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Ready and waiting by louise clarke

COASTAL MUNICIPALITIES up and down the Costa Blanca are readying themselves for an influx of visitors during the coming weeks as the holiday season kicks in. Fingers are crossed for decent weather but in the meantime, the beaches are being prepared for bathers and both Torrevieja and Orihuela Town Halls have invested thousands of euros in beach safety and coastal monitoring. Torrevieja’s beaches officially opened to the public last weekend and will have lifeguard surveillance every day of the week from 11am until 7pm until Monday 9th April and again from 2nd June until 16th September. The investment by Torrevieja equates to €520,683 and will pay for 26 surveillance points with full time lifeguards during the summer season and 11 monitoring points in the off-peak season. BATHING ACCESS SERVICE

Ernie with his old Head Teacher, Ximo

La Marina’s very own Marine

Ernie Macfarlane, who has lived in La Marina with his parents for the last seven years, has recently passed out as a Royal Marine Commando. Read his story on page 8.

A total of 75 qualified lifeguards will serve on the beaches of Torrevieja in high season, from 2nd July until 2nd September. The Councillor for Beaches, Antonio Boix, highlighted the enormous economic effort being made by the Torrevieja Town Hall for the development and monitoring of the beaches to ensure that the safety and security of residents, visitors and holiday makers alike. He told RTN: “There will be more than 70 qualified lifeguards on duty during the peak season, 44 members of the Red Cross on duty from 2nd June to 1st July, and 38 lifeguards during Easter week.” He added that there will also be a special bathing access service for the physically disabled and a special phone number (965 71 18 18) for those who need help to access the beach and get back home again; a service which will be provided completely free of charge. He said “This service has been in high demand not only by residents and tourists in Torrevieja, but also for disabled people from nearby towns that do not have Adapted Bathing points.” Continued on page 3


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The coverage period for this service will be from 2nd July to 2nd September, Monday to Sunday from 11am until 7pm. Meanwhile, over in Orihuela Costa, the beaches are back to blue flag conditions following the storm last month and thanks to lots of hard work on the part of the Town Hall Beach Maintenance Team. Councillor for Beaches and Tourism, Pedro Mancebo, announced that the lifeguard service on the beaches of Orihuela will also be avail-

able during the Easter week and has been extended until next Monday, 9th April after a contract was signed between two companies, one of which is devoted to monitoring and rescue and the other to healthcare services and emergencies. According to the Councillor, there will be 25 lifeguards, three health professionals, an administrative coordinator and a permanent ambulance service dedicated to the beaches of Orihuela from 10am until 6pm.

Morechangestobusroutes THE TRANSPORT Officer for the Municipality of Torrevieja, Antonio Boix, has announced this week that from Monday there will be further improvements made to the urban bus service routes which will not involve the modification of schedules or frequencies. He said that the amendment will be made to improve the public transport service and optimise it even further. The Town Hall transport official said a new line will be introduced along the coast in La Mata and that Line E: Torrevieja-Los Balcones will now incorporate stops at Hotel Fontana and the Bus Station as well as a new stop on Calle Patricio Zammit. Meanwhile, Line B: Torrevieja-Torretas, will get a new stop at the Acequión Health Centre.

Playgroup in Orihuela Costa by Louise Clarke AFTER SPEAKING to parents of young children who visit the Orihuela Costa Town Hall, it became apparent to Denise Wesserling in the International Residents’ Office that there is a need for a playgroup in Orihuela Costa. As a result, she has contacted RTN to publicise it to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the new initiative. Denise has spoken to the people who run the Centro Civico in Playa Flamenca and they have kindly offered the use of their

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Guardia civil called to calm parents LAST THURSDAY’S General Strike was well supported according to the national press and the unions, although, of course, the government has contradicted the numbers of protestors that have been branded about.

Protestors outside the Los Alcores Institute in San Miguel de Salinas

by louise clarke But it wasn’t just the large cities like Madrid and Barcelona where demonstrators were trying to get their voices heard in protest against the PP Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy’s labour reforms. In small towns across the Vega Baja, teachers, municipal employees, factory workers and health carers all came out to support the Huelga General. In San Miguel de Salinas, both the primary and the secondary schools were affected by the teachers and office staff going on strike and those who did strike protested outside the two educational facilities and the Town Hall throughout the morning. FRIGHTENING Outside the Los Alcores Instituto, protestors padlocked the school gates to prevent any unsupportive teachers and pupils entering the building. Officers from the Local Police had to be called and ended up using bolt cutters to get through the chains that

had been placed around the entrance in order to allow those who wanted to enter the school grounds. Meanwhile, the Guardia Civil had to be called after parents of children at the Gloria Fuertes Primary School clashed with demonstrators. Younger children became frightened by the constant blowing of whistles and shouting and some of their parents asked the demonstrators to stop blowing their whistles until the children were safely inside the school building. After the protestors refused, things became heated and the officers had to be called to calm the situation. One parent told RTN: “I understand why they are protesting and I agree that education should be the last thing affected by the government’s cuts, but frightening the children like this is unnecessary.” Most parents kept their children from school for the day as the majority of the teachers at the primary school supported the strike.

79 people arrested in Catalonia in 29 riots THOSE ARRESTED are accused of disorderly conduct during 29M protests against labour reform alternatives. 13 faced court proceedings on Friday, two of whom faced imprisonment as they have records for public disorder and carried incendiary devices. 10 of those arrested were released with ‘obligatory biweekly presentations’ to the court. The Barcelona City Council estimated at 595,000€ in damage caused to street furniture, pavements and landscaped areas of the city. Various city departments are analysing the damage caused by 295 burning trash cans; wreckage of bins and bus stop shelters; and many incidents of pavement vandalism.

Keep an eye on the sunshine! AT THE start of the Spanish summer there is the usual rush to purchase a trendy pair of shades, all too available in local markets and beachside retail stores. However, Juan Carlos Martinez Morales, president of the General Council of Colleges of Opticians and Optometrists, warns this week that one in three pairs of sunglasses purchased fail to protect the eyes from dangerous UV rays, adding that wearing inadequate protection is more harmful than not wearing any sunglasses at all. He recommends buying quality sunglasses from approved optical facilities to avoid the risk of eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, keratitis and cataracts.

‘Judas’ or Justified..?

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The quintet resigned publically at last week’s ‘pleno’ meeting

by louise clarke RTN SAID that the political saga in Orihuela would get worse before it got better and it was right. At last Thursday evening’s ‘pleno’ meeting five members of the CLARO party publically resigned after the President of the party voted in favour of a PP instigated motion. Brandishing a dish containing 30 pieces of silver and signs with ‘Judas’ written on them, the five members stood in front of the government team and held up banners saying ‘I resign from CLARO’ in both English and Spanish. RTN met up with the quintet following their resignation to discuss why they chose to do it so publically during the council meeting. “In our opinion,” said the party dissidents, “by voting with the PP opposition party, who we believe to be corrupt and dishonest, CLARO has been associated with them and we should all hang our heads in shame.” KEEPING PROMISES According to the five, they and the other CLARO party members have worked very hard during the last five years to get fair play for Orihuela Costa and not once in that time did Monica Lorente ever respond to a letter sent on behalf of the coastal party. Judith Webb, who was pictured all over the Spanish press waving her ‘Judas’ sign in front of Bob Houliston at the meeting, told RTN: “All of a sudden Monica is Bob’s best friend and is offering

him anything he wants to get back into power. She is a ‘She Devil’ and he will have his 30 pieces of silver.” Judith added: “This is about integrity, honour, honesty, loyalty, hard work, fairness and keeping our promises no matter how hard it becomes. That is what CLARO is about.” DINGY VILLAGE TYRANTS Meanwhile, other residents on the coast have questioned how five members of the coastal party managed to get prime position at the front of the public seating area when it was standing room only inside and outside. One coastal resident got there two hours before the meeting and the closest he could get to the action was watching the events unfold on a big screen in the entrance area of the Town Hall. The resident told RTN: “What happened at the ‘pleno’ was disgusting and falls very far short of what one should normally expect in a modern democracy. This well rehearsed spectacle can be best compared to the behaviour of dingy village tyrants of times long past.” The government team issued a statement saying that it wishes to express their absolute rejection of the actions of the former CLARO party members who rebuked the former Councillor for the Coast. It said: “Such events are not justified and we will always ensure the safety of the Councillors during the plenary sessions.”



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Five arrested for theft


LOCAL POLICE officers in Mazarron have arrested five people, two men and three women, one of whom is a minor, on suspicion of robbery. by Louise Clarke LOCAL POLICE officers in Mazarron have arrested five people, two men and three women, one of whom is a minor, on suspicion of robbery. The arrests came after officers received a 112 emergency phone call telling them that an establishment located in Calle Vía de Mazarrón had been robbed and that one of the sales team had been attacked and threatened with a knife. The alleged perpetrators were described as being of Roma origin; both women and men. The call also reported that the suspects had fled the scene in a red Opel Corsa car, which made off in the direction of the port. Officers then immediately implemented a special tracking system and located the car passing the Alamillo urbanisation on the way to Cartagena.

Some of the items seized by Mazarron Local Police officers

the Paseo Francisco Martínez Muñoz of Puerto Mazarron. Officers seized hunThe vehicle was stopped by Local Podreds of pirate CDs, fake branded polo lice officers and after a search of the car shirts, hooded tops and trousers. All the several items that had been previously items were in the possession of a man of identified as being stolen during the robMoroccan origin who was trying to sell by Louise Clarke bery, were found inside. The occupants of them to passers by. He was also arrested ORIHUELA COUNCILLOR for Communication, Pedro Mancebo, the vehicle were residents of Cartagena, but later released with a caution. has announced that he will suggest to the government team that the €3 million that had been set aside to build a new sports centre in the city and which has never materialised should be used for the benefit of residents. He told RTN: “The government team suggested to build a new Town Hall THE WORLD Cup and European Football Championship trophy will be in San Javier next weekend. The trophies will be in Orihuela in order to save the high rental charges and available to view at the Council meeting room in the San Javier Town Hall on Saturday 14th April from 10am until 7pm although a new Town Hall is necessary, it is nowhere near as and on the Barnuevo Esplanade in Santiago de la Ribera on 15th April at the same time. Anyone who would like to come urgent as the long overdue school building at the Playas de and see the valuable trophies that were won by the Spanish football team in 2008 and 2010 can be photographed with Orihuela Primary School in Los Dolses, where the children them and capture the historical moment for posterity. have been taught in port-a-cabins since 1998.” PIRATE CDs

Elche and Alguazas and all were arrested and taken by the local police to the Guardia Civil barracks in Puerto Mazarron, where they were charged with robbery offences and threatening behaviour. Their car was also seized. Meanwhile, Mazarrón Local Police later confiscated various items that had been on sale on

New town hall will have to wait



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Forest fire in Galician Nature Park

THE XUNTA de Galicia declared a Level One Alert for a forest fire that started at around 3pm Saturday. The fire service and the Mayor of A Capela say the damage extends to thousands of hectares of Europe’s only remaining Atlantic Forest Reserve at Las Fragas de Eume, an area of outstanding natural beauty. 200 people were evacuated from their homes and more than 200 military troops were mobilised to bring the fire under control with the assistance of four planes and five helicopters. It is thought the blaze was started deliberately. The mayor of A Capela, Manuel Meizoso, observed sadly: “The fire raiser knew what he was doing: he chose the perfect spot.”

by louise clarke

MORE OFTEN than not young people here in Spain, especially young expats, get a rough ride and often get accused of being lazy and not doing enough to help themselves. This could not be further than the truth for 19 year old Ernie Macfarlane who has lived in La Marina with his parents for the last seven years. RTN caught up with Ernie last week during a well deserved holiday after he recently passed out as a Royal Marine Commando. Ernie has just spent 32 weeks on what has been described as the hardest training course in the world. To be able to pass out and receive the coveted Green Beret, his final task was to run for 30 miles through the Dartmoor wilderness carrying a back pack weighing 42lb and wearing a weight belt of 21lb; this young man could never be called lazy! PRIDE Ernie was only twelve when the family came to live in Spain; which is often a difficult time for young people to come to a new country and learn a new language but he took it all in his stride and settled into life in Spain and at the local high school. RTN was delighted to have been invited to join Ernie on the first visit to his former school since he passed out in March and you could see the pride in the faces of Ximo, his old head teacher’s face as Ernie explained the significance of the medal that he won during his training; his excellent shooting skills

Ernie, Ximo and his proud parents Ernie Senior and Ann

meant that he came out top of all his fellow trainees to win the distinguished Charnock Shooting Trophy. DETERMINED But it isn’t just his shooting skills that won Ernie top honours during his Marine training, he was also one of only four recruits to earn a red vest which symbolises that he was a PT Superior; one of the fittest in the troop. “My ultimate aim,” said the newly qualified Marine, “is to be a PTI (Personal Training Instructor) within the Royal Marine Commando.” Ernie’s Mum and Dad told RTN how he had been eager to go into the Marines since he was 13. “I tried to persuade him to go in the regular army

Weekly deposits for mobile eco park

SAN JAVIER’S Environment Councillor, Celia Martinez, announced this week that starting from next Monday the as it is easier to get in, but he was so de- municipality mobile eco park will be located in all areas of termined,” said proud Dad, Ernie Senior. the town on a weekly basis. The Eco Park will allow residents of all districts to deposit BRIGHT FUTURE waste that has no place in traditional containers, such as Now Ernie, the Marine, is destined for batteries, oils, solvents, clothing, and small appliances. The great things and is looking forward to mobile eco park will be in El Mirador, San Cayetano, Pozo more training and gruelling exercises in Aledo, Roda and San Javier on Mondays, Santiago de la the Scottish Highlands. And because of Ribera and San Javier on Tuesdays. his Spanish and Valencia languages, his Santiago de la Ribera will be visited again on Wednesdays commanding officers have said that they and San Javier will see its third visit of the week on a would like him to embark on a linguistic course, where he will be given the oppor- Thursday, meanwhile Friday’s collection will be made in La tunity of learning several languages in- Manga. The vehicle will be parked in public spaces as well cluding Purdesh, which is an Afghan dia- as outside schools and public and municipal buildings. If you live in the San Javier municipality and need a lect. Whatever the future holds for Ernie, it is bright and he is an excellent exam- large item of household furniture removing, please call the ple of what young people can achieve if Department of Environment on 968 57 37 00 ext 5408 or 5215 they put their minds to it. for an appointment.



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Sick and tired of paying more taxes IN THE 646 issue of RTN there was the story ‘Benefit Mum Behind Bars’ and a week prior there was a letter of the week with a cartoon about people illegally driving a car with no insurance. These situations are prompting me to write because it reminded me of people we know about. Both the people are on ‘benefits’ thanks to the previous Labour government that was so good at increasing taxes more and more from hard working people and giving it to those with an attitude of entitlement and thinking the world owes them a living: the Labour Party was so generous with other people’s money. One of the above mentioned persons on ‘benefits’ drives with no car insurance. When he was asked what he would do if the police stopped him, he defiantly said he would lie and say he didn’t know his car was uninsured. The other person collecting ‘benefits’ always has money to get drunk and cause problems for the neighbours. Many honest people are sick and tired of paying more taxes to support lazy people who think the world owes them a living. Perhaps some of the people ripping off the system by illegally collecting ‘benefits’ will read this and know that they might be next to be exposed by UK Benefits Fraud Investigators. Torrevieja

More and more popping up OVER THE past few years I have noticed more and more large Chinese stores popping up. From a few sources I have heard that the Chinese have been able to start businesses in Spain without having to pay taxes from between three and five years. After that amount of time is up, the businesses simply declare bankruptcy and begin under a different name without paying taxes. Perhaps other readers of RTN can confirm if this is true. I have heard that the Chinese have been able to start businesses here under the assumption they will ‘stimulate the economy’. Yet Spain still has around 23% unemployed and these Chinese stores seem to mostly hire Chinese and very few Spanish. If this keeps up, Spain will be overrun by China. It seems unfair they don’t have to pay tax and only sell goods imported from China. I can’t help feeling sorry for Spanish businesses trying to compete and slowly being put out of business by these large Chinese stores. If this keeps up, the country’s name might have to be changed from ‘Spain’ to ‘China’. Sincerely, Mary Anderson

Please clean up after your dogs I HAVE written two letters on the subject of dogs fouling Albir and both were printed (thank you RTN). I have to say I look down on a road in Albir and see the road cleaners working in hot weather doing a fantastic job. The worst thing I can see is the amount of dog fouling - you can smell it at this time of year before you see it! The cleaners cleaned my road but the very next day there were piles of dog mess everywhere. The doggy stations have not been filled for months now but you can buy poo bags from the super markets for cents. All we are asking is please, please clean up after your dogs and keep Albir the great place it is to live in. Thank you

A job well done WE WOULD like thank Steve of the Blue Brigade for his prompt response and help in saving a cat that had been trapped down a chimney for a few days on a disused power station site in th Cabo Roig area recently. He alerted the fire brigade and police who attended immediately: the firemen quickly located and released the frightened cat. So thanks to all concerned for a job well done. Barbara, Dorothy and Rena, La Zenia,

Nothing changes NOT A lot has changed around here regarding problems with dogs. We still get mess around our house and dogs still roam free on the streets. Metal signs on our green areas asking dog owners to keep dogs off are ripped down, and when attacked by three barking dogs recently I was verbally abused and assaulted by the owner for asking him to keep his dogs on a lead. We have at least nine dogs in our immediate area, three or four of which bark constantly at anything that moves…The police do nothing and if you complain who knows what will happen to you or your property? A non-dog owner Name and address withheld

A great St. Patrick’s Day

We have lived here nearly six years now and have visited many St. Paddy’s Day parades – even in America! But the event at Cabo Roig took some beating. We had family over from Ireland and they were amazed. My son said afterwards he was expecting one of the Irish bars decorated in white, green and gold, Guinness and perhaps some music. You should have seen his face when we arrived at the pyramid roundabout! There was something for everyone from Harley Davison bikes to musical bands. Even the children were catered for which is unusual because normally these types of shindigs are for adults. My son and his family will certainly be coming back to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us next year. Thank you to the Town Hall and the local bars at Cabo Roig for a super day – we can’t wait until next year! Margaret and Tom, Villamartin

Has your grapevine grown wild?

