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Bank chiefs indicted by Jack Troughton

See Robinson Crusoe this weekend

Robinson Crusoe washed ashore this weekend CAMPOVERDE THEATRE Group presents their interpretation of ‘The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’ this weekend, starting tonight on Friday 7th through Sunday 9th of February. It’s a great way to spice up a dreary February evening by enjoying a good old traditional pantomime that has something for all the family. Read the full story on page 31.

FIVE SENIOR executives of the failed Icelandic bank have been indicted for fraud to the delight of victims of an allegedly corrupt equity release scheme run by the finance house. Three former Landsbanki Luxembourg chiefs – the “predatory” subsidiary running the flawed scheme – were indicted in Paris following an investigation into an alleged scam over the loans. And two former chief executives of the collapsed parent bank in Reykjavik have been indicted for putting Landsbanki at risk by guaranteeing loans without sufficient insurance. Iceland’s banking system nosedived at the start of the credit crunch following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The same year Landsbanki Luxembourg went into liquidation. And since the move, vulnerable pensioners have faced financial ruin and have been living in fear of having their homes repossessed by administrators. Hundreds of pensioners across Spain, France, Germany and Portugal, took out loans under a heavily marketed equity release scheme between 2006 and 2008. It is believed there are between

400 and 600 victims “going through an absolute nightmare” who have yet to contact the action groups on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. Victims, said to be asset rich but cash poor, were promised that as well as allowing them a drawdown of up to a quarter of the value of their homes, the remainder of the loan would be invested to pay the interest of the advance – and even provide an income in a “risk free” scheme. Returns of 9% were promised but never materialised. At the time top financial advisors Merrill Lynch was already warning of a fragile nature of Icelandic banks. Landsbanki’s form of equity release had already been outlawed in the UK. Following complaints from victims across Europe a criminal investigation was launched into the scheme and in 2011 Landsbanki Luxembourg was indicted “in bankruptcy” for fraud – and ordered to pay a record 50 million Euro bond. The French courts have now turned their attention to the men selling the scheme. The case is expected to involve tens of millions of Euros and could evolve into one of the biggest banking trials ever seen in Europe. Continued on page 8


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Natural gas supply comes to Torrevieja

Antonio Cejalvo Roberto Cámara, officially open the Natural gas pipeline

by Keith Nicol THE DAYS of the need for the ubiquitous orange gas cylinder for cooking and heating may be slowly coming to an end around the Vega Baja. Last week Torevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon, along with the CEO of Energy of the Generalitat Valenciana, Antonio Cejalvo, and the CEO of Natural Gas Cegas, Roberto Cámara, presided over an official ceremony to symbolize the arrival of a natural gas supply to Torrevieja. The infrastructure can supply nearly 97,000 homes and businesses in the town with the City immediately putting the supply to good use at the Sports City, specifically to heat the Olympic size swimming pool and for heating schools in the locality. This will allow significant savings to the municipal coffers. Cegas announced that they would invest seven million euros in building a distribu-

tion network of about 45 kilometres in length that over the next two years will enable more than 96,800 homes and businesses in the municipality to have access to this energy source, all of whom can benefit financially from advantages. The new network will connect to the pipeline -Torrevieja - Orihuela- Redován , with a length of 41 kilometres and an investment of 5.8 million euros, that caters to the towns of Orihuela, Redován, Benejúzar, Algorfa, Rojales, Torrevieja and Los Montesinos. Eduardo Dolon stressed that this new service will also bring more competitive prices and benefits to commercial and hotel sectors of the city, since Natural Gas can supply savings of up to 40% in energy consumption. The first three kilometres of the grid, arrives first at Torrevieja Hospital ‘Dr. Manuel Garcia Gea’ and will to continue into the centre of the city to finish near the hamlet of La Mata.

Today is World Wetlands Day

By Keith Nicol EVER SINCE 1997, the week of February 2nd has been marked as World Wetlands Day (WWD) and commemorates the date on which the RAMSAR Convention was signed on February 2nd, 1971. Today, Friday 7th February, the Natural Parks of Torrevieja and La Mata are running a series of activities for WWD from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Activities will consist of a series of talks related to agricultural activity in the area of the Natural Parks and take the form of a walk along an interpretative path of 3.5 kilometres along the Yellow Trail. The program starts at 11:00 to 11:15am with a reception of the participants in the Interpretation Centre.






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Costa Blanca’s Russian meeting by Keith Nicol THE RUSSIAN tourist market received another boost this week as members from the Costa Blanca Tourist Board met with representatives of ‘Versa’, one of the largest Russian tour operators. The Deputy of Tourism for the region, Joaquín Albaladejo, was accompanied by the Director of the Alicante-Elche airport Santiago Martinez plus representatives of tourism from Benidorm and Calp Consortium Foundation. The meeting, held at Alicante airport, aimed to study joint promotional efforts for the Costa Blanca with Versa, more specifically for St. Petersburg, an area where the tour operator has greater presence. Versa has been organising flights between St. Petersburg and the Costa Blanca since 2011 and this year plans to operate two flights per week, on Wednesday and Sunday, from 30th April to 8th October. The meeting highlighted the importance of breaking the seasonality of the market and to give continuity to the flights during the low season, with the Costa Blanca presenting ideas to Versa for tour operators to consider a campaign of promotion for the winter. Russia has become one of the most dynamic and fastest growing markets for international tourism. The causes are mainly due to economic stability, improving the standard of living for the middle class plus better labour laws for holidays and a relaxation of visa policy. In 2013 a total of a million and a half Russian tourists visited Spain, representing an increase of 32% over 2012, making the Russian Federation the tenth largest market of tourists to Spain, and Valencia is the fourth most visited destination receiving 82,370 Russian tourists in 2012. For Russian tourism, the Costa Blanca is one of their priority markets. In the 2013 season, flights grew from 7 to 13 weekly to Moscow and two weekly flights to St. Petersburg through Rossiya Airlines. In 2013 the Alicante-Elche airport

The Costa Blanca is working hard to promote to the Russian marketplace

received a total of 128,398 passengers from Russia representing an increase of 51.84% over the previous year. This increase in Russian tourism is due to the current weakness of the competing destinations, especially to Arab countries, and

the presence of new air links to other Spanish destinations both charter and regular flights. The Costa Blanca Tourism Board noted that the Russian market shows the greatest potential for growth compared to other European countries.

Watch out a thief about

ORIHUELA COSTA Vecinos Colaborando, the local Neighbourhood Watch has issued an announcement of a house break-in that took place this week at a property in Las Palmeras, Manzana 2 in Calle Leman, Los Altos. Apparently the culprits, described by witnesses as three men, were noticed but made a quick getaway in a Silver Peugeot 308 Silver, registration number 5481 HJJ, which the Guardia Civil are currently looking for. If this vehicle is seen in your area, please do not approach the car but either phone the Guardia Civil or contact Graham Jones through the Orihuela Costa Vecinos Colaborando website: www.orihuelacostavc.com or www.facebook.com/orihuelacostavecinoscolaborando with location and details so that they can pass it on.

new display kitchens now on show

Kawasaki show off their new models

By Keith Nicol FAMOUS MOTORBIKE manufacturer Kawasaki set up shop at the Hotel Doña Monse this week, to introduce their three latest models to their German Dealers. Kawasaki showed off their new models of motorcycles for 2014: Kawasaki Z1000, Kawasaki Z1000 SX and J300 Scooter at Hotel Doña Monse, Los Balcones in Torrevieja. More than thirty of these models were on display in front of the main facade of the hotel and the beautiful setting of la Laguna Rosa. Mayor Eduardo Dolon, representatives of Kawasaki German dealership department and Kawasaki Focused Events, the organizers of this event, invited 25 dealers at a time, to visit Torrevieja for a four day ‘fam trip’ to evaluate and test the new models, covering upwards of 300km each day, putting the bikes through their paces. The event, which takes place over the month of February in Torrevieja, will involve teams of over 300 professionals from different European countries allowing them to find out more for themselves about the new models. Also on show was a new entry for Kawasaki their first scooter, the J300, which seamlessly blends sport, control, comfort and convenience in a package that will appeal to sports-minded riders looking for a stylish daily dose of fun while commuting.


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Expats suffer injustice by Jack Troughton COSTA BLANCA voting campaigner Margaret Hales says the “great injustice” of expat British citizens losing an automatic right to vote at home has become the talk of Brussels. Margaret, a member of action group Vote For Expat Brits, was in the European Parliament last week when EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said governments who withdrew the franchise were treating people “like second class citizens”. And the commissioner said Britain was “punishing” expats for exercising their right to freedom of movement by denying them a vote after 15 years of leaving the UK. Margaret, who lives in Benitachell, was in Brussels as the International Vice President of the European Union of Women, and said: “I was in the European Parliament when I heard the news Viviane Reding had sent a broadside across David Cameron’s vows over voting.” She said it was “fantastic” to be there during the announcement. “Everyone in Parliament was talking about the European elections in May and I was able to intervene and

Margaret Hales (front, third from left) and colleagues in Brussels

remind them how fortunate they all were to have the vote. GOVERNMENT “They knew about the British Government and the way it has treated us expats - at last the fact that our vote is taken away is known about. “This great injustice is no longer hidden

under the cloak of a nation famous for the Mother of all Parliaments...apparently democracy means nothing to our government.” The trip to the European Parliament gave the opportunity to meet other women who had emigrated from their home countries across the EU – including a group of Hungarians fighting for a voice in Romania. “Movement of people in search of work,

security, and indeed happiness is a feature of today’s world,” added Margaret. “But we all hold our mother country in our hearts and this is something that the British Government will, in the end, have to understand.” For more information about the vote campaign and linked electronic petitions, go to www.votes-for-expat-brits.com


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Spain tops league of shame by Jack Troughton SPAIN HAS topped the list for benefit fraud committed abroad against UK taxpayers with more than 750 cases investigated by the Department of Work and Pensions in 2013. The worldwide problem cost the public purse an estimated £84 million in 2012-13, a rise of 90% in the last two years and includes bogus claims for Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Income Support. New figures reveal the extent of the problem. The worst nations following Spain in the catalogue of crime were Pakistan; Turkey, India and the United States. Labelled ‘Abroad

Coca Cola stands firm on closures

ALICANTE CITY Council and all political groups representing the city have expressed support of employees of Coca-Cola by urging the company to reconsider its decision to close its industrial base in Alicante. Luis Bosch, spokesman representative for absent Mayor Sonia Castedo, pointed out that the closure would adversely affect 111 families. He also commented that the decision was “completely at variance with the humanitarian values the brand conveys in its advertising campaigns.” Coca Cola began its commercial production in Alicante 50 years ago. This week daily protest demonstrations at the factory gates continue.

PP admits abortion law a ‘step too far’

THE PARTIDO Popular is showing signs of admitting the new reforms to the abortion law might have been a ‘step too far’. The Alicante local government team at a meeting last Friday discussed the new abortion law, noting that the socialist opposition had labelled the reform a decision that ‘takes us back 30 years’ and a ‘historical aberration’. Nonetheless the council voted against the proposal to withdraw the draft legislation. PP spokesperson Marta Garcia-Romeu said the council was confident that “improvements would be made after the announcement of Executive President Mariano Rajoy to reform the original proposal.” Pregnant Alicante Mayor Sonia Castedo was notably absent due to illness.

Fraud’, it includes people leaving Great Britain after starting a claim, those failing to notify the DWP before heading abroad or staying on foreign shores for too long, and families failing to report the death of someone living abroad permanently and receiving benefits. However, the British Government is increasing the use of data sharing with other countries – especially Spain – in order to clamp down on fraud. Details of expat claimants who have died in Spain are sent to the UK to stop unscrupulous families and friends cashing in. Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, said: “Benefits are there to help those who need it and the vast majority play by the

rules and would not once dream of cheating. But there is a minority who really try to take the biscuit. “We have safeguards in place to bring these types of cases to our attention and we will make sure benefits are stopped when there is evidence of fraud being committed.” Cases referred to the DWP are investigated and can result in an administrative financial penalty or a criminal prosecution. Spain In every case the authorities seek to claw has back overpayments. topped Anyone suspecting a benefit cheat in Spain the can call the free DWP hotline on 900 554 440. list for It is free and confidential and can help prevent benefit taxpayers’ money going to the wrong people. fraud

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Door opens to healthcare BRITISH RESIDENTS can access the Spanish state health system through a new insurance scheme launched by the Valencia Government. by Jack Troughton The ‘Convenio Especial’ has been introduced as a part of wide-ranging reforms to the health system announced last year and it represents an option for people who currently have no right to state health cover. And it has the advantage of allowing people suffering ‘preconditions’ to join and enjoy full access to the health system. The scheme costs 60€ a month for working age people – British State Pensioners are covered through a reciprocal arrangement between the UK and Spain. Children must be paid separately and are not included as dependents. Martyn Standing, a member of the healthcare team at the British Consulate in Alicante, said: “This is great news. It means almost everyone who currently lacks the right to state healthcare can now get themselves covered. “We would urge people who are in need of health cover to sign-up. Waiting until you’re ill before you sort out access to a doctor can easily result in an unwelcome bill.” To be eligible for the Convenio Especial people must have lived in Spain for a minimum of one year before applying. This can normally be shown through registration on the ‘padrón’. All applications must be made in writing to the Regional Health Authority and not through local health centres. People cannot join if they already have the right to healthcare – for example, as a state pensioner.

