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Eduardo Dolon meets with new stallholders in La Plasa

The Plasa gradually regains the atmosphere of yesteryear by Keith Nicol ONE OF Torrevieja’s white elephants is surely La Plasa, the former central commercial in the centre of downtown, which today is the only fresh food market on the ground floor of the imposing building. But things may finally be looking up as this week Tor-

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revieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon presented seven new contracts, awarded to new entrepreneurs showing part of the determination that the current government has to push forward their mandate for the City to recover the upper floors of the building. Eduardo Dolon, accompanied by the Councillor of Commerce, Agustina Esteve, visited the Central Market The Plasa,

to deliver contracts for seven new positions in the market. Specifically, ten posts have been opened for the sale of various products: two fishmongers, three greengrocers, a stall selling food specialties of Asturias plus one of nuts and gourmet products. Continued on page 6


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Rent to buy’s ugly side RENT TO buy has been a popular option put forward by real estate agents throughout the world, to help prospective buyers who in this time of financial crisis have difficulty finding a mortgage lender.

by Keith Nicol Likewise sellers would rather have their mortgage payments covered by rent on a property that they no longer wish to own. It’s not a perfect situation but it offers a semi-satisfaction level for all three parties involved: the seller who does not default on bank payment; the renter who has a property to live in; the real estate agent who is making a commission on the rental deal. However, allegations have been made that in at least one instance, the rent is gong directly to the agent and not to the seller, as the seller is oblivious to the fact that their property is being lived in. In the majority of cases the seller has sold up and left Spain, leaving power of attorney for any possible sale in the hands of their Real Estate agent. However, an uglier side to this practice has now reared its head

and one Quesada based agency in particular is being accused of renting out houses on their books without the knowledge of the sellers and pocketing the entire rental income. This scam has been performed before along the coast, but usually the agency has shut shop overnight and disappeared. In this case, the agency in question, who cannot be named at this time, has a high profile and advertises both locally on the Costa Blanca and in magazines further south. Thus, while investigations continue, if you have placed your property in the hands of an agency operating out of Quesada, have proof or evidence that they have rented your property without your express knowledge and you have a contract allowing them to do so, or you are renting a property that is for sale and are subjected to allowing prospective clients to view, please let RTN`s Keith Nicol know by emailing:

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Arsonist ignites two fires in Javea

THE FIRE service has advised that fires have been ignited in the Tossal and Gros Tarraula area for the last three summers, leading to the conclusion that the fires are the work of the same arsonist.

Natural pine forest destroyed

by Jan Gamm Each time the fires occur at night. On Wednesday a fire started at 10.30pm, again in Tarraula. And as usual the fire is lit in two separate places, this time 50 yards apart. Three fire crews from Denia, a volunteer crew and the Civil Defence finally put out the flames at 1am, by which time an acre of

important pine forest had been destroyed. Luckily there was no wind on Wednesday otherwise the damaged area would have been considerably larger. Nobody was injured. Municipal workers are now cutting a forest road through the forest to facilitate easier access in the event of further fires. Residents are asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious individuals.

Rajoy hacked off after summer hols

MARIANO RAJOY returns to work this week after his summer holiday to find anonymous hacks have attacked the Partido Popular websites with claims that it can be proved that the PP has been involved in drug trafficking and also bribing customs officials and judges. Anonymous messages, part of ‘Secret Files Part II’, are posted on the PP websites and also on YouTube, promising to provide documentation which will prove the allegations.

Facebook gives Spanish Government user info

By Jan Gamm DETAILED INFORMATION on 479 Facebook users, including IP addresses, has been handed over to the Spanish government by the social network in the first half of this year according to a Facebook report published last week that confirmed data

had been requested on 715 individuals. Facebook executives confirmed that the majority of the information requested related to serious crime cases such as robbery or abduction. Facebook has provided information to various governments including the US and the UK.

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El Ateneo Repúblicano pay tribute to the victims of the 1938 bombing of Torrevieja by Keith Nicol SEVERAL HUNDRED people gathered on Sunday 25th August around the monument to Man of the Sea, on the Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio, to attend the event organized by the Ateneo Republican “Miguel Hernández” of Torrevieja and Salinas Golf,. The gathering marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Torrevieja, with the loss of 19 lives in 1938, by the Italian airforce, as part of an agreement between the Nazi regime and the civil war created by Franco. The solemn event began around 7.30pm with a speech by President Lucía Bachiller, who told the story about the bombing. Then Aurora Bernal, read poems followed by members of local political opposition parties. Unfortunately, instead of this being a pure remembrance service for the victims and their families, the ugly side of politics raised its head and criticism, be it valid or not, came to the forefront as it was mentioned several times that the first deputy mayor of the town hall, Joaquín Albaladejo, apparently last year promised to put a plaque on Concordia Street, in tribute to the victims of the bombing, which never materialized! Regarding the announcement of the mayor, Eduardo Dolon, during the book launch this week about the bombing of the city, where he said that the city planned to erect a monolith in the Port, in memory of all the victims of war, as this is the place where the

bombing began, speakers ridiculed this announcement, saying that this monument had no direct context to the 1938 bombing and might as well serve as a homage to those killed in the wars of the Romans with their emperor Julius Caesar, to the Mongols, or even Agustina de Aragon. The poet and actor Calleja de la Hoguera, recited a long poem reminiscent of Hernandiana, gesticulating and trying to relive every episode recounted about the bombing. The act was apparently far to long for many of the attendees who left early before the evening concluded with the screening of a video in tribute to the victims of the bombing, the lighting of flares, with a respectful moment of silence and then the traditional throwing of flowers into the sea in memory of the 19 innocent victims of Nazi aviation bombing on that fateful Thursday in August 1938.

Hundreds of people attended the 75th anniversary commemoration of the bombing of Torrevieja

Association of University Students meet on Monday ROSARIO MARTINEZ Chazarra, Torrevieja’s Councillor for Education and Youth announced that on Monday 2nd September at 8:00 pm, at the Centre for Information and Youth Torrevieja (CIAJ) a briefing will be held for University students. The meeting is offered by the Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios de Guardamar y Torrevieja (ADEUGT) which is seen as the most important information source regarding bus serviced to local universities, including timetables, fares, bus loading preference for partners, car sharing and links plus the possible implementation of a daily shuttle linking Torrevieja-Guardamar and the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, for students from these two localities studying in this university. For more information please visit, email, find them on Facebook or just come along to the meeting in person.


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Hotel occupancy on the Costa exceeded 85 % by Keith Nicol

VISITOR FIGURES to the Orihuela Costa have shown an improvement in 2013 as Councillor for Tourism, Rosa Martinez, noted that the recorded hotel occupancy on the Orihuela Costa over the months of July and August was about 85%. According to information gathered by the Tourism Department, Hotel occupation was nearly 85% overall, while hotel La Zenia, who account for 45% of available hotel beds on the Orihuela Costa, averaged 86 % in July and August. In terms of tourist apartments, in July they showed a 75% occupancy rising in August to an average occupancy of 88 % , although the Marina Playa Apartments reached 90% and Playa Flamenca 95 % this month, to date. Orihuela’s urban tourist offices

handled more than 5,000 consultations during July and August. 60 % of these were enquiries from Spanish tourists, primarily Valencia, Madrid , Murcia and Catalonia , and the rest international visitors, 50% of them British and the rest mainly French, Belgian and German. However on the coast, the trend is practically reversed with 68% of the enquiries made by foreign nationals. In regard to Orihuela’s promoted tourism routes in Orihuela City. During the month of August, the most popular choices were for theatrical and cultural visits. These tourist routes continue through September, although Martinez announced that after analyzing the data and surveys that participants filled in, decisions will be made to improve them for 2014.

Continued from front page EDUARDO DOLON expressed his satisfaction in seeing how they are successfully covering the vacant Plasa stands and announced that the council are already taking steps to begin the process of awarding the remaining 15 positions to be filled on the ground floor of the Central Market. The Mayor hopes that by the end of 2013, all positions will be filled on the ground floor La Plasa. Finally, Eduardo Dolon recalled that the form of awarding these positions is done through the public auction process and the activities that can be operated as market stalls under the Ordinance in force range from butchers, grocery,

deli, frozen fruits and vegetables, bakery, fresh fish, meats and pickles, ready meals, hairdressing, selling photography, silverware, gambling, smoking and newspaper stands. The mayor mentioned that negotiations have been underway for a year and a half to take over the two upper floors, which are owned by the company that built the present building in 1995. The first floor has a number of small shop units, set up as a kind of mini-mall, and on the top floor there is a multiplex cinema. Currently only a guitar shop survives on the first floor and Dolon said “right now, we are looking at all possible solutions to push forward the building as an engine for

the city centre.” In this regard he added that it is the Councillor of Finance, Joaquín Albaladejo, who is leading the negotiations “that are very difficult. This is because various properties have been sold to third parties.” Yet he expressed confidence that before the end of the current municipal mandate these two floors can become a valuable part of the municipality. Dolon specifically mentioned that an important part of the building is now owned by a financial institution with which they have advanced talks. Dolon said that “it is obvious that I am unhappy with the situation with the upper floors of the market, but we will do everything possible to regain there use.”

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Dramatic Maigmó mountain rescue


A HELICOPTER crew performed a dramatic rescue on Saturday to retrieve a hiker from one of the highest points of the Maigmó in the Alicante region, a 1,296m challenge for climbing enthusiasts. by Jan Gamm

THE MAN had fallen into a rocky 20 metre ravine and lost consciousness for around five hours. On regaining his senses he called the emergency number 112 and the Tibi local police were alerted but unable to reach him due to the difficulty of the terrain. A rescue helicopter was deployed to air lift the hiker. He was transferred to Alicante General Hospital where he was treated for broken ribs and bruises. Tibi local Police warn walkers to avoid walking at night and alone and to always carry a mobile telephone.

The injured hiker is cradled to safety

Trafico nabs speed kings

THE DGT (Directorate General of Traffic) of the Guardia Civil has reported that during its latest campaign for speed control from 19th to 25th August, more than 35,000 drivers were denounced. Most inspections were conducted by police during roadside checks with air assistance from Pegasus radar. One driver in Pontevedra was clocked travelling at 188kph in a 50kph zone. Another was doing an incredible 252kph on the AP-7 in a 120kph limit. Drivers caught at these excessive speed levels face a possible prison term of three to six months as well as the withdrawal of their driving license for up to four years.

Priest extradited to Britain A SPANISH judge has authorised an extradition order on an 85-yearold British priest. He is to be extradited back to Britain to face 16 charges of sexual assault, ten of which are described as ‘serious’, on young choirboys. The alleged crimes were committed in Derbyshire. The priest was arrested in Tenerife and the extradition hearing was presided over by duty judge Eloy Velasco in Madrid this week. The identity of the priest has been withheld although National Police confirm that he is of Irish origin. The attacks were allegedly carried out between 1955 and 1991 on victims as young as seven.


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Gibraltar ‘under siege’ by Jan Gamm A PHOTO-SHOP produced image of the ‘Spanish invasion of Gibraltar’ posted on Facebook last week by the mayor of Callosa de Segura, Francisco Perez Trigueros, has attracted a variety of comments, most of which labelled the PP mayor ‘foolish’ and the image a ‘harmless jape’. The photo montage depicts the British territory under Spanish occupation. A regiment of rifle-toting Spanish soldiers march past the Rock where the unofficial symbol of Spain, the Osborne bull, stands beneath a squadron of Spanish jets trailing red and yellow smoke over British Gibraltar. UNHELPFUL However, in Gibraltar and in neighbouring La Linea, where daily life becomes increasingly uncomfortable and costly for commuters due to over-regulated border controls, local residents are fast losing their sense of humour. The reaction to the mayor’s Facebook montage is less than appreciative and his actions have been called ‘childish’ and ‘unhelpful’. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo visits London this week for talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. Under discussion are the on-going hostilities between Spain and Britain; Spanish Guardia Civil divers displaying a Spanish flag against a backdrop of the underwater artificial reef in Algeciras Bay; Spain’s threat to impose a charge at the border checkpoint; Madrid’s decision to prevent supplies of stone being taken into Gibraltar from the mainland and a number of other is-

Fabian Picardo

sues prior to Brussels’ inspection scheduled for next month. Picardo maintains that a close inspection of the affairs of Gibraltar is welcome: it is one of the few European territories where European laws and policies have been carried out to the letter. Moreover he reiterates that the entire Gibraltar debacle has been propagated by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to smokescreen the alleged corruptions of his party, the Partido Popular, now under the scrutiny of the Spanish courts. SPAIN’S ARGUMENT Spain’s side of the argument - if the ‘grey suits’ in Madrid may be trusted as a fair representation of national opinion - is that Gibraltar is allegedly a centre for encouraging the smuggling of tobacco (cigarettes in Gibraltar are 40% cheaper than on the Spanish mainland) and its bunkering trade is ‘a spillage risk to the maritime environment’ (Gi-

braltar enjoys a healthy profit from bunkering – delivering fuel to ships at anchor). But mostly its recently constructed artificial reef which it sees as an environmental hazard and an obstruction to Spain’s fishing industry. And by rights the Rock should be – well – Spanish…! TIRELESS In reality nothing has changed in Gibraltar this week despite nuclear submarine HMS Tireless popping up in the bay, likely bound for other Mediterranean destinations but nonetheless a comforting reminder of ownership for flag-waving Gibraltar residents. British sovereignty over Gibraltar is legal and in perpetuity despite the Facebook fantasies of over-imaginative Spanish small town bureaucrats – whom incidentally declined to comment to RTN.