Having decided to get to the bottom of the rumours behind the electricity switching system in Spain, I quickly learned that people are equally confused here about the process - and even the reason for switching, as they are in the UK. “Fat Bloke down the pub” syndrome is out of control. There is a good chance that many people will lose out if they hear the wrong piece of hearsay borne from conjecture rather than fact. As we have seen over the last few years, electricity prices are out of control but even the government admit that prices have been kept artificially low so, we know what is to come. Just a few days ago we saw yet another increase, 7% this time. These are the facts: • There are 5 electricity generating companies in Spain, Iberdrola and Endesa being two of them. • The other 162 electricity companies oper-

ating in Spain buy the electricity wholesale from the “big 5” and sell it on to you at a discount. • The only thing that changes is the billing. The system is maintained, meters read etc just as before. • The discounts vary and sometimes it can be slightly more expensive but when that happens, it usually means there are other major benefits further down the line (fixed rate etc • Although switching these days takes about 1-2 months, the early days of deregulation saw delays of up to 12 months. • The best way to switch is to use a management company and the largest is Iberswitch SL. • The sooner you switch, the sooner you take control of your electricity bill and although you cannot stop price increase indefinitely, you can slow it down and keep your kilowatt rate lower than the national rate. The best advice? Switch and switch soon.

Bendy ePaper arrives in Europe in May THE E-PAPER, LG’s all-plastic electronic book with a flexible display, arrives in Europe in May. The screen works much like a ‘Smartphone’ or ‘Tablet’ but is the thickness of a sheet of paper and bends to around 40º. The screen has a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 and LG assures it is very durable.

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Rotarians celebrate milestone

Farewell to Father Robin by Jack Troughton THE JAVEA Branch of the Royal British Legion has bid ‘farewell’ to Father Robin Carter who is retiring back to the UK at the end of the month. Father Robin and his wife Jenny were guests of honour at the branch’s 22nd Anniversary Lunch and he has conducted the Service of Remembrance for the last four years at the Fisherman’s Church in Javea Port. At the celebration at Javea Golf Club, Branch Chairman Roger Dawes said Father Robin “will be sadly missed by all.” A raffle staged during the lunch raised 200€ for the Poppy Appeal 2012 and the fund raising continues this weekend at a special Easter Sunday Fun Day (8th April) at Digby’s Bar in Javea Park. The fun day will feature stalls, games, rides and a barbeque, as well as a bicycle treasure hunt with fantastic prizes, entry is 10€. To reserve a place or for more information, either go to the bar or call Alan on 671 353 827.

The committee

by jack troughton ROTARIANS FROM across the Costa Blanca raised a glass of cava last Friday to toast the ongoing success of a club celebrating its 900th meeting. A party spirit filled Los Leones Restaurant in Moraira as the Rotary International Fellowship Costa Blanca North celebrated the milestone with a lunch attended by 73 members and guests – and a birthday cake. And since 2009, the club has been busy fund-raising and has made a total of 10,730€ in donations to good causes, the largest a 2,300€ gift to improve gardens at the ADEMA centre for peo-

ple with mental health problems in Pedregeur. The club formed in 1985 – a time when the average UK house cost £40,000 and the average two-bedroom apartment on the Costa Blanca a mere £8,000. TIME Current club President Andrew Johnson reminded the meeting it was also a time UK inflation stood at 9.5% and bank interest rates stood at 11.8% “and a litre of petrol was 30p, and we thought that was expensive.” He said the year was also marked by

riots in UK cities, the Heysel Stadium disaster marred the European Cup Final, the coal miners were on strike, Ernie Wise made the first mobile ‘phone call and Live Aid raised $50 million. Past presidents Laurie Maltby and Chris Potter remembered early meetings after people moving to the area decided to form a fellowship and meetings at the Inn on the Green and Maison de Paco. Pictured are the committee, from left Bob Hunt, Barry Lloyd, Chris Potter, Kathy Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Ray Harris, and Keith Pacey.

Road safety fears SPANISH ROAD maintenance has been awarded the worst score in 25 years, according to the latest technical data released from the Spanish Road Association (AEC) on Tuesday. ACS President, Manuel María Muñoz, advocates the need to invest in the conservation of Spanish roads urging investment of around €5,500 million in state and regional roads to prevent further deterioration. He pointed out that although driver error is responsible for many accidents, the condition of Spanish roads exacerbates the problem.

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Walkers take on the Mirador Challenge by patricia thompson COSTA BLANCA Mountain Walkers (CBMW) swept the board at the end of the second edition of the Mirador Challenge on Saturday 31st March but all 17 teams that completed the 27 kilometre walk along Jávea stunning coastline can be proud to have completed the route in under eight hours – all of them smashing the previous record of 8 hours and 22 minutes! Some 76 walkers gathered at La Granadella viewpoint at 8am, with local team Bandolers the first team sent on its way, its four walkers receiving generous applause from fellow competitors. The other 16 teams left at four minutes intervals, picking their way through the remote Parque Forestal of Granadella towards the next Mirador and the thirteen more that followed. Accompanied by Cruz Roja representatives, the column of walkers covered the sections in spectacular times. The first team arrived at Els Molins just before 1pm followed by the rest of the teams over the next three hours. The teams received their trophies and a bottle of celebratory cava from Juan Luis Cardona, the councillor responsible for Sport in Jávea who has lent great support to the concept. In addition, CBMW Jabalis were awarded the special stage prize for the fast-

est team covering the Punta de l’Arenal to the Cap de San Antoni: a distance of almost 6km: they recorded a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes, exactly the same time as CBMW Ladies but were awarded the trophy on the strength of having completed the tie-breaker section just a minute faster. Whilst most of the remaining teams covered the distance within 90 minutes; it was rumoured that one team stopped for delicious tapas in the port whilst another recharged with cooling Mojitos to help them along way, perfect under a very warm spring sun! The organisers were grateful for the assistance of the Cruz Roja and also the Protección Civil, on hand to provide safety support during the potentially dangerous sections on the road. Thanks go to Paco Bisquert, the sports coordinator who was integral in some of the planning process and present for much of the day; also Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Limited for their sponsorship: without their support, we would have been seriously out-of-pocket! Finally, the organisers of the Mirador Challenge 2012 would like to thank all the teams who took part in the event with the good-nature and sense of fun that it deserved. By all accounts, Mirador Challenge 2013 is going to be even better!

Routes this week Saturday 7th April: a) Beniaia Circuit. A moderately strenuous walk over mostly good tracks. 19 Kms, 5 hours duration, 500m ascent. For further details tel: Carol 629 283 186 b) Val d’Ebo Circuit. A strenuous walk with lovely views, along good tracks. 18 Kms, 6 hours duration, 550m ascent. For further details tel: Theresa 692 504 162 Wednesday 11th April: a) Around and about Almadich. A moderately strenuous walk with magnificent views,

over some rough terrain. 13 Kms, hours duration, 460m ascent. For further details tel: Geoff 699 314 865 b) El Cao. A moderately strenuous walk with spectacular views of Jalon Valley, over some rough terrain. 14 Kms, 5 hours duration, 650m ascent. For further details tel: Peter 669 873 159 c) Caballo Verde. A very strenuous walk, mostly rough terrain and involves some scrambling. 11 Kms, 5 hours duration, 700m ascent. Dogs on leads at rear. For further details tel: Jon 686 148 704 The rules and guidelines for walking are given on the website

Sunshine ‘eggstravaganza’ by Jack Troughton FAMILIES ENJOYED an afternoon in the sunshine last Sunday when the Laude Lady Elizabeth School hosted the annual ‘Eggstravaganza’, an annual fair marking the end of the Easter term. Amongst a host of stalls – cup cake makers attempting to shade their wares from the rising heat – there were refreshments and entertainment, including an enjoyable performance by the successful Big Fish Rock Choir (pictured).


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by louise clarke

THE NORTH met the south last Thursday and Friday at La Finca Hotel in Algorfa. This brand new, positive and effective business networking initiative is aimed at getting businesses working together for the benefit of each other and the inaugural seminar was deemed as a great success with many of the business owners that attended saying that they got far more out of it than they ever expected to get. North Meets South is the brain child of Sol Productions Managing Director, Gina Marks. She herself has been in business here in Spain for nearly a decade and is keen to support her fellow business owners not only in the Costa Blanca but throughout Spain. She says: “Sometimes business cards just are not enough. In my opinion, networking is what is needed and having the opportunity to offer and receive support and advice from

other like minded business people.” KNOW ME – LIKE ME- TRUST ME Last week’s seminar was designed to help business owners overcome obstacles and achieve goals in order to accelerate their success. One of the star attractions at the two day event was UK Sales Mentor, Steve Clarke. He is an expert in social media skills and networking using Twitter, Facebook and Linked In and was absolutely inspiring. He told RTN: “These new interactive tools are becoming more and more essential for a successful business and it is important for all business owners, no matter how big or small their business is, to understand and appreciate the value of social networking for business in today’s society.” Facebook boasted 100 million users in just nine months following its launch and if it

Steve Clarke, Gina Marks and Mark Trowbridge from 2020Tel

was a country in its own right, it would be the third most populated in the world. Therefore, according to Steve, it is the future for promoting your businesses. “With Facebook, people will come to you, but you must think outside the box,” advised Steve. “Social networking allows customers to

get to know like and trust the company and as a result, they will want to buy from you.” For more information on the North Meets South concept please email Gina at office@ or call 610 246 091. You can also visit the website at

Spain takes part in Earth Hour blackout

Blacktower continues to grow

THE OPENING of the Blacktower Office in Javea took place last week, which continues the company’s expansion of activities throughout Europe. With offices already in the UK, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Italy and Spain’s Costa del Sol, the Javea headquarters is the latest in a move to strengthen Blacktower’s corporate presence. Blacktower’s MD John Westwood attended the Opening, along with General Manager Robert Mancera. They and Christina Brady who is the Regional Manager of the Javea office and all the Javea based Consultants welcomed clients and guests to a sumptuous buffet and champagne event. Whether it is Tax Planning Services, UK & International Pension Advice, Investment and Savings Solutions or Protection Policies, Blacktower can come to you, or you can now visit them at their new stylish office. Located close to the Port end of Javea, it is both easy to

find and park. The office number is 965 058 212 or you can call Christina direct on 658 892 330 or email Pictured left to right are John Westwood, Robert Mancera, Keith Littlewood (Consultant) with Christiana Brady

FAMOUS LANDMARKS throughout the world are simultaneously plunged into darkness on the last Saturday in March each year in celebration of Earth Hour, the World Wildlife Fund’s energy conservation project. Spain first became involved in 2009: this year the ‘switch off’ resulted in 7,133 tons/hr of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere in Spanish major cities compared to 8,838 the previous Saturday.

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Licor 43 begins the construction of a new factory by patricia thompson DIEGO ZAMORA Group launches one of its most ambitious projects in recent years, a further step in achieving its goals of expansion, both domestically and internationally, by opening a new plant for Licor 43 in Cartagena, with works expected to complete by the summer of 2012. The new plant, which will also house the headquarters of the Group, will increase current capacity production by 50%, reaching 8 million litres per year: 11 million bottles. “The recent growth achieved, both nationally and internationally, has meant that the production capacity of our current factory has reached its limit and an extension was necessary to allow us to continue our global expansion,” said Mr Emilio Restoy Cabrera, Managing Director of Diego Zamora Group. A total of €9 million is to be invested in construction on a plot of 27,311 m2. The plant covers an area of 7,772 m2, on several levels, on a total built area of 10,927 m2. “The new building will accommodate the current workforce but we expect to increase staff numbers progressively

Gettingback to normal

DIVING CLUBS in the small village of La Restinga, El Hierro, are reopening for business after being paralyzed for some months by submarine volcanic activity. Their reopening is planned to coincide with the Easter break to boost funds and kick start the summer season. Diving professionals on the island have utilised their downtime to review regulations and certification.

Spanish Exchange THE TOWN Hall in Orihuela Costa has announced that it intends to hold ‘inter cambio’ groups where native Spanish speakers and their foreign neighbours can meet to learn and share their language and brush up their Spanish, English, German skills or whichever language they wish to learn. Language lessons do not come cheap and some people find formal learning difficult, so this would be an ideal way of helping each other to speak a different language. Councillor for Communication, Pedro Mancebo told RTN: “I know many Spanish people would love to brush up their language skills to improve their chances of employment and many of our foreign residents would jump at the chance of having their own private Spanish teacher. These types of activities also create a greater community spirit.” Anyone who has any ideas for the project please do not hesitate to contact International Residents Office in the Town Hall at Playa Flamenca or e-mail:

in line with volume growth along with an increase in temporary jobs and associated business,” added Restoy. “This project undoubtedly represents one of the largest investments of the Group and reinforces our company’s commitment to Cartagena and its inhabitants.” 2011 LICOR 43 closed 2011 with sales of 500,000 cases worldwide: 4.2 million litres representing an increase of more than 25% over the year 2010. Of the 500,000 cases sold worldwide, 70% of sales occurred in Europe, while more than 23% of sales took place in the US and the Caribbean; the remaining 7% in the rest of the world. Amongst European countries Germany is the largest consumption market of Licor 43, with sales of 140,000 cases, equivalent to more than one million litres. Spain historically markets Licor 43, and the Netherlands promotes annual sales of 100,000 cases.

The growth of the brand in the US has been spectacular. The year marked a distribution agreement with WJ Deutsch, one of the largest distribution companies in the United States. These figures have made of Licor 43 one of the most important strategic brands for Diego Zamora Group, with an international growth in the last few years of more than 75%, making Licor 43 the fastest growing premium liqueur in the world in its category.


Fuel queues and single figures

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Watts In Britain

I CAN hardly believe it but I’m going to stand up for His Royal Tonyness, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair. Yup, after years of Blair-bashing I need to defend him.

By Picture the scene: there I am waiting in a lengthy

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line of cars for a quart of unleaded to get me home when some government oik comes on Radio 4 and asserts that it’s Blair’s fault that I’m stuck in this queue. “Whaaat?” I yell at my radio, “was it not that burke, Francis Maude?” How on earth can they blame ole Tone? Well, apparently according to this spokes-oik, if Blair hadn’t botched up the petrol blockade back in 2000, the current government wouldn’t have had to resort to the advice it was currently handing out. “We can’t afford to get it wrong,” he lamely blathered on. I turned over to Simon Mayo. But blaming Blair aside, it’s generally accepted that it’s Maude who sparked the current wave of panic buying. Did he not urge motorists last week that “a bit of extra fuel in a jerry-can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take?” The Fire Brigades Union denounced his idiotic advice as dangerous; and even transport minister Mike Penning (a former fireman) said Francis Maude has made a ‘mistake’. Hmmm, a mistake? Honestly, it all leaves one weary and a tad bit glum. My mood was not improved when I finally returned home to find a letter from Pensions Director Jason Feeney CBE (no less) waiting for me. According to Jase

my State Pension will soon be ready for me. “Oh yes, Wattsie,” Jason told, “Your countdown is now into single figures.” But, hang on Jason I’ve my career path to consider; I can’t possibly be down to single figures. There’s still so much more to do. There must be some mistake! When I was a roving RTN reporter (surely, not so long ago) the date for my retirement was well into safe double figures – now I’ve reached the point where the government is sending me letters giving me my sellby date. My glum mood turned into a gloomy one. That line from John Lennon’s song Beautiful Boy echoed around my gloomy glum mind: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans…” And I’d just wasted forty-five minutes queuing for fuel… I thought it funny when British Airways sent my dad on a retirement seminar; Learning To Laze About or something like that. How I pulled his leg about being ‘grounded’ and put out to pasture. I guess the thing is you don’t ever think it’ll be your turn, gulp. Mind you, I don’t know why I’m getting panicky; after all, I’m only just into single figures. And nowadays they can’t make you retire, can they? I mean, my old chum Peter Donaldson is still reading the BBC news

(albeit part-time) at 67, and dear ole Chic Gammage gigs on regardless of retirement age. As the Costa Blanca’s favourite bacteria Chic can be found bashing those drums at many different events. Phew, I’ve talked myself down - panic over. Maybe I’ve still time to return to Spain as a roving RTN reporter... Watts in Britain, carrying on regardless and wishing everyone, retired or not, “A Very Happy Easter”.