The scheme costs 60€ a month

Pharmacy costs are additional. People must pay the full cost of any prescriptions. However medications given whilst someone is in hospital are free. And the Convenio Especial does not currently provide a right to a European Health Insurance Card for residents travelling outside Spain. More information can be found on the Valencian Government website www.gva.es/es/inicio/procedimientos?id_ proc=17044&id_page=&id_site. General information on healthcare in Spain, including the rights and entitlements of EHIC holders, is available at http://www.healthcareinspain.eu/faq.php and independent healthcare advice for British nationals in Spain is at: www.gov.uk/healthcare-in-spain.

Torrevieja number one for dog adoptions

IT’S YET another first for Torrevieja as the city have come out tops when it comes to their success rate when it comes to finding new homes for dogs, or returning lost pets to owners. Last year nearly 400 dogs were adopted and 201 returned to near distraught owners. They are always looking for volunteers, fund raisers, sponsors and especially those that can foster dogs. For more information please contact them on: perrosdealicante@hotmail.co.uk or follow on www.facebook.com/PerrosDeAlicante.

Conitnued from front page The Landsbanki Victims Action Group in Spain currently has over 120 members and has also launched court actions in Denia and San Roque. A spokesman for the victims’ legal team said in the light of developments it was hoped the Luxembourg Appeal Court would overturn the decision of an instructing judge not to open the case and investigate “the more than dubious and criminal actions” of Landsbanki. And he said it was “astonishing” that Landsbanki Luxembourg’s liquidator Yvette Hamilius persisted in her opinion there was no evidence of fraud in her files despite the protests of victims and the various court orders about the criminal conduct of the bank managers, the intermediaries and their accomplices. He said: “The victims would like to point out this case reveals predatory practices which put at risk the product of a life’s work and savings of hundreds of people. The group strongly urges the judges, investigators and the justice system to work in the interests of justice.” Mike McInnes, a spokesman for the Landsbanki Victims Action

Group, said after five long years the group was now witnessing something “really positive”. He said members were now being encouraged to lobby MPs in the House of Commons and he hoped to meet with a senior politician soon to “elevate this to another level”. And he added: “All we are trying to achieve is to have proper negotiations and be able to get on with our lives. “Unfortunately many victims are very elderly. Sadly, there are 22 victims who had died since the beginning of this scandal. The attrition rate goes up the older and the sicker people get.” Mike underlined there were some 400 to 600 other victims in Spain. “That is one hell of a lot of people going through absolute nightmares – they have never put their heads above the parapet, either because they are ashamed of what they did or have never been able to tell their loved ones and families.” He appealed: “If you are living in fear and trepidation and still sitting on the fence over this – please get in touch with us.” Mike can be contacted on 627 919 000 or via mike@safarikenya.eu


Currency Clinic in demand THE RETURN of the popular Currency Clinic and its free expert advice on foreign exchange has again proved to be just what the doctor ordered – the first session this week was fully booked. by Jack Troughton RUN BY F/X professionals Moneycorp, the friendly face-to-face meetings offer people guidance on how to keep more of their cash when moving money around the world. And readers are invited to make an appointment – reserving a place at the Currency Clinic is essential – to discuss all aspects of foreign exchange and to help insure they get the best deal possible. Moneycorp has more than three decades of experience and has been RTN’s recommended foreign exchange dealer for almost five years, helping save people thousands of Euros in charges and fees during that time. The clinics are being held over the next three months in La Nucia, Javea and Quesada. Tuesday’s first was a ‘sell-out’ success in Javea and the next is on 11th February in La Nucia. Moneycorp’s Kevin Wright says the Currency Clinic was principally aimed at people not already using a specialist foreign exchange company and there was no pressure to sign up. BOOK “We are giving expats the opportunity to book an appointment and come in with any queries they have about what they are currently doing with their money,” he explained. “If they are currently using a bank or another method of exchange, they can come in and discuss their options, what is happening and what is likely to happen to exchange rates.” Kevin added: “People using a bank or any other method of exchange can come in double check they are getting the best deal and value for their money possible. “There’s no pressure. They don’t have to sign up with Moneycorp – although the option will be there if they want to – and they will be safe in the knowledge that they are dealing with a company that has 34 years of experience and is fully regulated.” Moneycorp offers a foreign exchange service for one-off payments and expats frequently benefit from a specialist regular payment plan when bringing Euro into Spain from

Sterling. The company also has ‘Moneycorp On Line’ – providing an opportunity for clients to move money at times that suit them without the need to talk with a dealer. PROPERTY Kevin said: “We are particularly hoping to meet people who are putting their houses or property up for sale – whether they are waiting to do so or even nearing completion – because we can discuss our repatriation service which can save them thousands, not just on the exchange rate but also in bank fees. “They can come in for a chat and get all the information before deciding what to do. Hopefully they will be in a better position afterwards.” He said the Currency Clinic was an initiative that had already been welcomed by RTN readers and had a successful track record. “People can make sure they are doing the best they can – if they have thought about using Moneycorp but are a little wary, it is a chance to talk privately on neutral ground and not be under any pressure.” The clinic is being run at the offices of Europa Network, Javea, on 4th March and 8th April. It is based at RTN’s offices in La Nucia on 11th February, 11th March and 15th April and at Moneycorp’s Costa Blanca Office in Quesdada on 18th February, 18th March and 22nd April. The experts will be available from 10am to 1pm and booking an appointment is essential. (If you are unable to make the date in your area, please feel free to call and we will arrange a visit at your convenience). Please ring 902 118 999.

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Mystified

I AM mystified as to why there is so little encouragement given to our young sports people, even when they achieve success. A young lad, 13 year old Nicola Kuhn from the Torrevieja Tennis Club, has been winning tournaments in both Spain and abroad. He recently travelled to England to play in competitions. He was a losing finalist in the doubles, but won the singles final. A great result for him, his club, and his coach. This week he is in another international competition in France. In two weeks’ time he will be in Turkey. Where is his support from the local press? I suppose that if he had painted graffiti on house walls or stolen someone’s bicycle he would have had a nice write-up. Come on - let’s give them more support, please. Charles Isaac, Torrevieja Note from the editor: Please read next weeks RTN for an interview with Nicola and we will continue to follow and report on his successful career.

Two sides... Political shenanigans REGARDING YOUR correspondent L Lupin on 31st January, there are two sides to the story. At the latest best estimate, 2013, there are more Christians in China than in the EU or the USA with 169 million adherents. My local bazaar stocks many products manufactured here in Spain and the products made in China, common to many other shops, are delivered and invoiced by Spanish companies with Spanish staff. And far from rubbish, many of the products are first class. Employees in the Chinese bazaars work long hours and give a good service: your choice. C Potter, El Verger

I READ that recently there have been some political shenanigans in Orihuela with long-term political alliances dropped and new alliances made without any warning or deliberation. It appears that these opportunistic new political alliances would have spelt disaster for Orihuela Costa. Money reserved for the completion of the coastal walkway that has been on reserve for more than three years and the €4.4 million raised from sale of land on Orihuela Costa would all have been used to improve the lives of the people of Orihuela City and villages. The result of all these political manoeuvrings has been at the expense of Orihuela Costa, seen as unimportant, insignificant, as the ‘non-political, apathetic international population living on the coast’ are not worthy of consideration by the politicians who serve the

City of Orihuela and the small villages populated mainly by Spanish. The new agreement recently cobbled together by the Popular Party and CLR replaced an agreement that clearly appreciated the needs of people living on Orihuela Costa, addressing the deficiencies and neglect the coast has always received. The agreement between the Popular Party and CLARO clearly outlined the resources and investments essential for Orihuela Costa. This agreement, which had provided a blue print for development of the hitherto neglected Orihuela Costa, was torn to shreds without prior discussion and the new agreement between the PP and CLR reverted to seeing Orihuela Costa being the cash cow; the ‘money box’ that could be raided to improve the lives of people living

30 kilometres from the coast. The new PP / CLR agreement included only four lines relating to Orihuela Costa compared to the previous eight pages contained in the PP / CLARO agreement. How long are the people of Orihuela Costa going to accept being systematically discriminated against by shameful politicians in Orihuela? Orihuela Costa inhabitants must realise that they have rights here in Spain and cash raised from the sale of coastal land should be invested on the coast which has suffered years of neglect. It is time that Orihuela Costa became politically independent from Orihuela. Enough is enough and discrimination of the largely non-Spanish population should be exposed. Politicians should be answerable for their diabolical neglect of Orihuela Costa. S Howell-Jones


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Consular service under review by Jack Troughton BRITS LIVING in or visiting Spain have been invited to take part in a House of Commons review of the British Consulate Service throughout the world. People who have sought help from a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission across the globe have been asked to share their experiences – good or bad – with the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. A two-week forum is running on the UK Parliament website until 11th February and examples of the help a consulate may have given include: loss of a passport; the need for medical treatment or evacuation; coping with the death of a relative; arrest or imprisonment; hostage taking, child abduction; or the gen-

eral evacuation of UK nationals in a national crisis. The committee is aiming to evaluate how the Foreign and Commonwealth fulfils its consular duties. In general, the committee does not pursue individual cases but wants to hear about personal experiences to assess overall performance. And the current Coalition Government has made consular services one of its top priorities for the FCO. It follows an internal review prompting by the handling of the Libya crisis in 2011 which in turn led to an overhaul of the crisis response centre in October 2012. ASSISTANCE By 2012 the FCO was dealing with over 1 million general consular inquiries and more than 100,000 consular cases, including over 20,000

requiring consular assistance. Last year the FCO launched a new three year strategy ‘Consular Excellence’, which is aimed at providing the best consular service in the world by 2016. Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Sir Richard Ottaway MP said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible who have had to seek help from a British Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission when travelling. “Whether you had a good or bad experience, we’d like you to tell us about it.” To join the forum, go to: http:// www.parliament.uk/business/ committees/committees-a-z/ commons-select/foreign-affairscommittee/inquiries1/parliament-2010/consular-services/ web-forum/

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Work on the Paramount Park delayed

EVEN THOUGH one might think that local authorities and developers have had plenty of time to get their act together in terms of obtaining all the correct paperwork regarding the proposed Paramount theme park, it seems this is not the case. Apparently the City has not received the environmental impact assessment and Premursa is still negotiating with several private farms so construction will not start until the summer 2014, at the earliest. Jesus Samper, president of Premursa, the firm that plans to build the park is negotiating with U.S. fund Apollo to enter as the financial agent of the recreation centre, but nothing is definite yet. The entrepreneur and owner of Real Murcia indicated that “the perception that the funds have in Spain is much better. There is an increased interest in investing in our project, and, as I reported from Invest in Spain, a fund of Singapore and Hong Kong have also shown interest in putting money in the park, but still we have not sat down to talk with them.” The aim is that agreements are to be concluded in June by which time Samper wants to thereby obtain 240 million euros; two thirds of their financing needs. The remaining third, between 90 and 120 million euros, he hopes to achieve through the sale of the 174,145 square feet of land set aside for the ‘Lifestyle Centre’, commercial and hotel area, to be developed next to the theme park.


