20 Black Beauty 17:00 Let Me Entertain You 17:30 Midsomer Murders 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Britain’s Got Talent 21:15 The British Soap Awards 2014 23:20 Perspectives 24:25 ITV News 24:44 ITV Weather 24:45 Sammy and Bruce

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 Ginetta Challenge 08:10 How I Met Your Mother 08:35 How I Met Your Mother 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Secret Eaters 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 The Big Bang Theory 16:05 The Simpsons 16:35 Hocus Pocus 18:30 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 Kick-Ass

07:00 Childrens TV

07:00 Beauty and the Geek

12:10 Access

07:50 Emmerdale

12:20 Meerkat Manor

10:15 Coronation Street

12:50 Ace Ventura:

12:45 The Hot Desk

Pet Detective

12:55 You’ve Been Framed!

14:35 Police Academy 2:

13:55 You’ve Been Framed!

Their First Assignment

14:25 Mr Bean’s Holiday

16:15 Wild Wild West

16:10 The Lost World:

18:10 The Time Machine

Jurassic Park

19:55 5 News Weekend

18:45 Star Wars Episode V:

20:00 Cricket 2014

the Empire Strikes Back

21:00 Ghost Rider

21:15 Britain’s Got More Talent

23:00 Drive Angry

22:20 You’ve Been Framed!

24:55 Criminals:

23:00 Viral Tap

Caught on Camera

23:45 Britain’s Got Talent

07:00 Switched 07:25 Make It or Break It 08:15 Ugly Betty 09:00 Rude(ish) Tube 09:30 Rude(ish) Tube 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:30 Youngers 14:00 Made in Chelsea 15:05 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 Romancing the Stone 23:10 The Inbetweeners 23:40 The Inbetweeners 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory






07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 Storage Hoarders 12:30 60 Minute Makeover 13:30 Dinner Date 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 The Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 22:00 Coronation Street 22:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:20 Off Their Rockers 23:45 Benidorm 24:45 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

07:05 Countdown 07:50 Garfield Gets Real 09:15 Dr Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts 11:00 Undercover Boss 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 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 World’s Weirdest 22:00 The Island with Bear Grylls 23:00 Man vs Weird 24:00 Gogglebox

07:00 Childrens TV

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:20 The Hot Desk 08:30 Dinner Date: Australia 09:20 You’ve Been Framed! 12:30 Emmerdale 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 The British Soap Awards 2014 16:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:10 Britain’s Got Talent 19:25 Britain’s Got More Talent 20:25 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 23:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 08:55 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 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 Rude(ish) Tube 17:30 Rude(ish) Tube 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 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 Drifters 24:35 Drifters

monday 26th May BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Fake Britain 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Caught Red Handed 12:15 Call the Council 13:00 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 BBC Regional News 14:30 The Link 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:15 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:15 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 17:45 Antiques Road Trip 18:30 Pointless 19:15 BBC News 19:45 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides 23:05 BBC News 23:30 BBC Regional News 23:40 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:25 The Football League Show


07:10 Homes Under the Hammer 08:10 Call the Council 08:55 When Time Ran Out 10:40 The Pallisers 11:35 The Pallisers 12:30 Golf: PGA Championship 14:30 Wanted Down Under Revisited 15:15 Talking Pictures 15:45 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 17:30 Nature’s Great Events 18:30 Flog It! 19:15 Eggheads 19:45 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 The Fast Show 22:30 Inside No 9 23:00 Goodness Gracious Me 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy

10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:30 5 News 13:35 Home and Away 14:05 Neighbours 14:35 NCIS 15:35 The Devil’s Brigade 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 The Dam Busters 21:50 5 News 22:00 What the Dambusters Did Next 23:40 Raid on Rommel

23-29 May 2014


tuesday 27th May BBC1







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 Escape to the Country 16:30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 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 Happy Valley 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Imagine 24:45 White Oleander

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 Jubal 14:35 Super League Show 15:20 The Pallisers 16:15 Cash in the Attic 16:45 Big Cat Diary 17:15 Nature’s Great Events 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Welcome to Rio 23:00 Later Live with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Culture Show 24:50 Horizon

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 The Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 22:00 Coronation Street 22:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 23:00 ITV News at Ten 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 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss 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 Location, Location, Location 22:00 The Complainers 23:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 24:05 Coppers

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Murder among Friends 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 Classic Car Rescue 21:00 Ben Fogle’s Animal Clinic 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Dinner Date: Australia 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 15:50 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:00 Britain’s Got Talent 19:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:30 Rude(ish) Tube 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 Stardust 23:35 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

wednesday 28th May BBC1







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 Escape to the Country 16:30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 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 A Question of Sport 24:05 The Guess List 24:50 It’s a Boy/Girl Thing