Quiz cash for charity TEULADA MORAIRA Lion Club’s Fund Raising Quiz Night made 400€ to help local families worst affected by the current economic climate. After a meal at El Corregidor Restaurant, 18 teams got down to exercising their brains before winners Trish and Jamie Kyle together with Lorna and Dave O’Connor took the evening’s honours. They are pictured with Lion’s Vice-President Peter Johnson (second from right) who presented the team with the prizes. The club’s next fund raising event is a Music Hall Memories concert with Barry Britten and Chris Allen of Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm in La Senieta, Moraira. Tickets are 10€ and can be booked by calling 96 649 9954. To find out more about the club visit or call 96 597 4941 or find it on Facebook.

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Get grilled by the best! by louise clarke

IRON ART Fabrication in Quesada has been going for more than a quarter of a century and it is still going strong. Not to be confused with companies of a similar name, Iron Art Fabrication is the only British company in the Costa Blanca that has been specialising in quality steel and iron work for more than two decades; and that kind of speaks for itself. Iron Art manufactures and fits all kinds of iron work including security grills, fencing, gates and even gazebos. The company is owned by Michael and Jackie Hamnett and they believe in their product, its high quality specification and the fact that no-one else can do it better. QUALITY Iron Art doesn’t just make security grills, they make top specification security grills that cannot be bent or pulled out from the surrounding walls. Using special chemical bolts to secure the grills in place, they not only look good but are so secure only a bulldozer could remove them. Many of Iron Art’s customers recognise the

quality of their work, especially when they compare them to the grills that were installed during the build of their homes. HIGH SPECIFICATION But it is not just grills and gates that Iron Art can manufacture. They can custom make furniture, coffee tables, gazebos; ideal for the forthcoming summer season and car ports to provide shade and protection from rain or shine. They can even make headboards, wine racks and shelving units. In fact, if it can be made in iron, Iron Art can make it! They can also accommodate their work to suit your budget; it doesn’t mean a lesser quality product, just affordable to you and they accept all major credit cards so that you can spread the cost. All the products that Iron Art manufacture come inclusive of production, fitting and a high specification coating that protects the product from all weathers for many years. Iron Art is open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 1pm on Saturdays. For more information call 965 725 740 or email


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Reach out at Rocky’s this Easter Monday

Stan & Ollie’s restaurant in El Raso, Guardamar will be hosting an evening of entertainment with pat Martin on Saturday the 14th of April. The evening promises to be full of good food and first class entertainment. Some of the delights on offer are homemade soups and terrines and freshly cooked mains such including steaks, chicken and fish dishes, something to suit every taste. All of the dishes are homemade and served with fresh seasonal vegetables. As for the entertainment, Pat offers a show that is always guaranteed to entertain. From comedy vocals, covering material from the 60’s to the present day or tributes to the music of the 80’s. There is truly something for everyone and every age. Anyone who has ever dined at Stan and Ollie’s will know that the ambience in the restaurant is relaxed and sophisticated dining, nicely coupled with a feeling of a family run business. Diners are made to feel comfortable and relaxed in the surroundings and no request is too much trouble. Proprietors Paul and David, although they may look young, have had many years’ experience in the Costa Blanca restaurant industry and developed Stan and Ollie’s into one of the local area’s best restaurants, so you will be in safe hands. To reserve your table at Stan and Ollie’s, call Paul on 637 583 373 or make your reservations online at

by louise clarke ROCKY’S BAR in Playa Flamenca will play host on Monday to a charity fun day in aid of the Reach Out Torrevieja Charity which helps homeless people and families who are in desperate need in Torrevieja and the surrounding areas, irrespective of race, creed or status. The fun day will be a great day out for all the family and starts at 12pm this coming Monday, 9th April. TKO’s Lee Fox will be providing the music, whilst Luke Wilder and Andy Jones will be wowing everyone with their sensational vocal talents. Graeme Mykal will be performing magic tricks galore for young and old and Jelli Belli will be on hand to paint the faces of all the little ones for a small charitable donation of course. As well as a couple of stalls selling jewellery and homemade cards, the Royal British Legion will be there with the delightful Cathy Carson who will be singing for everyone in aid of the charity. POVERTY The charity is located in Calle Bella Antonia 1 in Torrevieja and it is currently looking after more than 30 families who are affected by dire poverty in the area. Many of the families have small children and babies and some have terminally ill children. As well as financial support, the charity desperately needs the following and would ask that anyone who comes along on Monday please bring with them some • Basic food items, such as rice, pasta, tins, sugar, flour and salt • Good quality second hand clothing for people of all ages • Blanket, linens and towels • Household items and furniture • Camping equipment and candles • Children’s clothing, toys, baby food, nappies and other baby equipment.

An evening of entertainment at Stan and Ollies

The Orihuela Costa branch of the RBL will also be there on Monday

money UK Pensions


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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

WITH LESS than half the UK 24 million- strong workforce saving for old age, many will be hit by a huge slump in living standards when they stop earning.

They face high inflation, soaring energy bills and falling annuity payments. Many private sector workers have been locked out of generous final salary pensions in the run-up to retirement. When it comes to saving for retirement, those graphs you sometimes see showing long-term gains from the stock market greatly overstate what slice of it you get to keep. Due to initial fees, management fees, lawyers, accountants and middlemen, and the lost returns resulting from them, you can be left with just 40% of the gains your investments apparently made. There are various reasons for this firstly you will pay an annual management charge to the fund provide typically about 1.55% per year - whether you go direct or through a pension, stocks and shares ISA, broker account or fund supermarket. Plus some of the fund’s costs, such as lawyer’s costs and audit fees, aren’t included in the annual management charge. To get those costs added onto the annual charge, you need to look the ‘total expense ratio’, or TER. The fund data service Lipper estimates that the average TER for funds invested in UK shares is 1.66%.

The TER doesn’t include entry fees, otherwise known as initial fees. Every time you make a monthly or lump sum payment to your fund, a one-off initial fee is usually deducted. These are commonly between 4.5% and 5.5%. This can add up to a hefty 30% but it doesn’t end there this doesn’t include trading costs and taxes, the costs for buying and selling shares is at least 1.8% when your find manager buys UK shares he must pay stamp duty 0.50%. You could also incur extra costs if you invest in an ISA pension. To add insult to injury when you eventually start taking your pension in the UK, your income will be taxed at source. In the event of death during income drawdown, a surviving spouse has three options: to purchase an annuity, to continue with income drawdown usually only at 50% or to take the fund as a lump sum less 55% tax. After age 75 the lump sum option is not available, and in the event of the death of the surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, then the fund can be passed to beneficiaries less 55% tax. You have no doubt heard a great deal about QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) but

You could be left with just 40% of the gains your investments made

if you have a UK pension (irrespective of Nationality) and live abroad it makes sense to talk to an Independent Financial Advisor to look at the benefits this products can bring to you and your family. If you would like to find out more on how to make the most of your pension or to arrange a free financial consultation contact Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd on 965 058 212 or email

To find out more about efficient pensions or for any financial advice, please contact Christina on 0034 658 892 330 or 965 058 212 or simply email her at christina.brady@blacktowerfm. com The information contained in this article does not constitute financial advice and you should seek advice from a professional tax adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licenced in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B.


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about CouldYOUbedueatax Unsure Spanish laws? refund from the UK? Organising our tax in Spain, by UK Tax Refund SL IN A trial carried out to extend our business to new regions, UK Tax Refund SL aided a British resident to complete all the forms needed to make him fiscally correct in Spain and obtain a refund of his overpaid UK Tax. This has now been repaid to him and his UK tax is NT, zero.

rules which stipulate the way to deal with income tax. And if you do the right thing then you will reach the same rights as Spanish people in other matters as Capital Gains, Inheritance Tax, etc. But first of all, to reap these benefits, your income tax has to be re-organised.

Many of us have seen our disposable income reduce as the pound lost value against the Euro. Going through this process can be a way of restoring some of that income. Depending where your pension comes from and how much it is, some will not pay tax at all. Over the years we have carried out this service for hundreds of clients in this category, and they now live totally tax free. Not everyone fits the criteria for this but a simple phone call or email will tell you if you do. It always pays to maintain your tax affairs in order. As a British citizen living in Spain, you should follow the

UNIQUE SERVICE TO BRITISH RESIDENTS IN SPAIN We offer a unique service to British residents in Spain, where we ensure that a client’s tax affairs in both Spain and the UK are dealt with correctly and any overpaid tax is refundable under the double tax agreement between Spain and the UK. Yes, some people will have to pay tax in Spain, usually less than you pay in the UK, and a refund of UK tax can help you lead a better life here in Spain. You might think there must be lots of forms to be filled in; yes there are a few, but we fill them in for you, and when we

visit you we answer any questions you may have, check the forms and then it is just a matter of signing the papers and we do everything else including couriering the papers to UK so they do not get lost. As UK Tax Refund SL works very close with the HMRC, your process will be followed very closely by us from the beginning to the end, until you receive the phone call to let you know your refund has arrived. Remember: just a phone call! We look forward to hearing from you! For help on any of these things please telephone us on 96 563 6938 or 96 569 0518. Or send an e-mail to: See our advert on page 9.

Línea Directa offers legal assistance in English especially for expatriates

SINCE JANUARY 2011, Línea Directa has provided an online Legal Assistance service offering expatriate customers advice on Spanish legislation in English on a wide range of topics. The new product, at 40% cheaper than the market average – is offered by practising lawyers and gives motorists insured by Línea Directa advice in many areas such as buying and selling vehicles; renting houses; making complaints to suppliers in consumer disputes; divorce; matrimonial property rights or labour law. In addition, if after the initial enquiries further judicial or extrajudicial action is required, Línea Directa offers the customer its wide network of lawyers throughout Spain, resulting in a discount for the customer of between 10 and 50% of their legal fees. 24 HOUR ASSISTANCE FOR URGENT QUERIES The Legal Assistance service for motorists is available from Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm. If the query is urgent, in cases such as incidents in the home; problems occurring at night time within the family unit – including partners and children; queries regarding consumption, such as having a credit card stolen declined or not returned; or damage caused by pets, Línea Directa provides a service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call now for more information on: 902 123 104



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Spanish family law by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

According to my Divorce Decree issued some time ago I have to pay my ex-wife a compensatory maintenance amount (i.e. alimony) of €450 per month. However my wife has been living for over a year with her new partner. Do I have keep paying her the alimony even though she lives with another man? It is our opinion that if your ex-wife is involved in a marital cohabitation with another person in the way that you have described, then as per the Spanish law, this will constitute enough reason for the pension (alimony) rights to be stopped. Article 101.1 of the Spanish Civil Code states: ‘The right to the pension (alimony) is terminated by cessation of the reason that caused it, when the creditor remarries or when having a marital cohabitation with another person.’ Naturally though, one of the main difficulties resides in the interpretation of the expression “matrimonial cohabitation with another person.” In fact the Court Orders regarding this issue often contradict each other. Some Judges have considered that ‘living together in a stable

partnership’ is sufficient, while others have demanded that more elements like ‘having a matrimonial life together’ (e.g. like a normal husband and wife) or even ‘having a longterm life plan together’ will need to be demonstrated before “matrimonial cohabitation with another person” can be established. In this regards, we would like to draw attention to the recent Court Order (No. 42/2012) of the Supreme Court of Spain dated February 9th 2012 which referred to the expression “matrimonial cohabitation with another person” as sufficient grounds to put an end to a compensatory maintenance or allowance. The Supreme Court pointed out that Article 101.1 of the Civil Code should be interpreted along the lines of its original purpose, which is none other than to include both a “matrimonial cohabitation” and “a stable living together situation” as reason enough to lose a previously successful maintenance or alimony entitlement. Indeed there are many past proven cases where the beneficiaries of these types of compensatory maintenance payments (alimony) lived together ‘as a couple’ but purposely avoided getting married in order to not lose their rights to collect an allowance (alimony). The Supreme Court also notes that the expression “matrimonial cohabitation with another person” should be interpreted in the light of today’s social views and from both a subjective and an objective point of view. That is, of ‘a new couple who make a serious commitment to establish a stable coexistence with each other’. In general, it is understood that this ‘coexistence’ situation occurs when

the parties live and act as spouses. In the above mentioned Court Order the Supreme Court recognised the existence of ‘MARITAL coexistences’ and therefore agreed to terminate the support and maintenance to the ex-spouse, for the following reasons: 1) The relationship lasted one and a half years and was well known by family, friends and made public at social events. 2) Although the couple were not living together under the same roof, they continuously visited and stayed at each other’s houses, and met at public places ‘as a couple’. 3) It was also a solid relationship lasting a year and a half during which they did not have other similar relationship with any other person(s), and they presented themselves in public a stable couple. It is therefore our opinion that given all the above, in your particular case then there will be sufficient grounds for the allowance payments (alimony) to your ex-wife to be ceased. Should any reader be in this situation or similar please do not hesitate to contact us and the appropriate advice will be provided. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated. This article is available in English and Spanish at our Web site:

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



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Pay rise for the Germans by Jan Gamm NEARLY TWO million German public employees are to have a wage increase of 6.3% implemented gradually over the next two years, following an agreement reached between the German union Ver.di service sector and government and public enterprises, after weeks of strikes and negotiations. The decision was announced by Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, and Frank Bsirske, the head of Ver.di, in a press conference early on Saturday after an uninterrupted night of negotiations. Since 5th March last year, thousands of employees in German companies have joined selective strikes affecting public transport, education, cleaning and more recently airport services.


Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

Everyoneistalkingabout complementary tax PART OF my role is keeping an eye on what’s going on. I visit the websites, check the forums and read the papers. It’s important that we know how people are feeling, what the concerns are and what you’re receiving through your letterbox. At the moment, it’s coming through loud and clear. More and more people are getting demands for complementary tax. These are just some comments I’ve picked up whilst browsing. One is even correspondence to the RTN: “I wish to draw attention to all those foreign house buyers who are now buying cheap properties in Spain…type into your browser: ‘Complementary tax in Spain’ and there you are: the possibility of a bill from the tax office for thousands of euros within the next four years. So start saving now!” (name withheld, RTN letters page Issue 649 23rd to 29th March 2012) “I had a letter 2 months ago from Hacienda demanding 4,500€ in unpaid tax”(Torrevieja forum) “I was told I owed 8,900€ from back in 2006 for under pricing the house when I bought it” (Torrevieja forum) This is just a small sample. In case you weren’t aware, complementary tax can be charged up to five years after a transaction as a supplement to transfer tax. It occurs when the Tax Authority value your property higher than what you actually declared it to be and charge 7% tax

on the difference. People declaring one price and actually paying another was the reason the tax was conceived in the first place. And here’s why it’s causing such a storm: • People are often unaware that it exists • Many of the demands are for large amounts. The transfer tax itself at 7% isn’t to be sniffed at and, of course, complementary tax is 7% too • There are a lot of cases in the Torrevieja and Murcia region • You only have one month in which to appeal and if you don’t receive the letter you won’t even have that But, it’s not all bad news. Provided you act in time there can be a good chance of a successful appeal. Which leads me nicely in to the fact that we have just launched our new website on complementary tax. I know you shouldn’t blow your own trumpet, but we have been pretty good in appealing against this rather unpleasant tax and because of this success rate decided to take it one step further with a dedicated section on our website. If you think you might receive a complementary tax demand or you have received one already have a look at this new section on our site. It includes a free risk calculation, examples of how much you might have to pay and what you should do if you’d like to appeal: If you have bought or are thinking of buying a cheap property in Spain – good for you! Just don’t be the next one posting on a forum.

Millie Munro Services – Helpingyoutoahealthy, happy and long life!