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Welcome to Lake Watts… Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

“When the rain comes, they run and hide their heads; They might as well be dead; when the rain comes, when the rain comes…” So sang John Lennon on the Beatles song: Rain. Now I know I’ve quoted these lyrics before but last night as the rain pit-patted on my roof and trickled down the Velox windows, the chorus to that song just kept going around and around in my head. The clever rainwater even managed to find the tiniest of migration routes down through the pitched roof of my bedroom and into the ingeniously placed bucket ready to collect it. Drip, drip, drip etc. Let me tell you that by eight of the clock this morn that bucket was well on the way to being half full! There was more rain last night than the big storm in La Nucia of 2005; it didn’t stop pouring for hours and hours. The exclusive RTN photo that I present (purely as documentary evidence proving the extent of my current dampness), is the view behind where I live. Normally, that expanse of lake is three large fields. To the rear of the photograph you can make out the buildings of the neighbouring village. In non-aquatic times that village can be reached by a pleasant five-minute

walk - now it’s a twenty minute detour by car. The trouble is my favourite pub is located there. Driving around to it isn’t a problem; however, the traffic police around these ’ere parts are of the overzealous, keen, eagle-eyed variety - and anything more than a thimble of sherry is ‘taking a chance’. Wading is not an option either, as in parts that new lake is over ten feet deep… yikes! Thank heavens for the stash of Christmas ale that’s still in my shed. I shouldn’t grumble though, because Lake Watts is still a good way from my front door - unlike those poor souls down in deepest Dorset. So frightful is their plight that HRH Prince Charlie took an amphibious tour of the affected communities yesterday. The Prince said that he was “very sorry for all the people affected by the flooding”. The green-wellied prince was a hit with everyone he visited. And even better still Charles ruffled a few feathers at Westminster when he said: “There’s nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long.” PM Dave’s official spokesman responded quickly with: “The prime minister has repeatedly said... that the situ-

ation that a number of communities in the Somerset area find themselves in is unacceptable… That is why the government is working so closely with the Environment Agency, the local authority and other agencies to do as much as we can to help those communities.” While all this political huffing and puffing was being spun Charles pledged fifty-grand to help affected communities; as did the Duke of Westminster. End of the rain? Surely this rain must soon stop. Over to the BBC: “Another band of rain is expected to arrive from the south on Thursday, adds the Met Office. The number of flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - has been rising through the day. It now stands at more than 60 - most of them in the Midlands, south-east and southwest of England.” Oh gawd, not the Midlands again. I tell what, I don’t want any of that hundred grand but I sure could make use of Prince Charles’s amphibious craft to get across Lake Watts to the pub. Hmmm, I wonder if the heir would care to join one? It’d certainly keep those cops orf me tail. Watts in wet Britain, so you don’t have to be


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Carnival celebrations underway by Keith Nicol CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS are already well underway in Torrevieja with the final night parade scheduled for Saturday March 1st. In 2012, the Carnival of Torrevieja was declared a Fiesta of Provincial Tourist Interest by the Ministry of Culture of the Generalitat Valenciana, and over the last 27 years has become one of the most important celebrations in the Valencian Community. One of the most anticipated and fun events is the National Drag Queen Contest, which this year celebrates its sixth edition and will be held tomorrow, Saturday, February 8th, at 9:00pm in Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre. A full house is expected but a few tickets may be

available on the night. The national contest offers prizes of 1,000€ to the winner, the runner up 500€ and 250€ to the third plus pride and place as the final float on the Carnival Parade. This year the 2014 Carnival Parade Contest will to be held on Sunday 23rd February, starting at 4.30pm. The parade will feature more than 30 troupes, surpassing previous Carnival years, and for the first time will have troupes celebrations from outside Torrevieja, including four from guaranteed to be a fun the Region of Murcia: two from Sewell, one filled night of Murcia and another from Santiago de la Rivera, plus four new torrevejenses troupes Patricio Perez. The awards ceremony will be held in the Municipal Theatre at 8:30pm. The will participate for the first time. The Competition Parade will depart at main event, the Night Parade will be held on 4:30pm from the Plaza de María Asunción, Saturday, March 1st, from 9pm and will folpassing along Ramon Gallud to finish at low the same route as the Parade Competi-

Engineers to resolve noise disputes

THE COLLEGE of Industrial Engineers has formed an ‘arbitration council’ with a view to helping prevent neighbours’ disputes on noise issues from reaching the over-crowded courts. The newly-formed 13-man council believes that as many as 300,000 cases representing 40% of disagreements over noise may be resolved out of court with the help of professional mediation. José Antonio Galdón Ruiz, president of the General Council of Technical Industrial Engineering, said: “There are many conflicts that go to court that could be solved in a friendlier, faster and cheaper way.”

tion. The Carnival will officially end on Sunday, March 9th, with the awards ceremony of the VII Children’s Painting Competition of Carnival in Torrevieja, held in the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre at 6pm.

Helicopter wanted for fires and rescue

THE USE of a helicopter for fire and rescue services is to be expanded this summer in the Alicante region. This week the Official Gazette of the Province issued an invitation to tender for hiring a helicopter service. For 2014, the Council of Alicante wishes to boost capacity over previous years, to strengthen the service, especially for fire prevention in the province, and more specifically during the hot summer months. This time, the service will be provided for six months from April 15. The consortium has increased its budget by 260,000 euros over the amount allocated to this important service from last year. The aircraft will be used for rescue, especially in mountainous and hilly areas, plus rescue and support in fighting bush fires.


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World Cancer Day along the coast TUESDAY WAS World Cancer Day, a day of raising awareness of the dreaded and often hidden killer, that can suddenly and without any prior warning affect all of us or our family and friends.

Hospital Quirón was present with an information table

by Keith Nicol A number of local activities took place along the coast with the Hospitals of Torrevieja, the Spanish Association against Cancer and Afecáncer Association, taking their campaigns to the streets of Torrevieja to mark the World Cancer Day. Meanwhile on the Orihuela Costa, the AECC and Maria and her Pink Ladies treated shoppers at Zenia Blvd to a special production show. Hospital Quirón, formerly St. Jamie, was present with an information table in the vicinity of La Plasa”, passing out information on cancer prevention. Representatives of Hospital Quirón and the Association of Family and Torrevieja cancer patients (Afecáncer) along with Torrevuieja’s Councillor for health and social services, Mamen Mateo met with local residents. Also, the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) Torrevieja commemorated the day with a

series of events in the city centre. At Zenia Blvd, hundreds of shoppers were treated to free entertainment as various local performers did short 15-minute sets, to raise awareness for the AECC. Visitors were advised by Maria of the opportunity to book an early screening mammogram or cervical test for ladies and a prostate test for the gentlemen; and while these tests are free a small donation will be gratefully received to help to finance the early screening program. The entertainers who all donated their time free of charge for the benefit of the AECC were, Nick Gold, Dan Davy, Flamenco for all with Raquel Peña, Texas Ted, Nikki G, Ricky Valance, Johnny Lea, Ashley Tweddle, Richie Alexander, Paul Michael and the Ruth Kingsbury Dancers. Sunshine radio station also in attendance provided public announcements and music to keep the day entertaining for all with all the music production superbly handled by DJ Snoopy.

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Improving your Spanish soils by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author

ONE OF the big challenges of gardening in Spain is the improvement of poor soils so that plants etc… can be grown healthily without the need for excessive amounts of water and unnatural levels of artificial fertilizers. From our experience and knowledge we would now add the following to the frequently found heavy red clay. We mix the bulk ingredients by digging or rotovating to a depth of 20 – 30cm for vegetables and 50cm for fruit trees, or by tipping backwards and forwards between two 20-litre buckets when preparing soil/compost mixes for containers. • To lighten the soil, make it more workable, improve it’s water holding capacity and at the same time make it more free draining - Mix in two to three 20 litre builders buckets of homemade, Eco-park or bagged compost per square metre of soil • To maintain or further improve soil Fertility each year - Mix in a bucket of composted or dried bagged manure per square metre • To further improve it’s water holding capacity during hot dry weather - Mix in a little TerraCottem soil

improving gel (www.terravida.com) • To further ensure it will be free draining and not become waterlogged - Mix in 5 to 10% course sand, grit or ground lava • To make minor increases in soil acidity and kill off lurking fungal spores - Dust surface with sulphur powder • To further kill off fungal spores plus young slugs Sprinkle surface with ground neem kernels (www.trabe. net for instance) • In areas for roses and asparagus for Instance - Mulch with partially composted Seaweed • For plants preferring acid soil such as camellias, blue hydrangeas, rock, Roses and strawberries - Mix in compost made from pine needles, a bag of acidic compost or/and Natural sulphur powder Naturally for sandy soils we would leave out the addition of course sand, grit or ground lava. With such a mix plants will have an ample supply of nutrients and moisture to support a steady, healthy growth. Only hungry fruit vegetable plants such as

tomatoes, peppers and squashes and fruit trees will need supplementary feeds. If you decide to not improve your soil before planting but to use regular, quick acting chemical feeds you will run the danger of stimulating fast weak fleshy growth which is susceptible to insect and fungal attacks in the Spanish spring and summer climates. Ecological/ecological solutions as well as inorganic chemical solutions to such problems are now available but why not avoid using even these if possible. A useful alternative mix for containers especially if living in an apartment is 80% of a good quality peat/earthbased compost plus 20% of bagged worm or dried animal manure. Each is available in good garden centres or agricultural cooperatives. Some plants such as palms, yuccas, cordylines, succulents and cacti require a more open gritty/sandy soil. For these we suggest you double or treble the amounts of course sand, grit or ground lava mentioned above. As said in the books - feed the soil and not the plants for naturally healthy plants.

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 www.gardenspain.com


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Be the envy of your neighbours with fitted carpet DO YOU want to make your house warm and cosy, add to its value and have that touch of luxury that makes you the envy of your friends and neighbours? Are you missing the comfort of fitted carpet, especially in your bedroom, as you scramble for your slippers during the night or first thing in the morning? Do your marble stairs feel like ice during the winter and feel slippery and dangerous all year round? At Carpet Heaven we have the answer. We supply and fit British ‘Stainfree for Life’ carpet coupled with luxurious Cloud 9 underlay, providing a level of comfort and luxury that you didn’t think was possible in Spain. Covering those cold ceramic tiles obviously makes your room or stairs warmer and prevents hot air from your chosen heating system being cooled by the cold tiles. But the year-round benefit

comes from the softness of the floor, particularly important if, like me, your joints seem to seize up overnight. It is also much safer for your children and grandchildren, giving them a large, easily cleaned area to play on. Come and talk to us about the options and have a look at our huge range of carpet samples: it will be the most significant, cost effective and luxurious improvement you can make to your home. If you would like the warm, luxurious feel underfoot but cannot afford fitted carpet, come and see our Oasis range of rugs. Oasis

is a thick, dense pile rug, which can be ordered ‘made to measure’ to fit around your bed or cover large areas of your lounge. We have standard size rugs (160cm x 230cm) reduced by 20%, a genuine offer designed to clear stock in the shop to make way for this year’s new designs. This is a real bargain and an opportunity to buy a top quality, easy clean thick rug for the same price as a thin, lesser quality option from other outlets. For more information on Carpet Heaven’s ranges, visit the showroom between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Saturday, call 96 672 0782, or view www.carpetheaven.es


legal Getting ready for the 720 07-13 FEB 2014

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Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

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IT SOUNDS a little like a bus route, the 720. The publicity surrounding its introduction last year certainly made it a household name, at least amongst the expat population. HOWEVER, JUST in case you haven’t heard of it before, the 720 is the asset declaration form that many residents in Spain had to complete to register the property, accounts and pensions they hold in other countries. It caused quite a lot of controversy as people debated exactly what the implications of filling it in would be. There was ongoing discussion about who needed to complete one and what qualified them for the pleasure. For some, the rules seemed to change over time. Now, one year on, we’re into the second round of the 720 and if you didn’t complete one last year, or even if you did, you should check whether you fit the criteria this time round. WHO MUST COMPLETE THE 720 If you are a resident in Spain and have assets in another country then chances are that you have to

complete a 720. There are three types of asset that you might hold that would qualify you: Group 1: Accounts held abroad where the total balance of all the accounts exceeds €50,000. This includes bank, savings and deposit accounts where you are the account holder or have had authorisation over the funds during 2013. Group 2: Other assets and pensions held abroad exceeding 50,000€ in value. This includes bonds, stocks and shares, dividends, life insurance, pension plans and annuities. You are in this category if they have either a total value or a surrender value on the 31st December 2013 of 50,000€ or more. Group 3: Property or business premises abroad: this applies to you if you live in Spain but still own a business or house in another country whose purchase value was more than 50,000€.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T DECLARE It wouldn’t be the Spanish Tax Authority as we know it if it didn’t threaten us with some pretty hefty fines. The penalty for non-presentation or providing false information is a fine of 5,000€ for every piece of information omitted or wrongly presented with a minimum fine of 10,000€. Figures designed to make you think twice. Of course, we are also preaching to the converted. Many people did complete the 720 form last year, successfully, and can take satisfaction in being on the right side of the Tax Authority. For those who didn’t and should have and those whose circumstances have changed, it’s time to contact your fiscal representative and make sure you don’t miss the bus. Ábaco Advisers provide a 720 declaration service. For more information please contact us on 34 96 670 3748.

