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The last protest attracted hundreds of teachers, students, parents
School pupils go on strike by Keith Nicol PROTESTS BY secondary students were peaceful and uneventful around the province in what the organizers described as a ‘success’ on the first day of the students strike. Organised by the Student Union, about 90 percent of schoolchildren in Valencia and Alicante, as in Castellón protested by not showing up for school. The protest was organised against the educational policy of the MP Jose Ignacio Wert and the Organic Law for the Improvement of Educational Quality (Lomce), which calls for major cuts by the Ministry of Education. The two days passed without incident with only low key
and informal picketing taking place at various points to encourage young people to endorse the protest. In Valencia there was “a small incident, without consequences” when a picket was informing drivers of the protest and although traffic was not blocked traffic, they were warned by police that they could be reported because their action is prohibited. For its part, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports did not provide any comment on the protests. The Students’ Union organized two demonstrations in Orihuela and Alicante on Wednesday and another two in Valencia and Alicante, at noon. Another reason that drove the students to the street was the increase in university fees and the implications of Lomce because, as reported pre-
viously in RTN, the rules affect intermediate education, promote social exclusion, segregation, privatization and commoditisation of education “and be detrimental to students working families. The protest in the streets of Orihuela had little impact, as only a dozen students came to the concentration in Plaza Gabriel Miró. The student spokesman said it is unacceptable that the fees at universities are increasingly expensive and scholarships are declining, plus teachers cuts in higher education and institutes only affect the quality of education that students receive. With an appalling repeat rate of over 30% in the Valencian community alone, cuts in teacher numbers is Seeand page 34 of major concern to parents, teachers students alike.
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Emiliano Casal defends his Championship
Emiliano with part of his supporters club
by Keith Nicol NEXT FRIDAY, April 4th, professional boxing makes a long overdue return to Torrevieja, when the City of Salt’s first ever professional boxer and now Spanish Champion Emiliano Casal, defends his lightweight belt. There is a lot of local anticipation for this fight because the Spanish Lightweight champion has not boxed in his home town since 2007. Although Emiliano is the last fight of the night and top of the bill, there is a full card of fighters on the bill. Friday’s fight night location is the Cecilio Gallego Sports Pavilion, the one with the blue roof, with the first of the eight bouts starting at 8.30pm. The card mixes professional and amateur bouts, with boxers from England,
Spain and Norway taking part. Apart from Emiliano, there is also an international heavyweight bout featuring the torrevejense ‘Moja’. The latest news is that there may be a change to the main bill as it’s emerged that the main challenger for the flyweight belt, boxer Juan Carlos López ‘King Daluz’, is suffering from tendonitis in his wrist and has withdrawn his challenge. However, stepping into the ring may be an even bigger challenge for Emiliano in the form of 30 yearold Andoni Alonso, who in true Muhammad Ali style has warned Emiliano Casal of a “TKO in the fifth round”. Alonso is in great shape having demolished his opponent in just two rounds last week, so is feeling very confident at giving Emiliano a first notch battle, over the scheduled 10 rounds.
The world wears Spanish fashion SPAIN’S FASHION exports have grown by 47% since the beginning of the economic crisis, with the two major brands Inditex and Camper selling 8 out of 10€. The trade balance in this sector is now less than €800 million, compared to 6.229 million five years ago.
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Ambitious mall project evaporates
GABRIEL PÉREZ Castellanos is waiting to learn whether she will be granted permission from a panel of judges to become Spain’s first blind magistrate. Gabriel, a law graduate in Vallodolid, applied eight and a half months ago for approval of her application and she is still waiting. The panel is considering what difficulties Gabriel may encounter when processing evidence.
Torrevieja Hospital exceeds 10,000 births
Part of the area close to Monebello II
by Keith Nicol IN 2007 Algorfa’s municipal government announced details of the construction of an ambitious Commercial Centre that would have created upwards of 2,000 much needed new jobs. The project was announced around the same time as the then proposed Zenia Blvd, raising eyebrows in many quarters as to how two huge shopping centres would be able to attract enough consumers to justify their existence. This week Algorfa’s City Council returned one million euros to the developer and the project in its original form, is now
closed but may be offered to other interested parties in the future. The project was to build one of the largest malls in the country, totalling 563,000 square metres on the outskirts of Algorfa. The PP government team gave approval this week to the request of the developing company, Orishas Trust, to whom they returned the one million euros they deposited as security in 2007. The developer noted that over the last five years, that the City has failed to conclude the administrative process of the partial plan to allow them to start construction on the shopping complex, which had Eroski
as main attraction and anchor store, as announced at the time by Mayor Antonio Lorenzo Paredes (PP). According to the Spanish press, the Partido Popular government now says it will try again to promote the area future development. The area designed for the commercial centre lies around Montebello II industrial area. This is a privileged location with excellent connections of the AP-37 motorway exit to Torrevieja , next to the old prefabricated factory and a major hub for traffic for Algorfa, Almoradi, Rojales, Rojales, Los Montesinos, Quesada, San Miguel and Torrevieja.
ON THURSDAY morning at 1.30am, Torrevieja Hospital celebrated its 10,000 birth with the arrival of Ramon. Torrevieja Hospital has reached 10,000 births since opening in June 2010, and in the last year alone the centre attended over 1,200 births. Ramon’s parents, Maria Bermudez and Ramon Fernandez are both Torrevieja residents and expressed their joy at the birth of their third child and gave their thanks to the team of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Torrevieja Hospital has six labour rooms, for both delivery and individual recovery and are equipped with the latest technology. In addition, the hospital provides the application of epidural anesthesia 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, unless medically contraindicated. Another major advantage is the adjustable bed of the delivery room that offers mothers to be the option of giving birth in the position she chooses, giving you the opportunity to decide how you want to have your baby.
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Spain number one in A Place in the Sun by Keith Nicol SPAIN, AND especially the Costa Blanca region, will be on the mind of thousands of interested property buyers this weekend. ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ is the UK’s largest and best-attended overseas property exhibition and is taking place at Olympia London this weekend, from today 28th March, through to Sunday 30th March 2014. Exhibiting at the show are such well known local companies as TM, MASA and Marsol Internacional from Torrevieja, of the 160 companies exhibiting, 70 of these are promoting Spain at the show. Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is represented by Alicante’s British Consul Paul Rodwell, who is a key speaker at the event. He is on stage on five occasions in the Theatre for the featured talk on ‘How, what and where to buy in Spain’ as the only impartial speaker with three other presenters, promoting Spain. The official exhibition of the hit television series, ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ attracts thousands of serious overseas property hunters every spring and autumn. The show features a packed programme of free-to-attend seminars in ‘The A Place in the Sun Hub’ with advice and insight from Jasmine Harman, Jonnie Irwin, Amanda Lamb and Laura Hamilton. Their experience has been gained from many house-hunting episodes around the world with the ‘A Place in the Sun’ TV crew plus series Editor Liz Rowlinson who hosts a panel with indus-
try insiders and expert Question and Answer sessions. Of last year’s show, presenter Jonnie Irwin said; “The discerning visitors to ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ at London Olympia were clearly on the hunt for property, but were also there to get the free specialist advice that lies at the very core of what A Place in the Sun is all about.” His colleague Jasmine Harman, added; “Buying a property abroad is a dream for so many people, and what is great at the show is that everyone who comes along is able to get the advice and expertise to help them make their dreams come true.” The popularity of the show bodes well for a return of consumer con-
fidence in purchasing property in the region. On their web site alone they feature almost 15,000 properties for sale with show exhibitors hoping for positive growth in the market for 2014. Of last year’s show, Paul Rodwell said “It was great to see Brits researching living abroad by visiting A Place in the Sun Live,”
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Spain mourns Adolfo Suarez
Courts of Justice paper scandal THE COURTS of Justice in Valencia are being threatened by stationers Charts Tartessos of Andalucia with a paper stoppage. Sources within the company allegedly claim the courts owe around 300,000€ in arrears for stationery supplies and no further deliveries will be made until at least a third of the amount owed has been cleared.
Isolated by copper thieves
by Jan Gamm SPAIN IS in mourning for the country’s first ‘post-Franco’ Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez, who died of a respiratory infection this week aged 81, having suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last ten years. A long-standing friend of King Juan Carlos, Suarez was one of Spain’s most respected politicians, charged with uniting the country’s political factions on the death of General Franco in 1975, winning Spain’s first democratic elections in 1977. Suarez’ son, Adolfo Suarez Illana, praised both his father’s and the King’s role in the post-Franco period: “Thanks to the King, he was able to do what was needed at a unique moment in the history of Spain. Together, they changed the course of history.”
COPPER THEFT is now reaching unmanageable levels throughout Spain, forcing police to resort to elaborate alarm systems to alert local constabularies when thefts are taking place. Alarms are not particularly successful as by the time the police arrive the thieves have often made their escape. However, in the absence of any other solution it is all the authorities can do… In the village of El Abdet in the Marina Baixa recently 100 residents were left without telephones for 15 days while Telefonica repaired broken lines due to copper wire theft. So far this month there have been 75 such thefts in the province of Alicante alone. Repairs are prioritised depending on the number of residents left isolated by the interruption in service.
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Torrevieja makes history at the European Parliament
Sí mi príncipe!
by Keith Nicol FOR THE first time in history the music of the world famous Habaneras was heard in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. The occasion was the presentation of the 60th Anniversary of the International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony of Torrevieja and such is the high standing of the event that the ceremony was also attended by a large number of Spanish MEPs from all political parties, Pilar del Castillo, former Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain from 2000 to 2004 and the director of the Cervantes Institute in Brussels, Maria Gonzalez Encinar. MEP Eva Ortiz said of the event; “Torrevieja and the Habaneras have become the capital of European culture this week, with the celebration of this historic concert.” The initiative behind the occasion was a special presentation organised to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony, which will be contested this coming July. As also happened last week at the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, the city offered an intimate concert under the name “In times of Havana” featuring a selection of torrevejenses
Torrevieja took centre stage at the EU this week
vocalists representing Torreieja’s major choirs under the direction of conductor and composer, Aurelio Martínez López. Oriolana MEP Eva Ortiz, who has been one of the main promoters of this major event, served as host of the Torrevieja delegation led by Mayor Eduardo Dolon and Councillor for Culture and deputy of Habaneras, Luis María Pizana. The vice president of the Generalitat Valenciana, José Císcar, endorsed the torrevejense delegation who had travelled to Brussels expressly for the occasion and highlighted the importance of the annual event; “as one of the main cultural and musical references of the
Valencian Community.” José Císcar met with the mayor, Eduardo Dolon and MEP, Eva Ortiz, who welcomed the delegation; “who shared the most precious element of Torrevieja’s musical culture, the Habaneras, which attracted the interest of so many people who have recognised the importance of this cultural event in the heart of Europe.” Eduardo Dolon thanked Ciscar for his great efforts to promote Torrevieja and Contest of Habanera and the chance to be able to present such an important aspect of Torrevieja culture at the European Parliament, for such an important event is its 60th anniversary.
THE APPOINTMENT of a Spanish nanny to look after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son, Prince George, is attracting considerable comment in the UK. Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo has been given a fulltime appointment at Kensington Palace where she is to have her own accommodation. Ms Borrallo, who began her new appointment as royal nanny at the end of February, will accompany the Duke and Duchess on their tour of Australia and New Zealand next month, in charge of Prince George while his parents attend public engagements. She is a dedicated Norland College ‘career nanny’, although unlike the average ‘Mary Poppins’ prefers to wear casual clothes rather than the distinctive Norland brown uniform. Ms Borrallo is thought to be the first foreign nanny to look after a future British monarch. Since Ms Borallo began working for the Cambridges it has come to light that she allegedly is still on the Town Hall’s ‘black list’ in her home town of Palencia, despite clearing an IBI bill left in arrears in 2007/8. Palencia council declined to comment.
Table Top or Car Boot Sale at RA3
A TABLE Top/Car Boot Sale is to be held at Urb Entrenaranjos RA3 pool area, Calle Manzano, near Vistabella Golf off the CV945 between San Miguel de Salinas and Los Montesinos on Good Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. There will be refreshments and home baking on sale as well as prizes to be won. A great family day out! To book a table call: 96 500 3069, 626 292 151 or 628 033 725.