Millie talking with a client at the Benitachell Office

MILLIE MUNRO is a leading local expert in Private Health and Life Care. Having worked in the private medical field in the UK she brought this expertise with her when she came to Spain 12 years ago. Her office is in her home town of Benitachell, and Millie and her team travel widely to see clients from South of Torrevieja to the North of the Costa Blanca. At Millie Munro Services • We are totally dedicated and committed to our clients; with us it is personal • Many testimonials from satisfied clients are proof that we do as we say • We take pride in consistently providing the best customer service • 24 hour English person help line 365 days per year • Competitive prices • The best value for money HAVING PRIVATE HEALTH COVER IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE UNDER 65 65 is the magic retirement age in Spain. Expats, especially women, are often at risk of not being covered medically because they may have retired at 60, under the previous UK retirement qualifications of a few years ago. Plus, as more and more expats take early retirement and move to Spain, many are not preparing themselves for unforeseen accidents that can appear out of the blue. “A medical emergency can happen in the blink of an eye and the costs can be overwhelming. If such an emergency or illness strikes you or your loved ones, having good Health Insurance can make a difficult situation less challenging” For example, John came to Spain and did not register to become a resident as he was still travelling back and forth. According to Millie Munro, “John fell on the pavement,

broke his leg and was taken to emergency at Torrevieja hospital. He was treated very well and the doctors managed to pin his leg back together.” “But, because John was under 65, he was billed with a whopping €10,000 + in claims from the hospital,” continues Millie. “There is no need for this type of costly mistake to happen, especially when there is affordable health care insurance coverage available in Spain for people under 65”. Millie Munro knows what she is talking about. She is a highly recognised and respected private health insurance professional and she promotes the insurance services of El Perpetuo Socorro. “They are the best and easiest private health insurance in Spain,” explains Millie. “There is no confusion with El Perpetuo Socorro. One level of coverage makes it simple. You have unlimited hospitalisation and 45 days of intensive care (7 days with other companies). Plus, you have 24/7, 365-days-a-year cover and you can choose an English-speaking Doctor from the scores of medical professionals who work with the company.” So, pay attention all of you expats under 65! Please, do your research and you will find that no other health insurance company in Spain will do so much to make you safe and secure. Why not visit our free information day held at our Benitachell office every Wednesday between 10am – 2pm for a free coffee and advice. Also we will be at Stand No 55 at the ‘This is Spain Exhibition’ on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe. If you can’t make it to either of the above then please call us for a FREE information pack or personal quotation now. Alternatively we will be pleased to visit you in your own home. Call today for an appointment. Benitachell Office: 966 493 082 or feel free to call Millie direct on her mobile 660 049 460.

Gran’s going out to work by Jan Gamm 40,300 PEOPLE aged over 40 are seeking employment in Spain’s distressed labour market. 33,900 of those are women looking for employment for the first time in their lives. Most lack work experience, have never worked outside their home and are equipped with skills specifically related to child care, cooking and cleaning. Many are bravely facing a new and challenging work environment prompted by their husbands’ and sons’ loss of earnings in Spain’s severe economic crisis. Also among those seeking their first job opportunity are 2,200 people aged 60 to 64 years, 95% of whom are women. Labour reforms approved by the Government are focused on promoting job opportunities for young people but there is little or no provision to provide solutions for people over the age of 45.

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Smart Recycling Save up

to 60% on your ink

Smart Recycling pay cash for your unwanted things and even collect direct from your home

SMART RECYCLING whilst new to Spain, is well known in the UK as ‘The Rag ‘n’ Phone Man’: they pay cash for your unwanted clothes, shoes, belts, handbags and soft toys, even collecting direct from your home. As long as the clothes are clean, dry and re-wearable there is no amount too large. Another side to the company is in raising funds for local Charities by taking all their excess donated clothing and turning it into much needed cash. They are also currently contacting local schools to help them organise collections to raise money directly for the schools. In the UK and here in Spain this is called Bag2School. In the UK, Bag2School has already raised over £12 Million for schools and hopes to achieve similar success here.

The clothing is all exported from Spain, currently going to Africa where it will be used to help start up small businesses and support entrepreneurs, thereby boosting the local economies and reducing the reliance on hand-outs. These exports will also help

Spain’s economic recovery. Currently they operate in the Costa Blanca South region but will shortly be expanding and able to cover the whole of the Costa and eventually all of Spain. You can contact them by email info@ or telephone 698 536 383 to arrange a collection. There are also collection points where you can drop off the clothes and get paid cash in San Miguel de Salinas Chimes Bar, Calle Ruiz Caracena from 2pm Monday to Friday (just off the high street, near to the football ground).   Also in Dolores - at Irwins International Removals SL, Nave A, Partida La Vera, Ctra Dolores A Catral from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday - on the road to Catral from Dolores.  Visit the website:

CARTRIDGE DIRECT, the Moraira-based ink cartridge specialists have a new home. They can now be found in the European Centre, which is on the road from Moraira to Teulada – just past Mas y Mas, opposite the Paichi Garden Centre. They also have a new telephone number, and can now be reached on 634 364 462. As well as the most comprehensive range of compatible and original inkjet cartridges around, Cartridge Direct offers Laser Toners, printers, paper, card, labels, CDs/DVDs and general stationery. They also offer internet access and various services such as the printing of business cards, flyers and posters, photocopying and laminating. By far the most popular service offered by Cartridge Direct is cartridge refilling. Many different types of cartridges can be refilled, saving the user around 60% of the cost of a new cartridge! Cartridge Direct uses the latest state-of-the-art refilling machines to give the best possible result every time. As well as the huge savings involved in using refilled cartridges, there is of course a major ecological benefit. Each year the UK alone disposes of enough empty cartridges to fill Wembley Stadium…and these all go to landfill sites! By using refilled cartridges you can do your bit for the environment whilst saving yourself loads of money. How good is that?! Call in and see Brian at Cartridge Direct for all your printing needs, or even just for some friendly, helpful advice. Remember, the shop is now at the European Centre, Moraira. Cartridge Direct: 634 364 462

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

Natural pools vary in attractiveness according to their setting within the garden, the colour and design of the tiled or painted walls and bottom, how well it is cleaned - especially out of season - and whether the pool uses chemical, electrolyse or salt to keep the water healthy. But there is an eco alternative using a technique used to keep the water pristine in one of the fish ponds within the L’Arbada Mediterranean garden on the La Sella estate near Pedreguer. A few years ago we spent a couple of nights at a bed and breakfast property in the coastal hills of Almeria. They had a natural spring that ran throughout the year – although only a trickle in the middle of summer – and fed a natural swimming pool before overflowing and running down three terraces to feed a drinking hole for wild boar. It made us realise that the magic of the mountain pools can be reproduced in gardens although probably difficult without a natural spring. But since we have found that they are not that difficult to construct. Out of the blue we received details of a book entitled ‘Natural Swimming Pools – A guide for building’ by Michael Littlewood, an English

based international natural landscape architect. This book follows on from his first book on natural pools ‘Natural Swimming Pools – Inspiration for Harmony with Nature’ and includes full guidelines for the self construction of a natural pool or for briefing an architect/constructor of what you want and how it should be built. Imagine gliding in a cool pool of fresh water kept clean and hygienic by the natural action of oxygenating plants rather than chemicals and watching reed warblers in the poolside reeds or later when taking a siesta under a nearby tree dragon flies hovering over the water and mosquitoes kept down by a few resident fish. If you’re lucky the pool will attract endangered species of birds and amphibians such as crested newts and salamanders. If you are tempted by the idea more details and the book can be obtained from: www., or by a cheap evening phone call to 0044-1460-75515 recognising that he may be away building a natural pool for a client on the Med. Naturally they need topping up but if the water drops in the summer by 50 centimetres it won’t be disastrous as you have no skimmers to worry about. As with all pools if guttering is fitted to roofs and the rain water collected and stored in tanks under the terrace surrounding the pool there can be ample free water for topping up the pool and watering the garden even when there is a drought imposed ban on garden irrigation and the topping up of pools. In recent summers some gardeners in Spain have had to resort to stopping chlorinating and using the pool for keeping cool in order to

save their precious gardens of Eden. With a well-thought-out atural swimming pool and rain water conservation system not only can you swim at all times but also you can create a genuine garden of Eden within and around the pool. Imagine the banks lined with water irises and buttercups in the spring and the fantastic flowers of hibiscus coccineus (originally from the marsh lands of Florida and Georgia in the USA) in the summer months. Since the water is circulated during swimming months, or indeed all year round, stimulating/restful natural spring or waterfall features can be added to the design. If you decide to build a natural pool or already have one we would love to see a photograph of the end result. Just send it to

Clodagh and Dick Handscombes books can be obtained from bookshops or by mail order from info@santanabooks. com or 952-48-58-38, or Amazon. In the UK the books can be ordered through bookshops or for some more conveniently by a freephone call to 0845-260-4505 which is the The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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Charity race night success for Maria and her pink ladies MORE THAN 600€ was raised last Saturday night after Maria and the Pink Ladies held a race night in aid of the AECC. The event, which was held at the newly refurbished Breakaways Bar in Pueblo Principe, was a sell out and all who attended had a great night; with everyone having a flutter or two during the evening.

Maria and the Pink Ladies

by Louise Clarke And because it was only a minimum stake of one euro, it was affordable fun! With eight races in total throughout the evening; all of which were themed, there was plenty of opportunity to bag a winner and everyone enjoyed cheering their horses along as the races progressed and the booze flowed. The last race was an auctioned race with each table getting the opportunity to bid for their own horse.

IT’S A WINNER! RTN and Maria’s table bid for Mustang Sally, which came out victorious, and each couple came away with more cash than they started and the charity benefited greatly too! The evening also included a brilliant buffet which included dozens of delicious cupcakes, kindly provided by My Piece of Cake, which is based in La Rioja Commercial Centre in Los Dolses. Earlier in the day Maria was invited to Maxx Gym in Playa Flamenca where she watched a spinning class raise 135€ for

the AECC. The event, which was arranged by Sofia Alvarez owner of Viajes of Playa Flamenca, added to the amazing cash total that has been raised by Maria Wilson and the Pink Ladies for the AECC during the last three years; up to date more than 30,000€ has been raised for the charity. Maria’s next big fundraising event is the 5km walk in Orihuela Costa, which takes place on June 3rd. For more information, keep reading RTN as we will have all the details on how to register and get those all important sponsorship forms in the next few weeks.

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Visit Los Alcazares It’s the place to be

Rio Nalon in Los Alcazares

By Louise Clarke LOS ALCAZARES is one of the nicest towns in Southern Spain. Located just past San Javier airport on the AP7, Los Alcazares sits on the shores of the beautiful Mar Menor and boasts some of the finest beaches on the costas. Los Alcazares attracts visitors from all over Spain and Europe and is particularly well known for its extensive water sports facilities. This weekend sees the town host a traditional medieval market in the old tow, which will highlight the best artisan products, crafts, jewellery, food and drink as well as lots of fun, games and activities for all the family. As well as the medieval market, over in the newer part of town in Rio Nalon, there will be an Easter Fete on Saturday in aid of MABS Cancer Care. This fabulous fun day features fashion and flamenco and promises to be a great event for a great cause. The fun starts at 11.30am and will continue into the afternoon. HEALING POWERS Los Alcazares has a permanent population of 15,000 residents although during the summer months that number increases ten fold. And with several championship golf courses within the locality, it is the ideal base for golf

enthusiasts from around the world. The Mar Menor is well known for its healing powers thanks to its very high salt content and as it doesn’t have a current as such, it is also very safe for children and has a depth of no more than seven metres; it’s more like a warm bath, especially as it is renowned for having a temperature of five degrees higher than the Mediterranean. DELIGHTFUL As well as the natural attractions of Los Alcazares, the town boasts a thriving business district and in Rio Nalon there are lots of great shops, bars and restaurants that can provide you with whatever you want or need. From lingerie to linguini the Rio Nalon has it all and offers you a great shopping experience. Legs and Co sells all your favourite high street brands under one roof. From bras to pants, swimwear to stockings, as well as a selection of quality high street clothing, Legs and Co has it all and if you need a cover up, they have that too; whether you want a sarong, kaftan or the all new Saress. Next door is the delightful Hemmingways, which serves a selection of traditional English dishes, salads, pasta, Chef’s Specials, homemade desserts and much more.

Rio Nalon offers you a great shopping experience

Discover a unique dining experience with quality food and drink and taste the difference! And get a free drink if you show this article! HAIR AND BEAUTY The Post Room, located in what is called the Mercadona Square, offers beautiful greeting cards, gifts, internet and postal services, newspapers, magazines, car hire, mobile top ups, telephone cards and much more. Meanwhile Infiniti is a fabulous unisex hair salon with British hairdressers and is located on the Avda Rio Nalon. Another hairdressing salon that is worth a visit in Los Alcazares is FX hair, which is not only a hair salon but also offers beauty treatments including facials, non surgical face lifts, eyelash extensions, massages and much more. TAKE AWAY If you want the best fish and chips in town, Pearls Plaice is THE place to go. Serving a selection of products including no skin/bones fish, Holland’s pies, steak and kidney puddings, battered sausages, haggis, kebabs and scampi for either sit in or take away, Pearls Plaice is definitely worth a visit. Down the road is the Penny Farthing, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 9.30pm. The air conditioned restaurant serves delicious English food and boasts a friendly atmosphere and great value for money. BIG SAVINGS If it is garden furniture that you are after then the only place to go is DG Garden Furniture. The family run business prides itself on personal, friendly customer service and offers big savings on all the latest designs in garden furniture. Across the road from Legs and Co is Hombres, a traditional mens hairdressing salon and now it also incorporates mens fashion as well as a fabulous bar and TV area so that you can really relax whilst waiting for your hair to be cut. Last but not least is Arkwrights, Los Alcazares’ very own English food emporium. This great supermarket sells a selection of British products and drinks and is open from 9am until 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. The staff at Jennifer Cunningham’s office in Los Alcazares can help you with all your financial, insurance and funeral plan needs. They are more than just a voice on the phone. Call in today to see what they can do for you.


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Blogs about Spanish THIS ARTICLE is made up of items that have been appearing over recent months in my blog which you can also get to via the homepage of my website. They come under various categories such as “false friends” “favourite sayings” “Spanish society” and so on. I hope you enjoy them. SPANISH MAGIC WORDS If you could only use half a dozen words in Spanish to get by (I know some of you will say that’s what you do now!) which words would they be? Here’s my minimalist list: Ya, bien, perdón, nada, vale, normal. WORDS THAT DON’T QUITE MAKE IT TO THE END I suppose all languages have their idiosyncrasies, particularly when the younger generation gets hold of them.   One I’ve always found a little odd in Spanish is deliberately chopping words in half.  I don’t mean the famous “Murcian accent not ending words properly”, I mean an actual amputation, one of the most common being “por fa” for “por favor”.   One I particularly dislike is “sssssss” instead of “sí”, very annoying when a child answers you with it.  “Finde” is another one, meaning “fin de semana” – “weekend”, as in “¿Qué vas a hacer este finde?” I heard a new one a couple of days ago – “por si aca”.  For those unversed in the language, this stands for “por si acaso” which means “(just) in case”. I wouldn’t recommend you using any of these, but it’s just as well to know them, por si aca. BEING PUNTUAL This false friend thing is amazing.  The more you think you know, the more you find out, and some you just get to take for granted.  This is true of that pair of false friends “punctual” and “puntual”.  I was reminded of the difference today listening to a news report about “un problema puntual” which means an occasional, “one-off” problem.  “Puntual” in Spanish can also carry the same meaning as English, but is more often used to mean “occasional”. The most common phrase I’ve heard referring to our idea of

punctuality is “la puntualidad británica” (British punctuality) which I get accused of displaying when I arrive only five minutes late for a meeting instead of the standard half an hour. DOUBLE LETTERS Life would have been much easier for us as children if our spelling system had been like Spanish. It’s a sort of “what you see is what you get” system, a bit like the Spanish themselves really, with none or our silent letters and weird variations.  Just yesterday I jokingly told a Spanish student that the English spelling system is part of a plot against foreigners and a way of making us feel superior all the time.  If you think that is far from the truth, just think about some village names in the UK which only the “locals” and “those in the know” can pronounce correctly. Anyway, back to the nice simple Spanish spelling system, there are only four consonants that ever double in Spanish words and they are: “cc”, “ll” “rr” and “nn” – each one for a different, but logical, reason. When the “c” doubles, both letters are pronounced differently – like this “K-th” (because of previous spelling rules about the “c” that you will know if you’ve watched my video!).  There are lots of words with this combination “accidente” “acceso” “confección”.  The double “l” combines to form a new sound completely, similar to the strong “y” sound, as in “calle”, “llave” etc.  The “r” doubles literally to be pronounced doubly strong, as in “perro” with a lovely rolled “rrrrrr”. The more infrequent “nn” occurs when a word beginning with “n” (e.g. necesario) has the prefix “in” attached (innecesario). The disadvantage of all of this is that it affects the spelling of your own language and you end up wondering if we write ”possible” or “posible” in English.  That mistake would have sent us to the back of the class!