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 www.abacoadvisers.com

Alicante Business Club meets today By Keith Nicol THE NETWORKING Group, ABC, the Alicante Business Club invite you to join them today, Friday February 7th for a lunchtime meeting to meet other likeminded business individuals. The meeting takes place at Bar Studz in Benimar and starts at 1.00pm. There is not a joining fee or membership to pay and all legitimate businesses are welcome. The primary focus of the Alicante Business Club is to promote legitimate businesses within the Alicante region but they understand that sometimes businesses outside of this area have something special to offer group members therefore anyone can join the group and once approved, are welcome to promote and network on their Facebbook page. Their meetings are held on the first Friday of the month, are very informal and most importantly; completely free. Search for Alicante Business Club on Facebok for more information.


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Banks say NO to your money by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

HOW CAN the banks in the UK and across the world get away with so much and never take the blame or any of the pain. YET AGAIN it’s the banks clients that are suffering, savers are desperately hoping for an increase in interest rates to help their savings grow at least in line with inflation, even with all the good economic data coming out from the UK and the EU it seems like this is still a very long way off. The main reason for this is that Banks just don´t want or need YOUR money. According to the British press banks and building societies have built up a £130billion war chest of dirt-cheap cash. These intuitions have been stockpiling money and paying little or no interest on it as a result for the foreseeable future they don´t need to pay struggling savers any extra interest. Last month, the average rates on easy-access accounts had fallen to 0.82 per cent. One-year fixed-rate bonds have tumbled to an average 1.44 per cent, down from 2.76 per cent in June 2012. That gives just £115 interest on each £10,000 invested, down from £222 - a 48 per cent drop.

State-run NS&I Direct Isa savers are in the line of fire next month. Halifax and Santander cut their Isa rates to new savers this month. On bonds, HSBC already pays just 1.2 per cent on its one-year fixed-rate deal or 1.45 per cent for two years. Barclays pays 1.3 per cent for one year and Nationwide 1.4 per cent. A major problem for savers is that banks and building societies can accidentally find themselves at the top of Best Buys tables and attract funds they don’t want. Savers cost banks money because they have to pay them interest. As a result, banks have found themselves in a race to the bottom of the savings tables. When one name cuts rates, it puts another organisation at the top of the table. So, this company will then cut rates, which thrusts another bank to the top and so on. As a result, top fixed-rate deals have been disappearing fast. Also why on earth would you want the banks to hold

your money anyway, either in a current or deposit account as they have the power to say NO when you want to withdraw some or all of your cash. A problem currently being experienced by HSBC customers, any bank has the power to do this to you at any time , so much for I will leave my money in the bank at least I can have access to it whenever I want. So what should you do with your money? Of course we should all have some readily available as a contingency fund, the rest should be invested in the best way to work effectively for YOU. There is no time like now to act, if you are unsure as to what is available and what option is best for you just call me at Blacktower and I will be more than happy to run through the options with you. My advice is free so why not take advantage of this and see what your money could be doing for YOU. If you need independent, impartial advice on your financial future please contact me by email christina.brady@blacktowerfm.com or call me on 658 892 330 to arrange a free consultant.

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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Liberty Seguros - a hole in one! LIBERTY SEGUROS has been elected by AEGG (the Association of Directors and Managers of Clubs and Golf Courses) as the insurer of preference for golf insurances. The agreement, ensuring that all of AEGG’s members are entitled to the best benefits when contracting Liberty Seguros golf insurance, was signed by Manuel Lozano Pose, Manager of AEGG, and Francisco Javier Muñoz Postigo, Commercial Director for Liberty Seguros in Malaga. AEGG is a non profit organisation that looks to boost, develop and present the role of Golf Club director/management, making it the ideal organisation for LIBERTY SEGUROS to team up with in order to grow in the field

of specialist golf insurance. As Manuel Lozano Pose, Manager of AEGG mentioned: “This agreement is very beneficial to the organisation: to be able to count on a partner such as Liberty Seguros is a breakthrough as they will be able to offer us comprehensive cover that is adaptable to our specific needs.” The policy covers breakage and/or damage to equipment and clubs during the course of play, as well as cover against fire and theft as a result of intimidation or violence whilst being transported by the insured, whilst stored with the caddy-master or at the pro-shop.

Perhaps even more importantly, it provides Personal Accident Cover for death, permanent disability and medical expenses resulting from accidental injury occurring at the Golf Course. Third Party Liability up to 100,000€ is included which also covers accidents whilst playing abroad, provided that liability would have applied to the insured had the same accident

occurred in Spain. Ask your Liberty Seguros broker about these competitively priced golf policies and ensure you tee off with absolute peace of mind at any officially recognised club anywhere in the world! Go to www.libertyexpatriates.es to find the nearest broker who speaks your language!


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Exchange of information UK - Spain GONE ARE the days when you could leave out declaring bank interest received in accounts held in countries outside Spain (Such as the UK), when presenting your Annual Income Tax Return (RENTA) to the Spanish Tax Office. THE EUROPEAN Savings Directive has reorganized the Fiscal system within Europe. Now, banks located in any European country where you hold Saving Accounts and Investments have the new obligation to inform the tax authorities in the country where you are resident, of income from capital investments that you receive. So, if your country of residence is Spain, the Spanish Tax Office will receive this information from European Banks. Due to this and the gradual introduction of different regulations aimed at minimizing tax fraud, it is very important that residents of Spain and the UK account for tax correctly on their annual income, irrespective of whether this income is generated in the country of residence or elsewhere.

TAX AFFAIRS IN SPAIN/UK NOT YET IN ORDER? RELAX, UK TAX REFUND CAN HELP Are you a British Expat, living in Spain but do not yet have your tax affairs in order, either in Spain or with the UK? Once you begin to submit an annual income tax return in Spain, you should also put your tax affairs in order in the UK. It is a process that needs to be dealt with simultaneously in both countries. For this it is fundamental to seek advice from professionals who thoroughly understand both British and Spanish tax systems. Something as important as your tax affairs should not be in the hands of inexperienced people. UK TAX REFUND SL, registered agents with HMRC, will ensure every detail is taken into account. We will also assist, if need be, to complete and submit your annual Self Assessment tax return to HMRC. You could be one of more than 95% of people who, when beginning to pay taxes in Spain, are entitled to receive a refund of tax from HMRC in the UK. SELLING PROPERTY IN THE UK? Also, If you own a property in the UK that you are considering

selling, and are Resident in Spain, then it is vital that before doing anything you find out what the consequences are going to be tax wise. With correct advice, you should pay less tax. Consult us at UK TAX REFUND SL, we are able to deal with your UK tax affairs on your behalf with HMRC and make dealings between both countries easier and hassle free. The service that UK TAX REFUND provides not only recovers any overpaid tax, but as part of the process, we ensure that your Spanish tax obligations are met and all your UK tax affairs are in order. Help is just a phone call away. So for more information give us a call on 965 636 938 or email us at: michelle.hamilton@uk-taxrefund.com


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Claims against banks by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

FOR THE sale of preference shares and complex financial products. LATELY, THERE has been considerable news coverage of judgments granted by various courts all over Spain, against banks, in relation to the sale to consumers and bank clients of preference and subordinated shares, and other types of complex investment and financial products. The newspaper Las Provincias recently stated that Valencian courts alone have received more than 2,000 lawsuits relating to the marketing and sale of preference shares, in just one year. The media often focuses on the most striking and scandalous cases where consumers and bank customers clearly had not been able to understand the complex financial products. Cases involving the retired and elderly for example, or those with Alzheimer’s, or illiterate people, who

were clearly unable to comprehend fully what they were signing. I even remember reading a headline in the press who claimed that a bank sold preference shares to a small child. However, to claim against the bank for improper sale of such products, it is not necessary to show that the person affected be of the profile described above. Indeed, there are many court decisions where the affected consumers are people deemed perfectly capable, even with a significant academic, financial and cultural background. In these cases, the courts understand that the bank did not properly market these products correctly. As we all know, in reality most were sold as if they were a guaranteed fixed deposit and retrievable at any time, without informing the customer of the real problems that in practice they could have, and in fact did have.

There are key points to be considered in these types of claims: - The bank customer should not act with the aim to speculate, but should be a consumer who only aimed to make returns on his savings . – It must be proved that the information received from the bank was insufficient. The bank has a fundamental duty to provide full information to the consumer. These buyers should know and understand at the time of purchase not only the virtues but also all the problems and possible negative consequences of the product . If you have a problem with your bank and with the investment you made through them , our firm can help . You can follow the Spanish Legal Issues that affect you and consult us by following us on facebook: https://www.facebook. com/WhiteBaosAbogadosLawyers

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 spanishlawyer@roundtownnews.com or info@white-baos.com. This article is available in English and Spanish at www.white-baos.com. 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 http://www.white-baos.com/blog/ and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors)

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Spain, France and Italy the new favourites: in that order

ACCORDING TO a recent Rightmove report France is about to lose its position as the most popular location to purchase overseas property, knocked off top place as Europe’s number one investment location by Spain. Running third is Italy. A little more than half of those considering buying in Spain are hunting for a second home with just over a third planning to relocate permanently and 13% interested in investment properties. Spain’s massive price reductions over the past few years are viewed to be responsible for the shift in preference.


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by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Costa Blanca North

Moneycorp news THANK YOU all for the fantastic response to the Currency Clinics. The first one of the New Year was held in Javea on Tuesday 4th February and every slot was booked, with clients able to discuss their own requirements one-to-one. The RTN will publish the dates and locations of all upcoming clinics so look for the most convenient for you. Some general questions did come up at Javea and I thought it would be useful to answer some of them in general terms this week. WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE MONEYCORP INSTEAD OF MY BANK? Moneycorp can save you money by using our experience, market knowledge, technology and focus to get you the most competitive exchange rates. We also take the time to understand your requirements, which helps us suggest the best solutions to maximise the value of your currency transfer. Foreign exchange can be complicated, and our experts

are on hand to guide you every step of the way. HOW DO I KNOW MY MONEY IS SAFE WITH MONEYCORP? We’ve been in business for over 30 years and help clients make about 2 million transactions each year. This says a lot about our reputation and reliability. As an authorised Payment Institution, Moneycorp is legally required to safeguard client funds in respect of a payment. We are a licensed Money Service Business. Moneycorp FRM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the conduct of designated investment business. HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I TRANSFER? You can trade from £50 or its equivalent in any of 34 currencies using Moneycorp Online. The minimum amount that you can send using our Regular Payment Plan is £250. We have a solution to fit most currency needs so please just ask.

Currency Clinic Dates: Europa Network, Javea 4th March 8th April RTN’s offices, La Nucia 11th February 11th March 15th April Moneycorp’s Costa Blanca Office, Quesdada 18th February 18th March 22nd April The experts will be available from 10am to 1pm and booking an appointment is essential. (If you are unable to make the date in your area, please feel free to call and we will arrange a visit at your convenience). Please ring 902 118 999.


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Robinson Crusoe washed ashore this Weekend

Don’t forget to look behind for footprints in the sand as Robinson Crusoe gets shipwrecked in San Miguel

By Keith Nicol THE TRADITIONAL Pantomime season comes to an end this weekend with Campoverde Theatre Group presenting their interpretation of ‘The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’. Put a smile on your face and head on out to Casa de Cultura in San Miguel de Salinas for what promises to be a fun filled, action packed, pantomime that is full of memorable characters, laughter, song and dance, all performed this weekend, starting tonight on Friday 7th through Sunday 9th

of February. It’s a great way to spice up a dreary February evening by enjoying a good old traditional pantomime that has something for all the family. The group invite you to: “Come and meet our hero Robinson Crusoe, his mom who is the ship’s cook, his lovely girl friend, and the crew of the Mary Rose. Enjoy their voyage as they try and find the Spice Islands. See how they are faced with disaster at the hands of the evil Black Patch and the horrible Slickers. Follow their progress as they make their way to the cannibal

invested island, see how Robinson encounters Friday and find out how the crew outwit the locals who are determined to feast on their flesh.” All gripping stuff with laughter guaranteed. There are still a few tickets left, but they advise to please hurry along to and secure your seat to avoid disappointment. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is sure to lift your spirits and give you a great evening out. Tickets are available from Colin on 966 774 127, Bargain Books in San Miguel or Adele Kippin in Pinar de Campoverde on 966 762 114.