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AVE to Alicante: the dead link DATA PROVIDED by hoteliers has revealed that 60% of passengers travelling into Alicante via the AVE train service are going on from the city to other tourist destinations, the most popular being Benidorm, Denia, Calpe, Torrevieja and Santa Pola. by Jan Gamm Of every 100 people going into Alicante by train, more than 30 do not stay in the capital but travel to other parts of the province via car, taxi, etc., making uncomfortable connections instead of enjoying the convenience of smooth shuttle links to major tourist hubs on the Costa Blanca such as Benidorm and Torrevieja. Benidorm Hotel association Hosbec has always strongly criticised the decision of Alicante mayor Sonia Castedo to block Passengers shuttle connections from the Alicante terminal at the design stage. Hosbec boss Antonio tackle Mayor, upholding that it is vital to provide passengers with reliable links to tourist centres uncomfortable of their choice, said on Tuesday: “It is madness. Something must be done urgently to reclinks out of Alicante tify this situation that is a direct result of Castedo’s crazy decision-making.”
An internet disgrace! ACCORDING TO a study published today by the European Commission, internet users in Spain in 2013 paid between 40€ and 60€ for monthly broadband services, the second highest in Europe. Cyprus hit the top spot between 46€ and 90€. Lithuania and Romania offers the most competitive prices, between 10€ and 11€. Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday the Vice President of the EC, Neelie Kroes, said: “There is no single ‘internet market’, and that has to change. Nothing justifies that one European has to pay more than four times what another
pays for the same broadband usage.” Other studies showed that in broadband markets in the EU there are virtually no guidelines or coherence. It was noted that 66% of citizens do not know what internet speed they have contracted and that consumers get on average only 75% of the broadband they have hired. The European Parliament is to vote next week on a series of measures proposed by the Commission aimed at rectifying the problem and regulating rights and services for consumers across Europe.
Coughs and sneezes
POLLEN LEVELS this year are assessed to be the worst in a decade, with Cypress pollen (ornamental hedges) in late January registering almost 2,000 grains per cubic metre: 25 – 30 grains produce symptoms. Experts are also concerned that pollution levels in built up areas aggravate the effects of pollen proteins in chronic sufferers, causing damage to the mucosa. Heavily polluted areas have a higher incidence of asthma and allergic diseases.
Lib Dems back expat votes by Jack Troughton CAMPAIGNERS FIGHTING for expats to be represented and have a voice in the House of Commons have found an ally in the Liberal Democrats. The party has adopted as policy recognising the right of all British citizens living in Europe to be represented in UK Government. Following the party’s York conference, the Lib Dems will “explore the viability” of having overseas constituencies as already used in other European countries. And MPs and MEPs are to seek an EUwide reciprocal agreement to insure all EU citizens who exercise their right of freedom of movement will not find themselves disenfranchised. The party believes this could be achieved through existing models – Austria uses an ‘opt-in’ scheme where citizens wishing to vote in their home country make a declaration they wish to do so every 10 years. In addition those who choose not to have a vote back at home could ‘opt out’ to have a voice in their country of residence. In Spain, for example, expats can only vote in local and European elections. Margaret Hales, MBE, of the Votes for Expat Brits pressure group, said she was “delighted” the Liberal Democrats recognised at Britons abroad “not only have a right to take
part in the democratic processes of Britain but very many of us want to take part.” DIFFICULTY She said “unfortunately” there were many difficulties stacked up against expats – such as the problems of registration, postal delays and disenfranchisement under the 15 years rule – although some were being addressed. Margaret, who lives in Benitachell, added: “but if one part of the establishment is now going to support us, that’s wonderful. Now we have the difficult task of working on Mr Milliband’s merry men! “I fear that the Conservatives are more consumed with immigration and referenda than looking after the rights of their British citizens. But that should not stop us, I beg everyone to write to their MP and tell them we want our vote...email them at the Houses of Parliament! All that can should register to vote.” Fellow campaigner Brian Cave said Britain was just one of five European countries from 28 which prevented its citizens from having a full democratic voice in their respective national elections. He added: “The only other group of British citizens to be deprived of the vote are prisoners!” For more information about the campaign go to www.votes-for-expat-brits.com and to register to vote in the UK, visit www.aboutmyvote.com
Cash in hand
By Jack Troughton FOREIGN EXCHANGE specialist Moneycorp is offering readers the chance to cash in by making an appointment at one of its successful Currency Clinics. The final three of the current series of clinics along the coast are being staged next month and it is an opportunity to discuss all aspects of foreign exchange with a company trusted in the field since 1979 – and recommended by RTN since 2004. Moneycorp is offering free and friendly face to face meetings with an expert and a chat about all the options in foreign exchange – helping insure everyone can get the best deal possible. Clinics for Javea, Denia and Moraira are being staged on Tuesday 8th April, for Benidorm, Altea and Alfaz on Tuesday 15th April, and for Quesada, Torrevieja and San Miguel on Tuesday 22nd April. Experts will be available between 10am and 1pm and booking an appointment is essential. Just call 902 118 999 between 10am and 6pm to reserve a meeting with Moneycorp.
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Beware of ladies with flowers
I FEEL that I must write to warn others. My experience left me weak at the knees thinking about ‘what nearly was’. Tuesday March 4th: a beautiful day and some family members including my young grandson and I decided to have walk along the sea front. I momentarily forgot the common sense rules about safely carrying credit cards and cash. Literally two minutes after arriving at the sea front I was aware of two short, middleaged women carrying flowers behind me. Foolishly, I had my shoulder bag round my back and not in front. Talking as one does and totally distracted I noticed an almost imperceptible movement on my bag. I pulled my bag immediately round to the front of me and noticed that the zip was open! I was rooted to the spot and my stomach fell to my shoes and for a few seconds I did not dare to look in my unzipped bag for fear of what I may find or not find. When I summoned up the courage to check on my purse I did find it intact - but my nerves were totally shattered. Of course like an idiot I had everything in it cash, credit cards, driving license, medical card etc. When I turned around to look for the two women with the flowers they were drifting off into the crowd going the other way. So please be aware of smiling ladies carrying flowers! Margaret Ash
Thank you Esher Hospice
IN REMEMBRANCE of my mother who sadly passed away Feb 22 in the Esher Hospice for which I thank them for the very great care and attendance they showed to my mother and help they showed to family. Your sincerely A.H.Holt ( Tony ) Eldest son and resident of Torrevieja. A touching poem written by her three granddaughters can be seen on our website www.roundtownnews.com under RTN Mailbox
Nothing more to do than complain
I MUST reply to Frank Colet’s letter RTN 21-27th march concerning motor homes. As a Spanish property owner and motor home owner often parking in the car park beside Mercadona (it is not owned by Mercadona) the toilet cassettes are emptied into a cesspit (the same place Franks No 2 goes). Water we get from a garage where we buy fuel. Groceries and water come from Mercadona or playa Flamenca market, thus putting money into Spanish bank accounts. We own a house on Montegolf and pay
all due charges but prefer to visit other parts of Spain and Europe. France especially is ‘motor home friendly’, often costing nothing or a few euros to park and do other necessities. We have tried campsites but find the rules too restricted. We parked at Florentillies, San Miguel with friends. After 5 days were told people had complained (expats with nothing to do but complain) that we did not have our very small dog tied up (she never wandered off our pitch). We had to pay 1.75€ a day for a dog and she was not al-
lowed to be walked around the campsite but had to be exercised off site on a very busy road. We left immediately at a cost off 85€. As for an eyesore most motor homes cost more than Frank’s house. ‘An eyesore’ is the builders rubbish left at our community green bin; the dog poop not picked up by irresponsible owners; and abandoned buildings left unfinished. He would have something to complain about if he lived in UK near a gypsy site. Instead of moving on motor homes the police should be checking UK-registered cars running around with no tax or MOT. Shirley Snook
“Vete”! ALTHOUGH MOST people are aware of pickpockets in crowded areas on the Costa Blanca I would like to draw your readers’ attention to another crime which targets vulnerable and disabled people. I am wheelchair bound due to an amputation of my leg and rely on my wife to assist me in and out of the car and lift the wheelchair into and out of the boot. On occasions passers-by have offered help to get my leg into the car and have assisted my wife to fold and lift the wheelchair. This has been much appreciated and we have both expressed surprise at how helpful people are in Spain. But now we are very wary and suspicious as on two recent occasions rather than helping us, thieves have helped themselves to my wife’s purse, taking it from a small bag which she wears across her body. These thefts were not noticed until sometime later when we needed cash or a credit card. We are now sadly going to say “Vete!” (Go away!) to any offer of help. So be aware - if you are vulnerable due to a disability, you could be an easy target for the unscrupulous. David Northway, La Nucia
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In an in-vernal spin over my equinoxes WELL, I hadn’t heard from him in nearly four years so I thought I was safe - but after last week’s WIB I’ve once again stirred the Brigadier (somewhere in Javea) to put pen to paper; or more accurately keystroke to email. What had I done wrong? What inaccuracies had I let through this time? Apparently, the cause of his current ire was my declaration of spring being March 21st. “This is completely inaccurate Watts,” he groans. Okay, the longest day is always June 21 and the shortest day is always December 21, is this not so? Therefore, I’ve always reckoned the spring equinox to be March 21 and this is what I declared last week. But this wasn’t the case. Oh no I was a day late because this year the equinox was March 20. “And,” bemoans the Brig, “I wish you popularizing hacks would use the correct name: it’s the vernal equinox.” Hmmm, like many things Brig, sometimes there’s more than one name for an action, object or person. But whichever term you use: spring, vernal or March the fact is the equinox does move about a bit. My astronomy teaching chum Dave Feintuck told me, “Your correspondent is correct Paul, this year’s equinox was indeed the twentieth but it can occur on any of three days in March.” Dave gave me a brief les-
son on when this is: “The equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator. That is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator [Dave waves his hand in some middle distant point] from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. And this year it was last Thursday.” All of which means the Brigadier was right. Over the years I guess I’ve just tied it in with my parent’s wedding anniversary on March 21 – and that event, dear Brig, is a fixed point! Oh well, you learn something everyday. With that in mind and for the delectation of pedants in Javea and beyond here are some salient equinoxal factoids: “The Earth’s axis is always tilted at an angle of about 23.5° in relation to the ecliptic, the imaginary plane created by the Earth’s path around the Sun. However, the tilt’s orientation changes throughout the year. On any other day of the year, the Earth’s axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun and is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays…” Gosh, that’s a lot to take in; I think I prefer to view it with this marvellous new photo that NASA has released. It shows the Earth on the day of the vernal equinox as captured by the GOES-13 satellite operated
First day of spring from up above 2014
by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is a tad America-centric, which may upset the Brigadier as Javea is not yet in sight, but nonthe-less is a glorious view of our world. And for the further delectation of pedants in Javea and beyond a NASA official reported in the image description: “This full-disk image from NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite was captured at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) and shows the Americas on March 20, 2014. This date marks the start of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere.” Well done, Brig you’ve got it right again… Here’s one fact I won’t get wrong BST starts the day after tomorrow – so, put your clocks forward an hour this Sunday morning. Yup, the lighter evenings are here. Watts in Britain, so you don’t have to be
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Gastronomic delights with ‘Desayun-Arte Breakfast-Art’ by Keith Nicol ALONG WITH sand, sea, sports, sun and sangria, one of Torrevieja’s newest tourism promotions is a new range of gastronomic events, building on such events as the successful Tapas Route. Their newest initiative was something of a mystery when it came to an explanation as to what was exactly going to happen, but was promoted as a sort of breakfast picnic, that is intended to become a monthly event in different parts around the city. On Sunday, the first Breakfast Art event was organised around the Plaza de Oriente, where more than fifty people from various groups and associations, gathered at the side
of the Church of the Sacred Heart, for the first such breakfast picnic, on this occasion organised by the Departments of Citizenship, Foreigners and Youth. The activity invites all of Torrevieja’s groups and Associations to take the opportunity to share any type of gastronomic initiative on a monthly basis. In essence the idea is to ‘share’ your picnic, to possibly arrange a Sunday morning event highlighting typical local choices of food, that one might find if out for brunch in any of Torrevieja’s more than one hundred countries that make up Torrevieja’s diverse population. On Sunday, there was certainly something for everyone: all kinds of meats,
Breakfast Art is Torrevieja’s newest gastronomic activity
pies, salads, coffee kept warm in thermoses flasks, hot chocolate and candy that was given away at the door the Church. Definitely the surprise of the morning we took her to get to see Antonio ‘El Torero’ with his guitar and Karim Wasfi on bass, the Director of the Banda Sinfónica de Bagdag, performing a spontaneous open air concert that enthralled one and all with their special
Randy Greer ends Jazz Festival THE MUSIC of the legendary Nat King Cole was the main attraction for a primarily British audience who packed out Torrevieja’s Palacio de Musica on Sunday night. They came to hear San Francisco born vocalist Randy Greer, whose voice at times bore an uncanny resemblance to that of the celebrated artist. Greer was joined on stage by four equally talented musicians; Enric Peidró on Tenor sax, British pianist Richard Busiakiewicz plus Spanish artists Andres Lizón
on bass and Curro García on drums. The planned concert set lasted almost an hour and a half and was primarily a tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole, featuring a repertoire of some of the biggest hits of his long career including ‘I can’t give you anything but love’, ‘This can’t be love’, ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Straighten up and fly right’, ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ and ‘Route 66’. The success of the first such festival bodes well for a second and longer cycle in 2015.
blend of music. Councillors Agustina Esteve and Rosario Martínez attended the event and look forward to building a special following around the city, where residents can mix and mingle and enjoy finding out more about each other’s culture, music and gastronomy. More information about organising you own special Sunday event is available by leaving your details at the Department of Tourism.