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What you see is not what you get LAST WEEK while shopping in a small supermarket we saw a ‘Promotion’ sign over something we liked so we bought it. The next day, we returned to the same store to buy more of what was ‘on Promotion’. The poster was still there and the price on the poster was still the same. However, when we got to the cashier the price was a lot higher. We mentioned to the cashier that the poster still showed a lower price. We had to wait several minutes as someone was sent wandering all around the store in search of this big Promotion sign. They came back and said there was no Promotion even though the poster was clearly displayed. We refused to pay the higher price. We now have to keep track of the price of things before we come to the cashier so that we will not be overcharged. I wonder how many other people see the price on Promotion signs and then get charged more than what the Promotion Signs say. We do hope this helps other RTN readers not to be overcharged when they buy something displayed as a ‘Promotion’. This lesson has put a new spin on the saying ‘What you see is what you get’, rather: ‘What you see is not what you get!’ Geraldine Lander, Albir

Thank you ON MONDAY 5th August, I mislaid a bunch of keys - my car and house keys - on the promenade at Torre de Horadada. Thankfully some kind man, apparently wearing red shorts and with white hair, kindly handed them in to the Guardia Civil. Isn’t it nice to know that there are still thoughtful and considerate people around? I honestly cannot thank him enough. He will remember handing in my keys - if he contacts me, I would like to buy him a drink. Margaret Stevenson, Ciudad Quesada

A little harsh

I THINK that A Loughlin is being a little harsh and a little bit pompous in his advice to this lady. Does he realise the size of the ex-pat population in and around Torrevieja? It is over 20,000. I think this contributes a lot to their economy. Don’t you think this deserves a little help? I agree that in every ayuntamiento it would be impractical but Orihuela ayuntamiento here in La Zenia I think it would be good PR. Lots of pensioners here have great difficulty with the Spanish language. I myself have been trying for a long time and still find it difficult. I have tried many times to speak Spanish in lots of places to be told they understand my English better. My home town is Stoke-on-Trent with a large population of Pakistanis and they provide translators; my daughter lives in Eversham with a large population of Polish, they also provide translators. So if they take our money don’t you think it is only fair that we have a service? John Dale La Zenia

Leaving Spain during hot summer months

IT IS understandable that so many Brits and other expats leave Spain during the hot summer months to avoid the heat and noise. I live inland, which is even hotter than the coast. Yet loads of tourists leave from various UK airports having paid high season air tickets to fly to the Costa Blanca for a couple of weeks to bake in the sun and go home with a tan. Plane loads of people coming and plane loads of people going. With all the summer heat and noise, I sometimes do not know whether I am coming or going. The weather is so hot, and I am really

looking forward to August ending and the weather finally cooling off. In the hot summer I even like going to the supermarket just to enjoy the air conditioning!Each day in August I have looked at the calendar and smile because September is coming, the incredibly hot, sticky summer will soon end, the noisy children will be back at school, and the noisy tourists will be gone until next year. You might ask, what do I like best about the hot, sticky, noisy summer? When it ends, is my reply. David Reid, Callosa de Segura

Gibraltar troubles THE FAMILY just returned from a fortnight mostly an enjoyable trip - in Gibraltar. Each year we make this trek from our home in Villajoyosa down to Granada, toward Antequera and down to Malaga and on to Gibraltar to our favourite B and B and to stock up on our cherished British goods. This year, however, was not as enjoyable as in past years. When we arrived in La Linea, we had to endure several hours in a queue with many other irate motorists waiting to enter Gibraltar. The temperature was very hot and tempers were getting very hot as well. We finally were able to enter Gibraltar and do some shopping, but the long queues made the trip less enjoyable. With all this trouble between Spain and the UK over Gibraltar I wonder if the Spanish government is using this to change the channel away from all the scandals and the crisis happening in Spain? It was nice to go to Gibraltar but even better to get back home. Gary Smith Villajoyosa

London’s weirdest emergency calls

IN THE August 12th issue of ‘Time Magazine International’, under its weekly column entitled ‘Data’ (page 10) I quote: London’s weirdest emergency calls: The city’s fire brigade has responded to some 1,300 ‘trapped or stuck’ incidents since 2010, each costing taxpayers $445. A: 79 calls for people trapped in handcuffs. B: 18 for children with their heads stuck in toilets. C: 4 for people with hands wedged in blenders D: 1 for a child with a Lego stuck on his finger. Richard M McBride, Benidorm

Rubalcaba: clean hands

by Jan Gamm INCOME TAX documents of Socialist leader Alfredo Rubalcaba covering the past ten years have been published by the General Secretary of the PSOE. Earnings are declared at 823,026€ compared to PP Prime Minister Marian Rajoy’s income over the

same period which amount to €1.98 million. “Unlike Rajoy I have never collected an extra wage,” he quipped. 70% of Rubalcaba’s cash was a family inheritance. The report was published in response to a PP accusation that the head of the PSOE had never presented a declaration to the tax department.

Renfe starts the legal ball rolling RENFE HAS engaged the services of the law firm DAC Beachcroft of London as its legal representative in the inevitable forthcoming compensation claims following the tragic Santiago rail disaster. One month on, 14 of the injured passengers remain in hospital, one still in a critical condition. DAC Beachcroft also represented Spanair following the 2008 crash that killed 154 people and specialises in skilled negotiation to achieve out of court settlements.

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Death of a daredevil

SPANISH ADVENTURER Álvaro Bultó died last Friday when his ‘wingfly suit’ failed to open in the Swiss Alps. by Jan Gamm Extreme sport ‘wingflying’ enthusiasts can reach speeds of more than 220kph in suits that feature plastic sheeting webbed between the legs and arms. 51-year-old Bultó, who had completed an impressive 3,000 parachute jumps, attempted a jump from the top of Benidorm’s Bali Hotel last month with his ‘Wild Wolf’ display team but ran into difficulties when his parachute

became caught. He fell short of his beach target and landed on the roof of another hotel, escaping with minor bruises. Bultó has been a presenter of ‘Frontera Límite’, a programme about adventure sports, for 13 years. On Friday he was jumping from ‘High Nose’, a 550m mountain in the Alps. Swiss police confirmed that his suit “failed to open for indeterminate reasons.” Rescue services attended the scene by helicopter but could only confirm his death.

Sticks and stones

THE GUARDIA Civil at the border between Gibraltar and the Spanish mainland was pelted with small stones on Wednesday. The projectiles came from somewhere in the vicinity of a queue of motorcycles that had been building for several hours, mostly workers unable to return home due to the lengthy border wait. A number of insults and abusive remarks were also levelled at the officers on duty. The Royal Gibraltar Police are of course vigorously investigating the reported incident and invite members of the public with information to ring the RGP Control Room on 0035 020 072 500.

Naked moped rider arrested in sunflower field

THE GUARDIA Civil arrested a moped rider for drunk driving and reckless behaviour on Sunday. The young man was also naked. He was pursued by police for approximately 25 miles along the A-385 (Utrera-Puerto – Serrano). As officers tried to apprehend him he rode his moped onto the pavements of residential areas along the SE-437, endangering the lives of pedestrians. He eventually abandoned his moped to try to escape on foot through a field of sunflowers, incurring serious scratches on various parts of his anatomy. He was treated for his injuries and charged.

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A poignant discovery THE TOMB of Pobla d’Ifach yielded a poignant discovery this week - the skeleton of a pregnant woman. by Jan Gamm Her remains clearly show an unborn fetus, its bone development typical of a child at around six months gestation. “The size of spinal discs and the innominate is really small,” said José Luis Menendez, the architectural director of the excavation, “indicating that the child had not yet been born.” The child’s tiny arms are folded across its chest in the typical pose of a baby in the womb. In another discovery in a room in the gate area of Pobla d’Ifach, a jar was found containing the complete skeleton of a very young baby.


Man dies seeking phone coverage A YOUNG Ecuadorian man died in the early hours of Monday morning in the village of Beniaján, Murcia, near the Segura Valley after falling from a second floor balcony on Calle Maria Matas while seeking a signal for his mobile telephone. The 23-year-old victim leaned too far over the rail and fell to his death. His parents alerted the local police at 2.23am: an emergency unit attended the scene but could not save his life.

Plane Parking is plain furious! AIRPORT PARKING services Plane Parking has experienced a typical Telefonica nightmare, leading to the company being out of contact with their valued customers since 13th August, when Telefonica failed to connect their newly installed line. In considerable stress and with the evidence of Telefonica’s usual bungling service literally ringing in their ears, the staff at Plane Parking could hear dozens of their customers trying to get through but could not respond! Marianne of Plane Parking apologises to all those customers who could not get an answer and now assures a prompt response on 968 566 410 so do please try again!


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Michael Jackson Tribute delights Torrevieja MORE THAN a thousand spectators packed Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre over two nights, on Monday and Tuesday for ‘Moonwalker The Show’. In the same week that the late Michael Jackson should have been celebrating his 55th birthday on Thursday, the touring Las Vegas show traces the musical legacy of the man dubbed the ‘King of Pop’, with the only difference being that some of the songs were adapted for the Spanish audience. Direct from Las Vegas, the star of the show is Fréderick Henry, one of three official Michael Jackson impersonators, whose gestures, movements and his physical resemblance, made many people forget, that this was a tribute show. The main difference to this production from the Las Vegas show is that on this occasion Fréderick does not perform alone but was joined by Domingo Sanchez, who had come to the concert characterized as Jackson himself , and was invited to share the stage with Fréderick, with results so perfect that it seems that they had been rehearsing together for several days, when infact they had just met. Adding to the electric atmosphere was the musical accompaniment by a group of four excellent musicians, not least was the flawless performance of the backing vocalists who accompanied the star on stage. Add to this the tight choreography from some of the performers who were more gymnasts than dancers, and the complicity of an audience, including children, many of whom were experiencing the Michael Jackson phenomena for the first time, resulted in a night where the spirit of Michael Jackson filled the theatre along with the rhythm of clapping, shouting and enthusiasm of the audience. One of the high points of the evening was when a dozen children from the audience, took to the stage to sing “We Are the World”, along with artists. The show concluded with a performance of the much anticipated 1982, ground breaking MTV video, the legendary and inevitable interpretation of ‘Thrill-

er’, one of the most accomplished numbers of the show, which ended in a riot of voices and dancing on stage and the audience standing in the aisles to sing along and show their love for the late Michael Jackson.

Lions Spanish Solution to a fun day By Keith Nicol A FUN DAY with a chance to win a cruise for two is planned for next Friday, September 6th, in la Zenia. Comaskey Properties and Spanish Solutions are hosting this in support of Torrevieja Costa Lions Club eih a full day of events and entertainment planned. The event will begin at 11:00 am and go on throughout the afternoon until 5.00pm. Already planned for the day will be a super barbecue, outside bar and British style ice cream van from Costa Cones. Music and entertainment will be provided by Juan Angel 11.30 to 12.30pm, Sunflower Valley 12.30 to 1.30pm, Paul Cullen 1.30 to 2.30pm, JB Brass 2.30 to 3.30pm, with music to suit all tastes. At about 3.30pm there is a fabulous Prize Draw with over 20 prizes, the first prize donated by Worldwide Horizons of La Zenia is a 7 night Mediterranean Cruise for two people on the Grand Mistral with Ibero Cruceros, travelling from Malaga to Sardinia, Malta and Sicily. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Lion members plus the La Zenia offices of Spanish Solutions and IBEX Insurance. The event takes place on the terrace outside Comaskey/Spanish Solutions new offices, which can be found at the roundabout between the N332 and Zenia Boulevard on Calle Malaquita 1, Bajo, La Zenia. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lions Club who are currently raising funds for ALPE, the educational centre for handicapped children and young adults in Torrevieja. ALPE is a truly worthwhile cause and desperately need your support. So put the date in your diaries, Friday 6th September, come along to Comaskey Properties/Spanish Solutions La Zenia and join in the fun in the knowledge that every euro raised will be spent wisely in aid of ALPE. For more information please contact: Spanish Solutions 966 761 741, C/ FLORES, 3 - Bajo C - La Zenia, Orihuela Costa visit them on the web at: or go live with them by skype: amanda.thomas57.


Taking time to take some time

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

I SAW a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on Bank Holiday Monday. Now, with all the news going on around the world that’s no great shakes - but to me it was. You see, I’ve been waiting since I first owned the Ladybird Book of British Birds (Vol. 1) to see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and that was back in 1964. Forty-nine years is a long time to wait to tick a box in your I-Spy Book of Things to Tick but at least I’ve now ticked it. And for that single moment I was joyously happy. It was like being seven again with that childlike sense of wonderment still intact; it hadn’t been worn away by worldly cynicism (i.e. old age) and for that single moment anything and everything was possible again - or, at least, that’s the abiding feeling that was carried along in that brief nano-second. Of course, I hadn’t specifically been waiting to run into a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker all these years. Sadly, truth be told, I’d simply forgotten to be on the lookout for one. The fact that I did see one rekindled something long forgotten and it’s made me think about the way we all seem to dash about. And in that dashing about, all the things we miss. And, perhaps more importantly, all the things we put off for another time. I was born in Brighton but I didn’t get to visit the iconic Royal Pavilion until I was thirty-three. Similarly, a New Yorker chum once told me he’d like to visit the Statue of Liberty before he got much older - he’d already retired at that point! He couldn’t explain why he’d never been before. He shrugged: “it’s always been there, so I’ve always been waiting to see it...” All of which nonsense has made me recall William Henry Davis’s poem, Leisure. Do you remember it,

folks? It went over my head when I had to learn it at school but that was probably because I was in a rush to get the homework done and put The Beatles back on. Studying it now, with an old git’s perspective, I think it really makes you think about time. But then, what do I know? I’m just a philistine. Anyway, for you to enjoy (or not), let’s stick it on now. Take it away Billy Boy: What is this life if full of care We have no time to stand and stare? No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep, or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

What do you think folks? I reckon the next time you’re having a stroll alongside the lovely Mediterranean sea maybe you should stop and stare for a bit. And then stare a bit more... Watts in Britain, just needing a Long Tailed Tit to tick in my avian file…

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Jennifer Cunningham

Struggling with your health provider? ARE YOU thinking of changing your Health Provider but very concerned about the new terms, especially if you have pre existing conditions covered with your present company? Read on - we may able to help you with a solution. Have you discovered that in 2012 your health provider was amalgamated by a multinational Spanish company? Maybe you were unaware at the time that this was going to occur, as information about this changeover was very sparse. The majority of clients were not informed that the money would be taken out automatically in January 2013, unless they advised the company of their intention of cancelling; rather difficult to do if you did not know it was happening. Therefore you will have been tied into a Spanish Contractual Year with a company that does not offer a specialised ex-pat division. Some of you may have already discovered when requesting authorisations/ appointments that as the new company does not speak any English, it is quite a challenge to communicate with them on a daily basis. Many of you will be aware that the doctors/consultants list has changed dramatically and a large percentage of the doctors you used to see have chosen not to work with the new company. For those who have yet to discover the full implications of this changeover and could possibly still assume that everything will be the same, I can assure you that it is not. For example, do you even know whether you still have the same cover? Should you or your partner become ill this could obviously be very stressful: my company appreciates this fact and that is why I personally

employ two full time administrators - both are bi-lingual, with English their first language. They both fully understand from their own experiences how difficult it can sometimes be living in a foreign country and how people need to have reassurance and guidance when they are worried about their health. They will personally handle appointments for you and provide any translation that you require: they will not leave you to face an illness on your own. That’s all the bad news: now for the good news. As a company I have worked with Asssa for many years and find that their understanding of the different requirements of the ex-pat market is first class, which together with an extremely comprehensive medical directory of mainly English-speaking doctors, makes Asssa one of the leaders in the Health Insurance Market. We have a very large portfolio of Asssa clients and I know they appreciate the extra mile that Mandy always goes for them. Last year Asssa offered an alternative product specially designed for clients in the above situation, being automatically transferred with no explanation of the product or service they would be receiving. Some of the very specific differences that Asssa can offer are: ‘The Age You Join is the Age You Stay’ and ‘Guaranteed for Life’. This means that should you have a serious illness, the policy will not be cancelled for cost; this is in writing on all Asssa brochures. As I always advise, the written word is paramount - people may promise you the earth, but unless it’s in writing be very careful. Asssa have offered a simple transfer procedure for the second year running (but it will not be extended


for a third year) with cover on pre existing conditions developed over the original and previous policy, the acceptance of these conditions will be subject to assessment by the Medical Director within the company, obviously depending on the severity. However, if you are receiving ongoing treatment for a serious illness we would advise you to remain with your original company to be able to receive a continuance of treatment. Asssa are also offering cover from day one with NO qualifying periods, which means that you have no waiting periods for operations or should you need any type of scan etc. These very special conditions only apply to those who were part of the company which amalgamated last year. However, we can also offer easy transfer if you are not feeling comfortable with your current health provider and for those who haven’t any health insurance cover, why don’t you contact one of our offices to request a quote? We have very special offers for new clients too, which are for the lifetime of the policy and include excellent easy payment terms. For further information please contact Mandy on or 96 646 1690: the transfer process is very simple, with minimum stress for you. The date for cancelling your policy is 31st October, and this will then be cancelled on 31st December. However, if your doctor/hospital is no longer with the Company you can legally cancel at any time. Don’t just leave it to chance. Act now.