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Caravanning Alicante show By Keith Nicol FOR THOSE planning their holidays or looking for a weekend get-a-way, a great place to start is the Caravanning 2014 Exhibition, which takes place over the next two weekends at the IFA in Alicante, located close to the airport. The show has become one of the major trade fairs in Spain, with advanced ticket sales and interest boding well for growth on the number of visitors and expectations in sales over last year. The fair is aimed at all audiences, because “the camping-caravanning scene is an interesting option to be able to travel freely and to schedule your vacation; it’s a lifestyle,” said the president of ACYCA. In addition to the new exhibition, they are planning a concentration of caravans and motor homes in a parking lot, beside the main exhibition building. 2014 Caravaning Alicante will show the latest developments and innovations in all aspects of this tourism sector covering such areas as: Caravans, camper trailers, modules, prefabricated houses, camping items, camping associations, campgrounds and camping areas, hiking, hiking associations, schools, sports clubs and councils. Caravaning Alicante, takes place over two weekends at the IFA, from 14th to 16th February and the following weekend, 21st to the 23rd. The Institución Ferial Alicantina is located on Carretera N-340, Km731, 03320 Torrellano, Elche, Alicante, with more information available from their web site at http://feria-alicante.com or by calling 966 657 600. Tickets can be ordered online for 4€ admission.

Caravaning Alicante starts next weekend

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Torrevieja’s new gastronomy calendar

By Keith Nicol A NEW addition to the calendar of tourism activities for Torrevieja, was launched at Fitur last week in the form of a calendar of events featuring gastronomy. The Hospitality Association of Torrevieja’s first gastronomic activity started yesterday, Thursday February 6th and is called ‘The Cazuelica and Wine’. Similar in concept to the Tapas Route, 25 local establishments will delight one and all with delicious casseroles accompanied by a variety of good wines selected for the occasion. The event will take place through Sunday 9th February. Each establishment will offer a minimum of two ‘cazuelicas’ along with a selected wine priced at 1.50€ and 2.00 per casserole, so it will be a great opportunity to enjoy this rich and powerful cuisine which will certainly help warm you up during these chilly days of February. More information at: www.torreviejagastronomica.com.

JOIN LIONS club members on one of their ‘Business meeting nights’ and see what they are doing this year to raise money for charities in their local area and further afield. Lions are growing in numbers every month so if you feel like helping them they can be found on the second Thursday in every month at the Cabo Cervera Hotel in La Mata near Torrevieja: meetings now start at 7pm. If you like what you see and hear you will be invited to join their next social night event later in the month: wherever and whatever it may be you can be sure of a good night. Contact davedanie@gmail.com or visit membership@torreviejacostalions.org


Life Showbiz Goss

If ever there was an Angel in human form

THE MAIN feature today is about a movie called ‘I Thirst’ that won’t be released for almost 18 months, but I wanted to bring it to you as I was taken by the level of passion behind the project. I also chose this story as the only other one that caught my eye was about Jim Davidson making up with Linda Nolan after all the handbags at 10 paces rowing they did in CBB, so in the end it was a very easy decision to make. It’s not often I select an item purely on its niceness. ‘I Thirst’ is not only here because of that but because the subject matter is something you really mustn’t tamper with. The film is about the life and work of Mother Teresa and when I saw the headline, I thought I must check this out and see if Hollywood plans to include car chases and some pathetically gratuitous love story. Fortunately this will not be the case, and that’s because the guy who has been selected to write the script is Keir Pearson, a man who went to Rwanda behind all the horrors that went on there and came out with an Oscar nominated script for the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’. This feature is more about relief than anything else, as if there ever was a genuinely real person on this planet it was Mother Teresa, and to have her life messed around with and ‘doctored’ for the masses would be an absolute tragedy. I have head-butted and nobbled many a movie during my tenure at RTN but I am extremely pleased to say that nothing of that nature is anywhere near my line of thinking when it comes to ‘I Thirst’ and I have every faith in Keir Pearson delivering a script that tells the real story of Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta in the 50s, where she ministered to India’s poor after hearing a call from God.

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Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity Clips I BROUGHT the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ movie to RTN a few weeks back reporting on the record-breaking number of 506 swear words therein. It’s now been announced that the DVD version will be an hour longer and will contain even more swear words and lots more sex scenes … boy do they know how to sell a movie... By the way I’ve seen it and it’s fantastically funny! Thankfully Lily Allen decided last year to return to music as not only is she a top singer, she has always been fearless when expressing herself. She said to ELLE UK: “Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss. I wish I didn’t feel like that, but women are still expected to sit there and look pretty and not talk.” … told you she was fearless didn’t I. Liam Payne, he of boy band sensation One Direction, passed his driving test last week and we see a pic of him hanging out of a cheapo driving school car smiling ear to ear holding his pass document. Bit of a shock value foto as 1D are the biggest selling band on the planet but the lads still do stuff like you and me. Singer Rita Ora has got herself the part of Mia Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. She told MTV, “I was nervous because it was the first time I ever did a movie with words,” excitedly adding, “the finished film is ‘…gonna be the biggest and most amazing shock movie ever!” Somehow or other I can’t help feeling it will all end in tears.


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7th February - 13th February

FRIDAY 7th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 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 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Room 101 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 24:25 Pound Shop Wars 24:55 EastEnders

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 A to Z of TV Cooking 10:00 Cold War, Hot Jets 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Britain’s First Photo Album 14:30 Cash in the Attic 15:00 Great British Bake Off 16:00 Coast 16:30 Live Winter Olympics 20:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day 23:00 Alan Davies Apres-Ski 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Passchendaele

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Americans 24:30 Benidorm

07:15 The Treacle People 07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast 22:00 Peter Kay: Live & Back on Nights! 23:00 The Last Leg 23:50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 24:20 Weekend

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Police Interceptors 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 While I Was Gone 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The True Story 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 23:00 World’s 24:00 Criminals: Caught on Camera

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

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 John Tucker Must Die 23:50 Rude Tube

SATURDAY 8th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Food & Drink 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 19:55 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:10 The Voice UK 21:35 The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins 22:25 Casualty 23:15 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Annie Oakley 09:00 Live Winter Olympics 12:00 See Hear 12:30 Great British Railway Journeys 13:00 Great British Bake Off 14:00 Easy Virtue 15:30 Live Winter Olympics 17:30 Final Score 18:10 Live Winter Olympics 20:00 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day 22:00 Dad’s Army 22:30 The Culture Show 23:30 My Beautiful Laundrette

07:00 Pat & Stan 07:25 Dino Dan 07:40 Dino Dan 07:50 Canimals 08:00 Canimals 08:05 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:15 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Dinner Date 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:25 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Central Weather 12:30 Catchphrase 13:15 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 14:15 Midsomer Murders 16:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:15 ITV News Central 17:25 ITV News and Weather 17:40 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20:10 Splash! 21:40 Take Me Out 22:55 Jonathan Ross Show 23:55 ITV News and Weather 24:09 ITV Central Weather 24:10 2 Fast 2 Furious

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Trans World Sport 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 How I Met Your Mother 12:25 How I Met Your Mother 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 Undercover Boss USA 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Come Dine with Me 17:25 Come Dine with Me 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:35 Come Dine with Me 19:05 Come Dine with Me 19:35 Channel 4 News 20:00 Bigfoot Files 21:00 Walking Through History 22:00 Hostages 23:00 Source Code 24:40 Jackie Brown

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:05 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:25 Make Way for Noddy 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 An American Tail 12:35 Thunderpants 14:15 Phenomenon 16:40 Diagnosis Murder 17:40 Columbo: an Exercise In Fatality 19:40 NCIS 20:30 NCIS 21:30 5 News Weekend 21:35 NCIS 23:15 Willed to Kill

07:45 Coronation Street 10:10 Emmerdale 13:10 You’ve Been Framed! 13:40 You’ve Been Framed! 14:10 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 You’ve Been Framed! 16:00 Dennis 17:55 Horrid Henry: the Movie 19:50 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 22:00 The Shawshank Redemption 24:55 The Magaluf Weekender

07:00 Switched 07:25 Make It or Break It 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 The Mindy Project 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Rules of Engagement 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Rules of Engagement 14:00 Rules of Engagement 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:30 The Mindy Project 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 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 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Beverly Hills Cop 24:05 Rude Tube

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07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:30 Frasier 08:55 Frasier 09:25 The Taste 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 How I Met Your Mother 14:55 How I Met Your Mother 15:25 The Simpsons 15:55 The Simpsons 16:30 Three Men and a Baby 18:30 Deal or No Deal 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast 21:00 Scandimania 22:00 Babylon 23:35 The Bank Job

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Mio Mao 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 Ice Road Truckers 14:05 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 15:05 Police Interceptors 16:10 Daddy Day Camp 17:50 Land of the Lost 19:45 Planet of the Apes 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 The Expendables 23:55 Full Metal Jacket

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 Emmerdale 10:40 Coronation Street 13:00 Take Me Out 14:10 You’ve Been Framed! 15:10 You’ve Been Framed! 15:40 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 17:25 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 19:00 Rumor Has It.. 21:00 Best of You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Magaluf Weekender 23:00 Bridget Jones’s Diary

07:00 Make It or Break It 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:30 Charmed 09:20 The Mindy Project 09:55 How I Met Your Mother 10:25 How I Met Your Mother 10:55 Hollyoaks 13:30 Revenge 14:30 Rules of Engagement 15:00 Rules of Engagement 15:30 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 18:00 The Tomorrow People 19:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief 23:25 The Running Man

SUNDAY 9th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 08:25 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 Bargain Hunt 14:45 The Indian Doctor 15:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:00 Fake or Fortune? 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 The Musketeers 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 Brooklyn’s Finest

07:00 Live Winter Olympics

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:15 Sooty 12:00 Saturday Kitchen 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 Murder, She Wrote Best Bites 11:20 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12:15 ITV News and Weather 13:30 The Gumball Rally 12:19 ITV Central Weather 12:20 The Unforgettable 15:10 Live Winter Olympics 12:50 Inside the National Trust 13:50 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 17:30 Live Winter Olympics 14:50 Splash! 16:20 Thunderball 18:50 ITV News Central 20:10 Winter Olympics: 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Dancing on Ice Today at the Games 20:45 All Star Family Fortunes 21:30 Dancing on Ice: 21:00 Top Gear The Skate Off 22:00 Mr Selfridge 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:14 ITV Central Weather 23:00 Alan Davies Apres-Ski 23:15 Birds of a Feather 23:45 Piers Morgan’s 23:30 QI XL Life Stories 24:45 Premiership 24:15 Royal Cousins at War Rugby Union

22:00 The Shawshank Redemption

Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties

MONDAY 10th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 13:00 Live Winter Olympics 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 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 Panorama 22:00 Britain’s Great War 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Have I Got Old News for You 24:20 Who Do You Think You Are? USA

06:00 Live Winter Olympics

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 DCI Banks 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald

07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 Benefits Street 23:00 Benefits Britain: The Debate 24:00 Payday

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 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 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Winter Road Rescue 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Do You Know Me? 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 World’s 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Jim Davidson: At Least I’m Not Boring 23:00 Helix 24:00 Death Race

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Mom 22:30 Dads 23:00 The Job Lot 23:30 Plebs 24:00 Fake Reaction

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Revenge 23:00 David Blaine: Real or Magic 24:30 How I Met Your Mother

13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:10 Live Winter Olympics 20:00 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Food & Drink 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Royal Cousins at War


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Tuesday 11th February BBC1

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07:00 Homes Under the

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 River Monsters 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 22:00 Births, Deaths and Marriages 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Sports Life Stories 24:35 Crocodile Hunter Diaries

07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Location, Location, Location 22:00 The Taste 23:00 Secrets of the Pickpockets 24:00 Benefits Street

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Ultimate Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Murder 101 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Dog Rescuers 20:30 Police 5 21:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 22:00 200 Nips & Tucks and I Want More! 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 Body of Proof 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 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 New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Shawshank Redemption 24:55 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Iron Man 23:00 Troy 24:00 Rude Tube

Hammer 08:00 Live Winter Olympics 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:00 Live Winter Olympics 20:00 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 Children’s Emergency Rescue 22:00 Inside the Animal Mind 23:00 House of Fools 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Dragons’ Den

wednesday 12th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 12:30 Live Winter Olympics 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 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 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Outnumbered 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Match of the Day

07:00 This Is BBC Two

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:40 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands

07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 14:05 Come Dine with Me Down Under 14:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 15:05 Come Dine with Me Down Under 15:35 Come Dine with Me Down Under 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 The Restoration Man 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 First Dates 24:00 Troy