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Caught Red Handed 08:30 Call the Council 09:15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:00 Business Boomers 11:00 Bang Goes the Theory 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Kismet 14:50 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 15:20 The Pallisers 16:15 Cash in the Attic 16:45 Big Cat Diary 17:15 Nature’s Great Events 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:10 Coast Australia 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Watermen: A Dirty Business

07:00 Good Morning Britain

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 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss 12:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 12:30 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 13:35 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 14:05 Celebrity 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 Cardinal Burns 24:35 Mercury Prize Sessions

07:00 Childrens TV

24:45 Cricket 2014

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Dinner Date: Australia 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 15:50 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:00 Britain’s Got Talent 19:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Nutty Professor 23:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 11:30 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:30 Rude(ish) Tube 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

09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 The Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 22:00 Coronation Street 22:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:35 On Assignment 24:10 Total Recall

10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 Next Stop Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 21:00 Minute by Minute 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Jack Taylor

thursday 29th May BBC1







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 Escape to the Country 16:30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 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 The Food Inspectors 22:00 From There to Here 23:00 BBC News 23:25 BBC Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 The Crossing Guard

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Caught Red Handed 08:35 Call the Council 09:20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 10:05 Escape to the Continent 11:05 First Time on the Front Line 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Hans Christian Andersen 14:50 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 15:20 The Pallisers 16:15 Cash in the Attic 16:45 Big Cat Diary 17:15 Nature’s Great Events 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Springwatch 22:00 Springwatch Unsprung 2014 22:30 Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Welcome to Rio

07:00 Good Morning Britain

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 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss 12:00 Come Dine with Me Down Under 12:30 Come Dine with Me Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me Down Under 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 Meet the Police Commissioner 23:00 My Granny the Escort 24:05 The Island with Bear Grylls

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Mystery Woman: Game Time 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News Tonight 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 The Spy Who Brought Down Mary, Queen of Scots 22:00 Trauma Doctors 23:00 The Man Who Ate Himself to Death 24:00 The 16-year-old Baby

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Dinner Date: Australia 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Millionaire Matchmaker 15:50 The Jeremy Kyle Show 18:00 Britain’s Got Talent 19:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Wild Target 23:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:50 Viral Tap

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 Rude(ish) Tube 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rude(ish) Tube 17:30 Rude(ish) Tube 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

09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Jo Frost Family Matters 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Weather 17:00 Ejector Seat 18:00 The Paul O’Grady Show 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 22:00 Coronation Street 22:30 Britain’s Got Talent Results 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:35 Fearne And


23-29 MAY 2014

showbiz goss

by Peter


Writer and Broadcaster

Did he or didn’t he? … That is the Question! I BROUGHT the Ginger Prince here a few weeks ago on the back of an apparent rock solid story that he and Cressida Bonas were a full on item and that grandma had been brought in to celebrate ‘horny Harry’ zipping up his flies. Having said that, what I need to now do is take you back a week and to Memphis Tennessee where a friend of Harry’s called Guy Pelly was getting married to Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Wilson, and we find not only H there but big bruv Wills as well, and they are both ‘flying solo’, minus their ladies. Proving that they truly are a couple of cool royals, the day before the nuptials the lads did what any ordinary geezers might do whilst in Tennessee, they visited Graceland … Super Cool! Returning to the wedding, the story now goes, according to US Weekly that is, that Harry hooked up with a blonde socialite at the do, with the magazine printing ‘the girl comes from a wealthy family in Tennessee,’ before adding ‘Harry set to work to win the girl’s attention, even twerking with her on the dance floor at the Hunt and Polo Club’…where else? It might well now be a good idea to have a cooling drink as there’s more, and it’s well thingy! After the party was over, and here the magazine adds the word ‘allegedly’, “Harry escorted his new female friend to the private home where he was staying, and she stayed overnight!” TILT! Then they added: “She’s been bragging about it to friends, but to Harry it was “just a hookup!” So that’s what it’s called now then is it! For me Harry is a top geezer, and I look forward to the continuing tales of the life and times of The Ginger Prince!