Charity Cricket Match NEXT SATURDAY 5th April, a charity cricket match between Torrevieja CC and La Marina Mean Machine will take place at the Dani Plaza Athletics Track in the Torrevieja sports centre. The Mean Machine is a team of volunteers who raise money for the AECC, and one of their members, Paul (Doc) Docherty initiated a trophy to be contested annually. Torrevieja CC won it last year so the Mean Machine is out for revenge. Sadly, Paul passed away in 2013 but requested that further money raised should go to ‘wish upon a star’, a charity that gives terminally ill children a holiday. The match starts at 10.30am and they hope as many people as possible turn up to support this worthy cause.
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Nicola Kuhn Under16 runner-up Valencia
Nicola Kuhn, in white
by Keith Nicol NICOLA KUHN made headlines again last weekend, losing out in a closely fought final against newly crowned Valencian Champion Marcos Sanz. Although obviously disappointed, the Torrevieja Tennis Club player showed his ever-increasing maturity as a future professional player, as although he finished runner up, he was playing two years above his age category, at Under 16 level. Nicola is currently training at the Academia Equelite de Juan Carlos Ferrero, under the guidance of former World Number One Juan Carlos himself. Nicola did not a drop a single set on his way to the final with only a couple of points separating the two, as Marcos Sanz won the final only 7:6, 6:4. Meanwhile in Barcelona. Torreviejaâ€™s la-
dies were also receiving some attention with torrevejense tennis player Eva Guerrero winning the qualifying tournament for the Mutual Madrid Open U-16 tournament, which was held in the RCT Barcelona. The confident Guerrero winning the final against Marina Olalla seeded number one, by a clear 6:1, 6:1. The win qualifies Eva to play in the Mutua Madrid Open Under -16 category, which is played at the same time as the 1000 Mutua Madrid professional competition in Madrid next May, 2014. Torrevieja ranks second overall, after Valencia, in the Provincial Tennis rankings, with at least three or four other junior players also climbing the Spanish national rankings in their age categories and looking to possible professional careers, including Joshua Merino, JesĂşs Quesada, David Caprotta, Andrei Devyatkin and Carlos Guerrero.
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What is SEO/BirdLife? SEO/BIRDLIFE is an organisation working for the conservation of birds and their habitat. With 12,000 members it is supported by 4,000 volunteer workers and more than 40 local groups with 10 regional offices in different parts of Spain, the country’s longest-standing conservation NGO, this year celebrating its 60th Anniversary. SEO/BirdLife’s work is based on research; conservation and public awareness. Another ongoing concern is that plans, programmes and policies which have environmental impacts are made compatible with conservation. Illegal activities are consistently reported to Spanish courts of law or even straight to the European Commission, especially where the illegal use of poison, poaching or constructions that harm biodiversity are suspected. SEO/BirdLife runs over 25,000 hectares of reserves, either as outright site-owner or under management agreements with councils and private owners. Its work is crucial in the designation of many Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in Spain and is responsible for the identification, listing and monitoring of Important Bird Areas (IBAs). More than 150,000 people have taken part
in conservation, citizen science, education and communication campaigns, with nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook accounts and over half a million hits a year on www.seo.org (choose ‘inglés’ from the ‘Google translate’ option at the top righthand side of each webpage). YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL
Campaigns vary involving site conservation; threatened species; farming policies; water management and climate change. Join up today to help conserve our natural heritage. WELCOME PACK Interactive CD of birdsong Field guide to the Common Birds of Spain One year’s free subscription to ‘Aves y Naturaleza’ (Birds and Nature) with breaking bird and conservation news Special subscription price for scientific journal ‘Ardeola’ Subscription to Boletín Digital (Online news), with news of activities, calls and invitations, courses or volunteer worker programmes. The SEO/BirdLife Membership Card, entitling you to special discounts on purchases
from our catalogues (books, binoculars, field trips…) MEMBERSHIP
email at Valencia@SEO.org. Pablo is a fluent English speaker and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Adult Individual: 42€ per year or 6€ per month Double (two people/same address): 58€ per year or 7€ per month Family (three or more at the same address): 73€ per year or 8€ per month Pensioner (proof of status required): 25€ per year or 4€ per month Student (person aged 18-25 in further education): 35€ per year or 5€ per month Teenager (any individual aged 13-18): 25€ per year or 4€ per month Aventurer’s Club for children aged up to 14: 15€ per year for one child or 25€ per year for two or more children: includes a copy of the Encyclopedia of Birds of Spain (booklet & DVD). CONTACT INFORMATION This article is part of a new effort by SEO/ BirdLife to reach out to English speakers in Spain and offer them an interesting way to get to know the country and its wildlife and wild places. Please contact Pablo Vera by
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Calling all trekkers!
ON SUNDAY 6th April 2014, the third ‘Vuelta a Rojales’ trekking day will be held: 7 hours over 30km – medium/low difficulty - part of the Rojales Sports Department’s signposted noncompetitive trekking routes within the Municipality. Around 400 trekkers are expected to take part. The route starts on the weekly market grounds, continuing to the Segura River, Cabezo Soler Hill and the ‘El Recorral’ Park towards La Mata Natural Park, the first stop for fruit and water. Trekkers will continue through Ciudad Quesda to ‘Hoyo Serrano’, the second refreshment spot, on through Heredades, the Segura River towards Rojales to end by the weekly market grounds, where they will enjoy a snack. Local Police officers as well as Protección Civil volunteers will accompany the hikers for the whole route (organisers have civil liability insurance and accident insurance). Register by 3rd April at the information desk, Rojales Town Hall or via www.rojales.es
Soul Power for the Pink Ladies By Keith Nicol SOUL POWER was the star attraction on Friday March 21st as Maria and the Pink Ladies held a fundraising event in aid of the AECC at the Breakaways Bar in Torre de Pichon. The band had everyone on their feet dancing to the sounds of Motown and soul, helping to raise 730€ for the AECC through the raffle and donations. Maria and The Pink Ladies wanted to thank all the staff at Breakaways and Soul Power for providing them with an excellent evening of music, dance and entertainment, all in aid of a very worthwhile cause.
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Spring clean your paper work
SO, HERE we are in Spring! If you live on the Costa Blanca or have spent much of the past by few months out here, you will perhaps feel that winter passed us by this year. We could Suzanne probably count on one hand the number of times we’ve had to reach for the brolly.
O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco
NOW, WE have the promise of all the spring and summer to come but aren’t yet wilting under the intense July and August heat. It’s a time to make decisions and, without putting a damper on it, it’s time to take a fresh look at your paperwork too.
Many of you are doing just that. We were delighted to play host to so many British residents who attended our recent event, ‘Tax, Tea and Travel’ at La Zenia Hotel last week. Their questions were a timely reminder about just how much confusion there still is surrounding tax and legal issues in Spain and also just how keen the majority of people are to do it right. Not everyone is interested in or able to come to one of our events, so here are a selection of questions that we have found that expats are asking:
IF I HAVE NO TAX TO PAY WHAT’S THE POINT IN MAKING AN ANNUAL DECLARATION? We do recommend that all residents make an annual tax declaration whether or not they have to pay taxes. Doing so makes it easier to show that you are a fiscal resident which is particularly beneficial when it comes to either selling or bequeathing your home. It means that usually, a much lower rate of inheritance tax applies and that you won’t have 3% retained on the sale of your house.
I LIVE IN SPAIN FOR SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR – AM I A RESIDENT? Yes, you are, if you live in Spain for more than 183 days a year.
WHEN, WHERE AND HOW SHOULD I MAKE A DECLARATION AND IS IT COMPLICATED? The resident annual tax declaration must be made before 30th June every year to take into account the previous year’s income. A good fiscal representative will help you through the process and ensure that it is kept as simple as possible with explanations delivered in your native tongue. The declaration is simple, useful and required in the vast majority of cases. The spring is a good time of year for clearing out the winter woollies (if you needed them in the first place) and clearing up your pending paperwork too.
I ONLY DRAW A SMALL PENSION: DO I REALLY NEED TO MAKE A RESIDENT TAX DECLARATION? People are often surprised at the threshold above which residents are required to make an annual resident tax declaration. For example, if you receive one or more pensions from abroad that total more than 11,200€ a year then you are required to make one (other conditions also apply). 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
Score yourself a new Samsung tablet
PENNICK BLACKWELL Financial Services are offering a free Samsung Tablet along with your Pension Transfer and 30% Lump Sum with Pennick Blackwell QROPS. The offer applies to any new customer who contacts the company throughout the month of March. You will receive your free tablet when your funds are transferred. And if you introduce a friend who completes transfer you also get a free night at a Costa Blanca hotel! Call Pennick Blackwell Financial Services on 865 674 038 or 0034 657 076 055, visit www.pennickblackwell.com see Facebook page facebook.com/pennickblackwell or pop into the office at Avda. Albir 73 for a quick chat.
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of White & Baos Abogados
English & Spanish Solicitors
Pre nuptial agreements
MARRIAGE BETWEEN expatriates with different nationalities in Spain I INTEND to marry my current partner. We are both expatriates (non Spanish) living in Spain, I am British, whilst my partner is not. Could we sign a prenuptial agreement? If so would it be possible to do so now, before getting married? How would we do it? Though both of you are of different nationality, if you both reside in Spain at the time of the marriage, the law applicable to your marriage should be Spanish Law. Regarding which law would apply, it could be the common and general Spanish Law, ie the Spanish Civil Code and national regulations for marriages, family law, etc., or the foral law, which is the special law of some areas of Spain, which have their own family law, like Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana ( Alicante, Valencia and Castellon), etc. If in your case the common law applied, (national
common regulation for the whole of Spain less the communities with their own law), then it is possible to grant a prenuptial agreement, ( capitulaciones matrimoniales. These are regulated in the Spanish Civil Code, articles from 1325 to 1355. From these articles and regulations, it must be highlighted that: The prenuptial agreements could be granted and signed before or after the marriage. To be legally valid, the prenuptial agreements must be on a public deed, granted in front of a notary, and these agreements could not be against the law, customary practice or limit the spouse’s right to equality. It must be noted on the marriage registration in the Civil Registry that the prenuptial agreement has been granted if it modifies the marriage’s economic regime. In your question you say you want to grant and sign a prenuptial agreement now, before the marriage.