The Rant Jenny Eclair@jennyeclair : There is a four year old girl on this train who is half child half helium balloon - she sounds like a cartoon chipmunk #goingmad The Best Wishes Tim Cahill@Tim_Cahill : Thinking of u and ur family Petrov. Even more reason to focus on our families and not take things for granted. Top guy and professional. #villa The Optimist Paloma Faith@Palomafaith : Everything seems more wonderful in the sunshine. it really lifts the spirit. The Banter Kevin Doyle@Kevin_Doyle29 : Just phoned up Dominos and asked for Pizza Hut’s number #banter The Funny Tweets Sarah Millican@SarahMillican75 : My fella has sourced a street in London that has an Indian takeaway, a posh cafe, a greasy spoon & a newsagent/lolly shop. Set up for life. Graeme Swann@Swannyg66 : £250k for lunch with the PM? What’s all the fuss about, he makes an amazing egg sandwich. #bargain Ruth Langsford@RuthieeL : Looks like most of you agree with me that Crocs for @ EamonnHolmes are NOT a good look! Or for any man in my humble opinion! Russell Kane@russell_kane : Eaten so much sushi that gills have appeared on my neck.

Life books

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One Day ON THE 15th July 1988 Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew have a ‘nearly’ episode on the night of their graduation. The day after they go their separate ways in the world – so where will they be and what will be their jobwise, healthwise, cashwise circumstances on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? David Nicholls has crafted a brilliant tale that takes the couple, year by year, through to 2007. Both have had different partners, career boosts and declines, loves and sadness. They don’t always meet but somehow they have maintained an on and off friendship. Together and separately they have had many adventures and the reader will often find him or herself laughing out loud and shocking their partners or the cat if they have one. Dex is handsome, witty, and an absolute bastard with women but he’s funny and Emma is adorable – and they secretly love each other. But will they finally get together? You’ll have to read the book as I did to find out. I wouldn’t spoil the suspense but a box of Kleenex might help the ladies – yeah, OK, and the guys. David Nicholls is Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby, and Tony Parsons rolled into one and he writes with an authority in which we will all recognise ourselves. A brilliant, witty, moving, funny and engaging book that every author will wish he or she had written. I recommend it to all.

Suduko Answer

Author: David Nicholls Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (paperback) Price: 10.40€ ISBN: 978 0 340 89698 3

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Life food


Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

Happy birthday Mr President! MEMORABLE I’M sure but so was my meeting, or so I’m told. Starting a new job especially in a new kitchen is stressful enough but when you find yourself four thousand miles away from home in a foreign country for the first time it’s a little daunting. Never-the-less, having settled in I took the normal steps in associating myself with the surroundings and becoming familiar with the contents and condition of my new kitchen. I emptied every cupboard and shelf contents onto the floor. Every cupboard was scrubbed clean, every utensil washed and cookers stripped down and cleaned. Every scrap of food in the fridges was destroyed and any unopened packets of dry goods were checked. Even the walls and ceilings were scrubbed and then painted having hired scaffolding to reach the very tops. It was a lot of work and for some maybe a little extreme, but it was after all, The British Embassy and the kitchen was now all mine. Now if you think it’s a chore to think up something new everyday to eat for dinner just think how difficult it was to dream up new menus for an ambassador. Responsible for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas, dinners and suppers seven days per week is exciting at first but not repeating a dish too soon is difficult. None of my existing repertoire of recipes seemed to work and I had no idea why, maybe I had already lost my touch. Turns out the reasons were far simpler being 16ozs to the pint in America instead of the usual 20ozs in the UK. The ambassador was very helpful in not being present for all of the days meals and when he was, he wrote a little note with how the meal he had just eaten had been received, both good and bad. Now with a variation in the number of guests for meals and with only two fulltime chefs plus a staff cook we were never at a loss for something to do and even competed as to who could enter the kitchen with the fewest

The most challenging and yet exciting meal was a buffet for 180 guests

minutes remaining before the start of the meal. I won with eleven minutes. The most challenging and yet exciting meal was a buffet for 180 guests from all the other embassies together with the President himself in attendance. We prepared giant Alaskan king crabs climbing into a huge crystal bowl of their own meat which had been carefully removed using scalpels so that the shells remained intact and looked untouched. There was a cooked salmon displayed on an ice ladder covered with watercress and chopped aspic so as the ice melted the aspic tumbled down giving movement to the whole piece. A pair of Ox tongue as ballet shoes and rare ribs of beef along with countless special salads prepared mostly it has to be said in the fridges to keep everything cool. It took three days and two nights, plus two bottles of brandy and six bottles of red wine before the food was ready

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Something for everyone The perfect venue

BREAKAWAYS IN Pueblo Principe, El Galan re-opened their doors in September 2011. Four local business people felt the venue was just too good to be closed so they re-opened it and have never looked back. Breakaways has something for everyone, Pool, Darts, Snooker and a fantastic lounge area and chillout zone complete with goldfish for tranquillity. The venue is perfect for entertainment and has a stage area where many performers have already entertained the locals. Nick Gold, The Blues Sisters and Showaddy to name but a few. Every Friday you can see Karl James, the resident karaoke coordinator. Breakaways would like to thank Maria and the pink ladies for hosting their hugely successful race night there last Saturday and look forward to working with them again in the future. If you would like to host an event at Breakaways, they are more than happy to work with you and outside catering can also be arranged for your function there. For more information contact 966 774 660.

Part time, day time chef required for busy establishment in Quesada. Must be experienced. Contact 637 905 125.

for the buffet. With serving staff dressed to the nines and security swarming the building we retired to our rooms to recover. Within minutes there was a knock on the door which was answered in a less than complimentary manner to find the butler and a request for our presence in the ballroom. “Ha! Ha! Ha! Stop taking the Mickey”, we both said, before realising that for once, he was deadly serious. Expecting some disaster had befallen the food we, despite still being unshaven and slightly worse the wear, hurriedly put on clean aprons and headed downstairs. Considering the number of guests that were supposed to have been invited there was an eerie silence that accompanied us to the ballroom - this fortunately turned to rapturous applause as we entered. The President shook our hands and said that he could not allow anyone to start the buffet before personally thanking those who had been responsible for it.

05 APR - 12 APR 2012

Life health


Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

Overcoming panic attacks with Pure HypnoAnalysis I often write about how I have helped countless numbers of people control their anxieties as well as helped with weight problems, or helped people stop smoking, but here is a lovely letter about how a lady blighted by panic attacks overcame them using a specialist treatment called Pure HypnoAnalysis…. “My panic attacks start at the drop of a hat, there’s no one thing that starts them and for the last twenty years, they’ve gradually but effectively taken over my life. Every single day is dominated by them. I can’t control them, they’re uncontrollable. My only option is to take a Valium, but if I do that, I’ll become addicted! Adding another problem to my already stressfilled life is not an option. I’m tired of talking on the phone and suddenly, feeling my heart rate start to speed up. Feeling so short of breath that I may pass out. I’m tired of not being able to live a normal life. Tired of the simplest things triggering an attack. How am I supposed to live with this constant threat?” For over twenty years, panic attacks were my life. I’ve been to GPs in the past and been told that a bad relationship was the original trigger. The stress created within our

partnership started the hideous panic attacks that dominated my very existence. For seven of those twenty years I was constantly on Valium and anti-depressants; that was the support I received from my General Practitioner. Medication. Well, in my case and I think a lot of other cases, it didn’t work. I can remember the day, when enough was enough. I was sat with my partner and I told him that I just couldn’t take anymore. I couldn’t stand being a prisoner in my home, could no longer take the constant feelings of uselessness and worthlessness that assailed me. I’d seen Mark Phoenix Murphy’s advert in one of the local papers. Seen that he treated all kinds of issues and I decided to take a leap of faith. It was a decision that would eventually change my life and for the better. If it weren’t for Mark, I’d still be living a half-life, instead of the fulfilled and normal life I’m leading now. Over three months, Mark helped me to resolve some past issues that unbeknownst to me, were still heavily affecting my life. I’d taken the sole responsibility for them, when I shouldn’t have done. Looking back its bizarre how they gained such a stronghold in my life.

It wasn’t instantaneous, but I never expected that. Every session with Mark, I noticed a small difference. I felt better about myself, had more confidence; when a panic attack struck, I could deal with it. Didn’t have to reach for a tablet, I had the strength to control it without needing medication. Suddenly my course of therapy was over and I can honestly say, such a feeling of freedom and wonder sailed through me. I’d gone through a complete re-haul of my life and I was ready to start living again. I know without a doubt that had I not visited Mark, I would still be a prisoner in my own life. He’s helped me so much that there’s no easy way to just thank him. Now, I can drive. I had the self-belief to start the learning process. Thanks to him I can go shopping and stand around in a queue. I no longer need someone with me, just to cope. Mark has completely reshaped me and thanks to him, I feel normal again. If you’re in the same boat as Jackie once was and are ready to start living again, then call Mark now for a free initial consultation on 654 202 996 to help you start taking control of your life again.

Mark Phoenix Murphy is a registered consultant HypnoBand Practitioner on the Costa, he is a Spanish Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Psychotherapist and a Pure HypnoAnalyst. If you have any issues with anxiety or stress, or need a helping hand during hard times then call Mark on 654 202 996 or visit  for more details about his practices.


05 APR - 12 APR 2012

Life health

Get on yer bike By Gary and Lynn of Cyclogical

Cycle Route 10 Quesada to pilar de la horadada STARTING OFF at Quesada go around the large roundabout and come off at the cycle track which runs along the side of the dual carriageway towards Torrievieja but instead of using the track take the camino road that runs parallel to the right of it along passed Alonso’s garage. Stay on this Camino / Canal road, passing over a hump back bridge just before La Herrada, carrying straight on at both roundabouts following the camino road until you come to a main road junction (which is the road to Greenlands and Zoco market) go straight on at this junction staying on the camino road to the next junction where you turn right and cycle uphill

Monthly cycling tips, advice and routes

for 1.2kms passing over the AP7 and about 200 metres on your left is another canal. Follow this canal all the way passing through Entre Naranjos turning left at the pumping station and again following it to San Miguel where you turn right at a crossroads where you see O’Neils Irish bar on your left up the small hill then sharp left following the road to the junction, cross a main road and follow the canal downhill all the way to Pilar De La Horadada passing some beautiful scenery and villages including, Villa Martin, Las Almitas, Campoamor and finally Pilar de la Horadada . Arriving at Pilar you can cycle down into the town where there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. You can then retrace your tracks or if you fancy a change you can cycle back on the new cycle track adjacent to the N332 as it is

open all of the way to the hospital in Torrievieja where you then need to cycle through the town for a couple of kms. You can then pick up the old railway line back to Los Montosinos, turning right beside the garden centre and then pick up the cycle track back to Quesada. A really nice cycle with plenty of places to stop and eat or just to enjoy the views. Make sure you take plenty of water as it’s a long way between places to stop and no matter what time of year you still need plenty water. Total Cycling time : 6 Hours. Total Distance : 66 Kms. Summary : Lovely cycle with plenty places to stop and eat, relatively flat enjoyable route suitable for most levels.

Passive smoking under fire TSSG says thankyou

NEW TV and Radio ads in the UK highlight that smoking near an open window or in a doorway will not necessarily protect children from the harmful effects of ‘passive smoking’. According to the Royal College of Physicians, millions of children are being exposed to second-hand smoke in this way, putting them at an increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death. An opinion survey of 1,000 young children was used to support the campaign, in which 98% wished their parents would quit smoking.

THANK YOU all volunteer therapists, helpers and committee members for giving up their spare time to attend the day seminar last Monday 26th March when Liz Robers, Training Officer from the Stroke Association Uk came to visit the group. Her talks, visual aids and exercises were extremely interesting and helpful. We were all stimulated and received new ideas on how best to assist stroke sufferers and their carers whilst confirming our own good practice. TSSG also thank the Torrevieja Flower Club - Cynthia and Jenny - who attended the meeting on Friday 30th March and taught and helped all create their own Easter Flower arrangements, after which all enjoyed an “american” tea party. TSSG will take an Easter break and no meetings will be held on Fridays 6th and 13th April. There will be “Steps for Stroke” on Easter Monday: an awareness sponsored walk for stroke along the promenade in Torrevieja, meeting at 10.30am and starting at 11am at Paseo Maritimo (near the musicians´statues). This is not a race but a fun day and there will be a prize for the best fancy dress or Easter bonnet. More information on 625 847 170 or 966 718 964.


The injuries vary depending on the nature of the sport, but most injuries are common to most sports.

Benijofar Chiropractic Clinic

DrHansC.MadsenD.C.-Memberofthe Danish,Spanish&European ChiropracticAssoc

Common injuries affect;

- Neck - Shoulder (Frozen shoulder) - Elbow (Tennis/Golfers elbow) - Lower back (Discs in the Lumbar region) - Knee (Torn ligaments, torn cartilage) - Ankle (Sprains, Achilles tendon) - Foot (Tendon on the underside of the foot) The trauma of sports injuries can cause damage to the cells that make up the soft tissues. Laser therapy helps reduce both the short term inflammation and long term risks of arthritis. Laser treatment will: 1) Help to strengthen & heal damaged cells 2) Increase the range of movement 3) Help accelerate recovery after injury 4)Can be applied immediately after injury.

Exciting news:

DR. XAVIER DUTEY – HARISPE is joining us after Easter. He is a very well known chiropractor specialising in golf related injuries and has treated some of the big golfing celebrities and travelled the world as a private chiropractor of famous people in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and England. Dr Hans Christian Madsen is very much looking forward to having a further valued chiropractor join the clinic. Dr. Xavier Dutey – Harispe, is French and speaks fluently Spanish and English. Opening hours: Mon & Wed: 10.00 - 13.30 & 15.00 - 18.00 Tues & Thurs: 15.00 - 18.00 - Fri: 10.00 - 13.30

Tel:966185242/693371616/ CalleFedericoGarciaLorca,No.90L803178,Benijofar(oppositetheCitroenGarage)


05 APR - 12 APR 2012

Life showbiz goss Is it One Direction or two! by

Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

THE TRULY big news of the week is that boy band ‘One Direction’ have stormed America and become the first UK group to top the US charts with their debut single. Even the Beatles didn’t do that!! Talking of the boys from Merseyside, Sir Paul commented on the lads being tagged as the next Beatles by saying “That will be the kiss of death for them”… explaining that the level of expectation goes up and the end result is belly up. But it’s a much more worrying comment we go to next as the American media are suggesting that two members of the pretty boys of pop are in a relationship. Denials all round on the belief over the pond that Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are riding side saddle, but so strong is the level of rumour that the two lads have been given a joint nickname of ‘Larry Stylinson’ … umm “its so funny” said Louis … unlike that

Rock me daddio

IF THERE is one person who has had his fair share of headlines over the years its Robbie Williams and what a headline he made last week when it was announced that he and wife Ayada are expecting their first child later this year. And what a way he made the official announcement: he posted in huge letters on his website … ‘We Had`Sex!! … It Works!’ The comment in the article that followed this very Robbie statement suggested he had not grown up yet to go about telling the world of his joy in such a way, but that is the mark of man and is why people love him so much. Who said we should grow up anyway, some misery guts somewhere I guess. Confirmation of how much they love the guy is that there was so much traffic on his website when the announcement was made that it crashed, so stick your growing up misery in your pipe and smoke it is what I say. Robbie Williams has been a good boy, then a bad boy, and back again and again on many occasions, but he has always been given another chance because deep down you can tell he’s a good bloke, and I personally can’t wait to see what unfolds for the boy when the baby is born cause I believe he will be one hell of a dad.

nickname I might add … even Louis’ girlfriend Eleanor Calder going over to see him didn’t stop the gossiping, … ‘no smoke without fire’ kinda fits here. On the back of all this nonsense, however, is the upbeat tale of 18-year-old band member Niall Horan, an Irish lad who has now stepped forward into the limelight and has all the young American girls going nuts at the mere mention of his name. But it will be a bit like being locked in the sweetie shop with your hands tied behind your back for one and all in ‘One Direction’ gay or not gay, as their US management have schlapped a sex ban on the boys for the duration to protect their squeaky clean image. However, the news could be good for them as they are about to be joined on tour by Olly Murs and I do believe he enjoys a bit of time behind the bike shed.