Celebrity Clips

NICOLE KIDMAN portrays Grace Kelly in new movie ‘Grace of Monaco’ but unfortunately for her Prince Albert and his sisters Caroline and Stephanie have said the film is “inaccurate.” Stephanie even told local daily Nice Matin: “This film should never have existed.” Director Olivier Dahan told the same

newspaper, “The family have not seen it and were purely going on the trailer.” Is he pulling my plonker? I REMEMBER the actual moment six years ago when I happened across US comedy show ‘Two And A Half Men’ and how fantastic it was. Sadly it has quite nosedived of late, and last week it was announced that the show will stop next year on completion of the 12th series. It was never the same after the Charlie Sheen meltdown

Two and a Half years ago, and how quirky is that rather odd fact. LADY GA GA is back! At her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball, in Madison Square Garden last weekend she was seen, live on stage, in ripped fishnets getting helped into a new costume in front of her screaming fans. Claiming afterwards she did it to avoid her fans waiting too long, she re-emerged from her helpers wearing a nude thong and tiny stickers to cover her nipples! … Yep! She’s back … and how.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER has been speaking to New York magazine ‘Vulture’ and tells us that although she met her maker in the film Avatar she has been signed up to be involved in the three follow up movies that are planned. “I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one,” she said. But you’re dead Sigourney! … Have we got a Bobby Ewing shower scenario going on here or what?

23-29 MAY 2014



The Tenth Moraira Music Festival

THE TENTH Moraira Music Festival will take place on Sunday June 8, on the stage by the castle in Moraira, starting at 19.30. THE FESTIVAL is the start of Moraira - Moors and Christians Fiesta Celebrations. Sponsored by: Pure Gold 94.1 FM Radio Station, Panache, Unisex Hair and Beauty Salon, Moraira, Taller – Larry of Benitachell, Cool Solutions, Mobile Re-Gas Co., Chameleon Auto Bodies, Benitachell, Hamilton’s of London, Estate Agents, Telitec Communications, SR Print: Pedreguer THE FOLLOWING ACTS HAVE AGREED TO PERFORM: Jazzify: Smooth Jazz Band JAZZIFY PLAYS a mix of low volume jazz, latin, jazzified pop, fusion and lounge music styles. Their music is perfect for the smaller, intimate venues such as bars, restaurants, hotel lounges or a private party. The band consists of Stella Maarsman (vocals), Rudy Maarsman (guitars), Grahame Sheppard (saxophones & flute) and Roberto (percussionist). If you like jazzy music check out this act! Encore! ENCORE FORMED in January 2012, when Amanda & Suzanne recognised a mutual love of ‘proper music’. Too many performers today rely on loud backing music and repetitive lyrics to perform their shows and they wanted to create something ‘purer’. Their show is beautiful blend of swing, jazz, easy listening music and also a party mix with upbeat classics from Abba, Dusty Springfield, Olly Murs, Creedance Clearwater Revival and Bryan Adams to name a few for a fun and lively evening.

The Blues Brothers Experience THIS BLUES Brothers Experience is accumulating fans rapidly, not just in Benidorm but throughout the Costa Blanca, with their unique interpretation based on the great movie of the 80s. Probably the most energetic show you will see this year. This is not just a show: this is a party! Join Jake and Elwood as they take you through the classic songs of the movie but expect a few surprises! RIO: Classic Rock Band RIO RETURNS to the Festival after their storming performance in 2012. They consist of four highly respected international musicians. Pam (vocals) and John Pearson (guitar), currently working as the popular duo ‘Chill Factor’, joined by Jack Hazebroek (drums) and Christian Pearl (keyboards). RIO plays a mix of classic rock by artists like: U2, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Yes… Sharni: Female Entertainer SHARNI HAS more than twenty years’ experience in the entertainment business with residencies in five star hotels in the Middle East and major holiday/leisure resorts in the UK. Sharni is ideal for cabaret, dancing or easy listening – singing hits from the 60s to the present day, from a huge repertoire which she constantly updates.

Lock ‘N’ Load: Rock Band LOCK ‘N’ LOAD was formed in April 2013 from the ashes of various defunct groups. Singer Sean Lock (UK) wanted to reunite passion with great music. In his search for the best musicians he chose Javier Medina (AKA Javi Metal), (drums), local rocker Patxi Rockington (bass) and Wilson Pickit (guitar). The new group began with well-known hard rocking numbers interspersed with the odd ‘anthemic’ ballad. Over time they have added poppier elements, so that one can either play along on air guitar or else boogie it down on the dance floor. For more information go to the website: Or to see videos of previous Moraira Music Festivals go to: Youtube – moraira music festival.