As per the article 1334 of the Civil Code, you may grant it, but for it to have effect you must be married within 1 year. If you have any query about prenuptial agreement or family law in Spain, we can assist you. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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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Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant
Wincham attends Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Exhibition Calpe WINCHAM CONSULTANTS has experienced an increased demand in enquiries from Spanish property owners worrying about the issue of Spanish Inheritance Tax (IHT). The Company has recently expanded their operation from offices in the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol along the coast to include the Costa Calida. During 3rd & 4th April Wincham will be at the Home, Gardens and Lifestyle Exhibition (stands 4 & 5) located at The Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, offering new and existing clients the opportunity to discuss their personal circumstances on a one-to-one basis, providing a free of charge Inheritance Tax illustration. Before contacting Wincham most property owners are either unaware or have been misled about the potential financial burden their beneficiaries may face upon their death. The surviving partner, or beneficiaries, may have a tax bill which exceeds the value of the entire Spanish asset being inherited plus the cost of obtaining probate in more than one country. The Wincham solution to the IHT/ISD problem in Spain is for the owner/s to invest their Spanish
property into a new UK company (which Wincham can supply) where the owners are both the shareholders and directors and remain in complete control of their asset. (There is no 7-10% Property Transfer Tax payable on this transaction). The property then becomes owned within a UK company and as such comes under UK tax law. Any transfers between a husband and wife in the UK are tax exempt. Each individual has an allowance of ÂŁ325,000 before IHT is payable in the UK and a couple would therefore have a combined allowance of ÂŁ650,000. The professionals at Wincham in the UK and Spain are on-hand to help clients through this process as smoothly as possible. There are many taxation benefits when investing a property into your own UK Limited Company together with the ability to structure the ownership of the Company to suit Beneficiaries needs in a way that is simply not possible under Spanish law. If you would like to meet with one of our trained Consultants at the exhibition or to be updated on
Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol) UK Tel: +44 (0)1260 299 700 | Spain Tel: +34 965 830 991 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: www.winchamiht.com
future Wincham events and to find out more about the implications of Spanish IHT and the legal steps you can take to avoid it please visit www.winchamiht.com and register your details, or telephone a consultant directly in Spain on 0034 96 583 0991 / UK +44 (0)1260 299 700. Wincham International is also able to assist you with Legal, Accountancy, Will Writing and Probate issues in both the UK and Spain.
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What do the UK pension changes mean for you?
Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca
IN THE UK budget on 19th March 2014, the Chancellor announced lots of changes to the UK pension system: how will these affect you?
Pension fund amount
Pension Cash lump sum taken tax free -25%
FOR THOSE of you who have already brought annuities nothing changes, everything stays the same.
% Tax on balance
For those of you with private pensions with effect from 27th March the following rules change: An increase in the maximum amount from a drawdown pension in UK to 150% of GAD: this increases the amount available (as of March 2014) for a 65 year old from 7.08% p.a. to 8.85% p.a. Reduction in the amount of guaranteed income needed to take advantage of Flexible Drawdown to £12,000. The trivial commutation limit increased from £18,000 to £30,000. Smaller pension funds can be taken as a lump sum, regardless of triviality limit: now three funds up to a maximum £10,000 each. A number of the remaining changes are still subject to consultation and indeed legislation in the Finance Act 2015, immediately ahead of the UK General Election – this in itself creates further uncertainty. But the main announcement was that from April 2015 you will be allowed the cash in all of your UK private pension: please note this does not and will not include final salary or government pension and at the moment QROPS. However, what has been glossed over is that if you cash in your pension you will be taxed and this could be as high as 45%. Here is an illustration of the tax consequences of en-cashing a Pension Fund in the UK based on the proposed rules
% Tax on total fund
*These figures are based on current tax rates, assume no other UK income and assume that the personal allowance reduces after £100,000
ADDITIONAL NOTES: In section 2.67 of the 2014 UK Budget Report, the intention is stated to remove the personal allowance from non-residents – unless they can prove close ties with the UK. If only some of the fund is taken from a UK Defined Contribution Scheme (e.g. a SIPP), the balance will be charged at 55% on death – potentially being reduced, subject to consultation, but unlikely to be below 40% even after this. Final salary and Government pensions will not be able to be cashed in and they will no longer be allowed to be transferred i.e. to a QROPS. As an expatriate in Spain you have another route. Many of you will have read about QROPS and their benefits. If you have any questions about your private pensions or were considering transferring your Government or Final salary pension out of the UK but had decided to wait, now is the time to act while you still can. If you need independent, impartial advice on your financial future please contact me by email email@example.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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UKMoneyonline IMAGINE HAVING a business where you could work anywhere in the world without offices, stock or employees and earn tax free money? By Colin Harris Well I have one and am looking for selfmotivated people who can join my amazing business. Firstly, it’s not for everyone but full training is provided and as a qualified teacher I accept that people learn in different ways and the older we get it takes more time to understand. So what am I offering? I have a very well established sports trading business which month on month has generated tax free profits of between 5% and 10%. Do you need money to
start? The answer is whilst you are learning, no as you can paper trade until you are competent to start trading with real money. So far this month I have generated a tax free profit on capital invested of over 13%. I also have associates who offer a managed service for those people who prefer to hand over the reins. I am offering free initial training for small groups so if you would like to know more please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also provided is my extensive trading manual which normally retails at £99.00. For the dubious amongst you simply follow my free trading tips on Twitter. My Twitter address is ukmoneyonline. All my trading results can be found on the web site www.ukmoneyonline.co.uk. Sign up to the weekly update by logging onto the Contact Us page or email Colin Harris at email@example.com
Benidorm Casino taking shape
By Irena Bodnarec THE NEW ´Casino Mediterraneo´ in Benidorm, due to open in July have started the process of recruiting staff. Over 400 applicants applied for 70 jobs and interviews have been taking place this week. The successful candidates will attend a casino training school which will take place at the Palau dÉsports L´llla in Benidorm, starting on 1st April and ending at the end of June. A mock casino has been specially set up and classes will be taught in American Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, Texas Hold´em and Punto Banco as well as the use of gaming and sports betting machines. Staff will also be trained for other positions such as customer service agents, receptionists, waiters and hospitality services. Progress on the structure, located at the Rincon end of the Avd Mediterraneo continues, with workmen on site 6 days a week.
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home & garden
Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author
Refreshing rains and a change of plan AFTER A day of shopping and investigating gazeboes yesterday I had planned a long session in the garden this morning but during two long early Skype calls it started to pour and continued for a couple of hours. So it has been a catching-up computer day instead. At least the plants have been refreshed and the soil will now be easier to work when planting a few extra summer lilies; planting potatoes and giving the veggie plot a rotovate; sowing alfalfa for the rabbits and extra nutritious leaf for salads; sowing squashes and courgettes plus some summer beans. I have wandered around the garden to collect salad leaves - the only damage from the rain are some bashed down dwarf irises and about-to-open freesias. BRUSSELS ABOUT TO LEGISLATE ON GARDEN PLANTS One of the problems with the administration of the European Union is that the tone of most of its initiatives are restrictive rather than giving strategic leadership for resident peoples and individuals. Also as more and more countries have joined the mix of nationalities to be given appointments in each Directorate the selection process becomes more complex, taking into account experiences interests and language abilities up and down the corporate ladders.
Regulations on food growing are soon likely to be influenced by crop energy balances and gaseous pollutants. Attempts have recently been made to control seed swaps and according to The Sunday Express, controls on the varieties of flowering plants we are allowed to have in our gardens from the Arctic Circle of Finland to the Northern shores of the Straits of Gibraltar. UK could be seriously affected by the ban on the sale and planting of some varieties of rhododendron and in Spain on lantanas. I asked a university botanist why? The answer was ‘climate change due to global warming they could become evasive and encroach on the habitats of plants that have been naturalised in Spain for a longer time’. Every year I dig up a good number of invasive plants such as olive pine privet and palm saplings, bay and carob bonsais, and wild asparagus and blackberry bushes. But very rarely does a self-seeded lantana bush appear and when they have they have generally been interesting natural crosses of colours. I will keep track of the development of this legislation and update you when I can. It would be interesting to know the percentage of plants in today’s garden centres and gardens that were not in Spain before the exploration and raping of the Caribbean and South America and of the last mini ice age that finished in Spain in the mid 1800’s. My
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
partial analysis suggests that it would be high. IN CALPE ON 3RD AND 4TH APRIL On both 3rd and 4th April I will be on stand 66 at the Homes Gardens and Lifestyle Show at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe from 10am until 5pm to help you solve any problems relating to your current or future garden, whether around a villa or on an apartment terrace. Hope to chat with you. Incidentally, thanks to those readers who have made contact saying how much they have enjoyed reading ‘Our 52 Day Retirement Adventure Along the Spanish Pyrenees’ available from Amazon Books.
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Advanced Glass Protection
Anti shatter window film
AGP SL (Advanced Glass protection) have launched their company in Spain. They are specialists in the supply and installation of Solar, Security, Safety, Privacy and Designed glass films. AGP HAVE extensive experience in the fitting of their Glass Protection films having installed their products across the Middle East, Africa and the UK. Their films have been fitted to Embassies, United Nations, Government and large corporate buildings, protecting people and property behind glass from the effects of the sun to protection from shattering glass in an explosion. However, Tim Dean, the Managing Director of AGP, who has lived in Spain before and always wanted to return, has identified through his research a huge market in Spain for the supply and installation of a combined solar, security and safety film. Tim says, “I was extremely surprised when I realised that there isn’t a company pro-actively marketing this product in Spain. In a hot country like Spain the sun can cause problems through glass, creating excessive heat and glare, and because of that heat we either live behind blinds or spend small fortunes on keeping our homes or offices cool. None of us want to live and work in a concrete box or a dark environment so glass is important in our homes and offices, a large part of modern buildings’ design.” Tim went on to say: “Living and working behind glass is what we all do but with glass there can be problems. It is the weakest point of entry for a potential intruder and it can cause serious injury when broken or shattered. Our combined Solar, Security and Safety Film will eliminate all these problems. The anti-shatter element of the combined film will help to prevent injuries in the event of breakage or shattering glass and will stop an opportunist thief from gaining access to the property.” All AGP films also stop 99% of UV (Ultra Violet) light. It is Ultra Violet light that causes furniture, carpets, artwork and wooden flooring etc. to fade and discolour. You will be surprised at how little it will cost! Call AGP today. Tel: 96 677 5028 / 606 799 035, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.agpspain.com
The Diamante is a girls best friend! IN FACT everyone’s on 3rd & 4th April....... This is your invitation to the Event of the year in Calpe! CHARLIE DIMMOCK and Mark Stacey will be at the exciting Homes Gardens & LIFESTYLE Show in Calpe, at the Diamante Beach Hotel on Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th April 2014 The Show OPENS from 10.00 am until 17.00. GM Promotions have shaken not stirred all of the ingredients to bring YOU two activity, fun packed days bursting with inspiration and information. With over 85 exhibitors with hundreds of products and services on offer to see, touch, taste, try and buy...... This event has something for everyone with talks and presentations, gardening to gastronomy, art to dart’s, outside doors to chests of draws, healthy products and services to beds and beauty, FREE Financial advice to cookery demo’s, shopping, free prize draws and much much more for inspiration and information for you and your Home, Garden and LIFESTYLE. With give away’s galore! Female Focus has a surprise in store to win a 32” flat screen TV, participate in the Selection Box, collect the 4 stamps to enter the FREE draw to win a fantastic selection of Homes and Garden related prizes including a Luxury Weekend SPA Break at the Diamante Beach Hotel! Join in the fun to ‘Crack the Safe’ and WIN 500 EURO Cash!’ Come along and enjoy a fantastic day out and great Show experience with GM Promotions and our main Sponsor HiFX Don’t miss THE Event of the Year! In Calpe at the Diamante Beach Hotel on 3rd & 4th April 2014. 10.00 until 17.00. Show entry just €2.50 per person. To win two FREE tickets to the Show and VIP seats at The Costa Cook Off! just answer the following question:
Where was Charlie Dimmock born? email your answer to email@example.com for your chance to win free tickets to the show! www.gmpromotions.es for more details or contact us on 634 399 125. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!