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 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 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Snowtrapped 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Dangerous Attraction 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Trauma Doctors 21:00 Ultimate Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Suspects 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport: Palma 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Cube 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Magaluf Weekender 24:00 The Big Reunion

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Glee 11:00 New Girl 11:30 The Mindy Project 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 The Inbetweeners Top 10 Moments

07:45 Live Winter Olympics 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:00 Live Winter Olympics 20:00 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 The Restaurant Man 22:00 Line of Duty 23:00 Inside No 9 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Top Gear

thursday 13th February BBC1

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 13:00 Live Winter Olympics 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 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 Pound Shop Wars 21:30 Inspector George Gently 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

06:00 Live Winter Olympics

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Britain’s Best Bakery 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Birds of a Feather 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Cube 24:35 Great Train Robbery

07:25 Countdown 08:10 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 13:35 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 14:05 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 14:35 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 15:05 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 15:35 Come Dine with Me: Ireland 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 Big Ballet 23:00 Bodyshockers 24:05 Getting Rich in the Recession

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Like Mother, Like Daughter 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The True Story 21:00 The Kidnapping of Shergar 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Brain Hospital: Saving Lives 24:00 CSI: NY

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 You’ve Been Framed! 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Dinner Date 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Fake Reaction 23:50 Mom 24:20 Dads 24:45 Two and a Half Men

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 08:55 Charmed 09:55 Glee 11:10 New Girl 11:40 The Mindy Project 12:05 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 New Girl 16:30 The Mindy Project 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 Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 The Inbetweeners 23:00 The Midnight Beast 23:35 The IT Crowd 24:10 8 Out of 10 Cats

13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live Winter Olympics 17:00 Live Winter Olympics 20:30 Winter Olympics: Today at the Games 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure 22:00 Bible Hunters 23:00 Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Inside the Animal Mind


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Life travel

Valencia’s Distant Corner

AS YOU approach Ademuz it resembles nothing more picturesque than a handful of faded coloured blocks slapped on the side of a hill. Close up, it isn’t a lot better! It’s not all bad, though. The fountain heads of the Green Man in front of the church are nice and....well, the fountain heads are nice. The Iglesia Parroquial de Ademuz is attractive in that heavily restored and lots of guilding sort of way (and at least I was able to get in) but the mountain village tranquillity was somewhat disturbed by the angle-grinder going at some restoration across the street and the electrician who was busy sorting out the lights in the church and kept calling to his mate at the bottom at the bottom of the ladder to throw something up. Mind you, if they hadn’t been there I doubt if I would have been, either. There are some nifty buildings around the Plaza de Ayuntamiento, with some of the original medievall houses with arched doors and wooden balconies - a couple of which I’d definitely need to have a few stiff G&Ts to chance sitting on - and a lovely little nook festooned with geraniums and climbing plants. An elegant house in the corner with fluted pilasters and decorative iron balconies proclaims itself to be the ‘Clinica Medico Quirurica del Doctor Teruel - Rayos X’, but as the charming house is now semi-derelict, it’s probably a long time since anyone attended his surgeries. As I was photographing houses on the Plaza, a man stopped to tell me that the Doctor’s house was for sale but very expensive. He then went through a list of practically all the housing stock for sale in Ademuz - and there are a fair few, it certainly seems to be a place people are moving away from - and all the pros and cons of each. I couldn’t stop him until I gave his a sworn affidavit that I’d act on his words immediately. To be fair, there are some pretty eye-teeth-giving houses and visiting Adamuz on a day of the deepest possible hues of gray probably didn’t do it justice. From long experience I know that it’s only by walking the streets that a town presents itself. You get tantalising glimpses of the castle ruin at the top of the hill through gaps in the tall, skinny houses. Sadly, a pretty horrific cement water container spoils the image when you get close enough to see the castle in its entirety. A fair number of the houses have that bumper level gouge in the wall and different coloured streaks from the side mirrors of cars whose owners didn’t know if it was wider than 1.9 metres. No-matter which street I took I always seemed to return pretty quickly to the church square, where the same group of geriatrics sat on plastic chairs outside a bar, leaning on their walking sticks and glowering at me from below bushy eyebrows. If I hadn’t met the chatty chap who gave me the house list I might have thought that glowering was the local pastime. There again, the c.c. might have been the local estate agent, and if I’d hung around long enough he may have taken me through the list physically as well as verbally. I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed by my trip to the Rincon de Ademuz. I’d read plenty of purple prose about the quaint little piece of Valencia stuck in Aragon, and should probably have been a bit less surprised, given that, apart from some supposedly good walking - and there’s plenty of that elsewhere in the Comunidad - about the only other thing the area is famous for is apples. It made me smile in a sardonic sort of way to see a large sign that said ‘Rincon de Ademuz, Destino Piloto de Dinamización Turistica’, particularly as the tourist offices were closed on a normal weekday afternoon. About the only thing I found with life in it was a well equipped internet centre with a very well equipped young lady looking after it. As the church clock struck five the only thing moving in the streets of Ademuz was me as I left. To discover more about Spain, visit www.derekworkman-journalist.com and http://derekworkman.wordpress.com. http://valpaparazzi.wordpress.com: random notes about life in Spain. Derek Workman’s books, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain are available from most good books shops or direct from the publisher, Santana Books, www.santanabooks.com or Tel. 952 485 838.


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Life events

Ready to rock

By Jack Troughton FOOTLIGHTS YOUTH Theatre’s 25-strong cast rehearsed West Side Story with a live band for the first time last weekend in the build up to up to opening night next Thursday. The cast and crew were given special access to the school hall at Laude Lady Elizabeth School in Lliber – the space allowing them room for the more dynamic and gymnastic set pieces from the award winning musical. The young cast has been busy rehearsing the modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for six months – the story

that tells of love discovered in the streets of New York amidst the rivalry of two street gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. And looking ahead to the first night in Calpe – and in the ensemble version of the hit song ‘Tonight’, Footlights are ready with the message: “We’re going to rock it tonight, we’re going to jazz it up, and have us a ball!” West Side Story is performed at the Casa de Cultura, Calpe, from Thursday 13th February to Saturday 15th February – it moves on to an already sold-out show at the Teatro Municipal Torrevieja on Saturday 22nd February - before returning north to

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Barn Dancing along the coast

Members of the cast take a break

Teulada’s Auditori on Friday 7th March. Tickets are 12€, with a reduction for children under the age of 14 at Calpe only to 8€. The show starts at 8pm each night – except on Saturday 15th February when the curtain at Calpe goes up at 6pm. Remaining tickets for Calpe are available by ringing 652 404 798 or from footlights.boxoffice@gmail.com. Tickets for Teulada are available from the box office, open at the theatre Wednesdays to Saturdays 11.00 to 13.00 then 18.00 to 20.00; and also available online via www.instanticket.es

By Keith Nicol FOR THOSE seeking a fun and very different activity, think about heading along to the Lo Monte Hotel on the N332, near Torre de la Horadada for an evening of Barn Dancing with Grendels Bane on Saturday, February 8th, at 8.00pm. It’s a fun filled evening of dance, song and live music that everyone can join in, even those with two left feet as no previous dancing experience is required as all dances are called by ‘Smithy’. All four members of Grendels Bane are British and they perform in a number of local venues, along with having performed in concert in the Jaquarilla Palace gardens, for a mainly Spanish audience celebrating the Jaquarilla Fiesta, along with their regular barn dances across the area. One of the more unique aspects of this Saturday’s Dance, is that it features an American supper, so you can bring your own food and drink or picnic, although food and drink is also available from the Lo Monte restaurant. Tickets are only 5€ and available on the door, or to reserve your place, please contact Carol on 966 762 881 or 676 566 090 or email: divesmith@hotmail.com. This month’s raffle in aid of Alzheimer’s Association (AFA).


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

More negatives and questions I LIKE talking but I need to work. Can I eat and drink as well? Your homework last week was to translate these two sentences into Spanish, so here are the answers: Me gusta hablar pero necesito trabajar. ¿Puedo comer y beber también? If you are a fairly elementary student of Spanish and managed to do that correctly – well you’ve achieved a lot! Also it means you’ve been paying attention to what I’ve told you, which is always nice for me. For those of you who might not have got it quite right, the most typical mistake is to mistranslate “talking” – remember that “talking” is treated like “to talk” after “me gusta”. “Me gusta hablar” (I like to talk – I like talking). Also last lesson I promised you some more of those lovely verbs to give you more scope in what you can say. Remember that at the moment we are not making any changes to the verbs we are learning – we are keeping them in their basic or infinitive form and learning ways we can fit them into sentences just as they are. Also, just a quick reminder that these infinitive forms in Spanish always end in –ar, -er or –ir. There are no exceptions to this rule. So with all that said – here are some more: ANDAR – to walk, CERRAR – to close, COMPRAR – to

buy, ESCUCHAR - to listen, ESTAR – to be (how or where), FIRMAR – to sign, VISITAR - to visit. CORRER – to run, HACER – to make/to do, LEER – to read, TENER – to have, VER – to watch/to see. CONDUCIR – to drive, ESCRIBIR – to write, IR – to go, SALIR – to go out. There you go, sixteen new verbs. Incidentally, if you want to commit these to memory the best way to do it is in a relaxed and repetitive way. Here’s a suggestion to help you. Write them down in a list, the Spanish words on the left and their English translations on the right. Sit down for about 10 or 15 minutes in a quiet, comfortable place where you’re not going to be disturbed, turn off the infernal mobile phone, put the cat in another room and ignore your other half for a while! Maybe put some favourite music on in the background. Then read the Spanish words slowly out loud, one after the other, whilst silently noticing their translations as you go down the list. Do this once or maybe twice a day, but without putting yourself under any pressure to memorise. After a few times you will find that the words start to stick in your mind, mainly because you are relaxed as you are learning them. Well, without further ado, I think we should start seeing what new sentences we can make. I’ll do some examples with their translations, and then some in English and Spanish for you to have a think about before the next

lesson. You might need to do a small amount of research for some of the extra words. Voy a andar a la playa. I’m going to walk to the beach. ¿Puedo cerrar la puerta? Can I close the door? No necesito comprar más. I don’t need to buy (any) more. Me gusta escuchar música. I like listening to music. ¿Vas a estar aquí mucho tiempo? Are you going to be here for long? Translate into English No puedo firmar hoy ¿Quieres visitar a tu amigo? No necesito correr. Me gusta hacer los deberes. No voy a leer todo el libro. Translate into Spanish Do you want to have a lot of money? I like watching the news. I can’t drink and drive. Are you going to write a letter? I need to go to the chemist.

Life books

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Potsdam Station

THE STORY is set in wartime Europe. JOHN RUSSELL, an American war correspondent, once a staunch supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution and now disillusioned, pleads with Moscow to allow him to accompany the Red Army into Berlin. His cover story to the Russians is his desire to glorify Stalin’s victory to the West but his true motive is to find his wife, a German actress sought by the Gestapo for helping escaping Jews, before the rampaging Red Army conscripts begin their rape and slaughter of the defeated city occupants. His quest is made more urgent by the fact that his son by his first marriage is a German citizen defending Berlin against the Russian invaders. Instead, because of his familiarity with the city, Russell is ordered by the NKVD to lead a Russian scientist to the Berlin Atomic Institute to secure documented details of the Nazis’ progress in developing a nuclear weapon. Accompanying the duo are two NKVD officers whom he is convinced will become his executioners once the mission is successfully completed. His wife meanwhile had been arrested by Author: David Downing Publisher: Old Street (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 1 906984 56 6 Stars 1-10: 10 for nail-biting action

the Gestapo while attempting to smuggle a Jewish child to safety. Downing’s story races between the experiences of the three main characters as the Russian net closes in. The result is an immensely readable thriller that holds the reader spellbound. I get slapped if I bite my nails but nibbling fiercely at a cuticle was a temptation throughout. I must look out for David Downing’s other works.