23-29 May 2014

Cartoon capers

Sounds Familiar goes Disney

By Jack Troughton TURNING THE clock back, singing group Sounds Familiar presents a new charity show ‘Disney – Not Just for Children’ at the Casa de Cultura, Calpe, on Friday 30th May and the Auditori Municipal in Ondara on Friday 6th June. The magic and fun of such classic movies such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Aristocats, Snow White, Pinocchio, and many others will be brought to life on stage. The show is packed with tongue-in-cheek humour as the group relive some favourite childhood moments from the films everyone remembers during their childhood – and some songs people may have forgotten. Both performances are helping to raise

much-needed funds for charity Friends of the Children of EMAUS – and instead of holding the traditional raffle, members of the audience are invited to donate all their loose coppers at the beginning and end of the show. Anyone with pots of loose change at home is invited to donate then and the charity will put the coins to good use. Both the Calpe and Ondara shows begin at 8pm and doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are 12€ each. They are available from Margaret and Elena’s Book and Card Shop, Galerias Mar Azul, Calle Gabriel Miro, Calpe, and Day & Night, Calle Malaga 5, Calpe. Alternatively, by ‘phone to 96 558 1483 or via

Charity calls no ball

JAVEA-BASED ANIMAL charity APASA has been forced to cancel its summer ball at the Salon Canor, Teulada, set for Saturday 7th June. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment the move causes supporters.


23-29 MAY 2014 8-14 JANUARY 2010


Look younger with Dracula Therapy ANTI-AGEING treatments on the Costa Blanca just got better with the introduction of Dracula Therapy at Medcare Cosmetics specialist skin rejuvenation clinic. THIS TREATMENT is fantastic for boosting collagen and restoring a more youthful look to the skin. It is loved by many age-defying celebrities, including Danni Minogue and Anna Friel. Despite its Gothic-sounding name, it is actually a high-tech treatment with a solid grounding in medical science – no bats, pointy teeth or garlic involved! The procedure also goes by the more scientific name of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). PRP Therapy works by harnessing the healing properties of platelet growth factors in the blood, effectively using the patient’s own blood to boost the creation of new collagen. PRP is not new. Sports doctors have been using it for many years, having found that injecting platelet-rich plasma directly into injured muscle or joints accelerates recovery. During PRP Therapy a small amount of blood is taken from the arm and spun to separate it into red cells, white cells and platelets. The red and white cells are discarded and the platelets injected into the face, neck and décolletage. The platelets help rebuild and repair our damaged and aged skin cells quickly and stimulate collagen, the protein that gives skin youthful firmness and strength. We lose about one per cent of our collagen every year from when we are born, so by the time we turn 50 we only have half left. Being able to put some back is, therefore, like turning back time for the skin. Because not all skin is alike and we don’t all age in exactly the same way, Medcare offers a range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures

which can lift, tighten, plump and smooth as the patient requires. Medcare will advise which treatment, or combination of treatments, will best suit each person – whether it is PRP, Botox, fillers, Sculptra, Dermapen, Dermaroller or laser resurfacing. This bespoke approach offers flexibility and ensures patients get the best result for their needs. And, at Medcare you know you are in the best hands as all treatments are administered by a highly skilled and experienced doctor who has trained with top international trainers, including Dr Daniel Sister, the pioneer of Dracula Therapy. To book a free consultation with Medcare’s skin rejuvenation experts at either their Benijofar or Alfaz del Pi clinics, call 96 686 0258 or email Medcare Cosmetics also offers all types of cosmetic surgery, with free, initial no-obligation consultations with the surgeon.

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E-cigarettes: give up by swapping one habit for another IT’S OFFICIAL - e-cigarettes can help smokers give up their habit. A survey of 5,863 smokers in the UK revealed that ‘e-smokers’ found the use of e-ciggies 60% more effective than patches or gum. Study leader Professor Robert West of the University College London said: “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal.” However, it was also pointed out that the most effective way to quit is still through the NHS Stop Smoking Services. Health experts warn that although the findings are significant, little is known about the long term effects of e-smoking and warn that it would not be advisable for non-smokers to take up the increasingly popular habit. In America,asurvey of nearly 40,000 youngsters found that e-cigarette use among students doubled between 2011 and 2012 from 3.1% to 6.5%.