Programme: Thursday 3rd April
11.30am – 11.50am: Talk: Mediterranean Gardening 12pm – 12.30pm: The Costa’s Cook Off! 12.30pm – 12.50pm: Cooking Demo – Cambridge 800 1pm - 1.30pm: Gardening Advice 2pm – 2.20pm: The Art Studio Demo 2.30pm – 2.50pm: Celebrity – Charlie Dimmock 3pm – 3.30pm: Costas Cook Off! 3.30pm – 3.50pm: Cooking: Cambridge 800 4pm – 4.30pm: Fruit Carving
Programme: Friday 4th April
11.30am – 11.50am: The Art Studio Demo 12pm – 12.30pm: The Costas Cook Off! 12.30pm – 12.50pm: Demo: Cambridge 800 1pm – 1.30: Celebrity: Charlie Dimmock 2pm -2.20pm: Mediterranean Gardening 2.30pm - 2.50pm: Flower Arranging Demo 3pm – 3.30pm: Costas Cook Off! 3.30pm – 3.50pm: Demo – Cambridge 800 4pm – 4.30pm: The Prize Draws Information correct at time of printing: Changes may apply on Show days.
HiFX GM Promotions Emaus Female Focus/The Professionals Magazine Outside Pool Area – Show Case Garden Costa’s Cook Off! Spectrum FM Charlesworth Gardens Naturalia Centre de Jardineria Coolashade
Custom Designs Irma Art Diamond Pets Zara Vincent Apasa UVE Cava Bar Mundo Spas Solar Power Systems Clearly Frameless Toldos Costa Blanca The Siesta Group Citron
DOWNSTAIRS INDOOR BAR AREA
53 Cambridge 800 53A Baglets 55 Hamiltons of London 56 Lynne’s British Bakewear 57 Chocolates SVEN 58 CCM Quality Services 59 Jan Westerdijk Interior Design 60 KA International 61 Repaintit.es 62 Henk’s Ceramics
63 CB Novosti 65 Flatpaxabia 66 Dick Handscombe 67 Evolution Grass 68 Eazy Automations 69 Lindylou’s Shabby Chic 70 The Art Studio 71 Avonline PLC 87 Mary Kay Cosmetics 88 España Azul
UPSTAIRS LIFESTYLE EXHIBITION
Dragonet Communications SL Who-Directory.com Female Focus Avalon - Art Gallery MABS – Cancer Charity 2 Total FM/ Entertainment 3 Vinoteca Raices Cuadradas 4 & 5 Wincham International 5B Shiatzu Massage 6 The Lions 7 IBEX Insurance 8 Vinos Monterruiz 9 Obsidian retreat 10 Protectapet 12 Indigo Car Hire 14 Klickhere.com 15 Mark Stacey - Cash in the Underbuild 15B deVere Spain 16 The Colina Club 18 Make a Smile 4 EMAUS 19 Herbal Life
20 Golden Leaves 21 Crack the Safe! 22 Almeria Angels 23 The Bed Centre 24 Currencies Direct 30 Old Prints & Maps 31 BMS Holiday & Care Resort 37 InmoCalpe 38 The Winning Express 39 Infinity FX 41 K&M Electrodomesticos 42 Kas Clairvoyant 43 Art Workshop 44 Takao Maki Art 46 Ronen Art 47 Wigs R Us 48 Mist Accessories 49 CHT Crystal 50 Nostalgic Jewellery 52 Costa Blanca News 89 My Destination Alicante 90 Tourismo Calpe
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Easter Break: Seven nights in sun-drenched Tenerife TENERIFE IS one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations thanks to its beautiful climate, B+B sun-drenched beaches and hot night-life.
161€ per person
THE ISLAND is lesser known for its rich cultural heritage yet it has a fascinating history and its own unique character. And there is plenty to see and do in addition to slaving over a hot sun-bed! The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre is a former hospital adapted as a natural history museum and now one of the city’s more
Hotel Catalonia del Rey
popular attractions. Or start at the Plaza Constitución and spend the day exploring the Old Town. The Pico del Teide cable car affords fantastic views on a clear day of the 3718m Mount Teide (a little pricey at 38€ and 25€ for under 14s but well worth it). A spectacular volcanic landscape provides an impressive backdrop for the music and culture of this beautiful Canary Islands paradise, in addition to an amazing 70km of gorgeous sandy beaches – a perfect sunshine escape. Hotels.tv have organised a 7-night Easter break at the fabulous 4-Star Hotel Catalonia del Rey. Priced at only 161€ per person, bed and breakfast is included. Call the reservations hotline on 865 674 036. But be quick as there are only a limited number of rooms available at this price!
Exclusive Holiday Deals Seven days in May in Galicia DAY ONE Travel to Salamanca in the north-west, known as Spain’s ‘golden city’, home to Europe’s oldest university and the haven of architects, sculptors and craftsmen throughout its 2000-year history. Salamanca has its very own ‘Plaza Mayor’ in the heart of the city, a favourite with visitors, full of atmosphere where the locals, students and tourists overflow the cafes and shops. DAY TWO Move on to Galicia’s capital, Santiago, city of the shrine of St James and one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals. This is the destination of pilgrims to the shrine who walk the ‘Way of St James’ – a distance covering the whole of the north coast of Spain. However, pilgrims may obtain a certificate form the cathedral if they brave the last 100km on foot or 200km on a bicycle.Stay in an excellent 3-4 Star Hotel in the city and see the sights with a helpful official guide included in the price. DAY THREE Travel to the beautiful coastal city of
La Coruña, full of bustling shops and ancient legends, before going on to Las Rias Bajas further down the coast for…
DAY FOUR AND FIVE Stunning coastal views, top entertainment within the city and plenty to see and do before travelling to Cambados and La Toja. Cambados is famous for its wine and noble palaces. La Toja is a small island linked to the península by a bridge. The hotels spa facilities in the área are wonderful and the gardens outstanding. La Toja also features the 12th Century hermitage of San Caralampio, completely encrusted with the symbol of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage – scallop shells! DAY SIX From Rias Bajas we go on to Toledo, just 70km south of Madrid, known as the ‘Imperial City’ - the court of Charles I. The historical centre of the three main religions – Christians, Muslims and Jews – the Alcázar dominates one side of the city and the Cathedral the other. Winding, narrow, cobbled streets
(sometimes they lead nowhere…) and ancient buildings are all contained within the city walls. A fascinating glimpse into Spain’s ancient past.
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from RTN & Gandia Tours
Granada 4 days Half Board
DAY SEVEN Travelling south around two hours from Madrid are the sights everyone comes to Spain to see in Consuegra – those iconic windmills made famous by Don Quixote and the ‘Man of La Mancha’. 11 of the 13 La Coruña windmills still survive. Return to the Costa Blanca. Seven days from 21st May: Half Board: 540€ includes the oficial guide in Santiago. Don’t miss this opportunity to tilt windmills! Call Gandia Tours on 966 106 872 for more information.
Excursion to Sierra Nevada included 24th July. H**** opposite Alhambra Palace. Outdoor pool. Half Board
180€ per person
OPTIONAL: Cirque du Soleil from only 75€ pp
Odysseus at Networks Theatre ODYSSEUS COMES to the Networks Theatre this April, a musical spectacular written and directed by Nick Moore, based on the Odyssey and featuring pop music from the 70s and 80s.
FOLLOW ODYSSEUS and his motley crew of companions as they sing and dance their way across the Aegean, battling with witches, cyclops and the gods! Wonderful theatre design by Dennis Carpenter: choreography by Hannah Pailthorpe. Odysseus opens: Thursday 10th April, 8.15pm; Friday 11th April 9pm; Saturday 12th April at 6pm and 8.30pm
Roberto Hernández (Narrator) in Odysseus
At Networks Theatre in C/San Agustín 25, Orihuela. Tickets cost 7€ for adults and 4€ for children. Reserve by emailing theatreinorihuela@yahoo. com or call 96 674 0251. Please pay for tickets on arrival. Visit our website: www.networksenglishstudies.com/ theatre Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ Networks-Theatre/112154935513270 Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/ NetworksTheatre
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Writer and Broadcaster
What a good Neighbour Kylie has turned out to be! KYLIE MINOGUE was born in Melbourne in 1968, and at an almighty 5 feet tall had to have her chair on The Voice specially modified to make her a similar height to the other judges, but when it comes to stature, Kylie is head and shoulders above the other three guys. She was interviewed by online newspaper Metro last week and revealed quite a bit about both her professional and private life. It all started for her way back in 1986 when she was cast as Charlene Mitchell, a schoolgirl come garage mechanic in Neighbours, and although it was all a bit tame, it kick-started her singing career. She sadly recorded all sorts of sugar coated pop, but there was always something about her that kept her in the limelight. Then her singing career took a massive nosedive at the tail end of the 90´s, but back she came with 3 x No1´s in the early 2000´s. She started her interview with Metro talking about wanting to
resurrect her life in front of the camera saying “I love being on set, it was my first job, and I love the opportunity to not be ´Kylie, to be someone else,” adding, “at the moment it’s parked, but it’s something I’ll always have a little pilot light for,’ aah bless. She also admitted to having a quiet social life and said how Scissor Sisters singer Jake Spears used to buy two tickets to a movie and hustle her into going with him, calling him her ´naughty brother.´ All of that said, it’s her final revelation that I found the most amazing. Bringing in her time on ´The Voice´ Kylie admitted “I’m normally more reactive, or I go with the flow, I don’t like decisions!” and topping off that rather bizarre statement by adding “which is quite odd now I’m on The Voice which is decisions all day long, but I like to kind of feel my way.”Don’t you go worrying Kylie … you’re doing just fine hun!
LAST WEEK 20th Century Fox announced that kite-flying Charlie Brown and his lovable dog Snoopy will soon be seen plastered on merchandise ranging from lunchboxes to soft toys. Originally launched as a comic strip in 1950 by Charles Schulz, Peanuts ran until 2000, and by the time the movie comes out in 2015, a franchise could see it going on forever. Michelle Keegan could well be in a small state of panic as she has just 4
weeks before she shoots her final scenes in Corrie. This is because she´s been sunning herself in Dubai and has a tan there´s no way she could get in Salford. “I was only away for a week and wore the highest factor sunscreen to protect my skin, but I just tan so easily,” she said. A teddy bear dressed up as Christian Grey complete with a mask and handcuffs has gone on sale at £53.99. An attached message reads “He’s more than 50 shades of fun, and you can’t help but submit to loving him.” Footnote on the subject: Oprah Winfrey has declared “I’ve
read the book and I just hope the movie is filthier!” Shame on you woman! Top news for all you fans of The Inbetweeners, as their follow up movie will go on general release on August 1st. The news was warmly welcomed across Twitter, with ‘Inbetweeners 2′ becoming a hot trending topic and reactions ranging from ‘this has made my day’ to ‘so excited about this!!’If you have never seen The Inbetweeners then treat yourself … you´ll love it!
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28th March - 3rd April
Friday 28th March BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Rip Off Britain: Food 12:45 Watchdog Test House 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 More Creatures Great and Small 17:15 Flog It! Trade Secrets 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 London’s Met Special: Do You Trust the Police 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 MasterChef 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Joanna Lumley Meets Will.i.am 24:35 Would I Lie to You?