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Life events Rosa sings for Torrevieja by Keith Nicol ROSA LOPEZ returned to Torrevieja for the third time, performing to a near capacity audience at the Municipal Theatre on Saturday night. It was a wonderful night of smiling faces and good music with an audience who sang along, clapped and danced in the aisles, during more than two hours of musical entertainment, that also contained a surprising local feel to it. Her fans came from far and wide including Murcia, Ciudad Real, Madrid, Alicante and Mallorca, all of whom have fan clubs that follow her wherever she goes. It was also evident that there were a higher number of International visitors in the theatre, watching her perform live for the first time. The singer from Granada looked stunning during the first half, decked out in a form fitting two-piece suit in black and white, showing off the results of her fitness regime, which has seen her shed more than 20 kilos since she first broke into the music scene in 2002. The first half was emotional and full of quality, and featured a number of songs sung in English, many

of which had her travelling fan club, who had taken over the first two front rows, up on their feet and singing along. The second half produced the surprise of the night when Rosa sang a typical habanera, so popular in the City of Salt, with her chosen song being nothing less than the city’s theme song, “Torrevieja” written by Maestro Lafuente. The crowd sang along but quietly, not wishing to distract Rosa, who performed a beautiful version of the tune and was rewarded with huge applause and a standing ovation. She closed the concert with the song that made her everyone’s Idol of the first edition of the Spanish X-Factor style show, “My music is your voice” followed by the insistence of the public, two encores. After the show, she changed and spent more than two hours meeting with, chatting, signing autographs and having her photo taken with members of the public who had waited behind to see her in person. Rosa spoke of her love of performing in the city and the warmth that she felt each time she had performed in Torrevieja and that she was looking forward to returning again soon.

Viva Quartet’s singing Valentine treats

THE COSTA BLANCA’S favourite singing group, the talented Viva Quartet, will be performing on Valentine’s Night, 14th February, at 9pm at Luisine’s Bar, Urb Oasis, Los Alcázares. The evening will feature a romantic free buffet. If you are a romantic soul and would like to say ‘I Love You’ in a unique way, Viva delivers a song, a rose and a card for just 25€ or two songs, chocolates, a rose and a card. Call 607 550 717 or order online at www.vivaquartet.wordpress.com

Evening with Vivace Classical Choir

Rosa touched the hearts of the audience

VIVACE CHOIR members Tomas and Tove Andgren, who live in Denmark for part of the year, have invited Danish chamber choir Lyngby Kammerchor to visit Vivace on Friday 28th March. Vivace is already a truly international choir, with singers from many European countries and the music chosen for this combined concert will reflect an international theme. The concert will take place in the Casa de Cultura, San Miguel de Salinas, on Friday 28th March at 8pm. The programme will comprise items sung by each choir and finish with a combined item, ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Vivace’s Musical Director Tom Pargeter. Vivace is busy rehearsing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for main concerts scheduled for the beginning of April in San Miguel de Salinas’ La Siesta Church and the Iglesia del Colegio de Santo Domingo in Orihuela. For more details call 96 572 0919: entry is free.


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Life fashion

Louise Brandley Looking Good Boutique

Packing for a cruise? Don’t Panic!

LAST YEAR I went on my first cruise, something I have wanted to do for a long time and was really looking forward to. PANIC SET in as the departure date came closer and I noticed that there were three ‘formal nights’ scheduled with a dress code - what had I let myself in for? I normally panic pack the night before any trip but this time I had to be organised. I did some research and became even more confused - formal might be a full length evening gown and matching tiara or trousers and a top… what was I going to pack? In the end I decided the best was to put outfits on a rail - easier to see what can used with other things to give the impression of a different outfit. You can also easily see if you have too many or too few of a certain item: I had six pairs of black trousers - I took them all but only wore two pairs! I have since been on two further cruises and

packed very differently - my lessons were learned and I now speak with experience when advising on cruise wear. Full length gowns were worn, but not by many and the problem is they are bulky, heavy and very distinctive: people do notice if the same dress appears several times. The best option is to go for cocktail length; dresses that can be worn for other events and separates that may be mixed and matched. Forward planning almost halved my packing. I made the most of beautifully tailored evening pants by Joseph Ribkoff, wearing them on several different nights with different tops to create a whole new look. The range includes wide leg palazzo pants, glamorous multi-layered panel pants

and boot cut evening pants with sparkly diamonds on the pockets. I also chose stylish, elegant, suitcase-friendly Joseph Ribkoff tops. I took dresses that I have since worn over Christmas and New Year. The cocktail length was right and not clingy as I needed two sizes bigger after 14 days on board! The key is: separates with glam tops, lightweight, non-iron and special occasion wear that is not too special. We have a great range of cruise wear in the boutique and this year we are hosting our in-store Cruise Wear Fashion Show on Saturday 15th February at 12 noon. Reserve your seat by calling 96 676 0479. www.lookingforstyle.com


Life horoscopes The powers of a retrograde Mercury and the influence of Neptune bring a warning on a financial level this week. This is above all a time to check and secure all aspects of your income and expenditure with a view to making changes all around, and tightening your belt if you have to. Forewarned is forearmed, so be prepared.

You are normally not one to put anything off, but when things become confrontational this week you may have to watch your words and eat humble pie. Blame any immediate actions on the wisdom of Saturn as it transits the Sun, in an action which interferes with timing and schedule; as Mercury’s retrograde chips in to fan the flames.

Mercury’s retrograde take on of Aquarius brings things to a new and highly acceptable level, with the ironing out of any creases, and the presentation of a new project entirely steered by you. Expect opposition initially and take the rough with the smooth this week as you leave no stone unturned and receive an explanation that’s long awaited. Aquarian energies have sought to show you a loophole, and this has to be your immediate priority. Since others have been giving you the run around it is high time that the tables turned and you get the taste of success that you deserve. Since you appear to be in the right place right now use caution to get what it is you exactly want and need.

Kenny Corris www.kennycorris.net Mobile: 686 361 594 Tel: 965 878 424

Libran balance is adequately stirred by the actions of Ceres this week. Be careful in asking for what you want because you may find that you get it sooner than you might think. Ceres governs time, and it is with this positive action in process that you can rewrite the rules and reward those appropriately for standing by you, as they did, at all costs!

A time for hard work as you begin to unravel the mistakes of others as you put your house in order in more ways than one. In actions this week you serve to show who is really running the shop as you take conscious control of something others have thought better to sweep under the carpet. Above all the truth has to be told, here, and now. A double action sees Jupiter opposing Pluto and Mercury taking on Aquarius. If you thought that this was a time to rest and put your feet up, you are very wrong. Since there is something brewing, and the boot appears to be on the other foot this time; you are needed to bring resolution and resolve, in facing up to a sticky problem.

Someone is putting pressure on you, and your best alternative is to ignore it and stall for time, because you can. You have been internalising your anger and this really doesn’t help you in any way. Since you alone know the truth and its implications, others need to know that you are not to be messed with; as they piece together secrets and lies. The Full Moon next week brings the end of a somewhat troubled period, and this allows you leeway to clear your head right now. A surprise knock on the door midweek brings enlightenment as you begin to respect yourself, and get back to basics. Only your sense of humour and determination can see you through all of this.

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The Sun may be shining on Saturn but there is strong wisdom in your current way of working. It is sure that were it not for your endearing manner and you positive outlook things would not be as they are. Time then indeed to bow out gracefully when you can; but not before you have found someone who you can rely on to take up the reins. Mercury, in retrograde, ingresses at the end of the week bringing a better explanation of all that has been going on lately. Things haven’t felt right and you appear to have been held back when it comes to making the right moves that are only now afoot. Since you readily put your cards on the table it is only right you now get what you need. Love is on the cards and it is about time you had the chance to show your strong emotions in a positive and inspirational light. In your defence there has been a fair lot of water under the bridge, but now, excuses apart, there comes a time to show to others what you really need, and to stop playing games as a smokescreen from the main event.

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If it’s your birthday this week

Stay focussed as there comes a chance you may have peaked too soon. The slow start to this year does not mean repetition, nor pangs from delays of the distant past; but it shows that you are being tested every which way, and consistency and endeavour are the only way through.

Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 51.

Quick or Cryptic Crossword

Across 1. Pain (4) 8. Speed up (10) 9. And so on (2,6) 10. Virtuous (4) 12. Upright (6) 14. Stretch (6) 15. Pass away (6) 17. End (6) 18. Operatic song (4) 19. Rapturous (8) 21. Intentional (10) 22. Record (4) Down 2. Director (10) 3. Comfort (4) 4. Stress (6) 5. Gratify (6) 6. Terrify (8) 7. Sell (4) 11. All-knowing (10) 13. Forcible (8) 16. Loophole (6) 17. Financial (6) 18. Military assistant (4) 20. So be it (4)

Across 1. A convict returns to the fete (4) 8. But he could be backward politically and no Socialist in sport (4-6) 9. Although discourteous, I am to take a European round it (8) 10. Game piece for Uncle? (4) 12. On stage in a temporary capacity (6) 14. The ball is in her grasp, her expert grasp (6) 15. If taken aback, sees the last of the demons (6) 17. Statue shows cunning construction (6) 18. Bring up to be last? (4) 19. Take the corner too lightly and capsize (8) 21. Fetch ring to restore consciousness (5,5) 22. With which orientals show agreement? (4) Down 2. There’s surely a fortune to me made in nuclear science (6,4) 3. A singer is included in most normal tours (4) 4. In sight in it, but apparently not likely to be on (6) 5. We are in groups eating confections (6) 6. Photographs from an overheated camera? (8) 7. The smile of the bearer, perhaps (4) 11. Try hard to get power by taking industrial action? (4,2,4) 13. No rating is lacking in knowledge (8) 16. Scrubs most of the finals course (6) 17. A place to meet in the street (6) 18. Makes fun of bones (4) 20. Bound, say, to have water movement (4)

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Life health

The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist Jonathan Gilchrist

Lose weight with incredible Fast Track Hypnosis LOW CONFIDENCE affects both genders but due to media pressure women tend to suffer on a seemingly epidemic level. Statistics show that only 2% of women feel beautiful: only 80% are content about their looks. When fashion models are around seven inches taller and almost two stone lighter than most women is it any wonder the average lady on the street feels inadequate? Women are judged by their appearance more than men, which does not help matters. A staggering 50% of American women believe they are overweight, yet only 20% actually are. Sadly many women resort to the extreme to lose weight and eating disorders are becoming more common. Yet while the entire world is concerned about rising obesity levels there has never been so much junk food available. Weight problems stem from our relationship with food. And if you are genuinely overweight the scales don’t lie. As a child, you might have been forced to stay at the table to finish the food on your plate. It didn’t matter that you were full - you had to think of the ‘starving children in Africa’. If you complained about a long car journey did your parents hand you a piece of chocolate to make it all better? Did it soothe your irritation? These are two examples of how early

programming can affect a later lifestyle. Hunger is a real need, whereas appetite is a habit. Over the years, the distinction between appetite and hunger blurs. The Fast Track Hypnosis Weight Loss system retrains the brain and tweaks it so the line between appetite and hunger is no longer a blur but a solid line. Once your brain is on the right track you will start to lose weight in the most effective and completely natural way. As you start to lose weight, your confidence levels increase and you’ll find that you may start to set yourself some more life goals. Your self-esteem also improves as a byproduct of the whole process. Fast Track Hypnosis Weight Control or the Gastroband session takes place within thirty minutes that could change your life forever! And no, that isn’t an exaggeration! As part of the process, there are also backup CDs included, used to reinforce the session and to cut any cravings. Through adopting a healthy relationship with food, you can forever remove yourself

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Food for Cous cous stuffed peppers with roasted cherry tomatoes thought SOMETHING FOR vegetarians - a recipe proves that you can have flavour without flesh. If you can find cherry tomatoes on the vine (I couldn’t) they would look much nicer. • 2 medium red peppers, cut in half through the stalks and de-seeded • 6 tbls of finely diced vegetables (try onion, celery, mushroom, green pepper, leek) • 100g cous cous • 125 ml vegetable stock • 8-10 cherry tomatoes • Olive oil • Salt and pepper 1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C. 2. Drizzle a little olive oil on the inside of the peppers, season with salt and pepper and microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes until softened. 3. In a small frying pan, sweat the diced vegetables in a little oil until soft. Set aside. 4. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable stock to the boil, then stir in the cous cous and diced vegetables. Set aside to cool. 5. Place the peppers on an ovenproof tray then spoon in the cous cous and press firmly. Place the tomatoes on the same tray, drizzle with a little oil and season. 6. Place the tray in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. Position the tomatoes on top of the peppers and serve. Preparation time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes.

If you have a recipe you would like to share email your recipe and if possible a photo to rtnmail@roundtownnews.com

Preparing paella

By Jack Troughton HEARTY APPETITES for investigating traditional Spanish food is a requirement for a new group formed by Javea U3A. The new Spanish Culture and Cuisine Group held a successful inaugural lunch at Restaurant Trencall in Javea with 65 members attending. Leaders Angela and Tony started the afternoon by making everyone welcome before everyone was given a brief history on the origins of ‘paella’. It was then time to let the food do the talking – a variety of tapas was served before the main courses of Paella Valenciana, Arroz del Seynorett and Paella de Veduras. The meal was completed with a typical Marina Alta dessert, Calabaza con chocolate – all helped down with wines from Bodega Nuestra Senora de las Virtudes, Villena. Future events for the group include a trip to Novelda in March and a four day excursion to Tortosa, Montserrat and Vinaros in May.