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23-29 May 2014


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Changing from “you” to “he or she” sentences (part 2) In our last lesson we started to look at how we change verbs to refer to “he” or “she”, in other words to put them into the “third person singular” form. Having established that in all verbs except one we do this by dropping the letter “s” from the end of second person singular (you) form, we can now go back once more to some previous verbs and see how this works in practice. Let’s look at our original expressions of intention, obligation and need, for example. Vas a – you are going to Va a – he or she is going to Puedes – you can Puede – he or she can Quieres – you want Quiere – he or she wants Prefieres – you prefer Prefiere – he or she prefers. You can see clearly from these examples that all that is required is the dropping of the letter “s” to make this change from second to third person, and that is true of every single verb in Spanish in the present tense with only one exception, as I mentioned, which is the verb SER (to be). This is an irregular verb and changes from eres (you are) to es (he or she is). I’m now going to state the obvious yet again, because sometimes it is the obvious that we don’t think about! When we are forming a sentence in the third person we are suddenly at liberty to name the subject of the sentence in a way we cannot do with the first and second person. To explain what I mean in English, a first person sentence can only start with “I” and the second person sentence can only start with “you”. In Spanish, as we know, these words yo and tú are optional

extras. However, when we come to the third person, we can use “he” or “she” or many other possible subjects – my husband, your friend, the teacher, Mr. Smith, that man over there, the person who lives in that house, Mary, Bill, my cat – I think you’re getting the idea. So, without further ado, let’s see what new sentences we can form – there are of course thousands of them! Mi marido va a trabajar mañana. Tu amiga puede pasar cuando quiere. (Here the verb pasar means “to call in”) El profesor quiere hablar con tu madre. El señor Smith prefiere comer pescado. Remember as well we can form our negatives and our questions from these very easily. Mi marido no va a trabajar mañana. Tu amiga no puede pasar cuando quiere. ¿El profesor quiere hablar con tu madre? ¿El señor Smith prefiere comer pescado? Notice in particular the way we would translate these last two sentences. In English they would start with “Does” – “Does the teacher want to speak to your mother?” “Does Mr. Smith prefer to eat fish?” These words such as “do” and “does” when forming questions are called “auxiliary verbs” and only exist in English. In Spanish they are not needed. When we are forming simple closed (yes/no) question, we simply make a statement sound like a question with our voice and write it with the upside down question mark. In other words, it is as though we were saying: “The teacher wants to speak to your mother?” “Mr. Smith prefers to eat fish?” It is noticeable as well that some Spanish people speak English in this way, translating directly from their own language, which is actually a lot more straightforward anyway!

Spring Concert for the Cucaracha Club A FULLY fledged fund raising programme is now underway to cover the budget for the independent local film; ‘The Cucaracha Club’. Staring Hollywood actor Al Matthews, former Eastender’s star Tom Watt, who played Lofty in the series, and local actors such as Billie Anthony’Gaddess, the cameras are hoping to roll this Autumn. Their next event is a music filled evening at Black 7 in Los Montesinos, located close to the Petrol Station. Everyone is invited to go along on the 27th May and meet with the team from Siesta Film Productions and also partake in the inaugural performance of theme song for the film, sung by Chloe Leigh. Tickets are just 6.00€ with all profits going directly to the production costs of the forthcoming film. More information and tickets are available on their website: or directly from Kennedys English Supermarket, Venture Fleet or Black Chloe 7 in Montesinos, Flabulous in Quesada or by calling Leigh Yvonne on 645 874 793.

Heading for Chicago TALENTED TEENAGERS of Footlights Youth Theatre are looking forward to a weekend workshop in Calpe centred on the hit musical ‘Chicago’. Two of the show’s most memorable numbers – ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’ – will be studied and staged over the two days, together with some dialogue work. Rachel Bingham, the founder of ‘West End on Demand’, will again provide the expert direction – returning to the Costa Blanca after last year’s successful weekend studying ‘Les Miserables’. The workshop is being staged on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. Places are restricted but there are a few vacancies for talented young non-members at 25€ each. Footlights Youth Theatre, who scored a success with a version of West side Story earlier this year, are busy rehearsing for a summer cabaret. The free show will be staged at Calpe’s Casa de Cultura on Wednesday 2nd July and will include both Chicago routines. And the multi-national group is keen to welcome new members. To take part in the ‘Chicago Weekend’, or to join Footlights Youth Theatre, call 96 587 0198.

Velocity Racing

AN AWESOME night of driving took place Saturday night at Velocity Racing Cartagena Oval race track. They welcomed back three old race faces: Mark Pope, Mark Sears from the UK and Frank Nóhring from Germany. An exciting night for Popey (654) taking three wins and a 2nd and Mark Sears (354) taking a win, also celebrating in true style with a startling wheel spinning display. The driving was exhilarating round the bends between the two friends and rivals. In the 7th race of the night young rookie rod teenager Ethan Pope took the win from his Dad with great skill. (One to watch) In the Rookie Rods Class Newcomer Martin Whitehouse (Geeky) (72) took 2 seconds on his debut and Samantha York in her new car (669) got her first win of

the season with an exceptional drive. The Grafter Graham Stannard (103) also had 2 wins of the night in the Lightning Rod class. Elvis in car 68 had smashing time into a wall of tyres and then had to retire with mechanical trouble. The final race (all drivers) saw some exciting drives as car 130 lost its steering, knocking out champion Caroline Capel (46) giving way to Popey once again. Shame about teenage super star Rookie Rod Jaz Lawrence (982) having to pull out with a broken fuel pipe and also young Lightning Rod Ryan Smith with gear box trouble. Sure they’ll be back in winning style at the next meeting ‘Le Mans Start’ on the 31st May: Gate open at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm.