08:35 Animal Park 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 The Great Interior Design Challenge 11:05 Pound Shop Wars 11:35 The Travel Show 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Coast 14:05 South Africa Walks 14:35 The Nature of Britain 15:25 Himalaya with Michael Palin 16:25 Cagney & Lacey 17:15 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 The Voice: Louder on Two 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Lambing Live 22:00 Gardeners’ World 22:30 A Very British Renaissance 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Thirteen Days
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 Auf Wiedersehen My Pet 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Edge of Heaven 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Scent of a Woman
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Coach Trip 13:35 River Cottage Bites 13:50 The Belles of St Trinian’s 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 22:00 Gogglebox 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 My Spiral into Debt Hell 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:15 Love’s Resounding Courage 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle 23:00 NCIS: Los Angeles 23:55 The Dark Road 24:55 Access
07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 You’ve Been Framed! 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 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 Bourne Supremacy 24:10 Take Me Out
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Lake Placid 23:40 Rude Tube 24:50 The Midnight Beast
Saturday 29th March BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 08:00 Formula 1 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:00 James Martin: Home Comforts 12:30 James Martin: Home Comforts 13:00 Football Focus 13:45 Sportsday 14:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 14:15 Formula 1 16:30 Reflex 17:15 Final Score 18:15 Shrek 19:40 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 The Voice UK 22:10 The National Lottery Live 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News; Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:55 The Football League Show
07:05 The Saint in New York 08:15 The Saint Strikes Back 09:20 The Living Planet 10:15 The Living Planet 11:10 The Nature of Britain 12:00 Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain 12:30 Great British Railway Journeys 13:00 James Martin: Home Comforts 13:30 Mary Berry Cooks 14:00 The Hairy Bakers 14:15 The 39 Steps 15:40 Talking Pictures 16:20 North by Northwest 18:30 Mountain Gorilla 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 The Perfect Morecambe & Wise 21:30 The Plantagenets 22:30 QI 23:00 Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle 23:30 We Need to Talk about Kevin
07:10 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:45 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Murder, She Wrote 11:25 Dinner Date 12:25 ITV News 12:34 ITV Central Weather 12:35 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 13:05 The Unforgettable 13:35 Junior 15:35 The Chase 16:35 Midsomer Murders 18:30 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 21:25 The Cube 22:25 Law & Order: UK 23:25 The Americans 24:25 ITV News 24:39 ITV Central Weather 24:40 Through the Keyhole
07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Grid 08:00 Trans World Sport 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Frasier 10:55 The Big Bang Theory 11:25 The Big Bang Theory 11:50 How I Met Your Mother 12:15 How I Met Your Mother 12:40 The Simpsons 13:10 The Simpsons 13:40 Undercover Boss USA 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:20 Come Dine with Me 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:50 Channel 4 Racing 19:35 Channel 4 News 20:05 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 21:00 Hostages 22:00 The Mechanic 23:45 Beverly Hills Cop III
07:00 Childrens TV 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: The Next Steps 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Jelly Jamm 10:30 LazyTown 11:00 Access 11:05 Meerkat Manor 11:35 The Bridge at Remagen 13:55 A Bridge Too Far 17:15 Joe Kidd 18:55 Columbo: Mind over Mayhem 20:20 The Dark Road 21:10 NCIS 22:05 5 News Weekend 22:10 Greatest Kids’ TV Shows
07:00 Switched 07:25 Ugly Betty 08:10 Make It or Break It 09:00 Made in Chelsea 10:00 Charmed 11:00 The Mindy Project 11:30 Rules of Engagement 12:00 Rules of Engagement 12:30 Rules of Engagement 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Rules of Engagement 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rude(ish) Tube 16:30 Rude(ish) Tube 17:00 2 Broke Girls 17:30 2 Broke Girls 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 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Tomorrow People 22:00 Because I Said So 24:05 Rude Tube
Sunday 30th March
09:30 Coronation Street 12:00 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 13:00 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 13:55 The Only Way Is Essex 14:45 The Only Way Is Essex 15:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 16:30 The Hot Desk 16:45 Honey 18:40 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 20:50 Whip It 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Crazy Beaches 24:20 The Butterfly Effect
07:00 Breakfast 09:00 Formula 1 12:15 Sunday Politics 13:30 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 BBC News 14:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 14:15 NoRuz: The Persian Spring 14:45 Formula 1 16:45 Deadly 60 on a Mission 17:15 Escape to the Country 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 Pointless Celebrities 19:05 Blandings 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 The Musketeers 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 The Football League Show
07:00 Countryfile 08:00 Gardeners’ World 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 13:30 Living Famously 14:30 Foreign Correspondent 16:25 I Confess 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Road Trip 20:00 Great Barrier Reef 21:00 Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland 22:00 Louis Theroux’s LA Stories 23:00 QI XL 23:45 Top of the Pops: 1977 24:45 War Requiem
07:10 Dino Dan 07:25 Matt Hatter Chronicles 07:45 Canimals 08:10 Om Nom Stories 08:20 Sooty 08:30 Scrambled! 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Murder, She Wrote 11:30 The Unforgettable 12:00 ITV News and Weather 12:09 ITV Central Weather 12:10 River Monsters 13:10 Agatha Christie’s Marple 15:05 Big Star’s Little Star 16:05 Moonraker 18:35 ITV News Central 18:50 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Catchphrase 20:00 Surprise Surprise 21:00 Endeavour 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:14 ITV Central Weather 23:15 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:15 Crocodile Hunter Diaries 24:45 Premiership Rugby Union
07:10 Arenacross 07:35 Arenacross 08:00 Arenacross 08:30 Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Secret Eaters 14:35 The Big Bang Theory 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 15:35 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 The Simpsons 17:00 The Simpsons 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:30 Home Alone 20:30 Channel 4 News 21:00 Secret History 22:00 The Woman in Black 23:50 Orphan
07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Rupert Bear 09:50 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:05 Jelly Jamm 10:20 LazyTown 10:50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:55 Milkshake! Show Songs 11:00 Power Rangers Super Samurai 11:35 Power Rangers Megaforce 12:10 Hoodwinked 13:35 Gremlins 2: the New Batch 15:40 Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot 17:20 A Bug’s Life 19:10 Mum of the Year 2014 20:05 5 News Weekend 20:10 Bulletproof Monk 22:00 Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies 24:55 Point Break
07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:45 The Hot Desk 07:55 Emmerdale 10:40 Coronation Street 13:10 The Xtra Factor 14:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:15 You’ve Been Framed! 15:45 Kangaroo Jack 17:35 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 19:00 Casper 21:00 Two Weeks Notice 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Party Wright Around the World 24:50 The Big Reunion
07:00 Switched 07:25 Make It or Break It 08:15 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 Hollyoaks 13:35 Revenge 14:35 Rude(ish) Tube 15:00 Rude(ish) Tube 15:30 2 Broke Girls 16:00 2 Broke Girls 16:30 The Big Bang Theory 17:00 The Big Bang Theory 17:30 How I Met Your Mother 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 Grease 23:15 Rude Tube 24:20 My Mad Fat Diary
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 Auf Wiedersehen My Pet 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 I Never Knew That About Britain 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Widower 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:10 Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:10 Reap the Wild Wind 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Nigel Farage: Who Are You? 21:30 Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Our Gay Wedding: The Musical 24:05 Gogglebox
07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:35 Toby’s Travelling Circus 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Benidorm ER 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:20 Access 16:25 The Gunfighter’s Pledge 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Conned, Fleeced and Left for Broke 23:00 The Disappearance of Flight MH370 24:00 Blood Work
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 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! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Mom 22:30 Mom 23:00 American Pie Presents Band Camp 24:55 Two and a Half Men
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 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 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 How I Met Your Mother 24:30 How I Met Your Mother
Monday 31st March BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 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 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 More Creatures Great and Small 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Michael McIntyre Chat Show 24:20 Late Kick Off 24:50 Live at the Apollo
08:05 Rip Off Britain: Food 08:50 Watchdog Test House 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 The Restaurant Man 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Cash in the Attic 14:30 The Nature of Britain 15:30 Cagney & Lacey 16:15 Himalaya with Michael Palin 17:15 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 The Voice: Louder on Two 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Mary Berry Cooks 22:00 The Plantagenets 23:00 Rev 23:30 Newsnight
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Tuesday 1st April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 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 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 More Creatures Great and Small 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Shetland 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 George Michael at the Palais Garnier, Paris 24:35 Skin
07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:50 Saints and Scroungers 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Great British Garden Revival 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Super League Show 14:45 Instant Restaurant 15:30 Cash in the Attic 16:00 Cagney & Lacey 16:45 Himalaya with Michael Palin 17:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 The Voice: Louder on Two 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Great British Sewing Bee 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight
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 Auf Wiedersehen My Pet 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Crocodile Hunter Diaries
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:10 The Cowboys 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds 22:00 New Worlds 23:10 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:55 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:55 Random Acts
07:00 Childrens TV 09:10 Peppa Pig 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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Hotel Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:20 Another Man’s Wife 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 21:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 Body of Proof
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 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 Vampire Diaries 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 American Pie Presents the Naked Mile
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Star Trek: Insurrection 23:05 Bodyshockers 24:10 The Big Bang Theory 24:40 The Big Bang Theory
wednesday 2nd April BBC1
07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 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 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 More Creatures Great and Small 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Monkey Planet 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Panorama 24:15 Michael McIntyre Chat Show
07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 Wanted Down Under 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Food & Drink 11:30 Animal Park 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Cash in the Attic 15:30 Cagney & Lacey 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 The Great British Bake Off 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 The Voice: Louder on Two 20:00 The European Union: In or Out? 21:00 Collectaholics 22:00 Kim Philby - His Most Intimate Betrayal 23:00 W1A 23:30 Newsnight 24:15 Weather 24:20 Horizon
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 Auf Wiedersehen My Pet 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Big Star’s Little Star 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Holiday
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:20 The War Lord 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Deal or No Deal 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 Dead Famous DNA 23:00 First Dates 24:00 Embarrassing Bodies Down Under
07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS: Los Angeles 16:15 Mystery Woman: Oh Baby 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Mum of the Year 2014 21:00 Killing Spree 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Castle 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
07:00 Emmerdale 07:30 Britain’s Got More Talent 08:25 You’ve Been Framed! 08:45 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:30 Dinner Date 10:30 Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 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 Party Wright Around the World 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 The Big Reunion
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 The Tomorrow People 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 My Mad Fat Diary
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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 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 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 More Creatures Great and Small 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Supermarket Secrets 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week
07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 08:50 Saints and Scroungers 09:20 Wanted Down Under 10:05 Fake or Fortune? 11:05 Gardeners’ World 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Instant Restaurant 14:45 Cash in the Attic 15:30 Cagney & Lacey 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 Great British Bake Off 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Revenge of the Egghead 19:30 The Voice: Louder on Two 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Nature’s Weirdest Events 22:00 Kim Philby - His Most Intimate Betrayal 23:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Who Murdered Maxine? 24:50 Panorama
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 Auf Wiedersehen My Pet 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 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 Ade at Sea 22:00 It’ll Be Alright on the Night 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Edge of Heaven 24:40 The Lobby
07:00 Countdown 07:45 Will & Grace 08:10 Will & Grace 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 Phil: Secret Agent Down Under 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:30 Four in a Bed 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 The Hoarder Next Door 22:00 15,000 Kids and Counting 23:00 Jockey School 24:05 How to Win the Grand National
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 Police Interceptors 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 NYC: Tornado Terror 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief 22:00 Hercules the Human Bear 23:00 Person of Interest 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 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 Tricked 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Dads 24:20 Mom 24:45 Mom
07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:10 Ugly Betty 09:00 Charmed 10:00 Made in Chelsea 11:00 New Girl 11:30 Happy Endings 12:00 Charmed 13:00 Rules of Engagement 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 New Girl 17:30 Happy Endings 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 22:30 The Inbetweeners 23:00 The IT Crowd 24:10 Rude Tube
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Velocity Racing SATURDAY 22ND March saw the eagerly awaited return of stock car racing at the circuit in Cartagena. An expectant crowd settled in on the surrounding banks. Velocity Racing provided 2 formulas on the night, Rookie and Lightning rods. Having had the winter months to prepare there was a range of new cars. With fresh tyres and throttles hard to the floor the 1st race for the rookies got off to a flying start. Proceedings were brought to a halt when last year’s champion Caroline Capel’s race came to an early with a spectacular crash through the tyre wall. With the race reset, debutant Jaz Lawrence went on to win.