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Romance in the air at Shakira’s YOU CAN savour the flavour of romance at Shakira’s Indian Restaurant during Valentine’s week. THIS WEEK you can wine and dine with a loved one and enjoy their special menu for this most romantic of occasions. Their Valentine’s special dinner includes Popadoms and pickles, a choice of any starter, any main course, any rice or any naan or chips plus a mouth watering selection of homemade deserts all for just 20€. But the value does not end there as Shakira offer unlimited Cava plus a free rose for ladies and make sure to order a taxi, as there is also unlimited beer and wine. To keep the romantic mood going, there is live music with the sounds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s plus much more all from Roberta’s, karaoke and cabaret. The Shakira group first opened their doors in 2001 and now feature three highly regarded restaurants in Orihuela Costa for the perfect romantic night on the town. The restaurants are located in Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses and on the main Cabo Roig strip. Open every day from 1pm until around midnight, they offer fine dining and a takeaway service in all three restaurants who

are renowned for their authentic cuisine in a relaxing and traditional atmosphere. A great range of facilities caters for all tastes from babies to great grandparents and each restaurant includes wheelchair access and provision for children. Shakira caters for everyone, from a romantic dinner for two, to office parties, family get-togethers with friends and visitors to weddings and celebrations, with many special offers to add to the temptation, including vegetarian dishes. For more information and book your special night of romance, contact: Telephone 966 764 467: Mobile 679 007 199 or email: enquiries@shakirarestaurant.com.

Music Spectacular for DEBRA

THE SMILE Charity Group is hosting a Music Spectacular in aid of the DEBRA Butterfly Children’s Appeal at El Alto La Dolores Restaurant, Guardamar on Thursday 13th February. The evening will feature the superb talents of Maria O’Hara with special guests, featuring songs from the musicals and dance hits from the 60s to present day. Tickets at 10€ include a two-course meal and are available from: Al Alto La Dolores Restaurant; The Post Room, Benijofar and The Card Place, Benimar. You can also call 692 866 536 for information.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus

Email auntyvirus@roundtownnews.com

Removing ‘nation zoom’ HI AUNTY: Hope you can help with this one. I have a laptop with Windows 8 and the other day a Java update popped up. After I updated it, I have now got a ‘nation zoom’ home page and everything has gone very slow and not working properly. Thanks in advance for any help – John. Aunty says: You need to do two things: remove the ‘nationzoom’ software from your PC and then reset your home page and search engine options in your internet browser. By following these instructions you can change your browser settings back to normal: Remove Nation Zoom from Add/Remove Programs. For that: 1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program. 2.Here, look for Wsys Control, Extended Protection, eSave Security Control, Desk 365, Nation Zoom browser protection and similar entries and select ‘Uninstall/Change’. 3.Click OK to save the changes. Fix each of your Internet browsers: Internet Explorer: 1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools’ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall these extensions: Wsys

Control, Extended Protection, eSave Security Control, Desk 365, Nation Zoom browser protection. 2. Click ’Tools’ -> ‘Manage addons’ -> ‘Search Providers’ and choose the search engine you used before. Mozilla Firefox: 1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’; find these extensions and click ‘Uninstall’: Wsys Control, Extended Protection, eSave Security Control, Desk 365, Nation Zoom browser protection. 2. Go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’ and reset the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or similar search page. Google Chrome: 1.Click the Chrome menu button, select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’, find Wsys Control, Extended Protection, eSave Security Control, Desk 365, Nation Zoom browser protection and other unknown extensions, and remove them by clicking Recycle bin. 2. Right-click the desktop shortcut, select ‘Properties’ and find Nation Zoom in the ‘Target box’. Select ‘Apply’ and then click OK to save changes. 3. Now click ‘Settings’ -> ‘Manage search engines’ and change your default search engine.

Yahoo deactivated

DEAR AUNTY: I recently set up this Yahoo mail account. I also have another one. Several times when trying to enter, the message comes up ‘your ‘Yahoo mail account has been deactivated’. Why? I use it frequently. I understand if it is not used for six months it will be deactivated, but I only used it yesterday! It’s hard to contact Yahoo about this – can’t seem to email them. I have reactivated it, but don’t want this to keep on occurring. Marion Aunty says: Perhaps one reason the account has been deactivated is that the account has been compromised and is sending out SPAM emails to all and sundry. Next time you get access, change your password to a more complicated one. I found this on the internet from yahoo help site: You need to contact Yahoo by email: This can be done by clicking on Help at the Bottom Right Hand side of the Yahoo page. Click on Mail, or whatever one is best for you, then go to the Bottom Right hand side of page and click on ‘GET HELP’ to contact Customer Care. Click on Category, page will reload for you to click on Sub Category. Make sure you fill in Brief Details of what has happened: click Enter. Depending on the Category you select and the Sub Category you also select you should then see at the Bottom of the Page for more help Click on EMAIL A SUPPORT AGENT. There will be a form to fill in. Yahoo will then contact you at a Different Email Address you need to give them. This email address CANNOT be a yahoo email one. You could give them a different email address you already have or you will need to create a new one, Google, Hotmail, etc. They need this other email address to give you instructions regarding your yahoo account. You will also be asked to create a new password.


Gadget Inspector Investigates: Pebble Smartstick Emergency Portable Battery THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Portable Battery for iPhone/Blackberry/ Samsung/HTC & Nokia mobile phones. Mobile phones and being contactable wherever you happen to be (convenient or not) are a fact of modern life. How we ever survived in the not-so-long distant pre-mobile days is one of life’s mysteries rapidly disappearing into folklore. But it’s not all a bed of connected roses. With the convenience comes the pain – the constant niggling doubt that the little blighter is going to run out of juice just when you need it most and have no other means of communication. Ah, the stress of batterymeterophobia… Fear not though, there is an equally convenient and portable solution – the Pebble Smartstick Emergency Portable Battery. This compact little devil is small and light enough to carry around in a bag or large pocket or to be stashed in the car glovebox, ready and willing when you need it most. Packing a 2200 mAh battery it has enough power for up to one charge of most popular devices such as iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and other devices that use mini or micro

USB. Connection is simple with the included devicecharging cable: plug one end into the Smartstick, attach the correct device charging tip for the device to the other end and plug into your device. There are 5 device charging tips (iPhone/iPod, Sony Ericsson, Nokia pin tip, mini USB and micro USB) suitable for many popular devices. And when not in use the Smartstick comes with a handy carry pouch. Charging the Pebble Smartstick is a cinch with the included USB charging cable – after all you wouldn’t want it to be flat when you need it! The Inspectors Verdict: The Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Portable Battery is a portable, convenient and adaptable little solution for peace-of mind from one of everyday life’s least convenient problems.

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Crossword Solutions for 746 Cryptic Solutions Across: 1 Of matches; 8 Box; 9 Drawing near; 11 Compere; 12 Cache; 13 Rounds; 15 Gladys; 17 Treat; 18 Omnibus; 20 Counterpart; 22 Lea; 23 Statesmen. Down: 2 Far; 3 Trite; 4 Higher; 5 Stencil; 6 Abracadabra; 7 Expresses; 10 Armoured car; 11 Card-table; 14 Detours; 16 Portia; 19 Nurse; 21 Rye. Quick Solutions Across: 1 Appraisal; 8 Oar; 9 Prohibition; 11 Entreat; 12 Unite; 13 Intact; 15 Resent; 17 Mince; 18 Company; 20 Impropriety; 22 Inn; 23 Resilient. Down: 2 Par; 3 Arise; 4 Shifty; 5 Leisure; 6 Considerate; 7 Presently; 10 Outstanding; 11 Enigmatic; 14 Cheaper; 16 Across; 19 Moral; 21 Tun.

Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound.co.uk/ pebble-smartstick to purchase the Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Portable Battery for 24€. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


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

Happy days are here again (WELL MAYBE not just yet!)

By Tony Myles - tony@bayradio.fm THERE IS good news. Spain is emerging from a recession. It is possible that you may have heard that rumour elsewhere and it is equally possible that you find it difficult to believe, however there are some signs of improvement and so, whilst joy may yet be somewhat confined, perhaps we should accept that recovery may be getting closer. What has this to do with golf? One of the unfortunate affects of the global financial crisis is that unnecessary expenditure has been slashed, like a scythe through a corn field. Like youngsters watching Dr Who, sponsors have been hiding, covering their eyes and protecting their wallets and that has meant that many professional golf tournaments have had to go, leaving Spain with only one remaining event. The Spanish Open.

Arnold Palmer

EUROPEAN TOUR IN SPAIN This means that, whilst we bemoan the loss of several major professional contests, we are left with one top ranking competition. One which has always attracted a host of top stars and will do so again this year, when in May the European Tour will arrive at PGA Catalunya Resort, the stunning 36hole venue near Barcelona. Despite cost cuts and tight budgets the quality of this course is such that it has gained and sustained its position as Spain’s number one ranked course. According to Golf World it is rated as number five in Continental Europe. It has recently been extended by 200 yards and now stands at 7333

yards. It is an event which has a special place in Golf history as it was the very first event in the very first European tour in 1972. Three years later it was won by Arnold Palmer at the age of 45 years and 221 days, a milestone which still stands today as the oldest winner of the event. It also gave Padraig Harrington his first ever win on a major pro tour in 1996. IDEAL LOCATION It is a wonderful showcase for golf in Spain and global television coverage will ensure it is widely appreciated. It is also located within easy commuting distance of Barcelona and therefore makes it ideal for a family break where some family members may not be golf fans. “The Stadium Course will provide an excellent challenge for the Tour’s best players and they will enjoy the quality of the hotel and facilities at the resort. It is also a superb viewing course for the Spanish and international fans attending this historic event.” Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, If the recession is indeed easing then this event could by an excellent herald of better days to come and hopefully the potential to see more major events returning to Spain. PS - Campbell Lamont Golf can organise tailor-made trips to PGA Catalunya no matter your group size contact Campbell on 965 757 426 for further details.

Head 2 Head

Tony M - Wasn’t the weather great in January! Campbell - It has been perfect for golf. Tony M - Well yes, but . . . Campbell - But what? It has been ideal. Dry. Temperatures in the mid-teens and hardly any wind so what ‘BUT’ can there possibly be? Tony M - First thing in the morning it is still cold and the sun is very low. Campbell - Wear some thermals and a hat with a long brim. Tony M - I do both of those. Campbell - OK so what is the problem? Tony M - We have regular visitors who insist on wearing shorts and their thermals are ankle length.. Campbell - That’s not a good look. See you tomorrow . . .


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AT 12 YEARS OLD Roddy is an old boy, and it is tragic when an old dog is abandoned as he was. All we are looking for is a long-term foster home for Roddy, so that he can spend sometime in a home environment, instead of a kennel. He doesn’t demand much and is very easy to look after. Could you be his long-term foster carer. Please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563 if you want to meet Roddy YORKSHIRE TERRIERS Older female and young male looking for good homes.650757622. COSTA BLANCA PET TRANSPORT TO UK DEFRA registered. Excellent rates. www.costablancadoghoming.com or call 965 698 052 APAD (ANIMAL) CHARITY SHOP Calle San Antonio 1, Jalon. Open 9.30/1.00 Mon- Sat. Stock needed - clothes, toys, misc. For more info. Tel: Jane 680717118 ALSTRAYS TRANSPORT SERVICES Monthly cat and dog transports between Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK. DEFA certificate and license. www.alstrays.com. Tel: 676 653 681

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ish, Spanish. Immediate GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. SSN of Goldsmiths ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving license transfer, schools, doctors, social security.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 619 269 408 email:

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ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. (Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506

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2 bedroom flat to share in Old Town Benidorm. Double room, shared lounge, shared kitchen. Internet and all bills included. 275€ per month. Suit mature person, male or female. Call 619 236 428 for more information

REPUTABLE MARRIED COUPLE available to house sit July and August any Costa’s own transport References Supplied. mikeandpatw@msn.com phone 96 583 6232

WANT TO EARN EXTRA CASH? Thinking of renting your property long term or for the summer? Well, Costa Valley Rentals can help!!! We have clients waiting for both long term and holiday lets in the Jalon and surrounding areas. Call Costa Valley Rentals today to speak with our friendly and professional team on 606 989 391 or email: info@costavalleyrentals.com FLAT SHARE OLD TOWN BENIDORM Mature lady has Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

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