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with Aunty Virus


Can´t decide on an OS

HELLO AUNTY: I am looking at replacing my laptop, but can’t decide on the OS. I currently run Windows 7 Ultimate, which I am very happy with. However, most new machines come with Windows 8/8.1, which I have not experienced, but have read several uncomplimentary comments on. Machines with Windows 7 are available, but are limited and more expensive. I have also seen advertisements for machines that have ‘Windows 8, downgraded to Windows 7’ – What’s all that about? Also, in light of Windows 8, do you know how long Windows 7 will be supported? Your advice is appreciated. Thanks, Derek.

Aunty says: Windows 8 has both good points and some bad points. Most of the bad points come from the different look and interface it used. It was designed for ‘touch screen’ devices. The ‘Metro’ tiles, and ‘touch screen’ look is not liked by many, and the main complaint for W8 users. But, you can also run W8 with the traditional looking ‘desktop’. After using ‘Windows desktop’ for so long, Windows 8 ‘tiles’ does take some getting used to. Support for W7 has a few years yet: Windows XP - Service Pack 3 - End of extended support - April 8, 2014: Windows Vista - Service Pack 2 - End of extended support - April 11, 2017: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 - End of extended support - January 14, 2020: Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 - End of extended support - January 10, 2023.

AGV Tune-Up update

DEAR AUNTY: I was reading issue 578 about removing AVG. I have both AVG free version and AVG Tune-up 2014. I am constantly advised there is an Update for AVG PC Tune-up available. However, when I run the update it downloads but will not install saying I have ‘PC Tune-up 2011’. I deleted this sometime ago and it is not listed on my list of programs, unless of course it is still lurking in the background. If so, is there any way I can find this? I have looked on the help pages of AVG but cannot find a solution. Philip (Benijofar). Aunty says: It looks like Tune up 2011 was not totally and successfully removed from your PC when you “deleted it sometime ago.” So perhaps you need to try these two options to see if you can remove 2011 and 2014... AVG provide a ‘removal tool’ to help remove their programs just in case the automatic uninstallers do not work. They can be found at: You just have to make sure you use the correct 32bit or 64bit version for your version of Windows. Failing that, ‘revouninstaller’ usually works where others fail.

Microsoft scam HI AUNTY: Just read the letter and reply in a previous edition regarding the possible scam that starts with the phone call from ‘Microsoft’. I’m not a pro in computers but have a fair knowledge and often help others out. I had to sort out a problem recently which started exactly as described. An elderly friend fell for the fairly plausible chat from the ‘consultant’. Next thing he knew was he was shown on his screen a long list of errors (fictitious of course), his computer was being controlled remotely. He was requested to make a payment to resolve this, he refused and then his system was locked with

a username & password (Crypto lock). Fortunately with some assistance from a colleague much higher qualified within the industry, I was able to unlock the system and get him running. The advice is: don’t give anyone access to your computer. Don’t click on links and attachments within emails unless you know exactly where they are from and you were expecting them. It is easy to fall into these traps and get caught and the scammers know it! Phil (San Luis)

Crossword Solutions for Last Week CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Wreaths; 7 Party; 9 Walls; 10 Log-book; 12 Story-teller; 14 Bill-sticker; 18 Remarry; 19 Might; 21 Pages; 22 Palmist. Down: 1 Tread; 2 Tablet; 3 Shy; 4 Barbel; 5 Strokes; 8 Contact; 11 Writers; 13 Literal; 15 Leader; 16 Enigma; 17 Ghost; 20 Man. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Disease; 7 Under; 9 Pleat; 10 Minimum; 12 Instruction; 14 Constituent; 18 Natural; 19 Droll; 21 Actor; 22 Advance. Down: 1 Aisle; 2 Retain; 3 Use; 4 Insist; 5 Set upon; 8 Liqueur; 11 Ethical; 13 Monarch; 15 Stupor; 16 Normal; 17 Slack; 20 Odd.