The lighting rods first race also lacked nothing in excitement as the team from La Marina Services lost control in the home straight causing mayhem for the chasing pack as they took efforts to avoid the spinning car. Nick Kelly, current Lightning Rod Champion went on to win. With a total of 11 races, all went home thoroughly satisfied. Next meeting on Saturday 12th April. For more info go to www.velocityracing.eu
Pirate Party at Habaneras WOULD BE Peter Pan’s, Captain Hook’s or Errol Flynn’s can enjoy three weekends filed with pirate themed fun and games at Habaneras Commercial Centre. Starting tomorrow, Saturday 29th March, followed by the 5th and 12th April, there will be a ‘family gymkhana’ and treasure hunt with gifts for all participants and inflatable castles for visitors to the mall. Activities take place from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 9pm, and everyone who wants to, can join in with the treasure hunt and Gymkhana and help the Captain of the boat find his treasure along with four tests located in different parts of the mall, after which you will receive a prize. A large area has been set aside with inflatables, that are free for everyone with a sales ticket from the same day. A pirate ship, treasure island, pirates and many adventures are all waiting for those daring visitors who visit Habaneras next Saturday.
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Venus trines with your planetary leader Mars midweek. They say all is fair in love and war, but you would be the very first to say that you are currently unsure about a relationship, since issues are affecting your judgments right now. Put your cards on the table and make it known that, above and despite all, you are not to be messed with. Venus interacts with Saturn and Mars linking specific actions, which are vital, with the source of power which is fundamental to your wants and needs right now. Your generosity and forward thinking have done much to maintain some composure in a matter that begs to veer out of control. Err on the side of caution, but be fully aware. The New Moon is approaching, and it is time to nip something in the bud before someone gets hurt. You will feel that you do not want to be involved, but walking away now when there is unfinished business is not your style, nor will it bring about the changes that you are fully aware are necessary. Take this in your stride and all will be well. Positive charges are felt by the profundity of the New Moon at the end of the month. Power in your hands is an inspiration, and nothing will make you feel better than to be able to use` this in an enlightening and challenging way. It isn’t selfish to think for yourself for a change, but doing things your way will bring things to a head quite nicely! Two mighty actions with your magnanimous planetary leader, the Sun, bring about some favourable opportunities and set you on your pathway. Squaring with Jupiter brings luck and fortune into the frame, whilst a conjunction with Uranus sees you finally looking beyond your current situation to pastures green and new. Mercury directs you in matters of learning and achievement since you find yourself on the threshold of new horizons. A project beckons and your expertise is sought to make it happen. You are ready and waiting for the opportunity to show what you can do, and it would seem that this is nearer, much nearer, than you think it is. Look to your opposing sign of Aries to see that love and passion are on the cards, whilst your amorous planetary leader, Venus, takes on wily Saturn to boot. Balance demands that there be compromise, but this should be tossed aside if love is to enter, and so make this your current priority, you will never have to look back again. Mars and Pluto share responsibility for your well being as your invincible planetary leaders. This week sees Mercury take on Pluto to enable communication, and Venus trines with an unruly Mars to balance the negative but inspiring energies within you right now. The end result is just to show you what your options really are right now. Actions with the Sun and Jupiter are sent to clear you a way forward, with some healthy rest and relaxation hopefully on the cards, since you need to chill. Just lately you have been having to fight your corner, but now that things are so very different and others have taken a new direction, you are mercifully free for peace and rest. Consider what you have right now, and this is brought about by the wisdom and grace of Saturn in actions with Venus. Love comes on all levels, and the Goddess of Love takes time to consolidate and treasure that which you have worked so very hard for. If, just lately, it’s been an uphill struggle you will see that you now get what you need. Consolidator of the Universe and champion of the truth you are beginning to fit all the pieces together at long last. The emphasis is on skills and abilities right now, and you can rest assured that you are capable of making the changes that are revealed by your practicalities. It is clear you are more, much more that you think that you are! Recent actions with Mercury have allowed you to have your say whilst reaching the best audience, and with good effect. It is hard to believe that it is often your low esteem that halts progress in its tracks and the support you crave is often letting you down in this process of creativity and expertise. You must now fully know what you can do.
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If at first you don’t succeed then don’t forget that you have the ambition and skills to make things a lot better all around. The Cosmos rewards those who help themselves!
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Very supersticious OLD WIVES’ tales and superstitions have some foundation and can circumnavigate both the truth and the reality that we are experiencing today. I cringe when two bad things happen and people bring on the third by saying that bad things come in threes. I quickly get in a, “bless you” whenever somebody sneezes, because it was a blessing that comes from the Great Plague. I love black cats and I often fly on Friday the 13th and walk under ladders. I am maybe a contradiction, but some things we do believe in, and our suspicions may be the solution to doing anything that just doesn’t feel right. Luck comes our way when it can, but I can never understand those who buy a lottery ticket and then say that they are not going to win. Or those who give up on something that they really haven’t really tried, or given much attention or effort to. Magic can happen, but you have to allow for it, and it demands an open positive energy if it
is to work for us. When all seems to be going well we say that we are on a lucky streak, but maybe too we see how long that luck can last, and this could put the mockers on the whole she boodle! Have faith, ask for what you deserve and wait and see what happens. You can plan tomorrow and everything goes wrong…fail to plan a thing and just everything fits into place. The bread and jam slice will always hit the floor jam down too…but only if you believe it will. Whatever you do please be careful in what you ask for. When I first came to Spain in the 1980s it was hard to get a telephone installed and there were no mobiles. My dear Father always liked to be able to call me and in his frustration one day said I would never have a telephone in my house while he was alive! How right he was. It was a neighbour who took the call and told me of his demise one day. Later that morning Telefonica sent an installation engineer and by midday my two year wait was over and a telephone was in pride of place. Sorry Dad!
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KENNY, I want to come and make an appointment to see you, but I am so nervous, and feel that my ex husband may want to make contact with me. Carol T. Carol, I am fully aware that it is fear that stops people making appointments. Fear makes everything worse than it is, it is true, but I would need to work with you to make contact with the other side. If your ex came through then, since you are in charge of the sitting, he would be sent on his way, and I would see to that. It would seem that he hurt you and he cannot do that anymore, I promise you! The door to my office is your way of escape if you need to walk out, but in fifty three years nobody has had to do it! Meanwhile those who want to contact you can’t.
Last weeks crossword answers can be found on page 50.
Quick or Cryptic Crossword
Across 3. Uninviting (9) 8. Bellow (4) 9. Kind, helpful person (9) 10. Not present (6) 11. Mix (5) 14. Object (5) 15. Rotate (4) 16. Boat crew (5) 18. Coil (4) 20. Saunter (5) 21. Long (5) 24. Repudiate (6) 25. Translate (9) 26. Entanglement (4) 27. Mythical (9) Down 1. Collapse (9) 2. Miserliness (9) 4. Tidy (4) 5. Be of value (5) 6. East (6) 7. Genuine (4) 9. Trap (5) 11. Start (5) 12. Astonish (9) 13. Compensation (9) 17. Implied (5) 19. Erase (6) 22. Swift (5) 23. At one time (4) 24. Beloved (4)
Across 3. Hinder by anticipation, everybody going to the woods (9) 8. I had gone after father - but not for nothing! (4) 9. Mathematical instrument used when tennis scores are level? (3-6) 10. Rig one area (6) 11. About five observed? No, more than five (5) 14. Lost article in the sea (5) 15. Or back the politician for a frolic (4) 16. Memento taken from derelict building (5) 18. Complete defeat for May in comparison with Mary (4) 20. Outer way taken (5) 21. More than a second interval in music (5) 24. If depressed it might throw light on the matter (6) 25. Breed elms that looked like something else (9) 26. No backing at 50 to 1 for the royal beast (4) 27. Bars trend to showing big breed of dog (2,7)
Down 1. Be merciful to ancient city; slimmers want to get rid of it! (5,4) 2. Pick only those who are married for special treatment? (6,3) 4. Frank has nothing to write (4) 5. Follow in green suede shoes (5) 6. Excursionist’s car goes right after mistaking the way in 20 (6) 7. Bird provides an amusing incident (4) 9. Not drunk like this at the end of December? (5) 11. In order that the cover shall not be hollow... (5) 12. ... see this is lower, but unable to cope (3,2,2,2) 13. Foreman, perhaps, has the mastery (5,4) 17. A lot of people boast 500 joined (5) 19. Wrongly hit the first woman to steal (6) 22. Bird is almost getting dressed up? (5) 23. One can do better than this rhythm (4) 24. The prophet evidently has eyes (4)
28 march - 3 APRIL 2010 2014 8-14 JANUARY
How we hear THE EAR consists of three main parts and performs a vital function in receiving and interpreting sound. A Outer ear B Middle ear C Inner ear The Outer Ear collects sound vibrations in the concha (5) and passes them along the ear canal (6). The sound vibrates the ear drum (22) which in turn moves the tiny bones (14, 10 and18) in the Middle ear. This movement transmits vibration to the cochlea (4) in the Inner Ear where they are received by fragile microscopic hair cells that covert vibration into nerve impulses for onward transmission by auditory nerve to the brain for recognition. It is very important as human beings to use our sense of hearing. Losing the sense of hearing can completely change a personâ€™s way of living. We should be properly educated in how to care for our sense of hearing by knowing how it works and preventing common causes of hearing loss. The ear consists of three main parts and each performs
a vital function in receiving and interpreting sound and it is very important that they function together perfectly. Permanent hearing loss can occur once any of these parts encounters a problem. For example, the hair cells in the Inner Ear are fragile and
some die as a function of disease, head injury, medications, exposure to noise and age. These conditions cannot be medically or surgically corrected and the best treatment for hearing loss from damage to the hair cells or auditory nerve is, in the majority of cases, hearing aids.
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Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin
Adjectival agreement LAST WEEK we talked about the gender of nouns and how the articles (“a” and “the”) and adjectives (describing words) change their endings to match the gender of the nouns. Now we’ve got those basic principles established we can start looking a bit more closely at adjectives and how they change. This is really very simple. Last lesson we looked at the word for “small”, that is pequeño and we saw how it changes in four ways – pequeño, pequeña, pequeños, pequeñas, equivalent to masculine and feminine singular, masculine and feminine plural. The root form which you will find in a dictionary is the masculine singular pequeño. All adjectives that end in “o” in their masculine singular form change in exactly the same way. There are thousand of them. Here are a few that we can use to describe people: alto “tall”, bajo “short”, gordo “fat”, delgado “thin”, tímido “shy”, simpático “nice”, guapo “handsome”, feo “ugly”, viejo “old”. In each case they will have the four changes I have mentioned, so for example: El hombre guapo - the handsome man Los hombres guapos - the handsome men La mujer guapa – the pretty woman Las mujeres guapas – the pretty women Notice that in the case of the word guapo we have a different translation in English for male and female: male - handsome (or as my daughters would say - cute), and female - pretty. For most of the other words however the translations would be the same – “nice man” “nice woman” etc. Exactly the same principle works for adjectives that
describe things (remember, things are the same as people in Spanish, with either masculine or feminine gender). So, for example, we could have the word “long” which is largo used to describe an object. Un palo largo - a long stick Una cortina larga – a long curtain Now as I have said, in each of these cases, the basic adjective ends in the letter “o”. However, adjectives can end in almost any letter – so what do we do with all the others? (I hear you ask). Well, let’s look at a few random examples: Azul - blue, grande – big, joven – young, feliz – happy Adjectives such as those above that do not end in “o” can only change from singular to plural: they cannot make any change to differentiate them between masculine and feminine. Therefore we have: El libro azul - the blue book La mesa azul – the blue table El zapato grande – the big shoe La camisa grande – the big shirt El hombre joven – the young man La mujer joven – the young woman El niño feliz - the happy boy La niña feliz – the happy girl However, in the plural, these adjectives add “s” or “es”
in exactly the same way as nouns do. Here are the same phrases again in the plural. Los libros azules - the blue books Las mesas azules – the blue tables Los zapatos grandes – the big shoes Las camisas grandes – the big shirts Los hombres jóvenes – the young men Las mujeres jóvenes – the young women Los niños felices - the happy boys Las niñas felices – the happy girls We can notice two different things here. Firstly look at the adjectives in both sets of phrases and you will see that in each case there are only two possible forms - singular and plural. Secondly, if you compare the two languages in all of these examples, you will see that every single word changes in Spanish (article, noun, adjective), whereas in English we only change one word - the noun – which changes into a plural word. In real life, when we are speaking Spanish in real situations, it is very difficult to get these right, but in the words of Corporal Jones, “Whatever you do – don’t panic!” The Spanish are used to foreigners getting these endings mixed up. For our AngloSaxon brains it’s just too much to remember changing all those fiddly endings all the time. Our learning goes in stages, understanding first before we can speak correctly, so your only task at this stage is simply to pay attention to these differences – understand what is going on and notice it as you listen to the Spanish around you, on the radio and television, on “Youtube”, or anywhere else you get the chance to hear it.