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

It’s Tomatina time again! By Jan Gamm SPAIN’S CRAZIEST food fest, ‘Tomatina’, was held this week in the little town of Buñol, around 38km west of Valencia. Tomatina takes place on the last Wednesday of every August when truckloads of squishy tomatoes are emptied onto the streets for locals and visitors to enjoy one of the World’s biggest and messiest food fights! Tomatina has become more and more popular over the years eventually forcing the local council to try to limit numbers by introducing an entry charge at 10€ per ticket. AFTER PARTY There is also an ‘After Party’ with advance tickets selling at 20€ and the price climbing to 40€, sold out long before the event, attended by thousands that flock to hear the music, sample the paella and dance the night away! Visitors are advised every year to wear old cloth-

ing, protective eyewear and be prepared to get down and dirty. Cars are parked some distance from the festivities and expensive convertibles are sensibly left at home. The tomato fight commences with a ham placed atop a greasy pole – once the ham is retrieved, water cannons signal the start of the melee and after that the streets turn into a heaving river of bodies and red mush. SQUEAKY CLEAN The orgy of tomato throwing stops after one hour and the town’s fire service kindly hoses down the streets with water supplied from the local aquaduct. The little town’s streets are beautifully cleansed, made squeaky clean by tomato acid, exhausted visitors squelch their way back to their vehicles and all is ‘paz y tranquilidad’ (peace and tranquillity) until next year! Lovely!

The Royal Naval association THE ROYAL Naval Association, Torrevieja Branch, meets at 5pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3, (behind Carrefour), Torrevieja. Contact Chairman Mike Wright on 96 672 2895, or Secretary Margaret Forshaw on 96 692 1996.

Bands Festival closes to full houses

By Keith Nicol THE XI INTERNATIONAL Festival of Bands ‘City of Torrevieja’ closed on Saturday with an outstanding performance of a demanding concert, by la Sociedad Musical ‘Ciudad de Torrevieja-Los Salerosos’ which was presented by local journalist, Francisco Reyes Prieto. As is tradition, at 9.00pm, the band, performed the traditional parade through the city centre, surprising pedestrians and people who were out for the evening, most of them sitting on the terraces of bars and restaurants around the city centre. The Gala was chaired by the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, who accompanied the councillors of culture, Luis María Pizana and Social Welfare, Tomás Ballester, as well as the president of the Sociedad Musical ‘Ciudad de TorreviejaLos Salerosos’ Guillermo Hernandez, and the Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Torrevieja, José F. Sanchez. The band, which featured more than eighty musicians, under the baton of Adrian Hurtado Aldeger, began their concert with the quickstep ‘Way of roses’ by J. Franco followed by three exceptional works from the soundtrack of ‘The Godfather’ as part of an excellent evening of music, so diverse that there was certainly something for every taste. The whole theatre stood and applauded in unison with the last note of ‘The year of the Dragon’. Torrevieja’s Mayor thanked all present, sponsors and their willingness of the bands to attend and perform at the festival, followed by presenting gifts to Band director, Adrian Hurtado.

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Torrevieja’s new ‘Nautical Experience’ by Keith Nicol LUIS MARIA Pizana, Torrevieja’s Councillor for Tourism, accompanied by representatives of the fourteen members of ‘Torrevieja Nautical Experience’ (Tourism Product Club Nautico de Torrevieja), presented a new promotional product this week. It’s a new tourist brochure with different offers from each of the fourteen members who have joined the initiative. who are: Real Club Náutico, Marina International, Marina Salinas, Odyssey Diving, Bubbles Diving, Mediterranean Nautical School (Nautimed) Torrevela, Serenity Sailing, Nautical Sport Centre Torrevieja, Sunsail Cruises, Torrevieja Marine Excursions, The Scandalous, La Mata Surfing Club and Torrevieja Surf. Luis María Pizana explained that this promotion has been financed jointly by the Department of Tourism and the companies and organizations involved in this project and that a total of 10,000 units have been printed and distributed of the first booklet, under the theme ‘Embark’, and is presented in a striking silhouette shaped boat, designed to immediately capture the attention of the customer to promote their web site: The second brochure, under the theme ‘The sea at your feet’ is essentially a catalogue about the companies and their activities in two languages: Spanish and English, and is a sign of global tourism in Torrevieja. It includes local sailing, excursions, sport fishing sea baptisms, through sail and motor courses, surfing and kayaking. In short, a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy the sea and the marine experience. 15,000 units of this catalogue have been printed. This catalogue will soon be available for download on both and

Over sixties offered cut-price fitness By Keith Nicol DEPUTY MAYOR and PP Team spokesman for the city of Torrevieja, Joaquín Albaladejo, said tis week that the Local Government Board has approved an application put forward by the Councillor for Sports, Luis María Pizana, which establishes a 50% reduction in the price of all activities in the Sports City requiring a sports instructor, such as gym, body combat, aerobics, fitness, for people aged 60 years and retired. Albaladejo noted that this is a major

change in what the public pay to use the facilities of the Sports City. The overall idea is to encourage all citizens of Torrevieja who are in this age group to take part in organised sports. Albaladejo stressed that this 50% discount for this group is another way to encourage exercise and healthy habits of citizens registered in the city of Torrevieja. Albaladejo also said that council has approved lower prices for paddle tennis from12 to 10 euros an hour with lights and from 8-6 euros without power.

The new ‘Torrevieja Nautical Experience’ was presented this week

Get on yer bike for charity! THE GIVING4GIVING charity and the ‘Benidorm Downhill Bike Ride’ are organising a sponsored bike ride through stunning countryside on 15th September in support of the Anémona Breast Cancer Charity. The ride will run over about two and a half hours and starts at 10am at the Font del Moli in Finestrat, continuing for some 20km through the Amadorio Reservoir near Orcheta. You don’t have to be an expert cyclist and bikes and helmets are provided courtesy of ‘Benidorm Downhill Bike Ride’. Food, drinks and a good laugh afterwards at the Orange House in Finestrat at around 1pm – and you don’t have to take part in the ride to join in! Details and sponsorships forms are available from the Giving4Giving Charity shop in La Nucia. Telephone Gary on 603 137 697 or email

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Tips from Línea Directa on driving to your holiday destination THERE IS no doubt that the high number of people travelling in summer creates one of the biggest problems of the year as far as road safety is concerned. The large influx of vehicles, high temperatures and long journeys make the summer period one of the key moments in the struggle to keep down the number of accidents on our roads. As a result, Línea Directa Aseguradora, one of the Spanish companies most committed to road safety, has drawn up a short list of recommendations for all drivers, in an attempt to minimise the dangers involved and enable people to enjoy their holidays and keep safe: PREPARE IN ADVANCE do not improvise or take the route you will follow for granted. Calculate your route, stops and rest periods carefully before setting off, especially if it is the first time you have travelled to your chosen destination. CHECK YOUR VEHICLE check tyre pressure, water and oil levels and even the air conditioning system, especially if it hasn’t been recharged for several years. HAVE A REST BEFORE SETTING OFF not only is it recommended to have a rest every two hours, but also before the journey, especially if you are to

get up early in the morning. It is essential to allow enough time for carrying out small tasks such as preparing your luggage. A CAR IS NOT A REMOVAL VAN do not take too many suitcases, and above all, be careful how you arrange them in the vehicle. A loose object inside a car can be a lethal weapon in a crash. TAKE TURNS DRIVING if the possibility exists and the journey is long, share the driving with another person to reduce the chances of being distracted: also an effective measure against boredom and fatigue. TAKE ENOUGH FLUIDS in some parts of Spain, temperatures in summer can exceed 40º so it is extremely important to drink water or soft drinks continuously, even if you are not thirsty. In addition, if you are going to stop to eat something, avoid alcohol. Call now for more information on: 902 123 104

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Mobile Photography enthusiasts get set for Mobile World (Mowo) by Keith Nicol INSTAGRAM MAY be photography’s poor man’s method of immediate gratification by allowing images taken with mobile devices a way to send photographs around the glob in an instant, rather than using a ‘proper’ camera! However, new wi-fi cameras, wi-fi memory cards and attachments for real cameras are now entering the scene, aling ‘real’ photographers to jump on the Instagram band wagon for the first time, rather than turning their noses up at what is essentially, the digital world’s version of APS verses 35mm from the analogue era. To this end, Torrevieja is not just the most proactive Spanish city, but one of the first globally when it comes to promoting this new concept. The event follows in the footsteps of the first, very successful and well received, world ‘instagrammers’ conference, held last May. The announcement of the second edition is another boost for tourism in the Torrevieja calendar of events. The first world congress ‘instagrammers’ attracted more than two hundred members of this network who published thousands of photographs with the name of Torrevieja, around social networks. Organisers are already preparing a second event of its kind, now renamed as ‘Mowo 2013’, for the World Meeting of Mobile Photography. The second edition of this conference will be held in Torrevieja, from September 13th to 15th and is again directed and led by one of Spain’s most followed ‘instagrammers’, torrevejense Gabriel Samper Hernández (@Kainxs). Learning from the feedback received from

the first conference of its kind, the renewed and renamed Mowo (Mobile World) is out to try to emulate and surpass that first conference and rally the enthusiastic community of mobile photography. Mobile photography is the focus of this cultural event whose programming includes lectures, Mowo contest exhibition, exhibitions, workshops, and ‘photowalks’, plus live music, activities for children and technical seminars focused on tourism. It is expected that more than fifteen speakers will be participating in this event that aims to be the most important in Spain in the field of mobile photography utilising ‘Instagram’. The conference will take place in Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre and the Vista Alegre Exhibition Hall. The deadline for entries to participate in this conference is now open Mowo with more details from This congress will also have the cooperation of the publication ‘Shooter’, the first print magazine focusing on the mobile photography phenomena, who will also be in attendance and use the occasion to celebrate the second annual meeting of members.

Computer courses for youth and unemployed

By Keith Nicol SAN FULGENCIO Town Hall are once again offering free courses to help with job searching and preparedness for local unemployed and youth residents. For the third consecutive year, the government team, led by Carlos Ramírez has been awarded a grant from the ‘Bienestar social’ Department of “Diputación” (County Council) to give computer courses. The courses will be starting the 4th and 5th of September for young people up to 35 years old and for the unemployed. The aim of these courses is to improve their information technology skills at a medium level. The objective of the courses for the unemployed is to produce training activities to improve the employability through the use of the information technology. Both courses are free and limited places are offered. They are organized by the Youth Department and the Social Services Department of the Town Hall of San Fulgencio and the County Council of Alicante in collaboration with the I. E. S. of San Fulgencio.

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€12,000 nightmare to reconnect electricity to a repossessed property HANDS UP if you did not have an electrical survey done before purchasing a property in Spain. Both hands up if your estate agent said “they don’t do surveys in Spain.” Now let’s do the largest ever Mexican Wave ever seen across the Costa Blanca… It’s not surprising to find that people are bypassing surveys in the current economic climate in a bid to save money. Some estate agents even discourage the practice fearing surveys may reveal problems that will cause potential buyers to withdraw from sales. Here is a tale about what can happen when a small saving can result in a nightmare - and you ask yourself: “was it really worth it?” I received this email asking for some much needed advice for a repossessed property on an urbanisation somewhere in the Valencian region: “We purchased a repossessed property in January and told we would have to apply to Iberdrola for an electricity supply because the meter had been removed. The previous occupants vacated the property some 18 months ago. “We contacted a builder who said he would arrange for boletins to get the electric and water put back on for us. The water was no problem. However, it transpires that the builder’s electrician was informed by Iberdrola that we could not be reconnected because to do so would take them over capacity. This is despite being told by the neighbour that there had been a supply to


the property previously for several years. Every other property around us has electricity. “The electrician continued negotiating with Iberdrola who have now said they can connect us if the electricity supply comes from “the other side of the property.” They want us to pay 12,000€ for a 9-metre galvanised pole to be put up and for wiring to be re-routed. “Our builder explained that Iberdrola has given our electricity supply away and now they want us to pay for a new supply. We are gutted and came with a very tight budget. We don’t seem to be getting anywhere. We have had nothing official from Iberdrola yet.” A survey is essential for properties purchases in Spain, especially repossessions. It is important to distinguish between an electrical and a building survey. A building surveyor will not fully understand how to test and inspect an electrical installation. Just because you may be getting a bargain, don’t cut corners on areas such as surveys and searches. Treat the purchase as you would in the UK and make sure it is a bargain and not something you may regret.

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End of August tidy up MOST SUMMER visitors will now have left and the summer fiestas of villages and towns are now mainly over so there is time to give the garden a general tidy up after a month of just keeping it alive through the hottest days of the year. by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author living in Spain for 25 years

THE TOP things that need doing over the next few weeks are as follows: Trim untidy excess growth off the sides and tops of trees and bushes Deadhead flowering plants to make them tidy and stimulate an early autumn flowering Cut back dying growth of flowered summer lilies and other bulbs Sweep or vacuum up fallen leaves and mix into a compost heap or store in large black plastic bags with a few air holes to rot down to leaf mould by next Spring Cut the dead growth off lavender plants if not already done: if you have a lot consider buying a still and distilling lavender next year in early or mid-August If you have had a lot of visitors and the swimming pool is a little murky from accumulated oil emulsions from sun tan lotions and oils, give it an extra sparkle by using a flocculating agent. Last week a reader emailed a suggestion that the product

Seaklear is especially useful. You can obtain more information on Although Benidorm had half an hour of rain in the middle of August most gardens have had none at the time of writing. So do keep an eye open for wilting plants including fruit trees as metre deep water tables are starting to dry out. Start to prepare containers, raised beds and vegetable plots for autumn sowings and plantings for autumn winter and early spring harvests. If you have yet to grow veggies in Spain in the Autumn, Spain’s second Spring, it’s an easier time to start compared to the Spring when you have the hot summer ahead. The books ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and ‘Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean Style’ will help you on your way. Watch out for ant nests in containers. Sprinkle sulphur powder on the top of the compost and around the base of containers to control the problem ecologically. Harvest ripe fruit vegetables and blackberries and current ripe fruits such as figs, raspberries and grapes. If you have a tray drier, dry some for winter use as I do. STOP PRESS: BOOK SIGNING IN VALENCIA NEXT FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER Please note that Dick Handscombe will be doing a book signing and answering any gardening questions related to

The Handscombe’s books can be most conveniently purchased from Amazon Books, Santana Books website or 95 248 5838, The Book Depository or The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop. ©Dick Handscombe

gardens and apartment terraces from 5pm until 8pm on Friday 6th September at the ‘Loved Books’ bookshop located at Calle Tapineria 18 in the centre of Valencia. The street is just a few metres off the Plaza de la Reina in front of the cathedral. Walk down Calle Corregeria half way down the plaza near a big ice cream parlour and Loved Books is in the second turning on the left. Phone the owner Tabitha on 607 485 370 for more information and to discuss your book needs. Hope to see some RTN readers there.