Aunty says: Best advice is if it sounds dodgy or too good to be true, it usually is! And yes, be careful opening any email with attachments: you never know what they may contain!

Suduko Answer

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

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Lenovo G505 15.6-inch Windows 8 Laptop PC THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Lenovo G505 15.6-inch Laptop PC with Windows 8.1, a powerful, modern budget laptop ideal for everyday computing needs. If you’ve been thinking about replacing that trusty old laptop then the Lenovo G505 is an ideal candidate. The basic specifications are impressive for a budget machine – AMD E1-2100 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500 GB hard drive, DVD burner, fixed and wireless network connection, built-in webcam, Bluetooth and Windows 8.1 installed! But first let’s address the elephant in the room – Windows 8. Having grown to accept Windows XP/7 the new ‘metro’ tile style Windows 8 is somewhat of a culture shock for many. Sure, a lot of people have been put off upgrading their machines because of it – but should you be? One of the biggest complaints has been the loss of the much loved Start button – but there is a stripped down version in 8.1, and Microsoft has promised the return of the original in a future upgrade. The Lenovo has a 15.6 inch widescreen LED display with a maximum resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels which produces sharp images and bold colours and re-produces your HD content crisply. And if you want to watch your HD content on

your TV it even has an HDMI port to connect to an HD TV for full screen viewing. There’s no skimping on connectivity with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, RJ45 LAN port, VGA monitor connector, HDMI out for modern monitors/TVs and a Multi Card Slot that accepts SD, MMC cards. So there should be no problem connecting your favourite USB mouse or getting the photographs from your SD camera card. Battery life is pretty good too, just under four hours during average web / gaming use. You can also adjust your battery usage to your needs with the Lenovo power saving settings utility – so it´s possible to stretch this even further. The keyboard and trackpad also perform well – the trackpad is big and responds accurately and also offers multitouch support for easy browsing. The keyboard buttons are soft touch and virtually silent with a spacious layout. And weighing in at just 2.5kg it won’t feel like you’ve got a breeze block balanced on your lap either.

The Inspector’s Verdict: The Lenovo G505 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 Laptop PC covers all the bases, whether you want a multimedia pc to play your HD movies, surf the web or chat with friends on Skype the Lenovo provides the power and flexibility to cope with ease. And as with all of Lenovos’ products it’s solidly built so should be good for years to come! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound. to purchase the Lenovo G505 15.6inch Laptop PC for 321€. Please note the charger is fitted with a UK style 3-pin plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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

What to give the golfer who has everything? IT HAS always been a tough question to answer merely because golf is such a personal game - you need only observe a few of your playing partner’s swings to appreciate just how personal it can be - and therefore any attempt to buy a surprise gift would always have to be accompanied with the availability of a receipt and the caveat that - “The shop said they would change it, if it wasn’t suitable”. This tended to take some of the pleasure away and added the risk that the recipient may well feel unable to ask for the receipt for fear of offending the giver. The gift thereafter being doomed to gather dust in the garage. However all that has changed thanks to TaylorMade. Just a few months ago and in good time for Christmas they introduced a set of clubs that combined state-of-the-art technology with ultimate personalisation in terms of loft and feel. Two features on each of their new SLDR range provide loft adjustment of up to 3% and a sliding weight that allows for lateral movement thereby providing or countering fade and draw. TaylorMade point out that this weight is positioned at the front of the club head and therefore the centre of gravity remains well forward. With the success of that range they have now taken it a stage further.

Phil Mickelson



Head Other courses Tony M: Have you ever wondered why tens of thousands tune into our golf show on Bay Radio? Campbell: - I am constantly amazed that even non-golfers regularly listen to you and me banging on about various aspects of golf.

TaylorMade introduced a set of clubs that combined state-of-the-art technology with ultimate personalisation

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - WELL TO A CERTAIN EXTENT! TaylorMade have introduced Mini Driver! Yeh OK! putting all jokes to one side this is a new development that is already gaining significant support amongst the pros. This product comes as a welcome addition in the bag of players of all abilities. Most single figure handicap players have no issue with length off the tee, and don’t want to give too much distance away in exchange for control. The slightly shorter shaft length and smaller head size of the Mini Driver fills that need perfectly. Off the tee you will gain accuracy and sacrifice no more than 15 yards. However the same fifteen yards will be returned when you use it in place of your three wood off the fairway. You may recall that Phil Mickelson recently threw his driver away in favour of his three wood and, in so doing, marched to success in the OPEN. More recently Justine Rose has done something similar and has included the TaylorMade Mini Driver in his bag. Why, you may ask and what is so different? I asked Campbell for his views -