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Louise Brandley Looking Good Boutique
The pitfalls of Plus Size shopping LEARN THE trade secrets at our Curvy Lady Fashion Show, Saturday 5th April Instore. When you are a plus size, anything from a size 16, clothes shopping can be a nightmare. It does not stop with ‘does it fit me?’ - it also has to incorporate ‘does it hide my fat bits; does it accentuate my slim bits; is it long enough; does it have sleeves and does my bum look big in it?’ Within Looking Good Boutique we have always had a dedicated Plus Size Department and I have learned a lot listening to my customers. Elegance, style and fashion are not exclusive to small people: larger ladies also want to be stylish; they do not have to put up with over-sized tents, bright and garish patterns and fabrics that do not flatter. Larger ladies want to look sexy and be able to feel confident in what they are wearing - taking a size 12 garment and increasing the size does not work! Learning a few golden rules when it
comes to enhancing your shape can be really useful. Among some great plus size suppliers that understand their market is a small German family company called Chalou. Looking Good Boutique is their only stockist in this area for the best in current collections, including amazing Capri Pants and Bermudas in fantastic stretch fabrics - and an elasticated waist in sizes from 14/40 to 28/54. Joseph Ribkoff also has amazing plus sizes available: see them in the boutique up to size 22/48 – elegant and stylish, in stretch fabrics that shape rather than cling, ranging from shaper trousers to elegant evening tops. French designer Didier Parakian has a collection called ‘Anathea’ for ladies size 26/52 still retaining French chic in beautiful fabrics. And Pause Cafe has a younger, more on trend collection with
multi layering and great fabric mixes. Making good choices and investing in some ‘must-have’ basics provides a wardrobe that makes you feel as confident and feminine as all women should. Learn to love your curves and embrace your shape to look amazing every day. Reserve your seat at our Curvy Lady Fashion Show in-store on Saturday 5th April at 12 noon and learn how to ‘enhance your curves’ with a few trade secrets. Call now on 966 760 479 to reserve your seat. Also visit www.lookinggoodboutique.eu or email email@example.com
The best in classical music at the International Auditorium
By Keith Nicol THERE IS a guaranteed treat in store for classical music fans tomorrow, Saturday March 29th as the International Auditorium opens its doors with a selection of popular classics and Habanas are included in the program to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the International Competition. Torrevieja Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by renowned Russian violinist Satanislav Tkatch and soloists Pilar Páez, Laura Martinez, Conchita Pérez, Francisco Moreno and Antonio Prieto. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and Instant Ticket, at prices ranging from 6 to 15 euros. The evening’s performance will include pieces by Sarasate and G. Bizet including; Carmen Suite, Les Toreadors and Dance Bohemia: Gypsy Airs, Carmen Fantasy plus popular Habaneras tunes.
28 march - 3 APRIL 2014
with Aunty Virus
Kindle downloads DEAR AUNTY: I have just read your article in a recent RTN re Kindle downloads. I have had a Kindle book reader in Spain since they first came out. You might want to forward this onto Mary who asked you about how to purchase Books in English from Amazon. As you suggested I used to download books from Amazon.com or co.uk but now I only use Amazon.es as there are thousands of books listed in English on the Amazon.es site. If you know the Author or book title that you are looking for you can ‘search’ either the Author’s name or the book title: you do not need to enter both into the ‘search’. The book that you are looking for may be listed in several languages, including English, but it is usually there. Alternatively, look on the Amazon. es website under ‘books’, then ‘libros en idiomas extranjeros’ and you will find thousands of books in English. If you search using your Kindle itself, all the books listed will be e-books. If you search the Amazon site on your PC or laptop you will find hard copy books and e-books sometimes together. In the past I have twice emailed Amazon about listing particular books that I could not find on the site. They are more than happy to ask the author if they wish to list it as an e-book and on one occasion the author did list the book, it only took a few days, and on the other occasion the author already had an agreement in place that did not include listing it in the Amazon.es site and would not have it added. Regards, Ken. Aunty says: Thanks for the information. I am sure readers will find that useful.
DEAR AUNTY VIRUS: I have a laptop running on Vista business and use Yahoo Mail. When I receive an email with a .doc attachment when I click on this it generates a preview showing the document but will either not print at all or just print the first page on top of the background of the email. If I try to download it comes up with ‘The screen view and track your downloads’ screen and this gives the document title and says ‘open’ or ‘save’. When I click either of these nothing happens. I have looked in my Documents file but nothing has actually saved. I know it may sound very strange but can you help? Regards, Joyce. Aunty says: A ‘.doc’ is a Microsoft Word document. If you do not have MS Word installed on your PC it may not open. Some internet browsers will support ‘.doc’ files, but you have not said which internet browser you are using. But you can download a ‘Word Viewer’ which allows you to open, view and print these documents. http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=4 Reply: Thanks for the information, I will try it.
DEAR AUNTY: Further to your advice to Mary regarding Kindle downloads, perhaps this information might prove useful. At Christmas I bought my partner a new Kindle Fire HD as a replacement for her original Kindle. It was bought from Amazon.es using a Spanish Amazon account, though a British debit card domiciled in the UK. The unit was subsequently delivered from Germany, (not important) though set up in Spanish. What we have found is that after we added the term ‘en Ingles’ after any book that we were specifically looking for, Amazon seems to have got ‘the drop’ on the fact that we are only interested in books published in English and any advertising they choose to send by email is purely concerned with this. Thus far we have bought many books including authors like Ken Follet, James Thurber and 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup... all English versions. Hope this assists, Steve.
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Gadget Inspector Investigates: Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 LED Bulbs THIS WEEK the Inspector shines a light on those perennial garden favourites, solar lights. And they´re green too, environmentally friendly that is, so no need to have any dodgy ‘electrickery’. The Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 super bright LED Bulbs come on a 14-meter string and take minutes to put up. The solar collector has 2 simple mounts for easy fixing to a fence/wall and a spike for ground mounting. The lights come on automatically at dusk and turn off at dawn (or after up to 10 hours use whichever is first) and are designed for year round outdoor use. The LEDs emit a soft blue light that is surprisingly bright, yet not intrusive. They can be set to either light continuously or twinkle via a switch on the back of the solar panel, whichever you prefer! Be careful though – there is also another switch which turns them off completely and it is easy to accidentally switch this to the ‘off’ position when siting the solar panel if you´re not careful… I did with the review set! Figured out what I´d done
pretty quickly though, so watch out for that one – they´re not faulty, just off. This is there so that you can allow the lights to re-charge fully if the day has not been bright enough to fully charge them. The Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights rely totally on the power of the sun. During the day the sun´s rays are absorbed by the panel and charge the rechargeable AA batteries fitted inside the unit. The AA batteries should be good for several years use are easily replaceable and available widely. It´s also interesting to note that Blingstrings use the same amount of power as a TV remote control and are completely safe and durable for outside use. They are perfect for use on trees, shrubs, plant pots, decking, porches, pergolas and garden umbrellas – in fact almost anywhere!
The Inspectors Verdict: What could be better? The Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 LED Bulbs need nothing more than the sun to work – and boy, do we have enough of that, and it´s free too! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadgethound.co.uk/blingstring-outdoor-solar-fairy-lights to purchase the Blingstring Outdoor Solar Fairy Lights with 120 LED Bulbs 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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FOR MANY amateur golfers the first bit of exercise they get before a round of golf is when they bend down to place a tee in the ground. This is frequently accompanied by a groan and a slow rise whilst holding the lower back. by Tony Myles I HAVE discovered, as many of you will have, that the correct start to a good game of golf is not necessarily the opening shot down the first fairway. It actually starts several minutes before your backswing and it can mean the difference between a memorable round and one that you would prefer to forget. WARM UP We are all aware that professionals will spend hours each day on the practice ground and we have seen them in advance of each major round spending a significant amount of time just warming up each part of their anatomy. Most of them employ professional masseurs to ensure that there are no torn muscles and sprains following the first drive. So having a quick swish with your driver may not be sufficient. Whilst the chance of winning two Euros is marginally less important than winning a Major the risk of injury is probably greater. And so what can we do about it? KEEP IT SIMPLE! Every golf magazine has at sometime produced a guide to effective warming-up exercises and like most golfers I have taken heed of some of their advice and employed some of the exercises some of the times. What I need is a simple routine that takes less than ten minutes and can be done whilst waiting for my turn to tee-off. Not much to ask for is it? The problem with many such routines is that they are best employed whilst lying down on an exercise mat and it is a fair bet that rolling your mat out and squatting in front of the club house will probably do your reputation no good whatsoever and the chances of finding people to play with you will equally diminish. So what I need is probably something midway between a
quick swish with my driver and a full yoga routine. I think I may have found it! EASY AND BENEFICIAL Campbell Lamont plays off a very low handicap and hits the ball an unreasonable distance and so I am prepared to give credibility to what he has to say on this subject. The good news is that it is very easy. Needs no special equipment. And you won’t get funny looks from your colleagues - well no more than usual. Campbell employs a ball retriever. Most of us have one in our bags, and if not we can probably borrow one.
Extend this to about six feet and place it across your shoulder blades. Then extend your arms underneath and grasp the pole from behind. Now swing fully right and left. Taking each swing to a comfortable distance. If you repeat this for five or ten minutes you will feel the added flexibility in your hips. You will also retain a muscle memory that is rhythmic and smooth and as a result your initial tee shot will stand a much better chance of staying on course. Was this useful? Do you have a specific routine that works? Would you like to share it? In which case drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 MARCH - 3 APRIL 2014
Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer
Volvo V40 D3 R-Design LASER RADAR: It sounds like something from a scifi thriller but we’re actually talking about technology fitted to Volvo cars, those traditionally staid and dull vehicles, favoured by the ‘flat cap brigade’. Today’s hip and trendy Volvos are anything but and are packed with sophisticated technology that keeps the brand at the forefront of car design and manufacture. Its laser radar systems are a key ingredient. I’m testing the V40 D3 R-Design, a performance five door hatchback. And it’s fitted with an intelligent yet simple to operate cruise control. As you might expect this keeps the car travelling at the desired speed but unlike most systems it also measures the distance of the car in front.
This ensures that it keeps the Volvo at a safe distance behind. It does this by automatically braking and accelerating thanks to the information relayed by its clever laser radar. This distance can be changed from reasonably close to quite far away depending on driving conditions. In theory this is a valuable tool that should mean that the driver can relax. Not so though. My test takes place in torrential downpours and high winds and I discover that the radar is not infallible. This becomes particularly noticeable while at 70mph round a bend on a dual carriageway. The Volvo is in the outside lane but on approaching the bend there is a car on the inside and the radar picks this up and brakes abruptly despite there being no cars in front of me. This annoys me and I cancel the function. On another occasion we are on a straight road and high winds cause a
flashing red warning bar on the driver’s side of the dashboard to light up – accompanied by a really loud beep - for absolutely no reason whatsoever. My sleeping children wake up. High side winds seem to completely throw the radar and despite there being no traffic in front the Volvo brakes sharply from 70mph to 50mph. That said this cruise control is quite impressive when you bear in mind that it can be set at say 50mph and if a sharp incline appears the resulting gear change does not cancel out the cruise control. Often this is the case in many other vehicles. Another safety feature is the Blind Spot Information System. There’s a little light on the inside of the wing mirror that glows red whenever a vehicle appears in the blind spot. This is useful because the design is prone to blind spots especially at the rear making it a little awkward to reverse but there are helpful sensors fitted that bleep to alert the driver of nearby obstacles. FACTS AT A GLANCE: Volvo V40 D3 R-Design New price: 38,243€ 0-60mph: 9.1 secs Top speed: 130mph Economy: 65.7mpg Fuel capacity: 60 litres Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz
Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. For more independent unbiased car reviews and videos visit www.testdrives.biz
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