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Shared joint custody? by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

How can the future legal changes in Spanish Family Law affect you? AS MANY of you already know, a draft bill has been published regarding the modification of the Spanish Civil Code, which mainly affects Family Law: divorce, separation, marriage, nullity or annulment of the marriage, etc. One of the areas expected to be changed is the regulation of the custody of the minor children. It needs to be remembered that we are talking of a draft bill only so it is possible that what is finally approved will be different from what we analyze today. Following some regional laws, like the ‘shared or joint custody law of the Valencia Region’, it is intended to modify the national legal regulation (Spanish Civil Code) in the sense of facilitating

shared custody. It must be remembered that today joint custody in some parts of Spain is unusual, as there is a preference to the custody in favor of one sole parent, normally the mother. This draft tries to allow the judges to be able to agree and take into account the interests of minor children, giving custody to one parent or both, or jointly. Although no preference is given to the joint or shared custody, (unlike Valencia law) it is left up to the judge to decide what is best for the children. Other modifications are included in this draft bill, among which must be highlighted those that affect the attribution of the use of the family home and the exclusion of the possibility of custody being awarded to a parent

immersed in a domestic or violence criminal process, etc... These changes will not only affect those Spanish who do not have Civil Residence in a community with its own family law like Catalans, Valencians, etc., they will also affect foreigners living in Spain and according to the private international law, the Spanish Law will apply to their divorce or separation. Note that according to the Rome III Regulation, Spanish law could apply to divorces of foreign residents here in Spain. If you are married and living in Spain it is important to take this trend toward shared custody into account. If you have any query about Family Law our law firm can help you.

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)


El Corte Ingles new CEO EL CORTE Ingles has a new CEO, Gimeno Dimas Álvarez. Dimas is the 38-year-old nephew of the current CEO, 78-year-old Isidoro Álvarez, and has long been tipped to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. Álvarez will continue as president of the group. Dimas has a law degree and also an MBA and has spent the past ten years learning the ropes at El Corte Ingles from the bottom up.



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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Here comes autumn AS SUMMER draws to a close all the politicians, bankers and bureaucrats get back to work, so what looks likely to impact the financial markets this autumn? UK YET MORE banking problems with the Co-op and others needing to raise capital, which looks like it will come from shareholders and bond holders - this coupled with more mis-selling scandals on the horizon its looks like it will be a busy time on the banking front. Interest rates are going to remain low for the foreseeable future so savers will suffer from low to nonexistent savings rates that in no way match inflation. EUROPE With the German elections in September there has been a determined but not to successful attempt to make out that everything is rosy in the EU. However, it looks like the Eurozone crisis will be back on the agenda following the announcement that Greece requires a third bailout of €10billion. On a more positive note Germany’s PMI (an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector) showed better than expected signs of growth. This cannot be said of the rest of the EU with France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc. still showing little sign of recovery. So there is still some way to go before we can all relax and start to get a little more confident in the economies and banks in Europe. US The news that the US federal reserve is going to wind down its bond buying has meant the US dollar value has risen. This will mean that US exports are more expensive to the rest of the world but imports cheaper. The US still has a huge and ever growing national debt this is an issue that will not simply disappear and needs to be addressed. EMERGING MARKETS Emerging markets currency values have fallen substantially in the last few weeks as speculation mounts that the US Federal Reserve is preparing to wind down its bond buying programme. The prospect of Fed cutting its ‘cheap money’ stimulus scheme has plunged emerging markets into crisis with Brazil, Thailand, India and Indonesia bearing the brunt of a major sell-off. However, China yet again is bucking the trend and stabilising, with growth predicted to be at 7.4%. WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN TO THE AVERAGE MAN ON THE STREET? It means that volatility could return to the stock markets so your investments will show more ups and downs, but all indicators are that the upwards trend will continue all be it at a slower pace. If you want your savings to outperform inflation you need to accept that in today’s market you need to take some risk be it small and take your money out of the banks into alternative investments. If you would like to discuss the above or arrange a free consultation please contact me by email or call me on 658 892 330.

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


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Taking out a Spanish mortgage by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

MUCH OF the talk recently around Spanish mortgages has focused around those having difficulties paying them. THE PRACTICES of the boom years meant that large mortgages were often agreed too easily and the terms and conditions around them were often not in the house purchaser’s best interests. In the rush to buy houses in Spain, purchasers were perhaps given few details about how the mortgage would work in practice and wrongly assumed that they operated in a similar way to how they would in the UK. This lack of information has enabled some people to appeal against ‘abusive clauses’ in their mortgage agreements. The new mortgage law enabled those struggling to pay their mortgage to have this taken into consideration before eviction proceedings take place. MAKING CONTRACTS MORE TRANSPARENT In the light of this poor practice, there are renewed efforts to make obtaining a mortgage more realistically aligned to the applicant’s income whilst ensuring that there is a fairer and more transparent contract between the house purchaser and the bank. Mortgages are still available but are not offered as quickly on as little information as they used to be.

New mortgages must be accompanied by a handwritten note signed by the client saying that he/ she has been informed about the terms and conditions of the mortgage. This information wasn’t always conveyed before, leaving the mortgage applicant vulnerable to all kinds of unreasonable conditions that they might not even have been aware of. The law also includes that if the Notary spots an abusive clause they are entitled to stop the signing of the mortgage agreement. VALUATION Whereas in the UK it would be almost taken as standard that the buyer would secure an independent valuation and survey by a professional surveyor, this was rarely the case in Spain. Banks were often the only ones to value the property and were only interested in ensuring that the value of the building covered their own investment. Now, applicants have to have their own valuation carried out in addition to that of the bank. RESTRICTIONS Previously little consideration was given to the

ability of the applicant to pay or the practicality of the time frame within which payments would continue. The new mortgage law brings with it some new boundaries. A mortgage cannot be taken out for longer than 30 years and must be settled by retirement age. GETTING THE RIGHT BALANCE There were times when mortgages were too readily available and people were encouraged to borrow beyond their means. The pendulum then swung so that getting any kind of a mortgage was very difficult and a mood of almost excessive caution seemed to dominate. It is quite right that limits are placed on mortgage offers but mortgages do need to be within the reach of those aspiring to them. Hopefully this new mortgage law will help us to achieve the right balance between appropriate caution and enabling people keen to buy their own home to get their foot on the ladder.

Ábaco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

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Office, your own home or a venue to suit. For further information on our services and how to join Winning Express contact the Milton Express Office, La Zenia on 96 599 4815 or email or alternatively call into our offices: 1st floor, Edif. 2 Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin, s/n Urb. La Zenia, Orihuela Costa: find us off the N332 at La Zenia roundabout, above Alejandros or visit for details on promotions, competitions and forthcoming events. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd, Velocity House, Tenter Street, Sheffield S1 4DE Tel. 0114 213 3539

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Mystery man takes a sneaky look at the very fabulous Hotel De Loix 4* THE THIRD and final in a series of mystery visits to random hotels in Benidorm…. THE HOTEL OFTEN OVERLOOKED by many visitors due to the location on the edge of town, however the Hotel De Loix is clearly one of the better choices and is simply perfect for a weekend break where you just want to chill by the pool all day and venture out at night. This is a low-rise hotel big on style with superb hanging gardens and a lush tropical internal featured garden too. There is a real feeling of space with modern furniture in the reception and café bar which creates an awesome atmosphere. This is no ordinary hotel, this is somewhere very special and quite unique in Benidorm. Staff were all friendly too. THE ROOMS You get big here! Big rooms, big balconies and big views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. All 188 rooms are furnished in a minimalist but functional style making that big space feel even bigger! Every room comes with a comfy sofa which is great for couples and for families with either one or two children the sofa quickly converts into a bed for the kids. Internet is a decent speed and cost just 5€ per week. THE FOOD A buffet restaurant offering a good selection for breakfast, more continental with less hot selection than us Brits prefer, but nice enough. Evening meals include an abundant selection of fresh salad plus a choice of fish and meats from the hot buffet. Wine by the glass comes in at under 2€ and a big bottle of water just 3€ so inexpensive for drinks with your meals. Lots of fresh fruit and sticky deserts. All in all always something nice to eat and perfect for a long weekend, probably get a bit dull after a week but buffets always do. THE POOLS A nice big pool awaits you with plenty of sunbeds plus an excellent Kids pool located in a shaded position so you don´t have to worry about the Kids roasting away in the sun! For those who prefer their breaks child free there is an Adult only pool on the rooftop, a huge bonus to be honest. The indoor pool is fantastic (obligatory silly hats only 2.50€) with some nice features. Pool towels are available for a 1€ fee. They keep the pool area closed until 10am, to stop the annoying folks putting towels out before breakfast. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW The walk to the beach takes 20 minutes on the flat, regular buses stop outside the hotel to take you down to the beach and back (Taxis cost about 6€). Benidorm Palace is across the road for a superb dinner and show experience (a must) and Aqualandia and Mundomar just a 10 minute walk behind the hotel. The road leading into Benidorm is littered with bars and cafés including the popular Levi´s Showboat for some fun nights out. From September onwards expect mainly couples and very few children. This is not a hotel with lots of groups so unlikely to encounter any Hens or Stags here, hoorah! Enjoy, we did. Book this and over 200 hotels by visiting –


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Rich Bitch re-opens summer break...... after

OVER THE years Jordan Rivers and the Rich Bitch Showbar have featured in many television and radio shows.

THE BBC followed the Rich Bitch team for over a year to film the 8-part prime time documentary ‘Escape to the Sun’. ‘Inside Out’ from ITV showcased Jordan Rivers’ talent and more recently Jordan Rivers starred as the Vicar at Mel and Magdes beach wedding in ITV’s ‘Benidorm’. Gary Brown, (Jordan Rivers), and Michael Beddow moved to Benidorm (Spain) in 1999 to open a new drag showbar called The ‘Rich Bitch’. Their story caught the attention of BBC1 television researchers preparing a new TV documentary about Brits who moved from the UK to Benidorm to start a new life. The BBC cameras followed Gary and Michael from March 1999 to February 2000. ‘Escape to the Sun’ began showing to critical acclaim on BBC1 in January 2001, followed by other TV appearances including ‘Inside Out’, and ITV’s awarding winning comedy ‘Benidorm’.

Coffee lovers guide... By Irena Bodnarec HOLIDAYMAKERS OR even those fortunate enough to live in beautiful Benidorm may be baffled as to the vast choice and selections of coffee available at bars and cafes. The Spanish drink a lot of coffee but not much tea - this is especially evident if you ever go into an electrical store to purchase an electric kettle. There will be row upon row of coffee machines but probably a choice of two kettles. Still, as the saying goes, when in Rome... Here are the most common choices of coffee: Cafe Solo - Equivalent to an Espresso: a small, very strong black coffee Cafe con Leche - Half cafe solo and half hot milk Cafe Bombon - A small glass containing condensed milk with cafe solo: very sweet! Cafe Americano - Large black coffee Cafe Cortado - Cafe solo with a drop of milk Cafe con Hielo - Pronounced ‘yello’ and mostly drunk in the Summer time, this is cold, iced coffee. You will be served a normal coffee and be bought a separate glass with ice - then you pour the coffee over it Cafe Sombra - (or Cafe Manchado) is mostly milk with a few drops of coffee Cafe Carajillo - A cafe solo served with a shot of brandy... obviously a very popular choice! You will witness most builders having one for breakfast and the price is far cheaper than a Starbucks frothy milk concoction in the UK! If you want de-caffeinated then ask for ‘descafeinado’ - most places will have it. So off you go and enjoy with a slice of cake!

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Enjoying a happy retirement COSTA BLANCA gardener and writer Dick Handscombe has moves further into the lifestyle arena with his new book “Your Practical Guide to Having a Great Retirement”. By Jack Troughton He believes the guide will help people make better plans to fill their days and get the most form their time after they stop working. The latest of 19 books - the majority dealing with all gardening and business – it has just been published by Amazon Create Space in hard copy and joins the earlier ‘Making Waterless Gardens’ as an easy to read guide inside a bright colourful cover. And he plans to follow these by using the self-publishing site to reprint two earlier lifestyle works into the format – they are already available electronically through Kindle – ‘Your Personal Guide to Making Authentic Valencia Paellas’ and ‘Living Well from Our Mediterranean Garden’. Dick, who also pens RTN’s gardening column, said he drafted a retirement self-help book as long ago as 1994 but has returned to the project and “polished” the idea. KINDLE He said Create Space enabled him to include questionnaires and tables of statistics barred from the Kindle format. “With this you can design a cover, load up the copy, do the pricing, and make a marketing’s amazing,” said the writer. “It is available through Amazon and when someone buys it, it is printed to order and sent to them. “It has come at a perfect time for my purposes and this new book. I can write to companies making people redundant asking them to buy the book. It would be a great help to them. “It is designed to help people retiring or thinking about retiring – and for people coming to Spain who are sitting indoors, who perhaps should rethink their retirement.” And he said the book was “good fun” and gently warned of the pitfalls of doing nothing or becoming isolated. “It has self-help strategies and suggestions of what to do on retirement, pretty much from the first day of leaving work.”


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Life events

Women in Business Multicultural Fair

Tigers fundraising day TORREVIEJA TIGERS, the city’s rugby team are having a fundraising day tomorrow, Saturday September 31st at the Bull and Bush in Aguas Neuvas from 2.00pm. This first event of the new season is to raise money for the clubs’ junior players. If you have little ones, why not have your own Tiger Cub and have their face painted. In true fairground style, why not have a game of Darts and hit the balloon to see what prize you have won! You can also buy one of last season’s playing shirts, or if you fancy some thing to eat what about a hamburger or hot dog! Also planned is the Tigers What about taking part in the Tigers knockout Pool competition, with a trophy ,trophy for the winner. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a club signed shirt and other prizes. Top prize on the day is a free weekend for two at the Cabo Cervera Hotel.