Don’t you just love Hollybooby

THERE’S A fairly strong possibility that I will soon be tagged with a reputation of being a man who’s obsessed with lady’s bosom’s as here I am again with a story of women’s prize possessions. What caught my eye, if you’ll pardon the cheap joke, was the fact that there really is a National Cleavage Day which is sponsored by Wonderbra, something I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by. And the world of lady celebs was rocked to its knees when the person who won was announced as Holly Willoughby co-presenter with Philip Schofield on This Morning TV show. Sometimes referred to as Holly Willabooby, the mother of two beat none other than Scarlett Johansson into second place with the lovely Katy Perry third. The Wonderbra company started up the idea of National Cleavage Day back in 2002, news that might disappoint a lot of males who, like me never even knew it existed. The three main criteria required to become the winner of this great event are Perkiness… yes! Perkiness… How closely they sit together… honest! … and of course The SIZE! The footnote to this remarkable tale is that researchers have found out that two thirds of British females are proud to show off their headlights saying it makes them feel feminine and sexy. So the future’s so bright fellas you better wear shades.

Life TV

05 APR - 12 APR 2012


05th April - 12th April

THURSDAY 05th April BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 My Worst Deal 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 All Over the Place 17:30 Leonardo 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Land of the Lost Wolves 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall

BBC2 07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 Andy’s Wild Adventures 10:55 Tree Fu Tom 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:25 Dipdap 11:35 64 Zoo Lane 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Sinbad the Sailor 14:30 Animal Park 15:15 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Just a Minute 19:30 Eggheads 20:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 21:00 Natural World 22:00 White Heat 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Modern Spies

Good FRIDAY 06th April BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Animal 24:7 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 My Worst Deal 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:00 The Preston Passion 14:00 BBC News 14:05 Regional News 14:15 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 16:10 Cars 18:00 Match of the Day Live 20:25 BBC News 20:45 Regional News 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Titanic with Len Goodman 22:00 Land of the Lost Wolves 23:00 BBC News 23:20 New Tricks 24:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 24:30 EastEnders


07:00 Childrens TV 11:25 Dipdap 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 The Gumball Rally 14:15 Animal Park 15:15 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Just a Minute 19:30 Eggheads 20:00 Golf 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past 23:00 Twenty Twelve 23:30 QI XL 24:15 Minority Report

SATURDAY 07th April

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Midsomer Murders 17:59 Granada Weather 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Fraud Squad 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Take Me Out 24:50 The Unforgettable...




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:45 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:50 90210 16:45 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 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 21:35 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Big Bang Theory 22:30 The Big Bang Theory 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:05 PhoneShop 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

07:10 The Treacle People 07:20 The Hoobs 08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 According to Jim 09:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 The Secret Millionaire USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 The Fabulous Baker Brothers 13:35 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 13:45 Air Force 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Get Your House in Order 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Death Row 23:55 Random Acts 24:05 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Murder without Conviction 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Holiday Heaven on Earth 20:25 Ultimate Police Interceptors 20:55 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:00 The Glimmer Man

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 American Idol 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 The Bourne Identity






07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:15 Murder, She Wrote 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Granada News and Weather 13:35 Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:05 DragonHeart 16:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 Planet’s Funniest Animals 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Poms in Paradise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 This Is Lionel Richie 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Miami Vice

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Treacle People 07:20 The Hoobs 08:15 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 According to Jim 09:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:40 King of Kings 13:45 The Searchers 16:05 Channel 4 Presents 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 20:35 Marrying Prince Harry 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:30 Rude Tube 24:35 The Mad Bad Ad Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:20 5 News Lunchtime 13:25 Meerkat Manor 13:55 Home and Away 14:25 Neighbours 14:55 NCIS 15:50 High Society 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Inside Hollywood 19:35 Ultimate Police Interceptors 20:00 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 24:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent






07:05 The Hoobs 08:00 The Grid 08:25 MSA British Rallycross Championship 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Koko Pop 10:25 The Album Chart Show Special 10:55 Made in Chelsea 11:55 Charlie’s Angels 12:55 The Big Bang Theory 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:50 The Simpsons 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:10 20:15 Deal or No Deal 21:10 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 22:10 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:45 Showgirls

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 Meerkat Manor 11:45 Holiday Heaven on Earth 12:15 Ultimate Police Interceptors 13:15 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14:15 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 15:20 Ambush at Tomahawk Gap 16:45 War Arrow 18:20 Two Mules for Sister Sara 20:10 5 News Weekend 20:15 NCIS 21:05 NCIS 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:50 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Coronation Street 09:00 Emmerdale 12:00 Take Me Out 13:15 Take Me Out: The Gossip 14:00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 14:30 All Star Family Fortunes 15:15 The Cube 16:15 American Idol 18:05 American Idol 19:05 The Borrowers 21:00 The Zoo 22:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 22:15 Britain’s Got More Talent 23:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 23:45 Take Me Out: The Gossip 24:45 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:50 Switched Up! 08:35 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:35 Supernanny US 10:30 Supernanny US 11:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 12:25 Supernanny US 13:20 Supernanny US 14:20 Hollyoaks 16:55 Made in Chelsea 18:00 The Big Bang Theory 18:30 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 Date Movie 23:40 The Big Bang Theory 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Cleveland Show



07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Rowing 16:05 Golf 17:20 Final Score 18:15 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:35 Shrek 20:00 The Voice UK 21:20 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:10 Casualty 23:00 BBC News and Weather 23:20 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 07:00 Mini CITV 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:25 CITV 10:25 ITV News 09:05 Pixelface 09:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 10:00 The Slammer 10:30 The Ministry of Curious Stuff 12:20 Real Housewives of New York City 11:00 Animals at Work 13:20 Murder, She Wrote 11:30 Splatalot 14:20 ITV News 12:00 Hacker Time 14:25 Planet’s Funniest Animals 12:25 OOglies 14:55 Secret of My Success 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 16:55 Willy Wonka and the 13:00 The Sky at Night Chocolate Factory 13:20 Road to Rio 18:45 Granada News 15:00 Bringing Up Baby 16:35 Escape to the Country 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 17:05 Flog It! 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 18:05 Easter from King’s: 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp Passiontide to Easter Day 21:00 Britain’s Got Talent 19:20 Dad’s Army 22:15 Take Me Out 19:50 Natural World 23:45 ITV News and Weather 20:40 Timewatch 24:00 Magicians 21:30 Golf

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Loose Women 09:05 The Hot Desk 09:15 Judge Judy 09:45 Judge Judy 10:10 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:10 Dennis 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 All Star Family Fortunes 17:25 You’ve Been Framed! 17:55 Happy Feet 20:00 Britain’s Got Talent 21:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:00 American Idol 23:00 Ocean’s Twelve

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:00 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:15 Scrubs 14:45 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Supernanny US 22:00 Broken Arrow 24:10 How to Be Famous


05 apr - 12 APR 2012

Life TV

05th April- 12th April

easter SUNDAY 08th april BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Easter Day Eucharist from Coventry Cathedral 12:00 Urbi et Orbi 12:35 Country Tracks 13:35 Escape to the Country 14:35 BBC News 14:45 Human Planet 15:45 Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out 16:10 Mary Poppins 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 Titanic with Len Goodman 19:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 MotoGP

07:00 Harry and Toto 07:10 Lunar Jim 07:20 Timmy Time 07:30 Chuggington 07:40 Let’s Celebrate 08:00 Gastronuts 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Paradise Cafe 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:55 The Horrible Histories Big Prom Party 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:35 Great British Menu 13:35 A Distant Trumpet 15:30 Cycling 18:00 The Many Faces of... 19:00 Frozen Planet 20:00 Golf

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Ade in Britain 11:30 May the Best House Win 12:30 Matt Cardle: Into the Light 13:30 ITV News 13:35 Britain’s Got Talent 14:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:15 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:45 This Is Lionel Richie 16:45 The Mummy 19:00 Granada News 19:15 ITV News 19:30 All Star Family Fortunes 20:30 The One & Only Des O’Connor 22:00 Titanic 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:15 Perspectives 24:15 The Cube

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 08:35 Channel 4 Presents 08:40 Sailing 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 The Simpsons 15:30 Doctor Dolittle 17:05 Time Team 18:10 Channel 4 News 18:15 18:20 Come Dine with Me 19:20 Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel 21:00 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 22:00 Homeland 23:00 Crucifixion 24:20 Lake Placid

07:00 Childrens TV 08:25 Thomas & Friends 09:15 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 13:05 London: The Inside Story 14:05 Lawrence of Arabia 18:15 5 News Weekend 18:20 Toy Story 20:00 William and Kate: One Year On 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Blade II 24:00 The Hard Corps

easter MONDAY 09th April


07:00 Gossip Girl

07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:00 Winners & Losers 13:55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 14:25 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 15:10 Happy Feet 17:15 Britain’s Got Talent 18:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:30 Jurassic Park 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Gladiator


07:00 Switched 07:25 Privileged 08:15 One Tree Hill 09:15 The Crush 09:45 Hollyoaks 12:20 Watch 12:35 Smallville 13:30 Scrubs 14:00 Scrubs 14:35 Listen 14:55 Perfect Couples 15:25 See Spot Run 17:10 Ugly Betty 18:10 Ugly Betty 19:00 90210 19:55 Footloose 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 Made in Chelsea








07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Animal 24:7 10:45 Homes Under the Hammer 11:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:15 Regional News 14:25 Antz 15:40 Flushed Away 17:00 Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers 17:30 Final Score 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:15 Regional News 19:30 Titanic with Len Goodman 20:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 A Question of Sport 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:10 Regional News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:35 The Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Funny Girl 14:50 The Way We Were 16:45 Helicopter Heroes 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Chaplains: Angels of Mersey 21:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 22:00 Modern Spies 23:00 Simon Amstell: Do Nothing Live 24:00 The Story of Slapstick

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:15 Murder, She Wrote 13:15 60 Minute Makeover 14:15 ITV News and Weather 14:25 Granada News 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 Midsomer Murders 17:00 Great British Taste Tour 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 Planet’s Funniest Animals 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 Kelly & Her Sisters Grow Up 24:00 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Mayday Mayday 24:45 Smugglers

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Ben-Hur 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Inside Nature’s Giants 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:00 Homeland

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:10 Meerkat Manor 13:40 Home and Away 14:10 Neighbours 14:40 The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Inside Hollywood 19:35 Monkey Life 20:00 Cowboy Traders 21:00 Ultimate Police Interceptors 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 23:00 Outlaw

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Nanny 911 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 Holiday Showdown 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Cube 17:45 The Borrowers 19:30 The Mummy Returns 22:00 Knocked Up 24:40 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:20 Hollyoaks 15:50 90210 16:45 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 My Name Is Earl 21:30 My Name Is Earl 22:00 One Tree Hill 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 Rude Tube

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 All Over the Place 17:30 Who Let the Dogs Out? 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Syndicate 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Matt Lucas Awards 24:10 Kevin Bridges What’s the Story?

07:00 Childrens TV 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:35 64 Zoo Lane 11:50 Waybuloo 12:10 In the Night Garden 12:40 Whistle down the Wind 14:15 Animal Park 15:15 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 22:00 Horizon 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Hidden Art of Islam

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Great British Taste Tour 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Countrywise Kitchen 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity 22:00 The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Benidorm 24:35 Ladette to Lady: Australia

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 How to Cook Like Heston 13:35 River Cottage Bites 13:55 Rear Window 16:05 Channel 4 Presents 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 The Undateables 23:00 Facejacker 23:30 Hit the Road Jack 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Blue Smoke 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 21:00 Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: Miami 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Holiday Showdown 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Nanny 911 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 The Cube 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:55 One Tree Hill 10:45 Scrubs 11:40 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:15 Scrubs 15:10 Hollyoaks 15:40 90210 16:30 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 90210 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 Napoleon Dynamite 24:00 The Ricky Gervais Show

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WEDNESDAY 11th April









07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 All Over the Place 17:30 Deadly Top 10 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 His Majesty O’Keefe 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Animal Park 15:15 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Our Food 22:00 Divine Women 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Little Dieter Needs to Fly

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Great British Taste Tour 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable... 21:00 Foyle’s War 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The One & Only Des O’Connor

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Channel 4 Presents 13:10 The Fabulous Baker Brothers 13:40 River Cottage Bites 13:50 The Man Who Knew Too Much 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 The Sinking of the Concordia: Caught on Camera 23:00 10 O’Clock Live 23:55 Strictly Baby Disco

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Mary Higgins Clark’s Moonlight Becomes You 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ultimate Police Interceptors 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Judge Judy 19:25 Take Me Out 21:00 Take Me Out: The Gossip 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Ocean’s Twelve

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:45 Scrubs 11:10 Scrubs 11:40 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:50 90210 16:45 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Star Trek: First Contact 23:10 AVP: Alien vs Predator

THURSDAY 12th April BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Animal 24:7 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 All Over the Place 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Election Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Ivory Wars: Out of Africa 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Who Do You Think You Are? US 24:20 The Story of the Turban

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:35 Small Potatoes 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Mr Bloom’s Nursery 11:10 Baby Jake 11:20 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:30 64 Zoo Lane 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Tycoon 14:40 Racing from Aintree 17:30 Perfection 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Natural World 22:00 White Heat 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Modern Spies

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Great British Taste Tour 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Election Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Take Me Out

07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 North by Northwest 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Get Your House in Order 22:00 Peter Kay Live at the Bolton Albert Halls 23:00 Derek 23:35 The Inbetweeners 24:05 The Inbetweeners 24:40 Random Acts 24:45 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Holiday Heaven on Earth 20:30 Ultimate Police Interceptors 21:00 The True Story 22:00 The Perfect Storm 24:30 Nature Shock

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 American Idol 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 Gladiator

07:00 Switched 07:20 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:45 Made in Chelsea 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:40 Scrubs 11:35 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Desperate Housewives 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 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 How I Met Your Mother 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 PhoneShop


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Life music

CostaVibes Tony Poole

Robert Glasper plays Murcia THE JAZZ In Blues festival hits Murcia this month with the Robert Glasper Trio performing at the Teatro Circo on 23rd April. Glasper’s new album ‘Black Radio’ released in January on Blue Note Records has already proved to be one of the major releases of the year teaming the American pianist with top hip-hop and neo-soul artists. This is an opportunity for Spanish audiences catch Glasper in a jazz trio setting. He has said that he first developed his sound in church, where he learned his own way to hear harmony, and was inspired to mix church and gospel harmonies with jazz harmonies. Glasper attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he met neosoul singer Bilal Oliver. They began performing and recording together, which led to associations with a variety of hip-hop and R&B artists parallel to Glasper’s emerging jazz career. He has worked with Bilal and Mos Def as musical director, Q-Tip (The Renaissance), Kanye West (Late Registration), Meshell Ndegeocello (The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams), J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common, Slum Village and Maxwell, with whom he toured extensively on 2009’s BLACKsummers’night tour. Glasper’s first album, ‘Mood’, was released by Fresh Sound New Talent in 2004, after the pianist’s stints playing in bands

with guitarists Russell Malone and Mark Whitfield, bassist Christian McBride, and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Roy Hargrove. The album features six original compositions by Glasper alongside versions of ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Alone Together’, and Herbie Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage’, featuring guest vocalist Bilal. Glasper has said that his arrangement of the Hancock tune was inspired by the Radiohead song ‘Everything In Its Right Place.’ Blue Note released ‘Canvas’, Glasper’s major-label debut, in 2005. The album features nine original songs and a version of Hancock’s ‘Riot’. Glasper plays Fender Rhodes on three tracks, and Bilal sings on two. ‘In My Element’, released in 2006, includes songs written in honour of Glasper’s mother (‘Tribute’) and hip-hop producer J Dilla (‘J Dillalude’). The pianist also revisits Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage’, which segues into a version of ‘Everything In Its Right Place’, and quotes Duke Ellington’s ‘Fleurette Africaine’. Glasper’s 2009 album ‘Double-Booked’ is divided between songs performed by Glasper in an acoustic piano trio and funk-influenced tracks played on electric instruments, such as Fender Rhodes electric piano and vocoder (used on a version of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Butterfly’). The album features voice mail

recordings from Blanchard and Roots drummer Questlove, and guest vocals and spoken word appearances by Bilal and Mos Def. Bilal received a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track ‘All Matter’. In addition to his working trio, he also leads the Robert Glasper Experiment, in which he explores fusions of jazz and hip-hop. Glasper has performed at jazz festivals throughout the world, and his trio performed at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival as part of Blue Note’s ‘Somethin’ Else’ jazz tent. Tickets are 15€/12€/10 €: available at

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What’s on Viva Out About TV this week



Supreme Dream

VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN will highlight every week some of their brilliant programmes. Starting tomorrow, Friday 6th April at 7pm, ‘FAQ’, will answer all those questions that we have about living in Spain. This week they will be taking about QROPS. On Saturday 7th at 6pm, it’s ‘Let’s Talk’ time with Simon Baldock. He chats with young singer Emily Hullman and author and entrepreneur Phil Birtwhistle. On Sunday 8th, ‘Hand Made’ gives you a chance to show your very own films to the Costa Blanca. This week it is ‘Images from the Vega Baja’ at 6pm. On Monday 9th April at 7.30pm, ‘Learn the Lingo’ is all about learning Spanish in a fun and informative

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way with Martine. Then on Tuesday 10th, ‘Viva Vino’ gives you the chance to join wine expert Colin Harkness in his journey around some of the best Bodegas in the Valencia region. The programme starts at 7.30pm and is a must watch for any wine lover! On Wednesday 11th April at 6pm it is time for ‘The Gift’ with Simone Segal. She will motivate you with her daily dose of inspirational poetry. Finally, next Thursday, 12th April, ‘YouthTube’ will be discussing what youngsters really think about living here in Spain. Join this local group to find out at 6.30pm. This is just a highlight of the great programmes made by Viva TV; tune in now to see much more or visit their website.