“I am very enthusiastic about this new development and can see it being very popular for golfers who maybe have struggled with recent technology in big headed drivers and want a little more control from the tee. In recent years shafts have become longer and club heads bigger and for many this has not made the game any easier. Now TaylorMade are, to a certain extent, turning the clock back with their Mini Driver, a club that is equally useful both off the tee and off the fairway. I can see it becoming the most popular club in many golfers bag.” If you would like to see this new Mini Driver in action (No not the actress!!!) then call into the golf centre in Ondara at any time or give Campbell a call and arrange a time when he will be there to help you decide if it is right for you. Don’t forget that Campbell has an indoor driving range and two simulators in his shop so you can try these clubs immediately and enjoy the feel of an open golf course. The price bracket will be somewhere between that of a fairway wood and a driver. As always, for the best prices contact Campbell direct. All his contact details are on the page opposite.

Tony M: There are a number of things that amaze me about our program. Campbell - Such as? Tony M - Well the number of people who comment that we appear to know what we are talking about. Campbell - That’s true and then of course there is the fact that I am there to add some semblance of authority to the proceedings. Tony M - . . . and I am there to make you look good? Campbell - I think it’s working! Tony M - Hmm! At times like this I always bear in mind that well known fact that a closed mouth gathers no foot.


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road test

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

DRIVING THE Citroen Berlingo Multispace reignites memories for me of 1977 – 1984 and the first leisure vehicle inspired by Range Rover - its similar, if taller than the Rancho. The Popemobile inspired design is not my typical choice of transport. However, it is a true multi-purpose vehicle ideal for taking my wife, her parents and our baby daughter on a family trip to London. The sliding rear doors are easy to operate, great for car parks where there’s never enough room to open a normal car door properly – useful when strapping Harriett into her baby seat. The boot makes light work of luggage and there

are plenty of cubby holes, with helpful overhead storage above the boot - see the video at the boot cover can be lifted from inside. There’s a high driving position. While at first the seats seem pretty comfortable, over a long journey they could be more supportive. The interior is spacious and snazzy and the dashboard is user-friendly and funky: copious amounts of glass ensure plenty of light and air. The handbrake is a bit close to the driver’s seat for comfort but you get used to it. Its gutsy 1.6-litre, 90bhp diesel can cover over 600 miles with its 60 litre tank. The five-speed box is perfectly adequate but a sixth gear might further improve economy. Rear passengers have roof mounted air vents and fan control and air conditioning creates a pleasant climate.

The Berlingo Multispace is surprisingly compact considering the room inside. A mammoth tailgate makes great shelter from the rain. However, the driver has to remember to leave space behind him in order to access the boot. Driving - a little remote and cumbersome, with vision impeded by the centre pillar, so extra care is required when overtaking. No cruise control for motorway travelling; and if fifth gear is engaged at 30mph the vehicle shudders, resulting in a rattle from the dash. Car expert Parkers say: “Spacious, practical and brimming with family-friendly features, the Berlingo Multispace is a five-seat people carrier for buyers on a budget. It sits between the cheaper Xsara Picasso and stylish C4 Picasso in the Citroen range but, unlike its predecessor, is no longer based on a van. Instead it uses car underpinnings, is comfortable and surprisingly good to drive as a result.” Similar to variants from both Fiat and Peugeot, also unconventionally styled, these vehicles are popular with families but the Citroen is particularly so due to its incredibly well-designed interior, keen price and strong economy. Citroen Berlingo Multispace VTR HDi 90 New price range: £12,795 - £16,795 Top speed: 102mph Power: 90bhp 0-60mph: 14.3secs Road tax: £120 a year Watch the video at:

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

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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

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Pool.La Regia area area.For more information Call:603 276 598 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

LONG TERM RENTAL WANTED Cartagena/Los Alcazares area. Unfurnished,2 Bedroom minimum. Outside space,Terrace/Garden.Retired English Lady with a small dog. VILLA FOR LONG TERM RENTAL 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms,Fully Furnished,Own Garden,Communal

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1st June,Returning Spain to UK 10th June, space available 0034679042805 / 0044(0)7552985343 SPANISH MOVES Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken also pet transport catered for. Telephone UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 960 130 537 ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTS & REMOVALS SPAIN-UK-SPAIN Van leaving UK: 8 June, 1 July, 8 August, 7 October. Van leaving Spain: 25 June, 2 & 24 August. Regular Trips. From parcel to full load. International, Local & Storage: affordable and Reliable Service. Fully Insured. Tel. Wayne on 633 933 391. email:

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