An Association get together Try your luck at the Tombola!

By Jan Gamm THE WOMEN in Business Multicultural Fair takes place on Sunday 1st September in collaboration with Calpe’s Town Hall. The Fair opens in the Plaza Mayor at noon and will continue until 8pm with something for everyone – jewellery; fashions; shoes and bags. A Tombola and raffle will be held if you fancy a flutter and there will be delicious refreshments available including a giant

paella. Moroccan and Indian food at reasonable prices will put a little spice into the occasion. For younger visitors a bouncy castle will provide an opportunity to work off all that food. Or pick up some Zumba pointers from Kimberley. There is also a dog show! Bring along your pooch for an expert taster training session! The stage line-up features female

singers Encore, Niamh, Vikki the Singer, the Hoaxx Band and Lee Napier. Also appearing will be the Footlights Youth Group and dancers from Marcia’s Dance School. All of the profits from the day will go to shelters for abused women. So join Women in Business on Sunday to have fun and help them help others. For more information, visit

“QROPS” (Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme) have been available to ex-pats since April 2006. There is no mystery to them, they are basically the same as your UK pension but offer better benefits than the UK. Benefits: I. Return of fund to spouse on the death of the member, then left to your depends on spouses death. (not so in the UK) II. No Inheritance tax. (not so in the UK) III. Possibility of no income tax. (not so in the UK) IV. Freedom of investment choice. (not so in the UK) V. Income paid in a currency of your choice, plus many more benefits. (not so in the UK) The process is very simple and takes approximately three months to complete. In the UK you may not take any benefits before you are 55 years of age. If you are 50 or above and have been outside the UK for 5 complete tax years you may withdraw 25/30% and then an income at 55. If you are pension rich but cash poor, this could be a way of solving temporary financial difficulties.

To find out if you qualify to release money now call 951 206 138 or email or visit and complete the free assessment form.

THE DEPARTMENT of ‘ Citizens Participation’ of the Ayuntamiento is, once again, organising an evening ‘get together’ of all clubs, associations and groups of international residents. The event will take place this coming Saturday 31st August from 8.30pm to around mid-night in the pleasant surroundings of the Doña Sinforosa Park. Live music will be on offer and those attending are invited to bring along their own ‘picnic’ meal. Bar facilities will be available, the proceeds of which will be dedicated to local charity ‘Alimentos Solidaros’. ALL clubs, associations and groups representative of the international community are warmly invited to attend this special social event, which has proved extremely popular in past years. If you would like to attend in representation of your own particular association, club, group etc. please contact Graham Knight by enil, with the following information: Name of association or group and approximate number of people who will attend before noon, today.

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The salt of the earth IT’S AMAZING the things you learn when you least expect it. WHEN I visited the idiosyncratic Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Guadalest, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, I was given an in-depth lecture about the world of salt, salt and pepper shakers, and salt cellars from Andrea Ludden and her son Alex. And very interesting it was. As we wandered around the museum I found it hard to believe that the twenty-thousand pair display of fat chefs; ruby red tomatoes; guardsmen in bear skins; The Beatles; Santa’s feet sticking out of a chimney; pistols and potatoes; a copy of the salt and pepper shaker cufflinks that Lady Diana wore (which fortunately, are sealed or their contents would have sprayed everywhere when she shook hands), have any other reason for coming together than simply being someone’s idea of being collectable – but they do. “Salt is much more important in our lives and history than most people think,” says Alex. “The word ‘salarium’, salary, comes from the fact that Roman soldiers were paid part of their income in salt. It’s also thought that the word ‘soldier’ itself comes from the Latin sal dare, to give salt. If you look at common phrases such as ‘the salt of the earth’, he’s not worth his salt’, ‘below the salt’, etc. you can get an idea of how important salt was.” And it still is, because without salt in our diet we couldn’t survive. The collection of over forty thousand pairs, half in Guadalest and half in their museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, started by the simple purchase of a pepper mill at a garage sale, shortly after the family moved to the US – but it didn’t work! “That first one didn’t work, so I bought a couple more,” says Andrea. “I used to stand them on the window ledge

of my kitchen, and neighbours thought I was building a collection. Nothing could have been further from my mind! They began to bring me some beautiful ones, and eventually I had about 14,000 on shelves all over the house, even in the bedrooms. So we decided to create a museum.” The vogue for collecting salt and pepper shakers was mainly brought about by the invention of the automobile. It was because people could travel more freely, either for work or on holiday that the souvenir industry came about. Salt and pepper shakers were cheap, easy to carry and colourful, making ideal gifts. Imagine you lived in an isolated village somewhere and your son or daughter brought you a set in the shape of the Tower of London when they came on their annual visit home. It wouldn’t be used but be carefully kept as a decorative item. That’s how, in the main, many of the early collections began.” There’s almost nothing you can imagine that hasn’t been copied as a salt and pepper shaker, and many of them reflect the designs, colours and preoccupations of the period. For example, a cooker from the 1940’s will look totally different from the cookers of the 1990’s, and it is through using these differences and the materials from which they were made that we can get an idea of how people lived at any given time. But the world of salt and pepper shakers and cellars knows no boundaries: from the Cellini Saliera, cast in solid gold (and sometimes referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of Sculpture’), insured for $60million, to the prosaic plastic red pepper, a steal at only 75 centimos at the local bargain shop, there’s something for everyone.

This article is taken from Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca, a series of five ebooks, each of four excursions that cover the whole of the Valencian region. For further information and immediate download from, visit



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -46

Linking Words TODAY WE are going to look at various words and expressions that connect ideas. We need these when we are stringing several things together and want to explain that one thing is in consequence of , in contrast to, or in some other way connected to, a previous one. The most frequently heard and simplest example of this is the word “entonces” which means “so”. If you listen to anyone speaking in English for more than a few sentences, you will find the word “so” popping up over and over again, and the same thing happens with “entonces”. Variations on “entonces” are “así que” (so), “por tanto” and “por lo tanto” (therefore) and also “pues” which can also mean “so”. It’s best not to get too worried about when to use one or the other as they are all very similar in meaning, although you would sound a bit pompous if you kept using “por lo tanto” all the time in everyday conversation. Those words move the conversation forward to the next idea e.g. “entonces fuimos a la playa” (so we went to the

beach) whereas sometimes, we want to look backwards for a moment and explain the reason or cause behind an action. For example “Fuimos a la playa ya que hacía sol” (We went to the beach as/since it was sunny). A better known word with basically the same meaning as “ya que” is “porque” (because). “Fuimos a la playa porque hacía sol”. (We went to the beach because it was sunny). There is a shade of difference in meaning here, but it is very slight and both sentences carry the same basic message, which could also be expressed by “Hacía sol. Entonces/ así que/por tanto/ por lo tanto fuimos a la playa”. Sometimes the second idea of our sentences expresses some kind of contrast with the first. There are a variety of words to deal with this, all of which have direct equivalents in English, so it’s really easier to translate them than to spend too much time analysing their exact meanings. “Aunque” means “although”. To continue our example, we could say “No fuimos a la playa, aunque hacía sol” (We didn’t go to the beach although it was sunny). Two

phrases that work in a similar way are “sin embargo” (however) and “no obstante” (nevertheless). For example: “No hacía sol. Sin embargo, fuimos a la playa” (It wasn’t sunny. However, we went to the beach”. “No hacía sol. No obstante, fuimos a la playa”. (It wasn’t sunny. Nevertheless, we went to the beach). An altogether more complicated way of saying exactly the same thing is – “In spite of the fact that it wasn’t sunny, we went to the beach.” and “Despite the lack of sunshine, we went to the beach”. “In spite of” and “despite” are “a pesar de que” followed by a verb in the subjunctive, and “a pesar de” followed by a noun. Okay, here are the examples: “A pesar de que no hiciera sol, fuimos a la playa” and “A pesar del frío, fuimos a la playa”. (Lack of sunshine – “falta de sol” just doesn’t sound right here). I think you might agree that “a pesar de” is for laying down and avoiding unless you are really sure of what you’re doing. The same goes for “unless” (a no ser) which also takes the subjunctive. I’d stick with “entonces” for now if I were you.

TKO back on the airwaves TKO FM, 91.9 FM, the Southern Costa Blanca’s original fun in the sun radio station returned to the air this week after an absence of almost a year. In a direct switch, Radio Torrevieja dropped the name and the 107.1 frequency and the staff, presenters and producers took on the mantle of TKO, continuing their popular mix of music from yesteryear and today with more of a feel for the former TKO Gold mix of music, catering to the strong 45-plus age group. Radio Torrevieja had to once again close their service on 107.1FM for more essential transmitter work and the management of the station wanted to pass on their sincere apologies for this, but they will be transmitting on a lower power and transmission area on a temporary basis on 91.9 FM and of course-on line. The service area is basically Torrevieja and the immediate vicinity, from La Marina to Pilar de la Horadada, but they hope to be up to full power and reaching their in-land listeners within a few days. TKO, Total Knockout Radio started in 2003 at the same time as La Marina based URB FM, which effectively trebled the amount of English language radio stations on the Southern Costa Blanca at the time. Now under new ownership and management, TKO are based in Torrevieja and work closely with local charity events, such as Reach Out and the Elche Children’s Home among others and are a regular feature at FC Torrevieja home football games at the Vicente Garcia Stadium. They have live broadcasting Monday to Friday from 8.00am until 8.00pm and from 9.00am to 6.00pm on the weekends with a mix of music, information, live interviews, local, UK and international news, charity billboards, quizzes and on weekends, sport and request shows. They have further plans for expansion and speciality shows for the future. You can tune in live to TKO on 91.9 FM or listen live, no mater where you are in the world, or on your smartphone, tablet or computer on More information from their website, through and watch out for the TKO Roadshow at various events around the region.

Life books

Danny Collins -

That Summer in Ischia THIS IS a holiday read with a difference in that it is tightly written prose dealing with a fictional dark and intriguing mystery that took place on Ischia in 1997, when a young boy was kidnapped and an au pair was blamed. The heroine Allie discovers the mystery when she arrives on the island to inherit her mother’s childhood home and is drawn into a community that still remembers the mystery that occurred so many years before and in which Allie’s bohemian mother, Helena, played an important part. In her early years Allie grew up constantly on the move with Helena, who never discussed her past and kept people and relationships at arm’s length. As clues to a decades-old mystery slowly appear, Allie is poised to discover what really happened that summer in Ischia. All plaudits must go to Miss Feeny for coming up with a spellbinding plot to keep the reader turning the pages right to the end. Well done her – and well done any of you who forego your Jackie Collins fix to buy it. This lady can write. Author: Penny Feeny Publisher: Tindal Street Press (paperback) Price: 10.80 euros ISBN: 978 1906 994 303

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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Malware problems HI AUNTY, I have found your column very helpful in the past, I wonder if you can assist with a problem that’s just occurred? I appear to have picked up some malware which means when I click on items (not always the same - appear random) a page opens with the address and then go to a Chrome Questionnaire. I have opened in Safe Mode and scanned with AVG, Malwarebytes and Super AntiSpyware with no results. I’ve tried searching on the web with no success: any suggestions? Janet

To remove from Google Chrome: 1. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button on the browser toolbar, select Tools -> Extensions.

Aunty says: It sounds like you have installed some software that has installed some malware that has changed the settings on your browser. And you will have to remove the malware from your browser: 1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options 2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab, then click on the ‘Reset’ button 3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset 4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK. 5. Restart Internet Explorer to make the changes take effect.

Warning alarm DEAR AUNTY: On occasions when I switch the machine on there is a high, interrupted alarm bell tone before anything comes on the screen. What could this indicate and is it important enough to be checked out? Thanks for all the good tips I get from your page in RTN. Morag Aunty says: On Starting the PC they do a check of various systems. If the PC finds any problems, then it will emit a series of ‘beeps’ when it starts up. These beeps are usually a series of beep, and can refer to certain pieces of hardware having problems. For example, a beep may be that it cannot detect a mouse or keyboard, or a series of beeps can mean problems with the memory. See: (The beep code emitted depends on what make of motherboard you are running - and your Acer manual may have a list of them to determine exactly what the problem is!) Response: Thanks for your help which I will keep to hand the next time this happens.

Wi-Fi connection failure DEAR AUNTY: I’ve got another question for you (my Mom used to say ‘always hang onto a good ‘un). I have Wifi supplied by Movistar. Quite regularly the internet connection fails even though the buttons are all lit up. If I switch it off at the back and immediately switch it back on again it works fine. This happens daily and can happen up to two or three times in one day. Is this down to Movistar or do I have a faulty router? Luv Sylvia. Aunty says: In answer to your question - either or both! If you connect a PC / laptop to the router via an ethernet cable, does the internet still function via cable when the wireless is not? This way you can check to see if there is an issue with the actual ADSL connection that is failing or the router / Wifi is failing.


Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Most people these days have a wireless network at home or in the office through which a myriad collection of laptops, tablets, smartphones and games consoles connect to the internet. But even with the advances in technology the signal strength

of the network is not always what we would want as we move further away from the Wi-Fi router, often because it needs to be placed close to the socket providing the internet, which is not always central to the area where we wish

to use the wireless network. This can mean some areas of the home/office have a weak, or even worse, no signal at all just where we might need it most. Fear not, there is a simple solution – the Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. The Netgear is cleverly designed to extend the range of an existing 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network and handle transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps. And setting up couldn’t be easier with the Netgear Push ‘N’ Connect function: Plug Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender into a power socket (3-pin UK plug requires adapter for Spanish use) Press the ‘pairing’ button (marked WPS) on your existing WiFi router Press the ‘Push ‘N’ Connect’ button on the Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender Your existing wireless network is now available over an extended area. The Netgear also has an LED to help with placement to get the best wireless coverage. WPS pairing is supported by most modern Wifi routers, just look for the WPS button on the router or check with your internet provider to ensure your modem has this feature. And there is no need to be concerned about security, your existing wireless network passwords are still

required to access your extended network, so your network remains secure. It is literally an extension of your existing network and its security protocols, with support for WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, mixed mode and WEP. The Netgear is also fitted with an Ethernet port to allow connection of non-wireless devices such as TVs, home theatre devices – very valuable as some devices may not have WiFi connectivity. The Inspectors Verdict: The Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender is an economical and easy way to extend your wireless network to those hard to reach areas of your home/office. And with the added ability of a fixed Ethernet connection older/non WiFi devices can still be connected without the need of long cables! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit to purchase the Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender for 49€. Please note the Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender has an integrated UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Google Keep QUICKLY CAPTURE what’s on your mind and be reminded at the right place or time. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices – desktop and mobile. With Google Keep you can: • Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos • Add reminders to important notes and be reminded through Google Now • Have voice notes transcribed automatically • Use widgets to capture thoughts quickly • Color-code your notes to help find them later • Swipe to archive things you no longer need • Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes • Use your notes from anywhere - they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at and via the Google Keep app in the Chrome Web Store. Available to download for free from Google Play on all Android devices.