Dan ‘The’ Man

THEY SAY you can keep a good man down, and this is so the case with Dan ‘The’ Man: I’m sure he won’t mind my saying this and the last thing this guy wants is the sympathy vote, but after a long and serious illness, DAN IS BACK… From soul to disco, Pop to Rock, Dan delivers his show with fun and energy that engages his audience. With his cheeky sense of humour and constant ad libs to his audience, no two shows are the same. Dance floor fillers to slow ballads, there is something for everybody in his show. For further information please call Phoenix Promotions 677 222 352. On behalf of Phoenix Promotions I wish you all a Happy Easter - Pat Martin.

FRIDAY 6TH APRIL Celena Deans, The Final Whistle, La Marina Dee, Mr Smiths, Quesada Sam Curtis, Black Bull, San Luis Debbie B, JP’s Bar, Mil Palmeras

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL Pat Martin, Gasolina Meroil, Catral Andy Jones, Hogs Head, La Marina Jon Summer, PJ’s @ The Rendevous, Torrevieja BJ Bluesman, Bar Imanyo, Daya Neuva Enigma Karaoke, O Duills, Gran Alicant Jimmy Vincent, Flames, Balsecas SUNDAY 8TH APRIL Smithy, Baybrooks, Algorfa Wildcat, El Mundos, Benimar

THREE LADIES who have the wow factor with their ultimate Motown experience. Fantastic vocals and harmonies, backed by excellent backing tracks bring to Life a show that incorporates music, fun, dancing and memories of the Motown era: Supremes and Diana Ross, Martha and the Vandellas and many more Giants of the sound still as fresh today as when it first arrived all those years ago… With several costume changes throughout the show, the ladies will keep everybody interested in their performance. For details please contact Phoenix Promotions 677 222 352.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Re-installing printer

Downloading AVG2012

Ian from Quesada asks: I HAVE a few problems I hope you can help me with. I have just bought a new laptop from the UK with Windows7 Home and Internet Explorer version 9 already installed. I tried to re install my Epson multifunction printer using the CD that came with the printer but none of the icons appear on my screen and now I cannot use the scanner or cartridge cleaning program. I can’t seem to install my Nero DVD burning program that came with my old USB DVD drive and two of my old games warn me that they may cause problems and do I really want to run them.

Peter via email asks: HI AUNTY. I would like to try AVG2012 free but when I try to download it there is a charge of £30 which doesn’t seem very free to me! Am I trying to down load the correct one?

Aunty Says: The printer should be fairly easy to sort out Ian. Go to the Epson website and look under the support section for the Win7 version of the drivers and applications for your model of printer. Windows 7 has probably installed its own drivers for your printer that won’t have all the functionality of the programs provided by Epson. As for Nero, unless you are using some of the more complicated functions of it, I personally wouldn’t bother looking for the Windows 7 version as the built in CD/ DVD writing and copying function that comes with Win7 is great. You can simply right click on any folders or files you want to add to a disc and use the ‘send to’ option. The games may be a bit more of a problem and although there are ways of running them in ‘compatibility mode’ I would suggest trying to find newer versions.

Keeping English version Using Norton 360

Sue via email asks: WHEN I go on the Internet Explorer my computer loads the Spanish version of Google as my homepage, it was set up to use the home page and the setting under ‘internet options’ in control panel are also set to com but when the site loads it automatically changes to and is all in Spanish. I can still use my Gmail which comes up in English but most searches result in Spanish websites...What can I do to keep it as the English version? Aunty Says: I set my default home page to a version as the .com one tends to detect what part of the world you are in or sometimes your regional settings in control panel. You can change this from within Internet Explorer. Go to ‘tools’ ‘internet options’ and type (or whatever you like) into the home page box.

Tina via email asks: HELLO AUNTY, feel I need some of your wonderful advice. A while back I managed to backup all of my photographs, music and important documents from my laptop onto DVDs, using Norton’s 360 backup software. I have long since traded in my old Toshiba for a newer model and now cannot seem to copy all of my stuff back onto my laptop. When I load the DVD into my laptop all I can see is a long, odd file name, but none of my photos or documents.

Aunty Says: There is a free version of AVG2012 and also one that you have to pay for. The free one is good enough for most home users and the best way to get the correct one is to go to and click on the AVG icon at the bottom which will take you straight to the best download link. Aunty Says: Unfortunately Tina you will need to use Norton 360 to be able to restore your backed up files. Most of the dedicated backup programs have their own unique method of backing up files, and this usually involves building all of your data into a single format that is only readable by their program. Maybe a trail version (if available) will work, or ask around if any of your friends have Norton 360 on their computer. I find a €15 USB pen drive and a simple copy/paste is the best way to keep a backup of my precious data.

WhatsApp… A free way to stay in touch with friends and family IN A world where we are always looking at cheaper and quicker ways to communicate or stay in contact with friends, family, business contacts or acquaintances the choices have historically been calling them, emailing them, text messaging them or if you are online, an instant messaging application (IM)– for example Skype or MSN messenger. Calling or sending a text message of course has a cost associated to that and if the recipient is overseas then it is very much cost prohibitive. The other option is to email or send an IM but unless you are both at your PC then there could be a significant time delay. WhatsApp is a global phenomenon enabling Smartphone users all over the world to keep in contact with each other, whether that is a short message, a picture or even a video. And most importantly it is FREE and can be used to contact people all over the world. WhatsApp has no boundaries. Sending text messages to your friends or family is of course a simple benefit and the cost saving on that can be huge. But take it a stage further. Imagine if the Grandparents are here in Spain and the grandchildren have taken part in an activity in the UK. That video could be sent to them for FREE and they could share that wonderful

moment when the grandchild wins the egg and spoon race! This is of course is fantastic for both the grandparents and the grandchild and sent instantaneously. How many times have you been meeting someone and they have been calling to ask where you are, or where the restaurant is? Sending them a WhatsApp message with the exact GPS map location of where you are saves both money as there is no need to make telephone calls - and saves time

as they can find it quicker. How simple is that? Using WhatsApp is just another reason why you should consider using a smartphone. An unlimited data package is highly recommended to get the most from owning a smartphone and a 2020tel are one of the few companies offering that package. They are also providing the WhatsApp application on all of their smartphones. For more information call 2020tel now 96 626 0777.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Digital Revolution THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at gadgets designed to help you with the digital media revolution. If you’re not someone who grew up with the iPod generation then chances are you have packing boxes full of old VHS video tapes, vinyl records and audio tapes. But what if you´ve joined the digital revolution and have portable media players, laptops and media streamers? How do you convert all of those cherished old videos, records and music tapes into modern video and music files? Fear not dear reader, Gadget Inspector will show you how! If you also happen to have your original LP record deck and cassette deck/portable handy then the 70€ U Record Music Converter is the way to go. Simply connect your LP record deck or cassette player to the U Record, and plug the USB cable into your PC or Mac and you´re ready to rip! No need for a separate amplifier, the handy adjustable built in pre-amp takes the guesswork out of recording from LP. Once you´ve converted your LP´s and C90´s into crisp MP3 digital files the included EZ Vinyl Converter software can be used to add track information to your files, which can then be automatically imported into your iTunes library. If you want to make changes you can even edit your music files with the included Audacity software. Rip-tastic poppickers! BUT WHAT IF YOU DON´T HAVE YOUR RECORD DECK OR CASSETTE PLAYER? For transferring your LPs welcome the 77€ Quick Play USB Table. Simply connect the Quick Play to a spare USB port on your PC or

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Life horoscopes

Kenny corris


Uranus resides and brings abut the ability for you to make the changes that are a viable option for you right now. By taking control of a current situation there is enough scope to see you safely through without having to re invent yourself. Others may misconstrue your true emotions MANY EMAILS lately have been asking about Guides and may try to make you see things their way, which is an interference and how to contact them. Many have said that I you do not need. make it sound very easy to make contact with these Affected greatly by the Pluto retrograde in Capricorn it is time to take things in your stride, whilst such a dramatic Planet takes a reverse action and causes contentions in so doing. Above all make sure that you are ready for any conflicts of interest and accept all challenges for what they are, a chance to show what you’re made of. Venus, Goddess of Love, takes residence rather than her usual fleeting route around the Cosmos. Love is on the cards in so many ways, and remember that however much you give vital love to yourself there will be much left over to pass on to those that need it. Though you currently keep someone at arms length they are about to get so much closer. Time to make peace, and above all keep your temper this week whilst all around you seem to be losing theirs. This is not however a time to slink into that hard shell and just sit it out, your presence is requested to keep order. Blame a wayward Chiron and a dreamy and romantic Pisces who are sending mixed messages that do you no good whatsoever. Putting all in order you have done so much to turn your life around and there is no hiding place until you finalise what you started. Any indecision right now will be seen as weakness and above all you have to continue making those good impressions and to be sure to see all this to the bitter end, but for all the very best of reasons for all concerned. Mars is stirring things up and you are bound to have to respond at some time, so make plans. It seems as if there are many people around you giving out advice, and above all your way ahead is to start making your own decisions and ignoring what anyone else has to say. There is so much that they don’t know about you, and they wouldn’t understand anyway. There comes a freedom from responsibilities and a time when you can really please yourself for a change. You are about to enter a very busy period of your life and some rest and relaxation right now is definitely on the cards. Learning how to balance is what you are all about and you should jump at the chance to have some personal time for yourself. Planetary actions are bringing you a clear picture of how things should be right now. You are often so busy with others you do not think of yourself, or stop to see what alternatives there could be. Recently you have unleashed a lot of stored anger and dealt with it in the very best way, but now the coast is clear and you have some unfinished business to attend to. You are about to enter into a new relationship, and everyone has to benefit from what is about to happen; since you are somewhat unsure of how things will go. Just be yourself, and speak your mind, since Mercury is now Direct and there finally comes a chance that makes everyone happy and puts you back on top where you belong! The Pluto retrograde enters direct in your seventh house of mystery and imagination midweek. Whatever you do make no immediate decisions at this time of re adjustment. Pluto is not to be meddled with, and cool and calm will bring you the very best results with your good intentions and best interests at heart and no compromise anywhere in sight. You have bitten off more than you can possible chew, and are floundering out of your depth; all because you are stubbornly trying to hold something together, and do your best. Anyone who allows this to happen around you is not acting in your best interests, nor are they helping in any way. Unsure vibrations from a dreamy Pisces do not help things go smoothly. Chiron is often wildly open when something has to happen for a reason, but for some reason best known to you, you are just walking away from what you could have and for nothing. This is a time of discovery and for using your talents to make a difference, because you can, but in the current state of affairs will you? Be unafraid to do what you have to!

very special, individual Spiritual helpers, and I say don’t make it difficult; because the principle is very simple and anyone can do it. Guides are assigned to us at our birth. If you are reading this, then you survived the process that brought you into this World and your Guide wrote your name proudly in the book of Life. Promising to keep a watchful eye over you throughout a lifetime, then being the helpful hand that will take you onwards to the Spirit World is the motivation of any Spiritual Guide assigned to you. Trouble is that this doesn’t allow for your specific Spiritual needs, and this accounts for the fact that many Guides are out of their depth when you take on a new level of Spirituality. They find it hard to answer your questions, and though they do their best it wasn’t known back then just how Spiritual you would become or just what level of Spiritual help that you would need. Some people are able to live their lives with the minimum of guidance, and some need more or much more. Some, like me, may have to intervene in the process and ask for Guidance on a Higher level from a Higher Guide. I have been running a highly successful day workshop that helps people to develop their energies and helps them to ask for a Higher Guide; for some seven years now. There are no shortage of Guides, and once you get over the reasoning that Guides do not come automatically, and that the right one can make a difference and change your life around, it is worth knowing that you have to ask for what you need. This asking process cannot be begging, mainly because, “Please can I have?” can be simply answered, “No!” If however you ask for what you deserve it will greatly speed the process up and help you tune in yourself. All Spirituality demands a fine tuning programme that allows you to move simply to the stage you need to be at. The Spiritual process means that we are all learning, and that once on that pathway we acknowledge that we can and do fall over, but that we can also pick ourselves up whenever we need to. Other Spiritualists will also care and share for us when we do fall as well, and they will want the same help when their turn comes. Supportive possible action, apt for here on Earth, but you must never underestimate the protection, love, and care that come from your Spiritual Guide. When I was in my forties I needed to change my Guide. My Guide at the time was Chinese, and

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I often wondered why he was sent to me: except that we did work well together. Nevertheless I felt a change was needed and I had to invent something for my old Guide to do; I couldn’t just dump him! My solution was to ask him to become my doorkeeper, and it is a job that he still does, and does very well. Everyone is happy, and my Chinese Guide will, one day when the time comes, guide me into the Spirit World, since that was his promise to me way back then. Everyone is happy now, and my new Guide is a Native American Indian and will work with me for the rest of my life on this Earth. Ask directly when you want to attract Spirit to you. Be precise and ask for what you deserve to have with no begging and a positive energy that you have to change your current Guide for all of the best reasons. Many people tell me they are stuck or blocked, and so often this is because the attending Guide has reached their limit. It cannot be known at our birth, however, what level of help we will need in our lifetime. I have seen excellent inspiring Guides assigned to people who wouldn’t know what Spirituality was even if it bit them on the behind, or care. Then too have inspired people reached low levels because their Guide is inadequate or not working on prescribed levels. Taking control and asking for what you need shows enterprise and intelligence, and the assignation of your new Guide should reflect this. Just ask, and it will be. Guides will not interfere with your life of take control of you. They are best described as those who watch carefully over us and facilitate just what we want or need to do in pursuance of our Spiritual lives. Like a bodyguard they are assigned to do a job, and they can be left alone to do this knowing that they act in our interests and thrive on our energies; as they establish a symbiotic relationship, often for life, in which their love and care can bring us great differences as we continue to develop our own personal gifts throughout our Earthly experience in our current body. We are Spirit living in a body. The body becomes our vehicle in which we transport ourselves from place to place all over this World. Maybe I would have chosen something slimmer, less wrinkly and with laughter lines that disappeared when I stopped smiling. But hey! This is what I got, and 85% works well alongside an inspiring Guide that loves and protects me like nobody else ever could.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY YOU told me that I had some work to do to make my connection with Spirit. I wasn’t ready at the time but so many people are advising me to start somewhere as you did. Where do I start and what do I do? Kay L. Hi Kay, it is good that you have decided to work with what you have. It is never too late, but the sooner you make a start the sooner you can make the progress that you deserve. Begin by opening you heart and establishing a dialogue with Spirit. If you met a new friend it is acts of communication that keep the friendship going; and without them it doesn’t exist, and can’t grow either. Be clear and concise and learn to ask for what you deserve to have, and the guidance from Spirit that will show you the way forward and tell you what has to be done. You are quite able to achieve this yourself, but I am sure many will help you on your journey, and you must know that I am here to help you if you ever need me. Let me know how you do!

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Word Ladders The key rule is that you must only change one letter at a time as you move from one rung to another, and the word you make must be a proper word! Therefore you may move from BATH --> BATS but not from BATH --> CASH because that changes two letters in one go which is not allowed.