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Life Showbiz Goss

Five guys flying high! I HAVE watched the rise and rise of boy band One Direction but always with half an eye on the whole thing suddenly coming to a grinding halt. Like so many X Factory performers before them, the odds are stacked heavily in favour of their career hitting the wall sooner rather than later. However, in the wake of a new movie called ‘This Is Us’ and the reflections director Morgan Spurlock shared with online magazine Guilty Pleasures, it coming out like these 1D boys are made of the right stuff. The director told the mag: “I was expecting the worst from these young lads but I was

taken aback by their down-to-earth attitude, they were so un-diva,” then heaping even more praise on the teen idols he explained, “When you come into a project like this you’re like, ‘Oh great, which one is it going to be...?’ I was so glad they weren’t like that at all.” When it comes to making a fly on the wall documentary film like ‘This Is Us’ if there are too many blips the process of cutting out all the nasty stuff renders the movie a complete mess that has no real direction

(pun intended), but it’s reading like Harry, Niall and Liam, all 19, Zayn 20, and Louis 21, are real lads who are not stuck up their whatsernames, which suggests that their careers are about to go into the stratosphere. They are now being talked about in the same breath as the Beatles who were equally down to earth when it came to appearing in films, and with the massive numbers of what they call ‘the fandom’, this could become the closest thing to Beatle mania that’s been seen since those heady days of the 60s. Musically there is an awful lot of work to do to get anywhere near the Liverpool lads so let’s hope their songwriting and song selection is out of the top drawer eh!


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity clips!

MATT LUCAS came up with an interesting angle for his series ‘The Matt Lucas Awards’ by having his mum on the show and asking her opinion from time to time, and now I read that young comedian Jack Whitehall is to be given his own chat show on BBC 3 called ‘Backchat’ and his dad will be part of the show, interjecting about how his son should never have dropped out of college etc.… sounds a bit dodgy to me. This piece is quite something as Naomi Watts, the actress who plays Princess Diana in the new biopic ‘Diana’ has been speaking about how she felt a ‘presence’ during the filming and when she was struggling to keep it all together she used to talk to Diana to ask her permission to carry on. We continually read about actors getting into the part, but this is way off the page. Talking about new movies, the film of 60s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E is slowly but surely coming together cast wise and according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Hugh Grant has been signed up to play the head of British Naval Intelligence. Good luck to the guy, but… intelligence? More rumours suggest that Tom Cruise and George Clooney will be playing the two lead roles... ummm…

Mary Mary quite contrary! THE GREAT British Bake Off was here a week or two ago when I discovered that thanks to sharp professional knives most of the competitors cut themselves to ribbons at the rehearsal stages. This time it’s about Mary Berry, a woman in her late 70’s who doesn’t suffer fools, and what she had to say about some of the other TV chefs. Talking to the Radio Times she said “Jamie Oliver is a ‘joy’ but I ‘hate’ Gordon Ramsay’s programmes, I don’t know who has told him it makes good television.” Switching back to Jamie, Mary reflected: “James Oliver is a joy, I saw him yesterday and he agreed that when he was 23 he was irritating, bumptious and over the top, but he’s made cooking fun,” not a woman to mince her words is Mary. The queen of cakes then filled a few more column inches when she said about Strictly Come Dancing “I’m a showoff, but only with things I do well, I won’t do Strictly or any of those ghastly reality programmes ... I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! would be the end ... It makes me shudder.” Don’t you just love her!

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30th August - 5th September

FRIDAY 30thAugust BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Big School 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Pramface 24:40 The 51st State

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Countryside 999 08:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Hebrides: Islands on the Edge 11:00 Animal Park 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Scott of the Antarctic 14:45 In Which We Serve 16:35 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Only Connect 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Burrowers: Animals Underground 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Reading 2013

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Super Cup Live 23:10 ITV News 23:40 ITV News Central 23:45 The Boat That Rocked

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 The Last Command 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:10 Accidental Friendship 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s Biggest Pets 21:00 Construction Squad: Operation Homefront 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Holiday Showdown 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Mamma Mia! 23:10 The Nutty Professor

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Nine Months 24:05 The Big Bang Theory 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

SATURDAY 31st August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Home Cooking Made Easy 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 14:30 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live MotoGP 16:00 Rowing 17:30 Final Score 18:15 That Puppet Game Show 18:55 BBC News 19:15 Pointless Celebrities 20:05 I Love My Country 20:50 The National Lottery: Break the Safe 21:40 Casualty 22:30 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:00 BBC News; Weather 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show


07:00 This Is BBC Two 08:05 The Boy with Green Hair 09:25 The Little Minister 11:10 Reel History of Britain 11:40 The Private Life of Plants 12:30 University Challenge 13:00 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:45 Caribbean Food Made Easy 14:15 EastEnders 16:10 Coast 16:30 Wild China 17:30 Urban Jungle 18:00 Flog It! Trade Secrets 19:00 Dragons’ Den 20:00 Proms Extra 2013 20:40 Dad’s Army 21:10 Thatcher - The Downing Street Years 22:15 This World 23:15 QI XL 24:00 Jacknife

SUNDAY 1st September BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Helicopter Heroes 13:40 Countryfile 14:35 Bargain Hunt 15:15 Ultimate Swarms 16:15 Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea 17:15 Escape to the Country 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 What Remains 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:40 That Puppet Game Show


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Mighty Joe Young 09:00 Around the World in 80 Gardens 10:00 Gardeners’ World 10:30 The Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Incredible Spice Men 13:00 Live MotoGP 15:30 Rowing 17:00 Equestrian 19:00 Flog It! 19:30 Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks 20:00 The Great British Bake Off 21:00 Dragons’ Den 22:00 The Story of the Jews 23:00 Blackadder the Third 23:30 Girl with a Pearl Earring

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Bookaboo 08:15 Almost Naked Animals 08:30 Fish Hooks 08:45 Fish Hooks 09:00 Bottom Knocker Street 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 Saturday Cookbook 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 Saturday Farm 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Carry On Screaming 15:25 The Chase 16:25 Midsomer Murders 18:30 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 New You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 Stepping Out 21:00 The X Factor 22:20 Through the Keyhole 23:15 ITV News and Weather 23:30 Forgetting Sarah Marshall

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:15 Almost Naked Animals 08:30 Fish Hooks 08:45 Fish Hooks 09:00 Bottom Knocker Street 09:15 Bottom Knocker Street 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:15 Murder, She Wrote 12:15 ITV News and Weather 12:25 Ade in Britain 13:30 Columbo: the Conspirators 15:30 The X Factor 16:50 The Chase 17:50 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Coronation Street 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Vera 23:55 ITV News and Weather 24:10 The Cube

CHANNEL 4 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 VW Racing Cup 08:05 The Grid 08:30 Triathlon 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 13:30 Undercover Boss Australia 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:15 Come Dine with Me 17:45 Come Dine with Me 18:15 Come Dine with Me 18:50 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Come Dine with Me 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 9/11: 102 Minutes That Changed America 22:20 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 11:10 Power Rangers: Megaforce 11:40 Slugterra 12:05 Inside Hollywood 12:10 Celebrity Big Brother 13:35 Columbo: Prescription Murder 15:40 The Burning Hills 17:35 The Four Feathers 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 NCIS 21:55 NCIS 22:50 5 News Weekend 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych

ITV2 07:00 All Star Family Fortunes 07:35 Coronation Street 08:55 Emmerdale 11:50 Girlfriends 12:50 King Ralph 14:45 You’ve Been Framed! 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 15:45 You’ve Been Framed! 16:15 You’ve Been Framed! 16:45 You’ve Been Framed! 17:15 The Xtra Factor 18:15 The Borrowers 20:05 Small Soldiers 22:20 The Xtra Factor 23:20 Celebrity Juice 24:10 The X Factor


07:00 Switched 07:25 Being Erica 08:10 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:05 Make It or Break It 10:05 Ugly Betty 11:05 Scrubs 11:35 Scrubs 12:10 Scrubs 12:40 Scrubs 13:10 Scrubs 13:35 Glee 14:40 Charmed 15:35 90210 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:25 Rules of Engagement 18:25 Rules of Engagement 18:55 The Mindy Project 19:25 The Big Bang Theory 19:55 The Big Bang Theory 20:25 Suburgatory 20:50 How I Met Your Mother 21:20 How I Met Your Mother 21:50 Happy Endings 22:20 Days of Thunder 24:25 PhoneShop





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Ironman 2013 08:30 Triathlon 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 15:00 The Simpsons 15:30 10 Things I Hate about You 17:25 Location, Location, Location 18:30 Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel 20:10 Channel 4 News 20:40 Rebuilding the World Trade Centre 22:00 The Dilemma 24:15 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Slugterra 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:05 Celebrity Big Brother 13:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 13:55 World’s Biggest Pets 14:55 Fly Away Home 17:05 Nim’s Island 18:55 The Pursuit of Happyness 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 The Expendables

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 Beauty and the Geek 08:30 Emmerdale 11:15 Coronation Street 12:45 America’s Got Talent 14:35 America’s Got Talent 15:30 Dennis 17:15 The X Factor 18:40 The Xtra Factor 19:45 Twister 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 The Chronicles of Riddick

07:00 Switched 07:20 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:10 Make It or Break It 09:00 Ugly Betty 10:00 Scrubs 10:25 Scrubs 10:55 Hollyoaks 13:30 Glee 14:35 Charmed 15:30 90210 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:30 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 New Girl 21:00 Footloose 23:05 The Inbetweeners 23:35 The Inbetweeners Top 10 Moments 24:40 The Big Bang Theory


30 AUG - 5 SEPT 2013

Life TV

30th August - 5th September

MONDAY 2nd September BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Plan It, Build It 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Fightback Britain 22:00 Motorway Cops 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Football Focus 24:15 Room 101 - Extra Storage 24:55 La Bamba

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:05 Restoration Home 11:05 Deadly 60 on a Mission 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Weakest Link 14:45 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Animal Park 16:30 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Swansea Market 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 The Incredible Spice Men 22:00 Robert Peston Goes Shopping 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Women’s Football Show 24:50 The Story of the Jews

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Benidorm 24:05 Through the Keyhole

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 13:35 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:55 The Four Feathers 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Jamie’s Money Saving Meals 21:30 Gadget Man 22:00 The Lost Hero of 9/11 23:00 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell 23:55 Random Acts 24:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News at Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:10 Frozen Impact 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Children of 9/11: Revealed 21:00 9/11: The Woman Who Wasn’t There 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Under the Dome 23:55 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Miss Congeniality 24:20 Girlfriends

TUESDAY 3rd September



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:35 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 The Mindy Project 22:00 90210 23:00 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator Requiem








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Plan It, Build It 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese 24:30 Goodnight Britain

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:50 Plan It, Build It 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:05 You’ve Been Scammed 10:35 Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Coast 14:05 The Super League Show 14:45 Mastermind 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Animal Park 16:30 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Swansea Market 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 Family Tree 23:30 Newsnight 24:15 Weather 24:20 This World

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Aussie Animal Island 21:00 Ade in Adland 22:00 Trauma: Level One 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Words of the Titanic 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:05 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 13:35 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 14:05 The Riddle of the Sands 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 Top Boy 23:00 Siege in the Sahara 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 The Lost Hero of 9/11

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Accused at 17 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Born to Kill? 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 The Break-Up

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 The Mindy Project 23:00 Happy Endings 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 The Big Bang Theory 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

WEDNESDAY 4th September BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Plan It, Build It 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rip Off Food 21:00 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Call Centre 24:35 The Edge of Love

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Plan It, Build It 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Rick Stein’s India 11:00 Natural World 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Weakest Link 14:45 Mastermind 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Animal Park 16:30 Talking Pictures 17:15 How We Built Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Swansea Market 21:00 Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Back on the Road 22:00 The Many Faces of 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Midwives

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Big Star’s Little Star 22:00 Whitechapel 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Great Night Out 24:35 The Dales

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:05 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 13:35 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:55 Breakfast at Tiffany’s 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 How Not to Get Old 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 The Last Leg 23:50 I’m Spazticus 24:25 Random Acts 24:30 iTunes Festival 2013

07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Shattered Silence 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Nurses 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Wentworth Prison 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 The Xtra Factor 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Girlfriends 23:00 Fool’s Gold

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Devil Wears Prada 23:10 Rude Tube 24:15 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut

30 Aug - 5 sept 2013


THURSDAY 5th September BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 12:45 Plan It, Build It 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Celebrity MasterChef 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Who Do You Think You Are? 24:35 The Greatest

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:50 Plan It, Build It 09:20 The A to Z of TV Cooking 10:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:05 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Weakest Link 14:45 Mastermind 15:15 Great British Menu 15:45 Animal Park 16:30 Talking Pictures 17:15 How We Built Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Swansea Market 21:00 Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Back on the Road 22:00 Mum and Dad Are Splitting Up 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Martin Luther King and the March on Washington

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Pat and Cabbage 22:00 The Guilty 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Ade in Adland 24:35 The Lobby

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 New 13:05 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 13:35 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:50 Hellfighters 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 Educating Yorkshire 23:00 Bouncers 24:05 Burgled

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Meerkat Manor 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Inside Hollywood 16:20 McBride: Tune in for Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Meerkat Manor 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Britain’s Strangest Pets 21:00 The Railway: First Great Western 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 10 Things I Hate About 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Dinner Date 10:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Life’s Funniest Moments 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Big Reunion: On Tour 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 American Pie Presents Band Camp

CROSSWORD SOLUTIO 723 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Letter-writer; 7 Prong; 8 False; 9 Ill; 10 Container; 11 Theory; 12 Divans; 15 Raise Cain; 17 Man; 18 Smart; 19 Tread; 21 Heartrending. Down: 1 Love interest; 2 Ego; 3 Wagons; 4 Inflation; 5 Ellen; 6 Representing; 7 Pulse; 10 Carpenter; 13 Aimed; 14 Castor; 16 Image; 20 Eon.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Extravagance; 7 Fleet; 8 Mourn; 9 Cur; 10 Interfere; 11 Potent; 12 Obtuse; 15 Tolerance; 17 Dud; 18 Olden; 19 Infer; 21 Interminable. Down: 1 Emancipation; 2 Awe; 3 Astute; 4 Admirable; 5 Cause; 6 Independence; 7 First; 10 Ignorance; 13 Under; 14 Infirm; 16 Laden; 20 Fun

E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:25 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 iTunes Festival 2013 24:30 The Big Bang Theory

What’s on Viva TV this week Viva TV broadcasts on the Torresat Network every day from 2.00pm until 10pm And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 30 Aug Viva La Vida New series. – Carla Stone hosts with clips from the Benidorm X Factor, Celina Deans, an interview with Chrissie Rock plus lots more. 19.00 Saturday 31 Aug Celebrity Archive – Former Ryder Cup European team captain and father of sports presenter Kirsty – Bernard Gallacher. 18.00 Sunday 1 Sep Spanish Eye – A special crafts day at Casa La Pedrera, packed with interesting people and crafts. 18.05 Monday 2 Sep The British Consulate - more important messages and information from the British Government’s

representatives in Spain. 19.30 Tuesday 3 Sep Let’s Talk Special – we catch up with former WBC super middleweight champion Robin Reid about his new acting career! 18.30 Wednesday 4 Sep An Evening With...Live from the Segrada del Corazon church in Torrevieja the internationally renowned Truro cathedral choir. 19.00 Thursday 5 Sep Guardamar Discovered – The fascinating story of this coastal town that, had it not been for one man, would have been lost under the sand. 18.30

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Bacon and Egg Salad with Oil and Balsamic Dressing FOR YEARS I turned my nose up at the thought of warm salads, and then I went to France. The French are so creative when combining warm meat and fish in salads and I was soon converted. Ideally you need thick cuts of bacon (I used cured pork loin in this version) but ordinary sliced bacon would do just as well. You could try adding a few bits of spicy sausage such as Chorizo or even pieces of black pudding such as Spanish Morcilla if you like that kind of thing. • 400g thick cut bacon, sliced into strips. • 4 fresh eggs. • Mixed salad leaves. • Salt and freshly ground black pepper. For the dressing • 4-5 tbls extra virgin olive oil. • 2 tbls balsamic vinegar. 1. Fry the sliced bacon over moderate heat until well browned. 2. Meanwhile bring a large pan of water to the boil and drop in the eggs to poach them for 2-3 minutes. 3. Place a handful of salad leaves in the centre of four large serving plates and, when the bacon and eggs are ready, throw the bacon over the salad. 4. Quickly return the frying pan to the heat and add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, leaving them to warm through while you place a poached egg on top of each salad. 5. Stir the dressing, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan and drizzle this over the salads. Season the eggs with a little salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

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Fund Raiser for AECC and CF Sporting, San Fulgencio By Keith Nicol A SAN FULGENCIO Select 11 will play a charity football game against a team from the Policia Local on Sunday September 8th at 11.00am to raise funds for CF Sporting de San Fulgencio and the AECC Charity. All proceeds will be divided equally between the two. Anyone wishing to play for the San Fulgencio Select Team should register their interest at the Zodiac Bar in Marina Urbanisation or the Power Bar in San Fulgencio Village. Players are expected to make a donation. The more you pay the more you play! Spectators pay 3€ entrance fee at the gate and there will be a raffle drawn at half time, with other half time entertainment. There will also be a Paella for 300 people at full time. Tickets can be purchased for the Paella for 2€ at the Offices for the Urbanisation, Calle Madrid and at the Offices of Paulino Herrero at the Police Station. Also, tickets will be available at the Tourist Information Office. The event will be broadcast live by BIG FM, Radio. After the Paella has been served, there will be an Auction of two authenticated framed photographs; one, of Amy Winehouse and her Back to Black CD and the other of Halle Berry, from her role in the James Bond Movie, Die Another Day. These are on show at the Offices for the Urbanisations. Donations of Raffle prizes are welcome and should be directed to the Offices of the Urbanisations, Calle Madrid in San Fulgencio.


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Life health

Get on yer bike Monthly cycling tips, advice and routes CYCLE ROUTE 18: QUESADA TO DOLORES / CATRAL / MARJAL CAMPSITE LEAVE QUESADA and head for Benijofer, turning left at the traffic lights (cobbled area), cycling downhill for about 300metres. Turn right just before the edge of the town, cycle past the houses until you come to orange / lemon groves and a track that takes you to the river. At the river turn left and cycle over the bridge, down the ramp then go left for about 15metres where there is a narrow lane. Cycle down here until you come to a road: you are now in Formentera. Work your way down through the village until you come to the main road (be careful as many are one-way streets). Turn left and cycle out of Formentera on the main road until you come to a camino road on your right (approximately 2kms). Take this and cycle up and over the bridge across the CV91 Guardamar

road and just follow this camino road until you come to the next junction (road to Daya Nueva) where you go straight over, following it through some lovely cultivated land with beautiful views until you come to the next road where you turn left. Follow this road all the way until you come to Dolores (4kms). You can either stop in Dolores in the town square where there are numerous restaurants and bars or continue through the town following the signs for Catral / Crevillente. Leaving Dolores, pick up the cycle path which takes you all the way to Catral (4kms). Keep following the signs for Crevillente. Leaving Catral, you come to a roundabout which if you turn right you go through San Felipe Neri, but go straight on (there are signs for the campsite). Cycle parallel to the AP7 until you come to a turning to your right and a bridge across the AP7, which takes you straight into Marjal campsite:

there is a lovely restaurant. It really is well worth a look round the site and the facilities that are on offer which are open to everyone. On your way home you can just retrace your steps or go left after coming over the bridge and this road will take you to the entrance to El Hondo nature reserve, which is a lovely route if you have the time. Additional time: approximately one hour / 10kms. Total Cycling time: 4 Hours Total Distance: Approximately 42kms. Summary: Lovely, flat route with great views however had to use the main roads a couple of times.

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Life horoscopes Mighty Uranus, in retrograde, is sending somewhat confusing messages to you leaving you feeling a little vulnerable and powerless in the current situation. Though there is much more in line for you, something is bringing you to a pause right now, as you are prevented from getting stuck in, but this could be what’s needed. Neptune tunes into your creative abilities and highlights a project that you have on the back burner. There are good reasons to make hay while the sun shines; but this may mean compromise, as you accept that though there is no better time as now, you need to know you have the support and back up you need to ensure success. Mercury divides time between flirting with Virgo and preparing to make moves on Libra, bringing you mixed blessings. Timing would appear to be vital right now as you are right in the middle of things and are looking at alternatives. Belief in your energies right now is what is needed, showing others you are not to be messed with. Considering the great changes you hanker after you have made the very best move, and the door is open for you at long last. A lot of time has been spent in taking care of someone you love recently, and there can be no regrets, but you have learned a lesson from your experience, and you have to understand not all are as motivated as you. Mars acts as a wet blanket and forces you to suspend something you had set your heart on. This can be seen as a positive step, and coming at a busy time in your life it allows you to make snap decisions and move towards a re assessment. Connections with Neptune ask you to take a good look at finance, and to cut your cloth accordingly. Mercury dallies and brings you to make up your mind on something with which you appear to have been dragging your feet somewhat. There very well may be a method in your madness, since nobody could underestimate your enthusiasm and attention to detail; but so too is there a reality check needed to get your feet back on the ground! A great time to plan your next move, especially since travel and romance are linked inextricably with your ongoing itinerary. It has been so easy to follow your heart and to open your innermost self to whatever now must be. There is no rain on your parade, and any black clouds will have silver linings for sure as you seal your fate. Mars brings Leo like pride into a situation. You are a great believer in hard work and working things about your fierce independence and all seeing yearnings. What you currently have is the freedom in your soul to settle and allow yourself the comforts of a routine where there is no struggle and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Cancerian energy flows through from a close association with Jupiter. Be very nosy if that’s what it takes, but above all you have to be certain that what’s on offer is what you really do want , and that you are not buying into anyone’s inflated ego. As a forward thinker and a realist you above all know what all this could mean for all concerned. Pluto acts in a very specific way, always taking responsibility but often shying away from the complication that brings commitment and promise. You have been somewhat let down and have drawn the short straw, but this is not a time to collapse in a heap, and your fearless devil may care reaction gets up somebody’s nose this week! Think of yourself for a change, it’s not selfish but it is self preserving, and high time. Whilst defending others and offering a helping hand to your friends is normal for you there comes a time whereby you can take a very well deserved rest on your laurels. New horizons are beckoning, and soon will come the offer that you now need to get. Neptune can read you like a proverbial book, and with this in mind has brought your energies to the forefront bringing timbre and temerity into play. Time was whereby you took second best, but the energy of now demands that you use your innermost powers to bring solution where there is conflict, and love where there is doubt or shame.

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Alpha to Omega

FEAR IS a four letter word, and it is the main reason for people not being able to cope with the Spirit World. Understandably the concept of human survival seems so very large and all revealing when it comes to belief and understanding. Fear will stop the necessary processes throughout life and it won’t allow for anything that takes someone away from their core instincts. Faith is fuelled by experience and understanding and destroyed when it becomes too hard to handle or too much to take in. I appreciate that this fear keeps so many away from my door and that of other Spirit workers. Apprehension is a natural reaction whilst genuine fear in this case is of the unknown, and many of us would be cautious especially when there is negativity arising from either ignorance or myth. The old Wife’s tales stood us in good stead to summarise the gamut of the ungodly, and to give out information that somehow gave us a basic protection. But it is a superior level of protection that brings comfort and transparency with all dealings with Spirit, as there can be nothing there within a tight spiritual contract that intentions or triggers stress or trauma. All of us do react differently to all situations, but with that we are familiar too, there comes a deep feeling of wellbeing and when all turns sour, as it indeed can, then we open a new can of worms. Spirit is used to working on specific levels, and yet because death must appear somewhere in the banner headline, it can be something seen somehow as macabre or drenched in perpetual sorrow. I have to accept that daily I have one foot in the land of the living, whilst the other balances me by tracing the heritage of Spiritual survival, in death. And, yes, I have been subjected to fear, but though it may have given me the shivers, it soon found me an

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Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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acceptable level to work alongside my own specific belief and comprehension. Each and everyone is an individual with their own deserved limits to adhere to. However we are all of us born to die, and are in fact born dying, and we can, if we so wish to, tick off each day as one less in our timeline. Since death is promised to us all, this simply means that we have to enjoy our living energy since we have way of knowing what fate will bring us; nor when we will be called, and our final number is up in the lottery of life. Though there are many who greatly fear dying it is undeniably the final point in the blueprint of this our Earthly life, and for many the start of the journey that will release our soul for whatever we choose will come next. Fear of Spirit is the fear of the unknown, and yet given the chance I would rather face fears than to live in the shadow of indecision and the unknown. I cannot forcibly prescribe to assure others, and to tell them that the continuity of life regenerates; but if you want a future in which you can feature then there has to be some change, some direction and faith in the belief that you have an option. The Alpha Omega of the birth death syndrome we all can inspire to, as it brings with it a release of power that manifests here on the Planet. For those who fear communication with dead people, I have to understand that I find this a very natural reaction, that it may also and unwittingly put the fear of God into someone. The reversal of fear finally will come to those as they find themselves in another dimension after death, and there are, temptingly visible, loved ones down there on Earth whom they wish to call out to. Oh dear! Though communication can be set up quite easily, silence echoes because, they are scared of being a presence of death, and sadly, for them fear has won yet again!

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Kenny, I know that you have said that it isn’t wrong to ask for the money that you deserve. I can see that I may have to return to the UK to live because it is hard to make a living here these days. I feel that I am running away but Spain maybe isn’t a part of my life right now. Amy H. Amy, so many have already returned to the UK. It is true that it is hard to make a living, and there comes a time to make a decision and to move on when our lives are compromised. You are not running away, but you are looking for a better quality of life, which is ironically what many of us came here to Spain for in the first place. The flattening of the Euro and the lack of employment and entitlement has forced many to buy a one way ticket. It certainly isn’t wrong to ask for anything that you need, and if this does become your focus, and you do want to stay…then go for it. I feel from your email that you will be happy and blessed wherever you are, but why not ask Spirit to show you a way forward, wherever that may be? God bless you!

Impatience is the provenance of the gifted and the guided. Before you do put all your eggs into one basket be sure of one thing, and know yourself sufficiently to expect there to be some hard work involved in the process too!!


Cryptic Crossword

Word Ladders

ACROSS 1. He has a divine gift for finding water (6) 4. Asserts there are many in America (6) 9. Realise and convey how to act like a servant (5,3,5) 10. Thwarted by interbreeding? (7) 11. Not a bow; nor even a smile apparently (5) 12. Room for mental improvement, perhaps (5) 14. Expose oneself to some vain curiosity (5) 18. Mason’s house? (5) 19. Burnt a cleaner colour (7) 21. Noisy debate is still logical (5,8) 22. Satisfying giants perhaps (6) 23. Ensured one had a nap standing up (6)


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DOWN 1. To desert is a failing (6) 2. Certainly confident (7,1,5) 3. Those reformed show spirit (5) 5. Eats heartily and puts snugly to bed (5,2) 6. Just a fraction of a Rugby team (5-8) 7. Work of intelligence (6) 8. A poem of positive significance (5) 13. China’s place in Western Europe (7) 15. Curses the results of explosions (6) 16. An account to settle? (5) 17. Revised a muddled deed about it (6) 20. A smart kind of accent (5)

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.