Cryptic Crossword Across 1. A convict returns to the fete (4) 8. But he could be backward politically and no Socialist in sport (4-6) 9. Although discourteous, I am to take a European round it (8) 10. Game piece for Uncle? (4) 12. On stage in a temporary capacity (6) 14. The ball is in her grasp, her expert grasp (6) 15. If taken aback, sees the last of the demons (6) 17. Statue shows cunning construction (6) 18. Bring up to be last? (4) 19. Take the corner too lightly and capsize (8) 21. Fetch ring to restore consciousness (5,5) 22. With which orientals show agreement? (4)

Down 2. There’s surely a fortune to me made in nuclear science (6,4) 3. A singer is included in most normal tours (4) 4. In sight in it, but apparently not likely to be on (6) 5. We are in groups eating confections (6) 6. Photographs from an overheated camera? (8) 7. The smile of the bearer, perhaps (4) 11. Try hard to get power by taking industrial action? (4,2,4) 13. No rating is lacking in knowledge (8) 16. Scrubs most of the finals course (6) 17. A place to meet in the street (6) 18. Makes fun of bones (4) 20. Bound, say, to have water movement (4)


Quick Crossword Across 1. Pain (4) 8. Speed up (10) 9. And so on (2,6) 10. Virtuous (4) 12. Upright (6) 14. Stretch (6) 15. Pass away (6) 17. End (6) 18. Operatic song (4) 19. Rapturous (8) 21. Intentional (10) 22. Record (4)

Down 2. Director (10) 3. Comfort (4) 4. Stress (6) 5. Gratify (6) 6. Terrify (8) 7. Sell (4) 11. All-knowing (10) 13. Forcible (8) 16. Loophole (6) 17. Financial (6) 18. Military assistant (4) 20. So be it (4)

Answers & Winners Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 60. Winner for 650: James Harrison, Tuelada

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Life cars

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Changing ownership on a car I READ your paragraph in the RTN each week without fail. I wonder if you can help. My son sold his Audi to a prominent local English businessman about three years ago. The negotiated price was set understanding he would carry out the Spanish registration. A year later we received a road tax demand. We contacted the vendor who said one of his employees now had the car and he would register it. They gave us the road tax money. Another year went by and guess what - we got another tax demand. The excuse this time was that the car had now been taken to Ireland. They again paid the tax money. This year the same has happened. We contacted the person we sold the car to: he told us the chap does not work for him anymore and has also gone back to Ireland but now he does not want to know any more about it even though we sold the car to him. We have his private and business address plus a signed bill of sale. What can we do to bring this matter to an end? Stuart Jessett Your son has fallen into the trap where unscrupulous buyers or just plain stupid ones promise to do this and then do not bother as it will cost cash and effort. Your son will be very lucky (we hope) not to have a list of speeding fines, etc. to pay as the registered owner. What to do? I cover this in my book and here periodically in the RTN column so I will not be advising on this at length. I ASSUME THE CAR WAS ALREADY ON SPANISH PLATES?

If it was on UK plates then the advice is basically the same but using the DVLA/VOSA. You must advise Trafico (assuming it is a Spanish registered car) that you have sold it with the full details of the buyer including his passport/residence numbers and address in Spain plus the date of the sale including any documentation (letters of sale) that you say you have that will prove it. Send the originals but keep copies. I would also advise Trafico of the date of the sale and the full history as there may be outstanding fines which will be set against the vehicle but you can check this by applying to Trafico for the advice by using a TASA form 3050 which will give you the list of owners and any outstanding fines etc. The forms can be downloaded off the Internet at modelos_impresos/ Select ‘Castellano’ as the language choice. It will cost less than 10€ for this info and if possible go to the local Trafico office as it will be weeks quicker but will hopefully set your mind at rest. The new ‘owner’ must then be contacted and asked for full co-operation in getting the vehicle into his/her name and if they refuse or they have already done so, tell the person that you are advising Trafico (or If a UK vehicle the DVLA) that you have sold the car and it will then legally be unregistered. You can then also threaten to issue a charge against the

person for not registering the car in their name if indeed this is the case but as he is in Ireland he will most likely not be bothered. It will then be placed on the police ‘watch for’ lists and eventually stopped. That threat should get him/them responding PDQ. Remember that Ireland is part of the EU. An alternative is to use a form TASA 9.060 which is to advise that the vehicle has been scrapped, or to just notify Trafico of the transfer to the new owner and for this use a form TASA 9.07A. Take all your identity docs, yours and the car’s, with you to Trafico. If you can obtain written legal proof that the car is in Ireland than you can declare it exported but you will need proof. In the UK if a car has not had any road taxes paid for a year then it is automatically noted on the DVLA system as ‘exported’. This includes those that are on SORNs as they must be renewed every year. A lot of expats running around in the UK-plated cars still do not realise that their cars are not registered anywhere now and from 2013 it has been announced by Brussels that all EU countries will be able to easily access the various systems including the UK DVLA and VOSA ones so they can check on the official registration of a vehicle driven on their roads and this means also at the roadsides. I would imagine that defaulting vehicles will be seized and disposed of (scrapped?) and the drivers/owners fined. Trafico forms are all explained in English in my book.

There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’ Tel: 666 888 870 Brian Deller, author, book Motoring in Spain, ISBN No 978 84 611 9278 6. Shops’ addresses in my web site at:

Going to the UK this summer?

Cherie from Indigo Car Hire

Crossword Solutions for 650

Quick Solutions

Cryptic Solutions

Across: 1 Appraisal; 8 Oar; 9 Prohibition; 11

Across: 1 Of matches; 8 Box; 9 Drawing near;

Entreat; 12 Unite; 13 Intact; 15 Resent; 17

11 Compere; 12 Cache; 13 Rounds; 15 Gla-

Mince; 18 Company; 20 Impropriety; 22 Inn;

dys; 17 Treat; 18 Omnibus; 20 Counterpart;

23 Resilient.

22 Lea; 23 Statesmen.

Down: 2 Par; 3 Arise; 4 Shifty; 5 Leisure; 6

Down: 2 Far; 3 Trite; 4 Higher; 5 Stencil; 6

Considerate; 7 Presently; 10 Outstanding; 11

Abracadabra; 7 Expresses; 10 Armoured

Enigmatic; 14 Cheaper; 16 Across; 19 Moral;

car; 11 Card-table; 14 Detours; 16 Portia; 19

21 Tun.

Nurse; 21 Rye.

Wordwheel: ABANDONED

Take Indigo Car Hire’s advice and book early to avoid high costs and low availability.Cherie Walker, Reservations Manager at Indigo Car Hire, talks about the upcoming celebrations in London and how this can affect hiring a car not only inLondon but also the whole of the UK during this high peak season. UK CAR Hire rates this summer are going to be unpredictable and already I have noticed the major players have started to increase rates. Why is this? Well here are a few reasons. First of all we have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years of Elizabeth II’s reign, which we can all agree is a deserved celebration even if you are not a fan of the Royals. To celebrate, the UK has an extended bank holiday on the weekend of 2nd June. Of course, many people will travel to London to join the celebrations. Car Hire over this weekend is already very expensive so if you are just going to the UK to see family and not for this special occasion it is advisable to avoid this particular weekend to save pennies. Secondly, we cannot forget that the Olympics 2012 is taking place in London, and a large number of visitors are expected. My thoughts are that not as many people as expected will hire cars: as let’s be honest, who likes driving in London? HoweverI have found that some Car Hire suppliers have increased the rates during this period seeing an opportunity

to make more money. The Olympics commence on 27th July and finish on 12th August so covers pretty much most of the summer. It is also worth noting that even though they do not start until the 27th July, there is the lead up to the start date. My advice on this would be to try and come to the UK towards the end of Mayas this seems to be the cheapest time to rent. The other option would be to come to the UK in September. Of course this is just my advice on how to save money. I do think some people will hire cars but this will be before or after the events, as visitors to the UK may combine the Olympics with seeing some of the beautiful locations in UK and hiring a car is perfect as it gives you the freedom to explore. Let’s not forget Easter. A handful of our suppliers that cover the London Airports are already sold out for the Easter period and while there is low availability for Car Hire over the Easter, it is worth booking now to avoid disappointment. My advice to anyone coming to the UK this summer is to reserve your car hire now, as we still have some cracking rates and looking after our Expat friends is very important to the team at Indigo.We now have a Spanish local rate number– Different number, same great service! New local number -965 993 260 We look forward to hearing from new and existing customers. Indigo Car Hire Book Email



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Do We Really Appreciate It? Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

IN OUR part of the World we are incredibly lucky that we have some of the very finest golf courses available anywhere in the planet. Yet I find that when I talk to people about golf here the main type of conversation is one where golfers are complaining about something. This I find frustrating as many of these complaints could be sorted out in seconds if we took the time to speak to those who we see regularly

at the clubs where we play, those in management positions are the best as they are more than likely the decision makers. I have lost count about the number of times I have encouraged golfers to open constructive dialogue with these decision makers. The big thing to remember here is that the dialogue does need to be constructive or your listener will switch off and you will undoubtedly fail to get your message across. The biggest thing I hear when I get to speak to golf course managers is that the British expatriate community is seen by many of our Spanish host as moaners who do so just for the sake of it. Therefore we are faced with a dilemma: how do we get our message across and acted upon? I am certainly no expert in public relations but put yourself in the shoes of the person you are trying to speak to. You are undoubtedly an intelligent and experienced person but why do you raise your voice slightly and seem agitated and speak so fast when you speak to someone who is struggling to understand your language? Think how much better it would be if we asked our course manger; Jose,


how would you like a coffee? There are some things I would like to explain that concern me and my friends that if they change will benefit the golf course as a whole and all who visit it. Now which approach do you think will get the best response? I and all who read this column already know the answer don’t we? WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 5TH APRIL 2012: IN WHAT US STATE IS THE MASTERS PLAYED? A. Georgia B. Florida C. California All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th April 2012 to be entered into March’s draw, which will be made on 1st April 2012. The winner will be announced in RTN on 4th May 2012.


The Sicilian Open last weekend provided some of the most beautiful scenery so far on The European Tour. The contrast of the beautiful blue sea and the perfectly manicured fairways at times took spectators breaths away. Going into the weekend we had just five shots separation the leading player from the ones who barely scraped past the cut on Friday. The average score went from 2 under par to three over thanks to the high winds, indeed at one time it looked like play would have to be suspended as the golf ball was moving on the greens as players were trying to play. Thankfully that situation was avoided and the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen provided the other players with a perfect exhibition of how to play in the wind with a spectacular round

of 67 that gave him a three shot lead. Englishman Chris Wood soon made that disappear on Sunday as he equaled the course record of 64 to put the pressure on the Dane. Olesen however was strong enough to get the job done and his final round of 69 was enough for a one shot lead and his maiden victory on Tour. Once again we saw the strength in depth of European golf as new faces continue to pile up victories and potential Ryder Cup appearances. Securing a Tour Card for 2013 seems to be more difficult this year than perhaps in European Tour history. After this weekend’s US Masters, things go a little quiet for a few weeks as the top players rest from the challenge of the year’s first Major. The European Tour goes to Malaysia then China and then Korea before returning to Spain in May for The Open de Española

in Seville. There is no doubt that money will play its part in where the big names play during April and China is bound to provide the toughest field thanks to sponsors Volvo. In Texas last weekend the European players were left in the ‘also ran’ positions as they prepared for the challenge to wear the green jacket of The Masters champion on Sunday evening. Hunter Mahan won by one shot from Carl Pettersson. Phil Mickelson challenged at one time but he fell away as did the English pair of Brian Davis and Greg Owen. Ernie Els was in contention at one time and needed to win to get a place in The Masters. He will now have the chance to rest up and get some practice in to secure a top 50 place in the rankings to avoid missing any more of the Majors. A session with one of the game putting gurus would surely not go amiss for one of the games great players.

GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK The flag or hole cannot always be your target: a little thought about target selection will always reap rewards. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.


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Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

ON ANOTHER day Barcelona might not have been awarded their second penalty against Milan and this week’s Champions League quarter final might have turned out a little differently. As it was, after Messi again converted from the spot and Iniesta scored a third goal early in to the second half, the game was effectively over. Milan, like many other teams who have left the Nou camp empty handed, suggested that the match officials had given Barcelona a helping hand. To be fair to the Italians, the Spanish side do seem to the rub of the green more often than not but I’d suggest that a bigger reason of frustration for any visiting team is that Barca are hard to play against when they have the ball and even tougher when they haven’t. Their work rate is just incredible and on more than one occasion, a Milan player found himself surrounded by 3 or 4 of the opposition with his options for a pass or a run severely limited. Barcelona have now reached 5 Champions League semi finals in a row. They may get the odd bit of help here and there but everything else is all of their making.

ICC in a Hot Spot England are the latest cricket team to call for a unified DRS system to be used for every Test Match. And they are right. It is quite ridiculous of the International Cricket Council to allow the home country to pick and choose what part or parts of the system they want to employ. In the current series, Sri Lanka have agreed to the review, where both teams get to challenge two decisions by the umpires per innings, but they are not using Hot Spot. Why? The technology is there, it’s been used in the past and more often than not, it helps the third umpire reach the correct decision. I’m told that cost is a factor and that some of the less well off nations can’t afford it. Well if that’s the case, then the ICC should pay for it or at least subsidise it. I don’t like UEFA’s use of 5 officials for a European game but at least they pay for them to all turn up. Unlike the ICC, I can’t see them letting a team go back to just using a referee and two assistants because the travel, hotel and match fees of the other two are out of their budget range.

Fishing Maggots End by

It gets Messi for Milan

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WELL THIS week marked the change: we fished Eden Canal stretch of the Rio Segura. A change it certainly was, as all the bamboo canes had been cut down and you can see everybody fishing. This is very strange as normally you can’t see the person next to you. (You just count the splashes as to how many fish you think they might have!) The river flow had a bit more pace than normal, but with all the reeds cut down, there is no cover on the far bank. The top two weights were good, but then it was down to a few kilos. At least the river is starting to produce: a long time coming. This match was the 2nd in the Summer League series. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) Bolton fishing the pole using maggot and bread with 22.12 kilos 2nd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the pole using maggot with 10.56 kilos 3rd Jim (The Chairman) Rouse fishing the pole using maggot with 5.04 kilos PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: Supplied by Terry Screen The second round of the spring series was fished on the Sweet Water Canal at the back of the Majal camp site. There were a couple of dry nets on this visit which bettered our last match there in February, when less than half the anglers actually weighed in. There were some nice carp caught and mullet of over two kilos, mostly taken on the swims below the boom. The canal was full of rubbish and the carcass of a dead

Connor thrown to the Wolves Its one thing to sack your manager during the season but to do so without having a successor lined up seems, to me, to be complete madness. Wolves are now paying the price for such foolishness. They sacked Mick McCarthy back in February after a 5 – 1 drubbing by

Midlands rivals West Brom. Fair enough. But then, bizarrely, they replaced him with his own assistant, Terry Connor. The result? One point out of a possible 18 and place at the foot of the table. If anyone out there can explain the logic behind the Wolves board’s decision making, then I’d love to hear it.

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sheep, brought down by the storm waters of the previous week. Not the most pleasant of venues we visit when they are in this condition. Match secretary knows when to take his holidays: he’s cruising while he gives us this venue. First on the day with a weight 16.620 kilos fishing pellet and paste on the pole was Lennie (Ex Cultural Attaché) Bolton. Second with a weight of 6.100 kilos fishing maggot and paste on the pole was Dave (Sweetie Man) Hutchinson. Third with 5,500 kilos fishing maggot and bread on the feeder was Bill (The Master) Reade. Fourth place showing some of the more seasoned anglers how to do it was our lady member Marlene (The sweetie Lady) Hutchinson with 5.280 kilos. All details are available from our website www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past four years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : Tight lines… Dave Hoare

Trophies galore for Torrevieja Swimming Club

LAST SATURDAY saw Torrevieja Swimming Club compete in two trophy competitions at the Municipal Pool San Vincente in Alicante. Swimming club “Club Natacion Raspeig” hosted the VIII Trophy of Swimming and more than 400 swimmers representing 20 clubs from around the region competed throughout the event. Standards were very high and fourteen of the Torrevieja squad competed against their peers including, in the girls Alevin category, Piroska Rideg, who received a trophy for winning 2nd place in the 100m freestyle event. All the squad worked very hard and RTN would like to congratulate all the team on great swims.

personal best of 1:21:49. Well done Vicki! The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602 or by e-mail on or at info@

MASTERCLASS But it wasn’t just the kids competing, Torrevieja’s newly formed Masters Group were also in action and competed in the III Memorial Competition for Councillor Ramon Garcia Anton. Unfortunately Beth Altabas was forced to withdraw due to a bad leg which left Vicki Connolly to compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle events. Vicki gained 1st position in the 45-49yrs 50m freestyle with a time of 35:68 and 2nd position in the 100m’s with a new

FC Torrevieja news

LAST SUNDAY Torry made the long trip north to play strugglers Requena. They came away with a 1-0 victory. The opposition hit the post early on before Torry took the lead through a header by defender Rafa from a Ramiro free-kick. Early in the secondhalf Requena had a man dismissed for a foul on Corcoles in the box. Ramiro took the penalty kick which was saved by their keeper. Torry could have increased their lead with good chances being squandered by Corcoles and Juande in particular. Torry stay in 7th place after this result but have narrowed the gap between themselves and 4th place to 6 points. They played Borriol at home last night and hopefully won again.

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