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. A planet (6) 4. Formality (6) 9. Callow (13) 10. Handbill (7) 11. Dig (5) 12. Temptress (5) 14. Gem (5) 18. Allude (5) 19. Entwine (7) 21. Contraband (8,5) 22. Stable (6) 23. Sanity (6)

DOWN 1. Protect (6) 2. Mozart opera (3,5,5) 3. Drive back (5) 5. Foot pedal (7) 6. Memories (13) 7. Concealed (6) 8. Thin soup (5) 13. Furious (7) 15. Emergency (6) 16. Dulcet (5) 17. To flavour (6) 20. Bird of prey (5)

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Everyone for Valentina By Keith Nicol ALGORFA IS hosting a very special Motorcycle Rally next weekend, all in aid of a very good cause. The Association Espiritu Solidario are an association of Motorcyclists from Madrid. They were formed by a group of like minded bikers to organise and collaborate with events to help raise funds for all causes, especially families with sick children. They are holding a Motorcycle Rally and other events on 6th to the 8th September in Algorfa to help an 18 month old girl, Valentina, who has a brain tumour and different types of chemotherapy have been ineffective. Her only hope is to go to America and because time is of the essence for her, this is a very urgent fund raising event, to be able to send her there so hopefully you’ll be

able to go along to this worthy cause. For more information contact Lidia Lorenzo on 666 614 905 and you can donate directly to Valentina’s cause thru Banco Sabadell 0081 1442 1100 0615 9124. They also have a Facebook page about it too; just search ‘TodosyTodasConValentina’. Over next weekend there will be a series of activities in the municipality of Algorfa in order to help Valentina. The meeting, organized by the association ‘Aventura Solidaria Torrevieja’ and in collaboration with ‘Custom Espíritu Solidario’ and aims to raise financial support for the young Valentina and her family, while performing different events from musical activities, dining and sports, including a padel tournament. During the weekend there will be leisure activities

such as concerts from Baqueta, Flaming Dolls, Viento de Levante, Fran Navarro and performances from Algorfa Dance, body paint parade by Pamobi hairdressing academy and the young Lumaky. During the weekend there will be a solidarity paddle tournament in the municipality and in addition there will be free camping area, stalls, a tapas route, sweepstakes and other games and entertainment. It is the desire of the organizers and the Valentina family to invite all interested persons to enjoy these activities while other events are being finalized and will soon be available complete information. More information

A little Snow Business By Keith Nicol SEPTEMBER IS just around the corner, which means that it must be time to start thinking about Pantomime. Christmas is but four months away and so the Rojales Pantomime Group are just about to start rehearsals for their next pantomime; ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The first rehearsal takes place at the Quesada Culture Centre on Tuesday 3rd September at 2.00pm in the Salon. Following on from last year’s successful production of Dick Whittington, Snow White follows the traditional and much loved tale based on the Walt Disney classic. Written by Barry Cox in a pantomime style, and containing all the usual characters and routines to ensure audience involvement, Snow White contains elements of slapstick along with tuneful singalong and speciality dance routines. The Panto group is urgently seeking members of the public who

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Vauxhall Astra GTC Turbo SRi TODAY, IT seems that straight lines are frowned upon in car design. An advocate of this trend is the Vauxhall Astra, which started life as little more than a box more than 30 years ago. Introduced in 1979 over time the angular hatchback developed into a curvaceous beauty as witnessed when the sixth generation was launched in 2009. Due to its age many of us will undoubtedly have come into contact with an Astra. For instance, when I was growing up my family had a booted version, the Vauxhall Belmont and I recall it had a poor three speed auto gearbox and an embarrassing performance, if you could call it that. Friends’ parents had standard hatchback Astras and often mentioned their reliability and the fact they were good workhorses. One of them had a brown example and was proud of it. Others, with more cash, owned the sportier more tasteful black or red GTE versions, typically as powerful second cars. The Astra has evolved and as I’m presented with the GTC Turbo SRi, it is a pleasing package. This is the modern equivalent of the old GTE with sweeping curves and bright red paintwork commanding attention as it sits in the car park. It is a supremely sporty

car and its slightly protruding rear haunches help it look the part and allude to great performance. In fact this increases expectations that it is at least fitted with a pokey 2-litre petrol engine. However, to my surprise there’s a modest 1.6-litre 16-valve unit under the bonnet. But then you learn that Vauxhall has fiddled with it to produce 177bhp. It takes just eight seconds for this hot hatch/ coupe to reach 60mph from standstill and its top speed exceeds 130mph. This punchy performance allows me to safely overtake a car and a slow moving lorry as I move away from a roundabout, up a hill. In these days of high fuel prices it will return over 35mpg even with enthusiastic driving. Its smooth six speed manual box and excellent

driving position help ensure that this Vauxhall delivers an enjoyable driving experience time and time again. With its comfortable cabin and leather seats, driver and passengers are sure to arrive relaxed and invigorated at the end of a journey. The driver’s seat is particularly comfortable with an excellent lumbar support, making driving a pleasurable experience for someone with a temperamental back, like me. The front seats are even heated - a really useful feature on a cold morning. But the driver has to really stretch back to reach the seatbelt. Despite having just three doors, it is possible to place two bulky child seats in the rear as you can see from the video at New price range: 22,157.91€ - 31,076.12€ 0-60mph: 8secs Top speed: 137mph Power: 177bhp Economy: 39mpg Watch the video at

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It can be frustrating Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

AT THIS time of the year in particular the greens on our local golf courses are at their most vulnerable, not only from the sun but also irresponsible golfers who fail to follow one of the most important parts of the code of etiquette in golf: repairing a pitch mark on the green. One of the most frustrating things for green keepers and keen golfers everywhere is the need to deal with damage caused to the surface of a green by golf pitch marks. Well, actually, it isn’t the damage that’s frustrating - this damage is inevitable with golf balls landing on soft surfaces. What’s frustrating is when golfers are far too lazy to repair those golf pitch marks resulting in damage to the greens and impacting on the smoothness of the putting surface. This is not rocket science but good golf etiquette. All golfers have to do is bend over and stick your pitchfork in the ground a few times, then tap the mound down with the bottom of your putter or other club. If you do not have a pitchfork, a golf tee more than adequately repairs the damage done. It really isn’t that difficult!

HOW TO REPAIR A PITCHMARK ON A GREEN A pitch mark only takes a few seconds to fix correctly. However, a pitch mark repaired incorrectly takes over three weeks to heal. Please study the attached picture on how to correctly repair pitch marks. Correct repair will help protect the grass root system and benefit all visitors to the course .The long and short of it is this: An un-repaired golf pitch mark leaves ugly dead spots on the green – and greens are expensive to maintain. An un-repaired golf pitch mark results in golf putts not running smooth due to bumpy putting surfaces caused by the indentation left by golf shots. WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED 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 AUGUST 30TH 2013 What was the winning point total for Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in America this year? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st August to be entered into August’s draw, to be made on 31st August 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 6th September 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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THE CELTIC Manor Wales Open this weekend sees the start of the race for a 2014 Ryder Cup place in the victorious European team tasked with defending the trophy at Gleneagles in September 2014. The spine of the European team is strong but there will certainly be a number of young players vying for a place amongst Europe’s elite. We are lucky in Europe at this moment in time as we see a wealth of young talent coming through and winning on tour. Last weekend’s winner Tommy Fleetwood is one who will surely make it. Another perhaps will be Thorbjorn Olesen who we saw challenge at The Masters in April and went off the scene a little after he decided to change his natural shot shape of a draw for a fade; thankfully he saw the light early and has decided to leave things as they were. Paul McGinley is Europe’s captain this time around and he will have three wild card picks which will give him a bit of leeway should one or two of our big names not make it for some reason. It is hard to believe that the selection process is upon us again but it does now make sure we some more of our superstars having to play in Europe if they want to gain automatic selection. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 3rd, 5th & 6th September, Alicante Golf Society Masters 10th September, RTN Golf League Monthly meeting at Alicante Golf 17th September, RTN weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf

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Torrevieja’s World Champion

WORLD ROWING Champion, Real Club Nautico Torrevieja’s Lars Gumprecht showed off his gold medal on Monday. By Keith Nicol Lars was accompanied by Mayor Eduardo Dolon, President of the Real Club Nautico de Torrevieja (RCNT), Germán Soler and Torrevieja’s Councillor for Sport, Luis Maria Pizana to welcome him back from his victory at the World Rowing champion de Mar, in the waters of Helsingborg (Sweden). Lars, who was accompanied by his coach, Miguel Angel Sanchez Valero, thanked his club and the support from fellow RCNT athletes, and highlighted the strength and dedication needed for the sport, having to prepare for more than six months, seven days a week to achieve this important victory. Eduardo Dolon noted that Lars is a clear example of perseverance and hard work and congratulated one and all from RCNT for their historical support to the sport of rowing, through which Torrevieja has many champions both nationally and internationally in many different age groups and both sexes. Lars won his gold medal in the CM1x, with a time of 30:55, as the fastest competitor to complete the 6,000 meters course.

Real Club Nautico Torrevieja’s gold medal winner Lars Gumprecht with Eduardo Dolon and Luis Maria Pizana

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Straights are TALKIN’ BALLS for fast cars: turns are for Power Struggle fast drivers! with Andrew James Sponsored by “The Three Lions” (Carrer de Manuel de Falla, Albir) The Best Footy Bar on the Costa Blanca; Showing Every Game, Every Week!

NEVER HAS a truer word been spoken as the turns at the Cartagena Oval separated the men from the boys at the stock car racing last Saturday. With twelve races, a host of winners, a couple of retirements and a lost wheel, the nonstop action kept the crowd on their feet as they enjoyed an evening of real family entertainment. Starting the night were the ‘newbie’ drivers and after getting to grips with the character of the track, it was go, go, go and the first of their five races was on, setting the pace for the rest of the night and a win for Jason Rennison. Jason went on to win the 5th race, with ‘Elvis’ and Danny Harper securing a victory in the second and third. Sadly, owing to a spin out, the 4th race was a DNF. With the title of Rookie Rod driver being closely contended between Caroline Capel (no.46) and Paul Drewett (no. 55), the action on the track was unmissable. Clocking up some brave overtakes and a couple of wins each, there is still nothing to separate these two talented drivers and the battle continues. If that wasn’t enough driver action, the Lightning Rods further entertained with a wheel-to-wheel battle between Nick Kelly (no 48) and Dave Belcher (no 8) for a full 15 laps and that was despite ‘Bristol Bob’ (no.32) losing a wheel! With ‘Belchie’ producing impressive defensive tactics and Nick being all over his tail, the crowd were rewarded with a heart-stopping final race. The next meeting is 7th September: check out ‘Velocity Racing Spain’ on Facebook for more details.

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NOW WE are in the ‘close season’ so to speak, there is still work to be done. This is specifically a work party at Guardamar. There are 24 permanently cut out and maintained pegs. These are looked after by 4 local clubs, who all have ownership of six pegs to keep the venue fishable. So if you receive a call in the next week or so please support the efforts needed. Worse case, if our six pegs are not maintained then on the 1st match of the new season 2013/2014 which is on 4th September, the draw will be at the normal time but the first hour will be a work party before the match can commence. The match will be 10am to 4pm. The AGM will be held 22nd September starting at 10am at Serasins bar La Marina. Subs are due on 1st August and must be paid prior to the AGM. Failure to do so will result in the rejoining fee having to be paid. Subs can be paid to any committee member. With the new season starting 4th September, now is the time to join and have a complete fishing season either for matches or pleasure. 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 We fished the 10th and final match of the Summer Series at Nancy’s on 20th August. The match was transferred from the Embalsa de Beniarres due to the high water level, and the road down to the lake is dangerous and unsafe due to water washing the road away causing subsidence. The water at Nancy’s was alive with big Mullet but they were reluctant to feed on anything. The sluices are still putting in a fair amount of water, which is helping to keep the water oxygenated, and that means no dead fish about. The water is still fishing reasonably well with maggot and corn the bait of the day. 1st: Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 11.020kg fishing the pole using maggot 2nd: Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 9.770kg fishing the pole using bread and maggot 3rd: Stuart (married again) Taylor with 8.010kg fishing the pole using corn The final results of the Summer Series taking the best of 8 matches from 10 are as follows: 1st: Dave Hoare with 78 points 2nd: Terry Screen with 62 points 3rd: Clive Cleghorn with 60 points Next week sees the start of the Winter Series, and all the details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. ANGLERS TOGETHER THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address:

THE TRANSFER window slams shut at midnight on Monday and there’ll be quite a few managers anxiously counting down the seconds. Every offseason seems to feature at least one ‘summerlong saga’ but this year there’s been loads on the go! Wayne Rooney kicked things off at the end of the last campaign by, allegedly, handing in a transfer request and doing little publicly to dispel the theory that he wanted out of Old Trafford. Luis Suarez was next up, telling anyone who’d listen and offering every possible excuse under the sun as a reason for why he should quit Liverpool. Fortunately for the credibility of football, their clubs stood strong and both players appear to be staying put. Neither striker was an angel throughout their respective sagas but at least they didn’t resort to the lowest of the low – going on strike. That appears to be the route that Yohan Cabaye and Gareth Bale have gone down so, for the good of the game, I hope that Newcastle and Spurs take a leaf out of Man United and Liverpool’s book and stand firm. For a player to earn more money in a week than most earn in a year and yet ‘down tools’ in a childlike strop to get what they want is nothing short of disgusting! Their managers’ first reaction I’m sure was ‘you’re not going anywhere and you’ll rot in the reserves until you realise that!’ Unfortunately however, whether we like it or not, football is also a business these days and the money men won’t allow an ‘asset’ to depreciate whilst sitting in the stands so, as frustrating as it is for us fans, don’t be surprised if player power prevails and Yohan and Gareth’s antics do actually bear fruit. This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 24th Aug: Man City v Hull (1.45pm) Cardiff v Everton (4pm) Newcastle v Fulham (4pm) C. Palace v Sunderland (6.30pm) Sun 25th Aug: Liverpool v Man United (2.30pm) Arsenal v Spurs (5pm) Plus all the best games from Spain & Germany!

FC Torry news TORRY RETURNED to the Vicente Garcia to play their first league game of the season against La Nucia on the vastly improved playing surface which has had extensive work carried out on it over the last 6 weeks or so. Torry lined up with no less than 8 new players in the team. The game was entertaining with Torry creating more chances but neither side managed to find the back of the net and the game ended goalless. Eric and Alberto had great chances to break the deadlock but both failed to beat the La Nucia keeper. This weekend Torry travel up north to play Llosa who were shock winners at Castellon last weekend. Let’s hope Torry get at least a share of the spoils.


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THE SECOND week of the season recorded 24 goals, 8 clean sheets, 37 yellow cards and 2 red cards plus a couple of surprise results, Hull City and Cardiff City getting their first victories in this season’s fixtures. Frazer Campbell (valued at 3.5m) and selected by only 7 teams could be the bargain striker of the season after his two goals for Cardiff against Man. City. League leaders are Mike’s Super Saints on 103 points taking an 11 point advantage over second placed Come On Me Cockers and Liverbirds. Only Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham have kept a clean sheet so far- well done the managers depending on these clubs for their defenders – but there is a long way to go! At the bottom, two ladies are managers of El Nui Baddies and Pot Luckers, whilst last season’s winner Liz’s Lads are off to a slow start down there in 211th place! The well-subscribed Junior League is topped by Moon Kitten with Mini Spurs not far away: at the bottom Bubble Jack 8 FC and Ben’s Boys are looking for better results. The Mark Carter Ladies League is a well contested mini league

and four ladies top scored this week with 59 points: they all wait for Ian Charman and his Cellar Bar Cert tip to win. New sponsors Premier Imports will have 3 more entries into the monthly pot: 62 points was the week’s top score shared by Neville’s Nuggets and Nick’s Blues and the lowest score of three by El Nui Baddies joins them. The El Nui sponsored Manager of the Month is headed by Super Saints. A great meal for two will be the reward after next week’s results. Rafters and their weekly ‘Good Old English Breakfast for two’ prize for highest moving Men’s team goes to Neville’s Nuggets, who shot up 209 places in the league table. Leonard Knowles Constructions, another new sponsor for the new Golden Boot league, will be reviewed next week. Finally just visit our website or go to our FaceBook blog to keep up to date with all that is happening in the 20th Season of our great Alfaz Fantasty Football League.

Torrevieja Cricket Club keep on batting LEVANTE AWAY is Torrevieja Cricket Club’s next league game on Sunday, September 1st. It is the penultimate league game of the season and Torrevieja will be looking for a positive result after suffering a nine wicket defeat in their last encounter with Levante, who are in with a chance of finishing the season as league champions. The president of Torrevieja CC, Graham Shelton, is organising friendly matches against touring sides from the UK during the off-season, there is still a lot of cricket to come in the next few months. Any one interested in joining the club as player, administrator, or sponsor please contact Graham on 605 319 889 or e-mail

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